[[caption-width-right:192:Mike Patton by [[http://erikrose.com/portfolio.htm Erik Rose]]]]

Starting out as frontman for his high school band Music/MrBungle, Michael Allan Patton (born January 27, 1968) was catapulted to fame with his signing by Music/FaithNoMore as their new singer. Since then he become insanely prolific; fronting numerous increasingly eclectic bands, as well as collaborating with a huge number of other artists (such as Music/TheDillingerEscapePlan, [[Music/SystemOfADown Serj Tankian]], Music/MassiveAttack, The Qemists and Music/{{Bjork}} of all people).

In 2007 he started working on various projects in voice acting, [[PigeonholedVoiceActor mainly as crazy-ass demented characters]], such as the eponymous Darkness in ''VideoGame/TheDarkness'', the Anger Sphere in ''VideoGame/{{Portal}}'', zombies in ''VideoGame/Left4Dead'' and creatures in ''Film/IAmLegend''. From this you probably think that he exclusively does insane gabbling in weird voices, and you'd be right... if he hadn't also voiced the main character in ''VideoGame/BionicCommando''. Also provides the LemonyNarrator of ''Film/{{Bunraku}}''.

'''Notable Groups Associated With Mike Patton'''
* Music/MrBungle
* Music/FaithNoMore
* {{Music/Tomahawk}}
* Fantômas
* Peeping Tom
* Music/JohnZorn
* Moonchild
* Mike Patton Mondo Cane
* Lovage
* Dead Cross

!!Tropes associated with Mike Patton

* CarefulWithThatAxe: If you're familiar with Mike Patton, you probably don't need this explained to you; at least half of his discography has him screeching out ear piercing screams.
** His numerous collaborations with [[Music/JohnZorn John Zorn]] are almost exclusively comprised of screaming
* CloudCuckoolander
* CoverAlbum: ''Mondo Cane'', which features covers of mid-century Italian pop.
* DeadpanSnarker
* EvenTheGuysWantHim: If [[http://killthemic.blogspot.com/2008/01/am-i-only-one-who-finds-mike-patton.html this]] is any indication.
* GameBreakingInjury: Averted. During his third performance with Faith No More, he accidentally cut himself on a broken bottle, which severed the tendons and nerves in his right hand. While he can still use it, that hand is now permanently numb.
* GenreRoulette: His various projects cover a number of styles, including AlternativeRock, Pop, HeavyMetal, HipHop, Funk, Jazz, Trip Hop and Experimental Music.
* InsufferableGenius: Notoriously arrogant and standoffish in person.
* LongHairedPrettyBoy: Very much so in his [[http://www.last.fm/music/Mike+Patton/+images/34323425 younger days]].
* ManOfAThousandVoices: He has a '''six-octave vocal range''', making him [[http://www.vintagevinylnews.com/2014/05/digging-deeper-axl-rose-is-not-singer.html by far the singer with the widest range on record]]. (For the record, the second singer on the list, [[Music/{{Slipknot}} Corey]] [[Music/StoneSour Taylor]], was three whole notes behind him). The artist who comes the closest to Patton's singing versatility is Music/{{Kyo}}, the singer of Music/DirEnGrey, who is regarded as the ''Japanese Mike Patton''.
* RapRock[=/=]RapMetal: Early pioneer of this.
* SexDrugsAndRockAndRoll: Averted. He's been known to be very critical of the infamous rock star lifestyle, and the only "drug" he's ever been on is caffeine.