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 abounding 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.
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 shitty writers.
Sergeant Sprinkles will forever be known as the guy who wrote the verygornyMy 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".
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 screwedone goat...
Likewise, Bret Hart is remembered by casual (or non-wrestling) fans as that guy who got screwed out of the title, and the fact that he cannot get over it.
This might've FINALLY been let down because of a 2010 edition of Raw in which Hart and Michaels shook hands and embraced in the ring (it was known that both were willing to bury the hatchet for some time). Interesting to note, though, that Vince and Bret had forgiven each other a long time before this, though the ending to that episode could've fooled some people who didn't understand the scripted nature of wrestling storylines because Vince decks Bret to close out the show (this was actually to begin setting up their eventual Wrestlemania 26 match).
Amy "Lita" Dumas' career was never the same again in 2005 after cheating on Matt Hardy with Adam "Edge" Copeland. She was on the verge of a mental breakdown due to the constant chants of "Slut" (among many others), and retired. Edge did get flack also, being one of Hardy's closet friends, but it actually helped him because he was already one of WWE's top heels at the time, and the success he's had since surpassed what anyone would have predicted during the previous seven years of his career. Hardy, in turn, became known for his inability to get over this for awhile, although that would be only the beginning of his downfall. For more, see below.
While Vince Russo is the worst thing to ever happen to wrestling, in his defense, many casual fans are under the impression that he regularly had wrestlers lay down in the ring for him, and held the WCW World Heavyweight Championship for an absurd period of time. In reality, he routinely allowed guys like Ric Flair to use him as a punching bag. And his WHC win? He was on the losing end of that Cage Match, when Goldberg "accidentally" speared him through the side of the cage, causing him to win by default. He vacated the title two days later.
Most of the people who were involved in the creative side of WCW within the last year or so of its run in some way (Eric Bischoff, Vince Russo, Kevin Nash, etc) will probably never live down the stigma that they killed WCW. While their writing didn't help, the biggest factor in WCW's death was more likely the fact that an AOL Time Warner executive who absolutely hated professional wrestling just so happened to be the person in charge of its programming.
And speaking of Kevin Nash, here's a guy that suffered a biceps tear, took four months to rehab his injury, returned to action in a 6-man-tag and tore his quadriceps within ten seconds of tagging in. To this day, one of the most common jokes among wrestling fans is how injury-prone Nash is.
In wrestling circles, Kevin Sullivan is notable for "booking his own divorce". And you know the rest...
...and just in case you don't, his ex-wife would later marry Chris Benoit...
In a more awesome fashion, Mick Foley will forever be known as the guy who took a headfirst bump off the top of the Cell during his Hell in a Cell match against The Undertaker, as well as getting chokeslammed through the top of the Cell. Foley even remarked that the bumps nearly wiped out everything he had done in his career prior, and he was pretty much unable to ever top himself in the eyes of the casual fans (despite having had some of the all-time most brutal hardcore matches ever later on). As a side note, Foley doesn't actually remember the match, due to a concussion he suffered from that headfirst bump. When writing about it in his autobiography, he had to go back and watch the tape to remind him what happened.
And speaking of Chris Benoit, the fact that he was an excellent technical wrestler for decades has been completely and utterly overshadowed by his murder of his wife and child and subsequent suicide. Not that it wasn't a horrible situation, but there was more to his life than "he was a wrestler, then he flipped his lid and murdered his wife and son." What's worse is that many people never even heard of him before his death, so his final breakdown is literally the only thing they'll ever know about him.
James Hellwig worked for WWE as the Ultimate Warrior and was so adored by fans that he rivaled freaking Hulk Hogan in popularity! So it's too bad that he felt compelled to tarnish that legacy with the horrible One Warrior Nation angle and the bizarre feud with Hogan in WCW and uttering a homophobic remark at the University of Connecticut while making the rounds as a political speaker. At some point along the line, he apparently went completely insane; he legally changed his name to "Warrior" and his kids are saddled with "Warrior" as surnames.
Matt Hardy will always be fat, even after dropping the weight before heading to TNA. Granted, when explaining why you have weight problems (even if it was something serious such as abdominal muscle tears and digestive problems), it's usually not a good idea to claim you're not fat while stuffing your face full of grapes.
Between various DWI arrests, his resulting termination from TNA, and a fake suicide note to advertise yet another "rebirth", many would say his name has been Ruined Forever. To his credit, though, he has worked hard to repair his life since then.
Erik Watts will always be remembered for a particular dropkick he did while in WCW. Starrcade 1992 to be precise. Relive the misery here.◊
Not to mention, the incident with Arn Anderson at a gas station.
"Dr. D" David Schultz, prior to 1984, was known as a tough, hard-edged, no nonsense wrestler (in fact, his persona was very similar to "Stone Cold" Steve Austin's). After 84, he was only known as the guy who punched out John Stossel.
Regardless of his quality (and the memorability over time) of his matches, Triple H will always be accused of playing politics to hold back wrestlers he perceived as a threat to his position. A typical Smart Mark reaction towards a Triple H victory will be "OMG, TRIPLE H BERRIES HIS OPPONENT, LULZ!"
Triple H (and Kane for that matter) will always be remembered for the one of the worst story lines in professional wrestling history. Two words. Katie. Vick.
Even though he only made one major mistake in announcing for the WWE, Mike Adamle will always be known as the irritating announcer that always botched. His infamous incident of calling Jeff Hardy "Jeff Harvey" at the 2008 Royal Rumble was never forgotten, to the point where he could never escape it. Even though those types of Freudian slips are normal in live broadcasting (and he immediately corrected himself not even a second later to indicate that it was just a slip of the tongue), wrestling fans are known for not even letting one mistake go. More obscurely, he is also remembered for a commentary line he delivered in a Kofi Kingston match; "Jamaican me crazy!" (which he didn't even make up, since it was a pun originally used by a restaurant chain).
More infamously, Michael Cole will never truly escape his WrestleMania 15 screw up in which he blew the ending to the main event during a segment for WWE Shop. Even though there are other controversies involving Cole (some fair and some overblown), that one incident always seems to be the one screw up that is overblown to the point where people think that Cole always botches on commentary.
In 2010, Cole was known as the guy who loves The Miz, hates Daniel Bryan, and is the spokesman for the Anonymous Raw General Manager.
Bruno Sammartino is currently the longest reigning WWF Champion in the company's history. However, he's also known for his extremely strained relationship with the current wrestling history and especially Vince McMahon, to the point where, every year, he refuses to be inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame.
Finally averted in 2013.
Art Donovan may be an accomplished American football player, but wrestling fans will forever remember him as that guest announcer in the WWF 1994 King of the Ring who didn't know anything about wrestling and constantly asked, "How much does this guy weigh?"
Sin Cara will always be remembered for his constant botching and a T-shirt that seemed to have a penis on it.
The Spirit Squad and its leader, Kenny Dykstra. The only member who is still employed by the WWE is Nicky, who was repackaged as Dolph Ziggler. He ended up becoming a Triple Crown Champion, one of the WWE's major stars, and an Ensemble Darkhorse to the entire fandom - which is ironic, because the gimmick was originally created to put over Kenny. However, that worked to his disadvantage, and he became forever associated with the gimmick. Even to this day, Kenny Dykstra is still the butt of Spirit Squad jokes. Since Dolph has no allusions to his previous gimmicks, this allows him to avoid this trope.
The Miz will always be known as the guy who was a reality star - and, in the words of one WWE fan, a "himbo," seeing as his first major appearance was as the host of the 2006 Diva Search. He started out in The Real World, which showed how much of a fan he was of wrestling.
Stacy Keibler and her legs. To hear a lot of people talk, you'd think that was the only body part she had that actually looked good. Even when Keibler was on the second season of Dancing with the Stars - and was arguably the single best performer on the program - host Tom Bergeron couldn't shut up about the legs. Even worse is the widespread perception of Keibler as a Faux Action Girl who couldn't defend herself at all in the ring unless she choked her opponent with her foot (which is illegal if you do it for more than five seconds). While the Foot Choke was one of Keibler's signature moves (even after her Heel-Face Turn), it wasn't her only move. And wags who are constantly saying that Keibler "couldn't wrestle" forget that she attended the WCW Power Plant wrestling school (which had an 80 percent dropout rate) and that on those rare occasions when she participated in non-Fanservice matches, she could hold her own and even deliver bodyslams.
Since then it's actually been noted that Wilson probably just said it because he tends to act like he's Too Dumb to Live when he feels pressured (which is practically all the freaking time), which he was when he said that.
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.
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! 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. While a bad move, fans already accepted the overuse of Ultramarines as poster-boys and moved on. Then Mat 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.
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 beingterrifyingEldritch 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 humiliatingCurb 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 isBiel-tan we're talking about, so...
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.
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.
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 Warriortrilogy 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.
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...
GŲtz 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?
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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".
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.
Angry Joe has his embarrassing interview with Geoff Keighly at the Spike Video Game Awards.
Oancitizen has his "I reallyfuckinghate 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.
Althought 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.
In Slate Magazine's Culture Gabfest podcast, the Enforced Plug(s) for sponsor Carbonite.com almost always involve a reference to movie critic Dana Stevens spilling chai or coffee on someone's laptop.
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.
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 PlayMinecraft" episodes, he cheated by looking on the screens of the other members.
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.
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 characterOut of Character, then the anons there will keep record of it and will make sure that you aren't forgotten.