Top 10 Shockingly Good TV Shows, Movies and Video Games that Came from Bad Trends

Trend (noun) - whatever pop-culture movement happens to be hip and popular with fans and/or producers of any given media at any given time

The Top Ten

1 The Dark Knight (ridiculously edgy hyper-realistic "grimdark" adaptations of superhero cartoons ala Michael Bay's Transformers)

I'm sorry to have to admit that the Animated Series utterly DESTROYS these films (as well as the Arkham video game series), but I still greatly enjoyed them regardless (Joker and most especially Two-Face in particular more-often-than-not giving off borderline cringe-inducing levels of Shadow The Hedgehog vibes notwithstanding) - xandermartin98

Good thing Christopher Nolan exists - TwilightKitsune

2 Rocko's Modern Life (Ren & Stimpy clones and the incredibly overused Spongebob Formula for animated comedy shows)

Ironically, this show actually FIXED nearly everything that was (often horribly) wrong with the original Ren & Stimpy and also provided massively better and more refined execution of nearly all of R&S's greatest strengths in the process, forming EASILY one of THE greatest shows ever made, period (those who say otherwise should probably rethink their analysis)
Unfortunately, however, it was later "followed up" by such utterly putrid cesspool scum as Mega Babies, Fanboy & Chum-Chum, Brothers Grunt and Pig Goat Banana Cricket (and also Spongebob, which is a fairly good show overall but is still FAR beyond overrated if its fans seriously think that it's even nearly AS good as this one, let alone better) - xandermartin98

3 Star Wars Episode III: Revenge of the Sith (Anakin Skywalker's atrociously executed "emo teen" character arc in the Star Wars prequel trilogy)

Which, of course, leads up to undeniably one of THE greatest (albeit most absurdly and tediously drawn-out) movie fight sequences of all time between Anakin and Obi-Wan on Planet Mustafar, a planet that I can more or less ASSURE you was edited into Star Wars canon for the sole purpose of providing a ridiculously epic environmental backdrop FOR said fight - xandermartin98

4 Drake & Josh (Live-action sitcoms on cartoon channels)

Unfortunately a trend that practically NOTHING good whatsoever has come out of since (looking at you, Cartoon Network) - xandermartin98

5 Super Smash Bros (Crossover party games)

Provided that you're playing multiplayer with more than two players, at least

(for the record, even Melee's single-player is NOT even remotely what it's cracked up to be) - xandermartin98

6 Hyperdimension Neptunia and Gal*gun (Anime-Esque Games that Oversexualize Women)
7 Who Framed Roger Rabbit ("look at how many famous and iconic franchise-mascot characters appear in this movie" movies)

Oh, and also the much later Wreck-It-Ralph to a lesser extent, but Ready Player One just completely butchered it - xandermartin98

Before 2018's Infinity War, Disney/Touchstone had a crossover of characters including Disney's Mickey Mouse and Bugs Bunny from Warner Brothers. Robert Zemeckis may have won an Oscar for directing Forrest Gump, but Roger Rabbit's movie became a successful crossover film that will be passed onto future generations. Ppppllleaaseee!

8 Medaka Box (Ecchi Anime Series)
9 Vivid Strike (Lolicon-Bait Anime Series)
10 Crash Team Racing (Mario Kart reskins)

Honestly, CTR was actually a far more in-depth game than the real thing in this case - xandermartin98

The Contenders

11 Love Live! School Idol Festival (Shovelware Freenium Games that Over-Saturate the Apple and Google App Stores)
12 Fafner in the Azure (Neon Genesis Evangelion Ripoffs)
13 Wreck-It Ralph (Video Game Movies)

Another bad trope that it fixed was the "bad guy protagonist" cliche.

14 Senki Zesshou Symphogear (Magical Girl Series Aimed at Adult Otakus)
15 Austin Powers (James Bond ripoffs)

Which yes, I know it was an extremely blatant parody of, but STILL - xandermartin98

16 Magical Girl Lyrical Nanoha (Magical Girl Series Aimed at Adult Otakus)
17 The Legend of Zelda: Breath of The Wild (Skyrim syndrome)

Debatably the crown jewel of the Zelda series, honestly (and I say this as someone who utterly LOATHES Skyrim beyond comprehension) - xandermartin98

18 The Lego Movie (Toy Movies)
19 2001: A Space Odyssey (Movies that Think They are Exciting to Watch Just Because They Take Place in Outer Space)
20 Magical Girl Lyrical Nanoha the Movie 1st and Magical Girl Lyrical Nanoha the Movie 2nd A's (Anime Compilation Movies)
21 Requiem For a Dream (pretentious "art-house" films)

Go ahead, just TRY and go anywhere near hallucinogenic drugs and microwave dinners after your first time seeing this film; the deterring effect sure as hell IS considerably stronger than many give it credit for, let me tell you - xandermartin98

Don't get me wrong, Requiem for a Dream is one of my favorite movies ever. However, I don't really consider it an art-house/art film by any means. - nerffan8000

I haven't listened to that album yet so I have nothing to add lol - nerffan8000

22 Touhou (Forced Difficulty)
23 Azure Striker Gunvolt ("Nostalgic" Indie Games)
24 Django Unchained (Ridiculously Exaggerated Film Portrayals of Slavery)
25 Psychonauts (Invader Zim Wannabes)

Seriously? Other than the voice actor for the protagonist, they have almost nothing in common! - Synchronocity

26 Rocko's Modern Life (Shows that Think They are Smart Just Because They Aim Slightly Above the Lowest Common Denominator)
27 Idubbbztv (YouTube Edgelords)
28 B-Project: Kodou Ambitious (Male Asian Pop Idol Groups)
29 Metroid Prime ("Everything Turning Into a First-Person Shooter" Syndrome)
30 Rick & Morty (Family Guy Clones)
31 The Cleveland Show (Shows About Black People that are Written by Racist White People)
32 Team America: World Police ("Everything Turning Into a Musical" Syndrome)
33 South Park: Bigger, Longer & Uncut ("Everything Turning Into a Musical" Syndrome)
34 Resident Evil 4 (Horror Games Turning Into Generic Action Games)
35 Mortal Kombat (Street Fighter Clones)
36 Earthworm Jim (Video Game Shows)
37 Transformers (Toy Shows)
38 Danganronpa (Phoenix Wright and Persona Knockoffs)
39 Invader Zim ("Edgy for the Sake of Being Edgy" Cartoons)
40 F-Zero: Falcon Densetsu (Video Game Shows)
41 Undertale (Walking Simulators)
42 Inception (Matrix Clones)
43 Goldeneye 64 (Movie Games)
44 Batman: Arkham Trilogy (Superhero Games)
45 The Grim Adventures of Billy & Mandy (Ren & Stimpy Clones)
46 Mass Effect Trilogy (Fantasy Worlds Heavily Layered with Blunt Social Commentary and Diversity to Be Cool)
47 Static Shock (Overt Child-Friendly Superheroes)
48 Drawn Together (South Park Wannabes)
49 Clone High (Total Drama Art Style)
50 I Hate Everything (YouTube Drama)
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