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* The ''Franchise/ResidentEvil'' series is generally considered to have hit this point sometime after ''VideoGame/ResidentEvil5'', which, while [[ContestedSequel somewhat divisive]] (particularly due to the introduction of Co-Op and often [[FakeDifficulty frustrating]] endgame, but also due to coming after ''VideoGame/ResidentEvil4'', considered to be one of the best games in the series) finally ended the series-long enmity between the heroes and Umbrella. The games that followed, such as ''VideoGame/ResidentEvilOperationRaccoonCity'', and ''VideoGame/ResidentEvil6'', were considered fairly lackluster and showed very little direction after killing the series' BigBad, which wasn't helped by the gameplay changes not really gelling with the previous games in the series, with the ''Revelations'' spinoff titles not being very well-noticed either (even if still [[CultClassic well-liked]]). It wasn't until ''VideoGame/ResidentEvil7Biohazard'' that many people felt the series was getting back on track, due to putting focus back on SurvivalHorror rather than the more [[ActionizedSequel action-based]] direction the series had gone.

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* The ''Franchise/ResidentEvil'' series is generally considered to have hit this point sometime after ''VideoGame/ResidentEvil5'', which, while [[ContestedSequel somewhat divisive]] (particularly due to the introduction of Co-Op and often [[FakeDifficulty frustrating]] endgame, but also due to coming after ''VideoGame/ResidentEvil4'', considered to be one of the best games in the series) finally ended the series-long enmity between the heroes and Umbrella. The games that followed, such as ''VideoGame/ResidentEvilOperationRaccoonCity'', and ''VideoGame/ResidentEvil6'', were considered fairly lackluster and showed very little direction after killing the series' BigBad, which wasn't helped by the gameplay changes not really gelling with the previous games in the series, with series. It wasn't until ''VideoGame/ResidentEvil7Biohazard'', alongside the [[CultClassic well-liked]] ''Revelations'' spinoff titles not being very well-noticed either (even if still [[CultClassic well-liked]]). It wasn't until ''VideoGame/ResidentEvil7Biohazard'' that many people felt the series was getting back on track, due to putting focus back on SurvivalHorror rather than the more [[ActionizedSequel action-based]] direction the series had gone.


** The first ''Medabots'' had as one of its strong points, its pacing -- it managed to insert a lot of plot and character subplots in few episodes, and yet never felt (too) rushed. ''Spirits'', on the other hand, stuck with a single plotline (Kam's) through its entire run, and suffered dearly for it, as episodes had to constantly [[StatusQuoIsGod reinforce the status quo]] to stop the plotline from ending, thus advancing the plot ever so slowly for its 39 episodes. The exclusion of most of the original cast helped to make that more apparent -- with less characters, episodes had to focus exclusively on Ikki, Erika and, sometimes, new character Zuru, making stories less varied. ''Spirits'' did away with the first series' strengths, and played up its weaknesses.



** The first ''Medabots'' had as one of its strong points, its pacing -- it managed to insert a lot of plot and character subplots in few episodes, and yet never felt (too) rushed. ''Spirits'', on the other hand, stuck with a single plotline (Kam's) through its entire run, and suffered dearly for it, as episodes had to constantly [[StatusQuoIsGod reinforce the status quo]] to stop the plotline from ending, thus advancing the plot ever so slowly for its 39 episodes. The exclusion of most of the original cast helped to make that more apparent -- with less characters, episodes had to focus exclusively on Ikki, Erika and, sometimes, new character Zuru, making stories less varied. ''Spirits'' did away with the first series' strengths, and played up its weaknesses.


** The series had already split fans with [[Machinima/RedVsBlueSeason14 Season 14]] - that instead of continuing the story instead was an anthology, featuring among others the aforementioned ''Death Battle'' episode - when [[Machinima/RedVsBlueSeason15 Season 15]] became a low point. After many epic multi-season arcs, it was a self-contained story with lesser stakes that tried to have more of the goofy comedy of the early seasons. Still, aside from the jokes the writing was uneven and filled with wasted potential.

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** The series had already split fans with [[Machinima/RedVsBlueSeason14 Season 14]] - that instead of continuing the story instead was an anthology, featuring among others the aforementioned ''Death Battle'' episode - when [[Machinima/RedVsBlueSeason15 Season 15]] became a low point. After many epic multi-season arcs, it was a self-contained story with lesser stakes that tried to have more of the goofy comedy of the early seasons. Still, aside from the jokes the writing was uneven and filled with wasted potential. The follow-up season, The Shisno Paradox, faced even more criticism, particularly from viewers who didn't like the DenserAndWackier route.



* ''WebComic/DarthsAndDroids'' is generally seen as going through this around the time it reached the Original and Sequel movies. While the comic is still funny and clever, it lacks the biting satirical edge that made it stand out from other [[CampaignComic Campaign Comics]]. As many have noted, when the series was mocking the ''Franchise/StarWars'' franchise's own rot, it was a brilliant and unique satire; once it had to tackle the actually good parts of the franchise, it started running out of things to seriously criticize and devolved into [[SoOkayItsAverage just another comic, without anything special going for it]].

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* ''WebComic/DarthsAndDroids'' is generally seen as going through this around the time it reached the Original and Sequel movies. While the comic is still funny and clever, it lacks the biting satirical edge that made it stand out from other [[CampaignComic Campaign Comics]].{{Campaign Comic}}s. As many have noted, when the series was mocking the ''Franchise/StarWars'' franchise's own rot, it was a brilliant and unique satire; once it had to tackle the actually good parts of the franchise, it started running out of things to seriously criticize and devolved into [[SoOkayItsAverage just another comic, without anything special going for it]].


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* YMMV/TheBrewingNetwork Frequently aimed at The Session. Typical among the complaints are the drop in listener involvement in the show (especially when it moved from Sunday to Monday), a drop in some of the more crude humor, a large drop in the number of people involved in episodes (episodes have seen upwards of five people, recent ones have seen episodes with solely JP and Tasty), and a general argument that the show has become less fun.
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* ''Anime/SailorMoon''' has the two final seasons that are regarded as weaker than the others; SuperS and Stars:

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* ''Anime/SailorMoon''' has the two final seasons that are regarded as weaker than the others; SuperS [=SuperS=] and Stars:



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* InUniverse: the titular ShowWithinAShow in ''Fanfic/TheCalvinHobbesAndPaineShow'' is described by its star as too popular to be cancelled, no matter how mediocre it got (with [[TakeThat a comparison to]] ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons'').
* ''FanFic/NobodyDies'' is widely regarded to have fallen into this during its fourth season. While it was always a combo of silly and awesome, it was this point where the plot began to slow down with the humor and wackiness overriding the serious moments and the flaws of the story becoming more apparent. The fifth season attempted an AuthorsSavingThrow, but the backlash was still enough to put it on hiatus.

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* InUniverse: the titular ShowWithinAShow in ''Fanfic/TheCalvinHobbesAndPaineShow'' is described by ''ComicStrip/LittleOrphanAnnie'' could be seen as this, especially once it almost completely left its star as too popular to be cancelled, no matter how mediocre it got (with [[TakeThat a comparison to]] ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons'').
* ''FanFic/NobodyDies'' is widely regarded to have fallen into this during its fourth season. While it was always a combo of silly
fish-out-of-water/poor little rich girl setup behind and awesome, it was this point where the plot began to slow down started introducing magic, demons and God regularly interacting with the humor and wackiness overriding the serious characters. The initial acknowledgement that Punjab actually had magical abilities probably counts as FranchiseOriginalSin.
* ''ComicStrip/DickTracy'' has had quite a few
moments of this. The 30s through 50s era was considered pure genius with its great cavalcade of strange looking villains in an immense RoguesGallery on the same level as Batman. However, the era between 1960 and 1979 was considered an abnormally large case of Seasonal Rot, with the addition of aliens and futuristic technologies, to the comic taking a blacksploitation theme to it, to Dick Tracy growing some jive facial hair. Then Chester Gould dropped out of the production and was replaced by Max Allan Collins, who helped the series regrow by killing off most of everything that the jive era created in the comic until 1992, where more artists took over and the flaws series degraded to this point.
* ''ComicStrip/{{BC}}'' is believed by many to have undergone this in 1984 after its cartoonist, Johnny Hart, became a born-again Christian. What was once a gag-per-day strip that played fast and loose with anachronisms, wordplay, and slapstick increasingly became a soapbox for Hart's religious views, to the point that many papers refused to run some of his strips. After Hart died in 2007, his grandsons and daughter took over and reverted the strip largely to what it had been before.
* ''ComicStrip/FoxTrot'':
** At the start of 2007, when it shifted from a daily strip to SundayStrip-only. The writing became simpler due to the limits
of the story format, leaving little to no room for characterization, and the cast pared down to little more than the Fox family and occasionally Marcus. Even before then, Jason was starting to become somewhat of a CreatorsPet.
** Done InUniverse with Roger's favorite strip, Captain Goofball, in one arc about how Roger's upset to hear that Andy wants it cancelled. When Andy shows Roger the latest strip, Roger [[ImplausibleDeniability says that Captain Goofball just had a bad day]], prompting Andy to bring out many old comics pages to show him that it's been declining in quality for a while. Roger's forced to admit that Captain Goofball has gotten stupid over the years, but weakly protests that it was hilarious when he was a kid, prompting Andy to coldly say that today's kids deserve to laugh their heads off.
* ''ComicStrip/{{Peanuts}}'', depending on whom you ask, became LighterAndSofter anywhere from the late 1970s to the 1990s. The 1990s also saw a shift to more strips focusing on Rerun asking if Snoopy could play or Snoopy interacting with the music staffs as Schroder played piano. Peppermint Patty, Marcie, and Linus were pushed to the background as well.
* ''ComicStrip/{{Shoe}}'': Many longtime fans think that the quality declined once original creator Jeff [=MacNelly=] [[AuthorExistenceFailure died]] and handed the strip over to Gary Brookins (who also took over [=MacNelly's=] other strip, ''ComicStrip/{{Pluggers}}'', a few years prior) and a rotating team of writers. Brookins' art style is similar to [=MacNelly's=], but the writing is a great deal LighterAndSofter, simplistic, and inconsistent.
* The daily ''ComicStrip/SpiderMan'' strip, in recent years, has been commonly criticized for Spider-Man
becoming [[AdaptationalWimp rather pathetic]] as his Spidey-Sense doesn't seem to work anymore (Spider-Man has been whacked on the back of the head by generic thugs countless times), introduction of lame villains (a failed stage actor becomes a villain named [[IncrediblyLamePun "Clown 9"]] and for most of the arc easily defeats Spider-Man despite having no actual superpowers) and Spider-Man more apparent. The fifth season attempted an AuthorsSavingThrow, but often than not ends up getting rescued by other Marvel heroes or [[EnemyMine even villains]]. These faults eventually became so noticeable that they were spoofed in the backlash was still enough ''ComicBook/SpiderVerse'' event, in which the daily strip's Peter is spared from consumption by Morlun thanks in part to put his universe's repetitious timeline and the Master Weaver taking pity on the universe and opting to preserve it on hiatus.from Inheritor attacks.
* ''ComicStrip/ForBetterOrForWorse'': sometime around the year 2000, the Pattersons stopped being normal people living in a complicated world and became a family of Mary Sues, with the exception of April, who became the ButtMonkey.



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* InUniverse: the titular ShowWithinAShow in ''Fanfic/TheCalvinHobbesAndPaineShow'' is described by its star as too popular to be cancelled, no matter how mediocre it got (with [[TakeThat a comparison to]] ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons'').
* ''FanFic/NobodyDies'' is widely regarded to have fallen into this during its fourth season. While it was always a combo of silly and awesome, it was this point where the plot began to slow down with the humor and wackiness overriding the serious moments and the flaws of the story becoming more apparent. The fifth season attempted an AuthorsSavingThrow, but the backlash was still enough to put it on hiatus.
* Fans of ''WebVideo/ImAMarvelAndImADC'' have come to anticipate an engaging, dramatic story arc spanning the fall, winter, and spring of every year. However, fall and winter of 2011, and spring of 2012, only brought videos in which the heroes spout some one-liners. None of them exceed two minutes, either. Fans find this especially frustrating because the arc that began in December 2009, "Zero Hour", didn't have a proper conclusion until 2013. Summer 2012 saw new blockbuster movies for Film/{{The Avengers|2012}}, [[Film/TheAmazingSpiderMan Spider-Man]], and [[Film/TheDarkKnightRises Batman]], but circumstances beyond [=ItsJustSomeRandomGuy=]'s control prevented him from making videos about them. As of this writing, only two videos[[note]]assuming you combine both parts of Spidey's self-feud[[/note]] about those films have made it to Website/YouTube.
* ''WebVideo/YuGiOhTheAbridgedSeries'' had issues with its second season and the Virtual World[=/=]Cancelled Series portion of the third. Both of these relied heavily on referential humor, and overused jokes from the first season. Even Creator/LittleKuriboh wasn't fond of the Cancelled Series. LK even admitted that much of his inspiration to continue the series has been sapped thanks to UDE and Konami's constant filing of Copyright Infringement against him on [=YouTube=], which costs him subscribers as well as money in order to get his channel back up after inevitably getting banned.
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* Parodied in a 1982 issue of ''Magazine/{{Mad}}'' detailing the devolution of the fictional sitcom "Idle Hours".[[note]] The parody is most overtly inspired by ''Series/AllInTheFamily'', ''Series/HappyDays'', and their respective trees of spinoffs. The introduction even ponders if the readers remember when Archie Bunker had a wife and daughter and worked on a loading dock (by 1982, he was a widower with an adoptive daughter and worked in a bar), or when the title characters in ''Series/LaverneAndShirley'' (a ''Series/HappyDays'' spinoff) lived in Milwaukee and worked at a brewery (by 1982, they lived in Burbank and worked in a department store).[[/note]] Originally about a trio of high school boys in 1946 Indiana, the show deteriorates thanks to pointlessly "zany" and "[[AVerySpecialEpisode socially conscious]]" [[CousinOliver new]] and [[ReplacementScrappy replacement]] characters, the loss of established characters (especially to spin-offs), guest stars, and nonsensical plotlines. Just to summarise some of the forms of seasonal rot the article spoofs:
** The original focus is on high school seniors Nipsy, Conrad, and the Horse. The actor playing the Horse quits after two seasons, and the actors playing Nipsy and Conrad quit after another two, so over half the series' run features none of the original main trio, although members of their families - the Horse's psychopathic cousin Mangler (added in the second season), Conrad's sexpot sister Buffy-Lu (an original cast member) and alcoholic, widowed mother (added in the fourth season), and Nipsy's pre-teen brother Pooky (added in the third season) - remain for much longer.
** Improbable romances and weddings run rampant, with Pooky romancing and eventually marrying bowling alley owner Elsa even though he is in middle school and she is in her late 40s, and local mortician and Mangler's employer Mr. Ferndipper courting and also eventually marrying Conrad's mother (the wedding furnishing material for an hour-long episode in the seventh season).
** Characters are spun off into their own series almost every season. The original cast includes gym teacher Mr. Faunce, who gets a spin-off after the original main trio graduate high school (after three years as seniors). Elsa's partner in the pool room she buys after selling her bowling alley, Emilio, gets a spin-off after the sixth season with his fourteen younger siblings (introduced the previous season). Mangler gets a spin-off after the ninth season, and most of the remaining established cast members get spun off early in the tenth season.
** The series moves from Indiana to Hollywood for the eighth season (justified by having Buffy-Lu get a screen test that includes room and board for the rest of the cast), complete with new characters from the film industry (a sleazy agent and a talentless actor) and a parade of guest stars including Conway Twitty and Annette Funicello when the focus shifts to a small-town radio station bought by Mr. Ferndipper in the ninth season.
** The series makes stabs at social relevance by introducing the Mangler in the second season to counter accusations that it is too saccharine, and having Pooky and Elsa adopt a Korean war orphan in the fifth season. After Elsa dies of chalk dust inhalation in the seventh season and Pooky is subsequently written out, the Korean war orphan is adopted by Mr. Ferndipper and Conrad's mother, and after they are spun off in the tenth season, the Korean war orphan is the last remaining cast member, and the writers try to establish him as a seven-year-old truck driver with a pet ape. (This proves to be one ReTool too many, and the plug is pulled [[spoiler:thirteen weeks into the season]].)
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* The ''Franchise/DanganRonpa'' franchise has previously been met with critical and commercial acclaim, with the first game being seen as a worthy start to a new series and the second game often being considered [[EvenBetterSequel even better than its predecessor]]...but after the airing of ''Anime/DanganRonpa3'', the series has suffered a dip in quality, with all of the [[BrokenBase base-splitting]] that comes with it. To elaborate, ''Dangan Ronpa 3'' started off decently enough, but as it continued onward, its reputation began to sour; in the case of ''Side:Future'', the numerous deaths of the likeable Future Foundation members and mercilessly bleak tone lead to many fans [[DarknessInducedAudienceApathy losing any reason to care about what was going on]], which was only exacerbated with TheReveal of the mastermind...whose plan quickly became infamous among the fanbase for being utterly nonsencical and [[ShockingSwerve coming completely out of nowhere with nothing before indicating any such thing was hinted at]]. ''Side:Despair'', on the other hand, not only suffered because of the {{Flanderization}} and overall [[DemotedToExtra middling importance]] of most of the ''VisualNovel/SuperDanganRonpa2'' cast, but also failed thanks to everyone [[IdiotPlot acting like complete morons in order to make Junko's plot work in a certain way]] ''and'' the introduction of a [[FanDislikedExplanation much-derided plot element]] that destroyed much of the mystique behind the plot of ''Super Dangan Ronpa 2'' (and the larger story of ''Dangan Ronpa'', by extension) and Junko's character (which also [[spoiler:bled into ''Side:Future'', adding further derision to the mastermind's plan and serving to turn a previously popular character into TheScrappy]]). Both sides of the anime suffered from PacingProblems and [[{{Padding}} more time-filling than necessary]], [[TheyWastedAPerfectlyGoodCharacter characters being introduced and quickly forgotten (or killed)]], [[TheyWastedAPerfectlyGoodPlot storylines fans wanted to see happen never coming to fruition]] and so many {{Retcon}}s to the already established lore that fans question if the studio behind the show had even ''played'' the first two games and ''VideoGame/AbsoluteDespairGirls''. To top it all off, ''Side:Hope'' ended with what many consider to be a very blatant case of PanderingToTheBase that placated some fans but infuriated others. Fans who were hoping for a return to form coming off of ''Dangan Ronpa 3'' and a breath of fresh air in ''VisualNovel/NewDanganRonpaV3'' ended up feeling similarly short-changed; although the first five chapters were well-received, the game was hit with a '''vicious''' case of EndingAversion and FranchiseOriginalSin that players are unlikely to [[NeverLiveItDown let the development team live down]]. It remains to be seen if the series will recover from its missteps.
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* Parodied in a 1982 issue of ''Magazine/{{Mad}}'' detailing the devolution of the fictional sitcom "Idle Hours".[[note]] The parody is most overtly inspired by ''Series/AllInTheFamily'', ''Series/HappyDays'', and their respective trees of spinoffs. The introduction even ponders if the readers remember when Archie Bunker had a wife and daughter and worked on a loading dock (by 1982, he was a widower with an adoptive daughter and worked in a bar), or when the title characters in ''Series/LaverneAndShirley'' (a ''Series/HappyDays'' spinoff) lived in Milwaukee and worked at a brewery (by 1982, they lived in Burbank and worked in a department store).[[/note]] Originally about a trio of high school boys in 1946 Indiana, the show deteriorates thanks to pointlessly "zany" and "[[AVerySpecialEpisode socially conscious]]" [[CousinOliver new]] and [[ReplacementScrappy replacement]] characters, the loss of established characters (especially to spin-offs), guest stars, and nonsensical plotlines. Just to summarise some of the forms of seasonal rot the article spoofs:
** The original focus is on high school seniors Nipsy, Conrad, and the Horse. The actor playing the Horse quits after two seasons, and the actors playing Nipsy and Conrad quit after another two, so over half the series' run features none of the original main trio, although members of their families - the Horse's psychopathic cousin Mangler (added in the second season), Conrad's sexpot sister Buffy-Lu (an original cast member) and alcoholic, widowed mother (added in the fourth season), and Nipsy's pre-teen brother Pooky (added in the third season) - remain for much longer.
** Improbable romances and weddings run rampant, with Pooky romancing and eventually marrying bowling alley owner Elsa even though he is in middle school and she is in her late 40s, and local mortician and Mangler's employer Mr. Ferndipper courting and also eventually marrying Conrad's mother (the wedding furnishing material for an hour-long episode in the seventh season).
** Characters are spun off into their own series almost every season. The original cast includes gym teacher Mr. Faunce, who gets a spin-off after the original main trio graduate high school (after three years as seniors). Elsa's partner in the pool room she buys after selling her bowling alley, Emilio, gets a spin-off after the sixth season with his fourteen younger siblings (introduced the previous season). Mangler gets a spin-off after the ninth season, and most of the remaining established cast members get spun off early in the tenth season.
** The series moves from Indiana to Hollywood for the eighth season (justified by having Buffy-Lu get a screen test that includes room and board for the rest of the cast), complete with new characters from the film industry (a sleazy agent and a talentless actor) and a parade of guest stars including Conway Twitty and Annette Funicello when the focus shifts to a small-town radio station bought by Mr. Ferndipper in the ninth season.
** The series makes stabs at social relevance by introducing the Mangler in the second season to counter accusations that it is too saccharine, and having Pooky and Elsa adopt a Korean war orphan in the fifth season. After Elsa dies of chalk dust inhalation in the seventh season and Pooky is subsequently written out, the Korean war orphan is adopted by Mr. Ferndipper and Conrad's mother, and after they are spun off in the tenth season, the Korean war orphan is the last remaining cast member, and the writers try to establish him as a seven-year-old truck driver with a pet ape. (This proves to be one ReTool too many, and the plug is pulled [[spoiler:thirteen weeks into the season]].)
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* The ''Franchise/DanganRonpa'' franchise has previously been met with critical and commercial acclaim, with the first game being seen as a worthy start to a new series and the second game often being considered [[EvenBetterSequel even better than its predecessor]]...but after the airing of ''Anime/DanganRonpa3'', the series has suffered a dip in quality, with all of the [[BrokenBase base-splitting]] that comes with it. To elaborate, ''Dangan Ronpa 3'' started off decently enough, but as it continued onward, its reputation began to sour; in the case of ''Side:Future'', the numerous deaths of the likeable Future Foundation members and mercilessly bleak tone lead to many fans [[DarknessInducedAudienceApathy losing any reason to care about what was going on]], which was only exacerbated with TheReveal of the mastermind...whose plan quickly became infamous among the fanbase for being utterly nonsencical and [[ShockingSwerve coming completely out of nowhere with nothing before indicating any such thing was hinted at]]. ''Side:Despair'', on the other hand, not only suffered because of the {{Flanderization}} and overall [[DemotedToExtra middling importance]] of most of the ''VisualNovel/SuperDanganRonpa2'' cast, but also failed thanks to everyone [[IdiotPlot acting like complete morons in order to make Junko's plot work in a certain way]] ''and'' the introduction of a [[FanDislikedExplanation much-derided plot element]] that destroyed much of the mystique behind the plot of ''Super Dangan Ronpa 2'' (and the larger story of ''Dangan Ronpa'', by extension) and Junko's character (which also [[spoiler:bled into ''Side:Future'', adding further derision to the mastermind's plan and serving to turn a previously popular character into TheScrappy]]). Both sides of the anime suffered from PacingProblems and [[{{Padding}} more time-filling than necessary]], [[TheyWastedAPerfectlyGoodCharacter characters being introduced and quickly forgotten (or killed)]], [[TheyWastedAPerfectlyGoodPlot storylines fans wanted to see happen never coming to fruition]] and so many {{Retcon}}s to the already established lore that fans question if the studio behind the show had even ''played'' the first two games and ''VideoGame/AbsoluteDespairGirls''. To top it all off, ''Side:Hope'' ended with what many consider to be a very blatant case of PanderingToTheBase that placated some fans but infuriated others. Fans who were hoping for a return to form coming off of ''Dangan Ronpa 3'' and a breath of fresh air in ''VisualNovel/NewDanganRonpaV3'' ended up feeling similarly short-changed; although the first five chapters were well-received, the game was hit with a '''vicious''' case of EndingAversion and FranchiseOriginalSin that players are unlikely to [[NeverLiveItDown let the development team live down]]. It remains to be seen if the series will recover from its missteps.
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* ''ComicStrip/LittleOrphanAnnie'' could be seen as this, especially once it almost completely left its fish-out-of-water/poor little rich girl setup behind and started introducing magic, demons and God regularly interacting with the characters. The initial acknowledgement that Punjab actually had magical abilities probably counts as FranchiseOriginalSin.
* ''ComicStrip/DickTracy'' has had quite a few moments of this. The 30s through 50s era was considered pure genius with its great cavalcade of strange looking villains in an immense RoguesGallery on the same level as Batman. However, the era between 1960 and 1979 was considered an abnormally large case of Seasonal Rot, with the addition of aliens and futuristic technologies, to the comic taking a blacksploitation theme to it, to Dick Tracy growing some jive facial hair. Then Chester Gould dropped out of the production and was replaced by Max Allan Collins, who helped the series regrow by killing off most of everything that the jive era created in the comic until 1992, where more artists took over and the series degraded to this point.
* ''ComicStrip/{{BC}}'' is believed by many to have undergone this in 1984 after its cartoonist, Johnny Hart, became a born-again Christian. What was once a gag-per-day strip that played fast and loose with anachronisms, wordplay, and slapstick increasingly became a soapbox for Hart's religious views, to the point that many papers refused to run some of his strips. After Hart died in 2007, his grandsons and daughter took over and reverted the strip largely to what it had been before.
* ''ComicStrip/FoxTrot'':
** At the start of 2007, when it shifted from a daily strip to SundayStrip-only. The writing became simpler due to the limits of the format, leaving little to no room for characterization, and the cast pared down to little more than the Fox family and occasionally Marcus. Even before then, Jason was starting to become somewhat of a CreatorsPet.
** Done InUniverse with Roger's favorite strip, Captain Goofball, in one arc about how Roger's upset to hear that Andy wants it cancelled. When Andy shows Roger the latest strip, Roger [[ImplausibleDeniability says that Captain Goofball just had a bad day]], prompting Andy to bring out many old comics pages to show him that it's been declining in quality for a while. Roger's forced to admit that Captain Goofball has gotten stupid over the years, but weakly protests that it was hilarious when he was a kid, prompting Andy to coldly say that today's kids deserve to laugh their heads off.
* ''ComicStrip/{{Peanuts}}'', depending on whom you ask, became LighterAndSofter anywhere from the late 1970s to the 1990s. The 1990s also saw a shift to more strips focusing on Rerun asking if Snoopy could play or Snoopy interacting with the music staffs as Schroder played piano. Peppermint Patty, Marcie, and Linus were pushed to the background as well.
* ''ComicStrip/{{Shoe}}'': Many longtime fans think that the quality declined once original creator Jeff [=MacNelly=] [[AuthorExistenceFailure died]] and handed the strip over to Gary Brookins (who also took over [=MacNelly's=] other strip, ''ComicStrip/{{Pluggers}}'', a few years prior) and a rotating team of writers. Brookins' art style is similar to [=MacNelly's=], but the writing is a great deal LighterAndSofter, simplistic, and inconsistent.
* The daily ''ComicStrip/SpiderMan'' strip, in recent years, has been commonly criticized for Spider-Man becoming [[AdaptationalWimp rather pathetic]] as his Spidey-Sense doesn't seem to work anymore (Spider-Man has been whacked on the back of the head by generic thugs countless times), introduction of lame villains (a failed stage actor becomes a villain named [[IncrediblyLamePun "Clown 9"]] and for most of the arc easily defeats Spider-Man despite having no actual superpowers) and Spider-Man more often than not ends up getting rescued by other Marvel heroes or [[EnemyMine even villains]]. These faults eventually became so noticeable that they were spoofed in the ''ComicBook/SpiderVerse'' event, in which the daily strip's Peter is spared from consumption by Morlun thanks in part to his universe's repetitious timeline and the Master Weaver taking pity on the universe and opting to preserve it from Inheritor attacks.
* ''ComicStrip/ForBetterOrForWorse'': sometime around the year 2000, the Pattersons stopped being normal people living in a complicated world and became a family of Mary Sues, with the exception of April, who became the ButtMonkey.

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* ''ComicStrip/LittleOrphanAnnie'' could be seen as this, especially once it almost completely left its fish-out-of-water/poor little rich girl setup behind and started introducing magic, demons and God regularly interacting with Parodied in a 1982 issue of ''Magazine/{{Mad}}'' detailing the characters. The initial acknowledgement that Punjab actually had magical abilities probably counts as FranchiseOriginalSin.
* ''ComicStrip/DickTracy'' has had quite a few moments of this. The 30s through 50s era was considered pure genius with its great cavalcade of strange looking villains in an immense RoguesGallery on the same level as Batman. However, the era between 1960 and 1979 was considered an abnormally large case of Seasonal Rot, with the addition of aliens and futuristic technologies, to the comic taking a blacksploitation theme to it, to Dick Tracy growing some jive facial hair. Then Chester Gould dropped out
devolution of the production and was replaced by Max Allan Collins, who helped the series regrow by killing off fictional sitcom "Idle Hours".[[note]] The parody is most overtly inspired by ''Series/AllInTheFamily'', ''Series/HappyDays'', and their respective trees of everything that spinoffs. The introduction even ponders if the jive era created in the comic until 1992, where more artists took over and the series degraded to this point.
* ''ComicStrip/{{BC}}'' is believed by many to have undergone this in 1984 after its cartoonist, Johnny Hart, became
readers remember when Archie Bunker had a born-again Christian. What was once a gag-per-day strip that played fast and loose with anachronisms, wordplay, and slapstick increasingly became a soapbox for Hart's religious views, to the point that many papers refused to run some of his strips. After Hart died in 2007, his grandsons wife and daughter took over and reverted the strip largely to what it had been before.
* ''ComicStrip/FoxTrot'':
** At the start of 2007, when it shifted from
worked on a daily strip to SundayStrip-only. The writing became simpler due to the limits of the format, leaving little to no room for characterization, and the cast pared down to little more than the Fox family and occasionally Marcus. Even before then, Jason was starting to become somewhat of a CreatorsPet.
** Done InUniverse with Roger's favorite strip, Captain Goofball, in one arc about how Roger's upset to hear that Andy wants it cancelled. When Andy shows Roger the latest strip, Roger [[ImplausibleDeniability says that Captain Goofball just had a bad day]], prompting Andy to bring out many old comics pages to show him that it's been declining in quality for a while. Roger's forced to admit that Captain Goofball has gotten stupid over the years, but weakly protests that it was hilarious when
loading dock (by 1982, he was a kid, prompting Andy to coldly say that today's kids deserve to laugh their heads off.
* ''ComicStrip/{{Peanuts}}'', depending on whom you ask, became LighterAndSofter anywhere from the late 1970s to the 1990s. The 1990s also saw a shift to more strips focusing on Rerun asking if Snoopy could play or Snoopy interacting
widower with an adoptive daughter and worked in a bar), or when the music staffs as Schroder played piano. Peppermint Patty, Marcie, title characters in ''Series/LaverneAndShirley'' (a ''Series/HappyDays'' spinoff) lived in Milwaukee and Linus were pushed to worked at a brewery (by 1982, they lived in Burbank and worked in a department store).[[/note]] Originally about a trio of high school boys in 1946 Indiana, the background as well.
* ''ComicStrip/{{Shoe}}'': Many longtime fans think that
show deteriorates thanks to pointlessly "zany" and "[[AVerySpecialEpisode socially conscious]]" [[CousinOliver new]] and [[ReplacementScrappy replacement]] characters, the quality declined once loss of established characters (especially to spin-offs), guest stars, and nonsensical plotlines. Just to summarise some of the forms of seasonal rot the article spoofs:
** The
original creator Jeff [=MacNelly=] [[AuthorExistenceFailure died]] focus is on high school seniors Nipsy, Conrad, and handed the strip Horse. The actor playing the Horse quits after two seasons, and the actors playing Nipsy and Conrad quit after another two, so over to Gary Brookins (who also took over [=MacNelly's=] other strip, ''ComicStrip/{{Pluggers}}'', a few years prior) and a rotating team of writers. Brookins' art style is similar to [=MacNelly's=], but half the writing is a great deal LighterAndSofter, simplistic, and inconsistent.
* The daily ''ComicStrip/SpiderMan'' strip, in recent years, has been commonly criticized for Spider-Man becoming [[AdaptationalWimp rather pathetic]] as his Spidey-Sense doesn't seem to work anymore (Spider-Man has been whacked on the back
series' run features none of the head by generic thugs countless times), introduction original main trio, although members of lame villains (a failed stage actor becomes a villain named [[IncrediblyLamePun "Clown 9"]] their families - the Horse's psychopathic cousin Mangler (added in the second season), Conrad's sexpot sister Buffy-Lu (an original cast member) and alcoholic, widowed mother (added in the fourth season), and Nipsy's pre-teen brother Pooky (added in the third season) - remain for much longer.
** Improbable romances and weddings run rampant, with Pooky romancing and eventually marrying bowling alley owner Elsa even though he is in middle school and she is in her late 40s, and local mortician and Mangler's employer Mr. Ferndipper courting and also eventually marrying Conrad's mother (the wedding furnishing material for an hour-long episode in the seventh season).
** Characters are spun off into their own series almost every season. The original cast includes gym teacher Mr. Faunce, who gets a spin-off after the original main trio graduate high school (after three years as seniors). Elsa's partner in the pool room she buys after selling her bowling alley, Emilio, gets a spin-off after the sixth season with his fourteen younger siblings (introduced the previous season). Mangler gets a spin-off after the ninth season, and
most of the arc easily defeats Spider-Man despite remaining established cast members get spun off early in the tenth season.
** The series moves from Indiana to Hollywood for the eighth season (justified by
having no actual superpowers) and Spider-Man more often than not ends up getting rescued by other Marvel heroes or [[EnemyMine even villains]]. These faults eventually became so noticeable Buffy-Lu get a screen test that they were spoofed includes room and board for the rest of the cast), complete with new characters from the film industry (a sleazy agent and a talentless actor) and a parade of guest stars including Conway Twitty and Annette Funicello when the focus shifts to a small-town radio station bought by Mr. Ferndipper in the ''ComicBook/SpiderVerse'' event, in which ninth season.
** The series makes stabs at social relevance by introducing
the daily strip's Peter Mangler in the second season to counter accusations that it is spared from consumption too saccharine, and having Pooky and Elsa adopt a Korean war orphan in the fifth season. After Elsa dies of chalk dust inhalation in the seventh season and Pooky is subsequently written out, the Korean war orphan is adopted by Morlun thanks Mr. Ferndipper and Conrad's mother, and after they are spun off in part to his universe's repetitious timeline the tenth season, the Korean war orphan is the last remaining cast member, and the Master Weaver taking pity on the universe and opting writers try to preserve it from Inheritor attacks.
* ''ComicStrip/ForBetterOrForWorse'': sometime around the year 2000, the Pattersons stopped being normal people living in
establish him as a complicated world and became a family of Mary Sues, seven-year-old truck driver with a pet ape. (This proves to be one ReTool too many, and the exception of April, who became plug is pulled [[spoiler:thirteen weeks into the ButtMonkey.season]].)



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* ''Webcomic/SluggyFreelance'' lost a lot of its readers during the massive plotline known as "Oceans Unmoving," mainly because the plot's only relevance to the series was showing what happened to [=BunBun=] after Holiday Wars. It took what should have been a a very short, sweet explanation and turned into into a one year plotline that constantly stopped the action because it had to cram in as much exposition as possible about the cosmology. For many people, the comic never recovered from it. Others like to just [[FanonDisContinuity pretend it never happened]]. Still others found it a fairly interesting change of pace that had [[TheyWastedAPerfectlyGoodPlot a lot of wasted potential]]. Unfortunately, forcing it upon the readers with only a tangential relation to the rest of the canon was not a smart move on Pete's part. And "Oceans Unmoving" would have been a great thing to release ''all at once'', say as a book. It drew more resentment because it came at the expense of the regular cast, and the cool concepts weren't well served by a one-day-at-a-time schedule. People forget that a ''lot'' of Sluggy stories felt overlong and tedious at the time, but read well in the archives.
* [[http://www.cracked.com/article_18696_the-lifespan-every-tv-show-ever-5Bcomic5D.html Abnormality]] mentions it, along with FranchiseZombie and EarlyInstallmentWeirdness tropes.
* ''Webcomic/SurvivorFanCharacters'': Seasons 8, 10, and 12 are widely disliked by the fanbase for [[SpotlightStealingSquad focusing way too much]] on villains and/or {{Designated Hero}}es too [[FlatCharacter flat]] and/or [[SmugSnake thoroughly unlikable]] to even LoveToHate and having too many one-note/Jerkass characters in their overall casts. This is mitigated somewhat, however, by the odd-numbered seasons between them being widely liked by the fanbase.
* ''Webcomic/SabrinaOnline'' had the "Sabrina creates a MarySue webcomic" arc. It was pretty self-referential and got old pretty fast, but as of June 2012 seems to be over when Sabrina quit the comic after losing interest.
* ''Webcomic/MenageA3'' was felt by many fans to have suffered badly in volume 5 with too much coverage of the car-crash relationship between passive central character Gary and (insufficiently) cute psychotic Yuki. This culminated in several strips of Yuki blundering around in a blindfold being stupid. The ensuing end to that relationship, followed by some fairly radical relationship shake-ups and a {{crossover}}, looks to have recovered much of the comic's appeal.
* ''Webcomic/{{Sinfest}}'' has this with the Sisterhood arc, where a previously mostly neutral, (fairly) light-hearted strip was changed to what can best be described as feminist propaganda. The new direction of the strip is largely loathed by the strip's fans, partly because of the huge changes in characterization it brought and how ridiculously {{Anvilicious}} its message became. The leader of the Sisterhood widely being considered a MarySue doesn't help.
* ''Webcomic/RedString'' began to fall into this during its last year, due to the author having become pregnant and taking several other projects on the side. This caused a decrease in the art quality and some rather hasty plot conclusions.
* ''Webcomic/{{Homestuck}}'': While the webcomic is generally considered to have grown the beard by Act 5, Act 6 featured completely new characters that ''weren't'' as overall fanbase-expandingly popular as the trolls were and generally even more divisive, very very long sub-acts (and [[UpToEleven sub-sub acts]]!) causing EndingFatigue, a very long RomanticPlotTumour causing unnecessary drama between the new kids, and more [[InvincibleVillain villains that are so powerful they make you consider]] [[DarknessInducedAudienceApathy whether these kids even have a ghost of a chance]], as well as a bunch of [[DudeNotFunny jokes that were either too dark to be humourous or just plain considered to be in bad taste]]. It took years for the original kids to finally meet up with their new counterparts, and even when that happened it took many more months in real time for them to actually get on to fighting these new villains. Its ending animation and the following Act 7 were both well received visually[[note]]The former for being an action-packed, 18 minute long fighting sequence and the latter for its very high-quality visual details and smooth animation[[/note]], but also got some story-related criticism [[WhatHappenedToTheMouse for leaving a lot of plotlines to seemingly end abruptly]] (something the author intends to fix with an additional epilogue) and for the eventual victory for the heroes to have just been brought on by anti-climactically [[spoiler:making a new timeline, wherein an intentional BaseBreakingCharacter was brought back and, along with some of the other characters, lost all their character development, and everything went almost perfectly according to plan]].
* ''WebComic/DarthsAndDroids'' is generally seen as going through this around the time it reached the Original and Sequel movies. While the comic is still funny and clever, it lacks the biting satirical edge that made it stand out from other [[CampaignComic Campaign Comics]]. As many have noted, when the series was mocking the ''Franchise/StarWars'' franchise's own rot, it was a brilliant and unique satire; once it had to tackle the actually good parts of the franchise, it started running out of things to seriously criticize and devolved into [[SoOkayItsAverage just another comic, without anything special going for it]].

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* ''Webcomic/SluggyFreelance'' lost a lot of its readers during the massive plotline known as "Oceans Unmoving," mainly because the plot's only relevance to the series was showing what happened to [=BunBun=] after Holiday Wars. It took what should have been a a very short, sweet explanation and turned into into a one year plotline that constantly stopped the action because it had to cram in as much exposition as possible about the cosmology. For many people, the comic never recovered from it. Others like to just [[FanonDisContinuity pretend it never happened]]. Still others found it a fairly interesting change of pace that had [[TheyWastedAPerfectlyGoodPlot a lot of wasted potential]]. Unfortunately, forcing it upon the readers with only a tangential relation to the rest of the canon was not a smart move on Pete's part. And "Oceans Unmoving" would have been a great thing to release ''all at once'', say as a book. It drew more resentment because it came at the expense of the regular cast, and the cool concepts weren't well served by a one-day-at-a-time schedule. People forget that a ''lot'' of Sluggy stories felt overlong and tedious at the time, but read well in the archives.
* [[http://www.cracked.com/article_18696_the-lifespan-every-tv-show-ever-5Bcomic5D.html Abnormality]] mentions it, along with FranchiseZombie and EarlyInstallmentWeirdness tropes.
* ''Webcomic/SurvivorFanCharacters'': Seasons 8, 10, and 12 are widely disliked by the fanbase for [[SpotlightStealingSquad focusing way too much]] on villains and/or {{Designated Hero}}es too [[FlatCharacter flat]] and/or [[SmugSnake thoroughly unlikable]] to even LoveToHate and having too many one-note/Jerkass characters in their overall casts. This is mitigated somewhat, however, by the odd-numbered seasons between them being widely liked by the fanbase.
* ''Webcomic/SabrinaOnline'' had the "Sabrina creates a MarySue webcomic" arc. It was pretty self-referential and got old pretty fast, but as of June 2012 seems to be over when Sabrina quit the comic after losing interest.
* ''Webcomic/MenageA3'' was felt by many fans to have suffered badly in volume 5 with too much coverage of the car-crash relationship between passive central character Gary and (insufficiently) cute psychotic Yuki. This culminated in several strips of Yuki blundering around in a blindfold being stupid.
The ensuing end to that relationship, followed by some fairly radical relationship shake-ups and a {{crossover}}, looks to have recovered much of the comic's appeal.
* ''Webcomic/{{Sinfest}}''
''Franchise/DanganRonpa'' franchise has this with the Sisterhood arc, where a previously mostly neutral, (fairly) light-hearted strip was changed been met with critical and commercial acclaim, with the first game being seen as a worthy start to what can best be described as feminist propaganda. The a new direction of series and the strip is largely loathed by the strip's fans, partly because of the huge changes in characterization it brought and how ridiculously {{Anvilicious}} its message became. The leader of the Sisterhood widely second game often being considered [[EvenBetterSequel even better than its predecessor]]... but after the airing of ''Anime/DanganRonpa3'', the series has suffered a MarySue doesn't help.
* ''Webcomic/RedString''
dip in quality, with all of the [[BrokenBase base-splitting]] that comes with it. To elaborate, ''Dangan Ronpa 3'' started off decently enough, but as it continued onward, its reputation began to fall into this during its last year, due to the author having become pregnant and taking several other projects on the side. This caused a decrease sour; in the art quality case of ''Side:Future'', the numerous deaths of the likeable Future Foundation members and some rather hasty plot conclusions.
* ''Webcomic/{{Homestuck}}'': While the webcomic is generally considered
mercilessly bleak tone lead to have grown the beard by Act 5, Act 6 featured completely new characters that ''weren't'' as overall fanbase-expandingly popular as the trolls were and generally even more divisive, very very long sub-acts (and [[UpToEleven sub-sub acts]]!) causing EndingFatigue, a very long RomanticPlotTumour causing unnecessary drama between the new kids, and more [[InvincibleVillain villains that are so powerful they make you consider]] many fans [[DarknessInducedAudienceApathy whether these kids even have a ghost of a chance]], as well as a bunch of [[DudeNotFunny jokes that were either too dark losing any reason to be humourous or just plain considered to be in bad taste]]. It took years for the original kids to finally meet up care about what was going on]], which was only exacerbated with their new counterparts, and even when that happened it took many more months in real time for them to actually get on to fighting these new villains. Its ending animation and TheReveal of the following Act 7 were both well received visually[[note]]The former mastermind...whose plan quickly became infamous among the fanbase for being an action-packed, 18 minute long fighting sequence utterly nonsencical and the latter for its very high-quality visual details and smooth animation[[/note]], but also got some story-related criticism [[WhatHappenedToTheMouse for leaving a lot [[ShockingSwerve coming completely out of plotlines to seemingly end abruptly]] (something the author intends to fix nowhere with an additional epilogue) and for the eventual victory for the heroes to have just been brought on by anti-climactically [[spoiler:making a new timeline, wherein an intentional BaseBreakingCharacter nothing before indicating any such thing was brought back and, along with some of hinted at]]. ''Side:Despair'', on the other characters, lost all their hand, not only suffered because of the {{Flanderization}} and overall [[DemotedToExtra middling importance]] of most of the ''VisualNovel/SuperDanganRonpa2'' cast, but also failed thanks to everyone [[IdiotPlot acting like complete morons in order to make Junko's plot work in a certain way]] ''and'' the introduction of a [[FanDislikedExplanation much-derided plot element]] that destroyed much of the mystique behind the plot of ''Super Dangan Ronpa 2'' (and the larger story of ''Dangan Ronpa'', by extension) and Junko's character development, (which also [[spoiler:bled into ''Side:Future'', adding further derision to the mastermind's plan and everything went almost perfectly according serving to plan]].
* ''WebComic/DarthsAndDroids'' is generally
turn a previously popular character into TheScrappy]]). Both sides of the anime suffered from PacingProblems and [[{{Padding}} more time-filling than necessary]], [[TheyWastedAPerfectlyGoodCharacter characters being introduced and quickly forgotten (or killed)]], [[TheyWastedAPerfectlyGoodPlot storylines fans wanted to see happen never coming to fruition]] and so many {{Retcon}}s to the already established lore that fans question if the studio behind the show had even ''played'' the first two games and ''VideoGame/AbsoluteDespairGirls''. To top it all off, ''Side:Hope'' ended with what many consider to be a very blatant case of PanderingToTheBase that placated some fans but infuriated others. Fans who were hoping for a return to form coming off of ''Dangan Ronpa 3'' and a breath of fresh air in ''VisualNovel/NewDanganRonpaV3'' ended up feeling similarly short-changed; although the first five chapters were well-received, the game was hit with a '''vicious''' case of EndingAversion and FranchiseOriginalSin that players are unlikely to [[NeverLiveItDown let the development team live down]]. It remains to be seen as going through this around the time it reached the Original and Sequel movies. While the comic is still funny and clever, it lacks the biting satirical edge that made it stand out from other [[CampaignComic Campaign Comics]]. As many have noted, when if the series was mocking the ''Franchise/StarWars'' franchise's own rot, it was a brilliant and unique satire; once it had to tackle the actually good parts of the franchise, it started running out of things to seriously criticize and devolved into [[SoOkayItsAverage just another comic, without anything special going for it]].will recover from its missteps.



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* Fans of ''WebVideo/ImAMarvelAndImADC'' have come to anticipate an engaging, dramatic story arc spanning the fall, winter, and spring of every year. However, fall and winter of 2011, and spring of 2012, only brought videos in which the heroes spout some one-liners. None of them exceed two minutes, either. Fans find this especially frustrating because the arc that began in December 2009, "Zero Hour", didn't have a proper conclusion until 2013. Summer 2012 saw new blockbuster movies for Film/{{The Avengers|2012}}, [[Film/TheAmazingSpiderMan Spider-Man]], and [[Film/TheDarkKnightRises Batman]], but circumstances beyond [=ItsJustSomeRandomGuy=]'s control prevented him from making videos about them. As of this writing, only two videos[[note]]assuming you combine both parts of Spidey's self-feud[[/note]] about those films have made it to Website/YouTube.



* ''WebVideo/YuGiOhTheAbridgedSeries'' had issues with its second season and the Virtual World[=/=]Cancelled Series portion of the third. Both of these relied heavily on referential humor, and overused jokes from the first season. Even Creator/LittleKuriboh wasn't fond of the Cancelled Series.
** LK even admitted that much of his inspiration to continue the series has been sapped thanks to UDE and Konami's constant filing of Copyright Infringement against him on Youtube, which costs him subscribers as well as money in order to get his channel back up after inevitably getting banned.
* Quite a few are having this reaction to WebVideo/TheNostalgiaCritic after he was uncancelled. The biggest points of complaint are the Critic [[TookALevelInJerkass becoming a bigger jerk]] (he was a self-centered jerk before but after the reboot he borders on being a straight-up villain), the increased amount of undeserved [[TakeThat jabs]] and ShallowParody, loads more controversial statements (including a review of Sailor Moon that was absolutely ''drenched'' in UnfortunateImplications), and [[PostScriptSeason the character's story already being resolved]].
* Some say WebVideo/TheAngryVideoGameNerd went through this between James [[CreatorBreakdown contracting major burnout]] in early 2010 and the filming of Film/AngryVideoGameNerdTheMovie in mid-2012. He had noticeably less energy and passion during this time period, and his "anger" (the defining trait of his character) was quite a bit more restrained. Fortunately, though, many have stated he has been pulled out of the rot after the movie was finally finished and released, allowing him more time to work on the series.
* A significant section of Website/{{Cracked}} readers believe that the site started going downhill sometime around 2013. There are many reasons offered for this, including:
** An emphasis on click-bait titles. To make it worse, for many articles the titles will change several times within hours of them being originally published, often in ways that don't really reflect the article content, apparently just to find a title which is going to get the most clicks. Starting in early 2016, certain article titles began to eschew the number of entries or even critical elements of the article itself in favor of vague statements or casual remarks/questions addressed directly to the reader (e.g. "Mind If We Explain (And Then Ruin) Your Favorite Songs?"), which many have noticed skews even closer to the [=BuzzFeed=] style of click-hungry writing that Cracked itself was once critical of. It's also telling that instead of articles confined to one page, they are now spread across at least two, meaning more ads will appear as you read through one single article.
** The site's IssueDrift and new-found [[{{Anvilicious}} preachiness]]. The site has increasingly eschewed a focus on comedy in favour of more articles that are either philosophical and opinion-based treatises, exposés on an often unsettling aspect of human existence (this particularly applies to articles which Robert Evans is involved with) and / or possessing a clear focus on social justice issues. Many existing readers tend to find these articles pretentious, condescending, ill-informed, inaccurate, self-righteous, hypocritical, [[DarknessInducedAudienceApathy unbearably dark and depressing to read]] or some combination thereof. As of mid-2016, readers noted a sharp increase in political articles especially, all with an even stronger social justice bent than in years past; and even pop culture articles (such as those [[{{Deconstruction}} deconstructing]] Marvel and DC universes) are laced with unsubtle political barbs. Despite what appeared to be a brief return to form throughout late September and much of October 2016, the election results prompted a glut of purely political articles.
** Conversely, many readers tend to find those remaining articles which are intended to be humourous and / or informative, as in the site's previous style, to be rather lazy, inaccurate and unfunny.
** [[TheScrappy An influx of unpopular regular contributors]]. These include, but aren't limited to, Adam Todd Brown, J. F. Sargent, Luke [=McKinney=], Auntie Meme and Nicholas Pell.
** The site's editors can also be perceived as aggressive and dismissive towards their readers and their complaints, particularly when any of the above points are raised. While the site's comment sections and forums aren't entirely free of FanDumb and HateDumb either, even well-meaning and constructive criticism can be met with unnecessary hostility -- for example, [[http://forums.cracked.com/viewtopic.php?f=21&t=83873 this post]] expressing polite reservations regarding the site's approach towards "Photoplasty" articles, only to be met with a highly sarcastic and rather snide response from the site's executive editor.
* Depending on who you ask ''WebVideo/MarbleHornets'' may have fallen into this during its second half, as the creators created [[TheChrisCarterEffect way too many questions and subplots than they could handle]]. This is ''far'' from universal however.
* Parodied in ''WebVideo/TheJerrySeinfeldProgram'', in which ''Series/{{Seinfeld}}'' went on for 21 seasons (with another five planned.) Elaine and Kramer left (with Jerry and George pretending they never existed) the show truly became about nothing once Jerry ran out of ideas, and has devolved into nothing more than a series of internet shorts lasting about a couple minutes long at most since the show somehow managed to achieve a Nielsen rating of less than .1 and yet is still going, in an extreme case of AdoredByTheNetwork. The show eventually devolves into Jerry and George having existential crises on-set, begging to just let the show die already [[spoiler: before finally committing suicide.]]



* ''{{WebAnimation/RWBY}}'': Volume 4 already caused a rift because the FourLinesAllWaiting nature hurt the pacing badly. Then came Volume 5, which is considered by many fans as inferior to the previous ones for different reasons, mainly the lack of action and the over-reliance on exposition that slows the narrative.
* It's implied that this would happen InUniverse had the characters not resolved the plot within the sixth episode of ''WebVideo/DontHugMeImScared''. The previous lessons had been Creativity, Time, Love, Technology, Nutrition, and Dreams, but it was shown [[spoiler: by the machine-generated Teachers]] that the lessons most likely would go on to include Space, Sports, Magnetism, Digging Holes, Canoe Buying, Files, Traffic, Gel, Smoking, and Music. This can be read as another criticism of childrens' media, focusing on topics that become more inane over time.
* WebVideo/StupidMarioBrothers: The series is agreed to have gone into this after TheMovie. The only well liked part of this period is the Interactive Adventure. Common criticisms include [[MoodWhiplash tone deaf stories]], characters holding the IdiotBall, wasting time on {{Filler}}, and the jokes not being as funny.

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* It's implied that this would happen InUniverse had the characters not resolved the plot within the sixth episode of ''WebVideo/DontHugMeImScared''. The previous lessons had been Creativity, Time, Love, Technology, Nutrition, and Dreams, but it was shown [[spoiler: by the machine-generated Teachers]] that the lessons most likely would go on to include Space, Sports, Magnetism, Digging Holes, Canoe Buying, Files, Traffic, Gel, Smoking, and Music. This can be read as another criticism of childrens' media, focusing on topics that become more inane over time.
* WebVideo/StupidMarioBrothers: The series is agreed to have gone into this after TheMovie. The only well liked part of this period is the Interactive Adventure. Common criticisms include [[MoodWhiplash tone deaf stories]], characters holding the IdiotBall, wasting time on {{Filler}}, and the jokes not being as funny.
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* ''Webcomic/SluggyFreelance'' lost a lot of its readers during the massive plotline known as "Oceans Unmoving," mainly because the plot's only relevance to the series was showing what happened to [=BunBun=] after Holiday Wars. It took what should have been a a very short, sweet explanation and turned into into a one year plotline that constantly stopped the action because it had to cram in as much exposition as possible about the cosmology. For many people, the comic never recovered from it. Others like to just [[FanonDisContinuity pretend it never happened]]. Still others found it a fairly interesting change of pace that had [[TheyWastedAPerfectlyGoodPlot a lot of wasted potential]]. Unfortunately, forcing it upon the readers with only a tangential relation to the rest of the canon was not a smart move on Pete's part. And "Oceans Unmoving" would have been a great thing to release ''all at once'', say as a book. It drew more resentment because it came at the expense of the regular cast, and the cool concepts weren't well served by a one-day-at-a-time schedule. People forget that a ''lot'' of Sluggy stories felt overlong and tedious at the time, but read well in the archives.
* [[http://www.cracked.com/article_18696_the-lifespan-every-tv-show-ever-5Bcomic5D.html Abnormality]] mentions it, along with FranchiseZombie and EarlyInstallmentWeirdness tropes.
* ''Webcomic/SurvivorFanCharacters'': Seasons 8, 10, and 12 are widely disliked by the fanbase for [[SpotlightStealingSquad focusing way too much]] on villains and/or {{Designated Hero}}es too [[FlatCharacter flat]] and/or [[SmugSnake thoroughly unlikable]] to even LoveToHate and having too many one-note/Jerkass characters in their overall casts. This is mitigated somewhat, however, by the odd-numbered seasons between them being widely liked by the fanbase.
* ''Webcomic/SabrinaOnline'' had the "Sabrina creates a MarySue webcomic" arc. It was pretty self-referential and got old pretty fast, but as of June 2012 seems to be over when Sabrina quit the comic after losing interest.
* ''Webcomic/MenageA3'' was felt by many fans to have suffered badly in volume 5 with too much coverage of the car-crash relationship between passive central character Gary and (insufficiently) cute psychotic Yuki. This culminated in several strips of Yuki blundering around in a blindfold being stupid. The ensuing end to that relationship, followed by some fairly radical relationship shake-ups and a {{crossover}}, looks to have recovered much of the comic's appeal.
* ''Webcomic/{{Sinfest}}'' has this with the Sisterhood arc, where a previously mostly neutral, (fairly) light-hearted strip was changed to what can best be described as feminist propaganda. The new direction of the strip is largely loathed by the strip's fans, partly because of the huge changes in characterization it brought and how ridiculously {{Anvilicious}} its message became. The leader of the Sisterhood widely being considered a MarySue doesn't help.
* ''Webcomic/RedString'' began to fall into this during its last year, due to the author having become pregnant and taking several other projects on the side. This caused a decrease in the art quality and some rather hasty plot conclusions.
* ''Webcomic/{{Homestuck}}'': While the webcomic is generally considered to have grown the beard by Act 5, Act 6 featured completely new characters that ''weren't'' as overall fanbase-expandingly popular as the trolls were and generally even more divisive, very very long sub-acts (and [[UpToEleven sub-sub acts]]!) causing EndingFatigue, a very long RomanticPlotTumour causing unnecessary drama between the new kids, and more [[InvincibleVillain villains that are so powerful they make you consider]] [[DarknessInducedAudienceApathy whether these kids even have a ghost of a chance]], as well as a bunch of [[DudeNotFunny jokes that were either too dark to be humourous or just plain considered to be in bad taste]]. It took years for the original kids to finally meet up with their new counterparts, and even when that happened it took many more months in real time for them to actually get on to fighting these new villains. Its ending animation and the following Act 7 were both well received visually[[note]]The former for being an action-packed, 18 minute long fighting sequence and the latter for its very high-quality visual details and smooth animation[[/note]], but also got some story-related criticism [[WhatHappenedToTheMouse for leaving a lot of plotlines to seemingly end abruptly]] (something the author intends to fix with an additional epilogue) and for the eventual victory for the heroes to have just been brought on by anti-climactically [[spoiler:making a new timeline, wherein an intentional BaseBreakingCharacter was brought back and, along with some of the other characters, lost all their character development, and everything went almost perfectly according to plan]].
* ''WebComic/DarthsAndDroids'' is generally seen as going through this around the time it reached the Original and Sequel movies. While the comic is still funny and clever, it lacks the biting satirical edge that made it stand out from other [[CampaignComic Campaign Comics]]. As many have noted, when the series was mocking the ''Franchise/StarWars'' franchise's own rot, it was a brilliant and unique satire; once it had to tackle the actually good parts of the franchise, it started running out of things to seriously criticize and devolved into [[SoOkayItsAverage just another comic, without anything special going for it]].
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* Quite a few are having this reaction to ''WebVideo/TheNostalgiaCritic'' after he was uncancelled. The biggest points of complaint are the Critic [[TookALevelInJerkass becoming a bigger jerk]] (he was a self-centered jerk before but after the reboot he borders on being a straight-up villain), the increased amount of undeserved [[TakeThat jabs]] and ShallowParody, loads more controversial statements (including a review of ''Sailor Moon'' that was absolutely ''drenched'' in UnfortunateImplications), and [[PostScriptSeason the character's story already being resolved]].
* Some say WebVideo/TheAngryVideoGameNerd went through this between James [[CreatorBreakdown contracting major burnout]] in early 2010 and the filming of ''Film/AngryVideoGameNerdTheMovie'' in mid-2012. He had noticeably less energy and passion during this time period, and his "anger" (the defining trait of his character) was quite a bit more restrained. Fortunately, though, many have stated he has been pulled out of the rot after the movie was finally finished and released, allowing him more time to work on the series.
* A significant section of Website/{{Cracked}} readers believe that the site started going downhill sometime around 2013. There are many reasons offered for this, including:
** An emphasis on click-bait titles. To make it worse, for many articles the titles will change several times within hours of them being originally published, often in ways that don't really reflect the article content, apparently just to find a title which is going to get the most clicks. Starting in early 2016, certain article titles began to eschew the number of entries or even critical elements of the article itself in favor of vague statements or casual remarks/questions addressed directly to the reader (e.g. "Mind If We Explain (And Then Ruin) Your Favorite Songs?"), which many have noticed skews even closer to the [=BuzzFeed=] style of click-hungry writing that Cracked itself was once critical of. It's also telling that instead of articles confined to one page, they are now spread across at least two, meaning more ads will appear as you read through one single article.
** The site's IssueDrift and new-found [[{{Anvilicious}} preachiness]]. The site has increasingly eschewed a focus on comedy in favour of more articles that are either philosophical and opinion-based treatises, exposés on an often unsettling aspect of human existence (this particularly applies to articles which Robert Evans is involved with) and / or possessing a clear focus on social justice issues. Many existing readers tend to find these articles pretentious, condescending, ill-informed, inaccurate, self-righteous, hypocritical, [[DarknessInducedAudienceApathy unbearably dark and depressing to read]] or some combination thereof. As of mid-2016, readers noted a sharp increase in political articles especially, all with an even stronger social justice bent than in years past; and even pop culture articles (such as those [[{{Deconstruction}} deconstructing]] Marvel and DC universes) are laced with unsubtle political barbs. Despite what appeared to be a brief return to form throughout late September and much of October 2016, the election results prompted a glut of purely political articles.
** Conversely, many readers tend to find those remaining articles which are intended to be humourous and / or informative, as in the site's previous style, to be rather lazy, inaccurate and unfunny.
** [[TheScrappy An influx of unpopular regular contributors]]. These include, but aren't limited to, Adam Todd Brown, J. F. Sargent, Luke [=McKinney=], Auntie Meme and Nicholas Pell.
** The site's editors can also be perceived as aggressive and dismissive towards their readers and their complaints, particularly when any of the above points are raised. While the site's comment sections and forums aren't entirely free of FanDumb and HateDumb either, even well-meaning and constructive criticism can be met with unnecessary hostility -- for example, [[http://forums.cracked.com/viewtopic.php?f=21&t=83873 this post]] expressing polite reservations regarding the site's approach towards "Photoplasty" articles, only to be met with a highly sarcastic and rather snide response from the site's executive editor.
* Depending on who you ask ''WebVideo/MarbleHornets'' may have fallen into this during its second half, as the creators created [[TheChrisCarterEffect way too many questions and subplots than they could handle]]. This is ''far'' from universal however.
* Parodied in ''WebVideo/TheJerrySeinfeldProgram'', in which ''Series/{{Seinfeld}}'' went on for 21 seasons (with another five planned.) Elaine and Kramer left (with Jerry and George pretending they never existed) the show truly became about nothing once Jerry ran out of ideas, and has devolved into nothing more than a series of internet shorts lasting about a couple minutes long at most since the show somehow managed to achieve a Nielsen rating of less than .1 and yet is still going, in an extreme case of AdoredByTheNetwork. The show eventually devolves into Jerry and George having existential crises on-set, begging to just let the show die already [[spoiler: before finally committing suicide.]]
* It's implied that this would happen InUniverse had the characters not resolved the plot within the sixth episode of ''WebVideo/DontHugMeImScared''. The previous lessons had been Creativity, Time, Love, Technology, Nutrition, and Dreams, but it was shown [[spoiler: by the machine-generated Teachers]] that the lessons most likely would go on to include Space, Sports, Magnetism, Digging Holes, Canoe Buying, Files, Traffic, Gel, Smoking, and Music. This can be read as another criticism of childrens' media, focusing on topics that become more inane over time.
* ''WebVideo/StupidMarioBrothers'': The series is agreed to have gone into this after TheMovie. The only well liked part of this period is the Interactive Adventure. Common criticisms include [[MoodWhiplash tone deaf stories]], characters holding the IdiotBall, wasting time on {{Filler}}, and the jokes not being as funny.
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* The ''Franchise/ResidentEvil'' series is generally considered to have hit this point sometime after ''VideoGame/ResidentEvil5'', which, while [[ContestedSequel somewhat divisive]] (particularly due to the introduction of Co-Op and often [[FakeDifficulty frustrating]] endgame, but also due to coming after ''VideoGame/ResidentEvil4'', considered to be one of the best games in the series) finally ended the series-long enmity between the heroes and Umbrella. The games that followed, such as ''VideoGame/ResidentEvilOperationRaccoonCity'', and ''VideoGame/ResidentEvil6'', were considered fairly lackluster and showed very little direction after killing the series' BigBad, which wasn't helped by the gameplay changes not really gelling with the previous games in the series, with the ''Revelations'' spinoff titles not being very well-noticed either (even if still [[CultClassic well-liked]]). It wasn't until ''VideoGame/ResidentEvil7Biohazard'' that many people felt the series was getting back on track, due to putting focus back on SurvivalHorror rather than the more [[ActionizedSequel action-based]] direction the series had gone.


*** Said filler has earned a special hatred among Creator/{{Toonami}} fans, as the endless filler killed ratings, and eventually got Toonami canceled.


* It's generally thought that this has happened to ''Franchise/FinalFantasy'', but there's debate as to when it started. Most of the finger-pointing is aimed at ''[[VideoGame/FinalFantasyXII XII]]''[[note]]Radically different battle mechanics and a story that was viewed as pretentious[[/note]], ''[[VideoGame/FinalFantasyXIII XIII]]''[[note]]Overly long cutscenes, [[NoSidepathsNoExplorationNoFreedom way-too-linear progression]], a bad case of LostInMediasRes, a subpar battle system and a bit of {{Sequelitis}}[[/note]], or ''[[VideoGame/FinalFantasyXIV XIV]]''[[note]]A disastrous launch that forced Square Enix to scrap the whole game and start over from scratch with ''A Realm Reborn''[[/note]]. Also released during this time was ''Final Fantasy: All the Bravest'', which was viewed as a blatant cash grab based on nostalgia. Others simply believe the series has never been the same since ''[[VideoGame/FinalFantasyX X]]'', since that was the final game Hironobu Sakaguchi, the series' creator, worked on before being forced to step down after he cost the company over a hundred million dollars with his [[Film/FinalFantasyTheSpiritsWithin disastrous attempt at jumping from game to film direction]].

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* It's generally thought that this has happened to ''Franchise/FinalFantasy'', but there's debate as to when it started. Most of the finger-pointing is aimed at ''[[VideoGame/FinalFantasyXII XII]]''[[note]]Radically different battle mechanics and a story that was viewed as pretentious[[/note]], ''[[VideoGame/FinalFantasyXIII XIII]]''[[note]]Overly long cutscenes, [[NoSidepathsNoExplorationNoFreedom way-too-linear progression]], a bad case of LostInMediasRes, a subpar battle system and a bit of {{Sequelitis}}[[/note]], or ''[[VideoGame/FinalFantasyXIV XIV]]''[[note]]A disastrous launch that forced Square Enix to scrap the whole game and start over from scratch with ''A Realm Reborn''[[/note]]. Also released during this time was ''Final Fantasy: All the Bravest'', which was viewed as a blatant cash grab based on nostalgia. Others simply believe the series has never been the same since ''[[VideoGame/FinalFantasyX X]]'', since that was the final game Hironobu Sakaguchi, the series' creator, worked on before being forced to step down after he cost the company over a hundred million dollars with his [[Film/FinalFantasyTheSpiritsWithin [[Anime/FinalFantasyTheSpiritsWithin disastrous attempt at jumping from game to film direction]].


* ''{{WebAnimation/RWBY}}'': Volume 4 already caused a rift because the FourLinesAllWaiting nature hurt the pacing badly. Then came Volume 5, is considered by many fans as inferior to the previous ones for different reasons, mainly the lack of action and the over-reliance on exposition that slows the narrative. This resulted in complaints from a part of the fandom while the reviews are mixed at best.

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* ''{{WebAnimation/RWBY}}'': Volume 4 already caused a rift because the FourLinesAllWaiting nature hurt the pacing badly. Then came Volume 5, which is considered by many fans as inferior to the previous ones for different reasons, mainly the lack of action and the over-reliance on exposition that slows the narrative. This resulted in complaints from a part of the fandom while the reviews are mixed at best.narrative.


** Season 3 is generally considered the weakest of the original series, "The Blood Gulch Chronicles," as the sharp dialogue and character interactions that made the first two seasons so enjoyable were downplayed in favor of a convoluted and overlong StoryArc that was centered around time travel. Fortunately, season 4 had returned to the formula established by the first two, much to the joy of fans.
** The series had already split fans with [[Machinima/RedVsBlueSeason14 Season 14]] - that instead of continuing the story instead was an anthology, featuring among others the aforementioned ''Death Battle'' episode - when Season 15 became a low point. After many epic multi-season arcs, it was a self-contained story with lesser stakes that tried to have more of the goofy comedy of the early seasons. Still, aside from the jokes the writing was uneven and filled with wasted potential.
* ''{{WebAnimation/RWBY}}'': Volume 5 is considered by many fans as inferior to the previous ones for different reasons, mainly the lack of action and the over-reliance on exposition that slows the narrative. This resulted in complaints from a part of the fandom while the reviews are mixed at best.

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** Season 3 is generally considered the weakest of the original series, "The "[[Machinima/RedVsBlueTheBloodGulchChronicles The Blood Gulch Chronicles," Chronicles]]," as the sharp dialogue and character interactions that made the first two seasons so enjoyable were downplayed in favor of a convoluted and overlong StoryArc that was centered around time travel. Fortunately, season 4 had returned to the formula established by the first two, much to the joy of fans.
** The series had already split fans with [[Machinima/RedVsBlueSeason14 Season 14]] - that instead of continuing the story instead was an anthology, featuring among others the aforementioned ''Death Battle'' episode - when when [[Machinima/RedVsBlueSeason15 Season 15 15]] became a low point. After many epic multi-season arcs, it was a self-contained story with lesser stakes that tried to have more of the goofy comedy of the early seasons. Still, aside from the jokes the writing was uneven and filled with wasted potential.
* ''{{WebAnimation/RWBY}}'': Volume 5 4 already caused a rift because the FourLinesAllWaiting nature hurt the pacing badly. Then came Volume 5, is considered by many fans as inferior to the previous ones for different reasons, mainly the lack of action and the over-reliance on exposition that slows the narrative. This resulted in complaints from a part of the fandom while the reviews are mixed at best.


* Volumes 4-5 of ''{{WebAnimation/RWBY}}'' are considered by many fans as inferior to the previous ones for different reasons, mainly the lack of action and the over-reliance on exposition that slows the narrative. This resulted in complaints from a part of the fandom while the reviews are mixed at best.

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* Volumes 4-5 of ''{{WebAnimation/RWBY}}'' are ''{{WebAnimation/RWBY}}'': Volume 5 is considered by many fans as inferior to the previous ones for different reasons, mainly the lack of action and the over-reliance on exposition that slows the narrative. This resulted in complaints from a part of the fandom while the reviews are mixed at best.


* Volume 5 of ''{{WebAnimation/RWBY}}'' is considered by many fans as inferior to the previous ones for different reasons, mainly the lack of action and the over-reliance on exposition that slows the narrative. This resulted in complaints from a part of the fandom while the reviews are mixed at best.

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* Volume 5 Volumes 4-5 of ''{{WebAnimation/RWBY}}'' is are considered by many fans as inferior to the previous ones for different reasons, mainly the lack of action and the over-reliance on exposition that slows the narrative. This resulted in complaints from a part of the fandom while the reviews are mixed at best.


** The third and final season of the ''XY'' series, ''XY&Z'', is an unique case in that the season as a whole is still relatively [[DownplayedTrope well-liked]] with several of the anime's best moments coming from it, there were also a number of questionable decisions made near the end, namely [[spoiler:[[InternetBackdraft Ash's loss to Alain]] and releasing Greninja]].


* The period of the ''Franchise/KingdomHearts'' series between ''VideoGame/KingdomHeartsBirthBySleep'' and ''VideoGame/KingdomHeartsIII''. Not only was the wait for ''[=KH3=]'' excruciatingly long, but [[VideoGame/KingdomHeartsCoded all]] [[VideoGame/KingdomHeartsDreamDropDistance of]] [[VideoGame/KingdomHeartsX the]] [[VideoGame/KingdomHearts02BirthBySleepAFragmentaryPassage games]] that were released in that time-span (that weren't repackaged HD versions of previous games) were more controversial than any of the games released before them, creating massive, widespread instances of BrokenBase, TheChrisCarterEffect, and DarknessInducedAudienceApathy.

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* The period of the ''Franchise/KingdomHearts'' series between ''VideoGame/KingdomHeartsBirthBySleep'' and ''VideoGame/KingdomHeartsIII''. Not only was the wait for ''[=KH3=]'' excruciatingly long, but [[VideoGame/KingdomHeartsCoded all]] [[VideoGame/KingdomHeartsDreamDropDistance of]] [[VideoGame/KingdomHeartsX the]] [[VideoGame/KingdomHearts02BirthBySleepAFragmentaryPassage games]] that were released in that time-span (that weren't repackaged HD versions of previous games) were more controversial than any of the games released before them, creating massive, widespread instances of BrokenBase, TheChrisCarterEffect, and DarknessInducedAudienceApathy.DarknessInducedAudienceApathy along with the losing relevance of both Disney and Final Fantasy characters despite it being the main selling point of the franchise.

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