YMMV / Korn

  • Awesome Music: The entire Untouchables album.
    • The self-titled debut deserves special mention, as it was the beginning of the Nu Metal era in earnest. It cannot be overstated just how fresh the album sounded at the time.
    • For both Korn and Pink Floyd, whenever the former plays their cover of "Another Brick In The Wall" live, expect everyone present, many of whom are more likely to have been too young to remember the latter in their heyday, singing, with the strength of every fiber of their being, "HEY! TEACHER! Leave those kids alone!!" It really proves that song's staying power.
  • Broken Base:
    • See You On The Other Side alienated some of the more "hardcore" Korn fans with its softer sound. The Untitled album was supposed to bring back the fanbase, but it didn't help much...
    • Korn III seems to be doing the trick.
    • The Path of Totality has started this up again, with reactions the the bands new Dubstep sound being .... mixed, to say the least.
    • This continued to occur for their single Never Never, and many fans wondered if the new album would be any good. However, the new album seems to have received praise from many fans for returning to their Nu Metal roots.
    • The return of Head has helped immensely.
      • Speaking of which, his departure from Korn in 2005 caused quite a stir among fans. Not just because of the departure itself but also because of the reasoning behind it (his conversion to Christianity). A matter not helped by the fact that, for a short while afterwards, he was publicly denouncing the band (especially Jonathan Davis) and its music. While he remains a dedicated Christian to this day, his views of the band and its music have softened up considerably.
  • Covered Up:
    • Cameo's "Word Up".
    • Also inverted: not by them; but the artists covering Davis' songs in Queen of the Damned.
  • Ear Worm: "Fear is a place to liiiiive..."
    • "Feelin' like a freak on a leash!"
    • "Love sooong for the dear departed..."
    • "You're so cynical, narcissistic cannibal. Not to bring myself back from the DEEAAAAADDDD!!!!"
    • *Wub wub wub wub*
  • Funny Moments: From the Korn South Park episode.
    Jonathan Davis: "Korn! Form of...corn!"
    • The video for "Twisted Transistor", where the band is portrayed by the likes of Snoop Dogg, Lil' Jon, Xzibit and David Banner.
  • Gateway Music: The majority of metalheads in the 2000s became fans through Korn. This is a quality of all nu-metal.
  • Memetic Mutation: ARE YOU READY?!? from "Blind".
  • Misattributed Song: Pick a famous nu-metal song. Chances are at least someone out there thinks it's by them.
  • Nausea Fuel/Nightmare Fuel:
    • The video for "Right Now". It contains a disturbingly animated man mutilating himself in various horrific ways. The "highlight"? When he pulls his entire skull out of his mouth!
    • Then there's the video for their cover of "Word Up!", where the band member's faces are digitally superimposed onto dogs.
    • The dogs are less disturbing than watching "Lloyd's Lunchbox" (name of the animation) set to Korn.
    • The song "Pretty" is unnerving enough, but when you learn the truly horrifying story behind the lyrics, it goes to a whole other level.
    • "Daddy" is this in spades, not only because it has Adult Fear written all over it, but because it's based on something that actually happened to Jonathan Davis. The lyrics are unsettling, but Davis's primal, genuine mental breakdown at the end is a horrifying, showing just how psychologically damaging sexual abuse can be.
  • Older Than They Think: The band decided to cover "Word Up!" for their Greatest Hits album because they had been playing it as a sound check for years.
  • Narm: A common criticism of their lyrics.
  • Retroactive Recognition: Aaron Paul played the main character of the "Thoughtless" video.
  • "Seinfeld" Is Unfunny: Considering how many metal bands ripped off the sound of the band's Self-Titled Album, it can be hard to believe that at one time it sounded original.
  • Signature Song: "Freak on a Leash", "Narcissistic Cannibal and "Word Up!"
  • So Okay, It's Average: Those who were not completely turned off by The Path of Totality generally feel that whatever value it has is largely the novelty of dubstep metal. One critic referred to it as sounding like "a remix album for which no original version exists."
  • They Changed It, Now It Sucks: The Path of Totality, which was mostly dubstep, drum 'n' bass and noise metal. See Base Breaker above.
  • Tear Jerker: Davis comes close to it in "Kill You", about his step mom.
    • "Daddy"! It's about how Davis was molested by his (female) babysitter as a child and how his family didn't believe him when he told them. On the album, he doesn't just start crying, he has a full-blown, screaming and completely real mental breakdown! The rest of the band, who had no idea that the song was about him, seem to be awkwardly trying to keep up as they hear just how overwhelmed he eventually becomes. Not surprisingly, they don't play it live, although they did play it live for the twentieth anniversary of the self titled, and even still, despite Davis's insistence he was okay performing the song, you could tell it was still hard for him.
    No one hears me
    It hurt!
    I'm not a liar
    My God!
    Saw you watching
    Mommy why?!
    Your own child
    • He also cries a little bit at the end of "Holding All These Lies." This was also completely sincere.
    • "Tearjerker" is also the final song for See You On The Other Side.
  • Ugly Cute: The weird little baby thing from the "A different world" music video and the sado-masochistic man from "Right now!".
  • Values Dissonance: In "Children of the Korn" and "Faget", Jonathan Davis grapples with childhood memories of bullies that accused him of being "gay". While those are harmless, cathartic Creator Breakdowns, it's not far-fetched to hear them as implying homophobia, considering Davis and Fred Durst toss such slurs at one another in "All in the Family". Or maybe Davis was just tactless about it; the video for "Hater" is dedicated to fans who sent the band accounts of their experiences of bullying, including a lesbian fan who briefly discusses her own gay-bashing.
  • Wangst: A common criticism of their lyrics.
  • Win Back the Crowd: The Serenity of Suffering surprised a lot of people, and while not a full return or praise of that of Untouchables, Life is Peachy or even the self-titled, it still garnered some impressed reactions, especially to those who were disappointed with past Korn albums.