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It's not enough to say someone is a bad actor. Bad acting comes in many forms. Here are a few. Often leads to Narm and/or So Bad, It's Good.


  • Bad "Bad Acting": Exaggeratedly bad acting.
  • Dull Surprise: A character speaks with dialogue indicating they are surprised by something, but their emotions do not indicate that that is the case.
  • Hollywood Tone-Deaf: Exaggeratedly bad singing.
  • The Living Dead: Corpses in movies are actually living people pretending to be dead.
  • Milking the Giant Cow: The actor relies too much on making wild gestures with their hands.
  • Not Even Bothering with the Accent: An actor plays a character of a specific nationality, but doesn't even try speaking their lines with the proper accent.
  • One-Line Anxiety: Someone with a tiny part gets stage fright.
  • Ooh, Me Accent's Slipping: The actor accidentally slips into speaking with their natural accent when the character they play does not have the accent.
  • Playing a Tree: An actor's role is basically a glorified background prop.
  • Performance Anxiety: If the actor gets too anxious, the acting quality drops horribly.
  • Voiced Differently in the Dub: A character's voice in a foreign dub sounds completely different from the original voice, which can result in bad acting at times.

Alternative Title(s): Bad Acting