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->'''''Adman:''' Of course I can save your business, Homer! You know those obnoxious commercials with two guys talking back and forth? I '''invented''' them! [Homer punches him in the face] (unfazed) Happens all the time.''
-->--'''''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons'', "Mr. Plow"'''

The point of advertising is to try to sell you something, but these ways are so annoying, that they are much hated by viewers.

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* Chad, The Alltel Wireless guy, is often criticized for seeming like a smug jerk while his competitors (personas of competing phone companies) seem like incompetent yet harmless nerds in comparison.
* Arby's infamously evil Arby's Oven Mitt. Apparently so many people hated the thing because of how UncannyValley it looked, Arby's actually got rid of it.
* There was an Audi advert in the United Kingdom where an arrogant yuppie is driving an Audi, while talking about looking after number one, and how your car makes a statement about you and you want that statement to be that you're a winner, and so on. And just when the audience completely hates him and, by extension, the car, [[SubvertedTrope he drives it back to the showroom, gets out and says to the dealer, "Nah, not my style, mate."]] Message - Buy our car and you won't be [[SmugSnake this guy]]. Pretty clever, actually...
* The [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RU-5cBVUYvw AXE Black Chill commercial]] gets hate from both men and women, more so from women. Women hate it because the commercial states that women have gotten "hotter" over the years because they have been dressing in less clothing. Men hate the commercial because it stereotypes men as being [[AllMenArePerverts unable to]] [[ImAManICantHelpIt control themselves]] when [[MaleGaze seeing a gorgeous woman]] (e.g. bumping into people, causing explosions in chemistry experiements, crashing into cars, etc.).
* In the UK, pharmacy/beauty chain Boots made a Christmas advertisement using Ernie K Doe's "Here Come the Girls." It was so successful that from then on, the song and slogan were used in most of the chain's advertising, but became unpopular when the original song was replaced with a new, upbeat pop version by girl band Sugababes and the adverts reworked to focus on a recurring group of "girls" in sitcom-style sketches. The adverts were accused of being annoying, unfunny and sexist towards both men and women, and the actresses who appeared in them became Scrappies nationwide, particularly comedienne Barunka O'Shaughnessy, who was usually the leading figure in most of the ads. In 2011 they were voted among the top 20 most annoying commercials in an annual market research study of the advertising industry, and despite Boots' then head of advertising stating that the campaign had a lot more "creative potential", it was dropped and the chain completely re-branded less than a year later.
* Burger King has had a few over the years:
** Readers of a certain age may remember their infamous "Where's Herb?" campaign of the mid-1980s. A kind of advertising Anti-Sue (Herb was a stereotypical nerd, the only man in the U.S. -- maybe the world -- [[StrawLoser who hadn't eaten a Whopper]]), his campaign was never very successful and issues with a contest where a person who spotted Herb visiting a Burger King would win $5,000 didn't help. (A 16-year old Alabama boy won; BK denied him the prize since he was not the minimum age to participate; his parents complained to their state representative, eventually causing the Alabama State Senate to pass a resolution condemning BK's action.)
** The "BK TV" commercials from the early 1990s starring Dan Cortese (an MTV host at the time) are memorable for their TotallyRadical tendencies.
** The Burger King Kid's Club was disliked due to its blatant TotallyRadical tone.
** The Burger King had Advertising/TheBurgerKing as an actual mascot for a time, but he was perceived as [[UncannyValley extremely creepy]], putting him here [[BrokenBase for some at least]]. He was retired due to his perceived creepiness.
* For Canadians, the infamous "Canadian Tire Guy" became so widely reviled and mocked by such satire shows as ''Series/ThisHourHas22Minutes'' that he was replaced in 2006 by different ads. He was intended to be a friendly, helpful "everyman" character, but he was interpreted as [[AnnoyingVideoGameHelper smug and intrusive]] by the general public.
* The kids in 1-877 Kars 4 Kids. Never has a jingle for a charity been such EarWorm Hell. Most viewers feel more sorry for the kids singing it than the ones they're helping. (And the hard rock remake of it was ''worse''.)
* Cara Confused, a cartoon character who was the face of UK car insurance comparison website ''Confused.com''. Viewers mocked the bizarre appearance of the character (who in turn was based on the company's original logo) and the way the adverts appeared to show her pulling out random items (from microphones to cars to a HOUSE) from under her skirt-- not helped by the way the company tried to excuse this by saying the objects came from her [[AccidentalInnuendo "magic pocket"]]. Viewers also disliked her singing voice-- performed by professional West End singer Louise Dearman-- and in her later commercials, her chest becoming more defined and noticeably...[[GainAxing bouncier]], which came off as simply weird rather than attractive. One of Cara's adverts featuring a cover of "Somebody to Love" by Queen was eventually pulled when it emerged that [[MisaimedFandom the commercial was leading people to think Confused.com was a dating site.]] The campaign was finally dropped and Cara was replaced with a new mascot.
* In the Howie Long Chevrolet commercials that ran from late 2008 through 2009, Long simply came off as a jerkass talking down to the viewers. The most famous are [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jGI8IRXRqpo a trio of ads]] where Long mocks the drivers of competitive pickup trucks ''because they are driving trucks that offer features and equipment that the Chevrolet does not.'' The reactions to these ads (and the whole campaign) in general was so overwhelmingly negative that Long was quickly dismissed, replaced by Tim Allen for the new "Chevy Runs Deep" campaign that is currently in use.
* Dee Lincoln, founder of the Del Frisco Double Eagle steakhouse chain in Dallas, did her own radio ads - much to the chagrin of radio listeners due to her Fran Drescher-like voice. (Like Drescher, she wasn't a bad-looking woman in person, but that sadly doesn't translate over radio.)
* Welsh pop singer Duffy became a Scrappy to viewers all over Britain when she appeared in an infamous and widely mocked advert for Diet Coke. The ad showed her stealing a bicycle and riding ''through a supermarket'' while singing a horrible tuneless version of a Sammy Davis Jr hit. Duffy was meant to have been the face of Diet Coke throughout its "Hello You" campaign, but the advert was so poorly received that she was dropped.
* Domino's Pizza:
** Andy, a weird puppet-bear thing who [[SarcasmMode totally gained potential consumers' confidence]] by slacking off at work and yet returning for several more commercials. At least Domino's showed mercy and stopped.
** For Domino's in the 80's this was the Noid. Kenneth Lamar Noid, a mentally-disturbed man, convinced that the character was an attack on him, held the staff of a Domino's in the Atlanta area hostage for five hours on January 30, 1989, but finally surrendered to police. Although, that didn't kill the Noid off--it was Kenneth's suicide in 1995 that did.
** If an entire ad campaign can be a Scrappy, it's the "ThirtyMinutesOrItsFree" deal that Domino's had in the 1980's and early 1990's. People actually liked the campaign, because hey, free pizza... until people starting ''dying'' from Domino's drivers trying to beat their thirty-minute time limit. After that, public opinion of the campaign went sour; ''Magazine/{{MAD}}'' even had an article that suggested new mascots for companies with bad ideas, including [[AddedAlliterativeAppeal "Reckless Ron the Dangerous Dominos Driver"]]. Domino's was eventually on the end of a lawsuit that forced then to stop using it.
* Dear lord, the woman in the notorious Advertising/HeadOn commercials. Some viewers truly believe some EvilGenius thought this up, seeing as it may be the only commercial that seems to ''cause'' the medical condition its product claims to prevent.
* Dr. Pepper introduced Dr. Pepper Ten in 2011 as a low calorie soda for men. Their main advertisement featured an obnoxious pitchman who acted out scenes from a faux-action movie, telling female viewers that they couldn't appreciate this soda with its "ten '''[[LargeHam manly]]''' calories," ending with a tagline that the soda was "Not for women." Dr. Pepper eventually pulled the ad after negative backlash, reissuing the product with more gender-neutral branding.
* Erin Esurance was once quite popular, but by 2010 (six years after her debut) she had become pretty ''un''popular, doing [[http://www.cbsnews.com/news/the-erin-esurance-autopsy-she-was-less-popular-than-microsofts-clippy/ worse than Clippy]] in a survey of corporate mascots. Oh, she ''did'' have fans... [[MisaimedFandom the wrong kind, that is.]] Thanks to her attractive design, she gained a RuleThirtyFour following, with pornographic fanart of her frequently showing up alongside official images on Google, stigmatizing the character and forcing Esurance to get rid of her to avoid association with pornography.
* First National Bank (FNB) from South Africa had a series of radio adverts starring 'Steve', a constantly flustered call-centre agent who worked for the woe-fully inept BLEEP! Bank (name is bleeped out like its a curse word, as it's illegal to defame another product in advertising in South Africa). It should be noted that the character did not start out as a scrappy. The adverts were fairly clever in that they had a MythArc of sorts with Steve, at first, calling random customers to get them to join Bleep! Bank, only to have them tell him how awesome FNB is, and him eventually secretly going over to FNB while still working at Bleep! Bank and trying to keep it secret from his superiors. Though Steve could reasonably be considered a small pop-culture figure he eventually became a Scrappy for non-FNB clients who found the later adverts extremely condescending towards them. Others were put off by his constant use in radio adverts. When FNB took a break from Steve they had a condescending American narrator extol the virtues of FNB and why clients for other banks foolishly are losing out, which arguably irritated non-FNB clients even more. Later they tried to revive Steve by making him a flustered call-centre agent again, but that only annoyed FNB clients and fans, who felt that the character had grown and taking him back to square one was stupid. Eventually FNB stopped using him completely.
* Advertising/{{GEICO}} has a reputation for running even its most popular campaigns into the ground through [[OverlyLongGag endless repetition]]. For example, [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=r9qcWljsT7s Peter Pan]] from GEICO's new "It's What You Do" ad campaign which a still-young Peter attending his class reunion (the class of 1965) and behaving obnoxiously towards his aged former classmates. Specific disdain is typically held for Peter's opening explanation of "[[MostAnnoyingSound Phiiilll!]]" as he flies over to greet his fellow alumni, mainly because it occurs so early in the commercial with little to no prior warning.
* GO COMPAAARE! GO COMPAAAARE! Do nothing rash, conserve your cash at GO COMPAAARE! Everyone in the U.K. cheered when Jimmy Carr gave him quite the [[GroinAttack nutshot]] in [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Euh9zWmASN4 this]] video. It was bad enough when the (thankfully fictitious) opera singer [[http://www.youtube.com/user/whosgio Gio Compario]] was just singing in people's houses; then he was doing it in the Stone Ages, in various countries, in the sky, as a woman... Go Compare actually got the hint about this one, however, so their "Saving the Nation" follow-up campaign [[TakeThatScrappy has him blown up, tortured, punched or otherwise abused by various celebrities]]. For instance, StephenHawking [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tOimeRod4TY created a black hole just to suck the spokesperson out of existence]]. One of these gave him a SympathyForTheDevil moment, portraying him as an IronButtmonkey subjected to a ton of physical abuse for just trying to tell people about car insurance. However, much like the audience, the woman he's talking to has clearly lost ''all'' sympathy for him.
* Of course, as bad as Gio was, [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pdPM6j1Q4sg these guys]] were even worse, and viewers never got to see ''them'' sucked into black holes. (What in the world does opera singing have to do with cash settlements and annuities?) This one has even gone through some MemeticMutation with [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=spAhhfCwxXE parodies like this one]].)
* There are also the spokespeople from the commercials for Golden Corral (the buffet chain, similar to Hometown Buffet). They always come off as smug and arrogant, and the Golden Corral server even looks and sounds like... Jared Fogle.
* The rather distinctive-looking Howard Brown used to be the face of the advertising for Halifax (a major UK bank.) He appeared in a series of commercials singing various pop hits with new lyrics about banking. The ads became wildly popular but also attracted a ton of anti-fans who became sick of Brown's face and the awful music. Brown then started taking lesser roles in the ads and the main song was performed by someone else; particular loathing was directed at an ad that featured a fat woman instead. In 2008 it was decided to drop the musical adverts because of the recession, and the {{Hatedom}} breathed a sigh of relief. And then they go and make new adverts with particularly loathsome employees "rapping" along to Vanilla Ice. If this is the price of scraping out of recession, well...
* The Carl's Jr./Hardee's Star. It's like they took that creepy Marshie from WebAnimation/HomestarRunner, then made him into a canon attempt to sell fries... [[WebAnimation/HomestarRunner Maaaaade from the best stufffffff]].
* The man coming into the parties in those Heineken commercials enters by greeting foreigners in condescendingly westernized gestures and shows up everyone he sees at whatever they're most talented in. In one commercial, he jumps onstage and decides to show up the ''band playing the music''. In the other, he leaps through a Japanese-style paper door (essentially property damage to the high-class establishment) like it was designed for that. Essentially, he's being as smug as smug can get in front of a number of wealthy and/or important looking people and becomes the center of the party thanks to it.
* The kid in hello.ie ad. Basically, he stands there teaching a class of adults about how to make savings on their mortgage protection in an extremely condescending manner. Many viewers wanted to punch him through the screen.
* Honeycomb's furry "Me Want Honeycomb" monsters known as Cravers were the bane of any child growing up in TheNineties; coming close to the Trix Kids in JerkSue territory due to their propensity for [[NoIndoorVoice yelling]], [[TotallyRadical stereotypical rebelliousness]], and breaking things.
* An ad for Invisilign (transparent alternative to braces) features twin teenagers. One gets to wear Invisilign while the other is stuck with regular braces. While TheUnfavorite laments her lot in life, her sister gleefully rubs it in, and is shown taking unflattering pictures, stealing her snacks and generally being an unpleasant little monster.
* The Jell-O Temptations commercials for playing AbusiveParents for laughs. There are groups out there who are calling for ''boycotts'' of Kraft products because of how disgusting the commericals are.
* Keith Stone from the Keystone Light beer commercials. The ads play him up as being every bit as smooth as the beer he's shilling, but he looks and sounds like the sort of dude whose last words will surely be "Hey, hold my beer and watch this!"
* The Luna Mattress commercials start with the parents of the home talking with a representative. Then, out of nowhere, and since ''no one in the room asked'' their daughter comes in and says [[NoIndoorVoice "I'm going to be a tap dancer when I grow up!"]] She then taps off... leaving an annoying sound behind. See why it sounds more annoying than cute?
* Macintosh:
** The "Mac" of Apple's "Mac and PC" ads, largely due to the StrawmanProduct nature of the ads. In the early ads, the Mac guy came across as such a smug and arrogant jerk that it was actually turning people ''away'' from Apple computers. Apple responded by attempting to make the Mac guy more likable and the PC guy more of a jerk, but people ''still'' find the PC guy to be a lot more tolerable than the Mac guy.
** The UK version of the ads especially made the Mac guy look like a jerk as they starred the comedy duo Mitchell and Webb, who are known for starring in Peep Show. In the words of Charlie Brooker, "Mitchell plays a repressed, neurotic underdog, and Webb plays a selfish, self-regarding poseur... So when you see the ads, you think, '[=PC=]s are a bit rubbish yet ultimately lovable, whereas Macs are just smug, preening tossers.'"
* [=McDonald's=]:
** Ronald [=McDonald=] may be the bane of childhood obesity activists everywhere, but even he has nothing on [[http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/compost/wp/2014/05/20/mcdonalds-terrifying-happy-meal-mascot-is-a-hideous-demon-creature/ Happy]], the creepy anthropomorphic Happy Meal. One might imagine that the UncannyValley might be the source of his unpopularity, but instead his screeching, slapstick antics are what make you unload a howitzer in his mouth. Oh, and there tends to be more than one of him in each commercial...
* Metro [=PCS=] has commercials starring a stereotypical Indian guy, who's best described as an EthnicScrappy. It also doesn't help that one Metro [=PCS=] ad continually states [[AccidentalInnuendo "Period Power"]].
* The Miller Lite commercials with the "Man Up" slogan. Basically, the commercials are supposed to indicate that drinking the beer indicates manliness and drinking any other light beer means you're an unmanly wimp. In reality, however, the Miller drinkers come off as smug jerks and the "other" brand drinkers come off as CampGay [[UnfortunateImplications stereotypes]].
* Jeff, Dave and especially Brian representing [=MoneySupermarket.com=]. Following a campaign with vague similarities to the aforementioned Go Compare adverts, the three have been able to pull off anything they want purely because they used the site and "feel epic". Brian is the worst, strutting around Vegas and tossing a coin into a slot machine which spills out winnings, entering backstage to a performance, which he then hijacks, completely ignoring his family. The [[LargeHam hammy voiceover]] doesn't help at all.
* Ms. Brown from the M&M commercials, an annoying SmugSnake who has willingly gotten the Red M&M eaten in a way that [[DoesThisRemindYouOfAnything is very reminiscent of a rape]].
* The "Puppymonkeybaby" for Mountain Dew: Kickstart that debuted during Super Bowl 50. It's a disturbing-looking hellspawn with the torso and tail of a monkey, the face of a dog, and the legs of a human infant, and moves around in an unnatural, jittering way while chanting its own name. It received tons of social media buzz when it was first revealed, the vast majority of which was people complaining about how creepy the thing was.
* Halloooo! Frank Walker from National Tiiiiles wants to know why he's hated by every Australian with a radio and is still somehow in business.
* Nationwide Insurance has "[[DepartmentOfRedundancyDepartment The World's Greatest Spokesperson In The World]]", a guy wearing a telephone on his jacket who is literally able to do ''anything''. He is totally aware of how awesome he is (or how awesome he is ''supposed'' to be, at least) and is not afraid to brag about it. Strangely, the customers he addresses are only impressed by his gimmicks (ImpossibleShadowPuppets to represent bundling, disappearing into thin air to demonstrate "vanishing deductible", etc) and are never shown actually buying the insurance.
* What about that [[UncannyValley unsettlingly]] [[StepfordSmiler happy]] family from the Netflix commercials when first introducing the Instant Queue? How many Netflix customers wanted to switch to Block Buster Total Access after seeing one or two of those commercials?
* The 2014 NFL Shop commercials featuring a family with mixed team loyalties has been gaining vitrol from NFL fans. Not so much on general principle of a mixed loyalty family, but because the kids who defected did so for seemingly trivial reasons; a daugther became a Dallas Cowboys fan after a chance meeting with Emmitt Smith and a son became a Pittsburgh Steelers fan after eating a sandwich named after Ben Roethlisberger.
* Hallie Eisenberg -- or, as people liked to call her at the end of TheNineties, the Pepsi Girl. The primary gimmick of her ads was her extreme little-girl cuteness being undercut by her suddenly speaking in a tough guy voice (Joe Pesci's in the original ad) when she couldn't get a Pepsi. Not bad once, but as with most ads in which kids doing benignly unkiddy things is the gimmick, it got old fast.
* The children in pretty much ''any'' of the Pillsbury Toaster Strudel commercials. They pretty much act like [[BrattyHalfPint smug brats]] while going about bragging how superior their toaster pastries are to Kellog's Pop Tarts. The worst has to be the little brother who once convinced of how great the strudel is...''takes'' his sister's entire breakfast after she said she'd share with him. As well as the unseen mom who holds watching children eating strudel in the most pretentious sort of awe imaginable.
* Currently in northeastern New Jersey (particularly in Hudson County) there are endless ads for the "Planet Honda" car dealership in Jersey City, featuring the most stereotypically annoying, loudmouthed car dealer guy, who MUST SCREAM EVERY WORD LIKE THIS!!!
** Kia has the similarly loudmouthed Jim Sipala, who ends every radio commercial with how he wants to [[PainfulRhyme see ya in a Kia]].
%%* Old Navy's long-running advertisement campaign with the "talking" mannequins was a common irritant.
* Progressive's Flo. She's on constantly, and her voice is very grating on the ears. She started off being rather popular, to the point of becoming the company's mascot. However, she quickly began to grate on people's nerves. A large part of it too is the audience's annoyance to her unending perkiness at all times, having literally no life outside of Progressive (as we see inside her home), and [[ItMakesSenseInContext "perfect hair every time"]]. The fact that her hair, makeup, and even expression hardly ever change, also puts her in the UncannyValley, so that doesn't help.
** Alternately, you have a much purer example in the form of the Auto Insurance Box. While Flo at least ''had'' a following (which may still exist, albeit in lessened numbers), the box was unpopular from day for being such a narcissistic, arrogant douchebag. Even worse, Progressive became well aware of how the fans feel about him and cranked his personality and popularity InUniverse UpToEleven, putting him into [[CreatorsPet unfortunate territory.]]
* [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jlN2dsOZRKo Stuffies]]; the toy may have been kind of novel, but the repetitive and annoying tongue twister spoken by the kids on the commercials ("How much stuff can I stuff in my Stuffie till my Stuffie stuffed enough stuff?") likely had a ''lot'' of parents wanting to tell them where they could stuff it.
* Marcus Rivers, the UsefulNotes/PlayStationPortable Spokesman, who was described generously by [[WebVideo/{{Jimquisition}} Jim Sterling]] as a "flapping gargoyle". Given he was dropped about a month after he was introduced, clearly Sony got the message.
* Windowman from [=SafeStyle=] Windows [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Iw0acK3Jb6c "YE BAAAAH WUN!!!!!!!!!! YE GET WUN FREE!!!!!!!!!! AH SEZ YE BAAAAH WUN!!!!!!!!!! YE GET WUN FREE!!!!!!!!!!!!!"]] using [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fhNpErQOaCM some bloke]] from ''Series/CoronationStreet'' and [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_bF4Q1lYUuY some comedy duo]] not seen on TV since TheEighties is less annoying, but only slightly.
* Scion released a series of commercials where [[Myth/ClassicalMythology Zeus]] praised its upcoming lineup of cars. Unfortunately, they decided to portray Zeus as a lazy slacker straight out of a Seth Rogen movie who refers to himself as "the god of awesome" and sings using [[AutoTune AutoTuning]]. This turned what was obviously an attempt at creating a new MemeticBadass into an obnoxious and self-obsessed jerk.
* The Six Flags old guy midget as explained [[http://www.cracked.com/blog/the-six-flags-mascot-like-eating-chocolate-skittles-with-your-eyes here]].
* Citizens of the greater Los Angeles area may be familiar with a certain mattress salesman for Sit'n'Sleep Mattress Center that screams, in the most annoying voice possible, the phrases "You're killing me, Larry!" and "We'll beat anyone's advertised price or YOUR mattress is FREEEEEEEE!!!111!", the latter being particularly stupid because the emphasis is on "free" but why would they EVER give it to you for free if the advertised price is more than 0?
* Sprint recently hired Paul Marcarelli, Verizon's "Can You Hear Me Now" guy. However, people consider him a traitorous douche.
* The guys in the Staples commercials that yells [[MostAnnoyingSound "WOW! THAT'S A LOW PRICE!"]]
* State Farm:
** From State Farm, there's this [[UncannyValley creepy looking mix of Tom Cruise and a mannequin]] whose only purpose is to [[StalkerWithoutACrush follow a group of people around]] in hopes that [[HopeMongering they do something sweet, charming or wholesome]] so that he can pull a FourthWallGreeting and talk about how great State Farm is, [[BlatantLies all the while implying that using State Farm is the cause of all the good things that happened to this group.]] This guy always comes off as an annoying, arrogant, {{Jerkass}}. Thankfully, these ads have stopped airing.
** There was another State Farm ad that no one seemed to like. The ad opens with a guy and his girlfriend, standing by his crashed car, with her endlessly bitching in his ear. He drops the "Like a good neighbor, State Farm is there!" jingle, and the agent pops in. His girlfriend chimes in, "... with a new boyfriend." The guy turns into a slightly taller, shirtless, [[InformedAttractiveness allegedly hotter]] guy. He then does the same thing, "... with a new girlfriend," and she turns into a slightly taller, slightly skinnier, slightly sluttier girl. She then starts to bitch about how "I was perfect the way I was." The DoubleStandard of her complaining about being "upgraded," ''right after she did the same thing,'' had everybody complaining about TheUnfairSex.
* The Talking Hat in the Steak N' Shake ads, along with the H.H. Gregg Ad (as in, the character is ACTUALLY a rolled up advertisement) are both characters who try to be lovable, friendly, and witty. They tend to get on peoples nerves with their fast paced talking style, however. Not surprisingly, both companies use the same ad agency, and one of them, if not both, is changing over to a new agency based on how ill-received the ads have been.
* Jared Fogle from the Subway ads always gave off this vibe. While it ''is'' pretty remarkable that he lost a ton of weight while eating their sandwiches (in addition to the actual dieting and exercising he was no doubt also doing), some appreciable level of charisma and appeal is needed to make an effective pitchman, and those were qualities Mr. Fogle unfortunately simply did not possess. Subway even had [[WesternAnimation/FamilyGuy Peter Griffin]] issue a TakeThat to Jared after he stopped plugging for them. Then came the revelation in 2015 that he was a '''child molester''', killing whatever positive opinions the general public still had about him and making it even easier for the rest to hate his guts.
* The monkey from Subway Canada deserves a mention, mainly because it has nothing to do with the company, and it's [[UncannyValley very ugly]].
* Carly Foulkes, also known as the "T-Mobile Girl" comes off as a PuritySue in most of her commercials, paired up with an incompetent owner of an inferior phone service, before they're informed of the superiority of T-Mobile. More recent commercials abandon this and simply have Foulks in a more MsFanservice role clad in skin tight leather riding a motorcycle.
* Riley Thomas Stewart's character in the 2010 Toyota Highlander ad campaign. To some (like this [[http://www.cracked.com/blog/6-ad-campaigns-that-prove-humanity-doomed/ Cracked article's writer]]) he's a smug SpoiledBrat. Airing around 2010-2011, the adverts featured Riley calling people/his parents "lame", "dorky" or a "geek family" on the horrendous basis that they're driving older or not as "classy" cars instead of the Toyota Highlander, and ending the commercial with the phrase, "Just because you're a parent doesn't mean you have to be lame". Needless to say, most people couldn't stand the spoiled, materialistic, entitled twerp's attitude towards his parents or shallow way of judging people.
* The Trix Rabbit tends to come across as TheWoobie. It's the kids who become scrappies due to the severe MoralDissonance of them never letting him have any Trix. It's not just them not letting him have any; at least once, they outright stole cereal from him that he bought for himself legitimately, as in with his own money. Similarly, they've been known to seek him out to rub it in his face he can't have any Trix.
* Aaron Priceman a.k.a. "Mr. Caffeine", who hosted Creator/{{Ubisoft}}'s press conference at E3 2011. Virtually everyone hated his schtick and considered it the low point of the entire expo.
* Wendy's:
** The old lady that yelled "Where's the Beef?" was a funny joke that got old quickly. There's even a reference on ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons'' where it is used as an example for [[JustIgnoreIt the best way to get rid of an annoying advertisement.]]
** From Wendy's came the two guys eating Frosties, who suddenly take note of its texture and declare "something that's not a solid or a liquid can only be a soquid!" ([[CriticalResearchFailure apparently they never heard of the word "semisolid"]]) along with dubbing the spoon the frosty spoon, or "fpoon" and acting like this was a ''huge'' discovery on par with the cure for cancer. Mercifully, Wendy's got the memo and these guys vanished without a trace after only two ads.
** Wendy's first post-Dave Thomas mascot was Mr. Wendy, "Wendy's Unofficial Spokesman," an annoying twit who would scream insults at people eating non-Wendy's food. Occasionally, he'd be chased away by embarrassed Wendy's employees in, presumably, a feeble attempt at meta humor. This campaign was so ill-received, it was [[http://adage.com/article/news/wendy-s-drops-mr-wendy-ad-campaign/41475/ actually blamed for a significant dip in Wendy's sales]]. Mr. Wendy was retired in November 2004, less than a year after his introduction.
* The beer commercials featuring the [[http://www.cracked.com/blog/6-ad-campaigns-that-prove-humanity-doomed_p2/ super-snarky female bartender]] mocking patrons for their skinny jeans, man-bags and tramp-stamp tattoos. Maybe she's on to something about these things being undignified, but she should have the sense to know that acting like a condescending bitch to her customers - ''whose tips she depends on for her livelihood'' - is not a very smart thing to do.
* Several columns by Creator/DaveBarry concern the ads he hates the most, and later the ads his readers hate the most. Some examples:
** "The Absolut woman, who looks at you as though you are the world's largest ball of underarm hair, and says, "When I said vodka, I meant Absolut". I bet she must be real fun at parties. "Psst! Come on, we're all going to spit into that Absolut woman's drink!"
** "Those ads in which two incredibly smug 11-year-old girls urge you not to smoke, [[StealthCigaretteCommercial making you want to inhale a pack of unfiltered Camels out of spite]]."
** "Radio car commercials wherein the dealer SHOUTS AT YOU AS THOUGH YOU ARE AN IDIOT and then reads, in very muted tones, what sounds like the entire U.S. tax code."
* Perhaps a more obscure example would be Dr. Rabbit, an anthropomorphic rabbit dentist appearing in several animated educational children's videos on oral hygiene released by Colgate to advertise their products to younger audiences. Albeit he isn't as egregious or notorious an example as others listed, Dr. Rabbit is infamous for his overblown obsession with cavity prevention and the campiness of his movies, mainly with older viewers, ascending to notoriety as a popular Website/YouTubePoop meme.
* The Spongmonkeys from the Quiznos commercials. The horrifyingly ugly (and ''not'' the UglyCute kind, AT ALL) offspring of the Klasky-Csupo "SSF" logo and deformed, radiated rats, they also sing a HORRIBLE song about how much they like Quizno's subs.
* In [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Yr5CIkVl6T4 this advert for Gordon's Gin]] the character played by Philip Glenister basically trades off his most famous role as the tough cop Gene Hunt from ''[[Series/LifeOnMars2006 Life on Mars]]'' - he is meant to come across as a plain-spoken rough diamond, puncturing the pretensions of the wine conoisseur. Instead to many viewers he comes across as a bully, verbally slapping down someone who had done nothing to him.
* Mr. Bag in advertisements for Checkers & Rally's drive-in restaurants. Once again in the same way as Steak & Shake's Bag and H.H. Gregg's h.h, he was supposed to be a very friendly and upbeat character, but did nothing but wisecrack with annoying jokes and a voice too fast to understand with a Chris Rock sound-alike.
* In late 2015, Milky Way decided to advertise their candy bars by trying to make "Sorry, I was eating a Milky Way" their new slogan by showing people eating the bar and neglecting their jobs in the process, leading to innocent bystanders being either inconvenienced or injured while uttering the phrase. Rather than wanting to buy more candy bars, it instead made viewers want to throttle these smug, negligent assholes who couldn't be bothered to put down a candy bar for thirty seconds.
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%%* Rapid Advance's "Broadway" ad is a frequent sight on news channels (''especially'' Creator/{{CNN}}). One does not even have to explain why it's on this list.
* Challenge TV in the UK has had its fair share of program sponsorships over the years, mainly in the form of bingo sites and supermarkets. In early 2015, the channel gained a new sponsor in the form of Wink Bingo, an online bingo website. It seems innocent enough, but the little sponsor bumps before, between and after programs feature what has to be two of the most insufferable idiots to grace advertisments. Keep in mind that this is meant to be providing sponsorship for a BINGO website, and the bumps feature NO link to bingo aside from the words 'Wink Bingo sponsors Daytime on Challenge' at the bottom of the screen, or a voiceover on some bumps. Apparently, spouting stupid facts, one-upping each other and 'karaoke' count as sponsoring bingo. To further the pain, these are used between 9am and 5pm/6pm at night, and due to the frequency of them, has lead to some people just flat-out muting the TV between programs and ad breaks. In the summer, this was replaced by sponsorship for 888 Ladies Bingo, only now it was two women acting stereotypically girly, with no link to bingo bar the on-screen mention. These were thankfully phased out around September, but woefully they were brought back in January 2016.
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