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9th Jul '16 11:05:51 AM nombretomado
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* From ''Franchise/{{BIONICLE}}'', we have Vezon, [[BrokenBase to the half of the fanbase that considers him]] TheScrappy. Greg Farshtey has admitted to Vezon being one of his favorite characters to write, and in the web serials, ''boy'', does it show! Despite actually having very little to offer to advancing the plot, Vezon is almost always there to offer his PluckyComicRelief antics, especially now that he has been fused with the Kanohi Olmak and has dimension-hopping abilities.

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* From ''Franchise/{{BIONICLE}}'', ''Toys/{{BIONICLE}}'', we have Vezon, [[BrokenBase to the half of the fanbase that considers him]] TheScrappy. Greg Farshtey has admitted to Vezon being one of his favorite characters to write, and in the web serials, ''boy'', does it show! Despite actually having very little to offer to advancing the plot, Vezon is almost always there to offer his PluckyComicRelief antics, especially now that he has been fused with the Kanohi Olmak and has dimension-hopping abilities.
30th May '16 8:33:41 AM TheOneWhoTropes
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* The legendarily-bad ''TransformersArmada'' Side Swipe mold. When it arrived in stores, it was reviled as a fusion of every negative stereotype about the Unicron Trilogy: boring vehicle mode, badly-proportioned, overly-gimmicky, and poorly-articulated robot mode, with even the Minicon getting some hate. Hasbro wisely listened to the fans and never used the mold again... is what would be written here, if the mold hadn't gotten TWO reuses in the ''Universe'' line, [[http://static.seibertron.com/images/toys/files/32/runamuck106.jpg AND]] a heavy-but-unhelpful remold into Runabout. The last of these earned a particular ire for an EnsembleDarkhorse receiving the mold (and for having the wrong name, and for [[ThoseTwoBadGuys his partner]] not getting a similar release). It took three years for this mold to disappear from shelves... until Botcon 2012 offered a new version of him at premium price. Fortunately, it seems as if ''Shattered Glass'' Treadshot has finally [[RescuedFromTheScrappyHeap broken the curse:]] he's basically the fantastic ''Reveal the Shield'' Jazz mold, with the color scheme and head of Side Swipe. [[http://www.tfw2005.com/transformers-images/toys/images/209335-1/Treadshot+with+Armada+Sideswipe+Robot.jpg The difference is striking.]]

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* The legendarily-bad ''TransformersArmada'' ''Anime/TransformersArmada'' Side Swipe mold. When it arrived in stores, it was reviled as a fusion of every negative stereotype about the Unicron Trilogy: boring vehicle mode, badly-proportioned, overly-gimmicky, and poorly-articulated robot mode, with even the Minicon getting some hate. Hasbro wisely listened to the fans and never used the mold again... is what would be written here, if the mold hadn't gotten TWO reuses in the ''Universe'' line, [[http://static.seibertron.com/images/toys/files/32/runamuck106.jpg AND]] a heavy-but-unhelpful remold into Runabout. The last of these earned a particular ire for an EnsembleDarkhorse receiving the mold (and for having the wrong name, and for [[ThoseTwoBadGuys his partner]] not getting a similar release). It took three years for this mold to disappear from shelves... until Botcon 2012 offered a new version of him at premium price. Fortunately, it seems as if ''Shattered Glass'' Treadshot has finally [[RescuedFromTheScrappyHeap broken the curse:]] he's basically the fantastic ''Reveal the Shield'' Jazz mold, with the color scheme and head of Side Swipe. [[http://www.tfw2005.com/transformers-images/toys/images/209335-1/Treadshot+with+Armada+Sideswipe+Robot.jpg The difference is striking.]]
14th Apr '16 11:03:01 PM Ramona122003
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* Mater from the ''WesternAnimation/{{Cars}}'' movies, at least to those who aren't fans of him. He received what was seen as a disproportionate amount of focus in the merchandise and got an animated series, ''Mater's Tall Tales''. It got to the point that he effectively became the main protagonist of ''Cars 2''. Definitely not helped by the fact that he's voiced by Creator/LarryTheCableGuy.
* Tuco from ''Film/TheGoodTheBadAndTheUgly''. Both Eastwood and Van Cleef realized that the character of Tuco was close to Leone's heart, and the director and Wallach became good friends. Van Cleef observed:
-->"Tuco is the only one of the trio the audience gets to know all about. We meet his brother and find out where he came from and why he became a bandit. But Clint's character and Angel's remain mysteries."
** TropesAreNotBad, though, as he is the most human and interesting of the trio as the Inbetween of the NiceMeanAndInbetween equation. Leone's intention to focus on crafting one good character meant he didn't have to tell too many stories at once and therefore keep it relatively simple.
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* [[{{Transformers}} Bumblebee]] became this after the release of the films. Being one of the star characters, he received a massive amount of merchandise and focus, and other series (''TransformersAnimated'', most famously) were retooled to feature him. Being the KidAppealCharacter, most fans initially viewed him with a grudging toleration, but his sheer overexposure quickly soured people on him; new redecoes of Bee developed a reputation for shipping at least once per wave and often three per case. His ''TransformersPrime'' incarnation was what tipped the scale into this - while ''Animated'' Bumblebee was a fairly tolerable [[Anime/UnicronTrilogy Hot Shot]] clone, ''Prime'' 'Bee earned a reputation for being a FlatCharacter, constantly constrained from development due to having inherited the film version's [[TheVoiceless lack of voice]]. Even the writers of the series seemed to dislike this, to the point of introducing Smokescreen as a more traditional KidAppealCharacter and generally ignoring Bumblebee in most later plots. It's astonishing to consider that the 2007 Bumblebee toy was once considered a scalping target, when only four years later, 'Bee had actually earned a reputation for clogging shelves. It doesn't help that he's marketed more than ''Megatron'', traditionally considered the second most iconic character in the franchise (next to Optimus Prime) before 'Bee hit it big.
** A perfect example of how serious 'Bee's Pet status wound up being can be seen by looking at his redecoes. 90% of the time in ''Transformers'', when a character gets a PaletteSwap, it's in a dramatically different color and intended to represent a separate character - for instance, redecoing the white-and-red Starscream into the blue-and-silver Thundercracker. This almost never happens to later incarnations of Bumblebee, who usually gets redecoed into himself with a slightly different pattern of yellow-and-black stripes. By ''TransformersAgeOfExtinction'', the filmverse Bumblebee had received around one hundred figures, and been redecoed into a different character a grand total of three times.
** The legendarily-bad ''TransformersArmada'' Side Swipe mold. When it arrived in stores, it was reviled as a fusion of every negative stereotype about the Unicron Trilogy: boring vehicle mode, badly-proportioned, overly-gimmicky, and poorly-articulated robot mode, with even the Minicon getting some hate. Hasbro wisely listened to the fans and never used the mold again... is what would be written here, if the mold hadn't gotten TWO reuses in the ''Universe'' line, [[http://static.seibertron.com/images/toys/files/32/runamuck106.jpg AND]] a heavy-but-unhelpful remold into Runabout. The last of these earned a particular ire for an EnsembleDarkhorse receiving the mold (and for having the wrong name, and for [[ThoseTwoBadGuys his partner]] not getting a similar release). It took three years for this mold to disappear from shelves... until Botcon 2012 offered a new version of him at premium price. Fortunately, it seems as if ''Shattered Glass'' Treadshot has finally [[RescuedFromTheScrappyHeap broken the curse:]] he's basically the fantastic ''Reveal the Shield'' Jazz mold, with the color scheme and head of Side Swipe. [[http://www.tfw2005.com/transformers-images/toys/images/209335-1/Treadshot+with+Armada+Sideswipe+Robot.jpg The difference is striking.]]

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* [[{{Transformers}} Bumblebee]] became this after the release of the films. Being one of the star characters, he received a massive amount of merchandise and focus, and other series (''TransformersAnimated'', most famously) were retooled to feature him. Being the KidAppealCharacter, most fans initially viewed him with a grudging toleration, but his sheer overexposure quickly soured people on him; new redecoes of Bee developed a reputation for shipping at least once per wave and often three per case. His ''TransformersPrime'' incarnation was what tipped the scale into this - while ''Animated'' Bumblebee was a fairly tolerable [[Anime/UnicronTrilogy Hot Shot]] clone, ''Prime'' 'Bee earned a reputation for being a FlatCharacter, constantly constrained from development due to having inherited the film version's [[TheVoiceless lack of voice]]. Even the writers of the series seemed to dislike this, to the point of introducing Smokescreen as a more traditional KidAppealCharacter and generally ignoring Bumblebee in most later plots. It's astonishing to consider that the 2007 Bumblebee toy was once considered a scalping target, when only four years later, 'Bee had actually earned a reputation for clogging shelves. It doesn't help that he's marketed more than ''Megatron'', traditionally considered the second most iconic character in the franchise (next to Optimus Prime) before 'Bee hit it big.
** A perfect example of how serious 'Bee's Pet status wound up being can be seen by looking at his redecoes. 90% of the time in ''Transformers'', when a character gets a PaletteSwap, it's in a dramatically different color and intended to represent a separate character - for instance, redecoing the white-and-red Starscream into the blue-and-silver Thundercracker. This almost never happens to later incarnations of Bumblebee, who usually gets redecoed into himself with a slightly different pattern of yellow-and-black stripes. By ''TransformersAgeOfExtinction'', the filmverse Bumblebee had received around one hundred figures, and been redecoed into a different character a grand total of three times.
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The legendarily-bad ''TransformersArmada'' Side Swipe mold. When it arrived in stores, it was reviled as a fusion of every negative stereotype about the Unicron Trilogy: boring vehicle mode, badly-proportioned, overly-gimmicky, and poorly-articulated robot mode, with even the Minicon getting some hate. Hasbro wisely listened to the fans and never used the mold again... is what would be written here, if the mold hadn't gotten TWO reuses in the ''Universe'' line, [[http://static.seibertron.com/images/toys/files/32/runamuck106.jpg AND]] a heavy-but-unhelpful remold into Runabout. The last of these earned a particular ire for an EnsembleDarkhorse receiving the mold (and for having the wrong name, and for [[ThoseTwoBadGuys his partner]] not getting a similar release). It took three years for this mold to disappear from shelves... until Botcon 2012 offered a new version of him at premium price. Fortunately, it seems as if ''Shattered Glass'' Treadshot has finally [[RescuedFromTheScrappyHeap broken the curse:]] he's basically the fantastic ''Reveal the Shield'' Jazz mold, with the color scheme and head of Side Swipe. [[http://www.tfw2005.com/transformers-images/toys/images/209335-1/Treadshot+with+Armada+Sideswipe+Robot.jpg The difference is striking.]]
4th Mar '16 7:45:27 PM Sammettik
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** By extension, to some people, the ''Cars'' franchise may be this for Creator/{{Pixar}}. As if getting a sequel and loads of merchandise wasn't enough, it received a spinoff movie that had a theatrical release, ''WesternAnimation/{{Planes}}'' (which is ''not'' produced by Pixar, but rather [=DisneyToon=] Studios). It became followed by ''Planes: Fire and Rescue'', which got a theatrical release as well. Simply put, ''Cars'' and its sequels are perceived as being the only Pixar films to outright pander to children (as opposed to merely being appropriate for children) and are almost completely MerchandiseDriven. This makes the franchise a great money spinner, but [[PeripheryHatedom an unsatisfying experience for any Pixar fan over the age of twelve.]]



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* [[GooglePlus Google+]] is this for {{Google}}. Most people didn't really care about it when it launched, finding it to be another redundant social networking site while most people already use {{Facebook}} and/or {{Twitter}} (G+ seemingly trying to be a hybrid of the two) thus few people signed up for it. The site received a lot more hate after Google integrated it into YouTube and made it mandatory for users to create G+ accounts in order to write comments on videos. Even [=YouTube's=] original creator posted a status in frustration asking why he needed to create a G+ account to comment on a video. Despite all the backlash and several online petitions demanding them to remove it from [=YouTube=], Google refuses to give in and continues to integrate it into most of their services. Some people believe Google only did this so it would look like Google+ is a success because of the seemingly large number of users despite a lot of them just creating accounts so they can use [=YouTube's=] services fully and never touch them again.
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18th Feb '16 3:04:42 PM twilicorn
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* One year, FOX's coverage of UsefulNotes/{{NASCAR}} races added a 'Digger Cam'--a ground-level camera in the infield that showed cars coming around a turn. The 'digger' part came from an animated gopher named Digger, who would pop up out of a hole, look behind him, notice the cars, scream, and then frantically get back into his hole. It was kind of funny the first time. After that it became progressively less funny. Then they did it repeatedly, every single race. This was the signal for FOX to render Digger in CGI, give him his own pre-race cartoon, and offer Digger merchandise. The response has escalated to three words: kill the rodent.
** Digger was so beloved by FOX, they gave him a speaking cameo in the Film/AlvinAndTheChipmunks "Squeakquel", which was hated in its own right. Cue people storming out of the theater in rage.
** It doesn't help that NASCAR actually ''ordered'' Fox to stop using Digger, blaming him for a decline in attendance of NASCAR races.

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* One year, FOX's coverage of UsefulNotes/{{NASCAR}} races added a 'Digger Cam'--a ground-level camera in the infield that showed cars coming around a turn. The 'digger' part came from [[RogerRabbitEffect an animated gopher gopher]] named Digger, who would pop up out of a hole, look behind him, notice the cars, scream, and then frantically get back into his hole. It was kind of funny the first time. After that it became progressively less funny. Then time... before they did decided to do it repeatedly, every single race. This was the signal for FOX to render Digger in CGI, give him his own pre-race cartoon, and offer Digger merchandise. The response has escalated to three words: kill the rodent.
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rodent. Digger was so beloved by FOX, they gave him a speaking cameo in the Film/AlvinAndTheChipmunks "Squeakquel", their film, ''Film/AlvinAndTheChipmunks: The Squeakquel'', which was [[PeripheryHatedom hated in its own right. Cue people storming out of the theater in rage.
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right]]. It doesn't help that NASCAR actually ''ordered'' Fox to stop using Digger, blaming him for a decline in attendance of NASCAR races.



* The Ride/DisneyThemeParks have Duffy the Disney Bear. Imagine a character who isn't connected to any of the Franchise/DisneyAnimatedCanon and/or {{Pixar}} films. Hey, [[EnsembleDarkhorse Figment]], WesternAnimation/PhineasAndFerb, and [[PiratesOfTheCaribbean Captain Jack Sparrow]] are well liked, right? Well, the problem is, this character isn't FROM any of the rides, shows, or live-action movies. He exists solely [[MerchandiseDriven to sell merchandise]], TastesLikeDiabetes, and yet has more presence in the parks than [[EnsembleDarkhorse Darkhorses]] like [[Disney/{{Tangled}} Flynn Rider]] and [[WesternAnimation/DuckTales Scrooge McDuck]], and [[BrotherChuck Brother Chucked]] characters like Disney/{{Hercules}}, [[Disney/TheHunchbackOfNotreDame Quasimodo]], Disney/{{Tarzan}} and most of the Disney villains, who usually only appear for Meet and Greets at the Halloween parties. In addition, he's also managed to outlast a character from a [[KingdomHearts popular and ongoing video game series co-created by Disney]]. This is mostly a result of Duffy being a CashCowFranchise in the Tokyo parks with desperate efforts to re-create the success abroad without realizing the cultural differences.

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* The Ride/DisneyThemeParks have Duffy the Disney Bear. Imagine a character who The main problem most people have with Duffy is that he isn't connected to from any of the Franchise/DisneyAnimatedCanon and/or {{Pixar}} films. Hey, films, the rides, shows, or live-action movies (compare him to [[EnsembleDarkhorse Figment]], WesternAnimation/PhineasAndFerb, and [[PiratesOfTheCaribbean Captain Jack Sparrow]] are well liked, right? Well, the problem is, this character isn't FROM any of the rides, shows, or live-action movies. Sparrow]]). He exists solely [[MerchandiseDriven to sell merchandise]], TastesLikeDiabetes, and yet has more presence in the parks than [[EnsembleDarkhorse Darkhorses]] like [[Disney/BigHero6 Hiro and Baymax]], [[Disney/{{Tangled}} Flynn Rider]] and [[WesternAnimation/DuckTales Scrooge McDuck]], and [[BrotherChuck Brother Chucked]] [[ChuckCunninghamSyndrome long-gone]] characters like Disney/{{Hercules}}, [[Disney/TheHunchbackOfNotreDame Quasimodo]], Disney/{{Tarzan}} Quasimodo]] and Disney/{{Tarzan}}, and most of the Disney villains, who villains (who usually only appear for Meet and Greets at the Halloween parties. parties). In addition, he's also managed to outlast a character from a [[KingdomHearts [[VideoGame/KingdomHearts popular and ongoing video game series co-created by Disney]]. This is mostly a result of Duffy being a CashCowFranchise [[CashCowFranchise cash-cow]] in the Tokyo parks with desperate efforts to re-create the success abroad without realizing the cultural differences.
24th Dec '15 11:17:23 PM IncredibleFulk1
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24th Dec '15 11:15:39 PM IncredibleFulk1
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* Before the ''Franchise/StarWars'' prequel trilogy, the most disliked element of Star Wars was the [[Film/ReturnOfTheJedi Ewoks]], a race of tiny, cute teddy bear-like aliens meant to [[KidAppealCharacter appeal to kids and sell toys]]. They were disliked for [[MoodWhiplash contrasting with the tone of the movie]] and for [[FightSceneFailure not being credible threats]] [[RockBeatsLaser against the technologically advanced, armored Imperial army]]. After this, George Lucas gave them [[Film/StarWarsEwokAdventures two made-for-TV movies]] and [[{{WesternAnimation/Ewoks}} a cartoon series]].
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* Before the ''Franchise/StarWars'' prequel trilogy, the most disliked element of Star Wars was the [[Film/ReturnOfTheJedi Ewoks]], a race of tiny, cute teddy bear-like aliens meant to [[KidAppealCharacter appeal to kids and sell toys]]. They were disliked for [[MoodWhiplash contrasting with the tone of the movie]] and for [[FightSceneFailure not being credible threats]] [[RockBeatsLaser against the technologically advanced, armored Imperial army]]. After this, George Lucas gave them [[Film/StarWarsEwokAdventures two made-for-TV movies]] and [[{{WesternAnimation/Ewoks}} a cartoon series]].
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27th Oct '15 8:36:17 PM UrthWyrm
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27th Oct '15 8:34:08 PM UrthWyrm
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* Before the ''Franchise/StarWars'' prequel trilogy, the most disliked element of Star Wars was the [[Film/ReturnOfTheJedi Ewoks]], a race of tiny, cute teddy bear-like aliens meant to [[KidAppealCharacter appeal to kids and sell toys]]. They were disliked for [[MoodWhiplash contrasting with the tone of the movie]] and for [[FightSceneFailure not being credible threats]] [[RockBeatsLaser against the technologically advanced, armored Imperial army]]. After this, George Lucas gave them [[Film/StarWarsEwokAdventures two made-for-TV movies]] and [[WesternAnimation/Ewoks a cartoon series]].

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* Before the ''Franchise/StarWars'' prequel trilogy, the most disliked element of Star Wars was the [[Film/ReturnOfTheJedi Ewoks]], a race of tiny, cute teddy bear-like aliens meant to [[KidAppealCharacter appeal to kids and sell toys]]. They were disliked for [[MoodWhiplash contrasting with the tone of the movie]] and for [[FightSceneFailure not being credible threats]] [[RockBeatsLaser against the technologically advanced, armored Imperial army]]. After this, George Lucas gave them [[Film/StarWarsEwokAdventures two made-for-TV movies]] and [[WesternAnimation/Ewoks [[{{WesternAnimation/Ewoks}} a cartoon series]].
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* Before the ''Franchise/StarWars'' prequel trilogy, the most disliked element of Star Wars was the [[Film/ReturnOfTheJedi Ewoks]], a race of tiny, cute teddy bear-like aliens meant to [[KidAppealCharacter appeal to kids and sell toys]]. They were disliked for [[MoodWhiplash contrasting with the tone of the movie]] and for [[FightSceneFailure not being credible threats]] [[RockBeatsLaser against the technologically advanced, armored Imperial army]]. After this, George Lucas gave them [[Film/StarWarsEwokAdventures two made-for-TV movies]] and [[WesternAnimation/Ewoks a cartoon series]].
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