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* AwardSnub: Six of his nine movies have been nominated for a combination of 16 Oscars, yet they have won only one award.
* CriticProof:
** ''Film/TransformersRevengeOfTheFallen'' illustrates this best: it made over $836 million in theaters, while critics raged about how atrocious it was, resulting in Razzies for Worst Picture, Screenplay, and Director.
** ''[[Film/TransformersDarkOfTheMoon Dark of the Moon]]'' might even more so, since it also received a considerable amount of hate, and is now the twelfth-highest-grossing film of all time.
** Michael Bay could be the ''poster boy'' for this trope, with almost all his films being critically panned, but still smash hits at the box office. The only real exception, being financially ''and'' critically successful, has been ''Film/TheRock'', and that's likely due to SugarWiki/RuleOfSeanConnery.
* EthnicScrappy: He has been accused of using at least one per movie.
* FanHater[=/=]OpinionMyopia[=/=]InternetBackdraft: If you like his films, get ready to be accused of being a redneck or having ADHD.[[note]]But see the look on some people's faces if they realize they are saying it to people who really ''do'' have ADHD.[[/note]]
** Critics have openly attacked the intelligence of fans for making ''Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen'' a success despite their reviews. For a particularly scathing example, see [[Creator/BobChipman MovieBob]]'s review of ''Film/{{Inception}}'', wherein he compared fans of the series to Carl from ''WesternAnimation/AquaTeenHungerForce'' in terms of intellect and taste, calling ''Inception'' "…too cerebral for fans of ''Transformers''." This is despite the fact that there are plenty of moviegoers who like both.
** He's also said that he doesn't make movies the critics want to see. He openly admits that his movies are meant to be popcorn fun. This is a BerserkButton for three groups of people: professional critics, amateur critics, and [[ReviewsAreTheGospel people who extremely value the views of critics]]. The very idea that a director would '''intentionally''' make a movie solely for "entertainment" instead of "art" is seen as pissing right in their Wheaties. Though the fact his films are perennial Oscar contenders means his peers recognize to some degree what he has done.
* GrowingTheBeard: While ''Film/TheIsland'' wasn't the hit people expected, it was praised for having a much more involving storyline than what usually appears in his films. Yet the film failed to make money. His next film was ''Film/{{Transformers}}''.
* LoveItOrHateIt: Either you love Bay, or you think he's evil. There is no middle ground.
* MemeticBadass: [[WebVideo/YuGiOhTheAbridgedSeries "You mess with Michael Bay and you mess with America!"]]
* MemeticMutation: It's hard to mention Michael Bay's name but not explosions within the same sentence.
* MisBlamed:
** Although not entirely blameless for the film's problems, Bay did not put the RomanticPlotTumor into ''Film/PearlHarbor''. That was screenwriter Randall Wallace's fault.
** He swears ExecutiveMeddling was what tried to turn it into another ''Film/{{Titanic|1997}}''.
** One review of ''Film/{{Alone in the Dark|2005}}'' described a confusing shot, and the reviewer actually wrote, "Michael Bay has a lot to answer for." Blaming Bay for a ''Uwe Boll'' movie's problems.
** Believe it or not, but there are certain fans that blame Michael Bay for the different robot designs used in the Transformers movies as if he personally drew them up himself. [[FanDumb Never mind the fact that EVERY different Transformers series features a new style.]]
** The Hatedom is so strong for some people that they're willing to write off any movie that Bay is involved in producing as being horrible before it even comes out. Never mind that it's his production company that's been producing the horror movie reboots (''[[Film/TheTexasChainsawMassacre2003 Chainsaw]]'', ''[[Film/ANightmareOnElmStreet2010 Elm Street]]'', ''Film/FridayThe13th2009''), but he's not the sole producer.
* NeverLiveItDown: Explosions in Michael Bay movies are so common that the first thing people do when they parody him is to put explosions everywhere. [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=u5KQQWlIgGc One such example.]]
* NoSuchThingAsBadPublicity: The way people describe his movies, you'd think they were the worst things ever made. You wouldn't know this by looking at the sales figures for the ''Transformers'' films.
* SugarWiki/VisualEffectsOfAwesome: Every film he has made with extensive visual effects has been praised for the level of detail and pushing the prior boundaries, even if the film as a whole may have been flawed. Even Creator/GeorgeLucas admitted he drew inspiration for the opening sequence of ''Franchise/StarWars: Film/RevengeOfTheSith'' from ''Pearl Harbor''.
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