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[[caption-width-right:350: Everything's Better with Robots!]]

Influenced by:
+ Music/AphexTwin, Music/TheBeachBoys, Creator/JohnCarpenter, Music/WendyCarlos, The Doobie Brothers, Music/{{Eagles}}, Music/EltonJohn, Music/FleetwoodMac, Music/BernardHerrmann, Music/PhilipGlass, Music/JeanMichelJarre , Music/MauriceJarre, Music/{{MC5}}, Music/GiorgioMoroder, Music/PrimalScream, Music/MaxSteiner, Music/TheRollingStones, Music/TheStooges, Music/{{Supertramp}}, Vangelis
->''"Robots don't make people feel like there's an idol on stage. It's more like a rave party where the DJ isn't important. We are two robots in this pyramid with this light show, but everything is [meant] for you to have fun and enjoy yourself."''
-->-- '''Guy-Manuel de Homem-Christo'''

Daft Punk is one of the most popular electronic bands ever (along with Music/{{Kraftwerk}}, Music/YellowMagicOrchestra and a few others). Formed in 1993 by Frenchmen Thomas Bangalter (born 3 January 1975) and Guy-Manuel de Homem-Christo (born 8 February 1974), the duo have [[TropeCodifier popularized French house music and established many of its elements]], to the point where they are sometimes mistakenly credited as having created the genre. Nevertheless, Daft Punk's work definitely furthered the acceptance of electronic music in mainstream culture.

They have released four albums thus far, alongside film scores, two films of their own creation and several side projects. 1997's ''Homework'' (and its live album counterpart ''Alive 1997'') was a trailblazing showcasing of French house, Chicago house and acid house; their signature sound was accompanied by eye-popping music videos by Creator/MichelGondry for "Da Funk" and "Around the World", which were many peoples' introduction to house music and electronica in general. Daft Punk followed this up with 2001's ''Discovery'', which combined soul and disco samples with slick production values. The entire album was the score for an anime film, ''[[Anime/{{Interstella5555}} Interstella 5555: The 5tory of the 5ecret 5olar 5ystem]]'' (directed by the legendary Creator/LeijiMatsumoto) and featured some of their most recognizable hits, "One More Time" and "Harder, Better, Faster, Stronger".

Daft's third album, 2005's ''Human After All'', was a minimalistic industrial-rock album that [[BrokenBase polarized critics and audiences alike]] with its repetitive compositions. Their art film ''Film/DaftPunksElectroma'', about two robots attempting to find acceptance by disguising themselves as humans, shortly followed. Their second live album, ''Alive 2007'', recontextualized their first three albums by heading deep into mashup territory, which not only revitalized critical opinion of ''Human After All'', but provided a never-before-seen stage show consisting of a [[http://youtube.com/watch?v=Pujy2kVECZk massive glowing pyramid]] surrounded by [[http://youtube.com/watch?v=KBQ3oVcV4YE a blinding array of lasers and neon lights]] -- a template used since by many musicians from all genres.

Daft Punk were tapped by Creator/{{Disney}} to provide the score to ''Film/TronLegacy''. Their score, evocative of electronic music of the 70s and 80s, was made in line with (and as a tribute to) Wendy Carlos' original score for ''{{Film/Tron}}''. Their fourth album, ''Random Access Memories'', was released in 2013 and was Daft Punk's love letter to the soul, funk and R&B albums from the 70s and 80s that they grew up on. The band worked closely with their longtime heroes, including disco pioneer Giorgio Moroder, singer-songwriter Paul Williams, {{Music/Chic}} guitarist/songwriter Nile Rodgers, and several internationally renowned musicians and session players, like Nathan East and John "J.R." Robinson. The album gave Daft Punk five Grammy awards in 2014, including Album of the Year and Record of the year for the album's lead single "Get Lucky", giving them seven total Grammys.

Also notable are several contributions that are often overlooked by casual observers. Thomas Bangalter has produced many dance recordings under his own name and aliases, including the (very-short-lived) supergroup Stardust, which scored an international hit with "Music Sounds Better with You". He is friends with film director Creator/GasparNoe, creating the film scores for ''{{Film/Irreversible}}'' and ''Film/EnterTheVoid''. Guy-Manuel de Homem-Christo produced Music/{{Kavinsky}}'s hit song "Nightcall", as well as Sebastien Tellier's album ''Sexuality''. Daft Punk have also co-produced for other artists in later years; they have contributed to four songs on Music/KanyeWest's 2013 album ''Music/{{Yeezus}}'', and they have featuring credits on Pharrell Williams' single "Gust of Wind" and Music/TheWeeknd's "Starboy" and "I Feel It Coming". The duo have also contributed eleven mixes for the ''VideoGame/GuitarHero'' SpinOff, ''VideoGame/DJHero'', as well as being playable characters in the latter.

Finally, Daft Punk embody TheFaceless trope, having spent the bulk of their careers shrouding themselves in secrecy by appearing in public with masks on. Their most famous masks are the robot costumes they debute for ''Discovery'', which have progressively been updated during each face of their career since. As the page quote suggests, the choice for secrecy was deliberate: it allows the band to enjoy their personal lives, while making their music strictly about itself and audience satisfaction, not about themselves. Apart from some very early press photos, Daft Punk allowed a sculptor to [[http://thecreatorsproject.vice.com/blog/artist-unmasks-daft-punk-for-new-sculpture-series carve their likenesses as full-size human statues]]; in fact, the band chose to do it without helmets, so any further speculation about their identities could be answered by the sculptures.


* ''Music/{{Homework}}'' (1997)
* ''Music/{{Discovery}}'' (2001)
* ''Alive 1997'' (2001)
* ''Human After All'' (2005)
* ''Alive 2007'' (2007)
* ''TRON: Legacy: Original Motion Picture Soundtrack'' (2010)
* ''Music/RandomAccessMemories'' (2013)

!!Daft Punk provides examples of the following tropes:

* AerithAndBob: Their names are Guillaume Emmanuel ("Guy-Manuel", or just "Guy-Man") de Homem-Christo... and Thomas Bangalter.
* AlbumTitleDrop:
** [[SubvertedTrope Almost.]] "Fragments of Time" from ''Random Access Memories" mentions "random memories".
** The spoken lines of "WDPK 83.7 FM": "WDPK 83.7, the sound of tomorrow, the music of today, brings you exclusively '''''Daft Punk's Homework'''''."
* AllLowercaseLetters: Their name is rendered this way on their logo and album covers.
* AnimatedMusicVideo: ''Anime/{{Interstella 5555}}'' is essentially a glorified one of these, along with all of the ''Discovery'' music videos which were derived from it.
* AppropriatedAppellation: They're named after a disparaging review of their previous band (a garage rock band called Darlin', where the reviewer described it as "a daft punky thrash").
* ArcNumber: 9.
* ArcSymbol: For ''Human After All'', a television. There was one on the album cover, one on every single cover, and songs such as "Television Rules the Nation" and "On/Off" continued the trend.
* AudienceParticipationSong:
** A lot of the songs off ''Alive 2007'', most notably when [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3OXE8EmZoFM#t=91s "One More Time"]] and [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lbyB046avmg#t=73s "Da Funk"]] come into play.
** [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Qi67GOo1Kas "Get Lucky"]] is a particular fan-favorite.
* AuthorTract:
** Their film ''Interstella 5555'' is basically a gigantic middle finger to the celebrity system and the corporate world's exploitation of artists, which fits Daft Punk's core philosophies quite well.
** It can be argued that ''Electroma'' has one as well, if anyone could figure it out.
* AwesomeMcCoolname:
** Behold: ''Guillaume Emmanuel de Homem-Christo''!
** And... [[AerithAndBob Thomas]]. [[DoubleSubversion However, this is French, so the s is silent and no syllable is more stressed than the other!]] [[EverythingSoundsSexierInFrench Everything sounds more awesome in French!]]
%%* BerserkButton: In a meta example, other dance music artists often get annoyed when their music is compared to that of Daft Punk's, as a result of the general audience's SmallReferencePools. Music/{{deadmau5}} has publicly stated that he has shied away from using electric pianos in his work for fear of being misinterpreted as ripping off Daft Punk, while Morgan Page and Wolfgang Gartner have aired similar grievances over Twitter.
* BodyHorror: The music video for "Prime Time of Your Life".
* BrokenRecord: The vast majority of their earlier work involve some melody or vocal sample repeated to a humongous extent. Take "Around the World" for example, which repeats the title 144 times.
** "The Prime Time of Your Life" has a unique variation. At the two-minute mark, a beat is established that loops throughout the song. However, it gradually gets faster over time until it devolves into a mechanical whir at the very end.
* BrownNote: Bangalter wrote the film score for ''Film/{{Irreversible}}'' and reportedly loaded the soundtrack up with low-frequency infrasonics in order to disturb the audience.
* CallBack: The design of the back cover track listing of ''Human After All'' is identical to that of ''Discovery''.
* TheCameo:
** They have animated alter-egos in ''Interstella 5555'' during the music awards ceremony. [[SelfDeprecation Where they lose to their own fake band]].
** The two appearing as the End of Line [=DJs=] in ''Film/TronLegacy''. Also counts as OneSceneWonder.
* CentralTheme: [[WhatMeasureIsANonHuman The connections and differences between robots and humans]].
** The opening of ''Alive 2007'' has two robotic voices chanting "ROBOT" and "HUMAN" at each other.
** ''Human After All'' dives into this topic, [[CaptainObvious natch]]. The album seems to alternate between the two but shows more focus on the robot/technological side musically and thematically ("Brainwasher", "Steam Machine", "Technologic", "Robot Rock", "On/Off", "Television Rules the Nation") with some exceptions. Halfway through the album, it decides to take a break with the downbeat and mellow "Make Love", and it comes full circle at the very end with "Emotion".
** [[http://dietradio.fm/wp-content/uploads/2014/08/daft-2006.jpg This picture]] of the duo has the word "HUMAN" written on Thomas's helmet visor.
** ''Film/DaftPunksElectroma'' has their robot characters attempting to use disguises to become human. [[spoiler:It backfires horribly.]]
* ClusterFBomb: Their [[Music/BustaRhymes "Touch It]]/Technologic" mix during the ''Alive 2007'' tour had the robot voice dropping one of these by [[ManipulativeEditing splicing different phrases together]].
* ColourCodedForYourConvenience: [[DownplayedTrope Downplayed]], but when the duo appears in their "standard" outfits, Thomas' helmet is silver, and Guy-Man's is golden.
* CoolHelmet: Their signature visual image, and a core part of their identity.
* CreepyChangingPainting: In their official audio version of [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5NV6Rdv1a3I "Get Lucky"]], they use the album cover of the group playing their instruments and dancing in front of the setting sun. At the 2:20 mark, they suddenly start dancing and playing their instruments, then stop 15 seconds later, but in slightly different poses than they had at the start of the video.
* DarkerAndEdgier: ''Human After All''. Its songs had a lot more of a rock influence, and a grittier, more abrasive sound overall. Some of the music videos were [[NightmareFuel/DaftPunk downright terrifying]].
* DownerEnding:
** "Touch".
** The music video for "The Prime Time of Your Life" ends with [[spoiler:the protagonist being so insecure about her weight (while perceiving everyone else as a skeleton) that she skins herself and presumably dies afterwards. Her parents find her body, after which we see that everyone that she perceived as a skeleton was actually normal-looking the whole time]].
* DudeLooksLikeALady: Guy-Manuel in his earlier years. [[UpToEleven He was even mistaken for Thomas' girlfriend in one instance.]]
* DyingDeclarationOfLove: [[TearJerker "Something About Us"]].
* {{Dystopia}}: "Human After All" seems to evoke this worldview; it uses minimalism, emotional detachment and repetition to assert that with our reliance of technology, dystopia may not just be a thing of the future, but it may already be here.
* EarnYourHappyEnding: After many years in the business, Daft Punk ''finally'' got a US Top 40 hit with 2013's "Get Lucky". The thing is, a veteran music act scoring its first Top 40 hit in the 2010s is almost unheard of. In fact, the last time this happened was with Music/{{Weezer}} and "Beverly Hills". And that was in ''2005''. And to top it off, "Get Lucky" would win Record of the Year and ''Random Access Memories'' would win Album of the Year at the 2014 Grammys. (Though the Grammys have no problem recognizing veteran music acts.)
** And just four years later, they would finally score a #1 hit (in the U.S.) by producing and featuring in [[Music/TheWeeknd The Weekend's]] "Starboy".
* EpicInstrumentalOpener: Inverted on ''Alive 2007''. It starts with two voices chanting "ROBOT" and "HUMAN" back and forth at each other, getting faster and faster, before segueing into the largely-instrumental "Robot Rock".
* EpicRocking:
** "Too Long", the finale of ''Discovery'', [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin which is ten minutes long]].
** "Giorgio by Moroder" and "Touch" from ''Random Access Memories'' are over 8 minutes long and go through several musical styles.
** Many tracks on ''Homework'' are five to seven minutes long, including the uncut version of "Around the World".
** Their "Prime Time of Your Life / Brainwasher / Rollin' & Scratchin' / Alive" mashup is their longest song, clocking at 10:22.
** ''Human After All'' closes with the 7-minute long "Emotion".
* EveryEpisodeEnding: Inverted; each music video for a ''Human After All'' song starts with a TV outline appearing and the phrase "SPECIAL PRESENTATION" appearing inside the TV.
* TheFaceless: The duo are famous for their refusal to allow ANYONE to see their true faces. Even before the started wearing their robot helmets, when they were just two French guys during their first tour, they were described as "incredibly shy," which might have something to do with their general reclusiveness.
** Interviews are a mixed bag. The two did interviews promoting ''Film/DaftPunksElectroma'' with hoods over their heads, and during the pre-production of ''Film/TronLegacy'', they actually met the Director at a Los Angeles pancake house ... while wearing their robot suits! On the other hand, for [[http://www.gq.com/entertainment/music/201305/daft-punk-random-access-memories-profile-gq-may-2013 a GQ profile]] promoting ''Random Access Memories'' they were without their robot suits and were able to blend in public perfectly.
** A later helmetless picture was posted to Facebook by another electronic band, The Knocks, in June 2013. They were ultimately forced to take it down, [[http://pixel.nymag.com/imgs/daily/vulture/2013/06/06/06-daft-punk-no-helmuts.o.jpg/a_250x375.jpg though the image is still visible.]]
* FadingIntoTheNextSong:
** The first few songs from ''Homework'' all fade into each other.
** ''Discovery'' has only a few noticeable song breaks throughout the entire album. (Incidentally, a remix of "Aerodynamic" on the album ''Daft Club'', "Aerodynamic (Daft Punk Remix)", though not an example but likely meant to take this further, takes the lyrics of "One More Time" and adds them to "Aerodynamic", with the two having been examples of the previously mentioned trope originally.)
** Being a live DJ set, ''Alive 2007'' is chock full of these.
* FakeOutFadeOut:
** "Derezzed", from the ''Film/TronLegacy'' soundtrack.
** Also to [[LastNoteNightmare a lesser degree]] during "Around the World/Harder, Better, Faster, Stronger".
* ForDoomTheBellTolls: The opening of "Aerodynamic".
* FreakLabAccident: Legend tells that when the pair were working on a sampler on [[Anime/QueenMillennia September 9th, 1999, at exactly 9:09 AM]], their studio exploded. When they came to, they were robots.
* FunPersonified: As can be seen in the quote above, they take the enjoyment of their fans very seriously. Their iconic robot look is a way for fans to immerse themselves into the music. When they finally agreed to perform at Coachella, they kept on asking for more of their fee in advance to build the now iconic pyramid set.[[note]]10% is a usually a good advance even for a highly sought after artist. Daft Punk were getting '''$300,000''' and this wasn't even close to enough[[/note]]
* FunWithAcronyms: A DVD of the music videos for ''Homework'' was released with the title ''D.A.F.T.: A Story About Dogs, Androids, Firemen and Tomatoes''. Aside from spelling "Daft", this references elements of the videos themselves -- Charles, the anthropomorphic dog main character in "Da Funk" and "Fresh", the robots in "Around the World", the firefighters in "Burnin'", and the tomatoes in "Revolution 909".
* GenreRoulette: ''Random Access Memories'', while listed as "Pop" on iTunes, toys around with many different genres and genre influences between songs. "Give Life Back to Music", "Lose Yourself to Dance" and "Get Lucky" are disco, while other songs like "Giorgio by Moroder" and "Contact" are more influenced by electronica, though with some live instrumentation. "Doin' it Right", and "Fragments of Time" fall squarely into soft rock, while "Instant Crush" is a more electronic take on the alternative rock music of singer Julian Casablacas in Music/TheStrokes. Their collaboration with Music/PaulWilliams, "Touch," is a roulette game by itself, mixing disco, pop, roadhouse piano, a children's choir, and sci-fi psychedelia.
* GenreThrowback: While Daft Punk have always toyed with this idea, ''Random Access Memories'' was the first time that they actually sounded like their heroes from TheSeventies. The album features Nile Rodgers of disco band Music/{{Chic}} and Giorgio Moroder (disco producer most known for creating Music/DonnaSummer's best works). The session musicians used for the album were given music by Music/ElectricLightOrchestra, Music/{{Supertramp}} and Michael [=McDonald=] as reference points, and it shows.
* GratuitousPanning: "WDPK 83.7 FM" has a vocoded voice saying "music" that is repeatedly panned between the right and left ears.
* AGoodNameForARockBand: Or for a House Duo -- the phrase "daft punk" originally appeared in a negative review of their former band (see AppropriatedAppellation above).
* HellBentForLeather: During their ''Human After All'' era, the duo was most frequently seen wearing leather jackets and pants.
* HeterosexualLifePartners: The duo has known each other since grade school and are seemingly the closest of friends after all these years. There's a big d'awww factor in that as well. Case in point, when they won the Best Album award at the 2014 Grammys, the first thing the robots did was hug each other for a good few seconds before heading onstage.
* {{Homage}}:
** There's a reason the first album was called ''[[Music/{{Kraftwerk}} Homework]]''. Further, one of the songs on ''Human After All'' is called "Robot Rock" -- Kraftwerk's preferred term for techno.
** "Teachers" is this. It's a ListSong of Daft Punk's influences as musicians.
** Both ''Discovery'' and ''Random Access Memories'' can be seen as a {{Homage}} to the music of the late '70s and early '80s, but the two albums take very different approaches. ''Discovery'' makes extensive use of samples of disco and post-disco songs, while ''Random Access Memories'' uses a live band and vintage electronics to recreate the original sound.
* IconicItem: Their robot helmets.
* IdiosyncraticEpisodeNaming: Well, Album Naming -- ''Alive 1997'' and ''Alive 2007''.
* IdiosyncraticCoverArt / MinimalisticCoverArt:
** Their first three studio album covers simply read "Daft Punk" on front of a fairly simple image. The actual album title is nowhere in sight. Reversed with the cover for ''Random Access Memories'', which contains ''only'' [[http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/en/a/a7/Random_Access_Memories.jpg the actual album title and a composite shot of both robots' helmets.]]
** In addition, all the singles from ''Human After All'' ([[http://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/Humanafterall_single_3593.JPEG "Human After All"]], [[http://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/Technologic_DaftPunk_single_2487.jpg "Technologic"]], [[http://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/RobotRock_DaftPunk_single_8374.jpg "Robot Rock"]], and [[http://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/Primetimeofyourlife_5655.jpg "The Prime Time of Your Life"]]) all have similar cover art: a picture on a television screen. They also all have the group's name in the top left and the song title in the top right, all in the same font and color.
* IncrediblyLongNote:
** At the two minute mark of "The Prime Time of Your Life", the robotic voice that has been repeatedly chanting the lyrics ("The prime time of your life / Now / Live it") then says the song title once more, only the I sound in "life" gets stretched out for a good 20 seconds and gradually dissolves into the beat.
** The opening guitar section in "Fresh" ends with a note that is held out for quite a long time as the song's beat fades in.
* IntercourseWithYou: "Get Lucky". The funny thing is that almost no one knew the song's meaning... yet.
* TheInvisibleBand: They've made a habit of never appearing in-person in their videos; in addition, they always wear full-body costumes at every public appearance, including live performances. Occasionally though, you might get a quick cameo of their signature helmets, such as on a shelf in the video for "Instant Crush", or formed up as nebulae in the video to Music/TheWeeknd's "I Feel It Coming" (which they're featured in).
* KayfabeMusic: Their personae as a couple of robots.
* LargeHam: ''T-Bang''. In ''[[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DeWLi9TROtE&feature=kp The Brainwasher]]'': '''I AM... THE BRAAAAIIIINWAAAAASSSSSHHHHHHEEEEEEEEEERRRRRRRRR!'''
* LastNoteNightmare:
** "Contact" starts normally but gradually gets consumed by unnerving noise and distortion. The final minute or so of the song is nothing but distortion.
** "The Prime Time of Your Life", although the nightmare starts halfway through the song and continues to the end. The song's beat slowly gets faster until it becomes an unnerving mechanical whir.
* LensFlare: The clip for "Robot Rock" is full of those.
* LighterAndSofter: ''Random Access Memories'' is lighter musically, though not entirely thematically.
* LimitedLyricsSong: This band seems to like this trope quite a bit.
** "Harder, Better, Faster, Stronger" (Not all of the lyrics are sung in each verse.)
--->''Work it harder, Make it better\\
Do it faster, Makes us stronger\\
More than ever, Hour after hour\\
Our work is never over''
** "Lose Yourself to Dance" repeats the same verse about 4 times over the course of the 6 minute song. Pharrel Williams is singing the lyrics, but Daft Punk adds some extra lines later into the song as background lyrics.
--->''I know you don't get a chance to take a break this often.\\
I know your life is speeding, and it isn't stopping.\\
Here, take my shirt and just go ahead and wipe off all the sweat. Sweat. SWEAT.\\
** "The Brainwasher" qualifies as well.
** Also, "Robot Rock".
--->''Rock, Robot rock!\\
Rock, Robot rock!''
** "The Prime Time of Your Life". At least, for the first half.
* ListSong: At least two.
** "Teachers", from ''Homework'', is a list of musicians that are their influences, all described as being "in the house".
--->''DJ Hell\\
Louie Vega\\
Carol Lexi\\
Dr. Dre's in the house, yeah\\
Omega in the house...''
** "Technologic", from ''Human After All'', lists things that can be done with technology, most ending in "it".
--->''Buy it, use it, break it, fix it, trash it, change it, mail, upgrade it\\
Charge it, point it, zoom it, press it, snap it, work it, quick, erase it...''
* LiveAlbum: ''Alive 1997'' and ''Alive 2007''.
* LoopedLyrics: Many of them. In particular, most of ''Human After All''.
** Case in point: "[[http://www.lyricsfreak.com/d/daft%20punk/around%20the%20world_10076007.html Around the World]]".
** Many examples of SingleStanzaSong.
* MohsScaleOfRockAndMetalHardness: Usually their output ranges from 1 to 4. However, some of their songs on ''Human After All'' are as heavy 6 to 8, and a few tracks on ''Homework'', and their work on ''[[Music/KanyeWest Yeezus]]'', can range from 9 to 11.
* {{Mondegreen}}: There has been many a speculation on what the looped lyric in "Superheroes" is. Guesses include "Love is in the air", "Up in the air", "Look in the air", "Go through the air", "Throw guns in the air", and [[BreadEggsMilkSquick "Cum is in the air"]]. The correct answer is "Something's in the air", and it's probably easier to spot if you listen to [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=szE5UA96fJg the sample where it came from]].
* MoodWhiplash: The entirety of ''Human After All'', which switches between upbeat and energetic rock and offsetting and disorienting electronica noise. Made even worse with [[SurprisinglyGentleSong "Make Love" and "Emotion"]], two extremely calm and almost saddening tracks that sound more fitting to be on a lusher album like ''Discovery'', and not such an abrasive album like ''Human''.
* MotorcycleJousting: This is the theme of the music video for "Derezzed"; a fictional videogame of this nature.
* NewSoundAlbum: Every album they've done since ''Homework''.
** ''Homework'' is techno or house with funk influences.
** ''Discovery'' has more synthpop and dance-pop influences.
** ''Human After All'' has some rock elements such as electric guitars, which had been uncommon in their music before ("Aerodynamic" notwithstanding).
** ''Random Access Memories'' is a GenreThrowback to disco and the early days of electronic music, and features more live instruments and guest vocals instead of say, drum machines and vocoders only.
* NotableMusicVideos:
** Pretty much all of ''Discovery'''s music videos, which were clips from ''Anime/{{Interstella 5555}}''.
** Also, the video for "Around the World", [[ItMakesSenseInContext featuring skeletons, giant monster things, disco girls, and robots,]] all dancing as visual representations of the song itself.
** The music video for "Da Funk", which is less of a music video and more of a short film [[MakesJustAsMuchSenseInContext detailing the adventures of an anthropomorphic dog with a broken leg named Charles with the song as a backing track]]. The video for "Fresh" is a sequel, following the same character.
** And of course, "The Prime Time of Your Life", which is an extremely weird, quite graphic video involving [[invoked]][[spoiler:a girl with anorexia peeling all her skin off bloodlessly and dying.]]
** "Get Lucky" was notable for ''[[DefiedTrope not]]'' having a music video, just [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JMJwcOiBoZE a short ad]] aired on ''Television/SaturdayNightLive.'' That didn't stop fans from creating their own, though.
* OneWayVisor: Their helmets. Or at least, it gives off this effect. An interview reveals they're in fact seeing through pinhole-sized holes in front of their eyes.
* OpeningMonologue: "Giorgio by Moroder". [[Music/GiorgioMoroder Guess who]] [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin narrates it?]]
* PinocchioSyndrome: The plot of ''Film/DaftPunksElectroma'', possibly.
* RearrangeTheSong:
** ''Alive 2007'' is comprised of mashups of songs from all across their discography.
** "Funk Ad", the concluding track on ''Homework'', is merely a minute-long portion of "Da Funk" played backwards.
* RecordProducer: The DIY side of it, at least.
* RecurringRiff: The "robot gasping for air" sound from "Technologic" is reused in "Emotion", which is actually the next song on the album (''Human After All'').
* RedOniBlueOni: As seen in their [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xlRws84K0LI interviews]], Thomas, as the Red Oni, does most on the talking and is very expressive and mischievous while Guy-Man, as the Blue Oni, doesn't talk much and is very reserved and shy.
* RobotOrSpacemanAlterEgo: Since 2001 and the ''Discovery'' era, they've had their now-signature robot aesthetic.
* RockOpera: ''Discovery'', [[PlayingWithATrope sorta]]. It's the soundtrack for ''Interstella 5555'', which is told entirely through that album. It makes no sense as an opera without the movie, though.
* {{Sampling}}: As is par for the course, given their genre.
** Notable examples include Breakwater on "Robot Rock", Music/BillyJoel on "High Fidelity" and "Fresh", Barry Manilow on "Superheroes", and lots of other 70s disco, funk, R&B, and soul artists. The most high-profile case of Daft Punk themselves being sampled is probably Music/KanyeWest's "Stronger". "Robot Rock" is also a very popular track for up-and-coming rap talent to freestyle over, as well.
** [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=w8Ndijo2ysM This video]] shows most if not all of the songs that were sampled in the making of ''Discovery''.
** ''Random Access Memories'' notably contains only one sample during "Contact".
* SelfDeprecation:
** Daft Punk appear as themselves in a cameo in ''Interstella 5555'' at a music awards ceremony, where they lose to the main characters. In case you don't get the significance of that, in a 65 minute video (opening and credits included), they have a five-second cameo, and then they ''lose to a fake band '''that's playing their music'''''.
** In a vein similar to the ''Interstella 5555'' cameo, the band make a blink-and-you'll-miss-it appearance on the TV screen in "The Prime Time of Your Life" among clips of societal ills. Given the nature of the clips shown on the TV [[spoiler:and their effect on the protagonist]], this instance of SelfDeprecation is more grim than some other examples.
** ''Discovery'' closes with a 10-minute-long track named "Too Long".
** They had this sentence regarding ''Random Access Memories''.
--->'''Guy-Man:''' So our new album is supposed to ''really'' suck.
* SharpDressedMan: Or robots. They wore suits, particularly the [[EverythingsBetterWithSparkles sequined]] [[http://www.michaeljacksoncelebrityclothing.com/Daft-Punk-Jacket/Daft-Punk.jpg ones]], while promoting ''Random Access Memories''.
* Toys/SHFiguarts: [[http://i.imgur.com/h3BWUbn.jpg Yes, really]]. While they're a case of NoExportForYou in Japan, they'll be a regular release in North America.
* ShoutOut:
** T-Bang's helmet looks like [[Series/SpaceSheriffGavan Gavan]]'s (a.k.a. [[CompletelyDifferentTitle X-Or in France]]).
** Guy-Man's looks like a Ride Armor helmet from ''Anime/GenesisClimberMospeada''.
** They have a song called "[[Music/TheBeatles Revolution 909]]".
** In "The Brainwasher", the repeated lyric "I AM THE BRAINWASHEEERRRR" has the same vocal effects on it as the "I am Iron Man" lyric from Music/BlackSabbath's "Iron Man".
** [[http://lostinasupermarket.com/wp-content/uploads/2009/10/lemon-magazine-heroes-cover.jpg This picture]] of the duo miming the famous pose from Music/DavidBowie's ''Heroes'' album cover.
* SilenceIsGolden: Part of the robot getup is that they're incapable of human speech, and as such, they never actually talk in any of their public appearances. In interviews where they actually do speak, [[TheQuietOne Guy-Man]] is noted for not saying much. [[http://www.theguardian.com/music/2013/may/19/daft-punk-release-a-new-album When prodded by an interviewer in 2013 about this,]] Guy-Man cites this trope almost verbatim as his explanation.
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* SpiritualSuccessor: To Music/{{Kraftwerk}}, being a (famously reclusive) electronic band from Europe, [[RobotOrSpacemanAlterEgo who also happen to be robots]].
* SpokenWordInMusic:
** The autobiography-cum-song "Giorgio by Moroder", in which Moroder himself speaks about his music career.
* StealthPun: Clocking in at exactly 10 minutes, "Too Long" is the longest studio song the duo has ever recorded.
* SurprisinglyGentleSong:
** "Nightvision" off of ''Discovery'', which serves as an eerily ambient interlude.
** "Make Love" off of ''Human After All'', which serves as a nice and mellow break after the previous four tracks of madness.
** "Emotion" off of the same album, which provides a tearjerker finale while reinforcing the human-robot theme.
** The ''Random Access Memories'' Japanese bonus track [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JF_QVNfyRY8 "Horizon"]]--though its status as a bonus means [[MoodWhiplash it follows]] the LastNoteNightmare of "Contact".
* ThrowTheDogABone: The anthropomorphic dog, Charles, who just couldn't catch a break and ended up separated from his LoveInterest, Beatrice, in the "Da Funk" video, is shown to have a successful acting career and having reconnected with Beatrice in the "Fresh" video. Daft Punk specifically made this sequel to cheer up people who thought Charles' original fate was depressing.
* TitleOnlyChorus:
** "Around the World", which is actually a title-only ''song''. The only words are "around the world/around the world" over and over again.
** ''Human After All'' combines this with SingleStanzaSong for the duration of the entire album.
* TitleTrack: On ''Human After All''.
* TogetherInDeath: The ending of the "Instant Crush" video shows [[spoiler:the two wax mannequins staring at each other, hands overlapped, melting together in a fire]].
* TriumphantReprise: In the ''TRON: Legacy'' OST, "Tron Legacy (End Titles)" is one for "The Grid".
* TronLines:
** They've appeared in several concerts with their costumes [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ewQEL3yW2LY outlined in red lights]], like at the [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mrFJkSINsOc "Alive 2007"]] in Bercy, or the [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wn8JGw8KLzw surprise appearance at the Grammys]]. And let's not forget the [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EaQOOxvjSjw awesome pyramid effects]].
** They show up in their usual robot getups in ''Film/TronLegacy'', which fits perfectly with the scenery anyway.
* UnpluggedVersion: They released an unplugged version of "One More Time", performed by Romanthony (the original singer, without vocoder this time) on ''Daft Club''.
* WeightWoe: The video for "The Prime Time of Your Life" plays this [[BodyHorror in what is probably the most disturbing, graphic way possible.]]
* WhatMeasureIsANonHuman: The relationship between robots and humans is discussed, experimented with, taken apart, compared, and contrasted in their music.
* {{Zipperiffic}}: Their outfits circa ''Human After All''.
->''Stop the music and go home, I repeat: stop the music and go home.''