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Reception Dissonance

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How can a creation be called a "success"? Different people have different opinions, but in general, they can be split off into:

  • Commercial success: It manages to at least cover up the production costs, if not more.
  • Critical success: Critics deem the work as great.
  • Fan success: The fans like the work.
    • Demographic success: it manages to succeed in pleasing the target demographic.
    • Outer demographic success: it manages to please people outside of the demographic.
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    • Multiple demographic success: If the work manages both of the above.

And, as one saying puts it, "you can't please everyone". Same goes with doing any kind of creation.

So naturally, any kind of creations can succeed in one place, but become a flop in another.


  • Acclaimed Flop: A work is well-received critically but doesn't make much money.
  • A Hero to His Hometown: A person who is loved by their own community but hated elsewhere.
  • Alien Arts Are Appreciated: An alien species are fans of art, literature etc. created by another species.
  • Americans Hate Tingle: Something that's popular in its country of origin isn't well-liked in another country.
  • Base-Breaking Character: A character who fans have vastly differing opinions of.
  • Better on DVD: A film or series is considered better on DVD or a similar format for various reasons, such as removing Executive Meddling.
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  • Broken Base: Fans vastly disagree on a certain part of a work.
  • Contested Sequel: People have differing opinions on the quality of a sequel.
  • Creator Backlash: A creator expresses dislike or disappointment with their work, regardless of how the audience received it.
  • Creator's Pet: A character who is the Creator's Favorite but is seen as The Scrappy by fans.
  • Critical Dissonance: Professional critics and general audiences have vastly different opinions on a work's quality.
  • Critic-Proof: A work is poorly received critically but is still financially successful and/or popular.
  • Cross-Cultural Kerfluffle: Something in one country that is considered funny or harmless is considered offensive in another country (and vice versa).
  • Cult Classic: A work isn't commercially successfully and/or well-known, but still has a devoted fanbase.
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  • Germans Love David Hasselhoff: A work is unexpectedly popular outside its country of origin, sometimes even more so.
  • Magnum Opus Dissonance: A creator and audiences disagree on which of the creator's works is the best.
  • Mexicans Love Speedy Gonzales: A work that is considered stereotypical of a particular group is popular amongst said group.
  • Never Accepted in His Hometown: A person who is hated by their community but loved elsewhere.
  • Periphery Demographic: A work attracts fans from a demographic it wasn't initially aimed at.
  • Periphery Hatedom: A work attracts a hatedom from a demographic is wasn't aiming to appeal to.
  • "Seinfeld" Is Unfunny: A work is perceived as unoriginal by newer audiences, but was actually innovative when it was first released and ended up with a case of Follow the Leader.
  • Sleeper Hit: A work that becomes unexpectedly popular and successful.
  • Vindicated by Cable: A work that flopped when it was first released becomes more successful on home video, streaming etc.
  • Vindicated by History: A work that wasn't popular when it was first released becomes more popular and appreciated over time.
  • Vindicated by Reruns: A TV series that wasn't successful when it first aired becomes more popular via reruns.
  • What Does She See in Him?: Characters don't understand why another character is in a romantic relationship with a particular person, due to said person's perceived flaws and shortcomings.


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