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->''"''Film/TheWarriors'' opened a lot of doors for me, which ''Film/{{Xanadu}}'' then closed."''
-->-- '''Michael Beck'''

The latest blockbuster complete with an A-List star has just hit the theaters nationwide. They've done the usual talk show circuit hyping the film. The studio's marketing department spared no expense advertising it. Then the numbers come in...

[[BoxOfficeBomb ...and the film has completely and totally bombed.]]

As it turns out, the studio [[NotScreenedForCritics didn't allow advance screening of the film for critics]], and for good reason. Very few of them are giving the movie a positive review. Word of mouth is even worse. And as they say in Hollywood, you're only as good as your last role. Perhaps the role wasn't the right fit, or maybe the person's lack of actual acting skill has finally caught up to them. Regardless, the star's time on the A-List (or possibly even the B-List) has come to an end. If they're lucky, they [[CareerResurrection may find another]] StarMakingRole, but more often than not, the fallen star gets trapped in a permanent NeverLiveItDown and ends up fading into obscurity, never to reclaim the glory they once had. Of course objectively speaking HypeBacklash is also a likely culprit (along with HollywoodHypeMachine). Tabloid fodder could also [[ConvictedByPublicOpinion cause the adoring media to turn against them]], often dismissing their latest project out of hand. If they have an out-of-control private life it makes it worse for the actors in question. This can also be subverted if the actors are CriticProof and/or have a ControversyProofImage.

Compare with CreatorKiller for those behind the camera, and RoleEndingMisdemeanor for when it happens due to off-camera foibles. Can sometimes coincide with FranchiseKiller or even GenreKiller in the most extreme circumstances. Contrast with StarMakingRole and CareerResurrection.

A good number of these examples have been VindicatedByCable or garnered CultClassic status.
!!Examples with their own sections:

* Film:
** StarDerailingRole/FilmActors
** StarDerailingRole/FilmActresses
** StarDerailingRole/MultipleOffenders

!!Other examples:


[[folder:Anime and Manga]]
* This situation is rare in voiceover because an actor supplying the voice wouldn't typically be "attached" to a project in the same way an on-camera actor would be, at least in a marketing sense, and a voice actor wouldn't really hurt their career by being in a flop. Nonetheless, there are a couple exceptions:
** Creator/AyaHirano's career took a hit with the failure of ''Anime/DragonautTheResonance'' and her own growing reputation as a "diva", forcing her managers to try to reel her in and limit her to supporting roles to save face. Hirano ultimately "left" the agency when she was caught in a scandal. However, it turned out to be a TenMinuteRetirement, and Hirano relaunched her career before the dust even settled.
** This might have happened to David Moo after he voiced Sanji in Creator/FourKidsEntertainment's (in)famous English dub of ''Manga/OnePiece''. His exaggerated and unfitting Brooklyn accent became the laughingstock of even non-fans of the series, and became something of a symbol of the dub's poorly done voice acting, strange treatment of the characters, or even 4Kids and bad dubbing in general. This is most likely to blame on Toei forcing 4Kids to dub it against their will, causing even popular voice actors like Creator/VeronicaTaylor to also turn in bad performances. Moo supposedly even disagreed with how he was asked to voice Sanji. He hasn't had any voice roles since, and [[TheOtherDarrin was the only main voice actor not to return for]] ''LightNovel/{{Slayers}} Revolution'' and ''Slayers Evolution-R'', where he had originally voiced Xellos. An interview with the ''Slayers'' voice director (Creator/MichaelSinterniklaas, who also took over the role) suggests that it was a decision made by the powers-that-be, and not a case of Moo leaving on his own. However, everyone else in the old ''One Piece'' dub still has at least some sort of career. The divisive reception to his take on Xellos didn't help.
** Creator/JessicaCalvello's career was derailed for a long time (11 years to be exact) after what happened behind the scenes during the dubbing of ''Anime/ExcelSaga''. Because of the strain the character of Excel put on her voice, her contract with Creator/ADVFilms required a 4-month break between volumes. When they didn't follow up on this, Jessica's voice was injured and ended up leaving the show (and was replaced with Larissa Wolcott). When she recovered, she moved to New York, where she found a decent amount of work, but nothing compared to the roles she had at ADV Films. She never appeared in another dub for Creator/ADVFilms ever again (ADV shut down in 2009, 4 years before Jessica moved back to Texas), and didn't appear in another Texas based dub for well over a decade. Fortunately, she's getting a decent amount of work now that the Excel incident is long behind her, such as her roles as Saori Takebe from ''Anime/GirlsUndPanzer'', Kanako Miyame in ''Manga/MariaHolic'', and Hange Zoe in ''Manga/AttackOnTitan''.
* Most of the Colombian Spanish dub actors and actresses who participated in the ''Anime/KaleidoStar'' dub were hit by this due to the negative reception of said in Latin America.
* When the ''Franchise/PrettyCure'' series ''bombed'' in Latin-America due to subpar dubbing and ExecutiveMeddling, the budding career of Nagisa's VA Romina Marroquín-Payró almost took a nosedive. [[CareerResurrection She managed to recover a while later]] when she took up roles like [[Disney/{{Frozen}} Princess Anna]] and [[Disney/ZooTopia Judy Hopps]], however.
* ''Almost'' happened to [[Creator/{{Yukana}} Yukana Nogami]] when she played Four Murasame in the ''Anime/ZetaGundam'' movies. First, Four's original seiyuu Creator/SaekoShimazu wasn't cast despite still being active, so the fans immediately pegged Yukana as a ReplacementScrappy. Second, the director of the movie ''and'' one of the original seiyuu from the TV series were going through a ''scandalous'' divorce [[YourCheatingHeart related to the guy's womanizing]], and Yukana was apparently involved with him in the past. As a result Yukana was accused of pulling CastingCouch and [[YokoOhNo took the brunt of the fandom's fury]], which put her whole career in serious risk; it wouldn't recover until [[CareerResurrection she was casted as]] [[Anime/CodeGeass C.C.]]
* Surprisingly ''averted like hell'' in the Mexican Spanish dub of ''Manga/LoveHina'', if you take into account how awful that dub was, albeit some actors, like Naru's one (Karla Vega) went into voicing secondary roles aftewards, but others, like Keitaro's (Ricardo Bautista) managed to improve a lot, being his more outstandish performance was voicing Ayato Sakamaki in the Mexican dub of ''VisualNovel/DiabolikLovers'' and Ty Rux in ''WesternAnimation/DinoTrux''. It helped a lot the series never was re-run ever again after it first run in Latin America, and the fact the series was broadcasted at late hours, limiting the damage on the voice actors' reputations.

[[folder:Live Action TV]]
* Prior to his namesake sitcom ''Emeril,'' Emeril Lagasse was riding high as one of the hottest TV chefs in the country. Then it tanked and he became just another face in the crowd. (It also has the misfortune of being Robert Urich's last series.)
* Creator/MichaelRichards in ''The Michael Richards Show'', the first post-''Series/{{Seinfeld}}'' project that established the "''Seinfeld'' curse". Since it flopped in 2000, he's only done voice-over work (including in his old co-star's ''WesternAnimation/BeeMovie'') and played himself in ''Series/CurbYourEnthusiasm''. His career was buried in 2006 by deciding to deal with a heckler at one of his stand-up comedy shows by screeching racial epithets at him. The incident was captured and uploaded to YouTube, [[NeverLiveItDown ensuring that it would live on forever]].
* ''The Paul Reiser Show'' promptly bombed as soon as it aired, and NBC cancelled it after two episodes. Considering he has done nothing noteworthy since ''Series/MadAboutYou'' came to an end over a decade ago, this appeared to signal the end of Paul Reiser's on-screen career. However, he seems to have quietly regained some viability as a supporting actor in various movie projects, appearing in ''Film/BehindTheCandelabra'', ''Film/{{Whiplash}}'', and ''Film/{{Concussion}}''. Additionally, a recurring role in the TV Show ''Married'' earned some critical acclaim for him particularly. His lead role in the second season of ''Series/StrangerThings'' has certainly helped his case quite a bit.
* Creator/DickYork's career ended with ''Series/{{Bewitched}}''. The show was highly successful, but his [[TheOtherDarrin famous departure and replacement with Dick Sargent after six seasons]] due to a back injury resulted in him being out of the spotlight for a few years as he focused on recovery. When he attempted a comeback a decade later, he only booked one or two small things due to being out of the Hollywood loop for so long. He never acted again after that.
** Creator/DickSargent didn't have it much better. Nobody could see him in any role other than Darrin, and the only roles he could get were guest-star walk-ons on a handful of sitcoms. He mostly went back to stage acting after his on-camera career faded.
* Bob Denver could not follow the success of ''Series/GilligansIsland'', and ''Dusty's Trail'' - an out-west carbon copy of ''Gilligan'' in which he played the title role - prevented him from making another prime time series thereafter. (He did find work on Saturday morning shows well into TheEighties, with two animated versions of ''Gilligan's Island'' and ''Far Out Space Nuts''.)
* Dan Fogler's attempt to jump into television after his film career died started with the Creator/{{ABC}} sitcom ''Man Up!'', in which he served as co-star. Only eight episodes of the series were aired, and his TV pilot ''Prairie Dogs'', produced the following year, did not go forward and was received negatively by those who saw it.
* Creator/JayMohr was billed as a rising star in the late '90s, playing memorable roles in movies such as ''Film/JerryMaguire'' and ''Film/PicturePerfect'', as well as having a recurring role on Series/TheJeffFoxworthyShow. ''Series/{{Action}}'' was meant to be his ultimate catalyst into fame, but it was panned by critics and burned out after one season (later VindicatedByCable and has since become a CultClassic). Since then, he's only managed supporting roles and TV shows that either were low-rated or short-lived.
* Creator/RobSchneider of all people (known best for playing bit parts in Happy Madison movies and/or leading in ridiculous ripe-for-parody comedies ([[WesternAnimation/SouthPark "Rob Schneider is:]] ''[[WesternAnimation/SouthPark A Carrot!"]]'')) headlined a sitcom for CBS aptly titled ''Rob'', where he played a milquetoast white guy married to a SpicyLatina stereotype (and both lived with her family). It didn't last a full season and ''no one'' from the show, except for Creator/EugenioDerbez, who would go on to star in the sleeper hit ''Film/InstructionsNotIncluded'' and is still iconic in his native Mexico, has been seen since. Schneider later dug himself deeper with 2016's animated bomb ''WesternAnimation/NormOfTheNorth'' and his infamous Website/{{Twitter}} tirades.
* Jeff Probst attempted to enter the daytime TV circuit with [[TheEponymousShow a self-titled talk show]] (his ''second'' attempt to move beyond the ''Series/{{Survivor}}'' brand). To the surprise of almost no one, he actually suffered the same effect as Creator/ElizaDushku experienced with ''Series/{{Dollhouse}}''. Wisely, he has continued doing only ''Series/{{Survivor}}'' since then.
* Creator/{{ITV}} made headlines when it poached Ross Kemp from the Creator/{{BBC}} with a record 800,000 contract. They promptly [[ExecutiveMeddling shoehorned him into]] ''Series/UltimateForce'', causing a significant retool, in order to justify the cost. The show performed incredibly badly and suffered nightmarish scheduling delays, resulting in Kemp's career as an actor effectively ending. He reinvented himself as an investigative journalist and has since regained significant critical acclaim.
* ''Series/SexAndDrugsAndRockAndRoll'' seems to have killed the career of Creator/DenisLeary, in addition to other shows he produced that didn't do well like ''Series/{{Sirens}}'' and ''Series/{{Benders}}''. Since that show's cancellation, as well as [[WesternAnimation/IceAge Ice Age: Collision Course]] bombing at the box office, he doesn't have any projects slated for the future, when it comes to either acting or producing.
* Steve Whitmire's gig as Kermit the Frog ended following the failure of ''Series/TheMuppets''; he was told as early as the next October that his days as everyone's favorite green frog were numbered, and his roles were finally replaced by other Muppet performers after his departure the next July.
* For Kevin Sorbo, it was ''{{Series/Andromeda}}''. Sorbo was brought in to star as Captain Dylan Hunt because, after his success with ''Series/HerculesTheLegendaryJourneys'', his star power was considered to be enough to carry the series... and by God did the man know it. The series began to lag in the third season after the departure of ShowRunner Robert Howlett Wolfe, and at the same time, Sorbo began voicing demands for more and more screen time. This spiked when several members of the core cast, disappointed with [[WagTheDirector management's catering to Sorbo]], pulled up stakes and left. At the same time, Sorbo began dabbling in the worst kind of [[TheFundamentalist Christian fundamentalism]], which didn't make him any easier to work with. In the end, the series was axed, and Sorbo was left doing independent Christian[=/=]DirectToVideo films (''Film/GodsNotDead'' perhaps being the most notable due to its wide distribution) when he could get work at all.

* Creator/BetteMidler in ''Series/{{Bette}}'', the spectacular failure of which effectively ended her entire acting career after ''For the Boys'' crippled her film career. She now usually gets work performing her hits on various shows.
* Although Creator/GeenaDavis was still stinging from ''Film/CutthroatIsland'', ''The Geena Davis Show'' didn't help matters. One telling clue: usually when a show is named after its star, [[TheDanza they keep that name in the show]] - Emeril played himself in ''Emeril'' and Bette played herself in ''Bette'', for example - with Creator/BillCosby being among the more notable exceptions (''The Bill Cosby Show,'' ''Series/TheCosbyShow'', ''The Cosby Mysteries'', ''Cosby'' and, of course, ''WesternAnimation/FatAlbertAndTheCosbyKids'' - in none of those is his character called Bill). Despite being ''The GEENA DAVIS Show'', Geena Davis's character was named "Teddie". Davis' career was then really thrown off the rails when ''Series/CommanderInChief'' failed. It was supposed to be Davis' comeback and initially started strong, including an Emmy win for her, but ratings declined throughout the year before it was ultimately cancelled after 18 episodes. Davis has forged a new career focusing on researching women in film and bringing awareness to the plight of sexism within the entertainment industry, which has been met with critical acclaim. She still does acting roles here and there, the most recent of which is voicing the mother in the Studio Ghibli film ''Film/WhenMarnieWasThere''.
* Creator/LucilleBall, the star of ''Series/ILoveLucy'', conceived of the idea for, produced, and acted in another primetime comedy series, ''Life With Lucy'' (no relation to Ball's StarMakingRole) on Creator/{{ABC}} in the 1980s. Given her past television successes through the 60s and 70s even after the end of her most famous show, Ball was given complete creative control over the series - which meant that she tried to replicate ''I Love Lucy'''s success in the 50's for an 80's crowd. Suffice to say, the attempt didn't work, and the resulting series (about a widow who goes to work at a hardware store) was painfully unfunny and cringe-inducing to watch. One big reason was that Lucy was trying to duplicate her famous slapstick comedy, which didn't work nearly as well for the then-75-year-old Ball (watching a senior citizen do pratfalls makes you want to check her hip, not laugh). The show flopped on arrival, and its failure made Ball stop working on any more projects, as she died three years later.
* Wanda Sykes's once-strong career as a comedienne and actress fell apart after the failure of her talk show ''The Wanda Sykes Show''. It was said that her openness about her lesbianism and her inability to appeal to Middle America blackballed her from ever heading a major production again. Her post-cancellation work has been mostly in smaller theatrical projects. Though she's recently bounced back a bit with a recurring role on ''Series/{{Blackish}}''.
* Creator/AmberHeard had a lot of buzz about her movie career, reaching its height when she beat actresses like Creator/ScarlettJohansson and Creator/KeiraKnightley for the role of Johnny Depp's LoveInterest in ''Film/TheRumDiary'', which flopped at the box office. Then she starred in the dreadful flop TV show ''Series/ThePlayboyClub'', and her buzz was all but killed overnight. Heard's next few films like ''Film/{{Paranoia|2013}}'' and ''Film/ThreeDaysToKill'' were critical and box office letdowns, and paired with her messy divorce from Depp, it seems most likely that her career won't reach new heights after that. However, she has joined the DCEU as Mera in "Aquaman".
* Creator/JoanRivers's career took a major hit in TheEighties when she agreed to do a talk show for the then-new Fox network after it became clear she wasn't going to be tapped to replace Johnny Carson on ''Series/TheTonightShow'' despite being its regular guest host by then. Carson refused to speak to her after she did this, and after she was fired from ''The Late Show'' she was blacklisted from Hollywood for years.
* Nikki Cox became an instant sex symbol in her role as the teenage daughter, Tiffany Malloy on Creator/TheWB sitcom (one of the network's earliest shows back in early 1995) ''Series/UnhappilyEverAfter''. When ''Unhappily'' ended its run after 100 episodes in 1999, Cox starred in her own sitcom for the WB called ''Nikki'', which lasted for two years. However, sometime after leaving the Creator/{{NBC}} series ''Series/LasVegas'', Cox reemerged (after having had some ill-advised plastic surgery) in a guest appearance on the Creator/{{CBS}} series ''Series/GhostWhisperer'' alongside her real-life husband Jay Mohr (a former ''SNL'' cast member from season 19 to season 20. While his screentime was very limited and he ended up getting screwed out of being a member of the season 21 cast, Mohr is remembered for his impression of frequent host Creator/ChristopherWalken). Since that time, Cox's most notable acting role has been voicing Silver Sable on ''WesternAnimation/TheSpectacularSpiderMan''.
* Pink Lady's popularity in Japan had peaked in 1978, and by 1980 they had been rocked by a few scandals that had pushed their Japanese record sales into decline. So they shifted their focus to the United States, and ultimately gambled on ''Series/PinkLadyAndJeff'' [[CareerResurrection reviving their careers]]. Except it didn't work out, and they disbanded a year later.
* The short-run of Creator/{{FOX}} sitcom ''Stacked'' marked the end (as Chris "Rowdy C" Moore further explained in his WebVideo/TVTrash review) of Creator/PamelaAnderson's career as a television star.
* The failure of the 2011 remake of ''Series/CharliesAngels'' seems to have ended Minka Kelly's career as a leading lady, as her career has mostly been quiet since (outside of a small role in ''Film/TheButler'').
* Creator/ElizaDushku hasn't had any prominent live-action TV roles after ''Series/{{Dollhouse}}'', after many reviewers expressed the opinion that a role intended to display her versatility, and ability to play something other than a sexy, morally-ambiguous action hero, actually had the reverse effect. Most of what she's done since has been voice acting in parts that reflect her standard TypeCasting and appeal to her established geek fanbase.
* Perennial geek culture fan-favorite Creator/SummerGlau seems to have finally been done in by the cancellation of ''Series/TheCape'', making it her third cancelled series in six years (fourth, if you count ''Series/{{Dollhouse}}'', in which she has a somewhat small but significant recurring guest starring role).
* While ''{{Series/Charmed}}'' itself was a significant hit, the derailing came from Creator/ShannenDoherty's high-profile exit after the third season. Having been a respectable TV star in the '80s and '90s, she was notably dismissed from ''Series/BeverlyHills90210'' at the end of the fourth season due to tension between her and other cast members. Similar stories surfaced on the ''Charmed'' set, with T. W. King leaving after Season 1 -- rumoured to be because Doherty didn't like him (though other sources say he asked for more screentime and was just cut). Doherty herself left the show very publicly after a feud with co-star Alyssa Milano, to the point where she allegedly said "either she goes or I do". The fact that she had been fired from a second hit show after fighting with cast members earned her a reputation as a diva, as did her subsequent refusal to allow ''Charmed'' to use any archive footage or pictures of her -- which meant that [[KeepCirculatingTheTapes it took until 2005]] for the first three seasons to come out on DVD. She turned to RealityTV projects and TV movies, but never with the high profile she once enjoyed.

[[folder:Fictional examples]]

[[folder: Literature ]]

* In Jonathan Maberry's ''V-Wars'', Michael Fayne is a D-list actor whose once-promising career was harpooned when he chose to star in ''Frightbook'', a NewMediaAreEvil horror movie that was greenlit the day that ''Film/TheSocialNetwork'' hit theaters. Despite a promising cast of TV stars and veteran character actors, it was weighed down by its female lead, a former Creator/DisneyChannel star turned [[FormerChildStar troubled sex symbol]] who couldn't act her way out of a wet paper bag, and it only made a million dollars on a $30 million budget "mostly from inbred mouth-breathers who rented the video because the cover art [[SexyPackaging showed the Disney chick in a push-up bra]]." His next film, a sci-fi horror picture called ''Deep Ice'', went DirectToVideo, and by the time we meet him, he's reading an awful script for a Film/SyFyChannelOriginalMovie titled ''[[TheresNoBInMovie Giant Ice Centipede vs. Slothtopus III]]''. Worse, on the set of ''Deep Ice'' (filmed on location in Barrow, Alaska) he caught a virus called [=I1V1=] that had been locked in the permafrost only to be released by GlobalWarming, and he's suffered chronic illness ever since that's cut into his ability to work -- an illness that soon turns out to be [[OurVampiresAreDifferent vampirism]].


[[folder: Live Action TV ]]

* On ''Series/{{Entourage}}'', Vincent Chase, riding high off the success of a film adaptation of ComicBook/{{Aquaman}}, stars in the passion project ''Medellín'', a biopic of Pablo Escobar in which he plays the notorious drug lord. Unfortunately, the film's TroubledProduction produces an utter mess of a film that gets booed at Cannes and ultimately suffers the indignity of going DirectToVideo, and worse, Chase had gotten out of his lucrative ''Aquaman'' contract in order to star in ''Medellín'', leaving his career in tatters. He eventually enjoys a CareerResurrection courtesy of a Creator/MartinScorsese-directed adaptation of ''Literature/TheGreatGatsby''.