Troll WADs are WADs that are made purposely bad in order to troll those who download and play them. Somewhat similar to a Joke WAD, these wads use a false description or story that doesn't fit the levels in order to fool people into downloading them. Terry is the author who created this genre himself. 2012 saw the general rise of Troll WADs with Doomguy 2000 and followers of Terry uploading these types of wads onto the /idgames archive to troll people. This genre of wads is panned by the entire Doom community for being offensive and/or pointless, and since 2012 no longer get reviews on the /newstuff Chronicles. Ty Halderman, manager of Doomworld's /idgames, has recently deleted many Troll WADs, including UAC Military Nightmare because they mostly contained useless lumps that bloat the file size, while some were removed because they can mess with the player's Zandronum settings, and a few more for other reasons. However, not too long after that, some Terry WADs returned without the useless lumps, while the rest of them got moved to their own theme.

Types of Troll WADs

Terry Style

These type of WADs use a false description that is generally too good to be true in order to fool the player into downloading them and mostly consist of single incomplete levels that seem normal and then later on becomes a death trap, teleporting the player to a badly textured room with either the Carnevil texture or a custom texture that attends to look either sexual or has a random picture. These death traps usually use vulgar dialogue and extremely loud sounds that annoy the player. Even if it appears that the player has beaten the level, it might restart or advances to a trap level with Arch-Viles or other overpowered custom monsters. Some of them contain malicious scripts that mess with the player's configuration settings. Most of these wads were deleted by Ty Halderman during the archive cleanup of bogus content because most of the them contained bogus lumps that would inflate the wad size to what it actually was, while others were deleted because they contained malicious scripts that would configure the player settings. The rest of them were moved to their own theme.

Zip Bombs

Some troll wads when unzipped become much bigger than the zip file itself. Infected Base was the first of this kind, when unzipped, becomes an entire gigabyte. All of the known ones are also Terry style with the same elements that are included in these type of wads. When viewed in an WAD editor they contain multiple text lumps that become large in size, so when compressed in zip files, the wad themselves become much smaller in size. The largest of all them was 1.5 GB and when that user uploaded the wad to idgames, he became banned shortly afterwards. The wad can be found here. As of May 3, 2014, all wads that are essentially zip bombs have become banned.

  • Infected Base
  • Dementia
  • Desert Assault
  • Death of Mars

Doomguy 2000

Doomguy 2000 is another known troll and much like Terry, makes bad wads on purpose to Troll others. He does this in a variety of ways such as, taking the Doom engine to bad extremes, maps that include monsters from Doomguy's Warzone, or are made to be completely pointless. His style to some can be considered avant-garde, since he doesn't use the same jokes over and over like Terry.