[[caption-width-right:320: [[NoPunctuationIsFunnier I DISAPPROVE OF THIS CHANGE AND SO DO MY INTERNET FRIENDS]]]]

->''1984: ''[[Franchise/TransformersGeneration1 The Transformers]]'' launches in the US, in toy, comic and cartoon formats, forever ruining ''Franchise/{{Transformers}}''.''
-->--[[Wiki/TFWikiDotNet TFWiki.net]]'s [[http://tfwiki.net/wiki/Transformers_timeline Timeline page]]

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Oh No! A moment that you don't like has happened in your favorite fictional series! [[CousinOliver A new character]] [[RememberTheNewGuy appeared out of nowhere]]! Or your favorite character caught the IdiotBall that week! Or the latest iteration of the show has a new animation style, or a new voice actor, or a new theme song! Or there is a MusicalEpisode or BeachEpisode ''not'' written by Creator/JossWhedon!

The [[JumpingTheShark shark has truly been jumped over]]! Your show is now ruined FOREVER!!!

What? Ruined forever?! ''([[DopeSlap slap!]])'' ''GetAHoldOfYourselfMan!!!''

Sure, it might have been a dumb moment, but how do you truly know until the series has run its course? What if the new character turns out to not be TheScrappy, as you feared? What if your favorite character is never handed the IdiotBall again? What if the plot for that BizarroEpisode or BeachEpisode was JustForFun, and the rest of the series sticks to what it does best? What if that one change revitalized something, or makes something ''better''?

The show isn't made by gods ([[CreatorWorship despite what some may assume]]). People make mistakes. Shows can have low points but still have high quality throughout the run.

Just take a few deep breaths. You may think you have seen a clear JumpingTheShark, but those are rare moments. Take the actual [[TropeNamer Jumping The Shark]] from ''Series/HappyDays''. That moment was clear for at least three reasons:
# It was completely against the premise of the show, which was a loving homage to the last generation.
# Fonzie was no longer the BreakoutCharacter who was a role model to some; now he had mutated into a full-fledged CanonSue.
# It was identified upon retrospect ''20 years later'', meaning it had the benefit of hindsight ''and'' it wasn't a knee-jerk reaction.

How could the show fix that without [[CanonDisContinuity ignoring the episode completely]]? There are plenty of other ways to jump the shark, but those are rare diamonds of crap... [[SturgeonsLaw in the rough of crap]]. It's near impossible to tell when a show has jumped the shark until after the fact. Worse, if people are just rushing to declare jumping the shark for any moment they don't like, it comes across as Administrivia/ComplainingAboutShowsYouDontLike.

Even worse than that, there are folks who feel the series is TaintedByThePreview - the show doesn't even have to be released for someone to declare it Ruined FOREVER. The same goes if the show has only been on for a couple of episodes before people start making dramatic statements of this nature; if the show's just started, that usually means that the producers are still seeing what works and what doesn't, so any reasonable viewer might have to allow for at least a few stumbles.

And there comes a point (especially with adaptations) that fans believe the current storyline or incarnation will somehow retroactively destroy the "purity" of the earlier work. [[FanDumb Authors should not listen to these types of fans]].

So if you don't like a moment, don't like it. But shows have survived worse.

This trope is named for the "[[http://tfwiki.net/wiki/Ruined_FOREVER Ruined FOREVER]]" page at the [[Wiki/TFWikiDotNet Transformers Wiki]]. Note the helpful included list of "things that have RUINED TRANSFORMERS FOREVER in the past." [[note]]In their own words: "In other words... pretty much everything."[[/note]]

Frequently a side effect of TheyChangedItNowItSucks. Also known as ''Schrödinger's Shark'', as its status as a [[JumpingTheShark shark jump]] can be very subjective.

If the fans are screaming "Ruined Forever!!!" and then are blindsided by a development no one can complain about, then you have SugarWiki/AndTheFandomRejoiced.

When the fans are actually ''[[TheExtremistWasRight right]]'', see FranchiseKiller. When the drop in quality is real, but temporary, see DorkAge and AuthorsSavingThrow. SeasonalRot could be either, depending on whether or not the show recovers.

Keep in mind that this here is an Audience Reaction Trope and some of these series may have actually JumpedTheShark. The point of this trope is noting how suddenly and over-dramatically this call will be made and the lack of actual shark jumping the object of the viewer's complaint actually has. And for that matter, ''don't'' list examples where you think it has genuinely stopped being good.


!!Sub pages noting when people complain a show is ruined:
* RuinedFOREVER/AnimeAndManga
* RuinedFOREVER/CardGames
* RuinedFOREVER/ComicBooks
* [[RuinedFOREVER/LiveActionFilms Films Live-Action]]
* RuinedFOREVER/{{Literature}}
* RuinedFOREVER/LiveActionTV
* RuinedFOREVER/{{Music}}
* RuinedFOREVER/ProWrestling
* RuinedFOREVER/{{Sports}}
* RuinedFOREVER/TabletopGames
* RuinedFOREVER/{{Theater}}
* RuinedFOREVER/{{Toys}}
* RuinedFOREVER/VideoGamesGeneral
* RuinedFOREVER/VideoGamesSpecific
* RuinedFOREVER/WebComics
* RuinedFOREVER/WebOriginal
* RuinedFOREVER/WesternAnimation
[[TheStinger You've decided to]] [[TVTropesRuinedYourLife become a Troper? TVTROPES HAS RUINED YOUR LIFE FOREVER!]]