Top 10 Things that Started Out Being Good but Then Became Extremely Lame and Pretentious

The Top Ten
1 The Simpsons The Simpsons is an American animated sitcom created by Matt Groening that originally started on April 19, 1987 as shorts on The Tracey Ullman Show. It got its own series on December 17, 1989 and is still running as of 2023, making it the longest running animated sitcom. It is about a man named Homer Simpson and his family (wife Marge and children Bart, Lisa and Maggie and pets, Snowball II and Santa's Little Helper) going through a long series of misadventures.

The first 10 season were gold, but oh my...

It started to go downhill very fast.

2 DC Comics DC Comics, Inc. is an American comic book publisher. It is the publishing unit of DC Entertainment, a subsidiary of Warner Bros. DC Comics is one of the largest and oldest American comic book companies.

Never really read them that much.

3 The Last of Us Series

One that I could actually agree with. The first game was fine as it is; a tale of two survivors in a plague apocalypse doing whatever it takes to survive, in addition to showcasing a surrogate father-daughter relationship and what someone would do for their loved ones, regardless of the extremity of their actions. Harsh and brutal, yes, but there's a theme that most can appreciate.

Enter the sequel, where said relationship buildup and potential is thrown out the window and we end up getting a ridiculous revenge plot that goes nowhere and then expects us to feel bad for a character that makes a wholly unsympathetic impression and characterization. Add in the overdone Aesop of "Revenge is Bad" and execute it badly, alongside other sorts of questionable narrative decisions and you've got the Video Game equivalent of an Oscar Bait movie.

The Second game was trash.

4 Radiohead Radiohead are an English rock band from Abingdon, Oxfordshire, formed in 1985. The band consists of Thom Yorke (lead vocals, guitar, piano, keyboards), Jonny Greenwood (lead guitar, keyboards, other instruments), Colin Greenwoood (bass guitar), Phil Selway (drums), and Ed O'Brien (guitar).

I personally think The Bends was mediocre, and everything after OK Computer was amazing. I respect your opinion though, Radiohead isn't for everyone.

OK Computer was a good album, but I haven't really enjoyed listening to anything after that. It wasn't an easy listen.

5 Metroid Series

I only remember it for having that one ending.

Thankfully it's getting a good comeback.

6 Naughty Dog Naughty Dog is an American video game development company based in Santa Monica, California. Acquired by Sony Interactive Entertainment in 2001, the company is known for producing critically acclaimed video games such as the "Uncharted" series and "The Last of Us." Naughty Dog has a reputation for storytelling and technical prowess in game development.

Oh yeah. That company.

7 Wreck-it Ralph Series
8 Metallica Metallica is an American Heavy/Thrash Metal band formed in 1981. The original lineup was James Hetfield (Vocalist and Rhythm guitarist), Dave Mustaine (Lead Guitar), Lars Ulrich (Drums), Ron McGovney (Bassist). The group came into mainstream from their Self-Titled album and the hit single "Enter Sandman"... read more

You do know that Metallica actually went back to their Thrash roots in Death Magnetic, right.

Also, you're excluding the fact that Megadeth and Anthrax technically tried to do the same thing as Metallica by also changing their style of music back in the 90s (Megadeth's music got softer starting with Countdown to Extinction and Anthrax dabbled into Alt Metal and even Rap). The reason was because Thrash Metal became a fad during the mid-late 90s and wasn't as commercially or critically successful as it used to be back in the 80s.

But then that begs me the question; how is changing your sound "pretentious"? Loads (pun intended) of other bands and musicians change their style and sound in some way or another, so what's the issue here? They sold out? They're not as good as they used to be back in the day? To be honest, those are now pretty weak arguments due to how we throw it around and slap it onto different artists to justify it as being bad. Selling out or changing your style doesn't make your music bad, let alone pretentious. Metallica is no different. Sure their mid-late 90s albums aren't the best, but they're also a lot better than you'd expect.

9 Nickelodeon Nickelodeon is an American basic cable and satellite television network launched on December 1, 1977, and is owned by Viacom through Viacom Media Networks and based in New York City.

I never grew up in the 90s and early 2000s because I was born in 2004. I started watching Nickelodeon when I was around 7. At that time, shows like Fanboy and Chum Chum, Tuff Puppy, Breadwinners, and Sanjay and Craig were on, but thankfully I never watched them. Instead, I watched SpongeBob, iCarly, Victorious, and FOP. I really wish I grew up watching Rocko's Modern Life, old SpongeBob only, Rugrats, Hey Arnold!, Jimmy Neutron, Invader Zim, Danny Phantom, My Life as a Teenage Robot, CatDog, Angry Beavers, Ren and Stimpy, Doug, Aaahh!!! Real Monsters, Wild Thornberrys, Drake and Josh, and even old Fairly OddParents. When I watched Fairly OddParents as a kid, they would only air seasons 5-9 and never anything from seasons 1-4. Nowadays, we have the abomination known as The Loud House, The Patrick Star Show, Kamp Koral, etc.

The only shows I watch on this network now a days are The Loud House and The Casagrandes.

10 Death Note Death Note is a Japanese television drama anime series based on the manga series of the same name by Tsugumi Ohba and Takeshi Obata. The show is centered around Light Yagami - a promising highschooler and aspiring detective with a strong sense of "justice".

Don't really watch anime, but the 2017 movie wasn't good at all.

The Contenders
11 South Park South Park is an American adult animated sitcom created by Trey Parker and Matt Stone for the Comedy Central television network. The show is about four boys, who are Stan Marsh, Kyle Broflovski, Eric Cartman, and Kenny McCormick, and their adventures in South Park, Colorado.
12 The Matrix Series

Each one was worse than the last. Let's hope The Matrix 4 ends that cycle.

13 Undertale

This shouldn't be on the list. The game has been around for over five years, yet it's still a well known game and meme on the internet.

14 Cartoon Network Cartoon Network is an American basic cable and satellite television channel that is owned by the Turner Broadcasting System division of Time Warner.
15 Disney The Walt Disney Company, commonly known as Disney, is an American diversified multinational mass media and entertainment conglomerate headquartered at the Walt Disney Studios in Burbank, California.

They've been getting extremely lazy, and you can't watch anything without having to pay for their streaming service, or just getting a DVD.

16 Green Day Green Day are an American pop punk/punk rock band formed in East Bay, California in 1987. The members include Billie Joe Armstrong (vocals and guitar), Mike Dirnt (bass), Tré Cool (drums) and Jason White (guitar). Green Day are associated with punk rock, pop punk and alternative rock. Some of their influences include The Ramones, Sex Pistols, NOFX, and Bad Religion. They are best known for their songs like ‘Boulevard of Broken Dreams’, ‘Basket Case’ and their ‘American Idiot’ & ‘Dookie’ albums. American Idiot sold 6 million copies in the U.S. and won a Grammy Award for "Best Rock Album". Green Day have sold over 75 million records worldwide and have won 5 Grammy Awards. They ...read more.
17 The Fairly OddParents The Fairly OddParents is an American animated television series created by Butch Hartman for Nickelodeon.

Like a lot of shows on this list it started good then quickly went downhill before sent to the Nicktoon network where it died a slow and painful death.

18 Toy Story Series

There only needed to be two films, tops.

19 YouTube YouTube is a global video-sharing website headquartered in San Bruno, California, United States. The service was created by three former PayPal employees on February 14, 2005. In November 2006, it was acquired by Google for US$1.65 billion. YouTube is ranked as one of the most visited websites, securing the 2nd place, only surpassed by Google Search. As of 2024, the CEO of YouTube is Neal Mohan... read more
20 Linkin Park Linkin Park is an American alternative rock band formed in Agoura Hills, California, in 1996. The current members include Mike Shinoda (vocals, keyboards, rhythm guitar), Brad Delson (guitar), Dave "Phoenix" Farrell (bass), Joe Hahn (DJ), and Rob Bourdon (drums). Linkin Park is associated with a mixture of alternative rock, hip hop, and techno. Some of their influences include Nine Inch Nails, Deftones,... read more

Linkin Park Started out as a great band, then it became slightly worse with every album until everything completely imploded with A Thousand Suns. That was when they became an outright bad band. Ever since Chester's death, they've been trying to continue the band but they've been unable to get anything done since his death.

21 Maroon 5 Maroon 5 is an American pop/pop rock band that originated in Los Angeles, California. Before the current group was established, the original four members, Adam Levine, Jesse Carmichael Mickey Madden and Ryan Dusick, formed a band known as Kara's Flowers in 1994, while they were still in high school.
22 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.

Once John K was fired the show really dipped in quality and got so much worse in season 4 and don't even get me started on Adult Party Cartoon.

23 Pixar Pixar, also referred to as Pixar Animation Studios, is an American computer animation film studio based in Emeryville, California that is a subsidiary of The Walt Disney Company. Pixar began in 1979 as the Graphics Group, part of the Lucasfilm computer division, before its spin-out as a corporation in 1986, with funding by Apple Inc. co-founder Steve Jobs, who became the majority shareholder. Disney... read more

For the longest time, Pixar was dominating the animation industry with every single movie they've made being a cultural phenomenon from Toy Story up until Toy Story 3. They kept hitting us with banger after banger starting with Toy Story then A Bug's Life to Toy Story 2, Monsters, Inc. Finding Nemo, The Incredibles, Cars, Ratatouille, WALL-E, Up and Toy Story 3. But when Cars 2 was released, Pixar began to take a decline in which they put out some bad/mediocre films like Brave, The Good Dinosaur, Onward, Turning Red. But we did get Inside Out and Coco which were critically acclaimed masterpieces. Now that Lightyear was released to theaters, it bombed so hard. I've never seen the movie but it dosen't look good. So because of the underwhelming performance of Lightyear, we don't know if Pixar will ever redeem themselves let's just hope Elemental will save the company.

Wrong. Every Pixar movie is a masterpiece (Even The Good Dinosaur and Cars 2)! This company always makes perfect movies with heartwarming and unique messages along with remarkably detailed animation with interesting storylines. Pixar isn't getting lame and pretentious. If anything, it may be getting better. Can't wait for those new movies like Luca (coming out this summer), Turning Red, and Lightyear!

24 Nintendo Nintendo Co., Ltd. is a Japanese multinational consumer electronics and software company headquartered in Kyoto, Japan.

Nintendo was founded in 1889 as Nintendo Karuta by craftsman Fusajiro Yamauchi and originally produced handmade hanafuda playing cards. After venturing into various lines of business during the 1960s and acquiring a legal status as a public company, Nintendo distributed its first console, the Color TV-Game, in 1977. It gained international recognition with the release of Donkey Kong in 1981 and the Nintendo Entertainment System and Super Mario Bros. in 1985. ...read more.
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