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28th Oct '17 2:07:49 AM AnotherEpicFail
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** Kind of a deconstruction though; it is presented as if she's genuinly talented instead of imagining it, and the problem of her not being appreciated truly lies with her judges and public, who are just too shallow to appreciate anything genuinly pasionately due to the extreme CrapsackWorld she's living in.
*** YMMV, but anyone who's not deaf can tell she sings extremely off-key. She's passionate, but talentless.
3rd Oct '17 8:36:00 PM Adept
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* ''ComicBook/TheSmurfs'': Trumpet Smurf is always silenced by the other Smurfs.

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* ''ComicBook/TheSmurfs'': Trumpet Smurf is always silenced by the bad at playing his instrument of choice. He's even ''worse'' with other Smurfs.instruments, and any instrument he touches would somehow produce a trumpet sound. Even a triangle!
2nd Oct '17 11:38:04 PM Grounogeos
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** SpongeBob himself is a notoriously incompetent driver, having failed well over a million times on his driver's test. Each time normally leads to him reducing Bikini Bottom to ruin through his manic driving habits, which has led Mrs. Puff to deem SpongeBob ''unteachable''. This however never sways him and he remains obliviously optimistic even as he has driven his instructor deeper into insanity.

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** SpongeBob himself is a notoriously incompetent driver, having failed well over a million times on his driver's test. Each time normally leads to him reducing Bikini Bottom to ruin through his manic driving habits, which has led Mrs. Puff to deem SpongeBob ''unteachable''. This however never sways him and he remains obliviously optimistic even as he has driven his instructor deeper into insanity. The first episode that focused on his atrocious driving skills showed that he's got a large amount of the boating lessons memorized, but that he always fails actual ''driving'' portion of the test because he gets extremely nervous and panics once he's behind the wheel; nearly every other episode just portrays him as being completely oblivious to anything and everything around him.
27th Sep '17 3:59:52 AM Gouken20xx
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* [[Music/Vocaloid Yowane Haku]] is this in spades, having a voice which is just slightly out of tune, making any song she sings be full of StylisticSuck, but a dedicated part of her fanbase find she's actually a case of NarmCharm, adoring her attempts to sing better.

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* [[Music/Vocaloid [[Music/{{Vocaloid}} Yowane Haku]] is this in spades, having a voice which is just slightly out of tune, making any song she sings be full of StylisticSuck, but a dedicated part of her fanbase find she's actually a case of NarmCharm, adoring her attempts to sing better.
27th Sep '17 3:59:13 AM Gouken20xx
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* [[Music/Vocaloid Yowane Haku]] is this in spades, having a voice which is just slightly out of tune, making any song she sings be full of StylisticSuck, but a dedicated part of her fanbase find she's actually a case of NarmCharm, adoring her attempts to sing better.
27th Sep '17 3:54:41 AM Gouken20xx
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** She's also shown to have a serious problem with believing that she is an InstantExpert at any skill, with many of the plots based round her claims of such. The fact Ranma is seemingly an IdiotSavant [[MasterOfAll at everything he tries to learn]] presses her BerserkButton that bit faster.
24th Sep '17 7:02:45 PM azul120
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SoUnfunnyItsFunny is a SubTrope. SoBadItsGood is often a by-product, but not a necessary condition; while an artist whose entire ''oeuvre'' is SoBadItsGood is almost always GiftedlyBad, the reverse isn't necessarily true, and no giftedly bad artist is ''trying'' to be SoBadItsGood.

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SoUnfunnyItsFunny is a SubTrope. SoBadItsGood is often a by-product, but not a necessary condition; while an artist whose entire ''oeuvre'' is SoBadItsGood is almost always GiftedlyBad, Giftedly Bad, the reverse isn't necessarily true, and no giftedly bad artist is ''trying'' to be SoBadItsGood.



Related tropes include HighHopesZeroTalent (the artist is aware of how bad he is but keeps trying nonetheless); SmallNameBigEgo (who overestimates himself in every other aspect of his life); MuseAbuse (where an artist exploits people in his real life for inspiration); BunglingInventor and TerribleArtist (natch); and BileFascination (explaining why people are so interested in the GiftedlyBad).

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Related tropes include HighHopesZeroTalent (the artist is aware of how bad he is but keeps trying nonetheless); SmallNameBigEgo (who overestimates himself in every other aspect of his life); MuseAbuse (where an artist exploits people in his real life for inspiration); BunglingInventor and TerribleArtist (natch); and BileFascination (explaining why people are so interested in the GiftedlyBad).Giftedly Bad).



** The worst poetry in the universe, naturally, came from Earth, courtesy of "Paula Nancy Millstone Jennings of Greenbridge, Essex, England." This is, in fact, a reference to a RealLife terrible poet who went to school with Creator/DouglasAdams (and who's named for real in the original radio series as "Paul Neil Milne Johnstone of Redbridge" -- he asked for the name change not to protect his reputation so much as to obscure his identity and address). He freely admits now that he was an awful poet as a teenager, but at the time, he was GiftedlyBad. The "dead swan" poem shown in the TV series is in fact one of his actual works from that period.

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** The worst poetry in the universe, naturally, came from Earth, courtesy of "Paula Nancy Millstone Jennings of Greenbridge, Essex, England." This is, in fact, a reference to a RealLife terrible poet who went to school with Creator/DouglasAdams (and who's named for real in the original radio series as "Paul Neil Milne Johnstone of Redbridge" -- he asked for the name change not to protect his reputation so much as to obscure his identity and address). He freely admits now that he was an awful poet as a teenager, but at the time, he was GiftedlyBad.Giftedly Bad. The "dead swan" poem shown in the TV series is in fact one of his actual works from that period.



* Part of the {{backstory}} for Spike on ''Series/BuffyTheVampireSlayer'' was that he was a GiftedlyBad poet. Becoming a vampire seems to have cured him of the notion that he was a poet, however.

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* Part of the {{backstory}} for Spike on ''Series/BuffyTheVampireSlayer'' was that he was a GiftedlyBad Giftedly Bad poet. Becoming a vampire seems to have cured him of the notion that he was a poet, however.



* Squidward Tentacles from ''WesternAnimation/SpongebobSquarepants'' is not as good at music as he thinks he is. He does have his moments though. The trope is zig-zagged depending on [[RuleOfFunny whether it would be funnier]], at the moment, if Squidward were an unappreciated talent or GiftedlyBad.

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* Squidward Tentacles from ''WesternAnimation/SpongebobSquarepants'' is not as good at music as he thinks he is. He does have his moments though. The trope is zig-zagged depending on [[RuleOfFunny whether it would be funnier]], at the moment, if Squidward were an unappreciated talent or GiftedlyBad.Giftedly Bad.
18th Aug '17 11:32:43 PM Elan
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* ComicBook/TheTransformersMoreThanMeetsTheEye reveals that ''Megatron'' of all people was an aspiring poet before he became a revolutionary / terrorist / dictator / TheAtoner. A horrible one. After defeating Impactor, the Autobot used the last of his strength to scratch "No More Poetry" on the ground. When Swerve needed an idea to bring business back to his bar after a competitor opened up, e hired Megatron to perform his poetry...at the competitor's. The customers fled in horror back to Swerve's.

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* ComicBook/TheTransformersMoreThanMeetsTheEye reveals that ''Megatron'' of all people was an aspiring poet before he became a revolutionary / terrorist / dictator / TheAtoner. A horrible one. After defeating Impactor, the Autobot used the last of his strength to scratch "No More Poetry" on the ground. When Swerve needed an idea to bring business back to his bar after a competitor opened up, e he hired Megatron to perform his poetry...at the competitor's. The customers fled in horror back to Swerve's.
18th Aug '17 11:31:54 PM Elan
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* ComicBook/TheTransformersMoreThanMeetsTheEye reveals that ''Megatron'' of all people was an aspiring poet before he became a revolutionary / terrorist / dictator / TheAtoner. A horrible one. After defeating Impactor, the Autobot used the last of his strength to scratch "No More Poetry" on the ground. When Swerve needed an idea to bring business back to his bar after a competitor opened up, e hired Megatron to perform his poetry...at the competitor's. The customers fled in horror back to Swerve's.
24th Jul '17 5:35:14 PM GoldenSeals
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Someone who is Giftedly Bad is someone, typically an artist, who plies his trade with intense passion, infinite drive, supreme self-confidence, and absolutely no talent whatsoever. If they are actors, they might be melodramatic [[LargeHam hams]]; if they are singers, they might [[DreadfulMusician warble and screech]]; if they are poets, they might be masters of the PainfulRhyme. In general, their work will have what one person associated with the [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Museum_of_Bad_Art Museum of Bad Art]] (an exhibition of this trope in visual media) has called the "'Oh my God' factor": as in, "Oh my God, what do they think they're doing?" They are convinced that they're the best at whatever it is they do, but nobody else agrees. Sometimes they'll think this because their friends compliment them to avoid hurting their feelings, but just as often, they'll be [[CriticalBacklash constantly decried by the critics]]. Their response is inevitably to bury their head in the sand, tell themselves they'll be VindicatedByHistory, maybe fire off a TakeThatCritics or two, and keep on making trash. One possible variation is for them to be people who were once actually good, but became DarthWiki/{{Fallen Creator}}s and haven't quite figured it out yet.

But there's an upside! The Giftedly Bad are ''so'' inept that very often, their works will end up being SoBadItsGood. If, in real life, an artist retains a cult following that considers their work SoBadItsGood--not just one slip up, but their entire ''oeuvre''--they're almost certainly GiftedlyBad. But this is never an intended effect, since anyone Giftedly Bad always considers themself a {{true art}}ist. Accordingly, the GiftedlyBad artist's work may often be a case of MuseAbuse, which rarely helps him/her/them/it reconcile with [[TheMuse the abused muse]] in question.

To be Giftedly Bad, one must be ''universally'' criticized. The key element separating the bad from the GiftedlyBad is SelectiveObliviousness. While being SoBadItsGood is a bonus, and usually what makes someone famous enough to get on this page, someone who is just plain terrible can still be GiftedlyBad, and this is more common in fiction, since fictional characters don't have to rely on their own talents (or untalents) to become famous.

This trope, while appearing fairly often in fiction, seems to be even more common in RealLife (there's even a name for it: [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dunning–Kruger_effect the Dunning–Kruger effect]]).

SoUnfunnyItsFunny is a SubTrope. Compare SmallNameBigEgo, whose overestimation of himself extends to everything he does. See HighHopesZeroTalent. For the same concept applied to inventors, see BunglingInventor. Compare TerribleArtist. Also compare BileFascination.

A few important notes: '''do not post an example just because the character is bad'''. They must be not only bad, but ''deluded'', as demonstrated by either comments they've made or their sheer persistence. Also, do not post examples because ''you'' think they are bad. They must be acknowledged as such in-universe by a clear majority.

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Someone who is Giftedly Bad is '''Giftedly Bad''' refers to someone, typically an artist, who plies his trade with intense passion, infinite drive, supreme self-confidence, and absolutely no talent whatsoever. If they are actors, they might be they're melodramatic [[LargeHam hams]]; if they are singers, they might [[DreadfulMusician warble and screech]]; if they are poets, they might be they're masters of the PainfulRhyme. In general, their work will have what one person associated with the [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Museum_of_Bad_Art Museum of Bad Art]] (an exhibition of this trope in visual media) has called the "'Oh "''Oh my God' factor": as God'' factor" (as in, "Oh ''Oh my God, what do they think they're doing?" They are doing?'')

What makes someone giftedly bad is not just their extreme lack of talent, but two other factors. First, the subject must be absolutely
convinced that they're the best there is at whatever it is what they do, but nobody else agrees. Sometimes they'll think this because their friends compliment do. And second, pretty much every other person must believe that they're as terrible as they really are (although they might not admit it to them to avoid hurting spare their feelings, but just as often, they'll feelings).

A giftedly bad artist often sees some level of severe CriticalBacklash; he treats this criticism with SelectiveObliviousness and continues working undeterred, believing all his critics to
be [[CriticalBacklash constantly decried by the critics]]. Their response is inevitably to bury their head in the sand, tell themselves they'll be VindicatedByHistory, maybe fire off wrong and misguided. He'll occasionally throw out a TakeThatCritics or two, and keep on making trash. One possible variation is for tell them to he'll be VindicatedByHistory. It's not all bad, though; a giftedly bad artist could also be considered SoBadItsGood, and thus become as celebrated and revered as a genuinely talented artist, but only out of the kick people who were once actually good, but became DarthWiki/{{Fallen Creator}}s get out of seeing an earnest and haven't quite figured it out yet.

But there's an upside! The Giftedly Bad are ''so'' inept that very often, their works will end up being SoBadItsGood. If, in real life, an
enthusiastic artist retains a cult following that considers their work SoBadItsGood--not just one slip up, but their entire ''oeuvre''--they're almost certainly GiftedlyBad. But this is never an intended effect, since anyone Giftedly Bad always considers themself a {{true art}}ist. Accordingly, the GiftedlyBad artist's work may often be a case of MuseAbuse, which rarely helps him/her/them/it reconcile with [[TheMuse the abused muse]] in question.

To be Giftedly Bad, one must be ''universally'' criticized. The key element separating the bad from the GiftedlyBad is SelectiveObliviousness. While being SoBadItsGood is a bonus, and usually what makes someone famous enough to get on this page, someone who is just plain terrible can still be GiftedlyBad, and this is more common in fiction, since fictional characters don't have to rely on their own talents (or untalents) to become famous.

This trope, while appearing fairly often in fiction, seems to be even more common in RealLife (there's even a name for it: [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dunning–Kruger_effect the Dunning–Kruger effect]]).

producing utter crap.

SoUnfunnyItsFunny is a SubTrope. Compare SmallNameBigEgo, SoBadItsGood is often a by-product, but not a necessary condition; while an artist whose overestimation of entire ''oeuvre'' is SoBadItsGood is almost always GiftedlyBad, the reverse isn't necessarily true, and no giftedly bad artist is ''trying'' to be SoBadItsGood.

It's also a surprisingly common trope in RealLife, thanks to the [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dunning–Kruger_effect Dunning-Kruger effect]], which states that the skills necessary for being good at something are also necessary for assessing one's talent at something. This means that someone who's ''really'' untalented doesn't know enough to know how untalented he is, and he thus believes
himself extends to everything be better than he does. See HighHopesZeroTalent. For really is.

Related tropes include HighHopesZeroTalent (the artist is aware of how bad he is but keeps trying nonetheless); SmallNameBigEgo (who overestimates himself in every other aspect of his life); MuseAbuse (where an artist exploits people in his real life for inspiration); BunglingInventor and TerribleArtist (natch); and BileFascination (explaining why people are so interested in
the same concept applied to inventors, see BunglingInventor. Compare TerribleArtist. Also compare BileFascination.

A few important notes: '''do not post
GiftedlyBad).

Finally, '''please remember the above criteria when adding examples:'''
* The artist must be objectively, ''universally'' bad -- so don't add
an example just because the character is bad'''. They you personally think he's bad
* The artist
must be not only bad, but ''deluded'', as demonstrated by either comments they've made or their sheer persistence. Also, do not post examples because ''you'' think they are bad. They must be acknowledged as such in-universe by a clear majority.
totally deluded into believing he's really good -- so don't add an example of an artist who's just bad
* Administrivia/NoRealLifeExamplesPlease



* A recent Subaru commercial involves a 30-ish man being given an easel as a birthday present by his wife. Cue trips in the Subaru to various beautiful vistas, the ocean, and more. The man punishes himself to get the best views, but all the artwork he enthusiastically produces looks more like a 5-year-old's drawings. Even his wife can't tell top from bottom on her "favorite" painting.

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* A recent Subaru commercial involves a 30-ish 30-something man being given getting an easel as a birthday present by from his wife. Cue trips in the Subaru to various beautiful vistas, the ocean, and more. The man punishes himself to get the best views, but all the artwork he wife for his birthday. He enthusiastically produces looks more like brings it with him in his Subaru as he drives through increasingly punishing terrain to get the best view for his painting. But for all his enthusiasm (and the car's capability), he still can't paint better than a 5-year-old's drawings. Even 5-year-old. He's very proud of his artwork, while his wife can't tell top from bottom on her "favorite" painting.



* ''VisualNovel/{{CLANNAD}}'': Kotomi is completely oblivious to the fact that her violin playing is [[DreadfulMusician so atrocious]] that it shatters glass and leaves everyone who hears it lying on the ground in a fetal position clutching their ears in pain, although she played the violin pretty well when she was younger.
* In ''Manga/{{Onidere}}'' Saya is completely oblivious that the food she cooks is probably the most lethal thing to have ever existed.

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* ''VisualNovel/{{CLANNAD}}'': In ''VisualNovel/{{CLANNAD}}'', Kotomi is completely oblivious to the fact that her violin playing is [[DreadfulMusician so atrocious]] that it shatters glass and leaves everyone who hears it lying on the ground in a fetal position clutching their ears in pain, although she played the violin pretty well when she was younger.
* In ''Manga/{{Onidere}}'' ''Manga/{{Onidere}}'', Saya is completely oblivious that the food she cooks is probably the [[LethalChef most lethal thing to have ever existed.existed]].



* In ''Manga/RanmaOneHalf'' Akane Tendō is [[LethalChef bad at cooking]]. While she does realize her food isn't good, she is [[BerserkButton offended by criticism]]. Furthermore, in spite of her inability to cook she always tries to "improve" the recipes. Her relatives treat her cooking as some sort of disease or a curse. And when she ''does'' manage to get it right (which the men at the Tendō household -- namely Sōun plus Genma and Ranma -- don't find out until after she's left), she gets called to the woods to get rid of a beast, and everyone thinks she ran away from home because she grew tired of the treatment.
* Izumi Sena the protagonist of ''Manga/LoveStage'' aims to be a mangaka one day, not seeing that there's anything wrong with what he produces. Everyone in his class thinks his drawings are terrible. Even the family manager, [[BigBrotherMentor Rei Sagara]] calls him out on this, telling him his drawings suck.
* In ''Manga/{{Nichijou}}'': Yukko cannot tell a joke to save her life; no matter how much she believes she can.
* Nagi in ''Manga/HayateTheCombatButler'' is convinced that she's an amazing manga writer even though only one other person can even understand her bizarre over the top storylines, let alone appreciate them. However, eventually she sees an actual professional's manuscript and realizes just how bad she really is, which is absolutely devastating for her. She isn't special at all and doesn't know how to do anything, even the one thing she really thought she had a talent for.
* Naga from ''LightNovel/{{Slayers}}'' qualifies all across the board. From her fashion sense to her magic, she views everything she makes or selects as a thing of elegant beauty, even though everyone else sees it as a source of absolute horror. She once creates a dragon golem that destroys most of a town simply trying to keep its poorly-balanced body upright, and her only response is that some people have no appreciation for art.

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* In ''Manga/RanmaOneHalf'' ''Manga/RanmaOneHalf'', Akane Tendō is [[LethalChef bad at cooking]]. While she She does realize her food isn't good, know she's not great at it. But she is [[BerserkButton is offended by criticism]]. Furthermore, in spite of her inability to cook she criticism]] and always tries to "improve" the her recipes. Her relatives treat her cooking as some sort of disease or a curse. And when she ''does'' manage to get it right (which the men at the Tendō household -- namely Sōun plus Genma and Ranma -- don't find out until after she's left), she gets called to the woods to get rid of a beast, and everyone thinks she ran away from home because she grew tired of the treatment.
curse.
* Izumi Sena the In ''Manga/LoveStage'', protagonist of ''Manga/LoveStage'' Izumi Sena aims to be a mangaka one day, not seeing that there's anything wrong with what he produces. Everyone in his class thinks his drawings are terrible. Even the family manager, [[BigBrotherMentor Rei Sagara]] calls Sagara]], tells him out on this, telling him bluntly that his drawings suck.
* In ''Manga/{{Nichijou}}'': ''Manga/{{Nichijou}}'', Yukko cannot tell a joke to save her life; life, no matter how much she believes she can.
* In ''Manga/HayateTheCombatButler'', Nagi in ''Manga/HayateTheCombatButler'' is convinced that she's an amazing manga writer even though only writer. Only one other person can even understand her bizarre over the top storylines, let alone appreciate them. However, When she eventually she sees an actual professional's manuscript and realizes just how bad she really is, which is she's absolutely devastating for her. She isn't special at all and devastated on realizing she doesn't even know how to do anything, even the one thing she really thought she had a talent for.
* Naga from ''LightNovel/{{Slayers}}'' qualifies is giftedly bad all across the board. From her fashion sense to her magic, she views everything she makes or selects as a thing of elegant beauty, even though everyone else sees it as a source of absolute horror. She once even creates a dragon golem that destroys most of a town simply trying to keep its poorly-balanced body upright, and her only response is that some people have no appreciation for art.



* Cacofonix the bard from ''ComicBook/{{Asterix}}''. He thinks himself a great musician, but his singing and harp-playing scares off small animals and has been known to cause rainstorms. He has to be restrained about OnceAnEpisode from performing, usually by Fulliautomatix the blacksmith.
* ''ComicBook/GastonLagaffe''
** Gaston uses this trope a lot with [[DreadfulMusician music]], [[BunglingInventor inventions]] and [[LethalChef cooking]]. Notably, Gaston (and his LoveInterest Miss Jeanne) thinks the music he plays on his gaffophone is great even though it causes ''plants'' to commit suicide.
** His scientific skill fits the bill as well. His perennial chemical science project of a wax-that-shines-without-slipping is edging ever closer to an absolute zero-friction material with every new iteration, while his hair growth formula has been known to eat through skin in seconds.
* In the ''Franchise/GIJoe'' comic, Major Bludd has a rather (deservedly) dismal reputation as a poet. People tend to not bring it up to his face because he's a cold blooded killer, so he believes himself to be a peerless poetic genius.
* ''Franchise/TheSmurfs'' has [[IronicName Harmony Smurf]], the [[DreadfulMusician village musician]]. Has a wide collection of instruments, but can't play a single one of them, and tends to blow off the others' complaints as jealousy. He's so bad that it verges on the surnatural, as he can make a ''music box'' play awfully bad simply [[BeyondTheImpossible by holding it]].
* Destruction from ''ComicBook/TheSandman'' spends his days making new recipes, paintings, and sculptures, all of which are mediocre at best. Of course, he ''is'' the AnthropomorphicPersonification of destruction.

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* Cacofonix the bard from ''ComicBook/{{Asterix}}''. He ''ComicBook/{{Asterix}}'' thinks himself he's a great musician, but his singing and harp-playing scares off small animals and has been known to cause rainstorms. He has to be restrained about OnceAnEpisode from performing, usually by Fulliautomatix the blacksmith.
* ''ComicBook/GastonLagaffe''
** Gaston uses this trope a lot with
''ComicBook/GastonLagaffe'' is giftedly bad at [[DreadfulMusician music]], [[BunglingInventor inventions]] inventions]], [[MadScientist science]], and [[LethalChef cooking]]. Notably, Gaston (and his LoveInterest Miss Jeanne) thinks the music he plays on his gaffophone is great even though it causes ''plants'' to commit suicide.
** His scientific skill fits the bill as well. His perennial chemical science project of a wax-that-shines-without-slipping is edging ever closer to an absolute zero-friction material with every new iteration, while his hair growth formula has been known to eat through skin in seconds.
* In the ''Franchise/GIJoe'' comic, Major Bludd has a rather (deservedly) deservedly dismal reputation as a poet. People tend to not bring it up to his face because he's a cold blooded killer, so he believes himself to be a peerless poetic genius.
* ''Franchise/TheSmurfs'' has [[IronicName Harmony Smurf]], the [[DreadfulMusician village musician]]. Has He has a wide collection of instruments, but can't play a single one of them, and tends to blow off the others' complaints as jealousy. He's so bad that it verges on the surnatural, supernatural, as he can make a ''music box'' play awfully bad simply [[BeyondTheImpossible by holding it]].
* Destruction from ''ComicBook/TheSandman'' spends his days making new recipes, paintings, and sculptures, all of which are mediocre at best. Of course, he ''is'' This might be because he's the AnthropomorphicPersonification of destruction.



* ''ComicStrip/{{Peanuts}}''
** Snoopy seems to think he's a famous writer: [[http://goldfishbroth.files.wordpress.com/2009/07/authorsnoopy.jpg He isn't]]. Still, pretty impressive for a dog.
** On another occasion, Snoopy received a letter from the publisher [[TheReasonYouSuckSpeech telling him that he's a bad writer, that they wouldn't publish any of his works if he paid them to, and to stop bugging them already]]. Snoopy convinces himself that this is probably just a form letter.

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* ''ComicStrip/{{Peanuts}}''
**
In ''ComicStrip/{{Peanuts}}'' Snoopy seems to think convinced that he's a famous writer: writer. [[http://goldfishbroth.files.wordpress.com/2009/07/authorsnoopy.jpg He isn't]]. Still, pretty impressive for a dog.
**
On another at least one occasion, Snoopy he received a publisher's rejection letter from the publisher telling him [[TheReasonYouSuckSpeech telling him that he's a bad writer, that they wouldn't publish any of his works work if he paid them to, and to stop bugging them already]]. Snoopy convinces himself that this is probably just them]], which he dismissed as a simple form letter.



* The Poetic Fiend in the ''Literature/GrailQuest'' series, encountered once a book. He's a horrifically bad poet, yet convinced of being the best of the best. However, it is in the interest of the player to always praise his work, since the Fiend is also a nigh-unstoppable vampire who can kill an adult ''TyrannosaurusRex'' with one bite. As such he may also have useful items for you; in the last book he teaches you a cringingly bad poem that will neutralise instant-death powers used on you.

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* The Poetic Fiend in the ''Literature/GrailQuest'' series, encountered once a book. He's book, is a horrifically bad poet, yet convinced of being he's the best of the best. However, it is it's in the player's interest of the player to always praise his work, since the Fiend is also a nigh-unstoppable vampire who can kill an adult ''TyrannosaurusRex'' with one bite. As such he may His poetry can also have be useful items for you; to you as a weapon; in the last book book, he teaches you a cringingly bad poem that will neutralise instant-death powers used on you.



* Twilight in ''WesternAnimation/LegendOfTheGuardiansTheOwlsOfGaHoole'' is a self-styled "poet warrior", whose poetry is dreadful. (He's not so bad on the lute, though.)

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* Twilight in ''WesternAnimation/LegendOfTheGuardiansTheOwlsOfGaHoole'' is a self-styled "poet warrior", warrior" whose poetry is dreadful. (He's not so bad on the lute, though.)



* Paul in ''Film/ArizonaDream''. Despite raving about acting throughout the movie and giving impromptu renditions along with whatever he's watching on TV, the only two times we actually see him perform are bombs. Once when he hops on stage at the cinema and starts acting along with the characters in front of the screen and gets boos and popcorn, and once at a talent show where he attempts Cary Grant's cornfield scene from ''Film/NorthbyNorthwest''... all the judges rate him a '1'.
* William [=McGonagall=] in ''The Great [=McGonagall=]'', again based on real life.
* Creator/EdWood, of course, in the [[Film/EdWood movie of the same name]].
* Roger de Bris from ''Film/TheProducers''.
** Not to mention Nazi playwright Franz Liebkind, whose play was already terrible before de Bris got his hands on it, and in the original film, LSD, a "performance artist" of the worst kind.
** And Max Bialystock, one of the title producers. He used to have the magic touch, but now blames unappreciative audiences for his downfall, rather than the fact that he started producing crap.
--->'''Max''': Every play I touch I doom!
* Withnail of ''Film/WithnailAndI''. The character is an out-of-work LargeHam who genuinely has no idea why he never seems to win any parts:

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* In ''Film/ArizonaDream'', Paul in ''Film/ArizonaDream''. Despite raving raves about acting throughout the movie and giving gives impromptu renditions along with of whatever he's watching on TV, but the only two times we actually see him perform are bombs. Once when The first time, he hops on stage at the cinema and starts acting along with the characters in front of the screen screen, only to everyone to boo him and gets boos and popcorn, and once throw popcorn at him. The second is at a talent show where he attempts Cary Grant's cornfield scene from ''Film/NorthbyNorthwest''... ''Film/NorthbyNorthwest''; all the judges [[HoldUpYourScore rate him a '1'.
"1"]].
* William [=McGonagall=] in ''The Great [=McGonagall=]'', again ''Film/TheGreatMcGonagall'' is based on real life.
the RealLife giftedly bad Scottish poet William Topaz [=McGonagall=], considered in some circles to be the worst poet in the English language, and yet utterly convinced of his greatness.
* ''Film/EdWood'' is about the RealLife giftedly bad movie director Creator/EdWood, widely considered a man of course, in limitless enthusiasm for filmmaking -- and zero talent.
* ''Film/TheProducers'', being about an attempt to deliberately make a terrible work of art, naturally has several characters like this, as
the [[Film/EdWood movie of eponymous producers try to hire the same name]].
* Roger de Bris from ''Film/TheProducers''.
worst artists they could find. They come up with:
** Not to mention Nazi playwright Franz Liebkind, whose play an unashamed Nazi who writes the incredibly tasteless ''SpringtimeForHitler'' (and who in the musical was already terrible before de Bris got his hands on it, and in also the original film, LSD, a "performance artist" of the worst kind.
** And Max Bialystock, one of the title producers. He used
choice to have the magic touch, but now blames unappreciative audiences for his downfall, rather than the fact that he started producing crap.
--->'''Max''': Every
play I touch I doom!
Hitler before breaking his leg and is as good an actor as he is a playwright);
** Roger de Bris, a CampGay director who knows nothing about the Nazis (or really directing) and turns a love letter to Hitler into a ridiculous flamboyant production;
** Lorenzo St. [=DuBois=], [[TheStoner a stoner hippie]], who plays Hitler accordingly.
* Withnail of ''Film/WithnailAndI''. The character ''Film/WithnailAndI'' is an out-of-work LargeHam who has ''some'' talent, but it's entirely obscured by his drinking, drug abuse, unreliability, overbearing personality, and his inability to accept that anyone doesn't recognize his absolute genius. He genuinely has no idea why he never seems to win any parts:



** By contrast, his infinitely more modest flatmate Marwood is the one who auditions for a minor role in a play... and gets offered the lead. Withnail's passionate delivery of the ''Theatre/{{Hamlet}}'' monologue indicates that he has talent; the reason he never gets any parts is probably his constant drinking, drug abuse, unreliability and overbearing attitude. He doesn't have the time for anyone who doesn't recognise his genius already: "No, I don't want to understudy [[Theatre/TheSeagull Constantine]]. Why can't I play the part?"
* Edward Lionheart (played by Creator/VincentPrice) in ''Film/TheatreOfBlood''.
* The Cobra Dance in ''Film/BrideAndPrejudice''.
* Randy Watson and his group Sexual Chocolate in ''Film/ComingToAmerica''.
* In ''Film/{{Amadeus}}'', Antonio Salieri is portrayed as this.

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** By contrast, his infinitely more modest flatmate Marwood is the one who auditions for a minor role in a play... and gets offered the lead. Withnail's passionate delivery of the ''Theatre/{{Hamlet}}'' monologue indicates that he has talent; the reason he never gets any parts is probably his constant drinking, drug abuse, unreliability and overbearing attitude. He doesn't have the time for anyone who doesn't recognise his genius already: "No, I don't want to understudy [[Theatre/TheSeagull Constantine]]. Why can't I play the part?"
*
%%* Edward Lionheart (played by Creator/VincentPrice) in ''Film/TheatreOfBlood''.
* %%* The Cobra Dance in ''Film/BrideAndPrejudice''.
* Randy Watson and his group Sexual Chocolate in ''Film/ComingToAmerica''.
* In ''Film/{{Amadeus}}'', Antonio Salieri is portrayed as this.giftedly bad, at least in comparison to someone genuinely talented like Creator/WolfgangAmadeusMozart.



-->'''Mozart:''' [hesitantly] I never knew that music like that was possible!
-->'''Salieri:''' [not fooled] You flatter me.
-->'''Mozart:''' [insincerely] No, no! One hears such sounds, and what can one say but... Salieri!

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-->'''Mozart:''' [hesitantly] -->'''Mozart:''' ...I never knew that music like that was possible!
-->'''Salieri:''' [not fooled] ''[not fooled]'' You flatter me.
-->'''Mozart:''' [insincerely] ''[insincerely]'' No, no! One hears such sounds, and what can one say but... Salieri!



* The Imperial Security ([=ImpSec=]) HQ in the ''Literature/VorkosiganSaga'' was designed by an insane architect (a relative of Mad Emperor Yuri) who created a building so uncomfortable to be in as either prisoner or actual staff of [=ImpSec=] that it verged on AlienGeometries -- to a point [[TheSpymaster Simon Illyan]] once offhandedly remarked that he was never so close to emigrating as when he saw the beautiful glass tower that housed Escobar's Investigatif Federale.
* ''Literature/TheHitchhikersGuideToTheGalaxy''
** The entire Vogon race in ''Literature/TheHitchhikersGuideToTheGalaxy1'' is literally deadly bad at poetry, but that sure doesn't stop them writing it. In fact the whole thing's gone very meta; they've realized how GiftedlyBad they are, but rather than try to become genuinely good at it, they've honed the terribleness of their poetry so that it can be used as an actual torture device, and devised complicated machinery to enhance perception of metaphor and similar poetic devices, just so their victims can really appreciate how bad their poems are.
** The second worst (the Vogons are third) belongs to the Azgoths of Kria, a less meta example. Their poet master caused four deaths by internal haemorrhaging and one case of "survived only by gnawing one of his own legs off" with a single poem recitation. It was directly followed by his own major intestine acquiring sentience and throttling his brain to save the rest of the universe from any encores.
** "The very worst poetry of all perished along with its creator, Paula Nancy Millstone Jennings of Greenbridge, Essex, England in the destruction of the planet Earth. Vogon Poetry is mild by comparison." ("Paul Neil Milne Johnstone" in the original radio series. This was changed in all subsequent versions because Johnstone was a real poet who went to school with Creator/DouglasAdams and he complained. Not because of the reputation it gave him-- he admitted that he was an awful poet as a teenager -- but because the original broadcast used his real address. The "dead swan" poem in the TV series is in fact one of his actual works from that period.)
** The Sirius Cybernetics Corporation -- "It is very easy to be blinded to the essential uselessness of [their products] by the sense of achievement you get from getting them to work at all. In other words -- and this is the rock solid principle on which the whole of the Corporation's Galaxy-wide success is founded -- their fundamental design flaws are completely hidden by their superficial design flaws." Their complaints department covers the surfaces of ''several planets''.

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* The In the ''Literature/VorkosiganSaga'', the Imperial Security ([=ImpSec=]) HQ in the ''Literature/VorkosiganSaga'' was designed by an insane architect (a relative of Mad Emperor Yuri) who created a Yuri). The building is so uncomfortable to be in in, as either prisoner or actual staff of [=ImpSec=] [=ImpSec=], that it verged on AlienGeometries -- to a point [[TheSpymaster Simon Illyan]] once offhandedly remarked that he was never so close to emigrating as when he saw the beautiful glass tower that housed Escobar's Investigatif Federale.
* ''Literature/TheHitchhikersGuideToTheGalaxy''
''Literature/TheHitchhikersGuideToTheGalaxy'' describes the three worst poets in the universe, all of whom are giftedly bad to some degree:
** The entire Vogon race in ''Literature/TheHitchhikersGuideToTheGalaxy1'' is literally deadly bad at poetry, but that sure doesn't stop protagonists only encounter the third worst, the Vogons, who hook them writing it. In fact the whole thing's gone very meta; they've realized how GiftedlyBad they are, but rather than try up to become genuinely good at it, they've honed the terribleness of their poetry so that it can be used as an actual torture device, and devised complicated machinery to enhance perception of metaphor and similar poetic devices, just so their victims can really appreciate "poetry appreciation devices" which make them [[SuckinessIsPainful physically feel how bad their poems are.
the poetry is]]. The Vogons seem to be aware how bad they are and take pride in it; when Arthur tries to compliment the poetry (a thought that had never ''occurred'' to the galaxy-savvy Ford), the Vogon poet gets pissed off and chooses to [[ThrownOutTheAirlock throw them out the ship's airlock]].
** The second worst (the Vogons are third) belongs to the Azgoths of Kria, a less meta example. Their whose most prominent poet master caused four deaths by was so oblivious to how bad his poetry was ("four of his audience died of internal haemorrhaging haemorrhaging, and one case the President of "survived the Mid-Galactic Arts Nobbling Council survived only by gnawing one of his own legs off" with a single poem recitation. It off") that he was directly followed by strangled to death ''by his own major intestine acquiring sentience and throttling his brain intestine'', which had become sentient in a desperate attempt to save the rest of the universe from any encores.
get him to stop.
** "The very The worst poetry in the universe, naturally, came from Earth, courtesy of all perished along with its creator, Paula "Paula Nancy Millstone Jennings of Greenbridge, Essex, England in the destruction of the planet Earth. Vogon Poetry is mild by comparison.England." ("Paul Neil Milne Johnstone" in the original radio series. This was changed is, in all subsequent versions because Johnstone was fact, a real reference to a RealLife terrible poet who went to school with Creator/DouglasAdams and he complained. Not because of (and who's named for real in the original radio series as "Paul Neil Milne Johnstone of Redbridge" -- he asked for the name change not to protect his reputation it gave him-- he admitted so much as to obscure his identity and address). He freely admits now that he was an awful poet as a teenager -- teenager, but because at the original broadcast used his real address. time, he was GiftedlyBad. The "dead swan" poem shown in the TV series is in fact one of his actual works from that period.)
** The Sirius Cybernetics Corporation -- "It is very easy to be blinded to the essential uselessness of [their products] by the sense of achievement you get from getting them to work at all. In other words -- and this is the rock solid principle on which the whole of the Corporation's Galaxy-wide success is founded -- their fundamental design flaws are completely hidden by their superficial design flaws." Their complaints department covers the surfaces of ''several planets''.



** Bloody Stupid Johnson embodies this trope. He was such a [[BunglingInventor poor architect/inventor]] that people commissioned him just to see what he'd come up with. Indeed it became something of a status symbol to own something designed by BS Johnson. His genius was that the final product was brilliant, often in some way ''completely unrelated'' to the original intent. Some of his creations ''warped time and space'', such as his terrace rows and a omnitemporal mail sorting machine containing circles where pi=3.
*** "If you wanted a small surface-to-air missile, you asked Johnson to design an ornamental fountain. It came to pretty much the same thing in the end."
*** The weird thing about BS Johnson is that he's named after the late experimental darkly comic novelist of the same name, who isn't known for being a poor writer or even a popular one while he was alive or when Creator/TerryPratchett introduced the character. The theory is that Pratchett might just had wanted to make a reference to a writer he admired. (Also his character appears to be a mirror of the great gardener Capability Brown.)
*** It's quite a status symbol to own a [[DoubleEntendre Johnson Organ.]] While they amazingly ''did'' actually play music as intended, they had strange voices like "Farm Animals" and "Young Ladies Screaming" and, in the case of the Great Organ at Unseen University, the 128' long Earthquake pipe. Also, on account of having three keyboards and over 100 knobs, the Librarian is pretty much the only person with enough flexibility to play the Great Organ.
*** With the exception of the Great Organ (which, as noted, can't really be played by humans, and is connected to another of Johnson's creations), organs appears to have been Johnson's ''one'' exception to this trope. They have some additional voices not usually used except by the Librarian, but are otherwise to all appearances high-quality musical instruments used to play music intended to be played on organs.
** In ''Discworld/MakingMoney'', this is artificially created when Igor "cures" a MadArtist by switching his brain with a turnip. He's upbeat, calm and terrifically proud of everything he does... but it looks like a five-year-old drew it. Moist has to tell Igor to change him back, both because he needs the art skills and because he was never really happy with the idea in the first place.
** Though it's less clear when he appears in ''Discworld/TheLastHero'' -- where it seems like he's doing ContractualGenreBlindness more consciously -- ''The Discworld Companion'' reveals Evil Harry Dread to be like this. He tries so hard as an EvilOverlord and wonders why he seems to be unsuccessful... when he does everything "right" just as the clichés suggest a villain should do, that is to say, commits every mistake warned against on the EvilOverlordList.
* In ''Literature/TheGraveyardBook'', one of the ghosts is a poet whose response to a bad review was to vow never to publish his poetry again, his logic being that people would one day discover his poetry and revere him as a genius, making the reviewer look foolish. On Creator/NeilGaiman's blog, he says that the poet's epitaph was "Swans Sing Before They Die", in reference to a verse from Coleridge:

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** Bloody Stupid Johnson embodies this trope. He was such a [[BunglingInventor poor architect/inventor]] architect and inventor]] that people commissioned him just to see what he'd come up with. Indeed Indeed, it became something of a status symbol to own something designed by BS Johnson. His genius was that the final product was brilliant, often in some way ''completely unrelated'' to the original intent. Some of his creations ''warped warped time and space'', space, such as his terrace rows and a an omnitemporal mail sorting machine containing circles where pi=3.
*** "If
pi equals 3. His particular specialty is the [[DoubleEntendre Johnson Organ]], which actually plays music as intended (although with strange voices like "farm animals" and "young ladies screaming"); his most famous example there is the Great Organ at Unseen University, which includes a 128-foot long "Earthquake pipe" and is so complicated that only the Librarian (who's an orangutan) has enough flexibility to play it.
-->''If
you wanted a small surface-to-air missile, you asked Johnson to design an ornamental fountain. It came to pretty much the same thing in the end."
*** The weird thing about BS Johnson is that he's named after the late experimental darkly comic novelist of the same name, who isn't known for being a poor writer or even a popular one while he was alive or when Creator/TerryPratchett introduced the character. The theory is that Pratchett might just had wanted to make a reference to a writer he admired. (Also his character appears to be a mirror of the great gardener Capability Brown.)
*** It's quite a status symbol to own a [[DoubleEntendre Johnson Organ.]] While they amazingly ''did'' actually play music as intended, they had strange voices like "Farm Animals" and "Young Ladies Screaming" and, in the case of the Great Organ at Unseen University, the 128' long Earthquake pipe. Also, on account of having three keyboards and over 100 knobs, the Librarian is pretty much the only person with enough flexibility to play the Great Organ.
*** With the exception of the Great Organ (which, as noted, can't really be played by humans, and is connected to another of Johnson's creations), organs appears to have been Johnson's ''one'' exception to this trope. They have some additional voices not usually used except by the Librarian, but are otherwise to all appearances high-quality musical instruments used to play music intended to be played on organs.
''
** In ''Discworld/MakingMoney'', this is artificially created when Igor "cures" a MadArtist by switching his brain with a turnip. He's upbeat, calm and terrifically proud of everything he does... does -- but it looks like a five-year-old drew it. Moist has to tell Igor to change him back, both because he needs the art skills and because he was never really happy with the idea in the first place.
** Though it's less clear when he appears in ''Discworld/TheLastHero'' -- where it seems like he's doing ContractualGenreBlindness more consciously -- ''The Discworld Companion'' reveals Evil Harry Dread to be like this. a giftedly bad EvilOverlord. He tries so hard as an EvilOverlord his hardest and wonders why he seems to be unsuccessful... when he does he's not successful; it's because everything he does "right" just as the clichés suggest a villain should do, that is to say, commits basically every mistake warned against on the EvilOverlordList.
* In ''Literature/TheGraveyardBook'', one of the ghosts is a poet whose response to a bad review was is to vow never to publish his poetry again, his logic being that people would one day discover his poetry and revere him as a genius, making the reviewer look foolish. On Creator/NeilGaiman's blog, he says that the poet's epitaph was "Swans Sing Before They Die", in reference to a verse from Coleridge:



** Carlos Argentino Daneri recites to a resigned Borges a stanza with a lot of words he invented himself, switching between languages in the same line; his concepts are general nonsense, and immediately upon finishing [[DontExplainTheJoke he explains the poem]]. Borges comments:
--->"[He] read me many another stanza, all of which earned the same profuse praise and comment from himself. There was nothing memorable about them. I could not even judge them to be much worse than the first one. Application, resignation, and chance had conspired in their composition; the virtues Daneri attributed to them were afterthoughts. I realized that the poet's work had lain not in the poetry but in the invention of reasons for accounting the poetry admirable; naturally, that later effort modified the poem for Daneri, but not for anybody else. His oral expression was extravagant; his metrical clumsiness prevented him, except on very rare occasions, from transmitting any of that extravagance to the poem."
* In Creator/DavidEddings' ''Literature/TheTamuli'', the minor antagonist Elron spends most of his free time composing his ridiculously lengthy poem "Ode to Blue" (yes, ''the primary color'') which, according to the protagonist unlucky enough to be forced to hear a part, is the most awful dreck ever allowed to sully a paper. When another character presents him with a starkly poetic (and entirely spontaneous) description of the steel-grey light of a harsh Rendorian dawn, Elron actually flees. This is also true of his villainous persona, "Sabre". While Elron/Sabre clearly ''wants'' to be a MagnificentBastard, and may even think he is one, he doesn't actually have the first clue what one is like. The result, rather than being badass and intimidating, is such a ClicheStorm that the heroes, upon seeing him for the first time, are utterly amazed he's actually for real.
* In ''Literature/GoodOmens'', we have Newton Pulsifer. He's passionate about electronics, but manages to destroy everything he touches. His ham radios manage to black out entire districts and when he buys a computer, he always buys the one that doesn't work.
** The book also brings us Newton's car. It doesn't work well. Among many other things, its airbags tend to go off in dangerous situations such as driving at low speed down a straight, dry stretch of road but being about to crash because an airbag has just deployed in your face.
** Then there's the time an electronics magazine he reads printed a design just for people like him, who are terrible at electronics -- a circuit that doesn't work at all, in any fashion, whatsoever. When he put it together, he got a fully functional transistor radio that appeared to be picking up communications from Russia.

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** Carlos Argentino Daneri recites to a resigned Borges a stanza with a lot of words he invented himself, switching between languages in the same line; his concepts are general nonsense, and immediately upon finishing [[DontExplainTheJoke he explains the poem]]. Borges comments:
--->"[He] read me many another stanza, all of which earned the same profuse praise and comment from himself. There was nothing memorable about them. I could not even judge them to be much worse than the first one. Application, resignation, and chance had conspired in their composition; the virtues Daneri attributed to them were afterthoughts. I realized that the poet's work had lain not in the poetry but in the invention of reasons for accounting the poetry admirable; naturally, that later effort modified the poem for Daneri, but not for anybody else. His oral expression was extravagant; his metrical clumsiness prevented him, except on very rare occasions, from transmitting any of that extravagance to the poem."
* In Creator/DavidEddings' ''Literature/TheTamuli'', the minor antagonist Elron spends most of his free time composing his ridiculously lengthy poem "Ode to Blue" (yes, ''the the primary color'') color) which, according to the protagonist unlucky enough to be forced to hear a part, is the most awful dreck ever allowed to sully a paper. When another character presents him with a starkly poetic (and entirely spontaneous) description of the steel-grey light of a harsh Rendorian dawn, Elron actually flees. This is also true of his villainous persona, "Sabre". While Elron/Sabre clearly ''wants'' to be a MagnificentBastard, and may even think he is one, he doesn't actually have the first clue what one is like.how to do it. The result, rather than being badass and intimidating, is such a ClicheStorm that the heroes, upon seeing him for the first time, are utterly amazed he's actually for real.
* In ''Literature/GoodOmens'', we have Newton Pulsifer. He's Pulsifier is passionate about electronics, electronics but manages to [[WalkingTechbane destroy everything he touches. touches]]. His ham radios manage to black out entire districts and when he buys a computer, he districts. He always buys the one a computer that doesn't work.
** The book also brings us Newton's car. It doesn't work well. Among many other things,
work. His car ([[TheAllegedCar if you could call it that]]) is so dysfunctional that its airbags tend to go off in dangerous situations such as driving at low speed down a straight, dry stretch of road but being about to crash because an airbag has just deployed in your face.
** Then there's the time an electronics magazine
would randomly deploy. But when he reads printed a design just for people like him, who are terrible at electronics -- puts together a circuit that doesn't work at all, in any fashion, whatsoever. When that's ''designed'' not to work, he put it together, he got ends up with a fully functional transistor radio that appeared appears to be picking up communications from Russia.



* Lapis-Trubetskoy from the Russian novel ''TheTwelveChairs'', whose poems are filled with [[DepartmentOfRedundancyDepartment inane tautologies]]. Ostap Bender, one of the two protagonists, calls him [[FreudianSlip Lapsus]]-Trubetskoy when they first meet. Later he is seen trying to sell poetry to several different magazine editors, changing the subject matter every time—for example, he calls his submission to a medical journal "The Ballad of Gangrene."
* Creator/PGWodehouse wrote one ''Literature/JeevesAndWooster'' story about a friend of Bertie's who wanted to be a portrait painter. He couldn't get any commissions until he had painted some portraits, and he couldn't paint any portraits until he fulfilled some commissions, so he spent his time doing commercial art work. His uncle, who financially supported him, commissioned him to paint a portrait of his new baby. The portrait was so monumentally bad that his uncle cut him off completely, in a huff (or a minute and a huff). Jeeves, however, saw an opportunity to use the ugly portrait as the basis for a comic character, Baby Blobb, and the friend went on to become rich, drawing comics of The Adventures of Baby Blobb.
* ''Literature/TheDisasterArtist'' by Creator/GregSestero about ''Film/TheRoom'' and the author's peculiar friendship with Creator/TommyWiseau is about the notorious directors complete lack of talent or social skills but bizarre ability to get what he wants and make a hit movie by being terrible.
* A fictional biographical note of "Sir Joshua Easement" written by Creator/TerryPratchett (appearing in the collection ''Literature/ABlinkOfTheScreen'') describes him as an awful but persistent sailor--explorer who among other things discovered Australia but lost it again.
* A novel ''The Planet for Tyrants'' from the cycle ''Literature/AliceGirlFromTheFuture'' actually plays with it, [[PlayedForDrama especially for drama]] in the story of Underwater Bull, a horned alien frog. He was born and raised at the planet of [[CivilizedAnimal sentient frogs]] just like him, and said culture [[BlueAndOrangeMorality had an alien hierarchy system]] in which the best singers (or, well, croakers) would get the best positions and more privileges. The problem is, Underwater Bull was absolutely tone-deaf. His life went down the gutter very soon, and eventually he became incredibly spiteful and ambitious. When he grew up, he managed to arrange a coup, became the sole tyrannical ruler of the planet and forced everyone to attend his long, loud, horrendous concerts every day, trying to present his non-existent talent as the new. mandatory form of art. After a while, he banned singing for everyone except him and forced the police to search for singers and [[TongueTrauma cut their tongues out]]. In the end, the frogs have started a rebellion, took Underwater Bull down and kicked him out to the [[CrapsaccharineWorld special rehab planet for former tyrants]], which is the novel's main theme.

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* Lapis-Trubetskoy from the Russian novel ''TheTwelveChairs'', whose poems are filled with [[DepartmentOfRedundancyDepartment inane tautologies]]. Ostap Bender, one of the two protagonists, calls him [[FreudianSlip Lapsus]]-Trubetskoy when they first meet. Later he is seen trying to sell poetry to several different magazine editors, changing the subject matter every time—for time; for example, he calls his submission to a medical journal "The Ballad of Gangrene."
* Creator/PGWodehouse wrote one ''Literature/JeevesAndWooster'' story about a friend of Bertie's who wanted to be a portrait painter. He couldn't get any commissions until he had painted some portraits, and he couldn't paint any portraits until he fulfilled some commissions, so he spent his time doing commercial art work.artwork. His uncle, who financially supported him, commissioned him to paint a portrait of his new baby. The portrait was so monumentally bad that his uncle cut him off completely, in a huff (or a minute and a huff). Jeeves, however, saw an opportunity to use the ugly portrait as the basis for a comic character, Baby Blobb, and the friend went on to become rich, drawing comics of The ''The Adventures of Baby Blobb.
Blobb''.
* ''Literature/TheDisasterArtist'' by Creator/GregSestero about is an account of actor Greg Sestero's work in ''Film/TheRoom'' and the author's peculiar friendship his relationship with Creator/TommyWiseau is about the notorious directors complete lack of talent or social skills but bizarre ability film's director/producer/writer/star, Creator/TommyWiseau. ''The Room'' is widely considered SoBadItsGood, to get what he wants and make a hit movie by being terrible.
* A fictional biographical note of "Sir Joshua Easement" written by Creator/TerryPratchett (appearing in
the collection ''Literature/ABlinkOfTheScreen'') describes him as point where people believed [[PoesLaw it had to be a parody]]; Sestero reveals that it was an awful but persistent sailor--explorer earnest work of art by a singularly motivated individual, who among other things discovered Australia but lost it again.
just happens to be terrible at filmmaking.
* A The novel ''The Planet for Tyrants'' from the cycle ''Literature/AliceGirlFromTheFuture'' actually plays with it, [[PlayedForDrama especially for drama]] in the story of features Underwater Bull, a horned alien frog. He was born and raised at the planet of an [[CivilizedAnimal sentient frogs]] just like him, and said culture alien frog]] from a society where social mobility depends on [[BlueAndOrangeMorality had an alien hierarchy system]] in which the best singers (or, well, croakers) would get the best positions and more privileges. The problem is, how well you could sing]] (well, croak). Underwater Bull was absolutely tone-deaf. His life went down the gutter very soon, born tone-deaf, and eventually he became incredibly spiteful and ambitious. When is completely disenfranchised by society -- so he grew up, he managed to arrange [[PlayedForDrama organizes a coup, became the sole tyrannical ruler of the planet and forced coup]], installs himself as dictator, forces everyone to attend listen to his long, loud, horrendous concerts every day, trying terrible singing, and tries to present his non-existent talent as the new. new, mandatory art form (to the point of art. After a while, he banned singing for banning everyone except him else from singing and forced enforcing the police to search for singers and prohibition by [[TongueTrauma cut their tongues out]]. In the end, the frogs have started a rebellion, took Underwater Bull down cutting out offenders' tongues]]). He gets ousted himself and kicked him out taken to the eponymous [[CrapsaccharineWorld special rehab planet for former tyrants]], which is the novel's main theme.tyrants]].



* The above quote (and TropeNamer) regarding William [=McGonagall=]'s poetry. It's a fair cop, too - virtually everyone agrees that [=McGonagall=] was the worst English-language poet of the 19th century (a century full of bad poets), if not all time, at least among those who actually published their work professionally.

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* The above quote (and TropeNamer) TropeNamer (quoted above) is a piece of criticism regarding William [=McGonagall=]'s poetry. It's a fair cop, too - virtually Virtually everyone agrees that [=McGonagall=] was the worst English-language poet of the 19th century (a century full of bad poets), if not of all time, at least among those who actually published their work professionally.



* An essay by Creator/IsaacAsimov mentioned a correspondent of his that Asimov described as "an unappreciated national treasure," because on every issue the man was so (as Asimov put it) '''mastodonically wrong''' that Asimov felt that on matters of public policy, a sound approach would be to first find out this man's opinion and then ''do the exact opposite''.

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* An essay by Creator/IsaacAsimov mentioned a correspondent of his that Asimov described as "an unappreciated national treasure," because on every issue the man was so (as Asimov put it) '''mastodonically wrong''' ''mastodonically wrong'' that Asimov felt that on matters of public policy, a sound approach would be to first find out this man's opinion and then ''do [[AntiAdvice do the exact opposite''.opposite]].
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