Created By: NateSpidgewood on September 5, 2011 Last Edited By: NateSpidgewood on January 3, 2015

Helmer Equals The Big Bad

Fans of a franchise view its company as the franchise\'s future villain.

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A company, particularly a studio or a network, has a beloved Cash Cow Franchise that has so many fans. But once they started interfering with it, the fans believe it's being Ruined FOREVER, so they started portraying the company as a villain of the franchise, which would have been Biting-the-Hand Humor if it happens within the franchise.

According to The Other Wiki, "helmer"
is used in the movie production industrie [sic] to designate the person in charge of making a movie.

See also And the Fandom Rejoiced and Tainted by the Preview.

No fictional examples please, unless it's a parody of this trope. This is about fans insulting their favorite work's property owner, not characters insulting their employer.

Examples:

Anime and Manga
  • Occasionally shows up in Touhou fanworks against Zun, who is literally the only creator.

Film
  • When Warner Bros. pushed the release date of Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince to July 2009, Harry Potter fans threw a fit because of this, so they called Warners names like "muggles" and even "Voldemort".
  • Fans of the James Bond series (especially Daniel Craig fans) view MGM (longtime owner of the series) as a future Bond supervillain when the studio's financial troubles were delaying production of the twenty-third Bond installment.
  • When it was announced that the sequel rights to Terminator were being purchased by Pacificor, one fan posted a comment on this article screaming "Pacificor is SKYNET!".

Video Games
  • Yoshio Sakamoto(sometimes also Team Ninja) might as well be named the new antichrist given on how much flak (half the time completely undeserved) he has been getting from creating Metroid: Other M.
  • Square-Enix gets this hard these days. How else do you explain Final Fantasy XIII?
  • "operation cwal" is a cheat for three-second build times in the original Starcraft standing for Can't Wait Any Longer, a group of fans writing stories where the evil Blizzard corporation deliberately held back production of the game.

Western Animation
  • Upon reading this article about Disney converting Beauty and the Beast into 3D, one fan blamed it on current Disney and Pixar animation heads Ed Catmull and John Lasseter, stating "Before we make Pixar the Gaston in this tale, they did champion hand-drawn animation when they took over the studio."

Real Life
  • Inverted with former Disney CEO Michael Eisner. Roy E. Disney was so fed up with Eisner's disastrous actions as CEO (which forced him to leave the company), that during his "Save Disney" campaign with Stanley Gold, he drew several pictures portraying Eisner as the witch from Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, according to the book "DisneyWar" by James B. Stewart.
  • In the mid-nineties, Paramount sent cease-and-desist letters to the webmasters of various Star Trek fan sites on the grounds that the fans were violating intellectual property/copyright laws. The webmasters responded by casting Paramount in the "villain" role, frequently by comparing them to the assimilation-obsessed Borg or other warlike Trek species.
Community Feedback Replies: 36
  • September 5, 2011
    DaibhidC
  • September 5, 2011
    Troper2011
    • In Futurama, Fox is often subject to veiled slander. Especially in the Beginning of Bender's Big Score.
  • September 5, 2011
    KingZeal
    Web Original
    • Yu Gi Oh The Abridged Series has based an entire storyarc around its characters trying to save the show from being canceled by 4Kids Entertainment.
  • September 5, 2011
    Fandalg
    Live Action Television
  • September 5, 2011
    Bisected8
    @T2011: Technically it's not really slander.

    • Futurama is continuing Matt Groening's habbit of mocking Fox from The Simpsons.
  • December 23, 2011
    NateSpidgewood
    Okay, it's time to drop the Biting The Hand Humor template. This is about fans calling the company a villain when they're Tainted By The Preview.
  • December 24, 2011
    aurora369
    In the Futurama example, Bender's Big Score even has a Running Gag about "Torgo's Executive Powder", made from real executives.
  • December 24, 2011
    fulltimeD
    Real Life: In the mid-nineties, Paramount sent cease-and-desist letters to the webmasters of various Star Trek fan sites on the grounds that the fans were violating intellectual property/copyright laws. The webmasters responded by casting Paramount in the "villain" role, frequently by comparing them to the assimilation-obsessed Borg or other warlike Trek species.
  • December 26, 2011
    DragonQuestZ
    It's this just Ruined Forever aimed at companies?
  • December 26, 2011
    NateSpidgewood
    DragonQuestZ - Well, yeah.
  • December 26, 2011
    DragonQuestZ
    Well the name implies something that might happen in universe.
  • December 26, 2011
    NateSpidgewood
    So does this trope need a better title then?
  • December 26, 2011
    DragonQuestZ
    Very much.
  • December 26, 2011
    NateSpidgewood
    Can you suggest one please?
  • December 26, 2011
    KingZeal
  • December 27, 2011
    NateSpidgewood
  • December 30, 2011
    NateSpidgewood
  • December 30, 2011
    OftenPartisan
  • December 31, 2011
    Chabal2
    Occasionally shows up in Touhou fanworks against Zun, who is literally the only creator.
  • January 4, 2012
    FalconPain
    Would Yu Gi Oh The Abridged Series redesignating the Noah arc villains as Four Kids executives count as this trope, this trope's inversion, or irrelevant to this trope?
  • January 10, 2012
    morenohijazo
    Who on hell is Helmer?
  • January 10, 2012
    Cider
    We don't need any more non tropes, have enough of them as is. Scape Goat Creator is enough.
  • January 10, 2012
    NoirGrimoir
    Can someone fix the description? It's kind of broken english.
  • January 10, 2012
    randomsurfer
    ^^^It's the person at the helm.
    1. Nautical. The steering gear of a ship, especially the tiller or wheel.
    2. A position of leadership or control: at the helm of the government.
  • January 11, 2012
    ScanVisor
    Square-Enix gets this hard these days. How else do you explain Final Fantasy XIII?
  • January 13, 2012
    Ckuckoo
    There's no such word as 'helmer'. It's 'helmsman'.
  • January 13, 2012
    randomsurfer
    ^According to The Other Wiki, "helmer"
    is used in the movie production industrie [sic] to designate the person in charge of making a movie.
  • January 13, 2012
    Ckuckoo
    ^Oh ok. I think this should be added into the trope description then, if this becomes a trope.
  • January 13, 2012
    Chabal2
    "operation cwal" is a cheat for three-second build times in the original Starcraft standing for Can't Wait Any Longer, a group of fans writing stories where the evil Blizzard corporation deliberately held back production of the game.

  • January 21, 2012
    NateSpidgewood
  • December 31, 2014
    DAN004
    Bump to see if this goes anywhere
  • January 1, 2015
    BlackMageJ
    Not sure if this counts, but along the same lines, so up to you if you want to include it:
    • Ultima VII's evil cult, The Fellowship, contains numerous references that equate it to Electronic Arts, who were engaged in legal disputes with Origin at the time. A few months after the game was released, EA bought Origin, and subsequent releases continued the "Big Bad = EA" theme with EA's blessing. Considering that the franchise went downhill after this point, many fans consider 'The Fellowship' to have succeeded in ruining Britannia.
  • January 1, 2015
    Koveras
    ^ I was just about to bring up that example myself.
  • January 1, 2015
    randomsurfer
    I don't see how Eisner counts as "inverted." As I read it it plays straight - Roy Disney being Walt's brother notwithstanding.

  • January 3, 2015
    aurora369
    G.R.R.Martin, author of A Song Of Ice And Fire, is jokingly described by fans as a "bloodthirsty killer of characters" or "an evil god of misfortune". There are even fanart displaying all the characters dead and Martin himself sitting on the Iron Throne in the end.
  • January 3, 2015
    Psychopompos007
    Comic Books
    • Tintin unofficial parody Tintin in Thailand has the characters refering their current adventure as "the Tintin album made by the fans", and includes the franchise's rights owners (who are in Real Life infamous for being very protective of the franchise) as the villains of a subplot.

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