These are what we call the 'YMMV items.' Things that some people find in this work. We call them 'your mileage might vary' because not everyone sees these things in the same way. This starts discussions in the trope lists, a thing we don't want. Please use the discussion page if you'd like to discuss any of these items.
Fans of anime are more or less always made to look like Otaku.
Played for Laughs, but Nerds and Fandoms are common targets for quick jokes. Cue Flame War in the comments between people offended by this, Trolls, people who simply see it as a joke and others who legitimately hate nerds.
Bronies have also become a target as well, with articles like this.
They also don't seem to be shy about letting Jenny McCarthy have it. Ever since she jumped on the bandwagon of "Medical Vaccines Cause Autism," the writers have had multiple articles calling her a untalented moron who's talking about subjects way out of her depth and potentially endangering a lot of people in the process.
Look in the comment section for "5 Things No One Tells You About Living in Japan". Be prepared to see various people hate on Japanese culture and get various facts wrong on racism.
Archive Binge: Those little "Recommended" links at the bottom of each page are diabolical. Even worse now with the "This day in Cracked" sidebar that shows articles released on that day, going back to the site's formation.
Anvilicious: Some Articles have a tendency to come out as being poorly researched, reactionary, or just plain bashing you over the head with "X IS WRONG" and will sometimes even mock the people who argue with them. Thankfully since there are so many editors and writers on the website, this is uncommon, but sadly, not unheard off.
Base Breaker: Pretty much all of the site's regular columnists have their moments as this, but a few notable examples:
Christina H. is either an annoying Scrappy who likes constantly reminding people that she's a woman or an Actually Pretty Funny writer who took a few articles to figure out what to do. It doesn't help that she primarily tackles socially uncomfortable issues, like racism or suicide. She also appeals to more of the Periphery Demographic, focusing on good natured respect and observations about society rather than writing solely humorous pieces.
Luke McKinney- A boring writer that doesn't know his facts, or a guy good at making decent if not always perfect articles?
His "6 Reasons a Great Game Developer Just Went Bankrupt" got a lot of flack for his entry on Homefront. Also received a lot of hate for his Take That, Audience! article "The 8 Stupidest Defenses Against Accusations Of Sexism".
John Cheese is either a boring, disillusioned man who constantly writes crap about his life thinking the anecdotes apply to everyone else; or a great writer who can give funny articles and good advice at the same time.
Others split the difference and acknowledge John Cheese's serious articles as being genuinely uplifting or insightful, etc, but admit that his attempts at humor fall kind of flat* Although this would make his article that started the infamous incident funnily ironic and think he should probably just stick with the sad stories.
Worth noting, since his blow-up over the article "5 Popular Jokes That Only Make People Want To Punch You" and subsequent perma-banning of a significant portion of the site's readership, very few people are on his side anymore.
Seanbaby. Some people love his articles for his skilled wordsmithing and good feel for the pace of comedic writing. Other people take his attitude and sexist/homophobic humor at face value and utterly despise him for it.
Soren Bowie. Some readers enjoy his articles which do tend to be rather well-constructed and interesting, others are infuriated by his narcissistic attitude and frequent Atheist Author Tracts.
David Wong. Some find him funny and insightful with a keen insight on social issues. Others find his style of writing unbearably condescending, self-satisfied and hopelessly judgmental.
The Photoplasty contest, an old tradition of the site, as of late 2012 or so. The main reason for the divide is an increasingly large number of the contests being 'true fact' style contests that amount to posting some fact over a picture. Themes tend to run either into the pop culture spectrum (little known facts about movies or music) or shocking facts like statistics on corporations or social justice issues. The divisive bit is that, as of lately, the fact-based ones will feature facts previously mentioned in Cracked articles.
Browser Narcotic: The trope actually got its name from this XKCD's alt-text, which used the term to describe Cracked.com (although TV Tropes itself was used to illustrate the phenomenon). Now especially true with Cracked's Random Article button.
This article's #1 spot lists three Sonic games in reverse chronology, calls Sonic Unleashed a spinoff when it's a mainline game, and claims Shadow from Shadow the Hedgehog is Sonic with a dark redesign. Not accusing Shadow of being a palette swap, claiming that Shadow is literally Sonic, whom Sega tried to reinvent as a gun-wielding badass.
The list "4 Insane Pieces of My Little Pony Fanart(By Grown Men)", it pretty much reads like it was written by spending 5 minutes on Google, some highlights are:
Having a entry on a trollfic/crackfic writer who's not even active anymore, and presenting it as said author being serious.
Apparently in Wreck-It Ralph, Vanellope's game is called ''Candy Crush''. The author apparently also thinks Calhoun is a Player Character in a home video game, even though she's the main NPC in an arcade.
Crosses the Line Twice: If Daniel O'Brien did any of the things he writes about in his column, Charles Manson would be freaked out. Swaim is the Only Sane Man in comparison, which is kinda funny considering the role reversal in the web series Agents of Cracked. Case in point: his apology to the Pennsylvania town where he recreated The Hunger Games at the youth center.
Most new columnists that join Cracked will get floods of commenters complaining how unfunny they are or how they're trying too hard to be like some other columnist. Cody got this when he started, but now the popular target is Christina H.
Whenever any comic, at all, regardless of quality, is posted, most of the comments will be about how much it sucks.
Many of the writers have, of course, taken the opportunity to ruthlessly mock the types of people who routinely comment on their articles — and internet articles in general — every chance they get.
It was after the fact, but in a list "5 Ways To Enjoy Terrible Winter Olympic Events", it mentions that luge and skeleton is easy, because it's like a sled. Right after the death of Nodar Kumaritashvili during a crash while luging. It could've been an unfortunate coincidence that the article was posted at that time since it takes a while for them to actually post them. Which, in a ridiculously meta twist, was a "Funny Aneurysm" Moment itself, due to the same thing happening in Agents of Cracked, involving the death of Nicholas Cage.
Swaim's 7 Words You Can't Say On The Internet video, which includes him doubting that a lot of Scientologist figureheads are lurking in 4Chan threads. And then Anonymous declared war on Scientology...
This article about recently discovered scary organisms at one point has the caption "Huh. Apparently Spider-Man can beat Batman. Thanks, Nature!". A few months later, in Death Battle, Spidey goes up against the Caped Crusader and wins.
This 2010 article: "Don't worry, Michael [Biehn], we're pretty sure you got out of the [Alien] franchise just in time." 3 years later he would return to it. Big mistake.
In 2007 David Wong wrote this article about what an ultra-realistic war simulation game would look like, featuring such elements as mistakenly destroying civilian targets under the erroneous assumption they were enemy buildings, accidentally killing civilians, deploying chemical weapons "Geneva convention be damned" and CIA field agents who operate according to their own agenda and obstruct the player at every turn. It even includes a lengthy Apocalypse Now reference. The article was obviously intended as a joke, but then five years later Spec Ops: The Line was released...
Internet Backdraft: The comments section exploded after John Cheese posted this article It's kind of a long story to explain, but the short of it is that a chunk of the comments section, who make a lot of tongue-in-cheek puns and meme jokes and already had a bit of friction with John Cheese, considered it a pretentious, arrogant attack on their community, but most were willing to shrug it off. However, it was then made much worse when John posted this tweet (and others like it) towards the entire comments section in response to some trolling and death threats he received on Facebook and Twitter, which sent the rest of the comments section into a full-blown rage. It then spread over to the forums, causing longtime members to be banned for posting anything that could be considered even remotely pro-comments section (which David Wong wrongly insisted was just filled with nothing but punk teenagers with a high sense of entitlement, and then called the readers cockroaches) or anti-Cheese, regardless of legitimacy or level-headedness. This blog goes into deeper detail.
"Drinking game: While reading the comments, take a shot whenever you see a comment complaining about the Iron Giant entry."
After Adam Tod Brown posted the article "6 Holiday Traditions No One Actually Enjoys", there was a moderate backlash in regards to a contentious joke he'd made in the article itself* he suggested that women with lottery ticket addictions weren't actually female.
Iron Woobie: John Cheese is showing signs of this with his article about how not to pass on the abuse to your kids that you suffered as a child. He uses his horrible childhood as an example. A lot of Cheese's articles show him to be this, as he was not only abused as a child, but also had substance abuse problems and lived most of his life in poverty. Some of his stuff is like a humorous self-help lecture.
Mary Sue: In this After Hours episode the cast discuss how many popular movies have bland, uninteresting characters as leads, theorizing that this helps the audience imagine themselves in the narrative.
While Cracked is an American site with much of its contents revolving around American culture, a substantial number of readers are from other countries.
A fair number of people enjoy Cracked not for the comedic articles, but the more introspective and philosophical articles. And while they are never taken seriously, there are quite a few scientific and technology based articles which are actually rather informative.
Christina wrote this article. How do you hate someone who wrote that?
Retroactive Recognition: A strange example: one Photoshop contest featured someone who looked very much like Soren Bowie. A few days later, Soren made an article explaining that yes, it was him in the photo (he'd made it during one of his previous jobs).
The Scrappy: Due to the massive, often divided fandom for the website, there are a quite a few depending on who you ask:
Christina had a very bad habit early on of writing articles that beat readers over the head with the fact she was a woman, followed by a habit of making list articles grounded in opinions (but presenting them as facts). Most readers agree she has since been Rescued from the Scrappy Heap and left the mantle for...
His "5 Supposedly Fun Activities Nobody Actually Enjoys" series of articles are also worth mentioning. Apparently many people do actually enjoy these activites, if the comments section is any indication.
His "10 Songs By the Worst Bands of All Time" has pushed this even further with most of the top comments trashing both the article and Brown, mainly because they are considered poorly written and a continuation of his problem to be rather nasty about his opinions (especially in regards to his music articles).
Webcomics in general tend to suffer from this. Most readers still flinch every time they hear the words "White Ninja." Fatawesome is equally hated, and many readers don't care much for Basic Instructions either.
Luke McKinney. Starting with an article about sexism in comics, he has been writing articles akin to those found on social justice blogs, then dedicating articles to sniping at the comments sections of his previous writings. Though actually he mainly made fun of the sexist comments.
John Cheese and David Wong are quickly becoming this for the members in the comments section, thanks to a certain incident. (See Internet Backdraft, above.)
JF Sargent. He wrote a very poorly researched and condescending article on video game prejudices. After the comments pointed out how full of crap he was and the pure number of errors present, he responded by calling all the readers "privileged nitwits" and "virgins". Needless to say, this didn't get him any fans.
Kristi Harrison, for her article 5 Life Lessons From A Former Mean Girl. The comments bashed her for fishing for proof that she's a good person, not actually apologizing to those she's wronged (and making flimsy justifications for her behavior), and making bullying seem like it's not that big a deal (and ending up defending Chris Brown in the process). She also got hate for making fun of the mother of a special needs kid.
Almost everything written by David Wong. Just go see the Moment of Awesome page.
Most of Cheese's articles, particularly this article where he spells out quite clearly that parents cannot control their kids indefinitely. The most you can do is educate them and recognize that they will make their own choices.
And then there's 5 Things Nobody Tells You About Being Poor, which is pretty much required reading if you buy into any of the various bits of mythology on poverty, like the poor being lazy. The article explains, in brutal clarity, how poverty is a self-enforcing cycle that manages to claw back any gains those trapped in it make.
Unfortunate Implications: Their article on retarded supervillain schemes included the line: "Marvel's relationship to the Spider-ManClone Saga is like Germany's relationship to WWII: They like to pretend they never did anything so horrible, because its the only way they can continue living." All very funny, adequately sums up how mind-bendingly idiotic the Clone Saga was, except for one thing: Germany does not "pretend" that it never did anything so horrible, rather facing up to its atrocities and donating billions of Euros to Jewish groups and to Israel in "we're really sorry" aid. In fact, a huge part of German culture and national life is Vergangenheitsbewältigung (lit. "coming to terms with the past"), and it is something of a Berserk Button for Germans to suggest that Germany has denied its crimes under Adolf Hitler, as the article seems to imply.
They Just Didn't Care: The Top 8 Video Games of 2012. Eight different Cracked writers chose a game they feel represents 2012. Almost every entry admits they either aren't gamers or they haven't actually played the game they chose. Some games on the list didn't even come out in 2012 (One came out in 2009, and another came out in 2013.)
The 6 Most Baffling Video Game Spinoffs gets a solid majority of the information presented wrong, most of which could easily be fixed by a simple Google search, or, more incredibly, actually bothering to play the game they're writing about.
Harsher in Hindsight: Take a look at the main page image. Back in 1975, that could easily be Played for Laughs (and was indeed a dig at the then-current big-budget disaster movie Earthquake). After 9/11? Try looking at the plane hitting what looks like the WTC, complete with the all-too familiar ring of smoke and fire around the tower's midsection, without cringing.
Magazine Decay: The constant Executive Meddling in the later days, followed by the switch to a copycat of Maxim, followed by the outright termination of the mag.
Nausea Fuel: The last few years of the mag were rife with bodily function jokes, including a whole article on different types of farts and another on different types of puking.
Padding: The 2000s issues were rife with this: repeats from classic issues, a secondGodzilla (1998) parody more than two years after the fact, several song parodies...