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The only incredible scene in a sub-par work.

This trope has been Nuked
Proposed By:
prettycoolguy on Apr 19th 2011 at 6:06:56 PM
Last Edited By:
masorick on Nov 25th 2011 at 10:03:18 AM
Name Space: Main
Page Type: Trope

You are watching a sub-par film. Being unimpressed, you almost start to hate the film. One minute later...

"Oh. My. GOD. Let's watch that again!"

The work you watched just had its Only Moment Of Awesome. This is when a mediocre or outright bad work becomes awesome just because of one moment or scene. Afterwards, the work goes back to its usual quality.

Can overlap with Just Here for Godzilla, but differs in two ways:

Of course, if you knew about the moment beforehand, and still thinks it's the only reason to watch the show afterwards, then both tropes apply.

Obviously a subjective trope.


Examples:
  • A well known example among the fans of The Nostalgia Critic is a scene from Double Team where the villian dies by stepping on a mine and gets attacked by a tiger. Then, the colosseum explodes and the heroes (which have a baby thats not crying) try to escape, thankfully being saved by a Coke Machine. Afterwards, nothing really happens, and we don't even get to see what happens to the family.
  • This is actually a very big part of Professional Wrestling: shows have to be paced out properly so the audience doesn't get burned out from having too much awesome all at once, or getting time to recover from one awesome match before having another. Not doing this can leave the audience deflated for future matches, which can detract from the quality of it. The biggest example would be Wrestle Mania X8, where the match between The Rock and Hulk Hogan made the crowd go insane, which caused them to be burned out during the main event match between Triple H and Chris Jericho. The same happened at Wrestle Mania 25, where the match between Shawn Michaels and The Undertaker burned the crowd out before the main event of Triple H vs. Randy Orton. The WWE definitely had this in mind for Wrestle Mania 26 because the main event was a rematch between Shawn Michaels and The Undertaker, which was rightly deserved even though it wasn't for any championship.
  • Michael Jackson's Moon Walker comes out as a long music video mixed with a save the children plot, filled with needless Padding. However there's this one scene where [MJ] enters a bar and starts doing Smooth Criminal. The other people start joining him and soon the police find him. He decides to pull out a BFG and runs away. That scene, being the actual music video for the song, is considered one of the greatest music videos of all time.
  • In Superman III, most of the movie is bizarre Richard Pryor hijinks and not-too-good action. Then we have a scene where Superman, under the influence of toxic fake green kryptonite, is becoming more and more evil--he then collapses in a junk yard, splits into an evil Superman and a good Clark Kent, and the two have a vicious, epic battle to the death, with Clark winning and becoming good again. The scene is generally held in high regard and many a critic has agreed that if more of the movie had been that and less Richard Pryor doing 1980's equivalent of Hollywood Hacking, it might have been better remembered.
  • The Little Mermaid 2: Return to the Sea is a direct-to-video sequel to Disney's The Little Mermaid whose plot consists solely of pulling a Generation Xerox in reverse (meaning Ariel's human daughter dreams of being a mermaid) and who completely derails Ariel's character. But then, this song happens (it's even better in other languages).
  • Western fans of Super Sentai tend to think that Tensou Sentai Goseiger is, well, okay. They also tend to agree that its last arc was its only saving grace.

Feedback: 54 replies

Apr 19th 2011 at 6:17:26 PM

Sorry, I can't edit on my terrible work computer. that was supposed to be "plus one" as in, i agree wholeheartedly.

Apr 19th 2011 at 7:57:31 PM

Way, way too subjective. I'm going to start calling these 'absolute subjectives.' We have found that they don't work. A wiki community is never going to agree on what is the best or the worst of anything. It turns into an endless churn of claim and counterclaim eventually ending in edit warring.

Incredible waste of our time, as it has absolutely nothing to do with storytelling tropes.

This sort of thing could work as a thread in the forums. It is not a trope.

Apr 19th 2011 at 8:42:55 PM

If Jumping The Shark is worth merit on this site then so is this trope, though I think a better title would be needed. This is a legitimate phenomenon where creators essentially throw a bunch of awesome on the screen at once, leaving the audience burned out and leaving sequels or, for TV shows, further episodes feeling lacking in comparison. Yes this is subjective but it's a legitimate Audience Reaction trope. This is essentially Too Much Of A Good Thing applied to the Holy Shit Quotient, which causes Awesomeness Withdrawal when experiencing further works.

This is actually a very big part of Professional Wrestling: shows have to be paced out properly so the audience doesn't get burned out from having too much awesome all at once, or getting time to recover from one awesome match before having another. Not doing this can leave the audience deflated for future matches, which can detract from the quality of it. The biggest example would be Wrestle Mania X8, where the match between The Rock and Hulk Hogan made the crowd go insane, which caused them to be burned out during the main event match between Triple H and Chris Jericho. The same happened at Wrestle Mania 25, where the match between Shawn Michaels and The Undertaker burned the crowd out before the main event of Triple H vs. Randy Orton. The WWE definitely had this in mind for Wrestle Mania 26 because the main event was a rematch between Shawn Michaels and The Undertaker, which was rightly deserved even though it wasn't for any championship.

Apr 19th 2011 at 9:07:30 PM

Portioning out the awesome is a trope, for sure. That isn't what it says up at the the top of the YKTTW. What it says is "Tell us all about the point where you think something started to suck."

It is Jumping The Shark, except the actual shark jump didn't suck. We don't take anything but in-universe example of Jump The Shark for the same reason we don't want this at all.

Apr 19th 2011 at 9:09:02 PM

After seeing the Nostalgia Critic episode I rushed right over. This needs to be legit!!!! To be serious, Most of these trope edits are opinion based, especially with open interpretation. Plus, if it were to opinionated, then why is their a jumping the shark page?

Apr 19th 2011 at 9:10:27 PM

We have the trope Jump The Shark. We don't have everybody's opinion about what sucked. Read the article.

Apr 19th 2011 at 9:23:41 PM

Ah, alright, I though Jumping The Shark covered only moments that sucked bad enough. My mistake. Add my vote for discarding this since it already exists.

Apr 19th 2011 at 11:47:28 PM

Why not keep? It's not the same as Jumping The Shark, it's a variation that doesn't suck.

Apr 20th 2011 at 2:45:51 AM

Well, as long as people would be aware that Frying The Coke a YMMV trope, I don't see why it can't have the name. It does seem like a inverse version of Jumping the Shark.

Apr 20th 2011 at 9:10:30 AM

I'm for the trope, but completely against the name. It just sounds awful, proving (to me) once again that the Nostalgia Critic is far past his prime.

Apr 20th 2011 at 9:28:48 AM

This could be a very legitimate trope. It could pretty much be about the one high point in a movie or show that usually sucks and gives everyone a good reason to watch it. Just for that scene. Jumping The Shark doesn't quite work as a polar opposite in my opinion, but then it doesn't need to.

Apr 20th 2011 at 12:00:16 PM

I think the definition should be changed. The point of Nostalgia Critic's extreme reaction to the scene in Double Team was closer to being the only high point in a sucky show or movie (basically what wariodude128 said). Title's just fine.

Apr 20th 2011 at 12:51:13 PM

I'm going to second wariodude127 and dearness on this. The current definition of this is too close to Jumping The Shark, which wasn't what the trope-naming scene really was. In the example the Nostalgia Critic used when naming this, it was an insanely awesome scene in an otherwise horrible movie. Impossible, perhaps, but awesome enough to not only suspend disbelief, but to expel disbelief entirely for that moment. It is the scene or moment that the show could not possibly top, because it was so awesome while the rest of the show is so bad.

Apr 20th 2011 at 12:54:18 PM

I agree with wariodude128 and dearness, change the definition and it could very well be a legit YMMV trope. My only concern is that it could be a bit similar to Just Here For Godzilla.

Apr 20th 2011 at 12:58:56 PM

Another thought has occured to me. Do we have a trope where characters are protected from harm by objects that wouldn't protect them in real life (an infamous example, a fridge protecting someone from a nucleur blast)? Because that's exactly what happens in the scence from Double Team where Frying the Coke gets its name. So the definition could be that.

Apr 20th 2011 at 1:33:40 PM

I agree with dearness. This trope shoul be about a moment in an otherwise bad or horrible movie/comic/book/whatever, but is still redeemed by this ONE scene that makes up for everything bad in it.

Apr 20th 2011 at 1:37:41 PM

Agreeing here with dearness and Mangod's idea. The idea of "one good moment in a piece that otherwise is bad" sounds like a very legit trope to me.

Apr 20th 2011 at 2:28:44 PM

I'm saying it's a legit trope. I guess you'd say it's a subtrope of Jumping the Shark (for cases in which the scene is good, like OP said). And it's definitely a YMMV trope only.

This kind of combines Jumping the Shark (except good), Just Here For Godzilla (except Godzilla is only in one scene), and Crowning Moment of Awesome (except the rest of the work still is terrible).

I checked Know Your Meme and they're already insisting that this can't possibly be a meme because it's forced. There are RULES for what's funny on the Internet!

Apr 20th 2011 at 2:32:49 PM

guys you are actually mistaken in what frying the coke originally meant, the NC used it as a term for something that is awesome yet enormously implausible (for example stopping an explosion with a coke machine)

Apr 20th 2011 at 3:05:19 PM

I vote to keep! Especially when it is specified as something amazing in an otherwise crappy work. Also Fried Coke is awesome.

Apr 20th 2011 at 3:58:25 PM

Definitely keep the trope and its name. Clarify the terminology of the Trope and how it is properly applied, then label it as YMMV. I would would also add that listing it or noting it as Subjective should be in place since Tropers may throw random Examples based on their preferences.

Apr 20th 2011 at 5:25:22 PM

I don't think it's really anything like jumping the shark. NC described it as "the ultimate in awesomely and laughably implausible". In other words, something that manages to be both supremely ridiculous and supremely awesome at the same time.

Apr 20th 2011 at 5:29:36 PM

Narm Charm + Jumping The Shark. This is easily not worth an article. Poor Doug tried so hard to make it a meme.

Apr 20th 2011 at 6:24:38 PM

Made some changes based on suggestions. It now potrays a better and more clear message.

Apr 20th 2011 at 6:46:45 PM

Just some input: The definition as it is now would probably be best placed in the sugarwiki. Also, I found the screencap (to use for the main image): http:// shittymovienight(dot)com/wp-content/uploads/2009/05/dt-18-coke-savior.jpg

Apr 20th 2011 at 8:18:06 PM

Not for nothing, but if we keep this, we need a new name. Anyone who isn't a Nostalgia Critic fan will have no clue what the flip it's supposed to mean, plus it's not a preexisting term (having been coined less than 24 hours ago).

Then again, I don't have an opinion either way on whether this should stay or not.

Apr 20th 2011 at 8:21:18 PM

There's no need to change the name. After all, no one would have known exactly what jump the shark or nuke the fridge meant at first.

Apr 20th 2011 at 10:30:36 PM

Those are bad examples--Jumping the shark is a term that's been around for decades and is a generally widely-used term. Nuking The Fridge is not an ubiquitous term at all, and in fact was once created here before being deleted and moved to the Permanent Redlink Club.

Apr 21st 2011 at 10:12:51 AM

Actually that is not how Frying The Coke was shown or works. What happened was that the entire movie from the start was Craptastic but at the end, The Climax of the film, had an awesome finish of explosions and improbable survival by the heroes that was in and of itself a Crowning Moment Of Awesome. Afterwards it gave a cheap quick ending and went straight to the credits. It did not revert back to its usual quality because that would mean there was more than five minutes of unresolved story left. I'll give a good example of how this Trope fits: In the Robin Williams film Popeye the Movie, the entire movie was bad but at the end, Popeye ate spinach, then proceeded to beat up an Octopus that captured Olive Oyl underwater, and uppercut it into the sky, from UNDERWATER. Then the film shows the final minutes of Bluto swimming away scared, everyone broke into song and rolled the end credits. That's what happened similarly in Double Team and why The Nostalgia Critic made a Forced Meme.

Apr 21st 2011 at 11:27:24 AM

The Critic intended "Frying the Coke" to mean an implausible escape from a deadly situation (in this case, hiding from a coliseum-destroying explosion behind a blantant product placement Coke machine), rather than as an awesome moment in an otherwise bad movie.

Apr 21st 2011 at 7:19:47 PM

Either way, if we keep it, I still say it needs a better name. To quote what I said before, "Anyone who isn't a Nostalgia Critic fan will have no clue what the flip it's supposed to mean, plus it's not a preexisting term (having been coined less than 24 hours ago)" (even if it's more than 24 hours ago now).

Apr 21st 2011 at 9:03:15 PM

^the same could be said of Big Lipped Alligator Moment and that trope is alive and well. My understanding is that this is a sub trope of, or at least related to Just Here For Godzilla, except it's only one scene, which wasn't well publicized, so no one was expecting it to be as awesome as it was. I definitely think this should go under YMMV or Sugar Wiki if/when it gets launched.

Apr 21st 2011 at 9:19:53 PM

The thing about Big Lipped Alligator Moment is that, while it's not descriptive per se, it at least sort of sounds like what it is. Just the mental image of a big-lipped alligator is fairly bizarre and not something you'd expect to see in most works (plus "moment" implies that it's not a major part of the work), so it's not a huge stretch from there to guess/remember that a Big Lipped Alligator Moment is a brief scene of something bizarre that you weren't expecting.

Frying The Coke, on the other hand, doesn't really have inherent connotations of awesomeness, much less specifically "the one moment of awesome in a bad movie". Just looking at the title, without knowing the context, I can't even begin to guess what the trope in question is about (beyond maybe some new development in the cuisine of the southern US).

Apr 21st 2011 at 9:39:58 PM

This needs a new title immediately.

Apr 21st 2011 at 9:57:36 PM

I'm actually quite impressed it's already made it on TV Tropes to begin with. At any rate, I don't have a problem with the name, but the definition needs to be worked on, and the two examples provided are already pretty good. I mean, hell, it may not even need to be the climax, just a scene of over the top, implausible, unlikely, unexpected awesomeness that is a Beyond The Impossible Moment Of Awesome....in an otherwise dreadful or forgettable work. Like the [[Smooth Criminal Michael Jackson]] video in Moonwalker, the [[NXT riot The Nexus]] at the end of an otherwise horrible episode of WWE Raw, or a sick knockout coming out of nowhere during a horrible fight. Just when you've acknowledged you likely wasted your time on something, this one singular thing just may make it worth it. It still doesn't take away from the overall suckitude of every other part of the work.

Apr 22nd 2011 at 3:08:03 AM

I'm of the opinion that Jumping the Shark isn't the same as Frying the Coke. Why? Because Jumping the Shark means that something implausible happen that sucked, whereas Frying the Coke builds up on that by doing the opposite. And we've done the meme with the BLAM, so why not this one?

I agree with Slavy Mic. We just need more of a coherent definition and maybe more examples of this trope.

Apr 22nd 2011 at 9:28:42 AM

Forced meme is forced. I think the true irony is that when Nostalgia Critic actually tries to start a meme, he fails to. NOT having Frying The Coke as a trope is that rebellion. ROW ROW FIGHT THA POWAA

Apr 22nd 2011 at 11:17:35 AM

Seriously, I have no idea what 'frying the coke' is supposed to mean, and no way to guess what it means, and no description of what it means on the page. It NEEDS a new name. Please, guys. Discuss.

Apr 22nd 2011 at 11:52:02 AM

Give up. This trash will be cut immediately, if it ever does get launched.

Apr 22nd 2011 at 12:29:41 PM

Voting against.

For one, nobody can even decide what this trope is supposed to be. That signals to me that it is a title searching for a page, rather than an actual trope.

Two, the title makes zero sense. A failed neologism at best, and at worst, a completely non-indicative title that functions solely as an in-joke to people who watch The Nostalgia Critic, whatever that is.

Apr 22nd 2011 at 1:13:50 PM

It see it as a legit trope but a bad name. Frying the Coke is a completely non-indicative name and Word Salad titles only work as tropes when they're ubiquitous in the culture (like Jumping The Shark).

But an awesome moment in an otherwise horrible work strikes me as very trope-worthy. We just need a title.

Apr 23rd 2011 at 12:34:56 PM

prettycoolguy has the right idea, if only because it's less obscure, and people can understand it rather quickly.

Apr 23rd 2011 at 4:28:23 PM

Only Moment Of Awesome might be a pretty good one, yeah.

Example: In Superman III, most of the movie is bizarre Richard Pryor hijinks and not-too-good action. Then we have a scene where Superman, under the influence of toxic fake green kryptonite, is becoming more and more evil--he then collapses in a junk yard, splits into an evil Superman and a good Clark Kent, and the two have a vicious, epic battle to the death, with Clark winning and becoming good again. The scene is generally held in high regard and many a critic has agreed that if more of the movie had been that and less Richard Pryor doing 1980's equivalent of Hollywood Hacking, it might have been better remembered.

Apr 23rd 2011 at 5:16:17 PM

It made it onto the Red Link Club. Looks like this can't be a trope. I don't think it should be in the first place, though, it's basically just an inversion of Jumping The Shark anyway.

Apr 24th 2011 at 8:55:10 PM

I voteth YES. Frying the Coke, a single reedeeming factor for an otherwise sad show, movie etc.

Apr 27th 2011 at 5:04:54 AM

Another example of Only Moment of Awesome: Cry For Justice #3. The rest of the series is a poorly written mess of unlikeable characters trying to outwit a Villain Sue, but issue #3 almost makes up for all of that by having Congorilla and Starman duke it out with the afformentioned villains mooks in aerial combat. Let me reiterate that: an intelligent gorilla and an alien are flying/jumping from foe to foe in midair above the ocean... it is a sight to behold in an otherwise crappy comic.

Apr 30th 2011 at 9:41:54 AM

There seems to be two separate but equally valid tropes emerging on this page - maybe one could keep 'Frying the Coke' and the other can have the better title?

May 7th 2011 at 11:09:12 PM

I like the Nostalgia Critic, but Frying The Coke is just too vague. Only Moment Of Awesome just sounds like another word for Just Here For Godzilla, though. I think something similar to Awesome Bomb would be good, since a bomb happens suddenly and leaves everything afterwards a flattened landscape.

Jul 1st 2011 at 6:28:43 AM

I don't see how this is the same thing as Just Here For Godzilla. Just Here For Godzilla doesn't discuss the quality of the work, it's just that the viewer only cares about one particular thing; the article itself states "Any other stuff they add may be only seen as a minor distraction from their true goal of enjoyment. On the other hand, those other things added can actually add to the enjoyment of their one true goal." Only Moment Of Awesome, on the other hand, makes the case that the work on the whole is terrible, with the exception of one awesome moment. Only Moment Of Awesome can be a cause for Only Here For Godzilla (anyone watching Double Team from now on will do so only for the frying coke scene), but Only Here For Godzilla will not automatically turn into an Only Moment Of Awesome (you can watch a show because your favorite actor's in it and then begin to like it for other reasons too).

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