* This effect can happen a lot with online fanfiction as well; any particularly well-executed fanfic that takes source material in a new direction is likely to spawn a [[FollowTheLeader horde of imitators]], rapidly turning the original author's new and innovative take on the source material into a tired cliche. With fanfics that are LongRunners or suffer from ScheduleSlip a story can actually go from innovative to cliched before the author is even done writing it. Of course, [[PlayedForLaughs an outright parody]] might not do as much harm as expected, since, after all, it's not the ''real'' thing.
** A lot of older fanfic suffers from this, especially in large, well-trafficked forums like ''Franchise/HarryPotter'', when a fic that [[TropeMaker invented]] or [[TropeCodifier popularised]] a popular piece of {{fanon}} is examined in light of what went after.
* This is a notable problem with many old ''Literature/{{Redwall}}'' fics, particularly ''Fanfic/TheUrthbloodSaga'', that deals with the theme of "noble vermin". When these fics where written back in the late 90s/early 2000s, the concept of including good foxes, rats and weasels in a story based on a series that is so strictly [[BlackAndWhiteMorality black-and-white]] was fresh and challenging. Nowadays however, it's rare to find a fic that ''doesn't'' include it, or that plays the AlwaysChaoticEvil mantra from the official books straight.
* A vast majority of ''Manga/RanmaOneHalf'' fanfics written after 1998 or so were built almost entirely upon {{Fanon}} established in earlier works by notable authors; the absolute ''worst'' case of this being the {{Flanderization}} of Akane into a brutally violent, abusive raging bitch with a hair trigger and no rationality whatsoever--which was given legitimacy in the very dark "The Bitter End", a story which painted a darker picture of the Ranmaverse and reconstructed this portrayal, with a FreudianExcuse, in the process. After TBE, "psychotic Akane" became one of the biggest cliches in Ranma fanfiction.
** Also, the amusing parody crossover ''Sailor Ranko'' spawned an ''[[FukuFic entire subgenre]]'' of Ranma fanfiction.
* The early ''WesternAnimation/TotalDrama'' fanfic, ''[[Fanfic/TotalDramaComebackSeries Total Drama Comeback]]'' popularized [[OCStandIn extensive reinterpretation of Ezekiel]] and [[CrackPairing pairings with no relation to canon]], such as Katie/Noah. These elements have since become standard fare in ''Total Drama'' fanseasons featuring contestants from the canon rosters.
* ''Franchise/HarryPotter'' has inspired one of the most prolific fanfic communities ever. As a result, tons of clichés have formed over the years.
** ''FanFic/TheDracoTrilogy'' is a classic of this trope in action. A modern reader who is overly familiar with the concept (and [[SturgeonsLaw often poor implementation]]) of DracoInLeatherPants stories, both within and outside of the ''Harry Potter'' fandom, may well find this story's concept relatively unoriginal.
* In the early day of the Fandom many WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic fans liked the ideal that [[BigGood Princess Celestia]] was really [[RonTheDeathEater evil]] or at least a KnightTemplar. However soon after, fanfics about her being a HeroWithBadPublicity or TheWomanWearingTheQueenlyMask woobie started showing up. Now Celestia would be no worse than a Harmless Troll.
** There are numerous cases of fanfics written early in the life of the fandom that were well-known and popular for being the first to utilize certain ideas, and now come across as rather non-notable in light of everything produced since then:
*** ''{{FanFic/Cupcakes}}'' was the fist major MLP DarkFic with copious amounts of {{Gorn}}, and was generally considered the most disturbing thing in the fandom when it came out. Ever since then, there have been an awful lot of [[DarkFic grimdark]] imitators that make ''Cupcakes'' look mundane in comparison (Example: ''Sweet Apple Massacre'') and now some people don't find it as scary.
*** ''Fallout Equestria'' was the first epic-scale DoorStopper fanfic to gain real popularity in the fandom. Had it been written after the first few seasons, it would have simply been one among many other similar stories.
* ''Fanfic/ATrekkiesTale''. Being the source of the term MarySue, people who seek the story out may be disappointed to find that it's extremely short, and a quite basic parody. Then you consider that it was written in the early '70s, when even the idea of fanfic itself was in its infancy.
** The fact that it was parodying the very things that make up MarySue characters, which were already becoming common in Star Trek fanfiction back then.
** Additionally, the concept of a MarySue has changed a ''lot'' since the seventies - just as storytelling has. Accusations of CanonSue are ''far'' more common in traditional heroes and even of older works in TheNewTens as they were in the seventies and eighties.
* There are a whole raft of ''Franchise/BattlestarGalactica''[=/=]''Series/StargateSG1'' fics out there in which the Colonials are all portrayed as religious fanatic nutjobs who are offended... ''OFFENDED'', I tell you... that the people of Earth don't immediately throw away their false religions and their stupid ideas of freedom and democracy and join with their ancestral brothers in the worship of the Gods of Kobol and step in line with the military dictatorship that runs the 12 Colonies. It all stems back to one rather well-done story that has since been endlessly copied, in which the Colonials are religious, but they aren't quite that level of fanatic.
* Creator/{{Voltalia}}'s first ''WesternAnimation/StevenUniverse'' fanfic ''[[https://www.fanfiction.net/s/9775327/1/Aerial-Choreography Aerial Choreography]]'' (which is considered to be the first fanfic of the show to have been published on Fanfiction.net ''and'' its first CrackFic) has spawned several imitators since it was first published.
* Creator/PeterChimaera in general. Since his debut, many tried to copy his [[TrollFic signature style]] (mostly inspired by the Franchise/{{Digimon}} trilogy and Fanfic/DoomRepercussionsOfEvil), making him seem unoriginal.
* In the ''Anime/DigimonAdventure02'' fandom, there are stories in which [[IdiotHero Davis]] overhears his friends insulting him, driving him to leave them for some time and go on his own adventure. The first story of this kind was "Walkabout" from the early 2000s, but it worked in those times because, as the author pointed out, most stories of the time either bashed Davis or only made him a hero by having him die a valiant death. As time went on, the fandom began treating Davis more normally.
* ''FanFic/TheLegendOfSpyroANewDawn'' is often credited as the first major adventure fic of the ''Franchise/SpyroTheDragon'' franchise, be it classic, legend, or otherwise. When it was posted, it was often considered one of the best fics in the archive, trying a lot of things that have never been done before in it. However, in this day and age where "[[FandomSpecificPlot post-DotD template]]" fics are so common to the point of being major SnarkBait for most people in the fandom, ''A New Dawn'' doesn't seem that groundbreaking.