Playing With: Sequelitis

Basic Trope: A work gets worse after sequels.
  • Straight: Troper Wars was a good Summer Blockbuster, but after Troper Wars 2: Nightmare Fuel and Egregious Revenge, it gets less critical respect.
  • Exaggerated: Troper Wars was a critical and commercial success. Troper Wars 2 bombs critically and financially. Troper Wars 3: The Mind Boggles goes straight-to-DVD and is universally panned as one of the worst films ever. Troper Wars 4: The Reckoning of Welcome to Corneria And I Must Scream manages not only to get a -100% on Rotten Tomatoes, but causes the film industry to crash.
  • Downplayed: Troper Wars 2 is not the best film you'll see by any means, and represents a definite step down from its predecessor, but it's still OK for what it is.
  • Justified:
    • The key person behind the original Troper Wars' success was not included in the development of Troper Wars 2.
    • The developers behind Troper Wars 2 attempted to shake up the Trope series. The viewers were not amused.
  • Inverted:
    • While Troper Wars is a forgettable action flick, Troper Wars 2: Nightmare Fuel and Egregious Revenge is a Surprisingly Improved Sequel.
    • The first Troper Wars is good, but Troper Wars 2: Nightmare Fuel and Egregious Revenge is an Even Better Sequel.
  • Subverted: Troper Wars 2 has a forgettable, generic setup, but the plot threads tie up nicely in the middle for an overall enjoyable experience.
  • Double Subverted: The ending, however, is a slap in the face.
  • Parodied: Troper Wars 2 is the absolute worst sequel ever! Watching this film will nauseate you, destroy your faith in humanity, and force you to write a Strongly Worded Letter to its creators. In conclusion: It's So Bad Its Horrible!
  • Zig Zagged: Troper Wars was a commercial success, but Troper Wars 2 was complete flop. Troper Wars 3, however, was a bigger success than the original. The direct sequel, Troper Wars 4, wasn't nearly as well received as Troper Wars 3 or Troper Wars, but Troper Wars 5...
  • Averted: Troper Wars 2 is about as good as the original.
  • Enforced: "Look, the fans will eat this stuff up. Just get it out there, and get it out there quickly and cheaply."
  • Lampshaded: "This adventure seems off compared to last time."
  • Invoked: Troper Wars 2 was intended to flop.
  • Exploited: The developers for Journey of Trope are banking on Troper Wars 2 to flop so their Dueling Movie will get better relative press that year.
  • Defied: 2's production team is determined to make a film with the same heart as the original.
  • Discussed: ???
  • Conversed: "Wow, the fans were right when they said the movies have dropped in quality since the last one."
  • Deconstructed: The much more negative reception of Troper Wars 2 causes the writer to quit.
  • Reconstructed: The writer learns from the mistakes s/he made on Troper Wars 2 and fixes it for his/her next work.

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