Playing With / Sequelitis

Basic Trope: A work gets worse after sequels.
  • Straight: Troper Wars was a good Summer Blockbuster, but Troper Wars 2: Nightmare Fuel and Egregious Revenge 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. Then the makers still go ahead and make Troper Wars 4: The Reckoning of Welcome to Corneria And I Must Scream manages not only to get a -100% score on Rotten Tomatoes, but also causes the film industry to crash and destroys the careers of its stars.
  • 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:
  • 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, It's Horrible!
  • Zig Zagged:
    • Troper Wars was a commercial success, but Troper Wars 2 was a 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...
    • The Troper Wars series suffers from the Star Trek Movie Curse.
  • Averted: Troper Wars 2 is still pretty good.
  • Enforced: "Look, the fans will eat this up. Just get it out there, and do so as quickly and cheaply as possible."
  • Lampshaded: "This adventure seems off compared to last time."
  • Invoked: Troper Wars 2 was intended to flop.
  • Exploited: The developers of Journey of Trope hope Troper Wars 2 flops 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."
    • "I saw Troper Wars 2 when it came out," Fred says to Barney, "and it sucked." "I agree," replies Barney. "I have both Troper Wars and Troper Wars 2 on DVD, and the former is better."
  • Implied: Someone who made the original Troper Wars doesn't talk about Troper Wars 2.
  • Deconstructed: The much worse 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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