- The Abridged Series phenomenon. When LittleKuriboh debuted Yu-Gi-Oh! The Abridged Series, the format of re-editing a series into mini-episodes and the style of quirky, self-referential parody were fairly original and amusing, and while Gag Dubs were certainly not anything new, YGOTAS massively popularized them. Nowadays, there are so many imitators that neither the format nor the humor seem innovative anymore.
- Even then, the Gag Dub and Affectionate Parody of many popular series was already a VERY old trope by the time LittleKuriboh started recording his voice over everything. With the advent (and subsequent popularization) of The Abridged Series, old Adobe Flash movies like "Dragon Ball Z in a Nutshell" and "A Mile a Minute Star Wars" (both considered quite popular and humorous, which use many of the tropes that The Abridged Series now use) now seem like imitators... of poorly done abridged series.
- Evangelion: ReDeath, being the Ur-Example of abridged series, was hit particularly hard by this trope. When it was first released in early 2000, it was quite the phenomenon, being regularly played at anime conventions and spawning numerous memes. Now, its writing and voice acting are considered to be quite dry compared to the works of Team Four Star (the only group whose works still maintain the level of popularity that ReDeath had), and many modern viewers find it hard to believe how big of a phenomenon this 30-minute short film was over a decade ago.
- Adobe Flash movies. Browse any website full of them and then point out how many cartoons that were "hot stuff" back when they were made now seem rather generic, loosely drawn, or poorly animated. Especially sites like Newgrounds.
- Many of Newgrounds' Flash games suffer from this, as well. In a time where the site is full of much more complex games, looking back at a time of arcade-y shooting games can be rough for newer users. Stamper even mentions this in the description of his 2000 game Street Life, which was a top rated game at the time, telling new people that it's not worth playing by today's standards.
- Not to mention Newgrounds' Series Mascot, Pico. His debut was the pinnacle of Flash 3 programming and was what put Newgrounds on the map. Nowadays, the animation is very low-quality, the gameplay is incredibly basic compared to what modern Actionscript can do, and the gratuitously M-rated content comes off as immature. Luckily, the characters themselves grew with the times.
- asdfmovie in particular was seen as fresh and new in its debut, since a Flash Rapid-Fire Comedy with Surreal Humor and a dose of Black Comedy had seldom been seen before, but now it's become very common in Web Originals and Web Animation due to its success. Mix this with a few Discredited Memes and the fact that a majority of fans of this genre have seen it already, and it and similar works are cringeworthy to people it's shown to nowadays.
- YouTube Poop even. Granted, some YTPs are still quite as funny today as they were back in mid 2007 when the fad was new (like where Link decides to toast spaghetti for dinner and Hilarity Ensues), but some jokes have been used so much people may think "Oh, look at the use of the word 'Come', and Robotnik is saying something that sounds like Penis" when they view a few YTPs that came up with it.
- Some other early YTPs that were simply screwing around with Windows Movie Maker or other such effects also come off as boring today because we've only heard everything in G major by this point.
- An iTunes app was released of the Fairlight CMI Series II, a $100,000 machine invented in 1979 in Australia which is considered both one of the first major digital workstations and the first commercially available digital sampler. The app was designed by one of the Fairlight's inventors. Fairlights were used in The '80s by many top artists with the cash to buy onee.g., . In today's world, where $1,000 can get you a decent workstation that can wipe the floor with the Fairlight, the app is getting mixed reviews, partly on being seen as "generic" and "more of a toy."
- Diary Of A Camper is a Quake movie, the first Quake demo with an actual plot beyond simple gameplay footage — and the very first Machinima movie ever made, thus a launching point for an entire new form of art. Its success in the Quake community quickly spawned a lot of other movies from other people. Special websites for reviews of Quake movies cropped up soon. ...And Diary Of A Camper nearly universally received very low scores there, due to how primitive it was compared to what came afterward.
- GeoCities. Think about it — anyone, even you, can make their own site on this new, exciting "Internet" thing, and write anything they want, for the entire world to see! GeoCities is the place where early Internet culture bloomed. Today, it's mainly remembered (and derided) as that deleted web host with all the cheesy MIDI background tunes and ugly layouts.
- The That Guy With The Glasses One-Year Anniversary Brawl. At the time it was a complete secret what was going to happen, and just the sight of so many contributors in one room was absolutely mindblowing. And of course, now it looks downright primitive with the lack of any plot besides everyone fighting, and lasting only 20 minutes rather than the feature length extravaganzas of Kickassia, Suburban Knights, and To Boldly Flee. However, this proved unsustainable. With most of the big names leaving the site, many listing the experience of making those films as major reasons (it was fairly expensive for them to participate and they didn't get a piece of the sales, plus the general high stress involved in throwing such long productions together in a few days). The next year's special The Uncanny Valley was just a collection of small shorts put together by different contributors, and afterwards they were abandoned altogether.
- Video Review Shows, especially ones that focus on acting angry and constant swearing (e.g., The Angry Video Game Nerd, The Nostalgia Critic, or The Irate Gamer), have fallen into this. While the idea of critics isn't new, it became pretty popular to do angry video reviewing online. Nowadays, it's considered a dated trend since everyone has copied them, and many people consider the recent reviews of the people who originated the idea lost in a sea of imitators and mediocrity.
- Numa Numa Dance, one of the first videos on YouTube to go Viral. Seen today, it's "just another fat guy dancing video". No. It's THE fat guy dancing video.
- Creepypastas can fall into this too. Some stories were very original and genuinely creepy when they first came out, but when more and more copycats attempt to use the same plot points (hyper-realistic blood!) they lose their edge and make the first stories look predictable.
"I feel so... above Sim Albert. At the time, it was intended to be a deconstruction of typical video game creepypastas - but now we have those called 'Feelspasta' these days. Instead of a ghost breaking the game engine freaking the player with stock freaky imagery (Photo-realistic eyes, hyper-realistic blood, random satanic symbols), the ghost adheres to the game's engine much like BEN Drowned and the game's logic much like Pokémon Black the pirated version. The twist was, like a few other creepypastas such as Jessica and Love, that the creepiness is actually a benign thing. These days people just categorize them into Feelspasta or whatever you call them - but in the day, it was kind of different to browse stories about knife-wielding psychopaths only to find one where a ghost is just looking out for the narrator."
- Many "Deep Web" horror stories are starting to develop this — a notable cliche is that every single person on the Deep Web will hack your camera and take a picture of you. Why this still happens despite the popularity of these stories on YouTube, people don't just cover their webcams with a Band-Aid.
- Subverted with readings of Creepypastas — many readings that were made in the early 10s are still watched today.
- Lampshaded by an early author of Creepypasta:
- In the very early days of online video game walkthroughs, a GameFAQs user known as Kao Megura (whose real name was Chris MacDonald) was an absolute legend. He became famous for his Final Fantasy VII FAQ, which was the game's first English walkthrough, and thus, the one most people clicked on when they looked it up- and besides that, it was very organized and well-written. He wrote many more guides in the same style, and gave lots of advice and assistance to other FAQ writers... but since many others used his ideas, there is no longer anything special about his guides. MacDonald died in 2004, so most gamers haven't even heard of him, even those who are very active in the GameFAQs community.
- GameFAQs in general, and other websites dedicated to written walkthroughs and cheat codes, got hit hard with this with the rise of YouTube. Once it became popular to upload recorded gameplay online, gamers took to watching video walkthroughs instead of reading. Another blow to the written walkthrough format is the rise of wiki software, modeled on Wikipedia, which gave rise to every game (or game series) having its own dedicated wiki, with wikis of major titles offering far more information than even the most detailed written walkthroughs did.
- Once upon a time, an ambitious user of Garry's Mod made the first Stylistic Suck movie from the program. Suddenly, everyone thought this was the only way to animate in Garry's Mod. However, after some genuinely good uses of the program, most people started to see "Heavy flails his arms around and dies" videos as old-hat, or at least from a bygone era.
- Chuck Norris Facts used to be one of the most memetic things on the Internet, and their loose style made them endlessly adaptable to the Memetic Badass du jour. However, most people existing after 2007 or so actually react negatively to Chuck Norris Facts. This is partly because most Memetic Badass jokes are more spectacular than Chuck Norris, though it's mostly because everyone has already heard all the facts.
- Brutalmoose has an In-Universe example of this in his video on Five Nights at Freddy's. He says that in his opinion, the game is so widespread and overexposed that any horror potential is ruined for him as a result.
- SCP Foundation: Due to how the writing style and the general atmosphere of the setting evolved, many of the oldest SCP entries, once acclaimed as some of the best, seem out-of-date now and would be considered subpar if they were written today. For example, SCP-173 (the very first SCP item) or SCP-017 are sometimes criticized because they're little more than a short description of a monster and the creepy things it can do, while today's SCP articles tend to be more like complete stories in themselves.
- 5 Second Films' shtick comes off as this, now that anyone can make regular six-second videos on Vine.
Seinfeld Is Unfunny / Web Original
Due to high accessibility for viewers and creators, Internet media evolves quickly, and several new concepts become nothing special as everyone tries their hand at this cool new idea.