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->''"When I look back on my life, it’s not that I don’t want to see things exactly as they happened, it’s just that I prefer to remember them in an artistic way. And, truthfully, [[IRejectYourReality the lie of it all is much more honest]] because I invented it."''
-->-- "'''Marry the Night: The Prelude Pathétique'''"

Lady Gaga (''née'' Stefani Joanne Angelina Germanotta, b. March 28 1986), is an American dance-pop singer, songwriter, and pianist who burst onto the music scene in 2008 and since then has become known for her catchy songs, suggestive lyrics and outrageous outfits.

Her music is influenced by the likes of Music/BritneySpears, Music/{{Madonna}}, Amy Winehouse, Music/{{Prince}} and Cyndi Lauper, as well as glam-rock artists like Music/DavidBowie and Music/{{Queen}}, and the Europop genre of the 1990s. Gaga spent years trying to make it big, writing for other artists such as Fergie, The Music/PussycatDolls and Music/NewKidsOnTheBlock and Music/BritneySpears while working toward her own big break. She also took part in her university talent contest, attracting rave reviews from the judges, and released a little-known album with a band she was singing with (as Stefani Germanotta).

Okay, that doesn't cover half of it.

Lady Gaga is, quite simply, the poster girl for [[CrazyAwesome over-the-top eccentricity]]. Between her [[UnlimitedWardrobe outrageous outfits]], her role-play [[WholesomeCrossdresser crossdressing]], her [[WhatDoYouMeanItWasntMadeOnDrugs incredibly trippy music videos and performances]], and her {{camp}} sensibilities, Lady Gaga is easily one of the most...'' interesting'' pop stars working today, as this page will show you very clearly.

Her critics like to point out that the entire ''point'' of Lady Gaga is her odd behavior and strange mode of dress, noting that without these elements of her stage persona, she never would have become as popular as she is today.

The music video for BadRomance is among the most viewed videos on Website/YouTube. It has surpassed 500 million views, with a huge chunk coming from fans embedding the video everywhere they can and refreshing the page often. If your computer (or [[http://www.proxy.org proxy]]) is within one of the allowed regions, you can watch it [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qrO4YZeyl0I here]]. Known for songs Telephone, Just Dance, Poker Face, and Applause.

In 2011, Gaga's song "Born This Way" became the 1000th song to be identified as the #1 single in America by Billboard magazine since the establishment of the Hot 100 chart.

Lady Gaga appeared as herself on the season 23 finale of ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons'' ("Lisa Goes Gaga") in which she helps Lisa Simpson (and the rest of Springfield) with their low self-esteem.

She appears in the ''Film/{{Machete}}'' sequel ''Film/MacheteKills'' as La Chameleón. She appears in ''[[Comicbook/SinCity Sin City 2 A Dame to Kill For]]'' as Bertha.
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'''Discography:'''
* As the Stefani Germanotta Band:
** ''Red and Blue'' (2005): A five-track EP.
* As Lady Gaga:
** ''The Fame'' (2008)
** ''Hitmixes'' (2008): A set of remixes and alternate mixes of songs from ''The Fame''.
** "Christmas Tree" (2008): A stand-alone single, and the most suggestive rendering of "Deck the Halls" ever.
** ''The Cherrytree Sessions'' (2009): A three-track EP with an unplugged, piano-accompanied "Poker Face" and stripped-down versions of "Just Dance" and "Eh, Eh (Nothing Else I Can Say)".
** ''The Fame Monster'' (2009): Released as both a stand-alone EP and as part of an UpdatedRerelease of ''The Fame''.
** ''Lady Gaga: The Remix'' (2010): Just like ''Hitmixes'', this is a set of remixed versions of songs from ''The Fame Monster''.
** ''Born This Way'' (2011)
** ''Born This Way: The Remix'' (November 2011) As the title may vaguely imply, it has remixes of songs from Born This Way.
** ''Born This Way: The Collection'' (November 2011) ''Born This Way'', its remix CD and the ''Monster Ball Tour'' DVD, all in one convenient package.
** ''ARTPOP'' (2013)
* Cheek To Cheek (TBC)
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[[folder: Tropes Applying to Lady Gaga]]
* AffectionateParody: Hilly Hindi of ''The Hillywood Show'' is one of the better-known Gaga impersonators, even earning [[http://ladyxgaga.com/post/41857456433/hilly-hindi-from-the-gagaween-and-president-gaga a nod]] from the genuine article.
* AffectionateNickname: Gaga calls her fans, "my little monsters," and she herself is colloquially known as the "Momma Monster".
* AllGirlsWantBadBoys: Luc Carl is..uh..implied to be this by her obsession with bad boys on the Born This Way album and bikers.
* AllOfTheOtherReindeer: Her distinctively large nose made her the target of [[KidsAreCruel bullies]] as a child.
* AnalogyBackfire: The song that she took her name from, Music/{{Queen}}'s "Radio Gaga", is a TakeThat at MTV and their music videos eclipsing the importance of radio as a medium for experiencing music. This is highly ironic given her reliance on visual imagery to push her... um... image.
* ArtisticLicenseGeography: Lady Gaga, at T in the Park (UsefulNotes/{{Scotland}}'s biggest music festival) greeted the crowd with "Hello, London"... ''[[EpicFail Twice]]''. Considering how many Scots, um, [[BerserkButton dislike]] being mistaken for the English, this was met poorly.
* AscendedFangirl: Gaga admits to "falling to the floor crying and laughing" when she heard [[Music/{{Queen}} Brian May]] would be playing Guitar on "Yoü and I".
** Her Collaboration with Music/BritneySpears for her ''Circus'' album is also this. She has called Britney the queen of pop and mentioned how she used to show up at her TRL performances in New York when she was a teenager, basically saying she stalked her when she was kid. (The songs are "Telephone" and "Quicksand").
** She has had the good fortune to become the God-Mother of Elton John's child and perform with BruceSpringsteen
* AttentionWhore: And damn proud of it too! As she puts it; "fame [[DepartmentOfRedundancyDepartment hooker prostitute wench]]."
-->"I live for the applause, applause, applause!"
* AttractiveBentGender: Behold, [[http://www.towleroad.com/2010/06/photos-lady-gaga-as-a-man-for-vogue-hommes.html#axzz0u6yN59i4 Jo Calderone!]]
** She hosted the 2011 [=VMAs=] in this persona. And didn't break character. And delivered an awesome monologue. [[SugarWiki/HeReallyCanAct Who'd have thought she was so skilled as an actor?]]
* AutoTune: Used in "Paper Gangsta", "Starstruck" and portions of "Monster" and "So Happy I Could Die".
** Used a lot in ''Born This Way'' especially "Heavy Metal Lover". However, unlike most examples pegged here, the autotune she uses is mostly for the outrageous unsubtle effects (Starstruck/Heavy Metal Lover) or to sound hollow (like in So Happy I Could Die/Monster) rather than to cover up bad vocals.
* AuthorVocabularyCalendar: Five songs with Fashion in their title; Amen Fashion, Fashion of his Love, Fashion(2008), Fashion! (2013)
* BeYourself: The overarching theme of the ''Born This Way'' album.
* BreakUpSong: Again Again, Brown Eyes, Paper Gangsta, Swine, to name a few.
* BettyAndVeronica: Described in Judas: Judas being Veronica and Jesus being Betty.
* BecomingTheMask / DoNotCallMePaul: Gaga consistently maintains that no, it isn't an act, and [[ThatManIsDead Stefani is GONE]]. She actually refused to say her last name in [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hNoePGvDpdA her interview with Jay Leno.]] The truth of this is up for debate.
** She has said in one interview that it's more like a nickname and that even her mom calls her Gaga, but in another, said she would prefer bed partners call her Stefani; having somebody yell out "Gaga!" would [[{{Squick}} freak her out]]. The line "''Don't call me Gaga''" from "Monster" references this.
** Then on Howard Stern she said she doesn't like it when fans call her Stefani saying she prefers only people who know her personally call her by her real name.
* BeneathTheMask: {{Discussed|Trope}} in ''Scheiße''. The protagonist (possibly Gaga herself) wishes she could stand on her own.
* BigFancyHouse: the setting of the "Paparazzi" video, which is a veritable showcase of LuxuryTropes.
** Though [[AvertedTrope averted]] by the woman herself. She has statred in multiple interviews that despite her fame and money, she still lives at home with her parents.
* BoastfulRap: "Cake Like [[SingerNamedrop Lady Gaga"]]
* {{Bowdlerise}}: Some editions of The Fame Monster have the word "[[ThisIsForEmphasisBitch bitch]]" shortened to "bit".
* BunnyEarsLawyer: She may very well be the new poster child. Despite her eccentric outfits and behavior, underneath it all, [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NM51qOpwcIM that girl]] [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_7HvURBhMGE can SING]].
* TheCameo: A pretty memorable one in TheLonelyIsland's ''[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Pi7gwX7rjOw&feature=mfu_in_order&list=UL 3-Way: The Golden Rule]]''.
* '''''{{Camp}}'''''
** To the point that [[http://www.facebook.com/pages/RA-RA-RA-AH-AH-AH-ROMA-RO-MA-MA-GAGA-OOH-LA-LA/184841839670 one of her largest Facebook fan groups]] began as an ''anti-fan'' group that was hijacked by fans joining ironically.
** Also, Highway Unicorn. ''Everything about it.''
* {{Catchphrase}}: [[StrangeSalute Paws up]].
** "free bitch, baby"
** "Born This Way"
** "Artpop"
* ChildProdigy: She taught herself how to play piano by ear at age four. She went on to become classically trained and master some incredibly difficult pieces.
* {{Cloudcuckoolander}}: Oh, ''God''.
* ClassicalMythology: Used as a motif throughout ''ARTPOP'', particularly references to [[LoveGoddess Aphrodite/Venus]]. Aside from the music video for "G.U.Y.", the album art features a sculpture of her in front of a fractured picture of [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Birth_of_Venus_%28Botticelli%29 Boticelli's "The Birth of Venus"]], "Applause" and performances thereof have her in a get-up invoking the same, and a few songs on the album (including a song actually titled "Venus") allude to the goddess.
* CluelessAesop[=/=]LostAesop: Whatever your feelings on both Lady Gaga and Don't Ask Don't Tell, it's hard to take the "Alejandro" video and already-infamous VMA meat dress seriously as critiques of the policy, as Gaga insists they function.
* ClusterFBomb: At her shows, both she and Justin Trantor, the lead singer for her opening act ''Semi Precious Weapons'' are prone to doing this [[VulgarHumor frequently]].
** {{Lampshade|Hanging}}d by Justin at least at one concert by giving a disclaimer to all the parents who brought their tweenage children that there may be material they find offensive long after the point where many of them would have already left in disgust.
* CommissarCap: She is a fan of these.
* CompositeCharacter: [[http://www.cracked.com/blog/why-its-time-to-stop-paying-attention-to-lady-gaga/ Some detractors]] argue she is playing one that is half Madonna, half Music/MarilynManson.
** [[CrazyAwesome Not that there is anything wrong with that.]] Or is there?
** There's also some [[Music/DavidBowie Ziggy Stardust]] in her.
* ConceptAlbum: Oddly enough, considering she's a dance-pop star, all of her major releases thus far qualify: ''The Fame'' is about, well, fame; ''The Fame Monster'' is about the darker side of fame and Gaga's personal fears; ''Born This Way'' is about outcasts and rebels.
* ContemptibleCover[=/=]SexyPackaging: ''[[http://images.music.yahoo.co.jp/images/jacket/CDJ/0e/11/3d/uics1207/uics1207.jpg The Remix]]''.
** [[http://twitpic.com/4lelv6 Born This Way's cover]]
** ''Artpop'' and "Do What U Want" take this one step further. The former boasts a multi-colored photo of a statue depicting a naked Gaga covering her breasts against the background of the painting ''The Birth of Venus'', and the latter is simply just a photo of her butt.
* CostumePorn: To the extent where she has her own fashion label, Haus of Gaga.
** [[http://jezebel.com/5425414/a-year-in-the-life--wardrobe-of-lady-gaga/gallery/ This gallery]] offers a good overview of some of her more memorable fashion choices.
* CreepyCoolCrosses: "Bad Romance" and especially "Alejandro". See also LuckyCharmsTitle.
* DarkerAndEdgier: ''The Fame Monster'' and ''Born This Way''.
* DarkSkinnedBlond: In "Eh Eh" - ganguro style, not Paris Hilton style.
* ADateWithRosiePalms: "So Happy I Could Die," to fantasies of ''herself'', and a strange cutaway "Bad Romance" video in which it [[Series/BattlestarGalacticaReimagined makes her spine glow]].
** And, [[http://www.monstersandcritics.com/people/news/article_1642268.php/Lady-Gaga-reveals-a-sex-secret according to this interview]], it's also how she learned about [[UnusualEuphemism the birds and the bees.]]
* DigitalHeadSwap: Happens in ''Applause'', where her head is on a goose.
* DigitalPiracyIsOkay
* DoNotCallMePaul wishes to be addressed as "Lady Gaga" and not "Stefani" or any permutation of that name.
** When she went on her web campaign to drum up support of the Don't Ask Don't Tell repealment, she called her own senators from New York on video and introduced herself as Stefani Germonatta since it is still her legal name, and while she didn't stutter or anything, there was an obvious hint that she was uncomfortable saying it.
* DoubleEntendre: 'I want to take a ride on your disco stick.' "Blonde South", The constant reference to "Leather" and so much more.
* DreamTeam: Lady Gaga and Music/{{Beyonce}}. Gaga joined Beyonce for the sultry ''Video Phone'' video, and Beyonce appears on ''The Fame Monster'' in "Telephone".
** Gaga and Music/EltonJohn at the Grammys.
** Gaga and Brian May for Yoü and I.
** And her tour with the virtually-unknown critical darlings Semi-Precious Weapons.
** [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OsCyyCj4ymU The best one so far, by way of a fan mash-up]] - Lady Gaga and ''Creator/ChristopherWalken''.
*** You like Lady Gaga mash-ups, huh? While not as epic as Gaga/Walken, one cannot deny how good she sounds when [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qfOddwK7x3E mixed]] [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yfukZyVi9Hk with]] [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8OVHczpXDIA&feature=related Death Metal]].
*** [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=henC61E0KWA Lady Gaga vs the Cars]]
*** [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-4ex1I4SFZs Lady Gaga and]] [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RenHux_kUAg Sonic the Hedgehog]]
*** [[http://fav.me/d2mro5w Lady Gaga and Pokemon]]
*** [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yqBtKXcFOQA Lady Gaga and Megurine Luka]]
** Gaga/[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TBZhn6JYhCY&playnext_from=TL&videos=RSa9698MvV4 Prince]], ftw!
** [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=arLbC8VxB_M Lady Gaga and Evanescence in a Lithium Romance]]
** And though it's most likely a rumor, there has been a document floating around the internet saying she worked with Music/DavidBowie on her next album.
*** Bowie {{Jossed}} that one.
** Lady Gaga / Music/MarilynManson. The Chew Fu Ghettohouse remix of ''Lovegame'' is pretty freaking sweet.
** Lady Gaga and Music/BritneySpears (Telephone, Quicksand)
** Lady Gaga and ''[[Music/{{Queen}} Brian May]]''.
** Lady Gaga and Tony Bennett singing ''The Lady Is A Tramp.''
** Lady Gaga, WithinTemptation, and Music/{{Pink}} in "[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wMUpC9v-94E Please Don't Murder the Night]]"
** Lady Gaga and Old Gregg's [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rhqusBGYS98 Love Games]].
** Lady Gaga and Christina Aguilera performing Do What U Want(and later re-recording it) on the Voice.
* DrivenToSuicide: in the song called "Princess Die"
* DrugsAreBad: The backstory and main message of "Dope".
* EatTheEvidence: Gaga did this to DavidLetterman's interview questions, after snatching and ripping them up in frustration.
* ElectraComplex: Count how many times she uses words that sound like "papa" or "daddy". ie: 'Dirty Rich' sounds almost like 'Daddy rich'. ie: 'papa-paparazzi'.
** To say nothing of the line "Daddy, I'm so sorry, I'm so s-s-sorry, yeah" in "Beautiful Dirty Rich"
** Or "Her boyfriend's like her dad, just like her dad." from "Alejandro"
** "Speechless" was allegedly dedicated to her father - presumably (hopefully) not directly addressed to him, since she refers to the subject as "baby" and "boy" throughout, talks about his "James Dean glossy eyes" and "tight jeans," mentions "all the boys and the girls that we've been through" in the chorus, and...well, really, practically every line!
** Don't forget, from her collaboration with NewKidsOnTheBlock: "Beat me, spank me, daddy/c'mon, touch my body."
** At one point during "Government Hooker", she moans "ay, mi papito", which means something along the lines of "oh, daddy" and is widespread as a term of endearment in Latin American Spanish.
* EthicalSlut: Lady Gaga is arguably the cover girl for this trope. She has a plethora of songs about having sex with multiple lovers, but at the same time she expresses how important consent, trust, and protection is when out of the studio.
* EverybodyWantsTheHermaphrodite: Lady Gaga has video clips that supposedly show she has male genitalia. It hasn't done anything to detract from her popularity.
* EverythingsBetterWithSparkles
* {{Expy}}: Jo Calderone is an expy of [[http://www.hallamfm.co.uk/sectional.asp?id=32169 Ed Nell, former GWR Mix Network/GCap Media/Orion Media radio presenter, now working for Hallam FM in Sheffield]].
* ExcitedEpisodeTitle: Fashion!
* GenderBender: In her "Lovegame" video, there is a scene she continuously switches the sex of the police officer she is making out with. And Jo Calderone. She also'made a song called G.U.Y. for Girl Under You...
* GenreThrowback: ''Born This Way'' has many songs inspired by pop from TheEighties, most infamous being the title track that even Madonna felt was too similar to her work.
** Arguably, her entire style is an exaggerated throwback to the 80s.
* GettingCrapPastTheRadar:
** ''Series/SixtyMinutes'' somehow missed a "WHAT THE FUCK DID YOU DO?" sign at her Monster Ball concert.
** "Scheiße" is this by way of BilingualBonus.[[note]]Scheiße is German for shit. The ß symbol actually makes a hard S sound but most people will probably see it as a B and not think anything of it.[[/note]]
** In "Heavy Metal Lover", the autotuned male singer 3/4 of the way through the song gets "fuck" past the censors.
*** The official lyrics have it listed as "funk," but it's pretty clearly "fuck."
*** It lists one of the beginning lines as "red wine, cheap perfume, and a filthy pout," although most fans undeniably agree it's the word "pout" layered over the word "cunt."
** Lady Gaga admitted herself that "Poker Face" has instances where she says "Fuck her face."
* GodivaHair: In her appearance on the cover of Vanity Fair. (And a lot of other magazines)
* GoodEyesEvilEyes: In the video for "Bad Romance", towards the beginning she has big, digitally enhanced eyes, that side somewhere between "cute and innocent" and unnerving. The video for "Alejandro" does the opposite variation, as her eyes are mostly narrowed at the beginning.
* GratuitousForeignLanguage: A trademark of hers.
** GratuitousFrench: Most obviously appears in "Bad Romance". Also appears in the chorus of "[=LoveGame=]". Plus "Fashion" and "Bloody Mary".
** GratuitousItalian: "Mi amore vole fe yah!"
** GratuitousGerman: "Scheiße" (though there is a part where it's [[AsLongAsItSoundsForeign German-sounding gibberish.]]).
** GratuitousSpanish: In "Alejandro" and "Americano".
** Gratuitous Swedish: The first two and a half minutes of the "Paparazzi" video are in Swedish. From the glorious mouth of Alexander Skarsgard.
* TheGimmick: people who don't like her accuse of getting by on this.
* HeavyMetalUmlaut: ''Born This Way'' has a track named "Yoü and I".
** JustifiedTrope: The ü is a reference to her ex-boyfriend Lüc Carl who the song is about.
* {{Homage}}: Her 2011 Grammy performance of "Born This Way" seemed to be one to ''[[Franchise/PlanetOfTheApes Beneath The Planet Of The Apes]]'' (minus the nuke worship/plus a giant egg and [[DieAntwoord Yolandi Visser's]] fringe/bangs). The song itself seems to be an homage to Madonna's "Express Yourself", to Madonna's brother's annoyance.
* HugeGuyTinyGirl: She is 5"1". Her lover in the "Paparazzi" video (played by Alexander Skarsgard) is 6"4".
* IAintGotTimeToBleed: Flaming pianos, stilettos, and stage acrobatics don't mix. Her sabbatical after the Born This Way Ball was caused by breaking her hip, whereupon the Doctors discovered sizable holes in her bones, possibly caused by lupus. They also told her that she was one accident away from a total hip replacement (at 27). She danced through all of it. The hellish piano, likely responsible for more of her injuries than anything, has been benched (no pun intended).
* IMeantToDoThat: She didn't title it "Poker Face" for nothing. [=YouTube=] is awash with clips of Gaga wiping out, then gracefully rolling onto her back and sticking her legs in the air, as if expecting a Perfect 10 from off-camera judges. (At least on one occasion, she did the maneuver while still hurtling across the stage.)
* IWantSong: "Bad Romance"
* TheIlluminati: Like it or not, she ''does'' use a lot of Masonic and Illuminati symbolism in her videos.
** Knowing her, though, this is most likely done on purpose to [[NoSuchThingAsBadPublicity illicit]] [[{{Troll}} a reaction.]]
* ImpossiblyCoolClothes: Some of her outfits are just jaw-droppingly bizarre. This includes the meat-dress and machinegun bra.
--> Creator/DavidLetterman: So what are you wear-- what ''aren't'' you wearing?
* ImpracticallyFancyOutfit: Most of what she wears for public appearances.
** {{Parodied|Trope}} when she had trouble sitting down to play the piano on ''[[SaturdayNightLive SNL]]'' because of the human gyroscope she was wearing around her.
** Her meat dress. A dress [[http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2010/09/13/lady-gagas-meat-dress-photos_n_714117.html made of meat]]. Light on "Fancy" but heavy on the "Impractical".
* InDaClub: "Just Dance" and "Telephone". Plus, most of her music is played here, often in remixed form.
* InsultBackfire: When the Westboro Baptist Church made what was meant to be an insulting parody song called ''No Poker Face'', wherein they called her such "creative" names as Lady [=GayGay=] and more, Gaga and her fans ironically embraced it. She now sells t-shirts at her shows embroidered with, "I Love [=Lady GayGay=]!"
* IntercourseWithYou: "Let's have some fun/This beat is sick/I wanna take a ride/On your disco stick." And that's probably not even the worst one.
** [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PolcJd2eh-w&feature=player_embedded "Light me up, put me on top/ let's fa la la la la"]] Happy Christmas to you too.
** Most of her music in general is quite sexual, when it's not to prove a point.
* IntergenerationalFriendship: She is very good friends with fellow flamboyant musician Music/EltonJohn, to the point that she is the godmother to his adoptive kids. Also close with jazz legend Tony Bennett, with whom she is releasing a standards album entitled ''Cheek to Cheek''.
* ITakeOffenseToThatLastOne: She has had some friction with her record company over promotional material, claiming they just want her "Half-naked on the beach touching [her]self." It seems the only thing she doesn't like about that scenario is the beach.
* JesusWasWayCool: Or to put it another way, [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gWL4u3Exiq8 Jesus is the new Black]].
* KayfabeMusic: She went to her little sister's graduation in full Gaga regalia at her sister's request.
* TheLadette: She qualifies, interestingly enough. During her concerts she's loud and crass, swearing and grinding on her dancers and generally pissing off the MoralGuardians with her decidely unlady-like behavior all while having a blast. Has also stated she would carry around a razor in her mouth when she was growing in N, Y.
* LampshadeHanging: She spends alot of her time lampshading her own brand of art and pop. In both Fame/Monster/Artpop era's.
* LargeHam: While not as apparent in public appearances (save some performances) at her concerts she goes crazy. By her own admission she is the "largest ham in the oven." In the 2010 Grammy's, she finally made it apparent.
** ''"Take my picture, Hollywood ... I WANNA BE A STAR!"''
*** ARTPOP is super hammy!
* LatinLover: "Alejandro" features ''three'': Alejandro, Fernando, and Roberto.
* LighterAndSofter: [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7CUYvWTd6oA This piano rendition]] of "Poker Face".
** "Eh, Eh (Nothing Else I Can Say)".
** Her "Viva la Vida" cover.
** Alex Goot's cover of "Bad Romance", which is this trope summed up. It sounds more like a genuine love song, and less like a freaky love-hate song. Imagine taking out the synths and replacing it with acoustic guitar and much more piano. That is this cover.
** Artpop is a silly happy album about sex and happiness compared to Born This Ways serious BeYourself religious theme!
*** Bonus points to "Dope", for being a simple piano song compared to the party-like aspect of the rest of the album.
* LineOfSightName: According to her former producer Rob Fusari, the name "Lady Gaga" is this. As a private joke, Fusari would frequently sing Music/{{Queen}}'s song "Radio Ga Ga" to her as she arrived in the studio for recording sessions, calling it her "intro song". One day, he tried to text the words "Radio Ga Ga" to her, but he accidentally misspelled "Radio", and his phone autocorrected it to "Lady". As she was struggling to come up with a decent stage name at the time, she supposedly looked at the text message and immediately exclaimed "That's it!"
* ListSong: "Born This Way" lists almost every sexuality, gender identity, sexual identity, religious belief and physical race in the human world with few exceptions.
* LoudnessWar: As most other popular artists, she does this most notably on ''Born This Way''.
* LyricalDissonance: "Eh, Eh (Nothing Else I Can Say)", whose lyrics can be summarized as "I met another guy... we had a good run, right? I wish I had never met you, it'd be less painful than breaking up," uses an instrumental that is cute, pleasant, and guaranteed to make you smile (and make that double for the minimalist Cherrytree Sessions version).
** The song "Just Dance" sounds like a generic perky dance song, but the lyrics behind it seem to paint a picture of a girl who is way too drunk to be comfortable about her surroundings, concerned about the people around her pawing at her, and trying to "just dance" to calm herself down, by the end of the song the alcohol has left her out of her wits and willing to go home with anyone there.
** "The Edge of Glory" is an upbeat dance song in the style of '80s pop ballads... about someone who's about to die and wants to feel love and happiness one more time on the last night of her life. The fact that the saxophone solo is the last thing the late [[Music/BruceSpringsteen Clarence Clemons]] recorded before his passing makes it all the more bittersweet.
** 'Hair' has a pretty generic,upbeat dance-pop backing track,but is about Gaga's parents crushing her ability to dress the way she likes.
* LuckyCharmsTitle: Whenever you see the word "Monster", be sure to mentally replace the "t" with a cross.
* MakingASpectacleOfYourself: Used frequently up to a point of it becoming a trademark.
** Only Lady Gaga would wear shades made from ''cigarettes'', as seen in her "Telephone" video.
** Don't forget the ones from the "Poker Face" video with the animated light-up lenses.
** Her ''lace''-covered SteamPunk glasses in "Alejandro".
** And then there were the glasses made out of ''razor blades'' in the "Bad Romance" video.
** "Mickey Mouse" sunglasses.
* MetalHead: If it weren't blatantly obvious with her citing Music/MarilynManson, Music/{{KISS}}, Music/LedZeppelin, and Music/IronMaiden as influences she also said she used to dance to Music/BlackSabbath's "Black Sabbath", admitted to being a fan of Music/FaithNoMore on Twitter and Music/{{ACDC}} in interviews, and her ''Born This Way'' album contains two references, one to Music/JudasPriest's ''[=Painkiller=]'' album and her facial expression is reminiscent of Music/IronMaiden's first album cover.
* MetalScream: A rare and unexpected one in "Bloody Mary".
** Also in her stage shows, shown in her Monster Ball Live At Madison Square Garden. Mostly at her own fans and such...
* MindScrew: To put it short, this is the foundation of Gaga's entire career.
* MisunderstoodLonerWithAHeartOfGold: She may seem bizarre but she is also known to as incredibly sweet and kind and genuinely appreciative and nice to fans.
* MoneySong: "Money Honey", which is a subversion. Then there are "Beautiful, Dirty, Rich" and "The Fame".
* MoodWhiplash: From ''The Fame'' to ''The Fame Monster''. Seriously, pick any song from the first album (other than, say, "Brown Eyes" or "Again Again"), pick any song from the second album ("Telephone" being a possible exception), play them back to back, and see if this trope doesn't apply. ''The Fame Monster'' is supposed to be, in a way, the darker side of ''The Fame''.
** Artpop has songs like Gypsy, Swine, and Dope which are sad and contemplative in the Art, Pop, Sex album..
* MusicVideoOvershadowing: Pretty much ''all'' of Gaga's videos are elaborate [[ConceptVideo concept pieces]] only tenuously connected to the subject matter of the song.
* NiceHat: Pretty much every hat she wears. There's been the concentric steel rings, the giant button, the spikey-lacey face covering crown and latex version in "Bad Romance" and for "Telephone" in the 'Let's make a Sandwich!' scene, she's wearing a folded out telephone for a hat.
* NiceGirl: Despite her extremely odd personality, she always comes across as very sweet and warm in interviews, being very nice to and genuinely appeciative of her fans.
* NotChristianRock: "Born This Way" has a pretty strong pro-Christian message, though definitely not in the sense that most religious figures would interpret it, and "Judas" earned her a rebuke from the Catholic League. All this despite the fact that she has openly claimed she is a devout Catholic.
* NudeColoredClothes: Has been sighted on multiple occasions wearing costumes which incorporate a flesh-tone one-piece suit.
** When she was interviewed for ''60 Minutes'' she showed up in a flesh-colored leotard because "[she] didn't feel like wearing clothes today".
* ObligatoryBondageSong: 3 of these
** "Heavy Metal Lover": ''You got to earn your leather/in this part of town'' is this (on "Born This Way".)
** "Teeth": ''I'm gonna love you with my hands tied'' indeed (on "The Fame Monster".)
** "I Like It Rough": ''Is it 'cause you don't mean it/Or because I don't feel it/Unless it's rough'' (on "The Fame".)
* OdeToMusic: "Applause", "Retro Dance Freak", "Beautiful Dirty Rich", "Electric Chapel", "So Happy I Could Die", "Dances In The Dark"...
* OneWomanSong: "Alejandro" doubles as both an inversion and a subversion. First it is about a man. Second there are ''three'' men in the song. And finally Gaga is fending off their advances.
* PartsUnknown: From the December 12, 2012, episode of ''[[Creator/DavidLetterman Late Show with David Letterman]]'', in re the supporting acts for Music/TheRollingStones' [=PPV=] special that weekend:
-->'''DAVID LETTERMAN''': "Music/BruceSpringsteen, kid from New Jersey; Lady Gaga, from Parts Unknown; and Music/TheBlackKeys."
* ThePatriarch: The subject of her song, "Speechless" is her much-adored father. "Edge of Glory" is about her grandfather.
* PostModernism: Not as apparent initially, but really taking off with the video for "Paparazzi."
** Pretty much the point when her [[{{Camp}} sensibilities]] started to become a lot more obvious to the general public.
* PrecisionFStrike: During her performance at met gala:
--> I'll never forget when Anna Wintour called me to play at this event, she called me and said, ‘I would like you to play at the Met gala, but I just want to make sure, because I’ve seen you perform before, that you won’t be swearing during the performance. So Anna, [[TakeThat I will do my ]]''[[TakeThat fucking ]]''[[TakeThat best!]]
** From her Radio One performance, right after saying she had been asked to limit the profanity:
--> Raise a glass to mend all the broken hearts of all my ''fucked'' up friends!
** Many times during her concerts, most notably ''Beautiful, Dirty, Rich:''
--> You dirty BITCH!"
** And ''Teeth:''
--> I'll be damned if you people pay your good money just to see some [[TakeThat RICH BITCH LIPSYNCH THROUGH A SET!]] SHOW ME YOUR TEEE-''EEETH!''
* ProductPlacement: The video for "Bad Romance" features a man using a Wii remote to sell Lady Gaga as a prostitute.
** Also her "Heartbeats" headphones which are part of Dr Dre's "Beats" collection, as well as the Beats Edition HP Envy 15 laptops, both featured prominently in the same video.
** In "Telephone", the screen of her cell phone always has the Virgin Mobile logo, and at one point she's using Diet Coke cans as hair curlers. The free online dating site Plenty of Fish also gets a nod, as do Honey Buns snack cakes, Polaroid cameras, Wonder bread, and Miracle Whip.
** In "Paparazzi", the drink that Gaga poisons her boyfriend with is the supplement drink Neuro Sonic.
* RecordProducer: [=RedOne=].
* RefugeInAudacity: Seriously. Some suspect she wouldn't be nearly as popular if she didn't go completely over-the-top with everything she did (see also WhatCouldHaveBeen in the Trivia tab).
* TheRival:
** Music/BritneySpears, however unintentionally, is vying for Gaga's title of Gay Icon™.
** Music/{{Madonna}} and Lady Gaga have ''not'' been getting along ever since the "Born This Way"/"Express Yourself" controversy happened.
** Music/KatyPerry, and it only got worse since ''Prism'' and ''ARTPOP'' were released at around the same time and the former was more successful.
* RuleOfSymbolism: During her appearance on ''Oprah'', she explained that the majority of her outfits have some message to them. She points out that the message is most often not apparent to her audience, but she uses it personally as motivation in her performance.
** To say absolutely nothing of the INCREDIBLY dense symbolism imagery in all of her videos. A quick run down highlights...
*** TheDevil: Horned imagery bookends quite a few, leading to popular speculation of Baphomet worship. Or a working contract between the two. Or a secret agent working for him against the [[AncientConspiracy Illuminati]]. Or something.
*** {{Brainwashed}}: All that [[ButterflyOfTransformation butterfly imagery]] she loves so much? A classic conspiracy theory surrounds [[http://everything2.com/title/Project+ Monarch Project Monarch]], a ridiculously elaborate hoax.
*** StealthParody: She CrossesTheLineTwice hard on this one enough to wrap in on itself. She's not even subtle about the idea of an AncientConspiracy which runs the music industry and is controlling you all through triangular fingers!
*** HappinessInSlavery: A great many lyrics can be re-interpreted to essentially say she's quite delightfully overjoyed to have been reborn a puppet. Or she's undergoing PhlebotinumBreakdown and is trying to warn us all about it... Or performing MassHypnosis on us all!
*** [[TarotMotifs Solar Themes]]: Halos, starburst glasses, bright shiny lights, and, oh, what's the first two words of [[EpicRiff Bad Romance's]] core EarWorm? "Ra, Ra". For added bonus, go read what The Sun means in the TarotMotifs page.
** The infamous VMA 2009 outfit was in reference to the death of Princess Diana as a result of being chased by the... ahem... ''Paparazzi''
* {{Sampling}}: The "muh-muh-muh-MAH" soundbite in "Poker Face" is taken from "Ma Baker" by Boney M.
* SerialEscalation: First came the daft media persona. Then the crazy outfits. Then the sold-out concerts landing in the red on theatrics. Then the creepy "Paparazzi" video. Then the "three-handed"[[note]]she uses her right foot as the third "hand"[[/note]] piano versions of her ''dance numbers''. Then the tour with Music/KanyeWest when no one else wanted to touch him. Then ''The Fame Monster''. Then the SurrealMusicVideo for "Bad Romance." Then the even greater MindScrew Creator/QuentinTarantino parody short subject prominently featuring "Telephone". At this rate, she'll have to [[Anime/NeonGenesisEvangelion trigger the Third Impact]] to top herself before long[[note]][[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Congratulations_%28album%29#Track_listing Should not have given her ideas.]][[/note]].
** [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=niqrrmev4mA The "Alejandro" video.]]. Oh God, the "Alejandro" video.
** [[http://blog.seattlepi.com/thebigblog/archives/221188.asp Wore a meat dress]] and topped herself again.
** And then she topped '''that''' at the 2011 Grammys by arriving in a vestibule that looked like an egg.
*** Which is, of course, another example of [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YIFsdVPXMnE borrowing from]] surrealist artist Creator/SalvadorDali and his wife Gala.
** And now she's gone and [[YourHeadAsplode done it again]] with the "Born This Way" music video.
** [[http://neonlimelight.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/04/gagabornthiswaycover.jpg The ''Born This Way'' album cover]]. Apparently, she was born ''a half-motorcycle, half-human hybrid''!
** Showed up at the 2011 MTV Music Awards as male alter-ego Jo Calderone and stayed in character all night!
* SelfBackingVocalist: Does most of her own during The Fame and The Fame Monstee era.
* SingerNamedrop: The word "gaga" is often in her songs, like "Just Dance", "Eh, Eh (Nothing Else I Can Say)", "Bad Romance", "Monster", "Judas", among others.
* ShoutOut: To Creator/AlfredHitchcock, in "Bad Romance". But...in a [[UnusualEuphemism somewhat unusual way.]]
-->''I want your Film/{{Psycho}}, your Film/{{Vertigo}} shtick,\\
Want you in my Film/RearWindow, baby it's sick.
** Also in "Telephone", ''Film/ThelmaAndLouise'', [[GirlsBehindBars Women In Prison]] films, ''Film/KillBill'', ''Franchise/SilentHill'', ''Franchise/OnePiece'', the Franchise/StarWarsExpandedUniverse, ''VideoGame/CommandAndConquer'', and ''Literature/{{Dune}}''
** According to WordOfGod, the Fernando mentioned in "Alejandro" is a ShoutOut to the ABBA song of the same name.
** "Dance in the Dark", with shout-outs to MarilynMonroe, JudyGarland, Liberace, Creator/SylviaPlath, Creator/StanleyKubrick, [=JonBenet=] Ramsey, and Princess Diana.
** The WesternAnimation/MickeyMouse motif in "Paparazzi" might be a reference to Annie Lennox's music video for Waiting in Vain. Gaga's music video style (in general) is similar to Lennox's.
** In "[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QeWBS0JBNzQ The Edge Of Glory]]", she looks a little like [[PrettyWoman Vivian]]. Not to mention the apartment complex looks familiar.
** The aforementioned [[AustinPowers machine-gun bra.]]
** Princess Die is about Princess Diana, pretty explicitly, mixed with some Creator/MarilynMonroe legend.
** The cover art for "Applause" [[http://flavorwire.com/407489/the-cover-of-lady-gagas-new-single-applause-looks-a-whole-lot-like-david-bowies-scary-monsters looks more than a little like]] the album sleeve for ''Scary Monsters (and Super Creeps)'' by Music/DavidBowie.
** The massacre scene in Telephone is very similar to the opening of Children of the Corn.
* {{Smark}}s: Her fans tend to be divided into two groups. Those who only listen to her albums and watch her videos and like her because she's so much fun, and those who see her perform unplugged and like her because she's a well-trained pianist and a fantastic singer.
* SmarterThanYouLook: For someone who regularly goes about in her [[UnderwearOfPower undergarments]] [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GG5VK2lquEc&feature=player_embedded she's much more intelligent than the average person would expect, given her behavior...]]
* SpellMyNameWithAnS: A lot of people insist that her name is spelled "Lady '''[=GaGa=]'''", most likely because of the Music/{{Queen}} song that she takes her name from. Supposedly, Lady Gaga actually did spell her name like that initially, then had a Sure, Why Not? moment.
* SpiritualSuccessor: To BritneySpears as far as fun happy pop music, work ethic, and career choices (BeYourself based second album).
** Music/ChristinaAguilera as far as eccentric preaching against sexist and anti gay social reforms as well as unusual clothing choices and career decisions.
** Music/{{Madonna}} as well, especially for her vocal LGBT support.
* SpotlightStealingSquad: Her guest appearance in ''TheSimpsons'' Season 23 finale. Not only did she appear on screen before any Springfieldian, ''she actually got more screentime than the Simpson family''. Naturally, this didn't endear her to Simpson fans who aren't Gaga fans.
* StageName: [[CaptainObvious Well, yes]]. Born Stefani Joanne Angelina Germanotta, based her name on "[[{{Queen}} Radio Gaga]]".
* StalkerWithACrush: "Paparazzi".
* StepfordSmiler: "Dance in the Dark" is surprisingly dark. "Baby loves to dance in the dark / cuz when he's looking she falls apart".
** Don't forget "So Happy I Could Die." "I do my hair / I gloss my eyes / [[ADateWithRosiePalms I touch myself all through the night]]."
** Scheiße: "I wish I could be strong without somebody there/ I wish I could dance on a single prayer/ I wish I could be strong without the scheiße."
* TheStoic: Early in her career, she came off very somber and robotic in interviews. Addressed by the woman herself in her Cosmopolitan 2010 interview, where she said she began to realize it, and finally let it all go.
* StripPoker: In the video for "Poker Face," of course.
* SweetPollyOliver: [[http://amygrindhouse.com/lady-gaga-man-vogue-japan.html She pulled this trick]] under the pseudonym "Jo Calderone".
** Taken UpToEleven at the 2011 [[{{MTV}} VMAs]] when she not only dressed as him, but spent the entire night in character. This included giving an honorary award to BritneySpears and trying to recreate her most [[HoYay infamous]] [[Music/{{Madonna}} VMA moment]] and [[{{Irony}} accepting the award for Best Female Video]].
* TakeThat: A [[SugarWiki/AwesomeMoments somewhat awesome one]] [[http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/06/11/lady-gaga-madonna-born-this-way-video_n_1587198.html in response to]] {{Madonna}}, after Miss Ciccone's digs at her on her 2012 tour, especially with her regard to the "Born This Way"/"Express Yourself" business. [[http://www.aishamusic.com/lawsuit_many_artists_madonna_stole_from.htm People who live in glass houses...]]
* TakeThatAudience: At all the rumors of her being intersex/transsexual/whatever. She decided the best way to counter the rumors would be to do a photoshoot while wearing a huge strap-on dildo. [[http://covers.q4music.com/Item.aspx?pageNo=6150&year=2010 In one of the top-selling music magazines in the UK.]]
** At the start of the "Telephone" video, she is taken to prison for bitches and stripped naked by the jailers, who then walk away.
--->'''Burly Jailer 1:''' Told you she didn't have a dick.\\
'''Burly Jailer 2:''' [[MsFanservice Too bad]].
* TakeThatCritics: "Applause".
* [[ThatManIsDead That Woman Is Dead]]: ''I killed my former'' in Aura!
* TalkyBookends: "Paparazzi"
* TeenGenius: After having been a [[ChildProdigy piano prodigy]], she went on to write her first ballad at thirteen and has been writing music for other artists since fifteen.
* TitleDrop: "Heavy Metal Lover" has two:
--> Where heavy metal lovers play, baby we were [[AlbumTitleDrop born this way]].
* TitleOnlyChorus: "Again Again".
* TitleTrack: ''The Fame'', ''Monster'', and ''Born This Way'' all have one.
* TheTysonZone: Her persona means that hearing practically anything about her would be believable. Would you believe that she went on ''[[Creator/DavidLetterman Late Show with David Letterman]]'', ate the host's notes and declared she was Franchise/{{Batman}}? Yes.
* TooMuchInformation: The line "I want your whiskey mouth all over my blonde south" from "Heavy Metal Lover" becomes this when you remember she's a bleach blonde.
* UncannyValleyMakeup: Regularly. A notable example is her 2011 ''Series/AmericanIdol'' mentoring appearance, where she shows up with bleached eyebrows, exaggerated cat-eye black liner, and a large fake mole on the right side of her face.
* UnderwearOfPower: Frequently. One article described her trademark outfit as being "bullet bangs, shoulder pads, and panties". Or better yet, when was the last time she was seen ''with'' pants?
* UnexplainedAccent: In a few songs she employs a German-like drawl.
* UnlimitedWardrobe: Goes without saying with most celebrities, but this woman merits special mention.
* UnusualEuphemism: A point of pride with her.
** "Bluffin' with My Muffin"
** The most famous, of course, is "I wanna take a ride on your disco stick." Which barely even qualifies as a euphemism, but is certainly unusual.
** "Want you in my RearWindow"... an unconventional ode to Creator/AlfredHitchcock.
** Her "blonde south".
* UpToEleven: Every trope on this page in the video for "Telephone".
* VirginPower: [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OPMbLdFIm0w She supports people who choose to remain celibate.]]
* WhatTheHellIsThatAccent: Her weird pseudo-British accent when she first became popular.
* Workoholic; Barely took 6 months off to recover from her knee injury and is rarely not touring, promoting or making her music.
* WordSaladLyrics: Read her lyrics. Read her explanation to said lyrics. At the very least, you’ll be amused.
* {{Yandere}}: "Paparazzi.", "You And I", "Monster".
* YaoiFangirl: At her Monster Ball concert she dedicated the song "Boys Boys Boys" to the gay males in the audience, referred to her male backup dancers as "my gay boys", and had two of her gay boys make out.
** After 12 year old Greyson Chance became an instant star on Website/YouTube for his piano cover of "Paparazzi" he appeared on the Ellen [=DeGeneres=] show where he got to talk to Gaga herself over the phone. Among the bits of advice she gave him for his fledgling career: "stay away from girls." Just the way she said it you knew it was more than the "don't let a relationship distract you" context.
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* "BadRomance"

[[folder:Telephone]]
!!Tropes used in ''Telephone'' include:
* AffectionateParody: Of Tarantino, the first half of his GenreThrowback style, the second of ''Film/KillBill'', specifically.
* AssholeVictim: The first guy they killed, but after that...
* BilingualBonus: The katakana in the subs (ワンピース) is possibly a ShoutOut to ''OnePiece''.
* BolivianArmyEnding: If it wasn't for the "To be continued," the ending of the "Telephone" music video would be this.
* ButchLesbian: In the prison sequence, Gaga has an interrupted heavy makeout with two.
* {{Camp}}: Enough for Yosemite.
* ContinuityNod: This video is a sequel to the "Paparazzi" video. It being the same Gaga was implied throughout "Telephone", but it wasn't confirmed until the mugshot from the end of "Paparazzi" showed up at the end of "Telephone".
** Beyonce poisons Tyrese the same way Gaga does Alexander Skarsgård (through their drink.) And when everyone starts dropping dead in the restaurant, she's wearing the same shades Gaga was in that scene as well.
** Watch Gaga after she poisons everything in the kitchen. She shakes her head back and forth several times, which she does in "Paparazzi" after tasting her boyfriend's poisoned drink.
* CrypticConversation
** "[[MemeticMutation Once you kill a cow, you gotta make a burger.]]"
** "You know, Gaga, trust is like a mirror..."
* FingerlessGloves: ''Inverted'', as she wears the finger part of the gloves but not the actual gloves themselves.
* GenreThrowback: Of GirlsBehindBars exploitation films.
* GirlsBehindBars
* GratuitousForeignLanguage:
** GratuitousGerman: In the scene where everyone's eating the poisoned food, right after Tyrese's death, you can see "Ein, Zwei, Drei" in the subs while Gaga [[strike:does some strange posing]] continues being Gaga, counting "One, Two, Three" in German. Unfortunately it's misspelled. "Ein" means "a/an", while "Eins" means "One".
** GratuitousJapanese: See BilingualBonus.
** Gratuitous Swedish: During the newscast, the lyrics to the third verse ("Not that I don't like you, I'm just at a party" etc) are scrolling on the bottom ticker in Swedish.
* LeaveNoSurvivors: The video's "Let's Make a Sandwich" portion, in which Gaga and Beyonce poison not just an ex, but an ''entire restaurant'' full of people.
* LyricsVideoMismatch
* MagicalSecurityCam: Averted. The "security camera" scenes were shot from a stationary position, and were in lower resolution and less fluid from the rest of the video.
* MundaneMadeAwesome: Let's Make a SANDWICH!
* PrecisionFStrike: "You know what they say: trust is like a mirror. You can fix it if it's broken." "But you can still see the crack in that mother''fucker's'' reflection."
* ProductPlacement: The computer a cop is seen using has Windows 7 on it.
** As well as, y'know, Virgin Mobile, Diet Coke, Plenty of Fish, Honey Buns, Polaroid, Wonder Bread and Miracle Whip
* RefugeInAudacity: The audacity of ''murrrrderrrr''.
* ShoutOut: When Lady Gaga enters the jail, the women in the cells pose in a way that's almost identical to the Cell Block Tango from ''Film/{{Chicago}}''.
** The poison that Gaga serves to everyone, which the recipe contains:
*** 1 oz. [[TamperingWithFoodAndDrink Rat Poison]]
*** 1/2 oz. [[Literature/{{Dune}} Meta-Cyanide]]
*** 1/2 oz. [[ComicBook/XWingSeries Fex-M3]]
*** 1 cup [[VideoGame/CommandAndConquer Tiberium]]
** See also BilingualBonus.
** Gaga and Beyonce clasp hands at the end in a manner highly reminiscent of [[Film/ThelmaAndLouise another pair of female murderers]].
** In fact, the number of ShoutOut is so massive, {{MTV}} has compiled ''[[http://www.mtv.com/news/articles/1633858/lady-gagas-telephone-video-pop-culture-cheat-sheet.jhtml two]] [[http://www.mtv.com/news/articles/1633938/lady-gagas-telephone-video-pop-culture-cheat-sheet-part-ii.jhtml pages]]'' of exposition detailing all, or maybe just most, the references present.
* StylisticSuck: Has elements of this. "Let's make a sandwich!" Part of her whole love of {{Camp}}.
* ToBeContinued
* VillainProtagonist: Has shades of this. What other role could you bestow upon two people that massacre an entire restaurant?
* WearingAFlagOnYourHead: One of her many costumes.
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[[folder:Alejandro]]
!!Tropes used in ''Alejandro'' include:
* CampGay: Many of the poses the male dancers make suggest this, and given that the video is at least in part about Don't Ask, Don't Tell, I think we can safely say this was intentional.
* CreepyCoolCrosses: Oh, what a field day the WBC will have with this one.
* DarkerAndEdgier: Arguably more disturbing than ''Bad Romance'' and ''Paparazzi.'' While they were still about sex slavery and murder, the endings were funny in context, and there was still a lot of decent FanService. This one is an especially nightmarish, [[FauxSymbolism densely symbolic]] take on Don't Ask, Don't Tell, the ending is [[NightmareFace the worst part]], and the FetishFuel is even ''more'' subjective. It's especially bad coming after the silly, over-the-top "Telephone".
* {{Deconstruction}}: Possibly. At the very least it uses a lot of music video tropes and twists them.
* GunPorn: Literally. She wears a bra with the barrels of M-16 Machine Guns attached. Make jokes about her "guns" at your own risk.
** The soldier on her bed also holds a golden pistol over his crotch.
** Since the barrels are less than 16 inches, someone put together a [[http://www.everydaynodaysoff.com/2010/06/11/atf-approves-lady-gagas-form-1-for-ar-15-sbr/ mock NFA form 4.]]
* {{Homage}}: Numerous elements of the video are tributes to Music/{{Madonna}}
** There are also many references to ''Theatre/{{Cabaret}}'' (particularly the soldiers and the "bed" scenes), with Gaga playing the part of the Sally Bowles character.
** The black and white dance scene is an homage to the choreographer of ''Cabaret'', BobFosse, and the dance is very similar to his style.
* InterplayOfSexAndViolence
* MakingASpectacleOfYourself: Wouldn't be a Gaga video without them.
* MindScrew: Forget that the music video is about [[Film/TheThreeStooges Moe clones]] going to town with each other/Lady Gaga. Forget that they're also Nazis wearing CampGay uniforms marching around what looks to be a [[BedlamHouse hospital]]. Forget [[NightmareFace the ending]] and her [[MasochistsMeal cross eating.]] [[ArsonMurderAndJaywalking Lady Gaga is wearing]] '''[[ArsonMurderAndJaywalking normal clothing!]]'''
* MoodWhiplash: This video is almost a polar opposite of its predecessor, "Telephone." While "Telephone" was bright, colorful, and over the top, "Alejandro" is dark, in black and white, and about as close to "normal" and "subdued" as we're likely going to get from her. Watch the two back to back, and you almost couldn't believe they're from the same person.
* NudeColoredClothes: Gaga's wearing underwear that's almost the same color as her skin in some shots, which might make you think she's totally nude in some shots even if she isn't.
* PuttingOnTheReich
* SceneryPorn: Seriously. The costumes, atmosphere and cinematography are GORGEOUS.
* SteamPunk: Her glasses at the beginning of the video qualify.
* {{ThoseWacky|Nazis}} CampGay [[ThoseWackyNazis Nazis]]
* ZettaiRyouiki: Old style stockings, but same idea.
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[[folder:Born This Way]]
* AssimilationPlot: The [[FanNickname Cuddly-Orgy]] shows the various skin colors melding into one another.
* CreationMyth: A very strange one, indeed.
* EyesDoNotBelongThere: She's got an extra one on her ''chin'' of all places.
* FunWithAcronyms: The prologue takes place in the Government Owned Alien Territory in Space. Or GOATS.
* GettingCrapPastTheRadar: While the weird birth imagery fits perfectly with a Gaga video, having them be a kaleidoscope mashup means that it can be QUITE explicit and not get [[GettingCrapPastTheRadar censored]].
* GoodNeedsEvil: Sadly, right when the birth of a new race without prejudice or hate was happening, evil was born.
** And the Mother Monster realizes she cannot protect the perfection without the evil on top of it.
* HumanSubspecies: The video for Born This Way starts with her giving birth to a new species of humans, one without [[{{Anvilicious}} hate]].
* MindScrew: It wouldn't be a Gaga video without it.
* NWordPrivileges: She got into a little hot water for using the terms "chola" and "orient" in the song (Although "Oriental" is commonly used to describe East Asians in Britain, it's still considered offensive in America.) Most agree that she simply used the words as short and easy-to-rhyme catch-all terms for Mexicans and Asians, respectively (since she does mention "Black, white, beige" right before), but the words themselves still stung. Ironic considering the song is about equality and respect.
* {{Retraux}}: The song in and of itself is two parts direct homage to Madonna's "Express Yourself", one part New Wave, and one part disco, but the lyrics appear to be directly inspired by Dan Savage's "It Gets Better" campaign from 2010.
* ShoutOut: The video's opening music comes from the score to ''Film/{{Vertigo}}'', written by Bernard Herrmann.
* SurrealMusicVideo: The most surreal one yet.
* UncannyValleyMakeup: The protruding horns/cheekbones, flesh colored eyebrows and [[http://gagadaily.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/02/Born-This-Way-Video-54.jpg this little ensemble]] (worn while standing next to Rico Genest, who has the same kind of thing ''tattooed onto him.'')
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[[folder:Judas]]
* AllGirlsWantBadBoys: The core meaning behind ''Judas'', although taken up to eleven and filled with maximum symbolism.
* BadassBiker: The Jesus stand-in leads a group of them.
* BangFlagGun: With a lipstick instead of the flag.
* BettyAndVeronica: Gaga is torn between Jesus (Betty) and Judas (Veronica) stand-ins.
* BlingBlingBang: In one scene Gaga can be seen holding a golden, jewel-encrusted mace.
* DivineRaceLift: The Jesus allegory is Hispanic.
** This actually makes sense as Hispanic countries are among the few where Jesus is a common name.
* GlasgowGrin: Gaga draws one on the Judas stand-in's face with a lipstick gun.
* JesusWasWayCool: And an outlaw, too.
* MindScrew: Subverted. Aside from a small portion near the end, the video is fairly tame, though also extremely symbolic throughout.
* RuleOfSymbolism: UpToEleven.
* ThemeNaming: The biker gang is named after the apostles, with the leader wearing a thorned crown.
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[[folder:You And I]]
* BasedOnATrueStory: Based on her getting back together with her ex Luc Carl.
* AttractiveBentGender: Jo Calderone shows up.
* BarbieDollAnatomy: Gaga's mermaid form has her breasts exposed, but the only feature on them are barely seeable gills.
* CheapHeat: Her 'cool Nebraska guy' tends to move around a lot depending on the radio station.
** Could possibly be a *TakeThat to her ex who's originally from Nebraska, basically saying "I'm over you now".
* EvilLaugh: The Ice Cream man.
* HandyFeet: She plays the piano with her foot at one point.
* MermaidProblem: Averted, as the whole problem is glossed over in the two brief sex shots.
* ScrewYourself: If Calderone is Gaga's male alter ego, the result would be this.
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[[folder:Marry The Night]]
* BasedOnATrueStory: Marry the Night is intended to depict Gaga being dropped from Def Jam Records, flipping out, reinventing herself, and then, at the end, leaving for her appointment with Interscope.
* CallBack: Gaga fans will remember [[http://28.media.tumblr.com/tumblr_lvlo5qz1S91qdlgm4o2_400.gif This moment]] in which the Lady accidentally smacks one of her dancers in the face with her microphone. [[http://26.media.tumblr.com/tumblr_lvlo5qz1S91qdlgm4o1_500.gif Fast forward a couple years later...]]
* CensorBox: There is a black bar covering Gaga's breasts during most of the freakout scene. Considering most of it is improv, very little of it utilizes creative angles to serve the purpose.
* DespairEventHorizon: When Gaga gets dropped from her label, she has a breakdown.
* {{Dramatization}}: While the music video is based on a true story, it is done in Lady Gaga's usual style, {{Camp}} and all.
* FanDisservice: Gaga purposely chooses the "outfit" she wears for the freakout scene for the purpose of being unattractive.
* GainaxEnding that could possibly be interpreted as ThePhoenix.
* GratuitousFrench: Gaga speaks French briefly on the phone when she gets dropped from Def Jam.
* NakedFreakOut: Very much so. Gaga screams, throws things, cries.
* NakedPeopleAreFunny: Subverted. Gaga is at her absolute rock bottom, naked and screaming.
* ShoutOut: To ''Literature/TheBellJar'', ''Film/{{Flashdance}}'', and to her own style during The Fame time period.
* SophisticatedAsHell: The early part of the video features Beethoven, against images of Gaga in a ratty apartment, then throwing a fit naked.
* StuffBlowingUp: At the first chorus entrance, several cars explode in glorious flames. Later in the vid we see that she had drizzled gasoline all over them first.
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[[folder:G.U.Y. - An ARTPOP Film]]
* TheCameo: ''Series/TheRealHousewives'' cast members are shown playing instruments and singing along to "Venus" at one point. SkyDoesMinecraft also makes an appearance.
* CloneJesus: Well, that was ''one'' ingredient; Music/MichaelJackson, MahatmaGandhi, and (according to WordOfGod) [[Music/TheBeatles John Lennon]] are also in the mixture.
* DeathByMaterialism: Gaga uses the greed of the people who betrayed her to take them out.
* [[FallenAngel Fallen]]/BrokenAngel: The video opens with imagery of this, with a [[WingedHumanoid winged Gaga]] having been shot down with an arrow by the corrupt businessmen. She spends some time mortally wounded until she recovers enough to take her revenge.
* RapunzelHair: Her primary look for this video gives her extremely long [[MysticalWhiteHair white hair]].
* RoaringRampageOfRevenge: See DeathByMaterialism
* RuleOfSymbolism: The video is densely symbolic of how people who she thought she could trust betrayed and abandoned her following a serious injury she suffered during a concert and her return to grace following her recovery.
** The resurrection of Jesus, Gandhi, Michael and John Lennon and the replacement clones represent the replacing of people who is only interest is making money with people who who have the traits of those she admires, namely vision and artistry.
** Throughout the video she takes on an [[ClassicalMythology Aphrodite/Venus]] role, the symbolism of which has been used for ARTPOP before. There's also a bit of BrokenAngel imagery thrown in at the start for good measure.
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''"Can't read my, can't read my\\
No he can't read my [[MemeticMutation troper face]]\\
She's got me like nobody~"''
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