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-> '''Elliot:''' It doesn't really bother me that much.\\
'''Tedd:''' Then ''why'' did you try to weasel out of the party?\\
'''Elliot:''' Because it sounds like one big awkward moment.
-->-- ''Webcomic/ElGoonishShive'', [[http://www.egscomics.com/?date=2005-01-28 2005-01-28]]

A big trend in modern TV and film comedy: shows where the humour mostly comes from placing characters in the most embarrassing situations possible, or having them say the most awkward or offensive thing possible at all times. Often uses documentary feel to heighten the naturalism and increase the cringe, or has actors in character interacting with an unsuspecting public. Comedy that gives you second-hand shame. Comedy you have to watch through the gaps between your fingers.

Often this is mollified by the characters being [[ComicallyMissingThePoint oblivious to the embarrassment]] they should be feeling. Sometimes though, all the characters are acutely aware of their humiliation, which can make it so much worse (which is how DiggingYourselfDeeper works when the attempts to improve the situation just cause further awkwardness). Or worse yet, there's a single {{audience surrogate}} character who realizes how humiliated everyone should be feeling, while everyone else remains oblivious.

Some shows specialize in this sort of humor. Others include a scene of it here or there, largely avoiding it. Still others make this sort of thing a sort of RunningGag, as with taking a character who can't act and requiring them to play a part for the good of the team -- repeatedly.

German, the [[UsefulNotes/GermanLanguage language]] that brought you [[ComedicSociopathy "Schadenfreude"]], has developed the term "Fremdschämen" ("vicarious shame/embarrassment") to cover this phenomenon.

For a specific type of cringe related mainly to being in a small, confined space with a stranger, see UncomfortableElevatorMoment.

See also CrossesTheLineTwice, where the same basic material is used, but more to make people laugh than to make them uncomfortable. If the show is partially or wholly unscripted (as in RealityTV or a TalkShow), it may be a PointAndLaughShow. Of course, if EightDeadlyWords applies, nobody cares anyway.



[[folder: Advertising]]
* [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fkJy0Z2P_1k This]] "Choose Your Own (Mis)Adventure" ad for Poo-pourri.

[[folder:Anime & Manga]]
* ''Manga/SchoolRumble''. Especially after [[SpotlightStealingSquad Harima became the main character]].
* Episodes 7 and 8 of ''Anime/Persona4TheAnimation''
* ''LightNovel/LoveChunibyoAndOtherDelusions'' can be this if you can relate to Yuuta [[spoiler:and Shinka]]'s OldShame.
* ''Manga/NoMatterHowILookAtItItsYouGuysFaultImNotPopular'' often uses this trope with many fans talking about how the comedy [[ThisLoserIsYou hits a little too close to home at times.]]
* ''Manga/ToLoveRu'' loves this, especially since Rito's an [[AccidentalPervert Accidental Pervert]].
* ''[[LightNovel/OreNoNounaiSentakushiGaGakuenLoveComeOZenryokuDeJamaShiteiru My Mental Choices are Completely Interfering with my School Romantic Comedy]]'' has the protagonist cursed with the "Absolute Choice" and he must abide by this and no, he cannot TakeAThirdOption. Most of these choices are going to end up embarrassing him so much that he became part of the "Rejected Five" because of his bizarre actions.
* ''Manga/PrisonSchool'' makes sure the guys' shenanigans ''always'' end up in the most humiliating situations possible for them, usually for a completely trivial goal. With a generous help from the underground student council members guarding them in their prison. This goes for the Chairman of the school, whose attempts at hiding his love of asses from his daughter Mari inevitably fails.

* Creator/BenStiller; look at every role he's played dating back to his own show, both as host and in every one of his skits.
* In the late '60s and the '70s, German comedian Creator/{{Loriot}} basically created his entire career completely on sketches about uptight middle class people who get into awkward situations and make everything worse by being completely oblivious about it. It becomes much more bearable by the fact, that usually nobody seems to be aware that the situations should be awkward and everyone continues as if everything would be fine. As a parody of how people of those decades refused to allow any loss of face to the point where it got painful, his show got massively popular. As an example, [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hRhf98aKsto&NR=1 "German for Foreigners"]], or known to most people as [[MemeticMutation "This is my briefcase"]], or "[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gtibYjww8Eg&feature=related People on a plane]]".
* Creator/LouisCK; Don't even try to watch any of his shows if you are even slightly sensitive to this kind of thing.
* Maria Bamford's style of comedy is always weird, but special mention goes to ''The Special Special Special,'' which is an entire stand-up special performed in a living room, with an audience of two: Maria's parents. It's as awkward as you're thinking, if not more.

[[folder:Fan Works]]
* The ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic'' fic "[[http://www.fimfiction.net/story/13565/1/Naked-Singularity/Naked-Singularity Naked Singularity]]". It's about Twilight writing a pornographic story involving expys of her and a few of her friends. A lot of the humor comes from the science allusions and technobabble that makes the story indecipherable. Then she [[spoiler:reads it to a coffee shop with Celestia, Twilight's parents, a class of schoolchildren...]]
* Fanfic/ThePartyIncidentAndOtherEmbarrassingAnecdotes starts with the main character crashing a party and, when asked by Sans how she knows Papyrus, tells him that she's dating [[ActuallyIAmHim his brother]]. It goes downhill from there.
* The ''WesternAnimation/TheLoudHouse'' fanfic ''[[https://www.fanfiction.net/s/12642602/1/Caught Caught]]'' revolves around one of Lincoln's sisters accidentally walking in on him "[[ADateWithRosiePalms handling his business]]". It then devolves into this as the older sisters find out that the younger sisters are listening in on the impromptu meeting.

[[folder:Films -- Animation]]
* ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyEquestriaGirls'':
** In ''[[WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyEquestriaGirlsRainbowRocks Rainbow Rocks]]'', The Humane Five and Twilight attempting to defeat the Dazzlings with a ByThePowerOfGrayskull move is one of the most embarrassing moments for the main characters in either universe.
--->'''Rainbow Dash:''' Uh, weren't there rainbows and lasers and stuff last time?\\
'''Twilight Sparkle:''' I don't understand. We're all together again. Why isn't this working?\\
'''Spike:''' You uh, really need to go ahead and do that whole "Magic of Friendship" thing now.
** Also in the same movie, the "Bad Counter Spell" Twilight wrote is considered this.
** In ''[[WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyEquestriaGirlsFriendshipGames Friendship Games]]'', Human Twilight's short speech to the other Crystal Prep students in the bus, while not on par with the "Friendship is Magic!" moment above, is still quite high on the awkwardness quotient.
--->'''Sugarcoat:''' That was a really bad speech. You should consider not speaking in public.
** In ''[[WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyEquestriaGirlsForgottenFriendship Forgotten Friendship]]'', Twilight Sparkle tries to "smooth up" the reunion between Sunset Shimmer and Princess Celestia, and ends up making it even more awkward.
--->'''Princess Twilight:''' Sooo, Princess Celestia... ''[nervous laugh]'' You'll never guess who's back! Actually, maybe you can guess, 'cause she's right here. But, um...\\
'''Princess Celestia:''' ''[stern glare down at Sunset and Twilight]''\\
'''Princess Twilight:''' ''[whispering to Sunset]'' Am I helping?
* ''WesternAnimation/TheSpongebobSquarepantsMovie'': The movie begins with Spongebob exuberantly thanking Mr. Krabs in front of an enormous crowd for making him the manager of the new Krusty Krab, entirely oblivious to the fact that Mr. Krabs named "Squidward" and there's a giant poster of Squidward's face unrolling behind them.

[[folder:Films -- Live-Action]]
* Pretty much any sex comedy, slapstick comedy, disaster flick, slasher film, [[WartsAndAll biopic about a scandalous figure]], or anything with a ZanyScheme that isn't [[OscarBait gunning for an award of some kind]] is going to stoop to this trope.
* ''Film/{{Bridesmaids}}'': when the main character is getting the attention of a cop who doesn't want to acknowledge her, among numerous other examples.
* ''Film/MeetTheParents''; the entire movie and most of the sequels.
* Similarly, ''Film/TheresSomethingAboutMary'' fits the bill as well, especially [[GroinAttack the infamous]] [[ShareTheMalePain zipper scene]].
* ''Film/ForgettingSarahMarshall'' as it is a raunchy comedy produced by JuddApatow has many moments that happen to the male lead. Like the scene where he finds out his girlfriend is breaking up with him and to makes things worse he is naked. The dialogue in the film also counts like all the things that come out of Aldous Snow"s mouth like the dinner scene.
* ''Film/DeathAtAFuneral''. Alan Tudyk at a funeral + acid - clothing = cringe comedy gold.
* ''Film/FrancesHa'' is fairly low-key CringeComedy, but much of the film's humour nevertheless consists of this. The main character enacts her eccentricities in inappropriate situations, e.g. by trying to inaugurate someone as a new BFF by one-sidedly play-fighting with her. In general, Frances' failure to fit in with the adult world is a source of much of the film's comedy.
* Any Creator/SachaBaronCohen film lives on this trope. They have the added bonus that most of the "characters" are real people [[CandidCameraPrank who don't know they're dealing with an actor]], and are therefore cringing even more than we are. First made famous by ''Film/{{Borat}}'', where the titular character does things like ask a car dealer whether a car is good for running over Jews, sings the lyrics to his national anthem to the tune of the Star Spangled Banner (at a rodeo!), and defecates in the river in public view.
* Ron Burgundy in the ''[[Film/AnchormanTheLegendOfRonBurgundy Anchorman]]'' series. He cannot shut up to save his life, no matter how awkward the atmosphere gets while he's talking.
* God help you if your name is [[Film/SpiderMan2 Spider-Man]] and a failure to produce web sends you into an elevator ''[[UncomfortableElevatorMoment in full costume]]''.
* ''Film/AmericanPie'': effectively all episodes involving Jim Levestein. The first movie has him prematurely ejaculating in front of a hot exchange student broadcast all over the internet.
* ''Film/OfficeSpace'' is a slightly more realistic example. The constant misanthropic, un-PC humor, which would be farcical in a less sober film, [[ThisLoserIsYou rings surprisingly true here]].
* ''Film/{{Birdman}}'' has a real gem: Rigg Thompson (Creator/MichaelKeaton) having to walk around an entire city block in nothing but his [[StockUnderwear white underpants]] because [[NakedPeopleTrappedOutside he got locked out of the theater's back door and his bathrobe got stuck in the doorway]]. And that block happens to back right up to Times Square at its busiest hour. [[FromBadToWorse And somebody records the Times Square part on a videophone.]] [[OhCrap And posts it.]] ''And'' [[InstantHumiliationJustAddYoutube it trends immediately]].
* Much of the beginning of ''Film/StepBrothers'', where Creator/WillFerrell and Creator/JohnCReilly play a pair of middle-aged {{Man Child}}ren. Particularly the moment where they burst into their parents' bedroom and ask for permission to build a bunk bed.
* ''Film/SunshineCleaning'' features some of this, since the protagonists are sisters who clean up after murders and crime scenes. The famous scene involves one of them falling face-first onto a mattress that someone had died on.
* ''Film/MissCongeniality'' has several scenes where the protagonist - the most uncouth and {{Tomboy}}ish FBI agent imaginable - has to impersonate a pageant queen.
* ''Film/AFewBestMen'' has David invite his three best friends to Australia for his wedding. A combination of bad luck, personality traits, and drugs leads to them doing everything from delivering a racist tirade about Australia's history as a penal colony as the best man speech, sending a huge flower ball rolling through the service, crushing the guests and tables below it, luring a violent drug dealer onto the premises where he proceeds to shoot up the location, and stealing the bride's father's lucky sheep and dressing it up in lingerie.

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%%* The ''Literature/BridgetJones'' newspaper columns and subsequent book compilations.

[[folder:Live-Action TV]]
%%* ''Series/CurbYourEnthusiasm''
%%* ''Series/ImAlanPartridge''
* ''Series/PeepShow'' is this when it's not being a BlackComedy.
%%** ''Series/ParksAndRecreation'' (a similar show by the creators of the U.S. version)
%%* ''Series/{{Extras}}''
%%* ''Series/DaAliGShow''
%%* The celebrity interviews on ''Series/BrassEye''.
* Charlie Runkle's role on ''Series/{{Californication}}''. Examples include his masturbation at work habit becoming known through a viral video and was taken to a new low (or high perhaps) with his season 6 plot about pretending to be gay to sign a client.
* ''Colin's Sandwich'' is an earlier example, where the embarrassment came partly from Colin's horrible bad luck and partly from his reactions to it which invariably made things worse.
* ''Series/FawltyTowers'': Creator Creator/JohnCleese has said in interviews how he felt like a little god, looming over these characters and thinking up of new ways of making them suffer.
* ''Series/MrBean'', both the series and the movies. Creator/RowanAtkinson often uses this trope.
* ''Series/FreaksAndGeeks'' has a goodly amount of this. Some of the situations the characters find themselves in include: [[ImpossiblyTackyClothes showing up to school in a leisure suit]], [[NakedPeopleAreFunny streaking through the school]], getting egged on Halloween [[EtTuBrute by your own sister]], [[InfantImmortality running over the shy Jesus freak's dog]], getting "drunk" and emotionally wrecked on [[FakeHigh non-alcoholic beer]] and [[BadNewsInAGoodWay getting dumped by proxy by your girlfriend's mom]]. And [[SlapstickKnowsNoGender nobody is spared.]]
%%* ''Series/{{Coupling}}'', especially storylines involving either Jeff or Jane.
%%* ''Series/TheInbetweeners'' is this for a new generation, with the added bonus that, since it's set in the Sixth Form, a LOT of the viewers have been there and can relate.
%%* ''Series/TheWorstWeekOfMyLife''
* ''Series/TheITCrowd'': One episode has Roy go underneath a woman's desk to plug in her computer. She comes back to sit at her desk and he ends up trapped since he couldn't possibly get out without looking like a pervert.
%%* ''Series/TheDailyShow'' correspondant interviews, as well as many ''Series/TheColbertReport'' interviews.
%%* ''Series/{{Seinfeld}}'', especially George Costanza (even more for what he does than what happens to him).
%%* About half the humor in ''Series/{{Monk}}'' comes from this.
%%* Short-lived Creator/SethMacFarlane series ''Series/TheWinner''.
%%* ''Series/TheThickOfIt''
%%* On ''Series/MisterEd'', Wilbur Post
* ''Series/MalcolmInTheMiddle''. One famous example is Malcolm flipping out in front of a bunch of his friends and the girl he likes at his mother who was the 'chaperone' for them at a bowling alley, because he sucks at the game. He walks down the lane to the pins, throws it and still misses.
* A episode of ''Series/{{House}}'' had Chase making a YourMom joke to Foreman as a [[{{EpicFail}} witty comeback]]. Some fans couldn't even watch the ensuing train wreck.
%%* ''Series/TheIncreasinglyPoorDecisionsOfToddMargaret''
* The ''Series/StargateAtlantis'' episode "Duet" has Rodney [=McKay=] on a dinner date. Doesn't sound so bad, except: a) Rodney is naturally awkward in social situations, especially when there is a woman involved; and b) Rodney has a female consciousness in his head at this point, giving him dating advice in a voice only he can hear.
* ''Series/TheComeback'', Lisa Kudrow's short-lived Creator/{{HBO}} SitCom.
* The Ted and Ralph sketches from ''Series/TheFastShow''. [[TheWoobie Ralph]] is the socially awkward upper-class proprietor of an English estate, while [[WorkingClassHero Ted]] is an elderly Irish man who tends to the estate's gardens. [[HoYay Ralph is in love with Ted]]. HilarityEnsues.
-->"I'll get me coat."
* While not necessarily a comedy, ''Series/TwinPeaks'' sometimes dives into this during the show's more awkward moments.
* An episode of ''Series/{{Community}}'' when Creator/JackBlack tries to join the study group. His usual antics lend this to his scenes.
* ''Series/{{Frasier}}'' had this in nearly every episode.
* ''Series/NewGirl'' uses this trope a few times in the PilotEpisode.
* ''Series/{{Trollied}}'' has a bit of this, most notably Julie's job interview.
* An iron stomach is required to get through an episode of ''Series/TimAndEricAwesomeShowGreatJob'' without looking away in embarrassment.
* ''Series/TheTomGreenShow''; Blending BlackComedy and SurrealHumor, Tom would go out of his way to create the most embarrassing, and often disturbing, situations possible for his sidekick Glenn Humplik, random people on the street, audience members, and even his own parents. Examples including airbrushing two very NotSafeForWork lesbians on the hood of his dad's car, and hiding an elaborate contraption under his lab coat while claiming that he was converting grape juice to pee...on a public bench.
* A fair share of the humour in ''Series/TheBigBangTheory'' is this.
* ''Series/QuantumLeap'', whenever Sam jumps into the middle of an inopportune situation. Cue "[[{{Catchphrase}} oooooh boy]]".
* ''Series/ModernFamily'' definitely has its cringe-inducing moments, although it's not built around that type of humor exclusively.
* ''Series/EverybodyLovesRaymond'' dabbled in this from time to time, like in the episode where Ray sat with his daughter on the school bus, and in another where Marie faxed a letter to someone interviewing Robert for a job. The crowning example though, is the episode "The Faux Pas," where Ray accidentally embarrasses a young boy, by unintentionally insulting his father's occupation. The family's attempts to fix the problem, only result in the situation only get worse and more humiliating.
* A lot of the humor in ''Series/ItsAlwaysSunnyInPhiladelphia'' comes from seeing the gang's plans fall flat, notably in "The Gang Wrestles for the Troops"
* ''Series/SaturdayNightLive'', especially from the 1990s to now (the '70s and '80s episodes often drift in and out of cringe comedy). Some examples include: the "Canteen Boy Gets Molested" sketch, a lot of the sketches based on real world awkward situations, and, of course, [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2t3OAHuVasI this]].
* ''Series/ImpracticalJokers'' has a lot of this. Half of the show is the guys laughing at what they've come up with, and their victim's reaction to what he has to do, which are mostly funny. When they are actually going through with it, however, awkwardness galore.
* For a [[UsefulNotes/TheSilverAgeOfComicBooks supposedly]] serious show, ''Series/{{Smallville}}'' indulges in this. For whatever reason, about half of them are Clark's painfully awkward interactions with women, and half of those are with [[SheIsNotMyGirlfriend Chloe]].
* ''Series/ArrestedDevelopment'' has always done a lot of this, but season four ramps it UpToEleven.
* Some episodes of the UK version of ''Series/TheApprentice'' are full of this.
* Sometimes happened on ''Series/FatherTed'', most notably in Season 1.
* Most iterations of ''The Office'' feature this type of humor, as the show is meant to portray an otherwise-mundane office environment where the inhabitants attempt to liven things up (usually for the camera) only for it to go very poorly. Examples from the most famous versions of the series include:
** ''Series/TheOfficeUK'': David Brent's so-called [[http://www.downvids.net/david-brent-motivational-speech-159089.html motivational speech]] is so utterly uncomfortable that it must be seen to believed.
** ''Series/TheOfficeUS'': Ten years prior to the series, Michael Scott promised a group of inner-city youths that he would pay for their college educations if they would make the necessary grades. Ten years later, Michael must go to these inner-city youths and tell them he's not able to pay for their educations. But before he can do that, they [[http://video.vulture.com/video/The-Office-Scotts-Tots;TV-Clips#c=ZZG2DD1B0XBVT2N1&t=The%20Office:%20Scott%27s%20Tots sing a song about how he will make their dreams come true.]]
* ''Series/CurbYourEnthusiasm'' uses this as the primary source of humor. One of the milder examples is when main character [[UnsympatheticComedyProtagonist Larry David]] [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_MFebZlUJ7E attempts to get out of jury duty]].
* ''Series/TheMichaelJFoxShow'', though possibly unintentionally. One notable example is Mike's neighbor saying that he "doesn't know what it's like to struggle" as Mike is in the background, struggling to open a jar that his 10 year old opens with ease.
* ''Series/{{Girls}}'' has never been a series to shy away from cringe humor, but [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-mSrfztaNM0 Marnie's cover of Kanye West's "Stronger"]] is one of the most uncomfortable points of comedy in the series. All the more so due to the fact that she's completely unaware of what a complete ass she's made of herself.
* Most episodes of ''Series/{{Frasier}}'' run on this trope, often due to the SnowballLie or MistakenForIndex exploding out of proportion, and the characters continuously digging themselves deeper.
* ''Series/TheInbetweeners'' makes you cringe very often. Even in the first episode, where Will doesn't have ID in a pub surrounded by nearly his whole school year. [[spoiler: He goes on a rant about how everyone in the pub is under-aged, and gets them all kicked out]].
* ''Series/ParksAndRecreation'' is usually upbeat, but the moment where Leslie (along with several members of her team) walks out onto an ice skating rink, only to find her red carpet isn't long enough is this. It also involves a three legged dog that starts to pee on Ron, everyone slipping and falling, and then when she gets to the stage, it has no stairs. As this happens, the song "Get on your feet" by Gloria Estefan starts and repeats several times.
* ''Series/{{Extras}}'' is particularly brutal with this. When one woman on the set brings her sister (who has Cerebal Palsy) to the set, Andy makes a joke that she looks drunk and "mental", right in front of her sister. He manages to save this one, though. There are other scenes that are much, much worse.
* ''Series/{{Friends}}'' dabbled in this from time to time, usually at Ross's expense.
* Much of the humor of ''Series/TheComeback'' is this. It's used to show Valerie as so desperate to get herself back in the spotlight, that she'll do anything for fame.
* ''Series/TheLastManOnEarth'' has Phil constantly thrashing around socially and failing in the most humiliating way(s) possible in his every scheme to escape Carol or have sex with Melissa/Gail/Erica.
* ''Series/CrazyExGirlfriend'' can be like this at times, especially when Rebecca is trying to get Josh (or other people) to like her. The worst was during "I'm Going to the Beach With Josh and His Friends!" when she did an ''entire'' strip dance on a party bus.
* Quite a bit of the humour of ''Series/PleaseLikeMe'' comes from people (usually Josh) being unintentionally insensitive or getting into embarrassing situations because of their bad choices.
* As the series ''Series/SabrinaTheTeenageWitch'' progressed, the main source of humour of the show seems to shift to this, with Sabrina embarrassing herself for various reasons in front of everybody who isn't aware she is a witch such as her boyfriends Josh and Aaron, roommates Roxie, Morgan and Miles, teachers and schoolmates in the college, or her co-workers at the Scorch Magazine.

%%* Music/FlightOfTheConchords. The song "Jenny" is probably the most awkward conversation ever set to music.

[[folder:Print Media]]
* The main point of all those "Tell Your Most Embarrassing Moment" sections in ''every'' teenage girl's magazine ever.
* [[InvokedTrope Referenced]] in relation to UsefulNotes/SarahPalin 's Katie Couric interview in the book ''Going Rogue''.

* ''[[Radio/OpieAndAnthony The Opie & Anthony Show]]'': Everything from stomping on a homeless man's cake to playing laugh tracks behind a caller mentioning the death of a relative. They even embraced the term "Cringe Radio" for their type of show.

[[folder:Visual Novels]]
* ''VisualNovel/ShinyDays'' has some truly awkward comical moments from time to time, such as Makoto sleeping with Mai and then her daughter coming home early with Makoto not realizing that Mai is even old enough to have a daughter who is not only his age, but one of his friends and someone he has a crush on. Mai's frantic efforts barely keep Setsuna from noticing, but the sheer horrible possibilities of this scene are quite obvious.
* ''VisualNovel/SteinsGate'' has this as its main source of humour during the first half, particularly due to the main character, Okabe Rintaro, being a massive chuuni and behaving ten years younger than you'd expect a college student his age to act.

[[folder:Web Animation]]
* The MLP fan video ''WebAnimation/ElementsOfCringe'' obviously has its moments. Like Twilight trying to blast her way out of a glass box, only for it to ricochet and knock her out.

[[folder:Web Comics]]
* ''Webcomic/{{Asperchu}}'' becomes this once you realize that [[Webcomic/{{Sonichu}} CWC]] becomes a rampaging self-parody when he's turned into a fictional drawing, with literally no exaggeration whatsoever.
* ''Webcomic/ElGoonishShive'', despite providing the page quote, averts this in the end. The party discussed turns out to be one big HeartwarmingMoment in the end.
* Much of the humor in ''Webcomic/{{Whomp}}'' is centered around the main character Ronnie and his debilitating social awkwardness, as indicated [[http://www.whompcomic.com/2012/10/15/peck-your-battles/ here]].
* ''[[http://www.patheticgeekstories.com/ Pathetic Geek Stories]]'' runs on it, as it's based on real life embarrassing stories sent in by readers.
* [[http://hyperboleandahalf.blogspot.ca/2010/09/party.html This story]] from ''Webcomic/HyperboleAndAHalf'' becomes this trope the closer to the end you get, until it becomes full-blown embarrassing.

[[folder:Web Original]]
%%* ''WebVideo/Mega64'' has this in most of the public video game imitations.
%%* ''WebVideo/TheGuild''
* While ''Website/ThatGuyWithTheGlasses'' doesn't usually have this, WebVideo/TheNostalgiaChick's first "Thanks For The Feedback" -- where she goes on a date with the Critic -- is horrifying in awkwardness.
* Daxflame's videos tend to evoke cringing in viewers through his recounts of awkward social interactions and his total obliviousness to his own social insensitivities.
* TheSwagLifeOfJustinYargenschmargol full stop. It's the whole point of its creation.
* Cringe Channel, to be found [[http://www.cringechannel.com here,]] aggregates unintentional cringe comedy from all corners of the internet. Even though this is a definite case of laughing at the given subject in almost all instances, certain postings and many commentators take a more aggressive and transparently mean-spirited approach towards their subjects.
* The [[http://www.reddit.com/r/cringe /r/cringe]] [[Website/{{Reddit}} subreddit]] is almost identical, right down to the accusations of bullying.
* ''Website/KnowYourMeme'' has a meme and [[http://knowyourmeme.com/memes/cringeworthy/photos image gallery]] called "Cringeworthy" that collected various instances of embarrassing and stupid things, but the addition of new images was locked after people started using it for Administrivia/ComplainingAboutShowsYouDontLike (by adding images that were only the logo of things they disliked) and spamming the gallery with several parodies of other images (of note are the many, many parodies of a poor drawing of WebOriginal/TheRake saying "Time to killed people!" and of some Franchise/{{Sonic}} OriginalCharacters called Jake and Maribelle. While the original images ''were'' cringeworthy, the parodies were not)
* WebVideo/GameGrumps can delve into this when talking about Dan's past, especially [[NoSocialSkills dating]].
* Any of Website/Vat19's videos involving Confection Perfection are examples of this.
* There's no shortage of horror stories in which kids, who [[NoSocialSkills often completely lack a filter for any of their words or deeds]], embarrass the living hell out of their parents. Of course, there is now a good portion of the Internet devoted to exchanging these stories, such as [[http://www.circleofmoms.com/question/whats-most-embarrassing-thing-your-child-has-done-public-1702053 this forum]].
* ''Many'' a {{Website/YouTube}}r has done a "'Try Not to Cringe' Challenge" video, in which he/she tries to not react to cringe-worthy video clips that are usually sent in by their subscribers. The humor largely comes from their reactions, which usually end up with a lot of cringing or worse.

[[folder:Western Animation]]
* ''WesternAnimation/DrawnTogether''. You can count the amount of jokes that aren't RefugeInAudacity, blatantly racist or [[NauseaFuel related to bodily functions]] on one hand. The entire show is incredibly divisive because depending on who you ask it is either hilarious or it's just a typical AllAdultAnimationIsSouthPark-style adult comedy that relies way too much on trying to be offensive on purpose and [[TheyWastedAPerfectlyGoodPlot completely fails to take advantage of its interesting premise]].
%%* ''WesternAnimation/TheLifeAndTimesOfTim''
* Older ''WesternAnimation/SouthPark'' episodes, and some newer ones rely on this heavily. [[LampshadeHanging Lampshaded]] in "Funnybot", where the title character even uses "Awkward!" as his catchphrase. The boys have to stop him from telling the "Last Joke Ever," in which he destroys the entire human race because it's the most awkward thing possible. Appropriately enough, Funnybot was designed by the gallows-humor-obsessed Germans.
%%* ''WesternAnimation/TheClevelandShow''
* ''WesternAnimation/TheVentureBrothers'' utilizes this several times a season, mostly with the main character Rusty Venture though other characters are also occasionally guilty of this trope.
* ''WesternAnimation/TheLifeAndTimesOfTim'' somehow succeeds in making every second fit this trope.
* ''WesternAnimation/FamilyGuy'', though whether or not it's funny or just plain offensive is based entirely around one's point of view. A good example is the CutawayGag "[[Literature/HortonHearsAWho Horton Hears Domestic Violence In The Next Apartment And Doesn't Call 911]]."
%%* ''WesternAnimation/SpongebobSquarepants'' in its later seasons.
* Most of Creator/DonHertzfeldt's works are [[BlackComedy dark comedies]], or [[SurrealHumor surreal]] [[{{Dramedy}} dramedies]]. One film, however, is "Lily and Jim", telling the story of a blind date from the perspective of both people. It is complete CringeComedy.
%%* ''WesternAnimation/TheRenAndStimpyShow'' often goes into this territory.
* ''WesternAnimation/AdventureTime'' often goes here- most notably in Too Young, with Finn and Princess Bubblegum's more painful (literally causing physical pain) ways of pranking Lemongrab. Two of the pranks weren't pranks so much as they were humorous physical assaults. One involved punching LG in the belly and pushing him onto the floor. The other involved lacing his food with burning-hot chemicals and causing him to fall out of a window. It's hilarious.
-->'''Peppermint Butler:''' He's eating the dirt! ''Spice it now!''
* The outrageously funny scene where Principal Skinner treats Superintendent Chalmers to dinner in ''TheSimpsons'' episode "22 Short Films About Springfield".
* In an infamous episode of ''WesternAnimation/AsToldByGinger'', Ginger confesses that she has a crush on her teacher, who is also her quiz team coach and the host of an upcoming school quiz competition that will be televised on public access. One of her best friends convinces her that the teacher loves her back and that she should ask him out. She agrees to do so, but has trouble finding the right moment. The temptation distracts her for the entire competition until she finally asks him out on a movie date during a question...on stage...in front of an entire audience...and on local TV. To add salt to the wound, the competing team answers the next and final question and wins the game by one point.
-->'''Lois:''' You're not the first to make a fool of yourself over a teacher. You're just the first to do it on public access.
* ''WesternAnimation/TheFlintstones'' does a lot of this as GettingCrapPastTheRadar. One incident involves Wilma being pregnant with Pebbles and Fred has to be certain he can get her to the hospital in time, so he enlists Barney to help him. She has contractions so they rush her to the hospital, more-or-less in a panic. They arrive at the hospital, Barney rushes Wilma through the revolving door so fast it spins Fred out of the building, and across the street through the revolving door of another building, which Fred does not realize isn't the hospital, but a hotel. HilarityEnsues when Fred, wanting to know where in the hospital Wilma is, innocently says to the desk clerk, "I'm looking for my wife. She just came in here with my best friend."
* ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic'' occasionally delves into this:
** "[[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS2E18AFriendInDeed A Friend in Deed]]" is this to people who have had to deal with an annoying hanger-on, or realized too late that they were that hanger-on -- or both. Same with "[[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS1E25PartyOfOne Party of One]]", with an added dose of social anxiety. Most Pinkie Pie episodes have at least a little of this.
** In "Maud Pie", Pinkie's sister visits town and the cast has a horrendously difficult time attempting to get to know her better due to her extreme [[TheStoic stoicism]].
** Perhaps the most extreme example is the scene from "[[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS4E24EquestriaGames Equestria Games]]" where Spike interrupts a medal ceremony to insist on singing the winning team's anthem. Only after Shining Armor announces this to the crowd does Spike realize that Cloudsdale (not Ponyville) won the gold for that particular event. Spike doesn't know any of the words to Cloudsdale's anthem. As he ad-libs, the camera cuts multiple times to the audience, who are just as embarrassed as Spike is. One unicorn even yanks his top hat down to cover his entire head.
** Episode "[[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS5E7MakeNewFriendsButKeepDiscord Make New Friends but Keep Discord]]" has Discord trying to do stand-up comedy. It fails. Maud's comment doesn't help.
--->'''Discord:''' ''[after a failed knock-knock joke]'' It's the most basic of jokes!\\
'''Maud:''' You're the most basic of jokes.
** "[[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS6E7NewbieDash Newbie Dash]]" is full of this. First, Rainbow Dash makes a bad first impression on her first day as an official member of the Wonderbolts, earning her the EmbarrassingNickname "Rainbow Crash". Then she goes through increasingly awkward attempts to erase that bad first impression by impersonating her friends.
* ''WesternAnimation/TheAmazingWorldOfGumball'':
** In "The Gi", Gumball and Darwin wear their karate uniforms to school and get soundly mocked by their peers (the duo's nickname is the "Karate Weiners") when they start doing low-grade karate in front of everyone, much to their obliviousness. Nicole is the "cringe-ee" here, as she keeps trying to discourage them without outright saying they're making fools of themselves. At the end Gumball gets a hard dose of reality when he realizes what's really going on, which is a little sad (although the episode ends on a CrowningMomentOfHeartwarming right afterwards).
** The entirety of "The Hug", in which Gumball hugs a complete stranger at school, Hot Dog Guy, just to be unpredictable. They keep meeting each other afterwards and neither of them have any idea how to react to each other. Special mention goes to the scene when Gumball tries to get away from the Hot Dog Guy during their sleepover in the tent.
** In the aptly-named SequelEpisode, "The Awkwardness", Gumball runs into Hot Dog Guy again when both of them are on the way to the store and their memories of "The Hug" come flooding right back.
** UpToEleven in the sequel to that "The Cringe", where Gumball and Hot Dog Guy plot to get rid of their cringe around each other to only make things worse.