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  • 7 Yüz: An in-universe example occurs in the episode "Hayatın Musikisi". Pınar 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.
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  • In Auction Kings, Jon bringing in the banged up piano. Cindy hurting herself on the gasoline-powered pogo-stick or electrocuting herself on the 1920s vibrator. Paul forgetting to pay for a piece of art and ending up on the Wall of Shame. The fake signed first-edition first-printing of Gone with the Wind. Lampshaded when another signed first-edition first-printing of Gone with the Wind shows up and the same expert appraises it.
  • Once Upon a Time:
    • In-Universe, 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.
    • Most fans would prefer to forget that Emma's temporary boyfriend Walsh was in fact a flying monkey. Others keep bringing it up as often as possible.
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    • A meta-example: the showrunners have said that the fans have never stopped giving them grief over Tamara's taser.
  • Stargate SG-1:
    • Daniel Jackson's many deaths/resurrection/ascension (although that last one only happened twice). It's lampshaded in the series itself. The Other Wiki used to list them; it's about 22 times. And Samantha Carter blew up a sun.
    • Cameron Mitchel has lost his pants twice. Twice is not always. And yet...
  • Stargate Atlantis: Rodney McKay blew up a solar system (though he'd like to remind you that it was actually just five sixths of it). Stargate Universe: Nicholas Rush dialed an untested address into a gate, marooning him and most of his coworkers on an ancient ship. Let's just assume that being hired as a scientist by Stargate Command requires high knowledge of Stuff Blowing Up.
  • 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.
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  • In the Stargate-verse, the Goa'uld sarchophagus is a healing device that can reverse pretty much any injury seen thus far that does not violate the Chunky Salsa Rule. Many characters have been brought back from apparent death by it (Poor Daniel has had several turns in it.) However, there was an episode called "Need" in which the guest star of the week asked Daniel, "Have you ever wondered what happens if you use one while healthy?" Turns out the answer to that is it's like a drug. If you use it repeatedly when healthy, you become addicted and start to go dark side. But try telling that to fans: ever since "Need," the sarcophagus has been treated as an insta-evil-ifiying Artifact of Doom: imagine the One Ring and the Venom Symbiote, roll 'em together, then make 'em about forty times worse. Never mind that in real life we have something that promotes healing, but can become quite horrible with overuse, or use when not actually suffering from the condition it's made for; we call it… every medication in the history of ever. The writers fall into the trap once (the Tok'ra don't use sarcophagi for fear of becoming like the Goa'uld. Again, ridiculous when "Need," the episode that introduces the drug effect, also makes it abundantly clear that it's only through misuse that this happens!) but later episodes have again had the sarcophagus used on those who really did need its healing properties, most memorably to allow Baal to horribly torture O'Neill to death over and over and over and restore him for more; Daniel feared that the sarcophagus might begin to mess with O'Neill's head but it never happened.
  • Doctor Who:
    • No-one will ever forgive the First Doctor for being a Jerkass in the first episode, and then for the bit in the third episode when Ian caught him apparently about to bash a man's brains in with a rock. The fact that he soon gets some Character Development, Took a Level in Kindness and quickly develops into a funny, giggly Trickster Archetype with a pronounced belief in justice and a backbone of solid Dalekanium is ignored by many people, with the First Doctor popularly known as 'the Grumpy Old Man who once tried to kill someone with a rock'.
    • A recurring joke about the Daleks is their inability to go up stairs. Two Classic serials ("The Chase" in 1964 and "Destiny of the Daleks" in 1979) have characters pointing this weakness out - in the latter case, it's key to the Doctor's plan to escape! This weakness was addressed in the 1988 serial "Remembrance of the Daleks", but the jokes persisted at least up until 2005, when "Dalek" — which also addressed this point — was shown. It's perhaps worth pointing out that, by the time the first story aired, the audience of Doctor Who was roughly three guys and a dog, so it's possible that not enough people actually saw it for the change to sink in.
      • It was addressed before then - one earlier episode showed them to have somehow got up a staircase without it actually being shown on screen.
      • And in some quarters it's still what the Daleks are most famous for, despite the fact that the Daleks, in at least the Russell T. Davies era, spend half their time flying around like nobody's business. (A large portion of the Daleks' appearances in the Steven Moffat era have been inside the Dalek Asylum and on board a Dalek spaceship, though hovering Daleks still make appearances.)
    • Similarly, any discussion of "Classic" (1963-89) Doctor Who will feature a lot of people talking about "shaky sets and monsters made of bubblewrap". One particularly dedicated fan has watched every episode of Classic Who available on DVD (which includes most of the Jon Pertwee/Tom Baker era that most people are recalling), and counted exactly one incident of each of those.
    • The Doctor, especially the Third, is often referenced by his supposed catchphrase: "Reverse the polarity of the neutron flow!" Which the Third Doctor said exactly two times, eleven years apart, as well as once more in a play. The Fourth and a clone of the Eleventh (going through other phrases of his incarnations) used it once and the Fifth and the Tenth twice.
      • He did say "reverse the polarity" a few times during his initial run, though. Just not the full phrase.
    • A lot of traits associated with the Doctor's character in general are actually just traits of the more popular incarnations, usually the Fourth or Tenth - a sort of vague conglomerate Shallow Parody Doctor who wears Victorian clothing and a long scarf, eats jelly babies, is always comically dramatic about everything, suffers great and dramatic internal conflict over all the genocide he has to do, kisses teenagers and cries about it, and won't touch a gun. Gareth Roberts (a writer on the New series) pointed out in an interview that there's an idea that the Doctor talks in Antiquated Linguistics, something only so much as touched upon by the Fourth and Sixth, and even then only in moments.
    • The Fourth Doctor actually wasn't as big on the jelly babies as people remember - at least until the Graham Williams era kicked off. He offers some to Sarah and Harry at the end of "Robot" and tosses the bag to Vira at the end of "The Ark in Space", and a second bag appears amongst various Cow Tools when turning out his pockets in "Genesis of the Daleks" (in a scene it's really easy to miss). That's it for the whole of Season 12. They don't appear at all in Season 13. In fact, the Doctor uses his yo-yo gimmick more frequently than the jelly babies in the Hinchcliffe era (making nine appearances versus the jelly babies' six appearances). Somehow, simply because it was featured early on, the jelly baby association stuck enough that featuring more jelly baby scenes in Season 14 ("The Face of Evil" and "The Robots of Death" both use jelly babies cleverly) was catering to fan demand (see the letter to Robert Holmes featured on the DVD of "The Brain of Morbius" in which a fan asks what happened to the Doctor's jelly babies). It's not until Season 15 that the "Hello, I'm the Doctor, would you like a jelly baby?" routine begins to show up, and even then it's still absent more often than it's used.
    • The many fans who consider Adric The Scrappy will never, ever, stop talking about the moment in "Four To Doomsday" where the villain Monarch convinces him to support technocratic dictatorship in about three minutes of conversation. This has been blown up into Flanderisation of him "always siding with the villain", even though the only other times it might be claimed to have happened were two obvious attempts to become a Reverse Mole and one when it was very clearly against his will.
    • The Sixth Doctor trying to choke his companion Peri to death after a dodgy regeneration. It's still what many fans remember him for.
    • The fact that the Eighth Doctor was the first Doctor to openly snog his companion is enough that he is strongly associated with snogging in the fandom memory and serves as a target for all the joy and horror that implies, even though his successors the Tenth and Eleventh Doctors did more snogging than he did. Each. This reputation was arguably deserved at the time the movie came out, but even after the Ninth Doctor confirmed himself to enjoy sex and snogged a bloke, the Tenth Doctor won awards for an episode about him seducing and shagging a courtesan, the Eleventh Doctor had a whole Arc about his marriage and consummation of it with a female character, and the Twelfth Doctor set up a hotel-restaurant via Tricked Out Time solely so that he could spend twenty-four years banging his wife there, the Eighth Doctor is still stereotyped as the sex-maniac.
      • The Doctor from the ninth onward in general. With the original series' No Hugging, No Kissing rule being relaxed in the new series, any sign of him not being completely asexual is treated as him having become a sex maniac to rival Jack Harkness. In fact, he gets kissed, to his hilarious bewilderment, as a Running Gag and so does a lot of snogging whether he wants to or not, and has had flirtatious teasing with several characters, and that is quite a change from the classic series, but that's light-years away from "every companion is also a love interest, and he's banging every Recurring Character on the side." In fact, a theme that's also played up more in the revived series is how ancient and alien and alone the "lonely god" is, making the normal idea of a romance with him impossible (as several characters who have loved him have learned. River Song would give anything for their arc to be about "consummating" anything. Though yes, technically she is his wife. As always with the Doctor, it's complicated.) Shipping Goggles combine in a very nasty way with the fandom's defensiveness of his asexuality: In most shows, to fans, the two leads being close means they're shagging. In Doctor Who, the two leads being close means they're shagging - and therefore the Doctor and the series are ruined.
      • From the other direction when it comes to the Doctor's asexuality: The idea that he's completely asexual and aromantic mostly derives from the Fourth Doctor's line to Countess Scarlioni in "City of Death", "You're a beautiful woman, probably." Since the First Doctor's first companion had been his own granddaughter, chances are that line wasn't intended to say romance is 100% foreign to him - and Tom Baker's delivery of the line leaves open the interpretation that he's conveying to her that he's aware that she's trying to use her attractiveness to distract him. (Supporting this is that the line takes place while the two are drinking together, and follows some UST-laden interactions between them such as the Countess and Count discussing how the 'tall man' must have found her attractive, and the Doctor collapsing into her lap.)
    • The Eighth Doctor in Expanded Universe works is always losing his memory, because it's a memorable (heh) thing that happened in the movie that is his only TV appearance. Thing is, the Doctor is always out of sorts for a while after regenerating, and what we got in the movie is typical for that period. There's no reason to assume Eight would be particularly susceptible to memory loss, it's just that it was a big part of his only onscreen appearance.
    • The Ninth Doctor called humans 'stupid apes' once, but it's become something very strongly associated with his character - not just in fanfiction, where he drops 'ape' at least once a fic, but Christopher Eccleston even did it himself while briefly reprising his role (!) in a guest video for the BFI's Doctor Who 50th Anniversary party:
    ...I, the Ninth Doctor, vow to save the universe and all you apes in it.
    • Rose Tyler eats lots of chips. She doesn't, they're mentioned in her first two episodes, then she eats some in her first finale and "School Reunion". But fans are convinced.
    • A good part of the fandom remembers Martha Jones only for her unrequited crush on the Doctor, despite having more personality than that and actually getting over it at the end of her season.
    • In "The Shakespeare Code", when the Doctor and Martha are confused about what is going on, the former makes the odd statement that Rose would know what to do or at least say something to inspire a realisation, to Martha's understandable annoyance. The Tenth Doctor never brings up Rose again to Martha yet he's often remembered as spending the entire third season mourning her and gushing about how much better than Martha she was.
    • When Donna Noble first appeared in "The Runaway Bride", she slapped the Doctor twice (once because she thought she'd been drugged and kidnapped, another time because he was being rather deriding of that). Since then, she's never slapped him again, and went through a lot of Character Development to become the Doctor's moral compass. Her main characteristic in fanfiction is slapping everyone. Well, that and her memory loss. That particular plot point created the 'Donna Fix-It' fic.
    • The Tenth Doctor's last words; "I don't want to go." A Tear Jerker for some but Narm for others.
      • It didn't help that this was preceded by Ten being completely horrified of his impending death, acting like he would really die and the next Doctor would be someone entirely different, something none of the previous Doctors did.
      • Or that he ended his appearance in the 50th Anniversary special by saying it again, for no real in-universe reason.note  And then Eleven actually tells Clara "He always says that."
    • The Eleventh Doctor only had one main episode where he wore a fez hat, but since then, almost every drawing of him includes him wearing it. (There were a couple later Continuity Nod moments where he wore a fez for about two seconds each.) This even led to a Brick Joke when a fez he talked about ordering finally arrives two regenerations and billions of years later.
    • Amy Pond sexually assaulted the Doctor at the end of "Flesh and Stone". Even thought she never does it again and remains faithful to her fiancé then husband Rory for the rest of her run, some fans still resent her for this. Stephen Moffat quickly came to regret writing the scene, and especially playing it for laughs.
    • Rory has been referred to in-show as "the man who dies and dies again." He's only done it for real once. He's just... very good at creating the illusion of death. By accident. Lots. It's also strange that Rory alone is remembered for this - Steven Moffat has a habit of having everyone die a lot.
  • The Swedish TV show Hipp! Hipp! featured the character Mike Higgins. Despite using the same entry-line in every episode he appeared, it's the last line he ever said in the series that people remember:
    Mike: And let me just finish by saying: Go to hell.
  • One of the biggest pricing game flops on The Price Is Right was a mid-90s game called "Split Decision". It has a reputation for being the game where nothing worked right and the board was constantly falling apart. In truth, there was one playing where two of the numbers fell off their markers (a rule change taking place on the game's next occurrence likely because its clock broke didn't help matters). The game's short life was due to the fact that contestants simply had trouble understanding the rules.
    • There are also the many backstage turmoils that former host Bob Barker had with practically the entire staff, particularly after he became executive producer in The '80s. Never mind that he hosted said show for a staggering 35 years — one of the longest runs ever for any TV host — and already had 18 years of Truth or Consequences under his belt on top of that.
  • In The Brady Bunch, Jan only said "Marcia, Marcia, Marcia!" ONCE in the whole series.
  • Similarly, in Friends, 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 Live It Down, 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.
  • Star Trek
    • Star Trek: The Original Series' James T. Kirk is well known as a space-traveling playboy who has more notches than bedpost (including an infamous scene in "Wink of an Eye" which has him putting on his boots as the alien leader lady combs her hair). Despite liberal use of soft lens and hey-look-a-pretty-girl music, Kirk usually got involved with these women because of mind control or it was (conveniently) part of his attempt to save the ship. Even then, there were only three instances where it actually led to confirmed or implied sex; the rest was just kissing and flirting. Even when looking at Kirk's backstory, there is not much support for this reading of his character either; he has been in confirmed relationships with five women prior to the series proper, but all of these are described as serious, long-term, and highly emotional affairs rather than mere random trysts, and they all (with the notable exception of Jane Lester who went insane) ended their relationship with Kirk on amicable terms.
    • Scotty isn't actually shown as drunk or drinking to excess very often, but the scene where he tries to steal an alien's control device by drinking him under the table is so memorable that fanfiction turns him into the ship's go-to guy for booze. (In actuality, you're more likely to find it in Dr. McCoy's office.) His image as a boozy Scottish party animal is a little at odds with a guy who reads technical manuals for fun.
    • Say the name "Wesley Crusher" in a room full of nerds and someone is guaranteed to bring up the myth that at least every other episode of Star Trek: The Next Generation he's the one who "saved the ship" or came up with the needed solution despite being only 16 and being in a crew specifically made up of the best of Starfleet that includes an Android with total recall. He probably did "save the day" too often, but still, the number of times he actually did so, in less than four seasons, totals six, which is hardly "every other episode." Not to mention that his almost unnatural brilliance was part of the character. If Star Trek: Deep Space Nine had attempted something similar with Jake, who was meant to be of average intelligence, it would have been far less appropriate.
    • Star Trek: Deep Space Nine's Captain Sisko can never live down the events in "For the Uniform." After Maquis defector Michael Eddington spends half the episode comparing himself to Jean Valjean, Sisko (who takes Eddington's betrayal very, very personally) decides he's going to damn well be Javert and fires a bioweapon into the atmosphere of a Maquis planet that renders it uninhabitable to humans, forcing Eddington to surrender. Viewers will frequently call this decision "genocidal," even though Sisko allowed an evacuation and really just made them swap back with the Cardassians, because poisoning planets was Eddington's idea in the first place.
    • An in-wiki example - throw a metaphorical dart at the examples featuring Deep Space Nine's Kira Nerys, and there's a fairly good chance the example you hit will mention the fact that she once beat the shit out of a serial killer while the equivalent of nine months pregnant.
    • Star Trek: Voyager:
      • Harry Kim and his habit of dying and coming back to life. It's been exaggerated by the fans, though, to the point where someone who only knew the show through its fans would think Harry's grave says "Harry Kim: Born: 2351. Died: 2371, 2372, 2373, 2374..." An in-universe example is his 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.
      • You can expect every decision Kathryn Janeway makes to be picked over and ripped apart to within an inch of its life by people who dislike her, but the ones that come up most often are separating "Tuvix" back into Tuvok and Neelix against his will, and her temporary alliance with the Borg.
      • Fans of SF Debris will forever remember B'Elanna Torres as the Chief Engineer who "literally can't identify shit, even with a tricorder", thanks to a throwaway gag in "The 37's".
  • Besides Billy's braininess, Trini's translating, Zack's dancing, Kim's gymnastics, and Jason's jocular nature, no other quirk for any of the Mighty Morphin' Power Rangers from the first season lasted for longer than that particular episode's plot requirements demanded it... except for Tommy's being a complete scatterbrain, written into the series to justify his absence (since his Super Sentai counterpart didn't last too long). This took root in the fanon after a single episode and ultimately got many a Call-Back in subsequent incarnations. It's all the more amusing for the fact Tommy is the Trope Namer for Sixth Rangers.
    • Hilariously called back by Kat and Hayley in both his original exit in Power Rangers Turbo and his earliest episodes of Power Rangers Dino Thunder.
      • And by the man himself in the first episode of Dino Thunder where, during an escape from a T-rex, he locks the doors of his car... and then realizes he's in a Jeep. "Yeah, real great, Tommy. Lock the door."
      • Despite being a minor character, Tommy's brother, David, is most remembered for being disappointed that he lost a sparring match with Tommy.
    • Likewise, Power Rangers Turbo will never live down that one episode where the Rangers got baked into a giant pizza. It even got a good-natured jab in the 10th anniversary episode.
    • Fans will never let TJ live down the fact that he sacrificed the Zords at the end of Turbo, leading to Divatox's victory over the rangers. Similarly, Tommy's appearance in Power Rangers Dino Thunder is remembered for one thing: "SACRIFICE THE ZORDS!"
    • The franchise as a whole has yet to live down casting a black guy as the black ranger and an Asian gal as the yellow ranger in the first season. This was actually the result of a last-minute casting change, and it took everyone several episodes to realize the Unfortunate Implications. But that didn't stop them from changing Native American Tommy into the red ranger for Zeo.
    • On a production-related example, there's Jonathan Tzachor, who was in charge of producing some of the most well-liked seasons in the franchise (Zeo, In Space, Time Force)...yet no fan of the franchise who also watches the source material is likely going to forgive him for producing Samurai and Megaforce, which are generally seen both as subpar to their source material, and bad seasons of Power Rangers in generalnote . This list initially included Wild Force, but that's since been Vindicated by History. Likewise, the previously mentioned Turbo would be on here if not for the fact that, aside from also being Vindicated by History, most of the show's faults in it's first half can be attributed to Doug Sloan, who wanted to take the show (which used the parody sentai Carranger) in a much more serious direction, whereas Tzachor wanted to embrace the comedic tonenote .
  • On Love/Hate, fans act as if "Coola boola!" is Fran's catchphrase — he only ever says it once (season 3, episode 1). Similarly, Tommy only asked for a "fizzy orange" once (season 4, episode 1).
  • On Person of Interest Shaw is short and everyone has noticed, from one of her descriptors on her medical files being 'compact', to the actress tweeting that she's "not that short". And of course it gets a mention in every fanfic.
  • On Leverage, Hardison has this over the time he was kidnapped by the Russian mob while pretending to be Parker(the world's greatest thief). Parker herself had the incident in which she stabbed a mark with a fork while she was supposed to be getting information from him.
  • Megumi Misaki/Blue Dolphin of Choujuu Sentai Liveman is brought to tears in the first two episodes as nearly everything she's known and loved is destroyed all around her by three former friends turned evil. She hardly ever cries after that, yet fandom seems to believe she did so nearly every episode thereafter.
    • While we're on the subject of Liveman, it seems that the only thing Junichi Aikawa/Green Sai is known for is being impregnated by a Monster of the Week and giving birth to said monster's child.
    • Also, Dai Sentai Goggle Five is actually a show based on science, about good science vs bad science in order to create a better future. But because their weapons are based on gymnastic apparatus (and only one of them (the sole girl of the team, Miki Momozono/Goggle Pink) is the actual gymnast), they were mistakenly thought as a team of rhythmic gymnasts and every single Sentai references are going will remember them as a gymnastic team (their actual jobs, aside of Miki, are as follows: Explorer, chess player, hockey athlete and zoo worker). Even Kaizoku Sentai Gokaiger makes fun of it!
    • From what people say about him, you'd think all Kou ever did was touch Rin's chest and flip her skirt. Said habit lasted only five episodes.
    • Lucky from Uchuu Sentai Kyuranger has "Talk about Lucky" as his catchphrase. While he does say it a lot more than other examples on the page (especially early on), if you listen to fans of the show, you'd swear it's the only thing he says. Strangely, this doesn't apply to Tsurugi from the same show, who has a similar catch phrase ("Holy Moly"), despite him saying it almost as much as Lucky does.
  • In-universe example in 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.
    • Very much Truth in Television. Whether justified or not, a person is expected to do their job well, and a disproportionate amount of attention is almost always placed on any and all mistakes.
    • Another in-universe case from SVU- 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.
  • While The Shield star David Rees Snell (aka "Ronnie Gardocki") had a manly beard for the bulk of the series, it's not the beard that the actor is most remembered for facial hairwise; it's his magnificent Porn Stache that David Rees Snell had for the first two seasons of the show.
  • When Law & Order's 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 relents, 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.
  • During her time on 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). By the end of her run, she wasn't even an FBI agent anymore. She was removed from the show for other reasons.
  • Bones:
    • In-universe example: 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).
  • 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. Also, a few seasons into the show, Maxwell said he loved Fran... and then took it back. She brings that up about every other episode.
  • Burt Newton's infamous line about Muhummad Ali at the Australian Logies: I like the boy. Meant without any malice at all, but he will be forever known (outside of Australia) as 'That racist guy who nearly got beat up by Muhummad Ali'.
  • Find yourself on a long-form reality gameshow? Don't say anything silly in the first week!
  • Shadow Moon is undoubtably the most popular Kamen Rider villains. And that's all he's remembered as. Even though in his canonical death in Kamen Rider BLACK RX, he had a last moment Heel–Face Turn, that's always forgotten in favor of how kickass he was as a villain. (This is even in-show: in Kamen Rider World, he was the Big Bad, and giant-sized for no good reason, and the first Kamen Rider Decade movie has an Alternate Universe Shadow Moon who curb-stomps two Riders with the power to destroy the world at the same time until Kamen Rider Double shows up and completely turns the tables. Not one word about getting Nobuhiko back to his family's side has ever come up in his non-Black or Black RX appearances.)
  • 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."
  • Lost :
    • Many fans tend to ignore Michael's more positive (or at least less negative) traits after his Moral Event Horizon moment in season 2 (i.e., murdering Ana Lucia and Libby). While the act was certainly indefensible (which makes this a partial case of Justified Trope), fans gloss over the fact that having your son kidnapped by strangers on a weird island doesn't exactly make a loving parent rational, nor did the fans acknowledge what he did AFTERWARD, which contradicts the assumption that he's an amoral, heartless bastard. This includes never ending guilt for doing the aforementioned act, which sparked numerous suicide attempts, and a last ditch effort to help the friends he betrayed on the island. Hell, even Hurley later forgave Michael for what he did, despite him killing Hurley's girlfriend Libby. Good luck finding fans who feel the same way Hurley did. Or maybe after screaming "WAAAAALT" too much, people started considering him only as The Guy Who Screams "Walt", even after he built two rafts, or after Walt and him stopped sharing any screentime.
    • Jack is rather well-known for his frequent emotional outbursts (Jears) around the interwebs. In the actual show, he's a mostly-stoic character (for the first few seasons, anyway) who relies on logic and rarely tells people how he feels.
  • MSTings have a Running Gag dubbed "Crow Syndrome", where Crow (or another character) almost constantly makes sexually suggestive riffs and gets a First Name Ultimatum from the Team Dad. This seems to be based entirely on the episode Riding with Death, where everyone uses the film's trucking scenes as sex metaphors; Crow is just the one who takes it a hair too far and gets chewed out by Mike. Of course, usually he displays Ping-Pong Naïveté; compare to the episode where he puts together a presentation about how women don't exist, despite interacting with Pearl Forrester for years. In regards to MSTings, Crow Syndrome has become a Discredited Meme and is now viewed as something to be avoided.
    • Amusingly enough, most people tend to forget that in the Riding with Death episode, Mike himself makes a suggestive joke shortly after reprimanding Crow, who responds "And you think I'm bad?".
    • In-universe example on MST; Mike Nelson, Destroyer of Worlds.
    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.
    • If you went strictly by MSTings, Tom Servo's head exploded every other episode. It only happened four times in ten seasons: Two of them in the disavowed Season 1, and none after Season 4.
      • Unless you also count The Movie, where poor Tom kept getting hit by death rays.
  • Red Dwarf gave us a justified in-universe 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?
  • Merlin:
    • Lancelot has a reputation among the fandom for being something of a dolt. This is distinctly odd considering he is one of only two characters to have deduced that Merlin has magic, and picks up on the sparks between Arthur and Guinevere before even they are fully aware of it. Yet so many times you'll see him described as "a bit dim", perhaps because he takes the Honour Before Reason trope Up to Eleven.
    • Guinevere's reputation as a useless Distressed Damsel. She had a total of two episodes in five years dedicated to rescuing her, and both times she was extremely outmatched. Other times, she spends most of her time rescuing other people.
    • In fanfiction, Gwaine is always referring to Arthur as "Princess". In truth, he never actually does this in the show and it all stems from one episode in which he says "Don't be such a princess" to Arthur.
  • Star Trek: The Next Generation: Fans never let Counselor Troi live down crashing the Enterprise in Star Trek: Generations and Star Trek: Nemesis, usually prompting a Women Drivers joke.note  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.
  • Torchwood
    • Some people will never forget the time Gwen Cooper confessed to her boyfriend that she'd cheated on him, demanded his forgiveness, and then retconned his memory so that he couldn't remember it. The fact that it's never been brought up since doesn't help, but that Gwen has married, had a child with, and remained faithful to that same boyfriend doesn't seem to win her any points either.
    • Jack? Yeah, he's that guy who dies once an episode, right? Now, not to say he doesn't die often, but saying he does so that frequently on the show is definitely stretching the truth. The Children of Earth miniseries is a special exception, but realise that most of Jack's team didn't even know he was immortal until the final episode of series 1. Prior to his constant state of suffocation and rebirth in "Exit Wounds" (which is another special example where he feasibly died millions of times while buried alive), he died nine times in seven episodes, plus twice in a flashback of one of those episodes; barely a quarter of the episodes that had aired up to that point. Following Children of Earth, there were only two episodes in Miracle Day where he was shown to die, due to his new state of being mortal for much of that series, and one of those was only in a flashback.
    • Owen's introduction, where he uses a spray on a woman that makes her instantly want to sleep with him, and then on her boyfriend when he objects. Yeah, throwing in Bi the Way doesn't really distract from the fact that our first impression of the guy is as a serial date rapist.
  • Though Tim Taylor of Home Improvement had had many, many, many accidents over the years, for some reason he never lived down that one time he glued his forehead to the table.
    • Except, maybe, sticking his tongue to a frozen hammer in the first Christmas Episode.
    • Many Tool Time fans also bring up the time he fell through the roof of a port-a-potty.
    • His brothers also won't let him forget he slid down the banister head first, explaining... well, Tim.
    • And Jill will never let him forget the time he dropped a steel beam on her car.
    • And the wooden beam that he hit Bob Vila on the back of the head with.
  • An In-Universe example - Ben Wyatt of Parks and Recreation briefly became famous when he rode a wave of local anti-incumbent sentiment and got elected as mayor of his town at the tender age of 18. He became more famous when he bankrupted his town trying to build an expensive winter sports complex called Ice Town and got impeached after a month. Needless to say, he doesn't like being reminded of it, which any citizen with a search engine is happy to do, and it serves as the reason why he was initially so cold and harshly professional - he wants to prove he can be responsible. Later on, the Season 5 episode "Partridge" reveals that the residents of his eponymous hometown still bear an intense grudge over this despite nearly two decades passing since, driving him to forsake the town and cut it out of his life for good.
  • 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.
    • Jake Martin: chicken connoisseur. Though he was only shown eating chicken in one episode, you'd think that he eats it for breakfast, lunch, and dinner.
    • Zig Novak: Though the majority of fans have since moved on, there are still some fans refusing to forgive Zig for his indirect role in driving Cam to suicide.
  • An in-universe example in Ned's Declassified School Survival Guide, where Ned still gets teased for accidentally using the girl's bathroom... in kindergarten.
  • In-universe in Glee, people are still making jabs about Tina putting vapo-rub on Blaine's chest while he was passed out.
    • Fandom will probably never forgive Finn for inadvertently causing Santana to be outed not only to the entire school, but the entire town. It just goes to show how selective fandom's memory can be, since Finn only snapped back after being bullied by Santana all day and had no idea that he was being filmed by someone who was out to get Sue Sylvester.
    • Will probably never be forgotten for blackmailing a student into joining the club by planting drugs in his locker.
  • Scrubs: The fandom will never forget about Carla making JD move out of the apartment (that was his to begin with) once she and Turk got married.
  • People are never going to let The Dating Game live down the fact that they once let a registered sex offender who later turned out to be a serial killer not only get on the show, but win the episode he was in.
  • In-universe example in M*A*S*H, 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 show is haunted by the episode "House Arrest," which features Hawkeye and Trapper displaying a shockingly cavalier attitude about rape. The producers have openly apologized for it.
  • Dennis Franz showed his naked ass for a very small part of one episode of NYPD Blue. Ask a casual fan and you'd think the guy never wore pants.
  • The Walking Dead racked up a lot of criticism in its third season for the writers apparently having a rule that there could only be one black man on the show at a time, and any time a new one showed up you could count on the one already there being killed off. This was the result of some unfortunate timing in just two episodes, and also ignores Michonne (a black woman) being a major character.
  • An in-universe example from Sherlock. Despite only wearing a deerstalker cap once in an attempt to disguise his appearance, it is referred to constantly by the press as a signature item.
  • Jessica Brody from Homeland going on a racist tirade about how evil Islam is in the season two premiere, capped off by desecrating her husband's Quaran. The idea was apparently that her major concern was him keeping his conversion hidden from her for so long, but it certainly doesn't come off that way.
  • Game of Thrones:
    • Daenerys actually did more things in season 2 than run around yelling "Where are my dragons?" It didn't even start until the season's second half. But that second half packed in so much of it, while everyone else was doing much more interesting things, that it really sticks in the mind. Emilia Clarke herself even poked fun at it.
    • Jaime raping Cersei in "Breaker of Chains." Made even worse by the episode's director insisting it was supposed to be a consensual sex scene, and refusing to acknowledge that it could possibly be seen as anything but that.
    • The infamous "bad pussy" line uttered by Tyene Sand to Bronn is forever associated to the poorly-received Dorne arc in Season 5. This line became a Fan Nickname for Tyene.
    • Sansa is still remembered for her crush on Joffrey in Season 1, particularly for lying about him attacking a butcher's boy, and blaming her little sister Arya for defending the boy and publicly calling Joffrey out for his actions. Since then, Sansa's probably had the most Character Development in the whole cast, but from the amount this story pops up you'd think she was throwing servant boys under the bus every other episode.
    • Several examples in-universe:
      • 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 alliegence.
      • 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 and 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.
      • Everyone can't seem to go one sentence without mocking Varys for being a eunuch.
  • Most casual fans of Buffy the Vampire Slayer know the titular heroine as a high school cheerleader who kills vampires. The last time Buffy shows any interest in cheerleading at all is in the third episode of the very first season. After that she practically never mentions it again. The identification of Buffy as a cheerleader seems to have been a holdover from the original movie which featured it much more prominently. The first season's opening also features Buffy as a cheerleader.
  • Hannibal having Beverly Katz Stuffed into the Fridge in season 2 had many fans up in arms, and Bryan Fuller's incredibly tactless responses to it (he spent a lot of time on Twitter lecturing them about how they shouldn't think it's offensive) have permanently marred his reputation for a lot of fans who thought he could do no wrong before this.
  • Gilligan's Island: Gilligan is so infamous for "always" accidentally ruining the Castaways' plans to get off the island that Just Eat Gilligan became a meme and then a trope. But a dedicated fan decided to watch every episode and make note of the number of episodes the castaways tried to get off the island and the number of those episodes where their plans were ruined by Gilligan. It turns out Gilligan bungles their plans in exactly 17 episodes. Which is still a lot, but it's less than half of the number of episodes the Castaways tried to escape, 37. More importantly, there were 98 episode total. So Gilligan botched the Castaways rescue/escape attempts less than half the time they tried and in only a little more than a sixth of all episodes.
  • The TV show Cheaters is mainly remembered for one thing: the episode where host Joey Greco got stabbed.
  • The Sopranos is remembered as a great show, but the main thing that it's known for fading to black mid-scene at the end of the Series Finale.
  • Felicity was one of the most popular characters in the first two seasons of Arrow, which ironically proved to be her undoing in Season 3. After their killing off Sara Lance in the season premiere went over horribly with the fans, the writers essentially made Felicity their mouthpiece to defend the storytelling choice, having her make completely out of character statements that Sara's sister Laurel deserved to be Black Canary far more than her, apparently banking on her popularity to get the fans on board with it. It backfired big time as many fans turned on Felicity as well, and even the ones who still liked her hated those scenes and simply argued that the writers should be blamed rather than the character. Ultimately the backlash became so huge that they brought Sara Back from the Dead for the spinoff Legends of Tomorrow.
    • How could anyone forget the time when Felicity blew up an entire city because she somehow wasn't able to redirect the bomb to a much less populated place than its original destination?
    • Crisis on Earth-X: The double wedding. Granted, for many it was just the straw the broke the camel's back after having to endure three and a half seasons of Felicity being a Creator's Pet / The Scrappy / Escapist Character, being never called out on her selfishness and talked up as if she were the most perfect person in all of the Arrowverse. Either way, that moment forever cemented Felicity Smoak as one of the most hated characters on television not to be a villain or an antagonist of some fashion, and the most hated character in the Arrowverse overall.
  • In-universe example from 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.
  • Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.: The lack of comic characters in the first season and the general weakness of the early episodes. The quality picked up substantially in later episodes and introduced a number of actual comic characters like Mockingbird and Ghost Rider (with two previous characters also turning out to be Canon Characters All Along), but a lot of people will never forgive the show for the mediocrity of its first season.
  • The Mr. Potato Head Show: This happens in-universe: 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.
  • 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.
  • Last Week Tonight with John Oliver: According to, "'Come On, It’s 2015', sometimes iterated as >[Current Year] or 'It’s 2015,' is a catchphrase expression often said by users on 4chan’s /pol/ (politically incorrect) board to mock English comedian and pundit John Oliver’s frequent resort to reminding his viewers of the present year as a straw man argument against ideas and beliefs which he deems to be old-fashioned or conservative." John's use of this is so "frequent", in fact, that the amount of times he has used it on his show in the manner described is exactly zero. He made an offhand remark in a similar vein on another show once, and he used "it's 2014" as the setup to a joke (not as a part of his actual argument) in his segment on beauty pageants. According to his detractors, this is effectively the same as doing it Once an Episode.
  • It will be a long time before hardcore television fans forgive Sony Pictures Television for plastering older logos with their "Bars of Boredom" logo since 2002, to the point where it tends to come up any time Sony acquires another company.
  • Luke Cage (2016): In-Universe, 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.
  • In the Faking It universe, Liam will never live down sleeping with Amy (and vice versa) after the former 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 the latter was rejected as a romantic partner by Karma. In the fandom, the same scene (Liam having sex with Amy) is something the writers never lived down, thanks to a majority LGBT fandom furious that yet another lesbian was "turned straight" on television.
  • Spaghetti Western fans remember the Rawhide episode "Incident of the Black Sheep" for little more than being the episode that got Clint Eastwood his Star-Making Role for the big screen as the Man with No Name.
  • Will in The Inbetweeners once drank too many energy drinks before taking an exam and shat himself in the middle of it. From then on, whenever new characters are introduced to him, they usually recognise him as “the kid who shat himself in the exam”.
  • Grey's Anatomy: Poor Schmitt will always be known as the guy who dropped his glasses in a patient during surgery
  • The Flash (2014): Barry's time-travel that resulted in the Flashpoint timeline became this both in and out of universe. Notably, during the Elseworlds (2018) crossover event, Oliver's very first reaction is "Oh, Barry, what have you done this time?" Reddit blamed Barry for everything that went wrong on television for months afterward. "Goddammit Barry, stop sticking your dick in the timeline!" And when his daughter from the future Nora introduced herself by saying she'd messed up the timeline herself, the unanimous fan reaction was that she's definitely Barry's daughter.
  • Barney & Friends, despite being rather popular in its early days to the point where PBS stations were inundated with pledges of financial support when it looked like it was going to be a one-season wonder, is nowadays chiefly known for attracting a notoriously vitriolic Periphery Hatedominvoked, to the point where it was the former Trope Namer. The episode "Playing It Safe" in particular is infamous as the "A stranger is a friend you haven't met" episode thanks to one Usenet-based segment of the hatedom.
  • The Nightly Show already had a Tough Act to Follow in replacing The Colbert Report, which helped make sharp political satire cool. In an early episode, host Larry Wilmore had Bill Nye on its panel to discuss space exploration, only for him to be peppered with dismissive anti-science jokes from comedians on the panel. Fairly or not, viewers perceived Wilmore as catering to the lowest common denominator, favoring shallow and easy jokes over an interest in complicated subjects. The fledgling show never emerged from this perception and was canceled after only 19 months on the air.


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