History Music / Gorillaz

18th Jun '18 5:15:02 PM Mr.French
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* NoFourthWall: [[DependingOnTheWriter A strangely inconsistent case]]. Sometimes the band will directly address their status as fictional cartoon characters, other times they'll maintain the illusion of being real people.
16th Jun '18 3:16:51 PM Randomfan11
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* EveryonesBabySister: Noodle, being the youngest of the Gorillaz roster, tends to be treated like a little sister by the others, who are older than her by a few decades. Even Murdoc has a soft spot for her.



* EyeScream: 2D's backstory. Ouch.

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* EyeScream: 2D's backstory.backstory, which consisted of Murdoc first ramming a truck into one of his eyes, then ending up hurting the other one during Murdoc's ill-advised car stunt. Ouch.



** TheChick: Noodle [[TheHeart is the one who holds the band together]] and seems to be the only one that the other three really care about.
* FlatWhat: De La Soul give this response to a sample of Creator/DavidAttenborough saying "[[OhCrap The sea has gone silent]]" on "Superfast Jellyfish" from ''Plastic Beach''.

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** TheChick: Noodle [[TheHeart is the one who holds the band together]] and seems to be the only one that the other three really care about.
about. During her absence in Phase 3, Gorillaz remained broken until Phase 4.
* FlatWhat: De La Soul give gave this response to a sample of Creator/DavidAttenborough saying "[[OhCrap The sea has gone silent]]" on "Superfast Jellyfish" from ''Plastic Beach''.



** Sanguine: 2D.
** Choleric: Murdoc.
** Melancholic: Noodle.
** Phlegmatic: Russel.

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** Sanguine: 2D.
2D, a kind-hearted and talented simpleton, who is often a ButtMonkey and mostly regards his surroundings with an absentminded daze.
** Choleric: Murdoc.
Murdoc, who is unhygenic, irritable, cruel, and generally a big piece of shit to almost everyone who meets him.
** Melancholic: Noodle.
Noodle, a CheerfulChild who matured enough to take a sort of leadership stance in the band by Phase 2, then became a BrokenBird in Phase 3.
** Phlegmatic: Russel.Russel, a GentleGiant who doesn't emote much due to the tragedies he suffered in the past, but has a softer side that he reveals to those he considers his friends.



* TheHeart: Noodle. The other three don't care much for each other -- though, Russell and 2D get along a bit better with each other than Murdoc -- but are willing to put up with each other for her sake. The band splits up after her apparent death in "El Mañana".

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* TheHeart: Noodle. The other three don't care much for each other -- though, Russell and 2D get along a bit better with each other than Murdoc -- but are willing to put up with each other for her sake. The band splits up after her apparent death in "El Mañana".Mañana" during Phase 2, and while it did somewhat get together in Phase 3, it was only because Murdoc had to use force. With Noodle back as of Phase 4, Gorillaz is back as well.



%%* HumanoidAbomination: The Boogieman.

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%%* * HumanoidAbomination: The Boogieman.Boogieman in Phase 3. He looks like a man wearing a sinister gas mask, but there's something... ''off'' about him. He seems to be border on "eldritch".



* ItTastesLikeFeet: Noodle once claimed in an interview that Murdoc smells "like halitosis on toast".
* {{Jerkass}}: Murdoc.
* KarmaHoudini: Murdoc, again.

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* ItTastesLikeFeet: Non-eating example; Noodle once claimed in an interview that Murdoc smells "like halitosis on toast".
* {{Jerkass}}: Murdoc.
Murdoc. Despite 2D treating him as a friend, he continues to treat the poor guy like shit, which gets worse with each Phase.
* KarmaHoudini: Murdoc, again.again, especially with his abuse of 2D. [[KarmaHoudiniWarranty Then his protection wears off]] in Phase 4, resulting in a HumiliationConga off-screen. By Phase 5, he's in jail for unknown crimes, with his bandmates shedding no tears over it and even replacing him with [[WesternAnimation/ThePowerpuffGirls Ace]].



** In the "Humility" video, we have two instances: Ace taking a basketball from two players and popping it with a switchblade, to their unamusement; and Russel tripping 2D in the middle of rollerskating, then watches as 2D starts slipping and fumbling around like an idiot.



* LikeBrotherAndSister: Noodle and everyone in the band.

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* LikeBrotherAndSister: Noodle and everyone in the band. Her relationship with 2D especially, is described by her as a "zen bond".



* LittleBitBeastly: All members of the band look like humans with ape-like features.

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* LittleBitBeastly: All members of the band look like humans with ape-like features.features, hence the name "Gorillaz".



** 2D -- caused by his eight-ball fractured eyes.
** Russel and Del.

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** 2D -- 2D's are black, which were caused by his eight-ball fractured eyes. On occasion, he's depicted with white eyes.
** Russel and Del.Del have white eyes.



* NoodleIncident:

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* NoodleIncident:NoodleIncident: PunnyName aside...



* OnlySaneMan: Switches with each Phase, mostly because the band falls more and more apart after each one. In Phase 1, Russel was the most calm and reasonable bandmate, but the loss of his literal soul brother between Phases causes him to breakdown, forcing the now matured Noodle to take on the role. By Phase 3, both Russel and Noodle are absent, forcing ''[[IdiotSavant 2D]]'' to take up the role by simply being less insane than Murdoc.

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* OnlySaneMan: Switches Who holds the role switches with each Phase, mostly because the band falls more and more apart after each one. In Phase 1, Russel was the most calm and reasonable bandmate, but the loss of his literal soul brother between Phases causes him to breakdown, forcing the now matured Noodle to take on the role. By Phase 3, both Russel and Noodle are absent, forcing ''[[IdiotSavant 2D]]'' to take up the role by simply being less insane than Murdoc.



** Murdoc.
** 2D at least went through a phase of this as well, going by the fact that he now has ten illegitimate children.

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** Murdoc.
Murdoc, despite his ugliness, still manages to attract the lades (both in-universe and out).
** 2D at least went through a phase of this as well, well in Phase 2, going by the fact that he now has ten illegitimate children.



* RidiculouslyHumanRobots: Cyborg Noodle.

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* RidiculouslyHumanRobots: Cyborg Noodle. Despite being technically a robot, it looks eerily like Phase 2 Noodle. Then again, that was Murdoc's intention when he made her.



'''2D:''' I was just singing along. I didn't know the mic was still on.

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'''2D:''' I was just singing along. [[IsThisThingStillOn I didn't know the mic was still on.on]].



*** 2-D's T-shirt says [[Franchise/ResidentEvil T Virus]].

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*** 2-D's T-shirt says [[Franchise/ResidentEvil T Virus]].T-Virus]].



** "DARE".

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** "DARE"."DARE" has Noodle's smooth vocals mixed with Shaun Ryder's warblings.



** In the "Stylo" video, it's Creator/BruceWillis!

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** In the "Stylo" video, it's Creator/BruceWillis!Creator/BruceWillis! As a hitman!



* SuperSoldier: Noodle.

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* SuperSoldier: Noodle.Noodle, along with 22 other children, was created by the Japanese government for a secret super-soldier project. Noodle in particular was supposed to be a MusicalAssassin. The project was scrapped and the children killed when it was decided the children were too unstable to be used, but Noodle ended up the SoleSurvivor via her mentor, Mr. Kyuzo, shipping her overseas to Britain in a [=FedEx=] crate.



* TakeThat: "Rockit", as well as the music video, is quite clearly a big one at modern music in general.

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* TakeThat: TakeThat:
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"Rockit", as well as the music video, is quite clearly a big one at modern music in general.general.
** "Humility" can be interpreted as one from 2D's, and by extension the entire band's point of view; [[TheDogBitesBack they had enough of Murdoc's abusive behavior]], and shed no tears over the news of the bassist's arrest. The song title, the recruitment of [[WesternAnimation/ThePowerpuffGirls Ace]] as Murdoc's replacement, and the lines "And if you're coming back to find me / You'd better have good aim" further implies the point.
15th Jun '18 4:18:11 AM DuPinz
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* CanonWelding: The addition of [[Characters/ThePowerpuffGirlsMainAntagonists Ace]] as a replacement for Murdoc for ''The Now Now'' [[ImpliedTrope implies]] that the band exists in the same universe as ''WesternAnimation/ThePowerpuffGirls''.
15th Jun '18 4:17:38 AM DuPinz
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* CanonWelding: The addition of [[Characters/ThePowerpuffGirlsMainAntagonists Ace]] as a replacement for Murdoc for ''The Now Now'' [[ImpliedTrope implies]] that the band exists in the same universe as ''WesternAnimation/ThePowerpuffGirls''.
7th Jun '18 6:29:03 PM Brundercracker
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7th Jun '18 6:28:33 PM Brundercracker
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6th Jun '18 9:39:56 PM CJCroen1393
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** Then there's 2D [[WhoWearsShortShorts wearing ridiculously short jogging shorts (practically underwear)]] in the "Humility" music video, not to mention him spending most of the video riding around on his roller skates and dancing in a way that consists of him frequently shaking his hips around. Even with the usual artstyle, it's hard to see it as anything other than fanservice.

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** Then there's 2D [[WhoWearsShortShorts wearing ridiculously short jogging shorts (practically underwear)]] that show off his [[ShesGotLegs long, smooth legs]] in the "Humility" music video, not to mention him spending most of the video riding around on his roller skates and dancing in a way that consists of him frequently shaking his hips around. Even with the usual artstyle, it's hard to see it as anything other than fanservice.
6th Jun '18 9:38:02 PM CJCroen1393
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** Then there's 2D [[WhoWearsShortShorts wearing ridiculously short jogging shorts (practically underwear)]] in the "Humility" music video, not to mention him spending most of the video riding around on his roller skates and dancing in a way that consists of him frequently shaking his hips around. Even with the usual artstyle, it's hard to see it as anything other than fanservice.
5th Jun '18 10:12:16 PM hipsterelephant
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* BittersweetEnding: The SeriesFauxnale "[=DoYaThing=]" features the band back together in London, sharing a house with each other. The Cyborg is gone, Noodle seems to finally be happy and peaceful again and the ''Boogieman'' seems to have turned over a new leaf and is now living with the band. However, Murdoc received no punishment for his deed during Phase 3, his relationship with 2D has remained terrible at best, Russel is still a giant, and they are currently being haunted by the spirit of Andre 3000. Made even more bittersweet by the ending, where 2D receives an eviction notice, meaning the band once again has nowhere to go, but is actually overjoyed by the news as it means he may finally be able to get away from the insanity Murdoc brought to him and live a normal life. That is, until another album is released.

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* BittersweetEnding: The SeriesFauxnale "[=DoYaThing=]" features the band back together in London, sharing a house with each other. The Cyborg is gone, Noodle seems to finally be happy and peaceful again and the ''Boogieman'' seems to have turned over a new leaf and is now living with the band. However, Murdoc received no punishment for his deed during Phase 3, his relationship with 2D has remained terrible at best, Russel is still a giant, and they are currently being haunted by the spirit of Andre 3000. Made even more bittersweet by the ending, where 2D receives an eviction notice, meaning the band once again has nowhere to go, but is actually overjoyed by the news as it means he may finally be able to get away from the insanity Murdoc brought to him and live a normal life. That is, until another album is released.2017 when Humanz released.
5th Jun '18 8:56:24 AM StFan
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* TheNameIsBondJamesBond:
-->'''2D:''' I know there's a rumour going round that my real name is Stuart Tusspot, but that's not true. It's Pot. Stuart Pot.
:: Apparently only half-true; it was "Tusspot" when he was very young, but his father decided he didn't want Stuart to suffer the same teasing he did, so he changed the family name to "Pot" to head it off at the pass somewhat.
-->'''David Pot:''' But deep down both myself and Stu are still Tusspots.
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