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Basic Trope: A light work is either retooled or re-imagined to be darker than it previously was.

  • Straight: A show/book/movie is fairly lighthearted. A few years later, it's retooled into something different which is far more edgy in terms of subject matter.
  • Exaggerated:
  • Downplayed: The retool did not change much, but things are clearly more cynical.
  • Justified:
  • Inverted:
  • Subverted: The show/book/movie has all the hallmarks of a Darker and Edgier retool but is no more edgy or dark.
  • Double Subverted: ...At first, anyway. Those first few episodes were only meant to lure in people who watched the original show.
  • Parodied:
  • Zig Zagged:
    • The show can never really decide which angle it wants to take. One episode will be incredibly dark, the next will be as light as the original.
    • The show is as lighthearted as before, but it has more mature elements like death or sexual innuendo, as well as some wham episodes.
    • The show is more violent and darker in tone, but balances this out with breather episodes and humor in the style of the original series.
  • Averted:
    • There is no retool.
    • There is a retool, but it doesn't make the series gritty or kiddish.
  • Enforced:
    • "We're not getting enough of the 17+ demographic with this show/book/movie. Let's make some changes and see if we can't fix this."
    • Silly Rabbit, Idealism Is for Kids!
    • It sells, duh.
    • The writers ran out of ideas with the show as it currently was - the retool will allow them to explore new stories, as well as some implications that were left unsaid.
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  • Lampshaded: One of the characters remarks: "Wow, this place is a whole lot scarier than I remember..."
  • Invoked: Anacondor, the Giant Winged Serpent decides to begin his reign of terror, and things start to get darker.
  • Exploited: Studio executives force the creators of the show to make it edgy so that less people watch it and the executives could cancel it and replace it with some other dreck.
  • Defied: The show never changes in tone and atmosphere.
  • Discussed: "Remember when all we did was stand around and tell jokes?"
  • Conversed: "Ah please, that show's for kids. I mean, look, guy is killing that other guy. And did he just swear?"
  • Implied: The remake is very lighthearted on the surface, but has some vaguely implied Backstory Horror and has much more Fridge Horror.
  • Deconstructed:
    • The darker and edgier aspects only affect the parts of the show/book/movie which were prone to dark edginess to begin with, while the lighter and softer elements simply become stronger from living side by side with the darker parts of the story.
    • A meta example: People are attracted to the darker edgier version because they think there will be conflict, tragedy, and drama; but once they see it, it turns out there are no meaningful conflicts and nothing is portrayed dramatic/tragic or anything. They just made it darker because they it would be "kewler" and rake in a lot of cash.
    • Other meta examples: Darkness-Induced Audience Apathy, Wangst, and/or Angst Aversion
  • Reconstructed:
    • But over time the darker parts of the story begin overshadowing the lighter parts until everything in the story is at least a bit darker than they started with.
    • Meaningful conflicts and drama are later added in and written so correctly it makes it worthy of reading/watching.
    • Meta examples: A Lighter Shade of Black, Angst? What Angst?, Stoic Woobie, and/or Earn Your Happy Ending
  • Played For Laughs: The remake turns the show into a Black Comedy Sadist Show.

Get the hell back to Darker and Edgier - the trope that's been revamped for the fucking 90s... bitches!

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