So Bad, It's Horrible are the works with the lowest writing quality of all: those which gain no genuine audience whatsoever. Trying to give them a quality rating is like trying to measure the depth of a black hole: It has none.
Or anyhow, that's how all people who read/watch/play/etc. the work have perceived it as. The work is absolutely terrible, and not just because of unfortunate or otherwise offensive content. No past or present positive opinions can be found about the work, nor does it contain Guilty Pleasures or anything So Bad, It's Good. It's hated globally, not just in local or foreign markets.
Such works can be recognized by the following:
- The work as a whole is truly terrible by the standard of the medium involved, with a low quality in all aspects of work creation: storytelling, drawing, writing, and so on.
- The work has a small audience, and if it's produced for profit it has poor sales.
- The work has been panned by multiple critics for its low quality. The work's flaws may be parodied by a number of other works, and in some cases the work may even become a pop culture-level Snark Bait.
Reality, of course, has its share of examples too. (See Idiot Programming, Idiot Design, and the Real Life folders of Crappy Carnival and The Alleged Car.) Popular works, deliberately badly-done works, and individual episodes and chapters don't belong here. Also avoid making this an outlet for Complaining About Shows You Don't Like; just because you think something sucks doesn't necessarily mean it fulfills any of the above criteria.
If the creator joins in hazing the work, Creator Backlash ensues.
- Anime & Manga
- Asian Animation
- Comic Books
- Comic Strips
- Live-Action TV
- Professional Wrestling
- Tabletop Games
- Video Games
- Western Animation