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  • 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.
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  • 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!"
  • 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.
  • For better or for worse, Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice is best remembered in pop culture as "that movie where Batman and Superman stop fighting and team up after Batman finds out their mothers are both named Martha". Fans of the movie have argued there's more to the scene than the shared name, but detractors complained it was inherently ridiculous that their burying the hatchet hinges on Batman doing a total about-face when Superman says the name "Martha".
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  • 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.
  • Downfall (2004): Due to being the source of the Hitler Rants videos, many viewers' perception of Hitler and his cronies are often simplified based on the infamous rant scene along with a few other scenes. To name a few:
    • Adolf Hitler is seen as a Large Ham dictator who gets angry whenever he hears the slightest of bad news despite spending most of the film's runtime as a quiet, almost disturbingly affably person (which gives his outbursts a lot more impact).
    • Alfred Jodl, the general who warns Hitler that moving the 12th Army would give an opening for the Allies in the Western Front, is ultimately a loyal Yes-Man who sticks with Hitler despite knowing he's a madman. But since his one prominent scene is him getting on Hitler's nerve for questioning his plan, he's largely seen as a Commander Contrarian and the Only Sane Man in Hitler's inner circle.
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    • Hermann Fegelein is a Smug Snake who cowardly went AWOL, only to be caught and unceremoniously executed by Hitler's goons. He's not even important to Hitler as he initially wanted to punish Heinrich Himmler, Fegelein's boss, instead. But ever since Hitler pounded his table shouting Fegelein's name, Fegelein is remembered to as the man that Hitler cannot find and thus the subject of all the dictator's ire.
    • The unseen Felix Steiner is just one of many generals that Hitler pins his delusional hopes on to turn the tide and he isn't even the last Hope Spot in the film; that honor goes to Walther Wenck and his 12th Army. But Steiner's failure to launch a counterattack is what drove Hitler into his iconic Villainous Breakdown whereas Wenck's failure is only discussed by the bunker staff in private (and Hitler had no more energy to get angry at Wenck). As such, Steiner is largely remembered as the only man whom Hitler greatly depends on to win the war... and failing miserably.
  • 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.
  • 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 bill to ensure no one plays that Kenny Loggins song and expects him to dance.
  • Ghostbusters (1984):
  • 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.
  • 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.
    • 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.
    • James Bond isn't held in very high regard among feminists due to a single scene in Thunderball where he makes unwanted advances towards, and all but rapes, a nurse. It doesn't help that Bond as written by Ian Fleming was much worse in regards to the whole rape thing, particularly in The Spy Who Loved Me.
  • Jim Carrey has put in some well-developed, nuanced performances (Man on the Moon, Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind, The Truman Show, The Majestic), but to many folks he's still the guy who bends over and talks out of his rear end.
  • 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, David Bowie's rather tight pants that draw the eye no matter how much you try to resist.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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."
  • 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.
    • 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.'
  • 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.
  • Superbad: McLovin, to the point that nobody even remembers the character's real name (Fogell) or that of Christopher Mintz-Plasse.
  • 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.
  • Wonder Woman 1984 is known amongst many DC fans to be the film where Wonder Woman rapes a man while Steve Trevor was possessing his body.

Alternative Title(s): Film