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YMMV: Tim Burton
  • Award Snub: He's never been nominated for an Oscar as a director. The closest he's come to winning any Oscar was for co-directing Corpse Bride and directing Frankenweenie, which were nominees for Best Animated Feature at the 2006 and 2013 Academy Awards, respectively.
  • Creator Worship
  • Hype Backlash: Few directors are as blatant and consistent with their Signature Style and Author Appeal, so if his aesthetic isn't what you're looking for, you will experience this — especially with the films that are adaptations. The heavy merchandising his films have gained over the years doesn't help, nor does his association with the Goth and Emo Teen subcultures.
    • The Hype Backlash is so bad, there are people saying that they won't even see the movies merely because it's being marketed at Hot Topic.
      • You just know this is going to double back into that other trope one of these days.
  • The Rival: A one-sided one with Kevin Smith, with Smith being the one side. The two butted heads on the failed Superman reboot Superman Lives, which Burton was to direct and Smith to write. A few years later, Smith half-jokingly claimed that Burton's ending of his Planet of the Apes remake stole a gag from one of his expanded Askewniverse comics, to which Burton gave the uncharacteristically nasty response of "I would never read anything written by Kevin Smith." Smith would later use this quote on the back of his autobiography.
  • Nightmare Fuel: Most of his movies have it in varying degrees (see the Film and Western Animation examples). Batman Returns got in outright trouble for it with parents partly due to Misaimed Marketing (see that trope's entry).
  • Scapegoat Creator: Being a director, almost all of the movies he directed were apparently produced, directed, written, created, etc by only one person: Tim Burton. The only thing he apparently didn't do for the movies was act in them. The most recent backlash was about the recent Alice in Wonderland, which was apparently written by him despite that even looking at the credits or its page on The Other Wiki can tell you otherwise.
  • Seinfeld Is Unfunny: It's so tough to appreciate his take on Batman in light of Christopher Nolan's The Dark Knight Saga.
  • Tear Jerker: Edward Scissorhands, Big Fish, Corpse Bride, Sweeney Todd.
    • For many fans, the most notable example is Ed Wood. More specifically, Bela Lugosi towards the end. Martin Landau's performance got the Oscar it deserved.
  • Ugly Cute: Most of his characters, as well as he himself.

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