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->''This is gospel\\
For the fallen ones\\
Locked away in permanent slumber\\
Assembling their philosophies from pieces of broken memories''

An [[AlternativeRock Alt Rock]][=/=]PopPunk[=/=]BaroquePop band created in 2004 by childhood friends Ryan Ross (guitarist/main songwriter), Spencer Smith (drummer), and Brent Wilson (bassist), and later joined by Brendon Urie (lead singer) and Jon Walker (who replaced Brent in 2006). They were discovered by Music/FallOutBoy's bassist Pete Wentz and signed to his vanity label, Decaydance.

Their name comes from a line in the song "Panic" by Name Taken, but due to the relative obscurity of this reference, the band usually cites the more familiar "Panic" by Music/TheSmiths, which contains the line "Burn down the disco" in its chorus.

They are known for their [[ImpossiblyCoolClothes quirky]] [[RummageSaleReject fashion]] sense, rampant [[FauxYay stage gay antics]], and [[LongTitle longer than life song titles]]. Popular songs include "I Write Sins Not Tragedies", "The Ballad Of Mona Lisa", "This Is Gospel", "But It's Better If You Do", and "Lying Is the Most Fun a Girl Can Have Without Taking Her Clothes Off".

In July 2009, Ryan Ross and Jon Walker left the group and formed their own band, The Young Veins. As of 2011, the band had two replacement members: Ian Crawford (guitarist, formerly of Music/TheCab) and Dallon Weekes (bassist, formerly of Music/TheBrobecks), who officially joined the band in 2012. However, as of 2015, Brendon is now the [[http://www.panicatthedisco.com/post/115300986804/a-message-from-spencer only]] [[IAmTheBand member of the band]]. While Dallon stopped contributing in the studio, he remained a touring member until December 2017.

Despite having moved away from any technical connection to {{Emo}} music, they're often grouped by the fanbase as part of the Holy Emo Trinity, along with Music/FallOutBoy and Music/MyChemicalRomance. They're also often included in the "Fueled-By Five" (five bands from their label, Creator/FueledByRamen), which also includes Fall Out Boy, Music/TheAcademyIs, Music/GymClassHeroes, and Music/CobraStarship.

!!'''Discography:'''
'''Studio albums to date:'''
* ''A Fever You Can't Sweat Out'' (2005)
* ''Pretty. Odd.'' (2008)
* ''Vices & Virtues'' (2011)
* ''Too Weird to Live, Too Rare to Die!'' (2013)
* ''Death of a Bachelor'' (2016)
* ''Pray For the Wicked'' (2018)


'''Live albums:'''
* ''[=iTunes=] Live Session EP Exclusive ''(2006)
* ''...Live in Chicago'' (2008)
* ''[=iTunes=] Live'' (2011)
* ''All My Friends, We're Glorious: Death of a Bachelor Tour Live'' (2017)

'''Compilation albums:'''
* ''Introducing... Panic at the Disco'' (2008)
* ''Panic! at the Disco Video Catalog'' (2011)

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!!Tropes applying to the ''band and its members'':

* {{Adorkable}}: Everyone who has been a member of the band has displayed this.
* AerithAndBob: Current and former members of the band have been named Brendon, Ryan, Spencer, Brent and '''Dallon''' (which actually fits the 'Mormon people give their children odd names' stereotype).
* {{Bishonen}}: Brendon and Ryan.
* BiTheWay[=/=]ExperimentedInCollege: [[http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=63018 Brendon admitted in an interview to been attracted to guys before and having 'experimented' with guys]] though he has never given his sexuality a label.
* ButtMonkey: Brent Wilson is this among many fans, who are fond of telling jokes about him working at a [=McDonald's=] now that he's not with the band and/or various sarcastic comments saying they love him and are big fans.
* DudeLooksLikeALady: [[http://i382.photobucket.com/albums/oo265/Blossom_Morphine/brendonstandupstraight.jpg Brendon]], [[http://i213.photobucket.com/albums/cc41/xxindigobubblesxx/hesheorly.jpg Ryan]], and [[http://i213.photobucket.com/albums/cc41/xxindigobubblesxx/2zftpcl.jpg Spencer]] were prime candidates for this trope especially during ''A Fever you Can't Sweat Out'', though this is no longer the case.
* FanNickName: Brendon: Bden, Brenny Bear, and Beebo. Ryan: Ryro and (by his detractors) Ry''ho''. Jon Walker: Jwalk. Ian Crawford: Een.
* FauxYay: The tradition began with Ryan and Brendon and has continued with Brendon and Dallon. Features anything from intentional [[AlmostKiss Almost Kisses]] to simulated blow jobs. Makes up one-third of their act, to the [[YaoiFangirl delight of fans.]]
* {{Four Temperament Ensemble}}. One of the lineups, at least.
** Brendon - Sanguine
** Ryan - Melancholic
** Jon - Phlegmatic
** Spencer - Choleric
* FunctionalAddict: Spencer himself admitted to believing he was this in a blog post, where he talked about his drug addiction and getting clean.
* {{Guyliner}}: But of course!
* HeterosexualLifePartners: Ryan and Spencer used to be, arguably.
* IAmTheBand: As of 2015, Brendon Urie is the only official member of Panic! at the Disco.
* {{Keet}}: Brendon might well be the poster boy for this trope.
* LargeHam: Brendon. Oh, Brendon.
* MrFanservice: Brendon is a major one, as it isn't at all at common for him to [[WalkingShirtlessScene take his shirt off onstage]], he's almost always involved in any [[FauxYay stage gay]] and it's made abundantly clear by the video for [=Girls/Girls/Boys=], where he spends the ''entire'' video naked. A couple of the other members can also be this to an extent.
* OddCouple: Prior to Weekes's departure, the two front men of the band were the young (27 at the time), openly atheist, extremely outgoing, LoveableSexManiac Brendon Urie and the older (33), quieter, {{Adorkable}} [[TokenReligiousTeammate practicing Mormon]] Dallon Weekes who has been HappilyMarried since 2006 and has two children.
* [[PromotedFanBoy Promoted Fanboys]]:
** The guys were huge fans of Music/FallOutBoy, and followed Pete's livejournal before sending him a sample of their music and ultimately getting signed to his label. Brendon has also been featured on Fall Out Boy songs multiple times.
** They also started out as a Music/{{Blink182}} cover band.
* RedOniBlueOni: Brendon (red) and Dallon (blue)
* RevolvingDoorBand: No two albums have had the same lineup.
** Fever was recorded by Spencer, Ryan and Brendon. [[note]]Brent is credited with bass, but his parts were recorded by Brendon. Spencer alleges this is because he wasn't a consistently good enough musician.[[/note]]
** Pretty. Odd. added Jon Walker. [[note]]Brendon and Jon switched frequently between bass and rhythm guitar both live and in the studio.[[/note]]
** Vices was Brendon and Spencer, with a few session musicians for trumpets, and choir vocals
** Too Weird was Brendon, Spencer and Dallon
** Bachelor appears to only be Brendon [[note]]Dallon has been relegated to a touring member, and Spencer quit after 2 years of inactivity[[/note]]
* SpellMyNameWithAnS: Panic! At the Disco vs. Panic at the Disco.[[note]]The band omitted the exclamation point during ''Pretty. Odd.'' but later reinstated it. The punctuated version is considered correct.[[/note]]
** It's spelled '''Brendon''', not '''Brandon'''
* TheTeetotaler: Ryan and Spencer, when the band started. Reason C (Ryan's dad). Kind of HarsherInHindsight in Spencer's case, as of 2013 he went public about his substance abuse problems.
* TheQuietOne: Dallon onstage.
* TokenReligiousTeammate: Dallon is a practicing Mormon, in contrast to atheist Brendon.
* WalkingShirtlessScene: Brendon taking off his shirt at one point is almost happens [[OnceAnEpisode once a concert,]] he's also shirtless in MANY of his Vines. He even posted a [[https://vine.co/v/huH6gnJKDqn vine]] where he sings about not liking to wear shirts (warning: video contains NSFW language).

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!!Tropes found in the music and videos:

* AcCENTUponTheWrongSylLABle: Listen to "Build God Then We'll Talk", particularly Brendon's pronunciation of "caricature".
* AlbumTitleDrop:
** From "That Green Gentleman": "Things are shaping up to be '''pretty odd.'''"
** From "Say Amen (Saturday Night)": "I '''pray for the wicked''' on the weekend."
* AlliterativeName: ''Vices & Virtues'', as well as its track "Sarah Smiles".
* AllThereInTheManual: The lyrics that come with ''A Fever You Can't Sweat Out'' expand on some of the songs, due to containing the [[WhatCouldHaveBeen original]] lyrics for the songs instead of the versions that ended up being used.
--> They ended up... well, making love isn't exactly what I'm looking for. But. You. Get. The. Picture.
* ArcSymbol: From "This Is Gospel" through ''Pray for the Wicked'', Brendon has been lyrically fascinated by religious, usually Christian terminology.
* BalladOfX: "The Ballad of Mona Lisa"
* BiTheWay: This is what "Girls/Girls/Boys" is about.
* BodyHorror: "Emperor's New Clothes" has Brendon sprouting . . . [[HornedHumanoid a few]] [[WingedHumanoid appendages]]. And while he's shifting, you can ''hear his bones cracking'', and ''see them moving under the skin''.
* BodySurf: In the video for "Don't Threaten Me With a Good Time", some sort of {{Cthulhumanoid}} ShapeShifter travels from a young woman's body to the body of Brendon Urie and returns to the bar in his body presumably to find another host.
* BookEnds:
** The music video for "But It's Better If You Do" begins and ends in black-and-white.
** ''Vices & Virtues''. Both the opening song "The Ballad of Mona Lisa" and the ending song "Nearly Witches (Ever Since We Met...)" feature the line "''Mona Lisa, pleased to please ya''."
** "Camisado" starts and ends with a minimalist piano accompaniment and the lyrics "''The I.V. and your hospital bed / This was no accident / This was a therapeutic chain of events.''"
** "This Is Gospel" begins with a HeartbeatSoundtrack. It ends with the heartbeat slowing and stopping.
** "The Piano Knows Something I Don't Know" begins and ends with the same quiet verse.
* BreakingTheFourthWall: "We're So Starving" kicks off ''Pretty. Odd.'' by directly addressing the listener, assuring them that the three years since their last album were spent creating songs for their fans and promising that they haven't changed as a band despite a change in the lineup.
* BreakupSong: "Lying Is the Most Fun a Girl Can Have Without Taking Her Clothes Off":
-->Then think of what you did\\
And how I hope to god he was worth it
* ChewingTheScenery:
** After the video for "The Ballad of Mona Lisa" Brendon will be puking up scenery for weeks.
** Brendon's multitasking in "Emperor's New Clothes": chewing the scenery [[spoiler: whilst morphing into a demon before entering what seems to be Hell]].
* ClusterFBomb: "Nicotine" features the word 'fuck' at least four times along with the repeated usages of the word 'damn', which is a bit jarring compared to a majority of their other songs.
** As well as “(Fuck A) Silver Lining”, obviously. It's sarcastically bleeped out of the second chorus.
* ConceptVideo: Nearly all of them. Notable examples are the videos for "[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uBtH2YlNiNc But It's Better If You Do]]" where the boys are musicians in an illegal strip club, and "[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vc6vs-l5dkc I Write Sins Not Tragedies]]", featuring a circus wedding filled with clowns in lingerie!
** "[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gOgpdp3lP8M The Ballad of Mona Lisa]]" is a steampunk funeral scene.
** "[[http://youtu.be/LUc_jXBD9DU Miss Jackson]]" is a [[MindScrew rather surreal and confusing narrative and no one is exactly sure what it is really about]].
** "Nicotine" is about a man bringing flowers to a woman who he is very much in love with [[spoiler: who is revealed to be DeadAllAlong]].
** "This Is Gospel" shows the process of a death, and SequelSong "Emperor's New Clothes" shows [[{{Hell}} what comes after]]. Some fans have theorized that "This Is Gospel" is about Brendon rejecting religion--specifically, the Mormon religion he grew up with--and "Emperor's New Clothes" shows the consequence of being denied access to Heaven.
* ConceptAlbum:
** ''AFYCSO'' is about various references and rebellion, and is also split into two halves; the first half is more traditional-sounding pop punk, while the second puts a unique baroque spin on the sound. The two halves are connected by the album's intermission, which starts with techno-sounding electronic beats before transitioning to a piano interlude.
** ''Pretty. Odd.'' is heavily Music/TheBeatles-themed.
** ''Too Weird to Live, Too Rare to Die'' is about drugs, sex, and UsefulNotes/LasVegas.
* CoverDrop: For ''Death of a Bachelor'' on "Don't Threaten Me With A Good Time."
-->How did we end up in my neighbor's pool\\
Upside down and with a perfect view
* CreatorProvincialism: ''Too Weird to Live'' takes heavy inspiration from Brendon Urie's hometown of UsefulNotes/LasVegas.
* CreepyMonotone: The verses of "Lying Is the Most Fun"
* ContinuityNod:
** The opening of "The Ballad of Mona Lisa" music video has multiple nods to the video for "I Write Sins Not Tragedies". This includes the view of church pews, the focus on Brendon's hat, and of course "closing the goddamn door".
** The clocks in "The Ballad of Mona Lisa" and "Ready To Go (Get Me Out of My Mind)" are all set to nine o'clock, referencing "Nine in the Afternoon".
** Near the end of the music video for "That Green Gentleman", a group of old men appear dressed in the style of the band circa ''A Fever You Can't Sweat Out''.
* DarkWorld: "Emperor's New Clothes" takes place here [[spoiler: after Brendon gets denied access to Heaven and descends into a dark wasteland, where he turns into a demon and enters Hell]].
* DeadAllAlong: [[spoiler: Used at the end of the music video for "Nicotine".]]
* DeliberatelyMonochrome: The black and white variation is used in the videos for "Northern Downpour", "Nicotine", and "Death of a Bachelor", as well as at the [[BookEnds start and end]] of "But It's Better If You Do".
* DigitalPiracyIsOkay: [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yjPRfWG7FEQ Brendon has gone on record as saying]] that he's okay with fans ripping his music off of [=YouTube=] if they're unable to pay for it, seen by many as a sign that he's truly DoingItForTheArt.
* DownerEnding: The video for "Don't Threaten Me With a Good Time" ends with [[spoiler:the protagonist transforming into a tentacle monster, killing Brendon by impaling him with a tentacle and throwing him out the window, devouring his body, assuming his form, and then wooing a girl at a bar before releasing its tentacles]].
* Music/{{Emo}}: Panic! at the Disco moved away from their emo-pop roots, with ''Too Weird to Live, Too Rare to Die!'' assuming a more SynthPop sound and lyrical style.
* EvenTheGirlsWantHer: The bonus track "All the Boys":
-->All the boys and I\\
Love her madly\\
All the boys and I\\
All the girls and I too
* ExcitedShowTitle: ''Too Weird to Live, Too Rare to Die!''.
* FadingIntoTheNextSong: Have demonstrated mastery of this trope.
** It occurs multiple times on ''A Fever You Can't Sweat Out'':
*** "Introduction" → "The Only Difference...".
*** "Lying Is The Most Fun..." → "Intermission"
*** "But It's Better If You Do" → "I Write Sins Not Tragedies".
** "We're So Starving" → "Nine in the Afternoon" on ''Pretty. Odd.''
* FemaleGaze:
** Most of the music video for "Girls/Girls/Boys" probably qualifies. {{Subverted|Trope}} ''hard'' by the director's cut, where two [[FanService female models show up]] [[GirlOnGirlIsHot and start making out]].
** In a very odd sense, "Emperor's New Clothes" [[HotAsHell could qualify as this]].
* FingerOnLips: In the video for "I Write Sins Not Tragedies", Brendon covers his mouth for the words "whore" and "goddamn".
* FirstPersonPerspective: The video for "Don't Threaten Me with a Good Time" is shot in this manner from the perspective of the protagonist, [[spoiler:who turns into a tentacle monster]].
* GenreShift: Each album has been [[NewSoundAlbum a pretty significant change from the last]].
** ''A Fever You Can't Sweat Out'' - {{Emo}}, Synth Punk, and BaroquePop.
** ''Pretty. Odd.'' - [[Music/TheBeatles Beatlesque]] rock
** ''Vices & Virtues'' - ''very'' PopPunk
** ''Too Weird to Live, Too Rare to Die!'' - electronic dance and SynthPop
** ''Death of a Bachelor'' - electronic pop rock with jazz and Music/{{Queen}} influences
** ''Pray for the Wicked'' - straightup pop
* GirlOnGirlIsHot: This is present in the "director's cut" version of the "Girls/Girls/Boys" video, which features two female models in underwear making out.
* GroinAttack: Just before [[spoiler:Brendon's girlfriend]] knocks Brendon out in "Say Amen", she kicks him in the crotch, [[PlayedForComedy allowing him to]] [[PaintingTheMedium hit the high note]] toward the end of the song.
* HappyEndingOverride: If you count Brendon escaping into the afterlife at the end of "This is Gospel" as a happy ending... too bad. "Emperor's New Clothes" lands him in hell.
* HeartbeatSoundtrack: A few times in ''Too Weird'', most notably in the [[BookEnds beginning and end]] of "This is Gospel".
* {{Homage}}: The "Girls/Girls/Boys" music video is a recreation of D'Angelo's "Untitled (How Does it Feel)" music video.
* ImplausibleDeniability: One [[MemeticMutation very famous]] line from "Don't Threaten Me With a Good Time":
-->I'm not as think as you drunk I am.
* IntercourseWithYou: A common theme in many of their songs (quite possibly AuthorAppeal).
** "Hurricane" most definitely counts.
--->I led the revolution in my bedroom\\
And I set all the zippers free\\
We said "no more war, no more clothes, give me peace"\\
Oh, kiss me...[[note]]We are a hurricane, [[UnusualEuphemism drop our anchors]] in a storm...[[/note]]
** Also "New Perspective":
--->No more need be said\\
When I'm inching through your bed
*** Brendon even lampshaded another line at the [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TYuW6S690Ow SDCC performance]]:
---->'''Brendon''': ''Can we fast-forward till you go down on me?'' [[CaptainObvious That means a blowjob!]]
** One of the bonus tracks for ''Vices & Virtues'', "Kaleidoscope Eyes":
--->I swear to God, I'd never heard a better sound coming out\\
Than when you're whimpering my name from your mouth ...\\
I've got an insatiable desire\\
For your\\
Insides
** In "The Calendar":
--->At night your body is a symphony, and I'm conducting
** "Casual Affair"
* LocationSong:
** "Vegas Lights", about [[CreatorProvincialism Urie's hometown of]] UsefulNotes/LasVegas.
** "LA Devotee", more about a [[AllegoricalCharacter person who represents Los Angeles]] than the city itself.
--->The black magic on Mulholland Drive\\
Swimming pools under desert skies\\
Drinking white wine in the blushing light\\
Just another LA Devotee
* LongTitle: They enjoyed giving their songs these in their earlier days, and [[WordOfGod according to Brendon]] they shortened the titles over time since he kept forgetting them.
** ''AFYCSO'' includes "The Only Difference Between Martyrdom and Suicide Is Press Coverage", "Lying is the Most Fun A Girl Can Have Without Taking Her Clothes Off", "There's a Good Reason These Tables Are Numbered Honey, You Just Haven't Thought of It Yet".
* LoveIsADrug:
** "Nicotine" from ''Too Weird to Live, Too Rare to Die''.
--->'Cause your love's a fucking drag\\
But I need it so bad
** "Nearly Witches (Ever Since We Met)" also has elements of this.
--->Ever since we met\\
I only shoot up with your perfume\\
It's the only thing\\
That makes me feel as good as you do.
* LyricalDissonance: Most of ''A Fever You Can't Sweat Out''. "Camisado" is a notable example, being an upbeat dance song about a person who gets regularly hospitalized.
* MaleGaze: The "director's cut" version of "Girls/Girls/Boys" is a rather jarring example of this, which isn't present in the official release.
* NeoclassicalPunkZydecoRockabilly: "Trip hop-cabaret-dance punk" was how Brendon Urie described ''AFYCSO'' when asked.
* NewSoundAlbum:
** ''Pretty. Odd.'''s psychedelic/indie-influenced rock is a far cry from the techno-y baroque pop punk of ''AFYCSO'', which led to it receiving a [[BrokenBase less than unanimous positive reaction]].
*** Perhaps the best example is the lead single "Nine in the Afternoon", an upbeat track in every sense of the word with no less than nine references to "feeling good"... and this from a band known to be popular with {{Emo Teen}}s.
** ''Vices & Virtues'' was more in line with ''A Fever You Can't Sweat Out'', however.
** ''Too Weird To Live, Too Rare To Die'' is roughly 90% dance pop, with techno and dubstep influences, and a complete departure from anything they did before, barring "New Perspective". The closest song to any of their previous sounds is the piano and string ballad "The End Of All Things".
** ''Death of a Bachelor'' introduces power pop and Sinatra-esque jazz into the mix.
* NonAppearingTitle: All of the songs on ''A Fever You Can't Sweat Out'', but seen less and less with each successive album. Brendon has said this is because he had a hard time remembering the titles of the songs.
** "Emperor's New Clothes", in which the inspiration is only hinted at.
--->I'm all dressed up and naked
* NoodleIncident: Part of the WhatDidIDoLastNight in "Don't Threaten Me With a Good Time":
-->Memories tend to just pop up\\
Drunk pre-meds and some rubber gloves
* OfCorpseHesAlive: Friend of the band Shane Valdés did a short called "[[http://www.vimeo.com/6219467 A Weekend at Pete Rose's]]" starring Brendon, Spencer, and Pete Wentz, with this trope as a premise.[[note]]Doubles as the music video for Music/FallOutBoy's "Headfirst Slide Into Cooperstown on a Bad Bet"[[/note]]
* OffWithHisHead: Featured in the "Miss Jackson" music video.
* OneManArmy: Brendon in the music video for "Say Amen (Saturday Night)". 30 masked men come to kill him; he kills them all. [[CrossesTheLineTwice In the most ridiculous fashion possible]].
* OneWomanSong: "Sarah Smiles", "Miss Jackson"
* OneWordTitle:
** ''AFYCSO'': "Introduction", "Camisado", "Intermission"
** ''Vices & Virtues'': "Hurricane", "Memories", "Always"
** ''TWTDTRTD'': "Nicotine"
** ''Death of a Bachelor'': "Hallelujah"
* OppositesAttract: "When the Day Met the Night."
* PrecisionFStrike:
** Added one of these into their cover of "[[Music/{{Radiohead}} "Karma Police"]] at a live performance in Denver.
--->''This is what you get when you [[SuddenlyShouting FUCK WITH US]]''
** There's also one in "Crazy = Genius":
--->If crazy equals genius\\
Then I'm a fucking arsonist
* PunctuatedForEmphasis: Why, the name of the band, of course! as well as ''Pretty. Odd.''
* RearrangeTheSong: ''...Live in Chicago'' ends with a rearrangement of the SubduedSection of "The Piano Knows Something I Don't Know" which is identical to the original except a new Brendon vocal track gets added every two bars, leading to a layered effect where multiple Brendons are singing atop each other.
* RetroUniverse: ''Pretty. Odd.'' and ''Take a Vacation'' are very [[TheSixties sixties]] inspired.
* SanitySlippageSong: "Emperor's New Clothes" is an example. Even without taking the album's overall story into account, the song's music video makes the theme pretty clear.
* {{Satan}}: Demonic Brendon comes face to face with the Prince of Darkness himself in the end of the "Emperor's New Clothes" video.
* SequelSong:
** The video for "Mona Lisa" seems to suggest the song as a sequel to "Sins Not Tragedies", taking place in the same church. Last time it was for a wedding; [[DarkerAndEdgier this time it's a funeral]].
** Similarly, "Emperor's New Clothes" was revealed by its music video to be one to "This Is Gospel". A close listen reveals a slight alteration on the melody of "Gospel"[='=]s ''Oh''s being used in "Emperor"[='=]s verses.
* SiameseTwinSongs: "We're So Starving" and "Nine in the Afternoon," but the latter is usually played by itself in live shows.
* ShoutOut:
** ''Fever'':
*** Many of the album's songs are named after lines from Creator/ChuckPalahniuk novels.
*** "The Only Difference Between Martyrdom and Suicide Is Press Coverage" comes from Palahniuk's ''Literature/{{Survivor}}''.
*** And the lyrics of "Time to Dance" are one big long reference to ''Literature/InvisibleMonsters''.
*** If you haven't read ''Invisible Monsters'', "Time to Dance" seems like a song about teen pregnancy, and some of the lines that reference the book seem to have little meaning in the scheme of the whole song (namely "hiding in estrogen and wearing aubergine dreams").
*** "Build God, Then We'll Talk" has a shout out to ''Theatre/TheSoundOfMusic''.
*** "Lying Is the Most Fun a Girl Can Have Without Taking Her Clothes Off" and "But It's Better If You Do" are lines from the movie ''{{Film/Closer}}''--spoken in the same breath, no less.
*** "London Beckoned Songs About Money Written by Machines" has a bridge which references lines from Palahnuik's ''Diary'' ("just for the record, the weather today..." is a reference to a line the main character often says), and the title references the Creator/DouglasCoupland novel ''Shampoo Planet'' ("Torrid tunage from London beckoned--songs about money written by machines.")
*** This one may be unintentional, but the title also references Music/PinkFloyd three times; the band is English, and they have songs titled "Money" and "Welcome to the Machine".
*** "I Write Sins Not Tragedies" also refers to ''Shampoo Planet'' ("I am writing a list of tragic character flaws on my dollar bills with a felt pen. I am thinking of the people in my universe and distilling for each of these people the one flaw in their character that will be their downfall--the flaw that will be their undoing. '''What I write are not sins; I write tragedies'''.")
** ''Pretty. Odd.'':
*** Features an opening song that BreaksTheFourthWall by [[Music/TheBeatles talking about performing as a band, which then transitions into the next song]].
** ''V&V'':
*** The chorus of "Nearly Witches (Ever Since We Met)" was inspired by Patrick Süskind's ''Literature/{{Perfume}}''.
*** Take one look at the chimney sweep part of the video for "Ready To Go". ''Film/MaryPoppins'', anyone?
*** "Kaleidoscope Eyes" is part of a line from [[Music/SgtPeppersLonelyHeartsClubBand "Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds"]]:
---->Somebody calls you, you answer quite slowly\\
A girl with kaleidoscope eyes
** "Too Weird to Live, Too Rare to Die" is a quote from Literature/FearAndLoathingInLasVegas.
*** "Vegas Lights" starts off with a number-counting jingle from ''Series/SesameStreet''.
** ''Bachelor'':
*** "Emperor's New Clothes", title and lyrics, is self-explanatory.
*** "Crazy=Genius" mentions several members of Music/TheBeachBoys.
*** The music video for "Hallelujah" features perspective tricks from ''VideoGame/MonumentValley''.
*** "Don't Threaten Me With A Good Time" incorporates the guitar riff from [[Music/TheB52s "Rock Lobster"]].
** ''Wicked'':
*** "(Fuck A) Silver Lining" starts with a pitched-down sample from the 1969 version of “Oh What a Night” by Music/TheDells and later name-drops ''Music/{{Beyonce}}'':
---->Quick charade, Beyoncé, Lemonade
* SomethingCompletelyDifferent: After an entire album consisting of dance-pop/club/rock, "The End of All Things" is a heartwarming piano-driven ballad about being in love.
* SpiritualSuccessor: ''Pretty. Odd.'' gets one in ''Take A Vacation!'' by The Young Veins, the band formed by half the band when they split. The album closely resembles the style of ''Pretty. Odd.''.
* StealthPrequel: "Say Amen" appears to be this to "This is Gospel", given [[spoiler:Brendon is knocked out and bruised in much the same way he's introduced in the latter, and the end of the song plays a heartbeat--a motif maintained in "Gospel".]] The presence of the Devil's Key on his person could also explain how he [[spoiler:transforms into a demon]] in "Emperor's New Clothes".
* SteamPunk: The fashion and the items used in "The Ballad of Mona Lisa" are clearly influenced by the genre.
* StepUpToTheMicrophone: Ryan sings the chorus on "Northern Downpour" with Brendon harmonising.
* StrappedToAnOperatingTable: The first minute or so of the video for "This Is Gospel."
* StudioChatter:
** Shows up in the ''middle'' of "Miss Jackson".
** Also shows up at the beginning/end of most of the songs on ''Vices & Virtues''.
* SurrealMusicVideo:
** "[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yCto3PCn8wo Nine in the Afternoon]]" has the guys waking up in color-coded bedrooms and that's around the time things stop to make any sort of sense. (It actually makes ''some'' sense if you know anything about the Beatles.)
** "[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0xDf-_8KvGM Ready to Go (Get Me Out of My Mind)]]" seems to follow suit.
* SuspiciouslySpecificDenial: "We're So Starving," where they assure the listener that they are ''still the same band''.
* TakeThat:
** "London Beckoned Songs About Money Written by Machines" is one aimed towards the then-fledgling scene community (back when it was an offshoot of emo). This, of course, [[MisaimedFandom went over the heads of the MySpace crowd]].
** "There's A Good Reason These Tables are Numbered..." can be interpreted as a Take That to the subject of the song.
* TakeThatAudience: They made a few efforts during the ''Pretty. Odd.'' era to alienate the fans who liked ''Fever'' better, most noticeably the video for "That Green Gentleman", ending with old men coming out of a Russian doll wearing their old ''Fever''-era circus outfits.
* TakeThatCritics: Aside from firing shots at the scene community, "London Beckoned Songs About Money Written by Machines" also preemptively sticks it to the press and potential critics of the band, outright sarcastically acknowledging how the press has the power to either make the band "hip" or disavow them entirely.
-->''Just for the record, the weather today\\
Is slightly sarcastic with a good chance of\\
A) Indifference, or\\
B) Disinterest\\
In what the critics say.''
* TalkingInYourSleep: "All the Boys":
-->All the secrets that you keep\\
Might get spoken while you sleep
* TitleOnlyChorus: "Girl That You Love"
* TheLostLenore: Implied in the music video for "Nicotine".
* WhodunnitToMe: How the video for "[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gOgpdp3lP8M The Ballad of Mona Lisa]]" plays out. [[spoiler:Mary did it.]]
* TitleTrack: "Death of a Bachelor." Notable because none of their first four albums have a title track.
* UncommonTime: "Build God, Then We'll Talk" switches between 4/4 and 3/4 with reckless abandon.
* {{Undercrank}}: "Emperor's New Clothes" makes liberal use of it for its music video, with the video sped up to match the beat of the song.
* WhatDidIDoLastNight: "Don't Threaten Me With A Good Time."
-->Who are these people?\\
I just woke up in my underwear\\
No liquor left on the shelf\\
I should probably introduce myself
* WouldHurtAChild: The [[HollywoodSatanism cultists]] in "LA Devotee" are fond of giving children psychological and ElectricTorture.
* YourCheatingHeart: "Lying Is the Most Fun..." and "Build God, Then We'll Talk" have heavy references to cheating.
** Also implied in "I Write Sins Not Tragedies", and outright shown in the video.
** As stated by the band itself, the lyrics that come with "Hallelujah" refer to infidelity.

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