History Main / DorkAge

19th Feb '17 4:09:16 PM bt8257
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There's a very strange relationship between character/plot development and maintaining the status quo. Changing said status, if done poorly, may result in a Dork Age. A Dork Age is a period in a franchise, especially a long-running one, where there was a dramatic change of concept or execution, usually [[WereStillRelevantDammit to stay current]], and it simply did ''not'' work.

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There's a very strange relationship between character/plot development and maintaining the status quo. Changing said status, if done poorly, may result in a Dork Age. A Dork Age is a period in a franchise, especially a long-running one, where there was a dramatic change of concept or execution, usually [[WereStillRelevantDammit to stay current]], current]] and it simply did ''not'' work.



This fundamental change is often an attempt to attract new fans. Unfortunately, that usually does not work. Worse, the change does ''not'' go over well [[TheyChangedItNowItSucks with the established fans]]. Generally, the more dramatically something diverts from its basics, the more likely it's the beginning of a Dork Age.

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This fundamental change is often an attempt to attract new fans. Unfortunately, that usually does not work. Worse, the change does ''not'' go over well [[TheyChangedItNowItSucks with the established fans]]. Generally, the more dramatically something diverts from its basics, the more likely it's the beginning start of a Dork Age.
18th Nov '16 6:55:50 PM TheBuddy26
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Please be careful you aren't ComplainingAboutShowsYouDontLike.

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Please '''Please be careful you aren't ComplainingAboutShowsYouDontLike.'''
30th Aug '16 7:41:57 PM PaulA
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There's a very strange relationship between character/plot development and maintaining the status quo. Changing said status, if done poorly, may result in a Dork Age. A Dork Age is a period in a franchise, especially {{Long Runner}}s, where there was a dramatic change of concept or execution, usually [[WereStillRelevantDammit to stay current]], and it simply did ''not'' work.

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There's a very strange relationship between character/plot development and maintaining the status quo. Changing said status, if done poorly, may result in a Dork Age. A Dork Age is a period in a franchise, especially {{Long Runner}}s, a long-running one, where there was a dramatic change of concept or execution, usually [[WereStillRelevantDammit to stay current]], and it simply did ''not'' work.
30th Aug '16 7:40:00 PM PaulA
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See also FanonDiscontinuity, CanonDiscontinuity, RunningTheAsylum, and EarlyInstallmentWeirdness. If the causes of the Dork Age are visible in earlier, good installments (if to a much lesser degree), we can point to that as the FranchiseOriginalSin. Often happens because a LongRunner feels the need to say "WereStillRelevantDammit!", or because the creator had a ToughActToFollow. See DeadHorseGenre for the musical ''era'' equivalent. This can be a lucky case of JumpingTheShark and surviving later. Speaking of sharks, see VoodooShark for a similar trope applied specifically to plot devices. For the network equivalent (though it is somewhat more akin to JumpingTheShark or SeasonalRot) see NetworkDecay.

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See also FanonDiscontinuity, CanonDiscontinuity, RunningTheAsylum, and EarlyInstallmentWeirdness. If the causes of the Dork Age are visible in earlier, good installments (if to a much lesser degree), we can point to that as the FranchiseOriginalSin. Often happens because a LongRunner long-running series feels the need to say "WereStillRelevantDammit!", or because the creator had a ToughActToFollow. See DeadHorseGenre for the musical ''era'' equivalent. This can be a lucky case of JumpingTheShark and surviving later. Speaking of sharks, see VoodooShark for a similar trope applied specifically to plot devices. For the network equivalent (though it is somewhat more akin to JumpingTheShark or SeasonalRot) see NetworkDecay.
29th May '16 3:45:57 AM Doug86
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-->-- ''Comicbook/{{X-Men}}: [[http://www.newgrounds.com/portal/view/257930 Revisiting Profit]]''

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-->-- ''Comicbook/{{X-Men}}: ''Comicbook/XMen: [[http://www.newgrounds.com/portal/view/257930 Revisiting Profit]]''
10th Feb '16 1:05:27 PM hydrix
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* DoerkAge/{{Radio}}

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* DoerkAge/{{Radio}}DorkAge/{{Radio}}
10th Feb '16 1:04:54 PM hydrix
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* DoerkAge/{{Radio}}
6th Feb '16 11:46:13 PM nombretomado
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Not to be confused with UsefulNotes/TheDarkAgeOfComicBooks or TheDarkAgeOfAnimation, though anything that earns the label "Dark Age" is likely to overlap. Definitely not to be confused with [[ComicStrip/{{Dilbert}} Dogbert's condescending name for one of Dilbert's inventions]].

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Not to be confused with UsefulNotes/TheDarkAgeOfComicBooks or TheDarkAgeOfAnimation, UsefulNotes/TheDarkAgeOfAnimation, though anything that earns the label "Dark Age" is likely to overlap. Definitely not to be confused with [[ComicStrip/{{Dilbert}} Dogbert's condescending name for one of Dilbert's inventions]].
25th Jan '16 11:19:50 AM Premonition45
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Please be careful you aren't ComplainingAboutShowsYouDontLike.
1st Sep '15 6:27:17 PM Llygodenfawr
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This trope's name evolved from the ''Wiz Kid'' TimeSkip of ''TabletopGame/BattleTech'', which they called ''MechWarrior: [[DorkAge Dark Age]]''. You can see what the fans did there.

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This trope's name evolved from the ''Wiz Kid'' TimeSkip of ''TabletopGame/BattleTech'', which they called ''MechWarrior: [[DorkAge Dark Age]]''.Age''. You can see what the fans did there.
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