Steven Paul "Elliott" Smith (August 6, 1969 October 21, 2003) was an American [[SingerSongwriter singer-songwriter]] and musician, commonly associated with the {{Slowcore}} movement of the 1990s. He rose to mainstream prominence when his song "[[BlackSheepHit Miss Misery]]" included in the soundtrack for the film ''Film/GoodWillHunting'' was nominated for an Oscar in the Best Original Song category in 1998.

Smith suffered from depression, alcoholism, and drug addiction, and these topics often appeared in his lyrics. At age 34, he died in Los Angeles, California from two stab wounds to the chest.

'''Discography''':
* ''Roman Candle'' (1994)
* ''[[SelfTitledAlbum Elliott Smith]]'' (1995)
* ''Either/Or'' (1997)
* ''XO'' (1998)
* ''Figure 8'' (2000)
* ''From a Basement on the Hill'' (2004)
* ''New Moon'' (2007)
* ''[[GreatestHitsAlbum An Introduction to... Elliott Smith]]'' (2010)
* ''See You in Heaven Soundtrack'' (2016)

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!! Tropes associated with Elliott Smith include:
* AbusiveParents: Smith was reportedly sexually abused by his stepfather, and this was reflected in the lyrics of "Division Day" and "Waltz #2".
* AdamWesting: The short film ''Southlander'' features Smith obsessing over an infomercial for a robotic hand that will allegedly make him the world's greatest guitarist.
* AlliterativeTitle: "Between the Bars", "Division Day", "Miss Misery", "Baby Britain", Some Song", "No Name #1-6", "Good to Go", etc.
* {{Angst}}
* BalladOfX: "Ballad of Big Nothing".
* BrokenBird: The woman (commonly assumed to be Smith's mother) described in "Waltz #2", with her eyes of "a dead china doll".
* BrokenRecord: In the song "Last Call" he repeats "ask for more" twice in rapid succession and then "I wanted her to tell me that she would never wake me" seven times.
* CoolShades: The videos for "Coming Up Roses" and "Miss Misery."
* CoverVersion: "[[Music/TheBeatles Because]]", "[[Music/BigStar Thirteen]]" and '"Trouble" [[note]] Cat Stevens. [[/note]] with the latter two specifically created for ''Film/{{Thumbsucker}}''.
* DeadArtistsAreBetter
* DomesticAbuse: "Southern Belle", "Waltz #2".
* DownerEnding: "Bye", an ominous, somber instrumental piano piece. It is the outro to ''Figure 8'', his last album before his death.
* FreudianExcuse: He was sexually abused by his step father when he was young.
* GarageBand: Many of his early songs were recorded in his basement on a FourTrack.
* InNameOnly: "Ostrich & Chirping", a short interlude included on ''From a Basement on the Hill'' was neither written nor performed by Elliott Smith: The track consists of David [=McConnell=], who recorded some of the album, looping sounds made by a toy bird. The piece was on the same reel as some of Elliott's songs, and producer Rob Schnapf decided to put it on the album.
* LiteraryAllusionTitle: ''Either/Or'', titled after the Søren Kierkegaard book of the same name.
* LyricalColdOpen: "Amity", "I Can't Answer You Anymore", "I Didn't Understand" and probably others.
* LyricalDissonance: "Division Day" is a cheerful-sounding, uptempo song about parental abuse.
* ManInWhite: Smith's outfit during his famous performance at the 1998 Oscars.
* MohsScaleOfLyricalHardness: The songs are usually ranked around 6-7.
* MohsScaleOfRockAndMetalHardness: He ranged from an acoustic 1 (''Elliott Smith'', ''Either/Or'') to a power poppy 3. (''XO'', ''Figure 8'')
* MyNaymeIs: The coroner's report mistakenly referred to him as "Elliot", which is the more common spelling of the name.
* NameAndName: "Punch and Judy".
* NiceJobBreakingItHero: "Everybody Cares, Everybody Understands" is about an intervention staged by Smith's friends which set off a chain of events that lead to him being committed to a mental institution in Arizona.
* NeverSuicide[=/=]AlwaysMurder: Due to some irregularities in his autopsy some believe that his girlfriend at that time, Jennifer Chiba, murdered him.
* NoTitle: "No Name #1-6," of which four are on the same album. Other song titles are equally indescriptive, like the B-side "Some Song."
* OneWomanSong: Subverted with the Two Woman Song "Cecilia/Amanda."
* OneWordTitle: "Clementine", "Satellite", "Alameda", "Angeles".
* PrecisionFStrike: "Christian Brothers", "I Didn't Understand", "A Distorted Reality is Now a Necessity to Be Free".
* TheRunaway: Smith ran away from home at the age of 14 to live with his father; the incident forms the basis of "Division Day".
* SelfBackingVocalist: Smith was a far better harmonist than a lead singer. See the acapella "I Didn't Understand" and his cover of The Beatles' "Because".
* SesquipedalianSmith
* ShoutOut: The [[Music/TheBeatles beatlesque]] "Baby Britain" name-drops Music/{{Revolver}}.
* {{Slowcore}}: He's one of the more notable representatives of the movement.
* SomethingSomethingLeonardBernstein: The intro to "King's Crossing".
* TheTropeWithoutATitle: He recorded six songs titled "No Name" (referred to as "No Name #1, #2, etc.").
* UncommonTime: "Rose Parade" is in 14/4.
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