Most of us love a good grumble. It's cathartic to complain for a bit and get things off our chests. Problem is, "polite society" has a low tolerance level for this kind of thing, and someone who verbalizes their real thoughts on a lousy situation is likely to be frowned upon and labeled a whiner / grouch / Emo Teen relatively quickly. For example, the "correct" answer to the question "How are you?" is either "Fine, thank you," or "Pretty good. And you?" (Or, if we're being formal, "How are you?")note Even if your house exploded in a freak accident that morning and you were flattened by a runaway horse and then fired for coming into work covered in hoofprints.
So when people come across a situation where resentment can be voiced, it's not all that surprising when they take full advantage of it. Whether it's online, in print, or among close friends and family, there's always a sense of relief when you're able to voice that irksome thing that's been bugging you for the past week.
However, sometimes this can be taken to an extreme. We can get so carried away with the freedom of voicing the things that annoy us that we completely forget to even mention the things that we actively enjoy. It's not that we're setting out to be a Jerkass or as negative as possible — it's just that we take the good things in life so much for granted that we don't see fit to talk about them... And come across as a pessimist as a result.
As society becomes more and more cynical (although, in face-to-face interaction, general grouching is still pretty unacceptable, which is why grouching is different.) this meta-trope is becoming common across the board, manifesting itself in a number of different ways:
- Harmony Is Boring: Conflict is the driving force of most plots. Therefore, stories tend to focus on the unpleasant parts of life, be it divorce, murder, or the Apocalypse(s). Stories about how nice life is and how good it is to be alive are usually reserved for children — and generally pretty young children at that. Not that life-affirming morals are in short supply, it's just that they tend to be reached after three hundred pages of hardship and heartbreak, at which point the reader/viewer may not be particularly inclined to believe them.
- Everyone Is Messed Up: See that well-adjusted character over there? Don't expect it to last. There's a reason that therapists are in short supply in many stories, both because of the assumption that True Art Is Angsty, and the belief that conflicted characters are more interesting. "Pure" heroes, like the Knight in Shining Armor, are seen as largely generic and similar to each other (and therefore are usually under-represented) while Dark and Troubled Pasts and questionable morals make villains and Anti Heroes distinct and recognizable, even if the troubled pasts and questionable morals keep expressing themselves in the same ways.
- Negative Nellie: An online personality found on message boards. Complains constantly about the flaws in a show or book, achieved record time for plot-hole spotting, and just will not let that episode that everyone pretends never happened be forgotten. Yet strangely enough, these are rarely the members who terrorize the newbies, or the board's resident Rottweiler. They leave that to the resident hothead. Actually, they're pretty friendly, usually long-standing members whose grumbling is met with amused tolerance by everyone else. Their temper is reserved for their least favourite parts of their favourite show.
- Snark Media: The media's outright manifestation of this trope, particularly prevalent in the U.K. From Grumpy Old Men to "The Top 100 Songs We Love To Hate" to acerbic commentaries by Jerkass celebrities, there's a modern trend for publicizing and poking fun at everything irritating in the world, taking advantage of all the dark humour and guilty pleasure that can be derived from snarling at that song/show/person that just drives everyone nuts. Sometimes counteracted by more upbeat equivalents ("The Nation's Favourite Drama/Comedy/Songs/etc."), but not only is the negative version more common, but it's also usually more popular as well.
- Annoyed Webmaster.com: The website version of Snark Media, although it's usually cheerfully open about its cynicism and self-deprecating to boot. Will make fun of the things it likes, never mind the bad stuff.
Often, if an audience, broadcaster, or forum member is challenged about their complaints (e.g. "Do you even like this show?") they'll be genuinely surprised. Of course, they like it! Why would they bother commenting at all on it if they didn't? It's just that grousing about Development Hell, Creator Breakdown or Fanon Discontinuity is much more fun than counting your blessings — after all, you'd only be preaching to the choir... But then, sometimes you're doing that anyway.
Some people also point this out for the creator to improve, however, it's far more common for someone to actually be posting destructive criticism than actually trying to be constructive. Given that long-winded essays that are pointing out what the creator(s) of a work did right are mixed in with flat out stupidity and destructive criticism, it's very easy for the constructive people to be blocked out.
Often done by The Cynic or Caustic Critic. See also Sturgeon's Law, Reviewer Stock Phrases, Let's Mock the Monsters, Unpleasable Fanbase, and He Panned It, Now He Sucks!, a fan reaction when the Accentuate The Negative reviewer pans a show his fans like.
- The Pokémon anime and movies get a lot of this reaction.
- People say how it's "nothing but filler" or how it's "nothing like the games and/or manga." People often do exaggerate the negative aspects of both reasons as well. Also, Ash's naïvety is often exaggerated in negative reviews of the Anime to the point where he seems like a completely incompetent moron incapable of winning the most basic of battles without the help of dumb luck or Deus ex Machina.
- Claims are also made on the anime being dead-set on keeping the status quo, even to Ash's detriment as a character. The various arcs have tried to spice things up from time-to-time to varying success, but then you have characters like Tobiasnote and Alainnote who seem to exist solely to serve as Ash's stumbling blocks. Never mind the fact that Ash will never age past 10, which is explains why his maturation as a Trainer and a person in general always seems to be negated come the newest arc. These people will have to eat their words now that Ash finally won a League.
- The voice-acting of the anime episodes from Season 9 onwards is constantly panned by fans of the old episodes and is definitely the absolute biggest complaint about the anime now. Fans hated the new voice-acting in 2006 and they still hate it now.
- The fans of One-Punch Man were... not kind to the second season of the anime, to say the least. There's a tendency in the fandom to grumble about JC Staff's far from perfect production, especially due to the highly-regarded legacy of the first season.
- 4Kids Entertainment. Al Kahn and his executives bring it on themselves, but many anime fans unreasonably pan every writer, voice actor, and worker in the entire company as being evil satanic monsters for doing dubs on anime and nothing the company does can ever be in the least bit right. After One Piece bombed in the US with its Cut-and-Paste Translation while Naruto got a decent dub and became a Cash Cow Franchise, this is what the publishers of One Piece did to 4Kids in Japan.
- The series 52 was recognized by numerous reviewers as a series that exemplified the competent and positive portrayal of gay and lesbian characters in fiction and one of the co-authors was Greg Rucka, who earned a Gaylactic Spectrum award for his previous work on Gotham Central that served as a partial prequel to this series. However, numerous bloggers and internet reviewers heavily criticized the changing bust-size of Renee Montoya and Kate Kane between Weeks Seven and Eleven. They stated that this exemplified the comics industry policy of including gay and lesbian characters and stories solely for the titillation of readers.
- There are some truly wonderful comics in DC's New 52 relaunch. But the one everyone heard about was issue one of "Red Hood and the Outlaws". And even that was only because of some poorly thought out changes in the character of Starfire — changes that occupy maybe three pages out of the entire issue. When the art for the tenth issue was released, there was even more complaining. Even though it has Starfire in a position of power (Commanding a spaceship) and fully clothed, HER BOOBS WERE TOO BIG! In general, the New 52 relaunch seems to have produced a whole load of critics who, for whatever reason and regardless of any genuine quality or merit, are determined to see nothing but the worst in everything it's produced.
- Grumpy Smurf has a tendency to, whenever somebody mentions anything, go "I don't like [thing]!"
- In an Achille Talon comic, the titular character spends a page ranting against a critic who judged all books of the comic as being "not the best of the series".
- Similar to New 52, Marvel NOW! has produced some wonderful new books, and even some of the worst are still mostly So Okay, It's Average. Still, Doc Ock killed Spider-Man and stole his life, while Cyclops, while possessed by a corrupted Phoenix Force, killed Charles Xavier and is now trying to redeem himself by doing whatever's unnecessary to protect mutants, so many refuse to pick up any title until the whole thing is retconned out.
- Avengers Arena has had this from the day it was announced, people calling it gorn and disgustingly violent. This was before anyone read a page.
- Joe Quesada later commented that some people were so negative of his and Bill Jemas run in charge of Marvel Comics that even if they had given away free milk and cookies with every comic, they would've been accused of trying to kill readers with a dairy allergy.
- Idées Noires: Perhaps the best example. All the gags in this comic strip are Black Comedy about stuff that worry and depress most people: Suicide, fear of world war, fear of the bomb, fear of nuclear power, fear of epidemics... But also fantastical After the End jokes, Take That! comedy aimed at hunters, the death penalty, and jokes about bizarre monsters.
- Life in Hell: The title is very negative and was inspired, as Matt Groening said, by the fact that he "had just moved to Los Angeles".
- Rough Riders: The curt descriptions for each Rough Rider in Nation are often highly unflattering, stressing their murky legal histories and various episodes of deviant behaviour (as far as the government saw it).
- Things like Fan Fiction and Original Characters get a very bad rep. Of course, there are amazing examples of both (some of which have gone on to become Ascended Fanon or Canon Immigrants, it's being discussed here), but let's be honest. It's a lot more fun to act like every fanfic is as bad as My Immortal and every original character is as cringe-worthy as Sonichu.
- Argo: Throughout the movie, and particularly in the intro, Argo describes the deposed Shah of Iran as The Caligula a cruel, decadent, despotic puppet of the United States who forced foreign trends on his people all while also living in uncaring luxury as the country went down the toilet. While these facts were individually accurate, the film neglects to present the positive aspects of the Shah's rule that were also there, such as religious tolerance, giving land to peasants, and equal rights for women. Though it made sense in the context of showing why most of the Iranians had become so angry throughout the film, it isn't quite an accurate summary of his reign.
- In Stick It, one of the major plot points is that the judges are picking apart incredible skills and routines to deduct for minor technical errors. This is illustrated in one critical scene where a gymnast performs an absurdly difficult vault with incredible skill, only to get a half-point deduction (a significant number in gymnastics) over a visible bra strap.
- The two volumes of Is It Just Me, or is Everything Shit? exemplify the trend in the British media for complaining about anything and everything. Another writer responded with a book titled It is Just You, Everything's Not Shit. Rather worryingly, it's a much shorter book.
- There's Crap Towns and Crap Towns II — someone on the radio pointed out that they had to release Crap Towns II because so many people complained that their town wasn't included in the first volume.
- H. G. Wells, in his late 19th-century work of science-fiction, The War of the Worlds, had the all-destroying alien tripods land in London at least partly with the intention of having them reduce his home districts of London, Woking and Bromley, to smouldering corpse-heavy rubble. Wells utterly despised Bromley for its parochial mentality and its lower-middle-class smug smallmindedness. He also wanted to get even for long, soul-destroying thirteen-hour days spent in a miserable McJob working for a tiny-minded bully. Although today's Woking, London, boasts a statue of an alien tripod on the main street, to commemorate Wells' vision...
- In a similar vein are Crap Cars and Crap Holidays.
- When humor columnist Dave Barry issued his "bad song survey", the idea of which was to ask his readers to vote for the worst song of all time, he received a greater amount of reader mail than ever before (the winner, incidentally, was "MacArthur Park"). The result of this was his writing and publishing of a book entitled Dave Barry's Book of Bad Songs, which consists entirely of him bashing songs he and his readers hate.
- Realising that reviews tearing a film apart are more entertaining to read than those full of praise, Roger Ebert published a book of them called I Hated, Hated, Hated This Movie. The title was from his review of North. There are two sequels, Your Movie Sucks, titled after the closing line from his review of Deuce Bigalow: European Gigolo and A Horrible Experience of Unbearable Length, titled from his review of Transformers 2: Revenge of the Fallen. (But in fairness, he also has a book of essays called The Great Movies that praises his favorite classics, and Your Movie Sucks was a direct response to mockery from Deuce Bigalow star Rob Schneider, who he later reconciled with.)
- H. L. Mencken. The man hated everything about America, his columns bemoaning all the evils that plagued the United States in the '20s and '30s and tearing apart every politician he could get his hands on. Particularly notable is the fact that he predicted and answered the probable question:
Question: If you find so much worthy of ridicule in America, then why do you live here?
Answer: Why do men go to zoos?
- Dorothy Parker did this a lot as part of her "Constant Reader" persona. How hardass was she? She excoriated Winnie-the-Pooh. Famous quote: "And it is that word 'hummy,' my darlings, that marks the first place in The House at Pooh Corner at which Tonstant Weader fwowed up."
- The first line of Anna Karenina is 'Happy families are all alike, but unhappy families are each unhappy in their own way.' You just can't squeeze 700+ pages out of happy families.
- There exists a book compiled by an Englishman called The Book of Heroic Failures. It openly celebrated colossal feats of incompetence (though never those that lead to real pain, harm, or danger, strangely enough).
- Another little known book, The Gripes of Wrath, is filled entirely with cuttings and samples of speeches, reports, speeches, and articles that highlight all kinds of negative features of the world such as stupidity, lack of common sense, obstructive bureaucrats, falling standards, sexism, racism, etc etc etc.
- Hans Christian Andersen's fairy tale The Snow Queen has an in-universe example of Accentuating The Negative: The devil has created a magic mirror that shattered into billions of shards. If a human gets a shard in their eye or heart, they will never be able to see anything except the bad in any thing they look at.
- Averted spectacularly in Matt Ridley's Rational Optimist.
- Tolkien's Legendarium gets this a lot. People often like to mock the dialogue, the songs, and the Values Dissonance, along with much of the tropes being overused, deconstructed and played with many times. However Tolkien popularised many of the fantasy cliches and most of the Legendarium was dark and mature, being an Unbuilt Trope on the genre. Much of Tolkien's writing was quite Fair for Its Day. But people have mostly just read The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings and criticise the flaws of those stories, despite the mature ideas and Bittersweet Ending in them.
- James Nicoll indulges in this often when posting reviews. Particularly when reviewing older sci-fi books with tons of Values Dissonance.
- Much of the Recorded and Stand-Up Comedy by comedians like George Carlin, Bill Hicks, Doug Stanhope, Denis Leary, Bill Maher, Lewis Black, and David Cross, among others. They're all observational comedians, and saying the world is lovely wouldn't be particularly funny, would it?
- Most fans enjoy Mystery Science Theater 3000 for its idealistic and fun atmosphere, despite the central tenet being one of mocking, sometimes quite brutally, bad movies. The fact that it is of such quality means that it rarely goes from "funny-mean" to just "mean", though it became more common to do so in later seasons.
- The Muppet Show's Statler and Waldorf have this as their shtick.
- Stephen Fry put Room 101 itself into Room 101 in one of his appearances on the show, citing his reasoning that there was no need to have entire shows and books dedicated to everything "vile" in the world and asking "Why can't we have Room Fluffy?" A brief section followed with Fry reporting on his favourite things in life — such as libraries.
- Stephen Fry now hosts QI, a show dedicated to "quite interesting" facts (or sometimes factoids) which could be described as a kind of intellectual Room Fluffy. The team behind QI now also make a radio show named The Museum of Curiosity, into which people are literally able to put a selection of their favourite things.
- Debbie Downer from Saturday Night Live; also Doug and Wendy Whiner.
- Survivor. Stephanie Lagrossa had played twice already. One time her tribe lost every challenge and she was the only one left in her team. The second time, she was in the final two. Guess what James Clement (and anyone else afraid of a "Repeat") conveniently didn't mention?
- Grumpy Old Men and its forerunner Grumpy Old Women take full advantage of the assumed tetchiness of the middle-aged-U.K.-male to elaborate on why the modern world is an awful one. Mind you, it keeps its tongue firmly in its cheek as it does so.
- MTV Brazil had a show on this, Piores Clipes do Mundo (The Worst Videos In The World). Particularly the segment "Pérola Videoclíptica" ("Music Video Gem"), which had the host pointing out what's ridiculous in each shot of the video.
- Titus is all about this. He even says that if his life became too perfect, he'd probably shoot himself.
- This exchange from Doctor Who: A Christmas Carol:
The Doctor: I bet I get some very interesting readings from my screwdriver when I get it back from the shark in your bedroom.
Young Kazran: There's a shark in my bedroom!?!
The Doctor: Oh fine, focus on that!
- The new made-over incarnation of Doctor Who attracts snark from a significant minority of older people who fondly remember the original 1960s and 1970s series. To them, the New Who is too glossy, soul-less, over-produced, evidently made for the bloody Americans, it was at its best in the Patrick Troughton/Tom Baker/Peter Davison years, why can't we have it back as it was before, yes we KNOW the aliens were risible and the sets wobbled, but it was so bloody good, especially when Douglas Adams wrote the scripts, why didn't they leave well alone, etc., etc.
- Classic Who can get this a lot. For example, a lot of people think the companions were one-dimensional women whose main quality was screaming a lot. However many companions had strong and interesting personalities and people basically just remember the worst moments and qualities of companions. The first adult female companion on the whole show was a strong yet feminine female character who used her brain, got her hands dirty, and shared one of the most profound Doctor/companion relationships with her Doctor, one that set the precedent for his entire personality as well as did horrible damage to his mental health when she left it.
- In The X-Files episode "One Breath", Melissa Scully calls Mulder out for doing this while trying to convince him to go to the hospital to see Dana, who is dying:
Melissa Scully: I don't have to be psychic to see that you're in a very dark place. Much darker than where my sister is. Willingly walking deeper into darkness cannot help her at all. Only the light...
Mulder: (disgustedly) Oh, enough with the harmonic convergence crap, okay? You're not saying anything to me.
Melissa Scully: (angrily) Why don't you just drop your cynicism and your paranoia and your defeat? You know, just because it's positive and good, doesn't mean it's silly or trite. Why is it so much easier for you to run around trying to get even than just expressing to her how you feel? I expect more from you. Dana expects more. Even if it doesn't bring her back, at least she'll know. And so will you.
- On Top Chef, the judges will often blatantly insult food they don't like, saying stuff like "this tastes like cat food", or "you must have cut your vegetables with an ax". Mind you, this is usually stuff that the average person probably would enjoy.
- 7 Yüz: Unlike his wife and friends, Onur is unenthused about the "Encounters" app to the point of hostility in "Karşılaşmalar". Aside from his worries about security and privacy, he questions the purported "romance" the app aims to inspire by discovering close encounters between a couple.
Onur: So maybe we once stood in the same queue to pay the bill. Is that supposed to be romantic?
- There are a lot of bands who made a career out of writing gloomy, depressing, or melancholic lyrics. Especially in the Goth genre.
- The Cure: Almost the Trope Codifier.
- Joy Division: Their two albums, Unknown Pleasures and Closer, are a veritable Despair Event Horizon. It doesn't help that their lead singer, Ian Curtis, committed suicide.
- Nirvana: All their albums are depressing. Even Kurt Cobain finally killed himself.
- Portishead: Dummy and their other records are all very gloomy.
- Lou Reed's New York. Poverty, AIDS, bigotry, violence, environmental destruction...
- Tears for Fears: Because The Hurting is about Roland Orzabal and Curt Smith's abusive childhoods, this album focuses on the most negative aspects of a life's development.
- Not Always Right thrives on showing the bad behavior of customers, though they also have a section for the bad behavior of employees (Not Always Working) and a section for good behavior of customers (Not Always Hopeless).
- 4chan. Encyclopedia Dramatica. Something Awful. They all share about 60% of the same userbase and violently hate each other - though there are times where they'll stop hating each other to hate on something else. It's a "fun" situation.
- Something Awful has inter-forum rivalry where everything coming from the all-purpose forum GBS is hated by the subforums, and everything else is hated by PYF, but the one thing SA loves to hate especially is FYAD (SomethingAwful's /b/, except even more random, elitist, and vitriolic), where it's not uncommon to have the disparate arguers of a thread team up to wail on the FYAD-er... and, oftentimes, vice versa. 4chan has the same issue. Something Awful has its own negativity brigade in the form of the Something Awful Sycophant Squad, dedicated to mocking the mods and goons. It's a negativity loop!
- Encyclopedia Dramatica. Every subculture, TV show, film, and genre of music is somehow deemed "retarded", "shitty", or their favorite insult of all, "gay". Other than schadenfreude, these gentlemen don't enjoy anything. However, if you're looking for details on an internet meme, you'll find it there. Essentially a wiki maintained by the residents of 4chan, particularly /b/. It's generally seen as satirical rather than completely genuine hate though.
- Almost all of the articles targeting a race, a subculture, or a group are written by people who are members of said group (for example, the articles on Jews, blacks, or autists).
- ED's rival, Uncyclopedia, is more like a parody version of Wikipedia, and the humor is more often flat-out nonsense than insulting. (There is a guidance page titled "How To Be Funny And Not Just Stupid", but the advice isn't always followed.) Unfortunately, this isn't the case with the Portuguese version, which, besides some actual parodic articles and articles on fads, follows the ED formula of bashing anything in sight and lots of NSFW images. It's worth noting that ED holds a special contempt for Uncyclopedia, considering Wikipedia founder Jimbo Wales's expression of approval to be the worst possible indictment against Uncyclopedia. For its own part, Uncyclopedia offers this scathingly precise descriptor of its rival: "Unfunny cynicism masquerading as humor."
- The Comics Curmudgeon, as expected with a name like that. Posts daily to rip on the newspaper funnies. Notable in that as rough as it is on comics as a whole, it has managed to establish good relationships with the creators of many of these comics, especially Bob Weber Jr. of Slylock Fox and the late Al Scaduto of They'll Do It Every Time. Also notable in that it occasionally does praise elements of the comics that it normally mocks. Occasionally.
- He has even been referenced within said comics. Such as one of his running gags being on a T-shirt in Archie, and outright insulted by the (late) creator of Crock, and was (In a more affectionate way) featured as a criminal standing trial in Jumble.
- The LiveJournal community Stupid Free Drama. While many members are individually in fact a very polite and supportive bunch, the group as a whole hates everything but recipes.
- Whilst the website Cook'd and Bomb'd is ostensibly a fansite devoted to British comedy (and the works of Chris Morris especially), a quick search of its forums would seem to indicate that its members spend more time fixating on the comedies that they hate as opposed to the ones they enjoy. They even held a mock awards show, the Tumbleweeds, to "honour" the worst achievements in British comedy over the years in question.
- Mr. Cranky.
- Oancitizen discusses this trope during his review of Melancholia, talking about how you're apparently not allowed to enjoy anything on the internet and must always be cynical and snark about everything.
- The Nostalgia Critic:
- He hates everything he reviews. However, he is simply a character, and the movies and shows he reviews are genuinely bad. On the flip side of the coin, he's made tributes to Double Dare (1986) and Drew Struzan, and his Top 11 lists are generally positive. His overly grouchy attitude is lampshaded during many of the reviews, but the most prominent example would be when he broke down in tears over failing to find it in his bitter angry heart to rip on Follow That Bird. Even though he really trashes and bashes movies, some of them he actually does legitimately like despite their flaws and cliches (Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles and Cool Runnings), and in some of his videos, mentions there are some things they did right at the end of the review.note Unfortunately, his satirical reviews have fallen foul of Reviews Are the Gospel i.e. some fans take his reviews as definitive law. And for these reasons and more, Doug slammed the hell out of the site's M.O in Demo Reel, as Donnie rants about how people obsess over something miserable in the past and turn it into their lives, and that he refuses to fixate on his own Dark and Troubled Past anymore because he doesn't want to be like those people.
- An article complaining about how the site's Video Review Show constitutes "criticism" was itself accused of being overly negative to something that tries to entertain as much as inform (as the comments by the Channel Awesome reviewers debate profusely).
- Noah Antwiler, aka "Spoony One", is the star of The Spoony Experiment, which is basically Angry Video Game Nerd if he were more Fan Hatery and less tongue-in-cheek. He does at least take everything in fun and has an overlap in fandom with the Nerd. This has eventually backfired, as he tends to get viewed as a Troll even when he's offering an honest (if negative) opinion. When he went on Twitter to say he didn't like The Cabin in the Woods, Joss Whedon fans jumped on him, assuming he was specifically trying to screw with them. Noah himself has remarked that his reputation as a Fan Hater comes from people doing this to him, taking statements like "I didn't care for this" and interpreting it as "This sucks and so does anyone who likes it". He's outright admitted that he can't enjoy things like Final Fantasy IX and Captain America: The First Avenger as much as he'd like because of his own personal hang-ups, and said that he tried to give Kristen Stewart a fair chance but she just annoys the hell out of him and he doesn't think she's that good an actress.
- The Nostalgia Chick actually has this as a character flaw. Both Nella and Elisa provide the Squee, while she can give good points but can't admit to actually liking something without much difficulty. She's getting a bit better though. Out of character, Lindsay Ellis says in her "Guilty Pleasures" video that "I get comments saying 'Lindsay, do you like anything? At all?'" and replies that of course she does, but negative reviews are demonstrably more popular on Channel Awesome, so it's good business for her to be negative.
- JesuOtaku often takes controversial opinions (believing the eponymous character of The Legend of Korra is a Designated Hero and a "cunt" comparable to Anakin Skywalker in the Star Wars prequels, declaring RWBY on the level of Nick Jr., celebrating Young Justice's cancellation, and general vitriol directed at fanbases he dislikes) and runs with them. He has a genuine dislike of what he makes fun of.
- Linkara trashes comic books, but Lewis Lovhaug has pointed out that this is the entire point of his show, and has asked fans not to send or recommend good comics. Though he will praise good elements, and on occasion subverts his own Catchphrase "This comic sucks!" (usually with something like "This comic is...just okay" or "not THAT bad").
- This is EGM game reviewer Seanbaby's preferred method of reviewing, since he specifically seeks out bad games, mixed with Testosterone Poisoning and exaggerated metaphors. When one review of his was devoted solely to mocking the box art of a popular game, people sent in letters demanding that he actually review the game itself. Seanbaby's response was: "My review is done: The box isn't very good. If I knew how to review a game based on gameplay mechanics or whatever, me and my Gamecube wouldn't be forced to watch puppets shit every month."
- SF Debris began by taking potshots at the wackiest iteration of Star Trek, then gradually expanded to the point where the entire Federation of Planets is portrayed as a third world commie dictatorship. The only competent characters are macho man James T. Kirk and Ben "Don't Fuck With The" Sisko's penis.
- Videogame Recaps appears fully aware of this trope, to the point that they have a disclaimer reassuring readers that they do like the games they review, it's just that they also enjoy applying copious amounts of sarcasm to them as well.
- Zero Punctuation:
- The biggest reason to watch Yahtzee's reviews is to listen to a Mean Brit talk very fast about games he hates. There are some games he enjoys unreservedly, like Portal and Psychonauts. With Portal, he showed mild shock and disgust with himself for loving it so completely, and his Psychonauts review consisted of 40% insulting the people who didn't buy it, 20% bashing Halo and anyone that plays it, 20% complaining that there aren't more original intellectual properties like this, and 20% actual praise. Not so surprisingly, he is a frequenter of the Something Awful boards. Heck, he'll even do it to games he likes, like BioShock, Call Of Duty 4, and Assassin's Creed! At one point he actually said "There are a few nitpicks I could make but I wouldn't be the critic I like to think I am if I didn't pick nits like an amphetamine-fueled chimp" so he bound to the formula. As he put it, "It's not very funny to like a game."
- Yahtzee has pointed out many times that just because he blasts every game he reviews with both barrels, he doesn't exactly hate it (unless he hates a game so much that he tears it a new one). Yahtzee has also gone out of his way to say that just because he doesn't like something doesn't mean that it is a bad game and that people should be able to form their own opinions, and that he only points out things he didn't like or found bad in his review — anything he didn't mention shouldn't count against the game.
- Yahtzee further intentionally does not play games in genres that he's not a fan of (most commonly: RTS's and JRPG's). The reason being that he dislikes the conventions of those genres in general, so he isn't in the target audience of those games, and what do you think his opinion on such a game is going to be if he's forced to play through it? He's made exceptions here and there but for the most part states his biases up front and avoids reviewing games that he knows he won't be fair to.
- Your Webcomic is Bad and You Should Feel Bad. While it did contain constructive criticism, the site absolutely hated the comics it reviewed and also bragged about hating the entire concept of a webcomic; it was not affectionate or fannish in the least. Was it horrible or hilarious? You decide!
- Linux Hater's Blog is ludicrously negative about users of free software, or, as the author calls them, "freetards". A similar project, The IT Conservative, turned out to be a massive put-on, but the Linux Hater seems to be as earnest as one could possibly be.
- Cracked.com's articles consist mainly (but, of course, not completely) of movie bashings, doomsday scenarios, and explanations of "Why Good Thing X is actually a very Bad Thing". Ironically the other half is exactly the opposite of this, gushing stories about how awesome the world is.
- The operators of www.anti-shurtugal.com, an anti-fansite for Inheritance Cycle, founded the site because they discovered that they couldn't say anything critical about the books on the fansites without getting flamed, banned, and/or threatened. So they founded their own site explicitly to point out every single flaw with the books. They eventually added Twilight to the list of literature they hate. The website is now curiously defunct.
- Over the years, Scans Daily has become somewhat infamous for this kind of behavior. So much so that the guy who wrote this article attributes Scans Daily as a major cause of the 2008 spike in comics Hatedom. This varies by post—many comics are praised beyond all reason, and others have a balanced reception. But if your favorite happens to fall into the "negative" reception zone, it's going to hurt.
- The Sturgeon Awards (careful, there's a different Sturgeon Award out there) is a blog dedicated to showing the worst of the 90% of everything.
- The Stuff Geeks Love is dedicated to exposing the geek subculture for the Wretched Hive of racism, sexism, homophobia, cliche-continuing, trend-ruining, meme-spewing, dangerous mental degeneracy it apparently is. Amusing for both its dead-on accuracy of the worst sort of nerd and for its slamming of them.
- Most websites related to the "New Games Journalism" movement, especially heart of darkness Insert Credit and ESPECIALLY its Spiritual Successors Action Button Dot Net and Insomnia. Even positive reviews frequently go off into tangents brutally bashing other games, the people who play them, or anyone who doesn't agree with the writer's opinion.
- The Factual Opinion where Tucker Ston rains the venom down on mainstream comics. Averted by his wife Nina, who seems to enjoy everything she reviews.
- Sean Malstrom does this all the time, with his highly negative opinions on every 3D Super Mario Bros. game as well as everything Yoshio Sakamoto touches, being some of the most notorious.
- The animation news site Cartoon Brew tends to do this a lot, especially with anything from Disney or Dreamworks Animation. This borders on Fan Dumb territory with the article bashing Tangled for using a parody of the double rainbow, conveniently forgetting the time Adventure Time parodied the same exact video in an ad.
- The Bad Webcomic Wiki is entirely about this trope. Unfortunately, 90% of reviews aren't much else, with its review of xkcd being particularly egregious. When John Solomon of all people, thinks you're being too negative, maybe you're accentuating the negative a little too much.
- Read It and Weep is a podcast that exists solely to make fun of terrible things. Twilight especially.
- The Screamsheet has a lot of this trope, especially if the site owner gets talking about David Lynch, Highlander, or bad comics in general. He has apparently made more of an attempt to give credit where it is due and focus on the positive aspects of the things he discusses, but still does plenty of ranting and raving.
- The abridged movie scripts on The Editing Room condense movie scripts into a few minutes' worth of sarcasm, nitpicking, and ripping apart cliches and bad artistic designs. As in many of the above examples, this is done purely for humor's sake and the site's author provides a separate star rating indicating what he actually thought of a movie - which tends to be pretty harsh.
- Screen Junkies' Honest Trailers. At least in The Dark Knight it ends with "Who am I kidding? That movie is still awesome!" to admit they're doing this. Similarly, in their trailer for Captain America: The Winter Soldier, they mention how awesome the movie is, but note that they had to do this as a comedy series.
- Jim Adam wrote a 160-page essay on how the Harry Potter books fail to live up to their promise. Though there are a few good points, most of it is complaining about Harry not being a God Mode Stu.
- The Cartoon Hero's older reviews are this, but his reviewing style has drastically changed since — he even regrets claiming Batfink was a bad show, when in truth he never did hate it even when he reviewed it; he now calls it So Bad, It's Good.
- This is the main draw of Das Sporking. The sporkers pick apart fanfiction, published literature, and even Chick Tracts, going into detail about what's done wrong with them. Although if something is done right, that will be pointed out as well.
- The Music Video Show is where one reviewer watches one music video once a week and points out various flaws in them. Since the fourth episode, she decides whether or not she would watch it again.
- The Cinema Snob does this sometimes seriously, sometimes sarcastically, as the character is basically Brad Jones spoofing snooty film buffs. The spinoff Midnight Screenings does this far more often if they don't like a film, and if they can be funny about it.
- This is the basic premise of Musical Hell, which identifies and punishes the "sins" of bad film musicals. And then inverts it with the "Saving Grace", which highlights positive elements that shine out in spite of the rest of the film.
- Parodied in Third Rate Gamer, where he'll very often nitpick minor details that have little to do with the game.
- Some Jerk with a Camera sometimes does this, such as with The Country Bears and It's A Small World Holiday, but just as often, Jerk is positive about the things he's reviewing.
Jerk: Do you know why I review Disneyland? ...It's because I *love* Disneyland! I didn't want to be a hater! I wanted to show the Reviewaverse that you can be entertaining without resorting to constant negative whiny cynicism!
- Movie Rehab: Played straight in earlier episodes, which Jack himself regrets retrospectively.
- We proud Tropers of TV Tropes are not immune to getting into the act; just go to the "Fridge" page of almost any work chronicled on this very Wiki and scroll down until you hit the Fridge Horror section, whereupon you can feast upon entry after entry assuring you of all the horrible things you didn't realise were really happening (or which the Troper in question thinks were happening) in your favourite works of fiction.
- Almost every single article in the British newspaper The Daily Mail, popularly known, among other nicknames, as "The Daily Hate". This may or may not be a 1984 reference.
- Most of Charlie Brooker's "Screen Burn" columns - and everything he does, such as programs like Screenwipe — is all about tearing into the crass stupidity and manipulation of much of television. The rest is bemoaning other things or praising something that deserves it.
- The Roman historian Tacitus utterly refused to write anything good about the Emperor Nero and made a point of assuring us that any good thing Nero did was for the wrong reasons.
- Robert Crumb. Not just his comics; he's reportedly like that in real life. Read the R. Crumb Handbook, more specifically, the section titled "The Litany of Hate". The documentary film Crumb cements his reputation as a lifelong misanthrope.
- An entire school of philosophy, Pessimism, insists that we live in the worst of all possible worlds. Arthur Schopenhauer is a good exemplar: he argued that the world is a kind of penal colony, in which misery and suffering greatly outweigh happiness. Some (like him) therefore argue it's better to have never been born (anti-natalism).
- Any perfectionist will not see the finished work afterward because it will make them notice the flaws that still went through, as noted by this interview with Metroid Prime designer Mark Mancini.
- Competitive gymnastics has elements of this almost by design. All routines start from a predetermined maximum score, and points are then deducted from that number for any mistakes; this means that the judges are specifically watching the routines with the purpose of spotting deduction-worthy errors.
Tim Daggett: (during the 2004 Olympics) They're not adding on to scores; those judges are there to take them away.
- Over time, gymnasts and fans at the elite level have complained that judges have taken this to a new level and become increasingly nitpicky, noting that perfect 10 execution scores, which were once a potentially achievable goal, have become only theoreticalnote , that execution scores are overall much lower on average than they used to benote , and that judges take relatively harsh deductions even on superb routines. For example, in the 2012 Olympic Team finals, American gymnast McKayla Maroney received only a 9.733 execution score for a vault that was generally agreed to be just about perfect.note
NBC Commentator: (on Maroney's score) The judges were so wrong. Where is the error there?
- Over time, gymnasts and fans at the elite level have complained that judges have taken this to a new level and become increasingly nitpicky, noting that perfect 10 execution scores, which were once a potentially achievable goal, have become only theoreticalnote , that execution scores are overall much lower on average than they used to benote , and that judges take relatively harsh deductions even on superb routines. For example, in the 2012 Olympic Team finals, American gymnast McKayla Maroney received only a 9.733 execution score for a vault that was generally agreed to be just about perfect.note
- WrestleCrap's slogan is, "The worst in wrestling is here!" and boy, do they live up to it. The tone varies by subject, from light-hearted jabbing to completely hateful ranting, but, with the exception of the Rewriting The Book section, it's always negative. Despite their negativity (or perhaps because of the good humor they show about it most of the time), they've managed to gain quite the following in the wrestling industry and even managed to get an audio interview with one of their most common targets, Vince Russo.
- The so-called YouTube "shooters" (intentionally put in quotes, because they're not in the wrestling business), like Bill & Doug (aka RVDTito4Life) and Kent Jones, who love to praise TNA and bash anything that's not TNA, like WWE or ROH.
- And then there is the reaction from older British people who utterly loathe the American version of wrestling, which they see as over-produced, over-contrived, over-glitzy, over-glamorous, and unfortunately over here to the point of having displaced the native version from British TV screens. Like the American Army in World War II, American Wrestling is overmonied, oversexed, and over here, the grey squirrel imported from the USA and in the eyes of many, just as verminous. Older Brits look at the latest overmuscled American wunderkind shooting off at the lip and speculate that arrogant bloody Yank wouldn't last five minutes in the ring with a real wrestler like Kendo Nagasaki or Mick McManus. Their grandchildren, WWF devotees, then say "who, Grandad?", and the oldie will sigh and say "I know it's before your time, lad, but we used to have real wrestling on TV on a Saturday afternoon on World of Sport. And I'm telling you, they were 'real'' wrestlers..." and so on. Even though World of Sport belongs to the 1970s and the sort of cheap 'n' cheerful British wrestling circuit it showcased is virtually dead now, older fans still look back and sigh for the good old days.
- World Famous Flea Market, hosted by "Hot" Johnny August and Ross "I'm Drunk" Vegas, is a YouTube series that does this to backyard and extra-cheap indy "wrestling" matches. They rarely have anything good to say about the matches they show, and often come to regret it when they do. They also mock Scott Hall in the form of a drinking game called "Drinking with the Bad Guy", in which you take shots after certain moments, such as working the wrong (in this case right) side of the opponent, which is accompanied by a voice clip of Scott Hall going "Hey Yo".
- Give it up for Marvin the Paranoid Android from The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy. He is taken for granted so often with little or no gratitude it's a wonder he doesn't violate the prime directive.
- Pedophilia-and-coverup scandals have given the Catholic church a very bad rep, with Catholic priests these days seemingly constantly portrayed as having a fondness for the altar boys. One of the most tragic aspects of the whole scandal (apart from the actual child molesting, of course) is that so many good peoplepeople who would have been sickened to know what was happening in the institutionpoured a lifetime of good and honorable work into an institution which, through the grotesque acts of a few and those who covered up for them, has been reduced to a sick joke.
- The Protestant churches in the USA (be it Baptist, Lutheran, Calvinist, Methodist,...) also get a lot of negative attention in the media, especially since many of their most fundamentalist and controversial preachers like Pat Robertson, Jerry Falwell, Jimmy Swaggart, Ted Haggard, Jim Bakker, Oral Roberts, Fred Phelps, Peter Popoff, etc. cause enormous damage to the reputation of American televangelists both in the US and abroad. To the public, it may often appear that virtually all of them are Only in It for the Money, homophobes who are gay themselves, corrupt, money laundering and will use the most far-fetched tactics to brainwash gullible followers into handing over all their cash and being hateful towards atheists, gays, single mothers, people of other faith (or none)...
- Older Than Feudalism: The Greek playwright Aristophanes was pretty fond of this, too, ruthlessly satirizing the philosophers and politicians of his day.
- The Clouds contains his ideas about Socrates. The accusations in there were so offensive to ancient Athenians, and so widely believed both before and after the play was shown, that the state executed the guy for being anti-democratic and corrupting the youth.
- Better yet, there's The Knights. Possibly one of the most vicious pieces of political satire ever written, and despite being almost two and a half millennia old, surprisingly relevant.
- TV Tropes itself tends to have this problem at times. More negative tropes are seen around here more than positive ones. Some tropers here tend to be really itching to add negative tropes on shows they don't like here., or the belief that TV Tropes Will Ruin Your Life. There has since been a movement to lower such negativity in this wiki. You'll notice that people have to be reminded to not bash things. From the main page:
"We are also not a wiki for bashing things. Once again, we're about celebrating fiction, not showing off how snide and sarcastic we can be."
- The amount of Cynicism Tropes is not only bigger than the amount of Idealism Tropes; Cynical tropes have more wiki-wicks and visits than their Idealistic counterparts.
- Hate Dumb. Unlike Fan Dumb where "Unjust Praises" are shot down note , some "Unjust Hatred" may be given a free pass, especially if the work in question is popular. Hate Dumb was given a free pass more than Fan Dumb. Not only was Fan Dumb around much much longer, but Hate Dumb was made a "Subjective" trope with warnings not to put it on the main page way before Fan Dumb was. This was pointed out on the Double Standard page.
- TV Tropes Reviews. This has caused there to be more negative reviews than positive on some examples. Even perfectly good things will have, sometimes 2-4 times more negative reviews than positive. Some of it is Hate Dumb. It seems almost like those with negative opinions will be more likely to post a review. It was even pointed out that negative reviews get more attention than positive ones; and this wiki was no exception. In fact, the response to that observation is where the term, "Unjust praises" came around.
- TV Tropes Recap pages seems to suffer strongly from this — which is odd, because unless you really like the show, why are you bothering to write the Recap? And unless you really like the show, why are you bothering to read it?
- Headscratchers. It was even changed from "It Just Bugs Me" to "Headscratchers" because people were using it to complain, and even complaining when questions they asked got decisively answered/explained.
- This is perhaps why Sturgeon's Law tends to be mentioned and potholed often at times.
- This also affects the Useful Notes and more factual entries. Which is especially true for those concerning more contemporary events and trends, which tend to skewer towards negative biases.
- Darth Wiki.
- Inverted in the case of the Sugar Wiki.
- YMMV pages often attract a lot of examples of fans not being happy about things.
- Executive Meddling - Normally, when this trope is mentioned on the wiki (As it is in real life), it is almost always used in a negative context, especially censorships. However, there have been just as many instances where executive meddling didn't actually harm the work or even made it better - they rarely if ever get mentioned, since nobody complains if the system works.
- Downloadable Content. It's the modern Expansion Pack and it is well received for those who want to get some more content to their favorite game(s). But you wouldn't know that with all the backlash on it, with quite a few claiming them; regardless of the actual content, as "overpriced cash cows hidden on the disc waiting to be unlocked". Keep in mind, these complaints were flowing freely before Capcom did one of their infamous moves note .
- In an in-universe and comedic example, Francis from Left 4 Dead, who will proclaim "I hate (blank)!" several times throughout the game. The list of things he actually likes includes vests, steam, Jimmy Gibbs Jr.'s stock car, Depeche Mode, and Rochelle from the second game. The list of things he hates is...considerably larger.
- Very common to do on the official forums for any game. Most notable examples:
- Class balance in World of Warcraft. If you believe the forums, every class (and individual specs within classes) is barely able to keep up in Player Versus Environment content and outclassed in PvP content.
- In MOBA games like Defense of the Ancients, Heroes of Newerth, and League of Legends. It's safe to say they'll never agree with anything.
- Same goes for places outside of official forums as well. If you mention a game, most of the responses will be something about how much they hated it, how much they thought it sucked despite being told it was good, their worst experiences with it, their worst experiences with the community, etc.
- Game developers and publishers. If they make a poorly received game, they must make five more good games before people forget about it... And even then they're lucky if they do. And GOD help these developers and publishers if they got caught in a negative controversy. The fandom will define them on those controversies or negative things more than whatever good things they do, and act like they do it because they 'care about the industry that these companies are destroying'. (Note: these tends to be mostly from the West due to some Values Dissonance, the Eastern part of the world tends to be more chill (though not completely silent about it) about developer mishaps.)
- Electronic Arts gets this the worst amongst other companies. They have a lot of terrible things... But a couple of things they actually funded and saw great interest in are completely forgotten and they go un-credited for. For example, did you know some of Origin's later games (like Ultima Online) were only possible with their financial support? Or that when a couple of studios who co-developed a game pitched an idea to them, they suggested making it a sequel to another well-received game, and the result was a Sacred Cow? What game was that, you might ask? System Shock 2. And despite being known to have killed Command & Conquer franchise, for its remastered version, EA actually went out of their way to re-gather the original crews of Westwood Studios (that they shut down) and had them recreate the magic of the retro game experience as faithfully as possible, resulting a surprisingly praised remaster of some of the classic titles. And you can probably count with your hands on how many people actually acknowledge that EA can do good things at times, the rest chose to just remember their other terrible things.
- Silicon Knights get this to a smaller scale, though they still exemplify this trope beautifully. Essentially, after they took years to make Too Human, a game that ended up as, not bad, not cap, just So Okay, It's Average. Then, their next game project X-Men: Destiny was announced, and about three quarters of any discussion was over exaggerations about the game was instead about how SK are incompetent idiots who take too long to make crap games and that Too Human was shit and therefore so will Destiny be, while the remaining quarter was split between actual talk about the game, and people having to point out SK have made decent, if few, games in the past, and that Too Human wasn't that bad. The game itself ended up being released on time, to mediocre reviews, though official forums seemed to think it was decent, if short and not very groundbreaking.
- Konami gets this a lot, particularly in the West where they've received massive Memetic Loser status. It would be easier to count how many people in the West still appreciate what they produce today. Since their shifting away from console games, Western fans tend to lash out at anything bad or controversial they do (their scruffs with Hideo Kojima and their meddling with Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain being two major examples) and cite those things as examples of "Konami doesn't make games anymore, they're a gambling and mobage company now!", in spite of Konami continuing to produce well-received arcade games (just ask any fan of current arcade Rhythm Games). When Bombergirl, an actual arcade game and not a pachinko or other gambling-related spinoff, was unveiled at JAEPO 2017, it was singled out as "more proof that Konami only ever does bad things now" while the rest of the arcade games Konami showed at that event were largely ignored by Western fans. Notably, Bombergirl and Konami pachinko games are Japan-only, but it doesn't stop Western fans from complaining about games that they don't play. Additionally, Konami has been taking care of their game franchises that somehow never left Japan, such as Live Powerful Pro Baseball and a leftover from Hudsonsoft: Momotaro Densetsu. The two titles actually topped the charts of Japanese gaming and the latter actually won a Japanese award. Of course, as far as the Western community goes, it's like they don't exist at all.
- Blizzard Entertainment. Ever since the merger with Activision, fans are a lot more willing to point out at how many times they screwed up (or emulating Activision's strategy of being profit-driven) rather than how many times they pleased their fanbase. And it certainly didn't help that at the tail end of The New '10s, they piled up a lot of negativity such as Diablo Immortal and most damningly, the incident where they banned Hearthstone: Heroes of Warcraft pro player Blitzchung for making a political statement that wouldn't go well with their Chinese shareholders. And further not helping their case was the disastrous remake of their classic game in form of Warcraft 3: Reforged that happened right afterwards to start the year of 2021. Going to the year 2021, it's getting a little harder to look at or enjoy Blizzard-related products without people reminding you about their aforementioned fails (some of them pretty serious) and how much they have fallen from their throne of one of the best Western video game developers. Even at the times when they did actually pretty well (Diablo II Resurrected shaped up to be their Author's Saving Throw when it comes to classic game remakes, but people are still aware of how they screwed up before, and months before its full blown release, another work-environment controversy got exposed, and regardless of how that would turn out, it's more likely that people are gonna remember that one over the remaster).
- Microsoft's Xbox One has been a target of this since its reveal in May 2013, mostly as the result of a counterattack.
- Anything released by Activision and Electronic Arts now. Mainly because most of what you see from either publisher is their well-over-known games, like Call of Duty or Battlefield. That and because both publishers have been known to have incredibly pricy downloadable content because Money, Dear Boy. Activision also occasionally caught flak of whatever missteps Blizzard Entertainment made (see above). And in cases they did good such as the wildly applauded remaster of the original trilogy of the Crash Bandicoot games, the things fandom will remember more would be inserting in-game purchasing with real money on the karting game remaster Crash Team Racing: Nitro-Fueled and eventually cancelling further Crash games despite Crash Bandicoot 4: It's About Time being accepted warmly with fans.
- Sanzaru Games is notorious for ruining the Sly Cooper series with their own sequel, Sly Cooper: Thieves in Time, by creating a cliffhanger ending with no intention of resolving it, and vilifying Penelope. Even when the rest of the game is praised for remaining true to the franchise, these two issues caused fans to disown the game. Sanzaru's reputation didn't improve when they created a TRON video game just after a planned film was cancelled, and their involvement in Spyro Reignited Trilogy was also panned for removing Ba'ah's unique hatch animation despite the reimagining being critically acclaimed.
- Featured as a plot point in Friendly Hostility. Collin's best friend, Fox, is also his boyfriend... Which means that when Fox screws up, or the relationship hits a rocky patch, misanthropic Collin doesn't really have anyone he can talk to about it. When he befriends Arath, he takes full advantage of the opportunity to unload some of his grudges and doubts about the relationship. Unfortunately, Collin takes much of his usually good love affair for granted and therefore doesn't really mention the nice things about his boyfriend. Result? Arath begins to believe that Collin's boyfriend is a useless jerk who mistreats his partner.
- Girl Genius:
- The problem with kids these days.
Zeuxippe: So much that they are trying to kill you over it!!
Old Man Death: Always you gotta find problems!
- And this younger Wulfenbach guard:
Guard 1: Of course... the castle is over there. We're over here, and those flaming things are coming back...
Guard 2: Live in the moment, kid. Live in the moment.
- The problem with kids these days.
- Penny Arcade thrives on this trope, but they also are able to be very funny when heaping unmitigated praise on something.
- In Ménage à 3, Jung plans to review the play Dillon's starring in:
Jung: Gonna blog about how horrible it was, the instant it's over!
Gary: But what if it's good?
Jung: If it's goo... Gary, that makes no sense.
- Earlier he lists 77 reasons why Friends sucked to Zii.
- Electric Wonderland: "The Nameless Decade", in which Lululu (an outside agent of Trawn's paper) takes a field trip to the Nettropolis Museum and learns about how society had decayed from 2000-2009, features this trope when discussing television, movies, and music.
- The nature of King Sombra's umbran magic in the My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic-based The Shadow Shard. Once it works its way into a victim's mind, it twists and distorts their memories, sapping the good ones and painting a picture of loneliness and hurt.
- Aitor Molina Vs. the first episode of Bleach. Even more so when he talks about Darkar or Elrubius.
- Retsupurae: Deliberately seeking out the worst Let's Plays and Let's Players on YouTube, and giving them the MST treatment.
- In Let's Drown Out Grand Theft Auto, Gabriel stated that he did not trust Yahtzee's Zero Punctuation reviews due to its cynical nature, which Yahtzee admitted that it was a bit of an exaggeration and stated that he likes Wolfenstein: The New Order to prove said statement.
- Top Down Perspective: If someone hates a game, you can bet they're always going to either have a snide comment ready about it right away or go off on an eviscerating rant about it. Jon's favorite target is Yoshi's New Island, while Sean takes any opportunity to put down Kid Icarus: Uprising.
- The Happy Video Game Nerd: Normally averted, but his reviews of StarTropics 2 and Mega Man 10 had this in spades. Also in the second half of his Eternal Darkness review and even more so in the second review.
- Guardian Acorn Averts it, as she will usually be fair in her criticism, exception being the "Nukige Septic Tank" and "Steam Greenlight Landfill" titled reviews, whose subjects do not have that much positive to say about them in first place.
- Played for Laughs in 64 Things Wrong With..., in which the reviewer nitpicks some of the greatest video games out there, trying a little too hard to find exactly 64 things wrong with the games in question in each video.
- The Rerez series "Positives & Negatives" zigzags all over this trope. In a "Positives" video, Shane will point out multiple times that the game (or game-related product) he's covering is bad, but he puts in the effort to find four things that would get the viewer to consider checking it out, beyond the usual Bile Fascination, though he'll usually still suggest avoiding it and often even the positives are thinly-veiled Stealth Insults rather than genuine praise. "Negatives", on the other hand, attempts to put the emphasis on the bad points of some of the greatest games out there, only to strongly recommend playing them anyway.
- The Angry Video Game Nerd:
Nerd: Yes, I'm sorry I didn't have more negative to say, I was really tryin' here, um... I know I haven't filled my curse quota for this episode, so... fuck, fuck, fuck, fuck, fuck.
- Though he does give praise where praise is due, he goes out of his way to pick games he expects to be bad or focuses on only the worst parts of the games since that's when he's at his most entertaining. The major exception to this is his first two videos which were a parody of Accentuate The Negative, made before he knew he would be famous for this stuff. Even when he reviews games he actually likes, like Batman: Return of the Joker for the NES, he still posts a video of all the worst parts of the game and how much he hates those parts, then afterwards casually mentions how it's actually a pretty fun game just with a flaw or two, and even apologized for not having many bad things to say about Chex Quest, a free game from a cereal box that was a mod of Doom which ended up being surprisingly well-made and fun to play:
- He's even played this for laughs as a means to poke some fun at Seamus Blackley during his review of Jurassic Park: Trespasser. Only the Nerd could find a way to turn "father of the Xbox" into an insult:
- And during his review of The Legend of Zelda: Majora's Mask he makes it pretty clear he deliberately points out the flaws of games, feeling that while everyone else wears the rose-colored glasses it's his job to come along wearing the jade ones:
Nerd: So there. I said some good things about the game. But that's all that anyone ever talks about is the good things. The bad things? Well, that's my job.
- This is the basic premise of CinemaSins, pointing out the various flaws in movies, even those many consider to be classics. The creators have even admitted that they subject some of their favorite movies to this treatment. They've even done two videos on themselves. Their final tally? Infinity.
- Dead Homer Society used to have recurring posts where episode reviews from IGN (which was owned by News Corp. from 2005 to 2013) were taken and edited to say things like certain jokes were just excuses to make pop culture references, or that the episode turned out to be a boring waste of time.
- This is the standard review style for The Critical Drinker, especially if he deems a particular film or TV show to be terrible.
- Low Tier God: LTG's social media posts usually revolve around complaining about a particular subject matter. One of his Twitter bans involved complaining about top tier characters.
- Up From The Depths: Zig-Zagged. While he will point out flaws a movie has, and the film's final score will reflect those flaws, he'll also note what a film does right and why a Kaiju fan, even a casual one, might be interested in seeing it. On the other hand, he'll note some films as likely only being of interest to die-hard giant monster fans, and even they might have a hard time sitting through something like Reptilicus.
- Nickelodeon has made many great cartoons over the years and shows no signs of slowing down. However, it seems that among adults, even those who grew up with the channel, hate it with a burning passion, despite well-received shows like The Legend of Korra and Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (2012), people will always complain about Fanboy and Chum Chum, Sanjay and Craig, Breadwinners, and modern Spongebob Squarepants. Even more specific, haters of the shows always seem to focus on the Toilet Humor in shows, despite the fact that there is much more to them than that, and it was in many previous cartoons shown on Nickelodeon before. This has started to die down in 2015, with SpongeBob SquarePants having Stephen Hillenburg back on board (as well as the news that he's returning to the show itself), featuring humor on par with that of the first 3 seasons and de-flanderizing the characters, Harvey Beaks being more down-to-earth, having more wholesome humor, and not rehashing the same "bromance" theme of other Nicktoons and announcements involving reboots of some of their old series (which includes recruiting Craig Bartlett to finally produce something classic Nick fans have been wanting for over a decade: Hey Arnold! The Jungle Movie). 2016 only improved things further, with them picking up the dub to Miraculous Ladybug, the near-unanimous praise of The Loud House, improving the humor and storytelling of Sanjay and Craig and shelving Breadwinners to Nicktoons without renewing it for a third season. And in 2017, Nickelodeon announced that Invader Zim is getting a TV movie, and released well-received shows like Hunter Street, Ride, and Bunsen is a Beast.
- It seems that as for 2017, Cartoon Network is going to this direction, mainly because of poorly-received reboots (Teen Titans Go!, The Powerpuff Girls (2016) and Ben 10 (2016) being the most infamous examples) and its tendency to adore certain shows and screw others, such as giving Regular Show the boot and announcing the date of the Adventure Time finale as 2018.
Is that all? They didn't even mention my favorite show!