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  • Orangina is definitely known for that beach party known as a "furry orgy", which is true. However, lots of people like to associate the brand from that sole commercial, even though the commercials after that have been mellow and less revealing.
  • Oldsmobile attempting to appeal to young people with the tagline "This is not your father's Oldsmobile. This is the new generation of Olds.", which many criticized for abandoning the people who liked Oldsmobile before.
  • Aaron Burr is never going to live down fatally shooting Alexander Hamilton in a duel, among other things. But at least he never had to deal with having his name hilariously mispronounced as "Awun Buhh" by a radio-show contestant with peanut butter sticking to the roof of his mouth...until a certain immortal "Got Milk?" TV ad of the 1990s, that is.

    Fan Fic 
  • Kalash 93, despite his long history of serious stories and war dramas, will always be best known for Hot Button Beach Day.
  • HELICOPTER CRASH KILLS 25 HOSTAGES (...And a dude who slept with his stepmom!)
  • If you're feeling unkind, fanfiction in general is this trope, since {{Sturgeon's Law}} dictates that the bulk of fans even inclined to write fanfiction at all are abominably terrible writers.
  • Sergeant Sprinkles will forever be known as the guy who wrote the very gorny My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic fan fic known as Cupcakes. While he does appreciate the fanart and attention it gets, he'd rather you read some of his other work and didn't think of him as "That cupcakes guy".
  • Thanks to ham-handed writing, Blaze - the author of The Conversion Bureau - is widely seen as an absolute misanthrope.
    • Likewise, the misanthropy-laced first chapter is widely mistaken as being emblematic of the fic (and the entire 'verse) as a whole.
  • In The Vampire Diaries story "Falling for a Fell", Crimson Fell wonders if she will always be known for killing an Original. She does think it's a pretty cool thing to be known for, though
  • In Avatar Of Victory, Asha's family is considered jinxed since one of her ancestors, who was actually a decent commander, got the last Avatar killed in action.
  • In The Boy With The Magic Notebook, Lily tends to remind Maxwell about his prankster days when he first got the Notebook as a way to keep him humble.
  • In Souls Abound, Crappy the goblin bitterly mused to himself that "shit yourself just once in class and that's all anybody would ever remember about you."
  • The Touhou Project/Pokemon crossover Monsters In Paradise has, all of people, Yukari Yakumo. Rustboro City's local librarian and her family take every chance to remind the youkai that she caused a swathe of destruction between Mauville and Rustboro while learning to ride a bicycle.
    Yukari: Honestly. You take one bike ride, and suddenly you're a pariah. I knew I should've flown.
  • Thanks to certain incidents and smear campaigns which will not be talked about here, you'd be forgiven for thinking the author of Pretty Cure Club Activities (elements of which are present in Club Pretty Cure) writes only ripoffs of other stories, includes racist stereotypes in all of them, thinks of femininity as a weakness, speaks exclusively with No Indoor Voice, is a Loony Fan of some celebrities, is a massive "trap" fan, makes inappropriate jokes, and/or is just plain crazy/emo (those Creator Breakdowns he suffers from time to time don't help, either). It's actually just one reasonnote  why he has thoroughly rebooted his Cureverse (in which all that will be toned down significantly, if not completely nonexistent, in the reboot, and even before the reboot much of the crap for which a bunch of other Curefic authors know him was hardly prevalent to begin with), and he's actually more personable (if still somewhat perpetually sour for the most part) in real life, not to mention that the detractors who had accused him of such behavior happen to be social justice warriors (see the Reddit/Tumblr entry far below for more on that).
  • Another Curefic author, Midoriri, will never hear the end of how she effectively torpedoed the "afterschool activities" thematic for Curefics with her aggressively litigious behavior towards other authors, including (but not limited to) the one mentioned above, accusing them of knocking off Pretty Cure Bukatsudo Energetic whether or not the accusations are true.
  • In Rose Of Pollux's fics, Jamie has on occasion reminded the Doctor that he had forgotten what Jamie looked like during one of their early adventures.

  • There's an old joke that is practically the essence of Never Live It Down, which has one poor farmer and villager relating all his accomplishments over many years (building a dock, catching lots of fish, farming his fields), and how nobody in his village cares about any of that because all they ever remember him for is how he screwed one goat...

    Newspaper Comics 
  • For Better or for Worse was a fairly realistic, well-written comic strip back in its early days. However, the later years of Seasonal Rot and Creator Breakdown are now what it's mostly known for.
  • It's not unusual to come across people referring to Mallard Fillmore as "Drunk Duck" due to creator Bruce Tinsley's two DUI arrests in 2006. It doesn't help that he spent years making fun of Ted Kennedy for his drunken antics (which he suspiciously stopped after the news of his DUI came out), and that he later did a Take That to the judge that sentenced him in the strip.



  • Internet Explorer's reputation is built around the security holes that were discovered in the sixth revision (the one that launched with Windows XP). Since then Microsoft has made great strides to try and make it better and by the tenth revision (the version in Windows 8), many critics are trumpeting their success in building a capable and modern Internet browser. However, people still bash it to this day under the perceptions that are now over a decade old. Windows also suffers from this.
    • Among the more tech saavy, IE's improved security was acknowledged... And replaced in scorn by the lack of modern features touted by its competitors (Google Chrome and Mozilla Firefox, primarily) and the slow, lackluster adaptation of what features they did adopt like tabbed browsing (added years after they were standard in other browsers) and add-ons (which mostly came in the form of IE's infamous toolbars).
  • The iOS official Maps app in iOS 6, which was notorious for, among other things, getting streets and locations completely wrong, satellite images with fluctuating quality (and sometimes, completely nonexistent images!), terrain rendering that does everything from warping buildings to making Eldritch Locations out of cities, among other things. Although these issues have mostly been corrected since, people will always remember iOS Maps as "that map app that gets everything wrong."
  • The GoAnimate animation program will never get away from the fact that a vast majority of the videos before the move to business-oriented ventures (which happened to be caused by said videos) was nothing more than childish videos of Caillou or Dora the Explorer getting grounded grounded grounded grounded for 1234567898543 years, no matter how much creator Alvin Hung tries to delete and remove everything that led to it.
  • At least in part thanks to a lawsuit over a forced upgrade bricking a desktop for all intents and purposes, Windows 10 will forever go down in history as "that Windows version that Microsoft is pushing on Windows 7 and 8(.1) users". Even people who would otherwise call it a good version of Windows (i.e. if they voluntarily upgraded) tend to have a violently negative opinion of 10 as a result of being nagged and later forced to upgrade.

    Tabletop Games 
  • Warhammer 40,000: It seems that some people seem to have taken the Clap Your Hands If You Believe element of Orky technology to mean that ALL of it runs simply because the Orks believe it does. No, a stick will not fire bullets if you convince an Ork that it can, goddamnit (though a pipe would, as far as the second edition rules are concerned, which was 5 editions ago and counting)! Being hit with a severe case of Depending on the Writer makes it even worse. (One source will say Ork tech works fine and the gestalt psychic field only makes it work better; meanwhile, another source will have an Ork fly a ship across a star system despite it lacking any fuel.)
    • The Imperial Guard will never escape their reputation as a Red Shirt Army who easily fall to any other force. Granted, that's mostly how they were depicted in the early editions, but later editions solidified their nature as a Badass Army fully capable of holding their own.
    • This can happen to writers too. Matt Ward was already unpopular but not necessarily loathed for being an Ultramarines fanboy who "hijacked the Space Marines codex to turn it into a 95% Ultramarines book" (the decision was more likely made from the opposite direction after it was too late for Ward to change anything). While a bad move, fans already accepted the overuse of Ultramarines as poster-boys and moved on. Then Matt made the Grey Knights codex, possibly the single most broken and overpowered army list yet conceived. Fan hatred of the codex was so far that members of the 4chan /tg/ board made lists of non-Grey Knights models that could be used to fashion a GK army without buying their specific models; all of this was based on the logic that Games Workshop would look at the sales of GK product to judge Ward's performance.
      • Sisters of Battle fans will likely never forgiving for having the GK massacre a convent and get of scot-free.
      • Another sore contention is Ward's complete overhaul of the Necron's lore. While received well by some players, many 'Cron fans believe that the army has gone from being terrifying Eldritch Abomination worshipping killbots, to a comparatively lame mix between the Tomb Kings and a cheesy Doctor Who villain, and their star-eating gods have turned in Pokemon. Ironically, Ward is rather well-liked by Eldar players, because, while a horrid writer he may be, he's the only one who doesn't constantly submit the Eldar to humiliating Curb Stomp Battles; in one of his stories, Craftworld Biel-tan successfully fights off two Imperial sector fleets and TEN Space Marine chapters by itself, although this is Biel-tan we're talking about, so...
    • Similar to Ward, Robin Cruddace will also never live down the "horrible atrocity" that was the 5th edition Tyranid Codex. Even the codex itself is only remembered for two things; Introducing the nigh-useless Pyrovore and nerfing the beloved Carnifex to hell to make the newer Monstrous Creatures useful. This carried on even when the Tyranids got an update for 6th edition and the further nerfs it received had people burning Cruddace at the stake despite his name being nowhere on the book. note 
  • Many Magic: The Gathering sets suffer from this.
    • Legends for the vanilla legends, but it's still known as a good set, despite them.
    • The Dark for Sorrow's Path, considered the worst card in Magic (at least, that isn't an outright joke).
    • Fallen Empires may have given us Hymn to Tourach, but it also gave us the ability to pay life to put a creature in play to put counters on that we could sacrifice to gain life equal to the number of counters. Guess which one got remembered more.
    • Homelands for, well, everything.
    • Mercadian Masques for the Power Seep.
    • Kamigawa for the awkward "splice onto arcane" mechanic.
  • Despite Rule Zero technically protecting any given RPG from one bad rule ruining the bunch, splatbooks can have 200+ of great material and only be remembered for one bad rule or feature. It can get even worse if the feature isn't itself bad, but synergizes with another book's rules to create something unintended.
    • For example, Frostburn is a very well done feature book on cold weather terrain and characters in Dungeons & Dragons. At this point it will seemingly only be remembered for providing two minor feats that contribute to making the Locate City Bomb.
  • "Mad" Maximilian Liao. The man was canonically a legitimate Chessmaster in his younger years, may well have suffered from a medical condition explaining his decline if some of his descendants are any indication, and finally only really lost it at the very end of his career — but the fandom will always remember him for his "grab the wedding plates, they're military intelligence!" moment in the Warrior trilogy and being notionally played for a fool at every turn by Hanse Davion & Co. during the disastrous (for House Liao) Fourth Succession War.
    • The Lyran Commonwealth will always be remembered for their ''Social Generals'', who got their rank through money and connections than by experience. While the Lyrans have several formidable Mech Warriors and even the merger of the Federated Commonwealth gain them some reasonable commanders, the Lyrans are mostly known for simply sending Heavy and Assault mechs as their primary tactic.
  • Helm of the Forgotten Realms doesn't seem to ever be able to live down his moments of Lawful Stupid, like killing the first Mystara. It's gotten to the point he and his followers still get called Lawful Stupid In-Universe.

  • The title character of Hamlet is well-known for being indecisive and angsty, spending scenes contemplating his navel instead of doing something. It's gotten to the point where "he's a Hamlet" means "he's indecisive." But in the actual play, Hamlet acts stupidly rash just as often as he acts stupidly timid, most notably when he kills Polonius. Which means...
  • Götz von Berlichingen will forever be remembered solely as "that play where the guy says 'kiss my ass'". But then again, when Mozart did a proto-Filk Song (No, seriously) consisting entirely of quoting said line, what else can you be remembered for?
  • Regardless of its actual merits as a piece of theatre, Tom Taylor's 19th century screwball farce Our American Cousin is doomed to be forever remembered as the play that Abraham Lincoln was watching when he was assassinated.

  • Ask a fan about the Generation 2 line in Transformers, and the only thing you'll hear about (after maybe the hilariously bad rapping in some of the commercials) is how awful the color schemes were. Despite this, the only really garish designs in G2 were the repaints of G1 figures (and even then, characters like Starscream, Optimus, Jazz, Inferno, the Constructicons and Sideswipe weren't especially garish outside of some funny decals), a couple Go-Bots, and various figures that weren't actually from ''G2'', but instead from the tail-end of ''G1'' (Action Master Thundercracker, Omega Spreem). You probably won't hear about how G2 was the line to introduce fully-articulated figures or now-ubiquitous gimmicks like lightpiping.

    Web Comics 
  • Shortpacked!: Happens to Robin in-universe. She's a decorated war hero, and served two terms as her district's congresswoman, having ran actively for a third term, and having been key an a great deal of landmark legislation, including one bill that resulted in a month of world peace. All people remember her from is that one sex tape.
  • Monette in Something*Positive has since been adopted by the MacIntyres and become a successful actress. But, despite now being in a committed lesbian relationship, she'll be remembered as the most man-loving lesbian ever...who'd rather do animals than women.
  • Ctrl+Alt+Del's Hatedom used to have a lot of reasons to hate CAD. All of them have since been replaced by the miscarriage arc.
    • The comic has had several other Never Live It Down moments (Abbygate, "black" Zeke, "don't fuck with us", Lucas' date with Kate), but chances are that the miscarriage is the one that even people who don't read webcomics will know about.
    • Of the Miscarriage arc is the strip titled "Loss". The culmination of the dubious art, Dull Suprise, and bad scene blocking has made this particular strip outshine the popularity of the entire comic all together. The memetic nature of Loss will always be held as a testament against the comic.
  • In Sidekick Girl, Illumina has a reputation for being a death magnet to her sidekicks (Part of the reason immortal Val was assigned to her). Only one, Val's immediate predecessor, actually died. Of her other long-term sidekicks, one quit on her in the middle of a fight and the other went insane from the stress of being an eternal twelve-year-old.
  • Head Trip has this invoked.
  • Bug Martini provides us with this example.
  • El Goonish Shive has an in-universe example with Abraham's creation of the Dewitchery Diamond. Every properly trained wizard has heard of him.
  • A somewhat meta-example in Gunnerkrigg Court: In one page the readers didn't recognize Eglamore, so whenever he now appears, Tom will always point out to them that it's Eglamore.
    • He lampshaded this at one point by pointing out that "the girl next to Eglamore is Antimony Carver, the hero this strip".
  • In-world example: One fan-based World of Warcraft comic included a troll with a nickname he absolutely despised. It was just the one time on a dare, but nobody ever lets it go. They just keep calling him Baby-Eater.
  • Bittersweet Candy Bowl has this in-universe for Jessica and Tess to the rest of the school (Jessica is not actually a slut, and Tess regrets the bullying she did).
  • The rather... tactless way Melna's Rape was handled in Dominic Deegan is still the single most pointed out problem with the strip the Hatedom brings up- To the point that even years later, that comic is still the most linked to page of the comic's entire run according to one Snarker's google search.
  • In-Universe within Homestuck. Nobody will let Karkat forget the shipping chart.
    • Meanwhile, the fandom will probably never let John live down his "I'm not a homosexual" comment. Try to find one slash fic involving John where he doesn't say that or bring it up.
  • Another In-Universe example occurs in White Dark Life. Quite a few of them, actually, most involving Luigifan:
    • A downplayed example is Tails' "You just told me, foxboy!" incident from Sonic Adventure 2.
    • Luigifan had a lot of trouble living down the time he nearly killed Tulip with his Yveltal. The incident made it onto the Quotes page for "Didn't Think This Through" for a damn good reason.
    • Luigifan will never, ever live down the time he accidentally hit Uma in the face with a glass bottle and knocked her unconscious. Even worse, the contents — he tried to make a Love Potion using assorted pheromones. What he actually made, due to not being all that much of a chemist, is a stinkbomb.
    • Another from Luigifan is claiming that Princess Torch would make "beautiful firebird babies" with Inu. (He was actually expressing relief that Torch wasn't saying something outlandish about Inu, with the example being that they would "make beautiful firebird babies", but everyone around him reacted... poorly. Torch absolutely hates it when the incident is brought up.)
    • Speaking of Torch, she'll likely never live down her repeated glomping of Inu, including when she nearly crushed him to death on their first meeting and the extended cuddle session that prompted the aforementioned "beautiful firebird babies" remark.

    Web Original 
  • 1-up (Homestar's 20X6 counterpart) loves pudding, due to one line in a cartoon saying "I want pudding!" after Stinkoman offered to share a pile of pudding he found.
  • Somewhat toeing the line between this and Flanderization is Open Blue's Espartano unit. Originally, it was supposed to be of all ages and both genders, but due to the fact that one RPer kept on cranking out badass lolitas, the idea that it is an Amazon Brigade has stuck to the other regulars. Consequently, this has resulted in one regular creating an entire squad of them, as opposed to the usual single independent operatives. The line blurs between this and flanderization because each new character/group of characters added technically counts as canon unless declared otherwise.
  • In Yu-Gi-Oh! The Abridged Series, Mako Tsunami once threw a harpoon at someone. This got him the permanent moniker "Freaky Fish Guy." In his second appearance, he harpoons two more, but at least Joey seems to have talked him out of doing it again.
    • Kaiba is also known as the guy who says "Screw the Rules, I Have Money!!" In entirety, Kaiba said that in episode 1. He used variants on many episodes ("Screw the rules, I have green hair!" and such), but does not use the catchphrase on every single episode as some would say.
      • Lampshaded in Episode 44 - After Ishizu calls out various characters for being vessels for catchphrases, Kaiba for the aforementioned one, he responds "Haven't said that in years".
    • Coupled with Noodle Incident in one of Marik's Evil Council videos:
    Bakura: Marik, have you been using your Millennium Item as a bong again?
    Marik: No! And it was one time! Let it go, already!
  • Several for the current and past members of That Guy with the Glasses.
    • Film Brain will never live down criticizing Equilibrium.
    • In lighter examples, even though she's been knocked unconscious more often, The Nostalgia Chick will always be known for chloroforming the Critic and the Critic himself will never be able to forget wearing Guyliner.
    • Also, for Doug, Melvin, Melvin, Brother of The Joker.
      • The Nostalgia Critic's panning of Mako in TMNT. He even invented a running gag out of it.
      • Nor his leaving Optimus Prime's death off the list of 10 saddest moments.
      • Doug really dislikes the "Bat Credit Card" for three main reasons: 1) It shorts out his voice. 2) He didn't feel like the Batman & Robin review was all that good. And 3) certain fans expect him to do it constantly.
      • More seriously, the Forced Viewing podcast he was a guest on. He didn't see any of the films so had nothing to contribute, his first line was asking for more booze, his jokes were about him torturing people and stuffing them in the fridge, being a suspect in pedophilia and making light of child abuse, he mused to a friend (who saw his friend get shot) that it'd be interesting to see someone commit suicide, and he disappeared after giving a very measured explanation of mental illness that involved clinging onto teddy bears.
      • At a Connecticon 2013 panel, he gave into pressure, got down on all fours, and sucked a sugarcube out of a random fan's hand. It's hard to imagine anyone who could live that down.
      • Despite a whole video addressing the fallout and moments of praising the show's dramatic moments, a great many Adventure Time fans are not going to let Doug live down his intense focus on the Ice King's glasses in the "Holly Jolly Secrets Part 2" v-log anytime soon. On a similar note, Jori (one of Doug's co-reviewers in the logs) is probably not going to live down her less than savory comments with regards to Princess Bubblegum's No-Holds-Barred Beatdown on Ricardio in the "Lady and Peebles" video anytime soon either.
    • Angry Joe has his embarrassing interview with Geoff Knighly at the Spike Video Game Awards.
      • Another of Angry Joe's moments that could be classed as this are his two Angry Rant towards Nintendo and their Creators Program.
    • Allison Pregler has her feud with Spoony that stemmed over a rape joke he made to JesuOtaku, although contrary to his Vocal Minority Fan Dumb's belief, this did not get him fired from TGWTG, and Lupa and Spoony have publically apologized to each-other for the feud and letting it get out of hand so quickly.
    Events from the past year have left a lasting mark on me and it's something that's likely to follow me for a long time. It's easy to say I'm being over-dramatic, to just let it slide, but it wears on you, to hear what an awful person you are for a year, to have people follow you wherever you’ve touched, to try and get that last dig in. It's hard to have so called vigilantes follow you around to dole out justice for a situation they know none of the facts on, for something you didn't do.
    • Pregler's controversial firing from Channel Awesome, followed by Phelous's resignation, is often seen as one for the site. The way the feud broke out over her not answering an IM and the difficulties she had with monetizing her videos lead many to accuse CA of severe mismanagement of their employees.
    • Spoony himself has that time when he told his fans to go out and murder any fans of Final Fantasy X before stating he would do it himself. While he does express regret for saying this, there are still a lot of people who aren't about forgive that gaffe anytime soon.
    • Oancitizen has his "I really fucking hate Rants" (Rants being the former owner of a post-secret style blog for TGWTG) line in the Sh*t TGWTG Fans Say video (which was removed after the backlash caused by the comment). He did apologise repeatedly to Rants for the video afterwards, though.
    • Todd in the Shadows will never live down liking Katy Perry
      • Although this is nothing compared to putting a Flo Rida song on his Top Ten of 2012
    • A lighter example would be Phelous' Running Gag of dying in his videos. Despite him retiring the joke after fifty episodes and avoiding it ever since, it's arguably his best-known joke, to the extent it was the main hook for his character in To Boldly Flee.
    • Brad Jones accidentally punching Obscurus Lupa in the face while filming a team-up review. She immediately realized it was just a freak mistake and didn't hold anything against him, but that didn't stop (mostly good-natured) jokes about it.
    • JesuOtaku had made several posts before becoming famous that displayed a shockingly homophobic attitude, which were dug up afterwards. He quickly clarified that he's grown out of that phase, but his hatred of characters like Utena Tenjou and Avatar Korra, as well as naming Fullmetal Alchemist his favorite anime (given that the followup series Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood was widely praised for better treatment of its female characters) means that many fans have a hard time forgiving it.
    • During an unboxing video with his fiance Viga Gadson, Lewis "Linkara" Lovhaug recorded a three-hour video—without a microphone being on. In the 30 minute one that he uploaded that did have sound, it opens with Viga coming up with different ways to tell Lewis "Fuck you" for forgetting and the following videos have a running gag with letters telling Lewis to check the mic to see that it's on.
  • Even with the aforementioned incidents above, Doug Walker is still known by the Internet community as a pioneer of the Internet reviewer genre and online entertainment for creating The Nostalgia Critic and his other characters. To just about everyone outside the Internet community, though, he's "the guy who quit his job in a funny way," because of the video of him quitting with a boom box and "I QUIT" on his chest that went viral and is used every time a news outlet wants to do a piece on people leaving jobs.
  • Chad Rocco hasn't (and probably won't be considering his own stance on this) been forgiven for bashing, criticizing, and insulting MLP: FiM despite being a fan of the past. It doesn't help that he seems to get kicks out of criticizing and mocking his original respect for the show just to get a rise out of the bronies. It's sadly resulted with his fanbase being split into those who agree with his opinions or those who roll their eyes at his constant attacks, which come off as his attempts for attention.
  • In Slate Magazine's Culture Gabfest podcast, the Enforced Plug(s) for sponsor almost always involve a reference to movie critic Dana Stevens spilling chai or coffee on someone's laptop.
  • ProtonJon said "MOVE!! FASTER!! POKEY!!" in his Let's Play of Kaizo Mario World all of once. Look around the internet and This Very Wiki and you'd think he shouted it out all the time. Even he's gotten a bit tired of it.
    • Similarly, Chuggaaconroy regretted bringing Steve the Trooper into the world of Pikmin since the fans decided to make a Facebook fan page for him. He had originally only singled out Steve as "the one we were not going to like", only calling him a trooper once in a later episode.
      • He probably isn't going to forget the Calibrary Cuff incident anytime soon.
      • Or the Runaway Guys playthrough of the Mario Party 6 board where he innocently made a huge stream of innuendos about Daisy. It started with 'Should we do Daisy on hard (difficulty)?' and got worse from there.
    • In the context of Retsupurae, it seems slowbeef and Diabetus will never let ProtonJon forget that he was once tricked into doing a Super Mario World romhack LP by an author pretending to be dying of leukemia. Every wrongpurae video on King's Quest VII: The Princeless Bride in which he guest starred has included a joke about it, and two of them (so far) consist only of the duo pranking him with one.
  • Andy Zaltzman, Chris, Tom, and... let's say everyone on earth will never let John Oliver forget that he was in The Love Guru.
    • Now their teasing has expanded to include John's role as Vanity Smurf in The Smurfs, although he defends himself by citing how popular the film actually was.
  • No matter how "original" he tries to be, there will always be someone to remind The Irate Gamer that he outright stole from the AVGN.
  • Noah of Tribe Twelve fame is known for stabbing bushes. He did it exactly once, for approximately two seconds of screentime.
  • Miasma of the Whateley Universe is only known for having horrible gas. It's his only superpower.
    Miasma: You burn a hole through one stinking couch, and do they ever let you forget it? No!
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  • Nephlite from Sailor Moon Abridged fell victim to this in-universe. No one seems to remember anything about him other than the fact he became Molly's boyfriend, then died. They don't even seem to remember his real name, instead calling him, "your dead boyfriend."
  • "The Trololo Guy" (Eduard Khil) says "trololo" once in a song that lasts almost three minutes - this is because he first gained his popularity from the short, cut-out clip featuring that phrase. And for many people, his career begins and ends with that three minute song, despite having been a performer for over 40 years.
  • Gavin from Rooster Teeth has never truly lived down his lack of vehicular knowledge that culminated in two words that have never left the minds of even his most loyal fans: "Headlight Fluid". It probably doesn't help that it's also an early joke from Rooster Teeth's flagship series, Red vs. Blue, making it even easier to remember.
    • It also doesn't help that the "Headlight Fluid" animated adventure ended up as an ad on Youtube, with the individual video garnering over 2 million views.
    • Caleb earned the ire of fans everywhere when, during one of the "Let's Play Minecraft" episodes, he cheated by looking on the screens of the other members.
    • There's also Ryan's two memetic moments "I'm still in the air!" and "Give me your milk!"
  • Caboose in Red vs. Blue won't live down accidentally killing Church with a tank he couldn't control. Church himself at least has a reason to not let him forget it, but when Flanderization kicked in, this incident mutated into Caboose being a trigger happy Team Killer in general. It's way funnier than it sounds.
  • Poor Frogman will never be forgiven for 9gag trying to turn his face into a rageface. It wasn't even his fault, yet he is now always referred to as that forced-meme guy.
    • On a more serious note his "Imagine a Bowl of M&M's" meme where he compared men in general to a bowl of m&ms where some were poisoned so one needs to be wary of all of them, was often accused of being sexist; especially when he dismissed a male rape-survivor who objected to the comparison. The fact that in 2016 Donald Trump Jr. made an eerily similar comparison to justify prejudice against Immigrants (namely Muslims) has not gone unnoticed.
  • Pat from Two Best Friends Play will never let Matt forget that, during their Silent Hill: Downpour LP, he accidentally threw Fire Axe down a Bottomless Pit. Neither will the series's animators.
    • Woolie apparently turned down sex with two hot bisexual girls so that he could get to his local Gamestop to buy Marvel vs. Capcom 3.
  • Following the announcement of the PlayStation 4, one Kotaku writer posted an article asking why there were no female presenters at the event. This is the first article by the writer on the site that had anything to do with sexism (... Sort of), but 4chan's video games board immediately became flooded with parodies of it, portraying her as a Straw Feminist labeling absolutely everything as sexist. Let's leave it there.
  • Colin Moriarty of IGN will forever be known as the person that started the "gamer entitlement" meme when fans, upset over Mass Effect 3 rather controversial endings, voiced their complaints and started the Retake Mass Effect movement. In some circles of the Internet he's even the poster child of everything wrong with pro-corporate, anti-consumer gaming journalism.
    • Expect any article having to do with Playstation Vita sales bringing in comments mocking Moriarty for his "Vita is Set to Succeed" article, in which he claimed that Vita sales will steamroll the Nintendo 3DS's upon release, when the very opposite has occurred.
  • Perez Hilton will forever be known for drawing pictures of penises on people.
  • This is the end result of any sort of bad transgression in a Journal Roleplay at the Dreamwidth anon journal "Wankgate": if you flounced a game, made a fool of yourself on the comms, made yourself look like a creeper or play a character Out of Character, then the anons there will keep record of it and will make sure that you aren't forgotten.
  • Bryon, aka Superpsyguy or just Psyguy from Fireball 20XL, will probably never live down his many years of abusing, threatening and manipulating dozens of women and a few men as well, thanks to a long series of posts from former friends, exes and associates that leaked onto the internet, leading to him removing most of his social media in an attempt to hide any evidence. As you can guess, it didn't work out well for him. The same can be said for many of those caught up in the abuse scandal on Youtube.
  • It might take a while until Tumblr forgets about how Jon Jafari used the word "retarded" as an insult on Twitter once (towards PlayStation Now).
  • Smiffy of Hat Films has "ghosted" note  on rare occasions when playing games with his teammates, or the rest of the Yogscast, yet the reasonable and understanding fans have, through Flanderisation, turned him into a constantly ghosting asshole that rarely stops doing it.
  • Turpster is probably not going to be allowed to forget his Old Shame "Turpstervision" introduction that he used for an old show of his. This is (largely) because Sips and Hat Films installed it as a taunt for Prop Hunt. Despite his efforts to take the original video down, reuploads exist and videos with the taunt are almost impossible to remove, since Hat Films basically use their server for every Garry's Mod video the Yogscast make.
  • Sjin, according to a story Sips and Turps told, bought a plush of Maximus from Tangled while in America and had to throw out a pair of jeans in order to make it fit. This is something no one else in the Yogscast will let him forget. Ever. Sjin claims this isn't true, for what it's worth.
  • The internet (especially his detractors) will never let The Amazing Atheist forget that he once shoved a banana up his ass on camera. Fortunately he takes it in stride, and even jokes about it whenever it's brought up.
    • In a much darker sense, he once taunted a rape survivor by telling him (he wrongly believed the survivor in question was a woman) that "she deserved it", even suggesting that the rapist should be found and given a medal. Pretty understandably it really tarnished his reputation on the internet a bit, even after he offered a public apology.
  • Zeb 89 "Ace Gamer", an Italian youtuber who started with videogame reviews, is a controversial figure among the Italian YT community, because of his arrogance, rudeness and alleged right-wing sympathies. He made a fairly long video in which he harshly criticised a fan (as in, the device that moves air) because it was expensive and it didn't work... until it was discovered that he assembled it in the wrong way! As soon as he removed the video multiple copies, remixes and parodies popped up, and nowadays "Zeb 89" and "fan" are always spoken in the same sentence. It seems that the YT community will forever mock him for it.
  • The Cracked article 5 Popular Figures of Speech That Have Creepy Hidden Meanings plays with this, regarding "those bastards at the Department of Homeland Security": "You've made like a million sandwiches in your lifetime, but do they call you the sandwich maker? Of course not. But you commit one war crime and suddenly you're 'a war criminal.'"
  • Not even TV Tropes itself is safe from this kind of shaming. Due to once having such pages as Fetish Fuel and Troper Tales, the site is often seen as a haven for creeps and other unsavory people of very low moral fiber.
  • Out of all countries, Indonesia has the worst reputation among Untergangers, in no small part due to controversies surrounding Hanif 837 (who has been referred to by other Untergangers using such corruptions of his name as "Arsesniff 837", "Failnif", and "Hanfail" since his fall from grace with the Downfall Parody community).
  • Many cartoon fans (especially Gravity Falls fans) will probably never let live down their "Top 10 Hated Disney Cartoons" list, in which Gravity Falls was included.
    • They later included the show as one of the best cartoon of the 2010's and even told people to ignore they did this.
  • Google+ will always be remembered for two things: Its enforcement of its "real name" policy (which was very much a Scrappy Mechanic for those who are transgender, are drag queens, or use pseudonyms to avoid stalkers, employers, etc.) and its forcing of YouTube users to link their Google+ accounts. Even though Google+ does neither of these things anymore, its reputation was badly damaged enough that its userbase remains low in numbers compared to rival Friending Network Facebook, which ironically is now gaining a reputation for enforcing the same sort of "use your legal name or we terminate your account" policy.
  • In the Vinesauce Tomodachi Life series, this happens a lot to the islanders, where their entire character becomes defined by some minor event. This is partially because Tomodachi Life doesn't leave much room for characterization, so interpreting small events is a must. Some prominent examples:
    • Walrus is a ridiculously nice guy, doesn't cause trouble for the most part, and has helped Alpaca (who's always struggled with romance) find love in Bonzi Buddy. Does Vinny (and the viewers, to a lesser degree) remember him for that? No, he remembers him for "stealing" Two-Faced from his own Mii, Vinesauce, causing him to have an extremely long-held grudge for him. Fortunately, this doesn't last forever, because Vinny sees him get dumped coldly in Episode 37, and starts treating him nicely.
      • By extension, given the amount of votes she gets during the Survivor Edition, nobody's going to forget that Two-Faced cheated on Walrus for DK, which is the reason Walrus got redeemed.
    • Isaac, for the most part, is an uninteresting islander. Or at least he would have been, but while he was being added, the game crashed, causing everything that was done for the first half of Episode 28 to be lost. This is Isaac's most memorable moment, and despite the fact that it's never happened again, Vinny still turns to him whenever things go wrong, asking him to reset the island again.
    • Ask fans about Groose and Karl, and they'll probably mention that they are the "Sloppy Seconds Brothers", a Love Hungry duo that interrupts love confessions to confess their own love, and always failing at it. This is based off of two separate events in Episode 36, and it has never happened again, but the prominence of it means that many people think of the two as love failures, which really only fits Karl.
    • A non-islander example; Captain Southbird, a Promoted Fanboy who condenses the streams, is considered to be the reason why Cling On, an formerly-ignored islander, rose to fame and became a Breakout Character. This has led to him becoming associated with Cling On, and questions fans ask him tend to be related to her. He doesn't seem to mind, though.
  • Movie Fights
    • In one of the earlier episodes, Hal screwed a Speed Round question really badly by calling out the same answer that his opponent, Tiffany, had already clearly called out first, despite having more than a few seconds to think. From then on, Andy would call such the "Hal Rudnick move", and would warn the contestants to not "pull a Hal Rudnick" before the speed rounds. This stopped when they change their speed round rules, however.
    • Many fans of the show would fondly recall Kristian Harloff as "the writer of Nightfalls" after he argued for the completely made up title in one of the Speed Round questions. He managed to fool his opponents, the judge and even the fact checker into thinking that such a movie exist, and his bold attempt at doing so remains as one of the best moments in the series.
  • In-series, Brittany from The Most Popular Girls in School won't let Rachel Tice forget that she ate roly-poly in the third grade.
  • The Superman vs. Goku match from Death Battle is approaching this. Despite having some of the most extensive research ever conducted for a Death Battle, the match is often attacked by the loser's side as a Bias Steamroller, and it remains the most controversial match in the show's history (most episodes manage to get well over 90% likes to 10% dislikes, while Superman vs. Goku is barely sitting at 60% likes to 40% dislikes). It's also the only matchup to get an eventual rematch. Superman won both of them, and judging by the calculations in the first match, it's an outright Curb-Stomp Battle, as Goku is greatly outmatched in terms of feats: Superman has moved 6.6 quintillion tons while Goku can lift 160,000 tons at most, and Superman can tank multiple supernovas while Goku could theoretically be killed by a nuke with the power of one.
    • An awful lot of people accuse Death Battle of being biased against Anime characters, and Dragon Ball Z characters in particular. This is despite 6 out of 10 anime characters winning their battles, and Dragonball characters winning 2 out of 4 fights note .
  • The Closing Logo Group, the Internet's authority on production logos and a museum of sorts in that regard, has yet to live down not just its past extreme fascination with scary logos but also its internal power struggles, to the point where even the proles have complained within its own forums and rules have been written to combat its image. In turn, thanks to some of those rules, there's a third thing for which outsiders are shaming it: for bordering on being a dictatorship, a favorite charge for detractors to bring up. Even their exposé on a quartet of YouTube trolls hasn't done as much as they had hoped to improve their image. It doesn't help that their self-proclaimed leader, Drayton Lumumba Chandellnote , still refuses to believe the Cokeburst, a byline variant of the Columbia Pictures Television "Sunburst" logo, is real despite evidence to the contrary. For that matter, anything the CLG staff had done in the name of finding old logos and preserving history has been overshadowed by two incidents which took place in 2015-2016: the Cokeburst Conundrumnote  and the increasingly hostile behavior of its CEO, who Chandell himself had handpicked, which culminated in an attempt to break from Wikifoundry over the numerous bugs the wiki farm had to endure. Another thing brought up by detractors is that they claim to be a "G-rated site", a carryover from their Yahoo! Groups days.
  • In universe, Future Trunks is subjected to this by Vegeta in Dragon Ball Z Abridged because he only warned them about two androids when in fact there were eight. Trunks tried to avert it in Super Android 13 when he found out about the last three by keeping Goku from telling Vegeta, but he failed.
  • Better take care that you don't do something stupid, offensive, or get in a fight with someone on Know Your Meme. If you do, you may as well just leave the site, as there's a good chance that the userbase will not let you forget about it, even if you have.
  • The Fine Brothers came under immense criticism for attempting to trademark and license "React" series under the umbrella title "React World". Even after they dropped the plans, their fans haven't forgiven them and they lost about half a million of their subscribers. Pretty much every Youtuber with knowledge of the situation has turned on them, including big names such as Cr1TiKaL and Filmcow.
    • Looking more like they are starting to be forgiven as the subscription count started to tick back up and the negative comments and dislikes decreased within a month-and-a-half and, after shelving the show during the backlash (possibly to avoid anybody else being affected negatively), YouTubers React returned with both new and old YouTubers. By then, the positive comments and likes were back to pre-controversy levels.
  • The YouTube series PokéSins loves to hammer one point. In Episode 3 of Pokémon, Ash resists using more than one Pokémon at a time against Team Rocket, citing the rules of the Kanto Pokémon League. In future episodes where Ash subverts it, Gar1onriva cites that scene and gives it a Minun.
  • Former Yogscast member Ridgedog has become infamous on Tumblr for allegedly telling a transgender fan to kill themselves and giving them advice on how to do it. While the accusations on Reddit have resulted in wide splits with people unsure as to what to make of the allegations, Tumblr fans ended up rejoicing and telling him to piss off.
  • Darksyde Phil
    • One thing just about everybody knows about him is that he got banned from Blip TV for anti-Semitic jokes.
    • In 2016 he wascaught masturbating on camera during a pre-stream. This quickly went memetic and even people who had no idea who he was soon found themselves surrounded by all the jokes about this faux-pas.
  • One of the reasons The Mysterious Mr. Enter is so divisive around the internet is for his early reviews, where he insulted the creators, constantly brought up My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic unprovoked, and got really loud at times. Even after expressing regret towards his earlier reviews and even redoing some of them, the internet still won't let him forget.
  • Wheeljack giving the Dinobots simple brains for authenticity is an In-Universe example for the Dr. Smoov Transformers parody videos. Optimus mocks him mercilessly for it when they do a commercial together saying "Hey let's make the Dinobots stupid like real dinosaurs! I'm Wheeljack, I make stupid robots!"