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24th Apr '17 11:40:16 PM Morgenthaler
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* The film of ''Literature/TheLovelyBones'' had an initially unintentional Audience Shift. It was made tame enough to be rated PG-13 [[SoMyKidsCanWatch so the scriptwriters' children could watch it]], and in marketing tests it did much, much better with teenage girls than with adults. Paramount advertised it heavily on fan blogs for ''Literature/{{Twilight}}''.

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* The film of ''Literature/TheLovelyBones'' had an initially unintentional Audience Shift. It was made tame enough to be rated PG-13 [[SoMyKidsCanWatch so the scriptwriters' children could watch it]], and in marketing tests it did much, much better with teenage girls than with adults. Paramount advertised it heavily on fan blogs for ''Literature/{{Twilight}}''.
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* ''Franchise/StarWars'' arguably went from a sci-fi series with adults in mind to a [[LighterAndSofter version more suitable for children]] starting with ''Film/ReturnOfTheJedi''; children have been a large PeripheryDemographic of the series since its release.
* ''Film/ClashOfTheTitans1981'' was a film for families and young children; ''Film/ClashOfTheTitans2010'' was a movie for teenage boys and college students (as a way to emulate the success of violent action films such as ''Film/ThreeHundred'').
* Gross-Out Comedies like ''Film/AnimalHouse'' and ''Film/{{Porkys}}'' were originally made with an adult audience in mind (specifically, they were meant to be nostalgic throwbacks for adults who were in high school or college when those movies took place). However, once teenagers turned out to be the main audience for those movies (with adults actually being ''offended'' by them), the demographic for such films shifted to teenagers (with the nostalgic settings dropped).

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* ''Franchise/StarWars'' arguably went from a sci-fi series with adults in mind to a [[LighterAndSofter version more suitable for children]] starting with ''Film/ReturnOfTheJedi''; children have been a large PeripheryDemographic of the series since its release.
* ''Film/ClashOfTheTitans1981'' was a film for families and young children; ''Film/ClashOfTheTitans2010'' was a movie for teenage boys and college students (as a way to emulate the success of violent action films such as ''Film/ThreeHundred'').
* Gross-Out Comedies like ''Film/AnimalHouse'' and ''Film/{{Porkys}}'' were originally made with an adult audience in mind (specifically, they were meant to be nostalgic throwbacks for adults who were in high school or college when those movies took place). However, once teenagers turned out to be the main audience for those movies (with adults actually being ''offended'' by them), the demographic for such films shifted to teenagers (with the nostalgic settings dropped).


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* The film of ''Literature/TheLovelyBones'' had an initially unintentional Audience Shift. It was made tame enough to be rated PG-13 [[SoMyKidsCanWatch so the scriptwriters' children could watch it]], and in marketing tests it did much, much better with teenage girls than with adults. Paramount advertised it heavily on fan blogs for ''Literature/{{Twilight}}''.
* ''Franchise/StarWars'' arguably went from a sci-fi series with adults in mind to a [[LighterAndSofter version more suitable for children]] starting with ''Film/ReturnOfTheJedi''; children have been a large PeripheryDemographic of the series since its release.
* ''Film/ClashOfTheTitans1981'' was a film for families and young children; ''Film/ClashOfTheTitans2010'' was a movie for teenage boys and college students (as a way to emulate the success of violent action films such as ''Film/ThreeHundred'').
* Gross-Out Comedies like ''Film/AnimalHouse'' and ''Film/{{Porkys}}'' were originally made with an adult audience in mind (specifically, they were meant to be nostalgic throwbacks for adults who were in high school or college when those movies took place). However, once teenagers turned out to be the main audience for those movies (with adults actually being ''offended'' by them), the demographic for such films shifted to teenagers (with the nostalgic settings dropped).

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24th Apr '17 11:39:25 PM Morgenthaler
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29th Mar '17 3:26:07 AM eroock
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-->--'''''WebAnimation/HomestarRunner''''', [[http://www.homestarrunner.com/aprilfool10.html Xeriously Forxe]]

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18th Mar '17 6:28:48 PM nombretomado
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* ''Franchise/{{Neopets}}'' was originally designed for college students, but over time its primary demographic has shifted younger and younger until now, it's mainly aimed at little kids. This can lead to WhatDoYouMeanItsForKids when they stumble upon some of the remnants of its early days. However, a ''second'' audience shift that balanced its focus to both kids and adults started around 2012 when older players came back, culminating in the site being acquired from Viacom/Nickelodeon by VideoGame/JumpStart ''specifically'' because its audience skewed older.

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* ''Franchise/{{Neopets}}'' ''Website/{{Neopets}}'' was originally designed for college students, but over time its primary demographic has shifted younger and younger until now, it's mainly aimed at little kids. This can lead to WhatDoYouMeanItsForKids when they stumble upon some of the remnants of its early days. However, a ''second'' audience shift that balanced its focus to both kids and adults started around 2012 when older players came back, culminating in the site being acquired from Viacom/Nickelodeon by VideoGame/JumpStart ''specifically'' because its audience skewed older.
14th Mar '17 7:45:46 PM Midna
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Sometimes, this is a result of a long-since-discontinued series being revived years after the fact. Technically, it's aimed at the same demographic as before--they're just older and can handle more adult things now. Of course, remember that TropesAreTools; it can be hard for less experienced writers to work more mature material into the aforementioned series without coming off as pandering.
7th Feb '17 4:44:02 PM SockstheCat2000
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* ''WesternAnimation/SamuraiJack'' was an Cartoon Network series which aired on 2001 to 2004. Season 5 was aired on {{Creator/AdultSwim}}'s {{Creator/Toonami}} programming block and is aimed to adult fans who grew up with the series. Unlike the other seasons, the fifth and final season was darker, added blood, and rated TV-14-V.
18th Jan '17 4:42:47 AM MarcoPolo250
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* The anime version of ''Manga/RosarioToVampire'' is apparently designed for a male audience, moreso than the manga was. Not everyone was happy about this though and many fans of the manga were outraged that the anime had downplayed the original storyline in favor of over-the-top fanservice. To this day, fans are still demanding for a reboot that's more faithful to the manga plot.

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* The infamous anime version of ''Manga/RosarioToVampire'' is apparently designed for was aimed at a male audience, moreso than the manga was. Not everyone was happy about this though and many fans Its emphasis on sexual fanservice at the expense of the original plot of the manga were outraged that the anime had downplayed the original storyline in favor was a cause of over-the-top fanservice. To this day, fans are still demanding for a reboot that's more faithful to the manga plot.outrage among fans.



* Due to ValuesDissonance many anime and manga are aimed at older audiences in dubs and translations. This causes fans [[WhatDoYouMeanItsForKids to mistake them]] for being aimed at older audiences than they really are. For example ''Manga/{{Naruto}}'' is aimed at elementary and middle schoolers in Japan even in its uncut incarnation with the gore, sexuality, and cursing. In the English dub the "family friendly" version censors some of that stuff while the "uncut" version is aimed at teenagers and adults.

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* Due to ValuesDissonance ValuesDissonance, many anime and manga are aimed at older audiences in dubs and translations. This causes fans [[WhatDoYouMeanItsForKids to mistake them]] for being aimed at older audiences more mature viewers/readers than they really are. For example ''Manga/{{Naruto}}'' is aimed at elementary and middle schoolers in Japan Japan, even in its uncut incarnation with the all gore, sexuality, and cursing. In For the English dub the dub, Creator/CartoonNetwork would air a "family friendly" version that censors some of that stuff stuff, while the "uncut" version is aimed at teenagers and adults.



** At some point, you may have to resign yourself to the fact that you're watching a kid's show. And all of these protestations are the equivalent of brigading a ''Dora The Explorer'' board and wondering why everything on that show is so silly and arbitrary. (Why this kid's show airs past 11 P.M. is a God damned mystery, we'll give you that.)



* ''WesternAnimation/ThePowerpuffGirls'' was not aimed at only girls. It was aimed at a unisex audience, though merchandise was mainly female aimed. The [[WesternAnimation/ThePowerpuffGirls reboot]] seems to be aimed much more at girls than the original, focusing less on the superhero spectacle and more on the story and interactions between characters.

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* ''WesternAnimation/ThePowerpuffGirls'' was not aimed at only girls. It was aimed at a unisex audience, though merchandise was mainly female aimed. The [[WesternAnimation/ThePowerpuffGirls [[WesternAnimation/ThePowerpuffGirls2016 reboot]] seems to be aimed much more at girls than the original, focusing less on the superhero spectacle and more on the story and interactions between characters.



* Creator/{{Toonami}}, originally aired during the daytime with programs aimed at kids and pre-teens. When it was UnCanceled, it received a new placement after the {{watershed}} on Creator/AdultSwim. It's still aimed at the exact same group of people, who have simply aged since watching Toonami as kids, meaning the block simply grew with its audience. For those expecting Toonami to not have an audience shift, having it on Adult Swim was [[JustifiedTrope a necessary evil]]. In this day and age, Western action oriented cartoons aired during kid-friendly hours get dropped like a bad habit ''especially'' on Cartoon Network (case in point, Creator/DCNation) and less of them are being made than in the 1990s-early 2000s. As for the anime side of things, it can feel as if almost every potentially suitable for Cartoon Network anime dub outside of ''Anime/{{Pokemon}}'' and certain MerchandiseDriven shows has content that would have been easier to air back when Toonami was first airing than it is now due to ValuesDissonance between what's acceptable for American kids and Japanese kids. It was probably deemed easier to air the revived block later than argue with angry parents and Cartoon Network's Standards & Practices department.

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* Creator/{{Toonami}}, originally aired during the daytime with programs aimed at kids and pre-teens. When it was UnCanceled, it received a new placement after the {{watershed}} on Creator/AdultSwim. It's still aimed at the exact same group of people, who have simply aged since watching Toonami as kids, meaning the block simply grew with its audience. For those expecting Toonami to not have an audience shift, having it on Adult Swim was [[JustifiedTrope a necessary evil]]. In this day and age, Western action oriented action-oriented cartoons aired during kid-friendly hours get dropped like a bad habit ''especially'' on Cartoon Network Creator/CartoonNetwork (case in point, Creator/DCNation) and less of them are being made than in the 1990s-early 2000s. As for the anime side of things, it can feel as if almost every potentially suitable show for Cartoon Network anime dub Network, outside of ''Anime/{{Pokemon}}'' and certain MerchandiseDriven shows shows, has content that would have been easier to air back when Toonami was first airing than it is now now, due to ValuesDissonance between what's acceptable for American kids and Japanese kids. It As for why Toonami now only airs after dark, it was probably deemed easier to air for the revived block to be aired at a later time than to argue with angry parents and Cartoon Network's Standards & Practices department.
25th Dec '16 6:38:55 PM Glowsquid
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* After multipled failed attempts to reboot the children's ''Franchise/MastersOfTheUniverse'' franchise, Creator/{{Mattel}} gave up and aimed the latest incartion of the toyline, ''MOTUS Classics'', strictly towards adult collectors.
22nd Dec '16 6:30:34 PM Midna
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* ''WesternAnimation/ThePowerpuffGirls'' was not aimed at only girls. It was aimed at a unisex audience, though merchandise was mainly female aimed. The [[WesternAnimation/ThePowerpuffGirls reboot]] seems to be aimed much more at girls than the original.
* Originally ''WesternAnimation/LooneyTunes'' was aimed at general audiences and many shorts were even aimed specifically at adults. Over time the AnimationAgeGhetto became a thing and ''Looney Tunes'' became associated with being a children's cartoon, causing a lot of ValuesDissonance and [[WhatDoYouMeanItsNotForKids awkwardness]] with certain shorts. Almost any modern take on the characters such as ''Film/SpaceJam'' or ''WesternAnimation/TheLooneyTunesShow'' will be aimed at younger audiences.

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* ''WesternAnimation/ThePowerpuffGirls'' was not aimed at only girls. It was aimed at a unisex audience, though merchandise was mainly female aimed. The [[WesternAnimation/ThePowerpuffGirls reboot]] seems to be aimed much more at girls than the original.
original, focusing less on the superhero spectacle and more on the story and interactions between characters.
* Originally ''WesternAnimation/LooneyTunes'' was aimed at general audiences and many shorts were even aimed specifically at adults. Over time time, the AnimationAgeGhetto became a thing and ''Looney Tunes'' became associated with being a children's cartoon, causing a lot of ValuesDissonance and [[WhatDoYouMeanItsNotForKids awkwardness]] with certain shorts. Almost any modern take on the characters characters, such as ''Film/SpaceJam'' or ''WesternAnimation/TheLooneyTunesShow'' ''WesternAnimation/TheLooneyTunesShow'', will be aimed at younger audiences.
13th Dec '16 7:18:33 PM Darthrai
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* ''Anime/PokemonOrigins''. While it's still family-friendly, it's the first (and so far, the only) ''Franchise/{{Pokemon}}'' work to definitely be aimed at the franchise's [[PeripheryDemographic adult fans]][[note]]specifically, the ones who grew up with ''VideoGame/PokemonRedAndBlue''[[/note]] ''more'' than its traditional demographic of children. Other incarnations are mostly "all-ages" (like the main RPG games) or for kids.

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* ''Anime/PokemonOrigins''. While it's still family-friendly, it's the first (and so far, the only) ''Franchise/{{Pokemon}}'' work to definitely be aimed at the franchise's [[PeripheryDemographic adult fans]][[note]]specifically, the ones who grew up with ''VideoGame/PokemonRedAndBlue''[[/note]] ''more'' than its traditional demographic of children. Other incarnations are mostly "all-ages" (like the main RPG games) or for kids. ''Anime/PokemonGenerations'', its SpiritualSuccessor, continues this trend.
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