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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

Someone who is involved in the production of a work is known for interacting with the fans. For example, they take some time writing a production blog or answering fandom's questions, or regularly appear at conventions.

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All of a sudden, this person stops doing so because some fans become so thick and heavy (and ugly) that this previously fun activity has become a burden and is no longer enjoyable.

The fans complain to and about the creator, hassle them to an unbearable level, constantly ask questions that the creator has already stated they will not be answering, and generally do obnoxious things in the name of their fandom. Complaints often arise from Schedule Slip. For example, it's been pointed out that very few people who make webcomics are making money from their craft; most of them are 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.

Making matters worse, this can sometimes result in an Internet Counterattack and Complaining About Complaining. In some cases, this tends to induce Artist Disillusionment, ending in a "take that!" statement 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.

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This is Why Fandom Can't Have Nice Things.

Related to Dear Negative Reader, Writer Revolt, and Why We Can't Have Nice Things. Common scenarios that can lead to this include Trolling, Flame Wars, Unpleasable Fanbase, Internet Backdraft, Ship-to-Ship Combat, Rule 34 – Creator Reactions, Video Game Perversity Potential, Disproportionate Retribution, Fan Dumb, and Hate Dumb. Be Careful What You Wish For is often invoked. One of the many results of G.I.F.T. Contrast Role-Ending Misdemeanor, for when it's the creators' own misbehavior causing problems and leading to cut privileges.

This trope has nothing to do with the wiki hosting site Fandom (formerly Wikia).note 


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Examples

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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.
  • While voice actor Vic Mignogna does his best to be friendly and open with the fans, 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 anymore because it was getting old.
  • 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: the first problem was when she discovered that the reason why she had so many international fans respond to her was because of unofficial translations 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 considered one of the better dubs that 4Kids Entertainment produced, since the series wasn't Bowdlerised as much as other works that 4Kids had under their umbrella. However, since Shaman King revolves around death and features heavy violence, it also attracted ire from Moral Guardians at the time. Coupled with having a bad timeslot and the company's negative reputation, the show flopped in the United States, and is ultimately what led 4Kids to continue their usual censorship and localization practices for future dubs.note 
  • 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.
  • Due to manga having a reputation for being frequent targets for theft, Barnes & Noble responded by putting sensor tags, 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. As such, a different form of security tag are specifically used, which has a minimal risk of damaging the book itself.

    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 hesitant 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".
  • Grant Morrison mentions in their memoir/history of superheroes Supergods that they had to give up trying to interact with fans online due to various death threats made against them, their collaborators and their respective families by people who didn't like Batman RIP.
  • Sonic the Hedgehog (Archie Comics) has seen head writer Ian Flynn having to deal with real-life troubles around the comic by closing them off more than once.
    • Ship-to-Ship Combat, along with Executive Meddling in several areas, is what convinced comic writer Ian Flynn to permanently end any ideas of Sonic and Sally being a couple when the comic was rebooted. Flynn just couldn't take the shipper comments anymore.
    • Ken Penders became the anti-Christ in the fandom's eyes when Penders sued Archie for rights to characters that he created within the comic. The fandom started throwing multiple insults his way, which also didn't go over well with Flynn, since he felt it made everyone look bad. Flynn's official forum now bans somebody if they make any mention of Penders whatsoever because Flynn doesn't want any more trouble with it. This also killed a thread on Flynn's board talking about the Lara-Su Chronicles after fans went into a panic over a number of tweets from Penders which led them to think that Penders was trying to kill the Sonic comic outright. Penders' page on this very wiki has long since been permanently locked as a result.
  • My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic (IDW) used to include background cameos of fan-made Original Characters as a little Fandom Nod. This was dropped after Annual 2014 included a cameo by a character created by an artist named Cutosphere, who was infamous among MLP fans for her open hatred of the Brony fandom, which caused a massive fandom meltdown that overshadowed everything else about the issue.
  • At San Diego Comic-Con in 2019, Faith Erin Hicks, writer for the Avatar: The Last Airbender comics, recalled an event where she got fan mail about Azula that, in her words, was "particularly psychotic." Combined with former writer Gene Luen Yang saying that some of Azula's fans were crazy to the point of scaring her away from trying to write for the character, and there's little hope for any extensive comic content about Azula.
  • A rare in-universe example comes from Transmetropolitan, where main character and gonzo journalist Spider Jerusalem mentions that the final straw that led him to abandon his career, lock himself into a heavily fortified cabin in the wilderness and spend five years "... taking pot shots at fans and paparazzi, eating what I kill and bombing the unwary." was when a group of fans wrestled him to the ground in the street in an attempt to mug him for one of his internal organs. One wonders if this was self-referential on Warren Ellis' part.

    Comic Strips 
  • Brooke McEldowney had Comics.com 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.
  • 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.

    Fan Works 
  • The creator 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.
  • The creator of Be The Seadweller Lowblood posted a poll to determine which character would be shown next, Vriska or Kanaya. Both options were tied for quite a while, then Vriska suddenly took over. The creator decided foul play was involved, took neither popular option, and stopped using polls, declaring this:
    "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 FanFiction.Net, then 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, best known for her Sime Gen series, wanted readers to join in and contribute, as long as they stayed within the series guidelines. (yep, fan fiction with its own writers' guide). With Lichtenberg and other excellent writers at the helm, Kraith's depiction of Starfleet and especially Vulcan quickly displaced any other fan writer's conceptnote  and became "not only the major Vulcan series, with the major Vulcan universe," but "the accepted standard for Star Trek fandom." Seriously. Things were going well 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, which was never completed. But it wasn't just Marshak. 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. Lichtenberg's Marion Zimmer Bradley-esque belief that the only worthwhile story comments were "acid-tipped language, scathing rebukes and searing putdowns" couldn't have helped. And in those days, when you couldn't email and cc everyone, the bureaucracy of the stories 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."
    "...Their claim - their boast, even, stated in one editorial - was that some of their best stories had been rewritten enough that they told a completely different story from the one the writer had originally set out to tell!"
  • 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 fan-films. The guidelines state that all creators, actors and all other participants must genuinely and deliberately consist only of amateurs, can't be compensated for their services, and can't be currently and/or previously employed in any Star Trek media or any of CBS nor Paramount Pictures’ licensees. Crowdfunding is allowed... but it has a hard cap of $50000. The fan-films must also be up to 15 minutes long or in two parts that, when combined, cannot go beyond half an hour, with no follow-ups or remakes whatsoever, 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.
  • A controversy surrounding fan artist Zamii070 occurred when members of the Steven Universe fanbase harassed her for drawing the character Rose Quartz "too skinny", and also accused her of “cultural appropriation” for drawing a character resembling a Native American. The harassment was then leveled towards the actual show crew when they called the drawings "artistic interpretation" in an attempt to defuse the situation. Things eventually culminated in attempted suicide by Zamii070, but she survived and was hospitalized. Her harassers defended their actions by asking the show's creators and Rebecca Sugar's contemporaries leading questions about the nature of "True Art," in hopes that they would condone the harassment. They didn't, and the show's crew called out the rabid fans for taking this one piece of fan art way too far. The rabid fans also repeatedly stated that "Rose Quartz was never skinny." Rose Quartz may not have been, but her past self, Pink Diamond, has a slim, petite figure. In any case, it was also called out as a weak defense for trying to get a fan artist to kill herself, making the rabid fans look even worse.
  • In general, video game console homebrew/modding communities are perceived as hostile once a scene has grown big enough to attract the mainstream audience. Among many causes, one of them comes from people that lack understanding of the technicalities, follow dubious or out-of-date guides, ask questions without researching first, or the classic begging to be given help/services for free (often without thanks). It does not help that the idea of game modding or piracy especially attracts children who tend to be not quite bright in this topic and are the easiest to risk bans/bricking. This worry over an expensive loss among other problems (and these risks are the very thing modders/homebrewers have tried very hard to avert) is what justifies the rudeness. This also goes for individual Game Mods, more so if the game is multiplatform, which easily invites entitled requests for mods for one platform to be usable on another. For specific examples:
    • The reason that the development of reliable modding tools for Mario Kart 8 (and Deluxe) is stalled is because of tons of low-effort mods or unreasonable requests that only contribute some cheap YouTube montages to that game's modding community. These are dubbed "meme mods"note  and are generally loathed by the community, with those who are fine with such mods only accepting them if it's apparent that a lot of work was put into it.
    • In some fandoms, fans known for making high-quality game mods will refuse to make tutorials for making mods due to fears that the mod library will be filled with trash-quality mods. For instance, a popular modder for Miitopia, after receiving comments requesting a modding tutorial, has stated that they will not make a public-release tutorial for modding.
  • A number of people who rip models from licensed games with Frozen characters have concerns over pornographic works and the "Elsanna" fanship between protagonists Elsa and Anna (which is highly controversial, as it concerns an incestuous relationship between two sisters). As a result, these model rippers either put their rips under a restrictive license which prevents people from using the models in M-rated works or they keep the models entirely to themselves. While said models aren't even theirs in the first place and it's still possible for them to get a cease-and-desist, the restrictions are put in place largely because they don't want to risk attracting any more unnecessary attention from Disney's legal team with raunchy Frozen edits. Given the film's somewhat smeared reputation due to the rise of illicit depictions of children's characters, this is understandable.
  • The Little Foreigner: On January 25, 2021, the fic's original SpaceBattles.com thread was closed by a moderator after several people wrote posts insulting each other and the author and telling them to kill themselves. Fortunately, the fic's Sufficient Velocity Dot Com thread is still open, and on February 2nd of that same year, the thread was reopened.
  • Raise Your Voice Against Liars: Co-writer Naruwitch permanently shelved the FanFiction.Net version of the story due to excessively toxic and homophobic reviews (the author went on record that she is not homosexual, but will not tolerate the reviews posted for the story). When the harassment continued even after it was discontinued, she abandoned the story entirely, handing it off to co-writer BeeTeeDubya14.
  • The reason why popular fanfiction website Archive of Our Own has a limit of 75 tags that can be attached to a fic is because the Grandmaster of Demonic Cultivation: Mo Dao Zu Shi fic Sexy Times with Wangxian had over 4000 tags attached to itnote , which caused issues with browsing and a lot of technical problems with the site.
  • The author of The Good Hunter removed the fanfic from FanFiction.Net to avoid drama that involved Kenkou Cross (the author of the Monster Girl Encyclopedia series) and MGE-related fanfics. As of now, it has been archived onto Fichub and uploaded to Archive of Our Own under the username SixtyThreeNineteen.

    Film — Animation 
  • A trend called "Gentleminions" arose during the theatrical run of Minions: The Rise of Gru, where large groups of young men would go to see the movie dressed in formal attire. Unfortunately, due to some of the groups engaging in rowdy behavior that disturbed other moviegoers (such as starting mosh pits or throwing bananas at the screen), many theaters started turning away formally dressed people from their screenings of the film.

    Film — Live-Action 

Creators:

  • 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.
  • After riots broke out in Mexico City during screenings of consecutive Elvis Presley films, the government responded by banning all Elvis films for over a decade.
  • Rotten Tomatoes:
    • The site shut down user comments for The Dark Knight Rises after people posted death threats to critics who gave the movie a negative review. Rotten Tomatoes would later completely remove the option to comment on reviews altogether.
    • Rotten Tomatoes shut down the "want to see" audience ratings for pre-release films after review-bombing campaigns against Captain Marvel and the ninth Star Wars movie occurred prior to their releases. They implemented a ticket authentication system to ensure that all reviews were made by people who had actually watched the films they're reviewing, to prevent spam and organized hate campaigns against specific movies.
    • It was right around the time that Captain America: Civil War came out that Rotten Tomatoes began clamping down on the ability of users to give reviews, thanks to rumors that Marvel and Disney fans were flooding the site with positive reviews before the film came out in order to make it look better than Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice.
  • Emma Watson was conscious of this phenomenon during her school days when she was starring in Harry Potter movies, and made this a Defied Trope. Watson practiced for such a scenario by threatening to report her schoolmates to the headteacher if they ever asked for her autograph.
  • 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 suicide. Specifically, they posted a picture originating from Liveleak of a suicide-by-hanging victim that resembled her father.

Movies:

  • The third movie in The Gamers series, which focuses on geek culture, has a group trying to do this on purpose In-Universe. The plot focuses on a card game 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. They also deliberately play up every "toxic gamer" stereotype, with an emphasis on blatant misogyny, for the sole purpose of making the community around the game an unpleasant experience. The villains' motive for all of this toxicity is to drive out everybody who enjoys the game for more than its pure mechanics.
  • Ghostbusters (2016):
    • 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. This resulted in the controversy surrounding the film becoming even worse.
    • Leslie Jones, who portrayed Patti, was driven off Twitter when trolls intentionally bombarded her with terribly racist tweets just for appearing in the movie, and then later hacking her website and leaking nude photos of herself.
  • 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.
  • As revealed here, the house used to represent Mike and Bran Walsh's house in The Goonies is off-limits because the owners just can't get any privacy. 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 for them.
  • Marvel Cinematic Universe: 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" caused Hiddleston to suddenly become notably distant. Such incidents included: 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, posting his home address online, and immediately flooding any woman that was photographed alongside him with death threats. His Twitter is now updated perhaps once every other month (if that) with very generic things like promotion for his work in the Marvel Cinematic Universe note  or involving his role as an ambassador for UNICEF, and it's been a while since anybody's managed to get a picture with him.
  • 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".
    • While less serious, despite being a common tradition, throwing things at screenings is no longer allowed in some theaters due to how it's quite a safety hazard that could easily hurt somebody, even if it's just grains of rice.
  • 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 without anyone blaming him for whatever problems they might have. Ironically, Lucas criticized Disney's handling of Star Wars before quickly apologizing.
    • 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.
    • Ahmed Best received harassment for his role as Jar Jar Binks in the prequels to the point that he considered suicide.
    • 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 reinstated as canon by spoiling The Force Awakens.
    • Both Daisy Ridley and Kelly Marie Tran deleted their Instagram accounts after receiving harassment from disgruntled/hateful fans. Ridley received harassment after posting about gun control, while Tran was subjected to racist and sexist bullying from said people. Most of the harassment was also due to their portrayals of Rey and Rose Tico.

    Literature 
  • 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's a bit of a horror show that culminates in writer Alan Dean Foster's story about a disgruntled "fan" throwing 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 preempted 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 has 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 (2020), 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 she stated that the book was now "on hold indefinitely," because if she wrote it in her (then-)current state of mind, the evil vampire would succeed. After further delays caused by the publication of Grey: Fifty Shades of Grey as Told by Christian, the book would ultimately be released in August 2020.
  • 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 too well, and 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, such as believing that the Guardians were real. It gets worse.
  • Karen Traviss of Star Wars Legends 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 those that did 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 StarWars.com board moderators nuke everything associated with the... "discussion". What makes this entire debacle even worse is that if either side bothered to simply read the Attack of the Clones novelization, some of the bickering could have been avoided since (at the very least) her detractors wouldn't have put so much time and energy going after someone who, by their own admission, doesn't have the authority to make the changes they wanted.

    Music 
  • 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 Internet Jerk and Internet Counterattack 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 Christian Fundamentalist-driven anti-Beatles hysteria that emerged after John Lennon's alleged "we're Bigger Than Jesus" comments (which was a Beam Me Up, Scotty!), complete with record burnings, boycotts and picketing of Beatles concerts; these 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. John at this time confessed that his worst fear was someone shooting him. The last straw was probably an incident at a 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. The Beatles performed just five more concerts after that.
  • Disturbed used to answer fan questions on message boards, spending the most of their time being badgered to prove who they were. 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 the reason why most music-formatted radio stations no longer freely play song requests. This doesn't stop the frequent complaints of "you never play this song" coming from the listeners, but it is 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 a 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 fan of Protest the Hero 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 the band posted the rest of the story. 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 the signed items on eBay. On top of that, Protest the Hero had been burned by this same guy before and were not going to fall for his act 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. The band has since said that if they got burned enough, they would consider just not giving autographs at all.
  • 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. Robert Fripp instituted a similar policy for the same reasons.
  • 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".
  • 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.
  • 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's an Old Shame, so it will never be reissued, and 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 wouldn't resurface until almost a decade later.
  • 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 mustache 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 fan base 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 rock stars 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 fan group, 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, and given that 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. This fanbase was so rabid that when the band toured for In the Aeroplane Over the Sea, the entire audience was already singing along to the lyrics (in 1997, when the Internet was still very young and there were few if any lyric databases), which unsettled Mangum to the point 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 theaters 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.
  • In 2018, a fanmade music video for Saint Pepsi's song "Enjoy Yourself" was taken down on YouTube for its use of footage from a McDonald's commercial featuring former mascot Mac Tonight, due to said character having become associated with racist parodies of rap songs and internet hate groups in general.
  • Neil Young has endured fans singing or clapping along, yelling requests and other nonsense for decades. But what really pisses him off is constant texting, tweeting, filming and talking, especially during acoustic solo shows. He's also stopped playing certain songs because he can't make himself heard over the rude fans. Neil adores new technology, but not during the show, please.
  • In the fall of 2013, Beneath The Massacre had their set cut short by the venue in what wound up being their last appearance in New York until 2020 due to many incidents of people crowd-killing, hate-moshing, and generally being inordinately violent in the pit towards non-participants. The band tried to get the venue to let them continue, but the venue declined, declared that the night was over, and told everyone who wasn't a member of the band to leave. Patrons who were there that night said that the crowd-killing was so out of control and people were getting so pissed off that the room felt like a powder keg, and it was likely a matter of minutes before the room erupted into an all-out brawl if the venue hadn't stepped in.
  • Mötley Crüe frontman Vince Neil disabled comments on his Instagram in October 2018 due to constant harassment from trolls regarding his weight gain.
  • Charli XCX's third studio album — years after her previous one, and coming off the hype of a series of EPs and mixtapes — was in production since 2015 and expected to be released sometime around 2018... and then in late 2017, her Google Drive was hacked, and over 200 files worth of demos and release-ready songs (as well as promotional artwork) came frolicking out into the internet. While the leaks were widely loved by fans, Charli was devastated, and when combined with label interference as a result of it, she decided to reboot the album into Charli, which would be released in 2019 containing all-new songs. Despite retaining pride in the leaked material, she's actively refused to release them legitimately as she considers them irreparably "tainted", with only a handful of songs managing to evade this principle.
  • This led to the (sort-of) breakup of LGBT Noise Pop duo Black Dresses in 2020. Their 2018 debut album, Wasteisolation, experienced retroactive buzz as popular lipsync fodder on TikTok among minors, something that already made the duo uncomfortable as the album was rooted in heavily personal themes, but it also led to many fans targeting the members individually for "pushing" such "inappropriate" material onto said demographic despite said demographic barely existing in 2018, let alone worth their time and consideration. During the band's announcement of their breakup, they cited the extended harassment towards co-founder Devi McCallion experienced as the reason why. While the two still produce music and have even released two albums under the Black Dresses name, they continue to insist that they haven't reunited, presumably to dispel attention as to not ignite yet another fiasco.
  • There was an incident at a Nirvana concert in Buenos Aires where all-girl band Calamity Jane, who was the opening act that night, was pelted with mud and booed off the stage because they were women. Kurt Cobain, a huge feminist, almost cancelled the show out of spite, but the band instead decided to punish the audience by refusing to play their hits, only playing their really deep cuts, and constantly teasing "Smells Like Teen Spirit" only to play a completely different song.
  • When Weezer's sophomore album Pinkerton was negatively received, the band went in a Lighter and Softer direction for their next album, only for Pinkerton to develop a cult following. Despite this, the band refused to make a proper follow-up to Pinkerton and relagated the album to only a song or two during live shows for years due to frontman Rivers Cuomo being traumatized by the initial negative reception and poor sales of the album.
  • Eminem:
    • Eminem, the artist so known for Fan Dumb that he coined the ubiquitous slang word for a Loony Fan, has lived his whole career in fear of his own fandom, becoming a Reclusive Artist due to fan harassment being so extreme that he can't even leave his house. His songs document fans hammering on his door all night, harassing him while taking a shit, and how it's impossible for him to go to the store any more. He was terrified one of his fans would actually try to kill him — which did eventually happen in 2020, during the COVID-19 lockdown. He's stated that his fame makes it impossible for him to have relationships with women, because they fall in love with his public persona and not the real him. Eventually, he stopped writing about his personal life in his music, because doing so opened up his friends and family to harassment. While he's much happier now, much of Eminem's fandom hold that his reclusive lifestyle has prevented him from being able to write the kind of exposed, personal songs that made his early work so fascinating, leading to his later material feeling at times like a stylistic bravura exercise.
    • The moral panic about his material, leading to him getting hassled by LGBT+ groups and conservatives at his concerts, was also a factor in Eminem's seclusion.
    • Several songs intended for Eminem's album Encore leaked, forcing Eminem into the studio to record replacement tracks; most of these ended up being extremely silly in tone due to Eminem's philosophy of writing them very quickly via freestyling and a drug addiction he was in the grip of at the time. Encore is often considered his worst album.
    • While Relapse got mixed reviews and a Best Rap Album Grammy, 50 Cent has said that the negative backlash from Eminem's fandom towards Relapse spooked him away from his original shock-rap style into a Pop Rap one which by now his fans usually consider far worse than the Relapse style. Fans have also suggested the negative response to Eminem's Revival has put him off making personal music showing his vulnerabilities, with his following music being mostly braggadocio and Hurricane of Puns showcases.

    Professional Wrestling 
  • Despite making a name for herself on social media, Becky Lynch essentially dropped off the face of the Internet after her pregnancy was announced, due in large part to some very vocal portions of her fanbase being a little too obsessed with her expectant baby and her relationship with fiancé Seth Rollins (to the point of making fake Instagram pages for the unborn child, including Photoshopped edits of the baby's ultrasound.)
  • Katey Harvey used to enjoy reading reviews of her matches, saying it allowed her to see her work from the fans' perspectives and what she could do to improve. After one too many posts dissing her weight - even after she'd done interviews detailing her pasts with eating disorders and body image - she stopped reading them for the sake of her mental health. She also took the time to slam one review of her return match that focused entirely on her weight - when the reason she'd been out of the ring was a serious injury that meant she couldn't use her arms for months.

    Sports 
  • 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 NFL lineman 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 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. Then again, the game he retired after was one of the worst games in Jets history, being the site of the infamous Butt Fumble. He would return in 2015 after the team started providing him with seats in a more closed off area of the stadium so he wouldn't be harassed as much.
  • 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 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.
  • The Las Vegas Raiders and San Francisco 49ers used to play one another every preseason, in an annual "Battle of the Bay" game because the Raiders were once stationed in Oakland. This lasted until the 2011 meeting, which saw multiple brawls between the teams' fans, including a brutal beating of one fan in a restroom that sent them to the hospital. This led to the NFL officially discontinuing all future preseason games between the two teams.

    Tabletop Games 
  • When the Dungeons & Dragons Fourth Edition Player's Handbook 2 was released in 2009, a digital copy was bought and distributed for piracy within minutes of the product going live. 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, just with being a small delay. It wasn't until 2013 when WOTC returned to the .pdf market, though the company is still reluctant to release major books for 5th edition D&D in this format.
  • In the fanmade system PokéRole, a Pokémon based tabletop RPG, the reason why users can't post Fakemon (fan-made Pokémon) to the official Discord is that a former dev had a public meltdown over not having his Fakemon be included in the base system. The devs won't stop people from making Fakemon, but refuse to have it shared on their Discord.

    Toys 
  • BIONICLE:
    • The Big Bad had No Name Given, instead known by his title of "Makuta". When a group of Makuta were introduced, comic and novel author (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 at times considered joining BZPower's forums (where Farshtey himself used to post), but decided against it, not wanting to expose themselves to fan hate whenever a new line of sets was revealed. However set/piece designers did freely visit other boards where they didn't have to worry about a backlash. Around the early 2010s this issue became moot, due to LEGO's policies employees can only post on sites that have strict age restrictions, leaving BZP out of the question.
  • 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.

    Webcomics 
  • 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/or reposted elsewhere without permission. Occasionally some will even try to take credit for said artworks. Many art sites and boorus try to help the artists out by putting them on a "Do Not Post" list at their request and punishing those who break it, but that's small comfort when most of these cases are followed up by backlash over the artist leaving, making a bad situation worse. Other times, artists have to shut down their messages or commissions due to obsessive jerks and drama that breaks out whenever they open commission slots and are immediately filled by people who apparently wait all day for blogs 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.
  • S. E. Case, the creator/artist of Cheap Thrills, experienced Artist Disillusionment while she was in the middle of making the fourth chapter. The ensuing Schedule Slip resulted in a part of her readership making repeated and unrealistic demands for further updates to the comic that bordered on harassment. This caused S. E. to call them out on her FurAffinity page shortly before she abruptly stopped the strip altogether that December, confirming the cancellation on her Tumblr blog six months later. Five years later, S. E. re-emerged with a Continuity Reboot of the comic as Rigsby, WI, this time with the characters all in human form.
  • Tess 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. In addition to endless requests for games to be parodied or mocked, the series' notorious Schedule Slip was a frequent target of forum posters, resulting in a ton of Flame Wars. Eventually, the creators and mods got sick of dealing with it all, and just permanently shut down the forum.invoked
  • 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 nobody who'd count as "furry", and it seems like it's going to stay that way.
  • Moon Over June artist Woc disabled commenting on her later 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 when, 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".
  • Michelle Czajkowski, creator of Ava's Demon, was driven off of tumblr by the abuse they received after stating that there were no asexual characters in the comic and refusing aggressive demands to 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. A little over a year later, Furie learned that by not enforcing his copyright, Pepe would be in the public domain, which in turn led to someone publishing an ultra-conservative children's book about Pepe trying to stop a character who is a very thinly veiled stand-in for Islam. This pushed Furie to take steps to reclaim Pepe, sending a cease-and-desist to the book's author.
  • Rich Burlew, the artist and writer of The Order of the Stick, frequently has to contend with the fact that he doesn't perfectly follow the rules of Dungeons & Dragons, since the comic is supposed to have an RPG Mechanics 'Verse based on D&D's 3.5 Edition. Eventually, Burlew got sick of all of the comments on the subject, leading to a forum post where Burlew chastised the Vocal Minority of people who just wouldn't shut up about it, with Burlew saying he cares more about making a visually interesting and entertaining fight scene than properly following each and every rule.invoked
    Rich Burlew: The characters fight the way they fight to make an interesting page. They may make subpar decisions, I don't care. I don't spend enough time with the D&D rules anymore to eke out all of these Ultimate Killer Strategies anyway, so we're really running up against the limits of my knowledge and ability. The characters can't be better strategists than I am, and I care more about other aspects. Such strategies are usually boring to read and visually bland to look at anyway. [...] My job is to entertain, not to showcase perfect D&D tactics. If you can't be entertained by anything BUT perfect D&D tactics, that's on you.
  • Gigi D.G., author of Hiimdaisy and Cucumber Quest, was formerly very interactive on social media but began lessening their online presence around 2015. While part of the reason was due to dealing with personal issues at the time, it also stemmed from their artwork and Tumblr posts being subjected to a lot of pushback and nitpicking from disgruntled followers.

    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. At first, the chats and question sessions went well. 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 moderation not stepping in when people got out of hand, he dropped this method of communication altogether. He later created his own self-moderated blog to talk about various subjects (such as drawing or animated character theories), and he does participate in comment discussions there. However, he has made far fewer overt statements about cartoons he does not like, 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. led to an influx of questions 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. By September of 2021, he emptied the queue only for it to fill back up to over two thousand questions again very quickly, and he would make an effort to answer at least five questions a day. But come October of 2022, he stepped away again for an indefinite amount of time as many Young Justice questions continued to demand spoilers, ask for answers that were blatantly presented on screen, ascribe motives for his creative decisions, and demand he acknowledge his show suck.
  • 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 later changed. She was later seen at a couple of smaller cons due to several fans openly offering to serve as protectors, but she works on a strict cash-only basis for autographs.
    • My Little Pony: Fighting Is Magic was shut down because someone nominated it for a side-tournament at EVO, the biggest fighting game tournament in the world. Games for side tournaments at EVO are determined by a popularity poll, so people began to vote for Fighting is Magic. Both EVO staff and the game's developers asked the voters to stop nominating it; 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. In spite of this, the fans kept voting for it. Unfortunately, this caught Hasbro's attention in a way that couldn't be openly overlooked like with other fan projects. Hasbro had to respond with a cease and desist letter in order to protect their copyrights, and just like that, the entire project went up in smoke. It would eventually be resurrected and retooled as the original game Them's Fightin' Herds years later, but getting there required some very brazen moves on the fandom's part.
    • The Grand Finale of the show was accidentally aired early outside of the show's home country. After it happened, director Big Jim Miller started receiving death threats from people who were mad about the leaks (which he had no control over), or who were mad about details that came from the episodes. This would lead to Miller putting his Twitter account on private, with several bronies starting the hashtag #ThankYouJim on Twitter in an effort to show that the rabid fans were a Vocal Minority.
  • The production crew for The Simpsons ignore legitimate complaints of Seasonal Rot thanks to picky fans that used to frequent alt.tv.simpsons and nitpick episodes that were actually good.note 
  • At one point, Tress MacNeille had to cancel several convention appearances because of a creepy stalker who was obsessed with Babs Bunny; the man had 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 Airbender creators Michael Dante DiMartino and Bryan Konietzko make very few con appearances because their fans were 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 (2012)'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 craziness. 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.
  • The late Derrick J. Wyatt, for a time, stopped accepting questions about his work on Ben 10: Omniverse or any questions on his take of his Ben 10 universe, and closed his DeviantArt account, 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 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 said that he would never watch the show because he was heavily blamed for Teen Titans Go!, despite having nothing to do with the writing or production of the show. Eventually, Wyatt finally began answering questions about Ben 10 again (if only because Duncan Rouleau of Man of Action Studios has a similar Q&A blog), with the fandom being cautious not to aggravate him again, and due to the reboot now being the new focus of the fanbase, which caused the fans to be more forgiving and not as hateful towards Omniverse as before, Wyatt is more forgiving in return.
  • 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.
  • Due to the rowdy and often hostile behavior of the Steven Universe fandom, this occurred somewhat frequently among the show's staff:
    • Though he would eventually bring it back, writer Matt Burnett deleted his Tumblr account after several fans heckled him regarding the retcon of Pearl's sudden dislike for human food.
    • A parody account on Tumblr titled "didyouknowstevenuniverse" would troll fans by posting clickbait-esque facts about the show, such as saying Pearl and Lapis would be killed off. The blog runner briefly shut down the account when some fans thought the "facts" were real and began harassing the show runners, before later reopening it and adding a disclaimer that the posts were meant to be jokes.
    • After the episode "Keystone Motel" aired, several fans found out there was an actual motel with the same name and began posting fake reviews based on events from the episode, such as saying there was no water in the pool in addition to scorch marks at the bottom. While somewhat funny, Matt Burnett had to step in and tell fans to stop, since too many of those reviews would risk giving the motel a bad reputation.
    • 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 the Amethyst and Peridot pairing that was supposedly hinted at in a previous episode (an interaction between them had appeared to fans to contain "sexual tension"). Eventually, it escalated to fans accusing Zuke of "queer baiting", despite the fact that Zuke's 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 resulted in Peridot's Twitter account posting far less frequently, since Zuke was the one running it.
  • Star vs. the Forces of Evil: During a panel at the Gallery Nucleus, some of the show's staff aired a sneak peek of the new opening sequence for Season 3, and warned the audience they would likely never show sneak peeks 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 were still done at San Diego Comic-Con due to the show's status as a flagship series.
  • Dana Terrace, creator of The Owl House, was very interactive with the fanbase, answering many questions and occasionally retweeting fanart of the show. However, in late 2020, she deactivated her Twitter profile and lessened her interactions with fans on her other social media outlets due to some of the show's "fans" bullying her on Twitter. Fortunately, she did eventually return to Twitter in 2021.
  • The cast and crew of Voltron: Legendary Defender have had plenty of encounters with the show's fanbase, and not all of them were positive ones:
    • Ironically for a show with very little romance, Legendary Defender is infamous for having one of the largest and most toxic Ship-to-Ship Combat in any modern cartoon series. A lot of it stemmed from the inconsistencies regarding the ages of the main cast and the fact that one of the main characters (Shiro) is gay, resulting in a lot of accusations of endorsing or engaging in pedophilia and homophobia from all across the board. When the staff members and voice actors stepped in to try and assuage the ship war, fans began redirecting their frustration towards them. Josh Keaton (the voice of Shiro) now no longer responds to any questions or concerns regarding shipping and co-showrunner Lauren Montgomery stopped sharing ship-centric artwork on her social media.
    • The voice cast began lessening their appearances and/or started enforcing strict rules at fan events due to repeated harassment or to prevent potential harassment. In one infamous case, Jeremy Shada (the voice of Lance) nearly got in legal trouble when a fan secretly recorded him revealing spoilers about the show during ECCC 2018.
    • Studio Mir, the animation studio behind the series, stopped giving out tours to the public when one fan attempted to blackmail them to make Klance canon using photographs taken by another separate fan.

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

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