* BrokenBase: Fish-era fans vs. Hogarth-era fans. Even though, as mentioned on the main page, both singers approve of each other's work with the band.
* 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.
* 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.]]
* {{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}}' "Music/SuppersReady".
* 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."
** "Estonia", named for the ferry that went down in the Baltic Sea in 1994, is both incredibly sad and uplifting.
* 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.