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Periphery Hatedom

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"It’s easy enough for us as discerning adults to pick the whole game apart piece by piece, but sometimes we can forget the intended audience and historical context in the process."

Periphery Hatedom is when a character or show receives scorn and hatred from groups to which it was never meant to appeal in the first place. It inspires an anti-Periphery Demographic, who respond to them in such a way that you'd think they had committed some unspeakable atrocity. This stems from some specific trait that draws ire in these groups: a Necessary Weasel they don't understand or appreciate, a trope that's designed exclusively for its Target Audience (e.g. the Kid-Appeal Character), or a notorious Fan Dumb that ruins the work's reputation.

This is not to say that the dislike is always undeserved. We live in a mass-media world now, and any major pop-culture phenomenon is going to make at least some in-roads into the mainstream and show up on our radar whether it's aimed at us or not. When a work's popularity reaches far beyond its Target Audience, it becomes susceptible to Hype Backlash as it draws in audiences it was never intended for. The hatedom is likely to be amplified if the work leaves a bad first impression upon first being announced, as they wouldn't have been as forgiving as the Target Audience in the first place.


In the worst case scenario, it may become inescapable, or prove so popular in its demographic that those attempting to Follow the Leader choke out any innovation in other programming for a period. Of course, a Periphery Hatedom can help make things even more inescapable, even well after the pop-culture phenomenon's popularity has died down. Given enough time, even an otherwise benign Periphery Hatedom can look fanatical to disinterested third parties, who are as likely to direct their pleas of "Will you just shut up about it already?!" to the haters as to the fans.

Keep in mind that some of the stuff that was marketed towards you when you were a kid had a Periphery Hatedom at the time, and the kids who love a kid-oriented work with a Periphery Hatedom may grow up to become the adults who hate some new kid-oriented work, while still viewing the stuff they themselves enjoyed as kids as pure quality.


Also, keep in mind that just because something is intended for a specific audience that won't recognize the flaws of the work, that doesn't mean the creators have an excuse to be lazy. If the Periphery Hatedom proves that the work relies too heavily on on Public Medium Ignorance and isn't good even for its intended audience, then they can have a point ("Just because something is made for kids, that doesn't mean they are free to treat them like idiots"). A work that isn't good enough to develop a Nostalgia Filter risks having its Fleeting Demographic join the Periphery Hatedom once they become of age, if they didn't already hate the work by then.

Compare Bile Fascination, a primary reason for people outside the target demographic to investigate. Contrast Hype Backlash, where a backlash occurs against something people have been told they'd like.

Many music examples overlap with Dead Horse Genre. Can lead to Condemned by History when a work's target demographic stops liking it and joins in on the bashing. See also Americans Hate Tingle for regional examples. Can be caused by What Do You Mean, It's for Kids? Moral Guardians are a specific type of Periphery Hatedom, who sometimes subvert the trope by directing their complaints at how they think the work will affect its intended audience. However, they often play it straight by getting the target audience wrong, typically by assuming that everything of a particular genre must be kid-appropriate. Tangentially related are Straw Hypocrite (hating someone for not sincerely holding beliefs that the hater never admired in the first place) and Straw Affiliation (criticizing someone for not being a "true" exemplar of a group to which the critic does not belong). There's also the targeted race in cases of Acceptable Ethnic Targets and National Stereotypes, who all hate said subject matter, which is always justifiable.

Remember, this trope is specifically for examples where the hate comes from not pleasing a group that it never planned to reach in the first place. Complaining About Shows You Don't Watch when you're within its intended audience is not this trope. And cases of former fans rejecting newer versions of their preferred work/genre almost never fall here unless the work has a Fleeting Demographic (such as a lot of kids' shows, teen pop music, etc.) and the fan has grown out of it. Otherwise, move it to They Changed It, Now It Sucks!. Also, don't confuse this with the haters of a certain progressive metal band.

Please do not use this page as a place for Complaining About Shows You Don't Like or Complaining About People Not Liking the Show. You have to explain which demographic hates it and why.


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    In-Universe Examples 
  • Much of the content of MAD harshly satirizes franchises, shows, and films that the target readership (mostly young teenage boys) could not be expected to have any real interest in, including soap operas, Hollywood dramas, and children's cartoons. The magazine's iconic comic strip parodies are always written with a tone of exasperated annoyance — even when mocking things that aren't really that omnipresent in the culture.
  • The Hollywood Nerds that make up the main male cast of The Big Bang Theory are sometimes looked down on by Penny the non-nerd in playing tabletop RPGs, MMORPGs, card games, video games, and liking comic books, Star Trek, and Star Wars. As Penny gets to know them better, she develops more respect for their hobbies, even participating in some of them.
  • Mary Moo Cow, the Barney Captain Ersatz of the Arthur universe, is this to the titular character of the show — the theme song itself (which is sung To the Tune of... Frere Jacques, a common trait of shows with Periphery Hatedom) is known to aggravate Arthur. The Tina the Talking Tabby commercial in Arthur's Perfect Christmas and Vidiboobies (one of the many Captain Ersatzs of Teletubbies in the show's universe) has the same net effect on Arthur. As does Quacker's song.
  • Baloney from Animaniacs, a parody of Barney & Friends who is known for inadvertently terrorizing the Warners.
  • The Cinema Snob is this towards exploitation films, porn parodies, and anything else that isn't True Art. The character was created specifically to mock film critics that bash low-brow exploitation cinema despite it clearly having never been intended for them, specifically admitting he based it on Siskel and Ebert's reviews of Friday the 13th, which included actually doxing the producers, director and some of the cast, one of the first examples of doxing done on television. Ironically, the character also is used by Brad Jones for his own Periphery Hatedom situation, modern day Christploitation films like God's Not Dead and War Room. Still, he's never doxed them.
  • Bonky the Dragon from Recess (though Mikey briefly went back into a Bonky phase when he was afraid of turning ten).
  • An early For Better or for Worse story consists of Elly being disappointed with finding out Michael has been playing video games at the arcade, and forbids him from doing so at the end of it, tying into the real-life stigma video games faced, as listed below. A person reading reruns of the story or reading it in a book collection might wonder what the fuss is about if they were born after the 1980s or early 1990s, as also listed below.
  • One FoxTrot mini-arc has Jason freaking out because his mom bought him a Barney lunchbox instead of the Jurassic Park one he wanted. Her logic: They're both dinosaurs. What's the difference? His response: Barney's not a dinosaur! He's a big sappy doofus who sings to little kids!
  • Blarney and Georgie, two Barney parodies from Dinosaurs, have this effect on Earl, Fran, Robbie, and Charlene. Baby seems to be on the verge of having a love-hate relationship with these two shows.
  • Alvin and the Chipmunks: Chipwrecked had a scene where Theodore turns on the TV to a movie aimed at toddlers called "Hello Lolly". Alvin and Simon react in disgust and think Dave is treating them like babies. They then change it to a movie about a jungle monster.
  • Rugrats: The movie The Dummi Bears in the Land Without Smiles from the episode "At the Movies", as throughout the episode, Grandpa Lou spends all his time complaining about the movie's saccharine tone and how he'd rather go bowling.
    Grandpa: "Land Without Brains" is more like it.
  • The Show Within a Show Pootan to Yamaguchi from Cromartie High School. He finds the show stupid and trash, but everyone else likes it. Yamaguchi even attempts to watch the show until he finds what makes it so popular.
  • "Asses of Fire" from South Park: Bigger, Longer & Uncut is hated by parents, causing them to murder Terrance and Phillip. The movie isn't even aimed for the main four's targeted audience, which is the main reason Shelia hates the movie.
  • In the Josh Radnor movie Liberal Arts, the 35-year-old protagonist, who has degree in literature, berates a 19-year-old college student for liking the Twilight books. He considers them to be one of the worst examples of English literature, despite not having actually read any of the books. This gets subverted, though: he actually reads the first book, and even though he still hates it, by the end of the movie he ends up recommending it to another student, as he figures out not everything college kids read should be serious literature.
  • The Simpsons:
    • In the episode, "Some Enchanted Evening" from the series' first season, while Lisa and Maggie are big fans of The Smurfs parody "The Happy Little Elves", Bart cannot stand it and refers to it as "The Crappy Little Elves". Grampa Abe isn't a big fan of them either. In the Christmas Episode pilot, "Simpsons Roasting on an Open Fire," he refers to them as "unadulterated pap."
    • At the beginning of the season 7 episode, "Lisa the Vegetarian", the Simpson family goes to Storytown Village, a nursery rhyme theme park intended specifically for one to seven-and-a-half-year-olds, to go somewhere that one-year-old Maggie would like. Naturally, Bart and Lisa are just above the theme park's target demographic, and while Bart doesn't have a lot of fun at the park, Lisa befriends the cutest lamb at the petting zoo, who inspires her to become a vegetarian.
    • In the season 15 episode, "Marge vs. Singles, Seniors, Childless Couples, Teens, and Gays", Bart and Lisa fight over what show they want to watch on TV and accidentally change it to a children's show hosted by the Raffi Expy, Roofi. This starts Maggie's Roofi addiction. Things go From Bad to Worse for Bart, Lisa, and Homer when Marge buys Maggie a Roofi CD and plays it non-stop for her. It gets to the point where Bart actually begs for Mrs. Krabappel to make him stay after school and write something on the chalkboard a thousand times. Meanwhile, Lisa tries to turn off the CD player by unplugging it (only to find out it's backed up by batteries and a solar panel), and Homer tries to smash the CD player in the middle of the night with a hammer. Lisa's dislike of Roofi resurfaces in the season 22 episode, "Elementary School Musical", wherein Marge makes her listen to a Roofi Song on their way back from Arts Camp.
    • Subverted by Sideshow Bob, who really hates the TV show MacGyver — but this was while he was briefly married to Selma Bouvier, who is a big fan of the show, so he was semi-obligated to watch it.
  • In the King of the Hill episode "Get Your Freak Off", Hank highly disapproves the contents in the musics Bobby listens to. (Let alone many other things he dislikes what Bobby likes.) He took Bobby to a boy band concert when he assumed the band was acceptable due to the subtle lyrics and conservative outfits...until he's disgusted when the band strips out of their suits and grab their crotches in front of the preteen crowd. He drags Bobby out of the concert when he is freak dancing with his friends.
  • In the short, "Ruffled Ruffee" from the Tiny Toon Adventures episode, "Music Day", the Raffi Expy Ruffee fits this trope to a T, particularly towards Buster Bunny, who is part of the teenage rock n' roll crowd. Ruffee refuses to let Buster play his electric guitar, which inadvertently interrupts his concert for impressionable children. As a result, Buster gets back at him by attending the concert, dressed in a diaper and a green bonnet, and having to listen to his overly sappy songs simply for the purpose of sabotaging said songs, and the concert as a whole.note 
  • In Nine Months, there is a Barney clone named Arnie that a mom attacks. The weirdest part? Her children, whom are fans of the show, appear to be in early elementary school, which is the age most people learn to hate the show.
  • Rocko's Modern Life has their version of Barney, Bo-Bo the Friendly Bison. Bo-Bo is shown as a criminal by stealing Rocko's wallet. But despite that, Rocko stated everyone loves Bo-Bo.
  • In the SML Movie "Christmas Special!", Bowser Junior gives Chef Pee-Pee a SpongeBob SquarePants toy oven as a present, but he rejects it, claiming that the show the toy is based on teaches kids to be bums.
  • This is discussed in The Nostalgia Critic review of My Pet Monster, which ends with the critic actually calling the director to complain about the video and tell him how much he hated it. We only hear the Critic's side of the conversation, but the director essentially asks him why he was watching a movie geared for young kids and, upon hearing that the Critic does this for a living, takes pity on him. The Critic does not take it well, spirals into a depression where he only wants to watch commercials, and finally has a Nightmare Before Christmas-style epiphany where he goes back to reviewing.
  • Futurama's "Saturday Morning Fun Pit": "Mr. President. Our children are fat and dumb and WE BLAME CARTOONS!"
  • Elf Gonna Make You Smile a Shallow Parody of The Smurfs from Sabrina: The Animated Series. When going to a ride based on this program, Sabrina herself is disturbed by these little critters while Gem, on the other hand, actually likes them.
  • In My Immortal Ebony Dark'ness Dementia Raven Way hates every musician she doesn't deem "goffic", dismissing them as "preppy" or "posers". Cited examples are as disparate as Avril Lavigne and *NSYNC.
  • Generic Man has Barney as the Big Bad The Master of Evil.

    Anime and Manga 
  • Dragon Ball Z and Sailor Moon qualify, as a truly amazing number of hate-sites appeared in the early days of the Internet, most of which were run by the demographic that the other appealed to. That sure explains all the "DragonMoonX" Rule 34 out there.
  • Pokémon: The Series infamously suffers from this trope:
    • The anime in general gets a lot of flak, mostly because it's been going on for years and years without being very imaginative, including recycled plots, while catering almost exclusively to young children, after Takeshi Shudo left the show. For instance, the cover of MAD #386 asked readers to vote on ways of killing Pikachu. Even fans of the games and other aspects of the franchise also aren't too happy that Ash and Pikachu's repetitive adventuresnote  define "Pokémon" in the public consciousness more than the games themselves, the very reason why the franchise was created. It was particularly popular to mock Pokemon in the West during Generation III, which is widely considered even by fans to have been something of a Dork Age for the franchise.
    • Despite this, while the anime's reputation has zig-zagged over the years, it has at least somewhat improved since the first couple of generations. The first few seasons are well loved in Japan for Takeshi Shudo's trying to make the show for kids and their parents alike, and have a very active nostalgia-driven fanbase in the West. Additionally, a greater respect has developed for the tangible improvements made to the show's writing. The Battle Frontier and Sinnoh sagas are often seen nowadays as a vast improvement over Johto and Hoenn, particularly the latter for its high emphasis on story and drama. The Kalos saga is similarly well-loved by older fans (apart from its cop-out ending) for its superior plot and character development and Mega Evolution side stories.
    • That being said, the anime's general reception is constantly shifting because of its own wildly changing writing style, with the fifth generation serving as an especially low point for its reputation due to its infamous reset of Ash and return to a more kid-oriented formula. This perceived Dork Age extended to the movies as well, with Pokémon: Genesect and the Legend Awakened heavily panned for retconning out a fan-favorite character with a Replacement Scrappy. The Sun & Moon series also initially alienated fans by appearing to switch to a Denser and Wackier tone and aesthetic reminiscent of Yo-Kai Watch, but did progressively grow its own dedicated fanbase for highlights such as returning Misty and Brock, dipping into some darker elements such as death (shown with Stoutland and Mallow's mother) or Lusamine being kidnapped by an Ultra Beast, and Ash finally winning the Pokémon League.
    • During the fad days, people over the demographic age often disliked the show. It was sensational amongst kids, but teens and adults would often mock it as a Merchandise-Driven fad, and nearly every American movie critic panned the first movie because they didn't understand it.
  • Yu-Gi-Oh! has a Periphery Hatedom for the Bowdlerized English dub, mostly due to the dub turning the show into a simplistic Merchandise-Driven kids' cartoon. This caused it to become a target of mockery, allowing for the creation of the popular Yu-Gi-Oh! The Abridged Series, which plays all of the show's and dub's bizarre tropes for laughs.
  • Hamtaro:
    • The most vocal haters of it were people who apparently could never tell that it was a kid's show and carries all the characteristics of kids' shows that adults absolutely hate. Hamtaro was a popular target for the Periphery Demographic of a lot of Shōnen anime, and fans of more "sophisticated" anime (Such as Seinen and Josei) love to hate Hamtaro. One bit of irony is when people hated it for catering to the Animation Age Ghetto and being made for younger kids, even though it was intended for the little kid demographic in Japan. In the United States, Hamtaro aired on Toonami. In the commercials, not even Tom could tell why he was watching it. His exact words were "... Well, they are kind of cute."
    • An interview with Jason DeMarco, one of Toonami's original founders and in charge of the recent revival, showed that DeMarco knew the show didn't fit on Toonami. He said that the Cartoon Network executives forced Hamtaro onto the block, and he had no say in it.
  • Anpanman has this in Japan, due to Hype Backlash, to the point where the videos on YouTube for the show have more dislikes than likes.
  • Free! gets flak from straight male anime fans who don't like the series' beefcake Fanservice and focus on cute boys bonding. Part of the backlash comes from Kyoto Animation's reputation for (supposedly) being a reliable source of anime about cute girls, so Free! was seen as a betrayal of some sort by that particular crowd when the series was first announced.
  • Pretty Cure gets this for how sweet and innocent it is, never mind how it's definitely one of the most action-packed Magical Girl franchises out there. It even got to the point where somebody threatened to bomb a theater showing one of the franchise's films.
  • The Shizuku-chan manga and anime gets this for being a show for kids and too cutesy.
  • Yo-Kai Watch is getting this in a similar manner to the video game below from multiple camps: those who are dismayed with its massive popularity in Japan, those put off by the humorous tone as opposed to Darker and Edgier anime with similar subject matter; and fans of the Pokémon anime who don't take kindly to it being hailed as a "Pokémon killer". As a result, a rather nasty Fandom Rivalry has formed because of the series' debut in the US. Hatred from the Pokémon side has further intensified due to changes to the Sun & Moon anime (and games, to a lesser extent) that seem designed to make the franchise more similar to Yo-Kai Watch in order to compete with it.
  • 4Kids Entertainment get this treatment a lot. Mostly due to the frequent Bowdlerization that often delves into They Changed It, Now It Sucks! territory (though, in reality, these changes were few and in-between, plus they mostly stem from the fact that a majority of shows they've dubbed weren't intended for children in the first place). There's people who've admitted to having a soft spot for the dubs, however.
  • Beyblade gets a lot of mockery from people outside the target demographic. It's popular with kids, but a lot of adults are surprised that it's still on-going past the first anime. This is in part due to a Fandom Rivalry with Pokémon and Yu-Gi-Oh!.

  • Motorcycle manufacturer Harley-Davidson is known for its huge fanbase and has spawned a subculture of bikers cruising thousands of miles to Sturgis or some other venue, but owners of metric (read: foreign or non-Harley) motorcycles frequently mock or criticise Harley for either being "behind the times", unreliable or too underpowered for the price, relying more on brand image than on actual performance.
    • While there is some truth to the criticism, like in the AMF days where build quality has gone down to rubbish, some contend that this has been exacerbated by riders doing shoddy modifications to their bikes, resulting to frequent breakdowns and rebuilds. Harleys are more frequently customised and thus have a major aftermarket scene with dozens of companies selling parts (as in enough to build a workalike Harley clone), while Japanese bikes are typically left as they are by their owners (although there has been a metric customisation scene especially in recent years), which may have led to the likes of Honda being deemed more reliable. That said, the technology utilised on Harleys are more or less still based on those first introduced in the 1930s, and while this has since been replaced by more modern parts and has incorporated technology such as fuel injection and computer-controlled engine management systems, Harley's reliance on traditionalism and thus holding on to older tech earned them the ire of detractors. It doesn't help that horror stories of Twin Cam chain tensioners going south are everywhere amongst other things.

    Comic Books 
  • For several decades Archie Comics has had an unsightly amount of hate amongst the comic book community. It's been mocked for being seen as too tame, too formulaic, and too "casual" compared to superhero comics. Archie as a protagonist gets a lot of hate personally, due to his fluctuating personality and people's inability to understand why such an average boy is a Chick Magnet, which never helped. In the 2010s much of the periphery hatedom is dying out thanks to various successful spinoffs and a more "modern" reboot that resonates well with comic readers.

    Comic Strips 
  • The Family Circus has received a disproportionate amount of mockery over the years from people not in its kids-say-the-darndest-things-isn't-it-cute? demographic (though of course this could be more an expression of just wanting to poke fun at things than obsessive hatred).
  • Jack Chick's Chick Tracts do a zig-zagging of this trope. The tracts are supposed to be aimed at non-Evangelicals, to bring them into the fold, but only an Evangelical could possibly take them seriously (and even most of them think they're absurd), while his target audience despises the contents. It is for this reason that his fanbase consists primarily of people who read his comics to make fun of them.
  • Marvin is written exclusively for new mothers. Everybody else seems to hate it.
  • Garfield suffers from heavy Nostalgia Filter syndrome, and is often hated by people who believe it's "gotten worse" when in reality it's a strip best enjoyed by kids. It's also something of an Artifact of the late 1970s, so it's basically a baby-boomer strip. So most of the complaints seem to come from Generation X'ers who enjoyed it as kids and have become too "sophisticated" for it, while many Baby Boomers (now in their fifties or older) don't read the comics much anymore and are too busy complaining about other things.

  • Cars. Kids love Cars... but it's one of the few Pixar movies that doesn't have a lot of adult appeal. Of course, some people hate Cars because Disney absolutely adores it, despite that it was received among the worst by critics and Pixar's usual adult fanbase. This is mostly because it's widely believed the only reason they made a sequel was for The Merch. It's because of this that despite Up being one of Pixar's highest rated movies, their stock actually dropped. Why? Because stockholders knew it wasn't made for merchandising.
  • Disney Princess movies, especially Disney Animated Canon ones, tend to attract a male Periphery Hatedom despite being well-regarded by critics of both genders in most cases. Many of these haters are very young boys who simply hate the movies for being "stupid and girly", but older males can also develop some spite towards them for various reasons, mostly related to It's Popular, Now It Sucks!. Many tomboyish girls also hate the Disney Princess franchise for the same reasons that boys hate them. Feminists also make up a sizable percentage of the hatedom due to many of them finding the princesses to be bad role models for little girls. There are also those who dislike them because Disney is often synonymous with "Princess films" and they think they promote them at the expense of their other movies.
  • Billy Dilley's Super Duper Subterranean Summer got this, with several adult viewers complaining that it feels like a "bad modern Nickelodeon cartoon". Some people have also accused the title character of being a selfish whiny moron with an ugly design. Because of the backlash, the show would only last 13 episodes, making it the shortest-lived series from Disney's television animation division.
  • Frozen suffers from It's Popular, Now It Sucks! and Hype Backlash from males and tomboys who found the movie to be too "girly" (even for a female-led film) and overmarketed to little girls, especially since it outgrossed many other movies more suited to masculine tastes — including its male-oriented predecessor Wreck-It Ralph and successor Big Hero 6, as well as every single superhero movie ever except the Avengers films, and isn't considered prestigious or groundbreaking enough compared to previous Disney films to justify it. Not helping matters is the movie's male characters and villains failing to draw a significant fanbase, with many thinking of Kristoff as insignificant and clueless compared to Anna or Elsa, Hans lacking the Evil Is Cool factor of many past Disney villains, and Olaf being very entertaining but still being a Disney sidekick (not the type of character to attract fanboys). Beauty and the Beast (2017) went through a near-identical reaction, but slightly less pronounced — with the added stigma of being seen as an unoriginal remake of a movie that didn't need to be tampered with.
  • While not suffering from as much of a "girly" reputation as Frozen, Brave (Pixar's own Disney Princess film) also got this reaction for Award Snub reasons. It got positive reviews that were nonetheless very mixed by Pixar standards and is widely considered one of Pixar's weaker original films, which caused it to attract a lot of bile from males when it won the Oscar for Best Animated Picture over better-reviewed (and coincidentally male-oriented) competition (Wreck-It Ralph, The Pirates! In an Adventure with Scientists!, Frankenweenie, and ParaNorman). Because the common consensus was that Ralph would win the Oscar, some believed that Brave's win was simply a politically-motivated move to promote feminism rather than an actual measure of the movie's quality, with it being the first Pixar movie directed by a woman and starring a female protagonist. While this definitely upset those on the opposite side of the political spectrum, many other viewers (including some feminists and supporters thereof) noted the absurdity of the move. The same thing happened three years later with Inside Out's wins at the Oscars and Annies, when some animation fans (most of them being fans of Studio Ghibli's When Marnie Was There) were angry that it took away awards from movies they preferred, and the fact that it won Annies in almost every category it was nominated in.
  • Home on the Range has gotten this from viewers who see it as the catalyst for Disney backing out of traditionally-animated films, if not killing off the commercial appeal of them altogether.
  • Despite being regarded as one of the best Disney movies of the past few years, Zootopia has received a lot of hate... Because, due to its characters being Funny Animals in a tale of Fantastic Racism, it has a huge popularity among the Furry Fandom.
  • Descendants was a hit with its target demographic of preteens and younger teenagers. A lot of the older Disney Animated Canon fans absolutely hate it. The premise isn't disliked nearly as much as how the characters are written, the designs themselves, the music, and how the series presents itself is. It just irks many adults who enjoy Disney. There is also a sizable hatedom from fans of Ever After High due to Descendants' premise and characters being similar to those of Ever After High.
  • It appears that Doc McStuffins, despite its large Periphery Demographic, has somehow gathered a small number of haters as well. Most of them appear to be bored teens who harbor a dislike for the show tasting like diabetes.
  • The Lion Guard has quite a few haters who believe that Bunga is annoying, it has poor animation compared to the films upon which it was based, it was only made to cash in on the success of My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic, it overuses fart jokes, and that its nature as a simplistic preschool series is a disgrace to the emotionally deep and more demographically inclusive classic Disney movie that it's based on.
  • Little Einsteins is hated by exactly five schools of people: those who can't stand the inanity or shallowness of the story, those who don't like being treated like they have the memory of a goldfish, those who can't stand them shoehorning silly lyrics onto classical melodies, those who don't believe the claims made by the producers of the series that your child will end up smarter than Stephen Hawking just for watching the series, and longtime Disney Junior fans who miss the shows of the block's early days as Playhouse Disney. There are also people who hate it due to it bouncing back and forth between treating its target audience (children) like they are smarter than they look and treating them like they have the IQ of a rotten potato. One moment the characters could give an (albeit extremely simplified) explanation of escape velocity, and the next they could ask the kids at home if they can count to three.
  • Special Agent Oso, like a lot of Preschool Shows featuring a great deal of repetition, has one with the usual Periphery Hatedom for those kinds of shows, who enjoy bashing the series for having the same thing happen every episode, its extremely bright (and somewhat dated) CGI animation, and for the main character being an idiot (never mind that many animated series with significant Periphery Demographics or aimed at older audiences also have idiot protagonists).
  • Works involving the Classic Disney Shorts characters:
    • Mickey Mouse Clubhouse, popular among the toddler set it's aimed at, has earned mixed reviews from critics and Disney fans alike for putting their mascot and company into a toddler show, but it's the many people on social networks who have a deep hate for it that tend to be most vocal about it. The fact that Disney kept this show running for 10 years straight does NOT help matters, nor does the fact that they market Mickey's Clubhouse incarnation more aggressively childishly than his earlier, more Periphery Demographic-friendly appearances. Of course, some of this may be Condescending Compassion on the part of parents.
    • Half of all modern works involving the cast, especially Mickey Mouse himself, are directly targeted towards children, tend to suffer from Tastes Like Diabetes, and are mocked and hated by older audiences; in parodies, Mickey is frequently used as a simultaneous icon of saccharine family-friendliness and corporate greed (being Disney's company mascot). The other half generally averts this trope, with works like Mickey Mouse (2013), Goof Troop, both the 1987 and 2017 versions of DuckTales, and the Kingdom Hearts and Epic Mickey video games, but still suffer from this trope to a small extent by association.
  • My Friends Tigger & Pooh, in addition to removing Owl, dropped Christopher Robin entirely and he got replaced by a new girl named Darby, which leads to understandable flak by fans of the movie and books. Which actually led to Disney restoring Christopher Robin back into the show in later seasons, although it still wasn't enough (Christopher Robin was still demoted to a minor character and didn't appear in as many episodes as fans would like).
  • A lot of parents hate the earlier episodes of the Disney Junior short series Nina Needs to Go! due to its Aesop Amnesia, how unrealistic the show is,note  because their kids misunderstood the show's message as a result, and the fact that the main character always has to use the bathroom no matter where she is. The fact that Pull-Ups Training Pants (or Pampers, depending on your region) is the show's primary sponsor only adds to the irk (Disney Junior is a premium network which costs extra on top of the basic kids package on some Pay TV providers. Understandably, parents were irked when they have to put up with advertising on a channel that they're already paying extra for). Some people believe that the show is worse than the Trope Codifier Barney.
  • PB&J Otter, to those who don't have fond memories of watching the show. Its overall brightness and cheeriness, combined with the overload of songs, create cavities to the ninth degree.
  • Whilst a majority of people (especially adults and teenagers, alongside its target audience) like Sofia the First, there are quite a few people who judge it without even watching a single episode just because it airs on a preschool network.note  It also has a considerable amount of hate from Disney Princess fans who either dislike Sofia, dislike how the series portrays the princesses, or hates how they're drawn/voiced. Prior to release it got hate for "Sofia being too pale to be latina" but that view has since died down. The spin-off Elena of Avalor also gets this reaction occasionally.
  • Chicken Little gets this for being a second-rate Shrek ripoff with unlikable characters and very little adult appeal. Many adults consider it the worst entry in the Disney Animated Canon. Kids at the time, of course, liked it just fine.
  • Before Nina Needs To Go!, Disney Junior had This is Daniel Cook. People hated it because the titular character always acted excited no matter what the situation was. The hate has died down, however, now that the show hasn't been seen for plenty of years.
  • Both Disney series created by Noah Z. Jones (who also created Almost Naked Animals, covered below) fall into this. Fish Hooks got a lot of flak for having every high school cliche in the book put underwater, but was ultimately deemed So Okay, It's Average by most older viewers of Disney. The same can't be said for his next Disney creation, Pickle and Peanut, which is even more despised, being considered as Disney's answer to Breadwinners thanks to its overusage of stock photos (the title characters themselves are stock photos!), grossout humour, and similarities to the aforementioned Breadwinners and Regular Show. It's generally considered by Disney's Periphery Demographic to be one of Disney Television Animation's worst original animated series besides possibly Billy Dilley's Super Duper Subterranean Summer.
  • The 7D got a lot of backlash from fans of the 1937 Disney animated film Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs for not only radically changing the character designs of the dwarfs themselves, but for also not even mentioning Snow White's existence, adding new characters called the Glooms, and going for a more childish tone (it was originally planned for Disney Jr). The fact that Whoopi Goldberg (of all people) voices the Magic Mirror doesn't help matters. Nonetheless, The 7D still developed its own Periphery Demographic, including people from the Animaniacs fandom since both shows have the same staff.
  • Randy Cunningham: 9th Grade Ninja has been hit by this; largely from fans of TRON: Uprising blaming the former for getting the latter Screwed by the Network.
  • Hannah Montana and High School Musical are often blamed for Disney Channel's Network Decay (possibly sans their animated series) for the non-teenage audience.note  Straight males, females born before 1989, tomboys, feminists, and Moral Guardians make up a sizable hatedom to both franchises.
  • Star Wars: The series is infamous for introducing characters such as the Ewoks and Jar Jar Binks that serve as cutesy comic relief for the kids in the audience, but are near-universally hated with adult viewers.
  • The live-action adaptations of Disney Animated Canon leave a bitter taste in the mouths of quite a few animation fans, feeling the movies are not only unnecessary rehashes of past movies but also fear they are reinforcing the Animation Age Ghetto. Others, especially fans of TRON and Star Wars, resent these remakes because Disney has a habit of approving more whenever an unrelated Disney film becomes a Box Office Bomb, leading to concerns over favoritism. Though by 2019, Dumbo would bomb as well.
  • Phineas and Ferb, though hugely popular, got some hate among teens and adults, mostly from Hype Backlash, and others who dislike its Strictly Formula nature (despite often playing with the latter). It doesn't help that the rise in backlash happened around the early-mid 2010s, when it would be frequently be unfavorably contrasted with Gravity Falls. However, since the late 2010s, it has seen a vast revival in memes and Internet culture, largely as a result of Gen Z members who grew up on the show, to the point that it even got a movie on Disney+ over 5 years after the end of the show.

    Eastern Animation 
  • Masha and The Bear might be a mix of Periphery Demographic and this, like Doc McStuffins. The reason some people hate this show is because they find Masha annoying or think the show is too slow and childish. It has gotten to the point where the Get Movies video of the 17th episode has 839,000 dislikes, making it the 16th most disliked video on YouTube. And sadly for them, like Peppa Pig below, it is quite everywhere.
  • Pleasant Goat and Big Big Wolf has an adult hatedom who criticizes the animation, writing, "lack of depth", and says that the show is childish. Those adults often claim that Doraemon and other anime are more appealing.

    Films — Animation 

    Films — Live-Action 
  • In the specific case of Speed Racer, a large portion of the original fanbase grew older and were likely expecting something a bit Darker and Edgier for them (like the Transformers movie).
  • The Alvin and the Chipmunks movies are hugely popular with kids, but subjects of mockery and critical ire for adults. As a bonus, the "squeakquel" handily outpacing the effort on The Princess and the Frog (intended to Win Back the Crowd for hand-drawn animation) at the box office has earned it a great deal of wrath from Disney fans who mourn for the tastes of children. The backlash had finally caught up with the box office, when it had opened along with The Force Awakens.
  • Adult Muppet fans have a history of forming Periphery Hatedoms towards movies that directly compete with, and outdraw, the newer Muppet movies. These movies usually aren't for their demographic and get much worse reviews than the well-reviewed Muppet movies. 2011's The Muppets, despite getting rave reviews, was outdrawn by a Twilight sequel (described in "Literature", below) and an Alvin and the Chipmunks threequel (described just above), both of which got pretty bad reviews. Needless to say, Muppet fans now don't take very kindly to young-adult female novel adaptations or half live-action half-CGI kiddie movies based on archaic cartoon characters. Muppets Most Wanted got this even worse; not only was it beaten by Divergent (a YA adaptation) at the box office, but it was even turned into an Acclaimed Flop due to the competition.
  • Tyler Perry's movies have created a series of minor racism controversies based on the fact that they tend to be critically-drubbed by the vast majority of critics (most of whom are white), yet are extraordinarily popular in the black community, which has turned these movies into #1 hits. Roger Ebert seemed to be a particular target. On top of that, Perry also experiences this among black viewers. Perry got his start staging plays on what's sometimes called the "Chitlin' Circuit", a vaudeville-esque black theater circuit which primarily caters to older, more conservative, and more religious audiences. African American subcultures experience as much Values Dissonance with each other as they do with anyone else; someone who identifies with Reggie Watts or Aaron McGruder could find Perry quite tasteless, and vice-versa. Perry even threatened to pull some of his content from TBS after one episode of The Boondocks made harsh fun of the Unfortunate Implications and Strictly Formula tendencies of Perry's movies. Either way, Perry caters to a very specific demographic with which many African Americans do not identify.
  • Minya (the "Son of Godzilla") was created specifically in 1967 in order to appeal to younger audiences (at the time, there were more kids that were going to see Godzilla movies than adults). Of course, Minya started being considered to be the single most-hated character in the Godzilla franchise, with the possible exception of Jet Jaguar.
  • The Oogieloves in the Big Balloon Adventure suffers hard from this trope according to several reviews. It doesn't help that it's essentially a combination of Barney and Friends and Teletubbies (two of the most notorious examples) as a feature film.
  • The Smurfs Live-Action Adaptation gets this under similar conditions to the Alvin and the Chipmunks movies. That and the fact that the CGI Smurfs look downright creepy.
  • Transformers: The movies are a big target for this kind of thing.
  • Punch-Drunk Love, meant to be a semi-serious arthouse film, gathered a lot of ire when fans of Adam Sandler's previous work (silly, mostly low-brow comedies) didn't get what they expected out of it.
  • Siskel & Ebert somewhat infamously did a special episode about "Women in Danger" movies. To anyone particularly well-versed in horror the episode really seems quite ill-informed. The most obvious flaw is that they frequently assert that Slashers are rapists representing sexually-frustrated males mad at feminism. Bizarrely, they used clips from the original Friday the 13th (1980), which has a female killer.
  • The Lord of the Rings movies are disliked by some young children for their long running time and slow pacing resulting from their epic scale, and for being too difficult for them to understand compared to more family-friendly fantasy franchises like Harry Potter.

  • Left Behind has a huge Periphery Hatedom; anybody who doesn't subscribe to the authors' precise apocalyptic vision is a potential member. Ironically the most in-depth (by far) critique of the series is being produced by a (progressive) evangelical Christian.note  The hatred comes from several directions: those who aren't Christians and disagree with its message from the outset, those who are Christians but think the authors are on the fringe and making the rest look bad, those from Christian denominations that don't believe in the Rapture (most of them), and even those who are Christian and who believe the Rapture is imminent, but think Left Behind has got it all wrong. Some may feel it's an easy work of fiction to avoid due to limited mainstream marketing, though this depends on where you live, such as if you're in an area where typical Left Behind readers are the majority (though even then, it's hardly on the level of Twilight). However, much like some of the Twilight hatred, the criticism is sometimes about what the stories are indicative of, and what influence they have on the readers in the intended demographic. And then there are those people who just find apocalyptic (non)fiction creepy, and wish people would just keep their End Of the World As We Know It fantasies — or beliefs — to themselves.
  • The Twilight series attracts both legions of fans even in this very wiki, and even larger legions of the Hatedom, some of whom have never read the books or seen the movies, and some who have. The hatred tends to be split between the direct hatred for the sparkly vampires / Purple Prose sex scenes/Unfortunate Implications allegations/ what have you, the Hype Aversion from all the Edward-or-Jacob Ship-to-Ship Combat that saturated the world, and the (sometimes fanatically) held belief that it's just not written very well. The hate for Twilight among Goths seems to be particularly vitriolic. Anyone expressing love for Twilight is generally met with an icy or hostile reception. Events specifically to bash Twilight are common. The Hatedom got so big that it created a whole new fandom. The riffs off the film adaptations of this series on RiffTrax became the most popular and anticipated riffs.
  • The Chronicles of Narnia gets this from two groups: non-Christians who dislike its overtly Christian themes and symbolism and see them as propaganda, and adult fantasy fans who dislike it for being Lighter and Fluffier than contemporary fantasy like the works of Tolkien. It was never made for either of these groups: Lewis wrote it for children who were already Christian (not to convert those who weren't) to explore their faith through a more accessible framework than The Bible. He even got angry letters from some parents for his apparent blasphemy in supposedly turning Jesus into a lion; Lewis responded that children often see animals as people, so it's not blasphemous to them.
  • Almost all German students who had to read one of the works of Theodor Fontane (particularly Effi Briest) hate it. This goes even beyond the disdain for being forced to read (and analyze) classics in school, as Effi Briest was simply never aimed at a young adult audience. Even most teachers are able to admit that they themselves only learned to enjoy the book when they were well into middle age. And they studied literature in college, so they better enjoy German classics.
  • Pride and Prejudice is often particularly hated by boys who have to read it in high school English. It's easy to see why; it is written in a dense 19th-century prose, features a group of sisters as its main characters, and has a plot that focuses on their efforts to get hitched. Not usual boy stuff.
  • According to The Other Wiki, The Berenstain Bears has quite a bit of hatred that comes from parents who despise the books for being shallow, Strictly Formula stories that are so Anvilicious that they forget they're trying to tell a story at all. This isn't completely unjustified; first off, this comes from parents who are forced to read the books to their kids all the time because of course, their kids love them, but even those who don't completely hate the books will reluctantly admit these are genuine problems, especially evidenced by the serious cases of Compressed Vice. Some parents have also expressed disdain for the books featuring the two common sitcom parent stereotypes, the Bumbling Dad and the stern mother, with one news writer saying in reference to the 1980s Animated Adaptation that "some viewers may find it a genuine relief when the cubs break their mother's favorite lamp."
  • Fifty Shades of Grey and its sequels are hated by segments of the BDSM community that interpret some of Christian’s behaviour to be stalking and abuse of power, rather than part of a healthy BDSM relationship. Hate from the BDSM community counts as periphery. Despite the BDSM themes and scenes in the novels the BDSM community is not the target audience. Its target audience is consumers of fantasy romance novels.
  • The books of Australian children's author Andy Griffiths, particularly The Bum Trilogy and his Just...! series, are very popular with their target audience and have sold very well worldwide, but that doesn't stop many adults (typically Moral Guardians, overprotective parents, and those who didn't grow up with his work) from hating on them for featuring large amounts of grossout humor. Same applies with the Animated Adaptations of his work.
  • To this day, Captain Underpants is one of the most popular children's books worldwide with its target audience, but had a significant Periphery Hatedom with Moral Guardians who claim the books teach "bad morals" and hate them for their grossout and Toilet Humour. As a result, Captain Underpants has become one of the most challenged children's books in the United States, being banned in many libraries by overprotective parents and outraged conservatives. However, this hatedom diminished as those who read the books as kids grew up, and the series now sports a pretty large Periphery Demographic.

    Live-Action TV 
  • Barney & Friends, to the point where this trope used to be called "The Barney". The show was an edutainment program which aired from 1992 to 2010, marketed for and explicitly aimed at very young American children (ages 2-6). And yet, both the character and his show received a surprising level of vitriol from the public at large.
    • Barney himself is notable for the amount of sheer vitriol leveled against him for his crime of being big, cloying, purple, doofy, and not a carnivore, among many other reasons. A surprisingly large number of the most extreme Barney-haters are not parents and don't have toddler-age siblings, and therefore could avoid him simply by not watching the show. They probably would not have heard of the show if it were not for the already existing Periphery Hatedom and their watching of the channel it's on. One big reason for the hate from people outside the demographic is because it would often air at times when college students were watching TV, so, at the series' peak in popularity, it was pretty hard to escape. Barney hatred was so deeply ingrained into the elementary-school-age community during the 90s and 2000s that some kids would automatically hate anything named Barney, from real people to fictional characters. However, the hate against Barney has died down over the years, mainly due to the TV series fading from relevance and ultimately being cancelled in 2010 (in October 2015, it was announced that the series would be relaunched in 2017, but it didn't come to pass). In addition, the show's original viewers, who generally view the series in a more positive light, have grown up.
    • Barney hate is referenced in Jurassic Park III: one character manages to get a phone call in to an old friend's house to call for help, but unfortunately her infant son picks up the phone and forgets all about it as a Barney video plays on TV.
    • When Harry Hill was on Room 101, he chose Barney as one of his things to put in Room 101, not just because he finds him annoying, but because he's anatomically incorrect. He'd rather his kids were entertained by a real dinosaur.
      Harry: It's not even realistic...
    • The music video for "Jurassic Park" featured a scene with Barney getting his head bitten off by an even larger dinosaur. It later gets coughed back up. When this video is played during his concerts, that particular scene is met with roaring applause and cheer by the audience. Weird Al has taken jabs at the purple dinosaur in several other of his music videos, too. For example, the animated music video "I'll Sue Ya!" featured a familiarly colored toy dinosaur chewing on someone's mutilated arm in one scene.
    • The song "Barney's on Fire" by Tony Mason is all about this, to the point that even the audience delight in the gristly spectacle and actively refuse to help, even though they're aware there's a perfectly normal actor in that suit who is dying horribly. Comedic Sociopathy taken to a horrifying level.
    • In Dilbert, the Pointy-Haired Boss is a Barney fan, the joke being that he's a grown man who enjoys a show which 6-year-olds consider babyish because he's just that stupid.
    • Dinosaurs, took a shot at Barney twice. The first time with a TV show call "Blarney", which Baby Sinclair hated so much he destroyed the TV. The second instance was a character called "Georgie", who was so reviled by in-universe parents that they had an entire resistance movement dedicated to taking him down. Earl eventually punches him out saying "This is for all you parents at home!" directly to the camera, and is awarded the key to the city by a grateful Mayor.
    • The Simpsons once made the joke at Homer Simpson's expense.
    • The special Hey, Hey, Hey, It's The Monkees, also referenced Barney hate. During one part of the special, one of the band members pulls out a Barney puppet for some kids. When another member asks him about it, he puts the Barney puppet away and pulls out a Monkees puppet instead.
    • Lunar: Eternal Blue has a book in the library about killing Barney, to which Ruby says "Hallelujah it's about time somebody wrote this book".
    • The Other Wiki even has its own page dedicated to all of the Barney hate, which is roughly as long as the same site's page on just the show itself.
    • Averted in Heaven Is for Real, where a firefighter says that a flight attendant he used to work with says she once thought she was talking to Barney.
    • The old Fighting Game Xenophage Alien Bloodsport had Dummied Out files for a familiar-looking dinosaur character named "Blarney". Using hacks, you could play as (or against) him, but his only attack is shooting hearts and he tends to glitch a lot.
    • Jane Austen's Mafia! ends with, as part of a series of murders to avenge the lead character's family, an eskimo assassin harpooning Barney (just because), before dancing to "We Are Family". The closing credits state a shrine was built in the assassin's honor, visited by millions of grateful parents for doing "the one deed to benefit all mankind."
    • The Critic's show-within-a-show Humphrey the Hippo is a blatant Barney expy who is hated by everyone, even the children in the audience. There's also a gag about Marlon Brando starring in a Barney movie and openly complaining about it while in-character.
    • Comet Busters!, a Windows 3.1 Asteroids clone that got popular for its multiplayer, uses Barney heads for the rocks in level 8.
    • The ColecoVision homebrew Purple Dinosaur Massacre is basically a Barney shooting gallery.
    • Then there's Martin Pistorius, who has an admittedly better reason to hate the purple dinosaur than most people, having been forced to watch Barney reruns for over a decade while being unable to do anything else due to his locked-in syndrome. He hated it so much that he used the time he was forced to watch reruns of the show to regain partial movement of his limbs out of sheer spite.
    • In the Institute for Mercenary Profiling quiz for creating a character in Jagged Alliance 2, one of the questions is "A certain, annoying, pathetic, furry, purple dinosaur should be: ". The answers to this question include "Held up as a loving role model for children's morals and values", "Hung from a tree", "Hung from a tree and shot", and "Hung from a tree, shot, gutted, and run over by a Buick".
    • Beavis and Butt-Head got in on the Barney-bashing with its ambulatory stuffed dinosaur whose gloves get set on fire while taking a cake out of the oven.
    • In the video game Generic Man, the Master of Evil, the main villain and Final Boss who wants to Take Over the World is revealed to be Barney.
    • While reviewing Barney's Great Adventure, The Nostalgia Critic sincerely tries to figure out just why Barney inspired such virulent hatred, and it ultimately boils down to a simple Armor-Piercing Question: can you imagine Barney playing any emotion other than happy? He further details out how tons of other children's media like Mister Rogers' Neighborhood and Sesame Street have covered sad topics like death, murder, and loss, or had its protagonists experience emotions like anger, trauma, and grief, while still holding onto the essence of those characters and teaching something profound. Barney's Perpetual Smiler design and personality prevents him from doing that, however, hence why he doesn't hold up as well as other media for young children.
    • The SCP Foundation has SCP-6690, an entire SCP based on anti-Barney hatred where Sesame Street Muppets use the usual Barney-killing playground songs to brainwash young children into viciously attacking suit actors who play Barney, their competition.
    • There was even "Barney Carnage," a video game developed for Macintosh computers in the mid-90s dedicated to killing as many barney clones as possible. Playthrough can be found here.
  • El Chavo del ocho and other series by Chespirito have gained some detractors that consider that the series glorifies violence, contains trite and repetitive humor, and paints Mexico in a bad light.
  • Here's Humphrey: Humphrey B. Bear can be viewed as the Australian Barney, due to the way he is hated by many pre-teens in his homeland for his goofy antics, as well as having a human co-host that talks down to the viewers. Like pre-teens from other developed countries, Australian pre-teens don't like being talked down to either, and like pre-teens from other developed countries, the pre-teen boys naturally dislike being around girls. However, Humphrey invokes the Nostalgia Filter sooner — most Australians tend to remember him more favorably by the time they reach their late teens. Barney Hatedom usually doesn't fade and get replaced by Nostalgia Filter until the former viewer-cum-hater has started a family, which by time he/she will be in the late 20s or early 30s (and sometimes, it doesn't even leave). The fact that Humphrey's co-host is usually a hot chick (albeit one that talks down to kids) probably helps.
  • Play School: Like Barney, "Play School" of Australia is hated by many pre-teens in its homeland, the UK, and New Zealand for the presenters having no emotion other than happy and talking down to the viewers. The show also taught Australian kids to cheat, steal, only eat junk food, and catch stinging insects (with no punishment or scolding).
  • Teletubbies: If Barney is the king of this trope, then the Teletubbies are worthy company for him. While it has the usual Periphery Hatedom, some concerned parents made waves when it was thought that the nonsense speech of the main characters might be hurting the verbal development of its target audience at a time when their babbling starts to cohere into words and basic sentences. There's also the argument that any television program is bad for a target audience at a developmental period where they're mainly learning how to move. It's possible to believe that the people actually making the show did their best with the content and still think the primary intent and effect of the show's existence was to increase the exposure of infants to TV commercials and brand logos (a frankly bizarre claim given that it was first made by and shown on The BBC and got exposure in America on PBS, both of which have no adverts).
    • There was also a backlash from Moral Guardians, particularly in the United States and Poland, that Teletubbies were trying to promote a homosexual agenda because Tinky-Winky had a purple triangle on his head and once was seen carrying a handbag.
  • The Lawrence Welk Show, in the 1970s and since. It was enormously popular when it was new, in the '50s, but by the time it had lasted 20 years, the number of people in the periphery demographics far outnumbered the people for whom it was originally intended. Even in The '50s, comedians like Sid Caesar and Allan Sherman mocked it as a Tastes Like Diabetes reactionary fantasy. The show fervently denied anything remotely dark or risquénote  even if it fit with the standards of the time. The over-done art direction and eerily persistent grins even seemed eerily inhuman to some people. It also featured many regional acts tailored to please Vaudeville and State Fair audiences. Broad, diverse TV audiences probably felt some stylistic Values Dissonance. If you want an idea of how behind-the-times The Lawrence Welk Show was even in its day, consider the episode that had a tribute to America's ethnic diversity. The most exotic ethnic group featured were...the Italians. Even by the 1970s, Welk was still shown to be out of touch with the times, an infamous example being introducing Brewer and Shipley's 1971 hit "One Toke Over the Line" as a "modern spiritual" (when in fact it was a mock spiritual, and then vice-president Spiro Agnew claimed it was subversive). Although some contemporary songs slowly found their way onto the show – for instance, one 1975 episode had cast members singing covers of Captain & Tennille's "Love Will Keep Us Together" and Morris Albert's "Feelings," while another featured Three Dog Night's "An Old-Fashioned Love Song" – the show still relied heavily on pre-1955 (namely, big band, patriotic, sacred and pop standards) for its songs. Even as late as the mid-1970s, there were many households that had one television set, meaning if the parents liked it, the children – especially teenagers, who winced at the mere mention of music they considered "square," "unlistenable" and outdated – had little choice but to either watch, go to a friend's house or do something else. Ironically for a show derided almost from the outset as hopelessly dated and old-fashioned, episodes and reruns have continued to appear more-or-less nonstop on television for over sixty years now, somehow managing to outlast countless hipper programs with much younger audiences.
  • Sesame Street:
    • Elmo became less than popular to a large number of the show's longtime fans, mainly because the show's focus somehow shifted onto him and less on the other Muppets and characters, and because of his immense popularity from the mid-1990s to the 2000s. Made worse by Sesame Workshop deciding to assign a fifteen-minute segment of Sesame Street to the segment Elmo's World, and giving the segment an ending song set to a traditional song ("Jingle Bells"), like fellow children's show Barney & Friends.note  Much of the intended demographic loved it, however.
    • Averted with Elmo: The Musical due to it actually being entertaining and having cameos by Muppet puppets that haven't appeared on the show since the 90's. The 30th anniversary special Elmopalooza is also an aversion due to having plenty of adult appeal and musical artists and celebrities as guest stars.
    • Children who have just outgrown Sesame Street have been known to hate the show and equate it to Barney, due to their being too young to understand the show's honest efforts to educate children and keep their parents amused — and Sesame Street predates Barney and Friends by about a quarter of a century.
    • A few adults also feel this way towards Sesame Street — not because of any lack of quality, but because it has an active, loving adult/teen fanbase that rarely has anything bad to say about the show, and viral segments from the show tend to be universally praised. This can baffle people who don't really see the appeal in a show that is (and always will be) an educational program for very young children.
    • Showing that history can indeed repeat itself, Abby is currently getting the same treatment as Elmo, mainly from the generation of young adults and teens that grew up watching and fell in love with Elmo. Abby's popularity with the older fanbase is a Broken Base—some find her a refreshing change from the two decades of Elmo (although how long this will last before they start getting annoyed by her remains a question), while others still don't care and still want the focus to be back on Big Bird and the muppets (and even human characters) of their time. Basically, the root cause of the hatedom here is The Generation Gap combined with a Nostalgia Filter, combined with a heaping dose of They Changed It, Now It Sucks!.
    • During the mid-2000s, there was a Lighter and Softer spinoff called Play With Me Sesame with a minimum cast of just Bert, Ernie, Grover, and Prairie Dawn, that pretty much turned the educational and Fake Interactivity elements Up to Eleven, had absolutely no appeal to older audiences, and was pretty much Tastes Like Diabetes The Series. This series, unlike Elmo's World, didn't attract the usual 3 - 6 demographic, and instead had a fanbase of infants aged 6 months to 2 years.
  • Sex and the City: Many men, and women outside the target demographic, see the characters as shallow and overly consumerist and far too prone to inane chatter, or as horrifyingly whiny, self-obsessed, and irresponsible. When the series left the scene, most of its old hatedom started being focused on Girls. Creator Lena Dunham gets most of the flack.
  • The Spear Counterpart to Sex and the City, Entourage, gets many similar complaints, still mostly from those outside the target demographic.
  • Dino Dan, mostly from the school of thought of "that kid needs help" (a hearty serving of Ham and Cheese sandwiches doesn't help, either). It also doesn't help that it's an alleged educational show about dinosaurs that still takes frequent liberties.
  • Curb Your Enthusiasm was billed from the start as being very Jewish, and as a consequence, did not get nearly as many fans as Seinfeld. It's probably more a backlash to the You Have to Have Jews trope, which can get pretty annoying if you're not Jewish.
  • In Mexico, telenovelas or soap operas are still hugely popular among their target audiences (although certainly they are not the only ones who watch them), but other demographics such as intellectuals and working women tend not only to hate the shows, but also to be condescending with the fans, mainly because they find the telenovelas as dull, lowbrow and unoriginal entertainment (most novelas these days are either adaptations of works from other countries such as Argentina, Venezuela or Brazil, or remakes — known in Mexico as refritos — of novelas from past decades, some that are not even 10 years old). It also doesn't help that watching telenovelas has become a stereotype of Mexicans. Interestingly, only Mexican telenovelas seem to elicit this reaction, works produced in other countries such as Brazil, Colombia, the United States (those produced by Telemundo) or Europe are either ignored or actually enjoyed and praised by some people in the aforementioned demographics. This attitude is also present in other Latin American countries, with local output being bashed while foreign output is lauded, and has actually made impact ratings-wise, with foreign novelas sometimes getting better ratings than local ones.
  • Kid President: Declaration of Awesome; if you went on The Hub's Facebook page you'd see that half of the comments on posts about it were viewers who genuinely liked the main character. The other half were people decrying it as a rip-off of Cory in the House (though that show simply had the main character living with the president rather than being the president) and people betting that it would be a Short Runner...which, after The Hub was changed to Discovery Family, became true.
  • Two of the biggest, longest running sitcoms ever on Belgian television, which are called Thuis and Familie, suffer heavily from this. There is a die-hard and big fan base for both series, but plenty of people have heard of both series because of how long they have aired on their respective channels and absolutely loath both shows, decrying that the series ruin Belgian television. The fact that ''Thuis'' and ''Familie'' both have very low ratings on IMDb (the latter having an even lower score than some shows in the Live-Action TV entry in So Bad, It's Horrible ) despite having very active forums full of fans speaking about the new things that are happening in the show is a testament to this.
  • Anything from syndicator Litton Entertainment will inevitably get this, regardless of what they put out (Jack Hanna being an occasional exception due to nostalgia), mainly for holding what's seen as a monopoly on Saturday morning kids' fare, replacing the once-popular Saturday Morning Cartoon with unscripted nature documentaries, cooking shows, and lifestyle shows, all genres by and large considered boring and uninteresting by most younger people, including the intended target audience of teenagers. Not helping matters is that many of the shows have the same blatant commercialization that led to the rise of the E/I rules they play to in the first place, except for teenage audiences, making the blatant sponsorships and longer commercial breaks perfectly acceptable by the FCC's standards. It was especially painful for fans of the late Vortexxnote  and NBC Kidsnote , whose time spaces were among those taken over by Litton, alongside ABC's Disney Channel reruns and CBS's Cookie Jar TV. Occasionally Steve Rotfeld Productions' Xploration Station block mostly seen of Fox stations gets lumped in, but isn't hated as much due to its STEM focus being seen as more interesting (plus it killed off a two-hour block of Infomercials so it was a much worthier replacement to both viewers and Fox affiliates).
  • Okaasan to Issho gets this due to it being aimed towards preschoolers and infants. It, however, does have some viewers who fondly grew up with one of its past incarnations.
  • The Noddy Shop was the bane of parents back when it premiered because of the puppets falling into Uncanny Valley territory and due to the lack of merchandise based on the toys in the shop, who were the most popular characters among children. It also got this from fans of Noddy's Toyland Adventures because the segments used were split in half and most of the show focused on the new live action characters.
  • Out of Jimmy's Head was on the receiving end of this, even before it released. The complaints were that it was extremely cheap, based on an already panned TV movie and to be Cartoon Network's shameful attempt at cashing in on Nickelodeon and Disney Channel's Kid Coms.
  • Supergirl (2015) is hated by most detractors of feminism. They accuse the series of having "Social Justice Warrior" ideology and privileging female characters over male characters. Ironically the show has also gotten hate from "Social Justice Warrior"-types too, due to the questionable treatment of the non-white cast (African-American James Olsen being demoted from Love Interest in the first season to barely an Advertised Extra by the second, and casting a tanned-but-actually-white actress as someone coded Latina), the casting of far-right fundamentalist Kevin Sorbo, for whether its actually good at its intended feminist messages (due to the main character being overshadowed by her Spotlight-Stealing Squad boyfriend in the second season, and its stance on certain topics that are Broken Base among different feminist groups), and ultimately the feeling the show is more preformative than anything, merely trying to earn 'points' for being progressive without really doing anything progressive. A similar complaint is held towards its sister shows Arrow, The Flash (2014), and Legends of Tomorrow, which have similarly earned praise for diversity, but came under scrutiny for how they actually treat its 'diverse' audience.
  • Shows like Duck Dynasty that have/had a high appeal to the white rural demographic are/were predictably hated by the cool urban hipster audiences that rarely deign to watch them much.
  • The Vampire Diaries and The Originals spinoff Legacies is hated by fans of Supernatural for getting picked up over potential spin-off Wayward Sisters and taking its timeslot.
  • Preschool series Boohbah has a sizable hatedom of teens and adults, likely due to it being considered surreal to the point of it making almost no sense at all, with some going so far as to say that children can't learn anything from it (its intended purpose is to get children to exercise, but we don't know how many children in the target audience knew this and actually bothered to do the exercises with the Boohbahs). That, and some consider it Nightmare Fuel, particularly in regards to the Boohbahs themselves, which are five odd-looking brightly-colored creatures that do nothing of note but exercise and make farting sounds.
  • Jersey Shore was hated by all Italians, blacks, Cubans, anti-racist groups, Latinos, people living in the state of Jersey and feminists. The reason? The whole show (including possibly its creators from MTV) is racist towards the first three listed!
  • The Bold Type has a massive hatedom among evangelicals because it airs on Freeform (formerly Pat Robertson's Family Network), it is easily one of the network's most overtly liberal and feminist shows, and the evangelicals see it as emblematic of the network's betrayal of Robertson's ideals.
  • Speaking of which, Pat Robertson and his show The 700 Club are universally despised by fans of virtually every other show on Freeform, which are considered the antithesis to everything Robertson stands for. The idea is that the continuing platforming of Robertson undercuts every progressive message their other shows are trying to promote. Fans do tend to take pride in the fact that network executives hate Robertson just as much as they do and have been trying to get rid of him for years.
  • Many older fans of animated programming on Nickelodeon and Disney Channel have nothing but unbridled hatred for those networks' live-action content, at least starting in The New '10s. They are widely seen as generic, commercialized, and cringeworthy shows that promote bad life lessons to kids. Furthermore, fans of both networks feel that the mass production of these live action shows take away resources that could be used to produce more animated shows. Cartoon Network had a similar problem when the CN Real block was on; however, the network seems to have realized their mistakes and CN Real died a quick death shortly afterwards.
  • Donkey Hodie is hated by fans of Mister Rogers' Neighborhood for being too rapid-paced compared to that series, because some people don't feel that it is educational enough and because some find the character of Duck Duck to be annoying because of her voice and because she repeats words. There's also a sizeable hatedom among GoAnimate users as well, who tend to make grounded videos out of the titular character.

  • Boy bands in general. It is well-known that many of these bands are manufactured more for looks than for sound. It doesn't help that they traditionally don't write their own music and often have only vocalists in their official line-up, which costs them respect even with fans of the pop genre.
    • This attitude goes back a long way. In The '70s, Johnnie Walker was famously fired by The BBC for the first time for his adamant refusal to play hits by the manufactured boy band of the day, The Bay City Rollers, on his prime-time show. Johnnie pointed out he only wanted to play quality music by real groups. The BBC disagreed with his stance that the presenter should be free to pick his own playlist and sacked him. note 
    • Hanson in particular, from the amount of bile it raised in the non-fan throat. Hanson wasn't even a boy band in the traditional sense, since they at least wrote their own songs and played the instruments themselves (as well as being actually, y'know, related to each other instead of being manufactured according to some kind of "next, we need a dark-haired Bad Boy" list). Yet because they consisted of photogenic young men who made poppy music, they were lumped in with the rest.
    • Backstreet Boys and *NSYNC were notable because they tried to reach for a Periphery Demographic and were smacked down. Some people were even surprised to learn that these were different bands. To make things even more interesting, Justin Timberlake (from *NSYNC) did gain success outside the usual boy-band demographic.
    • One Direction has one, but it's not nearly as large as the other ones. This is mostly because of Justin Bieber's hatedom being so big that instead of moving on to 1D they continued to hate Bieber. This was largely out of fear that he might continue to prosper without them trying to pull him down and/or they gave 1D a free pass solely so they can wipe Bieber Fever off the face of the planet. The ploy worked big time.
    • The Wanted and Big Time Rush, on the other hand, do not really have such hatedoms, as their fandoms aren't large enough to spawn one in the first place. Most of their haters are One Direction fans.
  • This was also true of the Motown girls' groups (e.g. The Supremes), doo-wop, and a dozen other genres. In the old days, even classical musicians were hired as much for their looks as for their talent. The problem is really that these boys are being picked for girls to ogle, which is a Bad Thing because if girls are ogling them, they're not ogling the young men who make up this particular Periphery Hatedom.
  • Pop princesses, such as Britney Spears and Christina Aguilera, may have moved out of this category if they managed to grow up with any grace or artistry. Christina Aguilera successfully transferred to other genres, but this resulted in her falling well out of the limelight, so her hatedom has died down a bit. Britney Spears started to die down, but then it flared back up again when Kevin Federline entered her life and the media debacle that surrounded that. She's calmed down since then, and is starting to gain a bit of respect again for moving on with her career.
  • Justin Bieber, another Teen Idol, had one of the biggest music periphery hatedoms in a long time. The huge media coverage (including being the focal point of one of's April Fools' Day pranks) didn't help. The hatred of Bieber became so widespread that about half of all YouTube videos, even those unrelated to Bieber, have someone complaining about him in the comments. In addition, Bieber was ranked #1 on the "2014's Most Annoying Celebrities" list. While there are valid reasons to dislike him based on his actions, he has yet to do anything that really seems heinous enough to justify being voted among the top ten most evil people in history alongside Adolf Hitler and Josef Stalin. The problem is so bad that Justin Bieber's Wikipedia entry is one of the most vandalized pages on the site, so much that it's listed twice in the Most Vandalized Pages list (though whether that was intentional or not is unclear) and listed as semi-protected on the French version of that list.
  • Taylor Swift has haters that think she is a soulless sellout. Then there are the people who think she's anti-feminist for singing stereotypical love songs and spending most of her time mooning over boys. She also gets bashed for portraying herself as a Purity Sue (which is especially ridiculous when you consider songs like "Picture To Burn", "Better Than Revenge", and "Sparks Fly"). Though, this has lessened a little bit after she recorded a song for The Hunger Games movie, singing about something different.
  • Backlash against Disco during its heyday in the 70s was so great that there is a trope named after this backlash. Disco Demolition Night is a famous example of contemporary hatred toward the genre.
    • Specifically targeted are The Bee Gees, who were the face of disco in the late 1970s. Many were celebrating in the early 1980s when their amazing hit streak of the late 1970s came to a sudden halt (after 1979's "Love You Inside Out"), but even though they no longer dominated the charts, the Bee Gees — always well-respected for their harmonies — continued to sell out concerts, its members (specifically, Barry Gibb) continued to write hit songs for other artists, and in time, their songs that hit during the peak of their popularity began to receive heavy airplay on oldies stations.
    • One possible reason that disco continues to be intensely hated is that in one way it managed to remain ubiquitous even after it died out. By the time 1970s nostalgia swept America in the mid-'90s, disco had become so inextricably identified with the decade that spawned it that — for a while, at least — it effectively buried all other (usually more serious or "harder") pop music genres from that time period, from punk rock to prog rock to power pop to early metal. Genuine fans of '70s pop culture were not amused to see it reduced to a laughingstock by ignorant (and often younger) observers who naturally assumed that the '70s had given rise to only one, extremely obnoxious style of music. Think of it as a sort of retroactive Stop Being Stereotypical. (Many fans of '80s music loathe Hair Metal for the same reason.)
    • To bring this example back to the literal meaning of the trope, disco, a genre that had largely been created and defined by and for blacks, Hispanics and gays, got its biggest hatred from the kind of working-class white kids who made Disco Demolition Night into what it was.note  Yes, there was undeniably racism and homophobia in play, but as Steve Dahl noted long afterwards, disco culture was inherently expensive, in that you would have to buy nice clothes and learn how to dance in order to be socially successful in a future disco universe. It also isn't the kind of music you could (at the time anyway) get together a garage band and play on your own.
  • Pat Boone as a 1950s-'60s pop idol, since his career was built largely on making the more incendiary forms of popular music such as R&B "safe" for white listeners; and borrowing (stealing?) from black musicians white audiences wouldn't listen to. His later position as a Christian conservative commentator did nothing to help this. In fact, Little Richard's "Long Tall Sally" was written to be a song that Pat Boone would never cover. It backfired.
  • For a period, Michael Bolton received so much bashing that "Kill Michael Bolton!" jokes practically became a Dead Horse Trope of their own. And Ryan Stiles from Whose Line Is It Anyway? continued to relentlessly make Bolton jokes even after his popularity had waned. Office Space can't have helped (Die, motherfucker, die, motherfucker, die!). Granted, that was the printer, but Michael has similar feelings about the musician.
  • The Wiggles has a hatedom consisting of older children and adults, mostly because many of their songs are for younger children. Some also find the idea of men spending time with children creepy (before the new, young members, including one woman, replaced the old ones).
  • Lady Gaga gets this, for many reasons by many different demographics, but, specifically, by non-camp males because of her over-the-top refusal to be "conventional". Despite frequent Pandering to the Base, people wonder why she's not so widely celebrated outside her obvious target demographic. Of course, given the calculated way she behaves and dresses "non-conventionally", it's almost like she's trying for this sort of reaction.
  • Rap music in general.
    • The genre tends to inspire a generational divide between the MTV/BET-watching youth of its fans and their out-of-touch adult parents who take offense to its violent, misogynist themes, can't understand a word of the Ebonics-laden lyrics, and at worst are unsure if Rap is even music. Rap is even the preferred punching bag of older Black leaders who accuse/scapegoat it for promoting stereotypes and instilling in its listeners distorted messages about Black culture. It also has a MASSIVE hatedom amongst fans of classic rock, mainly because it's effectively replaced most genres of rock aside from alt-rock among the masses these days.
    • Time killed this when the original "MTV Generation" (who were teens during the '80s and early '90s) turned into parents, though it's still an issue for the older teens and young adults who are the children of the Baby Boomers (who were teens during the '60s and '70s, before rap became mainstream).
    • Reggaeton, being a derivative from rap and dancehall, also has got in Latin America a hatedom similar to the one towards rap, on the same demographics and for similar reasons. Although they also get fire from the heavy sexual content of several songs, which adds a lot of Moral Guardians of the Think of the Children! type to the hatedom.
    • There's a substantial rivalry between metal and rap, though it's mostly one sided, since most rap fans are oblivious to it. This comes mostly from metal fans believing metal should be the biggest genre in the charts, and blame the popularity of rap for stopping this. They will lament the glory days of Nu Metal, but forget it was just as much a fad as anything else. (Ironically, when metal was at the peak of its popularity in The '80s, it was in the incarnation of Hair Metal, which most of these critics also despise.) In actual fact, many metal fans like rap music and vice versa.
  • Crunk Core has the most storied Periphery Hatedom of any genre.
  • Kidz Bop, a series of covers of popular songs sung by little kids with more kid-appropriate lyrics. It is aimed at little kids, and universally despised and panned by everyone older than 10.
    • The hatedom can also be spanned from the fact that ads for Kidz Bop play literally all the time on networks like Cartoon Network and Nickelodeon.
    • Musicspace gives the series surprisingly good reviews, but these are mostly parents who bought the CDs for their kids, plus the site is directly connected to its record label, Razor & Tie. All other sites trash the series mercilessly.
  • Rebecca Black and Friday are, in some ways, the Justin Bieber of 2011. Subverted, as she still receives a more memetic kind of respect, while the hate for her music is channeled into positive ways, such as remixes and covers, and self-deprecating videos, such as one where she is visibly embarrassed while watching her "Friday" video. And this "Brock's Dub" parody. This, ironically, might be because unlike with Justin Bieber, Rebecca Black did not have much of a (non-ironic) fandom. Bieber's music was professionally produced and engineered to capture the hearts of teen and tween girls and it did just that, much to its hatedom's dismay (with "Baby" being the most viewed video on YouTube at one point). "Friday" was recorded by a vanity label and appealed to exactly nobody, consequently there was not as much of a backlash and the only "fandom" the song would ever get consisted of people laughing at how awful it was and almost bonding over it in a way.
  • As white-hot as The Beatles were in the sixties, they weren't without their share of hatred. Some of it came from their target demographic, such as fans of other British Invasion groups such as Herman's Hermits and the Dave Clark Five or American groups like Frankie Valli And The Four Seasons. But much of it was from older adults who found their music to be more flash-in-the-pan disposable pop, and particularly, Moral Guardians (lampshaded in Allan Sherman's novelty tune "Pop Hates The Beatles"). Hatred from the latter would reach a fever pitch after John Lennon was quoted saying the Beatles were "more popular than Christ", prompting fundamentalist Christians to burn all Beatle memorabilia (Lennon would heavy-heartedly clarify, "I'm not saying we're better than Christ or greater than Christ. I'm just saying we're more popular.") But by the time the band had reached Revolver and Sgt. Pepper, though, showing that they were more than just "yeah yeah"s, even adults had to sit up and took notice, and they began to be seen as the musical pioneers they're known as today. The hatedom even wanted to define the at the time recent term beatlemania as a form of female hysteria in an attempt to show off that fangirls of The Beatles had a psychiatric illness that must be treated. Psychiatrists noted this and gave some of those a psychiatric test. The result was, predictably, that they did not suffer from any mental problems whatsoever and the term was redefined to maintain that being a fangirl is normal.
  • Elvis Presley is a pretty polarizing figure in Rock and Roll among blacks. Some are appreciative of the attention Elvis brought to the genre among the white community, creating openings for black artists. Others felt he had appropriated the genre to the detriment of black artists who had been doing it long before he did. Elvis gave credit many times to earlier black artists whose songs he covered (to a much greater degree than, say, The Rolling Stones or Led Zeppelin), but it didn't help that some of his fans believed he actually invented Rock and Roll. Elvis was also hated by some whites for being "too black", making him a Tragic Mulatto of sorts. And then, there were Moral Guardians who also hated his sound in general … and the fact that he swiveled his hips during his performances.
  • Harry Belafonte is a polarizing figure amongst fans of calypso music. Although he brought the music to the attention of an American audience, he's criticised for doing so by watering the music down and generally playing traditional songs, not competing in calypso tents, and crediting other people's songs to himself. However, Belafonte was in fact very respectful towards the musicians and the record company was mostly to blame for the credits issue. He did end up crediting them for his songs. He signed so many calypso artists to RCA that they started a Trinidad division, and he paid them well.
  • Céline Dion got a fair bit of this, principally due to the overexposure of her hit "My Heart Will Go On" from Titanic, but as her profile has diminished in the ensuing years, so has the hate, and many of those who were once part of the hatedom have changed their ways and now appreciate her music.
  • Country Music:
    • In general. Most people who claim to "hate" country seem to hold it entirely to many Southern stereotypes which are far from universal, and have probably never listened to actual mainstream country.
    • Music made after the early 1990s, in the eyes of classic country fans and more specifically, purists. Major complaints include the sound and the artistry being little more than bad pop/adult contemporary/arena rock music that has little to no resemblance to country music made prior to the 1980s, and the newer artists getting favor while classic artists who continued to write, record and release new material — including but not limited to Merle Haggard, George Jones, Loretta Lynn and dozens of others — began to be ignored by radio and ultimately, the mainstream media. Since rural America has gone from poor to rich, the shift is understandable but still disturbing to some. Meanwhile, younger fans frequently find the classic sounds and music recorded by such pioneers as Kitty Wells, Hank Williams, Webb Pierce and others outdated, unrefined, unrelatable and unlistenable.
    • Bro-country music has earned a huge hatedom from people who absolutely hate its generic lyrics about sex, tailgating and drinking (Cole Swindell, Florida Georgia Line, Luke Bryan, etc.), as well as certain modern country artists who eschew actual country production in favor of electronic beats and pure pop production (such as Sam Hunt). Female artists who have made songs that actually support bro-country stereotypes (RaeLynn, Maggie Rose) have also gotten trashing from bro-country haters as well. The hatedom gradually died down as bro-country fell out of favor.
    • "Boyfriend country" came when artists like Thomas Rhett (a former purveyor of "bro-country"), Dan + Shay, Kane Brown, and Brett Young began pushing more romantic songs targeted at female audiences. While this served as one of the things to help "bro-country" fall out of favor and drew in young female fans of country music who had previously been repelled by "bro-country", it also created a Periphery Hatedom in the form of male fans of country to whom the songs are not directed in the first place.
  • In several countries, folkloric music, either from the own or from their neighboring countries, by people who are more into "mainstream" music (read: rock and pop). For example, at one time in Venezuela there is the trifecta hate from people of the capital and neighboring cities towards joropo (because of being perceived as backwards music from country simpletons, and for having been used as a filler during a period of obligatory 1:1 ratio of imported/local music), Zulian gaita (because of saturation of the airwaves on Christmas time and extreme regional thematic) and vallenato (because of its association with Colombian immigration, often stereotyped as criminals and violent bus drivers who like to play music in their vehicles on an ear-damaging volume).
    • Similarly, in Mexico "banda" music (a genre consisting of very loud brass instruments and percussions alongside some accordion) and "corridos" (like folk ballads but with the same loud brass and accordions, originally born during the Mexican Revolution, they used to tell stories about folk heroes or notable historic characters, but now focus mostly on narcos) are a divisive topic, as listening to them is associated with a very specific stereotype of low-income, poorly-educated people who think the *only* or best way to make money is the drug business, are usually alcoholics, way too conservative and ignorant (basically a mix between rednecks and hillbillies who want to become druglords). Therefore, those two genres are derided as trashy, uncultred crap by half the country, but especially by metal fans who seem to harbor an almost animalistic hatred for them. However, that music is *very* popular with the other half of the population so it is inescapable, particularly in the north, where radio stations that play banda/corridos and stations that play literally anything else are on a 1:1 ratio; and where ANY event, be it weddings, baptisms, house parties, etc WILL end up playing banda until unholy hours of the night at ear-destroying volumes.
  • Soulja Boy managed to get this from three demographics — Veteran rappers (most notably Ice-T) and their fans who felt his simple "how to do a dance" raps were ruining the genre, anime fans who were horrified by his terribly ill-informed attempt to make a song about how he was an anime fan himself, and ironically, actual veterans. Why the last? A song called "Let's Be Real," wherein he brags about how he got rich with his DIY approach to music and says "Fuck all the army troops."
  • The late Michael Jackson used to gather quite some flak in his time, mainly due to the scandals he got into, for being a Manchild in general, and for just being around kids. Notably, the haters often overlap with those who hate Barney as well (as noted on the documents at This has mostly died down since his passing, but some people still have hate on him.
  • The Christian Rock genre is the pun of many jokes, except for certain bands like Skillet, even from Christians.
  • Metal gets a lot of hate from multiple camps, such as those who consider it Satanic or those who stereotype it as loud, angry screaming and loud noise. Then there's the intergenre rivalry, with "true" metal fans disdaining both the Hair Metal groups and their fans, expressing outrage that this pop garbage dares to call itself "metal." What they apparently forget is that "heavy metal" was a term coined by the critics, not by the fans or the band members themselves, and it just became generally appropriated. Furthermore, bands such as Mötley Crüe and Poison are increasingly no longer thought of as metal anyway, now that more extreme bands have gone mainstream.
  • Music in Brazil has hatedom from all sides. People who enjoy Rock (especially Heavy Metal) generally hate Brazilian music to the point of not considering it part of Brazilian culture, but just trash. People who enjoy Brazilian music generally hates Rock (especially Heavy Metal too) saying it's just people screaming and not singing. Also, they think people who enjoy Rock are just a bunch of nerds and virgins.
    • The two most popular rhythms of The New '10s also became magnets for hatred, with quite the connection to rhyhtms listed above: like reggaeton, the local funk (which bears almost no resemblance to the original funk) is bashed for coupling contemptible themes (either sex or crime glamourization) and simplistic rhythms; and then there's local country scene, more specifically the "college country" subgenre that is considered too urban and shallow.
  • Kanye West's detractors can be split up into two groups: the first are general music listeners who think his music sucks and are appalled by his infamously jerkish, Attention Whore-y behavior (indeed, his sudden and unexpected declaration that George Bush doesn't care about black people and interrupting Taylor Swift have become subject to serious Memetic Mutation, though it has died down after a while). The second are disgruntled longtime fans who think his current music sucks and are appalled by his infamously jerkish, Attention Whore-y behavior and miss when he used to be more agreeable and made more soulful-sounding beats instead of the darker, more experimental sound that his projects have taken on since 808s & Heartbreak. Kanye's own "I Love Kanye" from The Life of Pablo even lampshades the existence of the latter camp:
    I miss the old Kanye
    Straight-from-the-go Kanye
    Chop-up-the-soul Kanye
    Set-on-his-goals Kanye
    I hate the new Kanye
    The bad mood Kanye
    The always rude Kanye
    Spaz-in-the-news Kanye
  • 5 Seconds of Summer have managed to attract quite the hatedom in the few years they've been big. A major complaint lobbed at them is that they have so many songs that, instrumentally, are exactly the same as older songs from bands both they and Pop Punk fans grew up listening to and they didn't bother to credit the writers of those songs one bit, minus Duran Duran (which they weren't going to until their legal team advised them to, due to that song sounding like 'Hungry Like the Wolf', which makes it a bit confusing as to why they weren't advised to on some of their other songs). Their fanbase doesn't help whatsoever, as they either couldn't care less about differing opinions from their own and won't have any of it, will fire back hearsay about certain songs being cowritten by the band whose song it sounds like (when they weren't, as evidenced by the writing credits and the band's own history of cowriters disproving what they say), will tell you it doesn't matter because "there's only so many chords" (which doesn't make much sense because it's not just the chords that are the same in said songs, and if that were true, either no one would be making new music, or every song would sound exactly the same in every genre), won't care, or will say that they don't hear it. This can get people who check their songs out to see why people like them, and others who aren't fans of them, angry because the songs are so blatant in their similarities that to not hear it and not hear the similarities brings a big "what?" to the minds of those who do. It's not just the instrumentals either. Others don't care for them because their lyrical writing style is too similar to All Time Low's, some of their merch and CD designs are blatantly too close to other bands', they come off as a boyband thanks to their marketing, or the fact that they were a YouTube cover band from Australia that only got as popular as they have thanks to them gaining a heavy following from One Direction's fanbase of tween and teenage girls thanks to One Direction bringing them on tour with them, which was a guarantee that they'd gain a substantial following (which some of their fans treat as more of a heartwarming story about them braving the world by going on tour when they hadn't even finished high school yet than it really is). Thus, their fame, to some, feels unearned and that they would've been better off spending several more years trying to get a recording contract rather than all of that, then starting their own record company, which they also release their own music under.
  • The song "Ain't It Funny" by Jennifer Lopez and Ja Rule gets some hate from Linkin Park fans due to infamously keeping out "In The End" from reaching #1 on the Billboard Hot 100 in 2002.
  • K-pop, especially after its rise in popularity at the end of the 2010s, has seen a significant hatedom form over the years. Many K-pop detractors are those who are simply sick of the genre's "stans", who are notorious for hijacking random posts on social media (including those announcing the deaths of beloved figures) to post footage of their favorite artists singing or dancing, using bots to artificially inflate sales and play numbers on websites like and Spotify, and overpraising their favorite artists which detractors view as little more than boy bands and girl groups (who already are known for their massive hatedoms; see above) that aren't deserving of the hype.
  • Pinkfong's "Baby Shark" gets this from people older than the target demographic of toddlers because they find it mundane and repetitive.

    My Little Pony 

My Little Pony has such a colorful history of hatedom that it has its own section:

  • The My Little Pony franchise, even Friendship is Magic, being intentionally aimed at children, has a Periphery Hatedom; even Friendship Is Magic's Periphery Demographic denies it.
  • Bizarrely, the show has ended up with not one, but three periphery hatedoms:
    • The first is directed towards the show itself. This is the standard hatedom, primarily composed of people who do not watch the show and hate it on principle just because it's My Little Pony. Even in any age range, adults who never actually watched it, tend to hate and deride the show for being too boring (the same goes for every single iteration of the franchise and Friendship Is Magic is no exception).
    • The second is targeted towards the show's own Periphery Demographic. Friendship Is Magic is in a very strange situation where a show gains a hatedom because it's arguably better than expected. Its wild success led to the creation of a massive (and vocal) fandom of adults and hence an even harder pushback from the Hatedom, with people joining in on the hatred simply because they're sick of seeing the show brought up everywhere. With a vast fandom invariably come bad apples and even some "bronies" find themselves disapproving of some of the more... questionable things their fellow bronies do. Oh yeah, and there's fanmade porn of the characters. Loads and loads of fanmade porn. This is another significant factor contributing towards the hatred of the fandom, especially from the anti-furry community, who tend to lump all bronies together with furries.
    • The final periphery hatedom just lumps it all into one basket, hating everything about both.
  • Before FiM and the bronies, My Little Pony Tales and My Little Pony (G3) had hatedom from fans of My Little Pony 'n Friends due to the genre switch to Slice of Life. And then even fans of My Little Pony Tales usually despise G3 due to its significant drop in animation quality and the plots becoming increasingly insipid and boring, even for a Slice of Life My Little Pony show.
  • Generation 3.5 is widely-hated by even the most hardcore fans. Particularly, the Newborn Cuties line is almost universally despised outside of the target audience, mainly because of its childish writing and how the creatures that are supposed to be baby ponies look nothing like their namesakenote . Bad enough that G3.5 gathered flak among pony collectors for not looking like ponies, the Newborn Cuties somehow managed to take it several notches higher into Cartoon Creature and Uncanny Valley range.
  • My Little Pony: Equestria Girls got an awful lot of flack from bronies before it even came out, simply because it's a High School A.U. When it came out, it created the Broken Base of the millennium over if it was good or not. It also got flack from parents because what used to be an innocent property for young girls was being changed into a hip, sexier line of teenage dolls, not unlike what happened years earlier with Dora's Explorer Girls.
  • When the first teaser for My Little Pony: The Movie was released on Movie Clips, there was basically a 50/50 split down the middle in terms of likes and dislikes. A quick glance into the comment section reveals an overwhelming sense of apathy.

  • Bella and the Bulldogs gets enough sexist and racist male hate for making a girl part of the football team...but the hatedom grew after it was discovered that one of the writers had also written and directed an adult movie about an interracial affair.
  • Breadwinners received attacks from older Nickelodeon and Nicktoons fans for its very premise, use of dubstep, large amounts of Toilet Humour, and (deliberately videogame-styled) Limited Animation, all before the show even aired. Once it did air it got a lot worse, though it did develop a small Periphery Demographic who utterly adore the series and will fiercely defend it.
  • The Brothers Flub falls into this due to its horrendous theme song, slow-pacing, stale and random humor, bland and plotless writing, ugly-looking characters, and especially the titular brothers', Guapo and Fraz, constant arguing. Didn't help that it premiered on the same time as SpongeBob SquarePants. Those reasons might have something to do with the show being so dang obscure.
  • CatDog is a very much Love It or Hate It show. It has plenty of adult fans and is still pretty well-regarded, but some people dislike its Sadist Show nature and it has gotten negative comparisons to The Ren & Stimpy Show.
  • Back when it first aired, ChalkZone was often disliked for being too fluffy in comparison to edgier Nicktoons. There were also many fans of Invader Zim who hated the show because they thought it was responsible for getting Zim Screwed by the Network (despite the fact that ChalkZone was treated just as badly if not worse). Nowadays, it's Vindicated by History and sports a decent-sized Periphery Demographic with those who grew up with the series.
  • Dora the Explorer: Particularly to those who hate being treated like they have the memory of a goldfish. note 
    • Dora hate is played with in Sherman's Lagoon; the titular shark, a middle-aged male, loves the show because he's just that stupid.
    • Saturday Night Live's parody.
    • The Stringini Bros. have a song entitled "Dora No More" which describes Dora being mauled in various ways.
    • Dora is a frequent parody target amongst GoAnimate, along with Caillou.
    • The Dora's Explorer Girls line got hate from parents before it even came out because they worried that the series would be turned into a clone of Bratz, with the belief that aging her up would taint the brand's image.
  • Blue's Clues, another pioneer of participation-based Edutainment, may get some of this, although WAY less than Dora because of teens and adults' liking of human narrator Steve's dorky charm and for the show having a lot of great Nostalgia Filter. Basically, there are more people who love the show than those who dislike it. The episodes where Joe took the wheel aren't so immune, however.
  • Nick Jr.'s new Cash Cow Franchise, PAW Patrol, while being mostly loved by adults and parents, is is a popular target of the Preschool Show hatedom (which mostly consists of teenagers trying to look cool and bored adults), if mainly for being very popular with very young children and thus being seen as "annoying". There's also parents who hate it because of the gender roles in the show, mainly making the sole female character until the arrival of Everest pink.
  • Fanboy and Chum Chum developed this during its heyday in the late 2000s. If you checked out a thread asking for opinions on the official Nickelodeon message boards for this show during that time, they'll range from "it's good" to "very mediocre". IMDb and the website, on the other hand, provides us with much more scathing reviews from its largely adult userbase. Also, anything that's not an actual episode of the show, but, for example, the intro or some fan videos on YouTube will be literally flooded with hate comments from fans of older Nickelodeon shows and Nicktoons. It has its fans, though, and even its haters agree that there's been worse on Nickelodeon since it ended, and by 2020 the show has been Vindicated by History due to the interesting liberties it takes with 3D animation and the success of the creator’s second series Glitch Techs.
  • While still having a good-sized Periphery Demographic, The Loud House has gotten some hate from fans of Rise of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles who think that it caused the latter show to get cancelled. There are also some who dislike the show due to the behavior of its fanbase, or think that some episodes get too mean-spirited toward its protagonist, Lincoln Loud.
  • Marvin Marvin, partly due to its Up to Eleven Toilet Humour, for being very unoriginal, and for being another Lucas Cruikshank vehicle. The huge backlash eventually led to it being canceled after one season as part of the network's continual executive foot-shooting to keep up with Disney. You could've practically heard the massive sigh of relief from the Hatedom when it was announced that this was Lucas Cruikshank's last project for Nickelodeon.
  • Max and Ruby gets this from the usual Periphery Hatedom for preschool cartoons, who enjoy bashing the show to be annoying and "mean-spirited". It even appeared on The Angry Grandpa.
  • The Penguins of Madagascar and Kung Fu Panda: Legends of Awesomeness TV series are hated by some fans of the series of movies they originated from, though the former does have several fans.
  • Nick News with Linda Ellerbee, a news show aimed at elementary through high school aged kids, gets a considerable amount of hate from people who consider it boring. Nevertheless it lasted over twenty years.
  • Of Nickelodeon shows, 2013's Nick Studio 10 received an irrational hatedom because of its un-traditional interruptions of programming (right in the middle of episodes with random videos that had no rhyme or reason, although the block was mainly made up of the usual SpongeBob SquarePants marathons the network has become addicted to, so unless you're completely new to the show, you knew what was happening anyways), stunts and skits which wasted food, Toilet Humour, and some rather overheated accusations of animal abuse, though the actual audience either enjoyed it or rolled their eyes and waited them out because they were there to watch a show, not the continuity between. It may have developed into a sane block eventually, but a hacking of the show's Twitter account with racist content, social media harassment of the cast, YouTube videos criticizing it made by viewers well out of their demographic (The Archfiend was the most infamous hater of the block and was in his thirties), and the show's Facebook moderator just giving up made it too onerous for Nickelodeon to continue it. After a Labor Day 'best-of' episode promising the return of the block, the block never returned and the cast moved onto projects outside the network, and who could blame them? As of 2016, Nick has not launched any other live hosted blocks, likely scared off completely by the Studio 10 experience.
  • NickMom started out as a new block on the Nick Jr. channel in 2012 centered on mom-focused humor and such to give them a respite after having to tolerate their toddler's continuous Peppa Pig obsession. To social media critics who don't understand that a new network's first schedule will never become permanent, it was like Franklin, Dora, and Blue's Clues were taken out back and shot, replaced by inappropriate mom-focused humor despite multiple content warnings. Adding to the hatedom were several minor controversies, such as having an insensitive blog post about those affected by Hurricane Sandy, using photos of children without permission on their blog, and airing a skit titled "Bake Sale" which caused outrage among parents who felt the skit was mocking children with food allergies, successfully managing to get it pulled from both the block and its website (you can watch it here and judge for yourself.) The ratings (low as they were), however, eventually sorted things out; the funny stuff and movie reruns worked, the vulgar stuff didn't, and by 2014 NickMom became more benign (with only the occasional sex joke or edited R-rated romance movie here and there), with Disney Junior, Sprout, and Netflix easily happy to take the homes that don't want to watch NickMom. Eventually, though, those who were still dissatisfied with the block won; the block was discontinued to the relief of its (by then mostly faded) hatedom on September 28, 2015 (and by then if you wanted to take down 90's romance films and Parenthood reruns, you just looked petty), with regular Nick Jr. programs taking its place.
  • Planet Sheen gets attacks from people who grew up with The Adventures of Jimmy Neutron, Boy Genius for Flanderizing Sheen from a relatively normal Ditz to a Too Dumb to Live one, removing his obsession with Ultra Lord (after "Cutting the Ultra Cord"), and having none of the other Jimmy Neutron characters appear (aside from Carl in the episode that introduces Doppy's character), having expies of them instead.
  • Rabbids Invasion, for basically being NOTHING but the Rabbids doing something and saying "BWAAA!" all the time. It's actually more than that; the Rabbids go into random places discovering new things, and they do say "BWAAA!", but not too much. For the most part, it's So Okay, It's Average, but it's been compared to Teletubbies. It's also hated by haters of the Raving Rabbids games since the Rabbids managed to get a TV series over Rayman himself (though Rayman actually did have a cartoon that was only four episodes long).
  • The Canadian import Rocket Monkeys gets a lot of hate from adult Nickelodeon fans for its excessive grossout humour, unappealing visuals and animation, and having one of the worst cases of Designated Hero in Western Animation (to the point where it's thoroughly lampshaded in the theme song). This, along with being Screwed by the Network, contributed to the show initially lasting only a single season in the United States on Nick, but the series did well enough with viewers in Canada that it carried on for an additional 2 seasons that did eventually air on KidsClick.
  • Rocket Power is known to get some hate from people who don't have fond memories watching it for its dated and Totally Radical nature. The Uncanny Valley that comes with being a Klasky-Csupo cartoon and the fact that the protagonist, Otto Rocket, is an obnoxious Jerkass whether he wins or loses don't help much.
  • Initially, Sanjay and Craig was accused by many people (typically older Nicktoon fans and the general Periphery Demographic of kid-oriented Western Animation) for being a rip-off of Adventure Time and Regular Show and upon premiering was berated for having too much toilet humor. (The first episode was notably about a butt transplant) Even before it premiered, it was hated for actually interrupting shows ala the aforementioned Nick Studio 10 to show promos for it. However, the show eventually grew the beard and gradually gained a noticeable Periphery Demographic over time. People were even disappointed when it was cancelled. Many of the first season's episodes are now mostly seen as So Okay, It's Average. (Though some episodes, particularly the infamous and nonsensical "Fart Baby" episode are still widely disliked.) It still has a number of detractors, though, so it's not completely an aversion to this trope.
  • As popular as it is, it seems that SpongeBob SquarePants (Mostly seasons 4-9, seasons 1-3 are well received) is here among older fans of Nickelodeon, and those who only liked the first three seasons, who are just sick of the show and wish it would be cancelled to make room for many other better Nicktoons, and/or the first three seasons. Then there's the hatedom coming from Fandom Rivalry. Fans of Rugrats are well-aware that the Executive Meddling that brought the sponge to popularity is also the crushing blow to their beloved show, and thus react accordingly with Hype Backlash. Though Seasons 6 and 7 get the most of it. While the show has managed to Win Back the Crowd in recent years, due to creator Stephen Hillenburg coming back (though it wouldn't last due to Stephen's death a few years later) and the characters getting their old characterizations back, there are still those who feel that it has overstayed its welcome and has outlasted "better" Nicktoons.
    • A large number of people, mainly people who do not have children of their own, despise the show because they find the show's opening theme off-putting. The hatred for the theme song is so immense, that it is ranked third place in an IMDB user poll about songs from movies and TV that people despise, only beaten by "I Love You" from Barney and Friends and "My Heart Will Go On" from Titanic, with 152 votes being cast against it.
  • Wayside gets this from older fans of the original Wayside School books hevily for Bowdlerising the source material (to the point of nearly being In Name Only) and making Todd a massive Butt-Monkey. It certainly didn't help that it aired around the same time as El Tigre, which despite having the same amount of episodes as Wayside, it was more positively received and still airs reruns on Nicktoons every now and then, while Wayside became an Old Shame for Nick.

    Professional Wrestling 
  • Professional wrestling in general gets this from those that understand that it's choreographed, but not why this is the case. The hatedom is significant enough that the entire Useful Notes page for Professional Wrestling is dedicated to addressing and debunking the myths that come from it.
  • Old school WWE fans (and many Attitude Era fans) seem to particularly loathe the character of Hornswoggle, whose matches border on slapstick comedy and seem to exist for the sole reason of attracting the attention of small children. The Great Khali is a similar example.
  • Characters regarded as overbooked supermen, primary and most controversial example being John Cena. Randy Orton and Sheamus are examples as well.
  • Many male fans find the Divas' matches boring. Well, unless you're at the event, you don't have to watch them — and even if you are, you could just go to the bathroom or get a hot dog. The arguments tend to stem from: the matches are too badly fought to entertain "purists", and the girls aren't slutty enough to drag in the "letches", so they usually end up in the "meh" zone.
  • Purists resent the fact the WWE has no real interest in making a legitimate female division, and find the current iteration of the Diva division to be reeking of Unfortunate Implications. That and the fact they insist on hiring models instead of athletes. TNA has started to get the same complaints as well. There are also disenfranchised Diva fans who remember its short Golden Age in the early 2000s, when the Divas started to get serious about wrestling, starting with Lita and Trish Stratus.
  • A different set of purists who will hold a former model's past career against her even if she becomes a good wrestler. Others will get this even when they've never done modelling before. Trish Stratus herself experienced this early on and had to start taking chair shots to shake off the haters. Kelly Kelly is an example as many people will read her name in a match and automatically label it as bad without even bothering to watch it. A lot of this might be due to the perception that the female championship has been cheapened since 2007 by putting it on a revolving door of Divas instead of having mainstays like it once did. There's also the argument that certain Divas get much more attention than they deserve, at the expense of Divas who are at least as good. Take Torrie Wilson, Stacy Keibler, and Jackie Gayda, for instance. They weren't the best in the ring, but they at least entered WWE with some wrestling experience. Yet they barely got near the Women's Championship, much less won it, and all too quickly saw their careers slide into irrelevance. Considering that, how fair is it that Kelly Kelly comes to WWE with no wrestling experience and gradually takes over the entire division, much like Trish had a few years before?
    • More recently there's Eva Marie, who is not unpopular with fans of Total Divas but reviled by actual wrestling fans. Eva Marie made it no secret on social media that she was more interested in launching an acting career than learning to wrestle, combined with Vince McMahon taking a liking to her and wanting to push her to the moon before she'd even learned to wrestle made her a Hate Sink among wrestling fans. WWE tried to fix things by rebranding her as a Fanservice-heavy character who kept having Wardrobe Malfunctions, preventing her from actually wrestling, but fans still hated her.
  • Then there are those — Stay in the Kitchen types, mostly — who are annoyed at the fact that women's wrestling exists at all, asserting that the only thing girls should be doing in the ring is holding up the round cards (which hasn't happened since wrestling made pains to distinguish itself from boxing) and deriding female wrestling as "just more modern/revisionist/politically correct crap of the '90s", etc. — apparently not realizing that there have been female professional wrestlers (1930s) for almost as long as there has been professional wrestling itself (1920s, at least in the form we are familiar with today). The fact that WWE did not heavily promote its women's division until the late 1990s — and even then mostly for Fanservice — may have contributed to this attitude, especially among men who were only casual wrestling fans.

  • Golf. From those who aren't fans, it's regarded as monotonous, luck-based, aristocratic, unathletic (since some people just drive carts to wherever the ball is instead of walking), and associated with square old rich people in clown pants. Dave Barry joked about the little exertion it involved by breaking down the calories burned into various categories like "sauntering," "squinting," and "saying things like 'You certainly did double bogey that mashie niblick, Ted! Ha ha!'" For ironic points, there are rules strongly restricting the use of carts on the pro-circuit, resulting in most professionals walking the course. These were intended to make golf look more athletic, but it results in slowing down the games that are televised. Tiger Woods rising to become the face of the sport has done little to chip away its image as a form of conspicuous consumption for the elite.
  • Sailing. It's viewed as a very upper-class activity, due to the cost of owning and maintaining a boat, as well as associating "sailing" with cruise ship vacations, even though the two are nothing alike.
  • Equestrian sports. Like sailing, they're generally perceived as elitist and upper class. In the case of actor Christopher Reeve (who was permanently paralyzed after falling off a horse), the hatred got so intense that some people annoyed by his activism on the part of the handicapped implied that Reeve deserved to have it happen to him. Animal rights people also complain, even if the horses are borderlined spoiled in how well they're treated, and even giving a Mercy Kill to those who break their legs is justifiable.
  • Cricket, especially as it takes day to complete what is called a "test match". In the reverse though, the faster 20Twenty variant that intends to make the game relevant for the Internet generation is cited by traditional cricket fans as the sullying of the sport.
  • Motor sports in general. They are perceived as boorish, lower class, anti-intellectual sports which are dangerous, waste fuel, and pollute the environment.
  • NASCAR, for detracting the athletic element from sports for part of it; and its common association with rednecks for the other. Others simply find it boring, since at bottom it's just a cluster of fancy cars driving around and around for hours — really not much more than what you'll see on a particularly busy freeway system.
  • Cardio kickboxing is one of the biggest crazes among fitness aficionados and shows no sign of dying down, but it continues to get a lot of hate from formal practitioners of martial arts for diluting the practice. While many pioneers of the craze, such as Billy Blanks and Chalene Johnson, are in fact, legitimate martial artists, the fact that people started becoming instructors with no formal background means they risk teaching bad form to students that not only distracts them from effective fighting techniques should they ever need to defend themselves, but actually runs the risk of students hurting themselves doing the moves as exercise.
  • Competitive kickboxing has gotten hatred from some Moral Guardians. The most common accusations is that it has stripped martial arts of their once-typical hallmark of restraint and peaceful ideals, and turned the whole ordeal into a spectator sport dedicated to feeding the audience's love for violence. John McCain called it "human cockfighting." However, again, the opposition has done little to dampen the enthusiasm of its fans.
  • Sumo wrestling; usually because it epitomizes Manly Gay to some people, and to others because it inspires a lot of "fat-men-in-diapers" jokes. If you see any depiction of this sport outside Japan, it is likely to be parodic in nature.
  • Cheerleading, due to the amount of negative stereotypes associated with cheerleaders and because it is a stereotypically female sport (a criticism often raised by feminists, ironically enough). Many will even deny that it is a sport, when in fact it requires mastery of a great many physical challenges and is actually more dangerous than most of the "jockier" sports.
  • The NBA attracts its fair share of hatedom from "purists" or old school fans who feel the league has been over-commercialized or because of the lower scoring of this era, over-emphatic on defense, hockey fans who feel the media focuses too heavily on basketball at the expense of their favorite sport, and racists who find the NBA to be a convenient way to side-vent their prejudices (if the person uses the word "thug" or any variation in describing why they don't like the NBA, they usually fall under the last category).
  • Ice Hockey, which is perceived as violent, dangerous and lionizing negative masculine stereotypes. The sport's popularity in Canada is also an automatic laugh line for more nationalistic types. It doesn't help that it's a winter sport popular in the coldest parts of North America.
  • American Football has this much more strongly than ice hockey; although the rules of American football do forbid fighting more strongly than ice hockey (in football, brawling causes an automatic ejection; in ice hockey, the punishment is five minutes in the penalty box), in football, the violence is baked right into the way the game is played. Tackling, blocking, and hitting the opponent with one's body, often at fairly high speed, is an essential part of playing football. Moreover, one of the best "weapons" a football player has is none other than his own helmeted head—which has led to a massive problem with concussions and sub-concussion brain damage that causes lasting neurological problems. Detractors point out that the only way players use their feet in the game is in kicking or running, and the ball also doesn't look much like a ball. This often goes hand-in-hand with negative perceptions of American culture. Nerdier types will snark about "sportsball" or "handegg." Many of these stereotypes seem to be held by people who aren't aware that football has moved beyond "three yards and a cloud of dust" and is much more based on complex strategy and physical finesse these days.
  • Collegiate American Football (and college sports in general) gets knocked for having nothing to do with the mission of a school and wasting money that could be used for education (which are valid criticisms, but also very ignorant of how the functions of higher education in America evolved and the complexities of how institutions spend and acquire money).
  • Association Football (soccer for Americans), because of a reputation for violent, riot-happy fans (despite American Football fans also destroying their own cities when they win the Super Bowl) and whiny, injury-faking players. Soccer also gets a lot of hate from fans (or proponents) of other sports in countries where it (soccer) is dominant, this ironically mirrors the attitude many US soccer fans have towards the "big four" (Baseball, Basketball, Hockey and American Football). Of course it does take away (usually limited) media attention and more crucially television money from other sports such as Handball.
  • Curling is the pun of numerous jokes from those who don't understand how it works or why it's a sport. This is especially common during the Olympics.
  • Major League Baseball, as with Cricket, has a reputation as a "boring" sport beloved of statistics-obsessed nerds, in contrast to the faster-paced sports of American football and basketball. The latter two are also seen as having a more heterogenous appeal than baseball in terms of fan demographics, which is still seen as an overwhelmingly white and middle class sport despite a visible contingent of MLB players from Latin America and the Caribbean. The sport is also still trying to recover from the steroid scandals of the '00s.

    Tabletop Games 
  • Monopoly itself gets a lot of hate from the Euro-gamer and "serious" board-gamer crowd. There are also some, both left-wing and right-wing, who know the original game was intended as a scathing satire on capitalism (though it was really only accurate to the late-19th century, pre-antitrust Robber Baron era). Right-wingers don't like it for having been a leftist caricature of a market economy and leftists don't like that it's now one of the biggest mass-marketed corporate products ever. The political hatedoms are especially odd because Monopoly was not intended to be a critique of the free market at all (which arguably didn't even exist in its present form when the game was created), but of the old protectionist and consolidationist economic model that is despised by left-wingers and (most) right-wingers alike. Meanwhile, board-gamers don't like it because hardly anyone actually plays it by the real rules, and "House Rules" generally tend to drag out the game past the point where it stops being fun. That's bad enough, but it's also so ubiquitous that board-gamers (with some justification) fear anyone hearing "board game" is likely to first think "Monopoly" and then "I'd rather have root canal without anesthetics." Not helping is that Hasbro has found it to be a Cash Cow Franchise and churns out dozens and dozens of themed Monopoly games, including ones based on franchises mentioned here...

  • Hamilton, despite touting itself as progressive, hip and modern, developed a sizeable hatedom of social/racial justice activists in the wake of the 2020 Black Lives Matter movement for glorifying and glossing over past injustices despite its Colorblind Casting.
  • When a song from The SpongeBob Musical appeared as the first act of the TV broadcast note  of the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade, many fans of the show's source material said that they despised it because the actors did not resemble the characters they were supposed to play the roles of. Other fans, and some parents with young children, said that the humanized characters could give people nightmares.

  • The Cabbage Patch Kids dolls were also pitched as a Christmas must-have and particularly reviled by people who were sick of seeing them everywhere. Film director Don Mancini was one of these people. His response? Chucky.
  • Beanie Babies, although most of the hate was directed at the Periphery Demographic of housewives who stored them in glass boxes as collectibles, not the little kids who just wanted to play with them as toys. Then again, there were also a lot of parents sick of shelling out so much money for the things. Even the people who delivered Beanie Babies to retailers (often UPS employees) hated them due to being constantly harassed by collectors asking if they had any of the new releases. A semi-famous urban legend even stated that said delivery people had to wear tags that said "Please Don't Ask If We Have Beanie Babies" just so they wouldn't get harassed.
  • Polly Pocket, from the little boys for whom they were never intended.
  • Remember Tickle-Me-Elmo? People donated to be the driver of a bulldozer that ran one over, and sold thousands of tickets to a front row seats of said event. There's a video of one of the more advanced models being burned to a crisp. While still turned on. It's rather disturbing.
    • MADtv did a parody with "Tickle Me Emo".
    • Cory Doctorow's novel Makers features "Boogie Woogie Elmo", millions of which were destined for landfills. The titular makers use the sophisticated hardware and robotic capabilities in novel ways.
    • Parodied in Season Two of the episodic Sam & Max: Freelance Police games with "Torture Me Elmer", a toy which children were encouraged to mistreat. There's a minigame where a vast spill of them has littered the roadways, and you need to clear them off by running them over. There's a certain sadistic hilarity in hearing them beg for mercy.
    • Jhonen Vasquez has a Meanwhile comic about "Tickle Me Hellmo", which has 20 levels of response. They include shooting fire ants, calling Satan to stare at the child at night, and reciting goth poetry.
    • It also led to an at-the-time infamous flash cartoon, "Elmac on Fire". It features a stock parody of Elmo on fire.
  • Hero Factory for many BIONICLE fans, mostly since the sets and story don't cater to a Periphery Demographic in the same way its predecessor did. Bionicle itself has this in the form of thousands of adult fans of LEGO.
  • Barbie.
    • Everyone loves to write all sorts of long essays about how she's "a freak of nature" note  and a "walking stereotype of what a woman is supposed to be" (somehow ignoring Barbie appearing in countless white collar or even blue-collar jobs), and people often refuse to buy their daughters or relatives Barbie dolls for fear that a doll will somehow instill a negative body image in them. (Like the doll itself is the sole cause in the first place, as lampshaded in Baby Blues.) Ask around the Internet and you'll probably find a lot of people, even girls (especially girls), who decapitated and mutilated Barbie dolls when they were little. Barbie is a stereotype of what a woman is supposed to be. Just a different stereotype: specifically, some kind of blonde, tanned, superwoman.
    • If you were a boy and played with a Barbie doll, then you immediately had to transfer schools. Unless, that is, you did stuff like strap her to a model rocket and attempted to launch her into outer space or did all sorts of violent acts to her such as dropping a bowling ball on her or trying to melt her with a magnifying glass.
    • Poor Mattel. It seems that no matter what they do with the Barbie franchise, they'll end up getting flak for it. One scheme in giving Barbie a positive light is Hello Barbie, a doll that could do advanced speech recognition and speech synthesis to answer questions posed to her by the owner and connect to Mattel's server (for Moral Guardians filtering) over the Internet via Wi-Fi to get information. The intention here is to show that girls can be smart, allowing a child to look to Barbie for help with homework if no one else who can help is around. It immediately gathered flak for being a privacy invader (despite Mattel assuring that no personally identifiable information on the owner will be stored on their server, and only certain non-critical information like the owner's name is stored in the doll itself) and white hats immediately started pointing out how the doll can be hacked to say things of their choice, not by hacking the doll itself, but by hijacking the ISP's domain name server (which will allow them to take over any Internet connected program, including the humble web browser, and that's assuming they managed to reverse engineer the doll's communications protocol first). Nevermind that Microsoft, Blackberry, Apple and Google have done this with Cortana, Assistant, Siri and Google Assistant respectively with no backlash whatsoever, and that toys like that are pretty common in Japan and had not have any issues in that country. And hobbyists all over the world, including in the US itself, have been hacking up dolls that do just that, and those have no filtering whatsoever. The fact that certain TV shows were hyping up the paranoia wasn't helping. And when they put that same technology into a different toy (a Fisher-Price stuffed bear), the first batch of said toy sold out within days of launch. It seems that the real problem here isn't about privacy or protecting little girls, but Barbie can't be smart.
  • The Bratz doll line received lots of complaints. Like Barbie, a lot of them were from people concerned about its target demographic of little girls, and even more so given the Bratz dolls' revealing clothes and thick make-upped expressions. However, there were, once again, a lot of boys (and older or tomboyish girls) who just liked making fun of things little girls liked.
  • Monster High has this reputation but mainly because of how its popularity has affected other series. Many copycats such as DC Super Hero Girls and Disney's Descendants riff off the formula. This leads to scorn from older fans in the respective fanbases, which ends up redirected as Monster High.
  • Funko Pop! is very popular, but it has an extremely vocal hatedom online. The most common reason is that the franchise's designs of the figures are simpler, their Black Bead Eyes look creepy, and they're cheaper and lower quality than other collectible franchises such as Figma and Nendoroid.
  • My Little Pony has gotten this treatment for decades from three different sides. On one side you have a majority of people who prefer realistic equine figures and scoff at the pastel, talking anthropomorphic ponies. This has caused a Fandom Rivalry with series like Breyer. On the other side you have very few people who hate it for being too cutesy. Then there's those who're in to colorful horses, but have defected and declared hate on G3.5 onwards due to those not looking anything like horses. Incidentally, those who decried G3.5 onwards defected to Dracco's Filly line, who're now at war with the bronies because some of the latter lashed out at Filly Funtasia.
  • The Poopsie surprise toys have disgusted many adult toy collectors and Moral Guardians alike for how the Gross-Out Show-style Toilet Humour clashes with the Tastes Like Diabetes aesthetic. The fact that the slime-pooping/vomiting unicorn/fairy/mermaid characters are portrayed as babies/toddlers wearing disturbingly skimpy outfits and decor inappropriate for their agenote  and detailed eyelashes don't really help matters.

    Video Games 
  • Although the main Animal Crossing series (surprisingly) never got this treatment, the spinoff game Animal Crossing: Happy Home Designer does. It removes the life sim aspect of the game and focuses on interior design. Many fans were stumped on why anyone would want to play an Animal Crossing game without the main aspects; however, there is a market out there for designer games. Despite the heavy criticism, it sold quite well in Japan.
    • Though Happy Home Designer has its fans, the same cannot be said for Amiibo Festival, which suffers from irritating gameplay and making amiibos necessary (to wit, in order to play as specific characters, you had to scan their Amiibo during each of your turns), and simply not being a new mainline Animal Crossing game. This resulted in a commercial failure that was torn apart by critics and fans alike.
  • Dynasty Warriors has fans who take every opportunity to bash the Shu Kingdom for not really being as heroic as the early games made them out to be. This hate comes from people who read the actual history surrounding the Three Kingdoms Era and realized that Shu and their officers were bloody, violent, less than scrupulous people who got their fame boosted by the novel. Unfortunately, those same people miss the point that both Romance of the Three Kingdoms and, subsequently, Dynasty Warriors are NOT based off of the actual Chinese history, but rather the books themselves. It's not going to feature Sun Jian historically slay Hua Xiong, because in the NOVEL, it was Guan Yu.
  • Fire Emblem has been getting this from some more jaded gamers, especially via its newer games.
    • Fire Emblem Awakening, Fates, and Three Houses are a reversal of how this trope usually works for Nintendo games. The games are very anime-styled and seem to be targeted towards the older Otaku demographic, but get some hate from fans outside said demographic (including fans of Nintendo's more family-friendly series such as Mario, Donkey Kong, and Splatoon) for their anime cliches, controversial subjects and features (including the ability to marry characters in-game), and Fire Emblem's allegedly disproportionate amount of representation in Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS and Wii U and Super Smash Bros. Ultimate despite being a lesser-known series.
    • Awakening and Fates also invert this in another way: they are generally beloved by mainstream gamers and critics and often considered some of the best 3DS games of all time. Their reception among the core Fire Emblem fanbase, however, is much more contentious.
  • League of Legends as a game gets a lot of hate from non-MOBA fans, though largely because of its community's reputation for being extremely toxic.
  • Mortal Kombat. Most of the vitriol directed at the series when the first game debuted in late 1992 came from panicky Moral Guardians and people who would have never played the game in a million years.
  • Skylanders is a very notorious case. The games get a lot of hate, mainly because of the franchise's lack of originality, emphasis on figures to expand the gameplay, and the fact that Spyro and Cynder are playable characters despite Spyro himself not getting a new game for years.
  • Street Fighter:
    • Some fans of Street Fighter II will complain about every other fighting game that exists. If it is a 2D one, they'll blame it for being a clone. If it is a 3D one, they will blame it for being a 'button masher'. It's gotten to the point where games that are much more complex than Street Fighter are looked down on by fans. The truth is that the Nostalgia Filter comes into play. In later years, Street Fighter IV has become this, with every new incarnation of Tekken or Soulcalibur being compared unfavorably to it despite being largely different in gameplay.
    • A local example (in Brazil) happened when Laura was announced for Street Fighter V, mainly because her revealing clothes. Some people complained about Capcom over exaggerating Brazilian stereotypes again (it can't be helped by the fact Laura is from Rio de Janeiro, a well known city for illegal sex tourism). This only worsened when Laura got more revealing clothes which made some people accusing Capcom of damaging the image of Brazilian woman. The hatedom towards Laura dissolved some time after.
  • Family-friendly games that are not Pokémon, Kirby, and Mario, often get this from older players. However, these franchises themselves can suffer from this, as seen below.
  • Pokémon:
    • The franchise as a whole got plenty of this during the initial craze's heyday, and you'd still be hard-pressed to find an enthusiastic fan who wasn't a preteen or younger when it first came out. Also, some fans of the earliest games, known as GENWUNNERSnote , can have this towards some incarnations of the game. Chalk it up to a combination of They Changed It, Now It Sucks!, Nostalgia Filternote  and this trope, from aging out of the intended demographic. While the games have more universal appeal than, say, the anime, they're still made primarily with kids in mind, although from 2013 onwards the franchise has been reinventing itself as an "all-ages" franchise similar to Super Mario Bros. itself rather than a franchise mostly for young children. Even so, the franchise still gets this from time to time, to the point that adult fans are mocked for enjoying the franchise (even if it's through Pokémon GO, which is well-known for being a mainstream success and more directly tailored to adult smartphone users).
    • Pokémon Black and White are frequently accused of having spawned the "genwunner" phenomenon, a strong example of a Periphery Hatedom for the newer games. While the games were highly praised by fans and critics, they also completely displaced older Pokémon by introducing a self-contained ecosystem of 156 brand-new species. Many adults who grew up with the older games took issue and compared them negatively to Gen I and II Pokémon to memetic levels. Seeing this reaction, Game Freak deliberately catered to fans of the classic 'mons in subsequent games, and saw an excuse to print even more money. However, this in turn later caused the cycle to begin anew (albeit on a smaller scale), with fans of BW (now adults in their own right) venting their spite towards later games for abandoning the new direction that was promised in BW and essentially becoming just like the "genwunners" of old.
    • Within the franchise, Series Mascot Pikachu is probably the most infamous example, due to its Spotlight-Stealing Squad tendencies, the number of electric-typed rodents that try to emulate Pikachu's popularity (known as "Pika-clones" by the fandom), and its strong association with the anime (which has its own entry on this page); in fact, it was one of the most frequent targets of mockery in early Pokémon parodies.
    • As with the anime, Pokémon is an enormously famous and popular Sacred Cow among millennials, Gen Z, and their children, who collectively make up the series' target demographic. However, since its inception, it has been hated, mocked and/or dismissed by baby boomers, who continue to see it as a childish, shallow Merchandise-Driven franchise with no broader appeal.
  • Kirby gets this reaction from a small number of game reviewers and fans of other Nintendo series, due to the series' Tastes Like Diabetes aesthetic (the frequent Nightmare Fuel notwithstanding) and the easiness of the games in order to make them accessible to small children.
  • Examples related to Super Mario:
    • The Mario franchise, normally one of Nintendo's biggest Sacred Cows for being its "mascot" franchise, can experience some hatred from older fans when it goes through a Dork Age. A strong example was the Nintendo 3DS / Wii U era from 2012 to 2016, where the games showed stereotypical signs of pandering to children and casual players,note ; some games, such as Paper Mario: Sticker Star, have a very pronounced hatebase of older gamers. Such Dork Ages can also make Mario's typical Wolverine Publicity more embarrassing for Nintendo fans, especially fans of other franchises. However, this is technically a subversion; the Mario games are targeted towards all ages (moreso than Pokémon), placing the hatedom in the Mario's intended demographic of "everyone".note 
    • Super Mario as a whole, as well as Pokémon, Kirby, and other similar series, get this treatment from fans of "dark and edgy" series such as Call of Duty, who dismiss Nintendo's series as being too silly and optimistic. But these fans are often kids themselves, in the mature series' own Periphery Demographic, who complain about things that they perceive as "babyish" because they think it's cool.
    • Nintendo's "Play Nintendo" marketing branch, aimed at children, is disliked by some older fans for being overly quirky and kid-focused (even coming across as condescending in some cases) and for taking the Wolverine Publicity of the Super Mario Bros. franchise Up to Eleven. However, this does not affect the content of the games themselves.
  • Tokyo Mirage Sessions ♯FE is on the receiving end of this trope from the Shin Megami Tensei fandom for being too "anime". To them, Persona 4 was pushing it but this one crossed the line. The fact that the game's plot revolves around the Idol Singer business is an aggravating factor, as the business is widely despised by people in the West, even anime fans. This also heavily contrasts Persona 4: Dancing All Night's deconstruction of the idol business by showing just how horrible and unfair it is to the idols, which didn't help with the Persona 4 fans who weren't alienated.
  • The Fandom Rivalry between the various Super Smash Bros. entries qualifies for this trope. While the games are primarily for casual, friendly play, they also have a sizable fanbase of competitive players, especially for Melee. A sector of the Melee fanbase vocally derides other Smash entries for being too casual-friendly and not as exciting to watch competitively as their favored game.
  • Microsoft 3D Movie Maker has McZee, a weird purple guy who really wants to be Barney-but-wackier. He's pretty horrible, and the exclusion of him as a posable character is about the only reason the first four thousand fan-made movies weren't all "McZee dies in horrible ways".
  • The Nintendo Wii is an inversion. Once Nintendo finally did what they had promised to do and expanded console video games outside the 18-24 Affluent Male market, said market declared them the anti-Christ. Even Nintendo's continued development of "traditional" gamesnote  hasn't silenced the hatedom one bit. Of course, the rest of the market seems not to have noticed (much to the chagrin of the 18-24 Affluent one). Among the platform's games, the worst sufferers of this were of course the "expanded market" games themselves: Nintendo's "Wii Series" games directed towards non-gamers such as Wii Sports, Wii Fit, and others. During the late 2000s, they were a gigantic fad that outsold and were played more than most other games by a huge margin, causing the 18-24 Affluent Male market to declare gaming ruined and fear for its senior-citizen-and-soccer-mom-ruled future. However, as the fad has died, so has the hate.
    • The market, however, did eventually notice when Nintendo attempted a successor, the Wii U. Despite on paper being a logical successor to the Wii, having the same drawbacks in its own generation that the Wii did (minimal online support, reduced third party support, weak graphics in comparison to the competition, difficulty to port games to the console due to its drawbacks), it crashed and burned so hard that Nintendo was forced to create an entire new console for the same console generation, the Nintendo Switch. As Nintendo had lost the hardcore gaming market with the Wii, they were reliant on their new primary market to purchase the Wii U in order for it to succeed. Not being traditional gamers, they didn't follow the behavior patters of traditional gamers and buy out of brand loyalty or seeking to be able to play sequels to their favorite exclusive franchises, as gaming culture promotes buying the "new hot thing". Ironically, Nintendo should have known about this problem, as back in the 90s they had to take steps both to prevent people from calling other consoles "nintendos" and to make sure people understood what the SNES was due to parents (the primary purchasers of video game consoles at the time) not immediately understanding the idea of a new console from the same developer. One of the immediate problems the Wii U faced upon debut? People not understanding it was a new system and not just some sort of updated Wii.
  • Axl from the Mega Man X series is a bit of an odd case. While he's despised by the series' main fanbase, the small but dedicated Periphery Demographic of young women just can't seem to resist his boyish charm.
  • Final Fantasy Mystic Quest tends to attract hatred from people who believe the urban legend that it was why the USA didn't get Final Fantasy V (or why Europe didn't get any Final Fantasy game) until the PlayStation years, as well as the fact that it was actually made specifically to introduce people to RPGs. However, being a Super Nintendo Entertainment System game, it does have a fanbase thanks to the Nostalgia Filter, as well as how some people actually did play that game as an introduction to the RPG-genre.
  • If the marketing is anything to go by, amiibo are intended for kids that want toys of Nintendo characters. However there is a hatedom for amiibo by two groups: Those who think that they are overly-expensive dolled-up physical DLC, most notably with Splatoon and Animal Crossing amiibo, and those who think that amiibo has way too much focus on stocking the kid-friendly characters, especially from Pokémon, and forgetting the franchises that skew more towards Nintendo's Periphery Demographic or are outright intended for mature audiences (such as Fire Emblem).
  • Any of the big console shooter franchises draw plenty of flak from players who dislike FPSes, PC gamers, and fans of older styles of shooters. The Call of Duty and Halo series may be the most common victims, but they are not alone. First-person shooters are also frequent scapegoats of people who hold the assumption that their fandom of "cerebral" games such as Silent Hill somehow makes them more intelligent than the primates who play Call of Duty, et. al.
    • Which makes for a very strange inverted hatedom in retrospect, as until the past decade or so you basically had to have a PC if you wanted to play an FPS due to the limitations of the consoles of the day. Still, even modern consoles' limitations—such as the ever-present gamepad vs. mouse—are picked apart by PC gamers, sometimes deemed as reasons why FPS game design has been dumbed down since the mid-'00s.
    • The major pet peeve was that on the side of the FPS crowd, they hated it for how it monopolized shooters into a single uniform genre with very little deviation (Iron Sights/Regenerating Health and Cutscene Incompetence). For the others, they see the shooters as completely strangulating what creativity is left in the industry as game developers are crushed by publishers for not living up to their Flagship Franchise standards.
  • Overly popular and mainstream adult-oriented games — most notably Call of Duty, but also annualized sports games such as Madden NFL and to a lesser extent Grand Theft Auto — get this reaction from "geekier" and more dedicated gamers, who collectively label them as "dudebro games", criticize them for being Real Is Brown, the same thing each year, and (for the action games) Rated M for Money, claim that they cater to the Lowest Common Denominatornote , and resent the fact that their popularity and playerbase overshadows their preferred "nerdy" games many times over. However, similar to the Nintendo example above, many of these haters technically fall within the 18-35 affluent demographic that the "dudebro" games are targeting, although this doesn't stop (exaggerated) accusations that the "dudebro" games are typically played by pottymouthed 10-year-olds.
  • Sonic the Werehog from Sonic Unleashed. Kids love him, most fans who left Sonic's intended demographic hate him.
    • Cream the Rabbit, too. Beloved by moe fans for her deliberate cuteness, despised by the older Sonic fans for having a submissive attitude contrary to the defiant one around which the series was built. This is a case of Americans Hate Tingle, however — Cream was designed around Japanese fans, who enjoy her Yamato Nadeshiko traits, and was never meant to be embraced in the west, whereas characters like Blaze the Cat fall more in line of likable female characters outside of Asia. This has more or less faded as of the mid-2010s: the younger generation of fans who grew up with the early Modern-era games where Cream was prominent (and are now adults) tend to think much more fondly of her than the old guard, who have either grown out of the series, have found other Sonic characters they dislike more, or just aren't as vocal about their dislike for the character. Saying that Cream has been Vindicated by History may be a bit much, but these days, it isn't at all hard to find at least a few people who will name her as a favorite.
    • The entire Sonic the Hedgehog franchise got a Periphery Hatedom, including from some of its older fans, though it has less to do with them growing out of it and more with it deviating from what they knew. Those who were never fans tend to regard it as the realm of unnecessary characters that inspire lame fancharacters and Rule 34 artists.
    • Lots of people in the hentai community hate the Sonic franchise as well. Though this stems more from the fact that a lot of Rule 34 artists that draw pornography images of Sonic and co. really can't draw Rule 34 all that well. This becomes especially obvious if you know that most artists in the community avert Sturgeon's Law.
    • The Sonic franchise has also gathered some hatred from fans of other Sega franchises because it is Adored by the Network. Especially because unlike Nintendo's main three franchises, Sonic is the only franchise Sega has with the Cash Cow Franchise treatment, and as a result, sales for games from other Sega franchises have suffered due to the lack of the same marketing and exposure for them that was instead put into the latest Sonic games. This is a bigger point of contention with Western fans than Japanese fans since the franchise has more popularity outside its native Japan than within it, while this isn't the case back in Japan where some of Sega's other current Japanese franchises overtake Sonic's in popularity and may even be Cash Cow Franchises in their own right there and there, only. The No Export for You situations these same games may suffer only adds more fuel to the fire some Western Sega fans will have against Sonic.
    • A significant chunk of the Adventure series fanbase loath Sonic Colors and its sequels for being less mature and mostly 2.5D as opposed to fully 3D.
  • EA tried to exploit this with their "Your Mom hates Dead Space 2" marketing campaign. It didn't exactly work; the intended market responded with "Thanks a lot for casting us all as immature jerks. It's not like games don't have trouble with that perception already." It seemed to completely miss gaming's shift in demographics, as explained below.
  • Video games in general fell into this category when they became popular during the '80s and '90s. In many cases, there was a notable divide between the children who enjoyed playing them and parents who felt they distracted them from doing more constructive things. Since many of today's parents grew up with them, however, this is a dying trope.
  • The Nintendo 2DS, which removes the clamshell and 3D features and sells at a lower price than the original 3DS, has received a fair number of complaints from adult and teenage gamers, despite being designed as an 'entry-level' system for children.note 
    • Switch Lite, handheld version of Switch, went through a similar cycle, gathering a lot of flak from fans for ditching the primary feature of original console (being able to use it both as a home and portable device) despite being primarily made as an option for people who prefer their games on the go.
  • The Console Wars are a recurring example: Those who pick one side have no desire to try anything from the other sides. It's an enforced mindset, as a console is an expensive investment and most can't afford to buy multiple systems.
  • People who play EA sports games get a lot of hatred of gamers who do not play them. The main reason behind it seems to be that they are the same game in a brand new package and the fact that it is blamed for making games more unoriginal. Then there's the fact that the FIFA games introduced and normalized the much disliked lootboxes in full-priced AAA games, which many have compared to gambling.
  • Yo-Kai Watch received this from a chunk of older US gamers in general, and especially Mon fans, simply because it was the current big thing in Japan amongst elementary school children. It received a huge Fandom Rivalry with Pokémon due to them being perceived as similar. Many gamers, even major Nintendo reviewers, ignored the series because it was too similar to Pokémon for their liking.
  • In The '90s there was a lot of scorn from "hardcore" PlayStation gamers for Spyro the Dragon, which was made to draw young children to the console. The games were mocked as cash-grabs that shouldn't be popular on a "big kid" console like the PS1. The hatedom has since become non-existent as many current hardcore gamers were fans of the series growing up.
  • The Atari 2600 is disliked by many retro gamers who prefer to ignore consoles before the NES. People often complain about the graphics and quality of the games (especially arcade ports).
  • Konami's slot machines, especially their newer ones, are hated by millions of Western gamers who are sore about most of Konami's consumer IPs getting the short end of the stick, even though most of these people will probably never touch one of these machines in their entire lives due to pachislots being largely Japan-exclusive. It should be noted that Konami has had an active pachislot division since 1994, but this was largely unknown to Westerners until Konami Digital Entertainment's controversial actions of 2015 and 2016, at which point people looked at what Konami still had to offer, noticed KPE's ten-upcoming Fanservice-laden Castlevania: Erotic Violence slot machine, and then came down hard on that and every subsequent KPE-produced slot machine.
  • Splatoon is the polar opposite of what is expected from shooters: It's very brightly colored, the protagonists are teenagers, it's full of comedy and slapstick, the violence is (mostly) non-lethal, there is no voice chat, and there is no (traditional) war or scifi element to it. Naturally this has caused many fans of series like Call of Duty to mock the series for being "kiddy" and "not a real shooter". Inversely, many fans of Splatoon dislike the boring colors and overly serious nature of COD; to say nothing of accusations of Capcom Sequel Stagnation as opposed to Splatoon being a new IP.
  • On Roblox, the most popular game Adopt Me! receives significant hate outside its targeted audience of young children and casual players. Haters regard it as an overrated boring game, only serving as a Cash Cow Franchise for the developers with its numerous Loot Boxes and Microtransactions and overrun with children very desperately begging for valuable pets, rich players flexing their valuable pets to others, and scammers targeting and tricking gullible children. They also accuse the game of being botted and constantly breaking Roblox servers because of how many players there are on it.

    Web Comics 
  • Homestuck has a pretty substantial one, largely due to the fandom just one day suddenly showing up and invading anime cons in cosplay like an infestation of cockroaches, despite Homestuck not being an anime note . Homestuck cosplay is outright banned from several smaller anime cons for substantially justifiable reasonsnote  and is considered the primary reason cosplay was banned at TCAF, a dedicated webcomic con. Otherwise, it's sometimes seen as a Love to Hate series often used as a punchline for a crazy fandom. It doesn't help anyone's case that the creator of the series himself won't allow for a dedicated Homestuck convention to exist.
  • Natty Comics is about a woman dealing with everyday sexism... through cartoonishly-exaggerated Disproportionate Retribution. Catcalls, insults, Double Standards; etc. are met with violence from Natty and company, ranging from a Groin Attack to Ludicrous Gibs; those on the receiving end of these attacks will always proclaim that Natty and company are in the right and that they deserved what happened to them, provide they're even still alive. Needless to say, those that aren't left-leaning on feminist issues are horrified by the premise, and question whether or not this is meant to be a satire on Straw Feminists (it's not). The Periphery Hatedom for this comic manifests in "fan" edits, which either imply that Natty is similar to far-right hate groups by re-interpreting her as one of them, or depict her facing the consequences of her actions.

    Web Originals 
  • Zero Punctuation / Ben Croshaw: has a considerable hatedom from Nintendo fans - who hate his famous dislike of Mario and other classical Nintendo properties - anime and JRPG fans - who hate his similarly famous dislike for both genres - and just generally fans of popular games and genres that Yahtzee bashed at some point.
  • When DEATH BATTLE! announced the Meta vs. Carolina episode, a massive portion of the Death Battle fandom immediately took a disliking to the idea of this episode happening. The reasons for this backlash are that they're pitting 2 characters from the same series against each other (and not even in an ironic sense like Goomba vs. Koopa); Red Vs. Blue is nowhere near as popular as pretty much every other series of the characters that they've showcasednote ; the episode is going to take 4 weeks to come out; hardly anyone in the DB fandom at large cares about Red vs. Blue; it's being given the 3D treatment when much more popular characters are only given 2D fights (in episodes that are well-hated by the fandom in-general)note ; and by how Ben responded to all of thisnote , it wouldn't be surprising if some accuse this episode of being yet another attempt to appease to Rooster Teeth (which they're accused of doing twice already, so they were in hot water to begin with). Of course, some fans thought they were just being irrational haters, and when the actual episode came out some of them changed their tune at the unique spin the episode took (due to being an in-universe Crossover with Red vs. Blue) and the gorgeous animation that resulted. Of course, the haters and fans still went at it in the comments.
  • The Mysterious Mr. Enter and Vailskibum94 get a lot of hate from many cartoon fans, not because they are critical of cartoons, but because many of the cartoons they complain about are seen as easy targets.
  • Ryan ToysReview, one of the most prominent kid's YouTube channels, is outright hated by anyone who isn't a toddler or preschooler, because of the Crack Is Cheaper nature, usage of clickbait, Ryan and his parents' annoying behaviors, and the seeming lack of value other than to stimulate children. Its Cash Cow Franchise status and the fact he has his own Nick Jr. show doesn't help.
  • YouTube Kids Channels were never intended to be anything more than simple distractions for young children, and are successful at this goal, but are hated by people who are too old to have any business caring about such content, either due to having to hear younger siblings watch these videos all day, the site introducing new rules to make things safer for the influx of young users (some of which might affect even non-kids channels), worries about some of these videos containing inappropriate content (either due to Values Dissonance or creators being actually malicious), all the way to conspiracy theories alleging that some of the videos are made by child predators to either show off or attract victims.

    Western Animation 
  • Caillou seems to have become for Millennial parents what Barney was for their Gen X predecessors, so much that the trope could've been renamed for Caillou. Those jokes about him having cancer or being bald from chemotherapy speak volumes. Aside from moms who have had experiences with their children copying the titular character's tantrums, parents make up only a small percentage of haters here—much, much more of the hatedom comes from high school students who (aside from wanting to look "adult" to their peers) simply hate the show for being slow, and 9-year-old GoAnimate users who dislike the show because the titular character tends to whine a lot in the earlier seasons.
  • The Smurfs, which had all of the hatred of people who never watched it a good decade before Barney did. One defunct site even pointed out various chilling similarities while comparing The Smurfs to the KKK, though most haters usually compare them to communists instead.
  • VeggieTales: Part of it is because of the vandalism caused by fans of the show to random pages on The Other Wiki. But there's a fair amount of hate from non-Christians, too, for being a religious show for young kids (though there is a Periphery Demographic among the same segment too). VeggieTales tends to have enough Parental Bonus (in the form of pop cultural references — e.g., the French peas guarding the wall of Jericho) to avoid the "babyish" criticism from adults, though.
  • Super Why! has a very strong hatedom. Many parents don't like the Viewers Are Morons plotlines, and fairy tale fans hate the Disneyfication of the fairy tales presented to the point of being politically correct.
  • Toopy and Binoo, a Canadian preschool show, has seen complaints from Think of the Children! type, more conservative moms and parent groups due to the title characters' frequent crossdressing and use of the word "fabulous", leading said moms/parent groups to believe that the characters are Camp Gay and are presenting LGBTQ+ concepts to children too young to make an informed decision on the matter, without an attempt to educate them on the topic. Regardless, the show's target audience is totally fine with it, as are more open-minded parents.
  • Jay Jay the Jet Plane: The planes, helicopters, and staff of Terrytown Airport offer entertainment, life lessons, moral instruction for ages 2-6...and CGI characters with Motion Capture faces straight from the Uncanny Valley. Additionally, some VHS and DVDs of the show were released by Tommy Nelson—a Christian distributor, who redubbed it to insert references to Christianity even though the series wasn't originally conceived as a Christian show, to the annoyance of some non-Christians.
    • It says a lot that when a reboot of the show with a significantly less uncanny artstyle was announced in 2021, there really wasn't as much as a backlash as one would assume.
  • Baby Looney Tunes, though probably not meant for anyone over the age of six, has received particular loathing not just from fans of the original Looney Tunes, but of Tiny Toon Adventures. Of course, in the latter case it's probably more out of embarrassment than anything else, since Tiny Toons fans see themselves as cool and fear being lumped in with the Baby Looney Tunes crowd.
    • To a somewhat lesser extent, The Looney Tunes Show gained one from fans of the original Looney Tunes cartoons due to its focus on sitcom scenarios over the zany antics of the classic shorts. It has since been Vindicated by History however for its sharp humor and characterization (especially of the formerly divisive Lola Bunny).
  • The Problem Solverz developed one among adult fans of more popular contemporary Cartoon Network shows of its day (namely Adventure Time and Regular Show), partly because of its Sensory Abuse. Because of this, its second season was never broadcast on Cartoon Network, and was instead made as a Netflix exclusive before the show was removed entirely from the platform.
  • Uncle Grandpa had a pretty fierce one among fans of the major Cartoon Network shows of the day (Adventure Time, Regular Show, and The Amazing World of Gumball) when it originally debuted on Cartoon Network in 2013, with many calling it one of the network's worst original series, in part due to its extremely strange premise (the kind that really shouldn't be considered seriously) and humor turning them off. It certainly didn't help that the highly acclaimed Steven Universe debuted around the same time (and there was actually quite the backlash when the Crossover "Say Uncle" was announced), or that the title character shared some of the same traits as Barney himself. This largely died down in the years following the show's cancellation, and the series has been Vindicated by History with many due to newfound appreciation for its unique tone and execution, its masterful usage of Deranged Animation, and the fact that series creator Pete Browngardt would later go on to do major work on several acclaimed projects like Looney Tunes Cartoons.
  • Any cartoon that is targeted towards adults tends to have a Periphery Hatedom among deeply religious individuals, as well as those who just find the cartoons distasteful or offensive. Examples include South Park, Drawn Together, and shows created by Seth MacFarlane, mainly Family Guy and especially The Cleveland Show (While American Dad! has its detractors, it's considered significantly better and the best of the three MacFarlane shows). Though, these shows do have fandoms of deeply religious people too.
  • Ultimate Spider-Man has become loathed by adult Marvel fans who find the show too comedic and immature compared to other Marvel cartoons from the same period, or the comic with the same name.
  • Transformers can sometimes suffer from this. On the one hand, you have the GEEWUNNERS, who, through a combination of Nostalgia Filter and They Changed It, Now It Sucks!, vent their spite towards most incarnations of the franchise (especially newer ones) except the original shows (The Transformers and its sequel series Beast Wars) — this trope is blatant when their hate is directed towards the cartoon shows such as the Unicron Trilogy or Transformers Animated. On the other hand, you have fans of the newer franchises who hate Transformers: Generation 1 (which is very, very unambiguously a kids' Saturday Morning Cartoon) due to its Camp value and Hype Backlash caused by nostalgic fans' love for the original series (a GEEWUNNER or otherwise). Just like Pokémon above, the franchisenote  is primarily targeted towards children no matter what the older fans say, especially concerning Transformers: The Movie (the cartoon one).
  • My Life Me has an astonishing Periphery Hatedom from both Anime fans and Western Animation fans. Episodes on YouTube are glutted with scathing comments about the poor animation and horrendous attempts to parody manga. Many also point out that better Animesque series like Avatar: The Last Airbender exist that don't resort to the usual pratfalls that come from Western parodies of anime, and look beautiful. 4chan even called out the series for its glaring ignorance of the medium. However, considering how Screwed by the Network the show was in its origin country of Canada, it seems the network liked it even less than the fandoms did.
  • Littlest Pet Shop. But it's ironic how most of the haters are bronies. The weird thing is that most of the fans are also bronies. Being created by the same people that brought us My Gym Partner's a Monkey, which isn't as well-liked either (it's considered average at best), doesn't help matters as well. See its entry on this page for some more details.
  • Many people who liked Garfield and Friends hated the U.S. Acres segments, because they were agreed by popular sources such as Platypus Comix to be annoying and forgettable compared to the well-written and adult-friendly Garfield segments. They eventually got a small following thanks to being liked by the strange Periphery Demographic of teenage girls. Not helping matters was that in the first three seasons, the segments always contained an almost always forced song pertaining to the moral each episode, a la Fat Albert and the Cosby Kids. While most of these were surprisingly catchy (we're looking at you, Double Oh Orson theme!), even the aforementioned teenage girls believe Wade Duck's are the worst (except I Am A Hero) because he doesn't even sing — he sounds like his voice actor's just energetically reading the script.
  • The Garfield Show gets a lot of flack from fans of the original Garfield and Friends for being too wild and zany as well as the changes they made to the characters. These include making Garfield talk with his mouth moving (Uncanny Valley to some), giving Jon a Relationship Upgrade with Liz, and turning Nermal into an annoying Jerkass sibling-like character.
  • Coconut Fred's Fruit Salad Island, mostly because many claim it to be a rip-off of SpongeBob SquarePants. And one of the main voice actors on the show is part of the hatedom. The fact that it was co-created by Don Oriolo, the man behind the attempt to make The Twisted Tales of Felix the Cat to be more like his father's take on Felix didn't help matters and only made the hatedom even stronger.
  • Almost Naked Animals is often called the worst of Cartoon Network's late 2000s/early 2010s crop of Canadian imports, possibly even below the infamous Johnny Test, by adult fans of CN, who loathe its cheap animation, ugly character designs, grating theme song, annoying characters, and heavy grossout humor. However, the show was apparently popular enough with younger viewers that it got nominated for one Gemini Award and three Canadian Screen Awards, received mostly positive reviews from professional critics of children's media, and lasted for 3 seasons of 52 episodes.
  • Pac-Man and the Ghostly Adventures, despite being filled with nothing but appreciation for the original game and classic gaming in general both stylistically and in the form of Mythology Gags and homages, gets flack from adults because of its reinterpretation of the plot (despite the original game having had no plot to speak of), in particular the loads of new characters, as well as what some claim is an over-reliance on Toilet Humour (though it doesn't have more than most other animated kids' shows). It still does well with its "target audience," despite the fact they're probably too young to understand a lot of its influence.
  • The High Fructose Adventures of The Annoying Orange. Not only did it irk older Cartoon Network viewers expecting better original content from the network, it also premiered as the titular webseries was experiencing backlash over its popularity.
  • Daniel Tiger's Neighborhood gets this from fans of Mister Rogers' Neighborhood, from people who think it's too hyper and cartoonish, and from typical GoAnimators who dislike the show simply for its art style. While most parents of the target audience adore the show, some parents find the songs annoying and the fact that some of the characters don't talk properly (like how Katerina and her mom have the Verbal Tic "meow meow"). There's also those who don't like it due to the "Daniel Can't Get What He Wants" episode, whose message of "stomping three times makes you feel better" was interpreted as a message telling kids to have tantrums.
  • Most people who grew up with the Katharine Tozer Mumfie books and/or Here Comes Mumfie will hate Magic Adventures of Mumfie for overtaking the version they grew up with in popularity, and because it's saccharine. The opposite sometimes occurs with fans who grew up with Magic Adventures of Mumfie-they will prefer that series to the older versions. People who hate the show who did not grow up with the books or the earlier series despise the fact that only one voice does the characters (when Britt Allcroft does the two queens on the show), say that the stories and animation are bad, and find the music saccharine. One Google Groups member said that all these problems made him want to throw a brick at the TV whenever he heard the theme song.
  • Teenage Fairytale Dropouts got a ton of flak just for its premise and artstyle (the former also getting attacks because of the title creating a few Unfortunate Implications, even though the characters are actually still in high school). Before release, bronies in particular hated it merely because one of the supporting characters was a non-sentient unicorn who appeared to be there for comic relief. Being released on the heels of Mattel's Ever After High series didn't help.
  • There are parents who hate Adventure Time due to it having inappropriate things that shouldn't really be in a children's show, and/or thinking that the show's trippy imagery might encourage kids to take drugs.
  • Scaredy Squirrel. Much like Coconut Fred's Fruit Salad Island, the show often got accused of copying SpongeBob SquarePants. However, this isn't the case, as the show is an adaption of a children's book series, a popular trend for Canadian cartoons. Even then, the show still got a lot of hate from people for being an extremely In Name Only adaptation
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  • Even before airing, Be Cool, Scooby-Doo! got heated backlash on the Internet from fans of the past incarnations of the Scooby-Doo series for being more comedy focused, including the redesigns and portrayal of the main characters. The fact that it came after the much-loved Scooby-Doo! Mystery Incorporated hasn't helped matters either.
  • Oggy and the Cockroaches developed one in Asia, due to Hype Backlash of extreme magnitude. The networks didn't consider the consequence of having a show that's already airing on a different network on its own network. Oggy airs on all of the big three networks in Asia: Disney Channel, Nickelodeon, and Cartoon Network, in addition to several country-specific networks. Understandably, people who do not like the show (or slapstick humor like those presented by Tom and Jerry and Mr. Bean as a whole) are having a hard time avoiding it, thus deepening their dislike for it, which is certainly not helped by how the series is Adored by the Network on all three channels.
  • Kate & Mim-Mim has irked many parents for its main characters being annoying.
  • Although My Gym Partner's a Monkey was very successful with young viewers during its time (being one of the channel's flagship shows during the mid-2000s), it does carry a strong hatedom with Cartoon Network's Periphery Demographic (mainly those who grew up in the 90s and early 2000s), whose typical complaints include the series' Sadist Show qualities and frequent Toilet Humour. There are also some who just dislike the Just Eat Gilligan qualities behind the show's premise. However, some of said kids who watched the show have since grown up to form a small Periphery Demographic for the show, and there are more people than not who just see it as So Okay, It's Average.
  • Squirrel Boy developed a Periphery Hatedom with older Cartoon Network fans during the mid-to-late 2000s, many of whom saw it as a dull series that completely failed to live up to Everett Peck's previous cartoon Duckman (though the two have very different audiences).
  • Unlike its contemporaries, Pinkalicious & Peterrific got a huge hatedom due to being perceived as too girly and "not educational" in the eyes of some parents, as well as GoAnimate users. Many (even outside of the aforementioned groups) have criticized the main character's speech pattern of sticking "pink" onto every single world, the title of the show allegedly sounding like a porn title, and the excessive amount of Satellite Characters.
  • The Adventures of Teddy Ruxpin gets this from people who think the characters are bland, find the animation and plotline dull, saccharine characters like the Fobs and it being one of a few shows that led to the beginning of the end of Saturday morning cartoons, as complaints concerning shows like it begun the Children's Television Act. Even the networks that aired it hated it and tried to pretend that it didn't exist by airing it in early morning timeslots.
  • Steven Universe is known for its huge Periphery Demographic, but at the same time has garnered a lot of dislike from other groups who dislike it for reasons ranging from Hype Backlash (due to controversial events within the more notorious parts of the fandom) to being, um, "feminist-friendly" (due to the wide range of body types and fashion and the presence of several gay and bisexual characters).
  • While Peppa Pig is a preschool show that many parents say is tolerable, it gets this from people who think that the voices are annoying and the animation is ugly (which are typically the bored teenagers who seem to make up the vast majority of the Preschool Show hatedom). There are also parents who believe that the show inspires kids to have bad behavior.
  • Ever since The Jim Henson Company ventured into CGI animation, many vocal Muppet fans are calling foul at various social media sites, saying that the company should stick to puppets and not venture out to other media. There is no real explanation for this behavior except irrational fear of They Changed It, Now It Sucks!. Word Party, the company's latest production, has got to be the latest victim of this; some of said vocal fans are already comparing it to Teletubbies even before the show premiered.
  • Despite its acclaim and Periphery Demographic, there is a Vocal Minority of DC Comics fans and other adults that don't like DC Super Hero Girls for its Lighter and Softer approach to classic heroes and villains with the biggest offender being Harley Quinn, who is Ruined Forever according to detractors. Many of those detractors complain specifically about her Adaptational Heroism while having no idea that comics Harley had been an antihero for years at that point. Its Continuity Reboot in 2019, which was a Spiritual Successor of Super Best Friends Forever with no relation to the original DC Super Hero Girls, made her and other traditionally villainous characters evil again.
  • The Wacky World of Tex Avery is loathed by classic animation fans who see it as a complete insult to the man it was named after. Their typical complaints about the series involve how the show has nothing to do with Avery's cartoons, its extremely annoying theme song, and how the series replaced The Disney Afternoon (which carries great nostalgic value for many of these people) in some parts of the United States.
  • Supernoobs was a target for hatred by people outside of its target audience, due to it being made by the same man behind Johnny Test and people getting sick of Cartoon Network's reliance on Canadian imports at the time. Many people attempted to justify their hate of the show by claiming that the show focused too much on cliche plotlines and that its main characters mostly consist of children who behave selfishly, and said characters have extremely vague and ambiguous backstories that were kind of difficult to understand and follow because of their behavior. Regardless of whether people liked it or not, it seems Cartoon Network didn't care for it either, as they didn't air reruns and punted it around its schedule before pawning it off on Hulu.
  • If a British children's book is adapted as an animated show, expect there to be people who are fans of the source material and don't like how the show made it Lighter and Softer and/or saccharine and childish. Examples include Make Way For Noddy, The Mr. Men Show and Thomas & Friends. note  Make Way For Noddy also has a huge hatedom among GoAnimate users and the GOOD USER/BAD USER community due to the titular character always acting positive and falling for the goblins' tricks. This has resulted in Noddy appearing in more grounded videos than more mainstream characters such as Joe or Elmo.
  • Curious George tends to get flack from parents because of the titular character always ruining whatever task he is assigned and not getting reprimanded for it.
  • ThunderCats Roar received very fierce backlash the moment it was announced for its art style being similar to Steven Universe and OK K.O.! Let's Be Heroes (among others), and being a comedy-driven adaptation of an action series coming off the heels of the wildly-divisive Teen Titans Go!. Others hate it because it's not ThunderCats (2011) (which, ironically, also got hated when it first aired, albeit for different reasons). Roar's YMMV page was locked almost immediately after its creation due to excessive complaining, and its scores on review sites are extremely low due to excessive review bombing. The show eventually ended up getting cancelled after just a single season.
  • The newer episodes of Fireman Sam have gotten flack from many viewers and parents because of Norman being portrayed as a bratty prankster who promises not to do any mean tricks again, but does them anyway the next time in almost every single episode; in the older version of the show, he rarely did pranks and listened to the advice of the fire team.
  • Horrid Henry is very well-hated among parents in the UK, as it depicts a boy who continually exhibits bad behavior no matter how many times he's scolded by his parents, which like Caillou above often gets imitated by children who watch the show, much to the disdain of their parents. It also gains hate from other viewers because of Henry's parents' blatant favoritism towards Perfect Peter, which results in Peter always getting away with acting like a spoiled Jerkass.
  • Abby Hatcher has a huge hatedom of parents who despise it because of the Fuzzlies teaching kids to speak improperly (one example is how several characters say "me" instead of "I").
  • As pointed out on the Animation Age Ghetto page, some kids and teenagers back in the day steered clear of King of the Hill and enjoyed bashing it due to its more laid-back tone and more subtle humor compared to its predecessor, which was wildly popular among said kids and teens.
  • Johnny Test is arguably one of the most notorious and persistent examples in modern Western Animation. While it has proven popular enough with kids to be uncancelled twice (being one of the most-watched kids shows on Netflix in 2020), the show wound up gaining a notoriously fierce hatedom over the years from countless adult cartoon fans (especially of Cartoon Network). Common complaints include its incredibly cheap animation (while the show's first season, done in digital ink and paint, had an actual budget, the Flash-animated seasons, starting with the second, had their budgets increasingly slashed), repetitive gags and jokes (with the infamous whipcrack sound made as characters move being a particular talking point), unlikeable characters (especially regarding Johnny himself, who is often seen as little more than a selfish brat by his haters), cliched plots (accusations of the show being a ripoff of Dexter's Laboratory are especially common), and in particular Cartoon Network's heavy airings of the series and constant orderings of new seasons during the late 2000s/early 2010s. That fiery-haired kid is pretty much Western Animation's equivalent of Barney the Dinosaur in terms of sheer vitriol and love of ridiculing him.

Alternative Title(s): Shows That Were Not Meant For You, Complaining About Shows That Were Not Meant For You