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->''"Ouch, that was painful. So very, very lame."''
-->-- '''Momoko''', ''WebVideo/WeddingPeachAbridged''

Something really bad, such as horribly off-tune singing or bad poetry, being almost weaponized, or at least being traumatizing. The horribleness of it can range from giving nightmares, to blowing up cities.

Can take the form of a BrownNote, but there can be other effects than that trope. Sometimes this can be invoked with using the horrible thing as CoolAndUnusualPunishment.

In RealLife, it's fairly common to at least describe a very bad movie as being "painful to watch", or to say that it "hurts to read" a bad book. The concept of an "eyesore" isn't limited to English either; Japanese has ''migurushii'' (見苦しい), literally "painful to look at".

Can overlap with AnythingButThat, FauxHorrific, ComicalOverreacting, DreadfulMusician, EvenEvilHasStandards (if a villain decides a work would be too horrible to inflict).

Compare/Contrast AwesomenessIsVolatile.

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!!Examples:

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[[folder:Anime and Manga]]
* Blink and you'll miss it, but in ''Manga/SayonaraZetsubouSensei'', Itoshki-sensei's suicide kit, filled with poisons, pills and all manner of lethalities, also contains an Music/{{Enya}} CD (though it might also just be relaxing suicide mood-music).
* In ''VisualNovel/{{Clannad}}'' Kotomi Ichinose specializes in this trope with her violin of doom.
-->And her weapon is the violin it only takes 0.2 before sound waves come out from the moment she takes position. The number of people she's felled is countless.
-->--'''Tomoya to students, after interrupting Kotomi's introduction.'''
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[[folder:Comics]]
* Pictured above: in ''{{Asterix}}'', [[MeaningfulName Cacofonix's]] music is so bad, it's the only thing that can teach the meaning of fear to the Normans. In fact short exposure to it mentally scars them. It also summons thunderstorms and drives the wildlife away.
* RenAndStimpy's "U.S.Ohhhhhh Noooooo!": The army has Ren and Stimpy drag a horrible comedian on a platform with speakers through a battlefield, causing their enemies to run in fear while one of them clutches his ears and shouts "Oh the Humanity!"
* ''ComicBook/MortadeloYFilemon'':
** Crappy music and films are used as a method of torture. The title characters are tortured by their boss with an LP of Spanish blockbuster songs (apparently repeated ad infinitum). They are driven mad, and other characters talk about the cruelty.
** [[TakeThat Also repeated speeches by a politician.]] In later albums these are often replaced with whatever [[TakeThat sensationalist TV show or politician speech]] Ibáñez seems to have a problem with at the moment.
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[[folder:Fan Works]]
* In the [[AuthorFilibuster incredibly long author's introduction]] to ''FanFic/MyInnerLife'', Jenna [[SarcasmFailure fails to understand hyperboled criticism]] that claims this.
-->'''Jenna''': Also as a side note, I NEVER physically hurt ANYONE with this story. I got one reviewer that said. “Oh God please stop writing, your hurting everyone.” Now I want to know where I physically touched that person. I want to know how I’m twisting anyone’s arms to read this. I have never done anything of the sort in any way, shape or form and I DO NOT appreciate being accused of that!
* ''Webcomic/TheChosenFour'': The last thing the ghosts scare the heroes with while on the tunnel to Threed is a copy of {{VideoGame/Superman 64}}. Doubles as a TakeThat to the game.
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[[folder:Film]]
* The song "Puberty Love" in ''AttackOfTheKillerTomatoes'' is so bad, it defeats the tomatoes. Not that they were weak against music, but that this song was so awful, that even the ''sheet music'' had this effect.
* A similar trick involving Slim Whitman works on the invading Martians of ''MarsAttacks''.
* In the movie ''Film/TopSecret'', after the Nazis have been psychologically and physically torturing Nick Rivers only for it not to break him...
-->"Do you want me to break out the [=LeRoy=] Neiman paintings?"
-->"No. We cannot risk violating the Geneva Convention."
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[[folder:Literature]]
* ''Literature/TheHitchhikersGuideToTheGalaxy1'': Vogon poetry, which is used in-universe as a torture device, and the poetry of the Azgoths of Kria, which has literally killed several listeners.
* Similarly, the Literature/{{Discworld}}'s Nac Mac Feegle have Gonnagles, bards whose poetry is so bad that [[BrownNote it's used on the battlefield]]. They are presumably named for the legendarily-bad Scottish poet William Topaz [=McGonagall=].
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[[folder:Live Action TV]]
* The "plot" of ''Series/MysteryScienceTheater3000'' involves a MadScientist attempting to find a movie so bad it could be weaponized.
** And they've come close a few times. ''Film/MonsterAGoGo'' is generally agreed to be one of, if not the worst movie ever featured on the show. ''Film/ManosTheHandsOfFate'' was so god-awful that Dr. Forrester and Frank were actually ''apologizing'' to Joel for making him watch it. And ''InvasionOfTheNeptuneMen'' was such an ordeal that Mike and the 'bots had to take turns stepping out of the theater for a few moments, and were only cheered up afterward by a surprise visit from [[PrinceOfSpace Krankor]].
** Once Pearl took over, she used ''Film/{{Hobgoblins}}'' as a ''punishment'' - mentioning "the movie" made Bobo scream, she kept it in the Ark of the Covenant, the 'Bots took turns trying to flee ''during the opening credits'', and eventually they put up cardboard cutouts and tried to sneak away.
** Also used for particularly dull, monotonous sequences in the movies, such as the "rock climbing" segment of ''LostContinent'' and the sandstorm section of ''HerculesAgainstTheMoonMen'', the latter of which was presaged by the mads saying, "DEEP HURTING. DEEEEEEP HUUUUURRRRRTING!"
* A story arc in ''Series/KamenRiderDouble'' features a street musician whose singing (a rock-rap fusion he calls "spilk") is so horrible it kills birds in mid-flight and [[HarsherInHindsight causes an earthquake]]. The conflict comes from his winning an ''Series/AmericanIdol''-style TV show despite his competition including actually competent singers ([[TheCastShowOff as well as members of]] Music/AKB48 in RealLife), who hire the detective protagonist because they're sure the guy's cheating.
* This is the constant reaction to Sophie's BadBadActing in ''Series/{{Leverage}}''. Eliot once called one of her performances the "worst night of [his] life," a statement that was juxtaposed with a flashback to him being forced to play RussianRoulette alone by some unsavory-looking brutes. As Parker once said, quoting a reviewer:
-->"Never before has a production of ''Theatre/TheSoundOfMusic'' made me root for the [[ThoseWackyNazis Nazis]]."
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[[folder:Video Games]]
* ''VideoGame/{{Psychonauts}}'':
-->'''Sasha:''' Say something hideous and horrible jumps out at you, something so disgusting that it simply must die.\\
''[He pushes a button; a tiffany lamp appears.]''\\
'''Sasha:''' Ach! So... tacky... can't... look... directly at it...
* Inga Wagner's singing in ''NoOneLivesForever''. Mooks are ''relieved'' when she "punishes" them by forcing them to miss her singing performances.
* In ''VideoGame/SonicHeroes'', Team Chaotix' "Team Blast" involves Espio and Charmy playing musical instruments while Vector sings ''extremely badly''. Like all other Team Blasts, this destroys all the enemies in the surrounding area, purely from the awfulness (and possibly the volume) of Vector's singing.
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[[folder:Web Comics]]
* Astos in ''WebComic/EightBitTheater'' was taken down by a combination of Red Mage and Black Mage's [[IncrediblyLamePun attempts at a]] PreMortemOneLiner.
* In ''MinionComics'' one of the torture options is a Comedy Central special: [[http://www.meetmyminion.com/?p=1045 George Lopez: It's Funny Because He's Hispanic]].
* ''Webcomic/TheOrderOfTheStick'' suggests CelineDion as a [[http://www.giantitp.com/comics/oots0258.html weapon of torture]]. Never used, [[EvenEvilHasStandards since Nale is still civilized]].
* Inverted in [[http://www.explosm.net/comics/2726/ this]] ''Webcomic/CyanideAndHappiness'' strip. A character's drunkenness is cured by a bad joke.
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[[folder:Web Original]]
* Any {{LetsPlay}}s where the player is [[WebVideo/VideoGamesAwesome particularly atrocious at the game]] can potentially have this effect on the viewer.
* When WebVideo/TheNostalgiaCritic reviewed ''Film/{{Junior}}'', he saw the baby dream with the greenscreen face of Arnold on the baby, and it made him scream like a girl, and then vomit all over the place.
** Really, this is kind of the Nostalgia Critic's whole schtick, except when he's reviewing something that's actually good or doing a top-eleven countdown.
** A lot of the reviewers on his site, actually. For example Linkara in ''WebVideo/AtopTheFourthWall'', driven mad by a bad comic: "ANTI-LIFE JUSTIFIES MY HATE! Anti-life justifies my haaaaaattteee... [breaks down sobbing]"
** [[WebVideo/TheAngryJoeShow Angry Joe]] accuses ''SonicFreeRiders'' of "Assault In The First Degree to knowingly inflict bodily harm."
** ''Disney/BeautyAndTheBeastTheEnchantedChristmas'' was so hard on WebVideo/TheNostalgiaChick that she'd rather go through "seven holocausts" than watch it again.
** The [[FourKidsEntertainment 4Kids version]] of the ''OnePiece'' theme song reduces WebVideo/MarzGurl to {{angrish}} and crying.
** WebVideo/ToddInTheShadows writhes in pain at a musical number of ''Series/HannahMontana: TheMovie'' ("I've seen ''{{Grease 2}}''. I saw that [[Film/SgtPeppersLonelyHeartsClubBand Sgt. Peppers movie with the BeeGees]]. I've seen two ''[[HighSchoolMusical High School Musicals]]'' But this ought to be the worst musical number ever.")
*** "Break Up" by Mario feat. Gucci Mane and Sean Garrett makes his hair fall out in clumps and his nose bleed. Later he claims he's lucky it didn't give him cancer.
*** Parodied in his review of Music/{{Rihanna}}'s "S&M", saying he doesn't get UsefulNotes/{{BDSM}} and likes the song even though he thinks it's a very flawed song without any virtues, only to realize he likes the song because he's a masochist.
** DiamandaHagan follows the cast of ''Film/ProjectMillion'' into the "It's a Small World" ride. She doesn't take it too well.
** [[WebVideo/TheSpoonyExperiment Spoony]] has a few videos listed under the title of "Experience BIJ", Bij being Klingon for "punishment"[[note]]The term and the opening credits come from the ''Star Trek: The Next Generation - A Klingon Challenge'' VCR board game[[/note]]; the videos themselves largely consist of whatever Spoony has seen on the internet which is horribly annoying, and the goal is to see how long you can watch the videos without pausing, going to another window, or muting it. Few can make it.
** WebVideo/TheCinemaSnob experienced this in the aftermath of watching ''Video Violence''--about three years later, as he was reviewing its sequel, he had just recovered from the debilitating effects.
*** ''Gross Out'' manages not to set him off with its VulgarHumor antics... but the lead actress's horrible performance makes him vomit.
*** Also, ''Nukie''. The entire episode.
* [[WebVideo/BrowsHeldHigh Oancitizen]] shouts out "OW!" after TheReveal in ''{{Zardoz}}'' that Zed's religion is based on ''TheWizardOfOz''.
* WebVideo/JesuOtaku once stated that attempting to watch ''Anime/IkkiTousen'' left her "in physical pain".
* Observing the effects of bad writing on a 'verse can cause Agents of the ProtectorsOfThePlotContinuum to [[EyeScream spork their eyes out]], GoMadFromTheRevelation, or [[ArsonMurderAndJaywalking get a headache]].
* This is the reason ''Website/TheAgonyBooth'' named itself after the pain device from ''Series/StarTrekTheOriginalSeries''.
* Pretty much the central theme of the [[http://www.newgrounds.com/portal/view/166521 Banana Phone flash animation]].
* The resident PungeonMaster of the ''SpoilerWarning'' LetsPlay group occasionally makes puns so bad they make the other members groan.
** Of the LetsPlay/FreelanceAstronauts, Ferr is usually the one making painful puns (pipes!: [[Superman64 "Solve my maze!"]] Ferr: Well, it's on fire, so maybe you should ''salve'' it first. Evek: ''I'm in physical pain!''), but occasionally, Maxwell gets in on it. Witness the final boss fight of ''VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaOcarinaOfTime: [[UpdatedRerelease Master Quest]]'', where he tells the others that Ganondorf "really puts the 'try' in 'Triforce'."
-->'''Evek:''' ''That was fucking painful!''
* During his first attempt to review ''Dr. Jekyll & Mr. Hyde'' for the NES, WebVideo/TheAngryVideoGameNerd spoke about it being so bad that it traumatized him, and had a hard time bringing himself to playing it. Later, he would go to review ''Film/TeenageMutantNinjaTurtlesIII'', and said this about the ending:
--> "What's the best way to end a shitty movie? With a shitty ending. One so bad that it leaves me scarred for life."
* WebVideo/TVTrash: Chris "Rowdy" Moore is scarred by the pilots for "HeilHoneyImHome" and "TheGroovenians". The former sends him into a depression, and the latter has him taking pills.
* [[SCPFoundation SCP]]-[[http://scp-wiki.wikidot.com/scp-504 504]] enforces this. A tomato that will fly at high speed toward the source of bad humor. The worse the pun, the harder it hits.
-->'''Item''': Three mature SCP-504 tomatoes, one for each test subject.\\
'''Subject''': After the introduction to the following news item, Bomb blows hole in Lenin statue, the three following jokes were made.\\
'''Test Subject 1''': Ooh, that's gonna leave a Marx.\\
'''Result''': Tomato number one 'twitched', but did not displace from its original location.\\
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'''Test Subject 2''': BBC is just Stalin the good news.\\
'''Result''': Tomato clocked at 152 mph. Chipped tooth and hairline jaw fracture.\\
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'''Test Subject 3''': That blows.\\
'''Result''': Tomato clocked at [REDACTED]. Subject is hospitalized with a massive skull fracture.
* SFDebris, reviewing the ''Series/StarTrekTheNextGeneration'' episode "Angel One": The perfume scene is met with cries of "For the love of God! Five, there are five lights!", [[CallBack calling back]] to the torture scene from "Chain of Command".
* PatTheNESPunk's review of action 52 starts this trope and expanded on it more and more as the review went on. He started out self-confident, trying to find a decent game in the compilation. As the review went on, he started praying to find a decent game. At the very end of the review you can see him literally faint.
** The antagonist in PatTheNESPunk's M82 madness hoped that Pat would achieve the same effect when he would review "awful" games on his M82. Sadly, most of those so called "awful" games turned out not to be as awful as the antagonist thought they were, with Pat even saying that those games weren't even bad, which only made the antagonist more angry.
* In ''WebVideo/YuGiOhTheAbridgedSeries'' Marik being forced to watched ''BeverlyHillsChihuahua'' was so horrible it drove him to evil.
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[[folder:Western Animation]]
* ''WesternAnimation/SouthPark'':
** In one episode', the [[ReturnOfTheJedi Ewok-filled]] special edition of ''Film/RaidersOfTheLostArk'' was so horrible it had the same effect as the ark in the actual movie, killing GeorgeLucas, Creator/StevenSpielberg, and Creator/FrancisFordCoppola. [[NegativeContinuity Spielberg and Lucas came back in a later episode, though]].
** "I Should Have Never Gone Ziplining": zip-lining is apparently so painfully dull that [[TheyKilledKennyAgain it killed Kenny]] (though WordOfGod says this one doesn't count).
* On ''WesternAnimation/TheCritic,'' RogerEbert was interviewing a potential new partner and showed him the kind of bad movies he'd have to watch. A version of ''Film/MrsDoubtfire'' with Arnold Schwarzenegger in the title role fully skeletonized him.
** And when Roger starts up his next review, [[SylvesterStallone Sylvester]] and Frank Stallone in "[[WaitingForGodot Yo! Godot! I'm Waitin' Here!]]", the corpse's skull falls off.
* The poetry of [=PedXing=] in ''WesternAnimation/DaveTheBarbarian'' has this effect on everyone but Dave and Princess Irmaplotz.
* An episode of ''WesternAnimation/SpongebobSquarepants'' revolves around Patrick's self-composed song, which is so awful that it [[BrownNote actually]] ''[[BrownNote kills]]'' the band that records it. Also, there's [[GiftedlyBad Squidward's clarinet skills.]]
** Also Squidward's dancing is unbearable to watch that it hurts peoples eye's, and make some throw up.
*** IronyAsSheIsCast: His voice actor, Rodger Bumpass, is a pretty decent dancer!
* A cutaway gag for ''WesternAnimation/FamilyGuy''. Peter and a young girl stand in the living room, and she hands him a tape but warns him that if he watches it, he will die. Peter plays it on the VCR. The tape in question turns out to be ''{{Mannequin}}''; in the next scene Peter dies with a contorted appearance, similar to victims of ''TheRing''.
* At one point in ''WesternAnimation/{{Futurama}}'', Bender auditions for a part on the ShowWithinAShow when a role opens up. His lousy "Spanish accent" prompts this response from Calculon:
-->'''Calculon:''' That was so terrible, I think you gave me cancer!
* In the ''WesternAnimation/{{The Adventures Of Jimmy Neutron}}'' episode ''One of Us'', this trope is how Jimmy describes "[[ShowWithinAShow The Happy Show Show]]" after his hypnotized friends convince him to watch it.
-->'''Jimmy:''' I thought my TV would explode! I thought I might faint from the show's supreme stankiness!
* ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic'' had Pinkie Pie's "You Gotta Share, You Gotta Care" song. It was so awful that two warring tribes only strengthened their resolve to go to war after she performed it once. The second performance, [[NiceJobBreakingItHero when the tribes were RIGHT on the precipice of a truce immediately before commencing battle]], made the chief of one tribe so enraged that he lead his people into battle simply because the song pissed him off so much.
** In "[[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS4E18MaudPie Maud Pie]]", Pinkie's sister Maud comes to visit, and the rest of Pinkie's friend find her stoic, anti-social, and only interested in rocks. At one point, Twilight asks Maud about her poetry and Maud provides a sample. Twilight's reaction shows how bad this poetry is, and it's only the tip of the iceberg.
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