History TheScrappy / Advertising

27th Nov '16 11:28:37 AM LadyJaneGrey
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* Dear lord, the woman in the notorious Advertising/HeadOn commercials. Some viewers truly believe some EvilGenius thought this up, seeing as it may be the only commercial that seems to ''cause'' the medical condition its product claims to prevent.
14th Nov '16 1:23:55 AM BackgroundGuy
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* The kids in the AT&T wireless TV commercials who complain about how "back in their day" they couldn't watch TV wherever they could. It was funny at first, but they've been overplayed so much that they just come across as spoiled brats now.
13th Nov '16 7:10:52 PM BackgroundGuy
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* [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NUKSxsxeBK4 The Frosties kid]]. An irritating teenage boy singing a song about Frosties (what Frosted Flakes are known as in the UK) which makes very little sense overall and has hamfisted attempts at forcing a rhyme (pie-rate?). There was a time when nearly every commercial break on British telly had this commercial in it.
* The Fucillo Kia dealers who haunt Southwest Florida airwaves. Not only does the above NoIndoorVoice apply, but these dealers apparently have nothing better to do than constantly film themselves, to the point that an entirely new commercial will air every two days, a plague that's been going on for almost a year now. The commercials are always the same. The man, Billy, is shouting at the camera, while the woman who's name he [[VerbalTic MAKES SURE]] you hear every other sentence, Caroline, is trying to talk over him. Neither come out coherently. Each commercial always ends with their signature catch phrase. "It's gonna be [[YouSayTomato Yuuuuuuge!]]"
* Advertising/{{GEICO}} has a reputation for running even its most popular campaigns into the ground through [[OverlyLongGag endless repetition]]:
** The {{Metrosexual}} cavemen from the Geico commercials started as a moderately amusing gimmick in their first commercial, but now are an increasingly dreary and repetitive joke that seems to have forgotten its own punch line.
** Maxwell the GEICO pig that goes whee deserves a mention. The fact that he was brought back for ''several'' commercials that had nothing to do with the company is irritating.
** There is also GEICO's Cashwad, a stack of dollar bills with a pair of eyes that follows around non GEICO customers as "the money they could have saved if they switched". Unfortunately he just comes off as some creepy stalker.
** [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=r9qcWljsT7s Peter Pan]] from GEICO's new "It's What You Do" ad campaign. This commercial features a still-young Peter attending his class reunion (the class of 1965) and behaving obnoxiously towards his aged former classmates. Specific disdain is typically held for Peter's opening explanation of "[[MostAnnoyingSound Phiiilll!]]" as he flies over to greet his fellow alumni, mainly because it occurs so early in the commercial with little to no prior warning.
* The General, from General Car Insurance. He's a crusty old man spouting his wares. Plus, [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rK0OTjW3IGE&t=0m24s he always ends his commercials screaming the same song again and again.]]

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* [[http://www.Advertising/{{GEICO}} has a reputation for running even its most popular campaigns into the ground through [[OverlyLongGag endless repetition]]. For example, [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NUKSxsxeBK4 The Frosties kid]]. An irritating teenage boy singing a song about Frosties (what Frosted Flakes are known as in the UK) which makes very little sense overall and has hamfisted attempts at forcing a rhyme (pie-rate?). There was a time when nearly every commercial break on British telly had this commercial in it.
* The Fucillo Kia dealers who haunt Southwest Florida airwaves. Not only does the above NoIndoorVoice apply, but these dealers apparently have nothing better to do than constantly film themselves, to the point that an entirely new commercial will air every two days, a plague that's been going on for almost a year now. The commercials are always the same. The man, Billy, is shouting at the camera, while the woman who's name he [[VerbalTic MAKES SURE]] you hear every other sentence, Caroline, is trying to talk over him. Neither come out coherently. Each commercial always ends with their signature catch phrase. "It's gonna be [[YouSayTomato Yuuuuuuge!]]"
* Advertising/{{GEICO}} has a reputation for running even its most popular campaigns into the ground through [[OverlyLongGag endless repetition]]:
** The {{Metrosexual}} cavemen from the Geico commercials started as a moderately amusing gimmick in their first commercial, but now are an increasingly dreary and repetitive joke that seems to have forgotten its own punch line.
** Maxwell the GEICO pig that goes whee deserves a mention. The fact that he was brought back for ''several'' commercials that had nothing to do with the company is irritating.
** There is also GEICO's Cashwad, a stack of dollar bills with a pair of eyes that follows around non GEICO customers as "the money they could have saved if they switched". Unfortunately he just comes off as some creepy stalker.
** [[https://www.youtube.
com/watch?v=r9qcWljsT7s Peter Pan]] from GEICO's new "It's What You Do" ad campaign. This commercial features campaign which a still-young Peter attending his class reunion (the class of 1965) and behaving obnoxiously towards his aged former classmates. Specific disdain is typically held for Peter's opening explanation of "[[MostAnnoyingSound Phiiilll!]]" as he flies over to greet his fellow alumni, mainly because it occurs so early in the commercial with little to no prior warning. \n* The General, from General Car Insurance. He's a crusty old man spouting his wares. Plus, [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rK0OTjW3IGE&t=0m24s he always ends his commercials screaming the same song again and again.]]
13th Nov '16 7:08:25 PM BackgroundGuy
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13th Nov '16 7:02:36 PM BackgroundGuy
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* The commercials for Shark vacuums are massive [[TakeThat Take Thats]] at Dyson's vacuums, featuring a man standing in for Dyson vacuums inventor James Dyson, dressed as a chimney sweeper and speaking in a stereotypical Cockney accent. It comes across less as funny and more as offensive.
13th Nov '16 7:01:46 PM BackgroundGuy
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* Erin Erusance, the original mascot, was at first quite popular. However, she was discontinued for multiple reasons in 2010. To begin with, she was pretty unpopular, 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. She did have a fandom, however... [[MisaimedFandom the wrong kind of fandom, that is.]] Thanks to her attractive design, she gained a RuleThirtyFour following, with pornographic photos 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 Erusance, the original mascot, Esurance was at first once quite popular. However, popular, but by 2010 (six years after her debut) she was discontinued for multiple reasons in 2010. To begin with, she was had become pretty unpopular, ''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. She did Oh, she ''did'' have a fandom, however... fans... [[MisaimedFandom the wrong kind of fandom, kind, that is.]] Thanks to her attractive design, she gained a RuleThirtyFour following, with pornographic photos 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.
13th Nov '16 6:58:03 PM BackgroundGuy
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** Erin Erusance, the original mascot, was at first quite popular. However, she was discontinued for multiple reasons in 2010. To begin with, she was pretty unpopular, 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. She did have a fandom, however... [[MisaimedFandom the wrong kind of fandom, that is.]] Thanks to her attractive design, she gained a RuleThirtyFour following, with pornographic photos 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 Erusance, the original mascot, was at first quite popular. However, she was discontinued for multiple reasons in 2010. To begin with, she was pretty unpopular, 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. She did have a fandom, however... [[MisaimedFandom the wrong kind of fandom, that is.]] Thanks to her attractive design, she gained a RuleThirtyFour following, with pornographic photos 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.
13th Nov '16 6:57:01 PM BackgroundGuy
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** Andy, a weird puppet-bear thing who totally gained potential consumer's confidence by slacking off at work and yet returning for several more commercials. At least Domino's showed mercy and stopped.

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** Andy, a weird puppet-bear thing who [[SarcasmMode totally gained potential consumer's confidence consumers' confidence]] by slacking off at work and yet returning for several more commercials. At least Domino's showed mercy and stopped.



** 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. (''Magazine/{{MAD}}'' had an article that suggested new mascots for companies with bad ideas, including "Reckless Ron the Dangerous Dominos Driver".) After that, public opinion of the campaign began to instantly sour. Domino's was eventually on the end of a lawsuit that forced then to stop using it.

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** 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. (''Magazine/{{MAD}}'' 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".) After that, public opinion of the campaign began to instantly sour.Driver"]]. Domino's was eventually on the end of a lawsuit that forced then to stop using it.



* Esurance's Frank [[TheMagnificent The Saver]], an arrogant {{Jerkass}} who brags about how great he is at saving people money and belittles his coworkers' efforts to do the same thing. Judging from some of their other commercials, that attitude is catching; even when he ''doesn't'' show up, inevitably somebody's going to try and hog the glory.
** Erin Erusance, the original mascot, was at first quite popular. However, she was discontinued for multiple reasons in 2010. Firstly, she had low ratings, doing [[http://www.cbsnews.com/news/the-erin-esurance-autopsy-she-was-less-popular-than-microsofts-clippy/ worse then Clippy]] in a survey of corporate mascots. She did have a fandom, however. Thanks to her attractive design, she gained a RuleThirtyFour following, with pornographic photos of her beating official images on google. This resulted in her being discontinued.

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* Esurance's Frank [[TheMagnificent The Saver]], an arrogant {{Jerkass}} who brags about how great he is at saving people money and belittles his coworkers' efforts to do the same thing. Judging from some of their other commercials, that attitude is catching; even when he ''doesn't'' show up, inevitably somebody's going to try and hog the glory.
** Erin Erusance, the original mascot, was at first quite popular. However, she was discontinued for multiple reasons in 2010. Firstly, To begin with, she had low ratings, was pretty unpopular, doing [[http://www.cbsnews.com/news/the-erin-esurance-autopsy-she-was-less-popular-than-microsofts-clippy/ worse then than Clippy]] in a survey of corporate mascots. She did have a fandom, however. however... [[MisaimedFandom the wrong kind of fandom, that is.]] Thanks to her attractive design, she gained a RuleThirtyFour following, with pornographic photos of her beating frequently showing up alongside official images on google. This resulted in Google, stigmatizing the character and forcing Esurance to get rid of her being discontinued.to avoid association with pornography.
13th Nov '16 6:51:47 PM BackgroundGuy
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* Steven (played by Benjamin Curtis), the "Dude, you're getting a Dell!" guy. The brand was already looked down on by computer aficionados for [[ItsPopularNowItSucks being geared toward the mass market instead of enthusiasts]], and if there's an early-[[TheAughts 2000s]] version of TotallyRadical, it's the dudebro tone that he affects.



* [=DirectTV=]:
** 'Become The Most Powerful Fan'. Basically TestosteronePoisoning UpToEleven, they show a Jerkass 'Most Powerful Fan' ''routinely'' causing property damage and basically insulting Cable Customers. Never once does the bastard say 'sorry about that' or 'crap did I do that'? It's a Scrappy that crosses over GodModeSue since according to [=DirectTV=], these 'Most Powerful Fans' can do no wrong.
** But, [=DirectTV=] then topped themselves with their advertisement campaign for their wireless Genie service featuring a man whose wife and son are marionettes, which features both NightmareFuel and the UncannyValley at its worst.
** Taken UpToEleven with a series of ads featuring Rob Lowe that depict all cable users as being creepy and offputing ''simply because they only have cable''.
13th Nov '16 6:49:32 PM BackgroundGuy
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* Those Country Crock commercials about "family living", which always featured a close-up of a container of Country Crock with two people reaching out to it with their hands talking about some extremely saccharine family living.
* The woman from the Culligan water commercials. Aside from screaming "Heeeeeey, Culligan Man!" in an extremely annoying voice and being poorly animated, she seems completely unnecessary because she is telling the Culligan Man about his own product, and to top it off each commercial ends with her repeating the same scream, only it makes even less sense at that point.
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