Bart Simpson:Alan Moore! You wrote my favorite Radioactive Man comics. Alan Moore: Oh, really? You liked how I made your favorite superhero a heroin-addicted jazz critic who's not radioactive? Bart Simpson: I don't read the words, I just like it when he punches people.
Package deal. Especially in cases where purchasing a la carte is not an option. Can range from premium cable package deals to meals at a fine dining restaurant. If it's something people want badly, they may not mind paying the entire price for just the items they want - even if they might consider it to be an inconvenience.
Before the days of YouTube, Video On Demand services and other video streaming sites, it wasn't unheard of for people to buy tickets to movies in the theaters just to see a trailer for an upcoming movie, such as Star Wars.
Odin: Photon Space Sailor Starlight isn't generally regarded as a good film, but it may be of interest to fans of the band Loudness whose music is featured in the film.
Geneshaft, which includes music by the guitarist from Loudness.
Many people who watch Hamtaro only watch it for its human characters (mainly Laura and Kana).
Magical Girl Lyrical Nanoha was initially intended to be a cute little spinoff for people Just Here For the cute little sister from Triangle Heart 3: Sweet Songs Forever. Halfway through the first season, which had by then pulled more viewers than the Toraha 3 OVA released around the same time had, the game cast starts to fade out and the plot gets complicated. By the end, Nanoha is the only game cast member with a major role, the universe has made many major breaks with the originals, and most people seeking the Triangle Heart games and OVAs are Just There For Nanoha.
Happiness! is an anime that was originally a Visual Novel. Most agree it's a fairly mediocre high school drama with a really generic magic system attached. It doesn't matter though, because nearly everyone watches it to see Jun, who steals every single scene he's in.
While the manga has a bit more existent plot, pretty much the only reason most people watch Kanokon is because it should have just been titled Fanservice: The Anime.
Many watchers of Black Butler stick around simply for the sheer awesomeness that is Sebastian. He is after all, one hell of a butler. And a lot of others came for the apparent Ho Yay that fans always boast about.
The film adaptation of "Buddha" by Osamu Tezuka seems to be shaping up to be this, due to the soundtrack including "Scarlet Love Song" by X Japan.
A lot of people watched Elfen Lied for the gore, fan service, and Gorn.
People check out the When They Cry series for the gore but typically stay for other reasons.
How many fans of Axis Powers Hetalia actually have read or watched a majority of the series? You're in here for the fandom, Ho Yay, and the fact the series is based upon Bishōnen and Bishojo personified masses of land.
An amusing inversion in the Digimon series. There are plenty of fans who ignore the Digimon and prefer to focus in the interactions between the humans. As the anime is considered to be a rare positive example of a Human-Focused Adaptation, this is understandable.
Gundam: Despite the complicated plots and the overbearing characters, people still watch the show just to see giant robots beat each other up.
Whenever the topic of Initial D comes up on a forum, you can be certain that someone will say "I only watch it for the cars", followed by someone else responding with "We all only watch it for the cars."
Fans of the Jojos Bizarre Adventure OVA, mainly watch it for the final, unique fight with Dio and Jotaro. Also, the manga has a small group of fans who read it just for the many musical shout outs.
Some of the Pokémon anime's early Western fandom started from this; even though the games were the origin of the franchise as a whole, the English dub of the anime was intentionally released in the U.S. several weeks before the games were. As a result, it became a promotional vehicle for the rest of the franchise, and some fans initially watched the show to familiarize themselves with the series before the games were available. Even now, sneak peeks of upcoming game material are often showcased in the anime, giving people who don't normally watch it a reason to do so if they are fans of the games. After the initial hype had died down, with new Pokemon being revealed in Coro Coro magazine before the anime can begin a new region and Ash losing the Indigo Conference, there are some fan who still watch the anime mainly to see if Ash wins a Pokemon League.
Lampshaded when during one promotion where each cover in one particular month featured Wolverine whether or not he even appears in the story. On some (such as the short-lived adaptation of Laurel K. Hamilton's Stephanie Blake series) the cover (always showing Wolvie teaming up with the comic's hero(es)) there was a small disclaimer, obviously suggested by Marvel's legal counsel that read "Wolverine does not actually appear in this comic."
Also parodied by The Sensational She-Hulk, where they have a cover of Wolverine and a couple of other heroes at the charge and the blurb "Wolverine is on this comic!"... and a crumpled bottom having been pushed up by Jen, who looks at the reader while glibly saying "Note the cover doesn't say he's actually in this comic!"
Similarly, a lot of publicity for 2000AD revolves around the fact that it's the magazine that originated Judge Dredd. Dredd is on roughly 98% of covers nowadays, and the title on the cover used to have the subtitle Featuring'JUDGE DREDD', a tradition continued by the iOS app.
One of the trends of The Dark Age of Comic Books was following the artists and fans placing emphasis on art over story such that superstar artists even started their own publishing companies. Eventually, backlash shifted things back in favor of the writing especially as the novelty of the stylized and exaggerated art of that era wore off.
Wreck-It Ralph: Fans all over the internet are having Nerdgasms over seeing their favourite video game characters make cameos. Subverted for many when the cameos stop coming about halfway through the movie and the audience is hooked on the film's own characters and plot. Even then, you'll still hear complaints that Bowser got no lines.
A good deal of the interest (at least among adults) in Hotel Transylvania came solely from the fact that Genndy Tartakovsky directed the film. Many people were not interested in the film itself and just wanted to see it because they thought it would help his career if they did.
The Godzilla franchise, which became famous only for the monster fights (hence the trope title).
Godzilla by himself can be a major draw for people who want to see him demolishing cities.
Godzilla (2014). It does star the Trope Namer himself, after all. The first official teaser trailer leans on this heavily: all it really reveals about the film's plot is that Godzilla's in it, he causes loads of destruction and this upsets and frightens many people (i.e. the simplest, most basic elements of a Godzilla story). This was tantalizing enough to shoot the trailer to more than 10 million Youtube views in a week.
Similarly, most fans didn't expect Godzilla: Smash3 to be particularly good when it was first revealed, but the game was still closely examined because it gave the best yet view of the new Godzilla design.
Among non-fans and even people who actively dislike Godzilla, Bryan Cranston has become enough of a draw for them. Jeremy Jahns mentions this in his review of the teaser:
"Yeah, that was Bryan Cranston. Okay, well... I'll watch the movie. I was on the fence with the big lizard tearing shit through a city, but you bring in Heisenberg and — alright, I'm there."
Ironically, one of the biggest criticisms leveled against the movie was exactly Godzilla's and Cranston's limited screen-time (the former mostly has cameos until the final fight, the latter is killed off about half an hour in), and while most critics applauded this "held-back" approach, audiences were less forgiving (there was a significant drop in attendance following a strong opening), proving this trope to be a double-edged sword.
Much like the Godzilla films, the low budget sword and sandal Hercules peplum films that Italy used to churn out in the late 1950s and early 1960s made most of their money from people who just wanted to see the fights, the Fanservice (male and female alike) and the beautiful Italian scenery as opposed to any actual story.
The biggest complaint about the live-action Transformers movies is the focus on the humans. Optimus Prime doesn't even get introduced in the first movie until an hour in. There are subplots that lead to nothing and very scatological humans. Revenge of the Fallen is a little better, offering flashy fights in the beginning, middle and end, but all the time between that is just waffle. This is something the Transformers producers have long failed to grasp. Fans are just here for the robots, and it's an extremely rare human who catches on with viewers of any age. The adults who were annoyed by Spike and Daniel may be the Periphery Demographic now, but they were kids when they first watched. With the newer series, for every Sari, there's three Sams or Kickers whose not-remotely-interesting home lives are only unwanted interruptions to the giant-robot-armies-at-war thing everyone really came for, and any scene with them will be considered Filler. The humans who do get popular are never the Tagalong Kids who get all the screentime, and it's hard to know if the kids liked Simmons or Fowler as much as we do.
Transformers: Age of Extinction, the fourth live-action film, had a much better balance and gave its robots bigger screen and story-presence, to the point where some fans regard this as the first "true" Transformers movie in the series. That said, the movie still suffered because while it offered many things for fans to be excited about (most importantly, the Dinobots), many claimed that it was far too long to be worth the effort, and the much-promoted Dinobots were only put in as an afterthought. As a whole, though, general moviegoers loved it just like the first three, and critics kept mourning the death of cinema.
Transformers Prime challenged even the movieverse at first with its attention to Jack's home life and Miko's love of being In Harm's Way. There's some time spent on Jack angsting about how his time with the 'bots is interfering with his mundane life, even though there's really no need for him to be with the Autobots. By season two, though, this is massively scaled back, with the story mostly about the Transformers' battles, with the humans occasionally helping out. Miko has come especially far, from rushing headlong into danger explicitly because it's fun and not caring about endangering everyone to actually being part of the solution, and you can at points see the kids being the Autobots' guides to an unfamiliar world. By the series finale TV movie, all humans are absent.
Most people sit patiently through Koyaanisqatsi to get to the penultimate 15 minute "The Grid" sequence.
Is Monsters Ball a great scripted, shot, acted, Oscar-winning movie? Sure, but a lot of people watched it strictly for Halle Berry in a steamy sex scene.
Scott Pilgrim vs. The World is an interesting example. A lot of people will tell you that they weren't there for the Scott/Ramona romance, but for his battles with her Evil Exes.
Swordfish had a lot of people showing up for it not caring about the criminal/hacker plot, but because Halle is topless in one scene.
In general, if you have a favorite B-movie actor and plenty of time and/or disposable income on your hands, you'll watch droves of otherwise unwatchable films just to catch a glimpse of your hero - and that goes double if you're a horny male and the "star" is a sexy babe. Take Anna Nicole Smith, for instance. How many boys aged 14 to 25 watched the DTV movie To the Limitjust to see her naked body - when she wasn't even the main character in that film, and in fact it was a sequel to an earlier film, Da Vinci's War, which she wasn't in and which was made before most people had even heard of her?
Most action films score very low on plot originality, character development or any kind of message. Audiences simply want to see explosions (or "'splosions," in the common vernacular), people fighting each other or fast paced special effects.
Most romantic drama films and comedies are extremely predictable, yet women and couples just want to see a romantic story on a fairy tale level to leave the cinema with a happy feeling.
Alexander. A large amount of people watched it for that one scene with Rosario Dawson. Another amount came looking only for the battle sequences, which given who it is about is understandable.
A LOT of Japanese people only watch Hollywood films because they find the American actor/actresses in them attractive.
Slasher-style horror movies (Friday the 13th and whatnot) typically attract people for the murderer. The trope Developing Doomed Characters was invented purely to describe the miserable time before the murderer starts knifing co-eds. Because seriously, who sat down to watch the engaging social life at Camp Crystal Lake?
The "Plot" such as it is, of most Friday the 13th movies, serves only as a vehicle to deliver (usually Teen) Victims to Jason. This is further confirmed by the "Jump to a Death" option present on the home DVD versions.
In the Japanese film Always Zoku San Choume No Yuuhi (Always Sunset on Third Street 2), Godzilla himself makes a brief cameo appearance in the first 2 minutes of the film in a dream sequence and in CGI form, Many Godzilla fans don't know what this film is about or even care, all they want to see is Godzilla.
As of The Amazing Spider-Man 2, the base has been broken into those in it for Peter and Gwen's surprisingly well-written relationship, and those who grant that it is an improvement over the Raimi trilogy's romance angle, but it also takes far too much time away from the, you know, Spider-Man parts that they bought a ticket for.
A criticism of the first Hulk movie was Ang Lee's attempt to add the daddy issues backstory, while most people just wanted to see HULK SMASH. The issues presented weren't the problem, since they also occur in the comics, it was that Lee tried to make them the whole movie and not just a small part of Hulk. Like Spider-Man above, less whine more hero. Rotten Tomatoes even summarizes the consensus of the movie as "Too much talking and not enough smashing."
People watch Ed Wood movies purely meta to observe the terrible sets, bad dialogue and acting, and obvious mistakes.
Pornography. As John Carmack of id Software said, "[The story] It's expected to be there, but it's not that important." Ironically, many ''Skinemax' films go the opposite direction, with as few as two or three sex scenes in a two hour movie about the most boring and trite corporate/scientific espionage imaginable.
While a lot of people won't admit it, social stigmas related to nudity and sex means many people's only exposure to such is through generic action movies. The watchers are not especially interested in the story at all, they're just there for the nudity, sex and violence. This means movies are released with this in mind, leading to Viewers Are Morons, which pisses off the other group.
Milla Jovovich is a compelling reason to watch Ultraviolet (to her fans), despite being considered to be a very bad movie by critics in general. It holds true for Zoolander (as Katinka), The Messenger: The Story of Joan of Arc, and The Fifth Element (as Leeloo). Inverted with her role in the Resident Evil movies, as many fans were displeased that established characters such as Jill Valentine and Leon Kennedy were pushed back in favor of Jovovich. It hasn't stopped the movies from being successful, though.
This is an interesting dilemma with the original The Pink Panther movies. The bulk of viewers only watch them for Peter Sellers and, to a lesser extent, the animated title sequences. The series has been outright criticized by critics such as James Berardinelli as having little merit beyond them. The post-Sellers entries invoke this reaction with two other characters: Chief Inspector Charles Dreyfus and Cato Fong, who both became popular in their own right after their introduction in film two, A Shot in the Dark. Some fans actually prefer Herbert Lom's scenes as Dreyfus to Sellers' scenes. Son of... is firmly Just Here For Dreyfus: What audience it has is there to see the series' Ineffectual Sympathetic Villainfinally get aHappy Ending. Later, the success of the 2006 Steve Martin reboot was a case of Just Here For Steve Martin, considering the sequel's disappointing performance.
Fans of Anthony Stewart Head, Sarah Brightman, Paul Sorvino, Alexa Vega, Paris Hilton, Bill Mosely, and/or Nivek Ogre went to see Repo! The Genetic Opera based solely on their appearances therein. Almost all of them are now devoted fans of the movie. Fans of Yoshiki Hayashi did the same. Their mileage varies widely: some are devoted fans of the film, others not so much.
Paris Hilton drove away more of the film's potential audience than she attracted (House of Wax (2005), anyone?). Which is a shame, because she performs her role in Repo perfectly.
The films starring Sonja Henie were to watch her skate.
Attack of the Clones owes most of its popularity to Jango Fett. Some people went for the massive hellstorm of special effects that is the last quarter of the movie, including Yoda wielding a lightsaber (as the film wore on in theaters commercials started airing saying "who da man? Yoda man" to capitalize on what was certainly the film's largest draw). Others came come to watch the space battles, or the Jedi fight scenes.
Most people only go to the James Bond films for the action and to see beautiful women in various states of undress.
Wild Things: Denise Richards gets them out, makes out with Neve Campbell in a swimming pool and they have a threesome with Matt Dillon. There's also that strip of Kevin's Bacon. The sequels have a similar reputation, except with a less acclaimed plot.
The three Cruel Intentions movies, are this to many people. One of the reasons is the scene with Sarah Michelle Gellar flirtatiously offering one last clause for her and her brother-in-law's bet.
The Home Alone movies usually have a story about a child learning to act on his own and getting into trouble, but really the only reason people went to see those movies was for the Death Trap houses.
A large percentage of the Tekken film's sparse audience likely went just to see Lateef Crowder playing Eddy Gordo. The smart ones just settled for watching his scenes on YouTube.
You may like the Melodrama of Tyler Perry's movies and plays, but you are more likely there to watch Madea's shenanigans.
Avatar is perhaps the highest-grossing film ever so farnote "Perhaps" because that's without taking into account home video sales or adjusting for inflation.. However, just about everyone went to watch it only for the stunning effects.
German Neo-Nazis often bought tickets for American History X just to see the violence scenes during the first ten minutes. After that, they left the cinema again.
The first album by Procol Harum includes a song titled "Salad Days (Are Here Again)", and the track listing on the back cover says that this song is "From The Film 'Separation'". Separation is an obscure art film which remained unavailable for a long time after its initial (limited) theatrical run in 1968, leaving Procol Harum fans wondering what it was like. In 2009, the film was released on video for the first time, and thus many of those watching it are Just Here For Procol Harum (though maybe Come for the X, Stay for the Y is in effect too).
Some people watched the film only because of ship's sinking scenes.
Back when it was released most teenage girls went to see the film solely because they were so in love with Leonardo DiCaprio. In fact many people only remember the romantic scenes and are completely unaware that the entire story was based on a real life incident.
Many people have seen it multiple times, and still have not seen the beginning. The "Making of" documentary created a lot of interest in the special effects in people who had originally chosen not to sit through the four-hour film. It's pretty common knowledge that the crow's nest scene (when the look-outs spot the iceberg) occurs just about five minutes into the third hour, when it plays on TV, so when it's on, you can tune in exactly halfway through for the special effects, and skip the romance entirely.
Many Trek fans only watched the reboot for Leonard Nimoy's performance as Spock. The 90210 re-casting was not a selling point.
Many people also watched it for Zachary Quinto, widely regarded as the best thing in Heroes even at its best, as the new Spock. Other people watched for the space battles.
Many were there just to see Star Trek back on screen after five years and lots of uncertainty. Similarly for Star Trek: The Motion Picture which is why many fans like that first movie inspite of (or because of) complaints of long lingering shots of the Enterprise and long dialog free special effect sequences.
Many people went to see The Rite for one thing: Anthony Hopkins possessed. And in Mexico, many went to Watch It for the Meme that spawned thanks to certain national news anchor that interviewed Hopkins.
The only reason the film 'Just My Luck' got any success in the UK was because McFly's fangirls were flooding in to see their cameo. And Pixie Lott is the only reason Fred: The Movie got released in cinemas in said country. (Evidence: The Lott-less sequel premiered on Nickelodeon, as both films did in the US.)
Many Doctor Who fans went to see the reboot of Fright Night with the sole intention of seeing David Tennant shirtless.
A lot of people only watch the first half of Full Metal Jacket because of Gunnery Sergeant Hartman.
A lot of people have watched Zabriskie Point solely because of its Pink Floyd connection. note As for More and La Vallée, the main reason that anyone even hears about these films today is that Pink Floyd is still selling the albums (More and Obscured by Clouds) of the music that they wrote for the soundtracks.
Pacific Rim: Almost literally; people will watch it just for Giant Mechas fighting Kaiju. The movie clearly embraces this trope, as it doesn't try to pretend to be anything else but an epic time watching giants fight each other.
Legendary Pictures is also heading up the Godzillaremake, which is coming after this film, thus Pacific Rim is almost like a giant appetizer for Kaiju fans eagerly awaiting the Big G's return.
While general critical consensus on The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug is that it is much improved over An Unexpected Journey and generally worth seeing on its own merits, the one reason for anyone to see the film is for Smaug himself, and that the first full reveal of the dragon alone is worth the price of admission.
The 1995 movie Empire Records only made about $300,000 at the box office and had reviews that were in the toilet. The only thing that saved the movie from complete obscurity was likely its soundtrack, which is a Gen-X musical treasure trove.
Jurassic Park. Pretty much no one watches the movies for anything other than the dinosaurs, to the point the Tyrannosaurus Rex and Velociraptors are probably more popular than any of the human characters.
While it's becoming a cult classic and opinions are divided on some of the cast, most people agree that the late Ralph Richardson's and the late Catelin Clarke's performancess in Dragonslayer are decent. However the main draw of the film is easily the dragon, Vermithrax Pejorative, itself and maybe its babies.
Many people watched Who Framed Roger Rabbit just to see some their favorite cartoon characters in the same scene (Donald and Daffy, Mickey and Bugs).
A lot of the momentum behind Mad Men comes from either an interest in the fashion and more "Golden Age" elements of The Sixties - the other half comes from people who are just there for the hippies.
Miami Vice was a major invoker of this trope. The show, in its first seasons, had some really interesting comments on the criminal justice system in modern (1980s) America. It also had Don Johnson, the sleekest clothes and cars, and copious car chases and shootouts.
One of the best examples of all times is Baywatch, where to the fans the plot was nothing (yes, there was a plot - allegedly) and bouncing boobs on the beach in slow motion was everything. In fact, it's become something of a cliché in itself to quip that the bay wasn't what was being watched in that world, or to outright dub the show Babewatch.
Family Matters. Many of its viewers were less interested in the Winslows than they were in whatever it was Steve Urkel was up to this week. They could have easily redubbed it The Urkel Show and the ratings probably wouldn't have been affected very much.
Depending on your opinion G4Tv is only good for X-Play, Attack of the Show!, Totally Outrageous Behavior or Movies That Don't Suck. Network Decay killed all the other tech or game related shows, replacing them with Cops and Cheaters. There's also the camp of those who watch it just for Ninja Warrior and its kin.
The largest demographic of people now checking out The Green Hornet TV show are those interested in Bruce Lee's early career.
Many people watch American Idol in the beginning just to see the horrible no talent singers make fools of themselves on national television and seeing the judges (especially Simon Cowell mock them). Everything else after that is just a waste of time.
Some people only watch Hells Kitchen to see Gordon Ramsay hurl insults at people and to watch incomptent contestants make complete asses of themsleves.
BBC America will readily admit that most of the people who subscribe to their channel are only in it for Doctor Who.
When the series 3 DVD of The Sarah Jane Adventures was released, it had a sticker that said, "David Tennant's last recorded scenes as the Doctor." Since he was only in 2 episodes of a 12 episode season, likely that little bit of advertising angered somebody.
More than one person who is less than totally invested in the art of dance has watched So You Think You Can Dance religiously to see incredibly fit, attractive, young people twist and display their bodies in next to no clothing. For that matter, people who are totally invested in the art of dance merely tolerate the extensive air time devoted to the judges' input, contestant background clips and rehearsal footage, not to mention the musical guests and virtually content-free padding during the results shows.
Whenever a starring actor from a well known TV show stars in a new show, fans of that actor's previous show will probably tune in to the new show for the star. For example, Rizzoli & Isles has a two for one deal: it has Angie Harmon and Sasha Alexander. It's plausible that most Rizzoli & Isles viewers for the first few episodes were fans of the two stars previous shows.
People who watch Dark Angel only for Jensen Ackles, unfortunately often skipping Season One except for "Pollo Loco". At least it's balanced out by those who want to see Jessica Alba.
The 2009 remake of V has had low ratings and poor reviews, but many have agreed that Morena Baccarin's performance carries the show.
Many people watched Unsolved Mysteries soley for the segments on ghosts, aliens, and other supernatural creepiness. Speaking of creepy, some people who might otherwise have skipped over the show did watch it solely for its creepily awesome music score and Robert Stack's scary voice. It's still running today, but minus nearly all of the above.
Pretty Little Liars has a couple of Periphery Demographic types, people who watch it for the lesbian main character, and those who watch it because of how incredibly hot everyone on the show is (including many boys who just watch the show to see the pretty girls).
The short-lived Painkiller Jane TV series departed significantly from its source material and did not perform well enough to merit a second season, But some of us weren't paying attention to all that: we tuned in to see Kristanna Loken have some Les Yay and Bondage Fun once a week. And near the end of the show's run, the producers seemed to catch on.
A lot of fans of Monty Python merely laugh at the silliness and men dressing up as women. The intellectual and satirical references just go right over their head.
Many people watch award ceremonies just for the awards that the shows they like have been nominated for.
Plenty only watch the Spike Video Game Awards for the trailers and announcements.
In April, 2012, ITV premiered a 4 part Titanic mini-series to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the sinking of that ship. Around the same time, it was revealed that the next Companion for Doctor Who would be one Jenna-Louise Coleman...who happens to have a supporting role in the aforesaid Titanic mini series. Cue the YouTube clips of her scenes only.
The final two years of Australian Talk ShowRove (previously known as Rove Live) had a segment called Kevin Rudd PM. What was pretty much a Gag Dub of news footage spliced together of then Prime Minster Kevin Rudd as a secret agent. Looking episodes up on YouTube you'll see people saying they only watched the show for this.
If the internet is to be believed, most of the people who watched Hawking after 2010 were just there for Benedict Cumberbatch's performance. Granted, it is a great performance and landed him a BAFTA nomination.
Dateline has been running in some form since 1992. To Catch A Predator ran for a few standalone segments between 2003 and 2007. Now go to the Dateline page and see how many tropes are about just that segment...
TNT's Major Crimes drew from two major audience sources. The first, of course, was the fanbase of the parent show The Closer. The second was this trope being invoked with regards to Major Crimes star Mary Mc Donnell, who gained some serious star power from her work on Battlestar Galactica (Reimagined). In fact, this started when McDonnell first came on The Closer in its fifth season, as she'd only just left BSG at that point, but the announcement that she'd be headlining a television series again brought quite a bit more of her fanbase on board.
Power Rangers Operation Overdrive viewers tend to skip right to "Once a Ranger", and then immediately drop the series, because of the large Hatedom, yet still want to see the two episodes featuring their favorite character(s).
Power Rangers Megaforce started getting this as soon as it was announced that there would be cameos from past Rangers. Never mind that the cameos won't even start until year two, and most people will probably just end up very disappointed by expecting larger roles than we will probably get.
The Doctor Who story "The Dalek Invasion of Earth" has an utterly preposterous motivation for the Dalek invasion - they want to use human slaves to mine out the Earth's molten core, replace it with an engine and drive the planet around space. The fact that they already have a massive invasion fleet is just one of the reasons why this is nonsense. However, in practice, this works fine - the serial was to be the return of the Daleks, who at the time had spawned a craze, and the audience couldn't care less about the Doctor and his companions and just wanted to see Daleks fighting people. Figuring out why the Daleks are invading takes up maybe three minutes of the plot and is mostly there to faciliate some scenes of the humans being enslaved and a fight scene with Dalek Cyborgs.
Other Print Media
Many writers have readers who are reading it because they're interested in the time period and/or country where it takes place.
Fu Manchu novels back in the day. No one cared about the heroes, they were just there to see Fu Manchu kick ass.
A subscription to Nintendo Power in the late '80s could net you a copy of Dragon Quest I. A full version of a game worth roughly half again (at the time) the value of the subscription. Not a bad promo. Probably brought in a lot of business for the magazine.
Amiga Power knew some readers would only care about the score given to the reviewed works, and in their final issue gave Alien Breed 3D 2: The Killing Grounds a score of 98% (one of their highest scores in the entire run of the magazine), adding in the review itself that they'd always wanted to give a fake score and that it was actually only worth 59%.
Pornographic mags. Subvertedandlampshaded, as most like to say it's just for the articles but, for a good half the readership, it's closer to "Someone get these words out, they're blocking my pictorials!"
Take a look at the back cover of a Chinese novel that's been translated into Swedish. You'll find that it's written under the assumption that the book's potential readers are looking for a novel to teach them about China as a country, and not just a plot and characters and the other stuff you usually look for in a book. The Cultural Revolution is bound to be mentioned. The book Beijing Doll is just an autobiographical novel about life as a rock music-loving teen, but the Swedish back cover makes sure to mention that it's takes place after The Cultural Revolution, just so that the publishers could include a mention of it. It's very rare to find a back cover text that assumes that the readers just want a good novel and don't care one way or the other about the country where it takes place.
Before digitally distributed music (ie. iTunes), people bought whole albums for a single song, even if the 45 were available. This was especially true of cassettes. Unless the song was at the very beginning of the tape, people would have to patiently wait through other songs til they got to the track they wanted.
This can happen at double-billed concerts or festivals if you're a fan of only one of the artists playing.
Many classical music concerts often feature the more melodic tunes by popular composers ("William Tell Overture" (Gioacchino Rossini), "The Blue Danube" (Johann Strauss), "Bolero" (Maurice Ravel), "5th symphony" (Ludwig van Beethoven)"Eine Kleine Nachtmusik" (Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart),...), because most audiences just want to hear the most famous portions and not the obscure, less danceable work. In fact many well known classical tunes are played as a stand alone piece instead of in the context of the original work. For instance, everyone knows the first part of Beethoven's 5th symphony, but are unaware that there are more, less well known portions to the work.
And if the "William Tell Overture" is on the playlist, take a second look. Many classical stations only play the finale of the overture (a.k.a. The Lone Ranger theme). The full overture is 12 minutes long.
A similar fate befalls another overture, Tchaikovsky's 1812: do you just listen for the cannons to come up at the end, or do you enjoy the choral introduction and development that leads up to them?
Often happens at concerts of older bands that were once more popular, but are still putting out new material. Fans want to hear the older hits, not the new stuff, especially if the new stuff just isn't up to par.
This happens a lot in rap music. You take a popular or respected rapper and put them on a lesser known or just slightly less popular rapper's song (they might be appearing on every song that summer actually) either dropping a verse or just doing the hook. What'll happen is people completely ignore the rest of the song (unless they happen to enjoy the other rapper or they turn out to be really good) and just skip to the guest portions.
During the height of dubstep's popularity, it became known that many fans of the genre weren't there necessarily for the music, but for the portion of the song known as "the drop" – the end of the song's buildup when the drum beat and the layers of wobble bass would start up again. Many dubstep artists have cited this as one of the reasons why they've distanced themselves from the genre.
The Vocaloids Kagamine Rin and Len come packaged together. Some buy them and only use Rin for their songs, and some will only use Len and never touch Rin. The same could be said for ZOLA Project's Yuu, Kyo, and Wil, to a lesser extent.
Radiohead fans often demand from the start of the concert that "Creep" be played, then leave as soon as it's over. Radiohead is less than happy with this state of affairs, as documented in another song, "My Iron Lung." It became much less of a problem when OK Computer and Kid A introduced a whole new legion of fans.
According to King Missile frontman Tom S Hall, around 1992 or so, their audiences were entirely made up of people who were either long-time fans or were just here for "Detachable Penis" - they dealt with it by always playing the song live, but deliberately making sure it came very early in the set. Thus, everyone who was just there for their hit would stream out of the club and they could play for the people who were really interested.
Nirvana employed the same tactic with "Smells Like Teen Spirit". They also very seldom performed encores, and when they did, "Teen Spirit" was always part of the main set.
The Australian comedy group Tripod had a song on this subject, with particular reference to the Peter Jackson King Kong film; the refrain, which could easily serve as an alternate trope title: "Get to the fucking monkey."
This is often why Hank Williams III gets concert bookings. He sounds just like his late grandfather Hank Williams Sr. and so starts off every concert by doing some country songs and his grandfather's hits. Once that's done he informs the country fans that the part they came for is done with and that they can leave before launching into the Psychobilly Death Metal songs from his group Assjack that he actually likes to perform.
Hawkwind attribute a large portion of their live audiences from mid-1971 to mid-75 (particularly in Germany) to Stacia, a statuesque brunette standing a little over 6 foot tall, who would dance on stage. note She started off performing naked or in body paint where possible, but moved to more serious, less-exposed performances as the years progressed.
Inverted for a while by Bob Dylan, who went through a phase of playing "All Along the Watchtower" third in the set for no particular reason; although it wasn't the intention, it let people who'd followed him on tour and didn't want to hear it know when they could go for a smoke or toilet break.
Make no mistake, whenever Cyriak makes a music video for a band/musician, that's the only thing people are there for.
Cake is notorious for pointing out "fake fans" who obviously only know their big hits. When they catch people up front who are only singing along to The Distance and what not, they will point them out and shame them into moving to the back so the hardcore fans who know all the words to every song can get up front and really enjoy the show.
Many older electro-mechanical and early solid-state pinball games fall under this, as manufacturers were not above using sexy art to compensate for an average game or a mediocre playfield design. Examples include Playboy (Bally), Viper, and Mata Hari.
For several years during the "Attitude" Era and sometime thereafter, WWE showcased their Divas in strip matches (called variously "Evening Gown Matches" or "Bra and Panties Matches") - and many teenage boys tuned in just for that.
In the Attitude era many only watched for The Rock or hardcore matches, and later on, were only interested in Rey Mysterio or John Cena.
The Undertaker is a walking one, especially concerning WrestleMania. It does not help that the last couple WMs have had his match the best match of the night (and some times the only match worth watching).
Most IWC members and hardcore wrestling fans only watch WWE these days for CM Punk or Daniel Bryan.
In the '80s, WWF used to put Hulk Hogan's matches on last regardless of whether they were the actual main event or not, as they noted that, when Hogan went on in the middle of the card, a shocking number of people would simply get up and leave after his match instead of sticking around for the rest of the show.
Michael Jordan. Once he left (and came back, and left and came back, and left and came back) the NBA saw a drop in their ratings that they still haven't fully recovered from. To a lesser extent, Kobe Bryant as well.
LeBron James. As far as Cleveland is concerned, the pre-2003 Cavs only existed to fill the gap between football and baseball. And considering the apocalyptic tone of the coverage of his move to Miami, apparently, many think James was the only reason to be in Cleveland period.
Tiger Woods brought in a lot of new golf fans. Nielsens go way down in golf tournaments where Tiger isn't playing, and go way up when he's got a chance to win. The Minnesota Lynx had trouble getting butts in the seats before Lindsay Whalen and Maya Moore showed up.
The US women's soccer team sure has gotten a lot more popular since Alex Morgan joined.
It's a well known fact that the Olympics are riddled with Godzillas. Some people only watch for the team sports, some only watch to see their country and don't care about events that don't have a hometown hero, some only watch to see the current big star (e.g., Michael Phelps in 2008), and some just watch for the events where women compete in skimpy outfits. The one universally understood constant is that no one on Earth is actually interested in every single event (and hardly anyone is interested in the non-competition portions of the television coverage).
Lance Armstrong. Ever since he stopped competing in the Tour de France, American interest in that event has been tepid at best. And conversely in the UK interest in the Tour, and road cycling in general, increased massively after the success of the Sky team, Bradley Wiggins and Chris Froome.
How many people who watch NASCAR really know what "track bar adjustment" and "bump drafting" mean, and how many just want to see the big wreck?
In the same way, a lot of hockey fans watch solely for the fights
How about watching the Super Bowl just for the commercials?
Often seen in Major League baseball when some player is about to tie or break a record, even if doing so doesn't mean anything for the team since they're out of contention and it might not even matter to the game outcome.
Tennis became very popular in Israel for a while when Shakhar Pe'er and the duo Andy and Yoni became prominent Tennis players.
Women's Tennis also had increased ratings in the U.S. when Serena and Venus Williams are playing, in fact the 2001 U.S. Open match between them was moved to prime time because of the positive effects they had on ratings.
MMA. Some fans simply watch for either the knockouts, or one of the major names such as GSP, Anderson Silva or, increasingly common, Ronda Rousey.
Particularly, these type of fans have no appreciation for tehcnical chess matches on the mat, and are quick to boo if the two fighters aren't throwing haymakers wildly the entire fight, though they may pop for a crazy submission.
During Brock Lesnar's time in the UFC, many fans went to his matches or ordered the PPV's strictly to see him lose.
In all combat sports and in professional wrestling sports entertainment, some fans will tune in for the one fight between superstars or the fight with a gimmick and not care who else is on the card. For example, when Mike Tyson or George Foreman climbed back into the ring for some dubious "comeback" fights, plenty of fans tuned in despite the high odds of severe disappointment.
How many people wear clothing with a sports team logo on it strictly for fashion, and aren't fans of that team or even the sport?
Every Game Master who has focused on plots has encountered this. The entire joke about The Munchkin File's archetypes reveals three of the four are there just for Godzilla. The Loonie is there for a laugh, The Real Man is there to put the hurt on something in a power fantasy, and the Munchkin is there just for whatever gives the most plusses. Other RPG guides talk about players who just want to play out their personal fantasy over and over, those who like outfoxing the GM's best antagonists, and gamers who are there just to hang with their friends.
This happens in war games with extensive historical backgrounds or in universe mythologies. Some players are trying to recreate the Roman Legio XX, refight Midway, or celebrate the Expanded Universe of their favorite setting. Others just want things to die and could care less about any of the supposed backdrop. And some players want the big win so bad, they'll try to make the most deadly force the rules allow, real-world doctrine (for historical games), in-universe fluff, or even sportsmanship be damned.
Exalted Second Edition had a notable example of this. The Infernals, who get their power from the Yozis (the defeated and imprisoned creators of the world), were themed as demonic, warped heroes. However, a supplementary book noted that, at high Power Levels, Infernals could break away from their masters and write their own power sets. Many players began creating Infernals and playing them exclusively for this last bit - only to be disappointed when most campaigns never reached the levels where it opened up (in part due to player dissatisfaction at having to play a demonic, warped hero in the mean time). (To put this in perspective: most Exalted character start at Essence 2. Reaching Essence 5 is relatively easy if you have a long enough campaign, but hurdles beyond 5 mean that very few campaigns reach Essence 6, the minimum needed to start the breakaway.) This got bad enough that the series developers took note and corrected it for Exalted Third Edition: Infernals remain demonic and warped, but then there is this new thing called Exigents who define their custom power sets from the start.
This is the origin of modern musical theatre. Some people were putting on a play, the ballet house next door burnt down, so they offered the ballerinas a part in their show. They threw together some songs and dance numbers et voilŕ, they had created a five and a half hour abomination against all that has ever been held as art: The Black Crook. But, having women in pants, which, in an age where women wore skirts, was considered very sexy. Similarly, the modern burlesque evolved out of a segment of the minstrel shows devoted to parody of famous works. After the minstrel show disappeared and its segments were scattered the burlesque continued as parody, but as more and more women entered it playing men's parts, more and more men showed up to see women in pants. Wasn't long before they just gave up the pretense and started giving the audience exactly what they wanted.
Many major "spectacle" musicals sell themselves as much (or more!) on Scenery Porn, Costume Porn, and especially giant special effects as on the songs and the actors:
The Mountaintop is a play centered on the civil rights activist Martin Luther King which took a new perspective on him. But a lot of people simply watch it to see Samuel L. Jackson play as Martin Luther King. This happens a lot when Hollywood actors do theatre.
Leo Gallagher made the Sledge-O-Matic closer into such a signature routine that he had to get the courts to stop his brother from performing it. Given the splatter protection fans came up with so they could see the "carnage" up close and protect their outfits, it's clear they were just there for it.
Many comedians have a love/hate relationship with their more famous bits. Many of their fans show up to hear "the classics" and get impatient with them trying to do new material. Keep in mind the majority of comedians prefer to perform new material once certain routines are "public" on CD's or stand up specials. Andrew Dice Clay got completely sick of his most famous bit doing dirty nursery rhymes. He'll now do them as an encore if he's in the mood and the crowd was responsive to his regular set. Surprisingly, Patton Oswalt often averts this, depending on his mood (and his drunk level), and will also do older bits as an encore, taking requests from the crowd.
A lot of people showed up to Sam Kinison shows purely to hear his trademark howl.
Lenny Bruce had a problem with people showing up purely to hear him swear (during an era where it was considered public indecency, even in a private adults only club), and would get bored with his regular non-profane bits.
Dave Chappelle famously would get incensed with people showing up to this shows demanding bits from his sketch show (particularly the Rick James sketch) and yelling out the catch phrases, interrupting his set.
Some fans show up purely to heckle, either just to troll the comedians or to get yelled at (thinking they're "helping" the comedian). Virtually every comedian HATES this, so stop.
Any multiplayer-oriented game falls into this.
id Software made the decision with the Quake series to move towards competitive multiplayer-only gaming. They eventually abandoned single-player entirely with Quake III: Arena. When they tried to return with Doom 3, half the fandomhated it. Doom had already implemented a deathmatch mode, but it was also strongly designed with co-op in mind, making deathmatch only an extra. Quake fans disliked Doom 3 for its focus on singleplayer. Doom fans disliked Doom 3 for not making it co-op.
Epic Games. In the Unreal franchise, the SP side of the franchise was left with Unreal II: The Awakening, (2002) so everything which was left was the multiplayer side of it. It took until the creation of Gears of War (2006) for them to make people to play single-player games and focus on the story. And even then, most of the people were more interested in the multiplayer rather than the singleplayer or the story of the game.
Valve had made its impression with a story-rich single-player game, but with even deepening story through Half-Life 2 + Episodes, they left behind the survival horror that brought many players back. However, many returned just to see "Gordon Smash", and later "Dog Smash", and of course Alyx shoot.
The Boss Battle is such a core and dramatic gameplay element many gamers will want to skip right to them rather than breaking them up with less awesome levels; a lot of developers are aware of this and add in Boss Rush modes that cut the game down to nothing but the boss battles.
While Call of Duty: World At War was a fun game in its own right, many people got the game for Nazi Zombies. Same with Call of Duty: Black Ops where fans just wanted to play with political characters, alternatively movie stars or TV stars and directors.
Bomberman always adds something new to single-player mode, but it gets ignored for the multi-player. It's come to the point where the seventh-generation Bomberman games are multiplayer-centric download titles with little to speak of in the way of singleplayer.
Some people only play Grand Theft Auto to explore and cause mayhem in the cities. Or drive around and listen to the soundtrack, especially in Grand Theft Auto: Vice City. But Grand Theft Auto IV insisted on thrusting the story on the player, with occasionally harsh wake-ups from the escapist fun. There's story, but players who are only here for the fast cars, gunsgunsguns and explosive sociopathy can race right over such speedbumps.
The Driver series doesn't really need a story either. It's just an unlimited supply of interactive Chase Scenes for many.
Dead or Alive Xtreme Beach Volleyball is often considered one of the better volleyball simulators on the market, not that there are many to begin with. Most people only played it for the Fanservice. Naturally, the sequels focused on fanservice at the expense of gameplay. Mind you, given that it was created as the videogame equivalent of a fanserviceyBeach Episode (with minigames where you buy bikinis for the other characters), the players who are just there for the volleyball are the ones who fit this trope.
Many played Kingdom Hearts just to see the Final Fantasy and/or Disney characters, particularly the latter, which is more heavily emphasized in-game and in advertising. The original elements, story and characters usually actually only draw in folks from the Fandom, though at this point it's an established enough series for the original elements to be the main draw. And speaking of the original elements, a Vocal Minority of fans are only in it for Organization XIII.
Some players only played Falcom games for their music. And those who pre-ordered Ys vs Sora no Kiseki crossover game, would be presented with Falcom's best soundtrack collection album arrange version. Not to say the game itself is not desirable enough but many bought it for that. One of 2channel users can't says it any better than this:
"The game is just bonus, the soundtrack is the real deal"
Ōkami. The ones who played it were attracted by the music and the extensive & vibrant Scenery Porn.
There are fans of Marvel Ultimate Alliance that couldn't tell you anything about the story if you held a gun to their head... they just play to break things and hurt people. There's also Deadpool, who gets all the best lines of the first game and is even more advertised for the second.
Grand Chase advertisement: "GRAND CHASE HAS ONE OF THE MOST "SKILL BASED" PVP SYSTEMS EVER! Wait... there's dungeons too? WHO CARES? NEW TOURNAMENT! CASH IN NOW TO BE THE BEST!!"
All the Dungeons & Dragons Online advertisements make it seem like you start at level 20 and fight epic creatures right from the get-go.
Xbox Live's Gamerscore system has resulted in "achievement whores", players who buy games strictly to milk their achievements and then never touch them again.
There is a game based on Avatar: The Last Airbender that has a total of 5 achievements worth 1,000 Gamerscore, which you can unlock within the first five minutes of playing the game. The game has a thriving aftermarket on Amazon and in game stores on the basis of this alone.
There's an early 360 game based on the TMNT franchise, which is similar. No hidden achievements, just 100 chevos per level till you beat it. You can put it on easy and breeze through the game in an hour and get 1000 points. It's also easy to pick up the game for 5-10 bucks used at game stores and online. This game in particular is said to be a reason game designers were mandated by Mircosoft to put a degree of difficulty in at least SOME of the achievements.
Even still to this day, games designed for young children generally have laughably easy achievements to obtain (for the most part) that experienced older games will exploit to boost their gamerscore. Several free games on Xbox Arcade also fall into this category.
Despite Sonic Team'snumerous attempts at adding alternative gameplayfeatures to the 3D Sonic the Hedgehog titles, most Sonic fans are just in it for the Sonic gameplay.note That is to get Sonic from point A to point B as fast as possible, while jumping from obstacle to obstacle and smashing some robots along the way. With Sonic Colors, it appears Sega finally got the message.
For console gaming, some people may get a video game console just to play a few specific games that appeal to them and nothing else.
Playing Space Channel 5 Part 2? There's a good chance you're playing it just for Purge.
Rule of Rose features an interesting inversion to the usual trend, as the fans of the game typically consider the mediocre gameplay completely uninteresting compared to the complex Mind Screw storyline, and dig out the most minute details for further speculation about the character motives. Elitism isn't dead.
Many people only get Starcraft for the multiplayer ability. Interestingly, the free-to-play Starter Edition of StarCraft II includes full access to the Terrans... but only the Terrans, and only on certain maps/match types.
Left 4 Dead has grafitti all over the maps to give subtle cues on what had happened before the survivors arrived without giving too much away. However, most people prefer to just blaze through the maps and kill zombies.
Soul Calibur II is one of the few titles (if not the only major release) to sell more on the Gamecube than the Xbox or Playstation 2. The reason is because it included Link as a playable character.
Soulcalibur V seems to be aiming for a repeat performance, but with greater magnitude. The reason is because Ezio Auditore as the game's guest. One of the Namco Bandai producers would admit that this was part of why Ezio was picked, since he was so popular in the West where they want the series to do well.
Few care about the storyline or gameplay or anything of Bullet Witch, most just want to shoot stuff.
Many play SimCity just for the disasters. Since monster attacks have been one such disaster, including one in Tokyo in The Sixties, this is a literal invocation of this trope.
For The Sims people often play it either to just kill people in horrible ways, make their Sims miserable, or to make their character Really Get Around. Alternatively, they play just to be able to play as characters they like (true for a lot of games with Character Customization) or have a popular Game Mod.
Chances are that niche games which happened to include game demos for more popular products count here. Zone of the Enders with its Metal Gear Solid 2 demo, most definitely (though ZOE managed to find its audience with 2nd Runner), and to a less successful extent, Tobal No. 1 with its demo for Final Fantasy VII.
Tim Schafer was aggravated when he was playing his game Brutal Legend online, only to find a player send him a message "surrendur plz," which meant the player was just trying to trade wins for achievements without trying to play. Tim Schafer tweeted "surrender plz? SURRENDUR PLZ? Is that what I go online for? To be asked to surrendur plz at my own game?!"
While the storylines in the main games have gotten more complex and detailed, people still buy the games because they still want to catch, train and battle with the eponymous monsters.
A good bit of the reaction to Pokémon Conquest and "day one buy" reactions to this were solely because of how out-there the crossover idea was.
Most people that buy ARMA II and its expansions only get it in order to play the DayZ mod that turns the game into a zombie survival horror game. Valve Software, the creators of Steam where the ARMA games can be bought from, are well aware of this, and mention on their store pages for each individual part of the full ARMA II: Combined Operations package that you need all of them for the mod version of DayZ.
While Poker Night 2 has more than it's fair share of humorous content to be enjoyed among five great characters, the main reason why many players bought the game was just to unlock the Borderlands 2 character masks and skins for that game.
Farming Simulator 2013 is surprisingly popular, not for the game itself but for its' hilariously broken physics engine.
Even the developers acknowledge and joke about it that Team Fortress 2 is only played because of the hats; they often refer to it as "America's #1 war-themed hat simulator".
A good number of people bought and/or played the DS sports game, New International Track & Field for the purpose of unlocking and/or playing as their favorite Konami character(s). Two of the most notable examples in the game are Pyramid Head from Silent Hill and Sparkster from Rocket Knight Adventures.
A good number of Mario Party fans only play the series for the minigames.
Almost any video game with zombies, whether they are a part of the main game or a side game within the main game. Why are the zombies here? How did they come about? No one cares as long as they get zombies to slaughter.
Many fans of Istaria play it because it's one of the few MMORPGs where you can play as a dragon.
School Days actually features plenty of endings where the cheerful, well-adjusted protagonists live happily ever after; but no one cares about those. Most people playing School Days just want its infamous Bad Ends in which one or more characters are brutally murdered.
A lot of people only watch Phineas and Ferb for the Perry and Doofenshmirtz segments.
Ben 10 had people who just stuck around to watch Grandpa Max be incredibly awesome. Or to watch Ben transform into an alien.
Family Guy: The episode "Jerome Is the New Black" is this to some fans. No one cares about the plot or the titular character, they just want Quagmire to give Brian "The Reason You Suck" Speech.
There seem to be not exactly few bronies who watch My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic just for Rainbow Dash being cool. So few are the bronies who are interested in anything in "The Last Roundup" beyond the scene with Derpy that the rest of the episode is almost obscure within the bronydom.
My Little Pony Equestria Girls features a load of Fandom nods, The Cutie Mark Crusaders dancing to their themes, the background ponies (Namely Derpy Hooves), Trixie's Big Lipped Alligator Moment in front of the vending machine, and every time the camera jerks away from the action to showcase a background pony as a human. A good number of bronies who did not like the movie watched it just for those scenes, and some bronies who did consider it redeemable just for those drops.
Even if you don't know or care about the film The Nostalgia Critic is reviewing, it's fun to see him break down in tears and/or rage over it. This was one of the reasons he brought the show back after the Grand Finale of To Boldly Flee. Doug started a a new show that he'd been wanting to do for years, but too many people apparently came to the site to watch the episodes, and ad revenue dropped after the show ended.
You don't need to be familiar with whatever The Angry Video Game Nerd is reviewing (and it's likely you often won't; he's done some pretty obscure games) to enjoy the resultant emotional meltdown.
Most visitors of Channel Awesome will only watch the videos of a handful of reviewers and, if it weren't for the yearly anniversary specials, may not even know that certain reviewers exist.
Someone once commented that he only watched a 20-minute-long Cinema Snob review for a 1-minute-long Linkara cameo. The Snob was not amused.
In the webcomic The Dreamer, a lot of people just read it for Nathan Hale and Alexander Hamilton.
Brental Floss of YouTube fame has done lots of skits and other videos on his channel, but what really got him to high popularity was his "X With Lyrics" series where he makes up a song based on the chosen video game. Nowadays, most people who look up Brental Floss only look for his lyrics series.
There are two categories of Homestuck fans: those who are just here for the trolls, and those who look down on them.
There are some amateur adult videos online that some people only watch to see their pets prance around in the background, as the Tumblr user "indifferent-cats-in-amateur-porn" shows us.
The Neurotically Yours series have subtle and thought provoking stories as a goth teenaged girl and a Brutally Honest foul mouthed squirrel go through the daily grind of life. Half of the fan base watch the series just to oogle over Germaine's body while the other half are in it just to see Foamy bitch about whatever is bothering him.
Many internet websites have both main site content/news/articles and a forum community. About three quarters of their userbase ends up visiting for the latter. Similarly, back about ten years ago, there was actually a site with products/services/news over at Digitalpoint, with the forums being opened as more of a support community for said tools and services. Absolutely no one used it (with the forums becoming an absolutely massive success with hundreds of thousands of members and millions of posts), so eventually the site was pretty much just replaced with the forums.
Very few people actually care for Smash World itself. Indeed, these days the Smash Boards community has entirely replaced it.
A significant chunk of RWBY's Fan Dumb only watch it for the beautifully detailed fight scenes and complain whenever the show focuses on anything else.
Trading cards. Some people just enjoy collecting things, and don't actually follow/enjoy what sport/activity the cards represent.
In volume 7 of the Lucky Star manga, Konata tells Kagami that Patricia is eager to see her family's shrine. Kagami asks if there's anything she should do in preparation, and all Konata requests is to get the miko outfits ready. Needless to say, Kagami is exasperated that they're more interested in gawking than in actually learning anything cultural.
One sketch on Kids in the Hall had an obviously-in-denial-about-his-sexuality man who just kept watching homoerotic parts of certain movies over and over.
An in-universe example from Rocky Balboa: fans turn out to see Rocky's last fight. He faced off against Mason "The Line" Dixon, the heavyweight champion, in a charity exhibition match which Dixon's managers set up to clean up Dixon's reputation of being a Boring Invincible Hero. Dixon's fights had a shrinking audience because Mason was, as the movie puts it, "a victim of his own dominance." Fans turn up in droves in support of Rocky. Professional commentators consider the fight something of a joke and a dancing bear until Rocky turns it into a bitterly-contested slog.
The guy Chris works for just watches movies (some of which are fairly obscure) for the female nude scenes.
Taken to the extreme in a cutaway gag: It seems that Peter only went to The Phantom of the Opera to see the Phantom's deformity, and shouts at the actor playing him to hurry up. "Come on, show the gross half of your face so I can get out of here! That nose better be piggy!"
Discussed in the host's opening monologue of Saturday Night Live hosted by Jason Segel while promoting The Muppets. the Muppet stars of the film come out to say they should all be hosting the show together. Segel explains that they usually only want one of the stars of a film to host.
Kermit: Listen, it makes perfect sense that they would pick Jason [to host], Piggy. I mean, when people go to a Muppet movie, they say: "Gee - I can't wait to see the HUMAN!"