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.
Everything from Nightwish is so over-the-top that it dances on the edge of narm, and what one person finds to be Crowning Music of Awesome can easily fall flat for someone else.
The reasoning behind Tarja's dismissal as well as Anette's departure from the band is up for debate, too. Of course, many fans on either side of the argument just read one letter or the other.
Also, whether the creator breakdown songs are Tear Jerker material or Wangst/Deus Angst Machina material is dependent on the listener.
YMMV entries related to Tarja go to her YMMV page.
This goes at least as far back as 2002, when Century Child was released. A lot of people didn't like the change in the band's style, and Tarja's less "operatic" vocals on that album.
Floor Jansen joining Nightwish seems to have averted this: most of the fanbase seems happy to have her in the band, although there's been some resentment from both Tarja and Annette fans. Unpleasable Fanbase indeed.
With the firing of Anette, debates have begun over whether the band was justified in letting Anette go or not, with things becoming even more thorny after Anette made some controversial statements (see What the Hell, Hero? below).
Covered Up: Many people thought that "Over The Hills And Far Away", by Garry Moore, is an original song of the band.
Die for Our Ship: Tarja/Tuomas supporters can be.... weird. Also comes in Ho Yay flavor, but it's far harder to find. Somewhat fueled by the recurring Beauty and the Beast theme in Nightwish's own lyrics. In this regard, the following lines of "Bye Bye Beautiful" did not really help.
Did you ever hear what I told you
Did you ever read what I wrote you
Did you ever listen to what we played
Did you ever let in what the world said
And especially if you consider the fact that these words from "Ever Dream" are some of their lyrics:
Ever felt away without me
My love it lies so deep
Ear Worm: The band mostly goes for completely over-the-top Epic Rocking, so a few of their songs will manage to worm their way into your head and not let go:
From "Bye Bye Beautiful":
How blind can you be
don't you see
you chose the long road
but we'll be waiting.
BYE, BYE, BEAUTIFUL!
The chorus to Erämaan Viimeinen.
"Wishmaster", which has the honor of being the most misinterpreted song ever:
Heart born, seventh seeker!
In me, the Wishmaster!
From "Wish I Had An Angel":
I WISH I HAD AN ANGEL
FOR ONE MOMENT OF LOVE
I WISH I HAD YOUR ANGEL TONIGHT!
Amaranth and Escapist are MAJOR earworms.
"A nightingale in a golden cage, that's me locked inside reality's maze..."
There's also End Of All Hope and Nemo.
Storytime. I am the voice of Never-never-land...
And also from Imaginaerum, Rest Calm, and The Crow, The Owl And The Dove.
The opening riff to "Astral Romance" is insanely catchy.
"Cadence of Her Last Breath" is particularly memorable.
"Whoever Brings the Night". Appearing in LittleBigPlanet 2 may have something to do with this.
Almost every YouTube video for The Poet and the Pendulum cuts it off 3 minutes from the end, at the point where most would assume the song would end...
And the "misheard lyrics" spoofs sometimes have a pic of a dude looking at his watch during some of the especially drawn-out bouts of epic rocking.
"Slow, Love, Slow", from Imaginaerum has an ending consisting of a ticking clock/metronome that goes on for over thirty seconds.
Estrogen Brigade: All of the boys have one, but most ladies gravitate towards Tuomas, leading to the Yoko Oh No situation below whenever word spreads that he has a girlfriend. Tuomas' case is arguably made more difficult by the fact both Marco and Jukka are married with children, and Emppu has a long-term girlfriend, leaving Tuomas as the only single guy.
Fandom Rivalry: Tarja fans, Anette fans and Floor!NW fans are constantly at each other's throats.
Some fans discard Dark Passion Play, because of the lack of Tarja.
Some others discard everything before Dark Passion Play.
Rarer, but not unheard of, is the belief that nothing before Marco joined the band, and that a few notable tracks such as Wishmaster or Sleeping Sun were demos.
And even on the flip side is the belief that Tuomas went through with ending the band after Wishmaster. This belief isn't out of a hatred for Marco, but more of a distaste in the band's music shift beginning with Century Child.
Narm / Narm Charm: Nightwish's fondness for the overdramatic, combined with Tarja's limited proficiency in English and Tuomas' liberal use of Truck Drivers Gear Changes, will have one of two effects: it might make their music fall flat for you, or you might simply enjoy it as part of their signature style. A good example would be End of All Hope, which sounds like a dance metal version of a military march.
Sure enough, quite a bit of this was relieved once the album was released and Anette started to learn how to properly sing some of the band's older songs in concert. Cue sane fans calling hallelujah across the globe until she left.
Surprisingly Improved Sequel: Imaginaerum, the second (and final) album with Anette (seventh overall), is a vastly different album than the first go-round with her, Dark Passion Play.
"Where Were You Last Night" may not be an original Nightwish song, but it deserves a mention for its similarities to Bon Jovi's song "You Give Love a Bad Name" and Belinda Carlisle's "Heaven is a Place on Earth".
Wangst: Century Child was all about this, and Once and Dark Passion Play also had a lot of it. On other albums, however, the band's lyrics are mostly wangst-free.
What the Hell, Hero?: Anette's been getting this after she started making comments about how she hated performing in Greece (and in fact advised all bands against it), and an incident when she liked a status on Facebook complimenting her... that just happened to have been written by an anti-Floor Jansen page. She tried to backtrack and claim that she was against hate and just wanted to accept the compliment, but by then it was too late.
Anette prior to her departure. First, she suffered from vocal problems, then she was diagnosed with a liver cyst. Then the band decides to replace her with Elize Ryd and Alissa White-Gluz (apparently without her consent) while she was recovering. Then came the press statement... And now evidence has come forwards (courtesy of Floor Jansen herself), that Nightwish had allegedly already been planning on throwing Anette out before the incident with the two replacement singers, and that she had been preparing for a November debut with them.
Here's what Tuomas said in an interview with O Povo Online in regards to an incident at a concert in Brazil:
"[Anette] freaked out because she couldn't handle the different mannerisms of the fans here. There were a lot of people screaming the former vocalist's name, making obscene gestures (with the middle finger). Normally she can shake that stuff off, she has good self-esteem, but it's been hard to deal with the fans and the critics. I guess it was a sudden breakdown; she just... lost her mind for a second. It's kind of scary, and we all feel for her and understand what she is going through. We hope she can put her mind at ease and make the rest of the shows. So far it's been fine; she's feeling much better."
Floor is also getting hate after an incident in Brazil where she asked people not to use flash photography, as it was disorienting her and made her trip and fall. Cue ferocious hate from Brazilian Nightwish fans, who suddenly started calling her a "rude whore", a "shemale" and saying things like "Tuomas should have been more selective in his choice of singers!" She was also receiving criticism for not posing with every fan, and for the fact that people were having their phones taken away... because they were making bootleg copies of the concert.