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->''"The only question I\\
Ever thought was hard\\
Is 'Do I like Kirk\\
Or do I like Picard?"''
-->-- '''Music/WeirdAlYankovic''', "White and Nerdy"

A broken base is a civil war among fans of a particular franchise. Almost every franchise has at least some internal conflict among its fanbase, but a truly ''broken'' base is characterized by a sustained and exceptionally vicious conflict between two or more large, vocal, and entrenched factions with little or no middle ground to be found between them.

Common causes of a broken base include [[ShipToShipCombat shipping wars]], a large and vocal PeripheryDemographic whose priorities are at odds with the main demographic, or [[BaseBreakingCharacter a divisive character]], [[ContestedSequel sequel]], [[TheyChangedItNowItSucks adaptation, or remake]].

Contrast FandomHeresy for a fandom opinion that is near-unanimous to the point where it tends to silence any dissent.

Unrelated to BrokenPedestal.

!!Examples go in subpages:

* BrokenBase/AnimeAndManga
* BrokenBase/ComicBooks
* BrokenBase/{{Fanfic}}
* BrokenBase/{{Film}}
* BrokenBase/FoodAndCooking
* BrokenBase/{{Internet}}
* BrokenBase/{{Literature}}
* BrokenBase/LiveActionTV
* BrokenBase/{{Music}}
* BrokenBase/ProfessionalWrestling
* BrokenBase/{{Radio}}
* BrokenBase/{{Religion}}
* BrokenBase/{{Sports}}
* BrokenBase/TabletopGames
* BrokenBase/VideoGames
* BrokenBase/WebMedia
* BrokenBase/WesternAnimation
* BrokenBase/{{Other}}
->''The [[TakeAThirdOption correct answer]] [[WebSite/SFDebris is]] [[Series/StarTrekDeepSpaceNine Sisko]].''\\
''[[SelfDemonstratingArticle No]], [[Series/StarTrekVoyager Janeway]]!''\\
''*sigh* HereWeGoAgain''\\
''[[OverlyLongGag But what about]] [[Series/StarTrekEnterprise Archer]]?''\\
''[[{{Troll}} You mean]] [[VisualNovel/FateStayNight Archer]]? [[{{Troll}} Or that]] WesternAnimation/{{Archer}}?''\\
''Whatever! The point is, Creator/ChrisPine is [[Film/StarTrek Kirk]] is ''clearly'' the superior [[Creator/WilliamShatner Kirk]]!''\\
''[[FandomRivalry Get him!]]''