[[quoteright:300:http://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/bi_6829.gif]] William Michael Albert Broad, better known as Billy Idol, is a rock musician who, after splitting with his old band, Generation X, went solo and thus became one of the most iconic figures of the 1980s. He is most famous for the songs "White Wedding", "Rebel Yell" and "Dancing With Myself", which are radio staples to this day.

Idol has released a total of six studio albums, one EP, a Christmas album, and several compilation albums. He faded away in the early 1990s after the [[DorkAge disastrous release]] of ''Cyberpunk'', popping up again in a memorable cameo in ''TheWeddingSinger''. He continues to tour to this day with guitarist and longtime collaborator Steve Stevens.
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!!Billy Idol contains examples of the following tropes:
* BadassGrandpa / CoolOldGuy: Fills arenas even at 58.
* BreakupBreakout: Man, did he ever.
* BreakupSong: "Eyes Without a Face", which also takes some cues from the eponymous film.
* TheDeadCanDance: The video for "Dancing With Myself."
* GratuitousFrench: In "Eyes without a Face", before the TitleDrop the same phrase is said in French, possibly as a ShoutOut to [[http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0053459/referencethe eponymous French movie.]]
* GreatestHitsAlbum: ''Vital Idol'' (which is a Greatest Hits Remixed album), ''Idol Songs'', ''Greatest Hits'' and ''The Very Best Of Billy Idol: Idolize Yourself''.
* HiddenDepths: Wrote his own autobiography without a ghostwriter, which is pretty impressive considering the sheer amounts of drugs he was on at various points in his life.
* IntercourseWithYou: "Rebel Yell".
* ItWontTurnOff: The video for "Cradle Of Love", where the man who lets the girl next door play her song and goes crazy in his apartment tries to turn off the music, even by pulling the plug on the stereo.
* MetalScream "WITH A REBEL YELL SHE CRIES MORE, MORE, MORE... OWWWW!!!"
* MoneySong: "Mony Mony" ([[CoveredUp which is a cover...]])
* NewSoundAlbum: ''Cyberpunk'' was recorded with an Apple computer and was his first [[DorkAge (and last)]] attempt at a ConceptAlbum.
* OlderThanTheyLook: He's 58, but still looks 40-something.
* PerformanceVideo: "Rebel Yell."
* PopPunk: More inclined towards {{New Wave|Music}}, but still.
* RockStarSong: "Kings & Queens of the Underground" -- ''heavily'' inspired by his memoirs, which he was writing at the time.
* ScaryMusicianHarmlessMusic
* SelfTitledAlbum: His debut in 1982.
* ShotgunWedding: "White Wedding." (and people still play in weddings, [[IsntItIronic based on the title alone]])
* SomethingSomethingLeonardBernstein: Just what the hell are those backup singers saying during "Mony Mony"?
** AudienceParticipationSong: They're actually yelling "HEY MOTHERFUCKER GET LAID GET FUCKED". The song is a live performance, after all.
* SongOfSongTitles: The song "Kings & Queens of the Underground", in which he looks back on his career, has him name-dropping several of his most famous songs.
* StageNames: Real name William Broad. He apparently chose it because his teachers described him as idle...
* SubduedSection: Inverted in "Eyes without a Face".
* VerbalTic: "OWW!"
* ZombieApocalypse: The "Dancing With Myself" video again.
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