Anthony George "Tony" Banks (born 27 March 1950) is a founding member and the keyboardist of the rock band Music/{{Genesis}}. He is actually the only original member left in the band, with MikeRutherford having come aboard after Banks and Music/PeterGabriel's founding of the band The Garden Wall. He appears to be responsible in large part for some of their weirder post-Peter Gabriel tunes as well as the more fancy ones.

While he never was the {{face of the band}}, he's recognized for having authored many of its more important tunes and being with Mike Rutherford the only constant member of it. His creative peak could be said to be the albums ''A Trick Of The Tail'' and ''Wind And Wuthering'', where he has a majority of the writing credits and contributed large expansive pieces such as "One For The Vine" or "Mad Man Moon". In the Music/PhilCollins era, he was still recognized as a writer for "[[EpicRocking long songs]]", notably "Domino" and "Home By The Sea". While he enjoyed giving a song breathing space and certainly did so when you let him, he did recognize that being able to create a song with a few basic chords and adequate lyrics can often be enough and contrary to what is often new fan's first instinct didn't consider the pop turn of Genesis as a negative.

The other notable aspect of his career is that he is the only Genesis member to have failed his solo career. Phil Collins became a titan of the 80's, only second to Music/MichaelJackson in sales. Peter Gabriel similarly cast an intimidating shadow. Mike Rutherford, while he didn't have much success with his first two albums, he did assemble Mike And The Mechanics and remained a major figure in the 80's, even restarting the machine in the 21st century. Steve Hackett meanwhile remains a respected figure in the progrock community and continues to release albums generating a lot of buzz. Meanwhile, Banks never managed to get off the floor in spite of trying a lot of things, including synthpop.

His main solo albums include:
* ''A Curious Feeling'' 1979
* ''The Fugitive'' 1983
* ''Bankstatement'' 1989
* ''Still'' 1991
* ''Strictly Inc.'' 1995
* ''Seven: A Suite for Orchestra'' 2004
* ''Six Pieces for Orchestra'' 2012

Other albums include:
* ''The Wicked Lady Soundtrack'' 1983
* ''Soundtracks'' 1986

!!Tony Banks and his music provide examples of these tropes:

* BoringButPractical: Tony prefers modern keyboards over retro ones like the Mellotron simply because they're much easier to manage.
* BornInTheWrongCentury: The protagonist of the song "Throwback" from the album ''Bankstatement'':
-->''I walk the backstreets''
-->''Of every dirty city, searching for the route''
-->''That leads me back to where I belong''
-->''I don't know how, but I'm trapped in the wrong time''
-->''If you know someplace I can go''
-->''Then I ask you, lead me to the door!''
* ConceptAlbum: ''A Curious Feeling''.
* DeadpanSnarker
* GentlemanSnarker
* GoodIsNotNice
* HappilyMarried
* IAmTheBand: He never went on record saying this, but other people involved with Genesis were happy to say it on his behalf. Genesis manager Tony Smith always held that everyone in that band was replacable exept for Tony, and Music/PhilCollins has admitted nothing happened in Genesis without Tony's approval. In fact, if Music/PeterGabriel wanted to do something cheeky (like wear a dress and a fox's head, or sing over the solo in Supper's Ready) he had to go behind Tony's back, or Tony would have put a stop to it.
* LonelyPianoPiece: "In The Dark" from ''A Curious Feeling''.
* LossOfIdentity: This happens to the protagonist of the ConceptAlbum ''A Curious Feeling''.
* TheManBehindTheMan: Arguable. Despite the fact that people tend to label the band's eras as the Gabriel and Collins eras and give those two the largest share of the credit, Banks actually had the majority of writing credits in both eras.
* PerpetualFrowner
* PopStarComposer: Banks scored the 1983 Faye Dunaway movie ''The Wicked Lady'' and the 1986 Kevin Bacon movie ''Quicksilver'' (no, not ''this'' ''ComicBook/{{Quicksilver}}'', the [[SimilarlyNamedWorks one about the bike messengers]]), among others.
** May be somewhat subverted, as Banks has not yet achieved the fame that his Music/{{Genesis}} bandmates and fellow [[PopstarComposer Pop Star Composers]] Music/PeterGabriel and Music/PhilCollins have.
* RichIdiotWithNoDayJob: Though he came from a wealthy/upper class background and met his fellow Music/{{Genesis}} founders at the prestigious public school they all attended, this is an averted trope.
* RippedFromTheHeadlines: WordOfGod says that "Strictly Incognito" from the album ''Strictly Inc.'' is loosely based on an actual case Banks read about in the newspaper.
* [[SanitySlippageSong Sanity Slippage Album]]: ''A Curious Feeling''.
* StepUpToTheMicrophone: For his second record ''The Fugitive''.
** Also on "Big Man" from ''Bankstatement'' and "Hero for an Hour" from ''Still''. He was also the second lead vocalist on "Shepherd", a rare early (pre-Collins and Hackett) Genesis track that never received an official studio recording (a version from a BBC session has been released on multiple box sets)
* TheStoic