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  • It is often stereotyped that senior citizens complain about everything that is current just because it's different from the stuff they were used to when growing up (TVs, phones, etc.).
    "One thing in this world will never become worse than it was back in the good old days: Old-timers talking about how things used to be better back in the good old days."
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  • Although the symptoms of Asperger's Syndrome vary from person to person, some have difficulty with switching between tasks and, more generally, adapting to change. This can make some people with Asperger's more susceptible to this line of thinking than neurotypicals.note 
  • Fans of the Ford Mustang pony car adopted this attitude when the 5.0-liter Windsor V8 was replaced with the 4.6-liter Modular motor in 1996. Eventually, they came around, and the aftermarket heavily supports the Mod motors. Ford is gearing up to introduce a 5.0-liter Modular motor in the 2010 calendar year, about a year or so after the new refresh hits dealers.
  • Nissan 370Z has a feature called SynchroRev Match, which automatically blips the throttle during downshifting for effortless power delivery and to keep RPM's in check. Driving snobs cried foul almost from the word go, as they felt it would be the end of heel-toe downshifting, never mind that A.)SynchroRev Match can be switched off, and B.) it's part of a sports package, so not ordering it will keep it out of the car (although it means that you won't equip your car with a limited-slip differential, 19-inch wheels and tires and bigger brakes). The 2015 NISMO edition introduces an automatic transmission option. Cue massive complaints from the manual transmission purists, who are upset that Nissan has opened the floodgates for casuals who can't drive a stick. Nissan also modified the body appearance, which is strongly inspired by popular JDM kits, and tried to address common complaints about the old body (huge spoiler blocking rear view, front airdam scrapping low roads, not aggressive enough). Cue massive complaints about the old body kit is superior, and the new look is an Amuse/VeilSide knockoff.
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  • The Mopar Community universally said They Changed It, Now It Sucks! when it was revealed that the Dodge Charger would be resurrected... as a four-door sedan. Massive complaints ensued, never mind that the nameplate was defiled previously, that the Charger sedan is RWD and has a Hemi (not quite) like its celebrated predecessor, and that making the Charger a sedan instead of a muscle car gave Dodge the avenue to bring back another muscle car classic... needless to say, once the Challenger was brought back, all was forgiven.
  • A motorcycle example. After the success of the 916 family, Ducati replaced it with the completely different 999. The main issue was that, compared to the absolutely beautiful 916, the 999 (said to be styled after a steam locomotive) was quite ugly in comparison, and was such a sales flop that the 1098 that replaced it was clearly patterned off the 916. Since then, the general opinion of the 999 has improved. While the styling is still controversial, some grow to love it, and many agree that, mechanically, it still was an improvement over the 916.
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  • Land Rover fans weren't too kind with the 2020 Continuity Reboot of the venerable Defender either. While automotive journalists were at least okay with the new vehicle, Landy enthusiasts beg to differ, derisively likening it to an ugly lovechild of a Discovery and a Honda Element amongst other things. Granted, some state that the redesign is for the better as the old Defender was discontinued in the States in 1997 due to safety standards issues, but it's not that they can't make a reasonably safe SUV without compromising the Defender's iconic design — the fourth-generation Suzuki Jimny has indeed been compared to a miniaturised hybrid of a Defender and a Mercedes G-Wagen, and there's a tuning shop who made body kits to make the Jimny better resemble either of the two. To add insult to injury, the 2019 G-Wagen scored a five-star rating in an Euro NCAP test, all despite the basic cab design being very similar to the previous generation, and thus making Land Rover's safety excuse rather moot.
  • If someone sat somewhere just once where you normally do, even though there's nothing which makes it 'yours' in any way, you probably felt a bit annoyed. This can be compared to biological niche space. Two good ways to see its effects are A) Students do not mind that others use "their seat" while they are attending a different class but walk into your classroom and there is a lingering person around that seat and they are noticeably uncomfortable. B) The biggest problem after burglaries is the psychological impact that someone messed with (and possibly took) your things disrupting the normal stasis.
  • If you like stories about the good old days of music radio, tune in to The Hits Just Keep On Coming.
  • The novelty radio equivalent, David Tanny's radio show and podcasts. It's essentially amounting to 'In 1981, I had to drive out of town to listen to Dr. Demento, and he played all this good stuff, and now I don't listen to any of his stuff anymore because it sucks, and I've sent him emails telling him to play my stuff, and he wouldn't, so I sent him emails telling him he sucks.' This man, of course, has a taste in the sort of novelty music which relies on lame parodies, silly voices, and toilet humor, thus meaning it could be made any point in time and essentially be the same.
  • Opal Fruits (in the U.K.) turning into Starburst and combining Lemon and Lime together to allow space for the blackcurrant.
  • Marathon becoming Snickers. Not least because it sounds like lady's underwear.
  • Skittles replacing the lime flavor with green apple, both for getting rid of longstanding classic (which rarely goes over well in general) and because for those who like to eat several candies at a time, the new flavor is very sharply distinct and doesn't blend well with the others.
  • Trix cereal got hit with this hard when General Mills went on a crusade to remove artificial coloring from its cereals. While most of the company's cereal lineup wasn't impacted much by the change, it was immediately noticeable when the once-vibrant Trix colors became dull, washed-out, and, most importantly, unappetizing (one somewhat apt description referred to the new colors as "puke orange, piss yellow, and shit brown"). The reaction was so negative, and sales dropped so sharply as a result, that the original colors were restored within only a few months.
    • One change that's been a bit of a zig-zag has been the shape of the cereal itself. It was originally a simple spherical puff but changed to fruit-shaped pieces in the early '90s. This change received very positive feedback since it made the cereal distinctive and unique. In the mid-2000s, however, the original spherical puffs inexplicably returned, by which point people had become so accustomed to the fruit-shaped pieces that the change received immediate backdraft, especially from those who had grown up with the fruit pieces and weren't even around during the original puff era. After over a decade, the fruit-shaped pieces finally returned in 2018, to much rejoicing.
  • Many a person has come back from abroad to the UK in outrage at the lack of 'real' Mountain Dew.
  • There's a certain amount of backlash against the switchover to digital cable, both that it's happening, and that it's not happening fast enough.
  • New Coke. New Coke did suck, at least in terms of supporting brand loyalty. People who actually liked Coca-Cola were understandably upset when Coke changed the formulation to something closer to that of Pepsi. Considering that the reaction of the general public to New Coke was foreshadowed by early focus groups — which were largely ignored — the company should have known that if they changed it, it would suck. New Coke was a major case of research failure on the company's part. The aforementioned focus groups were asked whether they liked this new beverage, but nobody thought to ask the crucial question: "What would you say if this drink replaced the Coca-Cola you grew up with?" (as well as missing the obvious point that if Coke drinkers wanted something more like Pepsi, they'd just drink actual Pepsi) For those who think "Coke, Pepsi, they're the same thing, right?": The defining difference between Coke and Pepsi can be summarized briefly as "Pepsi is citrus-y, Coke is vanilla-y". Coca-Cola's big goof was their apparent assumption that Pepsi loyalists liked Pepsi mainly because of its taste (and could therefore be won by emulating the taste of Pepsi), while Coke loyalists liked Coke mainly because of its brand name (and therefore wouldn't be lost by changing the taste of Coke). They found out in short order that this was all kinds of stupid.
  • The makers of Pot Noodles felt obliged to reduce the salt content of their product as a concession to a public health drive urging people to eat less salt. Buyers of the product complained about their favourite snack food having suddenly become a lot more tasteless and bland. As with Scottish fish-and-chip shops, it was soon discovered that adding a couple of teaspoons of salt when you got it home restored the flavour to an acceptible level - thus averting the point of the public health drive. In the same health drive - only a far more intense and strident version aimed at Scotland - chip shops north of the Border were legally obliged to have salt dispensers on the counter fitted with a special cap that severely limited the amount of salt a patron could put on their fish supper. Chippie owners realised the law only said the new-style lid had to be provided at point of sale. Nobody ever said it had to be attached to the container. Therefore the lids were left off and customers could please themselves as to how much salt they added.
  • Every change eBay made, good or bad, is often followed by endless ranting in the blogosphere and hastily-organized boycotts. The same goes for any popular website, with several recent social networking examples.
  • "Sci-Fi/SciFi/Sci Fi/Sci-fi/Scifi Channel" changed its name to Syfy. No one cares that it's pronounced the same and exists mostly so they can have a name that can be trademarked. All they care about is having a focus for their hate of the channel's genuine Network Decay. One of the networks stated motivations for the change was to distance itself from its core fanbase, which they expressed in rather unflattering terms. It looks stupid. Fuh-nettick spelling yoo-zhoo-ullee duz. There frequently repeated fact (once discovered) that "syfy" is Polish for syphilis and a couple of other venereal diseases. The sudden wave of screwing and cancellations of Caprica, Stargate Universe and Eureka only reinforced the original point.
  • The History Channel which suffered from worse Network Decay than the Sci-Fi channel. Even though it initially started out overly focused on World War II and Adolf Hitler (so much so that it was chidingly referred to as The Hitler Channel) there was still good historical content for history buffs. Eventually, the network started airing historically unfounded and plain WMG conspiracy shows talking about the Nostradamus predictions and ancient aliens. Eventually, the network flat out dumped most of its history-related content (to the point you could almost call it an Artifact Title) in favor of pandering to low-brow viewers with reality television.
  • The amusement park at the Mall of America in Minneapolis/St. Paul was originally themed around the much more generally appealing "Peanuts" Characters (as Charles M. Schulz was a St. Paul Native). It was changed later to be themed after Nickelodeon, which has a considerably much more limited appeal and also losing one of the mall's most defining Minnesota connections. This was done as the Schulz family did not allow the park to use the brand anymore. They later recanted and allowed Valleyfair, a Minnesota amusement park, to use the Peanuts brand.
  • Sun-Maid updated the appearance of their mascot, the Sun-Maid raisin girl, in 2009. People are already criticizing the move, complaining that the raisin girl has been turned into an Amish Barbie doll.
  • Perfume makers routinely reformulate classic fragrances for a variety of reasons, and feel no need to announce such changes. For the knowing user the best case scenario is that the new formula still smells reasonably like the old one.
    • Similarly, manufacturers will often reformulate shaving products, such as shave soaps or aftershave, leaving wetshaving enthusiasts scrambling to buy up and hoard the remaining stock of old-formula product. This is especially a problem with shave soap makers reformulating older, classic soaps to remove tallow (presumably to be more marketable to vegetarians), even though replacing tallow with a vegetable fat usually results in lower quality soap.
  • The Philippine military as a whole usually suffers from equipment shortages due to funding deficits, causing them to frequently resort to refurbishing and upgrading old equipment instead of buying new ones. The Philippine Marines did this en masse to their stores of old World War II vintage M3 "Grease Guns", adding an integral suppressor, picatinny rails, and other upgrades to get it up to snuff with modern SMGs. Someone posted a YouTube video featuring one of these upgraded M3 SMGs and immediately incurred the uproar of classic gun fans because how dare the Filipino Marines use a practical way of solving a very real equipment shortage problem by ruining the M3 forever.
  • German fans of the Italian chocolate bars of the Kinder-Ferrero brand were outraged when the company dared to change the design of the packaging after roughly 50 years or so(They replaced the image of a smiling boy with another smiling boy, who looked slightly more modern). They even made a boycott webpage about it, calling the new boy "Kevin". (URL transl: Away-with-Kevin)
  • Sailor Jerry's, a type of rum, changed flavour from a sweeter flavour it was known for to a more typical rum flavour. You can see why people are complaining on this account, though.
  • Baristas. Other than Italian for waiter/waitress, stereotyped to be one of the most successful professions in the pacific northwest. Strippers and erotic dancers took up the job and came up with what has been called "bikini baristas", further ruining the whole thing.
  • Any substantial alteration to/replacement of an attraction in Disney park, or even a whole section of a park in larger-scale cases, will divide Disney park fans even if there are understandable reasons for the changes (i.e., no one but the diehard fans visits it anymore, the technology is outdated, and so on).
    • A lot of older fans of Disneyland and Walt Disney World have become disenfranchised with the rampant commercialization of many of the parks' attractions, which previously had fairly generic themes.
    • The Pirates of the Caribbean rides have been changed to incorporate characters and music from the Pirates of the Caribbean movies.
    • Disneyland's 'Autopia' ride, which originally had generic cars that drove around a guided track, was exchanged for characters from the Cars franchise.
    • The popular Submarine ride, which again was a generic simulated undersea journey, was replaced with a Finding Nemo theme.
    • While not exactly a "minor" change Disney announced at the 2016 San Diego Comic-Con that they were planning to turn California Adventure's The Twilight Zone Tower of Terror into a Guardians of the Galaxy-themed ride which prompted an online petition to keep it as it is. (The ride itself ... as opposed to the theme ... was also revised slightly, but the general consensus is that the changes to the mechanics of the ride proper were an improvement.)
  • This is the reaction among many moviegoers to the revival of the 3-D movie craze. Partly justified in that some companies cheap out on the 3-D process and end up putting out a horrible 3-D conversion just for the extra cash — but there are plenty of movies that either put a lot of work into the conversion or film in 3-D from the start and they look beautiful.
  • Long before the 3-D movie craze, there was the birth of the talkie. Suddenly, films could have a recorded soundtrack perfectly synchronized to the visuals, opening the gateway for sound effects and spoken dialogue, while making intertitles and in-theater orchestras a relic of the past. In response, many film critics and even some directors at the time declared that sound in film was a horrible new gimmick that meant the death of the art of cinema.
  • 3D television sets are generating complaints. Many people don't like how you need special glasses to see the video content in 3D and getting headaches from watching their TV programs in 3D, preferring to just stick with their HD sets.
    • Along those lines, curved TVs, which many people just find laughable.
  • The GAP company changed its logo, which is a fairly common occurrence with most companies with identifiable logos. It was a complete change though and not a transitional one as most do, and people HATED it. So much so that they changed it back to the original logo. Next, queue up complaints about changing it back!
  • Nickelodeon has received quite a bit of flak for discarding their Iconic Logo for a text-logo for cross-branding.
  • Kid Cuisine has received this from former kids who grew up eating the frozen meals when the company changed their mascot's design ever so slightly to a more streamlined, thinner version.
  • In a more unusual example of this trope, the Church council of Vatican II led some heavily conservative groups of the Catholic Church, particularly one Marcel Lefebvre, to complain heavily about the way that things had been handled, and about the changes that had been implemented. This led to groups actually disassociating themselves from the Pope's leadership.
  • Any theological change will incur this, regardless of denomination - look at the furore over the Church of England's decision to appoint openly gay (though celibate) bishops. And that was even before the Anglican Church moved to admit first women priests and then - logically - women bishops.
  • This happens a lot in the firearms world. The biggest culprit is probably metal injection molding, or MIM. This basically involves using a metal and plastic mix to create the small parts that typically make up the trigger, hammer, and locking mechanisms of small arms. This allows manufacturers to mass produce things like M1911's or revolvers that had previously required extensive amounts of hand-fitting, making them cost less to produce for the manufacturer. While this has its good and bad points, reading any gun forum without prior knowledge will have you surprised it wasn't the tool of the devil himself in order to "cheapen" their beloved 1911 or Smith & Wesson with inferior crap.
  • Necco Sweethearts have always been a pretty YMMV candy, with their silly sayings, pastel colors, and overall chalk-like consistency, but they have a devoted fan base which enjoys them for their very chalkiness. Imagine the shock those fans had one Valentine's Day when, without any warning, the New England Candy Company changed everything but the shape. They became soft and bright with artificial fruit flavors, which is not exactly a type of candy the world was crying out for more of. The recipe was obviously changed because so many people weren't fans of the original, but without any advertisement, how are the haters going to know it's completely different candy?
  • Russian czar Peter I aka Peter the Great made so much radical reforms that some people seriously considered him being Antichrist. But in retrospect almost everyone agrees he did a great job and made Russia great and powerful.
  • New York City in general is a subject of this from older residents regarding Rudolph Giuliani's term as mayor. On the one hand, Giuliani's policies cut down much of the street violence and organized crime that contributed to the city's negative image for much of the 20th century. On the other hand, some feel that the city has lost its multicultural flavor and working-class roots to gentrification.
  • Textual Poachers: Television Fans and Participatory Culture, Henry Jenkins' study of fandom, looks more sympathetically at this, as demonstrated by an excerpt from a black fan of Star Trek: The Next Generation:
    Your favourite character has been "promoted" and (they hope) forgotten; your second favourite character's role has been considerably reduced and his characterization changed; the people who look like you have either been made into a caricature or removed from the bridge altogether, and stuck in unattractive costumes as well (I know that's the division color. I'm sorry, but mustard is simply not a good color on black people). The weight of the show has been placed on an occasionally cute but minor character; the writers aren't doing anything with the two remaining characters, who get less interesting as time goes on - and there's a baby on the bridge where an adult should be. Given all that, might you not maybe possibly be just a little, tiny bit upset?
  • Many people complained about the removal of Pluto as a planet, despite having perfectly valid scientific reasons to do so. The complaints basically boil down to "I learned it that way as a kid, now it's different!"
  • This can even happen with things such as the names of buildings. There was quite a bit of indignant squawking in Chicago when the Sears Tower was renamed the Willis Tower.
  • This also applies to shifts in names of countries or cities, which happened a lot in many political and post-colonial shift of attitudes to newly independent nations.
    • Saint Petersburg was a city immortalized in the works of many 19th Century Russian writers (including by those, like Fyodor Dostoevsky who didn't like it very much) but in the run-up to World War I was renamed Petrograd (out of Anti-German sentiment), and then after Vladimir Lenin's death, was renamed as Leningrad until the end of the Cold War where it became Saint Petersburg again. The city of Tsaritsyn became Stalingrad and then after Stalin's death, was renamed by Khruschev's government as Volgograd. These renamings are contentious because World War II immortalized Leningrad and Stalingrad, and lending names to many battles, which makes understanding cultural memory a little hard for some observers.
    • It is universally accepted that the local inhabitants had opinions to express on their country not wanting to be called (for instance) the Belgian Congo or Rhodesia any more. The British Conservative Party and their Imperial nostalgic camp would often sell T-Shirts with characteristically insensitive slogans "Why say Zimbabwe when you mean Rhodesia?" But people in Britain and other parts of Europe still frown at having to relearn their geography peaceably since they learned it the old fashioned way of invading and breaking up other lands, largely because it confuses them when dishes like the Peking and Bombay Duck have become Artifact Title.
    • And let's not forget that there are still fanboys (of the Byzantine Empire), Greek neo-irredentists and general Turkophobes who don't accept the change of the name of Constantinople to Istanbul. Never mind that the official change is quite recent, never mind that the Constantinople that fell to the Turks was a depleted shell already looted and ruined by the Fourth Crusade, and that they were the ones who more or less reinvigorated a Dying Town, and that there were people who lived in the city who nicknamed it Istanbul for centuries before the official name change, but naturally the sentiments of English speaking tourists and the makers of brochures are more important.
    • The People's Republic of China, under Mao Zedong introduced a new Romanization system that saw Peking changed to Beijing, and the names of such renowned figures as Sun-Yat Sen and Chiang Kai-shek renamed to Sun Zhongshan and Jiang Jieshi respectively. Thanks to Pop-Cultural Osmosis (the earlier Wades-Giles system was enshrined in early 20th Century pop-culture), the old names are still how many of these figures are widely known creating friction between the West and China, though in recent times the Hanyu Pinyin system is gaining ground thanks to China's global clout.
    • India is a complex example. Upon Independence, the states were formed on linguistic lines when before in the Raj, the division between the inner states was fairly arbitrary. India is a land of hundreds of languages and dialects, and many of the states, or rather the representative tribes and group interests in these states felt that maintaining a strong linguistic and regional diversity was important even if it was often based on majoritarianism rather than consensus. So, for instance, the Marathi-majority state of Maharashtra claimed the city of Bombay (after bloody agitation) and after a Maratha Hindu right-wing party, the Shiv Sena, took power in Bombay's municipal elections, they renamed the city to Mumbai after a local goddess. Said renaming is not popular even among the people living there for the reason that it implies that the city is a Marathi-city when it was a Melting Pot and the most diverse of Indian cities. This started a trend for renaming all the cities, with Madras becoming Chennai (which is actually quite popular among the locals and is seen as an Awesome Mc Coolname), Calcutta becoming Kolkatta (i.e. the Bengali pronunciation of their own city) and Bangalore becoming Bengaluru (which is the name in Kannada the local language). In these cases, the old names still remain because of Pop-Cultural Osmosis and inertia. Incidentally there are calls among some to rename India as well but nobody can agree on the replacement because the two proposed alternatives (Bharat, Hindustan) are seen as not reflective of India's secular and multicultural societynote .
  • The US Army changed its uniform several times. The black beret was made mandatory for all soldiers, despite its history with the Rangers. They were given a Tan beret. The new Army Service Uniform, replaces the dress blues and green class A's. However, the warm weather version of the uniform makes a soldier look like a mall cop. And soldiers with the old uniform will have to buy the ASU. For even the lowest ranking soldier the cost is north of $400.00 US. A similar thing happened with the Navy. The new uniforms are deliberately made to look very similar to Marine uniforms, with only minor differences. The Marines aren't too happy about this, either.
    • The "classic" British Army helmet, a design only introduced in 1915 but seen as integral to the look of the British soldier, was changed for something more practical and which offered better protection in 1944. People complained about this. Similarly, there were plans to phase out the classic "coalscuttle" German helmet for something better and the very first new-model helmets were being issued in 1945. This met with conservative resistance, even at a time when the German military had more pressing things to concern itself with. note 
  • The 2012 DC Comics logo had a D being peeled back to reveal a C, which is supposed to be symbolic of the dual identity trope common among many superheroes and villains. Some like it, while others think it looks too much like a toilet seat. It has since been replaced with a modernized version of their early 1970s logo: the letters "DC" in bold block letters inside a simple circle.
  • Changing the format of programs during updates can lead to this. On the one hand, updates can be sorely needed and provide additional content. On the other hand, they often change the interface too much and make it annoying for regular users used to the old format.
  • The new and increasingly more common form of bubble wrap used in packing is made with interconnected air pockets instead of individual ones so that popping one bubble will deflate the rest of them in that row. It's certainly stronger and more practical for the folks doing the packing but totally kills the fun for whoever's receiving the parcel.
  • Certain retailers in Canada. This happened with Walmart acquiring Woolco in 1994, as well as when rival Zellers and its parent, the Hudson's Bay Company, acquired Woodward's in Western Canada and Towers (Bonimart in Quebec) in Eastern Canada in the early 1990s, as well as all the Canadian Kmart stores in 1998. With Target acquiring Zellers in 2013 (Zellers already sold some stores in 2012 to Walmart, and some other Zellers stores will be closed without becoming Target), this is sure to be a source of complaints. And let's not forget the loss of Eaton's...
  • Everyone has worse manners now than the did back when you were growing up. This might be attributable to the shift from an "authoritarian" parenting model where children were expected to be seen and not heard and completely obedient since The '60s to an "authoritative" one held as the standard, which more conservative people have decried as producing spoiled brats. This actually contradicts the original complaint, which charged that the permissive parenting began as early as the late 1940s and in fact directly brought about the college-age youth culture of the late '60s that all these people hated.
  • Mining magnate Gina Rhinehart's bid for ownership of The Age (especially from left-wing readers - "If we wanted right wing propaganda we'd just read Rupert Murdoch's paper!"). Rhinehart is the largest shareholder but is barred from taking a place on the board unless she signs a pledge guaranteeing editorial freedom, which she refuses to do.
  • In Tennis, people complained during the 90s about how many matches had degenerated into boring serve-and-volley fests with very few lengthy points. The speed of multiple court surfaces was slowed down as a response to this. People then began complaining about the lack of serve-and-volley play and the prevalence of lengthy rallies.
  • 7-11 seems to be heading in that direction according to some of these comments. The convenience store chain is rebranding to appeal to health-conscious Millenials and female consumers with its new image giving off an upscale, Whole Foods vibe.
  • During the Greek military junta, the Powers That Be actually believed that this trope applied to the Greek language, which they thought had "decayed" from the time of Plato and Aristotle — never mind that this happens to every language without fail, and that as some features simplify, there are always others that get more complex. Thus, they actually demanded that everybody write only in Katharevousa, their interpretation of Ancient Greek, even though the language has changed so much in two and a half millennia that even Greeks perceive Ancient Greek as a foreign language.
  • Any changes to government policies that affect everyone is sure to invoke complaints. (Healthcare, taxes, etc.)
  • This The Daily WTF story has a guy who complains that a hardware upgrade made his computer faster. He also causes problems down the line, but then, he is a manager.
  • Retsina is a kind of Greek wine flavored with pine resin. Modern winemaking techniques have completely gotten rid of all the various reasons that resinated wine was invented in the first place,note  but the stuff still has a following for its strong, piney flavor, which goes particularly well with strongly flavored medzes like pastirma and garlic dip. However, since the 1970s, the amounts of resin have gone steadily downward, and purists are angry that today's typical retsina tastes like wine with a bit of resin rather than straight turpentine.
  • Samsung was very well-known for making smartphones that featured a removable battery. Then for the purpose of making their newest phones, the Galaxy S6 and the Galaxy S6 Edge sleeker, they gave it a glass back and removed the ability to remove the battery — the very two things which gave the phone series its fans over the iPhone. This would come back to bite them in the butt with the Galaxy Note 7's infamous exploding battery.
  • Apple has a history of being very focused on newer standards in their products, often completely jettisoning older ports or features in their products when newer replacements become available. Naturally, this leads to backlash from users who think that the changes are premature given how prevalent the older standards are.
    • Apple Macintosh examples:
      • The first iMac, released in 1998, infamously eschewed serial ports, a floppy drive, and other soon-to-be legacy computing technologies in favor of a CD-ROM drive and then-new USB ports. Naturally, this led to grumblings from people about how they would have to buy a litany of adapters and dongles to use their older peripherals. The first MacBook Air drew complaints for not including a built-in optical drive. Downplayed, as most of the aforementioned technologies fell out of favor soon after Apple dropped them.
      • Apple's post-2009 laptops dropped user-replaceable batteries.note  Many other Macs since then have dropped user-replaceable storage and memory, some going as far as soldering these components to the logic board to make replacement impossible.
      • The cylindrical 2013 Mac Pro dropped expansion card support. In a rare step back, when Apple finally gave the line a major redesign in 2019 it reverted back to its original tower design and re-added expansion card slots.
      • Most of Apple's post-2015 laptops switched over to shallower "butterfly" keyboards with less haptic response and noticeably louder keystrokes. Most MacBook Pros also replaced the function keys with a new "Touch Bar", so tasks like adjusting screen brightness and volume required several taps instead of just one. In another possible step back, Apple is reportedly dropping the keyboard design.
      • They also replaced all data ports with USB-C. Once again, complaints about dongles and peripherals rang out. USB-C charging also replaced MagSafe, a connector which probably saved countless MacBooks from accidental falls if someone tripped on the cord.
    • iPhone examples:
      • Many fans were mad in 2012 when Apple replaced the 30-pin dock connector with Lightning on the iPhone 5, to allow for thinner phones, more features, and faster charge times and data transfers, with the side effect of making numerous accessories made for iPhone and iPod over the years obsolete. Others appreciated the new connector, which was reversible and easier to plug in, but were upset that Apple chose to introduce another proprietary connector instead of going with a standard like micro USB. (It should be noted, however, that micro-USB connectors are not reversible.) By the end of the 2010s, Apple had started to see some flak from fans over an inversion of this trope—sticking with its Lightning connector instead of migrating to USB-C (also with reversible connectors).
      • iPhone users were again mad after the iPhone 7 removed the 3.5mm headphone jack. Apple said the 3.5mm headphone jack was unchanged, decades-old technology and it was time to move on. Bluetooth headphones were starting to take off, leading to some tinfoil theories that Apple ditched the headphone jack to boost sales of their wireless earbuds. Those who prefer using wired headphones were mad that there was no way to use Lightning, now the iPhone's sole port, for music and charging at the same time (e.g. while driving) without a dongle.
      • iOS 10 garnered a lot of backlash over its new unlocking method: pressing the home button when the lock screen is shown, instead of swiping right, something that had largely not changed in 10 years of the operating system's lifetime.
      • The following year, Apple introduced the iPhone X, the most radical redesign of the iPhone yet, which features a bezel-less screen that eliminated the venerable home button and replaced its functions with various swipes from the bottom of the screen. Needless to say, this was controversial among Apple fans, many of whom thought that the simplicity of the home button was one of the iPhone's most defining features.
  • This was basically the reaction of the steam-centered Rail Enthusiast when diesels took over. The Rev. W. Awdry gave a severe Take That! in the thirteenth book in The Railway Series, Duck and the Diesel Engine. It's also basically what Starlight Express is about. This is also the reaction of many contemporary railfans in response to nearly any change in service.
  • Gentrification in urban areas often generates this response from critics. The usual scenario: over time a community (usually an inner-city, well-established neighborhood) becomes hip and trendy, with cool shops, performance venues, independent cafes, etc. Seeing the appeal of the area, developers begin buying up said properties and either jack the rents up to intolerable levels or tear the properties down to build expensive condos, with their selling point being the hip and trendy neighborhood. The perceived end result is the area often ends up losing what had made it appealing in the first place as many businesses are forced to relocate or simply close. This has occurred (or is occurring) in many major cities, including London, Vancouver, NYC (especially in Brooklyn), and Toronto.
  • When Australian biscuit company Arnott's gave their savoury biscuit range Shapes a complete makeover in flavour and texture, the outrage was pretty much unanimous. Fans were dismayed to find that the snacks tasted and felt a lot cheaper. It got so bad that Arnott's eventually decided to bring the old version back and do away with the new.
  • In September 2016, the U.S. Navy decided to ditch its 241-year-old rating system and move to a more streamlined system in line with the rest of the armed forces. The move was so massively unpopular with active duty and retired sailors that the original system was brought back by December, though with some modifications to open all ranks and positions to women.
  • When administrative boundaries are redrawn within cities, people are very likely to just ignore said redrawing or kvetch about the "artificialness" of the new boundaries. Just to give one example, there are ''still' people in the now District of Friedrichshain-Kreuzberg (fused in 2001) that insist that they live in "Kreuzberg 36" after the four-digit postal code that was replaced by a new five-digit scheme in 1995.
  • Many people on the internet did not take it well when IHOP (International House of Pancakes) temporarily changed their name to IHOb (International House of Burgers) in a 2018 marketing stunt. Only one restaurant did a full rebranding, and even then it was temporary; the "IHOP" name remained on all other stores' signs and menus, with only the burger sections having the rebranded name.
    • Dunkin' Donuts deciding to drop the Donuts and just go by Dunkin', to put more emphasis on their coffee and promote a healthier image, has gotten a similar reaction, to the point of being repeatedly compared to the IHOb change.
  • Several major U.S. cities replaced most the bulbs in the street lamps to LED ones to make streets brighter at night and save on energy costs. Residents didn't like the change, stating that the cities aren't the same without the iconic orange lighting and the new LED bulbs are too bright.
    • The same thing is happening in other locations, and one criticism is that the new bulbs are much more similar in color to automotive headlights than the old distinctly orange sodium vapor or blue/green mercury vapor bulbs were, making it harder to tell if a light coming from around a bend in the road is from an oncoming vehicle or just a streetlight.
  • To reduce waste in the environment, several U.S. states banned plastic bags. Citizens loudly protested the change since they didn't want to buy reusable bags nor put up with a 5 cent fee for taking their groceries in paper bags.


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