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Some people just don't have the best fortune. They may have done something really embarrassing or regretful in their past that they're now completely ready to leave behind... if only everyone, their mother, and their dog wouldn't keep bringing it up at every opportunity.

Once Done, Never Forgotten describes any In-Universe situation where a character has done something in the past that other characters (or the universe itself) won't let them forget. The nature of the deed isn't terribly important for the purposes of this trope; it could be anything from downright evil to benign or even funny. Whatever the case may be, the important part is that this deed casts a shadow on the character wherever they go.

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Once Done, Never Forgotten is a versatile trope, as it can easily be played for drama or humor. When played for drama, the character may have done something unforgivable, and the other characters bring it up constantly to shame and scorn them. Just as often, however, the trope is Played for Laughs, with old embarrassments being repeatedly brought up for the cast's amusement (as well as our own). In comedic examples, the target of the mockery may become The Chew Toy or a Butt-Monkey, and the mockery tends to be more playful and lighthearted than hateful. In less grave examples, the ribbing can even become an Insult of Endearment.

Related to (and can overlap with) Forgiven, but Not Forgotten. Contrast Remember When You Blew Up a Sun?, which is when characters keep referencing something awesome a character did, and Flanderization, which is when a once-minor trait completely engulfs the character, but isn't actually referenced In-Universe.

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Sister trope of Never Live It Down, where a character is endlessly mocked by the fandom for a one-time or long-past event. If a show's creators notice fandom mockery of a character and slips it into canon, that's a form of Ascended Meme.

As per the definition of this trope, In-Universe Examples Only, please.


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    Anime & Manga 
  • Code Geass: Princess Euphemia is likely going to be forever remembered for slaughtering thousands of innocent Japanese under the influence of the Geass, never mind that she would never do such a thing of her own volition.
  • Dragon Ball: In Z's Buu Saga, Gotenks was hyped up to be the hero who would defeat Majin Buu and save the world, but he utterly failed to do so, getting his ass handed to him by Fat Buu and losing to Super Buu because he was too busy showboating and trying to make himself look cool. By the time of Super, the rest of the Z-Fighters have decided that Gotenks is too immature and Lethally Stupid to be relied on; come the Tournament of Power, they tell Goten and Trunks point-blank that they're not on the team because the last time they depended on Gotenks to save the world, he completely screwed up and nearly got everyone killed.
  • Girls und Panzer: Yukari will always be Sergeant Third-Class Oddball for Saunders students, after her attempt to infiltrate the school under that name.
  • Inazuma Eleven: One year before the start of the series, before the match between Kidokawa Seishuu and Teikoku Academy in the Football Frontier finals, Gouenji ran away from the match because his sister suffered a bad accident, leading to his team being disqualified. After changing school and getting back into soccer one year later, Gouenji had to face off Kidokawa in the semi-finals. His former teammates, particularly the Mukata triplets, still hated him and continued to mock him for running away, at least until they learn the truth about his sister, after which they stop taunting him.
  • My Hero Academia:
    • In the first chapter, Bakugou gets attacked by a sludge villain and is held hostage before being rescued by All Might. The other students at Ultra Academy know better than to anger him by bringing it up, but civil servants and upper authorities with the academy and Hero Association still refer to him as "That kid from the slime monster incident." Someone brings it up at some point during the sports festival, when Bakugo gets kidnapped by the League of Villains, and during the Provisional License exam.
    • Sero is subject to a Curb-Stomp Battle courtesy of Todoroki at the Sports Festival. Given the overwhelming difference in raw power, everyone in the audience tells him, "Don't worry about it!" He moans about this later, as people continued to tell him this even after the Sports Festival ended. His classmates sympathize with him before telling him, "Don't worry about it!"
  • Spirit Circle features Flors the architect, who journeys to build a sphinx in a far-off land and ends up being known only for that, even though he thought of the project as a failure. He spends the rest of his life as a distant, bitter old man; his last breath begging for anyone to simply use his name rather than calling him "Master Sphinx".
  • Yu Yu Hakusho: Early in the Chapter Black arc, Team Urameshi got caught in a game of Taboo where the loser could potentially lose his soul. Hiei deliberately disregarded the rules of the game out of impatience, leading to him being the first to lose his soul, which became a frequent source of mockery for him.
  • In Boarding School Juliet, one reason for Romio's poor reputation with his fellow Black Dogs is a fluke he made in the school's Sports Festival the previous year, during the 100-meter race that decided the winner note . He was warned not to participate in any sporting event again. Even though he redeems himself in the very same race this year, later that day his reputation would only sink even lower than before, in the Mock Cavalry Battle that again decided the winner. Mainly because the loss was due to accidentally groping Juliet and passing out from a massive Nosebleed in the process. Not only was Romio ousted from his position as Black Dog leader, he gets an Embarrassing Nickname on top of it.

    Comic Books 
  • Batman:
    • The Batman villain Killer Moth used to be a big-name villain in Gotham until he was defeated by Barbara Gordon in her first ever costumed outing as Batgirl, something that his Villain Cred never recovered from.
    • Batman will never let Huntress live down her body count of mobsters. Justified, because Batman is infamous for his adherence to Thou Shalt Not Kill, and Huntress began her career as a vigilante specifically to deliver lethal punishment to criminals, which she is sometimes portrayed as unrepentant about doing and/or continuing to do.
    • For two decades, between Death in the Family and Under the Red Hood, if Jason Todd got brought up after his death, it was usually other characters blaming him for dying. Which came after his mother, who Jason had been trying to reconnect with, sold him out to the Joker, who then bludgeoned Jason with a crowbar.
  • Green Lantern:
    • Hal Jordan's run as the supervillain Parallax.
    • Guy Gardner will never live down the time he annoyed the Batman so much that Bats knocked him out with a single punch, or the time Superman almost stole his girlfriend Ice from him. It wasn't Supes' fault, though — Ice just said that she thought Superman was cute.
  • Hank Pym:
    • In The Avengers #213, Pym hit his wife, The Wasp, and no one will forget it. A number of shape-shifting aliens, the Skrulls, kidnapped him (as well as other heroes) during Secret Invasion and placed Skrull spies to pose as him; they resented having to pose as a wife beater, and their superiors refused to listen to them, solely because of it. In Secret Empire, a discussion between Pym and the others ends violently when the issue is mentioned once again.
    • Pym and the Wasp had another similar scene in The Ultimates, a reimagination of the Marvel Characters set in the Ultimate Marvel universe. He was kicked out of the team because of it, and everyone always treated him with rejection and disdain since then each time he shows up for whatever reason. Even when he died as a hero in Ultimatum, Captain America kept insulting him before realizing that he was dead.
  • The Scarlet Witch removed the powers of all mutants in House of M. Although she was not herself at the time, everybody is angry with her because of it. She got this during her return in The Children's Crusade and during Avengers vs. X-Men, Uncanny Avengers and others. In Jonathan Hickman's X-Men she is used as the boogeyman of the mutant nation of Krakoa.
  • The Sentry once threw The Void into the sun. Subsequently, whenever a team he's on are dealing with a particularly powerful foe, someone will always suggest that they just have Sentry throw them into the sun. To make it funnier, after his death, Thor threw his body into the sun.
    Sentry: I don't throw everything into the sun...
  • The Silver Surfer is always haunted by his past as an herald of Galactus, and that under his service he led him to consume planets. He left him in the climax of The Coming of Galactus, his first story arc, and for many decades we had always known him as a former herald of Galactus. Still, the past is always mentioned, either because of aliens with a desire of revenge, or by the Surfer himself and his constant "It's All My Fault" attitude.
  • Superlópez: In Los Alienigenas (The Aliens), one of the alien invaders (who have the ability to shapeshift at will) takes early in the story the form of a heater for a while to disguise himself. Later, when Superlopez is tracking down another of the aliens, he finds another heater, identical to the one used previously by the alien. Superlopez mistakenly thinks the alien has become again a heater (actually, the alien had taken the shape of a woman), and for the rest of the story, everyone seems to believe the aliens like taking the shape of heaters.
  • Marvel Comics villain The Trapster has a cool name (in comparison, at least), was a charter member of the Frightful Four, and wields fairly dangerous adhesive-based weaponry. He also debuted calling himself "Paste-Pot Pete" and had a string of humiliating defeats at the hands of the Human Torch and Spider-Man. And the Marvel heroes never let him forget it — to the point where just calling him "Pete" while he's in costume has become his Berserk Button.
  • In the comic Transmetropolitan, we are briefly introduced to a minor character who bemoans that, despite his skill with tools, he isn't called "Bill the Handyman" or "Bill the Stage Builder." We then see a speech bubble from off panel that calls out "Hey Bill Chimp-Fucker!" eliciting a wince from Bill. He later clarifies that it was "just one time" before vanishing from the comic.
  • Ultimate Fantastic Four:
    • Doom considers the experiment this, especially being blamed for it.
    • A comical version is Reed being a Giver of Lame Names which gets a lot of riffing the first time, and the second time he's made something he gets asked "So what's this one called, the Wonderbus?"
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    Fan Works 
  • Courtney and the Violin of Despair: Brittany Reid’s refusal to let Courtney forget an embarrassing miscue at their school's orchestra concert destroys any chance the former friends had of reconciling from an earlier falling out. As a result, they become bitter rivals and remain so for the rest of their high school careers.
  • Crimson And Emerald: Hawks knows the day that his mother will forgive him for jumping out of their apartment window to test out his wings is still a long day coming.
  • In the Splatoon fic Her Fractured Spirit, while doing a Squidmas jingle for charity, Callie accidentally sung "Come give us your unwanted boys", not "Come give us your unwanted toys". That take was never aired, however Marie will never let Callie live it down. She even has a personal recording of it.
  • Dragon Ball Z Abridged: In the main canon, Yamcha getting killed by a Saibaman is Never Live It Down. In this canon, the other characters also make fun of him for it from Bulma telling him that she is breaking up with him for Vegeta who was partially responsible for his death to Vegeta laughing upon the thought that somebody would even die to a Saibaman to other characters using his name as a verb in certain situations.
  • Nephlite from Sailor Moon Abridged fell victim to this: no one seems to remember anything about him other than the fact he became Molly's boyfriend, then died. They don't even seem to remember his real name, instead calling him "your dead boyfriend."
  • From Yu-Gi-Oh! The Abridged Series:
    Bakura: Marik, have you been using your Millennium Item as a bong again?
    Marik: No! And it was one time! Let it go already!
  • In Farce of the Three Kingdoms, Cai Yong is forever remembered as "the transgender chicken guy."
  • Son of the Sannin has Shisui Uchiha on both the giving and receiving end of this trope.
    • In the Chunin Exams finals. Sasuke gets in a swordfight with Karui, who breaks his katana. He then pulls out a scroll to summon a replacement, mentally complaining that Shisui warned him to bring a spare one to the fight, and won't let him hear the end of it. Sure enough, that's exactly what Shisui is thinking while watching the fight from the stands.
    • Much later, he takes Sasuke to visit "an old friend" to teach him a lesson. Or rather, to visit the grave of said friend. Shisui confesses that was jealous of him and intentionally refused to help him when fighting an enemy too strong for him alone, to "teach him some humility". Naturally, said friend was killed, and his family (justifiably) still blames Shisui for his death even years after.
  • RainbowDoubleDash's Lunaverse: That time Trixie melted an ice palace at a party. While she was inside it. Any time she runs into someone she knew in Canterlot, they'll mention it. Even her friends are dubious with her track record re: ice palaces and melting. Not helping is that Trixie doesn't even remember how she did it, just that the last thing she said before giving Canterlot a second waterfall was "watch this".
  • The MLP Loops: Applejack and the Potato Cider, her early foray into drink-making, which blinded Twilight, and set Spike and Discord on fire.

    Films — Animation 
  • In Big Hero 6, Wasabi got his nickname after spilling wasabi on his shirt once. He's annoyed by the name, but nevertheless goes by it.
  • In Chicken Little, the titular character is bullied to no end and made a pariah for a year due to one misunderstanding. Referenced in "One Little Slip":
    It feels like in this town/I'll never live 'till I live down/the one mistake that seems to follow me around.
  • Finding Dory: After outswimming a squid that nearly eats Nemo because Dory forgets the warning, Marlin (who had almost lost him before) snaps at Dory, angrily telling her that forgetting things is "what you do best", causing her to swim away to find help for Nemo to make up for it. Nemo (who's more forgiving to Dory) calls his dad out for this, and up until they make up, he often repeats that line to Marlin in a snarky way.
  • Isle of Dogs: Spots encounters the infamous cannibal dogs on the island and asks if they're going to eat him. Their leader, Gondo, is indignant that other dogs think of them as only cannibals, admitting that they only ate one dog one time, and that was because of their former leader being stuck in a coma, and the choices were either eat him to live or starve. Gondo takes this pretty hard, since the dog they ate was his best friend.
  • In Puss in Boots, Kitty Softpaws never stop bringing up the one time that Puss hits her with a guitar.
  • My Little Pony: Equestria Girls: Ex-Big Bad Sunset Shimmer never expects to live down transforming into "a raging she-demon," mind-controlling Canterlot High as teenage zombies for her own personal army, and being an Alpha Bitch who made every other students' life miserable for years in the first Equestria Girls film. A Running Gag in the second movie is that even the only people willing to hang out with Sunset constantly bring it up against her, much to her dismay. It isn't until the third film that people stop regularly discussing it, and the fourth film until she's comfortable enough to joke about it herself.

    Films — Live-Action 
  • American Pie: Jim will be forever known as the guy who prematurely ejaculated in front of a smoking hot exchange student on webcam. The incident is mentioned in almost every single film in the series (even the made-for-TV ones), and in Reunion, he discovers that it has even gone viral on YouTube.
  • In Begin Again, Dave's affair with his producer Mim comes back to bite him when he tries to reconcile with Gretta, who brings up the name every chance to spite him.
  • The parody disaster movie The Big Bus contains the immortal line "Jeeze! You eat one foot and they call you a cannibal!"
  • In Black Mirror: Bandersnatch, Colin mentions that all people remembered of Jerome F. Davies was him decapitating his wife while forgetting that he also was a visionary author.
  • Invoked in David Cronenberg's The Brood when Robert Silverman's character intends to sue the psychiatric clinic (run by Oliver Reed) that he believes to be responsible for his lymph cancer. He knows he's going to lose the case, but he also knows that in a few years, people won't even remember the verdict.
    All they'll remember is the slogan: "Psychoplasmics Gives You Cancer." Catchy, huh?
  • The premise of the HBO TV film Clear History is that main character Nathan Flomm never managed to live down being the guy who cashed in his share of a car company just days before its insanely popular electric car model went public, thus managing to lose out on over a billion dollars and becoming a laughingstock overnight.
  • Clerks II both plays it straight and subverts it with Dante and Randall's former classmate Lance "Pickle Fucker" Dowds, who had earned the nickname in an incident of high school hazing. After Randall recounts the incident where Lance earned the nickname, Lance replies that nobody but the aimless Randall Graves would remember the incident at all. Cue Jay walking in and saying "Hurry up Pickle Fucker, I wanna get my cow tipper on!" As Jay is leaving, he yells off-screen, "Hey, Silent Bob, some pickle fucker just gave us free eats!" after Lance does so, revealing that Jay occasionally just randomly calls people "pickle fucker".
  • Evolution features the Kane Madness. Ira Kane actually managed to develop a functioning anthrax vaccine, but the laundry list of side effects (including, but not limited to debilitating stomach cramps, severe diarrhea, memory loss, partial facial paralysis, temporary blindness, drooling, bleeding gums, erectile dysfunction and uncontrollable flatulence) ensured that he was unemployable as a biomedical researcher and left him teaching high school biology for the rest of his life.
  • In For Your Consideration, Victor Allen Miller (Harry Shearer) is a dramatic actor who has been a veteran of stage for 40 years, yet all most people seem to remember of him is being a hot dog pitchman on TV when he was younger.
  • Grosse Pointe Blank: Martin Blank had nothing to do with the death of little Boudreaux. Little Boudreaux was a retriever, and just following his instincts and trying to fetch a stick, which happened to be one of the sticks of dynamite the "three junk bond fuckos" were using to flush out game birds, while Martin was attaching a bomb to their car. However, the incident was enough to brand Martin as "the guy who blew up a dog" for his entire career.
  • Marvel Cinematic Universe:
    • Ant-Man: Scott Lang was once a criminal, who was captured and jailed. By the start of the film, he has served his time in prison, and he's ready to start again. He gets a job at Baskin-Robbins, but gets fired when his employers find about his past. With no jobs to take, he accepts to take part in a theft with his friends. Eventually, he ends working with Henry Pym, the original Ant-Man, who gave him his suit. Now he is a superhero, and his first job is... to steal something.
    • Avengers: Age of Ultron: During the opening battle, Steve Rogers briefly chastises Tony for swearing. The other Avengers find this hilariously uptight of him and throughout the film tease Steve whenever somebody swears around him. Steve is embarrassed by the whole thing, considering he wasn't really thinking when he rebuked Tony and even swears himself.
  • Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire: Ron Weasley gets this when Professor McGonnagal chooses him to help demonstrate the waltz.
    Harry: You're never going to let him forget this, are you?
    Fred and George Weasley: [they look to each other, look back to Harry and shake their heads] Never.
  • Joe Dirt: After being abducted by "Buffalo Bob", everyone asks Joe if he was harmed in certain ways, even though nothing terrible really happened.
  • The Long, Hot Summer: the Quick family just can't seem to shake its reputation as a family of barn burners, and it gets the protagonist run out of town before the opening credits even get the chance to start.
  • In the director's cut of Mallrats, Brandi dumping T.S. is triggered by him accidentally shooting a senator with a prop musket from a play he was in at an event hosted by her father. Throughout the director's cut, people would bring up the incident. One particular example was the guy T.S. randomly beat up in the parking lot for asking him about Brandi in the final cut.In the director's cut, he asked him about the musket incident, and T.S. was finally sick of people bringing it up.
  • Mean Girls: "Made out with a hotdog?! Oh my god, that was one time!"
  • The Other Guys: Terry Hoitz (Mark Wahlberg) became a pariah within the NYPD and the city as a whole when he shot a man in a Yankee Stadium corridor during the World Series, not knowing it was Derek Jeter. Although he's been on desk duty ever since then, his coworkers STILL don't let him forget.
  • Pirates of the Caribbean:
    • Jack Sparrow makes the suggestion once in the first film that Will Turner may be a eunuch due to the fact he hasn't got a girlfriend (again Jack's speculation). Will is thus repeatedly referred to as a eunuch (mostly by Jack himself).
    • While it could be argued that "sea turtles" became more of an in-movie meme, the fact that it was Jack who seemed to have begun it seems to indicate its mention by other characters is more or less just their way to poke at Jack.
  • Superbad:
    Seth: Hey Greg, why don't you go piss your pants?
    Greg the Soccer Player: That was like 8 years ago, asshole!
    Seth: People don't forget!
  • Tommy Boy: At one point, Tommy catches Richard ogling an attractive skinny-dipper with his fly undone. He doesn't let him forget it.
    Tommy: (as they're going to sleep) Richard... Who's your favorite little rascal? Alfalfa? Or is it Spanky? (chuckles) Sinner...
  • In the Christian movie Tribulation from the Apocalypse film series, young Calvin Canboro wets his pants while he and his brother Tom wait for their sister Eileen to finish her prayer to God about the tree she carved their names into. Years later, Tom Canboro keeps bringing it up, and their sister Eileen doesn't even remember whether it happened or not (or so she says).

    Jokes 
  • The former Trope Namer for Bestiality Is Depraved fell under this trope, as the poor man had a litany of accomplishments to his name, but everyone still refers to him as "McGregor the goat-fucker."

    Literature 
  • One of the tales of Arabian Nights is about the merchant Abu Hasan, who flees to India in embarrassment after he lets loose a "terrible and great" fart at his wedding reception. Ten years later, he secretly returns home, only to overhear a mother telling her daughter that the he day he farted was the day the latter was born. Abu goes back to India, this time to never return.
  • In the first novel of The Black Company series, Croaker writes romantic fiction about the Big Bad who is employing them. Almost two decades later, people are still bringing it up.
  • In the Bloody Jack series, Jacky Faber seems to live this trope. "It's the talk of London!" "It's on all the Broadsheets!" "There's even a song about it!"
  • Josella Playton in The Day of the Triffids writes a novel which her publisher ends up titling Sex Is My Adventure. Even years after civilization has collapsed and the eponymous killer plants are running amok, people she meets are still mentioning this book.
  • Discworld:
    • One of Sam Vimes's ancestors, Suffer-Not-Injustice "Stoneface" Vimes, led an army of rebels against the insane, murderous, pedophile king Lorenzo the Kind. But after their victory, no judge or jury could be found that would dare stand up against royalty and actually convict Lorenzo, even after all the evidence was presented. So Stoneface took matters into his own hands and performed the execution himself. Despite thus being one of the most important figures in Ankh-Morpork's history, the one thing everyone remembers about him is that he was a "regicide" who killed one of the city's kings. The modern Vimes dislikes that term, saying "It was only one king. It's not like it was a habit."
    • Vimes becomes the perpetrator of this in Thud! when he describes the painter Methodia Rascal as "Painted famous painting, thought he was a chicken, died."
  • The Dresden Files: Harry Dresden has a few things he would rather people forget about, except they never do.
    • The Faerie Courts keep laughing about The Donut Incident.
    • After Changes, people keep bringing up the fact that he slept with Mab to become the Winter Knight.
    • Then there's the time he talked his way out of being found in Thomas's apartment by pretending to be his gay ex. The SI cops wouldn't let him live that one down, at least until the end of the novel.
  • The Rosemary Wells picture book Fiona's Little Accident is about Fiona thinking this will happen to her. Her very visible and obvious Potty Failure is seen by the entire class during a major presentation that she and her best friend Felix are doing. She runs and hides, but Felix tells her to come out, telling her that nobody will even remember it by the end of the day. As it turns out, he's right, as the entire class's attention is drawn by their classmate Victor's goldfish-swallowing trick.
  • In Horatio Hornblower novel Lieutenant Hornblower, Acting-Captain Buckland is tied to his cot when the Spanish prisoners aboard the Renown attempt to take the ship. This ruins his chances of ever being promoted, in spite of the resounding success the ship had won, because all anyone will remember is the story of him being taken prisoner in his bed. Bush reflects on it as another piece of the general unfairness and illogicality of reputation in the navy, since Buckland—for all he was The Ditherer—would have fought to unconsciousness or death like the other officers if he'd been able.
  • Isildur from The Lord of the Rings. He was a total badass who did many great things. Chief among them, he actually defeated Sauron, admittedly with his father and Gil-Galad having done most of the work. However, all the Council of Elrond seem to remember him for is not destroying the ring, which meant Sauron could return. What makes this an especially glaring example is that no one could have done any better. Frodo is the next person to be in a position to destroy the Ring, and makes the exact same choice. According to Word of God, no one has enough willpower to actually destroy the ring.
  • Mercy Thompson feels this way about the fact that everyone in the supernatural world immediately brings up when she was a teenager and tricked the Marrok into sitting in peanut butter. And the time she wrapped his car around a tree. And the thing with the chocolate Easter bunny. Of course, the reason everyone keeps bringing it up is because of how awesome they think it makes her to have successfully pranked him on multiple occasions, given that he literally has killed people for less.
  • In Nursery Crime: The Big Over Easy by Jasper Fforde, Chief Inspector Jack Spratt is constantly having to defend himself against a reputation for killing giants. ("Technically, only one of them was a giant; the others were just tall.")
  • In Orconomics, Gorm Ingerson is constantly recognized as the dwarf who punched out an elven guard for insulting a goblin.
    Thane: Ah. So you must be the same Gorm Ingerson who punched out the Elven Guard at—
    Gorm Ingerson: Bloody bones, has anybody not heard about that?
  • Percy Jackson and the Olympians: Percy tells the tale of Daedalus and how he pushed his nephew off the Acropolis. When Daedalus tries telling the king and queen what they're doing is wrong, they respond with "You pushed your nephew off the Acropolis. What do you know about right and wrong?"
    Percy: Daedalus really wished people would stop bringing that up. One little murder, and they never let you forget it.
  • A Song of Ice and Fire:
    • Jaime Lannister is forever known as the Kingslayer for murdering the man he was supposed to protect. What is frequently overlooked is that the king in question was killed to prevent him from roasting a city full of people alive. The reasons this became Jaime's defining moment are either because only a few people knew of this (and most of them were killed in the uprising that night) or they deliberately chose not to mention it.
    • Walder Frey is nicknamed the "Late Walder Frey" by Lord Hoster Tully when Walder came to Robert's Rebellion after Robert killed Rhaegar and, as a result, Walder is viewed as the cowardly weasel that he is. Later on, Walder Frey becomes infamous for the betrayal he orchestrated in The Red Wedding by killing Robb, with who he pretended to make amends with, and for breaking the most sacred tradition of hospitality. Now, he and the rest of the Freys are the most hated people in Westeros. Soon, every Frey who ever sets foot out of their fortress gets killed by everyone in the Riverlands and the North.
    • Torrhen Stark, as the last King in the North before Aegon I Targaryen's conquest of the Seven Kingdoms, had every intention of leading his armies against Aegon after he crushed houses Lannister and Gardener, but Torrhen saw the size of Aegon's force and submitted to Targaryen rule and gave up his crown. Torrhen is still remembered in both the North and the South as the "king who knelt," and for ending centuries of independence in the North. Never mind that he saved countless lives on both sides of the conflict by kneeling, and insured that his house would enjoy years of prosperity as Wardens of the North.
    • Prince (later King) Maekar accidentally killed his brother Baelor, generally seen as the best king Westeros never got, in a melee when he hit Baelor over the head with a mace. For the rest of his life, Maekar had to deal with the grief of killing his brother and everyone thinking he did it on purpose.
    • King Aegon III is generally not remembered by the population of Westeros. When he is, it tends to be along the lines of "he's the guy who lost the dragons", since the last of them died out during his reign (or so everyone thought).
  • Southern Sisters Mysteries: When they were kids, Patricia Anne lost Mary Alice's Shirley Temple doll. They're in their sixties at the time the book takes place, and Mary Alice still brings it up a few times every book.
  • Spirit Animals. In Book 2: Hunted, Conor gives up the Iron Boar Talisman to the Conquerors in exchange for his family's safety. Rollan (who had been abandoned as a youngster) gets onto his case a lot about this in Book 3 and part of Book 4 and calls his decision a selfish move until Fire And Ice, when he is reunited with his mother and apologizes to Conor.
  • According to at least one Star Trek Expanded Universe novel, Counselor Troi has never lived down crashing the Enterprise in Star Trek: Generations and Star Trek: Nemesis. In her defense, in Generations, the main hull had just blown up and the saucer section was effectively out of control for even the most experienced pilot, and in Nemesis, she was ordered directly by Picard to do so to try and stop the Scimitar.
  • Star Trek: Enterprise Relaunch: Over a decade on, and no Vulcan is letting Archer live down the "gazelle speech". Heck, even Vulcans who've never met Archer know of his terrible speech-making skills.
  • Star Trek: Department of Temporal Investigations: In the 24th century, the DTI are taught that James T. Kirk is a time-travelling menace (seventeen separate temporal violations). They call him "the Time Pirate". It's quite a shock to two of their agents when in the process of causing violation no. eighteen, they learn Kirk isn't the crazed maverick they've been told about.
  • Star Wars Legends:
    • In the Revenge of the Sith novelization, after lecturing Anakin several times about holding on to his lightsaber (including one instance early in the book), Obi-Wan drops his own saber on Utapau while chasing General Grievous and is briefly glad that Anakin's not there to make sure that he never lives it down.
    • Heir to the Empire suggests that Lando losing the radar dish atop the Falcon while flying it through the Death Star II is one of these, though at least with some justification:
      Han: At least the sensor dish is still there.
      Lando: You're never going to let that go, are you?
      Han: You said, "not a scratch".
    • Jedi Academy Trilogy:
      • Kyp Durron, a powerful young Jedi who once got either possessed or heavily influenced by an ancient and very evil ghost, and who then fished out an indestructible superweapon that had been dropped into the heart of a gas giant and proceeded to use it to cause a supernova that destroyed a rather populated planet. He was then very quickly and easily brought back into the light and put the superweapon into a black hole, then got off basically scot-free in the trilogy where he originally featured. Basically every book to feature him since then has called him on it, particularly I, Jedi, a sort of Fix Fic trying to get the trilogy to make sense, where the main character leaves in disgust after this mass-murderer is welcomed back into the Jedi Academy for training. Other books paint Kyp as the perpetual Atoner, having it and his lack of punishment constantly brought up.
      • Sometimes (including in I, Jedi) the death toll of Kyp's attack is vastly exaggerated, because apparently killing a few million people isn't bad enough; it's necessary to falsely claim he killed billions so that it can be put on the same level as the destruction of Alderaan (bonus fail points: said destruction is attributed to Darth Vader instead of the man who actually did it, Grand Moff Tarkin). The fact that the majority of the population were Imperial soldiers also tends to be ignored. Of course, Kyp himself doesn't consider that much of a comfort, given that many of those soldiers (including his own brother) were conscripts. And to make it worse, from New Jedi Order onward, Kyp is a Jerkass who's no longer interested in atoning for his sins.
  • In the first Sweet Valley Twins book, Jessica shows up for ballet class decked out in sparkles and ribbons. The teacher proceeds to publicly humiliate her, blasting her for this, and for several months afterwards, acts completely oblivious to the fact that Jessica is the best dancer in the class, instead, blatantly favoring the less skilled Elizabeth.
  • Tantei Team KZ Jiken Note. Sunahara's arrest for assault (which is a big case of Cassandra Truth in its own; the person he attacked was trying to burst his father's car's tires) severely affected his reputation so that he was expelled from the soccer team and everyone sees him as a Japanese Delinquent.
  • In Thank You for Smoking, Nick Naylor used to be a television news reporter until one fateful day when he erroneously reported that the President had choked to death on a chicken bone, resulting in a brief panic that sent the stock markets into freefall. Realizing that he would never escape that, he left journalism completely and became a spokesman for the tobacco industry.
  • Tortall Universe: Kel of Protector of the Small can't live down her fear of heights, and Wyldon takes every opportunity to test it. Works out for her in the end, though.
  • Vampire Academy. Adrian seems to get a lot of grief for drinking and smoking when he has a legitimate reason for doing so, rather than to annoy people.
  • Vorkosigan Saga has Cordelia Vorkosigan's shopping trip during a civil war...which included bringing the head of the pretender home in a plastic shopping bag. Decades later, it's still brought up as why no one invites her shopping, although when it's done good-naturedly, she is glad that Barrayar has advanced to the point where it can be joked about.
    Jole: What's in the box? Not a severed head again, I trust?
    Cordelia: Now, now, Oliver. Bring home one dismembered body part — once, mind you, once — and people get twitchy about checking your luggage ever after.
  • In Warrior Cats, no cat ever lets Crowfeather and Leafpool forget that they ran off to be mates with a cat from another Clan — especially after it comes to light that Lionblaze, Jayfeather, and Hollyleaf are their kits.
  • In the Wayside School book series, there were three kids in the class named Eric (Fry, Bacon, and Ovens). Eric Bacon and Eric Ovens were bad at sports so everyone just assumed Eric Fry was bad at sports when he was actually great. The only time people noticed him playing was when he caught a ball that slipped out of his hand. Everyone called him "Butterfingers" after that.
  • In Wolf Hall, Thomas More never meets Richard Rich without complaining of how Rich was a wastrel as a young man. Thomas Cromwell uses this to his advantage when he's trying to manufacture evidence for the Kangaroo Court by sending in Rich to take away More's books personally, guessing that More will be less tight-lipped around a man he utterly dismisses (even though that man is now Solicitor General). It works; Rich provides damning testimony at the trial and More doesn't help his case by insulting him in front of the court.

    Live-Action TV 
  • 7 Yüz: In the episode ""Hayatin Musikisi", Pinar is subjected to endless mockery by her colleagues on account of getting cold feet while meeting with a client and dealing with it in the worst way. Instead of presenting her pitch, Pinar stammered and stuttered, before asking the client "well, can't I just send you an e-mail?" The continued embarrassment from the incident and ridicule of her co-workers do little to improve her self-confidence, and she is subsequently sidelined from making pitches.
  • The Big Bang Theory: The perennial joke of the series is that every character in the Fab Four is a doctor with exception of Howard. This gets compounded later in the series when his wife obtains her doctorate.
    Leonard: Doctor Gablehauser.
    Gablehauser: Doctor Hofsteader.
    Raj: Doctor Gablehauser.
    Gablehauser: Doctor Koothrapali.
    Howard: Doctor Gablehauser.
  • Bones:
    • Agent Booth once, in a moment of personal stress, drew his weapon and fired two rounds into a robotic clown-head atop an ice cream truck. Several seasons later, after he'd completed counseling, got reinstated and received commendations for his work, it still gets brought up by folks from other government agencies when they want an excuse not to trust him with sensitive documents.
    • Similarly, Brennan finds herself constantly reminded that she once shot an unarmed man (it's okay, though: he was trying to set her on fire and destroy evidence).
  • Bill Buckner in Curb Your Enthusiasm episode "Mister Softee". 25 years after committing a mistake that cost the Red Sox the World Seriesnote , everybody still hates him for it.
  • Clare in Degrassi ranted out Eli at the Local Hangout, screaming "DID YOU FLIP A SWITCH AND ERASE ME FROM YOUR MEMORY, DID YOU EVER LOVE ME AT ALL?" Since then, Eli wrote it into the School Play, Connor and Mo used it to psych out an Opposing Sports Team, and Connor, KC and Adam put it on Twitter where at one point it was trending in Toronto.
  • Faking It: Liam will never live down sleeping with Amy (and vice versa) after Liam found out that Karma was lying to him when she said she was a lesbian (which he probably should have guessed by all the times she wanted to make out with him, but still...) and Amy was rejected as a romantic partner by Karma.
  • The Flash: Barry's time-travel that resulted in the Flashpoint timeline. Notably, during the Elseworlds crossover event, Oliver's very first reaction is "Oh, Barry, what have you done this time?"
  • Friends:
    • Ross liked to hold tea parties, while wearing his mother's dresses as a child, and Monica never passes up an opportunity to tell this to one of his dates.
    • Chandler utters his famous catchphrase "Could x be more y?" maybe twice. Yet somehow, it becomes the go-to tease whenever any of the other characters mock him.
    • Lampshaded in one of the last seasons when Joey goes to Monica's Halloween party as Chandler, and his "impression" consists of nothing more than repeating the last thing Chandler said and adding, "BLEARGHHHHHHHHH!" on the end. Everyone laughs, except Chandler (who points out that he doesn't do that).
    • Ross was afraid that getting divorced a third time would become his Never Forgotten moment, so for several episodes he didn't tell Rachel that he hadn't filed for an annulment. Ross getting divorced eventually did become the one thing anyone commented on whenever he was interested in someone. Granted, getting divorced 3 times in the span of 5 years is no easy feat.
  • Game of Thrones:
    • Jaime Lannister is derogatorily known and addressed as "Kingslayer" by everyone for his Bodyguard Betrayal, even by his allies and people who knew said king was insane and whose successful rebellion forced Jaime into that position. Jaime insists that people should be grateful for it. And, once we learn the rest of the story, it turns out he's right. Still, people despise him less because he killed the king and more because he broke his oath as a member of the Kingsguard. So, properly, he should simply be known as Oathbreaker, but that's not as punchy or specific as Kingslayer, so he's stuck with the latter. Jaime has struggled with Then Let Me Be Evil ever since.
    • Catelyn never quite forgives or forgets Ned bringing home his infant illegitimate son.
    • The Lannisters and perhaps the Boltons are careful to officially distance themselves from the Red Wedding, since they know such a blatant violation of Sacred Hospitality will stain them for generations.
      Tyrion: Oh, I know. Walder Frey gets all the credit... or the blame, I suppose, depending on your allegiance.
    • Theon Greyjoy is never going to live down his actions in season 2; even after being tortured for years on end, permanently mutilated and sexually assaulted, the Starks reclaiming and rebuilding Winterfell and Bran's return, characters still feel the need to abuse the suicidal ironborn man for betraying the people who held him hostage.
    • Arya will always despise the Hound for killing Mycah. Killing Mycah was despicable, but for the most part, his later actions range from petty crimes to outright heroism. By the end of the fourth season, he has come to care for Arya and serves as her loyal guardian. In the end, the trope reaches it's logical conclusion and Arya, unable to forgive him for killing Mycah, leaves him to die slowly and painful of wounds received while trying to protect her.
  • General Hospital: Whenever Winifred and Maxie were on the same screen, she would always remind her that Winnie was the one who put Spinelli in prison (as part of her job as an FBI agent).
  • In Glee, people are still making jabs about Tina putting Vapo-Rub on Blaine's chest while he was passed out.
  • Gotham: Professional Killer Patrick Malone laments that despite the countless different methods he has used to kill people throughout his long career, he got stuck with the nickname "Matches" Malone because of that one time he burned someone to death.
  • The Grand Tour presenter Richard Hammond crashed a Rimac Concept One electric supercar during the production of the second series. The crash itself was epic; the car went the off the edge of a mountain road, flipped multiple times going down, and landed at the bottom upside-down where it caught on fire. Miraculously, Hammond escaped the burning vehicle with moments to spare and only a broken knee as the sum of his injuries. When the second series aired, almost every episode had jokes by Hammond's co-presenters about Hammond being unable to finish a car journey right-side up, not on fire, or without destroying a multi-million pound supercar. This perhaps culminated in one episode when the show was allowed to show a picture of the under-development Rimac Concept Two. The picture was, of course, flipped upside-down.
  • Grey's Anatomy: Poor Schmitt will always be known as the guy who dropped his glasses in a patient during surgery.
  • Home Improvement:
    • Tim's brothers won't let him forget he slid down the banister head first, explaining... well, Tim.
    • Jill will never let him forget the time he dropped a steel beam on her car.
  • The Inbetweeners: In the season two finale, Will drinks energy drinks to help him take an exam. This causes him to have irritable bowel syndrome, and when Mr. Gilbert refused to let him go to the bathroom, Will soils himself during the exam. A prominent running gag in season three is people bringing up the incident to Will.
  • JAG: In the second season episode "Heroes", Harm fired off a sub-machine gun in the courtroom to demonstrate a point. This gets referenced two or three times a season for the rest of the show's run, usually in terms of "I can't believe he didn't get brig time for that", or "you should've seen him in the courtroom."
  • Law & Order:
    • When Jack McCoy has an argument with one of his subordinates over questionable tactics, expect the phrase "You once hid a witness" to come up. In the episode "Under The Influence" (s8e11), McCoy hid an exculpatory witness from the defense, in order to maintain murder charges against a drunk driver who killed two pedestrians (a mother and daughter). (He later relented, but still faced sanctions for his actions.)
    • Similarly, expect the fact that he slept with Claire Kincaid to pop up at least once a season.
    • Mike Cutter also liked to point out the time that he held a bunch of Russian gangsters without charge for weeks on end, and took it almost all the way to the Supreme Court.
    • Mike Logan got Put on a Bus for punching a politician. He features in a later TV Movie. Naturally, when Law & Order: Criminal Intent rolls around, he's gotten a reputation as a hothead, and carries around a clipping about the incident in his wallet. Though having a temper and an attitude was part of Logan's character from the start, it really didn't get thrown back in his face until CI.
  • Law & Order: Special Victims Unit:
    • A social worker is called to trial for placing a child in an abusive home, which eventually led to his death. The bad publicity and death threats she receives drive her to suicide, with her last words lampshading that she has saved hundreds of children but will only be remembered for this one.
    • Elliot Stabler once admitted that he has fantasies of murdering child molesters, which is often brought up by people who question his credibility as a cop.
  • Luke Cage: Early in season 2, Luke gets his abilities tested in a crossfit. His run time is 3.72 seconds, which a news reporter says is faster than Usain Bolt. The entire Jamaican community acts like Luke himself said it, and proceed to give him shit about it for the rest of the season.
  • Mash: During an episode when Hot Lips (whose nickname itself is an example) demands a transfer from the 4077th, citing Hawkeye and Trapper's hijinks as one cause:
    Hot Lips: I am not looking for a truce with these two shower tent peekers!
    Trapper: Boy, you peek into one shower and you're labeled for life.
  • The Mr. Potato Head Show: Feeling both guilty and desperate for something to show his audience after his original plan for a reality show spectacularly blows up in his face, Mr. Potato Head films himself doing a dance that embarasses him called the "Fluffy Pookie-Poo" and submits that to his network executives for the show. To his dismay, both the executives and the TV-watching public love it, and it becomes extremely popular. He swears he'll escape the embarrassment if he has to move to South America to do it...only to find that it's also popular in South America.
  • Mystery Science Theater 3000: Mike Nelson destroyed three planets in a single season, all purely by accident.
    Prof. Bobo, the Simple Country Lawyer: So you blow yourself up a planet; does that make you a world-destroyer? Hmm? My momma, she burnt a brown betty one time, that make her a world-destroyer? I reckon not.
  • The Nanny:
    • Fran will occasionally rub Mr. Sheffield's nose in his decision to pass on producing Cats for Broadway.
      Sheffield: Fran, how long will you keep reminding me of one bloody mistake?
      Fran: Now... and forever, Mr. Sheffield.
    • He also rejected Hair and Tommy. Talk about missed opportunities.
    • Andrew Lloyd Webber is the Always Someone Better for Mr. Sheffield, so Niles will rub his face in Webber's successes even more often than Fran.
    • A few seasons into the show, Maxwell said he loved Fran... and then took it back. She brings that up about every other episode.
  • Ned's Declassified School Survival Guide: In Elementary School, Ned used the girl's bathroom by mistake at least a couple of times during emergencies. This has led to him being mocked by Loomer and his gang, including adding an "and Ned" sign to the girl's bathroom door.
  • New Tricks: Part of the background of Detective Superintendent Sandra Pullman (Amanda Redman), an uptight, tough-as-nails investigator. Her previously high-flying career came crashing down to earth when she was forced to shoot a dog in the line of duty and she was shunted into a backwater assignment heading up the team of retired police officers.
  • Once Upon a Time: Regina will never let Snow White live down telling Regina's mother about her engagement to a stable boy, resulting in a horribly violent Parental Marriage Veto. Snow's gotten very tired of hearing it, since she was ten at the time.
  • Commander Michael Burnham from Star Trek: Discovery is constantly reminded by others about her attempted mutiny, especially since it's the first time that it has ever (officially) happened in Starfleet history.
  • Parks and Recreation: As an eighteen-year-old, Ben became mayor of his small town and bankrupted the town when he had a winter sports complex built. Years later, the townspeople still hate him for it. As he tells Leslie, he became a state auditor so he could prove how responsible he is.
  • Red Dwarf gave us a justified use, then lampshaded it when Arnold Rimmer reads of the captain having described him as "constantly failing" the astronavigation exam:
    Rimmer: Constantly fails the exam? I'd hardly call 11 times "constantly". I mean, if you eat roast beef eleven times in your life, one would hardly say that person "constantly" eats roast beef, would you?
  • Sherlock: Despite the fact that Sherlock only wears a deerstalker cap once in an attempt to disguise his appearance, it is referred to constantly by the press as a signature item of his wardrobe.
  • Stargate Universe: Everett Young beat the crap out of Rush and left him to die on a desolate planet. The civilian population on the ship didn't take it too kindly.
  • Star Trek: The Original Series: In "Court Martial", this turns out that Ben Finney, the man Kirk supposedly killed by accident and caused the titular court martial to happen and who actually faked his death to try to make Kirk go to jail and in the climax tries to crash the Enterprise on a planet with everybody on boar believes that, because of "one little mistake" that Kirk reported while they served in another ship earlier in their careers, he was being constantly mocked by everybody else in their class, who made Captain before him. It's made pretty obvious as the episode goes that Finney has become completely freaking insane from his obsession over this, including constantly sending letters to his daughter Janey ranting about it (which make Janey accept that maybe her father is crazy enough to try to frame Kirk) and the wide-eyed glee he shows as he tries to kill Kirk with his bare hands at the climax.
  • Star Trek: Voyager: Harry Kim has a habit of constantly falling for women he can't get. It gets to the point where every time he starts a relationship, his buddy Tom Paris goes off on a litany of every doomed romance he's started in his time on the ship.

    Tabletop Games 
  • Dungeons & Dragons: The deity Helm of the Forgotten Realms campaign setting.
    • He doesn't seem to ever be able to live down his moments of Lawful Stupid, like killing the first Mystara. It's gotten to the point he and his followers still get called Lawful Stupid by other characters.
    • Helm also gets a lot of flack from the fact that it was a group of his worshippers who found Maztica (a Fantasy Counterpart Culture of the Mayincatec flavor)... and promptly turned into Conquistador-expies.
  • Warhammer: The way Ogre mercenary Golgfag Maneater got his surname is an example. People started calling him Maneater after he settled a dispute with a human paymaster by eating him and walking away with his paychests. No big deal, except many people end up assuming he eats human meat and nothing else — which he doesn't — much to Golgfag's annoyance. Warhammer Ogres are Extreme Omnivores who'll eat literally anything when they're hungry (except gold, which is regarded as worthless due to lacking any nutritious value) and Golgfag is no exception, yet to this day he still has to grumpily explain to people who get the wrong idea that a) yes, he may eat a human if the mood strikes him, but b) no, he does not eat manflesh exclusively or have a particular taste for it.

    Video Games 
  • Borderlands 3 has the Sell Out quest; when you take it, Tyreen calls you up because she needs a fresh murder vid for her followers, and nominates you to do the job because "you're a total gun slut", complete with bribing you with a gun. Should you actually follow through on it, Tyreen hands you the Legendary gun "Sellout", no questions asked. The problem: while it is an admittedly sweet gun, Tyreen's voice is recorded on it, with a number of crazed messages, to remind you that you sold your dignity for this weapon. note 
    Always remember that you're a gun slut, and you will never be clean.
  • The Elder Scrolls: Downplayed in regards to Molag Bal's (Daedric Prince of Domination and Corruption) most infamous title, "King of Rape". To note:
    • In-universe, he's only been recorded as having raped one person, but this does not prevent his most infamous title being that of the "King of Rape". It also doesn't help that this act was stated to be the "first" rape, similar in implication to the "first murder" of the Bible.
    • Skyrim's Dawnguard DLC further downplays this. It's implied that this is one of the ways that Molag Bal chooses to confer the abilities of a Vampire Lord upon his most devout followers. While his male followers are asked to perform a large Human Sacrifice in his name, women are subjected to a far more degrading ritual at his hands, with the implication being further reinforced by Serana refusing to elaborate further on the matter.
    • In the title's original context, personal assault wasn't even the focus. Instead the "King of Rape" was focused the corruption of racial and genealogical purity, both being Serious Business to the Dunmer.
  • Fallout: New Vegas: "Cannibal" Johnson. No, he isn't a humanitarian. Once, cornered by raiders, he managed to kill one of them, and took a bite out of his heart for psychological warfare purpose. It worked, since they freaked out and ran away. It also got him stuck with his nickname.
  • In Fire Emblem: Three Houses, Dimitri gave a girl he liked a dagger as a going-away present. Sylvain still gives him guff about it to this day. Interestingly, she actually did keep said dagger to the present day, and it becomes a Chekhov's Gift later on.
  • Mass Effect:
    • The galactic community in Citadel Space still looks down on the quarians, usually manifesting as racial bigotry, for creating the Geth. This is despite the fact that it occurred over two hundred years ago and, as Tali points out, billions of quarians were killed and they lost their homeworld; combined with the economic sanctions the Council imposed on the quarians as punishment for breaking interstellar law regarding AI's, one can easily say the quarians have paid for their mistakes. However this gets subverted when records of the original geth-quarian war reveal that it was mostly a war between pro-geth quarians and anti-geth quarians... then swings right back when one remembers the quarians alive today are not the same quarians who fought in that initial war and that some are open peace with the geth, or at least don't want to fight them.
    • Another instance of this trope appears near the end of the Mars mission. In order to stop an infiltration unit created by Cerberus from leaving with the plans for the Crucible, James Vega rams the Cerberus shuttle with the Kodiak they used to to reach Mars. This causes a huge crash that destroys the enemy shuttle while leaving the Kodiak mostly intact but leaves James with a reputation of crashing and destroying shuttles all the time despite him no longer piloting the Kodiak.
    • The Citadel DLC adds two of these moments for Shepard: Joker will never let you (or Cortez) live down using him for bait that one time, and nobody lets Shep forget about shooting up that sushi place.
  • Persona 4: Yukiko's Enemy Without hosts a dating gameshow and mentions "scoring a hot stud". Teddie has no idea what it means, but that doesn't stop him from bringing it up at almost every opportunity, even citing "scoring with girls" as one of his reasons for wanting to stay as a human. Even Yukiko asks him to let it go after a while. And back to the fan's attitudes, you could come away from them with the impression that Kanji is the gayest gay to ever gayly gay, despite the overdone mannerisms coming from his Shadow (and even he admits that he's not entirely adverse to girls, just afraid of rejection).
  • In Resonance of Fate: Early on, in the middle of a blackout, Zephyr claims to be "good in the dark". Considering he says that shortly after accidentally walking in on Leanne in the bath (thinking she was being attacked by a monster), Vashyron just runs with it and keeps making fun of Zephyr about it every time it comes up.
  • Solatorobo: Protagonist Red finds out that Tagalong Kid Elh is scared of bugs. It becomes a Running Gag in the game. Elh even says "I'm never going to live this down, am I?" the first time the fact is discovered. An NPC uses the exact words after sending Red down a mine and nearly killing him via overenthusiastic application of mining explosives.
  • A really odd example in Starcraft is Tychus Findlay, who says the sentence "Hell, it's about damn time" a total of one time in his appearances in Starcraft 2 (Yes, only the intro). You'd swear it was his catchphrase with how much his Heroes of the Storm counterpart says it.
  • Prince Snowe from Star Stealing Prince is very nearly killed at the start of the game, coming close enough to death to break an enchantment on his kingdom that's tied to his life and put it in jeopardy. From that point on, none will ever miss an opportunity to remind him that he's an idiot who couldn't even go on a small journey without getting himself (almost) killed even when it's decided that breaking the enchantment was for the best.
  • Velvet Crowe of Tales of Berseria will never live down the one moment where she acted like a dove in order to fool a security guard. Magilou in particular keeps bringing it up to annoy Velvet.
  • In The Walking Dead, Lee will make fun of Carley at several points for the time that she couldn't get a radio to work... because she put the batteries in backwards.

    Visual Novels 
  • SOON: To Atlas' chagrin, people always remember that one time Atlas blew up a "little chunk of Switzerland."

    Webcomics 
  • Bittersweet Candy Bowl The rest of the school subjects Jessica and Tess to this treatment (Jessica is not actually a slut, and Tess regrets the bullying she did).
  • Everyone in Darwin Carmichael Is Going to Hell, from the police to Darwin's friends, won't stop giving Darwin a hard time about how he accidentally "made the Dalai Lama retarded". Much of the plot involves him trying to find redemption and earn karma to make up for his youthful mistake.
  • El Goonish Shive has Abraham's creation of the Dewitchery Diamond, an apparently indestructible gemstone that creates cursed abombinations. Every properly trained wizard's heard of him, apparently.
  • Cat from Furry Experience celebrates completing a research paper by doing her "happy peanut butter dance." Her roommate Ronnie happens by, and records the whole thing on her phone. To Cat's chagrin, Ronnie has made this song-and-dance into her ringtone.
  • This transpires in Girl Genius when knowledge of Tarvek's ... "adorning" of Lucrezia-controlled Agatha becomes widely known. Even Gil heard about it. He still does it in his head sometimes, so he has only himself to blame for it.
  • Homestuck: Nobody will let Karkat forget the shipping chart.
  • In Kevin & Kell, Dorothy dated Rudy's coach when they were in school. He proposed to her, but she turned him down, marrying Kevin's dad instead. As their marriage ended in a bitter divorce, Rudy's coach likes to say "I told you so" whenever the two contact each-other.
  • Captain Tagon, in Schlock Mercenary, gets this after he crashes into a table and winds up with a fork in his eye. For the rest of the Mallcop Command arc, his crew keep making fork jokes.
    Captain Tagon: I bet I can live that down after I turn it to my advantage.
  • Shortpacked!: Robin's a decorated war hero, and served two terms as her district's congresswoman, having ran actively for a third term, and having been key an a great deal of landmark legislation, including one bill that resulted in a month of world peace. All people remember her from is that one sex tape.
  • White Dark Life:
  • Luigifan will never, ever live down the time he accidentally hit Uma in the face with a glass bottle and knocked her unconscious. Even worse were the contents — he tried to make a Love Potion using assorted pheromones. What he actually made, due to not being all that much of a chemist, is a stinkbomb.
    • Luigifan had a lot of trouble living down the time he nearly killed Tulip with his Yveltal. The incident made it onto the Quotes page for "Didn't Think This Through" for a damn good reason.
    • Another from Luigifan is claiming that Princess Torch would make "beautiful firebird babies" with Inu. (He was actually expressing relief that Torch wasn't saying something outlandish about Inu, with the example being that they would "make beautiful firebird babies", but everyone around him reacted... poorly. Torch absolutely hates it when the incident is brought up.)
    • Speaking of Torch, she'll likely never live down her repeated glomping of Inu, including when she nearly crushed him to death on their first meeting and the extended cuddle session that prompted the aforementioned "beautiful firebird babies" remark.

    Web Videos 
  • Wheeljack giving the Dinobots simple brains for authenticity]] is an example from the Dr. Smoov Transformers parody videos. Optimus mocks him mercilessly for it when they do a commercial together, saying "Hey let's make the Dinobots stupid like real dinosaurs! I'm Wheeljack, I make stupid robots!"
  • TFS at the Table: Several of Wake's teammates have indicated that they will indeed remember when, just as they had convinced a very petty dragon not to kill them all, Wake ran off with the dragon's enchanted armour that he hadn't dropped - and threw all his teammates lives into jeopardy again.
  • One Onion News Network video has a returning, wounded veteran being constantly reminded by everyone in his hometown of Pennington, IL that he shit his pants in the 4th grade. Even the mayor awarding him a key to the city brings it up and the veteran is clearly facepalming at this; he's quoted as saying "he can't wait to leave Pennington and get back to the fight."
    • Another video has the same town haranguing and harassing a guy who moved to New York to make it big in the music scene, only to come back with no success. Even the cops are pulling him over constantly and patting him down. And the reason he moved back? His girlfriend committed suicide, and the news anchors' reaction to this is that "he'll finally have something to write about".

    Western Animation 
  • Batman Beyond: Terry/Batman is constantly reminded of his delinquent record, despite having paid for it by spending months in Juvenile Hall.
  • In the Dragons: Riders of Berk episode "Fright of Passage", Astrid holds a particular chip on her shoulder because her Family Honor was mocked and teased by the village ever since her Uncle "Fearless" Finn Hofferson froze when faced against the Flightmare a decade prior. It was eventually revealed that Finn did not freeze in terror, but rather because the Flightmare sprays a paralyzing venom. The news of this revelation restores the Hofferson name.
  • Futurama:
    • Leela once fell for Zapp Branigan's acting and had sex with him. She completely despises him and wants nothing to do with him, but the issue is always mentioned when he's around. Mainly because he's her personal Abhorrent Admirer and loves to mention his moment of glory at every chance he gets.
    • Fry performing certain deeds which led to him becoming his own grandfather. Usually the Professor tends to be the one to bring it up most.
    Fry: I did do the nasty in the pasty.
    Nibbler: Verily!
  • Hey Arnold!:
    • One episode had Rhonda throw a party in which some characters were not invited for being Geeks. They bring up the literal definition of the word, which repeatedly prompts this exchange: "...And none of us bite the heads off chickens! Except Curly." "Yeah! And that was only the one time!"
    • Another example (and deconstruction) occurs in "Phoebe's Little Problem". Phoebe, while accepting an award on stage at a school assembly, accidentally farts into a microphone. The rest of the students won't let her live it down, eventually causing her to become a shut-in. Some of the other students (and Mr. Simmons, the teacher) feel bad for her and try to cheer her up, but their attempts end up making her feel worse. Finally, at another assembly, Phoebe gets on stage and goes on a tirade about how, in spite of everything else she's done, all the other students are reducing her to just being "the girl who farted", as if that was the extent of her accomplishments. When Harold still proceeds to mock her for it, he ends up wetting his pants and runs away while everyone laughs at him and Rhonda says "He's never gonna hear the end of it."
  • My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic:
    • In the episode "Newbie Dash," Rainbow Dash finally fulfills her lifelong dream and joins the Wonderbolts. However, in her first run, she suffers a crash, and ever after gets called Crash by her new wingmates (something she's touchy over due to childhood bullies always calling her Rainbow Crash). However, by the end of the episode, she learns that the Wonderbolts operate using nicknames like this (Soarin', for instance, is called Clipper due to his tendency to clip his wingmates' wings during drills as a rookie), and Dash learns to recognize it as an Insult of Endearment rather than genuine mockery.
    • Both Season 6 and 7 have Starlight constantly reminded of her villainous misdeeds, though it's more of off-handed comments that Starlight would really wish was not brought up.
    • Twilight, at one point, heavily condemns Trixie and considers her a bad influence on Starlight. Trixie and Starlight even joke about their mutual histories as former jerks who had since found redemption.
  • The Proud Family: Oscar will never live down losing the basketball match to Wizard Kelly.
  • In Rick and Morty episode "The Whirly Dirly Conspiracy", Jerry mentions in passing that he has wondered about having a vagina. Afterwards Groupon reminds him at every occasion about his vagina fantasies, leading to Jerry proclaiming "I don't want to be known as the vagina guy."
  • A sketch in Robot Chicken involved a new member getting inducted into G.I. Joe, and ruining first impressions by tripping over. He is mercilessly mocked by the crew and given the nickname "Fumbles". This backfired horribly, because after too much abuse he ends up joining Cobra, and turns out to be an ace sniper.
  • The Simpsons:
    • In "Bart Gets Famous", Bart makes a disaster in a TV studio, broadcasted live, and tries to excuse himself by saying "I didn't do it!". It was a big success, and he soons becomes the "I didn't do it" kid. Everything is fine, until he realizes that it's all just a fad. Everywhere he goes, nobody cares about anything he has to say, except for his line. And then, the end: as all fads, he becomes old-fashioned, and that's it.
    • Another Simpsons example is "The Boys of Bummer", in which Bart misses a fly ball, losing his team the game, and is bullied until he attempts suicide. The professional baseball player Joe LaBoot is another example, as he is still bullied for being a terrible player despite having retired decades ago.
  • Thomas the Tank Engine:
    • Whenever an engine gets into an accident, the other engines will always bring it up whenever possible to tease them for the next few episodes.
    • In "James and the Coaches", James bumps one of the coaches so hard that he made a hole on of them. In order for the train to continue, he needed a passenger's bootlace to mend the hole in the coach. Many episodes after that, engines will remind James of the bootlace incident, much to his annoyance.
    • In "Edward and Gordon", Gordon gets stuck pulling trucks on a steep hill. Edward comes to help him up. Ever since then, the hill has been known by most characters as "Gordon's Hill". Other engines would later have trouble on the same hill but since Gordon was the first, it's officially named after him.
    • In "Percy Takes the Plunge", Henry, after being teased by Percy for being afraid of the rain, lampshades that no one will ever forget the time he wouldn't leave the tunnel because he thought the rain will spoil his paint.
  • Total Drama:
    • Gwen will likely never live down being kissed by another girl's boyfriend. That one scene led to Gwen getting voted out and all her allies abandoning her (with Sierra even referring to her as the 'New Heather), even though she'd been a good friend and strong competitor up until then. In All-Stars, she is placed on the villain team entirely because of this, and becomes their Token Good Teammate.
    • Bridgette getting her tongue stuck to a pole when she tried to kiss Alejandro. Several characters love to ridicule her for it or are angry at her for her actions, even despite the fact Bridgette herself showed immense guilt and shame for what she did and was ultimately forgiven by Geoff, and how the couple moved on from it to happily continue their relationship.
  • Transformers Animated: Bulkhead continually brings up the fact that Professor Sumdac was, well, deceived into rebuilding Megatron.
  • Xiaolin Showdown: Raimundo is repeatedly reminded about his struggle to become an Apprentice of the Monks. Early in the series, Omi constantly ridicules him for not having made Apprentice. Even after he finally does make it, he's still referred to as "the last one to make apprentice."

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