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Excessive angst and unsubtle Tear Jerker moments can create Narm (we laugh so that we do not cry), and so there's a lot of inappropriate laughing when watching Supernatural.


  • In general, monsters having a human(oid) appearance. While it's justified for some like Shapeshifters and vampires, there are a lot of beings in the show that are way less scary because they tend to look human, such as werewolves, dragons, and leviathans.
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  • The racist Ghost Truck in Route 666 was laughable.
  • "The Most Pathetic Christmas Ever" (TM) does it for some.
  • The ending of "Heart" is another: It's Old Yeller, but with cleavage!
  • Lori's "acting" in "Hookman". Meg's performance in "Are You There, God? It's Me, Dean Winchester" may also count.
  • Sam dying in Ava's vision in "Hunted" probably would have been a lot better if not for his almost completely flat yell before the explosion.
  • The entire fifth season finale. Especially that moment where Dean puts on 'Rock of Ages' by Def Leppard to break up the non-fight between Michael and Lucifer. It's especially funny because he trundles up in the Impala so slowly!
  • In the season 4 episode "When The Levee Breaks," there is a scene where Sam tells Dean to say what he's thinking (that Sam is a monster). He hisses "Say it!" in a manner reminiscent of the narmful scene in Twilight in which Edward says the same. Credit should be given to Supernatural, though; after that line, the scene ends in one of the saddest ways up to that point: Sam walking out on Dean voluntarily, leaving him alone and crying on the floor.
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  • In Season 6's opening episode "Exile on Main Street", the scene where Dean is lying on a bed while hallucinating that Azazel kills Lisa and feeds Ben demon-blood. Dean's desperate cries and sweaty face, the wobbly camera effect, and Lisa's "it's all your fault" are what really sell the hokeyness.
  • Boss Leviathan Dick Roman's own personal form of You Have Failed Me, "bibbing". It should be horrifying, as he's essentially forcing his underlings to devour themselves. However, "bib" is just such a stupid word that it immediately kills the intensity of any scene it's uttered in. It doesn't help that the first time we see him do it to someone, he has his secretary dress them up with a handkerchief first.
    • The Leviathans in general tend to be pretty narmy. They don't seem to be able to go a single scene without mentioning that they eat people. Their big plan is to make humans lazy and fat so that they can eat them. And then there's all the jokes about their leader being named Dick...
    • While the Dick jokes were certainly intentional, it comes back to bite them in the ass in the season finale when a very emotional scene is wrapped up with the line: "Go get Dick, but not to scratch some itch, do it because it's the job". Was Bobby talking to hunters, or prostitutes?
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  • Pretty much almost every car/angst scene with the two brothers come down to this. Some will say the obsession with these car scenes by certain fans is the reason the show's still running, so one can't complain. Still, some people have to change the channel when these scenes come on due to the sheer excess of Narm and second hand embarrassment. This gets a Self-Deprecation joke in the 200th episode where a fangirl refers to those scenes as "Boy Melodrama".
  • One Season 6 episode has it as a plot point that Rufus will never forgive Bobby for "what happened in Omaha". Whatever that is. Rufus' anger and Bobby's guilt are Played for Drama, but it's hard to take seriously when we have no idea what Bobby feels guilty for.
    • While the book may not be canon, Bobby Singer's Guide to Hunting explains what happened. While on a hunt, Bobby asked Rufus' daughter to help out in a way that wasn't supposed to put her in danger. He didn't consult Rufus at all, and she died. Bobby calls this one of the two moments he's least proud of. While this could alleviate the Narm, it's never shown on-screen, and since it's unlikely a lot of people have read the book...
  • In the Season 7 finale, Dean creates a fake Leviathan-killing weapon to distract Dick Roman from the real one. Except, the way this is revealed is that the fake weapon doesn't work when it's stuck in Dick. That is, if that had been the real thing it would have succeeded, meaning that there wasn't any need for a fake weapon in the first place!
  • The Alpha Vampire's line "See you next season." It's exactly the wrong kind of meta, making no sense at all in-universe, and it isn't even followed up on the next season.
  • Every single flashback to Sam's relationship with Amelia, thanks to having enough Gaussian Girl filter to make Star Trek proud. Plus, at the exact same time that Dean is having PTSD flashbacks to his horrific time in Purgatory, Sam is having them... about a random, kinda dull romance he had, which are given the exact same dramatic weight.
  • The zoom-in on Crowley's face as he announces that there's an Angel tablet, which looks like it came straight out of the '60s Batman show. And it's preceded by Sam and Dean hurling themselves against the door in the most ineffectual manner possible as Cas simply mopes in the corner.
  • Starting with her second appearance, the crew seems to think Charlie being a lesbian means that she must at a minimum make bedroom eyes at every single woman who comes within twenty feet of her, if not actually make out with them.
  • The sheer number of times in Season 8 that Sam and Dean make a reference to how Kevin has still made no progress. It just feels like the crew begging us to hang on until they can get Osric Chau back and actually have the storyline go somewhere.
  • "Taxi Driver" makes a big deal about revealing a Crossroads Demon had been summoned into a Devil's Trap... when it had been clearly visible in just about every preceding shot.
  • Unfortunately, Abaddon's death in Season 9's "King of the Damned" turned out to have this. It tries to be a Call-Back to Sam's killing of Lilith as both a dramatic moment showing the killer's power and the killer's slide into darkness, but while Sam killing Lilith was dramatic because of the Internal Reveal and Lilith didn't look weak because they turned out to have had some agency in actually arranging it and masterminding it into happening as part of a Thanatos Gambit, the Special Effects Failure with Abaddon being lifted off the ground and the character looking worried without trying to run, attack with another weapon, or do literally anything other than stand there with their hand out in the time it took for Dean to become immune to their powers and come at them to kill them, made the killing of this ancient, badass, cunning Last of Her Kind look more silly than disturbing or awesome.
  • The triple zoom-in edits on Eldon's arm and Charlie's dead body in "Dark Dynasty." This is especially weird since Robert Singer's direction hardly ever has these kinds of over the top "Notice me!" bits.
  • While the other half largely makes up for it, part of the cliffhanger to end Season 11 is that... Sam might have been shot. It's impossible to take seriously that the show might kill off one of the brothers at this point, and with the rules already changed so there's no more coming back for either of them, no one at all is thinking it might have actually happened.
  • Season 13 sees a climactic showdown between Dean (being possessed by the alternate version of Michael) and Lucifer... except the fight scene is very poorly done and clearly takes place on wires. Even more laughable is the fact that the camera cuts to Sam and Jack watching the fight in horror while the combatants' feet dangle in the foreground. Though Lucifer dying shortly afterwards is Visual Effects of Awesome, it doesn't stop the fight that precedes it from being (and looking) terrible. Not helping is the fact that both combatants are supposed to be the most powerful angels in existence, and that somehow no large-scale destruction is caused at all by their fighting. It's even worse if you remember that a lot of the dramatic tension in Season 5 was built around how a fight between these two would supposedly destroy the entire universe.
  • The final shot of Season 13 has Michael!Dean walking around, with his eyes glowing a bright blue. That would be fine in and of itself, but then the camera freezes and zooms in. While it might be a Shout-Out to Michael Jackson's "Thriller" video, it's completely out of place for Supernatural (or at least its more serious episodes), and as such makes the scene cringe-worthy.
  • In the Season 14 episode "Optimism", it's pretty hard to take the musca's confrontation with Sam and Alternate Charlie seriously due to how its head movements look like unconvincing stop motion in that sequence.
  • In the Season 14 episode "Damaged Goods", Lucifer's former vessel Nick, who survived the archangel's death, has slowly drifted towards the darkside in previous episodes before he goes looking for Mary Winchester. He does so by driving around in a friggin' rape van while trying to keep a low profile.

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