* CrossesTheLineTwice: To some people, although of course DudeNotFunny comes into play in some cases.
* DudeNotFunny: To some people. The nominees are uniformly feckless idiots who all but engineered their own demises, or near-deaths in the case of those deemed "Survivor at Risk"; however, some people do not take kindly to a website making light of death (no matter how brain-oozingly stupid the deaths in question are).
** Some have had their "award" retroactively removed due to this. The boy that drowned after he tied himself to his bike (therefore making sure he wouldn't lose it) before jumping off a pier was removed due to the fact; he was a minor, and had no experience with the sea prior.
** Some of the incidents are clearly driven not by stupidity, but extreme poverty. In one such case, the "winners" were members of a village killed while trying to dismantle an unexploded bomb, as the only source of income in that war-ravaged region was selling the scrap metal from discarded weapons.
* [[SignatureScene Signature Nomination]]: The famous JATO story (about a guy who supposedly strapped a jet engine to his car, with predictable results), which is without a doubt the most famous Darwin Award of all time. Even after it was proven to be an urban myth, it's still beloved and the JATO guy is considered by some to be an unofficial mascot for the Awards.