History TheScrappy / Advertising

12th Apr '18 2:42:09 AM JamesShade
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* Mr. Bag in advertisements for Checkers & Rally's drive-in restaurants. Once again in the same way as Steak & Shake's Bag and H.H. Gregg's h.h, he was supposed to be a very friendly and upbeat character, but did nothing but wisecrack with annoying jokes and a voice too fast to understand with a Chris Rock sound-alike.

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* Mr. Bag in advertisements for Checkers & Rally's drive-in restaurants. Once again in the same way as Steak & Shake's Bag and H.H. Gregg's h.h, he was supposed to be a very friendly and upbeat character, but did nothing but wisecrack with annoying jokes and a voice too fast to understand with a Chris Rock sound-alike. The company dropped him in mid-2016.
31st Mar '18 3:28:22 PM mouschilight
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24th Mar '18 5:32:34 PM Kid
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* The rather distinctive-looking Howard Brown used to be the face of the advertising for Halifax (a major UK bank.) He appeared in a series of commercials singing various pop hits with new lyrics about banking. The ads became wildly popular but also attracted a ton of anti-fans who became sick of Brown's face and the awful music. Brown then started taking lesser roles in the ads and the main song was performed by someone else; particular loathing was directed at an ad that featured a fat woman instead. In 2008 it was decided to drop the musical adverts because of the recession, and the {{Hatedom}} breathed a sigh of relief. And then they go and make new adverts with particularly loathsome employees "rapping" along to Vanilla Ice. If this is the price of scraping out of recession, well...

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* The rather distinctive-looking Howard Brown used to be the face of the advertising for Halifax (a major UK bank.) bank). He appeared in a series of commercials singing various pop hits with new lyrics about banking. The ads became wildly popular but also attracted a ton of anti-fans who became sick of Brown's face and the awful music. Brown then started taking lesser roles in the ads and the main song was performed by someone else; particular loathing was directed at an ad that featured a fat woman instead. In 2008 it was decided to drop the musical adverts because of the recession, and the {{Hatedom}} breathed a sigh of relief. And then they go and make new adverts with particularly loathsome employees "rapping" along to Vanilla Ice. If this is the price of scraping out of recession, well...
4th Mar '18 8:04:18 PM nombretomado
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* GO COMPAAARE! GO COMPAAAARE! Do nothing rash, conserve your cash at GO COMPAAARE! Everyone in the U.K. cheered when Jimmy Carr gave him quite the [[GroinAttack nutshot]] in [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Euh9zWmASN4 this]] video. It was bad enough when the (thankfully fictitious) opera singer [[http://www.youtube.com/user/whosgio Gio Compario]] was just singing in people's houses; then he was doing it in the Stone Ages, in various countries, in the sky, as a woman... Go Compare actually got the hint about this one, however, so their "Saving the Nation" follow-up campaign [[TakeThatScrappy has him blown up, tortured, punched or otherwise abused by various celebrities]]. For instance, StephenHawking [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tOimeRod4TY created a black hole just to suck the spokesperson out of existence]]. One of these gave him a SympathyForTheDevil moment, portraying him as an IronButtmonkey subjected to a ton of physical abuse for just trying to tell people about car insurance. However, much like the audience, the woman he's talking to has clearly lost ''all'' sympathy for him.

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* GO COMPAAARE! GO COMPAAAARE! Do nothing rash, conserve your cash at GO COMPAAARE! Everyone in the U.K. cheered when Jimmy Carr gave him quite the [[GroinAttack nutshot]] in [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Euh9zWmASN4 this]] video. It was bad enough when the (thankfully fictitious) opera singer [[http://www.youtube.com/user/whosgio Gio Compario]] was just singing in people's houses; then he was doing it in the Stone Ages, in various countries, in the sky, as a woman... Go Compare actually got the hint about this one, however, so their "Saving the Nation" follow-up campaign [[TakeThatScrappy has him blown up, tortured, punched or otherwise abused by various celebrities]]. For instance, StephenHawking Creator/StephenHawking [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tOimeRod4TY created a black hole just to suck the spokesperson out of existence]]. One of these gave him a SympathyForTheDevil moment, portraying him as an IronButtmonkey subjected to a ton of physical abuse for just trying to tell people about car insurance. However, much like the audience, the woman he's talking to has clearly lost ''all'' sympathy for him.
19th Jan '18 1:01:01 AM lvthn13
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* The Energizer Bunny fell into this for a while, especially during the 90s. The commercials at the time typically depicted some important battery-powered device failing, while the signature pink bunny plowed through the scene pounding a drum, with the promise that it will "keep going, and going, and going...". Many viewers found the bunny obnoxious, presumably because the victims of failure due to cheap batteries were mocked with a drive-by drumming - subtly implying that you're an asshole who deserved dud batteries for not using Energizer. At one point a "Worst Commercials on TV" special resulted in a viewer vote of the Energizer Bunny as most hated mascot - ending with a doll of the bunny being stuffed into a blender and stopped for good. The perpetual motion bunny made an image recovery after he stopped being portrayed as such a dick.
6th Jan '18 1:39:38 PM Ferot_Dreadnaught
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* Basically every RepeatingAd ever, because people eventually get fed up with repeats.



* The [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RU-5cBVUYvw AXE Black Chill commercial]] gets hate from both men and women, more so from women. Women hate it because the commercial states that women have gotten "hotter" over the years because they have been dressing in less clothing. Men hate the commercial because it stereotypes men as being [[AllMenArePerverts unable to]] [[ImAManICantHelpIt control themselves]] when [[MaleGaze seeing a gorgeous woman]] (e.g. bumping into people, causing explosions in chemistry experiements, crashing into cars, etc.).



* Burger King has had a few over the years:
** Readers of a certain age may remember their infamous "Where's Herb?" campaign of the mid-1980s. A kind of advertising Anti-Sue (Herb was a stereotypical nerd, the only man in the U.S. -- maybe the world -- [[StrawLoser who hadn't eaten a Whopper]]), his campaign was never very successful and issues with a contest where a person who spotted Herb visiting a Burger King would win $5,000 didn't help. (A 16-year old Alabama boy won; BK denied him the prize since he was not the minimum age to participate; his parents complained to their state representative, eventually causing the Alabama State Senate to pass a resolution condemning BK's action.)
** The "BK TV" commercials from the early 1990s starring Dan Cortese (an MTV host at the time) are memorable for their TotallyRadical tendencies.
** The Burger King Kid's Club was disliked due to its blatant TotallyRadical tone.
** The Burger King had Advertising/TheBurgerKing as an actual mascot for a time, but he was perceived as [[UncannyValley extremely creepy]], putting him here [[BrokenBase for some at least]]. He was retired due to his perceived creepiness.

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* Burger King has had a few over the years:
** Readers of a certain age may remember
their infamous "Where's Herb?" campaign of the mid-1980s. A kind of advertising Anti-Sue (Herb was a stereotypical nerd, the only man in the U.S. -- maybe the world -- [[StrawLoser who hadn't eaten a Whopper]]), his campaign was never very successful and issues with a contest where a person who spotted Herb visiting a Burger King would win $5,000 didn't help. (A 16-year old Alabama boy won; BK denied him the prize since he was not the minimum age to participate; his parents complained to their state representative, eventually causing the Alabama State Senate to pass a resolution condemning BK's action.)
** The "BK TV" commercials from the early 1990s starring Dan Cortese (an MTV host at the time) are memorable for their TotallyRadical tendencies.
** The Burger King Kid's Club was disliked due to its blatant TotallyRadical tone.
** The Burger King had Advertising/TheBurgerKing as an actual mascot for a time, but he was perceived as [[UncannyValley extremely creepy]], putting him here [[BrokenBase for some at least]]. He was retired due to his perceived creepiness.
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* The kids in 1-877 Kars 4 Kids. Never has a jingle for a charity been such EarWorm [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GQFV5a-smLs Hell]]. Most viewers feel more sorry for the kids singing it than the ones they're helping. (And the hard rock remake of it was ''worse''.)
-->'''[[Series/LastWeekTonightWithJohnOliver John Oliver:]]''' Shut up! Shut up! What is this charity? You're kids! ''You can't fucking drive!'' What money laundering scheme are you operating?



** If an entire ad campaign can be a Scrappy, it's the "ThirtyMinutesOrItsFree" deal that Domino's had in the 1980's and early 1990's. People actually liked the campaign, because hey, free pizza... until people starting ''dying'' from Domino's drivers trying to beat their thirty-minute time limit. After that, public opinion of the campaign went sour; ''Magazine/{{MAD}}'' even had an article that suggested new mascots for companies with bad ideas, including [[AddedAlliterativeAppeal "Reckless Ron the Dangerous Dominos Driver"]]. Domino's was eventually on the end of a lawsuit that forced then to stop using it.



** Perhaps one of the weirdest instances of GEICO (or any advertiser for that matter) taking a concept too far came in the form of the "Caveman" commercials. The general premise was that GEICO releases a slogan saying "So Easy a Caveman Could Do It", which in the universe of the adverts offends Neanderthals who are just like normal people and complain of bias. While the advertisements were moderately popular, GEICO decided that they had enough here to make [[LiveActionTV/{{Cavemen}} a sitcom based on a bunch of insurance adverts]]. The show ran for only a few episodes before getting a mid-season axing thanks to low ratings and terrible reviews, which tended to conclude that there simply wasn't enough to base any kind of plot on the provided material. Now associated in the public mind with one of the biggest TV flops of the decade, the GEICO Cavemen appeared in a few more commercials before getting quietly retired.



* There are also the spokespeople from the commercials for Golden Corral (the buffet chain, similar to Hometown Buffet). They always come off as smug and arrogant, and the Golden Corral server even looks and sounds like... Jared Fogle.



* The Carl's Jr./Hardee's Star. It's like they took that creepy Marshie from WebAnimation/HomestarRunner, then made him into a canon attempt to sell fries... [[WebAnimation/HomestarRunner Maaaaade from the best stufffffff]].
* Any and all human children in the Advertising/{{Trix}} commercials. Viewers tend to [[UnpopularPopularCharacter side with the Rabbit]] more often than not, viewing the kids as selfish monsters.



* Honeycomb's furry "Me Want Honeycomb" monsters known as Cravers were the bane of any child growing up in TheNineties; coming close to the Trix Kids in JerkSue territory due to their propensity for [[NoIndoorVoice yelling]], [[TotallyRadical stereotypical rebelliousness]], and breaking things.



* The Jell-O Temptations commercials for playing AbusiveParents for laughs. There are groups out there who are calling for ''boycotts'' of Kraft products because of how disgusting the commericals are.



* The Luna Mattress commercials start with the parents of the home talking with a representative. Then, out of nowhere, and since ''no one in the room asked'' their daughter comes in and says [[NoIndoorVoice "I'm going to be a tap dancer when I grow up!"]] She then taps off... leaving an annoying sound behind. See why it sounds more annoying than cute?



* [=McDonald's=]:
** Ronald [=McDonald=] may be the bane of childhood obesity activists everywhere, but even he has nothing on [[http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/compost/wp/2014/05/20/mcdonalds-terrifying-happy-meal-mascot-is-a-hideous-demon-creature/ Happy]], the creepy anthropomorphic Happy Meal. One might imagine that the UncannyValley might be the source of his unpopularity, but instead his screeching, slapstick antics are what make you unload a howitzer in his mouth. Oh, and there tends to be more than one of him in each commercial...



* What about that [[UncannyValley unsettlingly]] [[StepfordSmiler happy]] family from the Netflix commercials when first introducing the Instant Queue? How many Netflix customers wanted to switch to Block Buster Total Access after seeing one or two of those commercials?
* The 2014 NFL Shop commercials featuring a family with mixed team loyalties has been gaining vitrol from NFL fans. Not so much on general principle of a mixed loyalty family, but because the kids who defected did so for seemingly trivial reasons; a daugther became a Dallas Cowboys fan after a chance meeting with Emmitt Smith and a son became a Pittsburgh Steelers fan after eating a sandwich named after Ben Roethlisberger.



* The children in pretty much ''any'' of the Pillsbury Toaster Strudel commercials. They pretty much act like [[BrattyHalfPint smug brats]] while going about bragging how superior their toaster pastries are to Kellog's Pop Tarts. The worst has to be the little brother who once convinced of how great the strudel is...''takes'' his sister's entire breakfast after she said she'd share with him. As well as the unseen mom who holds watching children eating strudel in the most pretentious sort of awe imaginable.
* Currently in northeastern New Jersey (particularly in Hudson County) there are endless ads for the "Planet Honda" car dealership in Jersey City, featuring the most stereotypically annoying, loudmouthed car dealer guy, who MUST SCREAM EVERY WORD LIKE THIS!!!

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* The children in pretty much ''any'' of the Pillsbury Toaster Strudel commercials. They pretty much act like [[BrattyHalfPint smug brats]] while going about bragging how superior their toaster pastries are to Kellog's Pop Tarts. The worst has to be the little brother who once convinced of how great the strudel is...''takes'' his sister's entire breakfast after she said she'd share with him. As well as the unseen mom who holds watching children eating strudel in the most pretentious sort of awe imaginable.
* Currently in northeastern New Jersey (particularly in Hudson County) there are endless ads
Ads for the "Planet Honda" car dealership in Jersey City, featuring City feature the most stereotypically annoying, loudmouthed car dealer guy, who MUST SCREAM EVERY WORD LIKE THIS!!!



%%* Old Navy's long-running advertisement campaign with the "talking" mannequins was a common irritant.
* Progressive's Flo. She's on constantly, and her voice is very grating on the ears. She started off being rather popular, to the point of becoming the company's mascot. However, she quickly began to grate on people's nerves. A large part of it too is the audience's annoyance to her unending perkiness at all times, having literally no life outside of Progressive (as we see inside her home), and [[ItMakesSenseInContext "perfect hair every time"]]. The fact that her hair, makeup, and even expression hardly ever change, also puts her in the UncannyValley, so that doesn't help.
** Alternately, you have a much purer example in the form of the Auto Insurance Box. While Flo at least ''had'' a following (which may still exist, albeit in lessened numbers), the box was unpopular from day for being such a narcissistic, arrogant douchebag. Even worse, Progressive became well aware of how the fans feel about him and cranked his personality and popularity InUniverse UpToEleven, putting him into [[CreatorsPet unfortunate territory.]]
* [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jlN2dsOZRKo Stuffies]]; the toy may have been kind of novel, but the repetitive and annoying tongue twister spoken by the kids on the commercials ("How much stuff can I stuff in my Stuffie till my Stuffie stuffed enough stuff?") likely had a ''lot'' of parents wanting to tell them where they could stuff it.

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%%* Old Navy's long-running advertisement campaign with the "talking" mannequins was a common irritant.
* Progressive's Flo. She's on constantly, and her voice is very grating on the ears. She started off being rather popular, to the point of becoming the company's mascot. However, she quickly began to grate on people's nerves. A large part of it too is the audience's annoyance to her unending perkiness at all times, having literally no life outside of Progressive (as we see inside her home), and [[ItMakesSenseInContext "perfect hair every time"]]. The fact that her hair, makeup, and even expression hardly ever change, also puts her in the UncannyValley, so that doesn't help.
** Alternately, you have a much purer example in the form of the
Auto Insurance Box. While Flo at least ''had'' a following (which may still exist, albeit in lessened numbers), the box was unpopular from day for being such a narcissistic, arrogant douchebag. Even worse, Progressive became well aware of how the fans feel about him and cranked his personality and popularity InUniverse UpToEleven, putting him into [[CreatorsPet unfortunate territory.]]
* [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jlN2dsOZRKo Stuffies]]; the toy may have been kind of novel, but the repetitive and annoying tongue twister spoken by the kids on the commercials ("How much stuff can I stuff in my Stuffie till my Stuffie stuffed enough stuff?") likely had a ''lot'' of parents wanting to tell them where they could stuff it.
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* State Farm:
** From State Farm, there's this [[UncannyValley creepy looking mix of Tom Cruise and a mannequin]] whose only purpose is to [[StalkerWithoutACrush follow a group of people around]] in hopes that [[HopeMongering they do something sweet, charming or wholesome]] so that he can pull a FourthWallGreeting and talk about how great State Farm is, [[BlatantLies all the while implying that using State Farm is the cause of all the good things that happened to this group.]] This guy always comes off as an annoying, arrogant, {{Jerkass}}. Thankfully, these ads have stopped airing.
** There was another State Farm ad that no one seemed to like. The ad opens with a guy and his girlfriend, standing by his crashed car, with her endlessly bitching in his ear. He drops the "Like a good neighbor, State Farm is there!" jingle, and the agent pops in. His girlfriend chimes in, "... with a new boyfriend." The guy turns into a slightly taller, shirtless, [[InformedAttractiveness allegedly hotter]] guy. He then does the same thing, "... with a new girlfriend," and she turns into a slightly taller, slightly skinnier, slightly sluttier girl. She then starts to bitch about how "I was perfect the way I was." The DoubleStandard of her complaining about being "upgraded," ''right after she did the same thing,'' had everybody complaining about TheUnfairSex.

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* State Farm:
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From State Farm, there's this [[UncannyValley creepy looking mix of Tom Cruise and a mannequin]] whose only purpose is to [[StalkerWithoutACrush follow a group of people around]] in hopes that [[HopeMongering they do something sweet, charming or wholesome]] so that he can pull a FourthWallGreeting and talk about how great State Farm is, [[BlatantLies all the while implying that using State Farm is the cause of all the good things that happened to this group.]] This guy always comes off as an annoying, arrogant, {{Jerkass}}. Thankfully, these ads have stopped airing.
** There was another State Farm ad that no one seemed to like. The ad opens with a guy and his girlfriend, standing by his crashed car, with her endlessly bitching in his ear. He drops the "Like a good neighbor, State Farm is there!" jingle, and the agent pops in. His girlfriend chimes in, "... with a new boyfriend." The guy turns into a slightly taller, shirtless, [[InformedAttractiveness allegedly hotter]] guy. He then does the same thing, "... with a new girlfriend," and she turns into a slightly taller, slightly skinnier, slightly sluttier girl. She then starts to bitch about how "I was perfect the way I was." The DoubleStandard of her complaining about being "upgraded," ''right after she did the same thing,'' had everybody complaining about TheUnfairSex.
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* Jared Fogle from the Subway ads always gave off this vibe. While it ''is'' pretty remarkable that he lost a ton of weight while eating their sandwiches (in addition to the actual dieting and exercising he was no doubt also doing), some appreciable level of charisma and appeal is needed to make an effective pitchman, and those were qualities Mr. Fogle unfortunately simply did not possess. Subway even had [[WesternAnimation/FamilyGuy Peter Griffin]] issue a TakeThat to Jared after he stopped plugging for them. Then came the revelation in 2015 that he was a '''child molester''', killing whatever positive opinions the general public still had about him and making it even easier for the rest to hate his guts.

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* Jared Fogle from the Subway ads always gave off this vibe. While it ''is'' pretty remarkable that he lost a ton of weight while eating their sandwiches (in addition to the actual dieting and exercising he was no doubt also doing), some appreciable level of charisma and appeal is needed to make an effective pitchman, and those were qualities Mr. Fogle unfortunately simply did not possess. Subway even had [[WesternAnimation/FamilyGuy Peter Griffin]] issue a TakeThat to Jared after he stopped plugging for them. Then came the revelation in 2015 that he was a '''child molester''', killing whatever positive opinions the general public still had about him and making it even easier for the rest to hate his guts.him.



* The Trix Rabbit tends to come across as TheWoobie. It's the kids who become scrappies due to the severe MoralDissonance of them never letting him have any Trix. It's not just them not letting him have any; at least once, they outright stole cereal from him that he bought for himself legitimately, as in with his own money. Similarly, they've been known to seek him out to rub it in his face he can't have any Trix.



* Several columns by Creator/DaveBarry concern the ads he hates the most, and later the ads his readers hate the most. Some examples:
** "The Absolut woman, who looks at you as though you are the world's largest ball of underarm hair, and says, "When I said vodka, I meant Absolut". I bet she must be real fun at parties. "Psst! Come on, we're all going to spit into that Absolut woman's drink!"
** "Those ads in which two incredibly smug 11-year-old girls urge you not to smoke, [[StealthCigaretteCommercial making you want to inhale a pack of unfiltered Camels out of spite]]."
** "Radio car commercials wherein the dealer SHOUTS AT YOU AS THOUGH YOU ARE AN IDIOT and then reads, in very muted tones, what sounds like the entire U.S. tax code."



* In late 2015, Milky Way decided to advertise their candy bars by trying to make "Sorry, I was eating a Milky Way" their new slogan by showing people eating the bar and neglecting their jobs in the process, leading to innocent bystanders being either inconvenienced or injured while uttering the phrase. Rather than wanting to buy more candy bars, it instead made viewers want to throttle these smug, negligent assholes who couldn't be bothered to put down a candy bar for thirty seconds.
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%%* Rapid Advance's "Broadway" ad is a frequent sight on news channels (''especially'' Creator/{{CNN}}). One does not even have to explain why it's on this list.
* Challenge TV in the UK has had its fair share of program sponsorships over the years, mainly in the form of bingo sites and supermarkets. In early 2015, the channel gained a new sponsor in the form of Wink Bingo, an online bingo website. It seems innocent enough, but the little sponsor bumps before, between and after programs feature what has to be two of the most insufferable idiots to grace advertisments. Keep in mind that this is meant to be providing sponsorship for a BINGO website, and the bumps feature NO link to bingo aside from the words 'Wink Bingo sponsors Daytime on Challenge' at the bottom of the screen, or a voiceover on some bumps. Apparently, spouting stupid facts, one-upping each other and 'karaoke' count as sponsoring bingo. To further the pain, these are used between 9am and 5pm/6pm at night, and due to the frequency of them, has lead to some people just flat-out muting the TV between programs and ad breaks. In the summer, this was replaced by sponsorship for 888 Ladies Bingo, only now it was two women acting stereotypically girly, with no link to bingo bar the on-screen mention. These were thankfully phased out around September, but woefully they were brought back in January 2016.
* Making the rounds on American television in the mid-late aughts was a commercial for a 1-800 tax company called Blue Tax, which would have been utterly unremarkable had it not been for the fact that they had [[SpecialEffectsFailure some of the worst 3D modeling ever put to a screen]]. The centerpiece of these commercials was "Max from Blue Tax", a [[HumanoidAbomination misshapen, poorly rendered]] attempt at a cartoonish mascot with a shrill voice [[MotorMouth running at 200 RPM]] and the imaginative CatchPhrase of [[NoIndoorVoice "WAO!"]]. While plenty of people would argue that the sheer ineptitude being displayed in the advert pushes it into SoBadItsGood territory, there's no love for this annoying [[UncannyValley and downright unnerving]] mascot.
9th Dec '17 5:29:28 PM AllenbysEyes88
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* Aaron Priceman a.k.a. "Mr. Caffeine", who hosted Creator/{{Ubisoft}}'s press conference at E3 2011. Virtually everyone hated his schtick and considered it the low point of the entire expo.
* Wendy's:
** The old lady that yelled "Where's the Beef?" was a funny joke that got old quickly. There's even a reference on ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons'' where it is used as an example for [[JustIgnoreIt the best way to get rid of an annoying advertisement.]]
** From Wendy's came the two guys eating Frosties, who suddenly take note of its texture and declare "something that's not a solid or a liquid can only be a soquid!" ([[CriticalResearchFailure apparently they never heard of the word "semisolid"]]) along with dubbing the spoon the frosty spoon, or "fpoon" and acting like this was a ''huge'' discovery on par with the cure for cancer. Mercifully, Wendy's got the memo and these guys vanished without a trace after only two ads.
** Wendy's first post-Dave Thomas mascot was Mr. Wendy, "Wendy's Unofficial Spokesman," an annoying twit who would scream insults at people eating non-Wendy's food. Occasionally, he'd be chased away by embarrassed Wendy's employees in, presumably, a feeble attempt at meta humor. This campaign was so ill-received, it was [[http://adage.com/article/news/wendy-s-drops-mr-wendy-ad-campaign/41475/ actually blamed for a significant dip in Wendy's sales]]. Mr. Wendy was retired in November 2004, less than a year after his introduction.

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* Aaron Priceman a.k.a. "Mr. Caffeine", who hosted Creator/{{Ubisoft}}'s press conference at E3 2011. Virtually everyone hated his schtick shtick and considered it the low point of the entire expo.
* Wendy's:
Wendy's has struggled whenever they've tried mascots and spokespeople outside of their founder, Dave Thomas (who died in 2002).
** The Back in the Eighties, the old lady that yelled "Where's the Beef?" was a funny joke that got old quickly.quickly. When it got to the point that [[AscendedMeme presidential candidates used it as a punchline during the 1984 election]], the public's tolerance towards the ads wore thin. There's even a reference on ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons'' where it is used as an example for [[JustIgnoreIt the best way to get rid of an annoying advertisement.]]
** From Wendy's came the two guys eating Frosties, who suddenly take note of its texture and declare "something that's not a solid or a liquid can only be a soquid!" ([[CriticalResearchFailure apparently they never heard of the word "semisolid"]]) along with dubbing the spoon the frosty spoon, or "fpoon" and acting like this was a ''huge'' discovery on par with the cure for cancer. Mercifully, Wendy's got the memo and these guys vanished without a trace after only two ads.
** Wendy's
Their first post-Dave Thomas mascot was Mr. Wendy, "Wendy's Unofficial Spokesman," an annoying twit who would randomly scream insults at people eating non-Wendy's food.food and demand that they eat Wendy's instead. Occasionally, he'd be chased away by embarrassed Wendy's employees in, presumably, a feeble attempt at meta humor. This campaign was so ill-received, it was [[http://adage.com/article/news/wendy-s-drops-mr-wendy-ad-campaign/41475/ actually blamed for a significant dip in Wendy's sales]]. Mr. Wendy was retired in November 2004, less than a year after his introduction.introduction.
** More recently were the two guys eating Frosties, who suddenly take note of its texture and declare "something that's not a solid or a liquid can only be a soquid!" ([[CriticalResearchFailure apparently they never heard of the word "semisolid"]]) along with dubbing the spoon the frosty spoon, or "fpoon" and acting like this was a ''huge'' discovery on par with the cure for cancer. Mercifully, Wendy's got the memo and these guys vanished without a trace after only two ads.
5th Dec '17 1:42:30 PM SparkPlugTheTroper
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* Erin Esurance was once quite popular, but by 2010 (six years after her debut) she had become pretty ''un''popular, doing [[http://www.cbsnews.com/news/the-erin-esurance-autopsy-she-was-less-popular-than-microsofts-clippy/ worse than Clippy]] in a survey of corporate mascots. Oh, she ''did'' have fans... [[MisaimedFandom the wrong kind, that is.]] Thanks to her attractive design, she gained a RuleThirtyFour following, with pornographic fanart of her frequently showing up alongside official images on Google, stigmatizing the character and forcing Esurance to get rid of her to avoid association with pornography.

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* Erin Esurance Advertising/ErinEsurance was once quite popular, but by 2010 (six years after her debut) she had become pretty ''un''popular, doing [[http://www.cbsnews.com/news/the-erin-esurance-autopsy-she-was-less-popular-than-microsofts-clippy/ worse than Clippy]] in a survey of corporate mascots. Oh, she ''did'' have fans... [[MisaimedFandom the wrong kind, that is.]] Thanks to her attractive design, she gained a RuleThirtyFour following, with pornographic fanart of her frequently showing up alongside official images on Google, stigmatizing the character and forcing Esurance to get rid of her to avoid association with pornography.
25th Sep '17 5:34:37 PM Savini24
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* The Atari Jaguar stands out among over-hyped consoles doomed to failure for its "do the math" advertising campaign, where it compared its disputed 64-bit processing power to the existing consoles at the time (Genesis and Nintendo had 16, 3D0 had 32). [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nxuna944dls One of the commercials]] had a woman speaking condescendingly to a classroom of dull-witted adults meant to represent the competition ("Some of you believe your system is the most advanced in the universe!"), but her condescension ends up rubbing off on the audience. In the end, the Jaguar flopped, and to some people's satisfaction, this is somewhat reflected in the commercial, as the teacher is reduced from a smug know-it-all to shouting frustratedly at the ad's [[UnintentionallySympathetic intended Scrappy]], "Clifford."

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* The Atari Jaguar stands out among over-hyped consoles doomed to failure for its "do the math" advertising campaign, where it compared its disputed 64-bit processing power to the existing consoles at the time (Genesis (Sega Genesis and Super Nintendo had 16, 3D0 had 32). [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nxuna944dls One of the commercials]] had a woman speaking condescendingly to a classroom of dull-witted adults meant to represent the competition ("Some of you believe your system is the most advanced in the universe!"), but her condescension ends up rubbing off on the audience. In the end, the Jaguar flopped, and to some people's satisfaction, this is somewhat reflected in the commercial, as the teacher is reduced from a smug know-it-all to shouting frustratedly at the ad's [[UnintentionallySympathetic intended Scrappy]], "Clifford."
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* Making the rounds on American television in the mid-late aughts was a commercial for a 1-800 tax company called Blue Tax, which would have been utterly unremarkable had it not been for the fact that they had [[SpecialEffectsFailure some of the worst 3D modeling ever put to a screen]]. The centerpiece of these commercials was "Max from Blue Tax", a [[HumanoidAbomination misshapen, poorly rendered]] attempt at a cartoonish mascot with a shrill voice [[MotorMouth running at 200 RPM]] and the imaginative CatchPhrase of [[NoIndoorVoice "WAO!"]]. While plenty of people would argue that the sheer ineptitude being displayed in the advert pushes it into SoBadItsGood territory, there's no love for this annoying [[UncannyValley and downright unnerving]] mascot.
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