Ah my, was it '''glorious'''. X was a superhero/science-fiction/romance/vampire/police-procedural... pick any franchise unlike any other. The fans loved it. It caused fangirls to {{squee}} with delight. Even those who weren't fans grudgingly respected its brilliance. There were books, TV shows, movies, video games, comics, lunchboxes, T-shirts, and a thousand fan-fics. It was magnificent.

But then, something went wrong. Author fatigue set in. Or maybe [[AuthorExistenceFailure the author failed to exist]]. Or perhaps [[SmallNameBigEgo their ego]] [[OvershadowedByControversy overshadowed the work]]. Maybe the [[ExecutiveMeddling executives meddled too much]]. Or maybe the original stars wanted too much money and left. Or the work tried to [[GrowingTheBeard grow the beard]] by trying to be DarkerAndEdgier, and instead ended up {{jumping the shark}}. Alternatively, [[HypeBacklash the hype was just too much]]. Might have been merely as simple as TheyChangedItNowItSucks.

Whatever the cause, the result was the same. The show's ratings slipped, the movie [[{{Sequelitis}} gave way to cornier sequels]], and folks stopped buying the t-shirts. The franchise lost the crowd it worked so hard to win. And it died. So sad.


Sometimes, the crowd can be won again! Even though the fanbase has revolted against a franchise and declared it "played out", the creator (or maybe even a new one) can actually make the franchise fresh and new and relevant (and profitable) again.

The creators realize that the franchise simply has to be adjusted for new changes in society. Or they remake it with new actors, who are *gasp* as good as the originals. Maybe they cut out the {{Narm}}tastic parts of the original. Or fix the visual effects. Or maybe the franchise just needed to rest for a little while. Maybe they changed it back now that it sucked. Whatever it is, the result is the same. The fangirls are {{squee}}ing again, folks are buying T-shirts again, and the {{Fan Fic}}s are back.

It's magnificent (again).

Compare SugarWiki/AndTheFandomRejoiced (when a preview reassures fans by showing the producers are being faithful to the source material), WinTheCrowd. See also CareerResurrection. If a company is trying to invoke this, it's a case of WeDontSuckAnymore.

!!Examples (Note: Some of these franchises are multi-media, examples are of the specific work that won back the fans.)


[[folder:Anime & Manga]]
* [[ZigZaggingTrope Zig-zagged]] with ''Anime/DigimonTamers''. After the controversial ending to ''Anime/DigimonAdventure02'', which many fans considered disappointing, ''Tamers'' was seen by many fans as a brilliantly written and fantastically dark reboot of the Franchise/{{Digimon}} franchise that is considered by many to be one of, if not ''the'' best seasons. However, it also had an ''extremely'' AudienceAlienatingPremise in its total ContinuityReboot, and this was coupled with RealLife problems outside of the writers control. ([[DuelingShows Pokémon being at its peak during this time]], Fox Kids going out of business, etc.) ''Tamers'' would ultimately end up losing as many fans as it wowed.
* ''Anime/DigimonAdventureTri'''s announcement to celebrate the fifteenth anniversary of the franchise excited numerous longtime Digimon fans. The release of the first movie (or first four episodes) not only earned a lot of money, but it was favorably received by the fandom. Many fans are looking forward to the future movies.
* ''Anime/{{Pokemon}}'':
** Many fans dropped out part-way during the [[DorkAge Johto arc]] and as a consequence not many watched the Hoenn ones. The Sinnoh arc attracted many fans back, with its DarkerAndEdgier plot compared to the previous seasons. It helped that Pokémon was hitting a PopularityPolynomial with the introduction of ''VideoGame/PokemonDiamondAndPearl''.
** After Sinnoh, many dropped out during the Unova arc. But the Kalos arc, with Ash's CharacterRerailment, a new writer, and certain announcements exciting the fanbase, a lot of people came back.
* ''Anime/DokiDokiPrecure'' was an attempt by Toei to win back the fanbase of ''Anime/PrettyCure''. This one has quite a story behind it. Three years before ''Doki Doki'', the precure of the year was ''Anime/HeartcatchPrettyCure'', which was almost completely different from its predecessors. It was both DarkerAndEdgier, and at the same time DenserAndWackier, and the main characters are just plain {{Badass}}. The change enticed a lot of people, mostly from the PeripheryDemographic. The next two precures after that adhered to the older formula (read: made for little girls), and [[DorkAge this put off the new fans]]. ''Doki Doki'' is an attempt to create something that replicates the success of HCPC while still keeping the primary audience. The result is something that can be described as either MadeOfWin, or [[MarySue complete Sue-fest]]. Because of that, ''Anime/HappinessChargePrettyCure'' is attempting to try again, this time mixing elements of the older ways ''and'' the ways pioneered by HCPC while adding some new ideas of its own (like deliberately trying to make the blue Pretty Cure be the main character instead of the pink one)...at least, at first, because it ended up crashing and burning in its second half even worse then Doki Doki did. This has since lead to major change in the higher ups that produce the series, leading then current producer Hiroaki Shibata to be KickedUpstairs to Toei's Tokusatsu department. This has ironically made ''Anime/GoPrincessPrettyCure'' take this mantle instead, to a much more degree of success then the past two seasons.
* ''Anime/YuGiOhArcV''. The previous series of ''[[Anime/YuGiOhZexal Yu-Gi-Oh! ZEXAL]]'' was derided for being more childish than other series, neglecting older summoning methods and having annoying characters. ''ARC-V'' addresses these points by having a darker, complex plot that incorporates all summoning methods, and making the characters unique, but retaining a lot of the humor and quirks that fans loved about ''ZEXAL''.
* After the poor reception of ''Anime/JewelpetKiraDeco'', the [[Anime/JewelpetHappiness fifth season]] was made more similar to the general feel of the [[Anime/JewelpetSunshine third season]] in order to win back the PeripheryDemographic.
* ''Franchise/{{Gundam}}'':
** After the near FranchiseKiller that was ''Anime/MobileSuitGundamAGE'', ''Anime/GundamBuildFighters'' has revived faith in Gundam as a whole and proved that a series like ''Anime/ModelSuitGunplaBuildersBeginningG'' ''can'' work as an actual series.
** A good chunk of the fandom considered the ''Build Fighter'' shows to be side-stories due to their LighterAndSofter nature and for being based on ''just'' the model kits, while the franchise "proper" (i.e. the shows where mobile suits are actual giant robots) continued to flounder by following ''AGE'' with the pretty but ultimately confusing and disappointing ''[[Anime/GundamReconguistaInG Reconguista in G]]'', leaving the ''Build Fighter'' series as more of a "hold the line" effort. Luckily ''[[Anime/MobileSuitGundamIronBloodedOrphans Iron-Blooded Orphans]]'' seems to be bringing back a lot of the enthusiasm dampened by ''AGE'' and ''G-Reco''.
* ''Manga/AttackOnTitan'':
** A meta example. Many people who weren't into anime (or had since grown out of it) have checked out the show thanks to its growing popularity, and it's caused the anime fandom as a whole to be back in the game on social media sites like Website/{{Tumblr}}.
** Complaints that the story moves too slowly seems to have been answered by everything after Chapter 50, with most of the proceeding chapters being a WhamEpisode of sorts.
* After nearly a decade-long DorkAge of [[AudienceAlienatingPremise Westerner-alienating]] {{Moe}} and {{Kawaiiko}} productions, it's generally agreed that the re-emergence of shonen anime near and during TheNewTens (specifically ''Anime/DragonBallKai'', ''Manga/JoJosBizarreAdventure'', and ''Webcomic/OnePunchMan'') have heavily renewed Western interest in anime and manga for the better. ''One Punch Man'' particularly managed to become such an overnight sensation when it first premiered in 2015 that many have [[MemeticMutation labelled]] it "the savior of anime."
* Creator/StudioDEEN was once one of the most respected animation studios in the industry during 80s and 90s, being responsible for big hits like ''Manga/UruseiYatsura'', ''Manga/RanmaOneHalf'', and ''Manga/RurouniKenshin.'' Around the mid-2000s, though, their quality generally plummeted and they developed a major reputation for [[OffModel poor animation]] and [[AdaptationDecay mishandling of source material]] (due in large part to their poorly-received adaptations of ''VisualNovel/FateStayNight'', ''LightNovel/LogHorizon'', and the infamously bad ''Manga/{{Pupa}}''), and became general SnarkBait among greater anime fandom. The phrase "DEEN finds a way" became shorthand for poor quality all around. Their fortunes began to reverse during the Winter2016Anime season, however, as DEEN animated the [[SleeperHit breakout hit]] ''LightNovel/KonoSubarashiiSekaiNiShukufukuO'' (where their usual dodgy quality actually ''enhanced'' the show's humor) as well as the critically acclaimed ''Manga/ShouwaGenrokuRakugoShinjuu'', and now DEEN is ironically being hailed as the next savior of anime. Furthermore, both ''Kono Suba'' and ''Rakugo'' have been greenlit for second seasons. The former was not unexpected, considering it was the best-selling anime of Winter 2016 by a country mile, but the latter was a real shocker, especially as it is a {{Josei}} show which historically do not sell well.

* Due to many comic series being [[LongRunner published over a long period of time]], they fall into this trope.
* At one point ''ComicBook/FantasticFour'' and ''Comicbook/TheAvengers'' were dwindling properties at Creator/MarvelComics despite the fact that they were the company's flagship super-teams and in the case of the "FF", the oldest series. With not particularly stellar talent working on each book, UsefulNotes/TheDarkAgeOfComicBooks seemed to be making idealistic super-hero teams irrelevant. After the mixed-reception ''Onslaught'' {{Crossover}}, the two teams were thrown into an alternate reality, leading to the reviled ComicBook/HeroesReborn. This ended up being setup for a little StatusQuoIsGod, returning the titles back to their former glory with very popular creative teams.
* ''ComicBook/SpiderMan'':
** The comic hit a massive creative nadir with the anti-climatic conclusion to the four year long Hobgoblin Saga, which was blotched by behind the scenes drama and the decision to kill off Hobgoblin in his civilian identity in an unrelated story, denying fans a final confrontation and sticking a third string villain in the costume to keep the character around. But Marvel managed to pull their asses out of the fire with the decision to FINALLY marry Peter and Mary Jane off, which resurrected interest in the character, along with the introduction of Venom, the hiring of Todd [=McFarlane=] as artist for Amazing Spider-Man, and Kraven's Last Hunt. TheReveal by Hobgoblin creator Roger Stern that the man who had been killed off was NOT in fact the real Hobgoblin, but rather [[ActuallyADoombot his brainwashed stand-in]], allowinged the final confrontation between him and Spidey that the fans were initially denied.
** The title hit this again in the mid-'00s after the disaster of his unmasking in ''ComicBook/CivilWar'' and the universally-reviled ''ComicBook/OneMoreDay'' storyline as new writers were brought in who kept trying to replace Spidey's supporting cast and rogues gallery by creating their own set of third string villains and characters. It hit its own nadir when they had the Lizard cross the MoralEventHorizon and later undid the Sacred Cow that was "Kraven's Last Hunt". Enter Dan Slott, who took over the title as the sole writer and generally made the series ''enjoyable'' again, though it's something of a BaseBreaker concerning ''ComicBook/SuperiorSpiderMan''.
* The concept for the original ''Comicbook/JusticeLeagueInternational'' was a "Win Back The Crowd" moment after the disastrous Detroit era of the franchise. Similarly, in the post JLI era when the League books seemed directionless, Grant Morrison was brought back and was allowed to do what many thought was impossible: bring back the Big Seven JLA line-up.
* Grant Morrison's Franchise/{{Batman}} was seen as this too, as an overdose of crossovers, questionable storylines (Hush, War Games and War Crimes) and fans getting sick of the modern "Bat-God" take on the character had soured fans on Batman. Enter Morrison, who rejected the Bat-God formula he created in favor of a run built around the much reviled 1950s era Batman, introduced a fresh new element into the book in the form of Damian Wayne, and giving fans stories such as "The Club of Heroes" and "Batman RIP".
* A possibly-accidental one for ''ComicBook/ArchieComicsSonicTheHedgehog''. By the mid-00s, the comic was knee-deep in its DorkAge, bleeding readers as they got tired of the RomanticPlotTumor that Karl Bollers tacked on and the CreatorsPet that was Ken Penders' Echidna society. After the two writers left due to them [[CreativeDifferences headbutting over directions]], Ian Flynn, originally a simple starting back-up writer, was asked to take over. He spent his first year or so cleaning up the messes the two made, fixing up all of the plot threads left behind, making bland characters more interesting (such as turning EvilCounterpart Evil Sonic into Scourge the Hedgehog), introducing characters who should have been in the series much sooner (like [[VideoGame/SonicTheFighters Bean and Bark]]) and generally making it a fun series again.
* ''ComicBook/{{Convergence}}'' is DC's attempt to win back fans who are upset at losing their favorite status quos due to the Comicbook/{{Flashpoint}} reboot. The wave of books after the events continued this, bringing back certain parts of the old continuity (Cassandra Cain, the original Teen Titans, a book featuring Superman and Lois together again, ect.) that fans had been clamoring for.
** ''ComicBook/DCRebirth'' is another attempt by DC to win back fans as ''Convergence'' was a mixed bag that did win fans over some with its tie-ins, the storylines that followed afterwards, such as ''ComicBook/SupermanTruth'' and ''Batman: Superheavy'', did nothing to help the company and sales dipped back down to where they were ''before'' ComicBook/TheNew52 hit. ''Rebirth[='s=]'' main draw is refocusing on "legacy", trying to repair holes that were yanked out when the titles rebooted.
* After the lackluster reception to Tirek and the Sirens, Nightmare Moon's issue of ''ComicBook/MyLittlePonyFiendshipIsMagic'' got a bit of a warmer reception, and then Chrysalis' issue ended the miniseries on a high note, most considering it as good as Sombra's if not better. Goes doubles for writer Katie Cook; after "Reflections" "The Good, The Bad and the Ponies", and "The Root of the Problem" in [[ComicBook/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicIDW the main series]] received mixed to poor reception, her return with Chrysalis' issue proved she's not washed up.

[[folder:Films -- Animated]]
* ''WesternAnimation/KungFuPanda'': The sequence of Master Oogway's death up till Po's despairing confession to Master Shifu about his deep self-loathing that the old red panda feels helpless to counter. In that sequence, Creator/DreamworksAnimation showed that it had recovered from its post-Shrek 2 creative nadir that drove away its partner, Creator/AardmanAnimations, and learned how to make stories with profound emotional depth with a skill rivaling Creator/{{Pixar}}. That in turn made the blistering {{wuxia}} action to follow all the more powerful now that you have grown to care about these characters.
* Two years later, and ''WesternAnimation/HowToTrainYourDragon'' would help to more or less finish the rise that ''WesternAnimation/KungFuPanda'' started, proving that even if it couldn't quite beat out Creator/{{Pixar}} for the awards, it certainly had finally gotten a strong roll going. HTTYD would become their best reviewed film up to that point, being a massive critical success, and managed to pull one of the best SleeperHit runs in animation.
* Continuing with the, "facing off against Creator/{{Pixar}}" note; after almost a decade living under its shadow, Creator/{{Disney}} has managed to regain its relevance in the animation industry. First with small steps like ''Disney/MeetTheRobinsons'', and continuing with that film's ''Disney/{{Bolt}}'', followed by a throwback in the form of ''Disney/ThePrincessAndTheFrog'' which came ''very'' close, but still fell somewhat short in the box office. After which they finished the job with an experiment on their classic formula in ''Disney/{{Tangled}}'', and proved they could speak to the modern audience with ''Disney/WreckItRalph'' which were both staggering successes not seen since ''Disney/TheLionKing''. Finally, with the 2013 release of ''Disney/{{Frozen}}'', which took the lessons gained from the prior two princess films and ''ran'' with them; having been nothing short of a spectacular critical ''and'' box office smash hit, there's little doubt amongst critics now that the old giant has reaffirmed its legacy and is back on its feet.
* ''WesternAnimation/TheSpongeBobMovieSpongeOutOfWater'':
** News of series creator and former {{showrunner}} Stephen Hillenburg writing the story for the movie was positively received by fans.
** The trailer has won over many fans thanks to its humor reminiscent of the first three seasons, as well as the very well done animation.
** And now the release of the film seems to have restored confidence in the series for many disillusioned fans.
** As with many modern traditionally animated films before it, such as ''Disney/ThePrincessAndTheFrog'', this film has also started to inspire hope for future hand drawn animated features.
* Interest in ''WesternAnimation/SouthPark'' was waning by the time the third season arrived in 1999 and. Luckily, the feature film ''WesternAnimation/SouthParkBiggerLongerAndUncut'' was critically acclaimed for its risk-taking satire and wonderful score and songs (including the Oscar-nominated "Blame Canada") and it made a decent amount of money, thus giving the show more fans and helping it live on to this day.

[[folder:Films -- Live-Action]]
* If there's one thing the ''Franchise/StarTrek'' franchise is known for, it's the ability to rise anew like a phoenix and win back movie-going audiences (multiple times over) after underperforming or dismal films:
** ''Film/StarTrekTheMotionPicture'' left a lot of folks thinking ''Trek'' was only for the geek crowd and would never be a big SpaceOpera franchise (like ''Franchise/StarWars''). ''Film/StarTrekIITheWrathOfKhan'' proved otherwise.
** After the dismal showing of ''Film/StarTrekVTheFinalFrontier'' (which was, at the time, the lowest box-office earning entry of the franchise and a critical disappointment), Paramount Pictures made a point to bring back fan-favorite director Nicholas Meyer (who had helmed ''The Wrath of Khan'') to helm ''Film/StarTrekVITheUndiscoveredCountry''. ''Star Trek VI'' was seen as a valid return to form and [[GrandFinale a good sendoff]] for the TOS crew.
** ''Film/StarTrekNemesis'' was the worst-performing ''Trek'' film in more than 13 years, a critical and commercial bomb that broke the StarTrekMovieCurse in the worst way possible by being an awful even-numbered ''Trek'' film.[[note]]Unless one counts the AffectionateParody ''Film/GalaxyQuest'' as [[SpiritualAdaptation an honorary ''Trek'' film]].[[/note]] The announcement that the franchise would be rebooted was met with much discontent from long-time fans ...until it was also announced that Creator/JJAbrams would be directing it (along with Michael Giacchino composing), and focused on an alternate-universe plot that would bring back the spirit of the original series. [[Film/StarTrek The resulting film]] became both the highest-grossing and most critically acclaimed ''Trek'' film of all time and was a massive hit with both hardcore fans (apart from [[TheyChangedItNowItSucks a few holdouts]]) and general audiences.
* For many, the ColdOpen in ''Film/CasinoRoyale2006'' made James Bond seem cool again.
-->'''Dryden''': How did he die?
-->'''Bond''': Your contact? Not well.
-->'''Dryden''': Made you feel it, did he? You needn't worry. The second is....
-->'''Bond''': ([[KilledMidSentence interrupts him by putting a single silenced round in Dryden's chest, killing him instantly]].)... Yes. Considerably.
** Being a LongRunner, the ''Film/JamesBond'' films regularly have resurgences in fan appreciation. The casting of Pierce Brosnan in ''Film/GoldenEye'' won back James Bond more than 10 years before ''Film/CasinoRoyale2006''.
** ''Film/{{Skyfall}}'' did this for the Craig-Bond after the rather mixed reception to ''Film/QuantumOfSolace''.
** ''Film/TheSpyWhoLovedMe'' was considered a tremendous return to form after ten years of tepid installments, and even today, it's considered one of the finest films in the franchise.
* ''Film/IndianaJonesAndTheTempleOfDoom'' divided a lot of fans and caused Creator/StevenSpielberg and GeorgeLucas to take a lot of flak for ruining the Indiana Jones saga. The two of them hit back with ''Film/IndianaJonesAndTheLastCrusade'' which won over everyone, and among some fans is considered better than even ''Film/RaidersOfTheLostArk''.
* Franchise/TheMuppets reached a nadir with ''Film/MuppetsFromSpace'', which failed both critically and financially. After a few years of disliked TV specials, and modestly popular commercials and [[WebVideo/MuppetViralVideos viral videos]], 2011 brought a new big-screen movie, ''Film/TheMuppets'', with a script and sense of humor recalling Creator/JimHenson's Muppet movies. The script also counts as an in-universe example of this trope, as the Muppets try to win back an audience that has grown to favor cynicism in the years since they last performed together. This became one of the most critically-acclaimed movies of the year, and the Muppets' highest-grossing movie ever (not adjusting for inflation).
* After the dismal failure of ''Film/BatmanAndRobin'', ''Film/TheDarkKnightSaga'' by Creator/ChristopherNolan [[ContinuityReboot rebooted]] the film franchise in order to win back Batman fans. All three films have been resounding commercial successes and the second an unprecedented critical success, [[GenreTurningPoint raising the prestige of comic book movies as gripping drama films]]. After ''Film/TheDarkKnight'' came out, it became the highest-grossing comic book movie ever. It also became the first comic book film to ever win an acting UsefulNotes/AcademyAward with HeathLedger posthumously winning Best Supporting Actor for his highly regarded performance as SelfDemonstrating/TheJoker.
* ''Film/XMen'':
** After the bashing that ''Film/XMenTheLastStand'' and ''Film/XMenOriginsWolverine'' received, ''Film/XMenFirstClass'' was met with a much warmer reception.
** ''Film/TheWolverine'' discarded the previous ''Wolverine'' film and basically started from spin-off scratch, adapting one of the most famous comic arcs for the character and going for a smaller and more personal scale for the character. The result was far more well-received than ''Film/XMenOriginsWolverine'', enough for Fox to kick the tires on a follow-up with Hugh Jackman and director James Mangold returning.
** ''Film/XMenDaysOfFuturePast''. With the success of ''Film/TheAvengers2012'', fans began clamoring for the ''X-Men'' characters to return to Marvel Studios; aside from the obvious crossover potential, fans thought that Fox wouldn't be able to do the series as much justice as Marvel would. It was then up to Fox to prove that they ''could''. WordOfGod from the creators was that the film was specifically conceived as an "apology" to everyone who was disappointed with ''Film/XMenTheLastStand''.
** The ''Film/{{Deadpool}}'' movie was essentially made as an apology for [[Film/XMenOriginsWolverine Fox's last attempt at bringing the character into a movie]]. It's also seen as an attempt to redeem Fox's Marvel movies in general that aren't X-Men, after the critical failure of ''Film/FantasticFour2015''. Given the glowing reception and commercial success for ''Deadpool'', it worked!
* ''Film/MissionImpossibleGhostProtocol'' became the best reviewed film of the series, even going as far as to do a lot to redeem both the ''Film/MissionImpossible'' film series and Creator/TomCruise in the eyes of the public.
* ''Franchise/MarvelCinematicUniverse'':
** Marvel had some critical bombs in theaters with movies like Ang Lee's ''Film/{{Hulk}}'', which was mostly reviled. ''Film/SpiderMan1'' and ''Film/SpiderMan2'' did well, but ''Film/SpiderMan3'' was poorly received, and combined with the ''X-Men'' movies of the time[[note]]''The Last Stand'' and ''Origins: Wolverine''[[/note]], it seems like the Marvel license was tainted with bad luck. Marvel eventually decided they ''could'' do better, and opened their own movie studio to try to cash in on the characters they still had. ''Film/IronMan1'' was then released to stunning critical and commercial success. ''Film/TheIncredibleHulk'' didn't do quite as well, but the relative success of both movies pushed Marvel into creating the Marvel Cinematic Universe, to consistent and ''growing'' acclaim from all corners.
** After the mixed reception of ''Film/TheAmazingSpiderManSeries'', Sony decided to share the rights with Marvel Studios and reboot the character ''again''. Many fans were unsure than Spidey still had a future in movies even with the ''MCU'' getting involved. Then when ''Film/CaptainAmericaCivilWar'' came out, he was cited as one of the film's highlights and many have called Tom Holland's performance of the character the best so far. Now the fans and public are excited for ''Film/SpiderManHomecoming''.
* According to writer Simon Kinberg, this is one of the stated goals of the ''[[Film/FantasticFour2015 Fantastic Four]]'' reboot. He claims that the new movie has a bit of an advantage in that unlike ''Film/TheAmazingSpiderMan'', they aren't rebooting a franchise that was already beloved and well-received to begin with. [[EpicFail To say that it didn't work would be an understatement]].
* Creator/GarethEdwards and the rest of the film crew have made a special point of emphasizing how ''Film/{{Godzilla 2014}}'' is faithful to the ''Franchise/{{Godzilla}}'' spirit.
* ''Film/RiseOfThePlanetOfTheApes'' brought hope back to the seemingly dead [[Franchise/PlanetOfTheApes franchise]]. While not a masterpiece, it was still a surprisingly enjoyable film. ''Film/DawnOfThePlanetOfTheApes'' cemented it, as it was considered [[EvenBetterSequel a masterpiece]], having almost everyone anticipating the next one in the series.
* ''Film/JurassicWorld'' revived the ''Franchise/JurassicPark'' franchise 14 years after the poorly received FranchiseKiller, ''Film/JurassicParkIII'', was released. It broke box office records, became the third highest grossing movie of all time (behind ''Film/{{Avatar}}'' and ''Film/{{Titanic|1997}}''). On July 23rd, it was announced a sequel will be released on June 22nd, 2018.
* The first four ''Franchise/{{Rocky}}'' movies range from genuine classics to cult classics remembered for their absurdity, but in general they're well-liked. ''Film/RockyV'' alienated fans, disgusted critics, and catastrophically failed at the box office, putting the series into a coma. Sixteen years later, ''Film/RockyBalboa'' won the fans and critics back with its return to what made the early films work, and nine years after that, the spinoff ''Film/{{Creed}}'' got an even ''better'' reception, earning Creator/SylvesterStallone his first Oscar nomination since the original ''Rocky'' and landing on many "Best Movies of the Year" lists.
* The critical and fan response success of ''Film/TheForceAwakens'' has brought Franchise/StarWars back from the national time-out corner following the prequels.

* Many ''Literature/WarriorCats'' fans grew tired of the series after ''The New Prophecy'', due to the increased focus on the supernatural elements of the series, the disappearance of the AnyoneCanDie factor of the series, the increasing number of continuity errors, the increased focus on characterization over plot, and a perceived RomanticPlotTumor. Then came ''[[Literature/WarriorCatsDawnOfTheClans Dawn of the Clans]]'', which is not only a perfect starting point for new readers, but also contained fresh themes, a faster pace, witty dialogue, plenty of death, a whole new crew of likable characters, tighter continuity, a protagonist vastly different from Firestar, and antagonist who wasn't a rehash of Tigerstar, Brokenstar, or Scourge, and a perfect combination of lighthearted scenes and darker scenes. The reception has been almost entirely positive.
* The ''Literature/{{GONE}}'' series dipped a little in the third book, which didn't seem to going in any particular direction, made formerly beloved characters (like Astrid) unlikable and annoying and the [[BigLippedAlligatorMoment Big Lipped Alligator Character]] that was Nerezza confused and infuriated fans. Many fans lost respect for heroic characters, and a lot of things weren't explained, to the point were a few scenes made little sense and more were monotomous and out of character. The lack of action and mystique that was all part of the appeal was lacking somewhat too. Thankfully, this was just a temporary low, and the next book ''PLAGUE'' heavily won over critics and fans alike, and was even claimed by many to be when the series [[GrowingTheBeard Grew the beard]]. It kept the quality at a steady high with ''FEAR'' and the last book ''LIGHT'' has gripped universal acclaim, and is regarded by many to be the best Creator/MichaelGrant book ever written.

[[folder:Live Action TV]]
* The sixth season of ''[[Series/TwentyFour 24]]'' was heavily panned, making many, even hardcore fans, think maybe the show ran its course. The seventh season, beginning with ''24:Redemption'' has won back the old fans and even a fair share of new ones along with the highest ratings ever for the series.
* ''LawAndOrder'' wins back its fans at regular intervals. But then, after nearly 20 years on the air, that should be expected.
* Similarly, ''Series/SaturdayNightLive'' has had several periods where everyone hated it, until new talent (most notably Eddie Murphy in the early '80s and Will Ferrell in the mid '90s) brings it back into the public's good graces.
* ''Series/DoctorWho'':
** The 2005 reboot was a resounding triumph for the Britain's biggest sci-fi hero following the series' ignominious death back in 1989 and the failed pilot on Fox.
** Following [[Recap/DoctorWhoS34E7KillTheMoon "Kill the Moon"]] proving to be incredibly polarising, [[BrokenBase Base Breaking]] and poorly received with a large portion of the audience. [[Recap/DoctorWhoS34E8MummyOnTheOrientExpress "Mummy on the Orient Express"]] has been received with near universal admiration. To the point multiple fans have outright referenced this trope when talking about it.
** For many actual ''Doctor Who'' fans, as opposed to media commentators, "Remembrance of the Daleks" was where 1980s ''Doctor Who'' started getting good again. Unfortunately [[ScrewedByTheNetwork the BBC didn't agree]].
* The first post-SG-1 ''Franchise/StargateVerse'' movie ''Film/TheArkOfTruth'' was considered by some to be blah at best. However, it seems ''everyone'' loved ''Film/StargateContinuum''.
* ''Franchise/PowerRangers'':
** ''Series/PowerRangersInSpace'' won back old fans of Power Rangers lost after ''Series/PowerRangersTurbo'', as well as new ones
** Many years later, ''Series/PowerRangersRPM'' won back fans that had been dissatisfied with the previous succession of mediocre to bad seasons.
** The rights then reverted back to Saban, resulting in ''Samurai'' and ''Megaforce''; both very poorly received seasons. Then along came ''PowerRangersDinoCharge'', which managed to win back the fandom in the space of the ''very first episode''.
* The UsefulNotes/{{Academy Awards|Ceremonies}} ceremony had to do this after the 1989 show opened with a notoriously campy production number "highlighted" by Rob Lowe singing a rewritten duet of "Proud Mary" with Snow White. Things didn't much improve from there, aside from several witty presenters, and the show was pilloried both within and without Hollywood as a disgrace. The following year, one of those witty presenters -- Billy Crystal -- was tapped to host the whole show, and largely thanks to him the result was a much-acclaimed ceremony. Crystal has hosted eight more times since then, most recently in 2012 to win back the crowd after the poorly-received 2011 ceremony that James Franco and Anne Hathaway hosted.
* While ''Film/{{Star Trek IV|The Voyage Home}}'' was winning the box office, ''Series/StarTrekTheNextGeneration'' almost permanently won back the Trekkie crowd, for good. Its success triggered an almost continuous 20-year run of ''Trek'' series being produced.
* When the ''Series/ICarly'' special ''iStart a Fan War'' was announced, Seddie shippers got excited that after Season 4's lackluster quality, it would give them some Seddie moments and reboot the show's glory. Unfortunately, when it turned out to be an AuthorTract against the shipping concept, shippers were not pleased, and when they took it to DanSchneider's blog, they claimed he crossed the MoralEventHorizon when their comments were being erased and that the show was dead. That is, until his next blog explained his true intention, and that he only meant that to the obsessed shippers. He also promised them something that would make them quite pleased, which left most fans forgiving him. And that something came in the form of iOMG, which was seen as a SugarWiki/MomentOfAwesome by many fans.
* Quite a few fans were redrawn to ''Franchise/KamenRider'' by ''Series/KamenRiderDouble'' following the debacle of ''Series/KamenRiderDecade'', though this likely applies more to the non-Japanese PeripheryDemographic.
* While the seasons of ''Series/TwoAndAHalfMen'' without Charlie Sheen still get criticized, many fans of the show feel like Season 11 seems to have won everyone back for real, with the introduction of Charlie's daughter Jenny, who has received a considerable amount of praise, due to her personality being ''almost exactly'' like Charlie's.
* ''Series/{{Community}}'': Creator Creator/DanHarmon left the show after season 3, and the next season was roundly criticized for being far weaker than the rest of the series. Harmon returned for season 5 and made a major course correction, going so far as having the [[LeaningOnTheFourthWall characters themselves note how weird everything had become of late]].
* ''Series/{{Scrubs}}'' had [[JumpingTheShark jumped the shark]] roughly since Season 6, with continuing {{Flanderization}} of the protagonists girliness, and plot-lines that many people didn't like (such the relationships with Kim and Keith). When the show switched from NBC to ABC for Season 8, however, the show successfully managed to grow its beard back (doubling since JD ''literally'' grew a beard). Not only did JD dial down his girlyness and regain some of his early charm, it featured fresh plot-lines and episodes that were both hilarious and emotionally stimulating, as well as a spectacular series finale.
* ''Series/{{Daredevil 2015}}'' had many people who only knew the [[ComicBook/{{Daredevil}} character]] for the mediocre [[Film/{{Daredevil}} 2003 film]] very skeptical. When it came out, it received almost universal acclaim for its clever and tight plotting, well-choreographed and brutal fight scenes, and in-depth character development and acting, and is regarded by many as the single best entry in the Franchise/MarvelCinematicUniverse. This had the effect of almost completely redeeming the character in the mainstream public's eye.
* After a weak third season that focused on personal drama, ''[[Series/HouseOfCardsUS House of Cards]]'' came back strong in Season 4 with a re-focus on [[spoiler:Frank's]] administration and the conclusion of plots from the first two seasons.

* One of the most famous examples in musical history is ''Music/{{Aerosmith}}''. They were among the defining hard rock bands of the 1970's and had a massive influence on the then-fledgling heavy metal scene. However, the early-80's were anything but kind to the band, as nasty drug addictions and a string of mediocre albums temporarily doomed them to "has-been" status. But, in 1986, the tides turned. They collaborated with ''Music/RunDMC'' for a rerecording of "Walk This Way" (one of the first notable fusions of rock and hip hop), and 1987's ''Permanent Vacation'' further paved the way for a comeback. It finally happened with 1989's ''Pump''. Widely considered to be both their big comeback album and one of the greatest hard rock albums of the late-80's.
* Though [[BrokenBase some parts of the fandom disagree]], Music/{{Metallica}}'s ''Death Magnetic'' helped bring back quite a few fans after ''St. Anger'' with a return to their 80s sound.
* Dr. Dre's ''Chronic 2001'', which featured then-rising Aftermath artists like {{Eminem}} and Xzibit, also revived interest in his career after several years out of the limelight.
* ''Music/{{Accept}}''. A lot of people had a lot of doubts with Mark Tornillo, replacement of Udo Dirkschneider. And then, they release ''Blood Of The Nations''. It turns out to be one of the best Metal albums of 2010.
* Music/EltonJohn took a break from touring and recording in 1977, at the height of his fame as the biggest selling solo performer of TheSeventies, and not long after [[StraightGay his coming out as "bisexual"]] [[ContractualPurity lost him fans in Middle America]]. A creative and financial slump followed. He bounced back as an {{MTV}} star on the strength of of his 1983 album ''Too Low For Zero'', a solid, critically and commercially successful effort which reunited Elton with the classic lineup of his "Elton John Band" (Davey Johnstone: guitar; Dee Murray: bass; Nigel Olsson: drums) and saw Bernie Taupin back as full time lyricist. Two tracks from the album, "I'm Still Standing" and "I Guess That's Why The Call It The Blues", were Top 10 hits and had popular music videos.
* Music/CliffRichard's career had been in apparently terminal decline for some years until his 1976 NewSoundAlbum ''I'm Nearly Famous'' repositioned him as more of a rock artist and broke him into the US market.
* Music/CelticFrost and ''Monotheist''. Despite it being their final album, they manage to win back after the release of ''[[OldShame Cold Lake]]''. Given that there were already two albums between those two that excised ''Cold Lake'''s sound, it must have been quite a dark cloud to emerge from.
* Music/JudasPriest experienced this not once, not twice, but 3 TIMES. The first happened after the massively ridiculed "Turbo" and "Ram It Down" albums. Painkiller furiously roared into fans ears in 1990 and instantly won everybody back on Priest's side. Unfortunately afterwards Rob Halford left the band. After the late 90s and early 2000s had passed with the "Ripper" Owens era, Rob Halford was brought back and the Band recorded Angel of Retribution. The name is everything that you think they were implying with that whole controversy. Then as soon it was back it was gone once more. As the band had recorded the nearly universally shat upon "Nostradamus". Despite that the band themselves WARNED everybody that for those who may not like power metal should maybe skip the album, people bought it anyway expecting something different and hated it anyway! After that whole mishap and with K.K. Downing leaving the band, the pressure was up against Priest like never before. But with the once again appropriately titled recent 2014 album "Redeemer of Souls" they once again imply that Priest is back and better than ever before!
* After spending most of 2013 and 2014 as a laughingstock, Music/JustinBieber managed to win back many of his former teenage fans in 2015 with two top-10 hits. The first hit was "Where Are U Now", an EDM track by Jack U that featured Bieber on lead vocals. The second, and most [[CareerResurrection career-reviving]], song was "What Do You Mean". It got surprisingly good reviews from Bieber's haters and debuted at #1 on the Hot 100, and his next two hits "Sorry" and "Love Yourself" also hit the top. His album ''Purpose'' was widely hailed as his greatest work ever, and debuted at #1 by selling a career-high 500,000 copies, stopping the [[Music/OneDirection very band whose meteoric rise was the catalyst to his fall]] [[BrokenStreak from tying]] Music/{{Metallica}}, Music/{{Disturbed}} and Music/DaveMatthewsBand's streak of #1 albums.
* Music/{{Megadeth}} also had a {{Base Break|er}}ing one in ''Endgame'', ironically released a year after ''Death Magnetic''. Though there are fans that will cite ''The System Has Failed'', which followed the [[DorkAge disastrous]] double-whammy of ''Risk'' and ''The World Needs a Hero'' and [[IAmTheBand Mustaine]]'s TenMinuteRetirement, as such.
* MachineHead faced a ''nasty'' DorkAge with their turn-of-the-millenium releases ''The Burning Red'' and ''Supercharger''. ''Through the Ashes of Empires'' re-introduced elements of their classic {{Thrash|Metal}} sound with warm welcome, and ''The Blackening'' went even further, going in a ProgressiveMetal direction. The band/[[IAmTheBand Rob Flynn]] still has a mountain to climb, though, as they/he still have both the shadow of NuMetal and the [[ToughActToFollow high standards]] set by ''[[FirstInstallmentWins Burn My Eyes]]'' to live up to.
* Music/BradPaisley's 2013 album ''Wheelhouse'' was a major BrokenBase for him. First off, it was the first album that he produced by himself instead of using longtime producer Frank Rogers. Those who liked the album found it a wonderful change of pace for its more varied songs and heavier production; opponents found it a massively overproduced mess that tried way too hard to be "different" (although consensus was that the Music/LLCoolJ duet "Accidental Racist" was a huge misstep). The divisive nature of ''Wheelhouse'' was also evident on the charts, as the third and fourth singles ("I Can't Change the World" and "The Mona Lisa") were his lowest-charting since his ''debut album'' back in 1999. However, Brad released ''Moonshine in the Trunk'' in 2014, and it has generally been better-received by critics despite Paisley still sitting in the producer's chair for it.
* Music/FloridaGeorgiaLine, with their breakthrough smash "Cruise", became the TropeMakers and TropeCodifier of the "bro country" subgenre of CountryMusic in TheNewTens. Defined by songs about hot girls, drinking beer, trucks, partying, and the like, the genre is widely derided for its sheer lack of substance. The lead single to their second album, "Dirt", seems to point to a turnaround for the duo, as it is noticeably more substantial and less dependent on the "bro" stereotypes than most of their first album, with many critics praising the duo for doing something different. It even has Brian Kelley [[StepUpToTheMicrophone singing nearly half the song]] instead of being buried under Tyler Hubbard's voice. However, they seem to have gone straight back into BrokenBase right away, as its followup was "Sun Daze", a party song just like nearly all of their other "bro country" material [[foldercontrol]]

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* After Music/RascalFlatts' albums ''Me and My Gang'', ''Still Feels Good'', and ''Unstoppable'' were panned for their weak songs and Dann Huff's bombastic production, Rascal Flatts seemed to get the message, as most critics felt that ''Nothing Like This'' (their first album for Big Machine Records after their previous label, Lyric Street, closed) and ''Changed'' had better songs and production even though Huff was still on board. This culminated in the band finally ditching Huff on ''Rewind'', which was equally lauded for its quality… [[ZigZaggingTrope However, its second single "Payback" became the band's lowest peaking single to date.]]
* NuMetal band Music/{{Korn}} has done this twice. After the band succumbed to a DorkAge during the mid to late 00s with their output after ''Take a Look in the Mirror'', 2010 saw the release of ''Korn III'', a "true successor" to Korn's earlier 90s work such as their self titled debut album and it's followup ''Life Is Peachy''. The album was very well received by fans for returning to the dark and gritty style that made the band famous in the first place. However Korn's next album, ''Path of Totality'', went in a highly experimental route by trying to fuse nu metal with dubstep (even getting Music/{{Skrillex}} involved). [[LoveItOrHateIt Opinions were highly divided]], to say the least. The next album, ''The Paradigm Shift'', went back to the nu metal sound again, included the return of one of the band's founding guitarists, Head, and opinions, while not as favorable as ''Korn III'', were still much higher than ''Path of Totality''.
* New York DJ duo The Chainsmokers pulled this off. After being seen as a quintessential 2010s OneHitWonder for "#Selfie", which became a hit through sheer MemeticMutation. Given that song was wildly reviled, and it was too much of a left-field novelty to be taken seriously, it was thought they would fade into complete obscurity afterwards. This was not the case. The next year they release "Roses" (featuring vocals from Rozes), a kind of dirty song that was still surprisingly well-received. It quickly climbed up the charts and reached the Top 40, ending their one-hit wonder status, and became a massive EDM crossover that far eclipsed "#Selfie" in the public's eye.

[[folder:Professional Wrestling]]
* The [[Wrestling/{{WWE}} WWF]] became the undisputed top promotion of the wrestling world in the 1980's, but by the time the '90s rolled around, their top name (Wrestling/HulkHogan) was gone, nobody else was grabbing the audience's interest, and the booking had become ridiculous, predictable, and lame. The WWF found themselves trailing behind Wrestling/{{WCW}}, and staring down the barrel of bankruptcy. Then came the Wrestling/AttitudeEra, a DarkerAndEdgier reinvention focused around Wrestling/StoneColdSteveAustin, and the rest is history.
* Invoked at ''Wrestling/{{ECW}} Hardcore Heaven 95.'' There was a tag team match with Chad Austin and The Broadstreet Bully (Tony Stetson) vs. Donn E. Allen and Dino Sendoff that featured blown spots, with the crowd turning on it and Joey even ''[[LampshadeHanging saying]]'', "This match isn't very good," and, figuring that the match probably wouldn't make TV, using it to take a shot at ''[=WCW=] Slamboree'', a [=PPV=] which, from 1993-1995, would feature RingOldies along with wrestlers from the regular roster. Then "Frankenstein" hit, bringing out [[Wrestling/PaulHeyman Paul E. Dangerously]] and [[Wrestling/AlPoling 911]]. 911 chokeslammed all four guys to the cheers of the crowd.
** A similar situation occurred at WWE's ''Wrestling/SurvivorSeries 2008'', namely during Wrestling/VladimirKozlov and Wrestling/TripleH's match for the WWE Championship. Originally the match was supposed to include Wrestling/JeffHardy as a third man, but he was reportedly found unconscious earlier that day and thus taken out of the match. HHH and Kozlov did not work particularly well together, becoming so maligned as to earn chants of "boring" and "Wrestling/{{TNA}}". I repeat. Fans chanted TNA during a HHH match. That's how dull it was. Then Wrestling/VickieGuerrero came out and announced that "He's here!", getting the crowd to finally show some life as they believed Hardy would be appearing. ''Then…'' "[[Wrestling/{{Edge}} You think you know me."]] And the crowd was off their feet, as '''EDGE''' returned with his comeback beard and wrestling gear on and speed-walked his way into the ring. '''Then''', before he could capitalize on the situation…''Jeff Hardy indeed came rushing out with a steel chair'', wildly swinging at Edge (presuming that Edge was physically responsible for his earlier condition). Some swings and Spears later, Kozlov, Hardy, and HHH all sprawled out on the ground, and '''Edge''' became WWE Champion to a hero's welcome.
* Wrestling/JayLethal's second run with the Wrestling/RingOfHonor Television Title won back the crowd who had been disinterested in the belt ever since Matt Taven, who was viewed as a CreatorsPet and a ReplacementScrappy in the House Of Truth to Wrestling/RoderickStrong, had won it off the ever popular Adam Cole.
* 2014 saw WWE pull this off on more than one level. First, in the Royal Rumble, the crowd waited anxiously during the entire Rumble for Daniel Bryan to make his appearance. When number 30 was revealed to be Rey Mysterio, once the crowd realized that Bryan wasn't in the Rumble at all, the boos could be heard loud and clear - Mysterio's elimination was actually cheered. The world title match at Wrestlemania XXX was quickly made a triple threat match by including Bryan, and having him win the title to the massive approval of the crowd...which earlier that night had been practically deflated when The Streak came to an end.

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* Creator/BioWare had to win back the crowd ''twice'' in the early 2010s:
** The Citadel DLC seems to be doing this for ''VideoGame/MassEffect3''. While the overall game was generally seen as very good, its ending was almost universally despised. While there will always be some who will never forgive for it, the kudos for Citadel seem about as widespread as the furor was over the original ending. Crossing over with AuthorsSavingThrow, there was also the Extended Cut, a free release that attempted to make the ending actually make sense and provide closure; approval rose to around 50%, which is fairly impressive given that the original ending had an estimated approval rating of ''8%''.
** ''VideoGame/DragonAgeII'' completely splintered the entire fanbase for a number of reasons, due to its limited world, players' lack of effect with their choices, [[GameBreakingBug glitches]], CutAndPasteEnvironments, and overall rushed feel. There are many who consider it a decent game for elements such as its excellent companions, but a significant step back from its predecessor ''VideoGame/DragonAgeOrigins''. Its follow-up, ''VideoGame/DragonAgeInquisition'', despite complaints about problems with different versions, has been far better received for its [[SequelEscalation much more epic story]] that successfully took ''many'' seemingly unimportant elements from ''[[InnocuouslyImportantEpisode Dragon Age II]]'' and [[ChekhovsGun incorporated them in big ways]], [[WideOpenSandbox highly varied wide-open worlds]] and the choices having a far greater effect on the story and characters. By extension, quite a few see ''Inquisition'' as return to form for Creator/BioWare after the widespread disappointment with ''Dragon Age II'' and the ending of ''VideoGame/MassEffect3''.
* After the [[InternetBackdraft dedicated server fiasco]] in the PC version of ''VideoGame/ModernWarfare 2'', ''VideoGame/CallOfDutyBlackOps'' was advertised to have dedicated servers. And its sequel, ''Call of Duty: Black Ops II''. Near future setting, missions with multiple paths, Strike Force missions that can alter the story based on success or failure (and the player can even play these missions like an RTS if they want), and a story written by the writer of ''The Dark Knight Saga'', even those who hated ''Modern Warfare'' 3 for being "too much of the same thing" are becoming optimistic that Black Ops II is truly the change of pace the series needed.
* Most Sonic fans will tell you that the ''Franchise/SonicTheHedgehog'' franchise finally achieved this in the years since the near-universally reviled ''VideoGame/SonicTheHedgehog2006''. The game which achieved that, however, is yet another ([[FlameBait intensely heated]]) [[BrokenBase point of contention]] between ''VideoGame/SonicUnleashed'', ''VideoGame/SonicColors'', or ''VideoGame/SonicGenerations''.
* ''VideoGame/MortalKombat9''. The series had fallen back into a DorkAge right after ''[[VideoGame/MortalKombatDeadlyAlliance Deadly Alliance]]'' had so narrowly pulled it out of one. The 2011 game sees to it that your fond memories of the series aren't exclusive to just the 90s. Creator/NetherrealmStudios would continue the trend with ''VideoGame/MortalKombatX'', which was just as critically and commercially successful as its predecessor, if not more so.
* ''Franchise/StreetFighter'':
** The series was seen as being repetitive and boring after Creator/{{Capcom}} went to the well one too many times with their update editions of ''VideoGame/StreetFighterII''. And then lost the mainstream gamers completely with ''VideoGame/StreetFighterIII'' and its update editions. Thanks to the UsefulNotes/FightingGameCommunity, they were able to bring attention to [[VindicatedByHistory how great a game]] ''Street Fighter III: Third Strike'' really was, and eventually brought enough attention to the game for Capcom to make ''VideoGame/StreetFighterIV''. The game was a huge success, and not only did it [[GenreRelaunch help revive the fighting game genre as a whole]], it made the FGC popular as well, especially when it came to EVO, the biggest event for the pro community. Not to mention that [[BrokenBase some fans]] no longer mind Capcom's [[CapcomSequelStagnation update edition concept]] with the ''Street Fighter'' series anymore, as evidenced by the latest version, ''Ultra Street Fighter IV''.
* While ''VideoGame/MetalGearSolid2SonsOfLiberty'' didn't turn everyone away from [[Franchise/MetalGear the series]], it did cause a serious BrokenBase with many worried as to what the next game would bring. Cue ''VideoGame/MetalGearSolid3SnakeEater'' which had a much more straightforward and powerful character-driven plot, a main character who looked and sounded exactly like Snake, solid gameplay that expanded on the ''Metal Gear Solid 2'''s gameplay, new outdoor jungle environments (which hadn't really been done before in the series since the original 2D games), spectacular boss fights and [[TearJerker an absolutely heartbreaking]] [[SomeAnvilsNeedToBeDropped yet incredibly effective ending.]] While debate still goes on as to the overall quality of ''Metal Gear Solid 2'' in relation to the rest of the series, ''Metal Gear Solid 3'', along with the original ''VideoGame/MetalGearSolid'' and ''VideoGame/MetalGearSolid4GunsOfThePatriots'', are considered to be the franchise's crowning achievements.
* After the huge success of ''VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaOcarinaOfTime'', between hands was a ToughActToFollow, which neither ''[[VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaMajorasMask Majora's Mask]]'' nor ''[[VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaTheWindWaker The Wind Waker]]'' managed to surpass, at least in term of popularity among fans. In fact, while both were later VindicatedByHistory, the former was for the most part overlooked, and the latter significantly fractured the fanbase due to its art style. Then ''[[VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaTwilightPrincess Twilight Princess]]'' was released and, while [[BrokenBase not completely]], it managed to put the series back on spot in sales, critical acclaim, awards and nominations. Meanwhile, ''VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaALinkBetweenWorlds'' did this for the handheld lineage after the more divisive UsefulNotes/NintendoDS games.
* ''VideoGame/DeusExHumanRevolution'' struggled to win any fans from its conception -- a [[FranchiseKiller fanbase already disillusioned]] by ''[[VideoGame/DeusExInvisibleWar Invisible War]]'' was less than thrilled when they discovered that the third game in the series would include RegeneratingHealth and [[TakeCover cover-based combat]]. However, when a disgruntled ex-employee leaked the press demo, previously unenthusiastic ''VideoGame/DeusEx'' fans were pleasantly surprised by what they found - so much so that even the notoriously pessimistic [[ImageBoards /v/]] was genuinely impressed and looked forward to the game's release with far more excitement than before.
* The ''VideoGame/TonyHawksProSkater'' franchise had grappled with {{Sequelitis}} for years, eventually hitting a nadir with ''Tony Hawk's RIDE'' and ''SHRED'', two games built around an atrocious skateboard peripheral. Activision, finally seeing where this was going, released ''Tony Hawk's Pro Skater HD'', a revamped collection of levels from the well-reviewed first and second titles. However, ''Tony Hawk's Pro Skater 5'' came out, looking to maintain the upswing... But it was less than what the fans were hoping for, being a bland, bug-riddled product.
* ''Franchise/DevilMayCry'':
** The first game was universally hailed and anticipation was high for the second one. However what fans got was a lackluster sequel that was laughably easy and stripped Dante of his rogue charm. Understandably, many were wary come news of the third game, which was developed by the same team behind ''[=DMC2=]''. However, Capcom rectified all the problems of the second game, ratcheting up the difficulty, reverting Dante back to his old self, and even giving him some new toys to play with. Then came the announcement of ''[[UpdatedRerelease Special Edition]]'', which offered an Easy Mode and allowed players to play as [[EvilTwin Vergil]].
** ''[[VideoGame/DmCDevilMayCry DmC: Devil May Cry]]'' was a [[DarkerAndEdgier ham-fistedly gritty]] [[ContinuityReboot reboot]] ([[AlternateContinuity sort of]]) that many ''DMC'' fans found unnecessary due to [[LeftHanging a myriad of plot points still unaddressed]] and ''[=DmC=]''[='s=] largely lackluster and uninspired gameplay (particularly by ''DMC'' standards), resulting in the game flopping and the future of the series being uncertain. Capcom would eventually do damage control by releasing a ''Special Edition'' of the far more favorable ''Devil May Cry 4''. While it didn't fix all of ''[=DMC4=]''[='s=] problems, particularly the excessive {{backtracking}} that bogged down the second half of the game, it does expand on the story to a degree and includes [[BreakoutCharacter Vergil, Trish, and Lady]] as playable characters alongside Dante and Nero, each with their own quirks and unique moves. Fans now have hope that there might one day be a proper ''Devil May Cry 5''.
* For years, the Ultramarines chapter had been the butt of jokes due to their being a CreatorsPet who interpreted them as LawfulStupid and [[SpotlightStealingSquad overshadowing other armies]]. But with ''VideoGame/Warhammer40000SpaceMarine'', the fans are finally starting to appreciate them again (it doesn't hurt that the game has a few {{Take That}}s towards the by-the-book aspect, and by extension the author who presented them as such). The story also called for exactly what they excel at: being generic action heroes, with no tie-ins to ongoing stories or complex Chapter characterization to confuse players new to the IP.
* ''VideoGame/DonkeyKongCountryReturns'' was this for the ''Franchise/DonkeyKong'' series in general. It was riding high in the ''VideoGame/DonkeyKongCountry'' days, and ''VideoGame/DonkeyKong64'' did well too. But once Rare left Nintendo, the series was basically orphaned for a few generations, with nothing but spinoff games (which failed to sell) to show for it. But when Retro Studios revived it, Franchise/DonkeyKong was back. ''VideoGame/DonkeyKongCountry'' was back. The game sold a ton, was well received and ended up introducing a whole new generation to the series, getting an enhanced remake on the [[UsefulNotes/Nintendo3DS 3DS]], and getting a sequel on the UsefulNotes/WiiU in 2014 in the form of ''VideoGame/DonkeyKongCountryTropicalFreeze''.
* The promised Perfectionist difficulty in ''VideoGame/SplinterCell Blacklist'' seems to be this as it is a return to classic stealth play, removing melees from the front and Mark & Execute, features from ''Conviction'' that may have deterred hardcore fans of the earlier games.
* ''VideoGame/{{Contra 4}}'', ''Contra [=ReBirth=]'', and ''VideoGame/HardCorpsUprising'', three ''Contra'' games that came out after four consecutive installments that sat poorly with fans of the series (two lame UsefulNotes/PlayStation games, one of which is also a UsefulNotes/SegaSaturn game, and two average UsefulNotes/PlayStation2 games) which whipped the series back into what it should be.
* Due to declining sales from ''Franchise/FireEmblem'' titles, ''VideoGame/FireEmblemAwakening'' was originally going to be the final game in the series if the game didn't reach 250,000 sales. Fortunately, ''Awakening'' managed to save the series from cancellation with 242,600 units sold during its opening week alone. And after a decade of the franchise failing to gain significant traction outside of Japan, the title greatly expanded the fandom, with the game going on to sell almost two million copies worldwide over the next two years. A figure that the following installment, ''VideoGame/FireEmblemFates'' managed to surpass in less than a year.
* Atari was very clearly attempting this with ''VideoGame/BackyardSports: Sandlot Sluggers'' and ''Rookie Rush'', which featured no licensing from any major sports brands and tried to be more than just another year of the same game. Unfortunately, it didn't pull the series out of its DorkAge very well (as a matter of fact, it only solidified the issues most longtime fans took), and it flopped to the point that no new games in the series, [[LongRunner one that's been milked to death with two to three games every year for a decade,]] have since been announced.
* ''VideoGame/{{Fallout 3}}'' was a very popular game overall, but it was ''[[InternetBackdraft exceptionally]]'' [[BrokenBase controversial]] among the original fans of the first two games. ''VideoGame/FalloutNewVegas'', done by a [[Creator/ObsidianEntertainment descendant studio]] of the original [[Creator/BlackIsleStudios Black Isle]], was well-received by both sides and generally seen as a sign that ''Franchise/{{Fallout}}'' hasn't quite lost its magic.
* ''Franchise/SuperMarioBros'':
** ''VideoGame/SuperMarioBros'' won back popularity of {{Video Game}}s in North America, after UsefulNotes/TheGreatVideoGameCrashOf1983.
** ''VideoGame/NewSuperMarioBros1'' repopularized the 2D PlatformGame, after most studios had either [[VideoGame3DLeap gone 3D]] or abandoned the genre altogether.
** Following the release of ''VideoGame/SuperMarioGalaxy2'' in 2010, ''Franchise/SuperMarioBros'' gradually became increasingly accused of stagnating creatively. While ''VideoGame/SuperMario3DLand'' was well-received, critics and fans generally felt that it was underwhelming after the ''Galaxy'' games. The release of two ''VideoGame/NewSuperMarioBros'' games in a single year (''VideoGame/NewSuperMarioBros2'', ''VideoGame/NewSuperMarioBrosU'') gave further weight to the idea that the {{Platform Game}}s were retreading the same ground too much. The same criticisms were used against ''VideoGame/SuperMario3DWorld'' after its E3 2013 reveal -- but when the second trailer came out and revealed a large amount of unique content and well-designed levels, people once again warmed up to the series. And then the game came out, earning near-universal acclaim.
** When ''VideoGame/SuperMarioMaker'' was announced, it seemed to have a lukewarm (at best) reception, leaving a few people to mostly shrug it off. However, when it appeared in the Nintendo World Championship 2015, the reception was greeted with more enthusiasm due to the insane things you can create being shown off almost going into KaizoTrap levels.
* The hardcore fans of ''VideoGame/SuperSmashBros'' generally took a "once bitten, twice shy" approach to ''Wii U / [=3DS=]'' after ''Brawl'', and the early build displayed at E3 2014 and subsequent promotional events that suffered many of the same problems as ''Brawl'' didn't help matters. Then, the ''finished'' game was released, which altered the mechanics from the demo build completely, along with doing things like adding onscreen tips that explained details and tactics [[GuideDangIt previously hidden to most players]], fans are beginning to warm back up to it.
* Many ''Franchise/{{Pokemon}}'' fans felt turned off by ''VideoGame/PokemonRubyAndSapphire'' due to the large number of changes from previous installments, including unavailability of Generation I and II Pokémon. But when [[VideoGame/PokemonDiamondAndPearl Generation IV]] came out, especially ''Platinum'' and the long-awaited remakes of ''VideoGame/PokemonGoldAndSilver'', it brought back many old fans, [[NewbieBoom along with some new ones]].
* After hearing their fans being rather disappointed and even somewhat annoyed at the LighterAndSofter tones that the latest ''Franchise/TalesOf'' games (''VideoGames/TalesOfVesperia'' and ''VideoGame/TalesOfXillia'') had been following, Namco decided to bring out ''VideoGame/TalesOfXillia2'', a direct sequel to ''Xillia'' that went a much [[DarkerAndEdgier darker]] route very fast. Exactly how well this was received is [[BrokenBase debatable]].
* The original release of ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyXIV'' back in 2010 was seen by many as the nadir of the entire MMORPG genre ''and'' the ''Franchise/FinalFantasy'' franchise, to the point where a major investor sold every last share of his Square-Enix stock in protest. Three years later, the game was rebooted as ''Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn'', having undergone enough changes to make ''[[VideoGame/WorldOfWarcraft Cataclysm]]'' look like a minor patch. This time, the game was a critical and financial success far beyond anything Creator/SquareEnix expected. (How successful? It is now the ''second most profitable game in the franchise,'' next to ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyXI'', and got that way in a fraction of the time.)
* After the unpopular and poorly received mess that was ''VideoGame/CallOfJuarezTheCartel,'' Ubisoft realized that they were losing fans of the series at an abysmal rate. It seems they got the message ''why'' fans didn't like ''The Cartel'' and went on to release ''VideoGame/CallOfJuarezGunslinger'', a game that plays like an AffectionateParody of the whole SpaghettiWestern concept, gently poking fun at the cliches and storytelling conventions of the genre while providing blazing-fun action and an engrossing story at the same time. It didn't hurt that it was also less expensive than ''The Cartel'' and that its characters ended up more well-liked by the ''Call of Juarez'' fans.
* ''VideoGame/{{Starbound}}'' proved to be extremely popular around the time of its release, but fervor for the game died down not long after due to stagnating updates. The massive update released for the game in January 2015, however, managed to win back some of that popularity by adding many promised features, including the new Novakid race, ship customization, customizable UI windows, and oodles of new items to collect and planets to explore.
* ''VideoGame/StarTrekOnline'' hit a major snag during 2014, when then-EP Stephen D'Angelo allowed a number of changes to hit the game, increasing the grind exponentially, leading to the infamous Tau Dewa incident [[labelnote:Explanation]]In which players found a way to get to Level 60 and gather up specialization points much quicker than the game designers wanted them to, leading to all of those points being stripped away and D'Angelo himself labeling many of those players "cheaters" before a backlash forced them to backtrack on it[[/labelnote]]. Come 2015, D'Angelo stepped down and Stephen "[=SalamiInferno=]" Ricossa, a former dev, took over, quickly winning over many players with his quick and prompt responses over incidents and getting them hyped for what was coming next.
* When ''Videogame/XRebirth'' launched to almost universal poor reviews due to the ObviousBeta state and a plethora of bizarre design decisions, the development team, EGOSOFT, admitted that they goofed up, and spent the next year refining the game to be playable and indeed fun; first with the massive "2.0" update and again with "3.0", which coincided with the release of the game's ExpansionPack, ''The Teladi Outpost'', which was free for every owner to pre-order until the day of release as an apology. Critics and fans praised the decision and were more in favor of the game after all the changes. EGOSOFT has a history of this, with their games being released as [[ObviousBeta buggy, often unplayable messes]] which are rectified about a year after release and with features expanded via free DownloadableContent, but winning back the crowd after the ''Rebirth'' fiasco - whose level of [[GameBreakingBug buggyness was an order of magnitude worse]] than previous games - was make-or-break for the company.
* After it was revealed in May 2015 that [=KLab=] had fuddled with the English localization of ''VideoGame/LoveLiveSchoolIdolFestival'' to strip out references to same-sex relationships and change the FeaturelessProtagonist's implied gender from female to male, [[InternetBackdraft fans were very, VERY angry]] at the whitewashing of the characters' sexualities, with many refusing to buy any more Love Gems (if they were buying them) or outright uninstalling the game. One month later, [=KLab=] apologized and put out a patch that retranslated the {{Bowdlerise}}d lines; many fans were elated to see the revised script and came back to the game.[[/folder]]

[[folder:Web Video]]
* The ''Machinima/YogscastMinecraftSeries'' appears to have won many fans back with the new "Cornerstone" series. It's generally agreed by many that series, which introduces mass collaboration and everyone working together and tasks being delegated out, is a good series, partly due to it stirring up old memories of the ''Tekkit'' series, where collabs were frequent enough. The effects have been fairly positive for individual members, too- LetsPlay/{{Strippin}} has gotten a fair amount of love for his good chemistry with LetsPlay/HatFilms.
* The second season of the Creator/RoosterTeeth show ''The Gauntlet'' appears to have won over many fans that were not happy with the first season. With a shift away from all-community teams (which led to a huge case of BrokenBase) to one community team, a Rooster Teeth team, a team composed of various internet celebrities and a team from Creator/AchievementHunter, people are on the whole much more positive.
* LetsPlay/{{Sips}} came under fire for making content that appeared to be solely ''VideoGame/GarrysMod''-based, with fans starting to angrily spam comments on Youtube. Sips' starting a playthrough of ''VideoGame/{{Fallout 1}}'' and ''VideoGame/{{Evolve}}'' has since won over many of his detractors, who like the shift away from ''Gmod'' and back to the older style content.
* ''WebAnimation/{{RWBY}}'' started off an a high note with the release of four promotional trailers which featured ''very'' fluid and detailed animation, gorgeous stylized environments, and an emphasis on atmosphere and high-octane fight scenes rather than establishing a narrative. When the first proper season started, the animation quality took a dive, the environments became uglier, and the show's subpar voice acting and plotting began to dominate online discussion rather than the fight scenes. The second season started off promising with improvements in the animation and voice acting, but succumbed to poor pacing and an anticlimactic finale. Season 3, however, finally lived up to the high production value of the original trailers ''and'' delivered a compelling story, accompanied by generally good or, at the very least, serviceable voice acting. Those who were let down by the first two seasons have expressed renewed faith and enthusiasm for a series that was increasingly being dismissed as a lost cause. [[spoiler: The [[AnArmAndALeg much]] [[CruelAndUnusualDeath more]] serious consequences of the final episodes as well as [[NothingIsTheSameAnymore status quo being broken]] reassured the audience that the show's grim setting wasn't just window dressing.]]

[[folder:Western Animation]]
* ''WesternAnimation/TransformersAnimated'' has proved to be an excellent show, especially after the years of [[Anime/TransformersArmada spottily-dubbed]] [[Anime/TransformersEnergon Japanese-produced for american consumption]] [[Anime/TransformersRobotsInDisguise (Or not)]] [[Anime/TransformersCybertron series]], attracting many old and even new fans.
* ''WesternAnimation/TransformersPrime'', following the success of VideoGame/TransformersWarForCybertron (and being in that same universe), has won over basically all fans of the franchise - including man [[UnpleasableFanbase Gee-Wunners]] - and is marked as being the best Transformers show since ''WesternAnimation/BeastWars'', if not even better. Part of this is the serious tone of the show, the return of the original voice actors for Optimus and Megatron, and the ubiquity of pieces of the Transformers Mythos from [[AllMythsAreTrue every major installation of the Transformers Franchise]]. Then it won a bigger crowd with the third season.
* ''WesternAnimation/SpongeBobSquarePants'':
** The eighth and ninth seasons. [[BigBad Plankton]] is more threatening than he was before the movie, using deadly weapons and slave labor, Mr. Krabs has a nice side, characters who plagued the past three seasons have been dropped, there's a bit more drama, the epic horrors of Whelk Attack and "A Pal For Gary" (though [=SpongeBob's=] [[TooDumbToLive characterization]] in that episode hasn't allowed it to resonate well with several fans), Sandy may be getting back in the spotlight soon, genuinely good specials, The BlackComedy being handled better, the best SpongeBob game since Battle For Bikini Bottom, the brief StoryArc, SpongeBob getting less stupid, Patrick becoming a lovable oaf again after a brief {{jerkass}} stint , etc. Although they aren't without their stinkers (i.e. "Squid Baby" and "Are You Happy Now?").
** Many fans became hyped up for [[WesternAnimation/TheSpongebobMovieSpongeOutOfWater the second movie]], due to [[{{showrunner}} Stephen Hillenburg]] returning to the series after his departure since season four. What's more, the movie was more-or-less an apology letter to the fans, being on-par with Seasons 1-3 in terms of quality and undoing all of the CharacterDerailment and {{Flanderization}} that plagued the post-Hillenburg era. With Hillenburg set to be Season 10's showrunner, fans have high hopes for a new golden age.
* It seems that ''WesternAnimation/FamilyGuy'' is taking this direction, since after the [[SeasonalRot much reviled Season 7]]: Peter's Jerkassery was toned down, Brian is no longer the MarySue AuthorAvatar everybody was sick of, Meg and Chris are getting more screentime, and the Meg bashing is much, much less blatant, [[CharacterRerailment Stewie starts to show glimpses of his old characterization]], the newer chapters have better storylines and less flashbacks and pop culture references (which, by the way, are more recent and easier to get than the obscure 70-80s references that nobody recognized), the BlackComedy is less prominent, etc. There are even a few dramatic and serious moments once in a while.
* ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons'' experienced a massive boost in popularity in 2007, thanks to the acclaimed smash hit ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsonsMovie''.
* ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic'':
** The series won back the Franchise/MyLittlePony franchise, [[DorkAge after it had been a joke for years]]. Moreover, [[PeripheryDemographic it gave rise to the brony movement, appealing to adults as well as children]].
** In a smaller case, writer Merriwether Williams' four episodes in season 2 were among the most disliked of the show (with the exception of ''Hearth's Warming Eve''), most notably in how [[JerkassBall their stories relied on everyone acting like jerks]]. Her next episode in the following season, ''Wonderbolts Academy'' was far better received.
** The 3rd season is considered a case of minor SeasonalRot in quality due to a shorter life-span, a lackluster ArcVillain, premise-altering story turns including Discord's HeelFaceTurn and Twilight Sparkle becoming an alicorn princess, and fan favorite character Derpy Hooves being a no-show due to the "[[MoralGuardians controversy]]" surrounding her first speaking appearance. The 4th season is considered a point where the show [[GrowingTheBeard greyed the beard]]. The plot developments that were feared to be the show's downfall wound up refreshing it. Twilight and her friends' struggles with her new royal duties are presented in a surprisingly mature light while Discord takes on the role of [[TokenEvilTeammate Token Evil]] TricksterMentor while going through some CharacterDevelopment to make his reform easier to swallow. It returns to a 26-episode format while setting up a HalfArcSeason that gives a hearty taste of Equestria's history with the finale featuring long-lost G1 antagonist turned BreakoutVillain Tirek serves as its resolution. As a cherry on top, Derpy makes a grand return in [[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS4E10RainbowFalls "Rainbow Falls" (S4E10)]].
* ''WesternAnimation/{{Superjail}}'' season 3 went over much easier with fans than season 2 had, perhaps due to the writers deciding that they'd try to combine the original "psychedelic bloodbath" formula from season 1 with season 2's character-centric stories and development. The wild scene transitions and camera angles were also re-instated, while season 2 had mostly used traditional cuts and fades between scenes. Acclaim-wise, it managed to win over at least a bigger number of fans, but when it came to the ratings this trope was inverted (season 2 aired in the summer and had managed to get consistently high ratings, while season 3's ratings dipped much lower).
* ''WesternAnimation/TotalDrama'':
** The series' popularity was revitalized by ''Revenge of the Island'' after the [[SeasonalRot much reviled]] ''Action'' and [[BaseBreaker Base Breaking]] ''World Tour'' by bringing in a new set of characters while having appearances by the original ones.
** ''All-Stars'' seems to be even more hated than ''Action,'' but its follow-up, ''Pahkitew Island,'' managed to revive the franchise again with another new set of characters.
* Due to Andrew Brenner becoming head writer of ''WesternAnimation/ThomasTheTankEngine'' in Season 17, there are references to older episodes and fan favourites like Bill, Ben and Duck are brought back. The writing style is also more mature than the other CGI seasons and there has been a lot of CharacterRerailment, undoing the {{Flanderization}} of the later seasons. Thomas, while still appearing frequently, is regulated to supporting roles and the same moderated number of lead roles as other engines instead of being a SpotlightStealingSquad.
* ''WesternAnimation/TheLegendOfKorra'''s first two seasons were seen as weaker compared to [[WesternAnimation/AvatarTheLastAirbender the original series]] with a rushed MythArc that took a back seat to a widely disliked LoveTriangle and an un-charismatic villain in the second season. The third and fourth seasons dialed back the romance, fixed the pacing, provided two very complex and human villains, and ended the series on a high note with fans.
* The [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kUXprMizqIs very first preview]] for ''WesternAnimation/ThePowerpuffGirls2016'' reboot was met with mixed to negative reactions online for feeling very cliche out of context from the episode and having somewhat stilted animation, but the following clips shown on the {{Creator/Cartoon Network}} Youtube channel were met with much more positive reactions as time went on. Once the show itself aired, many comments seem to be that while it hasn't lived up to the original show, it is far from terrible and manages to be at least a decent one that tries to have its own identity, whether it will fully live up has yet to be seen...
** That is until ''more'' episodes aired and the shows constant use of WereStillRelevantDammit and [[StrawFeminist weird]] [[AuthorTract political]] overtones in several areas, [[SubvertedTrope turning several audiences away from the show all over again]].
* ''WesternAnimation/GravityFalls'' is beloved for its excellent animation and writing, helping Disney get the trust of its viewers back with regards to its cartoons.

[[folder: Works That Won Back a Given Genre or Type of Work]]
* Creator/TelltaleGames almost singlehandedly revitalized the AdventureGame genre.
* The "Sword-and-Sandals" type of epic had been dead since at least TheSixties. ''Film/{{Gladiator}}'' (incidentally the TropeNamer of "WinTheCrowd") won ''back'' the genre.
* ''MoulinRouge'' and ''Film/{{Chicago}}'' can both be credited with reviving interest in movie musicals after the genre died a slow death over the late 1960s-early 1980s.
* ''Film/{{Unforgiven}}'' won back westerns... and, cued a massive career resurgence for Creator/ClintEastwood that let up only when Eastwood finally entered retirement after the incredibly high note of ''GranTorino''. Funny thing about the Western - that genre has been declared dead so many times that there are several movies, including ''Film/{{Stagecoach}}'' (1939) and ''Film/AFistfulOfDollars'' (1964), credited with reviving it.
* The successes of ''Film/{{Blade}}'' and ''Film/XMen1'' managed to breathe new life into the Comic Book and Superhero Genre, after ''Film/BatmanAndRobin'' [[GenreKiller killed it.]]
* ''Film/PiratesOfTheCaribbeanTheCurseOfTheBlackPearl'' helped to revive the long since dead high seas adventure (and pirates to boot) that was killed unceremoniously by ''Film/CutthroatIsland''. Notable in that it wasn't a perfect genre comeback, as although pirate elements have become far more common now, there still aren't too many other high seas pirate-y films ''outside'' of that series.
* ''Film/TheLordOfTheRings'' made HighFantasy popular with the general audience.

[[folder:People Who've Won Back Their Careers]]
* See also CareerResurrection.
* Creator/MarlonBrando was considered a has-been after ''Literature/MutinyOnTheBounty'' ruined his career. Then he staged an epic comeback with ''Film/TheGodfather''.
* Mickey Rourke with ''Film/SinCity'' and ''Film/TheWrestler''.
* Creator/JohnTravolta with ''Film/PulpFiction''.
* Creator/UmaThurman winning back the crowd would be her work in ''Film/KillBill'', which earned her a Golden Globe nomination and redeemed her in the eyes of many who were still holding ''Film/BatmanAndRobin'' and ''Film/TheAvengers1998'' over her head.
* Creator/PeterSellers' career, in the early 1970s, had eroded to the point that a few of his movies didn't even make it to theaters. Then he reprised the role of [[Franchise/ThePinkPanther Inspector Clouseau]] in 1975, was ''immediately'' back on the A-list, and remained there for the last few years of his life.
* Creator/SylvesterStallone did it three times, with ''Film/{{Cliffhanger}}'' (after two horrible comedies), ''Film/RockyBalboa'' (after many years of unremarkable films), and ''Film/{{Creed}}'' (after again starring in a couple of films that were bashed), which garnered him an Oscar nomination.
* Creator/RobertDowneyJr. was a successful brat pack actor from the 1980s and early 1990s whose performances in ''Literature/LessThanZero'' and ''[=Chaplin=]'' were critically acclaimed. However, from 1996 to 2001, RDJ suffered from continual episodes of substance abuse, rehab, relapse and was fired from ''[[Series/AllyMcBeal Ally [=McBeal=]]]'' for substance abuse-related arrests in spite of his performance's critical acclaim. After a long stint in rehab, he was cast in moderately successful and cult movies, such as ''Film/{{Gothika}}'' and ''Film/KissKissBangBang'', but would later become a blockbuster star in such films as ''Film/TropicThunder'', ''Film/IronMan1'', and ''Film/SherlockHolmes''.
* After the promising debut of ''Film/PointBreak1991'' and ''Film/NearDark'', it seemed that Creator/KathrynBigelow was the IT girl; a woman director who was married to IT director Creator/JamesCameron. But then, her big-budget, Cameron-produced ''Film/StrangeDays'' tanked. Badly. It was nearly a decade before she directed another big movie: ''Film/TheHurtLocker''.
* While ''Film/TheAbyss'' didn't exactly tank at the box office, it wasn't the success it had been expected to be, and it hadn't been a particularly good experience for Creator/JamesCameron (it suffered much ExecutiveMeddling). Cameron's next movie: ''Film/Terminator2JudgmentDay''.
** Later, Cameron also helped Creator/ArnoldSchwarzenegger to have success again with ''Film/TrueLies'', after the misstep that was ''Film/LastActionHero''.
* Creator/TomCruise was largely considered to have destroyed his career forever after becoming Hollywood's new front man for Scientology, with his numerous bizarre and off-putting public appearances. Then came his tour de force PlayingAgainstType performance in ''Film/TropicThunder''. ''THEN'' his return to ''Mission Impossible'' with ''Film/MissionImpossibleGhostProtocol'', especially with the advertising that he performed the "scale-a-skyscraper" stunt himself.
* [[FormerChildStar Jackie Earle Haley]] hadn't appeared in a film for 13 years when he made his out-of-nowhere comeback in 2006 with roles in the ''All The King's Men'' remake and ''Film/LittleChildren'', the latter earning him an Academy Award nomination.
** And then there was ''Film/{{Watchmen}}'', with great praise for his great work as everybody's favorite antihero Rorschach.
* Howard Mackie, one of the seminal ''Spider-Man'' writers back in the 90's, was originally ostracized not only for his participation in the heavily controversial [[ComicBook/TheCloneSaga Clone Saga]] storylines, but also the mishandled Spider-Relaunch which followed it. Mackie was even for a time considered poison for any project and was even called "The Worst Spider-Man Writer Ever" by many. Currently, he's managed a small comeback with the moderately liked "The Ravagers" book over at DC while, for fairly-or-unfairly, the title of "Worst Spider-Man Writer" has been given by some to current Spider-Writer Dan Slott for his controversial run.
* After being one of the most respected actors of the '90s, thanks to his prominent lead roles in ''Film/{{Se7en}}'', ''Film/AmericanBeauty'' and ''Film/TheUsualSuspects'', Creator/KevinSpacey's career slowly declined through the 2000's, with many of his roles relegated to supporting parts in small TV miniseries and underwhelming films. Even 2006's ''Film/SupermanReturns''--his highest-profile movie in years, where he scored the lead role of ComicBook/LexLuthor--turned out to be a huge box-office disappointment, and it failed to spawn a new ''Franchise/{{Superman}}'' franchise. That all changed in 2013, when his acclaimed performance as Frank Underwood in ''Series/HouseOfCardsUS'' suddenly made him a household name again, leading to Emmy and Golden Globe nominations.
* Creator/RidleyScott has had this happen to his career twice. After his earlier successes with ''Film/{{Alien}}'', ''Film/BladeRunner'' and ''Film/ThelmaAndLouise'', his career hit a [[DorkAge nadir]] in the mid 90's as 1492, ''Film/WhiteSquall'' and ''Film/GIJane'' flopped before both critics and audiences until the success of ''Film/{{Gladiator}}'' brought him back as a successful director, and was quickly followed by ''Film/BlackHawkDown'', ''Film/KingdomOfHeaven'' (partially thanks to ([[BetterOnDVD the Director's Cut]]) and ''Film/AmericanGangster''. However, his career entered another DorkAge with the release of ''Film/RobinHood2010'' which resulted in the end of his longstanding collaboration with Creator/RussellCrowe. Then ''Film/{{Prometheus}}'', his highly anticipated return to the Alien franchise and the sci-fi genre endured a heavy case of ContestedSequel from fans who lauded the effects but was criticized for its writing. His two follow-ups, ''Film/TheCounselor'' and ''Film/ExodusGodsAndKings'' also disappointed, with the latter film being considered a CareerKiller by many. However, his latest release, ''Film/TheMartian'', based on the novel by Andy Weir has so far received glowing praise from critics and sci-fi gurus who have hailed this as a much welcome return to form.
* Creator/DaneCook's "Isolated Incident" special on Comedy Central in 2009 was largely an attempt at redeeming his reputation as a stand-up comic after his popularity had been steadily declining for the previous few years, partly thanks to several poorly received high-profile film roles. Fittingly, it was essentially a SpiritualAntithesis of his previous "Vicious Circle" special in 2006, which was released right about the time that critics started to turn against him. Where Cook had previously reveled in his popularity by performing in packed stadiums and cultivating a hammy, over-the-top stage persona, "Isolated Incident" was performed for a limited audience at the Laugh Factory, and it saw Cook tackling much more personal, introspective topics (including [[BlackComedy his parents' recent deaths from cancer]]) and exposing his neuroses and insecurities with frequent [[SelfDeprecation self-deprecating]] jokes. While Cook [[DeaderThanDisco will likely never be as popular as he was around 2005]], "Isolated Incident" was received much more positively by critics, and it reminded audiences that there was a ''reason'' he made it big in comedy in the first place.

* The success of shows like ''WesternAnimation/AdventureTime'' and ''WesternAnimation/RegularShow'' reignited Creator/CartoonNetwork's popularity among older audiences [[NetworkDecay after losing its classic cartoons to Boomerang and the utter failure that is CN Real]], with others such as ''WesternAnimation/YoungJustice'', ''WesternAnimation/TheAmazingWorldOfGumball'', etc. showing viewers that the network is dead serious about abandoning its live-action experiments and returning to its animation roots[[note]]though many fans of Cartoon Network in its classic animation and ''Creator/Cartoon Cartoons'' era still don't like the network as all of the shows they remember watching back then have been relegated to Boomerang, which isn't available on most cable and satellite packages. And the less said about the angry anime fans who want ''Toonami'' to go back to being a daytime block, the better...[[/note]]. Parallel to this, Creator/AdultSwim followed suit after their resurrection of Creator/{{Toonami}}, while ''Series/TheEricAndreShow'' has redeemed its live action programming among some of its fanbase due to being one of the few unambiguously live action shows produced by the network, and its strange, absurdist tone fitting the rest of the networks output.
* Creator/{{CBS}}, long regarded as "the Tiffany network" throughout TheNineties, regained viewers it lost after ''Series/{{Survivor}}'' debuted. Then it managed to secure a handful of critically acclaimed and popular scripted shows that pulled it into the big leagues like ''Series/HowIMetYourMother'' and ''Series/TheBigBangTheory'' (the latter which helped dethrone "Must See TV Thursdays" from NBC). Today it's the dominant TV network in the ratings. Similarly, it regained the younger crowd in the 90s after spending much of the 80s being "the network of the living dead".
* At the end of 2003-2004 TV season, ABC had been floundering for a few years, even becoming the first of the original Big Three networks to fall to fourth place in overall network ratings (falling behind FOX, who was surging behind ''AmericanIdol''). Their programming schedule had glaring holes left from the flame-out of ''WhoWantsToBeAMillionaire'' and a lack of hit dramatic fare and reality shows. Under new management for the 04-05 season, ABC debuted two fall series that would instantly become smash hits: ''Series/{{LOST}}'' and ''Series/DesperateHousewives'', followed by three more hits with mid-season addition ''Series/GreysAnatomy'' and reality series ''Extreme Makeover: Home Edition'' and ''DancingWithTheStars''. ABC rode that wave of success back into second place while NBC tumbled all the way to fourth.
* For over five years, the Creator/SciFiChannel descended into a state of NetworkDecay that no one thought it would escape from, with the rebranding of the network's name to "Syfy", the phasing out of actual Sci Fi shows in favor of Reality shows and Wrestling programming, and any Sci Fi content they do air consisting of low budget Z-grade creature features. However, [[http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/news/syfys-plan-more-space-operas-687454 recent statements from the network president about the network's decay]] and [[http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/live-feed/syfy-returns-event-series-orders-688419 the announcement of an upcoming Space Opera mini-series]] imply that the network is attempting this, though only time will tell whether or not this attempt will be successful enough to bring the channel back to its roots.
* After a particularly disastrous 2014, Creator/{{Nickelodeon}} seemed to be doing all it can to win back its fans since 2015:
** ''WesternAnimation/TheSpongeBobMovieSpongeOutOfWater'' managed to win back [=SpongeBob=] fans, thanks to having [[OnlyTheCreatorDoesItRight Stephen Hillenburg]] back on board (as well as the news that he's returning to the show itself), featuring humor on par with that of the first 3 seasons and [[CharacterRerailment de-flanderizing the characters]]. Being a box office hit also helps. Then, C.H. Greenblatt's ''WesternAnimation/HarveyBeaks'' was praised for being more down to earth, having more wholesome humor, and not rehashing the same [[HeterosexualLifePartners "bromance"]] theme of other Nicktoons. And finally, the network announced they were working to reboot some of their old series. This includes recruiting Creator/CraigBartlett to finally produce something classic Nick fans have been wanting for over a decade: ''WesternAnimation/HeyArnold The Jungle Movie''.
** Things continued improving for Nick in 2016 with them picking up the dub to ''WesternAnimation/MiraculousLadybug'', the near-unanimous praise of ''WesternAnimation/TheLoudHouse'', and shelving ''Breadwinners'' to {{Nicktoons}} without renewing it for a third season. These improvements especially stick out against main rival Cartoon Network, who has so far in 2016 only released the ''[[WesternAnimation/ThePowerpuffGirls2016 Powerpuff Girls]]'' reboot and ''{{WesternAnimation/Bunnicula}}''.