Darth Wiki / So Bad, It's Horrible
So Bad, It's Horrible are the works with the lowest writing quality of all; those which gain no genuine audience whatsoever. Trying to give them a quality rating is like trying to measure the depth of a black hole: It has none.
Or anyhow, that's how all people who read/watch/play/etc. the work have perceived it as. The work is absolutely terrible, and not just because of unfortunate
or otherwise offensive content. No past
positive opinions can be found about the work, nor does it contain Guilty Pleasures
or anything So Bad, It's Good
. Nobody who watches it likes it.
Such works can be recognized by the following:
- The work as a whole is truly terrible by the standard of the medium involved, with a low quality in all aspects of work creation: storytelling, drawing, writing and so on.
- The work has a small audience, and if it's produced for profit it has poor sales.
- They have been panned by multiple critics for their low quality, or even inspired multiple cases of Critic Breakdown.
- The work's flaws may be parodied by a number of other works, and in some cases the work may even become a pop culture-level Snark Bait.
- Merely being offensive in its subject matter is not enough to justify a work as So Bad It's Horrible. Hard as it is to imagine at times, there is a market for all types of deviancy (no matter how small a niche it is). It has to fail to appeal even to that niche to qualify as this.
- A certain work isn't horrible just because a few well-known Caustic Critics reviewed it. Nor it is horrible just because it has a flood of negative reviews on some review aggregation websites. There needs to be independent evidence, such as actual professional pannings to list it. Once it is listed, those critics can provide the detailed review(s).
- This page is not for horrible episodes or individual chapters (or even seasons) of otherwise good episodic works. For those, see Dethroning Moment of Suck and Seasonal Rot.
- Some Real Life examples can be found on Idiot Programming, Idiot Design, and TheAllegedCar.Real Life (for software, hardware and cars respectively). Popular works, deliberately badly done works and individual episodes and chapters don't belong here.
- Fan Fiction and Web Originals (for example, YouTube Poop) have been banned from this namespace. note