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[[caption-width-right:350:Because NerdsAreSexy.]]

An alternative rock/'geek rock' group from St. Louis. Practitioners of NeoclassicalPunkZydecoRockabilly and good old-fashioned RockOpera. TheOtherWiki classifies them as Pop Rock, PowerPop, and AlternativeRock.
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!!Ludo provides examples of:
* AbusiveParents: The main character of "All the Stars in Texas" mentions that his tagalong girl had a crooked father who was both this and TheAlcoholic. The main character shot him dead in disgust and took her along.
* {{Adorkable}}: Part of the band's appeal.
* AllGirlsWantBadBoys: "Roxy". To a lesser extent in "All The Stars in Texas".
* AllLoveIsUnrequited: songs like "Roxy" and "Hum Along" sure make us feel this way.
* BadFuture: Broken Bride, namely the songs [[OurZombiesAreDifferent "Save Our City"]] and [[ApocalypseHow "The Lamb and the Dragon"]].
* {{Bishonen}}: Andrew, Tim F., Matt.
* BittersweetEnding: [[spoiler: the Broken Bride album]]
* CasanovaWannabe: "Go-Getter Greg"; according to WordOfGod, "Whipped Cream".
* TheComicallySerious: The whole band in the [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0ANazeJodro unofficial "Whipped Cream" video.]]
* CoolVsAwesome: "Cyborgs Versus Robots".
* DepartmentOfRedundancyDepartment: The title of their fourth album, ''Prepare the Preparations''.
* DoesThisRemindYouOfAnything: Averted in the unofficial "Whipped Cream" video. The things they put whipped cream on become increasingly ridiculous, and its done with with such seriousness, that by the time they're putting whipped cream in passerby's mouths and each other you're too busy laughing to be reminded of anything.
* DrowningMySorrows: "Drunken Lament".
* FishOutOfTemporalWater: The songs "Broken Bride" and "Tonight's the Night" have a modern-day man trapped in the Cretaceous era.
* GenreBlind: Many of the narrators of the songs, though the lyricists obviously aren't.
* GratuitousGerman: "Girls On Trampolines" starts with a count of ''Eins, zwei, drei, vier!''
* HeartbrokenBadass: The traveler in "Broken Bride".
* HopelessSuitor: "Roxy".
* LargeHam: Definitely Andrew, most likely the other three as well. [[CrowningMomentOfAwesome Not that this is a bad thing, as "Love Me Dead's" video proves...]]
* LastNoteNightmare: "Air Conditioned Love" is pretty dark all over, but the last forty seconds or so are very much that.
* LongHairedPrettyBoy: Tim Ferrell (far left in the page image), who evolves into long hair [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zc7Hm5f1v0w when he proves via]] [[MundaneMadeAwesome thumb wrestling]] that he is the better Tim.
* LoveBeforeFirstSight: "Hum Along".
* LoveNostalgiaSong: "I'll Never Be Lonely Again".
** "Good Will Hunting By Myself" is set up to be this, but near the end turns into an AntiLoveSong with an epic TakeThat speech.
* LoveHurts: all over the place.
* MadScientist: The traveler in Broken Bride. Mad is debatable... unstable, not debatable at all.
* MaleGaze: Quite likely the entire point of "Girls on Trampolines."
* [[WomanScorned Man Scorned]]: "Good Will Hunting By Myself".
* TheMasochismTango: "Love Me Dead."
* MoodWhiplash: The Broken Bride Album, period. Mainly "The Lamb and the Dragon". Its starts in a hard-rock metal-like solo, then turns western-ish. With whistling. And then the western tune gets [[BuffySpeak hard-rock-ified]]. Then a depressing solo by the Traveler. It's awesome.
** To a small degree, ''Skeletons on Parade''. It initially sounds like a group of undead laughing at Halloween and planning a nice parade, but later the shift from jazzlike to metal makes it darker as they talk about overwhelming the living in a small town. It finally reaches creepy with the line ''NO ONE GETS AWAY''. Then in comes the last chorus which is nice and serene.
* TheMourningAfter: the traveler in "Broken Bride" has a bit of a problem letting go of his late wife.
* NamelessNarrative: "Girls on Trampolines".
* NerdsAreSexy
* OneHitWonder: "Love Me Dead" was their only top 40 alternative hit.
* OurTimeTravelIsDifferent: ''Broken Bride''.
* OutlawCouple: "All the Stars in Texas".
* PieInTheFace: The ''[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0ANazeJodro Whipped Cream]]'' video - the band's teaser vid (linked) AND the official clip.
* PlayingWithATrope: A lot of their songs are hard to classify due to their penchant for [[{{TheUntwist}} untwisting]], [[ZigZagged zig-zagging between]], [[{{Subverted}} subverting]], [[PlayedForLaughs playing for laughs]] and [[PlayedForDrama drama]], often in the same song, and [[{{Exaggerated}} exaggerating]] tropes. For example, is "Love Me Dead" an AntiLoveSong, a [[SillyLoveSongs Silly Love Song]], a BreakUpSong, an ObsessionSong, or an ObligatoryBondageSong? Is [[RousingSpeech "Battle Cry"]] a parody, a reconstruction, or a played straight?
* RockOpera: ''Broken Bride''. It has [[RuleOfCool pterodactyls]].
* RousingSpeech: From "Save Our City":
--> ''"[[PrayerIsALastResort There's a time to pray]] [[DoNotGoGentle and there's a time to fight]]''
--> ''[[ImprovisedWeapon Anything can be a weapon if you're holding it right]]''
--> ''[[LastStand Defend what is yours]]''
--> ''[[ZombieApocalypse They will not take our souls]]''
--> ''[[LetsGetDangerous It's time now to rise and fight!]]''"
** Another great is example is "Battle Cry." And, boy is it awesome.
* RuleOfCool: A lot of their songs run on this, especially those from ''Prepare the Preparations'' and their RockOpera ''Broken Bride''.
* SetRightWhatOnceWentWrong: the basis of the Broken Bride rock opera is the story of an [[LoveMartyr unstable but brilliant man]] building a time machine to go back and stop his wife from dying.
* ShoutOut: In "The Horror of Our Love" - "I'm your servant, [[{{Evanescence}} My Immortal]].."
** "[[GoodWillHunting Good Will Hunting]] By Myself"
** "Ode to [[TheWonderYears Kevin Arnold]]"
* SillyLoveSongs: Even the played straight love songs are quite silly, and maybe all the sweeter for it. Straight examples (i.e. not StalkerWithACrush songs, for example) include "Anything for You", "Manta Rays"
* StalkerWithACrush: Go-Getter Greg. "Haven't seen you at the pool since the barbeque! Not that I've been checking..."
** Arguably, the narrator in "Hum Along", and for a much ''much'' darker example, "The Horror of Our Love"
---> ''Silent sleeper, I've been inside your bedroom/I've murdered half the town/left you love notes on their headstones...''
* TakeThat : The speech in "GoodWillHunting By Myself"
-->''But I realized you were right, we were never meant to be''
-->''And you know what? Thank God''
-->'' 'Cause you're the most vapid, whiny blah I've ever met''
-->''Always making fun of my clothes, telling me how hot other guys are, asking me to pay you gas money?!''
-->''Buy your own gas you bug-eyed mooch - it's your car and it costs more than my house''
-->''Oh and now you're going around trying to sleep with my friends''
-->''Hey good, that really makes you an empowered individual - no wait, did I say empowered individual? I meant two-cent gutter slut''
-->''Listen you tanning-bed-baked, broke-ass, goat-faced, oompa-loompa monkey problem''
-->''I am proud to shop at Target, I'll wear warm-up pants any day of the week''
-->''Yes, your ass did look fat in those jeans, your mom's a M.I.L.F.''
-->''And I plan to get on your little sister just as soon as I give her a call back''
* TogetherInDeath: Morning in May
--> [[{{TearJerker}} Baby, I thought I'd come along for the ride...]]
* {{Troperiffic}}: One review of ''You're Awful, I Love You'' pointed out that Andrew (who writes most of the lyrics) seems to write from the point of view of someone who learned everything they know about relationships from watching TV (if anyone recognizes this and knows a link to the review, please provide)
* {{Tsundere}}: "Love Me Dead." Best summed in five words:
-->''[[{{SlapSlapKiss}} You're awful! I love you~]]''
** Which was the name of the album, so they probably knew how iconic that phrase would be.
* UnusualEuphemism: "I want it with Whipped Cream on it..."
** "Mutiny Below" is about a man whose ex reappears and asks for one more night together, but his conscious says no. Considering that he allows her in, no points for guessing what exactly said mutiny is.
* UrbanLegend: Lake Pontchartrain, a 'first-hand telling' of a supernatural experience at the eponymous lake.
* VillainSong : "Skeletons on Parade" plays like this.
* {{Yandere}}: "The Horror of Our Love".
** Also, StalkerWithACrush.
* ZombieApocalypse: "Save Our City" is an epic metal ballad about a zombie invasion.
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