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27th Jun '17 4:13:13 PM nombretomado
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* ''Manga/{{Bleach}}'' has 82 million manga volumes in circulation. According to TheOtherWiki, "The series has spawned a media franchise that includes an animated television series that was produced by Studio Pierrot from 2004 to 2012, two original video animations, four animated feature films, ten rock musicals, and numerous video games, as well as many types of Bleach-related merchandise."

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* ''Manga/{{Bleach}}'' has 82 million manga volumes in circulation. According to TheOtherWiki, Wiki/TheOtherWiki, "The series has spawned a media franchise that includes an animated television series that was produced by Studio Pierrot from 2004 to 2012, two original video animations, four animated feature films, ten rock musicals, and numerous video games, as well as many types of Bleach-related merchandise."
26th Jun '17 10:37:01 AM PowerfulLewpster
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* ''WesternAnimation/{{Cars}}'': Three movies. ''Over 10 billion dollars in merchandising''. This makes it the ''largest merchandising program in the licensing industry history''. Not bad for a series that's more than a decade old.

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* ''WesternAnimation/{{Cars}}'': Three movies. ''Over 10 billion dollars in merchandising''. This makes it the ''largest merchandising program in the licensing industry history''. Not bad for a series that's more than a decade old.been described as Pixar's weakest.



** Lots of merch come out of it (''Cars 2'' and ''[[WesternAnimation/MonstersInc Monsters University]]'' are their first non-''WesternAnimation/ToyStory'' sequel and prequel respectively). It should be said that ''WesternAnimation/{{Cars}}'' is even more [[MerchandiseDriven toyetic]] ''[[UpToEleven than their own]] [[WesternAnimation/ToyStory series about toys]]''. This is heavily theorized as to why Cars has gotten [[WesternAnimation/Cars2 a sequel]], [[WesternAnimation/{{Planes}} a spin-off]] and [[WesternAnimation/PlanesFireAndRescue a sequel to the spin-off]] so quickly, to sell the toys.

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** Lots of merch come out of it (''Cars 2'' and ''[[WesternAnimation/MonstersInc Monsters University]]'' are their first non-''WesternAnimation/ToyStory'' sequel and prequel respectively). It should be said that ''WesternAnimation/{{Cars}}'' is even more [[MerchandiseDriven toyetic]] ''[[UpToEleven than their own]] [[WesternAnimation/ToyStory series about toys]]''. This is heavily theorized as to why Cars has gotten [[WesternAnimation/Cars2 a sequel]], two]] [[WesternAnimation/Cars3 sequels]], [[WesternAnimation/{{Planes}} a spin-off]] and [[WesternAnimation/PlanesFireAndRescue a sequel to the spin-off]] so quickly, to sell the toys.
25th Jun '17 11:58:02 AM PowerfulLewpster
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* ''WesternAnimation/{{Cars}}'': Two movies. ''Over 10 billion dollars in merchandising''. This makes it the ''largest merchandising program in the licensing industry history''. Not bad for a series that's a decade old.

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* ''WesternAnimation/{{Cars}}'': Two Three movies. ''Over 10 billion dollars in merchandising''. This makes it the ''largest merchandising program in the licensing industry history''. Not bad for a series that's more than a decade old.
24th Jun '17 11:56:17 AM elenaisabel722
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* ''WesternAnimation/ElenaOfAvalor'' has quickly dethroned ''Frozen'' as the top girls' property Disney has. The show ties with ''WesternAnimation/TheLoudHouse'' as the highest-rated kids' cartoon on TV, has merchandise sell well (especially the wand the titular character uses, which has multiple versions) and a very successful meet and greet at Disney World.

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* ''WesternAnimation/ElenaOfAvalor'' has quickly dethroned ''Frozen'' as the top girls' property Disney has. The show ties with ''WesternAnimation/TheLoudHouse'' as the highest-rated kids' cartoon on TV, has merchandise sell well (especially the wand the titular character uses, which has multiple versions) and a very successful meet and greet at Disney World. The same logic can also be applied to its parent series, ''WesternAnimation/SofiaTheFirst'' .
23rd Jun '17 11:25:10 AM mimitchi33
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* The ''[[WesternAnimation/NoddysToylandAdventures Noddy]]'' books sell really well in the United Kingdom even after the passing of Enid Blyton, and have been adapted into three animated TV shows, two television shows using puppets and [[Series/TheNoddyShop a kids' sitcom]] and has spawned a large amount of spin-off merchandise.
18th Jun '17 9:41:19 AM nombretomado
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* Brazilian comic ''ComicBook/MonicasGang'' even earned his creator comparisons to WaltDisney, for being a prolific creator of popular characters who are marketed to death (70% of his company's earnings come from merchandising). One of the characters, a [[AmazingTechnicolorWildlife green elephant]], [[http://almanaque.blog.br/wp-content/uploads/2002/07/Elefante.jpg was created for a paper's classified ads campaign, but ended up adopted by tomato sauce "Elefante".]]

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* Brazilian comic ''ComicBook/MonicasGang'' even earned his creator comparisons to WaltDisney, Creator/WaltDisney, for being a prolific creator of popular characters who are marketed to death (70% of his company's earnings come from merchandising). One of the characters, a [[AmazingTechnicolorWildlife green elephant]], [[http://almanaque.blog.br/wp-content/uploads/2002/07/Elefante.jpg was created for a paper's classified ads campaign, but ended up adopted by tomato sauce "Elefante".]]
12th Jun '17 7:53:34 AM PDL
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* Video game giant Creator/{{Nintendo}} has four such franchises: ''Franchise/SuperMarioBros'', ''Franchise/TheLegendOfZelda'', ''Franchise/{{Pokemon}}'', and ''VideoGame/SuperSmashBros''. If a game has either Mario, Link, or Pikachu in it, it's almost a guaranteed million-seller (''Smash'', of course, has included all three characters in every game and often front-and-center in advertising alongside Franchise/Kirby, who while not a true cash cow is still a steady source of income for Nintendo). Along with its many hand-held systems selling by the truckload each year, this has led to a CatchPhrase among the Nintendo fan community: "It prints money!"
** In the case of ''Pokémon'', it started out as a good RPG video game. Then they based [[Anime/{{Pokemon}} a TV show]] off the game (as well as a few manga). Then a new version of the game [[RecursiveAdaptation based off the TV show]] came out (Yellow version). Then new game generations and TV series came out hand in hand. Add in [[TabletopGame/{{Pokemon}} the card game]], many toys, ''many'' more manga, the ''VideoGame/PokemonGo'' mobile game, and all kinds of conceivable merchandise.

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* Video game giant Creator/{{Nintendo}} has four such franchises: ''Franchise/SuperMarioBros'', ''Franchise/TheLegendOfZelda'', ''Franchise/{{Pokemon}}'', and ''VideoGame/SuperSmashBros''. If a game has either Mario, Link, or Pikachu in it, it's almost a guaranteed million-seller (''Smash'', of course, has included all three characters in every game and often front-and-center in advertising alongside Franchise/Kirby, Franchise/{{Kirby}}, who while not a true cash cow is still a steady source of income for Nintendo). Along with its many hand-held systems selling by the truckload each year, this has led to a CatchPhrase among the Nintendo fan community: "It prints money!"
** In the case of ''Pokémon'', it started out as a good RPG video game. Then they based [[Anime/{{Pokemon}} a TV show]] off the game (as well as a few manga). Then a new version of the game [[RecursiveAdaptation based off the TV show]] came out (Yellow version). Then new game generations and TV series came out hand in hand. Add in [[TabletopGame/{{Pokemon}} the card game]], many toys, ''many'' more manga, the ''VideoGame/PokemonGo'' a few mobile game, games, including ''VideoGame/PokemonGo'', and all kinds of conceivable merchandise.



** No one expected ''VideoGame/AnimalCrossing'' to be a cash cow franchise for Nintendo, but yet it is, at least in its home country of Japan, where merchandise are released by the truckloads. ''New Leaf'' is a KillerApp for Nintendo as well, outperforming ''Mario'' and ''Zelda'' by selling two million copies in just six weeks after release in Japan alone.

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** No one expected ''VideoGame/AnimalCrossing'' to be a cash cow franchise for Nintendo, but yet it is, at least in is. In its home country of Japan, where merchandise are released by the truckloads.truckloads (the same can't be said for Europe and North America but its still quite prominent there). ''New Leaf'' is a KillerApp for Nintendo as well, outperforming ''Mario'' and ''Zelda'' by selling two million copies in just six weeks after release in Japan alone.
11th Jun '17 3:35:53 PM mimitchi33
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* ''WesternAnimation/ElenaOfAvalor'' has quickly dethroned ''Frozen'' as the top girls' property Disney has. The show ties with ''WesternAnimation/TheLoudHouse'' as the highest-rated kids' cartoon on TV, has merchandise sell well (especially the wand the titular character uses, which has multiple versions) and a very successful meet and greet at Disney World.
11th Jun '17 11:49:13 AM HarpieSiren
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* ''Franchise/FinalFantasy'', which in terms of money generation is definitely Fantastic, but not at all Final. Reportedly, the name was chosen because the developer [[GallowsHumor expected to go out of business because of lack of money.]] Since the end of TheEighties, they were wrong: ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyVII'' has [[Anime/FinalFantasyVIIAdventChildren a movie]], two anime {{O|riginalVideoAnimation}}VAs, [[VideoGame/BeforeCrisis two]] [[VideoGame/CrisisCore prequels]], and [[VideoGame/DirgeOfCerberus a third-person shooter/RPG sequel and its tie-in midquel]] featuring its most popular OptionalPartyMember, Vincent Valentine (phew), and all of that's not to count the novels.
* ''Franchise/KingdomHearts'' seems to be this as well, though on a smaller scale. All the games released on the UsefulNotes/{{P|layStation2}}S2 are labelled as Greatest Hits, and the series doesn't seem to be ending anytime soon (in fact, the wait between ''VideoGame/KingdomHeartsII'' and ''Kingdom Hearts III'' seems to be destined to drag out as long as possible so that Square can release all sorts of ''Kingdom Hearts'' side games and spin-offs in order to make more money). Since ''Franchise/KingdomHearts'' is Square ''and'' Disney, the cash-cow...ing of the game was inevitable.
* Since the earliest days of ''Franchise/FinalFantasy'', ''VideoGame/DragonQuest'' has walked right alongside it. Its status as something akin to a national holiday when a new game is released in Japan ensures it will not die quietly, if at all. The ''Final Fantasy'' series didn't get its first million-copy seller until the release of ''Final Fantasy III'' in 1990, while the very first ''Dragon Quest'' game, which was released in 1986, sold over 1.5 million copies. Even until today, every single major release in the ''Dragon Quest'' franchise beats ''Final Fantasy'' in Japan.

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''Franchise/FinalFantasy'', which in terms of money generation is definitely Fantastic, but not at all Final. Reportedly, the name was chosen because the developer [[GallowsHumor expected to go out of business because of lack of money.]] Since the end of TheEighties, they were wrong: ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyVII'' has [[Anime/FinalFantasyVIIAdventChildren a movie]], two anime {{O|riginalVideoAnimation}}VAs, [[VideoGame/BeforeCrisis two]] [[VideoGame/CrisisCore prequels]], and [[VideoGame/DirgeOfCerberus a third-person shooter/RPG sequel and its tie-in midquel]] featuring its most popular OptionalPartyMember, Vincent Valentine (phew), and all of that's not to count the novels.
* ''Franchise/KingdomHearts'' seems to be this ** ''Franchise/KingdomHearts'', as well, though on a smaller scale. All detailed in the games released on the UsefulNotes/{{P|layStation2}}S2 are labelled as Greatest Hits, Disney section. It was, perhaps inevitable, given both Disney and the series doesn't seem to be ending anytime soon (in fact, the wait between ''VideoGame/KingdomHeartsII'' and ''Kingdom Hearts III'' seems to be destined to drag out as long as possible so that Square can release all sorts of ''Kingdom Hearts'' side games and spin-offs in order to make more money). Since ''Franchise/KingdomHearts'' is Square ''and'' Disney, the cash-cow...ing of the game was inevitable.
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Since the earliest days of ''Franchise/FinalFantasy'', ''VideoGame/DragonQuest'' has walked right alongside it. Its status as something akin to a national holiday when a new game is released in Japan ensures it will not die quietly, if at all. The ''Final Fantasy'' series didn't get its first million-copy seller until the release of ''Final Fantasy III'' in 1990, while the very first ''Dragon Quest'' game, which was released in 1986, sold over 1.5 million copies. Even until today, every single major release in the ''Dragon Quest'' franchise beats ''Final Fantasy'' in Japan.
11th Jun '17 11:18:08 AM HarpieSiren
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* ''Franchise/KingdomHearts'' seems to be this as well, though on a smaller scale. All the games released on the UsefulNotes/{{P|layStation2}}S2 are labelled as Greatest Hits, and the series doesn't seem to be ending anytime soon (in fact, the wait between ''VideoGame/KingdomHeartsII'' and ''Kingdom Hearts III'' seems to be destined to drag out as long as possible so that Square can release all sorts of ''Kingdom Hearts'' side games and spin-offs in order to make more money). Since ''Franchise/KingdomHearts'' is Square ''and'' Disney, the cash-cow...ing of the game was inevitable.

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* ''Franchise/KingdomHearts'' seems to be this as well, though on a smaller scale. All the games released on the UsefulNotes/{{P|layStation2}}S2 are labelled as Greatest Hits, and the series doesn't seem to be ending anytime soon (in fact, the wait between ''VideoGame/KingdomHeartsII'' and ''Kingdom Hearts III'' seems to be destined to drag out as long as possible so that Square can release all sorts of ''Kingdom Hearts'' side games and spin-offs in order to make more money).soon. Since ''Franchise/KingdomHearts'' is Square ''and'' Disney, the cash-cow...ing of the game was inevitable.
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