History Music / MichaelJackson

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* FaceRevealingTurn: The music video for "Thriller" has possibly the most famous (and often parodied) use of the trope of all time.

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* FaceRevealingTurn: The music video for "Thriller" has possibly the most famous (and often most frequently parodied) use of the trope of all time.
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* AmbiguouslyBrown: How he looked in the late '80s as the vitiligo began to lighten his skin and his cosmetic surgeries made him look more racially ambiguous, leading to many works referencing his changing skintone. For example, ''Film/HotTubTimeMachine'' had the time-travelling heroes confirm their travel to the past by asking a passerby what color Michael Jackson was.
* DudeLooksLikeALady: His plastic surgeries, long hair and makeup made him look increasingly feminine by the 1990s, to the point that his appearance was compared to that of his older sister [=LaToya=].
* FormerChildStar: He managed to remain highly successful even as an adult, but many of his cameos or fictional portrayals present him as as forever scarred by not having been allowed to be a kid when he was a kid. He was also close friends with a number of ex-child stars such as [[Film/HomeAlone Macaulay Culkin]] and Creator/ElizabethTaylor.
* GuestFighter: In ''Ready 2 Rumble Boxing: Part 2''. Let's be honest, [[MundaneMadeAwesome we all wanted to use him beat the crap out of scary Russian Boxers, Shaq and Bill Clinton.]]
* ManChild: The unfortunate side effect of being forced into show business at the age of '''six''' and therefore never getting a chance to experience childhood when he actually was a child; this dysfunction happened to be so prominent for Jackson that he even wrote a song about it, appropriately titled "Childhood". Neverland Ranch, named after [[Literature/PeterPan a story about a certain young boy who never grew up]], is often seen as his attempt to "buy back" his youth. An entire episode of ''WebVideo/AfterHours'' is devoted to this idea of him reclaiming his lost youth.
* NeverSpeakIllOfTheDead: Michael spent the last two decades of his life being [[MemeticMolester the butt of molestation jokes]], among other things, with his musical career being largely ignored. Even though he was seen a bit more positively when the child molestation charges were dismissed in 2005, it wasn't until after he passed away that these negative comments about his personal life almost completely disappeared. Fictional references to MJ evolved from molestation jokes to, at worst, ManChild jokes or simple reverence for his work and ignoring his personal life.
* OneOfTheKids: He identified strongly with ''Literature/PeterPan'' and preferred being around children since, as he saw it, they liked having fun, didn't talk to him about adult things that made him feel uncomfortable, and were less likely to judge him for what the media said about him. Unfortunately, this led to the child molestation accusations that plagued him until his death.


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* ObliviousToHisOwnDescription: Cartoon screenwriter Creator/MarkEvanier [[http://www.newsfromme.com/2009/06/25/michael-jackson-r-i-p/ recalls]] a time he was invited to Neverland Ranch to discuss a proposed {{Celebrity Toon|s}}. Michael Jackson mentioned that he was familiar with Evanier's work on a previous show, remarking, "I love ''ComicBook/RichieRich.''" Evanier, looking around the mansion, returned, "Michael... you ''are'' Richie Rich."



* ParodyAssistance: He was a strong supporter of Music/WeirdAlYankovic, letting him use the “Badder” set from ''{{Moonwalker}}'' to film the “Bad” parody, “Fat.”
* PassThePopcorn: Sorta does this in the "Thriller" video. An animated gif featuring this scene has become a ''massive'' meme.
* PepTalkSong: "Wanna Be Startin' Somethin'", "Keep the Faith", and "On the Line".
* PersonalArcade: Michael had a giant arcade in his home, with dozens of video games and pinball machines. It was recreated for an exhibit in Beverly Hills; you can take a virtual panoramic tour of it [[http://www.pinsane2.com/pinorama/events/MJ_09/kr/michael_jackson_arcade_entry.html here.]]

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* ParodyAssistance: He was a strong supporter of Music/WeirdAlYankovic, letting him use the “Badder” set from ''{{Moonwalker}}'' to film the “Bad” parody, “Fat.”
* PassThePopcorn: Sorta does this in the "Thriller" video.video, noshing away at popcorn while his girlfriend recoils in terror during the movie. An animated gif featuring this scene has become a ''massive'' meme.
* %%* PepTalkSong: "Wanna Be Startin' Somethin'", "Keep the Faith", and "On the Line".
* PersonalArcade: Michael had a giant arcade in his home, with dozens of video games and pinball machines. It was recreated for an exhibit in Beverly Hills; you can take a virtual panoramic tour of it [[http://www.pinsane2.com/pinorama/events/MJ_09/kr/michael_jackson_arcade_entry.html here.]]
Line".



* ProperlyParanoid: Some of his most popular [[SignatureSong signature hit songs]] had this atmosphere.

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* %%* ProperlyParanoid: Some of his most popular [[SignatureSong signature hit songs]] had this atmosphere.



* RedBaron: The King of Pop.
* {{Retirony}}: He died only 18 days before the first of the ''This is It'' series of concerts, which he had implied would be the last of his career.
* TheRival: The aforementioned Music/{{Prince}} was often presented as this in the press. Music/MCHammer thought himself this in the early and mid-'90s, and repeatedly tried to call Jackson out, though it seems to have mostly one-way. Jackson reportedly enjoyed the MJ call-out at the end of ''2 Legit to Quit'', in which a Jackson stand-in makes the titular hand gesture.
* TheRockStar: Even now he's still known worldwide.



* RummageSaleReject: Some of his costumes looked like this. And still managed to look cool.
** See the episode of ''Series/TheGoldenGirls''.
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* ShoutOut: Jango from ''Manga/OnePiece'', a CaptainErsatz of Jackson. In the German dub he was even named ''Jacko''!
** And when he walks, it looks like he's moon-walking forwards.
** ''VideoGame/PokemonColosseum'' and ''[[VideoGame/PokemonXD Pokémon XD: Gale of Darkness]]'' both feature Miror B., an antagonist who has excellent dancing skills, a glove on his left hand, and an afro in the shape of a Poké Ball (also the same colours as a standard Poké Ball - red and white), who loves using Ludicolo. Ludicolo ITSELF is a reference to Michael, but Miror B. takes this to [[UptoEleven 721]].
** Also, most of his music videos are shout outs. Music/{{Bad}} is a shout-out to Cool from ''Theatre/WestSideStory'', "Smooth Criminal" is a shout out to Fred Astaire.

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* ShoutOut: Jango from ''Manga/OnePiece'', a CaptainErsatz of Jackson. In the German dub he was even named ''Jacko''!
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** And when he walks, it looks like he's moon-walking forwards.
** ''VideoGame/PokemonColosseum'' and ''[[VideoGame/PokemonXD Pokémon XD: Gale of Darkness]]'' both feature Miror B., an antagonist who has excellent dancing skills, a glove on his left hand, and an afro in the shape of a Poké Ball (also the same colours as a standard Poké Ball - red and white), who loves using Ludicolo. Ludicolo ITSELF is a reference to Michael, but Miror B. takes this to [[UptoEleven 721]].
** Also, most
Many of his music videos are shout outs. Music/{{Bad}} is a shout-out to Cool from ''Theatre/WestSideStory'', "Smooth Criminal" is a shout out to Fred Astaire.



** ''VideoGame/LaMulana'': The "Dancer" you have to scan in the Temple of Moonlight uses one of Jackson's poses.
** ''VideoGame/BattleArenaToshinden 3'': Kayin Amoh and his foil Ten Count. One is a weathered young man whose life as a bounty hunter has given him nothing but grief and knowing the bitter and sick after-taste of violence, while the other is a fairly insane sharp dressed hitman who delights in his career like a superstar and uses an undercover name based off of one of his methods to delightfully kill people. Both of them are respectively based off of ''Beat It'' and ''Smooth Criminal'', even right down to the wardrobe and their clashing character themes.
** Chris Tucker does an impersonation of Michael Jackson in ''Film/RushHour''. The two later became friends, and Tucker [[PromotedFanboy appeared in his "You Rock My World" video]].



* SnakeOilSalesman: He plays the accomplice of one of these (played by Music/PaulMcCartney) in the "Say Say Say" music video.

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* %%* SnakeOilSalesman: He plays the accomplice of one of these (played by Music/PaulMcCartney) in the "Say Say Say" music video.



* StalkingIsLove: The music video for "The Way You Make Me Feel" gives off this vibe.
* TheSomethingSong: "Earth Song". Inverted with “Wanna Be Startin’ Something”
* SpecialGuest: Many of his music videos have celebrity cameos.
* StalkerWithACrush: "The Way You Make Me Feel", "Billie Jean", "Dirty Diana".
* StrongFamilyResemblance: Many of the Jackson brothers looked strikingly alike when they were children. Back in the '90s, the RunningGag was that Michael's public appearances were actually his sister [=LaToya=]. At one award show, he appeared next to his other sister [[Music/JanetJackson Janet]] and joked "See? We ''are'' two different people!"
** Michael and Marlon apparently looked similar enough to be mistaken for twins when they were younger.

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* %%* StalkingIsLove: The music video for "The Way You Make Me Feel" gives off this vibe.
* %%* TheSomethingSong: "Earth Song". Inverted with “Wanna Be Startin’ Something”
* %%* SpecialGuest: Many of his music videos have celebrity cameos.
* %%* StalkerWithACrush: "The Way You Make Me Feel", "Billie Jean", "Dirty Diana".
* StrongFamilyResemblance: Many of the Jackson brothers looked strikingly alike when they were children. Back in the '90s, the RunningGag was that Michael's public appearances were actually his sister [=LaToya=]. At one award show, he appeared next to his other sister [[Music/JanetJackson Janet]] and joked "See? We ''are'' two different people!"
** Michael and Marlon apparently looked similar enough to be mistaken for twins when they were younger.
Diana".



* TalkyBookends: Popularized this trope with the "Thriller" clip.

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* TalkyBookends: Popularized this trope with the "Thriller" clip. The film opens with a short skit, ends with a short skit, and in between is music video magic.



* ThemeNaming: Jackson's children are named Prince (named after his grandfather) Michael Joseph Jackson, Paris-Michael Katherine (after his [[MommasBoy beloved mother]]) Jackson, and Prince Michael Jackson II (a.k.a. Blanket). Paris might have been named "Princess" had Debbie Rowe not objected to it.



** Also happens towards the end of "Rock With You".
* TheTysonZone: A shining example, where basically everything about his life, no matter how weird, was easily believed. To the point [[NoSuchThingAsBadPublicity Jackson himself fabricated some rumours the tabloids disseminated in the 80s]].

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** %%** Also happens towards the end of "Rock With You".
* TheTysonZone: A shining example, where basically everything about his life, no matter how weird, was easily believed. To the point [[NoSuchThingAsBadPublicity Jackson himself fabricated some rumours the tabloids disseminated in the 80s]].
You".



* WhiteGloves: Wearing a single white glittering glove (this, plus the white socks, were so that people in the cheap seats at his concerts could still make out his moves) was a trademark of his, earning him another nickname: "The Gloved One".
* YouAreNotAlone: Had a hit song by this title, penned by none other than Music/RKelly.
* {{Zipperiffic}}: The red jacket he wore in the "Beat It" video.

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* WhiteGloves: Wearing a single white glittering glove (this, plus the white socks, were so that people in the cheap seats at his concerts could still make out his moves) was a trademark of his, earning him another nickname: "The Gloved One".
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%%* YouAreNotAlone: Had a hit song by this title, penned by none other than Music/RKelly.
* {{Zipperiffic}}: The red jacket he wore in the "Beat It" video.video was covered in zippers, and was iconic enough that it's a likely trope codifier.


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* AmbiguouslyBrown: How he looked in the late '80s as the vitiligo began to lighten his skin and his cosmetic surgeries made him look more racially ambiguous, leading to many works referencing his changing skintone. For example, ''Film/HotTubTimeMachine'' had the time-travelling heroes confirm their travel to the past by asking a passerby what color Michael Jackson was.
* DudeLooksLikeALady: His plastic surgeries, long hair and makeup made him look increasingly feminine by the 1990s, to the point that his appearance was compared to that of his older sister [=LaToya=].
* FormerChildStar: He managed to remain highly successful even as an adult, but many of his cameos or fictional portrayals present him as as forever scarred by not having been allowed to be a kid when he was a kid. He was also close friends with a number of ex-child stars such as [[Film/HomeAlone Macaulay Culkin]] and Creator/ElizabethTaylor.
* GuestFighter: In ''Ready 2 Rumble Boxing: Part 2''. Let's be honest, [[MundaneMadeAwesome we all wanted to use him beat the crap out of scary Russian Boxers, Shaq and Bill Clinton.]]
* ManChild: The unfortunate side effect of being forced into show business at the age of '''six''' and therefore never getting a chance to experience childhood when he actually was a child; this dysfunction happened to be so prominent for Jackson that he even wrote a song about it, appropriately titled "Childhood". Neverland Ranch, named after [[Literature/PeterPan a story about a certain young boy who never grew up]], is often seen as his attempt to "buy back" his youth. An entire episode of ''WebVideo/AfterHours'' is devoted to this idea of him reclaiming his lost youth.
* NeverSpeakIllOfTheDead: Michael spent the last two decades of his life being [[MemeticMolester the butt of molestation jokes]], among other things, with his musical career being largely ignored. Even though he was seen a bit more positively when the child molestation charges were dismissed in 2005, it wasn't until after he passed away that these negative comments about his personal life almost completely disappeared. Fictional references to MJ evolved from molestation jokes to, at worst, ManChild jokes or simple reverence for his work and ignoring his personal life.
* OneOfTheKids: He identified strongly with ''Literature/PeterPan'' and preferred being around children since, as he saw it, they liked having fun, didn't talk to him about adult things that made him feel uncomfortable, and were less likely to judge him for what the media said about him. Unfortunately, this led to the child molestation accusations that plagued him until his death.
* TheRival: The aforementioned Music/{{Prince}} was often presented as this in the press. Music/MCHammer thought himself this in the early and mid-'90s, and repeatedly tried to call Jackson out, though it seems to have mostly one-way. Jackson reportedly enjoyed the MJ call-out at the end of ''2 Legit to Quit'', in which a Jackson stand-in makes the titular hand gesture.
%%* TheRockStar: Even now he's still known worldwide.
%%* RummageSaleReject: Some of his costumes looked like this. And still managed to look cool.
%%** See the episode of ''Series/TheGoldenGirls''.
* StrongFamilyResemblance: Many of the Jackson brothers looked strikingly alike when they were children. Back in the '90s, the RunningGag was that Michael's public appearances were actually his sister [=LaToya=]. At one award show, he appeared next to his other sister [[Music/JanetJackson Janet]] and joked "See? We ''are'' two different people!" Michael and Marlon apparently looked similar enough to be mistaken for twins when they were younger.
* TheTysonZone: A shining example, where basically everything about his life, no matter how weird, was easily believed. To the point [[NoSuchThingAsBadPublicity Jackson himself fabricated some rumours the tabloids disseminated in the 80s]].
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* AbusiveParents: His father Joseph, notoriously so. When managing his sons in Music/TheJacksonFive, he deliberately distanced himself from them emotionally by forcing them to call him "Joseph" instead of "Dad" and worked them like dogs, rarely if ever allowing them any down time to just been kids. Michael himself was frequently beaten and recalled one instance where he hid in his bedroom after not signing a contract, only for his father to break the door down and scream at him.
* AffectionateNickname: "Mike" by his family and fans, sometimes even "Mikey". And apparently the children he were friends with called him "Applehead", probably because of the FunnyAfro he used to have. He liked all those nicknames.
** Michael himself sometimes called his brother Jermaine "Erms" or "Maine". And according to Jermaine, if Michael gave you a nickname, he was fond of you.



* AmbiguouslyBrown: How he looked in the late '80s as the vitiligo began to lighten his skin and his cosmetic surgeries made him look more racially ambiguous.
* AnimalMotifs: Tigers, Panthers.
* AncientEgypt: The setting of the "Remember the Time" music video.

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* AmbiguouslyBrown: How he looked in the late '80s as the vitiligo began to lighten his skin and his cosmetic surgeries made him look more racially ambiguous.
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%%* AnimalMotifs: Tigers, Panthers.
* AncientEgypt: The setting of the "Remember the Time" music video.video took place in an ancient Egyptian court, full of pharaohs and the like. No mummies, though.



* TheBabyTrap: "Billie Jean", Inspired by all the times he saw girls try this on his older brothers during the "Jackson 5" years.

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* TheBabyTrap: "Billie Jean", Inspired by all the times he saw girls try this on his older brothers during the "Jackson 5" years. It's a song about a woman who claims her child is his, which he denies.



* BunnyEarsLawyer: Eccentric he may have been, but damn could the man sing and dance!
** Wesley Snipes [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UPjkgTA2J8Q said]] that he once spent three hours speaking with Michael “about metaphysics, psychology, ‘how the black man is treated,’” saying, “people don’t know about Mike on the real, Mike had a consciousness that could blow your mind and he could recite things that could blow your mind as well.”
** Michael was talented in many facets -- he was also heralded as 'King of Style' by various fashion magazines and was a constant trendsetter, had an extensive art studio consisting of his own artwork and sculptures (which he planned to unveil right before the 1993 allegations), and was a very shrewd businessman who bought the entire Music/TheBeatles catalogue right under Paul [=McCartney's=] nose in 1985.
** He had a black belt in karate during his schooldays.
** When Michael was sued in 1993 for alleged plagiarism by a songwriter, he revealed that his [[http://www.starpulse.com/news/Brad_Washington/2012/11/03/michael_jacksons_1993_mexico_depositio songwriting and music I.Q were off the charts]] and that he was actually [[http://www.nme.com/blogs/nme-blogs/the-incredible-way-michael-jackson-wrote-music quite the musical genius]].
*** The [[http://lacienegasmiled.tumblr.com/post/77598143356/demo-of-beat-it-composed-using-only-michael 'Beat It' demo]] is the best example showcasing his talent in songwriting. He was only 23 at the time he wrote it, too.
** After MJ's legendary moonwalk in Motown 25, Creator/FredAstaire said of him: ''"Oh, God! That boy moves in a very exceptional way. That’s the greatest dancer of the century”''. He also claimed that Michael was worthy of being his 'descendent'.



* ChildProdigy: His knack for performing reportedly started as early as the age of ''four'', where he was described as being able to "sing love songs as if he knew what they meant."



* CoolShades: Ray Bans aviators.

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* %%* CoolShades: Ray Bans aviators.



* CultOfPersonality: After the huge success of ''Thriller'', much of Jackson's subsequent career was spent building up one (initially with help from the media), portraying himself as an eccentric yet pure-hearted humanitarian and the greatest entertainer in the world. The VocalMinority of his fans, along with his estate, family, and certain collaborators, continue to encourage and maintain it.



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* DanceBattler: CookingDuel: Several of his appearances and works has Michael's character resolve a potentially violent conflict through dance battles:



* DeadArtistsAreBetter: Following his death, the sales and recognition has gone through the roof.



* DudeLooksLikeALady: His plastic surgeries, long hair and makeup made him look increasingly feminine by the 1990s, to the point that his appearance was compared to that of his older sister [=LaToya=].
* TheEighties: Jackson was ''the'' '80s pop star. ''Film/BackToTheFuturePartII'' goes so far as to imply that he and President Ronald Reagan ''were'' the '80s.



* EverythingsBetterWithMonkeys: Bubbles, his pet chimp.



* ElvisLives: ''Thriller'' could oddly enough be made into a conspiracy theory, making him still around as a zombie in some fan-fiction.
* ExpositoryHairstyleChange: In addition to changing his musical style with each decade, he also changed his hairstyle to go along with it: an afro in the '70s, a jheri curl in the '80s, long and wavy in the early '90s, short and straight in the late '90s, long and straight in the '00s.
* TheFaceless: Having a self-image problem, he often hid his face behind a hygienic mask and large sunglasses when going out in public. Though he did this because his lighter skin caused by Vitiligo and Lupus made him more sensitive to sunlight.
* FacelessMooks: His background dancers in "They Don't Care About Us" from ''This Is It''.

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* ElvisLives: ''Thriller'' could oddly enough be made into a conspiracy theory, making him still around as a zombie in some fan-fiction.
* ExpositoryHairstyleChange: In addition to changing his musical style with each decade, he also changed his hairstyle to go along with it: an afro in the '70s, a jheri curl in the '80s, long and wavy in the early '90s, short and straight in the late '90s, long and straight in the '00s.
* TheFaceless: Having a self-image problem, he often hid his face behind a hygienic mask and large sunglasses when going out in public. Though he did this because his lighter skin caused by Vitiligo and Lupus made him more sensitive to sunlight.
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%%* FacelessMooks: His background dancers in "They Don't Care About Us" from ''This Is It''.



* FedoraOfAsskicking: In the videos for "Smooth Criminal " and "You Rock My World".
* FormerChildStar: He managed to remain highly successful even as an adult, but he was forever scarred by not having been allowed to be a kid when he was a kid. He was also close friends with a number of ex-child stars such as [[Film/HomeAlone Macaulay Culkin]] and Creator/ElizabethTaylor.
* FunnyAfro: His and his brothers' hairstyle in the last years of the Music/TheJacksonFive. [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nb1u7wMKywM See them in the "Blame it on the Boogie" video.]]
* FriendlyRivalry: With {{Music/Prince}}, the ''other'' charismatic young black man who dominated the pop charts in TheEighties. It's debatable as to ''how'' friendly it was, but it's telling that the title track of ''Bad'' was originally conceived as a duet between the two; the video would have had them squaring off with each other as rival gang leaders. Prince eventually dropped out of the project, claiming it was good enough without him, and thus created one of the great WhatCouldHaveBeen incidents in pop music.
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* %%* FedoraOfAsskicking: In the videos for "Smooth Criminal " and "You Rock My World".
* FormerChildStar: He managed to remain highly successful even as an adult, but he was forever scarred by not having been allowed to be a kid when he was a kid. He was also close friends with a number of ex-child stars such as [[Film/HomeAlone Macaulay Culkin]] and Creator/ElizabethTaylor.
* FunnyAfro: His and his brothers' hairstyle in the last years of the Music/TheJacksonFive. [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nb1u7wMKywM See them in the "Blame it on the Boogie" video.]]
* FriendlyRivalry: With {{Music/Prince}}, the ''other'' charismatic young black man who dominated the pop charts in TheEighties. It's debatable as to ''how'' friendly it was, but it's telling that the title track of ''Bad'' was originally conceived as a duet between the two; the video would have had them squaring off with each other as rival gang leaders. Prince eventually dropped out of the project, claiming it was good enough without him,
]] It enhances their approachability and thus created one of the great WhatCouldHaveBeen incidents in pop music.
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* GreenAesop: "Earth Song" and Jackson's final message in the ''This Is It'' film.
* GuestFighter: In ''Ready 2 Rumble Boxing: Part 2''. Let's be honest, [[MundaneMadeAwesome we all wanted to use him beat the crap out of scary Russian Boxers, Shaq and Bill Clinton.]]

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* %%* GreenAesop: "Earth Song" and Jackson's final message in the ''This Is It'' film.
* GuestFighter: In ''Ready 2 Rumble Boxing: Part 2''. Let's be honest, [[MundaneMadeAwesome we all wanted to use him beat the crap out of scary Russian Boxers, Shaq and Bill Clinton.]]
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* HydePlaysJekyll: In ''Music/{{Thriller}}''.

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* MamasBoy: While his relationship with his father was famously volatile, [[WomenAreWiser MJ's mother was much kinder to him]], and the two were extremely close as a result.
* ManChild: The unfortunate side effect of being forced into show business at the age of '''six''' and therefore never getting a chance to experience childhood when he actually was a child; this dysfunction happened to be so prominent for Jackson that he even wrote a song about it, appropriately titled "Childhood". Neverland Ranch, named after [[Literature/PeterPan a story about a certain young boy who never grew up]], is often seen as his attempt to "buy back" his youth.
* MassiveNumberedSiblings: Seventh of ten; Marlon had a twin who died at birth.



* MichaelJacksonsThrillerParody: Trope Namer.

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* MichaelJacksonsThrillerParody: Trope Namer.originator, obviously. There are countless parodies of dancing zombies that can be directly traced to "Thriller."



* {{Mondegreen}}: Michael's yell ''"shamone"!'' is actually ''"come on!"''.



* NeverSpeakIllOfTheDead: Michael spent the last two decades of his life being [[MemeticMolester the butt of molestation jokes]], among other things, with his musical career being largely ignored. Even though he was seen a bit more positively when the child molestation charges were dismissed in 2005, it wasn't until after he passed away that these negative comments about his personal life almost completely disappeared. If you don't believe us, count how many times it's mentioned on this very page.



* NiceGuy: Probably the musician equivalant to [[Series/MisterRogersNeighborhood Mr. Rogers]].



* ObliviousToHisOwnDescription: Cartoon screenwriter Creator/MarkEvanier [[http://www.newsfromme.com/2009/06/25/michael-jackson-r-i-p/ recalls]] a time he was invited to Neverland Ranch to discuss a proposed {{Celebrity Toon|s}}. Michael Jackson mentioned that he was familiar with Evanier's work on a previous show, remarking, "I love ''ComicBook/RichieRich.''" Evanier, looking around the mansion, returned, "Michael... you ''are'' Richie Rich."
* OddFriendship: Cultivated quite a few over the years, including a close one with Marlon Brando.
* OlderThanTheyLook: Michael always looked much younger than his age. For example, in this picture: [[https://www.google.com.vn/imgres?imgurl=https%3A%2F%2Fs-media-cache-ak0.pinimg.com%2F736x%2Fd1%2Fd6%2F88%2Fd1d688aca0d5919fc4959145df72546a.jpg&imgrefurl=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.pinterest.com%2FTammieNicole%2Fthe-jackson-5-the-jacksons%2F&docid=2Ld32mTNcgq4qM&tbnid=1YVQPsmw1faY_M%3A&vet=1&w=394&h=400&safe=off&bih=560&biw=360&q=the%20jacksons%202001%20live&ved=0ahUKEwjM9bKZ5fLRAhUCerwKHeh_BucQMwglKA0wDQ&iact=mrc&uact=8]], he looked much younger than all of his brothers despite not being younger that much and there was younger brother Randy. Also this is him in the 1988 Bad Tour, when he was 30 years old: [[https://scontent-hkg3-1.xx.fbcdn.net/v/t1.0-9/fr/cp0/e15/q65/16508371_689693521213511_2881338516623188200_n.jpg?efg=eyJpIjoidCJ9&oh=74da8bbace9519bee331f6a4f145f9f0&oe=5941B14F]], but he looked like he was in his early twenties. Even towards the end of his life, minus the other changes in his appearance, he had no wrinkles despite being a few months shy of 51 when he died.

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* ObliviousToHisOwnDescription: Cartoon screenwriter Creator/MarkEvanier [[http://www.newsfromme.com/2009/06/25/michael-jackson-r-i-p/ recalls]] a time AmbiguouslyBrown: How he was invited looked in the late '80s as the vitiligo began to Neverland Ranch lighten his skin and his cosmetic surgeries made him look more racially ambiguous, leading to discuss many works referencing his changing skintone. For example, ''Film/HotTubTimeMachine'' had the time-travelling heroes confirm their travel to the past by asking a proposed {{Celebrity Toon|s}}. passerby what color Michael Jackson mentioned was.
* DudeLooksLikeALady: His plastic surgeries, long hair and makeup made him look increasingly feminine by the 1990s, to the point
that he his appearance was familiar with Evanier's work on a previous show, remarking, "I love ''ComicBook/RichieRich.''" Evanier, looking around the mansion, returned, "Michael... you ''are'' Richie Rich."
* OddFriendship: Cultivated quite a few over the years, including a close one with Marlon Brando.
* OlderThanTheyLook: Michael always looked much younger than his age. For example, in this picture: [[https://www.google.com.vn/imgres?imgurl=https%3A%2F%2Fs-media-cache-ak0.pinimg.com%2F736x%2Fd1%2Fd6%2F88%2Fd1d688aca0d5919fc4959145df72546a.jpg&imgrefurl=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.pinterest.com%2FTammieNicole%2Fthe-jackson-5-the-jacksons%2F&docid=2Ld32mTNcgq4qM&tbnid=1YVQPsmw1faY_M%3A&vet=1&w=394&h=400&safe=off&bih=560&biw=360&q=the%20jacksons%202001%20live&ved=0ahUKEwjM9bKZ5fLRAhUCerwKHeh_BucQMwglKA0wDQ&iact=mrc&uact=8]], he looked much younger than all
compared to that of his brothers despite older sister [=LaToya=].
* FormerChildStar: He managed to remain highly successful even as an adult, but many of his cameos or fictional portrayals present him as as forever scarred by
not being younger that much and there was younger brother Randy. Also this is him in the 1988 Bad Tour, having been allowed to be a kid when he was 30 years old: [[https://scontent-hkg3-1.xx.fbcdn.net/v/t1.0-9/fr/cp0/e15/q65/16508371_689693521213511_2881338516623188200_n.jpg?efg=eyJpIjoidCJ9&oh=74da8bbace9519bee331f6a4f145f9f0&oe=5941B14F]], but he looked like he a kid. He was in his early twenties. Even towards also close friends with a number of ex-child stars such as [[Film/HomeAlone Macaulay Culkin]] and Creator/ElizabethTaylor.
* GuestFighter: In ''Ready 2 Rumble Boxing: Part 2''. Let's be honest, [[MundaneMadeAwesome we all wanted to use him beat
the end crap out of his life, minus the other changes in his appearance, he had no wrinkles despite scary Russian Boxers, Shaq and Bill Clinton.]]
* ManChild: The unfortunate side effect of
being a few months shy forced into show business at the age of 51 '''six''' and therefore never getting a chance to experience childhood when he died.actually was a child; this dysfunction happened to be so prominent for Jackson that he even wrote a song about it, appropriately titled "Childhood". Neverland Ranch, named after [[Literature/PeterPan a story about a certain young boy who never grew up]], is often seen as his attempt to "buy back" his youth. An entire episode of ''WebVideo/AfterHours'' is devoted to this idea of him reclaiming his lost youth.
* NeverSpeakIllOfTheDead: Michael spent the last two decades of his life being [[MemeticMolester the butt of molestation jokes]], among other things, with his musical career being largely ignored. Even though he was seen a bit more positively when the child molestation charges were dismissed in 2005, it wasn't until after he passed away that these negative comments about his personal life almost completely disappeared. Fictional references to MJ evolved from molestation jokes to, at worst, ManChild jokes or simple reverence for his work and ignoring his personal life.


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* ObliviousToHisOwnDescription: Cartoon screenwriter Creator/MarkEvanier [[http://www.newsfromme.com/2009/06/25/michael-jackson-r-i-p/ recalls]] a time he was invited to Neverland Ranch to discuss a proposed {{Celebrity Toon|s}}. Michael Jackson mentioned that he was familiar with Evanier's work on a previous show, remarking, "I love ''ComicBook/RichieRich.''" Evanier, looking around the mansion, returned, "Michael... you ''are'' Richie Rich."
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22nd Nov '17 10:22:45 AM Kickisund
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As TheNineties rolled around, Jackson had another success with the album ''Dangerous''. However, within a few years media attention had turned on his health and appearance, his increasingly bizarre personal life and some allegations of sexual abuse against children. The RuleOfCautiousEditingJudgement should be applied when discussing these topics. Jackson did release two more albums but for the rest of his life was OvershadowedByControversy (or perhaps just eccentricity). In 2009, he looked set for a comeback after booking a 50-show farewell concert engagement in London, England.

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As TheNineties rolled around, Jackson had another success with the album ''Dangerous''. However, within a few years media attention had turned on his health and appearance, his increasingly bizarre personal life and some allegations of sexual abuse against children. The RuleOfCautiousEditingJudgement should be applied when discussing these topics. Jackson did release two more albums but for the rest of his life was OvershadowedByControversy (or perhaps just eccentricity). In 2009, he looked set for a comeback after booking a 50-show farewell concert engagement in London, England.



* BadassBaritone: A few of Mike's closest friends and relatives have stated that his well-known high-pitched, whimpering voice was a put-on to disguise his post-pubescent voice, which was considerably deeper. There are some instances when his real voice slipped through, such as the instances in [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TmESAFmuzv4 this video]], the music video for "You Rock My World", at James Brown's funeral and in "This Is It". He also sang deep on the tracks ''Who Is It?'', ''Hollywood Tonight'' and ''2000 Watts''. A rather unfortunate example is the tapes from his death trial involving Murray where he is obviously inebriated due to drug usage.



** Fact is, the entire Peter Pan image was initially fabricated by MJ's management and bolstered and twisted out of proportion by the media. Michael was not an eccentric ManChild, he was just putting on a facade.



* FormerChildStar: It looked like he was on his way to avoiding this until the whole "Wacko Jacko" thing. He was also close friends with a number of ex-child stars such as [[Film/HomeAlone Macaulay Culkin]] and Creator/ElizabethTaylor.

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* FormerChildStar: It looked like He managed to remain highly successful even as an adult, but he was on his way forever scarred by not having been allowed to avoiding this until the whole "Wacko Jacko" thing.be a kid when he was a kid. He was also close friends with a number of ex-child stars such as [[Film/HomeAlone Macaulay Culkin]] and Creator/ElizabethTaylor.
17th Nov '17 3:29:46 PM wootzits
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Not for nothing... he's the [[Pantheon/{{Music}} King of Pop]]!

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Not for nothing... he's the [[Pantheon/{{Music}} King of Pop]]!
Pop!
20th Oct '17 8:15:06 PM bowserbros
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* InsistentTerminology: From the ''Music/{{Dangerous}}'' era onwards, he stopped calling his music videos "music videos," exclusively referring to them as "short films" (technically he wasn't wrong, but by and large they still wholly fit into the "music video" category), even the ones that were just bare-bones footage of him performing; even his official Vevo channel gets in on the act! Similarly, his songs with the Jackson 5 were always called "the Old Songs," with his solo works being "the New Songs."



** A few songs seem romantic, but are clearly this trope. (''Invincible'''s "Break of Dawn" at least doesn't hide it, [[LyricalDissonance despite the sombre mood]])

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** A few songs seem romantic, but are clearly this trope. (''Invincible'''s At the very least, ''Invincible'''s "Break of Dawn" at least doesn't hide it, [[LyricalDissonance despite the sombre mood]])mood]].



* ManChild: The unfortunate side effect of being forced into show business as an adult and, therefore, never getting a chance to experience childhood when he actually was a child. Neverland Ranch, named after [[Literature/PeterPan a story about a certain young boy who never grew up]], is often seen as his attempt to "buy back" his childhood.

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* ManChild: The unfortunate side effect of being forced into show business as an adult and, therefore, at the age of '''six''' and therefore never getting a chance to experience childhood when he actually was a child. child; this dysfunction happened to be so prominent for Jackson that he even wrote a song about it, appropriately titled "Childhood". Neverland Ranch, named after [[Literature/PeterPan a story about a certain young boy who never grew up]], is often seen as his attempt to "buy back" his childhood.youth.
14th Oct '17 7:32:57 PM Malady
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** ''CaptainEO''

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** ''CaptainEO''''Film/CaptainEO''
28th Sep '17 10:40:15 AM NWolfman
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* AbusiveParents: His father Joseph, notoriously so. When managing his sons in Music/TheJacksonFive, he deliberately distanced himself from them emotionally by forcing them to call him "Joseph" instead of "Dad" and worked them like dogs, rarely if ever allowing them any down time to just been kids. Michael himself was frequently beaten and recalled one instance where he hid in his bedroom after not signing a contract, only for his father to break the door down and scream at him.



* AbusiveParents: His father Joseph, notoriously so. When managing his sons in Music/TheJacksonFive, he deliberately distanced himself from them emotionally by forcing them to call him "Joseph" instead of "Dad" and worked them like dogs, rarely if ever allowing them any down time to just been kids. Michael himself was frequently beaten and recalled one instance where he hid in his bedroom after not signing a contract, only for his father to break the door down and scream at him.
27th Sep '17 7:20:00 PM NWolfman
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* ChildProdigy: His knack for performing reportedly started as early as the age of ''four'', where he was described as being able to "sing love songs as if he knew what they meant."
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