[[caption-width-right:300:Your little sister's J-Pop has never looked so ''brutal''. [[note]]The members, from left to right: [=YuiMetal=]/Yui Mizuno (scream and dance), Su-Metal/Suzuka Nakamoto (vocal and dance) and [=MoaMetal=]/Moa Kikuchi (scream and dance).[[/note]]]]

->''"Leave it to the Japanese to find a way to make, like, fuckin' death metal cute.'"''
-->-- '''RobZombie'''

Originally a sub-unit of the idol group Music/SakuraGakuin, [=BabyMetal=] (also stylized as BABYMETAL) was formed by the members of the Heavy Music Club (Juonbu) of Sakura Gakuin under the concept of a fusion of heavy metal and idol music, now known as "kawaii metal". They are known for their energetic live shows, which feature intricate yet fun choreography mixed with soaring vocals from lead singer Su-Metal, backed up by a quartet of some of Japan's top metal musicians. Officially, they claim belief in "The Fox God" who brought them to metal and uses them as conduits to spread its message of "love and joy through metal" across the world. Instead of the standard "devil horns", they use a modified "kitsune" sign (seen in the photo at rigt).

In reality, Kei Kobayashi (known as [=KobaMetal=]), a producer at Amuse Inc. and a longtime metalhead with connections in Tokyo's underground metal scene, discovered Suzuka during her time as one of the Karen Girl's. Realizing her potential, he decided to form a group around her once she joined Sakura Gakuin, figuring her unusually powerful voice would be a good fit for metal. Yui and Moa were chosen as backup due to their unique chemistry the same reason they were often featured together during Sakura Gakuin.

The very first [=BabyMetal=] song, [[https://youtu.be/cirhQ8iLdbw "Doki Doki☆Morning",]] was recorded in October 2010, first performed in public a month later, and appeared as a track on Sakura Gakuin's ''2010 Nendo: Message'' CD. The music video for the song was released online and as a DVD single in October 2011 and quickly caught the attention of the idol fanbase. During this time, they recorded and premiered their second song, "Ijime, Dame, Zettai". Their first CD single, "BABYMETAL × Kiba of Akiba", came out in March 2012 and reached 3rd place on the Oricon indie charts and number one in the Tower Records Shibuya weekly indie ranking. That July, they released their second single [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2IzR_ClTE8Y "Headbanger",]][[labelnote:*]] (also stylized as "Headbangya!" or "Headbangeeeeerrrrr!!!!!!!")[[/labelnote]] and the next month made their first appearance at Japan's [=SummerSonic=] music festival at the time, the youngest group to ever perform there. They have performed at the festival every year since.

In March 2013, Suzuka graduated from junior high school, and by extension from Sakura Gakuin. At this point, Babymetal was spun off as an independent group (although Yui and Moa continued to perform with Sakura Gakuin until their own graduations in March 2015). During this period, they released "Ijime, Dame, Zettai" as a single and premiered their first post-Juonbu song, "Megitsune". Near the end of 2013, it was announced that the girls would be performing in future shows with a live band[[note]] (the people dressed as skeletons, known as BABYBONES, mimed to a backing track)[[/note]] known as the Kami Band, a group of top-tier musicians who have built up a fanbase in their own right.

On February 25th 2014, Babymetal uploaded the music video [[https://youtu.be/WIKqgE4BwAY Gimme Chocolate!!]] (using footage from the "Su's 16th Birthday" concert at Makuhari Messe). The video went viral, catching the attention of J-pop and metal fans outside Asia, to the point that non-Japanese UsefulNotes/MainstreamMedia picked it up. The next day, they released their first studio album, self-titled. Three days after that, they performed two sold-out shows at the legendary Budokan Arena[[labelnote:*]] (capacity ~10,000 each day)[[/labelnote]] the youngest group ever to perform there. At the end of the second day, it was announced that "the latest chapter of the Metal Resistance [was] over" and the band would continue their work overseas. Concert dates in Paris, Cologne, London, and Los Angeles followed, along with a few openings for Music/LadyGaga. The highlight of this tour, though, was their appearance at [=SoniSphere=] 2014 again the youngest act to perform there where they got shifted to the Main Stage at the last minute and performed in front of nearly 50,000 skeptical British metalheads. The result, [[https://youtu.be/Ro-_cbfdrYE well...]] The tour went well enough that further shows in New York and Brixton were quickly arranged. At Brixton, they premiered a new song, "Road Of Resistance", the first time they debuted a song outside Japan. The 2014 tour concluded in January 2015 at Saitama Super Arena[[labelnote:*]] (capacity 20,000 and coincidentally the place where Karen Girl's had their final performance in 2009; Babymetal have played the venue at least twice since)[[/labelnote]]

2015 was relatively quiet early on as Yui and Moa prepared for their graduation from Sakura Gakuin. Afterwards, the group embarked on another world tour, during which they (at the invitation of British metal group Music/DragonForce, with whom they had collaborated on "Road Of Resistance") played "Gimme Chocolate!" at Download Festival 2015 despite its promoter saying publicly he would never invite them. The tour ended with two sold-out shows at Yokohama Arena[[labelnote:*]] (capacity 17,000)[[/labelnote]], the debut of a new song, "THE ONE", and the announcement of a second studio album.

On March 17th 2016, the music video for "Karate" debuted as the first part of a massive international promotion for their second studio album, ''Metal Resistance'', which was released worldwide on April 1st hitting #1 on the US Billboard World Chart and becoming the first Japanese act in 53 years to chart on Billboard's Top 40. The next day they performed at Wembley Arena[[labelnote:*]] (capacity 12,500)[[/labelnote]], and three days after that performed "Gimme Chocolate!" on ''Series/TheLateShowWithStephenColbert'' before continuing their tour, which ended with two sold-out nights at the 55,000 capacity Tokyo Dome. Towards the end of the year, they opened for the Music/RedHotChiliPeppers during their UK tour.

2017 marked a shift as the group spent the first half of the year as the opening act for various larger bands, including Music/{{Metallica}} in Seoul the first time they visited Korea, Music/GunsNRoses in Japan, and RHCP ''again'' along with Music/{{Korn}} in the USA. In between opening gigs, they played one headline concert (sold out, of course) at the Hollywood Palladium[[labelnote:*]] (capacity 4,000)[[/labelnote]]. In the summer, they returned to Japan and held a series of "Fox Festival" shows in Tokyo, Nagoya, Saitama, and Osaka. They gave no interviews at all during the year[[note]] (and only one public address, in English, to promote their appearance on [=SummerSonic's=] Main Stage)[[/note]] a stark contrast to 2015 and 2016 which made it feel like the group had gone dark despite their extensive touring. As of this edit, a special show is planned to be held on December 20th in Hiroshima to celebrate Suzuka's 20th birthday the day she becomes a legal adult in Japan (far from the first time she's had a birthday concert, but it ''is'' the first time Babymetal will perform in her hometown).

As to what the future holds for Babymetal? Well, [[CatchPhrase Only The Fox-God Knows!]]

Compare and contrast to Music/KyaryPamyuPamyu for a similar Internet phenomenon. Has [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Babymetal an entry]] on TheOtherWiki.


* "Doki Doki Morning" (2011)
* "BABYMETAL × Kiba of Akiba" (2012)
* "Headbangeeeeerrrrr!!!!!" (2012)
* "Ijime, Dame, Zettai" (2013, the group's first major release)
* "Megitsune" (2013)
* "Road of Resistance" (2015)
* "Gimme Chocolate!!" (2016)
* "Karate" (2016)
* ''BABYMETAL'' (2014)
* ''Metal Resistance'' (2016)

!!Tropes da o!
* TheAce
** Suzuka for singing. Key Kobayashi had been looking for some years for someone to train up as a metal idol. Then he saw Suzuka performing in Karen Girl's (aged 10/11) and the rest is history.
** Yui for dancing. Although the other two are no slouches either.
** Moa for crowd engagement.
* AnimalMotif: Foxes.
* AnnoyingYoungerSibling:
** Suzuka can be this to her sister, Himeka (of Nogizaka46). In particular, has a habit of raiding Himeka's wardrobe whenever she feels like it.
** On occasion, Yui's younger brother (On a radio program Yui's choice of 'death metal scream' consisted of 'get up, you lazy piiiiig!' - ending on a pitch that could stun bats).
* AscendedExtra: They're even more popular than their parent group, Music/SakuraGakuin.
* AudienceParticipationSong: Judging by Website/YouTube videos, most songs during concerts have audience participation segments. Oh, and festival performances of ''Ijime, Dame, Zettai'' encourage a Wall of Death...
* BadassAdorable: A large part of the appeal.
* BadassCape: During live performances of ''Akatsuki'' (a Suzuka solo).
** For all three members in performances of ''THE ONE''.
* BilingualBonus: Many songs contain the occasional English word or phrase, but the most notable example is their concert opener, Babymetal Death - a deliberate bilingual pun, since what they're actually shouting is Babymetal Desu (I am Babymetal), but the pronunciation of "Desu" is similar to the English "Death" - a fact not lost on the promoters.
** "The One" has more English in it than Japanese
* ButNowIMustGo: 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, thus allowing them to be active. Yui and Moa graduated in 2015, so now all members are independent of Sakura Gakuin.
* ChildProdigy: 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 ''Manga/ZettaiKarenChildren''. And that's not counting the other stuff they've done...
* CreepyCoolCrosses: They use it a lot. Special mention goes to Suzuka's 16th birthday, when she was ''crucified''.
* DarkerAndEdgier: Compared to other idol groups.
* DrumAndBass: "Awadama Fever" is this.
* EarlyInstallmentWeirdness: Their first song, ''Doki Doki☆Morning'', had a more distinct "idol-like" sound than their following songs.
** ''Doki Doki☆Morning'' appeared to have a very low budget (and most of that probably went on the music). The costumes used in the video were made up from a combination of the girl's clothes (and some from a staff member for Suzuka). The next video (as uploaded to Youtube) for ''Iine!'' shows them in the same costumes. The third video for ''Headbangeeeeerrrrr!!!!!'' sees them use the costumes that are recognizably related to their established look.
* [[ExcitedShowTitle Excited Song Title!]]: Their song ''Iine!''.
** Also ''Headbangeeeeerrrrr!!!!!''
** ''Gimme Chocolate!!''
* FourIsDeath: The Black Babymetal song "Song 4" (which uses a lot of wordplay surrounding the readings of "4" in Japanese) seems to refute this with a line in the chorus stating that 4 is not synonymous with death.
* GenreRoulette: Fairly uniquely for a pop-metal band, the actual metal isn't tethered to a specific sub genre. It varies from BlackMetal, to MelodicDeathMetal, to {{Djent}}.
* GirlishPigtails: Moa and Yui's usual hairstyle. Suzuka started out having these too.
* HeWhoMustNotBeSeen: The musicians during their early years wore skeleton costumes in the music videos and while appearing in public. Except in ''Megitsune''... where they wear long black wigs and masks. In reality, they were just faking playing to a backing track.
** HeWhoMustNotBeHeard: 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.
** Averted in concerts from 2013 onwards - they now have a live band wearing white robes and facepaint, composed of members of Japanese rock / metal groups. There's a semi-regular lineup, although members can be swapped out if they have availability issues.
* HimeCut: When they let down their hair, it resembles this style and given their genre of Heavy Metal, it makes quite the contrast with the trope's usual connotations of tradition and elegance. Suzuka plays it the straightest (figuratively given her leaderness and literally too), and she's done so in certain music videos such as ''Megitsune''.
* IAmSong: "Babymetal Death" is an extreme example, since pretty much the only lyrics are the group introducing themselves. The word ''death'' is a [[FunWithHomophones homophone]] of the Japanese ''desu'' which in this context means "I am".
* IconicOutfit: Their outfits deriving from the video for ''Ijime, Dame, Zettai'', featured in the picture to the right. Now used in most live concerts.
** Also the early era musicians' skeleton costumes / loose white robes of the current musicians.
* IdolSinger
* {{Kawaiiko}}: 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.
* TheLeader: Suzuka. Also the FaceOfTheBand.
* LighterAndSofter: Than most heavy metal bands. To wit, one of AmonAmarth's songs was about the fated clash to the death between Thor and the World Serpent (Twilight of the Thunder God), one of JudasPriest's songs was about the circumstances that lead people into a life of crime (Breaking the Law). What was Babymetal's first song about? ''Chocolate''.
* LoudnessWar: Their music is all brickwalled and almost pure clipping from start to finish. This may be an intended effect though...
** The production of the second album ''Metal Resistance'' is better than the first, although the dynamic range is similar.
** The live albums ''Live at Budokan: Red Night'' and ''Live at Budokan: Black Night'', mastered by Ted Jensen, are quite reasonable by modern standards.
* LuckyCharmsTitle: ''Doki Doki☆Morning'', ''Uki Uki ★ Midnight''.
* MindScrew: What this idol group is to metal purists. Though many of them somehow like the group...
* MohsScaleOfRockAndMetalHardness: On average, a hard 6 to a soft 7, though "Megitsune" is a borderline 8.
** "Babymetal DEATH" seems to go as far as a 9, with most of the vocals being death growls and metal screams and having nearly none of the super-happy cuteness factor a lot of their other songs have.
** The second album ''Metal Resistance'' goes up to 9 in several tracks.
* NeoclassicalPunkZydecoRockabilly: Combines the hardness and energy of heavy metal with the catchiness and appeal of J-pop and a VisualKei-influenced sensibility.
* NervesOfSteel
** Karen Girl's did their final live performance at an anime festival at the Saitama Super Arena[[note]]the largest venue by far they had played, with a capacity of 20000[[/note]]. Several years later the other two group members[[note]]Ayami Muto and Yuika Shima[[/note]] related that they were both extremely nervous before their performance. Meanwhile, Suzuka was snoozing in the dressing room and had to be woken up in time to perform.
** You would expect most teenage Japanese girls to be more than a bit nervous when facing 50000 British metalheads at their first appearance in the UK[[note]][=SoniSphere=] 2014[[/note]]. If they were it was not at all obvious...
* PunctuatedForEmphasis: ''Ijime, Dame, Zettai'' (''No, More, Bullying'') is a strange example.
* RatedMForManly: The inversion of this trope is the whole point of this band.
* RedOniBlueOni: Moa and Yui to a certain extent - Moa Red, Yui Blue.
** "Catch Me If You Can" is about the girls hiding from very hungry oni who want to eat them.
* SilkHidingSteel: One of the themes in "Megitsune".
* SongStyleShift: "Iine!" has a ''[[TrapMusic Trap]]'' break near the middle, complete with hoodies, GratuitousEnglish, and Music/KanyeWest [[http://1.bp.blogspot.com/_txdFVAWpc94/TOKwqIGfagI/AAAAAAAAA4o/JMPJAXyX6xY/s640/kanye_west_daft_punk_stronger_01.jpg sunglasses.]] [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qVdBBOpSoN4&t=1m33s We are completely serious.]] Apparently it's done as a TakeThat to SwagRap.
** "Uki Uki ★ Midnight" has a {{Dubstep}} break, [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=W-2Z_kQpdW0&t=1m36s also near the middle.]]
** "Song 4" also features a reggae section.
* SpellMyNameWithAnS: ''Iine!'' faces the same problem as ''[[Music/{{Loituma}} Ievan Polkka]]''. Three guesses on what that problem is and the first two don't count.
* SureLetsGoWithThat: At the beginning of the group the manager was trying to teach the members the [[WardingGestures heavy metal horns]] gesture. They misinterpreted the description and made the a 'kitsune sign' instead. The whole Fox God mythology of the group probably stems from this.
* ThatSyncingFeeling: Early live performances were mostly lipsynced, with some live vocals blended in (quite common for idol performances). Later on Suzuka did more and more live, followed by Yui and Moa. The production of the ''LIVE AT BUDOKAN'' albums (2015) makes it very easy to hear that the backing vocals are confined to a few parts of the Black Babymetal songs (mostly parts with strenuous choreography).
* TitleScream[=/=]MetalScream: ''HEADBANGEEEEERRRRR!!!!!''
* TomboyishPonytail: Suzuka's usual hairstyle.
* [[WidgetSeries Widget Musicians]]: Three {{Idol Singer}}s mix pop music with HeavyMetal. It works and it's... ''[[CrowningMusicOfAwesome it's totally awesome]]''. Oh, UsefulNotes/{{Japan}}...
* ZettaiRyouiki: Grade B when wearing socks. Averted in 2013 when the uniform used stockings, apparently again for 2016.