* {{Anvilicious}}: "Thunderhead". W.A.S.P. wants you to know that heroin is ''[[DrugsAreBad bad shit]]''. What makes it {{Anvilicious}} is the spoken word segment where heroin itself is talking to the eponymous addict as if it was some kind of demon, asking him to surrender his life and even commit murder, and Thunderhead [[BigYes readily agrees]].
** The video for "Babylon's Burning"
* BaseBreaker: The material since Chris Holmes left has been of mixed contention from fans. Some find it too close to being Blackie Lawless solo records under the W.A.S.P. name.
** Some of the albums since Blackie became a Born-Again Christian have been a bit of a turn-off for some older fans.
* CrowningMusicOfAwesome: Many moments, but the entire album ''The Crimson Idol'' is a standout.
* CrowningMomentOfFunny: Blackie Lawless used to perform wearing a cod-piece that shot Roman candles out of it. One night it back-fired and severely injured his groin. As he was getting patched up by paramedics back stage, he dead-panned "We wouldn't have to do shit like this if we wrote better songs."
* FaceOfTheBand / IAmTheBand: Blackie Lawless is the only original member of the band and after ''The Headless Children'' he started to write pretty much everything by himself.
* {{Narm}}:
** ''Kill Fuck Die'' tries ''so'' hard to be dark.
-->''"FEEEEETUUUUS!"''
-->"Darkest motherfucker - on the planet!"
-->"All pigs die - Kill, fuck, die"
** At the end of "Damnation Angels" (from ''Helldorado'') we have this lovely quote:
-->"You know, It's a bitch, when you go to take a piss and your dick smells like baaad pussy. But you ain't have none lately."
* NoSuchThingAsBadPublicity: Back in the 80s, they were one of the PMRC's biggest targets because of their "inappropriate lyrics". Needless to say, all the fuss only increased their record sales and Blackie Lawless seemed to wear it as a badge of honor.
** Although Blackie later became a born-again Christian and apologized for much of the previous music he wrote.
* SignatureSong: "I Wanna be Somebody," though "Animal (Fuck Like a Beast)" is well-known because of the PMRC controversy and "Wild Child" is frequently covered by other metal bands.
* TearJerker: ''The Story Of Jonathan'' is sixteen minutes of Blackie Lawless narrating the life of Jonathan Aaron Steel (while in character as Jonathan himself). His whole life is basically one tearjerker after another.
** Similarly, the last song of ''The Crimson Idol'', "The Great Misconception of Me" qualifies.
** "Miss You" from ''Golgotha''.
** "Michael's Song" from ''Reidolized'' is a candidate for the saddest track in the band's discography. It's a simple acoustic instrumental accompanied by some of the most somber sounding synths you'll ever hear.
* VindicatedByHistory: ''Helldorado'' came out when the peak popularity of W.A.S.P., and glam metal in general, had been long dead, and it came and went without a thump as a result. However, it's gone on to be a big fan favorite, with some even considering it the best post-80's album they did.
* {{Woobie}}: Jonathan, so very much.