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** One episode features Mayostard, a bottled mayonnaise-and-mustard combo, and goes to absurd lengths to suggest that getting sandwich spreads from two different bottles is an unbearable waste of time and effort. Then a competing product, Mustardayonnaise, enters the picture. Then the post-credits gag introduces [[SerialEscalation Mustmayostardayonnaise]], because having to apply Mayostard and Mustardayonnaise is such an enormous time sink, it will cause you to miss your daughter growing up, graduating college, and then [[MindScrew growing older than you and dying.]]

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** One episode features Mayostard, [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mRntutn8udw Mayostard]], a bottled mayonnaise-and-mustard combo, and goes to absurd lengths to suggest that getting sandwich spreads from two different bottles is an unbearable waste of time and effort. Then a competing product, Mustardayonnaise, enters the picture. Then the post-credits gag introduces [[SerialEscalation Mustmayostardayonnaise]], because having to apply Mayostard and Mustardayonnaise is such an enormous time sink, it will cause you to miss your daughter growing up, graduating college, and then [[MindScrew growing older than you and dying.]]


* Website/{{BuzzFeed}} features [[http://www.buzzfeed.com/julianbrand/40-gifs-of-stupid-infomercial-people-6eof 38 GIFs of Stupid Infomercial People.]]
* Adding "Thanks, Obama!" to gif examples of these has become [[{{Memes/Politics}} a political meme]], due to a ([[RuleOfCautiousEditingJudgment real or perceived]]) tendency for Republicans to blame ''everything'' on him.

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* Website/{{BuzzFeed}} Website/BuzzFeed features [[http://www.buzzfeed.com/julianbrand/40-gifs-of-stupid-infomercial-people-6eof 38 GIFs of Stupid Infomercial People.]]
* Adding "Thanks, Obama!" to gif examples of these has become [[{{Memes/Politics}} a political meme]], due to a ([[RuleOfCautiousEditingJudgment ([[Administrivia/RuleOfCautiousEditingJudgment real or perceived]]) tendency for Republicans to blame ''everything'' on him.


* ''VideoGame/NoMoreHeroes'' combines this with AchievementsInIgnorance with the gas-pumping minigame. Failing the minigame by overfilling a customer's car somehow causes Travis to spontaneously ''burst into flames'' from sheer incompetence.

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* Exaggerated in ''VideoGame/NoMoreHeroes'' combines this with AchievementsInIgnorance with the gas-pumping minigame. Failing the minigame by overfilling a customer's car somehow causes Travis to spontaneously ''burst into flames'' from sheer incompetence.


* ''VideoGame/NoMoreHeroes'' combines this with AchievementsInIgnorance with the gas-pumping minigame. Failing the minigame by overfilling a customer's car somehow causes Travis to ''burst into flames'' from sheer incompetence.

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* ''VideoGame/NoMoreHeroes'' combines this with AchievementsInIgnorance with the gas-pumping minigame. Failing the minigame by overfilling a customer's car somehow causes Travis to spontaneously ''burst into flames'' from sheer incompetence.


* ''VideoGame/NoMoreHeroes'' combines this with AchievementsInIgnorance with the gas-pumping minigame. Failing the minigame by overfilling a customer's car somehow causes Travis to ''burst into flames.''

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* ''VideoGame/NoMoreHeroes'' combines this with AchievementsInIgnorance with the gas-pumping minigame. Failing the minigame by overfilling a customer's car somehow causes Travis to ''burst into flames.''flames'' from sheer incompetence.

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* ''VideoGame/NoMoreHeroes'' combines this with AchievementsInIgnorance with the gas-pumping minigame. Failing the minigame by overfilling a customer's car somehow causes Travis to ''burst into flames.''


##He only becomes competent once he reads ''[[TropesForDummies Chopping for]] [[SelfDeprecation Actors]]'' ("Discover Your Inner Woodsman!").

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##He only becomes competent once he reads ''[[TropesForDummies ''[[ParodiesForDummies Chopping for]] [[SelfDeprecation Actors]]'' ("Discover Your Inner Woodsman!").


Let's face it, this could be TruthInTelevision for some products and indeed, some users. In fact, many of these products were invented specifically for the elderly and physically disabled, people who legitimately ''could'' have problems with some of these tasks. The "being too incompetent to use it" factor usually arises when the item is marketed to a general audience and it becomes necessary to convince able-bodied people that ''they'' can't live without these products. Thus the actors playing the part of the incompetent are smiling young people who clearly have no physical or mental disorders whatsoever (or at least, you wouldn't ''think'' they had any until you saw this advert...).

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Let's face it, this could be TruthInTelevision for some products and indeed, some users. In fact, many of these products were invented specifically for the elderly and physically disabled, people who legitimately ''could'' have problems with some of these tasks. The "being too incompetent to use it" factor usually arises when the item is marketed to a general audience (needed in order to secure a big enough market to make the product profitable) and it becomes necessary to convince able-bodied people that ''they'' can't live without these products. Thus the actors playing the part of the incompetent are smiling young people who clearly have no physical or mental disorders whatsoever (or at least, you wouldn't ''think'' they had any until you saw this advert...).


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* ''Manga/ElfenLied'': Having been raised in a lab her whole life, Nana is virtually clueless of how the outside world works. First, she thinks the yen Kurama gave her is just "useless papers" and [[MoneyToBurn uses it for kindling]]. Then, while helping Mayu cook, she [[LethalChef burns the contents of a frying pan]] and cuts a cabbage so enthusiastically that her [[ArtificialLimbs prosthetic arm]], knife and all, flies off and almost impales Mayu. Finally, while helping Nyu mop the floor and wash the windows, she first slips and gives herself a bloody nose, and then breaks said window.
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* ''Manga/ElfenLied'': Having been raised in a lab her whole life, Nana is virtually clueless of how the outside world works. First, she thinks the yen Kurama gave her is just "useless papers" and [[MoneyToBurn uses it for kindling]]. Then, while helping Mayu cook, she [[LethalChef burns the contents of a frying pan]] and cuts a cabbage so enthusiastically that her [[ArtificialLimbs prosthetic arm]], knife and all, flies off and almost impales Mayu. Finally, while helping Nyu mop the floor and wash the windows, she first slips and gives herself a bloody nose, and then breaks said window.
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* [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=abYKKrCkF-c A Day in the Life of DarkSydePhil,]] a skit by WebVideo/{{Retsupurae}} fans, parodies [[Creator/TheKingOfHate Phil's]] inability to perform basic actions in games as well as his tendency to blame said games for his own incompetence by applying the same thing to real life actions such as starting up a car, unlocking an [=iPad=] or even eating pasta with a fork.

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* [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=abYKKrCkF-c A Day in the Life of DarkSydePhil,]] a skit by WebVideo/{{Retsupurae}} fans, parodies [[Creator/TheKingOfHate [[LetsPlay/TheKingOfHate Phil's]] inability to perform basic actions in games as well as his tendency to blame said games for his own incompetence by applying the same thing to real life actions such as starting up a car, unlocking an [=iPad=] or even eating pasta with a fork.


* In ''WesternAnimation/{{Hoodwinked}}'', the 2006 adaptation of ''Literature/LittleRedRidingHood'', Kirk Kirkkendall is an actor trying out for a Paul's Bunion Foot Cream commercial. When told over the phone he has received the part and is being summoned back tomorrow to perform in front of their client, the director instructs Kirk to go out to the woods, and cut down a tree. He emphasizes, "Don't ''act'' like a woodsman, ''be'' a woodsman." So Kirk goes off into the woods with an axe and makes several attempts to cut down a short tree for practice, but his attempts are so pathetic that he looks like the world's worst lumberjack:

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* In ''WesternAnimation/{{Hoodwinked}}'', the 2006 adaptation of 2005 FracturedFairyTale take on ''Literature/LittleRedRidingHood'', Kirk Kirkkendall is an actor trying out for a Paul's Bunion Foot Cream commercial. When told over the phone he has received the part and is being summoned back tomorrow to perform in front of their client, the director instructs Kirk to go out to the woods, and cut down a tree. He emphasizes, "Don't ''act'' like a woodsman, ''be'' a woodsman." So Kirk goes off into the woods with an axe and makes several attempts to cut down a short tree for practice, but his attempts are so pathetic that he looks like the world's worst lumberjack:


* ''Series/{{Friends}}'' played with this. Character Joey Tribbiani is a struggling actor, and once accepts a role in an infomercial in which he portrays "Kevin", a guy who has trouble with milk cartons that are "flingin'-flangin' hard to open" (he rips one open while trying, spraying milk all over the place). But with the Milk Master 2000, he has no trouble. "Now I can have milk every day!" (Rachel is later shown using one) In another episode, Joey laments that his fellow cast members in a play tease him about the infomercial by asking him to open milk cartons ... and making fun of him when he really can't do it.

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* ''Series/{{Friends}}'' played with this. Character Joey Tribbiani is a struggling actor, and once accepts a role in an infomercial in which he portrays "Kevin", a guy who has trouble with milk cartons that are "flingin'-flangin' hard to open" (he rips one open while trying, spraying milk all over the place). But with the Milk Master 2000, he has no trouble. "Now I can have milk every day!" (Rachel is later shown using one) In another episode, Joey laments that his fellow cast members in a play tease him about the infomercial by asking him to open milk cartons ...cartons... and making fun of him when he really can't do it.

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* ''My Horse And Me 2'' requires frenzied button-mashing to turn on a spigot.


* In one ''Series/HorribleHistories'' skit, there is [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?NR=1&v=L5XANcei2V4&feature=endscreen a parody commercial]] for John Joseph Merlin Roller Skates, the first roller skates ever invented. However, due to the very slippery floor and the poor design of the skates, Merlin is constantly slipping and crashing over and over during the commercial, until he has a bloody nose and bruised right eye from all the falls he's taken.

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* In one ''Series/HorribleHistories'' skit, there is [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?NR=1&v=L5XANcei2V4&feature=endscreen com/watch?v=L5XANcei2V4 a parody commercial]] for John Joseph Merlin Roller Skates, the first roller skates ever invented. However, due to the very slippery floor and the poor design of the skates, Merlin is constantly slipping and crashing over and over during the commercial, until he has a bloody nose and bruised right eye from all the falls he's taken.



* Sometimes {{Parodied}} on ''Series/WorldsDumbest'' when they present a dumb idea as if it were an infomercial.

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* Sometimes {{Parodied}} {{parodied|Trope}} on ''Series/WorldsDumbest'' when they present a dumb idea as if it were an infomercial.


* In the ''WesternAnimation/DangerMouse'' episode "Send in the Clones", Penfold is watching TV when an ad comes on for "Soup Funnel", a product for people too lazy or unco-ordinated to use a soup spoon. (You stick the funnel in your mouth and pour the soup in. Hard to imagine how that could go wrong.)

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* In the ''WesternAnimation/DangerMouse'' episode "Send in the Clones", Penfold is watching TV when an ad comes on for "Soup Funnel", a product for people too lazy or unco-ordinated uncoordinated to use a soup spoon. (You stick the funnel in your mouth and pour the soup in. Hard to imagine how that could go wrong.)

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