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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.
14th Jul '15 4:34:38 AM Spinosegnosaurus77
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Now a DorkAge isn't necessarily a ''bad'' idea - not in theory at least - but depending on how deep a legacy runs, it can make for a strange detour. Like its close cousin JumpingTheShark, it's much easier to spot in hindsight. The main clue that a DorkAge has happened is that it's mentioned [[CanonDiscontinuity as little as possible]] by newer writers. You can bet a series with AdaptationDistillation will never mention it.

That said, often there will be a group of fans who remember the DorkAge with affection, and every so often there may be a ContinuityNod about it. Once enough distance has been put between the readers and the offending material, it'll usually be considered "safe" and people will start referring to it again, often in a [[SnarkBait self-deprecating jest]]. Part of the reason for this change in attitude is that, while a DorkAge is still ongoing, readers understandably fear that it will never end (at least not without taking the [[FranchiseKiller franchise with it)]] and that the franchise will be RuinedForever. Once it ''has'' ended and the status quo safely restored, the entire incident can be remembered as just one self-contained story arc in the franchise's history, rather than a permanent drastic change.

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Now a DorkAge Dork Age isn't necessarily a ''bad'' idea - not in theory at least - but depending on how deep a legacy runs, it can make for a strange detour. Like its close cousin JumpingTheShark, it's much easier to spot in hindsight. The main clue that a DorkAge Dork Age has happened is that it's mentioned [[CanonDiscontinuity as little as possible]] by newer writers. You can bet a series with AdaptationDistillation will never mention it.

That said, often there will be a group of fans who remember the DorkAge Dork Age with affection, and every so often there may be a ContinuityNod about it. Once enough distance has been put between the readers and the offending material, it'll usually be considered "safe" and people will start referring to it again, often in a [[SnarkBait self-deprecating jest]]. Part of the reason for this change in attitude is that, while a DorkAge Dork Age is still ongoing, readers understandably fear that it will never end (at least not without taking the [[FranchiseKiller franchise with it)]] and that the franchise will be RuinedForever. Once it ''has'' ended and the status quo safely restored, the entire incident can be remembered as just one self-contained story arc in the franchise's history, rather than a permanent drastic change.



See also FanonDiscontinuity, CanonDiscontinuity, RunningTheAsylum, and EarlyInstallmentWeirdness. If the causes of the DorkAge 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 DorkAge 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.
14th Jul '15 4:31:33 AM Spinosegnosaurus77
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It could be an ill-advised "new direction". Or a costume change that was dated the instant it premiered. Maybe it's [[FadSuper a timely gimmick that was dated five months before it premiered]]. Perhaps the character lost their trademark powers and went through a run of very different ones. Or there was a RetCon that revealed something that didn't quite gel, or attached a completely new mythos that came off as completely at odds with a character's history and overall mood. Sudden {{Genre Shift}}s. {{Clon|ing Blues}}es. [[TheScrappy Scrappies]]. {{Romantic Plot Tumor}}s. Many and unsubtle are the forms of the DorkAge.

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It could be an ill-advised "new direction". Or a costume change that was dated the instant it premiered. Maybe it's [[FadSuper a timely gimmick that was dated five months before it premiered]]. Perhaps the character lost their trademark powers and went through a run of very different ones. Or there was a RetCon that revealed something that didn't quite gel, or attached a completely new mythos that came off as completely at odds with a character's history and overall mood. Sudden {{Genre Shift}}s. {{Clon|ing Blues}}es. [[TheScrappy Scrappies]]. {{Romantic Plot Tumor}}s. Many and unsubtle are the forms of the DorkAge.
Dork Age.
23rd Apr '15 7:59:43 PM igordebraga
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'''Wolverine:''' What about Onslaught? \\

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'''Wolverine:''' What about Onslaught? Comicbook/{{Onslaught}}? \\
21st Apr '15 11:27:34 AM Ferot_Dreadnaught
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'''Beast:''' We [[DiscontinuityNod just pretend that never happened]]... for the Professor's sake.

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'''Beast:''' We [[DiscontinuityNod just pretend that never happened]]...happened... for the Professor's sake.
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