Metal Band Mascot

For some reason, Heavy Metal bands often have a mascot character that appears on their album covers, posters, T-shirts, and other forms of merchandise. The mascot is usually scary-looking but often has an everyday or even silly-sounding name, tying in with the tongue-in-cheek attitude present in even creating such a character.

This trope seems to apply mainly to hard rock and heavy metal (and sometimes punk as well), with band mascots virtually unknown in other genres of music.

Examples of Metal Band Mascots.

  • Aborted has The Doctor.
  • Alestorm has two. An undead pirate and an undead rat. According to Christopher Bowes, they're called Jimmy McFucknugget and Barry Shitpeas respectively.
  • Anthrax had the Not Man.
  • Arsis has the demon that appears on the covers of their full-lengths.
  • Black Label Society has a nameless skull that appears on all of their album covers (often nicknamed "Skully").
  • Black Sabbath's Henry the Fallen Angel/Ascended Demon, one of the earliest examples.
  • Black Veil Brides has Legion, the humanoid creature on the cover of their fourth album.
  • Blind Guardian has the eponymous Guardian, a dark-robed figure.
  • Bloodbound has Nosferatu, a strange creature that looks like a cross between a giant goblin and a vampire. Possibly a nod to the movie.
  • Children of Bodom has none other than the Grim Reaper, usually in different colored robes depending on the album. Word of God says his name is Roy.
    • The Grim Reaper is also used by Grave Digger, Artillery and Grim Reaper.
  • Dangerous Toys had an unnamed, eighties-coiffed Monster Clown.
  • Danzig and Samhain have Crystar; a demon skull.
  • Demon Hunter has....well, what is it called anyway? You'd recognize it if you saw it. Word of God says that their mascot is a demon skull with a bullet hole in its forehead.
  • Destruction has the Mad Butcher, named after their EP of the same name.
  • Dethklok has Facebones, which doubles as a company mascot in-universe.
  • Devin Townsend has begun using Ziltoid the Omniscient as a mascot since his creation.
  • Devourment has the unnamed mutant that was first seen on the Butcher the Weak cover, in addition to the weird larva-looking critter on the cover of Unleash the Carnivore.
  • Dio has Murray the horn-throwing demon with a very un-demonic name. He actually has a rather interesting story behind his creation.
  • Disturbed has "The Guy", a scary-looking hooded demonnote  with glowing red eyes and really sharp teeth.
  • Ensiferum uses Finnish folk hero Väinämöinen as their mascot.
  • Exhumed has Dr. Philthy, who doubles as their stage tech and merch guy.
  • Knucklehead of Five Finger Death Punch, who has appeared on every one of their album covers. He once punched a man in the soul.
  • Gamma Ray has Fangface.
  • HammerFall has Hector, a knight wielding a large hammer.
  • Helloween has Jack O. Lantern, an evil pumpkin.
  • Job For A Cowboy has been known to use a ram's skull as their symbol on their albums. The creature becomes more and more fully-embodied as their artwork progresses.
  • Iced Earth has Set Abominae, main character of their Something Wicked Saga.
  • In Flames with Jesterhead, who first appeared on the cover of The Jester Race. He's undergone many transformations since. He's most known for his distinctive spiky jester-hat.
  • Iron Maiden's Eddie the Head is probably the most famous metal mascot in the world.
  • Kataklysm has Heartbeast, a two-faced winged demon who appears on the cover of three of their records.
  • Kreator has Violent Mind, a demon with an exposed brain containing nightmarish images.
  • Korpiklaani has Vaari, a forest spirit depicted as an old man with antlers.
  • Led Zeppelin has the Fallen Angel, a winged man with Barbie Doll Anatomy.
  • Lich King has the eponymous Lich King, a skeletal undead wizard who wears a Burger King crown.
  • Manowar has the Manowarrior, a Conan-like barbarian warrior with glowing eyes and a shadowy face.
  • Megadeth's Vic Rattlehead is possibly the second-most famous metal mascot.
  • Meshuggah has the unnamed pale androgynous guy on the cover of obZen.
  • Metallica has Scary Guy, a crudely drawn skull with fangs, horns, and a mohawk (drawn by James Hetfield himself, no less). They also have Vulturus, which is basically Scary Guy with wings and talons.
  • Monster Magnet has Bullgod, a bull that looks...rather pissed off.
  • Mötley Crüe used to use Allister Fiend, a character dreamed up by Nikki Sixx.
  • Motorhead has Snaggletooth (often nicknamed the War-Pig). Another of the earliest examples.
  • Nonpoint has the unnamed frog that appears on most of their album covers, which is often mistaken for a spider.
  • Overkill has Chaly, a skull with bat wings.
    • Avenged Sevenfold has the Deathbat, who has frequently been accused of being a rip-off of Chaly.
  • Pantera's unofficial mascot seems to be a rattlesnake. The rattlesnake appears on the cover of their album The Great Southern Trendkill, and rattlesnakes (or a rattlesnake skeleton) appear on countless pieces of Pantera merchandise.
  • Powerwolf has, well....a humanoid wolf. It's currently unnamed, though.
  • Quiet Riot's character simply called the Man with the Metal Mask, which first appeared on Metal Health and most of their albums after that. A very literal Metal Head.
  • Soundchaser from Rage.
  • Riot has Johnny, a rather infamous mascot that seems to have human form with a weasel/rat/owl/seal-head.
  • Captain Adrian of Running Wild (a werewolf Pirate thing).
  • Six Feet Under has a crudely drawn skull with a backwards 6 in the middle.
  • Skelteria has St. Trinity, a barefoot demon woman with bat-like wings.
  • Thrash band Sodom has Knarrenheinz.
  • Sergeant D. for the Stormtroopers Of Death
  • Voivod's Korgull the Exterminator, doubling as a logo as well.
  • Whitechapel has a saw blade with stars representing the Tennessee flag.