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Acebrock from So-Cal Relationship Status: Shipping fictional characters
Sep 18th 2022 at 2:58:32 AM

From Mayday

  • Narm: Some of the Cold Ham moments of the show can be interpreted as such:
    • The captain of Air Canada 143 reacting to the loss of power on the aircraft. "How come I have no instruments?"
    • "Why was [TAM 3054] going 3 times faster than a regular A320 landing?" Doesn't quite roll off the tongue so readily, does it?
    • The entire scene from the first sign of trouble on Crossair Flight 498 to the moment of impact gets progressively harder to keep a straight face through; the first officer repeating himself in a confused tone, the captain's unusual reaction to the attitude indicator's change in appearance, the air traffic controller's unusual transmission, the first officer struggling to stay calm as he responds, ATC compounding the captain's confusion afterward, the first officer repeatedly shouting "Left!", the plane hitting the ground and generating a fireball rendered to be four times its own size.
    • TWA Flight 800's breakup would be Nightmare Fuel... if the audio didn't clearly repeat the same silly-sounding stock scream 7 times during the scene.
    • Another stock sound effect that's unmissable once you hear it is a female passenger uttering the phrase "OH NO!" with a rather distinctive pause in the middle. It seems to be used almost everywhere, though not quite to the point of it becoming Once an Episode.
    • The situation with Pacific Southwest Airlines Flight 1771 was horrific, but the way an air stewardess falls straight backwards after being shot in the back of the head, or the whining tone of a captain on board who tries to intervene are very difficult to take seriously.
    • While it might be technically correct, you will probably never hear the word "lubricant" and its derivatives as much as during the episode "Pacific Plunge".

Getting back in the swing of things after the death of an aunt
Sep 18th 2022 at 10:58:55 AM

[up] Introductory sentence uses Weasel Words.

  • Low context
  • What's this trying to say? Just that the sentence is clumsy? That's not enough to be Narm.
  • That's just a scene summary that doesn't say what's supposedly funny.
  • I guess could be fine
  • Just seems to be a reused stock sound effect, not a funny thing.
  • I could see the stewardess falling backwards as funny, but the whining tone thing just seems to be a regular flaw.
  • General and doesn't sound like it's played for drama.

DongwaChan from Your soul Relationship Status: YOU'RE TEARING ME APART LISA
Sep 18th 2022 at 8:04:44 PM

Bringing this up from Fun for Some's introductory paragraph:

But perhaps there's something hypnotic about watching the weather forecast on a perpetual loop, or maybe that educational short film has aged badly and picked up some Narm along the way.

I don't know if the trope is being used correctly in that context.

Edited by DongwaChan on Sep 18th 2022 at 11:04:54 AM

nrjxll Relationship Status: Not war
Sep 18th 2022 at 8:11:01 PM

I think it is: replace "Narm" with "unintentional hilarity" in that sentence and it reads the same. And while educational films aren't necessarily going for drama in the narrative sense, they are meant to be taken seriously.

Sep 19th 2022 at 8:37:23 AM

Bringing up the following examples from Cardcaptor Sakura:

  • Narm:
    • When Syaoran, upon being confused on who he truly likes, Yukito or Sakura stumbles into the latter. In the manga, they had gone into First-Name Basis earlier thus she calls him Syaoran-kun making her joy seemed genuine as is he is one of her closest friends. But in the anime she calls him Li-kun as they are still on a Last-Name Basis since this is before they get trapped in an elevator. This makes this moment less impactful as being called by last name is the equivalent of being more formal towards each other like an ordinary friend instead of someone special.
    • You can make a drinking game of just how much they keep saying "Clow Reed's presence". One or two times is tolerable but saying it at every single episode of season 3 then it starts to become annoying. Heck it even goes to the point when Sakura sits on a chair, she immediately says "Clow Reed's presence" on something so mundane.

Libraryseraph The Thief's Respite from Canada Relationship Status: Longing for Dulcinea
The Thief's Respite
Sep 19th 2022 at 8:40:17 AM


  • Just a flaw/thing falls flat.
  • General and not funny.

Edited by MisterApes-a-lot on Sep 19th 2022 at 8:40:29 AM

Sep 19th 2022 at 9:30:30 AM

Bringing up the following examples from The Batman (2022):

  • Narm:
    • The Reveal that the Riddler had a chatroom that he regularly streamed on really comes almost out of left field and feels a bit too ridiculous for the drama that the movie he trying to give the moment. As this is when the audience is told about the final steps of the plan, the casual, almost surreal talk that's by Edward given as he's joyfully supported by people who are essentially supporting a terrorist attack makes it very hard to take it seriously.
    • Riddler's backstory. Suspension of disbelief is required for any story that has an orphanage in modern timesnote , but describing something out of a Charles Dickens novel certainly isn't helping.
    • Selina's line about "white, privileged assholes" is so heavy-handed that she may as well have carried on saying, "I'm Selina Kyle, and I Approved This Message."

Sep 19th 2022 at 9:46:47 AM


  • I feel like the contrast between Riddler's pleasant demeanor when streaming and his ...everything else is deliberate by the filmmakers. I've seen people comment that its parallels to reality made it more creepy, since it felt more realistic. So it kinda reads like someone missing the point here. Though I can see why some might find it funny, so I'm not sure about this one.
  • Having a hellish orphanage is par for the course for stories set in Gotham, so again it feels like a nitpick. Anyway, this also fails to say what's funny.
  • Not funny; just a nitpick.

Sep 19th 2022 at 10:06:02 AM

Bringing up the following examples from Puppy in My Pocket: Adventures in Pocketville:

  • Narm: The animation and the English dub's voice acting has created many moments of this.
    • Especially Eva's facial expressions. Apparently the animators wanted to make creepiness out of a cat to show she's the villain but ended up making her look hilarious.
    • The Pet Buster, as being a Large Ham.
    • The pets' singing of the Friendship Song, especially in the English dub where really deep and slightly nasally voices join in.

Sep 19th 2022 at 10:44:29 AM


  • General
  • ZCE
  • Doesn't say what's funny, and I doubt it's played for drama.

Sep 19th 2022 at 11:42:21 AM

Bringing up the following examples from Narm.Naruto:

  • There is an instance that shows how the perspective of a panel can reduce the impact of a scene. Jugo stepped up to take on one of Raikage's bodyguards. We cut back to the kage meeting, then return to Jugo in his Cursed Seal form 2. He's squatting awkwardly in front of Sasuke and Suigestu and saying, "HA HA HA. I'LL KILL YOU." The odd body position and angle combined with the evil cackling makes him look more like an evil troll than a threatening monster.
    • He honestly looked like a Pokémon.
    • The "looks like a troll" part isn't all perspective and body position. Right then, Jugo was still reduced to the size of a young teenager.
    • Then there's Jugo's name, which comes across as an unintentional case of Edible Theme Naming for Spanish speakers; it's kind of hard to take an angry, hulking man-tree with enormous strength seriously when his name is simply "juice".
  • Though it wasn't an especially serious scene, the face of Naraka path Pain after it's killed is hilarious looking.
  • Naruto falling into an Angst Coma can easily come off as funny if you notice that it seems to result from flashback-overdose.
  • Sasuke's jovial facial expression when he admits that he just absorbed Orochimaru in the ritual that was meant for Orochimaru to take Sasuke's body.
  • The overly dramatic narration at the end of Chapter 480 ruined an otherwise disturbing scene for many readers: Sasuke enters true darkness!!! Look at Madara's expression... er... eye on that page. He looks like he just had an orgasm.

Sep 19th 2022 at 11:52:01 AM


  • "can reduce the impact of a scene" implies the entry is "thing falls flat" misuse.
    • Natter
    • Justifying Edit? Natter
    • General
  • If it wasn't intended to be taken seriously, it's not Narm.
  • Reads as Fridge Snark
    • Kinda Natter-y
  • ZCE. What's funny?
  • Maybe fine?
    • Weblinks Are Not Examples
    • Ditto

Sep 19th 2022 at 12:22:06 PM

Bringing up the following example from The Oscar:

  • Narm: The movie throws every possible Horrible Hollywood cliche at the audience and takes itself completely seriously as it does. Mix that with a bunch of Large Ham and Cold Ham performances and it utterly fails as a serious film, but it's loaded with so much Narm Charm that it still has a cult following.

Silverblade2 Relationship Status: I know
Sep 19th 2022 at 12:47:52 PM

Sounds like a general example

RandomTroper123 No, I'm a girl Relationship Status: [TOP SECRET]
No, I'm a girl
Sep 19th 2022 at 1:11:49 PM

[up]Seconded. It sounds too general imo.

EDIT:[down]I'd say that's misuse.

Edited by RandomTroper123 on Sep 19th 2022 at 2:55:02 AM

Sep 19th 2022 at 1:15:22 PM

Bringing up the following example from Stargirl (2020):

  • Narm: Having the Crocks constantly breaking into the Whitmore-Dugans house only to encourage them to eat healthier can come off as cringe comedy.

Sep 19th 2022 at 2:00:25 PM

[up] It's unclear from the given context if that's meant to be taken dramatically. If it's not, you can cut it.

Sep 19th 2022 at 2:24:29 PM

Yeah, it sounds like a not serious moment.

Crusher Crock in general is a very comedic character, and his completely serious concern for the hero's physical health and fitness is part of his character. He's very much an overly caring coach and dad while also being an incredibly dangerous killer.

If something is "cringe comedy" it's not really Narm.

Sep 19th 2022 at 2:48:34 PM

Bringing up the following example from The Death of Superman:

Sep 19th 2022 at 3:05:30 PM

I'm not sure "woman cries over the corpse of her husband" is what I would call goofy, visible tears and blackish blood aside.

This seems like one of the classic targets of Narm-"shows of emotion the OP thinks are too much".

Sep 19th 2022 at 5:08:55 PM

Bringing up the following examples from Narm.Naruto:

  • This panel from Chapter 478. The shading makes it look like Orochimaru has a mustache and a bit of hair under his lower lip.
  • Chapter 484, seeing the Susanoo fizzle out after its latest upgrade was unexpectedly hilarious because the page before had Sasuke declare in a dramatic fashion how he wanted to "change everybody's scornful laughter to screams and moans".
  • The outfit that Sasuke wears after fighting Itachi and joining Akatsuki has a ridiculously oversized collar.
    • The high collar was another symptom of his "MY CLAN ALONE ROCKS" syndrome; it was tradition among Uchiha men to wear high collars on their shirts. That he incorporated it in a kimono did make him a Fashion-Victim Villain.
  • Deidara's giant suicidal explosion in Chapters 362 and 363 is hard to take seriously because its silhouette looks like that of Patrick Star from Spongebob Squarepants — or, to put it another way, a happy starfish.
    • That goes for his C4 Garuda, too.
  • Sakura stating her wish of having Sasuke rejoin them so that "Team 7 can laugh together again". Uh, what? When did Team 7 ever laugh together? When did Sasuke ever laugh period? Team 7's interaction was mostly Sakura beating up Naruto, Naruto and Sasuke having a heated rivalry, and Sasuke giving Sakura's advances the cold shoulder. Sakura and Naruto sure have a bad case of Nostalgia Filter if they think they were all the best of friends back then.
    • The fact that she says this after Sasuke unhesitatingly makes two attempts on her life, attacks their teacher with Susanoo, one of the most broken abilities in the series, and declared genocide on Konoha in misplaced, Disproportionate Retribution really makes you question how much further into denial she can go.
      • Chapter 699 reveals how much further she could go: Sasuke offers up a half-assed "sorry" for everything he'd done up to that point, which includes joining Akatsuki, trying to kill Naruto repeatedly, declaring genocide on Konoha, declaring his intentions to kill the Kages and become a brutal dictator to "give the world someone to hate", using a brutal genjutsu on Sakura, and more. How does Sakura respond? With a "for what". Because in Sakura's denial-induced delusions, Sasuke dindu nuffin!
      • Or, alternatively, she could have said "for what" because she wanted him to apologize more specifically instead of saying "sorry" in a general sense. Considering she said that he "damn well better be (sorry)" after this would make this more plausible.

Sep 19th 2022 at 5:55:34 PM


  • Unsure. The image does look silly, but the example could use more context.
  • Abstain. It's definitely an Anti-Climax, but I'm not sure I would call it hilarious.
  • Not a moment; Fashion-Victim Villain.
    • Natter
  • Cut. It's a star-shaped explosion, that's it.
    • Natter and ZCE.
  • This and the sub-bullets are pure complaining. Cut away.

Sep 20th 2022 at 4:35:03 AM

Bringing up the following examples from Blood-C:

  • Narm:
    • The gruesomely creative ways used by the Elder Bairns to butcher peasants would be enough to elicit Black Comedy laughs by themselves, even without the bright chromatic palette of the series and the often weird character action which only make them more awkward.
    • Episode 12. In two words: the Bunny Blender. The whole town being slaughtered by the Elder Bairn kind of loses its own bite when the creatures doing it look like giant pink and cream rabbits with 'arms' as ears. Not to mention the bit where one stuffs a load of people into a giant bag, then another turns its hand into a blender-type thing. Would be horrific... if it didn't make a typical electric blender sound.
    • Nene and Nono's definitive deaths become ridiculous when you recall all of the panty shots they have as they get gruesomely slaughtered. It may have been intended as Fan Disservice, but still...
    • Some of the Elder Bairns designs (like the train car marshmallow Elder Bairns from Episode 3 and the mentioned bunny Elder Bairns from Episode 12) looked cartoonish and campy compared to the other Elder Bairns designs which looked creepy and sinister-looking.
    • As this video shows, many of the deaths are so over the top they cross the line from gorn and go straight into narm.

Sep 20th 2022 at 9:25:50 AM


  • General. Also the second half just seems to be describing a regular flaw.
  • Might be fine
  • Not sure. Seems like something else, like Fetish Retardant.
  • General
  • General and using a link in place of elaboration.

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