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[[caption-width-right:280:The rise, the slump, and the killers[[note]] Although ''Film/{{Spaceballs}}'' is well-regarded today and ''Film/RobinHoodMenInTights'' was VindicatedByCable[[/note]].]]
->''"Killed his career? Son, I hope it put a stake in its heart, sawed its head off and filled its mouth with garlic."''
-->-- '''Chris Sims''' [[http://comicsalliance.com/catwoman-movie-review-2/ on]] Jean-Christophe "Pitof" Comar, director of ''{{Film/Catwoman}}'' (2004)

A rather unpredictable phenomenon, this is when one or more works flop badly enough to take down or badly damage the publishers, the reputation of creative talents behind it, or both. Though there are usually many factors needed to cause the death of a publisher or a creator, some high-profile flops are linked (rightfully or not) to the death of the organization working on it. They will NeverLiveItDown.

Compare with GenreKiller and FranchiseKiller. [[IThoughtItMeant Not to be confused]] with AuthorExistenceFailure (though they can overlap if the work's performance is so bad that the creator is DrivenToSuicide or [[DeathByDespair otherwise dies shortly after]]), RageAgainstTheAuthor or TheFourthWallWillNotProtectYou, where the creator can be ''literally'' killed by his or her work. See StarDerailingRole when it happens to the performers. See OldShame for an old work which a creator turns against later (or refuses to let see the light of day), but which by itself probably won't destroy their credibility. Contrast BreakthroughHit (when the work makes the creator a big name) and CareerResurrection and WinBackTheCrowd (when the work makes the creator a big name again after a Creator Killer).

A good number of these entries have been VindicatedByCable.

Not to be confused with DarthWiki/FallenCreator, where a once-respected creator is permanently ''disgraced'' due to a string of flops or personal misbehaviors. A creator/business that went defunct after one or two serious flops/mistakes could still leave a lasting legacy and be fondly remembered in hindsight.
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!!Examples
[[index]]
* [[CreatorKiller.{{Automobiles}} Automobiles]]
* [[CreatorKiller.FilmIndividualCreators Film - Individual Creators]]
* [[CreatorKiller.FilmStudiosAndProductionCompanies Film - Studios/Production Companies]]
* [[CreatorKiller.{{Music}} Music]]
* [[CreatorKiller.{{Sports}} Sports]]
* [[CreatorKiller.VideoGames Video Games]]
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[[folder:Anime and Manga]]
* Ironically, ''Anime/YuGiOh'', the biggest cash cow of Creator/FourKidsEntertainment, eventually became this to them; in early 2011, TV Tokyo and Nippon Ad Systems (NAS) yanked the license and sued them over a publishing deal they made with Creator/FUNimation years earlier, driving [=4Kids=] into bankruptcy within days[[note]]it is worth pointing out, however, that 4Kids had been losing money for years beforehand due to a string of underperforming shows, as well as the loss of the ''Anime/{{Pokemon}}'' license[[/note]]. [[http://www.animenewsnetwork.com/news/2011-12-31/4kids-yu-gi-oh-license-is-still-in-force-court-rules 4Kids scored a major victory at the end of the year when the courts ruled that TV Tokyo and NAS conducted themselves improperly in their attempt to yank the license]], and the parties reached a settlement a short time later (involving 4Kids being compensated to the tune of several million dollars), but the damage had been done. Not long afterwards, [[http://www.animenewsnetwork.com/news/2012-06-26/4kids-sells-yu-gi-oh-cw-network-related-assets-jointly-to-konami-kidsco they sold all of their remaining licenses to Saban, with Konami obtaining the Yu-Gi-Oh rights]].
* ''Ultimate Girls'' was the last anime ever produced by Masters of Entertainment, a Pony Canyon label. The show had massive overuse of phallic imagery and innuendo, clichéd plots, and was considered worse than ''Anime/CosPrayers'' by those brave enough to sit through it all. Coincidentally, ''Anime/CosPrayers'' was also produced by Masters of Entertainment, so it too likely contributed to the studio's downfall.
* ''Anime/{{Fractale}}'' was conceived as a way for its director, Yamakan, to make Creator/KyotoAnimation regret firing him, with all the resources put into it that you'd expect with a goal like that. He was so sure of its success that he said he'd step down if it did poorly. The end result was said to be good, if not great, by most people who watched it to the end. All five or so of them. Yamakan probably would have had to step down even if he hadn't explicitly staked his career on it doing well.
** The main problem was the competition; ''Fractale'' was billed as the "moe-killer" series by the director himself, and as if to prove this it was released at the same time as a cutesy-looking MagicalGirl show. Unfortunately for ''Fractale'' that show was ''Anime/PuellaMagiMadokaMagica'', which proved to be ''the'' anime for the Winter 2011 season.
** It also garnered some of the worst ratings for the Creator/{{Noitamina}} animation block. Although the 2011 Sendai Earthquake didn't help matters, the show's ratings prior to the earthquake were noticeably behind the average ratings for all other series in the block.
* The arrest of Crimson Star Media's somewhat egotistic founder (and only employee), Corey Maddox, for attending an [[FanConvention anime convention]] despite being legally prohibited from coming in contact with minors, seems to have rendered the company stillborn with their only explicitly announced title, ''[[Anime/HanbunNoTsukiGaNoboruSora Looking Up at the Half-Moon]]'', being re-licensed by Rightstuf under their budget label, Lucky Penny.
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[[folder:Comic Books]]
* Much like his forray into film as detailed below, Creator/FrankMiller seems to have been made ''persona non grata'' among most comic writers and fans with ''Holy Terror'', finally bringing down a career that even ''ComicBook/TheDarkKnightStrikesAgain'' and ''ComicBook/AllStarBatmanAndRobinTheBoyWonder'' combined couldn't destroy (though they did contribute to it). After being delayed for over four years, it was critically panned by everyone (up to and including Creator/GrantMorrison and even Creator/AlanMoore, curmudgeon that he is) due to the Muslim characters being terrorists to a man. Worse, it was originally supposed to star Franchise/{{Batman}} before the DC execs vetoed it (it was initially created as part of Miller's "Bat-Verse", à la the above, and billed as "Batman vs. al-Qaeda"), but as Miller was already something of a pariah after ''All-Star Batman & Robin'', the idea was taken to Legendary to be retooled after he decided it "wasn't a Batman story". The retool ended up still [[SerialNumbersFiledOff reading like a Miller Batman story]] due to its major characters all [[CaptainErsatz very easily fitting familiar archetypes in Bat-lore]]. Miller then tried to get back by making a ''Sin City'' movie sequel with Robert Rodriguez, but that received bad reviews and worse box-office.
* The infamous crossover ''ComicBook/DeathMate'' is often accused of killing ValiantComics. The other side, Creator/ImageComics, did recover from it.
* After the infamous [[ComicBook/TheCloneSaga Clone Saga]], it was decided that the ''Comicbook/{{Spider-Man}}'' titles were to be cancelled and relaunched with new "[[ContinuityReboot number ones]]" alongside a miniseries written and drawn by JohnByrne that would retell Spider-Man's origin. This reboot was notable in that one writer - Howard Mackie - would be looking after both titles. The reboot was heavily promoted with garnered much anticipation amongst fans and critics, with Mackie claiming that they would "fix" the books and make things "fun" again. But things soured after the reboot where Mackie had Spider-Man face off against lackluster villains, engage in weird plots like facing off against vampires, supernatural villains, an alien-infested senator who was set up as the BigBad of his arc, and - most notably - "killed" Mary Jane Watson. Fan and critical reaction was sour, and soon Mackie's plans were outright scuttled - he was replaced on one of the books by Paul Jenkins, and was given just enough time to wrap up his run and bring back Mary Jane before he was pulled from the title and replaced by Creator/JMichaelStraczynski. Mackie's career never recovered from the debacle. In the decade since then, Mackie rarely worked in comics with his last work being a six-issue mini-series that was to serve as a "reinterpretation" of what was to actually have happened in the initial Clone Saga alongside Tom Defalco.
** The Clone Saga itself also nearly killed Creator/MarvelComics as a whole, making it another example. There were ''many'' organizational problems with Marvel at the time, which was one reason the Clone Saga ran overlong and ended up being such a badly-regarded story. While the series itself sold very well at the time, the damage to the corporate culture was long-lasting and can still be felt today. These are partially documented in the web series ''Life of Reilly''.
* Chuck Austen is, for all intents and purposes, one of the most hated writers in comics, owing mostly to his poor characterization and story-telling, along with his attitude towards any criticisms. But it wasn't until his ''Comicbook/{{Superman}}'' run that his career as a writer really died. After he was kicked out of Marvel for screwing up a lot of books, DC hired Austen to write Superman, where he was fired shortly afterwards and blacklisted from comics after his short run had a Superman-Lana-Lois love triangle based on Austen's hatred of Lois Lane and made very unflattering comments about the decades old beloved character to the media. He hasn't done anything worth mentioning since.
* ''Comicbook/XMenForever'' destroyed Creator/ChrisClaremont's once-legendary career in comics.
* While Jeph Loeb's stories have always had problems, ''ComicBook/{{Ultimatum}}'' is the series that truly hurt his career, due to all kinds of research failure, in addition to gratuitous violence and tons of death. While he sort of recovered with the decent ''Captain America: Fallen Son'' and ''Nova'', the fact that he ruined the Ultimate line means he doesn't get much work anymore.
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[[folder:Electronics]]
* RCA's [[UsefulNotes/{{CED}} SelectaVision]] video system was intended to be a major competitor to [[UsefulNotes/{{VCR}} VHS and Betamax]]. While the format did have some advantages (at the time, [=SelectaVision=] movies were significantly cheaper to ''buy'' than movies on videocassette or UsefulNotes/LaserDisc), it couldn't match UsefulNotes/LaserDisc for quality or offer the recording capability of VHS/Beta. The format failed to take off, resulting in RCA writing off the entire investment in the project, and its subsequent breakup and acquisition by General Electric.
* It is unknown what caused Panavision's downward spiral and [[http://news.doddleme.com/equipment/panavision-sued-over-unpaid-loans/ possible coming demise]], but at least [[RuleOfThree three events]] can be considered responsible:
** Their Toronto office in the '90s charged for rentals in US dollars when just one of those was worth 40 cents more in Canadian money. What was supposed to be an attempt to service American productions ended up driving the locals to local competitors.
** The arrival of Ronald Perelman as their owner. Under him, shares dropped like hot potatoes, and when he took it private, blank went its financial record to many eyes. Only in 2010 was Perelman ousted.
** Creator/GeorgeLucas had a very hard time with their first attempt at a digital camera, a collaboration with Sony, for ''Film/AttackOfTheClones'' and ended up using a purely Sony camera for his next effort, ''Film/RevengeOfTheSith''. It doesn't help that Panavision's next digital camera, the Genesis, is also one of its last to date, though [[WereStillRelevantDammit they're trying to rebound with a new digital 70mm camera]].
* During the '80s and '90s, The Sharper Image was a modestly popular electronics company specializing in appliances such as jogging watches. However, the company had its "big break" during the TurnOfTheMillennium, when they created an air purifier called the Ionic Breeze. The purifier became a huge success, thanks to its compact size and the fact that it didn't require frequent filter changes. However, what was believed to be the product that would make them into a household name instead turned out to be what killed them. In 2003, ''Consumer Reports'' published a negative review of the Ionic Breeze, saying that it essentially didn't work as advertised. This resulted in The Sharper Image suing them for unfair testing practices -- a suit that was thrown out of court when they were to unable to actually demonstrate that ''CR''[='=]s claims were in any way incorrect, damning the Ionic Breeze and vindicating ''CR''[='=]s review. The Ionic Breeze's fate was sealed in 2005, when ''CR'' published an article declaring it a potential health hazard thanks to the large amounts of ozone it produced, causing sales to plummet. The Sharper Image quickly dissolved, eventually filing Chapter 11 Bankruptcy in 2008. Today, the company exists strictly as a minor subsidiary of several larger corporations.
* Creator/LJNToys. Like The Sharper Image, LJN's "breakthrough" product ended up being their death knell instead. After impressive licensing deals that brought toys based off properties such as ''WesternAnimation/{{Thundercats}}'' and ''Film/IndianaJonesAndTheTempleOfDoom'', LJN used their new found fame to create a line of water guns called "Entertech". The toys were revolutionary on the fact that they could fire water like an automatic firearm, and even have its water supply come from detachable magazines. Add that to their almost completely-realistic look to a real firearm, and it seemed that the brand would turn LJN into a major toy competitor to Creator/{{Hasbro}} and Creator/{{Mattel}}. That dream was never realized, however, as on the peak of Entertech's popularity, it became the center of massive media attention after several high-profile incidents of children playing with the water guns getting shot and killed by police officers who were unable to distinguish the toys with the real thing. Even more shocking were that the toy guns had been commonly used in robberies at banks and retailers. As a result of the controversy surrounding Entertech, LJN's then-parent company MCA sold the toy manufacturer in 1990 to Creator/{{Acclaim}}. Acclaim then shut down LJN's toy division in 1990 to focus more on its video game division (see the "Video Games" section for more).
%% The Entertech line also included a paintball gun for teens called "Gotcha: The Sport", and many of these were faulty and returned to LJN. See the video below for proof
%% https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XdeDtiobyNc
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[[folder:Film - combination of creators/companies]]
* ''Film/HeavensGate'' destroyed the career of Michael Cimino (the director of ''Film/TheDeerHunter''), contributed to the collapse of its studio, Creator/UnitedArtists, and ended the "NewHollywood" [[UsefulNotes/FallOfTheStudioSystem post-studio-system]] era in which director/auteurs were [[ProtectionFromEditors given carte blanche to do pretty much whatever they wanted]]. Thus, it not only destroyed the careers of the people who created it, but ended an era that produced many of the best films in history.
** Cimino's directing career didn't immediately end after that, but he never recovered, as all of his post-''Heaven's Gate'' outings were commercial failures. Not long after ''Heaven's Gate'' Cimino was offered a chance to direct (of all things) ''{{Footloose}}'', but when his prima donna behavior started again during pre-production, Paramount quickly booted him. After ''Sunchaser'' failed to get a wide theatrical release due to poor test screenings, it was curtains for Cimino.
* The failure of ''WesternAnimation/TitanAE'' brought down Creator/DonBluth's career, shut down Fox Animation Studios, and helped end the [[TheDarkAgeOfAnimation post]]-[[TheGoldenAgeOfAnimation Golden Age]] era known as TheRenaissanceAgeOfAnimation where the animation genre re-surged in popularity thanks to heated competition from animation studios as well as [[AnimationAgeGhetto more animators trying to make animation appeal to adults as much as it appealed to children]]. Thus, not only did it bring down the career of a celebrated animator, but also helped end an era that brought out some of the greatest animated media in history.
** Before that, ''WesternAnimation/RockADoodle'' sank Bluth's ''original'' studio. It only survived thanks to financial backing from Hong Kong and Irish entertainment groups, who would then end all support for the studio following the failures of ''WesternAnimation/{{Thumbelina}}'', ''WesternAnimation/ATrollInCentralPark'' ([[ScrewedByTheNetwork which barely got a theatrical release]]) and ''WesternAnimation/ThePebbleAndThePenguin''.
* ''Film/CutthroatIsland'', one of the biggest box office flops of all time, was the final straw for Creator/CarolcoPictures, which went bankrupt a month prior to the film's release due to its lavish overspending on other projects. It also destroyed GeenaDavis' career, her then-husband Renny Harlin's respectability as a director, and the careers of pretty much everyone else involved (only the film's [[JohnDebney composer]] and [[Creator/MetroGoldwynMayer the studio that distributed it]] came out relatively unscathed; co-writer Robert King later had a hit with ''TheGoodWife'' on TV). The flop of this film (as well as that of ''Film/TheLongKissGoodnight'', also starring Davis and directed by Harlin) is widely credited with destroying their marriage, as Harlin had pushed for Davis, then known for comedic roles, to headline the two action-heavy blockbusters. It also [[GenreKiller killed off]] the pirate movie genre [[BackFromTheDead until]] ''Film/PiratesOfTheCaribbean'' came along, and even now there are no successful pirate movies outside of that franchise.
* The failure of ''Film/RaiseTheTitanic'' is often credited with bringing down the film career of Lew Grade, at the time one of the most respected television producers in the United Kingdom, and perhaps the world. Grade quipped that "It would have been cheaper to Lower The Atlantic." It also disgusted [[Literature/RaiseTheTitanic the original book]]'s author, [[NUMASeries Clive Cussler]], [[CreatorBacklash so much that he refused to sell film rights]] to his books for 25 years.
** The subsequent failure of ''[[Franchise/TheLoneRanger The Legend of the Lone Ranger]]'' in 1981 (a failure perhaps ensured by the producers suing the original Lone Ranger, Clayton Moore, and forcing him to relinquish his mask) might have been the last straw for ITC Entertainment, the company Grade founded. Grade lost control of ITC in 1982 (though he returned under [=PolyGram=] management and remained there until his death in 1998), and the only thing keeping the company profitable for the final years of its existence was its library of previous accomplishments.
* The massive critical failure of ''Old Dogs'' looks to have taken down the career of director Walt Becker, as Disney went on to cancel his next project (a project with Creator/RobinWilliams titled ''Wedding Banned'') and he has done very little since (outside of being one of the producers of ''{{Zookeeper}}''). The film also managed to be a factor in Disney getting out of films made with adult audiences in mind; as a further consequence, it also effectively ended the Touchstone label except to distribute [=DreamWorks=] projects, foreign films, and [[ArsonMurderAndJaywalking films the company doesn't really care about]] (the last in-house productions released by Touchstone were ''Film/YouAgain'' and ''Film/StepUp 3D'', both released in 2010).
* Film producer Creator/DinoDeLaurentiis' career never fully recovered after opening his own studio in the early/mid 1980s, which he then proceeded to run into the ground within less than five years. The films De Laurentiis produced at his studio were not box office hits (even ''[[Film/{{BlueVelvet}} Blue Velvet]]'' and the first Hannibal Lecter movie, ''Film/{{Manhunter}}'', ended up as [[AcclaimedFlop Acclaimed Flops]]). Ironically, it didn't end up living long enough to see one of its projects ''[[Film/{{BillandTed}} Bill & Ted's Excellent Adventure]]'', become a hit. Although Dino kept producing until his death in 2010, he never had any success outside of the Hannibal movies (he apparently regretted selling the film rights to ''Literature/TheSilenceOfTheLambs'').
** To show how desperate his studio was for a hit, in 1987 De Laurentiis teamed up with Glad Bags to release the gimmicky comedy ''Million Dollar Mystery''. Since the movie centered on trying to recover $4 million, they had a contest where if one of the audience members could accurately guess the whereabouts of a hidden million dollars based on clues sprinkled in and on specially marked Glad-Lock bags, he or she would get that amount of money![[note]]In case you were wondering, the winner of said contest turned out to be a 14 year old girl who managed to figure out that the million bucks were in the Statue of Liberty's nostrils![[/note]] The film was a [[IncrediblyLamePun million dollar misery]] at the box-office, thus it not only poured salt on De Laurentiis' studio's wound, but it also marked the end for veteran director Richard Fleischer.
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[[folder:Film - Home video companies/divisions]]
* Intervision Video, one of the two pioneers of the British home video market (the other being VCL), looked to be heading for glory when they made a deal with United Artists Corporation to distribute 20 UA films on Betamax, VHS, and Video 2000 for rental in the fall of 1980. Then, in December 1981, Warner Bros. entered an "exclusive, long-term agreement" to distribute 500 UA films on Betamax, VHS, and Video 2000 (about twice as big as Creator/MagneticVideo's home video deal with UA for 250 of its films on the other side of the pond)... ''including Intervision's 20''. Either Warner was oblivious to the earlier deal, or they knew about it and decided it would be in their best interests to respect that deal. Either way, more people ended up renting Warner's UA tapes than Intervision's UA tapes, and Intervision faded into obscurity quickly, eventually closing up shop in the mid-'80s.
* The home video division of the personal multimedia empire operated by Creator/MichaelNesmith (formerly of TheMonkees), Pacific Arts, was killed by its deal with {{PBS}}, which was abruptly terminated on Columbus Day, 1993. What became known as the "Columbus Day Massacre" led to the legal eagles flying in from both sides before a settlement was reached in 1999. As for the Pacific Arts Corporation itself, it's still around.
* Media Home Entertainment, one of the four "mini-majors" in the home video industry covering a large library of VHS releases in many diverse genres (alongside sublabels Hi-Tops Video releasing childrens' titles and Fox Hills Video releasing more special interest oriented videos), collapsed in 1990 when Gerald Ronson, the leader of its parent company Heron Communications, was convicted of securities fraud due to his role in the Guinness share trading fraud in the UK, eventually closing shop in 1993. Most assets of Media Home Entertainment were transferred to TwentiethCenturyFox.
* Simitar Entertainment, a media company that specialized in special interest VHS tapes covering a wide range of genres and compilation albums (as well as the first independent company to release [=DVDs=]), met an untimely demise in 1999 when Titan Sports, owner of the [[{{WWE}} WWF]], filed a lawsuit against them for copyright infringement over ''WWF: The Music, Volume Three''. Simitar lost the case and wound up bankrupt by the end of the year. Afterwards, they were forced to sell their assets to Brentwood Communications, which was later bought by Navarre Corporations.
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[[folder:Live-Action TV]]
* Allan Carr, the producer and party-giver whose biggest hit was the movie adaptation of ''{{Grease}}'', was tapped to produce the 1989 {{Academy Award}}s telecast. He promised "the most beautiful Academy Awards of all time"; he delivered a show that opened with a production number "highlighted" by Snow White and Rob Lowe performing a duet of "Proud Mary". Reviews were horrible, he was accused of disgracing Hollywood's good name (and, by Disney, of copyright infringement), and he [[NeverLiveItDown never got another producing job in Hollywood again]].
* GameShow creator and producer Creator/ChuckBarris was riding high in TheSeventies with ''Series/TheNewlywedGame'', ''Series/TheDatingGame'', ''Series/{{Treasure Hunt|US}}'', and ''Series/TheGongShow'', the last of which he also hosted. But in 1979, he started the show ''Three's a Crowd'', a lurid show that asked questions of a male contestant, then of his wife and secretary, to see which of the two knew him better. The show drew outrage from MoralGuardians and the fallout caused it to go off the air, along with ''Series/TheNewlywedGame'', ''Series/TheDatingGame,'' and ''Gong'' (Treasure Hunt had already gone off the air on its own by this point.) For the next decade, Barris mounted only one original show after it (the short-lived dud ''Camouflage'') and the rest were either short-lived syndicated revivals of ''Newlywed'', ''Dating'', and ''Gong'', or didn't make it past the pilot stage. (Notably, there was ''Bamboozled'' in the mid-/'80s, which got hit by a lawsuit from Creator/MarkGoodson over its resemblance to ''Series/ToTellTheTruth''.) He moved to France at the end of the decade and Sony acquired the rights to his catalog.
* Robert L. Boyett and Thomas L. Miller of Miller-Boyett Productions (''Series/FullHouse'', ''Series/FamilyMatters'', ''Series/PerfectStrangers'', and ''Series/StepByStep'') had their company come to an end by a one-two punch of the repeal of the Financial Interest And Syndication (or fin-syn) Rules in 1993 and the decline of the sitcom genre in which Miller-Boyett had a string of disappointing sitcoms. [[note]]The fin-syn rules were enacted by the Federal Communications Commission to keep broadcast networks and their in-house production studios from shutting out independent producers like Robert L. Boyett and Thomas L. Miller.[[/note]] When the fin-syn rules were removed, the networks had no incentive to draw on outside producers when they could produce their own shows and keep the syndication profits for themselves. After the cancellation of ''Series/TwoOfAKind'' in 1999 (which reunited Miller-Boyett with Creator/MaryKateAndAshleyOlsen from ''Full House''), Miller-Boyett Productions closed.

!!NBC
* At the end of its fifth season, ''Series/SaturdayNightLive'' aired what was clearly intended as its final episode. NBC, however, refused to let their {{cash cow|Franchise}} die, replacing the cast and writers entirely, and hiring the show's talent coordinator Jean Doumanian to replace Lorne Michaels as executive producer (snubbing Creator/AlFranken after network head Fred Silverman took personal offense to Franken's "Limo for the Lame-O" piece and Harry Shearer, who didn't like how LorneMichaels was running ''SNL'' and wanted to do it his way with more experienced comic actors[[note]]most of whom, like Christopher Guest and Billy Crystal, wouldn't work with Shearer until season 10[[/note]]). While Doumanian did have a knack for getting good musical guests and treating the talent right, she was out of her depth for running a comedy show. Though Doumanian claims that she was sabotaged because the mostly male higher-ups at NBC did not feel comfortable having a woman run the show, the TV special ''Lost and Found: SNL in the 1980s'' places the blame of the show's horrid sixth season squarely on Jean Doumanian's head because of her incompetence and inexperience. She passed up a lot of potentially funny cast members (JimCarrey, John Goodman, PaulReubens, and Robert Townsend being just a few examples -- and EddieMurphy barely made it on. If not for writer Neil Levy, he too would have been rejected), tried to make the sketches more dramatic, had no idea how to make the humor edgy (and when she did try, it ended up being dour, flat, and obvious in an intelligence-insulting way), brought on cast members who weren't seasoned in comedy at all [[note]]save for Eddie Murphy and Joe Piscopo, though Denny Dillon did have some experience in sketch comedy, as she was on a Lorne Michaels-produced Saturday morning kids' show in the late 1970s and Creator/GilbertGottfried did do stand-up before he was hired, but this was years before Gottfried would be known for his loud, obnoxious voice and politically incorrect humor[[/note]], and did nothing to improve the show's quality when the reviews tore her season apart and began to praise ABC's ''Fridays'' as the new sharp, satirical sketch show (until ABC [[ScrewedByTheNetwork screwed the show over]]). After Charles Rocket's "f-word" debacle on the Charlene Tilton episode, Doumanian was fired (along with most of her cast, except for cast members Creator/EddieMurphy, Joe Piscopo, Denny Dillon, Gail Matthius - though Dillon and Matthius would be fired later - and writer Creator/BrianDoyleMurray). The season lives on as one of ''SNL'''s lowest points in the show's peak-and-valley history (seasons 11[[note]]1985-1986[[/note]] and 20[[note]]1994-1995[[/note]] are the only other seasons that have spelled doom for ''SNL''[[note]]Other seasons, like seasons 18, 19, 23, 27, 28, 29, 30, 35, and 39 have been branded as bad, but it's mostly along the lines of being boring and uneven in quality, not "so bad that NBC wants the show canceled[[/note]], but those seasons have been VindicatedByHistory, as most modern viewers will claim that the Weekend Update segments, done by DennisMiller and NormMacDonald respectively, are ActuallyPrettyFunny.
** Doumanian did resurface in TheNineties as the producer of a number of critically acclaimed and moderately successful Creator/WoodyAllen films. Two of them (''BulletsOverBroadway'' and ''Mighty Aphrodite'') even won Best Supporting Actress Oscars. Then she screwed that up too, when, in 2000, she suddenly backed out of a movie, leaving Woody stranded, eventually resulting in both of them filing lawsuits against each other.
** The denouement of that season may have ''literally'' killed Charles Rocket. Before that season he was seen as an up-and-comer whose "''Rocket Report''" newscast segments made him seem like a natural successor to Chevy Chase. But after the series and his dismissal, he got only supporting roles in films like ''DumbAndDumber'' and failed TV pilots. It was enough to pay the bills, but he never became the big star he could have been, and in 2005 he was found dead in a field near his home with his throat cut, apparently a suicide.
* ''{{Supertrain}}'': The final destruction of NBC was ''barely averted'' with the flop of a series the struggling network was resting its future upon. This hour-long comedy-drama series was essentially a clone of ''TheLoveBoat'' (trips, all-star guest casts, intertwining storylines with one a comedy, one more serious and a romantic story; etc.), except it was set aboard a train. Fans tuned in the first week and found unfunny situations and a series that all-around paled in comparison to the vastly superior ''Love Boat'', and a hasty attempt to rework the series failed. ''Supertrain'' often finds its way onto "biggest TV flops of all time" lists. Adding to the problem was the highly-expensive model train at one point jumped the tracks and crashed on the studio floor, requiring another equally expensive replacement to be built.
* ''Cliffhangers'': Another series that NBC truly and earnestly believed in, so much so that it nearly canceled several legitimate hits – most notably ''Series/LittleHouseOnThePrairie'' – to put on a poorly written and produced program featuring three serial cliffhanger dramas. Each drama was 20-minutes long and ended with a cliffhanger, but only one of them reached its proper conclusion before NBC gave up.
* '''The 1980 Summer Olympics''': By default, thanks to President Carter's announcement that the United States would be boycotting the 1980 Summer Games in Moscow. The boycott cost NBC millions in desperately needed advertising revenue ... and it, along with the failure of ''{{Supertrain}}'', would nearly undo the United States' oldest television network.
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[[folder:Pinball]]
* Some players believe that ''Pinball/FlipperFootball'' -- an attempt to realistically portray soccer in a pinball game -- was the straw that broke the back of Creator/CapcomPinball. Other observers, though, believe the division was already on such shaky ground with Capcom management that nothing could've saved it.
* Unofficial gossip is that pinball artist Creator/PythonAnghelo's career ended with the unfinished "Zingy Bingy" project. According to secondhand sources, "Zingy Bingy" was a ''pornographic-themed'' pinball game; players would use penis-shaped flippers to shoot the pinball into vagina-shaped saucers, while breast bumpers knocked the ball around.
* Subverted in the case of Creator/WilliamsElectronics, who exited arcade gaming after releasing the first two games in their new "Pinball 2000" platform (''Pinball/RevengeFromMars'' and ''Pinball/StarWarsEpisodeI''). While many blamed the games for being a Creator Killer, the truth was that the games did moderately well, but simply fell short of being blockbusters. In actuality, Williams' shareholders had been planning to switch to the more lucrative field of casino gambling for some time, and used the "Pinball 2000" titles as an excuse to do so.
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[[folder:Tabletop Games]]
* While not a creator, distributor Upper Deck Entertainment got hit hard during the latter part of the ''[[Anime/YuGiOhGX GX]]'' era of the ''TabletopGame/YuGiOh'' TCG due to their own ExecutiveMeddling; a series of unpopular reshuffling of set cards (including the dismantling of two highly anticipated structure decks to release their new cards as difficult-to-get Secret Rares in the main sets), creation of poorly-received TCG-only cards, and ultimately the publishing of fake cards for third-party distribution ultimately forced {{Konami}} to pull their contract with UDE and wrangle the game away from them through a legal shitstorm. Even more damning, this incident has apparently caused {{Blizzard| Entertainment}} to pull ''their'' contract with UDE for the distribution of the ''VideoGame/WorldOfWarcraft'' TCG, going so far as to make an entirely new branch specifically for distributing it themselves. No word yet on how this will impact UDE's baseball and hockey card sales, but it's likely that that's going to be the only thing that'll save them from bankruptcy. To make things even more troubling, [[http://www.nctimes.com/business/article_526a005b-9676-57f8-b5d9-4eb14f2c43d0.html there's a corporate family civil war brewing as a direct result of the aforementioned Yu-Gi-Oh! TCG scandal.]]
* ''TabletopGame/{{Warhammer 40000}}'':
** Gav Thorpe is largely blamed for the weaknesses of the 4th-5th edition Chaos Space Marine codex for ''Warhammer 40,000'' by taking the "less is more" approach a bit too far. His biggest offense was the removal of numerous unit options and items that were in previous Chaos Marine books, which largely homogenized what was once a diverse and varied army and prevented players from being able to run themed lists based off the current Chaos Legions. Fan response to the Chaos Marine codex was so negative that Thorpe was removed as a codex writer and transferred to GW's novel writing division. Even then Thorpe has not released any GW-related content at all.
** The Grey Knights codex didn't quite ''kill'' [[ScapegoatCreator Matt Ward's]] career, despite the hopes of large chunks of 4chan, but it led to Ward receiving vastly greater oversight while writing the Necron codex, and since the release of sixth edition in 2012, his sole publishing credit has been for ''TabletopGame/{{Warhammer}} Fantasy Battle''. Meaning it may not have stopped him writing, but despite the prevalence of rumours putting him in charge of any army whose author hasn't already been confirmed, he doesn't seem to be writing 40K any more.
*** Warhammer Fantasy Battles fans remember Ward rather differently, as he was sent to 40k from WFB after writing the Chaos Demons codex for 7th edition...which was so incredibly broken that it forced the immediate development and release of an ''entirely new edition of the game'' in response.
** Robin Cruddace was widely praised for his handling of the 5th edition Imperial Guard book, which saw a once joke-level army being turned into one of the strongest forces on the tabletop, until he got his hands on the Tyranids...and promptly got labeled as a treadhead. It's widely considered by the fandom that Cruddace excels at balancing vehicle-based armies, but when given the Tyranids, the only army in the entire game to not use vehicles in any way or form, his only reaction was to make them bland and passable while ensuring that any real threats to vehicles in the codex were eliminated (the sole exception being the Hive Guards) by raising their prices or reducing their effectiveness. Combined with Matt Ward's "accomplishments" above, this has resulted in GW instead not naming any specific writer on any of their codexes since the 6th edition release of the Tyranids due to the internet backlash that ensues. Remember that Games Workshop is a firm that doesn't '''read''' internet feedback, which should give you an idea of how serious this is.
* TSR, original owner and publisher of ''TabletopGame/DungeonsAndDragons'', was already doing poorly in the early 90s from a variety of factors, and suddenly found themselves steamrolled by the success of newcomer Creator/WizardsOfTheCoast and their game ''TabletopGame/MagicTheGathering''. A self-serving focus on the ''BuckRogers'' franchise (to which the CEO's family owned rights), flopped attempts to get in on the "collectible gaming" market with products like Dragon Dice, as well as a massive loss on a pile of unsold novels hit TSR with a trifecta of Creator Killers, forcing them to sell off to upstart rival Wizards.
* Pretty much all of Decipher's card games came to end after the release of the final set of the MegaMan card game, which featured a deck so overowered that it brought the company down with it
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[[folder:Theater]]
* While Creator/CirqueDuSoleil's ''Theatre/{{Dralion}}'' (1999) was critically well-received, it flopped badly in its original North American tour and did extensive financial damage to the company, ensuring that director Guy Caron would never get a directing job with any theater company for a long time. It took two years for Cirque to scare up enough money to put ''Theatre/{{Varekai}}'' into production. ''Dralion'' still runs, but only because ''Varekai'' pulled in record-breaking numbers when it launched.
** David Shriner's career also tanked when, fresh off the heels of the hit ''Kooza'', he wrote and directed the highly-hyped ''Theatre/BananaShpeel'' -- which was intended as Cirque's first permanent show in New York City. The show was a critical and commercial disaster, annoyed audiences to no end, and caused Cirque's reputation as a whole to nosedive. Thankfully, this show and other weaker Cirque efforts produced over 2008-10 (''Theatre/CrissAngelBelieve'', ''ZAIA'', and ''Theatre/VivaElvis'') were revamped and/or closed down, the next few tours (''TOTEM'', ''Theatre/MichaelJacksonTHEIMMORTALWorldTour'', and ''Amaluna'') pulled in breathtaking numbers, and the company has continued to churn out productions like butter.
* Irving Caesar, veteran Broadway songwriter and comedy writer, never wrote for the stage again after his self-produced "revusical" ''My Dear Public'', which closed out of town in 1942, restarted production the next year, finally reached New York and bombed. At least he lived more than long enough to witness the triumphant 1971 revival of ''No, No, Nanette'', whose hit songs he wrote lyrics for.
* ''Kelly'' (1965) became notorious as the first Broadway musical since 1930 to close on its opening night. Its failure brought an end to the career of composer Mark "Moose" Charlap, whose career after ''PeterPan'' had been a series of flops.
* Robert Bolt began his career with several successes: ''Flowering Cherry'', ''The Tiger and the Horse'' and especially ''AManForAllSeasons'' were all major critical and commercial hits. His next play, ''Gentle Jack'', was a notorious flop which convinced Bolt to focus on screenwriting. While he wrote two modestly successful plays afterward (''Theatre/TheThwartingOfBaronBolligrew'' and ''Vivat! Vivat Regina!'') and proved a successful screenwriter with flicks like ''LawrenceOfArabia'', nothing Bolt wrote for the stage matched his earlier plays in popularity or (arguably) quality.
* The 1967 Broadway musical ''How Now, Dow Jones'', "based on an idea by Carolyn Leigh," ensured that no further musicals with Leigh as lyricist would ever reach Broadway, though her earlier lyrics for ''Peter Pan'' and ''Little Me'' were highly regarded. (''How Now, Dow Jones'' did pick up a bunch of Tony nominations, but 1967 was an unusually bad year.)
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[[folder:Western Animation]]
* [[Creator/MaxAndDaveFleischer Fleischer Studios]] (of ''WesternAnimation/BettyBoop'' and ''ComicStrip/{{Popeye}}'' fame) was for a time one of the most popular animation studios in the U.S. and Creator/{{Disney}}'s biggest competitor throughout the 1930s, but its attempts to [[FollowTheLeader follow Disney]] into the feature animated film market with ''[[WesternAnimation/GulliversTravels Gulliver's Travels]]'' and ''Film/MrBugGoesToTown'' in the late 1930s/early 1940s (coupled with a move to UsefulNotes/{{Miami}} from [[UsefulNotes/NewYorkCity New York]] around the same time) drove the studio into serious debt. After a fairly public spat between brothers Max and Dave Fleischer ended up sending the studio into disarray, their distributor Creator/{{Paramount}} responded by purchasing the studio in 1942 and firing the brothers, reorganizing and renaming it Creator/FamousStudios. Although they had some success with ''WesternAnimation/CasperTheFriendlyGhost'' and the SupermanTheatricalCartoons in the 1940s, Paramount could never recreate the pre-''Gulliver's Travels'' level of success that the studio had in the 1930s, and it was ultimately shut down in 1967 after Paramount itself was purchased by Gulf+Western.
* After the abrupt cancellation of the ''Ren & Stimpy Adult Party Cartoon'', it is unlikely Creator/JohnKricfalusi will be able to sell another show (not that it's stopped him from trying). Several of his smaller animation projects have enjoyed fairly high-profile success, such as a CouchGag for ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons'' in which the family is shown in John K.'s bizarre style, as well as artwork for Music/MileyCyrus' 2013-14 ''Bangerz'' tour.
** Relatedly, the combined failures of ''Adult Party Cartoon'', ''WesternAnimation/GaryTheRat'', and ''WesternAnimation/{{Stripperella}}'' resulted in SpikeTV giving up on any semblance of an animation block less than a year into its existence. (''Stripperella'' was brought down mainly due to a lawsuit filed against a stripper who claimed that Creator/StanLee stole the show's idea from her; unlike the other two shows, it was fairly well-received by critics and fans, and became enough of a CultClassic to warrant a DVD release.)
* The [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/2007_Boston_bomb_scare Boston Bomb Scare]], when some Boston police thought that guerilla marketing [=LEDs=] for the ''WesternAnimation/AquaTeenHungerForce'' movie were bombs, led to then-current Creator/CartoonNetwork head Jim Samples being forced to step down. Observers have pointed at this incident as arguably the cause of the NetworkDecay of Cartoon Network and [[ArsonMurderAndJaywalking another entry into the]] Administrivia/PermanentRedLinkClub, considering that his replacement Stuart Snyder was the main champion of the increase of live-action sitcoms and reality shows on the channel. It is worth noting that Cartoon Network has since been trying to WinBackTheCrowd by phasing out the live-action shows on Cartoon Network (the kids' show side of it, anyway; the AdultSwim side still has live-action shows) and bringing back reruns of their classic cartoons (''WesternAnimation/LooneyTunes'' and ''WesternAnimation/TomAndJerry'' shorts as well as Cartoon Cartoon shorts on ''WesternAnimation/CartoonPlanet''); namely due to fan protests and the failure of CN Real and similar live-action shows the channel has since tried to introduce onto the network every now and then.
* The universal panning and box office failure (not to mention its failure to get a theatrical release in the US) of ''[[WesternAnimation/SpaceChimps Space Chimps 2: Zartog Strikes Back]]'' proved to be the death knell of animation studio Vanguard Animation. They had several projects in the pipeline at the time of closure.
* Rich Animation Studios got hit with this ''twice.'' After their first feature film ''WesternAnimation/TheSwanPrincess'' flopped, the animation studio disappeared from cinema for a few years and then tried their hand at feature film again with ''WesternAnimation/TheKingAndI'' animated adaptation. The critical and commercial failure of that film caused the company to be acquired by Crest Animation Studios. The newly-formed [=RichCrest=] Animation Studios then released their animated adaptation of ''WesternAnimation/TheTrumpetOfTheSwan'', which failed to secure a wide release and was also a critical and commercial disappointment. Not until 2010 did the company (as Crest Animation Studios) return to cinemas with ''WesternAnimation/AlphaAndOmega'', which [[CriticalDissonance despite negative reviews]] [[CareerResurrection was a commercial success]] and today is a CultClassic among young animation fans.
* The failure of ''WesternAnimation/AstroBoy'' at the box office resulted in the shutdown of Imagi Animation Studios, including the production of a {{Gatchaman}} film in the works, as well as an ''Astro Boy'' sequel.
* The failure of ''WesternAnimation/PinkyElmyraAndTheBrain'' and, to a lesser extent, ''{{Histeria}}!'' and ''RoadRovers'' ended the ''Steven Spielberg presents'' series of cartoons and also caused many of the writers and producers (like Tom Ruegger, Sherri Stoner, and Paul Rugg) to not get any work for at least a few years.
* Semi-example with Warner Bros. Animation. Though the animation division itself is still around today, the box-office failure of ''Film/LooneyTunesBackInAction'' led to WBA's feature film department, Warner Bros. Feature Animation, being shut down. Though admittedly, ''Back In Action'' was more of a final straw than anything else-the majority of WBA's feature films were critical and commercial flops, and the ones that ''did'' find some sort of success only managed to achieve it in one field (''Film/SpaceJam'' at the box office; ''WesternAnimation/TheIronGiant'' and ''WesternAnimation/BatmanMaskOfThePhantasm''[[note]]which is technically not a WBFA film[[/note]] with the critics). It has since been succeeded by Warner Animation Group who released their first film --''WesternAnimation/TheLegoMovie''-- in 2014 to smashing critical and commercial praise.
* Though DNA Productions (who produced ''Film/JimmyNeutronBoyGenius'' and [[WesternAnimation/TheAdventuresOfJimmyNeutron its subsequent television series]] as well as ''WesternAnimation/OliveTheOtherReindeer'') did suffer from ''WesternAnimation/TheAntBully'' becoming a box office disappointment, it was actually a lawsuit filed by O Entertainment (who co-produced ''Jimmy Neutron'' with them) that was the direct cause of the company's closure.
* Nickelodeon's [[ScrewedByTheNetwork derailment]] of the company's flagship ''WesternAnimation/{{Rugrats}}'' series, the box office failures of ''[[WesternAnimation/TheWildThornberrys The Wild Thornberrys Movie]]'' and ''WesternAnimation/RugratsGoWild'', and the growing popularity of ''WesternAnimation/SpongebobSquarepants'' and ''WesternAnimation/TheFairlyOddParents'' all proved to push Creator/KlaskyCsupo out of work and into obscurity in the mid-2000s. After the company wrapped up production on all of its shows in 2006, [=Klasky-Cuspo=] then made several animated pilots for Nick and its sister networks, none of which were greenlit. The animation company faded from the production scene and relevance shortly afterwards. It was later revived by the founders in 2012, but the announcement of a webseries about their VanityPlate in development being the only relevant information to come from the company (aside from the pilots the company produced in 2006, which they uploaded to the internet) only managed to show the company as [[InNameOnly a shell of its former self]].
* ''WesternAnimation/PenguinsOfMadagascar'' was such a disaster at the domestic box office that Creator/DreamWorksAnimation lost an enormous amount of money (though the failed merger with Creator/{{Hasbro}} deserves credit, too), resulting in studio Pacific Data Images shutting down as part of a restructuring of the company.
* ''WesternAnimation/Ben10Omniverse'' not only [[FranchiseKiller killed the franchise]], but it also led art designer Derrick Wyatt (who was best known for his works as art director for ''WesternAnimation/TeenTitans'', ''WesternAnimation/LegionOfSuperHeroes'', ''WesternAnimation/ScoobyDooMysteryIncorporated'' and ''WesternAnimation/TransformersAnimated'') to shut down his Website/DeviantArt account after the demise of the series.
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[[folder:Other]]
[[AC:Wrestling]]
* The infamous "FingerpokeOfDoom" is often cited as the beginning of the end for Wrestling/{{WCW}}. If it wasn't this, then David Arquette's ill-fated world title run did it for sure.
* Wrestling/{{ECW}}'s show on [[SpikeTV TNN]] was supposed to be the thing that would take the company out of "cult following" status and into mainstream success. Instead, the financial and logistical pressures of producing the weekly program, as well as the network's forcing the promotion to tone down the blood-and-guts style that made them famous, and then failing to promote or back them in any way (even going so far as to negotiate to bring the [[{{WWE}} WWF]] to the network while ECW was still airing), ended up killing the promotion. By the end, ECW was in open WriterRevolt, trying desperately to get their show canceled so they could shop it around to other networks before the money ran out. It didn't work.

[[AC:Clothing]]
* In a 2006 interview, Abercrombie & Fitch CEO Mike Jeffries said that they don't allow "fat" and "uncool" people to work in A&F stores and wear their clothes, in which L is the highest size they make. When the comments resurfaced in May 2013, that statement pretty much turned the brand's name to mud overnight.

[[AC:Publishers]]
* The Danish publisher Westermann produced a deluxe two-volume set of ''Vore gamle tropekolonier'' (Our old tropical colonies), a historical work on Danish colonial history, in 1952-53. The edition was absolutely top-notch quality, but unfortunately it was so expensive that sales were extremely disappointing, ultimately causing the publisher to go under.
* The British publisher Dorling Kindersley became massively successful in the nineties with their distinctive style of heavily-illustrated but genuinely informative popular non-fiction works. Unfortunately, in 1999 they massively over-estimated the demand for ''Franchise/StarWars: Film/ThePhantomMenace'' UniverseCompendium works. Thousands of unsold books were returned by major bookstores and clogged discount remainder outlets for months, and the company was taken over by Pearson.

[[AC:Aircraft]]
* The [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/McDonnell_Douglas_DC-10 DC-10]] turned out to be this for [=McDonnell=] Douglas; sadly, it was actually meant as an effort to recover the company that made commercial aerial transport a reality. Douglas Inc. seriously struggled in the 1960s, mostly because of ill-considered and failed investments in the space program; the DC-10, produced after a merger with [=McDonnell=], was meant to establish the company as a strong player in the booming market of widebody jets. While a good aircraft in its own right, with a solid safety record, it suffered from several high-profile crashes that seriously blemished its image; the main [[StarDerailingRole derailment]] being the [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Turkish_Airlines_Flight_981 1974 crash in France]]. It was caused by a faulty design of the cargo door, which blew open, causing an ExplosiveDecompression and loss of control; however, it turned out that [=McDonnell=] Douglas ''knew'' about the problem beforehand, but failed to resolve the situation effectively, partly due to fear of losing customers if the flaw would be revealed. The company never really recovered from the [=THY981=] crash; while the DC-10 sales were good (386 civil+60 military units), they were still too small to pull the company out of the financial troubles that hit [=McDonnell=] Douglas after the crash and resulting lawsuits, and the DC-10's successor, the MD-11, while once again a good, reliable aircraft, suffered from resulting underdevelopment and its sales were so-so (it did not help that the MD-11 was a trijet [[DeaderThanDisco in the era of twinjets]]). Finally, [=McDonnell=] Douglas merged with its archrival Boeing in 1997.
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