They Changed It Now It Sucks: Webcomics
Note: This article lists examples which take place within fandoms; not the TV Trope's opinion as to whether a change is for the worse. TV Trope doesn't have opinions. The focus is on over-reaction about minor changes.
- This seems to be the mentality of quite a few people about when the webcomic Megatokyo underwent Cerebus Syndrome. The comic basically switched its fanbase from "people who know about shoujo manga" to "people who like shoujo manga and/or character-based plots", so while the quality is still good and the update problem has arguably improved, it did cut a few people out of its main circle. And since these people are those who don't like things...well...
- The character of Fanboy in the Magic: The Gathering webcomic UG Madness plays out this trope a lot, mimicking the fanbase of the game, as seen here. The actual author of the comic, though, is more reasonable, as show in strips such as this.
- This mindset is satirized in this page of Shortpacked!. In particular, that strip is a jab at Transformers webcomic Lil' Formers, weekly one-panel gags featuring chibi-style Transformers that tend to occupy the same space as transparent knocks against the first live-action movie, Animated, and Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen, in that order.
- Quite a few fans of MS Paint Adventures complained when Andrew Hussie switched from the zanier, gag-based humor of Problem Sleuth to the more plot and character-centric Homestuck.
- Homestuck gets this audience reaction with Act 5 and the Trolls, and later with Act 6 and the new humans. The author even Lampshades it:
"Since then, the author has been steadily updating PROBLEM SLEUTH 2, which you [Jane] have been following avidly. You are happy that he stayed in that lane, and stuck with a time-tested formula. If he went in a different direction, you probably would have found it really disappointing."
- Lampshaded by this◊ Married to the Sea comic.
- Parodied in Unwinders Tall Comics where Unwinder didn't even like the original books in question, yet he still feels the need to criticize the upcoming film adaptation.
Unwinder: The guy who's directing it is Nathan Blaine. Director of Elite Force Vampire.
Amy: Yeah, I remember that. ... Didn't you hate those books? Maybe it'll be an improvement!
- Penny Arcade showed this as a rite of passage for Gabe's descent into Dungeons and Dragons fandom because he now had a version of the game to hate for not being the version he started with.
- Parodied in San Antonio Rock City: one strip beings with a fan walking up to Mitch Clem demanding that he bring back Nothing Nice To Say to which he says "fine". This is followed by an exact copy of a previous SARC strip with the characters replaced by those of NNTS. The last panel shows the fan appreciating this strip and claiming on how much "better" it is.
- xkcd parodies this with "Workflow". The change: the program no longer overheats your computer when you hold down the spacebar. The complaint: someone with a Complexity Addiction had configured their system to interpret a rapid temperature rise as a useful command.
Admin: That's horrifying.
- A lot of fans of Sinfest screamed this when Tatsuya Ishida embraced radical second-wave feminism and changed the comic style from Black Comedy and subversive Take Thats at religion to a downright odd and thought provoking world where everything is controlled Matrix-Style by commercialism and male chauvinism. His attitude towards those people has not made things better.
- In-universe example: Critical Miss demonstrates the principle with a parable. (Warning: toilet humour)
- Knights of Buena Vista has an In-Universe example when "FantasiaLand" removed the "hero's trial" mechanic from the latest edition, and Walter complained about it for a week.