Created By: darkjezter on July 1, 2012 Last Edited By: darkjezter on October 18, 2012
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Metal Band Mascot

When the real face of your band is a fictional character

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For some reason, Heavy Metal bands often have a mascot character that appears on their album covers, posters, t-shirts, and other forms of merchandise. The mascot is usually scary-looking but often has an everyday or even silly-sounding name. This trope mainly seems to apply to hard rock and heavy metal (and sometimes punk as well), with band mascots being virtually unheard of in other genres of music.

Examples of Metal Band Mascots include.

  • Iron Maiden's Eddie the Head is probably the most famous metal mascot in the world.
  • Megadeth's Vic Rattlehead is another famous metal mascot.
  • Motörhead has Snaggletooth (often nicknamed the War-Pig).
  • Manowar has the Manowarrior, a Conan-like barbarian warrior with glowing eyes and a shadowy face.
  • Dio has Murray, a demon with a very un-demonic name.
  • Iced Earth has Set Abominae.
  • Disturbed has "The Guy", a scary-looking demon with glowing white eyes.
  • Dethklok has Facebones.
  • Overkill has Chaly, a skull with bat wings.
  • Black Label Society has a nameless skull that appears on all of their album covers.
  • HammerFall has Hector, a knight wielding a large hammer.
  • Metallica has Scary Guy, a crudely-drawn skull with fangs, horns, and a mohawk.
Community Feedback Replies: 6
  • October 16, 2012
    KTera
    HammerFall has Hector, a knight wielding a large hammer.
  • October 17, 2012
    WeAreAllKosh
    Non-metal examples:

    The Grateful Dead's "Grateful Bears".

    Also, the tongue-and-lips logo of the Rolling Stones might qualify, although I've always wondered if that's supposed to be Mick's mouth.
  • October 17, 2012
    DRCEQ
    I'm not so certain on the Metalocalypse example..
  • October 17, 2012
    nitrokitty
    Well, Metalocalypse is a weird example. On the one hand, in universe, its a perfect example of a metal mascot. On the other hand... Dethklok doesn't really exist. So does in universe examples count?
  • October 18, 2012
    darkjezter
    Deathklok does exist, albeit as a virtual band. I've got tickets to see them in November.
  • October 18, 2012
    DRCEQ
    They exist, but for as long as I've been watching the show, I don't remember them ever using Face Bones as anything more than the public voice that addresses anyone who works or visits Mordhause. They never use him as a mascot proper for their music. I can't say if that's the case for the actual real life albums though.
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