YMMV / Marilyn Manson

  • Adam Westing: Pretty much a majority of his As Himself appearances.
  • Bishonen Line: Over the course of Antichrist Superstar The Worm went through a metamorphosis from a weird worm-human hybrid to possibly a mothman into finally an evil angel.
  • Broken Base: The later albums, such as Born Villain and The High End Of Low, have incredibly mixed reactions among the fanbase. Averted with The Pale Emperor, which has gotten near-universal acclaim from both fans and critics.
    • Eat Me, Drink Me is a hell of a Base Breaker. Manson's post-divorce album, recorded solely with Tim Skold and filled with a plethora of confessional lyrics, was either an interesting new frontier, or a messy mid-life crisis on record, depending on who you talk to.
  • Covered Up: The Eurythmics' "Sweet Dreams", Patti Smith's "Rock & Roll Nigger" and "Tainted Love" (originally by Gloria Jones but popularised by the UK Synth Pop band Soft Cell).
  • Creepy Awesome: And he only got creepier!
  • Fanon: The rumour that Manson had his two bottom ribs removed in order to perform DIY blowjobs. This has persisted despite the fact that an operation of this kind would probably be fatal, and no doctor on earth would agree to perform it. That, the Wonder Years rumor, the "killing puppies" rumor, and the "Manson is actually a chick" rumors still exist to this day.
  • Foe Yay: Manson and his first guitarist and co-founder, Daisy Berkowitz. Big time. Their long habit of bashing each other in interviews and dragging each other into court for any reason makes them sound like a divorced couple fighting over custody of their only child (which, in a way, they sort of are.) Most of this would be pretty standard, but for some reason, Manson's autobiography is also peppered with constant denigrating comments about Daisy's sex life which is, um, interesting.
  • Growing the Beard: Not that they didn't shake up some parents and right-wing zealots before, but Antichrist Superstar, aside from being a stylistic breakthrough, was the point where they became the most controversial band in America.
  • Heartwarming Moment: This scene from Bowling For Columbine.
    • Him reaching out to Paris Jackson was also a pretty heartwarming moment.
    • The fact that Rammstein respects him enough to perform together with him filling in for Till at an event. Even when Richard and Till did a cover song together, they didn't use the name Rammstein because all six weren't involved, and almost broke up over the Mutter music video. For them all to be cool with Manson filling in for Till is basically the biggest compliment they could give him. Well, besides for having him be the sole non-Rammstein celebrity in Haifisch, even though he couldn't make it (stand in + cardboard cut out, because they wanted him in it that badly).
    • Ray Manzarek & Robby Krieger performed with him, with him singing multiple of their songs. Yes, they respect him enough to have him fill Jim Morrison's shoes.
    • When his cover of In The Ghetto surfaced, it was thought to be from the new album. It turned out that it was actually from the Holy Wood era, and was personally recorded as a gift for his mother, a huge Elvis fan.
    • The photoshoot with his father, Hugh Warner. This was soon after his mother died, and there was also this interview, where they bonded over Apocalypse Now. His father is a Vietnam vet, and one of the people who dropped Agent Orange on Vietnam.
    • He's described Johnny Depp as "like a brother to [him]".
  • Ho Yay: Manson tends to have a lot with his bassists, Gidget Gein, Twiggy Ramirez and Tim Skold, respectively.
  • It's Popular, Now It Sucks: They're a metal band that got well known in the mainstream. Of course there will be a section of fans who will immediately brand them as sell-outs!
  • Mis-blamed: The whole Columbine affair. As it happened, the killers didn't listen to Marilyn Manson at all, they only bought one of Marilyn Manson's albums, and they thought he was a sellout and a poseur. Even if they had listened to him, it would have been a significant stretch to put that as the reason for them picking up a gun and going crazy. However, in cases like this, someone has to be the bad guy, and when it came out that the culprits were metal fans, right-wing America jumped to the most notorious current band they could think of — Marilyn Manson (largely ignoring such bands as KMFDM and Rammstein, which they did listen to). In the end, it got so bad that Marilyn had to come out and attempt to bat back the rumours, which he did well considering the overwhelming tide of outrage he was up against.
    • Well, some people in the U.S. accused KMFDM for the shooting, and it doesn't help that band are from Germany.
    • Not that it makes it any less of an outrage, but something like this was probably to be expected given what the name Manson is associated with in America.
    • This did lead to Manson's friendship with Rammstein, which has lead to some awesome moments. Richard Kruspe, guitarist of Rammstein, literally forced Manson to record the vocals for a song with his other band, Emigrate. Manson kept claiming that Richard's were better, but Richard dragged him into the recording studio and made him record it. Till Lindemann, Rammstein's singer, also has just as much love for him, seeing as the Haifisch video, which takes place at his fake funeral has no celebrities besides for the rest of Rammstein and Marilyn Manson, which pretty much is the highest compliment Till could pay him, since Rammstein see each other as True Companions, and for Manson to be a part of that is huge. Manson and Rammstein, minus Till, also did "The Beautiful People" live together once.
  • Narm Charm: Manson once did a cover of the Nightmare Before Christmas theme song. Now picture Manson poncing about in Halloween Town.
  • Nightmare Fuel: Most of their music videos, and to many people, Marilyn's appearance.
  • Nightmare Retardant: Manson's Nightmare Before Christmas cover. We see through your act now, Manson! You're not evil, you just want to be the prettiest ghoul at the whole Pumpkin Ball!
    • His whole Clone High cameo, where amongst other things, he sings a happy musical number about the food pyramid.
  • Overshadowed by Controversy: For many people, Manson is more a figurehead for shock rock.
  • Painful Rhyme: "The Fight Song"
    I'm not a slave to a God that doesn't exist/ I'm not a slave to a world that doesn't give a shit
  • The Pete Best: No less than five examples, the last three of whom ended up suing.
    • Olivia Newton Bundy and ZsaZsa Speck were the first bassist and keyboardist, but wrote nothing and only played a few shows before quitting to form another band.
    • Gidget Gein was the second bassist and co-wrote a number of the songs, but his addiction to heroin got him kicked out of the band. He played on the first album, Portrait of an American Family, but never toured. He later became an artist, but died of an overdose in 2008.
    • Sara Lee Lucas was the first drummer, but came into conflict with Manson. He was set on fire during one show and left without saying goodbye.
    • Daisy Berkowitz was the first guitarist and co-founder of the band, but clashed with Manson and Twiggy during the Smells Like Children tour and ended up leaving halfway through the recording of the second album, Antichrist Superstar.
  • Signature Song: "The Beautiful People" is Manson's calling card to this day.
  • Unsettling Gender Reveal: Many Moral Guardians were surprised that he was not a very deep voiced woman. This did give them more reasons to hate him though.
  • Vindicated by History: Wikipedia says it best:
    [Holy Wood] was initially a commercial disappointment, garnering first week sales of 117,000 units and a peak charting position at No.13 on the Billboard 200. However, with worldwide sales of over 9 million copies, as of 2011, the album has become one of the most successful of Marilyn Manson's career.