* 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 filmmaking or you think he's an 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 say 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.