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->''"[[CreatorBacklash You can't top pigs with pigs]]."''
-->-- '''Creator/WaltDisney's''' [[OlderThanTelevision response to the failures]] of the three follow up shorts of the ''Disney/ThreeLittlePigs''

As the number of films in a series grows, the probability that the latest entry will be terrible increases geometrically. While the first sequel of a movie is something of a coin toss between "totally awesome" and "mediocre", the more they push the CashCow, the riskier it gets. Of course, movies that go to theatre have high production values. On the whole, their directors are at least ''trying.'' But if it's DirectToVideo, the chances that the third one is nothing but unmitigated crap is already close to 100%. This is partly because people assume a DTV movie is just something that wasn't good enough to get into theatres. And they tend to be right.

In other words, {{Sequel}}s to movies, generally created on the impetus of box office revenue[[note]]RogerEbert, in his ''Bigger Little Movie Glossary'', defines "sequel" as "a filmed deal"[[/note]], are rarely as good as the movie they're a sequel to. If there is a ''third'' installment, it will frequently mark a sharp downhill turn even when the second movie turned out all right. And even if there's a good trilogy, going beyond ''that'' has an even greater chance of crapitude.

Note, however, that this usually applies to ''unplanned'' sequels. Numerous examples exist of planned sequels which have been extremely good. And good unplanned sequels do exist; but the vast majority of sequels are on a downhill slope. The distinction is that unplanned sequels tend to have the feel of being tacked onto a story that was finished and done with, for no reason other than that the first work made lots of money and someone wants to keep that sweet gravy train coming in.

Common symptoms of Sequelitis -- the elements that contribute to the sequel not being as well-received as the original -- can include, but are not limited to:

* Making a sequel just because the original was successful and [[MoneyDearBoy the executives want more money]], regardless of the creative potential for a sequel and regardless of the fans wanting a sequel or not.
* The original was thematically rich, but then the sequels were either too {{Anvilicious}} with topics that require tact and subtlety or only scraped the surface of subjects where SomeAnvilsNeedToBeDropped.
* {{Retcon}}s that piss off people for whatever reason.
* FranchiseOriginalSin: Early in the franchise there were minor flaws, but as new installments roll in these problems just get out of hand.
* [[SequelReset Undoing the ending of the previous film]] when it gave no room for more stories. The backlash can go double for sequels that [[HappyEndingOverride turn happy endings into the beginning of great suffering, struggle, and conflict]].
* The [[AssPull contrived]] revival or return of a character who was killed off or kicked out in the first film.
* The [[TheOtherDarrin recasting]] of the returning characters with a cheap batch of B-list actors (and not ''just'' those formerly played by child actors who are now too old, or big name stars now busy elsewhere).
* The [[ChuckCunninghamSyndrome mysterious unexplained departure]] of a main or major supporting character from the original movie, usually because the actor(s) didn't want to return and the filmmakers wouldn't or couldn't recast the role.
* The casual, shameless, meaningless, and sometimes [[DroppedABridgeOnHim callous]] [[SuddenSequelDeathSyndrome killing off of beloved characters]].
* The [[ChuckCunninghamSyndrome mysterious unexplained departure]] of a hero's love interest, usually because the producers thought the {{Shipp|ing}}ers would lose interest in the hero if he or she was married. At most, there may be a [[HandWave throwaway line]] that tells us 'it didn't work out'. This doesn't stop the hero getting a new love interest.
* The sequel revolving around the (often [[RememberTheNewGuy previously unmentioned]]) relative/friend of a beloved character whose actor can't or won't return, in hopes that a connection to the original character will help make the new character just as popular as the original. This can lead to InNameOnly.
* The sequel being LighterAndSofter than the original, to the point of being labelled a kid's movie and alienating most or all of the original's fanbase, or being DarkerAndEdgier just for the sake of it when it wasn't necessary and it doesn't make it any better, just not as good for kids.
* Being [[RecycledScript too similar to the previous movie(s)]], to the point that it's just the same thing over again. For the more general trope applying to recycled story arcs, see FleetingDemographicRule.
* Being nothing like the previous movie(s), but not because they want to stay fresh or try to innovate, but for other reasons like not being able to do something like the original thanks to the plot/actors/lower budget/rating/licenses/etc, or [[{{WereStillRelevantDammit}} relying on what is current and/or popular]] or [[FollowTheLeader trying to be more like other successful movies]].
* {{Wacky Wayside Tribe}}s begin choking the plot to conceal the fact that the writers have basically run out of story.
* The reuse of some element that was felt to be important to the first movie's success, in hopes that having [[UpToEleven even more of that element]] will make the sequel even better. If it works for the first sequel, it will be cranked up more and more in further sequels. This may lead to VulgarHumor, sadistic slapstick violence, or something else along those lines.
* PanderingToTheBase, which can come in several harmful forms that may appear together or separately:
** Potential new audience members become victims of ContinuityLockout when knowledge of the first movie - or the source material - is required to understand what's going on.
** ContinuityPorn annoying fans who get the nods and being [[BigLippedAlligatorMoment downright confusing and jarring]] to those who might not even know references are being made.
** Existing fans become irritated when elements they liked in the first movie are overused or used poorly. They typically say so, quickly and loudly. This can be caused by the filmmakers having a limited or poor understanding of what the general fanbase liked, leading to their catering to the FanDumb.
** This is particularly the case when bringing back a character who [[EnsembleDarkhorse unexpectedly won the audience over]] in the first movie, only [[TheyWastedAPerfectlyGoodCharacter to do nothing interesting with them]] - or worse, {{Flanderiz|ation}}e them so much that they end up being a one-dimensional caricature of the charming and multi-faceted character the audience fell in love with in the first place.
** The opposite can happen, where an intentionally wacky story based on RuleOfCool and RuleOfFunny [[CerebusSyndrome tries to ground itself and be more realistic in the sequel]], losing its original charm in the process. However, this seems to be a far less common occurrence than the reverse.
* With adaptations or [[TheRemake remakes]], when all the source material was already covered up in the previous movie(s), [[OvertookTheSeries keeping on making sequels but with original stories]], especially when the author of the original source material doesn't come to help despite being available and bonus if the new stories aren't faithful to the originals, looking like bad fanfics.
* The attempt to turn a standalone movie into a TwoPartTrilogy, resulting in two bloated, incoherent sequels with too little plot stretched between them.

The dreadful compulsion on the part of writers and filmmakers to add new chapters to perfectly good works has been likened to an addiction, sometimes termed 'sequelholism'. The writers sometimes seem aware of this, and as a run of sequels are produced they may drop numbering the movies entirely and start [[OddlyNamedSequel2ElectricBoogaloo adding cliché subtitles]]. This only makes it harder to guess the order to watch for new fans. If they ''aren't'' aware of this, then, in the end, odds are FirstInstallmentWins.

The inverse is a SurprisinglyImprovedSequel (a good sequel to a mediocre or terrible work) or EvenBetterSequel (an awesome sequel to a good original work) ContestedSequel is when there is considerable division about the sequel's quality. For a strangely divergent sequel, see InNameOnly. For a sequel that retains the monster or villain but features none of the original heroes, see VillainBasedFranchise. Can be caused by a poor choice in SequelEscalation, and lead up to FranchiseZombie if a sequel that should have been a FranchiseKiller doesn't destroy the series. Backlash against sequels has made many reviewers {{Sequelphobic}}. Some fans treat such sequels with FanonDiscontinuity. See also SophomoreSlump, TheProblemWithLicensedGames. For TV series, this can sometimes be a result of a PostScriptSeason.

To see Creator/{{Egoraptor}}'s web series [[NamesTheSame of the same name]], click '''[[WebVideo/{{Sequelitis}} here]]'''.

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[[folder:Anime and Manga]]
* Rumor has it YoshiyukiTomino invented the KillEmAll trope partly to prevent this from occurring, as he routinely claimed to despise sequel work. Obviously it ''greatly'' backfired with ''MobileSuitGundam'' (the franchise continued even after the original principal characters [[AcePilot Amuro Ray]] and [[RedBaron Char Aznable]] died), but most of Tomino's other works, such as ''AuraBattlerDunbine'' and ''SpaceRunawayIdeon'', otherwise ended with their initial series since most of their casts (or their ''entire'' setting in the case of ''Ideon'') were killed off.
* ''TokyoMewMew a la mode'' ended up being penned by a different writer (the artist of the original series), but taking place in a universe explicitly the same as the original, something many anime [[AlternateContinuity explicitly avoid]] in order to start fresh. And that's the mildest of its many, many problems.
* ''Film/BattleRoyale 2'' suffered heavily from this. Even the most enthusiastic fans of the sequel will admit that it isn't anywhere near the caliber of the original (whether it be novel, manga or movie).
* ''{{Shuffle}} Memories''. Though some fans say it's terrible, other fans say that the FanService-laden last episode was more than enough to make up for the terrible recap of ''{{Shuffle}}''.
* ''ToHeart: Remember my Memories''.
* ''Manga/DragonBallGT'' is seen by some of the ''Dragon Ball'' fanbase as a combination of this and FranchiseZombie due to being done by Toei Animation, [[WordOfGod declared non-canon]] by [[AkiraToriyama the creator]], and only featuring a couple of his designs.
* If the subpar ratings in Japan and overall lack of accreditation beyond loads of magazine previews (keyword here) are anything to say, the UnCancelled fourth (''Revolution'') and fifth (''Evolution-R'') seasons of the ''{{Slayers}}'' anime are this. Most countries outside Japan (including the States) gave the seasons positive reviews, but 'most' of the viewers were ''older fans'' of the series, so that still doesn't help in the long run.
** A bizarre reversal of this trope occurs with the ''Slayers Smash'' novels, which are a part of the book series that takes place ''before'' the main storyline. Whereas the main series ended in 2000, the prequel books came out two years after the first original novel came out and are ''still ongoing.'' Sales have been dropping, and many fans agree that the adventures of Lina and [[GoldfishPoopGang Naga]] are being unnecessarily dragged out. Unfortunately, the man who created the novels has no intention of continuing the main storyline.
** In hindsight, this seemed more accredited to either season not following upon the novel storylines (not even reaching the point where [[spoiler:Gourry finds the Blast Sword]]), and instead simply repeating the first series in reverse. Otherwise, ''Slayers'' fans had been demanding a follow up for quite some time, partly for the aforementioned and partly to alleviate the mediocrity that was ''Slayers Try''.
* The ''Anime/{{Pokemon}}'' franchise has, as of 2014, a total of ''sixteen'' movies thrown in there. Similar to ''TheLandBeforeTime'', most fans say that the quality of the movies has been all over the place, with the [[PokemonTheFirstMovie first]] [[PokemonTheMovie2000 few]] [[{{Pokemon3}} movies]] being superior to most of the sequels[[note]][[SubbingVersusDubbing especially in Japanese]] where none of the messages and plot points are mangled or bowdlerized[[/note]], barring [[PokemonLucarioAndTheMysteryOfMew a few]] [[PokemonKyuremVsTheSwordOfJustice standouts]].
* The ''Anime/EurekaSeven'' fandom was [[ContestedSequel divided]] on the subject of ''Anime/EurekaSevenAO'' from its announcement. As the series progressed, barring [[WinTheCrowd brief moments of hope]], fan outlook grew increasingly bleak, with the ending (and even a few of the plot threads) provoking cries of FanonDiscontinuity. It hardly helped that it contradicted many of the themes of the original series, particularly [[spoiler:the ability of humans and Coralians to coexist]]. That last one was enough to spark the "[[BigBad Dewey]] [[TheExtremistWasRight was right!]]" fandom meme.
* This is why ''Franchise/PrettyCure'' doesn't do sequel series anymore after the poor reception of ''Anime/YesPrettyCure5GoGo''. Many of them are realizing, though, that rival series ''Anime/{{Aikatsu}}'' is heading that way, what with a second sequel series coming up.
* ''Anime/FushigiboshiNoFutagoHime'' has a sequel series in the form of ''Gyu!''. It took virtually all of the characters out of their unique world and put them into a generic school location and had a similarly-generic MonsterOfTheWeek format (going along the success of the previous series delving into MagicalGirlWarrior later during its run) and DemotedToExtra everyone but Fine and Rein. While it did introduce a handful of good characters, [[FanonDiscontinuity most fans like to pretend ''Gyu!'' never happened]].
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* Parodied in ''Comicbook/TheSimpsons'' comic book storyline "When Bongos Collide!", in which [[EveryoneIsASuper everyone in Springfield gets superpowers]] as a [[ILoveNuclearPower result of a nuclear explosion]]. Troy [=McClure=]'s alter-ego, The Sequelizer, has the power to "create an infinite number of copies of [himself] -- although [[CloneDegeneration each is only 50% as powerful as the one before]]."
* It's more a case of BaseBreaker, but several fan think of Pk2 as this for the excellent ComicBook/PaperinikNewAdventures. Many more consider [[ContinuityReboot "Pikappa"]] a definite case.
* ThePunisher suffered from this. He did fine when he started out as an occasional guest star in SpiderMan's comics and did okay when he debuted in his own limited series, and then ongoing series. Unfortunately, when he became more popular and Marvel started to star him in ''Punisher War Journal'' and ''Punisher War Zone'', fans started to see what a one-dimensional character he was. In 1995, all three of his comics were cancelled due to poor sales; he did gain some popularity back in 2000 as part of the ComicBook/MarvelKnights line.
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[[folder:Fan Fic]]
* While ''Fanfic/ATrustedFriendInScienceAndPonies'' is still good, it lacks the humor of [[Fanfic/BetterLivingThroughScienceAndPonies the original story]], and while the story is more complex, it is much more obviously a fanfiction-style plot compared to the original's simpler, more faithful story.
* InUniverse in ''Fanfic/RetroChill'': Galaxoid and Nebular send the protagonists ''[[Franchise/JurassicPark Triassic Park IX]]'' and ''Film/HarryPotter XCIX: The Fifth Hogwarts [[RougeAnglesOfSatin Reuinion]]''.
* The HateFic[=/=]FixFic ''FanFic/MyLittleUnicorn'' has four sequels and counting [[note]]one's a "movie" and another is based on ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyEquestriaGirls''[[/note]], and they don't get any better. Beats0me, a DeviantArt member who draws parody comics of MLU, noted that the beginning of the series is SoBadItsGood, reminiscent of watching a corny old kids' action cartoon. However, the further it goes on, the more UnfortunateImplications, racism, sexism and other disturbing content start cropping up.
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[[folder:Films -- Animated]]
* Franchise/{{Disney| Animated Canon}} has many.
** ''Disney/AladdinTheReturnOfJafar'' was Disney's first try as a DTV sequel, designed to introduce its TV series. While the animation resembled a violent attack of explosive diarrhoea upon your television screen, the plot and characters were rather popular and it did fairly well. Depressingly, this prompted Disney's continuation of sequels, which were progressively inferior.
** ''Disney/AladdinAndTheKingOfThieves'' was essentially rescued from the planned finale of ''WesternAnimation/AladdinTheSeries''. But while it had a mature plot, good animation, and brought full closure to the story, by that point Disney's sequels had become about as popular as breaking your own toe.
** ''Disney/{{Pocahontas}} 2: Journey to the New World'' brings the title character slightly closer to her historical, real-life counterpart (her romance with John Rolfe, visiting England), and also shows her making more mature decisions. However, the quality of the movie itself was met with more varied opinions. It is particularly disliked because Pocahontas has a relationship with a different man in the sequel, destroying her romance with John Smith. The original was far enough removed from historical accuracy as it was; why did they feel this sudden need for it now?
** ''Disney/{{Bambi}}'' has a direct-to-video midquel which was released more than sixty years after the originaly. While the film is considered one of the better Disney direct to video films, few consider it to be as good as the original film and it is usually seen as average at best. The main complaints stem from that it either [[ItsTheSameNowItSucks adds too little new to the Bambi universe]], or the changes it did make (i.e. Playing up contemporary humor, humanizing the characters' personalities and using contemporary folk songs mixed in with an orchestrated soundtrack) [[TheyChangedItNowItSucks were not for the better.]]
** ''Disney/TheEmperorsNewGroove'' managed to really break the mold in terms of Disney animated movies, but its sequel, ''Kronk's New Groove'', was rather generic, playing out more like three episodes of a TV show strung together than an actual movie. Fittingly enough, there actually was later a TV series called ''WesternAnimation/TheEmperorsNewSchool'', complete with a [[TheOtherDarrin new voice actor for Kuzco]] and apparently having all of the soul of the first movie surgically removed and replaced with more slapstick.
** The ''Disney/AtlantisTheLostEmpire'' sequel actually ''was'' three episodes from a planned TV series based on the movie that fell through.
** The two sequels to''Disney/TheLionKing''' are considered good for their decent plots and animation.
** ''Disney/CinderellaIIIATwistInTime'' is considered one of the best direct-to-video sequels Disney had ever produced by several reviewers and several of those who weren't usually pleased by the sequels, even being stated to be "when the sequels started getting good." In fact, when ''Disney/CinderellaIIDreamsComeTrue'' and ''Cinderella III: A Twist in Time'' came to Blu-Ray together, [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xkDceYZ5Oj4 the trailer]] featured so many highlights from ''A Twist in Time'', that ''Dreams Come True'' (which lots of Disney fans hate anyway) only got four or five clips in. [[note]]One of those "clips" is actually audio from ''Dreams Come True'' played over animation from ''A Twist in Time''.[[/note]]
** ''Disney/TheHunchbackOfNotreDame'' is probably one of Disney's darker and more mature movies. Its sequel, ''The Hunchback of Notre Dame 2'', was largely criticized for inferior animation, generic songs, and how many of the characters were complete idiots. One of the complaints included that Victor Hugo's novel couldn't have had a sequel because ''everybody died.'' It was largely created to [[ThrowTheDogABone give Quasimodo a girlfriend]] but Madellaine was not a popular character. Some consider it Disney's ''worst'' DTV movie.
** ''Disney/LiloAndStitch'' got off somewhat well with their sequels. The second film ([[WhatCouldHaveBeen which was set for a theatrical release]], but after the disappointment that was ''The Jungle Book 2'', shipped straight to video) was reasonably well-received for its focus on character development of the two title characters. ''Stitch! The Movie'' (really a PoorlyDisguisedPilot for the TV series) was considered about average but the GrandFinale ''WesternAnimation/LeroyAndStitch'' was favored well in terms of ending the series.
** One of the conditions Creator/{{Pixar}} put when they joined with Disney was that they wouldn't be [[ExecutiveMeddling required]] to make sequels. In fact, because one of the parts of the merger was putting Pixar's people in charge of Disney's animation studio, one of the first things they did was halted production of Disney's own ''WesternAnimation/ToyStory3'' and began working on the title in-house. Consequently, both the third movie and the entire ''WesternAnimation/ToyStory'' trilogy have been lauded as cinema classics. They did, however, make a sequel to ''WesternAnimation/{{Cars}}'', widely considered [[RedHeadedStepchild one of their worst movies]], resulting in what is widely considered their ''worst'' movie, ''Cars 2''.
** Downplayed by ''WesternAnimation/MonstersUniversity'', which is considered to be a good movie - although not ''quite'' up to the (admittedly lofty) par set by ''WesternAnimation/MonstersInc'' and the majority of Pixar's previous output.
* ''WesternAnimation/TheLandBeforeTime'''s twelve sequels. The quality of the series is up and down from movie to movie and may range from good to mediocre to poor; most agree that none are a match for Bluth's original film. It's a bad sign when there are more sequels than even horror movie franchises like ''Franchise/{{Halloween}}'', ''Film/{{Saw}}'', ''Film/ParanormalActivity'', or ''Franchise/FridayThe13th''.
* The rest of Creator/DonBluth's animated films have also been hit with Sequelitis: there are currently sequels for ''WesternAnimation/AnAmericanTail'', ''WesternAnimation/AllDogsGoToHeaven'' (both of which also got a TV series), and ''WesternAnimation/TheSecretOfNIMH''. ''An American Tail 2: Fievel Goes West'', though LighterAndSofter than the original, is actually considered a quality follow-up due to a higher budget theatrical release. ''The Secret Of NIMH 2: Timmy To The Rescue'' however, is considered terrible by practically all fans of the original. In all of those cases, Bluth was not involved with any of the sequels; the only sequels he was ever actually involved with making were the video game ''[[VideoGame/DragonsLair Dragon's Lair II: Time Warp]]'' and the ''WesternAnimation/{{Anastasia}}'' direct-to-DVD sequel ''WesternAnimation/BartokTheMagnificent'', which became a classic that we've all heard of. [[WhatCouldHaveBeen Incidentally Bluth was originally to have involvement in the other aforementioned sequels, but had to turn it down to due heavy development on his own projects at the time]].
* The sequels to ''WesternAnimation/{{Balto}}'' cause so many {{Plot Hole}}s that many fans have asked for the release of one that fixes everything so that the franchise can rest in peace, but given Creator/{{Universal}} Pictures' dislike of the movie, they opted for making more ''WesternAnimation/TheLandBeforeTime'' sequels until their traditional animation studios were closed for good. From there, they changed to computer-traditional mix, resulting in a more vivid color scheme, but considerably better quality animation.
* The first ''WesternAnimation/{{Shrek}}'' movie was a hit. The second movie grossed almost twice as highly and is considered by many to be [[EvenBetterSequel even better]]. The third movie is more polarizing in comparison. Consensus on the fourth is that it's at least far better than the third.
* ''WesternAnimation/TheNineLivesOfFritzTheCat'' was not written or directed by Creator/RalphBakshi, the maker of ''WesternAnimation/FritzTheCat'', or Robert Crumb, who created [[ComicBook/FritzTheCat the original comic]]. The only people involved with the first film who returned for the sequel are producer Steve Krantz and voice actor Skip Hinnant. Even Duke, one of the characters from the first film, is [[TheOtherDarrin voiced by a different actor]].
* Each ''WesternAnimation/IceAge'' sequel has arguably experienced a noticeable drop in quality after its predecessor.
* {{Inverted|Trope}} with the three ''WesternAnimation/{{Madagascar}}'' films. Each of the three has a successively higher critical rating than its predecessor on Website/RottenTomatoes (the first being the only one to fall into "Rotten" territory), and the third has the highest audience rating.
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[[folder:Films -- Live-Action]]
* There were six films in ''Film/TheThinMan'' series. The first got a Best Picture nomination and is still remembered as a classic. The subsequent movies have been progressively less acclaimed, going from the "pretty good" second movie to the "terrible" sixth one.
* Parodied InUniverse in ''Film/TropicThunder''. Tugg Speedman stars in the ''Scorcher'' series, which revolve around the Earth ceasing to spin and becoming a giant fireball. The 6th one, ''Scorcher VI: Global Meltdown'', changed the fate into a frozen wasteland because the previous films had exhausted the previously mentioned concept. Here's the trailer:
-->'''Trailer Announcer:''' In 2013, when the Earth's rotation came to a halt, the world called on the one man who could make a difference. When it happened again, the world called on him once more. And no one saw it coming. [[PunctuatedForEmphasis Three. More. Times!]] Now, the one man who made a difference five times before, [[DepartmentOfRedundancyDepartment is about to make a difference again]]. [[AndNowForSomethingCompletelyDifferent Only this time, it's different.]]\\
''[Speedman is shown standing on an iceberg, and everything in the background is frozen. He has a set of twins on him and he's holding two rifles]''\\
'''Tugg Speedman:''' Who left the fridge open?\\
'''Trailer Announcer:''' ''[voice over]'' Tugg Speedman. ''Scorcher VI: Global Meltdown''.\\
'''Tugg Speedman:''' {{Here we go again}}. [[LampshadeHanging Again]].....
* Most {{slasher movie}}s tend to suffer this fate.
** At the time of writing (2012) there are eight ''Franchise/ANightmareOnElmStreet'' movies and [[Film/ANightmareOnElmStreet2010 a remake]], eight ''Franchise/{{Halloween}}'' movies and [[Film/{{Halloween 2007}} a remake]] with [[Film/HalloweenII2009 a sequel]] to that remake, and ten ''Franchise/FridayThe13th'' movies and [[Film/FridayThe13th2009 a remake]]. And that's just the names most horror fans would be familiar with.
** One particularly painful example: The original ''Film/SleepawayCamp'' was surprisingly deep for its genre, and possessed a genuinely unexpected (yet not nonsensical) TwistEnding that ''hasn't'' succumbed to ItWasHisSled. The sequels, by comparison, are almost parodies of their predecessor. According to writer/director Robert Hiltzik, only the 2008 sequel, ''Film/ReturnToSleepawayCamp'', is canon (he had little to nothing to do with ''Film/SleepawayCampIIUnhappyCampers'' and ''Film/SleepawayCampIIITeenageWasteland'').
* ''Film/{{Scream 1996}}''
** It is considered a great movie. ''Scream 2'' is pretty awesome too. Then comes ''Scream 3'', which gives plenty of reasons to be treated as TheScrappy by critics and fans. ''Scream 4'' is, thankfully, pretty good again.
** Also occurs in-universe with the ''Stab'' series.
* ''{{Film/Alien}}'' is almost universally considered as an outstanding horror/science-fiction film, the sequel ''Film/{{Aliens}}'' was even more succesful with both critics and audience and is considered by many as equal or superior; the third film ''Film/{{Alien 3}}'' is not necessarily a bad film, but is considered inferior to the previous films with an "obscene" HappyEndingOverride. [[Film/AlienResurrection The fourth film]], however, was disastrous and is loathed by fans of the saga.
* ''Film/SDarko''. Despite having one actress from ''Film/DonnieDarko'', Daveigh Chase, returning for this sequel, most ''Donnie Darko'' fans [[FanonDiscontinuity won't even acknowledge its existence]].
* The ''Film/PoliceAcademy'' series. The first movie was a commercial success, and jumpstarted the careers of several actors who would go on to bigger projects (Steve Guttenberg, Kim Cattrall, Bobcat Goldthwait), but as the sequels progressed, the humor became increasingly lowbrow and cast members started leaving throughout the franchise. By the time the seventh and final film, ''Mission to Moscow'', was released in 1994, only a handful of original characters remained, and it failed to surpass the $200,000 mark.
* Most {{superhero}} film franchises follow the same formula: The first film introduces the characters and usually goes through the [[SuperHeroOrigin origin story]]. It meets with general approval. The second film, not being burdened by the need to rehash all that old stuff, is very good and is considered by many to be better than the original. The third film makes you wonder why they didn't stop at two. If a fourth film is even made, it makes the third film look like ''Film/CitizenKane''. Then the series is dead for several years until another sequel is made with massive {{retcon}} (sometimes to the point of a {{reboot}}).
** ''Film/SpiderMan'' follows this formula perfectly. The first one is considered very good, the second excellent, the third has a massive BrokenBase. Then ''Film/TheAmazingSpiderMan'' reboots the franchise with an all-new cast and is met with generally positive reception. Then it happens ''again'', with ''Film/TheAmazingSpiderMan2'' being overall regarded as a pretty average movie at best, and really not being a worthy sequel.
** Franchise/{{Batman}} and Franchise/{{Superman}} have taken separate paths after their fifth installments, with ''Film/BatmanBegins'' a massive success and ''Film/SupermanReturns'' a ContestedSequel. While the Batman series later went on to produce ''Film/TheDarkKnight'', one of the most popular movies ever, the Superman series is now enacting what is essentially ''[[Film/ManOfSteel another]]'' reboot.
** Demonstrating that this trope can even apply to good sequels, the Batman threequel ''Film/TheDarkKnightRises technically'' suffers from Sequelitis despite being widely acclaimed. It received excellent reviews, like the first two movies, but otherwise it's either considered better or weaker than ''Film/BatmanBegins'' by some, and not as good as ''Film/TheDarkKnight'' by ''almost everyone''. (Not counting those [[HypeBacklash downright disappointed]].)
** ''Superman Returns'' suffers from some Sequelitis, as one of the frequently-raised criticisms was that the producers didn't seem to be able to make up their minds as to whether they were actually making a continuation of the earlier film sequence, or whether they were making a completely fresh start.
** ''Film/XMen'' had two beloved movies, followed by a ContestedSequel. Since continuing after ''[[Film/XMenTheLastStand The Last Stand]]'' would be hard, they decided to make prequels instead. First was ''Film/XMenOriginsWolverine'', which also divided everyone; then came ''Film/XMenFirstClass'', but it completely {{averted|Trope}} sequelitis and is now considered the best in the series since ''X2: X-Men United'' (somehow fitting the "fifth is reboot" above). Following that was a sequel/stand-alone story to ''Wolverine'', simply titled ''Film/TheWolverine'', which was considered a far better film than its predecessor. Then came indirect ''The Last Stand'' sequel / direct ''First Class'' sequel ''Film/XMenDaysOfFuturePast'', which was not only considered a better film [[SurprisinglyImprovedSequel to both of]] [[EvenBetterSequel its predecessors]], but was also hailed by critics as one of the series's best films. Time will tell how ''X-Men Apocalypse'' fares.
** ''Film/IronMan2'' is often considered at least entertaining, but not as fresh or spectacular as its predecessor. Reasons for this consensus usually include feeling far too much like an advertisement for the upcoming ''[[Film/TheAvengers Avengers]]'' movie than an Iron Man story capable of standing on its own, very boring villains, numerous plot holes and loosely adapting Tony Stark's "Demon in a Bottle" arc and [[PlayedForLaughs playing it for laughs]]. ''Film/IronMan3'', on the other hand, is considered a slighty better film, [[BerserkButton controversy regarding how]] [[TheReveal the villain was handled]] aside.
* Averted somewhat with Creator/SergioLeone's western trilogy. Though the first two films, ''Film/AFistfulOfDollars'' and ''Film/ForAFewDollarsMore'' are generally considered to be rather good films, the third film ''Film/TheGoodTheBadAndTheUgly'' is generally considered the best in the series, is the most remembered of the Dollars Trilogy, and launched the career of Creator/ClintEastwood. Oddly enough, however, as it wasn't actually made as a trilogy, but were marketed as such by distributor United Artists, who were looking for a strong angle for the films as a trilogy.
* ''Film/ScaryMovie'' expressed the tagline, ''No mercy. No shame. No sequel'', but as we all well know, did have one anyway (with the tagline "[[ILied We lied]]") It got closer back to its roots of satirizing horror movies in the third, but then stepped back again and had that Creator/TomCruise couch jump parody in the fourth. A fifth film happened, but mostly everyone from the previous films is out of it, and rarely would anyone say that that's a good parody. The spinoffs of the franchise have been even worse, starting with ''Film/DateMovie'', billed as "from [[Creator/SeltzerAndFriedberg two]] of the six writers of ''Scary Movie''", and somehow running on to three more (so far...)
* ''Film/{{Tremors}}'': An interesting case. The first movie was a semi-BlackComedy with Creator/KevinBacon. Not having to pay Bacon's salary meant the second could afford lots more StuffBlowingUp. The third is notable for reassembling the entire (surviving) supporting cast of the first, with no characters PutOnABus.
* ''Film/AmericanPie'' descended into this for a while. The ''American Pie Presents'' series were direct to DVD releases with predictable results. The sole main cast member reprising a role from ''any'' of the first 3 movies is Eugene Levy, which is depressing in a "ordering fast food from your dad" kind of way. Inverted with ''American Reunion'', which brought back the principal cast and was a much better film than the DVD cash-ins that preceded.
* ''ComicBook/TheCrow''
** It was a powerful, emotionally-gripping comic book, that had an equally powerful [[Film/TheCrow film adaptation]]--with a kickass soundtrack, to boot. It had several sequels in both media, and none of them were anything close to the original, or even enjoyable. Thus, ''Franchise/TheCrow'' uniquely has severe Sequelitis in two media.
** The second movie, ''Film/TheCrowCityOfAngels'', in particular, suffered - tortuously - from the writers attempting to take the "framework" of the original story and try to swap out the plot details, replacing the original compelling story with a particularly unsubtle morass of "IKEA Pathos." That, and apparently no one on the film team even ''noticed'' the visual aesthetic of the original, since not even the barest effort was made to retain it. Add to this wooden acting, a notable dearth of memorable lines or dialogue, an obvious, over-the-top AssPull ending, the utter absence of verisimilitude between the visual (and linguistic) environment depicted in the film and the real-life Los Angeles it was allegedly based on, and a particularly blatant [[DroppedABridgeOnHim bridge drop]] at the end, and you have a shameful attempt at remaking - even cloning - The Crow, with essentially ''none'' of the things that made the original great. You might say the series CameBackWrong.
* ''Film/{{Jaws 2}}'', ''Film/Jaws3D'', ''Film/JawsTheRevenge'', ad nauseam. Ken Begg's series of reviews chronicles the slide in quality from ''[[http://www.jabootu.com/jaws.htm Jaws]]'' to ''[[http://www.jabootu.com/jaws2.htm Jaws 2]]'' (which he admits is merely inferior and mediocre, but much better than the knock-offs and the next sequels) to ''[[http://www.jabootu.com/jaws3-D.htm Jaws 3-D]]'' to the completely awful ''[[http://www.jabootu.com/jaws4.htm Jaws: The Revenge]]''. So much that it was mocked in ''[[Film/BackToTheFuture Back To The Future Part II]]'': a holographic ''Jaws 19'' poster can be seen during the 2015 sequence.
* With a title like ''Film/TheNeverendingStory'', one would expect the movie to have at least a few sequels or follow-ups. The first movie is a very nice fantasy film; the second movie is not ''as'' good as the first one (with a dramatic drop in production values), but still watchable, at least compared to the third movie, which [[OvertookTheSeries had to invent a plot out of whole cloth]] and ended up with a lot of cringeworthy sitcom-style humor.
* The first ''Film/WeekendAtBernies'' is an amusing little comedy, with Terry Kiser [[EnsembleDarkhorse stealing the show]] as the eponymous dead guy. Then they went and made a sequel. The female character one of the heroes spent the entire first movie obsessing over/wooing vanishes without even the most cursory attempt at {{Hand Wav|e}}ing, and it was all downhill from there. Some viewers felt that ''Film/WeekendAtBerniesII'' pulled off the rare feat of being so unbelievably stupid that it came back around the other side and was SoUnfunnyItsFunny. Referenced in ''Series/HowIMetYourMother'', as evidence that Lily is a "laugh-slut":
--> '''Ted:''' "Remember that time we heard her laughing, and we thought she was watching ''Weekend at Bernie's'', but it turned out she was watching ''Weekend at Bernie's II''?"
* Opinions are divided over whether ''Film/TheLostWorldJurassicPark'' or ''Film/JurassicParkIII'' is worse, although the latter usually wins out in such arguments. Neither of them holds a candle to [[Film/JurassicPark the original]], despite several actors [[MoneyDearBoy inexplicably]] agreeing to reprise their roles. Some fans regard TLW as a worthy sequel to JP though with [=JP3=] usually regarded as the abomination.
* ''Film/AirplaneIITheSequel'', which ''wasn't'' produced by James Abrahams and the Zucker brothers who did the brilliant ''Film/{{Airplane}}''. Most of its jokes and plot were re-hashed from the original movie, Leslie Nielsen didn't return, and it did so badly at the box office that the planned second sequel was canceled. The best parts were the courtroom scene and the [[AdamWesting self-parodying performance]] by Creator/WilliamShatner.
* ''Film/TheMatrix'' was generally well-received and a major game-changer for action movies. The second and third movies are usually seen as overly long and pretentious, while the prequel ''Anime/TheAnimatrix'' ranges from decent to bad. ''The Animatrix'' has range because it's an anthology of nine short films based on The Matrix, with the CGI ''The Second Renaissance'' considered the best (reason to purchase the rest). The other eight vary.
* Movies based on video games aren't exempt from this rule, either, even though very few of them get sequels in the first place (and [[VideoGameMoviesSuck usually deservedly so]]). Just ask anyone who paid to watch ''Film/MortalKombatAnnihilation'' or ''Film/TombRaiderTheCradleOfLife''.
* ''Film/GhostbustersII''
** The film fell victim to this, as the plot reads like [[RecycledScript a Mad Lib rewrite of the first movie]]: An ancient (god/warlock) is resurrected in modern New York, possesses Dana Barret's nebbish (neighbor/boss), and needs (her/her baby) as part of its plot to destroy New York. She gradually falls for Peter's quirky charm, while the rest of the Ghostbusters try to convince the skeptical mayor and a sleazy (EPA agent/mayoral aide) that the world's in danger, until the big finale has the heroes facing off with the (god/warlock) in a gothic (skyscraper/library) now overrun by evil, while a giant walking mascot (terrorizes/saves) the city by stepping on things. It's all made even more implausible given how easily all the world-changing events of the first movie seem to have been [[WeirdnessCensor swept under the rug]], and the end result was so lackluster, both critically and financially, that the director and other three stars were completely turned off from Creator/DanAykroyd's plans for a third movie.
** Atari released a ''Ghostbusters'' video game that reunited the cast and acts as the third story. It's been well received. It expands on things from the first movie, provides closure on the Librarian ghost and explains where the mood slime from [=GB2=] came from. The experience was so good that an actual ''Ghostbusters 3'' is in the works.
* ''Franchise/{{Rocky}}''
** The series had one of the longest cases of Sequelitis ever. The series started out gritty and realistic, but gradually became more over-the-top to the point where [[Film/{{Rocky}} the first movie]] won an Oscar for best picture and [[Film/RockyV the fifth]], after a drawn-out decline, is generally regarded as terrible. After a 16-year SequelGap, [[Film/RockyBalboa a sixth entry]] was made, and successfully took the series back to its roots, as well as providing closure to Rocky's career.
** Parodied by a sight gag in ''Film/AirplaneIITheSequel'', where you can see a movie poster showing a 90-year old man in boxing trunks and gloves, with the caption "''Rocky XXXVIII''". Also parodied in ''Film/{{Spaceballs}}'' (where the whole Trope is poked fun at), where a newscaster claims the film critic will be critiquing "Rocky Five... ''Thousand''."
* The ''Film/AustinPowers'' series, once it became insanely popular (i.e. by the first sequel), started becoming a caricature of the first movie, with its VulgarHumor and especially their tendency to take gags that were most memorable from the previous movie and exaggerating them in the next. The first was intended to be an AffectionateParody of the movies Mike Myers used to watch with his father. After the first became a cultural phenomenon on home video, more writers were brought in to create something DenserAndWackier. By the time the third movie came around, the series was repeatedly breaking the FourthWall and just generally making a mockery of itself. Still, some fans regret that the token CharacterDevelopment Austin went through in the first movie [[AesopAmnesia had to be systematically scrapped]] for the sequels to work.
* Each ''Franchise/DieHard'' film after the first became slightly less believable than its predecessor, resulting in John [=McClane=] being MadeOfIron by ''[[Film/LiveFreeOrDieHard Die Hard 4]]'', and nobody ever bleeding, despite the original's highly praised realism (though the [[{{Bowdlerise}} decision to lower to PG-13]] is to blame for the BloodlessCarnage). The plot is as convoluted as in the campier Bond films, as well as the marriage he was trying to save in the first film getting only a cursory mention (as being long over). Though up until 2013, only the fourth movie entered ContestedSequel status for being the apex of SerialEscalation. Then came ''Film/AGoodDayToDieHard'', a fifth movie which did not split the fanbase regarding doing everything wrong. Lampshaded twice in ''Film/DieHard2: Die Harder'': ''"Another basement, another elevator--how can the same shit happen to the same guy twice?"''
* ''Film/{{Friday}}'' was a great comedy with good performances from Ice Cube as Craig and Chris Tucker as Smokey, the latter of whom is widely thought to be the funniest part of the film. A sequel, ''Next Friday'', was released in 2000 and is generally considered inferior - mainly due to the lack of Smokey (Tucker had chosen to do ''Film/RushHour'' instead and had become a born-again Christian after making ''Film/MoneyTalks''), who was replaced by Mike Epps as Day-Day - but the movie still has its defenders. 2002's ''Friday After Next'', however, has been almost universally panned.
* The first ''Film/ReturnOfTheLivingDead'' is an almost perfect mix of black comedy and horror and is also a {{deconstruction}} and/or AffectionateParody of Romero's "Dead" series. It's a CultClassic. [[Film/ReturnOfTheLivingDeadPartII The second]] uses a lot more comedy than the first which makes it less scary. [[Film/ReturnOfTheLivingDeadIII The third]] disregards continuity from the first two and makes it DarkerAndEdgier. More scary but without the charm. The 4th and 5th aren't well regarded at all.
* The ''Franchise/{{Godzilla}}'' films often fall under this considering there are [[LongRunner 27 sequels]] to the [[Film/{{Gojira}} original Japanese film]] and [[Film/{{Godzilla 1998}} two]] [[Film/{{Godzilla 2014}} remakes]]. The first film is regarded as a classic and a few sequels are beloved by the fans. However, many films (especially the ones made in the 1960s-1970s) are considered to be SoBadItsGood.
* Two trivia questions. '''1.''' How many sequels to Creator/JimCarrey movies has Jim Carrey appeared in? (Answer: 1 - ''Film/AceVentura: When Nature Calls''.) '''2.''' How many sequels to Jim Carrey movies has he ''not'' appeared in? (Answer: 4 - ''Film/SonOfTheMask'', ''Film/{{Dumb and Dumber}}er'', ''Film/EvanAlmighty'' and ''Ace Ventura Jr.'') Jim Carrey so thoroughly detested working on ''When Nature Calls'' that he declared that he would never do a sequel ever again (as for ''Film/BatmanForever'', that both predated the ''Ace Ventura'' sequel and didn't follow on from one of his films). He entered [[Literature/ASeriesOfUnfortunateEvents one movie]] because it would be a series he'd enjoy doing... but [[DevelopmentHell it'll be hard to have a sequel]]. Carrey also plans on [[http://www.cnn.com/2012/04/03/showbiz/movies/dumb-dumber-2-farrelly-carrey-ew/index.html breaking]] this [[http://movies.yahoo.com/news/jim-carrey-back-dumb-dumber-film-jeff-daniels-232440106.html rule]] for [[Film/DumbAndDumberTo a proper sequel]] to ''Dumb and Dumber''.
* ''Film/ShockTreatment'' was originally planned as a sequel to ''Film/TheRockyHorrorPictureShow'', but was re-written as SomethingCompletelyDifferent after Creator/TimCurry refused to be typecast as Frank. The second movie features Brad and Janet, but the events of ''Rocky Horror'' are never mentioned. Taken on its own, it has its merits, but proved a massive disappointment for people expecting an actual sequel. Point of clarity: "Shock Treatment" was not the original plan for a sequel, that being "Revenge of the Old Queen" which never ended up happening. ''Shock Treatment'' did keep Brad and Janet [[Series/DoctorWho (having regenerated)]], and some of the subtext to their relationship troubles can be taken to have been caused by the first movie. Also, Judge Oliver Wright probably was the Criminologist, making Charles Gray the only actor to continue playing the same character ([[WildMassGuessing unless you consider the [=McKinleys=] to actually be Riff and Magenta returned to Earth for some strange reason]]... also, Bert Shnict was supposedly Dr. Scott in earlier versions of the script). Besides, [[MemeticMutation it's not a sequel, it's an equal]].
* ''Film/TheKarateKid''
** Initially averted, then played straight. ''The Karate Kid Part II'' was different enough from the first movie to avoid falling into this trope, but ''The Karate Kid Part III'' fell here ''hard''. [[FranchiseKiller And don't get us started on]] ''The Next Karate Kid''.
** The original film received [[ContinuityReboot a remake in 2010]], which aside from the basic plot layout and the name is a ''Karate Kid'' film InNameOnly. As being set in China, there is little if any ''karate'' (being a predominately Japanese practice); it's now ''kung fu'', taught by Creator/JackieChan, yet it's still called ''The Karate Kid'' in the US. [[note]]To the filmmakers' credit, the original title was changed to ''The Kung Fu Dream'' in China and ''Best Kid'' in Japan and South Korea (though the original film also was renamed as well when released in those territories) and cast members on set referred to the film as ''The Kung Fu Kid''. Sony Pictures was also considering changing the title, but one of the producers for the film (who was also a producer for the original film) insisted on keeping the name.[[/note]] Despite this, it's considered a good film.
* In the ''Franchise/StarWars'' series, this started with ''Film/ReturnOfTheJedi'', which wasn't considered quite as good as the [[Film/ANewHope two]] [[Film/TheEmpireStrikesBack movies]] before it, but still good. Then came ''pre''quelitis, with ''Film/ThePhantomMenace'' and ''Film/AttackOfTheClones'' widely considered the two weakest films in the series. ''Film/RevengeOfTheSith'' (the final film in the series), however, was generally thought to be [[SurprisinglyImprovedSequel an improvement]], but that's not saying much given the competition.
* ''Franchise/EvilDead''
** Averted by the movies, which stayed great. There's a case that they even got better as they went. Though if you pay attention at the beginning of the second movie, one notices several elements were rehashed in the exposition.
** WordOfGod was that rights issues kept them from re-using footage from the original movie, so they had to rewrite and re-film the HowWeGotHere opening sequence from scratch.
* ''Film/TheFly II''. No [[Creator/JeffGoldblum Goldblum]]. No Davis. No [[Creator/DavidCronenberg Cronenberg]]. No point.
* The ''Film/{{Scanners}}'' franchise. The original film was a landmark in sci-fi horror, and had David Cronenberg and Creator/MichaelIronside doing some of their best work... but then came a pair of DirectToVideo sequels that stopped going for shock value and settled on B-movie cheese focusing on various scanners' unsuccessful attempts to start a revolution, backed by shoddy effects and weak performances by the main cast. This later produced a spinoff series, ''Film/ScannerCop'', which also went DTV and just had more of the same.
* Just ask ''Franchise/{{Highlander}}'' fans about the sequels, and you'll be told, "There '''should have been''' only one!"
* ''Film/ThePinkPanther'' movies escalated the slapstick comedy, wacky disguises, and whatnot quite a bit in the 1970s entries, even bringing in science fiction elements in ''The Pink Panther Strikes Again''. There were also new female leads in each entry, whether they became Inspector Clouseau's love interest or not. The series also hit FranchiseZombie status with ''Revenge of...'', which United Artists commissioned for summer 1978. Still, they were all hits -- the franchise jumped the rails in TheEighties when director-writer-producer Creator/BlakeEdwards attempted to continue the series in spite of the death of Creator/PeterSellers, who played Clouseau. It turned out that without [[JustHereForGodzilla Sellers]], people weren't interested in more of the same hijinks.
* ''Film/RoboCop1987'' (and its sequel, ''Film/RoboCop2'') were violent, edgy and full of satire on mid-[[TheEighties 80's]] corporate culture. While the second film was derided for focusing too much on shock value and having less of the satirical humor, the franchise was still doing pretty well for itself (an animated series was created during this time, and the films performed very well at the box office). Unfortunately, studio executives (likely smelling [[MerchandiseDriven several marketing opportunities]]) toned down the violence in the third film, ''Film/RoboCop3'', to appeal to younger viewers. While there were some elements that remained from the previous films (Basil Poledouris' score, a return to the silver armor from the first film, most of the [[AnyoneCanDie surviving cast members]] returning and some of the satire), the end result was too juvenile for most audiences, and the film bombed both financially and critically. Although there were attempts to resurrect the franchise over the years (a mid-90's Canadian-made TV series bombed after one season, a late-90's [[AnimatedAdaptation cartoon]] was critically panned and a miniseries [=[=][[CaliforniaDoubling also filmed in Canada]][=]=] was made-for-TV, a [[Film/RoboCop2014 2014 reboot]] was seen as SoOkayItsAverage), it never really flew with audiences.
* ''Film/InterviewWithTheVampire'' vs. ''Film/QueenOfTheDamned''. The two movies were made over ten years apart, with completely different studios, directors, and actors. The themes and tones of the movies were vastly different, and no references were made to characters or plots from the first film, but it was explicitly set afterwards. Both movies being relatively self-contained, [=QotD=] was less of a sequel and more like the closest thing to a ContinuityReboot without actually doing so.
* ''Film/{{Grease}}'' is a hugely popular [[TheFifties 50s nostalgia]] musical funfest. ''Film/{{Grease 2}}'' has only a few characters returning from the original (Frenchie, Eugene, the principal and her assistant, and the coach. All brief roles.) and introduces Sandy's cousin Michael in some weak attempt to connect the two movies. The plot is a GenderFlip of the first movie's plot and the results are... well, just say [[FanonDiscontinuity most Grease fans like to pretend it doesn't exist]]. Incidentally, ''Grease 2'' unwittingly stopped the franchise from experiencing what would likely be more sequelitis. There were plans for two more movies and a TV series, but they were scrapped after ''Grease 2'' flopped.
* ''Film/{{Saw}}''
** Fans debate whether the series has suffered from Sequelitis, and if so, at what point. This argument is closely tied to the one over Jigsaw's successors. Some fans believe that the series should've stopped at the third movie, which acted as a solid conclusion to what had been until then a trilogy. Others feel that the fourth movie was still good, but that the fifth was the series' [[JumpingTheShark jump-the-shark]] moment. Oddly enough, even they usually agree that the sixth film was a surprising improvement over the fifth. Opinion on the seventh (and final) film is too wildly varied to pin down any fan consensus. A few believe that there shouldn't have been any sequels, or that only the second film counts as a proper continuation.
** Honestly, the series '''[[FranchiseZombie was]]''' supposed to stop at the third film, but when Lionsgate saw how much money it was bringing in, they demanded that the script to ''Saw 3'' be changed to allow more movies to be made. The suckiness of ''Saw 4'' and ''5'' and sequelitis in general are the fault of ExecutiveMeddling.
* The ''Film/JuOn''/''Film/TheGrudge'' film series, which began life as Takashi Shimizu's V-Cinema TV special but is now up to a second special (which recycled most of the first), two theatrical Japanese films, two Japanese shorts, an American remake, and two American sequels. Special honors to the first American film because it reenacted, almost scene-for-scene in some cases, the exact same plot as the first Japanese theatrical movie, though somehow keeps the main star/character (Creator/SarahMichelleGellar) alive through the end.
* ''Film/TheRing'' franchise has suffered from this disease. While each of the three "original" films has been well-received (Japanese, American, and Korean, respectively), their sequels have met with various degrees of scorn and failure to the point that the very first sequel, a film adaptation of the novel's follow-up ''Spiral'', is so bad it's considered CanonDiscontinuity by the Japanese producers, who went on to make ''The Ring 2'' instead.
* The original ''Film/{{Species}}'' was a decent (if not spectacular) sci-fi horror film that had Natasha Henstridge running around (mostly naked, to boot) while a team of scientists tried to stop her. [[Film/SpeciesII A sequel]] was inexplicably made five years later that combined a nonsensical plot (the scientists clone the original alien, then act shocked when she escapes to mate with another member of her species), cheesy effects and a cast that appeared to be going through the motions, and the following TV movie, ''Film/SpeciesIII'', was made by filmmakers who thought the entire franchise was composed of gratuitous violence and sex. The fourth film, ''Film/SpeciesTheAwakening'', seems to be an odd inversion, however - most viewers seem to regard it as a decent B-movie.
* ''Franchise/{{Terminator}}'': The [[Film/TheTerminator first]] was iconic. The [[Film/Terminator2JudgmentDay second]], one of the [[EvenBetterSequel single greatest sequels of all time]]. The [[Film/Terminator3RiseOfTheMachines third]] was one hell of a ContestedSequel, and resulted in a [[Series/TheSarahConnorChronicles TV series]] being made on the principle that T3 [[AlternateContinuity never happened]]. The [[Film/TerminatorSalvation fourth]], while visually impressive, lacked substance and ended up being an underperformer at the box office, which then led to the [[CreatorKiller death of its production company]] and [[ChannelHop the rights being sold off]]. On June 2013, Creator/ArnoldSchwarzenegger and the producers officially confirmed that a fifth movie would come out in 2015 and it would be the first in a stand-alone trilogy. The movie, so far called "Terminator: Genesis", apparently retcons the events of the first four movies with time-travel.
* A few ''Franchise/JamesBond'' films suffered from this, specially ''Film/YouOnlyLiveTwice'' (the [[StrictlyFormula formula]] is starting to age), ''Film/DiamondsAreForever'', ''Film/TheManWithTheGoldenGun'', ''Film/{{Moonraker}}'' (all three for being overtly stupid), ''Film/AViewToAKill'' (Bond is too old, girl is annoying, plot is a rehash), ''Film/DieAnotherDay'' (silliness, dodgy special effects), and ''Film/QuantumOfSolace'' (too serious for its own good, convoluted plot).
* ''Franchise/StarTrek'' has the "[[StarTrekMovieCurse odd-number curse]]" - [[Film/StarTrekTheMotionPicture the first]] (which can be considered a sequel to [[Series/StarTrekTheOriginalSeries the series]]), [[Film/StarTrekIIITheSearchForSpock third]] (This one in actually alright, but still not as good as 2), [[Film/StarTrekVTheFinalFrontier fifth]], [[Film/StarTrekGenerations seventh]] and [[Film/StarTrekInsurrection ninth]] films are considered letdowns. It was broken when the [[Film/StarTrekNemesis tenth]] was a disappointment, leading to a [[Film/StarTrek wildly successful reboot]] (though [[http://www.televisionwithoutpity.com/mwop/moviefile/2009/05/galaxy-quest-best-star-trek-mo.php some try]] to make the curse still work by considering the AffectionateParody ''Film/GalaxyQuest'' the tenth movie)
* ''Film/BeCool''. The sequel to ''Film/GetShorty'' was loosely based on the novel that was the sequel to the original ''Get Shorty'' novel, but was so crammed full of {{actor allusion}}s, [[TheCameo cameos]] and industry in-jokes (for both film and music) that it had none of the spark of the first movie.
* The sequel to ''Film/MissCongeniality'' suffers from sequelitis, as many a fan (girl) was probably very disappointed that the second film did not see the return of [[spoiler:Benjamin Bratt as Eric Matthews.]]
* Averted in the ''Mad Max'' series. ''Film/MadMax'' was a very well-received, if slightly Aussie-indie revenge tale. The first sequel, ''Mad Max 2: Film/TheRoadWarrior'' not only defined the post-apocalyptic genre but is universally hailed as one of the best movies from the '80s. It's even one of just a handful of movies that, as of this writing, holds a 100% Fresh rating on Website/RottenTomatoes. The second sequel, ''Film/MadMaxBeyondThunderdome'' was nowhere near as good (and had Tina Turner's infamous hair), but still a solid movie. A third (and fourth!) sequel, ''Film/MadMaxFuryRoad'' and ''Furasia'' have been greenlit after years of DevelopmentHell, with Creator/TomHardy playing the lead character.
* ''Film/{{Carrie|1976}}'' is considered one of the landmark horror films of TheSeventies, and its success helped to establish Creator/StephenKing, the writer of the book it was based on, as one of the biggest names in horror literature. Twenty-three years later comes ''Film/TheRageCarrie2'', a film that, while most definitely enjoyable in a certain way, fails to hold a candle to the original, and was a box office disappointment. Part of this may stem from the fact that ''The Rage'' was [[DolledUpInstallment originally written as a separate film]] called ''The Curse'', and was turned into a ''Carrie'' sequel presumably after somebody saw [[FollowTheLeader the obvious similarities]] between the two films.
* Both the original ''Film/KingKong'' and the 1976 remake were followed by forgettable sequels (''The Son of Kong'' and ''Film/KingKongLives'', respectively).
* The original ''Film/ChildrenOfTheCorn1984'' film has suffered from an attack of Sequelitis, spawning seven gradually worsening sequels - ''[[Film/ChildrenOfTheCornIITheFinalSacrifice The Final Sacrifice]], [[Film/ChildrenOfTheCornIIIUrbanHarvest Urban Harvest]], [[Film/ChildrenOfTheCornIVTheGathering The Gathering]], [[Film/ChildrenOfTheCornVFieldsOfTerror Fields of Terror]], [[Film/ChildrenOfTheCorn666IsaacsReturn 666: Isaac's Return]], [[Film/ChildrenOfTheCornRevelation Revelation]]'' and ''[[Film/ChildrenOfTheCornGenesis Genesis]]''.
* Both ''Film/TheAmityvilleHorror'' and ''Film/TheHowling'' had an unusually high number of sequels, most of them direct-to-video. With ''Amityville'', it also extended to the book series, which eventually became pure fiction, and got progressively weirder and surreal.
* ''Film/{{Hellraiser}}'' and ''Film/HellboundHellraiserII'' are usually seen as pretty good, while ''Film/HellraiserIIIHellOnEarth'' is often looked down upon for being more "[[ItsPopularNowItSucks mainstream]]" and {{slasher| movie}}y. [[Film/HellraiserBloodline The fourth]] tried returning to the series roots, but suffered severely from ExecutiveMeddling, resulting in an extreme case of WhatCouldHaveBeen. Mileage tends to vary on the direct-to-video films though ''Film/HellraiserHellworld'' seems to be the only near-universally disliked one (consensus saying it could've been a decent standalone film, but as a ''Franchise/{{Hellraiser}}'' film, it falls flat).
* The first ''Film/LethalWeapon'' is generally considered the best, despite making far less at the box office than its sequels. ''Film/LethalWeapon2'' lacked some of the tension, but traded it in for a lot of gags making it funnier. The [[Film/LethalWeapon3 third one]] seemed to get a little more tired and the [[Film/LethalWeapon4 fourth one]] gives us fake-looking sharks, {{anvilicious}} (and hypocritical) political sentiments and a sympathy-pouch-wearing Rene Russo who's supposed to be 9-months pregnant yet able to fight martial arts-trained mooks.
* ''Film/OhGod'' is generally remembered as a quirky little Carl Reiner comedy, while the next two movies are ignored almost to the point of being FanonDiscontinuity. The changes in creators definitely didn't help.
* ''Film/CaddyshackII''. Chevy Chase was the only star returning for the sequel, which lost all of what made the first movie funny.
* The first ''Film/{{Speed}}'' movie was a huge commercial and critical success. The sequel was almost universally panned while barely avoiding being a box-office flop.
* Shortly after Diane Thomas agreed to write a sequel to her first screenplay ''Film/RomancingTheStone'', she was killed in a car crash. The studio went ahead with the sequel and created ''Film/TheJewelOfTheNile'', a film so bad that one college screenwriting professor made an exam out of pointing out all the flaws in it.
* ''Film/FinalDestination'', the first of which was as "final" as ''Franchise/FinalFantasy''.
* First played straight, then turned on its head, by the ''Film/{{Transformers}}'' movies. Critical consensus has the first being nothing special and the [[Film/TransformersRevengeOfTheFallen second downright bad]], while the [[Film/TransformersDarkOfTheMoon third]] [[ContestedSequel has no]] [[BrokenBase real consensus]]. The first movie was an okay sci-fi action-thriller that gave a semi-realistic tone to the franchise. The second movie lost that touch and became an over the top action movie with tons of [[RefugeInAudacity unneeded adult humor]] (such as the pot smoking mom, the [[UnfortunateImplications racist robots]] and mechanical testicles) and a generic plot. Finally, the third movie tried to please everyone and lowered the screen time for the robots (even though they are the title characters), made the first half almost a sort of parody (which led to the return of Sam's parents who by now are nothing more than TheArtifact) and the second half a sci-fi war movie that [[DroppedABridgeOnHim dropped bridges on many characters]].
* Both the ''Film/DirtyHarry'' series and the ''Film/DeathWish'' series suffer heavily from this, getting sillier and sillier with each installment.
* The second ''Film/DungeonsAndDragons'' movie is often said to have inverted this trope in spite of being released as a {{SyFy Channel Original|Movie}}, which is normally a step worse than DirectToVideo. It helps that the first was so campy and fargone from what D&D was (or was expected to be be) that the few fans left felt it had nowhere left to go but up.
* The original ''Film/MenInBlack'' was well received by both critics and audiences, but the sequel (while still being a hit at the box office) was generally considered to be a dud. After a decade in DevelopmentHell, ''Men In Black III'' was released, and managed to not only be another big hit at the box office, but got very good reviews from the critics as well. The biggest symptoms are the OneSceneWonder talking pug being promoted to supporting character and Agent K being pulled right back out of retirement because the dynamic between him and J was just too good in the first. Where the first had fresh and bizarre aliens, a lot of those same aliens appear again in this one because they tested well.
* The original ''Film/PlanetOfTheApes'' had four sequels - most entering FranchiseZombie; Charlton Heston even asked the second to [[spoiler:end with Earth being destroyed]] [[TorchTheFranchiseAndRun so it would be the last]], but didn't work - with varying levels of quality, mostly due to lowering budgets, culminating in the terrible ''Battle for the Planet of the Apes''. It only continued afterwards in TV series and reimaginings. The third movie, ''Escape from the Planet of the Apes'', considered the best of the sequels, was the only one deliberately written open-ended with a sequel in mind. The fourth movie, ''Conquest of the Planet of the Apes'', would have been the last (APJ was already considering a TV series), but profits were good enough to justify a fifth movie.
* ''Film/AirBud''. From a touching story about a dog escaping an abusive owner, helping a young boy find his place, and leading a small-town sports team to victory, to a wacky comedy about talking puppies.
* ''Film/TheMummyTrilogy'''s third film is widely considered to be inferior to the first (a very fun ''Franchise/IndianaJones'' style romp) and second (the first film on steroids) films. Probably not helped by the seven year gap between the second and third films - it badly misses Creator/RachelWeisz, who was replaced by Creator/MariaBello (Weisz's and Fraser's chemistry in the first two films is obvious whereas Fraser and Bello are totally unconvincing as a couple). The omission of Imhotep (Creator/ArnoldVosloo) and Ardeth Bay (Creator/OdedFehr) robs the film of those actors' abilities to stretch beyond the schlock setting and craft believable and human characters. Creator/JetLi is criminally underused in the Dragon Emperor role, spending most of his screen time as an CGI dragon. Michelle Yeoh is wasted in her role also and the sequence with the yetis stretches willing suspension of disbelief too far. Critically panned with poor fan reaction,s it made LESS money than either of the first two despite seven years worth of inflation and has probably [[FranchiseKiller killed the main franchise]] (though the ''Film/TheScorpionKing'' spinoff series continues).
* ''The Trial of Billy Jack'': The first two movies in the series, ''The Born Losers'' and ''Billy Jack'' are both awesome. ''Trial of Billy Jack'', on the other hand, is up there with ''Film/HighlanderIITheQuickening'' and ''Film/BatmanAndRobin'' as one of the worst sequels ever made.
* The 2009 comedy ''Film/TheHangover'', quickly became regarded as a well-done, raunchy comedy, making $467 million of a $35 million budget. A sequel was made only two years later. Unfortunately, [[RecycledScript it played out as a carbon copy of the first film]], only far more [[DarkerAndEdgier dark and raunchy]] without any of the surprise. While it managed to make even more money than the first, many people didn't like it for the above reasons. A third film came out another two years later, doing worse critically than even the second, despite trying not to rehash the same concept.
* ''Film/KickAss2'' was generally not as well received as [[Film/KickAss the original]]--[[CriticalDissonance by critics, at least. Fans and the general audience seem to be reacting more favorably to it]].
* ''Film/{{Beethoven}}'' was a modest hit when it came out, but wasn't anything particularly special. However, the success of the film apparently was enough to give Hollywood an excuse to turn it into a franchise, resulting in a film series that became more and more out of touch with the original with every installment. While ''Beethoven's 2nd'' stayed true to the original formula with its then-familiar cast and Beethoven still at his usual canine antics, ''Beethoven's 3rd'' saw Beethoven transferred to a new family headed by father Judge Reinhold replacing Charles Grodin, with increasingly uninspired villains and stories appearing in each installment. By the time of Beethoven's '''sixth''' film appearance, the series was rebooted and retooled and then the '''seventh''' installment, ''Beethoven's Christmas Adventure''' had Beethoven ''talking'', finally doing away with what little resemblance the sequels still bore to the original. There was also a short-lived ''animated series''. This hound knows no bounds.
* ''Film/SpyKids'' proved to be a very successful family film and thus spawned its own franchise; unfortunately, each new installment has done worse than the one that came before. While ''Spy Kids 2'' proved to be a decent movie despite this, ''Spy Kids 3D: Game Over'' quickly came to be considered the series' jump the shark moment; however, this did not stop Robert Rodriquez from producing ''Spy Kids: All the Time in the World'' in 2011, ''eight years'' after the conclusion of the original trilogy, with rumors of a fifth film on the way despite the fourth film's poor critical and box office reception.
* The ''Film/HaroldAndKumar'' series is seen this way by some. The first is well loved, though technically its box office performance was the smallest of the three, but the sequel gets a lot of criticism for being too political even though it has the highest box office performance of the trilogy. However, the third film, ''A Very Harold & Kumar'' Christmas has gotten better reviews than the previous movie mostly because it avoids the politics that plagued ''Guantanamo Bay''.
* ''Film/MuppetsMostWanted'' starts with [[http://youtu.be/DAl08h_KW8A a song about sequels]] that hangs a lampshade on this trope. ''"And everybody knows that the sequel's never quite as good."''
* ''Film/TwentyTwoJumpStreet'' parodies this in the CreditsGag with increasingly wacky sequel ideas. The concept of the film being a retread of the first one is one that's explored.
* ''Film/BabyGeniuses'' of all things also falls under this trope; in spite of the original film's critical thrashing, its modest box office success led to a sequel entitled ''Superbabies: Baby Geniuses 2'', now commonly regarded as one of the worst films out there. Plans for a third movie seemed to fall through after its original director Bob Clark died in 2007, only for a new director to take the helm and resume the series with the third released as direct-to-video, with others forthcoming and all focusing on the same premise with the same subpar mouth effects and production values to boot.
* If there's one thing worse than a highly anticipated movie stuck in DevelopmentHell, it's when the producers, directors and stars try to rush to get it out of said hell and completed, which is why the sequel to ''Film/BasicInstinct'' was condemned by critics and [[FranchiseKiller ruined any chance of a third movie.]] The box office gross didn't even cover Sharon Stone's salary for the movie.
* ''Film/TheConjuring'' fared well with critics, while its prequel ''Film/{{Annabelle}}'' released the following year was reviled by some and considered SoOkayItsAverage by others. Despite this, its marketing campaign caused it to quickly become the second highest-grossing film in theaters two weeks after its release behind the better-received ''Film/GoneGirl''.
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* Creator/PiersAnthony's series of ''Literature/{{Xanth}}'' novels has reached over 30 novels and currently consists [[RunningTheAsylum almost entirely of puns and plot developments suggested by readers]].
* Most sequels to works in the public domain are awful, or at least so inferior to the originals that fans will invariably be disappointed. One reason for this is that only the very best books survive the test of time: perhaps a sequel to Elizabeth Gaskell's ''North and South'' would be comparable to the original, but any sequel to ''Literature/PrideAndPrejudice'' would pale in comparison. Another is that anyone, no matter how dreadful a writer they may be, can publish a sequel to a public domain work. That's not possible for a work under copyright, where the copyright holder can prevent the publication of any unauthorized sequel.
** Susan Kay's ''Phantom''
*** It is generally considered to be pretty good by the phandom, and is even accepted as (admittedly dubious) canon by some. The sequel to the ''Theatre/ThePhantomOfTheOpera'' musical may not be so lucky (see Theater below).
*** Even Kay suffers from her share of criticism. While it's generally agreed that the first two-thirds of her book (actually a prologue to the original story describing Erik's backstory) are well done, a lot of fans strongly dislike the way she portrays the Erik/Christine relationship and its aftermath in the final third.
** Stephen Baxter's ''The Time Ships'', a sequel to ''Literature/TheTimeMachine'' is considered quite good. Largely because it averts the 'anyone can do it' part; Baxter is a fairly major SF writer, and was authorised by the Wells estate.
* Depending on who you ask, Creator/JimButcher's Literature/TheDresdenFiles are either this or a complete inversion. Fans who prefer the idea of a hard-boiled detective who is also a wizard detest the later books in the series that they believe has "devolved" into one long, disjointed, MythArc involving Vampire power brokerage, Fey wars and manipulations behind the scenes of the White Council, all while needlessly adding LoadsAndLoadsOfCharacters. Others believe that with the introduction of those plot arcs are what caused the series to [[GrowingTheBeard grow the beard]] and the first few books focusing on Harry's wizard/detective business, and chiefly show Harry solving the plot of the book by himself, are forgettable pulp fantasy.
* ''RiverGod'', by Creator/WilburSmith, was quite interesting and different to mainstream fiction. The sequel ''Warlock'' went from the engaging and amusing first-person narrative style to third-person, which allowed for us to see scenes from several characters' perspectives, but mostly allowed for gratuitous shoehorning- in of sex scenes to pad out the already inflated-but-largely-empty plot. ''The Quest'' has almost completely dispensed with any ties to the Ancient Egypt pantheon, instead substituting some vaguely New-Agey mumbo-jumbo universally-recognised quasi-religious belief system.
* James P. Hogan's ''Giants'' series. It's not as if the sequels are bad - it's just that they tend to detract from the previous books. The first book, ''Inherit the Stars'' is the story of a bunch of scientists trying to wrap their brains around a massive enigma. The second one, ''The Gentle Giants of Ganymede'' brings in aliens, but is fairly similar. The third one, ''Giants' Star'' alters the style by bringing in conflict.
** The third also adds the idea that [[spoiler:the reason people are evil is because evil time-travellers have made them that way]]. The fourth expands this to [[spoiler:the evil time-travellers were actually taken over by aliens who lived inside a computer.]]
** And the books {{Ret Con}}s things established in the previous ones to an annoying degree.
* The sequel novels in ''Literature/TheBourneSeries''.
** They contain, in the first addition, [[spoiler:[[DroppedABridgeOnHim Dropped A Bridge On]] two of the most important characters in the first twenty pages, a character who is canonically supposed to be dead suffering from ParentalAbandonment, ComicBookTime, and much, much, much, much CanonDefilement]]. The second addition is no less {{egregious}}, including [[spoiler:[[DroppedABridgeOnHim Dropping A Bridge On Marie In Between Books]], having Bourne abandon all common sense, ridiculously atrocious pseudoscience, almost downright offensive portrayals of Washington, DC, and Bourne suddenly becoming an expert on everything, including knowing every language from Arabic to an obscure Ethiopian dialect, when in canon he's just supposed to be a professor of Oriental Studies. Seriously. Also, he carries around a Playstation 3 for no other reason than [[RuleOfCool it looks cool]].]]
** ''The Bourne Deception'' is plain humiliation. Bourne visits a Balinese shaman, sleeps with a woman who was formerly his friend's girlfriend, and mentions virtually nothing about his children. In The Bourne Ultimatum he is 50, and that is when Soviet Union still existed; the book mentions the timeline had passed 2005 since Indonesian Bali Bombing. The new author transforms this tortured amnesiac soul into [[ComicBookTime ageless James Bond-wannabe]].
* Laurell K. Hamilton's ''AnitaBlake'' series started as a quite cool detective series, but degraded from book five onward.
* Creator/UrsulaKLeGuin completed the original ''Literature/EarthseaTrilogy'' in 1974. Sixteen years later, she wrote a fourth book ''Tehanu: The Last Book of Earthsea'', which suffers from MoodWhiplash, WriterOnBoard and a lack of plot. And it wasn't even the last book.
* The feminist science fiction writer Suzette Elgin conceived Native Tongue with a lot innovative ways to fuse feminism, SF, and linguistics. In the novel, the women use a language she invented to express difference experiences more suited for woman. The novel is excellent, the two sequels on the other hand are chaotic jumbles that create more loose ends then they tie up.
* ''Literature/GoneWithTheWind''
** 55 years after its publication, ''Scarlett'', an "authorized" sequel appeared. Critics were not impressed.
** Another sequel, ''Rhett Butler's People'' also appeared. The critics panned that one too.
* Terry Goodkind's ''SwordOfTruth'' series started putting more and more focus on [[MagiBabble magical history]], [[AuthorTract Objectivist philosophy]] and the main character's role as a leader after the second book. The common opinion on this site is that it JumpedTheShark, with each book getting worse and worse. Goodkind gave the last three books a rather good attempt to emulate the first two's plot and style, at least.
* RobertAsprin's ''PhulesCompany'' series; the first 2 books are decent, the rest can go rot. But this is partly the fault of RealLifeWritesThePlot issues. His ''MythAdventures'' series, while maintaining a high standard for quite a while, has also begun to sag for the same reason.
* The ''Rocheworld'' series by Robert Forward likewise has a great first book, a moderately good second, and utter crap dragging along behind.
* The ''Literature/{{Ringworld}}'' series by Creator/LarryNiven.
** It has succumbed to this as Niven has caught RetCon Fever and begun tearing down the conventions of his own universe.
** ''Ringworld's Children'' retcons ... practically ''everything established about the Known Space universe''. (OK, that's a slight exaggeration, but still.)
* Most(?) people have the latter half of Creator/StephenKing's ''Franchise/TheDarkTower'' series falling into this trope. It became especially evident when he had elements of ''DT'' leak into his non-''DT'' novels (especially ''Literature/HeartsInAtlantis'' and ''Literature/{{Insomnia}}''). Even if you do like the later installments for their writing or whatever, it definitely shows by the end that King didn't actually know where he was going with the story to begin with and had to just come up with something without the benefit of having planned in advance.
* Andrzej Sapkowski named it as one of major SF&F plagues in his ''No Gold in the Grey Mountains'' article... and didn't forgot to add a HypocrisyNod.
--> I myself, while considering myself an attentive inspector of the news of fantastics, sometimes don't buy the freshly released sixth book of [[TheEpic a saga]] because my attention somehow failed to register previous five. But much, much more frequently I decline to buy tome one if its cover grins with a warning: 'First Book Of the Magic Shit Cycle'.
* Creator/OrsonScottCard with his ''Ender'' and ''Shadow'' saga (the first of each series being parallel, and the rest a split following different characters). While the sequel to ''Literature/EndersGame'', ''Literature/SpeakerForTheDead'', is widely considered to be just as good if not even better than the first, the final two in that saga, ''Literature/{{Xenocide}}'' and ''Literature/ChildrenOfTheMind'' are overly pretentious and bloated philosophical works that could have easily been cut into one shorter volume. They also leave on a horrible cliffhanger that rivals that of ''[[{{Dune}} Chapterhouse: Dune]]'' which Card has had 13 years to end, but instead written a midquel between the first and second books as well as a short story collection. The Shadow series fares even worse, with the first book being equal to or better than the parallel ''Ender's Game'' but taking a steep decline starting with the second. While not as bloated in narrative as the Ender saga's latter books, the Shadow series instead destroys most of the mystery behind Peter's unification of Earth by making him into nothing but an annoying schoolchild, and doing absolutely nothing. A 4th sequel is planned, thus putting the series at 11 books. The irony of it all? Some copies of ''Speaker for the Dead'' are prefaced with an introduction that talks about how reluctant the author was to revisit Ender just for a ''second'' book.
* Creator/RogerZelazny's ''Literature/TheChroniclesOfAmber'' series
** Don't talk to fans about the sequel series focusing on Merlin. Just don't.
** And don't even dare mention the John Betancourt knockoffs, officially sanctioned or not.
* ''Literature/{{Redwall}}'', partially because the plot that worked for the first five or six books gets a bit stale when it's [[RecycledPremise pulled out for the twentieth time]]. It does not help that the {{Wacky Wayside Tribe}}s started to replace "plot relevance" with "annoying habits" around the time of "The Pearls of Lutra".
* The sequels to Creator/ArthurCClarke's ''Literature/RendezvousWithRama'' (which are actually written primarily by Gentry Lee) suffer from this.
* Creator/GregoryBenford once wrote a sequel to Creator/ArthurCClarke's amazing ''Against the Fall of Night'', called ''Beyond the Fall of Night''. It's awful, primarily because ''Against'' [[spoiler:sets up a massive battle between good and evil with a disembodied intelligence called Vanamonde battling the evil Mad Mind]]. ''Benford'' completely ignores that and makes Beyond be about a very strange track of evolution and [[spoiler:Vanamonde barely appears right at the end, and is almost completely superfluous, having the Mad Mind being defeated by a specific branch of humanity]]. ''Against the Fall of Night'' is loved by science fiction fans, but ''Beyond the Fall of Night'' tends to be hated.
* The ''Series/DoctorWho Literature/PastDoctorAdventures'' novel ''The Quantum Archangel''. A sequel to "[[Recap/DoctorWhoS9E5TheTimeMonster The Time Monster]]", which the author claimed was intentionally "the ultimate in {{fanwank}}", it's basically "The Time Monster" ONLY BIGGER! So the TOMTIT machine that affects space-time is replaced by a more advanced version called the TITAN Array that affects Calabi-Yau space (the "extra" dimensions in superstring theory). TOMTIT was secretly created by the Master to trap a Chronovore; TITAN is comandeered by the Master to wipe the Chronovores out and [[AGodAmI give himself their powers]]. The Third Doctor disrupts TOMTIT with an arrangement of forks and winebottles; the Sixth Doctor builds a ''much bigger'' version to disrupt TITAN. The Third Doctor and the Delgado Master go on a jaunt to Ancient Atlantis; the Sixth Doctor and the Ainley Master visit a forgotten planet from the beginning of the universe. Stuart Hyde gets temporarily youthed instead of aged, the Doctor attempts to Time Ram the Master's TARDIS, and Kronos again {{Deus Ex Machina}}s everything at the end. Even the throwaway gag that "E = MC cubed" in the Vortex gets reused and amped up; in Calabi-Yau Space, apparently, E = MC to the fourth power. It's so blatant about it that some feel it goes beyond conventional sequelitis and becomes good, or at least successfully does what it wants to do.
* Creator/RobertEHoward's most famous creation [[ConantheBarbarian Conan The Cimmerian]] suffers horribly from this. Not only are there endless continuations, prequels and other adventurers of vastly varying quality by many different authors but the original stories were rewritten in places to make them sync up with the sequels. However even the original stories occasionally suffer from sequelitis. Because of the character's popularity, Howard knew he could sell any Conan story to WeirdTales and wrote some very cliched tales (such as ''The Devil in Iron'') which were effectively knock-offs of his own earlier efforts when he needed quick cash.
* A subversion comes with Creator/JRRTolkien's abandoned sequel to ''Literature/TheLordOfTheRings''. Called ''The New Shadow'' he got as far as coming up with some characters and setting it in the fourth age of Middle-earth where a dark cult rose up in the lands of Gondor. However he abandoned it after only a few pages as he felt it would not be as epic or up to the standards of his other work, then suffered AuthorExistenceFailure. Meaning it's highly unlikely this will be finished, however there is a fan made mod known as ''VideoGame/TheFourthAgeTotalWar'' which makes this concept and [[ShownTheirWork expands on it]].
* ''Literature/WarriorCats''. The 1st arc of novels is treasured by fans. The second arc is usually seen as good, but not as good as the original. The third arc...is very [[LoveItOrHateIt polarizing]]. Since the series is so financially successful, and has a vast and dedicated fanbase, the books just keep on coming. Most complaints about the later series cite the reused plot devices, the [[LoadsAndLoadsOfCharacters ridiculous amount of mostly flat and undeveloped supporting characters]], and the smaller focus on nature and survival in favor of more anthropomorphized themes like love and family issues. It's often compared to a soap opera. And this doesn't even touch on the vast amount of mangas, field guides and other companion books, which generally entertain diehard fans but hold little literary merit. It's hard to say when the franchise will actually end, because the fans are always eager for new books and the authors, who keep in touch with their fanbase regularly via author chat, don't want to disappoint them.
* Creator/AnneMcCaffrey's ''Literature/DragonridersOfPern'' series has this. The first book was stunning and awesome, and the second and third that followed were, while having their problems, quite good. Unfortunately, she kept writing, and things went to hell in a handbasket. She contradicted established canon from one book to the next, couldn't keep names, ages, and places straight, and the plots devolved into pathetic monstrosities.
* Creator/GeorgeMacdonaldFraser's ''{{Flashman}}'' series dances around this. There's no fan consensus on what's the best book, though certain sequels (namely ''Royal Flash'' and ''Flashman at the Charge'') are generally ranked higher than the original. While the first seven books are considered pretty solid, the last five are somewhat polarizing. Criticisms include BadassDecay, making Flashman less MagnificentBastard and more conventional AntiHero, Fraser [[AuthorTract injecting political views into the books]] and increasingly formula storytelling (Flashman gets dragged into danger, meets some historical figures, shags pretty ladies, gets betrayed by everyone yet improbably survives as a hero). ''Flashman on the March'', the very last book, feels like [[AuthorsSavingThrow a deliberate attempt to assuage these criticisms]] -- notably evinced by the scene where Flashman kicks his Ethiopian lover down a waterfall.
* AnneRice's VampireChronicles are almost universally agreed to suffer from this, with the fourth book, Tale of the Body Thief, or the fifth, Memnoch the Devil, usually cited as the [[JumpingTheShark shark-jumping point]]. Not-so-coincidentally, this is around when Rice decided she had ProtectionFromEditors. It doesn't take a particularly careful [[MemeticMutation interrogation of the text]] to see that the characterizations are stronger in the first few books, and that's not even getting into the forgotten plot points and frequent passing-about of the IdiotBall. Upon meeting another VampireChronicles fan, it's probably best to ask "[[FanonDiscontinuity what's your canon?]]" early on, so you can get into discussing the books you both think are good.
* In Literature/TheBible, there's the famous story of David and Goliath that everyone's heard of. Another story from the Bible is the one where a guy named Elhanan manages to kill Goliath's brother, Lahmi. That one isn't nearly as popular as the one about Goliath. Had ''you'' ever heard of it before you read this?
* ''{{Literature/Dinoverse}}'' suffers this to an extent, though it's only six books long. The first book, which was split into two, was more thoughtful and less {{Anvilicious}} than they became. Characters became better people, but it was due to their experiences rather than appearing to be the intention of the M.I.N.D. Machine. Rules and powers set down as rigid later were more flexible then, animals were less anthropomorphized, and there was more depth of character interaction. The last book abandons the idea of traveling through time by astral projecting and possessing other creatures to go with a more standard portal mechanic, and female characters stop being proactive for no reason.
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* Even more than the film examples, ''Franchise/StarTrek'' suffered this in its series. ''[[Series/StarTrekTheOriginalSeries The Original Series]]'' was considered an uneven novelty, a series that was either teeth grating crap, or the very pinnacle of science-fiction, depending on the given episode. ''[[Series/StarTrekTheNextGeneration The Next Generation]]'' has been formally recognized as being among the top 100 shows ever made and a crowning achievement of television. Paramount came down with Sequelitis, commissioning '''three''' follow-up series (one of them was a ''pre''quel). The critical reception deteriorated with each successive series, along with the ratings (though a few preferred ''[[Series/StarTrekDeepSpaceNine Deep Space Nine]]'' in later years). The last one made it to four seasons, the fourth season was only made so that the series could be syndicated, and not end up a total failure.
* ''[[Series.DeadRingers Dead Ringers]]'' had a sketch in which different versions of Arnold Schwarzenegger came back from the future to warn him not to sign up for any more lousy ''Terminator'' sequels, [[spoiler:eventually reaching [[OverlyLongGag Terminator 23]] before Sarah Connor shot the present Arnie to save the future. To her dismay, another Arnie came back and revealed she is now his co-star in ''Kindergarten Cop 14''!]] [[BigNo Nnnooooo!]]
* The spinoff/sequel to ''Series/That70sShow'', ''That '80s Show'', alienated old viewers and didn't get any new ones.
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[[folder:Music]]
* Critics wanted ESPosthumus's work in ''Makara'' to be [[SequelEscalation more powerful and action-filled]] songs; this causes the songs to have [[ItsTheSameSoItSucks less variation]] as well as losing the flow and developed tunes in ''Unearthed'' and ''Cartographer''.
* No genre features more numbered albums than hip-hop. It usually works like this:
** 1. Rapper releases album that's deemed a classic or has massive success.
** 2. Rapper's followup albums don't perform as well.
** 3. Rapper returns to "the series" to get "the magic" (and brand recognition) back.
* The above rarely ever leads to any sort of comeback, so it's easier just to list aversions:
** LilWayne's ''Tha Carter II'' is universally considered to be an improvement over ''Tha Carter''; some fans still consider ''II'' to be his best album, in fact. While ''Tha Carter III'' massively outsold ''II'', debate still rages on the better album. However, a consensus ''has'' emerged on ''Tha Carter IV'' - namely, that it's a steaming hunk of shit compared to the previous two ''Carters''. As two albums came between ''III'' and ''IV'' (including the rock album), ''IV'' ended up playing the rule straight.
** {{Eminem}} avoided this reaction with ''The Marshall Mathers LP'' and ''The Eminem Show''. While ''The Slim Shady LP'' is widely viewed as a hip-hop classic, the two follow-up albums, especially ''The Marshall Mathers LP'', contained a great deal of the social commentary, controversy, and more substantive songs like "Stan" that helped cement Eminem's legendary status. Played straight, however, with ''The Marshall Mathers LP 2'' - while it's a monstrous hit, reception is a lot more all over the map.
** KanyeWest also strongly averted this trope with ''Late Registration'', the second installment in the "college bear" series of albums, which is widely regarded as a worthy follow-up to ''College Dropout''. ''Graduation'' is a bit more controversial - while it achieved massive commercial and critical success, it began Kanye's trend towards [[NewSoundAlbum different sounds on each album]]. It should be noted that Kanye has actively averted this trope following ''Graduation'' - his subsequent solo albums(''808s and Heartbreaks'', ''My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy'', and ''Yeezus'') are stylistically and sonically very different.
** [[JayZ Jay-Z]]: ''The Blueprint'' is widely considered a classic album, among Jay-Z's best, contributed the term "renegaded" to hip-hop lexicon(referring to Eminem's [[OneSongWonder guest appearance]] on "Renegade"), and helped jump-start {{KanyeWest}}'s career. ''Blueprint 2'' was considered to suffer from too many filler songs, and while ''Blueprint 3'' was a major hit, but had a less positive critical reception.
* Many people consider [[{{Queensryche}} Queensryche's]] ''Operation: Mindcrime'' to be one of the best metal albums ever. Eighteen years later, after a number of less-well received albums, they made a sequel, ''Operation: Mindcrime 2'', which most critics and fans saw as mediocre at best.
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* {{Parodied|Trope}} by EddieIzzard when discussing the Pope:
-->They're not very good at naming Popes. They had a run of Piuses, it was like Hollywood: '''Pope Pius I'''; '''Pope Pius II'''; '''Pope Pius III''' - ''[[RevengeOfTheSequel The Revenge Of The Pius People]]''; '''Pope Pius IV''' - ''[[ItsPersonal This Time He's Pissed Off!]]''; '''Pope Pius V''' - ''[[ThreeDMovie In 3D!]]''
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* The musical ''OfTheeISing'', a cheerful satire on the American political system, opened on Broadway late in 1931 to immense popular and critical acclaim, which not only made it one of the longest-running shows of the decade but won a Pulitzer Prize for its writers; it was the first ever musical play to win the award. Almost two years later, a sequel, ''Let 'Em Eat Cake'', appeared from the same authors, with the same principal actors and the same producer. It was not a commercial success; many of its jokes were recycled from the earlier show, and a bewildering series of plot complications (involving, among other things, a baseball-playing League of Nations) stretched WillingSuspensionOfDisbelief too far.
* ''Bring Back Birdie'' was a sequel to ''Theatre/ByeByeBirdie'', produced and set twenty years later. It was written by the same authors as the original show, and featured the same characters, with Chita Rivera once again starring as Rose Alvarez. Most people who saw the show during the less than a week it ran on Broadway agreed that it was horrible. Somewhat infamous for a moment where the actor playing Birdie lost the beat to one of the songs then [[ScrewThisImOuttaHere marched off stage]], saying, "You sing it! I never liked this song anyway!"
* The musical ''Theatre/{{Annie}}'' similarly had a sequel written by the same authors (including composer Charles Strouse, who had also done ''Bye Bye Birdie'' and ''Bring Back Birdie'', though lyricist Martin Charnin seems to have been the ringleader in this scheme), with several of the older members of the original cast reprising their roles. In the implausible plot of ''Annie 2: Miss Hannigan's Revenge'', Daddy Warbucks was ordered to find a mother for Annie, which provided the opportunity for Miss Hannigan's scheme (conceived with a good deal of MotiveDecay) to first become Warbucks's wife and then a widow without any dependents. When the eagerly awaited show had its pre-Broadway opening in Washington, D.C. in January 1990, audiences were stunned at how unfunny the show was. Massive rewrites ensued, and continued in earnest even after the show's Broadway booking was canceled and several star actors dropped out, including Dorothy Loudon as Miss Hannigan. Miss Hannigan was ultimately written out in favor of a SuspiciouslySimilarSubstitute (though the plot remained mostly the same), and the authors' desperate efforts to get their show into New York finally resulted in its opening off-Broadway in 1993, as ''Annie Warbucks''. Critics recognized the show as an unnecessary sequel, and it failed to catch on with audiences.
* The musical ''[[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Boy_Friend The Boy Friend]]'' also suffers from this despite being not as well known as some others out there. Its sequel is so ridiculous that it has to be seen (or read) to believe. The name? [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Divorce_Me,_Darling! ''Divorce Me, Darling!'']]
* ''Theatre/LoveNeverDies'', the sequel to ''Theatre/ThePhantomOfTheOpera'', is being slammed by many fans of the original.
** The Australian run of Love Never Dies was extensively reworked by Andrew Loyd Webber, with the greatest improvements being made to the characterization (of nearly all the characters) and the plot. Needless to say, the current run is leagues better than when it first started showing. If it lives up to the original however is still very much YMMV.
* Though the one-act opera ''Trouble in Tahiti'' has never ranked among LeonardBernstein's best-known works, its reputation is considerably better than ''A Quiet Place'', the three-act sequel Bernstein decided to write three decades later. The libretto reads like a bad soap opera, and the music is generally dull except for the parts of the second act which incorporate ''Trouble in Tahiti'' in its entirety as a flashback.
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* Many rides in Disney Theme Parks fall prey to this. Perhaps the most puissant example of this trope in a Disney ride is the "Imagination" rides featured at the EPCOT theme park in Disney World. The original ride, Journey Into Imagination, was a much beloved and very creative ride centering around the world of a child's imagination and starred the Dreamfinder, a red-bearded eccentric who collected dreams and creative thoughts, and his pet purple dragon Figment with a [[ClockPunk Clock]] or SteamPunk style. ExecutiveMeddling involving a potential change in sponsors caused the ride to close in 1998 for a complete overhaul. It was reopened in 1999 as "Journey Into Your Imagination", a completely redone ride featuring none of the charm possessed by the original and with both Figment and the Dreamfinder MIA. The new ride set a record for the most complaints received over a new attraction at a Disney Park. The revamp was received so badly, it was closed a mere 2 years later in 2001. In 2002 the ride received a later update, "Journey Into Imagination With Figment". Though it is a notable improvement over the second version of the ride, most long time Disney parkgoers tend to agree that the ride's first incarnation was by far its best.
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* Opinion differs on whether ''VideoGame/MasterOfOrion'' or ''Master of Orion II'' is the better game, but almost no-one thinks ''Master of Orion III'' is anything but unmitigated crap.
* ''VideoGame/XCom: UFO Defense'' (or ''UFO: Enemy Unknown'', depending on where you live) was a surprise hit, with its great atmosphere, fine management section, and superb tactical section. Microprose decided to ride the wave and, after less than a year, released ''X-COM: Terror from the Deep'': under a shiny package of new graphics and sound, [[MissionPackSequel the game was exactly the same]], only taking place underwater, with difficulty re-balanced for the worse[[note]]due to complains that the highest difficulty of the original was too easy - this was because of a bug that made it impossible to play above the ''easiest'' difficulty, the game being [[NintendoHard so hard that no one could tell]][[/note]], and bugs that could block the tech tree, making the game unwinnable. ''X-COM: Apocalypse'' was from the original developers but, sadly, it completely lacked atmosphere and, while trying to be more complex, it became cumbersome. ''X-COM: Interceptor'' (a mediocre VideoGame/WingCommander clone) and ''X-COM: Enforcer'' (a shallow ThirdPersonShooter) followed and were quickly and deservedly forgotten, while more interesting projects were cancelled thanks to [[ExecutiveMeddling the mismanagements of Microprose and Hasbro Interactive]].
** Firaxis Games' remake, ''VideoGame/XCOMEnemyUnknown'' (note the lack of a hyphen), was well received by critics and fans.
* Nearly any ''VideoGame/{{Lemmings}}'' game after ''Lemmings 2: The Tribes''.
* ''[[Franchise/TombRaider Tomb Raider II]]'' was generally considered almost equal or an EvenBetterSequel on release. By ''Chronicles'', the series had firmly fell into this trope and ''The Angel of Darkness'' was the last straw before the series began recovering by being moved from Core Design to Crystal Dynamics.
* ''VideoGame/EarthwormJim'' was a weird and well-received game. The second game was even better in nearly every aspect. Then the series met the PolygonCeiling courtesy of a different developer, and anything resembling quality went out the window. Then Shiny Entertainment themselves [[CreatorKiller threw their own quality off their windows]] some time after dumping Jim.
* ''Franchise/MegaMan'' has been all over the place with this. At some point a given series starts sucking hard and a spin-off is made. It starts off great, then slowly slides into crap until a spin-off is made and the [[CapcomSequelStagnation cycle begins anew]]. From the sound of it, this could be blamed on ExecutiveMeddling; Keiji Inafune, the creator of Mega Man, wanted to end the [[VideoGame/MegaManClassic Classic]] series at ''[[VideoGame/MegaMan6 6]]'' and the ''X'' series on ''[[VideoGame/MegaManX5 5]]'', but Capcom wanted to make more money.
** ''[[VideoGame/MegaMan7 7]]'' was released after the series' [[VideoGame/MegaManX first]] SequelSeries, and it and its following installments are considered massive improvements. [[BrokenBase Some]] fans still consider ''[[VideoGame/MegaMan2 2]]'' and ''[[VideoGame/MegaMan3 3]]'' to be the pinnacle of the series, however.
** ''VideoGame/{{Mega Man X8}}'' was also surprisingly good despite the enormous amounts of FakeDifficulty. Apparently Capcom sequels go in cycles. ''[[VideoGame/MegaMan9 9]]'' supports this theory.
** ''VideoGame/MegaManBattleNetwork'' actually really improved for the last installment, although the two preceding ones were pretty mediocre. The progression goes: ''1'' was bad but an ObviousBeta so it was forgiven, ''2'' got the formula right, ''3'' was still a very solid game and regarded one of the best along with ''2'' and also would have wrapped everything up nicely if it had ended on that, ''4'' most people would rather forget and was pretty out there even for the games, ''5'' the game started to get back on track but not quite there, ''6'' returned to to the formula that made ''2'' and ''3'' good but still wasn't considered good enough to be masterpiece as games two and three.
** ''VideoGame/MegaManStarForce'' had the same situation. The first was alright, the second was bad, but the third is largely agreed to have been fantastic.
** ''VideoGame/MegaManZero'', on the other hand, averted this entirely. All four installments are universally beloved (even with, again, an extension beyond how many games Inafune wanted to make), with the largest complaint from reviewers being that [[ItsTheSameNowItSucks they were too same-y]].
*** Its sequel spin-off series, ''VideoGame/MegaManZX'', on the other hand, falls directly into the pit of Sequelitis with its second installment, which most fans agree markedly lacked the charm of the first.
** Another aversion is ''VideoGame/MegaManLegends'', which became a massive cult hit but failed to sell well. The fans agree that its sequel improved on its flaws in every way, with some saying that it took the series out of ObviousBeta status. Thanks to a bad case of ExecutiveMeddling, it'll never be known if the third game would've bucked the trend or not.
* The ''VideoGame/TonyHawksProSkater'' series started off as a unique concept to the industry and garnered hundreds of fans, with the [=PS2=] port of the third installment being one of the most critically-acclaimed games of its time. As the series progressed through the Underground titles, however, the changes became minimal and predictable, the over-the-top tone got stale really quickly and the series declined in overall quality, with the peripheral-based ''RIDE'' and ''SHRED'' installments getting intense lashings from critics and fans alike. It didn't help that EA's {{Skate}} had pretty much stolen the market from Activision, too.
* ''VideoGame/DevilMayCry'' moves back and forth with this. ''Devil May Cry 2'' is generally considered to be far inferior to the original, what with its lousy story, bland combat, and greatly lowered difficulty level. ''Devil May Cry 3: Dante's Awakening'' is usually seen as much better ([[EvenBetterSequel sometimes even better than the original]]). ''Devil May Cry 4'' is also seen by some as inferior, but by some as being decent but not as good as 1 or 3. As for the reboot, ''[[VideoGame/DmCDevilMayCry DmC: Devil May Cry]]'', it is widely despised by fans due to its "Westernized" approach, overly simplified combat system, and Dante becoming unappealingly douchey and his dialogue being completely immature and unfunny.
* ''VideoGame/PerfectDark'' is considered one of the best Nintendo 64 games. Prequelitis ensued with ''Perfect Dark Zero'', you can essentially call it a InNameOnly prequel. The continuity of the first game is only glanced upon, Joanna is a spunky [[{{Stripperific}} oddly clad]] girl with red hair and a penchant for [[BondOneLiner one liners]]. The Carrington Institute makes an appearance.....with Carrington himself having become 200% more Scottish, complete with a kilt. The aliens are non-existent only hinted, the main antagonist being a company connected to [=dataDyne=] being run by a small stereotypical Chinese man. The gameplay? The game was developed by a different team (because the original developers left Rare), that speaks for itself.
* ''VideoGame/StarControl'' was a fun turn-based strategy game. [[SurprisinglyImprovedSequel Star Control 2]] was an epic action-adventure. Star Control 3, made by none of the people involved with the first two, is a game most fans [[FanonDisContinuity try to forget about]].
* Some fans of the ''VideoGame/NeedForSpeed'' series argue the series got really bad after the third or so installment, especially when it started drifting into GTA territory.
* There's a lot of flame wars out there about whether this applies to ''Franchise/FinalFantasy''. Seeing as the ''Final Fantasy'' title is just a way of advertising that it's a JRPG that SquareEnix put a lot of money into, this is somewhat nonsensical.
** Whether and at what point the mainline series has [[JumpingTheShark jumped the shark]] is a matter of [[BrokenBase great]] [[InternetBackdraft contention]], though you generally only hear this complaint starting with ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyVII'', which was a rather large departure in style, tone, and game design to the six games that came before it and came to define the franchise after it in spite of being the ''seventh'' title. Despite it literally being one of the best-selling games of all time and a critical and commercial success that no other entry in the series has equaled, fans of the first six games often blame this one first. The claims of "Sequelitis" tend to just grow from there. ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyVIII,'' another radically different game in the series, was the first one to really start feeling the harsh blowback, though several games past this point (in spite of most of them reviewing and selling better than ''most games on the market'') tend to get singled out as "the one."
** The few direct sequels / prequels have had mixed results. Some of them, like ''VideoGame/CrisisCore'', have been considered worthy follow-ups. Some of them, like ''VideoGame/AdventChildren'', ''Dirge of Cerberus'', and ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyX2'', start flame wars.
** ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyXIV'', on the other hand, was universally considered to be subpar upon release. The reception for the game was so bad that many of the staff working on it were laid off, and Square Enix had to make the game free to play in order to keep fans around. Because of this, the game underwent [[AuthorsSavingThrow a complete overhaul]] in order to fix the many problems that were addressed by reviewers.
* The ''VideoGame/ArmyMen'' franchise was initially insanely popular. Then somewhere the lack-luster spin-offs and InNameOnly sequels slowly choked off sales until [=3DO=] finally went bankrupt in 2003. Even with the parent company dead, other companies are ''still'' trying to make cash off of the brand, the latest entries getting some of the worst reviews in shooting games.
* ''{{Manhunt}}'' was a well-received game for its creepy tension, innovative use of sound, complex enemy AI, and [[{{Gorn}} wide variety of kill moves]]. ''Manhunt 2'' was a step back from that, with less intelligent enemies, less menace and tension, and a [[MindScrew confusing story]]. At least the {{Gorn}} is still good.
* The original ''VideoGame/DoubleDragon'' was a fairly innovative beat 'em up that introduced some of the conventions used in later games of the genre like two-player co-op and obtainable weapons, while the arcade version of ''Double Dragon II'' was mostly a MissionPackSequel with a fairly improved NES version. ''Double Dragon 3'' on the other hand, featured crappier "realistic" graphics, replaced half of the original game's moves and weapons with ineffectual new ones, and added a gimmicky shopping system where you can purchase power-ups for your character (including a replacement character) [[BribingYourWayToVictory by inserting more tokens to the machine]]. There were a few more ''Double Dragon'' games after the third one, but the series never achieved the same level of popularity it once had with the first two games.
** On home consoles, the NES edition of ''Double Dragon 3'' is still seen as a very good game despite its [[NintendoHard absurdly high difficulty]]. The series didn't start getting nailed into its coffin until ''Super Double Dragon'' which was rushed to the point that it hit shelves as an incomplete game. Then came the dismal ''Double Dragon V'' which, despite being a numbered sequel, wasn't even by the original developers, threw out the beat 'em up formula and swapped it for lackluster one-on-one fighting.
* ''VideoGame/{{Shift}} 4'' lampshades this in the ending, aware that it is now a quadrilogy. ''"Who is the game that risks its rep on Sequel Shame? Shift!"'' Some people do think that the 2nd game was [[SurprisinglyImprovedSequel a vast improvement]], but the 3rd and 4th installments were pretty average at best.
* ''BackyardSports'' started off as a decently enjoyable game series with clever characters and a good sense of humor. After {{Atari}}'s buy-out from HumongousEntertainment, the series began a noticeable drop in quality. Then when the 2007 titles came in, it was agreed the series had lost all respect.
* ''VideoGame/{{Homeworld}}'' averted this, barely, with 'standalone expansion' ''Cataclysm'', despite it being a literal MissionPackSequel. It caught some flak for the dramatic shift in narrative tone and the new tech and ship designs were a bit hit-or-miss, but it did some pretty cool stuff with the existing graphics engine and generally came across like the development team at sub-contractee Barking Dog had at least ''played'' the original. ''Homeworld 2'' was a bit less fortunate, however; a lot of the original creative team had moved on in the interim, and Relic massively over-extended themselves trying to create game environments with 'megastructures' straight out of the best kind of SpaceOpera and generally go SerialEscalation, and much of the more CrazyAwesome stuff failed to make the final cut. The end result was by no means ''bad'' -the graphics stand up quite well six years later and it's a ''lot'' more [[GameMod mod-friendly]] than the previous two- but the finished product had several minor but annoying bugs and balance issues and generally felt rushed. The gulf between Relic's original vision and the final release version didn't help.
* ''ThunderForce VI''. Released over 10 years after ''Thunder Force V'', it came to be a massive disappointment amongst fans. Very short game length (even by shmup standards), the lack of the "direct" control scheme from ''V'', bosses that are made [[BreatherBoss pathetically easy]] thanks to a certain ship's LimitBreak, excessive {{Internal Homage}}s, and stages that pale in comparison to the rest of the series; the last stage, for instance, looks like a cheap version of ''Thunder Force V'''s Stage 4.
* The fourth game in the ''{{Avernum}}'' series switched from the antiquated engine and sketch-like, endearing graphics of the first three to something more powerful and ([[UncannyValley theoretically]]) more realistic, and hence got hit with TheyChangedItNowItSucks. Since the new engine was taken from ''{{Geneforge}}'', it also got hit with TheyCopiedItSoItSucks. And since the plot was quite similar to that of the third game, it was also subject to ItsTheSameSoItSucks. Then there were the complaints when the game was taken on its own merits...
* The ''{{Spider-Man}}'' movie spinoff games demonstrated much the same path as the movies: the first one is good, the second is ''awesome'', then things go a bit downhill. Fortunately, ''Web of Shadows'' was there to fix matters after ''Friend or Foe'', which we [[FanonDiscontinuity do not talk about]].
* The ''Franchise/ShiningSeries'' really was ''the'' fantasy series in the Sega Genesis era topping off with an amazing if little-known [[VideoGame/ShiningForceIII three part finale]] on the SegaSaturn. Attempts to branch off into the action-adventure genre have varied between mediocre-but-passable (''SF Neo'', ''SF EXA'', ''ShiningSoul II'') to forgettable (''ShiningTears'', the original ''Shining Soul''). Atlus and Sega did a competent job with the GameBoyAdvance EnhancedRemake of the first ''VideoGame/ShiningForce''. Fans have been waiting for years to see if a remake of ''Shining Force II'' will surface, but it's looking increasingly unlikely every day.
* ''VideoGame/MaddenNFL'' and similiar sport game series.
** They are notorious for being continued every year, usually with next to no changes in gameplay or even graphics. The main difference is updated statistics and players.
** The {{NASCAR}} games from the same publisher (EA Sports) and developer (EA Tiburon) as Madden suffered a particularly bad case of this, with sales dropping off with each increasingly sub-mediocre entry. The series was eventually killed outright after having a particularly awful faceplant onto the 7th-gen consoles.
* The arcade version of ''BeatmaniaIIDX [[NumberedSequels 9th Style]]''
** It didn't go so well with fans. The judgment timing windows are inconsistent from song to song; one song may be ridiculously easy to score on, another may feel very tight, another may be off, etc. In addition, ''9th Style'' took out the Effector, a staple of the series, and a GameBreakingBug sometimes causes the game to crash upon selecting "Quasar".
** Ditto ''VideoGame/DanceDanceRevolution X'' and ''X2'', especially the console versions.
* Sony's former two PS1-era platformer franchises, ''Franchise/CrashBandicoot'' and ''Franchise/SpyroTheDragon'', share a similar fate of both being franchies that started out with a solid [[VideoGame/CrashBandicoot1996 first]] [[VideoGame/SpyroTheDragon1998 game]], [[VideoGame/CrashBandicoot2CortexStrikesBack followed]] [[VideoGame/CrashBandicoot3Warped by]] [[VideoGame/Spyro2RiptosRage two]] [[VideoGame/SpyroYearOfTheDragon sequels]] that were [[EvenBetterSequel better than the first]], and then afterwards succumbing to FranchiseZombie territory after being mishandled by the same parent company (Universal Interactive Studios/Vivendi Games). Crash's first outing without NaughtyDog, ''[[VideoGame/CrashBandicootTheWrathOfCortex Crash Bandicoot: The Wrath Of Cortex]]'', was SoOkayItsAverage at best, but it was at least playable compared to Spyro's first outing without Creator/InsomniacGames, which was ''[[VideoGame/SpyroEnterTheDragonfly Enter The Dragonfly]]''-an ObviousBeta of a game that suffered from uninspired level design, LoadsAndLoadsOfLoading, (they even had loading screens ''[[DepartmentOfRedundancyDepartment for the loading-screens!]]'') terrible graphics, terrible voice acting, and being so glitchy that achieving OneHundredPercentCompletion was impossible.
* ''VideoGame/BloodyRoar'' peaked early with ''Bloody Roar II'', and every game since that one hit a drop in quality that ended with ''Bloody Roar 4''. By then, the series had devolved into a mindless ButtonMashing game, and was hard to take seriously.
* ''[[Franchise/SonicTheHedgehog Sonic]]'' fell into this once the series [[PolygonCeiling went 3D]].
** The ''VideoGame/SonicAdventure'' series was considered excellent despite some noticeable flaws. ''VideoGame/SonicHeroes'' was considered to be average, but the series reached a low point in ''[[VideoGame/SonicTheHedgehog2006 Sonic 2006]]'', a rushed, glitch-ridden mess that is near-universally despised by gamers and critics alike. The trend began reversing with ''VideoGame/SonicUnleashed'', with the subsequent console versions of ''VideoGame/SonicColors'' and ''VideoGame/SonicGenerations'' being lauded by fans as the best 3D titles in the franchise.
** A more straight example would be ''[[VideoGame/SonicTheHedgehog4 Sonic The Hedgehog 4]]'' compared to its [[VideoGame/Sonic3AndKnuckles direct predecessor]], [[MagnumOpus which is considered the pinnacle of the franchise]]. For many fans of [[VideoGame/SonictheHedgehog the]] [[VideoGame/SonictheHedgehog2 Gene]][[VideoGame/SonicCD sis]] [[VideoGame/Sonic3AndKnuckles games]], both episodes in the saga are considered [[SoOkayItsAverage decent]] games in their own right, but as sequels they are nothing short of disappointingly inferior in comparison.
** Sequelitis has also occured within the ''Sonic 4'' series itself--the second episode has received a noticeably lower critical and commercial reception than the first episode, which prompted Sega [[FranchiseKiller to cut the series short instead of producing a third episode]].
* ''VideoGame/CallOfDuty'' is getting this with a new game getting released yearly with ten games so far. People[[note]]though not its teenage target audience[[/note]] are starting to realize they are paying $60 for games very similar to each other every year, as Ghosts has sold less than many of the previous Call of Duty games before it.
* ''VideoGame/LEGOIsland 2: The Brickster's Revenge'' is somewhere between this and ContestedSequel. It was beyond rushed to the shelves, and the final product a very extreme case of LoadsAndLoadsOfLoading, dull and lifeless voice acting, painfully linear gameplay, no replay factor, [[ChuckCunninghamSyndrome a removal of a lot of characters]], [[GuideDangIt little explanation to anything]], and mediocre animation.
* The first ''LEGO Star Wars'' game was somewhat enjoyable for kids, and since that focused on the prequel trilogy it made sense to eventually follow it up with a sequel based on the classic trilogy. However since then, discounting minor additions they've essentially been using the exact same gameplay and simply applied it to different licensed themes, having now done two based on Franchise/IndianaJones, Franchise/HarryPotter, Film/TheLordOfTheRings, Batman, and Marvel Super Heroes. Aside from the last two, all the games are basically made up of levels loosely based on scenes from their respective movies (with cutscenes that are literally just cheesy re-enactments with no dialogue) and some hanging out in a notable location from the respective franchise in between.
* The first two episodes of ''VideoGame/EyeOfTheBeholder'', while not revolutionary, were excellent dungeon crawlers and the second is recognized as an EvenBetterSequel. Then Westwood went on to work on LandsOfLore but SSI decided to make another sequel anyway. The result was a game that brought back many of the flaws of the original and amplified them, with absurd mazes and frustrating difficulty, and suffered from a mediocrely programmed engine too.
* The general consensus of the ''VideoGame/StarFox'' series after ''VideoGame/StarFox64''. There's so much FanMyopia that it has led to one of the most [[BrokenBase broken]] series of all time. Creator/{{Nintendo}} themselves have caught on to the decrease in sales, and though Miyamoto joked about it, if sales for ''Star Fox 64 3D'' weren't decent, then the series probably would've been down the tubes.
* The first two ''VideoGame/FlatOut'' games were well-known for their destructible environments and ragdoll driver physics - the most amusing parts being the mini-games that involved the player launching their driver out of his car into various targets and watching him flop around in pain. Five years separated the second and third games, and development was taken up by Team 6 Games (of ''European Street Racer'' infamy) while Bugbear Interactive worked on ''RidgeRacer: Unbounded''. Unfortunately, Team 6's ''[=FlatOut=]'' game looks ugly, is riddled with bugs, and none of the tracks are fun to navigate.
* ''VideoGame/EarnestEvans'' isn't so well regarded as ''VideoGame/ElViento'', in part due to poor gameplay and design and most infamously, poorly done graphics, especially on the titular hero, who is made up of multiple sprites put together to create the illusion of more fluid movement, but only succeeded in making Earnest look like a deranged marionette. The cutscenes in ''Earnest Evans'' are commonly poorly done, though they were removed completely from the American version, which tried to make it a sequel rather than a prequel to ''El Viento''. The Earnest Evans trilogy ended with the Japan-only title ''Annet Futatabi'', a ''GoldenAxe'' ripoff whose most outstanding points were cutscenes and copious FakeDifficulty.
* A ''VideoGame/SuperMarioWorld'' hack series, [[http://u9.getuploader.com/SIG Super Sig World]], has ''twenty five'' installments in about two or three years. It's debatable how terrible each individual game is (although the best ones are merely average, and the amount of reused content is kind of staggering), but still making a 70-level game every three months seems like overkill.
* ''VideoGame/NinjaGaiden III'' was a major departure from what made the first two Xbox/[=PS3=] entries memorable, stripping Ryu of most of his arsenal[[note]]only his sword, his bow and arrows, and one of his ninjutsu were carried over; the rest are available in the game's multiplayer mode via DLC packs[[/note]] and nerfing the previous games' [[NintendoHard punishing difficulty]] to the point that battles are no longer challenging ''or'' fun.
* The general consensus of ''SteelBattalion: Heavy Armor'' is that while the original game's controller was bulky and gimmicky, at least it ''worked''. ''Heavy Armor's'' hybrid Kinect/traditional controller setup was meant to mimic this feeling without the use of as many buttons, but the implementation is sloppy and the game is barely playable as a result.
* ''VideoGame/StreetFighterXTekken''
** Despite all the pre-release buzz and excitement, it has gone on life support in the competitive fighting game community very quickly. It has been dropped from most weekly streams and is getting shunted into "B-list" spots at tournaments less than six months after its release. It is so slow, limited in scope, ugly, and crappy to watch compared to [[VideoGame/MarvelVsCapcom other]] [[VideoGame/SNKVsCapcom entries]] [[VideoGame/TatsunokoVsCapcom in the series]] (bar ''VideoGame/CapcomFightingEvolution'', which was perceived to be just as bad) that people start booing if it looks like people might win - not because they like the other player, but because they just want the ''[=SFxT=]'' part of the tournament to end.
** Also raising ire among the less tournament-minded ''[=SFxT=]'' players is that most of the in-game content (Gems, custom colors, preset combos, and even a dozen extra fighters[[note]]on the [=PS3=] and Xbox 360 versions; the [=PlayStation=] Vita port had everyone available right from the start[[/note]]) needed to be purchased to be used, instead of being unlockable within the game.
* The ''VideoGame/MarioParty'' series is filled to the brim with this trope. Every sequel had a few new gimmicks and mini games to stand out from the game before it, but eventually, the games started to rehash older mini games/boards/gimmicks with a slight tweak to them. Fan favorite Donkey Kong was quickly shunted to the side as an NPC after being a playable character in a few games and has even completely vanished from some of the party games as well. Other characters kept coming and going like a revolving door; characters like Toad and Blooper would appear in only one or two games while others like Birdo and Dry Bones only appeared in certain other games. Since the party games kept being released every year or every other year, fans started to notice just how stale the series had gotten and it may explain why ''Mario Party 9'' came out four years after the eighth party and having revamped the basics of the game.
* ''VideoGame/DragonAgeOrigins'' is pretty much universally praised by those who have played it, not perfect but engaging and with a few semi-unique gameplay twists. ''VideoGame/DragonAgeII'' is very much in the ContestedSequel territory, thanks to "streamlined" combat that appeals to some but puts off those that prefer a more tactical approach, [[CutAndPasteEnvironments heavily reused area maps]], and a much more fatalistic storyline where things ARE going to hell, you're caught up in the middle of it and [[NiceJobBreakingitHero apparently just making everything worse as you try to help]], and best case is you get to choose what side of the brewing civil war you want to be on. Some hope was raised for the announced third game, which BioWare announced would go "back to its roots" with both tactical fighting and more total map-space than the prior two games combined.
* ''VideoGame/SilentHill1'' was good. ''VideoGame/SilentHill2'' and ''VideoGame/SilentHill3'' were better. ''VideoGame/SilentHill4'' was debatable. ''VideoGame/SilentHillOrigins'' and ''VideoGame/SilentHillHomecoming''... were really debatable. Although some people think ''Downpour'' is helping the series get back on track, but is still the subject of debate.
* ''Franchise/ResidentEvil'' series
** The series was heading this way starting with [[VideoGame/ResidentEvil3Nemesis the third game]] which re-hashed [[VideoGame/ResidentEvil2 the second game]] only giving more emphasis on the Raccoon City outbreak. ''VideoGame/ResidentEvilCodeVeronica'' (the technical fourth game) hardly added anything new to the formula save some improved camera angles. The remake of the first game picked up some interest but that fell with ''VideoGame/ResidentEvilZero'' which coasted by on a gimmick that let you switch between the two characters. After a few side games (''[[VideoGame/ResidentEvilGunSurvivor Survivor]]'', ''[[VideoGame/ResidentEvilGaiden Gaiden]]'', ''Dead Aim'', the ''[[VideoGame/ResidentEvilOutbreak Outbreak]]'' games), the series did an overhaul with ''VideoGame/ResidentEvil4'' which was praised as one of the better games. Then [[VideoGame/ResidentEvil5 part five]] came and it was considered more of the same only with co-op added. The less said about ''VideoGame/ResidentEvilOperationRaccoonCity'' the better.
** ''VideoGame/ResidentEvil6'' got an overall mixed reception compared to previous installments, with most of the professional reviews being extremely polarized as really positive or really negative.
* ''VideoGame/GuitarHero''
** It started with two great games that were considered genre-busting (though beaten long ago by ''Guitar Freaks'', ''Hero'' is just considered less punishing), but fell hard into this after the release of the third game, with the following games trying to ride the coattails of the competing ''VideoGame/RockBand'' series (which used multiple instruments) and ultimately losing.
** Interestingly, this also counts as an ''aversion'' on Harmonix's part. ''Guitar Hero'' and ''Guitar Hero II'' were both made by Harmonix before ExecutiveMeddling got in the way and they decided to go a different route, creating the highly acclaimed ''Rock Band'' series from there. Activision, who took over in Harmonix's stead, didn't do so well with the series.
* The ''VideoGame/PaperMario'' games have this. While [[VideoGame/PaperMarioTheThousandYearDoor the second]] is usually considered superior to the original, it's also seen as the high point of the series. ''VideoGame/SuperPaperMario'' and ''VideoGame/PaperMarioStickerStar'' have their fans, but ''SPM'' is considered a step down for completely changing the genre, and ''Sticker Star'' is derided for removing most of the elements that made the first two games iconic.
* ''VideoGame/AnotherWorld'' wasn't intended to have a sequel, but Interplay, who brought the game to the U.S. (as ''Out of This World''), decided they really needed to produce one. The result was ''Heart of the Alien'', a mess of a game which only confirmed Eric Chahi's initial doubts.
* ''VideoGame/SwordOfTheStars II'' has gotten a lot of flak from the original's fans for dramatic shifts in the mechanics and unneeded extra complexity for no obvious good reason.
* ''VideoGame/CallOfJuarezTheCartel'', riding off the successful ''VideoGame/CallOfJuarezBoundInBlood'', shifted the series into a more modern setting and brought with it unresponsive controls, graphical glitches galore, and uninspired level design that [[{{Railroading}} penalizes you for going off track]]. Thankfully, the series was able to quickly get back on its feet with ''[[VideoGame/CallOfJuarezGunslinger Gunslinger]].''
* Speaking of cartels, ''VideoGame/ArmyOfTwo: The Devil's Cartel'' also qualifies. The first two games didn't break much new ground in the FirstPersonShooter genre, instead embracing the [[RatedMForManly macho "bro" culture]] for all their worth. The third game in the series does so as well, but strips away the few unique elements the other games ''did'' have[[note]]including demoting the wisecracking, bro-fisting duo of Salem and Rios to [=NPCs=] and replacing them with generically-named masked commandos "Alpha" and "Bravo"[[/note]], robbing the series of its charm.
* The first ''VideoGame/{{Drakengard}}'' was not necessarily a good game, but it did win a small cult following for its unusually dark plot and characters, cementing it as a different offering from Square-Enix's other games. For ''VideoGame/{{Drakengard 2}}'', there was pressure to make the game less "offensive", which probably influenced the decision to have the first game's director Yoko Taro off the project. This led to a much LighterandSofter sequel in ''Drakengard 2'', with a much more typical IdiotHero JRPG protagonist and actual happy endings for the main characters. While some people who suffered from DarknessInducedAudienceApathy might enjoy something that isn't as depressing (and with improved gameplay), a lot of fans consider ''Drakengard 2'' to have betrayed the spirit of the series, resulting in this trope. Yoko Taro would later direct a spiritual sequel in ''VideoGame/NieR'', and is now directing a proper sequel in ''VideoGame/{{Drakengard 3}}''. Both games are much more similar to the first entry in the series, with melancholic, depressing storylines and bizarre and depraved characters.
* The Hub's ''VideoGame/AdventurePonies'' is an amusing little {{retraux}} Flash platformer that, while not amazingly good, is a fun way to kill an hour or two. ''Adventure Ponies 2: Wait! There's More?!'' wasn't as warmly received; besides the loss of the colorful backgrounds of the first game in favor of brown forests (???) and caverns, the game is essentially a MissionPackSequel to the original game with different characters. Even looking past that, it's a lot buggier than its big brother (the game has been known to crash to a sprite sheet or debug menu on occasion).
* The ''VideoGame/DestroyAllHumans'' franchise started with a well-liked game set in the '50s, followed this up with an okay game set in the '60s, and finished up with two games set in the '70s that received such bad reviews they [[FranchiseKiller shot the franchise down with a seeker missile]].
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* The ''WebVideo/MicrosoftSamReadsFunnyWindowsErrors'' subseries Microsoft Sam And The War Trilogy has The Great Final War, which was so poorly received due to its excessive drama tone that it was cancelled and currently undergoing a major revamp.
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* ''WesternAnimation/StaticShock'' and ''WesternAnimation/TheZetaProject'' are part of the DCAU, which also contains such well loved classics as ''WesternAnimation/BatmanTheAnimatedSeries'', ''WesternAnimation/SupermanTheAnimatedSeries'', ''WesternAnimation/JusticeLeague'', and ''WesternAnimation/BatmanBeyond'', all acclaimed for their mature story lines, great characters and voice actors, and excellent animation. However, those two are considered far less intriguing, as they are taken to much lighter tone, as they lack many aspects that made the DCAU so memorable. While the two were far from terrible, and they still had their fair share of likable characters, and a few good episodes, they are far below the other series. Part of this reason is because of the lack of BruceTimm and PaulDini. (Though Dini wrote a few ''Static Shock'' episodes.)
** The other reason probably has to do with the fact that Static and Zeta aren't DC characters; Static was from Milestone Comics (though DC was their publisher), while Zeta was from an [[AvertedTrope alleged]] PoorlyDisguisedPilot in ''Batman Beyond''
** There is also ''WebAnimation/GothamGirls'', a web-series. It is considered more of a parody series, and its official place in the DCAU is disputed. There is also a web-series based off of Lobo, and as with ''Gotham Girls'', its continuity status is not known. Lobo is not considered too good, however.
* This is the general consensus of ''WesternAnimation/PlanetSheen'', the spinoff-sequel to ''JimmyNeutron.''
* The popular opinion of ''WesternAnimation/TheClevelandShow'', an {{Expy}}-filled "spin-off" of ''WesternAnimation/FamilyGuy''.
* It's a BaseBreaker but the general consensus is that ''WesternAnimation/AllGrownUp'' is this to ''WesternAnimation/{{Rugrats}}'', due to being a rather generic SliceOfLife show that suffers badly from MostWritersAreAdults, when the original had a fairly unique premise.
* ''WesternAnimation/PinkyAndTheBrain'' was doing just fine on its own, so no one knows quite why ExecutiveMeddling decided to force the addition of [[WesternAnimation/TinyToonAdventures Elmyra]] into the show (especially considering a previous episode had made it abundantly clear that a third main character would be basically useless). The resultant ReTool, ''WesternAnimation/PinkyElmyraAndTheBrain'', had a few bright spots, but for the most part was enjoyed by neither viewing audiences nor those working on the show.
* Part of the ''Franchise/{{Ben 10}}'' fanbase considers ''WesternAnimation/Ben10Omniverse'' as such, though some would consider the series before it, ''[[WesternAnimation/Ben10UltimateAlien Ultimate Alien]]''.
* ''WesternAnimation/TeenTitansGo'' compared to ''WesternAnimation/TeenTitans'', given its worst animation and concentration on goofy humour, where the original was a blend of humour and weirdness with genuine plot and character moments.
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