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Western cartoons can often be silly, even when they're trying to be dramatic.
The hamhanded delivery of Duke's last words after being bitten by one of Serpentor's snake staffs.
"GO ... JOE ..."
"TAKE THEM FROM BEHIND!"
The sequel series G.I. Joe Extreme had live-action intros at the beginning of a few episodes. All of them have bad acting and loads of Conspicuous CG but the intro of the thirteenth episode is especially ridiculous.
There is a member of G.I. Joe with the codename "Snow Job."
Also from the 1987 animated movie: "We must shut down the BET!" G.I. Joe wants to put an end to Black Entertainment Television?
The Monster High episode "Fright On" seems to be a serious take on racism, with Van Hellscream and Crabgrass trying to start what amounts to a race war between vampires and werewolves to get the school shut down; just for good measure, they also try to murder several prominent characters in a rather unpleasant manner. This features several "Narm!" moments, including Frankie's realization that Crabgrass is imitating Bloodgood by watching her drink with her finger, which she only suspects after hearing Crabgrass-as-Bloodgood call Nightmare a "stupid animal"; funnily enough, she seems to ignore Crabgrass' terrible acting (calling Frankie "Francine", which Bloodgood never does), inability to duplicate abilities (Bloodgood almost never wears her head in her office, something Crabgrass literally cannot imitate) and just plain out of character acting (keeping Nightmare shackled to the wall).
Even better, Van Hellscream is drawn like a stereotypical 19th century British explorer. If you can keep from laughing at him just for his looks, wait until the end of the episode, where he threatens to use his "monster artifacts" on everyone after he is revealed for the villain he is. It would seem scary, except he keeps his stuff on the inside of his jacket, which has been referenced in everything from Archie Comics (wherein Archie borrows Veronica's butler's tux jacket for a dance so he can line the inside with her metric ton of cosmetics and not have sagging pockets) to the Flintstones (in "The Man Called Flintstone", Fred buys a "genuine artificial diamond necklace" out of a guy's coat), to the streets of many major cities (it's where I bought my new watch a week before seeing this episode). Perfectly enough, Van Hellscream's jacket seems to contain several bottles of liquid, and what appears to be some jewelry scattered among the monster body parts.
Whoever played Gandalf in the reference footage must have been instructed to overact as much as possible. He doesn't get through a single sentence in his monologues without flailing his arms about like a madman. Indeed, he looks like an extra in a Harold Zoid movie; and Frodo often looks like he wants to run away.
The armies of Orcs are photocopies of guys standing around in cheap monster masks.
The Nazgûl initially look scary; but once they dismount, they shuffle around moaning as if they suffer from severe arthritis.
Samwise in general. Seeing the simple yet honest and fiercely loyal Badass Normal of Tolkien's books reduced to a buck-toothed country bumpkin is at once very funny and very sad.
In the single most infamous scene of all, the Balrog (remember, they could have easily used conventional animation at any time during the production) is rotoscoped from footage of a man in a cheap bear costume with fairy wings who appears to be wearing fluffy slippers.
Oh, hell, if you want to see all the Narm-iest moments (except for the Balrog), just look at this video. Note the appropriate music choice.
They forget that Saruman spells his name with an S halfway through.
That was Executive Meddling due to the presumption that Viewers Are Morons. Are you ready for this? They thought that people wouldn't be able to tell the difference between Sauron and Saruman. They both started with the syllable "Sa(u)r," after all. So they cut the letter S from Saruman, making half the film about stopping Aruman's (or, as some characters pronounce it, "arrow man"'s) evil plot. The only problem was, they weren't consistent. It might have worked if the S hadn't crept back in.
And they were totally right, as the audience's confusion between Sauron and Saruman when Jackson's first LotR film came out proves.
Near the end, there's a brief genuinely effective dramatic moment as Frodo wistfully looks forward to ending the quest, and wonders if he'll ever be able to have a normal life afterwards. Then Sam responds by walking off and whistling.
When Gandalf shows up at Frodo's doorstep earlier in the movie, Frodo starts jumping around and flailing his arms like some sort of fangirl at a concert.
Fire and Ice, has plenty of narm, but not enough to make it bad. Necron speaks in narm every time he opens his mouth.
In Bakshi's Wizards, the battle scene was rotoscoped over the ice battle from Alexander Nevsky — which was a classic silent film. It made for some... overwrought drama; what makes for good acting has changed since then.
Don Bluth films sometimes have such exaggerated animations, especially in certain characters' facial expressions, that scenes that should have been harrowing or dramatic are instead silly and goofy. This isn't so bad in films such as Rock-A-Doodle and The Pebble and the Penguin, where the characters are intentionally cartoony. But it is extremely distracting in Anastasia and Titan A.E.
In An American Tail, there's Fievel's absolutely bizarre facial expression when he sees the giant wave coming at him. He's supposed to be terrified, but it looks like he's having a seizure or a bad acid trip.
Fievel tries to sing "Somewhere Out There" and has trouble hitting that note on the word "pale" in the first verse. This can spoil other versions of the song.
On the other hand for both of these, Fievel (and his voice actor) is a preteen boy, with all of the unfortunate vocal and lyrical implications that presents. To some, it probably sounds more genuine because it's not a 30-year-old trying to voice an eight-year-old.
In fact, the expression is overused in every Don Bluth movie ever. It reeeeeeally gets annoying.
Rock-A-Doodle is the Narmiest Bluth film of all. For one thing, it has the Duke (Christopher Plummer), an utterly terrifying owl who has quite a screen presence — until he starts lecturing the young hero, Edmund, and then starts coughing up what looks like Lucky Charms. His nephew calls him "Uncle Dukie"; that can't help his villain cred.
The Involuntary Transformation undergone by Edmund is diminished somewhat when he screams, in that annoying little kid voice, what sounds like "Jeepers, I'm a furry!" He's saying "Jeepers, I'm all furry"; but his speech impediment all but wipes out the 'l' sound, turning this into one of the narmiest moments in the movie for those who know what furries are.
There is also the bit where the heroes stop the owls from eating the farm animals by shining a helicopter searchlight on them. Edmund decides to make an announcement to the owls, and it comes out something like this:
"Awight youh owls! This is Edmund! Itsh Ovuh for youh! We've got Shawntyclaiwe!"
The Clip is here, starting from 2:28. Words cannot describe it.
Wait a minute... they've got WHAT?
It's supposed to be Chanticleer, the character the title refers to. Unfortunately, the Chanticleer legend didn't get passed down very well in America, and this film didn't jump-start it.
Frankly, everything that kid says is Narm. That voice could make excitement over a Toys-R-Us shopping spree sound hammed up.
Someone tell Edmund that Fievel wants his sweater back.
And his hat. Seriously, that kid went from wearing pajamas to looking like a Cossack whose clothes were too big!
At one point, the only thing keeping the owls from attacking the farm animals is a flashlight, and the owls taunt them about their dying batteries. In song.Beginning with the words "twiddley-dee."
The 1979 made-for-TV animated adaptation of Narmia. The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe has cheesy seventies animation. Mr. Tumnus is especially narmy, especially during his scene with Lucy that is supposed to be very sad ("I'm a BAAAAD FAUN!!!"). (Yes, that line comes from the C. S. Lewis book; no, it doesn't help.) The White Witch practically screams every other line.
"If EITHER of you mentions the name 'ASLAN' again, he WILL BE INSTANTLY KILLED!!!!"
Christopher Daniel Barnes usually did a fine job as Peter/Spidey... until he needed to be serious and dramatic. Then he went from Spider-Man to Spider-Ham.
Symbiote Spidey: "SHOCKEEEEER! YOOOUUU CAN'T ESCAPE MEEEEE! I'LL CHASEYOUTOTHE ENDS OF THE EAAAAARTH!"
You can watch it here, Black Spidey at its hamiest.
The best ones are in "Enter The Green Goblin," starting when the Goblin starts holding a mock trial and running like mad from there. Goblin's oddly high-pitched voice makes most dramatic things spoken by him funny by default, which is probably why they had Goblin do more malevolent baiting later and Osborn do most of the dramatics.
This version of Morbius, it's worth noting, looked and sounded uncannily like Tommy Wiseau.
The 2nd part of "Hydro-Man Returns" has 'MY SUIT is torn (!)' No incorrect punctuation. That's how it came out.
In the second Insidious Six episode, there's a scene which has Shocker fall into a water tank after his suit rips, and so he has to get rid of it before it blows up. The next we hear of him is his ranting to Doctor Octopus on a walkie talkie:
"My suit! My beautiful suit!"
How about this one from Alistair Smythe?
"Get away from MY BEAUTIFUL machine!"
Rhino would like you to know that he's lookin' for da Whizzer.
From the same set of episodes, the Thunderer's strange moan-like "scream". It's a wonder how that's not a meme yet.
In The Batman vs. Dracula, Bruce Wayne deduces Alucard's true identity by writing his name on a tray with lipstick and holding it up to a mirror. Alfred gasps. Cue the scary music. This was supposed to be dramatic and following the "show, don't tell" rule of storytelling; it ended up looking childish and silly because the viewer already knows this. And surely a full grown adult can reverse spell Alucard in his mind.
Dracula's final words before his "death" was "You're Bruce Wayne!" in a surprised tone. Strange, considering how unimportant Batman's dual identity was to the story. Batman's response, however, is appropriately awesome.
The Penguin feels the need to announce that he is bleeding when we can clearly see it (for once). Since blood hadn't shown up on this show before, the writers must have wanted to point out that they could do that now.
The Batman also has "The Man Who Would Be Bat," in which Bennet is spit at with a sticky substance by Man-Bat. Astonished, he yells, "What is this?" And he asks it in a way that suggests he wants to know what got spit onto him.
One Very Special Episode of Static Shock is quite narmy. Richie was shot in the leg and cried, "It hurts, it hurts! It's not like on TV shows, it really hurts!"
Spawn: The Animated Series has one when Chapel is boinking his girlfriend, suddenly remembers killing Al, and suddenly starts yelling out "I'M SORRY! I'M SORRY!" at a volume that puts both Leonidas and BRIANBLESSED to shame.
Avatar: The Last Airbender: Katara melodramatically saying that the Fire Nation "took her mother away" in "Crossroads of Destiny". She uses the same euphemism to the same effect in "The Southern Raiders." (It comes off as particularly strange when one considers this show's usual immunity to Never Say "Die".) In the same episode, Katara says "There's the monster" when she sees the guy who killed her mom. The line is supposed to convey her bloodthirsty rage, but it comes off as corny and fake-sounding, which ruins the drama.
"Who's a man and a half? She's a man and a half!"
Late in the episode "The Beach," the team of villains start bickering around a campfire - essentially swapping backgrounds and explaining why they're so maladjusted. This is hardly meant to be taken seriously. But Zuko decides to complain about why he can't worry about bad skin, points to his head, and shouts, "My father decided to teach me a permanent lesson... on my FACE!" The camera goes into a bizarre close-up where Zuko's chin is somehow twice as large, and the entire moment almost seems like a non-sequitur.
"I'm so pretty! Look at me, I can walk on my hands! WOOOO!"
'The Blue Spirit' was meant to be a dramatic episode, but Aang keeps making this one goofy facial expression when he's screaming in fear that could kill the mood the episode was trying to create. It looks more like a comical take than being profoundly scared. This seems to happen to him a lot throughout the series.
And Zuko's scream after Iroh gets zapped by Azula,
That scream used to great comedic effect in this video, at around 1:14.
And then Zuko's screaming on the mountaintop from the following episode. Zuko could out-narm Katara any day of the week.
Also, in the final battle against Azula, Zuko says, "No lightning today? What's the matter? Afraid I'll redirect it?"... but the delivery comes across as "Afraid I'll re-DUH-rect it?" That killed the mood for a moment.
Do they need to do a Scare Chordevery single time there's a closeup of Azula's face? We get the point!
The writers evidently noticed how narmy Zuko and Katara could be. In "The Ember Island Players", the habit of spouting pure, distilled narm is the sole defining trait of the Katara character in the play. The actor playing the Zuko character gets narmy, too. And while we're here, the Iroh character's face is visual narm. Guy looks like a lump of dough. It's supposed to look idiotic, but... yeesh.
For some, Azula's mental breakdown in the finale crossed the line into Narm Territory because of her psychotic expressions.
Aang's pure emotional turmoil at the thought of "killing" a watermelon. Yes, it represented how he felt about his apparent need to go against his beliefs and kill the Fire Lord. Yes, it's okay for him to feel conflicted about killing Ozai. But this was just a melon.
'I just can't do it! I can't kill an innocent melon!'
From "Avatar Day": Aang's "You think I... KILLED SOMEONE??" Not only his voice, but also the look on his face, was amusing.
When the Gaang discovered that Jet was brainwashed by the Dai Li, Jet gives a rhyming rebuttal:
"That's crazy! It can't be! Stay away from me!"
The Gaang begin to ominously surround him immediately afterwards. It doesn't work well.
Aang's reaction when Roku tells him about Koh the Face Stealer. While Koh is ten kinds of scary, Roku's description sounds like something straight out of the Department of Redundancy Department ("they call him the Face Stealer... he will steal your face"), and Aang's horrified face (which, mind you, appears before he finds out why Koh is so scary) just begs for a PENIS GOESWHERE? caption.
Zuko's dream. The dragons, being eaten by the floor, can pull off Narm Charm. But Zuko looking in the mirror, and seeing himself as Aang; NAKED. And ripped, at that. It was just too much.
Zuko visiting his Uncle Iroh in prison after betraying him. Zuko's first lines are:
"I brought you komodo-chicken."
The reaction to the "Abandon hope" scratched into the gate in front of the Serpents Pass. Some punk left a grafitto, that's no reason to panic. Granted, it was probably a Shout-Out to the inscription on the gates of Hell in the Divine Comedy, but it could have been played better.
From the Sequel Series, The Legend of Korra: Mako and Bolin's parents were killed by a firebender. This is actually well-done and tragic. So what's the problem? We keep meeting characters who all have "loved one(s) killed by firebenders" as part of their backstories. The third time it happened, it just got ridiculous.
Out of the characters who said their loved ones were killed, Amon's "killed by firebenders" backstory was actually a lie to gain sympathy.
Tahno's facial expressions as Amon is taking away his bending were just too over the top to take seriously.
Similarly, Bolin's reaction to Mako and Korra kissing does not inspire much sympathy for him.
Unalaq tells Korra he needs her to open the Northern Spirit Portal. Then when she learns he's evil, he tells her that was just a lie to keep her in line. So far, it works pretty well. Then he tells Eska and Desna that was a lie, and he actually does need her. Approaching the line, but still salvagable. Then it officially crosses into silliness when he says that actually actually, he doesn't need her after all. Finally, he goes ahead and tries it, and it turns out actually actuallyACTUALLY, no takebacks we swear, he does need her. It's like watching Flip Flop of God in real time.
Korra's expression at Vaatu's escape. It's supposed to be shock and terror, but comes off more like a derpface.
"No." "We're nerds." "We're dweebs." "This is terrible."
More emphasis needs to be placed on the fact that the evil plan of this episode involves forcing Milli Vanilli to get real jobs. (Though, considering what happened in Real Life after Milli Vanilli was unmasked, that likely would've been an excellent evil plan.)
And the song they sing in the episode is the exact song that infamously skipped during a live concert.
What about the screaming fangirls? Look how wide their mouths are opened!
In reruns and DVD releases of the Mario cartoons, copyrighted music had to be deleted and replaced with a generic tune. This applied to the Milli Vanilli episode; when they "sing" (those quotes work on so many levels), you see their lips moving but hear nothing but nondescript instrumental music.
That mostly applies to the Super Show. 3 and SMW for the most part already had generic royalty music, with the possible exception of the above.
The episode "Brooklyn Bound" has Mario and Luigi getting a chance to return to Brooklyn, but Mario begins having second thoughts. "Maybe we should stay and help the Princess," he tells his brother, saying it in a way that it sounds like he's saying they should "hump the Princess." It helps that Princess Peach responds by saying "No way, Mario!"
Hmm... stay in this bizarre world with talking dinosaurs and a princess to hump, or go home and clean toilets? Such a hard decision!
That the Super Mario World cartoon episode "Mama Luigi" is such a staple of Youtube Poop is in part due to Luigi's bizarre, wheeze-ridden voicing of lines like "Or is it the bagel?" and "Good thing I found a magic balloon!"
Superman: Doomsday had a lot of odd moments; but the absolute winner in that category had to be a shirtless Lex Luthor beating on (what turns out to be a clone of) Superman with Kryptonite gloves, screaming at him for "leaving" him, which ends in Luthor essentially mounting Superman and saying "Who's your daddy?" If this was supposed to be an intense beatdown, it was marred because Luthor's dialogue made him come off less like Superman's archnemesis and more like his whiny ex-boyfriend. It's so wrong, it's either funny or creepy.
Made worse with the Cartoon Network version, in which they (inexplicably) removed most of the violence in the movie. Now, imagine the "Who's your daddy" scene WITHOUT the entire beating scene to put it in context. Yes, Cartoon Network had problems with the violence, but was perfectly fine with a sweaty, seemingly nude Lex whose apparently mounted Superman and just finished raping him patting him on the cheek affectionately and asking "Who's your daddy?" Narm at its best.
Batman: The Animated Series has a moment at the end of one episode where a robot double of Batman kills himself after thinking he killed the real Batman. As if his anguished cries ("I'VE TAKEN A LIFE! MY CITY! MY PEOPLE! WHAT HAVE I DONE?!") weren't bad enough, the real Batman later muses, completely seriously, "What if he had a soul... a soul of silicon, maybe, but a soul no less."
In the episode "Blind as a Bat", Bruce gets temporarily blinded by an explosion. Pretty harsh; unfortunately, this is revealed in one of the most silly, needlessly dramatic way possible - Alfred asks why doesn't his master want to go to a regular hospital, which our hero answers with "Because... I don't want anyone to find out... that I can't... SEE!!". The random use of dramatic silence by itself was quite funny, but the scene also goes alongside some pretty tragic BGM, and the animation team didn't help it◊.
Man #2: But if you guys are here, who's flying the chopper?!
Any time Poison Ivy starts making hammy eco-terrorist speeches. Yes, the woman's insane, but come on now! Bruce Timm and company seem to have realized the narminess too; in "The New Batman Adventures" and comics set in its continuity, the speeches have all but vanished.
The problem honestly lay in the delivery—Diane Pershing's insane anger sounded very forced. Ivy's insane ranting worked much better when the character was eerily calm.
In Batman: Mask of the Phantasm, there's a flashback to Bruce proposing to a girlfriend. She happily agrees to marry him, even though her father was planning to move them to Europe. But a few days later, Bruce gets the ring back in the mail, along with a note reading "Left with Dad. Too young. Need time. Forget about me." This could have been a sad scene, except he reads it aloud in the most retarded-sounding tones imaginable.
The Mad Hatter's Stalker with a Crush behaviour toward Alice should have been creepy, but was somewhat undercut by the fact that she was Too Dumb to Live even before he resorted to mind controlling her. He takes her out on a date after she and her boyfriend break up (temporarily), and she somehow fails to notice the highly conspicuous mind-control devices that he puts on pretty much everyone they encounter.
"Avatar," wherein Ra's Al-Ghul resurrects an ancient Egyptian queen who quickly goes One-Winged Angel on the hapless supervillain, thus prompting Batman and Talia to rescue him, is genuinely creepy until it's time for Batman to slay the hideous queen-mummy. He urges the others to run, shouting that "I'll do what I can to stop that... thing!" It's supposed to be a tense moment, but the way he says "thing" makes you immediately picture the letters of the word festering and oozing slime down their sides, like some really bad horror movie poster.
The scene where a very pissed off Robin (Dick Grayson) punches out Batman, is pretty dramatic... until it cuts to Batgirl gasping.
Tails' funniest line in the series is this: After he's done spiffing up this one guy to make him look good for his girlfriend, Tails emphatically says, "You look hot, Lucas!". Oh, Tails.
Narrowly averted in the Disney version of Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs. According to the DVD Commentary, while animating the scene where the dwarves are mourning Snow White's apparent death, they noticed the narmish quality on an expression on Dopey's face, and so they edited it so that they only show Dopey crying softly into Doc's shoulder. (Dopey's face always looks silly, but for most of the film that fits the mood.)
There's also a scene where Bison is knocked into the computer, and the computer looks like it is eating Bison alive, just... Just watch.
There is a part when Zangief knocks out Dee jay, who falls over. We get a close up of Dee jay's face that's supposed to be dramatic. Instead, he has his jaw hanging down, and is staring into space.
When Zangief proceeds to pick up Guile, Bison is floating in the background with his arms stretched out like he's being crucified.
The brief Disney Death Danielle received in Danny Phantom, because Danny sounds like he's in a middle school play. He sounded so fake and stilted, as if he was glad about what happened.
Not to mention that Danny seems to scream "Get away!" at his enemies more often than anything else.
Especially when they're (so he thinks) stronger than him.
An example of this as Narm would be when in The Ultimate Enemy the older ghosts are closing in on him and he screams "GET AWAY!" somewhat dramatically... while cowering against the wall hiding his face.
And of course "Eye for an Eye" which is a treasure trove of Narmy quotes from Vlad ("I'm rubbing your nose in this mess you made, Daniel, doesn't it smell yummy?" and "You forgot to take your supplements, have a dose of vitamin-ME!" for example).
The new songs from the 10th anniversary edition of Pocahontas. Perhaps they were cut from the theatrical release of the film for a reason. They don't fit with the rest of the film, and they sound like Josh Groban songs.
Although, the reason why "If I Never Knew You" was put back into the movie was popular demand. It's one of the most popular Disney songs of all time despite only appearing over the closing credits in the original version.
The early (pre-series) Raccoons TV specials are chock-full of Narm:
In The Raccoons on Ice, there's the entire scene where the Raccoons and Sophia Tutu sneak into Cyril Sneer's mansion to try to convince Cedric to play on their team against Cyril's. A particular highlight: When Cedric (who has a different, incredibly whiny voice in the specials) worries about getting into further trouble with his father, he whines, "I've already been grounded for a month... and no chocolate pudding!!!" The Narm factor is upped by Sophia's response:
"Cedric, this is bigger than chocolate pudding!"
At the end of that scene, when Cedric chickens out after being threatened by Cyril again, Sophia responds by apparently dumping him on the spot, exclaiming "Cedric Sneer, your heart is as cold and hard as a hockey puck!" and taking away the picture of her on Cedric's nightstand. The delivery of the line, and Cedric's whiny sobbing afterward, make it pure Narm.
In The Raccoons and the Lost Star, any time Sophia Tutu opens her mouth is potential Narm. For example, whenever Sophia says something like "Oh no, how dreadful!" or "That's terrible!" in a moment meant to be sad...
When Cyril Sneer ambushes Cedric and Sophia to kidnap Sophia's puppy Broo and get his hands on the lost star, Sophia believes that Cedric led her into the trap (which he didn't know about) and returns his gift of chocolates, saying in the Narmiest way imaginable, "I'll never be able to look at a chocolate again!"
The scene where bad guys take Broo away from Sophia, and Cyril gets his hands on the star. Overly dramatic music plays; Sophia tearfully exclaims, "You leave Broo alone, you bullies!"; we see a menacingly grinning bear henchman from Broo's P.O.V., reaching for him, his shadow cast over Broo; and finally, Cyril taking the star from around Broo's neck and exclaiming "My star! At last!" as the music reaches crescendo. The whole bit is overly (melo)dramatic and instant Narm.
The Raccoons series has its share of Narm moments. In the episode "Moving In," Lisa, unable to cope with moving away from her old neighborhood, lashes out at her parents and lets her Wangst out in front of everyone at the dinner table.
"I have no friends anymore, I miss my school, I hate this house! Nobody cares what I think! None of this would have happened if you hadn't lost your job!"
Not to mention her mother's reaction.
The '90s X-Men animated series had this in spades. It was a well done show overall, but the female characters got ridiculously dramatic - especially Lilandra, Rogue, and Storm, who would go into a fit of "Aaaaarghhhhh" or "Noooooo!" at the slightest injury.
One of the narmiest moments in that series was the first appearance of Banshee, who sees the Professor falling into the sea, starts screaming and leaps off a cliff (which is how his powers work in the comics, but comes across as absurd when you can actually hear it).
In the ReBoot movies, almost every scene involving Dot and Enzo's father is pure Narm. This was due to a combination of questionable writing, his ridiculous appearance, and his voice, which sounded like he was speaking through a mouthful of water.
No! Don't touch me! The nulls!
In the Turtles Forever movie, after Ch'rell finds out that there is more than one TMNT universe, he cries "Turtles, Karai! Ninja... Turtles!" in a way that sounds like he just had a bad dream.
And every time, thanks to the never say die rule, does Shredder always, always, ALWAYS, says "Perish" in at least one of his sentences every episode he appears in, it just gets ridiculous.
There's another one mere minutes after Eddie's breakdown. Flash learns he just got a part in A Midsummer Night's Dream, and gets to kiss his crush Sha Shan. Note that at the time, Flash was wearing a Spider-Man outfit and on crutches. It Makes Sense in Context. Then Sha Shan points out that Flash got the part of Bottom. You know, the guy who got an ass' head. Then an abrupt Imagine Spot happens and Flash is suddenly Spider-Man on crutches with a donkey's head. We know you love Shakespeare, Weisman, but that's just surreal even with context.
That was actually a Getting Crap Past the Radar moment. Sha Shan was saying that Flash was perfect for the role and his face was replaced with a Donkey's. She was essentially calling him a Jackass.
Peter Parker's design on the show. Most character designs work well... except for Peter's. He's supposed to be in high school, but he looks about twelve years old.
The voice of the Narrator and Admiral Yularen in Star Wars: The Clone Wars is just plain silly. It's less "Star Wars" and more "Buy Scrubbing Bubbles!"
Also, there was this one scene where Anakin and Asoka had to rescue babies from a platform sinking into lava. The show is normally melodramatic, but that episode took it to new heights.
Season three's ninth episode, "The Hunt for Ziro", takes the cake with the prominently featured love story of a gay slug and his long-mouthed girlfriend who are being chased across the galaxy to finally find the money for a peaceful life away from crime and war. It is painful to watch, especially when they meet Ziro's mother, the bastard child of too many clichés to count.
In the Direct-to-Video Justice League: Crisis on Two Earths, Ultraman at a point bitch-slaps the President of the United States... and the slap makes him bleed. They probably intended to show that Ultraman was an ultrastrong badass, but the way this scene was directed made it look like the President was a living bottle of tomato sauce.
The Big Bad of the last season was literally a Brain in a Jar. After facing a demon lord with the power to destroy worlds, well... Also, his voice is either scary or Narm.
And if his voice wasn't this, his scream when Robin blows up the communicator he's attached to definitely is. Yes, somebody who uses a Stephen Hawking-like robotic voice screamed.
How about the dialogue in "Aftershock"? Seeing people say so many euphemisms for death in such a dark episode really puts off the mood.
The Shredder's trial scene in the third season finale of the second Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles has two rather Narmy things going for it: First, when the Utroms declare that they find C'hrell guilty as charged, C'hrell gasps as if he is really surprised that they didn't clear him of his charges, despite the fact that the Utroms just finished providing foolproof evidence of C'hrell committing numerous crimes. Second, when the Utrom guards are escorting the handcuffed Karai and Dr. Chaplin away, Karai yells: "This is not what I wanted, Leonardo! This is NOT what I wanted!". No shit, Karai?
There are also lots of narmy moments littered throughout the series. Some hold Narm Charm while others... just watch "April's Artifact" and prepare to cringe at the ultra cheesy montage song.
In Kirikou and the Sorceress, there is that scene where Kirikou pulls the skunk/badger/whatever out of the squirrels' burrow to protect them. The image of a very tiny little boy pulling a badger by the tail out of a burrow is funny.
The Total Drama Island episode "Search and Do Not Destroy" has Heather's evil plan involve kissing Trent in front of Gwen. After it happens, and Gwen runs away crying, Trent walks away and falls to the ground, smashing his hands on the ground. If that isn't Narm-ish enough, Gwen was also doing the same thing, while crying and yelling, and her yelling does sound sorta strange...
Any "dramatic" scene in Action League Now. This is probably due to everyone being, well, a toy.
The intro to Widget the World Watcher. "Nature called, we didn't care!" sounds like "Had to go to the bathroom, but we ignored it and peed in our pants!"
In the Legion Of Superheroes cartoon, Brainiac 5 shouts 'Superman!'. Unfortunately, it sounds more like 'SOOUPERMAN!'
The Animated Adaptation of Ctrl+Alt+Del is one of those things where the things that are meant to be funny aren't, but what isn't meant to be funny is due to Narm. Seeing how bad the animation and voice acting could get was the only entertainment to be derived from it. Special mention goes to the Star Wars spoofs, with Ethan's awkward falling and Lilah's hilariously terrible delivery: "OH MY GOD LUCAS LOOK BEHIND US."
One particular one was the adaptation of The Avengers issue 4, where Iron Man introduces the team to Captain America. A split second later, there's a close up of the team, their heads bunched together... and Giant Man giving us the most ridiculous "DURRRR" face ever! Doesn't help that his voice actor sounds just as goofy!
The classic opening scenes with Turaga Vakama's narration explaining the basic backstories behind each movie, using colorful stones to represent the major players. The visuals and music score both add to the sense of epicness, but then you realize: these are just rocks doing stuff in a sandpit!
Mask of Light starts with a scenic image of the village of Ta-Koro as the camera pans over the area to focus on a lonely Ta-Matoran, Jaller. Over Nathan Furst's beautiful music score, the first bit of character dialog can be heard: Jaller repeatedly calling for Takua in his vaguely surfer-accented, teenage-toned voice. "Tuh-KOO-aaah! Tuh-KOO-aaah!" The tone set by the intro is shattered.
When Hahli brings the news that Mata Nui has to be awakened, the crowd of gathered Toa and Turaga starts murmuring, unsure of what to do. Vakama, after a long session of stroking his metal-beard, decides to set things into motion (since this would be the most important event of their lifetime, after all), but Onewa promptly reminds him that marching into the Big Bad's lair might be dangerous (despite the fact that they have six immensely powerful heroes to aid them). Cut to the whole crowd suddenly murmuring again, with a confused Hahli looking over them. This was meant to be a serious scene.
The Skrall squad running in place at the beginning of the big battle in The Legend Reborn.
Whenua's infamous "'Cause that's what friends do" line from the third movie. It's supposed to sound comforting and inspirational, but given that it's a huge Out-of-Character Moment for Whenua, that he says it in response to the line "We'll find a way [to reverse our horrible mutations, fight off an army of Giant Spiders and rescue the imprisoned population of the city] together", his gruff voice in general, not to mention that the movie tried to be dark, it comes off as plainly corny and out-of-place.
According to the deleted scenes of the first movie, the demonic Rahkshi would have been revealed by just standing in the middle of the screen, one of them with its hands casually placed on its hips. The final cut wisely changed this a more dramatic, gradual reveal that only shows them in full when they're out attacking the heroes. Another deleted scene showed a Rahkshi stepping on a sports ball as a showcase of raw evilness.
"Da mighty Tuma!" from The Legend Reborn. Tuma's entireportrayalqualifies, really, also the fact that other characters consider him a genuine threat. Likewise the Skrall soldier who runs by the screen, stops to make a comedic squawking noise with his eyes wide, then runs off.
Young Justice: Bruce Wayne and Clark Kent are in a diner discussing Superboy and Clark's refusal to act as the father figure that the boy desperately needs. It's a fine scene... up until Clark leaves and angrily tells the waiter that he'll have the apple pie he just ordered to go. Pie is not well known for being appropriately dramatic.
That entire scene could count for some. It's literally The World's FinestBromance having an argument over custody. This exchange pretty much says it all.
Superboy's over-emotional feral screaming in a lot of the early episodes (especially in Bereft), while not being totally uncalled for given his pre-character-development personality, can become rather silly and over the top.
"Starveillance": Mischa Barton skit. It's not the dream idea thing that made me consider this for entry, oh no, it's not the claymation—it's one thing with the zombies in claymation, but Lifetime zombies? It probably should have freaked me out—but seeing Shannon Doherty, Star Jones, and Michelle Rodriguez in that skit made me smirk just a little bit at how Narmy it all was.
Shining Armor's face during the second part of the second season finale when he was being mindcontrolled did cause a few unintended giggles.
King Sombra in general fails to come across as a serious threat. First, his design, which was probably meant to avoid the issue of villainous creatures coming across as Ugly Cute at worst, but instead ended up looking like an ill-conceived OC, right down to a predominantly black-and-red color scheme. Second, the fact that his appearance was limited to flashbacks and casting a shadowy presence over the Crystal Empire while muttering about "CRYSSSSTAAALLLLSSS" and "SSSLAAAAVES".
At the end of The Return of Harmony Part 1, Twilight's friends have been discorded, Twilight failed in finding the Elements of Harmony, and Discord laughs in victory, complete with lightning, scary music, a dark tone, and... Discord holding an inside out pink umbrella that meowed upon opening.
The book series Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark has some terrifying and downright traumatizing stories and images. Then somebody took it upon themselves to animate the stories. Some of them are effective, but some of them... In one of the more famous stories, Scary Scarecrows, Harold is terrifying in the illustration. In the animation, he looks to have a LEGO head.
Maleficent from Sleeping Beauty gives us this gem: "She shall prick her finger on the spindle of a spinning wheel... and DIE!" The rather... insignificant injury ruins the effect a bit...
At one point early in Winx Club, Musa slaps Icy across the face in front of pretty much everyone from Cloud Tower. Icy is standing there, looking like she's either going to explode or scream, when Stormy leans in close, points at the handprint, and says something to the effect of "I can see her fingerprints on your face! Does it hurt?"; the line was actually supposed to show that Stormy has some empathy for her "sisters", but it comes off more as proof that she's the stupid one of the Trix. Note that this scene was changed when 4Kids translated the show, so it's not quite the same.
In the same episode (again, in markets other than America), Stella has a bug up her butt for some reason (she's under a curse in America). She starts lashing out at her roommates whenever they say, well, pretty much anything, but seems to have NO IDEA that what she's saying might be offensive to other people! You'd think she would figure it out after Musa storms out on her, but she has the same shocked "What?" moment EVERY SINGLE TIME!
Justice League, the episode with the Royal Flush gang. The TV producer wouldn't cancel the show until Batman says it belongs to The Joker. The TV producer face's turning to pure shock BEFORE Batman finishes his sentence.
A lot of media in general is notorious for having "serious" specials where the series is stated to be the end, or The Bad Guy Wins. Though, since it is mentioned countless times it is not way during any form of work or even before the work, the seriousness is taken away since you probably already know that since this isn't the end of the series, the good guy will win no matter what.
Beast Machines had a definite Narm moment: the scene where Blackarachnia and Megatron were trying to one-up each other by reminding Silverbolt about what they gave him when they were trying to convince him to choose a side.
"I gave you X! I gave you X!" "We gave you X! We gave you X!" Sounds good enough for Broadway already, doesn't it?
Also in the episode when the Maximals receive Spark boosts. Optimus goes to fight the Vehicons, and we get a slow-motion shot of him literally tearing through the Vehicons with the speed of light... and he makes these totally random, ridiculous-looking poses. Almost makes you wonder if the animators just got bored.
Transformers Prime also has one- this video is supposed to promote Unicron, but after he says "I awaken" his shout... well, he honestly sounds like he stubbed his toe.
In the French dub of Transformers G1, it's hard to take Optimus Prime seriously because his voice is dubbed by the very same guy who does Brainy Smurf's voice. He has the very same annoying, obnoxious voice. And then, there's Bumblebee, also dubbed by the same voice actor, who has the same voice of Clumsy Smurf, stammering on every line like he did on The Smurfs. Really.
The lyrics to the German intro of Transformers Animated. Apart from the clunky translation in general ("well masked robots" in place of "robots in disguise"), they had to insert a second "der" into the "Autobots kämpfen für den Sieg über... die bösen Kräfte der... der Decepticons!" verse to keep the tune, which rather makes it sound like the singer had to take a moment to remember the lyrics (in English, it would be akin to "Autobots wage their battle to defeat... the evil forces of the... of the Decepticons!").