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  • Orangina is definitely known for that beach party known as a "furry orgy", which is true. However, lots of people like to associate the brand from that sole commercial, even though the commercials after that have been mellow and less revealing.
  • Oldsmobile attempting to appeal to young people with the tagline "This is not your father's Oldsmobile. This is the new generation of Olds.", which many criticized for abandoning the people who liked Oldsmobile before.
  • Aaron Burr is never going to live down fatally shooting Alexander Hamilton in a duel, among other things. But at least he never had to deal with having his name hilariously mispronounced as "Awun Buhh" by a radio-show contestant with peanut butter sticking to the roof of his mouth...until a certain immortal "Got Milk?" TV ad of the 1990s, that is.
  • The Sonic the Hedgehog Watch & Win Sweepstakes, meant to advertise Adventures of Sonic the Hedgehog, would've been forgotten if it weren't for one of the grand prize winners later creating the infamous Sonichu.
  • What do people best remember about Quiznos? This commercial from 2004, featuring the nightmarish, indeterminable beings called Spongmonkeys. The commercial has in-your-face clip art animation of the Spongmonkeys singing off-key about how much they love the subs. The campaign didn't last long, but it's most memorable for the wrong reasons.

  • The following joke is the former Trope Namer for Bestiality Is Depraved, and distills the essence of this trope more than any other joke:
    A young man is walking through a small village one day and decides to stop by a bar and have a beer. He walks into a bar, and sees a grizzled old man, crying into his beer. Curious, the young man sits down and says, "Hey old timer, why the long face?"
    The old man looks at him and points out the window, "See that dock out there? I built that dock with my own two hands, plank by plank, nail by nail, but do they call me McGregor the dockbuilder? No, no."
    The old man continued, "And see that boat out there? I've been fishing these waters for my village for 35 years! But do they call me McGregor the fisherman? No, no."
    The old man continued, "And see all the crops in the farms out there? I planted and have been farming those crops for my village for nearly 45 years! But do they call me McGregor the farmer? No, no."
    The old man starts to cry again, "But you screw one goat..."
  • In a similar note is the line from a stand-up routine of "nobody ever compliments me on the times when I wasn't a cannibal."

  • The Italian Pokémon-themed magazine Pokémon Worldnote  had its highs and lows, but everyone in the Italian Pokémon fandom remembers them mostly for that time when, because of a copypaste goofnote , they said that Rayquaza is found by fishing in Ever Grande City with a Super Rod.

  • Basically the entire Greek pantheon. Pick a god, any god, and chances are you'll pretty easily find a story of them being a downright asshole and/or massive hypocrite, leading to a modern perception that's much less respectful than how they were actually seen by their worshippers. Heck, it's almost easier to list the gods that weren't subject to this: Hermes (best known for bailing out heroes), Hestia (as goddess of hearth and home, she generally stayed out of trouble), and Hephaestus (who was more likely to screw with other gods than with mortals). But if you want more detail:
    • Zeus is the patron of the sky, Greek civilization, justice, and hospitality. He's the king of the gods, their wisest and most powerful member, and is generally the one to take the lead when the gods need to beat back horrible monsters of some description or another. But for people today, he's the God of Horndogs, as we have a lot of stories about how he banged one mortal woman or other, with the woman's consent depending on the author or translator (the Greek word for 'seduction' is a bit ambiguous with regards to consent). There are several potential historical explanations, such as syncretism with other gods who had their own consorts or legitimacy for ruling houses, but thousands of years later, most of that context has disappeared and we're just left with Mr. Horny.
    • Hera is the Queen of Olympus, goddess of rulership and marriage, and probably the most powerful and influential goddess, but is mostly known for being constantly cheated on and her violence towards anyone who dared accept Zeus's affections, even if they were rape victims.
    • Poseidon was the god of the sea and of horses, but he's largely remembered for being as horny as his brother Zeus and for losing the contest to name Athens.
    • Athena is the goddess of wisdom, crafts, strategy, and tactics, and was generally seen as the 'good' war god (At least to the Athenians, who were a bit biased on the subject). And while she has escaped the worst of this trope, she's never going to live down Victim Blaming Medusa and turning her into a gorgon (which has no actual mythological basis- Ovid made it up for his Metamorphoses, and the guy had a history of anti-authoritarianism and making the gods look bad).
    • Artemis, like Athena, is generally seen in a good light, but she is still known for being so 'No Boys Allowed' that she killed a guy for accidentally peeping on her.
    • Artemis's brother Apollo was the god of a whole lot of things, including music, sports, and medicine, but he's best known for his Cartwright Curse- he has a lot of lovers winding up dead or turned into plants.
    • Ares is in the unique position of having caught the bad end of this trope long before the collapse of Ancient Greece- most of the stories we have involve Ares being mocked for his Dumb Muscle nature and being considered the Black Sheep of the family, and the stories praising him are much more obscure.
    • Dionysus wasn't just the god of throwing parties and getting drunk; he was originally worshipped as a god of madness, nature, outcasts and rebirth, and wine was associated with him because drunkenness was thought to tap in to the primal subconscious mind that Diyonsus represented. He was toned down when accepted into the regular pantheon, and worship by a hedonistic ruling class put his 'party dude' side into greater focus.
    • Hades is usually seen as one of the 'reasonable deities' (since he was stuck in the Underworld, he didn't participate in many myths), but his best-known exploit is still kidnapping Persephone.
    • Demeter is the goddess of agriculture and nature, but she's best known for when she refused to do her job after Persephone was kidnapped, creating winter.
    • Aphrodite features in too many myths to recount here, but suffice to say she's more often seen as the Alpha Bitch goddess than the love goddess (especially due to her role in the Psyche myth, where she punishes poor Psyche for other people saying Psyche was more beautiful than Aphrodite).

    Newspaper Comics 
  • For Better or for Worse was a fairly realistic, well-written comic strip back in its early days. However, the later years of Seasonal Rot and Creator Breakdown are now what it's mostly known for.
  • It's not unusual to come across people referring to Mallard Fillmore as "Drunk Duck" due to creator Bruce Tinsley's two DUI arrests in 2006. It doesn't help that he spent years making fun of Ted Kennedy for his drunken antics (which he suspiciously stopped after the news of his DUI came out), and that he later did a Take That! to the judge that sentenced him in the strip.

  • In one episode of Jemjammer, Cacophony almost died to an enchanted carpet. It's a sore spot for her.

    Puppet Shows 
  • Thunderbirds: Lady Penelope is best known among fans for her bad driving in "Vault of Death and her fear of mice in "The Mighty Atom." This is in spite of the fact these "faults" only appeared in one episode and most episodes after "Vault Of Death" show that she's actually improved her driving skills.


  • Tends to happen fairly frequently in Survival of the Fittest, as some handlers sometimes make jokes about characters based on something they only did once. This includes Reiko Ishida dropping her bread, Charlene Norris putting an implausible amount of jello shots in a certain area, and Jay Holland and his PANTIESPANTIESPANTIES.
  • Five years ago, during an ordinary battle on Neo Pokeforum, one of the arbiters had a player's torchic taken away and given to his opponent. Despite the time that passed since then, the fact that this arbiter left the forum for a long time and the whole administration is brand new, the player in question still won't forget this and won't let anyone else forget it either.

  • Internet Explorer's reputation is built around the security holes that were discovered in the sixth revision (the one that launched with Windows XP). Since then Microsoft has made great strides to try and make it better and by the tenth revision (the version in Windows 8), many critics are trumpeting their success in building a capable and modern Internet browser. However, people still bash it to this day under the perceptions that are now over a decade old; even its successor Edge got dragged down by IE's abysmal reputation. Windows also suffers from this.
    • Among the more tech saavy, IE's improved security was acknowledged... And replaced in scorn by the lack of modern features touted by its competitors (Google Chrome and Mozilla Firefox, primarily) and the slow, lackluster adaptation of what features they did adopt like tabbed browsing (added years after they were standard in other browsers) and add-ons (which mostly came in the form of IE's infamous toolbars).
  • The iOS official Maps app in iOS 6, which was notorious for, among other things, getting streets and locations completely wrong, satellite images with fluctuating quality (and sometimes, completely nonexistent images!), terrain rendering that does everything from warping buildings to making Eldritch Locations out of cities, among other things. Although these issues have mostly been corrected since, people will always remember iOS Maps as "that map app that gets everything wrong."
  • The Go Animate animation program will never get away from the fact that a vast majority of the videos before the move to business-oriented ventures (which happened to be caused by said videos) was nothing more than childish videos of Caillou or Dora the Explorer getting grounded grounded grounded grounded for 1234567898543 years, no matter how much creator Alvin Hung tries to delete and remove everything that led to it.
  • At least in part thanks to a lawsuit over a forced upgrade bricking a desktop for all intents and purposes, Windows 10 will forever go down in history as "that Windows version that Microsoft is pushing on Windows 7 and 8(.1) users". Even people who would otherwise call it a good version of Windows (i.e. if they voluntarily upgraded) tend to have a violently negative opinion of 10 as a result of being nagged and later forced to upgrade due to newer hardware dropping driver support for earlier Windows versions amongst other things. It also didn't help that the stigma associated with data collection by companies following Edward Snowden's NSA expose in the early 2010s turned off a number of users from upgrading to Windows 10 due to its telemetry features and forced updates.

  • The title character of Hamlet is well-known for being indecisive and angsty, spending scenes contemplating his navel instead of doing something. It's gotten to the point where "he's a Hamlet" means "he's indecisive." But in the actual play, Hamlet acts stupidly rash just as often as he acts stupidly timid, most notably when he kills Polonius. Which means...
  • Götz von Berlichingen will forever be remembered solely as "that play where the guy says 'kiss my ass'". But then again, when Mozart did a proto-Filk Song (No, seriously) consisting entirely of quoting said line, what else can you be remembered for?
  • Regardless of its actual merits as a piece of theatre, Tom Taylor's 19th century screwball farce Our American Cousin is doomed to be forever remembered as the play that Abraham Lincoln was watching when he was assassinated.
  • In The Ring of the Nibelung, Fasolt is in love with Freia, believes that Wotan will give her to him, and ends up becoming the Abel to his brother’s Cain. Therefore, he is often viewed as a Gentle Giant and a naive fool who thinks of nothing except getting his hands on Freia. His brilliant "The Reason You Suck" Speech towards Wotan and the fact that he quickly realizes just how dangerous Alberich is are glossed over, and it can get forgotten that of the two giants, he has more trouble keeping his temper in check.

  • Transformers
    • Ask a fan about the Generation 2 line and the only thing you'll hear about (after maybe the hilariously bad rapping in some of the commercials) is how awful the color schemes were. Despite this, the only really garish designs in G2 were the repaints of G1 figures (and even then, characters like Starscream, Optimus, Jazz, Inferno, the Constructicons and Sideswipe weren't especially garish outside of some funny decals), a couple Go-Bots, and various figures that weren't actually from ''G2'', but instead from the tail-end of ''G1'' (Action Master Thundercracker, Omega Spreem). You probably won't hear about how G2 was the line to introduce fully-articulated figures or now-ubiquitous gimmicks like light piping.
    • Gold Parts will always make fans uneasy. Gold Plastic Syndrome became infamous; it's when the gold colored plastic in many toys from G1 up to Beast Wars was extremely brittle due to the chemicals that went into making it. Today fans are still uneasy around gold parts in toys even with the use of stronger gold plastic and in some cases the gold being paint rather than plastic.
  • Barbie: A bad combination of misheard lines from the "Teen Talk" doll, note  inborne blonde and beauty stereotypes by the public, and reactions to her own model-like figure (she started out as a fashion doll) turned common perception of her into the Dumb Blonde doll, with all the vapidness and shallowness it implied— there's a reason Stepford Smiles are called "Barbie Smiles", after all. Even the multiple jobs her dolls have amassed over the years and her portrayals in the direct-to-video movies haven't shaken this stigma off completely.
  • Sea-Monkeys, which were nothing more than brine shrimp colonies packaged and marketed as a kitsch novelty pet, earned a reputation as an iconic item from the Fifties along with similarly kitschy toys such as X-Ray Specs. They however turned for the worse when its inventor, Harold von Braunhut, was found to have been affiliated with white supremacist groups and made unsavoury comments about other ethnic groups, namely Koreans, in an 1988 interview. Even more ironic was the fact that von Braunhut was of Jewish descent.


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