Deliberate Bad Acting YKTTW Discussion

Deliberate Bad Acting
(permanent link) added: 2012-01-15 15:56:05 sponsor: Hadashi (last reply: 2012-07-19 18:09:39)

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When an actor or actor has to portray someone who, In-Universe, can't act at all. Strangely, it takes real talent to portray bad acting properly, but if done just right it can be funny, amusing, tragic, characterising, or a moment of realisation. Whatever it may end up as, a truly good bad performance can be something to remember, and a real stand-out moment. Done poorly or just not quite right, however, and the audience may well turn on the actor themselves. This makes this trope something of a gambit.



  • Buffy the Vampire Slayer has a really good example right at the end of episode 9 of season 1, Buffy and the gang are forced into preforming a scene from Odepus (a classical Greek tragedy), what results is possibly one of the funniest moments of the series.

Western Animation
  • Recess whenever the kids have to act they'll switch to a monotone, like they are reading out memorised lines.
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