* SugarWiki/AwesomeMusic: If you can get past the melodrama, quite a bit. Most fans admit that lyrics can enter the state of {{narm}} fairly frequently, (the chorus of "Where Is Everybody?", especially) but state that the music itself more than makes up for it.
* BetterThanCanon: Trent's reaction to watching JohnnyCash's video for "Hurt" and hearing his cover for the first time:
--->"I pop the video in, and wow... Tears welling, silence, goose-bumps... Wow. [I felt like] I just lost my girlfriend, because that song isn't mine anymore..."
* BrokenBase: Reactions to Trent Reznor's film score work range from outright hate (much of the film score community) to hyperbolic praise (pretty much everybody else).
** Another big contention amongst fans are whether any of the albums Post-With Teeth are as good as the ones that came before. A lot of the contention comes from the fact that the lyrical content and especially Trent's vocal style are vastly different than ''The Downward Spiral'' and ''The Fragile''.
* ChorusOnlySong: "Closer".
* CoveredUp: NIN's version of "Physical" is now more famous than Adam Ant's original.
** Just as Music/JohnnyCash's version of "Hurt" is now more famous than the NIN original.
** "Dead Souls" was originally a Music/JoyDivision song.
* EarWorm: Seriously, just try to get the drum patterns from each NIN song out of your head.
* EnsembleDarkHorse: Live guitarist Robin Finck has always been the most popular member of the live band, and his return for both ''The Slip'' and ''Hesitation Marks'' was met with happiness from the fans.
** Also, the demos of unfinished/rejected ''Hesitation Marks'' tracks from the deluxe version interview. Especially the first and second one.
* EpicRiff: "Wish," "March of the Pigs," "Starfuckers Inc.," "My Violent Heart," "The Warning".
** And not just on the guitar. The bass riff shared in the songs "Into the Void" and "La Mer" are arguably some of the most memorable from the rhythm section.
* FandomRivalry: With Music/{{Ministry}}. The two fanbases don't realize, however, that Trent Reznor is friends with Ministry frontman, Al Jourgensen.
* FanDumb[=/=]HateDumb: See YokoOhNo below: believing Trent's sideproject How To Destroy Angels to be the only thing keeping him from making more NIN music, a significant portion of the fanbase has taken to degrading and viciously insulting his wife and HTDA vocalist Mariqueen Maandig Reznor. [[http://www.buzzfeed.com/perpetua/trent-reznors-band-has-a-great-new-song For an example, see the comments]].
* FanNickname: "AWITH ATEETHA!"
* FriendlyFandoms: As of late, the NIN fanbase is crossing roads with the fanbase of '''Music/QueensOfTheStoneAge''', of all bands. Why? Trent Reznor has collaborated with QOTSA for their latest effort, ''...Like Clockwork'', and the two bands have toured extensively across Australasia.
** Also, the NIN fanbase has good long-term relationships with the fanbases of Music/MarilynManson and Music/GaryNuman.
* FreudWasRight: Some fans interpret the gun imagery in ''[[ConceptAlbum The Downward Spiral]]'' as this.
** The "Closer" video was purposefully filled with plenty of references to this trope.
--->'''Mark Romanek, the director''': "I like how the front of [the microphone] looks like a little nipple."
* FridgeBrilliance: "Mr. Self Destruct" and "Big Man With A Gun" both have the same tempo (100 BPM) and similar melodies. It could be chalked up to coincidence if not for the fact that "Big Man With a Gun" is the moment where the protagonist becomes fully corrupted and seemingly irredeemable- the very thing foreshadowed in "Mr. Self Destruct." Also, "Mr. Self Destruct" and "Big Man With a Gun" begin and end the first 'section' of the album (tracks 1-9, according to Trent).
* HoYay: Quite a bit.
** Trent has a quite a bit of HoYay *and* FoeYay with protegee Music/MarilynManson, much to the joy of [[YaoiFangirl Slash Fangirls]] everywhere.
** Trent used to make out in public with [[Music/{{Filter}} Richard Patrick]], the first live-guitarist, whenever they wanted to get rid of someone. They also had the habit of jumping on each other during live shows.
*** The fact that Richard's nickname was 'Piggy' also puts several songs on The Downward Spiral in an entirely new light.
** To say nothing of Trent's relationship with his long-time assistant and roommate, Chris Vrenna, who was probably the closest thing NIN ever had to another official member.
*** Plus, [[http://24.media.tumblr.com/tumblr_lovxvnhk1H1qmlr3no1_1280.jpg these]] [[http://25.media.tumblr.com/tumblr_lopxkr0poJ1qm4dano1_1280.jpg pictures]]. That is all.
* ItsPopularNowItSucks: Around the ''Broken'' era, NIN were gaining more popularity and some original fans decided they were getting too "mainstream". Trent himself didn't quite understand this trope.
* MisaimedFandom: Truly epic amounts of this surrounding ''The Downward Spiral'' as a whole. It's basically Trent exploring his nastiest impulses ([[TheHedonist hedonism,]] violence, RageAgainstTheHeavens, etc.) for 14 songs and exploring how things would end if he actually gave in to them (hint: not well).
* {{Narm}}: "Closer", mainly because of the chorus.
** "The Only Time"'s lame pun: "My moral standing is lying down."
** The chorus to "Where Is Everybody?" which rhymes off words ending with "ing" and not much else.
* NarmCharm: A large portion of the lyrics - especially during the eras of ''The Downward Spiral'' and ''The Fragile'' - often play up the angst factor all its worth. Most fans love the songs anyway.
* NauseaFuel: "Help Me I Am In Hell," DEAR GOD.
** "The Downward Spiral." The detuned guitars, the flies, the screams, the ugly, clipped backing music in the distance... [[DrivenToSuicide the lyrics...]]
* PainfulRhyme: Quite a few.
** "Where Is Everybody?"'s chorus deserves an award. It's essentially a ListSong of words ending with -ing and Trent tries his hardest to stress every single syllable during the song's slow beat. "TRY-AH-YING AND LY-AH-YING, DEFY-HUH-YING, DENY-UH-YING..."
* SecondVerseCurse: "Closer".
* SignatureSong: "Head Like a Hole", "Closer", "Hurt" and "The Hand That Feeds" are the most common candidates.
* SongAssociation: "Came Back Haunted" appeared in ''GranTurismo 6'' and "Copy of A" appeared in ''FIFA 14''.
** And before that, "The Warning" and "The Mark Has Been Made" appeared in ''NeedForSpeed Undercover''; "1.000.000" and "Discipline" appeared in ''MidnightClub Los Angeles'' and "The Hand That Feeds" appeared in ''Midnight Club 3''.
* TheyChangedItNowItSucks: All of his albums have gone through this on some level, particularly more recent ones. Apparently, now that he's gotten clean, is [[BabiesEverAfter married with two kids]], is, in his own words, the happiest he's ever been, and his music isn't as full of {{Angst}} as it once was, Trent's lost his mojo, which carries some UnfortunateImplications.
* VindicatedByHistory: Fan response to ''The Fragile'' was rather lukewarm despite strong reviews, most likely because it wasn't as heavy as ''The Downward Spiral'' and didn't have a song with a chorus as [[MemeticMutation memetically popular]] as "Closer". However, a few years later fans have started to judge it on its own merits and it's now considered to be Reznor's MagnumOpus.
** ''With Teeth'' also appears to be gaining more and more popularity nowadays. When it came out, it was considered one of his worst to date. Some fans, however, think it's a good album to introduce others to - because, let's face it, most of Trent's discography is a bit too far on the 'weird' end of the scale for people to get into easily despite his success - and recently, it appears to be earning more credibility and more people are considering one of their favorites now than there were back then.
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* WhatAnIdiot: The protagonist of ''The Downward Spiral'''s premature celebration at the end of "Ruiner." "You didn't hurt me... nothing can hurt me... you didn't hurt me... nothing can stop-" *cue [[FromBadToWorse "The Becoming"]]*
* YokoOhNo: Trent getting married and having kids pretty much blew up [[FanDumb some]] fangirls (and ''boys'', as seen [[http://www.theninhotline.com/archives/articles/haha.html here]]). Fans blame his wife for him ending NIN as a touring project (indefinitely, though) despite the fact that he's expressed interest in trying something new ''years'' before even meeting Mariqueen, and create off the wall theories like "they're both on drugs!" among other things. Just go on Website/YouTube and check out one of the songs in their band How to Destroy Angels and read the comments. It gets pretty ridiculous.
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