!! YMMV tropes for the band:

* AwardSnub: No UsefulNotes/GrammyAward, and still not in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame...
** ...Yet. [[http://marquee.blogs.cnn.com/2011/09/27/rock-and-roll-hall-of-fame-announces-2012-nominations/ They have been nominated for the 2012 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction.]]
* DorkAge: Fans commonly see ''Wild Mood Swings'' as the band's weakest release.
** In more recent years, the SelfTitled album is being seen as this.
*** Many fans agree that ''Wild Mood Swings'' could have actually been a good album if some of the weaker tracks were replaced with underrated BSides such as "A Pink Dream", however the SelfTitled is just outright ''bad'', and is pretty much unsalvageable.
* EarWorm: "A Forest", "Lovesong", "Lullaby", and "The Hanging Gardens" among many others.
* EclipsedByTheRemix:
** In the UK, "Close To Me" is one of the group's most enduring radio staples - but in its 1990 "Closer Mix" (or more commonly, the "Closest Mix", which is the shorter edit version) rather than the 1985 original. In the US, the best known version of the song is also a remix: The single version of the original, which added a horn section that is not found on the album.
** Conversely, very much averted by the 1986 "New Voice - New Mix" version of "Boys Don't Cry", which became CanonDiscontinuity almost immediately following its release. The original version wasn't a hit, the "new mix" was - but you'll only ever hear the original played these days.
* EpicRiff: Even if "Lullaby" is pure NightmareFuel, the two guitar riffs and the bassline are undeniably catchy.
** For bass riffs "Play for Today" and "Other Voices" are up there.
** "A Forest" also features a really catchy riff.
* {{Expy}}: Robert Smith's look is inspired by the looks of Music/SydBarrett.
* FaceOfTheBand: Robert Smith. Rarely anyone can name another member.
** Naming another member is easy. [[RevolvingDoorBand Remembering whether or not he's actually in the band at the moment is the hard part.]] Simon Gallup, the band's bassist since 1979 (except for a few years in the 1980's), is likely the second most nameable member of the band after Smith.
* HarsherInHindsight: "Killing an Arab." They don't perform it anymore, unsurprisingly (or when they do, they change the lyrics around heavily; some of the alterations include "Killing Another," and more humorously, "Kissing an Arab.")
** A less well known example: In the video for "Mint Car", the lead singer of Music/TheAssociates, Billy Mackenzie, makes a light-hearted cameo, which gets a lot sadder [[DrivenToSuicide when you find out what happened to him]] less than a year after the release of the single, which arguably makes the song itself more of a TearJerker, as even though it's one of the band's happiest and most upbeat songs, this gives it a slightly melancholy feel. It even led to Robert writing "Cut Here" which is arguably one of the band's most [[TearJerker tearjerking]] songs.
* HilariousInHindsight: The name "Lol."
* LastNoteNightmare: ''Music/{{Disintegration}}'''s title track, which ends on a note significantly louder than the rest of the album.
** CarefulWithThatAxe: The ending to "Subway Song."
* MisaimedFandom: Enough of it for "Killing an Arab," that they had to put a sticker on ''Staring at the Sea'' to decry racist use of the song. In fact, it got so bad that [[ExecutiveMeddling their US label wanted to]] leave the song off the album altogether - the sticker was a compromise after Smith refused.
* SugarWiki/MomentOfAwesome: In 1981, when they were playing in the Werchter Festival, the festival was running late, and the organizers wanted The Cure to finish their show early to let bigger artists like ''Robert Palmer'' and Music/ZZTop play. The organizers and The Cure agreed to let the band play one more song. [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SXgN-7A1MXM Cue the legendary 9 minute epic monster rendition of A Forest,]] and "[[PrecisionFStrike Fuck Robert Palmer, fuck rock 'n' roll!]]"
* NightmareFuel: [[NightmareFuel/TheCure Has its own page.]]
* ReplacementScrappy: Arguably Jason Cooper. Even recently some fans of the band were still calling him a terrible drummer, just because he replaced fan favorite Boris Williams, despite the fact that by that time, Cooper was longer in the band than any other drummer (Williams, Andy Anderson, and Lol Tolhurst).
* SignatureSong: Either "Just Like Heaven" or "Lovesong." "A Forest" from ''Music/SeventeenSeconds'' is also a popular staple of AlternativeRock radio. Goths are also likely to name "One Hundred Years".
* SugarWiki/SweetDreamsFuel: "Friday I'm in Love" is one of those songs that's impossible ''not'' to be cheered up by.
** "Mint Car" as well, it's one of the band's most cheerful, summery, nostalgic and upbeat songs.
* TrollingCreator: Robert Smith likes to give himself and his songs [[MultipleChoicePast Multiple Choice Backstories]].
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