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Live-action movies that will Never Live It Down.

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  • The biggest example concerns the horror genre - whether direct-to-video or low budget in general, no matter how many are respected by the fandom, there is a stigma that these things are bad, even though most big-budget horror movies are - and have been for a long time - riding the coattails of low-budget independent films like Saw and Paranormal Activity, and despite Hollywood films that are respected by the fandom, such as Sinister, often having much lower budgets than their usual horror films.
    • A lot of classics from the seventies and eighties were low-budget too, making the stigma even more irrational.
  • 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.
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    • He also fucked an apple pie. In Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back, Jason Biggs laments that his career is haunted by that one scene.
  • 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.
    • The little pirate of Jack's crew has on multiple occasions proven himself to be capable and talented. But he'll always be the dwarf in At World's End who got blown back into the very hole he had just worked his way out of... by the recoil of a large gun he was toting. Later on in the film, he uses the same gun without the comical effect.
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    • Barbossa is an unmovable monster who led his crew to reclaim every last piece of stolen gold they'd "frittered away" and undo the curse set upon them. He performed the marriage ceremony between Will and Elizabeth. He also rocks a fancy wooden leg in On Stranger Tides. But he's still 'that guy who eats apples.'
  • Johnny Depp in general is now typically only known for his more off-the-wall performances (i.e. Edward Scissorhands, Willy Wonka, Jack Sparrow, Barnabas Collins, and Tarrant Hightopp). Hardly anyone seems to remember that he played a Vietnam War soldier alongside Charlie Sheen in Platoon or his early television career on 21 Jump Street.
  • Mean Girls: In-Universe - "Made out with a hotdog?! Oh my god, that was one time!"
  • James Bond has become known as the film series where 'The main Bond girl works for the villains until she falls in love with James Bond'. In fact, this has only happened on one occasion; in Goldfinger. Most of the other times, the Bond girl is either an ally of Bond from the first (e.g. You Only Live Twice, On Her Majesty's Secret Service), an innocent drawn into the villain's schemes (e.g. Dr. No, A View to a Kill, GoldenEye), working with the villains but unaware of the true nature of their plans (From Russia with Love, Octopussy, and Skyfall), a willing accomplice/Big Bad who never changes sides (The World Is Not Enough) or effectively a slave rather than an ally of the villains (Thunderball, Live and Let Die).
    • Complicating matters, several Bond films (such as Thunderball, Goldeneye and Die Another Day) have genuinely evil beautiful henchwomen as well as heroines, and Bond will sleep with said evil henchwoman, in almost every single film. Doesn't help that Bond is also a frequent offender of tropes like Sex Equals Love and "Not If They Enjoyed It" Rationalization.
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    • The stereotypical Bond plot structure can have up to three girls in each film, and usually has at least two. The archetypes are the "good" one who gets killed off early on as a Sacrificial Lamb, the "evil" one who also gets killed off, often after changing sides, and the third, main one who survives until the end.
    • Arguable in From Russia with Love. She did believe she was working for the Russian government against the British, so she'd still qualify as working for an enemy. She just didn't realize which enemy she was really working for.
    • Messrs. Albert Wint and Charles Kidd will forever be known chiefly as not just early examples of blatant gay villains in a mainstream motion picture, but also pyromaniacs, never mind that only their first attempt to kill Bond involved burning him alive, hence the fairly infamous "Hot Coffin" bit near the tail end of the Slumber Inc. scene. It doesn't help that they both ended the film dying in flames after their third and final attempt literally blew up in their faces, with Kidd catching fire entirely and Wint being literally hoist with his own petard.
    • Goldfinger and the laser deathtrap, to the point where, when he appears on Midday with Jennifer Hicks alongside Blofeld and Largo, Blofeld brings it up early on during a discussion on what not to do when you capture James Bond. You know, the discussion that spawned the Evil Overlord List.
  • In-universe example in 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!
    • And then there's McLovin, to the point that nobody even remembers the character's real name (Fogell) or that of his actor (Christopher Mintz-Plasse).
  • Indirectly in Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back's depiction of Jason Biggs, eternally remembered as "the pie fucker".
    "I'm haunted by it!"
    • 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".
  • The parody disaster movie The Big Bus contains the immortal line "Jeeze! You eat one foot and they call you a cannibal!"
  • 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?
  • 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.
  • Joel Schumacher is seen by many as the director that killed the 90s Batman franchise with Batman & Robin. A prolific director with interesting films under his belt, yet for the fan(boy)dom he's branded as the director of Batman & Robinnote .
    • There's also the infamous "Bat-nipples" on Batman and Robin's costumes. Sort of a Double Standard when you consider all of the flattering outfits female superheroes tend to wear without comment.
  • 20th Century Fox was ultimately killed as an independently-operating major studio by stigma attracted by at least a couple of high-profile bad decisions regarding its Marvel properties, especially under former studio chairman Tom Rothman (who is currently the head of Sony Pictures' film division):
  • 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.
  • Look at all the Labyrinth fanworks that include Jareth saying "precious" or "precious thing". He only said that phrase ONCE in the whole film.
    • Also, Bowie's rather tight pants that draw the eye no matter how much you try to resist.
  • One wonders if Chyler Leigh has a rule about doing interviews; that they never bring up Kickboxing Academy. If you're a regular visitor of, you know why...
  • 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 Gangster Squad trailer showed a scene of the antagonists shooting people through a movie theater screen. This trailer was shown right before James Holmes started his shooting rampage in Aurora, Colorado. Despite the scene allegedly being removed, the film still failed at the box office.
  • Thanks to the Hitler Rants parodies, a number of Downfall characters are best known for something inconsequential they did.
    • Krebs is obsessed with pointing at maps.
    • Jodl objects to everything.
    • Burgdorf is The Alcoholic
  • Most of the comedians from the first half of the 20th century like Charlie Chaplin, Buster Keaton, Laurel and Hardy, the Marx Brothers, The Three Stooges are often dismissed for being nothing else besides people throwing pies into each other's faces. Despite the fact that most of these comedians, like Keaton and The Marx Brothers, never made a film featuring pie fights. And even with the other comedians the amount of films with pie fights can be counted on one hand.
  • Jim Carrey has put in some well-developed, nuanced performances (Man on the Moon, Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind, The Truman Show), but to many folks he's still the guy who bends over and talks out of his rear end.
  • Hypothermia combines splatter flick elements with the character study found in atmospheric horror. It contained a less than convincing man-in-suit monster too - which was onscreen perhaps three minutes. A comparitively large number of reviews say positive things to say about the character-driven portion which the first forty minutes of the movie, have little to no negative things to mention beyond the barely-seen unconvincing suit - the ratings accompanying these reviews would at first glance give the impression the reviewer hated the entire movie!
  • In The Innkeepers, Claire, while drunk, plays an immature prank on drunk colleague Luke, putting a bedsheet over her head, thus playing a "ghost" as comic relief. At least one review cites "the bedsheet ghost" as a reason the film is bad - suggesting the filmmakers tried to scare the audience, and that the scene is genuinely intended as scary.
  • At the 2011 Cannes Film Festival, Lars von Trier made some incredibly bad, awkward and possibly even offensive jokes about being a Nazi and understanding Hitler. The controversy overshadowed the movie of his that was played at the festival, and he payed for it months afterward, until he resolved to never make another public statement or interview.
  • Michael Bay is never going to live down trying to make the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles aliens, even though this wasn't even what was going to happen (he was going to have the ooze that gave the Turtles their abilities be of alien origin, like the original comic and pretty much every other adaptation other than the 80's cartoon and the 90's films.) This can be blamed on Bay stating that the turtles would be "from an alien race" and not clarifying on what he meant.
  • 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.
  • The rumors that Sony was pursuing an Agent Carter-style film about a young Aunt May was met with widespread derision and mockery, and used as an example of how poorly-conceived and creatively bankrupt the Amazing Spider-Man franchise supposedly was. Even after Sony publically stated it was a "silly rumor" and not true, the sheer absurdity of the idea is still the subject of jokes and troll comments.
  • An In-Universe example happens in 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.
  • William Atherton has had a quite respectable career spanning several decades, but it'll always come back to being called "dickless" in Ghostbusters (1984). On the film's DVD Commentary, Ivan Reitman recounts the time a quite angry Atherton talked to him about a tour bus that pulled up beside him so everyone could shout "Yo, dickless!"
  • Dragonball Evolution earned the reputation by Dragon Ball fans and generally, the anime and manga fandom as a terrible Hollywood live-action adaption of a very popular anime franchise. Because of this, the fandom would remain skeptical of Hollywood's attempts to adapt manga and anime into the big screen. The reception of Edge of Tomorrow and Alita: Battle Angel might have changed this view but it is still not enough to change the fandom's perception.
  • On the commentary to Footloose Kevin Bacon states that whenever he attends a social function where there will be dancing, he has to slip the DJ a $20 to ensure no one breaks out the Kenny Loggins and expects him to dance.
  • Stand by Me : Wil Wheaton said in an interview on the DVD extras that the line "Suck my fat one, you cheap dimestore hood" is one he'll never live down.
  • If you ever see a John Wayne impression, odds are it'll feature his ending every sentence with "Pilgrim." This is based entirely on his using it a few times to mock James Stewart's pacifism in The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance.
  • Divine said that the infamous dog droppings ending of Pink Flamingos forever tarnished his public image, saying that people thought "I run around doing it all the time":
    "I've received boxes of dog shit – plastic dog shit. I have gone to parties where people just sit around and talk about dog shit because they think it's what I want to talk about."
  • Super Mario Bros. will forever be remembered as the film that cursed any movie based on a video game from getting a positive critical or commercial reception, and the film that turned both Bob Hoskins and Dennis Hopper into laughingstocks. It also caused a deep rift between Nintendo and film co-producer/distributor Disney, a rift they have yet to fully bridge.
    • In fact, the experience so soured Nintendo to films that they didn't allow another film to be made with any of their IPs for five years until the first Pokémon movie, and to this day it is the only Nintendo franchise that still puts out films.
  • The writers of the 2007 film adaptation of I Am Legend are never going to live down giving in to Executive Meddling and changing the ending to exactly the opposite of the original book, even though the original ending is now on the DVD. It's often brought up as the perfect example of everything that is wrong with American cinema and focus testing.
  • Can Can is known primarily as the film that prompted USSR Premier Nikita Khruschev's infamous and widely mistranslated "WE WILL BURY YOU!" speech. Even the Widescreen Museum acknowledges that fact when the film comes up in its Todd-AO section on page 12, which begins by mentioning his reaction to the filming of a scene featuring Juliet Prowse as the Serpent for the In-Universe ballet adaptation of the Biblical story of Adam and Eve.
  • Way of the Dragon is known primarily for being two things:
    • A Bruce Lee classic; and
    • The one time in his entire career as an action superstar where Chuck Norris loses.
  • Marvel Cinematic Universe:
    • In spite of its massive success, the franchise has developed quite a reputation for having underdeveloped, uninspired villains that mostly just exist to drive the plot and often have powers identical to the heroes to boot. In actuality, only "Phase two" was overtly bad at this, with Iron Man 3 's handling of The Mandarin and Thor: The Dark World 's Dark Elves being particularly infamous low points. Ultron, Phase two's most major villain, definitely had his fans and positive aspects, such as James Spader's voice acting, but generally just not didn't live up to (admittedly high) expectations. In Phase 1, Loki, Iron Monger, and Red Skull were all liked note  while Ivan Vanko and the Abombination were less like. In Phase 3, a number of villains have managed to garner praise, Thanos, Vulture, Killmonger, and Hela in particular.
    • During the opening battle of Avengers: Age of Ultron, Captain America reprimands Iron Man for swearing, later saying "it slipped out". After the second joke about it during that battle, Cap mutters "That's not going away any time soon." And it doesn't. Many fans have then latched on to that joke, with many fanworks depicting Cap as a straight-laced prude who wants to censor anyone who swears.
    • The franchise has garnered a reputation for lackluster representation of women. In spite of the critical and financial success of each entry, the franchise did not have solo film with a female lead until 2019's Captain Marvel (which is itself controversial). Despite being a founding member of the The Avengers, fan-favorite Black Widow was relegated to a supporting role in films with male leads and she didn't have her own solo movie until 2020, nearly a decade after her debut in Iron Man 2. Some have criticized the later Avengers movies for downplaying Widow and ultimately killing her off without having a proper funeral (in contrast to the one Tony Stark got) in Avengers: Endgame. Things behind the cameras weren't any better. Marvel Studios fired Patty Jenkins from Thor: The Dark World over creative difference, thereby squandering the opportunity to release the first female-directed blockbuster movie. Even the merchandise discriminates against women with Black Widow getting replaced with Ultron drones and Hawkeye in the toylines for Avengers: Age of Ultron while Gamora was absent from the Guardians of the Galaxy merch. The issue became so pervasive that even Mark Ruffalo, who played the Hulk since the first Avengers movie, openly called for more female representation. Granted, Marvel Studios president Kevin Feige has worked to increase representation with Feige bumping the heroine Wasp to share top billing in Ant-Man and the Wasp, and much of the underrepresentation was due to Executive Meddling courtesy of Marvel Entertainment CEO Ike Perlmutter. Nonetheless, the stigma of the franchise's alleged sexism isn't helped when the rival DC Extended Universe (a newer and more divisive superhero franchise) managed to beat the MCU to releasing the first acclaimed superheroine movie and first female-directed tentpole movie with Wonder Woman (2017), which incidentally happens to be directed by Patty Jenkins.
    • Clint Barton as Hawkeye will forever be known by fans as the most useless superhero ever since The Avengers, which was his first major exposure to mainstream audiences. In that entry, he spends most of his screen-time as the brainwashed lackey of Loki and his archery skills aren't seen as practical or impressive as Iron Man's power armor, Thor's lightning powers and hammer, or even Captain America's indestructible shield. Not helping matters is that he was absent from more grounded installments in like Captain America: The Winter Soldier and Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. that could've shown off his fighting skills without being compared to other superpowered heroes. His poor reputation is even referenced in the movies themselves with Black Widow joking about how he actually keeps the team together because the other Avengers all have to work hard to pretend he's useful, and Ant-Man calling him "Arrow Guy" because he didn't even bother to know his name. Marvel Studios seems to have given up on Hawkeye's reputation so Clint ditched his Hawkeye persona and became a vengeful vigilante known as Ronin in Avengers: Endgame. In contrast to his stint as Hawkeye, Barton is well-received by fans as Ronin, who quickly became a Memetic Badass even with his stupid haircut.
    • In-Universe: At the end of Captain America: Civil War, a deliveryman (played by Stan Lee) announces that he has a package for Tony "Stank". Tony's best friend Jim Rhodes quickly makes it clear that he's never going to let this one go.
    • A minor, more comedic example: in the first Thor film, Darcy makes a comment about the titular character scarfing down a box of pop tarts. The fandom has been treating pop tarts as Thor's Trademark Favorite Food ever since.
    • Disney executive Alan Horn is considered one of the most respected film executives for green-lighting Harry Potter films and The Dark Knight Trilogy when he was at Warner Bros. But the average moviegoer is most likely to remember Horn for his catastrophic firing of James Gunn from the Guardians of the Galaxy films. Right before the third Guardians movie was about to start filming, Horn fired Gunn for old offensive Tweets that were unearthed by alt-right trolls, unintentionally empowering said trolls in the process. Despite the outrage from audiences and Gunn's previously apologies, Disney was forced to stick by their decision as they were finalizing a multi-billion dollar buyout of Fox. After completing the acquisition and failing to find a replacement director, Horn rehired Gunn but the damage was already done. Not only was Marvel Studios forced to scrap many of its post-Avengers: Endgame cosmic storylines that Gunn was supposed to oversee, but Gunn also decided to direct a Suicide Squad sequel for the rival DCEU in the interim, meaning that Guardians 3 will be delayed by two years. Even worse, Horn had been happily retired until Disney brought him back in just to go through all this. It certainly made Horn more cautious the next time someone in the Disney fold was accused of sexual misconduct, less than a year later, as Disney has yet to comment on that situation.
  • Poor DVNR... if you get the average layperson's opinion on it, you'd be forgiven for thinking it's only good for turning movies into wax musea or killing necessary details in classic animation.
  • In-Universe in Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire when Professor McGonnagal chooses Ron Weasley 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.
  • Holmes & Watson, among its other spectacles of awfulness, is best known as the film that was so bad, Netflix wouldn't touch it. Keep in mind that Netflix as a distributor is notorious for its lax standards of quality.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Supersonic Man is best known to casual film junkies as the film that was shown on the final episode of Son of Svengoolie, where Svengoolie sung about the show having been cancelled.
  • The Field is best known as the "death by cow" movie due to Sean Bean dying yet another gruesome death courtesy of a bovine stampede that drives him off a cliff.
  • When Sonic the Hedgehog was announced, the redesign given to Sonic for the film proved to be the one thing that united the infamously Broken Base of the Sonic franchise in one belief: it was the worst. Thankfully, the studio listened to the criticism and would Win Back the Crowd with a new design for Sonic that was much more faithful to the games, but the fandom, and other commenters online, will always poke fun at the "sleep paralysis demon" that Paramount pushed to use in the film.

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