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".
  • 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".

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.
  • [[Don'tCallMePaul Don't 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.
  • Guyliner
  • 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.

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 namename, 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.
  • 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.