Opinions on the band range from "original, creative, and awesome enough to be their own genre" to "insufferably emo."
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* AndYouThoughtItWouldFail: Many fans' reactions to ''Reanimation'', due to the fact that it was a huge risk to have a remix album after only the first studio album. However, to this day it is popular with the fanbase.
** "Nobody's Listening" is a TakeThat to people who thought this of the band in general.
* AudienceAlienatingPremise: ''One More Light'' is the most hated Linkin Park album because of the very premise. The band, known for mixing rock, hip-hop, with flavorings of electronica together while having a unique identity, while also featuring a VocalTagTeam, making an album that almost completely abandons both rock and hip-hop (save for few disparate elements) and cranks up the electronica to create a ''pop album'' meant to be enjoyed by tween and teen girls who listen to artists like Music/TheChainsmokers. Safe to say, this didn't win points with anyone. When all the songs were revealed, with barely audible guitar, only one song featuring the Chester/Mike combo (which was hampered by two other rappers being there), near-invisible instrumentation that wasn't synthetic, listeners were scratching their heads wondering exactly how this was supposed to be welcomed by their longtime loyal fans. Yet the band expects them to do just that, and flat-out insulted them for "not moving on from ''Music/HybridTheory''".
* SugarWiki/AwesomeMusic: Almost every single they've released.
* BrokenBase: The band has, so far, the most divisive fan base in the music industry, to wit: the devout fans who stuck with them through all six studio albums, those who hail ''Hybrid Theory'' and/or ''Meteora'' (and sometimes ''The Hunting Party'') more than the the last three studio albums, and the post-''Meteora'' die hard fans.
** The single "Heavy" broke the base pretty hard on release, due to it being a straight up pop record and featuring Kiarra, whose song "Gold" was panned by both critics and the public.
** The whole album ''One More Light'' has been panned by both critics (for releasing not only pop music, but bland pop music at that) and longtime fans (who accuse them of selling out). It's ''very'' hard to find anyone that will defend the album.
* DeaderThanDisco: What many people are saying about the band after the release of "One More Light", it's had the worst performing singles of any LP album to date, with none of them cracking the top 40 and being virtually ignored on radio.
* DeadHorseGenre: NuMetal, which was later tossed overboard to rid themselves of the title. At least, until ''The Hunting Party''.
** Minutes To Midnight features some songs that capitalize on the popularity of Alternative Rock and Emo as well, as those genres were losing popularity. This is why it led to a lot of fans leaving.
* DorkAge: To some, it started the moment they abandoned NuMetal in ''Music/MinutesToMidnight'', but regardless of where it actually started, it's agreed by both critics and fans that they're officially in it with ''One More Light''. Not only does it mark a complete abandonment of rock music, shifting into boring and forgettable pop to appeal to teenyboppers ([[WereStillRelevantDammit while well past their prime]]), but their piss poor attitude when dealing with criticism (in particular, Chester telling ''Hybrid Theory'' fans to "stab themselves in the face" for not liking the album as well saying he would "punch out" anyone who said they were selling out) has led many to turn against the band they once admired.
* EarWorm: Pick a song.
* EpicRiff: "One Step Closer", "Faint", and the distinctive piano notes of "In the End".
* FaceOfTheBand: Chester Bennington, Mike Shinoda, and...?
** Brad Delson gets some recognition, if only for the FunnyAfro, and Mr. Hahn is well known, or at least he was during their early years. Rob Bourdon and Dave "Phoenix" Farrell however? Not so much.
* FandomRivalry: Many Music/{{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.
** Also, there's the fact that two members of Deftones contributed to ''Reanimation'', with Stephen Carpenter playing guitar on "By_Myslf" and Chino Moreno's Team Sleep remixing "My December", [[WhatCouldHaveBeen which was deemed too dark for the album and has never been released]].
** There's also one between LP and ''LimpBizkit'' fans, arguments over which band is better are common, though LP have admitted to being fans of Limp Bizkit.
* SugarWiki/FunnyMoments: The infamous EP ''[[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Linkin_Park_discography#Extended_plays LINKIN PARK Underground Vol.8.0 - MMM... COOKIES - Sweet Hamster Like Jewels From America!]]''. [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aZn3cqi4biI&feature=related Also]] [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WuJg9d6lN6A&feature=related this]] [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xs-OrztP9IE one]].
** 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."
** "Nobody's Listening" is a song about writer's block.
--> I hate my rhymes/I hate everyone else's more.
* FunnyAneurysmMoment: 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. Despite this Chester wore a "Chester the Molester" shirt in the early touring years.
** The band's comments around the time "The Hunting Party" came out (where they complained about rock bands that were changing their sound to go in a more pop direction) became this when the band themselves went in a pop direction with "One More Light", which resulted in a number of fans calling them out as being hypocrites.
* GatewaySeries: 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 [[GuiltyPleasures another story]]. And if you're young enough and have not heard any of the Music/BeastieBoys, Linkin Park could have also been a gateway to the "eccentric" AlternativeRock scene with bands like Music/{{U2}} and Music/TheCure, due to their experimenting with electronic and HipHop elements.
* GrowingTheBeard: ''A Thousand Suns'', to [[BrokenBase the side of the base]] that doesn't [[LoveItOrHateIt hate it.]]
* HilariousInHindsight:
** "One Step Closer" and "Numb", two of Linkin Park's most well-known songs, [[NamesTheSame share the same names]] with two lesser-known Music/{{U2}} songs. Now, what was one of the complaints about [[SuspiciouslySimilarSong "Shadow of the Day"]]? The fact that U2's "One Step Closer" came out four years after [=LP=]'s song doesn't make this any less funny.
** Mike's side project is most known for "Remember the Name", though most people [[CompletelyMissingThePoint couldn't tell who performs it]] if they heard it. Also hilarious is that Fort Minor's actual big hit was "Where'd You Go?", which has gone out of people's memories whereas "Remember the Name" is the song that is "remembered" today.
** After Creator/IdinaMenzel's "Let It Go" in ''Disney/{{Frozen}}'' made a much bigger impression on pop culture than "Iridescent", the repetition of the lyrics "Do you feel cold and lost in desperation?" and "Let it go" are hilarious to listen to.
** In "High Voltage", from their 1999 ''Hybrid Theory'' EP, Mike Shinoda dissed Top 40 radio when calling out all the "phony rappers" on the market. Guess what crowd they shifted their sound to appeal to nearly twenty years later?
* InternetBackdraft: [[ShmuckBait Go ahead, try telling a metalhead that Linkin Park is metal]].
** The band themselves started to get this in 2017 from Chester's increasingly disrespectful attitude towards older fans who preferred their original NuMetal sound, first with him mouthing off to fans after performing a heavier version of "Heavy" for rehearsal by saying "there's your fucking Hybrid Theory!"(his comments were removed less then 24 hours after the video went up), then with him telling fan of his older works to go "stab themselves in the face" if they didn't like the band's new direction (him basically telling people to kill themselves is especially galling considering the band has written anti-suicide lyrics in the past) which led to [[Music/{{Slipknot}} Corey]] [[Music/StoneSour Taylor]] admonishing Chester for his attitude, saying that he was very lucky to have such dedicated fans and shouldn't take them for granted.
** It got even worse when Chester said he would "punch out" anyone who said he was selling out, most people agreed that his comments made him come across as very thin-skinned and immature and have caused many fans to lose respect for him.
* ItsTheSameNowItSucks: Many of the responses from fans towards ''Meteora'', as well as ''Reanimation'' due the mere nature of a remix album (especially one so early in the band's career).
* JustHereForGodzilla: It's safe to say the vast majority of concertgoers attending the ''One More Light'' arena tour are their for their old material, not the new.
* LoveItOrHateIt: ''A Thousand Suns''. Boy howdy. Some see it as the band's GrowingTheBeard moment, showing that they're actually capable artists with a glowing future from this point on, comparing it to ''[[Music/{{Radiohead}} Kid A]]'' and praising it as the [[SugarWiki/AwesomeMusic best album]] they've ever made. Also similarly to ''Kid A'', the rest see it as a failed attempt to be [[TrueArtIsIncomprehensible "artful"]], or at least that their ventures into other styles all fell on their faces, [[SoOkayItsAverage rendering nothing able to truly stand out]].
* MemeticMutation:
** '''"[[{{Wangst}} CRAAAAAWWWWWWWWLIIIIIIINGGG INNNNNNN MY SKIIIIIIIIIIIIIN!! THESE WOOOOOOUUUUNDS THEYY WILLLLLL NOT HEEEEE-ALLLLLL!!!]]"''' has basically become the theme song for mocking {{Emo Teen}}s.
** We have a rapist in Linkin Park.[[labelnote:*]]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.[[/labelnote]]
** Where is the Old LP?[[labelnote:*]]Began circulation among the [[BrokenBase divided fan base]] upon release of ''Minutes to Midnight''.[[/labelnote]]
** "[[{{Mondegreen}} 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 [[http://www.lpassociation.com/forums/showthread.php?t=33320 fan shirt]] of the misheard line, with Mike wearing a tuxedo. Funnily enough, the shirt [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jzWXFE_gpYA definitely got Shinoda's attention]].[[/note]]
** I tried so hard, and got so far...[[labelnote:*]]In the end, it doesn't even matter.[[/labelnote]]
*** The funny thing is when some people tried putting ''these'' lines on a Facebook comment, Facebook ''refused to let it be posted because of its "suicidal themes"''. No really.
** "Angry chihuahua", which has been a snarky comment fans have said towards Chester after his complete JerkAss comments towards the fans who hated the new direction of ''One More Light'' and whining about how fans are being 'entitled' and the usual shtick. It especially became more enforced due to the fact he threatened to ''beat up fans'', which critiques pointed out with ''his small statue'' and "basically being a stick", people compared him to a yappy chihuahua.
* MisaimedFandom:
** Music/LinkinPark 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 them 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.
--> And the ground below grew colder
-->'''As they put you down inside'''
* MisattributedSong:
** Can't find info on a certain song? Make sure it's not by Fort Minor, Grey Daze, Dead By Sunrise, or Tribal Ink (or Kansas of all things)
** Also, that's not Shinoda rapping on Music/{{Evanescence}}'s "Bring Me to Life". That's Paul [=McCoy=] of 12 Stones.
* NarmCharm: Some fans seem to love hearing Chester [[CarefulWithThatAxe scream his arse off]].
* NeverLiveItDown: Again, despite their shift in style, Linkin Park still gets linked to their MisaimedFandom. What makes the sound change so upsetting and arguably ''why'' so many fans are upset (and more yet, ''annoyed'' with the band's confusion at fan's being upset at the change) is that ''no warning was ever given to it''. Had the band just done a record (or even an EP) hinting at their style change or released "One More Light" as a Fort Minor side project, the fandom wouldn't have been split.
** Chester telling fans who didn't like "One More Light" to go "stab themselves in the face" and threatening to "punch out" anyone who says they are selling out will not be forgotten anytime soon.
* NightmareFuel: [[NightmareFuel/LinkinPark Now has its own page.]]
* PainfulRhyme: Mike actually had the gall to rhyme "monkey" with "funky" on "When They Come for Me".
* TheScrappy: ''One More Light'' has quickly become the most universally hated album in their library for being generic, boring, forgettable pop music that's not even recognizable as actually ''being'' a Linkin Park album.
* SeinfeldIsUnfunny: The band's signature combination of NuMetal, AlternativeRock, HipHop, various ElectronicMusic subgenres and {{Pop}} sensibility was fairly original for its time; nowadays, [[FollowTheLeader thanks to all the imitators]], they're often accused of having copied their signature sound from some other band.
** They caught onto this pretty quickly and wanted to do a stylistic overhaul right after ''Hybrid Theory'', but ExecutiveMeddling kept them from doing so until ''Minutes To Midnight''.
* SignatureSong: "In The End", primarily. "Crawling" and "Numb" are also contenders. After changing styles, "What I've Done", "New Divide", and "Burn It Down" fit this.
* SoOkayItsAverage: For those that don't hate it, ''One More Light'' is considered to be this at best.
* SuspiciouslySimilarSong:
** "Shadow of the Day" sounds quite similar to [[Music/{{U2}} "With or Without You"]]. Likewise, the intro to "What I've Done" and the ''Franchise/{{Halloween}}'' theme.
** "Heavy" sounds almost exactly like "[[Music/TheChainsmokers Closer]]", complete with having a female guest singer getting a verse and singing in a duet.
* TheyChangedItNowItSucks: What most of the fanbase's reaction to ''Minutes to Midnight'' amount to. It became more and more divisive with the following two albums, until the release of ''The Hunting Party''.
** Some reactions to ''Reanimation'' as well during its initial release, being a remix compilation rather than the ''Hybrid Theory'' sequel they were hoping for.
** This what many fans and critics have said about "One More Light", with the main criticism being that it barely even sounds like LP anymore, due to the album having practically no trace of rock and being almost pure pop to the point where they sound more like ''TheChainsmokers''.
* VindicatedByHistory:
** ''Meteora'' was seen as a cheap rehash of ''Hybrid Theory'' when it came out, but when the band changed their style, more fans warmed up to it. Especially since they noticed that the album ''did'' try different things, like a heavier style and greater focus on electronics.
** Each NewSoundAlbum tends to get this once the hoopla over the different musical style dies down. ''A Thousand Suns'', once considered by some as one of their worst albums, is now acknowledged as having some of their best songs.
** ''Music/MinutesToMidnight'' was once the most hated Linkin Park album for being the most generic in their library. That is, until ''One More Light'' came out ten years later, and was widely criticized for being a complete pop album. Now, while agreed that it's not perfect, it's at the very least accepted for ''actually being rock''.
* VisualEffectsOfAwesome: A lot of their music videos (beginning with ''In The End'') tend to use extensive amounts of CG.
* {{Wangst}}: "Crawling" is a pretty good example to some, even though it's about genuine pain. Ditto with "Numb".
* WereStillRelevantDammit: [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uhHR6zynrxQ Many]] [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SVdIzy6ck5c agree]] that their switch to an electropop sound with ''One More Light'' in order to sell their music to 2010s teens while past their prime just reeks of this trope.
* WinBackTheCrowd: Many fans who weren't too fond of the post-''Metora'' albums were won back with ''The Hunting Party''. Too bad they drove away that crowd with ''One More Light''...
* WTHCastingAgency: Anybody else thinks it's a little strange to hear Chester [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2I9ucQXkVOU on the same song as G-Unit's Young Buck?]]
** This is how many people felt about Stormzy's verse on "Good Goodbye", with the main criticism being that it's too cringe-inducing and self-indulgent.
* TheWoobie: Dave "Phoenix" Farrell.
--> '''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 [[NobodyLovesTheBassist bass]] [[BuffySpeak player 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.
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