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* {{Anvilicious}} / SomeAnvilsNeedToBeDropped: Depending on who you ask, ''Music/YearZero'' is this.
* SugarWiki/AwesomeMusic: If you can get past the melodrama, quite a bit. Most fans admit that lyrics can enter the state of {{narm}} fairly frequently, (the chorus of "Where is Everybody?," especially) but state that the music itself more than makes up for it. There's enough great, fascinating music that [[AwesomeMusic/NineInchNails it now has its own page.]]
* BetterThanCanon: Trent's reaction to watching Music/JohnnyCash's video for "Hurt" and hearing his cover for the first time:
--->"I pop the video in, and wow... Tears welling, silence, goose-bumps... Wow. [I felt like] I just lost my girlfriend, because that song isn't mine anymore... It really made me think about how powerful music is as a medium and art form. I wrote some words and music in my bedroom as a way of staying sane, about a bleak and desperate place I was in, totally isolated and alone. [Somehow] that winds up reinterpreted by a music legend from a radically different era/genre and still retains sincerity and meaning different, but every bit as pure."
* BrokenBase: Reactions to Trent Reznor's film score work range from outright hate (much of the film score community) to hyperbolic praise (pretty much everybody else).
** A big contention among fans is whether any of the albums post-''With Teeth'' are as good as the ones that came before. A lot of the contention comes from the fact that the lyrical content and especially Trent's vocal style are vastly different than ''Music/TheDownwardSpiral'' and ''Music/TheFragile''. The only release with no mixed results was ''Not the Actual Events'', which has become universally praised.
* ChorusOnlySong: "Closer".
* CoveredUp: NIN's version of "Physical" is now more famous than Music/AdamAnt's original.
** Just as Johnny Cash's version of "Hurt" is now more famous than the NIN original.
** "Dead Souls" was originally a Music/JoyDivision song.
* CriticalDissonance: The remix album of ''The Fragile'', ''Things Falling Apart'', was detested quite severely and harshly by critics upon release to the point where ''NME'' gave the album a bad review but then ended by giving it a 10/10 as a joke, but most NIN fans agree that the album isn't all that bad.
* EarWorm: Seriously, just try to get the drum patterns from each NIN song out of your head.
** "Head Like a Hole", "The Hand That Feeds", "Survivalism", and "Capital G" are bound to get stuck in any fan's head.
** "We're in This Together" is a hell of an earworm if you watched the very first teaser for Film/{{The Avengers|2012}}.
** [[ChorusOnlySong "I WANNA FUCK YOU LIKE AN ANIMAL!"]]
* EnsembleDarkHorse: Live guitarist Robin Finck has always been the most popular member of the live band, and his return for both ''Music/TheSlip'' and ''Hesitation Marks'' was met with happiness from the fans.
** Also, the demos of unfinished/rejected ''Hesitation Marks'' tracks from the deluxe version interview. Especially the first and second one.
* EpicRiff: "Wish", "March of the Pigs", "Starfuckers Inc.", "My Violent Heart", and "The Warning".
** And not just on the guitar. The bass riff shared in the songs "Into the Void" and "La Mer" are arguably some of the most memorable from the rhythm section.
** The drums for "You Know What You Are?", courtesy of one [[Music/{{Nirvana}} Dave]] [[Music/FooFighters Grohl]].
* FandomRivalry: With Music/{{Ministry}}. The two fanbases don't realize, however, that Trent Reznor is friends with Ministry frontman Al Jourgensen.
* FanNickname: "AWITH ATEETHA!"
* FriendlyFandoms: As of late, the NIN fanbase is crossing roads with the fanbase of '''Music/QueensOfTheStoneAge''', of all bands. Why? Trent Reznor has collaborated with them for their latest effort, ''...Like Clockwork'', and the two bands have toured extensively across Australasia.
** Also, the NIN fanbase has good long-term relationships with the fanbases of Music/MarilynManson and Music/GaryNuman.
* FridgeBrilliance:
** "Mr. Self Destruct" and "Big Man with a Gun" both have the same tempo (100 BPM) and similar melodies. It could be chalked up to coincidence if not for the fact that "Big Man with a Gun" is the moment where the protagonist becomes fully corrupted and seemingly irredeemable the very thing foreshadowed in "Mr. Self Destruct". Also, "Mr. Self Destruct" and "Big Man with a Gun" open and close the first 'section' of the album (tracks 19, according to Trent).
** The "imperfect loop" at the end of "The Background World" has 52 iterations, each decaying slightly and becoming more distorted. Trent was 52 years old at the time of the recording. The entire sequence thus comes across as a statement on ageing. A rare case of an insightful Website/YouTube [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nDIjTaPt9co&lc=UgiqGCmCyjLFi3gCoAEC.8VHbConPTW38Vc9n_duV2x comment]] (by Scott Sparkman) may add further to the fridge brilliance behind the song:
---> The reason people feel "uneasy" with the some 52nd loops is that there is a 1/10th pause in-between each sequence. Apparently, there's a musical science to this uneasiness people feel while listening to the loops.\\
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My friend, who was a musical theorist in college, listened to Background World and said that this is a very unusual pause, as it cuts off the musical bar before finishing the bar, only to start back at the beginning. It's a very sudden, unnatural stop in music and the ear picks up on it quickly. He said this "bar gap" leaves the listener feeling as if there was one or two more musical notes to be played, "ghost notes", yet the notes never play.\\
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To not be able to hear those last few ghost notes, topped with the fact that each new bar becomes increasingly granular due to the drop in Hertz, gives the average listener a sense of anxiety. My friend said that Reznor and Ross did all of this deliberately. They want the listener to feel an encroaching fear.
* GatewaySeries: Nine Inch Nails is a lot of people's entry point into IndustrialMetal music.
* GrowingTheBeard: While Pretty Hate Machine is beloved, many think that NIN started to really come into their own around the Broken EP or The Downward Spiral.
* HoYay: Quite a bit.
** Trent has a quite a bit of HoYay *and* FoeYay with protege Marilyn Manson, much to the joy of [[YaoiFangirl Slash Fangirls]] everywhere.
** Trent used to make out in public with [[Music/{{Filter}} Richard Patrick]], the first live-guitarist, whenever they wanted to get rid of someone. They also had the habit of jumping on each other during live shows.
*** The fact that Richard's nickname was 'Piggy' also puts several songs on ''The Downward Spiral'' in an entirely new light.
** To say nothing of Trent's relationship with his long-time assistant and roommate, Chris Vrenna, who was probably the closest thing NIN ever had to another official member until 2016.
*** Plus, [[http://i.imgur.com/IPdhJ1E.jpg these]] [[http://i.imgur.com/E54Nob5.jpg pictures]]. That is all.
* HypeBacklash: ''Hesitation Marks'' got this with audiophiles after Reznor released an audiophile master of the album, free for anyone who bought the main album off the NIN website. Then the waveforms were examined, with clipping still obvious on the audiophile version, and the dynamic range of both versions were measured: The main version comes in at [=DR5=]. The audiophile version: [=DR6=]. Excitement quickly changed to backlash for releasing something as "audiophile" when it was not.
* ItsPopularNowItSucks: Around the ''Broken'' era, NIN were gaining more popularity and some original fans decided they were getting too "mainstream".
** Trent himself believed in this trope after the band hit it big with ''The Downward Spiral'', being disillusioned with things like other bands [[FollowTheLeader imitating his sound]].
* MemeticMutation: "Closer" is this, regarding it's lyrics like "[[BestialityIsDepraved I want to fuck you like an animal]]".
** [[https://68.media.tumblr.com/fcad6bdaa0aa2a6c619748fb84025855/tumblr_n8w0nmVqf51sosxwco1_400.jpg The picture of Trent Reznor wearing a]] [[RealMenWearPink pink]] [[NiceHat beret]]. This was also photoshopped into a [[http://i.imgur.com/WjtiS8d.jpg parody of "Pretty Hate Machine" cover]].
* MisaimedFandom: Truly epic amounts of this surrounding ''The Downward Spiral'' as a whole. It's basically Trent exploring his nastiest impulses ([[TheHedonist hedonism,]] violence, RageAgainstTheHeavens, etc.) for 14 songs and exploring how things would end if he actually gave in to them (hint: not well).
* {{Narm}}: Trent is a tremendous producer and composer, but even fans know how his lyrics can fall into {{Wangst}} sometimes:
** "Closer", mainly because of the chorus.
** "The Only Time"'s lame pun: "My moral standing is lying down."
** The chorus to "Where Is Everybody?" which rhymes off words ending with "ing" and not much else.
** From "Something I Can Never Have": "Grey would be the color, if I had a heart."
** The monkey noises in "Head Like a Hole".
** "Getting Smaller" has this weird mid-verse flip-out: "I've got my arms A FLIP FLOP FLIP FLOP FLIP! I got my head on a shpriiinga."
** "AWITHATEETHA!"
** "That's What I Get": "How can you turn me into this? After you just taught me how to kiss... youuuuu?"
* NarmCharm: A large portion of the lyrics -- especially during the eras of ''The Downward Spiral'' and ''The Fragile'' -- often play up the angst factor all its worth. Most fans love the songs anyway.
* NauseaFuel:
** All of the music videos made for the ''Broken'' EP are likely this and/or NightmareFuel.
*** The "Pinion" video shows a dirty flushing toilet connected to a network of pipes that ultimately deposit into the mouth of someone in a black rubber suit strapped to a wall, either feeding the waste to them or drowning them in it. Either thought is equally unsettling to imagine.
*** The video for "Help Me I Am in Hell" shows a man enjoying a meal of steak and wine...''in a room full of thousands of flies''.
*** "HappinessInSlavery", the most (in)famous video, shows a man stripping naked and situating himself in a device that graphically eviscerates his body (inducing both great pain and [[TooKinkyToTorture pleasure]]), including [[{{Squick}} ripping off his penis]], and ends with the man being ground to provide fertilizer for a garden of some sort.
** "The Downward Spiral". The detuned guitars, the flies, the screams, the ugly, clipped backing music in the distance... [[DrivenToSuicide The lyrics...]]
* PainfulRhyme: Quite a few.
** "Where is Everybody?"'s chorus deserves an award. It's essentially a ListSong of words ending with -ing and Trent tries his hardest to stress every single syllable during the song's slow beat. "TRY-AH-YING AND LY-AH-YING, DEFY-HUH-YING, DENY-UH-YING..."
* SecondVerseCurse: "Closer," "Head Like A Hole."
* SignatureSong: "Closer" is the top candidate, but "Head Like a Hole", "Wish", "Hurt", and "The Hand That Feeds" are also common. 2017 threw in "She's Gone Away" due to their appearance in ''Series/TwinPeaks''.
* SongAssociation: "Came Back Haunted" appeared in ''VideoGame/GranTurismo 6'' and "Copy of A" appeared in ''VideoGame/{{FIFA|Soccer}} 14''.
** And before that, "The Warning" and "The Mark Has Been Made" appeared in ''VideoGame/NeedForSpeed: Undercover''; "1,000,000" and "Discipline" (both from ''The Slip'') appeared in ''VideoGame/MidnightClub: Los Angeles'' and "The Hand That Feeds" appeared in ''Midnight Club 3''.
** Also, the song "Hurt" falls into this regarding it's very fitting use in the ending of Season 2 from WesternAnimation/RickAndMorty.
** "She's Gone Away" got this after a full performance of it was featured in an episode of ''Series/TwinPeaks''. Though apparently, the song was specifically written to be used on the show.
* SurprisinglySimilarCharacters: Like Music/EinsturzendeNeubauten, Nine Inch Nails' early discography contained frequent SensoryAbuse, and subsequent works moved on to somewhat quieter forms. Both bands have easily recognizable logos and their live performances' nature matured from chaotic and destructive to relatively normal and safe. The musical and visual characteristics of Nine Inch Nails seem more varied and electronic than Neubauten's. Anyone formerly or currently in the band lineup shares clothing styles similar to those used by Einstürzende Neubauten, but Blixa Bargeld now resembles Trent Reznor with a ''The Fragile''-era haircut and the clothing he used in photos taken during the ''Performance 2007'' tour.
* TheyChangedItNowItSucks: All of his albums have gone through this on some level, particularly more recent ones. Apparently, now that he's gotten clean, is [[BabiesEverAfter married with four kids]], is, in his own words, the happiest he's ever been, and his music isn't as full of {{angst}} as it once was, Trent's lost his mojo, which carries some UnfortunateImplications.
* VindicatedByHistory: Fan response to ''The Fragile'' was rather lukewarm despite strong reviews, most likely because it wasn't as heavy as ''The Downward Spiral'' and didn't have a song with a chorus as [[MemeticMutation memetically popular]] as "Closer". However, a few years later fans have started to judge it on its own merits and its now considered to be Reznor's best. Trent seems to have picked up on this.
--->"''The Fragile'' is weird because when it came out it felt like everyone hated it to me, and now it feels like it's everyone's favorite album, fan-wise."
** ''With Teeth'' also appears to be gaining more and more popularity nowadays. When it came out, it was considered one of his worst to date. Some fans, however, think it's a good album to introduce others to -- because, let's face it, most of Trent's discography is a bit too far on the 'weird' end of the scale for people to get into easily despite his success -- and recently, it appears to be earning more credibility and more people are considering one of their favorites now than there were back then.
* TheWoobie: Trent Reznor, ''full stop''. Putting aside {{Wangst}}, you ''feel'' for the man. Does reach a EarnYourHappyEnding considering he became sober, got married, and has two kids now. And ya know, ''[[FanService he got ripped]]''.
* WhatAnIdiot: The protagonist of ''The Downward Spiral'''s premature celebration at the end of "Ruiner". "You didn't hurt me... Nothing can hurt me... You didn't hurt me... Nothing can stop-" *cue "[[FromBadToWorse The Becoming]]"*
* WinBackTheCrowd: A number of NIN's recent releases had received mixed reception from fans. ''Not the Actual Events'' has been almost universally beloved.
* YokoOhNo: Trent getting married and having kids pretty much blew up the fangirls (and ''boys'', as seen [[http://www.theninhotline.com/archives/articles/haha.html here]]). Fans blame his wife for him ending NIN as a touring project (indefinitely, though) despite the fact that he's expressed interest in trying something new ''years'' before even meeting Mariqueen, and create off the wall theories like "they're both on drugs!" among other things. Just go on Website/YouTube and check out one of the songs in their band Music/HowToDestroyAngels and read the comments. It gets pretty ridiculous.
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