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. Perhaps a newly PromotedFanboy is now RunningTheAsylum. Heck, maybe the execs were right after seeing a couple of outings where the old team [[ProtectionFromEditors gets their restraints taken off]] and decide to put the meddling back in. Whatever it is, the result is the same. The fangirls are {{squee}}ing again, folks are buying T-shirts again, and {{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 and 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]], due to it being packed with filler, as well as potentially interesting storylines being scrapped. However, Hoenn won many fans back, due to better animation, characterization, and pacing.
** After Sinnoh, many dropped out during the Unova arc, due to what was perceived as bad characterizations for the main characters. But the Kalos arc, with Ash's CharacterRerailment, a new director, and certain announcements exciting the fanbase, a lot of people came back. [[spoiler: [[InternetBackdraft And then Ash lost the Kalos League...]]]]
** The Alola arc had a hard time gaining fans, due to its DenserAndWackier nature (the fact that the games it was based on were actually DarkerAndEdgier compared to their predecessors didn't help), the redesigns of the characters, and the school setting. But then came the announcement that Misty and Brock would be making a guest reappearance and things changed for the better.
* ''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 JustForFun/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''.
** Adding to that, the season also made efforts to avert the long running tendency of the franchise to use FauxActionGirl, and make otherwise strong female duelists into not really all that. Yuzu and Serena have much more battles, on screen victories and active roles than the previous female leads. When they were DemotedToExtra a variety of female villains and other characters took their place.
* 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, often repeatedly as the creative teams change.
* 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]], allowed 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 the run has not been without it's detractors, and his ''ComicBook/SuperiorSpiderMan'' story was fairly controversial, though it enjoyed the best sales for the series in quite some time.
*** After several years of being consigned to just the newspaper comic strip, Peter and MJ's marriage was brought back to the forefront for the summer of 2015 during the ''Secret Wars'' event, with Dan Slott penning a five issue story called ''Renew Your Vows'', focusing on an alternate version of Peter and MJ raising a young daughter called Annie and taking on a dictator called The Regent. The series proved very popular and a year later it was given it's own ongoing title where the Parker family all fight crime together as a superhero unit not unlike ''WesternAnimation/TheIncredibles''.
*** Following the events of ''Superior Spider-Man'', Black Cat underwent a shock heel turn, turning violent against Spider-Man, almost killing Aunt May, and set her sights on becoming a ruthless crime Queenpin. Fans of Felicia were understandably livid at this. Writer Robbie Thompson attempted to give Felicia a sympathetic motivation for her turn in the pages of ''Silk'' and developed a frenemy relationship between her and Cindy Moon but that only lasted until Felicia found out Cindy was spying on her. Finally, after three years of dissatisfied fans crying fowl, Felicia was quickly set on the path to redemption in both ''Venom Inc'' and the pages of ''Defenders'', where she lost her crime empire and was given a motivational speech (by Venom, the creature that once shattered her nose) to be a force for good again
* 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}}'' was 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'' was 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 was 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. 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 as it's almost universally deemed the absolute best of the ''Star Trek'' movies from fans.
** ''[[Film/StarTrekIIITheSearchForSpock Star Trek III]]'', while not "terrible" was generally seen as mediocre at best and was met with a collective "...meh". ''[[Film/StarTrekIVTheVoyageHome Star Trek IV]]'', however, won over audiences being the funniest of the ''Trek'' movies and was the highest-grossing ''Star Trek'' film at the time (until 2009). It's success propelled the creation of ''Series/StarTrekTheNextGeneration''.
** 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/StarTrekGenerations'' was hyped as it brought together Kirk and Picard for the first time, but left audiences sort-of disappointed, but then ''Film/StarTrekFirstContact'' amped up the action and showed audiences that the TNG crew could carry the torch for the film series.
** After ''Film/StarTrekInsurrection'' was deemed more-or-less an "extended, boring TNG episode", many had high hopes for ''Film/StarTrekNemesis''. However, ''Nemesis'' turned out to be the worst-performing ''Trek'' film in more than 13 years as it was a critical and commercial bomb. It 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]] is currently the most critically acclaimed ''Trek'' film of all time (even more so than ''Wrath of Khan'') and was a massive hit with both hardcore fans (apart from [[TheyChangedItNowItSucks a few holdouts]]) and general audiences.
** ''Film/StarTrekIntoDarkness'', while entertaining, didn't feel as "fresh" as it's predecessor and plot seemed somewhat muddled, but the series rebounded greatly with ''Film/StarTrekBeyond'' who many consider to be the best of the "Kelvin timeline" movies.
* 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 Creator/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 Creator/HeathLedger posthumously winning Best Supporting Actor for his highly regarded performance as SelfDemonstrating/TheJoker.
* ''Film/XMenFilmSeries''
** 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. The resulting ''Film/{{Logan}}'' was universally acclaimed not only as one of the best films in the ''X-Men'' series, but as one of the finest superhero films made.
** ''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/Deadpool2016'' 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 whether 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, with many calling Creator/TomHolland's performance of the character the best so far.
* 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. Critical response was much the same, and ''Godzilla'' helped to bring giant monster movies back into the spotlight for Western audiences.
* ''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 [[Film/WarForThePlanetOfTheApes 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 polarizing reactions to the prequels.
* The Franchise/DCExtendedUniverse was on shaky ground after the mixed to poor reception of ''Film/BatmanVSupermanDawnOfJustice'' and ''Film/SuicideSquad'' in 2016, with a number of accusations of Warner Bros. and DC trying too hard to be DarkerAndEdgier at the expense of good storytelling. Then ''Film/WonderWoman2017'' proved to be a critical and commercial smash, offering a serious but still uplifting ComingOfAgeStory for the titular heroine, breathing new life and interest into DC's films.

* 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.

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* 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.
* ''Franchise/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 Creator/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.
* When it was announced ''Series/{{Daredevil 2015}}'' would be adapted as a Netflix TV series, many people who only knew the [[ComicBook/{{Daredevil}} character]] for the mediocre [[Film/{{Daredevil}} 2003 film]] were cautiously skeptical to say the least. 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 TV series 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'' came back strong in Season 4 with a re-focus on Frank Underwood's administration, political scheming, and the follow-up of plots from the first two seasons.
* ''Series/OrphanBlack'' also seems to have rebounded from a controversial season with season 4, which has renewed its focus on the show's central mysteries and, unlike previous seasons which frequently seemed to introduce more new questions than they answered, has actually answered many of them (including one that has existed since the very first season of the show, namely [[spoiler:why Beth committed suicide]]). The show seems to have returned to its roots while introducing a number of memorable new characters (particularly M.K., the HiddenVillain [[spoiler:Evie Cho]], and Ira, who finally gives [[spoiler:Ari Millen]] a chance to portray a character who is radically different from any of the other [[spoiler:Castor clones]]). Thus far, a common opinion seems to be that it's the best season since the first.
* ''Series/GameOfThrones'' rebounded from a highly divisive season 5 with season 6, which has been one of the most acclaimed seasons of the show to date. It probably helps the creators that fans no longer have source material to compare the show with, but it also helps that the creators seem to have learned from their mistakes by improving the characterization of the female characters (in particular, using them more as fully realized human beings rather than plot devices) and reducing focus on the parts of the plot that weren't working (Dorne in particular). Several of the most acclaimed episodes of the show to date have been from season 6. That its [[Recap/GameOfThronesS6E9BattleOfTheBastards final two]] [[Recap/GameOfThronesS6E10TheWindsOfWinter episodes]] were among those episodes only cemented its return to form.

* One of the most famous examples in musical history is Music/{{Aerosmith}}. They were among the defining hard rock bands of the 1970s and had a massive influence on the then-fledgling heavy metal scene. However, the early 80s 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 80s.
* 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.
* [[Music/DrDre Dr. Dre's]] ''Chronic 2001'', which featured then-rising Aftermath artists like Music/{{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 Creator/{{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]] from tying Music/{{Metallica}}, Music/{{Disturbed}} and Music/DaveMatthewsBand's streak of #1 albums.
* Music/{{Megadeth}} also had a divisive 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.
* Music/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. ''Moonshine in the Trunk'' and ''Love and War'' seem to have lessened the complaints of "trying too hard to be different" that ''Wheelhouse'' had, but they have also been met with diminishing returns on the airplay charts (in fact, ''Love and War'''s original lead single "Without a Fight", a duet with Music/DemiLovato, bombed so hard that it didn't even make the final cut).
* 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. However, their second album showed signs of moving away from this with more substantial singles such as "Dirt" and "Confession", while the third album moved even further away in favor of impassioned ballads such as "H.O.L.Y." and "May We All".
* 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). 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''. Their 2016 album ''The Serenity of Suffering'' actually ''invoked'' this. They described it as the heaviest album they've put out since their self-titled, with the dubstep elements being completely removed (whereas ''The Paradigm Shift'' downplayed but didn't fully remove it), and more prominent influence from their '90s-era material was added while still sounding modern. It was a massive success, with fans both old and new being very happy with the result.
* New York DJ duo Music/TheChainsmokers 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. The top 5 follow-up "Don't Let Me Down" and #1 smash "Closer" proved that the success of "Roses" wasn't a fluke and that the Chainsmokers were finally able to be taken seriously.
* After a series of divisive albums, Music/{{Dismember}} turns it around with their 2006 release ''The God That Never Was'', their most acclaimed album since ''Indecent and Obscene''.
* The music company Jamster started gaining a lot of flack with people in the mid-2000s due to the animated character "Crazy Frog" gaining too much attention with the pubic mainly due to his songs. As a result, Jamster ended up retiring the character in early 2007 and created a new character named Music/{{Schnuffel}} (Snuggle Bunny) who debuted in the song "Snuggle Song" which became a big hit in Germany and Europe. Unlike Crazy Frog, Schnuffel actually gained a lot more positive feedback with the public which resulted in Jamster creating a few music albums starring the character and a few music videos featuring him. The popularity of Schnuffel resulted in Jamster gaining back more fans in Europe and English speaking countries. Jamster later created a second rabbit character named Snuggelina in 2010 who is Snuggle's girlfriend and has also had songs of her own. This caused Jamster to create a few albums called "Schnuffel und Schnuffelienchen" which stars the duo going on various adventures and their daily lives.

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* The [[Wrestling/{{WWE}} WWF]] became the undisputed top promotion of the wrestling world in the 1980s, 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.
* Happened 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''.
** Bioware, however, pulled this trope with 2003's ''VideoGame/KnightsOfTheOldRepublic'', which became not just a breakout property for the company, but for ''Franchise/StarWarsLegends'', which was, at that point, mired in controversy over ''Film/AttackOfTheClones.''
* 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/SonicMania'' turned out to be a special case of this. While winning over fans of the original Genesis games as a genuine return to Sonic's roots (after [[VideoGame/SonicTheHedgehog4 the previous game]] that was supposed to do that was widely declared [[{{Sequelitis}} as a giant misstep]]), it also attracted widespread acclaim from the general press and gaming community as the first brilliant ''Sonic'' game in years; attested to by the game collecting several awards and nominations at its E3 showcase (unheard of for a ''Sonic'' title) and ultimately becoming the highest-reviewed ''Sonic'' game in over a decade. ''Mania'' has also been proclaimed by many as a desperately-needed return to quality after the series stumbled yet again with the average ''VideoGame/SonicLostWorld'' and the widely-panned ''VideoGame/SonicBoom'' spinoff games (not helped by the subsequent release of ''VideoGame/SonicForces'', which received [[BrokenBase split reactions]] up until release, upon which it was largely declared as [[SoOkayItsAverage yet another middling product]]).
* ''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''.
** ''VideoGame/StreetFighterAlpha3'' had helped win back gamers that had been turned off by ''Street Fighter III''. While ''III'' was heavily criticized for getting rid of the entire cast of ''II'' except for Ryu and Ken, ''Alpha 3'' brought back all 18 characters from the first two ''Alpha'' games ''and'' added in an additional four veterans from ''Street Fighter II''. The fact that ''Alpha 3'' ran on the CPS-2 hardware rather than the CPS-3 like ''III'' also meant it could be more easily ported to consoles (where it included even ''more'' characters from ''II''), and the game consequently sold a million copies on the [=PlayStation=]. For comparison, ''III'' was notable for being the first ''Street Fighter'' entry since the [[VideoGame/StreetFighterI original]] to not be able to sell at least a million copies.
* 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.
* The huge success of ''VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaOcarinaOfTime'' made it an incredibly ToughActToFollow. It overshadowed the next two series installments, ''[[VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaMajorasMask Majora's Mask]]'' and ''[[VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaTheWindWaker The Wind Waker]]'', and many fans of the series wished Nintendo would just make another game like ''Ocarina of Time'' again. In fact, while both ''Majora's Mask'' and ''Wind Waker'' were later VindicatedByHistory (the former was for the most part overlooked in its time, a problem not helped by the original version requiring a hardware add-on for the N64, and the latter significantly fractured the fanbase due to its art style and weak endgame), the release of ''[[VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaTwilightPrincess Twilight Princess]]'' was considered to be more true to form for the series, and despite its own set of problems, won back a lot of series fans by featuring an "adult" Link and a darker story, as well as introducing new items and characters (including one of the franchise's most well-loved partner characters, Midna). Later, ''[[VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaALinkBetweenWorlds A Link Between Worlds]]'' did this for the handheld games in the series after the more divisive UsefulNotes/NintendoDS games (''[[VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaPhantomHourglass Phantom Hourglass]]'' and ''[[VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaSpiritTracks Spirit Tracks]]''), by virtue of bringing back the button-based gameplay and presenting a more open-ended campaign that harkens back to the earlier games in the franchise; while ''[[VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaBreathOfTheWild Breath of the Wild]]'' became the first console ''Zelda'' game to truly rival ''Ocarnia of Time'' in success, by bringing the series back-to-basics and then transforming it beautifully into an open-world setting.
* ''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 [[Website/FourChan /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 was bought out by Microsoft, the series was basically orphaned for a few generations, with nothing but spinoff games 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 and the release of [[VideoGame/NewSuperMarioBros2 two]] [[VideoGame/NewSuperMarioBrosU new]] 2D installments in the same year gave further credence to this. ''VideoGame/SuperMario3DWorld'' seemed to be heading towards this as well, but its second trailer revealed a large amount of unique content and well-designed levels that piqued interest, and the game met near-universal acclaim and large sales a month later.
** 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 Championships 2015, the reception was greeted with more enthusiasm due to the insane things you can create being shown off almost going into KaizoTrap levels.
** ''VideoGame/PaperMarioColorSplash'' is an interesting case. The game was [[InternetBackdraft despised by everyone]] when it was first announced because it used the hated gameplay of ''Sticker Star'' (not helped by the game being considered the worst ''Paper Mario'' game ever). It also suffered from a [[TaintedByThePreview marketing campaign that seemed insistent on not showing the improvements the game had made]]. As the marketing wised up to this, reception got better until it eventually gained as many fans as it did haters; those who played it also appreciated the humour and dialogue. So while it still breaks the base the game is considered an improvement on ''Sticker Star'' and, for some, a return to form for the ''Paper Mario'' games.
** ''VideoGame/SuperMarioOdyssey'' won back the crowd on several different levels. First off, it brought back the open ended and environment based gameplay of ''64'' and ''Sunshine'' that had been previously replaced with a more linear gameplay starting from ''VideoGame/SuperMario3DLand'', winning back many fans of the older 3D ''Mario'' games. This came at the cost of alienating those who preferred the linear gameplay; they were won over by the innovation and new gameplay mechanics. Finally, the game brought creativity to the ''Mario'' series many people had accused it of lacking throughout the 3DS / Wii U era and revitalised the series in general.
* ''VideoGame/SuperSmashBros'':
** Hardcore fans 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 started to warm up to the games. And since the game's release, there have been updates and patches to fix balancing issues and improve the speed.
** Most if not all fans shared at least one gripe with the release-version's final roster, including Dr. Mario of all characters being brought back from ''Melee'' and there not being quite enough star power. It seems like Sakurai took this as a challenge, as almost every piece of character DLC was designed to, if not make you cheer for the character, marvel at what on Earth Sakurai can pull off next. [[VideoGame/PokemonRedAndBlue Mewtwo]], [[VideoGame/FireEmblemTheBindingBlade Roy]], and [[VideoGame/Mother3 Lucas]] all returning as fan favorite veterans (who could actually return). [[Franchise/StreetFighter Ryu]] adding another crossover to his list. ''[[VideoGame/FinalFantasyVII Cloud Strife]]'' being added because Sakurai knew it has been a long running joke with the fanbase for characters like Goku or Cloud to be in Smash. Finally, the eponymous protagonist of ''VideoGame/{{Bayonetta}}'' being added by fan demand through the Smash Fighter Ballot, plus [[VideoGame/FireEmblemFates Corrin]] to promote his/her then-upcoming game.
* Some ''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]]. All subsequent generations have done something to put this trope in effect as well.
* After hearing their fans being rather disappointed and even somewhat annoyed at the LighterAndSofter tones that the latest ''VideoGame/TalesOf'' games had been following (starting with ''VideoGame/TalesOfGraces'' and persisting up to ''VideoGame/TalesOfZestiria''), Namco decided to bring out ''VideoGame/TalesOfBerseria'', a much [[DarkerAndEdgier darker]] entry that is seen as a true return to form the series desperately needed. It has received massive critical acclaim from a majority of fans.
* 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.
* ''Franchise/ResidentEvil'' fans were heavily disgruntled by Capcom management with some of the later games in the series, with [[VideoGame/ResidentEvil5 the fifth game]] being considered a poor man's [[VideoGame/ResidentEvil4 the fourth game]] and ''[[VideoGame/ResidentEvil6 6]]'' being absolutely hated by fans because it was too much of an action game compared to the franchise's roots in SurvivalHorror. However, [[VideoGame/ResidentEvilRevelations both]] [[VideoGame/ResidentEvilRevelations2 games]] in the ''Revelations'' series were seen as [[RevisitingTheRoots a solid approach to the franchise's origins]], an announcement to the widely requested remake of ''VideoGame/ResidentEvil2'' in a similar style to the ''[[VideoGame/ResidentEvil1 REMake]]'' had the fandom rejoicing and the reveal of ''VideoGame/ResidentEvil7Biohazard'' was one of the highlights of the UsefulNotes/PlayStation conference at UsefulNotes/{{E3}}.
* About a year and a half after the broken mess that was ''VideoGame/AliensColonialMarines'', ''VideoGame/AlienIsolation'' restored many peoples' faith in the idea of ''Franchise/{{Alien}}'' video games. As opposed to taking inspiration from the second movie like almost every other game did, [[RevisitingTheRoots it went back to the first movie]], where the main character is being stalked by [[ImplacableMan an unstoppable force]] that they have no adequate defense against. Despite a good deal of padding, [[ArtificialBrilliance the Alien's remarkable A.I.]], and its expertise in building [[ParanoiaFuel palm-sweating tension]] and [[NightmareFuel just being legitimately terrifying]], made it worthy of the ''Alien'' name. Some even consider it the best ''Alien'' product to be made since ''Film/{{Aliens}}'' nearly three decades before.
* After two average games in-a-row (''F1 2014'' and ''F1 2015''), Codemasters' ''F1 2016'' brought back many fans to franchise (as well new ones) with an extensive revamp in the game, bringing back the career mode with new features and a way better damage model.
* After the player base's decline ''VideoGame/{{Evolve}}'' switched to a free-to-play business model on the PC, as well as making plans to do the same on consoles. The player base exploded as a result, reaching numbers higher than even its initial launch.
* After alienating their fans and losing the respect of the entire gaming community over the course of 2015 and 2016, the way that Creator/{{Konami}} treated ''Super VideoGame/{{Bomberman}} R'' left the company's former fans dumbfounded yet impressed. Rather than simply throwing the game out in the wild and forgetting about it and burying the gameplay under micro-transactions (both criticisms of ''VideoGame/MetalGearSolidVThePhantomPain''), Konami continued to keep an eye on the game and even quickly addressed technical issues the game had with ''free'' patches and later gave out ''free'' DLC (consisting of new maps and characters). These moves have not only played a factor in putting the long dormant ''Bomberman'' franchise back on the map, but has many believing that Konami is serious about trying to clean up their act, giving the fans what they actually want, and regaining their fans' respect.
* The entire ''Franchise/{{Metroid}}'' franchise was in a very precarious position for several years, largely due to an extended dry spell broken up only by the [[BrokenBase contentiously received]] (to say the least) ''VideoGame/MetroidPrimeFederationForce''. Fans of the franchise were left largely unsatisfied, a situation not helped by Nintendo completely ignoring the series' 30th anniversary and [[ScrewedByTheLawyers their DMCA takedown]] of ''VideoGame/AnotherMetroid2Remake''. Things seemed bleak for fans of the franchise and for the franchise itself. However, at E3 2017, Metroid came back with a vengeance, with not one, but two games in the franchise announced. The long-requested ''VideoGame/MetroidPrime4'' was confirmed to be in development for the UsefulNotes/NintendoSwitch, as well as an official remake of ''VideoGame/MetroidIIReturnOfSamus'', entitled ''VideoGame/MetroidSamusReturns'', for the UsefulNotes/Nintendo3DS; the latter was released later that year to critical priase. Fandom elation has been at the highest level it's been in years over these announcements.
* The UsefulNotes/PlayStation3 had incredibly bad PR before and shortly after its launch in 2006, thanks to its complex architecture resulting in an exorbitant price at launch along with a lack of games. Sony also came across as extremely arrogant and hostile towards its customers, thanks to a combination of the console's advertising consisting mostly of [[DadaAd Dada Ads]] that didn't [[WhatWereTheySellingAgain really promote the system or its capabilities]], tech demos and trailers that were completely fabricated, and dismissing any of the aforementioned criticisms with statements like telling people to get a second job if they couldn't afford the high price. After the system finally launched and was trounced in both sales and public perception by its competition of the UsefulNotes/Xbox360 and UsefulNotes/{{Wii}}, Sony began to clean up their act. They brought the price of the console down, finally making it competitive with the Xbox 360 with the release of the slim model in 2009. The produced new advertising that was much more on the nose, such as acclaimed "It Only Does Everything" campaign starring fictional Sony executive Kevin Butler. Most important of all, they ensured that the console had a much better lineup of games, thanks to both strong first-party titles from Sony and its subsidiary studios as well as providing better support for third party developers working on the system to mitigate the difficulty of programming the [=PS3=]'s complex hardware.

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* 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.]]

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* ''WesternAnimation/StarWarsCloneWars'' is this for fans who were disappointed by both ''Film/ThePhantomMenace'' and ''Film/AttackOfTheClones'' because it goes directly into a key event in the ''Star Wars'' franchise and it shows a more drawn-out backstory for characters such as Anakin and more importantly, General Grievous.
* ''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 many [[NostalgiaFilter geewunners]] - 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]]. The third season won a bigger crowd after the SophomoreSlump of the second.
* ''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.
* ''WesternAnimation/FamilyGuy'', for a time, after the [[SeasonalRot much reviled Season 7]]: Peter's Jerkassery was toned down, Brian is no longer the 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. Later seasons eventually managed to lose this goodwill, though, for a variety of reasons best listed on other pages
* ''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]] as 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. As a cherry on top, Derpy makes a grand return in [[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS4E10RainbowFalls "Rainbow Falls" (S4E10)]].
** While Season 5 was, for quite some time, considered one of, if not ''the'' best season, Season 6 went the opposite way. For starters, Season 6 saw the introduction of previous ArcVillain (and BaseBreaker character) Starlight Glimmer as a main character, [[KarmaHoudini getting off relatively scot-free from her previous actions]] back in Season 5, and her focus episodes were lackluster. It also didn't help that several episodes from Season 6 were very hit-or-miss in terms of quality, and unlike previous seasons, there wasn't a continuing narrative, even just in the background like in S5. However, come Season 7, the narrative returns with the "Pillars of Equestria," Starlight's character-centric episodes turned out to be some of the best ones in the series and helped her become a fan favorite, and even some of the Mane 6-centric ones were incredibly well-received, such as "The Perfect Pear," which is widely considered to be the best episode thus far.
* ''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 polarizing ''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.
** Its spinoff ''The Ridonculous Race'' proved to be extremely popular with fans, and has been compared favorably to ''Island'' and ''World Tour'' while also introducing a new competition with an almost entirely new cast.
* 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. However, this would all end with [[Creator/{{Mattel}} Mattel]] taking full-control of Thomas & Friends for the upcoming and controversial 22nd season titled "[[NewSeasonNewName Big World! Big Adventures!]]", [[TheyChangedItNowItSucks causing older fans of Thomas & Friends to be pissed off]].
* ''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. Several fans have even stated that the third and fourth books of ''Korra'' were also better than the original series.
* Disney Television Animation regained prominence when, after years of SoOkayItsAverage productions, ''WesternAnimation/PhineasAndFerb'' proved to be a signal that the studio was back to making magic. ''WesternAnimation/GravityFalls'' further solidified the newfound success of the network, becoming one of the most popular cartoons of the 2010s.

[[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.
* ''Film/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 ''Film/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.
* After years of stagnating and dying out, the MagicalGirl genre in the West ended up being revitalized with the success of ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic'', along with the growing popularity of the ''Franchise/PrettyCure'' franchise and [[Anime/SailorMoonCrystal the reboot of the original]] MagicalGirlWarrior. Later works like ''WesternAnimation/StevenUniverse'', ''WesternAnimation/MiraculousLadybug'', ''WesternAnimation/StarVsTheForcesOfEvil'', ''WesternAnimation/{{Lolirock}}'' and ''Anime/LittleWitchAcademia'' would show that MagicalGirl series were far from dead in the west, and were incredibly popular, [[TestosteroneBrigade regardless]] [[EstrogenBrigade of gender]].

[[folder:People Who've Won Back Their Careers]]
* See also CareerResurrection.
* Creator/MarlonBrando was considered a has-been after ''Film/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 [[Film/TheReturnOfThePinkPanther 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/SherlockHolmes2009''.
* 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 90s, 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 2000s, 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. No longer apples now that allegations of sexual misconduct with teenaged boys came to light; [[RuleOfCautiousEditingJudgement such allegations]] usually are permanent career killers for good reason.
* 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-90s 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.
* Butch Hartman's reputation has struggled to regain traction after season 6 of ''WesternAnimation/TheFairlyOddParents'' and the release of his third TV series ''WesternAnimation/TUFFPuppy''; and his role as script editor for the infamous U.S. edit of ''WesternAnimation/TheMagicRoundabout'' was derided as well. While reactions to ''WesternAnimation/BunsenIsABeast'' have been marginally better than TUFF Puppy's and The Fairly Oddparents' later seasons', His YouTube channel and the launch of his ''Noog Network'' app have both received positive feedback from users as well as his 2016 comic book ''The 3 O-Clock Club''. All of this, along with his [[https://www.polygon.com/2017/7/20/16003066/danny-phantom-series-youtube-butch-hartman announcement]] of a ''WesternAnimation/DannyPhantom''-like web series, means that he's on his way to winning back his fanbase.

* 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/StevenUniverse'', ''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. The eventual status of the controversial ''WesternAnimation/TeenTitansGo'' as AdoredByTheNetwork has been seen as a damping force against the process of recovery (especially after it started taking almost ''half'' of the daily schedule for itself).
* 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 ''Series/AmericanIdol''). Their programming schedule had glaring holes left from the flame-out of ''Series/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 ''Series/DancingWithTheStars''. ABC rode that wave of success back into second place while NBC tumbled all the way to fourth.
* Creator/{{NBC}} had been slowly stagnating over the last few years, having fallen back into fourth. However, with the help of ''Series/ChicagoFire'' [[Series/ChicagoPD and the]] [[Series/ChicagoMed next few series]], along with ''Series/ThisIsUs'' being both a ratings and critics success (esepcially in the prized 18-49 demographic), along with ''Series/TheVoice'' and ''Series/LawAndOrderSpecialVictimsUnit'' (the latter a LongRunner) helping ratings keep trucking, NBC, while not the mega-successful channel it was in the past, has rebuilt its reputation and has settled into a comfortable second place behind CBS at the end of the 2016-17 season. [[note]]And into the prized ''first'' place regarding 18-49, given that most of CBS' audience skews older[[/note]], all while ABC and FOX have continued to repeatedly slip and fall in both overall and 18-49 ratings.
* For over five years, the Sci-Fi Channel descended into a state of NetworkDecay that no one thought it would escape from, with the rebranding of the network's name to "Creator/{{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.
* Creator/{{Nickelodeon}}, after dealing with a long string of terrible shows since 2009 and reaching its nadir in 2014 [[note]]with ''WesternAnimation/{{Breadwinners}}'' and ''Nick Studio 10'' being seen as their lowest points[[/note]], 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/HeyArnoldTheJungleMovie''.
** Things continued improving for Nick in 2016 with the near-unanimous praise of ''WesternAnimation/TheLoudHouse'', greenlighting a one hour special for storytelling of ''WesternAnimation/RockosModernLife'' and shelving ''Breadwinners'' to Creator/{{Nicktoons}} without renewing it for a third season. These improvements especially stick out against main rival Cartoon Network, which in 2015 fell into what some viewers consider to be a new DorkAge and began making some of the same mistakes Nickelodeon was making during 2009 to 2014.
** In 2017, Nickelodeon announced that ''WesternAnimation/InvaderZim'' is getting a TV movie'.
* While ''WesternAnimation/GravityFalls'', ''WesternAnimation/PhineasAndFerb'', and ''WesternAnimation/TangledTheSeries'' got Disney Channel's animation department back in shape, the network's live action department had been struggling, as many of their shows since the debut of ''Series/HannahMontana'' in 2006 were seen as mediocre at best, mainly abiding to the GirlShowGhetto, with the few exceptions being ''Series/GoodLuckCharlie'', ''Series/LabRats'', and ''Series/GirlMeetsWorld''. Many of their least-liked series, like ''Series/CrashAndBernstein'' and ''Series/BestFriendsWhenever'' (both of which starred Landry Bender), were cancelled very quickly. In 2017, the network released ''Series/AndiMack'', a show with DarkerAndEdgier themes and no laugh track, which won over many fans. They also announced [[Series/RavensHome a new spinoff]] for ''Series/ThatsSoRaven'', a ''Disney/BigHero6'' series, a ''Bug Juice'' reboot, and a ''WesternAnimation/DuckTales'' reboot. These improvements, along with Nickelodeon's, stick out against Cartoon Network's, which some believe has [[AdoredByTheNetwork/TeenTitansGo entered another]] DorkAge.