* AlternateCharacterInterpretation[=/=]PoesLaw: Much debate has been had about whether they're a StealthParody or SeriousBusiness about everything they do. There seems to be no in-between... but what else would you expect from Manowar?
** If they ARE a StealthParody, they are a VERY [[AffectionateParody affectionate one]]. Their love for the genre and its conventions is undeniable.
* AwesomeMusic: EVERYTHING THEY HAVE EVER WRITTEN. EVERYTHING.
* BaseBreaker/LoveItOrHateIt: Either you will find the band to be awesomeness incarnate, or you will find them to be {{Narm}} incarnate. There is really no middle ground to this.
** There albums post-''Kings of Metal'', especially ''Gods of War'', tend to elicit this reaction from fans. They're either great albums that show taht Manowar's StillGotIt, or they're prime examples of SeasonalRot[=/=]{{Sequelitits}} that play up the [[WorldOfHam ham]] to beyond {{Narm}} levels and make the band look like washed-up has-beens.
* ClicheStorm: The band's lyrics often seem like this. [[TropesAreNotBad It's not a bad thing, though]]; it just adds to the band's general NarmCharm.
* EndingFatigue: "Blood of the Kings" has two pseudo-endings before the real one, and can be rather annoying to listen to because of this.
* GermansLoveDavidHasselhoff: They're ''far'' more popular in Europe than in their home country of America, where they're more of a cult band.
** They are also very popular in South America, Japan, and Australia.
** Many fans don't even know that they are from America and assume they are British. Having a couple of songs that mention how they met in England probably doesn't help.
* HoYay: "Blood Brothers" from ''Gods of War'' could almost be considered a love song instead of a song about the PowerOfFriendship.
** "We like it hard, we like it fast" from the song "Kings of Metal" is this.
* MagnumOpus: Either ''Sign of the Hammer'' or ''Kings of Metal.'' For individual songs, "Achilles, Agony and Ecstasy in Eight Parts" is generally regarded as their best.
* MemeticMutation: The artwork for ''Anthology'', depicting the band wearing only loincloths. It's frequently listed as one of the worst metal album covers of all time. It's not considered an official release by the band. (Though ''The Kingdom of Steel: The Very Best of Manowar'' is the only one of several compilations they endorse, so it might not be just because of the album art.)
** The line "Wimps and poseurs, leave the hall!" (often simply shortened to just "Leave the hall!") from the song "Metal Warriors" is often repeated by metalheads as a joke about elitist fans.
* NarmCharm: Well, the band's lyrics ''are'' all about ridiculously over-the-top machismo, and nobody hides it, and nobody pretends to have any deep message in those lyrics either. However, would the band still be Manowar if things were any different? Of course, their songs do go in considerable depth about Norse mythology, and Achiles was noted by one scholar as being a stellar example of ShownTheirWork. Also, Creator/ChristopherLee likes them.
* SeinfeldIsUnfunny: Manowar is often criticized/mocked as "cliche" for using [[HeavyMithril sword-and-sorcery themes]] in their songs, when they are actually among the first metal bands to do so on a regular basis.
* SignatureSong: "Kings of Metal," 'Metal Warriors," or "Achilles, Agony and Ecstasy in Eight Parts."