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The Wu-Tang Clan ain't nothing to fuck with. A HardcoreHipHop group from Staten Island, [[BigApplesauce New York City]] that has been active musically since 1992, Wu Tang stopped being something to fuck with around the time you heard'em for the first time, son. Their fame is largely derived from their SignatureStyle of music, highly conceptual lyrics with frequent name-dropping of [[OneOfUs comic books]], an obsession with UsefulNotes/HongKong martial arts films [[note]]their name comes from the martial arts movie ''Shaolin & Wu Tang''[[/note]] and their {{Crazy Awesome}}ness.

[[MemeticMutation They ain't]] [[PrecisionFStrike nuthin' ta fuck with]].

!!The group's lineup is:
* The '''[[TheHero RZA]]''', AKA The Razor, Prince Rakeem, Rzarector, The Abbott, Chief Abbott, Bobby Steeles, the Scientist, Prince Delight, Prince Dynamite, Ruler Zig-Zag-Zig Allah (real Name: Robert Diggs Jr.)
** Wu-Tang Solo Debut: ''Bobby Digital in Stereo''
* The '''[[TheSmartGuy GZA]]''', AKA the Genius, Justice, Maximillion (real name: Gary Grice)
** Wu-Tang Solo Debut: ''Liquid Swords''
* '''[[KidAppealCharacter Method Man]]''', AKA Meth, Methtical, Shakwon, MZA, Iron Lung, Hott Nikkels, [[Film/{{Rocky}} Ticallion Stallion]], [[ComicBook/GhostRider Johnny Blaze]]; Real name: Clifford Smith
** Wu-Tang Solo Debut: ''Tical''
* '''[[TheLancer Ghostface Killah]]''', AKA Ghost, Sun-God, [[IronMan Ironman, Tony Starks]], Starky Love, Pretty Toney, P Tone, Ghost Deini, The Wallabee Kingpin (real name: Dennis Coles)
** Wu-Tang Solo Debut: ''{{Ironman}}''
* '''[[BunnyEarsLawyer Ol' Dirty Bastard]]''', AKA ODB, Dirt [=McGirt=], Dirt Dog, Big Baby Jesus, Sweet Baby Jesus, Mudbutt [=McMurder=], Osirus, Osiris the Father, Joe Bananas, King Bong, Rob Dog, Ol' Dirt Schultz, Hasaan, [[Series/ChappellesShow Old Dirty Chinese Restaurant]], Ill Irving the Murderer, The BZA, Ol' Daddy Skidmarkz, The Drunken Master Styles, Ason Jones, Ason Unique, Rain Man, Free Loadin' Rusty, [[OverlyLongGag The Man of All Rainbows]], (real name: Russell Tyrone Jones) - [[BreadEggsMilkSquick deceased]]
** Wu-Tang Solo Debut: ''Return to the 36 Chambers: The Dirty Version''
* '''[[LivingLieDetector Inspectah Deck]]''', AKA Rebel INS, Fifth Brother, Rollie Fingers (real name: Jason Hunter)
** Wu-Tang Solo Debut: ''Uncontrolled Substance''
* '''[[TagalongKid Masta Killa]]''', AKA High Chief, [[Film/OnceUponATimeInAmerica Noodles]] (real name: Elgin Turner)
** Wu-Tang Solo Debut: ''No Said Date''
* '''[[TeamChef Raekwon]]''', AKA Chef, Rae, Shallah Raekwon, Lex Diamond, Lou Diamonds (real name: Cory Woods)
** Wu-Tang Solo Debut: ''Only Built 4 Cuban Linx...''
* '''[[SixthRanger U-God]]''', AKA Baby-U, Golden Arms, 4-Bar Killer, Lucky Hands (real name: Lamont Hawkins)
** Wu-Tang Solo Debut: ''Golden Arms Redemption''

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!!! "Tropes rule everything around me":

* AnimatedMusicVideo: The video for "Daytona 500". One of the earliest examples that cut anime footage in with the music, the anime here being Anime/SpeedRacer.
* {{Badass}}: The group as a whole qualifies, but RZA in particular took lengths to try and become a real-life superhero. He studies kung fu and owns a bullet/blade-proof suit, Suburban and briefcase.
** BadassBoast: Wu Tang Clan ain't nothin' to f*ck with!
* BandOfRelatives:
** RZA, GZA & ODB - Cousins
** Method Man & Raekwon - Cousins
*** The familial connections expand for more cousins, children, siblings and adopted relatives with the second and third generation Wu members and affiliates.
* BatmanGambit: RZA claims the period between ''36 Chambers'' and ''Wu-Tang Forever'' to be this, the goal being to take over the hip hop scene. SugarWiki/MomentOfAwesome, if anything.
* BoastfulRap: "Protect Ya Neck", for starters.
* BuffySpeak: One of the lines in the intro of "Wu-Tang: 7th Chamber": ''He was layin there with fuckin', all types of fuckin' blood comin' out of his fuckin'...''
* BunnyEarsLawyer: ODB was completely insane, but he was a damn fine rapper.
* ClusterFBomb: Did you expect something else?
* ColdBloodedTorture: The beginning of "Method Man".
* ComicsRuleEverythingAroundMe: {{Trope Namer|s}}
* ExcitedShowTitle: Method Man's ''Blackout!'' and ''Blackout! 2''.
* FunWithAcronyms:
** We Usually Take All Niggas' Garments, according to ''7th Chamber''.
** Cash Rules Everything Around Me, C.R.E.A.M.![[note]]Get da money, dolla dolla bills y'all![[/note]]
* GangstaRap: Type 1 plus a fair amount of Type 3.
** Raekwon's ''Only Built 4 Cuban Linx...'' is considered one of the trope makers for Type 4.
* HeyItsThatGuy: Method Man gets a lot of this due to his acting career. His resume spans shows from ''Series/TheWire'' to ''WesternAnimation/TheFairlyOddparents''.
* IHaveManyNames: '''''And we mean MANY names'''''.
** For what it's worth, a skit taken from an interview is hidden at the end of "Can It Be All So Simple" explains the meaning of nicknames.
*** A particularly extreme example of this is the Ol' Dirty Bastard who has been called ODB, Dirt [=McGirt=], Black Baby Jesus, BZA and several others.
* InsistentTerminology: Besides their adoption of the [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Supreme_Alphabet Supreme Alphabet]] and [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Supreme_Mathematics#Supreme_Mathematics Supreme Mathematics]] and their [[ReferenceOverdosed deluge of references]]... well, there's their use of "Shaolin" as a synonym for "Staten Island".
* KamehameHadoken: Cappadonna does one at the beginning of his verse in "Triumph".
* LargeHam: Ghostface Killah. Expect him to ''really'' [[ChewingTheScenery Chew the Scenery]] on the more dramatic songs in the group's catalogue.
** Most songs featuring him and Ol' Dirty Bastard usually become HamToHamCombat.
*** Ol' Dirty Bastard is a legendary version of this trope.
** Most of the members have invoked this at some time or another, but special points to, as above, Ghostface, ODB and the RZA.
* LivingLieDetector: Inspectah Deck, apparently:
-->"Inspectah Deck, he's like that dude that'll sit back and watch you play yourself and all that right? And see you sit there and know you lyin; and he'll take you to court after that, cuz he the Inspectah."
* LoadsAndLoadsOfCharacters
* MoneySong: "C.R.E.A.M."
* NamesToRunAwayFromReallyFast: Masta Killa, Ghostface Killah, 4-Bar Killer, Ill Irving the Murderer, The Razor, 60 Second Assassin, etc.
* TheOldGods: "Older Gods" is a track on ''Wu-Tang Forever'':
-->Ghostface Killer: Yo, the Older God put me on and had to rock this / Maintain Three-Sixty Lord live prosperous
* ReferenceOverdosed: To put it mildly.
-->"Put a hanger on a fuckin' stove and let that shit sit there for like, a half hour..."
* {{Sampling}}
** SampledUp: ''Enter the Wu-Tang'' will render you unable to listen to the ''WesternAnimation/{{Underdog}}'' theme without hearing "the Wu-Tang Clan ain't nu-thin' ta fuck wit!"
* ScaryBlackMan: For certain values of scary. The lyrical content certainly seems to deliberately invoke this.
* SignatureStyle: RZA's production style. Minimalism and roughness at the start, drifted into movie and sped-up soul samples as the years went on.
* SomethingPerson: Method Man, most obviously, and [[ThoseTwoGuys frequent affiliate]] Redman.
* SpellingSong: "Method Man" starts with "M-E-T-H-O-D," itself a reference to Hall and Oates' "Method of Modern Love."
* StealthParody: A case could be made for The Wu being this to GangstaRap, with all its theatricality played as Gritty Realism. N.W.A. rap about casually popping caps in people's asses, and it comes across as RippedFromTheHeadlines and ForTheEvulz, when it's often just playing a part. Wu-Tang, however...[[NoKillLikeOverkill rap about chopping people's heads off]] [[UpToEleven with axes.]]
* TakeThat: GZA's "Labels" is a huge bitchslap aimed at every single label that [[ExecutiveMeddling treated him poorly]].
** "Paper Plate" drops the weight on 50 Cent and G-Unit, in response the verbal mudslinging they initiated. Furthermore, [[SugarWiki/MomentOfAwesome GZA does it all without a single profanity]] save for one semi-averted [[PrecisionFStrike Precision S Strike]].
* TeamDad: Popa Wu, in addition to acting as a road manager, was an actual father figure for several members growing up.
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