Cowboy Bebop at His Computer: Marilyn Manson is not a goth band, and they have never claimed to be so. It seems as though only reason people think they are a goth band is because the media kept saying they were. The makeup, nail polish, black clothing, and stereotypical "darkness" of the band didn't help much. The music video for Tainted Love also does not help, what with it being filled with goth kids and all (one even wearing a shirt stating "Nothing but a G(oth) Thing.")
Creator Breakdown: Marilyn Manson (the person) had a bout of serious depression whilst writing "Eat Me, Drink Me."
Some may go so far as to say it went from their first album, Portrait of an America Family through to The High End of Low. Yes, Born Villain is the first non-breakdown album.
Executive Meddling: Manson originally wanted to use a nude photo of himself as a baby for the cover of Portrait of an American Family. The label was Squicked out and shot down the idea, not being very eager about accusations of child pornography.
Mean Character, Nice Actor: Off the stage, Marilyn Manson is a sweet, sensitive, polite and kind-hearted Nice Guy who deeply cares about his fans. When interviewed by Michael Moore about how his music is allegedly responsible for the titular massacre of Bowling for Columbine, he answers with genuine sadness that people ought to reach out and understand social outcasts like the two boys rather than label them as monsters.