I just watched the Summerween episode, and it reminded me of how much I like this show.
I think I can compare it to Courage the Cowardly Dog in that it has decent enough horror (Courage had more though,) humor (Gravity Falls has more though), and feel-inducing moments.
The end of Courage episodes tended to have a moment where Courage would be relaxing with Muriel after a traumatizing episode. It’s a very nice moment before the ending punchline. But there were also particularly memorable times like when Eustace’s mother is revealed to be bald and she’s torn up about it. But Eustace is the one to make her feel better after being antagonized by her the whole episode (and apparently, his whole life…)
Or when the very ugly man is actually met with kindness for once in his life and he walks off at the end of the episode laughing to himself.
I had a similar feeling when Mabel let Dipper put a bandaid on her arm (after being upset with him, like when she was really distraught about her pig in the time-traveling episode, I think.)
It’s a little silly, but that sorta taps into my “belief” that inanimate objects have just one desire, and that’s to be used for their original purpose. So whenever I drop a piece of popcorn or a potato chip, I think that the moment that chip had sitting in its bag or the kernel in its bag had come, but my clumsiness kept it from fulfilling it’s purpose.
(Snack time is srs bsns)
I think the descriptions for the Sandbag in Super Smash Bros. Melee and Brawl sum up my feelings.
Sandbag exists for one reason only: to get smashed in the Home-Run Contest. Pound on Sandbag as much as possible in the time allotted, then swing for the fences as you compete for the longest home run of all time. Getting hit doesn’t hurt Sandbag at all. As a matter of fact, it loves to see players wind up and let loose.
An item that appears in the Home-Run Contest, where the goal is to do lots of damage to Sandbag, then send it flying as far as you can. It also appears in the regular game. If you smash it, a storm of confetti and items will burst out. Sandbag doesn’t feel pain, though; in fact, it’s happy to be of service.
I’m sure there’s a trope for that (and a therapist for me) somewhere out there.