Whether it be due to its low-budget synthesized voices, cheap video effects, or how even the serious of situations can become this despite the efforts of its users, GoAnimate/Vyond and the hundreds upon hundreds of "X Gets Grounded" videos have cemented themselves as one of the Internet's biggest sources of Narm.
Across many (if not all) videos:
- "No no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no" becomes this and Overly Long Gag rather quickly.
- "I feel sick - and when I feel sick my voice changes to ____."
- Sometimes the voice the character uses during the change can lead to Vocal Dissonance. For some reason, getting sick (or, more commonly, faking it) in the GoAnimate/Vyond user leads to a side effect where younger characters put on a deep voice that often sounds out-of-place.
- Because the text-to-speech voices don't recognize double-letter words well, especially if there's a long string of consonants, words like "ew" can come out as "E double you". Or at worst, "Double you double you double you double you tee tee tee tee tee enn enn enn enn..."
- Even if you use vowels. "Double you double you double you double you double you double you ay ay ay ay ay ay ay ay ay ay ay aytch aytch aytch aytch aytch aytch."
- It's very difficult to convey any sort of emotion beyond Dull Surprise with the text-to-speech voices - whenever someone is supposed to be angry or sad, they still sound exactly the same as when they are happy or neutral.
- And even better is when people use the "Scary Voice" or "Kidaroo" settings when certain characters are angry.
- Pretty much any time a character throws a tantrum, whereupon they start...dancing. See for yourself◊.
- The sound generally used for people getting injured, which is actually a truncated version of a toilet-flushing sound effect, often sounds painfully and hilariously unfitting in many circumstances, such as when it's used for, say, a person falling from a great height, their neck being broken, or being hit by a flying school desk.
- Due to the sheer amount of times it gets used, the dramatic "BANG!" sting gets narmy very quickly.
- Pretty much anytime a character cries falls under this thanks to the limitations of the text-to-speech voices, leading to the infamous "Waa-aaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa-ah."
- The "crying" emotion simply looks too ridiculous to take seriously; likewise, so is the "shocked" emotion, as it has characters making a neutral face before shutting their eyes and then bugging them out in the most over-the-top way possible.
- Pretty much any time the infamous "OH OH OH OH OH OH OH OH OH OH OH OH!!!!" is used, especially when exclaimed by someone with the "Eric" (i.e. Boris) or Kidaroo voices.
- The 'Calming Video' fad is this in spades. To describe the format in general, each video involves a character (normally someone like Caillou, Macusoper or Dora, or an Author Avatar coming to some sort of harm (normally having a Punishment Day or being sick) or getting incredibly angry for some reason, then being 'calmed' by someone else, typically Boris, Diesel Busters or Caillou (again). These videos can drag on for upwards of ten minutes while all that happens is the character or Author Avatar screaming at the top of their lungs in broken text-to-speech. Expect plenty of 'WA-EAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAA-AH's and 'GEE-ARR-ARR-ARR-ARR-ARR-ARR-ARR-ARR-ARR-ARR-ARR-ARR-ARR's to be yelled by the 'calmee', while the 'calmer' repeats the same things over and over again.
- Any time a sex scene is attempted, thanks to the inability to actually have naked characters in the program and the laughable attempts to skirt around said limitation (often with bread rolls, band-aids, and even noses and eyes, for example), among other reasons.
- Most rant videos are easily this; thanks to the often simple writing, unoriginality, and sheer level of Accentuate the Negative:
- They usually open with the name of the subject, followed by "More like" and a "clever" derogatory nickname of the subject.
- "...and they go on failure adventures" (commonly used for shows that contain adventurous plots)
- "...the writers are jerks, while the cast are morons."
- "Do you know who likes this show? (name of person), they wish to be a part of the cast, but they cannot because (reasons). And do you know who hates this show? (name of person), they wish to kill all of the cast."
- "And (minor character in subject)? Well, nobody gives a (number followed by derogatory word) about them, not even (number)."
- "Thank god this show got cancelled in (year)." (if the subject in question has been cancelled.)
- "Screw (name of subject), and screw (another subject). (third subject) is (number) of times better than (name of subject)."
- "ENGAGE ME ENGAGE ME ENGAGE ME ENGAGE ME ENGAGE ME ENGAGE ME ENGAGE ME ENGAGE ME ENGAGE ME ENGAGE ME ENGAGE ME ENGAGE ME." Made better when the Kidaroo voice is used when the character says this. It appears to be an ill-guided Shout-Out to South Park, but the sheer usage of it in videos has pretty much lost the source reference.
- Several "(character) Gets Grounded" video that feature a video where a new baby is born often wind up as this. Right at the beginning, the mother character's water will break all of a sudden, and it is followed by the family rushing to the hospital. After a few minutes, the (fully-clothed) baby is born, and after a few minutes of joy, one of the newborn baby's siblings will say "Oh the baby looks terrible!", and knowing the nature of most GoAnimate videos, grounding ensues.
- As for the pregnant characters themselves, due to a lack of pregnant models, mothers will simply maintain their figure, or sometimes even have a huge colored blob representing their pregnant stomach. In some cases, the mother won't tell anyone about their pregnancy until literally seconds before their water breaks, so it's a surprise to not only the sibling, but the father who's suddenly dealing with a child coming with only a minute to take it in.
- Every "(Character) Misbehaves at (movie)" video is filled with Narm. The most notable example, however, is shown in almost all videos; The troublemaker will ask their parents to go to a fast food restaurant to get a burger, and after a long feud with their mother, they waste half an hour getting a burger. Then, when the right time comes, the troublemaker throws the burger out the window, causing it to hit the car and cause a collision. Unless the burger was the size of the car, this is impossible in real life, as the car would simply flatten the burger with its wheels.
- Some depictions of Boris as his "Teeth Guy" form (which, in question, is usually a red-skinned Boris with the size of his mouth and eyes maxed out), while sometimes passing off as Nightmare Fuel, can also end up as this, due to his over-exaggerated Ax-Crazy tendencies, loud but deadpan voice, dialogue filled with cliché racial slurs and swears, and non-stop chatter.
- "FUCK _____, AND FUCK _____!"
- "I KNOW, I'M GOING TO _____, SINCE I HATE MYSELF"
- "FACE MY TEETH, FACE IT! WAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAH!"
- "WHAT DO YOU THINK I'LL DO NEXT?! TO BE CONTINUED ON WAAAAAAAAAAAAAH!"
- "BAS, TARDED BAS!" (supposed to be "bastard")
- A term used in a lot of "Warren Cook/Dora Gets Grounded" videos is that Dora or Warren Cook get grounded for a long number of "tranquilities". "Tranquility" means peace and quiet.
- Any "(Character) Gets Their Revenge On Their Parents" videos that has the parents being sent to the audience, made up of several middle-aged men with deadpan expressions, before the audience and parents shrink into nothing.
- Boris' designated voice (Eric from the Ivona TTS platform) has some odd voice quirk. When he tells someone to "Shut up", his voice will give it in a very harsh hiss. As well, when he tries to think ("Hmmm..."), it more sounds like he's enjoying something to eat ("Aytch-Emmm-Mmm-Mmm-Mmm-Mmm-Mmm") note .
- Doris' has the same thing as certain phrases, like "That's it!" and "Let's go!", will be given in a more excited and joyous tone, even when angry.
- Many of the TTS voices seem to have a problem with long chains of letters, particularly vowels. For example, when a character makes a crying noise (e.g. "waaaaaaaaah") or a scream ("aaaaaah"), the voices will glitch out and sometimes crash, which is noticeable with voices such as Jennifer (Ivona) or Alan (Loquendo).
- "Megaman gets in dead meat," while shorter than most behavior card day videos, comes across as this due to the creators attempts to be edgy by using gratuitous profanity and use of hate speech, particularly the N-word, which is used at least twice: Once to describe N***r Mario (A palette swap of Mario with LITERALLY black skin), and the second time to describe Samus, who the creator seems to not know is white and a woman (given the fact that he portrays Samus as an androgynous red robot with green eyes and a male New York accent). The creators morality can basically be summed up as white people/Mario series= good, non-whites/non-Mario series= bad, to the point where the teacher doesnt even try to hide her racism, saying that lighter colors are better than darker colors. It aims for racist humor and instead falls into either straight racism, unintentional humor, or both, depending on who you ask.
- Many videos by Weatherstar4000Video tend to plunge headlong into this. The videos are often about various Mario and Sonic characters attending school for no discernible reason, somewhat poor English, Recycled Script up the yin-yang, his obsession with creating "Bro" (Mario enemies that throw various objects) type enemies, the fact that some characters pretty much NEVER get a break, and his blatant disregard for characterization (this video had Blaze implied to be a cheerleader, despite her introverted personality in the games.)
- "Random Video," despite the name, is not as random as one might think, but it makes up for that with loads of Narm. The video centers around Jet, Wave, and Storm (who look almost nothing like them, Storm especially) getting called outside because theyre going to jail (the reason why is never explained). They refuse, grow to giant sizes, and proceed to destroy the "Chao City." Wave flattens buildings via dance, as is standard, but it gets really funny when she flattens a building with a screenshot from AoSTH on the side, which causes the building to collapse, but not the screenshot. Next, Jet goes to attack a police station (despite the next shot, inside a prison, showing him attacking skyscrapers). Speaking of, an inmate (dressed in a business suit) reacts by saying, "Its Jet the Hawk is destroying the city," and requesting permission to leave, which the prison grants him. A plane bounces off of Jets face as he says that he hates airplanes, then Storm goes to destroy more buildings. However, theyre all stopped by Super Tails holding two Flickies, who then proceeds to... shoot owls at them. They then get put in jail and grounded.
- "Eric's Strange Journey (Part 2)", the second part of a satirical movie based around common GoAnimate tropes, has a whole segment where the titular character encounters an identical group of bizarre, Gonk-ish characters called the 'Grunses' that can only scream the phrase "GROUNDED GROUNDED GROUNDED", and it all goes downhill from there. The movie's antagonist 'teleports' Eric to a 'pocket dimension', which becomes a Big-Lipped Alligator Moment set in a 'collapsing dream' complete with a melodramatic Final Speech from a fading Gonk-ish Bartender, and finally a conclusion that ultimately does nothing to advance the plot, as it was All Just a Dream.
- Deliberately played for laughs in Shinji Gets Grounded, but special mention goes to the scene Shinji Gets Red Octobers, Breaks Misato's Legs and gets grounded where Misato's legs get broken. "Oh oh oh oh oh oh oh oh oh oh". Then there's the wheelchair, which is actually a spinning chair. And one of the reasons Shinji gets grounded? He's wearing fake Red Octobers.
- "Romance" is a piece of background music that normally would be either be romantic-sounding or sad. But thanks to its usage in many videos that ooze Narm, it quickly becomes this.
- Some videos sometimes have characters describing the serious consequences caused by the actions of the troublemaker of the day, often via newscasts. More often than not, however, the ways the characters are affected by the accidents sometimes wind up being so over the top that it stops being either sad or downright horrific and just becomes Crosses the Line Twice. Take here for example, where, as a result of Dora's prank, a fourth grade student not only winds up with PTSD, but also winds up with so many other side effects from Dora's actions that it just becomes inexplicable.
- Eric Gets Grounded for Infinity Years is perhaps one of the more infamous grounded videos, as it represents an attempt to create a serious creepypasta using the GoAnimate/Vyond software. Needless to say, it fails to be scary in any way. The creator's astoundingly poor grammar pushes the whole thing into hilarious surrealism.Eric's mother: Your teacher just got a phone call. (apparently supposed to be "I just got a phone call from your teacher") She said that she was been a violent man, using bad words, the violations of victory, something really bad, and used sins.
Eric's father: And also, your principal just got a phone call. He said he threw-ed a tantrum, used guns, got a cussing words, and he also get the cops, agents, teachers, and principals here.
Policeman: HEY! THAT'S ENOUGH! YOU DONT SAY THAT!...... TO MEEEEEE!
- Among the more hilarious parts of the video is the policeman, who is voiced by the creator (who is obviously prepubescent). Unfortunately, said creator appears to have been screaming into his microphone, causing massive amounts of clipping in the process.
- After everything seems to be over and done with, the 'narrator' (presumably the creator of the video) starts by going on a long ramble about how they're supposedly done with making GoAnimate videos... before promptly lapsing back into a long non-sequitur about GTA IV, Memy9909 apparently littering soda cans on the ground, and Eric being 'A Villain That He Takes Over USA', before quoting Niko Bellic's line at the end of Grand Theft Auto IV... then completely failing to set up a Jump Scare.
- There used to be a video titled Dora Shouts out NTSIZIA (NTSIZIA being short for Nick Turning Savage In Zootopia Is Awesome) and Gets Grounded. Everything, from the fact that they can hear her say it in space, people act like shes just committed murder, and even the fact that the phrase she shouts wouldnt sound too out of place in Homestar Talker (NICK! Touning! Savage. IN! Zootopia. IS! AWESOME!)
- The ending of this video depicting recently ungrounded Timmy Turner kissing Trixie would be more of a Heartwarming Moment if not for the fact that Timmy and Trixie are standing there grumpily blowing raspberries at each other instead of actually kissing. The Soundtrack Dissonance is just the icing on the cake.
- The Grounded community depicted a certain troll as some kind of elemental force of pure evil. His name? Evil Larry.
- The seriousness of the hospital scene in this video is undercut by the screen inexplicably shaking the whole time, the character's injuries simply being represented by a blood splatter sprite from some video game, the simple dialogue describing the character's (sometimes nonsensical) injuries, and the fact that the doctors use a drill to drill holes into the character's chest as though he were a wooden mannequin. This is followed by the character being represented for the remainder of the video as a stock image of someone in a full body cast. (Who looks nothing like the character in question.)
- "He has fourth-degree burns all over his body."
- Mrs. Christina in this video gets severely injured and undergoes a Race Lift upon being replaced with a stock image of a doll in a body cast.
- One of the ways that Eric gets his revenge on his mother, teacher (who both look identical), as well as his father and principal, is making them listen to a "baby song", which is simply a text-to-speech woman singing "lalalalalalalalala" in a deadpan over a stock sound effect.
- These two videos contain several examples of Critical Research Failure and despite attempting to imitate the perceptions of a school shooting, the video backfires instead.
- The victims of the troublemaker are all shot in the head, yet no blood is released, and due to the lack of dead animations, the victims all use a sleeping (or, eyes closed) animation.
- Every staff member treats the child killing their students the same as if someone had cursed loudly, telling her that she's a "very naughty girl." And then, they tell her not to shoot them, which she does anyways.
- The seriousness of the video is thrown out the window when the troublemaker magically places a "Nickle Pickle 69" curse that burns down the entire school. And finally, the troublemaker gets off fairly light for a crime that essentially equates to life in prison.
- This video is particularly infamous for the... "song" Chuck E. sings in the middle of the video:
- This video would otherwise be a typical Narmy grounded video if not for the fact that the user seemingly forgot to change the character's expressions for most of the video, leading to unintentional hilarity in the sheer level of Dull Surprise: A nurse lies "dead" on the ground wide awake (complete with blinking), Boris and Doris seem to barely react to Caillou's actions (Boris looks and sounds as though he's faking his shock over what Caillou just did), and Caillou simply stands in place smiling as he's being grounded.
- In Ivy burns the house down and gets grounded, the way Ivy burns the house down is by ''pointing'' at the door in a bedroom, causing furniture to fall all over the place and flatten.
- Even better is the moment when a crying Ivy is about to receive a punishment from her parents in her new bedroom, where the deadpan TTS voices are prominent.Ivy: No no no no no no no no no no! Please don't slap me up, I'm sorry!*Scene of slapping is censored out as a repeated sound of a person vomiting is heard*Ivy's mother: Now go to bed now.Ivy: It's not fair.
- Even better is the moment when a crying Ivy is about to receive a punishment from her parents in her new bedroom, where the deadpan TTS voices are prominent.
- "Joyce and Jane Killed [sic] Their Teacher and Get in Big (Trouble)" is drowning in this:
- When Joyce and Jane berate their father for sending them to school, the father's over-reaction to their insults is utterly hilarious.
- The matter-of-fact way that Joyce informs their father that "school is shit" and how being at school will "suck ass" while speaking in a poncy British text-to-speech voice.
- The murder of Joyce and Jane's teacher is nowhere near as horrific as it sounds, thanks to the ridiculously overly-dramatic music playing as Joyce and Jane beat her up, the teacher's multiple screams of terror, and the fact that the teacher is played by a caricature of Sarah Palin (from the White Houserz theme).Teacher: (in thick southern accent) Joyce, put me down. Don't kill me. Wa-a-a-a-a-a-a-a-a-a-a-a-a-a-a-a-a-a-a-a-a-a-a-a-a-a-a-a-a-a-a-a-a-a-a-a-a-a-a-a-a-ah.
- The fact that Joyce and Jane "beat up" the teacher by waving at her and pointing and laughing at her respectively up until Jane whacks the teacher with a large knife. (The latter action of which draws no blood)
- In addition, the teacher's hair color inexplicably changing to blonde after she's killed.
- "First punishment: Blowing up your bellies with our minds." "O-W-T-C-H. That hurts."
- The police officer, particularly, his first line, is too sudden and too serious to take seriously.Officer: (in a stereotypical New York gangster accent) Get in the cell niggas.
- The now-deleted "Eric finally commits suicide" has the eponymous Ensemble Dark Horse commit suicide after being grounded for a long time for unexplained reasons, but it comes of as hilarious instead. As Eric slits his throat, the blood scar around his neck literally overgrows in size to represent blood loss while Eric's body shakes with a shocked expression. Even better is the dialogue that happens afterwards.
- Eric's father: Eric, did I just hear yourself kill yourself the heart attack?(later)Eric's mother: (in Australian accent) Nononononononononono! Eric, he... the dead. Wahwahwahwahwah. Let's tell Eric... Eric Eric Eric Eric Eric Eric Eric, please get up. No, you're right, new, new, noooooooooooooooooooh.(later)Eric's sister: I want Eric is back!
- The argument between sisters Zara and Erika in this video, which involves them going "GEE-R-R-R-R-R-R-R-R-R-R-R-R-R-R-R-AR!!!" at each other before Zara throws a chair at Erika, which just makes the scene even more hilarious:
- Erika: (lying on the ground dancing as the splatter sound effect plays over and over again) WA-AE-AE-AE-AE-AE-AE-AE-AE-AE-WAR-AR-WA-WA-WA-OH-OHOHOHOHOHOHOHOHOHOH-WA-WOH.
Mom: (after finding out what happened) Zara, you just broke Erika's leg Oh-oh-oh-oh-oh-oh-oh-oh-oh-oh-oh-oh-oh-oh.
- Caillou kills Leo and gets assaulted manages to fall under both this and Crosses the Line Twice, mainly due to the scene of Caillou murdering Leo and the buildup to it, where Leo refuses to share the blocks with Caillou (a Call-Back to an episode of the actual show), leading to this exchange:
- Caillou: (crying) Daddy. Wawawawawawawawawa.
Leo: Har ha ha, your daddy's gone!
Caillou: That's it. Time to die. (flies into Leo headfirst in a standing position) Yow-ah. (splat)
Caillou: Haha. I broke your legs. Now to break both of your arms.
Caillou: And now, the grand finale: Time to break your neck.
- And then there's the part during Caillou's string of punishments afterward where Caillou is forced to take an extremely hot shower... which is on fire.
- Caillou Turns The Teacher Into Turkey, a remake of one of Isaac Anderson's most popular videos, largely stays freaky in its depiction of Caillou turning Ms. Martin into turkey. However, Special Effects Failure rears its ugly head when Caillou initially kills Ms. Martin by punching her in the face and knocking her head off, as Caillou floats two feet off the ground in order to do so, and, if you look closely, you can see that Ms. Martin has a completely deadpan expression on her face as her head flies off-screen despite her seemingly painful demise.
- Many of Amethyst Is Cutie's adult-comedy videos can become this, especially due to the large amount of sexual references, Take Thats, and Body Horror.
- While This Dark Day is one of the scariest GoAnimate videos out there, in one scene, Special Effects Failure and Dull Surprise both rear their ugly heads when Madoka Kaname and Homura Akemi (who are surprisingly accurate for GoAnimate/Vyond, although the latter doesn't wear a headband) appear. It's already funny to see two teenage girls at Chuck E. Cheese's, but the really funny part is that both are shown holding their Soul Gems (Madoka's is a picture, while Homura's is represented by a necklace), and then the Soul Gems are shown getting shot by guns and magically disappearing, and Madoka (who sounds like Dora) calmly says "Our soul gems are gone! This means goodbye" (despite the show estabilishing that the seperation of a body part with the Soul Gem on it means a painful demise), with an equally calm Homura (who sounds like Mrs. Martin) replying "See you in eternity, Madoka". The most hilarious part is that the dramatic tone the series would employ in such a situation is non-existent.