Characters / Iron Maiden

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Tropes which apply to everyone

  • Badass Bookworm: While none of them have superior education, all are well read (the sheer number of Filk Songs is a great indicative) and managed great feats, such as both Bruce and Nicko learning to fly aircraft.
  • Cool Old Guy: All the band members are now in their late 50's or early 60's and still going strong.
  • Cool Plane: They go on tours in a customized Boeing (first a 757, then a 747) called "Ed Force One", piloted by Bruce Dickinson himself (who works as a commercial pilot between rocking).
  • Digital Piracy Is Okay: The band couldn't give less of a flying rat's behind if you downloaded their music. In fact, they encourage downloading of their music, and have even gone so far as to state "We're not like Metallica".
    • In an interview with Steve Harris, when asked about bootlegs
    "I have some... I collect them."
    • The band also asked fans attending the first leg of Somewhere Back in Time to send over any video footage they took during the concerts, as they were hoping to include it in their documentary Flight 666.
    • In the Give me Ed 'Til I'm Dead Tour, Bruce said this once:
    "... if you wanna record this song and you wanna put it on a world wide web - on the internet, so all your friends could listen to it - as long as you buy the album in September - we don't give a fuck my friends!"
  • Distaff Counterpart: The all-female, California-based tribute band The Iron Maidens. Special mention should go to the lead singer, Bruce Chickinson. Rather than being just a novelty act, all of the members of the Iron Maidens are accomplished musicians who do such a good job covering Maiden's songs that they've received praise from the group itself.
  • A Good Name for a Rock Band: The band is named after a torture device, which appeared in the 1938 version of The Man in the Iron Mask and caught Steve's eye.
  • Gratuitous Panning: With 2 or 3 guitarists, they had to use it.
  • Great Balls of Fire: In addition to pyrotechnics, their shows include elaborate setpieces, a guy dressed as Eddie, and sometimes Bruce in costume and/or mask.
  • Long Runner Line Up: Hasn't changed since 1999.
  • Rated M for Manly
  • Real Men Wear Pink: As badass and manly as they are, they're not afraid to put out really weepy songs from time to time.
  • Revolving Door Band: The early days of the band were very tumultuous. In fact, it took several albums before they even had the same lineup on two consecutive recordings.
  • Scary Musician, Harmless Music: Inverted. They don't attempt to look intimidating (the horror is left for Eddie), but the music is often ominous.
  • Start My Own: The less known drummer Thunderstick has also made a couple solo efforts after quitting Samson.
  • Wild Hair: Everyone, though Bruce has kept his hair short ever since the reunion.

Eddie the Head

Arguably, the true Face of the Band. He started as a creation of Derek Riggs for a punk band, which got rejected. Harris then picked him up, and the rest is history. Eddie has been part of the band since their very beginnings.

Actual line-up

Paul Bruce Dickinson - Vocals

Arguably Iron Maiden's most well-known member, Bruce Dickinson sung in several bands before singing in Samson, band which was part of the New Wave of British Heavy Metal in the early eighties. In 1982, after Paul Di'Anno left the band, he was hired as the new singer. That same year, The Number of the Beast came out, and the rest is known history. He has also a solo career, which comprises albums of Hard Rock, (Tattooed Millionaire) Grunge (Skunkworks) and Heavy Metal. (Accident of Birth, The Chemical Wedding and Tyranny Of Souls)

The man has done enough to be guaranteed an own page.

Adrian Smith - Guitar

One of Maiden's main composers, Adrian joined the band in 1981, coming from Urchin. He was responsible for many of Maiden's biggest hits, and the band took a big hit in 1990 with his departure. He then had some Hard Rock projects (A.S.A.P., Psycho Motel) and played with Bruce Dickinson in two of his solo albums (Accident Of Birth and The Chemical Wedding) before coming back to Maiden in 1999, along with Bruce.

Janick Gers - Guitar

He started in The '80s playing in a band called White Spirit. Then, he played with several musicians such as Fish, Ian Gillan and groups and projects such as Gogmagog (where he played with Clive Burr and Paul Di'Anno, former members of Iron Maiden) and Bruce Dickinson's first solo album. It was in fact thanks to Bruce that he was hired for Iron Maiden, as replacement for the then exiting Adrian Smith. He never left the band since then, even when Adrian Smith came back in 1999.

  • Aerith and Bob: Inverted: Paul, Adrian, Dave, Michael, Steve... and Janick.
  • Keet: He's really, really hyperactive. No wonder Eddie normally chases him on stage.
  • Long-Haired Pretty Boy: He has VERY long hair. Nowadays that certainly hasn't changed- in fact, it may be even moreso now that it's straighter.
  • Sixth Ranger: After Dickinson and Smith returned to the band. Specially as Smith asked to Harris that Gers shouldn't leave the band in order for him to return.

Dave Murray - Guitar

The only member of the band, along with Steve Harris, which played in every album Iron Maiden recorded.

  • Bishōnen: Oh so very much.
  • Chick Magnet: Related to the above, in the early days of the band he earned quite some mail from female fans (and their jealous boyfriends...).
  • The Chick \ The Heart: He's the only guy aside from Steve in every album, so no doubt he's the one that connects the band, and his guitar has the signature Maiden sound. It's even truer regarding the other guitarists: Janick said that despite never playing with another guitarist before, with Dave "we just got together and it seemed to gel"; and Adrian added that "If I write a song I’ll usually play the solo in it and then Davey or Jan will do the other solo - usually Davey - and then again if Jan writes a song Davey will play the solo - so Davey gets to play everything "
  • Perpetual Smiler: Always seen with a grin.

Steve Harris - Bass

  • Berserk Button: Do not suggest that Iron Maiden was influenced in any way, shape, or form by punk rock when Steve Harris is around. His contempt for the punkish debut album shows perfectly.
  • Creator Breakdown: The X Factor was an album Darker and Edgier than even Fear of the Dark. A lot of it comes from Steve Harris's divorce and his dad passing away. "Blood Brothers", from Brave New World is said to be about said death.
  • Fan Nickname: "'Arry"
  • I Am the Band: He's the leader, founder, and only constant member of the band. In some albums, he even wrote or collaborated in all songs.
  • The Leader \ Lead Bassist
  • The Napoleon: Not as grumpy as most examples of the trope, still hot-blooded, short (the same height as Napoleon himself!), and in a position of power.
  • Not Christian Rock: He said he's not religious, even if many songs deal with spirituality. But the band is far from being Satanist.
  • Record Producer: After Martin Birch's retirement, he took part of the producing duties since The X Factor.
  • Step Up to the Microphone: Immediately before Maiden's second ever gig, Paul Di'Anno was arrested outside the club they were due to perform in for carrying a concealed switchblade. Ron Smallwood, their prospective manager, ended up ordering Steve to sing on the basis that he was the only one who knew all of the lyrics.
  • The Ugly Guy's Hot Daughter: Steve Harris looks ok, but not spectacular. He is, however, the father of Lauren Harris (her sisters Faye and Kerry also qualify).

Michael Henry "Nicko" McBrain - Drums

Former members

Be aware that we're counting just those who recorded at least one album with the band. With that said...

Dennis Stratton - Guitar

  • Creative Differences: He left the band because, according to Steve Harris in the DVD The Early Days, he was composing stuff which wasn't fit for what Maiden was.
  • Only in It for the Money: Joined the band because he had a wife and daughter to support. Soon found he didn't quite fit.
  • The Smart Guy: Before Smith's arrival.

Paul Andrews (Paul Di'Anno) - Vocals

  • Badass Biker: He's a member of the famous motorcycle club, The Hells Angels.
  • Badass Grandpa: He certainly likes to think he's one.
  • Biography: Di'Anno has written an autobiography, titled The Beast. The book is full of his rock star exploits, namely getting drunk, banging groupies, and beating people up.
  • Berserk Button: Di'Anno is known for starting fights with people who anger him, as mentioned in his book The Beast. Also evidenced with an infamous show in Ukraine where Paul was going to beat up a fan who suggested that Bruce Dickinson was a better singer than him (even though Paul made a similar statement in the early days).
  • Fan Myopia: Fans are often surprised that Paul's favorite Maiden album is "The Number Of The Beast" and not either of the two he sang on.
  • Harsh Vocals: Due to his punk background, and was probably one of the earliest heavy metal examples.
  • Hell-Bent for Leather: He rarely ever performed without his leather jacket during his Maiden days.
  • I Was Quite a Looker: It's fair to say that Paul has...let himself go in recent years.
  • The Lancer: Before Dickinson's arrival.
  • Large and in Charge: Every band he's been in since he left Maiden has very much been under his control. He's also still a very large and imposing man, despite being nearly 60.
  • Name's the Same: He shares his "Paul" name with Paul Day, and Paul Bruce Dickinson, both former and current vocalists of Maiden.
    • He also had a band called Killers (named after the Iron Maiden album), not to be confused with The Killers.
  • Never Live It Down: Paul has been in many bands since Maiden, but despite their work being well received, it wasn't paying the bills in the same way that playing old Maiden songs live did. Unfortunately, this caused Paul to become so bored with the material that he slurs the lyrics when doing them live.
  • Stage Names: He's got Italian and Brazilian parentage, and thus created a surname that reflected the former heritage.
  • Start My Own: He went on many solo projects as well. (Battlezone, Killers and the band Di'Anno) Sadly subverted in that the majority of Di'Anno's solo career is spent playing old Maiden songs, either live, re-recording them for "best of" compilations, or appearing on Iron Maiden tribute albums.

Clive Burr - Drums

  • The Big Guy: Before Nicko's arrival.
  • Killed Off for Real: He passed away on the 13th of March, 2013 from medical complications related to multiple sclerosis.
  • Littlest Cancer Patient: He left music due to multiple sclerosis. Maiden has since founded a research fund on that disease to help him.
  • Start My Own: After Maiden, he played on Trust (Nicko's former band) Gogmagog (along his former Maiden bandmate Paul Di'Anno) and several other projects.

"Blaze" Bayley Cook - Vocals