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->''"I'm kind of a good girl - and I'm not. I'm a good girl because I really believe in love, integrity, and respect. I'm a bad girl because I like to tease. I know that I have sex appeal in my deck of cards. But I like to get people thinking. That's what the stories in my music do."''

Katy Perry is an American pop singer and songwriter. Real name Katheryn Elizabeth Hudson, [[StageName Katy Perry]] was born as the second child to Christian pastor parents Keith Hudson and Mary Hudson (née Perry) on October 25, 1984 in [[UsefulNotes/{{California}} Santa Barbara]]. Along with her older sister and younger brother, she was raised in a deeply religious family.

Growing up listening to only gospel music, her first experience of performing was singing in church, thus a passion for music grew. At the age of fifteen Perry began visiting Nashville, gaining experience of recording demos and songwriting. At some point, Katy signed on to Christian record label Red Hill, and at the age of 17, she released a Christian pop album under her birth name but wasn't successful.

Perry then moved to UsefulNotes/LosAngeles, collaborating with producer Glen Ballard though she was unable to secure a lasting record deal. She signed to Creator/ColumbiaRecords in 2004, but was dropped when this proved futile. However, an executive at Columbia recommended Katy Perry to Jason Flom, Virgin Records’ chairmen, resulting in her singing for Capitol Music Group. (Oh, and did we mention that she was also a background vocalist for "Goodbye for Now" with Music/{{POD}}?)

She recorded her first album ''One of the Boys'' and in spring of 2008, released lead single ''I Kissed a Girl'', which proved to be a smash hit at number one slot in several countries where other hit singles followed, the album becoming a commercial success. Her second album, ''Teenage Dream'' spawned more huge hits where many awards and music industry records followed. In 2012, she released the documentary feature film ''Katy Perry: Part of Me'', and ''Teenage Dream'' was re-released to promote the film.

In 2013, she struck back with the fierce [[IncrediblyLamePun "Roar"]] and released her third album, ''Prism''. In 2015, she performed at the Super Bowl XLIX halftime show and brought the largest ratings in the history of the Super Bowl.

She married English comedian Creator/RussellBrand in 2010, but they divorced in early 2012 and owns a cat named Kitty Purry who has its own blog. Yes, [[http://katyperryblog.tumblr.com/page/2 really]]. [[CelebrityResemblance As noted by certain people, she looks like]] Creator/BettiePage and Creator/ZooeyDeschanel. [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qovkNQDUcq8 Katy herself]] declared she'd like to make a movie where she and Zooey played CreepyTwins.

In 2017, she was named as one of three judges for the upcoming 2018 ABC revival of ''Series/AmericanIdol'', with Music/LukeBryan and Music/LionelRichie.

* ''[[ChristianRock Katy Hudson]]'' (2001)
* ''One of the Boys'' (2008)
* ''Teenage Dream'' (2010)
** ''[[LimitedSpecialCollectorsUltimateEdition Teenage Dream: The Complete Confection]]'' (2012)
* ''[[TheMovie Katy Perry: Part Of Me]]'' (2012)
* ''Prism'' (2013)
* ''[[HotterAndSexier Witness]]'' (2017)

!![[MemeticMutation I used these tropes and I liked them; the taste of their cherry Chap-Stick]]!

* AccidentalPun: A line from "I'm Still Breathing":
-->Already lost our grip, best {{Abandon Ship|ping}}, oh
** The song could be about an insecure girl who's either attempting suicide or "killing off" her relationship and doesn't hope for the guy to remember her for fear of guilt.
* AcCENTUponTheWrongSylLABle: "[=UnCONdiTIONally=]".
%%* {{Adorkable}}: "Last Friday Night." Also, her in the behind the scenes of "Last Friday Night". (Along with almost every other star in it.)
* AesopAmnesia: In-universe, in "Last Friday Night".
-->Yeah I think we broke the law/Always say we're gonna stop-op/Whoa-oh-oah/This Friday night/Do it all again.
* AllJustADream: Played with in "Roar". At the end of the video Katy wakes up back in her airplane seat, [[spoiler: but it turns out she's turned the wrecked plane into her shelter on the island.]]
%%* AmazonBrigade: In "Part of Me".
* AmbiguousGender: The LittlestCancerPatient in the music video for "Firework."
* AncientEgypt: The setting for the "Dark Horse" music video, featuring Katy as a Cleopatra-like pharaoh.
* AndThatLittleGirlWasMe: The twist endings in "Pearl" and the "Wide Awake" music video
* AngelicAliens: The [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=t5Sd5c4o9UM music video]] for Katy Perry's ''E.T.'' depicts several Space Angels, particularly the Kaminoan-esque alien in flowing robes floating in space. The lyrics speculate on whether the alien lover whom the song is about is an angel (or a devil).
* AnimalMotifs: The lyric and official music videos for "Chained to the Rhythm" both feature hamsters as a motif. The lyric video depicts a pair of hands making tiny food for a hamster inside a miniature house, as it watches another hamster using an exercise wheel on TV. The music video proper has one as the mascot for [[CrapsaccharineWorld Oblivia]], which features a human-sized exercise wheel as one of its attractions. The intent is to compare people's tendency to ignore things around them and do the same repetitive things to a hamster using a wheel: doing nothing productive and going nowhere.
* ArtisticLicenseAstronomy: Unless she is singing about WesternAnimation/SpaceGhost in "E.T.," the words "extraterrestrial" and "supernatural" don't really have anything to do with each other.
* AscendedExtra: The Kathy Beth Terry character first appeared at the 2010 Teen Choice Awards, which Katy hosted.
* AutoErotica: Mentioned in "The One that Got Away":
-->Summer after high school when we first met/We make out in your Mustang to Music/{{Radiohead}}...
* BaitAndSwitchLesbians: Katy Perry had a sizable lesbian fan base after the release of "I Kissed a Girl" [[IsntItIronic until they actually listened to the lyrics]] and realized that the song was about a heterosexual girl's drunken experiments. And, for the more usual use of the trope... in the music video, she ''never does''.
* BeautifulAllAlong: The main premise of the music video for "Last Friday Night".
* BeerGoggles: Referenced in "This is How We Do".
-->''This goes out to all you people going to bed with a ten and waking up with a two''
%%* BeYourself:
%%** "Firework".
%%** "Roar.
* BigBreastPride: She is '''very''' proud of them and the {{Fanservice}} in her videos and concerts is deliberate and intentional.
--> "I lay on my back one night and looked down at my feet, and I prayed to God. I said, 'God, will you please let me have boobs so big that I can't see my feet when I'm lying down?'"

--> "Katy Perry said as a kid she prayed that she would have 'big boobs.' So finally, we have proof that God exists." --'''Conan O'Brien'''
%%* BoldlyComing: "E.T."
* BracesOfOrthodonticOverkill: Katy wears them as Kathy Beth Terry in the music video for "Last Friday Night".
%%* BreakupSong: "TheOneThatGotAway", "Part of Me", "Ghost", "Not Like The Movies".
* TheCameo:
** [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KlyXNRrsk4A The video for Last Friday Night]] has tons: Creator/DarrenCriss, Creator/KevinMcHale, Music/KennyG, Music/{{Hanson}}, Music/RebeccaBlack, Corey Feldman, and Debbie Gibson.
** Her movie features Music/LadyGaga, Music/JustinBieber, Music/RebeccaBlack, Music/{{Adele}}, [=Rihanna=] and Music/JessieJ.
* CampStraight: The subject of "Ur So Gay".
* CanonDiscontinuity, {{Retool}}: How many people actually knew of Katy's first album? It seems to have slipped under the radar of even Christian pop fans.
* CaptainErsatz: See the GermansLoveDavidHasselhoff section.
* [[ChristianRock Christian Pop]]: Her first album.
** Her secular albums also include Christian-influenced songs. "One of the Boys" has "Lost", and "Teenage Dream" has "Who Am I Living For". In particular, some songs from ''Prism'' could fall into this, such as "By the Grace of God", "Spiritual", and "Unconditionally".
* CleavageWindow: [[http://www.contactmusic.com/in-pictures/katy-perry-ignores-grammys-dress-code-in-flesh-baring-dress-pictures_3496636 At the Grammys]].
* ComingOfAgeStory: "Wide Awake", which was inspired by major changes in her life.
-->'''Katy:''' This song in particular is a dose of reality. It's kind of like coming down from a high. You’ve been on cloud nine for so long, and it can't always be so sweet and sometimes you need to realize that, and you have to pick yourself up and move forward and face the facts of life and know that this is just a lesson you learn and you're stronger because of it.
* ContinuityNod:
** Her music video for "Wide Awake" starts off at the end to "California Gurls". After the music video ends, she goes onstage at a concert to perform "Teenage Dream". Other less obvious ones includes : the strawberry about One Of The Boys (the album)/the Hello Katy Tour and various nods at the videos for "Last Friday Night", "Part Of Me", "E.T" and most obviously "Firework".
** The video for "This Is How We Do" features a scene where Katy has a Watermelon (Hot N Cold CD single), Heart shaped glasses (Teenage Dream era) and a Pizza dress (referencing the pizza, ItMakesSenseInContext, from the Prismatic World Tour).
* CostumePorn:
** Her California Dreams tour was a showcase for an array of crazy/cartoonish/candy-themed costumes.
** The video for "Unconditionally", being inspired by Anna Karenina.
* CrapsaccharineWorld: Oblivia, the amusement park seen in "Chained To The Rhythm", looks bright and colorful. It even has a hamster motif! But, if you look closely, its true nature as an AmusementParkOfDoom becomes clear. In fact, many of the attractions are meant to be social commentary on various issues, such as heteronormativity, the effect of social media, nuclear warfare, the oil crisis, and [[ArsonMurderAndJaywalking long line waits]]. Then there's how you get ''out'' of Oblivia: [[spoiler:you get into a catapult and are thrown over the fence]].
* DarkerAndEdgier: "Circle the Drain" sounds ''much'' darker than her typical upbeat pop music. Also, "E.T" could fall under this.
** Perry herself said that ''Prism'' would be this. The album later had a happier direction, but still, most of the second half of the album (such as "Ghost", "Spiritual" and "By the Grace of God") sound ''much'' darker (and at times even sadder) than your average Katy Perry song.
** Contrary to popular belief, "One of the Boys" is not all upbeat pop songs, and includes a lot of serious, dark, or sad songs, such as "Lost" and "I'm Still Breathing". Even "Teenage Dream" has serious songs, such as "Who Am I Living For".
* {{Dedication}}: International Smile for Mia Moretti, her muse.
* DoesThisRemindYouOfAnything: Many of the attractions in "Chained to the Rhythm" are clear commentary on American political and social issues. As an example, the roller coaster called "Love Me" manages to satirize heteronormativity, people's tendency to look to social media for validation, and [[DoubleStandard the wage gap]] in one fell swoop.
%%* DoNotTauntCthulhu: "Dark Horse".
* DoubleEntendre:
** "Birthday", the whole thing. Let's just say the song isn't really about celebrating ones birthday party...
** There's an innocent example in "Dark Horse", where "falling for" refers both to being tricked and falling in love.
** The "cherry chapstick" she refers to in "I Kissed A Girl" isn't to the girl's lips. At least not the one on her face.[[note]]She's referring to the way a vagina turns bright red after cunnilingus.[[/note]]
* DoubleStandardRapeFemaleOnMale: She came under fire for an incident on ''Series/AmericanIdol'' where she forced a male contestant to kiss her. It later came out that he had been okay with it, but the editing had left those parts out - still playing the double standard straight from a story telling perspective.
%%* DreamSequence: "Wide Awake".
* DreamTeam: Teamed up with Music/NickiMinaj for a cover of Music/CyndiLauper's [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UDbKI5cTyRM "Girls Just Wanna Have Fun".]]
* DrugsAreBad: "Circle the Drain," which deals with breaking up with a drug-addicted lover.
* EarlyBirdCameo:
** Kathy Beth Terry, her nerdy alter-ego from "Last Friday Night", first appeared at the 2010 Teen Choice Awards.
** Prior to "I Kissed A Girl" breaking her into the mainstream, Katy herself is seen as the LastGirlWins in the music video for Music/GymClassHeroes' "Cupid's Chokehold".
** Also, she was in the music video for Music/{{POD}}'s [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=plGETDmXw5g "Goodbye for Now"]].
* EarlyInstallmentWeirdness: That Christian pop album.
** "Ur So Gay" sounds more like a Music/LilyAllen song than any of the rest of Katy's output. YouTube seems to think so too, as the page for any upload of the video recommends a bunch of Lily's songs, and maybe one or two of Katy's.
* EpicFail: She mentions this trope by name in "Last Friday Night".
* FanDisservice: The music video for "Bon Appetit" feature Katy wearing a [[NudeColoredClothes beige leotard]] while getting massaged, covered with food in a way similar to BodySushi, lounging in a hot-tub like setting, and pole-dancing. However, in context? She's actually being prepared [[ImAHumanitarian for consumption]]. Not to mention all the BodyHorror that comes with Katy being food, such as her skin behaving like bread dough when kneaded.
%%* FanserviceCostumes
* FlippingTheBird: In the "California Gurls" music video, a gummi bear gives Katy the finger (though it's censored).
* ForbiddenFruit: In "I Kissed a Girl":
--> It felt so wrong. It felt so right."
* FormerFriendOfAlphaBitch: Music/RebeccaBlack in the Last Friday Night series of promotional videos. She and Kathy Beth Terry reconcile in the actual music video.
* FriendToAllLivingThings: She becomes one after she ends up in a jungle in the music video for "Roar"; an elephant gives her a shower with its trunk, she brushes the teeth of a crocodile and tames a tiger and makes it her pet.
* FunnyBackgroundEvent:
** Many of her videos feature some. "California Gurls" has a sign edited to say Sundae Boulevard instead of Sunset.
** During the halftime show at the Super Bowl XLIX, during the performance of her song “Teenage Dream”, one of the backup dancers dressed as a shark and dancing to the left side of the singer was seen screwing up a routine while on stage. Shortly after the conclusion of the halftime show, the awkwardly dancing “left shark” quickly emerged as a trending topic on Twitter and elsewhere.
* GagBoobs: Where to start? In her various videos, her breasts have shot out fireworks, whipped cream and glitter. She's worn bras made out of candy, dice, pokeballs and practically everything imaginable. They're practically comedy props by now. And her guest shot on SNL, when the Elmo T-shirt she wore had some Really Big Eyes.
* GenreRoulette:
** Her first album was pop-rock oriented, even going so far as to include a "Rock Mix" of "I Kissed A Girl" as a bonus track.
** ''Teenage Dream'' was more oriented towards edited genres, such as synthpop, disco, and dance.
** ''Prism'' really was a GenreRoulette, having everything from trap to electropop to more dance.
** Meanwhile, it seems she's moving towards house music on ''Witness''.
* GettingCrapPastTheRadar: The mere fact that "Peacock" got played on the radio. Some stations blanked out the repeating vocals of "cock, cock" in the chorus to make the innuendo a little less blatant, but it's still one of the most risque songs that pop radio has ever played.
* GiantWoman: Played one in a mascara comercial where she stomps around a city and scoops up a guy.
* GirlinessUpgrade: The focus of "One of the Boys" (the song), which is about a {{Tomboy}} becoming a GirlyGirl as she enters puberty, no longer wanting to be "OneOfTheBoys."
* GirlOnGirlIsHot: There's a reason that "I Kissed a Girl" was number one for 8 weeks.
* GrowingUpSucks: "Wide Awake" is a positive take on this. [[WordOfGod Katy herself]] says that the song was inspired by major changes in her life. To hammer the message further, the music video features Katy meeting her child self and then they both go through lots of obstacles (in a CallBack to both their life and career, even) ending with them hugging and parting ways while Katy watches as her child version goes away.
* HardDrinkingPartyGirl: "This is How We Do" and "Last Friday Night".
* HiddenDepths: When she was invited to be the celebrity guest star on ESPN's ''College [=GameDay=]'' in 2014, most college football fans were predicting a disaster. College Football is SeriousBusiness in the Southeast, so bringing in a lifelong Californian to the Alabama-Mississippi game was likely going to be a horrible idea, and the only redeeming factor would be that she'd at least provide {{Fanservice}}. Wrong on ''all'' accounts. She came out dressed in what was popularly referred to as "shag carpeting", a hideous hot pink-and-black sweater that effectively hid her famously ample bust, and actually made surprisingly good picks, and she knew the proper cheer for the requisite home team pick. All reports said that she stuck around for the game itself, where said obligatory home team pick turned out to be the right one as well, a rather shocking upset.
* HollywoodNerd: She plays a Type 2 in the video for "Last Friday Night".
* HollywoodOld: In "The One That Got Away" video.
* HotWitch: WordOfGod is that "Dark Horse" is inspired by the idea of a witch warning a man [[http://www.mtv.com/news/articles/1713269/katy-perry-dark-horse-prism.jhtml not to fall for her]]. Naturally, her performance of it for the 2014 Grammys [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZSaxGesjybA went with this]] to the point of having poledances on broomsticks.
* HumanAliens: In the appropriately named "E.T."
* HypocriticalHumor: The first song she released, "Ur So Gay", emasculates a man for acting stereotypically gay. She followed it up with "I Kissed A Girl", a song about lesbian experimentation.
%%* IAmBecomingSong: "Roar".
* TheIlluminati: {{Discussed|Trope}}. Dear sweet goodness, there were so many accusations of her affiliation with the illuminati after her video for "Dark Horse" and it got [[FromBadToWorse even worse]] with her live performance at the Grammys. The biggest argument toward the connection was the ignorance about the Eye of Horus symbol and pyramid imagery, which are both perfectly legitimate icons of Ancient Egypt.
* ImportantHaircut: In the [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uuwfgXD8qV8&feature=channel Part of Me video]], after she breaks up with her cheating boyfriend, she cuts her hair short and joins the Marines. Same with the music video for "Bon Appetit", though in this case, Perry did cut her hair short before the music video began filming and wore a long haired wig for the first half of the music video. And in real life, the aforementioned haircut was done because she wanted to feel like Katheryn Hudson again.
* IntercourseWithYou: "Dressin' Up", "Teenage Dream", "Birthday", "Legendary Lovers", "Hummingbird Heartbeat", "E.T.", "Last Friday Night (T.G.I.F.)" (though not all about it).
* JunglePrincess: She becomes one in the music video for "Roar".
* KaleidoscopeHair: Katy is constantly changing her hair color. It's gone from [[EveryoneLovesBlondes blond]] (her natural hair color) to [[RavenHairIvorySkin black]] to [[FieryRedhead red]] to blond to [[RoseHairedSweetie pink]] to [[YouGottaHaveBlueHair blue]] to purple, back to black and now green after a brief orange and black phase. That's not counting purple, pink, blue and now [[http://wonderwall.msn.com/music/gossip-orange-crush-katy-perry-poses-with-flaming-locks-21489.gallery orange]] wigs.
* KnightInSourArmor: The main premise of "Wide Awake" is that even though GrowingUpSucks, you must not let life's obstacles completely change or/and take away your positive outlook in life.
* LaughOfLove: She's frequently laughing around her love interest in the [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=98WtmW-lfeE video]] for "Teenage Dream".
* LevelAte: The "California Gurls" video.
* LoudnessWar: Her albums have an average dynamic range of 5 db. That's louder than ''Music/{{Megadeth}}''.
* LyricSwap:
** When performing "Part Of Me", she sings 'You let me drown' instead of 'you let me down'.
** The line 'We drove to Cali' in "Teenage Dream" changes according to where she performs.
* MadnessMantra: In the music video, "I'm wide awake" is one of denial.
%%* MakeoverMontage: In "Last Friday Night".
* MaleGaze:
** Her Victoria's Secret performance featured a LOT of cleavage shots.
** The bra she wears in the climax of the "Roar" video.
* MeaningfulEcho: "Wide Awake" refers to a lot of "Teenage Dream"'s lines in a depressing way but not verbatim. "You make me feel like I'm living a teenage dream" vs "Everything you see/Ain't always what it seems/I'm wide awake/yeah I was dreaming for so long" and "My missing puzzle piece/I'm complete" vs "I picked up every piece", "need nothing to complete myself".
* TheMirrorShowsYourTrueSelf: In "Wide Awake", the mirror scene. Katy leads the girl to the mirror, but the girl isn't shown there. In the mirrors, paparazzi are shown, but they aren't actually there. This is obviously symbolic of the constant pressure of the media, and the girl not appearing likely means that (since it's actually her younger self) that some people can't see pieces of yourself.
* MissingTrailerScene: The [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ghe52kEPpAQ&feature=related "Last Friday Night" video teaser]] is almost entirely made of scenes that didn't make the final video cut.
* MoodWhiplash:
** On the Teenage Dream album, "Firework" is immediately followed by "[[RefugeInAudacity Peacock]]", which itself is followed by "Circle the Drain".
** On ''Prism'', "International Smile" is followed by "Ghost".
* TheMovie: ''[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=K16NvLCk2CY Katy Perry: Part of Me]]''
* MusicVideoOvershadowing: For "California Gurls" and "Dark Horse". The latter has received much criticism for the bizarre video choice. Notably, the song namedrops Aphrodite, but the video is clearly Ancient Egypt-based.
* MsFanservice:
** Invoked in "Teenage Dream":
--->'I'mma get your heart racing in my skintight jeans'
** Blatantly embraced. She's done videos completely naked except for strategically placed cotton candy, running around a jungle in a skimpy leapord skin bra with a grass skirt, had her boobs shoot whip cream and fireworks... she is Ms Fanservice full stop.
* MyFutureSelfAndMe: Inverted in the "Wide Awake" music video, where Katy meets her past self.
* MythologyGag: The hamster made popular by the lyric video for "Chained to the Rhythm" appears as the mascot of the theme park in the official live-action video.
* NerdsAreSexy: In the video for "Last Friday Night," she plays a Type 2 HollywoodNerd who [[SheCleansUpNicely gets a makeover]]. However even post-makeover, she retains her braces and her nerdy mannerisms, resulting in this trope.
* NonAppearingTitle: Although they come close, "Hot n Cold" and "E.T.".
* NonIndicativeName: There are no kisses between girls in the video for "I Kissed A Girl"
* ObligatoryBondageSong: "E.T.", though a mild case. It has the lyrics "Wanna be your victim; Ready for abduction", and the Kanye remix has him boast about being dirty and filthy, but the song as a whole does not focus on the bondage aspect.
%%* OdeToYouth: "The One That Got Away".
* OneOfTheBoys: The name of her debut (pop) album and its title track. The song is about a {{tomboy}} [[GirlinessUpgrade becoming a girly girl]] as she enters puberty and no longer wants to be "one of the boys".
* TheOneThatGotAway: Has a song by this name about this in which she laments about a former lover. This is her only song from Teenage Dream not to go to #1, making it [[JustForPun the #1 that got away]].
* OrWasItADream: "Wide Awake" blurs the lines of reality pretty well.
%%* ParallelPornTitles: [[http://www.imdb.com/title/tt2073008/ Yes, really.]]
* PeacockGirl:
** A showgirl outfit she wears in "Waking Up In Vegas".
** A peacock tail for "Peacock".
* PrecisionFStrike: "Ur So Gay". The main refrain all throughout the song is "You're so gay [[CampStraight and you don't even like boys]]", up until the very end, where the final word of the song is not "boys" but "penis".
%%* PrecociousCrush: "One of the Boys".
* ProductPlacement:
** {{Subverted|Trope}}. She mentions Chap-Stick in "I Kissed a Girl" and Popsicles in "California Girls", but those trademarks are [[BrandNameTakeover incredibly diluted]].
** Played straight in "Last Friday Night". She and some other people are seen playing ''VideoGame/JustDance'' on a Wii.
* ProtestSong: "Chained to the Rhythm", about the ignorant masses. The music video took it a step further with the attraction in Oblivia parodying various serious issues.
* PunBasedTitle: ''Teenage Dream: The Complete Confection'', which a play on words of "Complete Collection". [[JustifiedTitle It makes sense in context]], taking the candy motif of the album into consideration.
* PunnyName: She named her cat - and, in the "Roar" music video, a tiger - Kitty Purry.
* PrinceCharming: Katy meets such a character at the end of the "Wide Awake" music video... and punches him in the face.
* RealLifeWritesThePlot: "Part of Me" was originally written back in 2010 during the ''Teenage Dream'' sessions, but left off the album for unknown reasons. Upon Katy's divorce from Russell Brand in 2012, the song was repurposed as the lead single of ''Teenage Dream'''s [[UpdatedReRelease re-release]], with slightly altered lyrics to reflect their separation.
* RearrangeTheSong: "The One That Got Away" was released both as synth-pop and as an acoustic song featuring guitar, piano, and upright bass.
* TheReasonYouSuckSpeech:
** "Circle the Drain" is this towards [[Music/GymClassHeroes Travie McCoy]].
** "Hot and Cold" gives one of these to the narrator's boyfriend.
* RefugeInAudacity:
** "Peacock", [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ppUm3TFnhtk full stop]].
** "Birthday" uses a LOT of party-related metaphors to obscure it's an IntercourseWithYou song. It goes from subtle, to being very unsubtle ('Pop your confetti, Pop your Pérignon / So hot and heavy till dawn'), to being downright {{Anvilicious}} ('So let me get you in your birthday suit / It's time to bring out the big balloons').
* TheRival:
** Music/LadyGaga was thought to be this, given that both of their albums ''Prism'' and ''ARTPOP'' came out at 2013 with the former becoming more successful than the latter, but it's more of a FriendlyRivalry since Gaga defended Perry's controversial 2013 American Music Awards performance of "Unconditionally" in which the singer got flak for [[PrettyFlyForAWhiteGuy culturally appropriating]] {{geisha}} culture.
** Perry and Music/TaylorSwift have ''not'' gotten along ever since Swift's song "Bad Blood" was speculated to be a [[TakeThat diss track]] towards her.
* RockStarSong: "Wide Awake" is this in the sense it's about after all the positive press goes away "Falling from cloud nine/In front of the world".
%%* {{Rockumentary}}: "Part of Me".
* SelfEmpowermentAnthem: "Firework" has to be one of the most over the top ever recorded, but it ''works''. The entire song from beginning to end is an bombastic exhortation to show the world what you are worth.
-->'''Cause baby you're a firework!\\
Come on show 'em what your worth!\\
Make 'em go "Oh, oh, oh!"\\
As you shoot across the sky-y-y!''
* SemperFi: In the music video for "Part of Me", after Katy breaks up with her cheating boyfriend, she joins the Marines and regains her confidence.
* SesameStreetCred: She was quite proud of [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YHROHJlU_Ng this appearance with Elmo]]. ''Series/SesameStreet'' producers, however, decided not to air the segment after some parents [[TooSexyForThisTimeSlot complained about her cleavage]]. This was, of course, brought up on ''Series/SaturdayNightLive'', where Perry appeared in a talk show sketch as a teenage volunteer librarian wearing a low-cut [[TakeThat Elmo T-shirt]] and complaining that the parents and the other librarians don't want her to read to kids because of her cleavage-bearing clothes (with the two talk show hosts [played by Creator/AmyPoehler and Maya Rudolph] telling her that she shouldn't be ashamed about her body and that there are worse things kids witness in their formative years than a woman's cleavage). Her appearance on the ''[[WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons Simpsons]]'' episode, "The Fight Before Christmas" also mirrors this unaired Sesame Street sketch (only Katy's dress was more skintight than cleavage-bearing, though it did get away with a oral sex joke at the end with Moe kissing Perry's "belly button").
* SerialEscalation: She broke her own record for the song with the most spins on Pop radio three times and keeps on extending her make for the most consecutive Dance #1 hits (currently: 13).
* SheCleansUpNicely: In "Last Friday Night," complete with her descending the stairs in slo-mo and garnering a gobsmacked expression from the JerkJock.
* ShesGotLegs: Many of her costumes often show off her legs.
* ShoutOut:
** In her earlier photoshoots, she looked like Bettie Page.
** In "California Gurls", Snoop Dogg mentions that he "[[Music/TheBeachBoys wishes they could all be California girls]]". Also, from the same song: "[[Series/TheDukesOfHazzard Daisy Dukes]], bikinis on top!", "sippin' gin 'n' juice", and "[[Creator/VinceOffer zucchinis, martinis, bikinis]]". And from the music video of the same song, a couple of ''Franchise/PrettyCure'' fans noticed that when she wore the light purple wig, she looked like a short-haired [[Anime/FreshPrettyCure Cure Berry]].
*** That particular Beach Boys shout-out was taken as so specific that the fans thought the Beach Boys would sue. However, the surviving members had no intention, and took it as a compliment.
** The title of the song was originally spelled "California Girls", but Katy's manager asked her to change it to "Gurls" as a reference to Music/BigStar's "September Gurls" after Alex Chilton died — apparently, he's a huge Music/BigStar fan.
** If one listens closely to the music in the background of "E.T."'s chorus, the sound of an [[VideoGame/ModernWarfare AC-130's 105mm cannon]] can be discerned.
** "Wide Awake" takes liberal visuals from ''Literature/AlicesAdventuresInWonderland'', ''Literature/ThroughTheLookingGlass'' and the ''Literature/{{Narnia}}'' books. It's also deliberately inspired by ''Film/TheCraft''.
** The visuals on her first album cover are inspired by ''Literature/{{Lolita}}'', which is also mentioned by name in "One of the Boys" (the song).
** The video for "Unconditionally" takes inspiration from ''Literature/AnnaKarenina,'' right down to the ending.
** The video for "This Is How We Do" features ones to Mariah Carey and Aretha Franklin, the song itself is full of shout-outs.
* ShowgirlSkirt: She closes out her ''Prismatic Tour'' concerts wearing a [[http://i.imgur.com/NxZLcFI.jpg fireworks-emblazoned one.]]
* SlipperySkid: During a live performance of "I Kissed a Girl" at the MTV Latin America Awards, Katy Perry ends the song by jumping into a cake. What was a sexy, badass moment quickly turns into failure as the cake causes Katy to slip and slide all over the place and fall down on stage. A band member tries to help her up, but she can't and ends up crawling away kind of pathetically.
* StageName: She was born as Katheryn Elizabeth Hudson. Perry is her mother's maiden name.
** Did so partly because of a case of NamesTheSame with KateHudson.
* SurrealMusicVideo: "California Gurls", "E.T" (a few people think she [[UpToEleven out-Gaga'd Lady Gaga]] in that one), "Wide Awake", and "Dark Horse".
* TakeThat:
** Both "Circle The Drain" and "Part of Me" were aimed at [[Music/GymClassHeroes Travie McCoy]], after Katy dumped him in the middle of his drug addiction. The latter is frequently misattributed as a song about Russel Brand, but the demo of it first leaked out while they were engaged.
** If Swift's "Bad Blood" can be considered a diss track towards Perry, then "Swish Swish" can be considered a diss track towards Swift.
* TheVJDayKiss: She reenacted the kiss [[http://www.dailymail.co.uk/femail/article-2151687/Is-new-Kiss-photo-Black-white-snap-Katy-Perry-locking-lips-marine-mirrors-iconic-WWII-moment.html with a Marine]] when she was giving a show during the New York Fleet Week as well as during [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BplrgIa2yPg a private show for the Navy]].
* ThreeWaySex: "Last Friday Night" mentions having a menage a trois.
* TookALevelInBadass: In the music video for "Roar", Katy goes from being a scared out of her wits DamselInDistress to the queen of the jungle, even managing to tame a tiger and keeping it as a pet.
* TooSexyForThisTimeSlot: The entire outcry over [[SesameStreetCred her appearance]] on ''Sesame Street''.
* TorpedoTits:
** In the "Firework" video.
** "California Gurls", except with whipped cream canisters on her bra.
* {{Tsundere}} The premise of ''Hot-N-Cold.''
* TwoDecadesBehind: Parodied and deconstructed in "Last Friday Night".
* TwoFirstNames: Her actual last name is Hudson.
* UnderwaterKiss: In the music video for "Teenage Dream".
* UnlimitedWardrobe: In the video for ''This Is How We Do''. She wears eleven different outfits[[note]]Approximately. It looks like more thanks to editing.[[/note]] (twelve if you count the string of pearls), and the female dancers get a similar variety.
* UnusualEuphemism: In every other song. She's quite creative.
* VineSwing: As a JunglePrincess, in her music video for "Roar".
* WearingAFlagOnYourHead:
** Or in her case, wearing a flag on her dress.
** She wore [[http://images.safm.com.au/2012/05/25/764687/katy-perry-fleet-week-395.jpg this one]] when she performed for the troops on New York's Fleet Week.
* WhatDidIDoLastNight: The subject of "Last Friday Night" and "Waking Up in Vegas".
* WhoWearsShortShorts: She wears a pair of high-waisted short shorts on the cover of ''One of the Boys''. She also sings about Daisy Dukes in "California Girls".
* WildTeenParty: Occurs in the video for "Last Friday Night".
* AWildRapperAppears: A few of her songs on 'Teenage Dream'. "California Gurls" featured Music/SnoopDogg, "E.T." featured Music/KanyeWest, whilst the radio versions of "Last Friday Night" and "The One That Got Away" featured Music/MissyElliott and B.o.B respectively.
** A remix of "Teenage Dream" exists featuring Music/{{Drake}}.
** From ''Prism'' we can add "Dark Horse," featuring former Music/ThreeSixMafia member Juicy J. Actually rather fitting though given the whole song uses a [[TrapMusic trap-rap]] beat. There is also a version featuring Music/{{Pitbull}}.
* XtremeKoolLetterz: "Hot N Cold", "Ur So Gay", "California Gurls"
%%* YouAreNotAlone: The intended message of "Firework".