- Base-Breaking Character: His completely out of nowhere push after WrestleMania 33 in 2017 certainly rubbed a lot of fans in different ways. On one hand, detractors cited his perceived lack of in-ring skill, suspicion of steroid use, boring character and his utter void of creative attention beyond jobbing prior to the sudden push. On the other hand, his opponent was Randy Orton, who has his own sizable contingent of anti-fans who accuse him of many of the same things; not to mention Orton was just winding down a pretty one sided feud in which he had totally destroyed and ruined the momentum of popular heel Bray Wyatt, had put on a series of disappointing matches, and rarely if ever lost, leaving many hungry to see someone humiliate him; plus there's fans who think that Mahal does make an effective heel and that he can do well if given the right push. Demonstrated at Backlash 2017, in his world title match with Orton where half the crowd was clearly behind him and the other half behind Randy. There were actually people cheering when he won, though the camera's quickly cut to those faces who were visibly shocked, presumably to preserve his heel status. Since the initial push however he has fallen much more soundly into The Scrappy territory again with his poor performances, bad booking as a heel (being unable to beat even lower-midcard Faces cleanly) and incredibly dull feud with Randy Orton (himself a base breaker), as well as Jinder himself routinely showing very tired and cliche heel promos and tactics; very few unironic Jinder fans are to be heard from presently, though whether this might change with time remains to be seen.
- Creator's Pet:
- The reveal that Vince McMahon was personally writing a lot of Mahal's promos and material received unfavorable comparison with Vince doing the same to Roman Reigns, making a lot of fans perceive Mahal as being an overpushed pet project of Vince's, once again being forced down the throats of fans. This intensified even further when he failed to have a good match with Shinsuke Nakamura at SummerSlam 2017, and yet was given a win at the event in the exact same fashion as nearly every win he has had as champion (i. e. the Singh Brothers interfere, Mahal's opponent dispaches them, Mahal seizes the opportunity to hit his finishing move on his opponent for the win). Earlier in the same week of SummerSlam he also ruined Baron Corbin cashing in the Money in the Bank briefcase (though John Cena also played a part in that), which has led to many accusing Jinder's push of doing great damage to other, more worthy talents.
- This sentiment fired up again when he won the US title in a match with three men (Rusev, Randy Orton and Bobby Roode) who all were far more popular with fans, particularly Rusev, who was the one Jinder pinned to win the match; the fan disgust was very audible.
- Ethnic Scrappy: Many accused WWE of pushing Jinder only to try and appeal to the Indian market (where the WWE Network recently launched, and were stated to go on tour after Backlash).
- "Holy Shit!" Quotient: Jinder Mahal winning the WWE Championship at Backlash. YMMV on whether it was insanity or genius, but it was certainly unexpected.
- Memetic Mutation:
- Juicy Jinder. Explanation
- Can't Hinder Jinder. Explanation
- Replacement Scrappy:
- Many detractors consider Jinder to be an inferior Muhammad Hassan, since, like Hassan, he's being pushed to the moon out of nowhere (Hassan would have won the World Heavyweight Championship if not for the incident that destroyed his career) and his gimmick is basically "I hate Americans because they're all racist!" Time will tell if Jinder can subvert this.
- He's also been getting compared to John "Bradshaw" Layfield, as JBL was also in a not-quite-enviable position on the card (the APA on its last legs) before getting an out-of-nowhere push to the main event around the post-WrestleMania season and winning the WWE Championship. However, while JBL's push also hit some snags (he was reportedly the lowest-drawing WWE Champion since Diesel) JBL's push is still agreed to have went over far better than Jinder's, because JBL was so skilled at playing a despicable heel.
- The Scrappy: Is hated by most of the WWE fanbase to the point where he wasn't even drawing tickets sales in India (which was allegedly the entire reason why he won the WWE Championship).
- Take That, Scrappy!: Aside from losing the WWE Championship on free TV to fan favourite AJ Styles, weeks beforehand Paul Heyman addressed Jinder's challenge to Brock Lesnar with utter disbelief and openly mocked him for even thinking he could stand on even footing to Lesnar, even edging on Worked Shoot and Leaning on the Fourth Wall by basically stating that the only reason Jinder got the WWE Championship was because SmackDown got depleted from top draws due to the Superstar Shake-up. Compare and contrast to Heyman's genuine fear, both for Lesnar's title run and his own personal safety, of Samoa Joe and Braun Strowman, and him singing praises to AJ after AJ won the title from Jinder and became Lesnar's new challenger.
- X-Pac Heat: As many of the entries here make clear, whatever benefit of the doubt the fanbase had given Jinder was long gone before his WWE title run was even half over. Many had begun including Jinder as one of the worst WWE champions of all time even before his reign actually ended.
YMMV / Jinder Mahal