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  • Big Name Fan: The man himself is a longtime fan of Atheist and apparently told Kelly Shaefer online that Neurotica was terrible and that he needed to disband them and bring Atheist back; he even apparently signed it as "Brian Warner" to make sure that Shaefer (who had known him from way back when Marilyn Manson and the Spooky Kids was strictly local) would know it was him.
  • Cowboy BeBop at His Computer:
    • Marilyn Manson is not a goth band, and they have never claimed to be so. It seems as though only reason people think they are a goth band is because the media kept saying they were. The makeup, nail polish, black clothing, and stereotypical "darkness" of the band didn't help much. The music video for "Tainted Love" also does not help, what with it being filled with goth kids and all (one even wearing a shirt stating "Nothing but a G(oth) Thing.")
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    • Also they're not Satanists, although Manson himself is a Reverend in the church of LaVeyan Satanism (which is quite distinct from the aforementioned steteotypical version) and they do not condone it especially during the Antichrist Superstar-era. The Antichirst part especially does not refer to Manson in a literal sense since it is a Concept Album...that and it would make no sense anyway for various reasons.
  • Creator Breakdown:
    • Marilyn Manson (the person) had a bout of serious depression whilst writing Eat Me, Drink Me.
    • Some may go so far as to say it went from their first album, Portrait of an America Family through to The High End of Low. Yes, Born Villain is the first non-breakdown album.
  • Creator Killer: Manson attributes the end of the band's mainstream success to the Columbine massacre, specifically how Moral Guardians accused him of influencing the shooters and turned him into a symbol of everything wrong with mainstream rock music.
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  • Cut Song: Many from the Spooky Kids era, though most survived via old cassette tapes and bootlegs. Some are... Well, let's just say Manson has a good reason for trying to forget about them.
  • Executive Meddling: Manson originally wanted to use a nude photo of himself as a child for the cover of Portrait of an American Family. The label was Squicked out and shot down the idea, not being very eager about accusations of child pornography.
  • Fountain of Expies: Copied by many, many shock rockers, from Chris Motionless of Motionless In White to Hyde of L'arc~en~ciel and Vamps.
  • The Pete Best: No less than five examples, the last three of whom ended up suing.
    • Olivia Newton Bundy and ZsaZsa Speck were the first bassist and keyboardist, but wrote nothing and only played a few shows before quitting to form another band.
    • Gidget Gein was the second bassist and co-wrote a number of the songs, but his addiction to heroin got him kicked out of the band. He played on the first album, Portrait of an American Family, but never toured. He later became an artist, but died of an overdose in 2008.
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    • Sara Lee Lucas was the first drummer, but came into conflict with Manson. He was set on fire during one show and left without saying goodbye.
    • Daisy Berkowitz was the first guitarist and co-founder of the band, but clashed with Manson and Twiggy during the Smells Like Children tour and ended up leaving halfway through the recording of the second album, Antichrist Superstar. He wound up joining Jack Off Jill and had various other projects, as well as a solo project where he played Spooky Kids songs. He later succumbed to cancer in late 2017.
  • Pop Culture Urban Legends: The rumour that Manson had his two bottom ribs removed in order to perform DIY blowjobs. This has persisted despite the fact that an operation of this kind would probably be fatal, and no doctor on earth would agree to perform it. That, the Wonder Years rumor, the "killing puppies" rumor, and the "Manson is actually a chick" rumors still exist to this day. Lampshaded by the man himself in his autobiography:
  • Promoted Fanboy: A young Manson (real name Brian Warner) appeared on an MTV program talking to a VJ about the band he was putting together. According to his autobiography, he also interviewed future collaborator Trent Reznor in the late '80s while working as an amateur music journalist.
  • Role-Ending Misdemeanor: Belated, but still. In October 2017, Jessicka Addams of Jack Off Jill made allegations of previous abuse and rape (claiming it occurred in the 90s, when they were dating) against Twiggy, which shook up the fandoms of both bands. A couple days later, Manson himself announced that Twiggy was no longer in the band.
  • Troubled Production: The necessary re-recording of the debut, the constant drug-use and intra-band tension of Antichrist Superstar.
  • The Wiki Rule: The Marilyn Manson Wiki.

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