So Bad, It's Good
"It is so bad that a kind of grandeur creeps into it."Once in a while, a work turns out to be so bad, it creates a disruption in the badness continuum, and wraps right around to good. Rather than it unintentionally Breaking the Fourth Wall like usual, something about the specifics of the work in question instead cause an enjoyable, though equally unintended, emotional response in the viewing public. Maybe the hubcap-on-a-wire flying saucers are cute, or the spontaneous brothel scene goes on for so long it's hilarious, or the technically oriented find humor in the way the hacker can suborn the traffic lights of New York with no perceptible effort. Whatever the reason, a truly horrid piece of work can become an unintentional riot and even get its own fandom for its very lack of quality. This can well be an ongoing process as attitudes change, budgets grow, and cynicism increases. The french term for works like these is "Nanar". Keep in mind that even when something is So Bad, It's Good, it's still bad. For most (if not all) entries on this list, there will be an almost unanimous opinion that they fail entirely at having the sort of appeal they intended. Far less unanimous will be the opinion that they have a sort of appeal that is unintentional. Where the line lies between simply bad, this effect, and So Bad Its Horrible, is also controversial (you can read the Cracked analysis of the difference between good-bad and bad-bad here). In general, among the very large reserve of things that can be classified as "bad," works that get labeled so bad it's good tend to be loaded with unintended Narm and ludicrously Crazy Awesome factors, while So Bad Its Horrible is the place for works whose badness only makes them boring or offensive, or even when unintentional suckiness or Stylistic Suck falls flat as comedy. The difference between the three is essentially a bad movie is painful to watch but at least you can try to get into the story because there's something that's keeping you watching, a So Bad It's Good movie is one that's so bad that you can't suspend your disbelief enough to not laugh at it so you watch it just to riff on it and laugh at it, So Bad Its Horrible is where not only is suspending your disbelief impossible, but it's not even fun to laugh at and merely watching it, even just to riff on it, is painful. Nonetheless, don't be surprised when you come across some items that wound up on both lists, such as Big Rigs: Over the Road Racing or Soulja Boy's song, "Anime." On occasion, the writers may intentionally try to pull off this trope. Of course, this almost never actually results in something that fits because it's hard not to "wink at the camera", so to speak — though it's often still funny. Sometimes a work may fall on the fence of the other line between bad and so bad it's good, most of these are box-office bombs with a strong cult following. Something which is So Bad It's Good has a high probability of becoming a Cult Classic and, in this day and age, a Fountain of Memes. Many are heavy on Camp, therefore falling far onto the silly side of the Sliding Scale of Silliness Versus Seriousness, and are often considered Guilty Pleasures, although neither is necessary. See Narm Charm. This is also often seen in Memetic Mutation, when people combine two or more horrible things (or pieces thereof) into something good. Leeroy Jenkins, for example. If someone just keeps on churning out work that's So Bad It's Good, they're probably Giftedly Bad. Of course, it could also be a result of Springtime for Hitler. Compare Stylistic Suck and So Unfunny It's Funny, which play this trope for laughs. Contrast So Bad Its Horrible, though both tropes tend to overlap a lot. Note: This page is not meant to showcase individual Tropers' opinions on works, despite the title. Only add a work to a subpage if there's a fairly unanimous consensus outside TV Tropes that the work is of poor quality, or at least that elements of it are. (For example, the early Mega Man games have boxart widely considered to be hilariously ugly, while the games themselves are thought of as some of the best platformers ever made.)
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- Fan Fic
- Live-Action TV
- New Media
- Video Games
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- The Burnside Fountain of Worcester, Massachusetts. Affectionately known as the "Turtle Boy Love Statue", it apparently depicts a nude young man having improper relations with a sea turtle.
- Many who dislike British conceptual artist Damien Hirst see him as this; there's just something disgustingly delightful about factory-made 'artworks' that were paid for in thousands of pounds just for the sake of making a splash. Really, one of his most famous 'works' is a skull studded entirely with diamonds. What's not to love? A review of the diamond-studded statue also did a pretty good job of showcasing art politics, claiming that if anyone else made it, it would be horribly tacky, but because Damien Hirst made it it's a work of genius.
- The Lenin Statue of Freemont Washington is subject to this.
- The art community even has its own term for So Bad It's Good; they call it Kitsch.
- It's debatable that kitsch is So Bad It's Good. It typically refers to cornball works aimed at the lowest common denominator, and often so broad as to be completely unremarkable, apart from the irony of appreciating something so trite and banal. So Bad It's Good refers to a work that is so remarkably bad that you find yourself surprised, mystified, or hypnotized by the staggering depth of its inadequacy. It is not merely a failure; it's a compelling failure.
- The Museum of Bad Art collects "art too bad to be ignored."
- An elderly woman tried to restore an ancient Spanish fresco of Jesus, only to end up making "a crayon sketch of a very hairy monkey in an ill-fitting tunic." The woman was a trained painter, but was found out and interrupted before she could finish the restoration.
- DarkSydePhil is often seen as this, with his complete inability to play any game, and his constant excuses for failing (very rarely is it the game's fault, and even rarer does he accept the blame).
- The Game Grumps let's play of Mickey Mousecapade takes this and runs with it. Arin spends nearly the entire episode pretending to be an awful The Angry Video Game Nerd ripoff and makes dozens upon dozens of vulgar and/or uncreative jokes so horrible they're hilarious.
- The currently removed Omega Edge 29 let's play of Kaizo Mario 64. The quality of the video is very good. Sadly, it seems that he's playing on the video a hack that's too hard for him, leaving him screaming and shouting at the game, whilst needing many tries only to get 1 star. Compare this with the oversensitive soundbox (because it registers his typing all the time) and you have something hilarious to watch. But the best thing about all of this is that he made Kaizo Mario 64. It's also been retsupuraed here.
- Turpster's old intro video "Turpstervision" (fan reupload here) has gained this reputation among fans of the Yogscast, as well as fellow members of the group. The reason for this is that the song is a parody of "Chucklevision" by the Chuckle Brothers, with Turps' bad rapping and poor singing as well as a nonsensical intro of him slicing a box open, ending with him wearing it on his head the way a child would pretend they're on TV. However, since Turps is Turps, it comes across as dorkishly endearing and funny.
- The promotional video for the Demolition Man pinball, which attempts to duplicate the atmosphere and special effects of the movie on a shoestring budget, while hyping up the game's gun-grip controllers, all intermixed with actual film clips. It fails spectacularly, but retains an innocent appeal, like watching an eight-year-old trying to to duplicate a Michael Bay film in his backyard.
- Hollywood Heat qualifies for this trope by having a cheesy Mockbuster premise wrapped around a surprisingly fun and straightforward game. it is regarded as one of Gottlieb's better titles, and renown designer Steve Ritchie has called it one of his all-time favorites.
- Data East's Laser War mixes fast gameplay with a Ham and Cheese premise and an amusingly schlocky translight starring futuristic warriors all sporting '80s Hair.
- Dr. Dude sometimes dips into this with its ridiculous 80's aesthetic; nothing exemplifies this more than getting the Gift of Gab, which causes a rap song to start playing:
"My life was dull
My life was drab
'Till I acquired
The Gift of Gab!
Always be excellent!
Never be rude!
It's the Gift of Gab!
From Dr. Dude!"
My life was drab
'Till I acquired
The Gift of Gab!
Always be excellent!
Never be rude!
It's the Gift of Gab!
From Dr. Dude!"
- WWE wrestler the Boogeyman is an almost-bald Scary Black Man with his entire head painted red with black spots, who walks like he's having a seizure, smashes giant antique clocks over his head, speaks almost entirely in singsongy nursery rhymes, eats worms by the handful, and his catchphrase is, "I'm... THE BOOGEYMAN! And I'm comin'... TO GETCHA!" The whole thing is as hilariously awful as it sounds.
- His backstory actually lampshades the ludicrousness involved — an actor for a show that didn't materialize who snapped (falling too deep into method acting) and became the Boogeyman, but was sicced onto WWE's WWE SmackDown! brand anyway to see what would happen and because he was still under contract. Seriously.
- Even more hilariously awful is the time in one skit with DeGeneration X, he appeared from underneath the ring, and told Triple H and Shawn Michaels: "I'm...THE BOOGEYMAN! And I'm comin' to - (briefly sans Boogeyman gimmick) - see if I can join DX."
- The fact that he lisped his lines made all the better.
- The Coal Miner's Glove (a leather glove, covered in metal studs) was a supposed to be a Shout-Out to an even worse match from before the Monday Night Wars era. Going into the WCW Halloween Havoc 92 PPV, held on October 25, Sting was feuding with Jake "The Snake" Roberts, who devised that they "Spin the Wheel, Make the Deal" a match where various gimmick matches were on a giant wheel, and whatever it landed on would be the match they would face off in. However, the wheel itself wasn't gimmicked, and it landed on the worst possible option — a "Coal Miner's Glove" match. Whoever retrieved the glove from the pole first, would be allowed to "use" it on his opponent. The match wasn't much and Jake, due more to personal issues than bad booking decisions, was gone right after.
- Mick Foley deliberately went for this while wrestling as Dude Love in order to separate the gimmick from his other personae (the sadistic Cactus Jack and the psychotic Mankind). It wasn't the first time he had done this. During his "anti-extreme" gimmick in ECW (a promotion that prided itself on high-quality, high-risk wrestling), Mick (as Cactus Jack) reduced his entire moveset to one move: a headlock. Thus, his matches would consist of nothing but ten straight minutes of assorted headlocks, gaining incredible heat from the quality-hungry ECW fans.
- During The Misfits' stint in WCW, there was a backstage segment where they try to hit on Daffney Unger, which leads to her attacking Jerry Only. After they call her a freak, she runs away screaming and laughing, almost like a Daffy Duck cartoon.
- The Shockmaster. And they capitalized on it with the Super-Shockmaster.
- The Ultimate Warrior vs Phil Collins!
- The Undertaker: One of the best big men in the wrestling business, and a solid WWE worker for over twenty years doesn't change the fact that he's a Satan-worshipping, gravedigging zombie cult leader Death Incarnate who was a biker for a while back at the turn of the century. It's even more Narm Charm in modern times, when most wrestlers are less cartoonish, yet the Undertaker still is portrayed as a supernatural force.
- NXT Season 3. The show is so ridiculously bad on purpose, that it seems like its target audience are those who read WrestleCrap every week. It's almost as if WWE took everything that was narmy about the WWE Divas, highlighted it, and placed a few other comedy acts on the show to act as foils, such as heel Michael Cole, Goldust, and Large Ham Scrappy Vickie Guerrero. By Week 3, the show was so bad that you had Michael Cole banging a gong at ringside following the rookie challenges. The show's entire appeal is the ensuing Narm Charm, as well as Cole and Josh Mathews sarcastic remarks on everyone else involved.
- Episode 4 would up the ante even further by introducing CM Punk on commentary, reprising a role he once played in early Ring of Honor shows. Punk would play the role of Deadpan Snarker to perfection, even delivering a Crowning Moment of Funny when he pointed out that he wasn't wearing any pants (he had his ring gear on covered by a sports coat), and then pointed out that he watched NXT every week without pants. When Punk closed the show by announcing that he would be returning the next week, the five people that still watched the show rejoiced.
- Sadly, that would turn out to be Blatant Lies. However, Cole, Josh, and Matt Striker still bring the awesome every week.
- WCW's San Francisco 49ers Match between Jeff Jarrett and Booker T is one of the most hilariously stupid matches of all time. It's a glorified pole match (something Vince Russo was fond of) with 4 wooden boxes at the end of each pole; 1 contains the WCW World Heavyweight Championship belt and the other 3 contain "weapons:" a blow up doll, a framed picture of Scott Hall, and a coal miner's glove. It began with an old lady trying to smack Jarrett with a shirt Booker T gave her and ended with Beetlejuice (not that Beetlejuice, the Wack Packer from The Howard Stern Show) giving Jarrett 5 "high blows". The title fell out of the box, and Booker T became the WCW Champion. When the belt fell out, David Penzer had to hand it to Booker. Thankfully, Russo wasn't sharp enough to change the finish and award the title to Penzer instead.
- Wrestlicious which is exactly what it sounds - pink ring ropes, outlandish characters, camp factor Up to Eleven, a commentator that sounds like Stan Lee and a Hurricane of Puns during every match. Yet also features the top women wrestlers in the country as characters. It's safe to call it the Batman & Robin of indie wrestling.
- 5 Dollar Wrestling openly acknowledges itself as "Wrestling So Bad It's Good!" Let this promo show you what to expect.
- The book The Death of WCW points out that a lot of people only watched WCW in its final two years because of this trope.
- Amidst cameras being interrupted by static, Robocop and Sting busting into WCW to face The Four Horsemen.
- Any all-woman promotion David McLane was involved in, whether it be GLOW, WOW, or POWW. Stupid, cheesy fun with stupid, cheesy gimmicks, stupid, cheesy action, and stupid, cheesy cheesecake.
- Professional Wrestling itself to many.
- This DDP promo, where a motivational speaker wants to speak of how his friend Tony had a cat that was killed and it actually saved his marriage. Even the announcer was like "The Hell you say?"
- Every Christmas/New Year holiday break, Radio New Zealand goes "mufti day" and hosts the "Matinee Idle" radio show, where bad, campy and novelty music is played back for laughs.
- British radio presenter Sarah Kennedy presented the early breakfast show on BBC Radio Two for ten years. She was notorious for gaffes, fumbling, non-PC comments, political bias, and sometimes turning up for work in a state that the uncharitable might mistake for "drunk". (She blamed it on prescription medication). On one occasional her long slurring rambling alerted the station to the fact that something was seriously wrong and her show abruptly ended after twenty-five minutes. A relief presenter took over and she was sent home to sleep it off. Sir Terry Wogan, who presented the following show, once famously quipped that "Sarah's been pouring the old gin over her cornflakes again!" People used to set their alarm clocks to wake them up earlier in the hope of catching another Kennedy classic. She no longer works for the BBC.
- The Doctor Who audio drama Doctor Who and the Pescatons. It's nonsensical, puerile, writes the Doctor with a totally different personality and features a Guilt-Free Extermination War as a Family-Unfriendly Aesop, but its stupidity is quite enjoyable, both Tom Baker and Elizabeth Sladen are well aware of how bad it is and are clearly having a great time, and the Doctor sings in it.
- A beloved complete failure in the sport of horse racing is the 18th Duc of Albuquerque (Beltrán Alfonso Osorio), famous for entering the Grand National steeplechase seven times and never being able to complete the course. Each and every time he'd fall off the horse at one of the fences, and the bookmakers eventually caught on to this fact — resulting in the Duc making history in 1963, when the bookies began offering odds of 66-1 against his managing to stay on the horse for the entire race. He never gave up, though; in 1974 he fell off the horse during training and entered the race itself with a broken collar bone and a leg in plaster. Amazingly enough, this turned out to be the only time in his career when he actually finished the race without falling off.
- Eddie "The Eagle" Edwards, a British ski jumper who qualified for the 1988 Winter Olympics because every country was (at the time) allowed to be represented in any given discipline, and he was the only British applicant. Edwards had the disadvantages of weighing 9 kg more than the next man in his category and being extremely far-sighted, and his general skills were less than stellar to say the least. Nevertheless, his sheer determination and love of the sport endeared him to audiences everywhere. The Olympic Committee was less enthusiastic about someone "making a mockery of the sport", however, and the rules for qualification were changed next time around, largely to prevent another such case from happening.
- There's even a mini-meme attached to him. Every single youtube video featuring him has, as one of the top rated comments "Legend".
- Featured at the same Olympics were the Jamaican bobsled team who inspired the movie Cool Runnings five years later. Though they haven't competed in the Olympics recently, the Jamaican bobsled team did place as high as 14th (ahead of the USA, Russia, France, and one Italian sled) in the 1994 Winter Olympics.
- Similarly, Eric "The Eel" Moussambani, a swimmer from Equatorial Guinea, qualified for the 2000 Summer Olympics through a wildcard draw designed to encourage developing countries lacking expensive training facilities to compete. He had never even seen a 50 metre pool before competing, having only taken up swimming eight months beforehand and having previously having trained in a 20 metre pool. In his qualifying heat, his two opponents were disqualified for jumping the gun, leaving Moussambani to compete on his own. He set the national record for Equatorial Guinea despite taking over a minute over the world record.
- Thing is, the swimming community considers people like Eric real heros, and not in a condescending way or in the way this trope calls them - his time WASN'T a failure. His time still is faster than could be done by well over 90% of the world's population, and it takes an enormous amount of work to do something like that from a place with NO support whatsoever. Unlike other "farcical" competitors, Eric and those like him in the past 4 Olympics don't qualify for this meme, because just competing like that is closer to Mundane Made Awesome ; you'll notice the audience in the stands are cheering their hearts out, and it's not fake. More to the point: the coaches of the Men's USA and Australian teams lodged a formal complaint against the Australian news commentators shown (who were rebroadcast here in the USA), calling their commentary, quote "undignified, crass, mean-spirited, and unprofessional" unquote. In other words, Dude, Not Funny!.
- Hammadou Djibo Issaka of Niger became a media darling in the 2012 Olympics after becoming a wildcard development entry. He was beyond terrible in the single sculls (a full minute behind the second worst athlete in an event slated for about seven minutes), but the fact that he only started rowing three months before the Olympics gained him a lot of popularity.
- Stanford's band occasionally has the same reputation, but not for their music, which is quite good. Their conduct is what gets them recognized. For starters, they (since they're not a traditional marching band) don't wear uniforms in the same way that other bands do. What gets them the most attention, though, is their shows, which have earned the ire of some universities, since they have contained performances that others might find somewhat classless. The Other Wiki has a listing.
- Stanford University's "mascot", the Stanford Tree. Despite Stanford not officially recognizing the Tree as its mascot, the Tree is allowed to dance around during games, and there is a special student committee that determines who gets to be the Tree each season. Whoever is the Tree has to design the costume, hence the varying quality of the Tree each year.
- The 1962 New York Mets, whose 120 losses remain the post-1900 Major League Baseball record, remain one of the more beloved teams in history. Similarly, in games like football where it's a lot easier to lose every single game (because there aren't that many), it's not uncommon for fans to cheer their team for a "perfect" losing season. (The 2008 Detroit Lions are a good example.)
- As detailed in the 30 for 30 short "The Anti-Mascot", the San Francisco Giants "Crazy Crab" mascot, a guy in an unwieldly crab suit that the audience was expected to enjoy hating right off the bat. Perhaps a little too much so.
- The Dungeons & Dragons Character Name Generator has a tendency to produce unintentionally hilarious names.
- At least for some readers, Gary Gygax's prose style is reminiscent of the Mencken quote atop this page.
- Strike Legion is what Limbo of the Lost wants to be: Something that ripped off so many sources it digs right out of the barrel-bottom of absolute shit and becomes hilarious awesome. Have a MST and mind the picture load.
- To many, World of Synnibarr qualifies. While the mechanics are terrible and the setting incoherent, it's still a game with a "midnight sunstone bazooka", mechanics that affect the next character you roll up, and an actual Deus ex Machina roll to see if your patron deity turns up to save your life.
- Show Within a Show example: "Pyramus and Thisbe" in A Midsummer Night's Dream. It's so badly written and wretchedly performed that it's hilarious. The Duke and his guests order it performed just for the Snark Bait.
- What's even better is that Pyramus and Thisbe is an actual play that was notorious for the fact there is no possible way to perform it without it being ridiculous even with skilled hands.
- The 1955 musical Ankles Aweigh was the kind of vaudeville sister-act vehicle that was such a throwback at the time of its production that its publicity campaign didn't try to hide it. The score is a total Cliché Storm, from the Opening Chorus to The Eleven O'Clock Number titled "An Eleven O'Clock Song." When the show was revived in the 1989 by the Goodspeed Opera House, it was rewritten as a parody of musicals.
- The Musical adaptation of Stephen King's Carrie has acquired this reputation. Its commercial failure on Broadway became so notorious that it was the inspiration for the book Not Since Carrie, a chronicle of Broadway musical flops of the latter half of the twentieth century (King himself reportedly liked it, though). Within the show itself, the pinnacle of accidental hilarity has to be "Don't Waste the Moon", a retread of the old "girls want relationships, boys want sex" chestnut with awesomely lame lyrics like "We would go bowling if you really cared / But you don't! ("I do!") You don't!"
- The revival is a little better, with reworked songs and an official recording, plus better special effects, but it's still delightfully silly.
- From the Dream Team of Bono, The Edge and Julie Taymor comes the legendarily Troubled Production of Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark!
- Robert Coates was such an infamously bad actor people would flock to see him just to see how bad he was.
- The Piraka rap from BIONICLE. Listen to it here in all of its hilarious glory.
- Before that, there was BIONICLE Brain, an intentionally horrible parody rap recorded on a promotional tour by the drivers of the "East Coast BIONICLE Unleashed Van", a certain Swift and Danny.
- The various "Good Guy" and "Bad Guy" promo sets (basically random pieces thrown together to sorta make a figure or a bizarre weapon-thing) they would package with battery packs and the like. One of them eventually got canonized as the official toy representation of a certain character, which is more of a Base Breaker than a clear-cut example of "so bad it's good".
- Doggie Doo, in which you push on an air pump to make a plastic dog poop yellow play-doh; see it in it's glory here. It's notable for becoming an internet sensation in Germany, and instantly became a meme when it arrived in America.
- GoBots Rocklords. Think Transformers, but instead becoming something cool like a car, a dinosaur, a plane, or a tank, they became rocks! You could choose between granite, quartz or shale amongst others!
- The really stupid bit is in GoBots movie - they transform and roll out and slowly clump away down the road like bricks turning under their own power.
- Parodied in the Tom Hanks movie Big, where Hanks - playing a kid who has been transformed into a grown-up - is shown a new toy that his employers are working on. It's an immobile skyscraper that turns into a giant robot. "So what's so fun about playing with a building? That's not any fun!" He then goes on to propose "a big prehistoric insect with maybe like giant claws that could pick up a car and crush it like that!"
- In 2006, to coincide with the new film, Jakks Pacific put out a line of Rocky action figures, with characters from the entire series... and several extremely bizarre creative decisions throughout, to the point where it just becomes laughably absurd. Even though the figures were made at a six-inch scale, almost all of them used real fabric clothes, and it's impossible to make clothing thin enough to look good at such a small scale, so they invariably either made the figures look bloated or didn't line up, particularly Adrian. What really sends this into surreal hilarity, though, was the idea to release the slab of meat Rocky trains on as its own action figure sold separately from anything else.
- While there are lots of shoddy knock-off toys you find in dollar stores that are just boring and poorly made, more than a few are completely bonkers in their presentation. Hideously Off Model, packages that display clear copyright violations and Gratuitous English or just plain "Blind Idiot" Translation or Translation Trainwreck instructions and eye-catching details or are just such utterly bizarre concepts that they can't help but make you laugh. Superman riding a dinosaur?◊ Oh, why the hell not.
- And then they make "Super Hero Teams" consisting of random figures. What? You never heard of the time Naruto teamed up with Batman, Spider-Man, and Iron Man to fight crime?◊ Or how about when a yellow Power Ranger teamed up Superman, Batman, Spider-Man, a yellow Lightning McQueen and Shrek◊ joined forces as the Sense of Right Alliance?
- This figure of a Tsintaosaurus.
- Similarly Angry Video Game Nerd: The Movie is going to be an intentional case of this trope.
- AnimationFilms1212, who doesn't know the difference between "making cartoons for children" and "dumbing down everything". The "animation" is both hilarious and creepy. The voice acting's amateurish at the very best, and the "jokes" are extremely predictable. And it manages to be unintentionally hilarious. While every single animation deserves to be here, "The Bunny Rabbit Movie" deserves a special mention, but no mere description will do it justice. It has to be seen to be believed.
- They have a second channel called AnimationVideos21 for their "edgier" material. They try to do Getting Crap Past the Radar -style jokes, but there's no radar to dodge, the "adult" humor is incredibly obvious (Children say "damn", "Jesus", and "effing" in the Halloween special, a character called "Spank the Monkey", a Pedophile Priest joke and excessive blood in the Halloween special). It's definitely not for adults either, as the writing in these shows are just as insipid as Animation Films 1212's ones.
- In Assignment2, we read excerpts from main character Stanley Brown's novels, which are titled Lance MHS and His Adventures in Bigface's Castle Boat (With His Awesome Bass) and The Gift Horse Who Saved. Both are ridiculously stupid, almost on My Immortal levels. But without the eye-gouging spelling atrocities. A sample:
“You!” shouted Yeevil. “You killed my father!”
“Kind of, but I didn’t mean to,” answered Hemmingway.
“How dare you,” shouted Yeevil quietly.
“I DO WHATEVER I WANTED TO BE DOING!” muttered Hemmingway silently.
- Referenced in Todd van der Werff's reviews for The AV Club: he has said that he considers a D grade to be worse than an F, because an F is so extraordinary in its horribleness that it is almost worth watching for that achievement, whereas a D is merely forgettable and dull.
- SNL's Victoria Jackson had a similar guide to interpreting ratings. Three stars meant the movie was great; "They don't make 'em any better." Four stars was more iffy; the movie might not be so good, but it could be. Two stars is the worst rating you can give a movie; these are the worst of the worst. And one star is "pretty good, too." Pretty easy to see the humor; four stars means it's an "art" movie made primarily for critics and culture snobs (but still might be good), whereas two stars meant bad and not interesting, and one star indicates this trope.
- Azneyeswhitedragon's series of low rated duelists. Yes, it's basically 2 terrible duelists fighting against each other, but after facing off after so many pro decks it's just such a welcome break, because it features some amazingly hilarious combos and errors (not to mention by some that their fanboyness towards the anime is hilarious, to the point where their decks are based on it).
- The rap album I Hate Birds by Sam Brass Knuckles. "Fuck Pigeons" is one of the more tolerable examples.
- There are those that watch the Irate Gamer for this reason.
- In Germany, Karl Fritsch's website became (in)famous for being this. Some fan even wrote a "Karl-Fritschalyzer" which allows displaying any text in this style.
- Kickassia: A group of over-acting non-actors in a silly plot about internet reviewers from That Guy with the Glasses taking over a tiny micronation in Nevada. The ridiculous nature of the film is largely entirely deliberate. The same is true for the following film, Suburban Knights.
- The Life of Death Sword, a story about a fight between some guy named John Swords, also known as Death Sword, who was born missing many body parts, including half his brain, so they just got replaced by "alien machine parts from another world." He fights against his enemy, Death Screw, and then the gods interfere for some reason. Such a ridiculous plot, so badly written, and yet, so hilarious.
- The Light of Courage: These. Three. Videos. Be warned, they're all awful but hilarious to look at.
- Nuttymadam3575 is an obsessed fan of Twilight whose videos trying (and failing) to defend the franchise from the wrath of the hatedom as well as her reactions to the Breaking Dawn movie trailers make for a good laugh.
- Short Legs One - A live action Pokémon Crack Fic. 'Nuff said, surely.
- The Facebook page Shrek is love, Shrek is life is known for its "Shrektexts", vignettes that take the style of 4chan's "greentexts", feature poor spelling and grammar, and usually end with Shrek raping the narrator.
- Something Awful would occasionally have a "Page of Shame" sub-feature at the end of their "Photoshop Phridays". They're usually classified as So Bad Its Horrible, but there are quite a few occasions that are considered as this trope:
- exploitedtroll's entries for the "Animal Anomalies" theme.
- The "Page of Smiles" (featuring a single image that's "too awful for usage and too good for the page of shame".)
- The "Page of Wow" (featuring "The Hunt for Red October Sky".)
- The Sonic Amigos, an plush-based web show featuring characters such as Sonic the Hedgehog, Homer Simpson, Super Mario, and others getting into various adventures. It has to be seen to be believed. Here's the Youtube channel, if you're interested.
- TGWTG/Channel Awesome runs on this, it's a bunch of people doing webshows on shoe-string budgets, and they love to play up the Narm of it.
- The Twilight Chronicles - Imagine Twilight as a Black Comedy, with a Cast Full of Gay and a confusing Love Dodecahedron plot. Throw in writer's-strike writing and porn-worthy acting, and you've got this.
- Youtube's captioning device (which is originally used for deaf people) qualifies when it has such word salad gems as "I have a six-year-old and that may be headed for trouble", "Fuck my sex life", "I designed this virtual stadium myself in prison", "Let me show you who's going to lose a lot of pot", "It's like you've given up on election day", and "My brain, you know it going to die" being around. These captions are considered Funny Moments, even if the video shown is supposed to be serious and/or not funny. It's even more hilarious when you find shows and video games that are mainly meant for a younger audience and they find naughty words like "Sexy", "Vaginally", "Shit", "Genitals", "Fuck", "Cock", "Asshole", and "Faggot". We actually want you to go click on the CC button for almost any video around if it's shown there. If you want to find some more of these pictures, click either here or here.. To show that YouTube's captioning system has indeed left a mark on the Internet, one needs to look no further than "Steven Magnet", a Fan Nickname given to a purple sea serpent that appeared in one episode because of the line given out during one of his scenes, and became his canon name.
- Pimpinmast3r DX is considered to be one of the worst ranters out there, but his commentary on Just Keep That In Mind is just outstanding. Rather than talking about how bad this guy is he talks about how good he is. Best of all, it was live recorded, to the point that even his computer screen is visible.
- Practically 98% of Go!Animate videos are this, with their effortless drag-and-drop animation, unappealing artstyle that looks like it was ripped directly from Seth McFarlane's cartoons, robotic text-to-speech voices that always mispronounce things, a limited amount of animation sets (i.e. Kissing is always done with two characters sticking their tongues out at each other), and a majority of the videos having a cut-and-paste plot of "so-and-so doing such-and-such and getting grounded for it". There's even a Tumblr blog that collects screenshots from many of these videos.
- Put it this way, this movie trailer for Killer7: The Movie is one of the most epic examples of this trope. Its scenario is set in the most laughable locations imaginable, it has horrible acting, horrible special effects and horrible pacing. Yet it tried to be ridiculously faithful to its source material, which results in lots of Narm that just really feels charming.
- The hammy voice acting done by a single guy in the official Bionicle (2015) webisodes, especially when he begins using ridiculous exaggerated voices in an effort to make each character sound distinct. Some of the international dubs also count.
- Christmas sweaters embody this. Uncomfortable and hilariously ugly. A relatively recent Irish tradition known as "The Twelve Pubs Of Christmas" is basically a pub crawl while wearing one of these ungodly items of clothing. Clothing shops have caught on and sell intentionally bad jumpers for this purpose.
- Those who watched the Disney Theme Parks parade Celebrate! A Street Party were "treated" to the sight of such Disney icons as Mickey Mouse, Peter Pan, and Mary Poppins doing the Macarena and dancing to "I Love Rock and Roll", among other things.
- In Indonesian language, a 'jayus' is a joke that's so bad it's good.
- In Japan, there's a yearly award for books which are "amusing from a perspective that differs from what the author intends".
- Some genius made a mashup of a Justin Bieber song with a Slipknot one. Neither artist is exactly the best in its genre in the opinion of many. When you put the two songs together, it sounds weirdly catchy. Just... watch it.
- Corey Taylor himself thinks it's hilarious.
- Best (or worst) thing about it is that there are FAR too many people in the comments going "Anyone who likes this song isn't a true Slipknot fan!" "This is terrible, Bieber sucks!" etc. It's pretty funny to watch.
- The Louis Tussauds Waxwork Museum, in Great Yarmouth, has been described repeatedly as such because the waxworks are dubbed the worst ever made. It was paraded on a Series 44 episode of Have I Got News for You, where the guests had to guess who the waxwork was supposed to be.
- This trope is usually cited for Pabst Blue Ribbon's adoption by the hipster subculture. Hipsters in general are particularly known for adopting this as their aesthetic, with a fetish for "irony."
- Planes, Trains, and Plantains, the self-proclaimed "worst term paper ever written." (The author explains the backstory behind it here. The amazing part was that it still managed to get a 61%, one point above failing, possibly because it still technically contained a correct overview of the story of Oedipus the King.
"In the version which must have been the favorite of Sophocles's Athenian audience, Oedipus found sanctuary at Colonus, outside of Athens. The kindness he was shown at the end made the city itself blessed. Which was the gayest ending ever."
- The iPhone app SimStapler. The app just involves poking the stapler on the screen, and every ten times there is a voice that says "Splendid!". The stupidity of the app has garnered it a fanbase.
- When the iPhone just started, there was an app called "I'm Rich!" that cost $999 (the Cap for app pricing) and showed a ruby that would flash when you clicked on it. That's it. Humor was derived at: having enough money to burn on this app and b: schadenfreude in people failing to Read the Freaking Manual and blindly buying it without checking the price.
- There is also the Ios 6 maps made by Apple to replace Google Maps for its idevices... and failing miserably. While Google Maps was really helpful, this map system is utterly useless. It consists of terrible 3D modeling, utterly loathsome photography, and a habit of giving out directions and even getting several famous landmarks wrong. If you want to see for yourself, go to the tumblr showcasing screenshots of the mapping system here.
- Two pieces of Sonic the Hedgehog Fan-Art have become much more famous and well-known thanks to their amateurish and poorly drawn quality than they could ever have been if they would have been mediocre or decent quality:
- This article discusses the So Bad It's Good phenomenon, only just stopping short of referencing the trope by name.
- Scientists and science enthusiasts often find crank theories like Time Cube hilarious.
- The Trabant, the epitome of The Alleged Car and everything that was wrong with East Germany (and the Iron Curtain in general), still manages to have a cult following. Seriously.
- Likewise, the Reliant Robin, an ugly three-wheeled "car" which did a barrel roll if you so much as looked at a sharp turn is a cherished (if often parodied) part of British culture, complete with enthusiast conventions and racing circuits.
- An in-verse example from the Vorkosigan Saga is the ImpSec building on Barrayar whose ugliness is such a Running Gag that children's cartoon characters are made out of its gargoyles.
- Any Popsicle modeled after an iconic character. Such as this◊, this◊, and this◊.
- Poorly designed and outdated websites that look like they are stuck in the 90s often embody this trope, however LINGsCARS takes the cake for being the embodiment of everything that's wrong with these webpages with a downright nauseating wall of advertisements. It's just hilarious.