* LoveItOrHateIt: Lars von Trier is a major candidate for the most divisive filmmaker in the history of cinema. Either you think he's a brilliant, underrated genius who singlehandedly reinvented the very art of filmmaker or you think he's a arrogant, pretentious AttentionWhore that lives to make audiences as bitter and miserable as his films.
** To drive this point home, ''The Movie Show's'' Margaret Pomeranz gave ''Dancer in the Dark'' 5 stars out of 5, while her partner, David Stratton, gave it ''zero stars''. That was the only time that'd happened in the history of the show. To that Lars is a polarizing figure is an understatement.
* MagnumOpus: Generally agreed upon to be ''Breaking the Waves''. At the very least, it's one of his few works that has actually achieved a good consensus from critics.
** Some may cite ''Dancer in the Dark'' or even ''Nymphomaniac'' as this as well.
* SmallNameBigEgo: In addition to his reputation as a filmmaker, the amount of things that von Trier has said in the past certainly doesn't help. But notable examples have included telling Creator/PeterJackson that he would have made a better ''Film/TheLordOfTheRings'' adaptation and saying he understood UsefulNotes/AdolfHitler while at the Cannes Film Festival (Nazism is a touchy subject in France) which led to a lifetime ban from the festival.
* TrueArtIsAngsty: Lars didn't invent this game, but he now owns it the way Tiger Woods owns golf.