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A subtrope of Vindicated by History, this is when a work is an utter failure (either critically, commercially, or both) when it first comes out, and the few years afterwards.
However, as time passes, much, MUCH worse movies/games/comics/shows/etc. come out in the same genre, making most (though not all) think that the original work wasn't really that bad, at least when considering the genre it belongs to.
Often causes the work to become a Cult Classic.
Seinfeld Is Unfunny works are often prone to this trope.
Anime and Manga
- The utterly catastrophical job 4Kids! Entertainment did in dubbing anime means Robotech is seen in a much more favorable light.
- In a general sense, the constants misfires of The Modern Age of Comic Books means that, for the most part, the 90s aren't seen as The Dark Age of Comic Books anymore.
- Jaime Reyes has been Rescued From the Scrappy Heap largely because the number of Legacy Characters of established superheroes that didn't connect with the audience as much as the originals did meant that Jaime being a worthy heir to the Blue Beetle mantle became more evident.
- The number of bad decisions that plagued the several Teen Titans books means Danny Chase is no longer seen as the lowest point of that title.
- Considering how divisive most of the 2010s films in the Disney Animated Canon are (with the exception of Zootopia), the 60s and 70s and 80s are no longer seen as a "Dark Age" for the Canon.
- The trope name refers to the Jaws sequels, Jaws 3 and Jaws: The Revenge. For a long while, they were so critically despised that they made it to several "worst movie ever" lists. However, after several worse movies in the "killer marine animal" genre came out (Piranha 3DD, all of the Sharknado movies, both Crocodile movies, both Octopus movies) came out, it means people are more open to appreciate the genuine effort that went into Jaws 3 and Jaws: The Revenge.
- The Star Wars Prequel Trilogy was utterly lambasted when it first came out, and several years afterwards...until the Disney movies came along. Nowadays, the general consensus is that, flawed as the prequels may be, they are still better than any of the Disney movies. The same goes for the Holiday Special, which is seen in a much warmer light after the Disney movies.
- The Charlie's Angels movies were panned at the time of their release. After several worse female-led action movies came out (Ultraviolet, Bloodrayne, Catwoman, Elektra, the Ghostbusters reboot), the Charlie's Angels movies are seen in a much better light. And then the 2019 sequel/reboot came along, causing the 2000s movies to be hit with this trope again.
- Speaking of video game movies, after the Video Game Movies Suck trope became evident, Super Mario Bros, Mortal Kombat and Street Fighter are seen in a much better light, at least compared to everything else in the genre that came out after those three movies.
- Superman III, Superman IV: The Quest for Peace, and the 2006 tribute movie Superman Returns were all poorly received by critics, but are looked back on just a bit more fondly after the Darker and Edgier Zack Snyder Superman films (Man of Steel and Batman v Superman) received mixed to almost universally negative reviews due to their bleak and joyless approach to the character of Superman.
- The Roger Corman Fantastic Four movie and the two Fantastic Four movies from the 2000s are seen in a much more positive light after the release of the 2015 Fantastic Four movie, with the general consensus that, flawed as they may be, the Corman movie and the 2000s movies capture the "fun adventure" feel of the comics, as opposed to the 2015 movie, that generates Darkness-Induced Audience Apathy.
- The sheer bad quality of Power Rangers Operation Overdrive and Power Rangers Megaforce means Power Rangers Turbo is seen in a much better light.
- The difficulty that later DC live action shows had in adapting Superman and Batman means that the 60s Batman show and Smallville are seen in a much less harsh light than before.
- The Irate Gamer is no longer seen as harshly as before due to the much lower quality of everyone else (not affiliated with That Guy With The Glasses) that tried to follow in the footsteps of The Angry Video Game Nerd and The Nostalgia Critic.
- Likewise, following a MASSIVE case of Seasonal Rot and the fact that Change the Channel and Not So Awesome made his shows Undermined by Reality, several non-Doug Walker reviewers that used to be heavily criticised and bashed are seen in a much more favorable light. Especially those that cover manga, anime, comic book and/or videogame-related stuff, since Doug is a Know-Nothing Know-It-All when it comes to all four subjects, and Doug's reviews revolving around any of those four subjects tend to be full of Critical Research Failure and Dan Browned.