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->''"Moviemakers talk about 'bad laughs.' That's when the audience laughs when it's not supposed to. This is conceivably the first movie which is in its entirety a bad laugh."''
-->-- '''Creator/RogerEbert''', ''[[{{Main/Hindenburg}} The Hindenburg]]'' (1975)

Narm is a moment that is supposed to be serious, but due to either over-sappiness, poor [[SpecialEffectsFailure execution]], excessive {{Melodrama}}, the sheer [[SoBadItsGood absurdity of the situation]], poor grammar [[RougeAnglesofSatin oar spelling]], [[HypocriticalHumor overuse of Trope Speak]], or even a ''slight ''[[{{Engrish}} Engrish]], the drama is lost to the point of surpassing "cheesy" and becoming unintentionally funny.

It is [[TropeNamer named for]] [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IiOKNggPh4Q the famous scene]] in the last season of ''SixFeetUnder'', where a main character suffers a brain embolism. He suddenly grabs his right arm and repeats "Numb arm." but then it quickly degenerates into "N'arm! N'arm!" in an [[FamilyMatters "Urkel voice"]] before he comically rolls up his eyes and drops to the floor. Even though the moment was intended to be frightening, fans and critics overwhelmingly found the scene to be funny.




Were you to discuss this phenomenon in a scholarly work or literary circles, the word you would probably use is "{{Bathos}}". Narm and Bathos are similar, though Narm is what happens when the humor wasn't intended by the writer.


Narm can be subjective as different audience members are may find different things unintentionally funny. Narm can stem from a failed attempt to pull off CrowningMomentOfAwesome, CrowningMomentOfHeartwarming (if it comes across as sappy) or TearJerker (if the audience fails to be sad). Anything that falls under {{Wangst}} and DeusAngstMachina runs the risk of falling under Narm, as what is ''intended'' to be sad can instead come across as over-the-top ridiculous and absurd. In subtitled {{anime}}, Narms are often created through the use of badly used [[GratuitousEnglish English]]. In dubbed anime, Narms are more likely to result from the combination of a budding [[WilliamShatner William Shatner]] reading an overly-literal translation. In CGI movies or video games [[UncannyValley unrealistic movements or facial expressions]] may result in Narm. Dated special effects during dramatic scenes can cause Narm for younger audience members who where raised on nothing less convincing than the Phantom Menace. TotallyRadical dialog in cartoons or commercials pandering to children can also be a rich source of Narm. Even a good performance in a bad movie can evoke Narm if the actor's performance isn't enough to save the scene.



{{Large Ham}}s are vulnerable to this trope if they're put into the wrong kinds of situations but can also be used to evoke it [[{{Bathos}} intentionally]]. Narm moments are suseptable to becoming [[MemeticMutation memes]] within the fandom.

See also SnarkBait, NightmareRetardant for "scary" narm, and FetishRetardant for "sexy" narm.

Not to be confused with [[TheVietnamWar 'Nam]], or the [[Series/BabylonFive Narn]], or [[Series/SesameStreet OMMM-NOM-NOM-NOM]], or [[{{Cheers}} a certain heavy-set Boston barfly]]. Also not to be confused with the [[PushingDaisies National Area for Retired Mills]], [[http://www.narm.org North American Registry for Midwives]] or the [[http://www.narm.com National Association of Recording Merchandisers.]].

Much of the strength of a Narmy moment comes from the severity of MoodWhiplash caused by it. Compare with NarmCharm. Contrast with DudeNotFunny, LevelBreaker or ComicalOverreacting. Sometimes Narm examples come from a moment being too realistic, in which case it falls under RealityIsUnrealistic.

Not to be confused with the FunnyAneurysmMoment, in which something wasn't meant to be upsetting but is, thanks to later events or RealitySubtext.

'''Please do not place examples that better belong on {{Bathos}} here or on any main page. In other words, only unintentional humour belongs on this page.'''

%% Note: This is for moments that are unintentionally narms, not for moments where something ridiculous was intended.
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* Narm/{{Anime}}
* Narm/ComicBooks
** Narm/JackChick
* Narm/FanFiction
* Narm/{{Film}}
* Narm/{{Literature}}
* Narm/LiveActionTV
* Narm/{{Manga}}
* Narm/{{Music}}
* Narm/{{News}}
* Narm/{{Pinball}}
* Narm/ProfessionalWrestling
* Narm/TabletopGames
* Narm/{{Theater}}
* Narm/{{Video Games}}
* Narm/WebAnimation
* Narm/{{Webcomics}}
* Narm/WesternAnimation
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