The Misfits are a PunkRock band formed by [[strike: Glenn Allen Anzalone]] Glenn Danzig in 1977 in Lodi, UsefulNotes/NewJersey. The line-up was constantly in flux for most of its existence, with its main members consisting of Glenn Danzig and the bassist Jerry Only. Eventually the classic line-up of Glenn, Jerry, Doyle Wolfgang von Frankenstein (Jerry's younger brother) and Arthur Googy was settled upon to record ''Walk Among Us.''

The band made a distinct sound combining the buzz saw guitar of Music/{{Buzzcocks}} with lyrical content mostly about B-Horror movies, Pulp Novels, and trashy pop culture in general. They are the progenitors and still reigning kings of Horror Punk.

The Misfits are commonly considered one of the most influential underground bands of their generations; laying the groundwork for continuing trends in PunkRock, GothRock, ThrashMetal, and PostHardcore style Music/{{Emo}} (especially Music/MyChemicalRomance who share the same fascination with horror and the undead, but apply it in a much more emotional and theatrical way).

On May 12, 2016 it was announced that Glenn Danzig, Jerry Only, and Doyle Wolfgang von Frankenstein will perform together [[CueTheFlyingPigs for the first time in 33 years]] in September 2016.

Not to be confused with one of the two {{Fake Band}}s from ''WesternAnimation/{{Jem}}''. They also have nothing to do with [[Film/TheMisfits the final film]] Creator/MarilynMonroe (and Creator/ClarkGable) made (though [[ShoutOut that's where they got their name from.]])

!! Members:

Current members in '''bold.''' Members who performed on a full-length studio release in ''italic.''

* ''Glenn Danzig'' - Vocals, keyboards, studio guitar (1977-1983)
* Diane [=Di=]Piazza - Bass (1977)
* Jimmy Battle - Guitar (1977)
* Manny Martinez - Drums (1977)
* '''''Jerry Only''''' - Bass (1977-1983, 1995-present), vocals (2001-present)
* ''Franche Coma'' - Guitar (1977-1978)
* ''Mr. Jim'' - Drums (1978)
* ''Bobby Steele'' - Guitar (1978-1980)
* Joey Image - Drums (1978-1979)
* ''Arthur Googy'' - Drums (1980-1982)
* ''Doyle'' - Guitar (1980-1983, 1995-2001)
* ''Robo'' - Drums (1982-1983, 2005-2010)
* Brian Damage - Drums (1983)
* ''Dr. Chud'' - Drums (1995-2000)
* ''Michale Graves'' - Vocals (1995-2000)
* ''Dez Cadena'' - Guitar (2001-2015)
* ''[[Music/TheRamones Marky Ramone]]'' - Drums (2001-2005)
* '''''Eric Arce''''' - Drums (2010-present)
* '''Jerry Caiafa Jr.''' - Guitar (2014-present)

!! Studio Albums:

* ''Static Age:'' Recorded in 1978, released in 1997.
* ''12 Hits from Hell:'' Recorded in 1980, released in 2001. [[note]] Though only handful of copies exist as Danzig and Only cancelled the release [[/note]])
* ''Walk Among Us'' (1982)
* ''Earth A.D.'' (1983) [[note]] Also known as ''Earth A.D. / Wolfs Blood'' [[/note]]
* ''American Psycho'' (1997)
* ''Famous Monsters'' (1999)
* ''Project 1950'' (2003)
* ''The Devil's Rain'' (2011)

!! "Mommy, Can I Go Out and Trope Tonight?:"

* AltumVidetur: "Halloween II." Not exactly grammatically correct either.
* AntiLoveSong: "Die Die My Darling."
* AwesomeMcCoolName: Most of their StageNames, especially Doyle Wolfgang von Frankenstein.
* BaldOfAwesome: [[http://d2vhprqki2fot3.cloudfront.net/experience/wp-content/uploads/2015/04/Screen-Shot-2015-04-02-at-12.32.19-PM.png Jerry Only is rapidly getting closer to being this.]]
** Michale Graves is this now.
* TheBigGuy: Doyle, have you seen him?
* BodyHorror: "Helena."
* CarefulWithThatAxe: "Helena" during the thrashy verses.
* CoverVersion: They have an album dedicated to this -- ''Project 1950.'' Aside from that, they also recorded "Rat Fink" and "Day the Earth Caught Fire."
** [[InvertedTrope They are largely covered themselves,]] as Wiki/{{Wikipedia}} [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_cover_versions_of_Misfits_songs can attest.]]
* DarkerAndEdgier: Glenn Danzig's ''Samhaim'' was darker and not as "fun" as ''The Misfits.''
** Also the final first era album, ''Earth A.D.'', which took on a more intense HardcorePunk sound and actually featured a couple of songs originally written for ''Samhain''.
* DarkIsNotEvil: Despite having pretty gruesome lyrics, the songs can be remarkably poppy and fun.
* DemBones: Their logo.
* EarlyInstallmentWeirdness: Their first single, "Cough / Cool" b/w "She:" Both songs were stylistically similar to later material, but featured Glenn Danzig on both vocals and electric piano, as they lacked a lead guitarist at the time.
* EmoMusic: {{Unbuilt|Trope}} version. Horror lyrics intermixed with SillyLoveSongs with pop punk / hardcore punk tones as ''The Misfits'' started were later something emo bands like Music/{{AFI}} and Music/MyChemicalRomance would be influenced by.
* GentleGiant: Despite his imposing appearance, Doyle comes across as a very laid back and well spoken individual in interviews. [[BerserkButton Don't you dare mess with him on stage, though.]] [[YouWouldntLikeMeWhenImAngry He'll make sure you never make that mistake again.]]
* HardcorePunk: At least ''Earth A.D.''
* HellHotel: ''Horror Hotel.''
* {{Pun}}: ''Ghouls Night Out.''
* IndecipherableLyrics: It's impossible to understand Danzig on ''Earth A.D.'' without having lyrics in front of you. Other albums have this too, just not as much.
* LighterAndSofter: The '90s era had better production values and therefore was easier on the ears. They no longer wrote songs about sex and senseless violence (though violent horror movies were still the primary theme to sing about), and a handful of songs were inspired by Jerry Only and Doyle's Christian faith.
* LyricalDissonance: Most of their lyrics are about murder, rape, and destruction (sometimes inspired by B-sci-fi / horror movies), but had rockabilly influenced beats and Glenn Danzig's deep baritone bluesy voice.
* MetalScream: Inverted. While most of his [[Music/HenryRollins contemporaries]] in punk scream, Glenn has a pleasant and powerful baritone.
* MurderBallad: "Mommy Can I Go Out and Kill Tonight?"
* NothingButSkulls: "Skulls."
* [[NonIndicativeName Non-Indicative Title]]: Usually their songs about horror movies are also titled after the movie itself, so you would think "Shining" would be a song about ''Film/TheShining''... It's about ''Film/{{Poltergeist}}.''
* OurZombiesAreDifferent: In "Night of the Living Dead" it describes zombies and later criticizes people fascination with them.
* PintSizedPowerhouse: Glenn Danzig is ''5Ft2In'', and in his younger years he was [[HeroicBuild quite buff]].
* RevolvingDoorBand: Classic era ''Misfits.''
** To clarify, the band has had 19 members total, with 13 of those during the "classic" era (1977-1983).
** Although "new" ''Misfits'' also change their members, just not as constantly as "classic" ''Misfits.''
* ShoutOut: Mostly involving horror movies:
** Patty Hearst.
** "Film/{{Night of the Living Dead|1968}}"
** "Film/WhereEaglesDare"
** ''[[Film/TheAstroZombies Astro Zombies]]''
** "We are [[Film/{{THX1138}} 138!]]
** On their ''Walk Among Us'' album, the rat bat spider like creature looks like it comes from ''Film/TheAngryRedPlanet.''
* RockTrio: They became this since Jerry took over lead vocals position.
* SequelSong: "Dying On Sunday Night", from Michele Graves' solo project is a sequel to "Saturday Night".
* SillyLoveSongs: In a way, quite a few:
** "[[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oP7wHOHYCdc Hybrid Moments]]"
** "[[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wQjOt2yo12k Some Kinda Hate]]"
* SpiritualSuccessor: Glenn Danzig's ''Samhain'' was his continuation of exploring the darker themes and sound on the ''Earth A.D.'' album. ''The Misfits'' themselves can be considered a punk version of Music/AliceCooper or ''Screaming Lord Sutch.''
** Michele Graves' solo works are essentially darker and more socially relevant successors to his works with The Misfits, with songs about among other things, the Columbine tragedy, and on his latest album, [[TheSingularity Elon Musk's creations becoming sentient and monstrous.]]
* StageNames: Most of them.
** Gerald Caiafa turned into "Jerry Only" after they misspelled his name on an early single, so he just wanted "Jerry, Only Jerry."
** Doyle is named after the family dog.
* StepUpToTheMicrophone: Prior to becoming lead vocalist, Jerry sang on their {{cover|version}} of "Monster Mash" (later re-recorded for ''Project 1950'').
** Dez Cadena sings on "Jack the Ripper" and "Death Ray."
* TheThemeParkVersion: The more disturbing and violent features of the original band are shorn off in the revived version, which features a more cartoonish image and has lyrics focused almost exclusively on vintage horror and science fiction films.
* ThreeChordsAndTheTruth: Some of their earlier records are so raw that they sound as if they were recorded in a public bathroom.
* TitleTrack: Present on ''Static Age,'' ''Earth A.D.,'' ''American Psycho,'' and ''The Devil's Rain.'' {{Averted|Trope}} with ''Walk Among Us,'' while they have both an album and a song by that name, the song would not be written and recorded until several years later (it appears on ''American Psycho'').
* WalkingShirtlessScene: Doyle is very rarely seen wearing a shirt. Most likely to show off how ripped he is.