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1st Dec '16 10:37:13 AM Kelothan
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* ''WesternAnimation/AllGrownUp'' is this to ''WesternAnimation/{{Rugrats}}'', due to being a rather generic SliceOfLife show that suffers badly from MostWritersAreAdults, when the original had a fairly unique premise.

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* ''WesternAnimation/AllGrownUp'' is this to ''WesternAnimation/{{Rugrats}}'', due to being a rather generic SliceOfLife show that suffers badly from MostWritersAreAdults, when the original had a fairly unique premise. Plus, even fans disliked the second season.



* ''WesternAnimation/TeenTitansGo'' isn't a direct sequel to ''WesternAnimation/TeenTitans'' per se, but being a follow-up series, it still counts given its worse animation, concentration on goofy humor, and occasionally near-SadistShow levels of meanness from the main characters. The original was a blend of humor and weirdness with genuine plot and character moments. It ''might'' not be bad, but it certainly isn't the original.

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* ''WesternAnimation/TeenTitansGo'' isn't a direct sequel to ''WesternAnimation/TeenTitans'' per se, but being a follow-up series, it still counts given its worse animation, concentration on goofy humor, and occasionally near-SadistShow levels of meanness from the main characters. The original was a blend of humor and weirdness with genuine plot and character moments. It ''might'' not be bad, but it certainly isn't the original.It's at least popular with children



* ''WesternAnimation/ThePowerpuffGirls2016'' is this to [[WesternAnimation/ThePowerpuffGirls the original]]. Fans of the original show dislike the newer villains for lacking the quality of the original show while pushing them out of the spotlight, the {{Flanderization}} of the girls and their voice change, the wonky animation, and weak plots among other reasons. Unlike ''WesternAnimation/TeenTitansGo'', this show doesn't have the benefit of being a follow-up show, it's a direct continuation.

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* ''WesternAnimation/ThePowerpuffGirls2016'' is this to [[WesternAnimation/ThePowerpuffGirls the original]]. Fans of the original show dislike the newer villains for lacking the quality of the original show while pushing them out of the spotlight, the {{Flanderization}} of the girls and their voice change, the wonky animation, and weak plots among other reasons. Unlike ''WesternAnimation/TeenTitansGo'', this show doesn't have the benefit of being a follow-up show, it's a direct continuation. It wasn't ''nearly'' as popular with it target audience as Teen Titans Go.
1st Dec '16 10:34:47 AM Ferot_Dreadnaught
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-->-- '''[[Franchise/{{Ben10}} Ben Tennyson]]''', mirroring much of the fandom's feelings about ''WesternAnimation/Ben10AlienForce''

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-->-- '''[[Franchise/{{Ben10}} '''[[Franchise/Ben10 Ben Tennyson]]''', mirroring much of the fandom's feelings about ''WesternAnimation/Ben10AlienForce''



* ''Film/TheMatrix'' was generally well-received and a major game-changer for action movies. The second and third movies are usually seen as overly long and pretentious(though some though ''Reloaded'' was okay), while the prequel ''Anime/TheAnimatrix'' ranges from decent to bad. (''The Animatrix'' has range because it's an anthology of nine short films based on The Matrix, with the CGI ''The Second Renaissance'' considered the best (reason to purchase the rest). The other eight vary.)

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* ''Film/TheMatrix'' was generally well-received and a major game-changer for action movies. The second and third movies are usually seen as overly long and pretentious(though pretentious (though some though ''Reloaded'' was okay), while the prequel ''Anime/TheAnimatrix'' ranges from decent to bad. (''The Animatrix'' has range because bad since it's an anthology of nine short films based on The Matrix, with the CGI ''The Second Renaissance'' considered the best (reason to purchase the rest). The other eight vary.)



* ''Film/SpyKids'' proved to be a very successful family film and thus spawned its own franchise; unfortunately, each new installment has done worse than the one that came before. While ''Spy Kids 2'' proved to be a decent movie despite this, ''Spy Kids 3D: Game Over'' quickly came to be considered the series' jump the shark moment, having little to do with the franchise other than the characters; however, this did not stop Robert Rodriquez from producing (reluctantly0 ''Spy Kids: All the Time in the World'' in 2011, ''eight years'' after the conclusion of the original trilogy, with rumors of a fifth film on the way despite the fourth film's poor critical and box office reception.

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* ''Film/SpyKids'' proved to be a very successful family film and thus spawned its own franchise; unfortunately, each new installment has done worse than the one that came before. While ''Spy Kids 2'' proved to be a decent movie despite this, ''Spy Kids 3D: Game Over'' quickly came to be considered the series' jump the shark moment, having little to do with the franchise other than the characters; however, this did not stop Robert Rodriquez from producing (reluctantly0 (reluctantly) ''Spy Kids: All the Time in the World'' in 2011, ''eight years'' after the conclusion of the original trilogy, with rumors of a fifth film on the way despite the fourth film's poor critical and box office reception.
1st Dec '16 10:31:51 AM Kelothan
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* ''ComicBook/SonicTheHedgehogMegaManWorldsCollide'' is beloved by readers of both ''ComicBook/ArchieComicsSonicTheHedgehog'' and ''Comic/MegaMan'' for the unique way everything happened and giving both video game stars a chance to meet long before ''Franchise/SuperSmashBros'' could. Its sequel, ''ComicBook/SonicTheHedgehogMegaManWorldsUnite'' isn't as beloved, due to LoadsAndLoadsOfCharacters (seriously, not counting the main four of ''Sonic'', ''VideoGame/SonicBoom'', ''Mega Man'' and ''VideoGame/MegaManX'', there are ''twelve franchises'' represented here!), wasting the story's villain, Sigma, on this story and the missed opportunity of not having two Sonic and two Mega Men running around, among others.

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* ''ComicBook/SonicTheHedgehogMegaManWorldsCollide'' is beloved by readers of both ''ComicBook/ArchieComicsSonicTheHedgehog'' and ''Comic/MegaMan'' for the unique way everything happened and giving both video game stars a chance to meet long before ''Franchise/SuperSmashBros'' could. Its sequel, ''ComicBook/SonicTheHedgehogMegaManWorldsUnite'' isn't as beloved, due to LoadsAndLoadsOfCharacters [[LoadsAndLoadsOfCharacters too many characters]] (seriously, not counting the main four of ''Sonic'', ''VideoGame/SonicBoom'', ''Mega Man'' and ''VideoGame/MegaManX'', there are ''twelve franchises'' represented here!), here), wasting the story's villain, Sigma, on this story and the missed opportunity of not having two Mega Man X characters, reducing Sonic Boom to just Sticks, and two Mega Men running around, among others.so on.



* ''Film/AmericanPie'' descended into this for a while. The ''American Pie Presents'' series were direct to DVD releases with predictable results. The sole main cast member reprising a role from ''any'' of the first 3 movies is Eugene Levy, which is depressing in a "ordering fast food from your dad" kind of way. Inverted with ''American Reunion'', which brought back the principal cast and was a much better film than the DVD cash-ins that preceded.

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* ''Film/AmericanPie'' descended into this for a while. The ''American Pie Presents'' series were direct to DVD releases with predictable results. The sole main cast member reprising a role from ''any'' of the first 3 movies is Eugene Levy, which is depressing in a "ordering fast food from your dad" kind of way.Levy. Inverted with ''American Reunion'', which brought back the principal cast and was a much better film than the DVD cash-ins that preceded.



* ''Film/{{Jaws 2}}'', ''Film/Jaws3D'', ''Film/JawsTheRevenge'', ad nauseam. Ken Begg's series of reviews chronicles the slide in quality from ''[[http://www.jabootu.com/jaws.htm Jaws]]'' to ''[[http://www.jabootu.com/jaws2.htm Jaws 2]]'' (which he admits is merely inferior and mediocre, but much better than the knock-offs and the next sequels) to ''[[http://www.jabootu.com/jaws3-D.htm Jaws 3-D]]'' to the completely awful ''[[http://www.jabootu.com/jaws4.htm Jaws: The Revenge]]'' (which bottomed out at 0% on RT, including a zero star rating from Creator/RogerEbert, and ensnared the careers of a good chunk of its crew). So much that it was mocked in ''Film/BackToTheFuturePartII'': a holographic ''Jaws 19'' poster can be seen during the 2015 sequence. Which makes oddly prescient [[http://www.peterbenchley.com/articles/peter-benchley-the-father-jaws-and-other-tales-the-deep a move by Peter Benchley]], who wrote [[Literaure/{{Jaws}} the original novel]]. Prior to the film's release, the royalties were late. He called his agent, she replied that there were negotiations on sequel right. “Sequel rights!? I don’t care about sequels; who’ll ever want to make a sequel to a movie about a fish? Sell them the rights to anything they want ... my life as an astronaut, ''any''thing. I need money!” Eventually Benchley's sequel rights were exchanged for one-time payments for each new installment, making the original author someone not to blame for the decay. Parodied again around "Back To The Future Day" in October 2015, when, to celebrate the gag from ''II'', Universal released a [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Pl092whRLlI fake trailer]] for the aforementioned ''Jaws 19''.

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* ''Film/{{Jaws 2}}'', ''Film/Jaws3D'', ''Film/JawsTheRevenge'', ad nauseam. Ken Begg's series of reviews chronicles the slide in quality from ''[[http://www.jabootu.com/jaws.htm Jaws]]'' to ''[[http://www.jabootu.com/jaws2.htm Jaws 2]]'' (which he admits is merely inferior and mediocre, but much better than the knock-offs and the next sequels) to ''[[http://www.jabootu.com/jaws3-D.htm Jaws 3-D]]'' to the completely awful ''[[http://www.jabootu.com/jaws4.htm Jaws: The Revenge]]'' (which bottomed out at 0% on RT, including a zero star rating from Creator/RogerEbert, and ensnared the careers of a good chunk of its crew). So much that it was mocked in ''Film/BackToTheFuturePartII'': a holographic ''Jaws 19'' poster can be seen during the 2015 sequence. Which makes oddly prescient [[http://www.peterbenchley.com/articles/peter-benchley-the-father-jaws-and-other-tales-the-deep a move by Peter Benchley]], who wrote [[Literaure/{{Jaws}} the original novel]]. Prior to the film's release, the royalties were late. He called his agent, she replied that there were negotiations on sequel right. “Sequel rights!? I don’t care about sequels; who’ll ever want to make a sequel to a movie about a fish? Sell them the rights to anything they want ... my life as an astronaut, ''any''thing. I need money!” Eventually Benchley's sequel rights were exchanged for one-time payments for each new installment, making the original author someone not to blame for the decay. Parodied again around "Back To The Future Day" in October 2015, when, to celebrate the gag from ''II'', Universal released a [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Pl092whRLlI fake trailer]] for the aforementioned ''Jaws 19''.



* ''Film/TheMatrix'' was generally well-received and a major game-changer for action movies. The second and third movies are usually seen as overly long and pretentious, while the prequel ''Anime/TheAnimatrix'' ranges from decent to bad. ''The Animatrix'' has range because it's an anthology of nine short films based on The Matrix, with the CGI ''The Second Renaissance'' considered the best (reason to purchase the rest). The other eight vary.

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* ''Film/TheMatrix'' was generally well-received and a major game-changer for action movies. The second and third movies are usually seen as overly long and pretentious, pretentious(though some though ''Reloaded'' was okay), while the prequel ''Anime/TheAnimatrix'' ranges from decent to bad. ''The (''The Animatrix'' has range because it's an anthology of nine short films based on The Matrix, with the CGI ''The Second Renaissance'' considered the best (reason to purchase the rest). The other eight vary.)



* ''Film/TheFlyII''. No [[Creator/JeffGoldblum Goldblum]]. No Davis. No [[Creator/DavidCronenberg Cronenberg]]. No point.

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* ''Film/TheFlyII''. No [[Creator/JeffGoldblum Goldblum]]. No Davis. No [[Creator/DavidCronenberg Cronenberg]]. No point.''Film/TheFlyII'' is generally regarded to have ''none'' of what made the first one great.



* ''Film/{{Grease}}'' is a hugely popular [[TheFifties 50s nostalgia]] musical funfest. ''Film/{{Grease 2}}'' has only a few characters returning from the original (Frenchie, Eugene, the principal and her assistant, and the coach. All brief roles.) and introduces Sandy's cousin Michael in some weak attempt to connect the two movies. The plot is a GenderFlip of the first movie's plot and the results are... well, just say [[FanonDiscontinuity most Grease fans like to pretend it doesn't exist]]. Incidentally, ''Grease 2'' unwittingly stopped the franchise from experiencing what would likely be more sequelitis. There were plans for two more movies and a TV series, but they were scrapped after ''Grease 2'' flopped.

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* ''Film/{{Grease}}'' is a hugely popular [[TheFifties 50s nostalgia]] musical funfest. ''Film/{{Grease 2}}'' has only a few characters returning from the original (Frenchie, Eugene, the principal and her assistant, and the coach. All brief roles.) and introduces Sandy's cousin Michael in some weak attempt to connect the two movies. The plot is a GenderFlip of the first movie's plot and the results are... well, just say [[FanonDiscontinuity most Grease fans like to pretend it doesn't exist]]. Incidentally, ''Grease 2'' unwittingly stopped the franchise from experiencing what would likely be more sequelitis. There were plans for two more movies and a TV series, but they were scrapped after ''Grease 2'' flopped.



* ''Film/TheRing'' franchise has suffered from this disease. While each of the three "original" films has been well-received (Japanese, American, and Korean, respectively), their sequels have met with various degrees of scorn and failure to the point that the very first sequel, a film adaptation of the novel's follow-up ''Spiral'', is so bad it's considered CanonDiscontinuity by the Japanese producers, who went on to make ''The Ring 2'' instead.

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* ''Film/TheRing'' franchise has suffered from this disease. While each of the three "original" films has been well-received (Japanese, American, and Korean, respectively), their sequels have met with various degrees of scorn and failure to the point that the very first sequel, a film adaptation of the novel's follow-up ''Spiral'', is considered so bad it's considered CanonDiscontinuity by the Japanese producers, who went on to make ''The Ring 2'' instead.



* ''Franchise/{{Terminator}}'': The [[Film/TheTerminator first]] was iconic. The [[Film/Terminator2JudgmentDay second]], one of the [[EvenBetterSequel single greatest sequels of all time]]. The [[Film/Terminator3RiseOfTheMachines third]] was one hell of a ContestedSequel, and resulted in a [[Series/TerminatorTheSarahConnorChronicles TV series]] being made on the principle that T3 [[AlternateContinuity never happened]]. The [[Film/TerminatorSalvation fourth]], while visually impressive, lacked substance and ended up being an underperformer at the box office, which then led to the [[CreatorKiller death of its production company]] and [[ChannelHop the rights being sold off]]. On June 2013, Creator/ArnoldSchwarzenegger and the producers officially confirmed that a fifth movie would come out in 2015 and it would be the first in a stand-alone trilogy. The movie, called ''Film/TerminatorGenisys'', retcons the events of the first four movies with time-travel, but it '''still''' suffered a case of Sequelitis, leaving ITS future up in the air.

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* ''Franchise/{{Terminator}}'': The [[Film/TheTerminator first]] was iconic. The [[Film/Terminator2JudgmentDay second]], possibly one of the [[EvenBetterSequel single greatest sequels of all time]]. The [[Film/Terminator3RiseOfTheMachines third]] was one hell of a ContestedSequel, and resulted in a [[Series/TerminatorTheSarahConnorChronicles TV series]] being made on the principle that T3 [[AlternateContinuity never happened]]. The [[Film/TerminatorSalvation fourth]], while visually impressive, lacked substance and ended up being an underperformer at the box office, which then led to the [[CreatorKiller death of its production company]] and [[ChannelHop the rights being sold off]]. On June 2013, Creator/ArnoldSchwarzenegger and the producers officially confirmed that a fifth movie would come out in 2015 and it would be the first in a stand-alone trilogy. The movie, called ''Film/TerminatorGenisys'', retcons the events of the first four movies with time-travel, but it '''still''' suffered a case of Sequelitis, leaving ITS future up in the air.



* ''Film/AirBud''. From a touching story about a dog escaping an abusive owner, helping a young boy find his place, and leading a small-town sports team to victory, to a wacky comedy about talking puppies. And there have been fourteen ''Air Bud'' movies. Seven of those movies are ''Air Buddies'' movies, which are about Air Bud's [[SuddenlyVoiced talking]] [[SpinOffspring puppy offspring]]. Two are Christmas special spinoffs of ''Air Buddies''. The series hasn't actually been about a dog learning sports since the fifth. [[TheOtherDarrin It hasn't had the actual dog]] since the second, because he died in 1998, and incidentally that was the last time the film wasn't straight-to-DVD. And whatever miniscule ember of merit remained in the series after the fifth film, ''Air Buddies'' stomped it out. The general perception from those forced to sit through them is that they only get worse with every installment.

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* ''Film/AirBud''. From a It went from a, touching story about a dog escaping an abusive owner, helping a young boy find his place, and leading a small-town sports team to victory, to a wacky comedy about ''[[SuddenlyVoiced talking puppies. And there have been fourteen ''Air Bud'' movies. Seven of those movies are ''Air Buddies'' movies, which are about Air Bud's [[SuddenlyVoiced talking]] [[SpinOffspring puppy offspring]]. Two are Christmas special spinoffs of ''Air Buddies''. The series hasn't actually been about a dog learning sports since the fifth. [[TheOtherDarrin It hasn't had the actual dog]] since the second, because he died in 1998, and incidentally that was the last time the film wasn't straight-to-DVD. And whatever miniscule ember of merit remained in the series after the fifth film, ''Air Buddies'' stomped it out. The general perception from those forced to sit through them is that they only get worse with every installment.puppies]]''. Most fans were not amused.



* ''The Trial of Billy Jack'': The first two movies in the series, ''The Born Losers'' and ''Billy Jack'' are both awesome. ''Trial of Billy Jack'', on the other hand, is up there with ''Film/HighlanderIITheQuickening'' and ''Film/BatmanAndRobin'' as one of the worst sequels ever made.

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* ''The Trial of Billy Jack'': The first two movies in the series, ''The Born Losers'' and ''Billy Jack'' are both awesome. well-recieved. ''Trial of Billy Jack'', on the other hand, is considered up there with ''Film/HighlanderIITheQuickening'' and ''Film/BatmanAndRobin'' as one of the worst sequels ever made.



* ''Film/SpyKids'' proved to be a very successful family film and thus spawned its own franchise; unfortunately, each new installment has done worse than the one that came before. While ''Spy Kids 2'' proved to be a decent movie despite this, ''Spy Kids 3D: Game Over'' quickly came to be considered the series' jump the shark moment; however, this did not stop Robert Rodriquez from producing ''Spy Kids: All the Time in the World'' in 2011, ''eight years'' after the conclusion of the original trilogy, with rumors of a fifth film on the way despite the fourth film's poor critical and box office reception.

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* ''Film/SpyKids'' proved to be a very successful family film and thus spawned its own franchise; unfortunately, each new installment has done worse than the one that came before. While ''Spy Kids 2'' proved to be a decent movie despite this, ''Spy Kids 3D: Game Over'' quickly came to be considered the series' jump the shark moment; moment, having little to do with the franchise other than the characters; however, this did not stop Robert Rodriquez from producing (reluctantly0 ''Spy Kids: All the Time in the World'' in 2011, ''eight years'' after the conclusion of the original trilogy, with rumors of a fifth film on the way despite the fourth film's poor critical and box office reception.



* ''Film/BabyGeniuses'' of all things also falls under this trope; in spite of the original film's critical thrashing, its modest box office success led to a sequel entitled ''Superbabies: Baby Geniuses 2'', now commonly regarded as one of the worst films out there. Plans for a third movie seemed to fall through after its original director Bob Clark died in 2007, only for a new director to take the helm and resume the series with the third released as direct-to-video, with others forthcoming and all focusing on the same premise with the same subpar mouth effects and production values to boot.

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* ''Film/BabyGeniuses'' of all things also falls under this trope; in spite of the original film's critical thrashing, its modest box office success led to a sequel entitled ''Superbabies: Baby Geniuses 2'', now commonly regarded as viewers are still divided over which one of the worst films out there. is worse. Plans for a third movie seemed to fall through after its original director Bob Clark died in 2007, only for a new director to take the helm and resume the series with the third released as direct-to-video, with others forthcoming and all focusing on practically ''no-one'' admits that it better than the same premise with the same subpar mouth effects and production values to boot.first two.



* Of the five films featuring Music/TheBeatles, only ''Film/AHardDaysNight'' and ''Film/{{Help}}'' have really good storylines while the other three, each claiming to complete the group's three-film contract, do not. ''Film/MagicalMysteryTour'' is too bizarre for its own good, ''WesternAnimation/YellowSubmarine'' was well done but didn't involve the actual Beatles until the end and ''Film/LetItBe'' appears to be too downbeat for enjoyment.

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* Of the five four(''WesternAnimation/YellowSubmarine'' was well done but didn't involve the actual Beatles until the end) films featuring Music/TheBeatles, only ''Film/AHardDaysNight'' and ''Film/{{Help}}'' have really good storylines while the other three, each claiming to complete the group's three-film contract, do not. ''Film/MagicalMysteryTour'' is too bizarre for its own good, ''WesternAnimation/YellowSubmarine'' was well done but didn't involve the actual Beatles until the end good, and ''Film/LetItBe'' appears to be too downbeat for enjoyment.


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* Film/AChristmasStory is regarded as a holiday classic. The sequels were too obscure... except for ''A Christmas Story 2'', which seen as one of the worst movies of all time.
23rd Nov '16 3:16:18 AM Morgenthaler
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* The rest of Creator/DonBluth's animated films have also been hit with Sequelitis: there are currently sequels for ''WesternAnimation/AnAmericanTail'', ''WesternAnimation/AllDogsGoToHeaven'' (both of which also got a TV series), and ''WesternAnimation/TheSecretOfNIMH''. ''An American Tail 2: Fievel Goes West'', though LighterAndSofter than the original, is actually considered a quality follow-up due to a higher budget theatrical release. ''WesternAnimation/TheSecretOfNIMH2TimmyToTheRescue'' however, is considered terrible by practically all fans of the original. In all of those cases, Bluth was not involved with any of the sequels; the only sequels he was ever actually involved with making were the video game ''[[VideoGame/DragonsLair Dragon's Lair II: Time Warp]]'' and the ''WesternAnimation/{{Anastasia}}'' direct-to-DVD sequel ''WesternAnimation/BartokTheMagnificent'', which became a classic that we've all heard of. [[WhatCouldHaveBeen Incidentally Bluth was originally to have involvement in the other aforementioned sequels, but had to turn it down to due heavy development on his own projects at the time]].

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* The rest of Creator/DonBluth's animated films have also been hit with Sequelitis: there are currently sequels for ''WesternAnimation/AnAmericanTail'', ''WesternAnimation/AllDogsGoToHeaven'' (both of which also got a TV series), and ''WesternAnimation/TheSecretOfNIMH''. ''An American Tail 2: Fievel Goes West'', ''WesternAnimation/AnAmericanTailFievelGoesWest'', though LighterAndSofter than the original, is actually considered a quality follow-up due to a higher budget theatrical release. ''WesternAnimation/TheSecretOfNIMH2TimmyToTheRescue'' however, is considered terrible by practically all fans of the original. In all of those cases, Bluth was not involved with any of the sequels; the only sequels he was ever actually involved with making were the video game ''[[VideoGame/DragonsLair Dragon's Lair II: Time Warp]]'' and the ''WesternAnimation/{{Anastasia}}'' direct-to-DVD sequel ''WesternAnimation/BartokTheMagnificent'', which became a classic that we've all heard of. [[WhatCouldHaveBeen Incidentally Bluth was originally to have involvement in the other aforementioned sequels, but had to turn it down to due heavy development on his own projects at the time]].
23rd Nov '16 3:09:40 AM Morgenthaler
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** ''Disney/MulanII'' is decently-animated, but is largely overlooked and ultimately criticized for the even greater liberties taken in its portrayal of Chinese culture, one character [[TookALevelInJerkass taking a level in jerkass]], and for leaving the plot in which Mulan must save China once more unresolved; specifically, it was Mulan's mission to escort the Emperor's three daughters to a powerful lord in order to marry his sons, which would secure a union that would safeguard China from an impending invasion by the Mongols. Instead, shocked at the very idea of an arranged marriage, Mulan teaches the princesses to follow their own paths. This would be a meaningful lesson except for the fact that in doing so such a union apparently never took shape by the end of the film, which despite ending on an uplifting note with Mulan's wedding does not address the Mongol invasion that is now sure to happen due to these actions. The sequel earned a rare 0% rating on Rotten Tomatoes and was part of a 2004/2005 year's worth of events at Disney that crushed both 2D animation and CEO Michael Eisner's career with the Mouse House; this movie is one of the catalysts to John Lasseter pulling the plug on the sequel machine.

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** ''Disney/MulanII'' is decently-animated, but is largely overlooked and ultimately criticized for the even greater liberties taken in its portrayal of Chinese culture, one character [[TookALevelInJerkass taking a level in jerkass]], and for leaving the plot in which Mulan must save China once more unresolved; specifically, it was Mulan's mission to escort the Emperor's three daughters to a powerful lord in order to marry his sons, which would secure a union that would safeguard China from an impending invasion by the Mongols. Instead, shocked at the very idea of an arranged marriage, ArrangedMarriage, Mulan teaches the princesses to [[MarryForLove follow their own paths. paths]]. This would be a meaningful lesson except for the fact that in doing so such a union apparently never took shape by the end of the film, which despite ending on an uplifting note with Mulan's wedding [[InferredHolocaust does not address the Mongol invasion that is now sure to happen happen]] due to these actions. The sequel earned a rare 0% rating on Rotten Tomatoes and was part of a 2004/2005 year's worth of events at Disney that crushed both 2D animation and CEO Michael Eisner's career with the Mouse House; this movie is one of the catalysts to John Lasseter pulling the plug on the sequel machine.
23rd Nov '16 3:03:12 AM Morgenthaler
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* Creator/AnneRice's ''Literature/TheVampireChronicles'' are almost universally agreed to suffer from this, with the fourth book, Tale of the Body Thief, or the fifth, Memnoch the Devil, usually cited as the [[JumpingTheShark shark-jumping point]]. Not-so-coincidentally, this is around when Rice decided she had ProtectionFromEditors. It doesn't take a particularly careful [[MemeticMutation interrogation of the text]] to see that the characterizations are stronger in the first few books, and that's not even getting into the forgotten plot points and frequent passing-about of the IdiotBall. Upon meeting another VampireChronicles fan, it's probably best to ask "[[FanonDiscontinuity what's your canon?]]" early on, so you can get into discussing the books you both think are good.

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* Creator/AnneRice's ''Literature/TheVampireChronicles'' are almost universally agreed to suffer from this, with the fourth book, Tale of the Body Thief, or the fifth, Memnoch the Devil, usually cited as the [[JumpingTheShark shark-jumping point]]. Not-so-coincidentally, this is around when Rice decided she had ProtectionFromEditors. It doesn't take a particularly careful [[MemeticMutation interrogation of the text]] to see that the characterizations are stronger in the first few books, and that's not even getting into the forgotten plot points and frequent passing-about of the IdiotBall. Upon meeting another VampireChronicles ''Vampire Chronicles'' fan, it's probably best to ask "[[FanonDiscontinuity what's your canon?]]" early on, so you can get into discussing the books you both think are good.
12th Nov '16 2:36:10 PM Jake18
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* ''VideoGame/ArmyOfTwo: The Devil's Cartel''. The first two games didn't break much new ground in the FirstPersonShooter genre, instead embracing the [[RatedMForManly macho "bro" culture]] for all their worth. The third game in the series does so as well, but strips away the few unique elements the other games ''did'' have[[note]]including demoting the wisecracking, bro-fisting duo of Salem and Rios to [=NPCs=] and replacing them with generically-named masked commandos "Alpha" and "Bravo"[[/note]], robbing the series of its charm.

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* ''VideoGame/ArmyOfTwo: The Devil's Cartel''. The first two games didn't break much new ground in the FirstPersonShooter ThirdPersonShooter genre, instead embracing the [[RatedMForManly macho "bro" culture]] for all their worth. The third game in the series does so as well, but strips away the few unique elements the other games ''did'' have[[note]]including demoting the wisecracking, bro-fisting duo of Salem and Rios to [=NPCs=] and replacing them with generically-named masked commandos "Alpha" and "Bravo"[[/note]], robbing the series of its charm.
12th Nov '16 7:12:38 AM chochlik
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* ''Franchise/{{Terminator}}'': The [[Film/TheTerminator first]] was iconic. The [[Film/Terminator2JudgmentDay second]], one of the [[EvenBetterSequel single greatest sequels of all time]]. The [[Film/Terminator3RiseOfTheMachines third]] was one hell of a ContestedSequel, and resulted in a [[Series/TerminatorTheSarahConnorChronicles TV series]] being made on the principle that T3 [[AlternateContinuity never happened]]. The [[Film/TerminatorSalvation fourth]], while visually impressive, lacked substance and ended up being an underperformer at the box office, which then led to the [[CreatorKiller death of its production company]] and [[ChannelHop the rights being sold off]]. On June 2013, Creator/ArnoldSchwarzenegger and the producers officially confirmed that a fifth movie would come out in 2015 and it would be the first in a stand-alone trilogy. The movie, called ''Film/TerminatorGenisys'', retcons the events of the first four movies with time-travel, but it '''still''' suffered a case of Sequelitis, leaving IT'S future up in the air.

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* ''Franchise/{{Terminator}}'': The [[Film/TheTerminator first]] was iconic. The [[Film/Terminator2JudgmentDay second]], one of the [[EvenBetterSequel single greatest sequels of all time]]. The [[Film/Terminator3RiseOfTheMachines third]] was one hell of a ContestedSequel, and resulted in a [[Series/TerminatorTheSarahConnorChronicles TV series]] being made on the principle that T3 [[AlternateContinuity never happened]]. The [[Film/TerminatorSalvation fourth]], while visually impressive, lacked substance and ended up being an underperformer at the box office, which then led to the [[CreatorKiller death of its production company]] and [[ChannelHop the rights being sold off]]. On June 2013, Creator/ArnoldSchwarzenegger and the producers officially confirmed that a fifth movie would come out in 2015 and it would be the first in a stand-alone trilogy. The movie, called ''Film/TerminatorGenisys'', retcons the events of the first four movies with time-travel, but it '''still''' suffered a case of Sequelitis, leaving IT'S ITS future up in the air.
8th Nov '16 4:04:47 AM Green_lantern40
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* ''Film/ShockTreatment'' was originally planned as a sequel to ''Film/TheRockyHorrorPictureShow'', but was re-written as SomethingCompletelyDifferent after Creator/TimCurry refused to be typecast as Frank. The second movie features Brad and Janet, but the events of ''Rocky Horror'' are never mentioned. Taken on its own, it has its merits, but proved a massive disappointment for people expecting an actual sequel. Point of clarity: "Shock Treatment" was not the original plan for a sequel, that being "Revenge of the Old Queen" which never ended up happening. ''Shock Treatment'' did keep Brad and Janet [[Series/DoctorWho (having regenerated)]], and some of the subtext to their relationship troubles can be taken to have been caused by the first movie. Also, Judge Oliver Wright probably was the Criminologist, making Charles Gray the only actor to continue playing the same character ([[WildMassGuessing unless you consider the [=McKinleys=] to actually be Riff and Magenta returned to Earth for some strange reason]]... also, Bert Shnict was supposedly Dr. Scott in earlier versions of the script). Besides, [[MemeticMutation it's not a sequel, it's an equal]].

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* ''Film/ShockTreatment'' was originally planned as a sequel to ''Film/TheRockyHorrorPictureShow'', but was re-written as SomethingCompletelyDifferent after Creator/TimCurry refused to be typecast as Frank. The second movie features Brad and Janet, but the events of ''Rocky Horror'' are never mentioned. Taken on its own, it has its merits, but proved a massive disappointment for people expecting an actual sequel. Point of clarity: "Shock Treatment" ''Shock Treatment'' was not the original plan for a sequel, that being "Revenge of the Old Queen" ''Rocky Horror Shows His Heels'', which never ended up happening. ''Shock Treatment'' did keep Brad and Janet [[Series/DoctorWho (having regenerated)]], (albeit played by [[TheOtherDarrin different actors]]), and some of the subtext to their relationship troubles can be taken to have been caused by the first movie. Also, Judge Oliver Wright probably was the Criminologist, making Charles Gray the only actor to continue playing the same character ([[WildMassGuessing unless you consider the [=McKinleys=] to actually be Riff and Magenta returned to Earth for some strange reason]]... also, Bert Shnict was supposedly Dr. Scott in earlier versions of the script). Besides, [[MemeticMutation it's not a sequel, it's an equal]].
1st Nov '16 12:46:53 PM InsertCleverNameHere
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** The ''VideoGame/MarioTennis'' subseries hit this trope with its fourth game, ''Mario Tennis: Ultra Smash'', getting even worse reviews than its predecessors for its atrocious lack of content.

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** The ''VideoGame/MarioTennis'' subseries hit this trope with its fourth game, Wii U installment, ''Mario Tennis: Ultra Smash'', getting even worse reviews than its predecessors for its atrocious lack of content.
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