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-> ''"I don't know what the big deal with ''{{Theatre/Hamlet}}'' is, it's just one famous saying after another, strung together by a moldy old plot."''
-->-- '''Old Joke'''

There are certain shows that you can safely assume most people have seen. These shows were considered fantastic when they first aired. Now, however, these shows have a HypeBacklash curse on them. Whenever we watch them, we'll cry, "That is ''so'' old" or "That is ''so'' [[DeadHorseTrope overdone]]".

The sad irony? It ''wasn't'' old or overdone when they did it, because they were the ''first'' ones to do it. But the things it created were so brilliant and popular, they became woven into the fabric of that show's genre. They ended up being taken for granted, copied and endlessly repeated. Although they often began by saying something new, they in turn [[FollowTheLeader became the status quo]]. It's basically the inverse of a GrandfatherClause taken to a trope level: rather than being able to get away with something that is seen as overdone or out of style simply because it was the one that started it, people will unfairly disregard it because it got lost amidst its sea of imitations even though it paved the way for all those imitators. That is, a work ''retroactively'' becomes a ClicheStorm.

There may be good reason for this. Whoever is first to do something isn't likely to be the best at it, simply because everyone that comes after is building on their predecessors' work.

Named after the sitcom ''Series/{{Seinfeld}}'', which many people won't watch any more because ''everything'' about it [[FollowTheLeader has been copied]]. Most likely will result in {{Fan Hater}}s and accusations of {{Rule Abiding Rebel}}s. This can also occur in countries that get the shows years after they originally come out.

Compare OlderThanTheyThink, DiscreditedMeme, UnbuiltTrope, FranchiseOriginalSin, HypeBacklash and RuleAbidingRebel. Contrast VindicatedByHistory. This is a special case of OlderThanTheyThink, when the TropeCodifier is still around or still highly regarded. The same principle applied to ethical or cultural issues is FairForItsDay. The exact opposite of ValuesResonance. The worst outcome is DeaderThanDisco. Occasionally overlaps with ValuesDissonance.

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%% This trope is specifically about things that have become lost among their own imitators.

* SeinfeldIsUnfunny/AnimeAndManga
* SeinfeldIsUnfunny/ComicBooks
* SeinfeldIsUnfunny/FanFiction
* SeinfeldIsUnfunny/{{Film}}
* SeinfeldIsUnfunny/{{Literature}}
* SeinfeldIsUnfunny/LiveActionTV
* SeinfeldIsUnfunny/{{Music}}
* SeinfeldIsUnfunny/NewspaperComics
* SeinfeldIsUnfunny/ProfessionalWrestling
* SeinfeldIsUnfunny/PuppetShows
* SeinfeldIsUnfunny/{{Radio}}
* SeinfeldIsUnfunny/TabletopGames
* SeinfeldIsUnfunny/{{Theatre}}
* SeinfeldIsUnfunny/VideoGames
* SeinfeldIsUnfunny/WebComics
* SeinfeldIsUnfunny/WebOriginal
* SeinfeldIsUnfunny/WesternAnimation
* SeinfeldIsUnfunny/{{Other}}

[-[[TheStinger Oh]], ''[[WesternAnimation/{{Futurama}} Now I get it!]]'' [[LateToThePunchline It's an old hat!]]-]