"That sounds terrible. I wanna watch it twice."
— Troy, summing up this trope, Community
"This band sucks, but it's like, they suck in a new way, like in ways we haven't seen stuff suck before, so it's like, pretty cool."
— Beavis And Butthead, on a bad music video
"You were so bad you were good."
— Cosmo, Fairly OddParents
"Pretty awful? Pretty awful? It was a masterpiece of awful! It's genius, how bad it is, I kinda wish you guys could see it."
— Barney Stinson, How I Met Your Mother episode "Stuff", describing Act 2 of his one-man show.
"Some things are so stupid they become awesome!"
Leo: This Chun-Li movie is going to be baaaaad.
Aeris: Well, so was the first Street Fighter movie.
Leo: Yeah, but that was bad in an awesome way.
— VG Cats
Natasha Fatale: You are so bad, you're good!
Boris Badenov: It's good to be bad!
— Boris And Natasha, a film which epitomizes this trope.
Paige: I can't believe how trashy this talk show is. It's nothing but sex, vulgarity, deviancy and fighting. It has not one redeeming value. No thoughtful discussions... No good examples... Nothing but pure, 100 percent trash.
Andy: So why do you watch it?
Paige: I just told you.
—FoxTrot, January 9, 1996
Helix: This is so bad it makes my brain hurt. What a great movie!
Sam: It's like fine Texas chili. It burns, but it's a good kind of burn.
Helix: I don't think Florence likes cheesy Japanese monster movies.
Sam: All the more reason to rescue her. Without us around, who's going to teach her to appreciate the finer things in life?
"Its delicious unconscious ridiculousness, and its enchanting naivetť, are as supreme and unapproachable, in their way, as are Shakespeare's sublimities."
"Nobody can add to the absurdity of this book, nobody can imitate it successfully, nobody can hope to produce its fellow; it is perfect."
"I rise to pay my small tribute to Dr. Harding. Setting aside a college professor or two and a half dozen dipsomaniacal newspaper reporters, he takes the first place in my Valhalla of literati. That is to say, he writes the worst English that I have ever encountered. It reminds me of a string of wet sponges; it reminds me of tattered washing on the line; it reminds me of stale bean soup, of college yells, of dogs barking idiotically through endless nights. It is so bad that a sort of grandeur creeps into it."
I wish I could simply write, "Look, of course it's one of the worst movies ever made. But it has hilarious dialogue, a weirdo action climax, a bizarre explanation for the faces of Easter Island, and dozens if not dozens of beautiful bare breasts." I am, however, a responsible film critic and must conclude that Rapa Nui is a bad film. If you want to see it anyway, of course, that's strictly your concern. I think I may check it out again myself.
"Sometimes being awful can be an art."
— Matt Wilson from Cracked, specifically saying this of horror movies
David: Oh, God, this episode was great in a completely ridiculous way. It just brought all the dumb crap from this year together under one gigantic dumb crap umbrella.
Chris: Is thatÖ Did you mean that as a compliment?
David: I mean dumb crap in the most loving way.
Chris: I donít think anything else weíve said quite sums up our relationship with Smallville better than that.
David: Smallville: It Knows What It Is, And It Loves It.
—Chris Sims and David Uzumeri on Smallville ("Icarus")
"The casting is wrong, the writing is wrong, the story is wrong, the effects are wrong! And this strange combination somehow turns out a beautiful, beautiful butterfly of absolute horribleness."
"These are beautifully bad films. I love them!"
"I am not trying to sell anyone of you to think that Catwoman is a good movie; because it is not. It is, in my humble opinion, something better: When a bad movie comes along, like Who's Your Caddy? it is watched, disliked and promptly forgotten. But it takes a certain kind of magic to make a unforgettably bad film. The kind of movie that is so bad that you feel compelled to watch it over and over. Troll 2, Birdemic and the recent remake of The Wicker Man just to name a few; Catwoman is probably the most expensive movie to sit on that list. For The Warner Bros. it was an enormous bomb, but for me it will always be an epic win."
"Let's not try and fool anyone here: this is bad, and I mean bottom-of-the-barrel bad. But this is the kind of bad you love to get. This is a masterpiece of incompetence, so much so that it turns around and becomes hilarious."
"It's bad. It's explosively, apocalyptically bad and you should totally buy it. I'm serious. You have to see this shit! [...] Ride to Hell is the kind of bad that leaves me with a smile on my face."
— Yahtzee on Ride to Hell: Retribution
"Well, call me a Whimp, drop a brick shithouse on me, but I can honestly say that I have never seen anything so wonderfully, so delightfully, so monumentally bad as Ned Kelly's Last Stand. It was so bad it was worth every penny. Actually, it was so bad it was worth more than we paid... When at last we were liberated into the sunshine, we were so delighted that we considered going in again — but A$45 is a lot of money, after all, and we feared that with repeated exposure it might begin to make some sense."
— Bill Bryson on an Australian roadside attraction, In a Sunburned Country
"Since day one here at WrestleCrap.com, Iíve known that an integral feature on the site needed to be in-depth reviews of horrible movies starring wrestlers. Ever since I saw No Holds Barred back in 1989, I was scarred for life, and I wanted others to be equally scarred... you will find such gems as Santa With Muscles, Mr. Nanny, The Wrestler (starring not Mickey Rourke, but Verne Gagne!), Ready To Rumble, Body Slam, and a zillion other piles of crap Iíve wasted not only hours watching, but tons more writing about, doing screen grabs, sound pulls, and all that. I do it because itís the ultimate to me — itís horrible wrestling combined with horrible cinema. I dare ask, what could possibly make them better? Three words, then a number and letter jammed together: Hulk Hogan in 3D!"
"But how else are you supposed to take this movie than with pure amusement. You have Kevin Costner as a fish man who drinks his own pee, you have jet ski driving pirates, and you have people whoring themselves out for dirt and National Geographics for example. I know Joss Whedon and David Twohy must get shit for working on this, but I see them actually raising the camp value of the movie. Pure speculation, but I just see them looking at the script as is and knowing there was no way to salvage it so they had to make it as goofball as possible. I thought I would have a lot more to say about this movie but I would just be repeating myself. I would be talking about stupid scene after stupid scene. Really if you like making fun of bad movies, you donít get a much bigger spectacle than Waterworld."
"You see, movies don't necessarily have to be good to be awesome: When you hear that George Romero or Bruce Campbell's made a movie, you're pretty much obligated to go see it, not because you know it's gonna be a good movie, and certainly not because it's going to be any kind of artistic achievement, but because it's gonna be fucking awesome!"
"It's nothing but shiny, glorious failure, and I love it like a mother loves a child who won't stop eating paste."
"The Sega CD had its place in history... It's a piece of shit, but it has a certain appeal."
"Thereís an inherent challenge involved in having someone like me write about The Rise of Arsenal in a Worst Of list: I love this comic like crazy. In the past year, Iíve probably read hundreds of single issues, and dozens of trade paperbacks and graphic novels, but after all of this time, this is the one book I continue to talk about. I love the ridiculous dialogue, the B-movie drama, and words will never easily describe how much I love that dead cat."
"Even though this game sucks horribly, there are so many great things about it. Play it, and you'll laugh your way to tears."
Boreale is the single biggest meme in the WH40K fanbase, all thanks to his voice acting courtesy of Scott McNeil (MIGHTY IS HE!!!). This was attributed to Soulstorm's hilariously lackluster VA scripting and Scott McNeil's awesome voice acting. The combination of hilarious fail unseen since the CDi Zelda series and pretty decent voice acting propelled Boreale to his current status. In short, much like the Zelda CDi series turning into the single largest repository of hilarious YTPs and Rebecca Black being awesomely hilarious than being failtastically hilarious, Boreale swung the bar of fail so hard that fail transposed into awesome.
I love that it is a train wreck mishmash of Final Fantasy and Disney where you play as the biggest dork to ever grace a video game. I also love that the plot is several bad anime series blended together into a mess that is nearly incomprehensible. The games for me are the equivalent of playing a so bad it is good movie like The Room or Showgirls. It's like playing a train wreck and I love it.
"This film is absolutely hilarious. So yeah, for once I'm happy that it's as bad as it is. It's priceless. [Ö] Whether you are a fan of the games or not, I warmly recomend you to watch it, with your buddies, under influence and in a comfy couch. [Ö] Because sometimes I think it is essential to enjoy a film for what it has to offer. And sometimes it happens to have nothing to offer, other than a pleasant social experience. A few dozen minutes, immersed in a universe with your friends, wondering how one can possibly stoop so low, trying to reconstruct the creation process to find the precise moment where the film went wrong, seeing the director's intents collapse spectacularly in a majestic crumbling of awkwardness, and feeling safe laughing like drunk pigs while mocking the film, until you realize that you only feel tenderness and indulgence towards it, and that thanks to it you just spent a wonderful moment with people dear to you. Beause, yes, I really think this kind of crappy movies possess a federative quality."
"This is not the worst episode of Buffy. Itís so awful that it loops around to becoming an abstract art piece about the archaic nature of human interaction. Itís so awful that itís as if the people made it specifically to appear on Mystery Science Theater 3000. Itís so awful thatÖ well, itís a waste of time and energy to spend one second hating it."
"The movie is unconscionably long, and I canít imagine ever wanting to watch it again, but I am glad I got to see vampires playing baseball. Itís the sort of thing thatís so stupid that it goes out of stupidity to become kind of neat, but then goes right back to being stupid again."
— Smart Popcorn, in perhaps the best review ever given to the film of House of the Dead
"If it were better, it wouldn't be as good."
— Brendan Gill, on Butterflies Are Free
"Few Christmas albums are as truly terrible as Star Wars: Christmas in the Stars, George Lucas' ill fated cash in on the Christmas season. But between the secret celebrity hiding in the credits to the seven songs sung by "robots," few Christmas albums are as enjoyably terrible as this one."
— Allmusic guide review for Star Wars: Christmas In the Stars
"It has the same appeal as a Vincent Price or Bruce Campbell movie, you know it isn't technically good, but you just can't help but watch it anyway."
"The acting is simply terrible, the plot just ludicrous. The characters are all stereotypes — the gruff cop with the heart of gold, the nice cop who assists him, the crusading reporter. They are also as dense as high school guidance counselors for taking 80-plus minutes to figure out the murder. Let me see. We have a bunch of women killed with gardening tools within a few city blocks. All the women used the same gardener. Nope. Got me baffled. Even Steve McGarrett couldn't figure this one out. Because of its technical and artistic incompetence, The Love Butcher remains mildly entertaining. The acting is so terrible, the story so unbelievable, you keep watching, just to find out what silliness will be foisted off on you next."
— James Lowder, review of The Love Butcher (1975) for Polyhedron.
"I like how World of Synnibarr is uniquely deranged. The first time I read through it, I knew I would never see anything else quite like it, like only McCracken could have made a game that's fucked up the way Synnibarr is fucked up. It's the Plan 9 From Outer Space of RPGs... its execution was horrible, but its wrongness has this charming quality to it, and I can't help liking it nowadays. I've actually got more entertainment out of it than most of the "good" games I own, and I don't regret buying it, so in a bizarre way, McCracken actually succeeded."
— Jason Sartin
"It isn't enough that a movie be campy and mediocre. It must show incomparably flawed craftsmanship in every detail. It must be so stupefyingly artless that it IS ART, albeit of the most accidental kind."
— Jeff Sconce on the Cult of Bad cinema, quoted in Henry Jenkins' Textual Poachers
"This is *so* stupid that it swings all the way around the meter and ends up right back in "Unbelievably awesome" territory..."
— Godzilla Vs. Barkley at Superdickery.com
"Magusí myriad failings play off of each other brilliantly, turning what could have been a train wreck into a roller coaster of incredible, organic hilarity. It is a perfect storm of terrible ideas and botched execution, endlessly enjoyable in spite of itself. [...] The critic in me is forced to give it our lowest possible score, but that comes with my highest possible recommendation."
— Geoffrey Thew reviews Magus
"Some games are bad because the creators' artistic vision somehow exceeded their technical grasp. Some games are bad because their teams never had the financial resources to ensure a palatable result. Some games are bad because every single element in their creation was fatally flawed, leading them to their inevitable, tragic downfall.
Then again, some games are just shit. Pure, hilarious shit."
"[T]o connoisseurs of the tawdry... The Oscar is the modern classic of the genre... Meant to be hard-hitting, the picture is florid-fancy, and so energetically overacted that it was instantly hailed as a classic of unintentional comedy... This picture is a wonder; it's of a lurid badness that has to be experienced."
— Pauline Kael