The members, from left to right: YuiMetal (scream and dance) note , Su-Metal (vocal and dance) note and MoaMetal (scream and dance) note .
Originally a sub-unit of the idol group Sakura Gakuin, BabyMetal (also stylized as BABYMETAL) was formed by the members of the Heavy Music Club of Sakura Gakuin, under the concept of a fusion of "heavy metal and idol music". BabyMetal released their first single "BABYMETAL × Kiba of Akiba" in March 2012, reaching the 3rd place in the Oricon indie charts and and number one in the Tower Records Shibuya weekly indie ranking. However, it wasn't until they released their second single, "Headbanger!!
, when they became popular outside of Japan. The video went viral quickly and the sub-unit managed to become a stand-alone group.
Compare and contrast to Kyary Pamyu Pamyu
to a similar Internet phenomenon, although in a smaller scale in BabyMetal's case.
- BABYMETAL x Kiba of Akiba (2012)
- Headbanger!! (2012)
- Ijime, Dame, Zettai (2013, the group's first major release)
- Megitsune (2013)
Tropes that apply to BabyMetal
- Ascended Extra: They're even more popular than their parent group, Sakura Gakuin.
- But Now I Must Go: Averted. Sakura Gakuin only accepts members under 15 years old, and when the current members reach this age, they must graduate. When Suzuka became 15, she left the main group, but the management made BabyMetal a separate unit, and they'll still be active.
- Child Prodigy: Yui and Moa were talented enough to join Sakura Gakuin at the age of 11 (and produce Doki Doki☆Morning one year later). And before Sakura Gakuin, Suzuka was in a group called Karen Girl's doing the opening theme of Zettai Karen Children. And that's not counting the other stuff they've done...
- Darker and Edgier: Compared to other idol groups.
- Early-Installment Weirdness: Their first song, Doki Doki☆Morning, had a more distinct "idol-like" sound than their following songs.
- Excited Show Title!: Their song Iine!.
- Girlish Pigtails: Moa and Yui's usual hairstyle. Suzuka started out having these too.
- He Who Must Not Be Seen: The musicians wear skeleton costumes in the music videos and while appearing in public. Except in Megitsune... where they wear long black wigs and masks.
- He Who Must Not Be Heard: When the musicians themselves (including the producer) get interviews, all they do on-screen is mumble and subtitles of what they're actually trying to say are shown.
- Hime Cut: When they let down their hair. Suzuka plays it the straightest (literally too), and she's actually done so in certain music videos such as Megitsune.
- Iconic Outfit: Their outfits from Headbanger!!, featured in the picture to the right.
- Also the musicians' skeleton costumes.
- Idol Singer
- Kawaii Ko: Moa and Yui.
- Kitsune: The main theme of Megitsune.
- The theme of the group itself, with its fox sign. They're always seen doing it, such as in the image above.
- The Leader: Suzuka. Also the Face of the Band.
- Lucky Charms Title: Doki Doki☆Morning, Uki Uki ★ Midnight.
- Mind Screw: What this idol group is to metal purists. Though many of them somehow like the group...
- Neoclassical Punk Zydeco Rockabilly: Combines the hardness and energy of heavy metal with the catchiness and appeal of J-pop and a Visual Kei-influenced sensibility.
- Punctuated! For! Emphasis!: Ijime, Dame, Zettai (No, More, Bullying) is a strange example.
- Spell My Name with an S: Iine! faces the same problem as Ievan Polkka. Three guesses on what that problem is and the first two don't count.
- Title Scream/Metal Scream: HEADBANGEEEEEEEEER!!!
- Tomboyish Ponytail: Suzuka's usual hairstyle.
- Widget Musicians: Three Idol Singers mix pop music with Heavy Metal. It works and it's... it's totally awesome. Oh, Japan...
- Zettai Ryouiki