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Narm / Western Animation

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Western cartoons can often be silly, even when they're trying to be dramatic.

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  • G.I. Joe: The Movie introduced an Ancient Conspiracy named Cobra-La, prompting the battle cry "Cobra-La-La-La-La-La" during the finale. (The writers have since claimed that Cobra-La was intended as a stand-in title for the Ancient Conspiracy in early drafts of the script, but they were later forced to keep it due to Executive Meddling.)
    • The infamous And Knowing Is Half the Battle PSAs, especially if you know Fensler Films' take on them.
    • The hamhanded delivery of Duke's last words after being bitten by one of Serpentor's snake staffs.
      "GO ... JOE ..."
    • The sequel series G.I. Joe Extreme had live-action intros at the beginning of a few episodes. All of them have bad acting and loads of CG but the intro of the thirteenth episode is especially ridiculous.
      "DRINK IT!"
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    • There is a member of G.I. Joe with the codename "Snow Job."
    • Also from the 1987 animated movie: "We must shut down the BET!" G.I. Joe wants to put an end to Black Entertainment Television?
  • The Monster High episode "Fright On" seems to be a serious take on racism, with Van Hellscream and Crabgrass trying to start what amounts to a race war between vampires and werewolves to get the school shut down; just for good measure, they also try to murder several prominent characters in a rather unpleasant manner. This features several "Narm!" moments, including Frankie's realization that Crabgrass is imitating Bloodgood by watching her drink with her finger, which she only suspects after hearing Crabgrass-as-Bloodgood call Nightmare a "stupid animal"; funnily enough, she seems to ignore Crabgrass' terrible acting (calling Frankie "Francine", which Bloodgood never does), inability to duplicate abilities (Bloodgood almost never wears her head in her office, something Crabgrass literally cannot imitate) and just plain out of character acting (keeping Nightmare shackled to the wall).
    • Even better, Van Hellscream is drawn like a stereotypical 19th century British explorer. If you can keep from laughing at him just for his looks, wait until the end of the episode, where he threatens to use his "monster artifacts" on everyone after he is revealed for the villain he is. It would seem scary, except he keeps his stuff on the inside of his jacket, in a way that looks more like Coat Full of Contraband than Trench Coat Warfare. Especially since there are bottles of liquid and pieces of jewelry scattered among the monster body parts.
    • While otherwise it's a fairly good Monster High movie, Freaky Fusion tries to use the hybrid monsters as a metaphor for interracial people, but it's so awkwardly done and anvilicious that it falls into this trope.
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  • Justice League, the episode with the Royal Flush gang. The TV producer wouldn't cancel the show until Batman says it belongs to The Joker. The TV producer face's turning to pure shock before Batman finishes his sentence.
  • Ralph Bakshi made an Animated Adaptation of The Lord of the Rings in 1978, a time when he was in love with the technique of rotoscoping. He filmed much of the movie in live-action and then traced over it, creating an odd-looking form of animation. The result of this process is, depending on your point of view, either a cavalcade of creepiness or a perfect storm of Narm:
    • Whoever played Gandalf in the reference footage must have been instructed to overact as much as possible. He doesn't get through a single sentence in his monologues without flailing his arms about like a madman. Indeed, he looks like an extra in a Harold Zoid movie; and Frodo often looks like he wants to run away.
    • The armies of Orcs are photocopies of guys standing around in cheap monster masks.
    • The Nazgûl initially look scary; but once they dismount, they shuffle around moaning as if they suffer from severe arthritis.
    • Samwise's worst moment comes early and must be seen to be believed.
      "Ooh, HOORAY!!!"
      • Samwise in general. Seeing the simple yet honest and fiercely loyal Badass Normal of Tolkien's books reduced to a buck-toothed country bumpkin is at once both very funny and very sad.
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    • In the single most infamous scene of all, the Balrog (remember, they could have easily used conventional animation at any time during the production) is rotoscoped from footage of a man in a cheap bear costume with fairy wings who appears to be wearing fluffy slippers.
    • The magnificent Treebeard, which, also, must be seen to be believed.
    • There's Viking Boromir and Indian Aragorn (although John Hurt's performance was good) looking flashy in their miniskirts.
    • Legolas has a very peculiar-looking facial expression.
    • Oh, hell, if you want to see all the Narm-iest moments (except for the Balrog), just look at this video. Note the appropriate music choice.
    • Aragorn looks like a Native American for some reason, Pippin looks like a junkie and Eowyn (who is only shown very briefly) looks like a tired 40-year-old housewife.
    • Near the end, there's a brief genuinely effective dramatic moment as Frodo wistfully looks forward to ending the quest, and wonders if he'll ever be able to have a normal life afterwards. Then Sam responds by walking off and whistling.
    • When Gandalf shows up at Frodo's doorstep earlier in the movie, Frodo starts jumping around and flailing his arms like some sort of fangirl at a concert.
    • The entire scene at The Prancing Pony. Between the rotoscoping, the Large Ham innkeeper and all the hammy extras playing the clients gleefully Chewing the Scenery, get ready for a few minutes of awkward unintentional humour.
    • The scene in which Bilbo is tempted to take back the ring at Rivendell. His awkward movements make it look like he's having a seizure.
  • This song from Rankin-Bass' take on The Return of the King: ''Where There's a Whip, There's a Way''. It's catchy, though.
  • The Rankin-Bass adaptation of The Hobbit: Smaug is too fat and funny-looking to be taken seriously.
    • Smaug appears to have some cat in his ancestry, but he's far from the worst offender. Nearly every other character is .. weird-looking. The men are okay, Gandalf and the dwarves have exceptionally craggy features but are otherwise not bad, but the hobbits look funny and "cartoonish", the elves look monstrous, Gollum appears to be an overgrown frog, and the goblins/trolls look like gigantic humanoid toads.
  • Fire and Ice, has plenty of narm, but not enough to make it bad. Necron speaks in narm every time he opens his mouth.
  • Bakshi's Wizards:
    • The battle scene was rotoscoped over the ice battle from Alexander Nevsky — which was a classic silent film. It made for some... overwrought drama; what makes for good acting has changed since then.
    • Weehawk's furious cry of "SLUT!!" when he runs into Elinore, who had betrayed them and killed Peace while under mind control. "Traitor" or "backstabber" probably would have been a lot more appropriate, but they also wouldn't have been as unintentionally funny.
  • Don Bluth films sometimes have such exaggerated animations, especially in certain characters' facial expressions, that scenes that should have been harrowing or dramatic are instead silly and goofy. This isn't so bad in films such as Rock-A-Doodle and The Pebble and the Penguin, where the characters are intentionally cartoony. But it is extremely distracting in Anastasia and Titan A.E.
  • In An American Tail, there's Fievel's absolutely bizarre facial expression when he sees the giant wave coming at him. He's supposed to be terrified, but it looks like he's having a seizure or a bad acid trip.
    • Every time he Screams Like a Little Girl when he's in danger.
    • Fievel tries to sing "Somewhere Out There" and has trouble hitting that note on the word "pale" in the first verse. This can spoil other versions of the song.
  • The Land Before Time (the original): Littlefoot's mouth constantly hangs open.
  • The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe (1979) has cheesy seventies animation. Mr. Tumnus is especially narmy, especially during his scene with Lucy that is supposed to be very sad ("I'm a BAAAAD FAUN!!!"). (That line comes from the C. S. Lewis book; no, it doesn't help.) The White Witch practically screams every other line.
    "If EITHER of you mentions the name 'ASLAN' again, he WILL BE INSTANTLY KILLED!!!!"
    • The White Witch goes into mega-ham mode with this line:
      "HOW will I KNOW the PROMISE will be KEPT?!"
  • Spider-Man: The Animated Series has a few.
    • Christopher Daniel Barnes usually did a fine job as Peter/Spidey... until he needed to be serious and dramatic. Then he went from Spider-Man to Spider-Ham.
    • The best ones are in "Enter The Green Goblin," starting when the Goblin starts holding a mock trial and running like mad from there. Goblin's oddly high-pitched voice makes most dramatic things spoken by him funny by default, which is probably why they had Goblin do more malevolent baiting later and Osborn do most of the dramatics.
      "NOOOOOO... STTOP STAAAAAARING AT MEEEEEEEE! NEEEED MY... strength back... NEEEEED MYYYY... strength..."
    • Then of course, there was Morbius.
      • This version of Morbius, it's worth noting, looked and sounded uncannily like Tommy Wiseau.
    • The 2nd part of "Hydro-Man Returns" has 'MY SUIT is torn!' No incorrect punctuation. That's how it came out.
    • In the second Insidious Six episode, there's a scene which has Shocker fall into a water tank after his suit rips, and so he has to get rid of it before it blows up. The next we hear of him is his ranting to Doctor Octopus on a walkie talkie:
      "My suit! My beautiful suit!"
    • How about this one from Alistair Smythe?
    • Rhino would like you to know that he's lookin' for da Whizzer.
      • From the same set of episodes, the Thunderer's strange moan-like "scream". It's a wonder how that's not a meme yet.
  • In The Batman vs. Dracula, Bruce Wayne deduces Alucard's true identity by writing his name on a tray with lipstick and holding it up to a mirror. Alfred gasps. Cue the scary music. This was supposed to be dramatic and following the "show, don't tell" rule of storytelling; it ended up looking childish and silly because the viewer already knows this. And surely a full grown adult can reverse spell Alucard in his mind.
    • The Penguin feels the need to announce that he is bleeding when we can clearly see it (for once). Since blood hadn't shown up on this show before, the writers must have wanted to point out that they could do that now.
    • The Batman also has "The Man Who Would Be Bat," in which Bennet is spit at with a sticky substance by Man-Bat. Astonished, he yells, "What is this?" And he asks it in a way that suggests he wants to know what got spit onto him.
  • One Very Special Episode of Static Shock is quite narmy. Richie was shot in the leg and cried, "It hurts, it hurts! It's not like on TV shows, it really hurts!" It's sad because the rest of the episode was powerful. Except for the part at the end where Static addresses the viewing audience.
  • Spawn: The Animated Series has one when Chapel is boinking his girlfriend, suddenly remembers killing Al, and suddenly starts yelling out "I'M SORRY! I'M SORRY!" at a volume that puts both Leonidas and BRIANBLESSED to shame.
  • Avatar: The Last Airbender:
    • Late in the episode "The Beach," the team of villains start bickering around a campfire - essentially swapping backgrounds and explaining why they're so maladjusted. This is hardly meant to be taken seriously. But Zuko decides to complain about why he can't worry about bad skin, points to his head, and shouts, "My father decided to teach me a permanent lesson... on my FACE!" The camera goes into a bizarre close-up where Zuko's chin is somehow twice as large, and the entire moment almost seems like a non-sequitur.
    • 'The Blue Spirit' was meant to be a dramatic episode, but Aang keeps making this one goofy facial expression when he's screaming in fear that could kill the mood the episode was trying to create. It looks more like a comical take than being profoundly scared. This seems to happen to him a lot throughout the series.
    • Zuko's Big No. Complete with slow-motion.
    • "He's being attacked by a Platypus-Bear."
    • Zuko's "LEEEEAAAAVE!" from "The Chase".
      • And Zuko's scream after Iroh gets zapped by Azula,
      • That scream used to great comedic effect in this video, at around 1:14.
    • And then Zuko's screaming on the mountaintop from the following episode. Zuko could out-narm Katara any day of the week.
    • Also, in the final battle against Azula, Zuko says, "No lightning today? What's the matter? Afraid I'll redirect it?"... but the delivery comes across as "Afraid I'll re-DUH-rect it?" That killed the mood for a moment.
    • There's a Scare Chord every single time there's a closeup of Azula's face.
    • The writers evidently noticed how narmy Zuko and Katara could be. In "The Ember Island Players", the habit of spouting pure, distilled narm is the sole defining trait of the Katara character in the play. The actor playing the Zuko character gets narmy, too. And while we're here, the Iroh character's face is visual narm. Guy looks like a lump of dough. It's supposed to look idiotic, but... yeesh.
    • For some, Azula's mental breakdown in the finale crossed the line into Narm Territory because of her psychotic expressions.
    • Aang's pure emotional turmoil at the thought of "killing" a watermelon. It represented how he felt about his apparent need to go against his beliefs and kill the Fire Lord., and it's okay for him to feel conflicted about killing Ozai. But this was just a melon.
      'I just can't do it! I can't kill an innocent melon!'
    • From "Avatar Day": Aang's "You think I... KILLED SOMEONE??" Not only his voice, but also the look on his face, was amusing.
    • Aang's reaction when Roku tells him about Koh the Face Stealer. While Koh is ten kinds of scary, Roku's description sounds like something straight out of the Department of Redundancy Department ("they call him the Face Stealer... he will steal your face"), and Aang's horrified face (which, mind you, appears before he finds out why Koh is so scary) just begs for a PENIS GOES WHERE? caption.
    • Zuko's dream. The dragons, being eaten by the floor, can pull off Narm Charm. But Zuko looking in the mirror, and seeing himself as Aang; SHIRTLESS. And ripped, at that. It was just too much.
    • Zuko visiting his Uncle Iroh in prison after betraying him. Zuko's first lines are:
    "I brought you komodo-chicken."
  • From the Sequel Series, The Legend of Korra: Mako and Bolin's parents were killed by a firebender. This is actually well-done and tragic. So what's the problem? We keep meeting characters who all have "loved one(s) killed by firebenders" as part of their backstories. The third time it happened, it just got ridiculous.
    • Out of the characters who said their loved ones were killed, Amon's "killed by firebenders" backstory was actually a lie to gain sympathy.
    • Tahno's facial expressions as Amon is taking away his bending were just too over the top to take seriously.
    • Often in scenes where Korra is supposed to look hopeful and sure of herself, she ends up having an expression on her face that can only be accurately described as "derpy." For example, when she is traveling to Republic City by ship in the first episode.
    • Unalaq tells Korra he needs her to open the Northern Spirit Portal. Then when she learns he's evil, he tells her that was just a lie to keep her in line. So far, it works pretty well. Then he tells Eska and Desna that was a lie, and he actually does need her. Approaching the line, but still salvagable. Then it officially crosses into silliness when he says that actually actually, he doesn't need her after all. Finally, he goes ahead and tries it, and it turns out actually actually ACTUALLY, no takebacks we swear, he does need her. It's like watching an instance of Armed with Canon in real time.
    • Korra's expression at Vaatu's escape. It's supposed to be shock and terror, but comes off more like a derpface.
    • The reconciliation scenes Lin has with Opal and Suyin in Old Wounds are supposed to be heart-warming but just come off as unintentionally funny due to Lin's voice actress Mindy Sterling clearly phoning it in with her lines.
    • The Fate Worse than Death of Aiwei, the backstabbing truth seer in season 3, where he gets tossed into the Fog of Lost Souls by Zaheer after leading Korra right to him in the Spirit Realm, is unintentionally hilarious due to how he pretty much looks like Wile E. Coyote falling off a cliff after chasing the Road Runner.
    • Suyin making a rather odd leap of logic when she asks her son of his villainous girlfriend, "Can't you see she's brainwashed you?" It also doesn't help that Anne Heche gives the line an utterly flat reading.
    • Speaking of Bataar Jr., season 4 features quite a surpluss of shots where it feels like he's supposed to have a line, but instead just growls like a dog.
  • Captain Planet is this in spades:
    • Hitler keeps Captain Planet away. By staring at him. The explanation is that Hitler's hatred is so pure and strong, it's like pollution, Captain Planet's kryptonite.
    • "AIDS is the best thing to come along since the Black Plague!" "No way! AIDS stinks!"
    • Captain Planet gets mortally wounded just by getting splashed with a little dirty motor oil.
    • "If it's doomsday this must be Belfast": the episode that presented the Troubles as the Jets vs the Sharks, complete with lines like this:
      "You beat each other up over your names?"
      "Why not? 'Tis as good a reason as any".
      • Also perpetuated the belief that Irish people call everyone "Boyo".
        "That's a Protestant name if ever I heard one".
      • To all who hated the "Oirish" accents in Heroes Volume 2, check this episode out on YouTube and see how lucky you were.
    • The Israel/Palestine plotline from that episode is just as bad:
      "You Jewish oppressor!"
      "You Arab terrorist!"
      • From the same plotline:
        "You stop demolishing the Arabs' homes and you stop throwing stones at the soldiers."
    • Wheeler utters the immortal line, "Okay, think Wheeler. If you were a zombie, where would you be? ... The vice-president's office!" Adam West would be envious.
      • Then again, it might have a Take That! to then-VP Al Gore and his trademark wooden demeanor. Still a weird line, though.
    • The entire plot of the AIDS episode, from how everyone in town has no understanding of HIV, and automatically assume that it's contagious, shunning the poor boy with the disease. It turns out that it was all Verminious Scum's plan, but still. The scene where Captain Planet and the kid's coach chew out the town is incredible as well:
      "He's been FEEDING YOU LIES."
      "THAT'S RIGHT"
  • This episode of the The Adventures of Super Mario Bros. 3: in which the Koopas kidnap Milli Vanilli:
    • In an episode where the Koopas kidnap Milli Vanilli, Kootie Pie Koopa threatens to turn Rob and Fab into accountants (no, seriously) if they don't do a concert just for her ... which apparently involves tranforming them into well-groomed men in business suits. In other words, Kootie Pie Koopa wants to force Milli Vanilli to get real jobs, made funnier by Rob and Fab's hysterical reactions when the Koopa makes good on her threat. note 
      "Weh nuhds."
      "Weh dweebs."
      "This is tewwible."
    • Rob and Fab's attempts at voice acting. Without exaggeration, it sounds like they shoved them into a recording booth and gave them a single take to record their lines. The best part comes when they have to laugh and both of them end up flatly reading "ha ha ha ha" off the script.
    • In reruns and DVD releases of the Mario cartoons, copyrighted music had to be deleted and replaced with a generic tune. This applied to the Milli Vanilli episode; when they "sing" (those quotes work on so many levels), you see their lips moving but hear nothing but nondescript instrumental music.
    • The episode "Brooklyn Bound" has Mario and Luigi getting a chance to return to Brooklyn, but Mario begins having second thoughts. "Maybe we should stay and help the Princess," he tells his brother, saying it in a way that it sounds like he's saying they should "hump the Princess." It helps that Princess Peach responds by saying "No way, Mario!"
    • That the Super Mario World cartoon episode "Mama Luigi" is such a staple of YouTube Poop is in part due to Luigi's bizarre, wheeze-ridden voicing of lines like "Or is it the bagel?" and "Good thing I found a magic balloon!"
  • Superman: Doomsday had a lot of odd moments; but the absolute winner in that category had to be a shirtless Lex Luthor beating on (what turns out to be a clone of) Superman with Kryptonite gloves, screaming at him for "leaving" him, which ends in Luthor essentially mounting Superman and saying "Who's your daddy?" If this was supposed to be an intense beatdown, it was marred because Luthor's dialogue made him come off less like Superman's archnemesis and more like his whiny ex-boyfriend. It's so wrong, it's either funny or creepy.
    • Even funnier is Lex's line in that scene; 'red and green. The colours of Christmas. And YOU are ON the NAUGHTY LIST!'
    • Made worse with the Cartoon Network version, in which they (inexplicably) removed most of the violence in the movie. Now, imagine the "Who's your daddy" scene without the entire beating scene to put it in context. Cartoon Network had problems with the violence, but was perfectly fine with a sweaty, seemingly nude Lex who apparently mounted Superman and just finished raping him patting him on the cheek affectionately and asking "Who's your daddy?" Narm at its best.
  • Eddie Brock's Villainous Breakdown from The Spectacular Spider Man qualifies for some. "It only loved me for the hate!"
  • "Kids, there's nothing more cool than being hugged by someone you like. But if someone tries to touch you in a way or in a place that makes you feel uncomfortable, that's no good!"
    • Tails' funniest line in the series is this: After he's done spiffing up this one guy to make him look good for his girlfriend, Tails emphatically says, "You look hot, Lucas!".
  • Narrowly averted in the Disney version of Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs. According to the DVD Commentary, while animating the scene where the dwarves are mourning Snow White's apparent death, they noticed the narmish quality on an expression on Dopey's face, and so they edited it so that they only show Dopey crying softly into Doc's shoulder. (Dopey's face always looks silly, but for most of the film that fits the mood.)
  • As if The Legend of Zelda cartoon wasn't silly enough..." Ganon teaches boxing". At least the game version never had such a moment.
  • The Street Fighter cartoon has a scene of M. Bison watching Guile, Chun Li, and Blanka getting the crap knocked out of them by his mutants. He joyfully proclaims "This is DELICIOUS!" and then reacts to one of his mutants shoving Guile by squealing "Yes!" like a child on Christmas morning not once but twice while oddly heroic-sounding bagpipe music plays behind him. (This has consequently become a major piece to use in YouTube Poops.)
Ryu: Oh, man. I just got slimed by Arnold the pig! That's it; I'm OUT OF HERE!
Ken: Oh, Guile! That colour ith tho, you!
  • This exchange:
Fei Long: Look at you, you've ignored your training and you've turned against all of your friends!
Ken: And YOU... you're a LOSER!!
  • For the opposite of Bison's "Yes!", check out this clip of Guile letting out a Big "NO!".
  • There's also a scene where Bison is knocked into the computer, and the computer looks like it is eating Bison alive...
    • There is a part when Zangief knocks out Dee jay, who falls over. We get a close up of Dee jay's face that's supposed to be dramatic. Instead, he has his jaw hanging down, and is staring into space.
    • When Zangief proceeds to pick up Guile, Bison is floating in the background with his arms stretched out like he's being crucified.
  • The brief Disney Death Danielle received in Danny Phantom, because Danny sounds like he's in a middle school play. He sounded so fake and stilted, as if he was glad about what happened.
    • And of course "Eye for an Eye" which is a treasure trove of Narmy quotes from Vlad ("I'm rubbing your nose in this mess you made, Daniel, doesn't it smell yummy?" and "You forgot to take your supplements, have a dose of vitamin-ME!" for example).
  • Pocahontas:
    • The lyric: "They're not like you and me, which means they must be evil!"
      • The European French equivalent of this line is rather childlike too: "Since they aren't white, they have to be nasty"
  • The early (pre-series) Raccoons TV specials are chock-full of Narm:
    • In The Raccoons on Ice, there's the entire scene where the Raccoons and Sophia Tutu sneak into Cyril Sneer's mansion to try to convince Cedric to play on their team against Cyril's. A particular highlight: When Cedric (who has a different, incredibly whiny voice in the specials) worries about getting into further trouble with his father, he whines, "I've already been grounded for a month... and no chocolate pudding!!!" The Narm factor is upped by Sophia's response:
      "Cedric, this is bigger than chocolate pudding!"
      • At the end of that scene, when Cedric chickens out after being threatened by Cyril again, Sophia responds by apparently dumping him on the spot, exclaiming "Cedric Sneer, your heart is as cold and hard as a hockey puck!" and taking away the picture of her on Cedric's nightstand. The delivery of the line, and Cedric's whiny sobbing afterward, make it pure Narm.
    • In The Raccoons and the Lost Star, any time Sophia Tutu opens her mouth is potential Narm. For example, whenever Sophia says something like "Oh no, how dreadful!" or "That's terrible!" in a moment meant to be sad...
      • When Cyril Sneer ambushes Cedric and Sophia to kidnap Sophia's puppy Broo and get his hands on the lost star, Sophia believes that Cedric led her into the trap (which he didn't know about) and returns his gift of chocolates, saying in the Narmiest way imaginable, "I'll never be able to look at a chocolate again!"
      • The scene where bad guys take Broo away from Sophia, and Cyril gets his hands on the star. Overly dramatic music plays; Sophia tearfully exclaims, "You leave Broo alone, you bullies!"; we see a menacingly grinning bear henchman from Broo's P.O.V., reaching for him, his shadow cast over Broo; and finally, Cyril taking the star from around Broo's neck and exclaiming "My star! At last!" as the music reaches crescendo. The whole bit is overly (melo)dramatic and instant Narm.
      • Sophia tells Cyril, "You're a beastly, horrible... BEAST!"
  • The Raccoons series has its share of Narm moments. In the episode "Moving In," Lisa, unable to cope with moving away from her old neighborhood, lashes out at her parents and lets her Wangst out in front of everyone at the dinner table.
    "I have no friends anymore, I miss my school, I hate this house! Nobody cares what I think! None of this would have happened if you hadn't lost your job!"
    • Not to mention her mother's reaction.
  • The '90s X-Men animated series had this in spades. It was a well done show overall, but the female characters got ridiculously dramatic - especially Lilandra, Rogue, and Storm, who would go into a fit of "Aaaaarghhhhh" or "Noooooo!" at the slightest injury.
    • Some of the best unintentionally silly moments can be seen in these montages. Highlights include Rogue having No Indoor Voice, Wolverine acting like a cranky old guy rather than a Cool Old Guy, and -uh- Tableman.
    • "I now bind the Phoenix with the power of AAAAAAARRRRRGH!"
    • One of the narmiest moments in that series was the first appearance of Banshee, who sees the Professor falling into the sea, starts screaming and leaps off a cliff (which is how his powers work in the comics, but comes across as absurd when you can actually hear it).
    • Cable's classic "WHAT HAPPENED?!?!?!".
    • One of Cable's soldiers screams "Apocalypse is too strong for us to fight!" at the top of her lungs. It sounds like a lazy teenager whining about not wanting to complete her chores.
    • Colossus grapples Omega red and implores Storm to freeze them both before the villain could break free. Colossus's delivery of his lines were so hammy and over the top that it's hard not laugh.
    • Bishop goes on a mission to kill the X-Men by shooting them with his gun. Except his gun was set on STUN during the attack.
    • One of the show's crowning moments of Narm comes from the cliffhanger ending of "One Man's Worth, Part 1," where the team fails to save Xavier from being assassinated, and in the last minute, everything inexplicably goes into slow-motion, making every character sound as if they're drunk, with unintentionally hilarious gold like Xavier's "WHAAAAAT INNNNN THEEEEE WORRRRRLD?" and Bishop's booming "NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!".
    • Master Mold's death scene, when he's stopped from escaping his base because his power cord got pulled out of its socket.
    • There is a scene where Xavier is suddenly hit with a Mind Rape ray coming from outside the building he resides in. The way he protests "You are driving me insane!", however, doesn't sound like he is experiencing immense pain. Instead, it sounds exasperated, as though Xavier getting hit with a Mind Rape beam is just a Practical Joke set up to annoy him.
  • In the He-Man and the Masters of the Universe (2002) episode "Roboto's Gambit", Teela mourns the destruction of Roboto. This makes no sense because Roboto is Just a Machine that can be rebuilt as new.
    • Well the point is supposed to be her learning that he's not Just a Machine. Still, the fake-out death rather undermines it.
  • In the ReBoot movies, almost every scene involving Dot and Enzo's father is pure Narm. This was due to a combination of questionable writing, his ridiculous appearance, and his voice, which sounded like he was speaking through a mouthful of water.
    No! Don't touch me! The nulls!
  • In the Turtles Forever movie, after Ch'rell finds out that there is more than one TMNT universe, he cries "Turtles, Karai! Ninja... Turtles!" in a way that sounds like he just had a bad dream.
    • And every time, thanks to the never say die rule, does Shredder always say "Perish" in at least one of his sentences every episode he appears in, it just gets ridiculous.
  • Tom and Jerry: The Movie: "We've GOT to have... moonnnnnney!"
    • May be creepy and scary to some, but Dr. Applecheeks approaching the ice cream truck like a pedophile is very funny to watch.
  • Teen Titans:
    • The Big Bad of the last season was literally a Brain in a Jar. After facing a demon lord with the power to destroy worlds, well... Also, his voice is either scary or Narm.
      • And if his voice wasn't this, his scream when Robin blows up the communicator he's attached to definitely is. It's too funny when somebody who uses a Stephen Hawking-like robotic voice screamed.
    • The dialogue in "Aftershock". Seeing people say so many euphemisms for death in such a dark episode really puts off the mood.
  • The Shredder's trial scene in the third season finale of the second Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles has two rather Narmy things going for it: First, when the Utroms declare that they find C'hrell guilty as charged, C'hrell gasps as if he is really surprised that they didn't clear him of his charges, despite the fact that the Utroms just finished providing foolproof evidence of C'hrell committing numerous crimes. Second, when the Utrom guards are escorting the handcuffed Karai and Dr. Chaplin away, Karai yells: "This is not what I wanted, Leonardo! This is NOT what I wanted!".
    • There are also lots of narmy moments littered throughout the series. Some hold Narm Charm while others... just watch "April's Artifact" and prepare to cringe at the ultra cheesy montage song.
  • In Kirikou and the Sorceress, there is that scene where Kirikou pulls the skunk/badger/whatever out of the squirrels' burrow to protect them. The image of a very tiny little boy pulling a badger by the tail out of a burrow is funny.
  • The Total Drama episode "Search and Do Not Destroy" has Heather's evil plan involve kissing Trent in front of Gwen. After it happens, and Gwen runs away crying, Trent walks away and falls to the ground, smashing his hands on the ground. If that isn't Narm-ish enough, Gwen was also doing the same thing, while crying and yelling, and her yelling does sound sorta strange...
  • Any scene in a Spark Plug Entertainment movie, such as when the titular character cries in A Car's Life: Sparky's Big Adventure.
  • The intro to Widget the World Watcher. "Nature called, we didn't care!" sounds like "Had to go to the bathroom, but we ignored it and peed in our pants!"
  • In the Legion Of Superheroes cartoon, Brainiac 5 shouts 'Superman!'. Unfortunately, it sounds more like 'SOOUPERMAN!'
  • The Animated Adaptation of Ctrl+Alt+Del is one of those things where the things that are meant to be funny aren't, but what isn't meant to be funny is due to Narm. Seeing how bad the animation and voice acting could get was the only entertainment to be derived from it. Special mention goes to the Star Wars spoofs, with Ethan's awkward falling and Lilah's hilariously terrible delivery: "OH MY GOD LUCAS LOOK BEHIND US."
  • The New Adventures of Batman was full of this stuff:
    • Electro in 'Bite-Sized' is probably the Narmiest villain Batman's ever faced. "THEY SHOULD RENAME YOU THE DYNAMIC... PICKLES!"
    • It is hard to take a villain named 'Professor Bubbles' seriously, especially when his henchman is called 'Blow'.
    • Zarbor. A being who is meant to be a powerful Big Bad, yet has a voice like he inhaled an entire bunch of balloons and a stereotypical 'Fu Man Chu' look.
    • Speaking of Zarbor, the episode where he made Batman and Robin evil is full of Narmilicious delight. "Why are you doing this, Batman?" "Two reasons: wealth... and power. HAHAHAHAHA."
    • The Hurricane of Puns in general. "Keep up the BAD work, Penguin, old pal."
  • The Generator Rex episode "Hunter" would be a lot cooler if not for the use of Stock Sound Effects normally heard in comedy.
  • The Nightmare Before Christmas: "Jack has been blown to smithereens!" Even though the Mayor's understandably upset, he said that too hilariously.
    • Anytime the Mayor is upset. He just can't do drama.
    • When Jack confronts Oogie Boogie, he's lying on a table in a pose that doesn't say badass and looked more like he's Ready For Love Making. And this is just after the Mayor's bit.
  • Felidae: In the English dub, the voice actor for Francis is obviously trying his hardest to sound angry and upset in one scene, but it's just so pathetically done that it's hilarious.
    • "YOU!? But Kong, why YOU!?" Francis is probably just humoring Kong, but he's sounds like he's cooing a three year old.
      • "Youspoketoa MAN!?"
      • Anytime English Francis groans or screams. Subverted in the German version, where he actually sounds like he's in peril, and it isn't overdone.
  • Monster House has an old man yelling at some kids to get off his property. He picks one of them up and threatens them with, "DO YOU WANT TO BE A DEAD PERSON?!"
    • And, at a very sad moment, one of the kids says, "Sorry about your house-wife." Not the greatest time for a pun.
  • Marvel animation from the past.
    • One particular one was the adaptation of The Avengers issue 4, where Iron Man introduces the team to Captain America. A split second later, there's a close up of the team, their heads bunched together... and Giant Man giving us the most ridiculous "DURRRR" face ever, and it doesn't help that his voice actor sounds just as goofy.
  • The Direct to Video BIONICLE movies contain a few such moments:
    • The classic opening scenes with Turaga Vakama's narration explaining the basic backstories behind each movie, using colorful stones to represent the major players. The visuals and music score both add to the sense of epicness, but then you realize: these are just rocks doing stuff in a sandpit.
    • Mask of Light starts with a scenic image of the village of Ta-Koro as the camera pans over the area to focus on a lonely Ta-Matoran, Jaller. Over Nathan Furst's beautiful music score, the first bit of character dialog can be heard: Jaller repeatedly calling for Takua in his vaguely surfer-accented, teenage-toned voice. "Tuh-KOO-aaah! Tuh-KOO-aaah!" The tone set by the intro is shattered.
    • When Hahli brings the news that Mata Nui has to be awakened, the crowd of gathered Toa and Turaga starts murmuring, unsure of what to do. Vakama, after a long session of stroking his metal-beard, decides to set things into motion (since this would be the most important event of their lifetime, after all), but Onewa promptly reminds him that marching into the Big Bad's lair might be dangerous (despite the fact that they have six immensely powerful heroes to aid them). Cut to the whole crowd suddenly murmuring again, with a confused Hahli looking over them. This was meant to be a serious scene.
    • The Skrall squad running in place at the beginning of the big battle in The Legend Reborn.
    • Whenua's infamous "'Cause that's what friends do" line from the third movie. It's supposed to sound comforting and inspirational, but given that it's a huge Out-of-Character Moment for Whenua, that he says it in response to the line "We'll find a way [to reverse our horrible mutations, fight off an army of Giant Spiders and rescue the imprisoned population of the city] together", his gruff voice in general, not to mention that the movie tried to be dark, it comes off as plainly corny and out-of-place.
    • Anytime Vakama Wangst will become this eventually for any viewer. At first it's understandable as he is suddenly thrusted into becoming a hero and doubts himself but by the end of the movie, he sounds more like Shinji than a Heroic Toa of Fire. His awkward voice doesn't help much. Some choice quotes
    'I'm a Crosswired freak!'
    'I'll never be a real Toa!'
    'I'm THROUGH making plans!!'
    • According to the deleted scenes of the first movie, the demonic Rahkshi would have been revealed by just standing in the middle of the screen, one of them with its hands casually placed on its hips. The final cut wisely changed this a more dramatic, gradual reveal that only shows them in full when they're out attacking the heroes. Another deleted scene showed a Rahkshi stepping on a sports ball as a showcase of raw evilness.
    • "Da mighty Tuma!" from The Legend Reborn. Tuma's entire portrayal qualifies, really, also the fact that other characters consider him a genuine threat. Likewise the Skrall soldier who runs by the screen, stops to make a comedic squawking noise with his eyes wide, then runs off.
  • "Starveillance": Mischa Barton skit. It's not the dream idea thing that made me consider this for entry, oh no, it's not the claymation—it's one thing with the zombies in claymation, but Lifetime zombies? It probably should have freaked me out—but seeing Shannon Doherty, Star Jones, and Michelle Rodriguez in that skit made me smirk just a little bit at how Narmy it all was.
  • Megamind has a Narmful Opening Narration from the title character.
    • "He bought their affections with showmanship and extravagant gifts of deliciousness. So I too will make this pop-ped corn and win over those mindless drones."
  • My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic:
    • Shining Armor's face during the second part of the second season finale when he was being mind controlled did cause a few unintended giggles.
    • The Super Mode forms of the Mane Six when they unlock the chest in Twilight's Kingdom Part 2. While it's a cool moment, they just look silly, especially with the '80s Hair. They've been compared to Mega Evolutions, for one.
    • An example from The Cutie Map Part 2:
    Night Glider: But... DA STAFF IS ALL DA MAGIC WE NEED!!
  • In the episode of X-Men: Evolution where Rogue smashes stonified Mystique, Kurt's ridiculous Slow "NO!" basically ruins the entire scene.
  • At one point early in Winx Club, Musa slaps Icy across the face in front of pretty much everyone from Cloud Tower. Icy is standing there, looking like she's either going to explode or scream, when Stormy leans in close, points at the handprint, and says something to the effect of "I can see her fingerprints on your face! Does it hurt?"; the line was actually supposed to show that Stormy has some empathy for her "sisters", but it comes off more as proof that she's the stupid one of the Trix. Note that this scene was changed when 4Kids translated the show, so it's not quite the same.
    • In the same episode (again, in markets other than America), Stella has a bug up her butt for some reason (she's under a curse in America). She starts lashing out at her roommates whenever they say, well, pretty much anything, but seems to have no idea that what she's saying might be offensive to other people. You'd think she would figure it out after Musa storms out on her, but she has the same shocked "What?" moment every single time.
    • A lot of the speeches that Bloom makes. They're just so cliche, and sometimes so out of place, it's nearly impossible to take them seriously at all.
  • Transformers:
    • Beast Machines had a definite Narm moment: the scene where Blackarachnia and Megatron were trying to one-up each other by reminding Silverbolt about what they gave him when they were trying to convince him to choose a side.
    • "I gave you X! I gave you X!" "We gave you X! We gave you X!" Sounds good enough for Broadway already, doesn't it?
    • Also in the episode when the Maximals receive Spark boosts. Optimus goes to fight the Vehicons, and we get a slow-motion shot of him literally tearing through the Vehicons with the speed of light... and he makes these totally random, ridiculous-looking poses. Almost makes you wonder if the animators just got bored.
    • Transformers: Prime also has one- this video is supposed to promote Unicron, but after he says "I awaken" his shout... well, he honestly sounds like he stubbed his toe.
    • Every time, every continuity after the first movie literally every time Optimus dies; the Transformers Wiki even acknowledges this.
    • In the French dub of Transformers G1, it's hard to take Optimus Prime seriously because his voice is dubbed by the very same guy who does Brainy Smurf's voice. He has the very same annoying, obnoxious voice. And then, there's Bumblebee, also dubbed by the same voice actor, who has the same voice of Clumsy Smurf, stammering on every line like he did on The Smurfs. Really.
    • Part 1 of "The Return of Optimus Prime" in G1 has a Hate Plague-infected Ultra Magnus chasing Rodimus Prime. It apparently not only increased his hatred but also his haminess, since he starts screaming as loudly as possible, "You CAN'T escape, RODIMUS! I CAN track your GAS FUMES ANYWHEEEEEEEEEEEEERE!"
    • The lyrics to the German intro of Transformers Animated. Apart from the clunky translation in general ("well masked robots" in place of "robots in disguise"), they had to insert a second "der" into the "Autobots kämpfen für den Sieg über... die bösen Kräfte der... der Decepticons!" verse to keep the tune, which rather makes it sound like the singer had to take a moment to remember the lyrics (in English, it would be akin to "Autobots wage their battle to defeat... the evil forces of the... of the Decepticons!").
    • In Transformers: The Movie, there's a scene in which Starcream gets his foot stuck between two armor plates as Autobot City transforms into combat mode. To avoid getting squished, he's forced to shoot his own foot off, then flies off screaming "Oww, my foot!" It stands out among the otherwise serious fight scene.
  • Galactik Football had plenty, mostly due to some seriously Limited Animation (especially in the third season) and a pretty dodgy dub. There's a particularly hilarious scene in one of the last episodes when Sinedd's long-lost parents finally find out their son is alive and his mother gets an expression that can only be described as a startled fish pout. Which completely ruins what should have been a very dramatic and moving scene.
  • Steven Universe:
    • One line of dialogue from "Keeping It Together", thanks to some awkward phrasing (although, given the show, this might be intentional).
    Pearl: Garnet, we lost Peridot. Her fingers were too fast for us.
    Lars: You mean I was... away from life?
    • From the movie, Steven and Greg's fusion is given the rather awkward name Steg. Thankfully it's never actually said out loud, but it's still a pretty laughable name.
  • The "Doug's Brainy Buddy" episode of Doug has him being jealous of his best friend, Skeeter, whom after taking an IQ test, ends up being a genius. After the two of them get into an argument in which he throws a book at him and walks away, he then yells at Skeeter "Just take your super brain and go to college! See if I care!" This is supposed to be in the heat of the moment and showing him upset, yet the animation of his body language makes it this trope, since his silly hand waving looks like a combination of Doug cupping the air and the famous "Bring It" hand taunt by "Stone Cold" Steve Austin.
    • The sound Beeyoouuu is narmful to the point of being Memetic Mutation and plays in the background even during dramatic moments.
  • Every time somebody talks while using Overcrank in Ninjago.
  • The Greatest Heroes And Legends Of The Bible presentation of the account of Samson and Delilah arguably takes the low quality reputation of Christian entertainment to a whole new level of absurdity. While the animation and voice acting aren't exactly up to par, the big offender is that it reeks of Soundtrack Dissonance via one upbeat song which sounds suspiciously similar to Parachute Express' "Doctor Looney's Remedy" spread out over several scenes no matter how bad the situation, making it not only hard to take seriously but also downright unhealthy for Christians to watch. You can catch The Cartoon Hero and guest reviewer The Rosenhacker exposing its Narm-ish qualities here.
  • Food Fight has so many moments that it's hard to count all of them. One of them is the scene where Mr. Clipboard (voiced by Christopher Lloyd, who clearly knew the movie was terrible and turned in the single most memorable performance in the entire film) stomps on a bag of potato chips and Leonard mourns over them as if a soldier has been gunned down. The dramatic music playing doesn't help.


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