-> (talking about ''Superbabies: Film/BabyGeniuses 2'') ''"Y'know, I want to write and direct the third installment of this franchise, and make it the best thing anyone has ever seen, just so I can force critics to say "My God, you have to see ''Baby Geniuses 3''!"''
-->-- '''Ash''', ''The Shitty Movie Night Podcast''

So you've read a book, watched a movie, or played a video game, and you're underwhelmed. Maybe the story was cliched and unoriginal, or it was difficult to follow. The characters were little more than a handful of personality traits. If it was a video game, the gameplay maybe had some good ideas but they were handled poorly and the effort was wasted.

The book, film, or game may even have been pretty good, it's just that after reading it you try out the {{sequel}} and you're completely blown away. It's much better. The story is more original, the pacing was fixed, the characters who seemed so flat before are now more fleshed out and interesting in their own right. If it's a video game, the gameplay has been much improved and everything comes together more tightly. You weren't expecting the next product to be this good, but it seems the creator(s) did indeed learn from their mistakes. You're rightly impressed.

There are several reasons for the surprisingly good sequel. Franchises with more regular production cycles can help studios retain talent and acquire financial backing more easily. It can also allow the production team more time to hone the stylistic aspects of their works. In fact many authors and directors claim that some of their first work in a series was a near miss and they didn't really hit stride until the sequel. Franchises which plan things beforehand are particularly able to take advantage of this because they're less likely to get caught in in the sort of death spiral an open ended series can fall into. On the other hand, other sequels are better than the original for the exact opposite reason; the production team on the first work was terrible and a ContinuityReboot was the only way out.

The opposite of {{Sequelitis}} in many cases, though sometimes a great sequel can produce a bad third or fourth installment (which would make it the opposite of SophomoreSlump). One rule espoused by some fans of comic-book style movies is that the sequels will have a chance to be better films overall, due to not having to get the origin out of the way.

GrowingTheBeard is similar, but it deals with a television series that becomes remarkably better once it finds its stride.

Note the name of the trope! This is about the sequels to products that either sucked or weren't that good to begin with, but somehow magically improved a lot in the next installment. This is not about products that were already very good but got better. '''If the original was excellent to begin with rather than mediocre, then it's an EvenBetterSequel.''' Naturally, examples will be subjective.

See also MorePopularSpinoff, SequelDisplacement.
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[[folder:Anime]]
* ''[[Anime/YuGiOhFirstAnimeSeries Yu-Gi-Oh!]]'' (Toei series) was based on the manga, which is weird considered the series has suffered AdaptationDisplacement from the second series onward. ''Yu-Gi-Oh! Duel Monsters'' is markedly better both in storyline plotting and production values, and while the voice acting is debatable (the first one had a lot of seiyuu greats), most of the casting choices are better fits.
* ''Manga/VampireHunterD'' was basically another cheesy 80's {{Gorn}}tasic OVA/movie with a terrible dub. ''Vampire Hunter D: Bloodlust'', on the other hand, is far more serious, and the story and aesthetics are much more improved.
* Apparently, ''Anime/{{Stratos 4}}'' falls under this trope, what with ''Advance'' having a better, more sensible plot that the [[MindScrew original]].
* ''Anime/MDGeist'' was a mediocre OVA from TheEighties given popularity in North America due to a widespread advertisement campaign by those who licensed it. This popularity managed to sway the director of the OVA to make a sequel after ten years; those ten years of experience are very evident.
* ''Anime/BirdyTheMighty: Decode'' is widely regarded as a vast improvement over the original four-episode OVA.
* The ''Anime/{{Pokemon}}'' movies are usually seen as shallow MerchandiseDriven children's movies, and although the first few movies have their fans, they didn't fare well at all with critics (at least with Creator/FourKidsEntertainment's [[CutAndPasteTranslation English dubbed versions]]; it's hard to say for the original Japanese). However, [[Anime/PokemonHeroes four]] [[Anime/PokemonLucarioAndTheMysteryOfMew of]] [[Anime/PokemonZoroarkMasterOfIllusions the]] [[Anime/PokemonKyuremVsTheSwordOfJustice sequels]] are fan-favorites for their surprisingly good plot and character development.
** Additionally, ''Anime/PokemonTheFirstMovie'' and ''{{Anime/Pokemon 2000}}'' are both regarded as nostalgic but rather juvenile. ''{{Anime/Pokemon 3}}'', however, is dark, more personal, better animated, and spends a lot of time developing its antagonist, who goes in far more of a WoobieDestroyerOfWorlds direction than the previous two-dimensional villains. (While the first movie is considered to be very good in Japanese, it averts this trope since it's, well, the first movie.)
* The first entry in Nitroplus's science adventure series, ''[[VisualNovel/ChaosHead Chaos;Head]]'', was not terribly well-regarded, especially in anime form. Both the ''[[VisualNovel/SteinsGate Steins;Gate]]'' visual novel and anime, on the other hand, are regarded as high tier science fiction.
* The first ''{{Franchise/Jewelpet}}'' anime was regarded as a SoOkayItsAverage little girls' anime. ''Anime/JewelpetTwinkle'', the 2nd season, was praised for its likable characters and interesting (and surprisingly dark) plot.
* ''Anime/TransformersEnergon'' is commonly regarded as one of the worst series in the franchise for its lazy plot, flat characters whose development is continuously nullified, amateurish CGI work and a horrendous American version with a [[TranslationTrainWreck nonsensical script]] and enormous plot holes. ''Anime/TransformersCybertron'' is mostly seen as SoOkayItsAverage, but it's an improvement in all areas: the characters are more memorable, the CGI's much more polished (if still not stellar), the story has pacing problems but at least doesn't run out of steam halfway through, and the dub had a lot of effort put into it. And it's ''fun''.[[note]]''Cybertron'' was originally released as a sequel to ''Energon'' only outside of Japan, although it was actually conceptualized as such even there. However, Japanese fiction has later abandoned this idea, and now regards ''Cybertron'' as a real sequel to ''Energon''.[[/note]]
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[[folder:Film]]
* This has happened twice in the ''Franchise/ANightmareOnElmStreet'' film series, interestingly both with movies [[OnlyTheCreatorDoesItRight that involved series creator]] Creator/WesCraven [[OnlyTheCreatorDoesItRight more actively]].
** ''Film/ANightmareOnElmStreet3DreamWarriors'' is considered a markable improvement over ''[[Film/ANightmareOnElmStreetPart2FreddysRevenge Freddy's Revenge]]'', which while not completely bad, deviated too much from the [[Film/ANightmareOnElmStreet1984 first film]]'s plot.
** ''Film/WesCravensNewNightmare'' is considered a marked improvement on the 4th, 5th and 6th installments (regarded as a second nosedive after part 3) and some even think its as good as the original.
* ''ThePinkPanther'' is widely regarded as a slightly above average '60s caper film, elevated by the presence of Capucine, DavidNiven, and PeterSellers in the (supporting) role of Chief Inspector Clouseau. Its sequel, ''A Shot in the Dark'', performs a bit of a genre shift (it's a DolledUpInstallment that shifts the focus to Clouseau), and is widely regarded as one of the best comedies of that particular decade. It also introduced characters and elements that became series staples: manservant Cato and his karate attacks, former Chief Inspector Dreyfus and his being driven to madness by Clouseau, etc. [[{{Sequelitis}} Regrettably, they didn't know when to quit when they were ahead.]]
* ''Bloody Murder 2: Closing Camp'' was seen as a vast improvement over the original, not that that's very surprising, since the original was Godawful.
* The ''Boogeyman'' sequels are generally viewed as a step up from the entirely mediocre original.
* RobZombie's first movie, ''Film/HouseOf1000Corpses'', was panned by critics as {{gorn}}. Its sequel, ''Film/TheDevilsRejects'', received mixed to positive reviews. It even received Two Thumbs Up when reviewed on At The Movies with [[RogerEbert Ebert]] and Roeper!
* The original ''Film/DungeonsAndDragons'' movie was mind-bogglingly awful. The sequel, ''Film/DungeonsAndDragonsWrathOfTheDragonGod'' was more faithful to the source material and was generally considered SoOkayItsAverage.
* ''Film/TheExorcist'' is considered a classic horror film, its sequel ''Film/ExorcistIITheHeretic'' is considered a classic example of {{sequelitis}}. ''Film/TheExorcistIII'', while not as good as the first one, is definitely agreed to be much better than its immediate predesessor. This can be seen in the Rotten Tomatoes Score with the first getting a fresh 87%, the second a really low 22% and the third a barely rotten 59%.
* The third and especially fourth ''FinalDestination'' films are considered a DorkAge for the franchise... a DorkAge that many critics deem to have ended with the fifth film, which has been called the best since the original. But not in a financial sense, since the film was enough of a failure to be its FranchiseKiller.
* ''Film/FridayThe13thPartVIJasonLives'' is considered by many to be a step up over the previous installment in the series, ''Film/FridayThe13thPartVANewBeginning'', which had the poorly-received [[spoiler: [[JackTheRipoff copycat killer]]]] -angle to it.
* ''Film/GIJoeRetaliation'' featured better actors, no cheap gimmicks, the costumes of Cobra Commander and Snake Eyes were impressive, the effects were really good, which made it seem like more of an effort to be a GI Joe movie this time around than [[Film/GIJoeTheRiseOfCobra the previous effort]].
* Every ill-received ''Film/JamesBond'' has a better follow-up (many times involving [[TheOtherDarrin an actor change]]).
** The exemplar for the series would have to be ''Film/TheSpyWhoLovedMe''. ''Film/TheManWithTheGoldenGun'' is considered one of the weakest, if not ''the'' weakest entry in the entire series, in terms of box office gross, fan reactions, ''and ''critical reception. ''Film/TheSpyWhoLovedMe'' on the other hand, was a great commercial success and a hit with both fans and critics. It's almost guaranteed to land on any "Top 10 Bond Films" list worth its salt, and some Bond fans consider it better than ''Film/{{Goldfinger}}''.
** It happened again with the badly-received ''Film/QuantumOfSolace'', which suffered from the writers strike of the mid-2000s. ''Quantum'' was subsequently ignored by ''Film/{{Skyfall}}'', which many fans consider to be nearly as good as or even better than ''Film/CasinoRoyale''. Of course, ''Casino Royale'' (considered the best Bond film of the 2000s) was itself a follow-up to the universally reviled ''Film/DieAnotherDay'', marking the series' reboot after the Brosnan films' JumpingTheShark moment.
* There is this German teen comedy called ''Knallharte Jungs'' (''More Ants in the Pants'' in the English dub) about a boy whose penis can talk. It was actually brilliant and hilariously funny. Now, this movie was actually a sequel to another movie called ''Harte Jungs'' (''Ants in the Pants'' in the English release) And my God, was that one lame!
* While ''Film/MenInBlack II'' is widely considered a mediocre rehash of the original, ''Men In Black III'' has been surprisingly well-received.
* ''Film/PsychoCop'' was an incredibly generic and forgettable slasher film, while the sequel (the uncut version, that is) was amusingly zany and over-the-top, and benefited greatly Robert R. Shafer much improved acting (in the first one, he somehow combined LargeHam with DullSurprise).
* While the first two ''Film/PuppetMaster'' movies are fairly decent horror flicks, the third one, which actually goes into Andre Toulon's back story, is considered a classic.
* ''[[{{Saw}} Saw VI]]'' was regarded by fans and critics alike as a huge improvement over the two previous sequels and generally regarded as a worthy successor to the original trilogy.
* ''ScaryMovie 3'' was generally considered a great improvement on ''2'', with the [[GrossOutShow gross-out humor]] being replaced by more straightforward humor reminiscent of ''{{Airplane}}'' and ''Film/TheNakedGun'' - helps that it has one of its stars (LeslieNielsen) and directors (David Zucker) of both.
* ''Film/StarTrekTheMotionPicture'' was dull, padded out with LeaveTheCameraRunning scenes, and didn't really feel like ''Franchise/StarTrek''. ''Film/StarTrekIITheWrathOfKhan'', however, is widely regarded as one of the franchise's finest moments. Everyone pretty much agrees that the rest of the films vary in quality between the two; this gave rise to the StarTrekMovieCurse, which posits that the even-numbered films in the series are the better ones.
* Although not as well-regarded as the original trilogy, critics generally gave much better reviews to ''StarWars Episode III: RevengeOfTheSith'' when it was released in comparison to the first two prequels.
* ''Film/TransformersDarkOfTheMoon'' is considered to be one of these by some, especially those who don't mind the Transformers movies and Creator/MichaelBay in general. After critical consensus deemed its prequel, ''[[Film/TransformersRevengeOfTheFallen Revenge of The Fallen]]'', to be [[{{Sequelitis}} not great]], Michael Bay went and directly addressed the problems with the film (such as the various [[TheScrappy Scrappies]], [[VulgarHumor the juvenile humor]], and the lack of plot and emotional depth) and worked on averting them for the sequel.
* ''Film/XMen'':
** In a prequel example, ''Film/XMenFirstClass'' saved the Film/XMen franchise after the disappointing critical and commercial response to ''Film/XMenOriginsWolverine''.
** Reviews for ''Film/TheWolverine'' seem to be placing it as one to ''X-Men Origins: Wolverine''. It can also be considered one to ''X-Men: The Last Stand'', since ''The Wolverine'' takes place after [[spoiler:Logan was forced to kill Jean Grey]].
** ''Film/XMenDaysOfFuturePast'' is not only seen as a massive improvement on ''LastStand'' by critics and fans alike, but it even goes the extra mile by erasing the previous movie's controversial plot elements from the film canon via CosmicRetcon.
* After ''Film/IronMan2'' was {{Sequelitis}} for the first ''Film/IronMan'', ''Film/IronMan3'' is considered this by critics featuring a fully scripted screenplay (the previous movies had been loosely scripted and improvised) and a more focused plot with more effective villains and a better personal character arc for Tony.
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[[folder:Literature]]
* An older literary example, is that Creator/AnthonyTrollope's celebrated novel ''Barchester Towers'' is actually the sequel to the lesser-known ''The Warden''.
* The first two books of ''Literature/TheDresdenFiles'', ''Storm Front'' and ''Fool Moon'', are considered to be okay, if nothing special. Book 3 onwards, when the main plot kicks in, is far better.
* Creator/BruceCoville's ''Literature/MyTeacherIsAnAlien'' is a decent standalone science fiction story. The three sequels, however, are an epic, philosophical, and surprisingly deep look at the human condition through the eyes of extraterrestrials. When people praise the series, it is almost always the sequels they are talking about, with the original being more like a pilot episode that sets up the characters. The Rod Allbright books follow the same pattern.
* R.A. Salvatore's ''[[Literature/TheIcewindDaleTrilogy The Crystal Shard]]'' reads, especially in its first hundred pages, like it was written by a sixteen-year-old who'd just read ''Literature/TheLordOfTheRings''. His later novels are a marked improvement in comparison.
* ''[[Literature/InheritanceCycle Eragon]]'' is ''ANewHope'' [[RecycledINSPACE not in space]]. ''Eldest'' and ''Brisingr'' have started getting a little bit more original.
* ''[[Literature/{{Shannara}} The Sword of Shannara]]'' has some rough patches and comparisons (justified or not) to ''Literature/TheLordOfTheRings'' abound. The later books found more solid footing. Brooks has stated that ''The Elfstones of Shannara'' (the second book) needed a lot of editorial work, but it's his favourite as a result. In fact, if the long awaited film project ever gets off the ground, ''Elfstones'' will be the first book filmed as ''Sword'' is considered far too similar to LOTR to even attempt.
* The first [[Literature/TheCulture Culture]] novel, ''Consider Phlebas'', is a passable science fiction novel. The next, ''The Player of Games'', is the first in which the whole impact of what the Culture is like can be felt, and is usually the one recommended to read first. The key problem being that in ''Consider Phlebas'', the Culture are the antagonists, with the [[AntiHero hero]] of the story being an enemy soldier, more or less, who is obviously none too fond of them. The criticisms he raises of this society are a lot easier to understand and ponder on when you actually know more about just what the Culture ''is''.
* Creator/DanBrown's ''Literature/TheLostSymbol'', sequel to ''Literature/TheDaVinciCode'' - he breaks away from a lot of the cliches that had bogged down his earlier books (the formulaic opening sentence, the first good guy mentioned dying, a TokenRomance) - and spins a thriller that ends up not postulating a likely incorrect view of history, but one that hinges on the idea that wisdom lives inside us.
* Even Stephen King admits that ''Literature/TheDrawingOfTheThree'' was a huge improvement on ''Literature/TheGunslinger''.
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[[folder:Live-Action TV]]
* A possible subversion when comparing The original ''Series/{{Battlestar Galactica|Classic}}'', which was pure 70s sci-fi cheese, though very fun show nonetheless. The SciFiChannel [[Series/BattlestarGalacticaReimagined remake]], however, took the concept, scraped off the cheese, and made it DarkerAndEdgier with a great deal of over the top melodrama. The resulting show was considered a surprising improvement over the original series by some and has garnered a great deal of critical acclaim.
* Morgan Spurlock's documentary series ''30 Days'' can be considered this to Spurlock's earlier documentary ''Film/SuperSizeMe''. Like ''Super Size Me'', each episode explored a social or political issue via a 30-day experiment with a different lifestyle, but it lacked the former film's {{Anvilicious}} nature and questionable scientific methods, since it was about honestly examining people's reactions to dabbling in different ways of life. It helped that most episodes featured a volunteer participant living out the experiment (rather than Spurlock himself), meaning that it came off as much less preachy than many people perceived ''Super Size Me'' to be.
* The ''{{Fred}}'' MadeForTVMovie trilogy is considered to be not very good, but people think that each succeeding movie is better than the preceding one.
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[[folder:Music]]
* Tends to be extremely common with a lot of bands, and quite often the first album most bands actually make are never released by the label that signs them or is cannibalized to make their first official album.
* Music/ToriAmos' original band, Y Kant Tori Read?, paled in comparison to her first solo album, ''Little Earthquakes''.
* Music/{{Radiohead}} got a significantly more sophisticated sound with ''The Bends'', than they had in their debut. Even more so with ''OK Computer''. Their sound has continued to evolve, but that one's generally considered their best.
* Music/VanMorrison's first album, ''Blowin' Your Mind'', was a compilation of earlier singles, including the pop hit "Brown-Eyed Girl", and was disowned by Morrison. His second album, ''Astral Weeks'', is usually regarded as his MagnumOpus.
* Music/MotleyCrue's debut album, ''Too Fast for Love'', was a decent glam metal album, held back by inexperience on behalf of the band and rather inept management. Their next album was expected to be more solid, but when ''Shout at the Devil'' was released it blew said expectations out of the water. This happened again later, twice. After Vince Neil killed someone in a car crash and served a jail term, no one expected much out of the Crue, but ''Girls Girls Girls'' ended up being a great album. Unfortunately, the band's well-publicised substance abuse problems made the tour complete crap, and between Tommy Lee and Heather Locklear's marriage, Nikki Sixx's near-fatal heroin overdose, Mick Mars' struggle with alcoholism and ankylosing spondylitis, and Vince Neil effectively leaving the band for a time, they were pretty much dismissed as washed-up former stars. Then, they released ''Dr. Feelgood''. In just over a month they were number one on the charts. ''Dr. Feelgood'' is still considered their best album by most fans.
* After the release of their first album, Music/TalkTalk was dismissed as a cheap Music/DuranDuran knock-off band. With each successive album, however, their sound matured and they ventured into more experimental territory, eventually dropping the New Wave genre completely and becoming an influential {{Post-Rock}} vanguard, culminating with their final album, 1991's critically adored ''Laughing Stock''.
* Some people might wonder why Tchaikovsky's three symphonies are numbered 4, 5, and 6. That's because his ''first'' three symphonies aren't nearly as good and are usually ignored.
* [[SergeiRachmaninoff Rachmaninoff]]'s first symphony was a complete critical failure and flopped so hard on its first (and only, during Rachmaninoff's lifetime) performance in 1897 that it almost destroyed Rachmaninoff's career, launching him into a severe depression during which he composed almost no music for over three years. When he finally started composing again in 1900, he started with his Second Piano Concerto, which is now one of the most famous pieces of music in the entire repertoire. He also wrote a second symphony in 1906-1907 which met much greater success than his first.
* This actually happens quite a bit with the classical composers. For example, listen to the first piano sonatas of [[FryderykChopin Chopin]], [[AlexanderScriabin Scriabin]], and [[SergeiProkofiev Prokofiev]]. They don't really have the "je ne sais quoi" you expect from those composers, do they? Now listen to their second piano sonatas and suddenly, all is well with the universe.
* [[WolfgangAmadeusMozart Mozart]] wrote his first few symphonies when he was eight and nine years old. Now granted, [[ChildProdigy writing symphonies at age eight is very impressive]]... but you still don't hear those symphonies performed in the concert hall very often, especially compared to his last two.
* KatyPerry was just an unpopular pop wannabe with ''One of the Boys'' (with the exceptions of "Thinking of You", "Hot n Cold" and "Waking Up in Vegas"). But then she released "California Gurls". Catchy, [[GettingCrapPastTheRadar radar-dodging]], but nothing special. But then the song "Teenage Dream" came. And the whole album came. It changed her music career forever, and with all the {{CrowningMusicOfAwesome}} it gained a legion of fans. Prism, the next album, managed to be alright with critics, getting a 61 on Metacritic.
* While we're on the topic of pop albums, Ke$ha hasn't really been known for thought-provoking lyrics. However, her second full album, Warrior, was praised by critics for being a bit more edgy and meaningful than her recent efforts, giving the album a 71 on Metacritic.
* Who would have thought that one of the '80s' many interchangeable {{Glam|Rock}}/HeavyMetal bands that couldn't get arrested would later become [[{{Pantera}} one of the pioneers of the '90s post-thrash sound]]?
* Music/{{Nirvana}}'s ''Music/{{Nevermind}}''. The band's first album ''Bleach'' is a muddy sounding and sporadically brilliant album (compare "Blew", "Negative Creep" and "About a Girl" with the less distinguished songs like "Big Cheese", "Swap Meet" and "Downer"). Few people at the time saw any reason why Nirvana were any more promising than other Seattle bands like Mudhoney, TAD, and Mother Love Bone.
** Ditto with Music/TheSmashingPumpkins; their first album ''Gish'' was a weird mashup of pre-grunge, post-80s Hard rock. By comparison, ''Siamese Dream'' is considered on par with ''Nevermind'' when it comes to 90s alternative.
* Imagine if, tomorrow, Tiffany released an award-winning, angsty, introspective, multi-platinum-selling album that would become one of the defining albums of the decade it was released in. Got that picture in your head? Good, because that is exactly what happened in 1995, when a [[CanadaEh Canadian]] TeenIdol by the name of Music/AlanisMorissette [[NewSoundAlbum switched]] from cheesy bubblegum pop to chick rock and released ''Jagged Little Pill''. There's a reason why nobody mentions [[OldShame the first two albums]] in her discography.
* Even as far back as the mid-1980s, FaithNoMore showed an amazingly promising, interesting and unique sound brought down by inconsistent songwriting, lack of direction, and a "singer" by the name of Chuck Mosley who was little more than a WesleyWillis-esque novelty act that could only take the material so far. With ''The Real Thing'' the band's sound and vision became much more cohesive and realized, and they jackpotted on [[MikePatton a replacement you might have heard a few glowing things about]]. Oh and there's also the thing where it had a hit song and sold a lot of copies. And then came [[MagnumOpus the next album]]...
* Music/KellyClarkson's first album ''Thankful'', made just off of her winning ''Series/AmericanIdol'', was a modest hit. Its success was credited to the popularity of the show more than to her. Her second album ''Breakaway'', featuring such hits as "Behind These Hazel Eyes", "Walk Away", "Since U Been Gone" and the title track, was ''huge'' and established her firmly as a pop star.
* Music/SimpleMinds' first album is... Well, let's just say that "Simple Minds play ThreeChordsAndTheTruth" is at best a ''flawed'' proposition. Had they not made ''[[CultClassic Reel to Real Cacophony]]'' but a year later, it's doubtful that any but the most devoted punk fan would have had the slightest recollection of them.
* The Slits. Though their early work was never ''officially'' released, an appearance in ThePunkRockMovie, various high profile gigs supporting Music/TheClash and Music/TheSexPistols, and a Peel Session (which is more than many of their peers ever got around to doing) firmly established them as a shambolic but enthusiastic Punk band, most notable for being one of the very few all women line ups of the time. When they eventually recorded an ''official'' first album, 1979's Cut, they'd learned how to play their instruments and veered wildly off into Dub and Funk territories. It was a landmark release in Post-Punk history, but was such a radical shift in style and playing ability it prompted accusations of hiring session musicians and never actually playing on the record.
* Similar to the Music/{{Radiohead}} and Music/VanMorrison examples, Music/JethroTull and Music/{{Rush}} have parallel origins: Their first albums, ''This Was'' and ''Rush'' respectively, were basically just rip-offs of Music/{{Cream}} and Music/LedZeppelin, again, respectively, then their second albums, ''Stand Up'' and ''Fly By Night'' were considered improvements, their third albums ''Benefit'' and ''Caress of Steel'' received mixed reviews(though more so in the latter case), and their fourth albums, ''Aqualung'' and ''2112'' are considered their breakouts, establishing them as legends of ProgressiveRock.
* It's generally accepted that Music/{{Blur}}'s debut ''Leisure'' has its moments, but is overall a rather patchy late-"baggy" era album. Without the benefit of hindsight, there's nothing to indicate that three years later they'd be one of Britain's biggest bands of the mid-90s with the iconic Britpop release ''Parklife''. (The change in direction- and improvement- started with ''Modern Life is Rubbish'', but that wasn't a major success on its first release).
* NewOrder's first album ''Movement'' has its fans, but it was their [[NewSoundAlbum more synth-based second album]] ''Power, Corruption & Lies'' (and the non-LP singles issued around the same time) that established them as something more than the rump of JoyDivision.
* Very few people rated Music/{{Eurythmics}}' first album ''In The Garden'' - it was largely ignored at the time, spawned no hits, and although still in print, nevertheless remains pretty obscure today. Their second album ''Sweet Dreams (Are Made Of This)'', on the other hand...
* Music/ShaniaTwain's first album was mostly-forgettable and mostly-forgotten mainstream country of the early 1990s. Her second and third albums, ''The Woman in Me'' and ''Come On Over'', are two of the best-selling country albums of all time by a female artist, and both were loaded with extremely popular singles.
* There's nothing particularly bad about the first three albums by {{Queen}} - at their worst, they're SoOkayItsAverage - but their fourth album, ''A Night At The Opera'' is regarded as one of the best albums they ever produced and widely seen as one of the best albums of TheSeventies. (RollingStone ranked it at #231 in their top 500 albums.)
** Similarly, their later album ''The Works'' was also a great improvement on its predecessor - although this has more to do with the fact that the predecessor in question, 1982's ''Hot Space'' is widely seen as the worst album Queen ever did.
* 1969's ''Empty Sky'' was a fairly competent, psychedelia-infuenced debut album, but it barely hinted at [[EltonJohn Elton John's]] talents, save for the ballad "Skyline Pigeon", which Elton would re-record as a B-side in 1973. Elton's 1970 SelfTitledAlbum with "Your Song", "Take Me To The Pilot" and "Border Song" would be Elton's BreakthroughHit album.
* Music/TheScore (1996) by Music/TheFugees was a bestseller which met with more critical acclaim than their poorly received debut album "Blunted On Reality" (1994). Even the band themselves saw this record as a failure, because of all the ExecutiveMeddling.
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[[folder:Pinball]]
* The first pinball machine themed on ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons'', made by Data East and sharing the same name as the show, is widely considered a competent but unremarkable table, with simplistic rules that have nothing to do with the show, a tendency to lose the ball even when playing well, and a sparse sound package with minimalistic quotes or clips taken from the show. 13 years later, Creator/{{Stern}} released ''Pinball/TheSimpsonsPinballParty'', with a complex set of rules deeply integrated with the show, more things to do on the machine with nothing aimed at the drain, and extensive voice work from the actors recorded just for the machine. ''The Simpsons Pinball Party'' is considered by pinball fans to be one of Stern's greatest pinball machines, if not one of the greatest pinball machines ever made.
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[[folder:Tabletop Games]]
* Most of Matt Ward's 5th edition codexes are rather ''divisive'' among Warhammer40000 fans. The Space Marines codex has some [[BaseBreaker base-breaking]] fluff. The Blood Angels Codex has several GameBreaker elements, while the Grey Knights codex has ''both''. The reaction to the news that Ward would be writing the 5th Edition Necrons codex was... less than stellar. But when the codex was released, it turned out that Necrons Codex was mechanically well balanced, and while it did introduce several massive retcons to the existing Necrons fluff, most fans agree that those changes were long overdue and rescued Necrons from being a GenericDoomsdayVillain.
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[[folder:Video Games]]
* The original ''VideoGame/StreetFighter'' was a broken mess, with bad controls being the one huge problem that brought it down. By turning the GoodBadBugs into gameplay features, removing the truly bad bugs, and generally improving the controls, ''VideoGame/StreetFighterII'' is credited with [[GenrePopularizer popularizing the one-on-one tournament fighter genre]] and becoming a phenomenon.
* Due to the ''Franchise/FinalFantasy'' franchise and its BrokenBase, ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyXIII'' received a lot of venom for fans for its [[NoSidepathsNoExplorationNoFreedom linearity]]. Then came ''VideoGame/{{Final Fantasy XIII-2}}'', a game that not only ''doesn't'' feel like a narrow corridor, but has side-quests up the wazoo.
* The first ''VideoGame/TimeSplitters'' was an average, plotless, mildly quirky fetch-quest game. The series really took off to its cult status at the second installment; a [[RuleOfFun fun]], [[RuleOfCool badass]], and most importantly ''[[RuleOfFunny HILARIOUS]]'' SpiritualSequel ''and'' AffectionateParody of the behemoth that was ''[[VideoGame/GoldenEye1997 GoldenEye]]'' in its day, courtesy of Rare veterans. Think of everything that made ''[[VideoGame/GoldenEye1997 GoldenEye]]'' good, turn it UpToEleven, add [[EverythingsBetterWithMonkeys monkeys]] [[EverythingsDeaderWithZombies and zombies]] [[MoreDakka with shotguns]] and you're not even close to the [[CrazyAwesome utter craziness]] this series embodies. '''''[[NinjaPirateZombieRobot ZOMBIE MONKEYS.]]'''''
** Whilst the second game's campaign consisted of mostly [[StandAloneEpisode stand-alone missions]], the sequel's has a much stronger, inter-connected storyline that culminated in the reveal of the [[BigBad series villain]]. Whilst not quite as fast-paced and [[CrazyAwesome insane]] as the previous entry and with a weaker multi-player, the faults of both games balance each other out and they're often considered on par with each other, with which is better depending largely on [[BrokenBase one's personal preferences]] (most fans do consider them both great games however).
* It certainly happens in ''VideoGame/DungeonSiege''. In the first game, the characters you could hire for your party were a bunch of one-dimensional mercenaries that came out of nowhere. In ''Dungeon Siege II'', the characters were given their own personalities, conversations amongst each other, and even their own side quests.
* ''VideoGame/ZoneOfTheEnders'' sold well [[JustHereForGodzilla mostly because]] it came with a demo for ''VideoGame/MetalGearSolid2''. The game itself was decent enough but suffered from repetitive battles, criminal shortness and [[{{Wangst}} whiny]] and cliched characters, leading to a somewhat mixed reaction. As such, many people who liked the original concept were happy to see the sequel tighten up the controls, give you twice as many options in battle and include a long and interesting plot to follow. They were even more surprised to see whiny and annoying characters in the first game return in style, having [[TookALevelInBadass leveled in Bad Ass]] in the intervening time between games.
* ''VideoGame/BloodyRoar'' was an obscure, poorly-balanced mess of a game, with overly simple but awkward controls, poor AI, and a wannabe {{SNK Boss}}, thus the only appeal of the game was its relative simplicity and novelty, and possible pandering to furries ([[{{Stripperific}} or Alice]]). ''Bloody Roar 2'', however, was an elegant masterpiece, fixing the system into something much less cumbersome and very easy to play, yet empathizing mind games and strategies, and allowing the player (or Cpu) to easily counter fools who would try to button mash, the balance was much better (though still far from perfect..), Story mode was introduced, and the game's story improved tenfold, the [=AI=] was dramatically improved, the low levels still being fairly easy and welcoming to new players (you could button mash most of the opponents on setting 1 and 2, though if you tried it on the final boss you would be horribly beaten down) and the hard levels capable of challenging an experienced and intelligent player, and the Final Boss was extremely hard and clever, yet he was still balanced for VS play, and fought fairly (no reading your buttons, or moving at impossible speeds, or moves that take off half your life in one hit, though he could combo you painfully). Sadly the game only managed a small yet strong fanbase, possibly due to the first game, and the lack of a budget. The later games are inferior; 3 and Primal Fury/Extreme are still fun, but 4 managed to kill the entire franchise.
* ''VideoGame/DynastyWarriors 1'' and 2 were bashed by reviews and many gamers alike, but from the 3rd game onwards, the line was well received for a while. Recently, it's become mocked by reviewers (but still maintains a base of hardcore fans) [[ItsTheSameNowItSucks because it remains a similar game in every incarnation]].
** As a note, ''Dynasty Warriors 1'' is not part of the same series, which is why the Japanese series numbers are one less than the NA series numbers.
** The crossover series ''VideoGame/WarriorsOrochi'' had a surprisingly improved third game. While it stays true to the ''Warriors'' formula of "kill as many bad guys as possible", it also added a level editor, cooperative and online play, a single overarching story arc in place of the usual faction-based approach, and a [[LoadsAndLoadsOfCharacters ginormous cast of characters]] from the series' history[[note]]A total of 132 characters from both sides as of ''Dynasty Warriors 7'' and ''VideoGame/SamuraiWarriors 3'', along with guest appearances from other famous Tecmo and Koei games such as ''VideoGame/NinjaGaiden'', ''VideoGame/DeadOrAlive'', and ''VideoGame/BladestormTheHundredYearsWar''[[/note]].
** It's also agreed that ''Dynasty Warriors 7'' was a vast improvement over the previous installment (which was certainly a step back from the other games).
* Similarly, ''SoulCalibur'' was quite an improvement on ''Soul Blade/Soul Edge'' (to the point that most people think the series began with ''Soul Calibur'').
* Several DatingSim series (such as ''X-Change'') start with a PornWithoutPlot game with shallow characters that exist almost solely for the main character to have sex with and little interaction with the player (who's assumed to be too busy interacting with themselves) beyond them clicking to the next scene. Then a sequel adds things like actual plot, characters, branching stories, and the sorts of things that separate porn from a story that happens to involve sex. They also often get improved budgets allowing things like better art, more CG pics for scenes, and voice acting. In fact, ever so often a series gets so improved, they'll make a ''[[BleachedUnderpants non]]''[[BleachedUnderpants -hentai version]], which have a habit of [[AdaptationDisplacement completely overshadowing the original]].
** ''VisualNovel/MuvLuv'' plays with this by [[TrollingCreator initially pretending to be an average-to-bad]] {{Eroge}}, but on its second half it [[GenreShift changes the setting]] and becomes a SciFi war drama. Its OddlyNamedSequel is widely considered one of the best {{Eroge}} stories ever.
* While the original ''VideoGame/{{Dragon Quest|I}}'' scores points for innovation, it's aged terribly compared to the first installments of ''Franchise/FinalFantasy'' and ''VideoGame/PhantasyStar''. ''VideoGame/DragonQuestII'' fares worse since it can't even play the innovation card. ''VideoGame/DragonQuestIII'' on the other hand takes the basic job class system and expends on upon it. It also most likely contains the UrExample of the MonsterArena and building a new town. The GameBoyColor [[VideoGameRemake remake]] is even better, adding a new job class, a BonusDungeon, a redone localization and a whole lot more.
* ''VideoGame/{{Hitman}}: Codename 47'' featured a good concept but had very twitchy AI, a buggy disguise system, and no ability to save during missions (apparently as a way of artificially lengthening the game). ''Hitman: Silent Assassin'' added the ability to save as well making improvements on the shortfalls of the original, as did each installment afterwards. ''Contracts'' also added better non-lethal takedown methods and ''Blood Money'' added the ability to use the environment to make your kills look like accidents.
** Also, ''Contracts'' was mostly a remake of ''Codename 47'' with gameplay and level-design improvements, justified through unreliable memories of the player character [[spoiler: as his life is flashing before his eyes during a near death experience.]] Because of this (and because the first game was PC-only while the others had console ports) the "Hitman Trilogy" re-release only features the 2nd, 3rd, and 4th games.
* The original ''VideoGame/{{Summoner}}'' was a fairly dull RPG, albeit one with some good moments. The second was far better, having a significantly better combat system, voice actors who sounded like they cared, and a badass female protagonist who could shapeshift into monsters.
* While the earlier ''VideoGame/ArmoredCore'' games had their own fandom, the games had really problematic graphics, confusing storylines, and [[SomeDexterityRequired really, really laggy controls]]. It wasn't until Master of Arena that the arena system even came in, and until the 3 series that the graphics and controls received good reviews.
* ''Anime/MobileSuitGundam'' did not have a pleasant entry to the world of [=3D PS2=] gaming. ''Journey to Jaburo'' was aimed fully at the fanboys with loads of FMV and well-done audio, but horrible in-game graphics and controls combined with lackluster melee combat ruined the game even for many fans of the series, and worried fans were concerned that the series would be abandoned or left as schlock. ''Federation vs Zeon'' managed to make a surprisingly good [=VirtualOn=] knockoff with a worthwhile campaign mode and decent replay value. ''Zeonic Front'' actually made an enjoyable squad-based tactics game with actually memorable original characters and strategy, and ''Encounters in Space'' was likewise playable even for those that weren't already into the series.
** Speaking of, there's also the ''GundamVsSeries'', which went through {{Sequelitis}} (''AEUG vs Titans'' and ''Gundam vs Zeta Gundam'', which were little more than ''Fed vs Zeon'' with new machines) before swinging back around into this trope's territory with the ''Alliance vs ZAFT'' games (which refined the game engine by speeding things up, making melee more viable, and adding in new tricks like boost dashing and shield defense) and the ''Gundam vs Gundam'' games (which continued the refinements while bringing in mecha from the Gundam franchise's 30-year history rather than focusing on just a single show at a time).
* ''VideoGame/LufiaAndTheFortressOfDoom'' was a bog-standard RPG. ''VideoGame/LufiaIIRiseOfTheSinistrals'' added puzzles, a more compelling storyline, one of the first randomised bonus dungeons, fun-to-use and not-too-rare random drops that give you special abilities... and created one of the best SNES-era [=RPGs=]. Had the developers not run out of budget or time for a couple towers late in the game (the only puzzle-free dungeons), it would be perfection.
* The first ''VideoGame/PokemonRanger'' game was [[EarlyInstallmentWeirdness different]], and it was neat to play as something other than a trainer, but many gameplay elements were hard (must not slip off edge of disgustingly slimy floor!) to nearly impossible (hold still, Pokémon, so I can draw twenty loops around you without lifting my stylus!). The second game, ''Shadows of Almia'', had a better and longer plot, let you explore your world more, made it so you didn't have to draw twenty loops in one go, and actually had adults that were worth something besides giving you your initial equipment. Much more fun. The third game was even ''better'', taking all that good stuff and expanding it.
* The first two ''VideoGame/GrandTheftAuto'' games were mild successes that garnered mixed reviews due to somewhat dodgy gameplay and older style graphics. The only real reason why they attracted much attention was because of [[NoSuchThingAsBadPublicity the controversy that they caused]] -- which had been largely whipped by the developers for exactly this reason. With the jump to 3D in ''VideoGame/GrandTheftAutoIII'', the game garnered near universal acclaim, kicked up a firestorm of controversy, and changed the entire industry with its WideOpenSandbox gameplay.
* RockstarGames as a whole are very good at this. ''RedDeadRevolver'' was a regular game at best. ''VideoGame/RedDeadRedemption'' is basically ''Revolver'' plus the ''GTA'' formula, with next generation graphics and a much richer plot.
* ''VideoGame/MetalGearAcid'' was ambitious, but very unrefined, with potentially broken gameplay. ''AC!D 2'' sharpened the graphics, tidied up the engine, made the story more coherent, and added a lot of depth and spontaneity to the gameplay.
** ''AC!D 2'' also played to the fans of the first by bringing back what many would acknowledge as the first game's best moment - as the final boss of that game comes back (and, in a masterful bit of foreshadowing, you ''run on top of it'' without noticing unless you ''really'' paid attention), only tightened and with a potentially nasty time limit to make it harder.
** If you didn't like all the GuideDangIt and lack of good stealth options in the original ''VideoGame/MetalGear'', its sequel, ''VideoGame/MetalGear2SolidSnake'', could be considered to fit this trope.
* ''VideoGame/TheKingOfFighters 94'' was a very good game, but TheComputerIsACheatingBastard and the controls are tough to get used to, although the music is awesome. ''95'' has some improvements, but the AI is even worse. ''The King of Fighters 96'' is widely considered the point where everything really took off.
** ''KOF XIII'' made up for ''KOF XII'''s deficiencies in a major way, keeping the high-definition visuals and bringing back some of the fan-favorite characters that were left out of ''XII'', as well as a tutorial mode and a story mode that chronicles the final events of the Tales of Ash Saga.
* ''VideoGame/NeverwinterNights'', was considered decent, but ultimately had a rather tedious and unimaginative storyline. Then came the ''Shadows of Undrentide'' expansion, which was markedly better, and finally ''Hordes of the Underdark'', which completely blew the previous two away.
** ''VideoGame/NeverwinterNights2'' does it one better, with big improvements between the original game and the ''Mask of the Betrayer'' expansion. These include a greater emphasis on story, meaningful dialog, more unique and deeper party members (with the possibility to solo) and less focus on the engine's near unplayable combat.
** Unfortunately, ''Neverwinter Nights 2'' hasn't been around long enough for the real gems to emerge from the modding community. ''Dark Waters'' (incidentally written by the same person who wrote the Shadowlords/Dreamcatcher/Demon arc for the first game) is pretty good, though, and its sea combat system was brilliantly scripted.
* ''[[VideoGame/FreeSpace Conflict FreeSpace: The Great War]]'' was a fun space combat simulation game with a nice game engine and a solid storyline, but it wasn't outstanding in any field. The sequel, ''VideoGame/FreeSpace2'', was darker, with a far more gripping and surprising storyline, vastly-improved combat, visuals that still impress today and a jaw-dropping and somewhat ambiguous ending that has provoked debate ever since. ''[=FreeSpace=] 2'' was such an awesome space-combat game it killed the genre stone dead by making every other game in the genre redundant... a problem that was exacerbated by it being an AcclaimedFlop.\\\
How good is ''[=FreeSpace=] 2''? The fan community has released several professional-quality campaigns, long since taken over operating the multiplayer component, made several total conversions (the most well-known turns ''[=FreeSpace=] 2'' into ''Babylon 5'': The Videogame,) and to top if off, they've been ''upgrading the engine'' non-stop since the source-code was released. On a decent computer, the source-code project makes the game look like it came out two or three years ago, when, in fact, it's over a decade old.
* After ''[[VideoGame/TombRaiderAngelOfDarkness Angel of Darkness]]'' and the last game or two before that (along with the [[VideoGameMoviesSuck movies]]) many considered the ''Franchise/TombRaider'' franchise beyond saving, but a change to another developer brought the series back again with ''Legend'' which went on to be the fastest selling (note, not highest selling) game in the series so far and got high critical acclaim. Depending on your feelings about many of the changes in ''Legend'' this can also extend to ''Anniversary'' and/or ''Underworld''. The 2013 reboot also won back those who felt ''Underworld'' failed to deliver.
* [[ZigZaggingTrope A rollercoaster]] with the ''VideoGame/AceCombat'' core series. The localization of ''[[VideoGame/AceCombat3Electrosphere Electrosphere]]'' had its [[{{Macekre}} entire plot surgically removed]]. ''[[VideoGame/AceCombat04ShatteredSkies Shattered Skies]]'' fared better, and had a better plot to begin with, but its strength was in the delivery. ''[[VideoGame/AceCombat5TheUnsungWar The Unsung War]]'' brings everything together with sympathetic characters, a clever plot, and the astounding, epic presentation the series is known for, which it continued with for ''[[VideoGame/AceCombatZeroTheBelkanWar The Belkan War]]'', except bigger. ''[[VideoGame/AceCombat6FiresOfLiberation Fires of Liberation]]'', however, goes a step back with a textbook, straightforward plot and a cast consisting of only supporting characters, none of whom get much individual screen time or, indeed, even matter until the very end.
* The original ''VideoGame/SuperRobotWars'' game on the Nintendo GameBoy was clunky, with minimal plot and a ''lot'' of GuideDangIt moments. Each game's taken steps since then, with its first sequel actually using the pilots and storylines from the series in question, and producing Banpresto's first OriginalGeneration batch, featuring Masaki Ando, Bian Zoldark, and Shu Shirakawa.
** Similarly, the first ''VideoGame/SuperRobotWarsOriginalGeneration'' was fairly clunky compared to the earlier SRW games on the GameBoyAdvance, with a pretty basic story and minimal animation and effects. It feels a lot like a side-project Banpresto wasn't ready to commit to (it was, after all, essentially a crossover ''without'' the crossing over). Compare to ''Original Generation 2'', which featured more plots and better animation and effects that nearly match the first ''[[VideoGame/SuperRobotWarsAlpha Alpha]]'' game on the PS1.
* ''VideoGame/SaintsRow1'' was your stereotypical WideOpenSandbox, released to faint praise for having a solid, fun game, but still being a shameless ''[[Franchise/GrandTheftAuto GTA]]'' clone. Only one thing really changed between its release and its sequel--''GTA'' decided it wanted to be taken seriously, and we got ''[[VideoGame/GrandTheftAutoIV GTA 4]]''. ''VideoGame/SaintsRow2'' went the other way--the main character became an over-the-top HeroicComedicSociopath and the game took RefugeInAudacity. Critics loved it, as did players. Then ''[[VideoGame/SaintsRowTheThird The Third]]'' pushed it even further. Although some people bash it for being outright strange, a lot of players enjoyed it for the pure insanity and strangeness they gave you to play around with in an open world, in a more stark contrast to ''GTA'' which is serious in nature.
* The original ''VideoGame/StarControl'' was a 2D space combat sim with hardly any story elements (at least not [[AllThereInTheManual in the game.]]). ''StarControl 2'' kept the good parts (the space combat, aka Super Melee) and added a surprisingly complex and fun story mode.
* ''50 Cent Bulletproof'' was trashed for all the bugs and bad gameplay (the PSP version was by a different developer and fared slightly better). ''[[FiftyCentBloodOnTheSand 50 Cent: Blood on the Sand]]'' received above average scores due to great control based on established shooter conventions, and a story that's praised as hilariously SoBadItsGood.
* The original ''VideoGame/{{Killzone}}'' was a heavily hyped PS2 shooter that ended up falling quite short of expectations, though it wasn't bad at all, just mediocre. ''Killzone 2'', on the other hand, has been well received by both critics and gamers, and "lived up to the hype".
* The first two ''WanganMidnight'' arcade games were basically just ''VideoGame/TokyoXtremeRacer'' with ''Wangan Midnight'' characters and stage-based gameplay, with few players remembering or thoroughly enjoying them. ''Wangan Midnight Maximum Tune'', on the other hand, gave ''VideoGame/InitialDArcadeStage'' a run for its money.
** For that matter, the first ''VideoGame/InitialDArcadeStage'' had a poorly done multiplayer mode which, among other problems, required the second player to insert his/her coin(s) within 9 seconds of the first player, and had no incentive whatsoever to play a head-to-head battle over just playing Time Attack mode. ''Initial D Arcade Stage Ver.2'' significantly improved the multiplayer mode.
* The original ''VideoGame/{{MOTHER}}'', despite its interesting story and quirky take on the RPG genre, was a [[ForcedLevelGrinding total grindfest]] with some insane [[SchizophrenicDifficulty spikes in difficulty]] at times. (Mt. Itoi, anyone?) The second game, ''VideoGame/EarthBound'', fixed many of the problems the original had, such as removing the random encounters, easing difficulty, and taking itself much less seriously. Its characters and story, on the other hand, weren't as interesting as MOTHER 1 or 3 though.
* The first ''VideoGame/{{Age of Empires|I}}'' game was released to lukewarm reviews. All the following games and spinoffs received critical acclaim.
* By many accounts, the second ''VideoGame/DarkCloud'' (''VideoGame/DarkChronicle'' overseas) is an immense improvement over the original. One area is the fact that the weapon system was fixed. In both games, [[BreakableWeapons weapons break if you use them too much without repairing them]]. In the second game you could fix broken weapons, but in the first they'd be gone forever. Several other things were fixed as well.
* ''[[SonicStorybookSeries Sonic and the Secret Rings]]'' and ''VideoGame/SonicUnleashed''. While people disagree about whether they are ''[[VideoGame/SonicAdventure2 Adventure 2]]'' or ''[[VideoGame/SonicHeroes Heroes]]'' quality (former being "better"), they generally agree that they surpass ''ShadowTheHedgehog'' and ''[[VideoGame/SonicTheHedgehog2006 Sonic '06]]''.
** And then there's ''VideoGame/SonicColors'': the game managed to get all the way through its development cycle to its release without most fans in the UnpleasableFanbase raising a huge stink and calling [[MemeticMutation "SONIC CYCLE!"]] Unlike the previous games which included {{Scrappy Mechanic}}s like [[NoSidepathsNoExplorationNoFreedom automatically running forward]] (''Secret Rings'') or [[UnexpectedGameplayChange the Werehog]] (''Unleashed''). ''Colors'' is generally agree to have finally broken Sonic through the PolygonCeiling.
** There's also VideoGame/SonicTheHedgehog4 Episode 2. While still not considered to be an amazing game, the general consensus is that it was ''miles'' above Episode 1.
* The first ''VideoGame/{{Fable|I}}'' game had an infamous amount of hype during development. When it was finally released in 2004, it received mostly positive reviews, but it ultimately failed to live up to it's hype, as others were disappointed by the lack of many promised features, a somewhat small, restrictive game world and other flaws. Along comes ''VideoGame/FableII'' in 2008, with more refined gameplay, a larger, more detailed world with more quests, and deeper sandbox gameplay that implemented many promised features from ''Fable''. It received better reviews from all.
* ''VideoGame/TheElderScrollsArena'' wasn't bad for its time, featuring things like day/night cycles, seasons (with changing weather), holidays, and an advanced lighting engine, but despite having a rather large world, there wasn't anything particularly interesting to see or do, with a fairly generic setting and a clichéd plot (evil chancellor usurps emperor, have to collect 8 magic staff pieces to beat him). Then along came [[VideoGame/TheElderScrollsIIDaggerfall Daggerfall]], which expanded the world (both in size and in richness) by several orders of magnitude, and added tons of things to do (dozens of factions to join! Vampirism! Lycanthropy! [[ArsonMurderAndJaywalking Real estate!]]), one of the most detailed character creators seen in a CRPG, and a well-written plot with twists and political intrigue galore (as well as [[ObviousBeta bugs and glitches galore]]).
* ''HarvestMoonFranticFarming'' is a Surprisingly Improved Sequel to the confusing and disappointing earlier ''HarvestMoon'' PuzzleGame, ''Puzzle de Harvest Moon''.
* ''[[BackyardSports Backyard Basketball]]'' on the PS2 improved on everything ''Backyard Basketball'' on the PC, released two years earlier, had. There were no glitches, the game never freezes, there are NBA teams, and there are 9 more playable characters (while removing 1). There are even unlockable powerups!
* ''VideoGame/{{Contra}} 4'' came after four consecutive installments that sat poorly with fans of the series (two lame [=PS1=] releases and two so-so [=PS2=] releases) and whipped the series back into what it should be.
* ''VideoGame/MegaManX'' had a nearly universally despised [[{{VideoGame/MegaManX7}} seventh game]] (an unusual instance in the extremely [[BrokenBase divided fanbase]] that ''Mega Man'' has); but the [[{{VideoGame/MegaManX8}} eighth game]] is considered a vast improvement.
** ''VideoGame/MegaManStarForce's'' second game was hard to take even for the people who liked the first one, but the third game made up for it in incredibly unexpected ways, to a degree that some consider it the best in the entirety of the ''Battle Network/Star Force'' continuity.
** The ''[[VideoGame/MegaMan original]]'' is regarded as good, but noticeably flawed, and had relatively low sales for a Mega Man game. Then came ''VideoGame/MegaMan2'' and the series was quickly established as one of Capcom's mainstays.
** MegaMan8 is considered to be a fairly lackluster game in the MegaManClassic series, with incredibly bad ([[NarmCharm though hilarious]]) voice acting and annoying gameplay elements like the snowboarding sections and Rush's function in the game being changed entirely, causing the Classic series to sputter to a halt with only a single GaidenGame coming after. Then, over a decade later, Capcom decided to go back to Mega Man's 8-bit roots with the much better received MegaMan9.
* ''Manga/DragonBall Z: The Legacy of Goku'' for the GameBoyAdvance was, for lack of a more inventive word, terrible. The combat controls are stiff, the plot is [[ContinuityLockout impenetrable to all but the most seasoned DBZ fans]], and the game is way too short (beatable in about 6-8 hours, ending after Goku's battle with Frieza). Its sequel, ''Legacy of Goku II'', corrected almost all of these flaws, as well as giving the player the ability to control characters other than Goku.
** And then, the relatively few flaws and lack of depth found in ''Legacy of Goku II'' were completely gone in ''Buu's Fury''.
* ''VideoGame/AstonishiaStory'' was an RPG originally made for [=PCs=] in the mid-1990s and remained exclusively a Korean property until 2006, when the game was remade for the PSP and distributed worldwide. The port hadn't aged well at all, and the lackluster localization effort by {{Ubisoft}} didn't help. Three years later, ''Astonishia Story 2'' (titled ''VideoGame/CrimsonGemSaga'' in non-Asian countries) was released to a much warmer reception, with tighter character development, a retooled battle and skill system that emphasizes {{combination attack}}s, much less ForcedLevelGrinding, and a better translation by the team at {{Atlus}}.
* ''LuminousArc'' for the DS was an ClicheStorm of an SRPG with a particularly {{Narm}}ish voice acting in ''every. Single. Chapter''. The next game, ''LuminousArc2'' moves the story to another world with a better plot, vastly improved voice acting and a more streamlined user interface. The fact that they added a fast forward button, as well as bringing in MultipleEndings (which are ''further'' expanded in ''LuminousArc3'') helps a lot.
* ''VideoGame/ThunderForce III'' was a huge improvement over its rather average predecessor ''Thunder Force II'', they got rid of the annoying overhead scrolling stages (which were all that the obscure first ''Thunder Force'' game had to offer), improved the graphics and [[AwesomeMusic music]], and made the gameplay a lot better. ''Thunder Force IV'' and ''Thunder Force V'' continued on the tradition of awesomeness and were pretty much the peak of the franchise. Unfortunately, {{Sequelitis}} took effect after that.
* ''VideoGame/AssassinsCreedI'' had really good LeParkour gameplay and the beginnings of an interesting AncientConspiracy story, but was burdened with boring characters and levels, padding, and repetitive side quests and assassinations. ''VideoGame/AssassinsCreedII'' had a likable main character, levels that were memorable, and missions that were actually fun.
* Compare ''FireEmblem: [[FireEmblemAkaneia Mystery of the Emblem]]'' to the original ''Dark Dragon''. While the latter was a good game that helped [[TropeCodifier establish]] an entire [[TurnBasedStrategy genre]] it was plagued with a terrible inventory system, staves didn't give [=EXP=], and the graphics and story were rather bland. Then the former comes and fixes most of the gameplay flaws as well as much needed character and story development and wraps it up with a more streamlined version of ''Dark Dragon''.
* ''VideoGame/RedSteel'' was an ambitious shooter / swordplay launch title for the {{Wii}} marred by bad swordplay controls and an overall rushed presentation. With the implementation of the Wii [=MotionPlus=] allowing for more precise controls, ''VideoGame/RedSteel2'' is being hailed as what its predecessor should have been and even being regarded as one of the best-looking Wii games.
* ''VideoGame/DuneII''. The original was a boring adventure game. The "sequel" (which had really nothing to do with the original) was one of the most important games of all time and the progenitor of the RealTimeStrategy game.
* ''VideoGame/JustCause'' was a WideOpenSandbox game with a few nice ideas (like giving you a parachute you can use at almost any time) some beautiful vistas, and a gargantuan open world to explore, but had clumsy controls, kind of boring characters, the world was fairly bland and repetitive, and it was definitely not something you'd want to pay full price for. ''Just Cause 2'', however, vastly improves your ability to use the grappling hook in conjunction with the parachute, all but allowing you to ''fly'' around the landscape, and has tons of things for you to blow up whenever you want, literally ''thousands'' of collectibles, and a much more interesting and varied world, making it a solid A-list title. It's worth noting that the first ''Just Cause'' was Avalanche Studios' first ever release, and they obviously spent a lot of time learning from their mistakes for the sequel.
* The early parts of the ''Franchise/MetalGear'' series were a minor success, held back on the NES by its [[BlindIdiotTranslation extremely questionable translation]], bugs, and frustrating puzzles. It wasn't until ''VideoGame/MetalGearSolid'', with its improved localization and gameplay, that the series took off.
** Later in the series, ''VideoGame/MetalGearSolidPortableOps'' was a competently made game that showed great potential with its army building mechanics. However, the controls suffered on the PSP, the story (despite a great villain) felt more like a side-story, and the army building mechanic showed potential, but didn't quite live up to it with a lack of variety and frustrating issues. Then came ''VideoGame/MetalGearSolidPeaceWalker''. Under Kojima's direction (unlike ''Portable Ops''), ''Peace Walker'''s controls were more refined, its story felt more connected to the overall picture (particularly with Big Boss' CharacterDevelopment) and the potential that ''Portable Ops'' showed with its army building mechanics were ''thoroughly'' lived up to, with an entire, constantly-growing, base of operations, a variety of options that expanded over the course of the entire game, and with the frustrating features simplified or removed. All that along with being the biggest ''Metal Gear'' game ever made at the time, meant it blew ''Portable Ops'' away.
* ''[[SoldnerX Söldner-X]]: Himmelssturmer'' was a serviceable [[ShootEmUps side-scrolling shoot-em-up]] with excellent visuals, but was mainly held back by its sluggishness and [[ItsShortSoItSucks brevity]]. Its sequel, ''Söldner-X 2: Final Prototype'' improves on both of these aspects while adding more playable ships and weapons, a revamped power-up and combo system (no more [[PoisonMushroom power-down items]]), and assorted challenges and an expansion pack to keep the game fresh even after completion.
* ''VideoGame/{{Touhou}}'': In-between the standard danmaku games, which have been slowly improving, ZUN has done a bit of experimenting. The concepts he reuses tend to be much better the second time around:
** ''Phantasmagoria of Dim. Dream'' is, bluntly, terrible, suffering from cheating AI, little plot, ugly graphics, and boring battles. ''Phantasmagoria of Flower View'' still isn't great, but is at least reasonably passable. The AI cheats less blatantly, a fairly interesting story, it's fairly pretty, and you're actually dodging your opponent's patterns instead of stage enemies.
** ''Shoot The Bullet'' was mostly made for the sake of having a game to go with the fanbook's release, and it shows. The game is fairly short, has a lot of very similar patterns (Spinning! Streaming! Spinning while streaming!), mostly fairly ugly patterns, an unpolished UI, and is really hard, even by ''Touhou'' standards. ''Double Spoiler'' is longer, has more variety, fixed most of ''STB'''s annoying issues, and is reasonably clearable by the average ''Touhou'' player.
** Then there is the fangame ''VideoGame/KoumajouDensetsu'' - where the second game has recived massive improvements over the first as well as added really well done voice acting.
* ''DementiumTheWard'', although enjoyable, had a number of flaws. The most known one being that [[CheckpointStarvation when you die, you go ALL the way back to the beginning of the chapter]]. ''Dementium II'' had numerous improvements, like an omnipresent minimap, the ability to crouch and jump, the ability to save up health-restoring items, more fluid controls and more balanced and varied levels.
* The original ''ShiningForce'', while still a fun Strategy RPG, was riddled with [[GoodBadBugs exploitable]] [[ArtificialStupidity bugs]] and [[FakeBalance poor class balance]], while having too gradual a difficulty curve. Later entries have not only fixed these problems, but also introduced new concepts, such as [[SummonMagic summoning]] and weapon skill levels, to add to the variety of the gameplay.
* ''LegoIsland 2'' is mostly a ContestedSequel, but the most common opinion on it is that it was killed by [[LoadsAndLoadsOfLoading long load times,]] dull and lifeless voice acting, poor animation, glitchy physics, low replay value, and [[GuideDangIt poorly explained]] minigames. ''Lego Island Xtreme Stunts'' on the other hand fixes nearly all of these problems, mostly by adding far more replay value, shortening the load times, explaining the minigames better, and having far less glitches.
* ''Franchise/{{Castlevania}}'' had this too in its GameBoy trilogy. ''The Adventure'' had unresponsive controls, FakeDifficulty in losing whip power after only ''one'' hit and extremely slow gameplay. Sub-weapons and such were absent, and hearts, normally used for subweapon power, restored energy. ''Belmont's Revenge'' rectified this in many ways, with only losing whip power if you die or get hit by the snake tower's fireballs. Christopher Belmont still moves slowly, but nowhere near as slow as his first adventure. The much more responsive controls, a non-linear level select format, like in ''VideoGame/MegaMan'', even better music and a password system were welcome additions. The sub-weapon system reappeared, albeit it's only limited to the Cross (or Axe in the non-Japanese versions) and the Holy Water.
* ''VideoGame/DeusEx'' fans, following the [[ContestedSequel lukewarm reception]] to ''VideoGame/DeusExInvisibleWar'', were rightfully skeptical that ''[[VideoGame/DeusExHumanRevolution Human Revolution]]'' could live up to the original, with the long time frame and the closure of Ion Storm with a new development team taking over. It's an almost unanimous opinion that the original game will never be matched, but many agree that ''Human Revolution'' is the worthy followup that ''Invisible War'' wasn't.
* ''Outpost'' was a turn-based colony management game that was well hyped before its release, but it turned out to just be [[RecycledINSPACE Simcity IN SPACE!]] Not only that, it had several bugs, and was basically unfinished. ''VideoGame/{{Outpost 2}}'' on the other hand, took some of the key plot elements from the first, and made it into an enjoyably complex real time strategy game with a heavy focus on colony management. The story (which ignored the first in almost every conceivable fashion) was very detailed and interesting, becoming a tale told from the point of view of two factions, both trying to survive and avoid extinction. The inclusion of the story in the form of a novella, along with all the well-researched science (the game leans heavily towards hard science fiction), makes the game more enjoyable than one would expect from its predecessor.
* The first ''VideoGame/ArcTheLad'' is a fairly average SRPG: the battle system is fast-paced but flawed, while its characters are likeable but severely underdeveloped; and to top it off, the game is criminally short. The sequel, on the other hand, has a much more detailed (and [[DarkerAndEdgier darker]]) plot, more characters with more interplay amongst themselves, a relatively revised battle system and a longer campaign. To this day, ''VideoGame/ArcTheLad II'' is considered to be the apex of the series, and all games that came after are generally agreed to have failed to live up to it. As for the first, fans usually recommend it on the grounds of "well, it's the first in the series... also, the second one is a direct sequel."
* The original ''VideoGame/{{Warcraft}}'' was an unimaginative RealTimeStrategy with two cosmetically-different sides and little backstory. Then came ''Warcraft II'', still with very similar sides (except for mage spells and archer enhancements) but a fairly well-developed backstory. Along with ''Literature/{{Dune}} II'', ''Warcraft II'' is considered to be one of the progenitors of the RealTimeStrategy genre. ''Warcraft III'' has 4 ''very'' different sides and an even richer backstory, the success of which prompted Blizzard to make [[VideoGame/WorldOfWarcraft the most successful MMORPG in history]].
* ''Franchise/SlyCooper'' franchise falls under this. [[VideoGame/SlyCooperAndTheThieviusRaccoonus The first game]] was good, but was pretty linear. The level designs were more basic and it was easier to die. When [[VideoGame/Sly2BandOfThieves the sequel]] came out, it showed vast improvements. Sly now relied on a health bar instead of horse shoes, which were collected for extra hits in the first game. The areas were much bigger, so you could actually explore and find more than you could originally. The animation wasn't as stiff as before, which allowed for more fluid motion. Not to mention that it added a big collection of purchasable gadgets for you to use throughout gameplay. Because of the new setup's success, the two following sequels followed suit.
* ''VideoGame/MarioParty 9'' is this among many people. The series had a total of 10 parties before the 9th installment (8 of them going from the N64, to Gamecube, and the Wii while the other two were on the GBA and DS) and the most common complaint where how the games were more about luck than skill and how each game was just a rehash from the last game. The 9th installment changes up a ton of things to make the games a bit more fair by greatly reducing the amount of luck based events, scrapping the coins, stars, and items system for a mini-star system that allows players to collect them very frequently or lose them just as fast so games are more close, and the mechanic of all players moving on the board at once creates new strategies in turn order and what types of dice blocks you should use. Of course, people who grew up with the series [[TheyChangedItNowItSucks may not like the new direction of the 9th party]].
* The original ''VideoGame/HyperdimensionNeptunia'' had an interesting concept - the whole series is a metaphor for the ConsoleWars - but was critically panned for, among other things, its awkward pace and resulting SchizophrenicDifficulty, and frustrating game mechanics, including the inability to sell old equipment or even use items during battle as in most [=RPGs=]. IdeaFactory and CompileHeart took these criticisms to heart with ''VideoGame/HyperdimensionNeptuniaMk2'', reworking the game almost from the ground up with a new battle system, ItemCrafting, and better implementations of some of the systems used in the first game (such as quests and the "Shares" system). While [[CriticalDissonance still not a critical hit]], some reviewers who hated the first game were pleased with the improvements in ''mk2'', saying that ''mk2'' actually came close to being a "good" or even "great" game.
* ''RecordOfAgarestWar'', the other IdeaFactory[=/=]CompileHeart flagship series, experienced this with ''Agarest War 2''. The clunky strategy game-type battle system from the original game and [[RecordOfAgarestWarZero its prequel]] was replaced by a new system that while somewhat quirky, is also easy to control and makes the game's difficulty curve [[DifficultySpike look less like the Swiss Alps]]. This is probably also one of the only game series that was improved with the ''addition'' of RandomEncounters, as opposed to having to fight three to eight long strategy battles of random difficulty before reaching a safe spot.
* While the fourth and fifth ''Generation of Chaos'' games[[note]]the first two to be released outside of Japan[[/note]] were met with general indifference, the sixth game in the series, ''Pandora's Reflection'' (a joint effort between IdeaFactory and StingEntertainment), opted for a much simpler and more streamlined approach than its predecessors. ''Generation 6'' scored better review scores in the U.S. than either of the previous two games.
* The first ''[[VideoGame/SengokuSNK Sengoku]]'' game on the Neo-Geo is a sub-par brawler with some cheap enemies, stiff controls, and power-ups that are likely to transform you into a worthless character. The sequel is an improvement, but not by much and still bears several of the major problems the original game had. ''Sengoku 3'' is better than the first two combined (to the point of being one of the most beloved beat 'em ups in general) and features much better gameplay and amazing visuals.
* ''Elemental: Fallen Enchantress''[[note]]sometimes referred to simply as "Fallen Enchantress"[[/note]] was a deliberate attempt by Stardock to fix the numerous problems that plagued its predecessor, ''VideoGame/ElementalWarOfMagic'' - namely the busted AI opponents (who, despite existing in a FourX universe, only know one strategy: AttackAttackAttack) and the mountains of other bugs. It still lacks an online multiplayer component, but the overall reception to ''Fallen Enchantress'' has been much better than ''War of Magic''. It was done again with ''Fallen Enchantress: Legendary Heroes'' which improves over Fallen Enchantress.
* ''VideoGame/TwoWorlds II'' fixed pretty much everything in the first game while retaining the WhatCouldHaveBeen elements, including [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vjt4QpJSBIs an innovative spell system]]. The first game suffered from numerous glitches, missing animations, and extremely cheesy dialogue and its {{Xbox 360}} port was a [[PortingDisater disaster]], which turned a buggy but playable game into a trainwreck. The second game is mostly remembered for its HUGE amount of content and a variety of multiplayer modes.
* [[{{RobotArena}} Robot Arena 2]], while not a [[{{CultClassic}} well known]] game was a massive improvement over the original game. The sequel had much more customization options in regard to the chassis and weapons you could use, better AI, and an actual physics engine.
* ''Spec Ops'' was a middle-of-the-road shooter franchise from the Playstation 1 days, perhaps only notable as being one of the first franchises set in the modern day while World War 2 was the standard setting for a military FPS. Flash forward about a decade, and the series is revived with ''SpecOpsTheLine'', considered one of the best examples of storytelling in gaming ever.
* ''VideoGame/{{Borderlands}}'' was relatively well received and had fun gameplay, but the storyline was non-existent [[note]]Unless you read the box on the left side of the screen where you accepted missions, but this wasn't voiced and you weren't told that it's anything but filler[[/note]], the characters weren't all that developed, and it tended towards RealIsBrown. ''VideoGame/{{Borderlands 2}}'' addressed basically all the weaknesses; the storyline was much more complex, the characters (both the PC and [=NPCs=]) were much more developed, and the settings were far more varied. In general, the production values were ratcheted up in just about every way.
* After the pinnacle of the ''MetalSlug'' series with Metal Slug 3, the series suffered from SNK's bankruptcy and transformation into SNK Playmore. While the gameplay didn't suffer too badly, 4 ended up with recycled backgrounds and Marco and Eri getting replaced with [[ReplacementScrappy two new characters]], and 5 was rushed out the door before it was finished, resulting in a game devoid of a story and most of the series' personality (especially {{Egregious}} with the FinalBoss, who's a giant winged, silhouetted demon who [[GiantSpaceFleaFromNowhere comes right out of nowhere with no foreshadowing or explanation]]) and a lot more linear than previous games. Not only was Metal Slug 6 released in full and with no recycled backgrounds, but it gave every character unique perks (like Fio starting every life with a heavy machine gun and getting more ammo from pickups, and Tarma having several vehicle-related perks) and includes Ralf and Clark from ''VideoGame/IkariWarriors'' as playable characters. 6 is considered by many to be the proper revival of the series.
* While ''Tecmo Cup Soccer'' introduced a fair hybrid between soccer and RPG, the game is still a [[ExcusePlot loose]] [[Main/CulturalTranslation adaptation]] of ''Manga/CaptainTsubasa'' with rather chunky menu systems and controls. Then comes ''Manga/Captain Tsubasa Vol.II: Super Striker'', the sequel that makes huge improvements. It fixed all problems with the menus, has better interfaces, has faster pace, has [[AlternateUniverse its own interpretation of the series' plot]], and is satisfiedly challenging. It easily becomes into a CultClassic.
* ''Crazy Cars'', one of Creator/TitusSoftware's earliest games, had hideously ugly graphics and boring course design. ''Crazy Cars II'' had much cleaner graphics, but the roads remained strangely empty. ''Crazy Cars III'' made its predecessor look like an ObviousBeta.
* ''VideoGame/NESRemix'' is a decent MinigameGame that had a somewhat undercooked selection of classic NES games--genuine classics like ''VideoGame/{{Super Mario Bros|1}}'' and ''VideoGame/DonkeyKong'' feature prominently, while Nintendo's early sports titles (''Baseball'', ''Tennis'', ''Golf'', etc.) are included almost as an afterthought. However, the game was successful enough to spawn a sequel in ''NES Remix 2'', which features a higher quality selection of games (including ''VideoGame/KirbysAdventure'', ''VideoGame/SuperMarioBros2'' and ''VideoGame/SuperMarioBros3''), more creative remix stages, and the ability to view replays of other players' best times.
* ''VideoGame/CrusaderKings'': The original game, while it had its fans, was definitely a flawed game, with a TroubledProduction and quite a lot of bugs. Crusader Kings II, on the other hand, has received by far the smoothest launch of any Paradox game to date, and received almost universal acclaim from the fans. Expansions like Sword of Islam, Legacy of Rome and The Old Gods have only served to make it even better.
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* The 'sillies' that run alongside ''CtrlAltDel'' have fewer panels (so the punchline comes at the end), stylised art (a complete lack of [[OnlySixFaces B^U]]) and a steadily rotating roster of secondary characters including the GrimReaper. On the other hand, they [[ScheduleSlip don't have a set schedule]].
* Website/PlatypusComix's "2008 Character Strike" series brought some comics that relied heavily on old material, as well as a simplistic ''WesternAnimation/FamilyGuy'' parody. These provided a few giggles, but not enough to hide the fact these ranked among the cheapest stories at the website. Then, the Head Executive decided to hire ComicBook/SpiderMan to replace the usual characters, resulting in ''Webcomic/TrueBelievers''. Released a few weeks after Marvel's polarizing ''ComicBook/OneMoreDay'', ''True Believers'' sent Spidey and Mary Jane Watson on a suspenseful, emotionally-driven adventure to prevent Creator/{{Joe|Quesada}} [[NoCelebritiesWereHarmed Quesadilla]] from forcefully ending their contented and iconic marriage. Peter Paltridge went on to declare this one of the best comics he ever wrote.
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* In WebVideo/TheNostalgiaChick's "Top 5 Least Awful Disney Sequels" review, she admits that ''Disney/CinderellaIIIATwistInTime'' got the top spot in part because it fixed a lot of the problems inherent in [[{{Disney/Cinderella}} the original story]] (and [[Disney/CinderellaIIDreamsComeTrue the second movie]] was bad enough to make her corresponding "Worst Sequels" list). The ''{{Disney/Pocahontas}}'' sequel gets an Honorable Mention for similar reasons; she found it dumb, but still more interesting than the original.
* WebVideo/TheNostalgiaCritic admits that ''Film/BabyGeniuses 2'' is better than the original, though still quite bad.
* Creator/DougWalker actually didn't like ''WesternAnimation/{{Shrek}}'' very much, but really enjoyed the second movie.
* [[Website/PlatypusComix Peter Paltridge]] deemed ''Addams Family Values'' more interesting than ''Film/TheAddamsFamily'', because of the increased amount of FishOutOfWater situations for the clan.
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* The early proto-WesternAnimation/BugsBunny short "Elmer's Candid Camera" was a total disaster, suffering from poor characterization, mediocre gags and positively abysmal timing and pacing, and as such [[OldShame received such bashing from]] Creator/ChuckJones, the director of the short, in his autobiography. Creator/TexAvery learned from Chuck's mistakes, and promptly remade the cartoon as the first real Bugs Bunny cartoon "AWildHare".
* ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic''. Thanks to Creator/LaurenFaust's genius, this show has managed to spread like wildfire on the Internet for having reasonably well developed characters and stories in a series often dismissed as being a shallow 30-minute commercial for girl toys.
** The Bronies are generally sympathetic towards the first generation, though, especially the pilot movie that had some surprisingly serious elements in it. It helps that Gen. 4 was influenced by Gen. 1.
* All of the ''WesternAnimation/TomAndJerry'' movies from ''The Magic Ring'' onwards.
* While the ''WesternAnimation/{{Thundercats 2011}}'' series met with a great deal of hesitation by fans of the original cartoon, it has quickly gained a surprisingly strong fan following in a short amount of time.
* ''Disney/CinderellaIIDreamsComeTrue'' consists merely of three blandly written, poorly animated episodes of an unaired ''Disney/{{Cinderella}}'' TV show. ''Disney/CinderellaIIIATwistInTime'' boasts a more exciting storyline and animation that sometimes looks as good as that of the first movie, and even makes Cinderella and Prince Charming [[TookALevelInBadass take a level in badass]] so they would [[EarnYourHappyEnding earn their happy ending]] instead of make animals and servants do all the hard work.
* ''WesternAnimation/SheRaPrincessOfPower'' is considered to be much better story and characterization wise than ''WesternAnimation/HeManAndTheMastersOfTheUniverse1983''. It also features subtly improved animation and character art.
* Book Three: Change of ''WesternAnimation/TheLegendOfKorra'' is considered to be a major improvement by fans and critics from the [[BrokenBase fan-polarised]] Book Two: Spirits.
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