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->''"Seriously? Zero [stars]? It's worse than the remake of Film/TheWickerMan? I guess I'm forgetting all the badass lightsaber duels in that movie."''
-->-- '''Webcomic/JoeLovesCrappyMovies''', on the scathing reviews of ''WesternAnimation/StarWarsTheCloneWars''.

So there's a show that everybody hates. The critics tear strips off it, your friends swear it sucks, and even the ''advertising'' seems to agree. So one night you happen to come across it and it's not that bad, actually. It might not by any stretch of the imagination be ''perfect'' -- the star is a {{large ham}}, the hero's daughter is a whiny brat, and the [[BigLippedAlligatorMoment walrus scene]] doesn't work -- but it's nowhere near the disaster that everyone says it is. What's going on?

You've just experienced a critical backlash.

The opposite of HypeBacklash, Critical Backlash is when something is over-criticized and -condemned to the extent that it couldn't ''possibly'' be as terrible as everyone makes out. Like hype backlash, it's yet more proof that the critics aren't always necessarily correct and QualityByPopularVote isn't always a reliable indicator of something's merit (or lack thereof).

Critical backlash tends to occur when critical reaction towards the product is tainted by some outside factor; [[HypeAversion overhype]], [[WolverinePublicity overexposure]] and outside controversy may prompt the critics to focus on the noise surrounding the work rather than the merits of the work itself. Critics are often primed to dislike the product based on some preexisting prejudice and fail to look deeply enough for redeeming value, particularly if the work suffers from PublicMediumIgnorance. Some critics may FollowTheLeader and echo more popular and louder critics.

Of course, some things also just press a critic's buttons the wrong way; critics usually have different expectations and approaches than the wider audience, and just because something doesn't tick the right boxes on their checklist doesn't mean the wider audience might not find something of merit in it. Alternately, it may be that the vehemence of the criticism has conditioned the audience to expect the show's flaws, lessening the blow, and thus making what good qualities it has stand out more.

If the work develops a particularly devoted audience in spite of the critical drubbing, then it may experience hype backlash and critical backlash from different quarters; the work may not be as bad as the critics say, but equally not as good as its most ardent fans claim, falling instead somewhere in between. {{Cult classic}}s have often suffered from a critical backlash, only to be later rediscovered and VindicatedByHistory.

[[TheyChangedItNowItSucks Adaptations]] and works that generally fall into a critic's AcceptableTargets radar (such as [[AnimationAgeGhetto animation]] and [[ScifiGhetto science fiction and fantasy]]) often receive this kind of reaction. This phenomenon is deeply related to the StreisandEffect and NoSuchThingAsBadPublicity.

''Please note that this page is not a personal blog to discuss your personal experiences of this; this page is all about the general properties which tend to receive this treatment. Remember also that {{tropes are tools}} and that this is YMMV; seeing something you hate here only means that other people may not hate it as much as you do, not that it doesn't have points worth of criticism, so try to resist the urge to make a {{justifying edit}}.''



* A lot of hatred for certain {{in name only}} adaptations comes from the perceived insult to the audience's intelligence that anybody could possibly think the adaptation has anything to do with the source material. Some of them would probably have been better received if they were not claimed to have been adaptations.
* You can easily feel this after listening to your average CausticCritic. When they claim everything they review is the equivalent of suffering from diabetes, AIDS, cancer, STI and herpes all combined while on fire, it can be easily to believe things aren't nearly as bad as they say.

[[folder:Anime and Manga]]
* ''Anime/CodeGeass'' has received so much exaggerated praise ''and'' exaggerated criticism due to its {{broken base}} status that long after the show originally aired different people regularly experience either critical backlash or hype backlash (depending on their expectations, degrees of suspension of disbelief, etc.) after they finally get to see it for themselves. It's not surprising to see newcomers arguing that the series doesn't deserve all the hate or all the hype.
* Much like ''Manga/InuYasha'' below, the soundtrack from Bruce Faulconer's production team for the Creator/{{FUNimation}} English dub of ''Anime/DragonBallZ'' was reviled early on, and its fans became more vocal over the years since the show's airing. The dub overall has its own supporters as well.
* The ''[=InuYasha=]'' anime plays around with this: when the series first came out in Creator/AdultSwim during the early 2000s, the show was considerably renowned, but the English dub from Creator/VizMedia and Creator/TheOceanGroup was openly reviled by fans (sure even back then it had its supporters, but still). However, over time, the fanbase for Viz's English dub became a lot more vocal and, while it may not be seen as one of The Ocean Group's finest works, it is still considered to be a good effort. Unfortunately, while this was happening, the show was starting to get a lot more backlash (due to various things such as hype backlash and the show becoming more episodic). It has even gotten to the point where plenty of viewers think that the [[HamAndCheese English voice acting]] is the only good thing about the show nowadays (especially in the case of [[Creator/PaulDobson Naraku]] and [[Creator/ScottMcNeil Koga]]).
* ''Anime/MDGeist'' has been so often called "the worst anime ever" that when a lot of people actually ''watched'' it when it aired on SciFiChannel, for many of them it failed to be as bad as claimed and [[VindicatedByCable it's gained something of a fanbase]] largely for the designs of the mech, its [[CrowningMusicOfAwesome soundtrack]], and generally avoiding anything "cute".
* ''Anime/MobileSuitGundamSEEDDestiny'' has such a vocal hatedom that anyone watching the show after its initial run is liable to experience a Critical Backlash. The show has its issues, certainly, but since nothing could ever hope to be as bad as the hatedom claims it is, it's not uncommon to find people for whom all the bile is hard to understand.
* A character example is Katejina Loos from ''[[Anime/MobileSuitVictoryGundam Victory Gundam]]''. By the time most people discover ''Victory'' and watch the show, they will have been told again and again that Katejina is "The Queen of Evil" in the ''Gundam'' verse. They will have been told repeatedly that she is more evil than [[Anime/MobileSuitGundam Gihren Zabi]], [[Anime/MobileSuitZetaGundam Yazan Gable]], [[Anime/MobileSuitGundamSEED Muruta Azrael]], [[Anime/MobileSuitGundamSeedDestiny Lord Djibril]], [[Anime/MobileSuitGundam00 Ali Al-Saachez]], and [[GundamAGE Decil Galette]], and [[TheScrappy more annoying than]] a gene-splicing [[Anime/MobileSuitZetaGundam Katz Kobayashi]] and [[Anime/MobileSuitGundamSEED Flay Alster]] mixed with the blood of Scrappy-Doo himself. While Katejina is undoubtedly a horrible person, there is simply no way for her to be as revoltingly awful as the fandom makes her out to be, and many people watching ''Victory'' for the first time (years after it aired) find themselves actually noticing her few good points, if only because the fandom's (largely deserved) bashing of her, makes her bad ones something you just sort of accept.
* ''Manga/{{Naruto}}'' having such a massive fanbase as well as a large, and vocal, Hatedom (a portion often holding it up to DoubleStandard for things they may let slide in series) means that in addition being possible to suffer from HypeBacklash, hearing about the series from its haters means having CriticalBacklash can be just as likely.
* The WhamEpisode ending for ''Anime/NeonGenesisEvangelion'' in the form of the movie ''The End Of Evangelion'' becomes a lot less tragically depressing if you come in expecting the show to be, well, tragically depressing. For most people, the fact that it came out of nowhere and derailed the series, killing off several major characters and giving us the infamous [[gold: Tang]] ending is what really caused a lot of emotional anguish to the audience. However, thanks to ItWasHisSled and the numerous explosions on Internet forums and on this site's [[Anime/NeonGenesisEvangelion page description]], it's almost impossible to go into the show not knowing it will experience eleventh hour sadness due to CreatorBreakdown. Thusly, when everything starts falling apart after episode 20, and the show forcefully cranks out the DeconstructorFleet and TearJerker UpToEleven, the implausibility borders on mildly depressing to So Sad It's Funny.
* Interesting example with the ''Anime/{{Pokemon}}'' anime. The series is often criticized for its StrictlyFormula nature; as well as [[NotAllowedToGrowUp refusing to age the characters with the passing years]]. Yet, despite the decline in popularity it experienced in the Johto arc, it still maintains high ratings in both Japan and the U.S.; and has a large and devoted fanbase.
* Following the SeasonalRot of the Fairy Dance arc, quite a few anime fans who have previously praised ''LightNovel/SwordArtOnline'', have switched to bashing it by series end. Not surprisingly, an increasing amount of folks are saying that the hate and backlash for the show is quickly reaching this territory. This is actually the opinion of Creator/{{Toonami}} themselves (whom probably witnessed first-hand many requests of SAO coming to the block get retracted when the show moved on to Fairy Dance during its Japanese run), as their [[http://toonami.tumblr.com/post/54263109126/do-you-have-any-concerns-about-the-incest-subplot-in rationale for picking it up]] [[http://toonami.tumblr.com/post/54258600250/someone-is-gonna-ask-this-anyway-so-i-figured-i-get-it in response to the backlash.]]

* The entirety of Creator/BrianMichaelBendis' Marvel career, really. People either love or absolutely ''hate'' him and his work (to the extent that he got '''death threats''' over killing {{Hawkeye}}) but there's been a growing wave of positive reviews for his more recent work. The most recent volume of ''[[Comicbook/UltimateSpiderMan Ultimate Comics: Spider-Man]]'' and ''ComicBook/AllNewXMen'' seem pretty popular and generally have very good monthly reviews from the critics.
** That and there's always been a huge amount of CriticalDissonance with his writing. For all the people on the internet screaming about how he's "ruining" comics, his work consistently sells ''very'' well.
* In the ''Franchise/SpiderMan'' pantheon, ''ComicBook/MaximumCarnage'' and ''ComicBook/TheCloneSaga'' are routinely used for target practice by seemingly everyone under the sun. While they are probably not examples of the best of Spidey's career, there are many people who genuinely feel that both stories don't warrant the sheer volume of backlash routinely given to them. One reason for ''The Clone Saga'' being less hated is how it was streamlined in the 90s cartoon (as was the Alien Costume/Venom origin). ''Everyone'' in the fanbase and critics hated ComicBook/OneMoreDay more. A lot of people do acknowledge that the Clone Saga had some very good material, (among other things there was an excellent miniseries called ''The Lost Years''), but it dragged on far longer than could be supported by the story, resulting in the endless cycle of who the clone is until everyone stopped caring. Another problem is that some of the stories were ''very'' bad, among them [[DroppedABridgeOnHim the death of Dr. Octopus,]] though some were even worse than that one.


[[folder: Specific ]]

* [[Film/TheATeam the 2010 film version of]] ''Series/TheATeam'' only got a 47% score on RT, but regular movie goers have enjoyed it because it's meant to be just a fun, crazy, popcorn film, like a lot of summer movies, not a thought-provoking thriller like ''Film/TheDarkKnight''. It's also probable that the reviewers never actually watched or enjoyed [[GuiltyPleasure the original show]].
* ''Film/{{Avatar}}'', [[Administrivia/ComplainingAboutShowsYouDontLike even]] [[EditWar in]] ThisVeryWiki. When ''Avatar'' [[ItsPopularNowItSucks got extremely popular]], the HypeBacklash was so bad, many critics began to dissect it and complain about even the slightest of its flaws, to the point where even that backlash and all its criticisms were considered overblown.
* ''Film/CitizenKane'': People from the 1940s would probably be cringing at seeing how something like ''this'' is considered a SacredCow today.
* ''Film/{{Doom}}'', not the game, but [[VideoGameMoviesSuck the movie]]. It may not be accurate to the game, but does that really matter? The biggest problem [[DwayneJohnson The Rock]] leaves a LampshadeHanging on. Otherwise, it's fine.
* Film/DudeWheresMyCar is considered a great movie that is purposefully stupid, and has a big enough cult following to have been remembered all these years later. Yet critics rarely got it.
* ''Film/{{Gigli}}'' is an interesting case. A lot of its initial reviewers declared it to be a bad, but not terrible movie. Somehow the torrent of mildly to moderately negative reviews, combined with the fact that it starred Ben Affleck and Music/JenniferLopez (who were the "it" couple at the time) transformed it from "bad movie" to "worst movie of all time". Roger Ebert actually took time out of a different review to point out that it wasn't ''that'' bad.
* The American ''Film/{{Godzilla 1998}}'' film often gets this; true, it ''does'' severely depart from its source material, but as a stand-alone monster film and as a "realistic" take on the ''Godzilla'' franchise, it's not bad, and some of the die-hard ''Japanese'' Godzilla fans admit to liking it (and especially its AnimatedAdaptation) better than some of the ''official'' Toho films (some of which have been known to be famously horrible).
* ''Film/HeavensGate'' was annihilated in reviews and became one the most dramatic flops and [[GenreKiller Genre-Killers]] in Hollywood history, but some modern critics have suggested it wasn't as bad as it was made out to be. Part of the problem was that the film had received so much bad publicity during production due to delays, cost overruns, stories about Michael Cimino's hyper-perfectionist directing style, protests from animal rights groups and 1/3 of the film being cut, that critics were already expecting it to suck by the time they reviewed it. Although critics have softened their views, the original version is still panned, as the cut muddled up the storyline. On the other hand, the rerelease of the uncut version in 2012 was actually very well-received.
* Some critics seem to think ''Theatre/HelloDolly'' is a terrible movie musical. If you overlook the most glaring problems (BarbraStreisand's acting and sluggish pacing) it's SoOkayItsAverage at worst, though definitely not up to the standard the same studio had set with ''Theatre/TheSoundOfMusic''.
* The film adaptation of ''Literature/TheHost'' has been well and truly savaged by critics, leaving it with a meager 10% score on Rotten Tomatoes. Opinions vary as to whether this was deserved, depending on your fondness for StephenieMeyer's novel.
* ''Film/HudsonHawk'' was raked over the coals by critics when it was released. They thought it was an absolutely terrible action movie. And it was. Many viewers since have, however, noticed that it ''is'' a pretty darn good comedy, which is what its creators intended all along. It has also found an audience among anime fans due to the startling number of parallels to ''Franchise/LupinIII.''
** One of the main issues was that the film was poorly marketed, the theatrical trailer made the film '''look''' like a fairly straightforward action film, when it was anything but, so movie-goers were caught off-guard.
* ''Film/IndianaJonesAndTheKingdomOfTheCrystalSkull''. While it's doubtful the film will ever be considered the best of the franchise, and it does have a groan-worthy scene or two, it's by no means as bad as people make out. Most of the backlash aimed at this movie seems to be the result of NostalgiaFilter, as well as complaints about the film's MacGuffin being [[TheyChangedItNowItSucks Science Fiction rather than a mystic/religious artifact]]. Which isn't true anyway, but that's beside the point. Critics, however, loved it.
* ''Film/ManosTheHandsOfFate'' got a reputation as "THE worst movie of all time" after it was shown on ''Series/MysteryScienceTheater3000'', causing Dr. Forrester to ''apologize'' for showing it to Joel. It's probably easier to agree with it if you haven't already heard it.
* ''Film/MightyMorphinPowerRangersTheMovie'' was fairly well thrashed by reviewers but made a decent amount of money from its fanbase. Today, it is generally regarded as a GuiltyPleasure, it retains all that is considered fun about ''PowerRangers'' while having a much bigger budget and [[StockFootage completely]] [[SubvertedTrope original footage]].
* On lists of Worst Best Picture Winners, ''Literature/OrdinaryPeople'' is often given a high rating. But this is possibly because it beat ''Film/RagingBull'' to the Best Picture Oscar. The film itself is a very subtle, quietly moving film that doesn't deserve the almighty kicking it gets.
* Kevin Costner's ''Film/ThePostman'' was a commercial failure and its premise sounds ridiculous the first time you hear it, but it's certainly no ''Film/BattlefieldEarth'' and the premise ''does'' makes sense after you think about it.
* Despite how much critics love to hate ''Film/RepoTheGeneticOpera'', the movie still has a huge fan following similar to ''Film/TheRockyHorrorPictureShow''.
* Creator/{{Disney}} is so ashamed of ''Disney/SongOfTheSouth'' that the film isn't distributed anymore. Those who do get their hands on it, though, may find their reactions vary from "Gee, that was kinda cute, not ''that'' bad" or "Ughhh, this is really boring, [[BileFascination where's all the racism I can mock]]?..."
* ''Film/SpeedRacer''. Critics hated it and it wasn't a very big hit, but many of those who watched it consider it to be a fun, if silly movie.
* The ''Franchise/StarWars'' [[Film/ThePhantomMenace pre]][[Film/AttackOfTheClones que]][[Film/RevengeOfTheSith ls]] tend to get varied reactions from audiences. This is an agreement amongst some fans that ''Film/ThePhantomMenace'''s reputation has been blown out of proportion by people more angry with how the film was a disappointment than any actual legitimate criticism. While the reception of first two were divisive among reviewers, ''Film/RevengeOfTheSith'' was released to great acclaim.
** An earlier ''Star Wars'' example- a look at ''Film/ReturnOfTheJedi'''s stats on Metacritic illustrates the considerable gulf between critical reaction (52%, meaning mixed reviews) and the audience reaction (8.3/10, meaning ''universal acclaim''). The film still carries a reputation as a disappointing end to a great trilogy which made the bad guys into idiots, but the average Star Wars fan typically considers it to be a great film that happens to follow two even greater ones.
* ''Film/TransformersRevengeOfTheFallen''; the mostly negative from critics (RogerEbert in particular) [[CriticalDissonance may have been a reason why it grossed over $800 million]].
** ''[[Film/TransformersDarkOfTheMoon Dark of the Moon]]'' which, while getting slightly better but still negative reviews, grossed over a billion.
* Many people feel this way about ''Film/{{Waterworld}}''. It arrived in theaters in 1995 with both the baggage of its gigantic budget and TroubledProduction (the sets got hit by a ''hurricane'' and that still wasn't the biggest issue) and growing critical and audience weariness with Creator/KevinCostner, and its story is hackneyed, but its scope and scale are genuinely impressive.


[[folder: General ]]

* [[WebVideo/TheAngryVideoGameNerd James Rolfe]] made his list of [[http://cinemassacre.com/2010/07/01/top-10-sequels-that-arent-as-bad-as-everyone-says-2/]] {{sequel|itis}}s that aren't as bad as everyone says.
* In general, any old kids' summer movie will usually end up like this, with most of them being trashed by the critics but even many adults just see it as {{Glurge}} or {{Narm}}.
%%* Anything Creator/EliRoth does, whether it's [[Film/CabinFever direc]][[{{Film/Hostel}} ting]] or [[Film/InglouriousBasterds acting]], comes under this.
* Although Creator/MarkKermode is well known for his rants against films he thinks are poor he references this when getting feedback from anybody claiming that any mediocre modern multiplex blockbuster (or [[BoxOfficeBomb would-be blockbuster]]) movie is the "Worst Film Ever". Since he's got quite a sizable movie collection, he has invited listeners to come to his house and watch some of his obscure erotic and horror movie videotapes to see how terrible the ''real'' worst films ever made are; "A Nymphoid Barbarian in Dinosaur Hell", "Over-Sexed Rug Suckers From Mars", and "SS Experiment Camp" being some named examples.
* Internet-based film critic Mike [=McGranaghan=] [[BerserkButton really dislikes]] the idea that a casual moviegoer should "equate 'movie I hated' with 'worst movie ever.' They are not the same thing." His blog post [[http://aisleseat.com/blogs/2014/04/01/the-fallacy-of-the-worst-movie-ever/ "The Fallacy of the Worst Movie Ever"]] discusses it in detail.

* You know, a lot of critics back in the '40s would probably look at one series/universe today and wonder why people like it. They hated it because of how it was written, even using the same stock phrases people use to describe the ''Literature/InheritanceCycle''. Now? If you criticize it at all you'll be deemed "illiterate" by its DefensiveFans, who have given it the prestigious "SacredCow" badge. What is it? ''Literature/TheLordOfTheRings''!
* British author Creator/ColinWilson first hit the big time in 1958 with a book of critical literary analysis called ''The Outsider''. This was at first hailed as a critical success and the big-name critics couldn't get enough of this perceived driven young genius whose personal life was also newsworthy - it turned out he was living rough to save on rent and spending his days in the British Library researching and writing. However, with subsequent books the critics turned and savaged him, perhaps fearing they'd been over-fulsome the first time. While still having cult status, Wilson's "formal" literary career never really survived this early critical HeelFaceTurn.
** A lot of this had to do with his non-fiction writing: Wilson has written a number of histories of occultism, and publically stated his belief in some supernatural phenomena. He also wrote what is widely regarded as one of the most risible books about UsefulNotes/JackTheRipper (at least until Patricia Cornwell got into the act).
%%* This actually happens to ''Literature/{{Twilight}}'' given its Hatedom.
%%* ''{{Website/Cracked}}'' gives us [[http://www.cracked.com/article_18645_6-great-novels-that-were-hated-in-their-time.html 6 great novels that were hated by critics in their time]].

[[folder:Live-Action TV]]
* ''Series/TwoAndAHalfMen'' is trashed as the Antichrist of sitcoms. The show itself is mostly guilty of trite jokes and plots. It also gets away with a lot more sex jokes than its time slot, and having a minor as a co-star, would seem to allow. Plus Creator/CharlieSheen's real life antics seem to color many people's perception of it even though he has since left the series. Yet is always among the top watched shows.
%%* A lot of {{reality show}}s.

* Music/TheBeatles final (sort of) album, ''Music/LetItBe'', was derided as a mess of half-done songs and sloppy editing, and arrived in stores after they'd broken up. However, it contains "Let It Be", "Get Back", "The Long and Winding Road", and "Across The Universe", some of the Beatles most famous and beloved songs.
* Music/BobDylan's 1978 album ''Street-Legal'' was slaughtered by critics (in ''Rolling Stone''[='=]s review Greil Marcus started out by calling it "a joke" and got even more vicious as he went) for its [[Music/BruceSpringsteen Springsteen-ish]] arrangements and sometimes inscrutable lyrics. It's even been speculated that the album's poor reception might have helped drive Dylan to convert to Christianity. But after a remixed version was released in the '90s many fans have embraced it as one of their favorite albums.
%%* "Relax" by Frankie Goes to Hollywood.
* The {{Hatedom}} of Music/JustinBieber has gotten to the point where even people who dislike his music think all the hate is overblown.
* The album ''My Beauty'' by former Dexy's Midnight Runners lead Kevin Rowland came in for some of this. In this case, many critics chose to focus their ire on the fact that Rowland chose to wear drag and make-up on the album cover. This led the album being one of the worst-selling in the label's history, with only about 500 copies shifted; however, on its re-release after the the controversy had died down, later reviewers found it to be a relatively solid album of cover tracks.
* The 1970s musical genre of disco isn't the naming genre behind DeaderThanDisco for no reason, but it's nowhere near as bad as many of its more virulent critics would make out.
** Part of the problem is that much of the disco was commercialised and nothing like the original genre. For instance, pop disco songs often featured far too many strings.
** It's also a case of DoubleStandard, many people feel free to mock classic 70's disco hits but yet some acclaimed current artists still get inspiration of the genre, Random Access Memories by ''Music/DaftPunk'' was a success of both critics and public and is a love letter to disco.
* Ironically a lot of music that is nigh untouchable by critics today (unless they're insane) was actually ''hated'' by critics [[VindicatedByHistory back in the day]].
* Megadeth's Youthanasia and Cryptic Writings experienced this to the point where they are now considered great albums. Risk is on the verge of it, the album being the butt of jokes despite the fact Mustaine corrected a lot of the ExecutiveMeddling when he remixed and remastered it in 2004. In a reverse of the situation, the once well received 'return to form album' The World Needs A Hero is now considered lackluster.
* Adam Buckley of ADoseOfBuckley makes reference to this effect on his 'Musical Autopsy' and 10 Worst Songs of the Year videos when he's deluged with comments asking why X, Y, or Z song isn't on his list by replying that musically and lyrically a particular song ''isn't actually that bad'' or that he simply can't [[SoOkayItsAverage think of anything funny to say about it]].
* Teen pop and boy bands tend to have this happen once they fade out of the spotlight. ''Music/BackstreetBoys'', ''Music/BritneySpears'' and ''Music/NSync'' were hated almost as much as Justin Bieber back in their day. Today, with these groups/musicians now seen as nostalgic and the culture having found [[Music/JustinBieber new]] [[Music/MileyCyrus teen]] [[OneDirection pop]] to hate on, it's become at least tolerable to admit to liking them.
** Music/FrankSinatra was the original teen idol in the 1940s. Most of his songs of that period were hated by men across the globe, because girls went crazy over him. Yet as TimeMarchesOn and Sinatra became more associated with a mature adult singing about more world wise topics these songs from early in his career have been judged on their own merits and are actually quite good. In fact his voice never sounded better.
* Music/{{Nickelback}} gets plenty of hate, often voted as the worst band ever to the point where many non-fans doesn't feel that it's deserved and rather consider their music as [[SoOkayItsAverage bland but not awful]].
* Music/{{Everclear}} was derided by critics quite a bit in their heyday, but they still produced at least 3 hit singles (Santa Monica, Father Of Mine, and Wonderful).

* Wrestling/JohnCena, or more specifically, his wrestling ability. While Cena's move set is certainly limited and his matches can be formulaic, he's nowhere near as bad as a lot of his detractors will have you believe (at least in comparison with most other WWE main eventers with similar schedules). On the flip side, when he has a good opponent to work with, his psychology and understanding of story can lead to classics such as his Money in the Bank match against Wrestling/CMPunk; the same match that managed a five-star rating from ''Dave Meltzer'', the premier writer of the ''Wrestling/TheWrestlingObserverNewsletter'', the first one Meltzer had given the WWE in over ''fifteen years''. For comparison, Wrestling/ShawnMichaels has only had ''two'' of his matches rated as five stars from Meltzer, and he's often regarded as the best in-ring performer of all time. Wrestling/TheUndertaker, a similarly highly regarded wrestler, has only ever managed ''one'', and that was the first Hell in a Cell match against Michaels back in 1997, the last time WWE ever managed the five-star rating. Punk's second draw with Wrestling/SamoaJoe in their trilogy back in Wrestling/RingOfHonor was the first match in the United States to gain the rating in ''years''. The fact that Cena managed to gain such acclaim for one of his matches indicates that he does have ''some'' amount of talent, no matter how much the other guy is carrying the match.

[[folder:Video Games]]
* ''VideoGame/AlphaProtocol'': Savaged by various reviewers who panned it for being unpolished and glitchy, scaring off the vast majority of first adopters, it has become a cult classic whose fans admit that it has flaws but enjoy the vast replayability it offers.
* The UsefulNotes/{{Atari 2600}} version of ''VideoGame/{{Pac-Man}}'' and ''VideoGame/ETTheExtraTerrestrial'' are frequently called "the worst games ever" by critics. Granted, ''Pac-Man'' suffered from being a PortingDisaster and ''E.T.'' has some [[TheProblemWithLicensedGames issues of its own]], but they're not as bad as critics might think, compared to other games released on that system at the time these two games were released.
** The urban myth that ET was the worst game ever made even drove Digitalpress insane. To the point that [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gzdqaJIeE0Q they]] [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PR50m78IIJs showcased]] [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KwoUt-AGW3c 10]] SoBadItsHorrible Atari 2600 games that, according to the people that viewed it, made ET look like ''VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaOcarinaOfTime''.
* ''VideoGame/BombermanActZero'' was intended as a DarkerAndEdgier ContinuityReboot for the "next generation," but its ''Franchise/{{Halo}}''-reject characters, uninspired dingy levels and [[FakeDifficulty pointlessly hard]] single player mode (99 sluggish, repetitive levels to play on one life with no continues or saves) won no awards. To further irritate fans of the series, few of the power-ups from previous installments were retained, and offline multiplayer, one of the series' biggest selling points, was not available. The game's only possible redeeming feature, its online multiplayer mode, was written off by most people for a long time; with copies of the game collecting dust in bargain bins, it was doubtful that people would actually be eager to actually play it. Then LetsPlay/ProtonJon's livestream featured it on a dare, and a lively series of 8-player matches ensued.
* ''VideoGame/DeusExInvisibleWar'' is actually a really good FPS and received average critical scores of about 8/10. To hear the fans talk about it though, it's the worst heresy ever spawned from the pits of FPS hell- or at least little better than ''VideoGame/{{Daikatana}}'' and it is even considered FanonDiscontinuity by some. This is more because it simply can't live up to the original, largely because it's accused -with some justification- of being [[LowestCommonDenominator "dumbed down"]] for the Xbox (however, if ''Invisible War'' was dumbed down, you can't blame it on the Xbox - the original ''Deus Ex'' did just as well on [=PS2=]).
** It still had a much, much more down-to-earth story than the original game did, which arguably became almost a caricature by the end. Heaven forbid you say you liked it better than the original.
* Many reviewers chose to follow the crowd in bashing ''VideoGame/DragonAgeII'', calling it a [[TheyChangedItNowItSucks dumbed down action game]], when in fact it still features the tactical combat just like ''VideoGame/DragonAgeOrigins'', only [[ActionizedSequel faster]]. The game did have its problems ([[RecurringLocation recycled dungeons]], unpredictable enemy spawns), simplified action commands, and removed isometric view for the PC version, but the writing and dialogue were very good. It probably doesn't help that ''BioWare'' was caught planting user reviews from its employees, was [[http://www.nowgamer.com/news/5141/bioware-we-want-call-of-dutys-audience quoted]] [[TwistingTheWords out of context]] in wanting ''CallOfDuty'' 's audience, and that there was a ridiculous amount of pre-order DLC available. Despite a flood of [[http://www.metacritic.com/game/xbox-360/dragon-age-ii/user-reviews harsh negative user reviews]], many fans will agree that it's still a solid overall game.
* ''VideoGame/DukeNukemForever'': Rescued from DevelopmentHell after a decade and a half, it was the most popular playable title at PAX 2010--yet it was almost universally treated as SnarkBait by critics once it was released. Some reviewers even ventured into FanHater territory, [[http://gotgame.com/2011/07/16/duke-nukem-forever-refuses-to-die/ slinging insults]] at anyone who actually enjoys ''DNF''. Despite all that, the game still sold well enough to be profitable--a fact that [[http://www.joystiq.com/2011/07/14/june-npd-duke-nukem-forever-is-2/ actually annoyed]] its critics. Check out the [[http://www.metacritic.com/game/pc/duke-nukem-forever Metacritic scores for the PC version]], and note the difference in distribution of ratings between critics and users.
* Many in ''Franchise/TheElderScrolls'' community will lead you to believe that ''[[VideoGame/TheElderScrollsIVOblivion Oblivion]]'' will insult your parents and rip out your brain and shit on it before stabbing you in the nads. This is only a natural cycle...they said the ''exact'' same thing about ''[[VideoGame/TheElderScrollsIIIMorrowind Morrowind]]'', only for most of the fanbase to drop that when ''Oblivion'' came out and gave them a new target.
** See also ''VideoGame/{{Fallout 3}}''. Like above, the previous game, ''VideoGame/{{Fallout 2}}'', receives its "fair" share, as well. Apparently [[SarcasmMode consoles ruined RPGs forever]], as has been said of this game, ''Oblivion'' and ''Morrowind''. (the ''VideoGame/{{Fallout}}'' fandom being described as "[[UnpleasableFanbase glittering gems of hatred]]" doesn't help)
* Despite [[WebVideo/TheSpoonyExperiment a certain someone]] making it ''extremely'' trendy to rip on ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyVIII'', there's still a large fandom for the game, liking the more complicated character drama, the subtle nuances of the plot, and the card game.
** ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyMysticQuest'' is becoming an example of this trope as well as its fanbase is starting to become a bit more vocal over the years. More people are willing to be okay with how simplistic the game is and find it to be a fun little title nevertheless (though its fairly renowned soundtrack probably helped).
** ''Franchise/FinalFantasy'' as a whole can get this response since the franchise's fanbase alone directs its source of hate towards a noticeable portion of the series haters at whatever their least favorite entry is.
* The ''Franchise/{{Halo}}'' series tends to get this a lot of this, especially from fans of ''VideoGame/HalfLife'', ''VideoGame/SystemShock'' and ''CallOfDuty''. Especially on ''The Escapist'', thanks to ''WebAnimation/ZeroPunctuation'' (who has openly said he didn't really enjoy ''Halo'', but said it was average) in which the series is frequently complained about ripping off stuff [[SeinfeldIsUnfunny it actually created or popularized or was done on Marathon]] (which was also done by Bungie), is criticized for its fanbase ([[HypocriticalFandom despite that they themselves are not so different]]), has ''extremely'' subjective opinions thrown at it, and stuff that's flat out contradicted by the games.
* [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=58s3F57ZpCM This YouTube video]] actually shows the reviewer honestly saying he didn't find ''[[VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaCDiGames Zelda's Adventure]]'' and ''VideoGame/HotelMario'' to be as bad as everyone says they are -- he even goes so far as to say that he ''liked'' them, despite having his fair share of complaints towards the games. In fact, the CD-i in general had this used by the reviewer, who said that it actually wasn't ''that'' bad, usually saying it was SoOkayItsAverage.
** There is a [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HU4EBLaxCQk top 10 worst cd-i games list]] made by Johan Oberg, which is also the only list of its kind. Though he hated all three of the ''Zelda'' CD-i games on the console, he also said that they weren't the worst games ever made. The games weren't even the worst games on that console (reflected by the fact that he put it at #3. Later on he also made a [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PDPOBBZmf8M top 10 best CD-i]] games, in which ''Hotel Mario'' was at #10 (his opinion about the 2 other ''Mario'' games on the console isn't known).
* Any ''Franchise/MortalKombat'' game between ''[[VideoGame/MortalKombat3 MK3]]'' and ''[[VideoGame/MortalKombatDeadlyAlliance Deadly Alliance]]'' falls into this, most notably ''[[VideoGame/MortalKombat4 MK4]]''. Ironically, the game was panned for the exact reason ''VideoGame/StreetFighterIV'' was acclaimed.
* ''VideoGame/SenranKagura''. Any article that mentions this game will be flooded with comments about how said game is "ruining" gaming as we know it. Kotaku tried turning it into ''VideoGame/DragonsCrown'' 2.0 by bashing the game during it's localization announcement. And what do the people that actually played it say? It's a pretty damn good brawler.
* Every ''Franchise/SonicTheHedgehog'' game made since 1995. ''VideoGame/SonicUnleashed'' gets hit especially by this hard from IGN and [=GameSpot's=] (quite unfair) reviews, which made it all the more [[EightPointEight ridiculous]] when ''Sonic Unleashed'' got ''worse'' reviews from those sites than the much-maligned ''VideoGame/SonicTheHedgehog2006''.
* Ok, ''VideoGame/UnrealTournamentIII'' was an ObviousBeta at the launch moment, which played a bit against it, critically speaking, in the beginning. It isn't ''VideoGame/UnrealTournament'' or ''VideoGame/UnrealTournament2004''. However, its gameplay isn't the bad the fans of previous installments make it to be seen, and with the advent of the Black Edition, it was just improved in any sense possible, and it's actually worth of a high place in the series' quality.
* When the PC version of ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyVII'' was released on Steam in 2013, many who played it (including those who played for the first time ever) didn't think it was as bad as the hatedom says that it is.
* ''VideoGame/ZeldaIITheAdventureOfLink'' has been one of the most [[BrokenBase divisive games ever]], due in no small part to the GenreShift and [[NintendoHard difficulty]]. While there are a few issues, namely limited lives, instant deaths, and reset experience, the game still controls incredibly well for an early-to-mid NES game, and predated many Metroidvania games with RPG elements. Still, [[NeverLiveItDown the game gets hate]] for [[TheyChangedItNowItSucks "not being Zelda enough"]], over two decades after the fact, even though there has never been another ''Zelda'' like it since.

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* The webcomic ''Webcomic/CtrlAltDel'' is widely derided, yet maintains such a significant base of regular readers that the author is able to live off the comic. In the world of webcomics? This is ''very'' rare.

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* ''Franchise/{{Transformers}}''
** ''WesternAnimation/BeastMachines'' originally had quite a bit of backlash after all the praise and love ''WesternAnimation/BeastWars'' got. With the advent of fansubs of Japanese produced G1 material and the later dubbing of ''[[TransformersArmada The]] [[TransformersEnergon Unicron]] [[TransformersCybertron Trilogy]]'' made many people realized their weaknesses made ''Beast Machines'' strengths stand out more (animation, story, characterizations, etc.).
** Any given ''Transformers'' series after ''WesternAnimation/BeastWars'' is starting to receive this treatment as even ''Anime/TransformersRobotsInDisguise'' and the ''UnicronTrilogy'' were starting to have a bit more vocal fanbases over the years. While ''TransformersAnimated'' is still fairly popular with the fanbase by the time it came out the fanbase was starting to be a bit more forgiving to past Transformers shows. (One potential reason why is the popular notion of [[NostalgiaFilter "The Original series was the only good Transformers show!"]] is becoming more & more widely frowned upon in the Transformers fanbase even by those who still like the original series).
* ''WesternAnimation/Ben10AlienForce'' and ''WesternAnimation/Ben10UltimateAlien'' certainly aren't flawless, but they are far from being as crappy and hated as the [[WesternAnimation/{{Ben 10}} original series']] fans usually describe them. Considering how long they were able to air, as well as the quite notable BrokenBase caused by ''WesternAnimation/Ben10Omniverse'', it would seem those two shows still had quite a fandom of their own.
* Plenty of Creator/{{Disney}} movies before their "renaissance" or "Second Golden Age", actually. Even some that were considered to be the "DorkAge" or "Black Sheep" of Disney's animation like ''Disney/TheBlackCauldron'' have cult fanbases today.
** There's also ''Disney/HomeOnTheRange'', which was heavily bashed by critics, and continues to be, even on ThisVeryWiki. But if you look on Website/{{deviantART}}, Website/YouTube, or Website/IMDb, you'll notice that it has a decent fanbase who compare it to Disney's films from the 40's and 50's.
* Some ''WesternAnimation/LooneyTunes'' fans argue that the Daffy/Speedy series isn't as bad as it's made out to be. Many even argue that several of these cartoons are, by their own merits, actually pretty decent.
** Same with ''WesternAnimation/LoonaticsUnleashed'', despite critics and some fans not particularly liking the premise, the show does have a considerable enough fanbase.
* ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic'' is a subversion. While some critics were initially quick to dismiss it as "just another sugary sweet girl's show", its [[PeripheryDemographic unexpected popularity]] led many to rewatch the series and reconsider their opinions of it. It now stands as one of the most critically acclaimed kid shows on television.
** ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyEquestriaGirls'' plays this straight. As soon as the movie's very ''existence'' was hinted at, involving a plot where the ponies become teen-age humans in high school, a portion of fans pounced and rocked the very internet with drama. Even now people who haven't even seen it yet continue to hate it. However, most people who ''have'' seen it, while agreeing the story is a bit weak, admit that it is entertaining and definitely worth watching.
* The Mike Scully-era episodes of ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons'' are starting to get this. While almost nobody thinks they're as good as "Golden Age" Simpsons, a good portion of them are still pretty funny and watchable in their own right. Some fans even believe they contain some of the best FunnyMoments in the entire series.
* For how much hate ''WesternAnimation/StarWarsTheCloneWars'' got from TheMovie, many people have come to see it more along the lines of "Not too bad" instead of "It rivals ''Film/TheStarWarsHolidaySpecial'' for badness". Part of the reason for this is that most people now watch it, less as a standalone movie, and more of a pilot for the highly regarded animated series. The television show has been applauded in several circles and the much hated Ahsoka has her fans.
* ''WesternAnimation/TotalDrama'' has been a frequent victim of this over the years. After an immensely successful first season with ''Island'', its immediate sequel ''Action'' has frequently been derided by fans as a significantly weaker followup to an otherwise well-received series, so much to the point that some fans refuse to acknowledge its existence. ''World Tour'' was better received, but easily led to the BrokenBase in the fandom due to the controversial love triangle arc that dominated the second half of the season, as well as its finale which was considered hit or miss, depending on who you ask. ''Revenge of the Island'' was relatively well-received, but the introduction of a completely new cast didn't sit well with all fans, and even the mutated island theme was a mixed bag or some. However, Backlash mounted significantly with the release of ''All-Stars'', which quickly became reviled for what is widely recognized as weak writing amplified by inconsistent character development, a lack of integrity to the plot, a lack of focus on the crossover between the show's first two casts, numerous abandoned plot points for no apparent reason, a weak villain (depending on who you ask), unbalanced focus on characters considered over-exposed, and a major DownerEnding. Fan backlash proved so strong that ''All-Stars'' gradually assumed ''Action'''s status as the most hated season in the series.