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Only The Creator Does It Right
This is Creator Worship taken Up to Eleven. When someone makes a sequel to a popular work which they did not create, and it is completely savaged by fans.
Sometimes a Justified Trope because it may be that the original creator is the only one who knew the work, the world and the characters well enough to "do it right."
Can be considered a form of Jumping the Shark, only with that trope, the creator him/herself can do it. If there's a Franchise Zombie, people may claim this.
Contrast My Real Daddy, where the fandom prefers a version of a work or character not made by the original creator.
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Gundam has some fans who insist that the Alternate Universe shows are all crap because Yoshiyuki Tomino had nothing to do with them (ignoring the fact that ∀ Gundam was not only his baby, but acknowledges everything that came before). Some take it a step further and say The Creator Does It Right Only When He's Depressed, savaging Gundam ZZ (made to clear up the gloom from Zeta Gundam).
The 2003 Fullmetal Alchemist series has gotten hit with this with the conclusion of the manga and the second anime adaptation. The first anime series split off from the manga half way through and ended up creating its own original storyline. This storyline took the Character Development of several of the main characters in a different direction than the manga. As a result... Some fans of the manga have now adapted this mindset.
One could perhaps say this about anime Filler in general. No matter what the series, it's exceptionally rare for fans to feel that a filler arc is as good as the original manga.
This is the general opinion about The Spirit comics not written and drawn by Will Eisner. There's some conflict about whether the strips drawn under Eisner's supervision but not personally by him are up to standard, but much less about the several attempts to revive the character after his death.
Some of the Before Watchmen miniseries might be considered exceptions - Minute Men and Silk Spectre were fairly well-received by critics.
Richard Donner directed Superman, and got fired halfway through Superman II. His cut of the sequel, which emerged in 2006, is generally considered better than the theatrical cut by Richard Lester. Of course, in this case it wasn't the name. There was a push to go Lighter and Softer that would culminate in the now disownedSuperman III, and the Donner cut has less of the slapstick that was forced upon them.
The planned new Buffy the Vampire SlayerReboot film without Joss Whedon is starting to receive this. Ironically, the TV show embraced this trope, as it was much, much better than the movie, which messily chopped up Whedon's original script.
The Saw sequels since the departure of creators Leigh Whannell and James Wan are highly regarded as significantly inferior to the original trilogy, with the frequent exception of Saw VI.
Highly debated among fans of Star Wars. Many fans believe that The Empire Strikes Back and Return of the Jedi were much better films than A New Hope in part because George Lucas took a more hands-off approach and left them in the hands of other writers and directors. These fans believe that the prequels would have been much better off if Lucas hadn't insisted on writing/directing all of them, in a case of We Love the Creator, but He Doesn't Do It as Well as Others Do. The now famous internet reviews of Red Letter Media go into this in detail, talking about how Lucas actually didn't have complete creative control over A New Hope and that this was a good thing; the original iconic Star Destroyer opening scene of A New Hope is jokingly speculated by the reviewer to be something that George Lucas probably opposed to putting in the film.
The first Die Hard film is directed by John McTiernan. All of the sequels are contested, to some extent. With A Vengeance, again directed by McTiernan, is the least contested.
The Bourne Series: Zig-Zagged with My Real Daddy, as one may argue that the Bourne series has two daddies with directors Doug Liman and Paul Greengrass. With The Bourne Identity, Liman gave the film a unique style, but it was Greengrass who would flesh it out in its sequels The Bourne Supremacy and The Bourne Ultimatum, with Liman still involved as executive producer, garnering even greater acclaim. But when Greengrass turned down the offer to direct The Bourne Legacy, Matt Damon left with him, saying he wouldn't do any more movies without him, and Liman left too. This is part of why Legacy hasn't been as well-received as its predecessors.
The James Bond novels written after Ian Fleming's death are nowhere near as famous as the ones Ian Fleming wrote (nor as typically well-received). Of course, there wasn't really any other way around the Author Existence Failure.
Frank Herbert's Dune series was taken over by his son after the former's death, based on his father's notes. Despite this, many fans suggest stopping after Chapterhouse: Dune, Frank's final Dune work (other fans suggest stopping after the original Dune).
Conan the Barbarian. To the most visible portion of the fanbase, the true Conan stories are the ones written by Howard and only by Howard. The post-Howard writers are referred to as "Conantics," and Internet Backdraft ensues if you admit to liking any of the books by Lin Carter or the others. (The films, curiously, don't receive nearly as much backlash.)
H.P. Lovecraft is often seen as the best writer of the Cthulhu Mythos literature. Fellow authors like August Derleth who carried on writing literature based on the mythos are derided by some as missing the point of the bleak, hopeless outlook on the universe that Lovecraft conveyed.
Twilight has a rather interesting inversion in some circles, where folks hate the books but find the movies to be So Bad, It's Good. Most of those people found that both parts of Breaking Dawn lacked the enjoyable narm of the first three movies, and those were the ones that Meyer had direct input into, as a producer.
The sequel series to The Chronicles of Amber written after Roger Zelazny's death is universally regarded as Fanon Discontinuity. This stance is considerably helped by the fact that several of Zelazny's friends have publicly stated that abhorred the idea of anyone else writing canonical stories in the Amber 'verse.
Many fans blamed the seasons 6 & 7 showrunner Sera Gamble for the show's less-than-stellar state after Eric Kripke, the creator and original showrunner, stepped down (though Kripke still had some input on the show). After season 7, Gamble also stepped down and was replaced by Jeremy Carver. Whether or not he's doing better than her is a bit of a Base Breaker amongst the fandom, but both are generally seen as inferior to Kripke.
Arguably also true of Smallville. After the departure of co-creators and original show runners Alfred Gough and Miles Millar at the end of Season 7, the show seemed to end up in something of a Running the Asylum state with what was originally conceived as an accessible story about the future Superman with a loose approach to the mythology degenerating into DC Continuity Porn.
The West Wing. Creator and showrunner Aaron Sorkin left the show at the end of the fourth season; the fifth season was savaged by critics and fans alike, and while the sixth and seventh were generally accepted as being an improvement, there are many fans of the Sorkin era who simply ignore everything after season four.
Gossip Girl. When Joshua Safran took over as showrunner the quality of the show went drastically downhill and the ratings followed, which led to the majority of the fans complaining about him. It did not help matters that Safran frequently argued with the fans on twitter and that one of the show's directors stated that people who didn't like the changes were not real fans. He left the show after the fifth season, but the damage was done (the next season was its last, and its lowest-rated, and Cut Short to boot. And as for the Series Finale...).
A widespread perception of the fourth season of Community, made after creator Dan Harmon was fired by the network.
Played straight by Star Trek: The Original Series, where the Gene Roddenberry produced Seasons 1 and 2 are regarded as being way better than Season 3, where Fred Freiberger took over. Inverted by the following Star Trek shows however, which are widely regarded to have hit their strides after the original creators stepped down from the showrunner role (see My Real Daddy for more info). There are also some fans who regard only the Roddenberry-produced episodes and film as genuine Star Trek, and everything else as brainless trash, though this is very much a minority viewpoint.
The Halo franchise ended up being sold to Microsoft in return for Bungie being able to split from them. Microsoft created a studio for making new Halo games called 343 Industries, and Broken Base ensued.
The Broken Base was very much there the moment Bungie itself was brought out by Microsoft. There are those that complain that Microsoft restricted Bungie and forced them to crank out the Halo series. On the other hand, there is also an equally vocal side saying that Microsoft rescued Bungie from bankruptcy and gave them needed kicks in the ass whenever delays occured in the development of the Halo games.
Most of the Legacy of Kain series is considered inferior to the original Blood Omen, since its designers - Silicon Knights - were cut out of the loop, the trademark essentially stolen by the publisher.
And even among fans of the sequels Blood Omen 2 (actually the 4th game in the series) is widely considered the worst. This is also the only game Amy Hennig had no involvement in.
Max Payne 3 is getting quite a bit of this, due to Remedy having no real involvement with the series.
The Mega Man series gets this as well. First there were the official-but-subpar games for the PC and the Game Gear that were not developed by Capcom. Most of the later Mega Man X games also tend to receive this treatment, since Keiji Inafune intended to end the series after X5 but it was continued without his knowledge or input. And now that Inafune has left Capcom, faith in the series has now dropped to an all-time low; though that may have less to do with Capcom's potential ability to do the series justice, and more to do with the fact the company seems like it's trying to bury the series.
And then played straight again with the Game Boy Mega Man II, which was not only wasn't made by Capcom, but wasn't made by Minakuchi Engineering either. Instead it was farmed out to Biox, who didn't understand the series at all and ended up producing what is pretty unanimously regarded as the worst 8-bit Mega Man game. Fortunately, Capcom were smart enough to go back to the original developers for the next three games.
What many fans think about the modern Ninja Gaiden games, and one of the reasons there was so much skepticism about Ninja Gaiden III— now led by Yosuke Hayashi, also director of the first two game's PS3 releases and of the Nintendo DS episode Dragon Sword. Any game not directed by Tomonobu Itagaki can only be a pale imitation. It doesn't help that before leaving Tecmo, Itagaki himself said that he didn't like Sigma, that NG2 was the definitive version of the game and that he was the only one legitimate to continue the series.
Silent Hill, which has become a Broken Base since the breakup of Team Silent and the series being outsourced to Western development teams. The absence of Akira Yamaoka's soundtrack work on Downpour is already getting this reaction from some.
Some of the fans of the first three Heroes of Might and Magic games, developed by New World Computing, aren't too thrilled about the fully-3D Heroes V (Nival Interactive) and Heroes VI (Black Hole Entertainment). Of course, there's also Heroes IV, the last game to be developed by NWC, which may fans simply ignore. The biggest complaint is not with the gameplay changes but with the fact that the storylines of the last two games have nothing to do with The Verse of the first four games (and first nine games in the seriesHeroes was a spin-off of).
When Konami outsourced the development of the two Playstation Contra games, Contra: Legacy of War and C: The Contra Adventure, to Appaloosa, the results were universally regarded as a disaster, mainly due to poor gameplay. Konami realized their mistake, took Contra: Shattered Soldier into their own hands, and denied the PS games' existence. The fans were pleased with the results.
Capcom decided to outsource the Strider license to U.S. Gold and Tiertex to produce a sequel known as Strider II or Strider Returns. Fans were underwhelmed by the colors, controls, level design, and Strider Hiryu being renamed Strider Hinjo for no reason. It was known in some circles as "spectacular crapfest" for these reasons. When Capcom decided to make a sequel themselves, they denied Returns' existence, which they weren't even involved with anyway, and simply titled the game Strider 2.
Metroid: Some feel this way about certain games that were made after the death of Gunpei Yokoi. Yokoi himself originally wanted the series to be a nice contained trilogy, so the main series games which were made after (Fusion and Other M) received this sentiment.
The same sentiment was common prior to the release of Metroid Prime, not helped that it was being made by a seemingly failing studio that had released a grand total of zero games. But the game came through, and the rest is history.
Out of all the Age of Empires games, the latest, Age of Empires Online was developed after Ensemble Studios was closed down. Much Broken Base ensued.
The 989 Studios-developed Twisted Metal III and 4 received a very mixed reception among the fandom, compared to the SingleTrac-developed (and their successor companies, Incog Inc. and Eat Sleep Play) games. David Jaffe said that while the 989 games were good games on their own, they were just bad Twisted Metal games.
One of the slogans for 1997's Critical Depth was, "From the Developers Who Know Vehicular Combat!", referring to SingleTrac, the developers of the game.
Langrisser Millennium was developed without the team that had worked on all previous installments of the series. Hardcore Gaming 101 describes it as "a filthy charlatan, masquerading as an installment in one of strategy gaming's finest series."
Freespace fans have been known to do this pre-emptively. As it stands there is little chance of the series being continued, but if it did it would probably not be by the original developers (Volition). Some fans have taken the mantra "If it ain't V, it ain't Freespace 3!", as they believe that no one else would ever be able to continue the series satisfactorily.
After the release of the third Mass Effect game and the resulting controversy regarding the endings, many fans were saying that the fault was with Mac Walters, and that Drew Karpyshan, who was the lead writer on the first game and co-lead with Walters for the second but worked on Star Wars: The Old Republic instead of Mass Effect 3, would have presented a more satisfying conclusion.
BioShock 2 Fans and critics alike concluded that it wasn't quite as good as the original, with many attributing this to the fact that it was developed by 2K Marin instead of Irrational Games. Irrational returned to develop BioShock Infinite, which has gained acclaim equal to if not greater than the original.
This trope is pretty much exemplified perfectly by the later Yoshi's Island games, all of which were made by Artoon/Arzest instead of Nintendo. None of these games are considered anywhere near as good as the SNES original by Nintendo themselves, partly due to Artoon's staff not really knowing about good game/level design in general.
A common criticism leveled against Dark Souls II. Since Miyazaki Hidetaka, the producer of both its prequel Dark Souls and its spiritual pre-prequel Demons Souls is no longer the producer for Dark Souls 2, nearly every fault that Dark Souls 2 has is often blamed on Miyazaki's lack of hands-on influence (whether that is true or not is another matter entirely, considering Miyazaki does have supervisory duty).
There's a subset of animation fans who feel this way about Disney after Walt and Roy died, particularly about the films released between the early '70s and the mid '80s before the older, Walt-era management was shown the door and the new, outside management took over the studio. Anything made from the late '80s on tends to get mixed reactions, with the general consensus seeming to be that the work overall is an improvement over the early '70s to mid '80s films, but it just "isn't Disney".
This is most people's reactions to sequels to Don Bluth movies. An American Tail: Fievel Goes West gets a pass sometimes, but notably Steven Spielberg was still involved in the production as he was with the first movie.
Reactions to the third season, which had no input from Faust at all, are even more divided.
The 1990s Tintin cartoon produced by the Canadian animation studio Nelvana is a curious variant in that it was created long after creator Herge died. However, the cartoon is still much better received by fans than earlier adaptations, in no small part because it generally stuck to adapting Herge's original comic albums instead of coming up with its own plots the way other adaptations have done.
To only a slightly lesser extent, the Fleischers' Popeye cartoons. Many of those are considered to be among the created classic cartoons even made, while the cartoons produced by Famous Studios are notorious for being Strictly Formula and heavy use of Recycled In SPACE.
The consensus on The Boondocks Season 4 is that the show only works when Aaron McGruder is at the helm.