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''American Idiot'' is the RockOpera album responsible for Music/{{Green Day}}'s comeback in 2004. The plot is a ComingOfAgeStory, following the AntiHero protagonist, Jesus of Suburbia (JOS), as he matures from a rebellious youth to a [[JadeColoredGlasses jaded adult]].

As a teenager, JOS is cynical of society and dissatisfied with his life as an everyman in his town, desensitized by a steady diet of soda pop and Ritalin ("Jesus of Suburbia"). The song also introduces a rage vs. love theme prevalent throughout the plot.

JOS decides to leave his broken home and seek a new life for himself in the city. Here, JOS meets St. Jimmy, the son of a bitch and Edgar Allan Poe, a [[RebelliousSpirit punk rock freedom fighter]] ("St. Jimmy"). St. Jimmy can be interpreted as an actual person and a bad influence on JOS, introducing him to drugs ("Give Me Novocaine"), or as an [[SplitPersonality alternate personality]] JOS creates for himself, representing blind, self-destructive rebellion.

JOS is also introduced to Whatsername ("She's A Rebel") and they begin a romantic relationship. JOS is attracted to Whatsername's [[BrokenBird rebellious, troubled nature]]. However, because of the combined influence of St. Jimmy and JOS's drug addiction, Whatsername leaves JOS ("Letterbomb"). St. Jimmy commits suicide and JOS leaves the punk scene ("Homecoming"). Eventually he conforms to a normal life and forgets Whatsername, only remembering her face ("Whatsername").

Now a ''[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MGkclalr4fU Broadway Musical]].'' An Avant-Garde Broadway Musical? A movie is apparently being planned, too.

Also provided the basis for the MashUp album "American Edit" by "Dean Gray", which remixes tracks from the album with an extremely diverse range of other songs, ranging from Music/BryanAdams and Music/TheOffspring to Music/TheBeatles, the Bangles, Music/{{Queen}} and the ''Series/DoctorWho'' theme. It's surprisingly good and expands on the plot of the album. The band's label objected to the mash-up, but Billie Joe Armstrong supposedly heard it and approved.

Track list:

->1. American Idiot
->2. Jesus of Suburbia
-->I. Jesus of Suburbia
-->II. City of the Damned
-->III. I Don't Care
-->IV. Dearly Beloved
-->V. Tales of Another Broken Home
->3. Holiday
->4. Boulevard of Broken Dreams
->5. Are We the Waiting
->6. St. Jimmy
->7. Give Me Novacaine
->8. She's a Rebel
->9. Extraordinary Girl
->10. Letterbomb
->11. Wake Me Up When September Ends
->12. Homecoming
-->I. The Death of St. Jimmy
-->II. East 12th St.
-->III. Nobody Likes You
-->IV. Rock and Roll Girlfriend
-->V. We're Coming Home Again
->13. Whatsername

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!This {{rock opera}} provides examples of:


* ActionGirlfriend
* AdaptationExpansion: The musical adds onto the JOS plot with stories of his two best friends. There's Will, who wants to leave but has to stay home with his pregnant girlfriend, and Tunny, who initially goes to the city with JOS but then ends up joining the army.
** The musical also has many songs from the successor ''Music/TwentyFirstCenturyBreakdown''.
* AllThereInTheManual: A special hardcover-book edition of ''American Idiot'' contains journal entries not featured as lyrics; these served as the dialogue for the musical.
* AntiHero: According to WordOfGod, JOS.
* ArcWords: Inevitable, given the storytelling aspect of the album, but a few stand out, especially in 'Homecoming'. Part 2 bears resemblance to the 'I don't care' part of Jesus of Suburbia, acting a bit like BookEnds as JOS returns home. Also, Whatsername's 'Nobody likes you' taunt shows up quite a bit, possibly to imply thoughts going around JOS/ Jimmy's head during the song.
* BangFlagGun: Used in the musical version during [[spoiler:St. Jimmy's suicide.]]
* BittersweetEnding: The musical. [[spoiler: Tunny loses his leg in the war but falls in love with the Extraordinary Girl. Johnny and Will have lost the women they love but are finally getting their acts together, have their friends back, and Heather is letting Will see his baby again.]]
* BreakUpBonfire: Mentioned in "Whatsername".
* BreakupSong: "Letterbomb".
* CerebusSyndrome: Who knew the punks from "Basket Case" and "Longview" were so serious!
* ComingOfAgeStory
* CoolPeopleRebelAgainstAuthority: DeconstructedTrope.
* CoverDrop: "She's a Rebel" ("She's a symbol of resistance, and she's holding on my heart like a hand grenade").
* CreatorCameo: Billie Joe occasionally played St. Jimmy in the musical during its original run.
* DoubleConsciousness: Depending on interpretation.
* DreamSequence: "Extraordinary Girl" in the musical.
* DrivenToSuicide: St Jimmy in "Homecoming".
* EpicRocking: The two multipart tracks.
** "Homecoming" actually started as the opposite: a few MinisculeRocking tracks which were then stitched together.
* FadingIntoTheNextSong: "Holiday"/"Boulevard of Broken Dreams" (the music videos also follow this, since the former's - produced later - ends where the latter begins) and "Are We the Waiting"/"St. Jimmy". "Give Me Novocaine" -> "She's A Rebel" and "Extraordinary Girl" -> "Letterbomb" are lesser examples.
* FormerTeenRebel: JOS in "Homecoming"
* FreudianTrio: Jimmy is the id, JOS is the ego, and Whatsername is the superego. (considering that she's the only one who ever calls JOS out)
* GenreDeconstruction: Of the Punk movement as a whole. JOS becomes a self-absorbed, self-destructive rebel without a cause who ultimately accomplishes nothing and according to "Letterbomb" is the real American Idiot. This creates the interesting social commentary in that rather than turning people into mindless drones, the alienation and paranoia of modern American society creates self-destructive rebellion.
* GenreShift
* GrowingUpSucks
* IAmSong / ImageSong: "Jesus of Suburbia" (doubles as an IWantSong) , "St. Jimmy", "She's A Rebel".
* LoopedLyrics: "Are We The Waiting"; the "Nobody Likes You" section of "Homecoming"
* LoudnessWar: Pretty badly. Even the ballads like "Wake Me Up When September Ends" are clipped.
* LovesMyAlterEgo: Depending on interpretation.
* NewSoundAlbum
* NoNameGiven
* OneDrinkWillKillTheBaby: PlayedForLaughs in the musical when the visibly pregnant Heather drinks Will's beer during "Give Me Novacaine".
* ProtestSong: "American Idiot" is the most obvious one. "Holiday" is one, too.
* TheReasonYouSuckSpeech: The intro to "Letterbomb" (later quoted in "Homecoming"). [[LyricalDissonance Set to a cheery, almost nursery rhyme-like tune.]]
--> ''Nobody likes you ''
--> ''Everyone left you ''
--> ''They're all out without you ''
--> ''Having fun.''
* RebelliousSpirit
* RockOperaPlot
* SexDrugsAndRockAndRoll: The music video for Jesus of Suburbia.
** "Give Me Novacaine" and "[[RockstarSong IV. Rock and Roll Girlfriend]]" are [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin self explanatory]].
* SplitPersonalityMerge: "I. The Death of St. Jimmy"
* StepUpToTheMicrophone: Tré Cool and Mike Dirnt sing the parts of "Homecoming" they wrote.
* StrawmanPolitical: To an extent, although not nearly at the flanderized level that the album was often portrayed as in pop culture. While two songs (the title track and "Holiday") do contain lyrics overtly criticizing [[UsefulNotes/GeorgeWBush a certain president]], the remainder of the album is fairly apolitical and focuses primarily on the Jesus of Suburbia/St. Jimmy storyline.
** The fact that the music video to "Wake Me Up When September Ends" depicts the [[TheWarOnTerror Iraq War]] probably also contributed to the popular perceptions of the album's politicized nature.
*** A perception which is then flipped in the musical; Tunny is shown fighting in what could be [[TheWarOnTerror Afghanistan]] during "Give Me Novocaine" while "Wake Me Up When September Ends" becomes about/is set during the 9/11 attacks.
* SubduedSection: The "Dearly Beloved" section of "Jesus of Suburbia", "Nobody Likes You" in "Homecoming".
* SurprisinglyGentleSong: "Wake Me Up When September Ends".
* ThreeChordsAndTheTruth: "American Idiot", "St. Jimmy" and "She's A Rebel" are on par with previous Green Day songs.
* TroubledButCute: Everyone.
** Johnny, writing to Will about Whatsername: "She knows I'm full of shit but at least she thinks I'm cute."
* WanderlustSong: The last section of Jesus of Suburbia.
* YouWontFeelAThing: In "Give Me Novacaine":
--> Tell me, Jimmy, I won't feel a thing...
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