Top 10 Fictional Works That Have The Most Overrated Amounts Of Artistic Merit/Value

The Top Ten

The Ren & Stimpy Show The Ren & Stimpy Show, often simply referred to as Ren & Stimpy, is an American animated television series created by John Kricfalusi for Nickelodeon.

Honestly, John K is pretty much the Morrissey (from The Smiths) of animation; basically everything that he makes is THE definition of "overrated hipster garbage" even at its best, and this show (as much as I do WANT to like it) is DEFINITELY not an exception to that rule.
Despite being mostly just a fairly average "gross-out" cartoon (but with more dramatic voice acting and facial expressions) and also objectively being the weakest of the definitive "top-tier" Nicktoons (it, Rocko's Modern Life, Spongebob Squarepants, Avatar: TLA, and Invader Zim) by INCREDIBLY far, R&S somehow STILL gets treated as if it is an absolute "god of cartoons" that almost no other show can even begin to compare to, and also as if any cartoon that even DARES to feature even a TINY amount of its signature gross-out humor while also coming out after it (COUGH, ROCKO'S MODERN LIFE, COUGH) is automatically a "rip-off" of it.
Sorry, nostalgia freaks, but you seriously need to shut up about this show.

Final Fantasy VII Final Fantasy VII Product Image

As utterly phenomenal as Final Fantasy VII's soundtrack is, its storyline basically starts out as "Captain Planet in video game form" and then becomes an even MORE generic "Good VS Evil" plot from there; if you want something with a REAL story, play Xenogears and the original Xenoblade Chronicles (heck, even Chrono Trigger and Final Fantasy VI had objectively better storylines when compared to Final Fantasy VII, not to mention CONSIDERABLY more impressive graphics by the standards of the console that they were made for)

2001: A Space Odyssey 2001: A Space Odyssey Product Image

WOW; I get to stare at practically still shots of outer space for basically over two-and-a-half hours while stock classical music plays in the background (also-very-unfortunately, Kubrick's other films aren't even really that much MORE entertaining than this one for the most part)

Undertale

Is this game's Pacifist Run an absolute work of art? Yes, to say the LEAST.

Is the Frisk VS Sans fight at the end of this game's Genocide Run also an absolute work of art? Yes, even though many of the memes that it has spawned are downright terrible.
Can the rest of this game really be described as an absolute work of art, however? Not really, unless you're just a pretentious hipster who thinks that "art style = artistic merit".

Cowboy Bebop Cowboy Bebop is a 1998 anime television series animated by Sunrise featuring a production team led by director Shinichirō Watanabe, screenwriter Keiko Nobumoto, character designer Toshihiro Kawamoto, mechanical designer Kimitoshi Yamane, and composer Yoko Kanno.

Despite being one of THE coolest, classiest and best-looking animated shows of all time and also (INCREDIBLY-pretentiously) calling itself "the show that will become an entire new genre of anime", CBB has a so-called "plot" that is so ludicrously thin that literally only about 20% of its episodes actually have anything major to do with said "plot", while the rest are all basically filler (cough, one of said filler episodes also happens to be about a "monster from the fridge", cough)

Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse Product Image

ITSV might be a far better movie (for the most part) than Infinity War, but it still is absolutely NOT an example of a beautiful-looking movie also being a beautifully written one; at its core, it's really just your average ridiculously character-overstuffed superhero schlock that clearly should have been a television series rather than a stand-alone film (cough, except for the fact that it has a generic "black male" main protagonist rather than a generic "white male" one, cough)

The Last of Us The Last of Us Product Image

Yet another generic "edgy shooter" game that Sony/Microsoft fanboys use as an excuse to bash Nintendo for its "cartoony baby graphics"...and to be honest, it also is pretty much literally just a lazy "zombie game" re-skin of the Uncharted series (and as for its storyline supposedly being "mature", "dark" is NOT the same thing as "mature", and neither are hyper-realistic visuals)

The Dark Knight (2008) The Dark Knight (2008) Product Image

Just like Batman in general, this movie quite-literally would not even exist if plot armor didn't also exist (oh, and don't even get me started on how the downright-hilariously stupid edge lords that utterly plague the Internet treat this film's downright-insultingly blatant pseudo-intellectualism as if it is actual intelligence); overall, it's a very good and stylishly made film for sure, but it is nowhere even NEAR as interesting as it is made out to be and also is an absolute joke (no pun intended) when compared to Batman: The Animated Series, Batman: Arkham Asylum, and arguably even Batman Beyond (its Joker still IS absolutely amazing, though)

Courage The Cowardly Dog Courage the Cowardly Dog is an American animated horror comedy television series created by John R. Dilworth for Cartoon Network as part of the network's Cartoon Cartoons block.

Is basically just a significantly "Darker And Edgier" and more pretentious version of an average slapstick cartoon in reality, but gets treated as if it is quite-literally "one of the Citizen Kanes of animation" (not to mention one of the scariest things ever) by its fanbase

Mother 3 Mother 3 Product Image

A far more accurate name for this game would be "Exterminate All Capitalists: The Game"...oh, and despite its CONSTANT "showing off" of how "edgy" and "shocking" it is, it also is clearly NOT the best example of a "mature" Nintendo game, no matter how deeply you look into it (cough, Majora's Mask and the Metroid Prime Trilogy are both significantly better examples, along with Super Metroid and sometimes even Mario & Luigi: Partners In Time, cough)

The Contenders

Toy Story 3 Toy Story 3 Product Image

Is an almost-exact Darker And Edgier copy of Toy Story 2, features an utterly insane amount of "plot convenience", overshadows How To Train Your Dragon and WALL-E, and also contains one of THE worst movie scenes of all time (does "toddlers trashing the toys" ring a bell?)

Star Wars Darth Vader is a Star Wars character and the main antagonist of the first three original Star Wars films and the main protagonist of the Star Wars prequel trilogy under his original name Anakin Skywalker. He had been trained as a Jedi but defected to the Sith lord and Galactic Chancellor Palpatine. ...read more.
The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim Product Image
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Adventure Time Adventure Time is an American animated television series created by Pendleton Ward for Cartoon Network. The series follows the adventures of a boy named Finn (voiced by Jeremy Shada) and his best friend and adoptive brother Jake (voiced by John DiMaggio)—a dog with the magical power to change shape ...read more.
Spongebob Squarepants SpongeBob SquarePants is an American animated television series created by marine biologist and animator the late Stephen Hillenburg for Nickelodeon. SpongeBob is currently the most popular show on Nickelodeon, as well as the longest running show, running for 20 years, and is beginning its 12th season. ...read more.
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Neon Genesis Evangelion Neon Genesis Evangelion, commonly referred to as Evangelion or Eva, is a Japanese animated television series produced by Gainax and Tatsunoko Production, and directed by Hideaki Anno.
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