These are what we call the 'YMMV items.' Things that some people find in this work. We call them 'your mileage might vary' because not everyone sees these things in the same way. This starts discussions in the trope lists, a thing we don't want. Please use the discussion page if you'd like to discuss any of these items.
YMMV: Linkin Park
Opinions on the band range from "original, creative, and awesome enough to be their own genre" to "insufferably emo."
The fans who liked Minutes to Midnight, and the fans who didn't. Their fourth album, A Thousand Suns only made things worse.
According to reviews, even fans who enjoyed Minutes to Midnight have been broken by A Thousand Suns which, likewise, has also earned favoritism from fans. If this keeps up, Linkin Park might become the most divisive band in the history of popular music.
Even before those albums, those who enjoyed Reanimation and Fort Minor and wanted more of their rhythmic/hip hop side to take prominence, versus those who dismissed the side projects and/or preferred the more melodic/rock-oriented sounds of their main body of work.
In general, in increased focus on Mike's rapping is either good or bad.
Their remix album Recharged features dance remixes of Living Things tracks, and an original song A Light That Never Comes produced by Steve Aoki. This has been by far the most divisive release of their career amongst fans.
Epic Riff: "One Step Closer", "Faint", and the distinctive piano notes of "In the End".
Face of the Band: Chester's the only one who appears in the "Shadow of the Day" video while in the video for "New Divide", Chester is the only member who gets any focus when the video shifts from the Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen clips. Chester and Mike are also the ones most likely to be present at an interview.
Fandom Rivalry: Many Deftones fans are resentful towards Linkin Park for allegedly copying the band's sound. The Deftones are indeed a major influence on the band, although many Linkin Park fans enjoy the Deftones, and the two bands have gone on tour together many times.
An episode for their album has one where the band is reading Youtube comments. "When I first heard this song, I thought it was utter crap. I was so disappointed. Then I realized my headphones weren't all the way in."
"Funny Aneurysm" Moment: The Xero demo "Reading My Eyes" features Mike rapping that he is "The microphone molester". A couple of years later, Chester Bennington would join the band, and had been tormented by people at school calling him "Chester the molester" (not helped by the fact he actually was molested for six years as a child). One can imagine him wincing when hearing the lyrics to Reading My Eyes, and it's a small wonder why it wasn't rerecorded by Linkin Park until they did it live in 2006 from fan requests.
Gateway Music: Let's just say more than a few metalheads were introduced to hard rock/metal through this band. Whether or not they admit it is another story. And if you're young enough and have not heard any of the Beastie Boys, Linkin Park could have also been a gateway to the "eccentric" Alternative Rock scene with bands like U2 and The Cure, due to their experimenting with electronic and Hip Hop elements.
We have a rapist in Linkin Park.* This particular line came from the same infamous news interview from Antoine Dodson that spawned the Bed Intruder song. Obviously, the fact that Lincoln also sounds like "Linkin" did not go unnoticed.
"Try the ketchup, motherfucker!"note Someone misheard the line from the chorus of When they Come for Me, and ran with it. There's now even a fan shirt of the misheard line, with Mike wearing a tuxedo.
Linkin Park wrote "Crawling" about Chester's genuine struggles with abuse as a child, and "Papercut" about someone struggling with meth addiction, but they were widely adopted by teenagers as songs to express their frustration at their parents for petty reasons. "One Step Closer" was not serious either, the lyrics were just taking out their frustrations at the producer for making them do endless retakes of "Runaway" because they couldn't make the arrangement work. The band were so conscious of the audience they were attracting that they moved away from the nu-metal genre and started writing lyrics about other things.
They later wrote "Valentine's Day". Guess what it's not about? Though stumpingly seen as an emo teen break-up song for some reason, it's actually about a funeral.
Nightmare Fuel: With "Wisdom, Justice, and Love" on A Thousand Suns, Linkin Park has managed to make a speech from freakin' MARTIN LUTHER KING JR. into this by distorting his voice to hell in the latter part of the clip. And then they replay it a couple times just for good measure.
It starts off normal, and ends up sounding almost exactly like Sovereign.
Painful Rhyme: Mike actually had the gall to rhyme "monkey" with "funky" on "When They Come for Me".
Phoenix: The first time LP went to Japan a fan handed me a letter at a meet and greet. The envelope was addressed "Dear Mike, Joe, Chester, Brad, Rob, and bassplayer man".
Mike pokes fun at Phoenix and his Twittering on his blog. He even made a banner that says "Blogging Totally Pwns Twittering" for fans of his blog to post on their websites in a response to one of Phoenix's Twitter posts.