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Basic Trope: A single moment makes the rest of the work darker.

  • Straight: A lighthearted fantasy romp turns grim when Emperor Evulz shows up and kills Bob halfway through. The rest of the show features the remaining heroes legitimately struggling against Evulz.
  • Exaggerated: A show starts as a cartoon about the utterly adorable Squiggles who inhabit a Fluffy Cloud Heaven Sugar Bowl before suddenly turning into a biography of Jeffrey Dahmer.
  • Advertisement:
  • Downplayed: The show doesn't get that much darker.
  • Justified: ???
  • Inverted:
    • In a world overflowing with darkness and cynicism, against all odds, the forces of good actually win. This victory begins to make the world a better place, and the rest of the series follows the ultimately successful rebuilding effort.
    • A "Hallelujah Point" occurs to end a long, dark, and grim period.
  • Subverted: After a few episodes of darkness, Alice steps up to take Bob's place as The Hero and defeat Evulz. The show's lightheartedness returns.
  • Double Subverted: ...for one episode. Then Evulz is revealed to be Not Quite Dead, and it's back to the bleakness.
  • Parodied: ???
  • Zig Zagged:
  • Averted: The show maintains a consistent tone throughout its run.
  • Enforced: "We need to Retool the show to fit an older audience. Let's state our intentions loudly and unmistakably."
  • Advertisement:
  • Lampshaded: "But it all looked so cute and nice!"
  • Invoked: ???
  • Exploited: ???
  • Defied: The people refuse to let Bob's death break their spirits.
  • Discussed: ???
  • Conversed: "You know, just when you think you're used to something, it goes and pulls the rug out from under you."

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