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.
Anvilicious / Mood Dissonance: The video for "Behind The Sun". The song is something about a talking dolphin, the sun and the beach and is a pleasant, easygoing tune. While most of the video is just as pleasant (an Animated Music Video using paintings to depict a bunch of dolphins playing around), it suddenly gets a Cruel Twist Ending when the dolphins are killed by hunters. Did they have to use such a nice song to hammer through a message about dolphin poaching?
The band probably didn't have any involvement in the video, as it was made in 1992 (five years after "Behind The Sun" was released) to promote the What Hits?! compilation, and the only images of the band come from footage from the "Higher Ground" video.
Crazy Awesome: All of them but Anthony a bit more than the others.
Epic Riff: Many, especially "Give it Away", "Scar Tissue" & "By The Way" to name a few.
Face of the Band: Averted. Even casual fans can identify at least one other member of the band besides Anthony. Also, probably the most popular member is the bass player, Flea
Fandom Rivalry: With Faith No More - though Kiedis and that band's leader, Mike Patton, really don't like each other, and it all stems from an incredibly petty dispute that resulted in both sides acting like dicks (Kiedis had Mr. Bungle forcibly pulled off of multiple festival bills, while Patton played a series of mean-spirited, insulting RHCP covers with Mr. Bungle that included pretending to shoot up and mocking Hillel Slovak's death).
Fanon Discontinuity: Many fans declared this after One Hot Minute and Stadium Arcadium took the band in different directions. Also, their self-titled debut has been consigned to the Old Shame bin even by the band.
It has to be said that the only reason for the first album being in that situation is that there was so much Executive Meddling on it from both the guitarist they hired and the producer, and had the band been able to do it with their original members it would have been thought of more highly. They don't disown it, they were just disappointed in the way it turned out and prefer the demos, which do feature the original members.
Growing the Beard: Arguably done this several times, with Blood Sugar Sex Magik being one of them.
Ho Yay: The lead single for One Hot Minute, "Warped," displayed Kiedis and Navarro sharing a kiss at the end of the music video, and Navarro laying his head on Kiedis's shoulder in the final scene.
Anthony stated in his autobiography that the kiss was a reprieve from the monotony of brutal filming sessions. In addition, he claimed that the kiss was somewhat of a Gay Aesop. Homophobic fans, in any case, denounced the band and stopped following them.
Sweet Dreams Fuel: "The Zephyr Song." Unlike most other RHCP songs, it's not about sex, drug abuse, breaking up, or bereavement. It's simply an ode to innocent love and a spirit of adventure making it one of, if not the lightest song from the band.
Magnum Opus: Many, many fans will tell you Californication is the best album of the band's discography.
Painful Rhyme: A couple, mostly by trying to find rhymes for California.
They Changed It, Now It Sucks: The Red Hot Chili Peppers have got to be one of the most striking examples in music. A lineup change in this band, particularly at guitar, usually turned a few fans away from that period of the band's history.
Let's review: —the early to late-1980's (Jack Sherman, Hillel Slovak); —the late 1980's/early 1990's (John Frusciante, first time around); —the mid-1990's (Dave Navarro; the band's uncontested lowest point since going mainstream); —late 1990's to 2010 (John Frusciante, second time around); —Josh Klinghoffer will probably start this debate up again.
The fact that at some point around Californication they changed from a funk-rock band that occasionally did some alternative ballads to an alternative band that occasionally does funk-rock doesn't help with this