Top Ten Darkest/Mature Kid's Shows
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I honestly have never seen a show of this nature delve into the themes this one did as deeply and seriously as it did. The only one that comes close is its predecessor, Avatar: The Last Airbender, which I consider superior, but only by a little, and this is still definitely the more mature of the two.
Social and political themes are explored in-depth, with all four of the antagonists having a different political view just taken to the extreme (Communism (social as opposed to economic), Theocracy, Anarchy and Fascism respectfully), and with the exception of the Book 2 villain, all of them (Amon, Zaheer, Kuvira) were complex, understandable, and made very valid points that were only detracted by their immoral methods. In addition, there was analysis on issues such as economic inequality, capitalism, race, gender and sexuality, terrorism, spirituality, the rise and progression of technology, etc.
On top of this series dealt with death firsthand. Murder-suicide, political ...more
One of the best examples of Legend of Korra's disturbing storytelling and imagery is the episode Korra Alone. This is one of the most depressing, disturbing, and dark episodes of the show, and that's considering all of the material that the show has had before. Korra is constantly stalked by a spirit of herself, which actually causes physical harm to her. And yet, as she runs away from her life, not even caring that she's the Avatar, it follows her, and the hallucinations get so bad that she finds herself getting dragged down into a large pool of mercury, the same poison that led her to this terrible state. And yet, even after she got the poison out, even when she think's she's got a hold of herself, it takes her more than half of the season to make a full recovery.
Long story short: PTSD can really screw someone's life up. Korra went from my least favorite character, to my most sympathized and favorite character. It's not often that the main character is my favorite, but ...more
I know there are a ton of shows on this list that say "death" a lot and have inappropriate jokes or whatever. However, what makes LOK so mature is how they handle death. It's not something you can joke about all the time. In the Avatar franchise, its treated like a real thing, something that is tragic and can scar someone for life. All the deaths are taken seriously. Korra had PTSD for three years or more. We really get to see her immense struggle. It's not how many times you say death, it's how you handle it. Oh and one word. Bloodbending.
Me: Where's my life? Life! OH LIFE!
*LEgend of Korra pops up*
Me: Oh THERE IT IS
MONSTERS AND BLOOD! So much! SO MUCH! The golf people wanting to split Mabel's stomach open to get the sticker that she swallowed, the shapeshifter, the zombies getting their heads blown up with sound. DOESN'T MEAN THIS IS A BAD SHOW! THIS SHOW IS AWESOME!
This is a awesome show my favorite and as a 13 year old kid I can say I LOVE THIS SHOW but it is very very dark at times
****SPOILERS AHEAD**** In girlfriend, they had a crazy amount of blood shone throughout, especially in Northwest Mansion Mystery. Not to mention the disturbing images in Into the Bunker! The plot itself is extremely mature of kids show. It revolves around two brothers who have been separated for years, whom were going mad. Not to mention the fact that Stanley threw his own brother into the portal and suffered trauma for 30 years.
There's this one moment in Birthmark where Slade tortures Raven about her destiny, shreds her clothes, and tosses her unconscious body off a rooftop.
No, not the go version. I don't know what Teen Titans was trying to do. There are episodes like Haunted, Birthmark, and Aftershock, which are amazing but also quite dark. On the other hand, there are episodes like Bunny Raven, Employee of the Month, and Fractured which are just silly, weird ones. But this T.V. show, is great, any way you slice it.
Teen Titans is the BEST (Not GO! ). It handles Darkness in a good way and is Mature.
Let me tell you two words: THE LICH. Enough said. - ModernSpongeBobSucks
I'm so in love with marcy and my lacrimal ducts know that very well
Blackmail and sex refrences - EliHbk
Although Korra is much more mature, Avatar did deal with death the same way, and there were MANY heavy topics.
It was dark, but the darkest episode was Dark Harvest, when Zim and Gir were collecting organs. - nelsonerica
Dark Harvest. Enough said.
Dark Harvest. - PastelFlowers
This show talks about teen pregnancies and sexualities. - Cartoonfan202
Well this show got high. - Cartoonfan202
I remember this show. I wish I hadn't.
I saw this show as a Kid and still Like it.
Grim is the Best character.
This show shouldn't even be for kids.
Really, AT is above this? - Garythesnail
They should re-rate this show to T.V.-MA.
There was so much death for a kids show. AT least 800 on screen deaths.
This is much darker than the Legend of Kora, especially season 4-6.
This should be on the top ten, how are more kid friendly shows above this? This show has blood and monsters getting their eyes pulled out and body parts chopped off, and I have not seen that in any other of the shows on this list. The intro is enough proof, Buttercup kicks Him in the mouth and blood and teeth fly out. And the girls die at one point, but they get revived, same with The Rowdyruff Boys. A character in the show actually died from exploding and it was emotional. This show has deaths for people who don't think it has deaths, but the deaths are disturbing. Also, this show has episodes like Tough Love and Speed Demon that scared many people and horrified them, luckily, I was one of the few not to be horrified. Also, there is an episode where a magician that dies in an iron maiden comes to life as a zombie and tries to kill the girls, but then one of the girls throw him back to the iron maiden, doesn't that sound dark? How are shows like Dexter's Lab and Rugrats above this? ...more - AnimeDrawer
Punching, Bruises, and monsters get their eyes pulled out and stuff like that. Weirdos.
Okay so this show is not as mature as The Legend of Korra and it doesn't contain deaths, but it does contains innuendos, lore, mystery, some drama, and depressing scenes (heck some scenes are not even meant to be depressing but they are). Episodes like Sunspot and the Great Red Spot, Jet 2, Tiny Blue Dot, Beep Has the Blues, Visit to Mom's Office, Solar System Bake Off, and Kid Kart Derby have at least one of the things that I mentioned above. Keep in mind that this show is for little kids. - Cartoonfan202
I remember this show... I wish I hadn't - PEANUT318
You have jumpscares and implied prostitution in this show. Know any other shows that have that?
Only 10 episodes but it was stil very mature
Looks scary - EliHbk
SpongeBob is much darker than Rugrats.
Spongebob is just weird animation. Like many 90s & 21st Century cartoons.
It shouldn't even be for kids! Everyone dies in the last episode! - RalphBob
This needs to be taken off the list, SpongeBob SquarePants is much worse, and Rugrats was completely clean and fresh for all ages.
This is below Angela Anaconda. You heard that right. - 445956
Remember this show when you were a Kid from the 1990's? (If you are some 10 or younger then you won't know this show so I recomend you see it. Best Batman T.V. ever.) Great memories. Gets Dark and Mature at times but still Awesome.
I am NOT talking about the 1987 Cartoon (which is Awesome.)
I am talking about Mirage Comics, 2003 and 2012 are the most Darkest and Mature incarnations of the TMNT.
In Annihilation Earth! The turtles and April had to deal with the death of Master Splinter, Earth and Karai all at the same time. How much Darker could Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles get?
TMNT1987+TMNT 2003= TMNT 2012
Trollhunters is an amazing yet dark series. I would recommend it to people 10+.
It used To be a kids show after Toonami edited it.
Too dark to be a kid's show. Apart from ziggy, everyone's back stories are serious. And wait, our world is destroyed. RPM is a deadly combo of terminator, fast and furious, 2012 and sentai.
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