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->''"[[AsLongAsItSoundsForeign Gunter gleben glauten globen...]]"''

Originally formed in 1977 in Sheffield, England by five teenagers who really liked glam rock, Def Leppard became grouped with the NWOBHM before turning early-MTV pop-rock sweethearts. After kicking out a founding guitarist for too much drunken tomfoolery (Pete Willis), they released a well-received rock album (''Pyromania''), lost another sixth of a member (Rick Allen's left arm), released a phenomenally successful pop-rock record (''Hysteria''), which was essentially aiming to be "the hard rock version of ''[[Music/MichaelJackson Thriller]]''", then the ''other'' original guitarist drank himself to death over the course of a few years (Steve Clark).

Best known for predicating a thirty-year career on the [[BawdySong bawdy]] ChorusOnlySong, "Pour Some Sugar on Me" and the terribly unfunny joke "What has nine arms and sucks?", they continue to release records (much more often than in their heyday) and do a world tour almost every year since 2003 despite becoming musical pariahs in the {{post-grunge}} era.

Recently the band have experienced something of a career resurgence with well received collaborations with Music/TimMcGraw and Music/TaylorSwift introducing them to a new audience.

They are one of only five bands to have two original (non-greatest hits or live) albums sell more than ten million copies each; the others being Music/VanHalen, Music/TheBeatles, Music/LedZeppelin, and Music/PinkFloyd. Musically, they are known for melodic dual lead guitarists, four-part harmonies both on record and live, and massively produced, Queen-esque albums.

'''Members:'''

* Rick Allen plays drums on a custom kit built to [[HandicappedBadass bypass his disability]].
* Vivian Campbell wrote and played the guitar parts on [[Music/RonnieJamesDio Dio]]'s "Holy Diver" and moonlit (moonlighted?) as a member of Music/ThinLizzy.
* Phil Collen is in too good of shape for a man in his fifties.
* Joe Elliott never met a [[IncrediblyLamePun bad metaphor]] he didn't put in a song.
* Rick Savage used to be [[TheChick "the Cute One"]] (even getting name-checked to that end on ''Heroes'').

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!!! "Rise up gather round burn these tropes to the ground":
* AlbumTitleDrop: ''Pyromania'' gets its title from a line in the song "Rock Of Ages". Strangely, "On Through the Night" off of their second album shares the title of their ''first'' album.
* BaldOfAwesome: Vivian Campbell, he has cancer (as of June 2013) and is STILL on tour, despite the chemo.
* BawdySong: "Pour Some Sugar on Me", "Let's Get Rocked", "Rock Rock (Til You Drop)", "Women", "Make Love Like a Man", and that doesn't count album tracks.
* CoverAlbum: ''Yeah!''
** Some of the members are also in a [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cybernauts David Bowie Cover BAND]]!
** Joe Elliott's main side project is the Down N' Outz, a Music/MottTheHoople cover band.
* CoverVersion: [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FKBSFKcav7w The Sweet's]] [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YPOeAIUEVbs Action]], [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Db-bIWaXEFE Mick Ronson's]] [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hOO6wztjxV0 Only After Dark]] on Retroactive
* {{Crossover}}: With '''Music/TaylorSwift''', of all people, via ''CMT Crossroads''.
* DarkerAndEdgier: The ''Slang'' album is much darker lyrically than the preceding albums ''Hysteria'' and ''Adrenalize''.
* {{Determinator}} - Rick Allen after his accident learning to play one handed. To the point after one show on the comeback tour after the accident the backup drummer on standby in case Rick couldn't play the songs said to the rest of the band essentially "You guys don't need me here" and flew home.
** Also Vivian Campbell who refused to let a little thing like cancer stop him touring with the band in 2013.
** Rick Savage during his fight with Bell's Palsy in TheNineties.
* DressRehearsalVideo: "Hello America".
* EarlyInstallmentWeirdness: ''On Through the Night'' and ''High 'n' Dry'', their first two albums, have a much more straightforward heavy metal style and sound. Their signature melodic hard rock style came into force on the third album ''Pyromania'' due to the influence of their new guitarist Collen and Robert John "Mutt" Lange coming on board to produce this and the massive follow up ''Hysteria''.
* TheEighties: Seriously big during that era with ''Pyromania'' and ''Hysteria'' selling truckloads, high charting singles and huge tours.
* EpicInstrumentalOpener: "Gods of War" has a fifty second instrumental intro, followed by nearly a minute of the main tune being played before Joe begins singing.
* EpicRocking: They often include one or more long songs on their releases. ''Pyromania'' has "Die Hard the Hunter" at 6:17, ''Hysteria'' has two equally long songs with "Rocket" and "Gods of War" both at 6:37, ''Adrenalize'' chips in with "White Lightning" at 7:03, ''Slang'' gives us "Pearl of Euphoria" at 6:21; their longest song by far is "Overture" from ''On Through The Night'', though they dialed back the song lengths on more recent albums.
* {{Excalibur}}: Joe pulls it out of a stone in the video for "Rock of Ages". Of course, it turns into a guitar when he puts it on a table.
* {{Foreshadowing}}: If you play "Rocket" backwards, you can hear the chorus of "Gods of War"[[note]]In ''Hysteria'', "Gods of War" comes four songs after "Rocket" chronologically.[[/note]] in a few spots.
* GenderBlenderName: Vivian Campbell.
* GettingCrapPastTheRadar: "I suppose a rock's out of the question?" from "Let's Get Rocked".
* GoshDangItToHeck: "Let's Get Rocked".
* HairMetal: The band themselves deny that they were part of the genre and Joe Elliott has been somewhat dismissive of other hair bands when asked about Leppard's association with the style. They count the British glam bands from the 1970s, such as [[Music/MarcBolan T. Rex]] and Music/{{Sweet}}, as key influences. However it seems more a reaction to ignorant media types pigeonholing the band than genunine animosity as Leppard have toured with MotleyCrue, Poison and SteelPanther amongst others.
* HandicappedBadass: Rick Allen lost his left arm in a car accident. His response? Get a specialized drum kit and keep playing.
* HeavyMeta: "Rock! Rock! (Till You Drop)", "Let's Get Rocked", "Rock of Ages", "Rock Brigade", "Rocket".
** They also did {{Cover Version}}s of David Essex's "Rock On" and Music/MottTheHoople's "The Golden Age of Rock 'N' Roll".
* HeavyMithril: "[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wl_aOcBdf1w Overture]]", "[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LgbF35oN7Rc When the Walls Came Tumbling Down]]"
* IntercourseWithYou: If you shake one of their records, several of these songs will fall out.
* LighterAndSofter: Their first two albums were definitely Music/HeavyMetal, even showing a noticeable NWOBHM influence, but starting with their third album ''Pyromania'' they adopted a more radio-friendly hard rock sound. Their fourth album, ''Hysteria'', moved even further in this direction due to nearly half the songs being [[PowerBallad ballads]].
* LimitedSpecialCollectorsUltimateEdition: ''Pyromania'', ''Hysteria'', and ''Adrenalize''.
* ListSong: "Rocket", which lists the bands that Def Leppard count as influences or the [[SongOfSongTitles titles of their songs]], including Music/DavidBowie, Music/EltonJohn, Music/MottTheHoople, Music/{{Queen}}, Music/ThinLizzy and many, many more.
* LongRunnerLineUp: same lineup since 1993.
* LyricsVideoMismatch: "Bringin on the Heartbreak".
* MohsScaleOfRockAndMetalHardness: In their beginnings and on ''Pyromania'', they were a solid 5, sometimes even a 6. By the time ''Hysteria'' rolled around, they had softened to a 4. ''High 'n' Dry'' seems to be a 7. Perhaps a weak one, but most of the time it's clearly metal, and ''On Through the Night'' is slightly stronger on that front. Phil Collen has remarked on the trend ("We were always halfway between heavy metal and Music/DuranDuran").
* MoralityBallad: "From The Inside".
* MyspeldRokband: They were originally called Atomic Mass, which was changed to Deaf Leopard. They became Def Leppard on Joe Elliott's suggestion after he joined the group as a tribute to Music/LedZeppelin (who deliberately misspelled the first word in their name) and to differentiate themselves from punk bands who named themselves after animals.
* NewSoundAlbum: ''Slang''. To be fair, Joe Elliott had been making noises about wanting to explore new sounds as far back as ''Hysteria''.
** ''X'' as well.
** ''High 'n' Dry'' as compared to the more traditionally metal-styled ''On Through The Night''.
* OneLetterTitle: One of their albums is called ''X''.
* OneSteveLimit: Subverted between Rick Allen and Rick Savage, who is called "Sav" instead of his first name.
* OtherCommonMusicVideoConcepts: namely...
** Backstage Pass: "Pour Some Sugar On Me" (U.S. version) and "Armageddon It".
** Band From Mundania: "Me And My Wine".
** In The Studio: "Love Bites".
** Junkyard/Construction Site: "Pour Some Sugar On Me" (U.K. version; actually a demolition site).
* PowerBallad: Many, many.
* ThePowerOfRock: "Rock of Ages", "Let's Get Rocked".
* RatedMForManly
* RecordProducer: Mutt Lange.
* SexDrugsAndRockAndRoll: They just hid it real well until one of them died.
* ShoutOut: "Rocket", a shout out to the groups that the band likes.
** The video for "Photograph," to ''Film/TheSevenYearItch'' and Creator/MarilynMonroe in general.
** "Rock of Ages has the following lines referencing Music/NeilYoung's "Hey Hey My My"
-->''It's better to burn out..than fade away!''
** "Stand Up (Kick Love Into Motion)" has the line
-->''On the [[Music/LedZeppelin Stairway to Heaven]], what a way to go!''
* SociopathicSoldier: "Die Hard TheHunter" is about a Type 4.
* SongOfSongTitles: "Rocket".
* StalkerWithACrush: "Two Steps Behind".
** Also applicable to "Photograph" when, after a few listens, one realizes [[spoiler: the singer doesn't actually have a relationship with the woman in question, and is merely obsessing over her photograph]] (although Joe Elliott insists that it's a tribute to Marilyn Monroe).
* StepUpToTheMicrophone: They have four pretty good singers (Rick Allen only tends to do backing vocals during live shows), so it's no surprise that somebody other than Joe took the opportunity to sing lead for a couple of songs on ''Yeah!'' Sav does the lead vocals on their cover of "[[Music/{{Queen}} Dear Friends]]", while Phil sings and plays all the instruments on "[[Music/{{Faces}} Stay With Me]]". Collen also sings a verse on "Make Love (Like a Man)".
* StopAndGo: "Animal".
* TechnicianVersusPerformer: Steve Clark was the performer while Phil Collen is a technician. While Phil remains one of the group's most prolific songwriters, Steve very rarely composed songs, instead contributing partial ideas and riffs to other compositions. After he died, Phil was almost driven to leave the band himself out of frustration over his struggles to emulate Steve's playing style.
** Ironically enough, Steve was initially hired because ''he'' was a better player than original guitarist Pete Willis.
* WarIsHell: "Gods of War"
* WearingAFlagOnYourHead: sleeveless Union Jack shirts and short-shorts.
* WordSaladLyrics: "Pour Some Sugar on Me".
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!TV Biopic
Def Leppard were the subject of a MadeForTVMovie in 2001. ''Hysteria: The Def Leppard Story'' follows the band's beginnings and rise to stardom, focusing especially on the alcoholism of both Pete Willis and Steve Clark and on Rick's accident. There's also a little something about ''Pyromania'' and ''Hysteria'' in there somewhere.

!!This movie rocks the following tropes:
* TheAlcoholic: Steve, [[TheWoobie so tragically much]]. Pete, [[{{Jerkass}} not so tragically]].
* TheDeterminator: Joe Elliott. Also "Mutt" Lange, once he shows up.
* [[HenpeckedHusband Henpecked Boyfriend]]: Original drummer Tony Kenning is forced by his girlfriend to quit the band. In reality she was a factor, but not the only one or even the main one.
* HowWeGotHere: The film actually starts with the auto accident, then [[FlashBack flashes back to the band's beginnings]].
* IMeantToDoThat: used no less than three times, all by Rick Allen:
** When first auditioning for the band, Rick plays in the style of several drummers, then falls off his drumstool. He's just imitating the drunken antics of [[TheWho Keith Moon]].
** In a CallBack to the above: When first trying out his new electronic kit with the band after his accident, Rick can't get the timing right, gets frustrated and falls off his stool. He echoes the audition incident to reassure the band.
** Backstage at his first on-stage performance after the accident, Rick is practicing stick-twirls but drops the stick. After a dead silence falls over the room, Rick invokes the trope word for word.
* PragmaticAdaptation: The band's history is compressed into a tidy 90-minute package.
** CompositeCharacter: Peter Mensch and Cliff Burnstein, the band's early managerial team, are compiled into one person.
* SatelliteCharacter: Rick Savage is barely in the movie at all, and tends to just stand around when he is; he neither says nor does ''anything'' to drive the plot.
* TechnicianVersusPerformer: played up with Steve and Phil's first guitar duel.
* TelevisionGeography
* WellDoneSonGuy: Steve, so tragically much.
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