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-> ''Creator/WillSmith don't gotta cuss in his raps to sell records.\\
Well, I do. So fuck him and fuck you, too!''
-->-- "The Real Slim Shady"

Marshall Bruce Mathers III, AKA Eminem, AKA Slim Shady (October 17, 1972) is a popular rapper from Detroit, Michigan.

Mathers had a [[TroubledButCute troubled childhood]], raised on welfare in abject poverty by his mother who [[AbusiveParents emotionally and physically abused him]]. [[DisappearedDad His father walked out on the family when he was a baby]]. The family switched homes every two months before they settled down. [[KidsAreCruel He was bullied to ridiculous extents for being]] [[AllOfTheOtherReindeer white in an all-black ghetto]]; once he was even put in a coma and had to re-learn all his basic functions when he woke up. He was often kicked out of his own house for nights, he had failed ninth grade three times, and he could never get a decent paying job, the homes he stayed in were often robbed, and he apparently tried to commit suicide a few times.

During this period, Eminem discovered a love of rap and would practice it as often as he could. His early raps were heavily influenced by the popular [[DeadHorseGenre gangsta rap]] of the day, and being [[TokenWhite white]], he was often mocked for even trying, not to mention physically assaulted and shot at.

His first studio album was released in 1996. The album, called ''Infinite'', was not a success; underground rappers and critics alike felt it was a bad imitation of the likes of Music/{{Nas}} or Music/JayZ.

[[TrueArtIsAngsty Angry, poor, in a rocky relationship with his wife and with a new baby daughter to feed]], Eminem made another EP a few years later--''The Slim Shady EP''.

This album was remarkably different from his previous style and a new thing to rap in general. The album focused on the Alter Ego of Eminem, 'Slim Shady'. [[DarkerAndEdgier The lyrics were dark and gruesome]], but took a [[BlackComedy twistedly funny]] approach to subjects such as [[BlackComedyRape rape]], murder, the occult, drugs, and suicide. The album gained Eminem significant attention in the world of underground hip-hop, and eventually got him signed to Dr. Dre's record label.

Still angry and depressed, Eminem's first true studio album came out in the winter of 1999. ''The Slim Shady LP'' was even darker and more demented than his EP, and became a world wide hit. Admit it, even your mom knows the chorus to "My Name Is".

The album also caused riots with parents and {{Media Watchdog}}s alike. The homophobic and brutal lyrics started a wave of [[YouCanPanicNow moral panic]], which [[NoSuchThingAsBadPublicity Eminem pretty much used as an excuse to continue writing such songs.]]

Marshall's second mainstream album was called ''The Marshall Mathers LP'', and showed the world a more vulnerable and depressed artist trying to deal with his new found super stardom. The album pretty much took everything "offensive" about ''The Slim Shady LP'' and turned it UpToEleven, with Eminem revealing more disturbing details of his childhood, spinning darker fantasies of domestic violence, and responding more virulently to his critics. Considered his magnum opus, the record was another massive hit (it is currently both the fastest-selling and highest-selling rap album of all time) and somehow [[SequelEscalation managed to attract even more controversy than its predecessor]].

Eminem's third studio album, ''The Eminem Show'', was less inflammatory and ill than his previous albums. This one was more of an introspective tour of the world of fame and isolation the rapper had built himself. Many of the tracks showed a maturing Mathers, with sadder and more sincere lyrics.
The more laid-back style didn't stop it from becoming another hit for the young artist, and like his previous albums, it made it on ''Rolling Stone'''s Greatest Albums Of All Time list.

Around the time of recording ''The Eminem Show'', Eminem also appeared in the semi-autobiographical movie ''Film/EightMile'' and produced its soundtrack. While he hasn't done much acting since, he won an AcademyAward for the song "Lose Yourself". (He didn't go to the ceremony, [[http://www.people.com/people/article/0,,625790,00.html preferring to sleep instead]].)

During the fall of 2004, Eminem released his fourth studio album, named ''Encore''. Some critics sung their usual praise, but a few of them, as well as many fans felt the album was a disappointment; Eminem's famous tongue-twister lyrics were [[TheyJustDidntCare dumbed down to much simpler mumbles, the beats felt less creative and worked on, and much of the songs seemed an excuse to fit in as many fart jokes as humanly possible]]. (Eminem went on to say years later that he made the album during an addiction to prescription drugs that nearly took his life, which explains some things.) Another commercial hit for Marshall, but many fans shove it right into SeasonalRot territory.

After ''Encore'' he took a break from music (aside from ''[[GreatestHitsAlbum Curtain Call: The Hits]]'', which had a couple of new songs on it, and ''The Re-Up'', a mixtape-style album that attempted to showcase the artists on Shady Records) to deal with his own personal drug problems and the shooting death of his best friend Proof.

In the Summer of 2009, ''Relapse'' was released, sending Eminem back into [[EnemyWithin Slim Shady]] territory, detailing his descent into drug addiction during his hiatus. While the album received generally mixed reviews and was seen as an improvement over ''Encore'', some felt that the accents, celebrity bashes and outright morbid weirdness of some of the tracks were a little much (interesting, Eminem seems to agree with the detractors, calling the album "Ehh" during "Not Afraid"). However, it was yet another financial smash, securing Eminem as the best-selling rapper of all time. A special edition of the album, titled ''Relapse: Refill'', was released in December of the same year and included seven new songs. Recently, though, praise for this album has increased, with many fans believing it to be an excellent record.

His next album was set to be a direct {{sequel}} to ''Relapse'', but as he tinkered with it, the whole ''[[WhatCouldHaveBeen Relapse 2]]'' idea was dropped in favor of a completely new album titled ''Recovery'', which promised to be a return to the more sincere and somber tone of ''The Marshall Mathers LP'' and focus less on Slim Shady's antics. The first single from the album, "Not Afraid", was released on April 29th, 2010, and the album was released on June 22nd of the same year. While some listeners felt that it was just more of the same, reception was for the most part positive, with many hailing it as a improvement over both ''Encore'' and ''Relapse''. And like all of his albums, it was greeted with very strong sales.

A sequel to ''The Marshall Mathers LP'', simply titled ''[[NumberedSequels The Marshall Mathers LP 2]]'', was released on November 5, 2013. The album showcased Eminem at his most mature yet (for the most part, anyway), with a greater focus on raw rapping and introspective stories than crude humor and celebrity references, and even served as something of an apology to everyone he's offended, especially his mother. It also lived up to its title, with callbacks and references to the first ''MMLP'', most notably on "Bad Guy" and "So Far...". It was one of the biggest selling albums of the year, and is generally considered to be his best album since ''The Eminem Show''.

In 2014, he made hints at a new album, ''Shady XV'', coming out on Black Friday 2014. (It was actually released four days prior to that date.) It is a [[DistinctDoubleAlbum 2-disc]] compilation/{{greatest hits album}} created in honor of the creation of Shady Records. The first disc has the label's greatest hits, while the second disc features new material from the artists on the label. Oh, and the "XV" part comes from the fact that it's been 15 years since ''The Slim Shady LP'' first dropped.
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[[folder: Notable Albums]]
* ''Infinite'' (1996)
* ''The Slim Shady LP'' (1999)
** "My Name Is"
** "Role Model"
** "Guilty Conscience" (feat. Dr. Dre)
* ''The Marshall Mathers LP'' (2000)
** "The Real Slim Shady"
** "The Way I Am"
** "Stan" (feat. Dido)
* ''The Eminem Show'' (2002)
** "Without Me"
** "Cleanin' Out My Closet"
** "Superman"
** "Sing for the Moment"
** "Business"
* ''8 Mile'' soundtrack (2002)
** "Lose Yourself"
* ''Encore'' (2004)
** "Just Lose It"
** "Encore" (feat. Dr. Dre & 50 Cent)
** "Like Toy Soldiers"
** "Mockingbird"
** "Ass Like That"
* ''[[GreatestHits Curtain Call: The Hits]]'' (2005)
** "When I'm Gone"
** "Shake That" (feat. Nate Dogg)
* ''Relapse'' (2009)
** "Crack a Bottle"
** "We Made You"
** "3 a.m."
** "Old Time's Sake" (feat. Dr. Dre)
** "Beautiful"
* ''Recovery'' (2010)
** "Not Afraid"
** "Love The Way You Lie" (feat. Music/{{Rihanna}})
** "No Love" (feat. Music/LilWayne)
** "Space Bound"
** "Won't Back Down" (feat. Music/{{Pink}})
* ''The Marshall Mathers LP 2'' (2013)
** "Berserk"
** "Survival" (feat. Liz Rodrigues)
** "Rap God"
** "The Monster" (feat. Rihanna)
'''Tour'''
** "Up In Smoke" Tour (2000)
** "Anger Management" Tour (2002-2005)
** "Home And Home" Tour (2010)
** The "Recovery" Tour (2010-2013)
[[/folder]]

!!"Won't the real Slim Shady's Tropes please stand up?":

* [[AbsurdlyYouthfulMother Absurdly Youthful Father]]: A really rare RealLife example; while he is definitely old enough to be the father of his daughter, he doesn't look any older than 24-25 despite being 41. His daughter is now 18 years old and looks like it. Even with his ''very'' minor signs of aging, it's still hard to believe he's really old enough to have had a child almost 2 decades ago at a reasonable age. Don't believe it? [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yHBigyG2Vgw This]] is his most recent music video. Yes, he's really old enough to have a daughter who's legally an adult.
* AbusiveParents
* AccidentalPublicConfession: In "Just Lose it".
-->Now I'm gonna make you dance\\
It's your chance\\
Yeah, [[FreudianSlip boy]]; shake that ass\\
[[ThatCameOutWrong Oops, I mean girl]]\\
[[VerbalBackspace Girl, girl, girl...]]
** And [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9dcVOmEQzKA the music video takes it even further.]] Music/MichaelJackson was not amused.
* AcronymAndAbbreviationOverload: In "Hell Breaks Loose":
-->Shady's come to fill you up, if you a D or a C-cup\\
You can even be a B, it's just me and D-R-E\\
You'll be in the ER, we are strapped with so much TNT we may blow\\
No, not even CPR from the EMT can help you resuscitate
* AlbumTitleDrop: On "Cleanin' Out My Closet":
-->"It's my life. I'd like to welcome y'all to ''The Eminem Show''.
** There's also "Infinite" from, well, ''Infinite''. Oddly, "Encore" is ''[[NonAppearingTitle not]]'' an example of this.
* AlliterativeName: His "Slim Shady" alter ego.
** His real name Marshall Mathers. Its where the stage name Eminem comes from.
* AllAbusersAreMale: Averted in ''Love the Way you Lie''. The relationship is "mutually destructive".
* AllJustADream: [[spoiler:When I'm Gone]], namely the part where [[spoiler:Eminem loses his family for good.]]
* AllOfTheOtherReindeer: How he was treated (booed offstage before even getting a chance to rap, shot at, robbed, physically assaulted) for being white. He still gets it even to this day, with so many people refusing to acknowledge his talent because they feel he "stole black music". As he points out in "Without Me", so did Music/ElvisPresley.
* AloneWithThePsycho: Several of his songs, examples include: "Same Song and Dance", "3 A.M.", "Stan", "Kim" and [[spoiler: "Bad Guy"]]. Notably, except for "Stan" and [[spoiler: "Bad Guy"]], Eminem is usually the psycho.
* AlterEgoActing: Marshall Mathers, the [[MoralityPet loving]] father with a [[DarkAndTroubledPast checkered past]]; Eminem, the insanely skilled and insightful emcee; and Slim Shady, the AxCrazy, immature, and fucking hilarious fiend.
* AntiLoveSong: Nearly all songs centered on his ex-wife Kim. The largest counter-example would be "Searchin" featured in the album ''Infinite''. But heck, even in "Kim" he says he loves her. [[spoiler:Right as he's driving her out to the woods to slit her throat.]] It's an [[SlapSlapKiss angry love]].
** And while not a song specifically about her, in "Going Through Changes", he wrote "Hailie, this one is for you, Whitney and Alaina, too. I still love your mother. That'll never change."
** He tries to take her perspective on their relationship in "Stronger Than I Was".
* AntiRoleModel: Slim, mostly obviously in "Role Model."
--> I've got genital warts and it burns when I pee/Don't you want to grow up to be just like me?!
* AnythingThatMoves: Mentioned in "My Name Is"
* ArchEnemy: He's amassed quite a diverse list, everyone from MoralGuardians to the Music/InsaneClownPosse to activists against his perceived homophobia. To be specific: Benzino, Ja Rule, Canibus, the Insane Clown Posse, Everlast, Nick Cannon and Mariah Carey have all at one point in time had beef with him.
* [[TruthInTelevision Art Imitates Life/Life Imitates Art]]: "Stan" is actually an example of both.
* ArtisticLicenseLaw: In "Without Me" he raps about being censored on MTV by saying "So the FCC won't let me be/or let me be me..." The FCC has no authority over cable channels, they are self-regulating.
* AudienceParticipationSong: [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=l4VlMZdsoMk "Kill You"]] is probably his best example.
** The audience supplies the chants of "Marshall!" in "Business."
* AuthorTract: Used in his verses on Dr. Dre's "I Need a Doctor", in which Em repeatedly tells Dre to finish his ''{{De|velopmentHell}}tox'' album.
* AxCrazy: Slim Shady is this from time to time. [[LoonyFan Stan]] has shades of this as well, going so far as to inspire a nickname for fanatics everywhere.
** One example is from his collaboration with Dr. Dre entitled "Forgot About Dre": "Fuck you, too, bitch! Call the cops! I'ma kill you and [[AndYourLittleDogToo those loud-ass, motherfucking barking dogs!]]"
* BadassBoast: Common in his work, but particularly this bit from "The Real Slim Shady":
-->''I'm like a head trip to listen to\\
'Cause I'm only giving you things you joke about with your friends inside your living room\\
The only difference is I got the balls to say it in front of y'all\\
And I don't gotta be false or sugarcoat it at all\\
I just get on the mike and spit it\\
And whether you like to admit it, I just shit it\\
Better than 90% of you rappers out can\\
Then you wonder "[[ThinkOfTheChildren How can kids eat up these albums like Valiums?]]"''
* BadassBookworm[=/=]BookDumb: Although Eminem did not do well in school, he did read the dictionary cover to cover multiple times as a youth, granting him an incredible vocabulary.
* TheBadGuyWins: "Guilty Conscience".
** Zigzagged, really: The first part had good win, as Eddie choose to not rob the liquor store. The second part is more vague on whether Stan raped the girl, or just left her at home after drugging her. Part three plays this straight, however, with Grady choosing to shoot both his wife and the man she's cheating with at the urging of both angels.
* BeCarefulWhatYouWishFor: ''Relapse'' includes a bonus track ''called'' "Careful What You Wish For."
* BeamMeUpScotty: [[invoked]] In-universe: In "Stan", the title character mislabels Music/PhilCollins' song "In the Air ''Tonight''" as "In the Air ''of the Night''".
* BerserkButton: You don't even have to insult Hailie to set Eminem off, mentioning her is enough for him, which is [[PetTheDog sweet]] in it's own [[PapaWolf scary]] way. The same very likely applies to his adopted daughters and little brother as well.
** Ja Rule doesn't seem to have recovered since Eminem took this to heart and tore him to pieces in ''Doe Rae Me'', before threatening to kill him if he ever mentioned Hailie's name again. Hard to blame Em considering that this is what Ja said:
---> Em, you claim [[EvilMatriarch Your mom's]] a [[DrugsAreBad crackhead]], and Kim is a [[ReallyGetsAround known slut]]
---> [[DudeNotFunny So what's Hailie gon' be when she grows up?]]
* BeYourself: In "Beautiful", it's even outright said.
* BigShutUp: In the intro to ''Curtain Call''.
* BlackComedy: "Ass Like That", in which Eminem talks about jerking off to the Olsen Twins and constantly getting arrested. Appropriately {{lampshade|Hanging}}d by Dr. Dre with a "The ''[[PrecisionFStrike fuck]]'' is wrong with you?!" at the end, to which Em responds with a dismissive "Ah!" The song was intended as a parody of Triumph the Insult Comic Dog (who he was once harassed by), whose accent Em imitates throughout the song.
* BlondGuysAreEvil: His Slim Shady alter ego qualified as this... that is, until he dyed his hair brown again.
** As of 2013 (in anticipation for ''The Marshall Mathers LP 2'', he is blond yet again.
* BloodBath: Is seen taking one of these in his MusicVideo for "3 A.M.", plus it provides the page image.
* BoastfulRap: "Rap God" shows signs of this, especially during the supersonic speed lyrics part.
* BookEnds: The music video for "Cleanin' Out My Closet" begins with an opening door and ends with a closing door.
** The "3 a.m." video begins and ends with Em sleeping (apparently) against a tree and waking up.
* {{Bowdlerise}}: Let's just say plenty of Eminem's songs got censored, as well as the music videos for songs like, for example, "My Name Is" and "Guilty Conscience" (the latter had explicit mentions of rape and murder edited out, even turning the argument between Slim and Dr. Dre in the "Grady" scene into an argument that goes unresolved at the end).
** The most censored song that got the most attention is "Stan", and not only that, but there are TWO versions of the music videos for the song, with the most recent Fuse "version" of the song more censored than the last two. While MTV's short version of "Stan" is heavily censored (also removing scenes of a [[DrivenToSuicide murder/suicide]]), the long version, however, isn't much better: Though Dido (singer of "Thank You" who played Stan's pregnant girlfriend in the music video) admitted in the interview that [[PregnantHostage she was the one who was]] BoundAndGagged and [[PunkInTheTrunk struggling in the trunk of the car to get the gag out and to scream while trying to breathe]] in the third verse, only fewer versions of the video's long version showing some scenes with her tied up and struggling, as well as a scene with Stan (played by actor [[FinalDestination Devon Sawa]]) drinking while driving, are shown. [[TheyChangedItNowItSucks The rest of the versions show only one brief clip of her at the trunk while removing a scene of Stan drinking and censoring the words]] [[FrothyMugsOfWater "drank", "vodka",]] [[DrugsAreBad "downers",]] [[BigShutUp "Shut up,]] [[ThisIsForEmphasisBitch bitch",]] [[PunkInTheTrunk "screaming in the trunk",]] "slit", [[BoundAndGagged "tied her up",]] "suffocates" and [[NeverSayDie "die"]]. In the last verse, [[HideYourPregnancy the censors remove all mentions of the girlfriend in the trunk]], as well as the lyric, [[HideYourLesbians "And what's this shit about us meant to be together?"]]
** One of the best examples was by Eminem himself, in his GrammyAward performance of "Stan" with Music/EltonJohn, when he changed "You're like his fucking idol" to "You're like his ''favorite'' idol."
** One rather infamous example is the censoring of a certain line from "I'm Back" in the Marshal Mathers LP, where Eminem raps; "I Take seven kids from UsefulNotes/{{Columbine}} stand 'em all in line, add an AK-47 a revolver, a nine, a Mac-11 and that oughta solve this problem of mine, and that's a whole school of bullies shot up all at one time". An uncensored version is completely unavailable, "Kids" and "Columbine" are edited out even in the explicit version. However, 13 years later he repeats the line on "Rap God" from the [=MMLP2=], and gets away with it this time.
*** A similar thing happened with "Marshall Mathers", off the same album. One line in particular was censored because, in the event you are being sued by your mother, insulting their lawyer is [[{{TooDumbToLive}} not a particularly clever idea.]]
-->So which is it, [[ThisIsForEmphasisBitch bitch]], Mrs. Briggs or Mrs. Mathers?
-->It doesn't matter, [your attorney, Fred Gibson's a] faggot!
-->Talking about how I fabricated my past.
-->He's just aggravated I won't ejaculate in his ass.
* BreadEggsMilkSquick: In "Marshall Mathers":
-->Yo, you might see me jogging. You might see me walking. You might see me walking a dead rottweiler dog with it's head chopped off in the park with a spiked collar, hollering at him 'cause the son-of-a-bitch won't stop barking.
* BrainBleach: You'll need some for some of his songs. Shining example, some of the last lyrics in "Fack" - [[spoiler:[[{{Squick}} "Shove a gerbil in your ass through a tube."]]]]
** [[WesternAnimation/SouthPark Lemmiwinks?]]
** And in the same note, in "Insane," He tells us what a ''felch'' is. [[SincerityMode You]] '''[[SincerityMode REALLY]]''' [[SincerityMode don't wanna know.]] That's really gross, even for one of his songs.
* BreakingTheFourthWall: Combined with a LampshadeHanging in "Hell Breaks Loose", "This would be the part of the song where they drop the meter in and Hell Breaks Loose".
* [[BreakThemByTalking Breaking Speech]]: Despite name dropping [[Literature/TheSilenceOfTheLambs Hannibal Lecter]], the lecture in "Underground" is not a HannibalLecture because the singer is the one in the position of power:
--> ''Gave Hannibal Lecter a fuckin' nectarine''
--> ''And sat him in a fuckin' fruit and vegetable section''
--> ''And gave him a lecture''
* BrickJoke: In "Bad Meets Evil", his song with then-friend Royce da 5'9, the end of the chorus goes "See you in Hell for the {{sequel}}." Afterwards, they had a lengthy falling out. Once their mutual friend Proof died, they patched up their issues. Cue their joint album[[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hell:_The_Sequel Hell: The Sequel]] releasing on June 13, 2011. Given how long it took Em and Royce to get around to making it, one can say we saw the sequel in [[DevelopmentHell development]] [[JustForPun hell]].
** This joke gets even more elaborate when one remembers that in "Cold Wind Blows" from ''Recovery'', which was released just a year before this album, there's a few lines where God tells Slim Shady that He will send him to Hell if he does not change his ways. ''Apparently, he didn't.''
* BrokenBird: Shows signs of being a male one.
* BrutalHonesty
* ButNotTooBlack: See HypeAversion on the YMMV page.
* CallAndResponseSong: Several examples among the songs that he's done with Dr. Dre. "Guilty Conscience" has Slim and Dre as the different sides of someone's conscience (bad angel and good angel, if you will), bickering back and forth over what the person should do.
** Em's verse on "What's the Difference" is a more direct conversation with Dre.
** And of course, "Kim" is a call-and-response between Marshall and his own impersonation of Kim.
* CallBack:
** A line from "Stan," the chorus to "Rain Man" and the title and theme of "My Mom" all directly reference "My Name Is."
*** As well as this line from Em's autobiography ''Angry Blonde''.
-->"Hi kids. Do you like lyrics? Do you like reading weird shit that'll make your eyes bulge out their sockets? If so, this little piece of sh--Oops, I mean literature--was made with you in mind."
** ''The Marshall Mathers LP 2'' is full of them, be they entire tracks, lines from tracks, or even excerpts from the beats to earlier tracks.
** "I Need A Doctor" is thematically very similar to "Forgot About Dre", though much more serious in tone; essentially, both songs are composed of Em affirming his close friendship with Dre and Dre calling out his fair-weather friends.
* [[CallingTheOldManOut Calling the Old Woman Out]]: A popular topic, but "Cleanin' Out My Closet" in particular.
* CanonDiscontinuity: Or SeasonalRot, on the subject of ''Encore'' and sometimes ''The Re-Up''. "Like Toy Soldiers" seems to be the only song that's still acknowledged from that era.
** In one of the songs on ''Recovery'', Eminem says that ''Encore'' and ''Relapse'' don't count - on ''Encore'' he was on drugs, and on ''Relapse'' he was flushing them out. As such, on his ''Recovery'' tour, the only songs from those albums performed were "Like Toy Soldiers" and "3:00 AM."
* CerebusSyndrome: "Cold Wind Blows" is one of the few appearances of Shady on ''Recovery'', the rest being done in the Eminem/Marshall Mathers persona. It sounds a lot darker and epic, reflecting more inner turmoil than the earlier Shady songs such as "My Name Is" and "Guilty Conscience".
* ChaoticStupid - Slim Shady can definitely qualify, if "Role Model" is anything to go by.
* ClusterFBomb : As lampshaded by the opening quote (inspired by Will Smith's own criticism on Em' language). In fact, the only songs that don't use the word "fuck" are "Just Lose It", "We Made You", and "'97 Bonnie & Clyde", as well as most of "Infinite".
* ContinuityPorn: While Eminem is no stranger to self-referential lyrics, ''The Marshall Mathers LP 2'' is absurdly dense with callbacks and references to his previous albums.
** The most notable example of this from the album is The Monster music video, which is partly a ClipShow of Eminem's old songs, videos, and even live performances, such as My Name Is, The Way I Am, Lose Yourself, 3 AM, and his performance of Stan with Elton John.
* ConspiracyTheorist: He displays this on the songs "Public Enemy #1", and "We As Americans". Not going into tinfoil hat levels, though.
* CrazyJealousGuy: Put on probation for assaulting, some say pistol-whipping, the man he says he saw kissing his wife.
* CurbStompBattle: Most notably, Em's beef with Ja Rule where Ja [[TooDumbToLive went after Hailie in a verse]] and Eminem ''and'' D12 promptly responded with "Hailie's Revenge." It can very easily be argued that Ja's career never recovered.
** Many people state if he responds to Haystak's disses, it will turn into this.
* DareToBeBadass: "Lose Yourself".
* DarkAndTroubledPast
* ADateWithRosiePalms: Quite a few of his songs have masturbation references. ''3 A.M.'' in particular has a... [[CrossesTheLineTwice memorable]] moment where Shady jacks off to '''Series/HannahMontana'' and ejaculates so much, that his cum knocks over all the candles on his fireplace mantle.
* DealWithTheDevil: In "Say Goodbye Hollywood" and "Rain Man". But '''ESPECIALLY''' in "My Darling". That song played it frighteningly straight enough to double as WhatTheHellHero.
* {{Deconstruction}}: ''The Marshall Mathers LP 2'', of the rest of his career. It discusses how fame has affected his life; [[OldShame how he feels about some of his older lyrics]], and extends an olive branch to his mother.
** Earlier in his career;possibly "Kill You", of his signature "let's try to offend people with really unnerving lyrics" songs.
-->''"And I'ma be another rapper dead, for poppin' off at the mouth with shit I shouldn't have said"''
* {{Determinator}}: Has been a staple of his persona from ''Till I Collapse'' off ''The Eminem Show'' and ''Lose Yourself'' from the ''8 Mile'' soundtrack all the way through ''Legacy'' off ''The Marshall Mathers LP 2''
* DepartmentOfRedundancyDepartment: From Not Afraid "I'mma be what I set out to be, without a doubt undoubtedly!"
** "It's 3 A.M. in the morning..."
** From "Square Dance": "Inside a package wrapped in Saran Wrap wrapping..."
** From "Bonnie and Clyde 97" "There's a place called heaven and a place called hell. A place called prison and a place called jail."
* DepravedHomosexual: Ken Kaniff.
* DestructiveRomance : His relationship with ex-wife Kim, as he acknowledges on "Stronger Than I Was".
** The entire point of "Love the Way You Lie".
* DidntThinkThisThrough[=/=]OhCrap: The title character in "Stan" has both when he realises [[spoiler: that he won't be able to send Eminem the tape he's making before he drowns himself and his pregnant girlfriend, precisely ''because'' he's about to... well, yeah.]]
* DisappearedDad: Discussed in the song, "Cleaning Out My Closet":
-->I was a baby, maybe I was just a couple of months\\
My faggot father must'a had his panties up in a bunch\\
'Coz he split; wonder if he even kissed me goodbye\\
No, I dont; on second thought I just fuckin' wish he would die!
** His dad gets a fair few [[TakeThat Take Thats]] thrown his way on ''The Marshall Mathers 2''.
** Also discussed in "When I'm Gone". [[spoiler:Thankfully it's AllJustADream.]]
* DiscontinuityNod: To ''Encore'' on "Talkin' 2 Myself" and ''Relapse'' on "Not Afraid", both from ''Recovery''.
* DoubleStandard: He's engaged in slut shaming in his interviews, never mind the fact that he himself constantly moons people on stage, appeared naked in his videos and did a nude photo shoot where he holds a dynamite stick over his male part.
* DownerEnding:
** "My Fault": [[spoiler:Eminem gets a girl at a party high on mushrooms (he didn't mean for her to eat the whole bag) and she overdoses on them before anyone can save her, with Eminem in tears begging her to wake up - though whether he's crying over her or what might happen to him is up for debate]].
** "Stan": [[spoiler:The obsessed fan of the song's title kills himself and his pregnant girlfriend because Shady didn't answer his letters in time]].
** "Kim": [[spoiler:Ends with Marshall slitting Kim's throat in the woods, then the same sound effects from the beginning of "'97 Bonnie & Clyde" - namely, him dragging her corpse to a car and tossing it in the trunk]].
** "Bad Guy": [[spoiler: As if the ending of "Stan" wasn't bleak enough, this song reveals that Stan's little brother Matthew was driven insane with grief and rage after losing his big brother, and is out to kill Eminem. And he succeeds, killing both Eminem and himself in the exact same way that Stan and his girlfriend died.]]
** "Guilty Conscience", sort of. [[spoiler:Dre wins in the first instance, but Slim convinces Stan to borderline rape an underage girl at a party and then, in the third vignette, brings Grady AND Dre around to the side of evil, culminating with Dre telling Grady to kill both his girlfriend and her lover.]]
* DreamTeam: Whenever Eminem and Dr. Dre work together.
** The two of them and Music/FiftyCent on "Encore" and "Crack a Bottle".
** Eminem and Music/{{Rihanna}} on "Love the Way You Lie" and "The Monster".
** Eminem and Music/KendrickLamar on "Love Game".
** Eminem and Music/{{Dido}} on "Stan".
** Eminem, Music/LilWayne, Music/{{Drake}} and Music/KanyeWest on "Forever".
** Eminem and Music/JayZ on "Renegade".
** Eminem and RickRubin (he produced ''Marshall Mathers 2'' and appears on the video of "Berzerk").
** Eminem and Obie Trice on "Drips" (other songs with them both have more collaborators e.g. "Love Me", which also features 50 Cent).
** Eminem and Music/{{Pink}} on "Won't Back Down".
** Eminem and Buckshot on "Don't Front".
** Eminem and a posthumous Music/TheNotoriousBIG on "Dead Wrong".
* DrivenToSuicide: In the song "Stan", the title character parodies this trope by driving a car with his pregnant girlfriend over the bridge while he is drunk and on drugs sending an audio message to Eminem, who he thinks rejected him; and we hear a crash, making it a murder-suicide.
** In "Bad Guy", [[spoiler: the same thing happens to Stan's brother Matthew, who has kidnapped Eminem for revenge. He was planning on burying Em alive, but as the cops start chasing him, he decides to just drive off a bridge and kill himself and Em, just like Stan killed himself and his girlfriend.]]
* DrugsAreBad: Started out as a heavy aversion of this, leaned more and more to it as he got off his addictions.
** Parodied in "The Kids", complete with a reference to the {{trope nam|er}}ing ''WesternAnimation/SouthPark'' line.
* EarlyInstallmentWeirdness: Eminem's first album "Infinite" had more of a low-key feel and sounded more like the other hip-hop artists of the time that inspired him, and even contained less profanity. It wasn't until "The Slim Shady EP" and "The Slim Shady LP" that Eminem established his more "unique" style and his titular psychotic alter-ego, as well as more story elements in his tracks.
** Even ''The Slim Shady LP'' itself is this to an extent. Throughout most of the songs on the album, he uses a very nasal, youthful-sounding flow that he hasn't really done since. He has revisited it a couple of times, though, such as on the first verse of "Berzerk", most of "Groundhog Day", and a few sections on ''Relapse''.
* ElmuhFuddSyndwome: Played to chilling effect in "97 Bonnie and Clyde".
* EstablishingCharacterMoment:
** The first line of the opener of ''Slim Shady LP'', "My Name Is" ("Hi kids, do you like violence?"), does a pretty good job at letting us know what we're in for with his major-league debut.
-->'''Rap Genius annotation''': By opening up his major label debut with a statement as straight-forward and controversial as “hi kids, do you like violence”, Eminem makes it clear that he isn’t going to sugar coat his opinions so he doesn’t step on anyone’s toes. By coming out and asking this, he is poking fun at how parents will allow their kids to watch cartoons like Tom & Jerry that desensitizes violence without thinking twice, but then place blame on controversial artists like him when their kids start acting out. Eminem knows that kids are already attracted to violence by all of the aggression that surrounds them in the media, and wants to bring attention to the fact that it isn’t just rap music that is ruining everyone’s perfect little boys and girls.
** The first line of the ''MMLP'' opening track, "Kill You" ("They said I can't rap about being broke no more / They ain't say I can't rap about coke no more"), reintroduces us to the new fresh-off-of-fame Slim.
-->'''Rap Genius annotation''': Most of ''The Slim Shady LP'' dealt heavily with Em’s struggles with poverty, but ''SSLP'' went quadruple platinum and made Em an overnight millionaire. On this album he speaks on his newly found fame and success. If he were to continue rapping about poverty he’d make himself appear as a one trick pony, so he addresses the critics right of the bat. Instead, he’s going to rap about his second favorite topic; drugs. Ain’t nobody saying shit about that.
* EvenTheGuysWantHim: In-universe, among them Stan, Ken Kaniff, and the Insane Clown Posse, who even think of him while having sex.
* EvilMatriarch: Debbie Mathers. See YouShouldHaveDiedInstead.
** Hell, "Cleaning Out My Closet" is ''all'' about this:
-->See, what hurts me the most is, you won't admit you was wrong,\\
Bitch, do your song, keep tellin' yourself that you was a mom!\\
But how dare you try to take what you didn't help me to get?\\
[[ClusterFBomb You selfish bitch, I hope you fuckin' burn in hell for this shit!]]
** "Headlights" deconstructs it big time.
* ExecutiveMeddling: Parodied in-universe with the recurring "Steve Berman" skits, in which Berman, a [[SirSwearsALot foul-mouthed]] studio executive, constantly berates and insults Eminem for making music [[ItWillNeverCatchOn that is impossible to market and will never be popular]]. Eventually, Eminem gets so annoyed by Berman's verbal abuse that he [[DisproportionateRetribution shoots him in the chest]] [[spoiler:just as he's about to shower ''The Emimem Show'' with praise. He survives]].
** The reason for the existence of both "The Way I Am" and "The Real Slim Shady". Basically, when making ''The Marshall Mathers LP'', Eminem was being pressured to make another BlackSheepHit in the mould of "My Name Is"; something which Em didn't think he could do. So he wrote "The Way I Am" to vent his frustrations; and wrote "The Real Slim Shady" to bow down to the record company. Both were released as singles.
* ExplainExplainOhCrap: At the end of ''Stan'', certainly a FridgeHorror for Eminem.
-->I seen this one shit on the news a couple weeks ago that made me sick.\\
Some dude was drunk and drove his car over a bridge,\\
and had his girlfriend in the trunk, and she was pregnant with his kid,\\
and in the car they found a tape, but they didn't say who it was to.\\
Come to think about, his name was... it was you.\\
Damn...
* FaceOnAMilkCarton: The music video to "The Real Slim Shady" shows Eminem's {{Mentor|s}} Dr. Dre on a milk carton (with a very beleaguered expression) just as the lyrics go ''And Dr. Dre said[[{{Beat}} ...]]/Nothing you idiots! Dr. Dre's dead/He's locked in my basement!''
* {{Fanservice}}: Of all kinds, he himself is a good example.
* FirstNameBasis: On numerous songs, Eminem refers to "Denaun" (Kon Artis, birth name Denaun Porter) and "Von" (Kuniva, birth name Von Carlisle), two fellow members of D-12. He rarely if ever refers to the other members of the group (Rufus "Bizarre" Johnson, [=DeShaun=] "Proof" Holton, and Ondre "Swift" Moore) by their given names, and it's rare in hip-hop to hear one artist refer to another by his birth name more than his rap name.
* {{Flanderization}}: Nearly every song in ''Relapse'' had Eminem doing his various phony accents.
* FlatWhat: In "Just Lose It", a male chorus's response to telling them to grab their left nuts.
* FlippingTheBird: In most of the music videos. Also, in "The Way I Am", Eminem lampshades this:
-->And it seems like the media immediately\\
Points a finger at me ''(finger at me)''\\
So I point one back at them, but not the index or the pinkie\\
Or the ring or my thumb, it's the one you put up\\
When you don't give a [[WorldOfPun fuck]]
* {{Foreshadowing}}: In "Stan", the titular character mentions how his little brother Matthew is even more of a fan of Em than himself. After we see the events that unfold in the song, we are left with the question of how much larger is Matthew's love for Em over Stan's. [[spoiler:We find out the answer in "Bad Guy", where Matthew kidnaps Em, planning to bury him alive, but winds up committing a murder-suicide in the exact same manner as his big brother.]]
* FreudianTrio: His alter-egos:
** [[TheSpock Superego]]: Marshall Mathers
** [[TheKirk Ego]]: Eminem
** [[TheMcCoy Id]]: Slim Shady
* FridgeHorror: In-universe example occurs in "Stan": "...come to think about it, his name was... it was you...[[OhCrap Damn!]]".
* FrothyMugsOfWater: Most notably the [[{{Bowdlerise}} radio edit and music video versions]] of "My Name Is", when the word "vodka" is replaced with "Kool-Aid" in the lyric, "I just drank a fifth of ''Kool-Aid'', dare me to drive?"
** The bowdlerised version of "Stan", when the censors removed a scene of the title character drinking while driving and the words "drank" and "vodka".
* GainaxEnding: "Brain Damage".
* AGodAmI: "Rap God".
* GoodAngelBadAngel: "Guilty Conscience", with Dr. Dre as the good and Eminem as the bad.
* GreenEyedMonster: He revealed that he was jealous towards Music/LilWayne and Music/KanyeWest during his hiatus, as he realized they were kicking ass and he was not doing much of anything.
* {{Grossout S|how}}ong: Several. "FACK" is a notable example, as is "Insane" - when speaking of the latter, Eminem said he wanted to make a song that made people want to puke.
* HardWorkFallacy: "Lose Yourself".
* HeelFaceRevolvingDoor
* HeWhoFightsMonsters: Comes up near the end of "Bad Guy".
--> I'm the bullies you hate
--> That you became
* HeWhoMustNotBeSeen: In the video for "Cleanin' Out My Closet", Em's parents never show their faces to the camera.
** Also in the "Headlights" video, which is through the perspective of Em's mom.
* HiddenDepths: A rapper whose songs' material consists of murdering his wife, doing copious amounts of drugs, raping numerous people, and in some cases committing serial murder. And in his personal life he's banned swearing in his house and generally avoids the spotlight whenever possible. He also legally adopted and provides for his niece Alaina, stepdaughter Whitney, and his younger half-brother Nathan.
** He runs his own charity for disadvantaged youth. Also, he's a pretty good artist on top of his rap career.
* HilariouslyAbusiveChildhood: Every authority figure in Slim Shady's youth either molested him, assaulted him, fed him drugs, or allowed any of the above to happen.
* HockeyMaskAndChainsaw: He dressed up this way for one of his concerts.
* {{Horrorcore}}: Many of his violently themed songs, particularly on the albums ''The Slim Shady LP'' and ''Relapse''.
** "3 a.m.", the first track on ''Relapse'', even begins with the line, "You're walking down a [[StealthPun horror corridor...]]"
* HurricaneOfPuns: The entire ''Recovery'' album is littered with corny punchlines.
** "[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=n1aJtQbJvb0 Em Calls Paul]]"
* {{Hypocrite}}: From "Cleanin' Out My Closet":
--> Now I would never diss my own mama just to get recognition
--> Take a second to listen for who you think this record is dissing
** Not only that, but even before that song he had several tracks dissing his mom, such as "My Name Is", "My Mom", and "Kill You".
* IconicOutfit: Though he stopped wearing it, his jeans, white t-shirt and bleached blond hair was quite recognizable.
* IdiosyncraticEpisodeNaming: Averted. Em's third album was originally going to be called ''The Eminem LP'', but he decided he was sick of the "LP" and replaced it with "Show" - see "Theme Naming" below.
* IAmSong: A few, including "I'm Shady", "My Name Is", and the darker "The Way I Am".
* IAmTheBand: Parodied in the song "My Band".
* ImYourBiggestFan: Stan. Oh, Stan.
** To such an extent that the name "Stan" is actually used in some communities to refer to a megasuperobsessive fan.
* ImageSong: A case could be made for "Lose Yourself," considering it's the theme song to his semi-autobiographical film 8 Mile.
* InnocentBlueEyes: {{Lampshade|Hanging}}d excellently in "White America":
-->"Look at these eyes, baby blue, baby, just like yourself. If they were brown, Shady'd lose, Shady sits on the shelf."
* InterplayOfSexAndViolence: "Love the Way You Lie".
* JerkWithAHeartOfGold: He can be rude and assholish, but he loves his kids and friends and has never really done anything worse than insult people.
** "Crazy In Love" has shades of this as well.
* JumpScare: One at the very end of the "3 a.m." video (not surprising), where there's a sudden cut to Em screaming before the video ends.
* KidsAreCruel: D'Angelo Bailey, who is referenced in "Brain Damage", beat Marshall up so bad when he was 10 that he was put in a coma-and when he woke up, had to re-learn all his basic functions.
* LargeHam: Oh, my...
* LeastRhymableWord: Eminem has found rhymes for "oranges" in the song Business! [[PainfulRhyme Set to blow college dorm room doors of their hinges, oranges, peach, pears, plums, syringes (vroom vroom) Yeah, here I come. I'm inches away from you.]]
* {{Leitmotif}}: "Guess who's back. Back again. Shady's back. Tell a friend."
* LettingTheAirOutOfTheBand: "I'm On Everything" peters out this way.
* LiteralMetaphor[=/=]NotHyperbole: He would give an arm [[PapaWolf for his daughter]]... which is why he tattooed her face on his right arm.
* {{Lolicon}}: Amongst the pop stars that Eminem lusts after in "Ass Like That" are Music/HilaryDuff and Music/{{Jojo}}, both of whom were underage teenage girls at the time. The former was lampshaded by Em:
-->Hilary Duff is not quite old enough so I ain't ever seen a... ''{{b|owdlerise}}utt'' like that.\\
Maybe next time I'll say "ass", and she'll make my [[UnusualEuphemism pee-pee/slinky]] go...\\
Do-doingg, doingg, doingg!
** Also in ''Relapse'', he repeatedly makes perverted sexual references towards Series/HannahMontana (played by a then-16-year-old Music/MileyCyrus). CrossesTheLineTwice indeed.
* LoonyFan: "Stan", who doesn't understand that the Slim Shady persona is just that.
* LyricalColdOpen: "Kill You", "I'm Back", "Who Knew?", and "Not Afraid".
* LyricalDissonance: That ''angry'' voice he can make... look at such songs as "Lose Yourself" or "Mosh" (which doubles as {{anvilicious}}, but [[SomeAnvilsNeedToBeDropped some anvils needed to be dropped]].)
** If you're the sort uncomfortable with BlackComedy, the faux-Indian accent Em puts on for some songs. For the rest of us, it's bleeding hilarious.
** "My Fault" has an R&B/dance-like beat you'd hear in a club, but it's about a girl taking too many of the mushrooms Eminem gave her [[spoiler:and later dying.]]
* LyricalTic: Some songs on ''[=MMLP2=]'' see Em letting out a small chuckle after a certain line. It's [[DownplayedTrope downplayed]] though, as it doesn't happen as often as lyrical tics usually do.
* MadLove: Eminem and Kim
* ManOfAThousandVoices: His voice varies in pitch and tone depending on the song.
* ManlyTears: "Nobody wanted to fuck with the white boy, Dre, I'm ''cryin''' in this booth!"
* MasochismTango : The history of his relationship with Kim is practically the definition of this trope
* {{Mentors}}: His is Dr. Dre.
** And Music/EltonJohn, [[SincerityMode yes, really]], Eminem asked him for advice on how to deal with his drug issues and Elton helped him.
* {{Metaphorgotten}}: From [[Music/NickiMinaj "Roman's Revenge"]]:
-->"I swear to God life is a {{dumb blonde}} white broad/With [[GagBoobs fake tits]] and a bad [[DyeHard dye job]]\\
Just spit in my fucking face and called me a fucking tightwad/ So finally I broke down and bought her a iPod\\
And caught her [[DigitalPiracyIsEvil stealing my music]]/[[AxCrazy So I tied her arms and legs to the bed]]\\
Set up the camera, [[ToiletHumour pissed twice on her]], look, [[ComedicSociopathy two peas and a tripod!]]"
* MindScrew: "As The World Turns"
* MoodWhiplash: On "Kim"
-->[talking to Hailey] Yesterday I changed your diaper
-->Wiped you and powdered you.
-->How did you get so big?
-->I can't believe it now you're two
-->Baby you're so precious
-->Daddy's so proud of you
-->[Talking to Kim] SIT DOWN, BITCH, YOU MOVE AGAIN I'LL BEAT THE SHIT OUT OF YOU!
** And then, on The Marshall Mathers LP, the song right after this one opens with Eminem comedically slurring gibberish.
** "Mockingbird" finishes with this:
-->"[[CrowningMomentOfHeartwarming And if you ask me to daddy's gonna buy you a mockingbird. I'mma give you the world. I'mma buy a diamond ring for you, I'mma sing for you, I'll do anything for you to see you smile]]. And if that mockingbird don't sing and that ring don't shine, [[DisproportionateRetribution I'mma break that birdie's neck. I'd go back to the jeweler who sold it to you and make him eat every karat]], don't [[PrecisionFStrike fuck]] with dad!"
* MohsScaleOfLyricalHardness: Pretty high, ranking from 6 to 9. While comedic parts are common, his songs are usually profane, hateful and at times self-harming.
* MoneySong: Usually used as a TakeThat at other artists who like to brag about their wealth.
* MoodWhiplash: In "Stan", the title character randomly segues from talking about how he idolizes Slim to his habit of slitting his wrists.
* MoralityPet: Eminem's long-standing friendship with Music/EltonJohn is often cited as proof that he's not actually homophobic.
** {{Lampshade|Hanging}}d on ''Recovery''[='=]s "Untitled" "...'bout as rational as a rational fag's asshole / now take that line and run it up the flagpole with Elton / see if he's cool with it"
** Also, his daughters.
* MotorMouth: Yes, he's prone to this.
** "Rap God" from ''The Marshall Mathers LP 2'' is probably the best example.
* MrFanservice: His good looks attracted whole new demographics to rap, and shot him to the the stardom he enjoys today. He even lampshaded it on "White America" (quoted below).
-->"Shady's cute, Shady knew Shady's dimples would help/Make ladies swoon, baby (ooh baby!)/Look at my sales!"
* MurderBallad: "Kim", "3 AM", [[spoiler: "Bad Guy"]].
* NamesToRunAwayFromReallyFast: Would ''you'' trust a guy named Slim Shady?
* NeverMyFault: Before his full [[JustForPun recovery]], he had a habit of blaming his mother and ex-wife for his misfortunes in his life.
* NewSoundAlbum: Production style switched to a more cinematic high end sound beginning with ''The Eminem Show''.
* NonActorVehicle: "8 Mile".
* NWordPrivileges: [[OldShame He doesn't get them]].
* ObsessionSong: "Stan".
* OddFriendship: With Music/EltonJohn.
* OdeToSobriety: "Not Afraid", which is about him finally kicking his addictions.
* OlderThanTheyLook: He's 42 as of 2014 [[http://i.huffpost.com/gen/1780699/thumbs/o-EMINEM-facebook.jpg and still looks pretty good]], probably somewhere in his mid-to-late 20's. This is especially impressive considering his battle with drugs and stress from raising two kids. He certainly looks older than he did before the overdose, though, and you can see his minor signs of aging in recent videos.
* OneManSong: ''Stan''
* OneWomanSong: ''Kim'', ''Hailie''.
* PapaWolf: Very, ''[[BerserkButton very]]'' protective of his beloved daughter Hailie. And although his BerserkButton has yet to be publicly pressed on the matter, he's very clear about the strong devotion he feels towards his three legally adopted children (niece Alaina, stepdaughter Whitney, and little brother Nathan) as well.
** Quite simply, questioning or doubting Eminem's protective tendencies toward any of his children would be ''very'' unwise or downright stupid. Which Ja Rule learned the hard way...
* TheParody: Eminem takes sheer delight in parodying other celebrities, often in a mean-spirited way: Music/MichaelJackson, Music/BritneySpears, Music/{{Moby}}, Music/ChristinaAguilera, Dick Cheney, UsefulNotes/BillClinton, UsefulNotes/GeorgeWBush., Shaggy, UsefulNotes/OsamaBinLaden, ... Ironically he once vetoed a request of Music/WeirdAlYankovic to spoof one of his own videos.
* ThePerfectionist: According to a Snoop Dogg interview regarding artists signed to Dr. Dre's Aftermath Entertainment (quoted on Dre's Wikipedia Page), Dr. Dre is incredibly perfectionistic and demanding, often making recording artists redo their verses over and over until they get it right. According to the same interview, Snoop declares that Em is a perfectionist himself, making his work ethic gel very well with Dre's.
* PerpetualFrowner: Even when he wins awards, or is otherwise honored in some way or another, he never loses that permanent tough guy look he always wears.
* PetTheDog: [[http://new.music.yahoo.com/blogs/hiphopmediatraining/145620/eminem-pays-homage-to-his-beautiful-city/ His homage to his home city of Detroit]]. Also his relationship with his daughter.
** In the final verses of "Stan", Marshall shows a caring and compassionate side almost completely absent in most of his work.
* PleaseWakeUp: How "My Fault" ends.
* PrecisionFStrike: The last line of "Mockingbird" ("don't ''fuck'' with Dad"); it's especially poignant since the song was completely devoid of swearing up to that point, and many people think that that one F-strike completely ruined the song.
* ProfessionalWrestling: A few references both in his own work and to him as well.
** "Marshall Mathers" includes the line "I'm not a wrestler guy."
** "Without Me" includes the line "The best thing since wrestling."
** The video for "Berzerk" includes a clip of [[GarbageWrestler Mad Man Pondo]] using the [[FinishingMove Stop Sign Smash]] on an opponent.
** In the [[http://www.nwaanarchy.net NWA Anarchy promotion in Georgia]], there is a wrestler with an Eminem gimmick called Slim J. There is also a Texas-based independent wrestler named ''Slam'' Shady.
* ProtestSong: "Mosh", aimed at then-U.S President UsefulNotes/GeorgeWBush.
** "White America" has aspects of this, too.
* PsychopathicManchild: One could make a case for Slim Shady, with his AxCrazy behavior and juvenile sense of humor.
** Also [[spoiler: Matthew Mitchell, as a result of the events of "Stan"; as "Bad Guy" proves]].
* [[RealLifeWritesThePlot Real Life Writes the Song]]: A large chunk of his songs are all about himself and personal problems with his family.
* RedOniBlueOni: Eminem is the vulgar, psychopathic, Red Oni also known as Evil who raps about smacking women, serial killings, drug use and rape. Royce is the crude, but somewhat smooth (when compared to Em anyways), Blue Oni also known as Bad who raps about gunplay, his rap skills, and taking your girl. It also helps that Em is usually casually dressed while Royce is in Gucci and other nice clothes.
* RefugeInAudacity: Oh yeah. He even ''acknowledged'' it in "The Real Slim Shady":
-->"The only difference is I got the balls to say it"
* SadClown: Calls himself one in "Beautiful".
* SanitySlippage: "Stan", in which the first three verses consist of increasingly deranged letters from the LoonyFan of the song's title.
* SayingSoundEffectsOutLoud: Whenever it fits in the verse. Recurring instances include "blaow" (gunshot) and "vin-vin" (chainsaw motor)
* TheScottishTrope: Discussed and invoked on "Like Toy Soldiers.
-->I even went my whole career without mentioning-
* SelfDeprecation: Off of "We Made You":
--> "If you think that's bad, you should see the rest of this album. [[SarcasmMode Never has there been such finesse and nostalgia.]]"
** Whenever he pairs himself with DrDre, he makes comparisons to Batman and Robin. And he's Robin. The Golden Age era Robin.
* SelfTitledAlbum: His third and fourth albums, which would put him in Music/{{Weezer}} territory...
** And his latest effort, ''The Marshall Mathers LP 2''.
* ShirtlessScene: In many of his music videos.
* ShoutOut: He is a [[OneOfUs comic book nerd]]. In the "Without Me" music video and others, Eminem dresses up in a {{Comicbook/Robin}}-esque costume and becomes "Rap-Boy" to save the day, preventing underage kids from listening to his controversial songs alone without parental advisory! There's a lot of shots [[Film/BatmanAndRobin on Eminem's crotch]], by the way. his "Backwards E" logo is used as the Robin symbol, and he uses the recurring depiction to show himself as the sidekick to Dr. Dre's Batman-esque hero. A similar shoutout pops up on the Eminem Show in the track "Business", where Dr. Dre and Eminem play an Creator/AdamWest-[[Series/{{Batman}} style]] intro ("To the Rapmobile!").
** He does the same schtick with Music/FiftyCent on another album, playing "Robbin" to his "Gatman".
** From "As The World Turns" (''Slim Shady LP''): "Just trying to buy me some time, then I remembered this magic trick / [[WesternAnimation/InspectorGadget Den Den Den Den DEN DEN, Go Go Gadget Dick!]]"
** "Stay Wide Awake" opens with him saying "Welcome to the [[Franchise/StarWars dark side of the force]]"
** "Berserk" is partially an homage to the BeastieBoys' style of rap, even using samples from them. The rest is a GenreThrowback to all sorts of 90s-style rap, ranging from NWA to Public Enemy.
** "Rhyme or Reason" includes a number of Franchise/StarWars references; including him ''rapping as Yoda''.
** The video to "Rap God" has Eminem appearing as Series/MaxHeadroom and Pinhead, as well as an homage to Portal.
** Let's not forget "Cold Wind Blows" and its references:
-->"Fuck it I'm a [[CowboyCop loose cannon]], [[Comicbook/IncredibleHulk Bruce Banner]]'s back in the booth
-->Ya'll are sitting ducks, I'm the only goose standing
-->...
-->"Oh bitches don't like that, homie I'll be nicer to women
-->When the [[MercyKill Aquaman drowns]] and the Human Torch [[SaunaOfDeath starts swimming]]."
** "So Much Better" references ScottPilgrimVsTheWorld.
** "Love Game" which references Wee-Bay from TheWire, which Eminem has said to be his favorite television show.
* SickAndWrong: Paul Rosenberg (Em's manager)'s track on ''Relapse'' has him blasting Em for his Christopher Reeve impression on the track "Medicine Ball" ("You know the guy's ''dead,'' right?") and expressing disgust at the content of "Insane" ("And the whole gay stepfather incest rape thing? I don't have your back on this one. I can't even fuckin' handle it. I'm done.").
* SillinessSwitch: "Without Me", "Just Lose It", "Ass Like That", "We Made You".
** Especially the video to "Without Me", where he's dressed in [[Series/{{Batman}} Adam West-era Robin-esque]] outfit. (made even funnier as Dr. Dre is only in black and shades, because he *refused* to get dressed as Batman...)
* SomethingCompletelyDifferent: Appears to have been the intention when he sings the majority of "Hailie's Song". However he's sung the chorus (at least) of a fair number of his songs since, most notably "Not Afraid" and "Beautiful".
* SingerNamedrop: Though he usually namedrops "Shady\Slim Shady" or "Marshall" instead of Eminem.
* SpiritualSuccessor: "Drug Ballad" to "Cum On Everybody".
* SoundtrackDissonance: "'97 Bonnie & Clyde". Which manages at the same time to be unbelievably sweet and unbelievably scary at the same time.
* SpotlightStealingSquad: See EnsembleDarkhorse[[invoked]] in the YMMV tab.
* StalkerWithACrush: "Stan" is a rare [[HoYay male/male]] version. Not only is there "My girlfriend's jealous 'cos I talk about you 24/7", but Stan also says that he and Eminem should be together. The video actually shows Stan taking a photo of himself and his girlfriend and covering her up with a picture of Eminem cut out of a magazine.
* StopAndGo: "Don't Front" does this after the line, "Let insults fly every 60 seconds that go by so you know I ''MEANT IT!''"
* StuffyOldSongsAboutTheButtocks: "Ass Like That" and "Shake That".
* SugarAndIcePersonality
* SuperBowlSpecial: For Chrysler in 2011.
* TakeThat: To just about everyone, [[SelfDeprecation including himself]].
** TakeThatAudience: The "public service announcement" at the beginning of ''The Marshall Mathers LP'' proudly informs listeners that "by purchasing this album, you have just kissed [Eminem's] ass."
* ThatCameOutWrong: Lampshaded on "Evil Deeds":
-->''What do I look like, a comedian to you/Do you think that I'm kidding/What do I look like, some kind of idi--/Wait a minute, shit, don't answer that."
* ThatManIsDead: In "Soldier:"
-->Through this pen, motherfuckers know I'll never be Marshall again!
* ThemeNaming: His six major-label albums have been released with paired titles: the two [=LPs=] dealing with ''Slim Shady'' and ''Marshall Mathers'', ''The Eminem Show'' and its ''Encore'' (you could also count ''Curtain Call'' in here), and the cycle of ''Relapse'' and ''Recovery'' (which was originally ''Relapse 2''). And now that Em's recovered, he's ready to begin anew, with a second [=LP=] dealing with ''Marshall Mathers''.
** ''The Re-Up'' may also fit in with the latter, as it was released before ''Relapse''.
* ThisIsASong: From "Not Afraid":
-->''I shouldn't have to rhyme these words in a rhythm for you to know it's a '''RAP'''!''
* ThisIsForEmphasisBitch:
** "Go to sleep, bitch!"[[note]]"Go To Sleep"[[/note]]
** "[[BigShutUp SHUT UP]], BITCH! I'M TRYING TO TALK![[note]]"Stan"[[/note]]
** "Berzerk" does it [[RuleOfThree thrice]]:
-->''Let's bring it back to that vintage Slim, BITCH!''
-->''The art of emceeing mixed with da Vinci and [[Music/{{NWA}} MC Ren]]''
-->''[[ShoutOut And I don't mean]] [[WesternAnimation/TheRenAndStimpyShow Stimpy's friend]], BITCH!''
-->''Been public enemy since you thought PE was gym, BITCH!''
** "Kim" features quite a few of these.
* TokenWhite: One of the few white rappers successful in a music genre where the majority of the artists are black.
** Averted since his comeback. Mac Miller and Yelawolf (himself on Shady/Aftermath) are examples of other successful white rappers. Though Eminem is probably still the most well-known.
* TrappedInASinkingCar: In "Stan", Stan purposely drives his car off a bridge into a body of water, drowning himself and his pregnant girlfriend (who he has locked in the trunk).
* TruthInTelevision: Music/{{Rihanna}} is featured in the song and video for "Love the Way You Lie" -- which deals, naturally, with domestic violence.
* UpdatedRerelease: A non-video game version, for ''Relapse: Refill''.
* UrbanLegends: Discussed in "Stan" when the title character talks about the misinterpretation of the lyric of Music/PhilCollins' song "In the Air Tonight".
* VillainProtagonist: "3AM" and the whole Slim Shady persona in general.
* VillainSong: Often combined with TheVillainSucksSong. Sorta.
* VomitIndiscretionShot: The video for "Just Lose It" has Eminem vomiting on Music/MichaelJackson in a public bathroom, and [[Film/HaroldAndKumarGoToWhiteCastle Bobby]] [[Series/MadTV Lee]] vomits twice (once as [[Series/StarTrekTheOriginalSeries Sulu]]) in the video for "We Made You."
* WhamLine:
** The end of "25 To Life" reveals that [[spoiler: he was talking about hip hop, not Kim.]]
** And roughly halfway through "Bad Guy," when it's revealed that [[spoiler: it's not about Marshall Mathers coming to kill Kim for the umpteenth time, but Stan's brother Matthew coming to kill Marshall Mathers.]] And it's the first track on the album.
*** It's slightly foreshadowed throughout [[spoiler:(the autographed Starter cap, the "dragged to the back of a trunk" line, etc.)]] before more direct hints are given, and then it's revealed as a whole.
** From "Kill You": "Just bend over and take it like a slut, [[spoiler:'''OKAY MA?''']]"
** Em's realization at the end of "Stan".
-->I seen this one shit on the news a couple weeks ago that made me sick.\\
Some dude was drunk and drove his car over a bridge,\\
and had his girlfriend in the trunk, and she was pregnant with his kid,\\
and in the car they found a tape, but they didn't say who it was to.\\
Come to think about, his name was... it was you.\\
Damn...
** From the Steve Berman skit on ''Eminem Show''; for context, this is after Berman has trashed not only the ''Marshall Mathers LP'' but [=D12=]'s ''Devil's Night'' album to Em's face.
-->'''Steve''': I got [''The Eminem Show'']...
--->'''Em''': And?
--->'''Steve''': ...and this is by far the most ('''[[DisproportionateRetribution BANG]]''')...[[spoiler:incredible thing...I've ever heard]].
* WholesomeCrossdresser: While wholesome is arguable, he does dress as a woman in his music videos.
** [[AttractiveBentGender A very pretty woman]], you have to admit. [[StupidSexyFlanders Or not admit.]]
* WindowPain: Used for a rather harsh {{Pun}} in "Love the Way You Lie":
-->But you lied again; now you get to watch her leave out the window\\
Guess that's why they call it window pane/pain
* WisdomFromTheGutter: In the early years, Slim Shady was a font of this.
* WorldOfCardboardSpeech: "Lose Yourself" and many of the tracks of ''Recovery''.
* WouldHurtAChild: The story told in "'97 Bonnie and Clyde" and its prequel "Kim" has Eminem not only killing Kim and her new husband... but their four-year-old son as well. The line "There's a four-year-old boy laying dead with a slit throat, in your living room!" in "Kim" was censored on the official release.
* WretchedHive: "Amityville".
* Main/{{Yandere}}: A rare male example in "Kim." Although Eminem repeatedly states his extreme hatred for his ex-wife in the song, it is also pretty clearly implied that he remains obsessed with her and that at least part of his anger is out of jealousy that she left him for another man:
--> "YOU WERE SUPPOSED TO LOVE ''ME!!!''"
** "Love the Way You Lie" may also qualify, this time involving a mutual Yandere relationship.
* YouCanPanicNow
* YouShouldHaveDiedInstead: His mom [[MoralEventHorizon told him this]] after his beloved uncle died, as we can hear in "Cleaning Out My Closet":
-->"Remember when Ronnie died and you said you wished it was me?
-->Well, guess what? I am dead, dead to you as can be!"
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