* BrokenBase: And how!
* CrowningMomentOfAwesome: The first time they pulled off the pre-order gambit. Doubles as a TakeThat to the music industry.
* CrowningMusicOfAwesome: Any Rothery solo spot.
** "Grendel." I don't care what anyone says.
** "This Strange Engine."
** "Chelsea Monday" and "The Last Straw".
** This list should be a lot longer. "Gaza", "Ocean Cloud", "Goodbye to All That", "The Invisible Man", "Neverland", pretty much all of ''Misplaced Childhood'', list goes on and on.
* DorkAge: The 1997 - 1999 era is usually considered this. Whether 2001's ''[[BaseBreaker Anoraknophobia]]'' ended or continued it is a point of debate.
* FaceOfTheBand: Both Fish and Steve Hogarth are powerful stage presences.
* FanCommunityNicknames: "Freaks" for Fish fans; "Anoraks" for Hogarth fans.
* GermansLoveDavidHasselhoff: They get little attention in the UK, but they are quite popular in Holland.
* HoYay: Between Steve Hogarth and [[PorcupineTree Porcupine Tree's]] Richard Barbieri. [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Wh9B-eLicBE Behold.]]
* MagnumOpus: Generally considered to be ''Misplaced Childhood'' for the Fish era and ''Brave'' for the Hogarth era. Though it's worth noting that Fish himself thinks ''Clutching at Straws'' is his best work with the band, as does a sizeable contingent of fans and critics. There is also a sizeable contingent of fans that will cite ''Marbles'' as being the band's best album.
* {{Narm}}: "Grendel", also [[TheScottishTrope known]] as [[OldShame The Song Which Must Not Be Named]]. See PurpleProse.
** NarmCharm: And yet, it's a lot of people's favourite song and often compared to {{Music/Genesis}}' "SuppersReady".
* NeedsMoreLove
* SignatureSong: Debatable, but either of the following: [[EpicRocking Script For A Jester's Tear]], [[BlackSheepHit Kayleigh]], [[SurprisinglyGentleSong Easter]] or [[PeterPan Neverland]].
* SomeAnvilsNeedToBeDropped: ''Misplaced Childhood'' gets pretty {{Anvilicious}} about the devastation caused by war towards the end of the album, but considering how many people ''still'' blindly support whatever wars their government wants them to support, it's a message that apparently needs to be hammered home again and again. ''Brave'' has its own anvils about things like the horrible effects of abuse, and again, they're still completely necessary.
** "Forgotten Sons" may seem like yet another song about UsefulNotes/TheTroubles, but keep in mind that the ''Script for a Jester's Tear'' album came out in March of '83, and that in December that year, an IRA cell detonated a car bomb outside Harrod's.
** "Gaza". Probably their most {{Anvilicious}} song to date, and accused of having a CaptainObviousAesop... to which the song itself simply replies with "it just ain't right!"
* TrueArtIsAngsty: {{Lampshaded}} by Hogarth.
--> "The first half will be quiet, slow, depressing music. The second half will still be depressing, but a bit louder."
* TheWoobie: Steve Hogarth. Being "the new singer since 1989" is hard enough without all the misery that's happened to him, and it shows.
** Fish falls more into JerkassWoobie / IronWoobie territory.
* TearJerker: "The Great Escape". Dear God, [[DrivenToSuicide The Great Escape]]...
** There is no song out there that hammers home the horror of UsefulNotes/TheTroubles quite like "Forgotten Sons". Especially the last section, after the line "[[WhamLine Approach...]] ''[[WhamLine friend]]''".
** "Holloway Girl" becomes this if you know what it is about:
--> '''Steve Hogarth:''' "Years ago when I was part of 'The Europeans' we sometimes rehearsed around the corner from Holloway Women's Prison. I think prisons are fascinating places, like all alternative societies, and I used to stare up at the walls and watch the gate police. Years later I saw a documentary on TV. A camera crew had been allowed to film inside. A lot of tough girls for sure, but among them, there were women who should have been in mental hospitals - not prison. Victims of an 'underfunded' society which would lock up the desperate rather than tend to their troubled minds."
* WhatDoYouMeanItWasntMadeOnDrugs: Bits of ''Brave'' and, especially, ''Marbles''. [[MindScrew Drilling Holes]] stands out. Justified as it's a [[Music/TheBeatles Beatles]] homage.
** The Fish albums were obviously made on booze.
** WordOfGod says that the lyrics to ''Misplaced Childhood'' was largely written on acid.