* CoveredUp: "Didn't I (Blow Your Mind This Time)".
* DorkAge: ''Face the Music'', the final album from the original run, featuring "[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QOFZ9y4WLVc Dirty Dawg]]", a DarkerAndEdgier out-of-nowhere GenreShift.
* EpicRiff: Five "oh"s, to two different rhythms[[note]]"You Got It (The Right Stuff)" and "Hangin' Tough"[[/note]], are two of the most iconic vocal riffs in pop music.
* FaceOfTheBand: As noted in that trope page, {{Boy Band}}s tend to avert this. That said, Donnie tends to be the most out-in-front in terms of on-stage banter and crowd interaction.
* GrowingTheBeard: The group's evolution from their debut through ''Step By Step'' (coupled with some literal beard-growing), as well as their more modern sound on ''The Block'' and ''10''.
* HarsherInHindsight: Jon leaving the group was the final straw that led to their breakup. Years later, [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=277Q8dsArhI&feature=PlayList&p=4862AF83F72BDE0E&index=0&playnext=1 Jon revealed]] on ''[[TheOprahWinfreyShow Oprah]]'' that [[ShrinkingViolet he suffered from panic attacks pretty much the entire time he was in the group]], and that by the time he quit, they had increased in severity and frequency to the point that he could barely function in everyday life, much less on stage. Jordan was in the same episode with Jon, and revealed that he also suffers panic attacks, but to a much lesser extent.
** Jon's panic issues still plague him. During a live, televised performance for iHeartRadio in 2013, Jon couldn't sing his solo part in "Survive You", left the stage, and didn't return for the rest of the show.
* HilariousInHindsight:
** When the press said that Jon was dating Tiffany, [[YokoOhNo the fangirls screeched]]. Several years later Jon and Tiffany said ''yet again'' that they only were friends... but why is this different, huh? Because Tiffany added "I and Jon never dated... because Jon is StraightGay, you know". Guess the fangirls were screwed either way, huh.
** In the early-to-mid 2000s, {{VH1}} aired a series called ''Bands Reunited.'' The premise is simple enough; they find bands that split up under less than amicable circumstances, hunt down the members, and ask if they would be willing to perform a short concert for charity. They tried this with New Kids, and it ended up being one of the most tense episodes of the series: a couple of the guys said they'd only do it if everybody else agreed to do it, and at least one flat-out refused to even be seen on camera (needless to say, the concert didn't happen and the show was essentially Killed Mid-Episode.) Fast forward a few years, and they did reunite, not just for a one-off, but producing new material, and doing very well at it, to boot.
* [[Narm/{{Music}} Narm]]
** "Sexify My Love" and "Twisted". Try and argue it.
** "Dirty Dawg." Joey noted that their rapper friends ''refused to speak to them'' for a while after that one.
** "Hangin' Tough" is one of the ''ultimate'' narm classics of music.
* PoorMansSubstitute: The cartoon had a ''lot'' of [[HollywoodNewEngland bad Boston accents]]. After a few episodes, they just [[NotEvenBotheringWithTheAccent stopped trying]]. Mercifully. (But see TotallyRadical on the cartoon's page.)
* ReplacementScrappy: Joey when he first joined NKOTB, as he replaced a kid who was already good friends with the rest of the guys prior to the group's forming.
* SoBadItsGood
** The [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eODQpMcSHAA first album]] in general and the song "Popsicle" specifically (it's the second in this medley; just the chorus but that should be enough).
** During the last leg of the reunion tour, as part of his solo routine, Joey performed "Popsicle" in [[OldShame the same outfit he originally wore in the group's heyday]]: [[{{Zipperiffic}} multi-zippered pants]], a [[OutdatedOutfit Members Only jacket]], and a fedora with the top of the crown cut out and his [[PowerHair fluffy hair spilling out]]. [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lDpYhX40r9I Surprisingly, it worked.]]
** One possible interpretation of the cartoon.
* TheWoobie: Jon. So very, very much.
* YokoOhNo: Poor Tiffany!

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