Opinions on the band range from "original, creative, and awesome enough to be their own genre" to "insufferably emo."
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* SugarWiki/AwesomeMusic: Almost every single they've released.
* BrokenBase: The band has, so far, the most divisive fan base in the music industry, to wit: the devout fans who stuck with them through all six studio albums, those who hail ''Hybrid Theory'' and/or ''Meteora'' more than the the last three studio albums, and the post-''Meteora'' die hard fans.
* DeadHorseGenre: NuMetal, which was later tossed overboard to rid themselves of the title. At least, until ''The Hunting Party''.
** Minutes To Midnight features some songs that capitalize on the popularity of Alternative Rock and Emo as well, as those genres were losing popularity. This is why it led to a lot of fans leaving.
* EarWorm: Pick a song.
* EpicRiff: "One Step Closer", "Faint", and the distinctive piano notes of "In the End".
* FaceOfTheBand: Chester Bennington, Mike Shinoda, and...?
** Brad Delson gets some recognition, if only for the FunnyAfro, and Mr. Hahn is well known, or at least he was during their early years. Rob Bourdon and Dave "Phoenix" Farrell however? Not so much.
* FandomRivalry: Many {{Deftones}} fans are resentful towards Linkin Park for allegedly copying the band's sound. The Deftones are indeed a major influence on the band, although many Linkin Park fans enjoy the Deftones, and the two bands have gone on tour together many times.
** Also, there's the fact that two members of Deftones contributed to ''Reanimation'', with Stephen Carpenter playing guitar on "By_Myslf" and Chino Moreno's Team Sleep remixing "My December", [[WhatCouldHaveBeen which was deemed too dark for the album and has never been released]].
* SugarWiki/FunnyMoments: The infamous EP ''[[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Linkin_Park_discography#Extended_plays LINKIN PARK Underground Vol.8.0 - MMM... COOKIES - Sweet Hamster Like Jewels From America!]]''. [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aZn3cqi4biI&feature=related Also]] [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WuJg9d6lN6A&feature=related this]] [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xs-OrztP9IE one]].
** An episode for their album has one where the band is reading Youtube comments. "When I first heard this song, I thought it was utter crap. I was so disappointed. Then I realized my headphones weren't all the way in."
* FunnyAneurysmMoment: The Xero demo "Reading My Eyes" features Mike rapping that he is "The microphone molester". A couple of years later, Chester Bennington would join the band, and had been tormented by people at school calling him "Chester the molester" (not helped by the fact he actually was molested for six years as a child). One can imagine him wincing when hearing the lyrics to Reading My Eyes, and it's a small wonder why it wasn't rerecorded by Linkin Park until they did it live in 2006 from fan requests.
* [[GatewaySeries Gateway Music]]: Let's just say more than a few metalheads were introduced to hard rock/metal through this band. Whether or not they admit it is [[GuiltyPleasures another story]]. And if you're young enough and have not heard any of the Music/BeastieBoys, Linkin Park could have also been a gateway to the "eccentric" AlternativeRock scene with bands like Music/{{U2}} and The Cure, due to their experimenting with electronic and HipHop elements.
* GrowingTheBeard: ''A Thousand Suns'', to [[BrokenBase the side of the base]] that doesn't [[LoveItOrHateIt hate it.]]
* HilariousInHindsight: "One Step Closer" and "Numb", two of Linkin Park's most well-known songs, [[NamesTheSame share the same names]] with two lesser-known Music/{{U2}} songs. Now, what was one of the complaints about [[SuspiciouslySimilarSong "Shadow of the Day"]]? The fact that U2's "One Step Closer" came out four years after [=LP=]'s song doesn't make this any less funny.
** Mike's side project is most known for "Remember the Name", though most people [[CompletelyMissingThePoint couldn't tell who performs it]] if they heard it. Also hilarious is that Fort Minor's actual big hit was "Where'd You Go?", which has gone out of people's memories whereas "Remember the Name" is the song that is "remembered" today.
** After Creator/IdinaMenzel's "Let It Go" in ''Disney/{{Frozen}}'' made a much bigger impression on pop culture than "Iridescent", the repetition of the lyrics "Do you feel cold and lost in desperation?" and "Let it go" are hilarious to listen to.
* InternetBackdraft: [[ShmuckBait Go ahead, try telling a metalhead that Linkin Park is metal]].
* ItsTheSameNowItSucks: Many of the responses from fans towards ''Meteora'', as well as ''Reanimation'' due the mere nature of a remix album (especially one so early in the band's career).
* LoveItOrHateIt: ''A Thousand Suns''. Boy howdy. Some see it as the band's GrowingTheBeard moment, showing that they're actually capable artists with a glowing future from this point on, comparing it to ''[[{{Radiohead}} Kid A]]'' and praising it as the [[SugarWiki/AwesomeMusic best album]] [[MagnumOpus they've ever made]]. Also similarly to ''Kid A'', the rest see it as a failed attempt to be [[TrueArtIsIncomprehensible "artful"]], or at least that their ventures into other styles all fell on their faces, [[SoOkayItsAverage rendering nothing able to truly stand out]].
* MagnumOpus: ''Hybrid Theory'', being one of the best-selling debut albums of the 21st Century. Although some fans would consider ''A Thousand Suns'' to be this instead, due to the level of experimentation they used in creating it.
* MemeticMutation:
** '''"[[{{Wangst}} CRAAAAAWWWWWWWWLIIIIIIINGGG INNNNNNN MY SKIIIIIIIIIIIIIN!! THESE WOOOOOOUUUUNDS THEYY WILLLLLL NOT HEEEEE-ALLLLLL!!!]]"''' has basically become the theme song for mocking {{Emo Teen}}s.
** We have a rapist in Linkin Park.[[labelnote:*]]This particular line came from the same infamous news interview from Antoine Dodson that spawned the Bed Intruder song. Obviously, the fact that Lincoln also sounds like "Linkin" did not go unnoticed.[[/labelnote]]
** Where is the Old LP?[[labelnote:*]]Began circulation among the [[BrokenBase divided fan base]] upon release of ''Minutes to Midnight''.[[/labelnote]]
** "[[{{Mondegreen}} Try the ketchup, motherfucker!]]"[[note]]Someone misheard the line from the chorus of ''When they Come for Me'', and ran with it. There's now even a [[http://www.lpassociation.com/forums/showthread.php?t=33320 fan shirt]] of the misheard line, with Mike wearing a tuxedo.[[/note]]
** I tried so hard, and got so far...[[labelnote:*]]In the end, it doesn't even matter.[[/labelnote]]
* MisaimedFandom:
** LinkinPark wrote "Crawling" about Chester's genuine struggles with abuse as a child, and "Papercut" about someone struggling with meth addiction, but they were widely adopted by teenagers as songs to express their frustration at their parents for petty reasons. "One Step Closer" was not serious either, the lyrics were just taking out their frustrations at the producer for making them do endless retakes of "Runaway" because they couldn't make the arrangement work. The band were so conscious of the audience they were attracting that they moved away from the nu-metal genre and started writing lyrics about other things.
** They later wrote "Valentine's Day". Guess what it's not about? Though stumpingly seen as an emo teen break-up song for some reason, it's actually about a funeral.
--> And the ground below grew colder
-->'''As they put you down inside'''
* MisattributedSong:
** Can't find info on a certain song? Make sure it's not by Fort Minor, Grey Daze, Dead By Sunrise, or Tribal Ink (or Kansas of all things)
** Also, that's not Shinoda rapping on Music/{{Evanescence}}'s "Bring Me to Life". That's Paul [=McCoy=] of 12 Stones.
* NarmCharm: Some fans seem to love hearing Chester [[CarefulWithThatAxe scream his arse off]].
* NeverLiveItDown: Again, despite their shift in style, Linkin Park still gets linked to their MisaimedFandom.
* NightmareFuel: With "Wisdom, Justice, and Love" on ''A Thousand Suns,'' Linkin Park has managed to make a speech from freakin' MARTIN LUTHER KING JR. into this by distorting his voice to hell in the latter part of the clip. And then they replay it a couple times just for good measure.
** It starts off normal, and ends up sounding almost exactly like [[Franchise/MassEffect Sovereign]].
** Counting the videos, the one for "Final Masquerade" had so much cryptic symbollisms that it's both confusing and disturbing at the same time.
** The cover of the [[http://i.ytimg.com/vi/syV7gir3eN0/maxresdefault.jpg Xero demo tape]] features what can only be described as a {{Fetus Terrible}} with green skin and {{Black Eyes of Evil}}.
* PainfulRhyme: Mike actually had the gall to rhyme "monkey" with "funky" on "When They Come for Me".
* ParvumOpus: ''Minutes to Midnight''. Although it had [[CriticalDissonance positive reviews and excellent sales]], it was ''thrashed'' by the fandom who wanted another ''Music/HybridTheory''[=/=]''Music/{{Meteora}}''. The general consensus being that they [[TheyChangedItNowItSucks gave up everything that made them original in order to be as generic as possible]]. Instead of their unique brand of NuMetal, {{rap}}, and [[RockAndRoll rock]], it's just generic ArenaRock that could've been done by any band, with [[SpotlightStealingSquad Chester taking up all the spotlight]] and [[DemotedToExtra Shinoda being reduced to an instrumentalist and backing vocalist]] [[StepUpToTheMicrophone with only three songs in the limelight]] (and only one that featured their signature VocalTagTeam). While their later material has its fans that are [[BrokenBase at odds with the nu metal fanbase]], this is widely considered to be their worst album from all sides. In fact, its discography is mostly forgotten by the fanbase today except for "What I've Done" and maybe "Bleed It Out".
* SeinfeldIsUnfunny: The band's signature combination of NuMetal, AlternativeRock, HipHop, various ElectronicMusic subgenres and {{Pop}} sensibility was fairly original for its time; nowadays, [[FollowTheLeader thanks to all the imitators]], they're often accused of having copied their signature sound from some other band.
** They caught onto this pretty quickly and wanted to do a stylistic overhaul right after ''Hybrid Theory'', but ExecutiveMeddling kept them from doing so until ''Minutes To Midnight''.
* SignatureSong: "In The End", primarily. "Crawling" and "Numb" are also contenders. After changing styles, "What I've Done", "New Divide", and "Burn It Down" fit this.
* SuspiciouslySimilarSong: "Shadow of the Day" sounds quite similar to [[Music/{{U2}} "With or Without You"]]. Likewise, the intro to "What I've Done" and the ''Franchise/{{Halloween}}'' theme.
* TheyChangedItNowItSucks: What most of the fanbase's reaction to ''Minutes to Midnight'' amount to. It became more and more divisive with the folowing two albums, until the release of ''The Hunting Party''.
** Some reactions to ''Reanimation'' as well during its initial release, being a remix compilation rather than the ''Hybrid Theory'' sequel they were hoping for.
* VindicatedByHistory: ''Meteora'' was seen as a cheap rehash of ''Hybrid Theory'' when it came out, but when the band changed their style, more fans warmed up to it.
** Each NewSoundAlbum tends to get this once the hoopla over the different musical style dies down. ''A Thousand Suns'', once considered by some as one of their worst albums, is now acknowledged as having some of their best songs, to the point that it has been viewed as a MagnumOpus contender to ''Hybrid Theory.''
* VisualEffectsOfAwesome: A lot of their music videos (beginning with ''In The End'') tend to use extensive amounts of CG.
* {{Wangst}}: "Crawling" is a pretty good example to some, even though it's about genuine pain. Ditto with "Numb".
* WTHCastingAgency: Anybody else thinks it's a little strange to hear Chester [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2I9ucQXkVOU on the same song as G-Unit's Young Buck?]]
* TheWoobie: Dave "Phoenix" Farrell.
--> '''Phoenix:''' The first time LP went to Japan a fan handed me a letter at a meet and greet. The envelope was addressed "Dear Mike, Joe, Chester, Brad, Rob, and [[NobodyLovesTheBassist bass]] [[BuffySpeak player man]]".
** Mike pokes fun at Phoenix and his Twittering on his blog. He even made a banner that says "Blogging Totally Pwns Twittering" for fans of his blog to post on their websites in a response to one of Phoenix's Twitter posts.