History Main / CashCowFranchise

11th Apr '18 12:29:58 PM BeerBaron
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** ''Franchise/TheElderScrolls'' series, a WesternRPG[=/=]WideOpenSandbox LongRunner with five main series games, three GaidenGame spin-offs, and two official novels. Each main series game since ''[[VideoGame/TheElderScrollsIIIMorrowind Morrowind]]'' has received at least two major expansion packs/[=DLCs=], as well as an UpdatedRerelease (with ''[[VideoGame/TheElderScrollsVSkyrim Skyrim]] now up to ''four'' such re-releases).

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** ''Franchise/TheElderScrolls'' series, a WesternRPG[=/=]WideOpenSandbox LongRunner with five main series games, three GaidenGame spin-offs, and two official novels. Each main series game since ''[[VideoGame/TheElderScrollsIIIMorrowind Morrowind]]'' has received at least two major expansion packs/[=DLCs=], as well as an UpdatedRerelease (with ''[[VideoGame/TheElderScrollsVSkyrim Skyrim]] Skyrim]]'' now up to ''four'' such re-releases).
10th Apr '18 10:46:35 AM BeerBaron
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* Creator/{{Bethesda}} has two going for it:
** ''Franchise/TheElderScrolls'' series, a WesternRPG[=/=]WideOpenSandbox LongRunner with five main series games, three GaidenGame spin-offs, and two official novels. Each main series game since ''[[VideoGame/TheElderScrollsIIIMorrowind Morrowind]]'' has received at least two major expansion packs/[=DLCs=], as well as an UpdatedRerelease (with ''[[VideoGame/TheElderScrollsVSkyrim Skyrim]] now up to ''four'' such re-releases).
** The ''VideoGame/{{Fallout}}'' franchise, which Bethesda purchased in the deal of the century from the bankrupt Creator/InterplayEntertainment. An AlternateHistory series set AfterTheEnd with plenty of DieselPunk, WeirdScience, and BlackHumor, the franchise boasts four main series games, three spin-offs, and a handful of other supplemental media.
6th Apr '18 8:29:17 PM nombretomado
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* ''Series/GameOfThrones'' is a merchandising juggernaut and possibly the biggest cash cow among Creator/{{HBO}}'s shows, drawing in very high viewership and becoming noted for its distinctive, visually striking characters and settings. It has copious amounts of toys (for adult collectors), apparel, accessories, cosplay/replicas and other collectibles available for purchase. The show's case is notable in that it's one of the few franchises to achieve this status while exclusively catering to mature audiences, aside from video games such as ''Franchise/CallOfDuty'' and ''Franchise/GrandTheftAuto''. Most cash-cow franchises rely at least partially on toy and merchandise sales, and usually skew PG-13 or lower so that children can get invested in the franchise and its merchandise; however, ''[=GoT=]'' is fantastical enough to spur copious toy and merchandise sales in its own right, as adult collectors (particularly millennials) became more of a mainstream demographic over time.

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* ''Series/GameOfThrones'' is a merchandising juggernaut and possibly the biggest cash cow among Creator/{{HBO}}'s shows, drawing in very high viewership and becoming noted for its distinctive, visually striking characters and settings. It has copious amounts of toys (for adult collectors), apparel, accessories, cosplay/replicas and other collectibles available for purchase. The show's case is notable in that it's one of the few franchises to achieve this status while exclusively catering to mature audiences, aside from video games such as ''Franchise/CallOfDuty'' and ''Franchise/GrandTheftAuto''.''VideoGame/GrandTheftAuto''. Most cash-cow franchises rely at least partially on toy and merchandise sales, and usually skew PG-13 or lower so that children can get invested in the franchise and its merchandise; however, ''[=GoT=]'' is fantastical enough to spur copious toy and merchandise sales in its own right, as adult collectors (particularly millennials) became more of a mainstream demographic over time.
4th Apr '18 8:37:40 AM costanton11
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* ''WesternAnimation/DespicableMe'' is well on its way towards becoming this. After the first film became a SleeperHit, IlluminationEntertainment wasted no time in coming up with a [[WesternAnimation/DespicableMe2 sequel]] and a spinoff featuring the series' EnsembleDarkhorse, the WesternAnimation/{{Minions}}... which became a billion-dollar film by itself! Add the plethora of Minion merchandise, and the yellow creatures generated much green to Illumination's parent company Universal.

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* ''WesternAnimation/DespicableMe'' is well on its way towards becoming this. After the first film became a SleeperHit, IlluminationEntertainment Creator/IlluminationEntertainment wasted no time in coming up with a [[WesternAnimation/DespicableMe2 sequel]] and a spinoff featuring the series' EnsembleDarkhorse, the WesternAnimation/{{Minions}}... which became a billion-dollar film by itself! Add the plethora of Minion merchandise, and the yellow creatures generated much green to Illumination's parent company Universal.
2nd Apr '18 10:55:29 AM 32_Footsteps
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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!"

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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 which is only not a true cash cow is still a steady source of income for Nintendo).by Nintendo standards; its sales are on par with ''Franchise/MegaMan'' and ''Franchise/StreetFighter'', below). 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!"
26th Mar '18 11:13:27 AM frankcuzzo
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* In a similar vain, Playboy Enterprises has lost money almost every quarter on the magazine and internet divisions since the 1990s. However, the thousands of licensed products have kept the business profitable since the early 2000s.
24th Mar '18 12:18:06 PM KagSwirby
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* ''WesternAnimation/TeenTitansGo'' has become this for Cartoon Network in the years following its debut. It gets higher ratings than anything on Nickelodeon or Disney Channel[[note]] which actually has lead to Disney loosing their earnings and cancelling popular shows on networks they own such as ''Series/TheMuppets'' and ''Series/GirlMeetsWorld'' to loose less money[[/note]], has a small toyline that is popular with kids of all ages and genders and had fast food tie ins at nearly every United States fast food chain imaginable.

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* ''WesternAnimation/TeenTitansGo'' has become this for Cartoon Network in the years following its debut. It gets higher ratings than anything on Nickelodeon or Disney Channel[[note]] which actually has lead to Disney loosing losing their earnings and cancelling popular shows on networks they own such as ''Series/TheMuppets'' and ''Series/GirlMeetsWorld'' to loose lose less money[[/note]], has a small toyline that is popular with kids of all ages and genders and had fast food tie ins at nearly every United States fast food chain imaginable.
24th Mar '18 9:54:15 AM babyhenchy1
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* ''Franchise/{{Godzilla}}''. As of 2016, there's 29 of the original Japanese films, [[Film/{{Godzilla 1998}} two]] [[Film/{{Godzilla 2014}} American]] movies (the latter of whom is getting a sequel), ''two'' different [[WesternAnimation/TheGodzillaPowerHour cartoon]] [[WesternAnimation/GodzillaTheSeries series]], a [[Series/GodzillaIsland Live-Action TV Show]], several comic book adaptations, novels, over 40 video games, countless action figures, and even a line of plushies.

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* ''Franchise/{{Godzilla}}''. As [[LongRunners The longest running film franchise in history]], as of 2016, there's 29 of the original Japanese films, [[Film/{{Godzilla 1998}} two]] [[Film/{{Godzilla 2014}} American]] movies (the latter of whom is getting a sequel), ''two'' different [[WesternAnimation/TheGodzillaPowerHour cartoon]] [[WesternAnimation/GodzillaTheSeries series]], a [[Series/GodzillaIsland Live-Action TV Show]], several comic book adaptations, novels, over 40 video games, countless action figures, and even a line of plushies.
15th Mar '18 9:38:28 AM mimitchi33
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* Animation/NuPogodi is a giant hit, and was once THE Soviet/Russian animated series.
* Animation/MashaAndTheBear has always been famous in the former USSR, but was once obscure elsewhere. When Creator/{{Netflix}} aired it on August 2015, though, that's when the show's popularity skyrocketed everywhere, with Cartoonito, Creator/{{Boomerang}} in Latin America and most European countries that don't have Cartoonito, and even Creator/{{Cartoon Network}} in Latin America airing it, and soon it dethroned Nu Pogodi! as the most successful animated series in the former USSR and has merchandise by the boatload in the whole world.

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* Animation/NuPogodi ''Animation/NuPogodi'' is a giant hit, and was once THE Soviet/Russian animated series.
* Animation/MashaAndTheBear ''Animation/MashaAndTheBear'' has always been famous in the former USSR, but was once obscure elsewhere. When Creator/{{Netflix}} aired it on August 2015, though, that's when the show's popularity skyrocketed everywhere, with Cartoonito, Creator/{{Boomerang}} in Latin America and most European countries that don't have Cartoonito, and even Creator/{{Cartoon Network}} in Latin America airing it, and soon it dethroned Nu Pogodi! as the most successful animated series in the former USSR and has merchandise by the boatload in the whole world.world.
* ''Series/BalalaTheFairies'' has spawned many spin-offs and merchandise in China.



* Every mildly successful Creator/DreamWorksAnimation franchise becomes one of these. There were three ''WesternAnimation/{{Shrek}}'' sequels (not counting ''WesternAnimation/PussInBoots''), and, according [[http://www.cinemablend.com/new/Are-You-Willing-To-See-Six-Kung-Fu-Panda-Movies-22020.html to this article]], plans on making a fourth ''{{WesternAnimation/Madagascar}}'' movie, FOUR more ''WesternAnimation/KungFuPanda'', and two more ''WesternAnimation/HowToTrainYourDragon'' (possibly building up to a grand total of EIGHT MOVIES). Plus the video games, TV series, merchandise... of course those plans were downsized once a few underperforming titles and {{Stillborn Franchise}}s [[http://deadline.com/2015/01/dreamworks-animation-restructuring-to-cut-500-jobs-with-290m-charge-1201355918/ hit the company]], but DWA still tries to take as much from their properties as possible, such as all the animated spinoffs on Netflix. Another example is ''WesternAnimation/{{Trolls}}'', which has sold more merchandise than ''Frozen'' ever since its release.

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* Every mildly successful Creator/DreamWorksAnimation franchise becomes one of these. There were three ''WesternAnimation/{{Shrek}}'' sequels (not counting ''WesternAnimation/PussInBoots''), and, according [[http://www.cinemablend.com/new/Are-You-Willing-To-See-Six-Kung-Fu-Panda-Movies-22020.html to this article]], plans on making a fourth ''{{WesternAnimation/Madagascar}}'' movie, FOUR more ''WesternAnimation/KungFuPanda'', and two more ''WesternAnimation/HowToTrainYourDragon'' (possibly building up to a grand total of EIGHT MOVIES). Plus the video games, TV series, merchandise... of course those plans were downsized once a few underperforming titles and {{Stillborn Franchise}}s [[http://deadline.com/2015/01/dreamworks-animation-restructuring-to-cut-500-jobs-with-290m-charge-1201355918/ hit the company]], but DWA still tries to take as much from their properties as possible, such as all the animated spinoffs on Netflix. Another Perhaps their biggest example in recent years is ''WesternAnimation/{{Trolls}}'', which has sold more merchandise than ''Frozen'' ever since its release.
13th Mar '18 10:38:19 AM igordebraga
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* One of the other {{Trope Maker|s}} for this is ''Franchise/PlanetOfTheApes'', by Creator/TwentiethCenturyFox. The original movie earned four sequels, lots of merchandise and two television spin-offs. [[Film/PlanetOfTheApes2001 A remake/reboot]] in 2001 and a [[Film/RiseOfThePlanetOfTheApes reboot in 2011]] kept the apes alive through the 21st century.



* One of the other {{Trope Maker|s}} for this in the 1960s along with Bond was ''Franchise/PlanetOfTheApes'' (whose studio, Creator/TwentiethCenturyFox would later make ''Star Wars'', covered by the Disney folder). The original movie earned four sequels, lots of merchandise and two television spin-offs. [[Film/PlanetOfTheApes2001 A remake/reboot]] in 2001 and a [[Film/RiseOfThePlanetOfTheApes reboot in 2011]] kept the apes alive through the 21st century.



* ''Franchise/{{Godzilla}}''. As of 2016, there's 29 of the original Japanese films, [[Film/{{Godzilla 1998}} two]] [[Film/{{Godzilla 2014}} American]] movies, ''two'' different [[WesternAnimation/TheGodzillaPowerHour cartoon]] [[WesternAnimation/GodzillaTheSeries series]], a [[Series/GodzillaIsland Live-Action TV Show]], several comic book adaptations, novels, over 40 video games, countless action figures, and even a line of plushies.

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* ''Franchise/{{Godzilla}}''. As of 2016, there's 29 of the original Japanese films, [[Film/{{Godzilla 1998}} two]] [[Film/{{Godzilla 2014}} American]] movies, movies (the latter of whom is getting a sequel), ''two'' different [[WesternAnimation/TheGodzillaPowerHour cartoon]] [[WesternAnimation/GodzillaTheSeries series]], a [[Series/GodzillaIsland Live-Action TV Show]], several comic book adaptations, novels, over 40 video games, countless action figures, and even a line of plushies.



* Music/PaulMcCartney as performing artist and (former) Beatle is this by association. That he still can sing doesn't hurt. That his own management markets him as aggressively as they dare. And death hasn't stopped Music/JohnLennon from putting out new albums.

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* Music/PaulMcCartney as performing artist and (former) Beatle is this by association. That he still can sing doesn't hurt. hurt (not that death has stopped Music/JohnLennon from putting out new albums). That his own management markets him as aggressively as they dare. And death hasn't stopped Music/JohnLennon from putting out new albums.dare results in highly lucrative tours.



* Music/TheRollingStones -- who never actually went away.

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* Music/TheRollingStones -- who never actually went away. They have [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_highest-grossing_concert_tours the second highest-grossing tour ever and three entries in the top 20]] (the only band to match that number is also the one with the top spot, Music/{{U2}}).



** Music/RogerWaters declared Music/PinkFloyd "a creatively spent force" after he left in 1985, but the band kept right on topping the charts and filling arenas.

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** Music/RogerWaters declared Music/PinkFloyd "a creatively spent force" after he left in 1985, but the band kept right on topping the charts and filling arenas. Waters himself started oodles of cash with tours based on ''Music/TheDarkSideOfTheMoon'' and ''Music/TheWall''.



* Former Guns N' Roses guitarist Slash. His name is on every kind of music equipment a guitarist would need. So far he has 8 Gibson/Epiphone Signature Les Paul guitars (Two of which are the exact same product, only with different names on the headstock. No spec-differences at all), 3 Marshall Signature Amplifiers, 2 Dunlop/MXR Signature Wah-Pedals, a signature Slide and a Seymour-Duncan Slash Signature Pick-Up set, etc. In fact, the only thing he doesn't have signature-versions of are a custom string-set (although he's probably trying to get that arranged), guitar-picks and cables.

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* Former Guns N' Roses Music/GunsNRoses guitarist Slash. His name is on every kind of music equipment a guitarist would need. So far he has 8 Gibson/Epiphone Signature Les Paul guitars (Two of which are the exact same product, only with different names on the headstock. No spec-differences at all), 3 Marshall Signature Amplifiers, 2 Dunlop/MXR Signature Wah-Pedals, a signature Slide and a Seymour-Duncan Slash Signature Pick-Up set, etc. In fact, the only thing he doesn't have signature-versions of are a custom string-set (although he's probably trying to get that arranged), guitar-picks and cables. Given his appeal and skill, it's nosurprise his return to GNR resulted in one of the five highest-grossing tours ever.


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* Adobe, to the point [[BrandNameTakeover "Photoshop" became a verb]] and the software in their Creative Suite are the industry standard in areas aside from 3D and computer-aided design (both headed by Autodesk).


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* Creator/RoosterTeeth eventually quit their jobs to get supported by ''Machinima/RedVsBlue'', selling T-shirts, posters and DVDs, along with allowing viewers to help by becoming Sponsors (now known as Rooster Teeth FIRST). And after they had branched out with things such as Creator/AchievementHunter, came RT's biggest cash cow, ''Webanimation/{{RWBY}}''. Being an {{Animesque}} MagicalGirl show, it appealed to previously untapped demographics and markets - it was the first anime localized for Japan, instead of the other way around - and with the advantage of being fully owned by RT (''Red vs. Blue'' is done with ''Franchise/{{Halo}}'' assets), they made all sorts of merchandise, including [[Videogame/RWBYGrimmEclipse a videogame]] and a board game that gathered nearly $800,000 on Kickstarter.
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