- Awesome Music: Pick any famous song by them, and it'll probably get you really riled up just based on each song's intensity and badassery.
- Cargo Ship: Tom Morello x Arm the Homeless, apparently. More people might have noticed if the music wasn't so badass. (Tom's "Arm the Homeless" guitar is the one he uses for the band's F#-minor songs, like "Bulls on Parade", "Guerrilla Radio", "Know Your Enemy" and "Bombtrack", among others.)
- Covered Up: Not as big of an example as others, but some people think "How I Could Just Kill a Man" and "Renegades of Funk" are RATM songs, when they belong to Cypress Hill and Afrika Bambaataa & the Soulsonic Force respectively.
- Face of the Band: Both Zack de la Rocha and Tom Morello. Many people probably won't have heard of Tim Commerford or Brad Wilk until looking at this page.
- Memetic Mutation: FUCK YOU, I WON'T DO WHAT YOU TELL ME! note
- Misaimed Fandom: They really, really reacted poorly to Paul Ryan claiming to be a fan. In general, a lot of fans also just like the music and don't pay attention to the band's politics.
- Moment of Awesome:
- A grassroots movement sought to take their song "Killing in the Name" to the Christmas number one spot in Britain, and, by extension, prevent the winner of The X Factor from getting it, which had been the case for the past four consecutive years. It succeeded, outselling the #2 by 50,000 sales with downloads alone. Made more awesome by the band donating their earnings from the sales to charity and celebrating their victory by announcing a free gig in the UK in 2010.
- Their show in Santiago, Chile in 2010, which Tom Morello described as the craziest crowd he's ever seen for anyone, anywhere. Have a look at it.
- Tim climbing onto the set piece of the 1999 VMAs after their video lost to Limp Bizkit's "Break Stuff" out of protest. Whether you think it was right or wrong, that's a pretty ballsy thing to do.
- Narm Charm: Due to all the angrish and anviliciousness, especially a couple decades removed from when it was first produced...
- One-Scene Wonder: Zack was featured on a track by hardcore hip hop duo Run the Jewels, of all things. His verse was well-written and skillful enough to spawn debates about whether he wrote it himself or used a ghostwriter, though he has done other features before that have demonstrated that he is a gifted rapper. "Digging for Windows", his first single off his oft-delayed solo album (produced by El-P, no less) should hopefully lay all controversy to rest.
- Signature Song: "Killing in the Name", seeing as it is the band's Breakthrough Hit.
- Some Anvils Need to Be Dropped: They're not exactly subtle, but they definitely send a potent message.
- Song Association: "Wake Up" was famously used in the end credits of The Matrix.
- Tear Jerker: "Born of a Broken Man", "Darkness of Greed", "Settle for Nothing", "Maria" and their cover of "Beautiful World" by Devo.
- Values Resonance: Some of those that work forces are the same that burn crosses? In a song written over twenty years before the Black Lives Matter movement.
YMMV / Rage Against the Machine