->''"Here's a secret -- when I finally okayed the clone saga, I told Danny Fingeroth to build a back door into it. I said that I wanted to be able to bring Peter back as the real deal... While the fans claim they want change, they tend to react negatively to it. So do most creators!"''
-->-- '''Marvel Editor [=Tom DeFalco=]''' on ''ComicBook/TheCloneSaga''

Changes to a story are an aversion to StatusQuoIsGod, but such changes are a necessary part of CharacterDevelopment and {{Plot Twist}}s. What makes such changes an Authors Saving Throw is when the creators add them to (or remove them from) a story based on what they've heard from their audience.

Even writers without DirectDemographic capabilities usually gain some form of access to the fandom that has spawned around their creation. They may find out that a ShockingSwerve they wrote was not well-received and decide to {{retcon}} that storyline. Or they may learn what fans were inspired to do, and incorporate those things into later works as a ShoutOut to the fans.

Named for a common TabletopGame term originating in ''TabletopGame/DungeonsAndDragons''; a "saving throw" is a die roll representing, say, a hero's attempt to catch themselves when falling off a cliff, or the DeadpanSnarker's attempt to resist the urge [[DoNotTauntCthulhu to taunt Cthulhu]].
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!!Examples:
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* Comic Books
** AuthorsSavingThrow/DCRebirth
* [[AuthorsSavingThrow/LiveActionFilms Films Live-Action]]
* Web Original
** AuthorsSavingThrow/TheNostalgiaCritic
* AuthorsSavingThrow/WesternAnimation
** ''AuthorsSavingThrow/{{Ultimate Spider-Man}}''
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[[folder: Anime & Manga]]
* Many ''Manga/CityHunter'' fans were angered when they learned that Ryo Saeba's partner, Kaori Makimura, was killed off in its spinoff ''Manga/AngelHeart''. Because of this, Tsukasa Hojo, the author of both titles, [[WordOfGod went on to proclaim]] that ''Angel Heart'' was not actually a ''City Hunter'' sequel, but a spin-off set in an AlternateUniverse featuring most of the same characters.
* ''Manga/{{Naruto}}'':
** Many fans found it odd that Naruto never talked to Hinata about how she confessed her love for him, even after they began to have [[UnresolvedSexualTension significant]] [[HoldingHands moments]] [[MindlinkMates together]] in the [[WarArc Fourth Shinobi World War Arc]]. ''Anime/TheLastNarutoTheMovie'', a canonical {{Interquel}} set between the last two chapters of the manga, reveals that [[spoiler: [[WhatIsThisThingYouCallLove Naruto does not understand the concept of romantic love]], thinking that Hinata's love for him was like his love of ramen. Considering that he never had the unconditional affection that most people had with their families due to being both an orphan and the village pariah for most of his childhood, [[FridgeBrilliance this actually makes a lot of sense]]]].
** Fans claimed Sasuke was a ridiculously EasilyForgiven KarmaHoudini at the end of the manga, so ''Shippuden'' episode 479 added a shot of Sasuke [[spoiler: sitting in prison while blindfolded and heavily restrained, while Sixth Hokage Kakashi jumps through hoops to try and get him released]].
** A minor one concerning a piece of dialogue: At one point during the final battle with Madara, Kakashi remarks that Sakura's feelings for Sasuke "had changed over time", some {{shipping}} fans interpreted and tried to use this as proof that Sakura didn't love Sasuke anymore; However the anime adaptation added another line where he explicitly clarifies that she [[SingleTargetSexuality still loves him]] but it's now on a [[OneTrueLove totally different level]]. [[spoiler: And they end up married at the end of the series]].
* Many fans had started to disapprove of the incredible over-the-top antics and MonsterOfTheWeek aspects of ''Anime/TenchiInTokyo'', especially since all signs pointed to it being a sequel to ''Anime/TenchiUniverse'' (Tenchi says it's been two years since they all got together and when Noboyuki mentions Achika, the young, schoolgirl version from ''Tenchi Muyo in Love'' appears). Episode 13 and 14 later revealed that it was firmly an AU.
* ''Manga/{{Cyborg009}}'' was originally intended to end at the Yomi arc, with the apparent deaths of 002 and 009. This would end the manga at volume 15 (or volume 10 in the USA release, which is where Tokyopop ''did'' in fact end things). Fan revolt and the popularity of the series convinced Ishinomori to resume the manga soon enough, and he threw in a retcon stating that 001 managed to teleport the two to safety before they could die (they still wound up comatose and having to be rebuilt, but were alive).
* ''Manga/FairyTail'': The ''Tartarus'' arc contained the following saving throws:
** People started to view Gray as a FlatCharacter ever since the TimeSkip occurred, so Gray receives some CharacterDevelopment, and a much needed NextTierPowerUp unique only to him.
** Because the Oracion Seis are rather popular in the fanbase, Jellal tries to recruit them.
* ''Anime/{{Pokemon}}'':
** ''Anime/PokemonGenesectAndTheLegendAwakened'' used a different Mewtwo over the one from [[Anime/PokemonTheFirstMovie the first movie]] and [[Anime/PokemonMewtwoReturns its direct sequel]]. This new Mewtwo ended up as quite the BaseBreakingCharacter, and soured many fans. The next movie to reuse past legendaries, ''[[Anime/PokemonHoopaAndTheClashOfAges Hoopa and the Clash of Ages]]'', would heavily imply they were all the same ones that appeared in their original movies ([[UnexplainedRecovery even the one who died]] at the end of ''Anime/PokemonHeroes'').
* In ''Manga/OnePiece'', the Dressrosa arc was [[ArcFatigue incredibly long]], at almost 2,000 pages long and going on for over two years in ''Weekly Shonen Jump''. As if Eiichiro Oda was apologizing for it dragging on, the following arc, the Zou arc, is literally one-fifth of Dressrosa's length.
* In ''Manga/{{Saki}}'', one criticism of the Side B semifinals is that all four teams tended to stay in the same positions for much of the round, particularly Rinkai's overwhelming lead and Usuzan being dead last and in danger of going bust for a fair portion of the match. The captain match, however, seems to address this by having things get shaken up a bit, to the point at which Usuzan briefly gets to second place.
* ''Manga/ShokugekiNoSoma'': The fact that Souma's father Jouichirou is a world famous chef and one of the best chefs to come out of Tootsuki initially seems to run counter to theme that Souma is simply an everyman who proves that anyone can succeed. Subsequent chapters establish that Jouichirou never actually taught Souma how to cook and didn't even want him to become a chef. It was only through challenging his father every day that Souma gradually became a skilled chef.
* In ''Anime/MobileSuitGundam'' there is a series of episodes where the White Base is in enemy territory on Earth, they need to pass through North and Central America to reach Jaburo. During this time they run low on spare parts and their mobile suits end up in really bad disrepair. Fans have often asked whey they didn't start salvaging some of the many Zeon suits that Amuro periodically destroyed to use as backups (especially since Ryu Jose and Hayato are stuck piloting the Guntank, which is basically a cap-ship's cannon on treads). When the story was retold in ''Manga/MobileSuitGundamTheOrigin'' the Guntank was eventually replaced with a salvaged and modified Zaku which Kai Shiden piloted until they reached Jaburo.
* In the original series of ''Anime/NeonGenesisEvangelion,'' some people complained about how Shinji behaved during the Bardiel incident, where [[PuppeteerParasite the parasitic angel took over Unit-03]] and turned it against NERV, holding its pilot hostage. While it was understandable that Shinji would be reluctant to destroy Unit-03 completely as Gendo was ordering him to, he refused to even try to ''defend himself'' against the possessed Eva, even when it had its hands around Unit-01's throat and was about to kill him. Obviously this wouldn't help the hostage either, and Shinji is being so immature that it didn't seem ''that'' unreasonable when Gendo activated the Dummy Plug system instead. When it came time for the same scene in ''Anime/RebuildOfEvangelion,'' Shinji ''does'' grab Unit-03's arms by the wrists and force them away from Unit-01's neck, so Bardiel [[NewPowersAsThePlotDemands grows a second pair of arms]] [[BodyHorror from the back of its shoulders]] and overpowers him. He's still not willing to go all-out to save himself (especially as he knows it's ''Asuka'' inside the Eva this time), but he doesn't seem quite so childish and it makes Gendo's use of the Dummy Plug more of the KickTheDog moment it was intended to be.
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[[folder: Comic Books]]
* ''ComicBook/PowerGirl'': When Power Girl's Atlantean origin was revealed, fan reaction was mostly negative. Therefore, issues of ''[[ComicBook/JusticeSocietyOfAmerica JSA: Classified]]'' and ''ComicBook/InfiniteCrisis'' subverted the reveal, and restored her origins as a Kryptonian and survivor of Earth-Two.
* ''Comicbook/SheHulk'':
** While Dan Slott was in charge, he made a saving throw for another comic title, ''ComicBook/ThePunisher''. A lot of controversy grew out of an issue where Frank poisoned and blew up a bar filled with two dozen C-List villains. Because of this, Dan used one ''She Hulk'' issue to reveal they survived and had their stomachs pumped.
** Sometimes saving throws need their own saving throws. After an X-Men comic revealed She-Hulk had slept with the Juggernaut while also serving as his defense attorney[[note]]providing the image source for DestructoNookie[[/note]], fan reaction was heavily negative, with readers considering this to be an out-of-character violation of legal ethics, and also [[{{Squick}} squicky]]. Throughout the run, Slott had She-Hulk deny it, while everyone [[SlutShaming accused her of being a whore]] whenever She-Hulk denied the charge. The pay-off to the whole thing was her pulling out an alternate universe tourist counterpart who claimed she was the one who slept with the Juggernaut.\\
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Fan reaction to this retcon was even more negative than the original, largely due to how widespread the retcon's effects could potentially be. The alternate She-Hulk was merely one of a large number of alternate heroes and villains who would come to the main Franchise/MarvelUniverse and act out of character, and thus, every character is potentially an imposter. The plotline was so widely reviled, that Peter David (who took over after Slott left the book) immediately rolled his own saving throw denouncing it as lies, and later writers of ''She-Hulk'' have had the character herself wondering if maybe she did sleep with Juggernaut after all.
* ''Franchise/SpiderMan''
** During ''Comicbook/TheCloneSaga'', it was stated that new character [[Comicbook/ScarletSpider Ben Reilly]] was the original Spider-Man and the character that had been in comics for the past 20 years was the clone, which wasn't even the original intention of the hook. This didn't sit well with fans and was taken out again; a hook had been added by the writer in case they needed to. The whole thing was really kind of a mess, so the story ultimately ended with Ben being killed off and Peter being revealed to have been the real Spider-Man all along.
** ''Comicbook/OneMomentInTime'' attempted to address the issues that arose out of the extremely controversial ''Comicbook/OneMoreDay''.
** ''ComicBook/DeadNoMoreTheCloneConspiracy'' got flak for retconning that during the event of ''ComicBook/TheNightGwenStacyDied'', Gwen had regained consciousness enough to overhear the Green Goblin call Spider-Man "Peter" and spent her last moments hating Peter. Issue 4 sees [[spoiler:Peter confront the real Gwen and Gwen says that while she feels betrayed by what happened, she still loves Peter and understands why he's Spider-Man]].
* ''Franchise/GreenLantern'':
** Hal went AxCrazy after the [[DoomedHometown destruction of his city]] becoming the villain Parallax. Some fans were not happy, seeing it as a [[DroppedABridgeOnHim Bridge Drop]] in favor of the YoungerAndHipper [[ReplacementScrappy Kyle Rayner]]. Creator/GeoffJohns eventually {{retcon}}ned this into Parallax being an ancient alien fear monster who was responsible for the Lanterns' weakness to yellow and who slowly pulled Hal over to BrainwashedAndCrazy. Many of the named characters Hal had killed were brought back to life, as well.
** Arisia was first introduced as a 13-year old GL who had a sort of little sister/big brother dynamic with Hal. This eventually turned into Arisia harboring an unrequited PrecociousCrush on Hal, which later resulted in a story where she used her ring to [[PlotRelevantAgeUp age herself up]] so that she could enter a relationship with him. Fans found the whole thing kind of {{Squick}}y, so Johns later stated that due to her planet's prolonged orbit around its two suns, 13 years on her world were technically closer to 240 years on Earth.
** As [[SocietyMarchesOn society marched on]], fans began to raise eyebrows at Hal's origin, specifically the fact that the most fearless guy on the planet conveniently turned out to be a straight, white, male American. A story was eventually done that showed there were many Green Lantern candidates all throughout the globe, and Hal was chosen because he just happened to be the one closest to Abin Sur's crash site.
* ''Franchise/{{Batman}}'':
** The [[ExecutiveMeddling editorially influenced]] attempt to recreate Batgirl III/Cassandra Cain (from ''Comicbook/{{Batgirl 2000}}'') as Robin's erudite DarkActionGirl nemesis (explained by her returning to her supposed Assassin roots) provoked rather justifiable complaints that the writer and editor involved hadn't bothered to read Batgirl's solo title. A few months later, we found out that Deathstroke [[BrainwashedAndCrazy was feeding her mind-control drugs, really]].
** An issue of ''ComicBook/{{Robin|Series}}'' smoothed the controversial issues of Stephanie Brown's death and Leslie Thompkins' moral downfall in the "War Games"/"War Crimes" arcs:
*** Stephanie Brown's death was faked with Leslie Thompkins's help to keep Black Mask away from her, and Leslie did '''not''', as had previously been claimed, deliberately kill Stephanie by withholding treatment from her in order to discourage Batman from taking on {{Kid Sidekick}}s. Batman suspected, but to give Stephanie Brown privacy, he never shared his feelings with Robin.
*** An earlier comic had used her absence from the memorial case used to justify that Stephanie was never an official Robin. Once it was revealed that Batman suspected she was still alive, [[{{Retcon}} it became why]] he never added Stephanie's Robin suit to the memorial (she wasn't dead, so she couldn't be a dead Robin).
** Probably in an attempt to please fans of all three Batgirls, the final issue of Creator/GailSimone's ''Comicbook/{{Batgirl 2011}}'' series was a ''Futures End'' tie-in that featured Cass, Steph, and a new Batgirl named Tiffany working together alongside Barbara Gordon as the League of Batgirls. The issue was almost universally well received.
* The Toyman, a B-list ''Franchise/{{Superman}}'' villain, was traditionally just a funny man in a striped suit who built dangerous giant toys to rob banks and give the Man of Steel a hard time, but in UsefulNotes/{{the Dark Age|OfComicBooks}} he was re-imagined as a bald child murderer in a black cloak. This didn't go over too well. Fast-forward to 2008, when it's revealed that the bald Toyman was a defective robot decoy created by the ''real'' Toyman, who is now once again a funny man in a striped suit, albeit a dangerously insane one, who will do anything (up to and including murder) to ''protect'' children. Funny thing - the DarkerAndEdgier Toyman actually started out as a ''parody'' of the trend; he adopted the new persona and modus operandi because he was left out of the latest line of Superman action figures for not being a dangerous enough villain.
* ''ComicBook/BlackPanther'': Creator/JackKirby's short-lived run ignored pretty much all of T'Challa's characterization and supporting cast from the far better received ''Jungle Action'' series, and had him acting wildly OutOfCharacter to boot. This was eventually resolved in a storyline from ''Marvel Premier'', where it was revealed that T'Challa had been suffering from severe LaserGuidedAmnesia for most of Kirby's run.
* An issue of ''Comicbook/NewAvengers'' drew some InternetBackdraft over a scene where Comicbook/{{Hawkeye}} had sex with an amnesiac Comicbook/ScarletWitch, which some fans argued [[BedTrick constituted rape]]. ''Comicbook/TheChildrensCrusade'' {{retcon}}ned this out by revealing the Scarlet Witch Hawkeye slept with was ActuallyADoombot. Ironically, ''Hawkeye'' is now the one who had been [[BedTrick raped]].
* ''Comicbook/MonicaRambeau'': A number of fans criticized Greg Land's redesign of Monica for ''Comicbook/MightyAvengers2013'', especially black fans who disliked Monica suddenly having straight, European-style hair. Creator/AlEwing then wrote a scene where Monica was shown horrified after a young black girl said she wanted to straighten her hair to look like hers, and by the end of his run, he brought back Monica's dreads and BadassLongCoat.
* ''ComicBook/{{Supergirl}}'': In 2004, Kara Zor-El was reintroduced with a new origin; Zor-El was evil and sent Kara to Earth to kill baby Kal-El. Fans hated it. Author after author has stepped up to try a saving throw (no, wait, she was sent back to babysit him, no, wait, Zor-El wanted her to kill him after all but she didn't want to but got brainwashed, no, wait, she was sent back to fight off ghosts from the Phantom Zone, and so on, and so forth). ''Supergirl'' #35 {{hand wave}}d off all of the previous origins as dementia caused by Kryptonite poisoning and gave her back the classic [[UsefulNotes/TheSilverAgeOfComicBooks Silver Age]] OriginStory, and ''Supergirl'' #34 had her finally take a SecretIdentity ([[spoiler:Linda Lang. Cute, DC Comics, very cute]]).
* ''Comicbook/ThePunisher'': After many fans hated ''Comicbook/ThePunisherPurgatory'' turning Frank into [[EmpoweredBadassNormal a supernatural force with divine powers]], ''ComicBook/WelcomeBackFrank'' changed it back to Frank being a human, criminal-hunting anti-hero.
* ''Comicbook/TheAtom'':
** The one-shot, ''Titans: Villains For Hire'', managed to spark racial controversy when Ryan Choi, the second Atom, was killed (and his body carried around in a shoebox), and a new Atom series starring Ray Palmer (Choi's white predecessor) was launched. When DC announced its intent to reboot with the ComicBook/{{New 52}}, the Ryan Choi Atom was announced as joining the ''Franchise/{{Justice League|OfAmerica}}'', to much fan rejoicing.
** Fan reaction slowly started to sour, though, when the promised Ryan Choi, though name-dropped as alive, never appeared, while Ray was demoted to a supporting character in the short-lived ''Frankenstein: Agents of SHADE''. An Atom did join the League eventually, but she was a completely new character [[spoiler: and secretly an evil spy from another dimension]]. Fans grumbled about the lack of an [[spoiler: heroic]] Atom, so when DC's ''next'' reboot rolled around with ''ComicBook/DCRebirth'', Ryan Choi appeared in ''DC Rebirth #1'' heading out to rescue Ray Palmer. Fans rejoiced again. In addition, ''Comicbook/{{Convergence}}'' revealed the pre-Flashpoint Ryan to be OnlyMostlyDead, and saw him restored and reunited with the pre-Flaspoint Ray, even getting to punish his KarmaHoudini killer, Comicbook/{{Deathstroke}}.
* The controversial mini-series ''ComicBook/JusticeLeagueCryForJustice'' saw Roy Harper having his arm ripped off and his daughter Lian being violently crushed to death. This lead to an unpopular period where Roy relapsed and became addicted to heroin (which he had kicked in the 70's) and even became a member of Deathstroke's decidedly less-than-heroic Titans team. This whole series of events was retconned out by the 2011 DC relaunch, with Roy having both arms intact, no dead daughter tragedy, and his original heroin addiction replaced by alcoholism; however, when that proved unsatisfactory, the CrisisCrossover event ''ComicBook/{{Convergence}}'' resurrected Lian and had pre-Flashpoint Roy reunited with her and abandoning his dark days for good.
* ''Franchise/JusticeLeagueOfAmerica'': There was an outcry over the death of Tasmanian Devil, one of the few openly-gay superheroes DC has, calling James Robinson anti-gay. He later wrote a JLA story that ended in Tasmanian Devil's resurrection.
* In ''[[Comicbook/TheMightyThor Thor]]'' issue 301, Thor is visiting the various pantheons of Earth to gather energy to revive the Asgardians. All's well and good, until he gets to the [[Myth/HinduMythology Hindu gods]], and Shiva demands a fight in exchange for the energy, and thanks to some rules-screwing, Thor manages to defeat him. This did ''not'' sit very well with Hindu fans, as Shiva is the BigGood to more than a few Hindus and his power is said to be limitless, and besides that it just didn't make much sense from a storytelling perspective, as Shiva was stated to be equal to Vishnu, who is stated to be equal to Odin; would changing the setting of the battle really make up for the power gap? Anyway, next time the Hindu gods showed up, it was revealed that Shiva was out that day and Indra, a far less powerful god, was filling in for him, as well as publishing the ''[[AllThereInTheManual Encyclopedia Mythologica]]'', which states that the limits of power possessed by Brahma, Vishnu, and Shiva are completely unknown.
* A ''Comicbook/SpiderMan'' oneshot featured the apparent death of Sabra, an Israeli superheroine, by being ignominiously shot InTheBack by Crossbones. Fans were upset at the fact that Sabra is a {{Nigh Invulnerab|ility}}le powerhouse capable of trading punches with the Hulk, claiming a normal sniper round shouldn't have even hurt. The result was the writer having to go on Website/{{Twitter}} and confirm [[WordOfGod he'd just grazed her]]. Whether this was intended the entire time or an example of IMeantToDoThat is debatable, but she's since reappeared without a scratch on her.
* ''Comicbook/JourneyIntoMystery'': To appease fans of Norse Mythology, Kieron Gillen rewrote the character of Loki, reborn following his death in ''Comicbook/{{Siege}}''. The new Loki is a well meaning-if-occasionally trouble-making GuileHero, much closer to the traditional mythology.
* Following ''ComicBook/AvengersVsXMen'', fans pointed out plot holes and FridgeLogic aspects of the story. Kieron Gillen wrote ''Consequences'', which explored many of the same issues fans had discussing, such as noting Wolverine being ultimately at fault for the whole incident and points out how he nearly destroyed the earth by attempting to kill Hope Summers.
* The ''ComicBook/{{New 52}}'':
** ''ComicBook/HarleyQuinn'': DC announced an art contest based around drawing a page for the #0 issue that ended with a panel described in the script as a naked Harley about to commit an ElectrifiedBathtub BathSuicide. This sparked InternetBackdraft over an apparent misogynistic eroticisation of a woman's suicide, made worse by the fact that the script didn't include any of the dialogue, or indicate that it was meant to be contextualized as a fantasy sequence. When the issue was published, the final panel of the page showed a fully-clothed (well, as much as she ever is in the New 52) Harley RidingTheBomb instead.
** DC attempted to give a number of female characters that had their own comics more [[AdaptationalModesty modest]], [[BoringButPractical practical]] costumes as part of the reboot, annoying a number of fans in the process. ''Comicbook/PowerGirl'', ''Comicbook/{{Zatanna}}'', and ''Comicbook/BlackCanary'' characters all ditched their new suits in favor of costumes ''much'' closer to their classic designs.
** For the ''Comicbook/{{Huntress}}'' series, DC brought back the original, 70's-era Huntress, Helena Wayne, but in the process [[DroppedABridgeOnHim Dropped A Bridge On]] Helena Bertinelli, her successor. The fans divided in a BrokenBase over the incident. Then, following the events of ''Comicbook/ForeverEvil'', DC revealed that Helena Bertinelli was in fact alive, and that she'd be a major character in the ''Comicbook/{{Grayson}}'' series.
** The first issue of ''ComicBook/RedHoodAndTheOutlaws'' showed ComicBook/{{Starfire}} as amnesiac and unable to remember individual humans' faces, which made the fact that she then slept with Roy Harper [[QuestionableConsent pretty iffy]]. Her personality and characterization were pretty much entirely erased, leaving her someone who just wanted to have sex with whoever. Pretty much nobody but the writer was even a little bit amused with a character who was reduced to a blow-up doll in [[{{Stripperiffic}} barely any clothing]] -- yes, [[UpToEleven even compared to her old costume]]. Writers tried showing that this was [[ObfuscatingStupidity an act]] before it was ''further'' clarified that Roy believed that if he left, then she'd forget him. Fans reacted with {{Squick}} and it seemed DC really couldn't win with this one, so she has left the team entirely to get a LighterAndSofter solo series, as well as a more modest costume (more or less the same as ''WesternAnimation/TeenTitans'' with hotpants instead of a skirt). Her familiar characterization returns, and nothing of her ''Outlaws'' days is mentioned.
** After the complaints about the ''Comicbook/TeenTitans'' relaunch disrespecting the vast history of the franchise by establishing Tim Drake's team as the first ever group of Titans, the ''Comicbook/{{Titans Hunt|2015}}'' mini-series established that a prior team resembling the original [[UsefulNotes/TheSilverAgeOfComicBooks Silver Age]] Teen Titans did indeed predate the modern group.
** ''ComicBook/DCRebirth'' was a Saving Throw for the New 52 era as a whole. The New 52 had alienated some longtime fans by embracing being DarkerAndEdgier and by wiping away beloved {{Legacy Character}}s and relationships in the interest of starting from scratch. ''Rebirth'' began to reintroduce several missing elements starting with [[spoiler: Wally West, the second Flash]], and openly stated that it intended to move toward the brighter side of the SlidingScaleOfIdealismVersusCynicism. The New 52 changes were even blamed on a RealityWarper, [[spoiler: Dr. Manhattan from ''Comicbook/{{Watchmen}}'']], metatextually saying that the problem was writers trying to mimic his comic of origin too much, as many others had in UsefulNotes/TheDarkAgeOfComicBooks.
* ''Comicbook/TheAvengers'' issue #200 became infamous for having ''Comicbook/MsMarvel'' character Carol Danvers suddenly pregnant, giving birth to a boy who grows up to adulthood within a day. Identifying himself as Marcus, he explains how he controlled her and [[{{Squick}} impregnated her with himself]] as a method of crossing dimensions. At the end of the issue, Marcus must return home and Carol decides to follow him. Creator/ChrisClaremont later wrote Carol's return, whereupon she gives a WhatTheHellHero speech to the Avengers for letting her go with Marcus when he was controlling her mind.
* Way back in the '70s, ''ComicBook/TheFalcon'', Sam Wilson, had a controversial retcon to his origin, where he was actually a pimp who went by the name "Snap" Wilson and that his down-to-earth family origin was something the Red Skull had tossed in while using the Cosmic Cube. J.M [=DeMatteis=] later tried to fix this by explaining that Sam Wilson was truly a good man from a loving family, and that "Snap" Wilson was actually a SplitPersonality created by the trauma of losing his parents. Rick Remender later took this a step further in ''All-New Captain America'', definitively stating that "Snap" Wilson never existed, and that the whole thing was just the Red Skull using the Cosmic Cube to warp Sam's memories.
* ''ComicBook/CaptainAmerica'': When Bucky Barnes first appeared, he was clearly a child, but {{Kid Sidekick}}s gradually fell out of favor in the ensuing decades. Creator/EdBrubaker dealt with this by establishing that Bucky had been a teenager who grew up on an army base, and that prior to meeting Cap, he had undergone an intense military training regimen overseas, meaning that he was already a skilled soldier well before he entered the war.
* The 2017 series of ''ComicBook/{{Nova}}'' restored Richard Rider to life after ''years'' of fans asking for his return. Additionally, the series has him mentoring his successor, Sam Alexander, appeasing the fans who had grown to like the new Nova during Rich's absence. The second issue also has a subplot showing that even though many of the heroes of Earth don't appreciate or understand Rich, his heroic exploits have made him a hero to the many aliens residing on Knowhere.
* A lot of ''ComicBook/AvengersForever'' was damage control for ''ComicBook/TheCrossing'' as it's revealed that Immortus had only manipulated Iron Man since ''ComicBook/OperationGalacticStorm'' to the Crossing and not from Kang's first battle with the Avengers, and that the Mantis who seemed to have made a FaceHeelTurn was really a Space Phantom.
* ''ComicBook/TheChildrensCrusade'' undid the ComicBook/ScarletWitch's FaceHeelTurn and even revealed that her actions during ''ComicBook/AvengersDisassembled'' and ''ComicBook/HouseOfM'' were the result of being possessed by a cosmic entity.
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[[folder:Fanfic]]
* ''Fanfic/NobodyDies'' had a particularly weak fourth season, and is generally considered the point of where all the story's weak bits began showing. This eventually required the author to [[spoiler:retcon almost the entire season into being a shared dream]]. The problem was that, while the Saving Throw wasn't a full-blown VoodooShark, people still raged against it because it ended up (apparently) eliminating what they ''did'' liked about the season... which resulted into a CreatorBreakdown and the story becoming "dormant".
* Readers of the ''Fanfic/PokeWars'' story, "The Subsistence" were baffled by Dawn's sudden prowess with guns, and most complained that it was an AssPull. Then Cornova wrote "The Incipience" and did some minor rewriting which better explained Dawn's sudden gain of ImprobableAimingSkills.
* The ''Anime/PrettyCure'' fan fic, ''FanFic/TwilightPrettyCure'' got significant backlash over the [[DudeNotFunny unintentional way the author treated some serious subjects]]. The author accepted the legitimacy of these concerns and set out to completely rewrite the story.
* A common complaint about ''FanFic/DumbledoresArmyAndTheYearOfDarkness'' is that the Cruciatus Curse is demoted from being a nightmarish torture to the equivalent of flogging -- the students take to ''bragging'' about how often they get cruciated. Thanfiction wrote a scene in Chapter 21 of the first story where Neville, facing Bellatrix, gets hit with the curse and thinks to himself, just before he whites out from the pain, that the Carrows never did a ''proper'' one.
* ''Fanfic/AftermathOfTheGames'' was hit with a BrokenBase over Twilight [[ForWantOfANail defeating the villainous Starlight Glimmer]] by [[spoiler: {{Ret Gone}}ing her via adopting her younger self and taking her away to the future]], especially since it happened offscreen. The sequel, ''Integration'', addressed some concerns the fans had [[WholeEpisodeFlashback by using an interlude chapter to flashback to the event in question]]. It shows that Twilight did offer Starlight the same chance of redemption that she got in canon, but [[RedemptionRejection she refused and became even more dangerous]], meaning that [[ShootTheDog Twilight really DID have no other choice]]. Also, despite her friends, brother, and fellow princesses being extremely supportive of her decision and believing that it was necessary in those circumstances, Twilight is haunted by what she did, feeling like [[spoiler: she had purposely murdered the original Starlight, which combined with her being [[AscendedFridgeHorror fully aware of]] the [[ButterflyOfDoom possible ramifications of altering the timeline]] meant she felt undeserving to be filly Starlight's adoptive mom]].
* Parodied in Creator/PeterChimaera's ''Franchise/{{Digimon}} 3: Predator vs Digimon''. Peter Chimaera is a well known writer of {{Troll Fic}}s and is notorious for his intentionally inaccurate portrayals of the source material he writes fanfiction about. His first two ''Digimon'' stories, for example, erroneously used the name Digimon for a single character, rather than the collective term for multiple species of digital creatures, like it is in the original source. After a lot of complaints about this by people who did not realize the joke, Chimaera pretends he realized this mistake and retcons it in ''Digimon 3'', saying the character Digimon belongs to a new species of Digimon he specifically created for his story.
--> '''Peter Chimaera''': Auithors notel Digimon is a new Digimon because there is not actual Digimon that is called Digimon he is a new one that I invented
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* ''WesternAnimation/TheSpongebobMovieSpongeOutOfWater'', aimed to alleviate many, many grievances that resulted from the {{Flanderization}} the cast suffered after season 5. [=SpongeBob=] himself was much less obnoxious and more intelligent, Patrick was still a dumbass, but he wasn't quite as bad as in the later seasons (and significantly less malicious), Mr. Krabs was more of the gruff but reasonable boss he used to be instead of the psychotic money-grabbing lunatic he became, Plankton was back to being a legitimate threat after years of VillainDecay, and Squidward finally got [[ThrowTheDogABone thrown a bone]] that wasn't [[YankTheDogsChain cruelly ripped from him at the last moment]]. Given that the story was penned by Steven Hillenberg himself, the entire movie can be seen as a "Sorry for what the writers turned my show into after I left."
* BigBad AlphaBitch Sunset Shimmer pulls a HeelFaceTurn at the end of ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyEquestriaGirls'', with [[TheHero Twilight Sparkle]] and the Humane Five forgiving her for her various atrocities. Fan response was disapproving, including the complaint that she was [[KarmaHoudini unpunished]] and [[UnintentionallyUnsympathetic wholly undeserving of their forgiveness]]. The sequel, ''[[WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyEquestriaGirlsRainbowRocks Rainbow Rocks]]'', addressed this by making Sunset [[ReformedButRejected a genuinely better person, but still openly hated by the rest of the school]], and the Humane Five's actions reveal that [[TheFriendNobodyLikes they still don't trust her, either]].
* ''WesternAnimation/ThePeanutsMovie'' contains a number of these for a lot of problems fans had with the original animated specials, most often with toning down the KafkaComedy. Chief among the examples is Charlie Brown's book report on ''Literature/WarAndPeace'' -- in the special ''Happy New Year, Charlie Brown!'', a number of fans questioned what kind of teacher would make an eight year old kid read ''War and Peace'' and write a book report on it (over Christmas break. ''And then refuse to believe that the kid would have done it by himself''). In ''The Peanuts Movie,'' Charlie Brown is the one who picks ''War and Peace'' to do a book report on, because he wants to impress the Little Red-Haired Girl and deliberately goes for what he's told is "the greatest book of all time."
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[[folder:Literature]]
* Legend says that Stesichorus (a Greek poet, who lived in the [[OlderThanFeudalism 7-6th centuries BCE]]) was struck with blindness after he wrote his original poem, in which the author bashed Helen for causing UsefulNotes/TheTrojanWar. He recants it by writing down another, but not as popular, oral version of her myth. The other version claims that the real Helen had spent the whole duration of the war in Egypt, and the Helen who went to Troy was just [[ActuallyADoombot a duplicate made out of clouds]] [[note]]The Illiad mentions an Eidolon, or image-double, too, but it looks like Homer, or whoever the original author of The Illiad was, couldn't make it fit well with the rest story, so they scrapped it, and the Eidolon concept remains there to be recognized only by hardcore fans of comparative mythology or scholars[[/note]]. Creator/{{Euripides}} also used a version of this story in his ''Helen''. This became recognized as a palinode, a literary form, in which a poet writes a second poem to disavow an earlier one.
* Creator/{{Euripides}}, wrote two versions of the story of Hippolytus. Only the [[Theatre/{{Hippolytus}} second version]] survives, but it is widely believed that in the original version outraged the audience because Phaedra (wife of the great hero Theseus) lusts without shame after her step-son Hippolytus, and brazenly attempts to seduce him. The second, surviving version bends over backwards to make Phaedra blameless (she's deeply ashamed of her feelings, and only seems to come on to her step-son because her nurse betrays her). She still comes to no good end, committing suicide and attempting to frame Hippolytus for rape.
* A well-known example can be found in ''Literature/SherlockHolmes'' stories. In ''The Adventure of the Final Problem'' Doyle had both Holmes and his nemesis Moriarty apparently die in a waterfall; after public outrage (and [[MoneyDearBoy big sacks of cash]]) he {{retcon}}ned the event, allowing the detective to defeat the BigBad and survive.
* The ''TabletopGame/MagicTheGathering'' novel ''Scourge'' had the BigBad, Karona, gather five powerful beings representing the colors of magic, namely Multani, Teferi, Fiers, Llowalyn, and Yawgmoth, [[{{retcon}} revealing]] that Yawgmoth (the BigBad of the Weatherlight Saga), who was dramatically killed, [[BackFromTheDead was hanging on in some form]]. The storyline fans were ''not'' amused at the news. A few years later, the ''Time Spiral'' block trilogy had Teferi deny his meeting with Karona, and several characters stated that they'd personally confirmed that Yawgmoth was dead.
* In ''Literature/GreatExpectations'', Creator/CharlesDickens wrote a new EarnYourHappyEnding ending for when the original BittersweetEnding wasn't well received by fans.
* Franchise/StarWarsLegends:
** The franchise has been up to its elbows in these. First the controversial ''Literature/NewJediOrder'' books introduced [[TricksterMentor Vergere]], and her philosophy that the Force was too complex to be summed up as simple light vs. dark. This ticked off a lot of fans, so the writers did the ''Literature/DarkNestTrilogy'' and ''Literature/LegacyOfTheForce'' in response, which had Jacen Solo (Vergere's main pupil) become a KnightTemplar and fall to TheDarkSide as a result of her teachings. Problem was, many fans felt bothered with Jacen's fall, so the current ''Literature/FateOfTheJedi'' series is {{retcon}}ning it to have been not because of Vergere's teachings, but because he encountered something during a journey through the galaxy that made him go crazy.
** Creator/KarenTraviss's ''Literature/RepublicCommandoSeries'' has been very [[LoveItOrHateIt polarizing]], due to her single minded approach to storytelling. After four novels of vicious anti-Jedi sentiment at the hands of the Mandalorian characters, she included two scenes in her last novel to try and fix things up. First, she made [[OnlySaneMan Maze]] call out Skirata for being an asshole, and the renegade clones a bunch of brainwashed slaves, effectively comparing Skirata to the Jedi he was trying to save his troops from. Then, she revealed Djinn Altis' rogue Jedi convent, giving a fresh perspective that was separate from both the Republic Jedi and the Mandalorians, putting a {{lampshade|Hanging}} on the whole series focus.
* A Creator/KarenTraviss example: Her first ''{{Franchise/Halo}}'' book, ''Literature/HaloGlasslands'', was despised by the fandom for [[{{Demonization}} demonizing]] the scientist Catherine Halsey while portraying her rival Admiral Parangosky as a model of honesty. In reality, [[BlackAndGrayMorality both of them have committed plenty of unethical acts to defeat both the Insurrection and Covenant]]. Thus, in her second book ''Literature/HaloTheThursdayWar'', Parangosky was now depicted as more sinister and ruthless (willing to [[spoiler:starve an entire species by secretly making their crops and meat inedible]]) while Halsey gets some sympathetic reveals, such as that she still cries over [[spoiler:the death of her daughter Miranda Keyes]].
* In-universe, and somewhat more literal, example in the fifth ''Literature/CaptainUnderpants'' book (sorry, [[InsistentTerminology EPIC NOVEL]]), ''Captain Underpants and the Wrath of the Wicked Wedgie Woman''. Ms. Ribble (who, via a [[HypnoFool screwed-up hypnosis session]] -- [[spoiler:apparently the Hypno-ring George and Harold used works in reverse on women]] -- turned into Wedgie Woman) sprays [[WeaksauceWeakness spray starch]] on Captain Underpants, rendering him powerless. George and Harold, in an effort to save the Captain, quickly write a comic book to try to negate this weakness. To make a long story short... [[spoiler:it worked.]]
* ''Literature/HonorHarrington'': The People's Republic of Haven started the series as a welfare state gone wrong, with the majority of its citizens on welfare, not contributing to the economy, forcing the Republic to conquer in order to survive. A lot of people have taken this as an attack on the concept of a welfare state. In the novella ''I Will Build My House of Steel'', found in the Manticore companion book ''House of Steel'', Weber mentions that several other star systems, influenced by Haven, enacted similar reforms, but they actually pulled it off without gutting their economies, by virtue of having relatively honest politicians... until, that is, they got conquered by Haven.
* In-universe example in ''{{Literature/Misery}}''; a fan kidnaps a writer to force him to do an Author's Saving Throw after he killed off a beloved character in his series.
* In the ''Literature/OldMansWar'' series, John Scalzi reveals in the afterword of ''Zoe's Tale'' that he decided to do a PerspectiveFlip of the previous book rather than continuing the story, as he was never happy with Zoe's offscreen recruitment of a whole army, and thought the many fans that accused it of being a DeusExMachina had a good point. He also took the opportunity to provide more closure to the werewolf storyline.
* ''Literature/HarryPotter''
** Many fans complained that, since catching the GoldenSnitch basically scored 15 times as many points as a goal and ended the game, the Seeker made the rest of the game irrelevant. The World Cup game shown in ''Literature/HarryPotterAndTheGobletOfFire'' demonstrates that--at the professional level, at least--a world-class Seeker is no match for a good team. The Weasley twins successfully manage to win a bet that Ireland's team will win the game, but that Bugaria's Seeker will still get the Snitch, showing that catching the Snitch doesn't guarantee victory.
** One of the most disliked elements of the series was the idea of sending Harry to live with the [[ResentfulGuardian Dursleys]]. Even if they didn't know the Dursleys would turn [[AbusiveParents cartoonishly abusive]] towards Harry, they certainly did by the end of the first novel. The original explanation - Dumbledore wanted Harry raised away from the Wizarding world to guard against Harry growing up arrogant and entitled - only served to enflame the readership's condemnation, pointing out that if that was all that Dumbledore wanted, Harry could have been simply dropped off at an orphanage or another place where Harry was guaranteed to find a loving Muggle family. Come ''Literature/HarryPotterAndTheOrderOfThePhoenix'', we find out that Harry's CrazyCatLady next door neighbor was actually Dumbledore's agent, sent to make sure Harry was safe. Then in the final chapters, Dumbledore reveals the REAL reason he sent Harry to the Dursleys: because of the nature of Lily's HeroicSacrifice enchantment, it meant that as long as Harry was under the guardianship of her family, he had magical protection away from Hogwarts from the Death Eaters. Petuina Dursley, Lily's estranged older sister, was the only remaining relative of hers, leaving Dumbledore with no choice but to leave Harry there. Later, Dumbledore apologizes to Harry for putting him through all of that and admits that Harry grew up to become a much better person than anybody would have expected under those kind of circumstances.
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[[folder:Live-Action TV]]
* In ''Series/BuffyTheVampireSlayer'''s sixth season, magic was portrayed as akin to a drug, which was highly dangerous and addictive, and could even lead to users becoming "junkies" willing to do anything for a "fix," as happened to Willow slowly over the course of the season. Creator/JossWhedon himself didn't like this development, and fans agreed; season seven's first episode featured a scene where Giles explicitly states that magic is not addictive, and it's explained that Willow's actions were actually due to her ''not'' using magic.
* The ''Series/{{Angel}}'' episode "The Girl In Question" was reviled by the fans for many reasons but mostly because Buffy was revealed to be dating an [[TheGhost unseen]] figure named "The Immortal" who happened to be an old rival of Buffy's previous lovers Angel and Spike. This was for a long time the last thing we know about her in the entire buffyverse. The comic continuation revealed that this Buffy was actually another slayer impersonating her and that Andrew Wells lied to Angel and Spike.
* ''Franchise/PowerRangers''
** In ''Series/PowerRangersTurbo,'' Alpha Five was replaced with Alpha Six, a TotallyRadical {{Scrappy}}. It... didn't go over well. At the end of ''Turbo,'' he's damaged and repaired with speech circuitry meant for Alpha Five, making him an {{Expy}} of his predecessor during ''Series/PowerRangersInSpace'' and ''Series/PowerRangersLostGalaxy.''
** ''Series/PowerRangersDinoCharge'': One of the complaints from ''Series/PowerRangersSamurai'' was that the Samurai Rangers had Mega Mode for use in the Megazord but never explained why the Rangers couldn't use it in regular battle. So in "The Royal Rangers", Kendall introduces the Dino Drive mode, specifically stating it was just for when the Rangers use the Megazord.
* ''Series/KamenRider'':
** In the first film for ''Series/KamenRiderDecade'', [[spoiler: the very serious and nihilistic Doctor Shinigami suddenly appears, after being Natsumi's rather quirky grandfather for the whole season.]] Fans didn't understand. So, in the second film, they make him that way again. But this time, they reveal that he's under the effect of a [[spoiler: "Doctor Shinigami" type Gaia Memory]]. Which is an obvious throw, as those are introduced in the ''next'', only-barely-related series, ''Series/KamenRiderDouble''.
** The series also tried to address the controversy around Tackle, the [[SixthRanger Second Rider]] from ''Series/KamenRiderStronger'', who was [[StuffedIntoTheFridge killed off]] and never officially declared a Kamen Rider, mostly due to the fact that she's a woman.
*** In ''Movie War 2010'', Decade meets an AlternateUniverse version of Tackle, whose entire backstory revolves around the fact that she was [[RealitySubtext murdered and then quickly ignored and forgotten about by everyone around her]]. Tackle ends up pulling a HeroicSacrifice near the end, but not before helping out Decade and [[TakingYouWithMe taking her killer out with her]]. She is also a much better fighter than the original, who was often a DamselInDistress.
*** ''Manga/KamenRiderSpirits'' tried to offer a non-sexist explanation as to why Tackle isn't considered a legitimate Kamen Rider.
** ''Series/KamenRiderBlackRX'' tried to mitigate the fan backlash over the series' LighterAndSofter tone (as well the general {{Sequelitis}} complaints from fans of the [[ToughActToFollow beloved]] ''Series/KamenRiderBlack'') by bringing back the previous Kamen Riders as part of the show's final storyline. Prior to this, both ''Black'' and ''Black RX'' were supposed to have been part of a [[ContinuityReboot new continuity]].
* A month after the ''Series/PrisonBreak'' Season 3 finale, it was announced that, in part due to fan reaction, [[spoiler:it wasn't Sara Tancredi's [[StuffedIntoTheFridge head in the box]], and she'll be back next season]]. The other big part of the decision was the fact that [[spoiler:Sara had only been killed in the first place because of behind-the-scenes drama between the then-pregnant actress and the executive producers. By the fourth season, everyone was friends again so the character returned. And ironically got pregnant]].
* The third season finale of ''Series/{{Bones}}'', [[spoiler:Zack]] is revealed to have been manipulated into becoming the apprentice to a cannibalistic serial killer, and claims to have murdered a man. During an episode of the fourth season, he says that he didn't actually kill anyone himself, he just told the Gormogon where to find a victim and claims he would have killed the victim himself if the Gormogon had told him to. In his mind, this equated to having done the deed himself.
* ''Series/DoctorWho'':
** The ''Series/DoctorWho'' [[Recap/DoctorWhoTVMTheTVMovie 1996 TV movie]] included a scene in which the Doctor says that he is half-human; this was widely disliked and subject to FanonDiscontinuity. To ameliorate this, without upsetting the fans who enjoy this interpretation (''Literature/TheEighthDoctorAdventures'' doubled down on making him half-human), [[WordOfGod Moffat has stated]] that the Doctor did indeed utter those words, very carefully not specifying whether they were ''true''. After all, the Doctor lies. "Hell Bent", the Moffat-penned Series 9 finale, has [[spoiler: Ashildr/Me]] ask the Doctor if he's half-human (it has to do with [[spoiler: the possibility that he is The Hybrid]]), but he only asks her if it ''matters'' what he is by way of reply, and the conversation takes another path from there.
** In [[Recap/DoctorWhoS28E8TheImpossiblePlanet "The Impossible Planet"]]/[[Recap/DoctorWhoS28E9TheSatanPit "The Satan Pit"]], the HappinessInSlavery depiction of the Ood as a happy servitor race and the Doctor's acceptance of it as unproblematic were seen by many fans as gross breaches of the series's and the character's usual moral positions. Two years later the [[Recap/DoctorWhoS30E3PlanetOfTheOod "Planet of the Ood"]]" story returned to the same setting and revealed that the slave Ood were only happy [[spoiler:because the evil humans had been lobotomising them]], and that the Doctor only accepted their servitude because he was a bit preoccupied with a planet orbiting a black hole and Satan trying to kill them all... [[MakesJustAsMuchSenseInContext shut it.]]
** There are some fans who have shown distaste for the Cybus Cybermen from [[Recap/DoctorWhoS28E5RiseOfTheCybermen "Rise of the Cybermen"]]/[[Recap/DoctorWhoS28E6TheAgeOfSteel "The Age of Steel"]]. After [[Recap/DoctorWhoS31E12ThePandoricaOpens "The Pandorica Opens"]] aired, [[WordOfGod Steven Moffat]] tweeted that this appearance of the new Cybermen were in fact the Mondas Cybermen; they just didn't have the budget to change the costume.
** The Daleks got a multicolored upgrade in [[Recap/DoctorWhoS31E3VictoryOfTheDaleks "Victory of the Daleks"]], and the bright, colorful Daleks were presented as what a Dalek would look like forevermore, the "New Dalek Paradigm," as they put it. It turned out even this NarmCharm loving fanbase has its limits. So the next time a Dalek had to be a threat, it was a sorta petrified-looking run-down one with no trace of its original color. Every Dalek appearance since then has had the old bronze Daleks as the vast majority if not the only design. The "New Dalek Paradigm" is apparently still around, but they're taking a backseat to their bronze immediate predecessor models.
*** A visit to the restored Dalek homeworld of Skaro showed Dalek variants from all across franchise history. The New Paradigm Daleks were not seen in any way, not even as background filler, letting us know they're as good as never having been. (This ''also'' constitutes a 'throw' to one problem people had with Asylum of the Daleks - in that episode, the past Dalek variants people got excited for were only seen briefly, in light so low it's hard to tell the old ones from the new. The Special Weapons Dalek, which really got the fandom excited, was especially blink-and-miss. Not so in the return to Skaro - the old Daleks get as much screentime as the current model, with the Special Weapons Dalek getting to be the one to yell "EXTERMINATE THE DOCTOR!" as they mobilized.)
* ''Series/{{Lost}}'': The producers originally intended for Paolo and Nikki to be major characters. After a fan revolt, they changed their plans by [[spoiler: not only killing off the characters, but doing so in an incredibly sadistic way.]]
* ''Series/{{Smallville}}'': Season Seven ended with Lana, having just woken up from a Brainiac-induced coma, leaving Clark a Dear John video expressing her belief that she was only holding him back. However, not only were her fans unhappy with this direction, but her actress had been absent for the final five episodes of the season due to filming ''Film/StreetFighterTheLegendOfChunLi'', and the recent writer's strike hadn't helped matters either. The very next season, in the penultimate episode of Lana's farewell arc, Tess Mercer reveals to Clark that it was all a lie: Lex's men kidnapped Lana and forced her to make the video at gunpoint in order to throw Clark off the trail. Tess even lampshades the PlotHole of Lana somehow getting her hands on a video camera right after waking up.
* In the seventh season finale of ''Series/{{House}}'' the title character drives his car through Cuddy's dining room window in revenge for breaking up with him and escaping to a tropical beach. This caused a full blown fan revolt with claims that House became no better than a psychotic murderous {{Domestic Abuse}}r and that his stunt could have ended with the deaths of several people. The creators responded to this on Twitter claiming that House had made sure that everyone was gone by looking through the window which prompted the fans to point out that ''Cuddy's daughter'' was likely in the room and she wasn't tall enough to be seen. Come the season 8 premiere and we get a scene where House turns himself in to the authorities and explains that he had made sure that everyone in the room had left and that he knew that Cuddy's daughter was at a sleepover.
* For the first three seasons of ''Series/StarTrekEnterprise'', the show was criticised for wasting the potential of its prequel setting by neglecting the Romulans as recurring villains (rather than properly leading up to the known canonical Romulan War) and instead embarking on a long confused MythArc involving a "Temporal Cold War" which soon fell prey to TheChrisCarterEffect, as well as for depicting the Vulcans as a race of hypocritical {{Jerkass}}es. When Manny Coto took over as showrunner for the fourth season, multiple Saving Throws were given: the Temporal Cold War was resolved in the two-part premiere, a three-part story involved a major spiritual revolution in Vulcan society that brought them closer to the aliens we knew and loved, and a major story arc throughout the season involved a resurgence in Romulan aggression which also served to forge alliances between the future founding members of the Federation. The Enterprise relaunch books manage to take this even further by [[spoiler:retconning Trip's death into a faked death]], as well as dealing with the Romulan War and founding of the Federation.
* At the end of Season 3 of ''Series/TheMentalist'', Jane [[spoiler: kills Red John]] and sits peacefully waiting to be arrested. In the first episode of Season 4, it turns out that [[spoiler: that wasn't Red John]] and he's found not guilty in a spectacular example of HollywoodLaw, so the series can continue as before.
* ''Series/{{Supernatural}}''
** In the fourth season, Sam was revealed to be in a sexual relationship with the demon Ruby. Even putting {{Shipping}} aside, the fanbase took a major issue with this. As Ruby was a demon with no corporeal body of her own, she had to [[DemonicPossession possess]] another woman to use for her, uh, interactions with Sam. By having sex with her, Sam was either raping the host (who had not given consent) or engaging in necrophilia (if the host was a corpse). The writers [[TakeAThirdOption took a third option]] by revealing that Ruby's host was a comatose girl about to be taken off life support, whose body was still alive but spirit had moved on to the afterlife. Mileage varied as to whether or not this made the situation any less squicky.
** In later seasons, the show began to place more and more focus on the Dean and Castiel relationship, including deliberate subtext and occasional jokes that their friendship is not entirely platonic. Some in the fandom took this as a possible legitimate intention on the writers' part to foreshadow an actual romantic relationship between them, and were extremely excited at the prospect of the protagonist of a very popular, mainstream, genre show being openly bi. However, during season 9, one of the writers on twitter revealed that Dean being bi was an interesting idea but that they had absolutely no intention of making it canon. This caused outrage from people who claimed the show had been [[http://www.tvguide.com/news/supernatural-queerbaiting-destiel-1089286.aspx queerbaiting]] - deliberately enticing queer audience members to keep watching with the promise of dearly needed representation without any intention of actually following through. During season 10, therefore, the authors tried to smooth things over with the episode Slash Fiction, in which Dean encounters Destiel shippers and states that while it's not the ''right'' interpretation, it's totally cool that they have their own interpretation of things. Reactions to this were mixed - some shippers liked it, but those who really wanted Dean to be bi were only the more convinced that the writers never understood why people wanted Dean to be queer so much in the first place.
* In the crossover movie between ''Series/TensouSentaiGoseiger'' and ''Series/SamuraiSentaiShinkenger'', we're given the first cameo appearance of the Series/KaizokuSentaiGokaiger, who transform into all Red Rangers. However, it's revealed in the first episode of ''Gokaiger'' that the only reason they could do that was because of the Ranger Keys, which they wouldn't get until the time between Gosei and Gokai. How do they solve that? Reveal that the team had been sent back in time on a mission by Domon of the Series/MiraiSentaiTimeranger and they decided to give the two teams a hand while no one was looking. On the other hand, we're still not sure how it is that the Gokaigers ''keep'' their ability to turn into other Rangers after the past Rangers' powers were restored at the end of the regular series. [[RuleOfCool Not that anyone is complaining.]]
* ''Series/OnceUponATime'': Season 5 fixed many problems fans had with earlier seasons. It kept the focus on the main cast and stopped the new characters been a SpotlightStealingSquad as fans had been complaining about in previous seasons, fixed some plot holes, and made Belle more than just Rumplestiltskin's SatelliteLoveInterest. It also acknowledged that Rumple and Belle's relationship had turned toxic and become a YoYoPlotPoint. The finale threw the biggest though; after years of Regina been seen as an UnintentionallyUnsympathetic KarmaHoudini that showed no remorse for her actions as the Evil Queen, Regina reveals that her previous lack of remorse was due to repressing it and her entire character arc in the finale revolves around her desire to be free of the baggage that comes from her actions. She then [[spoiler: splits herself into her light and dark sides leaving us with a good Regina that can have a fresh start and the Evil Queen who can receive proper punishment]].
* The ''Series/{{Community}}'' episode "Repilot" dismisses the entirety of the widely-hated Season 4 (the only season not overseen by Creator/DanHarmon) by claiming that the school had suffered a massive gas leak, explaining everyone's inconsistent and decidedly OutOfCharacter behavior.
* ''Series/{{Glee}}'' removed the new members of the Glee Club in Season 5 because of the fans who ''hated'' the new characters and direction old club members had taken. Instead, the show began to focus on what the old cast was doing out of the club.
* ''Series/AgentsOfSHIELD'':
** The first few episodes were heavily attacked by Marvel fans for mostly using CanonForeigner characters instead of actual Marvel heroes and villains, as well as the use of {{Red Skies Crossover}}s with other [[Franchise/MarvelCinematicUniverse MCU]] properties (''Film/ThorTheDarkWorld'' being the most notorious) rather than direct involvement. The latter half of Season 1 subsequently began using actual comic characters like Deathlok and Blackout, while also doing a heavy multi-episode arc dealing with the aftermath of ''Film/CaptainAmericaTheWinterSoldier''. The producers also made sure to announce that more comic characters like Mockingbird, Absorbing Man and Al [=MacKenzie=] will be appearing in Season 2. Season 2 also revealed that Skye was a CanonCharacterAllAlong.
** Fans of the MCU would decry the franchise for taking heroic comics characters like Sitwell and [[AdaptationalVillainy making them HYDRA agents]]. Season 2 reveals that some HYDRA agents actually were loyal SHIELD agents who were brainwashed into becoming evil.
* ''Series/{{Arrow}}''
** The writers drew a lot of InternetBackdraft over killing off Sara Lance, which a lot of people saw as a [[StuffedIntoTheFridge Fridging]] and [[DroppedABridgeOnHim Bridge Dropping]] mixed with a healthy dose of BuryYourGays. Sara was later resurrected and made into one of the leads in the SpinOff, ''Series/LegendsOfTomorrow'', as the [[LightIsGood White]] [[AdaptationalHeroism Canary]].
** Inverted and played straight with the treatment of Laurel Lance. The reason Sara was killed off in the first place was so that they could make her sister Laurel the new Comicbook/BlackCanary. Laurel was ''far'' from the most well-liked character, and subsequently waffled between ReplacementScrappy and BaseBreakingCharacter before eventually gaining a fanbase, thanks to her becoming the CoolBigSis of the group and [[TookALevelInBadass taking on a level of badass]]... only for her to be KilledOffForReal with the resolution of Season Four's grave plot. While some of the fans were satisfied that if someone had to go it was her, others went ''ballistic'' over a second Lance sibling getting fridged in an unheroic way and the killing of the most familiar Black Canary only a season after she took the mantle. In the next season, the writers [[ReplacementScrappy introduced a new Black Canary named Dinah Drake]], with the [[CreatorsPet apparent goal]] of creating a take on the character who was much closer to the one seen in the comics, and promised that Creator/KatieCassidy would return as a series regular in Season Six, albeit as [[EvilTwin Black Siren]].
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[[folder:Music]]
* Music/AlanisMorissette is often criticized for her song "[[IsntItIronic Ironic]]", because of its highly colloquial and [[YouKeepUsingThatWord technically incorrect]] use of [[{{Irony}} the word in the title]] (her definition is more akin to a CruelTwistEnding). Her ParodyRetcon response? [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin The song itself is ironic.]]
* [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dmitri_Shostakovich#.22An_artist.27s_creative_response_to_just_criticism.22 Shostakovich's Fifth Symphony]] (the radical innovations in his earlier work had incurred the wrath of UsefulNotes/JosefStalin, so this was really a saving throw on Shostakovich's ''life''.)
* RecordProducer Ross Robinson started producing a bunch of PostHardcore artists seemingly as an apology for his hand in the rise of several NuMetal bands. PostHardcore albums he produced include Music/AtTheDriveIn's ''Relationship of Command'' (2000), Music/{{Glassjaw}}'s ''Everything You Ever Wanted to Know About Silence'' (2000) and ''Worship and Tribute'' (2002), and Music/TheBloodBrothers' ''...Burn, Piano Island, Burn'' (2003). These are considered to be some of the best post-hardcore albums of the decade and brought post-hardcore to a wider audience, so he may well have succeeded.
* Music/DavidBowie expressed regret for his comments in interviews during the [[Music/StationToStation Thin White Duke]] era, during which he occasionally expressed sympathy with fascism (due, it's generally accepted, to getting LostInCharacter as the Duke, who actually was a fascist). After this point, on the rare occasions when he would express political themes in his work, they often tended to be anti-fascist, anti-racist, or otherwise anti-authoritarian. Good examples are the videos for "China Girl" and "Let's Dance", as well as much of the content of ''Tin Machine''. The line "To be insulted by these fascists is so degrading" from ''Music/ScaryMonstersAndSuperCreeps'' is also generally considered to be an apology for this period. (It may be worth pointing out that some of Bowie's pre-Duke material also had anti-authoritarian themes, most notably ''Music/DiamondDogs'', which started out life as a musical adaptation of Creator/GeorgeOrwell's ''Literature/NineteenEightyFour'', and still had several songs referencing the book even after Orwell's estate refused him the permission to use the work).
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* [[Wrestling/BryanDanielson Daniel Bryan]] was ''supposed'' to have fallen over the DespairEventHorizon after the Authority's constant screwing leading up to a gauntlet match against the members of Wrestling/TheWyattFamily. Bryan then joined their team, changing his outfit to a [[WTHCostumingDepartment a plain sleeveless jumpsuit]] that made him look like [[DorkAge/ProfessionalWrestling '90s throwback]] to [[WrestlingDoesntPay Duke "The Dumpster" Droese, wrestling garbage collector]], and was even billed as "Daniel Wyatt" in house shows, but he didn't act all that different than before. The fanbase [[WillingSuspensionOfDisbelief did not buy into Bryan's "motivation"]], and ''[[EnsembleDarkhorse every crowd he wrestled in front of]] absolutely [[WinTheCrowd refused to boo him]]''. So two weeks later, he and Bray Wyatt are in a steel cage match against Wrestling/TheUsos. Once the Usos win, Bray attempts to discipline Bryan and, in a fit of BullyingADragon ''([[MultipleReferencePun heh]])'' goads him into fighting back. [[Awesome/BryanDanielson Which he does, kicking Bray Wyatt up and down the ring...to thunderous "YES!" chants.]]
* Fans thought Bryan would be in the 2014 Wrestling/RoyalRumble. He wasn't. The fans were displeased to the point where they turned on the event itself, and utterly rejected Batista's win of said Rumble, knowing he'd get a title shot at [=WrestleMania=]. Despite HHH and Steph throwing obstacle after obstacle at Bryan, he was eventually written into the [=WrestleMania=] main event. He beat HHH, but it was still worrisome who'd win. But ''again'', after [[spoiler:Brock Lesnar defeated the Undertaker and broke the streak]] and nearly caused DarknessInducedAudienceApathy, Bryan's victory was all but assured.
* Fan reaction was so bad to Wrestling/RomanReigns' win of the 2015 Wrestling/RoyalRumble that not even [[Wrestling/DwayneJohnson The Rock]] could placate them (it didn't help that the event took place in Philadelphia that year). It wasn't so much about hating Reigns -- a lot of people felt he had potential, but it was almost universally agreed that he wasn't ready for a main event push yet. The fans were mainly pissed about the terrible booking they had to suffer through lately, more specifically on how ''Daniel Bryan didn't win'' (Bryan was in the match this year but was eliminated early). Bryan had just recently come back from a long term injury and many felt it was wasting his return momentum. Reigns had just come off injury too, but it was for all of two months so all it did was kill any momentum he already had, not helped by the fact that his return feud was with Wrestling/TheBigShow. End result? Despite the company's many, many ''desperate'' attempts to get him over, the fans absolutely refused to get behind Reigns and continued booing him out of the building. Realizing that if he won at ''Wrestling/WrestleMania'' all of his potential as a top baby face would be utterly destroyed, [[spoiler:they had Wrestling/SethRollins cash in during the main event and leave with the title instead]].
* ''Wrestling/SurvivorSeries 2015'' had [[spoiler:Wrestling/{{Sheamus}} cash in right after Reigns had finally won the title and leave as champion]]. Fans took issue because the move was both incredibly predictable and considered the worst move that could possibly be made by the majority of the IWC, even more so than Reigns having his big face win. However, it did prevent Reigns from getting more heat -- [[GoneHorriblyRight since all the heat went to the company]], primarily Wrestling/VinceMcMahon. After this, the company finally got a clue and started booking Reigns correctly. After he got screwed out of the title ''again'' at ''TLC 2015'', Reigns ''snapped'' and went on a [[UnstoppableRage rampage]], attacking three members of the League of Nations with chairs shots before Wrestling/TheAuthority and the referees came out to stop him.
* ''Wrestling/WrestleMania 32'' seemed specifically booked to spite the hardcore fanbase. The IWC was spitting fire everywhere, ratings were falling, house show attendance was down, and Roman was facing more XPacHeat than ever before. Not helping things was the return of Wrestling/SethRollins from his GameBreakingInjury, who, while still the vile heel he was from before, was widely sympathized by the audience and infinitely more popular than Roman. And then, for the cherry on top, Roman violated the Wellness Policy, meaning the company had to get the belt off him soon before they suspended him. So, we come to ''Wrestling/MoneyInTheBank 2016'', where Seth gave Roman the clean comeuppance fans believed he deserved, Wrestling/DeanAmbrose (fan favourite at the time) cashed in the Money in the Bank briefcase he had won earlier that night on Seth and finally getting his revenge on his ArchEnemy, and also booking the long-awaited Shield triple threat the next night for the following PPV. The next day, Roman was suspended.
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* Samuel Haight from the TabletopGame/OldWorldOfDarkness was a CreatorsPet that quickly became TheScrappy, until the creators finally clued into the fact that everybody hated him and killed him off, after which [[FateWorseThanDeath his soul was forged into a sentient ashtray]].
* ''TabletopGame/VampireTheMasquerade'', Second Edition had a sourcebook called ''Dirty Secrets of the Black Hand'' which proved very unpopular because it suggested that the Sabbat (Already a secret vampire conspiracy to control humanity) was ''itself'' controlled by a secret conspiracy within the Sabbat's "Black Hand" faction, which was ''itself'' called the Black Hand. This "True Black Hand" controlled everything from the land of the dead, residing in the [[OurGhostsAreDifferent ghost of the First City mankind founded]]. fan reaction was that these elements (and more) were needlessly complicated and stupid. When the next edition of ''Vampire:The Masquerade'' came out, they scaled back both new clans introduced in that book to about a dozen members each, declared that the scope of the "True Black Hand"'s power and agenda were extremely exaggerated, and then ''dropped [[OurGhostsAreDifferent a ghost atomic bomb]] on the underworld city they were operating out of'' for good measure.
* After the changes to the ''TabletopGame/ForgottenRealms'' to bring them in line with ''TabletopGame/DungeonsAndDragons'''s Fourth Edition were poorly received, control over the Realms' direction for Fifth Edition was given to creator Ed Greenwood, who wasn't much happier than the vocally displeased fans. He proceeded to remake ''Forgotten Realms'' in his own vision.
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* For years, ''Franchise/SonicTheHedgehog'' fandom FlameBait was the debates over whether the real name of the series villain is "Robotnik" or "Eggman", owing to dub discrepancies; "Eggman" was always his name in Japan, but the U.S. continuity localized his name into "Dr. Ivo Robotnik", up till around the ''VideoGame/SonicAdventure'' series when the name of Robotnik was slowly being phased out in favor of calling him Eggman, in order to keep the series more in line with the Japanese ''Sonic'' continuity and to prevent the confusion of the series main villain having two names at once. Sega settled the issue by saying [[TakeAThirdOption both names are official]] (Robotnik is his real name, but Eggman is the nickname everyone else uses instead), and in an attempt to officially curb this long-standing fandom hot button, the finale of ''VideoGame/SonicGenerations'' established once and for all, in-canon, that the real name of Dr. Eggman is still "Dr. Ivo Robotnik". The good doctor himself, when answered to by his real name, notes with irony that [[LampshadeHanging "Nobody calls me that anymore."]] Heck, it was canonized before then by Eggman's grandpa being named Gerald Robotnik.
* ''VideoGame/{{Fallout 3}}'''s ending caused some rather... negative reactions, in no small part thanks to its DiabolusExMachina (as the endings boil down to "Good" ([[spoiler:activate the purifier and kill yourself]]) or "Bad" ([[spoiler:get Sarah Lyons to turn it on]]). The DLC/Expansion pack ''Broken Steel'' changes the ending, allowing the game to remain playable after this. WordOfGod says the game's default endings (without the expansion) are [[CanonDiscontinuity non-canon]].
* After many players called out ''VideoGame/MetalGearSolid'' for its extremely loose understanding of basic genetics (as relayed by the main antagonist, Liquid Snake), Hideo Kojima stepped up and established that Liquid himself has an extremely flimsy grasp on the subject and didn't actually know a word of what he was saying. It doesn't explain how a man with a supposed I.Q. of 180 and a fluency in seven languages could get such simple scientific facts wrong, or why Ocelot refers to Solid as the "inferior one".
* ''VideoGame/PrinceOfPersiaWarriorWithin'' was written [[ExecutiveMeddling with a mandate from marketing]] to turn the series away from the ''Literature/ArabianNights'' feel and make it DarkerAndEdgier, complete with emo {{antihero}} Prince and heavy metal music. The fans bashed the change mercilessly, and the writers answered rather innovatively by working the DorkAge into the plot of ''VideoGame/PrinceOfPersiaTheTwoThrones''. The Prince had become so dark and angry due to the stress of being pursued by the Dhaka for years; freed from it his original snarky attitude returns. The Dark Prince is a manifestation of all the character flaws the Prince demonstrated in ''Warrior Within'' who also points out the inherent selfishness and irresponsibility in the Prince [[SetRightWhatOnceWentWrong changing history to fix his mistakes]]. Taunted with this near the end, the Prince realizes how childish he has been and chooses to face the consequences of his actions, silencing the Dark Prince.
* ''VideoGame/KingdomHearts'':
** Fans were treating the Axel and Roxas relationship with HoYay, so ''[[VideoGame/KingdomHearts358DaysOver2 Kingdom Hearts 358/2 Days]]'' chose to {{retcon}} their relationship into one of big brother/little brother -- while still leaving plenty of potential ShipTease for those who choose to see it that way.
** The new "HD 1.5 Remix" Collection gave all non-Japanese fans ''Kingdom Hearts Final Mix'' for the first time, and ''re:Chain of Memories'' to the rest of the world (it was given a downplayed Western release in America only), as well as including remastered cutscenes from 358/2 Days. Demand was high enough to announce 2.5 for a 2014 release which includes the ''Final Mix'' versions of the second game and ''Birth By Sleep'' as well as ''re:Coded'' scenes thrown in.
** The Disney elements have been The Artifact since Days, but there has been some effort to avoid this starting from coded. Donald and Goofy are given a bigger role in coded after getting DemotedToExtra and return to being party members for ''Kingdom Hearts III''. A scene added to the storyline of coded during 2.5 Remix has Maleficent [[spoiler: making a connection between the Datascape and the Book of Prophecies from ''chi'',]] adding context to her appearance in 3D and reversing the Villain Decay she has gone through. Additionally, the Disney worlds are back to having a story reason for getting visited as of 3D (where visiting them was necessary to get the ability to [[spoiler: save the protagonists of Birth By Sleep and Days]]) and III (where Sora goes to Olympus Coliseum specifically to train).
* ''VideoGame/TheKingOfFighters'':
** The creators changed the gamplay in ''[='99=]''; four characters are selectable for the fight, with one (or more, in ''2001'') being a Striker, [[AssistCharacter a supportive character]] that would be called to perform a move in order to stop an opponent or open his guard for your attacks. Fans disliked the bugs and infinite combos that came with it. In ''2002'', the game went back to 3-on-3 fights with no strikers, like ''[='98=]'' and the titles before it.
** Most fans were unhappy (euphemism) about [[CreatorsPet Ash Crimson]] taking the role of protagonist previously covered by Kyo and K', just as much as they were unhappy about him [[spoiler:[[BroughtDownToNormal stealing]] both Chizuru and Iori's Sacred Treasures powers]]. Come ''XIII'', Ash enacts a HeroicSacrifice to stop the BigBad of that StoryArc. [[spoiler:Mind you, he doesn't die... [[RetGone he is erased]] from existence. [[CosmicRetcon Retroactively!]] So he never really existed in the first place.]]
* ''VideoGame/HalfLife2: Episode 1''. After the second game, the fanbase was extremely displeased by what, to Gordon, amounts to a ShootTheShaggyDog even worse than the first. The Episode blows the rage away through a CrowningMomentOfAwesome for the Vortigaunts that both retcons [[spoiler: Alyx's implied death]], and changes the whole storyline, showing the [[HumanoidAbomination G-Man]] isn't as all-powerful as thought before.
* The debut trailer for the 2011 ''VideoGame/{{SSX}}'' game had an extremely DarkerAndEdgier feel, realistic and "gritty" graphics, some plot revolving around rival teams of boarders competing to race in the most inhospitable places on Earth and the title ''SSX: Deadly Descents''. Cue derogatory nicknames like "[[VideoGame/CallOfDuty Call of SSX]]: [[VideoGame/DawnOfWar Winter Assault]]" and variants. Every single game related media since then has [[WordOfGod the developers insisting]] that the characters and the cartoony and over the top feel of the game are still there and that the "Deadly Descents" are just a small part of the game, the others being the classic racing and trick modes. The subtitle was eventually removed.
* The reveal of ''[=DmC=]: VideoGame/DevilMayCry'' was accompanied by the creators putting it as a {{prequel}} to the existing series. InternetBackdraft over [[TheyChangedItNowItSucks changes]] to the character and backstory that were [[ContinuityReboot incompatible with pre-existing canon]] caused the creators to RetCon the game [[http://www.siliconera.com/2011/10/31/dmc-devil-may-cry-takes-place-in-a-parallel-world-with-a-different-dante/ into a parallel world]].
* When ''[[VideoGame/RatchetAndClank2002 Ratchet & Clank]]'' came out, a recurring complaint among critics was Ratchet's characterization (acting like a selfish {{Jerkass}} towards the much more sympathetic Clank). When ''VideoGame/RatchetAndClankGoingCommando'' was in development, Insomniac made sure to include several cutscenes where Ratchet defends Clank and worries for him, all with the explicitly stated purpose of "fixing" Ratchet's character. Also, the [[VideoGame/RatchetAndClank2016 series reimagining]] has a few of the early cutscenes explicitly show Ratchet's characterization more in line with his later appearances.
* ''VideoGame/WorldOfWarcraft'':
** In ''World of Warcraft: Cataclysm'', Forsaken have begun using Val'kyr necromancy against their human enemies in order to replenish their numbers. Unlike Scourge undead, however, Forsaken undead retain the free will they had in life after being raised. When this was revealed, Alliance players began complaining that a human being killed by the Forsaken, raised into undeath by them and then choosing to aid the Forsaken in slaughtering their former comrades of their own free will broke the WillingSuspensionOfDisbelief. Blizzard eventually addressed this in one of their [[WordOfGod Ask Creative Development]] sessions, saying that though new Forsaken are free-willed, many of them are raised in a frenzied and malleable state in which they can be easily manipulated into attacking their allies by the Forsaken. This effect is apparently only temporary and the new Forsaken do eventually get to make their own choice afterward.
** ''World of Warcraft'' caused a ''lot'' of FanBacklash based on [[CharacterDevelopment changes to their main characters]]. ''VideoGame/HeroesOfTheStorm'' (a MOBA game with a CrossOver between ''Warcraft'', ''Starcraft'', and ''Diablo'') was released featuring the more classic, iconic portrayal of the ''Warcraft'' main characters. And thus, Thrall is once again the Warchief with strong commitment for the Horde, Jaina is the idealistic mage that believes in peace on both Alliance and Horde, Sylvanas is disgusted by her undeath existence and focused on her revenge of the Lich King, while Malfurion is a ReasonableAuthorityFigure like in the RTS games, Tyrande is the practical, capable commander, Illidan is an antiheroic dangerous WildCard, and Kael'thas returns to putting his people's safety into his top priority. Blizzard gave a HandWave that these heroes are taken from certain timelines of the game so that they could use the portrayal of the characters that their fans see as the best instead of being stuck with the current timeline. The inversion of this occasion is Varian Wrynn, who's instead taken in his most recent incarnation, but since his earlier self was the one that caused backlash and [[RescuedFromTheScrappyHeap he gradually earned the fans' favor ever since]] [[spoiler:[[DyingMomentOfAwesome until his death]]]], the latter self is the more ideal self to pick.
** The release of ''Legion'' was a response to Wow's numbers dropping to numbers not seen since mid to early vanilla due to the severe lack of endgame content in ''Warlords of Dreanor''. In ''Leigion'', Blizzard revealed many, many features people have asked for. Demon Hunters, a class demanded for years? Check. Ashbringer, a weapon many players wanted to wield? It's yours. Emerald Dream, an area that has been anticipated in some form for quite some time? Not the theme of the expansion, but you'll be going in. Return of the fan favorite Illidan? Is his inclusion on the box art any hint? On top of that, many other additions are being added in direct response to ''Warlords of Dreanor'''s failures, including overwhelming endgame content and many improvements to dungeons to keep them relevant.
* ''VideoGame/ValkyriaChroniclesIII'': Fans criticized the Darcsen race from the first game; their background appeared based on European Jews persecuted during World War II, while the art style and cultural cues were more based on Japan. It appeared the game ''[[UnfortunateImplications replaced]]'' [[UnfortunateImplications the Jews with the Japanese]]. Shin Hyuga is introduced in ''III'', his mother comes from "somewhere in the Far East" while he is modeled to be Feudal Japanese in a mid-20th-centurish fantasy pastiche world. Shin's inclusion is most likely meant to help dissolve the Jew-Japan image by showing an expy-Japan.
* ''VideoGame/MassEffect'':
** The ending of ''VideoGame/MassEffect3'' had caused an InternetBackdraft of epic proportions. Official polls from Creator/BioWare showed that nearly 90% of fans hated the ending for various reasons. The outrage culminated in several campaigns aimed at getting [=BioWare=] to notice, including donating tens of thousands of dollars to [[Webcomic/PennyArcade Child's Play]]. Two weeks after the game's release, [=BioWare=] announced they'd be releasing an extended version of the endings to (hopefully) clear up everything that happened. Most fan complaints about the original ending were addressed, a couple {{Retcon}}s went a long way to mollifying the fanbase upset over the InferredHolocaust of the original ending (things aren't nearly as bad as FridgeHorror believed).
** The ''Citadel'' DLC to ''[=ME3=]'' addressed the biggest non-ending related complaint about the game, which was the absence of information for the surviving ''VideoGame/MassEffect2'' squad, particularly the love interests. While none of them figure into the main plot of the DLC, a slew of additional scenes were added with all of them.
* After Creator/MicrosoftStudios received a massive counterattack about several poorly received features on the new UsefulNotes/XboxOne, [[http://news.xbox.com/2013/06/update they released a statement]] detailing changes made for damage control, such as no universal DRM on used games and no required 24-hour internet checkup, even though it still needs an initial internet connection to set up.
* ''VideoGame/SuperRobotWars'':
** In ''VideoGame/SuperRobotWarsAdvance'', Axel Almer's personality as a protagonist is "lovable goof" while, if Lamia Loveless is chosen instead, Axel becomes a cool but efficient enemy leader and TheRival. When the ''Advance'' plotline was adapted into ''Original Generation 2'', Lamia was made the hero but Axel's Rival personality was {{Flanderiz|ation}}ed into a cold, vicious {{Jerkass}} willing to throw away the lives of his non-human subordinates. After fan complaints, the updated ''VideoGame/{{Super Robot Wars Original Generation}}s'' rewrote Axel as a NobleDemon, a character arc that carried through his appearances in ''VideoGame/EndlessFrontier'' and the AnimatedAdaptation of ''Original Generations'', climaxing with a full HeelFaceTurn in ''Original Generations the 2nd''.
** Despite a couple of grammatical hiccups here and there, the Asian release of ''VideoGame/SuperRobotWarsV'' contains a [[SurprisinglyGoodEnglish surprisingly good translation]] of just about the entire script, in contrast to the Asia version of ''[[VideoGame/SuperRobotWarsOriginalGeneration Super Robot Wars Original Generation: The Moon Dwellers]]'', which had [[SarcasmMode revolutions to the realm of translation]] such as [[BlindIdiotTranslation "crazy ghost-chan of rampage", "the same genders differences", and "Such words... even I could...!"]]. It's telling that Creator/BandaiNamcoEntertainment put more effort into improving their translating skills with localizing ''V'' after learning from some of their mistakes with ''The Moon Dwellers''.
* ''VideoGame/{{Pokemon}}'':
** ''VideoGame/PokemonXAndY'' created Mega Evolutions to power up Pokémon that were well-liked (particularly Charizard) but fans were complaining about because they were useless in competitive battle.
** ''VideoGame/PokemonDiamondAndPearl'' explicitly stated that Pokémon training is consensual for both parties, and that the reason Pokémon have to be weakened before capture is actually a SecretTestOfCharacter on the ''Pokémon's'' part, in order to prove that the trainer is worthy of them. This is damage control toward the accusations that the series glamorizes blood sports like cock and dogfighting.
** [[EnsembleDarkhorse/{{Pokemon}} Mewtwo]] was, for years, depicted as a [[OlympusMons god-like]] BloodKnight [[SingleSpecimenSpecies who is one of a kind]]. His depiction in ''[[Anime/PokemonTheFirstMovie Mewtwo Strikes Back]]'' in particular ''made'' Mewtwo in the eyes of many. So when ''[[Anime/PokemonGenesectAndTheLegendAwakened Genesect and the Legend Awakened]]'' featured a brand new Mewtwo who was [[LighterAndSofter softer and more feminine]] than the original... [[ReplacementScrappy was not received]] well. In the wake of this, official materials (such as the fourth ''VideoGame/SuperSmashBros'' game and the official Pokémon website) started to play up the BloodKnight persona used in the games and the first movie, while neglecting to reference the softer Mewtwo seen in ''Genesect''.
* ''VideoGame/DawnOfWar'':
** One of the reasons Soulstorm was so disliked was the legendarily bad performance by the {{Space Marine}}s commander Indrick Boreale. To the studio's credit, Relic Entertainment actually explored the results of Boreale's decisions based on those complaints. Come ''VideoGame/DawnOfWar2'', Cyrus [[MultipleEndings confirms]] that Boreale died in the previous game and cost the Chapter a large chunk of their manpower and the Chapter's recruiting worlds are being threatened from all sides. , In ''Chaos Rising'', Cyrus cites Boreale [[spoiler:if he's the traitor, believing that the Chapter is no longer worth obeying if it promotes complete idiots to important ranks]].
** When the trailer for ''Chaos Rising'' came out, it was widely speculated that one of the Chaos Space Marines in the trailer was Eliphas the Inheritor, the charismatic Chaos Lord from ''Dark Crusade''. Only problem was that Eliphas' ending cutscene in the game has him ripped apart by a daemon, specifically citing that he had no chance of redemption. So the creators transferred Eliphas to a new legion with a mission from Abaddon the Despoiler (the Warmaster of Chaos) himself just to include the character for fans.
* The [[UpdatedRerelease HD Remake]] of ''VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaTheWindWaker'' addressed two of the biggest complaints lobbied at the original game; the Triforce quest and sailing. For the former, the fetch quest was reduced to finding three shards in the ocean instead of the original eight while with the latter, a new sail was created the increased the speed of Link's boat without having to constantly change the wind direction.
* The "Burial at Sea" DLC for ''VideoGame/BioShockInfinite'' addresses a major complaint many had about the first game; namely that Daisy Fitzroy was depicted [[spoiler: [[HeWhoFightsMonsters as supposedly being just as evil as Comstock]], despite being a black freedom fighter trying to destroy a racist regime that oppresses and murders her people. The DLC serves to make her more sympathetic and {{retcon}}s the details of her death, making it into a HeroicSacrifice]].
* ''VideoGame/StarTrekOnline''
** Fans pointed out problems with the Hobus supernova (the one that destroyed Romulus in ''Film/StarTrek''), so several missions put you in contact with {{Non Player Character}}s who also said, "yeah, this doesn't make one damn bit of sense". An arc reveals [[spoiler:the supernova and its FTL blast wave were the result of a weapon deployed by Romulan Admiral (then Praetor) Taris at the behest of alien "dark masters", a.k.a. the Iconians[[note]]A counterpart arc in the Romulan Republic storyline has her claim that she didn't ''know'' it was a weapon, and that she was deceived by Hakeev, her science officer at the time.[[/note]]]]. This is a take-off from the new movie's prequel-comic ''Countdown''.
** Cryptic did it again after they introduced the Voth. While shooting dinosaurs "with freaking laser beams attached to their heads" was fun, it was controversial at best from a story standpoint (actual armored vehicles [[BoringButPractical would make a hell of a lot more sense]]). In Season 9, the Voth are defeated in the Dyson Sphere by the Undine, bringing back a popular but underused threat.
** Among the reasons the season 9 Undine lockbox ships were hated was the {{fanon}} idea that Undine ships were themselves intelligent beings,[[note]]The canon doesn't actually say anything one way or the other.[[/note]] which led to the theory that forcing them to now obey Feds, Klingons, and Romulans required MindRape. ''Delta Rising'''s first mission, "Mindscape", included a line from Tuvok that ''most'' Undine ships were in fact something like tools (Eric Cooper's command ship in the mission is an exception), no more sentient than a normal starship.
* ''Franchise/{{Neptunia}}'': By the original release of ''Victory'', the characters were all comically exaggerated to the point that half the fandom found them annoying, with [[BrokenBase everyone's opinion clashing with everyone else's]]. Idea Factory began rolling saving throws by going back to basics: the UpdatedRerelease Re;Birth series. ''VideoGame/HyperdimensionNeptuniaReBirth1'' uses a new plot and introduces characters with ''much'' more relatable personalities, ''VideoGame/HyperdimensionNeptuniaReBirth2'' tweaks the script considerably while maintaining the much-lauded new characters, and the third remake changed several plot events to not require the leads to be {{Jerkass}}es. Where unpleasant things had to happen, the characters agreed to get them over quickly [[MediumAwareness with obvious disdain for the recycled script they'd been given]]. Come ''VideoGame/MegadimensionNeptuniaVII'', the likable cast of characters is now hailed as one of its high points.
* When Koei added Naotora Ii to ''VideoGame/SamuraiWarriors Chronicle 2nd'' as a [[MsFanservice tall and shapely]] [[{{Moe}} but shy]] [[ApologisesALot and apologetic]] woman, fans were unimpressed that they chose one of the few women of the era who wielded genuine power to portray that way. ''4'' patched things up by showing that as shy as her manners were, she was still a competent politician, unflinching on the battlefield, and when she does set her mind on something, [[{{Determinator}} nothing stops her]].
* Leliana appears in all ''Franchise/DragonAge'' games even if she was killed in ''VideoGame/DragonAgeOrigins'', with [[UnexplainedRecovery no explanation]] for her survival except a suggestion from Leliana herself that the Maker had more plans for her. This inevitably led to jokes about how the [[PlotDevice Sacred Ashes]] can cure beheadings even when they've been desecrated. One DLC for ''VideoGame/DragonAgeInquisition'' offers an explanation that fits much better into the established lore. [[spoiler:[[DeadAllAlong Leliana wasn't brought back]]. A spirit, empowered by the [[GreenRocks lyrium]] surrounding the Ashes, broke through the Veil and [[DeadPersonImpersonation took Leliana's form]], picking up where she left off. For all intents and purposes, this spirit ''became'' Leliana. In world states where Leliana was killed, this neatly places her in the same category of characters as Cole, a Spirit of Compassion impersonating a young mage he was unable to save, and the Guardian of the Ashes, a spirit of unidentified virtue impersonating one of [[CrystalDragonJesus Andraste's]] most loyal followers.]]
* ''VideoGame/FireEmblemFates'' attracted controversy for the character of Soleil, who appears to be a bisexual woman who prefers women [[NoBisexuals but only has heterosexual romance options]]. In particular, the Male Avatar's support with her features him drugging her with a potion that causes her to perceive men as women and vice versa, then pursuing a relationship with her, an action many fans found worryingly close to [[CureYourGays corrective rape]]. Before the game even came out in the U.S., Nintendo of America issued a statement that this support would be extensively rewritten.
* ''VideoGame/BatmanArkhamKnight'':
** Originally, it didn't allow players to alternate characters in challenge maps like in the previous games. This caused a ton of negative feedback, and was addressed by the developers on twitter, where they announced that there would be two patches for the game; First would add combat character selection, and the second would add Predator character selection. The patches were released on October and November, respectively.
** Originally (even after the previous patch), there are no leaderboards for alternate characters, causing fan complaints. [[WordOfGod The response]] is the amount of maps with the amount of characters (40 x 8) would require a lot of work to merely compare points.
** Due to players complaining about the issues with the PC port, the devs offered all of the previous Arkham Games for free for those who bought Knight, and PC got the Community challenge pack (Community chosen challenge maps remastered from Asylum and City) before consoles got it.
* ''VideoGame/MinecraftStoryMode'':
** Creator/TelltaleGames got some heat for featuring only male Jesse in the marketing for the game, which implies the male character is the ''true'' mc/pc and causes female gamers to feel left out and underrepresented... so they fixed it in later advertisements that started to pop up around the release of episode 2, which featured individual commercials for both versions of Jesse, or showing both versions in the ''same'' commercials.
** The game was facing accusations that the game was too [[LighterAndSofter soft]] compared to other Telltale games, so several character deaths planned for episodes 3 & 4.
* ''VideoGame/{{Raiden}} III'' was [[TheyChangedItNowItSucks panned by many players for not including the iconic Bend Plasma]] (aka "Toothpaste Laser") that originated in ''Raiden II'', replacing it with the Photon Laser. It was put back in ''Raiden IV'', though with somewhat different behavior.
* The developers of ''VideoGame/{{Cytus}}'' attempted to address [[ItsEasySoItSucks the issue of lenient timing windows]] by introducing TP, an alternate scoring system that's less forgiving on mistakes and adds a harder-to-obtain variant of the Perfect judgement. The TP is explained in [[WordOfGod official social media and forum posts]], but [[GuideDangIt not in-game]] and the game does not show the breakdown between "color" Perfects (the harder variant) and "black" Perfects.
* ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyXIV'':
** Most of the fan base didn't like how the player character was left to do everything themselves while the major [=NPCs=] just ordered them around and rarely helped out. The ''Heavensward'' expansion pack remedied the problem by having the major characters take action more frequently and fight alongside the player much more often, making the characters feel like they are a part of the struggle rather than being glorified commanders.
** A major complaint players had was how their own characters were just nothing more than [[HeroicMime mute fighters that occasionally nodded]] and nothing else. ''Heavensward'' tackled the issue by having the player character emote more often and build personal bonds with certain characters while also giving the player more dialogue response prompts to flesh out their own characters.
* ''VideoGame/GuildWars2'': Many fans of the game expressed their hate of Traherne for [[SpotlightStealingSquad taking the spotlight from the player]] and [[CreatorsPet having the entirety of the Orr arc about him]]. In ''Heart of Thorns'', Traherne disappears completely until the very end where the player kills him.
* ''VideoGame/TalesOfZestiria'': The Japanese fanbase ''exploded'' over how Alisha, billed as a main character, was treated by the story and DemotedToExtra following a huge media campaign centred around her and being hyped as the game's heroine. Creators responded with the Alisha DLC, focusing on Alisha's story [[spoiler: after the end of the game]].
* Among the complaints of ''VideoGame/TheEvilWithin'' was how the game locked letterboxing throughout in gameplay which was very distracting to play (one of the first mods was removing it), as well as how difficult and unfair the game is in general, even on Casual difficulty. These were all resolved with a June 2015 patch - letterboxing was removed entirely on all platforms during gameplay but not cutscenes, and Casual Difficulty was made more merciful; Haunted are much less likely to revive once dropped, the odds of scoring critical headshots are higher, bomb disarming never increases in speed, and bosses are just as lethal as always, but take a lot less firepower to kill.
* ''VideoGame/TheTalosPrinciple'': Many changes in the ''Road to Gehenna'' DLC with regards to the main campaign.
** The sigil-based puzzles, widely considered to be ThatOnePuzzle. There are only two sigil puzzles in the whole DLC, and they're only required to access the secret ending, as opposed to the dozens of sigil puzzles in the main campaign, many of them required to complete the game.
** Many players viewed the puzzles involving recorders as confusing or hated that many of them required a lot of waiting (the latter worsened by the fast-forward button not being available in early versions of the game), with some of them even fearing to see the "play" symbol on the puzzle description, and many fan-made puzzles labeling themselves as "No recorders". The DLC only has two puzzles involving recorders (and neither involves the platform).
* ''VideoGame/StreetFighterIII'' was an infamous disappointment for Creator/{{Capcom}}, with one of the most frequently-cited reasons for its failure being that it ditched the majority of the fan favorite characters from ''VideoGame/StreetFighterII'' in favor of an almost entirely new cast. Capcom subsequently released a new game in the ''VideoGame/StreetFighterAlpha'' prequel series the following year, which featured most of the recognizable characters from ''Street Fighter II'', and later brought back Chun-Li and Akuma in ''Third Strike'', an UpdatedReRelease of ''III''. While a few of the better received characters from ''III'' have since reappeared in the newer games and the ''VideoGame/CapcomVsWhatever'' franchise (namely Ibuki, Dudley, Elena, Hugo, Makoto, Yun and Alex), the series has still largely maintained a focus on the characters everyone remembers from ''II''.
* In ''VideoGame/PaperMarioStickerStar'', [[BigBad the villainous Bowser]] has no dialogue. This wasn't a well-received change by fans; they felt his dialogue was a huge amount of what makes Bowser appealing in other Mario RPG games, so in ''VideoGame/MarioAndLuigiPaperJam'' and ''VideoGame/PaperMarioColorSplash'', he talks again.
* ''VideoGame/PaperMarioColorSplash'' made several saving throws after the criticism ''VideoGame/PaperMarioStickerStar'' received:
** ''Sticker Star'' was jeered relentlessly for most of its cast being more or less indistinct toads with the personality of... well, paper. For ''Color Splash'', while the issue wasn't fixed per-say, the writing was ''much'' sharper and sincerely funny, managing to give even the near identical toads distinctive personalities. There were also more non-Toad [=NPCs=] like FriendlyEnemy Bowser forces.
** ''Sticker Star'' had many generic environments, especially when compared to the areas of previous Mario RPG's. ''Color Splash'' brought back the more detailed levels and had them connect better than ''Sticker Star'' did.
** The battle system in ''Sticker Star'' was considered to be a waste of time and unrewarding due to the lack of experience and no reward other than coins (many of which were only gained if the battle was won without taking damage; something that is hard to do with most attacks without spending coins to let you use more stickers) and more stickers. ''Color Splash'' added ways to permanently increase the number of attacks used per turn without spending coins and had some cards that let you use multiple attacks with a single card making it much easier to win battles quickly. Hammer Points where also added as a kind of experience system.
** The Thing system was overhauled. In ''Sticker Star'', being able to use a Thing required you to backtrack and turn the Thing into a sticker; additionally the system was a total GuideDangIt, especially for bosses. ''Color Splash'' overhauled the system so that Things were automatically turned into cards when you got them and added a hint system to tell you what Thing was needed next (though it will not tell you if multiple Things are needed on two separate things in the same level, but that is still better than ''Sticker Star'').
** Bosses were considered [[AntiClimaxBoss anticlimactic]] in ''Sticker Star'' due to the battles being a case of using the appropriate Thing at the appropriate time and watching the HP lower to the point that one attack will finish them off. ''Color Splash'' has some bosses that do not need a Thing to get defeated; for those that do, the Thing is used to stop a particular attack or make the boss vulnerable to other attacks meaning they still put up a fight.
* {{Creator/Capcom}} had received flack from fans for neglecting the ''Franchise/MegaMan'' video game franchise following the cancellation of several games (including the highly-demanded ''Mega Man Legends 3''), as well as the character's exclusion from ''VideoGame/MarvelVsCapcom3'', and the decision to include [[FightingClown Bad Box Art Mega Man]] as a JokeCharacter in ''VideoGame/StreetFighterXTekken''. Creator/KeijiInafune's departure from the company further fueled the flames. So when ''VideoGame/MarvelVsCapcomInfinite'' was announced, VideoGame/MegaManX is the ''very first'' character to be featured in the debut teaser trailer.
* Though ''VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaBreathOfTheWild'' did receive a lot of high praise for its gameplay and dense open world, one of its most commonly cited flaws was that it suffers from noticeable framerate problems, an issue usually uncommon in first party Nintendo releases. In late March of 2017 Nintendo released the 1.1.1 update which fixed the vast majority of the issues, making the framerate much smoother.
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* ''Webcomic/CollegeRoomiesFromHell'': early on in the comic, Maritza chose to kill off Dave, but there was such an outrage among the fans that she decided to [[BackFromTheDead bring him back]].
* ''Webcomic/{{Sinfest}}'':
** When [[{{Gynoid}} Maverick]] pulled a gun on Slick and threatened him, the author had a scene a few strips later where another character picks up the gun and mention "it wasn't loaded". The fans pointed out that it wasn't clear whether Maverick actually knew that, so the author posted a flashback of her unloading the gun to hammer the point home.
** September 2016 has an arc involving a hacked payment processing machine at a brothel, "fining" cheap patrons and announcing their purchase history was now posted on the Internet. Fans felt this may be "too extreme", so it was soon retconned into "random messages" inserted into the payment program.
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* The ''WebVideo/TheNostalgiaChick'' team were getting a lot of flack over the "Nella abuse", which FanDumb took way too seriously and thought it was happening in real life. So Lindsay made a "Thanks For Your Feedback", detailing that the Nostalgia Chick had sinfully low self-esteem and was paying Nella to make her look better. This seems to have also influenced "the [[SuperpoweredEvilSide Dark Nella]] Saga," where the [[PowersViaPossession evil entity possessing Nella]] gets revenge on the Chick for all the hell she put her through. (Note that the "Nella abuse" has pretty much stopped since the Saga ended.)
* ''WebVideo/AtopTheFourthWall'': Fans claimed The Entity storyline from "Pokémon: Manga/TheElectricTaleOfPikachu" didn't explain [[spoiler: why [[GlitchCharacter Missingno]] was afraid of Lord Vyce, when it was built it up as an unstoppable universe-devouring Lovecraftian demon.]] So the writer Lewis Lovhaug explained in the commentary that [[spoiler: Vyce's attacks were able to hurt it but not kill it, at least according to Missingno, and it found getting rid of him to be enough of an inconvenience that it hid in our world so Linkara would defeat Vyce. Lewis also comments that Vyce not being able to kill it was only claimed by Missingno, who [[AGodAmI is full of itself even for a god]]]].
* ''Website/TheOnion'' attracted a bit of controversy in February 2016 when it published an uncharacteristically charitable article about UsefulNotes/HillaryRodhamClinton ([[http://www.theonion.com/article/female-presidential-candidate-who-was-united-state-52367 "Female Presidential Candidate Who Was United States Senator, Secretary Of State Told To Be More Inspiring"]]) shortly after the website was bought by Univision chairman [[Creator/SabanEntertainment Haim Saban]], one of Clinton's most prominent financial backers. Several readers accused the website of "selling out", implying that their new owner had pressured the writers into making the Clintons look good--particularly since they had [[http://www.theonion.com/article/hillary-clinton-to-nation-do-not-fuck-this-up-for--38416 previously]] [[http://www.theonion.com/blogpost/i-am-fun-51731 written]] [[http://www.theonion.com/article/retreating-clinton-campaign-torches-iowa-town-slow-52261 several]] articles openly mocking her and her bitter rivalry with Bernie Sanders. Shortly after, the writers showed that they were quite aware of the criticism, and [[http://www.theonion.com/article/clinton-tosses-unpledged-superdelegate-trunk-car-52461 went]] [[http://www.theonion.com/article/hillary-clinton-issues-single-word-victory-speech--52456 right]] [[http://www.theonion.com/article/clinton-throws-flash-grenade-divert-attention-ques-52499 back]] to unabashedly thumbing their noses at Clinton with several better-received articles, showing that they were still equal-opportunity satirists committed to making fun of '''everyone'''.
* DeviantART reviewer The Media Man ruffled a lot of feathers in the "Boys of Bummer" entry of his [[http://mixedfan8643.deviantart.com/art/The-Media-Man-Top-11-WORST-Simpsons-Episodes-430646493 Top 10 Worst Simpsons Episode List]], where he said Bart deserved what he went through in that episode. In response, he later rewrote his list to make it less controversial.
* Enforced by ''WebOriginal/TheAngryVideoGameNerd'' in his Ikari Warriors review ressurrects Kyle Justin to help him play the game, who berates him for only bringing him around because AVGN needs a favor (as the iconic Theme Song by Kyle hadn't been used in quite a while). This exchange occurs:
--> '''Kyle:''' I'm not helping you! Besides, you never play my theme song anymore.
--> '''Nerd:''' Yeah... the theme song... I thought people were getting tired of that.
--> '''Kyle:''' You thought wrong.
--> '''Nerd:''' Yeah. ([[FourthWallBreaking Looks right at camera]]) I know.
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