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 2021, making it the longest running animated sitcom. It is about a man named Homer ...read more.

It went from actually being better than South Park to mostly just being more popular than South Park due to having practically none of South Park's audacity

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.

It started out actually knowing how to not take absolutely everything that it made AS SERIOUSLY AS IT POSSIBLY COULD, but then The Dark Knight was released and inspired numerous incredibly mediocre imitators of itself (Man Of Steel and Dawn Of Justice, we definitely ARE looking at you two right now), causing DC itself to think that absolutely EVERYTHING needed to be edgy and "badass" in the process (Aquaman and the Doom Patrol? REALLY?)

Sorry, but that's actually inaccurate. You're judging everything simply by the films and not taking anything else (films, comics, games, shows etc.) into account. Not everything by DC in the '10s is "dark and edgy" and I can name several examples where the tone is actually pretty moderate and go back-and-forth between light-hearted and dark. The Flash, Supergirl and Legends of Tomorrow are all shows that take a more optimistic view about being a hero and Doom Patrol itself sometimes takes a more zany approach. Some of the comic stories can be grim, but there are just as many that are simply meant to be fun adventures. Also, Aquaman was always badass (if one actually paid attention to the comics and the character's history besides just defining the character as a whole from Superfriends) and his film wasn't even dark. Also, from what I've seen, there's been a lesser emphasis on making everything as dark as possible

Another reminder is that Marvel Comics also has a good ...more

Never really read them that much.

3 The Last of Us Series The Last of Us Series Product Image

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.

TLOU 1: Largely is "just okay" in my opinion, but despite it having VERY mediocre and frustrating gameplay and arguably being the main source of how much Naughty Dog jumped the shark after (and quite-arguably during) its release, it at least does have a genuinely well-written and deep (by the standards of video games) storyline that it combines with INCREDIBLY top-notch graphics
TLOU 2: VERY-largely is an utterly pretentious pile of garbage whose release year (2020) also being Crash Bandicoot 4: IAT's release year is living proof of how deeply Naughty Dog has sank; for the most part, it literally just smashes all of TLOU 1's worst aspects together and then uses the fact that Naughty Dog is its developer as an excuse for it to get automatic rave reviews despite how much it blatantly sucks

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.

Pablo Honey: Is generic but is quite good nevertheless
The Bends: Is one of THE best rock albums
OK Computer: Is one of THE best and most unique rock albums
Kid A: Basically is an incredibly bad knock-off of OK Computer

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

they were good but then slowly decreased in quality

5 Metroid Series Metroid Series Product Image

Due to Nintendo turning it into a bad clone of Halo, the series went from being one of THE most iconic and innovative ones on Earth (in Metroid 1-4 and the Metroid Prime trilogy) to being a total joke that basically is using its shockingly-extremely good fan games as its version of life support

I only remember it for having that one ending.

Thankfully it’s getting a good comeback.

6 Naughty Dog

It went from making some of THE best platformers that video games have had so far (Crash Bandicoot, Jak & Daxter and Uncharted) to making one of THE most pretentious, generic and boring "edgy and realistic action game" franchises ever (The Last Of Us)

Oh yeah. That company.

7 Wreck-it Ralph Series Wreck-it Ralph Series Product Image

WIR 1: Isn't exactly GREAT, but still is a pretty good version of Ready Player One
WIR 2: Has extremely flashy graphics, a Social Justice agenda, a downright-painfully huge amount of Internet product placement, and practically nothing else that is worth mentioning

8 Metallica Metallica is an American 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 ...more

It trying to turn itself into an "alt rock" band immediately comes to mind

Lulu did suck, but they are still very good.

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.

Nickelodeon should hire someone who has some good experience in cartoons like egnomac.

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

It has been on a rapid decline these last 10 years

The newer shows suck, I’ve just completely lost faith in it.

10 Death Note Death Note is a Japanese television drama 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 show just absolutely does not work without L; enough said

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.

As a HUUGE South Park fan, I agree that the new episodes are just a chore to watch.

When they started focusing on current events

The good ol' raunchy humor vs. political satire debate.

12 The Matrix Series The Matrix Series Product Image

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

13 Undertale Undertale Product Image

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.

Pacifist Undertale genuinely is one of THE best games on Earth,
but then Genocide Undertale reveals how deeply Undertale's head is up its butt

14 Green Day Green Day are an American pop punk, punk rock, and alternative rock band formed in East Bay, California in 1986. 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 ...read more.
15 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.

16 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.
17 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.

They now care more about appearing "woke" than anything else

18 Linkin Park Linkin Park is an American rock band formed in Agoura Hills, California, in 1996. The members currently include Mike Shinoda (vocals, keyboards, rhythm guitar), Brad Delson (guitar), Dave "Phoenix" Farrell (bass), Joe Hahn (DJ) and Rob Bourdon (drums). Linkin Park are associated with a mixture of Alternative ...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.

19 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.

20 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 ...read more.

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!

Inside Out was the last good film they made.

All they do now is make unneeded sequels and sjw shorts.

21 YouTube YouTube is a global video-sharing website headquartered in San Bruno, California, United States. The service was created by three former PayPal employees in February 2005. In November 2006, it was bought by Google for US$1.65 billion.
22 Star Wars Movie Series

whoever put this on here, ... OOOOOOOOOOOOHHHHHHHHHH, yeah, Rise of Skywalker... ok I agree now

23 Maroon 5 Maroon 5 is an American 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.
24 Shrek Series Shrek Series Product Image
25 Toy Story Series

There only needed to be two films, tops.

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