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->''"A drummer's job is to use big sticks and beat on animal skins stretched across round pieces of wood. This takes absolutely no formal musical training to accomplish, of which the drummer has none anyway. To put it frankly, drummers just aren't too long out of the caves. They are primal, and fundamentally flawed in their genetic code."''
-->-- '''Billy Queen''' ([[SelfDeprecation former drummer]] of Jacob's Dream [[http://www.billyqueen.com/writings/personalities.html on drummers]])

Drums connect with our [[DumbAndDrummer primal selves]]. Maybe this is why most drummers will have animalistic tendencies, or if the current universe allows, actually ''be'' animals...

This is ''technically'' TruthInTelevision (since humans are, by scientific definition, animals), but in the non-literal sense this isn't always the case. RealLife instrumentalists can often pick their instrument in accordance with their personality. And regardless of any personality implications, drums sets require the largest and most muscular movements of any instrument in a modern/rock music repertoire, and therefore it really helps to be physically fit. Yet, Animal, in fact, was designed after Music/FleetwoodMac's drummer, Mick Fleetwood, who is quite tall and slender. His personality, however, is rumored to have been based on Music/TheWho's Keith Moon.

When dealing with a FiveManBand, TheBigGuy usually becomes the drummer.

Compare CymbalBangingMonkey, DumbAndDrummer and RottenRockAndRoll. See also NobodyLovesTheBassist for another example of a band-member stereotype.



* The [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BvJ6Z8TNaKs Cadbury's]] commercial with a gorilla drummer.
* The Energizer Bunny, a toy rabbit playing a large (for its size) bass drum that keeps going... and going... [[OverlyLongGag and going...]]
* In the UK, this can also apply to the Duracell Bunny; though his field is mainly athletics. A recent commercial had the Duracell Bunny placed up against several gorilla toys in a drumming competition.

[[folder:Anime & Manga]]
* Nishida, drummer of the eponymous ''Manga/DetroitMetalCity''. He isn't just an animal when drumming, his whole character is, um, well, only driven by basic needs.
* Veffidas, the Zentradi drummer of Fire Bomber in ''Anime/{{Macross 7}}''. On the other hand, despite being one of the main characters she has the least lines of dialogue in the entire series; not because she appears rarely but because she's TheStoic. While the others do the talking, she's practicing drum soloes in the background on the nearest wall with her sticks.
* {{Downplayed|Trope}} with Ritsu from ''Manga/KOn''. She's the most extroverted girl in the band and will do things she wants to do (sometimes to the dismay of Mio), but she's nowhere close to other examples on this page.
* Completely inverted with Haruko from ''Rock it, [=GIRL=]!!'' She's very mellow and dresses in a hippie-inspired style.

* The French-Canadian comedian Michel Courtemanche [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=e3DBEnttB5w performs a mime act]] that embodies this.

[[folder:Comic Books]]
* ''ComicBook/XMen'':
** Subverted by Beast, who is a drummer but only because his mutation prevents him from playing guitar like he used to. He is rather calm, and incredibly intelligent.
** Played straight in the AlternateUniverse story ''X-Men rEvolution'' in which Nightcrawler is the drummer for a band of angry teen mutants.
* While usually more of a DeadpanSnarker, Kim Pine becomes this the moment she gets behind the drums in the ''ComicBook/ScottPilgrim'' comics. Taken up to 11 in [[Film/ScottPilgrimVsTheWorld the movie]].
* ''ComicBook/SpiderGwen'': Gwen Stacy is the drummer of the Mary Janes (when we first meet her) and one of her favorite ways to release the tension she feels from her double life ([[ComesGreatResponsibility and the standard Spider complications]]) is to ''totally unload'' on the drums, to the point that she needs to be shouted at to stop.
* [[EverythingsBetterWithMonkeys Talking gorilla]] Sticks from ''ComicBook/AstroCity'' is a drummer who'd much rather make music than break things, having turned his back on his people's militaristic lifestyle.
* In ''ComicBook/ScareTactics'', the group's drummer is Gross-Out: a grey sludge monster who communicates in HulkSpeak and is the team's BigGuy. He plays the drums with enthusiastic abandon. However, it is later revealed that beneath the monstrous exterior, Gross-Out is actually intelligent, goodhearted and shy.

[[folder:Comic Strips]]
* Jeremy in ''ComicStrip/{{Zits}}'' tries to get Pierce to be in his band as a drummer because he says "All drummers are jerks". (This was before Pierce's {{Flanderization}}.) To his credit though, Pierce is quite hyperactive while drumming.

[[folder:Fan Works]]
* [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2OD9hXBMmVY In no less than]] [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=43k7vWmMYmo two different (and unrelated)]] parodies of Music/DaftPunk's "Get Lucky" featuring the cast of ''Film/{{The Avengers|2012}}'' ([[{{Pun}} "Get Loki"]]), the Hulk naturally ends up as drummer.
* In the Assassins' Guild School in Creator/AAPessimal's ''{{Discworld}}'', the Concordat requirement is that all Assassins ''must'' be literate in music so as to enter the Profession as fully rounded Ladies and Gentlemen. This, and Art, are mandatory courses. Unfortunately, not everyone is musically gifted. The school's Music Department, being well-resourced and seen as a vital part of the training, therefore has to instil ''some'' sort of musical proficiency in people with the musical talent of concussed badgers who are otherwise excellent prospects in the Profession. [[{{Tykebomb}} Famke Smith-Rhodes-Stibbons]], after the sort of early training in the piano that leaves her teachers with nervous tics that were not there before, is sent to what is viewed as the remedial class. She is to be trained as a percussionist. Drumming is taught in a sub-basement soundproofed studio quite a few floors beneath ground level. Studio 7a is known, with good reason, as the Concussion Bunker. Famke loves drumming. She gets to be quite good at it.

[[folder:Films -- Animation]]
* In the Norwegian film ''WesternAnimation/PinchcliffeGrandPrix'', the gorilla Emanuel Desperados is a literal example as he guest stars in a band at the unveiling of the [[CoolCar Il Tempo Gigante]], naturally as a drummer.

[[folder:Films -- Live-Action]]
* Brought up in the ''ComicBook/TamaraDrewe'' movie.
* In ''Film/TheCommitments'', both drummers of the group fit this to a tee.
* Hinted at in ''The Drummer'' when [[EmoTeen Sid]] learns from the drummers in the mountains that drumming is about control not anger.
* Subverted in ''Film/ThatThingYouDo'' where drummer Guy Patterson is probably the sweetest, most grounded member of the band. Their manager Mr. White plays up the image though dubbing him the "bad boy" of the group and creating the alter ego "Shades" accordingly.
* Robert "Fish" Fishman, the main character of ''Film/TheRocker'', to the point of his former bandmates being kind of terrified of him.
* The succession of drummers in ''Film/SpinalTap'', something of a running joke, all of whom die in bizarre accidents, ranging from SpontaneousHumanCombustion to an unspecified "gardening accident".
* [[http://www.ebaumsworld.com/pictures/view/863163/ A Star Wars T-shirt,]] which depicts the main characters as a band, has Chewbacca as the drummer.
* ''Film/MadMaxFuryRoad'': The Doof Wagon, in addition to the bungie-suspended blind flamethrower guitarist, also feature four drummers who never seem to stop pounding even when the truck is under attack.
* Played straight when Eddie assembles a new band in ''Film/EddieAndTheCruisers II: Eddie Lives!'': while the other band members are scoped out during banal club gigs (or in the keyboardist's case, at a [[ElegantClassicalMusician piano recital]]), the drummer, Charlie Tansie, is first seen performing behind a cage, showing off and shamelessly mugging while making eyes with the the female fans. He's also got a wild mop of [[QuirkyCurls untamed, curly hair]], [[TheBigGuy big, sculpted muscles]] (even compared to star Michael Paré), and is [[WalkingShirtlessScene always shirtless]] when performing (except for one audition for a backer, for which he wears a blazer over his bare chest).

* There are several jokes involving drummers:
-->'''Question:''' What does it mean when a drummer is drooling from both corners of his mouth?\\
'''Answer:''' The stage is level.\\\
'''Question:''' What should you do when there's a drummer at your door?\\
'''Answer:''' Pay him for the pizza.\\\
'''Question:''' How can you tell when a drummer's heading to practice?\\
'''Answer:''' He takes the pizza sign off of his car.\\\
'''Question:''' What do you call a drummer who broke up with his girlfriend?\\
'''Answer:''' Homeless.\\\
'''Question:''' What's got three legs and a twat at the top?\\
'''Answer:''' A drum stool.\\\
'''Question:''' What do you call a person who hangs around musicians?\\
'''Answer:''' A drummer.\\\
'''Question:''' What's the difference between a drummer and an extra-large pizza?\\
'''Answer:''' The pizza can feed a family of 4.\\\
'''Question:''' What did the drummer say just before he got fired?\\
'''Answer:''' Hey guys, let's try one of my songs now!\\\
'''Question:''' What do you say to a drummer who is wearing a suit?\\
'''Answer:''' The defendant may rise...
* [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=P9t3QVoFQnM Epic drummer at the wrong gig.]]

* This is why the tradition-bound bards of Llamedos disapprove of percussion in ''Discworld/SoulMusic''. The Band With Rocks, in having a troll for a drummer ("I hit dem wit der hammers"), might be an example.
* In ''[[Literature/{{Spellsinger}} Chorus Skating]]'', Jon-Tom finds the drummer in a displaced Earth band... easy to identify.
* One GiftedlyBad ''Literature/{{Nightside}}'' band has a werewolf drummer. On breaks, he shifts and goes on searching for fleas and licking his balls. "Presumably, because he could."
* The single most primal villain ever seen in ''Literature/Redwall'', Gulo the Savage, is a huge cannibalistic wolverine who gets his horde into a frenzy by pounding a stolen drum (it was to be a gift from Salamandastron to Redwall, when Gulo fell on the hares delivering it and ate them).

[[folder:Live-Action TV]]
* Jack's dog from ''Jack's Big Music Show'' is the drummer whenever necessary.
* Animal, the drummer from the ''Series/HeyHeyItsSaturday'' house band.
* ''Series/TopGearUK'''s band has Jeremy Clarkson as the drummer. That pretty much says it all, really.
* In ''Series/JonathanCreek'', Edwin Drood's drummer, Marty Crowe, was known for urinating on the audience.
* Brought up in ''Series/NeverMindTheBuzzcocks'' (s23 ep 11, to be specific) during one of the "odd one out" sections.
-->"He's a drummer, right? I think it's number 4. He's got the most deranged look in his eye; they're all nutters."
* Referenced in a throw-away gag in ''Series/BuffyTheVampireSlayer'' when Faith is describing her ex-boyfriends: "Ronny: deadbeat; Steve: klepto; Kenny: [[ArsonMurderAndJaywalking drummer...]]"

* [[Music/TheWho Keith Fucking Moon]]. His antics included blowing up his drumkit on stage[[note]]Pete Townshend and Roger Daltrey claim their hearing loss began in opposite ears because they were facing each other at the time[[/note]], driving his Lincoln Continental into swimming pools, and getting banned from hotels for trashing them. He's been quoted as claiming he's ''clumsy'' rather than crazy; he never ''meant'' to trash hotel rooms, it just happened... Which would be contradicted by both his reported fondness for blowing up hotel room toilets with cherry bombs, M80s and dynamite. Wiki/ThatOtherWiki also mentions an anecdote in which he's being driven from a hotel to the airport. He tells the limo driver to go back because he forgot something. What did he forget? To toss his room's TV set into the hotel pool. Clumsy? Riiight.
* [[Music/LedZeppelin John Fucking Bonham]]. Moon liked to trash hotel rooms; Bonzo [[AxCrazy liked to trash people]].
* [[Music/{{Cream}} Ginger Baker]]. Known for being aggressive when playing, but also in general. Was known for getting into fights with bassist Jack Bruce, often on-stage. Allegedly this combative streak contributed to his acrimonious departure from space-rockers Music/{{Hawkwind}}, where the irritant was the band's leader Dave [[note]] and Mrs [[/note]]Brock.
* [[Music/YoshikiHayashi Yoshiki]] of Music/XJapan, as a ZigZaggedTrope. Early on, due to ThereAreNoTherapists running headlong into AlcoholInducedIdiocy, he was known for behavior that sometimes hit the limits of AxCrazy: fighting offstage to the point that his behavior, along with hide's and Taiji's, earned the band a reputation of being aggressive drunken assholes. [[note]] Among his notable achievements in [[BarBrawl causing trouble]] involved ''burning an entire bar to the ground'' in a fight with his rival producer/bandleader Music/DynamiteTommy of Music/COLOR, and once having been banned either ''by name'' or by hair color by ''[[BannedFromArgo nearly every bar in Tokyo proper]]. Then there was the time he and guitarist hide [[NoodleIncident somehow set fire to a hotel room]], causing ''over $64,000'' in damages...[[/note]]'' At the same time, he was one of ''the'' most extreme drummers in rock and metal, exceeding 800BPM at one point ''without'' heel-toe pedaling or any other extended drum techniques. Unfortunately [[RealityEnsues reality ensued]]: the sheer violence of his performances inflicted a variety of injuries that he lives with to this day, including a broken neck in 1995 that required surgery to repair split vertebrae in 2009, torn muscles on repeated occasions, severe wrist tendonitis, and more. Due to those injuries, and due to maturing as a person, coming to terms with his emotions to some degree, and eventually getting his drinking behavior and drinking ''somewhat'' under control despite repeated falls OffTheWagon, though, he maintains a somewhat more restrained and socially responsible image starting as of the mid 1990s, and also relies more on safer techniques in drumming.
** In one PV, he became a SerkisFolk werewolf, despite his image generally being FriendlyNeighborhoodVampire.
* [[Music/{{Motorhead}} Phil "Philthy Animal" Taylor]]. [[MeaningfulName Need to say more?]]
* Tribal drums aside, Gene Krupa could quite possibly be the TropeMaker, or at least the TropeCodifier. The man literally invented the drum solo in [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=j9J5Zt2Obko this song]]. Before him, drums were used to keep the beat and occasionally throw in a quick lick or two to punctuate things.
* Buddy Rich embodied this trope on-and off stage. A beast on the drums, and a [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tCF9wgMU7es monster to his band]] (audio is {{NSFW}}). [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VJh9W3Gcpmo Buddy Rich vs. Animal in an old-school drum battle]].
* Tommy Lee from Music/MotleyCrue, probably best known for his wild sexual activities with groupies and even Pamela Anderson. He is also a crazy party animal, possibly the rowdiest of the entire band. That is saying something, considering the whole band is on TheTysonZone, and Nikki Sixx once partied so hard he died... and then got better. And THEN wrote a song about it.
* British heavy metal band Samson (the one where Music/BruceDickinson started his career) had Thunderstick, a drummer who wore a black leather S&M mask and played his drums from inside a cage onstage.
* Heavy metal band Raven was once described as "Two brothers and a lunatic". Said lunatic was drummer Rob "Wacko" Hunter, a man who performed wearing hockey gear onstage. The other guys in the band discovered him in a music store where he was testing cymbals by banging his head into them.
* Music/TheFerals. In the occasional music thing, Derren the dog was the drummer. It became more prevalent with [[ReTool Feral TV]].
* Kita, the drummer of Music/{{Lordi}}, is portrayed as being a Mi-Go from the Franchise/CthulhuMythos, which would make him a ''literal'' application of the trope.
* Liberty [=DeVitto=], drummer for Music/BillyJoel. Billy tells this [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WK_yPvB1vws anecdote]] that helps illustrate Liberty's personality.
* [[Music/{{Nirvana}} Dave]] [[Music/DaveGrohl Grohl]] is an odd case. His drumming style actually ''looks'' a lot like [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tOYvS_fvdkA Animal from The Muppets]] (and Grohl in fact played the stand-in for Animal in the [[Film/TheMuppets 2011 film]] as something of a LampshadeHanging) and the music styles that he's most famous for are hard rock, punk, metal and grunge, but he is also a subversion of the trope, being so famous for his off-stage affability that the title "Nicest Man in Rock Music" follows him around. And then ''again'' his oddball sense of humour has him often majorly playing up to this trope especially in [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fhdCslFcKFU&feature=player_embedded Fresh Pots]].
* Another good example is the drummer of [[Music/FooFighters Grohl's band]], [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OgKXlEsYoXE Taylor]] [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PtxpSsM63mQ Hawkins]].
* Dennis Wilson of Music/TheBeachBoys, to a T. At the ''T.A.M.I Show'', while performing "I Get Around", [[WreckedWeapon he actually shattered a drumstick mid-song]].
* Stewart Copeland of Music/ThePolice has been known to bust a snare open in the middle of a number.
* [[Music/DefLeppard Rick Allen]] can work up a sweat behind his kit (and apparently, [[WhatTheHellHero commit domestic abuse]]) with [[HandicappedBadass only one arm]].
* Paul Hester of Music/CrowdedHouse played up this trope although his actual personality was [[StepfordSmiler less wild]]. He did, however, suffer from depression and was prone to "wild mood swings," until he committed suicide in 2005.
* Darren King of Music/MuteMath comes off less as an animal and more as a robot, combining computer-like precision with raw mechanical power. He's been known to drop a stick in mid-performance and complete the rest of the section ''with one hand'' with no noticeable difference. Every fan who sees the band live for the first time will eventually have that moment where they realize, "Wait a minute -- that part of the song WASN'T an electronic loop?" [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=l4r6M22oTao#t=4m00s As David Letterman once remarked]]: "How 'bout that drummer? Lookit that guy!"
* In a funny subversion, Max Weinberg, long-time drummer for Music/BruceSpringsteen seemed more straight laced and less colorful than the rest of the E Street Band. Then he became the bandleader for ''Series/LateNight With Creator/ConanOBrien'' where they developed a comic persona for him which was more perverse and disturbing as this [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=N3PGuce8LoY fake PSA]] and this [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lPJWG84fWwE skit]] demonstrate.
* Ian Paice of Music/DeepPurple is known for his explosive drumming style (see intro to the title track of "Fireball", all of the title track of "Burn" and the second half of "Space Truckin'" from the drum solo onwards) but is known for almost never talking during interviews and being generally very reserved. Given that much of Deep Purple's lineup problems were due to the presence of huge egos in the group (Vocalists David Coverdale and Ian Gillan, and most notably guitarist Ritchie Blackmore), it is perhaps not a surprise that he is the only remaining founding member of the band.
* Music/{{Shellac}} drummer Todd Trainer. Additionally, he's pretty much a {{Main/Cloudcuckoolander}} [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WZWrVQTlonc who has a strong bond to his dog]], resulting into an even more [[NightmareFuel irritating presence]]. Despite that, or [[CrazyEnoughToWork maybe because of that]], he is [[EnsembleDarkhorse universially beloved by Shellac fans]], despite the fact that his bandmates Steve Albini and Bob Weston has been household names in the indie music world even since before Shellac was founded.
* Mike Wengren of Music/{{Disturbed}} is a completely straight example. He's not just the craziest member of the band, his style often plays with booming tribal-beats and he's well-known for his bass-kick speed and polyrhythm. He's not just an animal himself, he invites ''you'' to become one.
* Somewhat of a subversion; [[Music/PinkFloyd Nick Mason]] has always been the quiet one of the group, but his drumming style could be considered wild at times, especially on rockers like "Interstellar Overdrive" and "One of These Days". Also, on the one song he "sang" on in the band's whole career, "[[http://www.videocure.com/video/150713.html One Of These Days]]", Mason had only one line, [[GutturalGrowler growled]] through a ring modulator: [[AxCrazy "One of these days, I'm going to cut you into little pieces!"]] Averted in ''Learning to Fly''. That very calm, methodical voice reading a pre-takeoff checklist during the bridge? That's Nick, and it was recorded straight off the comm radio in his airplane.
* Music/{{KISS}} takes this literally with the Cat (Peter Criss, then Eric Singer). Eric Carr never wore the Cat make-up; he was the Fox. And yet Eric Singer's style is more like Peter Criss', jazz-oriented and very relaxed and technical. It was Eric Carr, the Fox, who was the rampaging rock drummer of the band.
* Music/{{Aerosmith}}'s Joey Kramer is both an example and a subversion. Onstage, he pulls all the funny faces and during his solos he tends to abandon his sticks and use his hands, forearms, elbows, and ''head'' to drum. Then you read his book and his Twitter and discover he's a [[TheQuietOne quiet]], [[ShrinkingViolet shy]] gentleman who mostly tweets about his [[SickeninglySweethearts wife]] and [[RidiculouslyCuteCritter Labrador]] [[PreciousPuppies puppy]].
* Dan Konopka of Music/OkGo is a notable subversion: his nickname is "Danimal" and he's gone face to face in a [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yHK0JVAqQgE&feature=channel_video_title hardcore staring contest]] with the {{muppet}} Animal, but he's actually a pretty quiet and easygoing guy.
* Music/DreamTheater have had two; original drummer Mike Portnoy and current drummer Mike Mangini both play with considerable energy and tremendous skill. Mangini currently holds the world record for the most strokes in 60 seconds.
* Mike Smith from Suffocation was one of the pioneers of brutal death metal drumming and renowned for both his technical skill and focus on pounding the shit out of his kit to make every note hit the listener like a sledgehammer, but there was also his infamous temper and proclivity towards violence, something that caused Terrance Hobbs to force him to take anger management classes for in order to be allowed to stay in the band.
* Nicko [=McBrain=] of Music/IronMaiden (he even invented a technique where he kicks the snare drum instead of using a pedal!), helped by the fact that he's CrazyAwesome.
* The last drummer of Music/TheMarsVolta Deantoni Parks was known for pulling some very primal facial expressions.
* Similar statements can be made about Joey Castillo of Music/QueensOfTheStoneAge. As one youtube user put it: "Every band should have Tarzan on the drums".
* Zach Hill, drummer of Hella, El Grupo Nuevo de Omar Rodriguez-Lopez, and Music/DeathGrips, plays so hard he wears out drums faster than usual. He also injures himself a lot playing, even once having to take a hiatus because of a drumming related wound. And, of course, let's not forget the infamous cover image of Death Grips' ''No Love Deep Web''.
* [[Music/{{Origin}} John Longstreth]], while known for his almost inhumanly calm and composed live performances in spite of the ''incredibly'' difficult material he's playing, is also known for his tendency to make bizarre faces at the camera.
* Matt Morley of Music/EverythingElse.
* Terry Bozzio, Music/FrankZappa's most famous drummer.
* Absu's Proscriptor [=McGovern=]. Also the lead vocalist, he combines this trope with LargeHam, best exemplified [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=S6S-zxbaJuo here.]]
* Mimi Parker of Music/{{Low}} averts this, largely because her role as a vocalist is sometimes more important than her role as a drummer.
* John Weathers of Music/GentleGiant is an interesting case; he thrashes about wildly whenever he drums, but [[UncommonTime given the rhythmic complexity of the material he performs, this belies his ability.]]
* Just ''guess'' what instrument Music/GGAllin got his start by playing.
* Averted with Neil Peart from Music/{{Rush}}. He is well known for being TheStoic of the band, and his face while drumming would convince you that he was filing accounting paperwork or something. Similar comments apply to Charlie Watts of Music/TheRollingStones.
* Reanimator from Music/TheProtomen is constantly climbing on his stool, drums, fans, and items on the stage, either posing dramatically or leaping down to hit his drums with so much force that he frequently snaps his drumsticks. Photos of him make it appear that he can defy the laws of gravity, frequently photobombing above everyone's heads. There is now a {{Meme}} about it called [[http://getdownfromtherereanimator.tumblr.com Get Down From There Reanimator]], where fans caption pictures nagging him to get down from wherever he is and play sweet jams.
* [[Music/{{Arkaik}} Alex Bent]] is known for his manic live performances and equally manic and unpredictable playing style (he's basically a gospel and fusion drummer playing death metal), as shown [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RFSQf0ynsZg&feature=relmfu here]].
* Music/RingoStarr is a notable {{subver|tedTrope}}sion, a fairly-low key sort generally regarded as the NiceGuy of Music/TheBeatles. That doesn't mean he didn't occasionally indulge in wacky drummer-type antics, however; check out [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ba4oepn7oVc the video for "Day Tripper"]]. [[spoiler:He has a ''saw]].''
** Given Music/PaulMcCartney rose to fame sharing a band with Ringo, it's quite a contrast seeing his current drummer for over a decade, Abe Laboriel Jr., [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9rofczyq12s is a straighter example of this trope]].
* Space rockers Music/{{Hawkwind}} are renowned for their [[RevolvingDoorBand bewildering number of personnel changes]] over the years -- at least forty and possibly more members have been through the band. At the last count. ''sixteen'' of them have been drummers, including the legend Ginger Baker and Terry Ollis, who insisted on playing gigs naked, arguing that if stage dancer The Amazing Stacia could get her kit off, he could too.
* The late Jimmy "The Rev" Sullivan of ''Music/AvengedSevenfold'' also counts. Just check some of their [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XiCXMFk14w0 backstage scenes]] during their concert tours for proof.
* Damon Che from ''Don Caballero''. He's considered one of the best drummers in rock music, but is also known for his unpredictable stage antics, like randomly [[CloudCuckooLander spitting fire]]. One of his {{Fan Nickname}}s is ''the Octopus''.
* The secret to Music/FleetwoodMac's "sound" is that there's three leads who think they're in an art-rock band, and a drummer who thinks he's in Music/LedZeppelin.
* Music/ToucheAmore has an interesting case - Elliot Babin, their current drummer, is a skinny, nerdy-looking dude, fairly quiet and polite... until he gets behind the kit. He's known for performing in nothing but his underwear, [[NakedPeopleAreFunny if even that.]]
* A BerserkButton for drummers is that any songs they compose rarely get onto the albums,[[note]]As showcased by the old joke " What's the last thing a drummer says in a band?" "Hey guys, why don't we try one of my songs?".[[/note]] and they only ever get to do the vocals on "joke" or novelty songs.[[note]]For instance, Ringo Starr got things like "Yellow Submarine", "Honey Don't" and "Good Night" to perform[[/note]]. There is apparently no anger like a drummer whose musical contribution is scorned once too often. Drummer Albert Bouchard is said (again, allegedly) to have left the Music/BlueOysterCult following a really ''heated'' band discussion, as to why hardly any of his songs made it onto the band's albums. Bouchard named his own band ''The Brain Surgeons''.
* Arejay Hale of the band Music/{{Halestorm}} once kicked his cymbal into the crowd during a concert and had to ask for it back. In the music video for "Love Bites (So Do I)" he is shown again kicking his drum set as part of the performance.
* Averted with Rina Suzuki of the all-girl Japanese band Music/{{Scandal}} -- here's the most feminine and girliest drummer you'll probably ever see. (She has, however, named Keith Moon as one of her favourite drummers.)
* Christopher Guanlao, drummer for alt-rock band Silversun Pickups, has a very Animal-esque drumming style, as seen in [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AG8fugqFn9Q this video]].
* Music/GreenDay's Tré Cool is often compared to Keith Moon, given he's manic in both [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gzErVt8xgRg drumming]] and [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=POpWk_CB5js stage antics]].


* Creator/{{Williams|Electronics}}' ''Pinball/MonsterBash'', with a theme of the Franchise/UniversalHorror monsters having formed a rock band, makes Film/{{The Wolf Man|1941}} the drummer.

[[folder:Puppet Shows]]
* Animal from ''Series/TheMuppetShow'' was apparently inspired by Keith Moon of Music/TheWho.
* in the 2011 ''[[Film/TheMuppets Muppets]]'' film, Fozzie was found working in Reno with a "tribute" band called The Moopets made entirely of {{Suspiciously Similar Substitute}}s of the real Muppets with the exception of Animal, who was impersonated by [[Music/FooFighters Dave Grohl]]. While Animal himself is in an anger management class with Creator/JackBlack, which encouraged him to quit drumming. But at the climax he ends up off the chain again.
* In ''WesternAnimation/TheBananaSplits'', the group's drummer was a monkey named Bingo. And an elephant played the keyboard, so it's not much of a stretch.

[[folder:Tabletop Games]]
* ''TabletopGame/RocketAge'''s Venusians, three to four metre tall gorilla-men, already use [[JungleDrums drums in warfare]], so it only makes sense that the drummer of the [[CoolestClubEver Rocket Cat's]] resident Jazz band is one.

* In ''Theatre/{{Follies}}'', Phyllis tells that, before she married Ben, she had a passionate affair with a "young and crude and foolish" drum player with "long hair and no command of language."

[[folder:Video Games]]
* ''VideoGame/GuitarHero'':
** The band's drummer is a big, brutish-looking lunk.
** The loading screens take quite a few shots at drummers as well. (As well as singers, but drummers seem to get it worse.)
*** "Don't let your drummer handle the money."
*** "Don't give your drummer a microphone. It'll only end in tears."
*** "Well, maybe a drum machine will show up to practice on time."
* In ''VideoGame/{{Primal}}'', after watching one Undine brutally attacking the corpse of another, Jen says, "Lewis's drummer gets like that after his fifth shot of jack."
* ''VideoGame/ViewtifulJoe'' has a music video after the end of the game that extends this trope to the drummer and lead guitarist.
* ''VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaMajorasMask''
** The drums are given to Link's Goron form, which is essentially TheBigGuy of Link's [[VoluntaryShapeshifting various forms]].
** As well in the band of Zoras, the biggest one is... Dun dun dun, der Drummer.
* ''VideoGame/WorldOfWarcraft'': In-universe, Blizzard's HeavyMithril band Music/Level80EliteTaurenChieftain has Chief Thunderskins, a Tauren (bull-man) as their drummer.
** His "drumsticks" are ''big, stone hammers''. And it is as awesome as that sounds.
* Subverted in ''VideoGame/GrandTheftAutoViceCity'' where Love Fist's drummer is, by far, the smartest member of the band (and the only one capable of [[spoiler: defusing a bomb that was planted in the band's limo.]]
* Donkey Kong is associated with playing bongos in many ''Franchise/DonkeyKong'' games. They double as looking like barrels, which are an important feature in his titles. Donkey Kong is usually the most primal of the Kong's when he appears outside of his series.
* The drummer of the FakeBand "Midnight Riders" in ''VideoGame/Left4Dead2'' is nicknamed Ox, and is the biggest and hairiest of a big, hairy lot.
* ''VideoGame/{{Persona 4}} [[UpdatedRerelease Golden]]'': The [[FanNickname Inaba Scooby Gang]] gets roped into putting on a concert at the local department store, and to no one's surprise, [[JapaneseDelinquents Thuggish]] [[TheBigGuy Kanji]] gets stuck with the drums.
** ''VideoGame/Persona4DancingAllNight'' has the cast dance rather than play instruments, but instrumentals are distributed to their Personas. Once again Kanji and Take-Mikazuchi get drum duty.
* Official art for ''VideoGame/BlazBlue'' has the four Military Academy students performing a stage musical to Ragna's horror. Noel is on vocals, Jin on guitar, Tsubaki on bass, and Makoto on percussion. No points for guessing which one's the [[LittleBitBeastly beastkin]].
* ''VideoGame/LeagueOfLegends'': In the in-game [[HeavyMetal metal]] [[FiveManBand band]] ''[[MeaningfulName Pentakill]]'', the character playing the drums is Olaf, a [[TheBerserker berserker]] [[BloodKnight bloodthirsty warrior]] [[InstrumentalWeapon wielding]] [[DualWielding dual]] [[AnAxeToGrind axes]].
* Subverted in ''VideoGame/TouhouProject'': Raiko Horikawa [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ioQLlX2ELbg is a drum spirit]], but in no way wild or uncontrolled despite serving as a BonusBoss (and a good thing too, given that she also has the powers of a thunder god). Remixes of Suika and Yuugi's themes (two tremendously strong oni) often features big loud drums, making them slightly straighter examples.

[[folder:Visual Novels]]
* Averted in ''VisualNovel/KiraKira'', as Chie is one of the most rational and calm members of the band.
* Played straighter in ''VisualNovel/{{Deardrops}}'', SpiritualSuccessor of the above, with Rimu.

[[folder:Web Animation]]
* In the ''WebAnimation/HomestarRunner'' universe, The Cheat plays drums for the band Cool Tapes. He also [=DJs=] and plays keyboards. Actually arguably a subversion, depending on how you look at it: The Cheat is the literal animal of the band, but Strong Mad (who plays bass guitar) is the BigGuy and the most primal one.
* Invoked in the ''WebAnimation/MyLittlePonyEquestriaGirlsRainbowRocksShorts'' "Pinkie on the One", where Rainbow Dash insinuates that resident {{Cloudcuckoolander}} and GenkiGirl Pinkie Pie is the ideal drummer. Granted, this is after about a day's worth of Pinkie Pie cheerfully pounding on whatever's available, and shortly before Pinkie performs a ShoutOut to ''the'' Animal, so she's definitely the genuine article.

[[folder:Web Comics]]
* Robyn, the drummer with Plan9 in ''Webcomic/NineteenSeventySevenTheComic'', is a female version of this trope. Do not threaten her, get her angry or press any of her [[BerserkButton Berserk Buttons]]. You ''could'' just get her horny...
* Tailsteak's comic ''Webcomic/{{Band}}'' is about a band named Band who, after losing their drummer, find a squid-like being in one of their houses, name it Tyler, find it has a perfect rhythm sense, and put it in their band. Of course, it's probably more complicated than that.
* [[MeaningfulName Taz]] [=MaDara=] from ''Webcomic/DominicDeegan'' is a [[http://www.dominic-deegan.com/view.php?date=2011-03-11 pretty good example.]]
* Subverted with Hannelore from ''Webcomic/QuestionableContent''. She's quite sweet, and likes drumming because it appeals to her OCD. To quote her, it's "like counting with your whole body."

[[folder:Web Original]]
* ''Roleplay/SurvivalOfTheFittest'''s Maria "[[LampshadeHanging Animal]]" Graham, certified {{Cloudcuckoolander}}, plays the drums for Blank Nation.
* Interestingly, ACappella artist [[https://www.youtube.com/user/SmoothMcGroove Smooth McGroove]] is normally a drummer, which explains the hair and beard, yet he averts the trope by having a large following who are fans of him specifically (1.3 million subscriptions for his solo work on Website/YouTube alone). On top of that, he further averts the "brutish neanderthal" portrayal by being a gracious, well-spoken person and KindHeartedCatLover who often cameos his cat in his videos.
* The Bread from ''WebVideo/DontHugMeImScared 5'' certainly goes crazy banging on Peanut Butter and Jelly Jars. He's also barely able to speak, as he just mumbles the names of various foods while his band desperately tries to make a coherent song.

[[folder:Western Animation]]
* ''WesternAnimation/SpongeBobSquarePants''' band, [=SpongeBob=] and the Hi-Seas, has the village-idiot character Patrick as its drummer.
* WesternAnimation/{{Jabberjaw}}, the drummer in the Neptunes, is a giant shark.
* ''Franchise/ScoobyDoo'':
** In the movie ''[[WesternAnimation/ScoobyDooAndTheLegendOfTheVampire Legend of the Vampire]]'', the gang decides to go undercover as the band "The Meddling Kids". Out of five mostly human candidates, it's the dog that drums.
** Subverted with Dusk from The Hex Girls. She's not particularly any more wild than the others. If anything, Thorn (the bassist and lead singer) is the theatric and "scary" one, and even that is not much due to their {{Perky Goth}} personalities.
** Averted in ''WesternAnimation/BeCoolScoobyDoo''. When the gang has to pretend to be a band in "Screama Donna", it's ControlFreak Fred who winds up on drums.
* Subverted in ''WesternAnimation/{{Metalocalypse}}'', where Pickles the drummer is the only member of Dethklok to be even close to totally civilized and marginally intelligent. Of course, he's also been a singer and a guitarist in his time. Ironically, he came closest to living out this trope back during his stint as lead singer for Snakes 'N Barrels.
* ''WesternAnimation/DarkwingDuck'' features a very short-term attempt at a "rock" band from Gosalyn, a rambunctious {{Tomboy}} on vocals; Honker, her nerdy best friend on guitar (whose music teacher considered form superior to function); and Honker's bigger {{Jerkass}} brother Tank on drums. Gosalyn's justification? "You were born to hit stuff!"
* Foxxy's musical number in ''WesternAnimation/DrawnTogether'' featured Ling-Ling, a Franchise/{{Pokemon}}-{{expy}}, on drums.
* An episode of ''WesternAnimation/FamilyGuy'' had the family play as a band for a little while. Brian, the dog, was the drummer. Something of a subversion, as Brian is one of the calmest and most sensible characters on the show. During THAT time period, anyway...
** A CutawayGag had Music/GeorgeHarrison, Music/PaulMcCartney and Music/JohnLennon in the kitchen discussing which of their songs would go on the new album.[[note]]The context, from clothes worn and titles dropped, is "Rubber Soul" or "Revolver" in 1966[[/note]] Ringo Starr walks in, full of excitement that he too has written a song. The other three praise him exactly as if he was a six-year old who's done well at school and Starr beams with pride, unaware he's being patronised. McCartney then praises him and says he's going to pin the song to the fridge door with a magnet, look, like all the rest...
* ''WesternAnimation/GenerationO'''s drummer was a kangaroo.
* ''WesternAnimation/TheBremenAvenueExperience'' stars a GarageBand made of {{Funny Animal}}s. The drummer is a rooster named Tanner.
* Subverted like hell in the ''WesternAnimation/AdventuresOfTheGalaxyRangers'' episode "Battle of the Bandits", where the crew had to infiltrate a galactic rock show (it was TheEighties, that's the only excuse that can be given). It's [[TheStoic Zachary]] that gets shoved on drums.
* Also subverted on ''WesternAnimation/TheAmazingChanAndTheChanClan''; the band's drummer is the mature, responsible Henry and in one episode the mild-mannered Tom had a short turn at the drums.
* An episode of ''WesternAnimation/VivaPinata'', "On a Sour Note", had the gang and their band become popular due to the addition of an uncontrollable and feral sour pinata. Eventually the sour literally breaks out of its shell and becomes a mild-mannered, cultured ordinary pinata, rendering the band unpopular.
* ''WesternAnimation/PhineasAndFerb'':
** Buford, TheBully, is usually the drummer when the characters play as a band, although it should be noted that he's a CardCarryingVillain.
** Subverted, though, by Swampy from Love Handel. When he wasn't in the band, he was a ''librarian''.
* Subverted in ''WesternAnimation/RegularShow'' when the audience finds out that the man behind Heir to the Throne's famous drum solo was none other than ''BENSON'', Mordecai's and Rigby's boss.
* Whenever ''WesternAnimation/{{Animaniacs}}'' requires a character to play drums, it's always the aptly-named Wakko. (FridgeBrilliance in that his voice is a Music/RingoStarr impersonation.)
* Kon Kujira from ''WesternAnimation/{{Grojband}}'', to a degree.
* In the ''WesternAnimation/TheGrimAdventuresOfBillyAndMandy'' TV movie "Big Boogey Adventure" Billy performs a song "Scario" about things that scare him, he has a band playing for him and the drummer bears a resemblence to Animal.
* Amethyst, the wild BigFun of ''WesternAnimation/StevenUniverse'', plays the drums as her musical instrument of choice.
* ''WesternAnimation/MiraculousLadybug'', episode "Horrificator": In the impromptu band that defeats the monster through music, Cat Noir (a cat-themed superhero) enthusiastically takes the drummer role, using his split staff as drumsticks and various trashcans.
* In ''WesternAnimation/{{Arthur}}'', the Tibble twins, the wildest little kids in town, get drums and play by randomly banging them as hard a possible.