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->''Something takes a part of me,\\
Something lost and never seen.\\
Every time I start to believe,\\
Something's raped and taken from me from me.''
-->"Freak on a Leash"

Korn (sometimes rendered as [=KoRn=] or KoЯn) is a NuMetal band formed in 1993 from Bakersfield, UsefulNotes/{{California}}. Well, we say ''a'' nu metal band. What we actually mean is ''{{t|ropeMakers}}he'' nu metal band. Korn are notable for being the first nu metal band - though others had fused [[RapMetal rap and metal]] before (Music/RageAgainstTheMachine, Music/FaithNoMore), Korn were the first to play the famous style of nu metal, adding angsty lyrics, downtuned guitars and funk-influenced bass playing and removing guitar solos. Korn's surprise success in the mid-nineties spawned a legion of similar bands that were more geared for the mainstream, resulting in nu metal becoming a separate genre from AlternativeMetal.

Korn themselves are one of the few nu metal bands to try and reject the commercialism of other bands of the movement (not that they're ''un''commercial, mind you. After all, their latest album throws in {{Dubstep}}, a genre which they had no familiarity with). They even commented on this trend-hopping tendency with the title of their third album, ''Music/FollowTheLeader''. They also try and reject all genre classification, including rejecting the term "metal" to describe their music, though this had more to do with a dislike of being classified, period.

!!!Their lineup consists of:
* James "Munky" Shaffer - rhythm guitar, backing vocals
* Reginald "Fieldy" Arizvu - bass
* Jonathan Davis - lead vocals, [[EverythingsLouderWithBagpipes bagpipes]]
* Ray Luzier - drums (2007-present)
* Brian "Head" Welch - lead guitar, backing vocals (19932005, rejoined in 2013)

!!!Former member(s)
* David Silveria - drums (19932006)

* 1994 - ''[[Music/KornAlbum Korn]]''
* 1996 - ''Life is Peachy''
* 1998 - ''[[Music/FollowtheLeader Follow the Leader]]''
* 1999 - ''Issues''
* 2002 - ''Untouchables''
* 2003 - ''Take a Look in the Mirror''
* 2005 - ''See You on the Other Side''
* 2007 - ''[[LighterAndSofter MTV Unplugged]]''
* 2007 - ''[[NoTitle Untitled]]''
* 2010 - ''Korn III - Remember Who You Are''
* 2011 - ''[[NewSoundAlbum The Path of Totality]]''
* 2013 - ''The Paradigm Shift''
* 2016 - ''The Serenity of Suffering''



[[folder:Song tropes]]
* AlbumTitleDrop:
** "Trapped Underneath The Stairs", a bonus track for ''Korn III: Remember Who You Are'', does this in the chorus (without the Korn III).
** Debatably "Shoots and Ladders", which includes a faintly whispered "Jimmy cracked '''corn'''" somewhere in the bridge.
* AlternativeMetal
* AudienceParticipationSong: "Y'All Want A Single". Before singing it, Jonathan calls out the name of the city they're in, thanks the audience for being fans and coming out to see them, and asks them to hold their middle fingers in the air and shout "Fuck that!" before singing.
* BigShutUp: "Right Now"
* {{Bowdlerise}}: In the radio edit of "Y'all Want a Single", the word "fuck" became "''suck''" (as in, "Say 'Suck that, suck that, suck that!'").
* CallingTheOldManOut: "Daddy", from the first album, despite being about a woman who molested Jonathan and [[CassandraTruth his parents not believing the abuse]].
* CountryMatters: In the chorus of "Cameltosis."
* CoverVersion: [[Music/{{Metallica}} "One"]], [[Music/{{War}} "Low Rider"]], [[Music/IceCube "Wicked"]], [[Creator/CheechAndChong "Earache My Eye"]], [[Music/PinkFloyd "Another Brick]] [[Music/TheWall in the Wall]]", [[Music/{{Radiohead}} "Creep"]], [[Music/{{Cameo}} "Word Up!"]], [[WesternAnimation/TheNightmareBeforeChristmas "Kidnap The Sandy Claws"]] and [[Music/PublicEnemy "Fight the Power"]].
* ChartDisplacement: Korn's only Top 40 hit, "Did My Time", isn't even close to being their signature. That would be "Freak on a Leash" (whose acoustic version peaked at #89).
* ClusterFBomb: In "Y'all Want a Single", the F word appears ''89 times!''
** PrecisionFStrike: Most of their songs.
** AtomicFBomb: In "Y'all Want A Single", which is ''loooooong.''
* DeadpanSnarker: Jonathan, of all people, gets his moments on "All In the Family." Where [[Music/LimpBizkit Fred Durst]] mostly responds to Jon's insults with "Say what, say what" or "Oh yeah?" or other phrases that really just exist so Fred can keep time, Jon comments on many of Fred's lines. For instance...
-->'''Fred''': Nappy, hairy chest / Look, it's Film/AustinPowers!
-->'''Jon''': [[SarcasmMode Aw, yeah, baby!]]
* DrowningMySorrows: Chi
* EverythingsLouderWithBagpipes: Jonathan played bagpipes in high school and transferred his talent to Korn. Now at least [[OncePerEpisode once per album]], there's gonna be some bagpipes somewhere in the songs, and somewhere in the live shows.
* FunWithAcronyms: "A.D.I.D.A.S.": A[[spoiler: ll]] D[[spoiler: ay]] I D[[spoiler: ream]] A[[spoiler: bout]] S[[spoiler: ex]].
* GutturalGrowler: Whenever Davis wants to be threatening his voice goes really low.
* InTheStyleOf
* InelegantBlubbering: The sobbing at the end of "Daddy".
* IntercourseWithYou: "Getting Off", "Inside Out", "10 or a 2 way", "It's Me Again", "Beat It Upright", "[[FunWithAcronyms A.D.I.D.A.S.]]".
* IronicNurseryTune: "Shoots and Ladders." Never has "Ring around the Rosie" sounded more disturbing.
* LastNoteNightmare
* MetalScream[=/=]CarefulWithThatAxe: Often a Type 2 metal scream with occasional type 1s.
* MohsScaleOfRockAndMetalHardness: For obvious reasons, Korn tends to reside on the higher single digits of the scale, usually around the 5-7 range. ''Untouchables'' is arguably one of their heaviest albums, with songs going up to as high as 8 or 9, helped in no small part by the [[EchoingAcoustics production]]. ''The Path of Totality'' occasionally creeps up to 10 due to the heavy [[{{Dubstep}} brostep]] and HarshNoise influences.
* {{Mondegreen}}: In "Falling Away from Me", towards the end of the bridge, Davis shouts out "FALLING!!!", which almost sounds like an AtomicFBomb.
* MoodDissonance: The lullaby at the end of "Daddy."
* RapeAsDrama: Daddy
* EvilLaugh: There's a huge one in NEVER AROUND. And it sounds like one in the new song INSANE, but it's hard to tell..
* RapMetal: Despite pioneering nu-metal, their music rarely features actual rapping outside of [[WolverinePublicity collaborations]] with Music/{{Nas}}, Music/IceCube, [[Music/TheNotoriousBIG Biggie]], [[Music/ATribeCalledQuest Q-Tip]], Xzibit and [[Music/ThePharcyde Slimkid3]].
* RearrangeTheSong: The band's first demo tape 'Neidermeyer's Mind' had the song "Alive" on it. The band reused the music as "Need To" on their first album, and "Alive" remained exclusive to the demo tape for 10 years, inspiring great interest from fans. "Alive" was eventually rerecorded for "Take A Look In The Mirror" to celebrate the 10th anniversary of the tape. The rerecording is in a different key and the music has been changed somewhat from the "Need To" arrangement, though the lyrics and chorus remain the same.
* TheReasonYouSuckSpeech: Counting on Me
* {{Scatting}}: Davis' demented mixture of beatboxing, grunting and babbling.
* TakeThat: Despite the lyrics being very ambiguous, "[[ClusterFBomb Y'all Want a Single]]" (especially, it's videoclip) is a song against the music business.
* TropeMakers and UrExample - Of nu metal, though they deny it.
* TheUnintelligible: Sometimes crosses into this territory.
* TheUnpronounceable
* WellDoneSonGuy: "Dead Bodies Everywhere."

[[folder:Video tropes]]
* AnimatedMusicVideo:
** "Freak On A Leash", directed by Todd [=McFarlane=].
** "Right Now" recycles some DerangedAnimation taken from shorts played at the Spike and Mike's Sick and Twisted Animation Festival.
* BrickJoke: "Falling Away From Me" starts where "Freak On A Leash" left off (with a security guard holding a bullet while several animated kids run past him) before the scene changes to live-action.
* BulletCatch: The aforementioned "Freak on a Leash" video.
* BulletDodgesYou: Neo can evade bullets by hacking into the Matrix with his mind. According to the video to "Freak on a Leash", Jonathan Davis can stop, alter the trajectory and ''repel'' a bullet. Mostly by screaming '''GO!!''' at it.
* BulletTime: Most of the "Freak on a Leash" video, as well as the damage the bullet causes.
* CoverDrop: The "Freak on a Leash" music video starts with the cover of its album, ''Follow the Leader'' (a girl playing hopscotch on a cliff).
* HypocriticalHumor: The video for "Y'All Want a Single".
* LadyLooksLikeADude: The music video for "Falling Away from Me" shows a teenaged girl with BoyishShortHair being beaten by her [[AbusiveParents Abusive Father]] because of who she is. Feeling like a DamselInDistress, she opens the magic box to evoke Korn's help. Just then, a group of kids arrive to help her, and she escapes through the window, never to be beaten by her father again.
* MonsterClown: Their video for "Clown" contains several. And a few {{Creepy Doll}}s.
* MusicVideoOvershadowing: "Freak on a Leash".
* SelfDeprecation: The video for "Alone I Break," to the band as a whole; it depicts Jonathan [[spoiler: killing the other members of the band. And then the cameraman, possibly]].
* TakeThat: In the video for "Y'All Want a Single", some of the captions say that Music/BritneySpears' music video for "Toxic" cost $1,000,000 to make, while their video only costs less ($150,000).

[[folder:Misc tropes]]
* AvantGardeMetal: If you don't consider them NuMetal...
* TheBackwardsR: Put to good use in their logo.
* BandToon: The HalloweenEpisode of WesternAnimation/SouthPark ''Korn's Groovy Pirate Ghost Mystery'', a WesternAnimation/ScoobyDoo {{Homage}}, SmallAnnoyingCreature and [[ScoobyDooHoax Hoax]] in all. They at one point pull a [[ThePowerOfRock Power of Rock]]-esque OneWingedAngel moment. The band also debuted its single "Falling Away From Me" after solving the hoax. The song's content and heaviness rather surprises the townspeople gathered, as it [[MeanCharacterNiceActor heavily contrasts the band's sunny disposition throughout the episode]].
* ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin: Korn's 2009 tour was called the "Escape From The Studio" tour as a break from recording Korn III. The tour name was ripped off from a previous Music/{{Metallica}} tour.
* FiveManBand:
** TheLeader: Munky
** TheLancer: Jonathan
** TheSmartGuy: Fieldy
** TheBigGuy: Ray
** [[SixthRanger Fifth Ranger]]: Head
* GenreBusting: How they view themselves, which is why they hate being classified in any genre.
* GenreShift: To {{Dubstep}} on The Path of Totality.
** Then back to NuMetal on The Paradigm Shift, although a few electro-ish elements stuck around from Totality.
* GreatBallsOfFire
* IconicItem: Davis' creepy mic stand, designed by Creator/HRGiger.
* TheInvisibleBand
* LongRunnerLineUp: The band was the same for 12 years before Head got religious and left. David Silveria left several years later and was replaced by Ray Luzier. Head returned to the band in 2013, and their lineup has been constant since.
* ManOfAThousandVoices: Jonathan Davis has made an art form out of his voice, doing operatic cleans, gravelly baritones, death growls, shrieks, rapping, beatboxing, thrashy grunts, and scatting.
** Because of this amazing vocal versatility, fans have compared him favorably with the likes of Music/MikePatton, Music/DevinTownsend, [[Music/ScarSymmetry Christian Alvestam]], [[Music/DirEnGrey Tooru "Kyo" Nishimura]], [[Music/CattleDecapitation Travis Ryan]], [[Music/SystemOfADown Serj Tankian]], and [[Music/EnterShikari Roughton Reynolds]], all of which are some of the best examples of this trope from the heavy metal scene.
* NuMetal: [[TropeMakers The first band]] of the genre. [[DefiedTrope They deny it]], saying "[[ShapedLikeItself Korn is Korn.]]"
* OddlyNamedSequel2ElectricBoogaloo: {{Averted|Trope}}; the title of their nineth album, ''"Korn III: Remember Who You Are."''
* OutOfGenreExperience: Sorta. Their album The Path of Totality was a {{Dubstep}} album, a genre they have never done before. Their next album The Paradigm Shift, however, reverted back to their usual NuMetal style. They did keep some of the more subtle dubstep stylings from the previous album, however.
* PutOnABus: Head, followed by David.
** TheBusCameBack: As of 2013, Head is a full-time member again. {{Lampshade|Hanging}}d by an album titled ''The Paradigm Shift'' released that very year.
* RandomlyReversedLetters: Their logo is "KoЯn", though it's to look childish, not [[TheBackwardsR Russian]].
* TheRival: Music/BenFolds. Korn mocked him as an opening act as a lame ''Series/{{Cheers}}'' performer. Folds responded with the savage mocking song ''Rockin' the Suburbs'' (aka ''Korn Sucks''), with such lyrics as "I'm rocking the suburbs / I take the checks and face the facts / That some producer with computers / Fixes all my shitty tracks".
** Also Music/{{Eels}}. The two bands didn't get along ''at all'' during Lollapalooza 1997.
* TheRockumentary
* UnfortunateNames: Davis named two of his kids Pirate and Zeppelin.