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There are some well-known works that gathered controversy throughout the years, and there are also famously controversial works in which the controversy, whether rightful or not, would overshadow most other aspects. Which isn't to say that works in the latter category have no other redeeming factor, just that most people would know little else aside from the controversial aspects.

Bad reviews alone do not make a controversial moment, and in fact some works can be well-regarded by critics and those who watched, read or played the work, and not all works listed here are either [[SoBadItsGood laughably bad]] or just [[Darthwiki/SoBadItsHorrible downright terrible]]. Plot-related twists are generally not what makes up the category either, even if such cases are subjective. The major qualifier is that the works would be known beyond the fans of a particular genre that there's little knowledge of some other parts of a work to the general public.

Controversies can be a result of the following:
* MoralGuardians (be they politicians or groups)
* UnfortunateImplications
* Public cat-fights between the creator and the media, critics, public, or all three (such as DearNegativeReader rants).
* Deceptive or offensive marketing
* Frequent embarrassing displays of offensive or questionable behaviour: chronic examples of being under the influence of alcohol or drugs in public, showcasing a HairTriggerTemper whenever feeling provoked, making impulsive offensive comments, use of foul language, rudeness towards fans...

See also NeverLiveItDown, ColbertBump, DancingBear, JustHereForGodzilla, MainstreamObscurity, ComplainingAboutShowsYouDontWatch, WatchItForTheMeme and AllThereIsToKnowAboutTheCryingGame. Compare and contrast NoSuchThingAsBadPublicity, and ControversyProofImage. When a whole genre gets held under controversy, it would become TheNewRockAndRoll.

Keep in mind that, [[YouKeepUsingThatWord despite how it is usually used]], "controversial" is not the same thing as "offensive." You can have a completely family-friendly and non-political work that still provokes dissent, especially if the work is aiming for realism.

[[RuleOfCautiousEditingJudgement Please be cautious about editing this page]]. It isn't supposed to imply that there's no other redeeming factor for the works on this list. It also doesn't necessarily mean that the creators ''meant'' their work to be controversial.


[[folder: Advertising ]]
* [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ck14LKBI9GM This]] French Orangina ad. It barely raised an issue in France, but when a few activists showed it to the US people were so shocked by all the {{YIFF}} they saw that [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bn5PJTRduv0 one of the later Orangina ads]] [[SelfDeprecation poked fun at it]], only to realize that most French that saw it barely had any clue what the fuss was all about. They continued to keep the border-line furries as mascots, as their target country seemed all right with it.

[[folder: Anime/Manga ]]
* The manga ''Manga/HououGakuenMisoragumi'' barely made a blip in the US. But what was the general fan response? Absolute hatred. Both from the fans and the English publishers. Why? Because it's a manga that takes the CureYourGays route FAR too seriously, bringing along with it a whole mountain of ValuesDissonance regarding lesbianism and gender roles. The English publishers treat it as an OldShame and don't ever bring it up anymore.
* ''Kodomo no Jikan'' (proposed title ''Nymphet'') was licensed by publisher Seven Seas but never released in America due to its lolicon overtones. They had only seen the first book (which isn't too bad in terms of content). Then the controversy erupted. Initially, Seven Seas defended the title, but a combination of major book chains refusing to stock it and their reading the later volumes (which come very close to violating the PROTECT Act) caused them to change their mind and drop it.
* Perhaps the one thing most people remember about the 1992 film adaptation of ''[[Manga/MrArashisAmazingFreakShow Mr. Arashi's Amazing Freak Show]]'' is the fact that it was banned by the Japanese government for 14 years because of its explicit depictions of pedophilia & animal abuse.
* ''Manga/KoiKaze'' is well known for being about a romance between a 27 year old man and a 15 year old girl, who are also [[BrotherSisterIncest siblings]] who were separated at a young age. Despite the fact it covers the topic more maturely and realistic than other series that fact troubles the series reputation.
* ''Lotte no Omocha'', for the same reasons as ''Kodomo no Jikan'' - the female protagonist is a succubus? Well, OK, nothing bad about it so far... wait, the female protagonist is also '''10 years old''' and will die if she doesn't drink [[UnusualEuphemism Life Essence]]? DudeNotFunny
* ''Anime/{{Pokemon}}'':
** The episode "Electric Soldier Porygon" is known far more for causing a record-breaking number of seizures in Japan upon its initial airing and the resulting [[BannedEpisode ban on airing the episode in any form worldwide]] than the actual content of the episode itself. This extends to the Pokemon Porygon itself, which despite [[{{Misblamed}} not being the actual cause of the flashing]] is sweeped under the rug as much as they can for no other reason then it being the Pokemon featured in the episode. It is actually ''Pikachu'' that is responsible for the offending sequence.
** ''Anime/PokemonTheMastermindOfMiragePokemon'' is more known for being associated with the controversy that followed after Pokémon USA (now known as The Pokémon Company International) fired the English voice actors that had been working on the anime since day one in favor of newer, cheaper ones.
** ''Anime/PokemonGenesectAndTheLegendAwakened'' is mostly remembered for the fan backlash surrounding the inclusion of a second, female Mewtwo and the implied (but now debunked) {{retcon}} of Mewtwo's backstory that it created, to the point where it got it own folder on the film's YMMV page.
* ''Anime/DragonBallKai'' was ''just'' reaching the end of its initial run when a lawsuit concerning Kenji Yamamoto's soundtrack struck, and all of said music had to be taken out in every re-run and re-release and replaced with equivalents from Shunsuke Kikuchi's score for [[Anime/DragonBallZ the original series]]. While Yamamoto's soundtrack for the show was already a BaseBreaker, its legally obligated censorship only made things worse, with a new base emerging to try and [[SympathyForTheDevil defend]] Yamamoto's plagiarism.
* ''Manga/BunnyDrop'' will forever be remembered for its ending where [[spoiler:the main character dates and then marries his adopted daughter (who he [[NotBloodRelated thought]] was his grandfather's child for ten years) whom he raised from childhood]] than any of its own merits before that. The anime gets off easily, though, thanks to [[GeckoEnding ending halfway through the story]] and keeping it an innocent family tale.
* The only time ''Anime/{{Stitch}}'' comes up amongst western ''Disney/LiloAndStitch'' fans is to complain about it being a StealthSequel and how it ruins the original series' theme about "ohana" and family. Even fans of the anime hate that episode though, as originally the anime was marketed as an AlternateUniverse.

* Buick are in this state ''right now''. The decision to [[KilledOffForReal permanently discontinue the Verano sedan in 2017]] hasn't been met well with some fans, and the new emphasis on crossovers and SUVs (which is a [[CyclicTrope trend]]) is also equally as controversial, with some {{Fandom}} stating TheyChangedItNowItSucks and others are accusing Buick of being in a DorkAge.
* Google's self-driving car / AutomatedAutomobiles project is seen as this, with the [[MemeticMutation viral of officers pulling over a self-driving car]] being an issue, along with some people seeing it as ReedRichardsIsUseless technology (and by extension, JobStealingRobot). The car, which according to WordOfGod was supposed to be "cutesy" is seen as TheGrotesque by some people. It doesn't help that, in Europe, Google is better known as a search engine company, and "[[{{Flanderization}} that company better known]] for the [[{{UnPerson}} "right to be forgotten"]] by [[ScrewedByTheLawyers a court order in Spain]]. This overlaps with LuddWasRight, some people on the blogosphere (including one now-inactive {{Tumblr}}]] site.).
* Tesla's Model 3 is already this, even though [[ObviousBeta we only see prototypes now]] and there is controversy over whether they can build enough cars by 2018, and even debate online over whether Tesla founder Elon Musk is a CorruptCorporateExecutive or an UnclePennybags figure, along with people stating that the Tesla Model 3 is lousy in design terms (something that some people have called the Tesla Model S, considered to be TheMockbuster of a General Motors design or a Jaguar design, with the only exception being the powertrain (it being electric, the General Motors and Jaguar being petrol, diesel or hybrid).
** It gets even worse when some people online see Elon Musk as a SnakeOilSalesman and celebrities [[ButtMonkey see him as someone to poke fun at]], particularly RealityTV ones. Especially one of ''TheOnlyWayIsEssex'' cast, who insisted that the car was basically like the old British Leyland cars without the industrial relations problems. She also thought Tesla was a ShoddyKnockoffProduct of premium brands like Mercedes-Benz, Jaguar, Audi etc. and that they were going the same way Chinese cars were seen as at the beginning of TheNewTens. [[HiddenDepths This is someone who on-screen is portrayed]] as being TheDitz and MsFanservice.
** Some sites accused Tesla of offering {{Vaporware}} or an automobile stuck in DevelopmentHell. One blog also considered the car as an unmanly car, with its powertrain and styling and said it basically was SoBadItsHorrible. The car hasn't even been launched yet, but some people consider Tesla as a manufacturer of TheAllegedCar.
* Uber also counts, not only due to the AutomatedAutomobiles, but also being a way to steal taxi-driver's jobs, as the many Uber protests show. Their CEO Travis Kalanick's girlfriend is seen as YokoOhNo by female fans as well.


[[folder: Comics ]]
* ''ComicBook/{{Batgirl 2011}}'' has developed a reputation for getting caught up in a controversy of some sort every other month, greatly overshadowing the actual content of the book itself. First there was controversy over ''the very premise'' (having a well-known crippled character no longer be crippled, which was seen as offensive to the disabled), then there was controversy over one of the first villains being a guy who kills people that experienced miraculous recoveries (seen as insulting people who disliked the change), then there was outrage over the usage of an UnsettlingGenderReveal (interpreted by some as transphobic), and now most recently it's been at the center of a massive debate about the role of social justice and feminism in fiction after a cover for the comic (which was confirmed by WordOfGod to have been a homage to ''ComicBook/TheKillingJoke'') was pulled by DC.
* ''[[ComicBook/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicIDW My Little Pony Annual 2014]]'' was dead on arrival the instant someone noticed a certain incredibly controversial ([[RuleOfCautiousEditingJudgment let's just leave it at that]]) OriginalCharacter the writer had slipped in, and the entire story and plot was instantly forgotten in favor of intense arguing, debate, {{Flame War}}s, and even calling for said writer to be ''fired''. It's been over a year at this point and that writer and [=IDW=] ''still'' [[NeverLiveItDown take flak for it]] from the fanbase, and the majority of the fanbase only knows that issue as "the one that caused all the arguing".
* The first two ComicBook/{{Tintin}} stories, ''[[Recap/TintinTintinInTheLandOfTheSoviets Tintin in the Land Of The Soviets]]'' and ''[[Recap/TintinTintinInTheCongo Tintin in Africa]]'' are both controversial to this day. The first is essentially a SomeAnvilsNeedToBeDropped anti-Soviet, anti-Communist propaganda piece that even Creator/{{Herge}} saw as an OldShame and refused to have updated, colorized or even reprinted. The second has been updated (notably by removing scenes where Tintin makes huge inroads into Congolese wildlife), colorized and reprinted, but has gained more controversy since the 1960s because of the outdated colonial times imagery and offensive depictions of black Africans. A similar thing happened with ''[[Recap/TintinTheShootingStar The Shooting Star]]'', which was made during the Nazi occupation and features a banker with a big bulbous nose as the villain, who not only looks a lot like a stereotypical Jew, but also has a Jewish sounding name ''Bohlwinkel''. Hergé denied that this was intentional and claimed the name was just a Marollian [[note]] the French dialect spoken in Brussels which contains many Flemish words and phrases [[/note]] name for "candystore". He was actually surprised that it was a Jewish surname too. The original story had the banker being American too, which was changed in the reprints to the fictional state Sao Rico. There was also a minor scene poking fun at two rabbis, gloating over the fact that the world will end because then they wouldn't have to pay their debts off, which was also removed.
* Creator/RobertCrumb has drawn a lot of stories that really pushed the boundaries of social taboos. Some of them frequently turn up in analysis about the freedom of speech because they are extremely offensive to women and Afro-Americans.
* ''ComicBook/RatQueens'' saw its popularity evaporate almost overnight after artist and co-creator Roc Upchurch was arrested for domestic violence. While Upchurch was fired and replaced very soon afterwards, he still receives royalties for sales of any issue or trade in which his art appears, which has made many of the series' fans hesitant about continuing to buy them.
** Further controversy arose after Tess Fowler, the third artist to handle the book (and the only woman involved with it) was fired. Kurtis Wiebe insists that she was let go so that he could put the book on hiatus and figure out what he wants to do with it, but Fowler has claimed that Wiebe fired her because he was planning to bring back Upchurch.

[[folder: Fanfiction ]]
* The ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic'' fanfiction ''Fanfic/TheConversionBureau'' and its ''numerous'' [[RecursiveFanfiction spinoffs]] are most well known for their misanthropy, UnfortunateImplications (least of which include the advocating of [[WouldBeRudeToSayGenocide genocide]]), and the ''intense'' {{Flame War}}s that often accompany these fics. One spin-off writer, Chatoyance, is especially controversial for essentially taking the above and taking them UpToEleven and then some. Three particular stories stand out: ''Ten Minutes: Aftermath'', a personal FixFic that was interpreted (due to how Chatoyance posted a link right on the original author's comments page) as a [[TakeThat middle finger]] to the fans of the original ''Ten Minutes'' story; ''The Reasonably Adamant Down With Celestia Newfoal Society'', which was little more than a caustic TakeThatCritics leveled at anyone that didn't like her work; and finally, the short story ''New Universe Three: The Friendship Virus'', TCB fic InNameOnly that veered straight into UnfortunateImplications territory with its overtly [[DoesNotLikeMen misandric]] messages.
* ''Fanfic/MyLittleUnicorn'' is remembered more for the author's [[{{Wangst}} wangsting and whining about MLP:FiM]] and how bad it is than the fact that it's a fanfic at all. His notoriety in the ''Franchise/{{Digimon}}'' and ''WesternAnimation/TeenTitans'' fandoms haven't helped. Although people can [[InNameOnly find]] [[ComplainingAboutComplaining plenty]] [[MarySue to dislike]] [[SelfInsertFic about the fic itself]].

[[folder: Films -- Animated ]]
* ''WesternAnimation/BatmanBeyondReturnOfTheJoker'' is remembered for two controversial scenes: the Bonk vs. SelfDemonstrating/TheJoker scene [[spoiler:in which the latter kills the former with the BangFlagGun]], and the entire flashback scene, with the very noteworthy part near the end [[spoiler:in which Robin does the same thing to the Joker]]. Even before the film was released to video and DVD in 2000, movie companies were coming under heavy criticism for violence in films during the fallout of the UsefulNotes/{{Columbine}} shootings that had happened over a year ago, and WB felt pressured and afraid that MoralGuardians and {{Media Watchdog}}s would object that the movie would be a repeat of Columbine. As a result, the original release date (Halloween 2000) was postponed, and the film heavily edited and toned down for release on December 12. But even then, the {{Bowdlerise}}d version (especially with [[spoiler:the Joker's death scene changed to a {{Family Unfriendly|Death}} HighVoltageDeath]]) didn't help matters, but only caused unrest among many Franchise/{{Batman}} fans that lasted for over a year. That unrest thankfully quelled down when the film developers still retained the original version in shelves and eventually released it on DVD as "the original, uncut version" under the PG-13 rating on April 23, 2002 (just three days after the third anniversary of the Columbine tragedy) following an online petition to have it released. The same uncut version would be digitally enhanced and released on Blu-Ray nine years later.
* ''WesternAnimation/{{Coonskin}}'', Creator/RalphBakshi's satirical {{Blaxploitation}} re-imagining of the Uncle Remus tales. The Rev. Al Sharpton famously criticized the film without even seeing it, saying, "I don't got to see shit; I can smell shit!" This has given the film some very undeserved bad publicity that it only managed to shake off in recent times, when professional critics and black audiences praised it for being a great movie that is absolutely the opposite of being racist. Even Creator/SpikeLee is a fan!

[[folder: Films -- Live-Action ]]
* Everyone will agree that ''Film/AClockworkOrange'' is a controversial film. However in the United Kingdom its reputation is more legendary because the film was banned there from 1971 until Kubrick's death in 1999. Therefore, its controversial reputation remained far more intact than in other countries.
* ''{{Film/Aloha}}'' is a BoxOfficeBomb that is little remembered except for [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Aloha_(film)#Whitewashing_controversy the outcry over casting]] Creator/EmmaStone as the supposedly half-Chinese half-Hawaiian "Allison Ng".
* Film/BaiseMoi is a national example of this. In France itself the film is badly regarded because most people know that it is an adaptation of the book of the same name by writer ''Virginie Despentes'', known for her "tragic and depressing" tales about prostitutes. [[PeripheryHatedom Some French people]] would have loved to ban the film for no other reason than the fact that one of her books somehow got a movie adaptation. Whenever a foreigner has heard about it they say either that it was so controversial in France that [[BannedInChina there was a special rating for it]] or that it has [[UsefulNotes/{{Pornography}} hardcore sex scenes]]. The latter was the cause of its red link on this very wiki.
* ''Film/TheBasketballDiaries'' is more notorious these days for allegedly inspiring Columbine co-conspirators Dylan Klebold and Eric Harris to go on the infamous school rampage.
* The original ''Film/{{Batman}}'' (1989) is legendary among fans and Hollywood insiders alike for its TroubledProduction, which dragged out over nearly ten years. Seven of those years alone were spent shaping the script, which at one point had to be scrapped entirely and Tom Mankiewicz dismissed in favor of Sam Hamm and Warren Skaaren. Then there was the casting of MichaelKeaton, who was thought to be all wrong for the Batman role and was booed by British fans as soon as filming began just outside London. Sean Young was cast as Vicki Vale but broke her arm, leading to a scramble for a replacement. Director TimBurton (who had directed only two much smaller-budgeted films previously) suffered a panic attack early on and had to be convinced not to quit the project. JackNicholson made history by being paid a percentage of the film's massive box-office gross as his salary for playing TheJoker, which was unprecedented at the time and led to Nicholson becoming cocky and demanding even ''more'' money on future projects. And on top of all that, the script was not even finished when filming began, seriously hampering production and resulting in a rushed ending (''Batman'' just ''had'' to be released sometime around the spring of '89, in order to coincide with the 50th anniversary of the character's creation). The release of the film on June 23, 1989, was accompanied by a gargantuan media campaign unlike anything Hollywood had ever attempted, starting the trend of Hollywood blockbusters being [[TheMerch aggressively merchandized]] to the point where the publicity campaigns almost overshadowed the movies themselves.
* ''Film/TheBirthOfANation'' is a milestone in the history of cinema as an art form, pioneering many techniques that would shape motion pictures for decades to come. Unfortunately, it's also a film that glorifies the UsefulNotes/KuKluxKlan and has white people in {{blackface}} portraying all Black people as either savage criminals or lazy idiots, and it has been cited as a key influence in [[TheRedStapler the revival of the Klan]] in the 1910s and '20s. This aspect has overshadowed most of its historical significance. For these reasons, many DWGriffith fans prefer to point to the mostly inoffensive ''Film/{{Intolerance}}'' as his landmark Hollywood film, even though it had almost zero impact on American cinema (at least at first) and was [[GermansLoveDavidHasselhoff better appreciated overseas, especially in Russia]].
* ''Film/TheBrownBunny'' is a film known mostly for an unsimulated oral sex scene, being booed harshly at the Cannes Film Festival, and the subsequent media catfight between Creator/RogerEbert and the director. The film was later ReCut and given a wide release, and Ebert gave the recut a three star review.
* Interestingly, it didn't happen with ''Film/InTheRealmOfTheSenses''; much like ''Film/TheBrownBunny'' the film has many unsimulated sex scenes including oral and it ''also'' received harsh criticism at the Cannes Film Festival, but ultimately it was not overshadowed by it. This is probably because ''In The Realm Of The Senses'' is actually a quality film with some artistic vision. It also gained more positive reviews from professional critics than ''The Brown Bunny'' ever did or will.
* ''Film/CannibalHolocaust'' was notorious to a degree that it forced director Ruggero Deodato and the actors to explain that nobody died in production and the gore was just special effects. There is still a great deal of controversy to this day relating to animal cruelty, such as an infamous scene in which an actual live turtle is brutally decapitated and eviscerated onscreen. Seven animals were killed during the film's production. Although the director himself condemned his past actions and seems genuinely regretful, many people are turned off by the presence of actual animal deaths onscreen.
* Many movies which were put on the ''VideoNasties'' list in the UK during the early 1980s have gained more notoriety for being on that list than for their actual artistic merits. In a lot of cases the violent and/or sexual content of the movies was much exaggerated and it's obvious that the people who compiled that list probably didn't saw many of the films and just based their opinion on the titles or rumors.
* Subverted by ''Film/CitizenKane''. It was once best known for the fact that William Randolph Hearst believed the film to be slandering him (even though his name was never mentioned in the dialogue) and tried to stop the film from being made. It was also known for director/star OrsonWelles's somewhat arrogant attitude toward the Hollywood establishment while making the film, which stirred up so much resentment toward Welles that ''Kane'' was snubbed at the Academy Awards. Today all of that is forgotten except by film buffs and historians, and ''Kane'' is recognized as perhaps the greatest film ever.
* ''Film/CloudAtlas'' will probably be remembered more for the controversy over the decision to have white actors appear in YellowFace than for its story.
* The 1996 film ''Crash'' (based off [[Literature/{{Crash}} the book of the same name]], not [[Film/{{Crash}} a 2004 film about racial tension]]) is a film that revolves around Creator/JamesSpader and Creator/HollyHunter's characters reviving their failing marriage by replicating famous car crashes and getting sexually aroused by it. The premise naturally caused the UK's MoralGuardians, most notably the ''Daily Mail'', to campaign against both the violence and the sex (the latter of which was agreed to be the source of the controversy, ''somehow'' overlooking the whole "recreating car crashes" premise) and cause a huge national debate that lasted for a few years. The film was agreed by critics to be okay, but some said that the campaigning against it had heightened their expectations, leaving them disappointed.
* ''Film/TheCrow'' is often remembered for the tragic death of its star Brandon Lee during filming as the result of injuries sustained from a malfunctioning prop gun. Although it was a critical and financial success, most still remember it as the final film in his career that Brandon Lee never lived to see finished.
* ''Film/TheDarkKnightSaga'':
** The release of ''Film/TheDarkKnight'' might well be overshadowed by the controversy surrounding the tragic death of Creator/HeathLedger, who played the Joker, not long before the movie premiered.
** The release of ''Film/TheDarkKnightRises'', the final film of the trilogy, was stained by a mass shooting at its Aurora, CO premiere, with the shooter even identifying himself as SelfDemonstrating/TheJoker.
* Creator/KenRussell's ''Film/TheDevils'' (1971) has been banned, censored and re-cut in so many countries that several different versions of different lenghts exist. Its offensive blasphemous content has brought more attention than the actual picture itself.
* ''Film/TheEliteSquad'' already suffered before release with its digital leak. Then came the discussion on whether the aggressive special corps were glorifying police violence (though it was mostly [[ValuesDissonance overseas]]; in Brazil, reviewers knew criminality was high\cruel and [[PayEvilUntoEvil at times can only be fought by being equally brutal methods]], and also thanked it wasn't a work [[DamnItFeelsGoodToBeAGangster glamourizing criminals]] for a change).
* ''{{Film/Eraserhead}}'' has the baby. Primarily because no one associated with the film ('''''especially''''' not Creator/DavidLynch) cares to discuss what the baby was made out of, leading to persistent rumors that it was a real animal fetus...or even a real ''human'' fetus.
-->"They're not even sure it ''is'' a baby..."
* If you see any articles on ''Film/ExodusGodsAndKings'', chances are they're more about the film's casting choices (White actors playing Egyptian and Middle Eastern characters) than of the actual film itself.
* ''Film/FightClub'': So much discussion is made of the violence and [[FamilyUnfriendlyAesop underlying message]] of the film that almost nobody says anything about its actual quality as a movie[[note]]For the record, it's a superb movie[[/note]].
* ''Film/GangsterSquad'' ended up having some scenes reshot because a theater shooting that occurred in the film resembled the shooting in Aurora, Colorado. Yet even with the reshoot the film as whole was deemed to be so violent that it was still hard to forget the parallel with Aurora. It didn't help that the film was released about a month after the Sandy Hook elementary school shooting in Newtown, Connecticut.
* ''Film/GodsOfEgypt'' started to get this immediately after its trailer came out. All everyone is talking about is the fact that most of the Egyptian gods are played by white actors.
* A month before ''Film/TheHatefulEight'' was released, its director Quentin Tarantino joined a rally against police violence, causing police unions around the country to declare they would boycott the film, and not provide help to any future projects of his. This caused his fans to get up in arms themselves, especially when an NYPD spokesman said there would be "a surprise" for Tarantino when the film opened, sounding for all the world like some kind of mob boss. They reneged on whatever the plan was shortly before the opening, having finally realized they were only giving the film free publicity (and from the more cynical suspicions, realizing that busting some heads at the theater would only get them more bad publicity).
* The 1968 ''Literature/{{Heidi}}'' TV movie adaptation was infamous for interrupting the end of a Jets-Raiders game, leading to numerous complaints and setting the precedent for longer-than-intended sporting events overriding scheduled programming on American television.
* ''Film/HoundDog'', as quoted on the page description above, was infamously referred to as the Creator/DakotaFanning rape film by critics and moviegoers alike.
* ''Film/TheInterview'' had already attracted controversy for playing an assassination attempt on a real-life dictator for laughs, but after hackers leaked a massive amount of sensitive information relating to Sony Pictures and issued terrorist threats for any theater that dared to screen the film, Sony announced they would pull the film from theaters... Only to release it in a smaller scale (limited cinemas, wide digital) a week later.
* Creator/MartinScorsese's ''Film/TheLastTemptationOfChrist'' had sparked protests from religious groups worldwide, including the infamous attack at a Paris cinema where the use of Molotov cocktails injured 13 patrons and brought the theater under heavy repairs for the next three years.
* Scorsese's ''Film/RagingBull'' was a rare ''positive'' example. People nowadays remember it as the movie where Robert de Niro helped Martin Scorsese kick his cocaine addiction.
* ''Film/TaxiDriver'' is good enough to stand on its own merits, but it will forever be linked to John Hinckley and his attempted assassination of UsefulNotes/RonaldReagan. Even Creator/JodieFoster had to keep a low profile for many years to avoid her name to become tainted to the incident.
* ''Film/TerminatorSalvation'' was dismissed by most movie critics as a rather forgettable action/sci-fi flick, and it turned out to be one of the lowest grossing movies in the ''Franchise/{{Terminator}}'' franchise. Unless you're a hardcore ''Terminator'' fan, you probably don't remember much about the plot beyond "Creator/ChristianBale fights robots in the future". But there's a good chance that you ''do'' remember Christian Bale's infamous profanity-laced rant against the film's lighting technician, which became an internet sensation when it was recorded and leaked, forcing Bale to issue a public apology for his behavior.
* ''{{Film/Melancholia}}'' gets remembered more for the infamous interview of its director Creator/LarsVonTrier about how he "was a Nazi", and then how that got him banned from Cannes.
* ''Film/ManhattanMelodrama'' came into full publicity not with the film itself, but with how the notorious Midwestern gangster John Dillinger was fatally gunned down by FBI agents outside the Biograph theatre after watching the film. One of the cast members expressed disgust over the whole matter surrounding it than with the film itself.
* ''Film/MohammadMessengerOfGod'' was plagued by this from the start. False rumors that it actually portrayed the Prophet Mohammad onscreen, condemnation from numerous Muslim clerics, funding from Muammar Gaddaffi, violent protests abroad and a terrorist attack in Washington, DC conspired to make ''Mohammad'' notorious for reasons other than its artistic merits.
* ''Film/MontyPythonsLifeOfBrian'' was considered by the troupe to be their best movie, but the protests surrounding its supposed heresy will always limit its popularity with religious viewers. At the time of release, protests by religious groups were described by the Pythons as the best publicity they could have hoped for. It really raised a lot of awareness of the film's existence, and led to a much higher box office taking. NoSuchThingAsBadPublicity.
* Creator/MelGibson's ''Film/ThePassionOfTheChrist'' owes its record-breaking success with audiences who weren't devout Christians to this very trope. [[ItWasHisSled Practically everyone in America already knew the story]] (unlike ''The Last Temptation'', the plot itself wasn't revisionist in any way), so the most interesting two things about the movie for most people were that it was ridiculously violent for a "Christian" film (as well as being probably the only R-rated film in history that Christian leaders ''urged'' their congregations to see) and that it was that rare post-1945 Western film with (supposed) anti-Semitism as part of the subject matter. Cool.
* Creator/WaltDisney's ''Disney/SongOfTheSouth'', like the stories it is based on (see the Uncle Remus stories below), is remembered more for the UnfortunateImplications of a {{happ|inessInSlavery}}y ex-slave living in the American South than for anything other than, perhaps, "Zip-A-Dee-Doo-Dah". This aspect of the film has made it enough of an OldShame for Disney that [[KeepCirculatingTheTapes they have locked it up in the Disney Vault forevermore]].
* ''Film/TriumphOfTheWill'' and ''Olympia'' by Leni Riefenstahl are visually impressive documentaries which were way ahead of their time from a technical standpoint. However, it's hard to praise these films because they were intended as Nazi propaganda. Riefenstahl was never able to distance herself from all the controversy surrounding these films and herself.
* ''Film/TwilightZoneTheMovie'' will be forever tainted by [[FatalMethodActing the helicopter crash death of Vic Morrow and two child actors during filming]].
* ''Film/VaseDeNoces'' is mostly a LeaveTheCameraRunning film, starring an AmbiguousDisorder man and his faithful pig, going about on random hobbies and at one point [[BestialityIsDepraved porking each other]]. That one scene is thus the most highlighted part of the film for those who've heard of it, to the point that the DVD release even added the subtitle "The Pig F***ing Movie". It's also subverted in that, according to some critics such as [[WebVideo/BrowsHeldHigh Kyle Kallgren]], the film's even-worse scenes (including unsimulated piglet hanging and eating feces) avoided public outcry due to being overshadowed by the one (simulated) zoophilia scene (which happens much earlier in the movie).

[[folder: Literature ]]
* ''Literature/AClockworkOrange'' by Creator/AnthonyBurgess thanks much of his infamy to the movie adaptation by Creator/StanleyKubrick, something Burgess himself wasn't happy about.
* ''Literature/AdventuresOfHuckleberryFinn'' is well known for how many times the book has been banned because of its persistent use of the word "[[NWordPrivileges nigger]]". This is despite the facts that the slave character, Jim, is [[ObfuscatingStupidity the smartest character in the whole book]], and that the book is ultimately anti-racist, as shown when Huck tears up a letter meant to tell where Jim has been captured and [[BigDamnHeroes goes to save him]], despite Huck honestly believing this means that [[YouAreWorthHell he'll go to Hell]].
* ''Literature/AlfiesHome'' is a children's book... about [[CureYourGays curing homosexuality]], arguing that [[UnfortunateImplications dysfunctional families cause kids to be gay because they lack the love from a parental figure]], but it's MUCH more infamous for a [[WhatDoYouMeanItsForKids blatant depiction of a child getting molested by his]] CreepyUncle, who is also a KarmaHoudini.
* ''Literature/FannyHill'' is well known for having been a subject of obscenity tests and for having been banned in America from inception until a 1966 Supreme Court case ruled that the book has redeeming social value. When it was published in 1748, it got the author arrested on obscenity charges.
* ''Literature/{{TheLegendOfRahAndTheMuggles}}'' is (in)famous because the author, Nancy Stouffer, sued J.K.Rowling for plagiarism without success. It did not help the fact that the book is poorly written, and it is ofted cited in literary talks for its infamy.
* ''Literature/{{Lolita}}'' is unfortunately more famous for the controversy that surrounds it than the actual content and quality of the novel: Vladimir Nabokov went through many publishers who refused to publish it, and after it was published, it was banned in many places for being "pornographic" or "an instruction manual for paedophilia" (which it is not). Even for people who aren't familiar with the history of the book, a lot of the covers/jackets make it look like erotica.
* ''Literature/FlowersInTheAttic'' is a book about four children who are abused by their grandmother. It also has incest between the two teenage siblings. The latter fact has created a lot of controversy and infamy, to the point where people forget this isn't basically an incest novel.
* The children's book ''The Pet Goat'' probably wouldn't have an article on [[{{Wiki/Wikipedia}} The Other Wiki]] if it weren't for [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Pet_Goat#George_W._Bush:_9.2F11 the fact that George W. Bush was reading it as he was notified of 9/11]], and the subsequent debate over whether he should have left or kept reading like he did.
* ''Literature/{{Thunderball}}'' is probably one of the most notorious ''Franchise/JamesBond'' novels to date, not because of its content, but because of the fact that its publication led to a copyright infringement lawsuit from screenwriter [=Kevin McClory=]. The novel was based off of a scrapped screenplay that Fleming and [=McClory=] co wrote; when [=McClory=] found out about the novel, he took legal action under the belief that Fleming was taking more credit than he actually had.
* ''Literature/{{Rage}}'' by Creator/StephenKing is probably best known for being King's OldShame after several school shootings were possibly inspired by the novel. [[KeepCirculatingTheTapes King has let the work fall out of print.]]
* ''Literature/TheSatanicVerses'' by Salman Rushdie is recalled more for the ensuing fatwa declared on the author by the Ayatollah Khomeini, and for the fallout from that incident, than for the novel itself.
* ''Literature/TheTurnerDiaries'', a white supremacist novel by William L. Pierce, is best known for its association with [=Timothy McVeigh=], the Oklahoma City Bomber.
* The Uncle Remus stories are a group of actual fables told by slaves and former slaves in the American South, making them a valuable cultural resource. However, though once popular, they are now nearly unknown. Compiler and editor Joel Chandler Harris' fictional character who tells the stories, Uncle Remus, was written as an elderly ex-slave who was basically content to continue to work for a white family. The implied racism is now almost all that is known of the stories. The fables themselves, taken out of the Remus context, are stories about animals using their wiles to trick each other, and man, in order to survive. Unlike Aesop's fables, they are not meant to be morally instructive, but are a commentary on man resorting to animal-like behaviors in desperate circumstances.
* ''Literature/UncleTomsCabin'' had a controversy that the publication of this book inspired over slavery, particularly in the years leading up to UsefulNotes/TheAmericanCivilWar. However, few people have actually read the book, even those who (inaccurately) slur supposedly servile African Americans as "Uncle Toms".
* The notoriety of [[Music/JohnLennon John Lennon's]] murderer and [[UsefulNotes/RonaldReagan Ronald Reagan's]] attempted murderer (among other gunmen) each possessing (and claiming as an influence for their actions) a copy of [[Creator/{{JDSalinger}} J.D. Salinger's]] ''Literature/TheCatcherInTheRye'' has -- in some circles -- overshadowed any merits of the book.
* The Qu'ran is this in some Islamophobic circles, including Western media. To non-Muslims, most of what they heard about the Qu'ran is how zealots, terrorists and fundamentalist crackpots misuse it. It has gotten to the point that quite some people claim the book is ''dangerous''. On the other hand, the Torah is also this to some (obviously not all) of the more particularly Antisemitic Muslim communities. In Indonesian grade to high schools for example, the Torah and Jewish people themselves are often cited as the cause for all that is wrong with the world (also the United States, which of course is also controlled by those dirty Jews); it's not rare to find a random Indonesian Muslim proudly professing to be a Holocaust denier (or better, claim that they've never even heard of the Holocaust before) when asked.
* ''If You Were a Dinosaur, My Love'' is a Nebula award-winning (and Hugo-nominated) short story in which the fiancée of a comatose paleontologist fantasizes about their love being a ''Tyrannosaurus rex''. It is best known for attracting the ire of science-fiction purists who feel that it barely qualifies as speculative fiction and thus did not deserve to win awards for science-fiction literature.
* ''Literature/{{Stranger}}'' is less known for its content than for the fact that it was [[DevelopmentHell unsold for years]]... simply because [[GetBackInTheCloset agents wanted to make a gay character straight or take him out completely]] out of fear the book wouldn't sell. The resulting ''Publishers Weekly'' post -- [[http://blogs.publishersweekly.com/blogs/genreville/?p=1519 Say Yes to Gay YA]] -- was widespread and led to a lot more diverse YA being picked up both by publishers and by readers, and it among many other things eventually led to the We Need Diverse Books movement. But how many people know ''Stranger'' finally came out in 2014?

[[folder: Live Action TV ]]
* ''Film/{{Ghostwatch}}'', the one-off HalloweenSpecial drama shown on BBC 1 in 1992, is better known for the controversy caused when a sizable chunk of the viewing audience thought it was real and the ensuing argument over whether this was the creators' desired effect than the fact that it's a damn fine ghost story. It makes frequent appearances on 'Underrated Horror Films' listicles as a result.
* ''Series/MarriedWithChildren'' gained notoriety in 1989 for causing a Michigan housewife to launch a crusade to get it cancelled, which resulted in getting one episode banned for about a decade.
* ''Series/GrowingPains'' will forever be known as a TroubledProduction where its star Kirk Cameron demanded that the show be clean of everything even remotely obscene, including having series regular Julie [=McCollough=] fired for appearing in ''Magazine/{{Playboy}}'', due to being a born-again Christian. This behind-the-scenes drama has tarnished Cameron's reputation and is frequently cited by anti-theists as a textbook example of why religion is bad.
* ''Series/{{Roseanne}}'' was more famous for Roseanne Barr's backstage antics and personal life than the show itself when it was on the air. For the record, it's a realistic show about a working class family. Despite shades of FashionDissonance and UnintentionalPeriodPiece, [[ValuesResonance it's relevant with the Great Recession of the late 2000s/early 2010s,]] due to many American families struggling to make ends meet.
* ''Series/AmosNAndy'' was a very popular comedy radio and TV show from the 1940s and 1950s starring two black people playing stereotypical dimwitted jive talking black fools. Due to ValuesDissonance it hasn't been broadcast in ages anymore and is probably better known for the racial offensiveness than the actual comedy.
* ''Creator/RonanFarrow Today'' managed to get hit with controversy ''twice'' in just its first few weeks. First, he was overshadowed by his sister Dylan going public with her allegations that she'd been molested by Creator/WoodyAllen. Then, three days after his show premiered, he was awarded the Cronkite Award for Excellence in Journalism and Exploration. While the award was unrelated to his work on his show (Farrow had previously worked for years in a variety of roles that might justify his getting the award) the fact that the award came so soon after the premiere of his show made him look like an over-privileged celebrity scion, an image that he wasn't able to shake, particularly not after someone released a memo to the press declaring that Farrow would not take "off-topic" questions during the pressers for the Cronkite Award ceremony. Incidentally, his show suffered from chronic low ratings and lasted only a year.

[[folder: Music ]]
* BlackMetal is mostly associated with crimes committed by a few of its members. This was not helped by said members exaggerating their own acts. As noted by Lords of Chaos in reference to an article in Kerrang:
--> Like it or not, however, the Kerrang! article was what brought Norwegian Black Metal to the rest of the world’s attention. It probably meant the crimes would eternally overshadow the music, but it was undoubtedly the best piece of international P.R. the scene would ever receive.
* This trope tends to be [[ZigZaggingTrope zigzaged]] with hip-hop artists. Sometimes they're overshadowed by controversy, other times they're ''[[NoSuchThingAsBadPublicity FUELED]]'' by it.
* Fear of this trope was what caused Music/IceT to remove "Cop Killer" from Music/BodyCount's debut album, ''Music/{{Body Count|Album}}'' as he felt that the controversy over its lyrical content had eclipsed its musical merits.
* Music/IgorStravinsky 's ''Theatre/TheRiteOfSpring'' is universally praised for being a milestone in classical music and music in general. Yet the infamous story of the riots during its premier will forever remain associated with the piece.
* Music/MichaelJackson's career went through an interesting loop with this trope. From 1986 on he became increasingly more notorious for controversial issues such as his facelifts, his ever-whitening skin color, his daft ManChild behaviour and the child molestation accusations. It got to the point that he was basically a walking punchline for the last decades of his life. After being cleared from the child molestation accusations in 2005 his public image got a change for the better. Radio stations started giving his music more airplay, critics started to focus on his musical legacy again and after his death he was literally beatified to the point that the same media who had hounded him for years now praised him as a musical genius, innovator and trendsetter. Nowadays it's no longer embarrassing to like his music, but reports of child molestation still keep popping up from time to time.
* Malevolent Creation is still a reasonably big name in death metal, but while many people believe that they have been treading water musically for a while, the general consensus as to why they're not a bigger name even after all these years (aside from some [[ScrewedByTheNetwork label issues that genuinely were not their fault]]) is the fact that Phil Fasciana and Jason Blachowicz have both become infamous for racist and homophobic comments (and, in Phil's case, the [[NeverLiveItDown "foiled a robbery while going to buy chocolate milk and accidentally killed a dude"]] story that was quickly proven to be complete and utter bullshit by Fort Lauderdale police even as he still vehemently insisted that it happened) and general JerkAss behavior. While they have multiple albums that are still regarded as classics, most metal fans know them less for the music and more for the drama and generally idiotic and childish behavior that has surrounded them for a while now.
* Notorious criminal UsefulNotes/CharlesManson has caused some pop songs to gain unwanted notoriety. For instance, the tracks "Helter Skelter" and "Piggies" from ''Music/TheWhiteAlbum'' by Music/TheBeatles inspired him and his cult to go killing. They even wrote the song titles on the walls, smeared with the blood of their victims. Similarly the track "Never Learn Not To Love" from Music/TheBeachBoys' ''Music/TwentyTwenty'' has gained notoriety because it was written by Manson. Only a couple of months after the release of this album he would be arrested. If the murders had happened earlier the single would have likely been omitted from the album.
* Music/MarilynManson was a very controversial group in all of music during the mid to late 1990's, garnering everything from concert protests to being blamed for the Columbine shootings... but outside his fanbase and 1990s rock fans you'll find more people who know him as a result of the controversy than for his actual music.
* Music/MilliVanilli was once a popular group, but after a scandal broke out revealing the fact that they playbacked all their songs they became a universal shame. To this day nobody in their right mind can admit liking their hits without addressing the playback scandal.
* Music/RichardWagner: Another example of a composer who is widely seen as important, innovative and influential, yet also notorious for his antisemitism. His case isn't helped by the fact that so many Nazi members, including UsefulNotes/AdolfHitler, adored his operas. This is the main reason why the composers' work is banned from being performed in Israel.
* Music/TheSexPistols are mostly known for trying to play "God Save The Queen" from a barge during the Queen's Jubilee after being prohibited from playing the song on land. Much of the [[NoSuchThingAsBadPublicity bad press was intentional.]] As was the bad press they received for "Belsen Was a Gas", which was more of the DudeNotFunny variety.
* Music/YokoOno: She has been the subject of hate and derision by many Beatle fans for supposedly causing the split of Music/TheBeatles and turning Music/JohnLennon's music into too many unenjoyable experimental, pointless, too politically heavy handed and/or Yoko obsessive songs. And that's not mentioning her own incomprehensible art, left alone her OneWomanWail singing. All these aspects have made her perhaps the most recognizable AvantGardeMusic artist of all time, but not the most popular by any length. In old age she is getting a bit more recognition for her work, but the controvery stays. A special case in point is Lennon and Yoko's debut album, ''Music/UnfinishedMusicNo1TwoVirgins'', which caused scandal because it featured them both fully frontal naked on the album cover. This aspect completely overshadowed the actual content of the record, which is basically experimental noise. Even today it is [[MainstreamObscurity far better known for the nudity on the cover than the recording itself]].
* {{Britpop}} band Kula Shaker are better remembered for the controversy that destroyed their career than their psychedelic/Indian-influenced sixties-revivalist music. Already unpopular with critics thanks to their relatively unhip influences and suspicions that they owed their career to their lead singer Crispian Mills being the son of the actor Hayley Mills, things went completely pear-shaped when Mills enthusiastically discussed his hope that the swastika would be reclaimed for [[NonNaziSwastika its positive mystical meanings]] during a newspaper interview. Some research then discovered that Mills's previous band The Objects of Desire had included a former member of the National Front (who was Mills's mother's boyfriend at the time), and had played at a conspiracy theory conference in London that had also featured notorious Holocaust-deniers and anti-Semites among the speakers. This was enough to get Mills branded irretrievably as a neo-Nazi and the band's career stopped dead.
* In 2015, Music/JustinBieber and Music/OneDirection went head-to-head with their new albums. Unfortunately, the releases happened to be on November 13, 2015 -- the day of the worst terrorist attack in French history.
* To most people, the Music/DixieChicks are known more for their feud with Music/TobyKeith and for getting [[DeaderThanDisco completely blackballed by country radio]] after lead singer Natalie Maines said she was ashamed to be from the same state as then-President UsefulNotes/GeorgeWBush than most of their musical output. And even ''that'' is known mainly for the controversial "Goodbye Earl", which many detractors saw as glorification of murder, moreso than any of their actual hits.
* 1990s country music singer Doug Supernaw seems to be known almost entirely for his 1993 song "Reno", which got horrible reception in the city of Reno, Nevada for using the city as a metaphor for a "heartless" former lover. That and being institutionalized in 2007.
* The music videos to Music/{{Sia}}'s "Chandelier" and especially "Elastic Heart" are this. They're [[{{earworm}} catchy songs]] in their own right however many people are unnerved by a twelve year old girl doing interpretive dance in a flesh-toned leotard. The latter received controversy for having Creator/ShiaLaBeouf in a cage with the girl, also wearing light toned shorts and no shirt. There is an [[AlternativeCharacterInterpretation interpretation]] that "Elastic Heart"'s music video is about a father and daughter, either with the daughter trying to help her father with mental illness (or drug abuse) or a single father dealing with his daughter becoming a teenager, however there's still a huge amount of controversy about it.
* Anita Bryant was a moderately successful singer in the 1960s, with four top 40 hits. The only thing most people remember her for today is a campaign against gay rights in the 1970s. Her crusade effectively killed what was left of her entertainment career, with her career and crusade becoming the butt of many jokes throughout the remainder of the decade and into the early 1980s.
* While Rod Lauren is remembered for his OneHitWonder "If I Had a Girl" and for his role in ''Film/TheCrawlingHand'', in the Philippines, he is far more remembered for the suspected murder of his wife Nida Blanca in 2001.

[[folder: New Media ]]
* Very few knew of ''Innocence of Muslims'' on Website/YouTube until protests in the Muslim world were triggered after an excerpt was aired on an Egyptian television station.

[[folder: Professional Wrestling ]]
* In June 2007, WWE's ''Vengeance'' pay-per-view was relaunched as ''Night of Champions'', which continues to this day. At the time, WWE had nine championships, and this first ''Night of Champions'' was the first time that all of them were defended in the same night. But hardly anybody remembers that, because what they ''do'' remember is that Wrestling/JohnMorrison unexpectedly won the ECW Championship because he was booked in place of Wrestling/ChrisBenoit, who no-showed the event because he was busy murdering his wife and child and then committing suicide. Not only was Benoit's reputation forever tarnished, but Morrison has (at least with some people) [[NeverLiveItDown yet to live down]] the fact that he rose to main-event status in WWE entirely because of an offscreen tragedy.
* Chris Benoit's entire career is now tarnished by how [[PaterFamilicide he ended his (and his family's) life.]]
* {{Wrestling/WWE}}'s 1999 ''Over the Edge'' pay-per-view will forever be known as the event where Wrestling/OwenHart fell to his death. Vince [=McMahon's=] decision to keep the pay-per-view going despite Owen's death remains one of the most controversial topics in professional wrestling circles to this day.
* Survivor Series 1997: The Wrestling/MontrealScrewjob. There were six other matches on the card. Does anybody remember those?
* ''One Night Stand 2006'', the very first WWE event devoted exclusively to the revived ECW promotion, was overshadowed by the massive amount of hatred the ECW fanbase directed toward visiting wrestlers from WWE proper, especially WWE Champion Wrestling/JohnCena when he faced ECW favorite RobVanDam for the title in the main event. A fan stirred up the crowd by holding up an inflammatory sign: "IF CENA WINS, WE RIOT!" - leading to a commentator proclaiming, "Here comes the riot!" when Cena prepared to put Van Dam away. Arguably the only thing preventing a riot was a biker in a full helmet appearing out of nowhere and delivering a "spear" tackle to Cena, allowing Van Dam to pin Cena and bring the WWE Championship to ECW - and that biker, of course, turned out to be Cena's archenemy, {{Edge}}.
* ''Wrestling/WrestleMania 28'' in 2012 was said to be one of the better Manias of recent times. It featured the highly anticipated Wrestling/JohnCena[=/=][[Wrestling/DwayneJohnson The Rock]] showdown, Wrestling/TheUndertaker and Wrestling/TripleH in a Hell in a Cell, and a solid Wrestling/CMPunk vs. Wrestling/ChrisJericho match. Unfortunately, its reputation is soiled by the presence of one of the most infamous moments in WWE history: "18 seconds." In the end, [[Wrestling/BryanDanielson the loser of the match]]'s popularity skyrocketed to astronomical proportions and [[Wrestling/{{Sheamus}} the winner]]'s reputation amongst hardcore fans was damaged to the point of no return.
* The 2014 and 2015 Wrestling/RoyalRumble matches are remembered for the massive {{Internet Backdraft}}s that ensued. In both matches, a homegrown [[CreatorsPet pet project]] of Wrestling/VinceMcMahon and his associates (Wrestling/{{Batista}} and Wrestling/RomanReigns) despite the fact that the crowd overwhelmingly wanted [[Wrestling/BryanDanielson Daniel Bryan]] to win the match; unfortunately he wasn't even in the 2014 match and was quickly eliminated by Wrestling/BrayWyatt in 2015. The 2014 Rumble is also remembered for being the final straw that led to Wrestling/CMPunk quitting WWE the day afterwards and the 2015 one for respectively pushing and burying not only Reigns and Bryan, but other washed-up stars like Wrestling/TheBigShow and Wrestling/{{Kane}} and beloved {{Ensemble Darkhorse}}s like Wrestling/DolphZiggler and Wrestling/DeanAmbrose.
* ''No Mercy 2002'': Even the presence of a Wrestling/BrockLesnar[=/=][[Wrestling/TheUndertaker Undertaker]] Hell in a Cell and a classic Tag Team match won't change the fact that this pay-per-view will always be remembered for the Wrestling/TripleH vs. Wrestling/{{Kane}} title unification match, built upon one of the most infamous angles in professional wrestling history: Katie Vick.
* CM Punk vs. Daniel Bryan at ''Over The Limit 2012'' was a sure-fire classic; unfortunately, the pay-per-view is remembered instead for the EpicFail of a main event between John Cena vs. John Laurinaitis.

[[folder: Sports]]
* Baseball player Ty Cobb. One of the champions in his field, but his reputation suffers from the fact that he was a surly tempered man and an unshameful racist too.
* Cyclist Lance Armstrong, winner of a record breaking 7 Tour de France contests. All stripped afterwards when it turned out he had used a complicated and water tight system to use doping. It seems unlikely he will ever be trusted again.
* Tonya Harding, a promising figure skater able to pull extremely difficult tricks that few were able to back then (like the triple axel jump), but apparently ordered an attack on fellow figure skater Nancy Kerrigan with a telescoping baton so she could defeat her rival that way. (She has always claimed it was not her idea, but her abusive and obsessive ex-husband's.) The case came out afterwards and she was sentenced guilty to racketeering, stripped of all her titles and banned from figure skating for life. Since then she only gets in the news media for the kind of behaviour you wouldn't want to become famous for; it doesn't help that, whether innocent or not, she has some serious character flaws that make it difficult for her to endear herself to the public. She continues to have some fans though, especially among people who believe her to be the victim of a smear campaign, or for TakingTheHeat for something ''her husband'' ordered ''someone else'' to do.
* Boxer Mike Tyson, once world champion boxing, nowadays more notorious for the [[TheTysonZone numerous violent incidents in his private life]], including an alleged rape and biting off Evander Holyfield's ear.
* O.J. Simpson's achievements as an American footballer and actor have been overshadowed by the controversy over his involvement in the murder of his wife and her boyfriend. Most people today know him solely for the murder scandal.
* Tennis player John [=McEnroe=] was one of the most glorious champions in his sport, even managing to give Björn Borg a difficult time during Wimbledon 1980. Yet he mostly lives on in people's memories for his HairTriggerTemper and F-Word induced yelling at the referee during many matches. It has gotten to the point that there's more demand to see that kind of archive footage again than him winning his games.
* French soccer champion Zinedine Zidane is world famous for one incident during his final game where he [[UseYourHead headbutted another player]]. Especially to people who don't know much about soccer, like American citizens, this is all they know about him. What's especially embarrassing was that Zidane's disqualification as a result of the headbutt cost France its victory in the 2006 World Cup game with Italy. What usually isn't mentioned is that the Italian whom Zidane attacked [[BerserkButton insulted both his heritage and his sister]].
* Penn State's Joe Paterno is the winningest coach in major college football history, but will forever be remembered in connection with longtime assistant coach and serial child molester Jerry Sandusky.
* Despite Michael Schumacher being the driver with most victories and titles in [[UsefulNotes/FormulaOne F1]], he still more remembered for his controversial actions in some races, especially in the finale of 1997 season when he tried to wreck Jacques Villeneuve for win the championship. [[LaserGuidedKarma He failed, ended in the gravel trap and after the race he was excluded from the championship]].
* Nelson Piquet Jr had a very short career in F1, but he is only remembered for the “crashgate scandal” in 2009 season, when deliberate crashed in the wall, forcing the safety car and helping his team mate, Fernando Alonso, won the race.

[[folder: Theatre]]
* The mid-Victorian play ''Our American Cousin'' would forever be remembered for the [[UsefulNotes/AbrahamLincoln Lincoln assassination]] instead of the witty characters like [[UpperClassTwit Lord Dundreary]].
* While ''Theatre/TheRiteOfSpring'' is cherished for its avant-garde music and choreography, its premiere night in 1913 sparked a near-riot inside the Théâtre des Champs-Élysées in Paris when the audience turned against each other on whether it was groundbreaking or sheer crap, with the latter throwing stuff on the orchestra and the dancers. It didn't help that inside the curtain, [[Music/IgorStravinsky the composer]] and [[VaslavNijinsky the lead choreographer]] [[TroubledProduction had cooperation issues]] during the production. You might say that the premiere night had been a near-literal BrokenBase.
* ''Nord-Ost'', a ''Les Miserables''-esque Russian musical, is today best remembered for the Chechen movie theater siege of 2002.

[[folder: Video Games ]]
* ''Custer's Revenge'' was an unauthorized third-party game for the UsefulNotes/{{Atari 2600}} in 1982. It gathered quite a bit of negative attention, particularly from feminist and Native American groups, as the objective involved raping an Indian woman. From the next generation of consoles onward, manufacturers require approval for games to be released on their machines.
* ''VideoGame/{{Daikatana}}'', aside from its years spent in development hell, picked up controversy over its advertising campaign, which stated that "John Romero's about to make you his bitch. Suck it down." The game has mostly been forgotten aside from the aforementioned campaign and the negative press [[CreatorKiller that brought Romero's development career down with it]].
* Much uproar arose when Kenji Yamamoto's soundtrack for the ''VideoGame/DragonBallZBudokai'' series was replaced for the HD re-release following several plagiarism lawsuits. A BrokenBase has emerged as to whether or not Yamamoto was in the wrong, despite the borrowed melodies appearing to be unauthorized.
* ''VideoGame/DragonsCrown'' had gathered some rather heated arguments around the Internet for the Amazon and Sorceress character designs. This actually led to lot of free advertising in the west, [[NoSuchThingAsBadPublicity making the game more successful in the process]].
* ''VideoGame/EternalDarkness'' semi-sequel ''Shadow of the Eternals'' was engulfed in controversy ever since its announcements, and it seemed to swell up more with each bit of progress made. First, fans were skeptical of the development team accepting [=PayPal=] for donations instead of using a reputable site like Kickstarter, and Kotaku published an article shortly before which focused on Creator/SiliconKnights and its alleged shady business practices. After Kickstarter was finally secured as the primary funding platform, skeptics accused Precursor Games of double-dipping, and co-writer Ken [=McCulloch=] was arrested after an accusation of being involved with child pornography. They really just can't catch a break.
* The prequel to ''VideoGame/FearEffect'' on the Playstation was known for having the first lesbian couple in the history of video game. A third game was supposed to be released but finally got cancelled.
* The indie game ''{{VideoGame/Fez}}'' has become more well-known for the now-infamous online outbursts of its creator Phil Fish, particularly the outburst that caused him to announce that he was leaving the gaming industry.
* The general hype surrounding the release of ''VideoGame/FireEmblemFates'' has been very hard to come across in light of the massive uproar surrounding its localization. Much of the anger is directed towards the removal of Skinship[[labelnote:Explanation]]A mechanic for support conversations in which players can use the touch screen to stroke the faces of their partner[[/labelnote]], the exclusion of an optional Japanese vocal track due to copyrights, and shoehorning memes into the game's dialogue. Even before the game's Western release, the Japanese version came under heavy fire for Soleil's support conversation due to its supposed UnfortunateImplications of SlippingAMickey & CureYourGays, and there was even a petition to cancel the game's localization. All in all, online discussions on the merits of the game's localization heavily outweigh discussions on the game itself, with detractors of ''Fates'' citing it as a microcosm of what they see as a DorkAge for Nintendo of America... but in the end, the game managed to sell '''300,000 copies during its opening weekend''', making it the fastest-selling game in ''Franchise/FireEmblem'' history. It has been speculated that [[NoSuchThingAsBadPublicity the massive controversy surrounding its localization probably increased the awareness in the general public that isn't as concerned with the various disputed elements.]]
* The ''VideoGame/GrandTheftAuto'' games. Whether it is about beating up prostitutes or dealing drugs in a [[WhatDoYouMeanItsNotForKids Nintendo DS game]], every game on the series has had their own slice on the controversy cake.
* ''VideoGame/{{Hatred}}'' is notorious for its AudienceAlienatingPremise, the controversy its trailer caused, and the major outrage that occurred when Valve attempted to pull the game off of Steam. This has all vastly overshadowed [[SoOkayItsAverage the actual gameplay merits]].
* The ''VideoGame/{{Manhunt}}'' series was best known for its premise of being about a convict being forced to take part in snuff films (the gameplay was mostly stealth based, with elements of SurvivalHorror). The first game was given mixed reviews, with some marking it down for the {{gorn}} and others praising it for its atmosphere, the sequel received average reviews across the board and the series was mostly forgotten. The franchise is also overshadowed by claims that the first game [[MurderSimulators inspired]] a series of killings in the UK which led to it being temporarily pulled from several chains (claims which were ultimately proven unfounded); while the sequel was actually [[BannedInChina banned outright]] in several countries, unlike the first game.
* ''VideoGame/MetroidOtherM'' is mainly known for its infamous story that, in its worst interpretations, glorifies an abusive relationship; made all the worse since the series' heroine is something of a feminist gaming icon. In second place is the attempted justification for the series' usual BagOfSpilling that [[VoodooShark ends up absurd]] (particularly, not using available heat shielding in a lava-filled area).
* ''VideoGame/MortalKombat1'' led to the creation of the ESRB through its fatality system. Amusingly, the Sega versions of the game ''were'' rated (at the time, Sega used their own rudimentary content rating system), and the Nintendo ports were censored.
* ''VideoGame/NightTrap'' was one of the video games that contributed to the creation of the ESRB ratings in the United States. An infamous bathroom scene[[note]] which the game does call you out for when you fail to save the girl, or any girl for that matter[[/note]] in particular was what led to intense senate hearings with proponents of the ban saying it glorified violence toward women, while many of them admitted they hadn't played the game.
* ''VideoGame/{{Overwatch}}'' quickly came under fire after developers Blizzard Entertainment decided to alter Tracer's "over the shoulder" pose in response to just one complaint. Similarly to the controversy surrounding ''[=DoA 3=]'', the incident was labelled by many as pandering to social justice warriors, once again reigniting heated debates over sexual content in and censorship of video games. However, the fires seem to have died down after Blizzard released a [[http://i0.kym-cdn.com/photos/images/original/001/102/007/6a0.png screenshot]] showing the new "over the shoulder" pose, and it turned out to be [[CensorDecoy even more titilating]] [[RefugeInAudacity than the original]], with many likening it to a pin-up pose.
* If you mention ''Videogame/{{Otomedius}}'', most people who have heard of it will immediately bring up the controversial FanService and the ways it "ruined" the classic Vic Viper design rather than the gameplay itself.
* The ''Franchise/{{Pokemon}}'' Jynx is known more for the controversy surrounding it's appearance and the debate about just what it's supposed to be than anything else. It's not really useful in battle and very few like its design. The list of things it has been suggested to be include a Viking, opera singer, ganguro (Japanese fashion trend), and Yama-uba (a kind of {{Youkai}}), among others. Unfortunately, whatever it is, its old design looked offensively like a racial stereotype of African-American people.
* The ''VideoGame/{{Postal}}'' series is well-known for being a common target for MoralGuardians to campaign against video game violence, more so than any quality of gameplay, as opposed to other common targets like ''Doom'' or ''VideoGame/GrandTheftAuto''.
* ''VideoGame/StreetFighterXTekken'' was highly anticipated upon release, being the crossover of two fighting game giants. Then through a series of controversies (the Gems game mechanic, the addition of an obese parody of VideoGame/MegaMan in the wake of the controversial cancellation of ''VideoGame/MegaManLegends 3'') culminating in the revelation that all DLC was on disk (and there was a ''lot'' of DLC) overshadowed the game's actual quality. To this day, Namco's half of the crossover is still pending and very much in question.
* ''VideoGame/ThrillKill'' is a case where the controversy was enough for the game to never get released (it was [[{{Gorn}} so violent]] ESRB gave it an AdultsOnlyRating, and thus Electronic Arts pulled the plug despite it being basically finished).
* ''VideoGame/TomodachiLife'' is infamous due to the lack of a GayOption and Nintendo's initial rationalization about it (which was later retracted in an apology), moreso than the game being about interpersonal relationships between Miis. An UrbanLegendOfZelda asserting that the Japanese version had a bug allowing same-gender couples that got fixed in the localization didn't help. [[note]]The only real bugfixes were related to save data corruption, and any appearance of a same-gender couple is due to one of the Miis being deliberately given the wrong gender so the game thinks the couple is straight, which is still 100% possible in the localization.[[/note]]
* ''{{VideoGame/TERA}}'' tried to market itself as a new breed of Action-MMO, but most people who know of it know of it because of the controversy over the Elin, a OneGenderRace of Lolicon LittleBitBeastly girls who, like all the females in the game, dress in an incredibly skimpy fashion. Even with the American publishing company (shoddily) making the clothes more modest, this reputation has never particularly died down. As you can guess, Western fans of the game actually developed uncensor patches because they in turn feel betrayed by their publishers, making this a ''double'' case of this trope.
* ''{{VideoGame/Evony}}'', a browser-based, [[AllegedlyFreeGame allegedly free]] strategy game, is more known for its infamous advertising campaign and [[LadyNotAppearingInThisGame false promises of boobs]] than for anything else. On top of that, the publishers have been accused of plagiarism, spamming, and distributing spyware, and they [[http://www.bruceongames.com/2009/08/25/evony-want-to-sue-me-for-telling-the-truth/ tried to sue a British blogger for libel]] for pointing it out (which [[StreisandEffect backfired predictably]]).

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* Countless cartoons from UsefulNotes/TheGoldenAgeOfAnimation (1930s until the end of 1950s) have been subject to censorship since the 1960s because of imagery that is nowadays considered racist or a bad example to little children (scenes of smoking, SuicideAsComedy,...). Though most of them only have minor scenes that can be edited in syndication other cartoons are almost impossible to show because they are troublesome from the first until the last frame. These are the WesternAnimation/CensoredEleven, cartoons who are never shown on American TV. The unfortunate thing about many of these is that some of them are actually good, funny and/or important films.
** ''WesternAnimation/DerFuehrersFace'': An Oscar winning propaganda cartoon that has gained more notoriety over the years for starring WesternAnimation/DonaldDuck as a Nazi than its artistic merits. It doesn't help that images from the cartoon often pop up out of context on various sites, causing many people to believe it actually ''endorses'' Nazism rather than criticize it.
** ''WesternAnimation/CoalBlackAndDeSebbenDwarfs'': A parody of ''Snow White'' with grossly exaggarated stereotypical caricatures of Afro-Americans. Still many claim it to be Creator/BobClampett's best work.
** ''WesternAnimation/AllThisAndRabbitStew'' is a fairly straightforward WesternAnimation/BugsBunny cartoon where the rabbit outwits a hunter. Yet the hunter is black and a mix of almost every Afro-American stereotype at the time, making the cartoon far more infamous for this aspect than anything else.
* The ''WesternAnimation/AdventureTime'' episode "What Was Missing" immediately became popular, AND controversial, for the alleged lesbian subtext between Princess Bubblegum and Marceline the Vampire Queen.
* The one thing most people remember about the ''WesternAnimation/AquaTeenHungerForce'' movie, other than the kickass opening number by Music/{{Mastodon}}, is its ViralMarketing campaign that caused the Boston Bomb Scare and resulted in then-head of Creator/CartoonNetwork Jim Samples stepping down and being replaced by Stuart Snyder, who became hated by fans for [[NetworkDecay pushing out action cartoons in favor of live-action shows]].
* The ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic'' episode, "The Last Round-Up" appears to be only remembered for giving fan favorite character Derpy Hooves lines and a canon name, and then subsequently censoring her when it found that her portrayal and name was offensive to some, delving into her [[ComicallyCrossEyed cross-eyed look]]. Everything else about the episode (except for perhaps, Pinkie's antics) is eclipsed by it.
* The ''WesternAnimation/SouthPark'' episodes "200" and "201" is a MilestoneCelebration and we learn the real truth behind Cartman's father. However, "200" caused a Muslim group to send death threats to Creator/TreyParkerAndMattStone for depicting UsefulNotes/TheProphetMuhammad in a bear suit ([[spoiler:even though it was really Santa Claus]]); Comedy Central subsequently altered "201" so all audio and visual references to Muhammad were censored, thus resparking the Muhammed cartoon controversy in real life. To this day, it has never been rerun, it's not available for legal streaming and only the censored version has been released on DVD. Portions of the uncensored cut very rarely leak onto the internet but are immediately blocked before they can spread. The censored speech at the end, amusingly proven true by the forced censorship, essentially amounts to "Use fear and you will always get what you want!"
* The final episode of ''WesternAnimation/TheLegendOfKorra'' has largely been overshadowed by the last four minutes [[spoiler:where Asami and Korra receive a RelationshipUpgrade]]. There's been talk about it being anything from pandering to it being improper for a show aimed at elementary schoolers [[spoiler:to have a same-gender relationship]]. And even then some were unsatisfied because [[spoiler:their relationship was only barely subtly built-up, and was not given full confirmation on-screen like Aang & Katara's relationship. but was instead only confirmed online afterwards.]]
* While ''WesternAnimation/{{Clarence}}'' is still a pretty popular show, mention it anywhere, and typically at least one person will bring up the [[CreatorBreakdown mental breakdown]] and subsequent firing of the show's creator Skylar Page.
* The episode "Man's Best Friend" from ''WesternAnimation/TheRenAndStimpyShow'' was banned due to a scene with Ren violently beating George Liquor with an oar. It was also one of the possible reasons why [[Creator/JohnKricfalusi John K.]] was fired from the show. Despite this, it is still considered one of the funniest and best episodes of the show.
* Within a month of starting ''WesternAnimation/ThePowerpuffGirls2016'' gained an unsightly reputation due to various changes such as removing popular character Ms. Bellum for being too fansservicey. It also has a [=TransNature=] [[DoesThisRemindYouOfAnything metaphor]] for transgender people episode with a BrokenAesop that bugged a lot of people.

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* Hirohito reigned as Emperor of Japan from Christmas of 1926 until his death one week into 1989, but he will always be most remembered and blamed for the atrocities committed in his name by the Imperial Army during UsefulNotes/WorldWarTwo (including the Second Sino-Japanese War). To many people of that era from the Allied countries, especially China and Korea, he was a war criminal [[KarmaHoudini who escaped the meting of justice they felt he deserved]] (General [=MacArthur=] in particular wanted to see him hanged, and never forgave President Truman for not only sparing Hirohito a Nuremberg Trial but allowing him to remain on the throne for what turned out to be several more decades). For instance, when the Emperor visited Europe in the 1970s, he was protested by people who had survived Japanese POW camps. Really, the only "punishment" he received was that he was forced to admit to the Japanese people that [[AGodIAmNot he was not semi-divine]]. The War completely overshadows his other achievements. For example, did you know he was a noteworthy research scientist who published scholarly papers about fish? Neither did anyone else.
** To this day, there is considerable debate amongst historians, especially in the West, as to just how much of a role Hirohito played in starting and executing the War. It is generally accepted today that by the time shots were fired, his role was minimal at best, real power being exercised by Hideki Tojo and the military's top brass – the ones who ''did'' stand trial and ''were'' hanged – much of the more insane policies coming about as a result of the Imperial Army and Navy fighting their own internal turf war to gain favour. By the time Little Boy and Fat Man reduced Hiroshima and Nagasaki to ashes, Hirohito was at risk of becoming a war casualty himself; he had to record the Declaration Of Surrender in secret and smuggle it out of the Palace because his own military would have killed him to keep it from being broadcast.
** His legacy is still up in the air thanks to the existence of the Yasukuni Shrine, which includes convicted war criminals among its names. Nationalist politicians like to pay their respects there, despite (or perhaps because of) the fact that doing so invariably angers China and the Koreas. The fact that history classes in Japanese high schools either gloss over or ignore the War doesn't help either. [[note]] Contrary to popular belief, Japanese history textbooks nowadays often DO contain at least some information about the War. However, thanks to Japan's notoriously poor teaching methods, the school year usually ends before teachers get that far – the most recent event typically reached is the Russo-Japanese War, forty years earlier, if they don't just stop during the early Meiji period.[[/note]]
* UsefulNotes/BillClinton oversaw the largest economic expansion since the end of the postwar period (even if a lot of the .com stuff was a speculative bubble), signed a far-reaching trade deal with America's then-largest trading partners Canada and Mexico (though YMMV on whether that was a good thing), helped negotiate the Good Friday Agreement which all but ended UsefulNotes/TheTroubles, oversaw the Oslo Accords that led to direct Palestinian control over (a tiny fraction of) their own territory for the first time since 1967, and became the first American president in at least a century to balance the federal budget (and the last). So what is he most remembered for? A sex scandal that led to him being only the second president in American history to be impeached. Note however that this did '''''not''''' hurt his popularity at the time; in fact, it backfired on his opponents, as many people saw the impeachment as a nakedly partisan power-grab – Clinton's approval rating ''increased'' during the hearings, and he left office as one of the most popular presidents of the modern era.
* UsefulNotes/RichardNixon's presidency has been overshadowed by the Watergate affair. Other memorable events during his administration, even good ones like him opening relationships with China, have been forgotten except for history buffs.
* Silent movie comedian [[Creator/FattyArbuckle Roscoe "Fatty" Arbuckle's]] legacy has been tainted by his involvement in an party/orgy where a young girl died. Even though his name was eventually cleared, the affair destroyed his career and public image. He was given the chance for a comeback, but died the day after signing a new deal. Nowadays, ''if'' he is remembered at all, it's more for this public image than any of his films.
* UsefulNotes/BorisYeltsin is not remembered today for any of his policies, but more for his very visible and embarrassing alcoholism problems during public appearances.
* The long, succesful and admirable career of Creator/BillCosby will now forever be overshadowed by all the controversy of him being an alleged rapist and all the women who've come forward claiming to have been raped or sexually assaulted. NBC and Netflix dropped projects they had with Cosby like a hot potato. It's an open question whether a court case or his sudden death might change anything. Interestingly, Creator/RomanPolanski, who admitted to statutory rape of a minor and served time in Chino Prison for a period of evaluation before absconding from America in fear of a stricter sentence has not garnered the same amount of public backlash Cosby now endures. One reason for this was that Cosby had long put on a HolierThanThou image and as a straight edge comic and social critic, and as such set himself for a greater public disgrace than an edgy avant-garde European film-maker.
* Creator/IllichGuardiola is a voice actor known for his anime dub work with Creator/SentaiFilmworks. However, after April 2014, he is only remembered for his sexual relationship and sexual abuse with a 16-year-old female student of his. Even though the charges were dropped, this scandal effectively destroyed his voice acting career.
* British TV presenter Creator/JimmySavile. During his lifetime he was quite popular as a host and fundraiser for humanitarian causes, even being knighted for his goodwill. He died as a celebrated entertainer with people gathering to watch his funeral procession in the streets. Only a year after his death a revealing documentary outed him as a sexual predator who had molested hundreds of young women, many of them only teenagers. The report caused an outcry and many people reported similar incidents. As a result Savile's name became so tainted that virtually all memorials, tributes and statues to him have been removed and destroyed. Even archive footage of him- or downright ''references'' to him in comedy shows- have been removed from the BBC site, making him effectively an UnPerson at this point. It seems unlikely that his name or image can ever be shown again without creating controversy.
* Gary Glitter: A glam rock icon from the 1970s, but dogged by scandal from the late 1990s on. He was arrested and sentenced for possession of child pornography and as a result his music is mostly banned from airplay. It's not likely he'll ever shake off the controversy again, seeing that he was recently brought back under suspicion, because of his friendship with Jimmy Savile.
* UsefulNotes/AdolfHitler, Nazism and extreme right-wing ideologies have been permanently discredited since the revelation of UsefulNotes/TheHolocaust. It remains highly controversial to discuss, say, aspects of Nazi Germany which were, if not normal, than typical of any modern government (be it democratic or totalitarian). The fact that such policies as anti-smoking laws, television, vegetarianism, color film stock, rocket technology, public television, assault rifles as well as the development and co-existence of several major German brands (Adidas, Siemens, Deutsche Bank, Volkswagen, Porsche, Fanta, Bayer) with Nazi Germany is either airbrushed from history or occassionally invoked via sheepish OldShame, HitlerAteSugar and GodwinsLaw.
** What makes Hitler's case exceptional, in some respects, is that other conquerors from the past, such as Creator/JuliusCaesar, UsefulNotes/{{Charlemagne}}, UsefulNotes/GenghisKhan and/or UsefulNotes/NapoleonBonaparte have far less controversy attached to them. You can discuss their achievements in relatively neutral and/or positive terms since their legacies are not in living memory. One reason for this is that Genghis Khan was after all a descendant of a nomadic pre-modern civilization in a harsh environment rather than a democratically elected politician in a post-Enlightenment, industrialized and advanced Republic; Khan also reserved brutality for the combat fields, being a very open-minded and tolerant ruler overall. A historian can make a case that Temujin's brutal and violent conquests was an exceptional and special period in human development, and likewise meted out violence out of conquest rather than racial persecution. As for Charlemagne, Caesar and Napoleon, they may have been megalomaniacs, but all of them developed legal, social and cultural reforms of genuine merit; in the case of Napoleon, he crusaded ''against'' anti-Semitism. Besides, unlike Hitler, their military and political successes could be directly attributed to their own skills, rather than blind luck or the vision of subordinate staff. Also, none of them attempted [[BreadEggsMilkSquick genocide]].
** The problem with discussing Hitler and Nazi Germany in positive terms, in any case, presupposes the existence of anything genuinely positive or redeemable in Nazi policy. Most of their successes in economics, infrastructure and military governance, were 1) Typical rather than Exceptional 2) Temporary rather than Lasting, 3) Reversed [[ShockingDefeatLegacy with total defeat with Germany occupied, partitioned and territory permanently granted to Poland]]. Indeed, historians note that the only reason the Nazis and UsefulNotes/WorldWarII are subject to intense ideological discussions is because of UsefulNotes/TheHolocaust, which is today regarded by historians as Hitler and Nazi Germany's central legacy, the only reason for history to remember them.
** [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bmYog5DszEI A famous advertisment by Brazilian newspaper Folha de S. Paulo]] tells on the feats of an art-loving man who helped rebuild his war-ravaged country before revealing it's Hitler, followed by "[[ManipulativeEditing You can tell a lot of lies]] [[SomeAnvilsNeedToBeDropped by only saying the truth]]".
* Basically any country that was ruled by an infamously cruel and eccentric dictator during the 20th century will have a hard time escaping his reputation, particularly if the country was not particularly well-known prior to his rule. Examples would be Libya and Quadaffi, Cambodia and Pol Pot, Uganda and Idi Amin, Iraq and Saddam Hussein.
* Poor, poor swastika. [[NonNaziSwastika Originally used in an almost exclusively positive manner]], it is completely associated with UsefulNotes/NaziGermany now. Even if you are yourself a Jew, Romani, etc. - and in fact, trying to use the GrandfatherClause or NWordPrivileges on this point will likely only stir up greater resentment against you.
** To make a case of how influential UsefulNotes/AdolfHitler was, you only need to go back to 1938 when a Belgian by the name of Hendrik De Man proposed a plan to reform the government in the times of the great depression. It was meant to oppress fascism thanks to the introduction of a social democracy of 5 classes controlled by technocrats. This man and his followers, who perpetrated a socialism that would reform the Belgian nation into a better one, called themselves nationalsocialists. After UsefulNotes/WorldWar2 they realized just [[ThoseWackyNazis how horrible it was as a name to have]] and they renamed themselves as ''demanists'', after the creator of their ideology, to get rid of all the fascist and hideous connotations they had.
* Artists who support controversial political regimes and ideologies often face this:
** Creator/BertoltBrecht, Creator/SergeiEisenstein, Paul Robeson and several other artists who supported or sympathized with communism, even under Stalin, saw their reputations decline, at least briefly, during the UsefulNotes/ColdWar, and they faced further backlash in their homeland during De-stalinization and the Kruschev thaw. The phrase "useful idiot", misattributed to Lenin, is often used by historians to tag any artist or intellectual who supported or sympathized with UsefulNotes/RedOctober and used, retroactively, to justify such instances as UsefulNotes/TheHollywoodBlacklist.
** Still, being a fellow traveller to Communism is seen as misguided and naive blindess. Supporting Nazism and Fascism on the other hand is the deal breaker. Louis-Ferdinand Céline, author of ''Journey to the End of the Night'', one of the most acclaimed novels of the 20th century. He was grotesquely antisemitic and supported Vichy France and never repented. This makes it difficult for people to praise him as an author, especially given that during the war, another collaborationist writer, Robert Brasillach was actually shot by firing squad in the post-war trials. The same applies to modernist poet Ezra Pound, an American who ''wrote and broadcast Fascist Propaganda'' for Mussolini during UsefulNotes/WorldWarII, was imprisoned for treason several years afterwards. Creator/LeniReifenstahl's Nazi propaganda and the degree to which they qualify as legitimate works of art.
** Fashion designer UsefulNotes/CocoChanel is a legend in the fashion world, but she is not without controversy throughout her career; the infamous one being a [[LesCollaborateurs collaborator]] to the Nazis, even dating one of them. Then there is Hugo Boss: famous for their luxury suits and perfumes for men, infamous for its eponymous founder's creation of [[PuttingOnTheReich Nazi uniforms]].
* This also extends to authors who voice racist and sexist stereotypes in their works, which in their day might have been typical or exceptional but thanks to SocietyMarchesOn and later political developments, their legacy gets tarnished. Creator/RichardWagner is universally considered a genius composer but his open anti-semitism and the Nazi party's promotion of his music and writings, has tarnished his legacy. Modern readers of books by Creator/WilliamShakespeare, Creator/{{Voltaire}}, Creator/CharlesDickens, Creator/FyodorDostoevsky and many others are often difficult to read for the open anti-semitism, sexism and other stereotypes present in the content. Creator/RudyardKipling's promotion of MightyWhitey and WhiteMansBurden made him, formerly the most popular and well-read author of his day, an embarassment for literary critics in the wake of decolonization. And the less said about Creator/DWGriffith and ''Film/TheBirthOfANation'' the better.
* While the late South Korean president Chung-hee Park is still highly respected by many Koreans for practically rebuilding the nation from the ground up (after it spent 35 years under Japanese rule and another three at war with North Korea), his 18-year rule is remembered by just as many for the fact that he led one of the most oppressive and dictatorial regimes the country had ever seen after becoming convinced that he was the only person who could properly maintain his country. This became such a dark mark for him that when his daughter Geun-hye became president in 2013, she publicly apologized for the atrocities he committed while he was in office.
* The Ford Pinto was actually a good car with better reliability than its American competitors, but is remembered for the gas tank flaw from its first couple of model years that made it explode in rear-end collisions. Heck, even the trope referring to exploding cars is called EveryCarIsAPinto!
* November 22, 1963: Any American capable of cognitive thought can tell you [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Assassination_of_John_F_Kennedy what happened on this day]]. But wasn't there something else? Something that was at least notable in the business world? Notable to Detroit Lions fans? Yes, it was the day that William Clay Ford, Sr, son of Edsel Ford, and member of board of directors of Ford Motor Co., purchased the Detroit Lions and became majority owner. Had it not been for the terrible tragedy that day in Dallas, we're willing to bet that while not necessarily front-page news, it would have made at least some waves.
** Not only did Kennedy die that day, but so did authors [[Literature/BraveNewWorld Aldous Huxley]] and [[Creator/CSLewis C. S. Lewis]].
** And of course, science-fiction fans know it was the day before ''[[Series/DoctorWho Doctor Who]]'' first aired. The BBC actually reaired the pilot the week later.
* The Miss Universe pageant in 2015 was overshadowed by host Steve Harvey accidentally announcing the wrong name as the winner and later by a vehicular incident that injured dozens of pedestrians (and killed one) outside the venue.
* Ferdinand Marcos is forever remembered for corruption charges and the human rights violations during his Martial Law era presidency. And yet, his widowed [[labelnote:cough]]ownerof1000pairsofshoes[[/labelnote]] wife and son are elected to political positions which makes a special case that the people who voted for them are either born after the EDSA revolution, believe that Marcos did some good things during his administration even before declaring Martial Law and that some of people tend to exaggerate that he's the worst president in Philippine history, that he and his family got DrunkWithPower during [[TheSeventies the Martial Law era]] and the voters are willing to forgive them or that his Martial Law is beneficial to keep the peace in the entire country and the whole EDSA revolution is strictly for "Imperial Manila". When his son, currently a senator and running for the Vice Presidency in the 2016 elections, was interviewed about his family name being a hindrance or a benefit to win the elections, he said with confidence that it's the latter. As expected, he earned a lot of backlash which doesn't help that he refused to apologize for his father's crimes during his administration. However, this doesn't stopped him nearly winning the elections until his opponent Leni Robredo beat him in a near margin of votes.
* The 2015 and ''especially'' 2016 Academy Awards gained more attention for the troubles over the issue of racial diversity amongst the acting nominees -- as they were all White -- and online protests and planned boycotts that ensued in response than the actual nominations. All of this ended up becoming the butt of many, ''many'' jokes by the ceremony's host, the African-American Creator/ChrisRock. On the bright side, at least Creator/LeonardoDiCaprio [[ThrowTheDogABone finally]] [[MemeticMutation got an Oscar]].
* UsefulNotes/GeorgeWBush's December 14th 2008 press conference in Iraq, where he explained how the withdrawal of all US combat forces would proceed, was overshadowed by an angry Iraqi journalist [[ShoeSlap that threw his shoes at him]], which Bush hastily dodged.
** Furthermore, the man's presidency is almost exclusively associated with his poor handling of the Second Gulf War (primarily because it ensued over suspicions that Iraq possessed nonexistent chemical weapons), and to a lesser extent the Financial Collapse and ensuing Great Recession that happened on his watch. In addition, there are still conspiracy theories floating around alleging that his people somehow masterminded the September 11th Attacks (usually framed as an excuse for the aforementioned Gulf War 2.0). What had at the end of 2001 been a highly-regarded presidency had become, by the end of 2008, one of the worst-regarded in American history.
* In December 2014, Music/DaveGrohl finally got his first solo ''Magazine/RollingStone'' magazine cover. Sadly, that moment has been completely overshadowed by the "A Rape on Campus" article in the magazine. [[note]] That story, wherein a student claimed she was sexually assaulted multiple times and her school covered it up, sparked a wave of social justice hand-wringing and (naturally) mass protests, but turned out to be so poorly researched – no attempt was ever made by the author to talk with any of the boys accused ''or'' the police to corroborate her allegations, and independent fact-checkers quickly discovered the student had lied about everything – that the magazine was forced to retract it and blackball the author. The University Of Virginia, where the nonexistent rapes occurred, has considered suing for defamation.[[/note]]
* In early 2016, two Republican governors -- Michigan's Rick Snyder and North Carolina's Pat [=McCrory=] -- were thrust into the national spotlight due to outrage over the former's handling of the Flint water crisis and the latter's support of House Bill 2, which forces transgender people to use bathrooms corresponding with their gender at birth. These two scandals quickly tainted their reputations both in their respective states and on a national scale.