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  • Homestar Runner:
    • Strong Bad became so associated with the word "crap" and using the phrase "Holy crap!" that fans began sending him emails signed "Crapfully yours" or a variant when Strong Bad Email began. Strong Bad demanded that people stop doing it at the end of one episode, and he calls out any sender who still does.
    • 1-up (Homestar's 20X6 counterpart) loves pudding, due to one line in a cartoon saying "I want pudding!" after Stinkoman offered to share a pile of pudding he found.
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  • Somewhat toeing the line between this and Flanderization is Open Blue's Espartano unit. Originally, it was supposed to be of all ages and both genders, but due to the fact that one RPer kept on cranking out badass young girls, the idea that it is an Amazon Brigade has stuck to the other regulars. Consequently, this has resulted in one regular creating an entire squad of them, as opposed to the usual single independent operatives. The line blurs between this and flanderization because each new character/group of characters added technically counts as canon unless declared otherwise.
  • In Yu-Gi-Oh! The Abridged Series, Mako Tsunami once threw a harpoon at someone. This got him the permanent moniker "Freaky Fish Guy." In his second appearance, he harpoons two more, but at least Joey seems to have talked him out of doing it again.
    • Kaiba is also known as the guy who says "Screw the Rules, I Have Money!!" In entirety, Kaiba said that in episode 1. He used variants on many episodes ("Screw the rules, I have green hair!" and such), but does not use the catchphrase on every single episode as some would say.
      • Lampshaded in Episode 44 - After Ishizu calls out various characters for being vessels for catchphrases, Kaiba for the aforementioned one, he responds "Haven't said that in years".
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    • Coupled with Noodle Incident in one of Marik's Evil Council videos:
    Bakura: Marik, have you been using your Millennium Item as a bong again?
    Marik: No! And it was one time! Let it go, already!
  • Several for the current and past members of Channel Awesome.
    • Film Brain will never live down criticizing Equilibrium.
    • In lighter examples, even though she's been knocked unconscious more often, The Nostalgia Chick will always be known for chloroforming the Critic and the Critic himself will never be able to forget wearing Guyliner.
    • Also, for Doug, Melvin, Melvin, Brother of The Joker.
      • The Nostalgia Critic's panning of Mako in TMNT. He even invented a running gag out of it.
      • Nor his leaving Optimus Prime's death off the list of 10 saddest moments.
      • Doug really dislikes the "Bat Credit Card" for three main reasons: 1) It shorts out his voice. 2) He didn't feel like the Batman & Robin review was all that good. And 3) certain fans expect him to do it constantly.
      • Despite a whole video addressing the fallout and moments of praising the show's dramatic moments, a great many Adventure Time fans are not going to let Doug live down his intense focus on the Ice King's glasses in the "Holly Jolly Secrets Part 2" v-log anytime soon. On a similar note, Jori (one of Doug's co-reviewers in the logs) is probably not going to live down her less than savory comments with regards to Princess Bubblegum's No-Holds-Barred Beatdown on Ricardio in the "Lady and Peebles" video anytime soon either.
      • The less said about how not just his fans but the Internet at large reacted and continue to react to his infamous review of The Wall, the better... For various reasons, that review has basically become his most controversial video since Melvin...
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    • Angry Joe has his embarrassing interview with Geoff Knighly at the Spike Video Game Awards.
      • Another of Angry Joe's moments that could be classed as this are his two Angry Rant towards Nintendo and their Creators Program.
    • Spoony himself has that time when he told his fans to go out and murder any fans of Final Fantasy X before stating he would do it himself. While he does express regret for saying this, there are still a lot of people who aren't about to forgive that gaffe anytime soon.
      • Some like to bring up Spoony's yelling of "BETRAYAL!" at X-Com 2010.
    • Oancitizen has his "I really fucking hate Rants" (Rants being the former owner of a post-secret style blog for TGWTG) line in the Sh*t TGWTG Fans Say video (which was removed after the backlash caused by the comment). He did apologise repeatedly to Rants for the video afterwards, though.
    • Todd in the Shadows will never live down liking Katy Perry
      • Although this is nothing compared to putting a Flo Rida song on his Top Ten of 2012
    • A lighter example would be Phelous' Running Gag of dying in his videos. Despite him retiring the joke after fifty episodes and avoiding it ever since, it's arguably his best-known joke, to the extent it was the main hook for his character in To Boldly Flee.
    • Brad Jones accidentally punching Obscurus Lupa in the face while filming a team-up review. She immediately realized it was just a freak mistake and didn't hold anything against him, but that didn't stop (mostly good-natured) jokes about it.
    • During an unboxing video with his fiance Viga Gadson, Lewis "Linkara" Lovhaug recorded a three-hour video—without the microphone being on. In the 30 minute one that he uploaded that did have sound, it opens with Viga coming up with different ways to tell Lewis "Fuck you" for forgetting and the following videos have a running gag with letters telling Lewis to check the mic to see that it's on.
  • Even with the aforementioned incidents above, Doug Walker is still known by the Internet community as a pioneer of the Internet reviewer genre and online entertainment for creating The Nostalgia Critic and his other characters. To just about everyone outside the Internet community, though, he's "the guy who quit his job in a funny way," because of the video of him quitting with a boom box and "I QUIT" on his chest that went viral and is used every time a news outlet wants to do a piece on people leaving jobs.
  • In Slate Magazine's Culture Gabfest podcast, the Enforced Plug(s) for sponsor almost always involve a reference to movie critic Dana Stevens spilling chai or coffee on someone's laptop.
  • ProtonJon said "MOVE FASTER, POKEY!!" in his Let's Play of Kaizo Mario World all of once. Look around the internet and This Very Wiki and you'd think he shouted it out all the time. Even he's gotten a bit tired of it.
    • Similarly, Chuggaaconroy regretted bringing Steve the Trooper into the world of Pikmin since the fans decided to make a Facebook fan page for him. He had originally only singled out Steve as "the one we were not going to like", only calling him a trooper once in a later episode.
      • He probably isn't going to forget the Calibrary Cuff incident anytime soon.
      • Or the Runaway Guys playthrough of the Mario Party 6 board where he innocently made a huge stream of innuendos about Daisy. It started with 'Should we do Daisy on hard (difficulty)?' and got worse from there.
    • In the context of Retsupurae, it seems slowbeef and Diabetus will never let ProtonJon forget that he was once tricked into doing a Super Mario World romhack LP by an author pretending to be dying of leukemia. Every wrongpurae video on King's Quest VII: The Princeless Bride in which he guest starred has included a joke about it, and two of them (so far) consist only of the duo pranking him with one.
  • Andy Zaltzman, Chris, Tom, and... let's say everyone on earth will never let John Oliver forget that he was in The Love Guru.
    • Now their teasing has expanded to include John's role as Vanity Smurf in The Smurfs, although he defends himself by citing how popular the film actually was.
  • No matter how "original" he tries to be, there will always be someone to remind Chris Bores of The Irate Gamer that he outright stole from The Angry Video Game Nerd.
  • Noah of Tribe Twelve fame is known for stabbing bushes. He did it exactly once, for approximately two seconds of screentime.
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  • "The Trololo Guy" (Eduard Khil) says "trololo" once in a song that lasts almost three minutes - this is because he first gained his popularity from the short, cut-out clip featuring that phrase. And for many people, his career begins and ends with that three minute song, despite having been a performer for over 40 years.
  • Gavin Free of Rooster Teeth has never truly lived down his lack of vehicular knowledge that culminated in two words that have never left the minds of even his most loyal fans: "Headlight Fluid". It probably doesn't help that it's also an early joke from Rooster Teeth's flagship series, Red vs. Blue, making it even easier to remember.
    • It also doesn't help that the "Headlight Fluid" animated adventure ended up as an ad on YouTube, with the individual video garnering over 2 million views.
    • Caleb earned the ire of fans everywhere when, during one of the "Let's Play Minecraft" episodes, he cheated by looking on the screens of the other members.
    • There's also Ryan's two memetic moments "I'm still in the air!" and "Give me your milk!"
  • Caboose in Red vs. Blue won't live down accidentally killing Church with a tank he couldn't control. Church himself at least has a reason to not let him forget it, but when Flanderization kicked in, this incident mutated into Caboose being a trigger happy Team Killer in general. It's way funnier than it sounds.
  • RWBY:
    • Weiss calls Ruby a dolt once, very early in the first volume. The fandom has made it her catch-phrase and go-to insult for whenever anyone, but especially Ruby, annoys her, even though she's never used that insult again in the series proper.
    • Jaune is initially introduced as a character who struggles to do anything right, from throwing up in his first introduction because of travel sickness to bumbling through his very first lesson. He only attempts to hit on Weiss a couple of times in the first two volumes, but his hopeless crush and his terrible attempts to woo her have gone on to be one of his defining characteristics in fan works, with him portrayed as hitting on her on a daily basis. This even bleeds into fics where the two characters end up in different ships. Jaune's crush on Weiss and attempts to woo her comes up multiple times in the Gag Series RWBY Chibi, however.
    • Nora is canonically a Boisterous Bruiser, but she only suggests breaking someone's legs once, and it's Cardin, who was bullying her team leader (less well known is Pyrrha agreeing with her). She never actually goes through with it and hasn't targeted anyone's legs since, but you try finding a fanfic where Nora's violent tendencies are not comically exaggerated with her love of breaking legs almost being a Running Gag.
    • Yang's voice actor is (in)famous for her pun-making skills and Yang's appearance and personality are similar to hers, leading to jokes that the character is also a relentless pun-maker. However, Yang's first pun occurs in Volume 2's first episode, and her total number of puns can be counted with one hand. Once again, this portrayal is accurate when it comes to the Gag Series RWBY Chibi, though.
    • The quality of the non-combat animations and how janky they are in Volumes 1 and 2 is often used as a black mark against the show, and has become one of the more known aspects of it to people outside the show. The show's general animation starts improving in Volume 3, and then Volume 4 onward is a Animation Bump in all regards.
  • Poor Frogman will never be forgiven for 9gag trying to turn his face into a rageface. It wasn't even his fault, yet he is now always referred to as that forced-meme guy.
  • Pat from Two Best Friends Play will never let Matt forget that, during their Silent Hill: Downpour LP, he accidentally threw the Fire Axe down a Bottomless Pit. Neither will the series's animators.
    • Woolie apparently turned down sex with two hot bisexual girls so that he could get to his local Gamestop to buy Marvel vs. Capcom 3. His friends occasionally needle him about this, long after the aforementioned game came out.
  • This is the end result of any sort of bad transgression in a Journal Roleplay at the Dreamwidth anon journal "Wankgate": if you flounced a game, made a fool of yourself on the comms, made yourself look like a creeper or play a character Out of Character, then the anons there will keep record of it and will make sure that you aren't forgotten.
  • Smiffy of Hat Films has "ghosted" note  on rare occasions when playing games with his teammates, or the rest of the Yogscast, yet the reasonable and understanding fans have, through Flanderisation, turned him into a constantly ghosting asshole that rarely stops doing it.
  • Turpster is probably not going to be allowed to forget his Old Shame "Turpstervision" introduction that he used for an old show of his. This is (largely) because Sips and Hat Films installed it as a taunt for Prop Hunt. Despite his efforts to take the original video down, reuploads exist and videos with the taunt are almost impossible to remove, since Hat Films basically use their server for every Garry's Mod video the Yogscast make.
  • Sjin, according to a story Sips and Turps told, bought a plush of Maximus from Tangled while in America and had to throw out a pair of jeans in order to make it fit. This is something no one else in the Yogscast will let him forget. Ever. Sjin claims this isn't true, for what it's worth.
  • The Cracked article 5 Popular Figures of Speech That Have Creepy Hidden Meanings plays with this, regarding "those bastards at the Department of Homeland Security": "You've made like a million sandwiches in your lifetime, but do they call you the sandwich maker? Of course not. But you commit one war crime and suddenly you're 'a war criminal.'"
  • Out of all countries, Indonesia has the worst reputation among Untergangers, in no small part due to controversies surrounding Hanif837 (who has been referred to by other Untergangers using such corruptions of his name as "Arsesniff837", "Failnif", and "Hanfail" since his fall from grace with the Downfall Parody community).
  • Many cartoon fans (especially Gravity Falls fans) will probably never let live down their "Top 10 Hated Disney Cartoons" list, in which Gravity Falls was included.
    • They later included the show as one of the best cartoon of the 2010's and even told people to ignore they did this.
  • In the Vinesauce Tomodachi Life series, this happens a lot to the islanders, where their entire character becomes defined by some minor event. This is partially because Tomodachi Life doesn't leave much room for characterization, so interpreting small events is a must. Some prominent examples:
    • Walrus is a ridiculously nice guy, doesn't cause trouble for the most part, and has helped Alpaca (who's always struggled with romance) find love in Bonzi Buddy. Does Vinny (and the viewers, to a lesser degree) remember him for that? No, he remembers him for "stealing" Two-Faced from his own Mii, Vinesauce, causing him to have an extremely long-held grudge for him. Fortunately, this doesn't last forever, because Vinny sees him get dumped coldly in Episode 37, and starts treating him nicely.
      • By extension, given the amount of votes she gets during the Survivor Edition, nobody's going to forget that Two-Faced cheated on Walrus for DK, which is the reason Walrus got redeemed.
    • Isaac, for the most part, is an uninteresting islander. Or at least he would have been, but while he was being added, the game crashed, causing everything that was done for the first half of Episode 28 to be lost. This is Isaac's most memorable moment, and despite the fact that it's never happened again, Vinny still turns to him whenever things go wrong, asking him to reset the island again.
    • Ask fans about Groose and Karl, and they'll probably mention that they are the "Sloppy Seconds Brothers", a Love Hungry duo that interrupts love confessions to confess their own love, and always failing at it. This is based off of two separate events in Episode 36, and it has never happened again, but the prominence of it means that many people think of the two as love failures, which really only fits Karl.
    • A non-islander example; Captain Southbird, a Promoted Fanboy who condenses the streams, is considered to be the reason why Cling On, an formerly-ignored islander, rose to fame and became a Breakout Character. This has led to him becoming associated with Cling On, and questions fans ask him tend to be related to her. He doesn't seem to mind, though.
  • Movie Fights
    • In one of the earlier episodes, Hal screwed a Speed Round question really badly by calling out the same answer that his opponent, Tiffany, had already clearly called out first, despite having more than a few seconds to think. From then on, Andy would call such the "Hal Rudnick move", and would warn the contestants to not "pull a Hal Rudnick" before the speed rounds. This stopped when they change their speed round rules, however.
    • Many fans of the show would fondly recall Kristian Harloff as "the writer of Nightfalls" after he argued for the completely made up title in one of the Speed Round questions. He managed to fool his opponents, the judge and even the fact checker into thinking that such a movie exist, and his bold attempt at doing so remains as one of the best moments in the series.
  • The YouTube series PokéSins loves to hammer one point. In Episode 3 of Pokémon, Ash resists using more than one Pokémon at a time against Team Rocket, citing the rules of the Kanto Pokémon League. In future episodes where Ash subverts it, Gar1onriva cites that scene and gives it a Minun.
  • Darksyde Phil
  • One of the reasons The Mysterious Mr. Enter is so divisive around the internet is for his early reviews, where he insulted the creators, constantly brought up My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic unprovoked, and got really loud at times. Even after expressing regret towards his earlier reviews and even redoing some of them, the internet still won't let him forget.
  • Wheeljack giving the Dinobots simple brains for authenticity is an In-Universe example for the Dr. Smoov Transformers parody videos. Optimus mocks him mercilessly for it when they do a commercial together saying "Hey let's make the Dinobots stupid like real dinosaurs! I'm Wheeljack, I make stupid robots!"
  • In Numberphile, the infamous "Parker Square," Matt's rather terrible quasi-solution (reusing two numbers and with one diagonal wrong) to the problem of whether a magic square can be made of square numbers. Since then, it's been brought up whenever a flawed solution is mentioned, especially in Matt's videos.
  • As part of a month-long theme centered around The Price Is Right, Cyndi (formerly Robert) Seidelman of Game Show Garbage inducted "Those Golden Fanbois Who Live Down The Road On The Internet" as a huge Take That! towards's fan base. This cemented Seidelman's reputation as a Fan Hater, and it got her into so much trouble in the game show community that she had to tone down the review the very next day. She still has a hard time living this down, going as far as removing the induction from the site in September 2017.
  • TFS at the Table:
    • Ezra Lockwood will never live down the time he accidentally shot his own teammate in the back of the head with a crossbow.
  • Rich Evans from RedLetterMedia once posted a parody of various YouTubers' over-the-top reactions to the Star Wars: The Force Awakens trailer by going even more over the top, culminating in him putting on a Darth Vader helmet and jerking off a toy astromech droid while yelling "I FUCKING LOVE STAR WARS!" The other RLM members have since repeatedly dragged this clip back out to make fun of him.
  • Cai Yong has several scenes in Farce of the Three Kingdoms, but his first scene is also the first scene of the story, wherein he explains to the emperor what transgender chicken signify. From then on, all the other characters refer to him as "the transgender chicken guy."
  • Boomstick of Death Battle just will not let go of the fact that Wiz stabbed him in the foot in Aquaman vs. Namor.
  • Te Lo Resumo Así Nomás: The video "The 3 worse films of Keanu Reeves" starts with Johnny Mnemonic, and the narrator mocks a scene where Keanu is having some weird yoga at a public bathroom. He follows with "The Lake House" and "The Gift", and when the plot becomes too convoluted, the narrator says "Argh! This is too much! Keanu needs some yoga!". And when the video ends, he invites the people to like the video, subscribe to the channel, share it in social media... and upload videos having Yoga, Keanu Reeves-style.
  • Women's wrestling website Diva Dirt:
    • Melanie, one of the original writers, for the first two years on the site couldn't live down her obvious dislike of Candice Michelle - which could get petty at times, lest you think this was Candice fans being sensitive. One especially petty moment was when she mocked Candice's short haircut, which happened when she donated her hair to Locks of Love. Not helping matters was Melanie's only defence being that it was her blog and she was entitled to her opinions. Once the site started getting noticed by female wrestlers, Melanie and co wisely reigned in more antagonistic writing styles.
    • Melanie's other fellow writer Erin for ages couldn't live down how often she got the names of moves wrong - when she was a wrestling journalist. She would frequently complain about Kelly Kelly doing "variations of a Frankensteiner" and even calling a victory roll a "reverse Frankensteiner" (two extremely different moves; the former is a pin, the latter is an impact move often used as a finisher).
  • Anita Sarkeesian of Feminist Frequency:
    • Even the site itself playfully mocks Anita for her first video where she got Joss Whedon's name wrong. For one thing, she calls him 'Josh'.
    • To this day, she's still remembered for her numerous research mistakes or misrepresentation of certain topics (classing (500) Days of Summer as a straight Manic Pixie Dream Girl film is often mentioned) - alongside her claims that the videos were "double and triple checked".
    • She can't live down her infamous claims regarding Watch_Dogs where she generalised all gamers as misogynists who would be sexually aroused by depictions of violence towards women.
  • Youtuber Oxhorn is known for his Fallout lore, settlement build and mod review videos. However, he had attracted some flame worthy controversy over some minor lore inconsistencies between the older isometric Fallout games and the newer 3-d games, as well as for wrongly blaming Obsidian for a texture issue caused by a mod conflict. It was during this controversy that an old (circa 2009) video surfaced of him fat-shaming a teenager. Oxhorn has publicly apologized for that video, but this will most likely remain with him for quite some time.
  • Tanigo "YAGOO" Motoaki, the president and CEO of hololive, is never able to live down saying that "We run an idol group like AKB48", in that that is how hololive is supposedly meant to be seen as. This is a running joke that has been taken out of context as has mentioned that this "idol dream" he spoke of was less about replicating existing agencies but rather giving aspiring talent that may not have made it as a traditional idol the opportunity to fulfill their own dreams in a new medium. The talent and fandom both know this, but regularly make jokes about it for fun, which he just rolls with.


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