YuYu Hakusho when Yukina's situation and capture are being described. Botan's reaction is a dramatic 'That's terrible!'
Sailor Moon the DiC dub version Says! "Queen Beryl did a really bad thing when she destroyed the Moon Kingdom." .....O RLY?!
Yu-Gi-Oh! 5Ds, the 7th episode, Goodwin reveals to Jack Atlas (the current King of Duelists) that the Demon Lord and his army from the shadow realm were sealed under the earth by the crimson dragon, and that by absorbing negative emotions for millennia, they will soon break free with more power than when they were sealed, and return to pillage the earth! Jacks response? "Thats bad!"
Played for Laughs in Galilei Donna — Kazuki Ferrari is a somewhat spacey law school student. Thus, when a sky pirate named Cicinho invades her home, holds up her family, has her father beaten, and demands the location of "Galileo's Inheritance", she starts listing off every law he just broke in the last five minutes before topping it off with, "You're the worst male scumbag in Italy! Oh, and you'd make the top three in all of Europe, too! If there was a world cup for scumbags, you'd be totally in the running. Congrats!" Cicinho finds this amusing and decides to add the crime of nicknaming her "Bambina" to the list.
In Jeff Smith's re-make of The Monster Society Of Evil, starring Captain Marvel, there's a scene where it's explained Dr. Sivana doesn't want to destroy the machines made by Mr. Mind, only to capture and sell them to the army so he can get rich. Upon hearing this, Tawky Tawny helpfully exclaims for the audience, "War profiteering! That is immoral— and illegal." Considering that the book had a wide age appeal and most 7 year olds don't have a clear understanding of war profiting this could be justified.
In The Prayer Warriors, the narration frequently refers to Satanists doing "wrong" things, but doesn't even elaborate on what those things are before skipping to the part where the Prayer Warriors butcher them. Interestingly enough, Jerry's narration says that "killing is bad, and is a sin against lord Jesus Christ," before then reminding us that the Prayer Warriors have a narrower definition than most people when he says "Killing a Christian is a sin," before murderingThalia Graceon the off chanceshe's lying about herHeel-Face Turn.
In The Legend of Total Drama Island, the Storyteller usually describes Heather in neutral terms ("the queen bee", "the dragon girl", etc.), but describes her in negative terms ("the Dark Queen", "the Princess of Darkness", etc.) when Heather is planning or doing something underhanded.
The Chosen One: Killing is wrong. And bad. There should be a new, stronger word for killing. Like... badwrong. Or... badong. Yes. Killing is badong. From this moment, I will stand for the opposite of killing. Gnodab.
C.D.: You can't have people, if their houses are burning down, saying, "Whatever you do, don't call the fire department!" That would be bad.
Constantly in Uncle Tom's Cabin, which Gustave Flaubert provided the page quote about. Indeed, some contemporary abolitionist critiques of the novel could be boiled down to "people seriously need this spelled out for them?!" A case of Some Anvils Need to Be Dropped, arguably.
In The Legend of Rah and the Muggles, when Zyn starts to turn evil, everyone goes on about how he's so "nasty" that he's spreading nastiness like a disease. The talking animals, the Muggles (including Zyn's adopted mother), and dear lord the narrator herself can't go for two sentences without reminding us how evil Zyn is.
From the Honor Harrington series, we get this gem from War of Honor as the High Ridge government discusses the possibility of facing a new war that could cause their navy huge casualties:
"That's terrible," New Kiev said softly. Which, Janacek reflected, was probably one of the most superfluous things even she'd ever said.
Andrej Kuraev, an Orthodox deacon, when arguing about Harry Potter with its detractors, essentially moved to Conversational Troping by explaining this trope, giving a couple examples from popular culture, and then pointing out Rowling's uses of it (particularly the one about a ceiling splattered with frog brains, where Rowling just went out of her way to tell people it's disgusting, as a narrator no less.), pondering whether the detractors actually read the book in question, as their point was something like "Rowling says it's okay to kill frogs." From the series itself:
And Odo the hero, they bore him back home To the place that he'd known as a lad. They laid him to rest with his hat inside out And his wand snapped in two, which was sad.
Sisterhood Series by Fern Michaels: The author went into this at least once. Deadly Deals has an unscrupulous lawyer named Adel Newsom, who has helped another unscrupulous lawyer named Baron Bell in the selling of babies. He abandons her, she tries calling the two surrogate mothers connected to this operation, but it doesn't go well, her records get snatched, she is reduced to stealing money and trying to get out of Washington, D.C. The author puts in this one line "Not once did she give a thought to the babies or their well-being." It's almost as if the author was afraid that she was turning this character into a Jerkass Woobie and felt the need to throw that in there to remind us to not sympathize with her.
Live Action TV
Law & Order: Special Victims Unit tends to do this whenever kiddie porn peddlers are involved. One episode featured a convicted pedophile set up a "safe" website for pedophiles to get their fill: pictures of underaged children, fully dressed, not in any sexual situations. The show tried to sell us that this was bad by having him post a picture of one of the detective's children, causing him to snap and attack him. Not that it was exactly "good", either. Worse, such an episode could conceivably lead some viewers to believe that posting non-sexual pictures of children in any context has Unfortunate Implications, and is completely unjustifiable. Some Truth in Television - in the UK paedophiles in prison can be denied pictures even of their own children- any request to have them in possession is vetted. Even after on release possession of 'innocent' images while on licence can get them recalled. Pictures don't have to be sexualised (eg just be a school uniform catalogue) to be a cause for concern.
Law & Order itself tends to be just as bad when their cases have sex crimes connection (with a side of Felony Misdemeanor when dealing with escort services).
CSI: Crime Scene Investigation does this with child molesters quite a lot, too, to contrast them with the frequently jovial treatment they give killers on the show and to say, "But this is really bad!"
Sisko: Sometimes life seems so complicated. Nothing is truly good or truly evil. Everything seems to be a shade of grey. And then you spend some time with a man like Dukat, and you realize that there is such a thing as truly evil.
Colonel Blake sums up the theme of the episode "To Market To Market" of M*A*S*H perfectly in two lines of conversation.
Colonel Blake: (to General Hammond over the phone) Sir what I wanted to talk to you about was the black market.
General Hammond: What about it?
Colonel Blake: Well sir...it's terrible.
Averting this trope for "Angel of Death" is more than likely what got people into thinking Slayer were Nazi sympathizers. According to guitarist Jeff Hanneman, "...there's nothing I put in the lyrics that says necessarily [Josef Mengele] was a bad man, because to me — well, isn'tthat obvious? I shouldn't have to tell you that."
Crime of the Century tells you that the people committing said crime (raping the universe) have gone from bad to worse.
From the song 'Chuck Al Hashib', "and one day/without being provoked/he killed bob (and that ain't right)"
The opening number of Batboy the Musical
They stripped him of his dignity,
they beat him like a gong
and he was kicked repeatadedly
and that was wrong!
In Christy Moore's "Don't Forget Your Shovel", he rants briefly about the number of Irish migrants in London who will be unable to make it back home, and concludes, "I think that's terrible."
In Pink Floyd's "The Trial", the prosecutor says that the defendant is charged for "showing feelings of an almost human nature", and says "this will not do."
Annoyingly common, especially during long matches with occasional lulls. In part this is because the commentators have anywhere from between five to thirty minutes (and, in the case of Iron Man Matches, sixty minutes) of time to fill, but another reason is that, in the context of Kayfabe, the commentators are fictional characters as well, and they view the matches as actual athletic contests and take it for granted that all participants, faces and heels alike, will play by the rules.
A particularly amusing example was when a wrestler in the middle of a Face-Heel Turn cemented his evil by... smoking a cigarette. The PG Era, ladies and germs.
Stand Up Comedy
Comedian Eugene Mirman often writes letters to companies he's mad at to read aloud on stage. A lot of the letters include a description of why he's mad, followed by "That's terrible." Things tend to get silly after that. ("Fleet Bank, you should be ashamed of all the things I made up that you would do.")
Bob Saget reminds the audience of this several times regarding his own black/blue comedy in his 'That Ain't Right' Stand-up tour.
In The Witcher, Salamandra attempts to gain control the drug trade at one point. Every non-addict (and even some of them as they are concerned about their supply) in game seems to think it is bad. This is silly because they already include murderers and rapists, both of whom net nowhere near the response by the game or NPCs. It is also unfitting for the entity of a morally ambiguousWorld Half Empty to show universal contempt for anything. Not helped in the least by the "dealing in death" line red shirt guards use during the quest.
Suikoden Tierkreis is rather heavy-handed in this. You're told three times that the Order is deeply messed-up within five minutes of first encountering it, and when you get to its capital city, the message becomes near-continuous until you leave. What makes it either better or worse is that they really are that bad—they're strawmanfatalists who make fundamental logical errors in their arguments, then use those arguments to justify attempts to violently Take Over the World.
The Tales series loves this. Especially Abyss. And Symphonia. You'd think racism and genocide aren't apparently such a big deal in the worlds of the Tales universe, the way the main characters constantly have to denounce it.
Warcraft III'smanual. The back stories of the species take pains to distinguish antagonists from protagonists with expressions like "the evil group of orcs" and the like.
In Final Fantasy VI, you're constantly reminded how horrid Kefka's acts are, and how insane he is, nearly every time his name comes up. (If anything, they UNDERPLAY how messed up Kefka's head is.)
Final Fantasy VII beats you over the head with how amoral and heartless the Shinra are. And then with how insane and horrible Sephiroth is. When he burns down Nibelheim and slaughters its inhabitants, Cloud spells it out for the player: "Terrible... Sephiroth... This is too terrible..."
Suikoden II makes no secret of the fact that everyone hates Luca Blight and that he is a bloodthirsty, soulless monster.
Erfworld does this with Duke Antium describing the zomibification of his commander as "vile". Given his expression, it's clear that he is only trying to stay stoic.
Dr. Horrible's Sing-Along Blog: Captain Hammer's penultimate speech. Once he drops the 'tiny cue cards', he says, "She turned me on to this whole homelessness things. Which is terrible. And I realized something..."
Both justified and not in "Who Shot Mr. Burns, Part I", a summer cliffhanger on The Simpsons (the second part not being aired until a few months later) that gave Charles Montgomery Burns as many Kick the Dog moments as possible (in one case quite literally) to create a situation in which practically everyone in Springfield would have a motive for shooting him. Burns has become obsessed with forcing the people of Springfield to rely only on nuclear power from his power plant, and when oil is discovered in the town, Burns buys up all the oil fields to preempt their exploitation by the townspeople. Then, to prevent everyone from using solar power - the one energy source that Burns cannot monopolize - Burns deploys an invention of his that effectively blocks out the sun, plunging Springfield into eternal night. Waylon Smithers, Burns's assistant, has reluctantly gone along until now, primarily out of respect and genuine admiration for Burns, but now tells his boss that his plan is "unconscionably fiendish." Burns promptly fires Smithers for insubordination, reducing the servant to a drunken wreck. He then goes to City Hall just to taunt the townspeople, many of whom are wielding guns at the meeting and some of whom have already threatened to kill him. As Burns crows that no one in Springfield has the courage to shoot him in the open, the citizens stand up one by one and together deliver a drawn-out "The Reason You Suck" Speech, saying that Burns deserves to die and should go to Hell and so forth. (Ironically, after all this, the one who eventually shoots Burns in a darkened alley does so (possibly) by accident: it's Maggie Simpson.)
She-Ra: Princess of Power had a very similar PSA at the end of one episode that said almost the same thing. Though very narmy, it actually prompted a few kids to confess to having been molested, so it did its job.
As the second page quote shows, The Tick is really prone to doing this. What with his mental state, this is not particularly surprising.
A rather narmy version occurs in Avatar: The Last Airbender in the series finale, when Zuko finishes explaining what Ozai is actually going to do. What it is is actually pretty terrifying, (What it is: burning down the entire Earth Continent, plants and people alike), but then the Plucky Comic Relief character points out for our convenience:
Sokka: I always knew the Fire Lord was a bad guy, but...his plan is just pure evil.
In an especially Anvilicious episode of A Pup Named Scooby-Doo, the gang discovers that the villain of the week is involved in drugs. Every time drugs are mentioned, Scooby says, without fail, "Drugs?! Yuck!"
The DVD sets for Tom and Jerry and Looney Tunes contain disclaimers (the former had unskippable speeches from Whoopie Goldberg) about some of the racist content of a few shorts, emphasizing that the racial humor was "wrong then and is wrong now", but is included on the DVD for the sake of historical preservation (though that still doesn't stop them from editing or outright excluding some shorts because of blackface gags and such).
They dedicate an entire song to it with 'Drugs Are Bad, M'Kay?"
The antagonists in "Super Fun Time" robbed a Burger King.
1973/74 Super Friends episode "The Weather Maker''. The villains have been diverting the Gulf Stream, which has caused severe weather disruptions across the Atlantic Ocean. When the title characters catch up to them, the Big Bad turns the machine to "Irreversibly On" so they can't turn it off.
In the episode "Wanted: Wade!", it seems that tearing a tag off a pillow is so bad a crime it even gets two hardened robbers of banks and gas stations (a mouse and bulldog) to grab the bars of the cell and want out when Wade admits his "crime" to them.
Wade sees a police car on the farm and gets him into his panic. When Orson tries to convince Wade he won't go to jail for it, a voice tells them and Roy "We know you're in there, come out with your Hands Up! We have you surrounded!" The three adults run for it. It was all Booker playing a joke. Sheldon asks if it was very nice, and Booker, in an Ironic Echo asks "What harm can it do?"
In an episode of Eek! The Cat where Eek becomes a Super Hero For A Day, he tell some bank robbers, "Didn't anybody ever tell you stealing is wrong?" They look at each other in surprise and then tell Eek that no, no one ever did. Eek says, "Oh. Well, it is!" They put the money back and apologize.
Happens all the time in the Internet comments threads for news stories describing any sort of scandal or real-life villain. Every single poster will feel compelled to condemn the immoral action for fear of seeming insensitive to whoever suffered as a result of it, but it won't be long before the condemnations start to become redundant. When that happens, posters will just ramp up the vitriol, pumping the immorality up to absolutely insane levels and clamoring for ever-more draconian punishments. (Think of it as the cyber-era equivalent of "You ought to be horsewhipped!" or "Kill the umpire!")
Message on A&W to-go cups:
"Why is there no ice in our drinks? Our soda fountains chill our drinks to the perfect temperature. Ice just melts and dilutes the taste. And that just won't do."
An MSNBC story ended with, "Now they will be without a grandmother, without a mother, and a man without a wife. And that's terrible."
After Senator Trent Lott of Mississippi expressed admiration for Senator Strom Thurmond of South Carolina at the latter's 100th birthday party in 2002 and said he wished that Thurmond had been elected President in 1948, George W. Bush felt compelled to deliver an Anvilicious reminder that segregation was wrong - nearly four whole decades after it had ceased to be a relevant issue.
After learning how bad the Holocaust was while researching for her role Shining Through, actress Melanie Griffith said in the New York Daily News: "I didn't know that 6 million Jews were killed. That's a lot of people."
At the end of Game 4 of the 2011 NBA 2nd round playoff series between the Lakers and Mavericks. The Lakers were about to be swept in 4 games and were clearly frustrated. Starting center Andrew Bynum threw a blatant elbow at Mavs guard J.J. Barea while in midair driving to the basket. Barea crumpled to the ground while Bynum was ejected and walked away to his locker room showing no remorse. ABC announcer Mike Tirico cried out "That is one of the biggest bush league things I've ever seen. That is TERRIBLE!" on the air during the aftermath.
In game between the Minnesota Vikings and Green Bay Packers, wideout Randy Moss inflamed the rivalry by fake-mooning the Packers' crowd after a touchdown. Notoriously stoic announcer Joe Buck emoted, "That is a DISGUSTING act by Randy Moss!", though the two have since made up