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How does the work present itself? Do the characters appear to treat their current situation with the utmost seriousness and urgency or do the actors seem to be having way too much fun with their roles?
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Tales from the Crypt usually fell very far on the silly side of the scale, with intentionally hammy acting and very over-the-top characterization and often plots that present a sort of grotesque parody to sitcom plot conventions and other very outlandish stories.
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The Predator movies, on the other hand, take themselves slightly less seriously, with a high level of machismo throughout the first movie, along with one-liners peppering the dialogue throughout both films. Though the first movie does start out more silly and makes a big turn to seriousness once the title character makes his first appearance.
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To quote the Narbonic main page: "Narbonic skates over some surprisingly serious territory, but with such a light touch you will probably be too busy laughing to notice."
Possibly best exemplified by the mad scientist protagonists themselves, who act the classic Card-Carrying Villain Mad Scientist... because of a certified, inheritable mental disorder, which may or may not have turned them into a Humanoid Abomination. The work is arguably a Romantic Comedy.
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Adventure Time in general lies on the silly end of the scale even later in the series after Cerebus Syndrome kicked in and gave it a more serious nature. However it can go all over the scale, sometimes shifting within an episode. It can be unbelievably silly (like "Slumber Party Panic") or go VERY serious (eg "I Remember You"), and ANYWHERE in between. You would expect a series like this to stick to the silly side exclusively due to its art style alone.
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Dr. Horrible's Sing-Along Blog doesn't so much slide on this scale as run a shuttle race, often going from absolutely funny to dead serious within a single scene and occasionally within a single song. Mood Whiplash doesn't even begin to cover it. (It still works, thanks to heavy invoking of both Rule of Cool and Rule of Funny, with maybe just a dash of Refuge in Audacity.)
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Shadow Hearts:
The first game is quite serious, but is quite willing to get silly at frequent intervals, sometimes blending dead seriousness and hammy silliness into the same moment, i.e. the Dehuai arc. Dehuai is quite the large ham, but his plots have deadly consequences and he is a seriously difficult boss to beat when the time comes. The events following this skew towards the serious, what with Yuri being in an internal battle trying to dominate the soul of a Demi-God called Seraphic Radiance, but still manages to find breaths of comedy. The endings of the game also reflect both ends of the spectrum.
Shadow Hearts: Covenant. Despite starting off by establishing the first game's bad end as canon, once the initial characters are introduced, things are quite clearly presented in a lighter and softer tone. Silly villains are sillier (but still deadly), hamminess is hammier, and combat is more bombastic and over the top. Even so, the scale of conflict and dark dangers presented here are much larger than those presented in the first game, and throughout the game Yuri must deal with the loss of his love, Alice Elliot, who exchanged her soul for his in a tragically unsubverted Deal with the Devil, and a curse that will eventually either steal his soul or his memories. However, once again, the possible endings reflect the Sliding Scale in that one ending has Yuri losing his memories to the curse, dying and possibly lost in Limbo, while the other establishes him being time-travelling to shortly before the events of the first game, memories intact. As there is no direct sequel to this game, neither ending is officially canonical, but fanon has it that the continuity flows as such: Shadow Hearts bad ending -> Covenant good ending -> Shadow Hearts good ending.
Shadow Hearts: From the New World. This game does not share direct continuity with the previous two games, and as such is viewed as a Gaiden Game within the series. This game lies FAR closer to the silly side of the scale then either of the previous two games. In fact, roughly half the characters who join your party are fairly comical in and of themselves. These include a super patriotic geriatric ninja loyal to the USA, a Mega Neko with dreams of Hollywood stardom, and a Mexican musician with an instrument that doubles as heavy armament.
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Miami Vice started out in the first two seasons by being a fairly serious cop show but with 80's glamor and pastel colors. Then it got darker around the third season and had some pretty ridiculous plots during the fourth and fifth season but eventually tried to get back to how it was at the beginning in the fifth season.
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In Rascals, it is ususally towards the silly end, but some chapters have been known to be extermely serious in drama and real life situations.
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Desperate Housewives is considered to be a comedy series, but unexpectedly switches between being silly and being serious several times in a single episode. The fact that (at least) each housewife has their own storylines allows the show to have silly and serious plotlines in the same episode.
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Bojack Horseman LIVES on this trope. The show will often poke fun at the TV and film industry with incredibly silly visual puns and extra wacky storylines, then suddenly start focusing on topics like suicide, drug addiction, depression and abusive parents, and play these moments completely straight. Often, the show will hit both ends of the scale within the same episode, sometimes within the same SCENE. Somehow, the drama never feels forced.
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Starcraft falls somewhere in between. The Terran footsoldiers and commanders are fond of cracking jokes, throwing one-liners and being portrayed in a Duke Nukem-esque style (the Confederacy is even the Deep South Recycled IN SPACE!); the Zerg, however, are portrayed as a Chaotic Evil force of destruction and assimilation, while the Protoss are portrayed as strict but virtuous and disciplined heroes, who occasionally crack a really good joke. This is a game where if you click often enough on a Protoss observer, it'll replay lines from other units, as well as "One small step for man", and the sequel's Viking unit is a Transforming Mecha that's slated to say "Transform and roll out!". It also has cutscenes in which people get claws shoved through their faces.
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Samurai Jack could jump genres as easily as it jumped degrees of silly: moving from a slapstick Alice in Wonderland parody in one episode to outright undead horror in others. Because the Status Quo Is God, most episodes are basically sealed in a hermetic bubble, and absurd fluffy episodes have exactly as much impact on the series as existentialist ones.
Season Five, which isn't purely episodic and has an overall arc, bears much more heavily down on the serious end of the scale, but still has some light scenes.
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Shadowhunter Peril likes to sled back and forth between the two extremes, sometimes to the point of mild Mood Whiplash.
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The Batman TV series of the 1960s not only rests at the "silly" end of the scale, it jumps off that end and keeps swimming. Some days you just can't get rid of a bomb.
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Bone creates a perfect balance here. The heroes could be walking through the dark forest, right into a very serious and threatening ambush of two rat creatures. The next thing you get is the two arguing about whether they should capture them alive or make them into a quiche.
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Sluggy Freelance is on the silly end of the spectrum roughly 95% of the time, but every so often something like "Fire And Rain'' comes along and the series dives head first into seriousness. This seriousness is usually mocked later on. And yet, one of the reasons why Ian McDonald's guest Saturdays gained some hatedom seems to have been that he went over some invisible line in making the Dimension of Pain a bit more silly than usual.
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Monster Hunter. On one hand, you have the huge monstrosities that you hunt for, including Giant Spiders that wear the corpses of slain monsters, a T. rex lookalike that systematically destroys ecosystems, black and purple eyeless wyverns that infect living creatures with an aggression-inducing virus, and massive dragons that have control over the very elements themselves. On the other hand, you have villagers with consistent senses of humor, such as cute biped kitties as chefs and housekeepers, a pointy-eared elf-like trader who peppers his speech with Gratuitous Japanese, a Quest Giver who develops crushes on the monsters she sends you to hunt, and a seasoned hunter who can't go a single sentence without making puns off of monster names.
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Death Battle quite often pits two characters from opposite sides of this scale in a fight to the death: one funny, light-hearted character, and a Darker and Edgier counterpart. As was the case with "Batman (serious) vs. Spider-Man (silly)", Deadpool (silly) vs. Deathstroke (serious)", "Yang Xiao Long (silly) vs. Tifa Lockhart (serious)", "Kirby (silly) vs. Majin Buu (serious)", "Rainbow Dash (silly) vs. Starscream (serious)", "Raven (serious) vs. Twilight Sparkle (silly)", "Leon S. Kennedy (serious) vs. Frank West (silly)", "Ghost Rider (serious) vs. Lobo (silly)", "Goro (serious) vs. Machamp (silly)", and "Cable (serious) vs. Booster Gold (silly)". With the exceptions of "Raven vs Twilight Sparkle", "Leon S. Kennedy vs Frank West" and "Ghost Rider vs Lobo", the silly character won in all those examples just listed. Never once have Beware the Nice Ones and Beware the Silly Ones been so relevant. Directly acknowledged in the aftermath of "Cable vs Booster Gold" where Boomstick expresses disdain and disbelief that a grizzled soldier of a Bad Future like Cable lost to the much goofier Booster Gold, but Wiz takes the time to note that reputations of "silly vs. serious" only matter in the context of their stories, while Death Battle is meant to take an objective look at what those characters can do when they clash head-to-head and who would more likely win based on abilities, not reputations.
And when two silly characters faced each other in the form of Deadpool (serious/silly) vs. Pinkie Pie (pure silly), they tied because they broke the fourth wall, ran out of the actual fight, complained at the creators of the series, and had a party.
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The Talos Principle, taking place in a computer simulation humans set up Just Before the End and still running After the End prefers to remain serious almost all the time, yet occasionally (if you look) descends into silliness with gleeful abandon, mostly in the various text logs you can find, though occasionally elsewhere.
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T.H. White's The Once and Future King starts off silly and gets more and more serious as it reaches its Anvilicious conclusion.
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Fire Emblem:
Most storylines in the Fire Emblem games shift more towards the serious side. Many of the recurring themes involve villains who are either irredeemably evil, tyrants that Kick the Dog a lot, or a Tragic Villain and Anti-Villain with a code of honor at best. Many of the protagonists have to deal with betrayal, death of their beloved ones, Fantastic Racism, and an Evil Empire that threatens the peace and stability of their own kingdom. Fire Emblem: Genealogy of the Holy War is not only the darkest of the series, but the most serious of them, as the storyline involves having the main character, Sigurd, being branded as a traitor and have him and his friends executed on the spot. It gets worse when it also explores an evil cult that performs Human Sacrifice on children and explores parental and domestic abuse (with Tine's suffering from her adaptive mother is considered to be the most depressing storyline writing in Fire Emblem history). On the other hand, some support conversations and several gameplay features in the later games tend to shift more towards the silly end.
Fire Emblem Heroes, on the other hand, is a strong mix of both. The storyline is Lighter and Softer when compared to other Fire Emblem games, as it can go into the serious end at times (especially after Book III that features an undead kingdom killing everyone in Askr). On the other hand, it also has a lot of silliness as well, particularly when the player bonds with the characters and especially during seasonal events.
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Bones has become distinctly less intense as the seasons progressed.
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Psych seems pretty tame in the silliness department compared to something like 30 Rock or Family Guy, but consider that the show's format is (ostensibly) an hour long crime-drama.
It gets pretty strange when the happy-go-lucky characters (especially Shawn) have to investigate what are increasingly horrifyingly violent murders. The characters themselves have even pointed out the weird contrast on occasion.
Specifically lampshaded when chasing a serial killer, when Shawn tells Gus that he has to be silly or he won't be able to deal with what he's facing. Truth in Television, to an extent, as morbid humor is often a coping mechanism.
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Castle started out pretty silly (comparable to Psych), but has taken a turn in a more serious direction towards the end of season three. This development got a mixed reception from the fans.
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The titular character in The Tick (2016) is merrily dancing on silly end of the scale, being a complete loon, but the setting for the show goes for serious most of the time (with occasional funny moments like the Big Bad stealing an ice cream cone from a kid), which is where the humor of the show comes from.
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Ghost in the Shell is notable in that the manga and anime are on somewhat different points on this scale, notably with respect to the horror of ghost hacking, in which a person's entire identity can be ripped away. In particular they treat the garbage man who was manipulated by the puppet master in very different ways. The manga treats it for laughs, in which he returns to work the next day and is promptly made fun of by his coworker. The anime explores the horror in which he realizes that the picture that he believed to be him with his daughter was of him alone and that he could not remember her name or how long he had been married to his wife.
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The Wario Land series is the most extreme representation of the silly end of the scale. You've got WarioWare which is rule of silly and fun defined, which is in turn random character stories with even more random microgames which deliberately make as little sense as possible, and Wario Land which does away with a story so to speak and has Wario exploring extreme Theme Park Versions of places and fighting some extremely weird bosses (Evil cuckoo clock, basketball playing rabbit, what looks like a French duck chef riding a frying pan and randomly attacking the character from the ceiling or the side of the screen, etc.) And with treasure that includes literal metaphors and random items with punny names.
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The Orville: Generally on the silly side of things, but more serious than you might suspect. There are some jokes here and there, but the pressure of commanding a starship and the moral conflicts the characters get into is played largely straight. Seth McFarlane could have easily gone for pure farce, but he treats the material pretty earnestly, making it more of a Star Trek homage than a parody.
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Sid Meier’s Alpha Centauri, with its unbelievably hard science and its completely consistent stories about the survival of Mankind in a Death World is one of the most serious videogames ever created by man. Despite this, there's a good number of jokes scattered throughout the Encyclopedia Exposita. Especially the Morganite quotes. On the subject of black holes: "Yes, yes, we've all heard the philosophers babble about 'oneness' being 'beautiful' and 'holy'. But let me tell you that this kind of oneness certainly isn't pretty and if you're not careful it will scare the bejeezus out of you."
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Metal Wolf Chaos is way at the silly end of scale, being an affectionate parody over both the Japanese mecha anime and the American blockbuster action movies!!! Practically an Americanized, manly version of Parodius.
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Tengen Toppa Gurren Lagann starts off on the far side of silly, but winds up somehow mixing hyper-reliance on Rule of Cool with Tear Jerkers and dog-shooting, Bruce Ironstaunch aside.
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Naruto seems light-hearted at first, but after the Wave arc Starts, it can get very serious even by Shōnen standards, especially after the time skip. Dear god where to begin there.
Naruto the character himself also exhibits this trope. In Serious mode, he has the "I want to be stronger than all Hokages", "I will never give up", "I have to catch up to Sasuke and bring him back", sennin mode, kyuubi mode, and now the rikudo mode. In Silliness mode, he has the sexy technique, farting humour, stupidity, ramen obsession, pervert. This was nearly lampshaded once, when Naruto went into the Kyuubi mode and started a rampage, and Sakura sees a flashback of Naruto smiling with his hand on the back of his head, and remarks, "Is he really that Naruto?"
He often does both at the same time (and make it effective), in one of the first episodes Kakashi sticks his finger in Naruto's ass with so much strengh it sends him flying, several arcs later, when Naruto is fighting against his (until that point) stronger enemy he decides to use the same technique, except that instead of a finger he sticked an explosive, Gaara states that his sand armor was the weakest in that part.
In terms of other characters, any fight focusing on the Hot-Blooded Rock Lee or Might Gai, or the jive talking Killer Bee will mix comedy and drama throughout.
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Some people consider Fullmetal Alchemist too silly because even when the story gets serious, visual gags abound and the characters manage to crack jokes in the middle of the most adverse of situations, causing immense Mood Whiplash. Possibly the only two parts that does without any measure of humor is the lengthy flashback about the war in Ishval and Shou Tucker. And halfway through an episode of Brotherhood (its direct anime adaptation), a very excited and cheerful announcer will sometimes yell "FULLMETAL ALCHEMIST" in the midst of a gory battle. Mood Whiplash twice within 15 seconds. The 2003 anime version, on the other hand, while often mixing deadly serious and completely farcical elements just like the source material, took itself much more seriously and included allusions to very adult themes (most infamously, gang rape). Given this, it seems strange that Brotherhood received a higher rating of R-17, whereas the 2003 anime was a PG-13.
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Microdisney's "Money for the Trams" seems like serious commentary on yuppie culture... until Cathal yells "Take your stupid clothes off!"
Horse Overboard. In the past when a ship was carrying too much cargo they would have to put something overboard to stop it from sinking, and the horses would be the first to go. With that in mind the line "My wife is a horse" makes sense (it's about leaving your wife). Out of context however, it is a hilarious line, made funnier by the fact "horse" is of course a derogatory thing to call a woman.
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Airplane! took its entire plot and much of its dialog from a completely serious movie called Zero Hour!, then turned the silly knob up. Airplane is serious. And don't call it Shirley.
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Despite their differing feel, each of the Alien movies have maintained a consistently serious tone throughout. That was until Alien: Resurrection, which many fans are all too happy to disown.
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Fist of the North Star is extremely serious... Or was created with the intention to be, anyway. Most people today watch it for the narm that results.
The series also has quite its fair share of (intentionally) silly moments, moreso in the TV series than in any other version (where they tried to give Bat more focus by making the Plucky Comic Relief). There's really no way that characters like Juza, Ein, Gyoko, and the whole Fang Clan were meant to be taken too seriously in the first place.
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Compare After Burner to Ace Combat. The former takes air combat to the silly, arcady extreme, while the latter takes it much more seriously - even with its relatively lighter-hearted first two installments.
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The first game in the Donkey Kong Country series was definitely on the "silliness" side of the scale, featuring a wide variety of cartoony enemies and bright, colorful locales. The second game took a few steps towards the "seriousness" side, with more realistic colors and settings and more ominous music, but took an equal amount of steps backwards for the third game.
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The "Millennium" era (1999-2004) went a little back and forth for its entire run, as all but one of the films was a reboot taking place in its own continuity. It does contain arguably the most serious film since the original, or at least the 1984 film.
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Dragon Ball is a popular case. In the beginning, the first Dragon Ball series was pretty silly but starts getting more and more serious over time. By Dragon Ball Z, it's mostly serious but still has quite a few humorous aspects to it such as the Ginyu Force, Mr. Satan and a lot of things in the Majin Buu arc. Then came Dragon Ball Super where silliness increases over time and little serious situations comes after (such as Goku Black and Jiren).
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Flash Gordon is definitely very silly in concept but the characters in universe, the performance of the actors and the theme/sense of despotism is very serious. Somehow this doesn't clash with the ridiculous premise and goes beyond narm or narm charm into something glorious. No doubt helped by a sound track from Queen.
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The Harry Potter series as a whole demonstrates a gradual shift from silly to serious. For example, in only the first book do the characters sing the extremely silly school song, which would feel rather out of place by Book 5.
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Half-Life is a more or less serious first-person shooter about aliens invading and enslaving all of humanity and driving them to near extinction, and the player character's battle to liberate humanity is played pretty straight. At the same time, there are still undertones of wry silliness throughout. A few specific examples:
The many scientists in the first game are exaggeratedly nerdy eggheads, and many of them are shown dying in morbidly hilarious ways.
One of the major supporting characters of the second gamenote who's one of said nerdy scientists keeps a de-fanged pet headcrab affectionately named LaMarr, which he feeds watermelons as a substitute for violently latching onto human heads.
Possibly one of the most cartoonish elements of the second game is Father Grigori, a shotgun-wielding religious madman who escorts you through his zombie-infested town while fanatically uttering Biblical references.
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Trigun starts off very far on the silly side and although it gradually becomes more serious as the series progresses, it never completely loses its sense of humor.
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The franchise has usually placed itself far at the serious end of the scale, with Gundam 00, Gundam SEED, and Gundam Unicorn, the most cinematic Gundam shows thus far, probably at the farthest end of the serious side of all of the series. The ones that go closest to the silly side include Gundam ZZ and G Gundam.
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Uncle Grandpa and Steven Universe were both announced on the same day, and are pretty much yin and yang in tone: the former is largely Played for Laughs and is heavily reliant on Surreal Humour and Rule of Fun, whereas the latter (whilst it can get quite goofy at times) is more laid-back and character-driven, frequently dealing with mature or sensitive topics which are rightfully Played for Drama.
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One of the goals in Scrubs was to create a show that combines comedy and drama without looking stupid.
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Attack on Titan manages to have two distinct tones for each medium; the anime is notably more serious in atmosphere than the manga—of which teeters between stomach-churning gore and campy discussion about secret butt-wiping techniques.
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Assassination Classroom goes from one side to the other whenever it feels like it. At times it occupies both sides of the scale simultaneously. And it works.
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The Saints Row series began fairly seriously as a GTA competitor and drifted further into silliness as each game is released. In the first game you played as a member of what was essentially a vigilante gang. Pretty gritty. In the second game you tried to remake that gang into a criminal powerhouse while also engaging in some nonsensical antics, like spraying shit from a septic truck. In the third game you turned that gang into a multi-media empire and are essentially a criminal pop-culture icon and one of the weapons you can have is a giant purple dildo. In the fourth game, you are the president of the United States when Earth gets attacked by aliens who trap you in a virtual reality simulator that gives you superpowers. At that point it's pretty clear the series didn't just go off the rails, it gleefully jumped off the rails just before nuking them and didn't even look back at the explosion.
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Red vs. Blue was born out of the idea of using the standard 'bottom rung employees bitching about work' theme and applying it to the military of the future. While The Blood Gulch Chronicles are all out silly, the two miniseries are played completely seriously. The following series Reconstruction splits the difference. In general, it seems that the simulation troopers are silly, and the Freelancers and AIs are (mostly) serious. Those involved with both shift on the scale depending on who they're interacting with.
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Excel Saga spends exactly 2 episodes being serious. When you have a living Reset Button as part of the cast, it comes with the territory. By contrast, the manga features a sliding scale that is all over the place: with hectic silliness interlaced with looming seriousness. It tends to hit the serious end when dealing with Il Palazzo and Kabapu's origins, motivations and encounters. Also worth noting the fact that Excel's past and first encounter with Il Palazzo is hinted to be a dark one. Last but not least, the daily life of Excel and other ACROSS operatives are presented to be dire - dirt-poor and always near-starved, at some points imprisoned and/or homeless (to the point where Excel considers imprisonment to have the advantages of 'three hot meals a day and a cot'
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The Dresden Files features some very serious situations, ranging from magical drug trafficking/murder to destroying the world, but our hero inserts quite a bit of silliness into these situations. He does become more serious as the series progresses, but the silliness does show through every now and again.
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Supernatural fluctuates between the two extremes so much it could you give whiplash. It's certainly done the homework for the Urban Legends, the psychology and what crappy (long-term) consequences could come from the characters' actions but not so much for the seriousness of wounds or how long it takes to get from one place to the other. And just when you think it's getting far too grim and bleak and disheartening for its own good, along comes a gimmicky episode like "Tall Tales" where Sam and Dean are raging bitches to each other and all their quirks and flaws are heightened to the point of absurdity. It started around the third season (with "A Very Supernatural Christmas" and "Mystery Spot", some of the season 4 episodes focused a lot on comedy (blended with angst), and season 5 took it to the extreme, since it was basically an alternation between very serious episodes, like "The End", "Abandon All Hope" and extremely silly episodes, like the one with Paris Hilton, or "Changing Channels", the latter of course being an example of this sliding scale all on its own, much like "Mystery Spot." Most of the Gabriel episodes tend to be like this.
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Oblivion, on the other hand is overall more silly, such as a Daedric Prince giving you a quest to cast a spell that strips everyone in a room naked, in the name of good fun. And then there's Sheogorath, who will threaten to kill you if you fail him, in a deep voice...only to notice, one line later, that he just made a pun.
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Power Rangers is somewhere in the middle. The stories are sometimes pretty serious, but rarely allowed to go far into the dark side, and sprinkled with lots of one-liners and the like. Super Sentai is at the same time far more serious and far more silly than Power Rangers, sometimes causing tons of Mood Whiplash. Juken Sentai Gekiranger switches back and forth between Rio and Mele's dark background story... and Jan wrestling pandas in the jungle.
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Neon Genesis Evangelion is a complicated case: in its lightest moments it could almost be categorized as comedy, but its dark climax is... rather grave.
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The Whateley Universe is usually nearer the Silly Side, but it really varies by author. The Phase novels are Serious Side but funny too. The Jade stories are likely to be hysterically funny and silly, with occasional ventures into brutal seriousness (which don't stick long for this protagonist). The Chaka stories are on the silly side, with a character who never angsts (and seldom looks before leaping into trouble). The Carmilla stories are definitely serious, and set in Lovecraft Country with a protagonist who is a Cosmic Horror.
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The Discworld books are an interesting case; they started out mostly being silly, but while they have shifted to being more "realistic," they haven't actually stopped being funny.
The books slide internally as well. The Fifth Elephant, for example, begins with the fool's guild trying to put out a fire via slapstick, and ends with Carrot promising Angua that he'll kill her if necessary. Beginning silly and ending serious is the most common pattern.
In his acceptance speech for an award for The Amazing Maurice and his Educated Rodents, Pratchett points out that, contrary to popular belief, funny is not the opposite of serious.
Discworld's place on the scale can be summed up as "silly, but not from the characters' point of view".
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Kid Icarus: Uprising is for the most part, an enormous farce, but it occasionally dips into serious drama: Every character's a chatterbox comedian, the game's filled to the brim with Mythology Gags and Nintendo-centric Shout Outs, and the art style and character designs are bright and cartoony. Yet the plot twists are entirely serious and set up in advance, the major villains are genuinely menacing, and there are parts where characters are in realistic peril, sometimes more than you might expect in a E-10 + rated game. It's probably comparable to the Zelda series in that extent.
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Alternatively, the anime version of Pandora Hearts sits pretty far on the silly scale, as the anime changed several aspects of the manga and was cancelled before things got too serious.
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Jason Robert Brown has written on the more serious side of the spectrum, but 13 is on the sillier side.
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Hayate the Combat Butler is definitely on the silly side of things. No Fourth Wall, Negative Continuity, an Unreliable Narrator who interacts with the characters, Mask the Money... and that's all without the Parody Stu main character who is both a Marty Stu AND The Chew Toy at the same time. The picture for this ought to just be Hayate talking about the "Very Nice People." This doesn't stop the series from doing serious, or semi-serious, story arcs, as with The End of the World or Golden Week. This happens more in the manga than the anime, though even then there is only one truly serious story arc and it still keeps the comedy.
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Final Fantasy XIV'' has silly and seriousness almost completely segregated from each other. The main story quests do have a few silly moments here and there, but the entire story is played completely seriously. The silly scenes are reserved for the Hildibrand side quests where the player has to help out a bumbling detective whose antics look like they come straight out of an anime.
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The Evil Dead films go from serious (The Evil Dead) to silly (Evil Dead 2, Army of Darkness) and back to serious (Evil Dead remake) as the films go on.
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Wicked is much lighter than the novel it was based upon, especially with songs like "What Is This Feeling?" and "Popular" in Act 1. They also aren't above silly verbal puns that reference The Wizard of Oz (such as "Melons, and lemons, and pears." "Oh my!") That said, their internal politics and character development are taken very seriously - so they strike a balance between Wizard of Oz camp and Gregory Maguire gloom.
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Contrast The Rocky Horror Picture Show with the film often cited as its Spiritual Successor in audience participation, Hedwig and the Angry Inch. Both are musical comedies with queer overtones and an obsession with glam rock, but Rocky is absolutely devoted to the Rule of Funny, with no character really possible to "read" except as a pastiche of other archetypes, the events not bound by logic so much as what would make the best song or Shout-Out, and frequent theatrical musical numbers; Hedwig, on the other hand, takes itself generally seriously (with a bit of Bellisario's Maxim), being heavily a character study with musical numbers that come without exception from the titular band's playlist (although not always being played by them), and a sense of humor that comes mostly from Deadpan Snarker Hedwig. It may tell of the difference in times that Meatloaf nearly quit Rocky upon realizing just what he was getting into until being assured everything was Played for Laughs, and is now a noted influence on the music in Hedwig.
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Homestuck: The webcomic is on both ends of the scale so frequently and rapidly, it must have broken it by now. Can overlap with Mood Whiplash at times.
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The Illuminati University setting for GURPS actually makes the Sliding Scale of Silliness vs. Seriousness adjustable, from "Silly" through "Weird" to the (more or less) serious, paradoxically named "Darkly Illuminated". The current edition of Paranoia does much the same thing, with Straight, Classic, and Zap.
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Adventures of Sonic the Hedgehog and Sonic the Hedgehog (SatAM) are on opposite ends of the scale from each other. Sonic Underground is sort of a strange middle ground, being more serious than Adventures of but not as dramatic as SatAM.
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Ultimate Spider-Man is about as far towards the silly side as you can get. Its precursor, The Spectacular Spider Man was fairly serious for a kid's show, but compared to Ultimate Spider-Man, it is almost as serious as The Dark Knight.
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The Grand Theft Auto games have some elements that can go either way. The world around the protagonists seems gritty and corrupt, but the radio stations seem reluctant to take themselves seriously, suggesting a somewhat more frivolous world.
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The Order of the Stick began on the silly side, slid slowly but surely towards the serious side, reached some major extremes during the Azure City battles and the split party arc, and has slid back noticeably since that story wrapped up, going back to self-aware joke-a-day strips, though still remaining within the story.
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Higurashi: When They Cry can go from one length to the other without any warning, but when the going gets serious, it usually stays serious until the end of the arc. This creates a good effect of Mood Whiplash. On the other hand, there is Kira, which is so full of Fanservice and ridiculousness that most fans disown it.
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PAYDAY 2 started out as something a bit serious in the grand scheme of things (robbing banks, breaking into the FBI offices, using a variety of weapons, etc), but after several updates and DLC releases later, the game shifted more towards the silly side with things like stealing goats, using over the top weapons (rocket launchers, katanas, etc), and trailers that don't take themselves seriously. This in stark contrast with the previous game where the heists and the weapons used looked something out of a Hollywood action thriller that took said action seriously. However, the final few major updates to PAYDAY 2 throws the game square in the serious side where Bain gets kidnapped and the crew have to pull a series of heists to find him, only to discover that he's slowly dying from a man made virus.
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Skyrim goes back to the Morrowind formula of being generally serious with individual instances of silliness. Barbas, the Morality Chain in the form of a talking dog to the Daedric Prince Clavicus Vile, lampshades it:
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Fallout: New Vegas distinguishes itself with the "Wild Wasteland" trait, which enables/disables a number of goofy pop-culture references. It's been explicitly described as a compromise by the makers between the serious post-apocalypse of Fallout 1 and the joking around of Fallout 2.
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James Bond has an inconsistent track record with this. Films like Dr. No and Licence to Kill take themselves very seriously, but others like Live and Let Die or Die Another Day remove the brakes on sanity. Bonus points to Octopussy for being a serious Clancy-style thriller one moment and a ride through Sim Sim Salabim land the next. Both worlds collide when Bond deactivates a nuclear bomb...while wearing a clown suit. It seems to vary more from actor to actor.
Sean Connery's Bond was generally on the more serious side, although not afraid to have fun, go on grand adventures, and crack jokes. As his era went on, things slid more into super spy camp.
George Lazenby's Bond had one fairly serious film, On Her Majesty's Secret Service. Despite everything else, it ended on a very serious, sad, note.
Sir Roger Moore's Bond was frequently the silliest and campiest of them all, with films like The Man with the Golden Gun and Moonraker being considered the silliest in the series. They stepped down the silliness somewhat, but Moore's gift for comedy, as well as campy writing, stopped him from ever having films that were ever more than briefly serious.
Timothy Dalton's Bond had no silly films. This version of James Bond was dark and remorseless. While never really silly or campy, he wasn't quite the most serious one.
Pierce Brosnan's Bond started out fairly seriously in GoldenEye, but did often retain some camp elements and comedic bits. However, his films got sillier and stupider as they went along. Unfortunately, it wasn't the like the sort of fun, goofy, warm, affectionate camp that came to embody the Roger Moore era. They did try to keep the serious tone from GoldenEye, despite the plots becoming more convoluted and ridiculous. Really, it was just plain bad writing, which often tried to awkwardly marry together silly plots with the insistence that it was all Serious Business.
Daniel Craig's Bond is by far the most absolutely serious one of them all, to the extent where one could reasonably argue that he is a deconstruction. Craig plays Bond decidedly Darker and Edgier than any of his predecessors. This incarnation of James Bond doesn't joke, rely on gadgets, or save the world; he's a government-employed contract killer, and he absolutely is comfortable with it. Casino Royale (2006) was, in many ways, the absolutely most gritty, realistic film in the entire series. Skyfall was dead serious, too, and apart from the somewhat improbably machinations of the villain, is pretty damn grounded. A frequent criticism of Quantum of Solace, however, is that it's too serious, and in its determination to be gritty and realistic strips away almost everything that makes James Bond movies unique and fun in the first place. It's notable that while still aiming for a Darker and Edgier tone, both movies that came after (Skyfall and Spectre) nevertheless begin to re-incorporate some of the more traditionally 'goofy' elements of the Bond franchise as well.
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Undertale goes into both camps like a roller coaster where some parts can be silly and then it's followed up by something a bit more serious. But the end of the game dives right into a more serious side. If you're going for the Genocide run, then the entire game is nothing but serious business.
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On the surface, Warframe seems to be deadly serious, being about space ninjas taking on a genocidal army of degenerating clones, a highly immoral mega corp, and a plague that transforms those it infects into twisted abominations, and a lot of the time it lives up to that reputation. However, it's far from unwilling to descend into silliness from time to time. Examples of said silliness include everything with Clem, Ordis's more sociopathic outbursts, and a lot of what the worm queen says in Kuva missions.
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Schlock Mercenary, despite being one of the more cynical works out there, is quite silly, looking mostly like a normal gag a day strip at first glance.
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John Dies at the End (if the title didn't give it away) is rife with silliness, though it becomes less frequent towards the end when it starts getting more grim and scary. For example: during the prologue, Dave and John become trapped in a haunted house's cellar that is flooding with feces — the reason they can't escape being the door-handle has transformed into a lifelike human penis.
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Conker's Bad Fur Day is an interesting example, in that, through the majority of the game, it's incredibly silly, but starting with the Spooky chapter, it gets progressively darker and more serious, with some silly moments throughout. By the game's end, however, it heads towards the silly side of the scale when the game locks up, but then goes back to the serious side for a surprising Downer Ending.
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This trope wouldn't be complete without Serious Sam. Despite constantly claiming to be serious, the games are always far on the silly side of the scale. To show just how serious the game is, this quote from the man himself: "Now I'm seriously serious!"
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Dragon Age: Origins is generally a very grim sort of game revolving around weighty issues, possible child-killing, a forced Heroic Sacrifice, demonic possession, and The Corruption. Some of the inter-party banter, however, is just hysterical; of particular note are Sten's fondness for cookies, Leliana's pet nug, and all of Morrigan and Alistair's back-and-forth snarking.
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The Ciem Webcomic Series tries very hard to be all serious and that. But...]it's made with The Sims, so a little narm is inevitable.
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The early Tomb Raiders didn't take themselves seriously at all, with a heavy dose of Rule of Fun and Rule of Cool, even Breaking the Fourth Wall at the end of Tomb Raider II as Lara shoots the player for trying to watch her in the shower. Last Revelation onwards, the series has become more and more sensible and mature.
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Princess Mononoke is decidedly serious. It has comic-relief moments, but only one real laugh line ("No, it's still broken.").
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The X-Files has gone to both ends of the scale throughout its run. During Seasons 1-5 it generally took itself very seriously, except for the Darin Morgan episodes, which had a very surreal comedic feel to them. While Seasons 6 and 7 had their share of serious episodes, they also had quite a few episodes that went even further with the surreal humor to the point of making the episodes downright campy, such as the two-part "Dreamland" episode from Season 6 and "Hollywood AD" from Season 7. Season 8 returned the series to the more serious end of the scale, while season 9 once more had a mixture of serious episodes as well as lighthearted and really campy episodes as well.
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The Dungeon Master's Guide for the main Dungeons & Dragons setting discusses this directly under "style considerations".
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Sin City, as dark as it is, is so over the top and insane that it often ventures into Black Comedy with a dash of Rule of Cool.
Perfect case in point: Marv. Any action he takes could apply, but possibly the most wildly ludicrous: Marv flat-out torturing a series of seemingly random, shady people in his search for information. This culminates with an image of him in a car, holding an unfortunate face-down in the asphalt, driving at a speed fast enough for the unfortunate's legs to be up in the air. In essence, he is using the street as a grindstone and holding a dude's face into it. Marv's line, also captured in The Movie, is "I don't know about you, but I'm having a ball." This sequence captures this trope masterfully, as not only is the situation extraordinarily insane, not only would this guy have not survived through the first two seconds of this abuse, not only could Marv never hope to actually get information out of this guy afterwards, but Marv is one of the good guys. With zero irony, Marv is a sympathetic hero searching for truth and justice AND ALSO a psychotic madman who murders and tortures freely in this horrible Crapsack World. The seriousness and silliness is completely interwoven throughout all of the Sin City stories, with varying degrees of success.
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Chuubo's Marvelous Wish-Granting Engine bounces all over the place, to the point where two of its core Arcs boil down to "fuss and meddle and get involved" (Storyteller) and "deal with really heavy shit" (Emptiness). As an example, let's consider two pregen characters from the Glass-Maker's Dragon campaign. Natalia Koutolika, the Prodigy, is a traumatised Broken Ace who endured hellish training to master her skills, believes Hope Is Scary, and desperately needs a hug. Rinley Yatskaya, the Troublemaker, is a Plucky Girl trickster and The Heart who binds the other characters together, dedicated to the wishing power of the human heart and also telling odd stories and making bad puns, who does things like steal the fruit out of still-life paintings and eat it. These two are not mutually exclusive for a campaign, and indeed a three-character run on GMD could consist of just those two and Principal Entropy, the Angel of Fortitude (who forms a sort of "middle ground" by being at once the otherworldly heir to the King of Evil's throne, and a guy who can always find the most convenient light source for posing dramatically).
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The Sims and its sequel are planted firmly on the silly side, with such things as giant half-cow Venus flytraps that eat people (luring them in with a fake piece of cake in a transparently obvious trap) and a method of snatching freshly-dead loved ones from The Grim Reaper's clutches by winning a contest of either rock-paper-scissors or 'which hand is their soul in?', depending on the game.
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The Princess Bride. Its setting, which is "before Europe" but "after America", is a good indicator how seriously it takes itself. And "after Paris", which is lampshaded by both the editor and Goldman in one of the asides.
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The Berserk manga for the most part takes itself pretty seriously. The main exceptions are the scenes involving either Puck or Isidro, who both tend to be extremely silly and have even broken the fourth wall a few times. Puck and Isidro are not present in the anime due to the anime mainly taking place during the Golden Age arc of the manga, which has the Band of the Hawk bringing their occasional moments of humor to the series — right up until they die horribly when the Eclipse goes down.
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Stargate SG-1:
The series started off being pretty serious and gradually slid down the silliness scale over its run, nearly becoming a self-parody by the eighth season. The producers tried to push it back up the serious scale by introducing a new Big Bad for the final two seasons. Jack O'Neill, the leader of the SG-1 team, was a frequent source of silliness for the first eight seasons. He often provided moments of comedic relief and Mood Whiplash. At the same time, he was a very competent, pragmatic, and sometimes tragic leader. He was one of the reasons the show could often seamlessly switch from one end of the Silliness Scale to the other, and back again, to great effect.
There's an episode where Jack gets stick in a Ground Hog Day Loop and which features half an hour of comedy as he complains and makes use of his situation in various different ways. The last ten minutes however has him very seriously empathising with a man who lost his wife by referencing the death of his own son. Something he holds a lot of guilt and grief over, his somewhat silly persona being the there as an attempt to forget about it as he knows he'll never forgive himself.
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Avatar: The Last Airbender fluctuates wildly between the two sides of the scale depending on the episode. The extent to which each side of the scale is travelled is equally extreme; the silly moments are incredibly silly (for example, a hammy play based on the characters' exploits) and the serious moments are incredibly serious (for example, revealing that Zuko obtained his scar from his own father who shot him in the face).
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The "Showa" era (1954-1975), particularly after the second film, moved to the silliness side more and more as time went on, especially after Godzilla began becoming more of a hero. While the last two films of the era moved a little closer to the serious side, they still had none of the bleak tone of the original.
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Up until Days of Ruin, Nintendo Wars lived happily way down the silly end of this scale. Days of Ruin has suddenly shifted the series right to the serious end. The transfer is handled reasonably well, but it's easy to miss the goofiness (saying that, the American version still has plenty of goofy moments, even in the post-apocalyptic setting). Also, one of the complaints leveled against the Battalion Wars games is that while the character and unit designs lean towards the silly side, the action and carnage are played entirely straight, making this part of the series on the part of the line between the two sides that runs right through the Uncanny Valley.
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Rocket Age is somewhere in the middle, with tendencies towards the sillier, which works given it's based on pulp and retro sci-fi. You can walk around on islands in the skies of Jupiter for example, without being pulled deeper and crushed like a bug, though you'd better be wearing a space suit.
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The Legend of Zelda series is typically a serious series, even if the cel-shaded visual style of The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker and other iterations may make you think otherwise, sometimes sliding to the middle of the scale at the very most when it comes to silliness for the comic relief that slightly lightens the series' somewhat-known melancholy. The Wind Waker itself, for example, has a contrast in tone between the comical situations seen in the sidequests and the more serious events and backstory narrated through the main story. Even The Legend of Zelda: Majora's Mask, which stays on the serious side of the scale, has its moments of extreme silliness, such as the dialogues with Tingle, the Beaver Brothers and the minions of Igos du Ikana. The Legend of Zelda: Link's Awakening, another game, deals with deep philosophical questions about the nature of reality, but has instances where you trade with talking animals, rescue a Chain Chomp from evil pigs, and rescue a giant flying whale called the "Wind Fish".
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Starfighers Of Adumar is an interesting case. Aaron Allston was in top form in this one; this book is said to be the funniest novel in the Star Wars Expanded Universe, and certainly there are the most jokes and snarky irreverent remarks per chapter. Most of them coming from Wes Janson. At the same time, beneath the humor it's a very solid story about duty versus personal responsibility, with Wedge eventually deciding, in essence, "Screw being in the New Republic military for my entire adult life, I will not kill people who are not my enemies."
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The DCAU takes itself seriously, especially whenever Darkseid shows up, but when the spotlight is on The Flash then it usually crosses over to the silly side. It's the same in the comics and their respective influences on mood are used very deliberately by authors. Santa delivering coal to Darkseid? Hysterical. Horrific things happening to the various Flashes (Heroic Sacrifice, children murdered, wife murdered)? Utterly tragic.
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Banjo-Kazooie uses the scale like Banjo and Kazooie would a slide rule. And then came Nuts & Bolts...
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The Metro series (Metro 2033 & Metro: Last Light) are decidedly on the serious side of the scale. Things are bleak.
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Seinfeld is cynical but generally very silly. The only events treated with any real seriousness are Susan's death (possibly not even that) and the series finale. The series finale was a Deconstruction, showing how terrible all the characters' behavior within the confines of a comedy series would actually seem in Real Life. The episode never became particularly serious, though. Comparably, Spiritual Successor series Curb Your Enthusiasm veers a bit more on the serious side. Unlike in Seinfeld, there are often consequences to Larry David's actions. The humor is also subtler and less slapsticky, the situations and how they play out are a bit more realistic, etc.
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The Mass Effect series, which loves to hammer home the fact that War Is Hell, stays extremely serious most of the time, but is willing to get silly from time to time, especially when it comes to Joker and Garrus. A special mention goes to the "Citadel" DLC for Mass Effect 3, the first half of which is a rather grim story involving terrorism, hijacking of the Normandy, Shepard's clone, and An Aesop about the Power of Friendship driven in with iron nails, while the second half is basically most of the (surviving) characters of the series bumping into each other for massive hilarity, ranging from Grunt's drunk antics, to Zaeed hitting on Samara, to Shepard and Javik participating in the shooting of a Blasto movie as themselves. The first half of Citadel was pretty hilarious in its own right, it basically slid whichever way it wanted, but it was pretty silly, especially with regards to the numerous jokes once they find out Shepard has a clone.
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Phineas and Ferb’s plot lines are far, far on the silly side, while the emotions are surprisingly serious and tender.
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Gunnerkrigg Court: A mostly serious story-telling comic, but with entire chapters with non-stop funny, like Chapter 24.
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Gintama owns this trope. It's mostly a gag comedy but it can seesaw into dark and sentimental territory.
Serious fight scenes are interspersed throughout but there is always witty dialogue to accompany them. Characters are really good at ruining serious moods.
This series often serves to deconstruct various (and more serious) genres in a humorous way.
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Fallout hews primarily towards the serious end of the scale, as one might expect from a post-apocalyptic wasteland described at one point as "a war-ravaged quagmire of violence and despair". The first game and the third both present a grim, broken-down world where the inhabitants struggle just to eke out a living, with humour and levity generally being an exception to an overall tragic atmosphere. The second game, on the other hand, not only shows us a world that's pulling itself back from the brink, but is also much more light-hearted and full of jokes, frequently breaking the fourth wall and referencing popular culture.
Fallout: New Vegas distinguishes itself with the "Wild Wasteland" trait, which enables/disables a number of goofy pop-culture references. It's been explicitly described as a compromise by the makers between the serious post-apocalypse of Fallout 1 and the joking around of Fallout 2.
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Sly Cooper is generally silly, but with a definite tinge of seriousness. Toon Physics are in full effect, and The Caper may involve things like dropping disco balls to trigger earthquakes or "windmill throwing stars" without anyone batting an eye, but the characters themselves treat their world and each other (more or less) completely seriously. That the games touch upon themes ranging from drug abuse to legacy and loss and guilt, while still largely being Funny Animal caper films, occasionally featuring pirates or size-enlarging evil spirits, does not make categorization any easier.
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The Batman films could go toward either end of the scale, depending on the director.
The Tim Burton films were dark and gothic and had a very morbid sense of humor. The first was successful but many people felt that Batman Returns went way too far in this direction.
Joel Schumacher's Batman films harkened back to the 1960s Batman and so made his Batman films lighter and campier than the two previous films, complete with hammy acting, evil schemes that were utterly ridiculous, and of course plenty of Bat nipples and Bat asses to go around. Batman Forever was successful in this regard, but Batman & Robin went too far with this and is utterly reviled.
After 8 years without a Batman movie, Christopher Nolan took a more serious approach to Batman (though it still has its share of cheesy one-liners, as well as scenes like Bruce taking a ballet troupe on a private cruise just to screw up Rachel's date), with Batman Begins, The Dark Knight and The Dark Knight Rises. The addition of The Joker in The Dark Knight added some humor, but what was there was extremely dark- The Joker's magic trick, anyone?
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The various Star Trek series. While Star Trek: The Next Generation was pretty serious overall (with of course a few good jokes and comedic episodes here and there), the two following series were a mixed bag of dead-serious episodes and pure comedy examples (some being Breather Episodes), such as Quark and family on Deep Space Nine and The Doctor on Voyager episodes.
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Kamen Rider is generally more on the serious side than Sentai (except things like Den-O, but let's not get into that). Some series, though, especially Kabuto, have Mood Whiplash-inducing moments of stupid humour.
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Pokémon Colosseum and XD relies on seriousness with some silly spots.
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Final Fantasy IX seems to have an equal balance of silly and seriousness. For the humorous side, we get scenes like Zidane touching Dagger's ass, every scene involving Steiner making an ass of himself, Eiko trying to flirt with Zidane, and other scenes. For the serious scenes, there's the destruction of several nations, mass genocide abound, and the total destruction of another world.
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Final Fantasy VI has some seriousness in the first half of the game, but it's mostly filled with more silly scenes like Kefka's famous "There's sand on my boots!" scene and pretty much any scene involving Ultros, the out of nowhere octopus with a chip on his shoulder. In the later half of the game where Kefka destroys the world, almost all the laughs are gone as the tone is set in the deadly serious.
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Despite being known for a solid and serious storyline, Girl Genius hits the silliness switch every second we step out of canon (even inside canon, sometimes). Case in point: the Ferretina arc.
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Full Metal Panic! swings between both ends of the scale, which results in a fair bit of Mood Whiplash - especially if you're having an Archive Binge and watching Fumoffu and The Second Raid back to back. Given the way later installments in the light novels are going, expect more of the same.
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KillMeBaby is at the extreme of the silly side, throwing Amusing Injuries up to eleven. Only during the 13th episode of the anime is when the series manages to get serious, and even then it's only for a few moments.
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Gundam:
The franchise has usually placed itself far at the serious end of the scale, with Gundam 00, Gundam SEED, and Gundam Unicorn, the most cinematic Gundam shows thus far, probably at the farthest end of the serious side of all of the series. The ones that go closest to the silly side include Gundam ZZ and G Gundam.
Gundam Build Fighters is for the most part a very silly and fun show. It does, however, tend to dip into the serious side of things, namely when it involves the Cyber-Newtype expy, Aila. Especially episodes 20 and 21.
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Death Note is very serious. Most of the humour is subtle and the kind that makes you chuckle, not laugh out loud. It doesn't cross over into narm too often in the anime...and almost never in the manga.
Most notably, Ryuk's hijinks, especially when apples are involved, Misa's shennanigans, and almost everything about L, and Mello's chocolate eating habits.
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There seems to be two realities conflicting with each other in Melty Blood. One is the full-borne sequel to Tsukihime with vampires, vampire-killers, and half-demons trying to struggle with themselves and the horrors their world throws at them; and the other is filled with chibi-cat girls and catboys, mecha-maids, a Dark Magical Girl/Witch/Mad Scientist, and a Giant Tsundere. The same goes for the fangame Battle Moon Wars. On one side, you get a sequel to Tsukihime and Fate/stay night, with vampires, monsters, bloody fights and at least two Cosmic Horrors. On the other hand, there is an open war between Magical Girls, The Heartless are anime shout outs, the two Big Bads from Tsukihime merge to become a stupid-looking ninja, and two of your characters can use the Love Love Projection Fist. And let's not get started on the Tohno Family Takeover Plan...
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A Series of Unfortunate Events is another example of a work which is cynical but not "serious". It's set in a Crapsack World full of bizarre conspiracies and senseless tragedy, but the style of Lemony Narrator (himself a tragic figure) lends everything a lighthearted and over-the-top tone. Besides, many of the actual details, like the costumes adopted by the villains, can be accurately described as "cartoony".
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Bobobo-bo Bo-bobo falls so far on the silly side that it breaks the scale.
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Pokémon Mystery Dungeon starts off as a silly series, but have gone serious in subsequent games in series. The initial Rescue Team games mixed both to a great effect, but Explorers are getting very serious with storyline progressing. Adventure Squad games play very big silly, while Gates To Infinity returns to the balanced scale with some lighter shade of seriousness.
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Two Batman shows spanning the scale: Batman: The Animated Series and Batman: The Brave and the Bold. The Batman falls squarely in the middle, and has a seesaw between light-hearted and deadly serious too. The episode where Batman finally tracks down Joe Chill - the man who killed his parents, springs to mind. He's every bit as dark and terrifying as his Batman: The Animated Series counterpart was, even edging close to The Dark Knight Returns territory. Another example is a shockingly dark Batman Cold Open involving the Spectre, who's entire gimmick is dealing out poetic justice, in this case turning an obcure Batman villain into cheese, only for him to be eaten by rats.
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Paper Mario (especially the middle two games) is very similar to Uprising in this respect.
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That Guy with the Glasses is way, way on the silly side of things. Rule of Funny is God, and Rule of Fun, Rule of Cool and Rule Of Fanservice abound. If you ever see things start to edge up the scale towards serious, expect immediate Mood Whiplash back to silliness. And if it does get and stay serious, like the end of Suburban Knights, The Nostalgia Critic's commercial special, or Linkara broken after losing a big fight, expect to cry.
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Given its extremely bizarre plot, the creators decided to make Snakes on a Plane as campy and silly as possible, and they even reshot certain scenes to make them sillier.
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Fire Emblem Heroes, on the other hand, is a strong mix of both. The storyline is Lighter and Softer when compared to other Fire Emblem games, as it can go into the serious end at times (especially after Book III that features an undead kingdom killing everyone in Askr). On the other hand, it also has a lot of silliness as well, particularly when the player bonds with the characters and especially during seasonal events.
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Kids' book Jennifer the Jerk Is Missing starts out as a suspenseful tale of a kidnapped 8-year-old and the desperate attempts of a tall tale-telling boy to get his babysitter to believe him, then turns into the exciting attempt to rescue the girl but, once they get there, the mood swings over into silly territory. The kidnappers are ridiculous, one of them pointing his hand through his jeans so as to fake having a gun. Jennifer herself is so over-the-top bratty that it's hard to feel sorry for her being Bound and Gagged, especially when she lets a disdainful "ha ha" under her gag. If not for the suspenseful elements of the plot still continuing during the silly phase, it would easily be Mood Whiplash.
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The DC Extended Universe, comparatively, has among other points of contention frequently been criticized for going too far along the "serious" end of the scale, ending up being rather po-faced and humorless. The main outlier is SHAZAM! (2019), which is the most lighthearted and goofy DCEU movie.
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Stella Gibbons began at the silly end of the scale with Cold Comfort Farm. Her subsequent novels tended to be much more serious, and not nearly so successful, a fact that depressed her.
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During most of the first three seasons, Daria was firmly silly. Starting with the season three finale, the Daria/Tom/Jane Love Triangle brought the show closer to serious territory, although most elements not related to it remained silly.
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Contrast to the Spawn HBO animated series, which ran from 1997 to 1999. It remains dark and gritty throughout, everything is taken seriously, and about the only thing one might find laughable is some of the random nudity in the first season as well as the barrage of profanity constantly spewed from everyone's mouths.
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The Boondocks is another "Silly yet Cynical" work. For example, "The Passion of Uncle Ruckus" is about a man with re-vitiligo note The opposite of what Michael Jackson had. who hates black people founding the "Church of White Jesus," who believe, among other things, that smacking black people is good for both the slapper and "slappee." He demonstrates this on people who come up to the altar. Meanwhile, Huey tries to break an innocent black man out of prison. Said innocent man had a ton of evidence that said he did not commit the murder, up to and including the gun license that had the full name and other identification of the real culprit, as well as a confession letter signed by the culprit himself.
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Command & Conquer is an interesting example of two series, both of which are traveling along the Sliding Scale of Silliness vs. Seriousness - however, in different directions. The Tiberium series started out fairly seriously although with a fair bit of camp. Tiberium Sun moves the series into Darker and Edgier territories and Tiberium War is downright Black and Grey Morality depending on your mileage. Red Alert on the other hand started out serious with the premise of the Hitler's Time Travel Exemption Act. Red Alert 2 on the other hand had psychics, telepathically controlled squids and dolphins and female assassins in latex as well as an overall notching up of the camp in the cutscenes. Red Alert 3 is downright silly: Armored bears shot out of cannons, mechas, Magical Girl assassins, an overall plot that doesn't make sense whatsoever and of course Tim Curry.
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The Elder Scrolls:
Morrowind is a very serious game overall, with a few pockets of silliness such as this very good joke, plus some wackiness here and there. Quite a few of its silliest moments are the result of Shout Outs and Easter Eggs, like the dead adventurer "Peke Utchoo" and the (well hidden) quest to acquire the sword "Eltonbrand".
Oblivion, on the other hand is overall more silly, such as a Daedric Prince giving you a quest to cast a spell that strips everyone in a room naked, in the name of good fun. And then there's Sheogorath, who will threaten to kill you if you fail him, in a deep voice...only to notice, one line later, that he just made a pun.
Skyrim goes back to the Morrowind formula of being generally serious with individual instances of silliness. Barbas, the Morality Chain in the form of a talking dog to the Daedric Prince Clavicus Vile, lampshades it:
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One Piece is a series that can be shockingly violent and dark at times, while being ridiculously silly near-simultaneously:
The fight scene in the Alabasta arc where Usopp, the lovable comic relief, gets his skull cracked and nose broken by a 4-ton bat (among other painful things), features a gun-dog hybrid who sneezes exploding baseballs.
Another example of One Piece's ambiguousness in this is the Arlong Arc. During the flashback to the death of Bellemere, her fall to the ground following being shot is cut through a few times with other brief flashbacks of giggle-inducing footage of young Nami and Bellemere's relationship. Very hard to cry and giggle at the same time.
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This funny-serious thing is also very prevalent in Good Omens. Case in point: Crowley. Wears sunglasses, drives a Bentley, Deadpan Snarker, terrorises his houseplants, questions God's grand plan and speculates on the paradoxical good and evil within humanity...
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The Pokémon video games have gone up and down like a yo-yo. All of the main series Pokémon games are around on the serious end of the scale — however, despite its serious storylines and Science Fiction elements, it doesn't mean you can't have some silly Science Fantasy. The rivals in the main series are much more sillier than the protagonists. This depends on the player and how it goes. In short, the storylines in main series games stay serious all the time despite Lampshades, somewhat over-the-top Summer Blockbuster-esque antics and The Fourth Wall Will Not Protect You.
Pokémon Colosseum and XD relies on seriousness with some silly spots.
Pokémon Mystery Dungeon starts off as a silly series, but have gone serious in subsequent games in series. The initial Rescue Team games mixed both to a great effect, but Explorers are getting very serious with storyline progressing. Adventure Squad games play very big silly, while Gates To Infinity returns to the balanced scale with some lighter shade of seriousness.
Pokémon Ranger plays a big silly albeit with a few serious tone, while other games, such as Hey You, Pikachu! and Pokepark Wii, are on silly end of the scale. But Pokémon Conquest is more serious and dark.
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Mother 3 manages to exist on both sides of the scale at the same time. It isn't subtitled "Strange, funny, and heartrending" for nothing.
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Comparatively, Sayonara, Zetsubou-Sensei takes very serious subjects, such as suicide, domestic violence and rape, and makes them *funny* .
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Godzilla, as the longest running film franchise in history, has consistently bounced back and forth.
The original Godzilla (1954) is an extremely serious and bleak film that depicts Godzilla's rampage of destruction as the horrific occurrence it would be in real life as an allegory to nuclear weapons. Even Godzilla himself is depicted as a Tragic Monster, as much a victim of nuclear weaponry as humans.
The "Showa" era (1954-1975), particularly after the second film, moved to the silliness side more and more as time went on, especially after Godzilla began becoming more of a hero. While the last two films of the era moved a little closer to the serious side, they still had none of the bleak tone of the original.
The "Heisei" era (1984-1995) moved closer to the serious tone of the original (though never matching it). Godzilla went back to being portrayed as a force of destruction, though one that could occasionally be a lesser evil to the monsters he was fighting. While the films bounced back and forth a bit, with the first and last films of the era being the most serious, every one was far closer to the tone of the first film than anything in the "Showa" era.
The "Millennium" era (1999-2004) went a little back and forth for its entire run, as all but one of the films was a reboot taking place in its own continuity. It does contain arguably the most serious film since the original, or at least the 1984 film.
Godzilla (2014) was meant to hark back to the original tone. In terms of seriousness, it comes close to some of the darker films of the "Heisei" era, putting a serious focus on Godzilla's penchant for destruction, but also portraying him as one who could be a benefit.
Shin Godzilla presents one of the serious depictions of Godzilla since the 1954 film. Godzilla is portrayed as a Tragic Monster again, but also one who is extremely malicious, and there is the danger of the United Nations allowing a nuke to Japan to stop him.
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Yamada-kun and the Seven Witches is, as a rule, on the silly end of the scale - even though it tries to be a bit more serious in its continuity, plot and characterization than your standard comedy fare, it still has silly humor as its main forte. A couple of the arcs do come closer to a middleground, however - for example, the first memory wipe arc which revolves around a fairly serious concept (feeling the pain of loneliness when others have forgotten about your existence) but still has way too many comedic moments to be on the serious end of the scale. The series generally suffers from Mood Whiplash, and the comedic and serious moments tend to replace each other when you least expect it.
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There have been two Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles cartoon series so far (with a third on the way) and they both represented opposite takes on the material. The first, made in 1987, was everything the original comics were not - hammy, Totally Radical, entirely light hearted and harmless, family friendly fun with an eye on selling The Merch. The second one, made in 2003, took the serious plots of the comic (often literally), and replaced its somewhat dry characterizations with the more realized turtles from the previous show and live action films to deliver something very comparable to Avatar: The Last Airbender. There were campy superhero stories, and alternate universe tales where everyone dies. There was even an episode that was a straight-up H. P. Lovecraft send-up. When Executive Meddling retooled the show, it become a lot more like the first cartoon and stayed that way until the Turtles Forever crossover movie, which plays up the differences between the two shows for laughs. The 2007 CGI movie was in line with the 2003 series' tone. The 2012 series so far has been fairly balanced, and many episodes have both serious and silly moments. It helps that it's pretty self-aware of its roots in both shows and the original comic.
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Pokémon Ranger plays a big silly albeit with a few serious tone, while other games, such as Hey You, Pikachu! and Pokepark Wii, are on silly end of the scale. But Pokémon Conquest is more serious and dark.
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Bug!- Definitely at the end of the silly side. You know that when the "hit an enemy" sound is a wacky cartoon sound effect. Also, Bug's silly humorous quotes when he kills an enemy or when he takes damage show it too.
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Fate/Grand Order is all over the place in the silliness and seriousness scale. For the storyline, the story is mostly a mix of silliness and seriousness up until the Camelot chapter where the storyline is taken more seriously. On the other hand, there are various events that shift more towards the silly end (especially the Gudaguda events, where it's an Affectionate Parody of the Fate franchise and even the game itself), and some seasonal versions of popular servants have Noble Phantasms and attack animations that can crack some laughs and chuckles to the player.
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Kerbal Space Program is kind of all over the place, with goofy green Fun Size aliens piloting rockets slapped together with parts that were "found on the side of the road" or made by a questionable company, yet the physics and orbital mechanics is more realistic and unforgiving than in almost any other game. The silly stuff is mainly Comic Relief, to distract from the game's difficulty and entice non-science-nerds to try it. Realism Overhaul aims to make the game as realistic as possible, but it keeps the Kerbal astronauts, making them feel somewhat out of place.
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Stupid Mario Brothers starts off silly and then serious and swaps around a bit.
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In La-Mulana, Elder Xelpud starts off as a cheery, screwy old man who rambles about MSX games. Also, in the village, Lemeza's cheerful theme music will play. Then when you beat the eight Guardians, he stops saying them for the rest of the game, the village music gets changed to the dark title screen music, his theme music no longer plays when you enter his tent (instead continuing to play the title music), and his random lines all get changed to the following:
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Metal Gear Solid is full of lampshades and has completely abolished the fourth wall very early on, but usually stays dead serious.
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Final Fantasy:
Final Fantasy VI has some seriousness in the first half of the game, but it's mostly filled with more silly scenes like Kefka's famous "There's sand on my boots!" scene and pretty much any scene involving Ultros, the out of nowhere octopus with a chip on his shoulder. In the later half of the game where Kefka destroys the world, almost all the laughs are gone as the tone is set in the deadly serious.
Final Fantasy IX seems to have an equal balance of silly and seriousness. For the humorous side, we get scenes like Zidane touching Dagger's ass, every scene involving Steiner making an ass of himself, Eiko trying to flirt with Zidane, and other scenes. For the serious scenes, there's the destruction of several nations, mass genocide abound, and the total destruction of another world.
Final Fantasy XIV'' has silly and seriousness almost completely segregated from each other. The main story quests do have a few silly moments here and there, but the entire story is played completely seriously. The silly scenes are reserved for the Hildibrand side quests where the player has to help out a bumbling detective whose antics look like they come straight out of an anime.
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Teen Titans has really serious and dark episodes like Slade's scary Mind Rape with a few episodes away from a funny Extreme Omnivore episode. Silly Bizarro Episodes always aired RIGHT BEFORE the Darker and Edgier Season Finales. In the later seasons, the opening theme song being done in Japanese instead of English was an indication that the episode would be on the very silly side.
Head Injury Theater even notes that seasons tend to go up and down the scale correspondingly. For example, Season 1 was relatively low on plot, and the episodes tended to mostly stay in the middle. Season 4 was heavy on a dark and apocalyptic plot, but the episodes not having to do with that plot were about Control Freak leading them through TV shows, Cyborg going back in time to fight with barbarians, the other members dressing like Robin while he trains with animals, tofu aliens, a redneck who can duplicate himself, and a bizarre re-enactment of Hansel and Gretal.
Dr. Light was an interesting case, as he was a complete doofus but he seemed to have been written with a wink and a nod toward the darker stories the modern DC comics have written about him, as evidenced with Raven mind-raping him and him kipnapping a teenage girl (Dr. Light of the comics was revamped as a rapist and mindwiped by the heroes in the Identity Crisis mini series).
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Wonder Woman: The show always presented the plotlines as serious matters despite - and perhaps in spite of - the subject matter being inherently silly. The only previous major Superhero shows were The Adventures of Superman in The '50s and Batman (1966) in The '60s. The former handled the cape and tights aspect by presenting as a children's show complete with the dumb kid - Jimmy Olsen - to allow others to explain the plot. The latter handled it by being over the top Batusi levels of silly. Neither of those avenues were compatible with Wonder Woman. Both being too silly and too childish risked turning away women from watching the show and that was a demographic they could not afford to lose. This was one of the reasons why the concept took a failed TV Movie starring Cathy Lee Crosby, retooling into another TV movie starring Lynda Carter, and two more specials before getting an 11 episode order from ABC for the 1976 season. There were serious questions about whether they could thread this particular needle. Lynda Carter has received significant praise for her treatment of the role. She played the character with seriousness and earnestness. She never displayed any concern or embarrassment about performing heroic feats in a satin bathing suit and as a result, neither did the audience. This was Wonder Woman's normal reality as an amazon from Paradise Island and the fact that no one else did the same was simply because they weren't from her homeland. The show's presentation in-universe always stayed on the serious end of the scale. The audience may know that Wonder Woman will always arrive in the nick of time to save Steve Trevor from getting shot and killed by the Nazis, but the characters did not. When Wonder Woman was told that Steve had been killed by a bomb ("The Last of the Two Dollar Bills"), she was genuinely scared. There were no nods or winks to the audience, just rushing to the scene and relief that he was still alive.
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Strangers with Candy, as a parody of after-school specials, naturally handles very serious issues such as drug abuse, prostitution and racism - but is about as silly as is humanly possible. When one character is hit by a car, his face is torn off and sticks in the car's radiator grill. The hit-and-run driver is later seen washing the car with it. Crossing the Line Twice doesn't even begin to describe it.
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Gundam Build Fighters is for the most part a very silly and fun show. It does, however, tend to dip into the serious side of things, namely when it involves the Cyber-Newtype expy, Aila. Especially episodes 20 and 21.
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Catch-22: often shifts suddenly from absurdist humor to depressing realism. A good example of this is the chapter following Doc Daneeka, which first describes a series of events that happen to the doctor in such a way as to make them seem hilarious, only to then describe how they essentially ruined his life, leaving him a shadow of his former self.
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Invader Zim is an interesting case, basically being about ridiculously silly characters in a total Crapsack World. Episodes tend to lean on the side of silly, but it varies; often they mix the two, which can result in bizarre aspects of a very dark plot (such as in "Bad, Bad Rubber Piggy," where Zim uses the titular toys to mercilessly maim and almost murder Dib as a small child).
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Morrowind is a very serious game overall, with a few pockets of silliness such as this very good joke, plus some wackiness here and there. Quite a few of its silliest moments are the result of Shout Outs and Easter Eggs, like the dead adventurer "Peke Utchoo" and the (well hidden) quest to acquire the sword "Eltonbrand".
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In Leverage, critical plot points being played for laughs takes away from the sophistication of some of the cons they pull. This is made worse in the final season.
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Invoked by Sakura Wars 2, which tracks the player character's position on this scale (based mostly on dialogue choices).
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From Dusk Till Dawn goes all the way from the serious end, as it starts out with two thieving brothers on the run from the law (along with the family they kidnap), but halfway through it switches into an extremely campy vampire movie set in a debased Mexican bar.
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The Twelve Kingdoms is very far on the serious side. It's realistic in that a few characters can see the humorous parts of life as well, though.
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SHUFFLE!! is another one that goes from one end to the other. The first half of the series is full of fun, fanservice and harem jokes. The second? It got worse. Most people find this an example of Growing the Beard, but a few think it's Jumping the Shark.
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The Room. Every time Johnny is on screen, whatever seriousness the movie might have built up with the other characters is lost and his scenes quickly become hilarious.
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Much like Avatar above, Danny Phantom is all over this scale. It goes from various degrees of complete silliness (the Box Ghost in general, Danny being split into two stereotypical and wacky Flanderizations of his personality) to incredibly serious (anything involving Danny's alternate future self for a start, Vlad's cloning, Danny becoming Public Enemy Number One). Many times, the scale fluctuates repeatedly in a single episode, where humor will be placed into an extremely serious episode.
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By contrast, Young Justice is almost uniformly serious, with most of the comic relief coming from snark rather than sillyness.
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The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy has to be among the silliest works in print.
And pretty damn campy in every other format it's been done in, too.
It also lambasts the serious end of this trope with the Roary, a small silver award given for the most gratuitous use of the word "fuck"note In the American version, this was changed to the word Belgium. in a serious screen play.
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Looked at from an out-of-universe perspective Warhammer 40,000 has the tongue so firmly planted in cheek its punching through, in-universe it is so serious and depressing it's rather surprising you have productive people at all considering how depressing it must be to be in charge of anything in 40k. It also depends on which perspective it's coming from. For example: a battle between the Imperial Guard and the Orks. If the story is from the Ork's perspective, the dialogue and descriptions take an amusing and humourous tone, talking about "takin' da biggest, baddest shootas and choppas ya can get 'old of, and spendin' da rest of da havin' a bit 'o' fun, krumpin' 'umie gitz with da boyz and tryin' not ta get zogged yaself". Take the point of view of an Imperial Guardsman, and the same battle is a terrifying fight for survival with your woefully inadequate lasgun and body armour, against hordes of hulking tough-as-nails green-skinned horrors brandishing monstrous cleavers and improbably-sized machine guns and flamethrowers.
Mainly this comes due to the age of the property. When 40k started in 1987 as Rogue Trader, it was pure parody of Space Opera and just about anything scifi, with characters that were solely mash-ups of various popular scifi characters, as well being simply Warhammer in space (notably, there was a Tech Priest based on Scotty from Star Trek). Until the mid 1990s, it became a little more serious, then over-the-top serious during its 3rd Edition to the point of simply trying too hard. Since then, it has tried to find a balance between being slightly goofy, mostly grim and notably also being a heavy Deconstruction of science-fiction and even itself. The aforementioned Orks for example are the comedy faction of the setting, and them being humourous is kind of the point (where every other faction is semi-based on a historical army or myths, Orks are based on British football hooligans and Chavs), while Chaos might employ evil accountants as soldiers. On the other hand, things such as the creation process of Space Marines, Imperial Guard (average human soldiers) fighting against galactic horrors like the Tyranids, Necrons, Orks etc are intentionally depicted as grim and often hopeless endevours in the long run, but other works such as the Ciaphas Cain series show a more humanist, light-hearted side, how not everything is needlessly dark all the time, and that evil people not always get away with their cruelty (Commisars may be authorised to execute cowards freely, but push the troops too hard and the Commisar her/himself might have a rude awakening via Unfriendly Fire), contrary to what it might appear like. It's mostly related to being such a vast setting, spanning the entire galaxy and a core timeline of 10,000 years, so there is enough room for everything and anything.
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Stargate Universe took itself very seriously with only little bits of comic relief.
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Shin Godzilla presents one of the serious depictions of Godzilla since the 1954 film. Godzilla is portrayed as a Tragic Monster again, but also one who is extremely malicious, and there is the danger of the United Nations allowing a nuke to Japan to stop him.
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Minecraft lives all the way down the silly end of the scale, and loves every second of it.
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My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic is already such a silly show in itself, with lampshades being hung all over the place, and deliberate violations of disbelief being made in favor of coolness, funniness; etc. When characters like Pinkie Pie enter the scene, however, the show drops any sense of seriousness and shoots off the silly end of the scale. Even the "serious" moments in the show are still done in tongue-in-cheek and propped up by gags and silliness by the characters themselves to keep things from getting too heavy and dramatic, including Discord. The only aversions to the trope had been Queen Chrysalis and King Sombra. When they are described as made of pure evil and evil For the Evulz, the viewers couldn't help but expect hilariously over-the-top villains. It made them all the more chilling when they appear, and are played as deadly serious and frighteningly competent villains that are given such little characterization they come off as impending forces of destruction rather than characters.
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Doctor Who jumps between the two so much that the entire series is one long example of Mood Whiplash. An example is Seasons Seventeen and Eighteen of the classic series. Seventeen is often criticised as being an example of a show not taking itself seriously enough; an increased emphasis on humour (thanks in part to script-editor Douglas Adams, best known for his work on The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy), a low budget mixed with some truly mad ideas and the production team's willingness to let series star and Large Ham Tom Baker off the leash entirely lead to a great deal of camp, which many fans felt ruined the drama a bit (of course, for other fans, this was all part of the charm). Conversely, Eighteen saw a new production team take over, and they promptly dialed back on the comedy, put Baker on a tighter leash and tried to introduce more gravity, seriousness and scientific earnestness into the show. However, it could be argued that they went too far the other way; fans began criticising the show for being po-faced and taking all the fun out of it. Then again, the Doctor Who fan base is notoriously unpleasable.
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Shaun of the Dead lost a lot of viewers who were not expecting the slapsticky horror film parody to play the horror and drama of the Zombie Apocalypse so straight at times in the second half. The filmmakers insisted that the film was not intended to be a parody, but a real zombie movie that also had a lot of humor.
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In Kyo Kara Maoh!, Ordinary Highschool Student Yuuri is flushed down a toilet into an alternate universe where he is seemingly arbitrarily crowned king of demonkind. Then they hit you with the Fantastic Racism and Sealed Evil in a Can. It slides on down the scale toward serious through the series, with a few (mostly) filler-induced fluctuations.
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Individual Contra games run the gamut from grim, post-apocalyptic atmospheres (Contra III, Shattered Soldier) to over-the-top Summer Blockbuster-esque antics (Hard Corps, Neo Contra).
Also note that in Contra Rebirth we have a helicopter which can fly in space.]] (totally silly)
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Pushing Daisies works like this: you try to pour as much silliness as possible in a single episode and try to treat it with seriousness. The strangest part? It works. Just not well enough to have stayed on the air . . .
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Monty Python's Flying Circus was constructed entirely from silliness. While some of their more satirical sketches were no doubt intended seriously on some level, having a large flashing sign reading "SATIRE" appear over it neatly drained away anything serious whatsoever. They lampshaded the ludicrous nature of their humour with a certain Graham Chapman character, who would stop a sketch by pointing out that it's getting extremely silly, at which point it would move on to something just as ridiculous. There's also the election night sketch, where the results of various elections were announced, mostly between the Silly Party and the Sensible Party, with a few third party candidates from the Slightly Silly Party and the Very Silly Party, taking the title of this page quite literally.
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JAG kept a balance between the serious and the silly.
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Splatoon clearly represents the silly side of the scale in the Nintendo lineup, aside from some occasional serious elements in the sequel.
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Hitman is all over the place, having a very serious story and presentation while also letting you kill targets in the most absurd and cartoonish ways possible.
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Millennium, also created by Chris Carter, was serious throughout its first season but as with The X-Files, fluctuated between seriousness and camp during seasons 2 and 3.
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Tank Girl is set in the Australian outback in a dystopian future. The main character is a girl who drives a tank. And drinks beer. And snogs kangaroos. On the silly side, most plots are very thin and resolved in some ridiculous way.
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The Soul Series has always displayed both at the same time. For instance, the first game, Soul Blade. On one hand you have Li Long, whose story is utterly tragic, yet believable. Then, on the other hand, you have Voldo, who is ridiculous. Sophitia has a move where she kicks her opponent in the balls and says "Oops". As the series goes on, it reveals more fantasy elements, which mean that the story is a lot harder to follow seriously. The fourth game features Darth Vader and Yoda as playable characters, their inclusion in a historical game being extremely silly.
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MD Geist takes itself very seriously and many have criticized it for doing so, given how poorly made and ridiculous it was. The fact that it manages to keep a straight face while talking about an Ultimate Evil called DEATH FORCE stored in an impenetrable fortress called BRAIN PALACE is part of the reason why it's So Bad, It's Good.
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Iron Maiden have recorded serious songs as singles and released joke songs as B Sides for quite a while now.
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Blame! begins as Serious Business and ends as Serious Business, though an almost complete lack of drama prevents any narm from showing up. There are a few darkly humorous scenes though, near the beginning... If you squint.
"My arm should be around you. Should you come across it, please take it with you."
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Sailor Moon mixes both ends of the scale throughout, as the majority of the episodic, Monster of the Week episodes are very silly in tone, while the more plot-driven episodes are much more serious in nature.
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Moulin Rouge! could be considered the perfect representation of this scale because it begins serious, goes silly for a long time and then, at the second act, smashes onto seriousness. Resulting in serious Mood Whiplash. The opening scene is Christian James at his typewriter, obviously quite depressed and a little teary at Satine's death and having to write their story, which was her last request, as he writes about how a narcoleptic Argentinean man crashes through his ceiling, followed soon by a midget dressed as a nun. It's followed by Zidler dressed as a bride singing Madonna's "Like a Virgin" done as a Gilbert and Sullivan number, complete with Busby Berkeley choreography. But before that, we learn Satine has tuberculosis and hasn't told anyone, a sure sign that's she's going to die, probably in the final act.
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The Insecticomics has never really taken itself seriously, to the point where the fourth wall has a hinge on it, but there have been a few dramatic storylines to add an element of seriousness to the business—the current Unicron-related one being the most dramatic yet.
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Portal is a darkly humorous puzzle game with more prominently overt silliness involving a cheerfully insane A.I. forcing you to solve deadly puzzles with the promises of cake and grief counseling, all while cute robots and a Companion Cube keep you company. Some elements of it are just plainly dark, like the depressing back-story of both the player character and the main villain, but it's otherwise all Black Comedy.
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Little Witch Academia (2017) starts off relatively silly with it mostly being a Slice of Life comedy. That deeply changes after Episode 11 where the plot kicks in and gets more serious. It gets even more serious in Episode 15 when Croix shows up and Episode 22 gets the character to go into the Despair Event Horizon.
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The original Godzilla (1954) is an extremely serious and bleak film that depicts Godzilla's rampage of destruction as the horrific occurrence it would be in real life as an allegory to nuclear weapons. Even Godzilla himself is depicted as a Tragic Monster, as much a victim of nuclear weaponry as humans.
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Godzilla (2014) was meant to hark back to the original tone. In terms of seriousness, it comes close to some of the darker films of the "Heisei" era, putting a serious focus on Godzilla's penchant for destruction, but also portraying him as one who could be a benefit.
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The villains in the Rayman series have been steadily going from serious to silly as time goes by: The first game featured Mr. Dark, a more serious character (as serious as Rayman 1 could be) with no funny bits at all. Rayman 2: The Great Escape: The Great Escape featured the Robo-Pirates, genuinely scary-looking monstrosities but with their own funny moments. Rayman 3: Hoodlum Havoc had the Hoodlums, about as scary as the Robo-Pirates but much more cartoony, with lots of slapstick humor throughout the game. Finally there's the Raving Rabbids party game series, featuring the psychotic but overall stupid Rabbids, who seem somewhat creepy at first until... "BAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAA!"
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The Inexplicable Adventures of Bob! is generally quite silly (e.g., one of the main characters is a Muppet-like furry monster spontaneously generated from a jar of peanut butter), but that doesn't stop the characters from having emotional depth and experiencing some quite moving moments of pain, love, regret, and redemption amidst all the absurdity of the storylines.
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Tekken has always taken itself far less seriously than many games in the genre. Its long running nature means that characters will develop over time, sometimes getting sillier as they go along. The best example is Paul, who started off as a serious fighter before descending into joke character mode. Part of the reason for this is because of the game's makers noticing how much he looks like a combination of Ken and Guile from Street Fighter, which meant he would have to do something unique or parody them not to be seen as a ripoff. So naturally, his gimmick is that he is an arrogant American fighter who enters the tournament every year only to lose it nearly every time, has a special move that is a fire punch, and that his rival is a bear, Kuma. Despite this he has always been one of the best fighters in the game and simply doesn't have much bearing on the main story.
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Buffy the Vampire Slayer mainly kept the serious switch on at least medium, but the basic structure would be a silly or lighthearted episode would be followed by a serious or Wham Episode, and vice versa. Angel also did this. While being generally more serious than Buffy, it had some sillier episodes like "Smile Time" and "The Girl In Question.". The latter manages to do this in the same episodes, flipping between the (incredibly silly) adventures of Spike and Angel in Italy and a much, much darker plot about Illyria assuming Fred's form and interacting with her parents, who had no idea that she had died.
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Barkley, Shut Up and Jam: Gaiden specializes in taking ridiculous scenarios and playing them dead straight (which more often then not makes them even funnier). The intro shows us a "postcyberpocaliptic" world where basketball has been outlawed and many players dying in a purge because Charles Barkley performed a dunk that accidentally caused a Fantastic Nuke (because b-ball energy gives basketball players superhuman powers). But his grief over these events is clearly shown.
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Doom, which was one of the pioneers of the First-Person Shooter genre remains serious as the unnamed Player Character runs down the dark and gloomy corridors of Hell, blowing away the evil demons and never so much as cracking a joke (or saying anything at all) while doing so. But DOOM (2016) does cross on the sillier side at times by giving the Doomguy some Hidden Depths, showing that he has a sillier and Adorkable side to him with his interactions with the dolls. The rest of the game is largely grim in tone, though.
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The Zork games vary widely: on the silly side, there's the Large Ham Grand Inquisitor, magic words like "Hello, sailor," and everything being manufactured by a company called Frobozz (tm). On the serious side, there's also some moments of genuine Nightmare Fuel, such as an Eldritch Abomination in a maze, topiary stalkers, and a dark ur-grue that can possess the unwary player.
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Elfen Lied also has some extremely radical shifts from silliness to seriousness and back again and gives off plenty of Mood Whiplash of its own. Overall it probably doesn't take itself too seriously.
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Star Control 2: The Ur-Quan Masters somehow manages to still be quite serious despite being very silly. The scale setting could generally be determined based on what alien race you were talking to at the moment. Talking to [[Cloudcuckoolander the Pkunk]]? Expect a very silly conversation. Talking to the Ur-Quan, expect things to be very, very serious. And for all the silliness, even the silly parts were often important to helping you complete the game.
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Goblins: Life Through Their Eyes started as a light-hearted parody poking at D&D rules. Then all hell broke loose.
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Hey Arnold! goes to both ends of the scale, often within the same episode. The more light-hearted episodes serve to balance out the more serious and emotional ones, like "Arnold's Christmas" and "Arnold's Thanksgiving". Special mention to the episode "The Journal", which starts off pretty sad, has a mix of action and comedy in the middle, and then suddenly takes a turn to the depressing at the end.
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The Fast Show is constantly silly, apart from one or two quite notable exceptions.
Rowley Birkin QC's sketches are almost always entirely silly, as he drunkenly recalls episodes his lifetime of Noodle Incidents, always ending with the Catch Phrase "I'm afraid I was very, very drunk!". However, in one sketch he recalls losing his true love, and Paul Whitehouse's delivery is, well... impossible to watch and be left with a dry eye. See for yourself.
There's also the Ted & Ralph sketch where Ralph has to give Ted some rather terrible sad news... via a drinking game.
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The main reason why Shadow the Hedgehog, both game and character, are such sore spots of contention amongst Sonic fans is most likely the fact that both take themselves deadly seriously, in contrast to the light-hearted and cartoonish tone of previous games and most of the rest of the cast. This turn to the serious side was Played for Laughs in the All-Stars Racing games, where all of the other characters (save for Sore Loser Eggman) sound like they're having fun whereas Shadow is taking the races seriously (and may not even fully comprehend the silliness going on around him).
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Metroid is almost always very serious. However, some of the Space Pirates' logs in the Metroid Prime games are notable comic relief.
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The Chronicles of Thomas Covenant takes itself very seriously. Silly moments are few and far between, although not completely absent. Tragedy is far more common. This is writer Stephen R. Donaldson's trademark. Fantasy is Serious Business (though he does it rather well, and improves over time).
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How I Met Your Mother, while always keeping some measure of comedy, fluctuates all over the place with this trope. Pretty understandable, as it's a guy telling stories about a section of his life to his kids, and the events of peoples' lives have a tendency to fluctuate between serious and silly, without much regard for how appropriate the preceding context is. So we get stuff like Marshall and Lily's reproductive health specialist looking exactly like Barney, Lily refusing to be examined unless Barney is in the same room in case it really is Barney, Marshall being too neurotic to produce a sperm sample at the doctor's office and trying to do it at home while his oblivious visiting parents loudly inundate him with Fetish Retardant, getting conned by Barney pretending to be his doctor, and ending with Lily informing him out of the blue that his dad just died.
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Kingdom of Loathing is firmly on the silly end of the scale; it abounds with gratuitous pop-culture references, Self-Referential Humor, Double Entendres and crude MS Paint artwork. However, the depth of its gameplay means that its player community takes it very seriously.
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Dead Rising manages to cover the entire scale gameplay-wise while keeping its serious story elements. At one point, you can dress yourself as a fat old lady with beard, and at another point, costumes homaging the Mega Man franchise spawn up to goof up the zombie massacre (Frank as Mega Man; Chuck as Dr. Wily).
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The screenwriters of Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen stated that when they knew the sequel called for larger-scale and more intense violence and death, they decided to try and balance it out with more outrageous humor. In other words, they tried to go down both sides of this scale at once. Needless to say, fans were not pleased.
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Re:CREATORS: Serious, and increasingly so as the series goes on. At first, Re:CREATORS was willing to treat the idea of fictional characters coming to the real world with some degree of levity, then Mamika dies and it all goes to hell afterwards. Really, did anyone expect anything else from the creator of Black Lagoon and the director of Aldnoah Zero?
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Eyeshield 21 is a series that's very aware it's a sports manga and has no problem poking fun at itself; whether it's lampshading particular cliches, cracking jokes during moments that would be played as tense in any other series, or having characters so over-the-top and fun that any flatness they may have is forgiven.
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Contrast to Duke Nukem 3D, which doesn't take itself seriously at all. Duke constantly spouts off one-liners and making homages to movies and other video games as he explores each new brightly-lit level, saving naked babes and blowing away the alien scum.
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Kingdom Hearts whips up and down the scale. The plot is generally serious (albeit impenetrable), but on occasion the series does have to lighten up... because, after all, it's impossible to be fully serious when most of your cast comes from Walt Disney Studios.
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Friends is usually a very silly show. However, it does have its moments where it breaks away from the silliness and becomes quite serious. Mostly notably when Ross and Rachel break up in Season Three.
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The Mega Man series starts off as silly, with Mega Man stopping Wily and his bunch of googly-eyed robots. It gets more serious with Mega Man X, where reploids are trying to destroy humanity with moderate success but there are bits of robot cartoonishness here and there. Mega Man Zero is even more serious, set After the End and trying to stop villains from making it even worse. Mega Man ZX seems to have lightened the series back up again though. The two spin-off series, Mega Man Legends and Mega Man Battle Network are definitely on the sillier side. And then you have Mega Man Star Force which the serious factor in the game is evident by looking at Mega Man Geo-Omega's expression on the box cover
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Space 1889: Victorian times and Victorian literature, in particular Victorian science fiction, which is the basis of the game, often seem rather silly to the modern mind. The game, however, takes itself seriously, with there being very little humor. The adventure Canal Priests of Mars has a rather silly person as one of the passengers, but that’s about it. Generally speaking, historical Victorians took themselves seriously.
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Most editions of Gamma World are pure slapstick. However, 3rd and 6th Edition both rein in the madness and look at the setting from a more serious perspective (though even so, many of the monsters are still just plain weird).
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Record of Lodoss War is pretty serious. The second part, on the other hand, is very silly.
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Every run of Deadpool before the Daniel Way relaunch was a balancing act of serious plot and character development, and wacky humor, black comedy, and comedic "caper"-esque scenarios. Gail Simone's Agent X, being an extension of her Deadpool run, was identical in tone to these, while her similarly-approached Secret Six was a seedier, more depraved version of that. The comics launched in 2008 with Daniel Way's run are almost exclusively focused on setting up scenarios for the purpose of laughs, making Deadpool more of a Looney Tunes cartoon that interacts with the more straight-faced Marvel Universe. An exception to that is Deadpool as he appears in Uncanny X-Force, where for comedic purposes he's batshit insane, but for drama purposes he displays more poignant humanity (such as a sequence where he calls out the other members of the team for killing a child, an issue that happens to parallel a moment in Frank Tieri's Deadpool run). Brian Posehn and Gerry Duggan's 2013 run, however, marks a return to the pre-Way approach, balancing serious and silly.
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FLCL and Rahxephon: both music-themed mecha shows, both very clever, both on opposite ends of the scale. For one thing, FLCL uses modern rock and Rahxephon uses classical music.
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The concept of the Super Smash Bros.. series - Nintendo characters fighting each other on a variety of quirky stages for no discernible reason beyond it being cool - is fundamentally silly, and the games revel in this goofiness. The "Subspace Emissary" mode in Brawl takes itself a little bit more seriously than the rest of the game, but only just enough that the sheer ridiculousness of the story loops around to become legitimately awesome at points.
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 Deadpool (2016) / int_553c27bb
type
Sliding Scale of Silliness vs. Seriousness
 Ghostbusters (2016) / int_553c27bb
type
Sliding Scale of Silliness vs. Seriousness
 Moulin Rouge! / int_553c27bb
type
Sliding Scale of Silliness vs. Seriousness
 The Dark Knight Trilogy / int_553c27bb
type
Sliding Scale of Silliness vs. Seriousness
 The Marine / int_553c27bb
type
Sliding Scale of Silliness vs. Seriousness
 WXIIIPatlaborTheMovie3
seeAlso
Sliding Scale of Silliness vs. Seriousness
 Danganronpa (Franchise) / int_553c27bb
type
Sliding Scale of Silliness vs. Seriousness
 Disney Animated Canon (Franchise) / int_553c27bb
type
Sliding Scale of Silliness vs. Seriousness
 Godzilla (Franchise) / int_553c27bb
type
Sliding Scale of Silliness vs. Seriousness
 Jewelpet (Franchise) / int_553c27bb
type
Sliding Scale of Silliness vs. Seriousness
 Kingdom Hearts (Franchise) / int_553c27bb
type
Sliding Scale of Silliness vs. Seriousness
 Rayman (Franchise) / int_553c27bb
type
Sliding Scale of Silliness vs. Seriousness
 Super Mario Bros. (Franchise) / int_553c27bb
type
Sliding Scale of Silliness vs. Seriousness
 Touhou (Franchise) / int_553c27bb
type
Sliding Scale of Silliness vs. Seriousness
 High School D×D / int_553c27bb
type
Sliding Scale of Silliness vs. Seriousness
 A Series of Unfortunate Events / int_553c27bb
type
Sliding Scale of Silliness vs. Seriousness
 Bloodsucking Fiends / int_553c27bb
type
Sliding Scale of Silliness vs. Seriousness
 Castle Perilous / int_553c27bb
type
Sliding Scale of Silliness vs. Seriousness
 La Saga du Prêtre Jean / int_553c27bb
type
Sliding Scale of Silliness vs. Seriousness
 Malazan Book of the Fallen / int_553c27bb
type
Sliding Scale of Silliness vs. Seriousness
 One Life Remaining (Machinima)
seeAlso
Sliding Scale of Silliness vs. Seriousness
 BetterThanItSounds
seeAlso
Sliding Scale of Silliness vs. Seriousness
 LittleSerge
seeAlso
Sliding Scale of Silliness vs. Seriousness
 Mario4812LikedTropes3
seeAlso
Sliding Scale of Silliness vs. Seriousness
 Ptitlethsq3mffp09i
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Sliding Scale of Silliness vs. Seriousness
 Ptitlexxcbsylb
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Sliding Scale of Silliness vs. Seriousness
 SlidingScaleofSillinessVersusSeriousness
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Sliding Scale of Silliness vs. Seriousness
 TheGreatComicsCrashOf1996
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Sliding Scale of Silliness vs. Seriousness
 UnluckyNormalcyCLO
seeAlso
Sliding Scale of Silliness vs. Seriousness
 ptitlerxy73029
seeAlso
Sliding Scale of Silliness vs. Seriousness
 Amatsuki (Manga) / int_553c27bb
type
Sliding Scale of Silliness vs. Seriousness
 Assassination Classroom (Manga) / int_553c27bb
type
Sliding Scale of Silliness vs. Seriousness
 Blame! (Manga) / int_553c27bb
type
Sliding Scale of Silliness vs. Seriousness
 Cells at Work! (Manga) / int_553c27bb
type
Sliding Scale of Silliness vs. Seriousness
 Gintama (Manga) / int_553c27bb
type
Sliding Scale of Silliness vs. Seriousness
 Love Is in the Bag (Manga) / int_553c27bb
type
Sliding Scale of Silliness vs. Seriousness
 Monster (Manga) / int_553c27bb
type
Sliding Scale of Silliness vs. Seriousness
 Bring Me the Horizon (Music) / int_553c27bb
type
Sliding Scale of Silliness vs. Seriousness
 ZUN's Music Collection (Music) / int_553c27bb
type
Sliding Scale of Silliness vs. Seriousness
 Wolf 359 (Podcast) / int_553c27bb
type
Sliding Scale of Silliness vs. Seriousness
 FifteenMinuteMusical
seeAlso
Sliding Scale of Silliness vs. Seriousness
 True Capitalist (Radio)
seeAlso
Sliding Scale of Silliness vs. Seriousness
 Elegy City (Roleplay) / int_553c27bb
type
Sliding Scale of Silliness vs. Seriousness
 Raishon
seeAlso
Sliding Scale of Silliness vs. Seriousness
 Shadowhunter Peril (Roleplay)
seeAlso
Sliding Scale of Silliness vs. Seriousness
 Sporum Dimensional Clash (Roleplay) / int_553c27bb
type
Sliding Scale of Silliness vs. Seriousness
 The Insane Quest of Unfathomable Randomness (Roleplay) / int_553c27bb
type
Sliding Scale of Silliness vs. Seriousness
 Ultimate Crossover Roleplay (Roleplay) / int_553c27bb
type
Sliding Scale of Silliness vs. Seriousness
 Bones / int_553c27bb
type
Sliding Scale of Silliness vs. Seriousness
 Chuck / int_553c27bb
type
Sliding Scale of Silliness vs. Seriousness
 Glee / int_553c27bb
type
Sliding Scale of Silliness vs. Seriousness
 JAG / int_553c27bb
type
Sliding Scale of Silliness vs. Seriousness
 Kamen Rider Dragon Knight / int_553c27bb
type
Sliding Scale of Silliness vs. Seriousness
 Power Rangers Turbo / int_6f5d139b
type
Sliding Scale of Silliness vs. Seriousness
 RuPaul's Drag Race / int_553c27bb
type
Sliding Scale of Silliness vs. Seriousness
 Siskel & Ebert / int_553c27bb
type
Sliding Scale of Silliness vs. Seriousness
 Strangers with Candy / int_553c27bb
type
Sliding Scale of Silliness vs. Seriousness
 The Following / int_553c27bb
type
Sliding Scale of Silliness vs. Seriousness
 The King of Queens / int_553c27bb
type
Sliding Scale of Silliness vs. Seriousness
 The Orville / int_553c27bb
type
Sliding Scale of Silliness vs. Seriousness
 Tokumei Sentai Go-Busters / int_553c27bb
type
Sliding Scale of Silliness vs. Seriousness
 Gamma World (Tabletop Game) / int_553c27bb
type
Sliding Scale of Silliness vs. Seriousness
 Mutant Chronicles (Tabletop Game) / int_553c27bb
type
Sliding Scale of Silliness vs. Seriousness
 Paranoia (Tabletop Game) / int_553c27bb
type
Sliding Scale of Silliness vs. Seriousness
 Rocket Age (Tabletop Game) / int_553c27bb
type
Sliding Scale of Silliness vs. Seriousness
 Aveyond (Video Game) / int_553c27bb
type
Sliding Scale of Silliness vs. Seriousness
 Bug (Video Game) / int_553c27bb
type
Sliding Scale of Silliness vs. Seriousness
 Castlevania: Rondo of Blood (Video Game) / int_553c27bb
type
Sliding Scale of Silliness vs. Seriousness
 Command & Conquer: Red Alert (Video Game) / int_553c27bb
type
Sliding Scale of Silliness vs. Seriousness
 Command & Conquer: Red Alert 3 (Video Game) / int_553c27bb
type
Sliding Scale of Silliness vs. Seriousness
 Command & Conquer: Red Alert Series (Video Game) / int_553c27bb
type
Sliding Scale of Silliness vs. Seriousness
 Command & Conquer: Tiberian Series (Video Game) / int_553c27bb
type
Sliding Scale of Silliness vs. Seriousness
 Dungeons
seeAlso
Sliding Scale of Silliness vs. Seriousness
 Final Fantasy VI (Video Game)
seeAlso
Sliding Scale of Silliness vs. Seriousness
 Grand Theft Auto (Video Game) / int_553c27bb
type
Sliding Scale of Silliness vs. Seriousness
 Max Payne (Video Game) / int_553c27bb
type
Sliding Scale of Silliness vs. Seriousness
 Mega Man (Classic) (Video Game) / int_553c27bb
type
Sliding Scale of Silliness vs. Seriousness
 Metal Slug (Video Game) / int_553c27bb
type
Sliding Scale of Silliness vs. Seriousness
 Metaspace (Video Game) / int_553c27bb
type
Sliding Scale of Silliness vs. Seriousness
 Mother 3 (Video Game) / int_553c27bb
type
Sliding Scale of Silliness vs. Seriousness
 Overwatch (Video Game) / int_553c27bb
type
Sliding Scale of Silliness vs. Seriousness
 Rayman (Video Game) / int_553c27bb
type
Sliding Scale of Silliness vs. Seriousness
 Rayman 2: The Great Escape (Video Game) / int_553c27bb
type
Sliding Scale of Silliness vs. Seriousness
 Rise of Immortals (Video Game) / int_553c27bb
type
Sliding Scale of Silliness vs. Seriousness
 Shantae (Video Game) / int_553c27bb
type
Sliding Scale of Silliness vs. Seriousness
 Soldier of Fortune (Video Game) / int_553c27bb
type
Sliding Scale of Silliness vs. Seriousness
 Star Control (Video Game) / int_553c27bb
type
Sliding Scale of Silliness vs. Seriousness
 Super Robot Wars Z (Video Game) / int_553c27bb
type
Sliding Scale of Silliness vs. Seriousness
 The Legend of Zelda: Majora's Mask (Video Game) / int_553c27bb
type
Sliding Scale of Silliness vs. Seriousness
 Titan Quest (Video Game) / int_553c27bb
type
Sliding Scale of Silliness vs. Seriousness
 Wario Land (Video Game) / int_553c27bb
type
Sliding Scale of Silliness vs. Seriousness
 Wolfenstein (Video Game) / int_553c27bb
type
Sliding Scale of Silliness vs. Seriousness
 Yakuza (Video Game) / int_553c27bb
type
Sliding Scale of Silliness vs. Seriousness
 Battleborn (Video Game) / int_553c27bb
type
Sliding Scale of Silliness vs. Seriousness
 Castle Crashers (Video Game) / int_553c27bb
type
Sliding Scale of Silliness vs. Seriousness
 Dungeons / Videogame / int_553c27bb
type
Sliding Scale of Silliness vs. Seriousness
 Forget About It (Web Video)
seeAlso
Sliding Scale of Silliness vs. Seriousness
 Sailor Moon Abridged (Web Video) / int_553c27bb
type
Sliding Scale of Silliness vs. Seriousness
 The Needle Drop (Web Video) / int_553c27bb
type
Sliding Scale of Silliness vs. Seriousness
 Boobs Ahoy (Webcomic)
seeAlso
Sliding Scale of Silliness vs. Seriousness
 Darths & Droids (Webcomic) / int_553c27bb
type
Sliding Scale of Silliness vs. Seriousness
 Dead Winter (Webcomic)
seeAlso
Sliding Scale of Silliness vs. Seriousness
 Fanboys (Webcomic) / int_553c27bb
type
Sliding Scale of Silliness vs. Seriousness
 Gunnerkrigg Court (Webcomic) / int_553c27bb
type
Sliding Scale of Silliness vs. Seriousness
 Hero Material (Webcomic) / int_553c27bb
type
Sliding Scale of Silliness vs. Seriousness
 Schlock Mercenary (Webcomic) / int_553c27bb
type
Sliding Scale of Silliness vs. Seriousness
 TheUnhistoriverse
seeAlso
Sliding Scale of Silliness vs. Seriousness
 Felix the Cat / int_553c27bb
type
Sliding Scale of Silliness vs. Seriousness
 Kung Fu Panda 2 / int_553c27bb
type
Sliding Scale of Silliness vs. Seriousness
 Shrek / int_553c27bb
type
Sliding Scale of Silliness vs. Seriousness
 Star vs. the Forces of Evil / int_553c27bb
type
Sliding Scale of Silliness vs. Seriousness
 Teen Titans Go! / int_553c27bb
type
Sliding Scale of Silliness vs. Seriousness
 Mobile Suit Gundam AGE / int_553c27bb
type
Sliding Scale of Silliness vs. Seriousness
 Ambush Bug (Comic Book) / int_553c27bb
type
Sliding Scale of Silliness vs. Seriousness