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Live-action movies that will Never Live It Down.

Films and film franchises with their own pages

  • 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 I 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 fucked an apple pie. In Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back, Jason Biggs laments his decision to do that scene.
    "I'm haunted by it!"
  • Pirates of the Caribbean:
    • 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.'
  • 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.
    • 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.
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    • 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.
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  • Superbad: McLovin, to the point that nobody even remembers the character's real name (Fogell) or that of his actor (Christopher Mintz-Plasse).
  • Batman & Robin: There's 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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!"
  • 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:
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
  • 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.
  • Man of Steel has Superman killing Zod, despite only doing it as a last resort to save a family and he was obviously anguished about having to take a life it and before he adopted his Thou Shall Not Kill rule. It is still cited and brought up by DCEU detractors as emblematic of everything they consider wrong with the DC Extended Universe, even more than the massive destruction of the city caused by the fight prior.
  • The original The Little Rascals shorts will never live down having several stars who died untimely deaths supposedly brought upon by a curse. If one were to really analyze their fates, 76% of the stars that appeared in at least fifteen shorts lived the average lifespan at the time. Since there were dozens of stars appearing in over a hundred shorts, it was inevitable that some (especially considering they grew up in the 1920's) would die like this. Also, creator Hal Roach himself lived to be 100.
  • The only reason why Manhattan ever entered into the public consciousness as the first letterboxed home video release is because director Woody Allen made such a stink about insisting the cinematography of the great Gordon Willis be preserved across all media; with the sole exceptions of CED releases of Amarcord and Monty Python and the Holy Grail, older letterboxed home video releases of other films were barely even noticed at all until the home video community really sprung to life in The New '10s and dug up letterboxed tapes of Don't Give Up the Ship, Auditions, Hooper, and S.O.S. Titanic, all released on videocassette between 1978 (the year before Manhattan's theatrical release) and 1981.

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