->''"I love fashion. I went to Fashion Industries High School as a kid. I flunked out, of course. Guess my biggest revenge was to screw up fashion for a while."''

Pop starlet Cynthia Ann Stephanie Lauper (born June 22, 1953), better known as Cyndi Lauper, is notable as being one of the earliest success stories of Creator/{{MTV}} as well as one of the most fondly-remembered pop stars of TheEighties. So visible was Cyndi, in fact, that for a time she was a serious rival to no less than Music/{{Madonna}}. Her debut album, ''She's So Unusual'' has sold 22 million copies worldwide - thus making it one of the decade's best-selling albums - and contains her most famous songs, "Girls Just Wanna Have Fun", "Time After Time", and "She Bop".

Lauper was a member of rockabilly outfit Blue Angel, but their music didn't really go anywhere commercially, and the band dissolved. Soon after, David Wolff discovered her singing in a bar in New York, and became her manager (and, for a time, her significant other). With his help, she signed with Portrait Records (a subsidiary of Creator/EpicRecords) and released ''She's So Unusual'' in October 1983. In addition to the enormous success, lead off by the single "Girls Just Wanna Have Fun", Cyndi was a major teen idol and fashion icon for a time. In fact, Lauper was the first female to have four consecutive ''Billboard'' Hot 100 top five hits from a single album.

During this time, Wolff arranged for Cyndi to make a brief foray into the world of ProfessionalWrestling (namely, Wrestling/{{WWE}}, then the [=WWF=]), in a storyline where Wrestling/CaptainLouAlbano insisted that he was her manager. Cyndi herself eventually showed up on Piper's Pit and negated these claims to [[Wrestling/RoddyPiper "Rowdy" Roddy Piper]] (eventually getting ''righteously'' pissed off at Lou in the process). Soon after, she became the manager of would-be Women's Champion Wendi Richter, who borrowed Cyndi's "Girls Just Wanna Have Fun" for a theme song.

Not wanting to be remembered as a "cartoon character," it wasn't long before she was back to music, and she released the follow-up to the debut, ''True Colors'', in September 1986. It didn't have the huge impact of the first record, but it did spawn a hit single in the title track. By this point, Cyndi was starting to move in a more contemporary direction, meanwhile Madonna was clearly taking over as the more provocative presence in mainstream pop. Undeterred, Cyndi continued on this path into TheNineties with the albums ''A Night To Remember'', ''Hat Full of Stars'' and ''Sisters of Avalon'', all of which made little headway commercially. Notable projects since include an album of old pop standards (''At Last'', 2003) and an acoustic record (''The Body Acoustic'', 2005).

Cyndi has always remained in the public eye to a certain extent thanks to 80s nostalgia, but she's also branched out into acting. Her first silver screen starring role, 1988's ''Vibes'', was a critical and commercial flop, but she's had a fair amount of success in this field since, with a recurring role on ''Series/MadAboutYou'', cameos on ''Series/QueerAsFolk'', ''Series/GossipGirl'' and ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons''. She wrote the music to the musical ''Kinky Boots'', which earned her a Tony Award for Best Score, the first woman to earn this award.

Cyndi has been married to actor David Thorton, with whom she has a son, Declyn. She is a ''major'' LGBT activist.

* ''She's So Unusual'' (1983)
* ''True Colors'' (1986)
* ''A Night to Remember'' (1989)
* ''Hat Full of Stars'' (1993)
* ''Sisters of Avalon'' (1996)
* ''Merry Christmas... Have a Nice Life'' (1998)
* ''At Last'' (2003)
* ''Shine'' (2004)
* ''The Body Acoustic'' (2005)
* ''Bring Ya to the Brink'' (2008)
* ''Memphis Blues'' (2010)
* ''Detour'' (2016)

!!! "Girls just want to have tropes":
* AbusiveParents: Cyndi's struggled with this throughout her life. Her mother's second husband was a deadbeat drunk who threatened to rape Cyndi and her sister Ellen many times.
* BeYourself: "True Colors" is about how being yourself doesn't only make you happier but can make you beautiful to other people as well.
* TheCameo: Cyndi used lots of famous wrestlers in her music videos, including Wrestling/RandySavage, Captain Lou Albano, [[Wrestling/RoddyPiper Rowdy Roddy Piper]], Wendy Richter, The Fabulous Moolah, Wrestling/TheIronSheik, Wresting/NikolaiVolkoff, Wrestling/FreddieBlassie, and Wrestling/AndreTheGiant.
** Music/TheBangles appeared in the music video for "The Goonies R Good Enough", and provided the backup vocals for "Change of Heart."
** And speaking of Captain Lou Albano, Cyndi herself also made an appearance in one of the live-action segments of ''WesternAnimation/TheSuperMarioBrosSuperShow''.
** She has had a recurring role on ''Series/{{Bones}}'' as Angela's psychic friend Avalon. She appeared in a cameo in the eighth season episode "The Lady In White" [[spoiler: where she sang "At Last" at Booth and Brennan's wedding]].
** ''The Body Acoustic'' features guest vocals from [[Music/TakingBackSunday Adam Lazzara]], Shaggy, Music/SarahMcLachlan, Jeff Beck, Music/PuffyAmiYumi, and Music/AniDiFranco.
* {{Cloudcuckoolander}}
* CoverVersion: Music/{{Prince}}'s "When You Were Mine." Cyndi doesn't even change the genders in the song, so she's singing about [[TheCoverChangesTheMeaning a man leaving her for another man.]]
** In 1987, she had a Top 20 hit with her remake of Music/MarvinGaye's "What's Going On."
** "All Through the Night," one of her big hits from ''She's So Unusual'', is a JulesShear cover.
** Also, Music/RoyOrbison's "I Drove All Night." Orbison recorded it in 1987, Cyndi released her version in 1989. (Though technically speaking, Orbison's version was only released in 1992, [[AuthorExistenceFailure four years after his death.]])
** Her album "At Last" features covers of jazz and early rock standards, such as "At Last", "The Sunny Side of the Street", "La Vie En Rose" and "Don't Let Me Be Misunderstood".
** "Time After Time" received a well known jazz instrumental cover by Music/MilesDavis. It also became a Top 10 hit in 1998 for R&B singer Inoj, and Cyndi herself returned the song to the Adult Contemporary charts nearly a decade later singing it as a duet with SarahMcLachlan.
* ADateWithRosiePalms: "She Bop":
-->"They say I better get a chaperone\\
Because I can't stop messin' with the danger zone..."
** Cyndi has said she was furious when the Parents Music Resource Council named the song to their "Filthy Fifteen" list, as she felt she had written the song cleverly enough that kids wouldn't be able to guess its subject. Judging from the song's #3 placing on the Billboard charts, she was probably right, as the backlash came ''after'' the fact (and after she had - sort of - admitted the song's true meaning during a TV interview with Dr. RuthWestheimer).
* DomesticAbuse: "Broken Glass."
* TheEighties: Cyndi is probably one of the first people you'd think of when you think of early 80s pop.
* GoodGirlsAvoidAbortion: Averted. "Sally's Pigeons" is based off of a real life friend of Cyndi's who had a [[BackAlleyDoctor back alley abortion and died from it as a result.]] Cyndi herself had an abortion when she was 23 years old.
* GreasySpoon: One of the locations in 'She Bop'.
* GreatestHitsAlbum: ''Twelve Deadly Cyns.'' There's also ''The Essential Cyndi Lauper,'' the first compilation of hers to include "Film/TheGoonies [[OldShame 'R' Good Enough.]]"
* IncestIsRelative: The song “Lies” more than hints at the horrors of incest.
* IncrediblyLongNote: "Money Changes Everything."
* IntergenerationalFriendship:
** With Music/LadyGaga.
** Also with Music/NellieMcKay. She dueted on [=McKay=]'s song "Beecharmer".
* ItMakesSenseInContext: "She Bop" has a number of these: The Burger Klone restaurant with the fast moving hamburgers and the zombie-like customers represented the teenagers of the day and their need for in-demand fast food restaurants. Also the S.W.A.T. truck, which stands for “Suburban Wives Against Transgressors”. The S.W.A.T. Team could signify those who were against female's exploring and appreciation of their sexuality.
* MoneySong: "Money Changes Everything".
* NewSoundAlbum: Cyndi tests out CountryMusic in her 2016 album ''Detour''.
* UnpluggedVersion: ''The Body Acoustic'', a compilation of acoustic arrangement of some of her most popular songs.
* {{Retraux}}: ''She's So Unusual'' includes a short cover of "He's So Unusual" by Helen Kane; The arrangement is very similar to the 1929 original, and it's produced to sound as though it's playing off an old phonograph. The effect is heightened by the fact that it very abruptly segues into "Yeah Yeah", which has a much more contemporary [[NewWaveMusic New Wave]] sound to it.
* RummageSaleReject: And damn proud of it. Then again, for her many fans, it's more like ImpossiblyCoolClothes.
* ShoutOut: The party scene in the video for "Girls Just Wanna Have Fun" is one to the stateroom scene in ''Film/ANightAtTheOpera.''
* XtremeKoolLetterz: "The Goonies ''R'' Good Enough"
* YouGottaHaveBlueHair: Orange, Pink, Red, or whatever color she felt like at the time.