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Advertisement:propertag.cmd.push(function() { proper_display('tvtropes_content_3'); })The mood of a story or scene is the net effect of many different elements: the dialogue between the characters, the soundtrack, and the use of light and color in the background, to name a few. Artists will specifically select those elements that work together in unison to create the desired mood.
Or not. Some artists will introduce one element into a scene that completely rubs against the prevailing mood. However, rather than undermining the prevailing tone, this Mood Dissonance can make it stand out further. Rather than drowning each other out, the contrasting elements resonate against one another.
Of course, that's when it's done well. When Mood Dissonance is done poorly, the varying elements simply cancel each other out, rendering the final product a confusing mess, or worse.
This can also occur unintentionally in shows with cutesy eyecatches or opening or ending themes when they are left unchanged after dramatic elements.
Advertisement:propertag.cmd.push(function() { proper_display('tvtropes_content_2'); })Note that cases such as the page quote are very common (and often done deliberately) in Real Life, since people with jobs dealing with sickness and death are still human, and need to avert Darkness-Induced Real Life Apathy.
Inversions of Empathic Environment are common. The Empathy Doll Shot is a specific subtrope. Crapsaccharine World is when the dissonance is an inherent part of the story's setting. Soundtrack Dissonance and Lyrical Dissonance are music-specific subtropes. Scenery Dissonance is a subtrope involving the scenery contrasting with the nature of the events happening in it. See also Mood Whiplash, when the differences in mood are sequential rather than simultaneous. A Happy Flashback can be used to render a sad present scene more poignant. Compare Art-Style Dissonance.
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A (probably) unintentional example of this can be found at the end of episode 9 of Nanatsuiro Drops. At the end of the episode Haru Tsuwabuki, the male lead, is turned into an inanimate doll "forever", but they decide they decide to use the same, upbeat ED theme they used to end the previous episodes with.
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In the third act of La Bohème, both main couples sing a quartet ("Dunque è propio finita!") as they each break up. Mimì and Rodolfo's sweet, sad I Want My Beloved to Be Happy split is juxtaposed with Marcello and Musetta humorously Volleying Insults at one another.
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Sherlock:
The fact that the ringtone on Jim Moriarty's phone is the Bee Gees' "Staying Alive" just underscores how batshit crazy he is.
There's also Moriarty himself - whenever he speaks, it's hard to tell whether you should be laughing or cowering under a table in fear. He says everything in such a campy tone of voice, imitating a gay person, and then when told that "people have died" suddenly screams "That's what people DO!!!!" It's funny and terrifying all at once.
"The Reichenbach Fall" starts with a sad scene, complete with rain, and John saying that Sherlock Holmes is dead, but then immediately jumps to the rather upbeat title sequence. Talk about Mood Whiplash.
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In Majokko Tsukune-chan, much of the humor involves cutesy characters reacting in inappropriately cheerful or blasé ways to horrible events.
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In The Incredibles, partway through the movie, there is a montage in which Super Hero fashion designer notes the drawbacks to capes. The montage is of several superheroes and superheroines getting into quirky cape related accidents. The accidents are so hilarious that you don't dwell on the fact that they were fatal. Especially the teenage girl getting sucked into a jet engine. The results of which end up looking a great deal like this◊ (you have been warned).
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Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows : J.K. Rowling seems to be fond of this trope. More than one serious scene ends with one jarring note of humor. For instance, Harry is shocked at the realization that Umbridge has the Locket and accidentally lights Mundungus's eyebrows on fire, which are then quickly doused by Hermione.
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Mulan: You'd never have guessed that such a happy, cheerful Disney Acid Sequence could end in such a way. Lampshaded by The Nostalgia Chick:
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Bleach provides an excellent example of a cutesy ending theme left unchanged after dramatic elements. Skoop on Somebody's upbeat, peppy "Happy People", the closing Anime Theme Song during much of the Soul Society arc, seems incongruous when it follows a hard-hitting or violent episode—especially "Rukia's Nightmare", which explores the titular character's Dark and Troubled Past.
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One Foot in the Grave: Mood dissonance is practically the bread and butter. Many episodes revolve around Victor Meldrew being driven to fuming indignation by a series of increasingly absurd comic mishaps, then in the final scenes of the episode, the tone abruptly shifts as he (or his long-suffering wife Margaret) draws a comparison between what just happened, and how it is simply another example of the unfairness of life, usually on the theme of mortality and the trials of growing old. Then, with a resigned sigh, normal life resumes. Aside from this staple, the show also randomly drops in tragic moments, often as a counterpoint to a farcically comic scene, such as the death of a relative, or revealing Victor and Margaret having lost a child early in their marriage. Though it doesn't always hit its mark, at its best these scenes can be genuinely sad.
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Any time a thoroughly dramatic moment in Slayers is followed by a ridiculously peppy commercial bumper.
Evolution-R managed to avert this: in the few thoroughly serious episodes, the eyecatch has a different, moodier music.
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Sega Rally Championship has what is quite possibly the most cheerful standard Game Over around.
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Castle usually opens with some jolly tune, while camera pans over yet another gruesome murder scene.
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Dexter: The combination of visuals and soundtrack in the opening makes a normal morning routine look sinister. It is the morning routine of a Serial Killer, after all. It gives new meaning to "blood orange".
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The mood completely shifts in the very same sentence in the The Vicar of Dibley New Year special about Band-Aid. When the comedic Jim, who has a tic of stuttering no, reads a letter. With this tic normally being the butt of comedy, you can even hear the audience laughter over the tic immediately drop at once and there's literally no more laughter for the other times the tics are used.
The final scene of that episode is also this. It goes from a comedic scene with some laughs, to showing a video of African children who lost their parents. The scene, and episode, end with everyone finally agreeing that poverty is a serious issue.
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The Simpsons: Lampshaded. Marge, Bart, and Lisa pay two hostages takers for Homer's release via cable car (which was Homer's idea), and the music in their cable car was making the situation lighter, so Bart changed it to be more dramatic.
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EarthBound is a fun, bouncy, delightfully absurd game. EarthBound's final boss is the embodiment of lost innocence, an indescribable dimension of horror ruled by a tragic monster who eats prayer.
This extends to the entirety of MOTHER 3. On one hand, it's colorful, creative and hilarious. On the other hand, there aren't enough people left on earth to maintain the human species for more than a few generations. Not to mention all the murder, death, and suicide. Y'know, for kids!
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Fringe does this in the episode "Dreamscape" where a man jumps through a skyscraper window and classical music is playing while he's falling to his death.
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In the opening credits of the second season of Ah! My Goddess, "Flights of Fancy," one part seems a little strange. There's a short clip of Belldandy being surrounded by darkness, and she has a pained look on her face as the mark on her forehead glows with dark energy...all the while the cheerful introductory song plays in the background. Uh...yay?
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Heroes:
Be it ever so humble, in California or Texas, being paid a visit by creepy, quasi-ephebephilic stalker serial killers, desperate hostage takers, The Men in Black or cute lap dogs, the Bennetts' house is always sunny and warm and welcoming. DVD commentary reveals that this is intentional.
The series does this with Sylar, also a Serial Killer, who provides his own Plucky Comic Relief on occasion, such as by eating Dippin' Dots while watching his prey.
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The final scene of Carmen has Don José threatening to kill Carmen unless she leaves her lover for him while the outcome of the bullfight is greeted with fanfares and cheers.
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The Joker lives and breathes this trope. He's a clown, something that's supposed to be lighthearted and happy, that does awful and horrible things to people in a way that's occasionally funny. One description that sums it up goes that when the Joker's written right, he should be terrifying, should make you laugh, then hate yourself for laughing at him.
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Microdisney made this their trademark. The cheerful sounding "Town to Town" starts with the lines "Got a peaceful feeling, I've found a reason, for taking life less seriously" and yet the bridge contains the line "Help reap the dead harvest".
There is also "Dear Rosemary", which is a charming acoustic song which starts off with sweet lines about friendship and love and then catches you off guard with the line "They want to build a land fit for heroes to starve to death in".
"High and Dry" with its synth-tastic 80s sound has serious mood dissonance: "Why'd you have to leave me for some Albanian gambler on the Beirut train. When I finished laughing, I celebrated with a glass of paint". To sum up this upbeat catchy song is about somebody whose lover has left them and now he's gone mad and is trying to commit suicide by drinking paint.
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The anime of Violinist of Hameln has one of the most inappropriate opening themes. The sequence is very light and upbeat with an uplifting song, while the anime itself is very dark and depressing. Not to be confused with the manga which is a comedic parody of shounen action fantasy.
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The Hunger Games: The Reaping - with no music, the tension from the names being called, the horror of hearing Prim's name being called and Effie Trinket practically bouncing with excitement.
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Episode 8 of Paranoia Agent is probably one of the cutest, funniest and most light-hearted episodes in the entire series. It follows three people, one being a young girl, attempting to commit suicide. And, unwittingly, succeeding.
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When Harry Met Sally...: The "Mr. Zero" scene is a hilarious description of a — divorce.
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Tenchi Muyo!: One example that comes to mind of a sad ending going into an inappropriately cutesy closing song is episode 5, which ends with Kagato blowing up Ryu-Oh, seemingly killing off Tenchi, causing even Ryoko to start crying. Hey, look, Ryo-Ohki's planting carrots and flowers are dancing to a cheesy love song!
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Modern Warfare features a "shooting gallery" level, "Death from Above", in which the player controls the armaments of a AC-130 Spectre gunship and uses them in support of allies on the ground. The dissonance is in the calm, almost light-hearted banter of the crewmembers; when you send enemies flying with a shot from the 105 mm howitzer, they will exclaim things like "BOOM!", "I see lots of little pieces down there", "I see a guy running" and so on. This, of course, could very well be Truth in Television.
It pretty much is Truth in Television; operators of weapons systems like this, particularly aircraft, are often very emotionally detached from what they're seeing, to the point where they do not have the typical human psychological aversion to killing that troops on the front line experience. That's why it is significantly easier to kill enemy troops with artillery or air power - the soldiers operating these weapons are neither in much physical danger of retaliation nor do they really see their targets face-to-face and can thus carry out their missions with an almost disturbing level of calm.
Also, the potential for retaliation against that gunship was minimal, at least from the infantry armed with RPG's. Soldiers, even those in the safer battlefield positions, tend to become a lot less calm when there is a possibility, even the smallest chance, of a bigger fish coming along. Unlike a tank crew, these guys would probably have been safe from just about anything the Ultra-Nationalists holding the area could have used on them.
It's true. You cannot die in that mission, and you can't fail unless you accidentally open fire on a civilian, one specific building you're told not to destroy, or the friendly soldiers you're supporting.
After blowing up a truck full of enemy soldiers all the gunner has to say is "Shit, must have been a full tank of gas on that one".
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Towards the end of the film adaptation of Matilda, Miss Trunchbull is having her Villainous Breakdown and collapses in Matilda's classroom. The students cautiously advance on her as she awakens and immediately grabs one student to be thrown out the window. Matilda immediately uses her powers to open the window and helps him fly around a bit, making him laugh as light music plays in the background before bringing him back to crash into Miss Trunchbull and continue her breakdown/Humiliation Conga.
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Scrubs : Similar to some of the anime examples above, sometimes the light and upbeat credits music gets the show in trouble. While most of the time the music fits just fine, Scrubs is known for having several very serious episodes per season. The episode with Ben's death is a good example. To go from that to the downright twinkly credits is... jarring.
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Attack on Titan:
Hope Spots show up frequently. One moment the situation can be hopeless, and the next moment we're treated to light-hearted character development. The reverse can happen just as often.
Even the funny moments are subject to this, such as a flashback to Mikasa and her parents where they pass the buck on The Talk, when there's a knock at the door....
An extreme example is Eren accidentally forming (part of) a Titan body in front of the Survey Corps for the first time. The tension builds up rapidly as the Survey Corps intensely yells demands at him and are a hair-width from closing in and killing him... only for Hange to arrive and go absolutely, hilariously, rabidly SQUEE over it, immediately defusing the situation.
Another example comes from the capture of the Female Titan. Eren and the rest of squad Levi are triumphant, and joking about who pissed their pants on their first mission. Then the Female Titan escapes and brutally murders squad Levi, except for Eren, who can only scream in despair, as he's too far away to do anything about it.
The anime tends to play this up for as much dramatic effect as possible, and to make the following tragedies just that much more tragic.
The first few episodes are a good indicator for this.. Episode 1 and 2 are absolutely brutal, as they cover the Titans' breach of Wall Maria, and the subsequent mass starvation. Episode 3 is basically an extended comedic introduction for the supporting cast — slapstick, punchlines, the whole deal. Then, by Episode 5, people are dying en masse again.
Of course, even the episodes that end on a dramatic and/or depressing note are followed by the calm ending song.
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In Neon Genesis Evangelion, Mood Dissonance becomes more prominent as the series ticks down to the Gainax Ending. Mind Rape? Why not add the Hallelujah Chorus? Kaworu's death? Add 'Ode to Joy!' Shinji strangling Asuka as the last remnants of his sanity are stripped away, not to mention every human being on Earth being turned into a liquid? Cue the light jazzy pop! Of course, it is Komm, süsser Tod so it isn't as Mood Dissonance as you first think it is.
And then in the second Rebuild film, while Unit 01, controlled by the Dummy Plug system, is mutilating and disemboweling and eating Unit 03 — piloted by Asuka in this version — a bright and cheerful song about being best friends forever (this song) plays as everyone but Gendo is either too horrified to look away or all but openly weeping.
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The original Super Dimension Fortress Macross tended to use fight scene music that sounded less like epic battle music (think Star Wars) and more like jam session freestylin' (think Herbie Hancock).
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World of Warcraft: Blizzard's trailer for the "Wrath of the Lich King" expansion exploited this with the chilling precision for which they are known. The voiceover is of Terenis Menethil speaking, as if to his son, Arthas:
The accompanying video depicts Arthas, as The Lich King, waking and rising from The Frozen Throne in Northrend, drawing his sword Frostmourne and shattering the ice with it to raise his most powerful minion, the skeletal dragon Sindragosa, and empowering his Scourge army in preparation of leading them forth to destroy all of Azeroth.
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Homestuck: Andrew Hussie is pretty much a master of this technique, using it to jarring perfection.
Right after End of Act 4, when dream-Jade has died, what's the first thing we see? Her stuffed corpse, in the same manner as her grandfather's, in a disarmingly cheerful pose.
Also, immediately after the Jade: Enter flash, the next page shows Bro, dead by his own sword. It is a tragic and terrifying Worf Effect moment. Of course, the very next page shows us Jack putting on his shades and gloves. It is simultaneously hilarious and disturbing. You don't want to laugh at it, but you have to.
As well as the usage of Sweet Bro and Hella Jeff-style Stylistic Suck imagery during Gamzee's murderous rampage.
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In Breakfast of the Gods, after Cap'n Crunch dies and floats up to heaven, greeted by none other than the Quaker Oats Man. Really sad and touching, but the sight of the friggin' Quaker Oats man as God...
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Star Wars: The Clone Wars: Space Pirate Hondo Ohnaka lives and breathes this trope. He almost never drops his jovial, snarking demeanor, including when being threatened by Sith Lords.
His main reason for disliking the Sith is that they cannot be negotiated with in a business sense, not, say, that they're evil.
He even asks, after he's about to ransom Anakin and Obi-Wan along with Dooku to the Republic, if they can "go back to being friends" when this is all over.
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In Jerry Spinelli's Maniac Magee, several sad scenes are punctuated with bizarre bits of humor. For example, the narrator states that "the train took a swan dive into the Allegheny River" while describing the train wreck that killed the protagonist's parents.
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In The Howling, Robert Picardo plays a lycanthropic Serial Killer who smiley-face stickers at the scenes of his crimes.
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Eugene Onegin by Alexander Pushkin is written in a light-hearted, witty style, with a lot of jokes, but the story itself is pretty depressing.
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While most DLC for LittleBigPlanet, such as the Pirates of the Caribbean and Marvel packs mostly fit in their tone, the Metal Gear Solid DLC can easily be considered this, for both franchises involved! Even with Metal Gear Solid 4's plot and violence made much more simplistic and kid-friendly, it still has the same visual aesthetic and music as a typical MGS game that contrasts wildly with the colourful and cutesy look of the base LBP game. It could even be considered a Big-Lipped Alligator Moment considering that the DLC has little lasting impact on the series outside of materials, stickers and the Paintinator.
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Misfits: The episode with Rudy's third doppelganger featured a scene with him talking to Jess about their dark and troubled pasts, but they are doing it in the community center, which is being used for a wedding, so the conversation is interspersed with The Macarena.
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Most of the Soul Eater episodes for which the peppy and cute 'Style' was the ED. The Kid Heroes not only fail to stop the bad guy, they fail in a very unpleasant fashion with some of the series' prime examples of Nightmare Fuel. Although the tune does allow for the adorable version with a young Maka and Crona. In contrast, the fourth ED 'Strength' is considerably darker than what the final episodes actually depict though it spoils the general setup.
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The Dark Knight:
The Joker's two funniest moments are when he makes a pencil disappear and when he has to fiddle a bit with his detonator to get a hospital to explode. Of course, the latter was a Throw It In! Special Effects Failure, so...
In the online viral ad campaign for the film you can find a site that's essentially the Gotham Times as defaced by the Joker- The Ha Ha Ha Times. It's wickedly funny in parts, and eerie in others, but it does not prepare you for what you get in the movie. Things that are benign when first read, or just another throwaway joke, get... rather disturbing in light of the actual plot.
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In Toad Trainworks in Paper Mario: Color Splash, the broken train has a car full of impatient Toads. Entering it initiates a "battle" that consists of twelve Toads yelling at him, which takes 1 HP each time. If you start off with 12 HP or less, the Toads will keep yelling at the poor guy - even when he shows clear signs of exhaustion - until they take all his HP, at which point one of them says "Ah, I feel so much better now!". Then you get the usual Game Over animation where Mario falls over and the Slurp Guys suck up all his colour as the screen fades to white... but the Toads who got to yell at him watch contently as they their only hope of survival suffers a Family-Unfriendly Death.
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On the subject of the music, Victory Gundam is just as infamous in having peaceful, shiny music backing the bloodbath.
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Azumanga Daioh: Ayumuu "Osaka" Kasuga is one of those few characters who revel in this trope, for hilarious effect. She's supposed to be an Adorkable Shrinking Violet, but due to her eerily serene voice, bloodshot Tareme Eyes, and habit to go into a Slasher Smile even over the most innocuous and cute things, tends to stray into this trope. Luckily it's all Played for Laughs.
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The Umbrella Academy uses the bright, clean style of Gabriel Ba, while the plot is a mix of dramatic confrontations, violence, and absurdist humor.
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Be it ever so humble, in California or Texas, being paid a visit by creepy, quasi-ephebephilic stalker serial killers, desperate hostage takers, The Men in Black or cute lap dogs, the Bennetts' house is always sunny and warm and welcoming. DVD commentary reveals that this is intentional.
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Dungeons & Dragons: One of the greatest modules from the early days, "I6: Castle Ravenloft", is a spooky gothic tribute to Dracula and various classic horror tropes, fondly remembered by generations of players who got their characters killed there. It's also got a basement full of crypts with horrible puns carved on them.
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Howling III: The Marsupials: Word of God says it's a comedy, but the tone makes it not clear if this is supposed to be a comedy, a horror, or a Green Aesop about not hunting animals to extinction.
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The Perry Bible Fellowship: Much of its Black Comedy is juxtaposed with cute, "innocent" artwork with situations ranging from adult to utterly horrifying. Even within a single strip, nice safe idealised artwork can become infected with realism: deliberate visual Mood Whiplash.
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CLANNAD's ending theme is a cute, soothing tune that also doubles as Nagisa's theme, which conflicts with the dramatic moments that several episodes end in. The second season proved to be far worse. Episode 16 ends with Nagisa dying after giving birth, a flashback over Tomoya's happy moments with her, and Tomoya wishing he had never gotten involved with her so that she might still be alive. With the words "I should have never met her", the screen fades to white, aaaaaaaand... cue the cheerful, bouncing ending theme (which showcases the whole cast, ending with Tomoya and Nagisa)!
"Dango Daikazoku" could and could not be. While it seems to be cheery in contrast, it definitely highlights the main point of the show - family - as well as how happy things could be. Still, it's a stark contrast to the rest of the show.
Definitely a case of YMMV. There are some who, beneath the surface cuteness, find the song to be oddly melancholic in tone, making it more Lyrical Dissonance rather than Mood Dissonance.
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Inspector Rex: This Austrian cop show* Kommissar Rex in the original language is a poster child for Mood Dissonance. It's got cheesy theme music, a cute dog acting human, chocolate-box Vienna locations: everything points to a fun family show. And then you realise you're watching a plot about kids being kidnapped from the fair and forced to make child porn... This changes in the Roman seasons, which begin with shots making the shape of a dog footprint.
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That Mitchell and Webb Look: In the last episode of series four, a sketch about an elderly Sherlock Holmes succumbing to dementia and Watson desperately trying to pretend for his sake that nothing has changed is initially played for laughs... until Holmes, in a sudden moment of clarity, reveals he knows what's happening to him.
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Boxer Hockey: Young Rittz and Skip are having an intense discussion about whether they should stay friends (idealistic Rittz is appauled at Skip's shoplifting while Skip is clearly doing it to survive and each is the other's only friend) while Rittz is holding his dad's hand at his mother's burial service. Skip agrees to be good [beat] and snatches someone's wallet on the sly.
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Tales of Symphonia has a hilarious one due to the character's in-game sprites having only one expression. Zelos' death is supposed to be heart-wrenching, but during his final words the entire party (except Perpetual Frowner Regal) all have frozen smiles on their faces. Bonus points go to Sheena who is supposed to be rubbing her eyes in tears, but looks like she's Face Palming trying not to laugh.
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The random jumprope scene in Big Buck Bunny.
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In Gunnerkrigg Court, Antimony is in the middle of a bright, sunlit field when her Emotionless Girl facade breaks and she starts bawling her eyes out. Later, Kat's poignant goodbye to Alistair ends with her smiling dazedly and exclaiming, "How could I cry after a week like that?"
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Super Cosplay War Ultra : This fanmade fighting game features a character named Kay, who looks like she's straight out of Super Monkey Ball. Her attacks are (mostly) based on Neon Genesis Evangelion.
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Zebra Girl: So, on the one hand, you have a group of friends preparing themselves to fight again a former one (and, for all they know, this dangerous ex-friend is out for their blood), all of them being deeply saddened by the situation and traumatized by past events, and on the other hand you have a werewolf completely ignoring how said group of friends really feel, reminiscing past traumatic events with excitement, and seemingly impatient to kill her (whereas the others don't really want to think about such a possibility).
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Watchmen:
The song "Hallelujah" by Leonard Cohen was already meant to be ironic and melancholy. The use of the word "Hallelujah" in contrast to the general mood of the song only emphasizes its mood, making it even more melancholy. Perfect for a sex scene! This was intentional, since Snyder thought the scene was already ridiculous.
Likewise the opening scene of The Comedian's brutal murder with the romantic song "Unforgettable" playing in the background. This was also deliberate, as one theme of the story is the eroticism of violence and how, for The Comedian especially, masked heroes only felt alive when they're beating the hell out of somebody. The song is also symbolic of the murderer, Adrian Veidt having never forgotten how The Comedian was the only person to ever defeat him in combat. Veidt also considers himself unforgettable. In his defence, he's certainly anything but dull.
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The entirety of Ed Wood is based on this trope. Despite Wood's movies constantly earning scorn from the audience and his increasingly pressing financial problems, the movie almost never stops being as upbeat and optimistic as a Rags to Riches story. Given everything the man's friends ever said about him, this is utterly appropriate as the man was an inveterate optimist who never failed to see the silver lining to any situation.
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As well as the usage of Sweet Bro and Hella Jeff-style Stylistic Suck imagery during Gamzee's murderous rampage.
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Final Fantasy XIII-2 has Chocolina, who was designed cheerful in order to contrast with the Darker and Edgier mood of the game. However even Chocolina becomes depressed in the worst timelines, or after the most depressing plot events. It really shows how dark the whole game can seem when you compare some of her later appearances with her first few.
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Final Fantasy VI is generally considered one of the darker games in the series—for example, absolutely every character has either been kidnapped, enslaved, abandoned, lost family members, lost lovers, lost the rest of their kind or their country prior to the start of the game at most and all before the Wham Episode, wherein the villain destroys civilization and blasts the world back centuries, and then spends a year idly blasting what remains because he feels like it. After this point the game takes pains to impress you with the real tearjerkers of the game, because clearly things were not bad enough. And yet...the game has some of the most hilarious moments of the entire series, usually right after — or hell, even during — the soul-killingly depressing ones. Here's an example: A silly, witty character is hopping around like a flea while giving orders to gods and demanding to know why their smiting isn't up to snuff, gosh dang it! To the right! The right! That scene happens during the Wham Episode. The one doing the ordering is the sadistic, psychopathic Monster Clown villain, and what he is directing the smiting at was once his emperor and conqueror of the world, but is now a broken and bleeding old man crawling on the ground. After the smiting connects, the villain kicks him in the ribs, tosses off a oneliner, then heaves his still-conscious body off to fall miles to his ultimate death. There are many scenes like that, where the general reaction is a combination of grief, horror...and laughing.
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Final Fantasy X-2: During the battle with Bahamut at the end of Chapter 2, the cutscene preceding the battle, and the Sad Battle Music during the actual fight really hits the player with how painful the fight is for Yuna. The fact that anyone using the Songstress Dressphere will still chirp up with their usual "Na-na-na-na-na-na-na-na-na!" when the Sing commands are used doesn't. This is exacerbated by the fact that all of the other Dresspheres' usual quirky lines are muted.
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The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword features a scene where Ghirahim has finally kidnapped Zelda, is about to use her soul to revive Demise, and has summoned a massive army of monsters to hold Link back while the ritual is in progress. In the midst of all this, he performs an extraordinarily goofy, giddy dance◊ around the unconscious Zelda, presumably from excitement over the prospect that his master will finally be revived. Granted, this is all perfectly in character for Ghirahim, but the context of the whole scene makes it stick out like a sore thumb compared to all the other times he has acted so crazily.
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Both of the DS Drawn to Life games have this. In the first one, you're busy rescuing the Raposa and sending them back to town while getting pages of the Book of Life so that you can draw stuff they need (well, they may not need beach balls, but they send you to get them anyway). Then, Wilfre kills the Mayor, and the Hero kills him in return. In the second one, it gets worse. Wilfre is resurrected through being a symbiote on Heather, the half-shadow Raposa. The plot? Wilfre steals the color from various worlds, and it's up to the Hero and his friends to get them back. Along the way, Jowee makes a new friend with a Raposa named Sock. Near the end, it's revealed that Sock was Wilfre in disguise. When you finally go to confront Wilfre and restore color to the land, you learn that restoring color would cause the worlds to die. After Wilfre is defeated anyway, everything fades away, even the Creator (the Raposa version of God, and essentially you), the last thing being Heather, whose voice gets jumbled. Then, it turns out that the Raposa world is a dream of Mike, a human in the games who was turned into a Raposa, and Heather was his sister. Mike's family was in a car crash that killed his parents, put half of Heather's face in bandages, and put Mike into a coma. And you thought these were happy little pepper-uppers.
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The Netflix original series Orange Is the New Black uses this a lot, often switching from comedy to tragedy very quickly. The use of this trope is especially pronounced in the very last scene of the last episode of season one: Everyone except Chapman is having a great time at the Christmas pageant, inmates and guards all together. Even Doggett, who gets to perform in the pageant, is happy. Chapman meanwhile, is totally alone and friendless, and goes outside in the snow, where Doggett follows her to kill her. The switch from the warmth and happiness of the pageant to Chapman fighting for life alone in the cold Winter darkness is very jarring, and very effective.
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In the film Nikita, about fifteen minutes in there's a scene where the junkie Nikita is turning her life around in the secret government agency, complete with bouncy, uplifting music. The problem is this is about ten minutes after watching her blow a cop's head off. Too Soon.
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Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street. The somewhat lighthearted and fun-to-sing-along-with Sondheim songs somehow make you feel like murdering people with barber razors seems like what should normally happen, and you find yourself happy that he kills the Judge in the end. The song that actually introduces the cannibalism is a light waltz full of silly puns.
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Third Eye Blind seems quite fond of this with catchy Ear Worm "Semi-charmed Kinda Life" which is all about doing meth.
If that's bad, it gets worse on "Slow Motion" which starts out with shooting his English teacher's son over drug money then proceding to do coke and heroin to an upbeat tune.
"I see my neighbor beating his wife/ because he hates his life/ there's an arc to his fist as he swings/ oh man, what a beautiful thing"
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Narutaru's ridiculously over-the-top cheery introduction can have this effect, given that inevitably it will only take a few seconds after it's ended for the anime to start recapping how the plot went Gone Horribly Wrong last episode.
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This extends to the entirety of MOTHER 3. On one hand, it's colorful, creative and hilarious. On the other hand, there aren't enough people left on earth to maintain the human species for more than a few generations. Not to mention all the murder, death, and suicide. Y'know, for kids!
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Sayonara, Zetsubou-Sensei's plot so far: A depressed-to-the-point-of-attempting-melodramatic-suicide-on-a-daily-basis man becomes the homeroom teacher for a class filled to the brink with borderline psychopaths, social misfits and mental cases (except for that one girl who is normal), and he has offered a handful of the students to commit double suicide with him. Depressing? Not one bit, much thanks to the fact that it all gets so bizarre and fudged up with all the different and extreme personalities, you simply cannot take the show seriously. The fact that the show doesn't seem to take itself seriously, but provides so many forms of dissonance it's pretty much a Mind Screw on drugs, also helps.
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The ending of the Moral Orel episode "Repression" has Orel proclaiming "Everything's Fine!" then walking off into a sunset with an Andy Griffith-esque theme . . . right after Principal Fakey has thrown out his wife, thinking she's been unfaithful (which he was).
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The West Wing has the same problem as Scrubs, but its credits are even more lighthearted and sparkly than Scrubs' — it wouldn't be out of place in a circus or carnival. Just listen to this and then ask whether or not you'd like to hear that two seconds after the show fades to black during an assassination attempt, or the president holds back tears while coffins carrying the bodies of several pointlessly killed DEA agents are carried past him, or Leo breaks the news of Mrs. Landingham's death.
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Hadestown features "When The Chips Are Down," a very fatalistic song set to a very catchy, jaunty tune.
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Code Geass R2: In the last episode, Nunnally sobbing over Lelouch's dead body is set to the uplifting Continued Story and the rallying cheers of "ZERO! ZERO! ZERO!"
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Darths & Droids frequently accomplishes this with the contrast between what the characters are doing within the game and what their players are talking about outside the game. Taken to the extremes in #607, in which Anakin is Force-choking Padmé and exclaiming My God, What Have I Done? while, out of character, Annie is pronouncing her love for Jim for roleplaying the scene so effectively.
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Final Fantasy:
Final Fantasy XIII-2 has Chocolina, who was designed cheerful in order to contrast with the Darker and Edgier mood of the game. However even Chocolina becomes depressed in the worst timelines, or after the most depressing plot events. It really shows how dark the whole game can seem when you compare some of her later appearances with her first few.
Final Fantasy X-2: During the battle with Bahamut at the end of Chapter 2, the cutscene preceding the battle, and the Sad Battle Music during the actual fight really hits the player with how painful the fight is for Yuna. The fact that anyone using the Songstress Dressphere will still chirp up with their usual "Na-na-na-na-na-na-na-na-na!" when the Sing commands are used doesn't. This is exacerbated by the fact that all of the other Dresspheres' usual quirky lines are muted.
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Ctrl+Alt+Del: The death of Embla is supposed to be a moving event, as she's the only other intelligent robot on earth and Zeke's only equal. It's tarnished due to Ethan acting like his usual "lolrandom" childish self, being insensitive by attempting to dump Embla's body in a recycling bin, and selfishly blaming his alcoholism on Zeke leaving. It's further warped when you realize Ethan is acting more emotional over Zeke, a robot who loved insulting him and blackmailed him into creating his mate, than his own unborn stillborn child.
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With its upbeat, J-Pop-ish theme tune, Teen Titans sometimes suffered from this after a dramatic opening sequence.
Example from Apprentice: Part 1. Robin wakes from a disturbing nightmare about Slade, in a cold sweat, to find Cyborg telling him that they've been contacted by the aforementioned villain. Seconds later: When there's trouble you know who to call...
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Courage the Cowardly Dog plays this for laughs. On one hand we have terrifying imagery, disturbing villains, and eerie music. On the other we have two oblivious old people and a Funny Animal doing wild takes. The result is hilarious. At least until Eustace and Muriel start freaking out.
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A Clockwork Orange: Horrible violence and classical music.
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The finale of Life On Mars ends with Sam waking up from his coma and returning to his life in 2006... and then realising he feels nothing. So he goes up to the roof of the police station, and with a huge smile on his face and David Bowie rising triumphantly on the soundtrack, he runs to the edge and leaps to his death.
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Serenity
Book, stop making jokes as you die, gorramit.
How about when after navigating a very difficult sequence with some deft maneuvers, Wash is impaled MID-SENTENCE? Puts a real damper on the "whew we got through that one!" feel.
Much earlier in the movie, of course, as relationships and moods are imploding left and right, River hears the impossibly cheery Fruity Oaty Bar commercial, complete with kawaii-but-disturbing visuals, which triggers her Waif-Fu so hard that she maims or incapacitates nearly everybody in the bar. Including Jayne!
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So we have Kingdom Hearts: Birth by Sleep, one of the games of the series in which a ton of the really bad shit happens, right? So we come to the end of the Trauma Conga Line for our three protagonists and what plays? None other than "Hikari"/"Simple and Clean" by Utada Hikaru. It felt really awkward to hear it this time around.
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The opening of Saving Private Ryan shows the D-Day invasion in horrific detail, with intense cinematography designed to give a "you are there" feeling. It's quite sickening. In the middle of all this, there's a brief moment in which a soldier's helmet is struck by a bullet and gets dented. He takes it off to look at it, with a puzzled expression on his face. A moment later, a bullet goes through his head, killing him. It's oddly hilarious, even though it has no right to be.
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Fuck You by Cee Lo Green is a very upbeat Earworm. However the song is a bitter rant against the singer's ex and her new boyfriend.
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The Crow: Eric Draven's interactions with the gang that killed him jump sentence-to-sentence between silly jokes and brutal violence.
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The Fall plays the tension between the innocent imagination of its child heroine and Roy's cynical interpretations of reality both for laughs and drama, like when Alexandria makes silly faces at a sleeping Roy after he's just tried to overdose on pills, or in the climactic brawl of the fantasy sequence, where the heinous arch-villain, in between beating the tar out of the hero and trying to drown him in a pool of water, exasperatedly demands that he stand up and fight because the pool of water he's drowning in is only a few feet deep.
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In Tales of the Questor, Quentyn is fighting his way through a horde of shadow wights to destroy a rat-king. It is a gruesome page. The only words on that page? The 23rd Psalm—and it is badass.
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Natural Born Killers presents a scene of domestic violence and child abuse in the style of a '50s sitcom, complete with a Laugh Track.
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The ending of Jude the Obscure. Jude is dying, not yet thirty, abandoned by the woman he loves, after having lost all three of his children. Meanwhile, his amoral wife Arabella is out having fun -even going back out after she finds him dead because she can't be bothered. In fact, the whole of Christminster (Oxford), which represents all that Jude aspired to, seems to be celebrating while he dies. Ouch.
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My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic:
Similar to the Teen Titans example below, it's become practically a Running Gag that the two-parter episodes will have a dark opening or end on a scary cliffhanger...Cue the happy theme song.
In "Party of One", Pinkie Pie starts growing increasingly suspicious of her friends avoiding her; for her, not being liked would be the worst thing imaginable. She being a character that can't even sneeze without comedy, it's played for comedy — but gets increasingly disturbing with the growing element of her outward anger and inner pain (and the others' distress over how they can't just put her at her ease about it yet because they're hiding something). In the climax, falsely convinced she has solid evidence her friends want to disown her, Pinkie suffers a full-fledged psychotic break and starts holding a party alone with inanimate objects, with the surreal scene depicting her mental state vividly. At this point, the elements of the scene are so mixed that it's not even clear whether the dominant mood should be considered funny and even cute, or sad and disturbing as heck. (If Black Comedy were a mood, it would be easy to answer this.)
Pinkie Pie tends to be the God queen of this trope due to her wackiness. Charging in to attack Nightmare Moon? She hops with a big smile while everyone else is dead serious. Getting ready to take out Discord? She tells both her friends and the baddie to wait (which they do) so she can have one final drink of the free chocolate milk raining down. She also tends to invert it. When everyone else is calmly walking around the Crystal Empire politely asking for information, she's sneaking around dressed like Sam Fisher and disguising herself as Fluttershy.
In "The Return of Harmony, Part 2", Twilight Sparkle slips past the Despair Event Horizon after the Elements of Harmony fail to work on Discord and her corrupted friends leave in a huff after a big argument. She sadly walks back to the Ponyville library, her head hung low... while a cotton-candy Personal Raincloud rains on her, silly things like dancing buffalo and an upside-down rain of pies happen all around her, and Discord shows up to mock her failure.
In "It's About Time" when Twilight Sparkle meets her future self, she suggests in a panic that the reason for her scar and her eye patch are the result of an "epic pony war". Given what these creatures are capable of in-universe such a thing actually would be pretty nasty, but just try and say the phrase "epic pony war" out loud without smirking.
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Doctor Who:
On the Daleks: The Early Years VHS, the footage of the extermination of Kert Gantry, a security agent for the Second Great and Bountiful Human Empire, had no sound, so they used the 1964 novelty Christmas song "I'm Gonna Spend My Christmas With a Dalek".
Many of the post-regeneration trauma scenes, in which the Doctor's natural funniness is combined with the usual shocked, horrified and grieving reactions from the companions. For instance...
It's quite amusing when the Second Doctor takes out his recorder and starts playing and dancing a jig... but since his companions have just seen him regenerate and Ben thinks he is an imposter and is seriously considering trying to kill him, it's embarrassing and uncomfortable.
The Fourth Doctor babbling nonsense, reciting Ironic Nursery Rhymes and running around like an eight-year-old actually combines with the horrified reactions of the UNIT family for Black Comedy.
The Tenth Doctor staggering about and wishing Jackie and Mickey a Merry Christmas before collapsing is done with brilliant comic timing, but Rose is still mourning her old Doctor and we soon realise that with the Doctor recovering, everything is horribly wrong and scary.
The most extreme example, however, is the Deconstruction of this with the Sixth Doctor, who does a load of stock post-regeneration funny-antics setpieces (trying on silly clothes, having trouble remembering who his companion is), but it's all Played for Drama and without a note of comedy, making the whole sequence extremely (perhaps too) disturbing.
Transitional periods between producers or lead actors in the Classic series tended to result in this, as an incoming production team was usually forced to use scripts intended for the old regime until it could commission new ones — and if they had a drastically different idea for what Doctor Who should aim for emotionally, this was the result:
"Planet of Giants" was based on a concept invented by executive producer Sydney Newman as one of his very first ideas for what they should do with this children's Edutainment show about a scientist — everyone shrinks and they learn about bugs and the environment. By that time, the show had all but abandoned educational subtext to concentrate on adventure stories, and it's both a misfit in Season 2 and rather odd to watch a simple educational story being told to us with the same histrionics as an adventure full of Daleks.
Used for characterisation in "The Highlanders", the Second Doctor's second story. It resembles the kind of sombre "pure historical" adventure story associated with William Hartnell, only the Doctor's antics in it are Flanderized outrageously, going from gentle comedy setpieces of him adopting false identities to fit into the historical setting to an enormously silly subplot involving the Doctor adopting various false identities (a Funny Foreigner, a Harmless Lady Disguise, etc) and running rings around people. The tone of the sequences with the companions is much the same as it would have been with Hartnell, but the tone of the sequences with the Doctor is much more loopy and anarchic.
"Planet of the Daleks" was Terry Nation's first script for the show since 1965 and he had not moved on — in fact, he was so behind the times that he titled each individual episode, a practice abandoned in 1966. The result of this is that the story is a massive William Hartnell-era throwback, in terms of structure, plotting and characterisation, which tends to result in mixed reactions.
"Robot", the Fourth Doctor's first story and the last story produced by Third Doctor producer Barry Letts, does a similar thing to the above — most of the story is the same 'the Doctor and UNIT investigate a science fictional threat in bucolic English surroundings' template associated with the sombre and authoritarian Third Doctor, the result being that the drastically more flamboyant, sly and alien characterisation of the new Doctor shines through.
"Horror of Fang Rock" and "Image of the Fendahl" were written for Philip Hinchcliffe's Gothic Horror-influenced tenure, but Moral Guardians had forced him out of a job and his replacement was told that horror was off the table or the show would be cancelled. The result was that they were some of the most thematically dark scripts in the whole of Tom Baker's tenure (The Siege meets Kill ’Em All in a foreboding Victorian tower; people trapped with an explicitly occult Eldritch Abomination that makes people kill themselves upon seeing it) but with all the scares and gore taken out and replaced with jokes.
A few years later there was "Meglos", which was the kind of cracky idea that'd have worked just fine in the The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy-esque Season 17 (an alien potted cactus that can turn you into a Criminal Doppelgänger? "Groundhog Day" Loop comedy skits?), resulting in very strange effects when Played for Drama in the new Darker and Edgier, soap-opera-influenced regime of Season 18.
"The Empty Child" has a moment of this when Jack flirts with Rose while they're standing on his invisible spaceship … as London is being bombed by the Luftwaffe. Rose points this out:
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At the end of the credits for Call of Duty: World at War, a number of real soldiers who fought in World War 2 are named, and thanked with fairly emotional words for their service and their help in crafting the game. Aaaaand then you transition into Nazi Zombies...
And again in Call of Duty: Black Ops, with the credits rolling over the sight of a massive US Navy armada coming to save the day, shifting to yet another allusion to the Kennedy assassination that all but states outright that the player character is the one who did it, ending with a somber quote from Kennedy himself about not looking solely to the past, which then shifts into the hilarious "Five" cutscene before you're shooting zombies in the Pentagon's inner sanctum.
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In The Lion King, the stage "Simba's Exile", of course, takes place right after Scar has killed Mufasa and led Simba to believe it was his fault, and the stage music is a medley of all the somber themes from the movie, but they still use Young Simba's standard smiling sprite, and we still hear him say "cool!" when he grabs a bug.
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And again in Call of Duty: Black Ops, with the credits rolling over the sight of a massive US Navy armada coming to save the day, shifting to yet another allusion to the Kennedy assassination that all but states outright that the player character is the one who did it, ending with a somber quote from Kennedy himself about not looking solely to the past, which then shifts into the hilarious "Five" cutscene before you're shooting zombies in the Pentagon's inner sanctum.
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Pretty Cure All Stars DX 3 plays a cheery, upbeat theme for its end theme as we're treated to still scenes of twenty-one Precures crying over the loss of their Mascot Companions followed by clips of how they met. The post-script scene after the credits fixes that problem. While Smile Pretty Cure! kinda repeats the ending in its own continuity the trope is not present, as we get to hear Miyuki, Akane, Yayoi, Nao and Reika wave good bye to Candy and Pop... and once they're out of sight, the girls proceed to bawl their eyes out... and no cheery, upbeat theme during the whole scene to make a dissonance.
Speaking of Smile Pretty Cure, a text news bulletin about a bus crash appeared during the ending theme of the original airing of "School Excursion! Miyuki's Least Happy in Kyoto!?".
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The Avengers (1998) has a scene where the Big Bad of the movie has a meeting with his henchmen; two of them indicate that they want out, and he promptly kills them. It would all be very serious if everyone in the scene was not dressed in a giant teddy bear costume.
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The Byker Grove episode that ends with the death of Jemma Dobson has the same upbeat credits as every other episode, and the laugh at the end of the song comes up just as the image of Jemma's dead body comes on screen.
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On The Amazing Race 3's final elimination leg, "wonder twins" Derek and Drew missed the clue box, and, in their confusion, ended up making their way to the Pit Stop. The final scene had sad music playing, Derek and Drew being confused and distraught at their eminent elimination, Flo upset because she caused the elimination of her future boyfriend by telling Ken and Gerard where the clue was, and Ken and Gerard grim but resolute in their decision to ditch the twins in order to save themselves, and, in contrast to all that, Zach laughing away at the twins' mistake, happy to finally be rid of Drew, the man who had spent the entire race flirting with his teammate.
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Battlestar Galactica: In the original, the colonies are all wiped out, same holds for most battlestars, but the show tries to maintain a light, comedic mood.
One episode of the new series combined this with Suspiciously Apropos Music after Dualla kills herself.
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Power Rangers RPM is made of this trope. For the guardians of the Last City on Earth, fighting killer robots who turned the planet into a bombed-out wasteland, with most loved ones dead and a single loss meaning total extinction, the characters are disturbingly peppy.
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Dr. Strangelove: It is hard not to root for the crew of the ''Leper Colony'' as they work to reach their target... even though you know that if they succeed, the world is doomed.
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An episode of Veronica Mars does this beautifully - a major character is stabbed in the stomach by an ex-lover at a Christmas party while everyone is outside smiling, watching snow fall, and listening to a choir sing happy Christmas music. As described by Veronica: "Christmas in Neptune is, was, and always will be about the trappings - the lights and the tinsel they use to cover up the sordidness, the corruption."
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Very deliberate throughout Cannon Fodder, particularly when your oh-so-cute soldiers (the trope namers for War Has Never Been So Much Fun) bleed to death in agony. It's an attempt to avert Do Not Do This Cool Thing.
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GLaDOS in Portal, like the Colonel in the MGS2 example above, combines breezy corporate spin with raging psychosis and bitter passive-aggression. Once again, she becomes a deeply, deeply terrifying character because her dialogue is so funny.
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The LEGO Movie surprisingly did this despite what it's based on, being outright colourful but going completely out of its way to demonstrate satire reminiscent of Brave New World and 1984, Cold-Blooded Torture - especially the full force of it on Good Cop Bad Cop whilst Lord Business is enjoying every second of it — a decapitation of a main character and many attempts on people's lives involving an attempted homicide of the Master Builders and a superweapon that turns people into practically frozen corpses.
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When TBS offered The Taking of Pelham One Two Three (2009) On Demand - the had their Commercial Pop-Up saying "TBS Very Funny" all through a movie that includes seven on screen deaths and terrified hostages.
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In Digimon Tamers while Henry and Renamon were having a deep conversation about Rika leaving her, Calumon and Terriermon were laughing right between them.
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In R.O.D the TV, Nenene does some rather conspicuous Gainaxing while being Mind Raped.
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Averted in Freedom Planet, where the normal jingle for getting an extra life is replaced with a shorter, more subdued sound effect during boss battles and other intense parts of the game. Played straight in the story, when an important Plot Coupon is lost and the player characters, temporarily unable to do anything about it, accept the mayor's invitation for sushi.
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Mobile Suit Gundam: The music of the song Soldiers of Sorrow in the 2nd movie has a very light-hearted, upbeat tune, which does make the song's message of the tragedy of war and man's unending folly/absurdity in glorifying it stand out further. The movie's earlier releases placed this music in the climactic battle. The seemingly-incompatible light intro amongst the action slaughter can make the viewer take notice of the whole scene, and as the music and the battle progress they intertwine, becoming one profoundly emotional experience. The tune's upbeat element underscores the valiance of both sides, while at the same time its light merry-go-round-music aspect underscores the "here-they-go-again-killing-each-other-off" message. (One focus is the portrayal of Kai Shiden, where he shows his cemented resolve to see the war through due to a recent personal tragedy, and thus jumping into the carnage.) Later releases of the movie had Soldiers of Sorrow displaced by some action music, changing the feel of the moment. (It was then turned into the movie's closing music.)
The third Gundam movie had the battle with the Big Zam accompanied by what could best be described as seventies style smooth jazz.
On the subject of the music, Victory Gundam is just as infamous in having peaceful, shiny music backing the bloodbath.
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An episode of Bunheads ends with a Big-Lipped Alligator Moment of Sasha doing a dark and sensual dance routine, referred to by Word of God as "Sasha's Anger Dance" to the bouncy tune and silly lyrics of the They Might Be Giants cover of "Istanbul (Not Constantinople)".
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The Fast Show: The "Rowley Birkin QC" monologues are generally unintelligible but very funny anecdotes. One, however, seems to be about a woman he was in love with during WW2, and who apparently died. The whole scene is melancholy, and the final line "I held her in my arms... (long pause)... I'm afraid I was very drunk." is unutterably sad.
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From Blue Peter:
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Star Wars Episode III: Revenge of the Sith. Darth Vader has just been mutilated, is imprisoned in an awful suit for the rest of his life and has just discovered that he killed his wife, his entire motivation for his turn for evil which was directly responsible for his prior two predicaments. Of course it's the dramatic peak of the movie and possibly the franchise, the moment where the whiny hero Anakin Skywalker truly dies and Darth Vader rises as a force of evil. Wait, what? It's not? Then what.... Nooooooo!
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D'LIRIUM is an indie game starring cute talking Ponies. It's an utterly terrifying tribute to 90s horror shooters like DOOM and Silent Hill.
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Spider-Verse: Morlun transports into a Delicious Fruit Pies ad and eats the Spidey there, turning it into a cheesy ad for totems instead. His brief tenure as a player-eating SNK Boss in the MVC2 world was also done the same way.
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Cyrano de Bergerac: At act II Scene VI, Cyrano heart is broken when Roxane confesses him that she is in love with Christian. Then the Duenna interrupts Cyrano and Roxane telling him she has eaten all the pies Cyrano gave them. He comically sends her to read poems and closes the door in her face. The last four acts of this play have funny things and tragic things happening one after the other.
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The Sonic the Hedgehog Dark Fic Prison Island Break always injects its humour this way, making engrossed readers sit up sharply. During even the darkest or most dramatic of moments, humorous thoughts and dialogue turn up almost randomly. There are many examples, one when the depressed Silver tries to drown himself in his bowl of cereal, and in another, during a dramatic Anger Management class Sonic drops boiling hot coffee in his lap without noticing. Others involve the erotic, violent, dramatic romp between Shadow and Sonic being described as 'a dance-battle with sex', and a Shout-Out to Frozen happens while Silver is dying from a drug overdose.
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type
Mood Dissonance
 Film: Battle: Los Angeles / int_fbb17992
type
Mood Dissonance
 Blood Diamond / int_a7f4710f
type
Mood Dissonance
 Dr. Strangelove / int_a7f4710f
type
Mood Dissonance
 Duck and Cover / int_a7f4710f
type
Mood Dissonance
 Fatal Attraction / int_a7f4710f
type
Mood Dissonance
 Film: Flash Gordon / int_fbb17992
type
Mood Dissonance
 Flash Gordon (1980) / int_a7f4710f
type
Mood Dissonance
 Four Lions / int_a7f4710f
type
Mood Dissonance
 Howling III: The Marsupials / int_fbb17992
type
Mood Dissonance
 Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull / int_a7f4710f
type
Mood Dissonance
 It's a Wonderful Life / int_a7f4710f
type
Mood Dissonance
 Film: Kamen Rider G
seeAlso
Mood Dissonance
 Lethal Weapon / int_a7f4710f
type
Mood Dissonance
 Film: Medium Cool / int_fbb17992
type
Mood Dissonance
 Film: Ravenous / int_fbb17992
type
Mood Dissonance
 Ravenous (1999) / int_a7f4710f
type
Mood Dissonance
 Ruby Sparks / int_a7f4710f
type
Mood Dissonance
 7th Heaven / int_a7f4710f
type
Mood Dissonance
 Slumdog Millionaire / int_a7f4710f
type
Mood Dissonance
 Film: The Proposition / int_fbb17992
type
Mood Dissonance
 Versus (Lets Play) / int_a7f4710f
type
Mood Dissonance
 Light Novel: Dakara Boku wa, H ga Dekinai. / int_fbb17992
type
Mood Dissonance
 Fate/Zero / int_a7f4710f
type
Mood Dissonance
 Light Novel: No-Rin / int_fbb17992
type
Mood Dissonance
 Ryuugajou Nanana No Maizoukin / int_a7f4710f
type
Mood Dissonance
 So, I Can't Play H! / int_a7f4710f
type
Mood Dissonance
 The Hexbreaker / int_a7f4710f
type
Mood Dissonance
 The Iliad / int_a7f4710f
type
Mood Dissonance
 make a to do send a pm add to watchlist drop watch go to watchlist A Ir / int_fbb17992
type
Mood Dissonance
 Ashes To Ashes Spoilers
seeAlso
Mood Dissonance
 Blue Peter / int_fbb17992
type
Mood Dissonance
 Gundam Vs Series / int_fbb17992
type
Mood Dissonance
 Iron Storm / int_fbb17992
type
Mood Dissonance
 Ironic Juxtaposition
seeAlso
Mood Dissonance
 Kage No Kokoro / int_fbb17992
type
Mood Dissonance
 Kamen Rider G
seeAlso
Mood Dissonance
 Rufus Rex / int_fbb17992
type
Mood Dissonance
 Sita Sings the Blues / int_fbb17992
type
Mood Dissonance
 Sliding Scale of Character Appreciation
seeAlso
Mood Dissonance
 That Mitchell and Webb Look / int_fbb17992
type
Mood Dissonance
 The Likeness
seeAlso
Mood Dissonance
 The Longing Ribbon
seeAlso
Mood Dissonance
 There Will Be Blood / int_fbb17992
type
Mood Dissonance
 Warp / int_fbb17992
type
Mood Dissonance
 B Gata H Kei (Manga) / int_a7f4710f
type
Mood Dissonance
 Manga: Cuticle Detective Inaba / int_fbb17992
type
Mood Dissonance
 DEAD Tube (Manga) / int_a7f4710f
type
Mood Dissonance
 Hellsing (Manga) / int_a7f4710f
type
Mood Dissonance
 Manga: Ichigeki Sacchu Hoihoi-san / int_fbb17992
type
Mood Dissonance
 Manga: Ichigeki Sacchu!! Hoihoi-san / int_fbb17992
type
Mood Dissonance
 Monthly Girls' Nozaki-kun (Manga) / int_a7f4710f
type
Mood Dissonance
 Prétear (Manga) / int_a7f4710f
type
Mood Dissonance
 Manga: Saikin Imouto No Yousu Ga Chotto Okashiinda Ga / int_fbb17992
type
Mood Dissonance
 School-Live! (Manga) / int_a7f4710f
type
Mood Dissonance
 Manga: Snow White And Seven Dwarfs / int_fbb17992
type
Mood Dissonance
 Soul Eater Not! (Manga) / int_a7f4710f
type
Mood Dissonance
 Manga: Soul Eater Not! / int_fbb17992
type
Mood Dissonance
 Zetsuen no Tempest (Manga) / int_a7f4710f
type
Mood Dissonance
 a-ha (Music) / int_a7f4710f
type
Mood Dissonance
 Music: Blue
seeAlso
Mood Dissonance
 Kalafina (Music) / int_a7f4710f
type
Mood Dissonance
 Music: Knorkator / int_fbb17992
type
Mood Dissonance
 Korn (Music) / int_a7f4710f
type
Mood Dissonance
 Music: Love and Death
seeAlso
Mood Dissonance
 The Downward Spiral (Music) / int_a7f4710f
type
Mood Dissonance
 The Visitors (Music) / int_a7f4710f
type
Mood Dissonance
 Throwing Muses (Music) / int_a7f4710f
type
Mood Dissonance
 The Blue Album (Music) / int_a7f4710f
type
Mood Dissonance
 Podcast: Mood Dissonance
seeAlso
Mood Dissonance
 RiffTrax (Podcast) / int_a7f4710f
type
Mood Dissonance
 Podcast: Thrilling Adventure Hour / int_fbb17992
type
Mood Dissonance
 Dawn of a New Age: Oldport Blues / Role Play / int_a7f4710f
type
Mood Dissonance
 Alterans Of Gateworld (Roleplay) / int_a7f4710f
type
Mood Dissonance
 Roleplay: It's Just a Game / int_fbb17992
type
Mood Dissonance
 The Massive Multi-Fandom RPG (Roleplay) / int_a7f4710f
type
Mood Dissonance
 Roleplay: Void Of The Stars / int_fbb17992
type
Mood Dissonance
 Blue Peter / int_a7f4710f
type
Mood Dissonance
 Bones / int_a7f4710f
type
Mood Dissonance
 Bunheads / int_a7f4710f
type
Mood Dissonance
 Deadliest Catch / int_a7f4710f
type
Mood Dissonance
 Dexter / int_a7f4710f
type
Mood Dissonance
 Downton Abbey / int_a7f4710f
type
Mood Dissonance
 Firefly / int_a7f4710f
type
Mood Dissonance
 Galileo / int_a7f4710f
type
Mood Dissonance
 Gilmore Girls / int_a7f4710f
type
Mood Dissonance
 Jackass / int_a7f4710f
type
Mood Dissonance
 Series: Kaboul Kitchen / int_fbb17992
type
Mood Dissonance
 Life on Mars (2006) / int_a7f4710f
type
Mood Dissonance
 Orange Is the New Black / int_a7f4710f
type
Mood Dissonance
 Power Rangers RPM / int_a7f4710f
type
Mood Dissonance
 Sapphire and Steel / int_a7f4710f
type
Mood Dissonance
 seaQuest DSV / int_a7f4710f
type
Mood Dissonance
 Small Wonder / int_a7f4710f
type
Mood Dissonance
 The Eric Andre Show / int_a7f4710f
type
Mood Dissonance
 Series: The Game / int_fbb17992
type
Mood Dissonance
 The Julekalender / int_a7f4710f
type
Mood Dissonance
 The Leftovers / int_a7f4710f
type
Mood Dissonance
 The Wire / int_a7f4710f
type
Mood Dissonance
 This Morning / int_a7f4710f
type
Mood Dissonance
 Treme / int_a7f4710f
type
Mood Dissonance
 Utopia / int_a7f4710f
type
Mood Dissonance
 Veronica Mars / int_a7f4710f
type
Mood Dissonance
 Warehouse 13 / int_a7f4710f
type
Mood Dissonance
 Cyrano de Bergerac (Theatre) / int_a7f4710f
type
Mood Dissonance
 Halloween Horror Nights (Theatre) / int_a7f4710f
type
Mood Dissonance
 Theatre: La Bohème / int_fbb17992
type
Mood Dissonance
 Sera Myu (Theatre) / int_a7f4710f
type
Mood Dissonance
 Berzerk (Video Game) / int_a7f4710f
type
Mood Dissonance
 Dead Space 2 (Video Game) / int_a7f4710f
type
Mood Dissonance
 Dead Space 3 (Video Game) / int_a7f4710f
type
Mood Dissonance
 Video Game: Defiance
seeAlso
Mood Dissonance
 Devil May Cry 5 (Video Game) / int_a7f4710f
type
Mood Dissonance
 Donkey Kong Barrel Blast (Video Game) / int_a7f4710f
type
Mood Dissonance
 Final Fantasy XIII-2 (Video Game) / int_a7f4710f
type
Mood Dissonance
 Fire Emblem Heroes (Video Game) / int_a7f4710f
type
Mood Dissonance
 First Encounter Assault Recon (Video Game) / int_a7f4710f
type
Mood Dissonance
 Gex (Video Game) / int_a7f4710f
type
Mood Dissonance
 Video Game: Gravity Bone / int_fbb17992
type
Mood Dissonance
 M.U.G.E.N (Video Game) / int_a7f4710f
type
Mood Dissonance
 Meat Boy (Video Game) / int_a7f4710f
type
Mood Dissonance
 Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain (Video Game) / int_a7f4710f
type
Mood Dissonance
 Video Game: NieR / int_fbb17992
type
Mood Dissonance
 NieR (Video Game) / int_a7f4710f
type
Mood Dissonance
 Nightmare Ned (Video Game) / int_a7f4710f
type
Mood Dissonance
 Primal (Video Game) / int_a7f4710f
type
Mood Dissonance
 Rayman (1995) (Video Game) / int_a7f4710f
type
Mood Dissonance
 Rebuild (Video Game) / int_a7f4710f
type
Mood Dissonance
 Rule of Rose (Video Game) / int_a7f4710f
type
Mood Dissonance
 7th Dragon (Video Game) / int_a7f4710f
type
Mood Dissonance
 Sonic the Hedgehog 2 (Video Game) / int_a7f4710f
type
Mood Dissonance
 Spec Ops: The Line (Video Game) / int_a7f4710f
type
Mood Dissonance
 Super Robot Wars T (Video Game) / int_a7f4710f
type
Mood Dissonance
 System Shock (Video Game) / int_a7f4710f
type
Mood Dissonance
 This War of Mine (Video Game) / int_a7f4710f
type
Mood Dissonance
 Tomodachi Life (Video Game) / int_a7f4710f
type
Mood Dissonance
 Vanquish (Video Game) / int_a7f4710f
type
Mood Dissonance
 Video Game: Warp / int_fbb17992
type
Mood Dissonance
 Yandere Simulator (Video Game) / int_a7f4710f
type
Mood Dissonance
 Videogame: Final Fantasy XIII-2 / int_fbb17992
type
Mood Dissonance
 Visual Novel: AIR / int_fbb17992
type
Mood Dissonance
 Visual Novel: CLANNAD / int_fbb17992
type
Mood Dissonance
 Visual Novel: H2O: Footprints in the Sand / int_fbb17992
type
Mood Dissonance
 Maji de Watashi ni Koi Shinasai! (Visual Novel) / int_a7f4710f
type
Mood Dissonance
 Extra Credits (Web Animation) / int_a7f4710f
type
Mood Dissonance
 Web Video: Bad Fanfiction Corner / int_fbb17992
type
Mood Dissonance
 Web Video: Death Note Abridged Dogface 701 / int_fbb17992
type
Mood Dissonance
 =3 (Web Video) / int_a7f4710f
type
Mood Dissonance
 Web Video: Extra Credits / int_fbb17992
type
Mood Dissonance
 Jerma985 (Web Video) / int_a7f4710f
type
Mood Dissonance
 Joueur du Grenier (Web Video) / int_a7f4710f
type
Mood Dissonance
 Omnicomms (Web Video) / int_a7f4710f
type
Mood Dissonance
 Retsupurae (Web Video) / int_a7f4710f
type
Mood Dissonance
 Sgt. Frog Abridged (Web Video) / int_a7f4710f
type
Mood Dissonance
 Web Video: The Jerry Seinfeld Program / int_fbb17992
type
Mood Dissonance
 Darths & Droids (Webcomic) / int_a7f4710f
type
Mood Dissonance
 Kagerou (Webcomic) / int_a7f4710f
type
Mood Dissonance
 Paradox Space (Webcomic) / int_a7f4710f
type
Mood Dissonance
 Webcomic: Underpants Jail / int_fbb17992
type
Mood Dissonance
 Zebra Girl (Webcomic) / int_a7f4710f
type
Mood Dissonance
 GoAnimate (Website) / int_a7f4710f
type
Mood Dissonance
 Hoodwinked / int_a7f4710f
type
Mood Dissonance
 Western Animation: Producing Parker / int_fbb17992
type
Mood Dissonance
 Puss in Boots / int_a7f4710f
type
Mood Dissonance
 Sita Sings the Blues / int_a7f4710f
type
Mood Dissonance
 The Emperor's New School / int_a7f4710f
type
Mood Dissonance
 The Road Warriors (Wrestling) / int_a7f4710f
type
Mood Dissonance
 Digimon Xros Wars / int_a7f4710f
type
Mood Dissonance
 Mawaru-Penguindrum / int_a7f4710f
type
Mood Dissonance
 Star Driver / int_a7f4710f
type
Mood Dissonance
 Street Angel / int_a7f4710f
type
Mood Dissonance
 CLANNAD (Visual Novel) / int_a7f4710f
type
Mood Dissonance