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NARV is an acronym for New Age Retarded Voters. As of January 2006, YTMND has had a rise in popularity and has attracted a wider range of user base. Without knowing exactly the age of the users, and level of sophistication, NARV's seem to be inexperienced and their influence can be attributed to the rise in votes for relatively novice sites that would have never reached popularity in the hey-day of YTMND's past. This is a result of these voters appealing to the lowest common denominator and upvoting almost everything they see. NARV's seem to have no knowledge of YTMND history or the classics that define the tone of the website at large, and have no desire to learn, unlike the common noob. Many NARV's actually split their votes entirely between 1 and 5. Example: MessyRecipe.

NARV-like behavior is not entirely new to YTMND. In the days of "ualualualue" and "ridin spinnaz", you could find this type of user on YTMND. However, by rising in numbers they have justified each others stealing of already well known "funny pictures" from sites throughout the Internet, be they from other YTMND users (see Parasite), 4chan, b3ta, SomethingAwful, screenshots of bizarre news stories, and so forth. Due to a lessening amount of users willing to openly downvote or point out site theft for fear of being "e-venged", NARVism has flourished. zuljinforthewin, for example, will downvote all of your sites if you speak against him.

NARVs are not unique to YTMND, either. Any site that features “original” content and a voting system is vulnerable to NARV invasions. See: YTMND NARV becomes a YouTube NARV.

NARV's that actually create YTMNDs rarely, if ever, use Google or YTMND's own search feature to see if their site has been made already.

It has been proposed that all NARV-made sites be sent to the "alternative universe" NARVTMND.


Some users consider any voter who they do not like, eg. a downvoter, an eBaum's World supporter, or who is generally disliked, to be a NARV. Many have seen the phrase thrown around loosely, and should be careful of such accusations, seeing if they meet the symptoms described in this article.

Horrible Music Taste

NARV's seem to enjoy overdone fad music, such as Axel F, The Price is Right "failure" sound, the Super Mario Bros. theme song, Ghost Love Score by Nightwish, anything by Simple Plan, or older YTMND "fad" songs that have long been retired.

Bottom Feeders

NARV's create and cluster around fad sites that require the least amount of work, continuing to make and upvote them long after the fad has peaked. Most notably:

Artist's interpretation of a typical NARV

Not all of these fads are undistinguishable. The original submissions of these fads mentioned are worthy, but NARV's blindly upvote any site containing these elements without discernable inference. NARV's quickly obliterate fads by attaching gifs posted many times before on YTMND with the new fad music, creating a "double unoriginality" syndrome that experienced YTMNDers find unbearable.

Offenders/Prominent NARVs

# User NARV level Crimes Against YTMND
01 "vex5" Critical AOTS contest runnerup with stolen material, posts stolen material, resubmits to make top 15, downvotes all other sites on U&C so he can make top 15
02 "FanaticallyInsane666" Stable posts stolen material
03 "deepbluevibes" Stable please add info
04 "Keyblademaster99" Critical Downvotes all Classic style YTMNDs,and hasn't made a YTMND
05 "BananaClock" Critical fond of the 'Van Damme dancing' gif, which has been posted over 100 times before
06 "zuljinforthewin" Stable update - seems to just be a troll account, not a true NARV?
07 "likeakiller" Critical true NARV by title definition
08 "Tal27" Critical split voter, even upvotes sites without sound, e-venges
09 "scorpkris" Caution puts other gifs to the new NARV fad music, screenshot YTMNDs
10 "sboss" Critical NARV voter, NARV site maker, revenge voter
11 "Acidrainman" Hopeless 100% NARV
12 "zalbane" Critical entirely split voter, WoW
13 "iSmell-Like-Windex" Critical Split Voter,Drama Queen
14 "WTL" Critical Split Voter, WoW, screenshot YTMND maker
15 "Mr-Jefferson" Stable Split Voter, fits NARV tastes
16 "SenatorZuul" Stable loves all crappy fads, a "bad" upvoter
17 "zepear" Critical and hopeless downvotes in the name of anti-NARV, yet votes like a NARV and calls people NARVs unjustly

Anti-NARV sites