When I see your face
There's not a thing that I would change
'Cause you're amazing
Just the way you are
Bruno Mars (born as Peter Gene Hernandez on October 8, 1985) is an American pop/R&B singer/songwriter. After bursting onto the scene with his song "Nothin' on You" (2010) with the rapper B.o.B. and the song "Billionaire" (2010) with Travie McCoy, he has become a very popular artist. He has won ten awards, and has been nominated for 65. His debut album has sold over two million copies and has been certified double-platinum in the USA. His song "The Lazy Song" is one of the best-selling songs of all time. He also performed at Super Bowl
XLVIII. He is a member of the production trio called The Smeezingtons, who have produced his own songs as well as for others.
- Doo-Wops & Hooligans (2010)
- Unorthodox Jukebox (2012)
Tropes related to Bruno Mars:
- All Take and No Give: "Grenade" starts off by calling out the woman of affection for being guilty of this:
Easy come, easy go,
that's just how you live, oh
take, take, take it all,
but you never give...
- Ambiguously Brown: He's half-Filipino (with some distant Spanish ancestry), quarter-Ashkenazi Jewish, and quarter-Puerto Rican.
- Analogy Backfire: "Gorilla". As Todd in the Shadows notes, a gorilla's penis is only an inch and a half long.
- Badass Boast / Boastful Rap: "Uptown Funk", a track where he talks about how hot he is and that his band is about that money. And he raps in the quiet part of the bridge before the last chorus.
- Be Yourself: "Just the Way You Are".
- Bittersweet Ending: "When I Was Your Man". The "bitter" part is the narrator realizing that there's nothing he can do to mend his relationship with his ex. The "sweet" part comes in when he tells her that all he wants now is for her to be happy with her new boyfriend and for him to avoid the mistakes he made.
- The Casanova: The narrator of "Runaway Baby".
- Chivalrous Pervert: Essentially the impression you'll get if you average all his lyrics and leave out "Natalie". May have once been this in real life, but now has stated that he prefers being monogamous.
- Coitus Uninterruptus: In "Gorilla":
- Cool Shades: Seen sporting these a lot.
- Cross Over: Started his career by appearing on B.o.B. and Travie McCoy's songs, and later was a guest in Bad Meets Evil's "Lighters". On the other hand there's B.o.B. and Cee Lo Green in "The Other Side", and Damian Marley in "Liquor Store Blues".
- Dance Sensation: In "The Lazy Song" he mentions "learning how to Dougie".
- A Date with Rosie Palms: In "The Lazy Song", he speaks of being able to "put my hand in my pants" because "nobody will tell me I can't."
- Downer Ending: "Grenade". The narrator finds himself permanently trapped in an abusive relationship because as much as he hates her for it, he still can't bring himself to break up with his girlfriend and the music video implies that he tries to escape by killing himself.
- Double Standard: Abuse, Female on Male: Heavily averted in "Grenade".
- Driven to Suicide: In the ending of the "Grenade" video.
- Drowning My Sorrows: "Liquor Store Blues".
- Everything's Better with Monkeys:
- The video for "The Lazy Song" has dancers in monkey suits.
- There's a gorilla on the cover of the Unorthodox Jukebox cover, and of course the actual song "Gorilla" on the same.
- Expecting Someone Taller: He's just under 5'4".
- Genre Throwback: One of his specialties. "Treasure" is a throwback to disco, "Locked Out of Heaven" is explicitly an Homage to The Police, "Gorilla" is an emulation of Prince, and his guest spot on Mark Ronson's "Uptown Funk" is a throwback to, well, '70s-style funk.
- Gold Digger: The titular character of "Natalie".
- Hotter and Sexier: The songs on Unorthodox Jukebox are much more explicitly sexual in nature than the preceding album. It also got a Parental Advisory label whereas Doo-Wops didn't.
- The Hunter Becomes The Hunted: "Natalie" is about the titular gold digger taking Bruno's money...and then he goes after her with the intent to kill.
- Intercourse with You:
- "Our First Time" and "Locked Out Of Heaven".
- "Gorilla" is the most explicit song on Unorthodox Jukebox, getting filthy with the animalistic similes.
- In the Style of...: The general consensus is that "Locked Out of Heaven" is extremely influenced by the sound of The Police, particularly "Message in a Bottle" and "Roxanne". Bruno himself admitted that when he was initially writing the song, the key it was in made him sing in a sufficiently high register to resemble Sting, and he then decided to play up the similarity and record it as an homage to The Police.
- I Want My Beloved to Be Happy: The end of "When I Was Your Man".
I hope he buys you flowers
I hope he holds your hand
Gives you all his hours when he has the chance
Takes you to every party because I remember how much you loved to dance
Do all the things I should've done
When I was your man
- Just The Way You Are: "Just The Way You Are", obviously.
- Large Ham
- Lazy Bum: The Lazy Song
- Love Makes You Crazy/Dumb: Several of his songs.
- Lyrical Dissonance: A lot of his songs sound upbeat and have lots of energy, but the lyrics themselves can be pretty depressing.
- Madonna–Whore Complex: Attempts to talk a woman out of this mindset in "Show Me".
- Melancholy Moon: "Talking to the Moon", about trying to reach a distant lover.
- Nice Hat: Frequently sports a fedora.
- One Woman Song: "Natalie", although it's not a love song, but rather a murder song.
- Pretty Boy: Oh boy, is he ever. The voice helps.
- "The Reason You Suck" Speech: "Grenade", though he still loves her.
- Retraux: His performance at the 2011 Grammys included a performance of "Grenade" in the style of an old soul song.
- "Treasure" from Unorthodox Jukebox appears to be a throwback to '70s disco, as does the video with all its Soul Train/Solid Gold-style lighting artifacts, greenscreen effects and thinner-than-widescreen resolution.
- The video for "Locked Out of Heaven", aside from the stylistic nod to The Police, imitates old-school video tape recordings.
- Stage Names: It's come from both his childhood similarity to wrestler Bruno Sammartino, and that "I felt like I didn't have [any] pizzazz, and a lot of girls say I’m out of this world, so I was like I guess I'm from Mars."
- The Power of Friendship: "Count on Me".
- Shout-Out: The numerous Retraux effects in the "Treasure" music video show very obvious nods to the music video for "Let's Groove" by Earth, Wind & Fire.
- The Slacker: In "The Lazy Song".
- Something Blues: "Liquor Store Blues".
- Stupid Sacrifice: In "Grenade", the narrator would die for someone who doesn't love him back.
- Vocal Dissonance: At times his voice is feminine.
- When She Smiles: In "Just the Way You Are":
"And when you smile, the whole world stops and stares for a while."