YMMV / Guns N' Roses

  • Big Lipped Alligator Moment: "My World" coming in at the end of Use Your Illusion II. Axl wrote that song all by himself while nurturing a love of Nine Inch Nails, and put it on without informing the other band members. Slash only found out about the song after buying a copy.
  • Broken Base: The fanbase is very split over the new GNR lineup and Chinese Democracy. On one side you've got the no Slash, so it sucks camp, the people who think Axl's jumped the shark, those who want a re-release of Appetite for Destruction, and those who simply don't like the new musicians and album. On the other, there are Axl fans, people who appreciate the talents of the "Hired Guns" and the new directions the music is taking, and people who just like Guns N' Roses regardless.
  • Covered Up: "Since I Don't Have You", "Ain't it Fun"; "Knockin On Heaven's Door" and "Live And Let Die" for some folks as well.
  • Ear Worm: Many songs, particularly those in the first album.
  • Ensemble Darkhorse: In a way, Izzy can be considered to be this. His guitar on Appetite and GN'R Lies was playing the same as Slash's rhythm guitar parts, only at lower volume, so it's hard to hear his playing at all, and yet he's one of the most popular members. During a concert in 2012 in the O2, London, Axl says "We wanna introduce you to a friend of ours. You might... you might know this guy. Ladies and Gentlemen: Mr. Izzy Stradlin." Cue the biggest encore GN'R has received since the Use Your Illusion Tour. For a guy who couldn't be heard on the albums he was credited on, he's pretty damn popular.
  • Epic Riff: "Sweet Child o' Mine". "Welcome to the Jungle" as well.
    • The riff for "Sweet Child o' Mine" is an interesting example, in that it started off as just Slash messing around. Axl had happened to hear it and write lyrics to it. The fans love of the song made it epic when the band thought it was just going to be album filler.
  • Fandom Rivalry: Some with Nirvana, but even more with Stone Temple Pilots, current band of the ex-vocalist of Velvet Revolver. Funnily enough, Axl was a fan of Nirvana and tried to get them to open for them on a tour, but Kurt Cobain refused because he felt their public image was ridiculous and outdated.
  • First Installment Wins: Appetite for Destruction.
  • "Funny Aneurysm" Moment: Axl's divorce from the woman who inspired "Sweet Child o' Mine" which stemmed from him beating her.
  • Internet Backdraft: And all because some people like the old GN'R better than the one which released Chinese Democracy. It rivals the Max Cavalera vs. Derrick Green fanwar in "fandoms broken because of replacements".
    • In June 2016, Axl tried to get some memes of him removed from the internet. Take a wild guess how the internet reacted.
  • Hilarious in Hindsight: Tommy Stinson's most famous band is The Replacements.
  • Jerkass Woobie: Axl. His father was a control freak who raised him believing music and women were evil, he was sexually abused by his biological father, sister, and a guy he hitched a ride with when he was 17, he's been physically abused by his stepfather and siblings, he has struggled with bipolar disorder, and his emotional immaturity is believed to be due to his abusive childhood. That's not even going into his messy relationships and his girlfriend miscarrying, ruining his chance to become a father. The guy's is well-known for being a prima donna Control Freak, but once you hear about the crap he has gone through, you definitely can see why.
  • Memetic Mutation:
    "He's in my ass, that's where Slash is! Fuckhead! Go home."
  • Misaimed Fandom: "Paradise City" is not a happy song.
  • One-Scene Wonder: Often invoked. Slash's session work, even with some...unusual collaborators...remains popular and in some cases outshines the main artist.
  • Only Sane Man:
    • Izzy. Leaving the band when he did allowed him to avoid getting caught up in the insanity that caused the band to fall apart.
    • Bumblefoot. Even with the animal infection-derived stage name, he may be the sanest person to ever play in this band. He comes off disarmingly normal and self-effacing by comparison with pretty much everyone else, though repeating history by starting a side project with Scott Weiland may prove otherwise...
  • Protection from Editors:
    • Chinese Democracy is the prime example of what happens when a egotistical tyrant is given virtually limitless time and cash to record a follow-up album.
    • The twin Use Your Illusions are a lesser example of this, but it's clear that they had no leash.
  • Replacement Scrappy: Arguably drummer Matt Sorum. Axl certainly seems to feel this way; while he has described Slash, Izzy and Duff as "former members," he usually refers to Sorum as a "former employee." Ouch.
    • EVERY SINGLE CURRENT MEMBER (sans Axl and Dizzy, as they aren't replacements).
  • Song Association: "Paradise City" has become affiliated to Burnout Paradise. The song is used as the theme to that game, which takes place in a fictional city called Paradise City.