cjmcray wrote:I don't see how a fast hedgehog battling evil is any more ridiculous than robot cars from another planet fighting each other in the middle of New York, a machine gun toting raccoon saving the galaxy or a group of pizza-eating turtles in combat with a japanese samurai.. there's plenty of ridiculous fictional heroes out there that are portrayed in a serious manner.
You do realize that TMNT is almost always roughly one half comedy right? Even the original Mirage comics were a direct parody of Daredevil. They were never
meant to be totally serious.
Similarly, Guardians of the Galaxy flips back and forth between serious and comedy on a dime, and even the serious parts turn out happy and uplifting in the end. The comedy is a necessary element.
Despite being a fan, I consider pretty much every iteration of Transformers aside from Beast Wars and Transformers Animated to be absolutely laughable, and in the case of the latter, that's largely because unlike literally every other Transformers series ever, it actually knows
how ridiculous its premise is and injects a much needed dose of comedy and self-awareness into the show's atmosphere.
Sonic Adventure 2, Shadow the Hedgehog and Sonic the Hedgehog 2006 are way too fucking serious for their own good. A series of electronic toys staring a rubber hose cartoon hedgehog in big floppy red shoes and a punk hairdo who spouts slang quips, collects floating golden rings, runs around on landscapes that look like modern art pieces, and fights against a big fat walrus-faced scientist in a red suit and his army of googly-eyed neon-colored animal-shaped robots has no business being that
level of animu grimdark. Period end.