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Dramatic tension is good for pulling in new viewers to a webcomic. [[{{Narm}} It doesn't always work out that way, though]].

Another thing that doesn't always happen is people agreeing (often due to FanDumb on all sides). Be warned that some of the opinions expressed here are a bit... extreme. Webcomics tend to draw quite polarizing views and many people are quite vocal about them. Some people just don't like these webcomics, and we all know being horrible about something you hate is soothing. Others are dedicated fans who twitch whenever they hear criticism, no matter how valid or witty. So don't trust this page: read the comics!
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* Most of the "drama" in ''Webcomic/{{Roomies}}'' and ''ItsWalky'' is either {{Narm}} or [[DarthWiki.WallBanger Wall Banger]] material. ''Roomies'' was generally agreed to be CerebusSyndrome gone bad, but ''It's Walky'' [[IndecisiveParody never seemed to figure out what it was trying to do]]. Whether it be the over-the-top {{wangst}} of Sal (complete with a distracting, out of place accent), the seriousness with which Joyce's "innocence" is given (complete with trauma over forcibly being shown generic porn) that requires ignoring other events to work, the on and off competency/seriousness of the Saturday-morning cartoon-style alien villains, or the excessive amount of time spent mourning the pointless deaths of all the designated victims, the only consistent reaction is to roll one's eyes at it all. At least the comedic parts work fairly well when they shows up.
* Ellen describing her "second life" in ''Webcomic/ElGoonishShive'' would have worked wonders as a dramatic climax... but gets shoved forcibly into this territory when you realize that, aside from one reference almost two ''years'' prior, none of what she's talking about was ''hinted'' at before the {{Infodump}}. By the time she starts discussing Archie, the chimera without a sex drive, you'll find it impossible to take it seriously; except reportedly works a lot better when [[ArchiveBinge Archive Binging]].
** Also there is a moment when Catalina asks [[spoiler: Susan to go out with her ([[SchoolgirlLesbians in that way]]),]] Susan declines, and Catalina runs off. This was a dramatic moment... right up until Catalina says "Assjack!" (A reversal of the highly temperamental GenkiGirl's favorite word, "Jackass(es)!")
**** Though this might have been intended.
** While Dan did state that he had no intention of drawing the fight between [[spoiler:Nanase and Abraham]], the end of the [[TalkingTheMonsterToDeath "fight"]] [[spoiler:when Nanase convinces Abraham that he's wrong and makes him swear never to harm Ellen]] was abrupt enough to give one whiplash, especially given [[spoiler:Abraham]]'s line [[spoiler:"I solemnly swear to never harm Ellen Dunkel."]] If there had been one or two {{Beat Panel}}s, then the whiplash would probably have hurt less.
** It is utterly impossible to take an eldritch abomination which has chosen to call itself [[spoiler: Pandora Chaos Raven]] seriously. It's the kind of thing a disaffected goth girl would come up with, not a [[spoiler: Immortal sorceress/whatever the hell Chaos is]].
*** Indirectly justified by [[spoiler: Jerry, who comments that other Immortals tend to like overly-dramatic names.]]
** Ellen's song in the Birthday Party arc was ''painfully'' cheesy. First off, singing scenes in comics are probably impossible to do well. Secondly, she chooses a song to tell [[spoiler:Nanase]] how she feels, [[SarcasmMode because serenading your loved one is never sappy]]. Thirdly, she scores a perfect 100 after the song's done. She must have put her soul into it.
* ''DominicDeegan'': A woman's misplaced hatred caused her to attempt to kill several people by [[http://www.dominic-deegan.com/view.php?date=2007-07-07 slowly freezing them to death]]. She is thwarted by the protagonist's brother, who channels his magic into becoming ''[[http://www.dominic-deegan.com/view.php?date=2007-07-18 SuperGreg]]'', modeled on his comic book hero ''[=SuperMage=]'', himself a CaptainErsatz for Comicbook/{{Superman}}. The MoodWhiplash never settled.
** Also noteworthy [[http://www.dominic-deegan.com/view.php?date=2006-07-19 is this much parodied strip.]] Spoilers in that strip! Be warned!
** [[http://www.dominic-deegan.com/view.php?date=2008-11-30 Mookie's topped himself]].
---> "You slept with...? Wait! '''That's it!'''"
** Jacob's revelation that "Death is not zombies" could have been worded better.
** When Cthulhu-[[FanNickname TIM]] and Celesto were tearing up Lynn's Brook for some time, there's a scene where Dex and his ex-wife are desperately cowering behind a piece of rubble as people all around them are getting slaughtered. It would have been a much more emotionally powerful scene if the people getting slaughtered looked more like they were desperately running for cover and less like they were out for a casual morning stroll.
* The page image above is from ''Incontinent Student Bodies'', a parody of ''Comicbook/AssociatedStudentBodies''. One of the characters is playing with his friends and then suddenly [[PottyFailure pisses and shits himself]], at which point he screams "BAWWWWW!" and starts to cry. This was a grown man--[[FurryFandom or bunny rather]]--by the way.
* The VerySpecialEpisode of ''CtrlAltDel'', in which Ethan's girlfriend Lilah has a ConvenientMiscarriage. This happened in a webcomic in which the main character built a wacky human-hating robot out of an {{Xbox}} and who was once [[AwesomeMomentOfCrowning crowned the King of Gaming]] after an evil company that wanted to exploit the fictional gamer holiday of "Winter-een-mas". It doesn't help that the main character has an argument with the robot during the VerySpecialEpisode which is played completely seriously (and, for no good reason, ''[[OffscreenMomentOfAwesome off-screen]]''). And if you read the lulzy edits of the comic, then you can never take the original seriously again.
** The VerySpecialEpisode was particularly special; for some, its narm made it the funniest ''CtrlAltDel'' storyline ever.
** The wedding arc might as well be Narm incarnate. From the vows ("Life dropped an epic husband") to the ''Hawaiian Mafia(?)'', it's just jam-packed.
** Let us not forget the TakeThat episode against Jack Thompson. The appearance of Tim Buckley's AuthorAvatar, the hypocrisy of his statements ("How dare you call video gamers violent! Don't fuck with us!") and the overwrought writing launched it straight into the NaRm[[IncrediblyLamePun osphere]].
* The bottom row of [[http://www.goblinscomic.com/05232008/ this]] ''{{Goblins}}'' comic.
** Given the [[ScheduleSlip length between updates]], ''anything'' that doesn't move the plot forward has a good chance of failing to work as intended, so this example may be less narmful in an ArchiveBinge.
** Hell, the Art style itself can be narmy. The body proportions and reactions are so exaggerated!
** Everything about Chief's death. The initial reaction is over-the-top, and then Thac0 delivers this ''priceless'' line:
---> "Aw, no. Chief."
** The ''excessive'' amounts of gore, the ridiculous facial expressions, how the characters try to pull of a BigDamnHeroes moment or badass pose every other strip... yeah, this comic is really narmy.
** ''All'' blood in the comic - ''all'' of it - is invariably colored a bright candy red. It's hard to get too emotionally invested in the scenes of carnage commonplace in the series when most of the victims look like they've been splashed with cherry Kool-Aid.
** "IT HURTS! IT HURTS LIKE A SICKNESS!"
* Depending on who you talk to, ''Webcomic/{{Jack|DavidHopkins}}'' is either prime NightmareFuel or Narm Incarnate. Between the cartoony art, the constant over-the-top attempts to [[DarkerAndEdgier address shocking issues]], and story arcs like the Rape Arena, Jack has earned many a derisive snort and angry fist-shake over the years. And, oh, yes, it's furry, which is another chip in the pile for some.
* ''TalesOfTheQuestor''... when the [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Green_Fairy green fairy]] [[http://www.rhjunior.com/totq/00541.html gives Quentyn her]] TrueName.
** And the author would have done the same for the ''blue'' fairy's true name-- if he could have found a beverage that went by the appropriate name...
* Considering it's a webcomic that underwent heavy CerebusSyndrome while retaining a cartoony, stick-figure-based art style, you'd think ''[[Webcomic/TheOrderOfTheStick Order of the Stick]]'' would be awash in Narm; surprisingly, it mostly dodges it. However, Bozzok's attempt at a BondOneLiner--"I'm bringing the onions...to make you cry!"--is wince-worthy, and if it was supposed to be so on purpose, then it was still too bad to be SoBadItsGood. The Thieves' Guild in general is narmy because everyone acts as if they're a credible threat with far-reaching plot implications...and then they go down like a kobold with a lung infection.
** Hinjo's speech to Miko [[http://www.giantitp.com/comics/oots0409.html here]]. It's clear to the reader that Miko was wrong to [[spoiler:kill Shojo]], and so seeing Hinjo explain ''why'' it was wrong in such great detail is annoying. Especially cringe-worthy is the line "yours. were.," where each word gets its own voice bubble. It wasn't clear to ''all'' the readers that Miko was wrong, unfortunately. Hinjo had to explain things both to the MisaimedFandom and to the crazy lady with the sharp sword.
* In the ''{{Megatokyo}}'' strip [[http://www.megatokyo.com/strip/1119 "a rare thing these days"]], it was revealed that [[spoiler:Sony had become a benefactor for the game company Kimiko works at.]] This reveal would have been more shocking had [[spoiler:Matsui]], who appears several strips before [[spoiler:Dom]], not ''[[OnlySixFaces looked almost exactly like him.]]'' It spoils the plot point just before it appears because the reader now expects [[spoiler:Dom]] to be there.
* [[http://www.misfile.com/?page=986 Rumisiel's rant]] in ''Webcomic/{{Misfile}}'' was meant to be awe-inspiring, but "I'm a frikkin' angel, babe, and I got nothin' to lose" came off as just plain cheesy.
** [[http://www.misfile.com/?page=1334 Emily's expression]]. That is all.
** [[http://www.misfile.com/?page=1339 Or Vashiel in the lower left hand panel.]] He looks like he's trying with all of his might to take a dump.
** When Ash reluctantly agrees to do his "duty" as King of the mountain, [[http://www.misfile.com/?page=1464 this]] happens. Uh... okay?
*** Considering that that's Ash as seen through the eyes of Missi who has a Huge Crush on her...
* In Webcomic/AbstractGender, Brian's mother is shot and killed. This is supposed to be the single most tragic event. But it feels random and a little silly.
** It's like the author spun the Convenient Cliched Dramatic Death Wheel and landed on "mugging gone wrong" between "skiing accident" and "plane crash"
* In [[http://www.drunkduck.com/Harkovast/index.php?p=481389 this]] page of ''{{Harkovast}}'', many people found Shogun's expression of rage in the final panel more comical then anything else.
** How about this page? [[http://www.drunkduck.com/Harkovast/index.php?p=537197]] There's the, uh, wolf's face in the third panel, and this line:
---> "Look at this old fountain... DROWN YOURSELF IN IT!"
* The 4U City arc of ''Webcomic/SluggyFreelance'' is full of clunky dialogue due to the fact that the government has everyone on ridiculously high levels of antidepressants and risk a more permanent version of being sent to the cornfield if they are not happy enough. [[http://sluggy.com/comics/archives/daily/20100524 A particularly good example:]]
-->'''Citizen:''' Wow! It's so great that I avoided dying! I'll celebrate by closing the blast-doors!
* AndersLovesMaria. The sheer amount of human misery hoisted upon these characters goes past the point of believability when [[spoiler: Anders is arrested for assault after a night of angst-induced cocaine-binging incited by a sleazy reporter who plans on selling the story, during which he struck someone (causing his arrest), landing him in the same cell as the man who he had arrested for assault earlier who is ALSO the brother of his baby mama, almost forcing him to miss the birth of his child and the DEATH of said baby mama.]]
* A less obvious example in [[http://www.supernormalstep.com/206/ this]] strip of SupernormalStep. It features a freaky girl appearing on some screens and singing a song that's really creepy... until you realize that it perfectly fits the meter of the Gilligan's Isle theme tune. At which point it becomes hilarious.
* During its run, ''SupermassiveBlackHoleAStar'' had an art shift to a darker, FilmNoir art style. While some characters' looks were tweaked slightly, others weren't, resulting in [[http://smbhax.com/cgi-bin/d.pl?e=0011&d=0072 dramatic lighting for a character whose nose is bigger than the entire rest of his head]].
* "[[http://24.media.tumblr.com/tumblr_lelcqjWint1qdromdo1_500.jpg WOW! Hot a What Baabhabhiat]]"
* ''Webcomic/{{Homestuck}}'' is mostly too humourous, snarky and intentionally {{Narm}}y (in places) to fall into this, but has its moments.
** When Jade is comforting [[spoiler:Jadesprite]], who CameBackWrong, hates being alive and is unable to stop crying, the fact that her tears are rendered in chatlog style as "[[color:green:BOO HOO HOO HOO HOO. woof :'(]]" somewhat lessens the genuine tragedy. It doesn't help that a few pages later, Karkat starts imagining Jade and [[spoiler:Jadesprite]] making out.
*** But then, considering it was half leading up to the callback of having [[spoiler:Jadesprite]] echo alternate-future-daves conversation with Calsprite, and the point and that her dreamself is rather overly emotional and flighty about things that Jade herself is not...it does all make it a rather less tragic either way.
** Also, when Karkat reveals that [[spoiler: he didn't perfect the genetic sequence of the frog that created the kid's universe, dooming their timeline, he says that he gave their universe cancer. While it is a very shocking and upsetting development, the line "SORRY I GAVE YOUR UNIVERSE CANCER" has been met with laughter and many distasteful cancer jokes.]]
* An in-universe example from ''BittersweetCandyBowl'' - the [[http://www.bittersweetcandybowl.com/c55/p25.html (dramatic/horror?) movie that Jasmine and Paulo see fails to frighten them, instead making them laugh,]] much to the consternation of the rest of the audience.
* ''WebComic/DragonBallMultiverse'':
** Last panel of [[http://www.dragonball-multiverse.com/en/page-382.html page 382]].
** Android 16's fight is quite narmy.
** [[spoiler:Zen Buu's punch to the West Kaioshin]] in [[http://www.dragonball-multiverse.com/en/page-735.html page 735]] was deemed similar to those from cartoons.
* One of the many strips of ''Gamer Chicks'' complaining about guys staring at the self-insert characters's breasts becomes [[http://gamerchicks.comicgenesis.com/d/20070922.html unintentionally hilarious]] due to the LazyArtist drawing the staring crowd like a block of yellow CartoonCheese emitting FrickinLaserBeams.
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