Just Here for Godzilla

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Now this is what we're here for!

Bart Simpson: Alan Moore! You wrote my favorite Radioactive Man comics.
Alan Moore: Oh, really? You liked how I made your favorite superhero a heroin-addicted jazz critic who's not radioactive?

Bart Simpson: I don't read the words, I just like it when he punches people.

Anyone who creates works of fiction will often try to make it big and large to justify your money's worth. They want to make each new installment bigger and better than the last, adding in new stories and conventions, and just make it a lot more fun than the last title in a series.

But no one cares.

Many fans of anything watch movies, or play games, for exactly one reason (generally Rule of Fun) and one reason only. To them, their work has only one purpose: they're Just Here For Godzilla.

Simply, people are paying their own money for their own entertainment. Any other stuff they add may be only seen as a minor distraction from their true goal of enjoyment. On the other hand, those other things added can actually add to the enjoyment of their one true goal, whether it be comedy relief in a usually dark film series or any new quirks in gameplay.

Often, however, creators of works may put obstacles in your way to force you to go through all of their new quirks before getting a chance to see the action (like you being in a theater, sitting through hours and hours until you get to that glorious part) or play the same mode over and over. Sometimes they make it even harder for you to get to your true goal.

Sister Tropes are: Bile Fascination, Play the Game, Skip the Story, Preview Piggybacking, Watch It for the Meme, Excuse Plot, Developing Doomed Characters.

Compare I Read It for the Articles, Complacent Gaming Syndrome, Black Sheep Hit, Estrogen Brigade, Estrogen Brigade Bait, and Come for the X, Stay for the Y.

Examples of Just Here for Godzilla include:

Anime and Manga[edit | hide | hide all]

  • Anime became the only reason a lot people were attracted to the Cartoon Network Adult Swim line up. Another group of people just came to watch it for the re-runs of Family Guy, American Dad, and (formerly) Futurama, and were reeled in by the network's original comedies. Unfortunately, Network Decay had hit Cartoon Network badly and sadly for the first group, [adult swim]'s management has been relegating such programming to increasingly late in the night, with little promotion. Most fans have since abandoned [adult swim] nowadays for the interwebs or other networks.
  • Odin: Photon Space Sailor Starlight isn't generally regarded as a good film, but it may be of interest to fans of the band Loudness whose music is featured in the film.
    • Similarly Geneshaft, which includes music by the guitarist from Loudness.
  • Many people who watch Hamtaro only watch it for its human characters (mainly Laura and Kana).
  • Any show with Loads and Loads of Characters will have a Fandom affected by this.
  • Magical Girl Lyrical Nanoha was initially intended to be a cute little spinoff for people Just Here For the cute little sister from Triangle Heart 3 ~sweet songs forever~. Halfway through the first season, which had by then pulled more viewers than the Toraha 3 OVA released around the same time had, the game cast starts to fade out and the plot gets complicated. By the end, Nanoha is the only game cast member with a major role, the universe has made many major breaks with the originals, and most people seeking the Triangle Heart games and OVAs are Just There For Nanoha.
  • Happiness! is an anime that was originally a Visual Novel. Most agree it's a fairly mediocre high school drama with a really generic magic system attached. It doesn't matter though, because nearly everyone watches it to see Jun, who steals every single scene he's in.
  • Lesser example; Mirai Nikki: Just here for the Ax Crazy Yandere Goddess.
  • It seems like a lot of fans watch My-HiME for Shizuru and Natsuki (be them individually or together). Thankfully it's usually "watched". Not so much with Mai-Otome though.
  • Some people watch Neon Genesis Evangelion simply for the unique giant robot battles.
  • While the manga has a bit more existent plot, pretty much the only reason most people watch Kanokon is because it should have just been titled Fan Service: The Anime.
    • That describes any Ecchi, especially Panty Fighters, that have a little more substance, either in story complexity, character depth or animation quality. Any given viewer may have a different Godzilla.
  • Many watchers of Black Butler stick around simply for the sheer awesomeness that is Sebastian. He is after all, one hell of a butler.
    • And a lot of others came for the apparent Ho Yay that fans always boast about.
  • The film adaptation of "Buddha" by Osamu Tezuka seems to be shaping up to be this, due to the soundtrack including "Scarlet Love Song" by X Japan.
  • A lot of people watched Elfen Lied for the gore, fan service, and Gorn. On a similar occasion, people check out the When They Cry series for the gore but typically stay for other reasons.
  • How many fans of Axis Powers Hetalia actually have read or watched a majority of the series? You're in here for the fandom, Ho Yay, and the fact the series is based upon Bishonen and Bishojo personified masses of land.
    • Other fans watch it for the history, though. Though they still probably haven't read the majority of the comic and are really just looking for Fanfic Fuel.
  • A lot of Wandering Son fans who began with the anime came for either the Scenery Porn or the realistic representation of transsexuality.
  • The Yu-Gi-Oh Tenth Anniversary Movie we all know you don't care about the plot, you're just there to see Yami, Jaden/Judai, and Yusei dueling together

Comics[edit | hide]

  • Marvel's has been known to place Wolverine prominently on covers of comics he barely appears in because of this.
    • Lampshaded when during one promotion where each cover in one particular month featured Wolverine whether or not he even appears in the story. On some (such as the short-lived adaptation of Laurel K. Hamilton's Stephanie Blake series) the cover (always showing Wolvie teaming up with the comic's hero(es)) there was a small disclaimer, obviously suggested by Marvel's legal counsel that read "Wolverine does not actually appear in this comic."
    • Also parodied by The Sensational She-Hulk, where they have a cover of Wolverine and a couple of other heroes at the charge and the blurb "Wolverine is on this comic!"... and a crumpled bottom having been pushed up by Jen, who looks at the reader while glibly saying "Note the cover doesn't say he's actually in this comic!"


Film[edit | hide]

  • In general, if you have a favorite B-movie actor and plenty of time and/or disposable income on your hands, you'll watch droves of otherwise unwatchable films just to catch a glimpse of your hero - and that goes double if you're a horny male and the "star" is a sexy babe. Take Anna Nicole Smith, for instance. How many boys aged 14 to 25 watched the crappy movie To the Limit just to see her naked body - when she wasn't even the main character in that film, and in fact it was a sequel to an earlier film, Da Vinci's War, which she wasn't in and which was made before most people had even heard of her?
  • The Godzilla franchise, which probably became famous only for the monster fights (hence the trope title).
    • A common complain about Godzilla Final Wars is that Godzilla finally goes into action only near the end of the movie despite the movie is supposed to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the series.
  • Most action films score very low on plot originality, character development or any kind of message. Audiences simply want to see explosions, people fighting each other or fast paced special effects.
  • Most romantic drama films and comedies are extremely predictable, yet women and couples just want to see a romantic story on a fairy tale level to leave the cinema with a happy feeling.
  • Alexander was a somewhat boring, overly long and drawn out film. A large amount of people watched it for that one scene with Rosario Dawson.
  • A LOT of Japanese people only watch Hollywood films because they find the American actor/actresses in them attractive.
    • A lot of audiences in general seem to like movies more for the costumes and set design than for the actual plot.
  • Most audiences went to see The Forbidden Kingdom simply to see Jackie Chan fight Jet Li for the first time in their careers.
  • No matter how bad you think the sequels are, the one thing every fan can look forward to in Pirates of the Caribbean is Captain Jack Sparrow.
  • Slasher-style horror movies (Friday the 13 th and whatnot) typically attract people for the murderer. The trope Developing Doomed Characters was invented purely to describe the miserable time before the murderer starts knifing co-eds. Because seriously, who sat down to watch the engaging social life at Camp Crystal Lake?
  • Many horror fans can attest to turning out for the Friday the 13 th and Halloween film series' just to see the inventive gore effects and brutal kills. After all, why root for the dimwitted camp counsellers and nubile victims when you can cheer for invincible homicidal killers?
    • Averted in the first Halloween. It features no gore and actually focuses on the characters.
    • The "Plot" such as it is, of most Friday the 13 th movies, serves only as a vehicle to deliver (usually Teen) Victims to Jason. This is further confirmed by the "Jump to a Death" option present on the home DVD versions.
    • In fact, "Halloween III" was a huge flop because the star of the series, Mickey Myers, wasn't in it. Today the film is re-evaluated for it's original story and atmosphere, but back in 1982 audiences simply wanted Myers to kill people and nothing more complicated or original than that.
  • A major complaint about Cloverfield was "I came to see a giant monster trash New York, not watch these annoying jerks through shakycam for 2 hours."
  • In the Japanese film Always Zoku San Choume No Yuuhi (Always Sunset on Third Street 2) Godzilla himself makes a brief cameo appearance in the first 2 minutes of the film in a dream sequence and in CGI form, Many Godzilla fans don't know what this film is about or even care, all they want to see is Godzilla as this is his most recent appearance as of 2010.
  • A lot of people went to see Spider-Man 3 mostly for Venom. They became upset because he didn't get enough screen time.
    • This could apply to Spider-Man himself. Since the first movie, the biggest complaint is that there is too much of Peter Parker and his moping and talky-talky, and not enough of Spider-Man beating up bad guys and making quips.
  • A criticism of the first Hulk movie was Ang Lee's attempt to add the daddy issues backstory, while most people just wanted to see HULK SMASH.
    • The fact that Bruce had major "daddy issues" was canon from the comics, though exactly which issues those were mutated unrecognizably 'twixt comic and screen (along with most other elements other than anger = big green monster).
    • The issues presented weren't the problem, it was that Lee tried to make them the whole movie and not just a small part of Hulk. Like Spider-Man above, less whine more hero.
    • Rotten Tomatoes even summarizes the consensus of the movie as "Too much talking and not enough smashing."
  • Pornography. As John Carmack of id Software said, "[The story] It's expected to be there, but it's not that important."
    • Ironically, many Skinemax' films go the opposite direction, with as few as two or three sex scenes (tastefully obscured sometimes, at that!) in a two hour movie about the most boring and trite corporate/scientific espionage imaginable. Makes a good insomnia cure though!
  • While a lot of people won't admit it, social stigmas related to nudity and sex means many people's only exposure to such is through generic action movies. The watchers are not especially interested in the story at all, they're just there for the nudity, sex and violence. This means movies are released with this in mind, leading to Viewers are Morons, which pisses off the other group.
    • Ironically, this can (and does) happen with quite a lot of highbrow films that feature nudity. Many, especially in the 50s and 60s when nudity in mainstream film was illegal, patiently sat through incomprehensible art films they wouldn't have otherwise.
    • Same issue comes up with nudist resorts in Real Life. People are so stigmatized to nudity only being in late-night movies and pornography that they don't realize that there are family-friendly nudist resorts out there which are not only intended to be non-sexual but go out of their way to keep the wrong element out. (For instance wearing underwear around is frowned upon at nudist resorts. It may seem odd to the non-nudist, but it makes sense when you realize lingerie is underwear, and a short look at porn shows half-dressed people are considered sexier than simply naked people)
  • Milla Jovovich is a compelling reason to watch Ultraviolet (to her fans), despite being considered to be a very bad movie by critics in general.
    • Milla Jovovich is a compelling reason to watch many things - Zoolander (as Katinka) and The Messenger: The Story of Joan of Arc to name two.
    • The fact that Ms. Jovovich appears in The Fifth Element wearing nothing but a little packing tape certainly doesn't hurt that film's appeal, either.
  • It's rare to find anyone who watches the original Pink Panther movies for anything besides Peter Sellers and, to a lesser extent, the animated title sequences. In fact, the series has been outright criticized by critics such as James Berardinelli as having little merit beyond those two things. The possible proof in the pudding came when Blake Edwards continued the series after Sellers' death - aside from the Replacement Scrappy lead characters, he had just about all the other cast members, all the slapstick, and all the glamorous settings the prior entries had. Viewers didn't care. Later the success of the 2006 Steve Martin reboot was arguably a case of Just Here For Steve Martin, considering the sequel's disappointing performance.
  • Fans of Anthony Stewart Head, Sarah Brightman, Paul Sorvino, Alexa Vega, Paris Hilton, Bill Mosely, and/or Nivek Ogre went to see Repo! The Genetic Opera based solely on their appearances therein. Almost all of them are now devoted fans of the movie.
    • Fans of Yoshiki Hayashi did the same. Their mileage varies widely: some are devoted fans of the film, others... not so much.
  • The films starring Sonja Henie were to watch her skate.
  • There is only one scene anybody cares about in Basic Instinct. And you know which one it is.
  • During the run-up to the release of the 1989 Batman movie, people were buying tickets to other movies, sitting through the Batman trailer, and then walking out. Star Wars fans did this for trailers for The Phantom Menace as well.
  • Attack of the Clones owes most of its popularity to Jango Fett.
    • Some people went for the massive hellstorm of special effects that is the last quarter of the movie.
    • How about Yoda wielding a lightsaber? As the film wore on in theaters commercials started airing saying "who da man? Yoda man" to capitalize on what was certainly the film's largest draw.
  • Bound is probably a compelling modern film-noir classic. But people only watch it for certain scenes.
  • On that note, Wild Things: Denise Richards gets 'em out, makes out with Neve Campbell in a swimming pool and they have a threesome with Matt Dillon. Yes there was a plot, and it wasn't half bad either. The sequels have a similar reputation, except for the "plot" part.
    • And don't forget that strip of Kevin's Bacon.
  • The three Cruel Intentions movies, are this to MANY many people. Say it with me now... Up and down, back and forth, faster, faster...
  • The Home Alone movies usually have a story about a child learning to act on his own and getting into trouble, but really the only reason people went to see those movies was for the Death Trap houses.
  • Probably the biggest complaint about the live-action Transformers movies is the focus on the humans. Optimus Prime doesn't even get introduced in the first movie until an hour in. There are subplots that lead to nothing and very scatological humans. Revenge of the Fallen is a little better, offering flashy fights in the beginning, middle and end, but all the time between that is just waffle.
    • At least one person appears to have been interested in the film only because of Megan Fox.
    • This is something the Transformers producers have long failed to grasp. Fans are just here for the robots, and it's an extremely rare human who catches on with viewers of any age. The adults who were annoyed by Spike and Daniel were kids when they first watched, and with the newer series, for every Sari, there's three Sams or Kickers whose not-remotely-interesting home lives are only unwanted interruptions to the giant-robot-armies-at-war thing everyone really came for, and any scene with them will be considered Developing Doomed Characters. The humans who do get popular are never the Tagalong Kids who get all the screentime.
  • Even the movie itself didn't really seem to care why the Apocalypse was going to strike in 2012, but it didn't half put the money up on the screen when it was time for the geological shit to hit the fan.
  • A large percentage of the Tekken film's sparse audience likely went just to see Lateef Crowder playing Eddy Gordo. The smart ones just settled for watching his scenes on YouTube.
  • You may like the Melodrama of Tyler Perry's movies and plays, but you are more likely there to watch Madea's shenanigans.
  • Avatar is the highest-grossing film of the 21st Century so far. However, just about everyone went to watch it only for the stunning effects.
  • The sole reason to watch Gone in Sixty Seconds (1974) is the Chase Scene that makes up the second half of the movie.
  • German Neo-Nazis often bought tickets for American History X just to see the violence scenes during the first ten minutes. After that, they left the cinema again.
  • The first album by Procol Harum includes a song titled "Salad Days (Are Here Again)", and the track listing on the back cover says that this song is "From The Film 'Separation'". Separation is an obscure art film which remained unavailable for a long time after its initial (limited) theatrical run in 1968, leaving Procol Harum fans wondering what it was like. In 2009, the film was released on video for the first time, and thus many of those watching it are Just Here For Procol Harum (though maybe Come for the X, Stay for the Y is in effect too).
  • There is only one thing that many people find any Michael Bay film worth watching for.
  • In Monsters Ball, Halle Berry and Billy Bob Thornton do This and That. You'll be hard pressed to find out what else happened second hand.
  • A small minority of the audience for Black Swan is Just There For The Wingfic.
  • Many people watched The Machinist for the shock of seeing Christian Bale's Nightmare Fuel Thiness.
  • Some people watched James Cameron's Titanic only because of ship's sinking scenes.
    • Back when it was released most teenage girls went to see the film solely because they were so in love with Leonardo DiCaprio. In fact many people only remember the romantic scenes and are completely unaware that the entire story was based on a real life incident.
    • Many people have seen it multiple times, and still have not seen the beginning. The "Making of" documentary created a lot of interest in the special effects in people who had originally chosen not to sit through the four-hour film.
      • It's pretty common knowledge that the crow's nest scene (when the look-outs spot the iceberg) occurs just about five minutes into the third hour, when it plays on TV, so when it's on, you can tune in exactly halfway through for the special effects, and skip the romance entirely.
  • Many Trek fans only watched the Star Trek reboot for Leonard Nimoy's performance as Spock. The 90210 re-casting was not a selling point.
    • Many people also watched it for Zachary Quinto, widely regarded as the best thing in Heroes even at its best, as the new Spock. Other people watched for the space battles.
    • As a sidenote, a lot of people who knows Romulans was involved in the story also expected for their ship to "disappear" (due for the fact that Romulans possess the best cloaking device) sooner or later during the chase scene. Too bad that the ship in question was not a military vessel.
  • Many people went to see The Rite for one thing: Anthony Hopkins possessed.
    • And in Mexico, many went to Watch It for the Meme that spawned thanks to certain national news anchor that interviewed Hopkins.
  • Probably the main reason sci-fi folks will never get their wish of a film that explains the backgrounds of either/or the Alien and Predator franchises. Folks just want to see the eponymous creatures kick butt, not have their origins explained.
  • A rare one-minute cameo by Daft Punk and their soundtrack were good enough reasons for people to watch Tron: Legacy.
  • Many people went to see Snakes on a Plane solely to hear Samuel L. Jackson deliver his line.
  • Some people watched Space Jam mostly just for Lola Bunny, who made her debut in that film, which is lampshaded in this motivational poster.
  • Some people probably watched Way of the Dragon just to watch the Ultimate Showdown of Ultimate Destiny between Bruce Lee and Chuck Norris. Which is won by Lee.
  • Possibly the only reason why anyone went to see the Beach Party reunion film Back To The Beach was to see the Pee Wee Herman cameo. Also the only good thing about the film.
  • Arguably the only reason the film 'Just My Luck' got any success in the UK was because McFly's fangirls were flooding in to see their cameo.
  • One review (sorry folks, it's in Hebrew) claimed that basically, the only reason to watch X Men Origins Wolverine is because it has Wolverine kicking ass.
  • A lot of people only saw The Expendables to see the scene that features Sylvester Stallone, Arnold Schwarzenegger and Bruce Willis together (which was also highlighted in all of the trailers).
  • A number of people only see Con Air for the toy bunny, a major plot point in Homestuck, and/or because it is the favorite movie of Homestuck's protagonist, John Egbert.
  • Even since his cult following formed in the late 1990's, does anyone watch the TV Movie Sarah Plain And Tall for anything other than the fact that it has Christopher Walken in a romantic role?
  • The House of Wax remake promising Paris Hilton at her most scrappiest to die, which she does, but there's still about a half hour or so left of teenyboppers running around in the eponymous house.
  • Many Doctor Who fans went to see the reboot of Fright Night with the sole intention of seeing David Tennant shirtless.
  • A lot of people only watch the first half of Full Metal Jacket because of Gunnery Sergeant Hartman.
  • A lot of people have watched Zabriskie Point solely because of its Pink Floyd connection.[1]
  • Miss Pettigrew Lives for a Day took seventy years of Development Hell before being released. That's a good enough reason for many people to watch it.

Live-Action Television[edit | hide]

  • MythBusters. You mean there's more to it than Stuff Blowing Up?
  • One of the best examples of all times is Baywatch, where to the fans the plot was nothing and bouncing boobs on the beach in slow motion was everything.
    • In fact, it's become something of a cliché in itself to quip that the bay wasn't what was being watched in that world, or to outright dub the show Babewatch.
  • Many sitcoms rely heavily on a Breakout Character, a Catch Phrase or a Running Gag. The audience enjoys these predictable elements so much that they want to see it happen at least once in every episode.
    • A classic example is Family Matters, many of whose viewers were less interested in the Winslows than they were in whatever it was Steve Urkel was up to this week. They could have easily redubbed it The Urkel Show and the ratings probably wouldn't have been affected very much.
  • Depending on your opinion G4Tv is only good for X-Play, Totally Outrageous Behavior or Movies That Don't Suck. Network Decay killed all the other tech or game related shows, replacing them with Cops and Cheaters.
    • There's also the camp of those who watch it just for Ninja Warrior and its kin.
  • The largest demographic of people now checking out the Green Hornet TV show are those interested in Bruce Lee's early career.
  • Jewel Staite coming on as Dr. Jennifer Keller became a compelling reason to start watching Stargate Atlantis.
  • As Ben Browder found out by conducting a poll at his first Stargate convention, some people started watching Stargate SG-1 when Ben and Claudia joined season 9 and others started watching Farscape after seeing Ben and Claudia on SG-1.
  • Many people have said that the only reason to watch FlashForward is John Cho.
    • There are also some Lost fans, or ex-fans, who started watching it simply because they still miss Charlie. ABC probably predicted this.
  • Many people watch American Idol in the beginning just to see the horrible no talent singers make fools of themselves on national television. Everything else after that is just a waste of time.
  • It is very hard to get non-nerds to watch any part of a space mission except launch and touchdown.
  • BBC America will readily admit that most of the people who subscribe to their channel are only in it for Doctor Who.
    • As a tangent to that, when the series 3 DVD of The Sarah Jane Adventures was released, it had a sticker that said, "David Tennant's last recorded scenes as the Doctor." Since he was only in 2 episodes of a 12 episode season, likely that little bit of advertising angered somebody.
  • More than one person who is less than totally invested in the art of dance has watched So You Think You Can Dance religiously to see incredibly fit, attractive, young people twist and display their bodies in next to no clothing. For that matter, people who are totally invested in the art of dance merely tolerate the extensive air time devoted to the judges' input, contestant background clips and rehearsal footage, not to mention the musical guests and virtually content-free padding during the results shows.
  • Whenever a starring actor from a well known TV show stars in a new show, fans of that actor's previous show will probably tune in to the new show for the star. For example:
    • Rizzoli & Isles has a two for one deal: it has Angie Harmon and Sasha Alexander. It's plausible that most of Rizzoli & Isles viewers for the first few episodes were fans of the two stars previous shows.
  • People who watch Dark Angel only for Jensen Ackles, unfortunately often skipping Season One except for "Pollo Loco".
  • The 2009 remake of V has had low ratings and poor reviews, but many have agreed that Morena Baccarin's performance carries the show.
  • Many people watched Unsolved Mysteries soley for the segments on ghosts, aliens, and other supernatural creepiness. Speaking of creepy, some people who might otherwise have skipped over the show did watch it solely for its creepily awesome music score and Robert Stack's scary voice. It's still running today, but minus nearly all of the above.
  • Some people watched Frasier just for the dog.
  • The Suite Life of Zack and Cody enjoyed a Periphery Demographic of older males who just liked looking at the supporting characters played by Ashley Tisdale and Brenda Song.
  • The short-lived Painkiller Jane TV series departed significantly from its source material and did not perform well enough to merit a second season, But some of us weren't paying attention to all that: we tuned in to see Kristanna Loken have some Les Yay and Bondage Fun once a week. And near the end of the show's run, the producers seemed to catch on...
  • A lot of fans of Monty Python merely laugh at the silliness and men dressing up as women. The intellectual and satirical references just go right over their head.
  • Some people started watching American Horror Story in order to catch up when they heard Zachary Quinto would make a guest appearance. He's a pissed off ghost who tied to the backstory of the house.
  • Many people watch award ceremonies just for the awards that the shows they like have been nominated for.
    • Plenty only watch the Spike Video Game Awards for the trailers and announcements.
  • In April, 2012, ITV premiered a 4 part Titanic mini-series to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the sinking of that ship. Around the same time, it was revealed that the next Companion for Doctor Who would be one Jenna-Louise Coleman...who happens to have a supporting role in the aforesaid Titanic mini series. Cue the YouTube clips of her scenes ONLY.
  • The final two years of Australian Talk Show Rove (previously known as Rove Live) had a segment called Kevin Rudd PM. What was pretty much a Gag Dub of news footage spliced together of then Prime Minster Kevin Rudd as a secret agent. Looking episodes up on YouTube you'll see people saying they only watched the show for this.


Other Print Media[edit | hide]

  • Many writers have readers who have readers who are reading it because they're interested in the time period and/or country where it takes place.
  • Fu Manchu novels back in the day. No one cared about the heroes, they were just there to see Fu Manchu kick ass.
  • Some people only subscribe to certain gaming magazines just for the freebies that they provide every so often, such as game demos.
    • A subscription to Nintendo Power in the late '80s could net you a copy of Dragon Quest I. A full version of a game worth roughly half again (at the time) the value of the subscription. Not a bad promo. Probably brought in a lot of business for the magazine.
  • There's people who won't read a review to see what the reviewer said, but to just look at the score they gave it.
    • Amiga Power knew this well, and in their final issue gave Alien Breed 3D 2: The Killing Grounds a score of 98% (one of their highest scores in the entire run of the magazine), adding in the review itself that they'd always wanted to give a fake score and that it was actually only worth 59%.
  • Let's face it: You've probably bought a periodical that you wouldn't normally care about because a character from some work you're interested in was on the cover. Bonus points if it was an import. Even more bonus points if it's in some foreign language you can't read.
  • Pornographic mags. Subverted and Lampshaded, as we like to say it's just for the articles... but for a good half the readership, it's closer to "Someone get these words out, they're blocking my pictorials!"
  • The Star Wars Expanded Universe does this. Even if it's about someone unique to the EU, you'll see cameos by your favorite characters and Jar Jar.
  • A lot of new readers of Good Omens are just there for Aziraphle and Crowley who are the only characters you hear about online 95% of the time due to their very easy to see UST. For those how don't know, it's more of an ensemble cast type book.


Music[edit | hide]

  • The Australian comedy group Tripod had a song on this subject, with particular reference to the Peter Jackson King Kong film; the refrain, which could easily serve as an alternate trope title: "Get to the fucking monkey."
  • This happens a lot in rap music. You take a popular or respected rapper and put them on a lesser known or just slightly less popular rapper's song (they might be appearing on every song that summer actually) either dropping a verse or just doing the hook. What'll happen is people completely ignore the rest of the song (unless they happen to enjoy the other rapper or they turn out to be really good) and just skip to the guest portions.
  • This happens to a lot of bands when they have a popular song, especially if its a one hit wonder or Black Sheep Hit. A lot of musicians will have Creator Backlash and be annoyed when fans beg them to play it at concerts.
    • Radiohead fans often demand from the start of the concert that "Creep" be played, then leave as soon as it's over. Radiohead is less than happy with this state of affairs, as documented in another song, "My Iron Lung."
    • According to King Missile frontman Tom S Hall, around 1992 or so, their audiences were entirely made up of people who were either long-time fans or were just here for "Detachable Penis" - they dealt with it by always playing the song live, but deliberately making sure it came very early in the set. Thus, everyone who was just there for their hit would stream out of the club and they could play for the people who were really interested.
  • This can happen at double-billed concerts or festivals if you're a fan of only one of the artists playing.
  • Many classical music concerts often feature the more melodic tunes by popular composers ("William Tell Overture" (Gioacchino Rossini), "The Blue Danube" (Johann Strauss), "Bolero" (Maurice Ravel), "5th symphony" (Ludwig Van Beethoven)"Eine Kleine Nachtmusik" (Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart),...), because most audiences just want to hear the most famous portions and not the obscure, less danceable work. In fact many well known classical tunes are played as a stand alone piece instead of in the context of the original work. For instance, everyone knows the first part of Beethoven's 5th symphony, but are unaware that there are more, less well known portions to the work.
  • Often happens at concerts of older bands that were once more popular, but are still putting out new material. Fans want to hear the older hits, not the new stuff.
    • Along those lines, Michael Jackson: The Immortal World Tour (the Cirque Du Soleil tribute show) has been criticized by both professional critics and casual showgoers for giving too much stage time to songs from The Nineties onward, most of which are not nearly as well-known and loved as his songs from The Seventies and The Eighties except by the Vocal Minority of his fanbase. Less "They Don't Care About Us" and "Earth Song", more "Billie Jean" and "Beat It" please! (This might change when the show leaves North America for Europe, where his later songs tended to perform as well as older ones had.)
  • This is often why Hank Williams III gets concert bookings. He sounds just like his late grandfather Hank Williams Sr. and so starts off every concert by doing some country songs and his grandfather's hits. Once that's done he informs the country fans that the part they came for is done with and that they can leave before launching into the Psychobilly Death Metal songs from his group Assjack that he actually likes to perform.
  • Hawkwind attribute a large portion of their live audiences from mid-1971 to mid-75 (particularly in Germany) to Stacia, a statuesque brunette standing a little over 6 foot tall, who would dance on stage.[2]


Newspaper Comics[edit | hide]

  • Paige in FoxTrot goes to see The Return of the King just because Orlando Bloom is in it, and wishes the movie would stop wasting time with that "filler stuff about a ring."


Sports[edit | hide]

  • Michael Jordan. Once he left (and came back, and left and came back, and left and came back) the NBA saw a drop in their ratings that they still haven't fully recovered from.
    • Subverted, oddly enough, by Chicago Bulls fans. In the Post-Jordan era (after MJ left for the Washington Wizards), The Bulls have been #1 in overall attendance in the NBA, topping the NBA attendance charts most years - even during the Dark Ages in the early 2000's when the team was a laughingstock.
    • And, to a lesser extent, Kobe Bryant as well.
      • May as well throw LeBron James here too: As far as Cleveland is concerned, the pre-2003 Cavs only existed to fill the gap between football and baseball. And considering the apocalyptic tone of the coverage of his move to Miami, apparently, many think James was the only reason to be in Cleveland period.
        • Capitalism: A Love Story had a little segment that stated exactly that.
        • And let me tell you, when you make the city of Cleveland long for the non-entity Browns and Indians... that's special.
  • Tiger Woods brought in a lot of new golf fans.
    • A lot of fans. Nielsens go way down in golf tournaments where Tiger isn't playing, and go way up when he's got a chance to win. This trope could be called Just Here For Tiger.
  • Yeah, man. I love L.A. Galaxy. Been a fan since 11 January 2007.....what? David Beckham? Oh yeah. What a funny coincidence.
    • Likewise, Thierry Henry and the New York Red Bulls.
    • The Minnesota Lynx had trouble getting butts in the seats before Lindsay Whalen and Maya Moore showed up.
  • It's a well known fact that the Olympics are riddled with Godzillas. Some people only watch for the team sports, some only watch to see their country and don't care about events that don't have a hometown hero, some only watch to see the current big star (e.g., Michael Phelps in 2008), and some just watch for the events where women compete in skimpy outfits. The one universally understood constant is that no one on Earth is actually interested in every single event (and hardly anyone is interested in the non-competition portions of the television coverage).
  • Two words: Lance Armstrong. Ever since he stopped competing in the Tour de France, American interest in that event has been tepid at best.
  • How many people who watch NASCAR really know what "track bar adjustment" and "bump drafting" mean, and how many just want to see the big wreck?
  • How about watching the Super Bowl just for the commercials?
    • ...Or the halftime show.
  • Often seen in Major League baseball when some player is about to tie or break a record, even if doing so doesn't mean anything for the team since they're out of contention and it might not even matter to the game outcome.
    • Though, often this reflects more on the networks covering the player and their team and their immediate fan base than it does for sports fans as a whole. Basically, sports news loves reporting on the breaking of records and hometown fans love being able to brag, but no one else interested in baseball or sports really cares too much.
      • A lot of parks in the MLB have Premium Prices on games featuring specific rival teams and/or the New York Yankees and Boston Red Sox (the latter for their name and reputation alone).


Tabletop Games[edit | hide]

  • Every Game Master who has focused on plots has encountered this. The entire joke about The Munchkin File's archetypes reveals three of the four are there just for Godzilla. The Loonie is there for a laugh, The Real Man is there to put the hurt on something in a power fantasy, and the Munchkin is there just for whatever gives the most plusses. Other RPG guides talk about players who just want to play out their personal fantasy over and over, those who like outfoxing the GM's best antagonists, and gamers who are there just to hang with their friends.
  • This happens in war games with extensive historical backgrounds or in universe mythologies. Some players are trying to recreate the Roman Legio XX, refight Midway, or celebrate the Expanded Universe of their favorite setting. Others just want things to die and could care less about any of the supposed backdrop. And some players want the big win so bad, they'll try to make the most deadly force the rules allow, real-world doctrine (for historical games), in-universe fluff, or even sportsmanship be damned.


Theatre[edit | hide]

  • This is the origin of modern musical theatre. Some people were putting on a play, the ballet house next door burnt down, so they offered the ballerinas a part in their show. They threw together some songs and dance numbers et voilà, they had created a five and a half hour abomination against all that has ever been held as art: The Black Crook. But, having women in pants, which, in an age where women wore skirts, was considered very sexy.
    • Similarly, the modern burlesque evolved out of a segment of the minstrel shows devoted to parody of famous works. After the minstrel show disappeared and its segments were scattered the burlesque continued as parody, but as more and more women entered it playing men's parts, more and more men showed up to see women in pants. Wasn't long before they just gave up the pretense and started giving the audience exactly what they wanted.
  • A selling point of many major "spectacle" musicals are the huge special effects set-pieces:
  • The Mountaintop is a play centered on the civil rights activist Martin Luther King which took a new perspective on him. But a lot of people simply watch it to see Samuel L. Jackson play as Martin Luther King.

Stand Up Comedy[edit | hide]

  • Liam Gallagher made the Sledge-O-Matic closer into such a signature routine that he had to get the courts to stop his brother from performing it. Given the splatter protection fans came up with so they could see the "carnage" up close and protect their outfits, it's clear they were just there for it.

Video Games[edit | hide]

  • Let's just get straight to the point and say that any multiplayer-oriented game falls into this.
    • id Software made the decision with the Quake series to move towards competitive multiplayer-only gaming. They eventually abandoned single-player entirely with Quake 3. When they tried to return with Doom 3, half the fandom hated it.
      • It's worth noting that Doom already implemented a deathmatch mode, but it was also strongly designed with co-op in mind, making deathmatch only an extra. Quake fans disliked Doom 3 for it's focus on singleplayer. Doom fans disliked Doom 3 for not making it co-op.
    • Likewise with Epic Games. In the Unreal franchise, the SP side of the franchise was left with Unreal II the Awakening, (2002) so pretty much everything which was left was the multiplayer side of it. Arguably, it took until the creation of another franchise (2006) for them to make people to play single-player games and focus on the story. And even then, most of the people were more interested in the multiplayer rather than the singleplayer or the story of the game.
    • Valve had made its impression with a story-rich single-player game, but with even deepening story through Half Life 2 + Episodes, they left behind the survival horror that brought many players back. However, many returned just to see "Gordon Smash", and later "Dog Smash", and of course Alyx shoot.
  • The Boss Battle is such a core and dramatic gameplay element many gamers will want to skip right to them rather than breaking them up with less awesome levels.
  • While Call of Duty: World At War was a fun game in its own right, many people got the game for Nazi Zombies.
  • Super Smash Bros.. was originally just a platformer-fighting game hybrid with generic characters, but marketing said it wouldn't sell, so they added Nintendo characters and began a series full of mostly Pandering to the Base. To this day, most of the appeal comes not from the fighting and deep single player modes, but for the chance to have Mario fight Pikachu or see Zelda kick Link's ass.
  • Bomberman always adds something new to single-player mode, but it gets ignored for the multi-player.
    • It's come to the point where the seventh-generation Bomberman games are multiplayer-centric download titles with little to speak of in the way of singleplayer.
  • Some people just play the Final Fantasy titles for the pretty boys. Or for the slash potential.
  • Some people only play Grand Theft Auto to explore and cause mayhem in the cities.
    • Or drive around and listen to the soundtrack, especially in Grand Theft Auto Vice City.
    • Likewise, the Driver series doesn't really need a story either. It's just an unlimited supply of interactive Chase Scenes for many.
    • But Grand Theft Auto IV insisted on thrusting the story on the player, with occasionally harsh wake-ups from the escapist fun. This is why Saints Row 2 sold itself as a refreshing break from the wangstmire. There's story, but players who are only here for the fast cars, gunsgunsguns and explosive sociopathy can race right over such speedbumps.
  • Dead or Alive Xtreme Beach Volleyball is often considered one of the better volleyball simulators on the market, not that there are many to begin with. Most people only played it for the Fan Service. (Naturally, the sequels focused on fanservice at the expense of gameplay.) Mind you, given that it was created as the videogame equivalent of a fanservicey Beach Episode (with minigames where you buy bikinis for the other characters), the players who are just there for the volleyball are probably the ones who fit this trope.
  • Many played Kingdom Hearts just to see the Final Fantasy and/or Disney characters, particularly the latter, which is more heavily emphasized in-game and in advertising. The original elements, story and characters usually actually only draw in folks from the Fandom which, like most fandoms, is a Vocal Minority.
  • Part of what made Castlevania: The Dracula X Chronicles sell was its inclusion of Castlevania: Symphony of the Night.
  • Some players only played Nihon Falcom games for its music but considering the quality of their soundtracks, can we blame them?
    • And by the way, those who pre-ordered Ys vs Sora no Kiseki crossover game, would be presented with Falcom's best soundtrack collection album arrange version. Not to say the game itself is not desirable enough but many bought it for that. One of 2channel users can't says it any better than this:

"The game is just bonus, the soundtrack is the real deal"

    • Same deal with Okami. The whole game was chock-full of absolutely awesome music, not to mention the extensive & vibrant Scenery Porn.
  • There are fans of Marvel Ultimate Alliance that couldn't tell you anything about the story if you held a gun to their head... they just play to break things and hurt people.
    • And of course, Deadpool, who gets all the best lines of the first game and is even more advertised for the second.
  • Grand Chase advertisement: "GRAND CHASE HAS ONE OF THE MOST "SKILL BASED" PVP SYSTEMS EVER! Wait... there's dungeons too? WHO CARES? NEW TOURNAMENT! CASH IN NOW TO BE THE BEST!!"
    • Similarly, all the Dungeons & Dragons Online advertisements make it seem like you start at level 20 and fight epic creatures right from the get-go.
  • Warcraft III: When Defense of the Ancients came out, some people bought it only for that and other custom maps, others stick purely to ladder, the majority don't care either way. Rumors of a story-heavy campaign mode remain unconfirmed.
  • Some of Nickelodeon's Periphery Demographic played the Nicktoons Unite! series just for Stimpy, Rocko, Zim, Dib and GIR. Well, pretty nice of THQ to acknowledge what Nick would rather forget, even to the point of getting the characters' original actors to reprise their roles.
  • God of War - We will all buy it mostly just to see in which interesting ways you get to kill monsters after softening them up.
  • And let's be honest: As fun as a Super Robot Wars game can be, you play it not for the strategy, but to watch Mazinger Z grind Mobile Suits into scrap alongside GaoGaiGar, Max Jenius, or Combattler V.
    • Though sometimes the crossing over of the cast's stories can also be a pull-in...if you can read Japanese.
    • On that note, you picked up Battle Moon Wars because you wanted to see the Nasuverse fight with/against itself.
  • Most fans of Rez play it for the trippy visuals and audio. Playing Score Attack mode is seldom heard-of.
    • Unless if you're achievement grinding on the 360 version, although this does get repetitive.
    • And let's not talk about a certain peripheral.
  • All the gamers who only bought Crackdown to get the enclosed Halo 3 beta key.
  • Madden NFL, for consoles in general. There are a decent number of people who buy game consoles just to play it. If they branch out, it's usually only to other EA Sports titles.
  • Some fans of Touhou don't really play the games; they're just in it for the characters and doujinshi.
  • Many, many Wii fans don't even buy extra games for the Wii; they're just in it for Wii Sports.
    • Given the Wii's attach rate (number of games sold to the total number of systems), this is demonstrably false. Either that, or there are a small number of Wii gamers who buy 300+ games for their system...
    • Most Wii Play sales can be attributed to the 40 dollar controller (that was somewhat hard to locate in the system's early life) included free with a 50 dollar game.
    • Which seems to have encouraged Nintendo to do it more, with Wii Fit and Wii Sports Resort coming with the balance board and the Motion Plus, respectively. It's certainly working.
  • Did you actually read 428: Fuusasareta Shibuya de? You only started it because Kinoko Nasu wrote one of the scenarios, didn't you?
  • Xbox Live's Gamerscore system has resulted in "achievement whores", players who buy games strictly to milk their achievements and then never touch them again.
  • Despite Sonic Team's numerous attempts at adding |alternative gameplay features to the 3D Sonic the Hedgehog titles, most Sonic fans are just in it for the Sonic gameplay.[3] With Sonic Colors, it appears they finally got the message.
  • Dwarf Fortress features weather simulation, realistic geology and climates, elaborate history simulation and genetically-controlled character appearances. People play it to slaughter horrible monsters, find the most gruesome ways to execute goblins and flood the world in boiling magma.
  • And then there's Rollercoaster Tycoon 3. Who cares for creating well-working, beautifully designed amusement parks when you can deliberately crash rollercoasters into your peeps instead?
  • The Wii verison of the otherwise bad Indiana Jones and The Staff of Kings included the much loved and difficult to obtain Indiana Jones and the Fate of Atlantis as an unlockable. This one saving grace was also rendered moot when Lucasarts released the game (along with many of their other old adventure games) on Steam a month or so later.
  • For console gaming, some people may get a video game console just to play a few specific games that appeal to them and nothing else.
  • Playing Space Channel 5 Part 2? There's a good chance you're playing it just for Purge.
  • Rule of Rose features an interesting inversion to the usual trend, as the fans of the game typically consider the mediocre gameplay completely uninteresting compared to the complex Mind Screw storyline, and dig out the most minute details for further speculation about the character motives. Elitism isn't dead.
  • Many people only get StarCraft for the multiplayer ability.
    • Interestingly, the free-to-play Starter Edition of StarCraft II includes full access to the Terrans... but only the Terrans, and only on certain maps/match types.
  • Left 4 Dead has grafitti all over the maps to give subtle cues on what had happened before the survivors arrived without giving too much away. However, most people prefer to just blaze through the maps and kill zombies.
  • Soulcalibur II is one of the few titles (if not the only major release) to sell more on the Gamecube than the Xbox or Playstation 2. Why? It included Link as a playable character.
    • Soulcalibur V seems to be aiming for a repeat performance, but with greater magnitude. Why? Ezio Auditore as the game's Guest Fighter.
      • One of the Namco Bandai producers would admit that this was part of why Ezio was picked, since he was so popular in the West where they want the series to do well.
  • Lets be honest here, people: No-one cares about the storyline or gameplay or anything of Bullet Witch, you just want to shoot stuff.
  • Many play SimCity just for the disasters. Since monster attacks have been one such disaster, including one in Tokyo in The Sixties, this is a literal invocation of this trope.
    • For its sister series The Sims people often play it either to just kill people in horrible ways, make their Sims miserable, or to make their character Really Get Around.
  • Chances are that niche games which happened to include game demos for more popular products count here. Zone of the Enders with its Metal Gear Solid 2: Sons of Liberty demo, most definitely (though ZOE managed to find its audience with 2nd Runner), and to a less successful extent, Tobal No. 1 with its demo for Final Fantasy VII.
  • Tim Schafer was aggravated when he was playing his game Brutal Legend online, only to find a player send him a message "surrendur plz," which meant the player was just trying to trade wins for achievements without trying to play. Tim Schafer tweeted "surrender plz? SURRENDUR PLZ? Is that what I go online for? To be asked to surrendur plz at my own game?!"
  • A good bit of the reaction to Pokemon + Nobunaga's Ambition and "day one buy" reactions to this were solely because of how out-there the crossover idea was.
  • Speaking of Pokémon, while the storylines in the main games have gotten more complex and detailed, people still buy the games because they still want to catch, train and battle with the eponymous monsters.


Visual Novels[edit | hide]

  • School Days actually features plenty of endings where the cheerful, well-adjusted protagonists live happily ever after... but no one cares about those. Most people playing School Days just want its infamous Bad Ends in which one or more characters are brutally murdered.


Western Animation[edit | hide]

  • Hulk Vs contained two stories: Hulk vs Wolverine and Hulk vs Thor. A lot of people just watched it for Deadpool, who wasn't even in one of them.
  • Parodied on Family Guy. The guy Chris works for just watches movies (some of which are fairly obscure) for the female nude scenes.
  • For some people, the only reason why they change to The Hub is because of the ponies.
  • A good portion of Generator Rex fans simply stick around because Agent Six is just plain cool.
  • Just as with Generator Rex, Ben 10 had people who just stuck around to watch Grandpa Max be incredibly awesome.
  • Used in-story and taken to the extreme in a Family Guy cutaway gag: It seems that Peter only went to The Phantom of the Opera to see the Phantom's deformity, and shouts at the actor playing him to hurry up and show it. "That nose better be piggy!"
  • There have been a number of people who only watched KaBlam! for one or two shorts.
  • Many people watched Who Framed Roger Rabbit? just to see some their favorite cartoon characters in the same scene (Donald and Daffy, Mickey and Bugs).


New Media[edit | hide]

"We'll see you here next week, right after you watch Zero Punctuation."

  • Some people are on Facebook not for the social or communication aspects for it so much as games like Mafia Wars and FarmVille.
  • Most fans of Super Mario Bros Z just mash their space bar through the dialogue to get to the stupidly awesome fight sequences faster.
  • Even you don't know or care about the film The Nostalgia Critic is reviewing, it's fun to see him break down in tears and/or rage over it.
    • Likewise, you don't need to be familiar with whatever The Angry Video Game Nerd is reviewing (and it's likely you often won't; he's done some pretty obscure games) to enjoy the resultant emotional meltdown.
    • And, similar to The Escapist above, it's likely that most visitors of Channel Awesome will only watch the videos of a handful of reviewers and, if it weren't for the yearly anniversary specials, may not even know that certain reviewers exist.
  • In the webcomic The Dreamer, a lot of people just read it for Nathan Hale and Alexander Hamilton.
  • 90% of site traffic on Literotica is to the incest section, with many users never looking at any other section.
  • Strong Bad and his emails on Homestar Runner, overlapping with Ensemble Darkhorse. Lampshaded in the "First Time Here?" cartoon:

Strong Bad: I'm Strong Bad, and you don't know it yet, but I'm the reason you're here.
Homestar: It's true.

  • From the way some people talk about Freefall, you'd have no idea Florence isn't the only protagonist. Especially true if you're discussing it on a furry site.
  • Many people have the Internet for one reason and one reason only - there's even a trope for it - The Internet Is for Porn.
  • Off White: Anytime the story switches focus to the humans there are people wanting it to go back to the wolves.
  1. As for More and La Vallée, the main reason that anyone even hears about these films today is that Pink Floyd is still selling the albums (More and Obscured by Clouds) of the music that they wrote for the soundtracks.
  2. She started off performing naked or in body paint where possible, but moved to more serious, less-exposed performances as the years progressed.
  3. that is, to get Sonic from point A to point B as fast as possible, while jumping from obstacle to obstacle and smashing some robots along the way.