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.
Broken Base: The band recently set a relatively straightforward treasure hunt for the fanbase in which they gradually unlocked the song "United States Of Eurasia" in seven chunks by visiting stations across Europe and Asia (and one in New York). However, half of the fanbase was convinced that by "resisting" the desire to activate the seventh station, the band would release something better than the final part of the song. The station was eventually activated after the deadline was extended, to the chagrin of some and delight of others.
On a wider level, The Resistance and to a lesser extent Black Holes & Revelations — created something of a Broken Base within Muse's own fandom.
Critical Research Failure: Muse use the second law of thermodynamics to warn us how our current system is unsustainable. While the idea that our current system is unsustainable is true, comparing earth to the law of entropy backfires because earth is not a closed system, it is constantly receiving dust from space and energy from the sun.
The entropy does not literally refer to planet earth, rather to the destruction of human society, which as is pointed out above, is a closed system. Basically; human society is destroying itself and will be eventually reduced to nothing, or "entropy".
Ear Worm: Plug In Baby, Hysteria, Knights of Cydonia and Uprising.
The piano line from "Starlight" would also fit here.
Depending on the songs one has heard, and how much one likes them: almost every song by the band- especially Time is Running Out, Fury, Resistance, Stockholm Syndrome, and Supermassive Black Hole.
Hyper Music, Love is Forever, Undisclosed Desires, Dead Star, Panic Station, Survival, Butterflies and Hurricanes.
Germans Love David Hasselhoff: While actually greatly popular in the US and their homeland UK, the band enjoys ridiculous levels of popularity in Italy. It definitely shows that they've released a live album on their show in Rome.
The Resistance and "Uprising"'s success has sparked this debate even further.
Narm: The line "I have played in every toilet" from "Muscle Museum". It Makes Sense In Context, but is still pretty funny. Also, most of the song "Resistance" and Matt's poorly-done Gratuitous French in "I Belong To You".
REEEPONDS AH MAH TONDRESSSEEEE, REEEPONDS AH MAH TONDRESSSEEEE, EHHHHHHHH VERSEEE MWAAAHH....
"Brainwashing our children to be mean" from "Supremacy". The word choice here just seems oddly childish in the midst of a song to kick ass to, particularly in contrast to the rather well-written lyrics preceding this.
Some of their early b-sides such as "Recess", "Yes Please", and "Con-Science".
The lyrics to Megalomania's chorus. "TAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAKE! OFF YOOOUUUR DIIIISGUIIIIIIIISE! I KNOOOW THAT UUUNDERNEEAAATH IT'S MEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE!" The Ominous Pipe Organ doesn't help.
Whether any of this is accidental is open for debate...
As noted on the main page, Dead Star as these creepy breathing moments where Matt slurps before screaming his lungs out.
There's plenty in the new trailer for The Second Law. From the people running from...some bladed monstrosity tearing up the street behind them to the creepy newscaster reciting the titular Second Law of Thermodynamics. Special mention goes to when the screen suddenly turns into an evil-looking, red-eyed robot face in a VERY LOUDCreepy Monotone.
Periphery Demographic: While their style and topics seem especially counter to the Twilight fandom's expectations, they have a following due to Stephenie Meyer being a large fan herself and mentioning them frequently in her books.
Older fans of the band roundly despise the fanbase the band got from "Supermassive Black Hole" appearing in Twilight, referring to these people as "Twiheads" or "Twits". These older fans are split down the middle on whether or not the band's new single "Uprising" peaking at #37 on the Billboard Hot 100 due to their performance at the MTV VMAs is a good thing or not.
The fact that a new song from The Resistance, "I Belong to You" is being remade into a completely new version just for the New Moon movie doesn't seem to exactly help that issue.
Seeing as the interpretation of that one from the Nineteen Eighty-Four angle is that it's Winston's views on Big Brother, that's a little ironic.
Signature Song: "Knights of Cydonia" or "Plugin Baby" for the older fans. "Uprising" for several newer ones.
Spiritual Licensee: "Supremacy" is one of the best James Bond themes out there, even though it isn't in a James Bond movie. According to the band, they were at one point in consideration for the theme for Skyfall and they submitted Supremacy.
They Changed It, Now It Sucks: While Black Holes & Revelations, judging from the commercial success and the opinions from critics and general population, is considered the greatest thing to ever happen to mainstream society since buttered toast, many of the old fans absolutely despise the album's new direction to a slightly more pop-oriented sound and like to crown it Muse's worst album to date. Fans were even more pissed off after they found out that many of the songs that were performed live pre-release of the album became butchered on the album, most notably their song "Assassin", rumoured by some people to be the work of their then-producer Rich Costey.
The reaction that The Resistance bestowed upon the fans after release is even more polarising with some people calling it their best album and some their worst.
Muse fans who've listened to all six studio albums in their entirety may have a tough time where to rank The 2nd Law among them. It's almost like a soundtrack to a post-apocalyptic world, darker and more uncertain.