Narm / Game of Thrones

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Yes, she looks like that every time she gives a Rousing Speech...
"WHERE ARE MY DRAGONS?!?"
Daenerys

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     General 
  • The insane level of Fanservice becomes kind of funny after a while. The sheer non-stop boobage crosses over from sexy to hilarious round about the dozenth time naked chicks are just sort of... there... in the scene.
    • On this note, a Deleted Scene shows handmaiden Doreah strangling Irri to death while reciting "sexy" dialogue about erotic asphyxiation. The logic seems to be that because she's a courtesan, she has to do everything sexily, including cold-blooded murder. It's worth a few eye-rolls.
      • Indeed, before the DVD came out it was the most anticipated of the four deleted scenes included. After the DVD came out, everyone agreed that it was the worst of the four — if not the whole series — and it was a good decision to leave it out. Most people point out to the absurdity of the monologue, that Doreah's motives to betray Dany are even less evident after watching this scene, and Roxanne McKee's poor acting through it.
    • Daenerys' bathtub scene in Season 3 deserves a special mention. One can basically imagine the prop department painstakingly adjusting the water-level in the tub until Emilia Clarke's nipples stick out of the bathing water in the intended way.
  • The way that the Tyrells always try and seem like masterful manipulators, such as in the Histories and Lore video on the Reach, in which Margaery Tyrell implies the Tyrells manipulated their entire royal family into getting killed and that the Steward of Highgarden surrendered it to Aegon due to his wife.
  • Throughout the series, Littlefinger has gotten many original scenes that weren't in the books. However, these scenes get very difficult to take seriously when he seems to go from kingdom to kingdom faster just for the sake of acting Obviously Evil.
     Season 1 
  • In an otherwise chilling and well-acted scene where Viserys is bellowing insanely just before his death, it can end up causing some chuckles if you realise his insistence that he is the dragon is awfully reminiscent of the memetic phrase "Fuck you! I'm a dragon!"
  • The dogs that play the direwolves are not very good doggy actors. It's very hard not to laugh when a happy puppy jumps on top of a chew toy and gnaws on it with glee as the CGI blood flies everywhere.
    • A particular instance is when Ghost (who is completely silent in the books) is trying to warn Jon Snow that the wights are up and about. The "wolf's" whining and scratching at the door was so dog-like that it seems like Jon should be asking, "What is it, girl? Did Rickon fall down the well again??"
  • In Season 1, Littlefinger has an awesome, well-written speech that defines his character extremely well and goes into great detail in explaining his motivations and justifications... Which is completely undercut by the fact that there's hot lesbian sex going on right in front of him that he's supervising while telling his story, which proves to be rather distracting for the audience. Not to forget the infamous command towards one of the prostitutes to another ("Play with her arse."), delivered in a completely deadpan and detached tone of voice considering the situation.
  • Daenerys softly weeping whilst Drogo smashes repeatedly and enthusiastically into her quivering arse whilst doing her doggy-style was definitely a mildly amusing "Oh for God's sake" moment....
  • King Robert's reaction to news of Daenerys' pregnancy during his discussion with Ned Stark is "The WHOOOOOAAAAARRRRR is pregnant!"
  • In one Fanservice scene, Theon is having sex with Ros. Alfie Allen puts a lot of effort into his Immodest Orgasm... but it looks like he has had twelve-thousands volts put through him from the way he jerks around in ecstasy, and he bites his lower lip, which, combined with his little beard, makes him look like an electrocuted rat.
    • And since Allen isn't shy at all about doing full frontal himself, we get to see that Theon's penis apparently instantly deflated once he was done. WTF?!
     Season 2 
  • Daenerys's arc in the second season has several moments of this, because it consists mostly of her wandering around Qarth yelling at other people (often about her dragons, as the page quote shows) and not being taken seriously, all while several people around her turn inexplicably evil and betray her for no reason, especially jarring given that none of them did so in the book.
  • At the end of his Rousing Speech, Theon Greyjoy makes a war face as he screams to battle. Unfortunately, it looks like this. Of course, given the fact that he was knocked out immediately after he was finished speaking, it's likely this was an Intended Audience Reaction.
  • Loras Tyrell talking about jewelry and how he dreamed of his wedding day as a little boy. Because apparently the numerous saucy bedroom scenes with other men weren't enough to convince us he's gay.
  • Loras telling Renly he'd be a better King as Stannis has the personality of a lobster. It's funny but seems a rather weak justification for why Renly should become King, considering Stannis has had years more experience and Renly doesn't show any statesmanship skills outside of good PR.
     Season 3 
  • Everything about season 3's Daario Naharis. The man looks like he fell through a time portal from the set of Xena: Warrior Princess, and his lines sound like something out of bad fanfiction.
    • This is as good an explanation as any for why he was recast after season three.
    • And while Michiel Huisman's performance is a good deal less silly, there's still the matter of the number of times Daario's name is said in the season 4 premiere to make sure we know it's the same guy.
  • It's hard to take the Unsullied seriously when you notice that their shields look like nipples.
  • In "Mhysa", a very distraught Ygritte has Jon Snow at arrowpoint. Jon tries to plead his way out and tells her that he needs to go home. He sounds extremely whiny and petulant especially when earlier in the episode, Joffrey shrieks at his grandfather that he is not tired. One of these performances was intentional. The other? Not so much.
  • Daenerys saying in "Walk of Punishment" "we are not men" when told that Valar Morghulis means "all men must die." It comes across as rather ridiculous, considering that she is missing the meaning of the phrase with a literal translation, when the meaning is more "all must die", making her come across as arrogant.
  • Also in "Walk of Punishment," specifically the end when Jamie gets his hand sliced off. He screams in terror and it abruptly cuts to the credits, with an upbeat and completely out of place rock song, to the raucous laughter of you and everyone else watching.
  • Daenerys crowdsurfing in the final scene of season 3. The scene is going great, but then it suddenly turns into a rock concert... to say nothing of other problems.
  • Chaosh isn't a pit... Chaosh ish a LADDAH.
    • Littlefinger's accent in this episode and onward. It's really had to take all his Magnificent Bastard scheming seriously when he's pretending to be Irish Batman. It get's even worse in Season 4, especially during the scenes between he and Sansa on the ship — "Oy'm teeking you... to The Veeeeel".
  • Rose Leslie's accent as Ygritte starts to verge on the narmy after a while in Season 3, and evokes the kind of stereotypically gobby northern bint encountered on a night out in Wigan, as opposed to a hardened warrior woman from beyond the wall — "I'm Jyon Snuuuuur — raaaaght fut, lyeft fut!".
     Season 4 
  • Tyrion telling Shae they can no longer be together and that she has to leave King's Landing at once. It's supposed to be dramatic and sad, but it comes off like a very cheap soap opera.
  • OK, the reveal of the Night King and his method of creating new White Walkers was indeed pants-shittingly scary. This however was slightly tarnished by how the baby reacted to the most terrifying monster in the entire Game Of Thrones mythos by grinning and giggling for a few moments.
    • The fact he looks a bit like an albino Darth Maul has made him a little less terrifying to some.
  • Karl's monologue about his backstory. Not only is it a blatant Info Dump with no real purpose, but even for this series the profanity in it is absurdly gratuitous, feeling like it was written by a teenager trying way too hard to be shocking.
  • The shamelessly blatant Plot Armor Ramsay Snow is wearing in episode 6, turning his back on several armored soldiers while not even wearing a shirt, while they all just stand around and wait for him to sic the dogs on them.
  • Arya trying to sound deep with her "nothing is just... nothing" line is more cringeworthy than profound.
  • Sansa's black outfit in "The Mountain and the Viper," complete with dyed black hair and a black dress adorned with feathers. It's supposed to represent her becoming morally darker, but the fact it's so over the top just ruins the drama of the reveal. The comparisons to other dark-robed pop culture figures are endless. The actress lampshaded this in an interview, describing the look as "Sansa's gothic phase".
  • Tyrion's "beetle monologue" is already notorious for this, especially when it goes on for about five minutes and is painfully obviously just there for Padding.
    • Which is in itself an insult to the fans who had waited all season for Oberyn's dramatic, climactic fight, assumed to be the high point of the season, only for it to last a few minutes at the end of the episode. If viewers weren't hating the scene before, they're hating it now!
  • In "The Watchers on the Wall" when the giant shoots a man with its giant bow and arrow, the man practically gets launched into space.
    Gilly: Promise me you won't die.
    Sam: I promise I won't die.
    • Ygritte's death scene is undercut by a couple things: Olly's "I have your back" nod to Jon after he spent the majority of the episode hugging his knees in abject terror at worst, and operating the elevator at most was quite distracting. Then you have her last words being her Catch Phrase, which is narmy thanks to the amount of Memetic Mutation it's undergone.
    • The nod isn't helped by being soundtracked to Bon Jovi.
      • It's also not helped by featuring a rare use in the show of slow motion as the battle rages on, making them look stuck in their own narrative bubble given how they're not interrupted at all.
  • While Tyrion killing Shae was a sad, sad scene, the moment is slightly ruined by the camera slowly panning to Shae's corpse wearing a big, happy smile while Tyrion sobs his apologies for killing her.
    • Also, there is a close up on Tyrion's face, and the gravitas is somewhat ruined by the snot visible on his upper lip.
  • In the last episode, Qyburn talking about how he will heal the Mountain and beginning the work on him comes across like something out of a Frankenstein movie.
     Season 5 
  • "I love my lover." Yes, very insightful there, Cersei.
    • (To Jaime) "I choose you". Did anyone else think that Cersei was talking about Pokémon there, when she said that?
  • Daenerys' Arc Words in the Season 5 trailers "I'm not going to stop the wheel. I'm going to break the wheel." are either a Badass Boast or... this.
  • The Westerosi have a custom of putting stones with painted eyes onto the closed eyelids of the recently deceased. At certain angles it can look pretty goofy, which is certainly the case with Jon Arryn and Tywin's funerals.
  • The deafening silence after Daenerys orders Mossador's execution is fairly creepy, yes, but all the slaves hissing at her kind of destroys the moment. Then the riot Daenerys causes takes it back to Nightmare Fuel levels.
  • Ellaria Sand's anger at the death of Oberyn, and her subsequent speech to Doran, are quite passionate, but somewhat undercut by this line:
    "... this Lannister girl skips about the gardens, eating our food, breathing OUR air!
    • Apparently, Myrcella should have stopped breathing in Dorne after Oberyn died. Then she'd be much less offensive.
  • Just like Karl above, they seem to have panicked a bit about how to get Obara Sand's backstory across, so out of nowhere she launches into a monologue about her past, to people who already know the whole thing. It's actually pretty reminiscent of Zuko's backstory in The Last Airbender.
  • The Sand Snakes' introduction scene is overall too Narmy with many comparing them to B-Movie "Bad Girls" of the kind parodied in Pulp Fiction (Fox Force Five). From the aforementioned Info Dump, the needlessly cruel and convoluted torture of the captain (who willingly brought them information), to the youngest Snake behaving like a little girl with her Establishing Character Moment being calling out "mama!" and running to Ellaria, it is a somewhat painful scene to watch.
  • A mix-up in the costuming department resulted in the Sand Snakes' breastplates having nipples. The Joel Schumacher jokes pretty much write themselves.
    • Even funnier when you remember a line commonly used in the series is "as useless as nipples on a breastplate."
  • The fight between the Sand Snakes and Jaime/Bronn is appallingly cheesy and looks like it was made for an action B-movie. None of the Snakes' actions look fast enough, Obara of the Badass Boast can't even beat a crippled Jaime Lannister and Nym's whipping just seems to be a mild annoyance at worst, and oh good grief Tyene! The conclusion of the fight has the leader of the Snakes essentially give a Badass Boast... then simply throw down her spear when her opponents don't immediately surrender to her.
  • ANY time it cuts to Olly Chekov to see his reaction to Jon doing something. Foreshadowing is not subtle in Season 5.
  • Despite the best job the special effects can do, Daenerys actually riding a flying dragon nonetheless becomes this. The books were Low Fantasy as it is but the show's even less focused on magic, making this turn to High Fantasy look really weird.
  • When the Sons of the Harpy reveal themselves at the fighting pits, there is an unholy and completely ridiculous piece of chanting music that plays, as if we needed even more indication that these Malevolent Masked Men are evil. It also brings to mind the sacrifice song from South Park, making it even more unintentionally hilarious. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Fv5NI54QlvI
    • Not to mention how ridiculously suddenly they appear all around the stadium. It's hard to imagine dozens of people simultaneously beginning to put on those huge masks, and neither the other spectators nor the guards notice anything and raise alarm until one of the rebels runs up to the queen and tries to kill her.
  • Dany's Face Death with Dignity moment was a bit awkwardly directed to time with Drogon's arrival, with the close-up on her closing her eyes coming off to many like we'd fallen into Interstellar and she was instead summoning Drogon with The Power of Love.
  • Ellaria's conversation with Jaime where she empathizes with his romance with Cersei struck many people as downright weird for equating Dorne's Eternal Sexual Freedom with incest and the scene itself serves no purpose other than to remind us how much of an Open Secret Jaime's relationship with Cersei is and how "liberal" Dorne is. There's quite a difference between free love outside marriage, homosexuality, and incest, and also comes across as Character Exaggeration of the Dornish.
    • In a similar vein, when Jaime finally reveals to Myrcella that he is her father, one can't help but roll their eyes at Myrcella's declaration that she's glad to be a bastard born of incest against all the laws of gods and men, meaning her family has effectively usurped the Iron Throne. Then she dies, which is an "Oh, for the love of God..." moment all on its own, as it reveals the scene to be a clumsy attempt to yank at the heartstrings.
  • "You want a good girl, but you need a bad pussy." A strong candidate for the worst line ever written for the show, and so a fair representation of the entire Dorne storyline. It's so bad that one would be excused for thinking it's a shout-out to a masterpiece by the name of Shark Attack 3: Megalodon.
  • The face-peeling scene would've been a very disturbing bit of Mind Screw, IF they limited it to 2 or 3 faces. With half a dozen it starts to look like a parody. In fact, one of the Scary Movies did it, except with actual masks. It looked only slightly sillier than what we saw here.
    • Scary Movie nothing, that's something straight out of Scooby-Doo!
  • "Shame!... Shame!... Shame!... Shame!... Shame!... Shame!..." She's saying that because it's a walk of shame, you see. (as well as literal Slut-Shaming)
    • dingalingaling!
  • The Humiliation Conga that Stannis has to suffer in just one episode: his wife hangs himself, Melisandre flees, his knights desert and so on. Most of it happens offscreen and in a ridiculously short amount of time. You would be forgiven for expecting Blinkin to appear and comment "Oh, it's good to be home, ain't it, Master Stannis?".
  • The end of Stannis' Humiliation Conga has an added layer, as Brienne declares that she's killing Stannis for his murder of Renly, the rightful king. It's very jarring and silly because no one, not even Renly or Loras considered Renly the rightful king. And despite the writers trying to make it seem like a dramatic conclusion to Brienne's revenge quest it makes her come across as a massive Hypocrite, as she is killing someone who clearly had a better claim to the Iron Throne than Renly.
  • The battle of Winterfell is too ridiculous to be taken seriously. An entire season of build-up to this very moment. Stannis' theme comes up, Bolton's army approaches, Stannis draws his sword and the armies clash... and 5 seconds later we see Stannis' decimated army and Ramsay once again completely unscathed and basically saying "Okay boys, we're done here, I need to head home so I can get laid".
    • Ramsay's invulnerability/Villain Sue tendencies have become Narm as well, especially with 20 good men somehow destroying the food supplies of an army of thousands, their siege weapons, setting fire to tents and killing hundreds of horses, and nobody seeing them.
    • And speaking of those 20 good men, Davos somehow knowing that is indeed exactly how many men he had for the attack. It just screams Forced Meme.
  • The location scouts did a very good job with Dorne... but the Alcazar of Seville is such a well known landmark, and its architecture and decor are so stereotypical Moorish Andalusian, that some locals find their suspendion of disbelief shattered to pieces whenever Dorne appears.
  • Some people find the purple make-up for "Ser Robert Strong's" face a bit over-the-top.
  • In "The Gift", the prison scene between the Sand Snakes and Bronn looked like Tyene is acting like a stripper because she’s holding the prison bars while flirting with Bronn. Likewise for flashing her boobs at him. Now all we need is for her to do some pole dancing.
  • In the finale, Dany trying to go back to Meereen. First, on Drogon. The whole scene looks like a classic comedy scene in Western or Historical Fiction parodies, when The Hero can't get his horse/donkey/camel to bring him where he wants to go (it's even in Don Quixote). Then, on foot. Hundreds of riders, who came out of nowhere, start orbiting around her. Hard to remain serious watching this piece.
  • The season finale on the wall is regarded to be very silly for the sheer number of Dashed Plot Line and Cliffhanger piled one after the other, to a point that momentous events (such as Stannis' defeat, Sansa's escape, Myrcella's poisoning, Jon's stabbing) register with Dull Surprise by the end.
  • Taking Jon's stabbing seriously is made challenging by the fact that he was first tricked into looking at a sign with "TRAITOR" painted on it, and therefore, as part of the conspiracy to kill their Lord Commander, one of the Night's Watch was given the job of painting a sign. Not to mention imagining the conversation that led to this decision. "Hmm, how can we make it clear that we're upset with him, other than repeatedly stabbing him to death? I know! We'll make him look at a sign." Alternatively, they couldn't agree which Pre-Mortem One-Liner to use and this was their compromise.
    • It gets even sillier in the Season 6 premiere. They didn't take the sign down, and left Jon's corpse in the snow lying under it. It takes Davos about two seconds to put two and two together and realize what happened. Way to go, guys.
     Season 6 
  • In the Season 6 premiere, the entire Night's Watch outside the conspiracy to kill Jon is exactly as outraged as you'd expect... until the vast majority are completely talked around on it after just a couple minutes of Thorne speechifying. Also not helping is how the camera keeps cutting to Olly despite him contributing nothing at all to the scene, like we might just forget about his existence.
  • Tyene "the Bad Pussy" effortlessly killing the elite bodyguard Areo Hotah, who is three times her size with one stab of a dagger. Even the crippled Prince Doran gave much more of a fight when being killed by her mother.
  • The solid storyline about avenging Oberyn by murdering his remaining relatives delivers another chirpy, cheesy one-liner from one of those Xena rejects: "You greedy bitch!". So passes Trystane, son of Doran. Some viewers missed a laugh track right there, but they remain hopeful about its addition to the show.
  • The entire fact that the remaining Jon loyalists in Season 6 consist of Davos, Edd... and a few other random guys. You can just imagine the writing team's Mass "Oh, Crap!" upon realizing that maybe they shouldn't have killed off Pyp and Grenn when they did.
  • The rather insane case of Playing Gertrude with the actor playing Euron Greyjoy, who's forty years younger than Balon's actor, and actually also younger than Yara's actress. Between his on-screen brothers Balon and Aeron, Euron looks like he could be their grandson.
  • Melisandre's attempt to resurrect Jon Snow amounts to giving him a haircut and a light shave, then washing his hair. It looks less like a resurrection ritual and more like she's his barber. Plus, it's uncannily like all those Arya the Mortician scenes in Season 5, making it almost seem that if Arya had just inadvertently mumbled some Valryian about not being dead the same thing might have happened.
    • And given how her usual magic required burning people or making shadow-babies, this scene is downright anti-climatic. One can't help but think that she is cutting Jon Snow's hair, caressing his abs and mumbling some nonsense just to get Davos off her case.
  • The High Sparrow and Jaime's encounter in the sept. Jaime confesses to his face more sins than all the imprisoned named characters combined are accused of (heck, The High Sparrow arrested Margaery for allegedly covering for her brother's homosexuality and thinks that her not being without sin is a good reason to keep her imprisoned), and they are surrounded by armed Sparrows. The High Sparrow keeps babbling about gods-fearing and overthrowing empires... and then just leaves, without any interest in arresting Jaime.
  • In the episode 3 preview, young Ned's supposedly grim expression is really angsty. His eyebrows don't help either, making him look like he's related to Daenerys.
  • By Season 6, Ramsay Bolton (nee Snow)'s life of endless dog-kicking just gets more and more laughable. The writers go out of their way to have him be so very evil and aim for cheap shocks that it loses all meaning and each subsequent kick just winds up hilarious. It basically amounts to a game for viewers to see what he's going to do next.
  • Dany's final confrontation with the Khals is spoken entirely in Dothraki, which dilutes the last couple lines a bit when the fire behind the subtitles makes them almost illegible.
  • The exclamation "Hodor!" has become such a meme that his death scene where his younger self shouts "Hold the Door! Hold Door! Hodor!" repeatedly plays out exactly like the classic "Numb arm! Numb arm! Narm!", only about ten times longer.
  • The whole Kingsmoot feels rather ridiculous, as the Ironborn easily get swayed to each side after each speech. Then there is the fact that none of them noticed Yara and Theon stealing the entire Iron Fleet.
    • The fact that Euron openly admits to murdering his brother and then delivers the line "Where are my niece and nephew? Let's go murder them!" Isn't kinslaying meant to be a taboo in Westeros?

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