History Music / Mika

11th Dec '15 7:20:07 AM Larkmarn
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!!Mika displays examples of:

* {{Adorkable}}: Very and often. His being both very tall and very thin gives him a "dorky giraffe" quality, and combined with his [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fffNgIaSW9g&ab_channel=jybf laugh]] and [[http://www.albummusic.net/pics/2011/07/b/15038_pevec_mika.gif slightly wonky front teeth]], he's pretty much made of adorkable.

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!!Mika displays examples of:

* {{Adorkable}}: Very and often. His being both very tall and very thin gives him a "dorky giraffe" quality, and combined with his [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fffNgIaSW9g&ab_channel=jybf laugh]] and [[http://www.albummusic.net/pics/2011/07/b/15038_pevec_mika.gif slightly wonky front teeth]], he's pretty much made of adorkable.
!!Recurring tropes in Mika's works:



* AmbiguouslyBrown: Mika's mother is Lebanese, his father American.
* BiTheWay[=/=]AmbiguouslyBi: To quote. "I've never ever labelled myself. But having said that; I've never limited my life, I've never limited who I sleep with... Call me whatever you want. Call me bisexual, if you need a term for me..." Also "I consider myself label-less because I could fall in love with anybody - literally - any type, any body. I'm not picky.
** Though he later claimed he was gay in 2012.
* BreakTheCutie: Due to a SadistTeacher and the unfortunate nature of KidsAreCruel, a [[TheWoobie nine-year-old Mika]] was teased relentlessly once his family moved to London - so much so that he had a mental breakdown which rendered him mute and unable to read for a while. Six months of homeschooling got him back on track, as well as a different school to return to. He's probably laughing at them now, too.
** It is not without mention that the reason his family moved to the United Kingdom in the first place was due to his father being held hostage in Beirut during the Gulf War. Though the rest of the family was technically safe in Paris, their dwindling income threatened to put them on the streets. Mika really had quite a [[DarkAndTroubledPast difficult childhood]], once you think about it.
* BritishAccents: If reporters and fans are anything to go by, though, it's really more of an Americanized British with a tinge of French.
* CollectorOfTheStrange: He archives smells. [[http://www.thisislondon.co.uk/lifestyle/article-23814306-mika-takes-off.do No, really]].
* DreamTeam: His mother designs his costumes. His older sister, Yasmine ([[StageNames or DaWack]]), hand-paints Mika's sketches. Some of his younger siblings have helped with set design and background vocals. They really are a quite self-sufficient family.
* MrFanservice: Being a mix between {{Bishonen}} and TallDarkAndHandsome does have its benefits.
* IntergenerationalFriendship: Seems to have a penchant for these, considering his friendships with Christian Louboutin and Creator/IanMckellen.



* NoPronunciationGuide: While his actual name is Mica, the reason he uses Mi''k''a as his [[StageNames stage name]] stems from the large amount of people mispronouncing it as "Meescha" or "Maika".



* QuirkyHousehold: Mika often fondly calls his family home such, open to artistic expression and friendly visitors at all times.
* SecretIdentity: Mika has admitted to having several alternate identities under which he writes songs for other artists, just [[SameFaceDifferentName to do something different]] once in a while. Just how many he has, and who they may be, is unknown.
** Currently, we only know that he has one named Alice, for which he wrote a song used by Eros Ramazzotti.



* ShirtlessScene: The video for "We are Golden" has him prancing about in only his boxers. Cue [[{{Squee}} squees]] all over the internet.

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The video for "We are Golden" has him prancing about in only his boxers. Cue [[{{Squee}} squees]] all over the internet.



* SternTeacher: Mika has described his childhood Russian vocal teacher as "terrifyingly tough".
* TransparentCloset: His coming out didn't shocked a lot of people...
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* MusicalNod: The chorus in "Popular Song" is lifted directly from the song "Popular" from Broadway's {{Theatre/Wicked}}.

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* MusicalNod: The chorus in "Popular Song" is lifted directly from the song "Popular" from Broadway's {{Theatre/Wicked}}.{{Theatre/Wicked}}, albeit with some changed lyrics.
8th Aug '15 12:54:45 PM EBsessed
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* MusicalNod: The chorus in "Popular Song" is lifted directly from the song "Popular" from Broadway's {{Theatre/Wicked}}.
8th Aug '15 12:33:46 PM EBsessed
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* MyBelovedSmother: A reoccurring archetype -- one turns up in "Lollipop," "Elle Me Dit" and "All She Wants". The person addressed in "Stuck In the Middle" and "My Interpretation" ''could'' be one.

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* MyBelovedSmother: A reoccurring archetype -- one turns up in "Lollipop," "Elle Me Dit" and "All She Wants". The person addressed in "Stuck In the Middle" and "My Interpretation" ''could'' be one.one, as well as the mother in "Toy Boy."
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**Perhaps never more present than in "Toy Boy," a very sweet-sounding song that reads like a fairy tale but tells a story heavy with clear subtext about an abusive, homophobic, overprotective mother tearing apart a gay relationship and destryoing the narrating character's (her son's lover) entire sense of self.
1st Jul '15 2:35:35 PM FantiSci
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* CrisisOfFaith: The narrator of "No Place In Heaven" is either having a crisis of faith (addressing a God that he believes has turned his back on people like him) or a crisis of atheism (addressing a God that he rejected or doesn't believe in, just in case). It's hard to tell.



* {{Hikikomori}}: The son in "Elle Me Dit" and the title character in "Emily" are accused of this. Although, with all the other things that they're scolded for doing, it doesn't seem particularly accurate -- particularly in "Emily", where the narrator's constant whining about Emily's habits is either genuine concern, ManipulativeBastard tactics, or completely failing to get the hint that she's not interested in him.
-->Emily, live your life in a balloon
-->Lock yourself up in your room
-->Where the world can never reach you.



** "Billy Brown" is a happy little tune about a man completely dissatisfied with his life, who discovers that he is either gay or bisexual, cheats on his wife, has a bit of a mid-life crisis, runs away from everyone, cheats on his wife ''and'' his male lover, and [[NoEnding we don't even find out what happens to him in the end.]]

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** "Billy Brown" is a happy little tune about a man completely dissatisfied with his life, who discovers that he is either gay or bisexual, cheats on his wife, has a bit of a mid-life crisis, runs away from everyone, cheats on his wife ''and'' his male lover, and [[NoEnding we don't even find out what happens to him in the end.]]



* NoEnding: So...what happened to "Billy Brown" in the end?



** "Stuck in the Middle" has similiar implications, with a very traditional matriarch figure demanding similar values from her far less traditional descendant.

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** "Stuck in the Middle" has similiar similar implications, with a very traditional matriarch figure demanding similar the same values from her far less traditional descendant.
1st Jul '15 2:15:25 PM FantiSci
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* ''No Place In Heaven'' (2015)



* LyricalDissonance: He seems to love pairing cheerful, bouncy tunes to lyrics about disillusionment as one grows up and how love is pointless and only causes pain.

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* LyricalDissonance: He seems to love pairing cheerful, bouncy tunes to lyrics about disillusionment as one grows up and how love is pointless and only causes pain. To be specific...
** "Lollipop" is a childish, upbeat tune about a mother telling her son how love will ruin his life and he's better off single.
** "Happy Ending" is an odd variant -- it ''starts out'' downbeat and miserable, but then the gospel choir kicks in towards the end with a triumphant rendition of the chorus. You might expect the lyrics to change accordingly, and the song to actually ''have'' a [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin happy ending]]...but nope, the lyrics are still miserable, and the last few notes are quiet and defeated.
** "Billy Brown" is a happy little tune about a man completely dissatisfied with his life, who discovers that he is either gay or bisexual, cheats on his wife, has a bit of a mid-life crisis, runs away from everyone, cheats on his wife ''and'' his male lover, and [[NoEnding we don't even find out what happens to him in the end.]]
* MyBelovedSmother: A reoccurring archetype -- one turns up in "Lollipop," "Elle Me Dit" and "All She Wants". The person addressed in "Stuck In the Middle" and "My Interpretation" ''could'' be one.


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* WhyCouldntYouBeDifferent: A regular theme -- Mika's narrators often have family issues...
** "Elle Me Dit" is about a mother constantly criticising her child by complaining that what he's doing is the opposite of what he ''should'' be doing. The English counterpart "Emily" is an admirer complaining that the object of his affections is contrary and unsociable.
** "All She Wants" concerns a mother who has browbeaten her son into a "proper" marriage and life that he doesn't want. He ends up leaving his wife and fleeing in the end.
** "Stuck in the Middle" has similiar implications, with a very traditional matriarch figure demanding similar values from her far less traditional descendant.
21st Jun '15 11:27:14 AM thecuriousostrich
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* {{Adorkable}}: As a coach on the French version of Series/{{The Voice}}.

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* {{Adorkable}}: As Very and often. His being both very tall and very thin gives him a coach on the French version "dorky giraffe" quality, and combined with his [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fffNgIaSW9g&ab_channel=jybf laugh]] and [[http://www.albummusic.net/pics/2011/07/b/15038_pevec_mika.gif slightly wonky front teeth]], he's pretty much made of Series/{{The Voice}}.adorkable.
22nd Feb '15 11:39:59 PM cafeviva
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* {{Adorkable}}: As a coach on the French version of Series/{{TheVoice}}.

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* {{Adorkable}}: As a coach on the French version of Series/{{TheVoice}}.Series/{{The Voice}}.
22nd Feb '15 11:38:44 PM cafeviva
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* {{Adorkable}}: As a coach on the French version of Series/{{TheVoice}}.
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