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* AlternativeCharacterInterpretation:
** Is Murdoc truly the completely reprehensible bastard that he claims to be, or is he a sad little man who was never given a chance at a normal life and is thus incapable of understanding others as a result? Does he actually enjoy being on '' Plastic Beach'' due to it being his "kingdom", or does he secretly miss having anyone to talk to? Did he kidnap 2D out of necessity of producing the album, or did he do it because he was the one person who didn't completely hate him and was thus the only person he could call a friend? Phase 3 manages to provide support for all sides of the argument.
** Is 2D an IdiotSavant, or an intelligent young man whose mind was destroyed by severe head trauma and constant pain killer usage?
* AnimationAgeGhetto: Zig zagged. On the one hand, a minority of well-intentioned parents have brought their children to see their live shows, unaware that this "cartoon" band has several songs about death and violence, and the fictional characters who make them up include oversexed psychopath Murdoc. To say nothing of the violence and sexual content of their videos (Murdoc's "bass shagging" in "Feel Good Inc." and attempted animal abuse in "19-2000"). On the other hand, the band's inherently gloomy visual style tends to be a good tip off that they aren't child-friendly. More importantly, the concept of the cartoon characters being the actual band has been respected by both music journalists and MTV, who even gave Murdoc his own episode of ''Cribs''.
* BaseBreakingCharacter: Murdoc became one of these during Phase 3. While he was always a character fans were meant to LoveToHate, his increasingly heinous crimes, KarmaHoudini status and [[SpotlightStealingSquad tendency to dominate the vast majority of screen time across the phase]] made a sizable chunk of fans become sick of him. Still, he remains a beloved part of the group with most others.
* BigLippedAlligatorMoment: "Hallelujah Money" randomly ends with a sample of WesternAnimation/SpongeBobSquarePants sobbing. [[GeniusBonus It's a soundbite of his reaction to Mr. Krabs saying "You're fired!", which was Donald Trump's catchphrase on The Apprentice.]]
* BrokenBase:
** The last single from Phase 3, ''Doncamatic'', which wasn't part of ''Plastic Beach,'' caused one. Half the Website/YouTube comments are lauding it as a spiritual successor to ''DARE'', and the other half are criticizing it for its lack of Damon Albarn and similarity to current pop. Its release as a single also provoked anger, as it was chosen over [[EnsembleDarkhorse fan favorite "Empire Ants"]]. Then ''Doncamatic'' had a video made for it, which was considerably less epic and plot-advancing than the canceled ''Rhinestone Eyes'' video.
** How central to the band the characters are is also a hot topic of debate, particularly after Phase 3, with many claiming the increased focus on the cartoons early on in the Phase is what ultimately led to its unceremonious and abrupt end.
** "Hallelujah Money," the first song announced after a lengthy hiatus split the fandom wide open, primarily regarding its politics [[RuleOfCautiousEditingJudgement (which we won't go into much detail other than saying they're controversial)]], but also regarding whether or not the music itself is actually good. It's either a clumsy and disappointing first step after a 6-year absence, or a refreshing and bold statement that's well worth the wait. [[FanHater The comments complaining]] [[NoTrueScotsman about each others']] [[FlameWar responses certainly]] [[ComplainingAboutPeopleNotLikingTheShow don't help.]]
** With the tease releases from ''Humanz'', including ''Saturnz Barz'' and ''Let Me Out'', many people are becoming fed up with the guest singers taking up more of the spotlight, and would like at least a few non-collab songs on the album.
** There's also disagreements over the structure of ''Humanz'', particularly over how much looser and more 'mixtape' like it is compared to previous albums. Some people adore it, some are more neutral and still enjoy the album anyway, and some find it a weakness of the album, regardless of what they think of it overall. This, combined with the above complaints about the perceived lack of non-collab songs, as well as arguments over how much of it is considered a Gorillaz album (despite every album being vastly different anyway) due to not having as much 'story' on the album itself/as much of Damon's involvement vocally will all lead to vastly different responses.
** The increasing sexualization of Noodle in Phases 3 and 4. It's mostly dependent on whether you view the fact that we've known her since she was 10 to cause any {{Fanservice}} involving her to become source of {{Squick}} or not. Some view it as being equivalent to sexualizing a close childhood friend or relative, while others believe that, as she is now an adult, there is nothing wrong with suggesting that she is a sexual being.
* CargoShip: The ''Feel Good Inc.'' commentary makes reference to Murdoc's "bass-shagging action".
* CreepyAwesome: Murdoc.
* DieForOurShip: Paula, 2D's ex-girlfriend, is absolutely loathed by the fandom -- though this may be intentional since she's not all that pleasant a person, and isn't supposed to be.
* DracoInLeatherPants: Quite a few fanfictions either downplay or completely subvert the negative aspects of Murdoc's personality, usually for the sake of shipping.
** To a much less severe extent, most fanfics severely downplay 2D's less savory characteristics (such as his fathering of a dozen illegitimate children) and make him a full on NiceGuy. His intelligence is also generally boosted by a few IQ points.
* EarWorm: "Stylo", "DARE", "On Melancholy Hill", "Feel Good Inc.", "Clint Eastwood", "Superfast Jellyfish", "Doncamatic"... and that's not ''close'' to all of them. While their songs in general are extremely catchy, special mention goes to "Rockit", a song where half the lyrics are blahs.
* EnsembleDarkHorse:
** Song variety -- "Rhinestone Eyes" and "Empire Ants" are almost universally beloved among fans, and neither were ever official released as singles, though "Rhinestone Eyes" came close.
** Many of the tracks off of the SelfTitledAlbum -- most notably "Sound Check (Gravity)", "Punk", "Slow Country", and "5/4" -- are quite popular among fans, though rarely played live.
** "All Alone" is one of the most popular and well-recieved songs from ''Demon Days'', despite never being a single (though a live version was a B-side for some releases of "Dirty Harry").
** Paula Cracker received quite a bit of attention from fans -- though not necessarily the good kind -- despite only being mentioned in ''Rise of the Ogre'' and a few fleeting moments in interviews.
* EpicRiff: "Every Planet We Reach is Dead," the bass riff in [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IocxXl-0R90&t=13 "Feel Good Inc."]], "Clint Eastwood", and the violin riff that comes in halfway through the song in "Sound Check (Gravity)".
* FaceOfTheBand: 2D and Noodle in the videos, Murdoc in interviews. 2D gets the lion's share of the screen time in most videos barring a few which star Noodle. Stops being the case in Phase 3, where the focus is on Murdoc while he hangs in the background, but back in full force by "[=DoYaThing=]".
* FanonDiscontinuity: "The Fall" is not considered an official part of the Gorillaz "canon", as it was largely just Damien Albarn [[{{Pun}} noodling]] around with various music apps on his iPad with no specific attention paid to the band's mythology.
* FanPreferredCouple: It's a tie between [[HoYay 2D×Murdoc]] and [[LikeBrotherAndSister 2D×Noodle]] -- Murdoc×Noodle is also popular, but not to the extent of the other two. In the earlier years of Gorillaz, 2D×Noodle was more popular, but 2D×Murdoc has gotten more popular these days, mainly due to their large number of interactions.
* FoeYay: Murdoc with both of the other male band members, particularly 2D. Murdoc has practically destroyed 2D's life, but the latter views him as a role model and looks up to him, as to an older brother, in spite of the fact that Murdoc abuses him physically and mentally. 2D has even declared at one point he loves Murdoc. Still, in Phase 3, 2D gets smarter and realizes he was actually mistaken about him, and in many of the interviews they snark back and forth at each other.
* FriendToAllChildren: The music video for ''Dirty Harry'' implies 2D has the instincts, at least. His smiles and demeanor implies that the only reason he's playing at all is to keep the children distracted from their dire situation (stranded in a desert) the only way he knows how; through genre busting music and ethereal vocals. That said, 2D's absentmindedness works against him in actually taking CARE of the children. He dances right past two boys in the middle of a slap fight, ignores blatant bullying and hair pulling, and is totally absent when a boy peaks up a girl's skirt, after stuffing a Dung Beetle's dung ball in his mouth.
* FriendlyFandoms: Since they share the same creators, many Gorillaz fans are also ''TankGirl'' and {{Music/Blur}} fans, especially in the case of the former.
* HoYay: [[HoYay/{{Gorillaz}} Has its own page]].
* IronWoobie: Russel.
* JerkassWoobie: Pre-adolescent Murdoc. He grew out of woobiehood pretty quickly, and by all accounts he was a horrible little boy, but... [[FreudianExcuse poor kid]]. He gets a little bit of it back in the Pirate Radio broadcasts, in which a re-occurring theme is how depressingly lonely he is. Every time it hits him he [[DrowningMySorrows chugs more rum to put it out of his mind]], but since it comes up at least three or four times per broadcast it's clearly not helping much anymore.
* JustHereForGodzilla: The diverse backgrounds of the two founders result in something of a split among certain fans. Some are in mainly for the characters, more precisely Jamie Hewlett's art. Others are in mainly for the music, more precisely Damon Albarn's singing.
* KudzuPlot: Phase 3's storyline is generally agreed to be a borderline incomprehensible mess of various plot threads that get introduced and dropped at a moments notice, all strung together by an incredibly UnreliableNarrator. This was largely a result of Phase 3's TroubledProduction, which resulted in several instances of RealLifeWritesThePlot that forced the storyline to be dramatically altered multiple times. Eventually, it was all hurriedly resolved secondhand by one of Murdoc's radio broadcasts... which was eventually retconned by both the [="DoYaThing"=] video and the early storylines of Phase 4, rendering almost the entire Phase moot.
* MagnificentBastard: Oh Murdoc, why must we love to hate you?
* MemeticMutation:
** This:
---> Person: What genre is Gorillaz?
---> Me: [[MathematiciansAnswer Yes.]]
** "Lifebewtz", as said by a steward who offers to escort the real Noodle in "On Melancholy Hill", has reached this status.
** It's coming up, it's coming up, it's coming up... IT'S DARE! OOOH!
** [[MadnessMantra Overload, overload, overload, comin' up to the overload, overload, overload, comin' up to the--]]
** From the 12 minute version of "[=DoYaThing=]", Andre's repeated shouts of "I'M THE SHIT!"
** *Feel Good Inc. laugh*
** Calling Murdoc "Pickle Man" or "Disgusting Pickle Man".
** "...in a bag."
** ''Katsu'', Noodle's cat, has become a meme [[https://www.reddit.com/r/gorillaz/comments/5nehyy/damon_plz/ around the Gorillaz Reddit pages.]]
** [[https://youtu.be/2mL19xFGkIo?t=28s Hi, I'm Murdoc Niccals from Gorillaz.]]
** Fans had a field day when, after seven years of waiting, the first thing Murdoc does in the Saturnz Barz video is take a bath in [[{{Squick}} some really suspect conditions]], spending the vast majority of the video butt-naked.
** "THE BATH."
** ALL MOI LOIFE
** 2-D's dancing in this [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GzJGWAfmBco video]].
** [[https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=1MBF0ErjMOc This live performance]] of an incredibly drunk Shaun Ryder singing "DARE" has become notorious amongst fans.
* {{Moe}}: Noodle, and arguably 2D.
* MorePopularSpinoff:
** In America, where the band's first two albums have outsold Music/{{Blur}}'s ''entire discography.''
** They're arguably this for Music/Deltron3030 as well. All three members of Deltron appeared on the first album, and Deltron's "Time Keeps on Slipping" is usually referred to as a "proto-Gorillaz" song.
* NauseaFuel: The first video of the ''Murdoc's Dressing Room'' three-parter shows you more of Murdoc than you ever wanted to see, as does the band's segment on ''MTV Cribs''. Not to mention "Rock the House", "Feel Good Inc.", and "The Eel" G-bite.
* NightmareFuel: [[NightmareFuel/{{Gorillaz}} Has its own page]].
* NoYay: For a few fans, shipping any of the characters together leads to a number of problems: Murdoc seems incapable of having a healthy, non-abusive relationship with anyone, Noodle is young enough to be the band's daughter or younger sister, and the only remaining possible ship, 2-D and Russel, barely interact, let alone in a romantic sense.
* ReplacementScrappy: EMI lost a lot of the fans' esteem when the originally-intended, storyboarded and plot-advancing music video for "Rhinestone Eyes" was cancelled in favor of "Doncamatic".
* ShipsThatPassInTheNight: Despite the small size of the cast, the incredibly popular 2D/Noodle pairing has little to go off of, as the two have actually interacted the least out of all the band members in videos and interviews.
* SignatureSong: "Clint Eastwood" from ''[[Music/GorillazAlbum Gorillaz]]'' (and to an extent, the band itself), "Feel Good Inc." and "Dirty Harry" from ''Music/DemonDays'', and "On Melancholy Hill" and "Stylo" from ''Plastic Beach''.
* SomeAnvilsNeedToBeDropped: "Hallelujah Money" is an extremely politically-charged song, as it was released on the day before Donald Trump's inauguration.
* {{Squick}}
** In Murdoc's lair in the ''Plastic Beach'' game there are several boxes labeled "Edible panties", "Nipple tassels"... fetish fuel, maybe, if not for the ridiculous amount of flies hovering around them...
*** And considering they're in ''[[DepravedBisexual Murdoc's room]]''... Yeah, probably best ''not'' to think about what those would be used for.
** In the [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0HalCyn7z74 "02 Priority Walk"]] video, take note of Cyborg Noodle's incredibly fanservice-y outfit. She's supposed to be a replica of a ''14-year old girl''. Then again, she was made by ''[[DepravedBisexual Murdoc]]''.
** Noodle is often shipped with either 2D or Murdoc -- even when she was ''eight'' years old. Not quite as squicky by Phase 4 as she is now about 26 years old, but it's still a little [[WifeHusbandry dodgy]].
* SugarWiki/SweetDreamsFuel:
** The entirety of [[SugarWiki/HeartwarmingMoments "On Melancholy Hill"]], save for [[LastNoteNightmare the very end]].
** Martina Topley's absolutely ethereal bridge section on "All Alone".
** "Empire Ants". Everything from the intro, with 2D's beautiful, gentle vocals, to Little Dragon's verses when the song starts picking up.
* TaintedByThePreview: The demo of ''Stylo'' was not well-received and people assumed it is what the finished version sounds like -- the finished version actually sounds much better.
* TearJerker: They now have [[TearJerker/{{Gorillaz}} their own tearjerker page]].
* TheyWastedAPerfectlyGoodCharacter: The Evangelist, who was designed as [[BigBad the Boogieman's]] GoodCounterpart and foil, as well as the only person capable of offering Murdoc a chance at redemption. A fan contest was held to create a design for them, with the winning design getting redrawn by Jamie Hewlett himself, along with promises of the character going on to become a major part of the storyline in the future. Instead, the Evangelist makes a short cameo at the beginning of the second chapter of the adventure game to deliver a package and is otherwise completely forgotten about.
** The Boogieman himself is an example. The only recurring antagonist the band faces in their videos, as well as a mysterious KnightOfCerebus, he would have made for a compelling character if only Phase 3's TroubledProduction didn't result in the storyline getting CutShort, causing his motives and origins to never get revealed and his conflict with Murdoc receiving no resolution.
* ToughActToFollow: ''Music/DemonDays'' is not only considered a SurprisinglyImprovedSequel to [[Music/GorillazAlbum their first album]], but one of the best albums of that decade. ''Plastic Beach'', as a result, is generally seen as [[SoOkayItsAverage good but not great]].
* UglyCute:
** Noodle and 2D.
** The manatee from the "On Melancholy Hill" video.
* UncannyValley:
** Well, just look at the videos. [[http://beatcrave.com/wp-content/uploads/2009/04/gorillaz_group.jpg Or, for that matter, the stills]]. 2D is, in some of the pics, frankly terrifying.
** The cover-art for ''The Fall'' can be considered rather creepy. It features 2D sitting alone in a dark room, staring into the camera with huge white eyes and an emotionless look on his face. Looking at it too long can make you uneasy because of this.
** The video for "Stylo" has them in a live-action setting in a new CG-animated style. The first time you see them can be straight creepy.
** Say hello to [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=81lAa3kqgCc Cyborg Noodle]].
** [[http://hiphopdx-production.s3.amazonaws.com/2017/03/Gorillaz-Humanz-album-cover-art.jpg The cover artwork of Humanz]] features realistic-looking renderings of the entire band. It's about as unsettling as you'd expect.
** Special mention goes to 2D in [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GzJGWAfmBco "Sleeping Powder"]]. He appears to be motion-captured, and the slightly awkward movements and surreal imagery don't help much.
* ViewerGenderConfusion:
** About a quarter of the comments on some Website/YouTube copies of the "DARE" video are people asking if Noodle is a boy or a girl, and another quarter are people telling the aforementioned that she's female, with varying levels of politeness. She was even more ambiguous in Phase 1, before she reached puberty. In Phase 3, she wears a much more feminine ensemble -- a dress, stockings and lipstick -- and Cyborg Noodle wears belly shirts and hot pants, so presumably that'll stop now.
** [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PwKcXfUmLkk Listen to "Doncamatic"]] without looking at the comments. Good? Now read the note. [[note]]The singer is a guy.[[/note]]
* WatchItStoned: Reportedly, listening to "Empire Ants" while stoned (especially when the song starts picking up before Little Dragon comes in) [[http://i.imgur.com/HSL6CPr.jpg is a transcendent experience]].
* WhatDoYouMeanItsNotForKids: AnimationAgeGhetto seems to have worked on them some, as parents have mistakenly brought their kids to live concerts. It's an animated band with and ridiculously catchy music... that features a character like [[AntiRoleModel Murdoc Niccals]]. Many of their songs and videos have prominent adult imagery and themes: "5/4" is all about how someone was DrivenToSuicide, the "Stylo" video features a shooting scene and the Boogieman, "On Melancholy Hill" has a discretion gore shot and Cyborg Noodle throwing up an ''octopus'', "Feel Good Inc." has Murdoc's "bass-shagging action" and the tower gives off a general feel of a nightclub or a brothel. While most of the lyrics are pretty ambiguous, they can be highly suggestive with moments of profanity, and it's not rare to see Murdoc with emptied tequila bottles, 2D switchblade knives and cigarettes, and dead animals. [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9lWKt4vxOdg One early, unreleased music video]] for "5/4" would have started off with a view of a girl masturbating, and the video treats the viewer to a naked Murdoc with a very much visible penis. Their first self-titled album even has a [[ContentWarning Parental Advisory sticker]] on it.
* WinBackTheCrowd:
** Phase 4 made its first musical step with "Hallelujah Money," which many fans were [[BrokenBase very wary about to say the least,]] [[TaintedByThePreview bringing up dread that maybe after 6 years, Gorillaz have lost their touch.]] A few months later however, they finally revealed the next album, ''Humanz'' and its ''20-track playlist'', simultaneously released ''4 new tracks''[[note]]"Saturnz Barnz," "We Got the Power," "Ascension," and "Andromeda"[[/note]], and a much more recognizable but still gorgeous ''360'' music video for "Saturnz Barz," all of which were very well-received by the fanbase.
** After ''Humanz'' [[BrokenBase polarized fans and critics alike]] -- one of its bigger criticisms being how it was less about the band itself and more like Damon Albarn just collaborating with whichever artists he could find -- [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GzJGWAfmBco "Sleeping Powder"]] [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=44GmrCQezBU&t=18s was made specifically as a direct response to it,]] being a very 2D-oriented song based on his drug addiction. The reaction to it has been very positive, with many fans finding it better than most songs off of ''Humanz'' as a result, but time will tell if the streak will continue.
* TheWoobie:
** You have to feel bad for 2D. First off, he got put in a coma and got an eye fractured after Murdoc hit him with a car, and had to be taken care of by Murdoc whilst in the coma, not to mention the rumors of what happened during that time. Then Murdoc managed to crash the car trying to 360 to impress a girl and 2D was thrown through the windshield. This woke him from the coma and ''shattered his other eye''. Murdoc abused him all the time, then drugged and kidnapped him for ''Plastic Beach''. During the iTunes sessions, Murdoc bragged about nailing his girlfriend and proceeded to chloroform 2D when he attacked. Finally, in the "[=DoYaThing=]" video, there is a final twisting of the knife -- 2D reads a newspaper with a cartoon called The Gorillaz in which Murdoc gives him a hug and says "It's good to have friends." 2D smiles at this, but then the real Murdoc comes downstairs and brutally smacks him across the head with a shoe. The heartbroken look on his face is ''awful''.
** The whole band, really. Russel's friends were killed and then he got possessed and expelled from school for mauling some other students, Murdoc whilst being a complete dick did have an admittedly abusive childhood, and Noodle's life has been crap since Phase 2 although she's now back with her bandmates as of "[=DoYaThing=]".
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