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->''I imagined many moons in the sky lighting the way to freedom.''
-->--'''[[RobotOrSpacemanAlterEgo Cindi Mayweather]]'''

Janelle MonŠe Robinson, also known as Janelle MonŠe, was born on December 1, 1985 in UsefulNotes/KansasCity, Kansas. As a child, she had always dreamed of being a performer on the stage. She left Kansas for New York to study theatre at the American Musical and Dramatic Academy. At first, MonŠe aimed to become a performer on Broadway, but she changed her mind and went to music instead. She felt that music has the power to change the world. Later on, MonŠe moved to Atlanta, GA, where she met Big Boi from {{Outkast}} and founded the Wondaland Arts Society. Big Boi introduced MonŠe to Sean "P Diddy" Combs which led her to be signed to Bad Boy Records in 2006.

With a few exceptions, MonŠe's songs [[ConceptAlbum tell the story]] of the futuristic dystopia of Metropolis and Cindi Mayweather, a [[RidiculouslyHumanRobots popular musician android]] and [[SuperPrototype prototype]] for the equally popular, mass-produced Alpha Platinum 3000 droid model. Cindi falls in love with a human named Anthony Greendown and finds a bounty placed on her head as a result.

Discography:
* ''The Audition''[[note]]A self-published release from back before MonŠe founded the Wondaland Arts Society. It has not been re-released under her label.[[/note]]
* ''Metropolis: Suite I (The Chase)'' (2008)
* ''The [=ArchAndroid=] (Suites II and III)'' (2010)
* ''The Electric Lady (Suites IV & V)'' (September 2013)

Videography:
* "Many Moons" (2008)
* "Tightrope" (2010)
* "Cold War" (2010)
* "Q.U.E.E.N." (2013)
* "Dance Apocalyptic" (2013)
* "[=PrimeTime=]" (featuring Miguel) (2013)

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!!The tropes that apply to Janelle MonŠe:

* AgonyOfTheFeet: "57821" describes Anthony looking for Cindi until "his feet became bloody and tired".
* AllPartOfTheShow: The only people that suspect something is wrong when Cindi has a seizure in the "Many Moons" video are Lady Maestra and 6ix Savage.
* AllThereInTheManual: The [[http://flash.atlrec.com/janellemonae/dance_apocalyptic_emotion_picture_treatment.pdf full story of Dance Apocalyptic]]
* AlterEgoActing: Janelle MonŠe's character, Cindi Mayweather, not to mention her many sisters and various other characters she plays in videos.
* AmbiguouslyHuman: Cindi Mayweather. She is very human-like, despite being an android.
* ArcNumber: 57821, which is Cindi's serial number. It also appears as MonŠe patient number at the Palace of the Dogs Asylum in the "Tightrope" video, and is used as the title of a song on ''The [=ArchAndroid=]''.
* AscendedFangirl: ''The Electric Lady'' sees her performing alongside some of her influences, including Erykah Badu and Music/{{Prince}}.
* AxCrazy: Her song "Come Alive" plays this trope straight.
* BadassCape: Appears frequently in her live performances.
* {{Bifauxnen}}: In her Archandroid days, at least.
* BountyHunter: The Metropolis government sends several after Cindi.
* BlackAndNerdy[=/=]OneOfUs: Hell yeah.
* BlackCloak: The Punk Prophets and the guards at the Palace of the Dogs Asylum.
* ButNowIMustGo: Near the end of "[=BaBopByeYa=]".
-->''I see beyond tomorrow\\
This life of strife and sorrow\\
My freedom calls and I must go!''
* TheCameo: The "Many Moons" video features appearances by Big Boi as Sir Luscious Leftfoot and Deep Cotton as the Punk Prophets; both of these artists are featured on songs in ''The [=ArchAndroid=]''.
* ChainsawGood
-->''The droid control marshals are full of fun rules today--no phasers, only chainsaws and electro-daggers!''
* TheChosenOne: Cindi is the [=ArchAndroid=], [[JigsawPuzzlePlot whatever that means]].
* CloudCuckooLander: Janelle claims to be a time traveller, and other such whimsical antics.
* ConceptAlbum: From the very beginning, it seems. ''The Audition'' generally doesn't adhere to the concept, but "Metropolis", for example, has ties to the Cindi Mayweather plot.
* CoolShades: [[http://cdn.concreteloop.com/wp-content/uploads/2009/02/27918pcn_viper09.jpg Here you go.]]
* CostumePorn: "Many Moons" features an auction of several specialized Alpha Platinum 3000s, and as such, MonŠe in several different outfits.
* CoverSong: A cover of Creator/CharlieChaplin's "Smile" appears on ''The Chase''.
* CozyCatastrophe: "Dance Apocalyptic" encourages the listener to "dance until the end", "laugh at the zombie in the front yard", etc.
* CreatorBacklash: She very much dislikes the fact that old photos of her are circulating. She finds the many colors she once wore too messy and confused, and doesn't want to be associated with them in order to maintain her aesthetic.
* DancingIsSeriousBusiness: "Dance Or Die".
* DeaderThanDead: Whichever bounty hunter catches Cindi must turn her cybersoul in to the Star Commission, presumably so that this trope can be carried out.
* DevelopmentHell: Apparently, a video for "Violet Stars Happy Hunting!" was shot but remains unreleased due to unstated technical problems. [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EYQovhSPuO0 This appears to be a simple recording by someone on the set.]]
* DoAndroidsDream: The drama track that opens ''The Chase'', "March of the Wolfmasters", indicates that androids have "cybersouls". The TropeNamer is also referenced in "Make the Bus".
* DoesThisRemindYouOfAnything: In the original script for Dance Apocalyptic, one newspaper reads: "ANDROIDS WANT YOUR JOB !"
* TheEndOfTheWorldAsWeKnowIt: "Dance Apocalyptic" features lyrics about "[[CozyCatastrophe dancing to the end]]" and the video is interrupted by a news broadcast reporting on various major U.S. cities being destroyed by disasters.
* EpiphanicPrison: Shown in the song "Many Moons".
-->''You're free but in your mind, your freedom's in a bind...''
* FadingIntoTheNextSong: Several examples.
* FantasticArousal: "Wondaland" has the lines "I'm so inspired / You touched my wires".
* FantasticRacism: Against perfectly sapient androids. "Metropolis" implies that they are also confined to a "wired side" of town, which other songs imply is underground.
* FauxAffablyEvil: The announcer in "March of the Wolfmasters" is gushingly cheerful about the bounty on Cindi's head and the fact that it's only redeemable if you kill her with "chainsaws and electro-daggers" and rip out her soul to boot.
* FirstLove: [[MeaningfulName Joey Vice]], who met Cindi Mayweather while she was working as a cyber-server.
* GirlinessUpgrade: Janelle is pushing the limits of her black and white aesthetic. She often wears more traditionally feminine clothing, always in black and white, and changed her once nude lipstick color to a bright red. Compare her [[http://stupiddope.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/05/tumblr_m5ms7c4pzm1qbiu5fo1_500.jpg Archandroid era style]] to [[http://cdn.cnwimg.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/07/Janelle-Monae.jpg her Electric Lady style]].
* IncrediblyLongNote: The end of "Come Alive"
* IntercourseWithYou: "Wondaland", which makes reference to [[FantasticArousal touching of wires]] and leaving underpants somewhere.
* InterspeciesRomance[=/=]{{Robosexual}}[=/=]WhatMeasureIsAHumanoid: Central to the plot is the romance between Cindi Mayweather, an android, and Anthony Greendown, a human.
* JigsawPuzzlePlot: Very little of the plot has been explicitly shown.
* TheLancer: Kellindo Parker' many guitar solos on The Archandroid and The Electric Lady firmly establish him as her foil.
* LimitedWardrobe: The reason why she dresses up in a tuxedo all of the time? She considers it her uniform, and it represents the working people.
* TheMovieBuff: Janelle has an extensive knowledge of cinema, as shown in "Tightrope" which references ''Meshes of the Afternoon'', and "Q.U.E.E.N", which references ''Qui Ítes vous, Polly Magoo ?''.
* NeatFreak: Her perfectionism extends beyond the realms of music and performance, as anyone can see from her appearance, and she dislikes mess in general.
* NewSoundAlbum: ''The Chase'' (and later work) is very different from her first album ''The Audition,'' which had a more conventional R&B/pop sound.
* NiceHat: She wears a white hat from time to time. The "Many Moons" video features her in equestrian helmets and top hats. And let's not get started on the one she wears in the [[http://i.imgur.com/1VSFS.jpg ArchAndroid cover]].
* NonAppearingTitle: Several examples. Notably, "Many Moons" plays it straight as a standalone song, but the page quote provides a TitleDrop in the music video.
* TheOner: [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lqmORiHNtN4 "Cold War"]] is a single long take of Janelle's face as she lip-syncs to the song.
* OddCouple: With Joey Vice. He's a punk, and she has the look and poise of a classic movie star.
* OpeningNarration: Some of her concert performances open with [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QtX6PfBtd10 one]], [[{{Troperiffic}} highly reminiscent]] of the narration of [[{{Dune}} Princess Irulan]].
* PerformanceVideo:
** "Many Moons", although it still fits into the ''Metropolis'' concept.
** "Dance Apocalyptic" features MonŠe performing as the Electric Lady on an ''Series/AmericanBandstand'' pastiche.
* {{Prequel}}: The Electric Lady is the prequel to the Metropolis saga.
* ProtestSong: "Mr. President", which is mainly about putting education over warfare.
* PublicDomainSoundtrack: "Say You'll Go" has a few bars of Debussy's "''Claire de Lune''" on it.
* RagsToRiches: This is noteworthy as Janelle Monae makes a point to use this part of her story to inspire both her fans and her aesthetic: her mother was a janitor, her father was a garbage truck driver who struggled with drug addiction, and to go to Conservatory she spent time working with her mother. While producing The Audition, she was working at Office Depot, and incidentally, got fired for messaging fans on store computers.
* RepurposedPopSong: "Tightrope".
* RoboFamily: The prerelease for ''The Electric Lady'' reveals that Cindi has five sisters, all of them Alpha Platinum 3000s. Exactly what "sister" means when the [=AP3000=] is a mass production model has yet to be revealed.
* RobotGirl[=/=]RobotOrSpacemanAlterEgo: Cindi Mayweather.
* RuleOfCool: Several aspects of her aesthetic. For example, the "Q.U.E.E.N." video features a turntable whose needle is a golden canine tooth on a white skull.
* ScienceFantasy: The setting is an ultra-futuristic city full of RidiculouslyHumanRobots, but magic is apparently present.
* SecondLove: Anthony Greendown turned out to be this for Cindi Mayweather.
* ShoutOut:
** Electric sheep are mentioned in "Faster" and "Q.U.E.E.N.", and the story's full title, ''Literature/DoAndroidsDreamOfElectricSheep'', is mentioned in "Make the Bus".
** "Metropolis" mentions searching for [[ParadiseLost paradise found]].
** The music video for "Tightrope" features two cloaked figures with flat mirrors as masks. These same figures appeared in Maya Deren's classic 1940 avant garde film "Meshes of the Afternoon."
** The opening lines of "Dance Apocalyptic" are a reference to "Bands-A-Make-Her-Dance" by Juicy J.
* SpellMyNameWithAnS: Is it Cindi or Cindy? Official sources lean heavily toward the former.
* StarCrossedLovers: Cindi and Anthony; in Metropolis, an android who falls in love with a human faces the death penalty, whether they act on their feelings or not. It's implied that Anthony is being hunted down as well. This trope is lampshaded in "March of the Wolfmasters", where Cindi is introduced as "a new star-crossed winner in our Heartbreak Sweepstakes."
* TheStoic: She certainly comes across as so in interviews, but during performances she is far more upbeat, and has at least twice been moved to tears on camera.
* {{Stripperiffic}}: Averted, which is uncommon for R&B singers.
-->''[[LampshadeHanging T-t-t-talkin' bout, "Why don't she change her clothes?"]] Well, they ain't seem to mind the last THREE times I posed in Vogue!!''
* SuperPrototype: Cindi is the prototype for her line and appears to have powers that later models don't.
* TearJerker: {{Invoked}}; MonŠe tears up in the "Cold War" video.
* TimePolice: The conceit for the "Q.U.E.E.N." video is that MonŠe has been arrested by the Time Council and placed in a museum full of time-frozen musical revolutionaries, but is freed by some young freedom fighters.
* TrilogyCreep: The covers of ''The Chase'' and ''The [=ArchAndroid=]'' imply that the Metropolis saga was planned to be four suites long. However, ''The Electric Lady'' is comprised of suites IV ''and'' V, and its album cover implies that the story will now reach at least seven suites.
* ViralMarketing: Videos have been released daily up to the release of the Electric Lady on Janelle Monae's YouTube channel in order to hype the album. They evoke Cindi Mayweather's escape and growing support for her freedom movement. Along with the videos, the Electric Pirate Radio, which appears in the Electric Lady interludes, [[{{Defictionalization}} is set to air]] on [[http://electricpirateradio.com/ this website]].
* VoiceOfTheLegion: The voice of the announcer in "March of the Wolfmasters" is occasionally overlaid with a deep, robotic voice, lending her this effect. It's also present in the "I love you, and I won't take no for an answer" line in "Violet Stars Happy Hunting!".
* WhiteMaskOfDoom: The Punk Prophets. Deep Cotton wear plague doctor masks while the rest of the prophets wear lantern-jawed masks.
* AWildRapperAppears: "Q.U.E.E.N." ends with a rap verse from MonŠe.
* TheWonka: Certainly an eccentric whimsical character, and yet with a stern authoritative demeanor that gives her an appearance of magic power. While producing The Audition, she ran amok on AUC, performing for students and rallying them around certain messages, for example that college was a waste of money and they should look for what truly made them passionate.
* WretchedHive: Metropolis seems to be one, based on all the crimelords present at the robot auction shown in the "Many Moons" video.
* XMeetsY: [[{{Outkast}} Andre 3000]] meets AliciaKeys. ([[OverlyLongGag ...meets Judy Garland meets Parliament-Funkadelic meets David Bowie meets Claude Debussy meets Prince meets John Barry meets Stevie Wonder...]])
* {{Yandere}}: Cindi, if a line in "Violet Stars Happy Hunting!" that goes "I love you, and I won't take no for an answer" is to be taken seriously.
* YourCheatingHeart: [[MeaningfulName Joey Vice]]. Cindi apparently blames herself for pushing him into the other woman's arms.
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