Characters / Rammstein
Here we're going to list tropes which are exclusive to the band members. For general tropes about the band, go to the Main page.
The band members in general
Till Lindemann - vocals, lyricist
The Face of the Band
. He was born in East Germany
in 1963 and became so skilled a swimmer he was slated for East Germany's swim team for the Moscow olympics of 1980, but was forced out of the sport due to a stomach injury...and sneaking out to buy porn while abroad with the team. He wandered through jobs like basket weaving, bass playing, and drumming for a while and joined First Arsch, a Punk Rock
band where he met his later bandmates Richard Kruspe and Paul Landers, but didn't do much on-stage singing until Richard convinced him to give it a go while forming Rammstein. His skill with writing is on the level of a poet and he's the father of four (known, considering his sexcapades) children.
- Abusive Parents: Apparently, he suffered from an abusive alcoholic dad, who would dish out serious beatings on him. This theme is revisited in many of their songs.
- Badass Baritone
- Berserk Button: Accusing the band of having Nazi sympathies or similar seems to be one for him.
- Boisterous Bruiser / The Bully: Plays one during specific songs onstage, usually with Flake as his target. Stunts range from punches and kicks to cooking him in a cauldron with flamethrowers. Thankfully it's all just an act with mutual trust and lots of planning behind it.
- Bullying a Dragon: Once in awhile Flake gets a little revenge on Till...which means it's time to haul him, sack-of-potatoes style, into a tub and pour something molten into it while singing "Ich Tu Dir Weh" ("I hurt you").
- The Big Guy: He's extremely big and muscular. An issue of Kerrang! magazine described him as having "the physique of a professional wrestler".
- Chubby Chaser: "Fat" from his band/solo project Lindemann.
- Depraved Bisexual: Plays one in quite a few songs, and going by his own solo work (namely, the song "Ladyboy"), he has a thing for pre or non-op male-to-female transgender people and/or transvestites. The song "Praise abort" also mentions a boyfriend.
- Dyeing for Your Art: Till's mouth is lit up from the inside for certain music videos and performances via a cheek piercing.
- Evil Chef: He dresses up as one during "Mein Teil" in the Völkerball tour/DVD.
- Evil Laugh: In "Benzin" usually, other songs occassionally.
- Evil Sounds Deep: Does it ever!
- Faking the Dead: In "Haifisch".
- Gentle Giant: He's more like this in real life.
- Guttural Growler
- Incendiary Exponent: He became a licensed pyrotechnician for damned good reason.
- Kill It with Fire: He's burned at the stake in the video for "Rosenrot".
- Large Ham: One of his signature mannerisms is to partially squat and pound his fist onto his thigh to the beat of the riff. This didn't start as a mannerism, but when he realized it looked cool he kept doing it. The reason he originally did it? His kneecap popped out of place and he had to pound it back in.
- Man on Fire: He used to wear a jacket that was on fire during live performances of the song "Rammstein". Now he just wears flamethrowers on his arms, but that still counts. He upgraded this to fire wings for performances of "Engel" in the newest tour.
- May–December Romance: With his current girfriend, the German actress Sophia Thomalla (*1989).
- Mean Character, Nice Actor: Despite his obsession with writing from the perspective of sadistic and violent characters, Till's mother has spoken of what a devoted and kind family man he remains despite his fame, and that he is completely different to his onstage personality. The song "Haifisch" attempts to deal with this trope, noting that the band is sensitive about the criticism they receive, despite putting on a tough public image
- Millionaire Playboy: His character in "Pussy", and of his characters in "Praise Abort" for Lindemann, his project with Peter Tagtgren.
- Mr. Fanservice
- Overshadowed by Awesome: First Arsch, a band he was with Richard and Paul before Rammstein. It scarcely gets a footnote in The Other Wiki these days.
- Performance Anxiety: Part of the reason for the pyrotechnics and other notorious antics has been to give Till a breather from the audience's stares.
- Perpetual Frowner: In all the pictures of him floating out there in music magazines, sanctioned official pictures, and candid shots from fans, he's seen cracking a smile a handful of times.
- Poetry: A skilled poet, Till writes most of the band's lyrics and has garnered quite a bit of praise for subtleties and multiple meanings. He's released at least one book of poetry as well.
- Porn Stache: In "Haifisch".
- Prophet Eyes: Towards the end of "Mein Land".
- Pungeon Master
- Rated M for Manly
- Slasher Smile: In some music videos and photoshoots.
- Take That!: If you believe Alternate Character Interpretation the interpretation that the other band members did try to murder him, the postcard he sends at the end of "Haifisch" is this—a sort of 'nyah, nyah, you didn't kill me'. Roughly translated, said postcard reads "Greetings from the arse of the world!". He sent that from Hawaii.
- Tall, Dark and Handsome
- Trailers Always Spoil: Promotional pictures for Haifisch included ones of Porn Stache!Till in Hawaii.
- Trrrilling Rrrs
- Twist Ending: In "Haifisch", he's alive.
Richard Z. Kruspe - guitars, backing vocals
"You simply know that there is a certain role for you to play in life. You receive certain signs and then take on that role. That's normal."
The band's lead guitar player and the brains behind Rammstein's formation. Born as Zven Kruspe in 1967, he fled to West Germany mere weeks before the Iron Curtain fell. After German reunification he moved in with Ollie and Schneider in formerly-East Berlin and started his own band, but eventually found himself craving a more industrial, machinery-laden mix than any of their three bands were making.
That was the spark for Rammstein—Ollie and Schneider joined immediately as bassist and drummer while Richard handled vocals and guitar, but he found it too difficult to do while feeling out the mix of sound he was after. He'd heard Till singing on his day job and eventually convinced him to try out singing for the new band, after which the four entered and won an amateur musician contest in 1994. Winning meant time at a professional studio to record a four-track demo CD, but it also hooked Paul's interest, and many pleading months later Flake joined and rounded out the band's sound.
Richard also formed the band Emigrate and remains its frontman, writing and singing in English alongside his guitar playing. He lived in America for a good decade and has three children.
- Badass Longcoat: It's his signature clothing item. He wears a new Badass Longcoat in almost every tour. And two different ones in Emigrate videos "My World" and "New York City".
- A Day in the Limelight: His side project Emigrate.
- Do Not Call Me Zven: Began to use "Richard" as his first name instead of "Zven" because he liked it more and believes everyone should be able to change their name.
- Dye Hard: Is apparently a natural blond but pretty much always keeps his hair pitch-black.
- Goth / Perky Goth: Richard is usually somewhere between the two, music videos aside.
- Overshadowed by Awesome: First Arsch, a band he shared with Till and Paul before Rammstein. Emigrate, his side project, is fairly successful in its own right, but it has a fanbase pretty much limited to the already established Richard fanbase.
- Run for the Border: The only member to try it. Escaped East Germany via the opening between Hungary and Austria mere months before the wall came down.
- Spiky Hair: More than half the time.
- Villainous Friendship: Although they don't do too much in public, Marilyn Manson and him are close, to the point where he, as Manson put it, dragged Manson into the studio to get him to do the lyrics for "Hypothetical", off of Emigrate's second album. Manson was reluctant because he thought Richard's singing was better. Also, when Manson and Rammstein (minus Till) performed at a German awards show together, Manson kneeled down to present them with the awards they won afterwards.
Paul Landers - guitars, backing vocals
- Attractive Bent-Gender: Perhaps surprisingly◊.
- Cowboy: His character in "Pussy".
- Do Not Call Me "Paul": Actually, do call him Paul. His full given name was Heiko Paul Hiersche, but he hates his first name, took his first wife's (now divorced) last name at marriage, and hasn't changed it since.
- Overshadowed by Awesome: He and Flake were regulars in the underground punk rock band Feeling B. They were a popular punk rock band in East Germany's underground scene, but disbanded a few years after the wall fell. Similarly, First Arsch, where he played with Till and Richard.
Oliver "Ollie" Riedel - bass
Christoph "Doom" Schneider - drums
Christian "Flake" Lorenz - keyboards
- Bullying a Dragon: Getting revenge on Till for the on-stage abuse doesn't tend to end well for Flake.
- Butt Monkey / The Chew Toy: He was Suicide Attack blown up in "Ich Will", has Driven to Suicide jumped off a tall building in "Benzin", played a hermaphrodite in "Pussy" (hardly the most flattering role in the video), and was left standing and unable to return to his wheelchair at the end of "Keine Lust". In live performances he's regularly faux-sodomised, cooked in a cauldron, hit around the head with his keyboard, and God knows what else. Ironically this is exactly why Flake is a fan favorite. Not in the schadenfreudeic sense, of course, and it is all an act—Flake's stated he enjoys his roles and trusts Till wouldn't hurt him for real.
- Cool Shades: Often during live performances.
- Crowd Surfing: Regularly takes to the crowd in an inflatable dingy during a song or two per show. Ollie took his place for a while after one too many boat-tippings left Flake injured and/or stripped with a long walk back to the stage, but the switchup wasn't permanent.
- A Day in the Limelight: He's the one singing in the cover of "Pet Semetary", on the Ich Will single.
- Death by Gluttony: His prospective method of murdering Till in "Haifisch". Almost definitely a shoutout to Se7en.
- Do Not Call Me "Paul" / Only Known by Their Nickname: He doesn't like his given name and maintains "Flake" is his proper name. The massive irony here is that another, although outdated, term for your "given name" is your "Christian name".
- Driven to Suicide: His character in the video for "Benzin" and, more insidiously, Suicide Attack the video for "Ich Will".
- Dye Hard: Has had light blond or darkish red hair of varying lengths in between a more natural brunette.
- Fanservice / Fan Disservice: The live performance of "Bück Dich" involves him in bondage gear on all fours, sometimes leashed.
- Geek Physiques: Is the only member of the band who isn't muscular and rugged-looking, even though he enjoys hiking and sometimes spends whole shows pacing on a treadmill. Doubly obvious in "Keine Lust" since he's the only band member who didn't get a fatsuit.
- Hermaphrodite: In the video for "Pussy".
- Interrupted Suicide: In the video for "Benzin", he plays a jumper and the other five, firemen, who get out a trampoline to try and save his life. The tarp tears just after he jumps.
- It Is Pronounced Tro PAY: His (nick)name is pronounced German-style as "Flah-kuh", not "Flay-ke", as some believe.
- Nerd Glasses
- Not That Kind of Doctor: Sometimes he is credited as Doktor Christian Lorenz. He has no known degree; the moniker came about because at one point he had wanted to be a surgeon but was unable to enter school to become one because he was a conscientious objector at a time when conscription into the East German army was mandatory. Nevertheless, he has mentioned in at least one interview he sometimes still feels like a bit of a doctor when fans write to the band and mention how Rammstein's music has saved their life.
- Overshadowed by Awesome: Was a longtime regular of Feeling B alongside Paul and the lead singer before joining Rammstein.
- Sixth Ranger: Refused to join Rammstein at first, despite months upon months of the other five members trying to get him interested. He thought it'd be boring, and gave in with the threat that he'd leave if he ever got bored.
Paul Landers: Then there were five of us. Only Flake the keyboarder was missing. We really had to talk him into it. He didn't want to play in the band. He said it was too silly. He said it was too blunt, boring and strict. On the one hand we knew we need a keyboarder, on the other, a person who'd speak up with their objections. Rammstein is like goulash and needs a pinch of sugar for taste. We were always saying, "Man, Flake, come on and join the band," "Are there six or five of us?" He never really answered and he still hasn't even today.