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Web Comics offer a very low barrier of entry, but most humans will not continue to draw something or at least try to improve if people hate it. How do you suppose these webcomics managed to continue onwards despite this? Someone out there has to like 'em, but we're still looking for those (other than the authors/artists themselves) who'll come forward and admit it.

Important Notes:

  1. Merely being offensive in its subject matter is insufficient. Hard as it is to imagine at times, there is a market for all types of deviancy (no matter how small a niche it is). It has to fail to appeal even to that niche to qualify as this.
  2. A webcomic isn't Horrible just because The Webcomic Relief, Your Webcomic is Bad and You Should Feel Bad, the Bad Webcomics Wiki or any other Caustic Critic reviewed it. There needs to be independent evidence, such as actual, professional pannings, to list it. (Though once it is listed, they can provide the detailed review(s).)
  3. This page is not for horrible chapters of otherwise good webcomics. For those, see DethroningMoment.Webcomics.
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Examples (more-or-less in alphabetical order):

  • Angel Warrior Comics is a good example of why Sprite Comics are so hated. It has the usual recolored sprites, illegible text, and clashing background found in this genre. It began as a gag strip, but then created an incomprehensible story. It's no surprise that the author abandoned it in March 2003, although in the last strip the author vehemently says that the webcomic is not canned and would be updated in a month or so.
  • Billy the Heretic is widely considered to be one of the worst webcomics on the internet. This webcomic is an allegedly-autobiographical work about a young boy who was adopted by a "rich international Jewish" family. Guess what the authors believe. The writing is identical to, if not dumber than, what one would find while browsing through Stormfront or /pol/ (quite fitting, as the webpage bears a link to the former despite the fact the author claims not to support Neo-Nazism). The artwork is spectacularly awful - there is no color at all, backgrounds are never anything beyond blank white stretches, and every character is poorly drawn. Special mention goes to said characters, all of whom are overblown caricatures or stereotypes. And the sad thing is, the comic makes it clear the reader is supposed to like Billy, but makes no effort to portray him as anything but a spoiled brat with extremist political views. In Cracked's 5 Circles of Baffling Webcomic Hell, this one gets a special mention at the bottom of the pit.
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  • Chaos Diamonds 3 started as a rather mediocre Sonic the Hedgehog Fan Fiction before making the transition to webcomic. The webcomic was a shameless attempt on the part of the author to shoehorn his overpowered original character into the Sonic universe (said character, despite resembling a Mobian, was not really connected to the Sonicverse) as some Super-Powered Evil Side for Tails; the writing confuses superfluous angst with something deep and meaningful; and also rather shamelessly rips off Dragon Ball in its fight scenes without Akira Toriyama's clarity or sense of flow.
  • The Easy Breather was written as an Author Tract against smoking. Fair enough, but the execution falls totally flat. First off, the art is done entirely in Poser with no external assets, thus resulting in a great deal of Uncanny Valley. The writing is just as bad, as the anti-smoking material is constantly sidelined in favor of having the characters get naked for no reason (supposedly, because the author is a naturist). Even when the comic remembers that it is about non-smoking, it results in weird things such as the main protagonist having special breath powers due to being a non-smoker, paper-thin villains forcing others to smoke, and infodumps on the hazards of smoking that come off more like a PSA than a story. Cracked placed it #10 on their The 5 Circles of Baffling Web Comic Hell article.
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  • THe FReCKLeD FINGeR has a very good, professional art style. However, it is also aggressively unfunny, needlessly offensive, and as spiteful as humanly possible. The bald-faced contempt for all that feels joy is clear in the writing, making every single strip a soul-crushing experience in and of itself. The comic is often described as "Cyanide & Happiness if it took itself dead seriously".
  • Gamer Chicks is a webcomic starring Suiren, a hyperactive Yaoi Fangirl and Gamer Chick, and Kirei, her snarky level-headed roommate, who discuss video games and have wacky misadventures. Most strips are about Suiren doing one of three things; Assuring the viewer that she's "totally a girl and totally plays video games deal with it you silly boy" with all the subtlety of an atomic bomb, having to fend off boys who are only interested in her "boobies", and obsessing over gay pairings of video game characters without much understanding of or respect for LGBT dynamics, all while automatically assuming that anyone who thinks it's strange for her to insert it into casual conversation with strangers in public "must be crazy or stupid". The ones that don't follow the above range from pointless to completely pointless, or else are recycling ancient jokes in a manner devoid of humor. The artwork is only slightly better than Sonichu; with the style resembling a horrific collision of MS Paint, lazy plain-white backgrounds, and figures/faces ripped straight out of a bargain-bin "How To Draw Manga" book. It's usually frighteningly Off-Model, often leaves it unclear what an object is supposed to be — an infamous example being a crowd represented by a block of Cartoon Cheese — and showed little to no improvement in its three year run; it started in 2006 with this and ended in 2009 with this.
  • Girlz 'n Games, like Gamer Chicks, is a webcomic exploring the "comedy" that comes from girls liking geeky things and playing video games. The jokes are stale, poorly delivered, and unfunny (such as references to Portal's cake jokes about two years late), many jokes are misogynistic note , and the dialogue is terrible. The art is flat and underwhelming, suffers from both GIS Syndrome and Only Six Faces, and has seen no improvement since the comic began.
  • Hathor the Cow Goddess revolves around Real Life naturalist radical feminist Heather Cushman-Dowdee in a cow mask and bottle-nipple hat preaching her views on child-rearing, healthcare, and public as well as long-term breastfeeding. This alone wouldn't necessarily make it a bad webcomic, but the comic only shows tolerance for the title character's own views and demonizes anyone that advocates modern medicine, formula feeding, or sends their kids to school as an abusive parent. Cushman-Dowdee later switched over to writing a strip called Mama Is..., which is the same thing without the main character wearing a cow mask.
  • How I Became Yours is an Avatar: The Last Airbender Fan Webcomic that has gone down in history as the ATLA fandom's answer to My Immortal. The typo-laden story reads like the kind of stereotypical estrogen-soaked schlock you'd find in a bad Romance Novel, cliched Soap Opera, or Lifetime Movie of the Week, with the characters defiled beyond belief to fit this sort of plot. Most infamously, Mai gets derailed into a vile, possessive bitch to justify Zuko cheating on her with Katara and hitting her, and Katara violently blood bending her to death after a Perfect Poison-induced Convenient Miscarriage. Toph and Azula get reduced to demure Princess Classic wannabes to get shipped with Aang and Sokka, the latter becoming the most glaring invokedMary Sue in a cast full of them. His lover, Suki, seems to have long since broken up him and taken work in the Fire Nation—Or at least, a lady who looks like her. This is one of a great, great many examples of the "artwork" being clearly traced from screencaps of the show and stock photography, some poses copy-pasted several times, resulting in hideous proportions and lifeless expressions. As if to complete the bad Romance Novel comparisons, the architecture and flowing ballgowns look like something from The Renaissance as opposed to the Far East-inspired Fantasy Counterpart Cultures the series is known for. You can also watch The Webcomic Relief talk about it here.
  • Kansas O'Flaherty, Secret Agent was a weekly strip for four months on Salon.com. Every episode was greeted by a string of reader comments complaining about pretentious cultural references, bad artwork, inconsistent lettering, occasional misspelled words, non-sequiturs, and general lack of a coherent plot. The strip's few defenders generally explained it as an experiment in anti-humor designed to provoke strong reactions from readers.
  • Lessons in Distraction, by the author of Gamer Chicks, is just as bad and possibly even worse - a blatant Self-Insert comic where the main character falls in love with an obvious Expy of Sephiroth. The art style is worse than Gamer Chicks since it is in monochrome, muddling the actions even more. The main character is harassed brutally by the Alpha Bitch for no real reason, Cartoon Cheese is once again used as a lazy stand-in for crowds, and a confusing plot involving the two main characters turning into animal-things is introduced and dropped. It appears to be a desperate effort from the author to gain sympathy for her "dark and depressing" life. The comic stopped updating in August 2008, to the bereavement of nobody.
  • Lightbringer is a story about a young man who becomes the world's first superhero, written by Lewis Lovhaug (yes, that Lewis Lovhaug), now mostly considered an Old Shame and with good reason. The comic follows Carter Granholme, a straw pacifist who's had unexplained light manipulation powers since birth, but decides to never use them because it goes against his philosophy. After running away from a woman being attacked seconds after he finishes philosophizing in his head about whether he should be using his powers or not, he realizes that "pacifism breeds evil." The character is bland and unintentionally unlikable, and is prone to spouting huge, preachy monologues. The story is pretty much a Frankenstein's monster of popular comic book stories, with the main character being an orphan whose parents are murdered, who can create solid constructs out of light, and whose powers sometimes spark when he's angry. Even his costume looks like a slightly modified rip-off of Dr. Light's. The plot is poorly paced and paper-thin and often has significant events happen out of nowhere without even so much as a Hand Wave. The art itself is awful since Lovhaug couldn't draw well at the time, with distractingly wonky perspectives and proportions, coupled with a badly-done MS Paint coloring job. While the art does get better as it goes on, it only reaches a decent level once the guest artists start coming in. Most of that could still work if not for the stilted writing and ham-fisted dialogue, with lines such as "He is an evil man. Perhaps someday, if he understands that, he will be able to change and do things that will do true good. But for now all he ever will be is an evil man. And he has done nothing that is good."
  • The Loco Bandito, by none other than Mike Matei. Downright racist to extreme levels, the strips also make almost no attempt at humor (one, in particular, has the punchline be the titular Bandito ejaculating on a penny arcade, while another has him expose his testicles and threaten the host of The Price Is Right after he loses). They also contain graphically NSFW imagery (which is why there's no link here) and egregious language, which is typical of Cinemassacre-related productions, but unlike in The Angry Video Game Nerd where the vulgar humor is balanced out by the Nerd's critical analysis of the games reviewed, here it's just all toilet humor and swearing without purpose. The only mildly twinge-inducing strip sees the Bandito spray various bodily fluids over ethnic stereotypes, then realize he himself is an ethnic stereotype... and defecate on his own face, but even that is ruined by the disgusting nature of it all. Apparently, Matei tried to get the comics published, but "no one had the balls" to put this horrifically racist garbage on the shelves. Matei now regrets making the comic, saying that he was a fan of the works of Robert Crumb and Johnny Ryan and tried to make his own shock comic inspired by them, but stopped making them out of his own will when he realized his writing ability was very poor.
  • Mandatory Fun Day, a comic The Daily WTF ran for several weeks. Season 1 featured poor artwork, cut-and-paste characters, anemic writing, and humor so thin you could see through it; it was even colored in an eye-searing MS Paint style. The only humor to be found was usually the re-edited strips found in the comments. After some time, the comic's author started acknowledging the best-edited versions of the previous comic in each post. Not sure what that says about his attitude towards his own comic... Season 2 redeemed it somewhat, but the general distaste and endless mockery toward the comic led to it being removed.
  • Monster Lover (no relation to the Name's the Same comic by Dumok; this one was made by albert-aet.) is a monster girl hentai comic on the Electronic Hentai Organisation and one of the few of their huge webcomic archive that contains more than 300 webcomics that appealed to absolutely nobody, getting a half-star out of five by many reviewers. Aside from having a lame storyline, it also has an art style that makes Sonichu look like pure genius.
  • Moon Over June is an NSFW Slice of Life webcomic written by an enigmatic "Woc" about two lesbians who live together. For starters, the two main characters are incredibly unlikable: Hatsuki is a lesbian pornographer who got into that job to get back at her parents for giving her name the wrong Japanese pronunciation (yes, seriously, she doesn't get into straight porn because it's "too Japanese"). Summer, on the other hand, is a nurse who takes advantage of her patients and hates the entire male gender (even saying how she would send her newborn child to the adoption agency if it turned out to be male). Both of them are as neglectful to their daughters as the webcomicnote , and spend most of it just screwing other women. The art is terrible, and the facial expressions especially are deep in the Uncanny Valley. To top it off, the writing is laden with a lot of Unfortunate Implications (namely, how the two main characters seemingly chose to be lesbian and some sexist, racist, and transphobic undertones). This article summarizes a lot of the problems with this horrible webcomic.
  • Motherfuckin' Mario is considered by the few unfortunate souls who have actually read it to be the worst sprite comic in history, despite never even passing seven comics. This could be attributed to the fact that it's one of the most disgusting things you will ever read. The comic is eye-searingly ugly, even by the low standards of sprite comics. Almost everyone is a terminally-out-of-character Jerkass, the one character who isn't (Luigi) is frequently killed and tortured, and even he quickly devolves into an unlikable asshole. The whole experience just isn't funny... unless you consider Luigi "dating" Birdo and accidentally killing her because he overcharged her shock collar or Lemmy Koopa overdosing on Bowser's erectile dysfunction pills until his penis explodes to be funny. Seriously. There are no punchlines in sight - just pure, condensed, unfiltered offensiveness that would be enough to disgust even Trey Parker and Matt Stone. All seven comics have been archived here - read them if you dare.
  • My Little School (no connection with My Little Pony) would've remained in obscurity had it not been for the fact that the creator frequents the forums on DeviantArt, and it should've remained there because of how awful it is. The dialogue is poorly worded, the artwork is barely above elementary school-level, the characters are flat and unlikeable, and the comic tries to be dramatic but fails miserably.
  • Natty Comics was the unholy combination of Protagonist-Centred Morality, Disproportionate Retribution, and Straw Characters. Nearly every comic followed the same basic pattern: A man does something ranging from creepy to mildly offensive to something as innocuous as liking a different football team to Natty and Natty (or one of her associates) assaults, maims, or kills the man while he says how much he deserves it. The premise sounds satirical, but the execution was completely straight and Word of God said the comic was meant seriously, compounded by the fact that the creator is not, as might be thought, a teenage girl with serious anger issues towards the male gender but a 30-something grown man. The comic was eventually removed by the creator, not from any Jerkass Realization, but because he thought he was audaciously speaking for women.
  • One-Frame Gags, a now-defunct webcomic that ran from September 2012 to July 2013, had terrible artwork, unfunny "gags", and way too many terrible puns. The only thing it had going for it is that David Morgan-Mar actually wrote a guest strip for it. The creator became a Square Root of Minus Garfield and Lightning Made of Owls contributor after it ended and made some slightly better strips.
  • Project 2nd was a webcomic inspired by TwoKinds. And by "inspired", we mean blatantly ripped-off and traced from the source. The leads consist of an Author Avatar that was created to be the brother of Two Kinds character Flora (which has plenty of creepy overtones), and a tiger girl named Fauna (who is Flora in all but name). The artwork was poor despite being a trace-over, and what wasn't traced was even worse, particularly the Big Bad who has been likened to an "Evil Guitar Pick". The comic also had spotty writing with many typos that were left unchecked (while English may not be the author's first language, he could've invested someone to proofread it). Riiser tackled this webcomic right here.
  • Purity-R-ENGLISH is a strange-looking comic about a boy being turned into a grey woman; the creators' fetish for everything lesbian-related kicks in and extremely ugly and hard-to-follow hijinks ensue. Even though he mentions being an expert in English on his profile, this doesn't show in any of his comics. He can't draw unless he poses 3D models in Garry's Mod, which he then proceeds to trace. The times he actually draws by himself can be seen in his other comic, and we can see why he needs to resort to tracing.
  • The now thankfully defunct Shredded Moose is, along with being irredeemably offensive, devoid of humor or any point behind its misogyny. The artwork is somewhat competent, though an obvious rip-off of Penny Arcade's style and often glaringly unrealistic where female anatomy is concerned. This comic was a Two Gamers on a Couch comic about two dudebro gamers: a backward hat-wearing Totally Radical "Alpha Male" named Brew, who represented the writer, and, representing the artist, Trip, a youngster fratboy who looked up to Brew. Together they were Gary Stu protagonists to the extreme. The average comic strip was always about either Brew one-upping their strawmen targets with a talking point followed by violence or having sex with multiple women, and all the women in the series were either bimbos, orcs (if feminists), or lesbians (if they didn't want to have sex with Brew). This made Brew an aggressively unlikable Jerkass character who epitomizes the worst of the fratire genre without any of its redeeming qualities. The most redeeming thing to be said about the comic is that it ended many years ago and the creator has since renounced and disowned it.
  • Single Asian Female suffered from badly written dialogue that it would be painful to read even if it wasn't overwhelmingly racist. The author stated that this was intentional, and was probably trying to portray racism against East Asians... but instead exposed himself as racist against non-Asians through ethnocentrism ("Asians should marry other Asians! White men are creepy and all have an Asian fetish!"). Reading the comic makes it seem far less like an Anvilicious anti-racism screed gone wrong, and more like a racist complaining that he can't get a date because "all the good Asian sisters are dating white guys". The way the "married a white guy" friend of the main character refers to Asian guys as "abusive, sexist losers" seems an awful lot like the author had been on the receiving end of that comment himself. Unsurprisingly, the webcomic was taken down. Encyclopedia Dramatica has an article on it, with many of the strips contained. Their analysis, when not blatantly false, is not particularly exaggerated.
  • Sonichu, created by Christine Weston Chandler, whose extensive legacy as a victim of online harassment and ableism far supersedes the comic's legacy itself, is the purest form of Bile Fascination in online history condensed into a single webcomic, and nothing else can be said here that hasn't already been covered extensively elsewhere on The Internet. The art is literally child-like crayon and marker scribbling on paper, lacking any sense of proportion or detail. Its reliance on exposition reaches ridiculous levels, as sometimes entire pages are dominated by impenetrable walls of text that explain the events instead of showing them. It also contains blatant Protagonist-Centered Morality and has jokes, ideas, character concepts, and entire plotlines either flagrantly plagiarized or created solely for the author to rant. The comic's treatment of women, black people, LGBT people, and the disabled is also deeply uncomfortable (though this is the sole part of the comic that has improved). It doesn't seem to know its target audience, with childish plots and humor often being combined with unsettling violence and graphic sex. To top it off, the comic has no set schedule (at one point, it was five years between two updates), and has since degenerated into a self-righteous, disturbing vanity project. For those interested, DStecks has an extensive series of video reviews, The Webcomic Relief has a review series, and The Annotated Sonichu analyzes the writing and artwork of the comic page by page.
  • Sore Thumbs has an okay art style, and at the very least it... tries to lambaste both sides of the political spectrum, not just one side. However, that's the only good things that can be said about it. The characters are all woefully unlikable with the main character being a desperate attempt to pander to those seeking Fanservice, the attempts at humor fall horribly flat, the plotline is borderline nonsensical, and decisions made about the story are just outside the realm of human logic ("Let's make the love interest a eunuch for no reason!").
  • Vegan Artbook is off-putting even by the standards of Author Tract comics. There is no nuance: The "heroes" are all cardboard mouthpieces that do nothing but spout the author's views and occasionally use violence against meat-eaters, which is apparently justified because they're meat-eaters and therefore "wrong". Non-vegans are reduced to blatant Straw Characters who are portrayed as either selfish monsters or ignorant clods who don't understand veganism. At one point, they're even compared to Hitler. It doesn't help that the comic forgets to do its research and tends to reuse the same points in multiple strips. The closest it has to a redeeming quality is its cute Sanrio-esque artwork and even that is questionable — according to various sources, it's stolen/traced. In the end, you get a comic that doesn't really appeal to anyone: non-vegans find it too insulting to be readable, and even vegans tend to find their treatment of non-vegans too extreme (not to mention the comic later started bashing non-extreme vegans as well). This Honest Trailers homage should tell you everything you need to know.
  • WarMage (on hiatus since 2009) is an MS Paint-spawned harem porn monstrosity covered in a hash of superhero (in)action, 20 Minutes into the Future cyberpunk, and whatever Wicca and Hindu mysticism the author feels like tossing in. The antagonists tend to be assorted flavors of Judeo-Christian fundamentalists, because apparently monotheism equals evil. The webcomic is already bad on its own, but the author decided to clone it for different genres - Monster Lover (a mishmash of RPG Elements) and A Call To Destiny (a mishmash of RPG elements in space!). The creator also had a fourth comic that breaks the pattern, but is otherwise just as bad: Shadow Root, which is basically Fifty Shades of Grey meets Urban Fantasy. The Webcomic Relief took a belated look at WarMage here.

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