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->''--[[HereWeGoAgain we came in?]]''

->''Is there anybody... out there?''

->''So ya thought ya might like to go to the show''
->''To feel the warm thrill of confusion, that space cadet glow''
->''Tell me, is something eluding you, sunshine?''
->''Is this not what you expected to see?''
->''If you wanna find out what's behind these cold eyes''
->''You'll just have to claw your way through this disguise''
-->--'''In The Flesh?'''

''The Wall'' started as a RockOpera released as a {{concept|Album}} double album by the English Psychedelic and Progressive Rock band Music/PinkFloyd late in 1979. The theme of this album is similar to the one found in the band's earlier work ''Music/TheDarkSideOfTheMoon'' as it involved descent into insanity.

''The Wall'' follows a narrative about fictional rock star "Pink" and his rise and fall, which are caused by his deliberate isolation and his distancing himself from reality and human interaction.

''The Wall'' was heavily inspired by the RealLife trials of bassist and then-frontman Music/RogerWaters, who came up with the idea for the album after the last concert in Montreal during the 1977 tour in support of the band's album ''Animals''. During the concert he spat in the face of an unruly fan who was climbing the fence between the crowd and the band. The fan was overjoyed to be spat on. This event caused Waters to realize that he was starting to distance himself from others and that this "wall" was turning him into a cold and destructive person.

The band's tour promoting the album featured giant puppets, DerangedAnimation by political cartoonist Gerald Scarfe and most notably, a giant wall of cardboard bricks that was constructed between the musicians and the audience during the course of the first half of the show. However, the stage show was so expensive, and cost so much to put together, that the tour only had 31 shows in four different cities (London, New York, Dortmund and Los Angeles); a revival tour by Roger Waters in 2010/2011 was ''still'' the most expensive concert tour of all time.

The album was later adapted into a feature film, entitled ''Pink Floyd The Wall'' in 1982, directed by Alan Parker and featuring Bob Geldof as Pink. It set the music and story of Pink to horrific scenes that shifted from live-action to the aforementioned animation by Scarfe. Most memorable were the animated scenes of [[ItMakesSenseInContext marching hammers]] and nightmarish blitz-era London, as well as the film's stunning climax. Scarfe drew upon his bedridden childhood to come up with the grotesque imagery featured prominently in the concerts and film.

The album and movie share the same story. The first half of the movie and album introduce us to Pink and his insanely craptastic childhood. Events and circumstances in his childhood life--an overbearing/overprotective mom, a father who died in UsefulNotes/WorldWarII, and insane Scottish math teachers--cause him to shun human interaction because he's afraid he'll be hurt. As an adult, he becomes a a super famous rock star and "fills the empty spaces" of his wall with the typical vices of the rich and famous: SexDrugsAndRockAndRoll.

With us so far? Right.

After his wife cheats on him, he finally [[HeroicBSOD snaps]], and the album and movie take us inside the mind of Pink for the second half. After being revived from a drug coma and forcefully shot up with even ''more'' drugs by his managers to get him onstage, he imagines that he has become the very same force that started his wall--Fascists (okay, "hammer army")--and begins to order the audience to hate on various minority groups. Eventually, he retreats further into his mind during a moment of brief clarity, and puts himself on trial with a giant arse as judge and warped visions of his childhood fears as jury, and forces himself to tear down his wall as a result.

[[http://www.thewallanalysis.com/main/ Also available for your perusal, brave hunter, is this expertly-written analysis that is so in-depth it's scary.]]

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!!! "All in all, you're just another trope in the wall."

* AdvancingWallOfDoom: Played horrifically straight in the movie during the animated sequence for "Empty Spaces/What Shall We Do Now?" In the sequence, a wall of personal possessions (cars, stereos, [=TVs=], etc.) turns into a wall of buildings, which turns into the titular white brick wall. The Wall moves across the land at frightening speed, turning flowers into barbed-wire, and babies into skinhead goons. It even plows its way through a church, transforming it into a neon-lit casino that spews neon bricks.
* AlbumTitleDrop: The wall is mentioned with that exact wording in all three parts of "Another Brick In the Wall", "Mother", "Empty Spaces"/"What Shall We Do Now", "Hey You", "The Trial", and "Outside The Wall". There is also a mention of the wall without using the wording "the wall" in "Waiting For The Worms".
* AluminumChristmasTrees: If the idea of a rock star turning a concert into a neo-fascist rally sounds ridiculous, remember that Music/EricClapton delivered a racist rant onstage a few years before the album was released. In another parallel with Pink, he was very drunk at the time. Music/DavidBowie had also toyed with fascist imagery in the ''Station To Station'' era with his "Thin White Duke" persona.
* AngerMontage: "One of My Turns".
* {{Animal Motif|s}}: The worms. Starting in "Hey You," they are, according to Waters, "symbols of negative forces within ourselves, [of] decay. The worms can only get at us because there isn't any light or whatever in our lives."
** Pink's wife is often associated with predatory insects, especially ones that eat their mates when they're done mating with them.
** The "Goodbye Blue Sky" animation features a predatory hawk morphing into a bomber plane.
* AntiLoveSong: "Don't Leave Me Now".
* ApplianceDefenestration: One of Pink's televisions suffers this fate during his rampage through his hotel room in "One of My Turns."
* AssimilationAcademy: "The Happiest Days of Our Lives" and "Another Brick in The Wall (Part II)"
* AudibleGleam: "It's just a little pin prick."
* AudienceParticipationSong: [[InvokedTrope Invoked]] in live performances during the "Pink's concert turns into a fascist rally" portion, to go with Roger Waters' opinion of concerts as mass hysteria. One early idea was to have Pink ''literally'' bomb his audience, who'd still cheer as they were ripped apart.
-->'''Roger Waters:''' Are there any paranoids in the audience tonight? Is there anybody who worries about things? [[TakeThatAudience Pathetic!]] This is for all the WEAK people in the audience! Is there anyone here who's WEAK? (Audience cheers) This is for you, it's call 'Run Like Hell'! [[AudienceParticipationSong Let's all have a CLAP! COME ON, I CAN'T HEAR YOU!]] [[AxCrazy PUT YOUR HANDS TOGETHER! HAVE A GOOD TIME! ENJOY YOURSELVES!!! THAT'S BETTER!]] [[CarefulWithThatAxe AAAAAARGH!]]
** "Mother should I trust the government?" The audience invariably answers with a resounding "NO!"
* AuthorAvatar[=/=]CompositeCharacter: Pink is based on Roger Waters, with a bit of Syd Barrett.
* BeneathTheMask: "In The Flesh?"
-->"If you wanna find out what's behind these cold eyes, you'll just have to claw your way through this disguise."
* BigBrotherIsWatching: On Waters' 2012 ''The Wall'' tour, "Mother" features visuals such as a surveillance camera and the message "Big Brother Is Watching", with the BR in "Brother" crossed out and an M painted over it to say "Big ''M''other Is Watching".
* BigWordShout: Just after the chanting of the word "Hammer" drowns out Pink's megaphone amplified voice in "Waiting for The Worms" he yells out the word '''Stop!''' signaling the beginning of the song of the same name.
* BirthDeathJuxtaposition: At the end of the song "In The Flesh?" we hear an airplane coming down for a bombing dive, implying on the album (and showing in the movie) the death of Pink's father, and just right after, the sound of Pink crying, announcing his birth to the world at the beginning of "The Thin Ice".
* BlackComedy: Several of the lyrics show an understated, deadpan sense of humour that either provides momentary relief from or reinforces the album's depressing atmosphere, such as "Mother will they try to break my balls?" from "Mother", Pink gleefully recounting how the abusive teachers are thrashed "within inches of their lives" every night by their "fat and psychopathic wives" in "The Happiest Days of Our Lives", Pink's pathetic list of possessions in "Nobody Home", the "little pinprick" in "Comfortably Numb", Pink psychotically ranting about shooting his fans in "In the Flesh", and nearly all of "The Trial".
* BlackShirt: One of the many aspects of fascist imagery used in "Waiting for The Worms."
-->Waiting to put on a black shirt!\\
Waiting to weed out the weaklings!\\
Waiting to smash in their windows and kick in their doors!
* BlackWidow: Pink imagines his wife as a praying mantis/dragon hybrid with flaming hair. Some fans have also noted her resemblance to ''Rokurokubi'' from Japanese mythology.
* BlatantLies: From the newer live tours of the album, we have what seems to be the Hammers' slogan: ''"Everything will be okay--you can trust us."''
* BloodIsSquickerInWater
* BoardingSchoolOfHorrors: "Wroo-ooong! Do it again!"
** "If ye doon't eat yer meat, ye ken't have aneh puddin'! Hoo ken yeh have aneh puddin' if ye doon't eat yer meat?"
* BodyHorror: In the movie, Pink begins hallucinating that his body is rotting after being injecting with drugs in the "Comfortably Numb" sequence. This also marks his transformation into Fascist Pink.
* {{Bookends}}: The first song starts with quiet music and someone saying "--we came in?", the last song ends with the same quiet music and someone saying "Isn't this where--".
** To a lesser extent, "Comfortably Numb".
** The second side of the first album starts with "Goodbye Blue Sky" and ends with "Goodbye Cruel World."
** A near case of this can be found in the third quarter of the album. It was originally supposed to start with "Is There Anybody Out There?", but this was moved to the second song because "Hey You" made more musical sense at the beginning. However "Bring The Boys Back Home" still ends with Pink asking "Is there anybody out there?"
* BreatherEpisode: "Young Lust" takes a temporary detour from the story of Pink's fucked up personality, and "Is There Anybody Out There?" is a mainly instrumental, melancholy piece that musically depicts Pink's isolation after he's completed his wall.
* TheBritishEmpire: "Would... would you like to see Britannia rule again?"
** "My friend?"
*** "All you have to do is follow the worms!"
* BritishRockStar
* BSODSong: "Another Brick in The Wall, Part III" where Pink completely loses it after his wife leaves him is a pretty angry example of this, while "Stop!" is more of a guilt ridden example of such.
* CarefulWithThatAxe: During the transition between "The Happiest Days of Our Lives" and "Another Brick in the Wall (Part Two), as well as after the keyboard solo in "Run Like Hell".
* CelebrityIsOverrated: The overall theme of the album.
* ChargeIntoCombatCut: We see the charging soldiers at the [[UsefulNotes/WorldWarII Battle of Anzio]] cut back and forth with a years later young Pink, whose father died in the battle.
* CherubicChoir / CreepyChildrenSinging: Heard on "Another Brick in the Wall (Part 2)", "Outside The Wall" and featured in the "Craaazy" refrain from "The Trial."
* CompletelyMissingThePoint: Neo-Nazis take Pink's transformation seriously and not as satire. Didn't help ''actual'' skinheads were used for the film.
* ContemplatingYourHands: Appears in "Comfortably Numb" when Pink is on drugs.
--> My hands felt just like two balloons.
--> Now I've got that feeling once again
* TheCoverChangesTheGender: Averted when Sinead O'Connor left the lyrics to "Mother" intact during Roger Waters's 1991 ''The Wall'' concert in Berlin.
* ACrackInTheIce: "The Thin Ice":
-->"Don't be surprised if a crack in the ice\\
Appears under your feet"
* CreatorBreakdown: InUniverse, Pink has an epic one during "Another Brick In The Wall, Part III" after his wife leaves him followed by another one after "Comfortably Numb", where his journey of self-revelation is interrupted with drugs, and finally his HeelRealization during "Stop" coincides with one.
* CreatorCameo: Roger Waters appears as one of the witnesses during the wedding scene in the film version of "Mother".
* CrowdSong: "Bring The Boys Back Home".
* CrucifiedHeroShot: In the film, after the scene for "One of My Turns" and going directly into "Don't Leave Me Now," Pink is in a pool stretched out like this with one of his arms bleeding.
* CutSong: In the film, there is no segment for "Hey You", one of the album's best known songs. One was filmed, but not included. The work print of the scene appears on the DVD. "The Show Must Go On," which appeared on the album (and was only played in its full form during the live shows), also did not appear in the film.
** On the album there was "What Shall We Do Now?" While it was played in its full length at the live concerts and in the film, it was reworked into a shorter version called "Empty Spaces" on the album due to the time restraints of the vinyl format.
* DarkerAndEdgier: The Wall is probably Pink Floyd's overall darkest album, with a pervasive feeling of cynicism and despair permeating throughout both the lyrics and the music itself.
* DarkReprise: "Another Brick in the Wall Part 1" receives two Dark Reprises in the forms of Parts 2 and 3; whereas Part 1 is merely sad, Part 2 is angry, and Part 3 marks the point where Pink snaps and enters HeroicBSOD.
** The second "In The Flesh" is darker than the first (titled "In The Flesh?"), in that Pink has gone fascist (or is hiding behind a fascist persona, as hinted by the singer) and is now ready to wage war against the world that made him that way. Also, in the first one, after the line, "So you thought you might like to go to the show," there is the sound of someone singing, "Do do do do." The second version replaces the vocal with an instrumental part, suggesting a lack of humanity.
** The use of sound effects in "Another Brick in the Wall, Pt. 3" is quite notable to show just how far-gone Pink is. He takes out the remainder of his pent-up rage and frustration on the TV, and the crashing noises get louder and louder and more intense.
--> ''[television mumbling inaudibly]''
--> '''Pink:''' aaaaAAAAAAAAAAAARGH!
--> ''[crash] [crash] [crash] [crash] [crash] '''[crash]''' '''[CRASH]'''''
* DerangedAnimation: And this is the same guy that did [[Disney/{{Hercules}} Disney's Hercules]]...
* DespairEventHorizon: The first half of the album ends with Pink crossing it, with "Goodbye Cruel World", right after his HeroicBSOD in "Another Brick In The Wall, Part 3" where he declares why he wants to go behind the wall. The rest of the album is about what happens while he's beyond the horizon.
* DisappearedDad: Pink's father was killed in UsefulNotes/WorldWarII, when Pink was just a child, and, thus, is absent from his life.
* DividedWeFall: Pink realizes this after he seals himself off from the world, and yells the trope name word for word at the end of "Hey You".
-->Hey You, don't tell me there's no hope at all! Together we stand, divided we fall!
* DoesThisRemindYouOfAnything: The charge of the audience into the concert hall at the beginning of "In The Flesh?" in the movie, at least to one annotator, seemed suggestive of procreative sperm trying to reach their way into the birth canal to unite with the egg cell.
** The animation of the flowers reproducing with each other during "Empty Spaces" resembles two humans coupling. Often the shapes of the flowers turn into sex organs.
* TheDogBitesBack: Pink's wife's segment in "The Trial". Her [[TheReasonYouSuckSpeech verbal beatdown]] of Pink is the most cheer-worthy moment of the song's first half, since Pink's teacher simply whines about his failure to properly "mould him into shape", and Pink's mother rehashes her [[MyBelovedSmother smothering]] tendencies.
* DomesticAbuser: Pink, although [[http://www.thewallanalysis.com/main/dont-leave-me-now.html some think]] the line was metaphorical.
--> '''Pink''': How could you go? / You know I need you / to beat to a pulp on a Saturday night.
** He was certainly neglectful and emotionally abusive.
* DoubleStandard: By a character, not the producers. Pink seriously considers cheating on his wife before going briefly AxCrazy and scaring the groupie off instead, and it's at least suggested that he has done so (and gone through with it) many times in the past. But as soon as he even suspects his wife of cheating on ''him'', his cheese slips off his cracker completely.
** The movie attempts to portray Pink as more sympathetic in this regard, by having him cheat on her ''after'' he finds out she cheated on him.
** However, the film states explicitly that Pink showed ''no'' sexual interest in his wife at all, pushing her away when she wanted sex.
* DramaticIrony: Pink sings "I have seen the writing on the wall", in "Another Brick in the Wall, Part 3", right before breaking off all contact with the world. A huge AnalogyBackfire ensues since it doesn't occur to him that [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Writing_on_the_wall the writing on the wall]] involved the imminent destruction of the Babylonian kingdom and death of its king, who was defenseless against the onslaught. The analysis summarises the irony as Pink attempting to make himself look like the prophet Daniel, but instead casting himself as the doomed Belshazzar. Furthermore, his complete isolation actually leaves him defenseless against the worms and later transformation into Fascist Pink, more or less hastening the wall's destruction.
* DropTheHammer: Hammers are a motif in the lyrics ("Let me hammer him today" from "The Trial") and in the animation.
* EarlyBirdCameo: At the beginning of "Stop" in the film, Pink mutters the words "Do you remember me? How we used to be?" to himself. These are lines from "Your Possible Pasts", one of the songs on Pink Floyd's subsequent album, ''The Final Cut''. He also recites lines which would later appear in "5:11AM (The Moment of Clarity)" from Waters' solo album ''The Pros and Cons of Hitchhiking''.
** Additionally, the during the version of "Outside the Wall" in the film one can briefly hear a melody that appears in the song "Southampton Dock" from ''The Final Cut''.
** "When the Tigers Broke Free", the first Floyd song heard in the movie, was released as a single, with the intention of it appearing on ''The Final Cut'', but that didn't happen. (See What Could Have Been on the Trivia page.) It was first officially released on the 2001 compilation album ''Echoes: The Best of Pink Floyd.''
* TheElevenOClockNumber: "Stop" is Pink's brief, reflective, sung soliloquy immediately preceding his climatic "trial." Not as prominent in the film, as it is sung quietly in a bathroom stall with added phase-shifting effects, but it appears at the same moment and performs the same function.
* EvilTeacher: Pink's old math teacher. Somewhat sympathetic in that his hatred of his students is part of the ViciousCycle theme of the movie/album.
** In fact, Waters went on to write several songs on ''The Final Cut'' from the teacher's POV, blaming his treatment of his students on his own trauma stemming from - surprise, surprise - WWII. "When you're one of the few/To land on your feet/What do you do to make ends meet?/Teach!"
* FadingIntoTheNextSong: Most tracks. The best known is "The Happiest Days of Our Lives" > "Another Brick in the Wall Pt. 2", with the second place probably going to "Empty Spaces" > "Young Lust". The few tracks that don't do this are the ones at the beginning and end of the original LP sides, but some of them have symbolic value: the sudden [[SmashToBlack silence]] at the end of "Goodbye Cruel World" represents Pink's completion of his isolation from the world, and the fade-out during the guitar solo of "Comfortably Numb" symbolises the continued war between the various parts of Pink's personality.
* FeatheredFiend: The [[GiantFlyer massive]] fighter plane-like eagle that appears in the film's "Goodbye Blue Sky" animation.
* FinalSolution: As if to drive home the Nazi comparisons, "Waiting For The Worms" has Pink singing about waiting for "The FinalSolution to strengthen the strain", which would involve "turning on the showers and firing the ovens", and singling out "the queers and the coons and the Reds and the Jews".
** Not many realize that when Pink sings, "If I had my way, I'd have ''all'' of you shot", he's not talking about just those minorities. He means ''all of his fans''.
** The "sequel" ''The Final Cut'' has Waters singing "The final solution can finally begin."
* FramingDevice[=/=]InMediasRes: The album itself isn't clear on whether or not this is the case with the opening song, "In The Flesh?" but the movie seems to use the song as one, having Pink sing to the crowds before showing us his life up to that point looking just like he does after his descent into neo-nazism.
* FreudianExcuse: Subverted-while the first pieces of Pink's wall were the result of childhood trauma, the movie, album, and Waters himself make it very clear that it's his fault for maintaining his Wall instead of coming to terms with his world and that his unhappy marriage and cheating wife were implied to have been at least partially his fault.
* FullyAbsorbedFinale: The titular song on ''The Final Cut'' [[spoiler:features Pink discussing his mental issues in therapy]], while the album has NoEnding.
* GainaxEnding: [[spoiler: Pink puts himself through a hallucinatory "trial" where the most important people from his past life berate him for causing them so much pain, the monsters from within his mind condemn him for showing human emotions, and he has his mental wall torn down as a "final sentence". In the movie, we cut to a clip of a brick wall exploding, and see a strangely tranquil scene of children playing in some rubble and pouring out (what appears to be) a Molotov cocktail as "Outside the Wall" plays. Roll credits.]]
* GenreRoulette: Arena, acoustic, hard, and of course, progressive rock. With some shades of disco.
** And bar-band balladry ("Nobody Home"), electronic (the first half of "Don't Leave Me Now"), and quasi-opera ("The Trial").
* GiantFlyer: In the "Goodbye Blue Sky" clip from the movie, a massive fighter plane-like eagle makes an appearance. In "What Shall We Do Now?", the girl flower turns into a large pterodactyl-like...[[DerangedAnimation thing]].
* GivingSomeoneThePointerFinger: Done in the film and concert versions of "In The Flesh," where Pink points out people who have qualities he doesn't like.
-->That one looks Jewish! And that one's a coon!
* GoodbyeCruelWorld: {{Trope Namer|s}}, though Pink [[ThisIndexIsNotAnExample doesn't commit suicide]]. He does threaten to do it in "One of My Turns" ("Would you like to learn to fly?/Would you like to see me try?").
* GratuitousGerman: Waters can be heard calling out "Eins, zwei, drei, alle!" at the beginning of "Waiting for the Worms."
* GratuitousPanning: "Run Like Hell". Every new line Roger sings switches to the opposite channel. (This also occurs in the live version on ''Is There Anybody Out There? The Wall Live 198081'', except Roger and David are trading lines.)
-->'''Left Channel''': You better run all day and run all night
-->'''Right Channel''': and keep your dirty feelings deep inside!
** The song also begins with a crowd chanting "Pink! Floyd! Pink! Floyd!" solely in the left channel, which is pointed out by a commenter in the above-mentioned analysis as a symbolic reference to the band's own left-wing beliefs, Waters being a vocal socialist. The chant is also heard in the end, but another crowd yelling "HAMMER! HAMMER!" appears in the right channel and becomes loud enough to drown out the other crowd. Considering the song that is transitioned to is [[ANaziByAnyOtherName "Waiting for the Worms"]], the panning isn't a coincidence.
* GroinAttack: In the movie version of "The Trial", Pink's wife grabs his limp, ragdoll body and holds him by his...well, you get the idea...
** [[{{Foreshadowing}} Foreshadowed]] in "Mother", where one of Pink's worries is ''precisely this''.
--> '''Pink''': ''Mother do you think they'll try to break... my balls?''
* HeelRealization: "Stop". The album itself was a response to Roger's own heel realization.
* HenpeckedHusband: The teacher.
-->But in the town it was well known
-->When they got home at night
-->Their fat and psychopathic wives would thrash them
-->Within inches of their lives
** Subverted with Pink himself. His wife wants normal human interaction, but Pink ignores her desires.
* HereWeGoAgain: Pink's mental problems are cyclical. Every time he goes into one of his "turns" (and "One of My Turns" makes it quite clear this is a habitual occurrence), his friends have to deal with an unreasonable, abusive Pink. Some of them "stumble and fall" (i.e. his wife), but they still try to help.
* HeroicBSOD: Especially "Comfortably Numb" and, well, the rest of the album.
* HeyYou: "don't help them to bury the light/Don't give in without a fight"
* HowWeGotHere: The album opens with "In The Flesh?", where Pink is at full "dictator" mode, and decides to tell his story. It eventually returns to that moment with "In the Flesh", where shows Pink after his psychotic break turning his concert into a fascist neo-Nazi rally.
* ImAHumanitarian: "Ya can't have any PUDDIN' if ya don't eat yer Meat!" The "Meat" is made of students, though this IS all in Pink's mind. And it's only in the movie, but still.
* InTheStyleOf: "Young Lust" is a pastiche of ArenaRock bands like {{Music/Foreigner}} and Music/BadCompany. There's also a little bit of SelfDeprecatingHumor here, too: In the 1979 interview with Tommy Vance, Roger said that it was inspired by the earlier Floyd tune "The Nile Song."
* IProduct: Mercilessly mocked during the 2012 "The Wall" tour, where they flash people with pig heads and white headphone cords going to their ears doing various activities with phrases like iResist and iLose.
* JokerJury[=/=]KangarooCourt: "The Trial", where Pink puts ''himself'' on trial, with only one possible conclusion. However it ultimately proves useful as the judge orders him to tear down the wall that had divided him from everyone else.
* JourneyToTheCenterOfTheMind: The second half of the album and movie takes place well inside a very disturbed mind.
* LargeHam: Bob Geldof's portrayal of Pink. Roger himself delivers some songs with extreme bombast (best example being "The Trial", where he delves into 5 different characters, each hammier than the previous).
* LaserGuidedKarma: The teachers in "The Happiest Days of Our Lives" that hurt the children receive their comeuppance every night when their wives beat them "within inches of their lives."
* LimeyGoesToHollywood: Part of the album was recorded in L.A., as the band were tax exiles due to a bad business deal.
* ListSong: "What Shall We Do Now?" where Pink lists all the things he can do with his new-found fame and fortune, and "Nobody Home", where he lists all of his worldly possessions.
* LivingEmotionalCrutch: Pink, to his mother. Has terrible consequences for his marriage.
** ''Everyone'', to Pink. You know, the bleeding hearts and the artists.
* LonelyPianoPiece: "Nobody Home".
** And previously, a Lonely Guitar Piece with "Is There Anybody Out There?".
* LossOfIdentity: In the film version, whenever a group has masks on their faces, this is essentially what happened to them.
** FridgeBrilliance: ''The Wall'' was born partly from Waters' ArtistDisillusionment and the realization that nobody actually knew or cared who the band members were, just that there was some spectacle on stage. In live performances of ''The Wall'', the first song wouldn't be performed by Pink Floyd but by a "surrogate band" wearing masks.
* LyricalDissonance: "Mother", "In The Flesh". "Run Like Hell" wins the prize, however - dance the night away to lyrics discussing racial violence and rape.
* MalignedMixedMarriage: In the movie, we see Pink's Hammer army attack a black man making out with a white woman in the back of his car, while one of their numbers rapes the woman.
* MindScrew: AND HOW!!
* MinimalisticCoverArt: Just a featureless white brick wall. Still, don't judge an album by its outside cover; [[NightmareFuel it's what's inside that counts]].
* MinisculeRocking: "Stop" clocks in at only 30 seconds, making it the shortest song in Pink Floyd's entire library, beating out "A New Machine, Pt. 2" from ''A Momentary Lapse of Reason'' by 8 seconds. Still, it's also one of the most important songs on the album as it signals when Pink has his HeelRealization.
* MovieBonusSong: "When The Tigers Broke Free" Parts 1 and 2.
* MyBelovedSmother: Of COURSE Momma's gonna help build your wall...
** Mother, did it need to be so...high?
** "The Trial" adds to this:
-->'''Pink's mother:''' Why'd he ''ever'' have to leave me? Worm, your honor, let me take him home!
* MyGodWhatHaveIDone:
** Alan Parker had this reaction after the extras (real skinheads, by the way) really got into the rape scene in "Run Like Hell".
** Roger Waters had this reaction to his spitting on a fan at the last concert of the ''Animals'' tour, which helped to inspire this album.
** Pink has a moment like this at the end of "Waiting For The Worms" leading directly to his HeelRealization.
* MythologyGag: A lot of references to songs and concepts from Floyd's career are scattered throughout the album...
** The scream from "Run Like Hell" and the beginning of "Another Brick In The Wall, Pt. 2" was used in "Pow R. Toc H." and "Careful With That Axe, Eugene".
*** Pink's "favorite axe" brings to mind "Careful With That Axe, Eugene" and "One Of These Days," although "axe" is a traditional rock slang term for guitar.
** Floyd's use of war as a subject matter goes back as early as "Corporal Clegg", a man scarred from his experiences in World War II. Wonder if he was the one who brought the bad news about Pink's dad...
*** "Waiting For The Worms" also uses similar vocal techniques to "Corporal Clegg" (clear words, followed by words that sound like they're coming through a megaphone--literally in the case of the latter song), as well as sharing certain structural similarities (aggressive verses driven by heavy guitar riffs, followed by more melodic choruses employing vocal harmonies).
** Roger Waters mentioned in an interview that the main riff for "Another Brick In The Wall" was based on the first half of the main riff from "Set The Controls For The Heart Of The Sun", which, coincidentally, contains the line "Witness the man who raves at the wall".
*** Similarly, he mentioned that the SexDrugsAndRockAndRoll parody "Young Lust" is partly {{pastiche}}d from "The Nile Song".
** "Hey you, won't you help me to carry the stone?". "The stone" was also mentioned in "Crying Song" (from ''More'') and "Dogs" (from ''Animals'').
** The rambling Scotsman from "Several Species of Small Furry Animals Gathered Together In A Cave And Grooving With A Pict" was probably the inspiration for the teacher.
** Pink deludedly whines "Remember the flowers I sent" in "Don't Leave Me Now". [[ContinuityNod "What Shall We Do Now?"]] mentions "sending flowers by phone", emphasising Pink's obliviousness and social disconnection.
** One of Pink's wife's complaints in "The Trial" is "You should have talked to me more often than you did, but ''no!'' You had to go your own way!". One of the lyrics of "If" (from ''Atom Heart Mother'') is "And if I were a good man/I'd talk with you more often than I do", thus reinforcing the [[HeelRealisation fact that Pink is not a good man]]. (The slight change in words adds to the effect, as "If" mentions "talking ''with'' you more often" but Pink's wife is furious that Pink doesn't "talk ''to'' her more often", making Pink look even more of a {{jerkass}}.)
*** She also sings "I hope they throw away the key", a reference to one of the more famous lines from "Brain Damage". ("You lock the door/And throw away the key/There's someone in my head/But it's not me".)
*** She also mocks him by asking "Broken up any homes lately?", "break up homes?" being one of the suggestions in [[ContinuityNod "What Shall We Do Now?"]].
** Sound effects from "Echoes", such as the piano "ping" and the whale calls, were used in "Hey You" and "Is There Anybody Out There?" respectively.
** Waters' son Harry saying the line "Look mummy! There's an aeroplane up in the sky!" at the start of "Goodbye Blue Sky". Sometime after the release of ''Music/TheDarkSideOfTheMoon'', the band incorporated an exploding spitfire plane into their stage show, as the climax of "On the Run". Harry also plays keyboards in the new touring band.
** The "poems" that little Pink gets taken from him and read condescendingly to the class in school are from the lyrics to "Money".
** The poems Bob Geldof mumbles in the "Stop" sequence include lyrics from "Your Possible Pasts", from ''The Final Cut'', and "5:11 AM (Moment of Clarity)" from Waters' solo album ''The Pros And Cons Of Hitch Hiking'' (which, as detailed in the What Could Have Been section, was originally offered to the band as a possible concept along with ''The Wall'').
** The biggest one of all comes from ''Wish You Were Here'', and has connections in reality: the song "Have a Cigar" asks, "Oh, by the way, which one's Pink?" Which, naturally, came up in a radio interview.
*** Similarly, Pink shaving his eyebrows in the movie is based on an incident from the ''Wish You Were Here'' sessions, where the band was recording "Shine On You Crazy Diamond", their tribute to founding member Syd Barrett, when they were randomly visited by a fat, bald, middle-aged man with shaved eyebrows; after several uncomfortable minutes, they realised it was Syd.
** The movie's BodyHorror sequence in "Comfortably Numb" as Pink is carried down the hall is believed to be also a reference to Barrett's habit of crushing quaaludes and mixing them with his hair cream before going onstage, so that they would melt as the concert progressed, making him look like what Roger Waters described as "a guttered candle".
** In the Special Edition DVD of TheMovie, Roger Waters' DVDCommentary ends with him casually saying "Isn't this where we came in?"
** The opening song and the song where Pink has descended into the depths of his insanity are both called "In The Flesh". An incident on the "In The Flesh" Tour, which was to promote their last album, ''Animals'', inspired this album.
** The two note bassline in "Goodbye Cruel World" sounds similar to the one at the end of "See Emily Play".
* ANaziByAnyOtherName: Pink's Hammers -''snicker''- take cues from Mussolini's black shirts, SS troopers, and the KKK/skinheads. "Waiting for the Worms" doesn't really bother to try to disguise the fact that they are neo-Nazis, as the lyrics reference the Holocaust with "the final solution to strengthen the strain" and "waiting to turn on the showers and fire the ovens".
** The Hammers, in turn, inspired one of the more prominent real-life Neo-Nazi Skinhead groups to name themselves "[[PoliticallyIncorrectVillain Hammerskins]]" and to [[MisaimedFandom appropriate the marching hammers symbol as their own]].
* NeverBeHurtAgain: This is Pink's motivation for building the Wall. It turns out to not be such a good idea when completed, as it basically isolates him from everything.
* NightmareFace: The movie poster (pictured above).
* NoAntagonist: The album is really about Pink's inner demons, how they got there and how they [[MindScrew may have been overcome]]. There's no real antagonist for Pink.
* NonAppearingTitle: Both versions of "In The Flesh", "Another Brick In The Wall" parts 1 and 3, "The Happiest Days of Our Lives", "Young Lust", "Run Like Hell" (the lyrics "You better run like hell" appeared to have been dropped from the song at the last minute, judging by the liner notes), and "The Trial" all lack their titles in their lyrics. In concert, there's also the RepriseMedley of "The Last Few Bricks", which has no lyrics.
* [[NonIndicativeName Non-Indicative Title]]: "The Happiest Days of Our Lives" doesn't refer to particularly happy days in Pink's life, though considering how bad his life has been, they may very well be the happiest days of his life.
* ParanoiaFuel: [[InvokedTrope Invoked]] by Roger himself. During the tour, Roger would sometimes introduce "Run Like Hell" by saying it was for "all the paranoids in the audience."
* PatrioticFervor: Yet another layer of fascist imagery in "Waiting for The Worms"
-->Would you like to see Brittania rule again, my friend?
* PerformanceAnxiety: Pink suffers from this during "The Show Must Go On". Made most clear in the extended version they played in concert:
-->Do I have to stand up \\
Wild-eyed in the spotlight? \\
What a nightmare \\
Why don't I turn and run?
* PleaseDontLeaveMe: "Don't Leave Me Now."
* PoorCommunicationKills: The album's central theme. One school of thought says it applies literally to the ending.
* PrecisionFStrike: According to the 2010 tour, the answer to the question "Mother, should we trust the government?" is "NO FUCKING WAY".
** Also in the new tour, at the end of "The Trial" the Judge orders Pink to "TEAR DOWN THE FUCKING WALL!"
** In at least some concerts, the song between "In The Flesh" and "Waiting For The Worms" was introduced as "Run Like Fuck".
** [[TheReasonYouSuckSpeech "You little SHIT, you're in it now...!"]]
* ProductPlacement: Outside the concert at the beginning, there is a "Feeling [=7UP=]" soda billboard featuring [[UsefulNotes/MLBTeams Philadelphia Phillies baseball]] great Mike Schmidt.
** The fact he's grinning down at fans having the crap beaten out of them by cops makes it one that [=7UP=] probably didn't want in the film.
* PuppetPermutation: The Teacher. His puppet form is always seen being [[HenpeckedHusband controlled by his wife, who is depicted as a horrifying giant]].
* PuttingOnTheReich: The uniform Pink dons in "In The Flesh" is blatantly based off of Nazi uniforms, right down the the symbol on the armband. This goes well with his descent into fascism.
* RealLifeWritesThePlot: Pink's childhood is based on Roger Waters' early life, including his father dying in the war and horrible experience in school. Pink's SanitySlippage as an adult is based on Music/SydBarrett's own CreatorBreakdown. He really did shave his eyebrows.
** Inverted: The fictitious Hammer Skins of the film inspired a real-life skinhead group.
*** Not-so-Inverted: Those Hammer Skins in the film were ''real skinheads''.
** Waters [[http://www.angelfire.com/ok2/wall/interview.html said]] that "Comfortably Numb" was inspired by when he was suffering from hepatitis before a Philadelphia show on the ''In the Flesh'' tour, but was misdiagnosed by a doctor as having stomach cramps and injected with powerful tranquilisers, describing the experience of "trying to do a show when you can hardly lift your arm" as "the longest two hours of my life".
** The phone operator at the end of "Young Lust" is based on an incident in the ''In the Flesh'' tour when Waters tried to call his ex-wife Judy Trim, only to have the phone answered by a man.
** "One Of My Turns" is based on a backstage incident at the band's 1975 Knebworth concert. Roy Harper, who did the vocal on "Have A Cigar", flew into a rage upon discovering his stage costume was missing, smashing up one of the band's vans. He also coincidentally cut his hand, as Pink does during the movie.
** The heavy police presence at the beginning of the film is based on a real Pink Floyd show in Los Angeles from the ''In The Flesh'' tour.
* ReallyGetsAround: Pink's envisioning of his wife during "The Trial" is... not kind, portraying her as a GoldDigger with ''handles'' on her waist with an exposed vagina. [[MoodDissonance While she gets the most justified and acerbic lines criticising his behaviour.]]
** Pink's own willingness to sleep around with groupies on the road and his hypocrisy at being angry at his wife for being (or seeming to be) unfaithful at home is well-implied.
* TheReasonYouSuckSpeech: "The Trial."
* RecordProducer: Bob Ezrin had a heavy influence over the album, especially forcing Roger Waters to change the lyrics to make them more universal and less autobiographic (if you ever listen to the demos, it's obvious that the changes are for the better, particularly for "Another Brick in the Wall" and "Comfortably Numb"), and converting his concept into a 40-page script during the preliminary sessions that allowed the band to work on the album better. Despite being credited for "pulling the whole thing together" by engineer Nick Griffiths by "bridging the gap" between Gilmour and Waters, he and Waters did not get along very well during the album's sessions, as Waters pulled a dick move by denying him co-writing credits at first and mocked him at one point by having the band wear badges reading "NOPE" (''No'' ''P''oints ''E''zrin), reminding him of his reduced share of royalties. Co-producer James Guthrie was similarly praised by Gilmour and others for playing a key part in crafting the album's overall sound.
** Pink Floyd, to be fair, made Ezrin sign a contract forbidding him from revealing details and plot points about the stage show, which Ezrin violated via a radio interview. This incensed Waters (and to a lesser extent, the other band members) to the point that Bob was not allowed to attend any of the shows, and his credits on the album were taken off for a while. Ezrin himself admitted that he was not "in the best shape emotionally", struggling with marital problems during the recording, and he further annoyed the band with his poor punctuality despite the punishing schedule (Mason found frequent humour in mocking his elaborate and unlikely excuses for lateness), and at one point had a confrontation with Richard Wright that led him to working only at nights. They did patch things up with him to the point that Ezrin was asked to produce Roger's ''Radio KAOS'' (Ezrin declined as it was taking him away from his family) and eventually did produce Gilmour's Floyd albums (to Waters' disgust) and Gilmour's ''About Face'' solo album.
* RecurringRiff: A short 4-note riff is prevalent throughout the album, being most clearly heard at the beginning of "The Trial."
* RepriseMedley: During the live shows, the band would play a medley called "The Last Few Bricks" between "Another Brick In The Wall (Part 3)" and "Goodbye, Cruel World" in order to give the stagehands time to construct the titular wall. The recording of this medley found on the live album ''Is There Anybody Out There? The Wall Live 1980-81'' includes material based on instrumental sections from "The Happiest Days of Our Lives," "Another Brick In The Wall (Part 1)," "Don't Leave Me Now," "Young Lust" and "Empty Spaces."
* RockStarSong: More like a Rock Star Album. The whole thing is about the disillusionment and isolation fame brings, intermingled with emotional wounds from a tough childhood, post WWII, and its overall message is that isolation is immensely destructive to a person.
* RogerRabbitEffect: During the movie version of "Don't Leave Me Now." A live action Pink is being attacked by his animated perspective of his wife.
* SadistTeacher: "The Happiest Days of Our Lives," which provides the page quote for that page, is about how certain teachers would hurt the children any way they could.
* SafetyInIndifference: Pink comes to the conclusion that there is safety in indifference during "Another Brick in The Wall, Part III", angrily declaring his intentions:
-->I don't need no arms around me,\\
And I don't need no drugs to calm me!\\
I have seen the writing on the wall, \\
Don't think I need anything at all!
* SanitySlippageSong. It's practically a Sanity Slippage Album. "One of My Turns" is where Pink first snaps. "The Trial" may be where it's most overt though.
-->Crazy! Toys in the attic, I am ''crazy!''
* SexDrugsAndRockAndRoll: "Young Lust," and, according to Nicholas Schaffner's 1991 book ''Saucerful of Secrets: The Pink Floyd Odyssey,'' the passage in "Nobody Home" that ends "I've got a grand piano to prop up my mortal remains," is about keyboardist Richard Wright, who was suffering from a massive cocaine problem at the time.
* ShellShockedVeteran: Several tracks on ''The Final Cut'' reveal the teacher to be one.
* ShoutOut:
** Does anybody here remember Music/VeraLynn? Remember how she said that [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cHcunREYzNY we would meet again some sunny day?]]
*** Vera Lynn's song "The Little Boy That Santa Claus Forgot" plays in the background during the opening sequence of the movie.
** The Another Brick in The Wall sequence is a shout out to ''Film/{{Metropolis}}'', with schoolchildren playing the part of the workers from said movie.
** "I've got the obligatory [[Music/JimiHendrix Hendrix]] perm," in "Nobody Home." (NB: Syd Barrett had one, too.)
** The album begins and ends in the middle of the same sentence, just like ''Literature/FinnegansWake''.
* TheShowMustGoOn: "The Show Must Go On" obviously. To be more specific, Pink's trip through his past is interrupted by drugs injected at the request of his stage manager and driven to the concert, while wondering where the feeling has gone and whether he would remember the songs.
* SiameseTwinSongs: "The Happiest Days of Our Lives" > "Another Brick in The Wall, Part 2"
** "Empty Spaces" > "Young Lust"
*** Only on the studio version - when played live, ''What Shall We Do Now'' follows ''Empty Spaces'', and ''Young Lust'' has its own extended intro.
* SmashCut: "Waiting for the Worms" / "Stop". In the live shows, the March of the Hammers would suddenly cut to black. In the movie, it smash-cuts to Bob Geldof's screaming face.
* SocietyMarchesOn: Invoked by inclusion of footage from ''The Dam Busters'', a 1955 film in which soldiers fret about a black-furred dog they named "Nigger".
* SpitefulSpit: After Roger Waters did this to a fan on the "In The Flesh" tour, he immediately had a "MyGodWhatHaveIDone" moment that led to the creation this album.
* SubliminalSeduction: The song "Empty Spaces" contains the amusingly self-referential, if kind of hard to make out since it's so buried in the mix, backwards message
-->'''Roger Waters''': "Congratulations, hunters, you've just discovered the secret message! Please send your answer to Old Pink, care of the Funny Farm, Chalfont..."\\
'''James Guthrie'''[[note]]One of the album's producers[[/note]]: *interrupts* "Roger, Carolyne[[note]]Roger's then-wife[[/note]] is on the phone."\\
'''Roger Waters''': "Okay".
** This bit can also double as FridgeBrilliance since in the context of the album, it's a bit of {{Foreshadowing}} about Pink's mental breakdown. Also, the scarily in-depth analysis mentioned above points out that Waters abandoning the message to pick up the phone reinforces the entire album's theme about the importance of communication. This interpretation's also aided by Waters' later admission that he would've ended up like Pink if it wasn't for Carolyne.
* SurprisinglyGentleSong: For being a famously depressing film/album, it's easy to forget both end with [[YouAreNotAlone "Outside the Wall"]]. [[spoiler: {{B|ookEnds}}ut [[HereWeGoAgain then...]]]]
* TakeThat: The lyrics "I've got nicotine stains on my fingers/Got a silver spoon on a chain/Got a grand piano to prop up my mortal remains" are thought to refer to band member Richard Wright, who was allegedly struggling with an addiction to cocaine and was viewed as not pulling his weight by Waters during the recording of ''The Wall''. He ended up being kicked out of the band during the recording sessions for ''The Wall'', but was listed as a member on copies of the album, contributed to most of the songs and played keyboards on tour with the band as a session musician, being later reinstated as a full member after Waters' departure.
* TakeThatMe: Pink acknowledges he's fully responsible for ''everything'' he does. The Trial is him putting ''himself'' on Trial.
* TextlessAlbumCover: In the original release. Later releases added "Pink Floyd The Wall" in a graffiti-like font on the front cover.
* ThatManIsDead: After Pink's FreakOut when his wife leaves him, he is forced back on stage to perform - but emerges as a neo-Nazi, and announces his change by claiming to be a new person:
-->I've got some bad news for you, sunshine
-->Pink isn't well, he stayed back at the hotel
-->And they sent us along as a surrogate band
-->We're gonna find out where you fans really stand
* ThisIsMyStory: If you subscribe to the theory that "In The Flesh?" is a framing device for the rest of the story,[[note]]The album as a whole is mind-screwy enough that it's hard to say whether or not it is a framing device[[/note]] then it's an example of this.
* ThoseWackyNazis
* ThroughTheEyesOfMadness: Particularly after Pink's revival.
* TitleDrop: "When the Tiger Broke Free Part 2".
-->''It was dark all around/There was frost in the ground/When the Tigers Broke Free.''
** "All in all it's just Another Brick In The Wall."
*** Let's face it, apart from the ones under NonAppearingTitle, every song in the album has its TitleDrop (though some of them like "The Thin Ice" or "One Of My Turns" make it more subtle).
* TrashTheSet: Pink's rampage through his hotel room in "One of My Turns."
* TroubledFetalPosition: Pink assumes this position a few times throughout the movie.
* UncommonTime: "Mother". Nick Mason couldn't handle the different time signatures, and due to the tight schedule, had to be replaced by session drummer [[Music/{{Toto}} Jeff Porcaro]].
* UnreliableNarrator: Pink. The broad strokes of his life are probably true, but he may be exaggerating some of the details. Waters emphasised this aspect in interviews with Tommy Vance promoting the album, drawing attention to how it's never explicitly stated whether Pink actually did abuse his wife the way he sings in "Don't Leave Me Now" or if he's simply "wallowing in depravity" after his fit of anger in the previous song, or how Pink's mother may not be anywhere near as prissy or cruel as she's depicted in "Mother". (The analysis points out that she always refers to herself in the [[ThirdPersonPerson third person]], making it more likely that it's not actually her in the chorus, but Pink.) We can't really know for sure since nearly the entire album is told from his point-of-view anyway (the only character that actually has an independent voice is the groupie in "One of My Turns").
* ViciousCycle: The album's main theme is how the cycle of lack of communication perpetuates itself.
** A secondary theme seen in "The Happiest Days of Our Lives" is about the cycle of violence and unhappiness: the teacher is domestically abused at home by his wife, and reacts by lashing out in turn at the students and picking on them.
* VillainSong: "In the Flesh," "Run Like Hell," and "Waiting for the Worms" can be seen as this, given they're sung from the point of view of Pink's fascist persona.
* VisualPun: The form of the Judge is a literalisation of the saying "the law is an ass".
* VoiceOfTheLegion: The Judge, to some degree.
* YouAnsweredYourOwnQuestion: At the end of "One of My Turns", having trashed his hotel room and had a huge temper tantrum, part of it including more or less threatening to defenestrate the groupie he'd just brought along, Pink ends by asking "Why are you running away?".
* YouAreNotAlone: "Outside The Wall" is all about this trope.
-->All alone, or in twos\\
the ones who really love you\\
Walk up and down outside the wall.
* YouAreWhatYouHate: A recurring theme. Pink becomes a fascist, the very thing his father had died fighting against, as noted in the later songs "In The Flesh", "Run Like Hell", and "Waiting For The Worms". And he tries to rebel against the conformity of his school by becoming a rock star, only to realize that his teenage fans are so mindlessly devoted to him that they've forgotten how to think for themselves--making him, in his own way, just as oppressive as his [[SadistTeacher teachers]] once were.
* YouWontFeelAThing: The doctor from "Comfortably Numb" says as much, followed by a scream from poor Pink.
-->"Okay, just a little pinprick, There'll be no more (scream), but you may feel a little sick."
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!!! Goodbye all you Tropers, there's nothing you can say to make me change my mind. Goodbye.
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->''[[{{Bookends}} Isn't this where]]--''