15 Utterly Unhinged Attempts To Reinvent Iconic Franchises

15 Utterly Unhinged Attempts To Reinvent Iconic Franchises

Ah, the world of pop culture and its ever-evolving landscape. From movies to video games, comics to cartoons, there is always something new and exciting to explore. But what happens when these worlds go off the rails? When a franchise turns into something totally different than what it was? Well, that’s when things get really interesting.

In this list, we’ll explore some of the most bizarre and unexpected franchise turnarounds in pop culture history. We've gathered some of the strangest and most unexpected stories from the world of entertainment - stories that are sure to make you laugh, cry, and scratch your head in confusion.  From Voldemort’s love child to robots battling it out on a soccer field in 8-bit glory, these stories will take you on a wild ride. So, buckle up and get ready for a journey through the weird, wonderful, and sometimes wacky world of pop culture franchise detours.

Tekken Card Tournament: Pay to play, or wait to play.

CRACKED TEKKEN CARD TOURNAMENT 82 HP 07 45 HP angryjedi Ling Xiaoyu 1 Raccoon Swing 8 10 m 14 15 18 Backhand Combo Ray Hands Geyser Cannon Flashing Escape Hellbringer Tekken Card Tournament is, well, a Tekken-based card game that isn't actually the worst, but it's weighed down by money-grubbing microtransactions and energy systems.


Donald Duck: from quacker to caped crusader.

CRACKED DONALD DUCK'S SECRET ALTER EGO In one Italian comic, Donald Duck became Duck Avenger, a vigilante superhero, after winning a mansion with hi-tech gadgets in the basement. He's been fighting crime ever since, while keeping his identity a secret.


Type your way to victory in Final Fantasy World Wide Words!

CRACKED FINAL FANTASY WORLD WIDE WORDS - HP 1587 SP .. HP 6187 7644 S 0 30 - . 40 4 COMBO !!!! - 46 ti OF et to a E-Z -3 to la to to to la 7195 7174 to 5 to n TOUR TCUP+ n ..? n ... World Wide Words is an RPG where you type words to progress. You can customize your party and battle monsters by typing words to activate abilities and summons.

Kotaku / Destructoid 

Bad Grandpa: Secondhand gags, bad jokes, and a dead wife in the trunk.

CRACKED JACKASS Bad Grandpa is a Borat-style hidden camera movie starring Johnny Knoxville as an old man with his grandson (and dead wife) in the car, driving around America. It's full of crude jokes and secondhand gags.

The Guardian / IMDB 

Timon and Pumbaa's take on the Lion King: Farts, boogers, and queer themes galore!

CRACKED THE LION KING 1 1/2 The Lion King 1 1/2 is a video sequel with irreverent humor, playful style, queer themes, and lots of fart and booger jokes. It was Tom Schumacher's idea to tell the Lion King story in MST3K style from Timon and Pumbaa's perspective.


Mystery Inc. takes on the end of the world?

CRACKED SCOOBY-DOO Scooby-Doo has entered semi-serious horror territory with the comic series Scooby Apocalypse. The Mystery Inc. gang faced a case that even they couldn't solve: the apocalypse. The monsters, this time, are real and out for blood.

CBR / Fandom 

Voldemort's love child: the ultimate twist.

CRACKED HARRY POTTER AND THE CURSED CHILD In Cursed Child, Voldemort and Bellatrix have a daughter, Delphini, and it's implied they had a relationship. This kind of changes the Harry Potter universe and disappoints anyone who wanted a story without Voldemort as the villain.

Gizmodo / EuroNews 

Bill Fagerbakke takes on the field for his first live commentary gig.

CRACKED THE NFL ON NICKELODEON Bill Fagerbakke's been voicing Patrick Star in SpongeBob for 22 years and now he's taking on a new challenge: live commentary for the 3rd Nickelodeon NFL game on Christmas Day.

CBS / India Times 

Toyotarou takes Dragon Ball Super in a new, romantic comedy direction!

CRACKED DRAGON BALL SUPER IS BECOMING A ROMCOM Toyotarou, co-author of Dragon Ball Super, revealed he's introducing a new romantic comedy direction to the manga, different from Toriyama's usual style. Не confirmed it in an interview, saying he wanted to give the current arc a rom-com theme.

Screenrant / Comic Book 

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