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->''"The only question I\\
Ever thought was hard\\
Is 'Do I like Kirk\\
Or do I like Picard?"''
-->-- '''Music/WeirdAlYankovic''', "White and Nerdy"

A '''broken base''' is a civil war among fans of a particular series, ranging from simple division over a single [[BaseBreakingCharacter issue]] to [[FlameWar full-on]] nerd [[BalkanizeMe balkanization]]. It usually involves fighting over whether or not the series is still good after a certain change. The loyalists believe it's as good as ever (maybe even better) and constantly hold up its merits. The dissenters feel betrayed by declining quality, and attack the series at every opportunity. They'll also be annoyed by the other fans' loyalty, and will call them blind fanboys / fangirls. However, despite not liking the show anymore, the dissenters will linger around fan forums [[AccentuateTheNegative solely to criticize the show]] [[FanHater and the loyalists]]. The loyalists will reply by calling the dissenters a bunch of fuddy-duddies who [[TheyChangedItNowItSucks go all Chicken Little at the slightest change to the status quo]].

Another common source of a broken base is when the interpretation of the series events or characters varies so immensely that it seems as if there are two different shows being watched by two different fanbases. Sometimes this can happen because of a deliberate attempt to appeal to a {{periphery demographic}} whose interpretations will be directly at odds with the primary demographic ({{yaoi fangirls}} of {{shounen}} are a common example). Usually the periphery demographic is too small to really break the base, but if it's as large as the primary demographic, arguments can become rather passionate.

Almost every series has at least some internal conflict amongst its fanbase. In fact, a healthy series should have some polite dissent within its fanbase, as that creates a ground for respectful debate and thoughtful discussion. However, in many, if not most, cases, the amount of dissent is far above this level.

Often caused by the conflict between WordOfGod vs. WordOfDante. At its most extreme, it leads to DeathOfTheAuthor, especially if [[ShrugOfGod the author was never really reliable]] in the first place.

This trope can apply to fans of ongoing works in any medium and any genre.

See Also: FandomHeresy, TheyChangedItNowItSucks, InternetBackdraft, ReplacementScrappy. Also see BaseBreakingCharacter for if one character is the cause of it all.

Overlaps with FanHater, LoveItOrHateIt, UnpleasableFanbase, VocalMinority, OpinionMyopia, AlternateCharacterInterpretation, and maybe even PopCultureIsolation.

Unrelated to BrokenPedestal.
!!Examples go in subpages:

* BrokenBase/AnimeAndManga
* BrokenBase/ComicBooks
* BrokenBase/{{Fanfic}}
* BrokenBase/{{Film}}
* BrokenBase/FoodAndCooking
* BrokenBase/{{Internet}}
* BrokenBase/{{Literature}}
* BrokenBase/LiveActionTV
* BrokenBase/{{Music}}
* BrokenBase/ProfessionalWrestling
* BrokenBase/{{Radio}}
* BrokenBase/{{Religion}}
* BrokenBase/{{Sports}}
* BrokenBase/TabletopGames
* BrokenBase/VideoGames
* BrokenBase/WebMedia
* BrokenBase/WesternAnimation
* BrokenBase/{{Other}}
->''The [[TakeAThirdOption correct answer]] [[WebSite/SFDebris is]] [[Series/StarTrekDeepSpaceNine Sisko]].''\\
''[[SelfDemonstratingArticle No]], [[Series/StarTrekVoyager Janeway]]!''\\
''*sigh* HereWeGoAgain''\\
''[[OverlyLongGag But what about]] [[Series/StarTrekEnterprise Archer]]?''\\
''[[{{Troll}} You mean]] [[VisualNovel/FateStayNight Archer]]? [[{{Troll}} Or that]] WesternAnimation/{{Archer}}?''\\
''Whatever! The point is, Creator/ChrisPine is [[Film/StarTrek Kirk]] is ''clearly'' the superior [[Creator/WilliamShatner Kirk]]!''\\
''[[FandomRivalry Get him!]]''