The band members of Music/{{Disturbed}}.
[[folder:The band collectively/band-related]]
* TheAllegedCar: The band used to travel around in a Minnie Winnie RV. Cheap, ugly, embarrassingly lame and with "Minnie Winnie" in giant letters on its side, they were pretty pleased to start making enough to afford a tour bus.
* BadassBiker[=/=]CoolBike: The band likes playing at motorcycle rallies, MAAW IV had live motocross performances, the band was planning some project with "''Series/SonsOfAnarchy''" and one video has them [[ taking part in the 2015 Sturgis Motorcycle Rally]].
* BadassCrew: They were essentially formed as Chicago's hard rock supergroup of hard workers; no one in any of the other bands had quite as much drive (Fuzz once admitted that several of them were more [[BrilliantButLazy talented than him but lazy]]).
* EmpathicEnvironment: Invoked; Dan likes to record in the winter, when the weather is at its most miserable, believing it can bring out a darker kind of song-writing. The other members may or may not agree with this.
* HumbleBeginnings: The first thing that the fully formed band ever did together (after a few words) was play an improvised instrumental while David ad-libbed a vocal melody, applying lyrics as he went. This eventually became Want from the Sickness album.
* IDontKnowMortalKombat: Like every other band who's tried playing their own songs on a videogame, they suck at ''VideoGame/RockBand''.
** Though recently, Mike was commenting on how interesting it is that the Rock Band series is heading in the stringed instrument direction (not to mention the addition of cymbals and keyboards).
* LocalHangout: The band has confessed that despite all their money they still eat at the same cheap chicken place in south-side Chicago. They've made it into this during their stays in Chicago (since they all live in different parts of the country now).
** Being the Chicagoans they are, when they're not going to this place/living in the studio, they're ordering pizza.
* TheNicknamer: To each other; Danny, Mikey and Dave have replaced their regular names within the group. Oddly, only John hasn't received this yet, but he is allowed to use the other's nicknames (observant fans may note that he started doing this during or after the Indestructible touring cycle). Generally in the world of Disturbed you know you've gotten close to them [[DoNotCallMePaul when you can call them by a nickname]].
* RealMenEatMeat: They may not subscribe to this belief, but the entire band seems to be collectively carnivorous.
* {{Troll}}: When asked why they covered a Music/{{U2}} song, Dan answered "To piss off the haters". That being said, John and David count themselves as a U2 fans, so it did have more meaning beyond that.
* TrueCompanions: The band is known for their comradeship.
!David Michael Draiman - Vocals
[[caption-width-right:315:[[NeverLiveItDown Ooh-WA-AH-AH-AH!]]]]
Primary Influences:
+Rob Halford
+Robert Plant
+Geoff Tate
+Maynard James Keenan
+James Hetfield
+Johnathan Davis
-->"''If I had a dollar for every time somebody asked me to make that damn noise...''"

Vocalist, lyricist and animal-crier. David has received singing training since he was a boy, his family hoping he would be a choir leader like his great grandfather, who was the cantor for one of the largest synagogues of Jerusalem. His family believe this is where he got his voice from. David first took an interest in rock music at age 12 on a Sunday night where he snuck out to a small club in Chicago. Within was a local punk band playing [[Music/TheRamones Ramones]] and [[Music/TheMisfits Misfits]] covers along with a few originals. David says he was mesmerized by the energy of the band and crowd, deciding his destiny that moment.

David sang in multiple bands throughout high school, varying in genre (first punk, then classic rock, later [[Music/RedHotChiliPeppers Chili Peppers]]-esque funk and probably many others). He says Disturbed was his first real attempt at metal, though he's always wanted to play the genre. His last band before singing in Disturbed was closely in line with Music/FaithNoMore.

Disturbed was fully formed after he answered their ad in the Illinois entertainer looking for a singer (David says he'd answered roughly 20 other ads that month). After briefly talking with the band (called "Brawl" at the time), when asked what cover he wanted to try - having grown weary of the monotony of auditioning - he told them to play anything at all while he sings (if nothing else he came off as an unusual individual). Jamming one of their originals awkwardly, David listened for a minute, found a melody and sang what would become the song "Want" and the first incarnation of Disturbed's style. The band took to him immediately.

Shortly after being accepted into Brawl, David suggested to them a name he'd been contemplating for much of his life: "Disturbed". Liking the title, and with no better ideas of their own, they changed their name to his suggestion, and thus Disturbed was complete.

In 2005 during a small-scale tour in support of Ten Thousand Fists, David was diagnosed with upper respiratory tract infection, forcing the band to cancel that run. He'd developed a bleed (ruptured a capillary in the vocal cord) caused by severe acid reflux, forcing him to go into surgery to repair a valve at the top of the stomach which had eroded away, useless as breathing tool - he'd been a long-time sufferer of violent acid reflux, his vocal chords often being bathed in acid while lying down and sleeping. He also happens to have high tolerance to drugs/medicine, which had caused his medication to lose its effect (this has become something a paranoia for him). Later next year he underwent surgery to repair a deviated septum which had been giving him breathing problems, caused by several broken noses throughout his life (in his words "Most people's noses are straight, mine was more like a S"). Essentially for the first two albums he was almost incapable of breathing through his nose on command[[note]]He's mentioned that breathing exclusively through the mouth has a way of leaving the throat very dry after a night's sleep, which also ties into the acid reflux burning his vocal chords when lying down. He was forced to remedy this every day, somehow managing to be stage-ready by the evening, all until the next day when it starts over[[/note]]. After all this he's sworn off alcohol and rarely takes unnecessary risks, such as over-shouting on stage (which may have something to do with his steady move from CarefulWithThatAxe to the MetalScream in recent albums[[note]]admittedly he's been taking fewer shouting-related risk for years at the fear of developing vocal nodules; he's in it for the {{long run|ners}}[[/note]]). Recently the band was forced to cancel their short American leg prior to the Uproar Festival[[note]]many visitors note that he didn't sound very good on the last few Uproar dates, sounding breathless during simpler songs and even abandoning notes during drawn-out screams, something he never does[[/note]] because a negligent doctor overdosed on the allergy shot he'd been taking, sending him into anaphylactic shock (he'd been told that if he sang he'd be risking permanent damage). More recently the band has had to cancel the final dates of their MAAW V fest due to David losing his voice.

Despite all the many set-backs maligning him, David has been often regarded as one of the better vocalists in recent memory; in a time when most of his contemporaries scream, he sings (powerfully at that). Be it rock, metal, punk, alternative or funk, there aren't many voices that sound quite like him. Cherish him while he's around; there may never be a sound-alike.

During Disturbed's hiatus he says he has a project in the works with Geno Lenardo, former guitarist of Filter (''Short Bus'' to ''The Amalgamut'') that will have an Music/NineInchNails[=/=]Music/{{Ministry}}[=-=]esque Industrial bend called Music/{{Device}}.

* {{Alliterative|Name}}, AwesomeMcCoolname: ''David Draiman''. Just say it out loud.
** SpecialPersonNormalName: David on its own, anyway. [[ZigZaggingTrope Kind of]]. David ''was'' the one who [[DavidVersusGoliath killed Goliath]] and became King of Isreal.
* AteHisGun: The Inside the Fire video.
* BadassBiker: He doesn't just own multiple Harleys, he can use them.
* BadassBookworm: Some of his favorites include ''Literature/TheStand'', ''Literature/TheCatcherInTheRye'' and ''Literature/TheDaVinciCode''.
* BadassLongcoat: In the Prayer video.
* BadassPreacher: A trained hazzan (Jewish cantor) that sings heavy metal and fight antisemitism.
* BaldOfAwesome
* BerserkButton: He hates it when audience members refuse to stand up in concert (they don't necessarily have to mosh).
** Antisemitism. Has a feud with [[Music/RogerWaters a former Pink Floyd member]] over his use of a flying pig with a Star of David on it.
* BigNo: He gives one in the Inside The Fire video.
* BornUnlucky[=/=]TraumaCongaLine: Whenever he recounts the things that've happened to him during the break between touring and the studio (or perhaps even during) his list seems almost comically large, filled with contrived mishaps and unlikely occurrences (the band likes to think of it as his personal black cloud that makes for excellent lyrical material). He wrote "[[CosmicPlaything The Curse]]" about this.
** As a for-instance, the way his voice gives out as often as it does has never really been his fault, as explained above. That doesn't even get to all the times he's popped ribs from singing too hard.
* CarefulWithThatAxe: Rather than the clean belting he does now, during The Sickness he would often just scream and shout like a madman. This is most obvious in "Conflict", "The Game" and "Droppin' Plates".
* {{Catchphrase}}: He ends every concert with "Say our name with us now, my brothers, my sisters, my blood", followed by "[[PunctuatedForEmphasis We Are! Disturbed!]]" (AudienceParticipation included).
* CelebrityResemblance: [[Series/DealOrNoDeal Howie Mandel]]. David is very unhappy about.
-->"Anything else he does to get closer to looking like me is copyright infringement"
--->David on Mandel wearing a double labret on his chin.
* EvilLaugh[=/=]LaughingMad: He tends to play both the narrator and the subject in the stories he weaves, so these overlap. He seems to really enjoy doing this live.
* HandicappedBadass: His throat, lung, stomach and breathing problems have never stopped him from singing with the best of them.
* HellBentForLeather: Fuzz once pointed a camera at him before getting up on stage while saying into it "Hey look, everybody, it's [[Music/JudasPriest Rob Halford]]!"
* IconicItem: The double-labret piercings in his chin, sometimes called "Fangs" or an "Artificial Beard".
* IconicOutfit: Even before Music/{{Slipknot}} got famous for it, [[OlderThanTheyThink David has been using jumpsuits]] [[ since before the band was signed]], though today he's taken more to black jumpsuits, usually ones that sport the Believe symbol.
* IdenticalStranger: He and Howie Mandel look [[IncrediblyLamePun disturbingly]] similar.
* IHaveNoSon: The case with his entire family throughout much of his life. His grandfather (who he ended up dedicating the Believe record to) and him didn't speak for years after he chose to become a rock star (they eventually reconciled).
-->"I'm the antithesis of everything that [my parents] tried to raise me as. I'm the lead singer of Disturbed. If I was Neil Diamond or Tom Jones or some shit like that, I think they'd feel better about it."
* ImportantHaircut: He once had a (albeit, very short) head of hair during the group's underground days. He shaved it to the BaldOfAwesome he now sports before the recording process of The Sickness, so he's never been known in the public eye as ever having hair.
-->"When we officially knew that we had our deal, and I knew I could quit my job, there are two things I did right away: shave my head and do the piercing I had been thinking of for the longest time."
* IncrediblyLongNote: Not his trademark, but he's rather competent at it.
* TheInsomniac: Roughly 5 hours of sleep every night, even in a relaxed state (such as during a band hiatus).
* KubrickStare: So very common in his promotional images.
* LargeHam: During live shows he's been described as everything from a motivational speaker to evangelist-esque healer to high priest of a twisted sermon. [[ See]] [[ for]] [[ yourself]].
* MelismaticVocals: Setting him apart from his contemporaries, he has a natural knack for these, given his heritage. It's a skill he doesn't use very often, because it wouldn't fit very well in the kind of music he sings to, but it can make surprise appearances.
* MetalScream: He's become far better at it (but he's still no [[Music/JudasPriest Rob Halford]] or [[Music/{{Soundgarden}} Chris Cornell]], which he laments).
* MilkingTheGiantCow: Furthering his LargeHam status, '''''constantly''''', both live and in videos.
* MustHaveCaffeine: One of his other {{addiction displacement}}s. He says can just can't get off of Star Bucks.
* NiceJewishBoy: He describes himself as this before discovering rock.
* NoIndoorVoice: This isn't just a live trope; he's not shy about abusing the CAPSLOCK button whenever he's on the internet, as can be seen on his Myspace and Twitter.
** "[[PunctuatedForEmphasis CANT...STOP...YELLING...]]"
** "NO, EVERYTHING IS JUST REALLY LOUD (IN MY HEAD)", "ITS JUST MY THING" (in response to why he does this)
-->"Dude, what's with the Capslock?"
-->"Why are you shouting?"
--->-Just a few other responses
** Of course, when he doesn't speak in all caps, is the point where people start to get worried; for example when he pulled out of Avenged Sevenfold's European tour in Fall 2013 to be with his pregnant wife, as stated below, he posted online about it. [[OOCIsSeriousBusiness When it was posted in regular case, the fandom freaked.]]
* PanickyExpectantFather: He's canceled shows before in order to be home with his wife while her pregnancy wasn't going well
* ThePhilosopher: According to his majors. He also loves to post his favorite quotes by famous philosophers on his Website/{{Twitter}} page.
* PsychoticSmirk: He's prone to this during videos. A certain facial contortion he makes inspired the Guy's face.
* RealMenEatMeat: When asked "What food would you be?", he answered steak, unaware that Dan answered the same thing. His fridge is regularly packed with various marinating meats (though as a relic of his long-dead spirituality, he only eats kosher food).
** During one of his mid-concert speeches describing the might and greatness of metal, he compared pop music to a sweet dessert while likening metal to "a big, fat fucking steak". [[NarmCharm You would've had to have been there for that to sound cool]] (and keep in mind that these speeches are mainly improvised).
* {{Scatting}}: He can do this unintentionally at times, often when he can't hear himself. He apparently picked up some reggae ability during one of his band tenures in high school.
* TheSmartGuy: Lyricist with majors in business administration, social sciences and philosophy. Also has the strongest vocabulary and general knowledge of world events, leaving him to conduct the most interviews.
** SophisticatedAsHell: He is not above using profanity.
* SoHappyTogether: His former fiancée Jasmine. He said multiple times to the linear notes of Indestructible about how happy and at-peace she'd made him with the other band mates emphasizing how positive her effect on him was. Supposedly their breakup had to do with [[StarCrossedLovers his family being against her and their marriage]] (which apparently heavily had to do with her Persian[=/=]German ancestry). In the end, she couldn't take the stress and left (which heavily fueled his [[CreatorBreakdown emotional state]] on Asylum).
* TheTeetotaler: He takes his singing very seriously, not drinking or using any drugs for fear of hurting his voice.
* WeakButSkilled: As mentioned above, David has suffered from multiple problems with his nose, diaphragm and throat, and sings in a highly unorthodox manner. He's able to hold long notes and scream with clarity only from his own hard work and technique (which sometimes leaves him in a perpetual TrainingFromHell just to maintain his voice).
* YiddishAsASecondLanguage: When he's either not in the mood to vocalize (a rarity) or just very tired, he tends to mumble in a Yiddish accent while little phrases slip into his conversation style. Interestingly, he was born in and spent the first 3 years of his life Brooklyn, UsefulNotes/{{New York|City}}. Coincidence?

!Daniel Joseph Donegan - Guitar
[[caption-width-right:245:{{Epic Riff}}age imminent]]
Primary Influences:
+Tony Iommi
+Dimebag Darrell
+Randy Rhoades
+Eddie Van Halen
+Jimmy Page
+Glenn Tipton / K.K Downing
+Jerry Cantrell
+George Lynch
+Zakk Wylde
+Michael Wilton / Chris De Garmo
+Mick Mars
+Kirk Hammett
Lead guitarist, keyboardist, master of electronic noises and lead song-writer (the man behind the hook). Dan taught himself to play guitar, following the technique of traditional metal/NWOBHM and HairMetal guitarists. Practicing diligently throughout his teenage years, his father one day knocked on his door telling him "Oh yeah, I'm sure people are going to line up to see you play in here...". Sometime after these words of encouragement he went out seeking bands to play in (has been he was 17). His first band Vandal put out one album called ''Better Days'', which was noted for its Ratt-like instrumentation and melodic direction. The shredding solos he played in Vandal [[ would hint at his later work]]. He would later move on to the hard rock band Loudmouth, who would go on to sign with Hollywood records (he left shortly after this). Once again his solos from his time in Loudmouth [[ hinted strongly at much of his 80's leanings]]. Coincidentally, Johnny K went to the same high school as Dan's brother, who would recommend him often. K managed to see one of his shows with Loudmouth, which would eventually lead to K producing all four of Disturbed's demos before ultimately working on The Sickness.

Taking something of a GrooveMetal direction, he, Mike and Fuzz formed Brawl (temp name) with singer Erich Awalt, several of the riffs he wrote at the time going on to become future Disturbed songs (Guarded, Divide). With Awalt's departure, the band put out an ad for a lead singer in 1996, auditioning multiple applicants over the course of several weeks. Dan says that when he first jammed the song that would become "Want" with David's voice, he smiled ear-to-ear thinking "This sounds new". The band would get signed three years later to Giant Records.

Dan would learn about the finer aspects of electronic programming and keyboard-playing during early years of the band, taking in K's production skill. His guitar playing would become simpler and more aggressive for The Sickness, but much of his repressed ability would show up throughout Believe; anthemic choruses like Remember, acoustic dirges like Darkness and instrumental segments taking cues from his 80's influences, such as the Loading The Weapon opener he created for MAAWII. By Ten Thousand Fists he'd began utilizing guitar solos (again).

Dan's guitar ability would come full-circle with his first venture into the production seat with Indestructible, incorporating techniques he he'd never done on an album before, and dusting off old ones he hadn't touched in years. Currently Dan is touting Asylum as the band's best work yet.

During the band's hiatus, Dan is playing with Mike in Fight or Flight, with lead vocalist Dan Chandler of Evans Blue, Sean Corcoran formerly of Ra, and secondary guitarist Jeremy Jayson of Bellevue Suite (and personal friend of Mike's after his move to Milwaukee). With Chandler handling many of the song-writing duties, Fight or Flight marks the first time in quite a while that Dan has shared such a degree of song-writing with anyone else, along with his first time taking on lyrical duties.

* EightiesHair: When he played in Vandal ([[HairMetal obviously]]) and in Brawl; there's a funny story about it he describes at length in M.O.L. David says that when he first met them, he thought they were a group of washed-up hair rockers because of this.
* {{Alliterative|Name}}, AwesomeMcCoolname: He really does sound like a guitar player in a metal band.
** SpecialPersonNormalName: Dan, unfortunately.
* BadassBeard
* BadassBiker: Him too.
* HappilyMarried: The first one in the band too.
* TheHero: Primary song-writer, producer, co-mixer, electronics/keyboard guy and founding member. Generally the drive behind the band's musical direction.
* HotPaintJob: His Washburn signature series (the "Maya") that he used during the Ten Thousand Fists and Indestructible tours had a black body with a flame-shaped scratch plate.
* IconicItem: His Weapon pedal.
* RealMenEatMeat: When asked "What food would you be?", he answered steak, unaware that David would answer the same thing
* RecordProducer: The band now self-produces collectively, but he's still the primary producer.
* TrademarkFavoriteFood: David says this about him in M.O.L:
-->"The man drinks beer and eats ice-cream, and the shittiest food on the planet, and gets ripped. I don't get it".
** Recently when asked by an interviewer if 10 years later he still loves beer and ice-cream, he was quiet for a moment, then shamefully answered yes (but as an older man, he's cutting back).
* UnskilledButStrong: He learned most of what he knows from listening to his favorite bands growing up, sitting in his room with a guitar in hand. He says formal training is nice and that he loves what it has to offer, but his basis is by ear.

!Michael Warren Wengren - Drums
[[caption-width-right:265:[[ Faster than a bullet]], [[ terrifying scream~!]]]]
Primary Influences:
+Bill Ward
+John Bonham
+Tommy Lee
+Vinnie Paul
+Scott Travis
+Danny Carey
+Dave Lombardo
+Louie Clemente
+Mike Bordin
+Lars Ulrich
-->"''I don't think I'm as fast as some of the other guys out there, but then again our music doesn't necessarily call for it''"

Drummer, programmer for The Sickness and crazy guy. He actually did take drumming lessons at age 10, but only started taking it seriously around 15 (similar to [[Music/AvengedSevenfold The Rev]], he spent a large part of his child hood learning to hit things percussively). He started taking an interest in drumming thanks to the work of Tommy Lee of Music/MotleyCrue, later getting into heavier bands like Music/{{Testament}} and Music/{{Slayer}} along with the virtuosic Racer X. He apparently at one point had an epiphany after listening to ''Cowboys From Hell'' by Music/{{Pantera}}, deciding at that moment that he would become a professional drummer.

Mike met Dan mostly by coincidence; all the South Side bands would rent out public storage sheds to hold their equipment, which they could conveniently use as a practice space. Mike would bump into Dan and Fuzz often, and Dan eventually noticed that he seemed to be more diligent above showing up to practice than the rest of his band, which was the case with Dan and Fuzz's bands[[note]]this also might have had something to do with Mike literally living out of his band space; chasing his dream had left him so poor that he could barely afford to eat. He later got by on selling car parts[[/note]]. Seeing as their influences were similar, they formed Brawl in 1994 as the hardest-working members of their own bands, and thus the first incarnation of Disturbed came to be.

During a show in Milwaukee during the Ten Thousand Fists run, the band stopped the performance, with him getting up to tell the crowd that he'd met someone special here in this city. [[WackyMarriageProposal He then called his then-girlfriend up on stage to propose to her]]. She accepted, and the band finished the show with Stupify. He has since moved to Milwaukee to be with her.

While the band is on hiatus, Mike has taken up drumming for Fight or Flight, with Dan claiming that he can't imagine having anyone else drumming with him.

* EightiesHair: Even him.
* TheAlcoholic: He confessed in Decade of Disturbed that with the band's inner tensions regarding Fuzz he would usually drink his problems away. Thus he doesn't remember much of the Believe touring cycle.
* AllDrummersAreAnimals: Where do you think he comes up with all those tribal beats?
* AwesomeMcCoolname: Though slightly less so than his band-mates.
** SpecialPersonNormalName: Mike or Mikey alone doesn't carry quite as much punch.
* BadassBeard: The most so in the band.
** StrokeTheBeard: Very often.
* BadassBiker: He has some skill on one as well.
* TheBigGuy: Most "wild" of all the band members and generally responsible for the heavier aspects of the group. The other primary song-writer, co-producer and founding member.
* HappilyMarried: Also the most recent father.
* HotPaintJob: His kit tends to carry this decor.
* ICallItVera: Not by choice; as time passed and his kit got bigger and bigger, the band eventually nick-named it "[[Series/StarTrekEnterprise The Enterprise]]". He doesn't even like Franchise/StarTrek.
* IconicItem: His beanie he used to wear all the time. It seems to have switched to his bandana these days.
* {{Irony}}: Being influenced by Racer X only to later lose a Grammy to Music/TheMarsVolta, who contains Racer X's old bassist Juan Alderete.
** Arguably the same could be said of Music/JudasPriest's nomination, with Scott Travis losing to his old band mate playing in a younger band.
* NotAMorningPerson: M.O.L. [[RunningGag highlights this multiple times]].
-->Fuzz: "We have a rarity here: the prince of darkness is up before noon... people who will see this just do not understand- Ooh, and the light is burning his skin! Oh my God!"
* ObfuscatingStupidity: He likes to act like an insane and often-drunk fool most of the time. Ask him about music or throw him in a studio and he's highly professional. He's also notably calmer during interviews than his usual on-camera persona (such as in "Making of" videos and {{Rockumentar|y}}ies). One could argue that his wild personality is an important factor in the mindset by which he approaches drumming. Thus, he comes off as an absolute nut pre-show.
* RunningGag: "[[BingeMontage The Mikey Chronicles]]"
-->"Chronicles BEGIN!!"
* TrademarkFavoriteFood: Him and Pedialyte (as in, the children's energy drink for vomiting). At first it was a hangover cure they learned from Pantera, until he grew so fond of it that it replaced the liquor he'd been drinking it for. In his words "Drinking one bottle of Pedialyte is equal to drinking about 4 bottles of Gatorade."
-->Dan: There were many nights were I catch Mike just laying there in his bunk passed out with a bottle of pedialyte on his chest...
* UnskilledButStrong: He attempted to join band club in school as a drummer, but they were so horrifically underfunded that most of the sign-ups spent more time fighting over space and bad-quality instruments. He left quickly to get a part-time job saving up for his own kit, self-teaching by listening to Music/MotleyCrue records.
-->"''They were arguing over one kit in jazz band and I was in my room playing Shout at the Devil''".

!!John Robert Moyer - Bass
[[caption-width-right:325:[[ That's not something you'd play in a band, so much]]. That's more of a [[BuffySpeak bass-solo-thing]]. But fun.]]
Primary Influences:
+Duff Mc Kagen
+Geezer Butler
+Billy Gould
+Rex Brown
+Les Claypol
+Cliff Burton
+Bob Daisley
+Rudy Sarzo
+Eddie Jackson
+Jack Bruce
-->''I run around the stage, look cool, try to act cool, that kind of thing''

Bass-player, back-up shouter, and Fuzz's replacement. Born in El Paso Texas, he's been playing in bands since age 15 as a guitarist, picking up his first bass (subsequently learning "[[Music/GunsNRoses Sweet Child o' Mine]]") at 16, borrowed from a friend. John first played in the Dallas industrial band Soak, [[ where his ability for bass-playing]] [[ was first truly hinted at]][[note]]Incidentally, Soak was a part of the burgeoning Dallas hard rock/heavy metal scene started in the wake of Music/{{Pantera}}, giving the world bands such as [[ Slow]] [[ Roosevelt]] and Music/DrowningPool]].[[/note]] He got his big break playing bass/back-vocals in the San Antonio industrial rock act The Union Underground, who would put out two albums (one live) and make such hits as [[ Turn Me On "Mr. Deadman"]], [[ Killing the Fly]], [[ Revolution Man]] and [[ Across The Nation]] before splitting up. After the Union Underground fizzled John's old band-mate, guitarist Patrick Kennison formed Heaven Below, offering him - which was ultimately a brief stint - a position as their bassist. John, with no better prospects got a hold of Dan when he heard they needed a bass-player. He'd been directed to the massive open audition of hundreds of bass-players held in Chicago and Los Angeles (he showed for the Chicago audition). The band noted that a more arrogant man who was already famous could very well have jumped to the front of the line, with him instead taking the humble route among hundreds of other candidates.

He played bass for the Ten Thousand Fists album but wasn't able to appear in the artwork or linear notes, or even be credited as a member because of how late he'd been added. He was introduced (unofficially) as a full member during the band's small-scale tour just before the recording process of Ten Thousand Fists. He's mentioned that he's thankful for being so closely accepted by the band.

Fun fact: he says his favorite video is The Animal (possibly because it was filmed in [[EverythingIsBigInTexas Austin]]).

During Disturbed's hiatus he's playing bass for [[{{Supergroup}} The Adrenaline Mob]] with [[Music/DreamTheater Mike Portnoy]], [[Music/SymphonyX Russell Allen]] and Mike Orlando.

* BuffySpeak: Since he appears in the fewest interviews, he isn't as experienced or well-spoken as the others.
* CelebrityResemblance: Supposedly to David Spade ("Maybe just a little..."). [[ Decide for yourself]]
* TheChick[=/=]SixthRanger: He tends to straddle the line between the two: he can appear to have little aspirations beyond a support-role in the band and conducts the least interviews, which could all be attributed to his humble personality[[note]]he's also the only member with no hand in production duties[[/note]]. He admits that his first goal is to tightly structure/help a song move, connecting the rhythm section with the guitar and vocal, and then maybe throw in a bit of showing off (for that matter, it's not as though he can't [[ play]] [[ solos]]). At the same time his down-to-earth attitude while also being the only member not from Chicago make him unique in the group. His playing style mainly compliments the other members, in contrast to Fuzz who would play funky alternative riffs, sometimes far removed from the rhythm of the song. His coming from a slightly different musical background let him bring some interesting, and often beneficial traits to the table. His use of the pick for instance sets him apart as the only member to value aggressive speed interwoven with the melody, the opposite stance of the rest of the band[[note]]except for when David does his trademark rhythmic belting[[/note]]. In a band of anti-speed, melody sticklers who favor lean, razor-sharp precision, he gallops and pummels like a fleet-footed boxer.
* ADayInTheLimelight: Late winter/early spring of 2012 has him showing up in the news quite a bit more than the other band members (since they're on hiatus). This is when it was announced he joined the Adrenaline Mob, so he's been getting frequently interviewed, it was when he started his Twitter account and he even put out an instructional DVD. His gig in the Adrenaline Mob gave him [[ the opportunity to appear in a commercial for the Revolver Golden God Awards 2012]] with his band-mate Mike Portnoy. This commercial also features [[Music/OzzyOsbourne Zakk Wylde]], [[Music/{{Pantera}} Vinnie Paul]], [[Music/BlackSabbath Vinny]] [[Music/RonnieJamesDio Appice]] and Music/AliceCooper. Later on, he'd be called in to replace Rudy Sarzo as bass-player in Geoff Tate's Music/{{Queensryche}}, with Geoff saying he'd "admired" John's bass-work in Disturbed. Time will tell if he reaches LeadBassist[=-=]levels of fame.
* FlamingSkulls: His 8x10 cabinets, which he designed himself.
* GutturalGrowler: During the live setting - since layered vocals in the songs tend to be growls and long-held notes - David, with his vocal power will take the high-projection section while John handles the growls. He's thus conditioned his voice to go in this direction to achieve high-projection/volume. One example of this would be the "You're Mine!" in The Animal. Amusingly his speaking voice is much higher.
* {{Guyliner}}: A part of his get-up during his Union Underground days. As you can see, he's abandoned this.
* HappilyMarried: His child being born was one of the reasons he wasn't present for a portion of the Indestructible recording process.
* InitiationCeremony: [[ His was an interesting one]]: the manager Jeff called him saying "Well, John, the band really likes you, but its between you and this other guy. And this other guys really good. Hes from Chicago here, and he knows all the songs off all the records. Hes jammed with the guys and hes very impressive, so they want you to learn all the material and come up and jam again to make sure that youre going to be our guy". He learned every song in under an Easter weekend, flying to Chicago that Monday. Upon arriving, instead of a jam session they invite him to dinner. On a full stomach and copious amounts of wine he thinks "God, theres no way I can jam after all this!". With a series of raised glasses the conversation works like this:
-->"So, did you learn all the songs?"
-->"I sure did!"
-->"Welcome to Disturbed."
-->"Are you kidding?"
-->"There is no other guy; we just wanted to mess with you and make you learn all the material!"
* LeadBassist: The bass was ''very'' prominent in Soak to the point where the guitarists came across as doubling his parts rather than the reverse.
* MrFanservice: Putting aside the popularity of lead singers, he's basically the prettiest member of the band. [[ Care to]] [[ deny it?]]
* NiceHat: The cowboy hat he wore during his time in The Union Underground, which had become his IconicItem. Since Disturbed lacks a Texas/great south/cowboy theme, he hasn't worn it since.
* NobodyLovesTheBassist: Averted. He's well-liked by the fans and is well-respected among the bass-playing Disturbed1s.
* PopStarComposer: He wrote at least four songs for the Topware video game, Scivelation developed by Black Wing Foundation.
* SuspiciouslySimilarSubstitute: He unintentionally has the same hair-length as Fuzz. Funnily enough, when The Sickness was first released, the disc had a picture of four Guy smileys (one with a scrub-brush beard and left brow piercing, one with an over-long beard, one with two pointy labrets in its chin and one with very long hair). Since it still made sense, when The Sickness got re-released this went completely unchanged (though they probably just wanted to respect Fuzz's contribution).
* [[YouAllMeetInAnInn You All Meet at a Festival]]: He would've first met Disturbed at Ozzfest 2001, where the Union Underground was playing second stage with them (though that was the year that Disturbed famously got moved up to main stage). Almost immediately afterwards Disturbed and The Union Underground would go on to open for Music/MarilynManson on several European tour dates. The odd thing is, during that leg Fuzz shattered his ankle going down a fire escape, leaving him unable to participate (the band called in the hired gun bassist [[ Marty O'Brien]] [[ for that run]]). In other words, Fuzz most likely never spoke with the man who would replace him.

![[{{Mascot}} The Guy]]
[[caption-width-right:280:The Guy in his most basic form]]
[[caption-width-right:330:The Vengeful One]]
--> ''He watches from the ageless Void,''
--> ''Enlightened Shadow of his former self,''
--> ''waiting for the time He'll take human form again...''
--> ''... to avenge the victims of the War Machine.''
--> ''and vanquish the Evil that gave it Life.''
--> ''He is the Hand of God...''
--> ''the DarkMessiah...''
--> ''[[TitleDrop The Vengeful One]]''

The Guy, Disturbed's {{mascot}}. He started out as simply an insane looking smiley face showing up on the artwork and disc for The Sickness before being fully animated and anthropomorphised by {{Spawn}} creator Tood [=McFarlane=] for the Ten Thousand Fists album, showing up on the cover and as the main character of the Land of Confusion video. The Guy has since been animated by [[Comicbook/{{Witchblade}} Top]] [[ComicBook/TheDarkness Cow]] (currently {{Creator/Marvel}}) artists David Finch for the Indestructible album (and [[ its]][[ respective]] [[ singles]]) and [[ Raymond Swanland]] (artist popular with Creator/DarkHorseComics and MagicTheGathering) for Asylum.

The original smiley was said to have been scribbled by David in a bar while talking to his art student friend. The image was entered in a drawing program and distorted three times before becoming the crooked face that decorated the album artwork for The Sickness. Today The Guy has shown up as the most prominent figure in Disturbed's merchandise and album artwork as various characters and personae, much like Eddie's relationship with Music/IronMaiden. As one of the only mascots to come from a recent metal band, time will tell if he reaches the prominence of [[Music/{{Megadeth}} Vic Rattlehead]], [[Music/{{Motorhead}} Snaggletooth]] or even Eddie himself.

After over a decade of serving as Disturbed's mascot, he finally got his own ThemeTune in June of 2015, to mark Disturbed's [[HesBack return from hiatus]]: ''[[ The Vengeful One]]''

* AnthropomorphicPersonification: Judging by ''The Vengeful One'', he's one of TheSacredDarkness
* AppropriatedAppellation: His name comes from Mike's nephew (2 at at the time). The boy would get scared whenever he saw the face, asking "Is that the guy? That's the guy, isn't it!". The band liked it and the name stuck.
%%* BadassBiker: In ''The Vengeful One''.
%%* BadassBoast: ''The Vengeful One'' seems to be one for ''[[BraggingThemeTune him]]'' specifically.
* BatmanCanBreatheInSpace: He's riding his CoolBike through space at both ends of The Vengeful One. Then again, he's [[EldritchAbomination not]] [[LivingShadow human]], so he might not really ''need'' to breathe...
* BlackCloak: His upgraded [[InTheHood hood]].
* BoomHeadshot: Lands several of these in ''The Vengeful One''.
* BraggingThemeTune: The Vengeful One.
--> ''I'm the hand of God! I'm the DarkMessiah, I'm [[TitleDrop the Vengeful One!]]''
* BreakingTheBonds: On the Asylum cover.
* CelestialBody: His [[EldritchAbomination true form]], as seen in ''The Vengeful One''.
* ChainedByFashion: Often used to symbolize fighting oppression.
* CombatPragmatist: At one point in The Vengeful One when a zombie gets the drop on him, he rams a pencil into their eye socket.
* DualWielding: On the shirt representing Warrior he's holding two {{Katanas|AreJustBetter}} ([[EmergencyWeapon with several extra]] others on his back).
** In the music video for ''The Vengeful One'', he dual wields shotguns as well as revolvers as he takes on the evil MegaCorp.
* DarkIsNotEvil: The best example would probably be the "Land Of Confusion" music video. Then you see his theme song - ''[[ The Vengeful One]]''. While he's [[HumanoidAbomination very]] [[LivingShadow clearly]] [[SlasherSmile monstrous]] [[GlowingEyesOfDoom in appearance]], the Guy is ultimately a heroic figure.
* DarkMessiah: Called this by name in The Vengeful One.
* EldritchAbomination: His true form, shown in ''The Vengeful One'': A [[HumanoidAbomination vaguely humanoid nebula]], with the Guy's signature GlowingEyesOfDoom.
* FaceFramedInShadow: The eyes and mouth are all you ever see clearly. Judging by his [[EldritchAbomination true]] [[LivingShadow nature]] as shown in ''The Vengeful One'', he may not technically ''have'' a face.
* FistOfRage: The ''Ten Thousand Fists'' cover, where he's uniting the people in defiance.
* GivingSomeoneThePointerFinger: One design has him doing this to the viewer while shattering a human skull in the other hand ([[IntimidationDemonstration as if to say "you're next"]]).
* GlowingEyesOfDoom: His trademark.
* GunKata: Leaves a bloody mess behind him in ''The Vengeful One'' in this fashion.
* GunsAkimbo: With a pair of [[SawedOffShotgun Sawed Off Shotguns]], no less.
* HandWrapsOfAwesome: An occasional part of his design.
* HopeBringer: In ''Land of Confusion'', and ''The Vengeful One''.
* HumanoidAbomination: You can see a bit of his skull-like face on the cover of ''Asylum''. Whatever he is, he's NOT human.
** Confirmed in ''The Vengeful One'', where he appears to be some [[EldritchAbomination nebulous godlike entity]] before taking the form we all know and love.
* IconicLogo: His smiley was originally intended as simply a merch image to stick in people's minds. After a while the band started noticing it taking off, popping up on car windows, t-shirts and as a popular tattoo. Mission more-than accomplished.
* InTheHood: His other trademark.
* LivingShadow: Judging from ''The Vengeful One'', the hooded rebel he normally appears as might be this, considering that he leaves a trail of shadows when he moves.
* MetalBandMascot: Unlike most other mascots, his design draws heavily from the UsefulNotes/TheDarkAgeOfComicBooks.
* NamesToRunAwayFromReallyFast
* NinjaPirateZombieRobot: Has been Indestructible, a rebel leader, a criminal, TheGrimReaper, an [[AnAxeToGrind Axe-man]], a soldier, a {{samurai}}, and of course an Asylum patient.
** Then, of course, came ''[[ThemeTune The Vengeful One]]'', which shows him to be [[EldritchAbomination even]] [[LivingShadow more]].
* NoHoldsBarredBeatdown: Delivers several in ''The Vengeful One''.
* TheNoseless
* OutOfTheInferno: The ''Indestructible'' album cover.
* {{Phlegmings}}: Making The Guy as beastly as Disturbed so often wants him to be, this is standard fare.
* RebelLeader: In ''Land of Confusion''.
* RedAndBlackAndEvilAllOver: In ''The Vengeful One'', he's dressed in black with glowing red eyes. However, given [[TheSacredDarkness who he is,]] he subverts the "evil" part of the trope.
* RedBaron: The Vengeful One, The Hand of God.
* RedEyesTakeWarning: In most of his appearances, the Guy's eyes are yellow-white/orange. In ''The Vengeful One'', however, they're a very threatening red.
* RevolversAreJustBetter: The ChekhovsGun that ultimately saves him in ''The Vengeful One''.
* TheSacredDarkness: Embodies this in his theme song, ''The Vengeful One''.
* ScaryTeeth: One imagines that EternallyPearlyWhiteTeeth would look quite a bit less intimidating. The Guy also appears to have a mouth made up entirely of crooked incisors.
* SentientCosmicForce: He's essentially this, as shown in ''The Vengeful One''.
* ShotgunsAreJustBetter: Especially when [[GunsAkimbo dual-wielded]].
** SawedOffShotgun: The specific kind he uses.
* SlasherSmile: His final, and most distinctive trademark. Apparently when David commissioned his art student friend to draw up the original smiley, he asked for it to "Look like this" while giving a demented grin (which can be seen in ''Decade of Disturbed''). The Guy [[FrozenFace never seems to stop, even when angry]].
* TechnicolorFire: Wields this in ''The Vengeful One'' (it's blue).
* TooManyBelts

!Steve "[[StageNames Fuzz]]" Kmak - Bass
[[caption-width-right:315:[[ This is the big, gay tour, so everybody is big and gay]]]]

Bassist for The Sickness, Believe, and the guy who got fired. Started playing guitar at the age of 10, but later switched to bass. Played in various bands alongside Dan before forming Brawl after meeting Mike. Held the place of "The character" in the band, usually cracking jokes or making sarcastic remarks. After playing the last show of Music as a Weapon II in Chicago - his last show with Disturbed - he was fired from the band for irreconcilable personal differences (at the time the fans were given no indication that there had been tensions in the band). Disturbed has never fully explained why he was fired (David has stated "it just got to the point where I simply couldn't work with him anymore"), but they indicated in Decade of Disturbed his being the "Character" could make him kind of callous and bull-headed. He himself has communicated that he was getting unhappy with touring anyway, and didn't want to miss his kids growing up. He currently owns a contracting business in Chicago (and has also learned how to play a bit of piano).

* EightiesHair: Especially in Vandal.
* TheLancer: Long-time best friends with Dan, laid-back and somewhat obnoxious as opposed to Dan's calm professionalism. Eventually got fired.
* SuspiciouslySimilarSubstitute: John has dreadlocks similar in length. This confuses people who aren't fans.