* AscendedFanon: [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/El_Mañana_(song) Wikipedia's article]] on the song ''El Mañana'' noted that the helicopters in the video didn't match the ones from ''Feel Good Inc.'', and proposed an explanation for it. This article was quoted in ''Rise of the Ogre'', with Murdoc replying, "Er... yeah. That sounds about right."
* CreatorsFavorite: Noodle is Jamie Hewlett's favorite character, and while she isn't without her detractors, she is very well liked by the fanbase.
* DevelopmentGag: Noodle was going to be the same age as the rest of the band, before being redesigned as a child. The original design was later recycled for Paula Cracker, who in lore was the original guitarist before being quickly replaced by Noodle.
** The video and single release of "Rhinestone Eyes" was pulled and replaced with "Doncamatic". This has led to a lot of people being concerned about how much trust EMI has in the project anymore. Hewlett claimed later that EMI didn't have the money to afford another video, since "Stylo" turned out to cost much more than they expected.
** These fears are being renewed now that EMI has pulled their funding for the rest of the ''Music/PlasticBeach'' arc, resulting in a rushed ending.
* KeepCirculatingTheTapes: ''Rise of the Orge'', despite being the band's biography apparently hasn't been printed since, since no book store seems have it and Amazon prices range from ''70'' to ''''''100 bucks''''''. Even ''worse'' on Ebay.
** Murdoc's playground nemesis, [[Manga/OnePiece Tony Chopper]].
** "Russell Hobbs" is a brand of iron.
* NoExportForYou: Gorillaz is known to leave off several tracks for each album either as secret bonuses, incentive to buy additional [=EPs=] or special-edition albums, or for foreign editions such as in Japan. Usually, however, at the end of a phase a corresponding B-side album is released containing these songs. Unfortunately, the [[AllThereInTheManual supplemental material]] plays this completely straight.
* SoMyKidsCanWatch: The exact reason why Bobby Womack came out of retirement to sing on "Stylo" (his daughter specifically nudged him to work with Albarn). The song revitalized public interest in Womack, leading to his first album in 18 years.
* TechnologyMarchesOn: At the time, the fact that the first Gorillaz CD gave you access to exclusive content on the band's interactive site was revolutionary. Now, if you play that movie that pops up when you put the disc into your computer all the way through, your browser opens up... to an error message. Indeed the whole "Enhanced CD" fad was on its last legs around the time of the first Gorillaz album, ''[[Music/GorillazAlbum Gorillaz]]''. Compare ''Music/DemonDays'' and ''Music/PlasticBeach'' which feature no such Autoplay content, but merely references in the booklet to sections of the band's website to find lyrics and other content.
* ThrowItIn: According to interviews, the title of the song "Dare" came from the fact that the guest singer, Shaun Ryder, couldn't pronounce "there" because of his accent. The original lyric was, "It's coming up, it's coming up, it's coming up, it's there!" But it was changed after a few takes proved it impossible to record that understandably.
* VisualPun: The pirate aircraft attacking Noodle's ship in [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=04mfKJWDSzI "Melancholy Hill"]] are for all intents and purposes F4U Corsairs with open cockpits. Incidentally, a corsair is another name for a pirate, although the pun may not have been intentional.
** "Don't Get Lost in Heaven" was originally going to sound [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Jn6D0xYDRDA a lot different.]]
** Paula was originally meant to be guitarist, until Jamie redesigned her as a ten-year-old. There was also a Bongo-playing Ape involved.
** [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9lWKt4vxOdg The unfinished video for "5/4"]].
** Phase 3 had an entire ''2 hours'' of music that was getting saved for a sequel album that was never made. Presumably this is why the plot was moving so slowly. Because of this, almost nothing got resolved and we're left to imagine what actually happened across the five-year time span.