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->''"The absurdity of the situation put its pathos to the rout."''
-->-- '''Creator/CharlesDickens''', ''Literature/OurMutualFriend''

Narm is a moment that is supposed to be serious, but due to either over-sappiness, poor [[SpecialEffectsFailure execution]], excessive {{Melodrama}}, or the sheer [[SoBadItsGood absurdity of the situation]], the drama is lost to the point of surpassing "cheesy" and becoming unintentionally funny.

It is [[TropeNamer named for]] [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IiOKNggPh4Q a famous scene]] in the last season of ''Series/SixFeetUnder'', where main character Nate suffers a brain embolism. He suddenly grabs his right arm and repeats "Numb arm", but then it quickly degenerates into "N'arm! N'arm!" in an [[Series/FamilyMatters "Urkel voice"]] before he comically rolls up his eyes and drops to the floor. Even though the moment was intended to be frightening, fans and critics overwhelmingly found the scene to be funny.

Were you to discuss this phenomenon in a scholarly work or literary circles, the word you would probably use is "{{Bathos}}". Narm and Bathos are similar, but Narm is for ''unintended'' humor.

Narm can be subjective, as different audience members may find different things unintentionally funny. It can stem from a failed attempt to pull off an [[CrowningMomentOfAwesome awesome]], [[CrowningMomentOfHeartwarming heartwarming]] (if it comes across as sappy) or [[TearJerker tear jerker]] moment (if the audience fails to be sad). Anything that falls under {{Wangst}} and DeusAngstMachina runs the risk of falling under Narm, as what is ''intended'' to be sad can instead come across as over-the-top ridiculous and absurd.

In subtitled {{anime}}, Narms are often created through the use of badly used [[GratuitousEnglish English]]. In dubbed anime, Narms are more likely to result from the combination of a budding Creator/WilliamShatner reading an overly-literal translation.

In CGI movies or video games [[UncannyValley unrealistic movements or facial expressions]] may result in Narm. Dated special effects during dramatic scenes can cause Narm for younger audience members who were raised on nothing less convincing than the Phantom Menace. TotallyRadical dialog in cartoons or commercials pandering to children can also be a rich source of Narm. Even a good performance in a bad movie can evoke Narm if the actor's performance isn't enough to save the scene.

Much of the strength of a Narmy moment comes from the severity of MoodWhiplash caused by it. Compare with NarmCharm, which is when a scene still works even with the cheesiness included. Contrast with DudeNotFunny, LevelBreaker or ComicalOverreacting. Sometimes Narm examples come from a moment being too realistic, in which case it falls under RealityIsUnrealistic, or from overshooting its mark and making it come off as trying much too hard to sell the drama, pathos, or sense of awe the moment is meant to evoke.

Not to be confused with [[UsefulNotes/TheVietnamWar 'Nam]], or the [[Series/BabylonFive Narn]], or [[Series/SesameStreet OMM-NOM-]][[VideoGame/TeamFortress2 NOM-NOM]], [[Series/{{Cheers}} a certain heavy-set Boston barfly]] (or his [[Series/StarTrekDeepSpaceNine Lurian counterpart]]), or [[WesternAnimation/WeBareBears a talking koala]]. Also not to be confused with the [[Series/PushingDaisies National Area for Retired Mills]], [[http://www.narm.org North American Registry for Midwives]], [[http://www.narm.org.uk/ National Association of Rooflight Manufacturers]] or the [[http://www.narm.com National Association of Recording Merchandisers.]]. Despite having it as a part of his name, the Pharaoh [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Narmer Narmer]] has nothing to do with this trope either.

See also SnarkBait, NightmareRetardant for "scary" narm, and FetishRetardant for "sexy" narm.

'''Please do not place examples that better belong on {{Bathos}} here or on any main page. In other words, only unintentional humour belongs on this page.'''

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