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Why Fandom Can't Have Nice Things

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"The people on the Internet who complain about the show were going to hate it no matter what I did, so I don't really care about their opinions."
Seiji Mizushima, director of Mobile Suit Gundam 00

Related to Dear Negative Reader and Writer Revolt, this is when someone who is involved in the production of a work and is known for interacting with the fans by, for example, writing a production blog or answering fandom's questions, or regularly appearing at conventions, stops doing so because, at least in their opinion, some fans become so thick and heavy (and ugly) that their previously fun activity has become a burden and is no longer enjoyable.


The fans complain to and about the creator(s), hassle them to an unbearable level, constantly asking questions that the creator(s) has already stated they will not be answering, and constantly doing obnoxious things. Because a small handful are ruining it for everyone else, the creator(s) stops whatever fun interaction with the fans they were having. This may give the rest of the fans, especially those who act respectfully and were unaware of any other fans causing problems, the impression that said creator is a Nice Character, Mean Actor (or just a nice work, mean creator(s) in general), even though it wasn't the fault of the creator(s) at all. In many cases, this may result in a no-win situation where attempting to avoid the bad fans ends up alienating the good ones.

This is especially bad towards things that people actually do as a hobby, or out of personal enjoyment. Many a rant has been made by harassed creators/producers/personalities/celebrities who state that they actually could be off doing better things or that their life is already stressful enough with their other job(s) that they really don't need to come home from a long day's work just to be hassled. And many a rant towards pirates have been made saying that they actually need to make money or else they won't be able to produce further installments.


Complaints often arise from Schedule Slip. For example, it's been pointed out that very few people who do webcomics actually make money off of them, with most of them doing it as a hobby. When things in real life pop up, such as health issues, it's always the webcomic that has to go first. Sometimes nothing was done to the creator; instead, the fans did something for the creator that caused even more headaches. Maybe the creator had a copyright dispute and the fans responded by DDoSing the other party. Maybe the creator got into a feud with the creator of a rival work or a big name critic and the fans responded with harassment towards that party. Maybe the creator actually was screwed by someone else and the fans responded with threats and the posting of the offending party's personal information. It doesn't matter what their intentions were; if the actions of the fans result in the creator deciding to wash their hands of them because their actions caused an even bigger headache, this is in effect.


Related to Why We Can't Have Nice Things. Common scenarios that can lead to this includes Trolling, Flame Wars, Unpleasable Fanbase, Internet Backdraft, Ship-to-Ship Combat, Rule 34 – Creator Reactions, Disproportionate Retribution, Fan Dumb, and Hate Dumb. Be Careful What You Wish For is often invoked. Making matters worse, this can sometimes result in an Internet Counterattack and Complaining about Complaining. Very often a case of Nice Job Breaking It, Hero! on the part of the fanbase. In some cases, this tends to induce Artist Disillusionment, ending in a take that from the author to the fanbase within the work, sometimes in the presence of a Straw Fan. If it proceeds beyond that it can ultimately end in the author simply quitting the whole work and in extreme cases retiring from writing altogether.

One of the many results of G.I.F.T.


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    Anime and Manga 
  • Akira Ishida (who voiced Xellos in Slayers Next, Kaworu Nagisa in Neon Genesis Evangelion, and many other roles) stopped recording character image songs, and publicly singing in general, after one too many fan complaints about his singing voice.
  • Tite Kubo ran a really funny Twitter account whereupon he confirmed the image the Bleach fandom has of his real life self. Then someone had the bright idea to blithely congratulate him on chapter 400 before it was even released in Japan. Ultimately, in September 2015, Kubo suddenly left Twitter, his final message proclaiming, "[Notice] Tomorrow night, after about 24 hours I will delete my Twitter account. Until that time, please direct message me." It turns out that someone on Twitter had been passing photos across the Internet proclaiming to be that of Kubo with Weekly Shōnen Jump proclaiming that these were fake and that they would pursue legal actions if this was being done maliciously.
  • Takami Akai, one of the founders of Studio Gainax, ended up leaving the company after having addressed so many complaints about the Off-Model animation in episode four of Tengen Toppa Gurren Lagann. In his own words, reading these comments was "like putting [his] face next to an anus and breathing deeply."
  • Suehiro Maruo once let slip he avoids unpaid appearances in fear of expecting this result.
  • Voice actor Vic Mignogna does his best to be friendly and open with the fans. Despite this, he has stated that he won't be doing Edward Elric "short rants" or saying "Colonel Mustang looks dead sexy... in a miniskirt!" on request any more because it was getting old.
  • Manga has a reputation with American bookstores for being frequent targets for theft. Some of the major ones responded by putting sticky metal security bars, the ones usually reserved for electronics, inside the back cover. Anyone who buys these then faces the tough decision of keeping them in with the annoying added thickness, or try and remove them and risk ripping the page. Then you get the loiterers who treat said manga section as a library and throw the books on the floor after they're done damaging the merchandise for actual customers. Fortunately, for a certain large bookstore chain at least, they use a different form of security tag specifically designed to go inside books, which has a minimal risk of damaging the book itself. However, at any given time you can go into that section and find the tags (or, baffling enough, the UPC codes) strewn all over the floor.
  • Following the disruption of a Hyperdimension Neptunia the Animation screening by a psycho with a knife attacking Rie Tanaka, Chiyomaru Shikura, the president of 5pb., issued this statement:
    Regarding the Neptunia incident. My staff and I have been talking, and there seems to be a need to rethink how events will be held. This of course includes having security guards and having more of a feeling of distance between the talent and their fans. It's really a shame.
  • Hikaru Midorikawa put his blog on indefinite hiatus after people spotted a female fan with an accessory that Midorikawa himself had, making them think that he was cheating on his wife and attacked her. Turns out the accessory was something he introduced on his blog.
  • Mika Yamamori, the creator of Daytime Shooting Star, used to respond to fans on Twitter but has since then been reluctant to reply to any comments unless she feels they are important to her readers. The problem mainly came from two incidents: she first discovered that the reason why she had so many international fans respond to her was because of scanlations when a fan commented on Chapter 69 before Margaret, the magazine that published Daytime Shooting Star, went on sale in Japan. The second problem was the massive Ship-to-Ship Combat as the series was concluding, where international fans kept leaving very heated comments on her Twitter account. The pressure got to the point where she had to put it on private until the final chapter was published. Today, she rarely responds to her fans, especially if the comments are not in Japanese.
  • Shaman King is actually considered to be one of the better dubs 4Kids Entertainment produced, since the series wasn't as Bowdlerised as much. However, since Shaman King revolved around death and feature pretty heavy amounts of violence, it also attracted ire from Moral Guardians at the time. Coupled with having a bad timeslot and the company's not-so-positive reputation, this is what caused Shaman King to flop in the United States, and is ultimately what led 4Kids to continue their usual censorship and localization practices for future dubs.note 
  • Many doujinshi and fan artists in Japan have stopped producing art of a specific series or banned IP addresses outside of Japan because people repost their work without permission. Posting and discussing doujinshi online is a big deal for them, and it can have even worse repercussions if the doujinshi was fan work. Not only can get them in trouble with the law, but it also violates their privacy. Many Japanese artists are critical of the Western and overseas fandom and claim they do not respect their rules and boundaries. This also ties into Values Dissonance since the Western fanbases interact differently than Japanese fanbases, and they thus have different views on what is considered acceptable behavior.
  • Shotaro Tokunou, the creator of New Game!, has stated that he will no longer respond to fan letters because some fans have resold fancy paper boards that he had specially drawn and sent after receiving letters. Those paper boards were being raffled around at online auctions.

    Comic Books 
  • This story from Mark Waid (it begins about halfway down the page). He did a phone interview with a Vermont radio station and, after the interview was done, was invited by one of the interviewers to visit their comic shop in Vermont for a signing and meet-and-greet with the fans. Waid agreed, only to discover they did not actually have a comic shop and just wanted him to visit them. He likens it to the movie Misery and explains that he has warned all his fellow authors to be wary and make sure they are not deceived by the same fans. He does not say anything about never meeting fans again, but you can bet he is a lot more reticent about it.
  • Alan Moore is said to have stopped attending comic conventions because some fans at a United Kingdom Comic Art Convention followed him into the washroom to seek his autograph.
  • The early 2011 comments shutdown at the blog The Source at DCUniverse was the direct result of a flame war about who was faster: Superman or The Flash.
  • Fred Perry went on a short hiatus after a rabid fan pushed an old lady and her grandson out of the way and threw down some cheesecake when he tried to deny he "took commissions for that sort of thing".
  • Transmetropolitan has a rare in-universe example. Spider Jerusalem, famous gonzo journalist, states that his nutty fans (one of whom attempted to steal his gizzard) were a major part of the reason he went into hermitage in a mountain cabin for five years:
    "Five years of taking pot shots at fans and paparazzi, eating what I kill and bombing the unwary."
  • Grant Morrison mentions in his memoir/history of superheroes Supergods that he had to give up trying to interact with fans online due to various death threats made against him, his collaborators and their respective families by people who didn't like Batman RIP.
  • Ship-to-Ship Combat, along with Executive Meddling in several areas, is what convinced Archie Comics' Sonic the Hedgehog comic writer Ian Flynn to completely and permanently end any ideas of Sonic and Sally being a couple when the comic was rebooted following Ken Penders' court case with Archie Comics. Flynn just couldn't take the shipper comments anymore. Penders becoming the anti-Christ in the fandom's eyes, which led to them throwing multiple insults his way, also didn't go over well with Flynn since he felt it made everyone look bad, especially himself and Archie; Flynn banned any mention of Penders on threats of being kicked off his forum if fans abuse it. This also killed a thread on his board talking about the Lara-Su Chronicles after fans went into a panic over a number of tweets over the man leading them to think he was trying to outright kill the Sonic comic. Penders' page on TV Tropes is locked because of this.
  • At New York Comic Con 2017, Marvel had announced that they had planned an event together with Northrop Grumman, but left it vague. People on the Internet, however, realized Northrop Grumman was a military contractor and thought Marvel was trying to promote war and threw a fit. Marvel cancelled the event, then revealed that, in a case of Poor Communication Kills, the event was actually focused more on Northrop Grumman's aerospace technology and exploration, not war.

    Fan Works 
  • The creator (Haley) of The Reid Oliver Cartoon Saga, based on the popular As the World Turns character Reid Oliver, stopped making the cartoons shortly after the show ended because she found out someone else was profiting from her work and claiming it as their own. Pretty sad considering the actor playing Reid admitted that he had liked the cartoons he had seen.
  • Be The Seadweller Lowblood: ckret2 posted a poll to determine which character would be shown next. Options were tied for quite a while, then one choice suddenly took over. ckret2 decided foul play was involved, took neither popular option, and stopped with the polls:
    "There is no way that many people have voted, MUCH LESS that it stayed that perfectly tied for so long, MUCH LESS that the votes suddenly jumped up for one side that much. I KNOW there were some people who voted specifically to make it balance out, rather than vote for what they actually WANTED. Some of y'all in here admitted that. Clearly, someone else is spamming Vriska now. Fuck this shit. You're not getting Vriska or Kanaya. You're especially not getting Vriska, since it's at least confirmable that there is somebody cheating in her favor, if not that there are folks cheating in both's favor...Way to go! We're never having a vote again."
  • Durandall once deleted Kyon: Big Damn Hero from Fan Fiction Dot Net, and even left that site altogether, because of criticism (not of his work, but of himself) that he received from some users of the site. He later realized that this was excessive, apologized, and reuploaded the fic.
  • A variant of this happened with the hugely popular Kraith stories based on Star Trek: The Original Series. Jacqueline Lichtenberg intended for readers to join in and contribute, and provided guidelines for it. Things stayed on track until Lichtenberg brought in Sondra Marshak as a Kraith Creator. Marshak's kinks soon came to dominate the project, and Lichtenberg, in awe of Marshak's "incredible mind", abandoned most of the plot plans for the second half of Kraith. It was never completed. Fan writers who wanted to add their own work to Kraith had to not just follow the Kraith Creators Manual but have their work vetted by an increasing number of Kraith Creators (including Marshak) through the Kraith Round Robin in which all the Creators would have a chance to read and comment (repeatedly) on your story.note  In those days when you couldn't just email and cc:, the bureaucracy involved was unbelievable.
    "...sometimes a story would go through a cycle of fourteen people, a process that could take many, many months... Many stories were never finished due to the amount of time it took for approval. Sometimes the author was asked to make so many changes that she or he simply gave up on the story."
  • In 2015, CBS and Paramount gave a lawsuit towards the creators of Prelude to Axanar when it was revealed that the creators were actually profiting from the Star Trek name in the process of making the follow-up movie Star Trek: Axanar. The shoddy defense at first was "they didn't know what they were doing was wrong...because we had no Guidelines" So CBS and Paramount set up specific guidelines for making fan movies, effectively and permanently killing fan continuations and feature-length movies, and ending a decades long silent Gentleman's Agreement between CBS and Fanfilms. The guidelines state that all creators, actors and all other participants must genuinely and deliberately consist only of amateurs, and can neither be compensated for their services, nor be currently nor previously employed on any Star Trek series, films, production of DVD(s) nor with any of CBS nor Paramount Pictures’ licensees. Crowdfunding is allowed...but with a hard cap of $50000.00. They must also be intentionally 15 minutes long or in two parts that combined, cannot go beyond half an hour, with no follow-ups whatsoever, not even remakes, even if Star Trek is removed in the follow up or remake to try and cheat that rule. One known casualty is Star Trek: Renegades, which ended up stripping itself of all of its Star Trek connections and going fully original.
  • There is the infamous controversy surrounding the fan artist Zamii070, where certain members of the Steven Universe fanbase harassed the artist for drawing the character Rose Quartz skinny. Needless to say, the show staff were less than pleased when they found out about it.

  • Brian Lee O'Malley, creator of Scott Pilgrim, was constantly harassed on DeviantArt by people who criticized his art style and movie deal causing him to close his account after only a few months.
  • Star Wars:
    • George Lucas supposedly said that the end of the Star Wars franchise was due to his highly vitriolic fanbase. He later sold both Star Wars and Indiana Jones to Disney, an easy way to keep both of them going on without anyone blaming him for whatever problems they might have. Ironically, Lucas criticized Disney's handling of Star Wars before he quickly apologized.
    • Jake Lloyd was bullied throughout middle school and high school for his portrayal of Anakin Skywalker in The Phantom Menace, which, at least according to an apocryphal account, drove him to burn all of his Star Wars memorabilia and vow to never watch a single Star Wars film again. Most versions of the story even single it out as the reason why he hasn't appeared on the big screen (except for a 3D re-release of the same film) for a very long time since.
    • Both Daisy Ridley and Kelly Marie Tran deleted their Instagram accounts after receiving harassment from fans. Ridley received harassment after posting about gun control while Tran received racist and sexist harassment from some fans.
  • Rotten Tomatoes shut down user comments for The Dark Knight Rises after people posted death threats to critics who gave the movie a negative review. RT would later completely remove the option to comment on reviews altogether.
  • Due to a violation of an embargo on reviews of The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo being published that was in effect before an established date, David Fincher has stated that none of his future films will be screened for critics.
  • The third movie in The Gamers series, which focuses on geek culture, has a group trying to do this on purpose. The plot focuses on a CCG where each faction has varying mechanics and win conditions and the tournament champions get to decide the outcomes of each season's story events. The villains are a group of "Stop Having Fun" Guys exploiting an overpowered and story-breaking deck build to dominate the competitive game and drive out everybody who enjoys it for more than pure mechanics.
  • For a very long time, Tim Curry was uncomfortable talking about The Rocky Horror Picture Show due to some fans creeping him out, even claiming he intentionally gained weight as a way of distancing himself from the film. In later years, however, he became more open about talking about being in Rocky Horror and somewhat embraces the impact it has on teenagers, calling it a "rite of passage".
  • Zelda Williams, daughter of the late Robin Williams, was driven off social media after trolls descended onto her Facebook page and Twitter account and attacked her over her father's death. Specifically, they posted a picture originating from Liveleak of a suicide-by-hanging victim that resembled Robin.
  • After the success of Thor, and even more so with The Avengers, Tom Hiddleston used to have a very good relationship with his fans. He would personally update his Twitter multiple times daily with songs that he liked, poetry, interesting/funny things from fans, and so on; and he had spend quite a bit of time with them when in person, taking time out to sign every autograph and take every picture requested of him. However, one too many transgressions from "fans" such as: Camping en masse outside his hotel when shooting on location, constantly linking him to Rule 34 fanart of himself, tricking him into meeting with them by posing as someone he worked with (similar to the Mark Waid example above), posting his home address online, and immediately flooding any woman that has the audacity to simply be photographed with him (whether in a romantic context or not) with death threats caused Hiddleston to suddenly become notably distant. His Twitter is now updated perhaps once every other month (if that) with very generic things, and it's been a while since anybody's managed to get a picture with him.
  • As revealed here, the house used to represent Mike and Bran Walsh's house in The Goonies is off-limits due to the fact that the owners just can't get privacy anymore. The owners note that things were fine until the 30th anniversary celebration of the movie when things just collapsed. No one would leave, trash would litter their yard and having thousands of fans hike up to the house just for photos and the like was all too much.
  • Del Rey had to shut down their Facebook page because of an Internet Counterattack by angry fans of Star Wars Legends wanting the old Expanded Universe reinstalled as canon by spoiling The Force Awakens.
  • Ghostbusters:
    • Following the racist and sexist remarks included among a torrent of hate against the film before it was even released, director Paul Feig and a number of others in charge of the film responded by impartially censoring any criticism of the film, even legitimate critiques, as bigoted. Needless to say, it did not end well.
    • Leslie Jones, who portrayed Patti, was driven off Twitter when trolls intentionally bombarded her with terribly racist tweets for just appearing in the movie, then later hacking her website and leaking nude photos of herself.
  • Emma Watson was apparently conscious of this phenomenon during her school days and practiced for a scenario like this by threatening to report her schoolmates and have them in detention if they asked for her autograph.

  • Harlan Ellison's essay "Xenogenesis" is a catalog of harassment, mistreatment, larcenous behavior, and in some cases downright assault inflicted upon science fiction writers by their fans. It is a bit of a horror story that culminates in writer Alan Dean Foster's story about how, at one convention, a disgruntled "fan" threw a cup of warm vomit in Foster's face.
    "And you wonder why Stephen King never shows up at science fiction conventions anymore..."
  • J. D. Salinger supposedly went Reclusive Artist, and supposedly kept writing but refused to let anyone see his work, partially because he was so peeved over the way popular culture took to a 'misreading' of The Catcher in the Rye.note 
  • Spider Robinson pre-empted this in the case of the alt.callahans Usenet group, an early virtual community based on his Callahan’s Crosstime Saloon series. While he gave it his full blessing early on, mentioned (and hence promoted) it in a Callahan’s story, and made the odd official contribution from time to time, this was always done offline and/or through third parties — if he has ever posted to the group, it was never under any alias that could have been penetrated. This careful policy probably owes something to the aftermath of Pyotr’s Story (published 1981), which was set on Callahan’s weekly riddle night, and ended with an invitation for readers to write in with answers to the unsolved riddles. Result: sackloads of mail, and while the flow did tail off, it never ceased entirely. He's also publicly said that he's seriously worried that if he got involved with the alt.callahans, he'd spend too much time there when he should be writing more stories.
  • Stephenie Meyer had been planning a book called Midnight Sun, which was a re-telling of Twilight from Edward's perspective. She even posted the first chapter on her website, to whet fans' appetites. Then a half-finished manuscript appeared on the Internet, posted by someone she'd trusted enough to give a copy to. Meyer was so upset that the book is now "on hold indefinitely," because if she wrote it in her (then-)current state of mind, she has said, the evil vampire would succeed.note 
  • Marion Zimmer Bradley was one of the first writers to run into this in regards to fanfiction. She used to edit occasional anthologies of what she thought were the best fanfics for her Darkover setting. There's a bit of confusion over what precisely happened, but at some point her reading those fanfics resulted in the cancellation of a novel set at the same time as one such fanfic. This has become a precedent for many authors to not even read fanfic.
  • Mercedes Lackey's Diana Tregarde books weren't selling, plus she was getting a lot of flak from certain pagan/Wiccan groups, so she stopped writing them. Cue the Conspiracy Theory people with bizarre speculations, including that the Guardians were real. It gets worse.
  • Karen Traviss of Star Wars Expanded Universe fame/infamy had been involved with the fandom, but contention arose over her supposed establishment of the Grand Army of the Republic consisting at a mere three million clones for a galactic scale conflict. Some people took issue with it, which is reasonable, but they almost exclusively blamed her, which isn't. The result was a massive multi-board Flame War that included both sides insulting each other, hate sites, Dear Negative Reader posts, coining of derogatory nicknames for their detractors, accusations of favoritism/nepotism/sexual bribery, and ultimately culminated when one nutjob made a machinima video of himself brutally murdering a mock Traviss and her fans over his concern for the numbers (and disingenuously called it "satire", which made the board moderators nuke everything associated with the... discussion, but it didn't completely end, as some people tried to collect all of her posts in an archive in an attempt to showcase her "irrationality" over this). What's most sad about this is that if either side bothered reading the Attack of the Clones movie novelization, at least some of this could have been avoided since at least her detractors wouldn't have put so much time and energy going after someone who by their own inadvertent admission, isn't supposed to have the authority to make the changes they wanted.

    Live-Action TV 
  • Before Season 3 of iCarly had started airing, Dan Schneider posted a script fragment of a future episode. He took it down quickly, but it was reposted on various sites. Naturally, shippers from both sides went nuts, especially on LiveJournal. After receiving heavy criticism for ruining the fandom, Schneider deleted his LiveJournal account, without warning or notice (meaning the fandom lost a lot of interesting interaction with him), and eventually set up his own blog site, which he claimed was for better control. Schneider's first post, however, was about how pissed off he was about the reception of his script.
  • One speculated reason for why Legend of the Seeker wasn't renewed for a third season was that fans of the Sword of Truth books were so vocal about the changes that were made that the networks were afraid to advertise the show.
  • Doctor Who :
    • Whiny fans who never stop complaining about "imperfections" is why Steve Roberts of the restoration team stopped writing articles about the Doctor Who DVD restorations. Prior to that, he had to take a temporary break from the Doctor Who Restoration Team's now-defunct forum,note  after getting flamed endlessly by fans over his part in commissioning the horribly-received mockumentary "Eye on Blatchford" for the "City of Death" DVD release.
    • When it was announced Christopher Eccleston would be leaving the revived series, fans took to the then-active Outpost Gallifrey forum in their droves. One well-known superfan then compared Eccleston to a "cockroach" and in doing so, had the entire forum pulled down by its admin for several days.
    • After the transmission of the "Daleks in Manhattan"/"Evolution of the Daleks" two-parter, writer Helen Raynor — who had also been the main script editor for the revived series since it began transmitting — decided to look on the Outpost Gallifrey forum to see what fans thought of the episode, only to find out that not only was the reception mixed to say the least, a not-insubstantial number of fans were directing misogynistic insults towards her. Needless to say, she never looked at those or any other Doctor Who-related forums again, and despite coming back to write the "The Sontaran Stratagem"/"The Poison Sky" two-parter the following season, focused mainly on Torchwood for the rest of her time with the franchise.
    • Doctor Who and Torchwood scriptwriter James Moran shut down his blog for a year (and never wrote in the franchise again) because of the level of abuse he received from m/m fans who accused him and the other show creators of being homophobic for killing off Ianto Jones in Torchwood: Children of Earth.
    • When Jenna-Louise Coleman first got the part of Clara, one of the very first pieces of advice she was given was "stay off the Internet." It would be several years before she'd establish Instagram and Twitter accounts.
    • In 2011, archivist Phil Morris found ten missing episodes of Doctor Who in a TV station in Nigeria, completing "The Enemy of the World" and "The Web of Fear". By the time the film prints made it to the BBC in 2013, "The Web of Fear": Episode Three was missing. Morris suspects that, after rumors of the recovery leaked, a fan arranged to buy the rare film print from the station.note  The DVD/VOD releases include a reconstruction using previously-discovered stills and audio, and two years after the recovery's announcement, episode three's discovery and loss was made public. Morris hopes that whoever owns the print will return it, and highlights this as an example of why he needs to keep his finds secret until his search is over. The worst part? Those film print were in very bad condition, so much so that they might fall apart if played without careful physical restoration first, so the episode may end up gone for good.
    • During early production of Series 10, Peter Capaldi was accessible to fans who attended location shooting, happy to pose for photos, etc. As production went on, however, this was cut back noticeably with the forums indicating it was due to some fans who abused the privilege of access.
  • Back in the late '90s, before Lexx developed a fan base that was rabid when it came to Michael McManus, who portrayed Kai on the show, he was known to dote on the fans, even the squeeing fangirls. There is an especially cute story of him leaving an autograph session, announcing that he wanted a beer and inviting a nearby group of fans to join him. After a few years of non-stop stalking and harassment at the hands of fangirls with no respect for boundaries, McManus eventually stopped interacting with fans all together, becoming almost reclusive.
  • Joseph Mallozzi, a writer and producer of the Stargate series in general, has had a blog on and off over the last decade. Each time he comes back, the blog is more and more regulated toward the fan hate and complaints that had eventually flooded his last blog. He is, however, an avid poster on the Stargate subreddit.
  • TV mega forum Television Without Pity: Aaron Sorkin's experiences on the site during The West Wing's heyday led him to roundly mock it on an episode. Rob Thomas, the creator of Veronica Mars, also avoided the show's fandom after run-ins on TWOP.
  • Dave Chappelle became disillusioned with Chappelle's Show for the following reasons:
    • He felt that it had turned into a minstrel show.
    • He had begun to realize that some of his fans were idiotic whites who took the humor at face value and thought that hearing a black man saying "nigger" repeatedly was hilarious.
    • He was getting extremely tired of people shouting "I'M RICK JAMES, BITCH!" at live standup appearances to the point where he was drowned out.note  It eventually resulted in him blowing up at the audience and telling them that he gave them too much credit and that they really were every bit as stupid as the network execs said they were. In another appearance, when someone did the same thing, he claimed that he wished he had never done that particular sketch.
    • He walked off because the schedule was becoming far too demanding for him, he basically had to work 20 hours a day, and it soon got to a point where he no longer enjoyed working on the show.
    • A newspaper reported that Chappelle accepted Comedy Central's 35 million dollar contract. This angered him as that was something he wanted to be kept under wraps.
    • He had already begun to wonder whether he hadn't turned into what he had originally been making fun of when filming a "racial pixie" skit; the pixies in question were caricatures who egged on individuals of various races to act out the stereotypes of their races, and Chappelle played the black pixie, which was an extraordinarily offensive darky archetype that was straight out of a minstrel show. Chappelle was already unsure of whether the skit crossed into bad taste or not, and when a white crew member laughed in a way that Chappelle felt was at him rather than with him, he became extremely uncomfortable and was more or less convinced that the show was not headed anywhere good.
  • Bradley James of Merlin temporarily abandoned his Twitter account after certain portions of the fandom began to leave unpleasant comments about his girlfriend Georgia King and co-star Angel Coulby. As a result, he didn't find his "fans" hassling two women he cares about particularly endearing, and despite an attempt to calm things down, King shut down her Twitter account and James cut down considerably on the use of his own. When it was announced that James and Coulby would be be starring in a photoshoot together, Brolin (Colin/Bradley) fans flooded the organizer's Twitter account with rude comments about how they'd rather have Colin than Angel. The organizer's disgust in her reply destroyed any chance they might have had of convincing her to do their desired Bradley/Colin shoot.
  • CBS limits Audience Participation on the American version of Big Brother after the earlier attempts at audience participation wound up with the Boring, but Practical players left and people from the players' hometown repeatedly calling in to save their person. In 11, they held an audience vote to decide who would receive the power of coup d'état, which would be a Game-Breaker to whoever got it. During this vote, texting would cost $1 a text but you could vote on the site for free. Ronnie's wife botted the site in Ronnie's favor and then posted instructions on how to bot the site for Ronnie's sake. People took this and made counterbots to the site so that Jeff or Jordan would win the power. CBS then made it so that you could only vote a maximum of five times, and then, on consecutive votes, randomize the houseguests positions on the map so you couldn't just mindlessly click on the same spot and then vote a hundred plus times. And for America's vote, they put in efforts to limit bots. You had to have an account and could only vote ten times total. This didn't stop a bunch of people from making Sock Puppet accounts and voting in Brendon to compete against Lawon in a competition to return to the house, though.
  • The Price Is Right:
    • Drew Carey opened his own personal blog on the show's website and within days, ruthless fans (most of them from Golden, a hugely popular fansite to which many staffers of the show have contributed) began attacking him. One took his commentary too far and pushed Carey into disabling comments temporarily. Since July 3, 2008, a lot of users over at that website had been hurling all sorts of invective at Carey and Fremantle Media over the firing of Roger Dobkowitz and various other things. When Carey disabled comments, he made a blog entry announcing that he had disabled them, and in this blog entry, he stuck it to these fans by calling them "telephone pole screamers".
    • Though contestant Terry Kneiss was awarded his prizes anyway, suspicions about him cheating his way into a perfect Showcase bid in a 2008 broadcast, which brought back memories of Michael Larson's two episode reign of terror on Press Your Luck, led to certain products not appearing in future episodes.
  • Miley Cyrus deleted her first Twitter account, not only as she reportedly lost her privacy and was addicted to Twitter, but due to death threats she received for posting pro-homosexual rights statements on her account. At the time, her account had over 1,300,000 followers. She's returned, of course, but posts less frequently, more discreetly, and certainly sticks up for herself more tersely. She also asks her fans not to flame those who criticize her.
  • Alton Brown of Good Eats had this problem, no less than twice. First when he decided to open up an email portal on his website and was promptly rushed with all sorts of unsavory things. The portal was closed down. Years later, he finally relented and opened up a Twitter account with similar results. He seems to have returned to Twitter, however.
  • Before and during the run of Babylon 5, J. Michael Straczynski was very active on Usenet, Compuserve & GEnie forums dedicated to the show, with well over 10,000 posts from 1992 through 1998. Constant harassment by a few fans led him into several ill-advised flamewars. Claudia Christian's departure from the show led to middle-of-the-night phone calls and death threats. He's never been as active online since, though he does have a Facebook fan page now.
  • DirecTV and Viacom wound up having a heated debate over some fee thing, and Viacom attempted to rally its viewers to support them and call DirecTV. However, there was a generally lackluster response since most Viacom shows can be watched online legally.note  As a result, Viacom started removing official episodes from the Internet, even though this would do nothing but LOSE money and piss off fans who don't even have DirecTV.
  • Game of Thrones:
    • Writer Bryan Cogman left Twitter after one too many insulting tweets by angry fans.
    • Ed Sheeran was invited to cameo in Season 7 as a Lannister soldier and the backlash from some fans regarding his presence as out of place led to him deleting his Twitter account too.
  • When spoilers for the entire second season of Bomb Girls leaked and were spread around (against the production company's wishes, mind you), fandom reacted extremely negatively, mostly Shippers whose only concern was Betty/Kate becoming canon. Soon after the series was moved from a Wednesday to Monday time slot and there was a long mid-season hiatus, leading to a drop in viewership. Then Global TV announced there would be no third season with only the possibility of a TV movie in winter of 2014 to wrap up all the cliffhangers. Cue more negative reactions. And then after the movie aired there was even more outrage over Betty/Kate being torpedoed as a ship.
  • When Ioan Gruffudd first got famous with Horatio Hornblower in the late '90s and early 2000s, he really seemed to be enjoying interaction with fans on-line. He was even paying a considerable sum of money to run a web-page where fans could send him greetings and kudos and he would often reply. Fans were also collecting and preserving rare stuff like videos from his child actor days or various interviews. When he got engaged, supposedly many a fan-girl could not deal, forgetting that Celebrity Crush is supposed to be for fun. They started sending hateful messages directed at his fiance. No wonder Mr Gruffudd refused to pay for that.
  • Masi Oka used to play World of Warcraft, but eventually stopped once several Heroes fans figured out his username and wouldn't leave him alone.note  He also describes himself as being good at avoiding the Internet, but was amused when he found out a fan wanted to keep Hiro as her "pet". He also has a Twitter account, but tends to treat it more as a broadcast than a dialogue, only answering questions during specific "Ask Masi" events.
  • This is mentioned in-universe during The Haunting Hour episode "Brush With Madness". Alan Miller is portrayed as a paranoid comic book writer and artist after being stalked by a homicidal fan eight years prior to the episode's plot. He then gets set off when the episode's protagonist, Corey, tries to overstay his welcome while at a convention signing and comments that he follows Miller on Twitter (though why a Reclusive Artist would be on Twitter in the first place is a question the episode never answers). Miller rushes out in a hurry, leaving Corey with his old set of paint brushes... and it just gets stranger from there...
  • Sue Perkins of The Great British Bakeoff closed down her Twitter account for several months after being harassed by fans of another BBC show over (false) rumors that she was going to be its new presenter.
  • Adam Savage, Kari Byron and Grant Imahara of Mythbusters were active on the Discovery-run fan forum, but stopped for various reasons: Grant became fed up with Monday-morning quarterbacks second guessing everything, Kari left in disgust at fanboys making lewd comments (it even resulted in a number of otherwise innocuous words being added to the list to redflag posts for moderator approval) and Adam left after he received death threats over test results, specifically their first Scope Snipe experiment. Also, when Discovery Communications started leaking out the details for the reboot, fans were quick to jump the gun and criticize the changes made to the series on the official Facebook page, even if some of them were only temporary or inevitable. Observe.
  • Sadly, the above also applies to White Rabbit Project. Once word of this "successor" started to get out, hate started to come streaming in. A small number of people are already complaining at several outlets about how the format of the show isn't like Mythbusters.
  • In Pretty Little Liars a combination of ill-informed haters, Shipping Wars and Internet Backdraft compelled Lindsey Shaw (who plays Paige) to quit social media, attempt suicide and ultimately retire from acting. The Fan Dumb is strong in this fandom and other actors and the writers have been targets as well, but not to the extreme degrees of harassment that Lindsey had endured. From people calling her 'Pigskin' (a name her romantic 'rival' used to bully and torment her character) or a pig to sending her death threats and encouraging her and her fans to slit their wrists and kill themselves. It got to the point where series regulars couldn't even mention her/her character for fear of being harassed themselves. Shay Mitchell (who plays the main character Emily who is Paige's main romantic interest) went from gushing about their on-screen relationship to barely mentioning her in interviews and at some point Lindsey was even Put on a Bus, and her return in the last season was mainly a Take That, Audience!, intended to induce a My God, What Have I Done? in the viewers responsible by showing that Paige really was Emily's One True Love and that their final break up is an Act of True Love It's even lampshaded in the script:
    Emily: Nobody wanted this!
    Paige: Somebody did, they just didn't ask any of us.
    Emily: I have to do this
    Paige: I know. That's what makes you Emily.
  • Ginnifer Goodwin was driven off Twitter by rabid Once Upon a Time fans attacking her over her appearance, namely her weight gain in Season 4, which she filmed after she had just given birth. Sean Maguire also admitted he nearly left Twitter due to constant harassment from Emma/Regina slash fans angry that Regina was being paired with his character.
  • Star Trek:
    • An older example: the above mentioned Sondra Marshak and Myrna Culbreath, Star Trek: The Original Series fans who gained access to the actors, producers and legal department through BNF convention organizer Joan Winston. They interviewed people for books about the show, and published fanfic anthologies. According to David Gerrold, Marshak and Culbreath were also deeply into the Slash Fic premise (their own novels reflect this). In interviews for a book on Shatner, they tried to maneuver Gene Roddenberry into promoting slash to Ascended Fanon.note  They apparently demanded that K/S should be included in Star Trek: The Motion Picture, and "managed to alienate — and offend — 3 publishers, several members of the STAR TREK cast & production crew, & Paramount Pictures legal department. These individuals are very probably the main reason why K/S fandom has generated such a tarnished reputation in TREK fandom."
    • For several decades the owners of the Star Trek intellectual property (Paramount in its various incarnations) practiced a policy of benign neglect towards fan works, even as Web Video series like Star Trek: New Voyages and Star Trek Continues started to really push the envelope on production values. That all changed in The New '10s when it became clear that Alec Peters, the lead producer of the ostensible fan film Star Trek: Axanar, had used money donated through Kickstarter for the project to line his own pockets and set up a for-profit studio, and CBS and Paramount filed suit for copyright infringement in December 2015. In reply to Peters' claims that he didn't realize he was crossing a line because CBS never issued guidelines for fanfilms, CBS did just that in June 2016 when they announced a set of highly stringent new rules for fan films that were essentially the death knell of the higher-quality web series. The case was settled out of court in January 2017 with Axanar still allowed to proceed, but in a form that is compliant with the new guidelines. The exceptions is that original talent from Prelude can still appear and no more public fundraising. As of May 2018, the shorts have not appeared.
  • Michael Rosenbaum, who played Lex Luthor in Smallville, significantly reduced his fan interaction after some over-enthusiastic slash fangirls intentionally and publicly presented him with sex toys at a convention.
  • False drug accusations prompted actor Hiroki Narimiya to retire from the industry. In a statement announcing his retirement, he said that a friend he had trusted had betrayed him and crossed a line that should never have been crossed by slandering him in a manner that ensured his privacy would be invaded constantly, with no end in sight:
    Narimiya: I can no longer bear it when I think that my privacy will continue to be exposed to the world due to someone else's malice.
  • The Walking Dead's Josh McDermitt removed himself from social media after receiving death threats over his character's actions.
  • Actor Ruby Rose shut down her Twitter account and severely cut back on her Instagram account due to abuse from fans who thought that she had the wrong gender identity and sexual orientation to play the Arrowverse version of Batwoman.

  • Trent Reznor declared he would stop most of his Twitter usage due to various unpleasant posted comments regarding his wife and how their collaborative new project was getting in the way of new Nine Inch Nails' projects. He still posts plenty of updates, but most of them tend to be news-related rather than personal now.
  • Yoshiki of X Japan was chased off the Internet for much of 2009 and half of 2010 in a massive flare of G.I.F.T., Internet Counterattack, and Internet Backdraft that originally started when he cancelled a planned concert in Paris. He came back to the Internet in 2010 on Facebook and Twitter, and is currently back but is still occasionally bothered by trolls.
  • The Beatles stopped touring in 1966. The complexity of some post-Revolver tracks exceeding what could be performed live and a simultaneous boredom with repeatedly playing their (by that point) years-old set was part of it, but another factor was that their fans went so crazy whenever they showed up that they couldn't hear themselves play over the sound of the hysterical shrieking, were trapped in their hotel rooms by mobbing fans whenever they went anywhere and had to be ferried around in armored cars to prevent being torn apart in the near-rioting that surrounded them. Another factor was the anti-Beatles people that emerged after John Lennon's "we're Bigger Than Jesus" comments, complete with record burnings, boycotts and picketing of Beatles concerts, convinced the band that touring the U.S. wasn't worth it, as they'd just have the Moral Guardians dogging them at nearly every leg of the tour. The last straw was probably an incident at the August 19 concert in Memphis where an audience member threw a firecracker on stage. No one was harmed, but for a split second everyone thought the loud noise was a gunshot. They gave just five more concerts after that.
  • Disturbed, for a time, used to answer fan questions on message boards, spending the most of their time being badgered to prove who they are. The sad thing is, this was started by David Draiman with the other band members saying it wasn't worth trying till they eventually warmed up to the idea at David's urging. With the relationship soured, they'll probably never do this again.
  • This is, quite likely, the reason why most music-formatted radio stations no longer freely play song requests. Of course, this doesn't stop the frequent complaints of "you never play this song" coming from the listeners — but it is now easier for the radio programmers and disc jockeys to ignore them, and just program what they want to play. That is, if there even are announcer-programmers or disc jockeys at the station. Much contemporary radio runs on station branding (e.g., "Jack FM") — a prepackaged format that is often automated and voice-tracked to sound local, yet another example of this. (This is why you no longer hear news, weather or traffic reports on contemporary music-formatted radio in the US.)
  • John Darnielle of The Mountain Goats now destroys all his outtakes, the result of an (especially embarrassing) unreleased album being leaked. He also destroyed an entire planned EP due to repeated requests for illegal mp3s on his own forum.
  • Randy Blythe of Lamb of God explains why he had to deactivate his Twitter account. It came down heavily in part to this.
  • In the late '90s, while Nas was working on his album I Am...The Autobiography, a bunch of the tracks were leaked on the Internet. In response, he rewrote a great deal of the album in just a month. The fanbase generally believes that the finished album suffered because of this.
  • In April 2013, a disgruntled Protest the Hero fan posted an angry rant about how he waited in line at their bus after a show for an autograph, only to have his paper returned before being told to go away. It seemed like typical out-of-touch rockstar behavior... that is, until they posted the part of the story that he neglected to tell. Essentially, the dude was a known autograph hunter whose modus operandi involved going up to bands, acting like he was a fan who just wanted a keepsake, getting autographs, and then turning around and selling them on eBay to reap huge profits. That, and they had been burned by him before and were not about to fall for his bullshit again. They also clarified that they had no problem giving autographs to people who genuinely just wanted keepsakes, but that they were not okay with autograph hunters and that if they got burned enough, they would consider just not giving them altogether.
  • Ringo Starr publicly refuses to sign autographs anymore because a lot of people have sold his autographs on eBay for huge prices.note  Roger Waters has also publicly lashed out at these "autograph collectors," though he still signs from time to time.
  • Zayn Malik, member of UK band One Direction, temporarily deactivated his Twitter account due to the hateful comments he received, in extreme cases being called a "terrorist".
  • It ain't just the English-speaking world that pulls this kind of stunt: In Chile, after an unexpectedly large Los Jaivas concert wrecked the Parque Forestal park it was hosted in, complete with 70 tons of garbage needing to be collected the next day, garbage cans set on fire, and an art theft in a nearby museum, it's safe to say there won't be anything else hosted there in quite a while.
  • In a related example to The Beatles example above, The Tigers had all videotapes of a 1968 concert for NHK destroyed after fangirls went wild and caused several injuries and damage to the arena.
  • Godspeed You! Black Emperor's demo tape All Lights Fucked on the Hairy Amp Drooling is perhaps the holy grail of indie fans. It is an Old Shame, so it will never be reissued, and it was limited to 33 copies so the chances of a copy surfacing are naturally highly unlikely. And yet, in 2013, one did surface. The person who had it surfaced on Reddit and was ready to rip it and distribute it. Two songs were posted and confirmed to be genuine. And then people drove him off by being assholes, to the point where he deleted his account. The remaining songs have yet to surface.
  • Steam Powered Giraffe started reaching this point with their fans, growing more and more detached from them both in person and online. For a charming group of robot mimes who just wanted to entertain, and now get flak over anything from a gender change for a trans woman's comfort to a moustache intended as a joke, it's more than a little sad for longtime fans. Nothing like hearing a once-loving and optimistic band be entirely unsurprised at hearing about their fans sexually abusing each other. To quote Rabbit, "I lost faith long before you told me that."
  • Mike Portnoy, from Dream Theater, wrote the song "Never Enough" from the 2004 album Octavarium in response to the more rabid parts of the fanbase who kept criticizing and complaining and asking for more and more without realizing that the band's members are humans with lives. Other than that, even though the albums tend to divide the fan base, this hasn't had any real ill effects on their relationship with the fans, though one could assume the "demanding and never happy" type of fan isn't liked much by them.
  • Trevor Strnad posted a rant on Facebook around the release of Everblack that decried the illegal downloading of their albums, stating that the fans weren't sticking it to the man by downloading their music but were instead hurting them, as they were in that spot where they were big enough to live off of their music without having to consider day jobs but were nowhere near big enough to be anything even resembling rich and that they needed physical sales to prove that they were still relevant and retain strong label sales; if album sales fell below expectations, the likelihood that the label would start to consider them "old news" would rise significantly and could jeopardize their chances of continuing to receive support from the label. The responses were predictable; plenty of people (many of them musicians) agreed with both the statement and the sentiment behind it, while others took it upon themselves to shower them with abuse and accuse them of being whiny, entitled rockstars who saw the fans as piggy banks and were just getting mad that they weren't yielding enough.
  • Area 11, while still fairly involved with their fandoms, used to be even more involved through the official Facebook fangroup, being members of it (for admin purposes) and joining in with the general fun, posting memes and so on. This changed when a fan somehow worked out the email address of Sparkles*, spammed him and then did something which resulted in the hashtag "Kill Colin" being spread note . The band are no longer members of the group, but do still lurk there, so it's not as total a loss as it could have been.
  • The primary reason Neutral Milk Hotel stopped playing in the 1990s. Their fandom after On Avery Island grew rapidly. Given their primary tour circuit was house shows and small venues, the band was often exposed to a lot of creepy art types that unnerved the members, especially frontman Jeff Mangum. So rabid was this fanbase that when the band toured for In the Aeroplane Over the Sea, the audience was already singing along to the lyrics. Given this was 1997 and the Internet was still very young (meaning there were very few if any lyric databases back then), the fact that dozens if not hundreds of people were already singing the lyrics loudly only a few weeks after the album's release greatly unsettled Mangum. It was enough that he quit playing after that tour. When Mangum finally returned to performing — first as a solo act in 2011 and 2012 and then with a reunited Neutral Milk Hotel from 2013 to 2015 — he hid himself behind a cap and giant beard, so that he couldn't see the audience at all. He seems to be fine with hearing an entire theater sing along with his lyrics nowadays, though.
  • For a very long time, the Foo Fighters refused to play "Big Me" live, because whenever they did, they'd be pelted with Mentos, because its music video spoofed Mentos ads. They started playing it live again after their "Foozer" tour alongside Weezer in 2005-06, as Weezer covered it with great acclaim.

    Newspaper Comics 
  • Calvin and Hobbes:
    • Bill Watterson would occasionally sneak signed copies of comic collections into his local bookshop. He stopped when they started showing up on eBay.
    • Rumor has it that one of the reasons Watterson stopped doing Calvin and Hobbes was because his "fans" effectively stole the trademark for Calvin away from him. You know all of those cutesy "Calvin is praying" or "Calvin is Peeing on Something" stickers you see on the back windows of all those trucks and cars? They weren't authorized by Watterson (who licensed a very small amount of merchandise, and nothing like those stickers). By the time the cartoonist found out about them and moved to stop their production, they'd become so ubiquitous and widespread that a judge told him he'd effectively lost his own trademark because he didn't act fast enough. The Other Wiki states that people selling such things were forced to change the caricature to avoid infringement. Not that it would have changed his anti-consumerism stance on Calvin and Hobbes goods and general strong intent to have the "brand" fade away as much as possible.

  • Some athletes refuse to sign autographs since a lot of memorabilia dealers/autograph seekers will use children to solicit them from athletes and then run home and put the item on eBay. Also, some athletes refuse to talk with fans after certain fans trash stadiums or engage in hooliganism. For example, former offensive guard Robert Gallery admitted that he disliked people who did the former.
  • Sports statistics web pages sometimes have these. One semi-popular page has had its sole webmaster consider shutting it down because of some fans who regularly harass him when he doesn't update on time, especially due to real life issues. One time, his wife (and even his son!) felt like responding to some of these emails saying "Sorry we've not updated - the funeral's on Friday if you want to pay your respects."
  • Wilfried Zaha, Crystal Palace ace, left Twitter after losing his temper with a group of abusive, unpleasable fans.
  • Fireman Ed, the New York Jets' unofficial mascot, was the team's most famous fan for 32 years but retired his persona in 2012 claiming that he had gotten fed up with the increasingly aggressive and negative behavior from his fellow Jets fans. He would return in 2015.
  • Cited as one of the reasons why Formula One killed off the United States Grand Prix at Watkins Glen International after 1980. The "fans" who attended in the later years tended to be rowdy and drunken, with a particular enthusiasm for setting things ablaze in the infield section known as "The Bog", located inside the track section called "The Boot" (turns 6-9).note  This activity basically made it untenable for Watkins Glen and F1 to fix the primary problem with the track, which was the safety issues that killed several drivers in the late '70s.
  • Seattle Seahawks punter Jon Ryan, despite not being all that famous on account of being, well, a punter, was once considered one of the more entertaining professional athletes to follow on social media. However, in the wake of the Orlando nightclub shooting in 2016, he was harassed by a number of homophobic Twitter users who chose to defend the shooter. Ryan was so disgusted by this that he withdrew from social media completely.

    Tabletop Games 
  • When the Dungeons & Dragons 4th edition Player's Handbook 2 was released in 2009, a digital copy was bought and distributed literally within minutes. This was the last straw for Wizards of the Coast, who responded by discontinuing any and all .pdf format sales of their books. They also sued eight people involved in the distribution. Ironically, every single D&D book release was still scanned and pirated, there just now being a small delay. It wasn't until 2013 when WOTC returned to the .pdf market (although, the company is still reluctant to release major books for 5th edition D&D in this format).

    • The Big Bad had No Name Given, instead known by his title of "Makuta". When an entire group of Makuta were introduced, head of story (and fandom's resident Word of God) Greg Farshtey went ahead and revealed that his name is "Teridax". The fans weren't exactly thrilled with this name, and said so in no uncertain terms. As a result, Farshtey canceled plans to reveal the name of the other big No Name Given character, the Shadowed One, rather than deal with backlash again.
    • Bionicle set designers did intend at times to join BZPower's forums (where Farshtey himself posts), but decided against it, not wanting to expose themselves to the immense fan hate whenever a new line of sets is revealed. But this is more of a "Why certain fansites can't have nice things", because set/piece designers do visit other boards where they don't have to worry about being attacked.
  • Transformers:
    • Designer Aaron Archer used to be a regular poster on a message board, with his own section where he would answer questions. Then someone had to go moan at Hasbro, allegedly because Archer was unprofessional and rude, almost certainly actually because the complainer was jealous that another board had such a major draw. Hasbro promptly declared that it was over.
    • Bob Skir of Beast Machines also had a closer relationship with the fans than most official entities, but the on-line community was so harsh towards the series he co-wrote, that he decided to break up. He didn't attend the fan conference he and his partner Marty Isenberg were invited to either (nor did Marty). Thus, they are both still among them.

    Video Games 
  • A lot of developers have cited high piracy rates as a reason for including draconian DRM, flat-out not porting their games to PC at all, or refusing to export their games to other regions. For example:
    • Demigod had faith in its fans and released the game sans Copy Protection. The result? An estimated 93% piracy rate that choked the servers to death and caused review scores to plummet thanks to untold amounts of lag and connection issues. For that matter; a lot of Copy Protection and DRM in general, as you can see from several other examples on this page. It used to not be as intrusive as it was; yet because of people who decided to pirate the game anyways, and then the "heroes" sticking it to the man who pirated it out of spite pirated it anyways to "justify" their piracy, thus further "justifying" DRM. So thanks a lot, guys, nice to let developers know they can trust us.
    • Crysis, due to its high system requirements, was widely pirated, often just to use as a benchmark. When the sequel was announced to be not only on the PC, but the Xbox 360 and PS3 as well (in part because pirating is a lot harder on consoles), the series' PC fans cried bloody murder, worried that the lower capabilities of consoles would result in a lower-quality PC version - which for a time turned out to be correct, until CryTek released a DirectX 11 patch that added a lot of nice features that consoles couldn't do.
    • Cliff Bleszinski of Epic Games announced that the sequels to the original Gears of War would not be released on PC, as the PC version of the first game had been so thoroughly pirated. He also hates the nickname CliffyB now since people used it so often as a form of insult.note 
  • City of Heroes developers have been known to take sabbaticals from the forums due to particularly intense fans. The original powers designer was permanently driven from the forums due to extremely rabid fans.
  • World of Warcraft:
    • This is often cited, though not by name, in the official forums, as reasons why Blizzard refuses to reveal specific details of upcoming plans for the game, up to and especially including release dates for new content. It's an open and possibly unanswerable question whether fans of the game are driven crazier by lack of information or by being given information.
    • Moderator burnout is apparently a very real problem due to the game's vast vitriolic fanbase. Many serious players refuse to read the official forums entirely, preferring to read the official Blizzard posts through third-party aggregators. Case in point, with a jar of ashes.
    • Blizzard developer and forum "bad cop" Greg "Ghostcrawler" Street dealt with the community almost exclusively through blogs partly for this reason.
    • In a less drastic example, the forum mods often deliberately avoid posting in threads where they feel a worthwhile discussion is occurring because the mere presence of a moderator post tends to derail such conversations into players exclusively responding to the moderator instead of continuing the discussion with each other, at best.
  • Sonic the Hedgehog:
    • Mike Pollock, the current English voice actor of Dr. Eggman, once used his Eggman voice in a fan interview to say "Snooping as usual, I see" and "I hate that hedgehog!" by request. Once he figured out the significance of the former, he declared that he wouldn't do vocal requests again.note  While Pollock would later ease up on this sentiment, he did add some rules for future vocal requests.note  Pollock later voiced the line as Eggman in Sonic Boom in reference to the meme, but took care to not emphasize the memetic syllables.
    • Stephen Frost had made an effort to stay close to the fanbase throughout the creation of Sonic Boom, but when the vitriol got too thick (up to and including death threats and wishes for the brand and/or company to go under), he stated his intent to back away from the Sega forums for the time being.
  • Valve Software:
    • Valve has had much better dealings in face to face encounters; when Gabe Newell encountered a couple of protestors sitting in front of the Valve offices bearing plaintive placards asking where the hell Half-Life 2: Episode 3 (or just Half-Life 3) was, he just explained he couldn't tell them and it was cool, though someone else did have the cops escort the folks off on loitering charges.
    • Valve was beta-testing Dota 2, and used to send people more than one invite so they can give it to their friends. However, after these invites started popping up for sale on eBay, Valve stopped giving more than one invite.note 
    • Valve used to be pretty prompt with replying to people on the Steam forums for Left 4 Dead 2, but after some fans kept flaming Valve for everything that went wrong or how Valve never fulfilled its promises, it's no surprise that Valve doesn't bother to reply to people on the forums anymore unless it is something important.
      • Almost happened with Overkill Software, makers of PAYDAY The Heist. After the player base discovered how to unlock the secret in extreme and borderline ridiculous requirements, a good chunk of the players trashed Overkill for not making the secret easier to access and claimed Overkill made the clues to the secret too obscure. Overkill had second thoughts of doing more secret hunts and also had second thoughts with interacting with the community after the fallout, but both parties eventually cooled down and things returned to normal.
      • PAYDAY 2 during its playable beta phase had people cheating (infinite supplies for example), so Overkill had to update the beta to patch out the exploit and reset everyone's progress in the process. A developer made a statement saying that due to having only four programmers on their team, the rampant cheating going around, and people demanding for something to be done about cheating, Overkill decided to dedicate their resources to stepping up security instead of creating free DLC and also decided to clamp down on people making hysteric topics regarding cheating. Cue the people crying censorship.
    • In February 2013, the "/me" chat command, which colored a user's text for action messages, is no longer available to anyone, because there were a few users who believed that the colored text meant the person talking to them was clearly a Valve employee and promptly got their accounts stolen.
    • There's also the Tux incident with Team Fortress 2. Originally, Tux, a cosmetic item exclusive to Linux users who played the game within a certain timeframe, was stated as being tradeable after a certain amount of time after its distribution, similar to the Earbuds from the Mac release of the game. However, the greedier portions of the fanbase saw this as another rare item, and devised ways of obtaining Tuxes illegitimately, such as using a Linux virtual box and creating multiple accounts for the sole purpose of having another Tux. Thus, Tuxes are still untradeable to everyone, including those who obtained the items legitimately.
    • The Team Fortress 2 Halloween events, from 2010 to 2013, had special gift boxes that would randomly appear on maps, and would grant Halloween cosmetic items when obtained. This led to the practice of making "gift servers" where players would idle as the game shuffled them around the map in the spots where boxes would spawn. Valve apparently had enough of this practice, as the 2014 Halloween event did not have these gift boxes spawn on the year's event map, meaning the only way to obtain that year's items without paying was to open the two free gift items. Valve cited gift farming for this change, and the players took it as well as expected. note 
  • Sadly, we won't get an English translation to SaGa 3 or a Summon Night game. Crimson Nocturnal shut down due to people complaining about slow updates and requests. Some sources claim that the real reason CN disbanded is because of their leader's large ego combined with internal drama over translation styles, and this isn't the first time he has broken up the group.note 
  • Jagex stopped holding holiday events in Runescape for years because people constantly complained about not getting what they expected. They also tend to no longer state release dates because of the same reasons other companies do, miss one day and the forums flood with complaints. Finally, they have bounded event items to one's account after the party hat accidents.
  • League of Legends doesn't often hold IP boosts to get a special skin and only really holds skin & champion sales because their already bitchy fanbase kept whining about it. Also, it's not entirely uncommon for the devs to be driven from the forums due to rabid fans. For example.
  • Despite the large amount of people who annoy him on Twitter, Hideki Kamiya mostly averts this as he still uses it to interact with his fans. He has even visited his fans on 4chan. He's gone on to state that he actually enjoys blocking people who he thinks are "idiots". Kamiya often complains and blocks people who do the following:
    • Being asked questions that he has already answered.
    • Kamiya will not answer Twitter questions regarding games in the Devil May Cry series past the first title.note  He will respond with a terse "whatever," pretending he doesn't know what the asker is talking about. In the case of persistent questioners, Kamiya will curse the asker out and block them, often with a scathing comment in Japanese.
    • Late in 2012, it was rationalized that he would intentionally dodge some questions because he had inked a deal with Nintendo behind the scenes to create a sequel of Bayonetta for the Wii U and didn't want many details leaking out. However, fan rage over the game being released for the Wii U angered Kamiya.
    • Kamiya decided that he wasn't going to develop a Star Fox game after being pestered by many fans when he expressed an interest in doing so. However, he relented in June 2015 when he announced that PlatinumGames was co-developing Star Fox Zero.
    • Anyone who badmouths Capcom. Despite what's happened between them and Kamiya, he still holds respect for Capcom, a.k.a. his "old home".
    • However, as of July 2018, Kamiya finally imposed a temporary ban on responding to him in any non-Japanese language, including English. The purpose of this ban, he claims, is to filter out people who don't read his posts before replying to them, with most of those people being non-Japanese. And he knows there are people who are going to hit him up in English anyway.
  • Battlefront, makers of beloved war game Combat Missions, simply want no more to do with WW2 as it gets so many armchair commanders dropping into the site to tell people who actually served (either then, or any war since then) how terrible their tactics are despite how problematic logistics were or any number of other factors (a mild subversion as this has nothing to do with fan vs. creator but the disrespect amongst the fans to each other). They had been planning to drop it for their other lines for some time and make more modern war games, but the flame wars were the final straw.
  • The exploitation of a Good Bad Bug in a multiplayer game could be considered this because people would report it, causing it to get fixed in an Obvious Rule Patch the following week. Sometimes even hours or days. However, for every person who stormed on the boards complaining about an exploit being fixed, there were about one or two others thanking people for fixing it.
  • People who stream their multiplayer games live have been known to stop doing so because someone they were playing against came into their stream and used it to spy on them. This is especially prevalent in games like StarCraft II, Defense of the Ancients: All-Stars, and League of Legends. Similarly, people who do a Let's Play of a game or stream games live can get harassed by trolls and certain fans alike until they disable comments entirely or worse, not do their Let's Play ever again. This can get upsetting for the rest of the fan base who legitimately like the content.
  • After the "Hot Coffee" scandal with Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas,note  the "Second Edition" re-release removed mod support entirely. Of course, gamers already found a way around version 2.0, so when that happened, Rockstar released version 3.0, making it even harder to mod.
  • Video game magazines who release trial CDs of games or special promotional codes often have to either give people codes or release it in a plastic bag because some would go into stores and take the CDs or codes out of the magazines so they get it all for free, when these perks were to reward people who bought the magazine.
  • The Call of Duty: Black Ops series has the same problem as Mario Kart DS - it allows players to create custom decals attached to their player card and emblazoned on their weapons in-game. So, again naturally, everybody uses it to make swastikas made out of penises.
  • Dynasty Warriors Online used to have an arena mode, which was basically a smaller, faster confront mode. The only thing it was used for was gem farming, so item drops were reduced. This still didn't fix the problem, so the staff decided the only way to fix the problem was to remove the Arena all together.
  • Has occurred several times with BioWare:
    • In 2012, a number of fans took to harassing BioWare writer Jennifer Hepler, screaming that she was "the cancer that was killing BioWare" and blaming her for the homosexual content in Dragon Age II. This was based in part on an interview she'd given six years earlier where she expressed a desire for an option to skip combat in favor of story. A flame war eventually broke out on Twitter and Hepler ended up deleting her account after someone sent death threats directed at her children. She denies that her leaving BioWare in 2013 was the direct result of this harassment, despite some initial reports stating so, but it's not hard to imagine it had something to do with it.
    • This was subverted concerning Mass Effect 3. After the incredible backlash they received over the original endings, BioWare responded by announcing the Extended Cut. Though they expected it wouldn't change every fan's minds about it, and it didn't, it was certainly better received and managed to tone down the rage. This was later played straight when the co-founders of BioWare retired from their positions in October 2012, saying that they had planned to since April of that year and gave EA six months' notice. They vehemently denied that the backlash had anything to do with it.
    • BioWare took a very careful approach to releasing information about Dragon Age: Inquisition, similar to the tactic Blizzard Entertainment used concerning World of Warcraft.
  • CBJ, one of the devs of X Rebirth, calls fans out on the endless whining about there being very little news from Egosoft about X Rebirth for about a year and a half. When they were posting a screenshot a week, people started demanding more info and videos, at which point ES basically said "screw this."
  • Phil Fish, creator of Fez ended up supposedly cancelling Fez 2 as well as ports of Fez to other platforms and proclaimed he was getting out of the video game business after getting into a beef with Marcus Beer (a.k.a. The Annoyed Gamer) and going on a angry Twitter tirade.
  • Super Meat Boy programmer Tommy Refenes spent half a year after the game was done making a portal for uploading and downloading fan made maps. Several fans found an exploit, told Refenes about it (who told them that he couldn't fix it right then because he was on vacation and so was everyone at Valve), spread information about it on the net and hacked the servers. This, combined with the emotional distress from the Troubled Production of the last few months of the game, caused Refenes to not only lock that feature of the game out as soon as he could, but never look at the Super Meat Boy code again.
  • Papers, Please, during its beta stage, allowed people to submit their names to be used for the randomly-generated immigrants. Well, it was supposed to be their names. Many submissions had to be removed because some wise guys tried to abuse it to sneak in names of celebrities, names of characters in other media, or obscene puns. And in one case, this was particularly unfortunate - one of the submitted names was Anita Sarkeesian, the host of Feminist Frequency...and the creator unknowingly used it for a prostitute.
  • For Humble Indie Bundles, Steam keys were originally given for any amount donated. However, one bundle was running concurrent to a Steam promotion. Some people abused the system and bought many bundles for a penny each, and used the keys to legitimize accounts to gain an unfair advantage in the promotion. As a result, every bundle onward would require a minimum donation of $1 to get the Steam keys.
  • On Halloween 2013, Wadjet Eye Games ran a promotion where people could get a Steam key of Blackwell Deception for free. However, it was horribly abused to gain multiple keys, and despite numerous attempts by the company to try to restrict the offer to one key per person, people worked their way around every one and made off with 30,000 keys. They eventually had to invalidate the keys and stated that another promotion like that was unlikely.
  • After one bastard groped and stripped his drunk wife on camera while playing The Playroom for the PS4, Sony has blocked total support for the game when it comes to streaming with the built-in Twitch function of the console. Worse, if you try to broadcast via the capture card, the broadcast will be taken down and the video will be removed, resulting in the player being banned on PlayStation Network.
  • Star Trek Online:
    • For a couple years after launch, Cryptic sometimes held fan contests to solicit designs or names for new ship classes. This came back to bite them when they held a contest to design the USS Enterprise NCC-1701-F for the game.note  Due to legal complications the contest had to be US-only, which infuriated non-US fans and led to discrimination allegations (one of the fan favorites was made by a Canadian), there were multiple accusations of entrants plagiarizing designs, and then CBS, the license-holder for Star Trek, vetoed the #1 fan favorite in favor of a design that hadn't even made the top ten, which became the Odyssey-class. Cryptic swore off soliciting any fan designs at all after this mess.
    • For over a year on the Star Trek Online forums, there was a highly popular topic called "What's your beef with the Galaxy Cryptic?" in which players complained about the Galaxy-class series of ships for the Federation, a Tier-Induced Scrappy due to a flawed Character Class System implementation. When Cryptic revealed a "reboot", fans were ecstatic over it... until they found out that they just modified the class to be able to perform a certain skill while moving and most of the modifications went into the Galaxy-X ship and even that wasn't much. Players were livid and the topic quickly turned sour, especially when Cryptic began performing moves that certain players absolutely hated. When threats against Cryptic, PWE and its workers were made, the topic was locked and deleted, but a new one was put up by mods and told the players under no uncertain terms that if they pulled that bullshit again, discussions like that might be banned along with them. The Tier 6 upgrade released in 2015 was much better-received.
    • A few months later, Community Manager CaptainSmirk began limited-time codes for certain items for the viewers of the livestreams for the expansion Delta Rising. The first code, dealing with Section 31 costumes, went quite well. The second code the following week, dealing with the highly vaunted Red Matter Capacitor (which was a bonus item for players who bought the special edition game way back in the beginning) spread like wildfire on the Message Boards, the Twitter accounts and on the Reddit r/sto subforms and players were angry when not only was the code very limited in number, but also Bound-To-Character (both of which wasn't broadcasted when they were posted elsewhere). Smirk later said that codes like that would be held a lot more closer next time.
  • This is a common issue in the Tales Series. The American fanbase had a bad issue of No Export for You for a while and a lot of fans complained enough about it. When the games did come out though, a good portion of fans actually complained that the localization was "not like the Japanese one". This caused sales to decrease and less games to be localized because from Namco's perspective, why bother when people complain that you release it?
  • Final Fantasy XIV:
    • Players can join a duty with several other players in a quest or raid through the use of the duty finder. Players can either start the duty from the bginning or join another group that's already making progress so that they can continue without dealing with the loss of another member that had previously left. When the party is completely formed, a window pops up to confirm if everyone is ready. However, due to how certain awards/loot/etc are distributed at the end of a quest, many people would fish for in progress duties and quickly withdrew from the duty if it wasn't an in progress one, which meant the rest of the party now had to sit through the queue again as the system looked for another player. For highly populated raids, it was very common to sit in the queue for 10 minutes or more with the system constantly spamming the "A player has withdrawn from the duty finder. Finding new member" message every single time people backed out. A patch tweaked the duty finder by giving a player a 30 minute lockout from the duty finder if they withdraw more than 3 times in a day and the penalty applies again if the player withdraws yet again. While it greatly deters people from trolling others in the duty finder, other players who withdraw for legitimate reasons also suffer if they withdraw too much.
    • Because of the massively rampant Real Money Trade, many restrictions were put into place on trial accounts so that RMT bots can't harass other players, which include being unable to send private messages, unable to use the yell or shout channels, and other features. This also means legitimate players trying out the game will have a much harder time trying to communicate with other players.
    • Thanks to many players in PVP that explode whenever their team doesn't do well enough or verbally attack their own party for shits and giggles, patch 3.5 disabled all forms of chat during the Feast PVP.
    • The launch of the Stormblood expansion was met with a massive surge of Demand Overload to the point of queue times just to log in took several hours on the more congested servers. The developers put in an auto-kick feature that boots out anyone who is idle for 30 minutes. People got savvy about it and got around the system by idling in a menu, running in place, or crafting without actually progressing on the craft. This in turn made the queue problem worse since now people had to deal with even longer wait times. To counter the problem, the developers had every single server kick everyone out at a random time once a day with no one being allowed to log in for 10 minutes afterwards. Even servers that don't have the congested queue problem were forced to be rebooted with everyone else. In short, people not wanting to deal with long queues spoof their AFK status to stay logged in, which did nothing but contribute to the problem.
    • Because MMORPG players tend to complain about being stuck playing a support, tank, or healer, FFXIV has no dedicated support role, and tanks and healers function essentially like damage-dealers aside from their secondary abilities—especially given that the healing requirements are considered shockingly low compared to many other MMOs, and that some DDs can even heal. Unfortunately, because the game is also balanced to account for tank and healer DPS, this has resulted in the same elitism and parse-obsession associated with DDs in other MMOs spreading to those roles—often to the detriment of the party as a whole. There are tanks who will flat-out refuse to use their cooldowns during tankbusters just to try to squeeze a couple more DPS out—and then blame the healer for the resultant insta-kill! And if you think you can escape parser hell by playing a healer, think again—most of the time, healing simply isn't needed, so you'll be expected to nuke, because while healing requirements are low, damage requirements are rather steep. You'll have to parse to be sure you're dealing enough damage—it's the only metric that can tell you whether you're pulling your weight or not—but parsing is against the rules, so you'll be banned if you're found out.
  • Call of Duty:
    • Tactical Insertions in online multiplayer. Originally debuting in Modern Warfare 2, they were intended to allow players to choose where they would respawn after their next death. However, some of the community used Tac Inserts as a way to boost for easy XP, unlockable equipment and camos, and easy killstreaks. As a result, Tac Inserts were banished to the Infected game mode in both Call of Duty: Ghosts and Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare, though this has not discouraged boosting.
    • Many people working on the games had to leave their home and even the industry due to intense backlash over gameplay decisions. In one nasty instance, many Treyarch employees working on Call of Duty: Black Ops II had to resign and leave their homes after getting death and rape threats for nerfing the fire rate of several weapons.
  • Five Nights at Freddy's 4:
    • When the game was first teased, Scott Cawthon's website was initially "glitched out", with 8s and 7s appearing in the tab name. By sheer coincidence, they led to a real pizzeria, which fans promptly started harassing with calls. As a result, Cawthon removed the numbers and commented on the issue on Reddit. But the pizzeria didn't hold any grudge against the fanbase.
    • Coinciding with the teaser, Sable Lynn, the main developer of Five Nights at Fuckboy's, started getting requests to make a fourth installment, despite her explicit statement of Five Nights at Fuckboy's 3 being the last in the series. The fans got insistent and unbearably demanding, to the point of harassing Sable endlessly on her Tumblr. Ultimately, when Sable couldn't take it anymore, she closed her Tumblr account and abandoned development of 3's final act, leaving the other developer, Joshua Shaw, to finish all the work on it. Sable eventually returned, knowing Shaw wouldn't have been able to complete 3 by its planned release date in mid July.
  • This heavily damaged the Tony Hawk fandom. Back in the days of Tony Hawk's Underground 2, a bug was found where, by connecting a USB keyboard into the PS2, a player could exceed the online chat's mail restrictions on symbols. Said bug, when the player received an email filled with the | symbol, would instantly freeze the console even if the email wasn't read, just received. After trolls logged onto lobbies, quit then mass-PM'ed the people they were just online with, GameSpy responded by shutting down the online servers for the games and disabling the online game feature.
  • Prior to the announcement that Arc System Works would publish a Kill la Kill game in June 2018, most fans agreed that if said game were to be made, PlatinumGames should have been the ones to develop it. Unfortunately, due to so many fans nagging Platinum about this, they got sick of it, to the point where many in the company said that they would never develop the game. The only member who still expressed interest was Kenji Saito, the director of Metal Gear Rising: Revengeance, which is often regarded as being a Kill la Kill game anyway.
  • It's been reported that the shutting down of LEGO Universe was because it was becoming just too expensive to moderate every single user creation, to stop people crafting obscene items in a game that was meant to be child-friendly.
  • The indie dev title Bear Simulator had all of its work stopped and its creator calling it quits after a PewDiePie video featuring it ends with PewDiePie trying to uninstall the game, getting a refund from Steam, then not-so-subtly giving him the middle finger. To PDP's credit, he did realize he went way too far in his actions, took down the video and apologized.
  • Katsuhiro Harada nearly invoked this trope for Tekken 7 after American fans' negative viewpoint of Lucky Chloe by planning to replace her with a generic, bald, muscleman with a very limited moveset for the U.S. release. Thankfully it fell through.
  • Yandere Simulator is a work-in-progress game that its lone developer allows fans to play "debug build" versions. However, YandereDev has had to repeatedly go out of his way to tell the fanbase, whether in videos or on the blog, not to send him useless emails. In particular, he's complained about pointless suggestions, people volunteering for the game when it's clear they don't have a high-quality portfolio to show him, or giving him vague bug-reports. The reason why it irritates him so much is because it wastes his time when he could be working on the next update. He's even admitted in one video that it's caused him to lash out at people. As a general rule: YandereDev is only okay with emails if you're a volunteer with a great portfolio and experience, someone with a business inquiry, have a detailed bug report, or want to send him fanwork you've made (since he likes seeing it). Eventually he made a character, Midori Gurin, who he uses to satirize fans who waste his time and delay the game for everyone else.
  • Ingress has the problem of property owners having to ask them to remove Portals (which requires players to visit points of interest in real life to access) due to unruly players, and Niantic complies with these requests. It's not as pronounced as in Niantic's later project Pokémon GO due to the game's comparatively small playerbase and in-game lore putting players in the role of covert agents (thus encouraging players to be on their best behavior and not make a big scene when they play), but it still happens.
  • Dragon Ball games:
    • Originally, Dragon Ball Xenoverse 2 was going to have a Latin American dub, but due to Latino fans have been bashing the Spaniards' dub for an entire decade, Bandai Namco stated that they do not deserved it.
    • Bandai Namco have fed up already of the fans asking for Dragon Ball Budokai 4 and Dragon Ball Budokai Tenkaichi 4 despite the fact that those games already came out (however, due to be both Contested Sequel and having a different title, fans believe they are not) that they decide to avert Pandering to the Base. Only Dragon Ball: Raging Blast 3 is exempt because fans need to ask for it to be made in a speciffically Facebook page. An Update Re Release of Dragon Ball Budokai Tenkaichi 3 is out of question due to fans saying that One Piece Pirate Warriors 3 Deluxe Edition was an outdated trash game despite it being only 3 years old.

    Video Games - Nintendo 
Nintendo has had multiple instances of punishing unruly fans:
  • On October 31, 2013, Nintendo disabled the online features of the 3DS's Swapnote app (including ceasing official communications done through that service) because they found out several users — including minors — were using it to exchange offensive material. Most disturbingly, at least one pedophile had used it to track down children in Japan. The incident was also responsible for a software update for Flipnote Studio 3D released the following day that removed the Flipnote Hatena: Friends online service (which allowed users to share Flipnotes with people on their 3DS's Friends list).

    As a further consequence, this also resulted in the Western release for the application, which already missed its intended August 2013 release date, to be indefinitely delayed, with Nintendo going completely quiet about discussion of the Western release afterwards. Most assumed it had been quietly cancelled in the wake of the controversy until an North American version exclusive to Club Nintendo members was announced and released in early 2015, with an European version slated for release later in the year. And even then, that version saw release without the remaining online service Flipnote Gallery: World, a general online community for sharing and viewing Flipnotes, with Flipnote animation sharing restricted to local wireless connections and importation of previously-uploaded animations from the DSi version.
  • Just one day after release on July 17, 2014, Comic Workshop had its Miiverse features restricted in that people could no longer attach screenshots from the application when it was found people were taking personal pictures within the app and sharing them on Miiverse. Sharing on Miiverse wasn't meant to be allowed in the first place - the game's website indicated that it wasn't possible during the period in which it was, indicating that it was only allowed by mistake. Still, the immediate abuse probably hastened Nintendo and the creators in removing the unintended capability.
  • Mario & Luigi: Dream Team had the screenshot ability for its Miiverse community disabled after a bug in the original version of the game was exploited to let people post any saved image from the Nintendo 3DS Camera or the Internet Browser to the Mario & Luigi: Dream Team community. The screenshot ability for the Miiverse community was disabled on September 15, 2014. It would be reenabled later for users with a certain update.
  • Kid Icarus: Uprising had its screenshot ability disabled in retaliation to users who exploited a bug where they could post real life pictures from the AR viewer. This prompted a user to post inappropriate images using this glitch. There has been no updates or fixes regarding this issue.
  • Similarly, Pokémon X and Y, Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire disable Miiverse screenshots thanks to a feature in the Player Search System where you can take a picture of yourself (or anything the inner camera can see).
  • Mario Kart DS had decals players could show off on their kart and could be drawn to be anything they desired. Naturally, everyone made crudely drawn breasts and penises. Nintendo removed the custom decal feature in all Mario Kart games after that and has the karts use the character decals instead.
  • The preceding incidents and more led to Nintendo's refusal to allow voice chat in random online modes in games such as Mario Kart 8 and Super Smash Bros., despite many games with online multiplayer allowing it anyway. Word of God has confirmed it in the case of Splatoon, as the Director cited negative personal experiences with voice chat in other shooters as the reason not to include it in his game. They eventually relented for Splatoon 2, initially only among teammates, and later on made voice chat with randoms available for all Nintendo Switch Online games.
  • Players of Pokémon X and Y found a way to ensure an egg hatched shiny. If the egg and the game copy have the same shiny value, or SV, you'll hatch a shiny. Computer software was made to view egg contents for this reason. Some did complain that it devalued shinies, but it was rather harmless. However, the cheaters found a way to use the same exploit to create software to view their opponents' teams, moves, abilities, etc. in battle. Game Freak and Nintendo did not take kindly to this and patched the whole exploit, killing both softwares.
  • Nintendo originally wanted the GameCube to have a presence in the online gaming world, as all of their competition had plans for online play of their own. To do this, they released a network adapter that plugged into the machine in lieu of building network functionality in. Unfortunately, hackers were able to use the network adapter, as well as the GameCube version of Phantasy Star Online, to achieve hacking, going as far as to make ROM dumps. Initially, Nintendo and Sega responded by releasing an Updated Re-release of the game, but Nintendo later decided to sweep the GameCube's online features under the rug (them also partially thinking It Will Never Catch On) to the point that most fans forgot or weren't aware that it even had online capabilities in the first place.
  • This is the reason why the Nintendo 3DS has an automatic word filter. Back in the DS games, people were naming their anything they could name profane insults directed at other players online. This affected Animal Crossing: Wild World and Pokémon Diamond and Pearl very badly, and came to a rather shocking head when a still-unidentified troll used a hacked distribution cartridge to send Diamond and Pearl players a Gengar themed around black stereotypes, with the n-word as its nickname (link has the Gengar's offending nickname censored, but the moveset, held item, and nature are still visible; no racial slurs are present in any of these, but it should be noted that the way they're all put together is intended to reflect harmful views towards black people, so the specifics of it could be sensitive to some people). This new 3DS censor has some flaws, but it seems to be working. Then people started intentionally misspelling profanity...
  • In Animal Crossing, this was why Blanca's event was changed off. Beginning with Wild World which introduced Internet connectivity to the franchise, the game has a random event where a faceless cat named Blanca would visit random visitors' towns and asked for a face to be drawn on, or it would have a face that the game would download from Nintendo's server whenever the game was connected to the Internet. The game does not check to see what if the item drawn onto Blanca's face was really a face, and if the DS has Internet connectivity and the game went online for whatever reason, any drawn face would be uploaded to and downloaded from Nintendo's servers. Nintendo also didn't have anyone doing random sampling checks of the uploads, or anyway to flag a complaint in the game. To say that many parents were horrified at how Blanca almost always has a penis drawn onto his face when he visits is an understatement. In New Leaf, the face-drawing event has been scrapped and Blanca is now the center of the April Fools event instead.
  • Whenever a homebrew exploit is found in a 3DS game and made available online, Nintendo will pull the game from the eShop within hours of the exploit going public to stop people from taking advantage of the exploit for either an indefinite amount of time or until the exploit is defeated. This has ended up being the fate of certain games such as Cubic Ninja, Citizens of Earth and Freakyforms Deluxe: Your Creations, Alive!, with physical copies of some of these games skyrocketing in price on online retailers (though some exploited games still remain available on the eShop).
  • Pokémon GO:
    • The game has a tracking feature that would show players hints pointing to nearby Pokémon, without revealing the species. Unfortunately, people developed third party apps to read the tracking data and display the specific locations and species of all nearby Pokémon, forcing the developers to have the sites be taken down.
    • After a few careless players continued to play the game while driving and caused car accidents and injuries to people in the process, the developers began implementing measures to prevent players from playing Go while driving. Ultimately, this led to eliminating the ability to catch Pokémon or even use item-granting Pokéstops when travelling over a certain speed, rendering the app almost completely useless while driving. This has been a case of controversy from players who played the game as passengers in a vehicle and/or whose only access to Pokéstops were ones they passed on the road and otherwise wouldn't think of using the app while driving or players with could use the Pokémon Go Plus device.
    • Playing of the game has been banned on some physical properties because some players couldn't behave themselves, or because playing the game in certain locations such as places of worship or the National Holocaust Memorial Museum would be in bad taste. Aside from the property owners disallowing using the app while on the premises, Niantic also complies with requests by owners and managers to have Pokéstops and Gyms removed.
  • Pokémon Sun and Moon:
    • Mere days before the two games' official release, some people got a hold of the game and ROM dumps began circulating the Internet. Nintendo not only cracked down on these ROM dumps, but also punished everyone who pirated the game this way (and thought it would be a good idea to attempt to use the pirated games' online features) by permanently banning them from using their 3DS's online features.
    • Back in Pokémon X and Y and Pokémon Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire, players could customize their messages, as well as communicate with "Shout Outs". Of course, people abused this feature and sent either cruel or inappropriate messages, often bypassing the above-mentioned swear filter with corruptions of swear words. The ability to customize your messages was severely restricted by only allowing the player to pick from pre-set messages, and the Shout Out feature was removed entirely.
  • After an American reviewer leaked Mario & Luigi: Superstar Saga + Bowser's Minions online, Nintendo of America decided to crack down on who gets review copies and when. This means that there will be a significant decrease in reviews before their future game releases.
  • Super Smash Bros.:
    • Masahiro Sakurai, director of the series, stated that he would be tweeting less. His reasoning is that whenever he talks about a video game he enjoys, overspeculative fans take it as a cue for the game's representative being in the next Super Smash Bros.
    • Because fans uploaded the Subspace Emissary cutscenes from Brawl onto the Internet, there are no story cutscenes in For Wii U and 3DS.
    • For Wii U and 3DS had a development blog on the Miiverse in which Sakurai discussed upcoming features of the game and gave a very intimate, inclusive look at the development process. As thanks, fans responded with a torrent of unending negativity, which soured the whole experience.note  The last straw was when a criminal stole an ESRB demo of the game and leaked its entire contents online weeks before the game's release. It seems Sakurai learned a hard lesson from his previous openness; a new installation for the Nintendo Switch was announced in 2018, mere months before its release, as Sakurai was forced to work on it for two years in absolute secrecy. The franchise that was once Nintendo's biggest hype generator now must be made behind closed doors if any of the surprises are to remain intact.
    • Averted in regards to the fact that the announcement that Ultimate would feature every character who has ever been playable in the series (along with some new faces) was thankfully never leakednote , as the surprise was kept under such tight wraps that even Nintendo employees were shocked and could be heard screaming in excitement at the announcement. During a July 2018 Famitsu interview, Sakurai mentioned that had a leak regarding the fact that "Everyone Is Here" gotten out it "would have been over for us" and, of course would have greatly diffused the excitement over the official reveal and greatly disappointed Sakurai and company. This continued to the reveals of K Rool, Simon Belmont, and Isabelle, who all managed to avoid being leaked and were met with great excitement.
  • This is the main reason why certain Nintendo Switch games, including Splatoon 2, Pokémon Let's Go, Pikachu! and Let's Go, Eevee!, and Dark Souls: Remastered, will not feature online cloud save support; as said service could be utilized for cheating purposes, such as duplicating items or Pokémon that were traded to other players, or reverting to a previous online rank if it drops downwards at any point.

    Web Comics 
  • Brooke McEldowney had turn off the commenting feature for his 9 Chickweed Lane comic after a few Trolls made persistent homophobic and misogynistic remarks while another posted links to 9CL strips with pornographic dialogue substituted for the original.
  • This is a major problem for artists in the Furry Fandom; one of the biggest sources of furry drama will invariably be about an artist being driven out due to their art being stolen and reposted elsewhere, usually because they're too lazy to buy the artwork from the artist, themselves. Sometimes, however, they actually have people taking credit for the artwork. Some of the places where the artwork is being reloaded will help the artist out by putting them on a DNP (Do Not Post) list and punishing those who break it...but that's small comfort when most of these cases are followed up by Internet Backdraft over the artist leaving, making a bad situation worse. Other times, artists have to shut down their messages or commissions due to obsessive trolls and drama that breaks out whenever they open commission slots and are immediately filled by people who apparently wait all day for journals like that and then snipe the journal. Or, some people were just remarkably bad customers. Furries have been harassed at conventions and have said they would not be attending future events.
  • Tessa Stone, the mind behind Hanna Is Not a Boy's Name, revealed a spoiler on the true nature of Ples Tibenoch to a select few fans, confident that they wouldn't go and spread it around the fandom. Three guesses what happened there.
  • This is the reason why there are no more forums for VG Cats.
  • Gunnerkrigg Court:
    • Tom Siddell used to occasionally make GC-themed desktop wallpaper for the fans.note  When some fans complained that he wasn't also making widescreen versions of these pictures, he decided to stop altogether.
    • Siddell also used to respond to reader's queries on a "Questions for Tom" thread on the Gunnerkrigg Court forum. He stopped, not so much because people asked the same questions, but rather because other readers would jump in and answer the questions themselves, making it a "Questions for Whoever Feels Like Answering" thread. He took his question-answering to a formspring account. However, when fans began repeatedly asking questions on topics he had stated he wasn't going to answer, and then getting combative over his not answering, Siddell deleted his formspring account. Fortunately, some months later, Siddell decided to give it another shot and reopened his formspring account.
  • While he permits it to be written, the author of Tales of the Questor makes it a deliberate policy to never, ever read fanfics of his comics, because he knows he would go mad from the desire to dive in and re-edit...
  • Ratfist: When political discussions in the Shout Box started turning into flame wars with every new page, Doug TenNapel disabled comments below the pages. However, this led to the creation of an off-site Ratfist forum.
  • It's been rumored the Flind arc of Yet Another Fantasy Gamer Comic was designed to introduce furry characters, then brutally murder them at the end of the plotline, as a result of constant questions about the strange lack of furry presence in a D&D comic. Outside of the minotaur and the sphynx there's really nobody else who'd count as furry and it seems like it's going to stay that way.
  • Moon Over June is possibly an example of this, with Woc having disabled commenting on her newest strips. This change came quietly, but after a short story arc which was met with much criticism by the readers.
  • This was the reason why RPG World never got an ending as Ian Jones-Quartey was tired of fans complaining about the comic. Compounded with him being busy with his animation career and dwindling interest to draw the comic, Jones-Quartey abandoned it and never looked back. Despite this, he was content to leave the site running until it became a haven for an exceptionally rabid collective of trolls. When the trolls retaliated at Jones-Quartey's later input to the site, he took down the archive entirely. Thankfully, the OK K.O.! Let's Be Heroes episode "A Hero's Fate" gave fans a proper closure to the webcomic.
  • Andrew Hussie has been known for taking potshots at the sides of the Homestuck fandom he doesn't like, as well as deconstructing some types of fans or using different caricatures of Internet culture as the base for some of his characters note  or making fan favorite relationships canon only to then break them up almost immediately by pointing out exactly how they wouldn't worknote  This reached a climax when Jane engages "trickster mode", a hitherto Easter Egg turned into a power-up like that gives Her, and subsequently the other Alpha cast candy-themed outfits and hyper-sugary personalities note ... As well as Caucasian skin tone. Beforehand, Hussie had explained that the characters were simply "Aracial", so there was no canon race or skin colors for any of them note , which didn't appease the heated arguments between fans either calling each other out (and Hussie himself) as racist for refusing to accept characters as anything other than white, or people poking fun at them. At this point, when Jane turns Jake into a trickster, she says that she feels "So very... CAUCASIAN!" followed by an exaggerated Big "NO!" from the latter. Cue the fandom going up in flames with people gleefully taking the joke as a Take That! towards everyone who had non-white headcanons for the kids and using it as a means to harass those fansnote . So much so, in fact, that Hussie edited and redacted the joke for the first time he's ever done so. Cue the fandom going up in flames over either Hussie being "thin-skinned" or the complaining side of the fandom having annoyed Hussie to the point of submission, finally culminating with a response from Hussie's tumblr explaining the situation. Cue the fandom going up in flames over the response, which prompted yet another post in which Hussie responds to some of the controversy regarding the previous post, calling out the people attacking other members of the fandom. These were some of his reactions.
    These are just a few, picked out semi-randomly, ranging from “mild, but missing the point” to “unspeakably terrible”.
    [...] if you truly dislike censorship, and do not wish to see more self-censorship in the future, then you would be doing your part to behave in a way that doesn’t make creators feel embarrassed to be defended by you.
  • The author of the Yaoi Webcomic House of Dyer apparently received hate mail that was so vile that she not only cancelled the comic but closed the website and removed all artwork related to the comic from her deviantART page and tumblr.
  • A webcomic titled Mahou Shounen Breakfast Club was cancelled after, despite the creators trying to reassure that they weren't trying to invoke stereotypes with the story and were using their studies and time in Japan to help with creation of the comic, Tumblr writers accused them of doing just that, claiming that they were doing it because "it was trendy".
  • The creator of Ava's Demon was driven off of tumblr by the abuse she received after stating that there were no asexual characters in the comic and refusing aggressive demands that she include some.
  • An in-universe example from El Goonish Shive: Susan opted to disable comments on the video review show that she makes with Elliot after repeated comments mocking her for being "lanky", to the point where some people even told her to eat a sandwich.
  • The comic Boy's Club is most well-known for Pepe the Frog (also known as the "Feels Good" and "Sad" Frog), which has been frequently used as reaction images. However, as time went on, Pepe has been used in increasingly unsavory ways. It got so bad that the Anti-Defamation League now has it listed as a hate symbol. Matt Furie, the creator of Boy's Club, has also spoken out against such use. After his reaction failed to save the character, Pepe was finally killed off in 2017.

    Web Original 
  • ComedyShortsGamer briefly disabled his YouTube comments section (and for a while, only approved certain comments) in June 2017 after many of his fans started to attack him for his content (it got to the point people linked viruses disguised as Deji's account). It has since died down.
  • Diva Dirt disabled the comment feature on its articles after a news report about a shooting outside the WWE Performance Center was met with a lot of tasteless comments from trolls - and the editor warned the site's users that such things were not to be joked about. The comments were later re-established, however.
  • IMDB shut down its message boards in 2017 due to too much abuse from trolls on them.
  • Ricky Gervais expressly pointed out that they were no longer going to give The Ricky Gervais Show away for a period before charging for it, because they were getting annoyed at fans whining that they had missed out. So they just started charging upfront.
  • Super Mario Bros. Z creator Alvin Earthworm was constantly being asked on Newgrounds and on his DeviantArt account (among others) when the next episode of the series was coming out. The show was something he does as a hobby and, by his own admittance, didn't expect it to take off like it did.
  • Arfenhouse Teh Movie 3. The creator, Misteroo, released two prank films instead of the promised third film because fans would not stop asking him when it would come out. The second of these was released because none of them got the hint.
  • Matt Wilson, the creator of Bonus Stage, ended the series and dropped off the Internet in part due to the fans, who were by turns screamingly negative or creepily obsessed.
  • PokéTuber TamashiiHiroka was forced to disable comments on her videos for a year or two due to the intense controversy that her feminist views (particularly her video criticizing Lopunny's design) and criticisms of Pokémon Diamond and Pearl amassed. The massive amount of online harassment she received both on and off her channel was so severe that it wasn't until December 10, 2015 that she re-opened the comments sections (and even then, only because she wasn't able to continue disabling them). However, all videos released before then still have comments disabled, even if they didn't address any controversial topics. Late in 2016, she finally turned them back on.
  • LittleKuriboh had mentioned his bisexuality on his LiveJournal, and someone who knew him personally took that information to his parents, who didn't take it very well. LK has since stated that he will be much, much more cautious about posting personal information in the future.
  • This is often the motivation for uploaders disabling comments on YouTube, far more so than Orwellian Editor reasons. Case in point, WWE's official YouTube Channel. However, knowing the IWC (Internet Wrestling Community), one would only be able to guess how many comments they would receive about Ring of Honor, TNA, Chris Benoit, or the myriad of other "We Do Not Speak of Such Things" topics that they would undoubtedly be inundated with.
  • Sometimes, when a group of videos on YouTube gets DMCA'd, fans of the videos will quite unfairly and needlessly harp on the uploader. In at least one case, this has resulted in the uploader personally taking down the rest of his/her videos.
  • Retsupurae used to have a comments section on their channel but removed it after their viewers wouldn't stop either bickering amongst themselves or posting links to videos for the guys to riff on, even after it became apparent that Retsupurae ignored said links. After much clamouring in the videos the comments were reinstated only for the same thing to happen again and this time it seems they're gone for good. The suggestions may have also been partly responsible for the removal of their Formspring, although it may have been a temporary thing in the first place. It did not help that someone posted a fandom secret of pairing the guys up, or the person who uploaded a video consisting of nothing but Slowbeef's laughter strung together for ten minutes, intensely creeping them out. Another one happened in 2013, due to the massive amount of fans taking "Riff" to mean "Bully the uploader off of YouTube", They've started editing out the names of authors in their traditional RPs. Fans continued to track the people down and harass them, which eventually spelled the death of "traditional retsupurae" in favor of riffing longplays of games, where they mock the content of the game itself, and not the (silent) player.
  • As an April Fools' Day prank, Maddox changed The Best Page in the Universe into One of the Better Pages in the Universe. Most of the fans didn't get the joke and thought either it was a serious new direction, he had a girlfriend imposing the changes, or he was hacked. After reviewing the emails he received reacting to the prank, he declared, "I seriously contemplated taking down my site and just posting links to animal porn for you retards. You're all idiots, and I've lost what little respect I had for you."
  • A lot of That Guy with the Glasses contributors used to have FAQ threads on the forums where they would answer any question. Not only have those gone because of questions that got too personal, rude or creepy, but most of the people have even fled the place altogether because of the culminating mess of white knights, stalkers, trolls, sexist homophobes, and death threats.
    • There was a site-wide Running Gag that everyone wanted Allison Pregler and treated her like a sex symbol. It had a lot of funny moments, there was no sexist behavior involved and it produced loads of Fanfic Fuel, but because too many fans took it as permission to just consider her as a hot chick and not a reviewer, it had to die down.
    • Another Allison-related one. Her relationship with her boyfriend Phelous produced lots of videos and a shared fanbase, but due to some people hitting her with accusations of ruining Phelous' work, she says she's become hesitant to make videos with Phelous as a result.
    • While Doug Walker never liked The Dark Knight Rises, his first review of it was trying his best to be nice and constantly interrupting his own opinions to assure people he was probably just overreacting and would never be a Fan Hater about it. But a wave of He Panned It, Now He Sucks!, including a Facebook post having to be deleted because over 100 people were calling him names for asking why the review got hated so much, made him lose his patience and his "like what you like" mantra was essentially dropped.
  • The Spoony Experiment:
    • After Spoony won the Mashable Open Web Award for 2009's Funniest Person to Follow, he posted a video thanking his fans for their support; unfortunately, more than a few viewers posted comments insulting his then-girlfriend Scarlett, who made a rare appearance in the video, prompting Noah to replace it with a new video titled "An Appeal For Manners".
    • Spoony has publicly called out the fans who made the other TGWTG contributors hesitant about doing crossovers with him because said fans would inevitably cause trouble, usually by endlessly talking trash about the other reviewer and claiming that they were taking Spoony's attention away from his own work.
    • There's been at least one occasion where fans have shown up unannounced and uninvited in cosplay outside of Spoony's house (and did the same thing to his parents, having looked up his address before he moved out), and refused to leave until the police were called. Considering that his brother is a police officer who has had people try murder him, Noah was not amused.
    • His vlog on The Amazing Spider Man 2 where he and April rip into it received a heavily negative backlash to the point where he disabled comments on the video. Spoony even made a response video to the backlash where he stated that while the negative reaction was expected, he was surprised at the sheer quantity of childish borderline incomprehensible vitriol for his opinion on the film. This was one of the incidences that led him to disable all comments on his videos, a decision he's stood by to this day.
  • Lewis Lovhaug of Atop the Fourth Wall gets a good deal of this from his History of Power Rangers series, mostly in two different forms:
    • The most prominent is people who harass him about when the next episode will be posted, which has prompted Lewis to comment on multiple videos (with varying levels of annoyance and frustration) that there's no set release schedule and that he has less time to work on the series than he would like thanks to real life and work on the normal AT4W episodes. Eventually he did set a fixed schedule, but of course Real Life sometimes gets in the way.
    • The other part comes from fans who dislike Lewis' stance towards Super Sentai; namely, he has no interest in watching itnote  because it wasn't a part of his childhood like Power Rangers was and therefore it holds no nostalgia for him. He only brings it up in HOPR when it serves to explain factual information about the show he's reviewing (like the sillier aspects of Power Rangers Turbo stemming from its source material being an Affectionate Parody). He's also said that he specifically wants to avoid drawing needless comparisons between a Rangers show and its Sentai source to keep from falling into the conflict that exists between more vocal fans of the two franchises; needless to say, this doesn't sit well with the Sentai purists.
    • Later, an AT4W episode had Linkara (Lewis's character) insulting people who use ad-blockers to browse his site, which caused a backlash from people who didn't understand the concept of Alter-Ego Acting and thought it was serious rather than a joke. This was followed by Lewis posting an out-of-character video to explain that the show is his primary source of income and asking politely for fans to disable ad-blockers because this is quite literally the money he uses to pay rent, buy food, etc., and a couple of thirty-second advertisements shouldn't be that big a problem. Although he later noted a massive increase in ad revenue following this video, there were more than a few commenters who acted like Lewis's request was unreasonable and openly stated their intent to continue blocking the ads purely out of spite.
  • Furry image board site Fchan had played an April Fools prank on its viewers by making every link always direct to a specific category of images instead of the section people intended to click on. People complained loudly about this, causing the admin to revolt by shutting the site down for a day because, in his own words, "People don't know how to take a joke."
  • Rule 34 (the site) learned this the hard way, after Dreamhost (their old host) forced them to pull toddlercon. The following April, after they had completed the move to Dutch servers, they put up one of those stock FBI warnings (which had anyone paid attention to where they moved would have been bloody obviously fake) and claimed Lolicon and Shotacon was about to go, which was further helped along by E-Hentai really having to do this at coincidentally the same time due to their own hosts, and also the guilty verdicts of the Whorley and Handley cases in real life. The response when the veil was lifted? A hacker taking over the site and replacing everything with pictures of tigers (both tanks and animals), then his penis, and finally 20ish straight days of DDoS, which obliterated a server and is partly responsible for why the site runs like crap today. Porn on the Internet. Srsbsns. Interestingly, the second April Fools' joke went completely unnoticed due to the furor over the first, with a total of three comments over the following week about it. The second 2010 April Fools' joke? Aliasing Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles to Big_Green_Talking_Turtles, Baxter's infamous line in the first season. Was lampshaded later when the site ran a vote for what missing features from the move were to return. This being the internet, the joke option won, and so everything was turned into Atari Jaguars instead, continuing the big cat theme the troll had started.note 
  • Artists have been known to remove their galleries from art sites due to harassment from certain fans and other such stuff. Due to some of the troublesome nature, many prefer to remain anonymous or only speak through their friends nowadays. Some examples include:
    • Someone opening requests and winding up with people obsessively asking when their requests were done, or winding up with so much they can't do it anymore. Other times, artists have only opened up certain commission slots depending on the comments posted due to "snipers" only to get constantly complained at. Artists have been known to limit commission slots or put restrictions on the content because people would post within ten minutes and buy off most of the slots, etc.
    • Seeing their work posted on other sites without their permission, traced, ripped, etc. Sometimes even worse when they got accused of it and got banned by the art thieves because of bribery, nepotism, and corruption on art sites favoring the thieves. One glaring example is Sitrophe, who had an OC named Equilibrium. So many people stole the OC that Sitrophe was forced to sell it.
    • Het Is Ew mentalities. Extreme fans have been known to send hate mail to creators because they made a heterosexual pair canon, or drew pictures of heterosexual couples. This has happened numerous times on deviantART, Sheezyart, and even FurAffinity. An anime artist known for drawing Yaoi once decided to draw a picture of her OC making out with an OC of her real life boyfriend. Her fanbase proceeded to flood the comments section saying how disgusting it was and saying she was skimping on them. She proceeded to delete her account because people began to make misogynistic comments without taking into account that the artist was female in real life.
    • There's one comic that shows the inverse cause, but same result of this. An artist in the Furry Fandom (complete with Furry Avatar) posts a picture, asking for comments. One of the comments heaped on the praise, but gave too much information. This shifts the artist out of the furry avatar state, cue a couple of beat panels, and he's trying to get to sleep with "Sweaty from arousal" running in a loop in his head.
    • Some artists have been known to close commissions down after people harassed them. Either stuff happened in real life and commissioners harassed them about when their pic would be done, terrible customers would ask them to constantly redo the pic because they messed stuff up, people stiffing payment, etc. A real life professional artist (read: Someone who draws art for a living) had to put stiff requirements on commissions because she had to spend up to $100 in supplies for a troublesome customer only for him to stiff her and cancel the job when it was already done. She put it in her portfolio anyways, but proceeded to see that pic put up in that customers' gallery and treated as a "Request". Another artist reported a troublesome customer asking him to redo the pic numerous times and found every rejected sketch uploaded to that customer's gallery.
    • In almost any art web site, artists who grow popular tend to be cautious in revealing their contact and messenger information due to people either trying to mooch off of them for free art or harass them over anything.
    • Fan artists have closed their galleries or stopped posting altogether due to offensive comments that fanfiction or fan art is not art and accusations of plagiarism and tracing.
    • It is quite common on erotic/hentai galleries for any artist who attempts to create a story sequence with any sort of extended buildup to be bombarded with comments demanding that they "get to the sex already", "stop messing about" or even "stop doing it wrong". Unsurprisingly, some artists just lose their mojo, their groove, or their temper, and stop posting instead.
    • Many artists, particularly on Pixiv, are staunchly against the posting of their art on other sites; pages like the Japan-based Online Fanarts Protection exist to inform people about such policies. Although artists are generally fine with people linking to the pages for their art on sites like Twitter and Facebook, they draw the line at their art being uploaded onto sites such as Tumblr, and will often have a quip on their Pixiv profile warning users against the unauthorized posting of their art on other sites, or at the least telling fans to ask them before reposting. Some artists will go as far as to make their works private or delete them altogether if this problem is bad enough. Reactions to this sort of policy have been mixed; fellow artists generally agree with them, citing that they prefer to control where on the web their works show up (especially considering some users don't bother to give credit to the original artist when posting their images, or worse, claim the art as their own) while many non-artists, especially Westerners, feel that there's no point complaining about it by virtue of content on the Internet being easily reposted elsewhere and that asking artists for permission to post art on other sites is too much of a hassle, especially when most artists on Pixiv do not understand English and most Westerners don't know Japanese.
  • Many IRC-channels have been removed due to harassment and flame wars. The same applies to websites as well; before Serenes Forest became the new go-to place for Fire Emblem information, other sites had served the purpose and were later shut down because the moderators and administrators got too tired of dealing with the raging fans.
  • The Tropes Mirror Wiki originally was open for anyone who wanted to sign on and edit. But then a handful of jokers from This Very Wiki decided the folks over on the Mirror needed to be "punished" for daring to actually exist as a website and started spam-bombing the Mirror by creating new pages that were titled from the old wiki (using actual trope titles of pages that hadn't been imported yet), but filled with porn spam, or ads for erectile dysfunction drugs, or cheap cigarettes, and the like. As a result, new editors have to now be approved by the admins before they can do anything on the wiki. When one of the spammers was tracked down and confronted, he admitted to doing it as a "fuck you" to the Mirror on behalf of Fast Eddie and TV Tropes, despite the Mirror's existence not violating any law, rule, regulation, or standard of behavior. A different Tropes Mirror Wiki, founded by a different user, exists today, but it can only contain material from this wiki that originated before July 2012.
  • PostSecret opened an iPhone app at the end of 2011 so people could take photographs and edit them quickly to make their own secrets and send them to a separate secret section that other app users could see. While mostly secrets similar to those found on the website people started to send in generally hurtful secrets, often about other secrets sent through the app. PostSecret is known for sending in the most personal secrets people have so rude comments aren't looked upon kindly. This started a huge fight between those being rude, trolls and those trying to defend those being attacked. Actual secrets got pilled under all of these. The creators tried to set up a system where they would screen every secret sent in, which was at an average of 30,000 per day. This quickly proved impossible and the app was closed on the first day of 2012, lasting a total of four months. A lot of the secrets near the end of the app commented that the app and the "secrets" involved were proof that people really can't govern themselves.
  • RubberFruit was one of the most prolific GModders on YouTube, but stopped making videos between December 2011 to July 2012 to show his displeasure towards his subscribers, particularly for constant demands for new videos as well as the habit for fans to spam lines of his works on videos for music he usednote .
  • Video Games Awesome! used to have it where anyone could communicate with them in their chat room during their playthroughs, but after one too many instances of trolls spoiling the game for them, they made it so that only donators who contributed at least $50 could participate in the chat, which pissed off some long time fans who couldn't spare the money.
  • TotalBiscuit, a YouTuber known for his highly professional video game commentary and being very opinionated, came under scrutiny multiple times for getting mad at fanboys for being too rabid or too bossy. One of the biggest controversies involving him was when he got mad at a user because they, after telling someone that he didn't take requests in a completely passive manner (and not rude at all), had told him that he should have took requests because he owed it to his fans:
    "All fanboys must die."
  • Vinesauce had two notable instances within a relatively short interval of each other:
    • During the six days that Joel had his channel hijacked by a script kiddie, Vinny was forced to call out fans for their incredibly volatile responses to the incident, which included attacking both himself and Joel for giving little vocal response to the incident. Vinny specifically called this Vocal Minority "the worst kind of Vinesauce fans" and heavily reiterated that they were doing exactly what the hijacker wanted them to do.
    • A few months later, Joel went on a rant condemning viewers who try to derail the chat by announcing that another streamer has gone live before antagonizing Joel for forcing them to pick between two channels. This behavior was so bad in Joel's eyes that he made a new rule for his streams that explicitly condemned this kind of behavior.
  • Twitch streamer Bwana had enough of the BrainSlug emoticon being synonymous with racist comments]]. Not only did he make Twitch change the emoticon to an actual brain slug, he made the old emoticon for subscribers only.
  • One result of the Seigenthaler incident was The Other Wiki barred unregistered users (i.e., those with IP addresses only) from starting articles (although they are still free to edit those started by registered users).
  • This (and the fact that he doesn't want to be remembered for it, as seen here) is the reason why MoBrosStudios will no longer do any SpongeBob countdown videos.
  • There was a fun little web game called Space Email, where people could send random, anonymous letters to people, ranging from funny (or spammy), sad, or heartwarming. But less than two days after it was made, the program was shut down, because many people also used it as a way to be racist, post other people's personal information, and other unpleasant things. In order to protect others from getting hurt, the program was pulled, ruining the chance for anyone else to make a letter.
  • The fandom of Dragon Cave is known for being overly prone to some types of fans, but only once has it really become this. The Frilled dragon was a very nice, but exceptionally common breed. The combination of this and its description being the same as other, more valuable breeds caused a massive backlash, to the point of outright insulting its sprite and artist. At first, the creator tried to brainstorm ways to make it more appealing, but eventually she got so sick of the thing that she straight out discontinued the breed. Now nobody, even the many players who love them, can get more.
    Exactly four years after their initial retirement on May 4, 2010 however, the creator posted in a suggestion thread where someone suggested Frilled Dragons to return stating that she actually wants to bring them back (and mentioned something along the lines of "being immature at the time they retired"), and on May 21, 2016 they finally returned (along with the other retired breed), complete with their original descriptions and with a sprite for the males. In other words, the creator regretted having them retired in the first place, and now everyone can get Frilled Dragons once more.
  • Because most of JoshScorcher's fanbase has a tendency to harass the people he made response videos to, he decided to (maybe) stop doing response videos altogether.
  • used to allow Mystery Science Theater 3000 fanfic and even outright MSTing on other categories back in the early days of the site. But since too many jerkasses (ab)used the category to attack authors and/or insult their work, MSTs are no longer allowed on the site.
  • Similarly, a fair number of fanfiction sites ban MSTs because of jerkasses who use MSTs to attack authors and/or insult their work.
  • The website Know Your Meme ended up shutting down its "Cringeworthy" image gallery after a series of pictures depicting a drawing of an inflated Hercules kept getting posted and upvoted by fans, as well as the fact that the image gallery as a whole was becoming a haven for Flame Wars thanks to people uploading things they themselves found cringeworthy but others did not.note  The galleries for "Childhood Enhanced" and "Ruined Childhood" followed suit, mostly because "Childhood Enhanced" would mostly be pictures of female characters in more sexual scenes.
  • Because of generally good behavior and quality in sporkings presented, Das Mervin, mod of the sporking community Das Sporking, announced that new sporkers no longer had to apply or be approved of and could post whenever they wanted to. Three months later, a series of major cases of rule-breaking caused Mervin to temporarily shut down the comm and announce that sporkers once again could only post after being approved.
  • Mark Does Stuff used to allow people to do one off commissions of movies and episodes of random TV shows, which would let you see Mark react to it for the first time and get a short write-up about it. It was eventually stopped, in part because it was too time-consuming and hosting was overly expensive, but also because fans of the show would become hugely demanding if Mark didn't watch the entire show or write enough about it. Similarly, enough bronies kept sending Mark demanding, rude, sexist and racist stuff demanding to just go and start watching My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic immediately that its now permanently off his watch list, since he does not want to deal with the dark parts of its fandom.
  • In-universe example: At the end of the fifth season of The Guild, main character Sydney (who often goes by her MMO game's character name Codex) gets a job at the company that makes the MMO she and her guildmates are obsessed with. In the sixth season, she finds that the creator is a neurotic recluse who has scrapped the nearly-finished expansion multiple times for fear of provoking the ire of his game's massive Hate Dumb. Making matters worse, her game's guild leader Vork storms into her boss's office and demands to have retribution for thousands of petty complaints. When Vork later organizes a loud and angry mob against the MMO, Codex goes out to tell the crowd that complaining about something too much to the point where the original creators want nothing to do with the thing they used to love anymore. In other words, "This is why fandom can't have nice things" is the main theme of the season. Indeed, this very issue may have been the reason why Felicia Day stopped making episodes of The Guild after this season, since Seasons 5 and 6 had not been well-received by some in fandom.
  • YouTube Poop creator cs188 took down two of his poops, "No one needs foundation repair" and "Escape from HoH SiS", because both used an advertisement from a foundation repair company in Texas who filed a complaint against him on YouTube. After taking them down, he put up a video explaining why they were taken down, and asked that anyone else using that company's ads for a source do likewise. But three years later, after receiving a call from one of the employees saying that someone had prank-called the company, he put up another video asking people not to do that.
  • Nerd³ "rebooted" his YouTube channel and started ignoring almost everything his fans said in December 2013. He wrote a detailed explanation of exactly why he did this, saying that it helped turn video making back into a paid hobby instead of an extremely stressful career.
    "The community is toxic because they think you're their friend. When they don't like something they won't just dislike and move on, they'll take it as an attack on our 'friendship' and respond in kind."
  • Bald Dumbo Rat, head of producing Doctor Whooves and Assistant, has a side-blog called Lovestruck Derpy. However, when he uploaded voiced-over dubs of the pictures on YouTube, they became one of his channel's most popular videos. Unfortunately, since delays are long between updates of the dub, rabid fans attacked him and even gave his boyfriend death threats when they responded calmly. He is on the verge of taking down the blog, and posted a response video saying that, surprise surprise, these insults aren't helping at all:
    Want (Lovestruck Derpy) to be up to date? Want more Doctor Whooves and Assistant? Now leave me alone.
  • The Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Wiki, "TurtlePedia", has had to shut down discussion pages on occasion due to rampant bullying from a small handful of members toward the majority. Some articles also have had to have long-term admin-only blocks due to one or two people continuously adding false information (including, but not limited to, obvious fan characters into articles on official works), and then complaining about them being the victims of bullying when they're asked to quit vandalizing.
  • Two Yogscast channels, specifically Rythian and Simon Lane and Lewis Brindley's joint channel, turned comments off for a few months in 2013. The former did it because he felt it was just getting annoying, the latter did it in part because of that (you can see examples of just what was written here) but the main reason was because of fraudsters, who pretended that Simon had died and that extra funding was needed to complete Shadow of Israphel. They did eventually turn them back on in both cases, however.
  • Captain Sparklez is mostly positive about fan feedback, but on occasion he gets fed up with "Stop Having Fun" Guys and very nearly cancelled one of his modded Minecraft shows because they were being unreasonable. For context, that series had over one hundred mods installed, and fans expected him to know how every single one worked.
  • Kim Richards, a member of the Yogscast, has mentioned that due to irrational fan hatred, to the point of harassment, racism, and "fans" calling for her to be fired because they don't like her, she does not read the comments section for her videos anywhere near as much as she used to. She's also turned off the "ask" function on her Tumblr due to constant abuse.
  • Sips used to read the comments on his videos fairly regularly, occasionally joining in with bashing against both him and Sjin. However, due to the comments section now being a total mess, he now prefers to use Reddit instead due it being more organized and fans being considerably more rational there.
  • PewDiePie has disabled his comments section at least once. This is because things tend to degenerate very quickly into flame wars, making it hard for him to get any genuine fan feedback. He's also had trolls accuse him falsely of beating his girlfriend, which he did not like.
  • On May 2014, Manu Larcenet closed his blog where he published exclusive cartoons after they were reused without prior authorization.
  • Big Name Fan Rebornica, previous owner of a popular Five Nights at Freddy's AU, decided to leave the fandom and stop working on the AU due to death threats, complaints about their work, being forced to apologize for things they had done years ago, and extremely uncomfortable but popular mis-characterizations of their versions of the original characters. They ended up leaving the AU to a friend that would do the AU justice, and now they're free to work on their new project, but it's still horrible to see. On March 10, 2015, Rebornica and Cam, who they left the AU to, announced that they were going to "bury" the AU after a fair deal of abuse from the Five Nights at Freddy's fandom. Also, due to people that refuse to let the past remain in the past, they have, as of August 31st, shut down their Tumblr account until further notice. It is currently unknown if they'll ever return to the site.
  • Most of, if not all of, Achievement Hunter have been a little cynical towards their fandom. This can be due to many things including the YouTube comments complaining about Let's Plays being uploaded late, hateful comments towards any achievement hunter not in the "main six" (most notably Lindsay has been the subject of sexist comments), being shown sexual fan art of them kissing or even having sex with their friends/coworkers and more. However, the biggest annoyance they face is constantly having their "catchphrases" or even just things they've said once being constantly tweeted to or messaged to them in some way. This specifically happened to Ray which led to him from being one of the loudest and most talkative to being the quietest out of being afraid of creating a new phrase to be constantly hounded by on Twitter. Also at RTX 2014, the Achievement Hunter panel was full of uncomfortable questions and people just requesting shoutouts. It got so annoying that when one fan was up to ask a question he first said "I have a real question," which led to the hunters and eventually the audience cheering.
  • Many ROM Hack LPers have quit playing ROM Hacks because they were sick and tired of getting nothing but poorly made "Kaizo Clones" specifically made to piss them off on camera for the lulz. Some examples include ProtonJon, who's at least indifferent to people asking him about it, even though he constantly makes it clear that he won't do ROM Hack LPs again, and Azureblade49, which it's not a particularly wise thing to ask him about.
  • Oddity Archive host Ben Minotte used to Skype with Archive viewers, but stopped due to two separate incidents with a stalker and a troll.
  • In the beginning of 2015, the Creepypasta Wiki's chat room was taken down for multiple reasons (mainly, drama). Before that, it was taken down a few times as well, but restored after a short while. Now, it's gone for good.
  • The Game Grumps had to take down an episode of their Sonic Adventure playthrough because they were making fun of the less-than-helpful FAQ they'd been using and made the mistake of mentioning the author's name, which led to a few fans tracking the author down and harassing him, some even going so far as to hunt down his personal phone number. The episode was reposted later with the author's name censored, and Arin and Dan sent him a personal apology; thankfully, the author was cool about the whole thingnote , and noted that the vast majority of Grumps fans in the original video were defending him or calling out the Vocal Minority who suggested harassing him.
  • Death Battle made it very clear that there would no more be match ups between characters from Dragon Ball Z and Superman after the very divisive Goku vs. Superman battles ended with Superman the flat-out winner, both times. That doesn't mean they won't use those franchises again - indeed, Lex Luthor battled Iron Man and Hercule battled Dan Hibiki afterwards. You just won't see something like Gohan vs. Superboy.
  • The My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic Internet analyst Lily Peet hates the fanbase despite having no intention of leaving it, and a ton of the problems she has with them wind up in her opinion series Glass of Water. She always deletes a massive percentage of YouTube comments on her videos that don't provide some kind of legit, maturely-worded criticism because she "can't trust fans to do that on their own".
  • At Tumblr, there are a number of "theme makers", users who make blog layouts for the site. Unfortunately, some users tend to make a habit out of constantly flooding their ask box with messages of repeated questions about the themes and their perceived slowness of updating the codes, as well as stealing them as their own, removing the themes' credits and reposting them on their own blog, resulting in many of them to quit making blog themes, deleting the codes/making them private or leaving the site altogether because of this.
  • Littlenommer, a.k.a. Katie, was known not only for being the girlfriend of Trott of Hat Films, but also being quite involved with the fandom on Tumblr. This eventually changed in 2015 when fans began harassing her when she asked them to tone down the shipping and stop sexualising her boyfriend, causing her to temporarily turn off anonymous asks. The last straw, however, was harassment during a stream by the Sirs, followed by a mind-blowingly stupid post that accused her of being insecure in her relationship due to harassment, basically blaming her for the abuse. Katie vowed to never again moderate for the trio and deactivated her Tumblr for some time, though she has since returned.
  • The Dreamwidth Journal Roleplay-related site Wankgate had a major upheaval in early January 2016 when anonymous posters (the vast majority of those on the site due to its nature) were discovered trying to attack the RP meme community Bakerstreet in an attempt to drive players they didn't like out and stir up needed "wank" to talk about. This led to the site's mod to temp-stop anonymous posts before restoring it with a set of new rules that essentially ended the idea of baseless wank on the site. While some got the hint, others just moved to another site RPAnons and opted to set fire to that, leading to another migration.
  • Meatsleep (a creepy ARG that spanned several years and amassed quite a community) shut down in January of 2016 once it became clear that the fanbase was accusing people of being "Meat" (the central figure of the videos) and harassing them. The final video explains the purpose of the project and calls out the people who unwittingly ended it.
  • GoAnimate was retooled in 2014 as a pay-only business website and later removed the option for casual GoPlus accounts presumably due to this trope. Because even though it was made with anybody's usage in mind, you tend to be looked at as the laughingstock of the internet when your video-making website has tons of videos made where "baby show" characters like Caillou get grounded and sometimes assaulted. However, kids still found ways to make those videos, so in late 2015 the company announced that starting January 2016, they would move from Flash to HTML5 and remove any non-business-related themes, to both save money and exterminate incorrect usage of the platform. The fandom exploded with rage and site founder Alvin Hung quickly became a giant pariah. However, the Comedy World themes were still accessible through a hidden menu in the main video maker. Once people abused this to make Alvin Hung the new grounded video target, the themes were pulled for good. Unfortunately, they then proceeded to latch on another holdout, GoAnimate for Schools, which was the last GoAnimate membership still using the Comedy World themes; said users abused fake school e-mails to sign up, which led to that service also switching to HTML5, and thus finally removing all the Comedy World themes from the website. The site continued to remove features left as artifacts on other websites, such as Wix, but many users found out that using the extension Requestly lets you use the (archived) Comedy World themes. Eventually, the abuse got so bad that the company had no choice but to remove GoAnimate for Schools completely by 2019. As the school version was made to be used by kids, any doubt left that the Grounded videos and fandom didn't have at least something to do with the removal of the non-business themes evaporated. Because of all this, it's likely that this means the use of the program for Grounded videos will likely not be as common, if it doesn't outright come to an end.
  • Monty Oum used to be very active in Facebook, often chatting with and exchanging ideas with fans. This changed when he started getting bombarded with comments and messages demanding he finish Dead Fantasy. A photo of him and his family at his mother's wake getting these comments was the last straw, so he turned his Facebook page into a like page and rarely visited it anymore. Twitter was the only social media outlet that he updated regularly until his death in 2015.
  • Given the controversial reception to Ghostbusters (2016), Screen Junkies preemptively turned off comments for the Honest Trailer for the movie.
  • Undertale was a commonly requested game for many Let's Players to play. Unfortunately, fans of the game became notorious for spoiling and ruining the game for most YouTubers who did not do the true Pacifist Run on their first playthrough. Between the level of vitriol such YouTubers received, and the fact that it's a game best experienced blind, this frequently caused many Let's Players to end their runs of the game prematurely, and/or otherwise ruined the experience for them. Some of the more infamous cases include:
    • One of the biggest cases regarding a Let's Player clashing with the Undertale fandom is apparently Mangaminx. She got pretty much the whole game spoiled in the comments on her first video despite her explaining extensively in the video and description that she wanted to play blind. She then proceeded to kill every character she could out of pure spite, only to now amuse herself with videos where she ridicules the comments she gets on both her Undertale videos and her ridicule videos. Her placing it on the top of her "TOP5 most disappointing games 2015" more or less made her a proclaimed enemy of the entire Undertale fandom.
    • Markiplier had a series of videos set up of him playing the the game. However, after two videos, he stopped releasing them after the fandom got angry at his given voices for the characters and he didn't play the way they wanted to play, dropping spoilers along the way. He wouldn't touch the game for a long while before he opted to return to it via Twitch.
  • Cow Chop, a comedy group under Rooster Teeth, ended up getting evicted out of the home they used for filming when someone contacted their landlord and doxxed them about the damage done to the house.
  • Roahm Mythril ended up cutting his Let's Play of the first Make A Good Mega Man Level Contest short due to the hostility of the comments in his videos personally attacking the judges of the contest, especially against Blackmore Darkwing. Not only did it greatly upset Roahm, but it also greatly upset SnoruntPyro, the contest's leader, so much that she asked him not to specifically cover the second game due to this. Fortunately subverted in the end, as Roahm eventually recovered from this ordeal and announced that he will be finishing the playthrough; as well as going to do a playthrough of the second game after all.
  • It's highly unlikely that PBG Hardcore will do a Hardcore series on a public server again after McJones was killed by a player during MineZ #2. ACrispyWaluigi was a fan that had been actively stalking the group, trying to give them items they would need for their quest and wouldn't leave them alone despite them asking several times. McJones thought that killing his character would finally make him stop and instead got killed and derailed the mission. And there were also fans checking the servers to see who was logged on (ie, who was still alive) and spoiling the series.
  • redhotsonic, a YouTuber who covers various Sonic the Hedgehog games, fan games, and Game Mods, ended up going on a hiatus from YouTube for several months after harassment from an aggressive troll, who had made several threats towards him and his family (including his, at the time, unborn child), as well as doxxing several other people as well. Fortunately subverted, as he has since recovered from this and returned to uploading videos.
  • If NintendoCapriSun is playing blind through a plot-heavy game on Twitch, he'll disable alerts, place the chat in followers only mode, and have the mods on full alert to immediately time out anyone who hints at a spoiler. This is due to his blind run of Dangan Ronpa where a troll subscribed to the channel with a username that spoiled the name of the Big Bad for all to see.
  • In January 2018, Gavin Free, a well-known member of Rooster Teeth and creator of The Slow Mo Guys, and his girlfriend, former Rooster Teeth member Meg Turney, had a crazed fan break into their house with a shotgun with the intention of killing Gavin as he had an obsession with Meg and hated Gavin for being with her. While Gavin recovered from the incident, Meg hasn't as her YouTube channel had went silent for six months before she put up a video letting her fans know of what's going on, that she's been nervous to return to her videos in fear of a copycat.
  • In 2018, YouTube severely tightened its monetization rules so that eligibility is only possible for those with at least 4,000 hours of overall watch time and at least 1,000 subscribers. Though advertising on inappropriate content was not a new problem, there are indications everywhere that the controversies involving Logan Paul had everything to do with it.
  • In a Reddit AMA, RWBY co-writer and co-director Miles Luna stated that he cannot write scenes involving his character Jaune Arc due to the fact that many fans have accused Miles of making Jaune his self-insert character and making him lose interest in doing so.

    Western Animation 
  • Todd Kauffman, character designer/director for Total Drama and creator of Sidekick, had a chatbox on his blog which he used to answer questions for his fanbase. Then, despite—or perhaps because of—his warnings not to imitate him or else he would delete the chatbox, a huge ginormous number of impostors went on all at once one day in May 2011. The chatbox was deleted soon after, but he started a new one in early June.
  • The Ren & Stimpy Show creator John Kricfalusi used to host regular AIM chats with the fandom, and post Q&A sessions on certain Ren and Stimpy message boards. Some chats and question sessions went well, at least at first. However, after a large amount of "heckling" and being drowned out with constant clamoring requests of "Do you like this show? What do you think of this show? What's your opinion on anime?", etc. (Mostly done for the purpose of troll-baiting his opinionated statements against animated shows he doesn't like) and even moderation not helping matters of people getting somewhat out of hand, he dropped this method of communication altogether. However, he later would created his own self-moderated blog to talk about various subjects and drawing and animated character theories, and does participate in comment discussions there. But he has lessened considerably himself from making as many overt statements about cartoons he does not like, quite as much, focusing more of his attention on simply praising the inspirations he does admire.
  • Greg Weisman, creator of Gargoyles and The Spectacular Spider-Man, ran a blog called "Ask Greg" for years with little to no incident. Fan could ask questions about the kinds of details that never make it into shows (like "What are Gargoyle marriage customs like?"). When he began work on Young Justice, the blog was positively deluged by questions blatantly asking for spoilers from upcoming stories, questioners being incredibly rude or demanding, masking criticisms or flames as questions, duplicate questions, etc. This led to a temporary closing of the question form and new rules on what could be asked. Things calmed down, but the March 2012 airing of episodes in Turkey before the U.S. has led to an influx of questions basically asking for summaries of the dialogue in those episodes. In April 2012, Weisman openly stated he was on the verge of shutting the blog down completely. In July 2013, the website temporarily stopped accepting new questions until the following year.
  • My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic:
    • John de Lancie had to shut down production on bonus features for his Bronycon documentary due to rampant piracy.
    • After the disaster that was Las Pegasus Unicon, which saw the convention run out of money to pay the guests followed by the "Las Pegassist" crowd-funding effort's check bouncing, both Tara Strong and Nicole Oliver opted out of attending conventions for at least a year. Voice actors now only try to attend the larger cons due to other commitments. In Strong's case, this sentiment has since changed. She has been seen at a couple smaller cons again possibly due to several fans openly offering to serve as protectors, but she works on a strict cash-only basis for autographs.
    • Ashleigh Ball and Lee Tockar have both averted this. They're willing to interact with fans. The only request they have is pretty simple; "Use judgement on the right time."note 
    • My Little Pony: Fighting Is Magic was shut down because someone nominated it for EVO'snote  side-tournaments, which are determined by a popularity poll. Both EVO staff and the game's devs asked them to stop; the EVO crew didn't want the devs to feel pressured to complete the game, while the devs urged fans to show support for Skullgirls instead; however, the fans kept voting for it. Unfortunately, this caught Hasbro's attention in a way that cannot be openly overlooked like with other projects and they decided to respond with a cease and desist and just like that, the entire project went up in smoke before it was resurrected and retooled as the original game Them's Fightin' Herds years later.
    • The writers pretty much channeled all their years of bad experiences with obsessive fans into the episode "Fame and Misfortune" - where Twilight decides to publish the friendship journals and the ponies end up attacked by rabid fans. Notably the situation is not resolved by the end - with the cast stuck inside Twilight's castle as the angry mob complains from outside. However, MA Larson and several of the writers expressed that they did not find this a good idea and wanted to do something else, but were told to go forward by Hasbro anyway.
  • The production crew for The Simpsons ignore complaints of Seasonal Rot because of the picky fans that used to frequent and nitpick perfectly good episodes.note  This is also believed to be the reason they've become rather intense Fan Haters.
  • Tress MacNeille once had to cancel several convention appearances because of a creepy stalker who was obsessed with Babs Bunny, the character she voices on Tiny Toon Adventures; the man sent her several disturbing letters that gave her the impression that he planned to rape her. This was later referenced in an actual episode where said stalker was indirectly caricatured as "the world's most terrifying creature", an overweight, pathetic, obsessive, mumbling loser who talked about various flaws in the visual presentation and wondered aloud when Fifi would get her own show. Tom Ruegger, writer and co-creator of Tiny Toons, stated in an interview that the incident was one of the reasons why the creative team lost interest in the series and moved on to Animaniacs.
  • Avatar The Last Air Bender creators Michael Dante DiMartino and Bryan Konietzko make as few con appearances as possible because their fans have been stalking them and harassing the voice actors about fan shipping. They reject any invitation to a convention other than the San Diego Comic-Con due to its high security.
  • Ultimate Spider-Man's critical reception eventually resulted in the fanbase attacking the creators and Jeph Loeb. After a certain amount of time, Loeb or Marvel ended up taking down Loeb's Facebook page.note 
  • For a short time at the beginning of Season 3, Frederator made weekly Adventure Time recaps called "Mathematical" for each episode that would also include themed caller segments. Then, the recap for the episode "What Was Missing" referenced the Marceline/Bubblegum pairing and asked for feedback, causing an explosion from some fans (from Shipping Wars, to general homophobia, to shippers calling one of the show's writers a homophobe because he didn't like the recap, etc.), to the point where the Mathematical channel was deleted from YouTube, along with all the recaps, and Fred Seibert himself posted an apology for all the crazinesss. The controversy died down in later seasons, when Word of Gay finally confirmed that the duo at least used to be an item.
  • With the revival of Toonami, the crew created a Tumblr account to interact and answer fan questions. By April 2013, they disabled the Q&A option due to endless nonsense and people asking the same questions over and over. They occasionally open it up again for Q&A days.
  • The Family Guy episode "Turban Cowboy" features one scene where Peter drunkenly runs over runners of the Boston Marathon, and another where Peter unknowingly sets off a bomb when he attempts to use a cell phone. The episode aired just a month before the April 2013 bombing at the real Boston Marathon. Fox responded by pulling the episode from everywhere it could legally be viewed from in the U.S.; a video remix, which made it look like Peter bombed the marathon, only made things worse. To put this in perspective, the show's notoriously irreverent creator, Seth MacFarlane, was utterly disgusted by the video remix.
  • Ciro Nieli, the man behind the 2012 Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles reboot, signed up on a high-profile message board on the subject. After only a few posts, he announced that he was leaving and never coming back, due to being outright bullied over tiny perceived foibles over and over, including one user that posted many times, complaining about the same exact thing in each post leading to dozens of messages in-between his visits about the same thing, from the same person.
  • Derrick J. Wyatt no longer accepts questions about his work on Ben 10: Omniverse or any questions on his take of his Ben 10 universe, due to a mix of redundant questions, angry hate mail from fans of Alien Force and Ultimate Alien, and the stressful forced rushing of production towards the end of Omniverse. All of which has made him swear off Ben 10 forever, to the point that he temporarily closed all questions, though were later reopened on his request that they have nothing to do with Ben 10. He also swore off the Teen Titans questions, and promised never to watch it, as he was heavily Misblamed for Teen Titans Go!, despite only drawing a few designs and having nothing to do with the writing or producing of the show.
  • The South Park episode "Terrance and Phillip in Not Without My Anus" received so many angry replies from fans incensed that it aired as an April Fools' joke instead of "Cartman's Mom Is Still a Dirty Slut", the episode that reveals the identity of Cartman's father, that Comedy Central rarely reran it until 2016.
  • Steven Universe writer and storyboarder Jesse Zuke (formerly Lauren Zuke prior to coming out as non-binary) had to delete their Twitter account following an episode that showed two characters, Lapis and Peridot, living together. Fans said that Zuke was favoring a relationship between the two, as opposed to another that was hinted at in a previous episode. Eventually, it escalated to fans accusing her of "queer baiting", despite the fact that Zuke is bisexual, and the relationship as it appeared in the show was between two female characters anyway. Zuke then deleted their Twitter account, saying, "I decided I don't want to be accessible to thousands of people who think because I work on a TV show that I owe them myself all the time." The entire incident also seems to have canned Peridot's real life Twitter account, since Zuke was the one who was running it.
  • Star vs. the Forces of Evil: During a panel at the Gallery Nucleus, some of the show's staff aired a sneak peak of the new opening sequence for Season 3, and warned the audience they would likely never show sneak peaks again if any of them recorded it and leaked it to the Internet. Much to their disappointment, someone did it anyway. However, sneak peeks of future episodes are still done at San Diego Comic-Con due to the show's status as a flagship series.

  • Microsoft blogger Raymond Chen deleted an entire backlog of stories about one coworker after people ignored his request not to try to guess his identity.
  • Some people who upload series to Keep Circulating the Tapes on sites such as YouTube may delete their channels to encourage people to buy the DVD set. Occasionally, they wind up chased off of the site by certain fans who don't want to pay for official DVD sets. In particular, one user dedicated a lot of time keeping the tapes circulated for old shows that had not been given a DVD release. Most notably, they uploaded the entire Daria series to their channels, and deleted them when the DVD release finally came around. They eventually ended up deleted their accounts after rabid fans begun to yell at them for asking them to buy the DVD release and telling others where to find torrents of the series. When they shut down the channels, a dozen series that never had a DVD release disappeared with it.
  • Hotels that are commonly booked for business meetings or conventions have sometimes even turned away congoers/attenders because in the previous year, they trashed rooms, stole things, harassed hotel staff/other guests, or raised ruckuses:
    • The YMCA in one state refused to host a Jr. High camping weekend because a group of kids lit a fire in the cabins. Other YMCAs have reported similar damages - one in Colorado banned a Jr. High camping weekend from ever being hosted there after a grill went missing from an adjacent campsite and was later discovered inside their swimming pool.
    • New Jersey FurBQ was completely canceled after 2012 when a few people did very lewd things in public, causing the town to not only threaten the people hosting the event with legal action, but cut the budget of their emergency services, which the event was used as a charity to raise money for them.
    • The Seattle-based furry con Rainfurrest met the same fate after its 2015 incarnation, which for whatever reason attracted all manner of unsavory characters, apparently convinced it was some kind of "fetish con", who proceeded to engage in every kind of kink you can think of and then some (e.g. people were walking around in public with their gimp suits on and flushing... erm, "used objects" down the toilets. The plumbers were very busy that weekend). As a result, the host hotel kicked everyone out early and told them they were no longer welcome.
    • Power Morphicon got into some hot water with the city of Pasadena, California due to a panel held by Paul Schrier and Jason Narvy, better known as Bulk and Skull. The panel, which was about comedy and comedic timing, turned into a pie throwing panel and the resulting mess netted a whopping $9,000 dollars in damages.
    • Allegedly, a convention in Las Vegas was banned from Mandalay Bay because hotel staff reported seeing bathroom doors ripped off, shattered mirrors, and entire sets of clothing stuffed down the toilets.
    • This frequently happens with music venues. While bands will sometimes get blacklisted from certain venues for things like theft, vandalism, or general bad behavior, fans are frequently the ones who ruin things. Someone gets assaulted/groped in the pit? Moshing gets banned. Underage kids coming into all-ages/18+ shows and getting adults to buy them booze? Age restriction gets changed to a blanket 21+. Fights repeatedly breaking out or people stealing/vandalizing property on a consistent basis at shows of a certain genre? The venue blacklists that entire genre. It goes like this: if a venue that used to be known for shows stops booking bands of a certain genre or stops having them altogether, chances are very good that it's because a select group of assholes ruined it for everyone.

      Guns N' Roses is an infamous example. The reason why they're Persona Non Grata in St. Louis? On July 2, 1991, they were playing at the Riverport Amphitheatre when Axl Rose noticed a fan taking photographs. He asked security to confiscate the camera and eject the fan. However, when security didn't move fast enough, Rose did it himself, slugging the fan and several others in the vicinity along with a couple of security guards. The band stopped the show and left, and the audience responded by rioting and causing damage to the venue in the process. That's right, Rose was Mis-blamed for once. And because of that one fan, Guns N' Roses was blacklisted by every major venue in the city. It would only be in 2017, 26 years later, when Guns N' Roses would finally be allowed to play in the city again.
    • In Las Vegas, taxi drivers hate some sports fans because of their tendencies to immediately dash out of the taxi cab.
    • At least one hotel has considered banning Homestuck cosplayers from renting rooms because of the messes that the grey bodypaint on those cosplaying as Trolls causes, including damage to the plumbing and pools and hot tubs that have had to be drained because cosplayers thought that would be a quicker way to get it off. A few smaller cons have outright banned Homestuck cosplay altogether for similar reasons and the fact that troll bodypaint has an unfortunate tendency to rub off on other people who might bump into the cosplayers when it's not sealed properly, and some of said cosplayers get way too into character and create a public nuisance.
    • According to Pete Townshend, The Who were banned from all Holiday Inn hotels after drummer Keith Moon helped trash a hotel in Flint, Michigan.
  • Civil servants and government officials frequently feel this way about newspaper columnists and the public. More than one former treasury official has secretly admitted to deeply hating the media and public, generally because they expect more of the government than it can reasonably provide or because they demand the government direct its money in a certain way without thinking through the consequences.
  • Twilight fans actually found a way of inverting this. After the stars of the film broke up due to Kristen Stewart cheating on Robert Pattinson with a married director, Twi-hards flocked to their nearest outlet store in order to hide magazines that detailed the story. Some of them even took pictures of themselves doing it, making this a bizarre case of Why Non-Obsessed People Can't Have Normal Things.
  • AMC Theatres has banned people from wearing certain costumes it feels may make others feel uneasy in the wake of James Holmes's homicidal rampage at a Cinemark theatre in Aurora, Colorado. It doesn't help that Holmes referred to himself as The Joker.
  • Stonehenge can no longer be directly accessed by tourists, except under special circumstances, because of the danger that people will chip off pieces as souvenirs.
  • Any online forum or message board is bound to fall into this when there's a surge of trolling or other nonsense. Used to be able talk about specific topics freely or say certain words without harm? Thanks to a few people going too far, now no one can have that freedom. Used to be able to post files and links to share with members? Now you can't do it anymore thanks to a few members abusing the system. If there's a lot of entitled bastards within the community, you can expect them to blame the administrators and/or moderators for revoking specific privileges, even if certain members are at fault. This is part of the reason why many mainstream sites and blogs have switched from using their own commenting system to Facebook commenting - it (supposedly) cuts down on the flame wars when people have to use their real Facebook account, and troll accounts are deleted by Facebook which frees up the moderators to do other tasks.
  • For troops and families stationed in U.S. military bases overseas, this can be a problematic issue when some military member commits a serious crime against locals (at least in Japan). This angers the host country's government and citizens that a base curfew lockdown is enforced in response, until things eventually return to normal. You won't be able to enter the base after hanging around at clubs late at night and you will be questioned by armed guards.
  • Neil Gaiman no longer gives his own opinions and speculations about Doctor Who due to getting hate mail and being quoted out of context by news outlets after he gave his opinion on the Twelfth Doctor's casting and the 13-regeneration limit rumor.
  • On Tumblr, it is not uncommon for bloggers to wipe their blogs or make unannounced changes to their usernames if a post they write happens to instigate a massive Internet Backdraft. Such backdrafts are much more frequent when the topic of social justice is brought up; let's just leave it at that.
  • GameFAQs has the infamous "Life, the Universe, and Everything" board (a.k.a. LUE), which has a rather interesting backstory:
    • When a LUE regular posted on another social board and subsequently drew its ire, other LUE regulars flocked to that same board for a mass posting invasion. CJayC, the founder and then head admin of the site, gave LUE three choices: shut down LUE, raise the level requirement for posting, or split the board. Regulars agreed on the level requirement increase:
    "LUE gets FOUR times the moderated messages of any other board, more account bannings than any other board, and definitely causes more than its fair share of trouble than any other board on the entire site. This can't go on. The problem is not with the moderators or the TOS; the same moderators and the same rules apply on every other board on the site, yet no other board needs the kind of attention that LUE appears to require."
    • LUE got its Wham Episode in November 2003, when someone on the board instigated the invasion of a successful suicide attemptee's memorial blog. CJayC, after some legal threats that he was able to deal with, imposed a user ID cap on the board, disallowing anyone whose account was created after a particular date from ever viewing or posting on LUE.
    • Then there's the "ExcLUEsion", in which CJayC turned LUE into an opt-in board with an 11-day opt-in window, on top of the other restrictions already in place; anyone who missed their opportunity can never come to LUE ever again. Nowadays, since the members became older and wiser, the board is now one of the least disruptive of GameFAQs.
  • The Closing Logos Group now requires visual or aural proof for "mythical" logos or variants after, following a massive administrative shakeup caused by the owner going rogue over a mythical logo variant, the variant in question was definitively discovered to be a phony made up by one of their own, just as the owner had been trying to prove in the first place.
  • Midnight showings/releases. All it takes is for one group of idiots to make management decide not to do them anymore. Examples taken from some blogs include:
    • A midnight showing of Twilight ending with a member that disliked Twilight assaulting several people in line coupled with a massive mess in the theatre.
    • A midnight release of Grand Theft Auto IV ending with someone stealing copies.
    • A midnight release of a Call of Duty ending with someone shouting "Call of Duty sucks!", tagging the store, and spray-painting several people in attendance in the face.
    • A fistfight breaking out over the last PlayStation 3 in 2006.
  • Artists on DeviantArt and such who take commissions or do side things (like "adoptables") eventually either severely restrict requests or stop doing certain things because some people would run them down to no end with either criticisms or asinine requests.
  • At Mines View Park in Baguio City, Philippines, there used to be local children who would climb onto the wishing well and catch coins thrown by tourists, in a showcase of their balancing abilities and to attract tourism. However, over time, some of the more Jerkass tourists would hurl coins at the children with the intent to Troll and/or injure them. Unsurprisingly, the act of children catching coins thrown at the well is not practiced anymore.
  • Many blogs, especially on Tumblr, may disable anonymous comments or asks entirely if certain people abuse the G.I.F.T. as an excuse to harass people. While disabling anon usually cuts down on the vitriol, it also means that those who might not have an account or are too shy to come forward with their name attached can no longer do so even if their intent is completely benign.
  • A lot of organizations allow fans of a particular hobby to carry out their business on organization property as long as everyone follows the rules and no one is getting hurt. Everyone has a jolly good time until someone abuses this privilege or breaks the rules or otherwise acts like an asshat, so the privilege is revoked from everyone. For instance, during the 90's, it was common for primary schools in the U.S. to allow any manner of trading card games to take place during recess. Then one group of kids starts stealing cards or getting into fights over who won what game, leading to PTA or teachers just banning the things to avoid any more trouble.
  • Several anime conventions used to be lenient with their cosplay weapon policies, such as permitting fake weapon props as long as they were inspected and marked with an orange tape (as well as other common sense rules like no threatening people). Then a series of incidents led to a blanket ban of anything resembling a weapon thanks to a few people who decided to bring real weapons or start fights (real or fake) in front of innocent bystanders (who may summon the police). Many cosplays suffer because in several cases, the weapon makes the character.
  • New York Comic Con, the second largest comic con in the U.S., has by 2015 only allowed cosplay weapons to be "made of cardboard or styrofoam". Other types will always be confiscated for however long the attendee is on the premises. And apparently, left in garbage cans out in the open for absolutely anyone to take pictures.
  • The Phoenix Comic Con had to issue a temporary blanket no-weapons ban in 2017 after a man was arrested having snuck in with various actual weapons and body armor in a The Punisher-style get up with the intent of not only killing police officers but also actor Jason David Frank.
  • The Rose City Comic Con had a ban on "hateful symbols", stating that historical costumes are okay, but reminders of unspeakable atrocities aren't (meaning one could dress up as the Red Skull as long as they didn't bear the Nazi swastika or any other symbolry). However, after a bunch of cosplayers entered the convention as SS-garbed Hello Kitty characters, they effectively changed it to remove all Nazi imagery, Red Skull and HYDRA along with them.
  • There was a certain extinct tree in Madagascar that turned out not to be extinct: one last living sample was found in somebody's back yard. People began sneaking up and taking little pieces of the tree as souvenirs. The Madagascar government put up a fence. People climbed the fence. The government put up another, higher fence. People climbed over two fences. Eventually the whole area had to be upgraded to "restricted", which meant a 24-hour guard just to protect a critically endangered tree that had been safer before it was classified "critically endangered." Douglas Adams, who recorded the incident in his non-fiction work Last Chance To See, observed that even he couldn't make up something like this.
  • The Pinside Forums is the largest gathering online for discussion of pinball, to where a lot of well-respected creators will post their commentary, answer questions, and even provide news of projects in development there before anyone else. As of late, however, it has become so overrun with vitriol, death threats, and an overall Unpleasable Fanbase. A few makers have skin thick enough to actually read the negative comments and gain feedback from it, like Jack Guarnieri and Andrew Heighway. However, most are now making far fewer announcements on Pinside than they used to because they realized that more often than not, if someone asks a question on Pinside, they expect an immediate reply regardless of when it was asked. Some, such as Steve Ritchie, now only answer questions on completed projects, and a few, such as Stern Pinball's PR manager Jared Guynes and Jersey Jack's programmer Keith Johnson, have stopped using Pinside altogether to avoid unnecessarily high blood pressure.
    • Pinside was definitely at its worst when two boutique pinball manufacturers — Skit-B Pinball and Zidware — were revealed to have been beset by problems that put the future of their games in jeopardy. This left several customers — some of which unfortunate having pre-ordered games for both manufacturers — out of thousands of dollars and were unlikely of getting it back. The two threads that documented the progress of each company (which are some of Pinside's largest) exploded into outrage and back-and-forth among customers, skeptics and die-hard supporters of said pinball manufacturers. The creators from both companies (Kevin Kulek and John Popaduik), needless to say, immediately left Pinside and the "pre-pay" model for pinball machines has been avoided by most pinball manufacturers.
    • On a different note, Pinside’s founder, Robin — in response to the infamy and distaste surrounding Pinside — has actually attempted making the forums “family-friendly”, especially since so many well-known people from the pinball community were leaving the site. Namely, he added a restricted section called “The Basement”, where users could take the more heated discussions without bothering others. There were also suggestions of “Pinsider deathmatches”, which would essentially pit users against one another and encourage bad behavior. In the end, Robin's efforts seem to have either enhanced or done nothing to improve the animosity running amok in Pinside, and most significant figures in the pinball industry still distance themselves from all mention of the site altogether.
  • Adult model Justine Joli had a side gig as a dominatrix, but after only a couple of months she announced that she would no longer discuss her D&S activities on her social media or accept her followers as clients after fans booked appointments in order to meet her. While she gave no details about these encounters, the inference was that said fans had expected "services" that Joli was not offering. This is averted by Joli's friend and colleague Joanna Angel, who continues to invite her fans and social media followers to see her in person during her strip club tours despite an incident where a wealthy fan offered her a million dollars for sex (which she politely declined).
  • The person known on Tumblr as "xkit Guy" used to offer popular xkit extensions for Tumblr users to revert unpopular site design changes. That is, until bloggers frustrated at his perceived slowness at updating deluged him with abuse and hatemail—culminating in a dubious accusation of harassment—and ultimately drove him off the site.
  • Over the course of the years, many airlines in the United States have stopped letting families board with their kids before the other passengers. While some carriers, like United Airlines, claimed that it was to streamline the boarding process, a lot of people believe that what actually is going on is that the airlines did this to crack down on those families that abused preboarding privileges to hog overhead bin space from frequent flyers who often could end up being forced to gate-check their bags because their overhead bin space was taken up by the family in the back of the aircraft.
  • Disney Theme Parks have their examples:
    • Costumed characters used to fairly freely roam the parks to greet visitors, sign autographs, and pose for pictures, but by the end of The '90s this practice was scrapped in favor of organized, scheduled meet-and-greets in specific locations and a huge expansion in the number of character meals offered at park and hotel restaurants. This is because the old system was effectively abused by "character hogs" — families and tour groups who insisted on taking up huge chunks of a character's limited time, leaving other guests neglected. In addition, there were pranksters who would "hilariously" physically abuse the characters given an opportunity. The current system is far more regimented (and expensive in the case of meals) but allows more people to get the pictures with Mickey, Cinderella, etc. they crave — though the character hogs are still out there — and far safer for the costumed performers, who now have "attendants" (re: effectively bodyguards)/professional photographers as well.
    • School trips to Disneyland tend to have the park issue blanket bans to a school if one kid on a trip is caught doing something wrong. This typically involves complaints of kids harassing the staff/mascots, starting fights, or stealing things from the gift shops. In many cases, these bans are still in effect long after the offending kid would have graduated.
  • Mick Foley is an avid user of social media. In October 2016, he was engaged in a discussion with a fan via direct message about Raw's women's division, in particular pushing the women in it who weren't getting pushes at that time.note  The fan then posted this discussion to the public, resulting in Foley announcing that he would no longer communicate with fans via DM.
  • During the early days of ECW, fans used to bring in various items from a nearby thrift store to be used in their matches as part of contests. All various types of items were used... until one fan, apparently not understanding kayfabe, brought in a cast-iron skillet. Mick Foley, so used to cheap pots and pans, didn't realize what he grabbed until mid-swing, putting The Sandman out of commission for two weeks due to a concussion. The contests ended after that.
  • Pick an interaction between any creator and its requisite "subreddit" (forum) on Reddit. It's a 50/50 shot that the relationship became one of these at some point. In particular, any subreddit devoted to a game of any kind can potentially turn into the vilest toxic environment in a matter of months.
  • A burrito truck in Portland, Oregon, Kooks Burritos, was forced to shut down after an interview with the two owners led to people accusing them of cultural appropriation. The owners had admitted to asking Mexican women about their recipes and, when rebuffed, spying on them and using the recipes uncredited. It's unlikely anyone except family will be able to make those burritos now.
  • The Reddit sub-reddit r/Battlefield, focusing on the Battlefield franchise, finally had enough of the armchair historians and shut down any discussion about historical accuracy after it was assaulted by people who was more than willing to rip apart anything and everything involving with the fact that Battlefield V has women fighting in World War II. Safe to say, that's all we should say about it.
  • The creator of Cards Against Humanity webhost "Pretend You're Xyzzy" shut down servers after a user used a blank card to make a school shooting-related answer. The offending user even had "school shooter" in their name, making it otentially serious enough to contact authorities. The webhost creator states that if the servers go back up, then chat and blank cards will be disabled.
  • Material from Neil Simon works was long a staple of high school forensics competions until someone wrote to Simon asking permission to perform something. Simon's lawyers sent a cease-and-desist to the national governing body advising that no one ever has authorization to perform his material in competition without paying royalties. Whether this may change following Simon's death remains to be seen.
  • If you're wondering why Mexican Furry Fandom doesn't have the same negative opinion by the general audiences like their American counterparts had, it's because, Values Dissonance aside, the members of the aforementioned fandom in that country are somewhat infamous for being a very elitist one, since they included lots of measures to prevent the same excesses incurred by U.S. fans from being replicated in their country. Among those measures are that several furry conventions are completely private events, and can only be attended by invitation, the rules for behavior are the same used as in the U.S., instead of the ones used for conventions for regular comics, anime and manga in Mexico, which are very strict for Mexican standards and the publicity of those events is very limited, to avoid attracting unwanted attention. This also can be justified because many of those cons are also geared for foreign furry fans. Similarly and so that people understand that these conventions are not like any other comic convention, the rules and names of the events are written in both English and Spanish, something that is unusual in other kinds of conventions intended for similar genres in Mexico.

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  • While YMMV tropes and pages items aren’t necessarily tropes to begin with, rather they are Audience Reactions, the main reason YMMV itself was created was to keep the more controversial tropes off of the main pages. However, this has not stopped tropers from starting edit wars and complaining about shows they don't like on some shows, leading to said YMMV pages ending up getting locked or even deleted.
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  • This is the reason why Fetish Fuel and Troper Tales no longer exist. Some people couldn’t resist putting controversial and creepy content in Fetish Fuel and Troper Tales, which led to these sections being sent off to separate offsite wikis.
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  • Colored text was removed due to negative use and abuse of hard-to-read colors, and even easy-to-read colors like red and blue were disabled from wiki. It was eventually restored for the forums, though, and to wiki pages in the 1.8 update in 2018.
  • Headscratchers used to be called "It Just Bugs Me", but it had to be renamed because people kept thinking it was for complaining about something they didn't like about a work.
  • The Archive of Bellicose Lexicon Entities was a series of articles listing tropers accordingly to their visions on trope naming, images, example lists and the like. However, since it was determined that these articles, rather than serving their purpose as fun places for like-minded tropers to associate, were inspiring antagonism and factionalism among our user base, they have been discontinued and all of them eventually redirect back to that index. Tropers are no longer listed, as they can simply add themselves through their userpages anyway.
  • Encyclopedia Dramatica used to have a page on this wiki. However, the page was very biased against its subject matter, and since no efforts were made to undermine this, it eventually started attracting too much negative attention and had to be put down for good, as it was already far too late to do anything to save it. The page is still available on the Wayback Machine, though, and if you want view it the way it was just before its deletion, you can do so by clicking here. You can also view the page the way it was just after it was created by clicking here.
  • Trolls, vandals, and sockpuppeteers attacking the site and its articles led to a recreation of the login/handle creation system, replacing the standard sign up theme with a CAPTCHA approval addon.
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  • The Trope Pantheons used to be open in terms of adding new gods. However, due to the section's unexpected explosion in popularity, as well as people shoehorning characters into godhoods with little or no justification, there are stricter regulations for adding new gods. This includes a waiting list and a rule that their profile sheet needs to more or less entirely filled out with at least three freeform examples. A more drastic example happened with the Disgraces, they were originally a house for gods who represented a Scrappy Index, which itself was fine, but people started taking the abuse and mockery too far, even for characters who are universally hated. This eventually got to the point where the disgraces were too vitriolic and had to be closed, and eventually the entire house was demolished, the least controversial gods were reworked and placed into actual houses, the most controversial gods made Persona Non Grata, and massive sweeping retcons to portfolios all over the pantheon so that the disgraces may as well have never existed.
  • Complete Monster used to be free for all to edit. Unfortunately, people began using the page and its subpages to shoehorn in villains who they either personally thought were particularly nasty or just didn't like. Then came the point where people started putting in divisive characters who aren't even technically villains, let alone evilnote  and trying to start Edit Wars when those examples were inevitably removed. This, coupled with the trope's tendency to be filled with Conversation on the Main Page, was the last straw, leading to the page being locked, most of the examples purged, the remaining examples being reworked, and an entire clean-up thread being made to decide which characters qualified.
  • The Wall Bangers page on the Darth Wiki wound up being completely discontinued due to it being seen as a giant Flame War magnet and being rather redundant to Dethroning Moment of Suck.
  • Death Battle, being a web show where the victor of a hypothetical battle between two characters is determined through logic and reasoning, is Serious Business in some parts of the internet and has been a problem for tropers and staff more than once:
    • Like all other media, the show originally had its own Dethroning Moment of Suck page relating to the outcome of the battles. Eventually, the entries became very contested, with edit wars on the moments being erased and re-added to the point that the mods were forced to lock the page. The debates, however, continued in both in their discussion pages and the locked pages forums with fans requesting their own moments to be added. Ultimately, the mods and tropers decided to completely blacklist the page from ever having a moment again by stripping all of the examples in addition to locking the page. This is the first, and (currently) only series to ever have its dethroning moments truly stripped and blacklisted.
    • The lockup of the Dethroning page did not mark an end to the vitriol, as the Headscratchers page was later hit with similar arguments from all sides of the fanbase. No efforts could have stopped this, and thus the Headscratchers page received the exact same fate as its sibling: stripped and blacklisted.
  • Very early on in the site's life, there existed a page on the Darth Wiki that allowed anyone to complain about works they didn't like; an activity that wasn't (and still isn't) allowed on the main wiki in almost any form. Inevitably, the page in question was quickly filled with an unbearable amount of Flame Wars, Edit Wars and all other kinds of nasty behavior among tropers, leading to the page being deleted after only one month of activity. In comparison, the page's Sugar Wiki counterpart was created around the same time, and yet it still remains active today due to avoiding the problems that plagued its doomed sibling. This didn't completely put an end to complaining outlets, as pages like Dethroning Moment of Suck and Wall Bangers (the latter of which ultimately didn't work either, as mentioned above) were later created to serve a similar purpose, but they are much more carefully monitored in order to keep the vitriol to a minimum.

Alternative Title(s): Why The Fandom Cant Have Nice Things