* AuthorExistenceFailure: Chester Bennington's suicide occurred a week before the band was to start a North American tour. They immediately cancelled the tour, but played a memorial show in Los Angeles in October 2017.
* BlackSheepHit: "Breaking The Habit", an electronic song without distorted guitars in it, and "Numb", a ballad. Both from their album ''Meteora'', and both would substantially influence the direction they would take afterwards. Notably, neither song features Mike Shinoda on lead vocals, and it contributed to the perception of Chester as the frontman.
* ContractualPurity: Some MoralGuardians cried foul when the band began to use profanity on ''Minutes to Midnight'', after releasing the notably profanity-free albums ''Hybrid Theory'' and ''Meteora''.
* ContestWinnerCameo: [=NoBraiN=], the winner of Linkin Park's remix contest, got his remix featured on ''A Thousand Suns''. He also makes an appearance on the outro to "When They Come for Me".
* CreatorBacklash: To celebrate ''Hybrid Theory'''s ten-year anniversary, the band announced that they'll never play fan-favorite "Runaway" again, citing it as the worst song they ever wrote.
** Averted in that the band has to come to terms with their past and they have begun playing "retired" songs, like "Runaway", during their ''Living Things'' world tour, as this album is seen as a melding together of the group's old and new.
** They had this attitude towards their nu metal related material, which is why they dedicated themselves sound anything but that. Chester even outright stated that he hated the genre. They have since lightened up on it a bit, and reintegrated elements of their old material into their new albums. In fact, Chester even came to turns with the nu metal label, even saying he liked Music/LimpBizkit. He also once told [[http://www.newsweek.com/chester-bennington-linkin-park-hybrid-639964 a magazine that]] in the loosest sense, they were nu metal, because they ''were'' trying new things with the metal sound.
** A specific example lies in "Bleed It Out": the lyrics were sent back for rewrites over and over, much to Mike and Chester's frustration, resulting in the opening line "[[OhNoNotAgain Yeah, here we go for the hundredth time…]]"
--->Fuck, this hurts
--->I won't lie
--->Doesn't matter how hard I try
--->Half the words don't mean a thing
--->and I know that I won't be satisfied
*** On the ''Minutes to Midnight'' DVDCommentary, one of the many, many rewrites can be seen titled [[https://youtu.be/tbxVt27GakY#t=26m38s "REFUCKINGWRITE version.838458503"]].
* DarkAndTroubledPast: Chester Bennington's. Sexual abuse, divorced parents, and drug addiction, all before he was eighteen. The trauma stayed with him his entire life [[DrivenToSuicide until he took it]].
* DearNegativeReader: Chester outright [[http://www.nme.com/news/music/linkin-park-hybrid-theory-chester-bennington-2068551 said]] he didn't really care if people liked ''One More Light'' or not, then told naysayers that accused the band of being sell-outs to stab themselves in the face (the article makes a note that Chester laughed when he said this). He also told fans still hung up on ''Hybrid Theory'' to "move the [[PrecisionFStrike fuck]] on."
* DirectedByCastMember: Joe has directed almost all of their music videos.
* DoingItForTheArt: Why they've changed their musical style so many times. They're afraid of repeating themselves and are dedicated to expanding as many musical horizons as possible.
* DVDCommentary: The band has a DVD edition for each of their [=CD=]s barring ''Hybrid Theory'' (which saw a standalone DVD a year after its release). Footage of them is usually about the music making process, life on tour, music video commentary, and the odd practical joke.
** The last two albums did have a version with a DVD, even though the one for ''Living Things'' came out roughly a year after the original album was released. These differ though in that they only feature live concert footage.
* DyeingForYourArt: During the ''Hybrid Theory'' period, Mike would often dye his hair red or blue. Less conspicuously, Chester bleached his hair during that period. Both of them reverted to their natural colors (black and dark brown, respectively) from ''Meteora'' onwards.
* ExecutiveMeddling: The band wanted to shift styles more drastically for ''Meteora'' (as evidenced by the many electronic demos from that period released on Underground volumes), but the record company wanted more nu-metal. As a result, the album was something of an compromise between the two styles. This seems to have been a good thing - the album's most acclaimed track is "Breaking The Habit", a track based on an electronic instrumental Shinoda had put a lot of effort into. It's food for thought what might have happened had they made their drastic shift away from their SignatureStyle as early as their second album.
** There are hints that "What I've Done" was written purely because the record company didn't see a suitable single on ''Minutes To Midnight''. The fact the band had written almost 150 songs before this means this could be likely. In the [[DVDCommentary documentary]] ''Meeting Of A Thousand Suns'', Shinoda says that the album's first single 'doesn't have to be some "What I've Done" shit'.
** Actively [[DiscussedTrope discussed]] by guest artist Rakim in the bridge of "Guilty All the Same", explaining how much the trope has ruined the rock and rap music scene in the past few years.
** Chester revealed in a [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_UTX_GgNzEY Scuzz TV]] interview that, while recording ''Hybrid Theory'', Warner Bros. execs wanted to either demote Mike to keyboardist or fire him, despite him being the primary songwriter and producer. [[TrueCompanions The rest of the band]] threatened to quit in protest. Then when the album was released and became a hit, Warner Bros. claimed that they were a fabricated act. This was briefly chronicled later by Mike in the Music/FortMinor song "Get Me Gone".
** Mike discusses it at length in an [=LPAssociation=]-sponsored [[https://youtu.be/kXVEzC6PiBY Podcast]]. He notes that the band have often had conflicts with the label, but made it very clear when recording their first album that they wanted creative autonomy. He notes that they are to make the music they want and cannot be bothered about making money. On the other hand, he believes that going back to a ''Hybrid Theory''-era NuMetal style would be truly selling out, as his musical interests have expanded a lot since then.
* FollowTheLeader: ''One More Light'' sounds like an attempt to capture the popularity of Music/TheChainsmokers, particularly their song "Heavy" sounding ''suspiciously'' similar to "Closer" (complete with a female guest singer).
** Well, one could make a case about their earlier years, what with being a NuMetal/rap-rock band in a time when those subgenres were on their way out. But let's face it, they're ''really'' following Music/{{U2}}'s [[GenreRoulette genre-hopping]] and philanthropy.
* GenreAdultery: "Leave Out All the Rest" and "Shadow of the Day" are soft-rock radio ballads that the band were once considered the alternative to. These tracks are the main reason for the disappointed reception of ''Minutes To Midnight'' by older fans.
* HeAlsoDid: In addition to the above, Joe was behind a short film entitled ''The Seed''.
* KeepCirculatingTheTapes: The Xero Demo Tape. When people were requesting the band to play the track "Reading My Eyes" live in 2006, the band members were up for it, but didn't have any copies of the song at hand, as they were on tour. So Shinoda searched the internet and downloaded the EP from a fansite. The band then learnt the song from the mp3. Since Shinoda has released other Xero era demos since then, it is entirely possible he still has the tape and its masters at home but didn't have access to them at that point.
** Since the band is unlikely to ever officially release "She Couldn't", it also is this.
** The ''Hybrid Theory'' EP also qualifies, as it was released in small numbers to begin with and contains some stuff that hasn't been re-released. In particular is the first pressing (when Linkin Park was still called Hybrid Theory) which remains a sought-after collectors item.
* LoonyFan[=/=]StalkerWithACrush: Chester and his wife Talinda had one of these for about a year, who managed to [[TheCracker hack their emails]] and steal / taunt them with personal information after Chester inadvertently published his personal email address. The hacker, Devon Townsend, happened to be employed by a subcontractor for the US Department of Energy's nuclear security and research program, with [[OhCrap access to nuclear materials]] – and spent most of her work days messing with the Benningtons' data from an unmonitored workstation. The breach exposed massive gaps in her employer's security standards, resulting in [[https://www.wired.com/2007/05/ff-linkinpark-2/amp a federal investigation]]. Townsend was eventually caught and jailed for two years.
* ManlyTears: On several occasions, when they attempted to play "Breaking the Habit" live, he broke down and cried. However, while the song's subject matter fits with Chester's past, the lyrics were penned by Mike without Chester's input.
** Happened again during a [[https://youtu.be/CgwL14IDDJY live performance]] of "One More Light" in May 2017, the morning of Music/ChrisCornell's suicide. Chester, who was close friends with Cornell, almost didn't finish the song. He eventually committed suicide himself on Cornell's birthday two months later, although no one has officially said the events were related.
* OldShame:
** Chester felt this way about "One Step Closer" because of the 'shut up' section earning him so much infamy. He named it as his least favorite song the band has done.
** Mike has said he's so embarrassed by the "One Step Closer" video, he refuses to show it to his kids.
*** Notably, the "One Step Closer" video is the only Linkin Park video that had Mike with [[FieryRedhead red hair]], which is another OldShame of his.
* OneOfUs:
** Several of the band members, most notably Joe Hahn, are fans of anime. It also explains why their songs are in the [[Film/TransformersFilmSeries Bayformers films]].
** They've also been known to participate in self-indulgent wankery, such as when [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GJD7g-oWebs Mike brought out a Hello Kitty Squier Stratocaster during a performance of "From the Inside".]]
** They had a [[Franchise/{{Halo}} "Halo Bus"]] during 2004 where they challenged other bands to tournaments and were, by their own accounts, unstoppable. They also recorded a song that shares its name with the franchise and has a running time of [[AIIsACrapshoot three minutes and forty-three seconds]].
** Mike likes to occasionally insert memes into his blog posts. Basically, they're very good at this trope.
* PeripheryDemographic: Thanks to their frequent collaborations and experimentation with hip-hop, they had a [[https://power1051.iheart.com/content/2017-07-20-hip-hop-remembers-becoming-linkin-park-fans-after-jay-z-collaboration/ large following]] with hip-hop fans. After Chester's death, many folks in the community [[http://www.billboard.com/articles/columns/hip-hop/7873829/linkin-park-hip-hop-collaborations-jay-z paid tribute]] to him and [[http://uproxx.com/realtalk/chester-bennington-linkin-park-jay-z-hip-hop-benefactor/ how the band]] [[http://hiphopdx.com/editorials/id.3833/title.how-linkin-park-shredded-rap-rock-stigmas-for-hip-hop-purists# was a close]] [[http://www.xxlmag.com/news/2017/07/hip-hop-reacts-death-linkin-park-chester-bennington/ friend]] of the genre.
* ThePeteBest: Who the hell is Mark Wakefield again?
* ProductPlacement: The music videos for "Heavy" and "Good Goodbye" both prominently feature Mercedes Benz vehicles.
* PromotedFanboy: Mike after working with Rick Rubin, the man behind some of his favorite albums such as ''[[Music/RunDMC Raising Hell]]''. While recording ''A Thousand Suns'', he had a nerdgasm after getting to play with the same 808s drum machine used on that album.
** One of their songs being used for a ''Franchise/{{Gundam}}'' [[VideoGame/GundamVsSeries video game]] probably got a {{Squee}} out of at least one of the guys.
* RagsToRiches: Chester was so poor before he joined the band, he and his first wife tattooed wedding rings on their fingers instead of buying them.
* RealPersonFic: Chester Bennington and Mike Shinoda had a very close friendship and, as a result, many a fanfic written about them. They even have a PortmanteauCoupleName of "Bennoda."
* ShoutOut: Dave going by "Phoenix" began as a joking reference to ''Film/MysteryMen'', which stuck.
* ThrowItIn: A partial example with "Bleed it Out". The song's working title was "Accident" due to Brad flubbing the original riff. The rest of the band liked his screw-up and that became the new riff.
* TrollingCreator: The band's co-vocalist Mike Shinoda has had shades of this in the last few years. Teasing snippets of new songs only leading to unrelated Website/YouTube videos or claiming that a band member had quit. In the run-up to the release of ''Living Things'', Mike sent a link out on Twitter touting new pictures from the album. When clicked, the link sent fans to a picture of a [[VisualPun Troll]] [[LampshadeHanging doll]].
** Don Gilmore (producer of ''Hybrid Theory'') got in on this a little bit with idiotic record executives. [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_UTX_GgNzEY Chester told a story]] about an exec listening to a track, and saying he didn't like it. Gilmore replied "Wait, let me do something" and turn one of the knobs slightly up. The exec said "That's much better! The track is great!" [[EpicFail All Gilmore did was turn the volume up slightly.]]
* WhatCouldHaveBeen:
** "Breaking the Habit" was originally conceived as an instrumental [[EpicRocking lasting over ten minutes]]. It was recorded at a more sane length, dubbed "Drawing" and eventually made it onto the ninth [=LPU EP=].
** There were several more artists lined up to remix tracks for ''Reanimation'', including Prince Paul, Z-Trip and Tricky.
** Chester's suicide not only put an end to the band's planned North American tour with Music/Blink182 but also a potential collaboration with slam poet/rapper George Watsky, who tweeted a picture of himself with Mike and Chester five days before the tragedy occurred.
* TheWikiRule: [[http://wiki.lpassociation.com/index.php/Main_Page Yep]].