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25th Jul '16 8:01:17 PM IndirectActiveTransport
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** ''King of the Ring 1998'': The infamous Hell in a Cell match between Wrestling/TheUndertaker and Wrestling/{{Mankind}}. This match is so damn iconic that most people don't even remember that this wasn't the main event of that PPV, which was Wrestling/StoneColdSteveAustin vs Wrestling/{{Kane}} in a First Blood match, nor the titular tournament that took place that night, which was won by Wrestling/KenShamrock.
** ''[=WrestleMania=] X8'': Wrestling/TheRock vs Wrestling/HulkHogan. This is a weird case in that though it headlined the PPV, it wasn't the main event because it didn't go last like it was supposed to. Instead, Wrestling/TripleH lobbied for the world title match to go on last. [[SarcasmMode Coincidentally]], Hunter happened to be the challenger thanks to winning the Wrestling/RoyalRumble earlier that year after he returned from his first quad injury. It would be ''years'' before he would admit that he was wrong.



** Wrestling/CMPunk vs Wrestling/JohnCena at ''Wrestling/MoneyInTheBank 2011''. This match got a five star rating from ''Dave Meltzer'' -- the last time the WWE managed that was the first Hell in a Cell match between HBK and the Undertaker (which was also Wrestling/{{Kane}}'s debut). While every match afterwards easily clocked at four stars and above, it's kinda hard to match this one for a variety of reasons, mainly being the atmosphere just isn't as charged as it was as Chicago, and the stakes just weren't as high, lowering the drama factor. It's not helped that this is considered to be one of the best matches the WWE has put on in ''years'' (with some even going on to say that it's the best match in WWE history).



** ''King of the Ring 1998'': The infamous Hell in a Cell match between Wrestling/TheUndertaker and Wrestling/{{Mankind}}. This match is so damn iconic that most people don't even remember that this wasn't the main event of that PPV, which was Wrestling/StoneColdSteveAustin vs Wrestling/{{Kane}} in a First Blood match, nor the titular tournament that took place that night, which was won by Wrestling/KenShamrock.
** ''[=WrestleMania=] X8'': Wrestling/TheRock vs Wrestling/HulkHogan. This is a weird case in that though it headlined the PPV, it wasn't the main event because it didn't go last like it was supposed to. Instead, Wrestling/TripleH lobbied for the world title match to go on last. [[SarcasmMode Coincidentally]], Hunter happened to be the challenger thanks to winning the Wrestling/RoyalRumble earlier that year after he returned from his first quad injury. It would be ''years'' before he would admit that he was wrong.



* Wrestling/CMPunk vs Wrestling/JohnCena at ''Wrestling/MoneyInTheBank 2011''. This match got a five star rating from ''Dave Meltzer'' -- the last time the WWE managed that was the first Hell in a Cell match between HBK and the Undertaker (which was also Wrestling/{{Kane}}'s debut). While every match afterwards easily clocked at four stars and above, it's kinda hard to match this one for a variety of reasons, mainly being the atmosphere just isn't as charged as it was as Chicago, and the stakes just weren't as high, lowering the drama factor. It's not helped that this is considered to be one of the best matches the WWE has put on in ''years'' (with some even going on to say that it's the best match in WWE history).
* Wrestling/DeanAmbrose vs Wrestling/TripleH at ''WWE Roadblock''. Though it was mainly this in regards to Wrestling/RomanReigns vs Wrestling/TripleH at ''[=WrestleMania=] 32''. It was absolutely no secret that most fans wanted Ambrose in the main event that year. While the company wasn't willing to relent on Reigns, they gave a title match to Ambrose at a WWE Network special as compensation, while Reigns was out for his deviated septum. The match Ambrose had with Hunter ended up being the main forerunner for Match of the Year until Nakamura/Zayn happened at ''Dallas''. Ultimately, the match Reigns and Hunter had wasn't able to live up to it.

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* Wrestling/CMPunk vs Wrestling/JohnCena at ''Wrestling/MoneyInTheBank 2011''. This match got a five star rating from ''Dave Meltzer'' -- the last time the WWE managed that was the first Hell in a Cell match between HBK and the Undertaker (which was also Wrestling/{{Kane}}'s debut). While every match afterwards easily clocked at four stars and above, it's kinda hard to match this one for a variety of reasons, mainly being the atmosphere just isn't as charged as it was as Chicago, and the stakes just weren't as high, lowering the drama factor. It's not helped that this is considered to be one of the best matches the WWE has put on in ''years'' (with some even going on to say that it's the best match in WWE history).
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** Wrestling/DeanAmbrose vs Wrestling/TripleH at ''WWE Roadblock''. Though it was mainly this in regards to Wrestling/RomanReigns vs Wrestling/TripleH at ''[=WrestleMania=] 32''. It was absolutely no secret that most fans wanted Ambrose in the main event that year. While the company wasn't willing to relent on Reigns, they gave a title match to Ambrose at a WWE Network special as compensation, while Reigns was out for his deviated septum. The match Ambrose had with Hunter ended up being the main forerunner for Match of the Year until Nakamura/Zayn happened at ''Dallas''. Ultimately, the match Reigns and Hunter had wasn't able to live up to it.
25th Jul '16 8:31:24 AM X2X
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* Hitfix contributors Drew McWeeny and Roth Cornet posit in [[http://www.hitfix.com/videos/game-of-thrones-is-ruining-fantasy-for-big-movies-fandemonium this video]] that ''Series/GameOfThrones'' is doing this for all of HighFantasy as a genre. The series' success at creating a fully realized, detailed world means that a lot of viewers will compare any fantasy movie they see to it. Additionally, ''Game of Thrones''' high budget means that now budget is no longer an issue when comparing TV to film. Even though it's still on the air, many people also think that the show will also cast a shadow over the likes of HBO as a whole, showrunners David Benioff and D.B. Weiss, author George R.R. Martin, and all of the actors involved.

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* Hitfix contributors Drew McWeeny [=McWeeny=] and Roth Cornet posit in [[http://www.hitfix.com/videos/game-of-thrones-is-ruining-fantasy-for-big-movies-fandemonium this video]] that ''Series/GameOfThrones'' is doing this for all of HighFantasy as a genre. The series' success at creating a fully realized, detailed world means that a lot of viewers will compare any fantasy movie they see to it. Additionally, ''Game of Thrones''' high budget means that now budget is no longer an issue when comparing TV to film. Even though it's still on the air, many people also think that the show will also cast a shadow over the likes of HBO as a whole, showrunners David Benioff and D.B. Weiss, author George R.R. Martin, and all of the actors involved.



* ''[[VideoGame/Rayman3HoodlumHavoc Rayman 3: Hoodlum Havoc]]'' is not called a bad game, but considering it was a follow-up to one of the most [[VideoGame/{{Rayman2}} critically acclaimed, best-selling 3-D platformers of all time,]] being what is considered the masterpiece of UbiSoft, its critical reception and sales did not live up to the previous game. Some have speculated that Rayman 3's underwhelming performance was why ''Rayman 4'' was retooled from another 3-D platformer into the mini-game centric ''Rayman VideoGame/RavingRabbids'', as well as why another Rayman platformer was put on ice for years until ''VideoGame/RaymanOrigins'' came around.

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* ''[[VideoGame/Rayman3HoodlumHavoc Rayman 3: Hoodlum Havoc]]'' ''VideoGame/Rayman3HoodlumHavoc'' is not called a bad game, but considering it was a follow-up to one of the most [[VideoGame/{{Rayman2}} [[VideoGame/{{Rayman 2}} critically acclaimed, best-selling 3-D 3D platformers of all time,]] time]], being what is considered the masterpiece of UbiSoft, Creator/{{Ubisoft}}, its critical reception and sales did not live up to the previous game. Some have speculated that Rayman 3's ''Rayman 3''[='s=] underwhelming performance was why ''Rayman 4'' was retooled from another 3-D 3D platformer into the mini-game centric mini-game-centric ''Rayman VideoGame/RavingRabbids'', as well as why another Rayman ''Rayman'' platformer was put on ice for years until ''VideoGame/RaymanOrigins'' came around.



** To hardcore fans, however, ''VideoGame/PokemonGoldAndSilver'' are viewed as [[EvenBetterSequels even better]] than their predecessor, and the best in the series until their Generation IV remakes. While still being good, ''VideoGame/PokemonRubyAndSapphire'' having to follow them up was viewed as somewhat of a burden. The fact that they downplayed the time factor and excluded many Pokémon didn't help matters either.

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** To hardcore fans, however, ''VideoGame/PokemonGoldAndSilver'' are viewed as [[EvenBetterSequels even better]] {{even better|Sequel}} than their predecessor, predecessors, and the best in the series until their Generation IV remakes. While still being good, ''VideoGame/PokemonRubyAndSapphire'' having to follow them up was viewed as somewhat of a burden. The fact that they downplayed the time factor and excluded many Pokémon didn't help matters either.



** An odd character-specific variation occurred with a Pokemon species from Generation IV: Lucario. For whatever reason, Creator/GameFreak and Pokemon Co. decided to give it heavy promotion before the release of ''VideoGame/PokemonDiamondAndPearl'' (having one in the starring role of the animé's [[Anime/PokemonLucarioAndTheMysteryOfMew eighth movie]] and cameoing in spinoff games). The marketing push ended up being well handled-enough to actually ''work'', and Lucario quickly became a fan-favorite (it helps its debut movie was [[SurprisinglyImprovedSequel well-received by fans]], and gamewise it's pretty powerful and is no slouch in the competitive scene). However, this proved to be a double-edged sword to the creators, as every attempt at trying to ape Lucario's success failed either partially or entirely because it couldn't live up to Lucario itself.[[labelnote:*]]Zoroark of Gen V was their first effort, but [[Anime/PokemonZoroarkMAsterOfIllusions its movie]] wasn't as well received, and its use in-game was hampered by (originally) being an event-exclusive and being [[AwesomeButImpractical more gimmicky than useful]]. Mega Mewtwo Y was their second attempt, but [[Anime/PokemonGenesectAndTheLegendAwakened its movie]] proved to be so controversial as to taint its reputation.[[/labelnote]]

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** An odd character-specific variation occurred with a Pokemon Pokémon species from Generation IV: Lucario. For whatever reason, Creator/GameFreak and Pokemon Pokémon Co. decided to give it heavy promotion before the release of ''VideoGame/PokemonDiamondAndPearl'' (having one in the starring role of the animé's anime's [[Anime/PokemonLucarioAndTheMysteryOfMew eighth movie]] and cameoing cameos in spinoff spin-off games). The marketing push ended up being well handled-enough well-handled enough to actually ''work'', and Lucario quickly became a fan-favorite (it helps its debut movie was [[SurprisinglyImprovedSequel well-received by fans]], and gamewise it's pretty powerful and is no slouch in the competitive scene). However, this proved to be a double-edged sword to the creators, as every attempt at trying to ape Lucario's success failed either partially or entirely because it couldn't live up to Lucario itself. [[labelnote:*]]Zoroark of Gen V was their first effort, but [[Anime/PokemonZoroarkMAsterOfIllusions its movie]] wasn't as well wel- received, and its use in-game was hampered by (originally) being an event-exclusive and being [[AwesomeButImpractical more gimmicky than useful]]. Mega Mewtwo Y was their second attempt, but [[Anime/PokemonGenesectAndTheLegendAwakened its movie]] proved to be so controversial as to taint its reputation.[[/labelnote]]



* Apparently, HideoKojima regrets being remembered only for the ''Franchise/MetalGear'' series, which overshadowed his earlier games and whose shadow looms on every possible future title.

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* Apparently, HideoKojima Creator/HideoKojima regrets being remembered only for the ''Franchise/MetalGear'' series, which overshadowed his earlier games and whose shadow looms on every possible future title.



** There is also a BrokenBase regarding ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyV'' didn't live up to what was expected after ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyIV'', which is considered one of the top games in the series, because of its characters and heightened drama typical to many other games of the series. All of which many fans felt the fifth installment of the series lacked. Other fans on the other hand felt that the game featured some of the best gameplay in the series, period, thanks to the evolved job system, that has served as the basis for that of three spinoff titles, ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyTactics'', ''VideoGames/FinalFantasyDimensions'' and ''VideoGame/BravelyDefault'' (albeit the former is a genre/franchise crossover with Tactics Ogre). Combine all of this with an annual (unofficial) charity run, and you have a franchise dark horse, making ''it'' a tough act to follow of its own, especially when sizing up Dimensions and Default.

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** There is also a BrokenBase regarding whether ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyV'' did or didn't live up to what was expected after ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyIV'', which is considered one of the top games in the series, because of its characters and heightened drama typical to many other games of the series. All of which these are elements many fans felt the fifth installment of the series lacked. Other fans on the other hand felt that the game featured some of the best gameplay in the series, period, thanks to the evolved job Job system, that has served as the basis for that of three spinoff spin-off titles, ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyTactics'', ''VideoGames/FinalFantasyDimensions'' and ''VideoGame/BravelyDefault'' (albeit the former is a genre/franchise crossover with Tactics Ogre). ''VideoGame/TacticsOgre''). Combine all of this with an annual (unofficial) charity run, and you have a franchise dark horse, making ''it'' a tough act to follow of its own, especially when sizing up Dimensions ''Dimensions'' and Default.''Default''.



** Similarly, ''VideoGame/FZero GX'' is hailed as not only the best game in the ''F-Zero'' series, but one of Nintendo's best racing games period and one of the best racers of its decade. So when ''F-Zero GP Legend'' was released a few years later, it was treated with lukewarm reception at best despite bearing a number of improvements to the sprite-based ''F-Zero'' games. (Although it being a tie-in to a poorly-received ''F-Zero'' anime may have something to do with it as well.) In addtion, this trope has been speculated to be the reason Nintendo won't produce another ''F-Zero'' game: because it would inevitably be measured up against ''GX'' and be treated as SoOkayItsAverage at best if it didn't meet that standard.

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** Similarly, ''VideoGame/FZero GX'' is hailed as not only the best game in the ''F-Zero'' series, but one of Nintendo's best racing games period and one of the best racers of its decade. So when ''F-Zero GP Legend'' was released a few years later, it was treated with lukewarm reception at best despite bearing a number of improvements to the sprite-based ''F-Zero'' games. (Although it being [[RecursiveAdaptation a tie-in to to]] a poorly-received ''F-Zero'' anime may have something to do with it as well.) In addtion, this trope has been speculated to be the reason Nintendo won't produce another ''F-Zero'' game: because it would inevitably be measured up against ''GX'' and be treated as SoOkayItsAverage at best if it didn't meet that standard.
24th Jul '16 11:49:00 PM Nyame
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* This typically happens on a PPV when the best match of the night ''isn't'' the main event.

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* This typically happens on a PPV when the best match of the night ''isn't'' the main event. Wrestling/ShawnMichaels was particularly guilty of this throughout his career, hence his nickname "The Show Stealer".


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** ''Battleground 2016'': Wrestling/SamiZayn vs Wrestling/KevinOwens. Great spots, perfect storytelling, and an emotional ending, it was the perfect match to cap off their rivalry (for now). What makes this even better is that this show had Wrestling/TheShield Triple Threat for the WWE Championship on it, and that was an amazing match as well. The fact that Zayn and KO managed to steal the show from one of the most anticipated matches in WWE history is nothing short of astounding.
24th Jul '16 1:08:01 PM LaptopGuy
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* Jenji Kohan, creator of ''Series/{{Weeds}}'', subverted this ''big time.'' Her next series was the Netflix prison dramedy ''Series/OrangeIsTheNewBlack,'' which became much more popular than ''Weeds'' ever was with both critics and audiences.
* Hitfix contributors Drew McWeeny and Roth Cornet posit in [[http://www.hitfix.com/videos/game-of-thrones-is-ruining-fantasy-for-big-movies-fandemonium this video]] that ''Series/GameOfThrones'' is doing this for all of HighFantasy as a genre. The series' success at creating a fully realized, detailed world means that a lot of viewers will compare any fantasy movie they see to it. Additionally, ''Game of Thrones''' high budget means that now budget is no longer an issue when comparing TV to film.

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* Jenji Kohan, creator of ''Series/{{Weeds}}'', subverted this ''big time.'' Her next series was the Netflix prison dramedy ''Series/OrangeIsTheNewBlack,'' which became much more popular than ''Weeds'' ever was with both critics and audiences.
audiences. Time will tell if she falls into this trope for ''that'' series.
* Hitfix contributors Drew McWeeny and Roth Cornet posit in [[http://www.hitfix.com/videos/game-of-thrones-is-ruining-fantasy-for-big-movies-fandemonium this video]] that ''Series/GameOfThrones'' is doing this for all of HighFantasy as a genre. The series' success at creating a fully realized, detailed world means that a lot of viewers will compare any fantasy movie they see to it. Additionally, ''Game of Thrones''' high budget means that now budget is no longer an issue when comparing TV to film. Even though it's still on the air, many people also think that the show will also cast a shadow over the likes of HBO as a whole, showrunners David Benioff and D.B. Weiss, author George R.R. Martin, and all of the actors involved.



* Wiz Khalifa won't have any problems finding success after his megahit "[[Film/TheFastAndTheFurious See You Again]]", his tribute to Creator/PaulWalker, however it's unlikely that he'll ever score a hit nearly as big, or have another big crossover as the lead ([[BlackSheepHit especially since it sounds nothing like his normal material]]). His collaborator Charlie Puth was hit even harder with this trope, since, unlike Khalifa, he was almost a complete unknown prior to the song. His single "Marvin Gaye", [[GermansLoveDavidHasselhoff while a hit overseas]], failed to make a lasting impression back home, and he will likely be considered a one-hit wonder for "See You Again" (despite the fact that it wasn't officially his song and "Marvin Gaye" is). Also, it's unlikely there will be another soundtrack album that will be as popular as the ''Music/Furious7Soundtrack'', or another hit song produced from the franchise.

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* Wiz Khalifa won't have any problems finding success after his megahit "[[Film/TheFastAndTheFurious See You Again]]", his tribute to Creator/PaulWalker, however it's unlikely that he'll ever score a hit nearly as big, or have another big crossover as the lead ([[BlackSheepHit especially since it sounds nothing like his normal material]]). His collaborator Charlie Puth was hit even harder with this trope, since, unlike Khalifa, he was almost a complete unknown prior to the song. His single "Marvin Gaye", [[GermansLoveDavidHasselhoff while a hit overseas]], failed to make a lasting impression back home, and follow-up "One Call Away" did good, but not great, and he will likely be considered a one-hit wonder for "See You Again" (despite the fact that it wasn't officially his song and "Marvin Gaye" is)."Gaye" and "Call" are). Also, it's unlikely there will be another soundtrack album that will be as popular as the ''Music/Furious7Soundtrack'', or another hit song produced from the franchise.



** ''Wrestling/{{WWENXT}} [=TakeOver=]: Brooklyn'': Wrestling/{{Bayley}} vs Wrestling/SashaBanks. The fact that it was a Divas match of all things made it more surprising, but afterwards many consider it to be the greatest women's match in WWE history (despite the fact that it was on a ''developmental'' brand). In fact, the biggest, glaring flaw that everyone saw in the Wrestling/FinnBalor vs Wrestling/KevinOwens ladder match, a sure show stealer on any other card, was the fact that it had to follow this one. It was so good that their rematch got to headline the next special, making history in the process.

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** ''Wrestling/{{WWENXT}} [=TakeOver=]: Brooklyn'': Wrestling/{{Bayley}} vs Wrestling/SashaBanks. The fact that it was a Divas match of all things made it more surprising, but afterwards many consider it to be the greatest women's match in WWE history (despite the fact that it was on a ''developmental'' brand). In fact, the biggest, glaring flaw that everyone saw in the Wrestling/FinnBalor vs Wrestling/KevinOwens ladder match, a sure show stealer on any other card, was the fact that it had to follow this one.one, and that match was relegated to a footnote. It was so good that their rematch got to headline the next special, making history in the process.



** While still being good, ''VideoGame/PokemonRubyAndSapphire'' had to follow up ''VideoGame/PokemonGoldAndSilver'', which are widely regarded as the best in the series (until their Generation IV remakes). The fact that they downplayed the time factor and excluded many Pokémon didn't help matters either.

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** ''VideoGame/PokemonRedAndBlue'' is considered the definitive incarnation of the franchise to most people, with the first 151 Pokémon are still the most iconic of them all. The series, while still remaining popular, never came close to recapturing the original games' mainstream ubiquity until the [[VideoGame/PokemonGo 2016 mobile game]].
** To hardcore fans, however, ''VideoGame/PokemonGoldAndSilver'' are viewed as [[EvenBetterSequels even better]] than their predecessor, and the best in the series until their Generation IV remakes.
While still being good, ''VideoGame/PokemonRubyAndSapphire'' had having to follow them up ''VideoGame/PokemonGoldAndSilver'', which are widely regarded was viewed as the best in the series (until their Generation IV remakes).somewhat of a burden. The fact that they downplayed the time factor and excluded many Pokémon didn't help matters either.



* The ''VideoGame/PaperMario'' series is falling apart because of the role-playing game ''VideoGame/PaperMarioTheThousandYearDoor'' being a Tough Act to Follow, with its good battle system, horde of {{Ensemble Darkhorse}}s, SugarWiki/AwesomeMusic, and [[SugarWiki/FunnyMoments hilarious]], [[SugarWiki/HeartwarmingMoments heartwarming]], and sometimes [[TearJerker sad]] plotline. Nintendo feared ItsTheSameNowItSucks for its sequels, so both ''VideoGame/SuperPaperMario'' and ''VideoGame/PaperMarioStickerStar'' both underwent an UnexpectedGenreChange, to platformer and sticker-collecting Metroidvania respectively. Fans missed the classic elements and are still longing for a true successor today.

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* The ''VideoGame/PaperMario'' series is falling apart because of the role-playing game ''VideoGame/PaperMarioTheThousandYearDoor'' being a Tough Act to Follow, with its good battle system, horde of {{Ensemble Darkhorse}}s, SugarWiki/AwesomeMusic, and [[SugarWiki/FunnyMoments hilarious]], [[SugarWiki/HeartwarmingMoments heartwarming]], and sometimes [[TearJerker sad]] plotline. Nintendo feared ItsTheSameNowItSucks for its sequels, so both ''VideoGame/SuperPaperMario'' and ''VideoGame/PaperMarioStickerStar'' both underwent an UnexpectedGenreChange, to platformer and sticker-collecting Metroidvania respectively. Fans missed the classic elements and are still longing for a true successor today. While the former was eventually VindicatedByHistory, the latter wasn't so lucky.



* This is one of many ways one can describe what's happened to ''Franchise/SonicTheHedgehog''. The original three games (this is taking ''Sonic 3'' and ''Sonic & Knuckles'' together as [[VideoGame/Sonic3AndKnuckles the complete title]]) and ''[[VideoGame/SonicTheHedgehogCD Sonic CD]]'' are hailed effectively universally as the shining gems of the series (and fantastic examples of high speed platforming in general). Many subsequent games have been trying to get out of this shadow, some to far better results than others, and even then each one has an unfortunately strong FandomRivalry to go with it. It eventually started dying down with ''VideoGame/SonicColors'' and ''VideoGame/SonicGenerations'', which have been very well received by critics. Even most fans consider the two to be well done. Naturally, these two games combined to create another tough act to follow when ''VideoGame/SonicLostWorld'' was released.

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* This is one of many ways one can describe what's happened to ''Franchise/SonicTheHedgehog''. The original three games (this is taking ''Sonic 3'' and ''Sonic & Knuckles'' together as [[VideoGame/Sonic3AndKnuckles the complete title]]) and ''[[VideoGame/SonicTheHedgehogCD Sonic CD]]'' are hailed effectively universally as the shining gems of the series (and fantastic examples of high speed platforming in general). Many subsequent games have been trying to get out of this shadow, some (like the [[VideoGame/SonicAdventure Adventure]] [[VideoGame/SonicAdventure2 games]]) to far better results than others, others (such as the [[SonicTheHedgehog2006 disastrous 2006 title]]), and even then each one has an unfortunately strong FandomRivalry to go with it. It eventually started dying down with ''VideoGame/SonicColors'' and ''VideoGame/SonicGenerations'', which have been very well received by critics. Even most fans consider the two to be well done. Naturally, these two games combined to create another tough act to follow when ''VideoGame/SonicLostWorld'' was released. Although ''that'' game was at least considered far superior to the ''VideoGame/SonicBoom'' games that followed.



* ''WebAnimation/DeathBattle'': Being ''by far'' the most requested, longest, most extensively researched and most viewed of the ''Death Battle'' series to date, "[[Anime/DragonBallZ Goku]] vs. Franchise/{{Superman}}" casts a massive shadow over the rest of the series in terms of production, scale and fan excitement. Not that the other episodes aren't enjoyable, but they're more OvershadowedByAwesome. In a more Meta sense, ''Death Battle'' is this to every other series Website/ScrewAttack has tried to release - after it was announced that the matchup after "[[WebAnimation/{{RWBY}} Yang Xiao Long]] vs. [[VideoGame/FinalFantasyVII Tifa Lockhart]]" would be revealed in the season finale for ''The Industry'', many fans deliberately spoiled the ending of the episode by writing the matchup in the comments along with a message along the lines of "There, now you don't have to watch all this just to find out the next ''Death Battle''. You're welcome!"

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* ''WebAnimation/DeathBattle'': Being ''by far'' the most requested, longest, most extensively researched and most viewed of the ''Death Battle'' series to date, "[[Anime/DragonBallZ "[[Franchise/DragonBall Goku]] vs. Franchise/{{Superman}}" casts a massive shadow over the rest of the series in terms of production, scale and fan excitement. Not that the other episodes aren't enjoyable, but they're more OvershadowedByAwesome. In a more Meta sense, ''Death Battle'' is this to every other series Website/ScrewAttack has tried to release - after it was announced that the matchup after "[[WebAnimation/{{RWBY}} Yang Xiao Long]] vs. [[VideoGame/FinalFantasyVII Tifa Lockhart]]" would be revealed in the season finale for ''The Industry'', many fans deliberately spoiled the ending of the episode by writing the matchup in the comments along with a message along the lines of "There, now you don't have to watch all this just to find out the next ''Death Battle''. You're welcome!"


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* ''WesternAnimation/SpongeBobSquarePants'': Most people agree that the newer episodes have greatly suffered in comparison to the gold standard set by the first three seasons before the first movie and UnCancellation. The second movie was a return to form, but nevertheless isn't quite as beloved as the show itself. Second-half episodes that had to follow a beloved classic, such as "Home Sweet Pineapple" or "Mermaid Man and Barnacle Boy V", are also seen as this to some people.
18th Jul '16 5:06:52 PM SpinAttaxx
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* When it comes to the ''Anime/{{Pokemon}}'' movies, only the [[Anime/PokemonTheFirstMovie first]] (in its original Japanese version), [[Anime/{{Pokemon3}} third]], are regarded as the best (though the [[Anime/PokemonLucarioAndTheMysteryOfMew eighth]] and [[Anime/PokemonKyuremVsTheSwordOfJustice fifteenth]] movies are just as well-regarded). All the others have been seen as SoOkayItsAverage at best, and have grossed less in Japanese theaters.



* While still being good, [[VideoGame/PokemonRubyAndSapphire Generation 3]] of ''Franchise/{{Pokemon}}'' had to follow up [[VideoGame/PokemonGoldAndSilver Generation 2]], which is widely regarded as the best in the series (until their Generation 4 remakes). The fact that they downplayed the time factor and the exclusion of many Pokémon didn't help matters either. [[VideoGame/PokemonBlackAndWhite Generation 5]] is said to be a new tough act to follow as well.
** Generation 5 had a hard time following ''itself''. ''VideoGame/PokemonBlack2AndWhite2'', despite introducing loads of new features, were also received partly unfavorably by both critics and the fans for not being what ''VideoGame/PokemonBlackAndWhite'' were (lacking the story that what made the original games, and traces of difficulty).

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* ''Franchise/{{Pokemon}}'':
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While still being good, [[VideoGame/PokemonRubyAndSapphire Generation 3]] of ''Franchise/{{Pokemon}}'' ''VideoGame/PokemonRubyAndSapphire'' had to follow up [[VideoGame/PokemonGoldAndSilver Generation 2]], ''VideoGame/PokemonGoldAndSilver'', which is are widely regarded as the best in the series (until their Generation 4 IV remakes). The fact that they downplayed the time factor and the exclusion of excluded many Pokémon didn't help matters either. [[VideoGame/PokemonBlackAndWhite Generation 5]] is said to be a new tough act to follow as well.
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** Generation 5 V had a hard time following ''itself''. ''VideoGame/PokemonBlack2AndWhite2'', despite introducing loads of new features, were also received partly unfavorably by both critics and the fans for not being what ''VideoGame/PokemonBlackAndWhite'' were (lacking the story that what made the original games, and traces of difficulty).



** [[VideoGame/PokemonXAndY Generation 6]] had it even tougher than ''Black 2 and White 2''. While the plot isn't bad by any means, it didn't stand a chance compared to ''Black and White'', which are widely agreed to have had the best plot of the series. The fact that the game also introduced only about 70 Pokémon, the least of any generation, was also all the more noticeable proceeding Gen 5, which introduced over 150, the ''most'' of any generation since the originals.
** An odd character-specific variation occurred with a Pokemon species from Generation 4: Lucario. For whatever reason Creator/{{Gamefreak}} and Pokemon Co. decided to give the [[ExtraOredinary metal]] [[CharlesAtlasSuperpower fighting]] [[StarWars Force]] jackal heavy promotion before the start of G4 (having one in the starring role of one of the anime series' movies and cameoing in spinoff games) and continued into Generation 4 proper. The marketing push ended up being well handled-enough to actually ''work'', and Lucario quickly became a fan-favorite (it helps its debut movie was [[SurprisinglyImprovedSequel well-received by fans]] and gamewise it's pretty powerful and is no slouch in the competitive scene). However, this proved to be a double-edged sword to the creators, as every attempt at trying to ape Lucario's success failed either partially or entirely because it couldn't live up to Lucario itself.

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** [[VideoGame/PokemonXAndY Generation 6]] ''VideoGame/PokemonXAndY'' had it even tougher than ''Black 2 and White 2''. While the plot isn't bad by any means, it didn't stand a chance compared to ''Black and White'', ''Black/White'', which are widely agreed to have had the best plot of the series. The fact that the game also introduced only about 70 Pokémon, the least of any generation, was also all the more noticeable proceeding Gen 5, V, which introduced over 150, the ''most'' of any generation since [[VideoGame/PokemonRedAndBlue the originals.
originals]].
** An odd character-specific variation occurred with a Pokemon species from Generation 4: IV: Lucario. For whatever reason Creator/{{Gamefreak}} reason, Creator/GameFreak and Pokemon Co. decided to give the [[ExtraOredinary metal]] [[CharlesAtlasSuperpower fighting]] [[StarWars Force]] jackal it heavy promotion before the start release of G4 ''VideoGame/PokemonDiamondAndPearl'' (having one in the starring role of one of the anime series' movies animé's [[Anime/PokemonLucarioAndTheMysteryOfMew eighth movie]] and cameoing in spinoff games) and continued into Generation 4 proper. games). The marketing push ended up being well handled-enough to actually ''work'', and Lucario quickly became a fan-favorite (it helps its debut movie was [[SurprisinglyImprovedSequel well-received by fans]] fans]], and gamewise it's pretty powerful and is no slouch in the competitive scene). However, this proved to be a double-edged sword to the creators, as every attempt at trying to ape Lucario's success failed either partially or entirely because it couldn't live up to Lucario itself.[[labelnote:*]]Zoroark of Gen V was their first effort, but [[Anime/PokemonZoroarkMAsterOfIllusions its movie]] wasn't as well received, and its use in-game was hampered by (originally) being an event-exclusive and being [[AwesomeButImpractical more gimmicky than useful]]. Mega Mewtwo Y was their second attempt, but [[Anime/PokemonGenesectAndTheLegendAwakened its movie]] proved to be so controversial as to taint its reputation.[[/labelnote]]
16th Jul '16 8:30:11 PM Nyame
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* Wrestling/DeanAmbrose vs Wrestling/TripleH at ''WWE Roadblock''. Though it was mainly this in regards to Wrestling/RomanReigns vs Wrestling/TripleH at ''[=WrestleMania=] 32''. It was absolutely no secret that most fans wanted Ambrose in the main event that year. While the company wasn't willing to relent on Reigns, they gave a title match to Ambrose at a WWE Network special as compensation, while Reigns was out for his deviated septum. The match Ambrose had with Hunter ended up being the main forerunner for Match of the Year until Nakamura/Zayn happened at ''Dallas''. Ultimately, the match Reigns and Hunter had wasn't able to live up to it.
15th Jul '16 8:43:56 AM Willbyr
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* ''Gunnm Last Order'' is an example. The original ''Gunnm'' was a huge success; it was translated into English under the name ''BattleAngelAlita'' and became a must read manga classic for people getting into the genre. The sequel is no where near as successful and only survived mainly because of dedicated fans of the original giving it a cult following.

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* ''Gunnm Last Order'' is an example. The original ''Gunnm'' was a huge success; it was translated into English under the name ''BattleAngelAlita'' ''Battle Angel Alita'' and became a must read manga classic for people getting into the genre. The sequel is no where near as successful and only survived mainly because of dedicated fans of the original giving it a cult following.
11th Jul '16 3:26:05 PM Nyame
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** ''WWE NXT [=TakeOver=]: Dallas'': Wrestling/SamiZayn vs Wrestling/ShinsukeNakamura. Expectations were already high enough considering the resumes both had, and this was Nakamura's debut match and Zayn's last NXT match, but then both men proceeded to blow those expectations out of the water. An instant classic, this match is nigh-universally considered the best match in all of 2016's ''[=WrestleMania=]'' weekend and one of the forerunners for match of the year. Even the highly anticipated Wrestling/{{Asuka}} vs Wrestling/{{Bayley}} match for the NXT Women's Championship wasn't able to live up to it, nor was the rematch for the NXT Championship between Wrestling/SamoaJoe and Wrestling/FinnBalor, and both, under normal circumstances, would've been sure fire contenders for match of the night.
10th Jul '16 8:28:54 PM Discar
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* ''Film/SuicideSquad'' will introduce Jared Leto as the Joker and he'll have a hard time living up to Heath Ledger's iconic interpretation.

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* ''Film/SuicideSquad'' will introduce ''Film/SuicideSquad2016'' introduces Jared Leto as the Joker and he'll have a hard time living up to Heath Ledger's iconic interpretation.
9th Jul '16 2:21:27 PM nombretomado
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* The story of ''Franchise/{{Bionicle}}'' was so, well, ''huge'', that its successor line ''HeroFactory'' gets a considerable amount of hate for its bare-bones, simple-to-follow plot and minimalistic characterization. Complainers tend to overlook the fact that even so, HF's story is still a tad more complex than that of an average, non-licensed {{LEGO}} line, and its characters are among the most developed of any original-LEGO characters (if still far from ''Bionicle'''s). LEGO themselves consider HF a wholly separate entity -- a line that occupies the same niche as ''Bionicle'', but it's not a follow-up. Further, they deliberately set out to ''avoid'' creating another complicated universe such as that of ''Bionicle'', partly because of this trope, but mostly because a simpler story is easier to promote to younger kids, which the PeripheryDemographic has a hard time realizing.

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* The story of ''Franchise/{{Bionicle}}'' ''Toys/{{Bionicle}}'' was so, well, ''huge'', that its successor line ''HeroFactory'' gets a considerable amount of hate for its bare-bones, simple-to-follow plot and minimalistic characterization. Complainers tend to overlook the fact that even so, HF's story is still a tad more complex than that of an average, non-licensed {{LEGO}} line, and its characters are among the most developed of any original-LEGO characters (if still far from ''Bionicle'''s). LEGO themselves consider HF a wholly separate entity -- a line that occupies the same niche as ''Bionicle'', but it's not a follow-up. Further, they deliberately set out to ''avoid'' creating another complicated universe such as that of ''Bionicle'', partly because of this trope, but mostly because a simpler story is easier to promote to younger kids, which the PeripheryDemographic has a hard time realizing.
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