* BlackSheepHit: "Closer" is an extremely laidback and calm song compared to the loud, industrial madness on most of the rest of ''Downward Spiral'', but has become the band's biggest hit and probably the poster child of the industrial rock genre.
* CreatorBacklash: Trent's actually not a fan of the band's now iconic Woodstock performance, considering it one of the band's worst. The myriad amounts of technical problems throughout the performance (Most famously Trent's keyboard breaking down halfway into Happiness in Slavery) probably had something to do with this.
** In a 2005 interview with ''Spin'', Trent Reznor commented about his opinion on ''The Fragile'', nowadays considered one of Nine Inch Nails' best works. He associated the album with [[CreatorBreakdown his mental condition in the late 1990s]] and criticized its lack of lyrics. Reznor believed that he made it out fear of whatever happened to him at the time, filling it with "an unimaginable amount of effort" while unable to think.
** Trent isn't fond of ''Big Man With a Gun'' which is probably why he never plays it live.
%%* CreatorBreakdown: See ''The Downward Spiral'' for the results!
* CreatorRecovery: 'With Teeth'' could be considered this for [[OneManBand Trent Reznor]], who admitted in an interview around the time of the album's release that he was "pretty happy." Reinforcing this is the fact that Trent surprised many fans by returning from his hiatus [[HeroicBuild quite ripped]], and that he would end up getting married (to Mariqueen Maandig, with whom he now creates music in HowToDestroyAngels) four years later.
* DoingItForTheArt: Considering how he doesn't mind piracy of his albums as well as licensing his late 2000s work under a non-commercial Creative Commons license, it's obvious Trent just really likes making music.
* ExecutiveMeddling: Trent doesn't have a happy history with record companies.
** Trent has said that ''With Teeth'' was the only album his label didn't complain about when it was delivered to them.
** TVT Records was rather upset with ''Pretty Hate Machine'' because Reznor refused to be turned into DepecheMode Part Two. Steve Gottlieb, TVT's founder, then tried to sabotage the recording of ''Broken'' and Trent's move to Interscope.
** Official release of ''Closure'' on DVD was barred for so long that Trent just released the .ISO files of the [=DVDs=] online himself.
** Trent wanted to launch remix.nin.com the same day of the ''[=Y34RZ3R0R3M1X3D=]'' release, but had to be postponed because Universal didn't want to host it.
* KeepCirculatingTheTapes: Oddly enough, ''Pretty Hate Machine'' was out of print for a while between the late '90s and 2005, owing to Trent's dispute with TVT.
* OneOfUs: Trent has provided music for the ''VideoGame/{{Quake}}'', ''VideoGame/CallOfDuty Black Ops 2'' and [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Wu9bm-RJMWM the American release]] of ''[[Film/TetsuoTheIronMan Tetsuo: The Bullet Man]]''. He's also sampled just as much: "Mr. Self Destruct" opens with a sample from ''THX1138'' while "The Downward Spiral" opens with a sample from ''Film/{{Alien}}''. Surprisingly, "[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EJ51kW684FM 15 Ghosts II]]" samples a Youtube video about ''Franchise/BioShock'' [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YEqZkglTVYE cosplay.]]
** He also studied computer science in college.
* PromotedFanboy: Trent is a ''huge'' [[Music/PinkFloyd Roger Waters]] fan, which only made it all the more amusingly tragic during a 2003 ''Guitar World'' interview that paired them up; Trent fell all over himself declaring how much he loved and respected Waters' solo work, only for Waters to apologetically state that he'd never heard any of [=NIN=]'s music. [[TheWoobie Trent actually took it surprisingly well.]] It became a RunningGag on [[http://www.theninhotline.net/meatpers/meatpers.html The Meathead Perspective]].
* TheWikiRule: [[http://www.ninwiki.com/Main_Page Yup.]]
* ThrowItIn: A recording of Sean Beaven being bitten by Trent's dog Maisy appears in "Physical".
** The drum solo in "Piggy" was a placeholder for a better drum solo later, but Trent liked it too much to lose it.
** Trent once said that the guitar solo in "Ruiner" was so over-the-top in corniness that it had to be in the song. Ditto for the entirety of "Big Man with a Gun".
* WhatCouldHaveBeen: Reznor had considered doing quite a bit to promote ''Year Zero'', including blowing up a building, arresting actual fans, and even staging an appearance of [[spoiler: the Presence]] in real life. Of course, these never happened for various reasons. [[http://www.reddit.com/r/IAmA/comments/134vgv/i_am_trent_reznor_of_nine_inch_nails_and_how_to/c70u7fm?context=3]]
** Trent originally wanted ''With Teeth'' to be a concept album called ''Bleedthrough'', but unfortunately he ended up scrapping the idea, complaining some people saw the title aspect as a "tampon commercial".
** There were two songs that never ended up/even recorded for ''The Downward Spiral'', both called "The Beauty of the Drug" and "Just Do It". The latter gets special mention due to the straight forward mention of suicide with the lyric "[[DrivenToSuicide Just do it. Nobody cares at all.]]", Producer Flood ''did not like this'' and insisted to Trent to not use either song and have been scrapped since, but nobody knows if Trent ever really recorded them..
* WhyFandomCantHaveNiceThings: Various [[FanDumb nasty and overly-personal comments]] are the reason Trent isn't as active on Website/{{Twitter}} these days. Mostly, he posts news updates now.

!!Tropes named after [=NIN=] songs:
* HappinessInSlavery

!!Tropes headed with quotes from [=NIN=] songs:
* HappinessInSlavery (obviously)
* WhatHaveIBecome