Never Live It Down: Other Media

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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 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.

    Fan Fic 
  • Kalash93, 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.
  • 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.

    Professional Wrestling 
  • To the Canadian Professional Wrestling fans, Shawn Michaels is forever known as the guy that screwed Bret Hart out of the WWE World Heavyweight Championship. To this day, whenever Michaels, Vince McMahon, or former WWE and current TNA referee Earl Hebner appear in Canada, particularly in Montreal itself, the fans would chant "YOU SCREWED BRET!" at them.
    • 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 twelve 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 (it was), 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!" For the record, Triple H is guilty of office politics, but so was every other member of The Kliq, which includes Scott Hall, Kevin Nash, Shawn Michaels and X Pac. Popular wrestlers have been have out-maneuvered and held down by the more politically minded since the days of Lou Thesz actually; Trips just seems to be the one who can't escape the stigma.
    • 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. Hardly anyone ever mentions that he has been inducted into plenty of other Hall Of Fames or shows up at plenty of other wrestling events, such as Ring of Honor. Apparently there is nothing to professional wrestling beyond WWE.
    • 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. This is a case where WWE's annoying tendency to rename and repackage wrestlers ultimately softened the blow (even if their mismanagement played some part in his failure). The names Mistico and Hunico are still relatively respected.
  • The Spirit Squad and its leader, Kenny Dykstra. The only member who enjoyed any success WWE following its split up 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. But worse than Dykstra, who at least has people like Paul Heyman talking up how great he is, is Mike Mondo, whose career has spawned something of a hatedom, mostly because of his Spirit Squad involvement. 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.
  • Rey Mysterio Jr joins Kevin Nash, Edge, and Mark Henry as a wrestler infamous for getting seriously injured quite often. His age and his small stature are sometimes taken into account by sympathetic fans.
    • Mysterio might have an even worse stigma now; Perro Aguayo, Jr, died in the ring during a match that involved Mysterio, and already some people are saying Mysterio killed Aguayo.
  • Speaking of Mark Henry, he still gets "Sexual Chocolate" chants, especially when playing a heel, in a reference to his Attitude Era gimmick. This was a gimmick where Chyna set him up with a woman who turned out to be a transvestite, and where his kayfabe relationship with then-70-something Mae Young eventually had her giving birth to a hand. Despite winning almost every title in the WWE and being one of the company's longest-tenured workers, it's still "Sexual Chocolate" that the fans keep bringing up.
  • The Gobbledy Gooker. They named an award after it.
  • 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—in fact, fans of her Duchess of Dudleyville run will remember that she once had a killer spinning heel kick. 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.
  • The Divas in general tend to be remembered primarily for posing nude in Playboy if they do so. This is probably why Keibler repeatedly refused to pose - not that it did her much good.
  • Samoa Joe went undefeated on TNA Impact for over a year. He was the first person to hold more than one TNA championship at one time. He held the tag team championships by himself. Oh, he had a career before TNA, where he was the longest running champion of both UPW and Ring Of Honor, we could go on, but more than any of that or anything else, the most important fact about Joe's career is that he was ambushed by ninjas who loaded him into the back of a van and drove off to the apathy of his employers, coworkers and Florida law enforcement.
  • On the February 7, 2011 episode of RAW, R-Truth, before his match with Mason Ryan, shouted out the wrong city ("Green Bay, Wisconsin-WHAT'S UP!") The crowd was deathly silent, until Michael Cole led the crowd in chanting "MIL-WAU-KEE!" "MIL-WAU-KEE!" Since that moment, whenever Truth has wrestled in Milwaukee, no matter what storyline or position he's in, he ALWAYS makes sure he knows (and the crowd reminds him) that he's in Milwaukee.
  • Chris Harris may have been a part of TNA's first great tag team, America's Most Wanted, but his career has been dubiously overshadowed by his brief yet memetic stint in ECW as Braden Walker.
  • Chris Hero is less renowned for wrestling multiple 50 minute matches throughout multiple promotions back to back, living in the gym, less often regarded as the best example of CZW who is not a Garbage Wrestler, but more often mocked as the dude who can't keep his body in shape. Because of a single NXT incident. Not his NXT release (though the story is often twisted to make it sound as if Hero was released for being too fat), just an instance of him being told to get in better shape, which he did.
  • Terry Taylor may not have been a household name during the late 1980s and 1990s, wrestling primarily in the WWE and WCW. What's he best remembered as? The Red Rooster gimmick, widely considered one of the worst gimmicks while he was wrestling in the WWE (then WWF). The crowd seemed to have made sure he never lived that gimmick down, chanting "Rooster!", no matter where he went.
  • In an unfortunate example, Ella Waldek was part of a tag team match where one of her opponents died. Despite all three living wrestlers being arrested, tried, and found innocent, the fans decided that Waldek was the one to blame and she was greeted by chants of "murderer" for the rest of her career.
    • Jose Gonzalez will forever be remembered for the murder of Bruiser Brody. He has never been able to shake it off for the rest of his career.
  • Daniel Bryan's most recognizable trademark is unquestionably his chanting of "YES!" Unfortunately, to non-fans this tends to be the only thing he is known for.
  • Time will tell if Sami Zayn shakes this off, but for most of his NXT career he had to deal with an embarrassing last name; while common in Muslim countries, "Zayn" is in the western world tied to Zayn Malik, an ex-member of One Direction.



  • 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."

    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.
      • 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.

  • 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.
  • 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.

    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.
      • Anther 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.
  • 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!
  • From The Onion News Network: "Man Who Shit Pants In Grade School Awarded Purple Heart."
  • 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."
  • 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.
  • 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 called someone a retard on Twitter once.
  • 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.
  • Zeb89 "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 "Zeb89" 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 Hanif837 (who has been referred to by other Untergangers using such corruptions of his name as "Arsesniff837", "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.