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 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.
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 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
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.
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.
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 thatBeetlejuice, 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.
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 incredibleheat from the quality-hungry ECW fans.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 on 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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.)
While the rest of the book and its mechanics aren't so bad, the fact that they named the new stat for metaphysical corruption in Heroes of Horror "Taint" is pretty damn giggle-worthy.
In Magic: The Gathering, some cards that are bad in terms of gameplay and power level may become loved and appreciated for their goofiness and quirkiness. Examples are Chimney Imp and Storm Crow, which have both become memes in the Magic world.
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.
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!"
Robert Coates was such an infamously bad actor people would flock to see him just to see how bad he was.
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!"
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 (A child saying "damn" and "effing" in the Halloween special, a character called "Spank the Monkey", 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.
There are those that watch the Irate Gamer for this reason.
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.
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 Dawnmovie trailers make for a good laugh.
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:
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.
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 particular known for adopting this as their aesthetic, with a fetish for "irony."
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!" it 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 a: 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.
Two pieces of Sonic the HedgehogFan 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 it's gargoyles.
Christmas jumpers 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.