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[[caption-width-right:350:Left to right: Brad Delson, Mike Shinoda, Mr. Hahn, Chester Bennington, Rob Bourdon, Phoenix]]

A rock band from Agoura Hills, California. Since their formation in 1996, the band has sold more than fifty million albums and won two Grammy Awards. They achieved mainstream success in 2000 with their debut album ''Hybrid Theory'', and continued it with the remix album ''Reanimation'', the follow-up ''Meteora'', and their collaboration with rapper Music/{{Jay-Z}}, ''Collision Course''.

Linkin Park had a steady start by blending the sounds of NuMetal, {{rap}}, and [[RockAndRoll rock]] [[RapMetal together]], eventually ditching the NuMetal when it became a DeadHorseGenre and bringing in elements of AlternativeRock, ElectronicMusic, and other influences. While they remain one of the most popular current rock acts, there are also others that aren't keen on all the screaming and the lyrics, leading to the common stereotype of Linkin Park being the band ''du jour'' of "whiny, angsty teenagers with no good reason to be" the world over. This is most reflected in forum jokes and memes made about the band, almost always referring to songs from ''Hybrid Theory'' and ''Meteora'', usually involving those who tried so hard and got so far, but in the end it didn't matter and [[LargeHam CRAWWWLLLLING IN MY SKINNNNNNNNNNNN]]. Their fanbase has been [[BrokenBase split since the release of Minutes to Midnight]] about them bringing in new influences to their sound. This hasn't deterred the band any [[NewSoundAlbum from continuing]] to [[NeoclassicalPunkZydecoRockabilly do what they want]] with their music, leading to reactions that are more predictable than whatever they intend to put out next.

They are a [[http://www.animemusicvideos.org/lists/usedmusic.php popular music source]] for [[FanVid anime music videos]], inevitably featuring {{shonen|Demographic}} series like ''Manga/DragonBall Z'' (and occasionally ''not''-so-shonen series, namely ''Anime/NeonGenesisEvangelion''.) Furthermore, their music video for "Breaking the Habit" ''is'' an actual anime music video, animated by Creator/GONZO. Their music video for "Points Of Authority" (remixed version) features CGI HumongousMecha battling an army of {{alien inva|sion}}ders, and the band has a strong association with ''Franchise/{{Gundam}}'', featuring one made of mixed parts on the cover for Reanimation, showing several Gunpla models in the video for "Somewhere I Belong", and even [[http://www.linkinpark.com/profiles/blogs/linkin-park-gundam-collectors having their own Gunpla]] and their song featured in a Gundam game.

Their song lyrics have inspired the trope name for TheWallsAreClosingIn.

[floatboxright:Influences:
+ Music/{{U2}}, Music/NineInchNails, Music/FaithNoMore, Music/{{Metallica}}, Music/{{Korn}}, Music/HedPE, Music/RageAgainstTheMachine, Music/PublicEnemy, Music/BeastieBoys, Music/AphexTwin, Music/{{Deftones}}, Helmet, Music/SystemOfADown, Music/DepecheMode, Music/LedZeppelin, Music/StoneTemplePilots, Music/TheProdigy, Music/{{Radiohead}}, The Roots, Music/RunDMC, Music/{{Tool}}, Music/ThreeEleven, Music/{{The Beatles}}
]

[floatboxright:Related Acts:
+ Fort Minor (Shinoda)
+ Dead by Sunrise (Bennington)
+ Grey Daze (Bennington)
+ Stone Temple Pilots (Bennington)
+ Tasty Snax (Phoenix)
]

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[[folder: Members: ]]

* Chester Bennington: lead singer and {{metal scream}}er. Can play guitar when needed. Has a side project named Dead by Sunrise (in collaboration with the members of Music/JulienK); also currently the lead singer for Music/StoneTemplePilots after the firing of Scott Weiland.
* Mike Shinoda: co-founder, emcee, singer, rapper, pianist, second guitarist, graphic designer, [[RecordProducer producer]], painter, and [[http://www.mikeshinoda.com blogger]]. Used to playing several instruments during the same song. Has a side project named Fort Minor.
* Brad Delson: co-founder, lead guitarist and [[FunnyAfro lead afro]]. Occasionally plays the keyboard.
* Rob Bourdon: the drummer, but can also play piano when the band is writing new songs.
* Joe "Mr." Hahn: The DJ, synths and samples guy who also directs their music videos. Owns an art shop in Los Angeles called SURU.
* Dave "Phoenix" Farrell: The bassist and backing singer. Nicknamed because another fan thought his name was boring. Also does string arrangements.

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[[folder: Discography: ]]

* ''[[SelfTitledAlbum Hybrid Theory]]''[[note]]Debut [=EP=], back before they changed their name[[/note]] (1999)
* ''Hybrid Theory'' (2000)
** [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4qlCC1GOwFw "One Step Closer"]]
** [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Gd9OhYroLN0 "Crawling"]]
** [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vjVkXlxsO8Q "Papercut"]]
** [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oIwWqYSbzGA "In the End"]]
** [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0gzmx5xR2bM "Runaway"]][[note]]It was a rather minor single in comparison to the other singles on that album[[/note]]
* ''Reanimation''[[note]]Remix album[[/note]] (2002)
** [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GgxcvmkPD-I "Pts.OF.Athrty"]]
** [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aIUS0xK5KTE "FRGT/10"]]
* ''Meteora'' (2003)
** [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zsCD5XCu6CM "Somewhere I Belong"]]
** [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LYU-8IFcDPw "Faint"]]
** [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kXYiU_JCYtU "Numb"]]
** [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FTQef57EujE "From the Inside"]]
** [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5cNdDuNKrx0 "Lying from You"]][[note]]Was released as a single, but didn't have its own video.[[/note]]
** [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7ezSGqbuo0g "Breaking the Habit"]]
* ''Collision Course''[[note]]Collaboration with Jay-Z[[/note]] (2004)
** [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DLlF2FMv968 "Numb/Encore"]]
* ''Minutes to Midnight'' (2007)
** [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8sgycukafqQ "What I've Done"]]
** [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OnuuYcqhzCE "Bleed it Out"]]
** [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=n1PCW0C1aiM "Shadow of the Day"]]
** [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0xyxtzD54rM "Given Up"]]
** [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LBTXNPZPfbE "Leave Out All the Rest"]]
** [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5-EmcOli28U "The Little Things Give You Away"]]
* ''A Thousand Suns'' (2010)
** [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=51iquRYKPbs "The Catalyst"]]
** [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5qF_qbaWt3Q "Waiting for the End"]]
** [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kh_YCSW5lPc "Burning in the Skies"]]
** [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xLYiIBCN9ec "Iridescent"]][[note]]remix version made for Transformers: Dark of the Moon[[/note]]
* ''Living Things'' (2012)
** [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dxytyRy-O1k "Burn It Down"]]
** [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=co4YpHTqmfQ "Lost In The Echo"]]
** [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ScNNfyq3d_w&feature=g-all-u "Castle of Glass"]]
** [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9Dq9q6afIP8 "Lies Greed Misery"]] [[note]]Released as a single before Lost in the Echo, but has yet to have a video[[/note]]
* ''Recharged''[[note]]Remix album.[[/note]] (2013)
** [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RsKQOm_iJug "A Light That Never Comes"]]
* ''The Hunting Party'' (2014)
** [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9OeWLFPx2kM "Guilty All The Same"]] [[note]]featuring Rakim[[/note]]
** [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Nym1P-BO_ws "Until It's Gone]]
* Other Singles: [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YYxzRYMrcVc "We Made It"]][[note]]Collaboration with Music/BustaRhymes[[/note]], [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ysSxxIqKNN0 "New Divide"]], [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lrbL1s9qwBs "Not Alone"]]

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! Linkin Park provides examples of:

* AlbumFiller: [[WordOfGod Mike Shinoda]] has said that "Runaway" was included on Hybrid Theory for this reason. They had given up on the song and wrote "One Step Closer" out of frustration. Because they couldn't use the planned song "She Couldn't" for sample reasons, nor did they want to include the rerecorded "High Voltage", they decided to go back to the Xero demo Stick N Move and reused some of the melody lines to finish off "Runaway". The band regard "Runaway" as the worst song they ever wrote, although fans tend to disagree. At times they've said they don't want to play it live again, but continue to do so anyway.
** {{Lampshaded}} by Black Thought on "X-Ecutioner Style".
* AlbumTitleDrop: "The Requiem" and "The Catalyst" for ''A Thousand Suns''.
** Probably would have counted as BookEnds if not for "The Messenger."
* AllJustADream: The video for "Somewhere I Belong".
* AmbiguouslyJewish: While not presenting any obvious identifiers as being so, drummer Rob Bourdon is in fact Jewish.
** Lead guitarist Brad Delson, however, not so [[FunnyAfro ambiguous]]...
* AndIMustScream: The alien commander who gets enveloped by the blue tentacles at the end of the "Pts.OF.Athrty" music video.
* AnimatedMusicVideo: "Breaking the Habit", "Pts.OF.Athrty", and "FRGT/10".
** They've become the go-to source for any anime/animated music video collage on YouTube, alongside Music/ThreeDaysGrace.
* {{Animesque}}: The music video for "Breaking the Habit", though the "-esque" is questionable, as it was produced by [[VideoGame/TalesOfLegendia Kazuto]] [[Film/KillBill Nakazawa]].
* AscendedExtra: Mike Shinoda was the founder and original producer of the band, and was its primary vocalist during the underground years; Chester Bennington, despite being the last member to join, is now popularly recognized as the frontman. However, the songs are primarily written around Shinoda's programming and continue to be so.
* AsianAndNerdy: Mike and Joe.
* TheAtoner: "What I've Done" can be broadly interpreted as this.
** As can "Breaking The Habit".
* AudienceParticipationSong: During live performances of "Bleed it Out", there's a chance of Chester and Mike initiating a singing contest between each other with the audience's help, such as on ''Road to Revolution''. The audience is also encouraged to sing with Chester on "In the End".
* AwesomeMcCoolname: Mike Shinoda. Just SOUNDS badass.
* BerserkButton: According to the Fort Minor song "Get Me Gone", Mike's is the insinuation that the band was manufactured by their record label. According to him, he would have been kicked out if the execs had gotten their way.
** As he makes clear in "When They Come For Me", he finds it really annoying that people always want them to go back to their old sound and don't appreciate their new music just because it's different.
* BigNo: The chorus of "Blackout." Emphasis on BIG. Also four times in "The Catalyst".
* BigShutUp: The bridge of "One Step Closer".
* BittersweetEnding: ''A Thousand Suns''.
* BlackSheep: The song "Nobody's Listening" from ''Meteora'', with its creepy Japanese flute, hip hop meets doom metal feel and seemingly random placing on the album. It's not surprising to know that the song was the last recorded and added to the album at the last minute. It would be rerecorded for Shinoda's solo project Fort Minor under the title Nobody's Listening (Green Lantern Remix), where it fit slightly better.
* BoastfulRap: "Step Up", "High Voltage", "When They Come for Me", "I Have Not Begun" and if Fort Minor is to be counted, "Remember the Name".
* CallBack: "When They Come for Me" has a few, being a boastful rap that calls to mind the band's earlier hiphop tracks "Reading My Eyes", "Step Up" and "High Voltage". He references "Points Of Authority" by saying he's not the same guy that 'forfeit the game'. He also refers to the band's first album "Hybrid Theory" in the line "Once you have a theory of how the thing works, everybody wants the next thing to be just like the first". Also, the Middle Eastern sounding vocals towards the end of the song are quite similar to those of the intro to the band's song "Carousel". The theme of the song is that Shinoda takes his own path and doesn't care what people say, and they can either keep up with him or be stuck behind.
* TheCameo: Frontman Chester Bennington has small roles in the movies ''Film/{{Crank}}, CrankHighVoltage'', and [[{{Saw}} Saw 3-D]].
* ChewingTheScenery:
** '''[[SnarkBait "CRRRAAAWWWWWWLLLIIIIIIINNNNNNNGGGGG INNNNNNN MYYYYY SKIIIIIIIINNNNN"]]'''
** '''[[MadnessMantra YOOOOOOOOOUUUUUUUUUUU TRY TO TAKE THE BEST OF ME, GO AWAY.]]'''
** And in the same light, [[BigNo "Faint"]] and [[BigShutUp "One Step Closer"]].
** "Blackout" also counts '''(FUCK IT ARE YOU LISTENING?!)'''
** Oh God, "The Messenger". Chester ''really'' oversings on this little acoustic number. He almost sounds like [[Music/{{U2}} Bono]].
** '''WHERE OCEANS BLEED INTO THE SKYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYY'''
** '''[[PunctuatedForEmphasis I'VE! BECOME SO NUMB! I CAN'T FEEL! YOU! THERE!]]'''
** "Keys to the Kingdom", "War", "Mark the Graves", "A Line in the Sand".
* ClusterFBomb: Mike and especially Chester swear like children out of their parents' earshot during concerts, which is rather jarring since they have stated in interviews early after getting big that they're averse to swearing in their music.
** However, the band decided to be a little liberal with the word "motherfucker" on "When They Come for Me". With Minutes to Midnight and A Thousand Suns, they resigned themselves to getting parental advisory labels.
*** Liberality or just for the hell of doing it? It seems like the seven motherfuckers on "When They Come for Me" is for fun.
**** The exact profanity count for each album; Minutes to Midnight has eight uses of fuck: two on "Bleed it Out", four on "Given Up" and two in "Hands Held High". A Thousand Suns has eight fuck (or fuck-related words): seven motherfuckers on "When They Come For Me", and one fuck in "Blackout". There is also three shits in "Wretches and Kings".
* CombatTentacles: In the animated music video for "Points of Authority", an alien race invades a highly technified human outpost defended by robotic soldiers. When the aliens breach the perimeter, the humans activate a machine that causes an entire underground installation to rise up out of the ground and destroy the enemy forces with energy tentacles.
* ConceptAlbum: ''A Thousand Suns'', about war, corruption and the atom bomb.
* ConceptVideo: The videos that aren't Dress Rehearsal/Performance Videos.
* ContestWinnerCameo: [=NoBraiN=], the winner of Linkin Park's remix contest, got his remix featured on ''A Thousand Suns''. He also makes an appearance on the outro to "When They Come for Me".
* CoolHat:
** Not exactly a hat per se, but Delson's headphones count for being both unique and [[IconicOutfit one of his most recognizable features]], aside from his [[FunnyAfro Jewfro]].
** More traditionally, Phoenix likes to rock a sweet fedora during concerts.
* CoverVersion: In addition to covering [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bn496_tgqIk "Wish"]] by Music/NineInchNails and Music/{{Adele}}'s [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dHtwZ07N1ic&ob=av2e "Rolling in the Deep"]], they've also been known to play [[Music/GunsNRoses "Sweet Child o' Mine"]] and [[Music/{{Deftones}} "My Own Summer"]]. [[NamesTheSame Averted with]] [[Music/AvengedSevenfold "Burn It Down"]].
* CreditsGag: In the liner notes for ''Living Things'': "Joe would like to thank whoever invented hot sauce. Also, to Heidi."
* DarkReprise: "Fallout" from ''A Thousand Suns'' is this to the album's third (technically first when not counting the preludes) track "Burning in the Skies", which features an ominous vocoded version of the chorus lyrics and serving as the prelude to "The Catalyst".
* DemotedToExtra: Joe "Mr Hahn" Hahn was a key part of the band's appeal in the Hybrid Theory days, but since those days has stayed in the background. Part of the reason is his DJ scratching was a big thing in the Nu Metal days, but has gone out of fashion, and the band's musical style has generally moved to push it into the background as well. Hahn himself appears to have become more reclusive than he was, so this may be an intentional thing.
* {{Determinator}}: Chester Bennington. He gets injured/ill so frequently he once wished to be put in a bubble. He's been bitten by a recluse spider, broken his wrists in the middle of a concert, injured his back and ankle, had surgeries because of mysterious illnesses, become allergic to his own sweat, had a tennis racquet go through his lip after he hit himself in the face with it while playing, ''and'' he ripped off one of his nipples just by getting in the shower. Nonetheless, totally badass for finishing the show where he broke his arm three songs in.
** Bassist Phoenix played an entire show even after breaking his hand earlier in the tour.
* DeliberatelyMonochrome: The band's behind-the-scenes videos, LPTV, were filmed in black-and-white during the ''A Thousand Suns'' touring cycle to reflect the theme of that album.
* DigitalPiracyIsEvil:
** Averted. Members of the band have gone on record saying they really don't care if their songs are downloaded. When ''Minutes to Midnight'' was leaked, their only response was to advise people to listen to the tracks in order and ask that they buy the album anyway for all the non-musical stuff they put into it. Especially notable considering that their label is Warner, of all companies. The band themselves downloaded the Xero demo tape from a fansite so that they could relearn "Reading My Eyes" and play it live. In addition Shinoda acknowledged that "She Couldn't" leaked and whilst he said he couldn't legally talk about it, 'didn't' try to take the links down.
** Just to underline how seriously Warner takes piracy, every time a copy of ''A Thousand Suns'' was sent to a music journalist for reviewing purposes, a cop was shipped along with it to make sure nothing leaked. Not that it stopped the album from being leaked anyway.
* {{Dystopia}}: The setting of the ''Shadow of the Day'' music video.
* DoomsdayClock: ''Minutes to Midnight''
* DressRehearsalVideo: About half of their videos.
* DVDCommentary: The band has a DVD edition for each of their [=CD=]s barring ''Hybrid Theory'' (which saw a standalone DVD a year after its release). Footage of them is usually about the music making process, life on tour, music video commentary, and the odd practical joke.
** There isn't one for "Living Things" yet, but it is possible the band will make one in future.
* EpicFail[=/=]HoistByHisOwnPetard: In "Figure 0.9" there is this lyric:
-->"I think of how I shot myself in the back again."
** "Lies Greed Misery" is all about looking forward to watching an adversary screw himself over.
* EpicRocking: "The Little Things Give You Away" clocks in at six and a half minutes while "Krwling", "1stp Klosr" and "The Catalyst" come close to that.
** Their new single "Guilty All The Same" clocks in at around six minutes two seconds, about half a minute short of "The Little Things Give You Away".
* FadingIntoTheNextSong: The only album that doesn't use this is ''Hybrid Theory''. It was intended to, however; the version of High Voltage cut from the album (and on the One Step Closer single) was supposed to segue in from "Cure for the Itch" as can be heard by the remnants of Itch at the beginning of Voltage. It was probably cut because it had already appeared in a different version on the Hybrid Theory EP.
** Various special editions of Hybrid Theory feature this version of High Voltage as a bonus track, but no attempt was made to restore the original segue.
** However, "Papercut" does segue into "One Step Closer" as does "Place for My Head" into "Forgotten"
* FakeBand:
** White Pegacorn, a collaboration between Mike and [[ThePeteBest Mark Wakefield]] and a pastiche of HairMetal. The only released song, [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RJvXD-TmHWw "Barack Your World"]], starts as a tongue-in-cheek endorsement of the [[BarackObama 44th President]] before turning into [[IntercourseWithYou something else entirely.]]
--> Baby, if you were my Iraq / I'd never pull out of you if you know what I mean.
** MMM... Cookies, a fake band by Mike and Chester to showcase their [[StylisticSuck less ..err.. inspired]] works. Cookies had an EP for the fan club titled ''[[WordSaladTitle Sweet Hamster Like Jewels from America]]'', and the music within it makes as much sense as the title.
* {{Fanservice}}: Frontman Chester Bennington seems to be shirtless about 40% of the time, performing or otherwise. As for the rest of the band, fans will have to scour the behind-the-scenes videos on the group's website for even a hint of fanservice from the other five members.
* FieryRedhead: Shinoda, but only in the cover for Hybrid Theory. He dyed his hair to black by 2001.
* FollowTheLeader: Well, one could make a case about their earlier years, what with being a NuMetal/rap-rock band in a time when those subgenres were on their way out. But let's face it, they're ''really'' following Music/{{U2}}'s [[GenreRoulette genre-hopping]] and philanthropy.
* {{Foreshadowing}}:
** "The Requiem", the opening track from ''A Thousand Suns'' is an ambient, brooding version of "The Catalyst", the album's penultimate track, which also features the AlbumTitleDrop. It also contains the piano track from "Waiting for the End" and the heartbeat-sonar ping combo sound is heard again in the start of "Jornada del Muerto". [[WordOfGod Shinoda has said]] that the track contains elements from every other song on the album along with elements that entirely its own.
** A more subtle version comes in the track "Jornada del Muerto", which features Mike singing "Lift me up, let me go" in Japanese.
* GenreAdultery: Leave Out All The Rest and Shadow Of The Day are soft-rock radio ballads that the band were once considered the alternative to. These tracks are the main reason for the disappointed reception of Minutes To Midnight by older fans.
* GenreRoulette: ''Minutes to Midnight''. If you need further proof, look at its track order. Within the span of three songs, you'll hear a political hip-hop song featuring a choir and piano, one of the heaviest songs the band ever wrote with Chester coming close to snarling most of the lyrics, and a light alternative ballad about a funeral.
* HeterosexualLifePartners: As being one of the few bands to still retain all of the original members after over a decade of working together, the guys are definitely this. Co-lead singer Mike Shinoda has called his bandmates as his "five best friends". The bassist Phoenix has referred to them as his "brothers". Special mention goes to Mike and co-lead singer Chester Bennington.
* HumongousMecha:
** The cover of ''Reanimation'' and some of their music videos. Their song "What I've Done" also appeared in ''Film/{{Transformers}}'' (as well as several thousand ''Anime/TransformersArmada'' [[NobleDemon Starscream]] [[FanVid AMVs]]).
*** The videos for "New Divide" and "Iridescent" feature the Transformers prominently.
** The video for "Somewhere I Belong", include [[Anime/MobileSuitGundam Gundam models]] owned by Mr. Hahn himself. Models include the [[Anime/MobileSuitGundamCharsCounterattack Sazabi]], the [[Anime/MobileSuitGundamWing Wing Zero Custom]] and the [[Anime/MobileSuitGundam0083StardustMemory GP-01 Zephyranthes]].
*** Bandai-Namco returned the favor by featuring "The Catalyst" in ''[[GundamVsSeries Gundam Extreme Vs]]''. In connection, a Linkin Park version of the [[=GP-01Fb=]] was included with the purchase of the "A Thousand Suns" Japanese edition.
* HypocriticalHumor: On "Rn@wy", Phoenix Orion claims he "can't get with the hybrids". He raps this over an industrial rock track.
* {{Instrumentals}}: Most of which show up on fan-exclusive [=EP=]'s. These are the ones that don't.
** "Session" from ''Meteora'', which was actually nominated for a Grammy.
** "Lockjaw", a piece Mike and Rob were commissioned to make by Digidesign to promote [=ProTools=] 8.
** "Issho ni", a charity track for the 2011 earthquake that devastated Japan.
** "Tinfoil", from ''Living Things''.
* IWantSong: Pick a song from the first two albums.
* TheInvisibleBand: The video for ''Lost in the Echo''
* KaleidoscopeHair: During the Hybrid Theory period, Mike Shinoda was known for dying his hair red.
* {{Keet}}: One might be surprised to learn just how hyperactive and rambunctious lead singer Chester Bennington is. He's prone to jumping on things, shouting at random intervals, and performing strange rituals with the stage crew.
** Many would expect Chester to be more downbeat considering his life, but he is widely known as the funnyman of the group.
* LargeHam: Chester all the time, whether onstage or on tape. However, Mike isn't that far behind him.
* LetsSeeYouDoBetter: As a response to the typical criticism from fans over "Issho ni", Mike challenged everyone to remix the song as they saw fit (although didn't provide the stems).
** The theme of the song "When They Come For Me".
* LicensedGame: ''8-Bit Rebellion'' for the iPhone/iPod Touch. There was concern about [[TheProblemWithLicensedGames the game being good]], but fans were still looking forward to the new song and [[{{Retraux}} midi remixes]] of their previous hits included. Critic reviews have been kind, however.
** [[http://www.lprecharge.com LP RECHARGE]], done in collaboration with Power The World/Music for Relief to help raise awareness and funds for sustainable energy and solutions to energy poverty, with certain purchasable in-game items counting as a donation. Unlike ''8-Bit Rebellion'', LP RECHARGE is a social Facebook game with an upcoming mobile version.
* LongRunnerLineUp: Type 2, since 2000.
* LyricalColdOpen: "Forgotten".
** "Kyur4 Th Ich" has this [[BookEnds at the start and end]].
* LyricalDissonance:
** The song "What I've Done" sounds like a moody downer sound, but it's about facing the consequences of your actions, and finding forgiveness.
** "Bleed it Out" averts this by being actually about writing lyrics, and re-writing them again and again (instead of self-mutilation as many automatically conclude). Bennington and Shinoda vented their lyric writing frustrations by writing more lyrics. This is {{lampshade|Hanging}}d by the opening line "Here we go [[OhNoNotAgain for the hundredth time]]."
* MadnessMantra: On multiple songs, most notably ''Given Up'' and ''One Step Closer''. Also have a tendency to have an ending PunctuatedForEmphasis.
* MetalScream:
** '''"THESE WOOOOOUUUUNNNNDDDSSS, THEY WIIIIILLLLLLLLLLLL NOT HEEEAAAALLLL"'''
** "[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cG8zgBTMxDA#t=2m25s Given Up]]" contains a seventeen-second, two pitch scream while "[[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=71CvlYX1Bqc Across the Line]]" has a prolonged scream lasting eleven seconds, also Wth>You has a 9 second prolonged [[BigWordShout COME ON!!]] at the [[IncomingHam beginning]].
** The chorus of "Blackout" also finds Chester giving his voice a serious work out.
** '''"YOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOUUUUUUUUUUUUU TRY TO THE BEST OF ME! GO AWAY!"'''
** "VICTIMIZED! VICTIMIZED! NEVER AGAIN VICTIMIZED!!!!!"
** "NO CONTROOOOOOOOOOL! NO SURPRIIIIIIIIIIISE!"
* MohsScaleOfRockAndMetalHardness: Varies from 3-8, depending on the song.
** Their older NuMetal songs generally have a harder sound to it than their newer songs. There [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aR6cD64e7X8 are]] [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9Dq9q6afIP8 exceptions]], though.
** Majority of ''The Hunting Party'''s lineup actually hit the 7-8 scale.
* MrFanservice: Chester Bennington. He has already appeared in a few live performances without his shirt.
* MyspeldRokband: The band's name refers to a Lincoln Park in which Chester resided in shortly after joining the band. One of the band members reasoned that the name would also help forge a connection with fans, since there were many cities with a Lincoln Park in them. It should be noted, however, that the name is misspelled not because it was "cool" but because ''lincolnpark.com'' was already taken.
* NeoclassicalPunkZydecoRockabilly: Their music has pretty much always been a mix of rock, hip-hop, and electronica. Which of these ingredients takes prominence depends on the song.
* NewSoundAlbum: ''All of them'', every single time. ''Minutes to Midnight'' and ''[[ConceptAlbum A Thousand Suns]]'' are the most noticeable.
** ''Living Things'' was hyped/criticized (depending on your point of view) as a return to the band's old sound, but it's really just an mix of the old instantly catchy stuff with the new, more electronic/experimental stuff, frequently within the same song.
* NinjaPirateZombieRobot: The video for "Iridescent" features Mike as a one-eyed serpent king with [[SpikesOfVillainy spikes growing from his shoulders]] in a [[AfterTheEnd post-apocalyptic]] world where the rest of the band imitates ''[[LeonardoDaVinci The Last Supper]]'' while the Autobots hang around.
* NotChristianRock: While some of their lyrics vaguely hint at a higher power and others directly reference God, only a few members of Linkin Park are Christian.
* NotSoDifferent: Referenced in ''Numb''.
--> ''But I know, you were just like me, with someone disappointed in you.''
* [[OncePerEpisode Once per Movie]]: Capping off a ''Film/{{Transformers}}'' film.
* OlderAndWiser: ''Minutes to Midnight'' and ''A Thousand Suns'' disposes of much of the angst of their earlier work, in place of it being deeper and with more meaningful messages and themes. The fanbase for that album is also possibly older than the band's earlier fanbase. It could also be argued that they've done a Creator/JKRowling and had their music/lyrical themes age as their audience (and they themselves, in this case) have aged.
* PerishingAltRockVoice: Whenever Mike's singing.
* PissTakeRap: Chester's vocals in the verses of "Blackout" strongly resemble rapping.
** {{Piss Take R|ap}}eggae: Mike's toasted vocals in "Waiting for the End", Chester's half screamed-half toasted vocals in "Wretches and Kings".
* PolishTheTurd: According to Mike, this was Rick Rubin's opinion of their songwriting and production process before adopting "automatic writing" for ''A Thousand Suns''.
* PopStarComposer: Mike worked with Joe Trapanese, best known for helping Music/DaftPunk on the score to ''Film/TronLegacy'', for the soundtrack to an Indonesian martial-arts film called ''The Raid''.
* ProtestSong:
** "Hands Held High", "No More Sorrow" and "The Little Things Give You Away".
** ''A Thousand Suns'' as a whole. It's a concept album dealing with war and nuclear power, as well as human fears of what's going to happen to the world.
* PunctuatedForEmphasis:
** "Bleed it Out". "I'LL MAKE YOU FACE! THIS! NOW!"
** "Faint". "Don't turn your back on me! I WON'T! BE! IGNORED!"
** "A Place For My Head". "STAY! AWAY! FROM ME!!!"
** "Qwerty" "LIES! You hide behind. LIES! You're lost inside that cold disguise. BEHIND! YOUR! LIES!"
* RagsToRiches: Chester was so poor before he joined the band, he and his first wife (later divorced) tattooed wedding rings on their fingers, instead of buying 'em.
* RealPersonFic: Chester Bennington and Mike Shinoda have a very close friendship and as a result many a fanfic written about them, they even have a PortmanteauCoupleName of "Bennoda".
* RecordOfLoudnessWar: All their albums, with Living Things being the most audibly affected.
** Shinoda acknowledged the bad mixing of Living Things by releasing the Acapellas and Instrumentals for digital download from iTunes and Amazon, so that fans could remix it to how they liked it. He already had a great reputation for caring about fans but this increased it tenfold.
* RedOniBlueOni: Chester and Mike's vocal roles. Chester provides the aggression, passion and sensitivity while Mike provides reflectiveness and observations.
** Occasionally Mike provides aggression such as on When They Come For Me.
*** This is also true of Mike and Chester in real life - as can be seen in any of the band's Making Of documentaries, Mike is hard working and focused on the music, but friendly. On the other hand, Chester is always clowning around, cracking jokes and generally making the sessions entertaining. Chester's involvement in the music generally comes after the instrumentals are demoed, when adding vocals and lyrics. He has the endurance to perform many takes to get the song just right and find the right vocal approach for each song. And often a song will take multiple different arrangements which he has to voice endless times as well. The chemistry between the band members has kept them close.
* RefrainFromAssuming / NonAppearingTitle: A good third of their songs.
** All the ones on Hybrid Theory feature the title as part of the chorus except for Papercut, Points Of Authority and Cure For The Itch. This was not coincidental, it is a proven method of making music catchy and appealing to radio listeners.
* RealSongThemeTune: Two of their songs have been used in three video games: ''The Catalyst'' in ''[[GundamVsSeries Gundam Extreme Vs.]]'' and The 2010 ContinuityReboot of ''MedalOfHonor''; and ''Castle of Glass'' in ''VideoGame/MedalOfHonorWarfighter''. One of the latter game's multiplayer trailer also used ''Lies Greed Misery''.
* RuleOfSymbolism: Really, the whole ''A Thousand Suns'' album, but "Jornada Del Muerto" stands out even in the middle of it. The album is about the threat of nuclear weapons. Jornada Del Muerto was the site of the Trinity test, the world's first atomic explosion. In addition, Mike is singing "Lift me up/Let me go" in Japanese at the beginning of the song. Japan is the only country in the world where nuclear weapons were deployed offensively.
* {{Sampling}}: Linkin Park has sampled High and Mighty, Brand Nubian, Lamont Dozier, Music/{{UNKLE}} and the first ''Pokemon'' movie, mostly on ''Reanimation''. Conversely, they've been sampled by [[Music/BoneThugsNHarmony Krayzie Bone]] and [[Music/ThreeSixMafia Juicy J]].
** In the early days they often didn't credit the samples. This led them to being banned from releasing the track "She Couldn't" because it got released on a promo without paying for the samples first.
* SelfTitledAlbum: Double-subverted by the ''Hybrid Theory'' EP. It's not the band's current name, but it ''was'' at the time it was released.
* ShoutOut:
** "Wretches and Kings" contains part of the immortal opening line from [[Music/PublicEnemy "Bring the Noise"]], which comes full circle in the [=HavocNdeeD=] remix which features Chuck D himself.
** A few in "When They Come for Me". From name-dropping [[Music/TheFugees Lauryn Hill]], [[Music/TheNotoriousBIG Biggie]], [[Music/PublicEnemy Chuck D]] and Big Daddy Kane to this:
--> '''Mike''': 'Cause even a [[Music/{{Jay-Z}} blueprint is a gift and a curse]].
** The "Pts.OF.Athrty" video is inspired by the dream sequence in ''[[Anime/FinalFantasyTheSpiritsWithin Final Fantasy: The Spirits Within]]''.
* SpokenWordInMusic:
** An interview of the late turntablist Roc Raida discussing RapRock is inserted into "High Voltage".
** Speeches by J. Robert Oppenheimer, Mario Savio and Martin Luther King Jr. are sprinkled throughout ''A Thousand Suns''.
* StepUpToTheMicrophone: Mike has "No Roads Left" all to himself, as well as most of the vocals in "In Between".
** The later albums have a lot of tracks where Mike is ''singing'' lead instead of rapping, though Chester will usually still join in on the chorus.
** Played ''completely'' straight in "Until It Breaks," where Brad actually sings after the third verse 'til the end.
* SubduedSection: Quite a few times, most notably "In the End" and "The Catalyst".
* SubliminalSeduction: Playing "Announcement Service Public" backwards yields Chester howling "YOU SHOULD BRUSH YOUR TEETH AND YOU SHOULD WASH YOUR FACE!"
* {{Surprisingly Gentle Song}}s: "My December", "Leave Out All the Rest", "Iridescent", "Shadow of the Day", "Castle of Glass" and "Roads Untraveled".
** "She Couldn't" is like a boyband ballad, which stands out particularly as the only song without any crunching guitars in it from the Hybrid Theory period. Unfortunately, this side of the band wasn't known for years because the song was never released until it leaked unofficially.
*** The king of them all must be Chester's rendition of the Weeds theme "Little Boxes", which is even softer sounding than Leave Out All The Rest. Probably for this reason it remains soundtrack only.
* TakeThat:
** "When They Come for Me" for the [[BrokenBase contingent of fans]] who still yearn for the ''Hybrid Theory'' days.
*** There's even a line in it where Mike outright says he's not "the same person telling you to forfeit the game," in reference to "Points of Authority."
** "Step Up" addresses other rap-rock bands in a less-than-flattering fashion.
--> '''Mike''': Rapping over rock doesn't make you a pioneer, 'cause rock and hip-hop have collaborated for years. But now they're getting randomly mixed and matched up all after a fast buck and all the tracks suck.
** And since we're counting Fort Minor, "Get Me Gone" and "High Road" calls out [[TakeThatCritics those skeptical of Linkin Park's success]]. This should probably tell us [[BewareTheNiceOnes something about Mike]].
** "Nobody's Listening" is basically a long "screw you" to all the people in the early days of the band who said they would amount to nothing.
* TextlessAlbumCover: ''A Thousand Suns''.
* ThisIsForEmphasisBitch: "No Laundry".
* TiredOfRunning: The song "Easier to Run" talks about how it is a lot easier to run from your problems instead of choosing to face them head on.
* ToughActToFollow: [[invoked]] Directly referenced by Mike in the song "When They Come for Me", referring to the mega-success of ''Hybrid Theory'' and ''Meteora'' where the majority of the band's fans were introduced to them.
* UnfortunateNames: Chester Bennington, at least while he was in school and had to deal with [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chester_the_Molester "Chester the Molester"]] [[BlackComedyRape jokes]]. [[DudeNotFunny He didn't find this funny]].
** He got (a bit) better, considering he was wearing a shirt bearing the words "Chester the Molester" during LP's early years.
* UnstoppableRage:
** '''"SHUT UP WHEN I'M TALKING TO YOU!"''' in "One Step Closer"
** The chorus and bridge in "Lies Greed Misery"
---> I wanna see you choke on your LIES! swallow up your GREED!, suffer all alone in your MISERY!\\
(...)\\
'''You did it to yourself! You did it to yourself! YOU DID IT TO YOURSELF!'''
* VideoFullOfFilmClips: The aforementioned video for "New Divide". "What I've Done" may also count.
* VocalTagTeam: Chester and Mike. When Chester doesn't do the lead vocals, Mike commonly raps (or, nowadays, sometimes sings) the verses while Chester does the chorus.
* WalkingShirtlessScene: Chester is frequently seen without his shirt during concerts.
* WordSaladLyrics: "High Voltage" has some pretty bizarre boasts.
* WordSaladTitle: ''Frat Party at the Pankake Festival'', their first DVD. It documents the ''Hybrid Theory'' tour.
* XtremeKoolLetterz:
** The [[LeetLingo track titles]] of ''Reanimation''.
** The band's name on two different occasions. They originally formed as Xero in their {{garage band}} days and their [[MyspeldRokband current name]] came about because they couldn't get ''lincolnpark.com'' as a domain.
* YouGottaHaveBlueHair: In the early days of the band, Mike was known for dying his hair bright blue or red.
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->[[color:white: When life leaves us blind\\
Love keeps us kind]]