Author's Saving Throw
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"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 The Clone Saga

Changes to a story are an aversion to Status Quo Is God, and such changes are a necessary part of Character Development and Plot Twists. What makes such changes unusual are when the creators add them to a story based on what they've heard from their audience.

Even writers without Direct Demographic capabilities usually gain some form of access to the fandom that has spawned around their creation. They may find out that a Shocking Swerve 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 Shout-Out to the fans.

Named for a common Tabletop Game term originating in Dungeons & Dragons; a "saving throw" is a die roll representing, say, a hero's attempt to catch themselves when falling off a cliff, or the Deadpan Snarker's attempt to resist the urge to taunt Cthulhu.


Examples:

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     Anime & Manga  
  • Many City Hunter fans were angered when they learned that Ryo Saeba's partner, Kaori Makimura, was killed off in its sequel Angel Heart. Because of this, Tsukasa Hojo, the author of both titles, went on to proclaim that Angel Heart was not actually a City Hunter sequel, but a spin-off set in an Alternate Universe featuring most of the same characters.
  • Naruto:
    • Many fans found it odd that Naruto never talked to Hinata about how she confessed her love for him. The Last: Naruto the Movie, an interquel between the last two chapters of the manga, reveals Naruto does not understand the concept of romantic love, thinking that Hinata's love for him was like his love of ramen.
    • Fans claimed Sasuke was a ridiculously Easily Forgiven Karma Houdini, so episode 479 of the anime added a shot of Sasuke sitting in prison while blindfolded and heavily restrained, while Kakashi jumps through hoops to try getting him released.
  • Many fans had started to disapprove of the incredible over-the-top antics and Monster of the Week aspects of Tenchi in Tokyo, especially since all signs pointed to it being a sequel to Tenchi Universe (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.
  • 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).
  • Fairy Tail: The Tartarus arc contained the following saving throws:
  • Pokémon:
  • In One Piece, the Dressrosa arc was 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 the Stardust Crusaders arc of JoJo's Bizarre Adventure, Avdol was initially supposed to remain dead, and Hol Horse would have betrayed Dio to join the lead characters in their fight against him. Fans were so upset by this development that Araki brought him back on extremely shaky premises.
  • In Saki, one criticism of the Side A 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.

     Comic Books 
  • Power Girl: When Power Girl's Atlantean origin was revealed, fan reaction was mostly negative. Therefore, issues of JSA: Classified and Infinite Crisis subverted the reveal, and restored her origins as a Kryptonian and survivor of Earth-Two.
  • She-Hulk:
    • While Dan Slott was in charge, he made a saving throw for another comic title, The Punisher. 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 the Juggernaut while also serving as his defense attorneynote , 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 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 to the who claimed she was the one who slept with the Juggernaut.
    • 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 Marvel Universe 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.
  • Spider-Man
    • During The Clone Saga, it was stated that new character 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.
    • One Moment in Time attempts to address the issues that arose out of the extremely controversial One More Day.
  • Green Lantern:
    • Hal went Ax-Crazy after the destruction of his city becoming the villain Parallax. Some fans were not happy, seeing it as a Bridge Drop in favor of the Younger and Hipper Kyle Rayner. Geoff Johns eventually retconned 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 Brainwashed and Crazy. 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 Precocious Crush on Hal, which later resulted in a story where she used her ring to age herself up so that she could enter a relationship with him. Fans found the whole thing kind of Squicky, 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 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.
  • Batman:
    • The editorially influenced attempt to recreate Batgirl III/Cassandra Cain (from Batgirl 2000) as Robin's erudite Dark Action Girl 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 was feeding her mind-control drugs, really.
    • An issue of Robin smoothed the controversial ill-treatment of Stephanie's treatment 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. 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, 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 Gail Simone's 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 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 the Dark Age 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 Darker and Edgier 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.
  • Black Panther: Jack Kirby'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 Out of Character to boot. This was eventually resolved in a storyline from Marvel Premier, where it was revealed that T'Challa had been suffering from severe Laser-Guided Amnesia for most of Kirby's run.
  • An issue of New Avengers drew some Internet Backdraft over a scene where Hawkeye had sex with an amnesiac Scarlet Witch, which some fans argued constituted rape. The Children's Crusade retconned this out by revealing the Scarlet Witch Hawkeye slept with was Actually a Doombot. Ironically, Hawkeye is now the one who had been raped.
  • Monica Rambeau: A number of fans criticized Greg Land's redesign of Monica for Mighty Avengers, especially black fans who disliked Monica suddenly having straight, European-style hair. Al Ewing 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 Badass Long Coat.
  • 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 waved off all of the previous origins as dementia caused by Kryptonite poisoning and gave her back the classic Silver Age Origin Story, and Supergirl #34 had her finally take a Secret Identity (Linda Lang. Cute, DC Comics, very cute).
  • The Punisher: After many fans hated The Punisher: Purgatory turning Frank into a supernatural force with divine powers, Welcome Back, Frank changed it back to Frank being a human, criminal-hunting anti-hero.
  • The Atom:
    • 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 New 52, the Ryan Choi Atom was announced as joining the Justice League, 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 and secretly an evil spy from another dimension. Fans grumbled about the lack of a heroic Atom, so when DC's next reboot rolled around with DC Rebirth, Ryan Choi appeared in DC Rebirth #1 heading out to rescue Ray Palmer. Fans rejoiced again.
  • The controversial mini-series Justice League: Cry for Justice 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 has been 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.
  • Justice League of America: 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 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 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 Big Good 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 Encyclopedia Mythologica, which states that the limits of power possessed by Brahma, Vishnu, and Shiva are completely unknown.
  • A Spider-Man oneshot featured the apparent death of Sabra, an Israeli superheroine, by being ignominiously shot In the Back by Crossbones. Fans were upset at the fact that Sabra is a Nigh Invulnerable 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 Twitter and confirm he'd just grazed her. Whether this was intended the entire time or an example of I Meant to Do That is debatable, but she's since reappeared without a scratch on her.
  • Journey into Mystery: To appease fans of Norse Mythology, Kieron Gillen rewrote the character of Loki, reborn following his death in Siege. The new Loki is a well meaning-if-occasionally trouble-making Guile Hero, much closer to the traditional mythology.
  • Following Avengers vs. X-Men, fans pointed out plot holes and Fridge Logic 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 New 52:
    • Harley Quinn: 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 Electrified Bathtub Bath Suicide. This sparked Internet Backdraft 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 Riding the Bomb instead.
    • DC attempted to give a number of female characters that had their own comics more modest, practical costumes as part of the reboot, annoying a number of fans in the process. Power Girl, Zatanna, and Black Canary characters all ditched their new suits in favor of costumes much closer to their classic designs.
    • For the Huntress series, DC brought back the original, 70's-era Huntress, Helena Wayne, but in the process Dropped A Bridge On Helena Bertinelli, her successor. The fans divided in a Broken Base over the incident. Then, following the events of Forever Evil, DC revealed that Helena Bertinelli was in fact alive, and that she'd be a major character in the Grayson series.
    • The first issue of Red Hood and the Outlaws showed Starfire as amnesiac and unable to remember individual humans' faces, which made the fact that she then slept with Roy Harper 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 barely any clothing. Writers tried showing that this was 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 Lighter and Softer solo series, as well as a more modest costume (more or less the same as Teen Titans with hotpants instead of a skirt).
    • After the complaints about the Teen Titans relaunch disrespecting the vast history of the franchise by establishing Tim Drake's team as the first ever group of Titans, the Titans Hunt mini-series established that a prior team resembling the original Silver Age Teen Titans did indeed predate the modern group.
    • DC Rebirth was a Saving Throw for the New 52 era as a whole. The New 52 had alienated some longtime fans by embracing being Darker and Edgier and by wiping away beloved Legacy Characters and relationships in the interest of starting from scratch. Rebirth began to reintroduce several missing elements starting with Wally West, the second Flash, and openly stated that it intended to move toward the brighter side of the Sliding Scale of Idealism vs. Cynicism. The New 52 changes were even blamed on a Reality Warper, Dr. Manhattan from Watchmen, metatextually saying that the problem was writers trying to mimic his comic of origin too much, as many others had in The Dark Age of Comic Books.
  • The Avengers issue #200 became infamous because the story has Ms. Marvel 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 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. Chris Claremont later wrote Carol's return, whereupon she gives a What the Hell, Hero? speech to the Avengers for letting her go with Marcus when he was controlling her mind.
  • Way back in the '70s, The Falcon character 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 Split Personality 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.
  • Captain America: When Bucky Barnes first appeared, he was clearly a child, but Kid Sidekicks gradually fell out of favor in the ensuing decades. Ed Brubaker 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.

    Fanfic 
  • Nobody Dies 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 retcon almost the entire season into being a shared dream.
  • Readers of the Poké Wars story, "The Subsistence" were baffled by Dawn's sudden prowess with guns, and most complained that it was an Ass Pull. Then Cornova wrote "The Incipience" and did some minor rewriting which better explained Dawn's sudden gain of Improbable Aiming Skills.
  • The Pretty Cure fan fic, Twilight Pretty Cure got significant backlash over the 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 Dumbledore's Army and the Year of Darkness 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.
  • Aftermath of the Games was hit with a Broken Base over Twilight Ret Goneing the villainous Starlight Glimmer by adopting her younger self and taking her away to the future. The sequel, Integration, addressed some concerns the fans had by using an interlude chapter to flashback to the event in question, which demonstrated that 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 she had purposely murdered the original Starlight, which meant she felt undeserving to be filly Starlight's adoptive mom and is is fully aware of the possible ramifications of altering the timeline.

    Films — Animated 

    Films — Live-Action 
  • Cinderella (2015) makes a few alterations in response to criticisms of Disney's original film (Each human is a Flat Character, the search was poorly executed, the stepmother got away, etc.) . For example, Ella and the Prince have more of a personality now, he has an actual name, he and Ella meet each other well before the ball, the Prince's hidden presence in the search party ensures that Cinderella is found, and Lady Tremaine and her daughters are actually punished in the end.
  • In The Divergent Series: Insurgent, Tris had her hair cut into a pixie cut, changed from the chin-length haircut of the booksnote , prompting complaints. So The Divergent Series: Allegiant has her hair back at chin-length.
  • Marvel Cinematic Universe
    • Iron Man: The Mark VI's (of Iron Man 2) triangular arc reactor wasn't very well received, thus The Avengers (2012) restored the armor to a circular chestplate, and the triangle within the arc reactor itself was dimmed so it looked shaped like a circle again.
    • The Avengers:
      • The film received criticism for neglecting Rhodes (from War Machine), so the comic prequel to Iron Man 3 ended up explaining where he was, and Avengers: Age of Ultron gave him a truly epic Big Damn Heroes moment at the end.
      • Many fans and critics disliked the new costume for Captain America, so the outfit was completely ditched in Captain America: The Winter Soldier, where Cap spends a good chunk of the first act in a new, darker stealth suit, then dons a replica of his better-received costume from Captain America: The First Avenger during the climax.
      • The movie got a little flak from fans (and Chris Evans) for its portrayal of Captain America as underpowered or dull to watch compared to the other heroes. Captain America: The Winter Soldier and Avengers: Age of Ultron therefore show him doing things like throwing motorcycles effortlessly into a truck full of mooks.
      • Fans complained Hawkeye spent over half of the film brainwashed, and had little time to showcase his personality or interact with the team. Avengers: Age of Ultron addresses this by giving Clint some background, a large part of the emotional story, and some great one-liners.
      • There was some criticism about the Avengers consisting entirely of white people and having only one female member. The new line-up at the end of Avengers: Age of Ultron has two black men and two white women, with Captain America being the only remaining white male on the team.
    • Avengers: Age of Ultron:
      • The film was criticized over opening the movie with Tony back in the Iron Man armor with no explanation, even though Iron Man 3 ended with Tony destroying his suits and vowing to spend more time with Pepper. This is explicitly referenced in Captain America: Civil War, with Tony saying that he was unable to remain retired after the events of Iron Man 3 because of his Chronic Hero Syndrome. More significantly, it's revealed that Pepper broke up with him because of his inability to keep his promise to her.
      • Fans disliked the slimmer and more streamlined suit War Machine wore. His new armor in Civil War is essentially an amalgamation of the two previous War Machines, combining the more advanced look of the Age of Ultron suit with the bulkier and more heavily armed look of the Iron Man 2 suit.
    • Thor:
      • Though the first movie was well-received (although not quite as acclaimed as Marvel's films usually are), both it and its sequel were criticized over the amount of time spent on Earth, as well as the human characters like Jane getting more focus and screen time than most of the Asgardians. Additionally, Jane's romance with Thor proved to be divisive, with many people thinking it was very rushed and hard to believe. One of the first details released about Thor: Ragnarok was that very little of the movie would take place on Earth, and that Jane and her buddies were being Put on a Bus.
      • It's a common joke that Thor is one of the least interesting characters in his own movies, often being overshadowed by Loki or the other Avengers during team-ups. Director Taika Waititi has said that a lot of effort went into making sure Thor has an interesting arc in Ragnarok, and that he actually gets to be the badass his fans know he can be.
    • A recurring complaint in MCU films is that the villains tend to be Flat Characters. The writers of Doctor Strange took this to heart, and while the film's villain Kaecilius remained fairly one-dimensional, focus was instead placed on Mordo with the goal of making him a more nuanced villain in future films.
  • DC Extended Universe:
    • One major criticism of Man of Steel was that Superman doesn't even try to protect civilians during his fight with Zod or lure him out of Metropolis, so that some untold number die in the city-destroying battle. Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice quickly establishes this as the main genesis of Batman's fury at him, showing us Bruce Wayne's attempts to save helpless civilians in the middle of the disaster. Furthermore, during the climax we're repeatedly told that the areas of the battle is deserted...somehow, despite taking place over two major cities.
    • Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice ended up being savaged by critics for a number of reasons, with the most consistent complaints being that it was too dark and too convoluted. The follow-up, Justice League, is said to be Lighter and Softer and much more straightforward, playing to Zack Snyder's strengths as an action director. This was enforced by a sizzle reel DC released to promote the film, which showed much more humor than Dawn of Justice, as well as the Justice League members being likable and heroic rather than angsty and vicious. WB has been so adamant on enforcing the view that Justice League will be a course correction that they actually gave journalists an unprecedented tour of the set just to show off how different it'd be from Dawn of Justice.
  • Sikh groups and a number of fans in general criticized Star Trek Into Darkness for Whitewashing Khan by casting a white Brit to play him. The prequel comic (published months after the movie was released) attempted to try and fix this a bit by explaining that Admiral Marcus subjected Khan to Magic Plastic Surgery to hide his identity, but he was still an Indian Sikh by birth.
  • Jurassic World:
    • A major complaint of the third movie was how the T. rex was rather easily beaten by the Spinosaurus in a rather blatant example of The Worf Effect. This movie firmly re-establishes the T. rex as the dominant dinosaur. This film has the T. rex smash through a Spinosaurus skeleton on display on her way to confront the I. rex. Despite the I. rex being built up as more dangerous, intelligent, powerful, and sadistic, it's Rexie who ultimately comes out on top. Sure the I. rex kicks her ass at first, but unlike the Spinosaurus, the Indominus has properly established as essentially a Super Velociraptor rex. So the beatdown made sense. Plus, it allowed for the Velociraptor and T. rex team up to take down the I. rex.
    • Hasbro took some heat when the toys were first minted and sold in stores because the box descriptions used male pronouns despite the film making clear that the dinosaurs are still being bred to all be female. They didn't take long to correct the mistake on future printings.
  • Several examples in X-Men: Days of Future Past.
    • Magneto's helmet, while still recolored red from its natural silver color, is a lot darker and a lot less goofy-looking than what he wore at the end of First Class. It applies to the rest of his costume too. Given that everyone laughed their asses off at his costume back then, it's pretty obvious why the change was made.
    • Given how poorly X-Men: The Last Stand and X-Men Origins: Wolverine were received by fans and critics alike, the end of the movie retconned them out of existence. Previously, Origins itself was subject to a retcon courtesy of The Wolverine, altering all but a few details.
    • X-Men and X2: X-Men United were much better received, but for ages people have complained about how Wolverine tended to steal the spotlight from the other X-Men, most notably the actual team leader Cyclops. Though he's a major player in this film, he certainly doesn't hog the spotlight nearly as much, as much of the ensemble (Professor X and Mystique especially) get a greater degree of screentime. The events of those films may have still happened but only in Broad Strokes, as the Cosmic Retcon of the movie more or less leaves the revised future a blank slate. This has given the other X-Men their chance to shine in future films, including Cyclops as his death in The Last Stand was undone.
    • Since the very first movie, fans have complained about the X-Men only wearing black leather uniforms instead of colorful costumes like in the comics. At the end of X-Men: Apocalypse, the X-Men finally don their colorful uniforms from the comics.
  • The Purge is a horror/thriller which details a suburban American family's struggle to survive the titular event, which is basically an annual government-sanctioned crime spree, purportedly to give the people a chance to act out their violent urges and keep crime down. The result is a home invasion flick with a flimsy Hand Wave explaining away why the family can't just call the cops. After a year of various people snarking at the idea, the sequel, The Purge: Anarchy, attempts to remedy things by revealing that the Purge is simply a scheme by the corrupt ruling oligarchy to terrorise and murder working-class people for fun and profit. The vast majority of citizens hide from the Purge rather than participate in it, so state-sanctioned death squads roam around massacring people to keep up the statistics, and of course, the rich and powerful are completely safe from the Purge and its consequences. The sequel follows a Working Class Anti-Hero protagonist protecting a bunch of people caught up in the Purge and way in over their heads from government death squads. This simultaneously addresses the first film's copious Fridge Logic while tying it all up with a nice political satire and anti-establishment message.

    Literature 
  • Legend says that Stesichorus (a Greek poet, who lived in the 7-6th centuries BCE) was struck with blindness after he wrote his original poem, in which the author bashed Helen for causing The Trojan War. He recants it by telling a new story (Palinode, which also cures him). The new version implausibly claims that the real Helen had spent the whole duration of the war in Egypt, and the Helen who went to Troy was just a duplicate made out of clouds. Euripides used a version of this story in his Helen. The palinode became a recognized literary form, in which a poet writes a second poem to disavow an earlier one.
  • Euripides, wrote two versions of the story of Hippolytus. Only the 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 Sherlock Holmes 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 big sacks of cash) he retconned the event, allowing the detective to defeat the Big Bad and survive.
  • The Magic: The Gathering novel Scourge had the Big Bad, Karona, gather five powerful beings representing the colors of magic, namely Multani, Teferi, Fiers, Llowalyn, and Yawgmoth, revealing that Yawgmoth (the Big Bad of the Weatherlight Saga), who was dramatically killed, 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 Great Expectations, Charles Dickens wrote a new Earn Your Happy Ending ending for when the original Bittersweet Ending wasn't well received by fans.
  • Star Wars Legends:
    • The franchise has been up to its elbows in these. First the controversial New Jedi Order books introduced 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 Dark Nest Trilogy and Legacy of the Force in response, which had Jacen Solo (Vergere's main pupil) become a Knight Templar and fall to The Dark Side as a result of her teachings. Problem was, many fans felt bothered with Jacen's fall, so the current Fate of the Jedi series is retconning 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.
    • Karen Traviss's Republic Commando Series has been very 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 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 on the whole series focus.
  • A Karen Traviss example: Her first Halo book, Halo: Glasslands, was despised by the fandom for demonizing the scientist Catherine Halsey while portraying her rival Admiral Parangosky as a model of honesty. In reality, both of them have committed plenty of unethical acts to defeat both the Insurrection and Covenant. Thus, in her second book Halo: The Thursday War, Parangosky was now depicted as more sinister and ruthless (willing to 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 the death of her daughter Miranda Keyes.
  • In-universe, and somewhat more literal, example in the fifth Captain Underpants book (sorry, EPIC NOVEL), Captain Underpants and the Wrath of the Wicked Wedgie Woman. Ms. Ribble (who, via a screwed-up hypnosis sessionapparently the Hypno-ring George and Harold used works in reverse on women — turned into Wedgie Woman) sprays 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... it worked.
  • Honor Harrington: 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 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 Old Man's War series, John Scalzi reveals in the afterword of Zoe's Tale that he decided to do a Perspective Flip 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 Deus ex Machina had a good point. He also took the opportunity to provide more closure to the werewolf storyline.
  • Harry Potter
    • Many fans complained that, since catching the Golden Snitch 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 Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire 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 more disliked elements of the series was the idea of sending Harry to live with the Dursleys. Even if they didn't know the Dursleys would turn cartoonishly abusive towards Harry, they 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. Come Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix, we find out that Harry's Crazy Cat Lady next door neighbor was actually Dumbledore's agent, sent to make sure Harry was safe. Then, Dumbledore reveals the REAL reason he was sent to the Dursleys: Thanks to Lily's Heroic Sacrifice enchantment, as long as Harry was under the guardianship of her family (in this case, Lily's older sister, Petunia Dursley), he had protection away from Hogwarts from the Death Eaters. Later, Dumbledore apologizes to Harry for putting him through that and admits that he turned out to be a far better person than he had a right to expect, under the circumstances.

    Live-Action TV 
  • In Buffy the Vampire Slayer'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. Joss Whedon 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 Angel episode "The Girl In Question" was reviled by the fans for many reasons but mostly because Buffy was revealed to be dating an 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.
  • Power Rangers
  • Kamen Rider:
  • A month after the Prison Break Season 3 finale, it was announced that, in part due to fan reaction, it wasn't Sara Tancredi's head in the box, and she'll be back next season. The other big part of the decision was the fact that 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 Bones, 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.
  • Doctor Who:
    • The Doctor Who 1996 TV movie included a scene in which the Doctor says that he is half-human; this was widely disliked and subject to Fanon Discontinuity. To ameliorate this, without upsetting the fans who enjoy this interpretation (The Eighth Doctor Adventures doubled down on making him half-human), 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 Ashildr/Me ask the Doctor if he's half-human (it has to do with 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 "The Impossible Planet"/"The Satan Pit", the Happiness in Slavery 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 "Planet of the Ood"" story returned to the same setting and revealed that the slave Ood were only happy 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... shut it.
    • There are some fans who have shown distaste for the Cybus Cybermen from "Rise of the Cybermen"/"The Age of Steel". When "The Pandorica Opens" aired, the Mondasian Cybermen make their return (Steven Moffat confirmed that these were the Mondas Cybermen; they just didn't have the budget to change the costume.)
    • The Daleks got a multicolored upgrade in "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 Narm Charm 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. The "New Dalek Paradigm" is apparently still around, but they're taking a backseat to their bronze immediate predecessor models.
  • Lost: The producers originally intended for Paolo and Nikki to be major characters. After a fan revolt, they changed their plans by not only killing off the characters, but doing so in an incredibly sadistic way.
  • 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 Street Fighter: The Legend of Chun-Li, 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 Plot Hole of Lana somehow getting her hands on a video camera right after waking up.
  • In the seventh season finale of 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 Abuser 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. YMMV if this makes things that much better, mind you.
  • For the first three seasons of Star Trek: Enterprise, 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 Myth Arc involving a "Temporal Cold War" which soon fell prey to The Chris Carter Effect, as well as for depicting the Vulcans as a race of hypocritical Jerkasses. 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 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 The Mentalist, Jane kills Red John and sits peacefully waiting to be arrested. In the first episode of Season 4, it turns out that that wasn't Red John and he's found not guilty in a spectacular example of Hollywood Law, so the series can continue as before.
  • 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 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 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 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 Tensou Sentai Goseiger and Samurai Sentai Shinkenger, we're given the first cameo appearance of the Kaizoku Sentai Gokaiger, 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 Mirai Sentai Timeranger 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. Not that anyone is complaining.
  • Once Upon a Time: Season 5 fixed many problems fans had with earlier seasons. It fixed Rumple, Snow and Charming's characters after Season 4 did some character assassination to them, kept the focus on the main cast and stopped the new characters been a Spotlight-Stealing Squad as fans had been complaining about in previous seasons, fixed some plot holes, and made Belle more than just Rumplestiltskin's Satellite Love Interest. It also acknowledged that Rumple and Belle's relationship had turned toxic and become a Yo Yo Plot Point. The finale threw the biggest though; after years of Regina been seen as an Unintentionally Unsympathetic Karma Houdini 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 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 Community episode "Repilot" dismisses the entirety of the widely-hated Season 4 (the only season not overseen by Dan Harmon) by claiming that the school had suffered a massive gas leak, explaining everyone's inconsistent and decidedly Out of Character behavior.
  • 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.
  • Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.:
    • The first few episodes were heavily attacked by Marvel fans for mostly using Canon Foreigner characters instead of actual Marvel heroes and villains, as well as the use of Red Skies Crossovers with other MCU properties (Thor: The Dark World 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 Captain America: The Winter Soldier. 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 Canon Character All Along.
    • Fans of the MCU would decry the franchise for taking heroic comics characters like Sitwell and making them HYDRA agents. Season 2 reveals that some HYDRA agents actually were loyal SHIELD agents who were brainwashed into becoming evil.
  • Arrow drew a lot of Internet Backdraft over killing off Sara Lance, which a lot of people saw as a Fridging mixed with a healthy dose of Bury Your Gays. Sara was later resurrected and made into one of the leads in the Spin-Off, Legends of Tomorrow.

    Music 
  • Alanis Morissette is often criticized for her song "Ironic", because of its highly colloquial and technically incorrect use of the word in the title (her definition is more akin to a Cruel Twist Ending). Her Parody Retcon response? The song itself is ironic.
  • Shostakovich's Fifth Symphony (the radical innovations in his earlier work had incurred the wrath of Josef Stalin, so this was really a saving throw on Shostakovich's life.)
  • Record Producer Ross Robinson started producing a bunch of Post-Hardcore artists seemingly as an apology for his hand in the rise of several Nu Metal bands. Post-Hardcore albums he produced include At the Drive-In's Relationship of Command (2000), Glassjaw's Everything You Ever Wanted to Know About Silence (2000) and Worship and Tribute (2002), and The Blood Brothers' ...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.
  • David Bowie expressed regret for his comments in interviews during the Thin White Duke era, during which he occasionally expressed sympathy with fascism (due, it's generally accepted, to getting Lost in Character 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 Scary Monsters (and Super Creeps) 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 Diamond Dogs, which started out life as a musical adaptation of George Orwell's Nineteen Eighty-Four, and still had several songs referencing the book even after Orwell's estate refused him the permission to use the work).

    Professional Wrestling 
  • Daniel Bryan was supposed to have fallen over the Despair Event Horizon after the Authority's constant screwing leading up to a gauntlet match against the members of The Wyatt Family. Bryan then joined their team, changing his outfit. Said outfit was a plain sleeveless jumpsuit that made him look like '90s throwback, and called himself Duke "The Dumpster" Droese, wrestling garbage collector, but he didn't act all that different than before. The fanbase did not buy into Bryan's "motivation", and every crowd he wrestled in front of absolutely refused to boo him. So two weeks later, he and Bray Wyatt are in a steel cage match against The Usos. Once the Usos win, Bray attempts to discipline Bryan and, in a fit of Bullying a Dragon (heh) goads him into fighting back. Which he does, kicking Bray Wyatt up and down the ring...to thunderous "YES!" chants.
  • Fans thought Bryan would be in the 2015 Royal Rumble. 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 Brock Lesnar defeated the Undertaker and broke the streak and nearly caused Darkness-Induced Audience Apathy, Bryan's victory was all but assured.
  • Fan reaction was so bad to Roman Reigns' win of the 2015 Royal Rumble that not even 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 The Big Show. 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 WrestleMania all of his potential as a top baby face would be utterly destroyed, they had Seth Rollins cash in during the main event and leave with the title instead.
  • Survivor Series 2015 had 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 — since all the heat went to the company, primarily Vince McMahon. 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 rampage, attacking three members of the League of Nations with chairs shots before The Authority and the referees came out to stop him.
  • 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 X-Pac Heat than ever before. Not helping things was the return of Seth Rollins from his Game-Breaking Injury, 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 Money in the Bank 2016, where Seth gave Roman the clean comeuppance fans believed he deserved, Dean Ambrose (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 Arch-Enemy, and also booking the long-awaited Shield triple threat the next night for the following PPV. The next day, Roman was suspended.

    Tabletop Games 
  • Samuel Haight from the Old World of Darkness was a Creator's Pet that quickly became The Scrappy, until the creators finally clued into the fact that everybody hated him and killed him off, after which his soul was forged into a sentient ashtray.
  • Vampire: The Masquerade, 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 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 a ghost atomic bomb on the underworld city they were operating out of for good measure.
  • After the changes to the Forgotten Realms to bring them in line with Dungeons & Dragons'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.

     Video Games  
  • For years, Sonic the Hedgehog fandom Flame Bait 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 Sonic Adventure 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 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 Sonic Generations 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 "Nobody calls me that anymore." Heck, it was canonized before then by Eggman's grandpa being named Gerald Robotnik.
  • Fallout 3's ending caused some rather... negative reactions, in no small part thanks to its Diabolus ex Machina. The DLC/Expansion pack Broken Steel changes the ending, allowing the game to remain playable after this. Word of God says the game's default endings (without the expansion) are non-canon.
  • After many players called out Metal Gear Solid 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".
  • Prince of Persia: Warrior Within was written with a mandate from marketing to turn the series away from the Arabian Nights feel and make it Darker and Edgier, complete with emo antihero Prince and heavy metal music. The fans bashed the change mercilessly, and the writers answered rather innovatively by working the Dork Age into the plot of Prince of Persia: The Two Thrones. 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 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.
  • Kingdom Hearts:
    • Fans were treating the Axel and Roxas relationship with Ho Yay, so Kingdom Hearts 358/2 Days chose to retcon their relationship into one of big brother/little brother — while still leaving plenty of potential Ship Tease 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 King of Fighters:
    • The creators changed the gamplay in '99; four characters are selectable for the fight, with one (or more, in 2001) being a Striker, 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 Ash Crimson taking the role of protagonist previously covered by Kyo and K', just as much as they were unhappy about him stealing both Chizuru and Iori's Sacred Treasures powers. Come XIII, Ash enacts a Heroic Sacrifice to stop the Big Bad of that Story Arc. Mind you, he doesn't die... he is erased from existence. Retroactively! So he never really existed in the first place.
  • Half-Life 2: Episode 1. After the second game, the fanbase was extremely displeased by what, to Gordon, amounts to a Shoot the Shaggy Dog even worse than the first. The Episode blows the rage away through a Crowning Moment of Awesome for the Vortigaunts that both retcons Alyx's implied death, and changes the whole storyline, showing the G-Man isn't as all-powerful as thought before.
  • The debut trailer for the 2011 SSX game had an extremely Darker and Edgier 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 "Call of SSX: Winter Assault" and variants. Every single game related media since then has 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.
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  • The reveal of DmC: Devil May Cry was accompanied by the creators putting it as a prequel to the existing series. Internet Backdraft over changes to the character and backstory that were incompatible with pre-existing canon caused the creators to Retcon the game into a parallel world.
  • When 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 Ratchet & Clank: Going Commando 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 series reimagining has a few of the early cutscenes explicitly show Ratchet's characterization more in line with his later appearances.
  • World of Warcraft:
    • 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 Willing Suspension of Disbelief. Blizzard eventually addressed this in one of their 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 Fan Backlash based on changes to their main characters. Heroes of the Storm (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 Reasonable Authority Figure like in the RTS games, Tyrande is the practical, capable commander, Illidan is an antiheroic dangerous Wild Card, and Kael'thas returns to putting his people's safety into his top priority. Blizzard gave a Hand Wave 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 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.
  • Valkyria Chronicles III: 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 replaced 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.
  • Mass Effect:
    • The ending of Mass Effect 3 had caused an Internet Backdraft of epic proportions. Official polls from 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 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 Retcons went a long way to mollifying the fanbase upset over the Inferred Holocaust of the original ending (things aren't nearly as bad as Fridge Horror 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 Mass Effect 2 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 Microsoft Studios received a massive counterattack about several poorly received features on the new Xbox One, 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.
  • Super Robot Wars: Axel Almer (from Super Robot Wars Advance) had an appearance in Original Generation 2, which Flanderized his The Rival traits from Super Robot Wars Advance through ascending his Jerkassery, which even fans found distasteful. Super Robot Wars Original Generations would change his portrayal into more of a Noble Demon.
  • Pokémon:
    • Pokémon X and Y 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.
    • Pokémon Diamond and Pearl explicitly stated that Pokémon training is consensual for both parties, and that the reason Pokémon have to be weakened before capture is actually a Secret Test of Character 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.
    • Mewtwo was, for years, depicted as a god-like Blood Knight who is one of a kind. His depiction in Mewtwo Strikes Back in particular made Mewtwo in the eyes of many. So when Genesect and the Legend Awakened featured a brand new Mewtwo who was softer and more feminine than the original... was not received well. In the wake of this, official materials (such as the fourth Super Smash Bros. game and the official Pokémon website) started to play up the Blood Knight persona used in the games and the first movie, while neglecting to reference the softer Mewtwo seen in Genesect.
  • Dawn of War:
    • One of the reasons Soulstorm was so disliked was the legendarily bad performance by the Space Marines commander Indrick Boreale. To the studio's credit, Relic Entertainment actually explored the results of Boreale's decisions based on those complaints. Come Dawn Of War 2, Cyrus 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 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 HD Remake of The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker 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 BioShock Infinite addresses a major complaint many had about the first game; namely that Daisy Fitzroy was depicted 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 retcons the details of her death, making it into a Heroic Sacrifice.
  • Star Trek Online
    • Fans pointed out problems with the Hobus supernova (the one that destroyed Romulus in Star Trek), so several missions put you in contact with Non Player Characters who also said, "yeah, this doesn't make one damn bit of sense". An arc reveals 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 Iconiansnote . 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 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  which led to the theory that forcing them to now obey Feds, Klingons, and Romulans required Mind Rape. 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.
  • Neptunia: By the original release of Victory, the characters were all comically exaggerated to the point that half the fandom found them annoying, with everyone's opinion clashing with everyone else's. Idea Factory began rolling saving throws by going back to basics: the Updated Re-release Re;Birth series. Hyperdimension Neptunia Re;Birth1 uses a new plot and introduces characters with much more relatable personalities, Hyperdimension Neptunia Re Birth 2 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 Jerkasses. Where unpleasant things had to happen, the characters agreed to get them over quickly with obvious disdain for the recycled script they'd been given. Come Megadimension Neptunia VII, the likable cast of characters is now hailed as one of its high points.
  • When Koei added Naotora Ii to Samurai Warriors Chronicle 2nd as a tall and shapely but shy 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, nothing stops her.
  • In Dragon Age videogames, Leliana appears in all games in the series even if she was killed in Dragon Age: Origins, with 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 Sacred Ashes can cure beheadings even when they've been desecrated. One DLC for Dragon Age: Inquisition offers an explanation that fits much better into the established lore. Leliana wasn't brought back. A spirit, empowered by the lyrium surrounding the Ashes, broke through the Veil and 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 Andraste's most loyal followers.
  • Fire Emblem Fates attracted controversy for the character of Soleil, who appears to be a bisexual woman who prefers women 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 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.
  • Batman: Arkham Knight:
    • 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. 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.
  • Minecraft: Story Mode:
    • Telltale Games 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 soft compared to other Telltale games, so several character deaths planned for episodes 3 & 4.
  • Raiden III was 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 Cytus attempted to address 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 official social media and forum posts, but not in-game and the game does not show the breakdown between "color" Perfects (the harder variant) and "black" Perfects.
  • Final Fantasy XIV:
    • 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 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.
  • Guild Wars 2: Many fans of the game expressed their hate of Traherne for taking the spotlight from the player and 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.
  • Tales of Zestiria: The Japanese fanbase exploded over how Alisha, billed as a main character, was treated by the story and Demoted to Extra 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 after the end of the game.
  • Among the complaints of The Evil Within 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.
  • The Talos Principle: Many changes in the Road to Gehenna DLC with regards to the main campaign.
    • The sigil-based puzzles, widely considered to be That One Puzzle. 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).
  • In Paper Mario: Sticker Star, 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 Mario & Luigi: Paper Jam and Paper Mario: Color Splash, Bowser talks once again.
  • Capcom had received flack from fans for neglecting the Mega Man video game franchise following the cancellation of several games (including the highly-demanded Mega Man Legends 3) and Keiji Inafune's departure from the company. So when Marvel vs. Capcom: Infinite was announced, Mega Man X is the very first character to be featured in the debut teaser trailer.

     Web Comics  
  • College Roomies from Hell!!!: early on in the comic, Maritza chose to kill off Dave, but there was such an outrage among the fans that she decided to bring him back.
  • Sinfest:
    • When 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.

     Web Original  
  • The The Nostalgia Chick team were getting a lot of flack over the "Nella abuse", which Fan Dumb 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 Dark Nella Saga," where the 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.)
  • Atop the Fourth Wall: Fans claimed The Entity storyline from "Pokémon: The Electric Tale of Pikachu" didn't explain why 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 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 is full of itself even for a god.
  • The Onion attracted a bit of controversy in February 2016 when it published an uncharacteristically charitable article about Hillary Rodham Clinton ("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 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 previously written 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 went right 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.

     Western Animation  
  • In Teen Titans Cyborg was always shown firing his sonic Arm Cannon from his right arm, until one day he used his left. Fans pointed out this apparent plot hole, and some time later, during a crucial fight, he simply converts both arms to cannons.
  • In Justice League, a two-part episode ("The Savage Time") revolves around the Justice League trying to Set Right What Once Went Wrong after Vandal Savage usurps control of the Nazis and uses them to conquer the world by way of time travel. They succeed, but the episode ends with Hitler about to be cryogenically defrosted and restored to power. This led to a massive fan-outcry, to the widespread Fridge Horror that this implied the Justice League had blithely restored the Holocaust in the process of returning to their own world. It got so bad the producers publicly stated that Vandal's manipulations meant that Hitler had neither the time nor the resources to enact the Holocaust, having been frozen before he could start and then put back in charge during the end of the Nazis' reign over Germany.
  • My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic:
    • Inverted in what fans have dubbed "Derpygate", where the creators of the show changed the voice acting in a scene in "The Last Roundup" where beloved background pony Derpy Hooves is given spoken lines. A small group of parents protested this scene, finding it offensive (the name "Derpy" and the voice acting, which was a misunderstanding where the VA thought the character was male). The studio took the original episode off of iTunes and replaced it with one where Derpy's voice was changed and her name was not mentioned. This was the point where the fandom revolted, leading to quite a few webpages calling for the scene to be changed back. Eventually, the creators apologized to both sides. After being absent for most of Season Three, Derpy was finally re-inserted during the season finale. Powers That Be later said that Derpy's disappearance for most of season three was done to make her triumphant return in "Rainbow Falls" more triumphant.
    • "Magic Duel" addresses Trixie being a Designated Villain in her debut, showing how excessive the consequences she faced were, and, due to how much worse she was under the Alicorn Amulets influence and her regret afterwards, showed she wasn't really that bad.
    • At the end of "Dragon Quest", Spike takes Peewee, a baby phoenix, from his parents and adopted him. Many fans complained about the kidnapping and the Broken Aesop because the same episode began with Spike complaining about not knowing where he comes from. In "Just for Sidekicks", it is revealed that Spike returned the phoenix to his parents (in a series of briefly-seen photos of him doing so.) However this again has not been unanimously welcomed, due to how abrupt this felt, leading to some people thinking They Wasted a Perfectly Good Character.
    • The notorious picture of the Elements in the pilot's opening sequence that looked nothing like the real things gets explained in "Princess Twilight Sparkle - Part 2": they really did look like that at the time.
    • A lot of the fanbase wasn't happy with how Season 3 portrayed Spike as being quite incompetent (in "Spike at Your Service" he causes massive damage whenever he tries to help, and in "Just for Sidekicks" he screws up pet-sitting so badly that he ends up on a train in another country). As a result, the season 4 episode "Power Ponies" is pretty much based on the premise that Spike is helpful and the rest of the cast don't view him as The Load.
    • "One Bad Apple" got some criticism that Babs being bullied herself wasn't enough of an excuse for how big a jerk she was to the CMC. But in "Rarity Takes Manehattan" we get confirmation of just how much worse bullying can be in Manehattan, while keeping in tone to its In-Real-Life counterpart.
    • A number of fans were angry that Spike wasn't invited back to the Crystal Empire in "Games Ponies Play", even though he was the one who saved it. "Equestria Games" reveals that Spike is considered a hero throughout the entire kingdom. It also gives him a lot of appreciation, something that, according to the fans, almost every Spike centered episode — including Equestria Girls — after the Season 3 Premiere seriously lacked.
    • For those opposed to Twilight becoming an alicorn princess, a commonly cited argument was that it felt like the show was putting Twilight above her friends, which they felt not only seemed like favoritism from the writers, but went against the show's defining theme of friendship. The revelation in "Twilight's Kingdom - Part 2" that Twilight's friends including Spike will apparently be ruling alongside her in her role as the Princess of Friendship may be an attempt to address this.
    • Many fans have complained that Discord's sudden Heel–Face Turn from "Keep Calm and Flutter On" was too rushed, heavy-handed, and sappy. "Princess Twilight Sparkle - Part 1" seems to have Retconned this by presenting him as still being the gleeful and sarcastic Troll he's always been, thus throwing how genuine his turn was into question. Then the season finale does a much more convincing job of making the turn stick, as Tirek talks him into turning evil again, only for him to realize how empty their partnership is compared to his friendship with Fluttershy, and come crawling back to her after Tirek betrays him.
    • For those who were rubbed the wrong way by the season premiere's and "Magical Mystery Cure"'s the implications of cutie marks, Luna affirming that a Cutie Mark is simply a representation of who a pony truly is (as opposed to simply their power or destiny) in "Bloom & Gloom" can come as this.
    • Trouble Shoes from "Appleoosa's Most Wanted" isn't the first pony to be characterized as a klutz. Interpreting his klutziness as a talent seems to be an attempt at making a certain gray/blond pegasus mare look more acceptable to viewers who took offense to her initial characterization.
    • "Slice of Life":
      • Bon Bon/Sweetie Drops being an undercover secret agent provides an explanation for why her voice has been different in subsequent speaking roles — she'd have experience adopting different voices as part of a disguise. Also, while she was called Bon Bon for some time, the loss of the trademark means that for a while now, her merchandise has been sold under the name "Sweetie Drops." This episode canonizes both names.
      • Some fans were upset about Featherweight being a Karma Houdini in "Ponyville Confidential." Here he gets sprayed with ink, just like Diamond Tiara's punishment in that episode.
      • You can really feel everyone involved trying not to make a repeat of Derpygate. She has a more feminine voice that fits her personality better than Tabitha's initial Saving Throw, she's a more relatable screw-up than the Walking Disaster Area she was before, and she has a lazy eye problem rather than either being permanently "derped" or normal.
    • The inconsistent depictions of background ponies living in both Canterlot and Ponyville, at least with regards to Minuette, Twinkleshine, Lemon Hearts, and Lyra Heartstrings, is given a convenient Hand Wave in "Amending Fences". Lyra apparently moved from Canterlot to Ponyville around the same time as Twilight, and the three who stayed in Canterlot come to visit her, and she visits them in Canterlot, too. This same explanation could be extrapolated to account for most any background character that appears in multiple towns — they visit friends living there.
    • "Do Princesses Dream of Magic Sheep?":
      • For those who felt the Nightmare Forces from the comics devalued Luna's being The Atoner, this episode qualifies, given the Tantabus is the literal embodiment of her guilt.
      • Also, fans have long wanted to see the God-Emperor princesses cut loose, but anytime something that would require the level of power we expect from those who control the sun and moon — and hear of them having used in the distant past — shows up, they end up suffering The Worf Effect, or never acting beyond exposition duty at all. Not today, as we truly get to see Luna take action, showing herself quite powerful though not without limits. One sequence was much like fans have discussed wishing had happened at times like "A Canterlot Wedding"; a role that lets the Princesses not seem so useless by holding down the fort in one way while still needing the Mane Six. In this case, Luna's mindlinking the entire city, which limits, but doesn't fully eliminate, her ability to act directly.
    • Many fans have been more frustrated than amused by over four seasons of the Cutie Mark Crusaders' hopeless cutie mark hijinks, especially since their special talents were implied as early as their third major appearance in season 1 (Apple Bloom with building things, Scootaloo with her scooter riding, and Sweetie Belle with her singing). "Flight to the Finish" only made things worse by teasing viewers with a direct look at Scootaloo's flank right after she learns an important lesson about focusing on what makes her special, seemingly discovering her aptitude for scooter-riding, only to come up with an entirely different idea for how to get her cutie mark. Finally, in the fifth anniversary episode "Crusaders of the Lost Mark", the authors made their throw: the CMC discover their true talents lie in helping other ponies realize their own talents, and finally earn their cutie marks as a much-celebrated result both in-universe and out. The marks even have unique symbols representing their other talents that were teased for years.
    • The sixth season premiere "The Crystalling, Part 1" and "Part 2" holds a number of Throws:
      • Many fans felt that Starlight Glimmer's Heel–Face Turn and Easily Forgiven status went way too fast, a problem the series really has with that angle. The episodes show Starlight seriously questioning how she could be accepted so fast and has problems trying to act on Twilight's new Friendship Lessons, though she ends up getting help from the others, especially Spike.
      • The two-parter finally showing both Celestia and Luna taking action as they use their magic to try to hold off the devastating snow storm to buy the others time in saving the Crystal Empire.
    • "Dragon Quest" eventually got a saving throw in the form of "Gauntlet of Fire". The former episode had received lots of criticism for wasting the opportunity to explore dragon culture and portraying the dragons in general as Always Chaotic Evil. The latter episode included far more information about dragon culture, as well as introducing more nuanced dragon characters.
    • Both "The Crystalling" and "Gauntlet of Fire" turned out to be throws for Spike-centered episodes in general. Most of Spike's earlier focus episodes had received criticism for sticking Spike with the Conflict Ball or Idiot Ball to make the plots work. Those two episodes both bucked the trend and focused on Spike's efforts in helping solve the conflicts rather than making him the cause of the problem.
  • In South Park, Kenny was killed off for the sixth season and the status quo was experimented with. By the last scene of the season finale, Kenny inexplicably walks back in because, in Trey Parker's own words, "that's just what he does." However, the big change in the status quo (Butters as the fifth main character) stuck; it's just "unofficial". "The Coon Saga", gave an explanation for his continual appearance; Kenny turns out to be the heroic Mysterion, a "superhero" in South Park with the power to be reborn continually after death; his mother spontaneously gives birth to a new Kenny after the last one's death, which then proceeds to grow to the previous one's age. And he remembers everything, but everyone else forgets his death almost instantly.
  • SpongeBob SquarePants: Some fans say the episode "The Cent of Money" is this for having Mr. Krabs, who's been a Karma Houdini for the past few seasons, finally getting some comeuppance. It can also make up for "A Pal for Gary", as SpongeBob is being overly protective of him here instead of being a jerk to him.
  • The final episodes of The Dreamstone seemed to do everything to eliminate the Noops' Designated Heroes status, with Zordrak taking on a far more malicious motive to steal the Dreamstone (to corrupt it and make himself Lord Of The Universe!) and the Urpneys are established as Punch Clock Villains rather than unwilling slaves killed for failure, thus eliminating the Felony Misdemeanor setup. The Noops' retaliations are also downplayed into harmless mischief, using violence only when legitimately cornered (at least one episode ends on a Break the Haughty moment for reverting to their earlier more sadistic approach) and more episodes present them as altruistic to outside parties the villains are harassing. Interestingly this is all done while barely diluting or altering anything of the Urpneys' personalities.
  • The extensive Love Triangle subplot between Korra, Mako, and Asami in Book 1 of The Legend of Korra was widely panned as bring rushed, getting in the way of the real story involving the Equalists, and ultimately feeling shallow and unsatisfying. So Book 2 included a healthy dosage of Reality Ensues. Korra and Mako end up having trouble seeing eye to eye, they argue all the time, and eventually break up. In the aftermath, Mako bounces back to Asami, but even that doesn't last long. In the end, he doesn't get back with either girl and they all conclude that they work Better as Friends.
    • Word of God also helps salvage the Love Triangle even existing in the first place: Masami and Makorra were never intended to last long-term. The former was only constant through Book 1 until the break-up, and the latter was meant to be endgame until they were renewed, at which point they deliberately decided to break them up for good at the end of Book 2. Bryan also explains that despite Mako being a Jerkass in his treatment of both his girlfriends, it was a learning experience for him and when he eventually does end up in another relationship (he ends the series alone, Married to the Job for now), he will treat his next girlfriend a lot better. Indeed, fan consensus in that Books 3 & 4 successfully saw him Rescued from the Scrappy Heap, so while he's still not a fan favorite he's become far more popular for the right reasons. Furthermore, Books 3 and 4 saw the development of Korra and Asami as the Official Couple, a development which pleased much of the fanbase because the relationship was considered far more healthy and functional than the previous pairings (as well as Bolin/Opal as the Beta Couple, giving Bolin a more stable relationship than he had with Eska in Book 2).
      • Season 4 featured a Clip Show episode with three segments. The first segment is exclusively dedicated to Mako's messy love life, with side characters pointing out all the mistakes that Mako made. Mako ends up agreeing with them and admitting his mistakes. The whole segment was basically an apology to the fans.
  • Gravity Falls fans gave a great deal of backlash at "The Time Traveler's Pig" for Dipper and Mabel's Protagonist-Centered Morality in getting Blendin' Blandin in trouble while they get off scot-free of the trouble they caused to the timeline. Whether or not it was planned that way, "Blendin's Game" has Dipper and Mabel feeling bad for what they did to him and helped him get back his job, and got him a head of hair.
    • Another complaint is that, in both the above episode and "The Deep End," Dipper has to sacrifice his potential happiness for Mabel, while she never even considers doing the same. In "Sock Opera," Bill Cipher actually uses this argument, and Mabel's treatment of him in that episode, to trick Dipper into letting Bill steal his body. When Mabel confronts "Bipper" at the end of the episode, he almost talks her into sacrificing Dipper for her own happiness...only for her to remember how often he helped her and refuse, saving the day.
  • The Lion King spin-off The Lion Guard's very first episode addressed the long term criticism of the Lion King promoting "segregation" of the hyenas and the portrayal of them as evil. Jasiri is the first non-antagonistic hyena introduced in the series (the second if you count book canon) and she mentions that the roles hyena's play are just as much a part of the Circle of Life as the lions. It goes so far as to retcon-away the evil nature of hyenas; apparently they are mostly good as a species, it's just The Pride Lands have coincidentally seen more evil ones than good ones.
  • Despite being a Spin-Off, several aspects of Total Drama Presents: The Ridonculous Race were written to appease disgruntled fans of Total Drama who felt the latter had gone through serious Seasonal Rot:
    • The length of the series went back to 26 episodes instead of 13, which meant...
    • The various romances didn't stifle other plots by hogging all the screentime. They were still there but the longer season meant the writers didn't have to focus on them alone.
    • A new host was brought in who actually stuck to the rules and didn't mess with the contestants to amuse himself.
    • Most of the flat and/or annoying teams e.g. the LARPers left early giving more interesting/well liked teams more time on the show.
    • Owen, one of the franchise's biggest Base Breaking Characters, was rerailed for the first time since Total Drama Island.
    • The Toilet Humour was toned down.
  • Many fans began to feel that the title character of Steven Universe was becoming flanderized as an All-Loving Hero, and were getting weary of Steven simply talking many of his foes out of hostilities (with the worst example being from "Gem Drill"). It got to the point that some began to suspect (with more cynicism than others) that Jasper and Yellow Diamond would eventually be convinced by Steven to pull a Heel–Face Turn. During Season Three, Steven's Story Arc revolves around him learning the harsh truth that there are many foes who simply can't be talked down and won't listen to reason. Not only that, but Steven is forced to fight back in self-defense in three of those instances, finally learning what his father Greg really meant when he lamented the severity of war. And when Jasper is finally defeated during the last episodes of season 3, she rebukes any chance of redemption Steven gives her and refuses to let him save her from succumbing to TheCorruption. All of this gives Steven some vital Character Development and also gives the show, with its setting being the aftermath of a brutal war, even more depth and realism and satisfied many fans who felt as if Steven's qualities were being taken to unrealistic levels.

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