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[[caption-width-right:280:The rise, the slump, and the killers[[note]] Although ''Film/{{Spaceballs}}'' is well-regarded today and ''Film/RobinHoodMenInTights'' was VindicatedByCable[[/note]].]]
->''"Killed his career? Son, I hope it put a stake in its heart, sawed its head off and filled its mouth with garlic."''
-->-- '''Chris Sims''' [[http://comicsalliance.com/catwoman-movie-review-2/ on]] Jean-Christophe "Pitof" Comar, director of ''{{Film/Catwoman}}'' (2004)

A rather unpredictable phenomenon, this is when one or more works flop badly enough to take down or badly damage the publishers, the reputation of creative talents behind it, or both. Though there are usually many factors needed to cause the death of a publisher or a creator, some high-profile flops are linked (rightfully or not) to the death of the organization working on it. They will NeverLiveItDown.

Compare with GenreKiller and FranchiseKiller. [[IThoughtItMeant Not to be confused]] with AuthorExistenceFailure (though they can overlap if the work's performance is so bad that the creator is DrivenToSuicide or [[DeathByDespair otherwise dies shortly after]]), RageAgainstTheAuthor or TheFourthWallWillNotProtectYou, where the creator can be ''literally'' killed by his or her work. See StarDerailingRole when it happens to the performers. See OldShame for an old work which a creator turns against later (or refuses to let see the light of day), but which by itself probably won't destroy their credibility. Contrast BreakthroughHit (when the work makes the creator a big name) and CareerResurrection and WinBackTheCrowd (when the work makes the creator a big name again after a Creator Killer).

A good number of these entries have been VindicatedByCable.

Not to be confused with DarthWiki/FallenCreator, where a once-respected creator is permanently ''disgraced'' due to a string of flops or personal misbehaviors. A creator/business that went defunct after one or two serious flops/mistakes could still leave a lasting legacy and be fondly remembered in hindsight.


[[folder:Anime and Manga]]
* Ironically, ''Anime/YuGiOh'', the biggest cash cow of Creator/FourKidsEntertainment, eventually became this to them; in early 2011, TV Tokyo and Nippon Ad Systems (NAS) yanked the license and sued them over a publishing deal they made with Creator/FUNimation years earlier, driving [=4Kids=] into bankruptcy within days[[note]]it is worth pointing out, however, that 4Kids had been losing money for years beforehand due to a string of underperforming shows, as well as the loss of the ''Anime/{{Pokemon}}'' license[[/note]]. [[http://www.animenewsnetwork.com/news/2011-12-31/4kids-yu-gi-oh-license-is-still-in-force-court-rules 4Kids scored a major victory at the end of the year when the courts ruled that TV Tokyo and NAS conducted themselves improperly in their attempt to yank the license]], and the parties reached a settlement a short time later (involving 4Kids being compensated to the tune of several million dollars), but the damage had been done. Not long afterwards, [[http://www.animenewsnetwork.com/news/2012-06-26/4kids-sells-yu-gi-oh-cw-network-related-assets-jointly-to-konami-kidsco they sold all of their remaining licenses to Saban, with Konami obtaining the Yu-Gi-Oh rights]].
* ''Ultimate Girls'' was the last anime ever produced by Masters of Entertainment, a Pony Canyon label. The show had massive overuse of phallic imagery and innuendo, clichéd plots, and was considered worse than ''Anime/CosPrayers'' by those brave enough to sit through it all. Coincidentally, ''Anime/CosPrayers'' was also produced by Masters of Entertainment, so it too likely contributed to the studio's downfall.
* ''Anime/{{Fractale}}'' was conceived as a way for its director, Yamakan, to make Creator/KyotoAnimation regret firing him, with all the resources put into it that you'd expect with a goal like that. He was so sure of its success that he said he'd step down if it did poorly. The end result was said to be good, if not great, by most people who watched it to the end. All five or so of them. Yamakan probably would have had to step down even if he hadn't explicitly staked his career on it doing well.
** The main problem was the competition; ''Fractale'' was billed as the "moe-killer" series by the director himself, and as if to prove this it was released at the same time as a cutesy-looking MagicalGirl show. Unfortunately for ''Fractale'' that show was ''Anime/PuellaMagiMadokaMagica'', which proved to be ''the'' anime for the Winter 2011 season.
** It also garnered some of the worst ratings for the Creator/{{Noitamina}} animation block. Although the 2011 Sendai Earthquake didn't help matters, the show's ratings prior to the earthquake were noticeably behind the average ratings for all other series in the block.
* The arrest of Crimson Star Media's somewhat egotistic founder (and only employee), Corey Maddox, for attending an [[FanConvention anime convention]] despite being legally prohibited from coming in contact with minors, seems to have rendered the company stillborn with their only explicitly announced title, ''[[Anime/HanbunNoTsukiGaNoboruSora Looking Up at the Half-Moon]]'', being re-licensed by Rightstuf under their budget label, Lucky Penny.

The car industry has been littered with awful vehicles that either sunk the companies that made them, or came very close to doing so.

From the "Big Four" American automakers:
* '''General Motors''':
** '''Cadillac''': The luxury make has since seen its reputation as Standard of the World restored, but in the early 1980s, a series of marketing and production moves nearly permanently ruined its reputation:
*** The '''1982 Cimarron''', a car based off the identical Chevrolet Cavalier (and J-car stablemates at Buick, Oldsmobile and Pontiac) meant to cash in on the growing compact-entry level luxury car class. While not a bad car in and of itself, and certainly well appointed, the car's four-cylinder engine, high base price ($12,000, when a loaded Chevrolet Cavalier topped off at over $10,000), humble origins and underwhelming performance when compared to cars in its class badly damaged Cadillac's reputation.
*** The '''V8-6-4 engine''', a variable displacement engine that aimed to shut off cylinders as they were unneeded in highway cruising. The engine was very novel and space age when introduced in 1981, but the technology didn't exist in the early 1980s to make it a reliable enough engine ... and it also kept many buyers away from the brand for years.
** '''Chevrolet''': While generally immune to the trend, there have been aversions and failures:
*** The '''1980 Corvette''', particularly those sold in California. Due to toughening emissions standards and to respond to the aftershocks of the 1979 fuel crisis ([[HilariousInHindsight where gasoline approached (gasp!) an unheard of $2 per gallon in some places]][[note]]However, $2 in 1979 equates to almost $6.50 in 2013.)[[/note]], a detuned 305-cid V-8 engine of a mere 180 horsepower was the only model offered. (Cars sold elsewhere had the more powerful 190-horse or optional 230-horse engine.) That, the fact that only automatic transmissions were available on the California cars and other quirks (notably, the 85-mph speedometer) turned off purists ... despite the car's continued success.
*** The '''1991 Caprice'''. The end of the traditional full-sized rear-wheel drive car was partly due to styling that was poorly received, compared to a beached whale and an upside-down bathtub (although it should be noted that the 1992 Ford Crown Victoria was well praised despite ''very'' similar styling), but moreso due to the growing market share held by sport utility vehicles. By the early 1990s, these were no longer seen purely as utilitarian work/off-road vehicles but, with the right options, trim, and other choices, could also serve as family vehicles, cannibalizing the market for full-size sedans. By the time it was discontinued in 1996, the only people still buying the Caprice were police departments who loved the car's LightningBruiser characteristics; indeed, it was so popular as a police cruiser that, for years, there were many garages that specialized in refurbishing old Caprices for police use.
** '''Oldsmobile''':
*** Throughout TheEighties, the Oldsmobile Cutlass Supreme was one of the best selling vehicles in the United States and the core model of the Oldsmobile line. However, when a redesigned Cutlass Supreme, based off GM's front wheel drive W-platform, debuted in 1988 as part of the company-wide GM-10 program, it was an unmitigated disaster that set in motion the events that lead to the brand's demise in 2004. [[AcclaimedFlop While it was praised by automotive publications in its time]] and seen as a good car in its own right, its development was beset by large budget overruns and numerous production delays; while intended to be sold as a coupe, sedan, and wagon, only the coupe and sedan made it into production well behind schedule.\\
However, the car's biggest downfall was the dissonance between Oldsmobile's product development and marketing staff over what it was supposed to be. While it was designed to be a technologically advanced family car for upper-middle class baby boomers, it was marketed as [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bAJ3-mbP1pY a youthful performance car]]. When it hit showrooms in spring 1988, Oldsmobile launched it with the disastrous "The New Generation of Oldsmobile" ad campaign, in which the car was pitched by the college-aged children of celebrities with the tagline "This is not your father's Oldsmobile". [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=y-4Uz4_7jWQ This example commercial]] featured images of the car launching into space with Creator/WilliamShatner's daughter Melanie telling her dad, "Some things are just meant for the next generation!" Not only did the car fail to appeal to the Generation X buyers that ''it wasn't even designed for'', but the campaign destroyed the prestigious brand image Oldsmobile built for itself over decades and prevented baby boomers and current customers from even looking at the car. Even worse, the campaign caused Oldsmobile to [[DividedWeFall compete with other GM brands]] which were marketed to the same or a similar demographic. By the early 1990s, Oldsmobile was in the midst of a crippling identity crisis, and with the help of a painful recession which tanked auto sales across the board, was moving only a small fraction of the volume it moved less than a decade earlier; the loss of volume and large cost overruns of the GM-10 program caused massive financial losses for General Motors and was a major contributing factor in the company lapsing close to bankruptcy in 1992.\\
Attempts to rebuild the Oldsmobile brand in TheNineties failed, and then-CEO Jack Smith, who was focused on streamlining the company, eventually decided that Oldsmobile was a redundancy that had [[JumpingTheShark passed its prime]] and pulled the plug. Not only did the GM-10 Cutlass Supreme kill the Oldsmobile brand and (with the help of ''Film/RogerAndMe'') cement 1980s GM CEO [[TooDumbToLive Roger Smith]] as a ButtMonkey of the automotive world for decades to come, it also almost killed General Motors as a whole. Today, GM-10 Cutlass Supremes are undesired and generally valueless (in stark contrast to the model they replaced, which are appreciating in value) and the "The New Generation of Oldsmobile" marketing campaign is regularly taught in business schools as a spectacular failure in brand management.
** '''Pontiac''':
*** The Aztek was indirectly responsible for the Pontiac brand being shuttered by General Motors in 2010. While those who actually bought it gave it some of the highest satisfaction scores in its class, its... ''distinctive'' appearance meant that it frequently topped lists of the ugliest vehicles ever made, and was commonly nicknamed the "Asstek". It is generally seen as the "point of no return" where Pontiac lost its credibility as a performance vehicle brand (which had already been slipping since TheEighties) and became a parody of itself. While Pontiac would try to WinBackTheCrowd with proper performance vehicles such as the GTO and G8 (which were badge-engineered [[LandDownunder Australian]] [[MadeInCountryX imports]]), it was too little, too late.\\
The Aztek has, however, been somewhat VindicatedByHistory thanks to the TV series ''Series/BreakingBad''. Similar to how ''Film/BackToTheFuture'' turned the [=DeLorean=] from a ButtMonkey flop into one of the most iconic cars of its era, ''Breaking Bad'' has ignited a new wave of interest and enthusiasm for the Aztek due to the public's new association of it with the show's anti-hero protagonist, Walter White. Furthermore, it was ahead of its time in several ways, serving as an early example of the compact "crossover utility vehicle" that, less than ten years later, would largely usurp the [[HummerDinger mammoth SUVs]] that dominated the market during the years when the Aztek was in production.
*** On top of the Aztek, Pontiac also had the problem of having one of the worst dealership networks in the country towards the end of its life. Pontiac dealers had grown notorious for poor service and pushy sales tactics, to the point where it's been argued that the reason why the aforementioned GTO and [=G8=] flopped in spite of rave reviews was because car buyers didn't want to deal with Pontiac's dealership culture.
** '''Saturn''':
*** The ION, which was critically panned and much less popular that the Saturn S-series economy cars that it replaced, is considered to be mainly responsible for the Saturn brand's dissolution in 2010 as well. While subsequent, more "upmarket" vehicles such as the Saturn Aura (a [[MarketBasedTitle rebadged]] Opel Astra) would be praised, they made the brand redundant, defeating its entire purpose as a "new start" for GM with a wholly separate dealership network and vehicle platforms. Thus, Saturn was an easy causality during GM's bankruptcy restructuring.
** '''Hummer''':
*** While the Hummer brand might have survived either the Great Recession or the late '00s energy crisis had either happened on its own, the combination of both dealt it a crippling blow. With gas prices reaching well over $3 (and at times even $4) a gallon and staying there well into the '10s, at a time when the US was going through an economic crisis with sky-high unemployment rates and people losing their homes, people rapidly turned away from the brand whose very name [[HummerDinger had become a synonym for "flashy, expensive gas-guzzler"]]. During GM's bankruptcy restructuring, Hummer was among the first brands to go; attempts to sell it to a Chinese company in 2009 failed, and it was quietly shut down with Saturn and Pontiac the following year.
* '''Chrysler Corporation''': The No. 3 automaker has had its series of major failures, and while the company was able to stay afloat in some cases, in one case an entire marque was done away with:
** The '''1976 Dodge Aspen and Plymouth Volare''' had tremendous reliability and recall problems when first introduced -- including notorious rustproofing problems -- so much to the point that the costs Chrysler faced servicing the vehicles under warranty were a major factor in its near stint with bankruptcy during the late 1970s/early 1980s.
** The third-generation Chrysler Sebring turned Chrysler into a joke during the late 2000s and all but destroyed the company's reputation, of which it is still trying to recover. While marketed as a luxury sedan with the most loaded models costing close to $40,000, odd styling (One reviewer called the Sebring "an art-deco mess") and how the Sebring's performance, ride, and build and material quality were below that of vehicles that cost half as much made it a universally panned bust. When Chrysler went asking for a government bailout during 2008, many commentators and opponents brought up the Sebring to dispute Chrysler's claims that the global financial crisis was the source of the company's cash crunch. While most of Chrysler's product lineup at the time was uncompetitive, the Sebring was the most prominent due to how spectacularly underwhelming it was considering its price, and given that Chrysler had the far superior full-size 300 in its lineup right next to it. The Sebring is almost universally considered to be one of the worst cars made in recent memory, and even Chrysler enthusiasts will admit that it is a terrible car (though there exists a vocal minority that defends it).\\
Chrysler's new owners at Fiat gave the fourth-generation Sebring performance, styling, handling, comfort, and build and material quality upgrades that addressed many of its shortcomings, lowered its price and renamed it the Chrysler 200. While still not a world beater, the 200 is a reasonably decent car that is much more popular and held in much higher regard than the Sebring and is helping to rebuild the brand image the Sebring destroyed. The Sebring/200 thus hold the interesting distinction of the same car both playing this trope straight and subverting it.
* '''Ford Motor Co.''': was luckier than most when it came to its failed cars, but several brands weren't immune to the Creator Killer phenomenon:
** Believe it or not, the Model T almost became this for the Ford Motor Company. As the Model T aged and GM and Chrysler introduced more modern, stylish, innovative, and luxurious vehicles, Henry Ford and the company's management refused to break away from the company's original mission of building cheap, utilitarian vehicles, costing Ford a lot of market share. in 1927, Ford would eventually cave and replace the Model T with the Model A, a much more modern, powerful, stylish and luxurious vehicle that was on par with the competitors that were ravaging the Model T. It would go on to become a best seller and turn around the company's fortunes.
** While Ford was able recover from the '''Edsel''', it was the car itself that became synonymous with failure in the auto industry. Unconventional styling (although Pontiac did have horse-collar grilles on its 1960s models) and quite simply a car that was introduced at the wrong time spelled this car's fate.
* '''American Motors (and its precursors)''': The smallest of the Big Four, American Motors was formed by a merger of smaller automakers trying to stay in business against Ford, GM, and Chrysler. It worked for a time, but by TheEighties the company had fallen apart due to the oil crisis, with its pieces absorbed by Chrysler.
** The [[http://www.carlustblog.com/2009/02/hudson-jet.html 1953-54 Hudson Jet]] was the car that was responsible for American Motors' creation in the first place. While a good car, the compact cost so much to develop, and sold so poorly as a result of its high price, that Hudson was forced to merge with Nash and form American Motors in order to stave off bankruptcy. The Hudson nameplate disappeared three years later.
** The 1975 Pacer was the point at which American Motors' fate was sealed. Its subpar fuel economy for a compact car, its... ''unconventional'' styling, and a TroubledProduction that saw GM canceling the rotary engine project that was to power the car (it had to be hastily redesigned to fit the older, longer AMC Straight-6) all overshadowed its various innovations and doomed it at the marketplace. It's a classic now, but a CultClassic, remembered as a symbol of '70s kitsch.

For other automakers:
* The Rootes Group, a major British car maker, came unstuck with the [[TheAllegedCar Hillman Imp]]. It single-handedly led to the company's takeover by Chrysler and subsequent long-term decline.
* The [=DeLorean=] Car Company. See RealLife section of TheAllegedCar for more information.
* Mitsubishi Australia had been struggling in the Australian car market for years, and pinned its last-ditch hopes on the 380 model introduced in 2005. Instead, sales fell short of expectations, and Mitsubishi ended up closing down all of its Australian factories for good.
* At its height, luxury brand Packard was more prestigious than Cadillac, but entered a period of slow decline in the 1950s. The 1957-58 "[[http://www.carlustblog.com/2011/09/1957-58-packardbakers.html Packardbakers]]," thinly-disguised Studebakers which came nowhere close to meeting established Packard standards, killed the nameplate off for good.
* The [[DarkerAndEdgier edgy, polarizing styling]] of [[http://www.carlustblog.com/2010/07/graham-sharknose.html the 1937 "Spirit of Motion" sedan]]--more commonly referred to as the "[[ThreateningShark Sharknose]]"--led to devastating financial losses which caused the Graham-Paige Motors Corporation to, as they say, "[[JumpingTheShark jump the shark]]."
* Audi suffered a huge loss in the United States after reports sudden unintentional acceleration in the Audi 5000, where faults in the engine idle system - plus some extremely close pedals, making misapplication easy - would cause the car to surge forward. USA Audi sales plummeted from 74k in 1985 to 12k in 1990, resale values went through the floor, and extended warranties were offered in desperation to avoid lawsuits. The car was even rebranded to the Audi "100" to avoid the connotations with the 5000. The brand didn't recover for a decade.
* Facel Vega was a famous French automobile maker notable for strikingly beautiful sports cars owned by a lot of celebrities during TheFifties and TheSixties; kind of like a Gallic Aston Martin. When they try go downmarket with the Facellia, it seemed like a harmless idea to make a smaller, more accessible sports car based on their lineup. Unfortunately, the car gained a notorious reputation as an AllegedCar when it turned out that the engine can easily break down and become a financial drain to fix. While the company managed to rectify the problem with a better engine, it was already too late; oversaturation of the market and the poor sales of this specific model would ensure Facel Vega would close its doors less than a decade after the brand's launch.

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* Much like his forray into film as detailed below, Creator/FrankMiller seems to have been made ''persona non grata'' among most comic writers and fans with ''Holy Terror'', finally bringing down a career that even ''ComicBook/TheDarkKnightStrikesAgain'' and ''ComicBook/AllStarBatmanAndRobinTheBoyWonder'' combined couldn't destroy (though they did contribute to it). After being delayed for over four years, it was critically panned by everyone (up to and including Creator/GrantMorrison and even Creator/AlanMoore, curmudgeon that he is) due to the Muslim characters being terrorists to a man. Worse, it was originally supposed to star Franchise/{{Batman}} before the DC execs vetoed it (it was initially created as part of Miller's "Bat-Verse", à la the above, and billed as "Batman vs. al-Qaeda"), but as Miller was already something of a pariah after ''All-Star Batman & Robin'', the idea was taken to Legendary to be retooled after he decided it "wasn't a Batman story". The retool ended up still [[SerialNumbersFiledOff reading like a Miller Batman story]] due to its major characters all [[CaptainErsatz very easily fitting familiar archetypes in Bat-lore]]. Miller then tried to get back by making a ''Sin City'' movie sequel with Robert Rodriguez, but that received bad reviews and worse box-office.
* The infamous crossover ''ComicBook/DeathMate'' is often accused of killing ValiantComics. The other side, Creator/ImageComics, did recover from it.
* After the infamous [[ComicBook/TheCloneSaga Clone Saga]], it was decided that the ''Comicbook/{{Spider-Man}}'' titles were to be cancelled and relaunched with new "[[ContinuityReboot number ones]]" alongside a miniseries written and drawn by JohnByrne that would retell Spider-Man's origin. This reboot was notable in that one writer - Howard Mackie - would be looking after both titles. The reboot was heavily promoted with garnered much anticipation amongst fans and critics, with Mackie claiming that they would "fix" the books and make things "fun" again. But things soured after the reboot where Mackie had Spider-Man face off against lackluster villains, engage in weird plots like facing off against vampires, supernatural villains, an alien-infested senator who was set up as the BigBad of his arc, and - most notably - "killed" Mary Jane Watson. Fan and critical reaction was sour, and soon Mackie's plans were outright scuttled - he was replaced on one of the books by Paul Jenkins, and was given just enough time to wrap up his run and bring back Mary Jane before he was pulled from the title and replaced by Creator/JMichaelStraczynski. Mackie's career never recovered from the debacle. In the decade since then, Mackie rarely worked in comics with his last work being a six-issue mini-series that was to serve as a "reinterpretation" of what was to actually have happened in the initial Clone Saga alongside Tom Defalco.
** The Clone Saga itself also nearly killed Creator/MarvelComics as a whole, making it another example. There were ''many'' organizational problems with Marvel at the time, which was one reason the Clone Saga ran overlong and ended up being such a badly-regarded story. While the series itself sold very well at the time, the damage to the corporate culture was long-lasting and can still be felt today. These are partially documented in the web series ''Life of Reilly''.
* Chuck Austen is, for all intents and purposes, one of the most hated writers in comics, owing mostly to his poor characterization and story-telling, along with his attitude towards any criticisms. But it wasn't until his ''Comicbook/{{Superman}}'' run that his career as a writer really died. After he was kicked out of Marvel for screwing up a lot of books, DC hired Austen to write Superman, where he was fired shortly afterwards and blacklisted from comics after his short run had a Superman-Lana-Lois love triangle based on Austen's hatred of Lois Lane and made very unflattering comments about the decades old beloved character to the media. He hasn't done anything worth mentioning since.
* ''Comicbook/XMenForever'' destroyed Creator/ChrisClaremont's once-legendary career in comics.
* While Jeph Loeb's stories have always had problems, ''ComicBook/{{Ultimatum}}'' is the series that truly hurt his career, due to all kinds of research failure, in addition to gratuitous violence and tons of death. While he sort of recovered with the decent ''Captain America: Fallen Son'' and ''Nova'', the fact that he ruined the Ultimate line means he doesn't get much work anymore.

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* Jennifer Lynch, daughter of Creator/DavidLynch, got hired as writer/director of ''Film/BoxingHelena'' based largely on her dad's name recognition. The film was such a disaster that it took Lynch 15 years to get another directing job, and her career to date has been little more than a few scattered TV directing gigs.
* Creator/MelBrooks enjoyed a long string of successful films until ''Film/{{Spaceballs}}'', which received a tepid critical reception though managed to be VindicatedByCable. Following that, ''Film/LifeStinks'' became the death knell for Brooks as a leading man and started a string of unsuccessful films, ultimately leading to him retiring from feature films. He found better success on Broadway with his musical version of ''The Producers'', which won eleven Tonies. (And, of course, the musical version was made - or, rather, remade - into a feature film in 2005, but Brooks himself didn't direct it.)
* The box office failures of ''Film/{{Waterworld}}'' and ''Film/ThePostman'' basically ended Creator/KevinCostner's run as being star, director, and producer of his own films. He's had steady work as an actor in plenty of movies since then, but he has yet to recover his "A-list" star power.
* Alex Cox, best known for ''Film/RepoMan'', had his feature career destroyed by the avant-garde film ''Walker''. Since then, he's spent his life barely scraping together funds to make [[DirectToVideo direct-to-DVD]] films.
* Creator/MNightShyamalan films have been steadily declining in critical acclaim since ''Film/TheVillage'', but ''Film/TheLastAirbender'' appears to be the point where Shyamalan's name became permanently soiled to the point where even his name, when attached to any film, automatically marks said film as box office poison. The horror movie ''Film/{{Devil}}'' flopped even though he didn't direct it (but did write its screenplay.) He was merely a director-for-hire on ''Film/AfterEarth'', and marketing actively limited mention of his name, but it did not escape the Shyamalan curse.
* Fred Dekker (director of the cult classics ''Film/NightOfTheCreeps'' and ''Film/TheMonsterSquad'') was brought on by Orion Pictures to write the screenplay for and direct ''Film/RoboCop3''. Given the negative critical and box office [[FranchiseKiller reaction]] to the film, it's not exactly surprising that he hasn't directed anything since then. Aside from a gig as a consulting producer on ''Series/StarTrekEnterprise'' (itself nearly a FranchiseKiller, and that was way back in 2002), he hasn't helmed anything for the last twenty years. Better yet, it was delayed for two years as Orion went bankrupt (although it wasn't the sole reason).
* Creator/RalphBakshi has had brushes with this. He pioneered adult animation with ''WesternAnimation/FritzTheCat'' (the first, and so far, only X-rated animated feature[[note]]the X rating back then didn't mean pornography -- it was intended to denote any sort of content that would be unsuitable to viewers under 17. However, the porn industry took the rating over by default, and the MPAA tried again with "NC-17".[[/note]]) and ''Film/HeavyTraffic''. Then people threw a fit over his satire ''WesternAnimation/{{Coonskin}}'' (mostly due to bad marketing and people claiming it was racist and completely missing the point of the movie). Another movie he was making at the time, ''WesternAnimation/HeyGoodLookin'', got pushed back over this controversy. Luckily, he bounced back with his fantasy films, like ''WesternAnimation/{{Wizards}}'', his version of ''WesternAnimation/TheLordOfTheRings'' and ''WesternAnimation/FireAndIce'', and later went on to work on TV shows like ''WesternAnimation/MightyMouse: The New Adventures'' (which was Creator/JohnKricfalusi's first job before ''WesternAnimation/TheRenAndStimpyShow'') and the TV version of ''[[Creator/DrSeuss The Butter Battle Book]]''... And then he did ''Film/CoolWorld'', which suffered from heavy ExecutiveMeddling [[note]]which originally was supposed to be an erotic thriller/animated horror about a half-cartoon, half-human girl who goes on a RoaringRampageOfRevenge after learning that she was the product of a horny, underground cartoonist and his sexy, animated creation, but was changed to a ''Film/WhoFramedRogerRabbit'' knock-off that had [[PlotHole more holes in its plot than a slice of Swiss cheese]] after Kim Basinger wanted to make it a kids' movie and one of the writers objected to the original premise[[/note]]. The poor commercial response to this one resulted in Creator/TwentiethCenturyFox pulling funding from a ''Wizards'' sequel. He made a TV movie, ''Film/CoolAndTheCrazy'' afterwards, and another TV series, ''Spicy City''[[note]]a noir GenreAnthology series; it was the first TV-MA-rated animated series to air on TV, though, due to its short time on TV and the popularity/controversy surrounding ''WesternAnimation/SouthPark'', a lot of people don't know this[[/note]], which he left when faced with more ExecutiveMeddling. He tried to make another movie, ''WesternAnimation/TheLastDaysOfConeyIsland'', but it was stuck in DevelopmentHell until a successful Website/{{Kickstarter}} campaign in 2013. Time will tell if he's able to WinBackTheCrowd with that one.
* Critically speaking, ''Film/DaddyDayCamp'' convinced Fred Savage and pretty much everyone else that his behind-the-camera techniques on television didn't belong in film. (Although it could be worse--Savage's career as a TV director hasn't missed a beat.)
* ''Film/{{Poseidon}}'' has pretty much ended Creator/WolfgangPetersen's career as a director, despite a high quality track record before it (such as ''Film/DasBoot'', ''Film/InTheLineOfFire'', ''Film/AirForceOne'' and ''Film/ThePerfectStorm''). Despite having since been connected to other projects since then (mostly lesser quality, outside of an adaptation of ''Film/EndersGame''), those projects seem to get squashed during pre-production.
* Actor Creator/CharlesLaughton was never given a chance to direct a second film after the failure of ''Film/TheNightOfTheHunter''. A damn shame too, because the film [[VindicatedByHistory has since been recognized as a classic]].
* Martin Brest directed four massively popular and/or critically acclaimed films in a row (''Film/BeverlyHillsCop, Film/MidnightRun, Film/ScentOfAWoman, Film/MeetJoeBlack'') from 1984 to 1998 before directing ''Film/{{Gigli}}'' in 2003. The [[ExecutiveMeddling studio interference]] and test screenings were so bad that he promptly retired.
* Acclaimed comedy screenwriter David Zucker had his career take a screeching halt with ''Film/AnAmericanCarol'', a political satire film that was criticized for its lame jokes and failed at the box office. He tried to make a comeback with ''Film/ScaryMovie 5'', but it ended up being a critical bomb instead.
* Music video director Joseph Kahn, once expected to emerge as the next Creator/MichaelBay, wouldn't make another feature film for seven years after the flop of the 2004 action movie ''Film/{{Torque}}'' (and for good measure, his 2011 teen slasher parody ''Film/{{Detention}}'' features a strong TakeThat to ''Torque''). Intended as a SpiritualSuccessor to ''Film/TheFastAndTheFurious'' (only [[foldercontrol]]

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* ''Burn Hollywood Burn: An Alan Smithee Film'' (1998) managed to kill three careers:
** Joe Eszterhas was, in the early '90s, ''the'' most powerful screenwriter in Hollywood. He received record amounts of money for his screenplays, which included hits such as ''Film/{{Flashdance}}'' and ''Film/BasicInstinct''. His career took a hit with the ill-advised ''Film/{{Showgirls}}'', but that received a significant cult and ironic following. In 1998, however, Eszterhas wrote, produced, and acted in ''Burn Hollywood Burn'', which was such an unmitigated disaster and complete flop that it all but ensured he would never sell a script to Hollywood ever again. Since then, his only output worth mentioning is the 2006 Hungarian film called ''Children of Glory''. Of course, that's not to say he hasn't tried writing another Hollywood script; he wrote one about Judas Maccabeus that [[TroubledProduction went into turnaround]], to say the least.
** The film also killed the career of respected director Arthur Hiller, who was known for making ''Film/LoveStory'' and being one of the hardest-working directors in the industry (to the point that he had at least one project being released every single year until 1997). Just before ''Burn'' was released, Hiller had his name removed from the credits, which resulted in the unintended {{irony}} of "AlanSmithee" (the alias used for an anonymous director) directing a film that starred a character named Alan Smithee. Hiller's career was left in shambles. The only thing he's directed since then was the film ''Pucked'' (starring Jon Bon Jovi), which ended up being rebranded under the ''Film/NationalLampoon'' banner and released DirectToVideo.
** It even managed to kill the career of AlanSmithee! The "Alan Smithee" pseudonym for embarrassed/discontented directors had been in use for over 30 years, but the bad publicity given to the name by this film caused the DGA to retire the pseudonym in 2000.
* The man behind the ''Film/SgtPeppersLonelyHeartsClubBand'' film was Robert Stigwood, owner of RSO Records, producer of smash hits ''Film/SaturdayNightFever'' and ''Film/{{Grease}}'', and long-time manager of Music/TheBeeGees. The absolute failure of this film was the beginning of the end of the Bee Gees' relationship with Stigwood (who felt they were dragged into his ego project), and was the first step in the shocking plummet of Stigwood's movie career - his movies post-''Pepper'' included ''Times Square'', ''Staying Alive'', and ''Film/{{Grease 2}}''. Then he gave up.
** This almost killed the Bee Gees' career as well - though the end of the disco era was what did them in.
** Averted with Creator/SteveMartin, whose performance was one of the few lauded aspects of the film.
* Jared Hess was expected to be one of the next great comedic directors after having box office hits in ''Film/NapoleonDynamite'' and ''Film/NachoLibre''. Then he released ''Gentlemen Broncos'', a movie that was such a disaster with critics (it was one of the ten worst reviewed films of 2009) that it did not receive a national release. The film grossed just $110,000, about 1% of its budget. Hess would later helm a [[WesternAnimation/NapoleonDynamite loose]] AnimatedAdaptation of ''Film/NapoleonDynamite'', but it got cancelled after only one season.
* The failure of ''Film/{{Ishtar}}'' killed Creator/ElaineMay's directing career, though she's still done well as a writer for such films as ''Film/TheBirdcage'' and ''Film/PrimaryColors''.
* Writer/director Kerry Conran started and ended his career with ''Film/SkyCaptainAndTheWorldOfTomorrow''. He had been set to follow it up by directing the film adaptation of ''JohnCarterOfMars'', but apparently got fired within hours of the opening weekend numbers for ''Sky Captain'' coming in. [[AvoidTheDreadedGRating If only he had thrown an F word into the Sky Captain film somewhere...]]
* The critical panning and the commercial disappointment of ''Film/TheGrudge 2'' killed any chance of director Takashi Shimizu ever directing another American film and lost any popularity he had with audiences in his native Japan. It massively stalled the career of its lead, Creator/AmberTamblyn, who took about three years before getting another semi-major role[[note]]as the lead character on the short-lived ABC series ''The Unusuals'', and as a recurring character in the final seasons of ''Series/{{House}}''; she now plays Charlie Harper's daughter on ''Series/TwoAndAHalfMen''[[/note]].
* Rocky Morton and Annabel Jankel (who co-created ''Series/MaxHeadroom'' and whose only other feature film directing gig was the 1988 remake of the thriller ''D.O.A.'') haven't directed a feature film since the 1993 critical and box office disaster that was the film adaptation of ''Film/SuperMarioBros'' The film in general had a very TroubledProduction with numerous rewrites, running behind schedule, and budget restraints.
* The near-[[FranchiseKiller franchise killing]] performance of ''Film/StarTrekNemesis'' pretty much ended the directing career of Stuart Baird, who infamously wasn't at all familiar with ''Series/StarTrekTheNextGeneration'' going in (a point ''[[Website/TheOnion The AV Club]]'' did not miss when they covered his DVDCommentary for their "Commentary Tracks Of The Damned" feature). Baird actually got the directing job in large part due to the editing work he did for Paramount's ''Film/MissionImpossibleII'' and ''Film/LaraCroftTombRaider''.
* Unlike many other action stars, Creator/StevenSeagal had an anomalous career of appearing in hits right from the start (compared to Creator/ArnoldSchwarzenegger, for example, who had several bad films under his belt before he starred as ''{{Franchise/Terminator}}''). Following the success of ''Film/UnderSiege'', his ego got the better of him and he demanded that Creator/WarnerBros finance his pet project ''Film/OnDeadlyGround'', an environmental action pic in which he was the star and director. Its critical and financial failure ended his directorial career, and his acting career took a tremendous hit with it. Since then, his films made less and less money until he had a brief resurrection with ''Film/ExitWounds''. An attempt to followup on that success with ''Film/HalfPastDead'' effectively killed his career as an A-list leading man.
* ''Can't Stop the Music'' destroyed the Music/VillagePeople in general and Bruce Jenner's movie career, and was the first and last feature directed by Nancy Walker. This can only partially be blamed on the poor timing of its release (disco had just become SoLastSeason by the time this film was released); if Creator/EdWood had made a disco musical, it would not have been THIS bad, and if disco was still en vogue by then, [[GenreKiller it likely wouldn't have been afterwards]]. The person most responsible, though, producer Allan Carr, went on to inflict ''Film/{{Grease 2}}'', ''Where The Boys Are '84'' and ''Cloak & Dagger'' on the world ''and'' singlehandedly destroyed the ''Grease'' franchise in the process, though (see below) it all caught up with him eventually.
* While none of Creator/JonathanFrakes's cinematic directorial efforts quite matched the success he experienced with his debut on ''Film/StarTrekFirstContact'', his film directing career was well and truly torpedoed by the critical and commercial flop that was the live-action ''Film/{{Thunderbirds}}'' movie. Since then, he's had to return to television directing.
* Though ''Film/JohnCarter'' still has a decent (if not as good as earlier hoped) chance of getting a sequel, at least two heads have already rolled as a direct result of its disappointing box office performance:
** Disney Studios leader Rich Ross was fired just weeks after Disney predicted they'd lose $200 million on the project. However, [[GermansLoveDavidHasselhoff a good overseas gross, especially in Russia]], stemmed the actual losses amount to just less than $''100'' million at this point.
** The film's box office also led to head of marketing MT Carney (who had never worked in film before Disney hired her in 2010) to resign, since she was partially responsible for the film's infamously bad ad campaign.
* ''Deadline'', a British comics magazine, sunk in quite a bit of money and interest into the production of a film based on their most popular strip, ''ComicBook/TankGirl''. The [[Film/TankGirl film]] was released in April 1995 and flopped hard. ''Deadline'''s sales suffered as a result and released its last issue in August. The failure of the movie [[FranchiseKiller also killed off]] the ''Tank Girl'' comic until co-creator Alan Martin revived it for a clutch of mini-series that began in 2007 (the other creator, artist Jamie Hewlett, was busy with [[Music/{{Gorillaz}} his other project]] at the time).
* Creator/WarrenBeatty has not had his name on the credits of ''any'' film, in any capacity, since the 2001 [[TroubledProduction disaster]] ''Town & Country'', [[TroubledProduction which took three years and $90 million (over four times its original budget) to finish]], a ridiculously large amount of money to film a ''romantic comedy''. That hasn't stopped him from trying to make more movies, though; as of 2014, word is that he's finally secured the rights to a ''Film/DickTracy'' sequel and will be making it.
* ''Film/HowardTheDuck,'' in addition to costing several Universal executives their jobs and getting disowned by Creator/GeorgeLucas (as well as being an OldShame on the part of just about everyone involved), was a blow to husband-and-wife writing team Willard Huyck and Gloria Katz's career; he hasn't directed and she hasn't produced a movie since, and their only joint writing credits after that were the obscure TV movie ''Mothers, Daughters and Lovers'' and another Lucasfilm failure (''The Radioland Murders''[[note]]Keep in mind, the duo wrote the film way back in the early 1970's only for it to dabble in DevelopmentHell for two decades. When the film was SavedFromDevelopmentHell, the script used was fabricated by George Lucas himself. So it's safe to say that Huyck and Katz's career was as good as dead at that time[[/note]]).
* Creator/GeneWilder blames his fall from fame on ''Haunted Honeymoon'', a horror-comedy he co-wrote, directed, and starred in along with his wife, Gilda Radner (in her final film role before [[AuthorExistenceFailure dying of ovarian cancer]]). The film was a disaster to both critics and audiences alike, with much of the complaining going toward co-star Creator/DomDeluise being a DragQueen and earning a UsefulNotes/GoldenRaspberryAward for it. Wilder never fully recovered from the flop of this film, and went on to star in ''See No Evil, Hear No Evil'', ''Funny About Love'', and ''Another You'', the latter two of which proved to be the last straw. A [[CareerResurrection comeback attempt]] on television titled ''Something Wilder'' lasted only one season; the last time audiences from anywhere saw him was in two episodes of ''Series/WillAndGrace''. He is currently trying his hand at writing novels.
* Dennis Hopper was a rising star during the 1960s, but the massive success of ''Film/EasyRider'' in 1969 (which he co-wrote, directed, and starred in) catapulted him onto the A-list and left him [[ProtectionFromEditors carte blanche]] to pursue his choice of projects. With his newfound freedom, he wrote, directed and starred in a bizarre, nearly incomprehensible film-within-a-film called ''The Last Movie''. It was such a critical and commercial disaster that Hopper couldn't even get another ''acting'' job in Hollywood until 1979, when Francis Ford Coppola offered him what would turn out to be a [[CareerResurrection career-reviving role]] in ''Film/ApocalypseNow''. Meanwhile it completely killed his writing and directing careers; 1988's ''Colors'' was the only significant movie that he directed after that, and he never wrote another screenplay.
* The disappointing reception of ''[[Film/TheBluesBrothers Blues Brothers 2000]]'' effectively put an end to the directing career of Creator/JohnLandis. Years earlier, Landis ''barely'' averted this in the 1983 ''Film/TwilightZoneTheMovie'' after actor Vic Morrow and two child actors [[FatalMethodActing were killed in a helicopter stunt gone horribly wrong]] in his segment, leading to massive lawsuits which were eventually settled out of court as well as the dissolution of his friendship with Steven Spielberg.
* The massive box office failure of the multimillion dollar historical epic ''[[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Fall_of_the_Roman_Empire_%28film%29 The Fall of the Roman Empire]]'' effectively killed the career of Madrid-based Hollywood film producer [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Samuel_Bronston Samuel Bronston]], who could not match the success of his masterpiece, ''Film/ElCid''. He ultimately filed for bankruptcy and his lavish studio folded thereafter. It also might have cost a 28-year Paramount executive his job.
* ''Film/ItsAWonderfulLife'', a box-office flop in its first release, managed to diminish the career of director Creator/FrankCapra. He was best known for his underdog stories about the little guy vs. rich politicians; those movies were popular in the Great Depression, but when ''Life'' debuted, it was considered too sentimental and old-hat. He ended up selling his independent production company, Liberty Films, to major-player Paramount, an irony considering the themes of his films. Naturally, it's been VindicatedByHistory.
* In 1973, Creator/ColumbiaPictures backed a lavish, star-studded remake of Capra's classic ''Film/LostHorizon''. It was a ''[[Film/TheSoundOfMusic Sound of Music]]''-esque musical, made at a time when movie musicals like these were out of style. Naturally, it flopped hard. A-list producer [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ross_Hunter Ross Hunter]] never made another feature film (he spent the rest of his career in television).
* Roberto Benigni's [[LifeIsBeautiful life has been pretty ugly]] since the 40-million-euro failure that was his 2003 live-action ''Pinocchio''. A decade before, he ''barely'' averted this from the ''start'', playing the illegitimate son of Inspector Clouseau in the ruthlessly savaged megabomb ''Son of [[Franchise/ThePinkPanther the Pink Panther]]''.
* Mariano Peralta made many films before 2007's ''Film/{{Snuff 102}}'', but none after, the controversy surrounding it having apparently killed his career. That the controversy caused every last distributor to balk at the very ''thought'' of distributing the film obviously didn't help matters.
* Though cinematographer Adam Greenberg (ASC), who photographed several films for Creator/TheCannonGroup, as well as ''Film/TheBigRedOne'', ''Film/IronEagle'', ''Film/LaBamba'', ''Film/ThreeMenAndABaby'' (and its sequel), ''Film/{{Ghost}}'', ''Film/SisterAct'', ''Film/{{North}}'', ''Film/InspectorGadget'', and several Creator/ArnoldSchwarzenegger vehicles (including a couple of ''Franchise/{{Terminator}}'' films), announced his retirement after finishing ''Film/SnakesOnAPlane'', its underperformance at the box office managed to make for a very eerie coincidence.
* 2004's ''Film/MurderSetPieces'' killed off Nick Palumbo's career for ten years.
* Though his career had begun to decline after the failure of ''[[Franchise/{{ThePinkPanther}} Trail of the Pink Panther]]'', Creator/BlakeEdwards pretty much retired from filmmaking after ''Son of The Pink Panther'' obtained a poor reception both critically and commercially, retreating to stage work.
* Music/MarilynManson just can't catch a break, with his ''Music/HolyWoodInTheShadowOfTheValleyOfDeath'' film never getting made due to publisher problems, followed by the book not getting released (at least the album did), but what has put the brakes on his filmmaking hopes was ''Phantasmagoria: The Visions of Lewis Carrol'', a psychological horror movie based on ''Literature/AliceInWonderland'' and the life of Lewis Carrol, with writer-director Manson as the lead role and his, at the time, girlfriend (now, his ex for a while), Evan Rachel-Wood, as Alice. The trailer was leaked and ruled too violent. [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nsnVN6QnW-4 It's extremely not safe for work, but less for the limited violence, and more for the sex]].
* Creator/DanaCarvey's career was never really going great distances ''before'' he made ''Film/TheMasterOfDisguise'', but ''afterwards'' it pretty much went straight down the crapper at Warp 9. It was six years before he did ''anything'' again, eight years before another film role (reprising a ''Series/SaturdayNightLive'' joke), and nine to do another feature film - and even ''that'' was a cameo appearance in an Creator/AdamSandler movie.
* Michael Sarne's big career as a film director began and ended with the disastrous ''Myra Breckinridge''.
* The film version of ''Film/TheLeagueOfExtraordinaryGentlemen'' was such a bad experience for director Stephen Norrington that after its release he announced he would never direct another film. To date, he hasn't. Even worse, Creator/SeanConnery became disenchanted with the moviemaking process as a result and retired.
* Creator/MichaelKeaton's career effectively ended with ''Film/JackFrost1998''. Less than a decade before he'd been one of the most famous movie stars in the world thanks to ''Film/{{Batman}}'' and [[Film/BatmanReturns its sequel]], but ''Jack Frost'' was just so bizarre and off-putting (''especially'' for a family film) that it failed to click, and Keaton would not be seen in any major live-action roles until 2005's ''Film/WhiteNoise''. It took him another nine years to bounce back with ''Film/{{Birdman}}'', one of Keaton's most critically acclaimed roles to date, inverting this trope.
* Actor Michael Beck was in his late twenties when he was cast in his first big role as Swan, the NobleSavage protagonist of the 1979 urban crime drama ''Film/TheWarriors''. A year later, having just turned 30, Beck was seen opposite Olivia Newton-John in the box-office bomb ''Film/{{Xanadu}}'' - which, like ''Can't Stop the Music'', jumped on the disco bandwagon a little too late. As Beck himself put it, "''The Warriors'' opened a lot of doors in film for me, which ''Xanadu'' then closed."
* Despite its [[VindicatedByHistory later]] [[AcclaimedFlop acclaim]], ''Film/CitizenKane'' effectively killed the director's, Creator/OrsonWelles, standing in Hollywood. Prior to the film, Welles was a young hotshot director on the rise. He was given [[ProtectionFromEditors full creative control]] over ''Kane'', but due to the controversial subject matter (being a mock biography of media mogul William Hearst) Hearst made sure to crush the film. The film failed at the box office, and Welles' subsequent studio films all suffered heavy ExecutiveMeddling thanks to ''Kane'' killing his credibility. His next film, ''The Magnificent Ambersons'', went unreleased on DVD for many years due to the heavy butchering it received, and composer Bernard Herrmann also suffered the consequences of Hearst's campaign: he actually went so far as to try to get his credit removed because the studio had dared to edit his score as roughly as they did the film itself. As for Welles himself, ''The Magnificent Ambersons'' was the straw that broke the camel's back, and he quit Creator/{{RKO}} after finishing that picture. At least he didn't have it as bad with the other studios, both in Hollywood and abroad...
* Robert Fuest had a very promising career following the Dr. Phibes films and ''The Final Programme''. Then he did ''The Devil's Rain'', which was such a critical misfire it took a huge [[CreatorBreakdown blow]] on Fuest. It was nothing but TV projects after that for most of the 1980's. Okay, he did one more movie, the soft-core porn ''Aphrodite'', but that was it.
* While his first animated film ''Disney/TheFoxAndTheHound'' was a modest success, it was the massive failure of ''Disney/TheBlackCauldron'' (as well as early development problems on his next two films ''Disney/TheGreatMouseDetective'' & ''Disney/OliverAndCompany'' and hostile confrontations with new boss Peter Schneider) that prematurely ended Creator/RichardRich's career as a director at Disney.
** After leaving Disney, Rich had some success independently with ''WesternAnimation/TheSwanPrincess'' franchise in the 1990s (despite the first film being a massive box office bomb), but the failure of ''WesternAnimation/TheKingAndI'' pretty much ensured that he'd never direct another big-budget feature length animated film again.
* Paul Rudnick had a promising film career as a writer with hits like ''Film/AddamsFamilyValues'' and ''Film/InAndOut''. That ended thanks to the downright horrid critical and commercial performance of '''Film/MarciX'', along with the following year's almost-as-poorly reviewed and barely profitable ''Film/TheStepfordWives'' [[TheRemake remake]]. While he's supposedly stayed fairly active as an uncredited script doctor, he hasn't had an actual credit since the latter film.
* [[Creator/SeltzerAndFriedberg Aaron Seltzer and Jason Friedberg]] never worked on a movie that had good reviews but movies like ''Film/ScaryMovie'', ''Film/DateMovie'', ''Film/EpicMovie'', and ''Film/MeetTheSpartans'', did well enough to keep them working in Hollywood despite scathing reviews from both critics and audiences. But then the backlash towards their work caused ''Film/DisasterMovie'' to flop. Their next effort, ''Film/VampiresSuck'', didn't completely flop but was a box office disappointment. It seems the latter has been the movie that killed their career as their next two movies, ''Film/TheStarvingGames'' and ''Film/BestNightEver'', only received limited theatrical releases.
* Before ''Film/{{Loser}}'', Amy Heckerling directed hit movies like ''Film/FastTimesAtRidgemontHigh'', ''Film/LookWhosTalking'' and ''{{Film/Clueless}}''. After the movie, it took her seven years to do another movie and that one (''Film/ICanNeverBeYourWoman'') went direct-to-DVD while the other one (''Film/{{Vamps}}'') recieved a limited release. In-between those movies, she's done mostly TV work.
* Brazilian director José Padilha, whose career sparked following ''Film/TheEliteSquad'', may end up getting hit with this trope after the high-profile box office flop that was the [[Film/RoboCop2014 the 2014]] ContinuityReboot of ''Franchise/RoboCop''. Although it was rescued from being a bigger disaster thanks to overseas gross, it instantly flopped domestically as it received a mere $21.5 million on its opening weekend, failing to defeat ''Film/TheLegoMovie'' for the top spot. It further slumped the following weekend with a nearly '''55% loss of gross''' the following weekend, making it certain that the film will probably never recoup its budget nationwide. Things certainly didn't seem to help matters when [[http://screenrant.com/robocop-remake-director-jose-padilha-controversy-problems/ Padilha complained]] over the ExecutiveMeddling with the film before shooting started, referring to the complications as "hell".
* After ''Film/{{Gremlins}}'', it seemed like Creator/JoeDante was going to have a promising career in Hollywood. But after his other movies underperformed at the box office and he clashed with studios like Warner Brothers and Universal over many of his films, his career as a mainstream film director was finally killed by the flop that was ''Film/LooneyTunesBackInAction''. After that movie, he's done mostly TV work with only ''Film/TheHole'' as an exception, a movie that only received a limited release.
* Unlike ''Thunderbirds'' director Creator/JonathanFrakes (mentioned above), the movie's primary writer William Osborne hasn't had another credit to this day (it can't have helped that ''Film/FatSlags'', which he also penned, came out the same year).
* The critical failure of ''The Vintner's Luck'' basically ended Niki Caro's directing career, as she has had trouble trying to get anything produced since (despite having had two acclaimed films, ''Film/WhaleRider'' and ''North Country'', before).
* The back-to-back failures of ''Film/{{Rollerball}}'' and ''Film/{{Basic}}'' promptly ended the successful career of DieHard director John [=McTiernan=], where after that, he went to prison for his connection to the Anthony Pellicano case.
* After the commercial disappointment of ''Literature/{{Dreamcatcher}}'', Creator/LawrenceKasdan didn't direct another movie for nine years until he made ''Film/DarlingCompanion'', which got terrible reviews and was a box office loser.
* The critical and commercial disappointments of both ''Film/MercuryRising'' and ''Film/DomesticDisturbance'', prompted director Harold Becker to retire from the film industry.
* David Atkins tried to make his directorial debut with the movie ''Film/{{Novocaine}}''. When the movie flopped, he's had trouble finding work, with his only job since then being an internet series he made called ''WebVideo/TheHorribleTerribleMisadventuresOfDavidAtkins''.
* Creator/MikeMyers used to one of comedy's biggest stars. But after a few disappointments like ''Film/ShrekTheThird'' and ''Film/TheCatInTheHat'', he tried to WinBackTheCrowd with a wacky [[GrossOutShow grossout comedy]] in the vein of the earlier ''Film/AustinPowers'' and ''Film/WaynesWorld''. The written-produced-and-starred-in result, ''Film/TheLoveGuru'', was roundly slammed by critics, grossed 40 million worldwide against a 62 million budget and won a trio of Razzies. Since then, his filmography has consisted of a single scene in ''Film/InglouriousBasterds'', ''Film/ShrekForeverAfter'', and two documentaries.
* Creator/JamesWong hasn't directed any movies since ''Film/DragonballEvolution''. Instead, he's been relegated to TV work. It probably didn't help that the movie was despised by critics, fans, and moviegoers or that [[Creator/AkiraToriyama the creator]] of ''Franchise/DragonBall'' himself hated it.
* Creator/SergioLeone was once renowned for his works in the spaghetti western genre, with his most notable achievement being the ''Film/DollarsTrilogy'' starring Creator/ClintEastwood. Unfortunately, his later works ended up becoming the victim of excessive ExecutiveMeddling, with the editors removing sequences deemed to be too controversial or insensitive, and the quality of his works began to deteriorate as a result. The final straw of this was ''Film/OnceUponATimeInAmerica'', which was stripped down to 139 minutes from its original 246 minute-long cut and ended up receiving initially trashing reviews and abysmal box office receipts. According to writer Christopher Frayling, the film's failure left Leone so devastated and disillusioned by the persistent intervention from studio executives in America that he never directed or wrote another movie again. He had several projects laid out as possible [[CareerResurrection comeback]]s, [[AuthorExistenceFailure but things really didn't go so well for Leone in the end]].
* Even Creator/DavidLean suffered from this. His rural Irish epic ''Film/RyansDaughter'' was a critical disaster, and he wouldn't direct another major film until 1984's ''Film/APassageToIndia'' (which was his final film).
* Creator/AlanParker has not directed a major film following the critical bashing of his 2003 legal drama ''Film/TheLifeOfDavidGale''.
* Acclaimed controversial filmmaker Creator/SamuelFuller never directed or wrote another major motion picture following the ExecutiveMeddling and absolute flop of ''White Dog'', an anti-racism film where a [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin white dog]] [[UnfortunateImplication attacks and mauls innocent African-American people]] (Long story short: Paramount never gave the movie a wide release over fears of a massive uproar from civil rights groups). Following its wide release on DVD by The Criterion Collection, many critics and audiences denounced Paramount's decision to suppress its release.
* Darren Lynn Bousman's career rose quickly with the first three ''Film/{{Saw}}'' sequels and ''Film/RepoTheGeneticOpera'', which immediately made him a popular horror director with many future projects to choose from. Then he made ''11-11-11'', which was a critical and commercial flop. Since then, Bousman has been reduced to directing films exclusively for the straight-to-DVD market.
* Oliver Hirschbiegel seems to be heading this way. After the highly acclaimed ''Film/{{Downfall}}'', his next work was ''The Invasion'', a remake of ''Film/InvasionOfTheBodySnatchers'', where he was kicked off during production after a poor rough cut and replaced with James [=McTeigue=] to finish the film. His next major project, a biopic of Princess Diana, was so lambasted by the British press that it forewent a theatrical release in America and was quietly released straight-to-DVD.
** And even his rise was a stroke of luck. He tried to pull out of ''Downfall'' to do another film but was forced to stay on for contractual reasons. The film he almost did? ''Film/BladeTrinity'', which ended that franchise.
* Tom Dey, who directed a pair of decent box office performers in ''Film/ShanghaiNoon'' and ''Film/FailureToLaunch'', had his career destroyed by the flop that was ''Film/{{Marmaduke}}'' in 2010, and he hasn't directed anything else since.
* As a cinematographer, Gordon Willis's credits include ''Klute'', ''Film/TheGodfather'' (all three movies) and numerous Creator/WoodyAllen movies in the '70s and '80s. His directorial career began and ended with 1980's ''Windows'', a five-Razzie nominee which he admitted was a mistake - and given it's a movie about a lesbian (Elizabeth Ashley) who hires a man to rape the woman she fancies (Talia Shire) thereby putting her off men so she can swoop in... let's just say the UnfortunateImplications alone were enough to submarine both the movie and Willis' career.
* Donald Petrie has made a number of films that mostly weren't very well received critically but did well to okay at the box office. Then he released two flops, ''Film/WelcomeToMooseport'' and ''Film/JustMyLuck'', in a row and the following movies he's made have all been independent films.
** ''Film/WelcomeToMooseport'' also ended the film careers of both its stars. Creator/GeneHackman began writing historical novels after receiving no new offers and announced his retirement in 2008. [[EverybodyLovesRaymond Ray Romano]] went back to TV and never bothered with another major film role with the exception of his voice-only work in the ''WesternAnimation/IceAge'' franchise, which predates ''Welcome to Mooseport''.
* Stephen Herek's career died after four consecutive box office flops in a row, ''Film/HolyMan'', ''Film/RockStar'', ''Film/LifeOrSomethingLikeIt'' and ''Film/ManOfTheHouse'', the latter turned out to be the last straw. After that movie, he's been relegated to Direct-to-DVD and TV movies.
* Mark Dindal's first two movies were not box office hits. ''WesternAnimation/CatsDontDance'' and ''Disney/TheEmperorsNewGroove'' both got good reviews and have a cult following but did badly at the box office. Despite this, he was chosen to direct Disney's first CGI feature following their retirement from 2D animation, ''Disney/ChickenLittle''. Despite doing well at the box office, it got terrible reviews and gained a terrible reputation by many Disney fans alike. He hasn't made a movie since then. He has been attached as the director to some movies that came out after ''Chicken Little'' but they've never been made.
* Zack Helm's directing career began and ended with ''Film/MrMagoriumsWonderEmporium''. Even his screenwriting career (he got his directing gig based on his script for ''Film/StrangerThanFiction'') has mostly been dormant as his only work since was script-doctoring work on ''Film/TheSecretLifeOfWalterMitty''.
* ''Film/GreenLantern'' pretty much killed Creator/MartinCampbell's career. After the movie bombed at the box office, he's been relegated to directing TV shows and TV movies.
* Creator/RichardDonner was one of the most successful filmmakers during the late 1970s through the 90s with hits like the first two ''Film/{{Superman}}'' films, the ''Film/LethalWeapon'' franchise, ''Film/TheOmen'', ''Film/TheGoonies'', ''Film/{{Scrooged}}'', ''Film/{{Maverick}}'' and ''Film/ConspiracyTheory''. After ''Film/LethalWeapon4'', Donner took a five-year hiatus from directing and came back with ''Literature/{{Timeline}}'' in 2003 which flopped with critics and audiences alike. After helming ''[[Film/SixteenBlocks 16 Blocks]]'' in 2006, Donner has since pretty much focused on producing instead.
* Creator/JanDeBont hasn't directed another film following the underperformance of ''[[Film/LaraCroftTombRaider Tomb Raider: The Cradle of Life]]'' after string a critical flops like ''Film/Speed2CruiseControl'' and the remake of ''Film/TheHaunting''.
* Creator/BarrySonnenfeld made many hit films including ''Film/TheAddamsFamily'' movies, ''Film/GetShorty'', and ''Film/MenInBlack'', that also got good reviews from critics. Then he made ''Film/WildWildWest''. The movie bombed with critics and was considered a box office disappointment. After that movie, he's only done four movies since, with only one of them (''Film/MenInBlackIII'') doing well with critics (even though it was a bit of a box office disappointment)-the other three movies he's made (''Film/MenInBlackII'', ''Film/BigTrouble'', and ''Film/{{RV}}'') were both critical and/or box office disappointments. Also, after the movie, he's mostly stuck to doing TV movies or directing episodes of TV shows.
* Creator/JohnWoo attempted to reconstruct his reputation tarnished by the divisive reception of ''Film/MissionImpossibleII'' with ''Film/{{Paycheck}}'', starring Creator/BenAffleck. It instead received negative reviews, failed domestically at the box office, and helped Affleck make his chance of winning the Razzie Award for Worst Actor certain (thanks to [[Film/{{Gigli}} two]] [[Film/{{Daredevil}} other]] films in which his performances were savagely criticized). After ''Paycheck'' failed, Woo declared he would never work in Hollywood again.
** Some has suggested his loss of faith in Hollywood started just a decade before, during post-production of ''Film/HardTarget''. There have been several allegations and accounts (one of them [[http://books.google.com/books?id=xSnpNoth_SsC&pg=PA240&lpg=PA240&dq=john+woo+locked+for+editing+room&source=bl&ots=5mbEdgrNks&sig=CvlD1E6G_hOUtFicuR9R1kRA3MI&hl=en&sa=X&ei=9ffDU6HDLIGQyATJ9ICIDw&ved=0CDEQ6AEwAA#v=onepage&q=john%20woo%20locked%20for%20editing%20room&f=false here]]) that Woo was locked out from the editing room by star Creator/JeanClaudeVanDamme by order of the Universal executives after both Van Damme and the executives were skeptical toward Woo's cut of the film, and [[ExecutiveMeddling decided to take things to their own hands]]. Some have also claimed the same thing happened between star Creator/TomCruise and Woo during post-production of ''Mission Impossible II'' as well.
* The war film disaster that was ''Inchon'' killed the respected career of screenwriter and director Terence Young, known for directing the first three ''Franchise/JamesBond'' movies. Aside from a couple of films in his home country, he never directed a film that received an international release again.
* Creator/JohnFrankenheimer was probably considered of the best dramatic directors of the 1960's and the 1970's with a track record featuring ''Film/BirdmanOfAlcatraz'', ''Literature/TheManchurianCandidate'', ''Seven Days in May'', ''The Train'', ''Grand Prix'' and ''Literature/BlackSunday'' (he had a few duds, such as ''The Extraordinary Seaman'', but he was able to recover from those). But his career seemed to hit a major decline in 1979 with the critical failure of ''Film/{{Prophecy}}'' (the box office, however, was decent if somewhat of a disappointment for the studio). Frankenheimer continued to work up until his death (his 1998 film ''Ronin'' got solid reviews, but his next film, ''Film/ReindeerGames'', bombed horribly) but he was never able to reach the heights of his earlier work.
* The little-seen 1988 comedy ''Film/TheTelephone'' managed to kill off ''three'' careers (and arguably contribute to the death of two of those creators):
** Veteran screenwriter Terry Southern had teamed up with his friend, singer/songwriter Harry Nilsson, who by the mid-1980s had pretty much retired from music and was interested in trying his hand at filmmaking, after some positive experiences writing songs for films. Their production company was able to get ''The Telephone'', one of five scripts it had bought produced, albeit with Creator/WhoopiGoldberg (whose career was in eclipse at that point) starring instead of Creator/RobinWilliams, whom it had been written for, playing the lead role of an mentally unstable actor whose prank calls lead to unimaginable consequences.
** To direct, they hired another aging 60s survivor, Rip Torn, to make his debut. He and Goldberg, supposedly deep into her coke phase at that point, clashed as much as Torn himself had clashed with directors repeatedly in his day over her decision, reportedly at the behest of New World Pictures, which was bringing the film out, to just ignore the script and improvise. Many times Torn had to beg Goldberg to do at least one take as written; she also succeeded in getting Torn's choice as cinematographer replaced with her own husband. When the film was finished Nilsson and Southern put together [[DirectorsCut a cut of the takes Goldberg did their way]] and took it to Sundance. It attracted some interest, but then New World released it in the DumpMonths with Goldberg's variations instead and the film predictably ... well, to say it "bombed" would imply that people were even aware it was released to begin with. More like it whimpered.
** Torn has never directed a film again. The production company folded. Nilsson discovered shortly afterwards that his personal assistant had been embezzling from him; he died almost broke four years later, never having returned to either screenwriting or music. Southern continued writing screenplays and trying to sell them, but never did, and followed Nilsson to the grave in 1995.
** As a bonus of sorts, Goldberg and her husband got divorced afterwards.
* ''Film/RedPlanet'' was Antony Hoffman's first film as a director. It looks like it will also be his last.
* Australian horror director Jamie Blanks suffered this twice. He made his Hollywood debut in 1998 with ''Film/UrbanLegend'', which was maligned by critics but proved to be a solid hit. His 2001 follow-up ''Film/{{Valentine}}'', however, was so bad that even he [[http://cinefantastiqueonline.com/2007/11/14/storm-warning-qa-with-director-jamie-blanks views it]] as an OldShame, and it took him six years to make another film -- and even then, he had to return to Australia to do so. While that film, 2006's ''Film/StormWarning'', was well-received on the indie circuit, his next film the following year, a remake of the Ozsploitation GaiasVengeance film ''Long Weekend'', was another bomb, and seems to have killed his directing career for good. He still works as a composer, though.
* Though he had a lot of success as a TV producer, Garry Marshall's directing career has included films that vary in both critical and commercial success, some being movies that were successful in both areas (like ''Film/PrettyWoman''), some that were commercially successful but not critically successful (like both Princess Diaries films), and some that flopped in both areas (like ''Film/GeorgiaRule''). Then he made ''Film/NewYearsEve'', his follow-up to ''Film/ValentinesDay'', which got a 7% on Rotten Tomatoes and flopped at the box office. He never made another movie after that movie came out.
* Les Mayfield never made a critically acclaimed movie but some of his movies, like ''Film/{{Flubber}}'' and ''Film/BlueStreak'', did decently at the box office. Then he made ''Film/CodeNameTheCleaner'', which did so badly, it didn't even crack the Top 10 on opening weekend! He hasn't directed a film since nor has he worked on one in any capacity.
* Throughout the '80s, John Hughes was a popular screenwriter and director who made hit films like ''Film/SixteenCandles'', ''Film/TheBreakfastClub'', and ''Film/FerrisBuellersDayOff''. In the '90s, however, his movies started getting negative reviews and more of his movies started underperforming, if not flopping altogether (Though ''101 Dalmatians'' and ''Film/{{Flubber}}'', while they didn't get good reviews, did manage to turn in a profit). Then he made ''Film/HomeAlone3'', which also underperformed at the box office and caused him to not get another mainstream job for at least four years. After that, he only did two other movies, ''Film/JustVisiting'' and ''Film/MaidInManhattan'', before pretty much retiring from writing altogether -- in fact, the last movie to have his name on it as a credit before his death, ''Film/DrillbitTaylor'', was only a story credit.
* 2007's epic trainwreck ''Film/IKnowWhoKilledMe'' was the first and last film written by Jeffrey Hammond.
* Creator/DiabloCody broke into Hollywood with the highly-acclaimed film ''Film/{{Juno}}'', for which she won an AcademyAward for Best Original Screenplay. Her follow-up, ''Film/JennifersBody'', did ''not'' garner nearly as much praise. Critics picked apart the poor performance by Creator/MeganFox and, more damning for the creator, began to question Cody's over-reliance on TotallyRadical dialogue -- a problem numerous critics had with ''Juno'', and which was already turning her into a punchline. While her next film, ''Film/YoungAdult'', was seen by critics as a return to form and landed on many "best of 2011" lists, it underperformed at the box office, which doesn't bode well for her future career prospects.
* Her frequent collaborator Jason Reitman is also heading down this path. Initially praised due to his heartfelt appreciation of his characters and his DeadpanSnarker sense of humor, he [[HollywoodHypeMachine was hyped as the "next big director"]] after ''Film/ThankYouForSmoking'' won critical acclaim and ''Film/{{Juno}}'' and ''Literature/UpInTheAir'' were both nominated for Best Picture. ''Film/YoungAdult'', while being less of a financial success, still received positive reviews. It wasn't until his adaptation of ''Labor Day'' garnered the first negative reviews of his career and went mostly ignored by audiences that critics started to question whether or not his real talent was in simply finding good scripts. It went FromBadToWorse with his next film, ''Men, Women and Children'', an {{anvilicious}} screed about how [[NewMediaAreEvil the internet and social media dehumanize people]], which was criticized for its heaping amount of {{Narm}} and utterly bombed at the box office. (The InvisibleAdvertising didn't help either.) [[http://www.theatlantic.com/entertainment/archive/2014/10/the-fall-of-jason-reitman/381044/ This article]] details his downfall.
* Chris Koch was a TV director mostly known for directing episodes of ''Series/TheAdventuresOfPeteAndPete''. Then he tried to become a film director with ''Film/SnowDay'', which wasn't a huge hit but did make its money back. Then he followed it up with ''Film/AGuyThing'', which bombed at the box office. He has stuck to only directing TV shows ever since.
* 1978's ''Rabbit Test'', a pregnant-man comedy that predated ''Film/{{Junior}}'' by 16 years, would be the only time Creator/JoanRivers (who also wrote the script and had a CreatorCameo) ever directed anything. Fortunately, its failure didn't take star Billy Crystal's career with it.
* Richard Kelly first earned notice for ''Film/DonnieDarko'', which received only a limited release [[TooSoon due to 9/11]] but was quickly [[VindicatedByCable Vindicated by Home Video]] and became a CultClassic. His follow-up six years later, the [[TheWarOnTerror War on Terror]] satire ''Film/SouthlandTales'', was an incomprehensible mess that was booed at the Cannes Film Festival and divided virtually everybody who saw it. His only film since then has been ''Film/TheBox'' (based on the Creator/RichardMatheson short story "Button, Button"), which received a mixed critical reception and failed at the box office, all but finishing his career for good.
* David Kellogg was a director mostly known for directing music videos, commercials, and Playboy Playmate videos. He only directed two movies in his life - ''Film/CoolAsIce'' and ''Film/InspectorGadget''. Both movies got a terrible reception but, while ''Inspector Gadget'' did do decently at the box office, it pretty much killed his career because he never directed anything except for two music videos after it.
* While they are still working, ''Film/TheHeartbreakKid'' pretty much killed what little popularity The Farrelly Brothers had. In the '90s, The Farrelly's directed hits like ''Film/DumbAndDumber'' and ''Film/TheresSomethingAboutMary''. But, in the 2000s, they had many movies that disappointed with either critics or audiences (like ''Film/StuckOnYou'' or ''Film/{{Fever Pitch}}''). Then ''Film/TheHeartbreakKid'', while it didn't completely kill their career, pretty much killed any good will they had as their subsequent films have made sure they don't advertise that it's from The Farrelly Brothers when, back in the 2000s, all of their movies had a "From the directors of There's Something About Mary" credit on it.
* It actually wasn't ''Film/BatmanAndRobin'' that killed Joel Schumacher's career but ''Film/TheNumber23''. While ''Film/BatmanAndRobin'' did have a toxic reputation and pretty much killed the franchise for 8 years, Creator/JoelSchumacher continued to get work by major studios. After ''The Number 23'' flopped both critically and financially, however, he's been stuck doing independent and/or Direct-to-DVD films since!
** However, ''Film/BatmanAndRobin'' did torpedo the careers of virtually all of its actors save George Clooney (and possibly Chris O'Donnell, whose general absence from the screen is more attributable to being a full-time dad than anything), most notably putting Uma Thurman's on life support until Doctor [[Creator/QuentinTarantino Tarantino]] turned up and performed [[Film/KillBill surgery with a katana]].
** ''The Number 23'' was also the first and last film written by Fernley Phillips.
* ''Return Of The Musketeers'' is a particularly sad example. During shooting in Spain, actor Roy Kinnear fell from his horse ([[PoorCommunicationKills due to miscommunication between the crew]]); he died the next day of severe internal bleeding. This accident was a big shock to the director, Richard Lester; the absolute lack of reaction from the producers (Salkind family) was a straw that broke the camel's back and Lester permanently retired from filmmaking as soon as the filming wrapped. Richard Chamberlain, playing Aramis - ''one of the leads'', was so appalled by Salkinds' non-reaction that he left the shooting immediately, forcing the haste rewrite of the script to account for sudden and permament absence of Aramis.
* Though he's still working in independent film, ''Film/{{Hitman}}'' seems to have been the beginning and the end for the Hollywood career of French horror director Xavier Gens. It didn't help that he was pulled off the project by the producers, allegedly due to the extreme violence in his cut.
* Roland Joffe directed ''Film/TheKillingFields'' (1984), a huge critical and commercial success which earned nominations for Best Picture and Best Director. His follow-up, ''Film/TheMission'' (1986), did middling box office but earned solid critical reviews, including a second Best Director nod. Though Joffe never recaptured the acclaim from these pictures, he worked steadily for the next decade. Then he directed the universally-panned ''The Scarlet Letter'' (1995), effectively destroying his career. Joffe's only made a few movies since, including the widely-hated horror flick ''Captivity'' (2007) and the historical epic ''There Be Dragons'' (2010), a colossal flop which made only $4,000,000 against a $36,000,000 budget.
* Creator/PaulVerhoeven was on his way to becoming one of the top directors in Hollywood during the early 90s after making box office smashes like ''Film/RoboCop1987'', ''Film/TotalRecall1990'' and ''Film/BasicInstinct''. His next film, unfortunately, was ''Film/{{Showgirls}}'', which flopped so badly with critics and audiences (it didn't even make back its budget) that his career never recovered from it. After partly redeeming himself with ''Film/StarshipTroopers'', he maintains a good reputation among critics (aside from ''Showgirls'', of course) but has since returned to his home country of the Netherlands and now makes art films in Dutch like at the beginning of his career.
* Creator/RonShelton gained success either writing or directing films in the sports genre such as ''Film/BullDurham'', ''Film/WhiteMenCantJump'' and ''Film/TinCup''. Then ''Film/HollywoodHomicide'' eventually came around and after the movie bombed with critics and audiences, he would never do another feature again.
* The Wachowski siblings started hot with ''Film/TheMatrix''. Though, while the sequels were still profitable, the two movies were not nearly as well received. However, it was 2008's ''Film/SpeedRacer'' that marked the point where their careers crashed and burned. Their output since then has been one bomb after another.
** And now with the immense failure of both ''Film/CloudAtlas'' and ''Film/JupiterAscending'', they've actually stated that they'll probably never be able to make another big budget film again. Yikes.
* Steve Gomer was an up and coming filmmaker who earned accolades for his indies ''Sweet Lorraine'' and ''Fly By Night''. In the mid-1990's, he went to Hollywood and made his first studio film, ''Sunset Park'' (produced by Creator/DannyDeVito and starring his wife, Rhea Perlman). As his previous outings were R-rated dramas in urban settings, Gomer decided to do [[PlayingAgainstType something different for his next movie]]. That movie in question was ''[[Series/BarneyAndFriends Barney's Great Adventure]]''. Naturally, it turned out to have been a critical and box office disaster, and Gomer's film hopes were all but dead. He got stuck doing TV projects for the next decade before disappearing.
* Roger Kumble directed ''Film/CruelIntentions'' which, despite mixed reviews, was a box office hit. However, his preceding films did not do as well at the box office. Then he directed ''Film/FurryVengeance'', a movie that bombed so badly he's stuck to only directing television shows since.

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* Although it was considered the dominant force in the European motion picture industry, it is believed that a string of box office failures (including ''Film/TheBigLebowski'' and the aforementioned ''[[Series/BarneyAndFriends Barney's Great Adventure]]''), prompted [=PolyGram=] to leave the film industry, selling off their film division (and eventually themselves) to Seagram. Unfortunately they couldn't have decided that at a worse time: one of their final films was ''Film/NottingHill'', an international smash that would've reversed their fortunes if they hadn't already shut down before it was released. Additionally, ''The Big Lebowski'', which had only barely made back its budget upon original release, quickly picked up a cult following upon home video release and eventually grossed nearly triple what it originally made theatrically -- a windfall that [=PolyGram=] would miss out on.
* During the late 1980s and early 1990s, what could be considered a curse befell the "mini-majors," film studios that were not bigger than the majors (Columbia, Fox, Warner Bros.), but tried their hand at the risky gamble of movies. Cannon, Carolco, Orion, and Vestron (all listed below) were victims. Some could say that they did not have close partnerships with the majors; companies such as Castle Rock and Morgan Creek managed that synergy and they still exist. Another problem was that it seemed as though the studios could not survive without being taken over by a conglomerate (Columbia had recently been bought by Sony and Panasonic bought MCA, then-Universal's parent company). In addition, other indies such as Miramax and New Line survived through serving niche audiences; both ended up being bought out by conglomerates.
* ''Film/BattlefieldEarth'' was such a terrible film that Franchise Pictures lost huge amounts of money. However, the final nail in the coffin was when Franchise was hit by a lawsuit from investors who accused the company of [[UsefulNotes/HollywoodAccounting deliberately inflating the film's budget to pad their coffers]]. Franchise Pictures lost the lawsuit and declared bankruptcy. Creator/JohnTravolta's reputation got a bad rap due to this movie, but he later [[CareerResurrection bounced back]]. ''Battlefield Earth'' also killed moviegoers' chances of taking any Creator/LRonHubbard or Scientology film seriously.
* Although the magazine was suffering from slumping sales by the late 1980s, it has been argued that the film ''[[Film/NationalLampoonsVacation Vegas Vacation]]'' was this to what remained of the original ''NationalLampoon'' magazine. After reaching high marks with film adaptations such as ''Film/AnimalHouse'' and the first film in the ''[[Film/NationalLampoonsVacation Vacation]]'' series, the magazine's humor started dying off and so did the humor of their film adaptations by 1986, when the magazine ended up getting issued ''six times a year'' instead of every month. Once ''Vegas Vacation'' was released, it was widely mauled by critics and fans of the ''Vacation'' series, mostly for its bland, aging humor, poor writing and its lack of punchlines, and was especially noted for featuring no involvement from Creator/JohnHughes, who wrote the screenplay for the first three movies and produced the third one. It's been said that ''National Lampoon'' disliked the film so much that they demanded that their label not be placed in it. While the film itself was a moderate box office success, it became the lowest-grossing film of the ''Vacation'' series and wasn't enough to convince J2 Communications, owner of the magazine since 1991, to continue the once-treasured publication that defined American humor when it first started in 1970. Its final issue was published in November 1998.
* Some have suggested that ''Can't Stop the Music'' (see above) ended up killing music label EMI's film studio, but ''Honky Tonk Freeway'', released just a year later, was in reality the bigger perpetrator. The film's scathing reviews from critics for its stereotyping of American culture, combined with revelations that the film was financed by executive producer Roy Tucker through tax dodging schemes with assistance from a banking cartel (which prompted EMI to sell the film rights to investors to clean their hands of the matter), led to audiences staying away from the movie in theaters and was taken out of the screens after only a week. The film flopped instantly as a result and EMI Films spent its final five years producing or financing a string of moderately to poorly successful films, before EMI sold the studio to businessman Alan Bond (who would end up becoming the target of press controversy for scandals that same decade), who in turn sold the assets to The Cannon Group.
* 20th Century Fox's genre film label Fox Atomic never really took off in its first two years of existence, but the failure of ''Film/MissMarch'', which was preceded by a long string of massive flops, proved to be the straw that finally broke the camel's back, as the label's later projects were sent to other Fox labels after its failure. Plans for a remake of ''Film/RevengeOfTheNerds'' were also canned as a result, though part of that was also due to script disagreements and crude subject matter.
* The British film company Goldcrest never really recovered from the one-two punch of 1985's ''[[Film/{{Revolution1985}} Revolution]]'' (a massively expensive movie about the American Revolution with the singular casting of AlPacino and Nastassja Kinski - which may explain why it was 15 years until [[Film/ThePatriot there was another one]]) and 1986's ''Film/AbsoluteBeginners'' (a hugely expensive musical set in the 1950s which [[StarDerailingRole derailed star Eddie O'Connell's career]] (his Website/IMDb page is very skimpy after the film, and he has nothing after 2003), and served as a speed bump for Patsy Kensit's). See the book ''My Indecision Is Final'' for the whole sordid story.
* ''Anime/FinalFantasyTheSpiritsWithin'' killed Square Pictures and nearly killed the merger between Squaresoft and Enix (the companies did eventually merge into Creator/SquareEnix in 2003), and pressured Hironobu Sakaguchi, the guy who came up with the idea for ''Franchise/FinalFantasy'' (probably saving SquareSoft from shutting down entirely back in [[TheEighties the 1980s]]) into resigning from the company[[note]]He left in 2003 to form Mistwalker, creators of ''VideoGame/BlueDragon'', ''VideoGame/LostOdyssey'' and ''VideoGame/TheLastStory''[[/note]], since the film was his [[BoxOfficeBomb 100-million-dollar-losing project]]. To put this into perspective, this was during the TurnOfTheMillennium, a time when Squaresoft was one of ''the most'' successful and dominant video game companies. Despite the success of ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyX'' and the ''VideoGame/KingdomHearts'' series, Square has yet to completely reverse the backslide it suffered from the failure of ''Spirits Within''. Whereas at the turn of the century Square was seen as ''the'' single greatest RPG maker in the entire industry of gaming, now they're facing stiff competition from emerging Western developers like Creator/{{Bioware}}, and their position of complete dominance brought about by groundbreaking games such as ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyVII'' has long since faded.
* Creator/FrancisFordCoppola's ''[[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/One_from_the_Heart One From the Heart]]'' is often compared to ''Heaven's Gate'' as a great financial disaster. A small art film that went seriously overbudget, it led to the demise of Coppola's revolutionary and state-of-the-art Zoetrope Studios, which he put up for auction not long after the film lost money. Coppola's career didn't take a major hit as ''Heaven's Gate'' director Michael Cimino did, but he ended up spending the next two decades directing more commercial fare and less artistic ones to pay off the massive debt this film had caused.
* A subversion: Alan Ladd, Jr. was perhaps one of the top, if not ''the'' top, Hollywood executives during his tenure at 20th Century Fox, having overseen the production of ''Franchise/StarWars'' and ''Film/{{Alien}}''[[note]]the former of which actually ended up saving the studio -- Ladd green-lit the expensive ''Star Wars'' thinking it'd be one of the last films 20th Century Fox, then nearing bankruptcy, would likely produce[[/note]], but after the latter was released he left the studio to start his own company, and while it did produce some blockbuster hits, like ''Film/BladeRunner'', ''Film/PoliceAcademy'', and ''Film/ChariotsOfFire'' for Warner Bros., he could not really survive on his own and ended up producing three high-profile flops in 1983-1984, ''Film/TheRightStuff'', ''WesternAnimation/TwiceUponATime'', and ''Film/OnceUponATimeInAmerica'' (such a shame too, since these films have since been [[AcclaimedFlop recognized as classics]]). After these flops Ladd shuttered his studio and was left unheard of for a while, before going to MGM and bouncing back to the top. After his tenure with that company, he re-established his studio and again went alone, [[Film/AVeryBradySequel with moderate]] [[Film/{{Braveheart}} to high]] success. He's pretty much stayed there since then.
* In 1985, ABC Motion Pictures produced a feel-good ComingOfAge film called ''{{SpaceCamp}}'', where a group of kids were launched into space on the Space Shuttle. Before its summer 1986 release, the ''Challenger'' disaster happened. They released it anyway, and it bombed horribly, making only half its budget back at the box office. The studio that released ''{{Cabaret}}'', ''Silkwood'' and made-for-TV juggernaut ''TheDayAfter'', would never release another film again, unless it was a movie-of-the-week.
** It might not have been ''{{SpaceCamp}}'' that killed ABC Motion Pictures, though it was the last straw. Much of their output flopped at the box office and proved that television networks were inept at backing feature films; CBS and NBC also learned that the hard way. But unlike NBC - which got the message after the likes of ''Code Name: Emerald'' and ''Satisfaction'' in the 1980s - CBS (which tried it in the late '60s-early '70s with Cinema Center Films and in the '80s with CBS Theatrical Films) is having ''another'' go with CBS Films. And so far, it looks like it may beat the Network Film Production Curse (or [=NFPC=] for short) this time around, though they've scaled back considerably since the disappointments that were ''Film/LastVegas'' and ''Film/InsideLlewynDavis'', putting Lionsgate in charge of distributing their future product shortly afterwards.
* The embezzlement of company funds by the company's owner (followed by his arrest and several lawsuits) killed both Capitol Films and [=THINKFilm=] in 2008 after having been involved with a number of successful indie films earlier in the decade. This collapse was so great that their entire library has rarely seen the light of day since (and some films that were in production during the fallout will never be released because of the lawsuits).
* Though there may have been a few other factors (such as the departure of Harvey Weinstein, and Rich Ross and Bob Iger wanting to cut Disney's film slate), Disney selling MiramaxFilms to a holding company, Filmyard Holdings effectively signaled the end of that company, as Filmyard was only interested in the library and nothing more. Weinstein wanted to buy the name so the label could keep going but Disney (more than likely still angry about his departure) refused. Since then, it's been essentially a library management company, licensing its content on various platforms and co-producing sequels to its past films, instead of making its own slate of films.
* The failure of the "Creator/JohnWayne [[WTHCastingAgency as]] UsefulNotes/GenghisKhan" epic ''TheConqueror'' is often said to have precipitated the demise of one of Hollywood's major studios, Creator/RKOPictures, at the time owned by Howard Hughes who obviously didn't know what he was doing. It was later sold to a tire company (!), made a few films in the 1980s, and now solely exists to sanction ''remakes'' of its films. Because the movie was also filmed near an above-ground nuclear test site ([[WhatAnIdiot with Hughes even reportedly shipping back some of the sand from the filming area for studio shoots]]), some believe it to have been a literal career killer, responsible for the cancer deaths of a number of people involved in the shoot, Wayne included.
* The ''Franchise/{{Terminator}}'' franchise has had bad luck with this lately; all four of them had the involvement of production companies (Hemdale, Carolco, C2, and The Halcyon Company) that are currently either dead or dormant, and only Hemdale was lucky enough to hang around at the time its film's sequel was made. The Halcyon Company, however, had the worst luck after its film, as a lawsuit related to the film drove it into bankruptcy, and it ended up that Halcyon didn't produce another movie for four years afterwards.
* Vestron Pictures had had a huge success in 1987 courtesy of ''Film/DirtyDancing'', a film they had originally planned to release in theatres for only a weekend, and then send straight to home video, since they had originally been in the video distribution business long before entering film production. Unfortunately, they followed it up with a series of flops, most of them B-Movies, and these flops, coupled with the fact that many of their former clients were now forming their own home video divisions and thus no longer needed their services, caused Vestron's parent company, Vestron, Inc., to go bankrupt in 1990.
* The failure of ''Film/TheGoldenCompass'' in the US, along with other films released in 2007, led Time Warner to absorb New Line Cinema into WarnerBros proper in 2008. Today, New Line exists as a division of Warner Bros. Pictures, mainly releasing films based on their properties. What's worse is that they could have avoided it all by not selling off the foreign distribution rights, which contributed to 80% of the film's earnings.
** The 2008 merger of WarnerBros and NewLineCinema also managed to take down both of its arthouse labels, Warner Independent Pictures and Picturehouse, with it as Warner Bros. had planned for the latter to serve as its label for smaller films (instead, New Line became a label for sequels to previous New Line films with the occasional B-movie while Warner Bros. got the lion's share of the productions). Before then, the formation of Picturehouse (a joint venture between New Line and HBO) managed to kill off Fine Line Features as New Line decided that having two art labels was excessive. Fortunately for Picturehouse, founder Bob Berney bought the label from Warner Bros. and revived it as an independent studio in January 2013.
* The critical and box office [[{{Irony}} disaster]] of the 1979 {{disaster movie}} ''Film/{{Meteor}}'' led to the rapid downfall of Creator/AmericanInternationalPictures (AIP). Their new owners, Creator/{{Filmways}}, folded them over merely a year later after a few more forgettable movies (''Film/{{Mad Max}}'' being the lone exception). Of course, Filmways themselves got hit by box office duds and financial issues and the only way they escaped bankruptcy was by selling some of their assets. They were then bought by Orion Pictures in 1982 and everything was good, until...
* Executives at Creator/OrionPictures declared bankruptcy in 1991, blaming their destruction on ''Film/{{UHF}}'', the wacky comedy starring Music/WeirdAlYankovic which they considered the fork in the road for the studio. The film tested so well that they [[WhatAnIdiot pit it against a murderer's row of blockbuster franchises]], including ''Film/IndianaJonesAndTheLastCrusade'', ''Film/LicenceToKill'', ''Film/StarTrekVTheFinalFrontier'', ''Film/{{Ghostbusters}} 2'', ''LethalWeapon 2'' and ''Film/{{Batman}}''. While ''UHF'' would later be VindicatedByCable and become a cult classic, the loss of money (as well as the loss of critical favor which they had been building throughout the 80s) seemed to mentally break the studio's already-disheveled management: aside from ''Film/DancesWithWolves'' and ''Film/TheSilenceOfTheLambs'', the entirety of Orion's post-''UHF'' releases were one poorly-thought-out disaster after another. [[WhatCouldHaveBeen How things could have turned out differently if]] ''Film/{{UHF}}'' [[WhatCouldHaveBeen had been released during a different season]] is debated to this day.
** [[Creator/MetroGoldwynMayer MGM]], who acquired the studio after exiting bankruptcy in 1997, recently revived Orion as a genre unit with their first release being a remake of ''The Town That Dreaded Sundown''.
* Caravan Pictures was intended to be a specialty division for Disney when it was formed by famous Hollywood producers Roger Birnbaum and Joe Roth in 1992. The label's first movies (''[[Film/TheThreeMusketeers1993 The Three Musketeers]]'', ''Film/AngelsInTheOutfield'', and ''A Low Down Dirty Shame'' to name a few) were moderate to large box offices successes, but when Roth left the studio to become chairman of Walt Disney Pictures, a string of ''huge'' box office bombs followed and the few films that ''did'' turn up a large profit (''Film/WhileYouWereSleeping'', ''Film/GIJane'', and ''Film/SixDaysSevenNights'') were not enough to convince Disney to repair the label's critically damaged reputation. This led to Birnbaum, who was placed in the chairman's seat following Roth's departure, leaving the studio to form his own company, Spyglass Entertainment, in 1998. Disney shut down Caravan in 1999 following the release of the commercially successful but critically thrashed ''Film/InspectorGadget'' LiveActionAdaptation[[note]]perhaps there was a bit of grim foreshadowing in their LogoJoke at the end of that film where the figure walking down the road in their logo sprouts a propeller (a la Gadget) and flies off, never to be seen again[[/note]]. What remained of Caravan was absorbed into Birnbaum's then-new Spyglass Entertainment.
* The box office failure LiveActionAdaptation of ''Film/PeterPan'', blamed on competition with ''[[Film/TheLordOfTheRings The Lord of the Rings]]: [[Literature/TheReturnOfTheKing The Return of the King]]'', did this to Universal's parent Vivendi Universal, who was already saddled with massive debt ''before'' the film was released. It wasn't until after the film's release that the debt load from the film's failure ensured that conglomerate Vivendi would be unable to pay off the debt without sacrificing profits. Just a year later, Vivendi sold 80% of its stake of Universal Studios to General Electric, the then-parent company of Creator/{{NBC}}, forming the partnership that became [=NBCUniversal=].
* The Cannon Group Inc. - and how! By the mid-'80s, the heads of CG - Menahem Golan and Yoram Globus - decided to go big and establish Cannon as a major studio. They purchased rights to several different franchises: ''Superman'', ''Masters Of The Universe'', ''Spider-Man'' and ''Captain America'', along with several other projects, and released a total of ''43'' [[SmallNameBigEgo movies in 1986 alone]]. [[EpicFail Most of them flopped heavily]], but it was the failure of ''Film/SupermanIVTheQuestForPeace'' (which had budget cut severely to a meager 17 million and still bombed heavily) and ''The Barbarians'' [[DeaderThanDisco released in 1987 when the brief frenzy caused by the ''Conan'' movies faded completely]] combined with failure of ''Masters Of The Universe'' (which brought a small profit [[HollywoodAccounting only when Mattel Inc. was conned on the copyright issues]]) that completely ruined the attempt by Cannon Group to become a legitimate film studio. Not too surprisingly, [[GoneHorriblyWrong Cannon closed up shop by the dawn of the 1990s.]]
* Mini-major Creator/FilmDistrict was torpedoed by the double whammy of ''Oldboy'' (2013) and ''Pompeii''. Another major factor to their departure was that its founder, Peter Schlessel, became the new CEO of Creator/FocusFeatures. Because of this, Creator/FilmDistrict was shut down as a distributor and all of its subsequent films (including ''Film/ThatAwkwardMoment'' and ''Film/WalkOfShame'') were transferred to Focus.
* Creator/JohnFord and Merian C. Cooper's Argosy Pictures suffered a unique case of a lingering death. Their initial collaboration was ''The Fugitive'' (1947), an adaptation of Graham Greene's ''Literature/ThePowerAndTheGlory'' that proved a colossal box office bomb. Though Ford made successful pictures like ''Film/FortApache'' and ''Film/ThreeGodfathers'' under Argosy's banner afterwards, Argosy never made up the losses from its first feature, and the company merged with RKO in 1948 before being disbanded in 1953.

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* ''Film/HeavensGate'' destroyed the career of Michael Cimino (the director of ''Film/TheDeerHunter''), contributed to the collapse of its studio, Creator/UnitedArtists, and ended the "NewHollywood" [[UsefulNotes/FallOfTheStudioSystem post-studio-system]] era in which director/auteurs were [[ProtectionFromEditors given carte blanche to do pretty much whatever they wanted]]. Thus, it not only destroyed the careers of the people who created it, but ended an era that produced many of the best films in history.
** Cimino's directing career didn't immediately end after that, but he never recovered, as all of his post-''Heaven's Gate'' outings were commercial failures. Not long after ''Heaven's Gate'' Cimino was offered a chance to direct (of all things) ''{{Footloose}}'', but when his prima donna behavior started again during pre-production, Paramount quickly booted him. After ''Sunchaser'' failed to get a wide theatrical release due to poor test screenings, it was curtains for Cimino.
* The failure of ''WesternAnimation/TitanAE'' brought down Creator/DonBluth's career, shut down Fox Animation Studios, and helped end the [[TheDarkAgeOfAnimation post]]-[[TheGoldenAgeOfAnimation Golden Age]] era known as TheRenaissanceAgeOfAnimation where the animation genre re-surged in popularity thanks to heated competition from animation studios as well as [[AnimationAgeGhetto more animators trying to make animation appeal to adults as much as it appealed to children]]. Thus, not only did it bring down the career of a celebrated animator, but also helped end an era that brought out some of the greatest animated media in history.
** Before that, ''WesternAnimation/RockADoodle'' sank Bluth's ''original'' studio. It only survived thanks to financial backing from Hong Kong and Irish entertainment groups, who would then end all support for the studio following the failures of ''WesternAnimation/{{Thumbelina}}'', ''WesternAnimation/ATrollInCentralPark'' ([[ScrewedByTheNetwork which barely got a theatrical release]]) and ''WesternAnimation/ThePebbleAndThePenguin''.
* ''Film/CutthroatIsland'', one of the biggest box office flops of all time, was the final straw for Creator/CarolcoPictures, which went bankrupt a month prior to the film's release due to its lavish overspending on other projects. It also destroyed GeenaDavis' career, her then-husband Renny Harlin's respectability as a director, and the careers of pretty much everyone else involved (only the film's [[JohnDebney composer]] and [[Creator/MetroGoldwynMayer the studio that distributed it]] came out relatively unscathed; co-writer Robert King later had a hit with ''TheGoodWife'' on TV). The flop of this film (as well as that of ''Film/TheLongKissGoodnight'', also starring Davis and directed by Harlin) is widely credited with destroying their marriage, as Harlin had pushed for Davis, then known for comedic roles, to headline the two action-heavy blockbusters. It also [[GenreKiller killed off]] the pirate movie genre [[BackFromTheDead until]] ''Film/PiratesOfTheCaribbean'' came along, and even now there are no successful pirate movies outside of that franchise.
* The failure of ''Film/RaiseTheTitanic'' is often credited with bringing down the film career of Lew Grade, at the time one of the most respected television producers in the United Kingdom, and perhaps the world. Grade quipped that "It would have been cheaper to Lower The Atlantic." It also disgusted [[Literature/RaiseTheTitanic the original book]]'s author, [[NUMASeries Clive Cussler]], [[CreatorBacklash so much that he refused to sell film rights]] to his books for 25 years.
** The subsequent failure of ''[[Franchise/TheLoneRanger The Legend of the Lone Ranger]]'' in 1981 (a failure perhaps ensured by the producers suing the original Lone Ranger, Clayton Moore, and forcing him to relinquish his mask) might have been the last straw for ITC Entertainment, the company Grade founded. Grade lost control of ITC in 1982 (though he returned under [=PolyGram=] management and remained there until his death in 1998), and the only thing keeping the company profitable for the final years of its existence was its library of previous accomplishments.
* The massive critical failure of ''Old Dogs'' looks to have taken down the career of director Walt Becker, as Disney went on to cancel his next project (a project with Creator/RobinWilliams titled ''Wedding Banned'') and he has done very little since (outside of being one of the producers of ''{{Zookeeper}}''). The film also managed to be a factor in Disney getting out of films made with adult audiences in mind; as a further consequence, it also effectively ended the Touchstone label except to distribute [=DreamWorks=] projects, foreign films, and [[ArsonMurderAndJaywalking films the company doesn't really care about]] (the last in-house productions released by Touchstone were ''Film/YouAgain'' and ''Film/StepUp 3D'', both released in 2010).
* Film producer Creator/DinoDeLaurentiis' career never fully recovered after opening his own studio in the early/mid 1980s, which he then proceeded to run into the ground within less than five years. The films De Laurentiis produced at his studio were not box office hits (even ''[[Film/{{BlueVelvet}} Blue Velvet]]'' and the first Hannibal Lecter movie, ''Film/{{Manhunter}}'', ended up as [[AcclaimedFlop Acclaimed Flops]]). Ironically, it didn't end up living long enough to see one of its projects ''[[Film/{{BillandTed}} Bill & Ted's Excellent Adventure]]'', become a hit. Although Dino kept producing until his death in 2010, he never had any success outside of the Hannibal movies (he apparently regretted selling the film rights to ''Literature/TheSilenceOfTheLambs'').
** To show how desperate his studio was for a hit, in 1987 De Laurentiis teamed up with Glad Bags to release the gimmicky comedy ''Million Dollar Mystery''. Since the movie centered on trying to recover $4 million, they had a contest where if one of the audience members could accurately guess the whereabouts of a hidden million dollars based on clues sprinkled in and on specially marked Glad-Lock bags, he or she would get that amount of money![[note]]In case you were wondering, the winner of said contest turned out to be a 14 year old girl who managed to figure out that the million bucks were in the Statue of Liberty's nostrils![[/note]] The film was a [[IncrediblyLamePun million dollar misery]] at the box-office, thus it not only poured salt on De Laurentiis' studio's wound, but it also marked the end for veteran director Richard Fleischer.

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* Intervision Video, one of the two pioneers of the British home video market (the other being VCL), looked to be heading for glory when they made a deal with United Artists Corporation to distribute 20 UA films on Betamax, VHS, and Video 2000 for rental in the fall of 1980. Then, in December 1981, Warner Bros. entered an "exclusive, long-term agreement" to distribute 500 UA films on Betamax, VHS, and Video 2000 (about twice as big as Creator/MagneticVideo's home video deal with UA for 250 of its films on the other side of the pond)... ''including Intervision's 20''. Either Warner was oblivious to the earlier deal, or they knew about it and decided it would be in their best interests to respect that deal. Either way, more people ended up renting Warner's UA tapes than Intervision's UA tapes, and Intervision faded into obscurity quickly, eventually closing up shop in the mid-'80s.
* The home video division of the personal multimedia empire operated by Creator/MichaelNesmith (formerly of TheMonkees), Pacific Arts, was killed by its deal with {{PBS}}, which was abruptly terminated on Columbus Day, 1993. What became known as the "Columbus Day Massacre" led to the legal eagles flying in from both sides before a settlement was reached in 1999. As for the Pacific Arts Corporation itself, it's still around.
* Media Home Entertainment, one of the four "mini-majors" in the home video industry covering a large library of VHS releases in many diverse genres (alongside sublabels Hi-Tops Video releasing childrens' titles and Fox Hills Video releasing more special interest oriented videos), collapsed in 1990 when Gerald Ronson, the leader of its parent company Heron Communications, was convicted of securities fraud due to his role in the Guinness share trading fraud in the UK, eventually closing shop in 1993. Most assets of Media Home Entertainment were transferred to TwentiethCenturyFox.

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* Allan Carr, the producer and party-giver whose biggest hit was the movie adaptation of ''{{Grease}}'', was tapped to produce the 1989 {{Academy Award}}s telecast. He promised "the most beautiful Academy Awards of all time"; he delivered a show that opened with a production number "highlighted" by Snow White and Rob Lowe performing a duet of "Proud Mary". Reviews were horrible, he was accused of disgracing Hollywood's good name (and, by Disney, of copyright infringement), and he [[NeverLiveItDown never got another producing job in Hollywood again]].
* GameShow creator and producer Creator/ChuckBarris was riding high in TheSeventies with ''Series/TheNewlywedGame'', ''Series/TheDatingGame'', ''Series/{{Treasure Hunt|US}}'', and ''Series/TheGongShow'', the last of which he also hosted. But in 1979, he started the show ''Three's a Crowd'', a lurid show that asked questions of a male contestant, then of his wife and secretary, to see which of the two knew him better. The show drew outrage from MoralGuardians and the fallout caused it to go off the air, along with ''Series/TheNewlywedGame'', ''Series/TheDatingGame,'' and ''Gong'' (Treasure Hunt had already gone off the air on its own by this point.) For the next decade, Barris mounted only one original show after it (the short-lived dud ''Camouflage'') and the rest were either short-lived syndicated revivals of ''Newlywed'', ''Dating'', and ''Gong'', or didn't make it past the pilot stage. (Notably, there was ''Bamboozled'' in the mid-80's, which got hit by a lawsuit from Creator/MarkGoodson over its resemblance to ''Series/ToTellTheTruth''.) He moved to France at the end of the decade and Sony acquired the rights to his catalog.

* At the end of its fifth season, ''Series/SaturdayNightLive'' aired what was clearly intended as its final episode. NBC, however, refused to let their {{cash cow|Franchise}} die, replacing the cast and writers entirely, and hiring the show's talent coordinator Jean Doumanian to replace Lorne Michaels as executive producer (snubbing Creator/AlFranken after network head Fred Silverman took personal offense to Franken's "Limo for the Lame-O" piece and Harry Shearer, who didn't like how LorneMichaels was running ''SNL'' and wanted to do it his way with more experienced comic actors[[note]]most of whom, like Christopher Guest and Billy Crystal, wouldn't work with Shearer until season 10[[/note]]). While Doumanian did have a knack for getting good musical guests and treating the talent right, she was out of her depth for running a comedy show. Though Doumanian claims that she was sabotaged because the mostly male higher-ups at NBC did not feel comfortable having a woman run the show, the TV special ''Lost and Found: SNL in the 1980s'' places the blame of the show's horrid sixth season squarely on Jean Doumanian's head because of her incompetence and inexperience. She passed up a lot of potentially funny cast members (JimCarrey, John Goodman, PaulReubens, and Robert Townsend being just a few examples -- and EddieMurphy barely made it on. If not for writer Neil Levy, he too would have been rejected), tried to make the sketches more dramatic, had no idea how to make the humor edgy (and when she did try, it ended up being dour, flat, and obvious in an intelligence-insulting way), brought on cast members who weren't seasoned in comedy at all [[note]]save for Eddie Murphy and Joe Piscopo, though Denny Dillon did have some experience in sketch comedy, as she was on a Lorne Michaels-produced Saturday morning kids' show in the late 1970s and Creator/GilbertGottfried did do stand-up before he was hired, but this was years before Gottfried would be known for his loud, obnoxious voice and politically incorrect humor[[/note]], and did nothing to improve the show's quality when the reviews tore her season apart and began to praise ABC's ''Fridays'' as the new sharp, satirical sketch show (until ABC [[ScrewedByTheNetwork screwed the show over]]). After Charles Rocket's "f-word" debacle on the Charlene Tilton episode, Doumanian was fired (along with most of her cast, except for cast members Creator/EddieMurphy, Joe Piscopo, Denny Dillon, Gail Matthius - though Dillon and Matthius would be fired later - and writer Creator/BrianDoyleMurray). The season lives on as one of ''SNL'''s lowest points in the show's peak-and-valley history (seasons 11[[note]]1985-1986[[/note]] and 20[[note]]1994-1995[[/note]] are the only other seasons that have spelled doom for ''SNL''[[note]]Other seasons, like seasons 18, 19, 23, 27, 28, 29, 30, 35, and 39 have been branded as bad, but it's mostly along the lines of being boring and uneven in quality, not "so bad that NBC wants the show canceled[[/note]], but those seasons have been VindicatedByHistory, as most modern viewers will claim that the Weekend Update segments, done by DennisMiller and NormMacDonald respectively, are ActuallyPrettyFunny.
** Doumanian did resurface in TheNineties as the producer of a number of critically acclaimed and moderately successful Creator/WoodyAllen films. Two of them (''BulletsOverBroadway'' and ''Mighty Aphrodite'') even won Best Supporting Actress Oscars. Then she screwed that up too, when, in 2000, she suddenly backed out of a movie, leaving Woody stranded, eventually resulting in both of them filing lawsuits against each other.
** The denouement of that season may have ''literally'' killed Charles Rocket. Before that season he was seen as an up-and-comer whose "''Rocket Report''" newscast segments made him seem like a natural successor to Chevy Chase. But after the series and his dismissal, he got only supporting roles in films like ''DumbAndDumber'' and failed TV pilots. It was enough to pay the bills, but he never became the big star he could have been, and in 2005 he was found dead in a field near his home with his throat cut, apparently a suicide.
* ''{{Supertrain}}'': The final destruction of NBC was ''barely averted'' with the flop of a series the struggling network was resting its future upon. This hour-long comedy-drama series was essentially a clone of ''TheLoveBoat'' (trips, all-star guest casts, intertwining storylines with one a comedy, one more serious and a romantic story; etc.), except it was set aboard a train. Fans tuned in the first week and found unfunny situations and a series that all-around paled in comparison to the vastly superior ''Love Boat'', and a hasty attempt to rework the series failed. ''Supertrain'' often finds its way onto "biggest TV flops of all time" lists. Adding to the problem was the highly-expensive model train at one point jumped the tracks and crashed on the studio floor, requiring another equally expensive replacement to be built.
* ''Cliffhangers'': Another series that NBC truly and earnestly believed in, so much so that it nearly canceled several legitimate hits – most notably ''Series/LittleHouseOnThePrairie'' – to put on a poorly written and produced program featuring three serial cliffhanger dramas. Each drama was 20-minutes long and ended with a cliffhanger, but only one of them reached its proper conclusion before NBC gave up.
* '''The 1980 Summer Olympics''': By default, thanks to President Carter's announcement that the United States would be boycotting the 1980 Summer Games in Moscow. The boycott cost NBC millions in desperately needed advertising revenue ... and it, along with the failure of ''{{Supertrain}}'', would nearly undo the United States' oldest television network.

* Arrested Development's sophomore album, despite being highly regarded, pretty much arrested the development of the group's mainstream career ([[GermansLoveDavidHasselhoff at least in America]]).
* Digable Planets was an up-and-coming jazz-rap group who were well on their way to stardom thanks to cross-genre appeal of their single "Rebirth of Slick (Cool Like Dat)" and debut album ''Reachin'''. Then their second album, ''Blowout Comb'', bombed despite critical acclaim. The band disbanded soon after. Most people believe the reason why ''Blowout Comb'' failed was due to it being more socio-political and Afrocentric.
* Music/ATribeCalledQuest broke up after the polarizing ''The Love Movement'', although this had more to do with members Phife Dawg and Q-Tip being unable to get along with each other. Phife's health issues led to the group reuniting to pay for his medical expenses, and were in talks to produce a new album to complete their contract with Jive Records, but nothing came to fruition. They continued to tour together through 2013, with their last performance as a group as supporting acts to Music/KanyeWest's "Yeezus" tour.
* Music/DexysMidnightRunners followed up their international hit album ''Too-Rye-Ay'' with ''Don't Stand Me Down'', an expansive experimental soul album, which was acclaimed by critics...but didn't sit too well with their fans, who wanted another "Come On Eileen". An actual ''single'' from the album wasn't released until several months after the album was, and the single chosen -- "This Is What She's Like" -- was ''twelve minutes long''. The band was gone soon afterwards.
* Music/MorbidAngel had been one of the most popular and acclaimed death metal acts around for most of their career, but they hit a decidedly low point with ''Heretic'', which was derided for its awful production, poor songwriting, and large amounts of filler. After that, the band more or less fell off the radar for a long while aside from the release of a new song. Then ''Illud Divinum Insanus'' hit almost eight years later and with no small amount of hype (it had been built up as some sort of grand, genre-busting experiment that would change death metal). Not only was it ''not'' the album that fans had been waiting for, but it was ''fucking awful''. The straight death metal songs were by far the best songs on the album, and even those were far, far below their standards. The other tracks, however, ranged from Music/LambOfGod-esque post-thrash all the way to incredibly bad 90s-sounding industrial buttrock that sounded like it came from Rob Zombie's trash can, and Dave Vincent's severely degraded voice and horrendously bad lyrics only made things worse. Even Pete Sandoval, who didn't play on the album or have much to do with its writing (he was undergoing back surgery and was being filled in for by Tim Yeung), absolutely savaged it. To say that the metal community was pissed would be an understatement. To say it was their ''[[Music/{{Metallica}} St. Anger]]'' would be even more of an understatement; if anything, that album went over ''better'' than ''I''. While the band still has an okay live reputation, it's pretty safe to say that ''I'' was a colossal shark-jump and more or less completely destroyed their reputation and the metal community's respect for them.
* Happened to post-hardcore band Hum in 1998. After they scored some unexpected success with ''You'd Prefer An Astronaut'' in 1995, the band spent waited nearly 3 years before they released their followup, ''Downward Is Heavenward''. The album was a commercial failure in comparison to its predecessor, and the band's label, RCA, lost a great deal of money trying to promote it. Partially because of the album's inability to reach an audience, the band broke up shortly afterward. However, [[VindicatedByHistory over the years]] [[MagnumOpus the album has come to be recognized as not only Hum's masterpiece, but as one of the best albums of the 90s]]
* Some victims of the SophomoreSlump manage to recover with a third album, others fall apart after the failure of album number two:
** ''Second Coming'' by Music/TheStoneRoses, which had been delayed by ExecutiveMeddling, a productivity-halting lawsuit trying to stop them from moving to Geffen, and [[DevelopmentHell general band procrastination]] (moving to Wales to record did ''not'' help). The album was finally released in 1994, over five years after their debut album. The album completely failed to live up to its hype and despite lead single "Love Spreads" becoming a genuine hit, the album received middling reviews and disappeared from the charts quickly. So were the band: they split up two years later, after a series of badly-reviewed live appearances and hiring [[ReplacementScrappy Replacement Scrappies]] after their guitarist and drummer left.
** Music/TheKnack followed up their hit album ''Get the Knack'' and #1 hit single "My Sharona" with ''...But the Little Girls Understand''. The album was a complete dud commercially and critically, and despite releasing a couple more albums before they broke up, those releases never troubled the pop charts and were released with almost no fanfare.
* Music/{{Sepultura}} was one of the biggest names in metal during the early/mid-90's. Unfortunately, the departure of lead singer Max Cavalera and a string of poorly-to-averagely received studio albums with new singer Derrick Greene essentially drove the band into a musical wasteland, forgotten or neglected by all but a few loyal and dedicated fans.
* The Music/DixieChicks, one of the most popular pop-country acts of the early-2000's, were effectively destroyed after lead singer Natalie Maines made some anti-UsefulNotes/GeorgeWBush remarks during a London concert in 2003 ([[StopBeingStereotypical predictably]], conservative Bush supporters made up a significant portion of the band's audience). When the group returned with ''Taking the Long Way'', the album and its singles were practically ignored by country radio even though it was critically acclaimed and an across-the-board smash on the general Billboard album and singles charts. The single "Not Ready to Make Nice" made it to number 36 on the country chart, but made into the Top 5 of the pop charts, went Platinum and received the Record of the Year Grammy.
* Music/MilliVanilli, in a strange way, actually ''averted'' this. The event that killed the duo (literally, in the case of Rob Pilatus) was the revelation that they didn't actually sing their own music on the album, so technically, they weren't the "creators" to begin with. While pop singers not ''writing'' their own songs is commonplace, they're still expected to actually, y'know, be ''singers''. RoleEndingMisdemeanor doesn't even begin to describe the aftermath -- they had their Grammy for Best New Artist revoked, and they faced a couple dozen lawsuits from enraged fans demanding refunds.
* [[Music/TheJacksonFive The Jacksons]] made out quite well financially from their [[TroubledProduction troubled]] ''Victory'' tour. But, to the unpleasant surprise of everyone ''but'' him, [[Music/MichaelJackson Michael]] announced after the last show that the brothers would never tour together again. They and their father had been planning to do another leg of shows in Europe. But Michael was right.
** Chuck Sullivan, son of New England Patriots' owner Billy, had pledged the Patriots ''and their stadium'' as collateral to finance the tour. He was replaced by Don King midway through when it became abundantly clear to everyone save himself that he was completely over his head trying to do this. The losses he took nearly drove the Patriots bankrupt, and forced him and his father to sell the team they had started almost 30 years earlier.
** Interestingly enough, even Music/MichaelJackson went through a long phase where his career lay in the dumps. After the monster succes of ''Music/{{Thriller}}'', ''Music/{{Bad}}'' and ''Music/{{Dangerous}}'' Jackson was one of the best-selling artists in the world. After the 1993 child abuse allegations, however, his next albums and singles didn't sell as in the same amount as before, nor did the media spent much attention to the music. After ''Invincible'' (2001) he didn't even release an album with new material anymore during his lifetime, thus remaining out of the hitparade too. The 2002 baby dangling incident and the 2003 child abuse scandal once again hurt his public image. After being declared innocent in a trial in 2005 the attention to his music and legacy returned again. Though Jackson didn't actually do much on musical territory, until his attempt to a series of comeback concerts in 2009. After his sudden death his career re-emerged like never before, proving once again that DeadArtistsAreBetter.
* WebVideo/ToddInTheShadows, in his list of the Worst Songs of 2011 insisted that the critical mauling of Music/TheBlackEyedPeas' album ''The Beginning'', along with their poorly-received SuperBowl performance and the failure of their video game ''The Black Eyed Peas Experience'', badly damaged their career and led to them going on hiatus in 2011. Since then, will.i.am has had success as a solo artist, but there has been little talk of a reunion or a new album.
* Music/TheWanted. While their only major controversy was an insult hurled at Christina Aguilera, their career suffered ''simply by the presence of One Direction''. Hot on the heels of their respective smash hits "Glad You Came" and "What Makes You Beautiful," the media portrayed the two boy bands as equal rivals trying to break through into the United States -- but once One Direction broke a longstanding attendance record on NBC's ''Series/{{Today}}'' show and their album debuted at #1 on the Billboard 200, things didn't look so bright for The Wanted anymore. Their album debuted at #7 and sold 15,000 copies less than 1D's album sold in its ''seventh week.'' The group would never return to the Hot 100's top 40 again, and after a minor radio hit with "Chasing the Sun", they never had a single receive even minor levels of airplay. As for 1D, they would achieve a level of success not seen by a boy band since Music/{{NSYNC}} and the Music/BackstreetBoys -- and exceeding many of their accomplishments -- while The Wanted's career would continue to sink to the bottom of the ocean. Eventually, they got dropped from their label and were forced to break up only a month later.
* Time will tell if Music/{{Sugarland}} will suffer from this or not. Their 2010 NewSoundAlbum ''The Incredible Machine'' was [[BrokenBase extremely divisive to both fans and critics]], and only one of its singles ("Stuck Like Glue") was a hit. In August 2011, only about a month after the album's last single became their lowest-peaking to date, the duo was subject to a series of lawsuits after a stage collapse during one of their concerts at the Indiana State Fair which killed seven concertgoers. Sugarland has effectively been on hiatus since the collapse, but both members (lead singer Jennifer Nettles and guitarist/mandolinist Kristian Bush) released solo projects during the hiatus.
* The Hawthorne Muchachos were ascending the ranks of Drum Corps International when they were disqualified for marching an overage member just prior to the 1975 DCI Championship Finals. The corps never made it back to Finals and folded three years later.
* (West) German liedermacher Hannes Wader ''invoked'' this. When he became [[MisaimedFandom too popular with the German bourgeoisie]], he recorded ''Hannes Wader singt Arbeiterlieder''[[note]]Hannes Wader sings Working Class Songs[[/note]], a live album of radically leftist music that earned him the status of a PersonaNonGrata for multiple decades.
** He [[WinBackTheCrowd won back the crowd]] when he broke with the German communist party.
* While ''Kilroy Was Here'' sold well and generated a hit single with "Mr. Roboto", it would pretty much be the end of Music/{{Styx}}. Mounting tensions in the band over Dennis [=DeYoung's=] ever-increasing preference for a poppier sound over the hard-edged prog-tinged material that had made them stars in the late '70s drove them forever apart (save one brief studio reunion to rerecord "Lady") after a disastrous concert tour.[[note]]Also, concept albums were absolutely dead by this point[[/note]]
* While ''Down on the Upside'' performed well with critics and fans and sold over a million copies, it would be the growing tensions between the band and the music business that brought down Music/{{Soundgarden}}. Criticism over the band's departure from the grunge musical style that made them popular, combined with frontman Music/ChrisCornell wanting to retire the heavy guitar riffing that became a trademark toward the band, caused a seemingly irreparable rift that kept them apart. Cornell sank into alcoholism following the breakup, and attempted a comeback with several Music/RageAgainstTheMachine members with a band called Music/{{Audioslave}}, which despite three successful albums also broke up due to creative differences. However, in 2010, Cornell and his former Soundgarden colleagues finally made up their differences and Soundgarden reunited.

!!Female artists (solo)
* ''Series/SaturdayNightLive'' is known as the show that has been able to make many unknown musicians into overnight superstars... but it's also known as the show where many other artists have derailed their careers just as rapidly.
** Music/AshleeSimpson was expected to be the next Music/AvrilLavigne, following in the footsteps of her big sister Music/{{Jessica|Simpson}} to become a major pop star. Her first album, ''Autobiography'', went triple platinum. Then came her disastrous performance on ''Series/SaturdayNightLive'' in October 2004, where she was caught lip-syncing when her band started playing the wrong song, followed by an embarrassing "hoe-down" when she [[OhCrap realized what was happening]]. Following an equally disastrous half-time performance at the Orange Bowl a few months later, Ashlee's music career was all but over. Her following album, 2005's ''I Am Me'', sold far less than ''Autobiography'' and didn't even reach the platinum mark, and she wouldn't release another album for three years. She's had a bit more success as an actress, playing Violet Foster on the short-lived ''Series/MelrosePlace'' SequelSeries and Roxie Hart in Broadway and West End performances of ''Theatre/{{Chicago}}''.
** Music/SineadOConnor's performance in October 1992, in which she tore up a photo of [[UsefulNotes/ThePope Pope John Paul II]] while saying "Fight the real enemy!" in reaction to the then-recent sex abuse scandals within the Catholic Church, caused a massive outcry among Catholics (even Music/{{Madonna}}, no stranger to controversy herself, thought she went beyond the pale) that greatly sapped her career momentum in the '90s. After the 1994 album ''Universal Mother'', which was a sales disappointment, she wouldn't release another album of new material for six years. The worst part of it? ''[[CassandraTruth Her "j'accuse" method was just under two decades ahead of its time.]]''
** Music/LanaDelRey's performances on the season 37 episode hosted by DanielRadcliffe (of [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9zrvD-o8cII "Video Games"]] and [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2I62I3r2f-8&feature=mfu_in_order&list=UL "Blue Jeans"]]) were ''expected'' to kill her career, but turned out to be a subversion. Many viewers were puzzled and put off by her languid musical performance and her labored singing. She seemed to mumble most of the words, was constantly out of breath, and at times it almost sounded like she didn't even know the words to her own songs. Some even theorized that the whole thing was Kristen Wiig {{troll}}ing the audience with yet another wacky character, a parody of indie pop singers. The fact that Lana was already under fire for allegedly lying about [[SecretlyWealthy her upbringing]] didn't help matters. Needless to say, Lana was mercilessly criticized for the performance, to the point that she was branded the worst musical guest ''SNL'' has had in recent memory. But weirdly enough, [[NoSuchThingAsBadPublicity it didn't hurt her album's opening week sales in America]] like many thought it would. On the next live episode (hosted by Channing Tatum with musical guest Bon Iver), Kristen Wiig actually ''did'' appear as Lana Del Rey on Weekend Update to address her horrid musical performance and call out the criticisms against her (and admit that, yes, as a singer, she is stiff, distant, and weird).
* In 2002, Music/JenniferLopez released the single "Jenny from the Block" at the height of the tabloid storm surrounding her romance with Creator/BenAffleck. The song and its accompanying video (which co-starred Affleck) attempted to reinforce her street cred as a working-class Puerto Rican girl made good, but they backfired, instead painting a picture of Lopez as an out-of-touch celebrity who had forgotten her roots and sold out. [[PrettyFlyForAWhiteGuy "Jenny from the block"]] became the defining image of Lopez, often in mockery. Although the song itself was a hit, reaching #3 on the US Billboard Hot 100, her next few albums were sales disappointments, and she largely faded from the limelight until her CareerResurrection in the early 2010s.
* Music/JanetJackson, despite spending nearly twenty years as one of the biggest pop[=/=]RAndB stars in the world, saw her career destroyed overnight not by a poor album or performance, but rather, by a single infamous mishap. Her WardrobeMalfunction at the SuperBowl XXXVIII halftime show in 2004 saw her banned from the Grammy awards that year, and caused a massive public backlash and an [[MediaWatchdog FCC]]-led crusade against perceived immorality in the media. The aftermath of "Nipplegate" colored the reception of her album ''Damita Jo'', which was released the following month; despite a generally positive critical reception and sales of over three million, it only reached #2 on the Billboard charts, breaking a streak of #1 albums that stretched back to ''Control'' in 1986, and its singles were blacklisted from radio and MTV. Janet released only two more albums, ''20 Y.O.'' in 2006 and ''Discipline'' in 2008, both of which were similar disappointments; she then left her record label dissatisfied over a perceived lack of promotion for ''Discipline'', and most of her work since has been as an actress.
** Music/JustinTimberlake's career also took a beating after the halftime show, as he had played a major role in Janet's WardrobeMalfunction on stage. However, [[CareerResurrection he bounced back]] two years later with ''[=FutureSex/LoveSounds=]''.
* A particularly disheartening example would be that of Alison Gold, who followed up her GuiltyPleasure EarWorm "Chinese Food" with the 2014 single, "[[http://vimeo.com/86447975 Shush Up]]". The song itself wasn't the killer, but rather the video for it that borders on child pornography. The video was shot when Gold was 11 years old, yet it features bank robbery, an 11 year old being pregnant, electrocuted to death, tortured, committing suicide and [[ThreeMinutesOfWrithing dancing in skimpy (lack of) clothing and doing extremely inappropriate dance moves]] - not to mention that titling the song [[GoshDangItToHeck "Shush Up"]] seems to imply that the term "Shut Up" is more offensive than sexualized depiction of minors! The video's dislikes went through the roof and it received a record number of complaints for its offensive content that it was swiftly pulled, and Gold hasn't done anything noteworthy since then. It looks as if it may have left a black mark on the Ark Music Factory's reputation too.
* CountryMusic singer Holly Dunn's career came to a screeching halt in the early 1990s with the song "Maybe I Mean Yes", because some feminist groups felt that its lyrics condoned date rape ("When I say no or maybe, maybe I mean yes"). The song had nothing to do with date rape, but it was a time when many rapists had said "she didn't mean no" in defense, and the title was just too close to home for some. Dunn herself asked for the single to be withdrawn from radio, but the ensuing controversy was the primary factor in her career ending.
* In 2003, Maxim magazine hired singer-songwriter Music/MichelleBranch to participate in one of their photoshoots. The only problem was, Branch made a name for herself as an "anti-Britney" musician who wanted to sell her music and not her image. Many of Branch's fans turned on her as she was doing the exact opposite of what made her popular in the first place. This fiasco destroyed her reputation overnight, and the 20-year old pop superstar was now a has-been. Aside from the short lived country side-project The Wreckers, Branch never returned to the charts.
* Jo Dee Messina had her share of ups and downs throughout her career, as she nearly filed for bankruptcy in 1997 when the third and fourth singles off her debut album tanked, but she bounced back with the smashes "Bye, Bye", "I'm Alright", and "Stand Beside Me" off the second. She was hospitalized for exhaustion in 1999, had her label reject a completed album in 2003, and had developed an alcohol problem. This culiminated in a drunken performance in 2004 of which she remembers nothing except forgetting the lyrics to "Stand Beside Me", and a trip to rehab. She came back in 2005 with the #1 smash "My Give a Damn's Busted", but it was followed up by the polarizing WordSaladLyrics-laden "Delicious Surprise (I Believe It)", which stalled in the mid-20s. That proved to be the last straw, as any attempts at a follow-up completely tanked and she ultimately left the label.

!!Male artists (solo)
* Music/PeterFrampton's follow-up to his highly popular live album ''Frampton Comes Alive!'' was ''I'm In You'', a low-key experimental funk album. Despite the title track managing to become his biggest hit (#2 on the US pop charts), the album confounded his teenybopper fans, and the combination of the album's failure and [[StarDerailingRole his role in the film]]. ''Film/SgtPeppersLonelyHeartsClubBand'' (also the Creator Killer for its producer, as listed above) the next year completely obliterated his career. To add insult to injury, Music/FrankZappa spoofed the album with the song, ''I Have Been In You'' from ''Music/SheikYerbouti''.
* Despite only finishing as runner-up in ''TheXFactor'' UK 2005, Andy Abraham initially had a very promising career, and his first two albums enjoyed strong sales. Unfortunately, his future was destroyed virtually overnight by his disastrous failure and last-place finish in the 2008 EurovisionSongContest. Aside from the single release of his Eurovision song (which flopped so badly it didn't even get into the charts), Abraham hasn't released a single album since.
* Ironically, despite "Rock Me Tonite" being Billy Squier's biggest hit single, the ''video'' killed his career. Kenny Ortega stepped in to direct it two weeks before it was due for a World Premiere Video on MTV; Billy was too much of a nice guy to junk an [[TroubledProduction already troubled]] video in that time frame. Within days of people seeing the footage of him arising from satin sheets and prancing around in a pink tank top, [[MistakenForGay people drew the only obvious conclusion]], and he stopped selling out shows. He fired his manager and didn't release another album for two years.
* As explained [[http://thatguywiththeglasses.com/videolinks/teamt/tis/one-hit-wonderland/38889-one-hit-wonderland-me-and-mrs-jones-by-billy-paul here]] by WebVideo/ToddInTheShadows, soul singer Billy Paul's career took a massive blow after his debut single "Mr. and Mrs. Jones" was followed up by "Am I Black Enough For You?". Nearly everybody on the label, including Paul himself, thought that "Black Enough" was a terrible choice for a single, and that its black nationalist themes and message would alienate mainstream white listeners and paint a picture of Paul as a MalcolmXerox, but the head of the label loved the song and [[ExecutiveMeddling released it as his second single anyway]]. Sure enough, while "Black Enough" became a minor [[CultClassic cult hit]] among black nationalists, Paul became remembered as a OneHitWonder afterwards.
* Music/FiftyCent's third album ''Curtis'', particularly the media storm he built around it, ruined his career and image virtually overnight. His debut album ''Get Rich Or Die Tryin[='=]'' is widely considered to be a GlamRap classic, and is one of the best-selling rap albums of all time, but his [[SophomoreSlump sophomore album]] ''The Massacre'' received a [[BaseBreaker very polarized reaction]] from both critics and fans. With people questioning his staying power, Fifty, in an attempt to build hype around ''Curtis'', boastfully announced to the public that if Music/KanyeWest's album ''Graduation'' sold more copies than ''Curtis'' during their first week of release (both albums were deliberately released on the same day), he would officially retire from rapping. This drew the ire of many fans, who began to perceive him as an arrogant prick on top of being a mediocre talent. The fact that Fifty went back on his word when ''Graduation'' did indeed sell far more copies than ''Curtis'' was the finishing blow. His fourth album, ''Before I Self Destruct'', was both a critical and commercial failure, and a fifth album, ''Street King Immortal'', has been stuck in DevelopmentHell. While ''Get Rich Or Die Tryin[='=]'' still has many fans, Fifty himself is now seen as a joke by the rap community.
* During the late '00s and early '10s, Music/JustinBieber was the biggest teen idol in the world. While he'd had his fair share of controversies, the [[FanCommunityNickname Beliebers]] always stayed by his side, and it seemed like Bieber was going to mount a successful transition into an adult. Unfortunately for the Canadian teen heartthrob, [[Music/OneDirection a hot new boy band from the United Kingdom]] was starting to gain an American following. At first, it didn't seem like 1D were much of a threat -- but then, once their album dropped, their popularity skyrocketed. The first signs of downfall for Bieber was when his 2012 album ''Believe'', while still a commercial success and producing several hit singles, proved to be not as big as his prior albums had been, and more importantly underperformed 1D's ''Up All Night''. Furthermore, he would subsequently get creamed in a series of awards ceremonies by his new rivals, including a memorable Video Music Award victory over the Biebs. Between the rise of 1D and a litany of controversial statements and immature behavior over the course of 2013 (such as a tasteless remark about [[Literature/TheDiaryOfAYoungGirl Anne Frank]], a profanity-filled tirade against a paparazzo, and appearing at a show three hours late), Bieber's fanbase turned against him. The finishing blows were his 2013 album ''Journals'', which sold so poorly that iTunes withheld the sales figures, and a concert movie in December 2013 that made only [[BoxOfficeBomb $2 million]], while the British boy band's successes continued to soar. Now, Bieber is better known as a tabloid punchline than as a singer.
* In 2013, Robin Thicke was the hottest artist in the world, propelled by the tremendous success of his controversial hit "Blurred Lines", featuring Pharrell Williams and Clifford "T.I." Harris. His album of the same name sold 177,000 units at the first week. Then, in an attempt to promote the album, he decided to do an ''extremely'' indecent dance with Music/MileyCyrus at the MTV Video Music Awards that year, to disastrous results. This set off a chain reaction that caused his single and album to disappear from the charts, which was followed by Thicke's affair and divorce. His next album ''Paula'' (which he solely made just to win his wife back) was critically panned and opened with sales under 10,000 in the US and under 1,000 in the UK. His fate was formally sealed in March 2015, when a jury in a Los Angeles civil court found that "Blurred Lines" had infringed on the copyright of Music/MarvinGaye's "Got to Give it Up", which both Thicke and co-writer Williams stated to be an influence to writing "Blurred Lines."[[note]]What arguably led the case to head to the Gaye family's favor was Thicke's admission, in a deposition the year prior, that he lied about his involvement in the composition of "Blurred Lines" due to being high on alcohol and hydrocodone at the time of recording, and that it was penned entirely by Williams. Harris, on the other hand, had recorded his vocals just after the fact and never had any involvement in the song's composition, and thus was vindicated of any wrongdoing.[[/note]] The fallout from the case will probably mean Thicke may never find an audience ever again.
* Music/{{Akon}} made "Sexy Bitch" with DavidGuetta, while it launched Guetta's career, it killed Akon's and he hasn't had a hit since. Though, the autotune craze dying down also helped.
* Tracy Lawrence was a steady chart presence on country radio for most of TheNineties, having hit #1 right out of the gate with "Sticks and Stones" in 1991. But in late 1997, his momentum came to a screeching halt when he had some tangles with the law, including an accusation of domestic abuse against his wife; he was convicted and fined $500 as a result. Combined with a label restructure, he was silent for nearly three years before once again having a hit in 2000 with "Lessons Learned". But a second restructure and a shift in the music market blunted both its corresponding album and the next one, so the hits afterward remained very scarce. He did sign to Creator/DreamWorks Records and score another hit in 2004 with "Paint Me a Birmingham", but was once again shorted by that label's closure. After an unsuccessful GreatestHitsAlbum for Mercury, he eventually went independent and got one last hit with his first independent release, "Find Out Who Your Friends Are" (which took off due entirely to a remix with Music/TimMcGraw and Music/KennyChesney).
* Cat Stevens narrowly escaped this with ''Numbers'', but ExecutiveMeddling pushed him on to complete two more albums, ''Izitso'' and ''Back to Earth''. The latter was a true CreatorKiller for him, as it failed to make the Top 30 and left Stevens, by this time formally known as Yusuf Islam, absent from the pop world for nearly thirty years.

* The relative failure of the Ike and Tina Turner single "River Deep, Mountain High" brought producer Music/PhilSpector's career to a standstill and was a major factor in driving him into seclusion, along with his LoveItOrHateIt production of ''LetItBe''.
** Ironically it was actually a huge success in Europe, not that this brought him much comfort.
* At the premiere of ''Lily'' in 1977, the audience turned out in droves within just 20 minutes. Leon Kirchner never wrote another opera thereafter, although his musical career continued.
* It wasn't so much a failure as it was long, but ''William Tell'' prevented Music/GioachinoRossini from composing a fortieth opera altogether.
** Speaking of Rossini, Constantino Dall'Argine composed a ''Barber of Seville'' that failed miserably at its premiere in Bologna in 1868 -- two days before Rossini's death -- and destroyed his career as a composer.

!!Record labels
* The pioneering NewWaveMusic label Factory Records was taken down by ''Yes Please!'', the disastrous 1992 album by Happy Mondays which went several times overbudget and has its artists spending more time doing crack (which they decided was more addicting than heroin, an addiction which they had relocated to Barbados to kick -- there was no heroin on the island, but plenty of crack) than recording any material (the first demos sent to the company didn't even have vocals since the artists forgot to write any). The failure of the album also took down Happy Mondays, who wouldn't record another album until 2007.
** Music/NewOrder's delay in following up ''Technique'' has also been cited as contributing to Factory's demise.
* Music/MasterP and his record label No Limit's popularity declined due to a lawsuit and split from production company Beats By the Pound. These events forced the bulk of their catalog to cease production, forcing them to attempt to restart their empire from scratch.

* Some players believe that ''Pinball/FlipperFootball'' -- an attempt to realistically portray soccer in a pinball game -- was the straw that broke the back of Creator/CapcomPinball. Other observers, though, believe the division was already on such shaky ground with Capcom management that nothing could've saved it.
* Unofficial gossip is that pinball artist Creator/PythonAnghelo's career ended with the unfinished "Zingy Bingy" project. According to secondhand sources, "Zingy Bingy" was a ''pornographic-themed'' pinball game; players would use penis-shaped flippers to shoot the pinball into vagina-shaped saucers, while breast bumpers knocked the ball around.
* Subverted in the case of Creator/WilliamsElectronics, who exited arcade gaming after releasing the first two games in their new "Pinball 2000" platform (''Pinball/RevengeFromMars'' and ''Pinball/StarWarsEpisodeI''). While many blamed the games for being a Creator Killer, the truth was that the games did moderately well, but simply fell short of being blockbusters. In actuality, Williams' shareholders had been planning to switch to the more lucrative field of casino gambling for some time, and used the "Pinball 2000" titles as an excuse to do so.

* The Louisville Stars were taken down by the permabanning of four players in 1877 for [[RoleEndingMisdemeanor gambling]]. As the St. Louis Brown Stockings had just signed two of those players, they too fell in the aftermath of the second scandal in Major League Baseball history.
* The "death penalty" is the harshest punishment that the NCAA can inflict on a college athletics team, banning a school from competing in a sport for at least one year. As the name suggests, not only does this literally kill the team for the period of time the ban is in effect, but it is often left gutted afterwards, forced into a long rebuilding period. It is because of this harshness that the NCAA has only handed it down five times in its history:
** The University of Kentucky was banned from competing in the 1952-53 season after it was revealed that three players on the school's basketball team had been gambling on games during the '48-49 season. Further investigation revealed that ten basketball players had received "impermissible financial aid" (i.e. they were being paid under the table), and that a number of them were ineligible to play. The NCAA went so far as to extend the death penalty to the school's entire athletics department, not just the basketball team, finding that university officials had willfully ignored what was happening and that the problems were much greater than one team.
** The University of Southwestern Louisiana (now the University of Louisiana at Lafayette) basketball team was found guilty of more than 125 violations in 1973, most of them revolving around various perks given to players, including money, gas cards, clothing, being allowed to borrow coaches' and boosters' cars, and in the most JustForFun/{{egregious}} case, forging one player's high school transcript. Not only were the Ragin' Cajuns banned from the 1973-74 and '74-75 seasons, but their '72 and '73 tournament appearances were scrubbed from the books and the school was stripped of NCAA voting privileges for four years; some recommended kicking USL out of the NCAA altogether, but this didn't happen.
** In 1986, the Southern Methodist University football team was hit with what remains known as the harshest punishment ever inflicted by the NCAA. The team had already been put on three-year probation in 1985 for recruiting violations, the seventh time this had happened (and the fifth time since 1974), and the following year, it was discovered that the team was still paying players through a slush fund set up by a booster. The NCAA canceled the Mustangs' 1987 season and all of its 1988 home games[[note]]SMU later voluntarily canceled the rest of its 1988 season as well, as so many players had transferred to other teams that the Mustangs were composed largely of unseasoned freshmen.[[/note]], banned it from bowl games and television until 1989, forced it to cut its assistant coaching staff from nine people to five, barred it from off-campus recruiting until 1988, and cut 55 scholarship positions from SMU over the next four years. The Mustangs' once-storied football program took over twenty years to recover, and the entire Southwest Conference (a former powerhouse that had already been tarnished by other scandals) was left devastated by the collapse of one of its biggest teams, eventually folding in 1996.\\
The crippling effects the death penalty had on both SMU and the Southwest Conference are the reason why the NCAA has since become very reluctant to hand out such stiff punishments. To this day, the rampant infractions committed by SMU football are considered the baseline for what is deserving of the death penalty. It is for this reason why the NCAA didn't issue the death penalty to Baylor University's men's basketball team in 2005, despite violations just as bad as SMU football, as they felt that Baylor, unlike SMU, had at least taken action to crack down on it.
** In 2003, Morehouse College's soccer team was banned from play until 2006 when they were caught having signed two Nigerian-born players who were clearly ineligible to play, given that they had played professionally for a minor-league team in the past and had obvious red flags in their applications. On top of that, the two also played in games for Morehouse before they were actually enrolled. Morehouse actually canceled the soccer team's season itself after it found out (and has since stuck to intramural play), but the NCAA extended the school's self-imposed death penalty by two years due to how serious the infractions were.
** The [=MacMurray=] College tennis program was shut down for the 2005-06 and '06-07 seasons, with a ban on postseason play running through 2009, after a part-time coach and his father arranged for $126,000 worth of grants for ten players from foreign countries. [=MacMurray=] is a Division III school, which are not allowed to grant athletic scholarships; the fact that the head of the athletic department outright criticized that rule during the hearings on the matter was a factor in why the NCAA cracked down so hard. The [=MacMurray=] tennis program has remained shut down since.

* The Tennessee Volunteers football team has had a history of them recently:
** Johnny Majors was bought out after losing to Arkansas, Alabama, and South Carolina in [[RuleOfThree three straight games]] in October 1992. He actually resigned before the Vols were to play in that year's bowl game, though he did complete the regular season.
** Phillip Fulmer survived one losing season in 2005, but another trio of consecutive losses late in 2008, capped off by a homecoming loss against Wyoming, convinced him to step down as head coach that year, but not before winning the last game of the season, the 2008 Battle of the Barrel, against Kentucky.
** Derek Dooley was fired after three seasons, each a losing season, as head coach, the last straw being a CurbStompBattle at the hands of their rivals at Vanderbilt, 18-41. Unlike the above two coaches, Dooley didn't even make it to the end of the regular season. It didn't help that the loss against Vandy was ''another'' homecoming game.
* George Seifert, winner of five combined Super Bowls as a coach for the San Francisco 49ers [[note]]one as defensive backs coach, two as defensive coordinator, and two more as head coach[[/note]], went to Carolina in 1999 after the Panthers fired Dom Capers. While he did go 8-8 and 7-9 in his first two years, it was 2001 that did him in. That year, the Panthers went 1-15, losing 15 straight. He has not been in a head coaching position since. To add insult to injury, that 2001 season may keep Seifert out of the Pro Football Hall of Fame.
* Show-cause penalties are to NCAA coaches as death penalties are to NCAA teams; however, this is handed down more often. Many who have been hit with a show-cause penalty haven't had a coaching job since; the few exceptions are Todd Bozeman (currently the head coach for the Morgan State Bears, and one of only two DI men's basketball head coaches to receive another NCAA head coaching job afterwards), Kelvin Sampson (now an NBA assistant coach, initially for the Milwaukee Bucks and currently the Houston Rockets), Rob Senderoff (who remained at Kent State throughout the show-cause and is the only person to become a head coach during his show-cause penalty), Bruce Pearl (currently the head coach for the Auburn Tigers), Brad Greenberg (who went international as an assistant coach for the Venezuela national team), and Chip Kelly (who is the current head coach for the Philadelphia Eagles). On a side note, Sampson and another former NCAA basketball coach under a show-cause penalty, Dave Bliss, competed against each other in the Oklahoma Alumni Legends Game which was held on August 27, 2011. The game was decided via sudden death overtime.
* Rich Kotite had risen through the ranks of NFL assistants through the 1980s and eventually got a head coaching job with the Philadelphia Eagles in 1991. He did OK for a while, but after the 7-9 1994 season, after losing seven straight games to end the season, then-new owner Norman Braman wanted to put his stamp on the team, so Kotite was let go. His friend Leon Hess, owner of the New York Jets, decided to let rookie coach Pete Carroll go after a 6-10 season that had come out so poorly when the Jets blew their last several games after the infamous Miami Dolphins' "[[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Clock_Play Clock Play]]" so he could give Kotite the job. The New York press immediately questioned the wisdom of this hire, and they were borne out when Kotite went 4-28 across two seasons, the worst record for an NFL coach in that stretch of games ever. Kotite announced that he resigned a few days before the final game of the 1996 season, and hasn't had a coaching job since then.
* [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Miracle_at_the_Meadowlands The Miracle at the Meadowlands]]", the infamous 1978 play where the New York Giants fumbled away a game against the Eagles that they had effectively won in the last seconds, ended a couple of careers. Bob Gibson, the Giants' offensive coordinator who had called the snakebitten play, was fired the next day and has never worked in football again. Head coach John [=McVay's=] contract was not renewed at the end of the season; he never coached again although he was able to enjoy some success in the San Francisco 49ers' front office. Andy Robustelli, the closest thing the Giants had to a general manager at that time, was also fired and never worked in football again.
* Joe Paterno was noted as the winningest coach in college football history, and was well respected until the infamous Jerry Sandusky child molestation charges in 2011, which also implicated him in a cover up of these activities. Sandusky was arrested and later convicted on the charges, and Paterno's career, legacy, respect, and eventually life came to a screeching end in the last months of 2011 (He was terminated from Penn State on November 9, and died two and a half months later; the NCAA also vacated all of his wins from 1998 on for 3 years.)

* Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald Sterling's career came to a screeching halt over the course of one weekend in April 2014 when recordings of him making extremely racist comments were released. In the wake of player protests (including reports that the entire Clippers team, along with their opponents the Golden State Warriors, would walk off the court of the next NBA playoff game if Sterling was not harshly punished) and sponsors bailing out on the team, the NBA stripped him of his title, banned him from the team for life and fined him $2.5 million for his troubles.

* Bobby Unser's racing career came to an end shortly after the controversial Indy 500 where he was temporarily stripped of his win over an incident involving a caution flag. His retirement has been blamed on the negative commercial impact that followed the incident.

* In 2001, the Fox Network hired Ken Squier, who is arguably, the greatest and/or most predominant NASCAR broadcaster of all-time, to do some studio work for their inaugural NASCAR telecast, the Daytona 500 (an event that Squier did lap-by-lap commentary for from 1979-1997 on CBS). As everyone knows, this was the race in which Dale Earnhart, Sr. died in a crash in the final lap. Nobody knew it at the time, of course, but the longer we didn't hear anything the longer we wondered. Finally we saw a shot of an ambulance racing to the hospital in the closing moments of the broadcast. AND AT THAT MOMENT - THAT VERY MOMENT- IS WHEN FOX TURNED TO POOR KEN SQUIER TO READ A POEM ABOUT WHAT HE HAD JUST SEEN (which had been, up to that point, the story of perpetual bridesmaid driver Michael Waltrip finally winning a race on the sport's grandest stage)! So Squier was trying to put the race into some sort of eloquence - all the while we're ignoring him and wondering about this ambulance speeding down the highway we're seeing, but not hearing anything about. Squier at this particular point, didn't know Earnhart had died. And yet Fox's production truck was making the "Dean of NASCAR announcers" look like a fool at the end of their broadcast. It would be the last time that Squier would work on an over-the-air network broadcast.

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* While not a creator, distributor Upper Deck Entertainment got hit hard during the latter part of the ''[[Anime/YuGiOhGX GX]]'' era of the ''TabletopGame/YuGiOh'' TCG due to their own ExecutiveMeddling; a series of unpopular reshuffling of set cards (including the dismantling of two highly anticipated structure decks to release their new cards as difficult-to-get Secret Rares in the main sets), creation of poorly-received TCG-only cards, and ultimately the publishing of fake cards for third-party distribution ultimately forced {{Konami}} to pull their contract with UDE and wrangle the game away from them through a legal shitstorm. Even more damning, this incident has apparently caused {{Blizzard| Entertainment}} to pull ''their'' contract with UDE for the distribution of the ''VideoGame/WorldOfWarcraft'' TCG, going so far as to make an entirely new branch specifically for distributing it themselves. No word yet on how this will impact UDE's baseball and hockey card sales, but it's likely that that's going to be the only thing that'll save them from bankruptcy. To make things even more troubling, [[http://www.nctimes.com/business/article_526a005b-9676-57f8-b5d9-4eb14f2c43d0.html there's a corporate family civil war brewing as a direct result of the aforementioned Yu-Gi-Oh! TCG scandal.]]
* ''TabletopGame/{{Warhammer 40000}}'':
** Gav Thorpe is largely blamed for the weaknesses of the 4th-5th edition Chaos Space Marine codex for ''Warhammer 40,000'' by taking the "less is more" approach a bit too far. His biggest offense was the removal of numerous unit options and items that were in previous Chaos Marine books, which largely homogenized what was once a diverse and varied army and prevented players from being able to run themed lists based off the current Chaos Legions. Fan response to the Chaos Marine codex was so negative that Thorpe was removed as a codex writer and transferred to GW's novel writing division. Even then Thorpe has not released any GW-related content at all.
** The Grey Knights codex didn't quite ''kill'' [[ScapegoatCreator Matt Ward's]] career, despite the hopes of large chunks of 4chan, but it led to Ward receiving vastly greater oversight while writing the Necron codex, and since the release of sixth edition in 2012, his sole publishing credit has been for ''TabletopGame/{{Warhammer}} Fantasy Battle''. Meaning it may not have stopped him writing, but despite the prevalence of rumours putting him in charge of any army whose author hasn't already been confirmed, he doesn't seem to be writing 40K any more.
*** Warhammer Fantasy Battles fans remember Ward rather differently, as he was sent to 40k from WFB after writing the Chaos Demons codex for 7th edition...which was so incredibly broken that it forced the immediate development and release of an ''entirely new edition of the game'' in response.
** Robin Cruddace was widely praised for his handling of the 5th edition Imperial Guard book, which saw a once joke-level army being turned into one of the strongest forces on the tabletop, until he got his hands on the Tyranids...and promptly got labeled as a treadhead. It's widely considered by the fandom that Cruddace excels at balancing vehicle-based armies, but when given the Tyranids, the only army in the entire game to not use vehicles in any way or form, his only reaction was to make them bland and passable while ensuring that any real threats to vehicles in the codex were eliminated (the sole exception being the Hive Guards) by raising their prices or reducing their effectiveness. Combined with Matt Ward's "accomplishments" above, this has resulted in GW instead not naming any specific writer on any of their codexes since the 6th edition release of the Tyranids due to the internet backlash that ensues. Remember that Games Workshop is a firm that doesn't '''read''' internet feedback, which should give you an idea of how serious this is.
* TSR, original owner and publisher of ''TabletopGame/DungeonsAndDragons'', was already doing poorly in the early 90s from a variety of factors, and suddenly found themselves steamrolled by the success of newcomer Creator/WizardsOfTheCoast and their game ''TabletopGame/MagicTheGathering''. A self-serving focus on the ''BuckRogers'' franchise (to which the CEO's family owned rights), flopped attempts to get in on the "collectible gaming" market with products like Dragon Dice, as well as a massive loss on a pile of unsold novels hit TSR with a trifecta of Creator Killers, forcing them to sell off to upstart rival Wizards.
* Pretty much all of Decipher's card games came to end after the release of the final set of the MegaMan card game, which featured a deck so overowered that it brought the company down with it

* While Creator/CirqueDuSoleil's ''Theatre/{{Dralion}}'' (1999) was critically well-received, it flopped badly in its original North American tour and did extensive financial damage to the company, ensuring that director Guy Caron would never get a directing job with any theater company for a long time. It took two years for Cirque to scare up enough money to put ''Theatre/{{Varekai}}'' into production. ''Dralion'' still runs, but only because ''Varekai'' pulled in record-breaking numbers when it launched.
** David Shriner's career also tanked when, fresh off the heels of the hit ''Kooza'', he wrote and directed the highly-hyped ''Theatre/BananaShpeel'' -- which was intended as Cirque's first permanent show in New York City. The show was a critical and commercial disaster, annoyed audiences to no end, and caused Cirque's reputation as a whole to nosedive. Thankfully, this show and other weaker Cirque efforts produced over 2008-10 (''Theatre/CrissAngelBelieve'', ''ZAIA'', and ''Theatre/VivaElvis'') were revamped and/or closed down, the next few tours (''TOTEM'', ''Theatre/MichaelJacksonTHEIMMORTALWorldTour'', and ''Amaluna'') pulled in breathtaking numbers, and the company has continued to churn out productions like butter.
* Irving Caesar, veteran Broadway songwriter and comedy writer, never wrote for the stage again after his self-produced "revusical" ''My Dear Public'', which closed out of town in 1942, restarted production the next year, finally reached New York and bombed. At least he lived more than long enough to witness the triumphant 1971 revival of ''No, No, Nanette'', whose hit songs he wrote lyrics for.
* ''Kelly'' (1965) became notorious as the first Broadway musical since 1930 to close on its opening night. Its failure brought an end to the career of composer Mark "Moose" Charlap, whose career after ''PeterPan'' had been a series of flops.
* Robert Bolt began his career with several successes: ''Flowering Cherry'', ''The Tiger and the Horse'' and especially ''AManForAllSeasons'' were all major critical and commercial hits. His next play, ''Gentle Jack'', was a notorious flop which convinced Bolt to focus on screenwriting. While he wrote two modestly successful plays afterward (''Theatre/TheThwartingOfBaronBolligrew'' and ''Vivat! Vivat Regina!'') and proved a successful screenwriter with flicks like ''LawrenceOfArabia'', nothing Bolt wrote for the stage matched his earlier plays in popularity or (arguably) quality.
* The 1967 Broadway musical ''How Now, Dow Jones'', "based on an idea by Carolyn Leigh," ensured that no further musicals with Leigh as lyricist would ever reach Broadway, though her earlier lyrics for ''Peter Pan'' and ''Little Me'' were highly regarded. (''How Now, Dow Jones'' did pick up a bunch of Tony nominations, but 1967 was an unusually bad year.)

[[folder:Video Games]]

!! Creator/{{Activision}}
* After a steady string of hits with its ''VideoGame/ProjectGothamRacing'' series, the disappointing sales figures of ''VideoGame/{{Blur}}'' and then their attempt at a Film/JamesBond game, ''VideoGame/BloodStone: 007'', killed Creator/BizarreCreations outright. [[SeriousBusiness Dissing Mario Kart in the former's]] [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=08dbXQFyOLI TV commercial]] certainly didn't help matters.
* The InteractiveFiction producer Creator/{{Infocom}} attempted to branch out into new fields with its relational database program Cornerstone. (Indeed, the whole original plan was to just use the games as a stepping-stone to more profitable business software.) Although Cornerstone received good reviews, it was an expensive flop, and helped lead to Infocom being sold to Activision, whose mismanagement quickly finished running the company into the ground.
* ''{{VideoGame/Prototype 2}}'' sold below expectations against both its rival ''VideoGame/InFAMOUS2'' and [[VideoGame/{{Prototype}} its own predecessor]], leading to the eventual shutdown of Creator/RadicalEntertainment.
* ''[[VideoGame/DoubleOhSevenLegends 007 Legends]]'' was critically panned and sold poorly eventually leading the last 007 game developer for Activision, Eurocom, to [[http://kotaku.com/5966570/007-legends-developer-let-all-of-its-staff-go-today collapse out of game development entirely]] after 25 years. Due to the failure of ''007 Legends'', Activision has pulled it and older 007 games from various online stores (including their own and Steam) sparking rumors Activision may no longer have the 007 game license.
* Troika Games was already showing signs of trouble even before the release of ''VideoGame/VampireTheMasqueradeBloodlines''. The game used the new-and-powerful-at-the-time Source Engine, but were contractually obligated to withhold the game's release until ''VideoGame/{{Half-Life 2}}'' was released. Once the game was finally released, it quickly became apparent that the game was positively ''riddled'' with {{Game Breaking Bug}}s (leading one to wonder [[FridgeLogic why Troika didn't use the delay time to bug fix]]), leading to the ''players'' having to make patches to fix things. As should be expected, the final sales total for ''Bloodlines'' was lukewarm at ''best'', forcing Troika to file for bankruptcy in early 2005.
* Activision's milking of the ''VideoGame/GuitarHero'' brand ultimately brought Neversoft under. At first, it was with the ''[[VideoGame/TonyHawksProSkater Tony Hawk]]'' games, which had one release per year since the 1999 original all the way to ''Proving Ground'' (which came out in 2007); but then, Activision found a new CashCowFranchise and handed it to Neversoft, with whom they would proceed to pretty much milk the cow dry. The oversaturation of the music game market, coupled with the lukewarm reception to ''GH Music/VanHalen'' and ''Warriors of Rock'' (which was better received by comparison, but not a runaway hit like the first entries of the series) ended up costing them more money than they bargained for, resulting in losses for Activision, several Neversoft employees being laid off, Budcat Creations (which converted the series' games to [=PlayStation=] 2) going under, and ''Guitar Hero'' [[FranchiseKiller dying as a franchise]]. The last thing Neversoft did as an independent studio was the AlienInvasion game mode for ''VideoGame/CallOfDutyGhosts'', which subsequently led to Activision [[http://www.gonintendo.com/?mode=viewstory&id=227560 closing Neversoft and mergeing its staff into Infinity Ward]].

!! Creator/{{Capcom}}
* The near-simultaneous combination of so-so sales for ''VideoGame/{{Okami}}'' and the complete bomb of ''VideoGame/GodHand'' led Creator/{{Capcom}} to close Creator/CloverStudios shortly after their release.
* Creator/{{Capcom}} Production Studio 8, the American studio behind ''VideoGame/MaximoGhostsToGlory'' and [[VideoGame/MaximoVsArmyOfZin its sequel]], was disbanded after the flop of ''VideoGame/FinalFightStreetwise''.

!! Creator/{{Disney}}
* Disney has had a rather bad history of video game companies shutting down under their watch:
** ExecutiveMeddling forced the closure of Black Rock Studios despite the positive reception of ''VideoGame/SplitSecond''.
** Junction Point Studio, developer of ''VideoGame/EpicMickey'' and ''VideoGame/EpicMickey2ThePowerOfTwo'', [[http://gonintendo.com/?mode=viewstory&id=195079 closed]] due to the commercial failure of the latter. [[WordofGod Warren Spector]] had previously said [[FranchiseKiller a third Epic Mickey would be doubtful]], especially given Disney's shift in its gaming sector strategy from console to mobile games.
** Just months after acquiring Creator/LucasArts in its multi-million dollar deal with Lucasfilm, Disney disintegrated ''that'' company as well, and all of [=LucasArts=]' works in progress were immediately cancelled. It probably didn't help that the company's last release before being shut down was the horribly received ''Kinect Star Wars''. Unfortunately, this also meant that the highly-anticipated ''Star Wars 1313'' was given the axe as well.

!! Creator/ElectronicArts
* ''VideoGame/UltimaIX'' basically destroyed Origin Systems. Electronic Arts dropped all support for it during production and still demanded they release the extremely buggy version on time, then they cancelled all of Origin's future projects when the game bombed, eventually causing Richard Garriott to leave the company. EA shut down Origin in 2004.
* The modest reception given to ''VideoGame/CommandAndConquerRenegade'' resulted in the termination of Creator/WestwoodStudios, and the rest of the C&C series going to EA's Los Angeles office; the last C&C game developed by ''any'' member of the original Westwood team was ''VideoGame/CommandAndConquerGenerals''.
** The Los Angeles office (renamed Danger Close Studios and assigned with developing games for the ''VideoGame/MedalOfHonor'' revival series) was itself shut down after the flop of ''Medal of Honor: Warfighter''.
* Victory Games was set up by EA in 2010 to handle production of the ''C&C'' reboot (originally the sequel to ''Generals''). A year after its formation, the studio rebranded itself as Creator/BioWare Victory, but changed it back a year later. The development of ''C&C'' caused intensely-negative reaction when it was revealed that the game would use a free-to-play model, and wouldn't feature a single-player storyline, instead focusing on an economy-based multiplayer experience. EA President Frank Gibeau ended up apologizing to fans for the whole debacle, and things seemed to be progressing. However, a year later, the project was cancelled and the studio was closed, with its marketing manager [[http://ca.ign.com/articles/2013/10/29/ea-cancels-command-conquer-victory-studios-closed writing in an open letter]] that the intensely-negative feedback over the alpha version convinced them that they weren't making something that people wanted to play.
* Acclaimed ''VideoGame/NeedForSpeed'' and ''VideoGame/{{Skate}}'' developer EA Black Box was shut down in 2013 after ''Need for Speed: The Run'' underwhelmed critics and players alike. Black Box made the well-liked early 2000s installments of the ''Need for Speed'' series (''Hot Pursuit 2''[='=]s [=PlayStation=] 2 version, the ''Underground'' series, and ''[[VideoGame/NeedForSpeedMostWanted Most Wanted]]'' 2005 in particular) but after ''Need for Speed: Carbon'' they've slowly slipped into mediocrity. ''Skate'' was left an OrphanedSeries, while ''Need for Speed'' was handed to Ghost Games (which itself is the result of EA Gothenburg and several Creator/CriterionGames employees joining together.)
* While ''VideoGame/TheSaboteur'' was the last game of Pandemic Studios, it was the abysmal DevelopmentHell for the eventually cancelled ''Film/TheDarkKnight'' tie-in game that pushed EA to shut down the studio.
* The ''VideoGame/DefJamSeries'' of fighting games started with two [[SleeperHit surprise hits]], but ''Def Jam Icon'' failed to match either game's success, leading to the demise of EA's Chicago studio.
* Mythic Entertainment, the studio behind the popular [=MMORPGs=] ''VideoGame/DarkAgeOfCamelot'' and ''VideoGame/WarhammerOnline''[[note]]the former had its rights transferred to Broadsword Online Games in early 2014, and the latter was closed in 2013 after Mythic's license agreement with The Games Workshop expired[[/note]], was closed a few months after the release of ''VideoGame/DungeonKeeper'' on mobile devices, a game which quickly became notorious for its [[PayToWin aggressive microtransaction model]] and cavalier approach to its source material.
* Maxis was finally taken out to the back and shot by EA in March 2015 after ''VideoGame/SimCity'' 2013's critical failure and the [[InternetBackdraft large amount of flak]] ''VideoGame/TheSims4'' received at launch. However some argued that it had died and had been practically a zombie the moment Will Wright left the company years prior. Maxis' subsidiaries The Sims Studio and EA Salt Lake will be realigned to become EA's immediate subsidiaries.

!! Creator/{{Sega}}
* The SegaDreamcast KillerApp ''VideoGame/{{Shenmue}}'', while well received, was so much of a SunkCostFallacy that it served as a significant contributor to Creator/{{Sega}} leaving the hardware business. The game's development cost so much that every Dreamcast owner would have had to buy the game twice in order to recoup the budget (which is reported to be around $47-$70 million dollars in total - at the time it was released, it could have been the most expensive game ever made). The commercial failure of this game, plus the existing debt that Sega had piled up from [[SegaCD their]] [[Sega32X slew of]] [[SegaSaturn failed hardware]] in TheNineties, led to the end of Sega consoles, with the Dreamcast becoming the last Sega home console. What was left of the old Sega survived as an independent third-party developer for a while, before Sammy Corporation hammered the final nail into its coffin by acquiring and subsequently "[[ExecutiveMeddling retooling]]" the company.
** Yu Suzuki also did not escape ''Shenmue'''s aftermath unscathed. The man who created several of Sega's most iconic arcade franchises (''VideoGame/OutRun'', ''VideoGame/VirtuaFighter'', et al.) quietly [[KickedUpstairs slid into obscurity afterward]]. He originally envisioned ''Shenmue'' as a ''fifteen''-part series; ambitious if not wildly unsustainable!
* ''VideoGame/ComixZone'' and ''VideoGame/KidChameleon'' developer Sega Technical Institute disbanded after the cancellation of the TroubledProduction that was ''[[Franchise/SonictheHedgehog Sonic]] [[{{Vaporware}} X-treme]]''.
* The negative reception to ''VideoGame/GoldenAxe: Beast Rider'' and the ''Film/IronMan'' movie tie-in games were the main cause of death for Sega Studios San Francisco.
* Sega Studios Australia (which was originally founded as an Australian branch for UK developer Creative Assembly) was shut down in 2013 following the tepid critical and commercial reception to ''London 2012: The Official Videogame'' (it didn't help that the game they developed prior to ''London 2012'', ''{{VideoGame/Stormrise}}'', was critically panned and suffered poor sales). The high cost of running a game studio in the namesake studio's country may have also a contributing factor for the studio's closure.

!! Creator/{{THQ}}
* While Creator/ParadigmEntertainment's ''VideoGame/{{Stuntman}}: Ignition'' was by no means a flop (the game was one of THQ's top-selling titles during Q4 2007), THQ's financial losses due to it not meeting their sales forecast prompted them to shut the studio down without warning.
* Despite ''VideoGame/{{Homefront}}'' selling over a million units in one week, Kaos Studios was shuttered in 2011 due to the high cost of running a studio in New York. The mixed reviews of the game and subsequent drop in THQ stock may also have been contributing factors. The IP was eventually picked up by Crytek, but development on the sequel was passed on to Deep Silver amid rumors of financial turmoil at Crytek's studios in 2014.
* THQ's own fall into bankruptcy started with the uDraw [=GameTablet=] accessory, which was developed for the Nintendo Wii and released in 2010 to modest success, leading to an "HD" version of it being brought to the [=PlayStation=] 3 and Xbox 360 a year later. These versions were poorly received and abysmal sales caused their net income to drastically take a nosedive. There were other reasons as well, including the ''UsefulNotes/UltimateFightingChampionship'' video game rights being sold to Creator/ElectronicArts and the underperformance of ''VideoGame/DarksidersII'', which sold only 1.4 million copies and failed to turn a profit for THQ. Nordic Games [[http://www.polygon.com/2014/6/12/5805074/thq-trademark-acquired-nordic-games bought the THQ label]] in June 2014, allowing Nordic to publish games with the THQ branding.

!! Other Companies
* As a general rule, violent video games were this back in the '80s, particularly for smaller developers. Such games as ''Halloween'' and ''The Texas Chainsaw Massacre'' were either hidden under the counters, or video game stores decided to outright refuse to sell them altogether. Add to that the presumed and understandable wariness of advertisers about carrying ads for such games, and that was the story of Wizard Video's stillborn video game division.
* ''VideoGame/{{Daikatana}}'' didn't make anyone Creator/JohnRomero's bitch as he wanted to; it made Romero its own bitch and took his fame and career down with it.
** Some would say it also made Ion Storm its bitch, but the RTS ''Dominion: Storm Over Gift 3'' is perhaps the bigger culprit. Not only was it a huge flop on its own, but the [[TroubledProduction internal squabbling its development caused at Ion Storm]] was partially responsible for turning ''Daikatana'' into what it is, mostly thanks to how Ion Storm wanted to get ''Dominion'' out of the door as soon as possible so they could have some more cash for ''Daikatana''.
** That said, after ''Daikatana'', Romero floundered for awhile before coming back with a social games company that has seen moderate success and a much more older, wiser, and mature Romero.
* Another former id Software employee, American [=McGee=] (who started out as a level designer for ''VideoGame/{{Doom}}'' and ''[[VideoGame/QuakeI Quake]]'' and had his first big post-id hit with ''VideoGame/AmericanMcGeesAlice''), took a big hit from the failure that was ''Bad Day LA''. While his career has yet to return to the highs of ''Doom'', ''Quake'' and ''Alice'' (his plans for an adaptation of the ''Land of Oz'' never really took off), he was able to release [[VideoGame/AliceMadnessReturns a sequel to his first Alice game]], and like Romero, formed [[http://spicyworld.spicyhorse.com/ his own social games company]].
* The twin flops of ''BMX XXX'' and ''VideoGame/{{Turok}} Evolution'' killed Creator/{{Acclaim}} in 2004. The former in particular not only garnered a lot of negative controversy due to its attempt at [[SexSells using sexual content to sell copies]], but it angered Dave Mirra enough to sue them because he didn't want his name associated with it (it was originally an installment in the ''Dave Mirra BMX'' series, and [[WhatAnIdiot Acclaim continued using his name on advertisements even after he asked them not to]]). The company was briefly revived two years later on a smaller scale and InNameOnly, eventually getting bought out by Playdom in May 2010. This transaction sealed the fate of the new Acclaim, for Playdom was then bought out by Disney in July 2010; as one could ascertain from the pattern in the Disney video game section above, the Mouse House immediately proceeded to close Acclaim -- but this time, the Acclaim name would die forever.
* ''VideoGame/DukeNukemForever'' killed 3D Realms and destroyed George Broussard's reputation without even being made... or more accurately, ''by'' [[{{Vaporware}} not being made]]. And just to twist the knife, after 3D Realms imploded, the game was handed to Creator/GearboxSoftware by [[Creator/TakeTwoInteractive 2K Games]], who [[SavedFromDevelopmentHell finished it]] in one year (Broussard and 3D Realms worked on it for twelve). According to WordOfGod, the game was already pretty much finished, and Broussard's perfectionism and the Take-Two lawsuit kept it from coming out. Gearbox just basically put the finishing touches on the game.
* Fledgling developer Big Red Button Entertainment seems to have started and ended their career with ''VideoGame/SonicBoom: Rise of Lyric''. It went through an [[TroubledProduction excruciatingly long and troubled development cycle]], and thanks to ExecutiveMeddling lacked any involvement from Creator/SonicTeam, the main studio for the ''Franchise/SonicTheHedgehog'' series. The game proved to be a critical disaster upon release (to date, it's the absolute ''worst'' reviewed Sonic game, with [[http://www.metacritic.com/game/wii-u/sonic-boom-rise-of-lyric Metacritic]] and [[http://www.gamerankings.com/wii-u/761332-sonic-boom-rise-of-lyric/index.html GameRankings]] [[UpToEleven metascores even lower than]] ''[[VideoGame/SonicTheHedgehog2006 Sonic '06]]!'') as well as a commercial bomb (the ''combined'' sales of ''Rise of Lyric'' and fellow ''Boom'' tie-in ''Shattered Crystal'' only sold [[http://www.eurogamer.net/articles/2015-02-12-sonic-boom-games-shifted-just-490-000-copies 490,000 units worldwide]], making it [[MedalOfDishonor the poorest-selling Sonic game to date]] [[note]]past NPD results showed ''Shattered Crystal'' outselling ''Rise of Lyric''[[/note]]), and combined with many staffers leaving or getting fired during its turbulent production, it seems unlikely that the company will ever make another game again.
* ''VideoGame/{{Haze}}'' and ''VideoGame/{{Lair}}'' were two high-profile PlayStation3 flops which bankrupted their respective developers, Free Radical and Factor 5. Free Radical managed to hold off a more permanent demise by selling themselves to Crytek and becoming Crytek UK, but Factor 5 wasn't as lucky (the CEO liquidated all of the studio's assets and officially closed up shop in January 2011).
** Crytek UK itself collapsed in 2014 amid reports of employee backlash over Crytek not paying them adequately, as well as corporate restructuring that saw much of its staff being terminated and the ''VideoGame/{{Homefront}}'' series (see above for more information) being sold to Deep Silver. This move may have also put the final nail on the coffin for a fourth ''VideoGame/TimeSplitters'' game.
* The failure of ''Fury'', an MMORPG designed by Australian company Creator/{{Auran}} nearly brought down the entire company, and it forced them out of game development. They are now an extremely limited train simulator developer.
* Famously in the UK (thanks to [[http://youtu.be/ZoDh61sgCOg coverage]] from Creator/TheBBC), in 1983 the development of the "[[{{Vaporware}} mega-games]]" ''Psyclapse'' and ''Bandersnatch'' brought down Imagine Software, one of the biggest and most successful software companies of the day. It was compounded by how the company was spending silly money on advertising, bad investments and badly-thought-out attempts to outwit their rivals by buying up all available duplicating capacity.
** Former employee Bruce Everiss, upon becoming an OrwellianEditor, [[http://worldofstuart.excellentcontent.com/bruceworld/ would rather make you think]] [[DigitalPiracyIsEvil piracy]] killed Imagine instead of incompetence (in spite of having acknowledged the true causes of its downfall himself in 1984). Trying to hide from your shames?
* The hugely expensive but [[UnexpectedGenreChange poorly received]] ''TabletopGame/{{Shadowrun}}'' Xbox 360 game took out FASA Interactive in a matter of months, dashing hopes for a much-anticipated ''[=MechWarrior=]'' sequel[[note]]which got stonewalled by lawsuits[[/note]]. Supposedly Microsoft sold the rights back to one of the founders for a ridiculously low price just to wash their hands of the matter.
** Said rumour turned out to be true and ''[=MechWarrior=] Online'' was born. However, unexpectedly, it came out in a year where no less than four other mech games were launched, at least one of which was also a free-to-play MMO...
* It is frequently rumoured that the UsefulNotes/VirtualBoy's failure caused Creator/GunpeiYokoi's departure from Creator/{{Nintendo}}, although [[http://tinycartridge.com/post/862046655/virtual-boy-wasnt-gunpei-yokois-downfall business partner Yoshihiro Taki]] denies this, stating that Yokoi had planned to retire long before the Virtual Boy's release, and the console was supposed to be a parting gift of sorts. If he quit after the failure of the Virtual Boy, it would be seen as an admission of defeat, which led to him creating the Game Boy Pocket before leaving for Bandai.
** Taken literally in a 2003 [=GameSpy=] article listing the 25 dumbest moments in gaming history - [[http://web.archive.org/web/20100812045100/http://archive.gamespy.com/articles/june03/dumbestmoments/index15.shtml when they mention the Virtual Boy]], at least one of the writers is of the impression that had it not flopped, Yokoi would have still been alive by the time the article was posted.
--> "So, the Virtual Boy is not only a misbegotten mess of a game machine, it's [[ArtifactOfDeath a vicious and diabolical little thing]] that helped rob the world of the creator of ''Franchise/{{Metroid}}'' and ''VideoGame/KidIcarus''. I mean, [[UsefulNotes/AtariJaguar Jaguar]] sucked, but at least it didn't kill people."
* Poor sales of both the ''Film/TerminatorSalvation'' [[TheProblemWithLicensedGames tie-in game]] and ''VideoGame/BionicCommando 2009'' led to Creator/SquareEnix [[http://kotaku.com/5806511/bankrupted-studio-says-square%20enix-demanded-code-by-fax-didnt-recognize-ffxii-screenshots doing what can only be described as death by trolling]] on [=GRIN=]'s ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyXII'' spin-off project ''Fortress'', killing the entire company.
* After the abysmal flop of ''VideoGame/TombRaiderAngelOfDarkness'', Eidos made it so Creator/CoreDesign [[YouHaveFailedMe couldn't do any more]] ''Franchise/TombRaider'' games. Core would struggle with a few mediocre handheld games before being sold off to Rebellion and rebranded as "Rebellion Derby", and then were promptly taken down after the release of the critically-savaged ''Literature/RogueWarrior''.
* The piss-poor ''VideoGame/EmpireEarth 3'' led to not only [[FranchiseKiller the death of the franchise]], but also Mad Doc Studios.
* Losses from the critically-panned ''VideoGame/AllPointsBulletin'' killed ''VideoGame/{{Crackdown}}'' developer Realtime Worlds. They sank a lot of money in the [[DevelopmentHell long development phase]] but in the end, they had to release the game in hope to recoup the losses. Unfortunately, [[ObviousBeta it was still in a messy state]] and rather accelerated their downfall -- the servers were shut down ''less than ten weeks after the launch'', [[MedalOfDishonor a sad new record for an MMO]].
** Although its original incarnation died a quick death, APB was successfully revived as a free-to-play title, with the rights being picked up by [=GamersFirst=] and the game rebranded as "''APB Reloaded''". To put RTW's downfall in perspective: the initial incarnation of the game cost $120 million to develop, but [=GamersFirst=] was able to secure the rights to the property for a mere $2 million, allowing them to easily make ''Reloaded'' profitable.
* ''VideoGame/{{Tomba}}'' and its sequel ''Tomba! 2: The Evil Swine Return'' performed well enough to develop a cult following, but they sold so poorly that their developer, Whoopee Camp, never made another game.
* Creator/{{Atari}}
** Struggled for years in the wake of UsefulNotes/TheGreatVideoGameCrashOf1983, having released no less than three disastrous game systems in a row with the [[UsefulNotes/{{Atari 5200}} 5200]], the [[UsefulNotes/{{Atari 7800}} 7800]], and the handheld [[UsefulNotes/AtariLynx Lynx]], but it was the UsefulNotes/AtariJaguar that finally did them in. The combination of an incredibly difficult-to-develop-for architecture, shoddy build quality, an archaic controller design, and the inertia enjoyed by Creator/{{Nintendo}} and Creator/{{Sega}} doomed the Jaguar to ultimate failure, and it turned out to be the straw that finally broke Atari's back. You may still see the Atari name today, but that's [[InNameOnly just for marketing purposes]] -- Atari Corporation died with the Jaguar, and the name was bought by French publisher Infogrames as part of a push into the worldwide market.
** The new Atari's US branch [[http://www.gonintendo.com/?mode=viewstory&id=194566 have filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy]] in hopes of separating from their French parent in [[CareerResurrection a revival attempt]] to be its own company again. Should it succeed, Atari plans to seek investments to grow in mobile and digital gaming markets in not just licensing Atari properties, but developing them as well.
* The failure of ''VideoGame/TabulaRasa'' pretty much ended the video game career of Richard Garriott, or, at the very least, robbed him of the "Lord British" mystique. On the other hand, the $28 million he received in his lawsuit from Creator/NCSoft, the profits he made from ''VideoGame/CityOfHeroes'', and the fact that ''Tabula Rasa'' allowed him to take a flight to the Space Station probably takes the sting out of it.
** It's actually an inversion, as Garriott won a lawsuit proving that [=NCSoft=] killed a perfectly healthy MMO to try to screw him out of his royalties.
* The UsefulNotes/{{Amiga}} [=CD32=] was planned for American release by Commodore, but a patent dispute got in the way, and the company eventually filed for bankruptcy several months later, in part due to the lost (by law) sales.
* ''VideoGame/HellgateLondon'' pretty much ended the career of Bill Roper as a front line creator/big name. He's still doing quite well as an executive.
* Despite winning critical acclaim and millions of sales, ''VideoGame/LANoire'' killed developer Team Bondi. The [[DevelopmentHell excruciatingly long development]] (publisher Creator/RockstarGames eventually had to bring in their other studios to help finish it), coupled with employees furious about borderline-sweatshop working conditions and not being named in the credits, soured their relationship with Rockstar and killed any chance of them finding another publisher. Shortly there after, the studio itself imploded due to various reactions to Brendan [=McNamara=]'s behavior over the development cycle. He was the studio head/co-founder and, if even some of the reports are to be believed, the epitome of ExecutiveMeddling and SmallNameBigEgo.
* ''VideoGame/KingdomsOfAmalurReckoning'' was a modest hit for 38 Studios and Big Huge Games, selling just over 1 million copies since its release in February 2012, but financial troubles meant they had to ship ''three'' million copies in order to cover development and loan costs. As a result, 38 and BHG [[http://www.theverge.com/gaming/2012/5/24/3041662/38-studios-lays-off-entire-staff laid off their entire staff]] a few months after the game's release, effectively dissolving both companies and killing a planned ''Amalur''-based MMORPG (codenamed ''Copernicus'') in its cradle.
* ''VideoGame/AdventRising'' killed [=GlyphX=] Games, the game-making subsidiary of the graphic designer studio [=GlyphX=] Inc. Also an example of StillbornFranchise.
* Creator/SiliconKnights was once renowned for its work on the GameCube cult classic ''VideoGame/EternalDarkness'' and the GC remake of ''VideoGame/MetalGearSolid''. However, once CEO Denis Dyack broke from Nintendo, [[DrunkWithPower his ego got the better of him]], and his other projects, ''VideoGame/TooHuman'' and ''VideoGame/XMenDestiny'', suffered heavily as a result. These incidents, along with a comprehensive loss in a dispute with Creator/EpicGames (wherein Silicon Knights was caught plagiarizing Unreal Engine 3 code for use in its own projects), ruined the studio and Dyack's reputation, as evidenced by a unsuccessful 2013 bid to secure funding for a SpiritualSequel to ''Eternal Darkness'' from crowdfunding services such as Website/{{Kickstarter}}.
* [=nStigate=] Games (formerly Nihilistic Software) saw its future in big-time console and handheld game development come to an end after two weak 2012 PlayStationVita releases in ''VideoGame/{{Resistance}}: Burning Skies'' and ''[[VideoGame/CallOfDutyBlackOps2 Call of Duty: Black Ops: Declassified]]''. In a telling move, the company announced the name change and their intent to abandon consoles for mobile gaming less than one month before ''Declassified''[='=]s release, when the negative reviews started pouring in.
* The original Creator/{{Rare}}, following its sale to Microsoft, had suffered a loss of critical favor they built in the '90s, compounded by poor sales of their Xbox games in comparison to their Nintendo games and veteran employees leaving the company to greener pastures. But ''VideoGame/BanjoKazooie: Nuts and Bolts'' was inarguably the final straw for what remained of the company. Despite gaining a positive reception from reviewers, the game polarized fans with its UnexpectedGameplayChange [[TheyChangedItNowItSucks from a platformer based on collecting items to an action-adventure game based on building and using vehicles]], and sold poorly as a result. As a result, ''all'' of Rare's franchises that had sequels in development (''Banjo'', ''[[VideoGame/ConkersBadFurDay Conker]]'', ''VideoGame/KillerInstinct'', ''VideoGame/PerfectDark'', and ''[[VideoGame/KameoElementsOfPower Kameo]]'' being a few examples) [[FranchiseKiller were cancelled by Microsoft]], and most of the staff that remained from its 90s heyday were let go. The company was restructured shortly afterwards and was tasked to exclusively making ''Kinect Sports'' games while seeing its other [=IPs=] being licensed out to other developers.
* The final demise of X-Nauts ([[NamesTheSame not to be confused with]] the villains of ''VideoGame/PaperMarioTheThousandYearDoor''), the successor company to the bankrupt Psikyo, can be blamed on the failure of ''Sengoku Cannon: VideoGame/SengokuAce Episode III'', their last game not counting strip mahjong.
* Creator/{{Cinemaware}} Corporation went bankrupt when the FullMotionVideo remake of ''VideoGame/ItCameFromTheDesert'' for the [[TurboGrafx16 TurboGrafx-CD]] went way over budget. While NEC's stake in the company helped ensure that the game was released, it would be many years before Cinemaware would be revived as an essentially new company.
* Blue Fang Games, best known for the ''VideoGame/ZooTycoon'' series, saw their fortunes come to an end in 2009, when their contract with Microsoft expired. This resulted in the studio struggling with several mobile and social media games before finally closing up shop in 2011 after many of those games underwhelmed critics and gamers alike. Fortunately, Microsoft has rebooted the ''Zoo Tycoon'' franchise at Frontier Developments and have developed a remake for the Xbox 360 and the Xbox One, with an app for Windows 8 and Windows Phone also being planned as well.
* Months after ''VideoGame/NieR'' was released to underwhelming reception, its developer Cavia closed and was absorbed into AQ Interactive[[note]]who in turn got bought out by Marvelous Entertainment[[/note]].
* Cing, developer of adventure games such as ''[[VideoGame/AnotherCode Trace Memory]]'' and ''VisualNovel/HotelDuskRoom215'' for the DS, declared bankruptcy less than a year after the commercial failure of their Wii game ''VideoGame/LittleKingsStory'', which was intended to be their big breakthrough on consoles.
* Indie Built, known for the ''VideoGame/TexMurphy'' detective game series and the ''VideoGame/{{Amped}}'' snowboarding games, became one of the first casualties of the seventh console generation, shutting its doors in April 2006, a few months after ''Amped 3'' severely underperformed.
* Blue Omega Entertainment, a small film company from Maryland, was dismantled just one month after ''VideoGame/{{Damnation}}'' (their only video game release) flopped with critics.
* While the ''VideoGame/AliensColonialMarines'' debacle did a lot of damage to [=TimeGate=] Studios' reputation, it was actually the loss of a bankruptcy dispute with ''VideoGame/{{Section 8}}'' publisher [=SouthPeak=] Games that ultimately did them in.
* Terminal Reality, a developer best known for ''VideoGame/{{Nocturne}}'', the first two ''VideoGame/BloodRayne'' games, and ''VideoGame/GhostbustersTheVideoGame'', closed its doors in December 2013 with its last game being the critically panned ''VideoGame/TheWalkingDeadSurvivalInstinct''.
* ''State of Emergency 2'' killed both of its developers--VIS Entertainment went bankrupt in the middle of production, and DC Studios, the company that stepped in to complete the game in the wake of VIS' closure, was shut down as a direct result of the game's resulting flop at retail.
* Tranji Studios only had one title to its name--the ''VideoGame/{{Tenchu}}''-like ''VideoGame/RedNinjaEndOfHonor'', which flopped both critically and commercially and killed any chance for Tranji to make any more games.
* ''Doctor Who and the Mines of Terror'' was the last game released by Micro Power. The expense of developing a game bigger than any of Micro Power's previous titles across four platforms (including the never-finished UsefulNotes/ZXSpectrum version), combined with the costs of licensing ''Series/DoctorWho'' and producing the special memory cartridge required by the UsefulNotes/BBCMicro version surely contributed to the company's demise.
* Creator/TitusSoftware's 2003 MultiPlatform ''Franchise/RoboCop'' LicensedGame was a critical and commercial disaster that helped push Titus into bankruptcy a year and a half later. Its subsidiary Creator/InterplayEntertainment survived the collapse, but just barely.
* Hiromichi Tanaka worked on ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyXIV'' in 2010 and it was met with massive backlash from critics and fans alike. The game had many questionable game designs that many people hated to endure and Tanaka was also extremely tight lipped on what he and the developers were doing for an update while also ignoring feedback users gave during the beta. ''Final Fantasy XIV'' did so poorly that it almost destroyed the ''brand of the franchise''. Square-Enix let Tanaka go from the company and replaced him with Naoki Yoshida (aka Yoshi-P) who has done an impressive job in turning the game around.
* ''Videogame/MechWarrior Online'' forever sullied Piranha Games's reputation; while the game itself is mostly decent, PGI's numerous [[http://www.themittani.com/features/mwo-pgi-community-manager-ignites-reddit-controversy public relations disasters]] - effectively [[ScrewedByTheLawyers cease-and-desisting]] the officially licensed ''Mechwarrior Living Legends'' [[note]]which was embarrasingly, pumping out content at a faster rate despite the ''MWLL'''s NoBudget[[/note]], adding controversial content to ''MWO'' that they promised would be left out, and getting themselves banned from reddit for trying to seize control of subreddits - [[AllegedlyFreeGame excessive monetization]] and delays made players extremely wary of them. When PGI launched a crowdfunding campaign for ''Transverse'', a [[FollowTheLeader suspiciously similar looking game]] to ''Videogame/StarCitizen'', the campaign flopped hilariously despite heavy promotion on the MWO website and sponsored ads; it only managed to get ''2%'' of its $500,000 funding goal after a month, and that was ''after'' they dropped it from $1,000,000.
* Short-lived Macintosh software company Storm Impact had two hits right out of the gate with the RPG ''VideoGame/TaskMaker'' and the skiing game ''VideoGame/MacSki'' in the mid-1990s. While their next products (a space game called ''Asterbamm'' and a tech support utility called ''Technical Snapshot'') bombed, the company soldiered on for a while with updates to their two flagship products. But, already crumbling thanks to undercapitalization and a dying Mac market at the time, the company finally rushed out ''VideoGame/TheTombOfTheTaskMaker'' in version 1.0. It flopped and proved to be the final nail in Storm Impact's coffin.
* [[Creator/LJNToys LJN]] struggled to stay afloat following their toy division's collapse in 1990 (see below for more), releasing video games that were one disaster after another, with the most high-profile flop being the ''Film/BackToTheFuture'' tie-in game for the Nintendo Entertainment System. The last straw, however, came with the tie-in game of ''Film/Terminator2JudgmentDay'' for the Super Nintendo Entertainment System, which despite graphical enhancements over the NES port was criticized for lackluster gameplay, unresponsive controls and weapons glitches. The poor sales sent the entire company to its mercy, causing Creator/{{Acclaim}} (who acquired LJN from MCA in 1990) to finally do LJN in by 1995. Acclaim revived the brand one more time for the Dreamcast racing game ''Spirit of Speed '37'' in 2000, only because that such an awful video game like that deserved the brand.
* The sad tale of Trilobyte Software almost reads like a Greek tragedy. The company struck gold with its first game, 1993's ''VideoGame/TheSeventhGuest'' for the [=PC=]. This was one of the first games to take advantage of the then-fledgling [=CD ROM=] format and was, along with VideoGame/{{Myst}} (released about six months later), the big KillerApp that sold [=CD ROM=] units, showing that they could be used for more than just edutainment software and interactive cookbooks. Like Myst, it was also among the first games to use realistic pre-rendered graphics and successfully integrate full-motion video into its basic gameplay. The Seventh Guest went on to sell more than 2 million copies[[note]]which may not seem like much today but was practically unheard of for a computer game in 1993[[/note]], and Trilobyte became one of the most highly recognized developers in all of computer gaming.\\
Sadly, The Seventh Guest would turn out to be [[OneHitWonder their only real hit.]] The game's highly anticipated follow-up, ''The 11th Hour'', was constantly delayed before finally being released in late-1995. Sadly, the game turned out to be anything but worth the wait. While the graphics were superb for their time[[note]]It was one of the first games to use 16 bit color rather than 256 color [=VGA=] graphics[[/note]], many complained about the [[MoonLogicPuzzle needlessly obtuse puzzles]], use of [=MIDI=] music rather than a [=CD=] quality soundtrack (which was gradually becoming the norm by this time), and release on [=DOS=] when Windows 95 was becoming the gold standard for [=PC=] games. While the game sold reasonably well, it didn't sell nearly as well as the original and (more importantly) failed to cover the massive costs of its production. After releasing only two more games, both of which flopped horribly (one literally sold only ''27 copies'' in the United States!), the company was forced to close its doors in early 1999 - by means of an eviction notice, no less! You can read more about the company in the following Gamespot editorial (which was taken off their site but thankfully transcribed by an independent blogger): [[http://victorianrobot.tumblr.com/post/13326107595 The Rise And Fall Of Trilobyte]].
* The failure of ''VideoGame/OneMustFall Battlegrounds'' due to a host of design problems after [[DevelopmentHell seven years of development]] meant that its developers, Diversions Entertainment, were completely incapable of recouping losses and forced to close their doors after its abysmal performance.

[[folder:Western Animation]]
* [[Creator/MaxAndDaveFleischer Fleischer Studios]] (of ''WesternAnimation/BettyBoop'' and ''ComicStrip/{{Popeye}}'' fame) was for a time one of the most popular animation studios in the U.S. and Creator/{{Disney}}'s biggest competitor throughout the 1930s, but its attempts to [[FollowTheLeader follow Disney]] into the feature animated film market with ''[[WesternAnimation/GulliversTravels Gulliver's Travels]]'' and ''Film/MrBugGoesToTown'' in the late 1930s/early 1940s (coupled with a move to UsefulNotes/{{Miami}} from [[UsefulNotes/NewYorkCity New York]] around the same time) drove the studio into serious debt. After a fairly public spat between brothers Max and Dave Fleischer ended up sending the studio into disarray, their distributor Creator/{{Paramount}} responded by purchasing the studio in 1942 and firing the brothers, reorganizing and renaming it Creator/FamousStudios. Although they had some success with ''WesternAnimation/CasperTheFriendlyGhost'' and the SupermanTheatricalCartoons in the 1940s, Paramount could never recreate the pre-''Gulliver's Travels'' level of success that the studio had in the 1930s, and it was ultimately shut down in 1967 after Paramount itself was purchased by Gulf+Western.
* After the abrupt cancellation of the ''Ren & Stimpy Adult Party Cartoon'', it is unlikely Creator/JohnKricfalusi will be able to sell another show (not that it's stopped him from trying). Several of his smaller animation projects have enjoyed fairly high-profile success, such as a CouchGag for ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons'' in which the family is shown in John K.'s bizarre style, as well as artwork for Music/MileyCyrus' 2013-14 ''Bangerz'' tour.
** Relatedly, the combined failures of ''Adult Party Cartoon'', ''WesternAnimation/GaryTheRat'', and ''WesternAnimation/{{Stripperella}}'' resulted in SpikeTV giving up on any semblance of an animation block less than a year into its existence. (''Stripperella'' was brought down mainly due to a lawsuit filed against a stripper who claimed that Creator/StanLee stole the show's idea from her; unlike the other two shows, it was fairly well-received by critics and fans, and became enough of a CultClassic to warrant a DVD release.)
* The [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/2007_Boston_bomb_scare Boston Bomb Scare]], when some Boston police thought that guerilla marketing [=LEDs=] for the ''WesternAnimation/AquaTeenHungerForce'' movie were bombs, led to then-current Creator/CartoonNetwork head Jim Samples being forced to step down. Observers have pointed at this incident as arguably the cause of the NetworkDecay of Cartoon Network and [[ArsonMurderAndJaywalking another entry into the]] Administrivia/PermanentRedLinkClub, considering that his replacement Stuart Snyder was the main champion of the increase of live-action sitcoms and reality shows on the channel. It is worth noting that Cartoon Network has since been trying to WinBackTheCrowd by phasing out the live-action shows on Cartoon Network (the kids' show side of it, anyway; the AdultSwim side still has live-action shows) and bringing back reruns of their classic cartoons (''WesternAnimation/LooneyTunes'' and ''WesternAnimation/TomAndJerry'' shorts as well as Cartoon Cartoon shorts on ''WesternAnimation/CartoonPlanet''); namely due to fan protests and the failure of CN Real and similar live-action shows the channel has since tried to introduce onto the network every now and then.
* The universal panning and box office failure (not to mention its failure to get a theatrical release in the US) of ''[[WesternAnimation/SpaceChimps Space Chimps 2: Zartog Strikes Back]]'' proved to be the death knell of animation studio Vanguard Animation. They had several projects in the pipeline at the time of closure.
* Rich Animation Studios got hit with this ''twice.'' After their first feature film ''WesternAnimation/TheSwanPrincess'' flopped, the animation studio disappeared from cinema for a few years and then tried their hand at feature film again with ''WesternAnimation/TheKingAndI'' animated adaptation. The critical and commercial failure of that film caused the company to be acquired by Crest Animation Studios. The newly-formed [=RichCrest=] Animation Studios then released their animated adaptation of ''WesternAnimation/TheTrumpetOfTheSwan'', which failed to secure a wide release and was also a critical and commercial disappointment. Not until 2010 did the company (as Crest Animation Studios) return to cinemas with ''WesternAnimation/AlphaAndOmega'', which [[CriticalDissonance despite negative reviews]] [[CareerResurrection was a commercial success]] and today is a CultClassic among young animation fans.
* The failure of ''WesternAnimation/AstroBoy'' at the box office resulted in the shutdown of Imagi Animation Studios, including the production of a {{Gatchaman}} film in the works, as well as an ''Astro Boy'' sequel.
* The failure of ''WesternAnimation/PinkyElmyraAndTheBrain'' and, to a lesser extent, ''{{Histeria}}!'' and ''RoadRovers'' ended the ''Steven Spielberg presents'' series of cartoons and also caused many of the writers and producers (like Tom Ruegger, Sherri Stoner, and Paul Rugg) to not get any work for at least a few years.
* Semi-example with Warner Bros. Animation. Though the animation division itself is still around today, the box-office failure of ''Film/LooneyTunesBackInAction'' led to WBA's feature film department, Warner Bros. Feature Animation, being shut down. Though admittedly, ''Back In Action'' was more of a final straw than anything else-the majority of WBA's feature films were critical and commercial flops, and the ones that ''did'' find some sort of success only managed to achieve it in one field (''Film/SpaceJam'' at the box office; ''WesternAnimation/TheIronGiant'' and ''WesternAnimation/BatmanMaskOfThePhantasm''[[note]]which is technically not a WBFA film[[/note]] with the critics). It has since been succeeded by Warner Animation Group who released their first film --''WesternAnimation/TheLegoMovie''-- in 2014 to smashing critical and commercial praise.
* Though DNA Productions (who produced ''Film/JimmyNeutronBoyGenius'' and [[WesternAnimation/TheAdventuresOfJimmyNeutron its subsequent television series]] as well as ''WesternAnimation/OliveTheOtherReindeer'') did suffer from ''WesternAnimation/TheAntBully'' becoming a box office disappointment, it was actually a lawsuit filed by O Entertainment (who co-produced ''Jimmy Neutron'' with them) that was the direct cause of the company's closure.
* Nickelodeon's [[ScrewedByTheNetwork derailment]] of the company's flagship ''WesternAnimation/{{Rugrats}}'' series, the box office failures of ''[[WesternAnimation/TheWildThornberrys The Wild Thornberrys Movie]]'' and ''WesternAnimation/RugratsGoWild'', and the growing popularity of ''WesternAnimation/SpongebobSquarepants'' and ''WesternAnimation/TheFairlyOddParents'' all proved to push Creator/KlaskyCsupo out of work and into obscurity in the mid-2000s. After the company wrapped up production on all of its shows in 2006, [=Klasky-Cuspo=] then made several animated pilots for Nick and its sister networks, none of which were greenlit. The animation company faded from the production scene and relevance shortly afterwards. It was later revived by the founders in 2012, but the announcement of a webseries about their VanityPlate in development being the only relevant information to come from the company (aside from the pilots the company produced in 2006, which they uploaded to the internet) only managed to show the company as [[InNameOnly a shell of its former self]].
* ''WesternAnimation/PenguinsOfMadagascar'' was such a disaster at the domestic box office that Creator/DreamWorksAnimation lost an enormous amount of money (though the failed merger with Creator/{{Hasbro}} deserves credit, too), resulting in studio Pacific Data Images shutting down as part of a restructuring of the company.


[[folder: Wrestling ]]

* The infamous "FingerpokeOfDoom" is often cited as the beginning of the end for Wrestling/{{WCW}}. If it wasn't this, then David Arquette's ill-fated world title run did it for sure.
* Wrestling/{{ECW}}'s show on [[SpikeTV TNN]] was supposed to be the thing that would take the company out of "cult following" status and into mainstream success. Instead, the financial and logistical pressures of producing the weekly program, as well as the network's forcing the promotion to tone down the blood-and-guts style that made them famous, and then failing to promote or back them in any way (even going so far as to negotiate to bring the [[{{WWE}} WWF]] to the network while ECW was still airing), ended up killing the promotion. By the end, ECW was in open WriterRevolt, trying desperately to get their show canceled so they could shop it around to other networks before the money ran out. It didn't work.


[[folder: Electronics ]]

* RCA's [[UsefulNotes/{{CED}} SelectaVision]] video system was intended to be a major competitor to [[UsefulNotes/{{VCR}} VHS and Betamax]]. While the format did have some advantages (at the time, [=SelectaVision=] movies were significantly cheaper to ''buy'' than movies on videocassette or UsefulNotes/LaserDisc), it couldn't match UsefulNotes/LaserDisc for quality or offer the recording capability of VHS/Beta. The format failed to take off, resulting in RCA writing off the entire investment in the project, and its subsequent breakup and acquisition by General Electric.


[[folder: Cameras ]]

* It is unknown what caused Panavision's downward spiral and [[http://news.doddleme.com/equipment/panavision-sued-over-unpaid-loans/ possible coming demise]], but at least [[RuleOfThree three events]] can be considered responsible:
** Their Toronto office in the '90s charged for rentals in US dollars when just one of those was worth 40 cents more in Canadian money. What was supposed to be an attempt to service American productions ended up driving the locals to local competitors.
** The arrival of Ronald Perelman as their owner. Under him, shares dropped like hot potatoes, and when he took it private, blank went its financial record to many eyes. Only in 2010 was Perelman ousted.
** Creator/GeorgeLucas had a very hard time with their first attempt at a digital camera, a collaboration with Sony, for ''Film/AttackOfTheClones'' and ended up using a purely Sony camera for his next effort, ''Film/RevengeOfTheSith''. It doesn't help that Panavision's next digital camera, the Genesis, is also one of its last to date, though [[WereStillRelevantDammit they're trying to rebound with a new digital 70mm camera]].


[[folder: Clothing ]]

* In a 2006 interview, Abercrombie & Fitch CEO Mike Jeffries said that they don't allow "fat" and "uncool" people to work in A&F stores and wear their clothes, in which L is the highest size they make. When the comments resurfaced in May 2013, that statement pretty much turned the brand's name to mud overnight.


[[folder: Publishers ]]

* The Danish publisher Westermann produced a deluxe two-volume set of ''Vore gamle tropekolonier'' (Our old tropical colonies), a historical work on Danish colonial history, in 1952-53. The edition was absolutely top-notch quality, but unfortunately it was so expensive that sales were extremely disappointing, ultimately causing the publisher to go under.
* The British publisher Dorling Kindersley became massively successful in the nineties with their distinctive style of heavily-illustrated but genuinely informative popular non-fiction works. Unfortunately, in 1999 they massively over-estimated the demand for ''Franchise/StarWars: Film/ThePhantomMenace'' UniverseCompendium works. Thousands of unsold books were returned by major bookstores and clogged discount remainder outlets for months, and the company was taken over by Pearson.


[[folder: Home Appliances ]]

* During the '80s and '90s, The Sharper Image was a modestly popular electronics company specializing in appliances such as jogging watches. However, the company had its "big break" during the TurnOfTheMillennium, when they created an air purifier called the Ionic Breeze. The purifier became a huge success, thanks to its compact size and the fact that it didn't require frequent filter changes. However, what was believed to be the product that would make them into a household name instead turned out to be what killed them. In 2003, ''Consumer Reports'' published a negative review of the Ionic Breeze, saying that it essentially didn't work as advertised. This resulted in The Sharper Image suing them for unfair testing practices -- a suit that was thrown out of court when they were to unable to actually demonstrate that ''CR''[='=]s claims were in any way incorrect, damning the Ionic Breeze and vindicating ''CR''[='=]s review. The Ionic Breeze's fate was sealed in 2005, when ''CR'' published an article declaring it a potential health hazard thanks to the large amounts of ozone it produced, causing sales to plummet. The Sharper Image quickly dissolved, eventually filing Chapter 11 Bankruptcy in 2008. Today, the company exists strictly as a minor subsidiary of several larger corporations.

[[folder: Toys ]]

* Creator/LJNToys. Like The Sharper Image, LJN's "breakthrough" product ended up being their death knell instead. After impressive licensing deals that brought toys based off properties such as ''WesternAnimation/{{Thundercats}}'' and ''Film/IndianaJonesAndTheTempleOfDoom'', LJN used their new found fame to create a line of water guns called "Entertech". The toys were revolutionary on the fact that they could fire water like an automatic firearm, and even have its water supply come from detachable magazines. Add that to their almost completely-realistic look to a real firearm, and it seemed that the brand would turn LJN into a major toy competitor to Creator/{{Hasbro}} and Creator/{{Mattel}}. That dream was never realized, however, as on the peak of Entertech's popularity, it became the center of massive media attention after several high-profile incidents of children playing with the water guns getting shot and killed by police officers who were unable to distinguish the toys with the real thing. Even more shocking were that the toy guns had been commonly used in robberies at banks and retailers. As a result of the controversy surrounding Entertech, LJN's then-parent company MCA sold the toy manufacturer in 1990 to Creator/{{Acclaim}}. Acclaim then shut down LJN's toy division in 1990 to focus more on its video game division (see above for more).
%% The Entertech line also included a paintball gun for teens called "Gotcha: The Sport", and many of these were faulty and returned to LJN. See the video below for proof
%% https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XdeDtiobyNc

[[folder: Aircraft ]]

* The [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/McDonnell_Douglas_DC-10 DC-10]] turned out to be this for [=McDonnell=] Douglas; sadly, it was actually meant as an effort to recover the company that made commercial aerial transport a reality. Douglas Inc. seriously struggled in the 1960s, mostly because of ill-considered and failed investments in the space program; the DC-10, produced after a merger with [=McDonnell=], was meant to establish the company as a strong player in the booming market of widebody jets. While a good aircraft in its own right, with a solid safety record, it suffered from several high-profile crashes that seriously blemished its image; the main [[StarDerailingRole derailment]] being the [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Turkish_Airlines_Flight_981 1974 crash in France]]. It was caused by a faulty design of the cargo door, which blew open, causing an ExplosiveDecompression and loss of control; however, it turned out that [=McDonnell=] Douglas ''knew'' about the problem beforehand, but failed to resolve the situation effectively, partly due to fear of losing customers if the flaw would be revealed. The company never really recovered from the [=THY981=] crash; while the DC-10 sales were good (386 civil+60 military units), they were still too small to pull the company out of the financial troubles that hit [=McDonnell=] Douglas after the crash and resulting lawsuits, and the DC-10's successor, the MD-11, while once again a good, reliable aircraft, suffered from resulting underdevelopment and its sales were so-so (it did not help that the MD-11 was a trijet [[DeaderThanDisco in the era of twinjets]]). Finally, [=McDonnell=] Douglas merged with its archrival Boeing in 1997.