is what we're here for!
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.
Anyone who creates works of fiction will often try to make it big and large to justify your money's worth. They want to make each new installment bigger and better than the last, adding in new stories and conventions, and just make it a lot more fun than the last title in a series.
But no one cares.
Many fans of anything watch movies, or play games, for exactly one reason (generally Rule of Fun
) and one reason only. To them, their work has only one purpose: they're Just Here For Godzilla.
Simply, people are paying their own money for their own entertainment. Any other stuff they add may be only seen as a minor distraction from their true goal of enjoyment. On the other hand, those other things added can actually add to the enjoyment of their one true goal, whether it be comedy relief in a usually dark film series or any new quirks in gameplay.
Often, however, creators of works may put obstacles in your way to force you to go through all of their new quirks before getting a chance to see the action (like your being in a theater, sitting through hours and hours until you get to that glorious part) or play the same mode over and over. Sometimes they make it even harder
for you to get to your true goal.
Pretty much anything that's Speculative Fiction
tends to fall under this. Many people will read/watch it strictly or primarily for the elements that make it Speculative Fiction
, with the actual plot being secondary.
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, Watch It for the Meme
, Excuse Plot
, Developing Doomed Characters
Compare I Read It for the Articles
, Complacent Gaming Syndrome
, Black Sheep Hit
, Estrogen Brigade
, Mr. Fanservice
, Ms. Fanservice
, Testosterone Brigade
, Dancing Bear
, and Come for the X, Stay for the Y
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- 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.
- Any work of fiction with Loads and Loads of Characters will have a fandom affected by this, as most fans will generally only care about a small subset of the cast.
- 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.
- Stores often take advantage of this to liquidate movies that aren't selling well by packaging them together with something that is selling better and setting the cost low enough that it's worth buying even if it means getting stuck with something you'll never even bother to open. You want that copy of Beetlejuice? Well, it comes with Highlander II: The Quickening. Deal with it.
- Any work of media with an anthropomorphic animal as a character is guaranteed to gain the attention of the Furry Fandom, many of which won't care even in the slightest what the rest of the plot or the story is about.
Anime and Manga
- Anime became the only reason a lot people were attracted to the Cartoon Network [adult swim] line up. Another group of people just came to watch it for the re-runs of Family Guy, American Dad!, and (formerly) Futurama, and were reeled in by the network's original comedies. Afterwards, Network Decay hit Cartoon Network badly and, for the first group, [adult swim]'s management started relegating such programming to increasingly late in the night, with little promotion. Most fans have since abandoned [adult swim] nowadays for the interwebs or other networks, until Toonami was relaunched, which started this trend anew.
- 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 she's in.
- Mirai Nikki: Just here for the Ax-Crazy Yandere Goddess.
- A lot of fans watch Mai-HiME for Shizuru and Natsuki (be them individually or together). But it's usually "watched". Not so much with Mai-Otome though.
- 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.
- Most Wandering Son fans who began with the anime came for either the Scenery Porn, calm Slice of Life elements, or the realistic representation of transsexuality.
- A lot of Bokura no Hentai fans came to notice the series because of The Cutie transsexual Marika.
- The Yu-Gi-Oh! Tenth Anniversary Movie is watched to see Atem, Judai/Judai, and Yusei dueling together.
- 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 fans who still watch the anime mainly to see if Ash wins a Pokemon League. There are also fans who only stay tuned to the anime of the franchise just to see the Pokémon battles that take place.
- It's not uncommon to hear disgruntled viewers of Guilty Crown say they're only watching the show just to hear the awesome soundtrack.
- Many Robotech fans looked forward to Robotech: The Shadow Chronicles because it would feature the long awaited return of Rick Hunter, the hero of the SuperDimensionFortressMacross based portion of the franchise. They were, understandably disappointed when he had less than two minutes screentime in an 85 minute film and only appeared on a viewscreen.
- Oyasumi Punpun's protagonist looks like a bird. This attracts people, who would pass it off as an ordinary Slice of Life if he was a normal boy. The series goes off the deep end quickly and people now know it as a dark Widget Series manga with a bird-thing for a main character.
- Magical girl fans aside, Yuuki Yuuna wa Yuusha de aru got noticed due to the Handicapped Badass Tougo. She's one of the few physically disabled characters in mainstream anime, never mind Magical Girl series, and doesn't get "fixed" when in magical girl form.. Alas a lot of people also stopped watching because the series has a bit of fan-service, especially around Tougo who probably has the largest chest out of the girls.
- After the series hits Cerebus Syndrome it got a huge leap in popularity due to people watching it for the suffering.
- The Broly trilogy of Dragon Ball has the famous Breakout Villain and title character. Most people only want to see Broly destroying stuff and beating the crap out of the heroes. Even though the second and third movie are inferior than the first one, people are glad to see Broly doing his thing in the second movie at all. Most fans hate the third movie because the Broly in the movie isn't the real Broly and he's not as awesome as the original.
- Many people come to Berserk to check out its gritty nature and badass protagonist Guts, but have since stuck around despite lengthy release periods (and more traumatizing events) for the intriguing character line up and the mythos of the world; in recent volumes, much more attention has been focused on these elements rather than the grim-dark themes and a sizeable portion of the fanbase is actually grateful for the relieving shift in atmosphere. However, another portion of the fanbase wants the series to get back to what it's really about: senseless violence, Gratuitous Rape, and darkness darkness everywhere.
- Marvel has been known to place Wolverine prominently on covers of comics he barely appears in because of this.
- 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 Laurell K. Hamilton's Anita 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.
- Some people read Hulk comics for the same reason they watch the television shows and movie adaptations: To see Bruce banner Hulk Out.
- 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.
Films — Animated
- 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.
- Not few people saw Frozen only because of the Mickey Mouse short playing before it, and a large part of the fanbase enjoy the film because of Elsa.
- It is safe to say that plenty of fangirls only went to see Rise of the Guardians because of Jack Frost.
- There are 2 well-known fangirl types in the The Hunchback of Notre Dame fandom: "Frollophiles" and Clopin fans. Most of these fans only watch merely for the times they show up, with Clopin's side complaining about how he doesn't get enough screen time.
Films — Live-Action
- 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.
- Take any Exploitation Film: all of them center on one particular gimmick that will draw in curious viewers. Be it a fight, battle, a monster, stunts, gory violence, action, special effects, a nude scene, a sex scene, a surrealistic scene to trip out to or the appearance of a famous pop star or media star.
- Before the days of MTV and other music video channels rock 'n' roll movies were sure ticket sellers, because most TV stations in the 1950s, 1960s and 1970s didn't pay much attention at rock musicians. And even if they did appear on TV it would only be for a musical intermezzo in a variety show or talk show. If you wanted to see your favorite artist or band on screen for longer than five minutes you would go and watch movies in the theater like The Girl Can't Help It, Jailhouse Rock, A Hard Days Night, Woodstock, Tommy, The Wall'',... Needless to say that the plot was irrelevant: seeing your favorite stars appear and perform music would be enough.
- 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 Limit just 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.
- Most audiences went to see The Forbidden Kingdom simply to see Jackie Chan fight Jet Li for the first time in their careers.
- No matter how bad you think the sequels are, the one thing every fan can look forward to in Pirates of the Caribbean is Captain Jack Sparrow.
- 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?
- Many horror fans can attest to turning out for the Friday the 13th and Halloween film series' just to see the inventive gore effects and brutal kills. Not many root for the dimwitted camp counsellers and nubile victims, and instead cheer for invincible homicidal killers. This was averted in the first Halloween (1978). It features no gore and actually focuses on the characters.
- 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.
- A major complaint about Cloverfield was "I came to see a giant monster trash New York, not watch these annoying jerks through shakycam for 2 hours."
- 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.
- A lot of people went to see Spider-Man 3 mostly for Venom. They became upset because he didn't get enough screen time (or that he was played by a badly miscast Topher Grace).
- 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 Villain finally get a Happy 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.
- Flying Down to Rio: a 1930s Romantic Comedy staring Gene Raymond and Dolores del Río. It's watched and (mainly) remembered for having the first dance Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers ever did together.
- During the run-up to the release of the 1989 Batman movie, people were buying tickets to other movies, sitting through the Batman trailer, and then walking out.
- 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.
- Bound is a compelling modern film-noir classic. But people only watch it for the lesbian sex scenes.
- 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.
- Even fans of the Disaster Movie genre didn't really seem to care why the Apocalypse was going to strike in 2012, but it didn't half put the money up on the screen when it was time for the geological shit to hit the fan.
- 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 . However, just about everyone went to watch it only for the stunning effects.
- The sole reason to watch Gone in Sixty Seconds (1974) is the Chase Scene that makes up the second half of the movie.
- While films like Bullitt, The French Connection, To Live and Die in L.A., and Ronin are all worth watching on their own merits, odds are good that the first thing that pops into your head when each of those titles is mentioned is a car chase.
- 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).
- There is only one thing that many people find any Michael Bay film worth watching for.
- A small minority of the audience for Black Swan is Just There For The Wingfic. And quite a few more are Just There for the Mila/Natalie sex scene.
- Many people watched The Machinist for the shock of seeing Christian Bale's Nightmare Fuel Thiness.
- James Cameron's Titanic:
- 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.
- Star Trek:
- 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.
- And a lot of Sherlock fans are attending Star Trek Into Darkness for Benedict Cumberbatch playing a villain.
- 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.
- Probably the main reason sci-fi folks will never get their wish of a film that explains the backgrounds of either/or the Alien and Predator franchises. Folks just want to see the eponymous creatures kick butt, not have their origins explained. One of the main draws for Prometheus was this, since it was ambiguously billed as a prequel (and later confirmed to be in the same universe).
- In the case of the first Predator film, some people just wanted to see Arnold Schwarzenegger.
- A rare one-minute cameo by Daft Punk and their soundtrack were good enough reasons for people to watch TRON: Legacy.
- Many people went to see Snakes on a Plane solely to hear Samuel L. Jackson deliver his line, or even just the film's title.
- Some people watched Space Jam mostly just for Lola Bunny, who made her debut in that film.
- Some people probably watched Way of the Dragon just to watch the Ultimate Showdown of Ultimate Destiny between Bruce Lee and Chuck Norris. Which is won by Lee.
- Possibly the only reason why anyone went to see the Beach Party reunion film Back To The Beach was to see the Pee Wee Herman cameo. Also the only good thing about the film.
- Any fans of Alvin And The Chipmunks may watch Rear Window and/or Switchblade Sisters for Ross Bagdasarian (Sr.) and Janice Karman respectively.
- 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.)
- One review (sorry folks, it's in Hebrew) claimed that basically, the only reason to watch X-Men Origins: Wolverine is because it has Wolverine kicking ass - and not even particularly well.
- A lot of people only saw The Expendables to see the scene that features Sylvester Stallone, Arnold Schwarzenegger and Bruce Willis together (which was also highlighted in all of the trailers). One can only assume the sequel made these people very, very happy.
- A number of people only see Con Air for the toy bunny, a major plot point in Homestuck, and/or because it is the favorite movie of Homestuck's protagonist, John Egbert.
- Even since his cult following formed in the late 1990's, does anyone watch the TV Movie Sarah Plain And Tall for anything other than the fact that it has Christopher Walken in a romantic role?
- Some people saw House of Wax (2005) solely to see Paris Hilton get killed off.
- 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
- Miss Pettigrew Lives for a Day took seventy years of Development Hell before being released. That's a good enough reason for many people to watch it.
- The Seven Year Itch would probably be all but forgotten today if male viewers didn't keep tuning in just to see the movie's much-hyped Marilyn Maneuver sequence...which isn't even in the film itself.
- Khalnayak featured a song that was controversial, and since it featured Madhuri Dixit (and her famous dancing), more people were driven to theaters to see it.
- The Apocalypse series is a thinly veiled ripoff of Left Behind. The fact that the third movie has Mr T is all we need.
- Battle: Los Angeles many people come to watch Marines gun down aliens.
- Theatrical showings of The Rocky Horror Picture Show are attended (and screened) for the Audience Participation. Period. Paragraph.
- Many people watch Thor: The Dark World just for Loki.
- Used In-Universe in Nick and Norah's Infinite Playlist when the crowd at the first club departs after learning that Where's Fluffy? wasn't performing that night.
- The Lone Ranger: Most people only went to see Johnny Depp. Or the chase scene at the end.
- 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 Godzilla remake, 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.
- The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug:
- While general critical consensus on 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.
- To a lesser degree, the return of Legolas. the Ensemble Darkhorse of The Lord of the Rings Trilogy, lured additional fans into the screenings, if only too see how Peter Jackson would solve this.
- 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.
- A goodly proportion of the male audience for The Other Woman 2014 went for Kate Upton, Cameron Diaz and/or Nicki Minaj (or Game of Thrones fans supporting Nikolaj Coster-Waldau).
- 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.
- Some people watched Edge of Tomorrow just to see Tom Cruise get killed several times.
- 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).
- Many Filipinos, especially Manileńos, turned out to watch The Bourne Legacy mostly because the last half takes place in Metro Manila.
- A good chunk of people came to watch Paddington mainly because of Peter Capaldi.
- 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.
- MythBusters. Not many care that there's more to it than Stuff Blowing Up or cute nerd girls.
- 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.
- Jewel Staite coming on as Dr. Jennifer Keller became a compelling reason to start watching Stargate Atlantis.
- As Ben Browder found out by conducting a poll at his first Stargate convention, some people started watching Stargate SG-1 when Ben and Claudia joined season 9 and others started watching Farscape after seeing Ben and Claudia on SG-1. This happens a lot with Whedonverse actors - Castle was basically marketed as "Nathan Fillion is on TV again!" and The Sarah Connor Chronicles were similarly marketed as "Summer Glau is a killer robot!"
- Many people have said that the only reason to watch FlashForward (2009) is John Cho.
- There are some LOST fans, or ex-fans, who started watching it simply because they still miss Charlie. ABC probably predicted this.
- 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.
- Some people watched Frasier just for the dog.
- The vast majority of Disney Channel Kid Coms enjoy a Testosterone Brigade Periphery Demographic of males who just like looking at the female leads & supporting characters (Brenda Song and Ashley Tisdale in The Suite Life of Zack and Cody, Miley Cyrus and Emily Osment in Hannah Montana, Bella Thorne and Zendaya Coleman in Shake It Up, Bridgit Mendler in Good Luck Charlie, Laura Marano as the latter half of Austin & Ally, China Anne McClain, Sierra McCormick and Stefanie Scott in A.N.T. Farm, Debby Ryan and Peyton R. List in Jessie, Dove Cameron as Liv and Maddie, Olivia Holt and Piper Curda in I Didn't Do It, etc).
- Periphery Demographic holds true for Nickelodeon with Miranda Cosgrove and Jennette McCurdy in iCarly, Victoria Justice and Ariana Grande in Victorious, and so on. In the Spin-Off Sam & Cat, one reason for lower ratings and lower performance in the male demographic is that Ariana Grande's character Cat (originally from Victorious) in particular has been dressing down to better match the intended tweenage girl target audience, as opposed to dressing like a slutty teenage wannabe Hollywood starlet in the original Victorious.
- 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.
- Some people started watching American Horror Story: Murder House in order to catch up when they heard Zachary Quinto would make a guest appearance. He's a pissed off ghost who is tied to the backstory of the house.
- 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 Show Rove (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.
- Some fans have watched War Horse as well as The Other Boleyn Girl just because he was in it for a few minutes.
- A large amount of people buying tickets to Star Trek Into Darkness are doing so for his role as the villain.
- 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.
- Critical acclaim (in the first season, anyway) or no, a good deal of the Nashville audience watches for the charms of Connie Britton and/or Hayden Panettiere. Quite a few General Hospital fans also watch mainly for Jonathan Jackson.
- Power Rangers:
- Power Rangers Wild Force might as well just be called Power Rangers Forever Red considering how much the other episodes are ignored. If it's not a team-up, fans just don't care about Wild Force.
- Power Rangers Dino Thunder has a good chunk of fans that only watched for the return of Tommy Oliver, aka the original Green Ranger. For some it turns into Come for the X, Stay for the Y, but there are more than a few that still only watch for Tommy.
- 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 the Hype Backlash that ensued after the fandom found out that the 16 cameos were isolated to just four episodes, and 13 of them were indeed just cameos while 2 characters appeared entirely in repurposed stock footage. However, that didn't stop Saban Brands from invoking this trope with Jason David Frank's cameo in promos.
- Jeff on whether a porn video has a plot:
Well, it's kind of hard to tell isn't it 'cos you tend to fast forward if anyone's dressed.
Jeff: I liked (The Piano). Holly Hunter was naked for most of it.
Sally: She was nude in one scene!
Jeff: Depends how you watch it...
- Some people picked up interest on Once Upon a Time because of Queen Elsa, who showed up at the Season 3 stinger.
- 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.
- Most people who watch American Idol just want to gawk and laugh at the horribly bad singers as they make fools of themselves while the judges tear them a new one.
- Hells Kitchen is watched mostly for Gordon Ramsey finding creative ways to yell and swear at the contestants who screw up on their cooking ("IT TASTES LIKE A DONKEY'S PISS!"). The show is also watched for the drama between contestants and to see their massive egos run amuck.
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. Subverted and lampshaded, 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!"
- A good chunk of the readers of Toyfare magazine only read it for Twisted Toyfare Theater.
- The Star Wars Expanded Universe does this. Even if it's about someone unique to the EU, you'll see cameos by your favorite characters and Jar Jar.
- A lot of new readers of Good Omens are just there for Aziraphale and Crowley, who are the only characters you hear about online 95% of the time due to their very easy to see UST. For those how don't know, it's more of an ensemble cast type book.
- Take a look at the back cover blurb 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 blurb 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.
- The novel Soon I Will Be Invincible has two POV characters, but few people read the book for anything but Doctor Impossible's side of the plot — after the all, the title is all about him, not Fatale.
- Saving Charlie was written largely for Heroes fans who loved Ensemble Darkhorse Hiro; Hiro himself went on to become a Breakout Character in the TV series.
- 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" (Gioachino 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. Along those lines, Michael Jackson The IMMORTAL World Tour has been criticized by both professional critics and casual showgoers for giving too much stage time to songs from The Nineties onward, most of which are not nearly as well-known and loved as his songs from The Seventies and The Eighties except by the Vocal Minority of his fanbase. Less "They Don't Care About Us" and "Earth Song", more "Billie Jean" and "Beat It" please!
- Garden Party is a 1972 hit song for Rick Nelson and the Stone Canyon Band from the album Garden Party. The song tells the story of Nelson being booed off the stage at Madison Square Garden, seemingly because he was playing his newer, country-tinged music instead of the 1950s-era rock that he had been successful with earlier, and his realization that "you can't please everyone, so you've got to please yourself".
- On October 15, 1971, a Rock 'n Roll Revival concert was given at Madison Square Garden in New York City. The playbill included many greats of the early rock era, including ChuckBerry, BoDiddley, and Bobby Rydell. Nelson came on stage dressed in the then-current fashion, wearing bell-bottoms and a purple velvet shirt, with his hair hanging down to his shoulders. He started playing his older songs "Hello Mary Lou" and "She Belongs to Me", but then he played TheRollingStones' "Country Honk" (a country version of their hit song "Honky Tonk Women") and the crowd began to boo. While some reports say that the booing was caused by police action in the back of the audience, Nelson took it personally and left the stage. He watched the rest of the concert backstage and did not reappear on stage for the finale.
- 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. Michael Jackson definitely started this - Paul McCartney's Say Say Say and Rockwell's Somebody's Watching Me would not have sold nearly as well had he not done guest vocals on them. Rockwell is a special case since he is not known for anything else. The only reason why Jackson sang on The Jacksons' Victory and one track on 2300 Jackson Street is because his family begged him to use his star power to make them money.
- 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.
- This happens to a lot of bands when they have a popular song, especially if it's a One-Hit Wonder or Black Sheep Hit. A lot of musicians will have Creator Backlash and be annoyed when fans beg them to play it at concerts.
- 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
- 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.
- Similarly, Roger Ebert once confessed that when he was a boy in The Fifties, he and his friends would go to see women's wrestling matches at carnivals in the hope that there would be a Wardrobe Malfunction.
- 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.
- Similarly, some fans who still struggle through TNA watch solely for Austin Aries, Kurt Angle or Bobby Roode. Samoa Joe is also common, in the early years you might have heard Monty Brown or AJ Styles. Between 2007 and 09, Gail Kim, Awesome Kong or, surprisingly, Daffney might have been mentioned as well.
- 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.
- A lot of male teens spend a lot of time at high-school or college games staring at the cheerleaders. Especially if they wore billowing skirts.
- Pop singer Paula Abdul once complained that when she was a Laker girl, Los Angeles Lakers superfan Jack Nicholson would spend much of the game creepily ogling her.
- In general, any sport in which female athletes expose their panties while playing will fall victim to this trope for some people. Cheerleading, figure skating, tennis...
- 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 Martin Luther King. This happens a lot when Hollywood actors do theatre. (Of course, while stage actors may not have the huge fanbases that movie stars do, there are those with loyal fandoms who will see a show simply because they're in it.)
- Many of the people who went to see the 1992 production of Tom Stoppard's Every Good Boy Deserves Favour were there because the primary roles were filled by Patrick Stewart, Jonathan Frakes, Brent Spiner, Gates McFadden, and Colm Meaney.
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- 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.
- 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.
- A good portion of Generator Rex fans simply stick around because Agent Six is just plain cool.
- Some people watched Green Lantern: The Animated Series just for Razer and Aya's love story.
- Hulk Vs. contained two stories: Hulk vs Wolverine and Hulk vs Thor. A lot of people just watched it for Deadpool, who was only actually in one of the stories.
- There have been a number of people who only watched KaBlam! for one or two recurring shorts.
- For some people, the only reason why they change to The Hub is because of one of these series:
- There are some who only watch South Park just to see how Kenny dies. These people must have been quite starved for the past decade plus.
- Any show featuring a Spotlight Stealing Jerkass character, such as Bender from Futurama, Eric Cartman from South Park, Stewie from Family Guy etc.
- Even people who dislike Totally Spies! will sit through an episode if it appeals to their particular kink.
- The Smurfs and the Magic Flute was originally advertised as a Johan and Peewit movie, but because the Smurfs became so popular, they end up getting the top billing even though they don't appear until the middle of the movie.
- There are some people who watched Captain N: The Game Master just because they found out that Mother Brain, the Big Bad of the series, shares a voice with Audrey II.
- 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 (aside from Pinkie's antics... Maybe).
- 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.
- Many fans of TUGS only watch its Cut-and-Paste Translation, Salty's Lighthouse, for the TUGS segments themselves.
- Trading cards. Some people just enjoy collecting things, and don't actually follow/enjoy what sport/activity the cards represent.
- Paige in FoxTrot goes to see The Return of the King just because Orlando Bloom is in it, and wishes the movie would stop wasting time with that "filler stuff about a ring."
- 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.
- Family Guy:
- 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!"