"It appears annoyance doesn't cross cultural boundaries."This is the opposite of Germans Love David Hasselhoff: a character or entertainer who is fairly popular in their home region becomes The Scrappy in another market. The most common reason for this is Values Dissonance, as things that seem normal or relatable in one culture can be seen as offensive, baffling, or just plain stupid in another. Aesthetic dissonance can also be at play, i.e. different cultures have their own standards of cuteness and attractiveness. Another reason for it can be that a character is supposed to represent the nation that hates them, and this character is seen as offensively stereotypical. In the worst cases, the hatedom of a single character can result in No Export for You for an entire series (something some people are probably going to be grateful for). This is sometimes referred to as "Americans Hate Soccer (Football)", due to the infamous vocal hatedom in the United States against the sport, and more preference towards American Football (the subsequent Opinion Myopia and Flame War between the sport's fans and haters has also been notable). There's even a trope around this. In short, this can be summed up as Periphery Hatedom but the hatedom applying to nations outside of the work's native country and the demographic applying to the work's native country. When this is taken far enough (i.e. a work, or an entire genre, is rejected everywhere except its homeland), it can produce what's known as "Galápagos syndrome", in reference to the bizarre species that evolved in isolation on the Galápagos Islands that heavily informed Charles Darwin's theory of evolution by natural selection. The term was coined in Japan to describe their Cell Phone technology (garakei, from Galápagos and keitai denwa, the Japanese term for "mobile phone") and how it evolved on a completely separate track from that of the West, producing high-tech flip phones that could send and receive email, surf the web at 3G speeds, and play sophisticated games in a time when Western cell phones (apart from the BlackBerry, which was seen mostly as a business tool) were considered high-end if they could take pictures. They were the envy of the world in the 2000s, but due to lagging infrastructure outside Japan, they couldn't be exported, and so the Japanese cell phone industry ignored non-domestic markets almost entirely. As such, it was painfully slow to catch on to the smartphone revolution in the '10s, with foreign iPhones, Android phones, and Windows phones catching the garakei makers completely off-guard and snagging massive market share. The term has since been applied to other fields of Japanese technology, including its ATMs, its cars, and its video games. By definition, this is a subtrope of Base-Breaking Character. Compare Pop-Culture Isolation. Contrast Mexicans Love Speedy Gonzales, American Kirby is Hardcore, and its polar opposites, Germans Love David Hasselhoff and Never Accepted in His Hometown. See also The Scrappy, Widget Series, and Cross-Cultural Kerfluffle. May avert Everyone Owns A Mac. Please do not use this page as a place for Complaining about People Not Liking the Show. Also, simply saying something is hated is not enough. You have to explain why it's hated.
— Edd, Ed, Edd n Eddy, "Shoo Ed"note
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- Due to the differences in format between cards in the OCG (Official Card Game, a term given to cards released in Japan and Korea) and the TCG (Trading Card Game, a term given to cards released everywhere else) in Yu-Gi-Oh!, it is common to see a deck archetype being successful in the OCG format that never catches on in the TCG format.
- The codifier for this has to be the TG Agent archetype. The format is so successful in the OCG format that some of its key cards are banned (and for them, rightfully so). In the TCG almost nobody plays it, to the point where people of the TCG wonder why those cards were banned and found it to be strange and unfair.
- Dino Rabbit, on the other hand, dominated in the TCG but mostly struggled in the OCG against the more popular Inzektors and Wind-Ups. In its case, this was due to a rules difference: the TCG still used the rules for priority (letting a Summoned monster activate its effect immediately upon being Summoned) at the time. Dino Rabbit relied heavily on this rule to work, which made it far trickier to stop in the TCG than in the OCG.
- Alpha Flight never became popular in Canada, where the team is supposed to originate from. This might be because the characters seems to have been inspired by stereotypes of Canadians. Which is ironic when you realize the team was created by Canadian artist John Byrne.
- Tintin: Universally popular, even in places you might not expect like Africa, the Middle East, China,... Except in North America, especially the USA, where it is still more a cult strip. Case in point is Steven Spielberg's 2011 movie adaptation, which was a box office success across the world, except in the United States where the media attention and public interest were very low.
- Astérix: Very popular in Europe, where the time period of the comic (Ancient Rome) is more prominent in the culture, architecture and landscape. Still it has been universally translated and sold. Only in Japan and in the US it never caught on (you can find the comics pretty easily in the US; just don't expect anyone else to be familiar with it unless they're a Europhile). It's more popular in Canada (which has stronger European, especially French, cultural connections) but still isn't anywhere near mainstream (except in Québec).
- Part of the reason might be that a lot of jokes in the comics are commentaries on culture and modern life, which are way easier to understand for Europeans, e.g. the running gag that fish sold in a coastal village is delivered from the antique equivalent of Paris.
- Another big part is that a lot of the humour is based around transplanting modern stereotypes about European countries to their historical equivalents - jokes about Belgian tribesman eating mayonnaise and Corsicans having switchblade swords are funny if you're a continental European, but nonsensical if you're American. Even nations that Americans do have stereotypes about (France, Germany, Britain, Italy, Spain, Scotland) get treated from the French point of view, or from an unusual angle to avoid making jokes Goscinny thought would be considered more offensive than playful. Asterix dealt with American stereotypes in Asterix Conquers America, where the added racial elements of having Native Americans act in stereotypical ways come off as just not funny to American readers (the jokes were heavily reworked for the film version to avoid alienating American audiences); and in Asterix and The Falling Sky, which is very low quality as well as horrendously racist against the Japanese.
- Europeans have a long history of stereotyping and making fun of each other, and such humour is not considered particularly offensive in Europe so long as you're not referencing old wars or making fun of genocide. In America, a melting pot where immigrants from various European countries attempted to keep a personal cultural identity while living with others doing the same, many experiencing serious class oppression due to coming from the wrong 'old country', it comes off as much more mean-spirited.
- The crows'-nest pirate was recognised by the comics' original French audience as a parody of a character from a serious pirate bandes dessinée, so his caricatured features were a way of swiping at comic books taking themselves too seriously. To American audiences (and many modern European audiences) he's a morally indefensible Ethnic Scrappy.
- Allegedly, one of the major reasons Iron Man is usually given leadership of The Avengers in TV adaptations (such as The Avengers: Earth's Mightiest Heroes! and Avengers, Assemble!) is because focus group data indicated that Captain America (the traditional leader of the Avengers) is extremely unpopular in countries like the United Kingdom. Downplayed with Captain America: The First Avenger — although international markets were offered the alternate title "The First Avenger", only three nations opted for the other title, and most of its box office was international.
- De Kiekeboes is a cultural phenomenon in Flanders and even in Wallonia it has gained somewhat of a following (something that is rare for a non-Dupuis comic). In the Netherlands it is one of the most obscure comic books ever made. This is a diversion from the norm, as other comic books by De Standaard (such as Suske en Wiske, Nero and Urbanus), while not always blockbusters, are still very recognizable names in the Dutch community.
- In 1905, a French newspaper began publishing a comic strip about a young housemaid called Bécassine. This strip was popular across most of France, and is widely considered to be the founding of the bande dessinée (the Comic Book tradition of France and Belgium that gave us the aforementioned Tintin, Astérix, and De Kiekeboes). However, it was deeply unpopular in one region of France: Brittany. You see, Bécassine was supposed to be Breton, but she didn't really act like a Breton woman; where the portrayal of her wasn't stereotypical, it was ludicrously off-the-mark. The comic ended up being so hated in Brittany that when a Breton man in Paris saw a giant statue of her, he destroyed it.
Films – Animated
- The popularity of Disney in Japan is inversely proportional to the unpopularity of every other American feature animation studio in the country (with the exception of Pixar, occasionally). It's reached the point where a lot of new releases aren't even sent to Japan, while others go straight-to-DVD. This is unusual for an east Asian country, where non-Disney animated films are usually very popularnote . One of the biggest examples of this is The LEGO Movie, which barely made any money at the Japanese box office due to Frozen coming out at the same time, despite being a critical and financial success elsewhere.
- Despite arriving at the start of the half-term break, The Book of Life failed to get into the Top 3 at the UK box office — debuting at fourth placenote . Then the following week it dropped to fifth placenote , despite that week being both half-term (when kids would be out of school and thus have more free time) and the week leading up to Halloween (thematically appropriate to the film’s subject matter).
- Disney's Hercules was well-received by critics and audiences alike, but it was universally hated by the Greeks, who were angered at the film playing fast and loose with their revered mythology, to the point where Greece outright denied the film a premiere in their country (the attempt to have the film premiere there on Pnyx Hill, one of the most revered sacred sites in the country, did not do them any favors PR-wise). That said, the film did get released there. Considering how Disney's take on an American legend is generally considered Snark Bait by American Disney fans, it's surprising this hasn't happened with their other non-European fairy tale/story adaptations.
- However, Vindicated by History (which was also the case in the domestic market, but to a very lesser extent) hit the film big time in Greece, with many people saying they like the film.
- Mulan wasn't much of a hit in China, despite famous voice actors such as Jackie Chan and adapting a local folk tale. Some blame piracy, some worry that the native audience took issue with the extensive reworking of the original myth, and some point to the fact that the Chinese government was in the middle of a bitter and spiteful dispute with the Walt Disney corporation and forced the film to languish for a year before letting it out with an unfavorable release date just after the Chinese New Year's celebration stuffed the box office with other films. Ten years later, DreamWorks's Kung Fu Panda would prove much more to Chinese tastes, with much less behind-the-scenes drama.
- Delhi Safari received critical acclaim in India and even won the National Award for the Best Animation Film in 2012. In America, however, the movie was widely panned by critics, who saw the movie (and its characters) ripping off from other animated films. The movie's also a borderline Box Office Bomb that barely made any money during its opening weekend. The few members of the viewing public who actually saw the movie haven't responded well to the unappealing animation and character designs, well below the standards that American audiences are used to from studios like Pixar and Dreamworks.
- Toy Story 3, while a critical and box-office success everywhere else, was a complete flop in many Eastern European countries. Many explanations have been offered, the less imaginative being that not many people there had seen the other two films because of economic troubles right after the fall of Communism in the 1990s, resulting in 3's Continuity Porn lacking appeal.
- Frozen was badly received by Norwegian critics and got very poor initial reviews there, with the general consensus being that of "generic plot and characters" and "forced and obnoxious musical numbers", while one particular review criticized the setting for "not really looking like Norway". It did better in smaller magazines though, and ended up becoming the third biggest film of 2013 in the country. It's further exacerbated with the news that Disney is replacing the Norway-themed Epcot ride "Maelstrom" with a Frozen-themed ride. Park purists and Norwegians are pretty unhappy that their former ride meant to honor Norway is being replaced with a new ride based on Frozen and Arendelle. This isn't helped by the fact that this is part of Disney's plan to build an Arendelle pavilion.
- One of the spin-off shorts of the franchise, Olaf's Frozen Adventure, was disliked in Mexico because of the short being too long and people expecting to see the main feature it was paired with, Coco. It was so hated that the short was removed just a week after release. A big factor of this was because Olaf wasn't actually a short, but a 20-minute Made-For-TV special that, according to Disney, was put in because they felt the short was "too cinematic" for TV. A few people have suggested, though, that it was put in as an attempt to lessen a blow of this trope elsewhere.
- Discussed in The Simpsons Movie: Homer's second attempt at an epiphany amounts to "Americans will never embrace soccer."
- Inside Out wasn't that popular in France. It never reached #1 due to the huge successes of Pixels, Minions and One Wild Moment. This could be because the dub voices were lackluster (most notably the ones chosen for Joy and Bing Bong) and the plot was deemed unoriginal and contrived.
- Doogal is probably one of the most notorious examples of this in animated film history. Based on the British-French stop-motion children's show from the 60s, the CGI film was originally released in Europe in 2005. Even though the original series and franchise is practically unknown outside of its native France, Harvey Weinstein himself after watching the original film felt it would be a brilliant idea to release the film in America in 2006. This was done by recasting all but two of the original British cast with well-known American stars, rewriting the film by inserting obnoxious pop culture and fart jokes and reediting the film to accommodate all the script changes. The results turned Doogal into a critical and commercial nightmare in the United States, continuing to baffle and intrigue film enthusiasts and critics to this day.
Films – Live-Action
- Indians, by default, generally loathe any portrayal of them or their country that is even in the least bit negative. Part of this is N-Word Privileges (they can criticize our country as much as they like - foreigners can just shut up), but a lot of it is simply because many of these portrayals come from the Anglosphere, which as far as many in India are concerned, is directly responsible for most of the things the criticisms are about (especially the The Raj of Britain), overlapping with Unfortunate Implications, Misplaced Nationalism and Patriotic Fervor.
- It is still very much an unwritten rule in India that going after public figures, history or social issues on any tack except the official position is going to be a big Berserk Button. Putting people, ideals and traditions on pedestals is Serious Business in India.
- Indians seem to feel this way about any humorous depiction of Mahatma Gandhi, for very obvious reasons. There was a major backlash on YouTube over the "Gandhi II" clip from the "Weird Al" Yankovic movie UHF, a fake movie trailer that re-imagines Gandhi as a 1970s blaxploitation-like vigilante. The joke is simply a parody of actionized sequels taken to such an extreme that even Gandhi gets the treatment.
- Slumdog Millionaire was widely despised by many in India, due to its obliviousness to the Bollywood cliches that were in it and the stereotypical portrayal of India as a poverty-ridden hellhole. Elsewhere, the reception was almost overwhelmingly positive, where it won 8 Academy Awards (including "Best Picture"), and the film currently has a 94% rating on Rotten Tomatoes.
- There's also a great amount of bitterness among Indians regarding films set around Britain during World War II. Nearly all such films tend to omit that India was under British rule or even that 2.5 million Indian soldiers fought in the war at all. It makes for more simplistic exciting storytelling to portray the British as a sole island standing back against the fascistic invading empire, but doing so omits that the UK had an empire of its own participating in its battles.
- While critical reception for Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom warmed up from mixed reactions to more favorable, this was unfortunately not the case in India, with India's national censors temporarily banning it due to its negative portrayals of Hinduism which included serving such cuisine as baby snakes, eyeball soup, beetles, and chilled monkey brains, and depicting the goddess Kali as evil when she is depicted as a goddess of change and empowerment in Indian mythology. When the government denied the filmmakers permission to use India as a filming location, they used Sri Lanka instead for the scenes that took place in India.
- Indian-Canadian filmmaker Deepa Mehta's film Water (set in 1940s India and deeply critical of many Indian traditions) was so controversial in that country that riots broke out and sets were destroyed; Mehta was eventually forced to shoot the film in Sri Lanka. The film was selected as Canada's entry for Best Foreign Language Film in 2005.
- Borat, unsurprisingly, was not at all well received by many ethnic groups, to the point that it was banned in most Middle Eastern countries. Russia discouraged cinemas from showing it, because many felt it would lead to race riots (as Russia has a Kazakh minority population). The movie wasn't shown in theatres, but it is available on DVD. Ironically, the Kazakhs loved it, Except for one of them...
- Brüno zigzags this. While Austrians found the gay stereotypes of Austria and Austrians Actually Pretty Funny, as Austria is a very progressive country towards LGBT, the jokes where Bruno considers Adolf Hitler the greatest Austrian ever to live and the Roman salutes were found to be in very poor taste.
- Though it was a cult hit elsewhere, A Clockwork Orange wasn't very well received in Great Britain, as many thought that the film's depictions of violence and gang rape were too extreme and blamed them for inspiring multiple copycat crimes, to the point where director Stanley Kubrick had the film removed from British distribution, with the ban lifted only after his death in 1999.
- 300 was condemned as "Western Propaganda" in Iran due to the way Persians were portrayed in that film. However, lots of people in the US and Canada had the same opinion, but they usually felt that it was so over-the-top it crossed the line twice.
- Historically, Superhero movies had a reputation for underperforming outside of the U.S. However, the box office successes of The Avengers and The Dark Knight Rises began to turn this trend around. Since 2012, the only superhero movies to make more money domestically than internationally have been Wonder Woman (2017) and Black Panther (2018), and even then, it was mainly because both films did extraordinarily well in the U.S., with the latter becoming the highest grossing superhero movie of all time domestically.
- Batman movies still have problems turning in decent box office numbers in Japan, as the first Batman media brought to Japan was the old campy Adam West TV series and thus this became the Japanese mainstream's first impression of him. Later movies, like Batman and the Christopher Nolan trilogy, which depict darker, more serious stories, mostly confused Japanese audiences expecting to see colorful camp.
- Batman was a flop in Norway. After three weeks in theaters it was removed, even though the movie got a lot of advertising in the country.
- As beloved as James Bond may be around the world, there are two notable films that aren't well received outside of Britain.
- Die Another Day is hated both North and South Korea. The North Koreans weren't amused for making the Big Bad a pastiche of Kim Jong Il. The South Koreans were outraged by the fact that their defense forces were ordered by Americans and that the theatrical cut included a love scene near a statue of the Buddha.
- Spectre was universally loved in its native UK but received a mixed reception in the US. Some American critics disliked how the film tried to tie together the events of the previous Daniel Craig movies, making it seem like a poor attempt to form a cinematic universe. Likewise, they also criticized Spectre for lacking originality since it blatantly copied ideas from Captain America: The Winter Soldier, Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation, and previous Bond movies. Not that their opinions stopped the movie from grossing over $200 million in the US.
- Argo was a major box office success in the U.S. and won the Academy Award for Best Picture but was not well-liked in Canada, Britain, or New Zealand for minimizing the work of those countries' embassies to make the Americans out to be the sole heroes of the rescue. The film even got such a poor reception at the Toronto Film Festival that director Ben Affleck had to go back and recut some of the film (less than a month before opening) to give a fairer portrayal of the Canadians.
- The makers of Braveheart were very nearly sued by the Scottish government over its depiction of national hero Robert the Bruce (even though he really did waffle back and forth on the conflict several times). The movie is generally regarded with varying degrees of embarrassment and annoyance in Scotland. It's even less popular in England, which isn't surprising since literally every named English character in the movie is evil.
- Godzilla (2014):
- While this is easily averted for the film itself in the Japanese market (Toho themselves heaped praise upon the movie), it's played straight with Godzilla's redesign, which a decent portion of the audience over there consider to be weaker, or, for some people, fatter, than the original.
- The movie has gotten a pretty bad rep in places where Godzilla hasn't been established as a pop-culturally relevant franchise, and so most people have grown up with the previous American reboot instead. Being that one of the main focuses of the film was to approach it from a "fan perspective" and distance it as much as possible from the '98 movie, it's easy to see why this strategy backfired in places where audiences harbored no love for the Japanese Godzilla, especially since reviews agreed that its faithfulness to the source material was one of the movie's main selling points. Basically, the two movies' receptions are inverted compared to countries where the brand has had a history.
- The film did really poorly in the South Korean market. Box office analysts have compared the South Korean market for this movie with Pacific Rim and noticed how it was an unusual outlier considering Godzilla did better than Pacific Rim in every other territory.
- The entire brand qualifies. Although it had a rough history even in its native country, it's considered a cultural and commercial mainstay that still produces successful films every now and then. Godzilla movies have a cult following in the United States as well, and they have their share of fans in other territories too, such as Germany (one thing these two places have in common is that they released classic Japanese monster films back when they were still relevant and there weren't a whole lot of Western effects-films to give them competition, which means there's a lot of nostalgia for them). In the rest of the world, it's mostly the two American adaptations that got any lasting attention (with a few people also recognizing the significance of the original), whereas the other ~30 films are pretty much seen as the epitome of low-grade schlock. Values Dissonance is also in effect, since most audiences find the characterful and fantastical Japanese monsters unappealing and silly, especially combined with the rubber suit effects.
- The Bollywood film Gunday is a footnote in most of the world, did well enough in its home country of India, and got okay critical reviews. In Bangladesh, it's generally viewed to be worse than Hitler, for some major Artistic License – History taken with the Bangladesh Liberation War in a brief prologue sequence. The film was actually rated #1 on the IMDB Bottom 100 for about a year, for exactly this reason, with thousands of angry Bengalis one-starring the film for that prologue.
- The Holocaust documentary 'Shoah was critically acclaimed almost everywhere, winning several "best documentary of the year" awards and being voted #2 of all time by Sight and Sound. In Poland, however, the movie is utterly loathed, including by the Central Polish-Jewish Committee who filed a letter of protest with the French Embassy in Warsaw in response to the film. It was never going to be popular, considering it's about Poland's assisting in the Holocaust. But the film's refusal to acknowledge the many Poles, who did save Jews note or who suffered ethnic persecution under the Nazi regime, was a pretty heavy nail in the coffin of Poles ever appreciating the film.
- The Three Stooges: In the U.S., they are an institution. Broadcast for decades and very popular with all ages to the point that almost every American comedy will have a Three Stooges Shout-Out at one point. In the rest of the world, especially Europe, Laurel and Hardy have always been far more famous and popular. A major reason for this is that Laurel & Hardy lost their popularity in the U.S. during the 1940s because the quality of their movies went down due to Executive Meddling,note although they still made millions, and they stopped producing new movies ca. 1945, except for the atrocious "Atoll K" (1950) note Newcomers such as Abbott and Costello, The Three Stooges and Bob Hope took their crown as a result. Meanwhile in Europe, where the Nazi occupation had cut off the import of Hollywood movies, the new acts did not even get a proper chance to make an impact before VE Day. Laurel and Hardy on the other hand almost immediately started touring through Europe with a small stage show, getting back in contact with their old fans, and continued to do so until 1954. As a result, Europeans were far more interested in Laurel & Hardy than any of the comedians they never heard about. It didn't help that comedians like Abbott and Costello and Bob Hope lacked the charm of Laurel & Hardy and their comedy was mostly verbal, which translated badly in non-English countries. While the Three Stooges did rely more on slapstick comedy, many Europeans have always felt it was too lowbrow and unsophisticated compared to Laurel & Hardy and The Marx Brothers. Though the Marx Brothers' comedy is also very verbal they had a few good foreign dubs at the time, especially in Italy where they have always been very beloved. Harpo was also a link with silent comedy, which crossed all language barriers. And much like Laurel & Hardy, the lesser Marx Brothers movies of the 1940s were never seen by Europeans during the Nazi occupation, thus their reputation also remained intact.
- The Sound of Music is one of the most popular musicals of all time... except in Germany and Austria. Most people in both countries have never watched the movie, and those that have seen it despise it.
- As noted in this article in The Hollywood Reporter, Germany is a notoriously poor market for action movies. Til Schweiger, the nation's biggest movie star, is known outside Germany for films like Inglourious Basterds and Lara Croft: Tomb Raider: The Cradle of Life, but audiences back home know him for romantic comedies. German action filmmakers like Roland Emmerich and Wolfgang Petersen often have to leave for Hollywood to get recognition.
- Mr. Nobody was a hit in Belgium, where it grossed nearly one million dollars, which is rather high for a Belgian box office and loved by critics, who still to this day think that it is the best Belgian film ever made. In France, response was more mixed by critics, but it nevertheless managed to gross 1 million dollars there as well. In the United States it also had a mixed critical response, but it only managed to gross $3600 there, which makes it a candidate for the award of "lowest grossing film in the U.S. as of 2013".
- While Pacific Rim was a modest hit in the U.S. (but much more popular throughout most of Asia and Oceanic areas), the film did poorly in Europe, partly due to the fact that most of the action happens only by the Pacific Rim. The U.K. (due to highly-respected actor Idris Elba playing one of the main characters) and Russia (due to the popularity of the couple that pilot Cherno Alpha, and that Russia is the only European country with a Pacific coast) are exceptions to the rule. Ironically, the movie did not do well in Japan either, despite being a love letter to the Kaiju and Mecha genres. Then again, the movie's leading lady Rinko Kikuchi was never really popular back in Japan. Alternate theories for the film's poor performance in Japan was that the country already had many of its own Humongous Mecha works and thus had little interest in seeing a Westernized version.
- Jackie Chan is beloved throughout the West, and sells well within China (though even a growing number of mainland netizens consider his words Snark Bait). However, he has become rather unpopular in Taiwan (and even to an extent his own home town, Hong Kong), due to very pro-Mainland opinions. During some of his publicity tours, he has repeatedly praised of Beijing's leadership, suggested that Taiwan be returned to mainland Chinese rule, and even accused democracy of leading to only protest and problems.
- Star Wars:
- The Force Awakens made some headlines for fizzling out in foreign markets. Its domestic box office is the highest ever, but in non-English-speaking markets, its performance was fairly average and didn't exactly break any records. Some analysts believe that this resulted from a story that wasn't accessible to newcomers and the fact that other Star Wars imitators had already stolen its thunder. For example, it did middling business in Japannote , largely due to coming out the same time as the second Yo Kai Watch film. This has rankled many fans, due to Yo-Kai Watch being an example of this itself in both anime and video games.
- The same was true with Rogue One and especially The Last Jedi, which both landed with a thud in China despite being smash hits in the US, the latter having the second highest-grossing opening weekend in the history of the American box-office. The Last Jedi in particular was eviscerated by both audiences and critics alike, with the most upvoted review on popular aggregator Douban (China's own Rotten Tomatoes) calling it "an insult to intelligence". It was noted that Star Wars in general just does not appeal to Chinese audiences, especially with the earlier films having never been released there, the franchise being only a niche property in that country.
- In general, space stories almost always flop in China. The Last Jedi was the biggest box office bomb of 2017 in China, but the second-biggest one happens to be Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets, the year's other high-profile movie set in space. No one is entirely sure why, not even the Chinese, with reasons ranging from the futuristic feel of space being anathema to the traditions-focused culture of China to the lack of any major participation in space programs (Dongfanghong 1 and Jade Rabbit notwithstanding, both of which had more attention from other countries than China) resulting in a lack of interest in outer space among the Chinese as a whole.
- The Serbian film Pretty Village, Pretty Flame was very successful in native Serbia, where it caught 800,000 moviegoers, which at the time roughly translated to 10% of the Serbian population. Its US box office was roughly $211 after only being aired in one theatre for one week, making it badly received even by this trope's standards.
- While much of Paul Verhoeven's Hollywood works are beloved in America, with many of them seen as the epitome of Gorn-fest action movies, his homeland-made films are practically unknown outside of the Netherlands (and Europe to an extent). Even Zwartboek, his first return to Dutch cinema in nearly two decades, performed exceptionally well back in the Netherlands, but barely made a blip in North America. Values Dissonance also plays a role, due to a large amount of sex and Male Frontal Nudity in his Dutch films, which would earn a NC-17 rating in America. (Especially since one of his American movies, Showgirls, ended up killing the NC-17 rating in America.)
- The Day After is well-known and loved in the US (in no small part due to its role in helping end the Cold War), but when it was released theatrically in Europe it got hit with a lot of flak for supposedly downplaying the horrors of nuclear war. So much so that Threads was made in response. The reason for this is likely because Europeans didn't know that The Day After originally aired on television, meaning it had to be watered down to pass network censorship standards (a fact that's even lampshaded at the end of the film).
- While already a polarizing franchise in most countries, Descendants was a complete flop in Australia. This comes from one of the central premises of families being banished to an island ghetto with no access to modern technology or decent food for committing any sort of crime, and having their children be shunned and mistreated by those in Auradon for the sole reason of being related to them. Australia's early history was very similar, but their descendants pride on their convict history, and some settlements have no connections to convicts (e.g. Adelaide). Seeing children being subjected to extreme racism because of their parents' crimes is just too hard to swallow for many Australians, and even its Disney Channel hardly shows the film and its sequel.
- Whilst Black Panther (2018) was a huge hit in its American homeland and in Africa, the film has absolutely bombed in China, where there is a significant backlash of complaints that it is "too politically correct". Its box office run in China was so disappointing that it actually failed to outgross Justice League (2017) in that regionnote .
- Harry Potter has an in-universe example: the book Quidditch Through the Ages has a section dealing with the status of Quidditch around the world. Americans apparently prefer the game Quodpot, a sort of hot-potato game involving a Quaffle that has been tampered with and explodes -– probably a joke on Eaglelanders who prefer American football to soccer and are obsessed with Stuff Blowing Up. In Asia, however, Quidditch is only slowly gaining appeal because Asian wizards have traditionally preferred flying carpets to flying broomsticks. The exception to this rule is Japan.
- Henry James wrote two political novels during the 1880s – one novel, The Bostonians, about women's rights movements in America, and another novel, The Princess Casamassima, about labor unions and terrorism in England. Bostonians was a hit in England, but widely denounced in America as cruel and unsympathetic, while Princess was a hit in America, but dismissed as exploitative and narrow in England.
- While Bram Stoker's Dracula is regarded as a literary horror classic throughout most of the world, and especially in Western nations, Romanians see it as a xenophobic story written by a foreigner to titillate other foreigners. It is considered very distasteful due to the fact that the name of Vlad III (The Impaler) Dracula, who is celebrated to this day as a hero for the cause of defending the independence of Wallachia (one of the predecessor states of Romania) from the invading Ottomans during the fifteenth century (even if it meant taking some brutal methods to so), was used for that of the bloodthirsty, habitual Moral Event Horizon-crossing monster. To put this another way, if a writer from another country were to write a novel featuring an American serial killer named Abraham Lincoln or a British murderer named Winston Churchill, that would not be taken kindly by citizens of those respective nations. Granted, even though the Romanians' loathing for Bram Stoker's Dracula has ameliorated over the decades, and they have even been willing to capitalize on the fictional Count Dracula's association with the country by selling vampire-related souvenirs, it is still not wise to talk about Dracula or Bram Stoker at length with any random Romanian on the streets. Which is rather ironic since despite being based on the historical Vlad, the actual character is supposed to be Hungarian of Székely descent instead of Romanian as Transylvania would not be Romanian territory until World War I and the fictional Dracula feels very strongly towards his ethnic roots.
- Due to differences in attitudes as opposed to the source material of Super Sentai, Power Rangers has some elements that don't gel with American audiences:
- The general rule is that Super Sentai works best while being silly, and Power Rangers works best when being serious. For this reason, the serious Chouriki Sentai Ohranger caused Super Sentai's popularity to take a bit of a dive; but the silly Gekisou Sentai Carranger managed to Win Back the Crowd.note Inversely, when Ohranger was adapted into Power Rangers Zeo, it was and is a season that is well-regarded among Power Rangers fans; while when Carranger was adapted into Power Rangers Turbo, ratings got so low that the creators decided to wrap up the series on a lower budget the following year. But Power Rangers in Space, at the time the darkest and most serious season, was so popular that Power Rangers got renewed and is still going.
- Villains also get different treatment. Kyukyu Sentai GoGoV had villainess Denus, who is well-regarded in Sentai fandom. When it was adapted into Power Rangers Lightspeed Rescue, her equivalent, Vypra, was hated by fans, thanks in no small part to the X-Pac Heat leveled against Jennifer Yen. It got to the point where Linkara, in his review for his History of Power Rangers series, all but cheered when Vypra was absorbed into Queen Bansheera later in the season.
- Kaizoku Sentai Gokaiger is well regarded among both Sentai and Ranger fans, while its American counterpart Super Megaforce is loathed by Ranger fans.
- Zyuden Sentai Kyoryuger was not well received because it seemed to push aside its rather larger Ranger cast to focus on the Red Ranger. Meanwhile, Power Rangers Dino Charge was very well received by Americans, having had a few years to work out the problems of the series and having had the first exclusive villain in ages. It also worked to shoot its own footage.
- Even more so in Korea where Dino Charge's adaptation was so popular that a brand new series was commissioned with new villains and zords just to continue it.
- Samurai Sentai Shinkenger and Power Rangers Samurai are a bizarre case... Americans and Japanese alike love Shinkenger... but the Americans despise Samurai despite (or because of) the very similar plot. The Power Rangers series is typically given a pass because it was rushed to production and getting it over with was part of the problem with Super Megaforce.
- Engine Sentai Go-onger was never really loved in Japan and is seen as mediocre. Its American counterpart, Power Rangers RPM, is one of the best loved series in franchise. RPM had a lot got a lot of mileage out of pointing out some of Go-Onger's unusualness, such as the mecha designs, and poking fun at some of the franchise's tropes altogether.
- Among American fans, Uchuu Sentai Kyuranger is getting a nice following. Much of the love is owed to it being Super Sentai's first Space Opera plot, which has been the basis for two very successful Power Rangers adaptations. It's helped that this is also the first time that Super Sentai production has worked with Power Rangers production and that, despite the team starting at nine members, each of them seem unique, fleshed out, and fun. Bandai may have even let slip that they plan to skip Dobutsu Sentai Zyuohger in favor of adapting Kyuranger for the next season of Power Rangers, since Zyuohger had a mixed reception among US Sentai and Ranger fans; and the tie-in toyline may be more appealing with a motif of space travel instead of blocky animals.
- Finally, now that we're in the realm of Space Opera Power Rangers, there is a case where this is reversed. The Japanese loved Power Rangers Lost Galaxy so much, that it out performed Seijuu Sentai Gingaman, the series Lost Galaxy adapted, in the Ratings... Gingaman's actors even dubbed their Power Rangers counterparts.
- Somewhat tying into the general examples of Japanese character popularity above, Kamen Rider fans in the West tend to dismiss Wataru Kurenai (and, to a lesser extent, Ryotaro Nogami) for being 'weak' and 'unmanly' compared to many of the other protagonists in the franchise. Japanese fans of Kamen Rider Faiz don't seem to mind Masato Kusaka. American fans almost universally despise him for being a Jerkass Devil in Plain Sight.
- When MTV's American remake of Skins was cancelled and overall declared a flop, the creators invoked this, claiming that Skins was a "global phenomenon" that just wasn't catching on to Americans for whatever reason. But in fact, the original British show does have a strong cult following in the U.S., comparable to its popularity in other non-European countries.
- M*A*S*H is very much not liked in South Korea. This is based on the view that it portrays Korea as a war-torn, third-world country inhabited by prostitutes, criminals, and primitive morons. Many Koreans seem to see M*A*S*H as a symbol of everything that is wrong with Western portrayals of their country, which is now a first-world democracy and economic powerhouse.
- Jeopardy! is one of the most popular game show franchises in America. The original version ran from 1964 to 1975, and the current version has been on the air continuously since 1984, usually paired with Wheel of Fortune. However, unlike Wheel and most other American game shows, foreign versions of Jeopardy! are far fewer in number, and far less successful across the board.
- Sweden would be an exception to that; our version of "Jeopardy" was a big hit here for many years.
- Although the ITV show Upstairs Downstairs was very popular in the United States, two early characters – Sarah the housemaid and Thomas the chauffeur – didn't share in the general plaudits. American viewers, who were at the time generally unaware of the "plucky little Cockney sparrow" trope but very aware of the "blackmail is sociopathic" trope, did not share British audiences' appreciation of the two, to put it mildly. Even today when shown in repeats, some American stations leave out most or all of the Sarah and Thomas episodes.
- Love/Hate is tremendously popular in in its native Ireland, with one episode enjoying an unheard of 53% audience share. In Britain when it began airing on Channel 5, it attracted middling at best viewership figures.
- The Muppet Show:
- The Swedish Chef is not liked by many Swedes, who find him insulting, or not Swedish. This is because of the Muppet not speaking actual Swedish, but a completely unrelated mixed-up language (officially termed "Mock Swedish") in an accent that is not Swedish either. The Swedish Chef is basically a polarizing phenomenon in Sweden. Swedes either feel annoyed by how inaccurate a portrayal he is, or laugh at him for the exact same reason.
- While Sesame Street is considered one of the most popular children's shows of all time in the U.S. and has spawned many international co-productions (with local material and dubbed American bits), the success of the exports varies. In particular, the United Kingdom never really embraced the show, with it only airing for a few years before only being represented by shows like the universally kid-friendly Play With Me Sesame or direct-to-DVD programs. However, the new Furchester Hotel show on CBeebies has been doing very well.
- The urban American feel that kept it from being successful in the U.K. also made it hard for it to catch on in Canada. While the show was eventually re-worked as Canadian Sesame Street (with locally-produced segments interspersed with American episodes) and Sesame Park (an entirely local co-production), the original series was considered too grungy (particularly Oscar the Grouch, though his presence in later Canadian commercials suggests that perspective has changed). Canada has also historically had its own relatively large and domestically popular children's television presence, spawning such icons as Mr. Dressup and the Friendly Giant.
- However, it was in Japan that the show was particularly panned, as the long-running dub of the original American series was replaced with a local dub that did little to translate the series' Western roots to Japanese audiences.
- The TV miniseries Unsere Mutter Unsere Vater, about five friends in World War II, was such a hit (albeit NOT uncontroversial) in Germany, that it was turned into a theatrical movie, Generation War, and distributed abroad. However, it had difficulties finding an audience outside of Germany, given that it's a movie that portrays Wehrmacht officers in a sympathetic light. It was particularly unpopular in Poland, as the series depicts the Polish resistance as anti-Semitic slobs.
- This type of reaction was the main problem Venezuelan network RCTV faced when they tried to sell their soap Por Estas Calles to the international market. In the country, the soap was so popular and the characters so loved, it was extended and extended until it finally ended after three years.note But the reason the soap was so popular was because it was basically a Roman à Clef of the current state of the country; when broadcast in other countries, they lacked the key, and since the romance plot was very slow and the overall atmosphere so bleak, the viewers did not care. Every country that broadcast it cancelled it after mere weeks.
- House of Anubis is widely disliked in the Benelux countries. The main reason is that the show it was based on, Het Huis Anubis, had already lots of fans there before Studio 100 (which only publishes works in the Benelux due to their limited budget) decided to give the rights to Nickelodeon to make their own version of the show. When Nickelodeon announced to those countries that Nickelodeon was going to air it, many looked forward to the show in the hope that it would be Het Huis Anubis they all knew and loved, but what they ended up getting was a show with a completely different cast of characters, plotlines etc. and many disliked the (in their eyes) Flanderization and Cultural Translation (or de-Flanderization, as it were) that was done.
- Seinfeld failed in Germany while being successful in most of the world. Main reasons are Executive Meddling (the stand-up segments were left out; the dubbing had some weaknesses), Hype Aversion and the fact that the kind of humor just did not catch on well. In its initial run, it only lasted one season.
- Many international Trekkies dislike the Star Trek: The Original Series episode "The Omega Glory" because of how intensely it uses the Eagleland trope, culminating with Kirk reading the U.S. Constitution aloud. Not that there aren't a significant number of Americans who share the same view.
- MTV has been a phenomenon everywhere in the world, with the exception of France, where it is niche at best. This mainly has to do with the RTL group having already launched a music channel in France under the name of M6, which fulfilled the role that MTV already had and that launched on 1 March 1987, while MTV only launched there on 1 August 1987. Add in that US imported cable channels generally have limited access to the French audience (you already need a quite expensive contract to watch Nickelodeon or Disney Channel in that region) while M6 is available even in the cheapest cable contracts and you understand why MTV never had success in that region. Not only that, MCM is more or less seen as a French version of MTV and is actually more popular than MTV France.
- Most MTV Reality Series don't do well outside of Anglophone countries, leading to most international MTVs actually airing music videos (a feat now considered impossible on the original American MTV), or even airing acquired scripted programming, and even some like the Italian and Russian feed airing Anime.
- There are plenty of Canadian television dramas that have aired in the U.S., but the only one that actually is considered a hit in America is ironically the least-viewed of them all.
- Canadian Kid Com Some Assembly Required got an OK reception in Canada, but got trashed hard by American audiences who first heard of the show through Netflix. It doesn't help that their previous live-action kids' show, Richie Rich, got just as bad a reception, if not worse.
- Empire was a massive hit in the United States when it debuted, but flopped in international sales, even in Canada, where most American hits succeed (though being Screwed by the Network in Canada may have played a role). There have been a number of claims to why, but most comments say that subject matter (about the cutthroat hip-hop industry) doesn't really appeal to international audiences.
- Phone-in Game Shows may be a polarizing concept in many parts of the world, but in Flanders, they are universally considered to be a blatant case of fraud, only meant to extort money from unsuspecting viewers, since an episode of the Flemish investigative journalism series Basta exposed the story to everyone. Hell, the two television networks that aired them refused to do so afterwards because they feared a public backlash.
- The Ultraman franchise suffers very badly from this almost everywhere outside of Japan. In its homeland, Ultraman is a massive pop culture icon, a Cash Cow Franchise, and an influence on many creators. Elsewhere, it's viewed as idiotic and cliché crap, with lots of negative comparisons to Mighty Morphin Power Rangers and Mystery Science Theater 3000 films. A lot of this is due to the Values Dissonance, especially with monster design, but also because of Tsuburaya Productions' limited distribution caused by a long-running legal dispute with the Thai company that started the problem, Chaiyo Productions, over the international rights to the franchise.
- Nowhere near as bad as mainstream perception of the franchise, but the Ultra Series isn't as big in the western Toku fandom as other major franchises like Kamen Rider, Godzilla, or Super Sentai. It still has lots of fans amongst western Toku lovers, but usually at second-rate, with Gamera or Metal Heroes often getting more attention. But in Japan, the Ultra Series is enormous, even dwarfing the others in sheer popularity at times (particularly Gamera and Metal Heroes, which are not that big in Japan compared to the rest).
- When The Noddy Shop was aired in the United Kingdom, not only did the show attract a lot of flak because of it being a re-packed version of a beloved British series, but fans of the original Noddy tended to have a particular distaste for Johnny Crawfish due to the BBC promoting him every opportunity they could, most notably airing his A Day in the Limelight episode "A Fish Story" twice a week. This made British fans get tired of him and wish that the BBC would stop airing the American version of the show.
- While pinball was a huge hit in the United States, and is still seen as an icon of American arcades today, it has had a cult following at best in Japan, where pachinko is much more popular.
- Pachinko is as popular in the US as pinball is in Japan. For a lot of people in the US, playing pachinko means about as much as watching it, or rather, watching balls roll towards their destination. The announcements that previously beloved video game companies in Japan (especially Konami) would be stopping development of console games in favour of Pachinko and mobile games have only stoked the flames of hate.
- Between 2007 and 2009, Stern attempted to market pinball to China. It ultimately flopped due to a combination of using franchises the Chinese were not familiar with (such as Big Buck Hunter Pro and the NBA) and a lack of familiarity with pinball as a whole, which to the Chinese equates with "not interested".
- For some reason, Gottlieb's Bone Busters was roundly rejected by players in France. The backlash was so bad that Gottlieb produced 200 kits to convert Bone Busters tables into Amazon Hunt III instead.
- Hulk Hogan was one of, if not the, biggest WWF star of all time. However, when he brought the flexing, no-selling, All-American gimmick to WCW, fans were lukewarm at best at first, and progressed to booing him and throwing his merchandise back into the ring. He got over with them as the villainous Hollywood Hogan, but when he returned to Hulk Hogan, the fans still weren't impressed. This was largely because most WCW fans were fans of the old NWA and hated the WWF's campy, story driven style compared to the NWA's hard action.note Ironically, the WWF/E tried to bring Hogan back as Hollywood in 2002 but had to revert back to Hulk Hogan because their fans refused to boo him, even after he plowed a truck into an ambulance that had The Rock inside it.
- Shawn Michaels, in large part due to his role in the Montreal Screwjob, isn't exactly a popular figure in Canada. To the point that when Michaels would make an in-ring appearance in Canada in his heyday, thousands of normally placid Canadians would be howling for his blood as soon as his music hit. Shawn Michaels: arch nemesis of Canada. The only time it didn't apply was whenever he was in DX, due to the fact that it gave him uber-Popularity Power.
- For whatever reason, Ken Shamrock was nearly booed out of whatever Canadian city in which he was wrestling.
- Samoa Joe has caught surprisingly negative reactions from Japanese fans, who see him as a ripoff of many Japanese wrestlers from the '90s. It doesn't help that they tend to dislike TNA's usage of Kazuchika Okada as Samoa Joe's second banana. Ring of Honor would take advantage of this by having Joe be the most prominent member of its roster to call out the Pro Wrestling NOAH guys. However, Samoa Joe was well received by the Japanese fans in Korakuen Hall when Wrestle-1 presented TNA Bound for Glory in 2014. You can actually trace the point where they (slowly) started warming up to him in match against Mitsuharu Misawa seven years prior, which at the time mostly made headlines for the negative reviews it got.
- Bryan Danielson (Daniel Bryan) doesn't really get over in Mexico, not even alongside Konnan, but is very popular back home.
- Fans in the U.S. really don't like Kenzo Suzuki, or KENSO as he is known in All Japan Pro Wrestling, after he had an unimpressive run in WWE. That he was still a relative rookie then doesn't get him any slack.
- Bob Sapp was a HUGE sensation in Japan both in professional wrestling and Mixed Martial Arts, to the point that his hype successfully survived multiple bad performances in the ring and lasted more than his prime activity in those sports (in 2016, when his boom had faded a loooong time ago, he was still the highest point in the ratings of the first Rizin event, which had Kazushi Sakuraba and Fedor Emelianeko in its card). The rest of the world, however, just saw him as the living Japandering he probably was.
- Brock Lesnar has always been fairly popular in his home country (for the most part). In Japan, Lesnar's reign as IWGP champion is among one of the most reviled in the belt's history, and the dislike just barely eclipses the failures of memories to even recall it. It doesn't help that Lesnar's reign started with a triple threat victory, which New Japan's fans didn't take to, then was punctuated by a relaxed schedule that would become characteristic of Lesnar, unspectacular matches and a refusal to drop the belt. Fans also linked his presence to Antonio Inoki's son-in-law and a desire to copy what All Japan had done with Bill Goldberg.
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- While not exactly beloved in America, Neil Hamburger seems to be hated by British audiences, possibly because Jerry Sadowitz has been playing a similar character on the UK comedy circuit for years before. In his earlier American tours, Hamburger usually opened for rock bands or much bigger comedy acts. Which meant trouble in front of audiences who didn't get the joke. If you looked up reviews for the shows he opened up, chances are you'd see complaints about him.
- EMV chips for payment cards, despite becoming common in Europe and Austrailia in the 1990s, still have yet to achieve widespread use in the United States, with many major banks taking as late as the 2010s to start offering chip-embedded cards to customers, in spite of magnetic stripe readers being notorious for vulnerabilities that allow card thieves to easily obtain and abuse unsuspecting users' card info. The cost to upgrade and activate chip readers (many businesses will have terminals with chip readers disabled and taped over) are a couple reasons for this; it's become something of a meme for customers and retail workers to get headaches trying to figure out how they should use their card and instruct customers on which part of the terminal to use, respectively. Retailers only started moving toward EMV when the card companies put them on the hook for fraudulent charges unless they upgraded. Needless to say, Europeans are nonplussed whenever they have to make payments in the United States due to having to go back to swiping their cards, especially with all the vulnerabilities of magnetic stripe readers (compared to EMV) that make card fraud so common in the first place.
- This is starting to repeat with contactless ("PayWave") cards in North America. This is largely due to tinfoil hatters claiming that it would be easy for hackers to clone their card and commit identity fraud without even touching their wallet, and is largely backed by studies by "privacy groups". Compounding to things is the competition from phone-based NFC payment systems, which is faring much better in the west, although the availability of multiple, incompatible standards (Apple Pay vs Samsung Pay vs Android Pay) does complicate things a little.
- Nokia. In most of the world, they have a sterling reputation for selling billions of the most advanced and reliable cell phones ever made. But in North America, they are only remembered for some rather unimpressive, albeit Tonka Tough, low-end devices. Blame carriers, who wanted to remove features from their high-end phones to sell piecemeal (such as disabling wi-fi to make people use their expensive data plans), and shunned Nokia when they refused to compromise.
- The French automotive industry, while still very prominent in most parts of the world, has been completely nonexistent in the US and Canada since the early '90s. Although the big three French carmakers (Peugeot, Citroën, and Renault) were respectively discontinued at different times and for different specific reasons, the biggest factor for their loss of popularity in North America is that by the late 20th Century, French automakers had earned a lackluster quality reputation compared to German and Japanese brands, leaving them in unprofitable competition against a fierce domestic market. Citroën specifically was destroyed because their SM model did not meet design regulations particular to the US. Although some Nissan models sold in the US and Canada contain parts manufactured by Renault, none of the French brands have consolidated any coherent attempt to return to those countries concretely since they first bowed out.
- Video telephony. In the US, the technology has failed to catch on with consumers (at least, until recently, and even then still not on a huge scale) and is widely only used in businesses- largely due to accusations of invasion of privacy. However, in Japan and South Korea, video-calling is huge. This is largely due to the social protocols and culture of the two countries, who see eye-to-eye contact while talking extremely important.
- Cirque du Soleil troupes have travelled well over most of the world, but there are two countries in particular that it has struggled to appeal to.
- France: For all the jokes about the "Frenchiness" of the company that originated in Quebec, after an initial, critically-roasted visit to Paris in 1990, Cirque didn't bring another show to the country until Saltimbanco in 2005. The books 20 Years Under the Sun and The Spark point out that circus has been a staple of French entertainment for so long that a) Cirque's style wasn't particularly new to them and b) it just takes a lot to impress critics there with so much competition.
- China: After 30 years, only three tours have even made it to mainland China: Saltimbanco, Quidam, and Michael Jackson The IMMORTAL World Tour. (Another show, Alegría, visited Hong Kong in addition to the first two.) An attempt at a non-touring production there, ZAIA, limped through a four-year run in gambling resort mecca Macau, consistently playing to half-full houses. Even Michael Jackson's enormous international popularity couldn't keep IMMORTAL World Tour from completely bombing in its Bejing and Shanghai stops (selling, respectively, only 28% and 41% of its available seats according to Wikipedia); that the show used a literally Banned in China image of the Tianamen Square "Tank Man" in a montage didn't help. The company sold a 80% financial stake of itself to a Chinese firm in 2015, however, partially with the intent of finally gaining traction in the country, which will involve becoming more competitive with native troupes and overcoming Values Dissonance: As a New York Times article discussing the sale explained, Cirque's tendency towards Excuse Plots about The Everyman's journey (ZAIA was an example of such) don't play well to Chinese audiences who prefer to enjoy large, precision group numbers (think the 2008 Olympic opening ceremony).
- Believe it or not, even William Shakespeare was subjected to this for a time. For roughly two centuries, the French dismissed Shakespeare as a hack, and viewed the English embrace of him as one of their greatest writers as proof of England's boorish culture and lack of sophistication (and, to be sure, even by today's standards there is much in Shakespeare's plays that would generally be considered lowbrow). Voltaire, for one, spoke of "dreadful scenes in this writer’s monstrous farces, to which the name of tragedy is given," describing Hamlet as being about "drinking, singing ballads, and making humorous reflections on skulls". It was only in the 18th century when translations of Shakespeare became successful in France (the first performance of Hamlet was in 1769), and even then, it took longer for his comedies to catch on.
- Disney Theatricals has several blockbuster Broadway musicals to its credit, and they tend to do well internationally – but across The Pond in the U.K., the West End has not been quite so hospitable. Beauty and the Beast ran for over 13 years on Broadway, but only managed a little over 2½ years in London even after winning the 1998 Olivier Award for Best New Musical. Mary Poppins began its life in the West End as a co-production with super-producer Cameron Mackintosh, yet ran for barely over three years while the subsequent Broadway staging ran for over six, only closing to make way for Aladdin. One reason for Beauty and the Beast underperforming was that, to the eyes of Brits, it was little more than a glorified, sentimental Pantomime, a concept virtually unknown in the U.S. but a Christmastime tradition in theatres across the UK. Why take the time and expense to see a Disney fairy tale, when you can stay home and check out a local fairy tale farce instead? Disney has only seen two real success stories in the U.K. thus far — The Lion King has been running in the West End since 1999, and Aladdin has so far demonstrated staying power, possibly because the source material's tongue-in-cheek tone, lack of a fourth wall, and jokes that reference contemporary pop culture are so similar to Pantomime conventions.
- The Gondoliers, Gilbert and Sullivan's most unabashedly royalist operetta, was one of their most popular in England, but never had much appeal in the U.S. except to serious G&S enthusiasts. One highly-promoted American production, according to George Jean Nathan, gave the show the rueful nickname "The Gone Dollars."
- The Thai deeply, truly, sincerely hate The King and I. Seeing how both Mongkut and Chulalongkorn are revered national heroes, that is quite understandable. Every film adaptation has been banned outright in the country.
- Disney Theme Parks
- Disneyland Paris was initially despised by the French people, citing poor (by French standards, anyway) working conditions and seeing it as a sign of American cultural imperialism.
- Duffy the Disney Bear:
- He was a huge hit when he was introduced in Tokyo Disneyland. When he was brought to America in 2011, many wondered "Who the hell is that?" and "Why is he everywhere?" It appears as though America does not get the appeal of Mickey Mouse's little plushy friend, in part because he doesn't appear in any other Disney media (the animated canon, shorts, TV shows, etc.).
- An earlier version of Duffy was Never Accepted in His Hometown: The Disney Bear was introduced at Walt Disney World's Downtown Disney in 2004 as an attempt at breaking into the Build-a-Bear market, but it came "pre-built", and the reception was lukewarm at best. Plans for his introduction at Disneyland (which had an actual Build-a-Bear store in their Downtown Disney by then) were cancelled, and he was pulled from Disney World (which now has its own Build-A-Bear store) just three years later.
- Barbie is one of Mattel's biggest Cash Cow Franchise even to this day. But she's very disliked in Japan, due to her grown-up nature, compared to the 11-year old Japanese doll, Licca-chan.
- Sindy, the UK's equivalent to Barbie, still sells particularly well in her native homeland, but an attempt to bring her to the other side of the Atlantic (with commercials starring Susan "Cindy Brady" Olsen) was a dismal flop.
- Cabbage Patch Kids is simply hated by many Japanese fans, due to the doll's grotesque nature compared to the simplified yet cute face of the country's native Hello Kitty.
- An interview with Forbes mentioned that while SH Figuarts' One Piece and Kamen Rider products are top-sellers in Japan, they barely register with customers in America (As these are mostly niche to some US fans). In the U.S., the brand's top sellers are things like Dragon Ball, Sailor Moon, Star Wars and Super Sentai (mostly because of the Power Rangers connection), albeit Star Wars is only through importing as its toys and SH Figuarts being No Export for You due to Hasbro's monopoly regarding the franchise's merch.
- With the exception of video games, most major toy franchises in the rest of the world are niche at best in Japan (or outright hated, as is with the Barbie and Cabbage Patch Kids examples above). This is most likely because Japan already has a thriving toy industry full of huge domestic producers like Takara Tomy, Bandai, Banpresto, Good Smile Company (Makers of Figma and Nendoroid figures) and Sanrio, leaving little room for anything from other countries. A western franchise that catches on in Japan, like Star Wars or Frozen, will have stores predominantly selling merchandise made by these Japanese companies rather than imported goods.
- My Little Pony hasn't been able to make a dent in Japan like it has in other countries. Japan has its own supply of home-grown girl's series such as Jewelpets and Hello Kitty that make it hard for international lines to become successful in Japan. Japan has had Japanese-geared G1 toys but they didn't help much.
- Though Transformers' fanbase spans the world, it isn't as huge in most countries as in the US or Japan, which affects the sales of fan-targeted series like Generations, formerly called Classics. Most European territories refused to sell them during the early 2010s, reasoning that children don't care for complex, expensive toys based on old cartoon and comic characters they never heard of, and oldschool fans are too much of a minority to justify the import. Distributors focused instead on toys based on currently-airing cartoon series or the live action films, as well as simplified, generic sub-lines, "1 step-changers", Kre-O or Construct-Bots. This mentality has slowly been changing, but given their niche appeal, Generations figures can still be hard to find, and large retailer chains keep focusing on the more kid-oriented merch.
- While Gunpla (Gundam Plastic Models) are beloved worldwide, the Western audiences hate one subset of these models - the MS Girl-types introduced starting with the Super Fumina in the Gundam Build Fighters Try as well as the Petitgguys. While they're big in Japan, Western fans really hate them, as they refer to the MS Girls as a "poor man's Frame Arm Girls" and believe that making them and all of their variants just prevents Bandai from making popular non-Build Fighters Gunpla and, thus, making the hobby look bad for outsiders as they don't want the first thing they find when someone says "Gunpla" to be tiny bear toys or 14-15 year old girls minus the older woman in skimpy clothing and barely covering armor (with the exception of the Chinagguy).
- Red vs. Blue has had difficulty breaking into Asian markets. In particular, Japanese audiences have particularly expressed concern about Grif, whose laziness and irreverence for authority is very much out of sync with their culture. Which is quite ironic, considering that Japan loves RWBY, which was made by the same people.
- When it comes to soccer, the British team behind Men in Blazers love to play with this trope, seeming how soccer is slowly starting to take off in the US. One segment featured a Major League Baseball player tried to convert the rules of soccer into baseball for the confused audience.
- In India, there was mass protest over Clone High's portrayal of Mahatma Gandhi as a womanizing party-freak, where in America he has achieved meme status. He wasn't actually meant to be the real Gandhi anyway, but a clone who acted that way because he had to live down the intense pressure put on him from being the clone of such a great man. Apparently for a lot of Indians, though, the irreverence in his portrayal was just a bit too strong. This ended up killing the series, as India wouldn't allow MTV to continue broadcasting there unless clone Gandhi was removed. For extra irony, a proposed third season would have eventually revealed that "Gandhi" was actually a clone of Gary Coleman and Scudsworth simply switched the labels by accident.
- This has happened to the 2003 Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles in Japan. While the 1987 Turtles were very popular back then, the Japanese audiences were expecting the newer Turtles to be like the 1987 Turtles and got Darker and Edgier Turtles instead. The newer cartoon didn't catch on and 52 episodes were dubbed before it got canceled.
- An in-universe example in The Critic when Jay's writing staff said the first two Ghostchasers films didn't do well in Italy (not saying much that Jay hated those films) after Italians discovered that the title translated to Your Mother Has a Hairy Back and rioted by throwing bricks and using Michaelangelo's David as a battering ram. Also, the Ghostchasers underpants didn't do as well in Mexico as hoped, but we don't get information as to why.
- In the United States, Nickelodeon goes toe-to-toe with Disney Channel as the top performing kids channel, but in many countries, Disney Channel and even Cartoon Network are considered the more popular kids' channels, and Nickelodeon is distantly behind third (and often further, due to more public broadcasters in a number of countries often having their own channel for children). This is especially true in Denmark, Poland and Italy, where Nickelodeon is in dead-last place. A big part of this is that MTV Networks in many countries insist on their Nickelodeon being on upper-tier packages (which leads to similar unpopularity for MTV), which can be especially a problem in places where terrestrial/Over-the-Air (a.k.a. antenna method) reign supreme, like the Mediterranean countries. Though Greece and soon, Spain are launching their free OTA feed, may mark an attempt to remedy this problem.
- While Avatar: The Last Airbender is considered to be one of the greatest shows that Nickelodeon has ever produced in the Western world, Japan hated Avatar. It's possible this is because the Fire Nation was heavily based on Imperial Japan, and Japan doesn't like to acknowledge the war crimes they committed in World War II. Another reason is that the Japanese version of Nickelodeon was shut down before it had the chance to air the third season, resulting it to have a No Export for You until 2016 when Amazon Prime Japan included the third season in their library along with the first two seasons but having its original American version as it is the only season not to be dubbed in Japanese. Ironically, its sequel series The Legend of Korra is a Cult Classic there, possibly because it has a different plotline without the Japanese parallels.
- My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic:
- In contrast to Fluttershy, the Japanese fandom doesn't like Trixie much,note as arrogance is viewed very negatively in Japan, which is why it's a popular trait in many villains depicted in Japanese media. By contrast, Trixie is popular enough in her native North America to get her own entry in the main toyline (the first MLP antagonist in the 30+year history of the franchise to do so), and was the focus character in a few issues of the official comics (though by this point her ego was the subject of Character Development).
- For that matter, the show itself had struggled since its start to find a general audience in Japan, getting destroyed in its target demographics by Pretty Cure and Jewelpet, despite extensive adaptation and an All-Star Cast. Merchandise made for Japanese viewers slowed down after Season 1 and stopped after Season 2. However, it has managed to find a small but highly dedicated following by teenage and college-age males in Japan who also import the toys from across the Pacific Ocean, causing it to be a rare example of both this trope and Germans Love David Hasselhoff, depending on which angle you take.note
- Johnny Test is a good example of this. While it was never really huge in its native Canada, it is nearly universally despised in the U.S., and is generally seen as the worst cartoon Cartoon Network has ever aired as well as one of the worst cartoons in general.note . Though the hate was generated more due to the cartoon being overplayed during a time when Cartoon Network was recovering from their failed live-action experimentation than really anything wrong with the show in general note with many feeling it was unworthy for such constant re-running. The fact that it replaced DC Nation during their hiatus certainly didn't help either.
- Yin Yang Yo! is universally despised in France, though nobody knows why. And so is The Fairly OddParents!, to the point that Foop's voice actor disowned the series even more than Rob Paulsen did for Bubsy and Coconut Fred's Fruit Salad Island.
- Family Guy is very unpopular in France, with some blaming the poor European French dub it was given. Apart from a few airings on Canal+ on the early 2000s, Family Guy isn't aired any more in France. Ironically, Seth MacFarlane's other show, American Dad!, was much more well received in France.
- The Simpsons:
- Episodes that take place in (and poke fun at) countries other than America don't tend to be popular in the given countries. While aware of this phenomenon, Simpsons writers have stated that they never consider how a new episode will be received by a non-American audience. One episode in particular the one where Homer becomes a gun nut and breaks every safety rule in the book (plus rules that weren't known to need to exist before this episode happened) – was banned from broadcast in the UK, which normally loves the show, mainly due to being aired around the same time as the Dunblane Massacre (which set into motion the banning of handguns in the UK). It was eventually aired 4 years later. However, the ending was edited to further push the anti-gun stance.
- In non-Western countries, The Simpsons can only hope to be a Widget Series at best due to the overwhelming Western-ness in its setting, humor, characters, and plots, leaving it incomprehensible to someone who isn't already knowledgeable in Western culture. In Thailand, for instance, The Simpsons is a late-night program, in its native English but with Thai subtitles, its audience consisting mostly of people who are already fans of American television.
- Bart was undeniably the Breakout Character early in the show's run in the United States, but he was loathed in Japan. This is because Bart's rebellious, loud nature clashes strongly against Japanese culture's emphasis on obedience and quiet politeness, especially due to how most authority figures in the show were powerless to stop him. The Japanese localizers knew their audiences would hate Bart, however, and downplayed him in favor of Lisa, whose studiousness and gentleness made her a more relatable protagonist than Bart (of course, she is tossed a Jerkass Ball in a passive-aggressive way every now and then, but she's mostly mellow). Being more subtle in your snark helps in Japan. In a weird twist of this, Lisa has become one of the more controversial characters in the American fandom. Some fans actually blame it on the Japanese fandom, occasionally accusing the creators of centering too many episodes on Lisa to increase the show's marketability in Japan.
- Despite being somewhat well-received in any other country, Winx Club is more of a subject of divisiveness in Russia. A lot of flak was caught from anime fans (those of Sailor Moon especially), as well as Moral Guardians due to main characters' Stripperific outfits. People may just hate it, love it for all the wrong reasons or snark at it, but if you are a genuine fan of the show outside its target demographic, you will be seen as childish or brain-dead.
- Peppa Pig and its sister show, Ben and Holly's Little Kingdom are regarded as Snark Bait in Russia, especially the former. The fact they air on Karusel, a network infamous for its divisive My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic dub, doesn't help.
- While Peppa Pig as a whole is very popular in Australia, one episode has been banned due to having the moral that "spiders are very small and cannot hurt you" — something notoriously untrue in Australia, where even non-venemous spiders can have a very painful bite.
- Preschool shows that utilize Fake Interactivity, such as Dora the Explorer and Mickey Mouse Clubhouse, aren't as well-liked in Japan as they are in other parts of the world, possibly because Japanese children don't like being talked down to by other people. Not helping matters is that any attempt to air these types of preschool shows in Japan have been met with ratings lower than any domestic animation aired in the country. For example, when Dora aired on TV Tokyo, it was constantly the lowest-rated animated show on Japanese broadcast TV.
- SpongeBob SquarePants is disliked in Norway not only due to the decline in quality affecting the episodes of Seasons 4-9, but also the replacement of the titular character's voice actor with Trond Teigen (known for his role as Aladdin among other more action-oriented roles), whose attempts at mimicking the previous actor's performance comes off as forced and unnecessary.
- While KaBlam! wasn't exactly a big hit for Nickelodeon in the late '90s, it still managed to have enough viewer support to last four years on the air. However when it aired on YTV in Canada, the ratings ended up being so low that they removed it after only a few airings. Ironically, the Sniz & Fondue shorts were animated in Canada from season two onward, and both Angela Anaconda and Untalkative Bunny, which originated as shorts on the show, became full shows in their own right on Teletoon (though by the time the latter was aired on the show in 1999, it had already been removed from YTV).
- Kaeloo is actually quite popular in France, but when it aired in Australia it wasn't received very well (possibly due to late night airings) and the English dub was cancelled after the first season.
- [adult swim] animations got a very low audience in Latin America, causing the dubbing of shows like Harvey Birdman, Attorney at Law, Aqua Teen Hunger Force and The Venture Bros. to be discontinued. While some of the shows (Like Robot Chicken) managed to get a Cult Classic status among some Internet circles, the shows failed to have the same cultural impact that other adult animated comedies like The Simpsons and South Park (Which still were at the height of their popularity when the Adult Swim block initially debuted in the Latin America version of Cartoon Network.) Many Cartoon Network watchers at the time were expecting to see anime shows in the block, just like in its US counterpart, and criticized the series for their weirdness and crude animation. In the present, Adult Swim series (In their original language, with subtitles) are shown in an Argentinian channel called Isat which is mostly dedicated to indie and arthouse films.
- A Ufology example: The Greys are the most common alleged alien encounters in the USA and pretty much became part of popular culture, but in Europe and Latin America, the most common alien encounters are with the Nordic Aliens. The Greys are instead seen as evil.
- Possibly due to a combination of Superlative Dubbing and Patriotic Fervor, it isn't uncommon for fans in France to dislike the (typically original) English versions of certain animated TV shows/movies and Video Games if the French dub is well-known and widespread.note If an installment in a long-running series usually dubbed in French is released without French audio (even if there are French subtitles), expect an Internet Backdraft from the French fanbase, such as with South Park: The Stick of Truth; such reactions are typically stronger than how English-speaking fanbases react to Japanese products suddenly not being dubbed.
- For the US convenience store chain 7-11, the Slurpee is their iconic product to such a degree that 7-11 has dubbed July 7th "Slurpee" day and gives out the beverage for free. It's not unheard of for stores to run out of cups early into the afternoon rush hour. In Japan, where 7-11 is THE convenience store and is so popular that Japanese investors own the controlling interest of the company, the Slurpee never caught on and isn't sold in stores at all.
- This example is more of a result of a terrible mistranslation than the quality of the product itself. A few years back, ice cream makers Ben & Jerry's attempted to sell their Chunky Monkey-flavored ice cream in Japan. It was a flop, though the company was baffled why. They discovered during a blind test that the Japanese actually loved the flavor which confused the company even further. Eventually they discovered the reason the flavor flopped: "Chunky Monkey" literally translated in Japanese means "Chunks of Monkey".
- Germany doesn't have any Wal-Marts since 2006, due to Values Dissonance in job ethics and some very odd... rituals. They also failed to compete on price. In addition, the market niche for "big box department store" never was as big in Germany as in the US and it was already mostly filled by the time Walmart arrived (by companies that took over the physical stores when Walmart threw in the towel).
- As a general rule, it is damn near impossible for any films or TV series in languages other than English to gain any mainstream traction in the United States. Whereas Europe is comprised of many interconnected countries with multiple major and minor languages spoken, the United States is effectively monolingual from sea to shining sea, leading to a common (and not entirely unfounded) stereotype that Americans will instantly turn off any movie or TV show that has subtitles; as such, non-English-language films and TV series often have to be Remade for the Export. It was even worse in the past, as even English-language TV series from the UK and Canada faced strong headwinds in the US market, though this has lessened in the 21st century with the rise of BBC America and the explosive trans-Atlantic popularity of Doctor Who, Sherlock, and Black Mirror. The phenomenon is less pronounced with pop music, as Spanish-language pop has a huge following in the US (albeit with roots in Spanish-speaking immigrant communities), as does Korean Pop Music to a lesser extent, but even here, songs not sung in English tend to be novelty hits at best (e.g. the Macarena, "Gangnam Style"). Singers who want a chance at American success usually have to sing in English to do so.
- Tokusatsu is considered something of an art and a tradition of both film and television in Japan. In most other parts of the world though, it's usually ridiculed as "bad" or "primitive" and often called "Power Rangers shitnote that should be abandoned for Hollywood CGI". Values Dissonance is strongly at play here due to the importance of tradition in Japan and that the priority of Toku is artistic interpretation, not realism; not to mention that Japanese movies and TV shows are usually made on lower budgets than American ones.