- Broken Base: Calling the song "Quote Unquote" VS calling it by its originally intended name, "Travolta". Chances are, if you look up a given YouTube video of the song, the comments section will have at least one string of users arguing over the name of the song.
- Creator's Pet: Was accused of this by several of Patton's fans, especially in the early days. Despite all the success of his new band Faith No More in the late 80s, Patton seemed more focused on getting exposure for Bungle and fought to get them signed to Warner. Was part of the early friction with FNM.
- Ear Worm:
- Now I'm findiiiiiing truuuuuuuth is a ruin...
- There's no place like home...
- "Oooooh, an egg comes out of a chick/Oooooh, a chick comes out of an egg!"
- "Girls of Porn." If the unbelievably obscene lyrics don't stick with you, the tune sure will.
- Really, nearly all their music is catchy, no matter how weird it gets.
- Fandom Rivalry: With the Red Hot Chili Peppers and, to some extent, Faith No More.
- Misattributed Song: The Ping Pang Band's version of "...Baby One More Time" is commonly misattributed to either Mr. Bungle or Mike Patton solo. This was initially because of a fan uploading their cover to an FTP otherwise dedicated to Mr. Bungle bootlegs, as well as because the vocals were done in Patton's style.
- Nightmare Fuel:
- "Everyone I Went to High School with Is Dead" is about a murderer who is killing his old high school schoolmates and using the yearbook as a way to track the ones that he already killed. The music itself is chaotic and distorted, with random, agonized gibberish thrown in for good measure.
- Honestly, half of their catalog could be considered "Nightmarish".
- The art from their first album, borrowed from the comic "Beautiful Stories for Ugly Children," certainly counts.
- Nightmare Retardant: The hidden track at the end of Disco volante initially comes off as Nightmare Fuel; it's distorted and ominous, and its supposed title - "Nothing" - recalls Nihilism. Then you realize it was a case of Throw It In!, the title an in-joke.
YMMV / Mr. Bungle