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24th Sep '16 1:35:49 PM nombretomado
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* Before it launched, the ITV2 series ''Series/TheOnlyWayIsEssex'' was derided as a pointless knock-off of a more serious but otherwise similar series on ChannelFour called ''Seven Days''. Not only did TOWIE become an unexpected hit, but who even remembers ''Seven Days'' now?

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* Before it launched, the ITV2 series ''Series/TheOnlyWayIsEssex'' was derided as a pointless knock-off of a more serious but otherwise similar series on ChannelFour Creator/Channel4 called ''Seven Days''. Not only did TOWIE become an unexpected hit, but who even remembers ''Seven Days'' now?
18th Sep '16 10:14:34 AM TheShugoTV
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* ''Anime/CodeGeass'' was the very definition of TroubledProduction thanks to this trope. Director/co-creator Goro Taniguchi asked for a 50-episode series, but Creator/BandaiEntertainment only gave him 25, for reasons that remain unclear[[note]]Some say they felt Taniguchi was "untested", others say it's because he's a perfectionist and somewhat hard to work with -- or because previous works of his like ''Manga/{{Planetes}}'' and ''Anime/GunXSword'' had not done too well in the Japanese market[[/note]]. Even then, the staff had limited resources and had to piggy-back off of other Bandai shows in production at the time. When the show took off and became the Next Big Thing, Bandai was quick to embrace it, though unlike YoshiyukiTomino and ''Franchise/{{Gundam}}'', Taniguchi and fellow co-creator Ichiro Okouchi were smart enough to hold onto the rights.

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* ''Anime/CodeGeass'' was the very definition of TroubledProduction thanks to this trope. Director/co-creator Goro Taniguchi asked for a 50-episode series, but Creator/BandaiEntertainment [[Creator/NamcoBandai Bandai Namco]] only gave him 25, for reasons that remain unclear[[note]]Some say they felt Taniguchi was "untested", others say it's because he's a perfectionist and somewhat hard to work with -- or because previous works of his like ''Manga/{{Planetes}}'' and ''Anime/GunXSword'' had not done too well in the Japanese market[[/note]]. Even then, the staff had limited resources and had to piggy-back off of other Bandai shows in production at the time. When the show took off and became the Next Big Thing, Bandai was quick to embrace it, though unlike YoshiyukiTomino and ''Franchise/{{Gundam}}'', Taniguchi and fellow co-creator Ichiro Okouchi were smart enough to hold onto the rights.
8th Sep '16 9:52:32 AM igordebraga
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** Pierre Boulle, author of [[Literature/PlanetOfTheApes ''La Planete des Singes'']], considered it to be one of his lesser works and that [[Film/PlanetOfTheApes any film based off it]] had no potential for screen success.
* Apparently, before Creator/BruceWillis was approached to play John [=McClane=] in ''Film/DieHard'', the job had already been turned down by Creator/ArnoldSchwarzenegger, Creator/SylvesterStallone, Creator/BurtReynolds, Creator/RichardGere, Creator/HarrisonFord and Creator/MelGibson, who didn´t believe in the script, and John [=McTiernan=], who would later direct it, even turned down ''several'' offers. When his agent delivered the news to Willis, he immediately advised him ''not'' to do it, thinking he´d make a complete fool of himself. However, due to the payment being simply too good to turn down, Willis accepted to play [=McClane=], kicking off his career as one of Hollywood´s most popular and well paid actors.

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** Pierre Boulle, author of [[Literature/PlanetOfTheApes ''La ''[[Literature/PlanetOfTheApes La Planete des Singes'']], Singes]]'', considered it to be one of his lesser works and that [[Film/PlanetOfTheApes any film based off it]] had no potential for screen success.
success. Fox even only greenlit the original to compensate [[TroubledProduction the hell producer Arthur P. Jacobs faced with]] ''Film/DoctorDolittle''.
* Apparently, before Creator/BruceWillis was approached to play John [=McClane=] in ''Film/DieHard'', the job had already been turned down by Creator/ArnoldSchwarzenegger, Creator/SylvesterStallone, Creator/BurtReynolds, Creator/RichardGere, Creator/HarrisonFord and Creator/MelGibson, who didn´t didn't believe in the script, and John [=McTiernan=], who would later direct it, even turned down ''several'' offers. When his agent delivered the news to Willis, he immediately advised him ''not'' to do it, thinking he´d he'd make a complete fool of himself. However, due to the payment being simply too good to turn down, Willis accepted to play [=McClane=], kicking off his career as one of Hollywood´s Hollywood's most popular and well paid actors.actors. Not to mention how the movie became influential in [[DieHardOnAnX formula]] and protagonist type of later movies.
8th Sep '16 1:35:57 AM HBarnill
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* The concept of doing a hip hop themed musical about Alexander Hamilton sounded very stupid to many people, and Creator/JonStewart even mocked the premise in an episode of ''Series/TheDailyShow''. Despite this, ''Theatre/{{Hamilton}}'' became a smash at the box office, and won near universal acclaim.

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* The concept of doing a hip hop themed musical about Alexander Hamilton sounded very stupid to many people, and Creator/JonStewart even mocked the premise in an episode of ''Series/TheDailyShow''. Even ''Hamilton'' star, Daveen Diggs, thought it was a terrible idea before signing up. Despite this, ''Theatre/{{Hamilton}}'' became a smash at the box office, and won near universal acclaim.
6th Sep '16 11:02:18 PM thelivingtoad
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* It's hard to believe now, but Creator/TwentiethCenturyFox had very little faith in ''Franchise/StarWars: Film/ANewHope'' making much money.[[note]]Both Creator/UnitedArtists and Creator/{{Universal}} had passed on the film before it even got to Fox.[[/note]] They put it out as sort of a "last hurrah" to hold off bankruptcy, and tasked Creator/AlanDeanFoster with writing ''Literature/SplinterOfTheMindsEye'', a sequel novel written for the sole purpose of facilitating a quick low-budget movie adaptation. Fox had to bully theaters into showing ''Star Wars'', as theaters simply wouldn't touch it and Fox had to make some money back on what they assumed would be a financial fiasco. Fox threatened to withhold the drama film ''The Other Side of Midnight'', which had been tipped to be a hit that Summer, unless the theater agreed to screen ''Star Wars'' for a couple weeks. ''The Other Side of Midnight'' made its budget back, but it was steamrolled at the box office by ''Star Wars''. Fox had given George Lucas exclusive rights on TheMerch related to Star Wars in exchange for paying him less. They figured the movie would bomb and no one would make, never mind buy the merchandise as a result. [[JustSoStory And that's why no publisher ever gives exclusive merchandising rights to the creator anymore.]]

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* It's hard to believe now, but Creator/TwentiethCenturyFox had very little faith in ''Franchise/StarWars: Film/ANewHope'' making much money.[[note]]Both Creator/UnitedArtists and Creator/{{Universal}} had passed on the film before it even got to Fox.[[/note]] They put it out as sort of a "last hurrah" to hold off bankruptcy, and tasked Creator/AlanDeanFoster with writing ''Literature/SplinterOfTheMindsEye'', a sequel novel written for the sole purpose of facilitating a quick low-budget movie adaptation. Fox had to bully theaters into showing ''Star Wars'', as theaters simply wouldn't touch it and Fox had to make some money back on what they assumed would be a financial fiasco. Fox threatened to withhold the period drama film ''The Other Side of Midnight'', which had been tipped to be a hit that Summer, summer, unless the theater agreed to screen ''Star Wars'' for a couple weeks. ''The Other Side of Midnight'' made its budget back, but it was steamrolled at the box office by ''Star Wars''. Fox had given George Lucas exclusive rights on TheMerch related to Star Wars in exchange for paying him less. They figured the movie would bomb and no one would make, never mind buy the merchandise as a result. [[JustSoStory And that's why no publisher ever gives exclusive merchandising rights to the creator anymore.]]
24th Aug '16 8:58:49 PM PaulA
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* The first ''Manga/AttackOnTitan'' manuscript was sent to Shueisha to publish in Weekly Shonen Jump, who said it was good, but not good enough for Jump, and rejected it. The author then sent it to rival Kodansha, who published it in their monthly Bessatsu Shounen Magazine. Considering what trope page this is, it goes without saying it became a SleeperHit, growing in popularity to surpass famous {{long runner}}s like ''Franchise/{{Bleach}}''.

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* The first ''Manga/AttackOnTitan'' manuscript was sent to Shueisha to publish in Weekly Shonen Jump, who said it was good, but not good enough for Jump, and rejected it. The author then sent it to rival Kodansha, who published it in their monthly Bessatsu Shounen Magazine. Considering what trope page this is, it goes without saying it became a SleeperHit, growing in popularity to surpass famous {{long runner}}s long-runners like ''Franchise/{{Bleach}}''.
1st Aug '16 12:58:14 PM CaptainCrawdad
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* Believe it or not, ''Series/PowerRangers'' was pitched to american executives for YEARS as an adaptation of the SuperSentai series already airing in Japan, but for years on end, Hai Saban could find nobody who would take it. Finally, the executive at Fox Kids gave it a chance. They already had plans to have it be a clean 40 episode show, and nobody would be the wiser. And then, well, [[CashCowFranchise it went Kaboom into the popular conscious of the 90's]], and still manages to truck on today despite numerous ChannelHop, ExecutiveMeddling and TroubledProduction to the series's credit.

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* Believe it or not, ''Series/PowerRangers'' was pitched to american American executives for YEARS years as an adaptation of the SuperSentai series already airing in Japan, but for years on end, Hai Saban could find nobody who would take it. Finally, the executive at Fox Kids gave it a chance. They already had plans to have it be a clean 40 episode show, and nobody would be the wiser. And then, well, [[CashCowFranchise it went Kaboom into the popular conscious of the 90's]], 90s]], and still manages to truck on today despite numerous ChannelHop, ExecutiveMeddling and TroubledProduction to the series's credit.credit.
* ''Series/MrRobot'': No one expected anything from a show on the USA network (not known for high-quality original content) and starring Creator/ChristianSlater (a faded film star not known for his dramatic weight). Even the name didn't sound like something to take seriously. However, the show proved quite popular with critics and audiences alike.
24th Jul '16 2:23:44 AM EricW
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* Believe it or not, ''Series/PowerRangers'' was pitched to american executives for YEARS as an adaptation of the SuperSentai series already airing in Japan, but for years on end, Hai Saban could find nobody who would take it. Finally, the executive at Fox Kids gave it a chance. They already had plans to have it be a clean 40 episode show, and nobody would be the wiser. And then, well, [[CashCowFranchise it went Kaboom into the popular conscious of the 90's]], and still manages to truck on today despite numerous ChannelHop, ExecutiveMeddling and TroubledProduction to the series's credit.
18th Jul '16 7:00:10 AM firefox92
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* If you would believe it, ''Franchise/SpiderMan'' of all things got this treatment. At the time Stan Lee went to publish it, teens were usually portrayed as sidekicks (i.e. Robin, Bucky) and weren't seen as solo heroes. An exec even commented on the concept because people have arachnophobia and would be turned off by the character. However, Spider-Man beat the odds and became Marvel's flagship hero as well as one of the most well known superheroes of all time next to the likes of Batman and Superman (even teamed up with both of them at one point).
13th Jul '16 1:01:56 AM babyhenchy1
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** Even ''VideoGame/SuperMetroid'' wasn't immune to this. According to Yoshio Sakamoto, the game was nearly canned not one, not two, but ''three times''. And its biggest detractor was its producer and series creator, Gunpei Yokoi. He would often angrily asked the team "Are you trying to make a goddamn masterpiece?" ''Super Metroid'' is now regarded as [[SacredCow the pinnacle of the series]], rivaling at times the ''Prime'' games, with overwhelming praise for everything from the gameplay and level design to its atmosphere and [[ShowDontTell minimalist visual storytelling]], and has topped numerous lists of the best games of all time. Yokoi himself eventually came to see it as a reference of exactly what a good game should be. The main reason an N64 Metroid game was never made was primarily because [[ToughActToFollow no one had the confidence that they could make a worthy successor]].

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** Even According to Yoshio Sakamoto, ''VideoGame/SuperMetroid'' wasn't immune to this. According to Yoshio Sakamoto, the game was nearly canned not one, not two, but ''three times''. And its biggest detractor was its producer and series creator, Gunpei Yokoi. He would often angrily asked the team "Are you trying to make a goddamn masterpiece?" ''Super Metroid'' is now regarded as [[SacredCow the pinnacle of the series]], rivaling at times the ''Prime'' games, with overwhelming praise for everything from the gameplay and level design to its atmosphere and [[ShowDontTell minimalist visual storytelling]], and has topped numerous lists of the best games of all time. Yokoi himself eventually came to see it as a reference of exactly what a good game should be. The main reason an N64 Metroid game was never made was primarily because [[ToughActToFollow no one had the confidence that they could make a worthy successor]].
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