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[[caption-width-right:300:Now ''[[UltimateShowdownOfUltimateDestiny this]]'' is what we're here for!]]

->'''Bart Simpson:''' Creator/AlanMoore! You wrote my favorite Radioactive Man comics.\\
'''Alan Moore:''' Oh, really? You liked how I made your favorite superhero a heroin-addicted jazz critic who's not radioactive?\\
'''Bart Simpson:''' I don't read the words, I just like it when he punches people.
-->-- ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons'', "[[Recap/TheSimpsonsS19E7HusbandsAndKnives Husbands And Knives]]"

Anyone who creates works of fiction will often try to make it big and large to justify your money's worth. They want to make each new installment bigger and better than the last, adding in new stories and conventions, and just make it a lot more fun than the last title in a series. In short, development.

[[LowestCommonDenominator But no one else cares.]]

Many fans of anything watch movies, or play games, for exactly one reason (generally RuleOfFun) and one reason only. To them, their work has only one purpose: they're Just Here For [[MoneyShot Godzilla]].

Simply, people are paying their own money for their own entertainment. Any other stuff they add may be only seen as a minor distraction from their true goal of enjoyment. On the other hand, those other things added can actually [[ComeForTheXStayForTheY add to the enjoyment of their one true goal]], whether it be comedy relief in a usually dark film series or any new quirks in gameplay. Often, these things become cool only by association: "Look, it's a clip from that movie/show where this ''awesome'' thing happened!" or "Look! It's that actor/actress who was in that ''sweet'' movie one time!"

Often, however, creators of works may put obstacles in your way to force you to go through all of their new quirks before getting a chance to see the action (like you're being in a theater, sitting through hours and hours until you get to that glorious part) or play the same mode over and over. Sometimes they make it [[FakeDifficulty even harder]] for you to get to your true goal.

SpeculativeFiction tends to run on this. Many people will read/watch it strictly or primarily for the [[SpeculativeFictionTropes elements]] that make it SpeculativeFiction, with the actual plot being, at best, secondary.

{{Sister Trope}}s are: BileFascination; PlayTheGameSkipTheStory; EnjoyTheStorySkipTheGame; PreviewPiggybacking; WatchItForTheMeme; ExcusePlot and DevelopingDoomedCharacters.

Compare IReadItForTheArticles, ComplacentGamingSyndrome, BlackSheepHit, EstrogenBrigade, MrFanservice, MsFanservice, TestosteroneBrigade, DancingBear, ComeForTheXStayForTheY (where something besides the Godzilla comes into play), and BestKnownForTheFanservice (which is not necessarily what they come for).
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[[folder:Advertising]]
* Safe Auto insurance [[InvokedTrope invokes]] this in some of their advertisements, pointing out that many insurance companies offer the chance to save by "bundling" additional services like home insurance, motorcycle insurance, RV insurance, flood insurance, etc. etc., so and so forth. They, however, just offer a low rate on auto insurance that you can get without having to bundle anything.
* Males who sit through certain commercials just because an attractive girl is featured in them. This especially manifests itself if said commercial is posted on video sharing sites such as Website/YouTube. And don't think it doesn't happen the other way around, either.
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[[folder:Anime and Manga]]
* {{Anime}} became the only reason a lot people were attracted to the Creator/CartoonNetwork Creator/AdultSwim line up. Another group of people just came to watch it for the re-runs of ''WesternAnimation/FamilyGuy'', ''WesternAnimation/AmericanDad'', and (formerly) ''WesternAnimation/{{Futurama}}'', and were reeled in by the network's original comedies. Afterwards, NetworkDecay hit Creator/CartoonNetwork badly and, for the first group, [adult swim]'s management [[ScrewedByTheNetwork started relegating such programming to increasingly late in the night, with little promotion]]. Most fans have since abandoned [adult swim] nowadays for the Internet or other networks, until ''Creator/{{Toonami}}'' was relaunched, which started this trend anew.
* ''Odin: Photon Space Sailor Starlight'' isn't generally regarded as a good film, but it may be of interest to fans of the band {{Music/Loudness}} whose music is featured in the film.
* ''Anime/{{Geneshaft}}'', which includes music by the guitarist from Loudness.
* Many people who watch ''Anime/{{Hamtaro}}'' only watch it for its human characters (mainly Laura and Kana).
* ''Anime/MagicalGirlLyricalNanoha'' was initially intended to be a cute little spinoff for people Just Here For the cute little sister from ''VisualNovel/TriangleHeart3SweetSongsForever''. Halfway through the first season, which had by then pulled more viewers than the ''Toraha 3'' OVA released around the same time had, the game cast starts to fade out and the plot gets complicated. By the end, Nanoha is the only game cast member with a major role, the universe has made many major breaks with the originals, and most people seeking the ''Triangle Heart'' games and {{OVA}}s are Just There For Nanoha.
* ''VisualNovel/{{Happiness}}'' is an anime that was originally a VisualNovel. Most agree it's a fairly mediocre high school drama with a really generic magic system attached. It doesn't matter though, because nearly everyone watches it to see [[{{transsexual}} Jun]], who steals [[EnsembleDarkhorse every]] single scene she's in.
* ''Manga/FutureDiary'': Just here for the AxCrazy {{Yandere}} [[Pantheon/{{Insanity}} Goddess]].
* A lot of fans watch ''Anime/MaiHime'' for Shizuru and Natsuki (be them [[EnsembleDarkhorse individually]] or [[FanPreferredCouple together]]). But it's usually [[ComeForTheXStayForTheY "watched"]]. Not so much with ''Anime/MaiOtome'' though.
* While the manga has a bit more existent plot, the only reason most people watch ''LightNovel/{{Kanokon}}'' is because it should have just been titled {{Fanservice}}: The Anime.
* Many watchers of ''Manga/BlackButler'' stick around simply for the sheer awesomeness that is [[BattleButler Sebastian]]. He is after all, one hell of a butler. And a lot of others came for the apparent HoYay that fans always boast about.
* The film adaptation of "Buddha" by Creator/OsamuTezuka seems to be shaping up to be this, due to the soundtrack including "Scarlet Love Song" by XJapan.
* A lot of people watched ''Manga/ElfenLied'' for the gore, fan service, and {{Gorn}}.
* People check out the ''Franchise/WhenTheyCry'' series for the gore but typically stay for other reasons.
* How many fans of ''Webcomic/AxisPowersHetalia'' actually have read or watched a majority of the series? You're in here for the fandom, HoYay, and the fact the series is based upon {{Bishonen}} and Bishojo personified masses of land.
* Most ''Manga/WanderingSon'' fans who began with the anime came for either the SceneryPorn or the realistic representation of {{transsexual}}ity.
* A lot of ''Manga/BokuraNoHentai'' fans came to notice the series because one of the protagonists, Marika, is a [[{{transsexual}} trans girl]].
* ''Anime/YuGiOhBondsBeyondTime'' is watched to see [[Anime/YuGiOh Yugi]], [[Anime/YuGiOhGX Judai]], and [[Anime/YuGiOh5Ds Yusei]] dueling together.
* An amusing inversion in the ''Franchise/{{Digimon}}'' series. There are plenty of fans who ignore the Digimon and prefer to focus on the interactions between the humans. As the anime is considered to be a rare positive example of a HumanFocusedAdaptation, this is understandable.
* ''Franchise/{{Gundam}}'': Despite the complicated plots and the overbearing characters, people still watch the show just to see giant robots beat each other up.
* Whenever the topic of ''InitialD'' comes up on a forum, you can be certain that someone will say "I only watch it for the cars", followed by someone else responding with "We all only watch it for the cars."
* Fans of the ''Franchise/JojosBizarreAdventure'' [=OVA=], mainly watch it for the final, unique fight with Dio and Jotaro. Also, the manga has a small group of fans who read it just for the many musical {{shout out}}s. That or the fabulous, over-the-top [[AssKickingPose poses]].
* Some of the ''{{Anime/Pokemon}}'' anime's early Western fandom started from this; even though the games were the origin of the franchise as a whole, the English dub of the anime was intentionally released in the U.S. several weeks before the games were. As a result, it became a promotional vehicle for the rest of the franchise, and some fans initially watched the show to familiarize themselves with the series before the games were available. Even now, sneak peeks of upcoming game material are often showcased in the anime, giving people who don't normally watch it a reason to do so if they are fans of the games. After the initial hype had died down, with new Pokemon being revealed in CoroCoro magazine before the anime can begin a new region and Ash losing the Indigo Conference, there are some fans who still watch the anime mainly to see if Ash wins a Pokemon League. There are also fans who only stay tuned to the anime of the franchise just to see the Pokémon battles that take place.
* It's not uncommon to hear disgruntled viewers of ''Anime/GuiltyCrown'' say they're only watching the show just to hear the [[Music/HiroyukiSawano awesome soundtrack,]] the fluid animation, and the action scenes.
* Many ''{{Anime/Robotech}}'' fans looked forward to ''WesternAnimation/RobotechTheShadowChronicles'' because it would feature the long awaited return of Rick Hunter, the hero of the ''Anime/SuperDimensionFortressMacross''-based portion of the franchise. They were, understandably disappointed when [[spoiler: he had less than two minutes screentime in an 85 minute film and only appeared on a viewscreen]].
* ''Manga/OyasumiPunpun'''s protagonist looks like a bird. This attracts people, who would pass it off as an ordinary SliceOfLife if he was a normal boy. The series [[CerebusSyndrome goes off the deep end]] quickly and people now know it as a dark WidgetSeries manga with a bird-thing for a main character.
* Magical girl fans aside, ''Anime/YukiYunaIsAHero'' got noticed due to the HandicappedBadass Togo. She's one of the few physically disabled characters in mainstream anime, never mind MagicalGirl series, and doesn't get "fixed" when in magical girl form... Alas a lot of people also ''stopped'' watching because the series has a bit of fan-service, especially around Togo who probably has the largest chest out of the girls. After the series hits CerebusSyndrome it got a huge leap in popularity due to people watching it for the characters suffering.
* The ''Broly'' trilogy of ''Manga/DragonBall'' has the famous BreakoutVillain and title character. Most people only want to see Broly destroying stuff and beating the crap out of the heroes. Even though the second and third movie are inferior than the first one, people are glad to see Broly doing his thing in the second movie at all. Most fans hate the third movie because the Broly in the movie isn't the real Broly and he's not as awesome as the original.
* Many people come to ''{{Manga/Berserk}}'' [[ComeForTheXStayForTheY to check out its gritty nature and badass protagonist Guts]], but have since stuck around despite lengthy release periods (and more traumatizing events) for the intriguing character line up and the mythos of the world; in later volumes, much more attention has been focused on these elements rather than the grim-dark themes and a sizeable portion of the fanbase is actually grateful for the relieving shift in atmosphere. However, another portion of the fanbase wants the series to get back to what it's ''really'' about: [[LudicrousGibs senseless violence]], GratuitousRape, and [[DarknessInducedAudienceApathy darkness darkness everywhere.]]
* [[PeripheryDemographic Much of the male fanbase]] watches Franchise/PrettyCure either just for the epic Anime/DragonBallZ-style beat-downs of their enemies and MonsterOfTheWeek or the quite visible [[SchoolgirlLesbians Yuri subtext]].
* Manga/SailorMoon is also quite popular among [[PeripheryDemographic fanboys]], mainly for the fights and the [[{{Bishoujo}} attractive lead characters.]]
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[[folder:BoardGames]]
* [[http://boardgamegeek.com/boardgame/2679/mouse-trap Mouse Trap.]] Be honest, how many of you ignored the actual ''game'' part entirely in favour of messing around with the AWESOME RubeGoldbergDevice?
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[[folder:Comics]]
* Marvel has been known to place {{Wolverine}} [[WolverinePublicity prominently on covers of comics he barely appears in]] because of this.
** Lampshaded when during one promotion where each cover in one particular month featured Wolverine ''whether or not he even appears in the story.'' On some (such as the short-lived adaptation of Laurell K. Hamilton's Anita Blake series) the cover (always showing Wolvie teaming up with the comic's hero(es)) there was a small disclaimer, obviously [[OurLawyersAdvisedThisTrope suggested by Marvel's legal counsel]] that read "Wolverine does not actually appear in this comic."
** Also parodied by ''The Sensational ComicBook/SheHulk'', where they have a cover of Wolverine and a couple of other heroes at the charge and the blurb ''"Wolverine is on this comic!"''... and a crumpled bottom having been pushed up by Jen, who looks at the reader while glibly saying "Note the cover doesn't say he's actually ''in'' this comic!"
* Similarly, a lot of publicity for [[ComicBook/TwoThousandAD 2000AD]] revolves around the fact that it's the magazine that originated ComicBook/JudgeDredd. Dredd is on roughly 98% of covers nowadays, and the title on the cover used to have the subtitle ''Featuring'' ''''JUDGE DREDD'''', a tradition continued by the iOS app.
* Some people read [[ComicBook/TheIncredibleHulk Hulk comics]] for the same reason they watch the [[Series/TheIncredibleHulk television]] [[WesternAnimation/TheIncredibleHulk shows]] and [[Film/TheIncredibleHulk movie adaptations]]: To see Bruce banner HulkOut.
* One of the trends of UsefulNotes/TheDarkAgeOfComicBooks was following the artists and fans placing emphasis on art over story such that superstar artists even started their own publishing companies. Eventually, backlash shifted things back in favor of the writing especially as the novelty of the stylized and exaggerated art of that era wore off.
* Many readers of ''ComicBook/{{Convergence}}'' are happy to see their favorite characters again in their pre-''ComicBook/{{Flashpoint}}'' versions, if only to see them get a proper closure to their stories.
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[[folder:Fanfiction]]
* Franchise/{{Godzilla}}, the TropeNamer himself, is a member of the Department of Hotness in "Hottie 4: Even Better Sequel", the sequel to FanFic/Hottie3TheBestFanFicInTheWorld.
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[[folder:Films -- Animated]]
* ''Disney/WreckItRalph'': Fans all over the internet are having {{Nerdgasm}}s over seeing their favourite video game characters make cameos. Subverted for many when the cameos stop coming about halfway through the movie and the audience is hooked on the film's own characters and plot. Even then, you'll still hear complaints that Bowser got no lines.
* A good deal of the interest (at least among adults) in ''WesternAnimation/HotelTransylvania'' came solely from the fact that Creator/GenndyTartakovsky directed the film. Many people were not interested in the film itself and just wanted to see it because they thought it would help his career if they did.
* Not few people saw ''Disney/{{Frozen}}'' only because of the ''MickeyMouse'' short playing before it, and a large part of the fanbase enjoy the film because of [[AnIcePerson Elsa]]. A few people just want to see the movie because of [[SignatureSong "Let it Go"]] (and seeing as the song itself is on the Disney website...)
* It is safe to say that plenty of fangirls only went to see ''WesternAnimation/RiseOfTheGuardians'' because of [[MrFanservice Jack Frost]].
** Likewise for [[FurryFandom furries]] watching it for Bunnymund.
* There are 2 well-known fangirl types in the ''Disney/TheHunchbackOfNotreDame'' fandom: "Frollophiles" and Clopin fans. Most of these fans only watch merely for the times they show up, with Clopin's side [[FanDumb complaining about how he doesn't get enough screen time.]]
* ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyEquestriaGirls'' features a load of [[FandomNod Fandom nods]], The Cutie Mark Crusaders dancing to their themes, the background ponies (Namely Derpy Hooves), Trixie's BigLippedAlligatorMoment in front of the vending machine, and every time the camera jerks away from the action to showcase a background pony as a human. A good number of bronies who did not like the movie watched it just for those scenes, and some bronies who ''did'' consider it redeemable just for those drops. Then the sequels came along, and many bronies' reason for watching became Just Here For Sunset Shimmer.
* ''WesternAnimation/TheBookOfLife'':
** Some fans are more interested in Xibalba and La Muerte's story and relationship than that of Manolo, Joaquin, and Maria.
** Some people are also intrigued more by the gorgeous art style and animation as opposed to the story/dialogue.
* ''WesternAnimation/TheLEGOMovie'':
** Many people had interest in the film simply because Batman was in it and had a major role.
** Other fans are just here for Uni-Kitty.
** Many older LEGO fans are just here to see all the classic LEGO cameos, including [[Toys/LEGOAdventurers Johnny Thunder]] and [[Toys/ClassicLEGOSpace 1980-something space guys]].
** And others might come just to see if their favorite themes will make an appearance *cough* Toys/{{Bionicle}} *[[CoughSnarkCough cough]]* Blink and you'll miss them, but a shot of the Toa appear during an exposition dump.
** For that matter, who else is just going to watch this movie just to see Morgan Freeman voice an animated character for the first time?
** It also marks the very first time Franchise/WonderWoman appears in a major motion picture!
* Many mature viewers went to see ''WesternAnimation/TheSecretLifeOfPets'' because of the trailers featuring Leonard, the headbanging poodle. [[spoiler: [[OneSceneWonder Too bad he only has about 30 seconds of screen time in the whole movie and no spoken lines at all]].]]
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[[folder:Films -- Live-Action]]
* The ''Franchise/{{Godzilla}}'' franchise, which became famous only for the monster fights (hence the [[TropeNamer trope title]]).
** Godzilla by himself can be a major draw for people who want to see him demolishing cities.
** ''Film/{{Godzilla 2014}}''.
*** It ''does'' star the TropeNamer himself, after all. The first official teaser trailer leans on this heavily: all it really reveals about the film's plot is that Godzilla's in it, he causes loads of destruction and this upsets and frightens many people (i.e. the simplest, most basic elements of a Godzilla story). This was tantalizing enough to shoot the trailer to more than 10 million Youtube views in a week.\\\
Similarly, most fans didn't expect ''Godzilla: [=Smash3=]'' to [[TheProblemWithLicensedGames be particularly good]] when it was first revealed, but the game was still closely examined because it gave the best yet view of the new Godzilla design.\\\
Among non-fans who are not interested in Godzilla, Creator/BryanCranston has become enough of a draw for them. Jeremy Jahns mentions this in his [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TvZc82XDEZk review]] of the teaser:
--->''"Yeah, that was Bryan Cranston. Okay, well... I'll watch the movie. I was on the fence with the big lizard tearing shit through a city, but you bring in [[Series/BreakingBad Heisenberg]] and -- alright, I'm there."''
*** Ironically, one of the biggest criticisms leveled against the movie was exactly Godzilla's and Cranston's limited screen-time ([[spoiler:the former mostly has cameos until the final fight, the latter is killed off about half an hour in]]), and while most critics applauded this "held-back" approach, audiences were less forgiving (there was a significant drop in attendance following a strong opening), proving this trope to be a double-edged sword.
* Much like the Godzilla films, the low budget {{sword and sandal}} Hercules peplum films that Italy used to churn out in the late 1950s and early 1960s made most of their money from people who just wanted to see the fights, the {{Fanservice}} (male and female alike) and the beautiful Italian scenery as opposed to any actual story.
* Take any ExploitationFilm: all of them center on one particular gimmick that will draw in curious viewers. Be it a fight, battle, a monster, stunts, gory violence, action, special effects, a nude scene, a sex scene, a surrealistic scene to trip out to or the appearance of a famous pop star or media star.
* Before the days of MTV and other music video channels rock 'n' roll movies were sure ticket sellers, because most TV stations in the 1950s, 1960s and 1970s didn't pay much attention at rock musicians. And even if they did appear on TV it would only be for a musical intermezzo in a variety show or talk show. If you wanted to see your favorite artist or band on screen for longer than five minutes you would go and watch movies in the theater like ''Film/TheGirlCantHelpIt'', ''Film/JailhouseRock'', ''Film/AHardDaysNight'', ''Film/{{Woodstock}}'', ''Film/{{Tommy}}'', ''Film/TheWall'',... Needless to say that the plot was irrelevant: seeing your favorite stars appear and perform music would be enough.
* The biggest complaint about the live-action ''Film/{{Transformers}}'' movies is the focus on the humans. Optimus Prime doesn't even get introduced in the first movie until an hour in. There are subplots that lead to nothing and very scatological humans. ''Revenge of the Fallen'' is a little better, offering flashy fights in the beginning, middle and end, but all the time between that is just waffle. This is something the ''Franchise/{{Transformers}}'' producers have long failed to grasp. Fans are just here for the robots, and it's an ''extremely'' rare human who catches on with viewers of ''any'' age. The adults who were annoyed by [[WesternAnimation/TheTransformers Spike and Daniel]] may be the PeripheryDemographic now, but they were kids when they ''first'' watched. With the newer series, for every [[WesternAnimation/TransformersAnimated Sari]], there's three [[TransformersFilmSeries Sams]] or [[Anime/TransformersEnergon Kickers]] whose not-remotely-interesting home lives are only unwanted interruptions to the giant-robot-armies-at-war thing everyone ''really'' came for, and any scene with them will be considered {{Filler}}. The humans who ''do'' get popular are never the {{Tagalong Kid}}s who get all the screentime, and it's hard to know if the kids liked Simmons or Fowler as much as we do.
** ''Film/TransformersAgeOfExtinction'', the fourth live-action film, had a much better balance and gave its robots bigger screen and story-presence, to the point where some fans regard ''this'' as the first "true" ''Transformers'' movie in the series. That said, the movie still suffered because while it offered many things for fans to be excited about (most importantly, the Dinobots), many claimed that it was far too long to be worth the effort, and the much-promoted Dinobots were only put in as an afterthought. As a whole, though, general moviegoers loved it just like the first three, and [[CriticalDissonance critics kept mourning the death of cinema]].
** ''WesternAnimation/TransformersPrime'' challenged even the movieverse at first with its attention to Jack's home life and Miko's love of being InHarmsWay. There's some time spent on Jack angsting about how his time with the 'bots is interfering with his mundane life, even though there's really no need for him to ''be'' with the Autobots. By season two, though, this is massively scaled back, with the story mostly about the Transformers' battles, with the humans occasionally helping out. Miko has come especially far, from rushing headlong into danger ''explicitly because it's fun'' and not caring about endangering everyone to actually being part of the solution, and you can at points see the kids being the Autobots' guides to an unfamiliar world. By the series finale TV movie, all humans are absent.
* Most people sit patiently through ''Film/{{Koyaanisqatsi}}'' to get to the penultimate 15 minute "The Grid" sequence.
* ''Film/ScottPilgrimVsTheWorld'' is an interesting example. A lot of people will tell you that they weren't there for the Scott/Ramona romance, but for his battles with her Evil Exes.
* ''Film/{{Swordfish}}'' had a lot of people showing up for it not caring about the criminal/hacker plot, but because Halle is topless in one scene.
* In general, if you have a favorite B-movie actor and plenty of time and/or disposable income on your hands, you'll watch droves of otherwise unwatchable films just to catch a glimpse of your hero - and that goes double if you're a horny male and the "star" is a sexy babe. Take Anna Nicole Smith, for instance. How many boys aged 14 to 25 watched the DTV movie ''To the Limit'' [[{{Fanservice}} just to see her naked body]] - when [[EnsembleDarkhorse she wasn't even the main character in that film]], and in fact it was a sequel to an earlier film, ''Da Vinci's War'', which she wasn't in and which was made before most people had even heard of her?
* Most action films score very low on plot originality, character development or any kind of message. Audiences simply want to [[StuffBlowingUp see explosions]] (or [[FunetikAksent "'splosions,"]] in the common vernacular), people fighting each other or fast paced special effects.
* Most romantic drama films and comedies are extremely predictable, yet women and couples just want to see a romantic story on a fairy tale level to leave the cinema with a happy feeling.
* ''Film/{{Alexander}}''. A large amount of people watched it for that one scene with Creator/RosarioDawson. Another amount came looking only for the battle sequences, which given [[UsefulNotes/AlexanderTheGreat who it is about]] is understandable.
* A LOT of Japanese people only watch Hollywood films because they find the American actor/actresses in them attractive.
* Most audiences went to see ''Film/TheForbiddenKingdom'' simply to see Creator/JackieChan fight Creator/JetLi for the first time in their careers.
* No matter [[{{Sequelitis}} how bad you think the sequels are]], the one thing every fan looks forward to in ''Franchise/PiratesOfTheCaribbean'' is Captain Jack Sparrow.
* Slasher-style horror movies (''Franchise/FridayThe13th'' and whatnot) typically attract people for the murderer. The trope DevelopingDoomedCharacters was invented purely to describe the miserable time before the murderer starts knifing co-eds. Because seriously, who sat down to watch the engaging social life at Camp Crystal Lake?
* Many horror fans can attest to turning out for the ''Franchise/FridayThe13th'' and ''Franchise/{{Halloween}}'' film series' just to see the inventive gore effects and brutal kills. Not many root for the [[TooDumbToLive dimwitted camp counsellers and nubile victims]], and instead cheer for [[SlasherMovie invincible homicidal killers]]. This was averted in the first ''Film/{{Halloween 1978}}''. It features no gore and actually focuses on the characters.
* The "Plot" such as it is, of most ''Franchise/FridayThe13th'' movies, serves only as a vehicle to deliver (usually Teen) Victims to Jason. This is further confirmed by the "Jump to a Death" option present on the home DVD versions.
* A major complaint about ''Film/{{Cloverfield}}'' was "I came to see a giant monster trash New York, not [[DevelopingDoomedCharacters watch these annoying jerks]] through [[JitterCam shakycam]] for 2 hours."
* In the Japanese film ''Film/AlwaysZokuSanChoumeNoYuuhi'' (''Always Sunset on Third Street 2''), Godzilla himself makes a brief cameo appearance in the first 2 minutes of the film in a dream sequence and in CGI form, Many Godzilla fans don't know what this film is about or even care, all they want to see is Godzilla.
* A lot of people went to see ''Film/SpiderMan3'' mostly for Venom. They became upset because he [[TheyWastedAPerfectlyGoodCharacter didn't get enough screen time]] (or that he was played by a badly miscast Topher Grace).
* As of ''Film/TheAmazingSpiderMan2'', the base has been broken into those in it for Peter and Gwen's surprisingly well-written relationship, and those who grant that it is an improvement over the Raimi trilogy's romance angle, but it also takes far too much time away from the, you know, ''Spider-Man'' parts that they bought a ticket for.
* Many people went to see ''Film/CaptainAmericaCivilWar'' for Spider-Man's debut appearance in the Franchise/MarvelCinematicUniverse. [[EnsembleDarkhorse He wound up stealing the show during the melee between Captain America, Iron Man, and their allies.]]
* A criticism of the first ''Film/{{Hulk}}'' movie was Ang Lee's attempt to add the daddy issues backstory, while most people just wanted to see [=HULK SMASH=]. The issues presented weren't the problem, since they also occur in the comics, it was that Lee tried to make them the whole movie and not just a small part of ''Hulk''. Like ''Spider-Man'' above, less whine more hero. Website/RottenTomatoes even summarizes the consensus of the movie as "Too much talking and not enough smashing."
* People watch Creator/EdWood movies purely meta to observe the terrible sets, bad dialogue and acting, and obvious mistakes.
* Pornography. As John Carmack of id Software said, "[The story] It's expected to be there, [[PornWithoutPlot but it's not that important]]." Ironically, many 'Skinemax' films go the opposite direction, with as few as two or three sex scenes in a two hour movie about the most boring and trite corporate/scientific espionage imaginable.
* While a lot of people won't admit it, social stigmas related to nudity and sex means many people's only exposure to such is through generic action movies. The watchers are not especially interested in the story at all, they're just there for the nudity, sex and violence. This means movies are released with this in mind, leading to ViewersAreMorons, which pisses off the [[ViewersAreGeniuses other group.]]
* Creator/MillaJovovich is a compelling reason to watch ''Film/{{Ultraviolet}}'' ([[{{Fanservice}} to her fans]]), despite being considered to be a very bad movie by critics in general. It holds true for ''Film/{{Zoolander}}'' (as [[DarkActionGirl Katinka]]), ''Film/TheMessengerTheStoryOfJoanOfArc'', and ''Film/TheFifthElement'' (as Leeloo). Inverted with her role in the ''Film/ResidentEvil'' movies, as many fans were displeased that established characters such as Jill Valentine and Leon Kennedy were [[DemotedToExtra pushed back]] in favor of Jovovich. It hasn't stopped the movies from being successful, though.
* This is an interesting dilemma with the original ''Franchise/ThePinkPanther'' movies. The bulk of viewers only watch them for Creator/PeterSellers and, to a lesser extent, the animated title sequences. The series has been outright criticized by critics such as James Berardinelli as having little merit beyond them. The post-Sellers entries invoke this reaction with two other characters: Chief Inspector Charles Dreyfus and Cato Fong, [[EnsembleDarkhorse who both became popular in their own right]] after their introduction in film two, ''Film/AShotInTheDark''. Some fans actually prefer Herbert Lom's scenes as Dreyfus to Sellers' scenes. ''Film/SonOfThePinkPanther'' is firmly Just Here For Dreyfus: What audience it has is there to see the series' IneffectualSympatheticVillain [[ThrowTheDogABone finally get a]] HappyEnding. Later, the success of the [[Film/ThePinkPanther2006 2006 Steve Martin reboot]] was a case of Just Here For Creator/SteveMartin, considering the sequel's disappointing performance.
* Fans of Anthony Stewart Head, Sarah Brightman, Paul Sorvino, Alexa Vega, Creator/ParisHilton, Bill Mosely, and/or Nivek Ogre went to see ''Film/RepoTheGeneticOpera'' based solely on their appearances therein. Almost all of them are now devoted fans of the movie. Fans of Music/YoshikiHayashi did the same. Their mileage varies widely: some are devoted fans of the film, others not so much. Creator/ParisHilton drove away more of the film's potential audience than she attracted.
* ''Film/HouseOfWax2005'': Many people saw it solely to see Creator/ParisHilton get killed off.
* The films starring Creator/SonjaHenie were to watch her skate.
* ''Film/FlyingDownToRio'': a 1930s RomanticComedy staring Gene Raymond and Dolores del Río. It's watched and (mainly) remembered for having the first dance Creator/FredAstaire and Creator/GingerRogers ever did together.
* During the run-up to the release of the 1989 ''Film/{{Batman}}'' movie, [[{{Fanboy}} people were buying tickets to other movies]], sitting through the ''Batman'' trailer, and then walking out.
* ''Film/FantasticFour2015'' was considered to be one of the worst superhero movies and was a commercial flop. Yet some fans still showed up just to see an exclusive trailer for the upcoming ''Film/Deadpool2016'' movie.
* ''Film/AttackOfTheClones'' owes most of its popularity to Jango Fett. Some people went for the massive hellstorm of special effects that is the last quarter of the movie, including Yoda wielding a lightsaber (as the film wore on in theaters commercials started airing saying "who da man? Yoda man" to capitalize on what was certainly the film's largest draw). Others came come to watch the space battles, or the Jedi fight scenes.
* Most people only go to the ''Film/JamesBond'' films for the action and to see beautiful women in various states of undress. For a very select group of female moviegoers who usually don't watch action flicks, they paid money to go see ''Film/{{GoldenEye}}'' so that they can swoon over Series/RemingtonSteele--err, Creator/PierceBrosnan on the big screen. For some girls who were in their late childhood or adolescence in 1995 (and therefore were too young to have watched the show that first made Brosnan a sex symbol), they noticed the [[ChickMagnet ultra-handsome actor]] in trailers and TV spots, so they were more than happy to accompany their father, older brother or boyfriend to the cinema to catch their very first James Bond film.
* ''Film/{{Bound 1996}}'' is a compelling modern film-noir classic. But people only watch it for [[GirlOnGirlIsHot the lesbian sex scenes]].
* ''Film/WildThings'': Denise Richards gets them out, makes out with Neve Campbell in a swimming pool and they have a threesome with Matt Dillon. There's also that strip of Kevin's [[ICallHimMisterHappy Bacon]]. The sequels have a similar reputation, [[{{Sequelitis}} except with a less acclaimed plot]].
* The three ''Film/CruelIntentions'' movies, are this to many people. One of the reasons is the scene with Sarah Michelle Gellar flirtatiously offering one last clause for her and her brother-in-law's bet.
* The ''Film/HomeAlone'' movies usually have a story about a child learning to act on his own and getting into trouble, but really the only reason people went to see those movies was for the DeathTrap houses.
* Even fans of the DisasterMovie genre didn't really seem to care ''why'' the Apocalypse was going to strike in ''Film/TwoThousandTwelve'', but it didn't half put [[MoneyMakingShot the money up on the screen]] when it was time for [[SceneryGorn the geological shit]] to hit the fan.
* A large percentage of the ''Film/{{Tekken}}'' film's sparse audience likely went just to see Lateef Crowder playing Eddy Gordo. The smart ones just settled for watching his scenes on Website/YouTube.
* You may like the {{Melodrama}} of Creator/TylerPerry's movies and plays, but you are more likely there to watch Madea's shenanigans.
* ''Film/{{Avatar}}'' is perhaps the highest-grossing film ''ever'' so far[[note]]"Perhaps" because that's without taking into account home video sales or adjusting for inflation.[[/note]]. However, just about ''everyone'' went to watch it only for [[VisualEffectsOfAwesome the stunning effects.]]
* The sole reason to watch ''Film/GoneInSixtySeconds1974'' is the ChaseScene that makes up the second half of the movie.
* While films like ''Film/{{Bullitt}}'', ''Film/TheFrenchConnection'', ''Film/ToLiveAndDieInLA'', and ''Film/{{Ronin}}'' are all worth watching on their own merits, odds are good that the first thing that pops into your head when each of those titles is mentioned is a car chase.
* German Neo-Nazis often bought tickets for ''Film/AmericanHistoryX'' just to see the violence scenes during the first ten minutes. After that, they left the cinema again.
* The first album by Music/ProcolHarum includes a song titled "Salad Days (Are Here Again)", and the track listing on the back cover says that this song is "From The Film 'Separation'". ''Separation'' is an obscure [[LeFilmArtistique art film]] which remained unavailable for a long time after its initial (limited) theatrical run in 1968, leaving Procol Harum fans wondering what it was like. In 2009, the film was released on video for the first time, and thus many of those watching it are Just Here For Procol Harum (though maybe ComeForTheXStayForTheY is in effect too).
* There is only [[StuffBlowingUp one thing]] that many people find any Creator/MichaelBay film worth watching for.
* A small minority of the audience for ''Film/BlackSwan'' is Just There For The [[FreakinessShame Wingfic]]. And quite a few more are Just There for [[GirlOnGirlIsHot the Mila/Natalie sex scene.]]
* Many people watched ''Film/TheMachinist'' for the shock of seeing Christian Bale's [[DyeingForYourArt Nightmare Fuel Thiness.]]
* Creator/JamesCameron's ''Film/{{Titanic 1997}}'':
** Some people watched the film only because of ship's sinking scenes.
** Back when it was released most teenage girls went to see the film solely because they were so in love with LeonardoDiCaprio. In fact many people only remember the romantic scenes and are completely unaware that the entire story was based on a real life incident.
** Many people have seen it multiple times, and still have not seen the beginning. The "Making of" documentary created a lot of interest in the special effects in people who had originally chosen not to sit through the four-hour film. It's pretty common knowledge that the crow's nest scene (when the look-outs spot the iceberg) occurs just about five minutes into the third hour, when it plays on TV, so when it's on, you can tune in exactly halfway through for the special effects, and skip the romance entirely.
* ''Film/StarTrek'':
** Many Trek fans only watched the reboot for Creator/LeonardNimoy's performance as Spock. The 90210 re-casting was not a selling point.
** Many people also watched it for Creator/ZacharyQuinto, widely regarded as the best thing in ''Series/{{Heroes}}'' even at its best, as the new Spock. Other people watched for the [[StuffBlowingUp space battles]].
** Many were there just to see ''Star Trek'' [[SequelGap back on screen after five years]] and lots of uncertainty. Similarly for ''Film/StarTrekTheMotionPicture'' which is why many fans like that first movie inspite of (or because of) complaints of long lingering shots of the Enterprise and long dialog free special effect sequences.
** A lot of ''Series/{{Sherlock}}'' fans are attending ''Film/StarTrekIntoDarkness'' for Creator/BenedictCumberbatch playing a villain.
* Many people went to see ''Film/TheRite'' for one thing: Anthony Hopkins possessed. And in Mexico, many went to WatchItForTheMeme that spawned thanks to certain national news anchor that interviewed Hopkins.
* Probably the main reason sci-fi folks will never get their wish of a film that explains the backgrounds of either/[[Franchise/AlienVsPredator or]] the Franchise/{{Alien}} and Franchise/{{Predator}} franchises. [[ScifiGhetto Folks just want to see the eponymous creatures kick butt, not have their origins explained]]. One of the main draws for ''Film/{{Prometheus}}'' was this, since it was ambiguously billed as a prequel (and later confirmed to be in the same universe).
* In the case of the first Franchise/{{Predator}} film, some people just wanted to see Creator/ArnoldSchwarzenegger or the [[HuntingTheMostDangerousGame Predator]] [[HumanoidAliens himself]], though the latter didn't become famous until after the film.
* A rare one-minute cameo by Music/DaftPunk and their soundtrack were good enough reasons for people to watch ''Film/TronLegacy''.
* Many people went to see ''Film/SnakesOnAPlane'' solely to hear Samuel L. Jackson deliver his line, or even just the film's title.
* Some people watched ''Film/SpaceJam'' mostly just for Lola Bunny, who [[CanonImmigrant made her debut]] in that film.
* Some people probably watched ''Film/WayOfTheDragon'' just to watch the UltimateShowdownOfUltimateDestiny between Creator/BruceLee and Creator/ChuckNorris. [[spoiler:Which is won by Lee.]]
* Possibly the only reason why anyone went to see the ''Beach Party'' reunion film ''Back To The Beach'' was to see the [[PeeWeesPlayhouse Pee Wee Herman]] cameo. Also the only good thing about the film.
* Any fans of ''Alvin And The Chipmunks'' may watch {{Film/Rear Window}} and/or {{Film/Switchblade Sisters}} for [[Franchise/AlvinAndTheChipmunks Ross Bagdasarian (Sr.) and Janice Karman]] respectively.
* The only reason the film 'Just My Luck' got any success in the UK was because {{McFly}}'s fangirls were flooding in to see their cameo. And Music/PixieLott is the only reason ''[[{{Fred}} Fred: The Movie]]'' got released in cinemas in said country. (Evidence: The Lott-less sequel premiered on {{Nickelodeon}}, as both films did in the US.)
* One [[http://www.fisheye.co.il/wolverine/ review]] (sorry folks, it's in Hebrew) claimed that basically, the only reason to watch ''Film/XMenOriginsWolverine'' is because it has [[WolverinePublicity Wolverine]] kicking ass - and not even particularly well.
* A lot of people only saw ''Film/TheExpendables'' to see the scene that features Creator/SylvesterStallone, Creator/ArnoldSchwarzenegger and Creator/BruceWillis together (which was also highlighted in all of the trailers). [[SequelEscalation One can only assume the sequel made these people very, very happy.]]
* A number of people only see ''Film/ConAir'' for the toy bunny, a major plot point in ''Webcomic/{{Homestuck}}'', and/or because it is the favorite movie of Homestuck's protagonist, John Egbert.
* Even since his cult following formed in the late 1990's, does anyone watch the TVMovie ''SarahPlainAndTall'' for anything other than the fact that it has ChristopherWalken in a romantic role?
* Many ''Series/DoctorWho'' fans went to see the reboot of ''Film/FrightNight2011'' with the sole intention of seeing David Tennant shirtless.
* A lot of people only watch the first half of ''Film/FullMetalJacket'' because of Gunnery Sergeant Hartman.
* A lot of people have watched ''Zabriskie Point'' solely because of its Music/PinkFloyd connection. [[note]] As for ''More'' and ''La Vallée'', the main reason that anyone even hears about these films today is that Pink Floyd is still selling the albums (''More'' and ''Obscured by Clouds'') of the music that they wrote for the soundtracks.[[/note]]
* ''Film/MissPettigrewLivesForADay'' took seventy years of DevelopmentHell before being released. That's a good enough reason for many people to watch it.
* ''Film/TheSevenYearItch'' would probably be all but forgotten today if male viewers didn't keep tuning in just to see the movie's much-hyped MarilynManeuver sequence...[[BeamMeUpScotty which isn't even in the film itself]].
* ''Bollywood/{{Khalnayak}}'' featured [[TheItemNumber a song that was controversial]], and since it featured Creator/MadhuriDixit (and her famous dancing), more people were driven to theaters to see it.
* The ''Film/{{Apocalypse}}'' series is a thinly veiled ripoff of ''Literature/LeftBehind''. The fact that the third movie has Creator/MrT is all we need.
* ''Film/BattleLosAngeles'' many people come to watch Marines gun down aliens.
* Theatrical showings of ''Film/TheRockyHorrorPictureShow'' are attended (and screened) for the AudienceParticipation. Period. Paragraph.
* Many people watch ''Film/ThorTheDarkWorld'' just for Loki.
* Used In-Universe in ''Film/NickAndNorahsInfinitePlaylist'' when the crowd at the first club departs after learning that Where's Fluffy? wasn't performing that night.
* ''Film/TheLoneRanger'': Most people only went to see Creator/JohnnyDepp. Or the chase scene at the end. Or Butch Cavendish for his [[ImAHumanitarian memorably]] [[KnightOfCerebus dark]] [[DarkerAndEdgier scenes]].
* ''Film/PacificRim'': Almost literally; people will watch it just for Giant Mechas fighting Kaiju. The movie clearly embraces this trope, as it doesn't try to pretend to be anything else ''but'' an epic time watching giants fight each other.
* Creator/LegendaryPictures is also heading up the ''Franchise/{{Godzilla}}'' [[Film/{{Godzilla 2014}} remake]], which is coming after this film, thus ''Pacific Rim'' is almost like a giant appetizer for Kaiju fans eagerly awaiting the Big G's return.
* ''Film/TheHobbitTheDesolationOfSmaug'':
** While general critical consensus on is that it is much improved over ''An Unexpected Journey'' and generally worth seeing on its own merits, ''the'' one reason for anyone to see the film is for Smaug himself, and that the first full reveal of the dragon alone is worth the price of admission.
** To a lesser degree, the return of Legolas. the EnsembleDarkhorse of ''Film/TheLordOfTheRings Trilogy'', lured additional fans into the screenings, if only too see how Creator/PeterJackson would solve this.
* The 1995 movie ''Film/EmpireRecords'' only made about $300,000 at the box office and had reviews that were in the toilet. The only thing that saved the movie from complete obscurity was likely its soundtrack, which is a Gen-X musical treasure trove.
* ''Franchise/JurassicPark''. Almost no one watches the movies for anything other than the dinosaurs, to the point the Tyrannosaurus Rex and Velociraptors are probably more popular than any of the human characters.
* A goodly proportion of the male audience for ''Film/TheOtherWoman2014'' went for Kate Upton, Cameron Diaz and/or NickiMinaj (or ''Series/GameOfThrones'' fans supporting Nikolaj Coster-Waldau).
* While it's becoming a cult classic and opinions are divided on [[DullSurprise some of the cast]], most people agree that the late Ralph Richardson's and the late Catelin Clarke's performances in ''Film/{{Dragonslayer}}'' are decent. However the main draw of the film is easily the dragon, Vermithrax Pejorative, itself [[spoiler:and maybe its babies]].
* Some people watched ''Film/EdgeOfTomorrow'' just to see Creator/TomCruise get killed several times.
* Many people watched ''Film/WhoFramedRogerRabbit'' just to see some their favorite cartoon characters in the same scene (Donald and Daffy, Mickey and Bugs).
* Many Filipinos, especially Manileños, turned out to watch ''[[Film/TheBourneSeries The Bourne Legacy]]'' mostly because the last half takes place in Metro Manila.
* Most people only came to watch ''Film/{{Paddington}}'' mainly because ''Series/DoctorWho'' star Creator/PeterCapaldi was in it.
* ''How I Won the War'' is a very strange case. The only reason people see it? Music/JohnLennon.
* In ''Film/QuizShow'', Rittenhome quietly accuses ''21'''s audience of being this in-universe, with hints that he finds the federal investigation into the show's rigging to be unnecessary at best, and hypocritical at worst:
-->"The audience didn't tune in to watch some amazing display of intellectual ability. They just wanted to watch the money."
* Quite possibly the only reason any ''VideoGame/MortalKombat'' fan watches the universally-panned ''Film/MortalKombatAnnihilation'' is to see the Sub-Zero vs. Scorpion fight, which didn't happen in [[Film/MortalKombat the first movie]].[[note]]In the games, the two are fighting rivals from as early as the first installment. In the first movie, they were stated to be enemies, but both were magically brainwashed by Shang Tsung into becoming his lackeys.[[/note]]
* There was only one reason to see the ''Film/StreetFighter'' movie: Raul Julia. '''[[MemeticMutation OF COURSE!]]'''
* Short films are often liable to get this (such as the ''Mickey Mouse''/''Frozen'' example above):
** It is safe to say that many of the people who saw movies such as ''Cats & Dogs 2'' and ''Yogi Bear'' did it for the ''Looney Tunes'' shorts playing before them.
** Similarly, some moviegoers saw a few Fox films for ''Scrat's Continental Crack-up''. And arguably the Maggie Simpson short had a hand in the success of ''Ice Age: Continental Drift''.
** A ton of people are assumed to attend ''Film/{{Cinderella 2015}}'' just to see the ''Disney/FrozenFever'' short film that comes before it.
* The cameos and references to many 80s arcade games were the main reason people wanted to see ''Film/{{Pixels}}'', and not because of Creator/AdamSandler or the overall plot. They expected it be widely trashed by critics and audiences.
* Many people, especially feminists, have seen ''Film/MadMaxFuryRoad'' either because they wanted to see Creator/CharlizeTheron as [[EnsembleDarkhorse Imperator Furiosa]] [[ActionGirl kick some ass]], watch Nux for his [[MemeticMutation memetic and memorable lines]] ("Oh, what a day! WHAT A LOVELY DAY!"), or the epic final chase scene.
* 1979's ''Film/ThePassage'' gives us Creator/MalcolmMcDowell as evil SS officer Captain von Berkow. Von Berkow (among other things) has a sex scene wherein he strips down to nothing but an anachronistic jockstrap with a Swastika on the bulge. In addition, [=McDowell=] is in full LargeHam mode for most of the movie and leaves no scenery un-chewed, being such a larger than life bombastic personality to the point where he may as ''well'' grow fifty feet tall and roar like Godzilla. Consequently, modern viewers tend to come into ''The Passage'' not for the story of a family fleeing Nazi tyranny, or for the heroic tale of a lonely old shepherd risking his life to save them, but for "the crazy Nazi in a jockstrap."
* A large amount of ''Film/{{Divergent}}'''s press came from the fact that Creator/KateWinslet of all people was [[PlayingAgainstType the villain]]. Half the interviews asked her about it.
* The 2016 film Nine Lives was highly trashed by critics and audiences alike, but if people actually went to see the movie, they'd see it for the cameos by several internet cats, including Lil Bub and Nala Cat.
* ''Film/{{Lifeforce}}'' is remembered as the "Naked Space Vampire movie" exactly for this trope. In particular the Space Girl character, played by a gorgeous Mathilda May, who remains naked 90% of her screentime is pretty much the main reason of why the movie is still talked today. And to a lesser degree, there's a pre-''Franchise/StarTrek'' Creator/PatrickStewart ChewingTheScenery with reckless abandon.
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* A lot of the momentum behind Series/MadMen comes from either an interest in the fashion and more "GoldenAge" elements of TheSixties - the other half comes from people who are just there for the hippies.
* Some claim to only watch ''Series/GameOfThrones'' for the sex and violence. Early on a big draw of ''Game of Thrones'' was that it starred ''Creator/SeanBean''. By the point his character dies in the first season, everyone watching had already become invested anyway and continued to watch. '''Then''' the draw for new watchers starting with Season 2 ironically came from current watchers telling them how often main characters died in the show.
* ''Series/MiamiVice'' was a major invoker of this trope. The show, in its first seasons, had some really interesting comments on the criminal justice system in modern (1980s) America. It also had Creator/DonJohnson, the sleekest clothes and cars, and copious car chases and shootouts.
* ''Series/MythBusters''. Not many care that there's more to it than StuffBlowingUp or cute nerd girls. Or that hat Jamie always wears.
* One of the best examples of all times is ''Series/{{Baywatch}}'', where to the fans the plot was nothing (yes, there was a plot - allegedly) and [[JiggleShow bouncing boobs on the beach in slow motion]] was everything. In fact, it's become something of a cliché in itself to quip that the bay wasn't what was being watched in that world, or to outright dub the show ''[[FanNickname Babewatch]]''.
* ''Series/FamilyMatters''. Many of its viewers were less interested in the Winslows than they were in whatever it was Steve Urkel was up to this week. They could have easily redubbed it ''The Urkel Show'' and the ratings probably wouldn't have been affected very much.
* Depending on your opinion [=G4Tv=] is only good for ''Series/XPlay'', ''Series/AttackOfTheShow'', ''Totally Outrageous Behavior'' or ''Movies That Don't Suck''. NetworkDecay killed all the other tech or game related shows, replacing them with ''Cops and Cheaters''. There's also the camp of those who watch it just for ''Series/NinjaWarrior'' and its kin.
* The largest demographic of people now checking out ''Franchise/TheGreenHornet'' TV show are those interested in Creator/BruceLee's early career.
* Creator/JewelStaite coming on as Dr. Jennifer Keller became a compelling reason to start watching ''Series/StargateAtlantis''.
* As Ben Browder found out by conducting a poll at his first Stargate convention, some people started watching ''Series/StargateSG1'' when Ben and Claudia joined season 9 and others started watching ''Series/{{Farscape}}'' after seeing Ben and Claudia on ''SG-1''. This happens a lot with [[Creator/JossWhedon Whedonverse]] actors - ''Series/{{Castle}}'' was basically marketed as "Creator/NathanFillion is on TV again!" and ''Series/TerminatorTheSarahConnorChronicles'' were similarly marketed as "Creator/SummerGlau is a killer robot!"
* Many people have said that the only reason to watch ''Series/FlashForward2009'' is John Cho.
* There are some ''Series/{{Lost}}'' fans, or ex-fans, who started watching it simply because they still miss Charlie. ABC [[FakeCrossover probably predicted this]].
* Many people watch ''Series/AmericanIdol'' in the beginning just to see the horrible no talent singers make fools of themselves on national television and seeing the judges (especially [[MeanBrit Simon Cowell]] mock them). Everything else after that is just a waste of time.
* Similarly, a considerable amount of the audience for ''Series/TheVoice'' tunes in exclusively for the FoeYay (and sometimes outright HoYay) between coaches Adam Levine and Blake Shelton. Note that both Adam and Blake are the only coaches who have been present for all nine seasons so far.
* ''Series/HellsKitchen'' is watched mostly for Gordon Ramsey finding creative ways to yell and swear at the contestants who screw up on their cooking ("IT TASTES LIKE A DONKEY'S PISS!"). The show is also watched for the drama between contestants and to see their [[SmallNameBigEgo massive egos run amuck]].
* BBC America will readily admit that most of the people who subscribe to their channel are only in it for ''Series/DoctorWho''.
** Series 9 of ''Doctor Who'' ended with an epic three-part storyline that focused on grief and loss following the death of a companion, drama, angst, romance, an incredible one-hander performance by Creator/PeterCapaldi in the second chapter, the long-awaited return to Gallifrey, an unexpected [[spoiler: rescue of the thought-to-be-dead companion]] and a storyline that literally went to the end of the universe. For many fans, the best part was the fact the Doctor got a new sonic screwdriver at the end of Part 3...
* When the series 3 DVD of ''Series/TheSarahJaneAdventures'' was released, it had a sticker that said, "David Tennant's last recorded scenes as the Doctor." Since he was only in 2 episodes of a 12 episode season, likely that little bit of advertising angered somebody.
* More than one person who is less than totally invested in the art of dance has watched ''Series/SoYouThinkYouCanDance'' religiously to see incredibly fit, attractive, young people twist and display their bodies in next to no clothing. For that matter, people who ''are'' totally invested in the art of dance merely tolerate the extensive air time devoted to the judges' input, contestant background clips and rehearsal footage, not to mention the musical guests and virtually content-free padding during the results shows.
* Whenever a starring actor from a well known TV show stars in a new show, fans of that actor's previous show will probably tune in to the new show for the star. For example, ''Series/RizzoliAndIsles'' has a two-for-one deal: it has [[Series/LawAndOrder Angie Harmon]] and [[Series/{{NCIS}} Sasha Alexander]]. It's plausible that most ''Rizzoli & Isles'' viewers for the first few episodes were fans of the two stars previous shows.
* People who watch ''Series/DarkAngel'' only for Creator/JensenAckles, unfortunately often skipping Season One except for "Pollo Loco". At least it's balanced out by those who want to see Creator/JessicaAlba.
* The 2009 remake of ''Series/{{V|2009}}'' has had low ratings and poor reviews, but many have agreed that Creator/MorenaBaccarin's performance carries the show.
* Many people watched ''Series/UnsolvedMysteries'' soley for the segments on ghosts, [[TheGreys aliens]], and other supernatural creepiness. Speaking of creepy, some people who might otherwise have skipped over the show did watch it solely for its [[CrowningMusicOfAwesome creepily awesome]] music score and Robert Stack's scary voice. It's still running today, but minus nearly all of the above.
* Some people watched ''Series/{{Frasier}}'' just for the dog.
* The vast majority of Creator/DisneyChannel {{Kid Com}}s enjoy a TestosteroneBrigade PeripheryDemographic of males who just like [[FanService looking at]] the female leads & supporting characters (Creator/BrendaSong and Music/AshleyTisdale in ''Series/TheSuiteLifeOfZackAndCody'', Music/MileyCyrus and Music/EmilyOsment in ''Series/HannahMontana'', Creator/BellaThorne, Creator/ZendayaColeman, and Caroline Sunshine in ''Series/ShakeItUp'', Music/BridgitMendler in ''Series/GoodLuckCharlie'', Creator/LauraMarano as the latter half of ''Series/AustinAndAlly'', Music/ChinaAnneMcClain, Creator/SierraMcCormick and Creator/StefanieScott in ''Series/ANTFarm'', Creator/DebbyRyan and Creator/PeytonRList in ''Series/{{Jessie}}'', Dove Cameron as ''Series/LivAndMaddie'', Creator/OliviaHolt in ''Series/KickinIt'', Holt and Creator/PiperCurda in ''Series/IDidntDoIt'', Kelli Berglund in ''Series/LabRats'', Paris Berelc in ''Series/MightyMed'', Oana Gregory and Landry Bender in ''Series/CrashAndBernstein'', Creator/RowanBlanchard and Sabrina Carpenter in ''Series/GirlMeetsWorld'', Zendaya and Veronica Dunne in ''Series/KCUndercover'', Bender and Lauren Taylor in ''Series/BestFriendsWhenever'', Sophie Reynolds in ''Series/GamersGuideToPrettyMuchEverything'', etc.).
* PeripheryDemographic and TestosteroneBrigade also hold true for Creator/{{Nickelodeon}}: MirandaCosgrove and JennetteMcCurdy in ''Series/{{iCarly}}'', VictoriaJustice and Music/ArianaGrande in ''Series/{{Victorious}}'', and so on. In the SpinOff ''Series/SamAndCat'', one reason for lower ratings and lower performance in the male demographic is that Ariana Grande's character Cat (originally from ''Victorious'') in particular has been dressing down to better match the intended tweenage girl target audience, as opposed to dressing like a "slutty" teenage wannabe Hollywood starlet in the original ''Victorious''.
* ''Series/PrettyLittleLiars'' has a couple of PeripheryDemographic types, people who watch it for the lesbian main character, and those who watch it because of how incredibly hot everyone on the show is (including many boys who just watch the show to see the pretty girls). And, of course, those mysterious messages the Liars are always getting.
* The short-lived ''Series/PainkillerJane'' TV series departed significantly from its source material and did not perform well enough to merit a second season, But some of us weren't paying attention to all that: we tuned in to see Creator/KristannaLoken have some LesYay and Bondage Fun once a week. And near the end of the show's run, the producers seemed to catch on.
* A lot of fans of Creator/MontyPython merely laugh at the silliness and men dressing up as women. The intellectual and satirical references just go right over their head.
* Some people started watching ''Series/AmericanHorrorStoryMurderHouse'' in order to catch up when they heard Zachary Quinto would make a guest appearance. He's a pissed off ghost who is tied to the backstory of the house.
* Many people watch award ceremonies just for the awards that the shows they like have been nominated for.
* Plenty only watch the Spike Video Game Awards for the trailers and announcements.
* In April, 2012, ITV premiered a 4 part ''Titanic'' mini-series to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the sinking of that ship. Around the same time, it was revealed that the next Companion for ''Series/DoctorWho'' would be one Jenna-Louise Coleman...who happens to have a supporting role in the aforesaid ''Titanic'' mini series. Cue the Website/YouTube clips of her scenes only.
* The final two years of Australian TalkShow ''Rove'' (previously known as ''Rove Live'') had a segment called Kevin Rudd PM. What was just a GagDub of news footage spliced together of then Prime Minster Kevin Rudd as [[TheyFightCrime a secret agent]]. Looking episodes up on Website/YouTube you'll see people saying they only watched the show for this.
* If the internet is to be believed, most of the people who watched ''Film/{{Hawking}}'' after 2010 were just there for Creator/BenedictCumberbatch's performance. Granted, it is a great performance and landed him a BAFTA nomination.
* Some fans have watched ''Literature/WarHorse'' as well as ''Film/TheOtherBoleynGirl'' just because he was in it for a few minutes.
* ''Series/{{Dateline}}'' has been running in some form since 1992. ''To Catch A Predator'' ran for a few standalone segments between 2003 and 2007. Now go to the Dateline page and see how many tropes are about just that segment...
* TNT's ''Series/MajorCrimes'' drew from two major audience sources. The first, of course, was the fanbase of the parent show ''Series/TheCloser''. The second was this trope being invoked with regards to ''Major Crimes'' star Creator/MaryMcDonnell, who gained some serious star power from her work on ''Series/BattlestarGalactica2003''. In fact, this started when [=McDonnell=] first came on ''The Closer'' in its fifth season, as she'd only just left BSG at that point, but the announcement that she'd be headlining a television series again brought quite a bit more of her fanbase on board.
* Critical acclaim (in the first season, anyway) or no, a good deal of the ''{{Series/Nashville}}'' audience watches for the charms of Creator/ConnieBritton and/or Creator/HaydenPanettiere (see also, in the case of the latter, ''{{Series/Heroes}}''). Quite a few ''Series/GeneralHospital'' fans also watch mainly for Jonathan Jackson. And a weird crossover comes from the world of ''Series/WhoseLineIsItAnyway'', whose fans watch for Charles "Chip" Esten.
* ''Franchise/PowerRangers'':
** ''Series/PowerRangersWildForce'' might as well just be called ''Power Rangers Forever Red'' considering how much the other episodes are ignored. If it's not a team-up, fans just don't care about Wild Force.
** ''Series/PowerRangersDinoThunder'' has a good chunk of fans that only watched for the return of Tommy Oliver, aka the original Green Ranger. For some it turns into ComeForTheXStayForTheY, but there are more than a few that still only watch for Tommy.
** ''Series/PowerRangersOperationOverdrive'' viewers tend to skip right to "Once a Ranger", and then immediately drop the series, because of the large {{Hatedom}}, yet still want to see the two episodes featuring their favorite character(s).
** ''Series/PowerRangersMegaforce'' started getting this as soon as it was announced that there would be cameos from past Rangers. Never mind the HypeBacklash that ensued after the fandom found out that the 16 cameos were isolated to just four episodes, and 13 of them were indeed just cameos while 2 characters appeared entirely in repurposed stock footage. However, that didn't stop Saban Brands from invoking this trope with Creator/JasonDavidFrank's cameo in promos.
* ''Series/{{Coupling}}'':
** Jeff on whether a porn video has a plot:
--> Well, it's kind of hard to tell isn't it 'cos you tend to fast forward if anyone's dressed.
** On a later scene:
--> Jeff: I liked (''The Piano''). Holly Hunter was naked for most of it.
--> Sally: She was nude in one scene!
--> Jeff: Depends how you watch it...
* As the series goes on, more viewers started watching ''Series/OnceUponATime'' because of the Franchise/DisneyAnimatedCanon references and characters, despite the fact it originally wasn't supposed to adapt the Disney incarnations. This became most obvious when [[spoiler:[[Disney/{{Frozen}} Queen Elsa]]]], who showed up at the Season 3 [[TheStinger stinger]].
* The ''Series/DoctorWho'' story "The Dalek Invasion of Earth" has an utterly preposterous motivation for the Dalek invasion - they want to use human slaves to mine out the Earth's molten core, replace it with an engine and drive the planet around space. The fact that they already have a massive invasion fleet is just one of the reasons why this is nonsense. However, in practice, this works fine - the serial was to be the return of the Daleks, who at the time had spawned a [[TheMerch craze]], and the audience couldn't care less about the Doctor and his companions and just wanted to see Daleks fighting people. Figuring out ''why'' the Daleks are invading takes up maybe three minutes of the plot and is mostly there to facilitate some scenes of the humans being enslaved and a fight scene with Dalek {{Cyborg}}s.
* ''Series/{{Survivor}}'' has shirtless dudes, bikini-clad chicks, blindsides, shouting matches, and, especially, [[DeadpanSnarker Jeff Probst]] and his {{catch phrase}}s.
* ''Series/{{CSI}}'' episode "Targets of Obsession." Many non-CSI fans tuned in just to see Music/JustinBieber get killed. The DistaffCounterpart, "Turn, Turn, Turn," did the same with TaylorSwift.
* The best-selling ''Series/{{iCarly}}'' episode in iTunes history by far is ''iGo Music/OneDirection.'' Most viewers got it to see the group rather than out of interest for the show.
* The only reason that people still watch ''The Creator/BillEngvall Show'' is to see a young Creator/JenniferLawrence.
* ''Series/AmericasNextTopModel'' had at least three Godzillas. When it was announced that they were leaving, Facebook erupted with repeated howls of “bring back Nigel and the Jays!” Eventually Miss Jay returned, but the damage was done.
* Disney XD's ''Series/LabRats'': Aside from the main draw, you have the Billy Unger and Spencer Boldman fangirls, the Kelli Berglund fanboys, and the group here for Manga/{{Naruto}}'s voice actress.
* ''Series/MightyMed'':
** There are established ''Series/GoodLuckCharlie'' and ''Series/ANTFarm'' fans following Bradley Steven Perry and Jake Short to their new series, any further additions to their EstrogenBrigade, the Paris Berelc TestosteroneBrigade, superhero fans, Lab Rats fans who jumped onboard after their crossover, and even a small Cozi Zuehlsdorff following.
** ''Series/LabRatsEliteForce'', as well as crossing over the two shows, is likely to have the Brent (formerly Unger)/Perry/Short Estrogen Brigades jumping over, along with the Berglund/Berelc Testosterone Brigades.
* There are some people who ''hate'' ''Series/CrashAndBernstein'' but still watch to see Oana Gregory.
* Aside from the obvious target of an LGBTFanbase, ''Series/FakingIt'' drew a lot of fans from ''Series/WizardsOfWaverlyPlace'' for Gregg Sulkin, ''Series/AmericanIdol'' for Katie Stevens, and ''Series/{{Greek}}'', where a huge chunk of the crew is from, including showrunner Carter Covington and Creator/SentaMoses (Principal Penelope).
* Later fans of ''Series/MalcolmInTheMiddle'' only started to watch the show to see pre-''Series/BreakingBad'' Creator/BryanCranston.
* Many teenage girls tuned into the fifth and sixth episodes of ''Series/AmericanOdyssey'' only to see popular internet star Cameron Dallas.
* Lampshaded in ''Series/MysteryScienceTheater3000'', during ''[[Recap/MysteryScienceTheater3000S02E12GodzillaVsMegalon Godzilla Vs. Megalon]]''. when Megalon makes his entrance.
-->'''Crow''': All right, forget everything you've seen until now. That's right, it's time for the headliner!
* Some people watch Series/TheElectricCompany1971 just for the Franchise/SpiderMan segment.
* In Britain people who normally wouldn't go near an {{ITV}} costume drama gave the channel's adaptation of ''Doctor Thorne'' a go purely because of Creator/AlisonBrie (playing a character who was Australian in the book but American here).
* Many younger audiences only watch ''Series/BarneyAndFriends'' episodes with Music/SelenaGomez and Music/DemiLovato on them. [=YouTube=] view counts are noticeably higher for their episodes (especially when they're both involved) than others.
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[[folder:Literature]]
* OlderThanRadio: When ''Literature/AlicesAdventuresInWonderland'' was released, it was the illustrator, John Tenniel, who was the big draw to the book — he was very popular and well-regarded, and who had heard of "Lewis Carroll" anyway? But it turned out, [[SleeperHit children were delighted by Alice's nonsense world]], and especially the gift of a story without a moral in it!
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[[folder:Other Print Media]]
* Many writers have readers who are reading it because they're interested in the time period and/or country where it takes place.
* Franchise/FuManchu novels back in the day. No one cared about the heroes, they were just there to see Fu Manchu kick ass.
* A subscription to ''Magazine/NintendoPower'' in the late '80s could net you a copy of ''VideoGame/DragonQuestI''. A full version of a game worth roughly half again (at the time) the value of the subscription. Not a bad promo. Probably brought in a lot of business for the magazine.
* ''Magazine/AmigaPower'' knew some readers would only care about the score given to the reviewed works, and in their final issue gave ''VideoGame/AlienBreed 3D 2: The Killing Grounds'' a score of 98% (one of their highest scores in the entire run of the magazine), adding in the review itself that they'd always wanted to give a fake score and that it was actually only worth 59%.
* Pornographic mags. {{Subverted}} ''and'' {{lampshaded}}, as most like to ''say'' it's [[IReadItForTheArticles just for the articles]] but, for a good half the readership, it's closer to "Someone get these words out, they're blocking my pictorials!"
* A good chunk of the readers of Toyfare magazine only read it for ''ComicStrip/TwistedToyfareTheatre''.
* The Franchise/StarWarsExpandedUniverse does this. Even if it's about someone unique to the EU, you'll see cameos by your favorite characters [[MyFriendsAndZoidberg and Jar Jar]].
* A lot of new readers of ''Literature/GoodOmens'' are just there for Aziraphale [[HoYay and]] Crowley, who are [[SpotlightStealingSquad the only characters you hear about online 95% of the time]] due to their very easy to see UST. For those how don't know, it's more of an [[LoadsAndLoadsOfCharacters ensemble cast]] type book.
* Take a look at the back cover blurb of a Chinese novel that's been translated into Swedish. You'll find that it's written under the assumption that the book's potential readers are looking for a novel to teach them about China as a country, and not just a plot and characters and the other stuff you usually look for in a book. The Cultural Revolution is bound to be mentioned. The book ''Beijing Doll'' is just an autobiographical novel about life as a rock music-loving teen, but the Swedish back cover makes sure to mention that it takes place after The Cultural Revolution, just so that the publishers could include a mention of it. It's very rare to find a back cover blurb that assumes that the readers just want a good novel and don't care one way or the other about the country where it takes place.
* The novel ''Literature/SoonIWillBeInvincible'' has two POV characters, but few people read the book for anything but [[VillainProtagonist Doctor Impossible's side of the plot]] -- after the all, the title is all about him, not Fatale.
* ''Literature/SavingCharlie'' was written largely for ''Series/{{Heroes}}'' fans who loved EnsembleDarkhorse Hiro; Hiro himself went on to become a BreakoutCharacter in the TV series.
* Many people who love ''Literature/CharlieAndTheChocolateFactory'' and its myriad adaptations are just there for Mr. Willy Wonka, who doesn't actually appear "onstage" until the 1/3 mark of the novel and the ''halfway point'' of most adaptations. This has often been counted as a mark against adaptations, including [[Theatre/CharlieAndTheChocolateFactory the 2013 West End musical]], with many complaints on theatre message boards boiling down to "He should appear sooner than the end of Act One, who cares about that boring poor kid and his family?" At least one stage adaptation, 2005's ''Roald Dahl's Willy Wonka'', just opened the show with Mr. Wonka and the Oompa-Loompas discussing his ZanyScheme to find an heir, killing all the mystery the novel tries to build up in one fell swoop.
* UsefulNotes/GeraldFord's memoir was 30,000 words long, but the main reason anyone wanted to read it was to see why he pardoned UsefulNotes/RichardNixon. This was actually [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Harper_%26_Row_v._Nation_Enterprises acknowledged in court]] -- when ''The Nation'' magazine excerpted the entire relevant text (300 words) for their review, the publisher sued them, and it was deemed ''not'' UsefulNotes/FairUse, on the grounds that those 300 words were "the heart of the work".
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[[folder:Music]]
* Before digitally distributed music (ie. [=iTunes=]), people bought whole albums for a single song, even if the 45 were available. This was especially true of cassettes. Unless the song was at the very beginning of the tape, people would have to patiently wait through other songs til they got to the track they wanted.
* This can happen at double-billed concerts or festivals if you're a fan of only one of the artists playing.
* Many classical music concerts often feature the more melodic tunes by popular composers ("William Tell Overture" (Music/GioachinoRossini), "The Blue Danube" (Music/JohannStrauss), "Bolero" (Maurice Ravel), "5th symphony" (Music/LudwigVanBeethoven) "Eine Kleine Nachtmusik" (Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart),...), because most audiences just want to hear the most famous portions and not the obscure, less danceable work. In fact many well known classical tunes are played as a stand alone piece instead of in the context of the original work. For instance, everyone knows the first part of Beethoven's 5th symphony, but are unaware that there are more, less well known portions to the work.
** And if the "William Tell Overture" is on the playlist, take a second look. Many classical stations only play the ''finale'' of the overture (a.k.a. Franchise/TheLoneRanger theme). The full overture is 12 minutes long.
** A similar fate befalls another overture, Tchaikovsky's ''1812'': do you just listen for the cannons to come up at the end, or do you enjoy the choral introduction and development that leads up to them?
* Often happens at concerts of older bands that were once more popular, but are still putting out new material. Fans want to hear the older hits, not the new stuff, especially if [[SeasonalRot the new stuff just isn't up to par]]. Along those lines, ''Theatre/MichaelJacksonTheIMMORTALWorldTour'' has been criticized by both professional critics and casual showgoers for giving too much stage time to songs from TheNineties onward, most of which are not nearly as well-known and loved as his songs from TheSeventies and TheEighties except by the VocalMinority of his fanbase. Less "They Don't Care About Us" and "Earth Song", more "Billie Jean" and "Beat It" please!
** [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uAHR7_VZdRw Garden Party]] is a 1972 hit song for Rick Nelson and the Stone Canyon Band from the album ''Garden Party''. The song tells the story of Nelson being booed off the stage at Madison Square Garden, seemingly because he was playing his newer, country-tinged music instead of the 1950s-era rock that he had been successful with earlier, and his realization that "you can't please everyone, so you've got to please yourself".
*** On October 15, 1971, a Rock 'n Roll Revival concert was given at Madison Square Garden in New York City. The playbill included many greats of the early rock era, including {{Music/ChuckBerry}}, {{Music/BoDiddley}}, and Bobby Rydell. Nelson came on stage dressed in the then-current fashion, wearing bell-bottoms and a purple velvet shirt, with his hair hanging down to his shoulders. He started playing his older songs "[[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zLkCWT2neuI Hello Mary Lou]]" and "[[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UqYxTg-0aTo She Belongs to Me]]", but then he played {{Music/TheRollingStones}}' "[[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EfFmJx4oQS0 Country Honk]]" (a country version of their hit song "[[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4Cxsgn2UzQ0 Honky Tonk Women]]") and the crowd began to boo. While some reports say that the booing was caused by police action in the back of the audience, Nelson took it personally and left the stage. He watched the rest of the concert backstage and did not reappear on stage for the finale.
* This happens a lot in rap music. You take a popular or respected rapper and put them on a lesser known or just slightly less popular rapper's song ([[WolverinePublicity they might be appearing on every song that summer actually]]) either dropping a verse or just doing the hook. What'll happen is people completely ignore the rest of the song (unless they happen to enjoy the other rapper or they turn out to be really good) and just skip to the guest portions. Music/MichaelJackson definitely started this - Paul McCartney's ''Say Say Say'' and Rockwell's ''Somebody's Watching Me'' would not have sold nearly as well had he not done guest vocals on them. Rockwell is a special case since he is not known for anything else. The only reason why Jackson sang on The Jacksons' ''Victory'' and one track on 2300 Jackson Street is because his family begged him to use his star power to make them money.
* During the height of {{dubstep}}'s popularity, it became known that many fans of the genre weren't there necessarily for the music, but for the portion of the song known as "the drop" – the end of the song's buildup when the drum beat and the layers of wobble bass would start up again. Many dubstep artists have cited this as one of the reasons why they've distanced themselves from the genre.
* The Music/{{Vocaloid}}s Kagamine Rin and Len come packaged together. Some buy them and only use Rin for their songs, and some will only use Len and never touch Rin. The same could be said for ZOLA Project's Yuu, Kyo, and Wil, to a lesser extent.
* This happens to a lot of bands when they have a popular song, especially if it's a OneHitWonder or BlackSheepHit. A lot of musicians will have CreatorBacklash and be annoyed when fans beg them to play it at concerts.
** Music/{{Radiohead}} fans often demand from the start of the concert that "Creep" be played, then leave as soon as it's over. Radiohead is less than happy with this state of affairs, as documented in another song, "My Iron Lung." It became much less of a problem when ''Music/OKComputer'' and ''Music/{{Kid A}}'' introduced a whole new legion of fans.
** According to Music/KingMissile frontman John S. Hall, around 1992 or so, their live audiences were entirely made up of people who were either long-time fans or were just there for "Detachable Penis" - they dealt with it by always playing the song live, but deliberately making sure it came very early in the set. Thus, everyone who was just there for their hit would stream out of the club and they could play the remainder of the show to an audience that would pay attention to their other songs.
** Music/{{Nirvana}} employed the same tactic with "Smells Like Teen Spirit". They also very seldom performed encores, and when they did, "Teen Spirit" was always part of the main set.
* The Australian comedy group Tripod had a song on this subject, with particular reference to the Creator/PeterJackson's ''Film/KingKong2005''; the refrain, which could easily serve as an alternate trope title: ''"Get to the fucking monkey."''
* This is often why Music/HankWilliamsIII gets concert bookings. He sounds just like his late grandfather Music/HankWilliams Sr. and so starts off every concert by doing some country songs and his grandfather's hits. Once that's done he informs the country fans that the part they came for is done with and that they can leave before launching into the Psychobilly Death Metal songs from his group Assjack that he actually likes to perform.
* Music/{{Hawkwind}} attribute a large portion of their live audiences from mid-1971 to mid-75 (particularly in Germany) to Stacia, a [[MostCommonSuperpower statuesque]] brunette standing a little over 6 foot tall, who would dance on stage. [[note]] She started off performing naked or in body paint where possible, but moved to more serious, less-exposed performances as the years progressed.[[/note]]
* Inverted for a while by Music/BobDylan, who went through a phase of playing "All Along the Watchtower" third in the set for no particular reason; although it wasn't the intention, it let people who'd followed him on tour and didn't want to hear it know when they could go for a smoke or toilet break.
* Make no mistake, whenever WebAnimation/{{Cyriak}} makes a music video for a band/musician, that's the only thing people are there for.
* Cake is notorious for pointing out "fake fans" who obviously only know their big hits. When they catch people up front who are only singing along to The Distance and what not, they will point them out and shame them into moving to the back so the hardcore fans who know all the words to every song can get up front and really enjoy the show.
* Let's face it, Mark Ronson's song "Uptown Funk" was a (worldwide) megahit for [[Music/BrunoMars one reason and one reason only.]]
* "Bang Bang" by Music/JessieJ, Music/ArianaGrande, and Music/NickiMinaj was only a hit in America because of the latter two artists.
* Honestly, how many people bought [[Film/TheHungerGamesMockingjayPart1 "The Hanging Tree"]] on iTunes because of James Newton Howard?
* "Stereo Hearts" by Gym Class Heroes and "Locked Away" by R. City only became hits because they both featured Music/{{Maroon 5}}'s Creator/AdamLevine.
* "Where Are U Now" by Music/{{Skrillex}} and Diplo only became a hit because Music/JustinBieber sang it.
* Most people (at least most young people) only bought ''Cheek to Cheek'' by Tony Bennett and Music/LadyGaga because of the latter.
* Before it was possible to buy single tracks digitally, there were many film music fans who got song-heavy soundtrack albums for the score cut(s).
* Music/PapaRoach is by no means an obscure band, even well after their peak. However, 2015's "Gravity" became the most well-known song from its album ''F.E.A.R.'' primarily because it features Maria Brink of Music/InThisMoment.
* The primary reason Music/{{Korn}}'s songs "Narcissistic Cannibal" and "Get Up!" stayed well-remembered despite them being released long after their peak in relevance was because Music/{{Skrillex}} was involved on them.
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[[folder:Pinball]]
* Many older electro-mechanical and early solid-state [[PhysicalPinballTables pinball games]] fall under this, as manufacturers were not above using [[SexSells sexy art]] to compensate for an average game or a mediocre playfield design. Examples include ''Pinball/PlayboyBally, Pinball/{{Viper}},'' and ''Pinball/MataHari.''
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[[folder:Professional Wrestling]]
* Creator/RogerEbert once confessed that when he was a boy in TheFifties, he and his friends would go to see women's wrestling matches at carnivals in the hope that there would be a WardrobeMalfunction.
* In the '80s, [[Wrestling/{{WWE}} WWF]] used to put Wrestling/HulkHogan's matches on last regardless of whether they were the actual main event or not, as they noted that, when Hogan went on in the middle of the card, a shocking number of people would simply get up and leave after his match instead of sticking around for the rest of the show.
* For several years during the "Attitude" Era and sometime thereafter, Wrestling/{{WWE}} showcased their Divas in strip matches (called variously "Evening Gown Matches" or "Bra and Panties Matches") - and many teenage boys tuned in just for that.
* In the Attitude era many only watched for Wrestling/TheRock or hardcore matches, and later on, were only interested in Wrestling/{{Rey Mysterio|Jr}} or John Cena.
* Wrestling/TheUndertaker is a walking one, especially concerning Wrestling/WrestleMania. It does not help that the last couple [=WMs=] have had his match the best match of the night (and some times the only match worth watching).
* This mindset lead to the rapid expansion and gradual decline of Wrestling/ProWrestlingNOAH. It was a breakaway from Wrestling/{{All Japan|ProWrestling}} and fans tuned in and turned out in droves to continue seeing Wrestling/KentaKobashi, Wrestling/MitsuharuMisawa and the other All Japan stars. Unlike most cases of this in pro wrestling, the old guard did try very hard to {{pass|ingthetorch}} the torch onto newer wrestlers, but the fans, for the most part didn't bite, causing NOAH to shrink as the former AJPW stars moved on, aged or got injured.
* IWA Puerto Rico had become the undisputed leader in pro wrestling for the Island, to the point many people had only continued to pay attention to former top promotion WWC because they liked watching Wrestling/{{Carl|itoColon}}y (who was one third The Rock, another Wrestling/StoneColdSteveAustin, another bad ass shovel wielding scientific technician in a wife beater and completely unlike anything else the local product had to offer at the time) his brother Eddie, for being more of a throwback to their father's prime or Ray Gonzalez were other popular names.
* By 2007, WW[[Wrestling/{{ECW}} ECW]] was the CM Punk show, because he was the only reason anyone watched it. After he got drafted to RAW (and won his first world title) Wrestling/MattHardy became the focus though he had a more varied and interesting roster to work with, so he didn't have to carry the show as much. But then he turned heel and returned to ''[=SmackDown=]'' to feud with Jeff, so a returning Wrestling/{{Christian}} took over the place. To be honest, Christian shouldn't have been there either considering his level of popularity (at one point, he was more over than ''Cena'') and talent, but ''somebody'' had to carry the show until Wrestling/{{WWENXT}} came along, and with his original return storyline spoiled on the Internet, he and Matt had to take each other's places.
* Many hardcore wrestling fans and some pro wrestlers themselves only watched post-brand extension WWE for Wrestling/CMPunk or Wrestling/DanielBryan. After Punk left the company and Bryan got injured, it became Wrestling/TheShield, pre- and post-breakup. Otherwise, the only WWE anyone in those demographics watched after that point was Wrestling/{{WWENXT}}.
* Similarly, some fans who still struggle through Wrestling/{{TNA}} watch solely for Wrestling/AustinAries, Wrestling/KurtAngle or Wrestling/BobbyRoode. Wrestling/SamoaJoe is also common, in the early years you might have heard Monty Brown or Wrestling/AJStyles. Between 2007 and 09, Wrestling/GailKim, Wrestling/AwesomeKong or, [[EnsembleDarkhorse surprisingly]], Wrestling/{{Daffney| Unger}} might have been mentioned as well.
* While those asked would mostly admit to finding all the Wrestling/{{R|ingOfHonor}}OH matches at least decent, the crowd in the baseball stadium for the 2014 ''Field Of Honor'' was a particular drunken and rowdy one up until Wrestling/AJStyles came out.
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[[folder:Sports]]
* Michael Jordan. Once he left (and came back, and left and came back, and left and came back) the NBA saw a drop in their ratings that they still haven't fully recovered from.
* [=LeBron James=]. As far as [[ButtMonkey Cleveland]] is concerned, the pre-2003 Cavs only existed to fill the gap between football and baseball. And considering the apocalyptic tone of the coverage of his move to Miami, apparently, many think James was the only reason to be in Cleveland period.
** Most basketball fans only watched the early-2000s Oklahoma City Thunder to see Kevin Durant.
* Tiger Woods brought in a lot of new golf fans. Nielsens go way down in golf tournaments where Tiger isn't playing, and go way up when he's got a chance to win.
* The Minnesota Lynx had trouble getting butts in the seats before Lindsay Whalen and Maya Moore showed up.
* The US women's soccer team has gotten a lot more popular since [[MsFanservice Alex Morgan]] joined; Hope Solo could pack the crowds, too. (In this respect, Christine Sinclair would be the Canadian counterpart.)
* Summer or winter, it's a well known fact that the Olympics are riddled with Godzillas. Some people only watch for the team sports, some only watch to see their country and don't care about events that don't have a hometown hero, some only watch to see the current big star(s) (e.g., Michael Phelps and Usain Bolt in 2008 and 2012), and some just watch for the events where women compete in skimpy outfits. The one universally understood constant is that no one on Earth is actually interested in every single event (and hardly anyone is interested in the non-competition portions of the television coverage).
* Lance Armstrong. Ever since he stopped competing in the Tour de France, American interest in that event has been tepid at best. And conversely in the UK interest in the Tour, and road cycling in general, increased massively after the success of the Sky team, Bradley Wiggins and Chris Froome.
* How many people who watch UsefulNotes/{{NASCAR}} really know what "track bar adjustment" and "bump drafting" mean, and how many just want to see the big wreck?
* In the same way, a lot of hockey fans watch solely for the fist fights.
* Watching the UsefulNotes/SuperBowl for the [[SuperBowlSpecial high-budget commercials]], or the half-time show.
* Often seen in Major League baseball when some player is about to tie or break a record, even if doing so doesn't mean anything for the team since they're out of contention and it might not even matter to the game outcome.
* A lot of male teens spend a lot of time at high-school or college games staring at the cheerleaders. [[PantyShot Bonus points for the billowing skirts.]]
* Pop singer Music/PaulaAbdul once complained that when she was a Laker Girl, Los Angeles Lakers superfan Creator/JackNicholson would spend much of the game creepily ogling her.
* In general, any sport in which female athletes [[PantyShot expose their panties while playing]] will fall victim to this trope for some people. Cheerleaders, figure skaters, tennis players...
* UsefulNotes/{{Tennis}}:
** The sport became very popular in Israel for a while when Shakhar Pe'er and the duo Andy and Yoni became prominent.
** Women's tennis have increased ratings in the U.S. when Serena and Venus Williams are playing, in fact the 2001 U.S. Open match between them was moved to prime time because of the positive effects they had on ratings. This similarly happened in the 2015 U.S. Open: Venus and Serena's quarterfinal match drew more fans than the women's final, which was not helped that Serena got upset in the semis after beating Venus...and further exacerbated that that loss foiled Serena's bid for a Grand Slam (all four major tournaments won in a year, something that hadn't happened in any singles play in 27 years).
* MMA. Some fans simply watch for either the knockouts, or one of the major names such as GSP, Anderson Silva, or Chael Sonnen.
** Particularly, these type of fans have no appreciation for tehcnical chess matches on the mat, and are quick to boo if the two fighters aren't throwing haymakers wildly the entire fight, though they may pop for a crazy submission.
** During Brock Lesnar's time in the UFC, many fans went to his matches or ordered the PPV's strictly to see him lose.
** In all combat sports and in professional wrestling sports entertainment, some fans will tune in for the one fight between superstars or the fight with a gimmick and not care who else is on the card. For example, when Mike Tyson or George Foreman climbed back into the ring for some dubious "comeback" fights, plenty of fans tuned in despite the high odds of severe disappointment.
** Ronda Rousey. The growth of UFC's female fanbase can be attributed to her. And her TestosteroneBrigade can't be ignored either.
* How many people wear clothing with a sports team logo on it strictly for fashion, and aren't fans of that team or even the sport?
* Any big soccer event, be it the UEFA Champions League, the World Cup or any other hyped matchup is bound to draw "fans" who will ask what offside is or who was playing again. One can't help but wonder what they are actually doing there. The fact that many games are now shown on big screens in public has only made this worse.
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* Every GameMaster who has focused on plots has encountered this. The entire joke about The Munchkin File's [[PlayerArchetypes archetypes]] reveals ''three'' of the four are there just for Godzilla. TheLoonie is there for a laugh, TheRealMan is there to put the hurt on something in a power fantasy, and the {{Munchkin}} is there just for whatever gives the most plusses. Other RPG guides talk about players who just want to play out their personal fantasy over and over, those who like outfoxing the GM's best antagonists, and gamers who are there just to hang with their friends.
* This happens in war games with extensive historical backgrounds or in universe mythologies. Some players are trying to recreate the Roman Legio XX, refight Midway, or celebrate the ExpandedUniverse of their favorite setting. Others just want things to die and could care less about any of the supposed backdrop. And some players want the big win so bad, they'll try to make the most deadly force the rules allow, real-world doctrine (for historical games), in-universe fluff, or even [[StopHavingFunGuys sportsmanship]] be damned.
* ''{{Exalted}} Second Edition'' had a notable example of this. The Infernals, who get their power from [[EldritchAbomination the Yozis (the defeated and imprisoned creators of the world)]], were themed as demonic, warped heroes. However, a supplementary book noted that, at high PowerLevels, Infernals could break away from their masters and write their own power sets. Many players began creating Infernals and playing them exclusively for this last bit - only to be disappointed when most campaigns never reached the levels where it opened up (in part due to player dissatisfaction at having to play a demonic, warped hero in the mean time). (To put this in perspective: most Exalted character start at [[PowerLevels Essence]] 2. Reaching Essence 5 is relatively easy if you have a long enough campaign, but hurdles beyond 5 mean that very few campaigns reach Essence 6, the minimum needed to start the breakaway.) This got bad enough that the series developers took note and corrected it for ''Exalted Third Edition'': Infernals remain demonic and warped, but then there is this new thing called Exigents who define their custom power sets from the start.
* This is more or less how Games Workshop got into the miniature business. Early on, GW gained the sole distributing rights to DnD. Soon after, they the company began to manufacture miniatures for the game. After GW lost the rights to DnD, they soon found that players where still buying the miniatures. This time to use in numerous wargames. As a result, GW began to create their own in-house games that used the miniatures. Even today, there is a good number of players who buy GW products for uses other then Age of Sigmar or Warhammer 40k.
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* This is the origin of modern musical theatre. Some people were putting on a play, the ballet house next door burnt down, so they offered the ballerinas a part in their show. They threw together some songs and dance numbers ''et voilà'', they had created a five and a half hour abomination against all that has ever been held as art: ''The Black Crook''. But, having women in pants, which, in an age where women wore skirts, was considered very sexy. Similarly, the modern burlesque evolved out of a segment of the minstrel shows devoted to parody of famous works. After the minstrel show disappeared and its segments were scattered the burlesque continued as parody, but as more and more women entered it playing men's parts, more and more men showed up to see women in pants. Wasn't long before they just gave up the pretense and started giving the audience [[FanService exactly what they wanted]].
* Many major "spectacle" musicals sell themselves as much (or more!) on SceneryPorn, CostumePorn, and especially giant special effects as on the songs and the actors:
** The incredibly detailed costumes in ''{{Cats}}''
** The barricade and turntable in ''Theatre/LesMiserables''
** The falling chandelier in ''ThePhantomOfTheOpera''
** The helicopter in ''MissSaigon''
** The titular flying car in ''Film/ChittyChittyBangBang''
** The hefty WireFu in ''Theatre/SpiderManTurnOffTheDark''
** The Great Glass Elevator in ''Theatre/CharlieAndTheChocolateFactory''
* ''The Mountaintop'' is a play centered on the civil rights activist MartinLutherKing which took a new perspective on him. But a lot of people simply watch it to see Creator/SamuelLJackson play Martin Luther King. This happens a lot when Hollywood actors do theatre. (Of course, while stage actors may not have the huge fanbases that movie stars do, there are those with loyal fandoms who will see a show simply because they're in it.)
* Many of the people who went to see the 1992 production of Creator/TomStoppard's ''Every Good Boy Deserves Favour'' were there because the primary roles were filled by [[Series/StarTrekTheNextGeneration Patrick Stewart, Jonathan Frakes, Brent Spiner, Gates McFadden, and Colm Meaney.]]
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* Leo Gallagher made the ''Sledge-O-Matic'' closer into such a signature routine that he had to get the courts to stop his brother from performing it. Given the splatter protection fans came up with so they could see the "carnage" up close and protect their outfits, it's clear they were just there for it.
* Many comedians have a love/hate relationship with their more famous bits. Many of their fans show up to hear "the classics" and get impatient with them trying to do new material. Keep in mind the majority of comedians prefer to perform new material once certain routines are "public" on CD's or stand up specials. Andrew Dice Clay got completely sick of his most famous bit doing dirty nursery rhymes. He'll now do them as an encore if he's in the mood and the crowd was responsive to his regular set. Surprisingly, Patton Oswalt often averts this, depending on his mood (and his drunk level), and will also do older bits as an encore, taking requests from the crowd.
* A lot of people showed up to Sam Kinison shows purely to hear his trademark howl.
* Lenny Bruce had a problem with people showing up purely to hear him swear (during an era where it was considered public indecency, even in a private adults only club), and would get bored with his regular non-profane bits.
* Dave Chappelle famously would get incensed with people showing up to this shows demanding bits from his sketch show (particularly the Rick James sketch) and yelling out the catch phrases, interrupting his set.
* Some fans show up purely to heckle, either just to upset the comedians or to get yelled at (thinking they're "helping" the comedian).
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[[folder:Video Games]]
* Any game that has an exploit that allows homebrew to be installed on it's console will qualify for this. One notable example is the 3DS game ''Cubic Ninja.'' Upon release, it was immediately forgotten and deemed Bargin-Bin fodder... Until someone figured out an exploit that allowed homebrew on 3DS via it, at which point it reached CrackIsCheaper status.
* Similarily, any game with a [[CharacterCustomization Create A Character]] feature will inevitably attract a group of fans who know and care little about the game, it's mechanics, and it's story itself and instead are only interested in making characters for fun. ''Franchise/WorldWrestlingEntertainment'' games are prime fodder for this; making people you dislike, [[JokeCharacter giving them no techniques and the lowest stats possible]], and putting them in a cpu vs cpu match to watch Triple H, Stone Cold Steve Austin, and the Undertaker (Or why not [[UpToEleven all three in a 3 on 1 match?]]) beat the ever-loving crap out of them in a steel cage is often more satisfying than the game's campaign mode itself.
* Any multiplayer-oriented game falls into this.
** id Software made the decision with the ''VideoGame/{{Quake}}'' series to move towards competitive multiplayer-only gaming. They eventually abandoned single-player entirely with ''VideoGame/QuakeIIIArena''. When they tried to return with ''VideoGame/{{Doom}} 3'', [[BrokenBase half the fandom]] [[FanDumb hated it]]. ''Doom'' had already implemented a deathmatch mode, but it was also strongly designed with co-op in mind, making deathmatch only an extra. ''Quake'' fans disliked ''Doom 3'' for its focus on singleplayer. ''Doom'' fans disliked ''Doom 3'' for not making it co-op.
** Creator/EpicGames. In the ''VideoGame/{{Unreal}}'' franchise, the SP side of the franchise was left with ''VideoGame/UnrealIITheAwakening'', (2002) so everything which was left was the multiplayer side of it. It took until the creation of ''VideoGame/GearsOfWar'' (2006) for them to make people to play single-player games and focus on the story. And even then, most of the people were more interested in the multiplayer rather than the singleplayer or the story of the game.
** Valve had made its impression with a story-rich single-player game, but with even deepening story through ''VideoGame/HalfLife2'' + Episodes, they left behind the survival horror that brought many players back. However, many returned just to see "Gordon Smash", and later "Dog Smash", and of course [[ActionGirl Alyx]] shoot.
* The BossBattle is such a core and dramatic gameplay element many gamers will want to skip right to them rather than breaking them up with less awesome levels; a lot of developers are aware of this and add in BossRush modes that cut the game down to nothing ''but'' the boss battles.
* While ''VideoGame/DonkeyKongCountry1'' has always been loved for its super-fun gameplay, it's obvious that the main draw of it in its heyday (and the obvious key to its staggering success) was [[VisualEffectsOfAwesome the superb pre-rendered CGI sprites]], which were nothing short of jaw dropping for a SNES game, and all without any add-ons or even a Super FX chip. This ironically became a criticism of the game, saying it wouldn't have been as loved or fun without the graphics--which prompted Nintendo to release the ''Donkey Kong Land'' series on UsefulNotes/GameBoy (and later successfully porting the first ''DKC'' onto UsefulNotes/GameBoyColor) which kept the solid gameplay of the consoles intact, in spite of the inevitable downgrade to 8-bit (but still first rate for handheld) graphics, which silenced those critics. In hindsight, while the graphics are dated now, the game is still acclaimed as a legitimate platformer classic, once again owing to its still first-rate gameplay, and the appealing cartoon art has helped take the burden off the dated CGI. ''VideoGame/DonkeyKongCountryReturns'' runs on the same {{visual|EffectsOfAwesome}} [[SceneryPorn awe]] standards, and it had a similarly great reception, though some of the overall appeal also comes from [[NintendoHard how nail-bitingly hard the game is]].
* While ''VideoGame/CallOfDuty: World At War'' was a fun game in its own right, many people got the game for VideoGame/NaziZombies. Same with ''VideoGame/CallOfDutyBlackOps'' where fans just wanted to play with political characters, alternatively movie stars or TV stars and directors.
* ''VideoGame/{{Bomberman}}'' always adds something new to single-player mode, but it gets ignored for the multi-player. It's come to the point where the seventh-generation ''Bomberman'' games are multiplayer-centric download titles with little to speak of in the way of singleplayer.
* Some people just play the ''Franchise/FinalFantasy'' titles for the [[{{Bishonen}} pretty boys]]. Or for the [[YaoiFangirl slash potential]]. And ''some'' only play it for the [[{{Stripperiffic}} scantily-clad women]]. Or the [[YuriFan femslash potential]].
* ''VideoGame/{{Ehrgeiz}}'' is most commonly known as "[[TheCameo that terrible fighting game that had]] ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyVII'' [[GuestFighter characters in it]]."
* ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyXIV'' has attracted a lot of players who play the game just to role play with other players, have their own personal house to decorate, trying to collect every minion (pets) and mounts as possible, or to play dress-up with gear.
* Some people only play ''VideoGame/GrandTheftAuto'' to explore and cause mayhem in the cities. Or drive around and listen to the soundtrack, especially in ''VideoGame/GrandTheftAutoViceCity''. But VideoGame/GrandTheftAutoIV insisted on thrusting the story on the player, with occasionally harsh wake-ups from the escapist fun. There's story, but players who are only here for the fast cars, [[MoreDakka gunsgunsguns]] and explosive sociopathy can race right over such speedbumps. ''VideoGame/GrandTheftAutoV'' is more multiplayer-oriented compared to its predecessors thanks to the open, dynamic world of ''Grand Theft Auto Online'', but there are players who bought the game twice (some even buying a new console in the process) for the Stallion, Dukes, and Blista Compact, three vehicles that appeared in past games and many players see as GTA classics. [[note]]The Stallion, Dukes, and Blista Compact only appear on the [=PS4=]/Xbox One/PC version of the game. While they can be kept for free in single player, they must be purchased in multiplayer, and only players who played the game on [=PS3=]/Xbox 360 can do so.[[/note]]
* The ''VideoGame/{{Driver}}'' series doesn't really need a story either. It's just an unlimited supply of interactive {{chase scene}}s for many.
* ''VideoGame/DeadOrAlive Xtreme Beach Volleyball'' is often considered one of the better volleyball simulators on the market, not that there are many to begin with. Most people only played it for the {{Fanservice}}. Naturally, the sequels focused on fanservice at the expense of gameplay. Mind you, given that it was created as the video game equivalent of a {{fanservice}}y BeachEpisode (with mini-games where you buy bikinis for the other characters), the players who are just there for the volleyball are the ones who fit this trope.
* In the early years, many played ''Franchise/KingdomHearts'' just to see the ''Franchise/FinalFantasy'' and/or Creator/{{Disney}} characters, particularly the latter, which was more heavily emphasized in-game and in advertising. It didn't take long for this to be completely reversed; these days, many people only care about the OriginalGeneration and how their story unfolds (in particular, many players are only in it for [[DracoInLeatherPants Organization XIII]]). While the ''Final Fantasy'' characters retain some popularity, you'd be hard-pressed to find a member of the {{Fandom}} who even remotely cares about the Disney content, which, true to the spirit of the trope, makes up the bulk of each game's running time and tends to be the most-advertised feature.
* Part of what made ''VideoGame/CastlevaniaTheDraculaXChronicles'' sell was its inclusion of ''VideoGame/CastlevaniaSymphonyOfTheNight''.
* Some players only played Creator/{{Falcom}} games for their music. And those who pre-ordered ''Franchise/{{Ys}} vs. [[VideoGame/KisekiSeries Sora no Kiseki]]'' crossover game, would be presented with Falcom's best soundtrack collection album arrange version. Not to say the game itself is not desirable enough but many bought it for that. One [[{{Imageboards}} 2channel]] user said it best:
-->"The game is just bonus, the soundtrack is the real deal."
* ''VideoGame/{{Okami}}''. The ones who played it were attracted to it by the music and the extensive & vibrant SceneryPorn.
* There are fans of ''VideoGame/MarvelUltimateAlliance'' that couldn't tell you anything about the story if you held a gun to their head... they just play to break things and hurt people. There's also SelfDemonstrating/{{Deadpool}}, who gets all the best lines of the first game and is even more advertised for the second.
* ''VideoGame/GrandChase'' advertisement: "GRAND CHASE HAS ONE OF THE MOST "SKILL BASED" PVP SYSTEMS EVER! Wait... there's dungeons too? WHO CARES? NEW TOURNAMENT! CASH IN NOW TO BE THE BEST!!"
* All the ''VideoGame/DungeonsAndDragonsOnline'' advertisements make it seem like you start at level 20 and fight epic creatures right from the get-go.
* ''VideoGame/{{Warcraft}} III'': When ''VideoGame/DefenseOfTheAncients'' came out, some people bought it only for that and other custom maps, others stick purely to the latter, the majority doesn't care either way. Rumors of a story-heavy campaign mode remain unconfirmed. Similarly, almost everyone in ''VideoGame/WorldOfWarcraft'' is here to get epics and kill things, [[PlayTheGameSkipTheStory rumors of an epic storyline in both the quests and the instances are still unconfirmed]].
* Some of Creator/{{Nickelodeon}}'s PeripheryDemographic played the ''VideoGame/NicktoonsUnite'' series just for [[WesternAnimation/TheRenAndStimpyShow Stimpy]], [[WesternAnimation/RockosModernLife Rocko]], [[WesternAnimation/InvaderZim Zim, Dib and GIR]]. Well, pretty nice of THQ to acknowledge what Nick would rather forget, even to the point of getting the characters' original actors to reprise their roles.
* ''VideoGame/GodOfWar'': We will all buy it mostly just to see in which interesting ways you get to kill monsters after softening them up. [[SugarWiki/VisualEffectsOfAwesome And the jaw dropping graphics.]]
* As fun as a ''VideoGame/SuperRobotWars'' game can be, you play it not for the strategy, but to watch Anime/MazingerZ grind [[Franchise/{{Gundam}} Mobile Suits]] into scrap alongside Anime/GaoGaiGar, [[Anime/SuperDimensionFortressMacross Max Jenius]], or Anime/CombattlerV. Also, you picked up ''VideoGame/BattleMoonWars'' because you wanted to see the ''Franchise/{{Nasuverse}}'' fight with/against itself.
* Most fans of ''VideoGame/{{Rez}}'' play it for the trippy visuals and audio. Playing Score Attack mode is seldom heard-of (unless you're achievement grinding on the 360 version, although this does get repetitive).
* All the gamers who only bought ''VideoGame/{{Crackdown}}'' to get the enclosed ''VideoGame/{{Halo 3}}'' beta key.
* ''VideoGame/MaddenNFL'', for consoles in general. There are a decent number of people who buy game consoles just to play it. If they branch out, it's usually only to other EA Sports titles.
* Some fans of ''VideoGame/{{Touhou}}'' don't really play the games; they're just in it for the music, characters and {{doujinshi}}.
* Did you actually read ''428: Fuusasareta Shibuya de'', or only started it because [[Franchise/{{Nasuverse}} Kinoko Nasu wrote one of the scenarios]]?
* Xbox Live's Gamerscore system has resulted in "achievement whores," players who buy games strictly to milk their Achievements and then never touch them again.
* There is a game based on ''WesternAnimation/AvatarTheLastAirbender'' that has a total of 5 Achievements worth 1,000 Gamerscore, which you can unlock within the first five minutes of playing the game. The game has a thriving aftermarket on Amazon and in game stores on the basis of this alone.
* There's an early 360 game based on the ''[[Franchise/TeenageMutantNinjaTurtles TMNT]]'' franchise, which is similar. No hidden achievements, just 100 chevos per level till you beat it. You can put it on Easy and breeze through the game in an hour and get 1000 points. It's also easy to pick up the game for 5-10 bucks used at game stores and online. This game in particular is said to be a reason game designers were mandated by Mircosoft to put a degree of difficulty in at least SOME of the Achievements.
* Even still to this day, games designed for young children generally have laughably easy achievements to obtain (for the most part) that experienced older games will exploit to boost their Gamerscore. Several free games on Xbox Arcade also fall into this category.
* UsefulNotes/{{PlayStation Network}}'s Trophy system has a similar effect for people who want a quick Platinum Trophy in hours. Games that end up being exploited for the Platinums include ''WesternAnimation/CloudyWithAChanceOfMeatballs'', ''[[Series/HannahMontana Hannah Monatana: The Movie]]'' (the notorious of them all that became an OldShame for some Trophy hunters) and ''[[WesternAnimation/{{Megamind}} Megamind: Ultimate Showdown]]'' (which beat out ''HM: The Movie'' for easy plat). There are also games with Cross Save, such as ''VideoGame/SoundShapes'', that transfer Trophy unlock data along with the actual saves. This allows people to automatically obtain a Platinum Trophy (which requires getting every other Trophy) in a matter of seconds.
* Whenever a DLC is released with additional achievements or trophies, completionists will buy it just to get them and maintain their 100% completion.
* ''Franchise/SonicTheHedgehog'':
** Despite [[Creator/{{Sega}} Sonic Team's]] ''numerous'' attempts at adding alternative [[UnexpectedGameplayChange gameplay]] [[GameplayRoulette features]] to the 3D titles, most ''Sonic'' fans are just in it for the [[PlatformGame Sonic gameplay]].[[note]]That is to get Sonic from point A to point B as fast as possible, while jumping from obstacle to obstacle and smashing some robots along the way.[[/note]] With ''VideoGame/SonicColors'', it appears Sega finally got the message.
** Many fans bought ''Sonic Gems Collection'', which otherwise consisted of spin-offs, solely because it was the first console re-release of the acclaimed ''VideoGame/SonicTheHedgehogCD''.
* ''VideoGame/DwarfFortress'' features [[ShownTheirWork weather simulation, realistic geology and climates, elaborate history simulation and genetically-controlled character appearances]]. People play it to slaughter [[EldritchAbomination horrible monsters]], find the most [[VideoGameCrueltyPotential gruesome ways to execute goblins]] and flood the world in boiling magma.
* ''VideoGame/RollercoasterTycoon 3''. Very few care for creating well-working, beautifully designed amusement parks, most just deliberately crash rollercoasters into their peeps instead.
* The Wii version of the otherwise [[TheProblemWithLicensedGames bad]] ''VideoGame/IndianaJonesAndTheStaffOfKings'' included the much loved and difficult to obtain ''VideoGame/IndianaJonesAndTheFateOfAtlantis'' as an unlockable. This one saving grace was also rendered moot when Lucasarts released the game (along with many of their other old adventure games) on Steam a month or so later.
* For console gaming, some people may get a video game console just to play a few specific games that appeal to them and nothing else.
* Playing ''VideoGame/SpaceChannel5 Part 2''? There's a good chance you're playing it just for Purge.
* ''VideoGame/RuleOfRose'' features an interesting inversion to the usual trend, as the fans of the game typically consider the mediocre gameplay [[EnjoyTheStorySkipTheGame completely uninteresting compared to]] the complex MindScrew storyline, and dig out the most minute details for further speculation about the character motives. Elitism isn't dead.
* Many people only get ''VideoGame/{{Starcraft}}'' for the multiplayer ability. Interestingly, the free-to-play Starter Edition of ''[=StarCraft=] II'' includes full access to the Terrans... but ''only'' the Terrans, and only on certain maps/match types.
* ''VideoGame/Left4Dead'' has graffiti all over the maps to give subtle cues on what had happened before the survivors arrived without giving too much away. However, most people prefer to just blaze through the maps and kill zombies.
* ''VideoGame/SoulSeries'':
** ''Soulcalibur II'' is one of the few titles (if not the ''only'' major release) to sell more on the [=GameCube=] than the Xbox or [=PlayStation 2=]. The reason is because it included [[Franchise/TheLegendOfZelda Link]] as a playable character.
** ''Soulcalibur V'' seems to be aiming for a repeat performance, but with greater magnitude. The reason is because ''[[Franchise/AssassinsCreed Ezio Auditore]]'' as the game's {{guest|Fighter}}. One of the Namco Bandai producers would admit that this was part of why Ezio was picked, since he was so popular in the West where they want the series to do well. (Unfortunately, ''SCV'' [[CriticalDissonance is widely seen by most fans]] as an outright FranchiseKiller, if not [[DeaderThanDisco the first step in a long decline]]. Ezio himself was warmly received, especially in a cast largely constructed from {{Suspiciously Similar Substitute}}s for fan-favorite characters in previous games.)
** Additionally, the [[CharacterCustomization Create-A-Soul]] feature that was introduced in ''Soulcalibur III'' has become a staple of the franchise, and for many people, the reason why they buy the games. Taken to a new level in ''Soulcalibur V'', where the new and improved CAS was more or less the game's ''biggest selling point''. It's just so funny watching a recreation of [[VideoGame/FinalFantasyVII Cloud]] fighting a recreation of UsefulNotes/AbrahamLincoln online.
* Few care about the storyline or gameplay or anything of ''VideoGame/BulletWitch'', most just want to shoot stuff.
* Many play ''VideoGame/SimCity'' just for the disasters. Since monster attacks have been one such disaster, including one in Tokyo in TheSixties, this is a literal invocation of this trope.
* For ''VideoGame/TheSims'' people often play it either to just kill people in horrible ways, make their Sims miserable, or to make their character [[ReallyGetsAround Really Get Around]]. Alternatively, they play just to be able to play as characters they like (true for a lot of games with CharacterCustomization) or have a popular GameMod.
* Chances are that niche games which happened to include game demos for more popular products count here. ''VideoGame/ZoneOfTheEnders'' with its ''VideoGame/MetalGearSolid2SonsOfLiberty'' demo, most definitely (though ''ZOE'' managed to find its audience with ''2nd Runner''), and to a less successful extent, ''VideoGame/{{Tobal}} No. 1'' with its demo for ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyVII''.
* Creator/TimSchafer was aggravated when he was playing his game ''VideoGame/BrutalLegend'' online, only to find a player send him a message "surrendur plz," which meant the player was just trying to trade wins for Achievements without trying to play. Tim Schafer tweeted "surrender plz? SURRENDUR PLZ? Is that what I go online for? To be asked to surrendur plz at my own game?!"
* ''Franchise/{{Pokemon}}'':
** While the storylines in the main games have become more complex and detailed, players still mostly want to catch, collect, breed, train and battle others with the eponymous monsters. For a lot of people ([[CasualCompetitiveConflict but not all]]), the main reason to even pick up the game is for the multi-player battle system. (It says something when in Gen VI, the developers changed breeding to the point where it's now possible to easily breed Pokémon with maxed out stats in nearly everything.) Players also play the games for the exploration and each generation seems to offer something unique.
** Charizard was very popular in Pokémon's heyday, despite Pikachu being the mascot. A substantial amount of people bought ''Red'' because it had Charizard on the cover. A lot of people got into the card game just because they wanted to find a rare/holographic Charizard, which were legendarily rare (hence why they would sell for 100s of dollars even though they were mass produced). Similarly, a lot of people only train the Pokémon they find the coolest, and in ''Red''/''Blue'' this was usually Charizard. A lot of kids couldn't understand why certain types were weak to others when "Charizard is so strong." Gen IV experienced a similar thing with Garchomp and Lucario, which endures to this day.
** A good bit of the reaction to ''VideoGame/PokemonConquest'' and "Day One buy" reactions to this were solely because of how out-there the crossover idea was.
** ''VideoGame/PokemonGo'' became one of the most downloaded and popular smartphone apps in recent memory despite having an extremely simplified premise (walk around outside an capture Pokemon) and not even having the same kind of battle system that's present in the main games. There's also no hint of a story, and only monsters from the [[VideoGame/PokemonRedAndBlue first games]] are even available.
* Most people that buy ''VideoGame/{{ARMA}} II'' and its expansions only get it in order to play the ''VideoGame/DayZ'' mod that turns the game into a zombie survival horror game. Valve Software, the creators of UsefulNotes/{{Steam}} where the ''ARMA'' games can be bought from, are well aware of this, and mention on their store pages for each individual part of the full ''ARMA II: Combined Operations'' package that you need all of them for the mod version of ''[=DayZ=]''.
* The ''VideoGame/SuperSmashBros'' franchise seems to have been created just for this trope alone. Despite that the ''Brawl'' installment has an actual story in the single player campaign, no one cares what happened or how the characters even came to meet each other. People just want to play as their favorite Nintendo mascots and fight each other. This (combined in part with [[DigitalPiracyIsEvil people who did care about the story just ripping the videos and posting them all on]] Website/YouTube) is why the [[UsefulNotes/WiiU Wii U]]/[[UsefulNotes/Nintendo3DS 3DS]] installment lacks a story mode altogether.
* For the UsefulNotes/FurryFandom, any game that has a non human character will usually get the attention of furry enthusiasts. Ditto for any films that have furry characters.
* ''VideoGame/HarmoKnight'' is probably less known as "that cute [[{{Widget}} widgety]] RhythmGame for the [=3DS=]" and more as "that cute [[{{Widget}} widgety]] RhythmGame for the [=3DS=] that has some ''Pokémon'' music."
* ''Forza Horizon'' has something of a ExcusePlot, people don't care as they mostly play it for the cars and customization options for said cars.
* ''VideoGame/{{Persona 2}}'' is known for two things: Being a total and utter MindScrew set in a CityOfWeirdos, and Hitler being the final boss.
* While ''VideoGame/PokerNight2'' has more than its fair share of humorous content to be enjoyed among five great characters, the main reason why many players bought the game was just to unlock the ''VideoGame/{{Borderlands 2}}'' character masks and skins for that game (and/or the items for ''VideoGame/TeamFortress2'', which also applies for [[VideoGame/PokerNightAtTheInventory the first game]]).
* ''[[VideoGame/FarmingSimulator Farming Simulator 2013]]'' is surprisingly popular, not for the game itself but for its hilariously broken physics engine.
* Even the developers acknowledge and joke about it that ''VideoGame/TeamFortress2'' is only played because of the hats; they often refer to it as "America's #1 war-themed hat simulator."
* A good number of people bought and/or played the DS sports game, ''New International Track & Field'' for the purpose of unlocking and/or playing as their favorite Creator/{{Konami}} character(s). Two of the most notable examples in the game are Pyramid Head from ''Franchise/SilentHill'' and Sparkster from ''VideoGame/RocketKnightAdventures''.
* ''VideoGame/MarioParty'' and other spin-offs:
** A good number of fans only play the series for the mini-games.
** Plenty of people only bother to play any of these spin-offs (''VideoGame/MarioKart'', the multitude the ''Mario'' sports titles and the aforementioned ''VideoGame/MarioParty'') Because they can play as Waluigi, Princess Daisy and Toadette ([[BaseBreakingCharacter these 3 characters have both fanatical fandoms and fanatical hatedoms]] and their fans really want to see them in games other than spin-off ''Mario'' titles).
* Almost any video game with zombies, whether they are a part of the main game or a side game within the main game. Why are the zombies here? How did they come about? No one cares as long as they get zombies to slaughter.
* Many fans of ''Istaria'' play it because it's one of the few [[MassivelyMultiplayerOnlineRolePlayingGame MMORPGs]] where you can play as a dragon.
* The ''Franchise/SaintsRow'' games are made with the trope in mind. While the first game was just a ''Franchise/GrandTheftAuto'' clone, the second game bumped up the violence and ridiculousness; you can spray literal shit at people, run over old ladies with a golf cart, watch people ragdoll high in the air when you run them over, and the main story itself boils down to "kill everyone as awesomely as possible." Being released after ''VideoGame/GrandTheftAutoIV'', the adverts for ''Saints Row 2'' knew what the fans wanted and made a TakeThat against Grand Theft Auto 4 for its friend activities and gritty realism. The later ''Saints Row'' installments only escalates the wackiness and while the games do have a decent story, the devs also know that people want to play to fuck shit up.
* A number of video game Website/{{Kickstarter}} projects received loads of funding because these projects are led by developers of game series that are beloved by fans but for one reason or another have been snubbed by the companies that these games used to be made by. These developers have since left these companies, but don't really own these series. So the next best thing is to create a new series that [[SpiritualSuccessor invokes feeling of the older series]]. Some examples include ''VideoGame/MightyNo9'', ''VideoGame/YookaLaylee'' and ''VideoGame/BloodstainedRitualOfTheNight''.
** Due to the runaway success of Tim Schafer's ''VideoGame/BrokenAge'' and the ''VideoGame/MightyNo9'' Kickstarters, there's been a boom of other crowdfunded campaigns within the video game community. It's become a kind of a feedback loop where successful crowdfunds by video game devs make Kickstarter the platform of choice for other video game devs. Although this hasn't come without its own set of problems (mainly, mismanagement of resources and [[TroubledProduction other issues]]).
* The Chinese ''VideoGame/WorldOfWarships'' clone ''Steel Ocean''. Many ''Warships'' players flocked to it for submarines, something that ''Warships'' [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ddN37fZf0h4 will never have]].
* A large chunk of the ''Franchise/HarvestMoon'' fandom is interested in the marriage system than actually raising animals and growing crops. This is probably why the bachelors and bachelorettes have gotten increasingly more attractive and elaborate over the last decade.
* A good portion of fans who came to [[Music/TobyFox Radiation]]'s ''VideoGame/EarthBound'' GameMod, ''VideoGame/TheHalloweenHack'', just played it to hear the original version of "[[Webcomic/{{Homestuck}} Megalo]][[VideoGame/{{Undertale}} vania]]."
* Quite a few players picked up ''VideoGame/ProjectXZone'' and/or its sequel because of a particular character making an appearance in it.
* ''VideoGame/HyruleWarriors'':
** When the game was first announced, many ''Zelda'' fans were hesitant due to the reputation ''VideoGame/DynastyWarriors'' games had for being mindlessly repetitive and because the main series game for Wii U wasn't released yet. When it was announced that the game would feature previous [[OneShotCharacter One-Shot Characters]] such as Midna, Darunia, Ghirahim, and Zant, interest went up exponentially, as many wanted to see these characters again in another game, and the game delivered that promise.
** Another major factor that increased interest in the game was its portrayal of series BigBad Ganondorf. Due to the disappointment many had in ''VideoGame/SuperSmashBros'' for its own portrayal of Ganondorf[[note]]A KungFuWizard semi-MovesetClone of the unrelated [[VideoGame/FZero Captain Falcon]] that lacked the ranged magic blasts and use of bladed weapons which he uses in his home series[[/note]], many were overjoyed when the game revealed its own sword-wielding, magic-using incarnation of the King of Evil, and decided to buy the game just to play as him.
* Lots of ''VideoGame/{{MUGEN}}'' players don't actually play fighting games; they're just here for stuff from their favorite cartoons and platform games.
* ''VideoGame/{{Evolve}}'' built a fictional universe with a [[AllThereInTheManual rich history]] and interesting characters. All that is shoved into the backseat and hidden under a blanket by how you get to play as the giant alien monsters that serve as the threat of the game. For bonus points, one of them is even described as "Godzilla crossed with King Kong".
* The ''Franchise/FireEmblem'' series originally got a humble boost from two of its characters being featured in ''VideoGame/SuperSmashBros Melee'', but later received an even bigger NewbieBoom with the release of ''VideoGame/FireEmblemAwakening''. One of the biggest reasons for this was the ability to marry your PlayerCharacter to one of the many attractive characters in the game, leading to many topics on many websites discussing their "waifu" and which "waifu" is better. It's generally agreed that the [[HotterAndSexier increased amount]] of {{Fanservice}} in the [[VideoGame/FireEmblemFates succeeding game(s)]] is Nintendo's [[PanderingToTheBase response]] to this trend.
* For some in the West, the reason they chose a Playstation console over an XBOX is purely for OccidentalOtaku reasons: Since the XBOX has always been unpopular in Japan, most licensed anime games are Playstation exclusives.
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[[folder:Visual Novels]]
* ''VisualNovel/SchoolDays'' actually features plenty of endings where the cheerful, well-adjusted protagonists live happily ever after; but no one cares about those. Most people playing ''School Days'' just want its infamous [[MultipleEndings Bad Ends]] in which one or more characters are brutally murdered.
* ''VisualNovel/MyHaremHeavenIsYandereHell'' sounds like an awesome idea, right? Well, if you play through the novel on your own or watch someone else play it, you might want to grab some popcorn and be patient. The three love interests show {{Yandere}} tendencies throughout the novel, but it'll be ''eight hours or more'' before anything {{Yandere}} happens. Until that point, and you will know it when you see it, enjoy the long romance story.
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[[folder:Web Works]]
* When the Toyota Sprinter Trueno AE86 is reviewed in ''WebVideo/RegularCarReviews'', Mr. Regular rants that people don't like the ''car'', they like a cartoon that features the car. [[Manga/InitialD A boring cartoon!]]
* In-universe example in ''Webcomic/{{Godslave}}'' - when museum guide is talking about Egyptian burial traditions, one kid can be seen muttering "where are the mummies?"
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[[folder:Western Animation]]
* A lot of people only watch ''WesternAnimation/PhineasAndFerb'' for the Perry and Doofenshmirtz segments.
* ''WesternAnimation/{{Ben 10}}'' had people who just stuck around to watch Grandpa Max be incredibly awesome. Or to watch Ben transform into an alien.
* ''WesternAnimation/FamilyGuy'': The episode "Jerome Is the New Black" is this to some fans. No one cares about the plot or the titular character, they just want Quagmire to give Brian TheReasonYouSuckSpeech.
* A good portion of ''WesternAnimation/GeneratorRex'' fans simply stick around because [[BadassNormal Agent]] [[PapaWolf Six]] is just plain cool.
* Some people watched ''WesternAnimation/GreenLanternTheAnimatedSeries'' just for Razer and Aya's love story.
* ''WesternAnimation/HulkVs'' contained two stories: Hulk vs. Wolverine and Hulk vs. Thor. A lot of people just watched it for SelfDemonstrating/{{Deadpool}}, who was only actually in ''one'' of the stories.
* There have been a number of people who only watched ''WesternAnimation/KaBlam'' for one or two recurring shorts, usually ''WesternAnimation/ActionLeagueNow'', the Henry and June wraparound segments, or ''Life With Loopy''.
* For some people, the only reason why they change to The Hub is because of one of these series:
** ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic''.
** ''WesternAnimation/{{Jem}}''.
** Superhero series like ''WesternAnimation/BatmanBeyond'', ''WesternAnimation/BatmanTheAnimatedSeries'', and ''WesternAnimation/TransformersPrime''.
** ''WesternAnimation/{{Animaniacs}}'' and ''WesternAnimation/TinyToonAdventures''.
** There's also a group who watches only for ''WesternAnimation/CareBearsWelcomeToCareALot'', and within that subset, a fair portion who watch only for either Grumpy Bear or Wonderheart Bear.
* When Netflix picked up ''WesternAnimation/CareBearsWelcomeToCareALot'''s spinoff sequel ''WesternAnimation/CareBearsAndCousins'', many people got a Netflix subscription just to watch the show, and a subset of them got a subscription just to see ''the cousins'', or to continue seeing ''Grumpy Bear'' and/or ''Wonderheart Bear''.
* There are some who only watch ''WesternAnimation/SouthPark'' just to see [[TheyKilledKennyAgain how Kenny dies]]. These people must have been [[RunningGagged quite starved]] for the past decade plus.
* Any show featuring a {{Spotlight Stealing|Squad}} {{Jerkass}} character, such as Bender from ''WesternAnimation/{{Futurama}}'', Eric Cartman from ''WesternAnimation/SouthPark'', Stewie from ''WesternAnimation/FamilyGuy'' etc.
* Even people who dislike ''WesternAnimation/TotallySpies'' will sit through an episode if it appeals to their particular kink.
* ''WesternAnimation/TheSmurfsAndTheMagicFlute'' was originally advertised as a ''ComicBook/JohanAndPeewit'' movie, but because the Smurfs became so popular, they end up getting the top billing even though they don't appear until the middle of the movie.
* There are some people who watched ''WesternAnimation/CaptainNTheGameMaster'' just because they found out that Mother Brain, the BigBad of the series, shares a voice with [[Film/LittleShopOfHorrors Audrey II]].
* There seem to be not exactly few bronies who watch ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic'' just for Rainbow Dash being cool. So few are the bronies who are interested in anything in "The Last Roundup" beyond the scene with [[EnsembleDarkhorse Derpy]] that the rest of the episode is almost obscure within the bronydom (aside from Pinkie's antics... Maybe).
* Many fans of ''WesternAnimation/{{TUGS}}'' only watch its CutAndPasteTranslation, ''Salty's Lighthouse'', for the ''TUGS'' segments themselves.
* The PeripheryDemographic of ''WesternAnimation/JakeAndTheNeverLandPirates'' is often mainly just there for the antics of Captain Hook and Smee, though sometimes they'll also get excited in those cases where other characters from Disney's ''Disney/PeterPan'' put in an appearance, including Pan himself.
* Many fans of ''WesternAnimation/InspectorGadget'' may not like ''WesternAnimation/InspectorGadget2015'' for the BadassDecay suffered by Doctor Claw, the focus of the show being more comedic and so on, but they'll watch anyway simply to watch the [[FoeYay interactions between]] [[HypercompetentSidekick Inspector Gadget's niece]] [[ShesAllGrownUp Penny]] and [[OverlordJr Dr. Claw's nephew Talon.]]
* ''WesternAnimation/InvaderZim'' fandom was notorious for a while thanks the segments of the fandom that only watched it for the bits with [[TalkativeLoon GIR.]]
* Watching ''WesternAnimation/SofiaTheFirst'' for the Franchise/DisneyPrincess cameos is what caused a lot of the PeripheryDemographic to come to enjoy the show.
* Watch ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyG3'' for [[EnsembleDarkhorse Minty]].
* Episodes of ''WesternAnimation/HeathcliffAndTheCatillacCats'' were divided into two segments; the first featuring Heathcliff and the second featuring the Catillac Cats. Fans mainly watch it for the latter.
* Among non-fans and those who stopped watching the ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons'' regularly, the ''Treehouse of Horror'' episodes still have a massive following. Just look at their view count on Simpsons World compared to all the other episodes.
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[[folder:New Media]]
* The Escapist Magazine. You came for the [[WebAnimation/ZeroPunctuation Yahtzee]], the rest is just window dressing. Though more videos (WebVideo/ThereWillBeBrawl, WebVideo/{{Unskippable}}, WebVideo/MovieBob, WebVideo/DoomsdayArcade, WebAnimation/UnforgottenRealms) are slowly getting equally as popular, but there's no doubt Yahtzee was the KillerApp for the site. This is lampshaded in their spoof newsshow ENN, a weekly episode of which comes out at the exact same time as WebAnimation/ZeroPunctuation.
---> "We'll see you here next week, right after you watch WebAnimation/ZeroPunctuation."
* Some people are on Website/{{Facebook}} not for the social or communication aspects for it so much as games like ''Mafia Wars'' and ''FarmVille''.
* Most fans of ''WebAnimation/SuperMarioBrosZ'' just mash their space bar through the dialogue to get to the [[HolyShitQuotient stupidly]] [[RuleOfCool awesome]] fight sequences faster. Same goes for its {{Fandom Rival|ry}} ''[[http://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PL62BA69EAB6DBD807 Ed, Edd n' Eddy Z]]'': most fans of the series just skip ahead in the video to see the fight sequences.
* Even if you don't know or care about the film WebVideo/TheNostalgiaCritic is reviewing, it's fun to see him break down in tears and/or rage over it. This was one of the reasons he brought the show back after the GrandFinale of WebVideo/ToBoldlyFlee. Doug started a [[WebVideo/DemoReel a new show]] that he'd been wanting to do for years, but too many people apparently came to the site to watch the episodes, and [[https://twitter.com/thelindsayellis/status/293906520624754689 ad revenue dropped]] after the show ended.
* In a less mean-spirited way, TGWTG fandom only watch WebVideo/TheCartoonShow (a ClicheStorm EdutainmentShow for kids) for Doug. Whoever wrote it used this to their advantage, as second episode in and Doug's character burst into tears, something that fandom greatly enjoys.
* You don't need to be familiar with whatever WebVideo/TheAngryVideoGameNerd is reviewing (and it's likely you often won't; he's done some pretty obscure games) to enjoy the resultant emotional meltdown.
* Most visitors of Channel Awesome will only watch the videos of a handful of reviewers and, if it weren't for the yearly anniversary specials, may not even know that certain reviewers exist.
* Someone once commented that he only watched a 20-minute-long Cinema Snob review for a 1-minute-long Linkara cameo. The Snob was not amused.
* In the webcomic ''Webcomic/TheDreamer'', a lot of people just read it for Nathan Hale and UsefulNotes/AlexanderHamilton.
* Strong Bad and his emails on ''WebAnimation/HomestarRunner'', overlapping with EnsembleDarkHorse. {{Lampshaded}} in the "First Time Here?" cartoon:
--> '''Strong Bad:''' I'm Strong Bad, and you don't know it yet, but I'm the reason you're here.
--> '''Homestar:''' It's true.
* From the way some people talk about ''Webcomic/{{Freefall}}'', you'd have no idea [[UpliftedAnimal Florence]] isn't the only protagonist. Especially true if you're [[UsefulNotes/FurryFandom discussing it on a furry site]].
* Many people have the Internet for one reason and one reason only TheInternetIsForPorn.
* It's hard to believe people actually watch [[{{MissHannahMinx}} Miss Hannah Minx]] because they want to learn Japanese.
* ''OffWhite'': Anytime the story switches focus to the humans there are people wanting it to go back to the wolves.
* Radio/TrueCapitalist: As the name suggests, the show has some good information on the economy, as well as detailed (ableit biased) insight on current events. As far as its PeripheryDemographic is concerned, however, the only reason to listen to it is for the {{Troll}}ing, [[HairTriggerTemper as well as the host's reactions to it]].
* Music/BrentalFloss of YouTube fame has done lots of skits and other videos on his channel, but what really got him to high popularity was his "X With Lyrics" series where he makes up a song based on the chosen video game. Nowadays, most people who look up Brental Floss only look for his lyrics series.
* There are two categories of ''Webcomic/{{Homestuck}}'' fans: those who are just here for the trolls, and those who look down on them.
* How many of you would have really watched ''Series/TheTester'' had it not been for Creator/{{Egoraptor}}?
* There are some amateur adult videos online that some people only watch to see their pets prance around in the background, as the Website/{{Tumblr}} user "indifferent-cats-in-amateur-porn" shows us.
* The ''WebAnimation/NeuroticallyYours'' series have subtle and thought provoking stories as a goth teenaged girl and a BrutallyHonest foul mouthed squirrel go through the daily grind of life. Half of the fan base watch the series just to oogle over Germaine's body while the other half are in it just to see Foamy bitch about whatever is bothering him.
* Many internet websites have both main site content/news/articles and a forum community. About three quarters of their userbase ends up visiting for the latter. Similarly, back about ten years ago, there was actually a site with products/services/news over at Digitalpoint, with the forums being opened as more of a support community for said tools and services. Absolutely no one used it (with the forums becoming an absolutely massive success with hundreds of thousands of members and millions of posts), so eventually the site was replaced with the forums.
* Very few people actually care for Smash World itself. Indeed, these days the SmashBoards community has entirely replaced it.
* A chunk of ''WebAnimation/{{RWBY}}'''s fanbase only watch it for the beautifully detailed fight scenes and complain whenever the show focuses on ''anything'' else.
* Although video game playthroughs online that feature commentary are common, there are lots of viewers who simply want to watch the footage of the game without the player's commentary to drown out the action. While [[WebOriginal/LetsPlay Let's Plays]] are (usually) clearly marked as such, often a video simply titled "game - level playthrough" will feature commentary from the player, and it's not at all uncommon to find warzones in the comments over it or "thank yous" from viewers who had to put some effort into searching for a no commentary video before finding one.
* ''WebAnimation/DeathBattle'' is the most popular series on ''Website/ScrewAttack'', to the point where the comments section on any of their other videos is flooded with suggestions for future Death Battles. A lot of ''Death Battle'''s fandom are happy to just skip the research and comparisons between the two fighters at the start and get straight to the fight scene. ScrewAttack seemingly developed the SpinOff ''WebAnimation/OneMinuteMelee'' for these people - two fighters, 60 seconds, no research.
** Taken to a more Meta extreme, most of ScrewAttack's Youtube page is dominated by ''Death Battle''. The comments sections of Non-''Death Battle'' videos are filled with suggestions for matchups, asking when the next episode is and at times '''demanding''' the next episode over other content, threatening to unsubscribe if they don't release it. Taken the logical extreme when it was announced at the end of "Yang vs. Tifa" that the next ''Death Battle'' matchup would be revealed at the end of the season finale of ''The Industry'' - many commenters deliberately ''spoiled the ending of the episode'' by posting the matchup ("Megaman vs. Astroboy") in the comments along with a message running along the lines of "There, now you don't have to sit through all this crap to find out the next ''Death Battle''. You're welcome."
* Many people create accounts on the Website/YouTube-mimicking site Zippcast just for the "Old Youtube" channel layout.
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[[folder:Other]]
* Trading cards. Some people just enjoy collecting things, and don't actually follow/enjoy what sport/activity the cards represent.
* Online contests. Many of them try to distract the entrants with things like e-mail newsletters, games, magazine offers, etc. etc. But those who are serious about it don't care. They're just there for the contest.
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[[folder:InUniverse]]
* Paige in ''ComicStrip/FoxTrot'' goes to see ''[[Film/TheLordOfTheRings The Return of the King]]'' just because Orlando Bloom is in it, and wishes the movie would stop wasting time with that [[ComicallyMissingThePoint "filler stuff about a ring."]] Similarly, Peter takes Jason and Marcus to see ''Film/{{Thor}}'' because Natalie Portman's in it ("Weirdo," Jason replies).
* In volume 7 of the ''Manga/LuckyStar'' manga, Konata tells Kagami that [[OccidentalOtaku Patricia]] is eager to see her family's shrine. Kagami asks if there's anything she should do in preparation, and all Konata requests is to get the {{miko}} outfits ready. Needless to say, [[{{Muggle}} Kagami]] is exasperated that they're more interested in gawking than in actually learning anything cultural.
* One sketch on ''Series/TheKidsInTheHall'' had an obviously-in-denial-about-his-sexuality man who just kept watching homoerotic parts of certain movies over and over.
* An in-universe example from ''Film/RockyBalboa'': fans turn out to see Rocky's last fight. He faced off against Mason "The Line" Dixon, the heavyweight champion, in a charity exhibition match which Dixon's managers set up to clean up Dixon's reputation of being a BoringInvincibleHero. Dixon's fights had a shrinking audience because Mason was, as the movie puts it, "a victim of his own dominance." Fans turn up in droves in support of Rocky. Professional commentators consider the fight something of a joke and a dancing bear until Rocky turns it into a bitterly-contested slog.
* ''WesternAnimation/FamilyGuy'':
** The guy Chris works for just watches movies (some of which are fairly obscure) for the [[PerverseSexualLust female nude scenes]].
** Taken to the extreme in a cutaway gag: It seems that Peter only went to ''Theatre/ThePhantomOfTheOpera'' to see the Phantom's deformity, and shouts at the actor playing him to hurry up. "Come on, show the gross half of your face so I can get out of here! That nose better be piggy!"
* Discussed in the host's opening monologue of ''Series/SaturdayNightLive'' hosted by Creator/JasonSegel while promoting ''Film/TheMuppets''. the Muppet stars of the film come out to say they should all be hosting the show together. Segel explains that they usually only want ''one'' of the stars of a film to host.
-->Kermit: Listen, it makes [[SarcasmMode perfect sense]] that they would pick Jason [to host], Piggy. I mean, when people go to a Muppet movie, they say: "Gee - I can't wait to see the HUMAN!"
%%* ''Series/GarfieldAndFriends'' does this sometimes, particularly when Odie is involved.
* At the beginning of the ''WesternAnimation/TinyToonAdventures'' episode, "Hog Wild Hamton", a commercial for the Acme Clearinghouse Sweepstakes airs, featuring people who have won enough money to buy a new house. Hamton enters the sweepstakes solely for the subscriptions to various magazines that appeal to his interests. It's a good thing he entered the sweepstakes, though, as [[BrickJoke at the end of the episode]], he wins it, and is awarded with a new house to replace the one that got destroyed as a result of Plucky throwing a WildTeenParty behind his back.
* In an episode of ''WesternAnimation/SouthPark'', Stan, Kyle, Cartman, and Butters are watching a channel airing an episode of "Russell Crowe Fightin' Round the World", just so they could see the World Premiere teaser trailer for "Terrance & Phillip: Asses of Fire 2" during the commercials.
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