While a good movie or show is fun, there's just nothing like the visceral pleasure of taking apart a bad one
. And sometimes hating something popular
is what defines a crowd
, especially if, despite its popularity
, it's actually pretty bad. Not terrible, not pitiful, just boringly bad.
Of course, in order to hate it to its fullest potential, you need to watch it and find out why
it's so terrible.
Snark Bait refers to any popular work that evokes a desire to watch specifically to mock and join other people mocking
. It's often a generic Hollywood blockbuster, or best-selling book. It's usually so formulaic
you can see the TV Tropes Wiki Words
forming in the air as the plot happens, or so poorly fact-checked that 640k could pick it apart
Either way, everyone is going to be complaining
about it, and you wouldn't want to be left out of slagging off all those idiots
who gave up their money and time for such junk. Or the derision of stupidity with the passwords
halfway and the predictability of the ending
. So, of course, you need to buy it yourself. That'll show 'em!
As a Troper
, good Snark Bait can lead to seeing how far off you can see the Treacherous Advisor
, which characters are secretly related
, or playing Trope Bingo or a trope Drinking Game
with them. On the plus side, seeing a trope done badly
can help you see what it is, and appreciate when it's done well
It often displays some of the following tropes:
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- "America's Navy: A Global Force for Good". Whether you disagree or just think it's Narmfully Hammy, it's hard to deny this slogan's Snark Bait quotient.
- Pretty much any military recruitment campaign invites this upon itself, especially from the people who are in the military branch being advertised.
- The "Head On" commercials. How can you not make fun of a commercial that consists of nothing but "Head On: Apply directly to the forehead" repeated over and over?
- An Italian spot with Manuela Arcuri promoting a book entitled Il labirinto femminile inspired countless Youtube parodies due to its amateurish direction, poor acting, creepy Soundtrack Dissonance and the overall bad quality of the book itself. It even contains a word ("strategismo") that doesn't exist in Italian. Here it is.
- The most recent version of that spot featured Karima El Marthoug, a.k.a. Ruby, the girl (under age at the time) Prime Minister Berlusconi has been accused of having had mercenary sex with. During the spot, she gets undressed by a guy with a Phantom of the Opera mask. Oh, and the direction is still amateurish, the (rest of the) acting is still poor, the soundtrack is still creepy and the book is still bad, thanks for asking.
- Not to mention the one starring Lele Mora, the TV agent with Fascist sympathies involved in the Corona scandal.
- National Organization for Marriage's "Gathering Storm" ad has gathered quite a bit of this. Just try searching for it on YouTube. Almost every result is a parody of some kind. This is not unexpected of course, given that it's melodramatic enough to be a Stealth Parody to begin with.
- Rick Perry's "Strong" ad has launched a meme based on making fun of it.
- Pepsi brand 7UP made a critical mistake lately in India- they showed Kathakali, a serious south Indian classical dance form, as a street dance.
- Ads for feminine hygiene products in general, due to their corny stock photo aesthetic, the cheesy music, the overall bubbly-ness of its protagonists and for making viewers uncomfortable without showing anything more explicit than unnamed blue liquid.
- Many ads, posters, and articles from the 1940's and 50's weren't considered Snark Bait in their own time, but contain Values Dissonance that people enjoy laughing at decades later. Adding naughty captions to prim-and-perfect media of the period is also popular.
- Political ads in general are prone to this, since they seldom have the slightest hint of subtlety. Attack ads in particular have a tendency to be so melodramatic in their negativity that it leads to Narm.
Anime and Manga
- Apocalypse Zero, MD Geist, Genocyber (to a certain degree), the Fist of the North Star movie, Cybernetics Guardian, Cyber City Oedo 808... a lot of old ultra-violent anime series or direct-to-video releases in general tend to have this going on.
- Bleach is considered to have Jumped the Shark and has become Snark Bait even among the fandom. Kubo is considered a troll so much that "Tite Kubo trolled my fandom" has sadly become a meme among Bleach fans.
- Pretty much the same thing can be said about Naruto.
- And the shipping fandoms for both of the above. The Ship-to-Ship Combat and the fans involved have become pure jokes to those not involved.
- Code Geass was popular enough that many viewers enjoyed it for extremely different reasons. One of the factions was made up of a "trainwreck" following, especially during the run of its second season and the later stages of the first. Most of those folks watched it to see the show top its own over-the-top-ness, to pick apart the increasingly bizarre plot, and to laugh at the Narm.
- Guilty Crown ended up, surprisingly enough, developing a proportionally greater "trainwreck" following than Code Geass despite not being quite as popular overall, as a result of the show having dull or unsympathetic characters, similarly bad twists, an obsession with rape or even more bizarre fetishes and perhaps equal or greater Narm fodder. There's not even a Broken Base this time around.
- Pretty much the fate of any Gundam series in the latter run. Fans either watch them for this exact trope or they watch them because they're Gundam fans and they'll see whatever series through to the end. Especially true with latter day series such as Mobile Suit Gundam SEED Destinynote , Mobile Suit Gundam 00note and Mobile Suit Gundam AGEnote .
- Kämpfer can be considered as this due to the fact that no matter how much dense Natsuru is to the point it's already irritating, viewers still couldn't stop watching the show week after week.
- Mahouka Koukou no Rettousei, due to its nonsensical setting and plot, shallow characters, questionable content, massive political incorrectness, and brother sister incest.
- Pokémon can be considered this even within the Pokemon fandom, due to its Idiot Hero who seemingly gets dumber once he builds up experience, its long-running status, frequent Narm, and often characterization and plotting that is at odds with the games (like Pikachu being able to hit Rhydon with an Electric attack).
- The School Days anime. The nature of the OVAs imply that the creators have either gleefully embraced this, or had planned it all along.
- Sword Art Online. The first half of the series already had some people who couldn't take stuff like the facial expressions, melodramatic death scenes and the MMORPG setting too seriously, among other things. Elevate it Up to Eleven and you'll get the kind of bait that the second half became, including but not limited to the treatment of its female lead.
- In Xxx Ho Lic Watanuki is an in-universe example due to his Keet behavior.
- Yu-Gi-Oh! is excellent Snark Bait, as evidenced by its abridged series.
- Everything done by Rob Liefeld and Chuck Austen.
- All-Star Batman & Robin, the Boy Wonder: Virtually every other panel has some.
- Anita Blake, listed in the Literature section below, also has a comic book adaptation. Chris Sims has more than a few words to say about it; he particularly loves taking shots at the comic's misleading covers, bad art, wasted premise, abysmal pacing, and Jean-Claude.
- All over the place in Avengers Arena. Special mentions go to:
- "I've always been a hater." It's a bad line, misuses the word "hater"note , and shows a complete lack of understanding of Hazmat's character and back story.
- "My boyfriend exploded all over me!"
- "Chasehawk" achieving Ascended Meme status caused a lot of eye rolling.
- Comics by Jack Chick. Those, sadly, become much less funny when a ten-year-old girl, with fervent earnestness, gives you one.
- Marville: an unfunny, soon-dated parody comic created on a bet by the then Marvel editor, which then inexplicably morphed into a rambling, scientifically inaccurate diatribe about God, evolution, humanity, and the causes of war. You better believe the only reason anyone reads it is to marvel at how awful it is.
- Tarot: Witch of the Black Rose has attracted a considerable deal of snark for its constant Fanservice, Stripperific costumes, Author Filibusters (usually in favor of Wicca), and oft-narmy dialogue.
- My Immortal is probably the single most widely circulated fanfic ever created specifically because of this trope. It's probably more Bile Fascination and So Bad, It's Good than Snark Bait, but both still apply.
- My Inner Life: It certainly doesn't help that she thought at the time that the whole thing was real in her lucid dreams.
- My Little Unicorn. The fact that it's a blatant Hate Fic against My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic does not endear it to fans of the show. But what really takes it into this territory is the author saying without a hint of irony that he prefers his characters one-dimensional, some of the edits (such as replacing Cutie Marks with serial numbers), and the fact that he seriously believes that his work is better than the original show, even considering that he rips off what he doesn't arbitrarily change.
- Starkits Prophecy. So Bad, It's Good, with lots and lots of Rouge Angles of Satin, not to mention a Mary Sue as The Hero, it makes for a good platform for a snarky review.
- Fanfiction in general falls into this. Many people refer to it as "the proof of Sturgeon's Law", and few will deny that the majority of fanfiction consists of reprehensible Mary Sue wanking, paint-by-numbers romance with no real purpose other than a desire to attack another pairing / write about characters screwing, idiotic LOLRANDOM Crack Fic, potentially decent stories that last updated around the discovery of fire, and unreadable vomit that could possibly have been written by banging one's head against a keyboard. Of course, that really just makes the good stuff all the better.
- Many online communities are devoted to the sporking and mocking of bad fanfics (especially Mary Sue fics).
- Pornographic fanfiction gets this a lot.
- Clothing by Abercrombie & Fitch and its subsidiaries, mostly for its frat guy clientele and some controversial statements from the CEO.
- Crocs, for being widely regarded as hideous.
- Anything by the brand Ed Hardy.
- Fedoras, though the snark here is mostly directed towards the people who can't pull them off.
- Mullets, which in the western world have become synomynous with White Trash.
- Ugg Boots, again, for their questionable design.
- After Earth, this time surprisingly not the fault of its director M. Night Shyamalan. Aside from being a horribly mediocre Sci-Fi film, there's also the case of presumed Church of Happyology symbolism and Will Smith desperately trying to push his son towards fame.
- Asteroid movie. Probably worth watching - if you have bile deficiency and readily available can of Brain Bleach... or properly perverted sense of humor.
- Ripping on Batman & Robin is pretty popular. Many snark sites have dedicated time to it. The film was also nominated for a whopping eleven Golden Raspberry Awards, including Worst Picture, though it only won for Worst Supporting Actress (Alicia Silverstone).
- Its presence is all but guaranteed on a "worst Super Hero film ever" list, and makes more occasional cameos on generic "Worst Films Ever" lists as well. Cracked.com, however, used this movie's reputation to create a list of "five comic book movies way worse than Batman and Robin"— most of which are waaay more obscure than Batman and Robin.
- Bane especially seems to be a good source of snark, especially when compared to the one played by Tom Hardy in The Dark Knight Rises.
- Battlefield Earth starts off as Bile Fascination, but becomes Snark Bait on repeated viewings.
- Indie phenomenon Birdemic.
- Cool as Ice, which can be best described as "The Room, with Vanilla Ice".
- On a similar note, Death Bed: The Bed That Eats. Watch some of it here.
- Movies such as Freedom Writers and Dangerous Minds are often parodied because of their predictable Save Our Students plots (Lean on Me gets a pass because A: It's Morgan Freeman, and B: he inspires students by being a completely unforgiving hard-ass).
- The 2010 horror film Frozen (not to be confused with the Disney film) can be considered this, with its unlikable Too Dumb to Live characters and wandering packs of wolves.
- The Garbage Pail Kids Movie.
- The same goes with Gigli, if only to see the lack of chemistry between then-star couple Jennifer Lopez and Ben Affleck (and J-Lo's infamous and strangely prophetic "It's turkey time..." line).
- Many of the G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra's cliches, but when the movie opens with "In the not too distant future...", you get an inkling about what you're in for.
- Most of the classic Godzilla and Gamera films. Bonus points if you're watching the English dubs.
- Mortal Kombat: Annihilation. While the previous film was a decent enough adaptation of the fighting game franchise, Annihilation was a trainwreck through and through. Of the original cast only two actors reprized their roles.
- Night Watch. Sergey Lukyanenko suffers this in general, in part for the same reasons as Dan Brown, in part for his behaviour when he doesn't like something. But The Movie took a cake. In the face. It was hooted at both for parts that are faithful to the original—by his critics— and parts that aren't—since even his fans consider it badly adapted.
- The Room.
- Star Wars. Prequels just made the target bigger and more tempting. There's a lot of hits, from poking fun at retcons and the excess of Hollywood Science, Hollywood Tactics and/or Romantic Plot Tumors to fan theories and a whole webcomic aimed to re-interprete or re-render series in a way that would make more sense than the canon. Or just "A Bit Silly".
- The So Bad, It's Good Cult Classic, Troll 2. It almost a tradition at this point to say, with Arnold, "They're eating her! And now they're gonna eat me! OH MY GOOOOOOOOD!" More cynical snarkers enjoy the incredibly vague popcorn scene and the protagonist urinating on the family dinner for no apparent reason.
- The Wizard has a cult following in the video game culture dedicated to tearing it apart for its laughable inaccuracies and blatantly Merchandise-Driven nature.
- Practically any movie by Ed Wood.
- Also, anything by M. Night Shyamalan (except The Sixth Sense and possibly Unbreakable). The Last Airbender, in particular, for taking an extremely popular animated show and producing an insultingly horrible live-action version (reducing characters to bland cliches, performing Race Lifts across the board, etc.) that was universally panned by fans and neophytes alike. The connection to something that doesn't suck meant that lots of people saw it and were all but forced to make fun of it.
- Most films with Nicolas Cage, especially Ghost Rider and the 2006 remake of The Wicker Man.
- Anything by Seltzer and Friedberg.
- Two words: Uwe Boll. There's a reason why his page is a member of the Permanent Red Link Club, among many other things that we will not discuss here.
- Any mockbuster is bound to get this in spades.
- Almost any film that was ever covered on Mystery Science Theater 3000, but perhaps most especially "Manos" The Hands of Fate and Pumaman.
- The film God's Not Dead, mainly because the atheist professor who maintains God's non-existence is played by the son of Zeus himself, Kevin Sorbo.
- Anita Blake:
- Atlas Shrugged, just take a look at the quotes in this very site.
- Baby Sitters Club has become this in recent years after the popularity has waned, with several blogs and online communities being devoted to it.
- According to many Warcraft fans, Cycle of Hatred.
- The Da Vinci Code. It seems that a less-than-shiny book assembled from moldy pieces of cryptohistory is not going to be less of a target if advertised as a daring innovative idea and (whispering) maybe even really relevant theory.
- The fact that it holds the record for the most frequently donated book gives way to a lot of Snark Bait.
- "The Eye of Argon" is possibly the worst fantasy short story ever written ever. Terrible in the extreme, only readable with the help of the MST3K crew heckling it... yet somehow, impossible not to read (at least once). In places, it has become tradition to stage competitions of how much people could read with a straight face and expressive voice. Three quarters of a page is considered doing extremely well.
- Fifty Shades of Grey in general, especially the part where Ana describes Christian's penis as "my very own Christian Grey-flavoured popsicle." The series has been parodied numerous times, e.g. by Jimmy Fallon and barelypolitical .
- Christopher Paolini's Inheritance Cycle is one of the biggest examples, primarily due to accusations of being unoriginal.
- With all the crap Paolini gets, you have to feel a little sorry for the guy when you learn he started writing the series when he was only sixteen years old. It probably started out as some sort of fan-fiction-y amalgam of all his favorite fantasy series. Of course, said pity may dissolve completely with the knowledge that he published it when he was over twenty-one, that was nine years ago - and it still looks very much like a sixteen-year-old wrote it (with the help of a thesaurus).
- Though not remotely popular, the Maradonia Saga has become famous for being made of 100% pure fail. It's not just derivative, it literally plagiarizes from The Bible, has Random words Capitalized for no Reason, random italics, and 'quotes' where none should 'be'. Impishidea.com has sporkings and a drinking game, though it would be better to avoid the game if you don't want to die of alcohol poisoning and/or acute liver failure. The enormous ego of the author is the subject of as much, if not more, snark than the books themselves. SwankiVY sums the whole thing up nicely.
- Tyra Banks is writing a fantasy novel about models. No, really.
- The book trilogy in question is titled Modelland, and ends up practically snarking itself. For example SM-ize is an actual word. Really.
- John Ringo's Paladin of Shadows series, although it seems to be something of a Stealth Parody. Proven by the fact that he links to most of these reviews and will usually write letters not only supporting many of their accusations, but pointing out inconsistencies and logical failures they missed. Such as the main character would have died about 6 pages into the first book. He called it his Dark Fic. People liked it so he published it and made a shit load of money. Here is a review, which gave us the "OH JOHN RINGO NO" meme.
- The Sword of Truth series is a particularly big magnet. There are many websites and forums that mock passages from the books.
- Twilight for a sizable fraction of those following it.
- As far as Mark Twain was concerned, the entire body of Fenimore Cooper's work, and especially Deerslayer. This resulted in "Fenimore Cooper's Literary Offences," a hilarious Take That and early example of what we call Books on Trope.
Live Action TV
- American Idol has the "Vote for the Worst", er... party.
- Community had an In-Universe example called Kickpuncher, which the main characters watch entirely for the purpose of making fun of it.
- Because of Seasonal Rot, a large section of the fandom of Criminal Minds (including most of the comments posted to Television Without Pity) have continued watching the show simply to snark at it, simply because of how far down in quality the show has declined since the beginning.
- Big Bang Theory
- CSI Franchises are incredibly formulaic, so much of it, technologically and procedually wrong, plus you can spot the murderer (always murder) in the first 10-15 minutes: There will be a background character who get 10 seconds of front of stage exposure, for no apparent reason. Did someone walk up to the lead (Horatio/Mac/Gill) and offer help for no apparent reason? Was a line said by an assistant to the chief suspect when they could have said it? Is someone pointed out for no reason - "I was fishing with Steve all day", cue Steve waving from the background? It's them
- Dexter has definitely become this as of Season 8. Particular complaints include the poor pacing, massive and frustrating use of the Idiot Ball, lack of a truly epic conclusion, and worst of all, the overuse of voice-over to inform the audience on what they already know. It'd actually be harder to find any positive discussion about the show now.
- In the UK, few annual events are more fun than gathering around a TV with your friends and/or family to watch and make jokes about the Eurovision Song Contest. Try it; a great time will be had by all.
- In Spain even the commentarist does this.
- The Spanish are mere amateurs compared to the ultimate master at sarcastic/sardonic Eurovision commentary, the formerly Irish/presently British Sir Terry Wogan. His commentary has been so vitriolic at times that some countries have threatened to ban him from entry into their country. For snarking on their Eurovision entry/-ies to the extent he does.
- Wogan's sucessor Graham Norton does this also.
- As does Australian host Julia Zemiro.
- Full House
- Glee. Where do we start? First there are the desperate attempts to be open and diverse which just end up being more offensive, then we have the clichéd plotlines and Seasonal Rot. Not to mention the heavily autotuned cover songs that somehow manage to drain the essence of every classic they can get their hands on. There's a reason why plenty of respectable musicians refuse to have anything to do with this show.
- The extensive use of the Idiot Ball to keep those with a Story-Breaker Power under control has pushed Heroes to becoming this. Among other reasons.
- Jersey Shore.
- Mob Wives
- Mystery Science Theater 3000 (and its related fanfic-mocking technique) popularized snark baiting (and pretty much invented the Alternate DVD Commentary community).
- The Oprah Winfrey Show has this, with people claiming Oprah will or already has her own religion.
- The Secret Life of the American Teenager
- Smallville had headed down that road.
- Smash is quickly becoming this.
- Sons of Anarchy : Many watch the show just to see what bizarre plots Kurt Sutter will come up with next. There is much debate over it. A Running Gag is that Jax often says he will 'get to the bottom of things' but either takes a long time to or never does.
- The short-lived Discovery Channel show Smash Lab was this for a lot of MythBusters fans.
- 7th Heaven
- Pretty much any live action sitcom on Disney Channel.
- Pretty much any show on E!.
- News channels that cater to the political party opposite to yours, and that's all there is to say about that.
- There is also a sizable base of people who enjoy snarking at all news pundit shows regardless of the pundits' political slant. Don't Shoot the Message tends to come into play here.
- Reality TV in general.
- Ancient Aliens for anyone possessing a basic knowledge of history, biology, mythology, physics, astronomy...or anything at all really.
- An excessive use of the pitch correcting software Auto-Tune turns anything into an instant Snark Bait.
- And of course, even Jesus hates Creed.
- Lampshaded by Jethro Tull on A Passion Play:
Tell us, is it you who are here
For our good cheer?
Or are we here for the glory
For the story
For the gory satisfaction of telling you how absolutely awful you really are?
- Justin Bieber is major Snark Bait for his Periphery Hatedom (interestingly, much of this is Astro Turf). It isn't possible to go onto any metal video on Youtube without comments saying that the only people who dislike the video are Bieber fans.
- The standard of heartthrob for many pre-teens to just teenagers is enough to get anyone's dislike especially when you go from looking like a girl to a shirtless douche through the evolution of your career.
- His ability to be egocentric in basically every exposure to the public. When visiting the Anne Frank House and writing in the guest log "Hopefully she would have been a belieber".
- Justin Timberlake has remarkably managed to avert this thanks to a highly successful solo career. Many of his present-day fans don't even realize he was once the head of a boy band whose notoriety rivaled that of Justin Bieber during the Turn of the Millennium.
- Kanye West has managed to put himself into this category, first by his now memetic interruption of Taylor Swift 's award acceptance speech, then his increasing megalomania, misogynist lyrics and his relationship with fellow Snark Bait Kim Kardashian.
- Kidz Bop.
- The later career of Madonna, mostly for trying too hard to stay relevant.
- I Hate Your Blog by MC FrontALot is this trope's unofficial theme song. The tale of a man who repeatedly posts flame comments on an "incredibly terrible" blog telling the blogger to get off the Internet, then complains with equal volume when the blog isn't updated for a while.
- Subverted by Metallica. The band was definitely this from the release of Load through, strangely, the release of St. Anger. It isn't that St. Anger was a good album. It was just so bad that it made people re-listen to the Load records and realize, "For bluesy hard rock records, these really aren't so bad". Death Magnetic, meanwhile, returned the band to relevance among the metal community, so they are arguably no longer part of this trope.
- Nickelback is the ultimate snark bait band, mostly due to their sheer mediocrity and total lack of innovation. Also, Chad Kroeger has funny hair.
- Nicki Minaj due to her music not only being reviled by anybody born before the turn of the millenium, but also for her rather strange outbursts and questionable dress sense.
- One Direction: They're yet another Boy Band singing Silly Love Songs with large amounts of Ho Yay between the members, so this was inevitable.
- Also their The X Factor performance of "Kids in America" was in the United Kingdom.
- The Guardian did a hilarious review of Paris Hilton's Self-Titled Album.
Lest one carp, Hilton has been quick to point out that singing is a vocation for which she is eminently skilled. "I know music," she reassured the Sunday Times children's section. "I hear it every single day." [...] While this obviously gives Hilton a massive advantage over those who have never heard any music and thus believe it to be a variety of cheese, there remains the nagging suspicion that this might not represent sufficient qualification for a career as a singer, in much the same way as knowing what a child is does not fully equip you for a career as a consultant paediatrician.
- Paris Hilton herself is Snark Bait due to her lifestyle, behavior, and (at one time) constant appearances in the tabloids.
- Rebecca Black's Friday.
- R. Kelly's Trapped In The Closet. It was so over the top Narmy that it became the source of so much parody and a result more and more people watched it so they could join in on the mocking.
- Taylor Swift, who seemingly built a career on unfair breakup songs.
- Tokio Hotel is one, even if that faded together with the band's success. Especially true for their own home country during the height of their fame, mostly for the lead singer's androgynous looks, their rabid fangirls and the very idea of then-15-year-olds posing as edgy naughty rock stars despite their actually very vanilla music.
- Most Disney acts like Miley Cyrus and the Jonas Brothers are also common victims.
- In the heavy metal community, bashing Nu Metal bands is a popular pastime. Especially hated bands are Slipknot, Limp Bizkit and Linkin Park.
- Critics have loved to mock Progressive Rock almost since its inception.
- Modern Pop Music as a whole has become Snark Bait ever since the internet started becoming more widespread.
- Pop Punk became Snark Bait to the punk community once the "second wave" became mainstream popular. Bands that bear the full brunt of derision include Green Day, Blink182, Simple Plan, and Good Charlotte.
- In general, pretty much any Dead Horse Genre is going to be Snark Bait, period.
- Vaporwave is seen by some to be boring, pretentious, hipster crap. So naturally it became this pretty quickly. That it has its roots partially in Tumblr doesn't help.
Mythology and Religion
- The Church of Happyology has its own trope about specific examples for that particulal religion, whose real name we cannot print because doing so in this page would constitute slander.
- Members of the "New Atheism" movement such as the late Christopher Hitchens tend to see all religion as an excuse to have a good snark. The Religious also snark back and also at each other.
- Fundamentalists of any religion (especially Christianity and Islam) are often Snark Bait to non-fundamentalist co-religionists.
- See the bit about Twilight above? Now you can experience it on Tabletop, courtesy of Monster Hearts. Its tagline is "A story game about the messy lives of teenage monsters".
Turn Someone On
When you turn someone on, roll with Hotnote . On a 10 up, take a String against them.
On a 7-9, they choose one: give themselves to you, promise something they think you want, give you a String against them.
- To a sizeable number of Warhammer 40,000 players, Matt Ward and anything he writes is prime Snark Bait. Seriously, just look at his 1d4chan page.
- Big Rigs: Over the Road Racing, which gained infamy when gamers discovered just how hilarious broken it is.
- Daikatana. As with Big Rigs, the game was very clearly an Obvious Beta. But that was nothing compared to the Hype Backlash creator John Romero got for the game's marketing campaign◊ and constant delaysnote . The game itself wasn't that bad, but given its long development time and especially John Romero's pomp, pretty much anything less than So Cool It's Awesome would've guaranteed that the game would become Snark Bait for years to come.
- Duke Nukem Forever. The game's notorious fourteen year development made it Snark Bait before it was even released. And, when it finally did come out, it was mostly a So Okay, It's Average shooter with dated pop culture references, a boring protagonist, and none of the charm that made the original Duke Nukem 3D a success.
- Metroid: Other M gets a lot of this for what its detractors see as an Idiot Plot and awful, awful characterization of Samus.
- The PlayStation version of Resident Evil, the script moreso than the actual gameplay. "You were almost a Jill Sandwich" anyone? What about a gun that's "good against living things"? or "master of unlocking". Don't forget "Wow! What a mansion!", especially with the Fridge Brilliance of Wesker's role later in the game.
- Runescape gets this from a lot of people who view it as a poor man's World of Warcraft or EverQuest.
- Sonic the Hedgehog (2006). Video commentaries of this game are for this reason and this reason only.
- This trope most likely accounts for the entirety of Philips CD-i systems that were purchased at any time during the past ten years.
- Due to the criticism the show attracts, The Irate Gamer is subject to many jokes, rants, and comments from online personas such as the folks of That Guy with the Glasses, Retsupurae, and various parodies such as the Save-State Gamer and Third Rate Gamer.
- Anything by Dark Syde Phil: His Let's Play videos are painful to watch, but his general incompetence and bizarre behavior has spawned dozens of "Let's Endure" and "Let's React" videos riffing on the highlights.
- Angelina Jolie for her frequent adoptions and the infamous right leg during the 2012 Oscars.
- Armond White's movie reviews, as can be found on The New York Press Website and Rotten Tomatoes, constantly bring vitriol upon those who read them. Seriously, just look at the individual moviepages at Rotten Tomatoes - his will, almost without fail, rack up the most comments. He's gained a reputation for being a completely predictable contrarian, and many suspect he's only looking to gain controversy and thus gain attention for himself (Roger Ebert even called him a Troll). Ironically, his reviews have actually become arguably the most reliable prediction of how good or bad a movie is; if he slams it, it's a good movie, and if he kisses up to it, it's a bad movie.
- Remember that Roger Ebert initially defended White, pointing out that not only is there nothing wrong with challenging consensus position, but White even agrees with the Tomatometer 50% of the time which he considered to be ideal. The biggest problem most people have with White is that the reasons he gives often go above and beyond Epic Fail - to the point that people question whether or not he actually saw the movies he reviewed. For example, he complained about the length of Rapunzel's hair in Tangled and comments that her hair never becomes a problem for her, which is flat out wrong (in the opening song, for example, she laments the length of time she has to spend brushing it, and later it gets snagged on a branch while she's trying to run). Then in his infamous Toy Story 3 review, he called Hamm the pig a villain, even though he's a good guy who spends much of the movie imprisoned with them!
- White has never, ever given a single Steven Spielberg film a bad review, even calling films like 1941 a "classic", and going overboard in his effusive praise of A.I.: Artificial Intelligence. Even his praise of Spielberg's good movies somehow go way over the top.
- Rosie O'Donnell, whose vocal political opinions and weight issues have long been the butt of many jokes.
- Sarah Jessica Parker, whose alleged resemblance to a horse has become memetic.
- Apple gets this a lot, largely over the pricing of its computers and the perceived "dumbing down" of its operating system. Microsoft fanboys especially make Apple a target of snark, and Apple fanboys are no better (see the Microsoft example below).
- Contemporary Art as a whole, particularly due to True Art Is Incomprehensible.
- Microsoft's products also get this a lot.
- Netflix has a "show" called Fireplace for Your Home which is, well, fireplace footage. It has 685 reviews, roughly 685 of which are snark.
- vBulletin 5. Ever since it was shown as a beta product, admin and webmaster forums have been absolutely filled to the brim with discussions on its downfalls and mishaps, as well as those of creator Internet Brands in general. If it's ever brought up in any sort of tech forum, the posts will devolve into repeatedly tearing it to shreds within the space of about five posts.
- Virtually every well-known politician gets this treatment. Please leave it at that.