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    Comic Books 
"Every day I live with this and save the world a hundred times over! But I made ONE mistake — ONE MISTAKE!!! Years ago! And it's all any of you will remember me for — All you ever say about me!
Hank Pym, Secret Empire #4, in response to Iron Man bringing up the time he slapped his wife.

The reader also knows that everyone poos. But if the first thing a character does is poo in front of the reader, the reader will think of him as the Pooing Character forevermore.

    Films — Animated 
Hiro: Wait, Go Go? Honey Lemon? Wasabi?
Wasabi: I spilled wasabi on my shirt one time people! One! Time!

    Films — Live-Action 
If a man builds a thousand bridges and sucks one dick, they don't call him a bridge-builder — they call him a cocksucker.
Vince Boudreau, Play it to the Bone

Danny: And I always confuse Monet and Manet. Now which one married his mistress?
Tess: Monet.
Danny: Right, and then Manet had syphilis.
Tess: They also painted occasionally.

Ulysses S. Grant held this country together. Now what's he remembered for? Being a drunk. Ronald Reagan oversaw the fall of the Berlin Wall, the end of Cold War — but any discussion of his legacy ends with jelly beans, naps, and Alzheimer's!
Hon. Joseph Palmer, The Judge

Reverend Eric Fitzhugh: Am I never to be forgiven for one moment of weakness?
Sir Malcolm Baxter: According to our latest census you've had at least fourteen moments of weakness, Eric.

Sydney Ellen Wade: I regrouped. You have to give me that. I stood in the middle of the Oval Office and made it clear that he who doesn't take the GDC seriously does so at his peril.
Beth Wade: And then you walked out the wrong door.
Sydney Ellen Wade: Are you going to keep throwing that back in my face for the rest of my life?
Beth Wade: That's my current plan, yes.

Jay: Hey, wait a second, aren't you that guy that fucked the pie?
Jason Biggs: Y'see, man? Y'see? It's never "hey, you were in Loser, weren't ya?" or "dude, you rocked in Boys and Girls!" No, it always comes back to that fucking pie! I'm haunted by it!

Tony: Shit!
Steve: Language!
Tony: Wait a second, no one else is gonna deal with the fact that Cap just said "language"?
Steve: I know! Just slipped out.
Tony: And for gosh sake, watch your language!
Steve: That's not going away anytime soon...

    Live-Action TV 
You make the front page today only if you screw up. They only know your name if you’re the unlucky S.O.B. sitting on 500 tons of dynamite. That’s what they’re really waiting for.
Colonel Belt, The X-Files ("Space")

I've killed all kinda folks, just about every way you can. Rich, poor, guilty, innocent, by hand, by blade, by gun. Burn just one guy to death? They call you "Matches" for the rest of your days. Life's funny, isn't it?
Patrick "Matches" Malone, Gotham

You shoot one dog in this country...
DS Sandra Pullman, New Tricks

I want you to give the order to run away. Those words. "Run away." I want you to be famous for those exact words. I want people to call you Colonel Run-Away. I want children laughing outside your door 'cos they've found the house of Colonel Run-Away. And when people come to you and ask you if trying to get to me through THE PEOPLE I LOVE!! [visibly collects himself] Is in any way a good idea... I want you to tell them your name.
The Doctor, Doctor Who, "A Good Man Goes to War"

I'd been a Serial Killer for four years, but they'd never given me a nickname. Then you bite one guy on the arse, and suddenly you're 'The Buttmuncher.'
Frankie Boyle, "Unlikely Lines in a Thriller Movie", Mock the Week

"You've changed your face, you've changed your scent
You've even changed your fingerprint
Image is anything
But with all this electricity
You can't change your publicity
The lies the many sing"
T. Bone Burnett, "The Rat Age"

    Web Original 
This is the story that killed my parents’ interest in Doctor Who. To this day my mother refuses to accept the possibility that Baker might be good on the audios simply because of how much this story made her hate him.
Dr. El Sandifer on Doctor Who, "The Twin Dilemma"

Gwen was supposed to be our audience identification character on this show, but Davies did some quite perverse in making her more unlikable as the show continued, cheating on her long suffering boyfriend with an absolute asshole...This whole affair malarkey leaves a really bad taste in the mouth as far as Gwen is concerned, and in the future when they get married and have a baby it leaves a black cloud just on the horizon of these happy events.

Character: Says "I like bread" that one time.
Fandom: Character has an obsession with bread. Bread is character's true love. Draws character as bread. Every meta joke in fanfic is about bread. The character's room is wallpapered with bread.

"Steve Gerrard, Gerrard,
He slipped from 40 yards!
He gave it to Demba Ba!
Steve Gerrard, Gerrard."
Everton fans, making fun of Steven Gerrard slipping and allowing Demba Ba to score during Liverpool's 2-0 loss to Chelsea on April 27, 2014.

Wait, I forgot to do some 'Paul Reubens wanked in a porno theater' jokes. Have ... have you noticed how 'Pee-wee' could refer to both his character and his penis? Yeah. (Aced it.)

Ricky Gervais introduced the charbroiled piece of rage jerky and he made a few jokes about Mel being a drunk, Jew-hating mess while doing so. When Mel came out, he pretty much called Ricky Gervais a piece of shit and let everyone know that he’s got a train wreck of a colon since he has to get a colonoscopy every 3 years...Ricky came back out and made Alan Cumming’s Arthur the Aardvark-looking ass gasp by asking Mel Gibson what in the fuck does sugar tits mean. The look that covered Mel Gibson’s barbecue sauce-basted face was priceless. It was definitely a “I’ll bury you in the rose garden” face.
Michael K., "What he meant was that 'he’ll put Ricky Gervais to sleep' by making Ricky watch Apocalypto."

Cruise bouncing on that couch is one of the touchstones of the last decade, the punchline every time someone writes about his career.
    Web Video 
Ever since you called me a 'freaky fish guy', I haven't been able to escape it! All over the world people see me and shout, "Hey, it's that freaky fish guy! Wanna throw a harpoon at us, Freaky Fish Guy?". And all because I once threw a harpoon at somebody. Does that mean that I deserve being labelled a 'Freaky Fish Guy'!? ...It's not like I make a habit out of it.

slowbeef: Play the video in 3... 2... 1... and play. [video starts] So fake cancer, you fell for that, really?
ProtonJon: Oh, for fuck's sake!

Goku: Hey, best buddy!
Vegeta: (normal voice) Oh, it's you. Explain, idiot.
Trunks: No, no, no!
Goku: We found three more Androids.
Trunks: (offscreen) Dammit!
Vegeta: Three whole Androids, huh? Pretty sure that makes eight. Hmm, never letting the boy live this one down.
'Dragon Ball Z Abridged Super Android 13 Abridged

Developing a game, as it turns out, is quite hard. As negative press grew and grew concerning nepotism and mass resignations, and full-page gaming adverts informed a restless gaming public that they were John Romero's cellmate and he'd claimed the top bunk, as it were, outright hostility was brewing. At this point, the universe takes two paths: one in which Romero spearheads a bold artistic movement in gaming design as a misunderstood genius burdened with the egotism that often strikes the auteur, or Romero is forever lambasted as a boob so massive that even the most determined baby would struggle to get its gob around him. And which universe we ended up with hinged on one thing: Daikatana not being an execrable pile of garbage. Better luck next time, universe.
Zero Punctuation on Daikatana and its impact on John Romero's reputation.

    Western Animation 
"Words with venom, words that bind
Words used like weapons to cloud my mind!
I'm a person. I'm a man, but no matter how hard I try,
People just say 'Hey! There goes that 'nigger' guy'
Everywhere I go, it's always the same
I can't get away from that terrible name!
'Hey Nigger Guy! Nigger Guy! Nigger Guy!'
Stop! Now go. Call me Nigger Guy!
Fill me with your hate!
Try to bring me down— Oop up, you're too late
Someone just beat you to it
But my dream will not die
To be thought of as more... than just 'Nigger Guy'"
Randy Marsh, South Park ("With Apologies to Jesse Jackson")

Milhouse: Then let's just say, I don't care what people think of me anymore.
Bart: You mean up until now you did care? Then why did you wear that tutu to school last week?
Milhouse: What about all the times I didn't wear a tutu? Nobody ever brings those up!
The Simpsons, "Milhouse Doesn't Live Here Anymore"

No one every lets me forget the time I wouldn't come out of a tunnel in case the rain spoiled my paint.
Henry, Thomas the Tank Engine, "Percy Takes The Plunge"

Perdita: Mickey, she took our puppies!
Cruella: One movie and you're labelled for life!
House of Mouse, "House of Crime"

"I spilled wasabi on my shirt one time, people, ONE TIME!"
Wasabi (explaining his nickname), Big Hero 6

    Real Life 
Nothing stands out so conspicuously, or remains so firmly fixed in the memory, as something which you have blundered.

If all else fails, immortality can always be assured by spectacular error.
John Kenneth Galbraith

When I make a mistake, it's a beaut.
Fiorello La Guardia

If Al Gore invented The Internet, I invented spell check.
Dan Quayle, inventing Gore's invention of the internet

You are remembered for the rules you break.

Last time I was here, I said I was a (referring to his penis) "Magnum". Now people are always screaming 'Magnum' at me...I really shouldn't have said it.

I had no protection against the sex jokes and changed attitudes that the Bunny article brought with it; and my heart sank whenever I was introduced as a former Playboy Bunny or found my employee photograph published with little explanation in Playboy.
Gloria Steinem on her seminal piece "I Was a Playboy Bunny"

Alistair loves cheese like Sten loves cookies. Which is to say they mention those things maybe twice, period.
David Gaider on Dragon Age fans

Vertrouwen/reputatie komt te voet en gaat te paard (Trust/reputation comes on foot and leaves on horseback).
— Dutch proverb

That's something you can't take away, swinging around naked on a wrecking ball lives forever. Once you do that in the amass, y'know, that I did, it's forever. I'm never living that down. I will always be the naked girl on a wrecking ball. No matter how much I just frolic with Emu, I'm always the naked girl on the wrecking ball.

This Earle of Oxford, making of his low obeisance to Queen Elizabeth, happened to let a Fart, at which he was so abashed and ashamed that he went to Travell, 7 yeares. On his returne the Queen welcomed him home, and sayd, My Lord, I had forgott the Fart.
John Aubrey, on an embarrassment reportedly suffered by the 17th Earl of Oxford

As someone who was raised in the South (Texas specifically) I’m perhaps a bit oversensitive to the stereotype that all southerners are backwards hillbillies more interested in working on their trucks than following current events. Obviously, there are legions of southerners who have achieved great things in business, the sciences, entertainment, and other important fields. But all it takes is one moron to go on national TV for our accomplishments to be overshadowed by an outdated and harmful stereotype.


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