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.
Award Snub: Despite having five Grammy nominations throughout their life (and being arguably the most influential metal band of the 90's), the band was never able to win even one.
Some of their 80s material was pretty awesome in it's own right, such as "Heavy Metal Rules" "Out For Blood" "All Over Tonight" "Proud To Be Loud" and "Hot And Heavy"
Critical Dissonance: During the 1990s music genres like grunge, alt-rock, and hip-hop achieved great mainstream popularity, causing many critics to triumphantly proclaim that Heavy Metal was dead. Apparantly nobody told this to Pantera: their albums sold millions of copies and their concerts filled up large arenas. The album Far Beyond Driven even managed to debut at #1 on the Billboard 200 chart, making it the heaviest and least radio-friendly album to ever accomplish that feat at the time. Several of Anselmo's lyrics reflect his animosity towards the other genres that became popular around the same time, especially on The Great Southern Trendkill and Reinventing the Steel.
Believe it or not, the members of Pantera and Exhorder are friends. Yeah, so ironic.
Funny Moment: The Dallas Stars hockey team were huge friends of the band, and the band hosted a party for them when they won the Stanley Cup. During the festivities, a drunken player tried to chuck the Stanley Cup into the pool off a balcony and missed badly, giving it a nasty dent on the bottom that had to be repaired by NHL-commissioned silversmiths.
Magnum Opus: It's generally agreed upon by Pantera fans that Vulgar Display of Power is not only the band's best album, but one of the greatest heavy metal albums of all time. Cowboys From Hell, Far Beyond Driven and The Great Southern Trendkill come pretty close.
Memetic Badass: Dimebag Darrell, both before and especially after his death.
Narm: Quite a few instances, but the laughter in the middle of "Domination" is probably the most glaring example.
Old Shame: Their 80's Hair Metal phase to themselves, though some of their fans find them enjoyable enough.
Signature Song: "Walk" is probably the band's most famous song. It's even frequently played over the PA system at sporting events.
Spiritual Successor: The entire The Great Southern Trendkill album has one of it's own in the form of an another band's album, Lamb Of God's 2012 album Resolution, an album which is compared to "Great Southern" in terms of their dark tone and style.
Hell, Lamb of God is pretty much this trope to Pantera. Go ahead, compare "Redneck" to "Walk", or "Now You've Got Something To Die For" with "Slaughtered", or if you REALLY want, "Black Label" to "Suicide Note Pt. II".
Squick: The lyrics to "Good Friends and a Bottle of Pills."
The video released online by Phil Anselmo following Dimebag's death. Watching manly man Phil break down in tears while talking about his former bandmate and friend is incredibly heartbreaking.
Too Cool to Live: Dimebag Darrell. In addition to being one of the most talented metal guitarists in the world, he was a friendly, unpretentious, outgoing guy who was loved by just about everybody who knew him.
Unfortunate Implications: In 2004, Phil said in an interview that Dimebag deserved to be "beaten severely." Within days of that statement being published, Dimebag was shot and killed. Needless to say, Dimebag's family was not happy with Phil afterwards.
Yoko Oh No: Averted. Dimebag's girlfriend, Rita Haney, was very supportive of the band and is generally well-liked among Pantera fans.