"In many ways, the work of a critic is easy. We risk very little, yet enjoy a position over those who offer up their work and their selves to our judgment. We thrive on negative criticism, which is fun to write and to read."
Most of us love a good grumble. It's cathartic
to complain for a bit and get things off our chests. Problem is, "polite society" has a low tolerance level for this kind of thing, and someone who verbalizes their real thoughts on a lousy situation is likely to be frowned upon and labeled a whiner
relatively quickly. For example, the "correct" answer to the question "How are you?" is either "Fine, thank you," or "Pretty good. And you?" (or, if we're being formal, "How are you?")note
Even if your house exploded in a freak accident that morning and you were flattened by a runaway horse and then fired for coming into work covered in hoofprints.
So when people come across a situation where resentment can be voiced, it's not all that surprising when they take full advantage of it. Whether it's online, in print, or among close friends and family, there's always a sense of relief when you're able to voice that irksome thing
that's been bugging you for the past week.
However, sometimes this can be taken to an extreme. We can get so carried away with the freedom of voicing the things that annoy us that we completely forget to even mention
the things that we actively enjoy. It's not that we're setting out to be a Jerkass
or as negative as possible — it's just that we take the good things in life so much for granted that we don't see fit to talk about them... and come across as a pessimist as a result.
As society becomes more and more cynical (although, in face-to-face interaction, general grouching is still pretty unacceptable, which is why grouching is different
.) this meta-trope is becoming common across the board, manifesting itself in a number of different ways:
- Harmony Is Boring: Conflict is the driving force of most plots. Therefore, stories tend to focus on the unpleasant parts of life, be it divorce, murder, or the Apocalypse(s). Stories about how nice life is and how good it is to be alive are usually reserved for children — and generally pretty young children at that. Not that life-affirming morals are in short supply, it's just that they tend to be reached after three hundred pages of hardship and heartbreak, at which point the reader/viewer is not particularly inclined to believe them.
- Everyone Is Messed Up: See that well-adjusted character over there? Don't expect it to last. There's a reason that therapists are in short supply in many stories, both because of the assumption that True Art Is Angsty, and the belief conflicted characters are more interesting — after all, Good Is Boring. "Pure" heroes, like the Knight in Shining Armor, are seen as largely generic and similar to each other (and therefore are usually under-represented), while Dark and Troubled Pasts and questionable morals make villains and anti-heroes distinct and recognizable, even if the troubled pasts and questionable morals keep expressing themselves in the same ways.
- Negative Nellie: An online personality found on message boards. Complains constantly about the flaws in a show or book, achieved record time for plot-hole spotting and just will not let that episode that everyone pretends never happened be forgotten. Yet strangely enough, these are rarely the members who terrorize the newbies, or the board's resident Rottweiler. They leave that to the resident hothead. Actually, they're pretty friendly, usually long-standing members whose grumbling is met with amused tolerance by everyone else. Their temper is reserved for their least favourite parts of their favourite show.
- Snark Media: The media's outright manifestation of this trope, particularly prevalent in the U.K. From Grumpy Old Men to "The Top 100 Songs We Love To Hate" to acerbic commentaries by Jerkass celebrities, there's a modern trend for publicizing and poking fun at everything irritating in the world, taking advantage of all the dark humour and guilty pleasure that can be derived from snarling at that song/show/person that just drives everyone nuts. Sometimes counteracted by more upbeat equivalents ("The Nation's Favourite Drama/Comedy/Songs/etc."), but not only is the negative version more common, it's usually more popular as well.
- Annoyed Webmaster.com: The website version of Snark Media, although it's usually cheerfully open about its cynicism and self-deprecating to boot. Will make fun of the things it likes, never mind the bad stuff.
Often, if an audience, broadcaster or forum member is challenged about their complaints (e.g. "Do you even like this show?") they'll be genuinely surprised. Of course they like it! Why would they bother commenting at all on it if they didn't? It's just that grousing about Development Hell
, Creator Breakdown
or Fanon Discontinuity
is much more fun than counting your blessings — after all, you'd only be preaching to the choir... but then, sometimes you're doing that anyway.
Some people also point this out for the creator to improve, however, it's far
more common for someone to actually be posting destructive criticism
than actually trying to be constructive. Given that long-winded essays that are pointing out what the creator(s) of a work did right
are mixed in with flat out stupidity and destructive criticism, it's very easy for the constructive people to be blocked out.
Often done by The Cynic
or Caustic Critic
. See also Sturgeon's Law
, Reviewer Stock Phrases
, Let's Mock the Monsters
, Unpleasable Fanbase
, and He Panned It, Now He Sucks
, a fan reaction when the Accentuate the Negative
reviewer pans a show his fans like.
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Anime and Manga, for immature weeaboos who can't admit they like comic books for children (redundant) and merchandise blasted through that piece of silicon sitting in their mother's basement.
- The Pokémon anime and movies get a lot of this reaction along with Hype Backlash. We know everyone considers the anime to be bad...but have we ever heard why?
- 4kids Entertainment. Al Kahn and his executives bring it on themselves, but many anime fans unreasonably pan every writer, voice actor and worker in the entire company as being evil satanic monsters for doing dubs on anime and nothing the company does can ever be in the least bit right.
Comic Books, for lonely manchildren who haven't learned to grow up, but have money to waste on stories about men in bondage gear beating each other and are aimed at children
- The series 52 was recognized by numerous reviewers as a series that exemplified the competent and positive portrayal of gay and lesbian characters in fiction and one of the co-authors was Greg Rucka, who earned a Gaylactic Spectrum award for his previous work on Gotham Central that served as a partial prequel to this series. However, numerous bloggers and internet reviewers heavily criticized the changing bust-size of Renee Montoya and Kate Kane between Weeks Seven and Eleven. They stated that this exemplified the comics industry policy of including gay and lesbian characters and stories solely for the titillation of readers.
- There are some truly wonderful comics in DC's New 52 relaunch. But the one everyone heard about was issue one of "Red Hood and the Outlaws". And even that was only because of some poorly thought out changes in the character of Starfire - changes that occupy maybe three pages out of the entire issue.
- When the art for the tenth issue was released, there was even more complaining. Even though it has Starfire in a position of power (Commanding a spaceship) and fully clothed , HER BOOBS WERE TOO BIG!
- In general, the New 52 relaunch seems to have produced a whole load of critics who, for whatever reason and regardless of any genuine quality or merit, are determined to see nothing but the worst in everything it's produced.
- Grumpy Smurf.
- In an Ach!lle Talon comic, the titular character spends a page ranting against a critic who judged all books of the comic as being "not the best of the series".
- Similar to New 52, Marvel NOW! has produced some wonderful new books, and even some of the worst are still mostly So Okay, It's Average. Still, Doc Ock killed Spider-Man and stole his life, while Cyclops, while possessed by a corrupted Phoenix Force, killed Charles Xavier and is now trying to redeem himself by doing whatever's unnecessary to protect mutants, so many refuse to pick up any title until the whole thing is retconned out.
- Avengers Arena has had this from the day it was announced, people calling it gorn and disgustingly violent. This was before anyone read a page.
- Joe Quesada later commented that some people were so negative of his and Bill Jemas run in charge of Marvel Comics that even if they had given away free milk and cookies with every comic, they would've been accused of trying to kill readers with dairy allergy.
Literature, or rather, meaningless words on meaningless paper read by meaningless people, all fit for the toilet.
Live Action TV - for those plebians who like their escapism overpriced, underwritten, and spoon-fed to them in-between bouts of soulless commercialism.
- Much of the Recorded and Stand-Up Comedy by comedians like George Carlin, Bill Hicks, Doug Stanhope, Denis Leary, Bill Maher, Lewis Black, and David Cross, among others. They're all observational comedians, and saying the world is lovely wouldn't be particularly funny, would it?
- Most fans enjoy Mystery Science Theatre 3000 for its idealistic and fun atmosphere, despite the central tenet being one of mocking, sometimes quite brutally, bad movies. The fact that it is of such quality means that it rarely goes from "funny-mean" to just "mean", though it became more common to do so in later seasons.
- The Muppet Show's Statler and Waldorf has this as their shtick.
- Stephen Fry put Room 101 itself into Room 101 in one of his appearances on the show, citing his reasoning that there was no need to have entire shows and books dedicated to everything "vile" in the world and asking "Why can't we have Room Fluffy?" A brief section followed with Fry reporting on his favourite things in life — such as libraries.
- Stephen Fry now hosts QI, a show dedicated to "quite interesting" facts (or sometimes factoids) which could be described as a kind of intellectual Room Fluffy. The team behind QI now also make a radio show named The Museum of Curiosity, into which people are literally able to put a selection of their favourite things.
- Debbie Downer from Saturday Night Live; also Doug and Wendy Whiner
- Survivor. Stephanie Lagrossa had played twice already. One time her tribe lost just about every challenge and she was the only one left in her team. The second time, she was in the final two. Guess what James Clement (and anyone else afraid of a "Repeat") conveniently didn't mention?
- Grumpy Old Men and its forerunner Grumpy Old Women takes full advantage of the assumed tetchiness of the middle-aged-U.K.-male to elaborate on why the modern world is an awful one. Mind you, it keeps its tongue firmly in its cheek as it does so.
- MTV Brazil had a show on this, Piores Clipes do Mundo (The Worst Videos In The World). Particularly the segment "Pérola Videoclíptica" ("Music Video Gem"), which had the host pointing out what's ridiculous in each shot of the video.
- Titus is all about this. He even says that if his life became too perfect, he'd probably shoot himself.
- This exchange from Doctor Who: A Christmas Carol:
The Doctor: I bet I get some very interesting readings from my screwdriver when I get it back from the shark in your bedroom.
Young Kazran: There's a shark in my bedroom!?!
The Doctor: Oh fine, focus on that!"
- The new madeover incarnation of Doctor Who attracts snark from a significant minority of older people who fondly remember the original 1960's and 1970's series. To them, the New Who is too glossy, soul-less, over-produced, evidently made for the bloody Americans, it was at its best in the Patrick Troughton/Tom Baker/Peter Davison years, why can't we have it back as it was before, yes we KNOW the aliens were risible and the sets wobbled, but it was so bloody good, especially when Douglas Adams wrote the scripts, why didn't they leave well alone, etc., etc.
- Which actually demonstrates a subversion of this trope. Douglas Adams story-edited one season of Doctor Who, and it's considered to be one of the worst seasons of the series. However it contained City Of Death, which is considered to be one of the best episodes of either incarnation of the series. Yet people tend to have a cheery view of the time Douglas Adams spent on Doctor Who.
- Classic Who can get this a lot. For example, a lot of people think the companions were one-dimensional women whose main quality was screaming a lot. However many companions had strong and interesting personalities and people basically just remember the worst moments and qualities of companions. The first adult female companion on the whole show was a strong yet feminine female character who used her brain, got her hands dirty and shared one of the most profound Doctor/companion relationships with her Doctor, one that set the precedent for his entire personality as well as did horrible damage to his mental health when she left it.
- As for the stories people often focus on mocking the Special Effects Failure, such as of the monsters. However this is excusable due to the tight budget and limitations of the time and the writers often made up for that with the good scripts. How do people think Classic Doctor Who lasted 26 seasons?
- In The X-Files episode "One Breath", Melissa Scully calls Mulder out for doing this while trying to convince him to go to the hospital to see Dana, who is dying:
Melissa Scully: I don't have to be psychic to see that you're in a very dark place. Much darker than where my sister is.
Willingly walking deeper into darkness cannot help her at all. Only the light...
Mulder: [disgustedly] Oh, enough! - with the harmonic convergence crap, okay, you're not saying anything to me.
Melissa Scully: [angrily] Why don't you just drop your cynicism and your paranoia and your defeat. You know, just because it's positive and good, doesn't mean it's silly or trite. Why is it so much easier for you to run around trying to get even than just expressing to her how you feel? I expect more from you. Dana expects more. Even if it doesn’t bring her back, at least she’ll know. And so will you.
- On Top Chef, the judges will often blatantly insult food they don't like, saying stuff like "this tastes like cat food", or "you must have cut your vegetables with an ax". Mind you, this is usually stuff that the average person probably would enjoy.
Music- Better known as a bunch of meaningless noise that nobody pays attention to anyway.
- There are lot of bands who made a career out of writing gloomy, depressing or melancholic lyrics. Especially in the goth genre.
New Media, made by jobless, basement-dwelling nerds whining in front of a camera like idiots, or idiots whining about other idiots, or weird and perverted sites
- Not Always Right thrives on showing the bad behavior of customers.
- 4chan. Encyclopedia Dramatica. Something Awful. They all share about 60% of the same userbase, and violently hate each other - though there's times where they'll stop hating each other to hate on something else. It's a "fun" situation.
- Something Awful has interforum rivalry where everything coming from the all purpose forum GBS is hated by the subforums, and everything else is hated by PYF, but the one thing SA loves to hate especially is FYAD (Something Awful's /b/, except even more random, elitist, and vitriolic), where it's not uncommon to have the disparate arguers of a thread team up to wail on the FYAD-er... and, oftentimes, vice versa. 4chan has the same issue. Something Awful has its own negativity brigade in the form of the Something Awful Sycophant Squad, dedicated to mocking the mods and goons. It's a negativity loop!
- Encyclopedia Dramatica. Every subculture, TV show, film, and genre of music is somehow deemed "retarded," "shitty," or their favorite insult of all, "gay." Other than schadenfreude, these gentlemen don't enjoy anything. However, if you're looking for details on an internet meme, you'll find it there. Essentially a Wiki maintained by the residents of 4Chan, particularly /b/. It's generally seen as satirical rather than completely genuine hate though.
- Almost all of the articles targeting a race, a subculture or a group are written by people who are members of said group (for example, the articles on Jews, blacks or autists).
- ED's rival, Uncyclopedia, is more like a parody version of Wikipedia, and the humor is more often flat-out nonsense than insulting. (There is a guidance page titled "How To Be Funny And Not Just Stupid", but the advice isn't always followed.) Unfortunately, this isn't the case with the Portuguese version, which, besides some actual parodic articles and articles on fads, follows the ED formula of bashing anything in sight and lots of NSFW images. It's worth noting that ED holds a special contempt for Uncyclopedia, considering Wikipedia founder Jimbo Wales's expression of approval to be the worst possible indictment against Uncyclopedia. For its own part, Uncyclopedia offers this scathingly precise descriptor of its rival: "Unfunny cynicism masquerading as humor."
- The Angry Video Game Nerd is all about this. He usually reviews games that are legitimately bad, and the AVGN is stated to be a character. The major exception to this is his first two videos, which were a parody of Accentuate the Negative, made before he knew he would be famous for this stuff.
- Even when he reviews games he actually likes, like Batman: Return of the Joker for the NES, he still posts a video of all the worst parts of the game, and how much he hates those parts, then afterwards, casually mentions how it's actually a pretty fun game, just with a flaw or two.
- The Comics Curmudgeon, as expected with a name like that. Posts daily to rip on the newspaper funnies. Notable in that as rough as it is on comics as a whole, it has managed to establish good relationships with the creators of many of these comics, especially Bob Weber Jr. of Slylock Fox and the late Al Scaduto of They'll Do It Every Time. Also notable in that it occasionally does praise elements of the comics that it normally mocks. Occasionally.
- He has even been referenced within said comics. Such as one of his running gags being on a T-Shirt in "Archie", and outright insulted by the (late) creator of "Crock", and was (In a more affectionate way) featured as a criminal standing trial in "Jumble"
- The LiveJournal community Stupid Free Drama. While many members are individually fact a very polite and supportive bunch, the group as a whole hates everything but recipes.
- Whilst the website 'Cook'd and Bomb'd' is ostensibly a fansite devoted to British comedy (and the works of Chris Morris especially), a quick search of its forums would seem to indicate that its members spend more time fixating on the comedies that they hate as opposed to the ones they enjoy. They even held a mock awards show, the Tumbleweeds, to 'honour' the worst achievements in British comedy over the years in question.
- Mr. Cranky.
- Oancitizen discusses this trope during his review of Melancholia, talking about how you're apparently not allowed to enjoy anything on the internet and must always be cynical and snark about everything.
- The Nostalgia Critic hates pretty much everything he reviews. Like the Angry Video Game Nerd, however, the Nostalgia Critic is simply a character and the movies and shows he reviews are genuinely bad. On the flip side of the coin, he's made tributes to Double Dare (1986) and Drew Struzan, and his Top 11 lists are generally positive. His overly grouchy attitude is lampshaded during many of the reviews, but the most prominent example would be when he broke down in tears over failing to find it in his bitter angry heart to rip on Follow That Bird.
- Not to mention, even though he really trashes and bashes movies, some of them he actually does legitimately like despite their flaws and cliches (Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles and Cool Runnings), and in some of his videos, mentions there are some things they did right at the end of the review. note
- Unfortunately, his satirical reviews have fallen foul of Reviews Are The Gospel i.e. some fans take his reviews as definitive law.
- And for these reasons and more, Doug slammed the hell out of the site's M.O in Demo Reel, as Donnie rants about how people obsess over something miserable in the past and turn it into their lives, and that he refuses to fixate on his own Dark and Troubled Past anymore because he doesn't want to be like those people.
- An article complaining on how the site's Video Review Show constitutes "criticism" was itself accused of being overtly negative to something that tries to entertain as much as inform (as the comments by the Channel Awesome reviewers debate profusely).
- Noah Antwiler, aka "Spoony One", is the star of The Spoony Experiment, which is basically Angry Video Game Nerd if he were more Fan Hatery and less tongue-in-cheek. He does at least take everything in fun, and has a overlap in fandom with the Nerd.
- Unfortunately for Noah this has backfired, as he tends to get viewed as a Troll even when he's offering an honest (if negative) opinion. When he went on Twitter to say he didn't like The Cabin in the Woods, Joss Whedon fans jumped on him, assuming he was specifically trying to screw with them.
- Noah himself has remarked that his reputation as a Fan Hater comes from people doing this to him, taking statements like "I didn't care for this" and interpreting it as "This sucks and so does anything who likes it". He's outright admitted that he can't enjoy things like Final Fantasy IX and Captain America: The First Avenger as much as he'd like because of his own personal hang-ups, and said that he tried to give Kristen Stewart a fair chance but she just annoys the hell out of him and he doesn't think she's that good an actress.
- The Nostalgia Chick actually has this as a character flaw. Both Nella and Elisa provide the squee, while she can give good points but can't admit to actually liking something without much difficulty. She's getting a bit better though.
- Out of character, Lindsay Ellis says in her "Guilty Pleasures" video that "I get comments saying 'Lindsay, do you like anything? At all?'" and replies that of course she does, but negative reviews are demonstrably more popular on That Guy with the Glasses, so it's good business for her to be negative.
- JesuOtaku, similar to Spoony, often takes controversial opinions (believing the eponymous character of The Legend of Korra is a Designated Hero and a "cunt" comparable to Anakin Skywalker in the Star Wars prequels, declaring RWBY on the level of Nick Jr., celebrating Young Justice's cancellation, and general vitriol directed at fanbases she dislikes) and runs with them. Unlike Spoony, she has a genuine dislike of what she makes fun of.
- Linkara trashes comic books, but Lewis Lovhaug has pointed out that this is the entire point of his show, and has asked fans not to send or recommend good comics. Though he will praise good elements, and on occasion subverts his own Catch Phrase "This comic sucks!" (usually with something like "This comic is...just okay" or "not THAT bad").
- This is EGM game reviewer Seanbaby's preferred method of reviewing, since he specifically seeks out bad games, mixed with Testosterone Poisoning and exaggerated metaphors. When one review of his was devoted solely to mocking the box art of a popular game, people sent in letters demanding that he actually review the game itself. Seanbaby's response was "My review is done: the box isn't very good. If I knew how to review a game based on gameplay mechanics or whatever, me and my Gamecube wouldn't be forced to watch puppets shit every month."
- SFDebris began by taking potshots at the wackiest iteration of Star Trek, then gradually expanded to the point where the entire Federation of Planets is portrayed as a third world commie dictatorship. The only competent characters are macho man James T. Kirk and Ben "Don't Fuck With The" Sisko's penis.
- Videogame Recaps appears fully aware of this trope, to the point that they have a disclaimer reassuring readers that they do like the games they review, it's just that they also enjoy applying copious amounts of sarcasm to them as well.
- The biggest reason to watch Yahtzee's Zero Punctuation reviews is to listen to a Mean Brit talk very fast about games he hates. There are some games he enjoys unreservedly, like Portal and Psychonauts. With Portal, he showed mild shock and disgust with himself for loving it so completely, and his Psychonauts review consisted of 40% insulting the people who didn't buy it, 20% bashing Halo and anyone that plays it, 20% complaining that there aren't more original intellectual properties like this, and 20% actual praise. Not so surprisingly, he is a frequenter of the Something Awful boards. Heck, he'll even do it to games he likes, like BioShock 1, Call Of Duty 4, and Assassin's Creed I! At one point he actually said "There are a few nitpicks I could make but I wouldn't be the critic I like to think I am if I didn't pick nits like an amphetamine-fueled chimp" so he pretty much bound to the formula. As he put it, "It's not very funny to like a game."
- Yahtzee has also pointed out many times that just because he blasts every game he reviews with both barrels, he doesn't exactly hate it (unless he hates a game so much that he tears it a new one). Yahtzee has also gone out of his way to say that just because he doesn't like something doesn't mean that it is a bad game and that people should be able to form their own opinions, and that he only points out things he didn't like or found bad in his review - anything he didn't mention shouldn't count against the game.
- Your Webcomic is Bad and You Should Feel Bad. While it did contain constructive criticism, the site absolutely hated the comics it reviewed and also bragged about hating the entire concept of a webcomic; it was not affectionate or fannish in the least. Was it horrible or hilarious? You decide!
- Linux Hater's Blog is ludicrously negative about users of free software, or, as the author calls them, "freetards". A similar project, The IT Conservative, turned out to be a massive put-on, but the Linux Hater seems to be as earnest as one could possibly be.
- Cracked.com's articles consist mainly (but, of course, not completely) of movie bashings, doomsday scenarios and explanations of "Why Good Thing X is actually a very Bad Thing". Ironically the other half is exactly the opposite of this, gushing stories about how awesome the world is.
- The operators of www.anti-shurtugal.com, an anti-fansite for Inheritance Cycle, founded the site because they discovered that they couldn't say anything critical about the books on the fansites without getting flamed, banned, and/or threatened. So they founded their own site explicitly to point out every single flaw with the books. They eventually added Twilight to the list of literature they hate. The website is now curiously defunct.
- Over the years, Scans Daily has become somewhat infamous for this kind of behavior (as well as Political Correctness Gone Mad to a lesser extent). So much so that the guy who wrote this article attributes Scans Daily as a major cause of the 2008 spike in comics Hatedom. This varies by post—many comics are praised beyond all reason, and others have a balanced reception. But if your favorite happens to fall into the "negative" reception zone, it's going to hurt.
- The Sturgeon Awards (careful, there's a different Sturgeon Award out there) is a blog dedicated to showing the worst of the 90% of everything.
- The Stuff Geeks Love is dedicated to exposing the geek subculture for the Wretched Hive of racism, sexism, homophobia, cliche-continuing, trend-ruining, meme-spewing, dangerous mental degeneracy it apparently is. Amusing for both its dead-on accuracy of the worst sort of nerd, and for its slamming of them.
- Most websites related to the "New Games Journalism" movement, especially heart of darkness Insert Credit and ESPECIALLY its SpiritualSuccessors Action Button Dot Net and Insomnia. Even positive reviews frequently go off into tangents brutally bashing other games, the people who play them, or just about anyone who doesn't agree with the writer's opinion.
- The Factual Opinion where Tucker Stone] rains the venom down on mainstream comics. To be fair to ol' Tuck though, most of his critiques are well conceived, and when he likes something, or even just an element of something (often the art) he will straight up admit it. Also, his wife, Nina seems to enjoy everything she reviews.
- Sean Malstrom does this all the time, with his highly negative opinions on every 3D Mario game, as well as everything Yoshio Sakamoto touches, being some of the most notorious.
- The animation news site Cartoon Brew tends to do this a lot, especially with anything Disney or Dreamworks. This borders on Fan Dumb territory with the article bashing Tangled for using a parody of the double rainbow, conveniently forgetting the time Adventure Time parodied the same exact video in an ad.
- The Bad Webcomic Wiki is entirely about this trope. Unfortunately, 90% of reviews aren't much else, with its review of xkcd being particularly egregious. When John Solomon of all people, thinks you're being too negative, maybe you're accentuating the negative a little too much.
- Read It And Weep is a podcast that exists solely to make fun of terrible things. Twilight especially.
- The Screamsheet has a lot of this trope, especially if the site owner gets talking about David Lynch, Highlander, or bad comics in general. He has apparently made more of an attempt to give credit where it is due and focus on the positive aspects of the things he discusses, but still does plenty of ranting and raving.
- The abridged movie scripts on The Editing Room condense movie scripts into a few minutes' worth of sarcasm, nitpicking, and ripping apart cliches and bad artistic designs. As in many of the above examples, this is done purely for humor's sake and the site's author provides a separate star rating indicating what he actually thought of a movie - which tends to be pretty harsh.
- Screen Junkies' Honest Trailers. At least in The Dark Knight it ends with "Who am I kidding? That movie is still awesome!" to admit they're doing this.
- Jim Adam wrote a 160-page essay on how the Harry Potter books fail to live up to their promise. Though there are a few good points, most of it is complaining about Harry not being a God Mode Stu.
- The Cartoon Hero's older reviews are this, but his reviewing style has drastically changed since — he even regrets claiming Batfink was a bad show, when in truth he never did hate it even when he reviewed it; he now calls it So Bad, It's Good.
- This is the main draw of Das Sporking. The sporkers pick apart fanfiction, published literature, and even Jack Chick tracts, going into detail about what's done wrong with them. Although if something is done right, that will be pointed out as well.
- The Music Video Show is where one reviewer watches one music video once a week and points out various flaws in them. Since the fourth episode, he decides whether or not he would watch it again.
- The Cinema Snob does this sometimes seriously, sometimes sarcastically, as the character is basically Brad Jones spoofing snooty film buffs.
- The spinoff Midnight Screenings does this far more often if they don't like a film, and if they can be funny about it.
- This is the basic premise of Musical Hell, which identifies and punishes the “sins” of bad film musicals. And then inverts it with the “Saving Grace,” which highlights positive elements that shine out in spite of the rest of the film.
- Parodied in Third Rate Gamer, where he'll very often nitpick minor details that have little to do with the game.
'News'papers. The things they think 'newsworthy' these days... expensive toilet paper, the lot of them.
- Almost every single article in the British newspaper The Daily Mail, popularly known, among other nicknames, as "The Daily Hate". This may or may not be a 1984 reference.
- Most of Charlie Brooker's "Screen Burn" columns - and everything he does, such as programs like Screenwipe - is all about tearing into the crass stupidity and manipulation of much of television. The rest is bemoaning other things, or praising something that deserves it.
Other, for things that too few people know about, and fewer still like, for them to have their own categories.
- The Roman historian Tacitus utterly refused to write anything good about the Emperor Nero, and made a point of assuring us that any good thing Nero did was for the wrong reasons.
- Robert Crumb. Not just his comics; he's reportedly like that in real life. Read the R. Crumb Handbook, more specifically, the section titled "The Litany of Hate". The documentary film Crumb pretty much cements his reputation as a lifelong misanthrope.
- John Kricfalusi, creator of Ren and Stimpy, hates most animation after the early 1960s. But it doesn't stop there. He also dislikes most of the stuff Walt Disney did, even his classic work during the Golden Age of Animation, save for the technical artistry. He is also quite critical about his own work, with most of the times addressing individual scenes rather than an entire cartoon.
- An entire school of philosophy, Pessimism, insists that we live in the worst of all possible worlds. Arthur Schopenhauer is a good exemplar: he argued that the world is a kind of penal colony, in which misery and suffering greatly outweighs happiness.
- Any perfectionist will not see the finished work afterwards because it will make them notice the flaws that still went through, as noted by this interview with Metroid Prime designer Mark Mancini.
Professional 'Wrestling' - see 'Theatre', and now toss in 'Lowest Common Denominator' and 'Ho Yay'. Of course, all the proper fighting contests are illegal now... 'sigh'.
- WrestleCrap's slogan is, "The worst in wrestling is here!" and boy, do they live up to it. The tone varies by subject, from light-hearted jabbing to completely hateful ranting, but, with the exception of the Rewriting The Book section, it's always negative. Despite their negativity (or perhaps because of the good humor they show about it most of the time), they've managed to gain quite the following in the wrestling industry, and even managed to get an audio interview with one of their most common targets, Vince Russo.
- The so-called YouTube "shooters" (intentionally put in quotes, because they're not in the wrestling business), like Bill & Doug (aka RVDTito4Life) and Kent Jones, who love to praise TNA and bash anything that's not TNA, like WWE or ROH.
- And then there is the reaction from older British people who utterly loathe the American version of wrestling, which they see as over-produced, over-contrived, over-glitzy, over-glamorous, and unfortunately over here to the point of having displaced the native version from British TV screens. Like the American Army in WW2, American Wrestling is overmonied, oversexed, and over here, the grey squirrel imported from the USA and in the eyes of many, just as verminous. Older Brits look at the latest overmuscled American wunderkind shooting off at the lip, and speculate that arrogant bloody Yank wouldn't last five minutes in the ring with a real wrestler like Kendo Nagasaki or Mick McManus. Their grandchildren, WWF devotees, then say "who, Grandad?", and the oldie will sigh and say "I know it's before your time, lad, but we used to have real wrestling on TV on a Saturday afternoon on World of Sport. And I'm telling you, they were 'real'' wrestlers..." and so on. Even though World of Sport belongs to the 1970's and the sort of cheap 'n' cheerful British wrestling circuit it showcased is virtually dead now, older fans still look back and sigh for the good old days.
Religion - or should I say, 'Religion'. I mean, the things that pass for them these days... not that the older ones are much better. Classic excuse for killing people and nicking their stuff, at any rate.
- Recent pedophilia-and-coverup scandals have given the Catholic church a very bad rap, with Catholic priests these days seem to be constantly portrayed as having a fondness for the altar boys. One of the most tragic aspects of the whole scandal (apart from the actual child molesting, of course) is that so many good people—people who would have been sickened to know what was happening in the institution—poured a lifetime of good and honorable work into an institution which, through the grotesque acts of a few and those who covered up for them, has been reduced to a sick joke.
- The Protestant Church in the USA (be it Baptist, Lutheran, Calvinist, Methodist,...) also gets a lot of negative attention in the media, especially since many of their most fundamentalist and controversial preachers like Pat Robertson, Jerry Falwell, Jimmy Swaggart, Ted Haggard, Jim Bakker, Oral Roberts, Fred Phelps, Peter Popoff... cause enormous damage to the reputation of American televangelists both in the US and abroad. To the public it may often appear that virtually all of them are Only in It for the Money, homophobes who are gay themselves, corrupt, money laundering and will use the most far-fetched tactics to brainwash gullible followers into handing over all their cash and being hateful towards atheists, gays, single mothers, people of other faith,...
- Fred Phelps and his family. Perhaps the only church/cult that both atheists and religious people can agree on who are definitely not admirable examples of expressing your faith. Apart from being insanely homophobic to the point of being obsessed by it, they will constantly picket public demonstrations, even funerals, to disturb the peace and inform everybody that God hates fags or that God apparently approves of people dying in combat, of AIDS, of gay hate crimes, or others' misery in general. As a result downright everybody on Earth hates them.
- Richard Dawkins in his book The God Delusion focuses on the extreme minority and makes no mention of the religious figures who've made positive contributions to society. Also one of the (not unjustified) accusations levelled at him regarding most of his books, most notably The God Delusion. He did not research the religions, their teachings and deliberately chose to highlight the shaky arguments favouring religion while ignoring the feasible ones. For more info Oxford theologian Alister McGrath (author of The Dawkins Delusion? and Dawkins' God) argues that Dawkins is ignorant of Christian theology, and therefore unable to engage religion and faith intelligently. In reply, Dawkins asks "do you have to read up on leprechology before disbelieving in leprechauns?" (Yes, if you were going to write a plausible book about why leprechauns aren't real).
Theater. That thing you can't afford to go to. And if you do, you're paying too much for watching annoying people pretend to talk about annoying problems. Art, indeed.
- Older Than Feudalism: The Greek playwright Aristophanes was pretty fond of this, too, ruthlessly satirizing the philosophers and politicians of his day.
- The Clouds contains his ideas about Socrates. The accusations in there were so offensive to ancient Athenians, and so widely believed both before and after the play was shown, that the state executed the guy for being anti-democratic and corrupting the youth.
- Better yet, there's The Knights. Possibly one of the most vicious pieces of political satire ever written, and despite being almost two and a half millennia old, surprisingly relevant.
TV Tropes Wiki. The most egregious thing ruining your life right now.
Video Games, the number one reason kids are fatter, more violent and have shorter attention spans than ever.
- Downloadable Content. It's the modern Expansion Pack and it is well received for those that want to get some more content to their favorite game(s). But you wouldn't know that with all the Internet Backdraft on it, with quite a few claiming them; regardless of the actual content, as "overpriced cash cows hidden on the disc waiting to be unlocked".
- Keep in mind, these complaints were flowing freely before Capcom did one of their infamous movesnote .
- In an in-universe and comedic example, Francis from Left 4 Dead, who will proclaim "I hate (blank)!" several times throughout the game. The list of things he actually likes includes vests, steam, Jimmy Gibbs Jr.'s stock car, Depeche Mode, and Rochelle from the second game. The list of things he hates is...considerably larger.
- Very common to do on the official forums for any game. Most notable examples:
- Heck, who says this happens on just official forums of any game? If you mention a game, most of the responses will be something about how much they hated it, how much they thought it sucked despite being told it was good, their worst experiences with it, their worst experiences with the community, etc.
- Game developers and publishers. If they make a poorly received game, they must make five more good games before people forget about it... and even then they're lucky if they do.
- Electronic Arts gets this the worst amongst other companies. They have a lot of terrible things...but a couple things they actually funded and saw great interest in are completely forgotten and they go un-credited for. For example, did you know some of Origin's later games (like Ultima Online) were only possible with their financial support? Or that when a couple studios who co-developed a game pitched an idea to them, they suggested making it a sequel to another well-received game, and the result was a Sacred Cow? What game was that, you might ask? System Shock 2.
- Silicon Knights get this to a smaller scale, though they still exemplify this trope beautifully. Essentially, after they took years to make a game that ended up as, not bad, not cap, just So Okay, It's Average. Then, their next game project X-Men: Destiny was announced, and about three quarters of any discussion was over-exaggerations about the game was instead about how SK are incompetent idiots who take too long to make crap games and that Too Human was shit and therefore so will Destiny be, while the remaining quarter was split between actual talk about the game, and people having to point out SK have made decent, if few, games in the past, and that Too Human wasn't that bad. The game itself ended up being released on time, to mediocre reviews, though official forums seemed to think it was decent, if short and not very groundbreaking.
- Microsoft's Xbox One has been a target of this since its reveal in May 2013, mostly as the result of an Internet Counterattack.
- Anything released by Activision and Electronic Arts now. Mainly because most of what you see from either publisher is their well-over-known games, like Call Of Duty or Battlefield. That and because both publishers have been known to have incredibly pricy Downloadable Content, because "money, dear boi".
Web Comics, or 'comics' written by people who don't have what it takes to be in the proper comics industry, for people who are too weird and/or too poor to read real comic books. Not that "comic books" qualify as actual writing.
- Featured as a plot point Friendly Hostility. Collin's best friend, Fox, is also his boyfriend...which means that when Fox screws up, or the relationship hits a rocky patch, misanthropic Collin doesn't really have anyone he can talk to about it. When he befriends Arath, he takes full advantage of the opportunity to unload some of his grudges and doubts about the relationship. Unfortunately, Collin takes much of his usually good love affair for granted, and therefore doesn't really mention the nice things about his boyfriend. Result? Arath begins to believe that Collin's boyfriend is a useless jerk who mistreats his partner.
- Penny Arcade thrives on this trope, but they also are able to be very funny when heaping unmitigated praise on something.
- In Ménage ŕ 3, Jung plans to review the play Dillon's starring in:
Jung: Gonna blog about how horrible it was, the instant it's over!
Gary: But what if it's good?
Jung: If it's goo... Gary, that makes no sense.
- Earlier he lists 77 reasons why Friends sucked to Zii.
Web Original, or shows by people who couldn't make it in the real world, for people too poor to own T Vs
- Retsupurae: Deliberately seeking out the worst Let's Plays and Let's Players on YouTube, and giving them the MST treatment.
- In Lets Drown Out Grand Theft Auto', Gabriel stated that he did not trust Yahtzee's Zero Punctuation reviews due to its cynical nature, which Yahtzee admitted that it was a bit of an exaggeration and stated that he likes Wolfenstein: New Order to prove said statement.
Western Animation, cartoons made for stupid kids which adults watch because they are escapist manchildren who haven't seen REAL entertainment.
- Nickelodeon has made many great cartoons over the years, and shows no signs of slowing down. However, it seems that among adults, even those who grew up with the channel, hate it with a burning passion, despite well-received shows like The Legend of Korra and Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (2012), people will always complain about Fanboy and Chum Chum, Sanjay And Craig, Breadwinners, and modern SpongeBob SquarePants.
- Even more specific, haters of the above shows always seem to focus on the Toilet Humor in shows, despite the fact that there is much more to them than that, and it was in many previous cartoons shown on Nickelodeon before.
Is that all? They didn't even mention my favourite show!