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Aurelio Voltaire Hernández is a musician, animator and comic book artist popular in the goth scene and among anime and sci-fi fans. Lately he's been crossing over into {{Steampunk}}. His most popular songs include "Brains"[[note]]Remember that episode of ''WesternAnimation/TheGrimAdventuresOfBillyAndMandy'' with the brain-eating alien? Yeah, that was him.[[/note]] and "When You're Evil". Most of his songs poke fun at the NewYorkCity goth scene, and anything else he either loves (''Franchise/StarTrek'' & ''Franchise/StarWars'') or hates (New Jersey).

He was born in Havana, Cuba. His family moved to Jersey when he was a child (which he hated) and currently lives in New York City. He does claymation, mainly channel I.D.s, which he started when he was only 10 years old. He currently teaches stop-motion animation at The School of Visual Arts in NYC when he's not touring.

His music is mainly satirical, but some of his songs can be quite serious and deep. Most of his songs have a folk-music feel to them, though he often breaks genre barriers, going into jazz, country, even rap.

It's [[Creator/{{Voltaire}} also the name]] of one of history's most celebrated essayist, philosopher and writers. But who cares about that? He does. A lot. He recently (since 2010), started to use his first name with it, so now to find his new stuff on iTunes, Pandora, Spotify, etc., you have to search for Aurelio Voltaire. He did this due to people making new bands with "Voltaire" in them, and so his fans can find him easily. He said on his offical facebook page:

"I got tired of there being other people releasing albums as Voltaire. There's an indie band in Germany and some American guy who makes instrumental hip hop. Like, do these people not do a fuckin' google search before naming their bands? Anyway, it was just easier to distinguish myself from them by using my first name."

Voltaire married his long-time girlfriend, Jayme, on October 1, 2009, at the Angel Orensanz Center in New York City. Voltaire has a son, Mars, from a previous relationship, born in 1998. On September 25, 2013, Voltaire announced on his official blog, that he and his wife are getting divorced, just short of their 4 year anniversary.

Has a [[http://www.youtube.com/user/voltairenyc Youtube channel]] with some of his stop motion animations, but his main account [[http://www.youtube.com/user/VoltaireMusicPage can be found here]], where he uploads music and vlogs (which he calls "Nooseletters") straight from the Lair of Voltaire, delivered alongside his literal DeadpanSnarker friend/corpse Orville Deadenbacker.

!! Discography:
* The Devil's Bris (1998)
* Almost Human (2000)
* Banned on Vulcan (2001)
* Boo Hoo (2002)
* Then And Again (2004)
* Deady Sings! (2004)
* Zombie Prostitute... (2006)
* Live! (2006)
* Ooky Spooky (2007)
* To the Bottom of the Sea (2008)
* Hate Lives in a Small Town (2010)
* Spooky Songs for Creepy Kids (2010)
* [[LongTitle Riding a Black Unicorn Down the Side of an Erupting Volcano While Drinking from a Chalice Filled with the Laughter of Small Children]] (2011)
* [=BiTrektual=] (2012)
* Raised by Bats (2014)

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!!Tropes that describe him, his music, and his animations:

* AffectionateParody: "Coin Operated Goi", a [[MatzoFever Jewish-themed]] parody of the DresdenDolls' "Coin Operated Boy".
* AngryMobSong: "Stakes and Torches". Scimitars and bayonets; scythes, pitchforks, a sickle with a sharpened edge...
** [[EarWorm Swords and Spades and mallets that are made of lead...anything at hand, anything that can help us to remove the head!]]
*** [[OverlyLongGag Of that filthy rich, fat son of a bitch! While he's sleeping in his bed!]]
* AntiLoveSong: "My Future Ex-Girlfriend".
* AscendedMeme / AGoodNameForARockBand: According to WordOfGod: "This is the title track of my new album. The album was named by a young man named Alex who posted on my Facebook page "Voltaire's music is the audio equivalent of riding a black unicorn down the side of an erupting volcano while drinking from a chalice filled with the laughter of small children." When I read that I knew I had to name the new album that! AND I knew I had to write a song called that as well. And here it is!"
* AssPull: Voltaire invoked this in the song "The U.S.S. Make Shit Up" as a celebration of the many ass pulls of Franchise/StarTrek.
* AttackOfThe50FootWhatever: "The Mechanical Girl" can grow to seven times her size and is armed with flamethrowers, rockets, and other powerful and destructive weaponry. Which is bad news for the king who takes her from her father and creator to try to make her his queen.
* AwesomeMcCoolname: His real name is Aurelio Voltaire Hernández.
** Awesome [=McCool=] Album Title: Riding a Black Unicorn Down the Side of an Erupting Volcano While Drinking from a Chalice Filled with the Laughter of Small Children.
* BadassAdorable: The Mechanical Girl, according to some character sketches Aurelio did.
* BaitAndSwitch: ''Blue-Eyed Matador''. [[spoiler: The matador thinks he's fighting TheDevil in the shape of a monstrous bull for his soul. Turns out TheDevil is the beautiful woman in the stands, distracting him from the bull instead.]]
* BadassMustache: Well, technically there's also a beard, but who cares?
* BawdySong: Zombie Prostitute, to name one.
* BeingEvilSucks: Initially mentioned in the last verse of "When You're Evil" but immediatly subverted as it's revealed to be a lie.
* TheBigEasy: The setting of ''Don't Go By the River''
* {{Bishonen}}: It isn't too noticeable in his recent pictures, but his pictures on Facebook reveal that he looked a ''lot'' like Prince in the 80s.
* BlackComedy: "Dead": "There's an infant that's been torn apart, now he's dead!"
* BlackComedyRape: [[CrossesTheLineTwice Cantina]].
* BrainBleach: If you have a vivid imagination, then the mental images that Cantina gives you are this. Or FetishFuel.
** "The Trouble with Tribbles" is that they're fluffy and they're cute but you can never find the hole. Then there's the [[CrossesTheLineTwice solution]].
* BrainFood: BRAINS! g'dur.
* BreakupSong: "See You In Hell", along with several other songs from ''Boo Hoo'' (a breakup ''album'').
* BullfightBoss: "Blue Eyed Matador".
* ButtMonkey: Poor Luke Skywalker in Cantina
* CaptainObvious: Dead has a good bit of this in the first two verses or so in the song "Dead"
-->"There a girl with a hole in her heart/ and she's... Dead!"
* CapturedByCannibals: "Cannibal Buffet"
* CardCarryingVillain: "When You're Evil" is essentially one of these simply talking about how much fun he has in simply being a villain, "cause it's so easy when you're evil."
* TheCasanova: "Welcome to the World".
* {{Claymation}}
* CommieLand: And it seems he still liked it better than {{Joisey}}!
* TheCoverChangesTheGender: Done in typically beautiful fashion in "Bachelor(ette)", his {{Perspective Flip}}ped cover of the {{Bjork}} song.
* CrankyNeighbor: Voltaire has to deal with one in "When You're Dead."
** And he is the CrankyNeighbor in "The Man Upstairs".
* CurseCutShort: "The Dirtiest Song that Ain't" is riddled with this.
** Nevermind "riddled" - it's the ''entire point of the song.''
* CuteMonsterGirl: She's a rotten kind of cute, to be exact.
* DarkIsNotEvil: Voltaire himself could be considered a living example. Althought his gloomy look he's known to be funny, nice and ironic.
* DeFictionalization: His forthcoming album ''Raised By Bats'' is based on the album released by a character in his novel ''Call of the Jersey Devil''.
* DespairEventHorizon: "Feathery Wings". A guardian angel ala ItsAWonderfulLife, trying to earn his wings and get back to Heaven, but his success rate apparently isn't so hot, so he's stuck here. In the final verse he has a complete breakdown, sobbing about how much he hates it here and how alone he feels since ''the mortals at least get to leave''.
* DisposableSexWorker: One of the options for hookers available at the disreputable brothel Cathouse Tragedy (From the song of the same name) is ''dead''.
** And "Zombie Prostitute" is about the ''aftermath.''
* DisproportionateRetribution: The Emcee of ''The Straightrazor Cabaret" attacks and mutilates members of the audience he [[HappinessIsMandatory thinks aren't enjoying the show enough]]
* DoubleEntendre: "The Sexy Data Tango". TechnoBabble never sounded so dirty.
** "[[Series/DoctorWho It's Bigger On The Inside]]" plays with this as well.
* [[MonsterIsAMommy Dragon Is A Daddy]]: The {{Aesop}} in the song [[spoiler: "Crusade"]] is delivered via invoking this trope.
* DrivenToSuicide: ''Underground.'' Being dead and buried doesn't make getting dumped by the most wonderful woman in the world any less painful.
** Ultimately subverted though, as the [=POV=] character ends the song having decided that the best revenge is not to kill himself, but instead to live long enough to dance on her grave.
** The opening lines of ''Feathery Wings'' imply that this is the sort of thing the angel is trying to prevent. "Trying" being the operative word.
* EverythingsDeaderWithZombies: "Zombie Prostitute", "Reggae Mortis"
* FilkSong: His forays into the sci-fi filk scene are very memorable. (Google "Sexy Data Tango". Or [[NotSafeForWork you could listen to Cantina.]])
* ListSong: "God Thinks" is a list of various claims of people claiming it "God's message", with a few of his own thrown in.
* FelonyMisdemeanor: In ''Bomb New Jersey'' one of the first reasons he lists why that state sucks is "They all wear jeans that are Acid Wash, and yet they think I'm insane!"
* ForTheEvulz: "When You're Evil" is pretty much this trope's unofficial theme song.
* FreudianExcuse: ''The Chosen'', a song from the POV of a (very insane) serial killer.
--> First time I had sex was three
--> First time consenting was 13
* GlasgowGrin: "The Straight Razor Cabaret."
* GreedyJew: Nodded to in "Coin-Operated Goi", which concerns the efforts of a heavily-accented Jew to convert the eponymous goi into "a coin-operated Jew, just like me and you".
* {{Guyliner}}
* AHellOfATime: There's an amusing double-subversion of this in "Death Death (Devil Devil Evil Evil Songs)".
* HumansAreBastards: The song "Oh Lord (Wake the Dead)" is mostly about this.
--> They act like rabid monkeys, chained up at the zoo,
--> And Literature/TheBible says that each of us is modeled after you.
--> Well hell that should offend you Lord, if it does here's what you do.
--> You just look down, shake your head.
* HurricaneOfPuns: If you can listen to "Cannibal Buffet" all the way through without at least ''smiling'', you have no soul.
--> Oh, trouble was '''afoot''' - they were eatin' mine
--> '''Toein'''' the party line,
--> I was startin' to feel, "these guys are '''heels'''"
--> But, the truth be told, these cannibals have got '''sole'''
--> Hey, '''numbskull''', look at me, I got a '''bone''' to pick with thee
--> You ain't '''humerus''', stop '''ribbin'''' me
--> Have a '''spine''', '''bone''' up on settin' me free
* HypocriticalHumor: Every verse of "God Thinks" ends with some variation of "God hates people putting words in his mouth".
* ILoveTheDead: "Dead Girls" and "Zombie Prostitute"
* IWillWaitForYou: "The Sea".
** "I stand under moors / Searching a sea of blue/ And forever more, I'll wait here for you."
** Also in "Anastasia".
* ImAManICantHelpIt: "It's Normal For A Man."
* InfantImmortality: Averted big time in "Dead".
--> There's an infant that's been torn apart, now he's .... Dead!
* IronicEcho: The chorus to "Crusade", and it gains another layer every time it comes around.
* LargeHam: Basically in every song he acts like this.
* LeastRhymableWord: a hilarious example from "Straight Razor Cabaret." On his Youtube page, he said that "[[GlasgowGrin face raper]]" was the only thing he could think of that rhymed with "straight razor." When it was pointed out to him that the two phrases don't actually rhyme, he decided he didn't care.
* LongTitle: "Death Death (Devil, Devil, Devil, Devil, Evil, Evil, Evil, Evil Song)"
** Which is why he and the fans usually shorten it to "Death Death etc."
** "Riding on A Black Unicorn Down The Side of An Erupting Volcano While Drinking From A Chalice Filled With The Laughter of Small Children". He doesn't even fit it all on the album cover.
* LosingYourHead: In the song "The Headless Waltz."
* TheMasochismTango: "Stuck With You" is about a couple arguing and listing off all the horrible things they've done to each other... with an ending that's fifty percent [[BittersweetEnding Bittersweet]] and fifty percent {{Squick}}.
* ManlyTears: From "The Ship's Going Down:"
-->"For my son I had always a plan, for to raise him as best as I can./Oh well you can bet, my only regret is to not see him grow to a man."
* MoodWhiplash: "Beast of Pirate's Bay". "Well, Blackbeard the Pirate, you know for what he's feared. [...]His beard turned white and all agree, He looks like Santa Claus." A just a tiny bit later: [[spoiler:"This mighty whale was in such pain, we both began to cry."]]
* MrFanservice: TallDarkAndHandsome is he not?
* MurderBallad: "Ex-Lover's Lover"
* NeoclassicalPunkZydecoRockabilly: He describes himself on his MySpace profile as a "Neo-Victorian gypsy pirate vaudeville band."
** His album, "Hate Lives in a Small Town" adds Country to this mash-up, and has been simply called "Gothic Country" by some of his fans.
* NewSoundAlbum: Almost all of his albums have a slightly different sound to them.
* NiceHat: Among them, a top hat and a black gatsby.
* NoodleIncident: Just what happened to him in New Jersey anyway?
** His childhood, apparently.
* OffWithHisHead: in the song "The Headless Waltz."
* OneOfUs: He wrote the "Sexy [[Series/StarTrekTheNextGeneration Data]] Tango", amongst a plethora of other ''Franchise/StarTrek'' and ''StarWars'' related songs, and is [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eluwirWWdZg incredibly proud of his work with Cartoon Network.]]
-->''I was on a plane...so I started watching that TV, y'know, the little [=TVs=] they have on the backs of people's heads on the plane?...So anyway, I was flipping through the channels, and I came up on Creator/CartoonNetwork, and as it happened, they were playing a movie called ''[[WesternAnimation/TheGrimAdventuresOfBillyAndMandy Billy and Mandy's]] Big Boogey Adventure''. I wrote and preformed the title track for this movie. So I'm sitting there and I'm looking at it and I'm like (''makes incredulous, happy face'') and then I realize I have no one to tell. I can't even use my phone! So eventually I just can't contain my enthusiasm and I start yelling "That's me! That-that that's me!"''
* OpenMouthInsertFoot: Dunce is all about this. The lyrics lament the fact that the narrator always says something offensive.
* {{Otaku}}: Voltaire loves Lolita and also Japanese things it seems, though he also mocks it, especially in his comic Deady Big in Japan, which poked fun at every Japanese cliche he could fit.
** The image of him on his live album cover is chibified.
* PepTalkSong/ SelfEmpowermentAnthem: "Innocent," to everyone who is dealing with bullying.
* PerkyGoth
* PointyEars: On several album covers, before getting an operation to give himself RealLife pointy ears.
* RaisedByWolves: 'Raised By Bats'
* RedShirt: His song, "Expendable" from ''[=BiTrektual=]'', is all about this trope.
* ReligionRantSong: Several, most notably "God Thinks", "Hell in a Handbasket" and "Oh Lord (Wake the Dead)".
* {{Robosexual}}: The king in his new song "The Mechanical Girl". King's wife leaves him and runs off with his steed, king demands inventor's robotic replacement-for-a-dead-daughter as his new wife, king tries to sleep with said robot, she attacks him with rocket launchers and flamethrowers, kills him and lays his kingdom to waste, returns home to dad. Lesson: Never steal a man's daughter from him. Especially if she has rocket launchers and flamethrowers.
** He was actually going to pitch a show based on this...
** Also "The Sexy Data Tango", obviously.
* RobotGirl: "The Mechanical Girl."
* SatanIsGood: A concept explored in "Almost Human", "[[spoiler:Death Death (Devil, Devil, Devil, Devil, Evil, Evil, Evil, Evil Song)]]" .
** [[spoiler:Either that, or FauxAffablyEvil.]]
** ''Almost Human'' depicts the devil as a rather IneffectualSympatheticVillain.
* ScoobyDooHoax: [[spoiler: The so-called "Beast" in ''The Beast of Pirate's Bay'' is actually just a beached whale that had tried to escape from whalers. The narrator tried to help it get out to sea when he was a boy, but the only thing he could do was keep people away by writing a sign and making up stories to scare people off.]]
* SeeYouInHell: The song of the same name.
* ShoutOut: In the song ''To the Bottom of the Sea'', right after the stanza "Down at the bottom were treasures galore/But guarding so greedily/Was an angry horde of skeletons with swords/Down at the bottom of the sea!", you can hear someone shout "[[VideoGame/WorldOfWarcraft For the Horde!]]"
** He gives a shout-out to ''himself'' in "Alchemy Mondays", when he says, "Hold everything, they're playing my song..." The music stops, and we're treated to a line from "When You're Evil".
** There's also this bit from [[VampireDance "The Vampire Club"]]: "Dressed in black from toe to head/Singing, [[Music/{{Bauhaus}} 'Bela Lugosi's still undead!']]"
*** Both songs are each basically a long ShoutOut and AffectionateParody of the New York City goth scene from start to finish, with tongue-in-cheek references to real people. And are thus [[CrowningMomentOfFunny Crowning Moments Of Funny]] for those familiar with the scene.
** There are also plenty of allusions to or paraphrasings of lines from [[{{Queen}} "Bohemian Rhapsody"]] in "Hell in a Handbasket".
** "Graveyard Picnic" is basically a long love letter to EdgarAllanPoe.
** "Don't Go By The River" has a ShoutOut to [[AnneRice Les]][[TheVampireChronicles tat]].
** ''Bitrektual'', aside from the obvious Star Trek and Star Wars, also has lines referring to or quoting BattlestarGalactica, DoctorWho, BabylonFive, {{Stargate}}, GalaxyQuest...
* SouthOfTheBorder - "Day of the Dead"
* SpaceWhaleAesop: The aesop of "The Mechanical Girl".
--> Never take a child away from a loving parent. Especially not ones who make children who shoot rockets from their eyes.
* StealthPun: An easily missed one from "When You're Evil":
--> To the gentlemen, I'm Misfortune; to the ladies, I'm Surprise
--> (To the gentlemen, I'm Miss Fortune; to the ladies, I'm Sir Prize)
** It's actually rather brilliant, seeing as the meaning completely changes depending on how you're hearing it.
* StockNessMonster: "Beast of Pirate's Bay". May also constitute as a CrowningMomentOfHeartwarming. Also mentioned in "To the Bottom of the Sea".
* StraightGay: Han Solo, apparently, in Cantina.
--> I never would've that pirate was a homo.
* TakeThat: "God Thinks" has the immortal lines, "And I... I know what God thinks: God thinks you're an idiot!"
** Another one in "Hell in a Handbasket": "Oh, good Lord... we both know Hell don't exist - Except in the minds of the poor fools who believe!"
** "Bomb New Jersey" is all about how much Voltaire wants to take revenge against New Jersey for sucking so much.
*** "Hell in a Handbasket" has another jab at New Jersey, when he says he'd rather be dead and in Hell than "alive and kicking in Jersey anyday".
** "Death Death (Devil, Devil, Devil, Devil, Evil, Evil, Evil, Evil Song)" has a shot at GeorgeWBush.
** He changed the lyrics to "Vampire Club" from targeting whiny, pretentious patrons at goth clubs to making fun of {{Twilight}}.
* TheSomethingSong: "The Happy Song". Also "Love Song", but that's a cover of TheCure.
* UnderTheSea: "To the Bottom of the Sea".
* UnexpectedGenreChange: ''Ooky Spooky'' actually had swing music on it similar in style to CabCalloway (though this seems to have been permanently added to his repertoire now, and appeared earlier in "Brains"). And then came ''Hate Lives in a Small Town''... a ''country'' album.
** On a similar note, he divulged in an interview a short lived idea for a Star Wars themed Hip-Hop album named "Republic Enemy"
** He debuted his 'country' songs on his summer 2010 tour and they don't sound too different from the stripped down arrangements of his normal songs, other than the lyrics not being about Goth culture and Star Trek...
* {{Unicorn}}: Voltaire's unicorn from the cover of "Riding a Black Unicorn Down the Side of an Erupting Volcano While Drinking from a Chalice Filled with the Laughter of Small Children" is big, black and [[CoolHorse badass]].
* VillainSong: "When You're Evil" is one of his most popular songs.
** Also "Brains".
** "Death Death (Devil, Devil, Devil, Devil, Evil, Evil, Evil, Evil Song)"
** "Almost Human" starts out as one, with Satan spitting out his lines defiantly, until a little way through when it morphs into his VillainousBreakdown.
* TheVillainSucksSong: "Robber Baron" could qualify.
* WhatCouldHaveBeen: With his primary language being Spanish, it would have been cool that he also sang "Brains" in Spain and LatinAmerica.
* ZombieApocalypse: "Brains" with the ''WesternAnimation/TheGrimAdventuresOfBillyAndMandy'' using the song to boot.
** Though "Brains" is about a brain-eating alien. Though, he does turn the entire town into mindless zombies within the show.
*** More fitting examples would be "Fear and Anguish", "Zombie Prostitute", and "Reggae Mortis". "Zombie Prostitute" and "Reggae Mortis" both feature zombies, but the only one that can really be described as an apocalypse is "Fear and Anguish". Even there it was only one zombie which just annnounced the horrors to come before collapsing.

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