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[[caption-width-right:348: From left to right: Owen, Falcore, Chibi, O.E, Rainbow, and Rhim]]

--> ''"I wore my black and white dress to the birthday massacre, birthday massacre, birthday... I wore my black and white dress..."''
--> ''Happy Birthday''

The Birthday Massacre are a Canadian [[SynthPop synthrock]]/[[DarkWave alternative]]/{{industrial}} band who formed in 1999 under the name Imagica and changed their name in 2002. As the band wrote on their official website:
->''The Birthday Massacre is an audio/visual project that has been in development since 1999. The sights and sounds of the Birthday Massacre branch into the wide range of creative themes and blend together a colorful palette of music genres and contrasting imagery. By combining imagery, sound, fashion, and performance, we aspire to create an experience for our audience that is both unique and multifaceted. Through the use of creative media, we've developed a world inspired by emotion, memories, satire, horror, romance, fantasy, nostalgia, and tragedy; a world we hope to evolve and explore for a long time to come.''

And they are ''awesome''.

Their current line-up is:
* Chibi- vocals
* Rainbow- guitar
* Michael Falcore- guitar
* Nate Manor- bass
* Owen (Formerly spelled O-en)- keyboards
* Rhim- drums

Former members include:
* Dank (1999-2001)
* Adm (2002-2004)
* Aslan (1999-2007)
* O.E. (2000-2010)

Their discography is:
* ''Nothing and Nowhere'' (2002, rereleased in 2004)
* ''Violet'' (2004)
* ''Walking With Strangers'' (2007)
* ''Looking Glass'' (EP, 2008).
* ''Show and Tell'' (live album/DVD, 2009)
* ''Pins and Needles'' (2010)
* ''Imaginary Monsters'' (EP, 2011)
* ''Hide and Seek'' (2012)

And their [=DVDs=] are:
* ''Blue'' (2005)
* ''Show and Tell'' (2009)

The video for Music/{{Blue}} now has its own page. Because it's just that epic.
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!!The Birthday Massacre provide examples of:

* {{Animesque}}: The video for "Looking Glass".
* AntiLoveSong: "Burn Away"
* AlbumTitleDrop: ''Show and Tell'' is a line from "Kill the Lights" ("This story's missing a wishing well/no mirror to show and tell")
* AllJustADream: The video for "[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=X1Vf9HTgSEg In the Dark]]" [[spoiler: or so it seems.]]
* AscendedMeme: The rabbit logo started out as nothing more than a loading screen on the band's website, and was never intended to be anything other than an interesting thing to look at while the site loaded. Fans got other ideas, and started showing up to performances wearing bunny ears; eventually the band decided it was iconic enough to incorporate into their album art.
* AxCrazy: The protagonist of "Happy Birthday."
* BerserkButton: TBM fans don't tend to like it when people hurt the band in any way. They really don't.
** Also, the fans really, really hate it when people post the band's real names online. It ruins the magic.
** Don't mention BlackVeilBrides on the forum. Just don't.
* BreakupSong: "To Die For", "Kill the Lights", "Always", "Secret", "Forever", "Left Behind", "Over".
* CanadaEh: Mostly averted, although in one interview they do have an argument over [[CanadianAccents how to pronounce]] "about".
* CommonKnowledge: There are no videos for "Velvet" and "Make Believe". Some fans believe that there are, but the two videos thought to be "Velvet" and "Make Believe" are old demos of "Blue" and "Violet".
* CoverVersion:
** "I Think We're Alone Now" for the ''Looking Glass'' EP.
** ''Film/TheNeverendingStory'' theme song.
** "Last Daze" by Left Spine Down.
** 'Straight to Video' by Mindless Self Indulgence.
* CreepyDoll: The dolls in "[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kp1FRKc24Zk=related Blue]]". And "In the Dark".
* DarkIsNotEvil: despite the dark lyrics and (occasionally) dark music, TBM are known as friendly, funny and really nice.
* EasterEgg: Their old site, [[http://thebirthdaymassacre.aslanosiris.com/ Nothing and Nowhere,]] had an Easter Egg in each section of the site.
* EmbarrassingNickname:
--> '''Owen''': When I first joined the band, they called me 'Waffles'...
* EveryoneWentToSchoolTogether: Of the band's present line up, all but Falcore attended the same college in London, Ontario. Despite this, Chibi and Rainbow are apparently the only ones who knew each other before this period.
* ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin: "Lovers' End" is about... [[MurderTheHypotenuse well...]]
** YMMV perhaps, but it seemed more like the girl was cheated on and then took her revenge by locking her (former) lover in a celler, which eventually led to the boy suffocating to death.
* FadingIntoTheNextSong: All of ''Walking With Strangers'' and ''Pins and Needles''. From the other albums:
** ''Nothing and Nowhere'': "Promise Me"-> "Under The Stairs" -> "To Die For".
** ''Violet'': "Prologue" -> "Lovers End" -> "Happy Birthday", and then "Violet" -> "Red", and then "The Dream" -> "Black" -> "Holiday" -> "Nevermind".
* FanDisservice: [[spoiler: Chibi's severed head at the end of the "Blue" video.]]
* FanService: Chibi
* FaceHeelTurn: [[spoiler: The Doll in the video for "In the Dark" seems like a friendly character, but in the end of the video she returns and kidnaps Chibi.]]
* {{Fingore}}: The first couple of lines of "Midnight" go "I can't decide. Which one of us will leave here alive? Your fingers breaking as I place them over mine."
* FracturedFairyTale: "Kill the Lights".
* GirlishPigtails: Chibi has these occasionally.
* HairRaisingHare: The artwork of each album features at least one Franken-bunny.
* HotForStudent: The main character, 6, in the video for "Looking Glass" has a crush on the teacher.
* IfICantHaveYou: Seems like the protagonist of "Queen of Hearts" is like this.
* {{Instrumentals}}: "Black", "Red", "Prologue", "The Night Loop", "The Spooky Loop", "Before Dark (Intro)", "Nowhere"
* KeepCirculatingTheTapes: There are certain songs which can only be downloaded off the Internet due to never making it to an album- (or only being on the demos, but those are so rare that getting a demo would be almost impossible...) TBM's cover of the theme to ''Film/TheNeverendingStory'', "Nothing and Nowhere", "Nighttime", and "Queen of Hearts", for a start.
* KillerRabbit: Their logo.
* KindHeartedCatLover: Chibi.
** In one interview, the band was asked what they missed most while touring. The guys all said their girlfriends. Chibi said her cat.
* LastNoteNightmare
* LondonEnglandSyndrome: The band began in London, Ontario. At least one interviewer confused this with London, England.
* LyricalDissonance: They practically thrive off this trope.
* MalevolentMaskedMen: the teacher in "[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SREZ-ggSDjM Looking Glass.]]"
* MindScrew: the videos for "Looking Glass" and "Blue".
* MoodDissonance: "Blue" whiplashes between light, airy verses with upbeat keyboard accompaniment and a much heavier chorus with dark lyrics sung in something approaching a growl. It's jarring, creepy, and ''cool.''
** And "Broken", which has Chibi singing sweetly on the verses and much deeper on the chorus.
*** "Down" has beautiful melodic verses which distort into a sort of yelling and hard riff before the chorus.
* MurderBallad: "Lovers' End", "Happy Birthday"...
* MusicBoxIntervals: "Blue".
* MyNaymeIs: Owen, who used to spell it O-en.
* NerdsAreSexy
* NeoclassicalPunkZydecoRockabilly: At least a third of the youtube comment sections for any of their songs will be people arguing about their genre.
* NightmareFetishist: The entire band.
* NoNameGiven
* NonAppearingTitle: "Looking Glass", "Science", "Movie", "Queen of Hearts", "The Dream", "Sleepwalking", "Secret", "Midnight"
* OminousMusicBoxTune: "Blue".
* OneOfUs: Chibi is a ''Franchise/SailorMoon'' fan and Rhim plays Pokemon.
* OnlyKnownByTheirNickname
* PerformanceVideo: "Nevermind."
* PerkyGoth
* PowerBallad: "Movie"
* RapeAsDrama: "Nevermind"
* RapeIsLove: Possibly "Queen of Hearts"
* RhymingWithItself: The chorus of "Shallow Grave":
--> ''We put her down in a shallow grave\\
She wears a dress like a body bag, every day\\
And this way she won't have to run away\\
And she can keep her regrets at bay, every day.
* SailorFuku: [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SREZ-ggSDjM Chibi]] in the video for Looking Glass
* ShoutOut: In the beginning of "Video Kid", the beeping noises sound identical to the ones made by the grandson playing the video game in the beginning of ''Film/ThePrincessBride''.
* SopranoAndGravel: "Blue" is definitely an example of this.
* StageNames
* StepfordSmiler: Discussed in "Play Dead".
-->''Thinking hurts and thoughts don't rhyme \\
For those of us who've never tried \\
To find a face behind our lipstick smiles. \\
And as our pretty faces die, \\
Our broken hearts will wonder why \\
The makeup just won't hide the scars of time.''
** And possibly "Promise Me".
*** And possibly 'Sleepwalking'
* SubduedSection: "Forever", "Burn Away", "Blue"
* SurrealMusicVideo
* TakeMyHand: The video for "In the Dark" has this, though before their hands touch, the Doll is dragged away by an unknown force.
* TeamPet: Gangle, Chibi's toy. From [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6PTq9a8WgYI this video:]]
--> '''Rainbow''': I think Gangle brings peace to Chibi.\\
'''Chibi''': I bet you Gangle brings peace to us all.\\
'''Rainbow''': I don't think we realise it. I think consciously, like I think that Gangle brings peace to you because you're his caretaker.\\
'''Chibi''': Yeah.\\
'''Rainbow''': But it's kind of like having...\\
'''Chibi''': But it's kind of like having a little friend, like a little...\\
'''Rainbow''': Gangle's like a little mini-Buddha.\\
'''Rhim''': He's good to talk to.\\
'''Rainbow''': I don't talk to him.\\
'''Chibi''' * talking over the top of them* : A few years ago, we were playing and he came flying out of the crowd, right at me, and I looked into his eyes.\\
'''Rhim''': Arms wide.\\
'''Chibi''': Arms wide.
* TeensAreMonsters: "Play Dead"
* TortureAlwaysWorks: "Midnight" has the line '"The only thing I need is time/to change your mind," I said'. Combined with the line about 'your fingers breaking as I place them over mine'... yeah.
* TwistEnding: How many people thought the video for "Blue" would end with [[spoiler: a shot of Chibi's severed head lying several feet from her body?]]
* VillainProtagonist: The POV Character of "Happy Birthday", and quite possibly the protagonist of "Midnight" too.
** And maybe the protagonist of "Blue".
* {{Yandere}}: The protagonist of "Blue" gives off major yandere vibes.
** Also possibly the protagonist of "Midnight".
* YouAreNumberSix: A literal case in the "Looking Glass" video- the main character's mask bears the number 6, and we have no clue as to her identity, or anyone else's, for that matter (all the students wear identical masks with numbers.)
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