The Misfits are a Music/PunkRock band formed by [[strike:Glenn Allen Anzalone]] Glenn Danzig in 1977 in [[strike:Lordi]] Lodi, New Jersey. 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 Aurthur Googey was settled upon to record ''Walk Among Us''.

The band made a distinct sound combining the buzz saw guitar of The 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 Punk Rock, {{Goth Rock}}, {{Thrash Metal}}, and post hardcore style [[Music/{{Emo}} Emo]] (especially Music/MyChemicalRomance who share the same fascination with horror and the undead, but applying it in a much more emotional and theatrical way)

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]]).
!!!"Mommy, Can I Go Out and Trope Tonight?":
* AntiLoveSong - "Die Die My Darling"
* [[AwesomeMcCoolName Awesome [=McCool=] Name]]: Most of their StageNames, especially Doyle Wolfgang von Frankenstein.
* TheBigGuy - Doyle, have you seen him?
* BodyHorror - Helena
* DarkerAndEdgier - Glenn Danzig's Samhaim was darker and not as "fun" as The Misfits
* 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.
* HardcorePunk - At least ''Earth A.D.''
* HellHotel - ''Horror Hotel''
* [[{{Pun}} Incredibly Lame Pun]] - ''Ghouls Night Out''
* 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.
* RevolvingDoorBand - Classic era Misfits
** To clarify, the band has had 18 members total, with 13 of those during the "classic" era (1977-1983).
* ShoutOut - mostly involving horror movies
** Patty Hearst
** "Film/NightOfTheLivingDead"
** "Film/WhereEaglesDare"
** ''Astro Zombies''
** "We are [[Film/{{THX1138}} 138]]!"
** On their ''Walk Among Us'' album, the rat-bat-spider like creature looks like ti comes from ''Film/TheAngryRedPlanet''.
* SillyLoveSongs - In a way, quite a few
** [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oP7wHOHYCdc "Hybrid Moments"]]
** [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wQjOt2yo12k&feature=related "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.
* 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
* ThreeChordsAndTheTruth - Some of their earlier records are so raw that they sound as if they were recorded in a public bathroom.