The first (in airing order) episode of Haruhi Suzumiya, "The Adventures of Mikuru Asahina", is a gloriously bad student film made by the main characters, with a plotline that makes no sense, random scene changes, flat characters, appalling acting, shoddy directing (the conversation where both characters are facing right springs to mind) and really badly animated special effects (with one exception - that happens to nearly take out the cameraman). And Kyon commenting on all this.
In the Ichigo Mashimaro manga, Miu tries her hand at making a Shoujo manga herself. Her style is not that much inferior to the original, which is actually pretty good for a twelve-year old. Her storytelling leaves something to be desired, though.
The Uraon DVD specials from K-On!. The art style borders in So Bad It's Horrible.
An episode of the Kirby anime features this hilariously Show Within a Show where Dedede tries to make an anime, recruiting more or less the entire cast to do the work. Between Executive Meddling, a ridiculously tight schedule and low budget, and most of the staff having no idea what they're doing (especially Kirby), it starts out as a parody of the show itself and gets very steadily worse. And funnier.
The entire premise of the Excel♥Saga anime is based on this. Each episode, there's a scene of the director forcing the writer to put his 'stamp of approval' on that episode's script, which is invariably a haphazard attempt to shoehorn his characters into a variety of inappropriate genres.
Rozen Maiden features a puppet crime show with anthropomorphic animals and plots vaguely inspired by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's novels, Detective Kun-Kun, which is quite unexceptional and bland (complete with exaggerated acting, stiff, low-budget puppets, weak twists), yet all the dolls living in Jun's house are enthralled by it, screaming to warn the character of traps or betrayal, and genuinely shivering when a "scary" scene is happening, to the point of having Shinku in love with the title character, a pipe-smoking dog dressed as Sherlock Holmes (Jun even uses it to win an argument); yet this might also be to show that despite their age and occasional wisdom they all are little girls, and react as such, to tone down the many creepy and downer moments of the series.
The Detective Kun-KunOVA presents an episode of the television show from the point of view of the Rozen Maiden dolls watching it: as a theatrical masterpiece complete with red curtain.
The parts in the Futatsu no Spica anime in which Asumi talks about her childhood dreams or shares astronomical knowledge (usually in the beginning) are drawn in a very primitive, childish style.
Sensei and Ninomiya-kun, a soap opera in Minami-Ke. It's an utter Cliché Storm with horrible acting, and yet the protagonists seem to like it.
Sergeant Frog has the Five-Man Band attempt to create an anime movie. The characters were little better than doodles, nothing moves and the voice acting has nothing to sync to. Only the (pirated) backgrounds looks good.
Made even more obvious in the live-action movie adaptations, where you actually have to hear "Ai Rock Yuu" in all its horrific sucky glory.
In episode 183 of Gintama, the opening is redone to look as though it was drawn in MS Paint after an in-universe example of Author Existence Failure leaves the show without an animator.
There's also an episode where Gin and a prison inmate (from a previous arc) attempt to create a shounen manga but basically end up with a mix of super saiyan style shoulder pads, a Chage Note and blatant harem cliches. Plus rough children's illustrations. It doesn't even make sense in context.
The opening of Gundam 00: A Wakening of the Trailblazer depicts a Movie Within A Movie that recreates the events of the Gundam 00 TV series...as a hammy, Super Robot-esque affair that bears almost no resemblance to the actual show. Getting in on the gag, at least one fansub group gave the movie cheesy subtitles with different colored text for each character and several words left in Japanese with translation notes explaining what they mean and then saying there's no good English translation (a Take That against a certain fansub group that does this un-ironically).
In Bleach, whenever Rukia uses her hand-made drawings to explain the spirit world and Hollows to Ichigo, they look as if they were done by a six year old. Ichigo never fails to point out how much her art style sucks. And usually gets hit because of it. Apparently Byakuya has a very similar art style, which is strange, considering he's captain of the calligraphy club, and a good sculpter.
On the rare occasions that comics are portrayed in Jojos Bizarre Adventure, it will be in a very crude and deformed style that makes it clear the reader is looking at a comic-within-a-comic.
Baby Beel's drawings in Beelzebub are given criticism as if they were true works of art, when he's actually a toddler who can do little more than scribble.
The manga and some supplementary materials for Hatoful Boyfriend have Anghel's manga, a bit of which is visible here, clearly made with more enthusiasm than skill and are in a much more scribbly style than the rest of the manga. Ryouta says there's a high stroke count and he respects Anghel, but Anghel can't get anyone very interested in his stuff; an editor says there might be something there but it lacks an "adult feel".
Whenever the Fish And Bicycle Theatre group pop up in Y: The Last Man, their productions are like this: a play about a man surviving the Gendercide (and later dying because the world doesn't need him any more), an action movie, a comic book called X: The Last Woman. All Anvilicious and pretentious.
V for Vendetta contains many references to the fictional show Storm Saxon - a misogynistic, racist and homophobic action/adventure series, as well as the opinion news show "Voice of Fate" (which was eerily prescient of Bill O'Reilly).
The filmmakers appear to agree with that last point, since he's a clear parody of Bill in the film.
X-Men Noir features a series of backups prose stories parodying old pulp sf stories. ("The Sentinels" by Bolivar Trask) Thomas Halloway reads them, and even uses them to interrogate Professor Xavier. Considering the style and subject this is almost certainly a reference to the Iron Dream mentioned below. (Ironically, Trask comes across as rather egalitarian by 1930s standards, in his story the "perfect race" is formed by combining racial characteristics, and the mutant underclass turns out to be misunderstood. This is also ironic when you consider that in the main Marvel universe, Bolivar Trask was the bigoted scientist behind the mutant-hunting Sentinel robots.)
Jhonen Vasquez's comic Johnny the Homicidal Maniac has the comic-within-a-comic Happy Noodle Boy. Interesting in that they don't suck too bad at first, but get progressively worse as Johnny slowly loses his sanity.
Any time a superhero comic appears in a superhero comic, it's done like this.
In the Essex County trilogy, the comic-within-a-comic drawn by a young child in the story is actually a real comic made by author Jeff Lemire when he was a child.
Jordan's movie idea in House of Mystery. Not only is at a totally absurd Ninja Pirate Zombie Robot farrago, he keeps changing bits of it, and remembering things he forgot to say earlier. The art, meanwhile, plays along by showing exactly what he's saying at the time, even if this means everything has to change completely in the next panel.
Subverted in an issue of Animal Man where Cliff Baker watches his dad's movie on his phone. The art is actually better and smoother in the movie.
The famous nihonbuyou number Fujimusume ("Wisteria Nymph") features a scene where the spirit dances for her Love Interest in order to try and make him interested. Later, the spirit has drunken some sake and performs the exact same dance, only "a bit wonky". The scene is both very amusing for the audience, and very demanding for the dancer, who must appear wobbly and out-of-rhythm while actually staying in rhythm and keeping the dance recognisable.
Matthew Bourne's Swan Lake, which features all-male swans (among other innovations), features a ballet-within-a-ballet that parodies the conventions of Romantic ballet in general and the original Swan Lake in particular.
Prinz von Sommerhoffnung has the character Ywiu, who speaks mainly in Singlish. It looks like genuinely bad writing at first, until one point where she code-switches to standard English and shows that the "bad English" is used deliberately. (At least if you somehow miss the fact that most of the others speak standard English.)
Balenaproductions's Sonic Zombie series, a Garry's Mod-made video set about Sonic and friends fighting zombies, has this trope all over. Loads of Special Effect Failures (the gun used to move objects around is visible in several scenes, characters don't walk so much as get dragged, the interface is visible multiple times, and at once point the in-universe maker has to actually spawn some tacos because he forgot to do so earlier), the plot's loaded with Giant Space Fleas From Nowhere, the final villain of the third part is a dragon-thing that's supposed to be Satan who sounds like a stoner, everyone has an exaggerated, OOC personality, and Wreck-It Ralph appears out of nowhere just to die in the "origins" story.
There is one Team Fortress 2 animation called "Every TF2 Animation You've Ever Seen" meant to throw a jab at overused cliches in Team Fortress 2 videos, with a lot of the animation quality of the characters being wooden and using derivative jokes that many would already be familiar with (the always familiar sentry-sapping, for example). All of this, however, is meant to hide the creepier elements seen later in the video.
The samples we get of the 'acting' in the adult entertainment movies in Boogie Nights are of course hilariously bad.
The Dueling Cavaliers, the first "talkie" movie made by silent stars Don Lockwood and Lina Lamont in the classic musical Singin' in the Rain, is awful thanks to an unfortunate conjunction of many many small (and not-so-small) problems, not the least of which are Don throwing out lines he doesn't like, and Lina having a voice like fingernails on a blackboard.
America's Sweethearts opens with segments from the title characters' previous movies together. They are scenes that are just so completely generic, they would have no appeal whatsoever in the real world.
Ironically, the second remake of King Kong used dialog from the original film to fit this trope.
The portrayal of natives may also qualify. The racist and cliched view of the makers of the original film became... the racist and cliched view of the characters of the remake.
Saved! - at one point, the protagonist and her mother watch a TV movie about ovarian/uterine cancer starring Valerie Bertinelli, and it's even worse than you'd expect. Leads to the hilarious scene with the character praying for cancer (instead of pregnancy).
There are three different movies-within-the-movie. The first one is the one the director is dreaming about, a realistic family drama that actually looks pretty good, especially when the lead actress cries for real during the take they fail to get; and the second one is the one the lead actress is dreaming about, a black-and-white romance with characters drinking champagne and wearing evening dress, which looks awful and has incredibly cheesy dialogue.
This is pretty much the point of The Producers, which has the main characaters trying to make pure suck and accidentially end up with So Bad, It's Good hilarity instead... which is bad because [success is exactly how their attempt to pull off a scam will get them caught.
Pretty much anything the characters on Tropic Thunder are shown being part of. A good deal of it is based on actual bad movies. The dialogue in the film they're currently making is filled with cliches. One of Ben Stiller's character's previous movie Simple Jack is repeatedly mocked in-story.
In the movie House (no connection to the similarly-named show), the main character's wife is an actress on a cheesy soap opera called Resort, filled with melodramatic and nonsensical lines like "My sister was an only child, and you abused that!"
In the Ronstadt/Kline film production of Gilbert and Sullivan's The Pirates of Penzance, the climactic battle interrupts a stilted, badly-played and sung version of G.&S.'s H.M.S. Pinafore; their way of saying, "Yes, there are many, many things wrong with this production, most of them Linda Ronstadt, but see how much worse it could have been in an old-fashioned, fuddy-duddy sort of way."
"Throw out your hands, stick out your tush/hands on your hips, give 'em a push!/Don't be surprised, you're doing the French Mistake, VOILA!
The Band Wagon, a musical about the making of a musical, showcases the rehearsal of a overblown, pretentious dance number that contributes to the show's total failure on opening night.
"It Must Be June" from 42nd Street is an example of intentionally bad songwriting.
In And Out features a double Stylistic Suck: the film opens with extracts from a "serious" drama about gay men in the army, parodying every gay movie trope known to mankind. These extracts are being shown at a parody of the Academy Awards broadcast, which includes such nominations as "Steven Seagal for Snowball in Hell".
Bowfinger concerns the production of a really stupid Alien Invasion movie called Chubby Rain. Its success leads to the making of Fake Purse Ninjas, which appears to be just as ridiculous.
The entirety of Fourth Wall obliterating Amazon Women on the Moon consists of unstated Framing Device of someone in the audience randomly switching channels from one Stylistic Suck parody to another, while nominally watching the eponymous movie. There isn't a single second of the film that isn't this trope.
Love Actually gives us Christmas Is All Around. This is an odd example because the original song wasn't original to the film; it was a Troggs song, famously covered by Wet Wet Wet. The obnoxiousness of the Christmas version is in the blatant commercialism; according to writer Richard Curtis, "I couldn't think of a funnier way to start the film than by actually making [the British public] listen to the same song again."
Mortal Kombat has a brief scene where Johnny Cage fights off some bad guys in a cheap fighting movie. Of course, Mortal Kombat itself isn't much better.
In the same scene, the characters pass a sign that just says "English Countryside".
Early in What Ever Happened to Baby Jane?, studio executives watch scenes from Jane's films, and note that she's an awful actress. However, those were real scenes from the early movies of Bette Davis (who plays Jane).
The Hays Code's compulsory insistence on Happy Ending in movies made during the Golden Age of Hollywood often led to movies having abrupt, unrealistic endings that audiences felt were not convincing. A lot of this was deliberately done by film-makers and screenwriters. Douglas Sirk, director of melodramas like Imitation of Life and All That Heaven Allows noted in post-career interviews that he deliberately made his endings unconvincing so that audiences would focus on the subtext of his films and he stated that this was a common practise in American films of the time.
In Meet the Feebles the corrupt producer will never - under any circumstances - allow a certain musical number that the camp gay director thinks of as his magnum opus. When it finally does get performed... well, let's just say the subject matter isn't appropriate for a family variety show.
Director, singing: Sodomy! You must think it really odd o' me / that I'm really into sodomy...
Despicable Me has Gru being forced to read a bedtime story called "Sleepy Kittens" to put his adoptive daughters to sleep. It's as saccharine as kid's books get, complete with finger puppets for the three little kittens, with Gru getting increasingly annoyed at the story as he reads on. Also, its now available for purchaseon Amazon.
Wayne's World has the main characters start the eponymous show by thrashing madly on electric guitars and singing (badly) "Wayne's World! Wayne's World! Party Time! Excellent!". When an actual professional intro is added it's just... wrong (and the main characters are stunned).
The entirety of the show falls under this, as it's basically the duo goofing around with no script, which is apparently what their fanbase likes.
Early in Synechdoche, New York we find Caden presenting an unconvincing version of Death of a Salesman using a very young cast. Result? Caden is awarded a Macarthur Fellowship "genius grant."
An early scene in The President's Analyst (that's been absent since early tv broadcasts) has James Coburn's character watching an art movie that's disgusting the audience (one shot dwells on an overfilled garbage can), which is walking out in a steady stream. As he points out funny details to a similarly disgusted girl, they end up the only viewers left, having a great time - the movie's auteur then angrily tells them they were supposed to hate it.
Spice World is itself not a very good movie, but there's one intentional example of this trope; the scene where the screenwriter describes the frantic journey the Spice Girls are making through London as they're doing it. At one point, they're about to jump the rising platform of Tower Bridge in a double decker bus. The executive this is being described to comments that this would be pretty expensive. Cue the scene being rendered using a scale toy bus bumping over a rather shoddy replica of Tower Bridge. "Not necessarily."
In Mr Beans Holiday, Carson Clay makes an absurdly ham fisted "personal statement" for Cannes Film Festival. The film shown to the festival goers uses footage filmed by Bean paired with Clay's navel-gazing dialog. Hilarity Ensues.
Gentlemen Broncos - the main character Benjamin's SF novella Yeast Lords is spectacularly awful from a Real Life perspective; in-universe, it's treated as a work of staggering genius.
In Wag The Dog, the President's re-election ads are absolutely atrocious. In the end, the film producer who helped put on the fake war is unable to remain silent if it means that the people who made the ads get to take credit for the President's re-election, and so he is Killed to Uphold the Masquerade.
Galaxy Quest:The cheapo aesthetic of the "real-life" Galaxy Quest show. It's very fun to watch the special features, in which the filmmakers discuss the cutting-edge special effects technology used to film the movie, and then show how they made the in-universe television show look cheaply-made on purpose - complete with a red cyclorama and papier-mâché rocks. Director Dean Parisot explains that he put sand on the dolly tracks to make the camerawork look rough.
In Werner Herzog's Heart of Glass, almost all roles were played by untrained actors who were hypnotized for shooting. As a result, they move around like sleepwalkers and deliver their lines with essentially no acting at all.
In Detention, what we see of the Cinderhella movies plays out like every teen slasher and Torture Porn cliche come to life. The eponymous killer appears to be some sort of spurned high school girl (we're never given any details of the films' plot) who, in the second film, is torturing one of her classmates, forcing her to perform a Saw-style act of self-mutilation in order to avoid getting her head blown off by a device that a teenage girl really shouldn't have the resources or technical know-how to build. The bootleg work print for the third film likewise depicts a group of teens (who are conspicuously like the main characters of Detention, who are watching the work print) engaging in such immoral behaviors as premarital sex and digital piracy before Cinderhella walks in and murders them all.
In The Decoy Bride, James is the author of a novel called The Ornithologist's Wife. It's set on the tiny Scottish island of Hegg, but James has never even set foot on Hegg, so the novel is riddled with inaccuracies. It's also full of Purple Prose and Katie describes it as soulless with an unsatisfactory Romance Arc. It's also veryheavy. Every single inhabitant of Hegg has read it, because it's the only book ever written about the island, but they all mock it rather relentlessly.
In Coraline, the scenes in the Other World are done with slightly worse animation, some missing frames here or there, just to make it feel unsettling to the audience even before the the big reveal.
Much of the humor of Black Dynamite is in presenting the film as a shoddy blaxploitation film filled with 70s-era Values Dissonance and low production value.
ThisMega Man 4 let's play featuring off-sync, offensive commentary, bad video and sound quality, unskilled gameplay and bad screen capturing.
"Crumbling Centurion", a troll/parody who initially pretended to be a DeceasedCrab hater, with his "LETS PLAY MININGCRAFT". Deliberately horrible recording quality (using a camera to record the video off the computer screen), misinformation and lag...
minecraft is a game where you take blocks and then make other blocks and then make a mine or a house out of blocks it is very fun
Daniel Keyes's novel Flowers for Algernon is written in the form of Charlie Gordon's journal. The early (before his intelligence was enhanced) and late (after the effect wears off) entries are written in a barely-literate style indicative of Charlie's mental deficiency.
In Treasure Island, the character Dr. Livesey takes over narration of the events on ship while Jim off on the island, doing so in a very tedious style.
In Henry Fielding's novel Jonathan Wild the various crooks and prostitutes usually speak in a gentle style, but it's essentially implied that Fielding is "translating" their speech for ironic effect, and in one instance, a love note written by Wild is produced which has attrocyous spelng errerz.
Stephen King also did a version of this in his novel Misery. The main character, Paul Sheldon, spends most of the book writing a new book in his popular Misery series, and the writing style, while not really worse, is somewhat different. The format of the book within the book also changes as the character's typewriter decays — it begins in regular type, then a few letters become handwritten, until by the end the entire manuscript is written by hand.
The 'novel within a novel' is actually something of an inversion of this trope as, while the format does disintegrate, the actual story is actually a well-written, gripping narrative which the main character comes to prefer to his supposedly 'serious' writing.
Misery also has a completely straight version of this trope when Paul is writing his first draft of the new book. Paul utterly despises the Misery series but is trying to provide his "number one fan" with everything he thinks she loved about the series, including over-the-top, melodramatic dialogue and one-dimensional characters.
And he did it again in The Dark Half, where the main character's dead pseudonym comes to life and goes on a killing rampage until the main character agrees to help him write one last novel. That novel begins all right, but by the second chapter, every other word is "sparrow" (sparrows being an ongoing theme in the overall novel.)
And again in the short story Survivor Type, in which the main character is surviving through unusual means on a barren rock island. He uses heroin to anesthetize himself, and it shows in the journal he is keeping.
Mario Vargas Llosa's semi-autobiographical novel La tia Julia y el escribidor (Aunt Julia and the Scriptwriter) has a structure where intercalates a chapter telling the protagonist story with another being the argument of one of the radial Soap Operas written by the eponymous scriptwriter Pedro Camacho. While the protagonist story is told in a very consistent style, the "Soap" chapters are written in a more grandiloquent style, although not actually truly bad written. These alternate chapters detail the events going on in the various radio soap operas written by the scriptwriter, who are already very convoluted and filled with a lot of Author Appeal and Author Avatar meddlings, but become increasingly bizarre as the plots of the separate soap operas start to merge, all thanks to the increasingly unstable mental state of Camacho due to burnout.
Douglas Coupland's The Gum Thief features portions of the novel the protagonist is writing, entitled Glove Pond. It's written in a somewhat stilted style, with a bizarre plot and characters and themes clearly based on the author's own life and issues. It's sort of hilarious and pathetic at the same time.
A recurring character in Kurt Vonnegut's books is Kilgore Trout, a failing sci-fi writer. The readers are treated with short depictions of his books.
Inverted in Tad Williams's short story Writer's Child in that the main narrative is purportedly written by a seven-year-old girl using exactly the kind of style you might expect while the excerpts of her father's writing are on another level entirely. Also, the story is not comedy but horror.
Caversham Heights, the unpublished novel where Thursday Next takes refuge in The Well Of Lost Plots is described as being "of dubious merit" and the scenes we see being made bear this out. The novel's main character Jack Spratt worries the whole thing will be deleted.
A delicious bit of metafiction, as in all of Fforde's work. At the end of Well of Lost Plots, Spratt's novel is entirely changed by taking on characters from nursery rhymes. The book itself was later published in real life as The Big Over Easy. This is inspired, because The Big Over Easy was in fact the first novel Fforde wrote. After getting it rejected by many editors, he instead wrote The Eyre Affair, first of the Thursday Next books, and it was the success of this that got his original novel published as well. Not content to just publish it, though, he actually wrote it into the main series! And the real novel itself is far from bad, being widely praised, so this ends up a sort of circular subversion.
Thomas Pynchon's The Crying of Lot 49 is full of this, most notably in the forms of a cheesy family film called Cashiered (with an ending that surely caused nightmares to the fictional audience), a bad rock band who wish they were The Beatles, and an "ill, ill Jacobean revenge play" called The Courier's Tragedy, which is basically period Gorn.
The Sound and the Fury. The first section is written from the perspective of a retarded man, and moves in and out of flashbacks with no warning. It also gives no expospeak of any kind, making it ridiculously difficult to figure out the setting or the character relationships. The second section of the book is written by a lunatic who is apparently opposed to the sentence. Then it gets comprehensible.
Roger Solmes' writing style in Clarissa. He can't spell.
The Warhammer 40,000Ciaphas Cain (HERO OF THE IMPERIUM!!!) novels take the form of Cain's unofficial personal memoirs, which are pretty good. Unfortunately, because of Cain's very narrow focus (he never discusses anything which doesn't DIRECTLY affect him) the editor of these memoirs regularly finds it necessary to include extracts from other sources to fill in the context. Many of these are very poor, especially the extracts from the memoirs of Jenit Sulla, a retired general who served under Cain in her youth. The editor considers Sulla's writing to be so bad that she apologizes every time she is forced to refer to it, and regularly encourages readers to skip the extracts if they feel like it.
It should be noted that almost all extracts of certain events, written by military personal, are in similar purple pose writing style (the editor even comments once about how good it is that a certain admiral hasn't written his memoirs yet). This could hint that most officers think that they have to write in that style and that Cain's "I don't care if someone ever reads this" feeling about writing these memoirs are the actual reason why they are so well written. Also, in Sulla's case, you can almost guess that she really thought the way she wrote.
The Imperium heavily edits the memoirs of imperial commanders in order to make them more in line with the fiction they spout, about how humanity is infallible, peerless in every way, and the most cultured species in the universe. So it could be more like Cain's memoirs, where the parts written by the author are somewhere on the cutting room floor or in inquisitorial libraries. It's also stated that Cain's memoirs that were released to the public are also in the same style. Maybe the imperial editors are just bad at writing?
In the first book, information on the history of Gravalax is conveyed through a book called Purge The Unclean!, which claims to be an "unbiased" view of things. The writing is almost a parody of the typical Imperial line as expressed elsewhere in the 40K universe, and the author has a fanatical hatred of rogue traders; Vail frequently cuts off the excerpts when he starts blaming them for what's gone wrong.
This is the central conceit of The Iron Dream; Hitler is writing the novel within a novel, Lord of the Swastika, as his brain is rotting away from syphilis.
The short story "Witness for the Prosecution" by Q. Patrick is narrated by a scary, possibly slow 11-year-old whose writing is characterized by minimal punctuation and a consistent pattern of misspellings.
Isaac Asimov's story Cal features the eponymous robot's quest to become a writer, aided by having various modules installed. At first his stories are textbook examples of this trope, but the last story he writes avoids this (and pisses off his master enough that his master tries to have all the upgrades removed).
As a bonus, the story is about a demon called Azazel... That's right: Cal finally became a good enough writer to copy Asimov.
In the Captain Underpants series, George and Harold write and draw (well, George writes and Harold draws) their own comics, with each book having at least one comic for a chapter. The art and spelling is, to put it simply, sub-par. Their Mirror Universe counterparts, however, draw comics which have superior art and spelling. The normal-universe George and Harold, however, think it's awful.
The Fall of the House of Usher by Edgar Allan Poe has the horrendously trite story "The Mad Trist".
Both Atlanta Nights and Crack of Death were written for submission to Publish America, to test their claim that they were a traditional publisher instead of Vanity Publishing. They were both written by a group of authors writing as badly as they could from a minimal outline. Both were accepted, but after the hoax was revealed, Publish America suddenly backed out.
Naked Came the Stranger was written for a similar, but more ambitious purpose—to see how well a "bad" book would sell if it had a lot of gratuitous sex. Pretty well, as it turns out.
The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy uses this trope with regard to the three worst examples of poetry in the universe. Subverted in the radio, print, and film versions; which give no examples of the absolute worst (that of Paula Nancy Millstone Jennings, or Paul Neil Milne Johnston, depending on the version, of Earth) or of the second worst (that of the Azgoths of Kria). The third worst, that of the Vogons, is actually included; but in a form which makes sense in-universe while being complete gibberish to the reader. Played straight in the television series, which includes intelligible examples of the first and second worst as screen text during one of the animated Guide sequences.
While stories aren't usually told in this fashion in the Discworld books, the semi-medieval fantasy setting is played realistically in that the vast majority of people are illiterate or semi-literate, and things like spelling, grammar and punctuation haven't really been standardised yet. Thus, any in-story written document is either in Ye Olde Butcherede Englishe or written like a kindergartner.
The Black Company novels are supposedly the annals of the eponymous mercenary company, and each Annalist puts his own spin on recording events. When one Annalist was sick, the Company's wizard had to fill in for a few chapters, and his writing was terrible.
Bang! Bang! Bang! Three shots rang out. Two policemen fell dead and the third whistled through his hat.
Noel's poetry in "The Story of the Treasure Seeker's" by E Nesbit, even though the other children think he's a gifted poet.
The last two chapters of the novel "Aliss", a macabre retelling of Alice in Wonderland, degenerate into a succession of laconic sentences always ending with an ellipsis. Since the book is written in first person, it's understandable that the style of writing would change after Aliss has been beaten. And shot. And raped.
Near the end of The Terror by Dan Simmons the main doctor's journal entries become increasingly incoherent as he goes insane and finally dies.
In the Smoke and Shadows trilogy, the main cast is constantly beset by all manner of supernatural shenanigans, from evil wizards to demons, and the main character, Tony, has an even longer history including everything that might possibly go bump in the night. But no threat of death or insanity is worse than when their reality gets as vapid and cliched as the horrid Vampire Detective Show they all work for.
In The Pale King, part of Chapter 24 is taken from the packet of IRS orientation materials for new hires, which Wallace states is the reason for the dead, bureaucratic flavor of the narration.
In the Time Scout series, most things in the past were handmade, and most people paid attention to things like clothes and weapons. Therefor, a scout's, guide's, or tourist's gear has to mimic the imperfections of handmade equipment.
In the Agatha Christie short story collection The Thirteen Problems, each story is narrated by a different member of Miss Marple's circle. Mrs Bantry insists she has no talent for storytelling and doesn't understand how the others do it. She demonstrates this by describing the bare facts of the case in a single paragraph and saying she can't go any further without giving away the solution. The bulk of the story consists of the other characters patiently asking questions in order to get details like the names of the suspects or the existence of a Love Triangle.
A variation: In Letters to His Son, British statesman Lord Chesterfield deliberately writes in a way to demonstrate how not to write English: "MY LORD: I HAD, last night, the honor of your Lordship's letter of the 24th; and will SET ABOUT DOING the orders contained THEREIN; and IF so BE that I can get that affair done by the next post, I will not fail FOR TO give your Lordship an account of it by NEXT POST. I have told the French Minister, AS HOW THAT IF that affair be not soon concluded, your Lordship would think it ALL LONG OF HIM; and that he must have neglected FOR TO have wrote to his court about it. I must beg leave to put your Lordship in mind AS HOW, that I am now full three quarter in arrear; and if SO BE that I do not very soon receive at least one half year, I shall CUT A VERY BAD FIGURE; FOR THIS HERE place is very dear. I shall be VASTLY BEHOLDEN to your Lordship for THAT THERE mark of your favor; and so I REST or REMAIN, Your, etc." (EMPHASIS as in the original)
The short story "Voice from the Vortex" by Gareth Roberts in Doctor Who Magazine is a parody of the They Just Didn't Care stories in the sixties and seventies World Distributors Doctor Who annuals, with appalling artwork, a nonsensical plot, and characters called "Dr. Who" and "Rosie Taylor" (who wears a mod dress and beehive). It also features constant glaring inaccuracies, like the time machine being called Tardis and having a rectangular console and making a beeping noise when it takes off; and writing the Ninth Doctor (a terse, witty Mancunian) with the same speech patterns as the First Doctor (a fearsome and formal old man), describing him as wearing a cloak and handbag and being chubby, and having him carry a gun and cry for no reason. On top of that the prose is riddled with malapropisms and basically ugly verbal constructions and ends with An Aesop that has nothing to do with anything that happened.
In The Burglar Who Liked to Quote Kipling by Lawrence Block, the MacGuffin is a Fictional Document called The Deliverance of Fort Bucklow, which is supposedly rare and valuable because it's so bad that, after recovering from his Filibuster Freefall, the author destroyed as many copies as he could in shame. To prove that he has the book, Bernie has to read out passages, which are appropriately horrible.
This is the whole purpose of Garth Marenghi's Darkplace The intentionally-awful Show Within a Show is a poorly produced supernatural horror series from The Eighties, with amateurish production, atrocious acting, and hack writing that exposes the various bigoted beliefs of the self-important writer. The retrospective cast interviews interspersed throughout each episode are also filled with the trope, showing how the people behind the show are clueless as to their own incompetence and are all pretty awful people.
Two and a Half Men does this with the jingles Charlie writes. Granted jingles are rarely good in the first place, but one glaring example is when The Rival is set to win his eighth award in a row, which Charlie was only nominated for. The rival goes on stage to perform his song, and it of course is cheesy and hammy. Yet the rival wins again.
Also happens when Alan decides to write a book.
And his screenplay. "Suddenly a meteor comes out of the sky..."
iCarly: Subverted. The episodes present the webshow segments in Freddie's perspective being the one behind the video camera (with a battery charge indicator, frames, etc.) The "uploaded" videos on the actual iCarly website look quite similar to what is seen on YouTube (with a small rectangle video frame, with comments and the rest of the site around it). Of course, going "full screen" doesn't seem to ruin the quality, though.
On Monk, Randy Disher's attempts to be a rocker in "Mr. Monk Goes to the Dentist" result in at least one hilariously bad video. We only see part of it in the episode, and it clearly looks like it was made on a very low budget. You can watch the full version on USA Network's site or by searching for it on YouTube, where you can see its low quality in the fact that they just did a lot of green-screen work and superimposed images instead of doing location shooting like most music videos go with.
Karen Stottlemeyer's documentaries are apparently very terrible, enough that Leland refuses to watch them even though she hawks him in "Mr. Monk and the Very Very Old Man" to watch her documentary about Miles Holling, the oldest man in the world, which Monk and Leland have to struggle to stay awake to watch
Friends does this a lot with Joey's acting career.
Days of Our Lives doesn't escape, despite being a real life soap. In fact, in one memorable scene, Joey's stalker refuses to believe he is an actor and not really Dr. Drake Ramoray - but is convinced to leave by a badly acted, badly improvised skit concocted by Ross. This reached its height of superb nonsense when Joey's character received a brain transplant so that a woman could live on in Drake's body - but then the body rejected the woman's brain, as explained in a scene where Joey is acting as though he has the brain of Drake, even though Drake's brain was meant to have been damaged beyond repair.
And who can forget some of the dross he's been seen in on stage. Freud! The Musical springs to mind. Especially since we got reminded of it in every Clip Show ever. Why couldn't they let us forget it?
"Why Don't You Like Me", a one-woman monologue featuring an angry lady shouting her life story at her audience. Chandler, unintentionally left to watch it by himself, gives it a rave review, saying it's deepened his understanding of what women go through. Of course, it was painfully bad - by tricking the friends into seeing it, Chandler gets his revenge.
Phoebe's songs don't exactly hit high notes in the music world either. However, unlike Joey's career, this is recognised by everybody but herself.
Ross's "wordless sound poems" are just as bad, if not worse.
The show-within-a-show in Extras, "When The Whistle Blows". Subverted in that Andy Millman, the main actor and creator of the show, actually wanted to make a television show that sounded very similar to ''Extras'' creator Ricky Gervais's previous series, The Office, but it was the BBC that turned it into a catchphrase-spewing, wig-and-glasses-wearing, badly-written, lowest-common-denominator sitcom that turns off critics everywhere, but makes Millman a minor star with the aforementioned lowest-common-denominator.
House enjoys watching a hospital-based soap opera called Prescription Passion while he's supposed to be working. In one episode where he kidnaps the star to treat a condition he's diagnosed by watching the show, it turns out even the male lead thinks the show is terrible.
Word of God has it that they originally intended to use clips from General Hospital but were denied, so instead made up their own version of the show that was as ridiculous as possible (see a Christmas-themed episode where all the doctors are wearing Santa Claus hats in the OR). However, in one episode, House tells his 'ducklings' that his file is under the codename "Luke and Laura."
House: "Remind me of your influences here. I'm gonna say, Thelonius Monk and the sound a trash compactor makes when you crawl inside it."
The musical "Gay" that the characters attend in episode 2.1 of The IT Crowd qualifies as this.
Spaced character Brian Topp is an artist whose work embodies all the cliches of a tortured, pretentious, self-absorbed, angst-fueled performance-artist stereotype, pushed to their limits. Though the writers created it as if seriously trying to come up with a piece of performance art, according to the commentary, knowing that it would be funnier than if they tried to parody the style.
Also, there's the pretentious experimental play Lily is in (Ted describes it as being below "homeless people screaming at you in the park" as a theatrical experience) and the one-man play Barney does just to get even with Lily for having to sit through it.
There's also Doctor X, Ted's persona from his college radio days. Although this definitely counts as So Bad, It's Good too.
There was also the game show "Heads or Tails", in which contestants can win fabulous prizes if they call a coin flip correctly. Granted, the only thing really wrong with it was the premise, but that premise was bad enough to count.
An episode of Star Trek: The Next Generation had the crew trapped in a 1920's style gangster story that repeated itself over and over and kept them from leaving. Upon examining the hotel that was the setting, they discover the skeletal remains of an astronaut. Reading his diary reveals that his ship encountered aliens which accidentally killed his crew. Out of remorse, they placed the lone survivor in a replication of what they thought he would be happy with. Unfortunately, the only reference they had to what life was like on Earth was a copy of a trashy novel he had brought along with him. The astronaut laments that, while he believes the aliens meant well, the characters are so shallow and the plot is so derivative, that it has become a living hell and he eagerly looks forward to the sweet release of death.
The "Captain Proton!" holonovels from Star Trek: Voyager. A deliberate send-up of the old sci-fi film serials that, to today's jaded viewers, really did suck. The Holodoc ticks off the crew by incorporating them into one of his own holonovels, which are already bad. Tom Paris takes revenge by rewriting the novel, meaning that now it depicts the Doc in a horrible light (as opposed to his crewmates). The best (or worst, depending on your point of view) part of the joke was that once he sees things from the crew's perspective in Tom's rewrite, he finishes it (presumably in a form they're okay with), and publishes it, and it's implied that it may well start a rebellion of some kind among Holodocs being used as miners in a capacity not unlike slaves.
McGee's novel from NCIS, a parody of the trashy bestseller. People like his books, but they're not good. The extra joke being how seriously he takes his writing.
This is the entire premise behind Victoria Wood's Acorn Antiques, a spoof of 1980s British soap operas which formed a recurring sketch on Victoria Wood: As Seen on TV. The sketches exaggerated all the problems resulting from the unfeasibly tight schedules and low budgets of soaps, including wobbly sets (with which the actors often collided), underrehearsed actors flubbing lines and missing cues while obviously reading cue cards, visible technical equipment (with which the actors also often collided), crew members audibly hissing directions from off screen, ill-fitting costumes, obvious continuity errors, and stories rife with absurd twists, implausible dialogue, unresolved subplots, and wildly inconsistent characterisation. Even the credits were not immune to technical problems and corner-cutting (the theme tune went from being rendered on a tinny synthesiser to a piano version seemingly recorded in someone's living room).
The propaganda film at the start of the Doctor Who serial "The Armageddon Factor" is a classic example... although, as Doctor Who: The Discontinuity Guide notes, it would have worked better if the rest of the story had been more of an improvement.
Harrison Chase's "music" in The Seeds of Doom.
The trailer for the Dalek movie at the beginning of the audio dramaJubilee is ridiculously over the top and involves a lot of very large explosions, as a send-up of Hollywood movies.
The Eleventh Doctor's hilariously bad dancing, lovingly dubbed the Drunk Giraffe outside the show, is this. Matt Smith was told to dance badly, and he did.
Done for dramatic effect with the Second Doctor's recorder playing in "The Power of the Daleks". He starts off constantly getting the notes wrong, and going right back to the beginning of the tune every time he does, in the manner of a beginner; and his breath control is horrible and leads to him frequently accidentally overblowing it. As he settles into his new personality, he gets better and better at playing it until he's actually pretty good.
LOST's Nikki was a guest star on a show called Exposé, which is about strippers who fight crime. The show features melodramatic music, bad acting, and the odious Catch Phrase "Razzle dazzle!" yelled by the strippers as they fight. Notable for having Billy Dee Williams as the Big Goodexcept he's secretly the Cobra, the Big Bad!
In The Sarah Connor Chronicles, Terminator Cromartie imitates an actor. After some of Cromartie's crimes become public, a few clips from one of his movies are shown. They're about a barbarian and include a lovely blond wig, poorly spliced-in footage of a tiger, and utterly legendary acting.
In a Monty Python's Flying Circus sketch, the movie Scott of the Antarctic is renamed Scott of the Sahara so Scott can get to fight a lion. The fight scene starts with the charge of a Stock Footage lion, which reaches Scott as a lifeless dummy lion. Halfway through the fight, the dummy is replaced with an actor in a lion suit who punches Scott and hits him over the head with a chair. At the end, as was promised by Idle's character, the blood goes "psssh" in slow motion....with all the drama of water from a drinking fountain.
Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip tried to do this with the never seen "Peripheral Vision Man" sketches, which are continually derided as awful. This ended up misfiring, as all of the "brilliant" sketches that are shown are completely terrible, one wonders how bad Peripheral Vision Man could possibly be, especially considering that it's the only sketch premise that might actually appear on a real sketch comedy show.
Australian comedian Shaun Micallef uses this very frequently, both in playing himself as a terrible television host and interviewer in The Micallef Program, and more notably through the persona of David McGhan, who has been a completely idiotic reporter, hosted a nigh-incomprehensible documentary series, and produced and starred his own spy series (Roger Explosion), western (Villain in a Cowboy Hat), courtroom drama (District Attorney Ferguson) and medical drama (Dr. Miracle), all of which were (deliberately) terrible beyond description - or So Bad, It's Good.
Also Sotto Vocce, the Spaghetti Western with the inaudible hero, who was carried through to Micaleff's Newstopia series and given classy big budget production values, but still kept the same bad acting and relevant cliches.
The episode "The Stork Job" also has the team hijack the production of a film shot in Serbia called Howl Force, which features "NATO forces fighting werewolves." Sophie actually turns in a moving performance as a nun who gets shot to death by enemy soldiers... but no one gets it on tape.
The episode "The Three Days of the Hunter Job" also had a non-artistic version of this, otherwise much the same, featuring Parker:
Sophie: "You're not supposed to take it, you're supposed to get caught with it.
Parker: "I don't know how to get caught!" *
Sophie: "Yeah, I know it's difficult to steal badly, just... try."
Sophie riffles through a stack of papers loudly, then slams a desk drawer.
The first time we hear that poem was before he was a vampire, and one listener said that he'd rather have a railroad spike driven into his head than hear it. The second time is a hundred plus years later in a rough biker-type bar. This time the patrons loved it, because everyone in the bar (including Spike) was completely drunk.
Giles drawing. Just look at Hush, or his conversations with the Chinese Slayerette. Especially bad in comparison to Angel's incredibly lifelike sketches... vampire should have been an artist.
In a Seinfeld episode where we hear George sing an answering machine message to the tune of the Greatest American Hero theme song, Broadway star Jason Alexander had to tone down his singing talent to sound more like George would sing.
Elaine's awful dancing also fits this trope.
Twin Peaks and its in-series soap opera Invitation to Love.
On Supernatural, the character Becky writes fan fiction that applies Rule 34 to the in-universe series of novels describing the lives of the protagonists. The excerpt of her work that actually appears on the show is full of Narm and Fetish Retardant.
There is also a far superior and more accurate, and very popular, series that also chronicles their lives, written by a prophet called Chuck who knows what will happen to them shortly before they do. It's quality is justified, seeing that Chuck is actually God.
Dean heatedly denies watching Dr. Sexy, MD.
Almost everything Charlie writes in It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia is either completely illegible or completely insane. The best example of this would be his song The Nightman - Charlie claims it is about the nightman filling him up and he becomes the spirit of the nightman, but the lyrics sound like they are more about a man breaking into his house and raping him. Later when Mac hands Dennis Charlie's lyrics, Dennis asks if it is a page from a colouring book.
To say nothing of his musical "The Nightman Cometh."
Christopher Multisanti seems to be a magnet for this trope in The Sopranos. Season 1 introduces the godawful band Visiting Day, which he is forced to help promote with his girlfriend Adriana. Later seasons introduce his screenplay and later film, which is basically a poorly-spelled Cliché Storm of bad mafia movie and horror film tropes.
Father Ted opens one episode with a clip from a show called "Father Ben", displaying exactly the same title sequence as its parent show, and hilariously similar yet exaggerated characters.
In Skins Series 3, Freddie's sister takes part in a TV talent competition to join girl group "Da Sexxbombz". The show is like an even more crass, sleazy version of The X Factor or American Idol.
A recurring sketch on That Mitchell and Webb Look features two scriptwriters who don't do their research. Any reserch. Their sports drama is filled with Gretzky Has the Ball; their hospital show was written without knowing any medical terms, and so on. Faced with their Bad Bad Scripts, it's apparent that everyone else involved ceases to care, so we get Bad Bad Acting as well.
The Muppet Show pretty much runs on this trope. Fozzie Bear's terrible comedy act is the most obvious example; but it's also a good description of many other major and minor characters, particularly Miss Piggy, and the hapless duo Wayne and Wanda.
Flight of the Concords has some of this when we see the band actually play a gig. They also appear to only know 2 songs (Robots and Rock the Party). The music videos in the show that presumably take place in the characters' minds are very good in comparison.
Flash Forward has a recurring kids' cartoon called "Tim Tim and Squirrelio" which looks more like a bad flash cartoon than an actual animated show.
Saturday Night Live had its running series in the 1970s episodes hosted by Leonard Pinth-Garnell (Dan Aykroyd) featuring "Bad Theater", "Bad Cinema", "Bad Musicals", "Bad Children's Cabaret", etc.
Also worth noting is the recurring "Digital Short" "Laser Cats". Each "Laser Cats" begins with Andy Samberg and Bill Hader pitching their idea to showrunner Lorne Michaels. In the future, cats develop the ability to shoot lasers out of their mouths. The shorts feature them as Admiral Spaceship and Nitro, Space Police who fight evil with laser cats. The shorts are all shot with handheld cameras in locations that are obviously just back halls of the SNL studio, featuring terrible special effects, Bad Bad Acting, poor costumes, and "cats" that switch between real cats and stuffed ones without warning. Each time, Hader and Samberg think "Laser Cats" is brilliant; Michaels just tells them to get the hell out of his office (though the recent one with Steven Spielberg backing it up did make Lorne Michaels reconsider, even if he had to lie about how good it was).
Rachel's Run Joey Run video in Glee. And let's not forget "My Headband" and "My Cup," two awful attempts at songwriting.
Also, Blaine's big brother Cooper thinks himself a great actor. He's really not.
Cooper: The secret to great acting, great acting: ignoring whatever the other actor is doing. Eye contact with a scene partner is incredibly distracting; I try to tune them out entirely. Sometimes I wear ear plugs. That way I don't get distracted by what they're doing, and I can focus on the awesome acting choices I've planned ahead of time. Like, eating a roast beef sandwich. Right? Other choices I can plan ahead of time: SCREAMING ALL MY LINES! Because I'm really intense, AND THE THINGS I'M FEELING are really intense 'CAUSE I'M AN INTENSE ACTOR!
Although we never actually see her dance, Diane Chambers from Cheers is said to be very, very bad at ballet.
In Black Adder Goes Forth, Baldrick recites several poems:
Hear the words I sing, War's a horrid thing. But still I sing, sing, sing Ding a ling a ling.
The Blackadder the Third episode "Sense and Senility" featured the play The Bloody Murder of the Foul Prince Romero and His Enormous-Bosomed Wife of which its writers, Enoch Mossop and David Keanrick, were inordinately proud. The extracts we hear make it sound like the most ponderous examples of restoration drama possible.
To give just one example, one of the lines is "To torture him I lust! Let's singe his hair, and up his nostrils hot bananas thrust!"
An episode of Red Dwarf features a B-Movie, Attack of the Giant Savage Completely Invisible Aliens, the trailer of which is little more than people pointing at things that aren't there and a flying saucer on a fishing line.
There's also the Neighbours parody Androids, which features (literally) robotic acting and deliberate 'mistakes'.
An episode of Sabrina the Teenage Witch has Sabrina attempting to write a romance short story as an assignment: "Claire looked at Robert, and Robert looked at Claire. Claire and Robert were looking at each other. Claire didn't want to fall in love but nothing in her crazy life made sense and she lost all feeling in her thumbs!" Needless to say, the episode was about how she was failing that class. The one she ultimately submitted was a cliched` spy novel that, while better, was still pretty cheesy with a fair amount of Fridge Logic, even as it was magically brought to life, plus originally had a fairly depressing The Bad Guy Wins outcome since Sabrina was too lazy to think of a better ending.
30 Rock is all over this trope. The in-show sketches of TGS (such as Robot vs Bear and Fart Doctor) are portrayed as mindless dreck that only appeals to the lowest common denominator. Most of the rest of NBC's lineup (including reality shows such as Milf Island) are shown as no better. Then there's the distinguished careers of TGS's stars, Tracy Jordan and Jenna Maroney. Tracy is best known for dim-witted comedies such as Who Dat Ninja and Samurai I-Am-Awry. And Jenna's greatest achievements are a Broadway adaptation of Mystic Pizza and a biopic of Janis Joplin that, due to legal issues, ended up being about "Jackie Jormp-Jomp" performing at "Wordstock".
Threat Level Midnight, Michael's action movie from The Office. Looks like what one expects a movie written by a regional manager and filmed in his free time over eleven years would look like. Also on The Office, the hilariously bad yet accurate sexual harassment training video ("Are you a real redhead?") and the children's show (Fundle Bundle). And Kelly's video, The Girl Next Door.
Roundhouse, with its cardboard props and practically non-existent sets, seems to fit this rather well. (And Word of God has stated it's designed to look like kids doing a show with practically nothing.)
A Taxi episode had Bobby get a role on a soap opera, with many jokes about how the show's star is constantly crying. Alex even reads part of the script, which specifies the exact way she should be crying with every line.
The X-Files has the movie featured in "Hollywood AD", about one of Mulder and Scully's cases. It's a cheap looking action movie, with the pair of them do traditional Hollywood quips. Both Mulder and Scully express disgust though Scully is also above it and looks amused with the whole silly thing.
On some episodes of The Red Green Show, Ranger Gord did "educational" forest-themed cartoons, with animal versions of the Possum Lodge members and a Parody Sue version of Gord. Gord's actor (Peter Keleghan) did all the voices in a deliberately bad style, and the animation was intentionally jerky.
While deconstructing Self-Made Man, in The Colbert Report, Stephen Colbert fires his staff and ends up filming his show with an iPhone, and using a dry eraser board to do The Word, falling straight into this trope, up until he chokes on the cap of his dry erase marker.
On Queer as Folk there was a Show Within a Show called "Gay as Blazes" which was shown to be extremely politically correct, and thus dull and overall very bad, although all the characters except Brian loved it. It was a very unsubtle Take That to the critics who complained that Queer as Folk itself wasn't PC enough, and eventually Brian mentions that it was cancelled.
Hugh Jackman's opening number when he hosted the 81st Academy Awards. He re-enacts the year's Oscar nominated films with deliberately cheap-looking props, which he claimed to have put together in his garage the night before, due to the poor economy not allowing the Academy to make actual props.
The M*A*S*H episode "The Most Unforgettable Characters" has Radar enrolling in a mail-order creative writing course. Throughout the episode we hear his voiceover narration of the weekly staff report written in ridiculously purple prose.
"The friendly old sun showed his friendly hot face over the mountains of purple majesty, as though he was salutating 'Good morning' to all. Alas, alack! The peaceful quietness was detonated by a herd of chopper, transportizing punctured personnel. But our gallant doctors, the miracle medical mortals, are ever-ready to treat the sick..."
On Breaking Bad, there are Saul Goodman's "Better Call Saul" commercials. Hank obviously doesn't think very highly of them:
Saul: Anything you care to share with me?
Hank: Sure, your commercials, they suck ass. See better acting in an epileptic whore-house.
The whole point of The Spoils Of Babylon, which is presented as a self-indulgent vanity project by the fictional hack author Eric Jonrosh that got shelved in 1979 and is now being unearthed. It's full of Bad Bad Acting deliberate Special Effects Failures and an entire part played by a mannequin voiced by Carey Mulligan. It's essentially a Trans Atlantic Equivalent of Garth Marenghi's Darkplace, but lampooning overblown "event" miniseries rather than supernatural horror shows.
In The Sarah Silverman Program, Brian's favourite TV show is something called "Doctor Lazer Rage", a No Budget British science fiction show starring ex-DoctorChristopher Eccleston doing a send-up of his own performance, by way of David Tennant's Doctor and Roj Blake. What little we see of the show involves incredibly unconvincing CGI and monsters, and Eccleston's character acting painfully well despite the ludicrous Ice-Cream Koan and Cliché Storm dialogue they're making him say, while wearing a dreadful shiny jacket and wielding a silly raygun that makes cheesy zap sounds.
The remade clips of Doctor Who in An Adventure in Space and Time, especially the remade "An Unearthly Child" sequences, are far, far worse than the actual 1960s Doctor Who series is - Bad Bad Acting, awful camerawork, framing and editing, Leave the Camera Running leading to awkward pauses in the action, visible stagehands, and continuity errors. Unlike most examples, this is not Played for Laughs, and is mostly just there to heighten the difference between the actors in character and the actors out of character, as well as to make it clear just how hopeless the show's production was. It's possible it was also exaggerated because, in the film, only short clips of the action are ever shown and so the audience needed to get a sense of the shoddiness of the production from much less footage. The clip of the Doctor's speech to the departing Susan from "The Dalek Invasion of Earth" is notably better acted, as it is in-universe Enforced Method Acting due to Hartnell's grief over Verity Lambert's departure. (In reality, Verity Lambert left during the production of "Mission to the Unknown", a pretty grisly Bottle Episode which didn't even have the Doctor in it, so it's almost impossible that Hartnell had been thinking about her during the scene. It doesn't work as well for the story, though.)
The costumes of some of the aliens look significantly worse than the ones in the show, possibly because of Reality Is Unrealistic - Doctor Who has a rather exaggerated reputation in the public consciousness for monsters made out of duct tape and bubble wrap (okay, that last one did happen once, but...) that the film had to abide by. Compare the Menoptera◊ in the film to the Menoptera◊ in the show - obviously, neither is particularly good, but the original Menoptera has a more detailed headdress and makeup, more realistic antennae and eyes that aren't just painted onto the fur, more graceful limbs, wings with more structure, and a mantle made of properly quilted cloth instead of a strip of upholstery foam with the design painted on. The construction is overall better and less lopsided as well.
Harry Nilsson's marvellously irreverent album Son of Schmilsson includes the song "Joy", a country-music parody built around an Incredibly Lame Pun, awkward pauses, repetitive lyrics, and more obvious rhymes than you could shake your ... thyme ... at. Yeah.
The Human League's "(Keep Feeling) Fascination" is intentionally like this, being a parody of the new wave genre. This is why the synth sound is out of tune, and the happy mood of the song is in huge contrast with most of their music. Presumably because most people didn't get the joke, they left it off their album Hysteria (although it was included on a Fascination! EP of non album material)
Much of Frank Zappa's parody work, particularly his early material. The most obvious example of this is America Drinks where the song is generally played as if the band are a very bad bar band.
The album "Cruisin' With Ruben & The Jets"(1968) was a stylistic parody of cheesy doo-wop songs, so accurate that you could almost mistake it for being a real doo-wop album.
Microdisney's B Sides towards the end of their career were like this because the band were growing tired of recording new material for them. "Little Town in Ireland" and "I Can't Say No" are both intentionally bad parodies of the Celtic Folk and Country genres respectively.
Camille Saint-Saëns's Carnival of the Animals has a movement titled "Pianists", in which the two pianists tediously perform five-fingered exercises and scales... as if they were beginners.
"My Humps" by the Black Eyed Peas was supposed to be this, a parody of overtly sexualized songs sung by female artists flaunting their figures. It didn't work. Then Alanis Morissettecovered it and it worked spectacularly well.
David Bowie wanted a 'garage band' feel to 'Boys Keep Swinging' but felt his band were playing too proficiently....so he got them to swap instruments. Diamond Dogs is so full of reverb, judders and crackling that, even remastered, it still sounds like an old phonograph.
Country music parodist Cledus T. Judd used to use a whiny, nasal, slightly off-key delivery. He ditched the voice in the mid 2000s and now mostly uses his regular voice, which is a surprisingly smooth baritone. Later albums find him bringing back the twang, but in a more subdued and still in-key.
On the Swirling EddiesCover AlbumSacred Cows, all the songs are either deliberately bad (like DeGarmo & Key's "God Good, Devil Bad" performed as if they were recovering from head injuries) or wildly out-of-genre (like a lounge jazz version of DC Talk's "I Luv Rap Music").
The Puppini Sisters made a well-arranged cover of "Spooky," but the video is loaded with homages to old, poorly-made horror films, complete with bad effects and silly screaming expressions.
A large part of the appeal of The Moldy Peaches and similar 'anti-folk' bands and artists.
Music historians are still debating whether Mozart'sA Musical Joke is an example of this or an excuse for Mozart to experiment.
Invoked by Igor Stravinsky and subverted by time. In his now famous (then infamous) composition "The Rite of Spring", the famous opening melody is given to the bassoon. It was a line that was more suited for a clarinet and was written out of the common range of a bassoonists at the time; Stravinsky intended it to sound broken and strained. Now, ironically enough, the piece is so famous that the bassoon melody is a must-know for bassoonists, who've gotten significantly more proficient at their instruments when the "Rite" improved the PR of their instrument. Now every performance of the piece has the opening melody played beautifully and expertly.
The Statler Brothers' comic alter ego, Lester "Roadhog" Moran and The Cadillac Cowboys, which began as a sketch on one of their albums and later spun off into a full-length album of their own. A small-time country band with minimal musical proficiency and off-key vocals, who also has a tendency to forget songs right in the middle of playing them.
Donny Benet's deliberately outdated brand of lounge-synth, particularly obvious in the video for his main single 'Don't Hold back'.
In 1997, artist duo Vitaly Komar and Alexander Melamid once took a massive poll of Americans' taste in music, down to very specific criteria (what type of instruments were liked and disliked, what type of tempo, what type of lyrics, etc.). Using this data, they then decided to create the most statistically "wanted" and "unwanted" songs in America. The "Most Wanted Song" is a Glurgey R&B ballad that acutely reflects the spirit of the times. The "Most Unwanted Song", however, born from average Americans' distaste for musical elements as diverse as opera, cowboy songs, rap music (!!), accordions, tubas, commercial jingles, bagpipes, children's voices, abrupt changes in tempo, extreme length, and "intellectual stimulation", must be heard to be believed. To put into perspective: this song features an opera singer rapping about cowboys and Ludwig Wittgenstein to the accompaniment of a drum machine, tuba and bagpipes. Yes.
Similarly, there's Faith No More's "Everything's Ruined" video, which was inspired by video booths at county fairs, and had the band miming in front of various Chroma KeyStock Footage - particularly funny moments have them "swimming" in front of an underwater backdrop, or fleeing from a giant tortoise. The band really didn't have much of a budget, having spent most of it on the other two videos for the album Angeldust, so they deliberately went for something as silly and cheap-looking as possible.
Her performance at the EVMAs later that year was even more deliberately sucky, featuring her singing her Power Ballad single about a failing relationship with an Ice King, in front of a backdrop video of a poorly-photoshopped Cute Kitten lipsyncing to her and crying. This one was definitely Trolling, considering the internet's love of cats.
The Contemptible Cover of her album "Bangerz", which is intentionally badly photoshopped and styled like the stuff from the 1980s that did not age well. And this one is definitely Cool but Stupid, since the aesthetic makes it look nothing like anything else on the shelf and has an undeniable style to it, albeit an ugly one.
In FoxTrot, Roger once wrote a spy novel with a Marty Stu self-insert as the lead character. One week of strips consists of hiliariously-bad quotes and over-the-top scenes, plus his wife's reaction to the same (for instance, a Big "NO!" when the character is faced with a Wire Dilemma involving 173 wires and cuts the right one). It's even funnier when one realizes that his wife is (ostensibly) a professional writer.
At the beginning of the nWo angle, WCW produced a series of deliberately cheap commercials with the disclaimer, "the following announcement has been paid for by the nWo." They were all in black and white and often featured recordings of Hogan yelling taunts, selective editing of the bad guys wiping out heroes, and sometimes action figures being destroyed.
Likewise, the first Souled Out, billed as a PPV financed and organized by nWo, was also deliberately cheap.
Generally, one of the ideas behind the concept of a jobber is that they are sub-par wrestlers in their respective league. When promoters want to show off the in-ring prowess of a certain wrestler that they want to turn in to a star, they put them in to easily-won matches with jobbers, who are designed to look mundane and easily beaten in comparison to the hopefully soon-to-be star. This makes the wrestler than the promoters are trying to, well, promote look like a competent and powerful character by having him handily dispose of the sucky wrestler.
Some jobbers aren't portrayed as actually being "sucky wrestlers" as much as they are "wrestlers hopelessly out of their league". Some explicitly are shown to be terrible however. Also, when an onscreen non-wrestler personality (like a dastardly manager or an evil executive authority figure) is thrust in to the ring with an actual wrestler, the non-wrestler will play up being clumsy and just plain bad. Behind the scenes though, they usually have a bit wrestling training or even be former wrestlers; Captain Lou Albano (former tag team champion), Mr. Fuji (who was a champion in several promotions) and the legendary Bobby Heenan are good examples.
WWE's revival of ECW began with 2005 and 2006 ECW One Night Stand pay per views, both serving as ECW reunions. True to the original ECW, they were extremely lacking in the special effects and gigantic elaborate stages that WWE was known for. To add to this, it was held ECW's old stomping ground: the Hammerstein Ballroom, which is a tiny venue capable of seating capacity a mere 2,500, whereas most WWE PP Vs are held in arenas that accommodate roughly 10,000). In 2007, One Night Stand would entirely drop the ECW theme for good to become a standard WWE pay-per-view with extravagant production values and conventional matches in a much larger arena; Joey Styles remarked on camera that it seemed inappropriate.
Mick Foley as Dude Love. To drive home how different this persona was from Mankind and Cactus Jack, Foley would make his performances as Dude Love as boring as he could. One way included repeatedly putting his opponent into headlock after headlock after headlock.
"Don Juan Triumphant", the opera that the The Phantom of the Opera writes and extorts into production in the Andrew Lloyd-Webber production, is hideously overwrought and cliched even by the standards of opera.
All three of the "operas" within the show (the other two being the Meyerbeer-esque "Hannibal" and the opera buffa pastiche "Il Muto") would count here.
"The Midas Touch" from Bells Are Ringing is a rather bad nightclub song written by dentist Joe Kitchell. (This character was fictional, but the notion of a dentist moonlighting as a songwriter was not. A week after Bells Are Ringing opened on Broadway in 1956, the Ethel Merman vehicle Happy Hunting opened; its widely-panned score was composed by a Real Life dentist named Harold Karr.)
"Robbin' Hood" in the musical Curtains!
"Over the Moon," Maureen's absurdly pretentious (even for performance art) one-woman show/protest in Rent.
About half the audience of Rent thinks that the fact that most of the works of art we're shown (Mark's movie, Maureen's performance art, Roger's "In Your Eyes", Collins' "fighting the power" consisting mainly of breaking into ATMs and putting a virus on a college's computers) kind of suck is intentional, and that the play is making a point about fighting for even low quality art. The other half thinks that this was unintentional. It's best not to think about this too much.
The 1929 play June Moon parodied the sort of bad songwriters who thought they were the first to notice that "June" and "moon" rhyme.
The plays within a play in A Midsummer Night's Dream (Pyramus and Thisbe) and Hamlet (The Murder of Gonzago) feature stiff and awkward (and, in the former case, outright silly) prose compared to the play proper. The former gets an additional nod for hilarity because it also was a Take That against Macekre-style editing in order "Not to offend/frighten anyone".
Pyramus and Thisbe was also the inspiration for Romeo and Juliet (which Shakespeare is believed to have written concurrently with Midsummer), and its interpretation in the play can be viewed as a parody of Shakespeare's own tragic version of the story.
The Shakespearean stage directions also work with the stylistic suck of Pyramus and Thisbe; in Shakespeare's time, stage directions were woven into the dialogue (since, for example, they did not have the technology to raise and lower lights and change scenery for different times and places), and the scene setting in Pyramus and Thisbe all occurs long after it is meant to have happened, meaning the actors have to run around and generally look stupid to make up for it.
A Bug's Life has a scene that deliberately calls reference to the Midsummer play. The schoolchildren act out a play of how the "warriors" are supposed to fight the grasshoppers. Dot's final lane in that play — "I die, die, die, die, die, DIE," complete with overblown acting — is taken directly from the end of the Midsummer play.
Orlando's love poetry in As You Like It also qualifies; Touchstone mocks it openly with his own Stylistic Suck parody.
Richard Wagner's Siegfried has a scene in which Siegfried tries to imitate a significant bird call by plucking a reed and playing on it. The sound heard is that of an out-of-tune English horn.
Continuing with Tom Stoppard - his play 'The Real Thing' features a playwright asked to rewrite a play by a young political agitator. The brief dialogue we hear from the play is utterly awful.
The eponymous Show Within a Show from The Drowsy Chaperone goes into this territory frequently, most obviously in the song "Bride's Lament" in which the heroine compares her wayward groom to a monkey on a pedestal. It makes sense in...actually, it really doesn't; that's what makes it so funny.
Both of Conrad Birdie's big performance numbers in Bye Bye Birdie, "Honestly Sincere" and "One Last Kiss," as well as "The Telephone Hour," are such obnoxiously (and brilliantly) simplistic and repetitive parodies of 1950's teenybopper pop ("Goin' steady! Goin' steady!") that people frequently forget how sophisticated and melodic the rest of the show is, lumping it in with pure camp shows like Grease.
But "Honestly Sincere" isn't that bad of a song, and in The Movie it actually proves to be Crowning Music of Awesome (causing every person in the square except Hugo Peabody to faint).
In Wonderful Town, Ruth, in an effort to prove herself as a talented and sophisticated writer, leaves a pile of story manuscripts on a magazine editor's desk. Her stories, depicted in vignettes, include bad knock-offs of Hemingway ("For Whom the Lion Roars") and Dorothy Parker ("Exit Laughing"). (Comden And Green were the real writers of these vignettes, though they were credited only for lyrics.)
"Gliding Through My Memoree" Rodgers and Hammerstein's Flower Drum Song, with the transparently terrible attempt to pass off Chinese-American Chorus Girls as exotic beauties from Ireland, Sweden, etc.
Archibald Grosvenor and Reginald Bunthorne's poems in Patience are delightfully abysmal parodies of aesthetic poetry.
Bunthorne's poem high-flown, grandiloquent poem "Oh, Hollow! Hollow! Hollow!" refers to "amaranthine asphodel", "calomel" and "the amorous colocynth" that "yearns for the aloe". These are all laxatives.
Baby June/Dainty June's vaudeville numbers in Gypsy are intentionally written to be cloying, cliche-ridden and insipid, to show that while Mama Rose might be persistent and determined to succeed (through her daughters), she clearly lacks talent. It also underscores how hopeless her attempts are to force her daughters to succeed in a dying art form.
The Retool of Carrie: The Musical. Hot-blooded, indeed.
The song "Bianca" in Kiss Me Kate, which is supposed to be a bad poem Bill wrote for Lois.
Max Payne 2. The various TV shows the player can catch snippets of during the game (which often have plot elements reminiscent of Max's own experiences) have scripts ranging from Cliché Storm to pure Mind Screw, the dialogue is overacted, and the visuals consist of a small selection of still images. Especially funny is one scene in Lords and Ladies (a cheesy, Austenesque soap opera), where a villain is stabbed with a sword, but the actor is visibly tucking the blade under his arm; the arm facing the camera, no less.
In Final Fantasy VII, the infamous date scene involves Cloud and whoever his date happens to be viewing a ridiculously bad play involving a king and a dragon, one in which they're thrust into the main roles, with various levels of reluctance depending on the date.
In Final Fantasy VII: Crisis Core, Genesis will not stop quoting from LOVELESS, which (we are told), is an epic poem of such complexity, beauty, perfect writing, narrative depth, and popularity that it has been adapted as a play, and the play is so popular that the avenue hosting the theater that produces it has been renamed to LOVELESS avenue... it's practically at Dethkloklevels of popularity. The poem we hear — every time Genesis opens his mouth — is a bunch of emotionally overwrought dreck.
Oddly enough Cid mentions going to see it in the original game, and he too thought it was overwrought drek.
Hojo doesn't seem to have a high opinion of it, either. That's mainly because it can't benefit his research, but he still hit the nail on the head when he called it "pure drivel."
Though we don't see all of it, in Final Fantasy IX the play "I Want To Be Your Canary" seems to be an overdramatic mishmash of several of Shakespeare's plays (it's even been penned by a "Lord Avon" and has characters named Cordelia, Leo, and Marcus). Oddly enough, there are flashes of quite good dialogue and some interesting story; it's just the onscreen acting that's melodramatic.
The mini-game "Hero Klungo Saves Teh World" in Banjo-Kazooie: Nuts & Bolts, developed entirely by Klungo. All you do is jump your way to the end as the game auto-scrolls and the only obstacles in your path are Bottomless Pits, badly drawn critters, and walls that will squash you against the screen. The graphics make the NES look like a next-gen console, the music consists of crappy chiptunes, the text is filled with Klungo's Sssssnaketalk everywhere, the boss is the Holy Grail of all Anticlimax Bosses, the Excuse Plot consists of Klungo literally saving the world by carrying the Earth in his hands the game screen is framed by a contrasting Animesque border and best of all, it randomly crashes (after which Klungo will reset the game for you while noting that he was sure that he fixed the crashes).
The bulk of Metal Gear Solid 2: Sons of Liberty is made up of extremely unsubtle repeats and allusions to the previous game, making it seem like a complete carbon copy with little redone but cosmetic dressing. Until you get to the Mind Screwending, and it's revealed that it was intentionally done that way in order to give the new protagonist the same experience as the protagonist from the previous game. Which makes perfect sense until you found out that that person who was manipulating everyone, was being manipulated, although it's still possible that it was done that way as a part of manipulating him. The point is, MGS2 is confusing. In theory. There's also the tanker episode's quirky "MGX" computer program "SPRITE v2.21" with its vintage 2d animation.
Used straight for Captain Qwark's "video-comic" games-within-a-game in Ratchet & Clank. Also, his attack plans are drawn using crayons and childish doodles on lined paper.
The entire point of The House Of The Dead Overkill is this, presenting itself in a way that makes the series' infamously Narmy dialogue and voice acting intentionally hilarious by doing it like a Grindhouse film.
Among the things a World of Warcraft rogue can pickpocket off NPCs are a couple of "Steamy Romance Novels." Opening them allows the player to view a couple pages of melodramaticPurple Prose laced with several game-related and groan-worthy double entendres. (It's doubly amusing to find one of these on, say, an enormous hammer-wielding ogre.)
The romance novels - there are around five of them - are Blizzard's joke items regarding ERP.
Baldur's Gate 2 has a play performed by troupe that lacks its leading actor and replacement Biff the Understudy is hilariously bad at filling his shoes, turning the play into one of these (naturally, Minsc thinks it's a masterpiece). A bard CHARNAME can inherit the theater after completing the associated quest line and put on a play: Depending on how much money, time and effort you put into it, the play can end up as one of these or become genuinely good.
Guild Wars Nightfall has Prince Bokka the Magnificent's theatre. The plays he puts on are all comically bad (sadly, we don't actually get to seeSummertime for Bokka). One instance of this, a retelling of events from the Prophecies campaign, is actually justified: the "actors" are in fact Kournan soldiers who staged the play to lure your party into a trap.
Upgrade Complete. The graphics start out low quality and it's up to you to upgrade them. Overall, the game takes unlock systems to the extreme (you spend money on things like better graphics, better sound effects and music, a proper character portrait, straightening the crooked menu, getting rid of that annoying hum, spelling the title properly, getting the store owner to stop insulting you...) And there's Upgrade Complete 2, which takes it up a notch.
Ultima VII also had a play about the previous exploits of the protagonist, who indeed runs around at random spouting monosyllables like "name, job, bye". You get to apply for the role, but you won't get it since you don't look enough like, er, yourself.
Also, the anvilicious "Passion Play" put up by the Fellowship, which even your companions will complain was a terrible waste of their time to watch.
The entire point of adventure game META, although of course some reviewers missed it.
Just about any game from indie developer Jazzuo, up to and including his website itself. But especially Sexy Hiking. To quote the instructions:
use the humer as if u were really climbing something and ull see
The real-time strategy game Stalin versus Martians was obviously aimed towards So Bad, It's Good territory, but ended up in the other end of the badness spectrum. It is a perfect example that attempting this does not necessarily give the appropriate result.
Every so often on VCPR in Grand Theft Auto: Vice City Stories are episodes from two very very very bad 1940s radio dramas, one of which revolves around a violently misogynistic private detective who spends more time hitting his girlfriend and shooting innocent people for being 'commies' than investigating the mystery, and another about a guy who time travels every time he goes on A Date with Rosie Palms. They're so bad that even the announcers admit they're terrible, but they have to broadcast them as part of their public service remit.
Sam & Max: Freelance Police: The Devil's Playhouse is incredibly well-written, even the things that are Stylistic Suck are hilarious. The game has a puzzle in which Sam listens to audiobooks of Max's godawful and borderline plagiaristic (but nonetheless hilarious) 'ideas for novels', including some of his Self InsertFan Fic.
Kane and Lynch: Dog Days has blurry pixelization effects used to make everything seem as if it was being recorded from somebody's cell phone. Unfortunately illusion becomes reality: the game is unstable and having to render those sketchy blotches often causes real lag.
The infamously narmful laughing scene from Final Fantasy X. Common complaints are about how forced and horrible the laughing is. That's rather the point; their laughter is forced, and it's supposed to ring hollow. When you know the context, and what they're trying to cheer themselves up about, it's actually pretty sad. All the characters react accordingly to the horrible laughing. ("You probably shouldn't laugh anymore.")
Wheatley's first test chamber in Portal 2 is deliberately designed poorly because the developers wanted to give it the feel of being designed by a first-time level editor, complete with the corny idea of signing huge words into the scenery. This is done to exemplify Wheatley's severely limited intelligence in comparison to GLaDOS.
The voices in Team Fortress 2 are supposed to be this, ranging from incorrect accents (Scout, who has a Brooklyn accent despite being from Boston), to incorrect grammar on foreign words the characters are supposed to be fluent in (Medic - it should be Schweinhunde and Dummköpfe), to tons of Poirot Speak. Apparently Valve wanted the feeling of a 1960's pulp novel written by Americans who didn't do the research. The voice acting is a blast to listen to, though, and you can tell the voice actors are having a lot of fun.
The early areas of The Halloween Hack doesn't have much scary or technically impressive things, but that's to trick the player, to lower expectations.
The eponymous Alan Wake of Alan Wake is supposed to be a gifted-though-frustrated novelist who is unsatisfied with his "schlocky" work and suffering from two years of writer's block. During the game, he has to dash off a horror novel in two weeks to satisfy a malevolent Reality WarperGenius Loci. These are made available to the player in game, and they're as corny as you expect.
Very small example: At one point in Bioshock Infinite, Booker and Elizabeth have a quiet moment where Booker plays a guitar and Elizabeth sings. During rehearsal, their voice actors (Troy Baker and Courtnee Draper) were perfectly in sync, which would have been a bit odd for a pair of amateurs who have never made music together before. In the finished product, Baker's playing is more casual, and Draper's singing doesn't quite match the notes.
Saints Row: The Third has several notable examples, particularly in the DLC content. Attack of the Clones features Pierce in a stereotypical (female) pop star outfit singing in a hilariously awkward and monotone manner. Gangstas in Space features the titular movie, which has a ridiculous plot and horribly stilted dialogue from the Boss.
Saints Row IV features a mission set in a 16-bit era side-scrolling beat-em-up, complete with heavily pixelated graphics, a reduced colour palette and badly delivered, heavily compressed voiceovers.
Borderlands 2 has a mission where you have to help Scooter write a poem to impress a girl by finding inspiring scenery to photograph. Such as a guy who hung himself on a tombstone and a corpse and a robot that look like they're spooning. Needless to say, the poem is not exactly Shakespeare quality. It's so bad that the girl the poem is supposed to impress shoots herself.
Daisy, I like you a whole lot
More than that bandit liked spoonin' that ro-bot.
You are a diamond in the rough
Or a flower surrounded by shrapnel and stuff.
I will hang myself from my own tombstone
if within you, I cannot put my bone.
Mega Man is set to appear in the fourth installment of the Super Smash Bros. series, based on his appearance in the NES games. However, it seems the developers really wanted to keep him in an 8-bit style, because all his animations are limited to mimic the old games. Of course, this already happened with Mr. Game & Watch in Melee and Brawl.
SUPER MIARO BORS, a deliberately awful Mario fan game meant to resemble a newbie's first game development experience. Complete with oversized versions of Mario and Luigi from the The Super Mario Bros. Super Show running around and killing badly JPE Ged versions of their enemies from the same show.
The microgames throughout the WarioWare franchise are made with varying degrees of skill (and the lack thereof) on the part of the in-universe developers.
Assassin's Creed IV: Black Flag: The portions of the game that are set in the modern era allow you to hack into the computers of Abstergo Entertainment to uncover various confidential company documents; among them are internal marketing evaluations of the protagonists of the previous games in the series. These are presented in a stilted, flat tone of voice that mispronounces their names and utterly dismisses the cultural context in which they lived. You also get to watch various promotional trailers for the pirate movie that you're researching, which are hilariously myopic and overacted in what can only be Self-Deprecation from Ubisoft directed at its own industry.
After getting a surprisingly positive response to the product of a game jam that was never meant to be taken seriously, Coffee Stain Studios produced Goat Simulator. The game is filled to the brim with deliberately buggy physics. It's both Stylistic Suck: The Game and Good Bad Bugs: The Game.
To the Moon has a holiday minisode where Neil makes a video game based on the events of the main game. All characters are represented by disembodied heads, the scenery is extremely pixelated (one pixel of the scenery is the size of one RPG Maker tile) and story is extremely vague, being told by Neil getting items from various characters and placing them elsewhere to open doors.
"The Cheat is a millionaire! A parade for the Cheat!"
"Dangeresque" is a Show Within a Show created by Strong Bad. It's a series of home-made action movies about the eponymous Cowboy Cop, Dangeresque, that are rife with bad acting, clumsy editing, and crude cardboard sets and props.
Renaldo: Dangeresque, it's Renaldo. I need you back here away, right? I mean, right away.
Teen Girl Squad was also meant to be this, but became unexpectedly popular on its own merits and became a regular feature of the site.
The creators also made a website for imaginary game company Videlectrix. Almost all their games are based on the most repetitive or unplayably dull gaming styles of the 1980s. Despite this, some of them are legitimately fun.
Disaster Labs' related parody cartoon, 8-Bitch Fyve, is crammed so full of deliberate badness (including garbled audio and video, Bad Bad Acting, Instant Message windows cluttering up the background, and two characters stealing each other's parts every other word) as to be almost unwatchable.
Jerry Jackson is a thirteen year old boy who posts peurile, badly made flash animations on Newgrounds. Except that he's actually Salad Fingers creator David Firth trolling the internet by being terrible on purpose.
The Demented Cartoon Movie isn't high quality animation and lampshades it, but one part that stands out as lame even in context is the dancing figure, which looks and sounds like something an amateur might have developed on an early-model Apple Macintosh.
When the author of Brawl in the Family decides to take the day off and lets Dedede draw a comic, it has has loads and loads of this.
The authors of Erfworld created a site for Parson's "Hamstard" webcomic. Suffice it to say that "Nobody reads my webcomic" is one of his laments about his real-world life prior to his summoning.
The works of Tycho's archnemesis L.H. Franzibald in Penny Arcade, whose undeserved success is a great source of jealousy for Tycho. Gabe, of course, is immediately hooked.
"I am Grimm Shado," said Grimm Shado, his triple wand claws extending. "And I am here to take it to the limit."
And Franzibald himself is an offshoot of the "Elemenstor Saga," an "epic" fantasy series about wizards and talking furniture supposedly written by the Tycho character. In an inspired bit of meta-metafiction, Gabe and Tycho created a wiki where readers can create their own continuity for the fictional works.
The theatre and TV shows the characters put on in Something Positive (such as Nailed!, a musical version of the Crucifixion), all appear to be terrible, especially Aubrey's TV series My Neighbor Cthulhu which was so bad the State of Massachusetts served her with a restraining order keeping her away from TV production equipment.
Also Davan and Jason's Cat Girl comic strip Neko Neko Holy-Chan, which Davan holds in such contempt the idea of meeting the people who like it fills him with horror.
Shortpacked!!'s Amber has written at least two blatant Mary Sue stories. Her superheroine, Amazing Girl, was impervious to criticism and had no father issues. Her online romantic novel, in addition to being a hilarious Twilight parody, is an extended metaphor for her ideal romantic life.
The various stage performances seen in Girl Genius are as overblown and corny as possible, featuring all sorts of hackneyed mad science and adventure cliches, grandiose romances, and even more grandiose dialogue. An opera called The Storm King is a particularly "impressive" example.
Of course, it is set in a quasi-Victorian milieu. Remember where melodrama originated.
Most of the main characters in Achewood keep blogs, and the some of the more dysfunctional characters have atrocious blogs. And the dangerously psychotic Nice Pete has made two forays into the world of novel-writing, both of which manage to be talentless and extremely creepy at the same itme.
"When I want your opinion I will cut out your brain and eat it and crap your opinion back into your skull"
Peanut of Housepets! writes his own comic featuring Spot (the Superdog), drawn in a crayon-and-lined-paper style, and written in an exaggeratedly amateurish style, with a Boring Invincible Hero, who is also an Author Avatar and delves into the realms of bad Fan Fic at times.
The hilarious part is that it takes actual effort to make it as crappy as it is on Photoshop, because MS Paint can't actually be that low-quality in and of itself and merely using the lowest JPEG setting on Photoshop isn't enough. Andrew Hussiehas described his techniques for reaching that level of graphical shittacularity as being fairly intensive and detailed.
Mindfang's journal is written in an awkward, fanfic-like style. Unusually for a fanfic parody, it spoofs "good" fanfic - literate, creative, but badly-worded and paced and with lots of jarring sexual content.
Karkat cannot be conveyed with a more detailed portrait yet. He is too angry, and is forced to look like shit.
Caliborn is the epitome of this. While HOMOSUCK, his dramatic retelling of the story, is miles better than his original drawings (Which were little more than scribbled lines), when combined with his immature misogynistic writing style, you get something truly unbelievable. Lampshaded by the acronym for Dave's planet in the second act, LOSHIT.
Irregular Webcomic! uses a fictional version of William Shakespeare, where "Will" is a modern-day office worker instead of the historical figure known in Real Life. Instead of writing epic poetry and plays, he focuses his time on writing Harry Potter fanfiction, which is portrayed as being low-quality writing chock full of wish fulfillment of Will's fantasies. The very idea of Shakespeare writing fan fiction would likely fit this trope, even if Will's writing didn't suck.
Marigold's fanfiction... could use some work. Jeph had a lot of fun writing that.
Also, Jimbo's romance novels.
Gunnerkrigg Court has a bonus comic called City Face. Its black-and-white art isn't bad per se, but it's certainly much simpler than the highly detailed and painstakingly colored art that Gunnerkrigg normally features. The dialog has a unique flavor (i.e. highly awkward and stilted, but apropos for the characters in question), and the overall effect is... interesting. The comments in the Shout Box below each strip are part of the joke—written by the author and patterned as a mockery of internet flame wars. Strangely, despite the odd style and superfluous plot, the City Face storyline (and its sequel City Face 2) are are stated to be canon by the author.
Super Mega lives and breathes this trope, in bright yellow.
Puppy on top of other animal: "Where did this unicorn's horn go?! Is the magic gone forever???"
Power Up Comics is meant to be a jab at those who create really sloppy webcomics by cutting and pasting a bunch of canned drawings into simplistic backgrounds and fill it with punchline-less jokes or lazy writing.
Isaac Baranoff did a one-off comic strip mocking a fellow cartoonist who he felt was "biting" his humor and art style. Baranoff's parody of that cartoonist was intentionally done as a bad stick figure drawing, mocking the rival cartoonist's style, which Baranoff disliked, and the dialogue basically accuses the other cartoonist's Expy character of being a Mary Sue.
PvP's Marcy used her webcomic i hate your face as part of her application portfolio for art college. The twostrips shown were rather dire.
Return to Dormalcy was pretty bad, as the characters of Dorm Life can attest. Josh's earlier play, Come (Out) Today, was also pretty bad but the characters all loved it.
The Free Fraps Series with Generik B, Luclin, and Wolv21 made a show which was exactly as it sounds: a 120-part series with 30 second episodes that uses the free trial version of Fraps. Luclin also has a horribly distorted microphone to help add to horribleness.
Trap-Deezy is white "Noise-rap virtuoso supreme" alter ego of Jalix/Vivisectionist Exhibitionist and is pretty much the musical equivalent of Sweet Bro and Hella Jeff who works with his partner Nigga-kid. The majority of their music is recorded with a microphone plugged into a guitar amp, held up to the guitar/keyboard/drums/whatever the fuck they're using and recorded through a shitty laptop mic, edited on Audacity and then compressed to hell on Sony-Vegas, regardless of whether it's actually coupled with video. The videos are glitchy, repeat themselves and commonly use godawful camera angles that don't actually remain for more than two consecutive seconds and don't match up with anything, the lyrics are almost beyond incomprehensible save for a few lines and even then what's actually said is questionable. The music also consists of distorted literally everything and chaos. Also, anything Nigga-kid says manages to be even more incomprehensible than the rest of the group. Yeah.
If you think their other stuff was bad enough, they made a "Grindcore EP" which is everything they did before but even worse somehow.
Trap-Deezy's solo videos are usually awful and confusing, but the two actually recorded themselves making bacon sandwiches for the entire duration, and ridiculous arguments happen throughout the video and the camera keeps getting steamed up because Nigga-kid turns the camera around specifically to shout words that Trap-Deezy has said before into the camera.
Their song titles are also pretty awful; "Flaming Black Children Exploding Out of The 9/11 Towers 1246780 No Scope 427"
Pretty much the entire Show Within a Show in Echo Chamber sucks pretty bad. But the opening titles for the fourth episode were clearly made to be as obnoxious, discordant, and unwatchable as possible.
Ducktalez is a series of Flash movies parodying DuckTales. The first episode was released in 2003, and in the time between that and the latest episode in 2013, the designs for the Ducktales characters has remained just as crappy (aside from being made into 3D in later episodes) in a self-referential parody of itself.
The aborted student film Marble Hornets looked to be... less than great. But then, there's the events surrounding it...
The series 2 DVD includes a trailer for the student movie. It is horrific.
This is also Lampshaded in the series itself: Tim starts growing more and more suspicious of Jay's claims that he wants to finish the movie since he knows it was terrible.
In the Whateley Universe, the television show "Tales of the MCO" is deliberately done to be stilted, with bad special effects and poor storylines (and anti-mutant), so that the mutants who are watching it at Whateley Academy are actually spending all their time MSTing it.
Red vs. Blue had one in-universe example, the Lopez love song. The Blues performed and broadcasted it to force the Reds to shut of their Radios. According to Sarge, "It sounds like the feral cry of a retarded Mexican sasquatch!"
Lopez in general is a good example—he can only speak Spanish, but it's terrible Spanish. By all accounts, this is entirely intentional by his voice actor, Burnie.
Another example are the deliberately terrible special effects in the machinima portions for the sake of comedy, where various objects have quite obviously been added in after the fact. Of special note is that certain additions (Donut's housewarming gift, the pile of stuff Blue Team won from the Reds, etc.) originally looked too good and had to be made worse!
On another part of Rooster Teeth, their Achievement Hunter division has AWHU (Achievement Hunter Weekly Update). This show is where the AH crew announces weekly video game news in front of a camera rested somewhere in their office, has numerous Jump Cuts, is edited out of sequence, and begins and ends episodes with mostly lousy episode-specific intros provided by their fans, most of which is just the person using their cameraphones saying the latest episode number at a famous and/or scenic location.
The Spoony Experiment/Atop the Fourth Wall crossover that covers the first issue of the Ultimate Warrior comic book features several parallel universes. In one of these both Spoony and Linkara are portrayed as horrible actors who blatantly read from the script in monotone. In the commentary, Linkara jokes that some fans are sure to not notice much of a difference from normal.
The Red Letter Media show Half In The Bag is a shining example of this trope, as a parody of both cheesy Sitcoms from The Eighties and other Video Review Shows. Whenever the stars of this review roundtable are called upon to "act", this is the inevitable result. (We know it's Stylistic Suck because these are the same people behind Mr. Plinkett).
Quite a few sites offer up parodies of webpages written poorly usually older html, with garish colors, bad formatting, broken jpegs and links and pointess looped gifs, often the page is purely of the "Hey look. I can write a web page. Wanna see a picture of my pet?" that was more common before sites like Facebook came along to handle the design needs for these people.
Yu-Gi-Oh! The Abridged Series had an episode in which Tristan watches Naruto The Abridged Series, that has nothing but Naruto telling Sasuke he is an emo over and over again. This was actually a cooperative effort between creator of both shows, as a Take That against people who thinks that calling somebody emo makes a good joke.
Henry's Kitchen is a Youtube comedy series with the concept of a guy's self-made cookery program. Except the guy can't cook. Or edit videos. It's hilarious.
Similarly, rage comics don't exactly have a beautiful artistic style, but they provide a framework where artistic rank amateurs with a sense of humor can compete with people with artistic talent on equal ground. So the suck is not so much stylistic as it is functional.
Sadly, most post 2010 rage comics tend to use less original art and instead copy used facial expressions and play on common high school humor.
Many, many Garry's ModMachinima. Characters are capable of fairly realistic animation and facial movement, but why bother when wild ragdoll flailing and deranged, physically impossible expressions are so much funnier?
From Super Academy, Power Kid's supplementary video is terribly edited and shot on a webcam. In addition, his "superhero outfit" consists of a t-shirt, sweatshirt and jeans, which earns him no end of derision from his classmates.
Dark Cop: "It looks like half of a pajama. That just might be the worst piece of clothing ever conceived."
The Adam 1995 made a parody of veryinvalid's mega man 9 review (which he hated). The whole point of it was to exagerrate his traits to unbelievable levels. It can be viewed here.
The Pack, based off of early Image Comics the likes of Youngblood, from the eponymous episode of Gargoyles. All shots from the show consisted entirely of action scenes, with no plot other than "the Pack fights evil ninjas", pretty similar to episodes from such shows.
One episode ends with a public service announcement for Testicular Torsion shot in a grainy 1960s-esque filter and featuring the cast delivering their lines in a terribly stilted manner and clearly reading off cue cards (indicated by their eyes constantly shifting from left to right).
Note that even at his own wedding, Calculon so believes (most likely programmed to) in his soap opera ways that he is tricked by the main cast in a convoluted way to rescue Bender, all by badly acting out different soap opera cliches, including amnesia, fake-dead, lost sibling and quite a few more in just a few minutes.
The same show has a total subversion as well with "Everyone loves Hypnotoad", the best show in the history of television.
There's also the incident in which the Earth is attacked by giant brains, and Fry eventually stops them by trapping their leader in a book he wrote, "a crummy world full of plot holes and spelling errors!"
Head Brain (rimshot): The Big Brain am winning again! I am the greetest! I'm now leaving Earth for no raeson! [sic]
To save the Earth from aliens, the crew writes and acts the ending of ''Single Female Lawyer.'' An ending that Fry made up in an hour (which was only about four minutes of material), having only a vague memory of part of one episode.
This was part of the original appeal of the show, portraying absurd and foul situations in extremely crude animation. The original short and the series's first episode were animated with construction paper. The show has gradually improved the art style over the years, and occasionally includes bits of impressive CGI for contrast.
"The Terrance and Phillip Show" was a parody of what critics accused South Park to be: a crudely-animated cartoon all about farts. Eventually the show discarded the parody by making Terrence and Phillip a live-action show. Canada is always drawn crudely to match, as are the Danes, the "Canadians of Europe."
In the two-part episode "Cartoon Wars," terrorists strike back at Family Guy by creating a badly animated cartoon showing barely animated cutouts of western figures like George Bush and Jesus crudely pooping on each other while shouting about how much they enjoy "crapping on each other" in broken English.
One episode of Celebrity Deathmatch features the finding of a time capsule with a cheaply done Totally Radical faux-version of the show from the 80s where Boy George fights Don Johnson (with Ronald Reagan as the guest referee). It's possibly the show's finest moment.
In early episodes, the children sometimes watch a cartoon called The Happy Little Elves, but the writers stopped putting it in because lots of people didn't understand that the suck was stylistic rather than just plain suck.
In other episodes, the characters go to see various musicals. While usually pretty well-sung, they often use hilariously poor source material for a musical, such as Planet of the Apes and A Streetcar Named Desire.
Itchy and Scratchy's Poochie, which is hated by everyone in-universe. The show itself is an inversion; its a total, ultraviolent send up of Tom and Jerry, but its very popular both in-universe and amongst actual Simpsons fans, and is a staple of the show.
In "Krusty Gets Kancelled", a rival kids' show gets the exclusive broadcasting rights for Itchy and Scratchy, and a desperate Krusty shows a short from its Eastern European counterpart, Worker and Parasite. It consists entirely of a stiff, sketchily-drawn cat and mouse bouncing around a scribbled background speaking vaguely Slavic gibberish, followed by a title card reading ENDUT! HOCH HECH! Krusty's (and our) reaction: "What the hell was that?!"
Principal Skinner's favourite seasonal movie is The Christmas That Almost Wasn't But Then Was, featuring cardboard animals, a "Christmas hobgoblin" singing a duet with Little Bo Peep for several hours, a stage hand wandering into the background of a scene, and "Santa's big sing off".
Bart's comic turn computer animation "Angry Dad", which is a badly drawn version of Homer, becomes the most watched non-porn video in the internet.
Subverted in a couple of episodes where the kids do very bad productions (Bye Bye Greasy, Renaissance Fair) that the audience absolutely loves. How could you not? Although they do bomb pretty comprehensibly in the Camp episode.
When the Cutie Mark Crusaders enter a talent show in an attempt to earn their cutie marks, they each cover roles more suited to one of the other fillies. The result is, well...this. They end up winning "best comedy act" as it had the audience laughing so hard, and pretended it was all part of the act. You even hear Scootaloo's voice actress start to crack up at the end of one of her lyrics.
Pinkie's Wonderbolt Rap in "Testing, Testing, 1 2 3" is deliberately made to look like a cheesy 90's-era rap video, completely with reduced audio/video quality, a different aspect ratio, and VHS artifacts.
An episode of Justice League featured a (presumably animated) series based on The Flash. Not only was it apparently drawn by Rob Liefeld, but the "joke" an entire scene builds up to is Flash saying "Take that, you cur!" after punching an enemy.
All the reenactments in ReBoot all have very obvious production errors, with the Megabyte binome obviously bouncing into frame after falling off stage in one episode, and the Mainframe Strolling Players Modern Major General parody having everyone who was hoisted to the ceiling fall back onto stage and when the background scrolls across there is text on one saying "don't scroll past this point".
Bob Impersonator:"I'M A GARDENER! I KNOW EVERYTHING!"
Director: "...Psst. It's Guardian. GUARDIAN."
An episode of Batman Beyond opened with a Batman musical. Though the writing and singing weren't half bad with all things considered, it was the tone that was ridiculous. Bruce was not pleased.
A case of Truth in Television if the "success" of the recent real life Spider-Man: Turn Off The Dark musical is anything to go by.
In Pinky and the Brain, this tends to happen whenever Brain's plan involves entering the art world or the entertainment industry. For example, the episode "Broadway Malady," in which the Brain decides to finance his latest scheme by producing Angst: The Musical.
Of course, a lot of post-1960s musical theatre really is like that. One of the playwrights casually referenced by Brain in that episode is Sir Andrew Lloyd Webber, and - let's be honest here - some of Sir Andrew's stuff is so pretentious and melodramatic that it can easily qualify as sucky unless you're a diehard fan.
Looney Tunes: "Porky's Preview": Porky, then in the "kid" stage of his career, drew the cartoon himself, with stick figures, one scene scribbled out and restarted, and the music slightly off-key.
"Duck Amuck" has a scene where the unseen animator who's screwing with Daffy draws a crude, black and white, stick figure background for him.
In its sequel "Rabbit Rampage", Bugs Bunny is drawn as a stick figure at one point, causing him to warn the animator, "Continue to draw me like this, buddy, and we'll both be out of woik."
One episode of Phineas and Ferb had Doof'n'Puss, a show about Doof and Perry with a ridiculous premise, outright insane plot and gigantic amounts of camp. Doof pitched it to a TV producer (voiced by Seth MacFarlane), who actually bought it.
Rejected by Don Hertzfeldt is this from start to finish. The cartoons shown start off being poorly drawn, nonsensical, and completely inappropriate, and get much much worse, fast.
The art style of Adventure Time is intentionally simplistic and effortless (with many people having the same face)... and it still manages to look pretty dang good.
In Charlie and Lola, the characters are depicted as childish drawings and the backgrounds are paper collages.
"Mama Don't Allow" was an Animated Adaptation of a story about a possum who plays the saxophone so badly that his mother kicks him out of the house until he learns to play it. (Notably, as scriptwriter Mark Evanier recalls, they hired professional saxophonist Tom Scott to play the part— who was so good, he actually had a very hard time playing badly enough. Read it here.)
Beavis And Butthead featured this bit in which the duo create poorly drawn versions of themselves that get killed over and over.
Ben 10 episode Super Alien Hero Buddy Adventures had the Show Within a Show Super Alien Hero Buddies, with characters based on the known Omnitrix aliens. The episode segment they show is very, very painful.
MAD revels in making most of its parodies of CGI movies in an extremely stiff and low detail style akin to Chinese mockbusters, albeit a thousand times funnier.
In a season 5 episode of Garfield and Friends, Garfield's frustration with the degrading protrayal of cats in most cartoons leads him to create his own self-empowering feline cartoon character, "Sam the Cat." Unfortunately the thin plot of Sam's only episode involved cheap acts of revenge against people Garfield found annoying in real life, and then the entire rest of the cartoon was Sam sleeping for over 20 minutes. Garfield hears a horrid popping noise while watching his cartoon — it turns out to be the sound of everybody in the entire country changing channels at the same time.
The Mickey Mouse cartoon Get a Horse is animated like an early sound cartoon ca. 1928, and includes common errors found in cartoons of the era, such as film pops, coloring mistakes and primitive sound effects.
The ghost of Vitruvius is nothing more than an inanimate Lego figure dangling on a string, complete with the actor going, "Oooooh". And it is glorious.
King of the Hill has the book A Dinner of Onions from the episode "Full Metal Dust Jacket," which based on the character's comments is implied to be a massive Cliché Storm. One of the first things Hank says about it was that the entire first two chapters were only a dream.
One of the TV shorts made for Gravity Falls is "Fixin' It With Soos", an in-universe web show made by Soos and loaded with cheap special effects, like gratuitous clip-art and poorly cut-and-pasted images.
"Hey, dudes, welcome to Fixin' It With Soos, the only home fix-it show I edited myself on my own home computer."
In one Trollz episode, the girls see a 50s-style video about then-new technology, such as dishwashers.
Ruby: This movie was old when my grandparents were young!
Kent Pietsch's airshow comedy act is an example of aeronautical stylistic suck. He throws his 1942 Interstate Cadet aircraft around the sky in ways that would make any pilot cringe, creating the illusion that a terrible pilot is clowning around at the controls. His aircraft loses vital parts like ailerons in flight. He even drags the wingtip against the ground at one point.
Instagram and Hipstamatic are iOS apps that apply filters to the pictures they shoot to replicate wonky optics, aged film, and other characteristics of old film cameras to produce pictures that look like old Polaroids and the like; they in turn were inspired by the current popularity of Retraux cameras, particularly cheap film cameras like Russia's Lomo or China's Holga, whose notoriously crappy build quality and quirky optics create uniquely random effects in the finished pictures. On top of that, many camera companies (particularly Canon and Sony) have included "toy camera" modes that attempt to duplicate the same effects to complete with the phone apps. (Ironically, the starting picture quality of most digital cameras on the market since about 2009 means that it's actually nearly impossible to get the photos to look bad enough in camera. For truly godawful quality out of a cheap digital camera, you need Photoshop.)
The card game "We Didn't Playtest This At All". Lots of instant win and instant lose cards, all played for laughs.