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->''"Everyone has a struggle in life, and the question is do you allow yourself to be overcome by it or do you master it with unified strength and power.''
->''This is exactly what the music was meant to do, to transcend your normal world, to make you more than what you are, to make you set down your burden for a while.''
->''Feel powerful, feel invincible, feel indestructible; believe' in something as opposed to believing in nothing; spread 'the sickness, infect the world."''
-->--'''David Draiman''', opening line to ''D.O.D.''

Disturbed is a four-piece UsefulNotes/{{Chicago}} {{Alternative|Metal}} HeavyMetal[=/=]HardRock band formed in August 1996. Released in 2000, their debut album ''The Sickness'' both shot them into stardom and earned them a devoted fanbase called the [[FanCommunityNicknames Disturbed1s]]. The band [[ColbertBump made a name for themselves]] after playing second stage of the Ozzfest tour in 2000, headlining the U.S tour in 2001 alongside the likes of Music/{{Slipknot}}, Music/LinkinPark and Music/MarilynManson, and then again as a headliner in 2003. In 2001, they created their own tour (a small event at the time), the Music as a Weapon tour taken from a lyric in the song ''Droppin' Plates'' (abbreviated as MAAW), including acts throughout its existence such as Music/DrowningPool, Music/AlterBridge, As I Lay Dying, Music/{{Chevelle}}, Music/{{Flyleaf}}, Chimaira, Music/{{Trivium}}, Music/{{POD}}, Nonpoint, Stone Sour, Music/LacunaCoil, In This Moment and Music/KillswitchEngage. On September 17, 2002, they released their second album, ''Believe'', which went straight to #1 (see below) and was lauded by critics as the album that broke them from the NuMetal tag that plagued ''The Sickness''. Years later in 2006, the single ''Down with the Sickness'' would be certified Gold, then Platinum in 2009.

After MAAW II's last show in Chicago, they fired bassist Steve '[[StageNames Fuzz]]' Kmak for "personal differences" that they've yet to fully explain. He was replaced with current bassist John Moyer, formerly of the Texas Industrial act The Union Underground, who played bass for the album ''Ten Thousand Fists'', becoming a full member during the band's subsequent tour in support of the album. The Ten Thousand Fists album also marked the band's second straight-to-#1 with the song ''Stricken'' becoming their second Gold single in 2008. Released on June 3, 2008, Their fourth album ''Indestructible'' debuted at #1, was fully [[RecordProducer self-produced]], and won them their first Grammy nomination for ''Inside The Fire'' (which became their third Gold single). During the Indestructible tour, Disturbed participated in the first ever Mayhem festival alongside Music/{{Slipknot}}, Music/{{Dragonforce}} and Music/{{Mastodon}}, going on to become one of the largest metal festivals in the United States. This tour also marked the most elaborate production quality and sheer scale and that the Music as a Weapon tour had ever seen, leading them to rechristen it the "Music as a Weapon ''festival''".

The band's fifth effort, ''Asylum'', which the band has touted their strongest body of work yet, was released on August 31, 2010, giving the band some of the best critical approval they've ever seen. Recently the band (or their manager) has become obsessed with festival appearances, playing the Uproar tour with Music/AvengedSevenfold, going straight to Taste of Chaos with Papa Roach and Buckcherry afterwards, has embarked on their MAAW Fest V with Music/{{Korn}}, then it's off to their second Mayhem fest appearance with Music/{{Godsmack}} and Music/{{Megadeth}}, which still doesn't account for one-day events.[[note]]Rock on the Range, Rock am Ring, Download fest, etc[[/note]] After playing Mayhem and four dates in South America, the band will be taking an extended hiatus, with no continuation of band activities projected anywhere in the near future. On November 8, shortly after announcing the hiatus, the band released ''The Lost Children'', a compilation of their all the non-album material written over the course of their career.

In 2012-13, during the course of their hiatus, Moyer joined SuperGroup Adrenaline Mob, Draiman started an IndustrialMetal project known as Device with song-writing handled by himself and Geno Lenardo of Filter, and Donegan started writing with Dan Chandler of Evens Blue, culminating in Fight or Flight, which he invited Wengren to drum for.

On June 20th 2015 a video was posted on their official Facebook page, showing the Guy in cryosleep. Over the next two days, two more videos were released showing him waking up, culminating in him sitting upright and grinning to the camera. On June 23rd, the band announced their new album - ''Immortalized'', set for release August 21st 2015; officially ending the hiatus.

Don't expect to nail down their actual genre very easily, as [[SeriousBusiness debates continue to this day]] -- they're generally seen as "something heavy metal and probably some hard rock" (you can blame the ambiguity on their AlternativeMetal tendencies). Try not to mention them and "{{nu metal}}" in the same sentence at any point to anyone -- [[InternetBackdraft it isn't worth it]]. For all intents and purposes, they're a rock group.

To the group's credit, they're one of the few bands in history to release five straight-to-#1 albums[[note]]This entails releasing an album which sells enough copies in its first week to debut at the #1 spot.[[/note]] in a row on the Billboard 200 (''Believe'', ''Ten Thousand Fists'', ''Indestructible'', ''Asylum'', ''Immortalized''), the others being Music/DaveMatthewsBand (at six releases since ''Before These Crowded Streets'') and Music/{{Metallica}} (everything after ''The Black Album'', making for five). These groups have yet to release an album that breaks this streak, giving them a chance to [[UpToEleven push the envelope further]]. Disturbed also happen to be the youngest band to do this. In other words, don't underestimate the Disturbed1s.
+ Music/{{Pantera}}, Music/BlackSabbath, Music/FaithNoMore, Music/JudasPriest, Music/{{Tool}}, Music/IronMaiden, Music/LedZeppelin, Music/{{Queensryche}}, Music/{{Metallica}}, Music/{{Korn}}, Music/{{Testament}}, Music/{{Dio}}, Music/FearFactory, Music/RacerX, Music/{{Sevendust}}, Music/{{Slayer}}, Music/{{Ratt}}, Music/{{Soundgarden}}, Music/MotleyCrue, Music/AliceInChains, Music/{{Dokken}}, Music/DeathAngel, Music/GunsNRoses, Music/{{ACDC}}
Related Acts:
+ Brawl (Fuzz, Donegan, and Wengren)
+ Vandal (Fuzz and Donegan)
+ Loudmouth (Donegan)
+ The Union Underground (Moyer)
+ Soak (Moyer)
+ Adrenaline Mob (Moyer)
+ Music/{{Device}} (Draiman)
+ Fight or Flight (Donegan, Wengren)
+ Art of Anarchy (Moyer)
+ Operation: Mindcrime (Moyer)
+ Various Chicago heavy metal/hard rock groups

[[AC:[[Characters/{{Disturbed}} Members]]]]:
* David Draiman - Vocals
* Dan Donegan - Guitar, Electronics, Keyboard
* Mike Wengren - Drums, occasional programming[[note]]He can play guitar/acoustic bass, but doesn't on album work.[[/note]]
* John Moyer - Bass, Back-up vocals

[[AC:Former member]]:
* Steve "[[StageNames Fuzz]]" Kmak - Bass[[note]]a decent guitarist when required[[/note]]

* ''The Sickness'' - 2000[[note]]Has been given an UpdatedRerelease in celebration of the album's [[MilestoneCelebration 10th Anniversary]].[[/note]]
** [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GVcY--XzeIc Stupify]]
** [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LlGoCz4KBo0 Down With The Sickness]]
** [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=r0DwpEdoB1Q Voices]]
** [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Bck2nBIGAS4 The Game]][[note]]Was never a proper single, just a fan-favorite[[/note]]
* ''Believe'' - 2002, Sept
** [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DWSlOCEzRGo Prayer]]
** [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OaptZgTDWEg Remember]]
** [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LINtBUmNuvI Liberate]]
* ''Music as a Weapon II'' - 2003 (recorded), 2004 (released)[[note]](final date in Chicago) with Taproot, Unloco and Chevelle[[/note]]
** [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ricBSSD7DFo Loading The Weapon (intro for Bound)]]
* ''Ten Thousand Fists'' - 2005
** [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3moLkjvhEu0 Stricken]]
** [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WReGK97VdgQ Just Stop]]
** [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YV4oYkIeGJc Land of Confusion]]
** [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JyxBiUbCP8E Ten Thousand Fists]]
** [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dcn3anBsFjc Guarded]][[note]]Technically a promotional single[[/note]]
* ''Indestructible'' - 2008, June
** [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rxujAPhxlo0 Inside the Fire]]
** [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aWxBrI0g1kE Indestructible]]
** [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kfLAwMftiOc The Night]]
** [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6xlqXHnb2YA Perfect Insanity]][[note]]Technically a promotional single[[/note]]
* ''Live & Indestructible'' (E.P) - 2008, Sept
* ''Asylum'' - 2010, August
** [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HwELajFteTo Another Way To Die]]
** [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1K9jBL2syJ8 Asylum]]
** [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dwxUgefMStM The Animal]]
** [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=k_ZMmEFA4Q0 Warrior]]
* ''The Lost Children'' (BSide Compilation) - 2011, November
** [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jvAmUKgH7HI Hell]]
* ''Immortalized'' - 2015, August
** [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Auuqlcom6tM Immortalized]]
** [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8nW-IPrzM1g The Vengeful One]]
** [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Jct3HKRYU2A Fire It Up]]
** [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Yvwo8f3SXKA What Are You Waiting For]]
** [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QObrI-v1IeM The Sound of Silence]] (Music/SimonAndGarfunkel cover)
** [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=e1UUAhZ3JzM The Light]]

* ''[[{{Rockumentary}} Meaning Of Life]]'' (''M.O.L.'') - 2002, March
* ''Music as a Weapon II'' - 2003, 2004[[note]]Marked as "Sickness (Live USA 2003)". Not licensed by Warner and features no performances by Chevelle, Taproot or Unloco (aside from the ''Stupify'' vocal triet), unlike the live album above (both are the same performance).[[/note]]
* ''Indestructible in Germany'' - 2008, Nov
* ''[[{{Rockumentary}} Decade Of Disturbed]]'' (''D.O.D.'') - 2010[[note]]Packaged physically with every copy of the ''Asylum'' special edition with a digital download inside every standard copy.[[/note]]

Other popular songs:
* [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=W0ZX9L-vA70 Fear]], [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Di41PU16thI Want]], [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vpL2sWLwEtU Droppin' Plates]], [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MNdkGvzwE94 Shout 2000]], [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fvynzNtQhw8 Meaning of Life]]
* [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vTZL1uHAcoE Believe]], [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZaSZ8GVXB3U Awaken]], [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ffNFWsF8S-4 Mistress]], [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OE6Wz6Gj7sY Rise]], [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KK-mQ5FKWwA Devour]], [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5xSN4-ThknE Darkness]]
* [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2wY7cQEJMdM&NR=1 Deify]], [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2QYIA9avz-Y I'm Alive]], [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fVftXmopJt4 Sons of Plunder]], [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=S0h8wWcLTAg Overburdened]], [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TR73w6Vrgsk&feature=youtube_gdata_player Pain Redefined]]
* [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VhbCkcUOKZM Haunted]], [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EnHrNBUOJlo Enough]], [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=V0VbShBzv30 Criminal]] [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=t2mgfatNBpM Divide]], [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=78gbVk2-uHw Façade]]
* [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aSV5M1sUfak The Infection]], [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HQ0DSJSZ1zo Never Again]] [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NDDGKmnKE10 Serpentine]], [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=D14d8LOoCBg My Child]], [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IssMy3raC58 Innocence]]
* [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=f8TOTl3nIcc Mine]][[note]]This is the first time the song has ever been heard before, as every other track saw a release of some kind elsewhere[[/note]], [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hJQKwR6DCVw Old Friend]][[note]]This is the first time the song has been officially released; it first came into the fandom's hands through a leak[[/note]], [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=77GOPSFiAyk 3]][[note]]This was originally not going to be put on the album since it was made specifically to benefit the West Memphis Three, but their unexpected release before the compilation came out made them change their mind[[/note]]

Not to be confused with TheMentallyDisturbed or DisturbedDoves.

!!Disturbed Provides examples of:

[[folder:Live Performance]]
Also see the [[Characters/{{Disturbed}} Disturbed Character Sheet]]
* AudienceParticipationSong: The band likes to modify songs to encourage this trope, such as Deify and Down with the Sickness.
* BerserkButton: Draiman hates it when audience members refuse to stand up in concert (they don't necessarily have to mosh). In general he'll call people out for visibly not paying attention, [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8vXpArEthX4 like playing video games during the show]]. You've been warned.
* BigRockEnding: Not uncommon.
* {{Catchphrase}}: Draiman ends every concert with "Say our name with us now, my brothers, my sisters, my blood", followed by "[[PunctuatedForEmphasis We Are! Disturbed!]]" (AudienceParticipation included).
* GreatBallsOfFire
* LargeHam: Draiman; [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZSyjqhUp7VA see]] [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RD72gKLxWE8 for]] [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rw05LREofwA yourself]].
** IncomingHam: The intro they created for the Asylum tour works like this: The band takes the stage playing ''Remnants'', with a video of a comatose Draiman being carted off in an ambulance playing on the mega-screen behind them. His heart monitor becoming a {{Flatline}}, a doctor jabs him in the chest with an adrenaline shot (which marks the beginning of ''Asylum''). He immediately awakens laughing like a madman, fights off the doctors, bursts from the ambulance doors in time with the "Release me!" lyric, goes running down the street and walks through a set of asylum doors to appear on-stage to start singing. If you couldn't tell by his presence in the scene that he was going to run away with it, you might have GenreBlindness.
* {{Medley}}: MAAW IV saw Disturbed create one using Hell, Shout 2000, Criminal and Deify. For the Uproar tour they created one based on The Sickness using Fear, Meaning of Life, Numb and Voices.
* MilkingTheGiantCow: One of Draiman's major features during performance.
* NoIndoorVoice: Draiman again, but it's to be expected at a show like theirs.
* RefugeInAudacity: At some point during the Indestructible tour one of the members of Music/KillswitchEngage dared Draiman to change some of the lyrics to Land of Confusion. He went with it, and it's become a concert staple ever since:
-->There's too many men and not enough pussy, making too many problems
* RousingSpeech
* ShoutOut: To ''Film/TheSilenceOfTheLambs'', multiple times (with occasional lines from ''Film/TheExorcist'' popping up): early into their career before performing Stupify, they would play a clip of Buffalo Bill's famous line:
** To this day, Draiman still opens shows by being [[ShippedInShackles wheeled out on stage by one of the road crew, strapped to a hand truck while wearing a straitjacket and restraining mask]] before singing a song about being insane (Voices, Perfect Insanity).
* SpitefulSpit: Because it's customary that the opening act must go through hell: during their first tour of Europe opening for Music/MarilynManson on the Paris date, the audience - already cheering "Manson! Manson!" - started spitting at the band in unison for the first 5 songs.
-->"It was raining spit, you couldn't avoid it; it was falling on your clothes, on your face; [[{{Squick}} I'd open my mouth up to scream...]]"
* SpotlightStealingSquad: In the truest spirit of the term "co-headliner", MAAW V (for the first time in the tour's history) has Korn finishing several dates near-equal to the dates in which Disturbed closes. Yes, Music/{{Korn}} has far more longevity and success, but it must be awkward to visitors who came to see Disturbed's personal festival only to have them say "And now for Korn".
* SubduedSection: They like to use this in certain songs that didn't originally contain one.

* AbusiveParents: Down with the Sickness' child abuse segment is a metaphor for "mother society" beating down the [[LonersAreFreaks freaks]].
* AChatWithSatan: ''Inside the Fire'' is about the devil tempting Draiman to follow his girlfriend to hell by killing himself. Apparently, Devon wasn't [[YouAreWorthHell worth it.]]
* AmoralAttorney: Innocence.
* AndIMustScream: The ending of Asylum has the narrator, who finds himself entering the "asylum" of his lost loved one ("now it's dragging me into your grave") finishing by saying "[[TogetherInDeath I will get to join you in time]]" with a voice screaming "Without you!", meaning that he'll now be staying in the asylum without the one thing he came for.
* AnguishedDeclarationOfLove: Sickened.
* AuthorVocabularyCalendar: The words 'terrible', 'hell', 'dark' (or 'darkness'), 'sacrifice', 'pain', 'alive', 'death' (or 'dead'), 'hate', and 'hatred' are just a handful of the words the band says at least once an album.
* BadassBoast: Indestructible is basically one long boast (a sense of confidence was the intention during the writing process). It's [[NarmCharm quite charming]], [[SoBadItsGood really]].
** Also "I'm Alive".[[note]]The things I treasure most in life\\
Cannot be taken away\\
There will never be a reason why\\
I would surrender to your advice\\
To change myself, I'd rather die\\
Though they may not understand\\
I won't make the greatest sacrifice\\
You can't predict where the outcome lies\\
You'll never take me alive!\\
I'm alive!\\
I'm Alive!!\\
I'm ALIVE!!![[/note]]
** "Warrior", to levels of extremity that manage to out-boast all of these.
* BetterToDieThanBeKilled[=/=]DeathSeeker: Criminal.
* BlatantLies[=/=]SarcasmMode: When asked about the meaning behind Meaning of Life, Draiman said "To encourage existential thought". [[IntercourseWithYou Yeah]], [[SexIsViolence right]].
* [[CallingTheOldManOut Calling the Old Lady Out]]: Down with the Sickness, though not literally; the rant is metaphorical as explained above.
* ClusterFBomb: Down With the Sickness; Liberate is a minor version (even though the word "motherfucker" appears 16 times, counting stanza repetitions, most of the lyrics are pretty swear-free).
* ConceptAlbum: In truth, Draiman has said he thinks the RockOpera and the concept album is either dead or isn't possible in the age of the single (digital downloading takes convenience in the place of thematics). That being said, most of the albums can be interpreted as having an overarching theme.
** The concept behind The Sickness was of course "Sickness": the sickness of your thoughts and psycology (Voices, Meaning of Life), your loved ones (Stupify, The Game, Numb), your environment (A Welcome Burden, Conflict, Violence Fetish) and the sickness of the beasts that inhabit society along with the sick society that created them (Down with the Sickness). The album says "No matter how you try to bring me down (Fear, God of the Mind) I am what I am (Droppin' Plates, Want) and you'll never change that (Down with the Sickness again)".
** The concept behind Believe was of course "Belief": Belief in your passions (Rise), belief in your vices (Intoxication), belief in your justice (Liberate, [[http://twitter.com/#!/DAVIDMDRAIMAN/status/77710793713524739 the title track]]) and belief in your evil (Breath, Devour). It asks the listener to find something to care about and shout "I'll stand through whatever you throw my way (Prayer) no matter how much it may hurt (Remember, Mistress). I've chosen my path, I'm at peace with it (Bound, Awaken) and I'll always walk forward through it (Darkness).
*** Ironically, the title-track is just nearly anti-belief.
* ContemplateOurNavels: Just about the entirety of Believe has this theme.
* CosmicPlaything: The Curse.
* CrapsackWorld: Common theme in their music.
* CurbStompBattle: This Moment.
* DarkerAndEdgier: Indestructible, [[WordOfGod according to the band]]. Lyrically, very much so; Draiman's string of bad luck inspired much of the work.
** If the name wasn't already an indication, Asylum seems to have out-dimmed Indestructible; with topics ranging from the Nazi Holocaust, [[AmoralAttorney corrupt attorneys]], miscarriage, global warming, bad relationships and overall deep depression to fantastic/mystical songs about werewolves and succubus demons, it's no sunshine-and-rainbows record.
* DarkIsNotEvil[=/=]SuperpoweredEvilSide: This seems to be the theme of the chorus to 'The Night'
--> ''There can be no better way of knowing''
--> ''In a world beyond controlling''
--> ''Are you going to deny the savior''
--> ''In front of your eyes''
--> ''Stare into the night''
--> ''Power beyond containing''
--> ''Are you going to remain a slave for''
--> ''The rest of your life''
--> ''Give into the night''
* DarkMessiah: The protagonist of ''The Vengeful One''. It's even name-dropped. Ironically, the music video shows the protagonist (The Guy) is actually ''not'' a DarkMessiah, being closer to a GoodIsNotNice[=/=]DarkIsNotEvil {{Anti Hero}}ic character.
* DealWithTheDevil: Dehumanized.
** Also Inside the Fire, where the devil is offering to take him to live in hell with the girl he loves who killed herself.
* DemonicPossession: Deceiver, Haunted.
* DepartmentOfRedundancyDepartment: The Curse contains this little gem.
-->"''No hope for the hopeless''".
* DespairEventHorizon: Breathe (for the victim, not the narrator), Darkness, The Infection, The Light and Asylum (which is about being driven to insanity by the memory of a lost loved one).
** Supposedly David's lyrics for the Asylum album were so dark, even for a guy who's not known for his light and fluffy sentiments to begin with, that Dan was honestly worried David was approaching this point in RealLife.
** Of course, the cover of ''Land of Confusion'' is just as despairing as the original version.
** The Light is all about ''not'' crossing it, instead saying that if you feel that despair, it may show you a new solution; i.e. the light.
* {{Determinator}}: "Indestructible", "I'm Alive".
* DownerEnding: Just about every song on The Sickness has some hostile outcome, though ambiguous as to whether this is a bad thing.
** Otherwise there's Breathe, Guarded, Forgiven, Inside the Fire, Asylum and My Child (the last three the most obviously so).
** Stricken, Overburdened and The Infection are more about the outcome of a Downer Ending.
* DrivenToSuicide: Inside The Fire.[[note]]at least, that's what {{Satan}} is ''hoping'' will happen[[/note]]
* EvilLaugh: Fairly often when David feels the need for the song to have one. "Asylum" has a particularly notable one./
* FilkSong: The Asylum BSide song [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nqaOFcnNCT8&NR=1 Old Friend]] is about Series/{{Dexter}}, which Draiman an admitted fan of.
** Interestingly, a line from season 7 when Dex is confronted by [[http://dexter.wikia.com/wiki/Ray_Speltzer Ray Speltzer]] inspired Dan to call his new band with Mike "Fight or Flight".
* {{Flanderization}}: Lyrically the majority of the songs used to cover themes of anger, disenchantment, annoyance at society, hatred and violent malice until Draiman started noticing that people were using these songs as work-out tunes and adrenaline-pumpers (the military in particular taking to this). He's started capitalizing on the band's natural talent for making these by writing more combat-oriented anthems of death, starting most obviously with Indestructible and This Moment.
* GreenAesop: Another Way to Die.
* [[GriefSong Grief Album]]: Believe, most notably Darkness.
* HearingVoices: Voices, Deceiver.
* HeavyMeta: Rise.
* HornyDevils: Serpentine, which is about the sort of manipulative women who use their sexual prowess to prey on vulnerable men seems to portray them as this.
* HotBlooded
* IAmSong: Indestructible, Perfect Insanity, Divide, and vaguely I'm Alive.
* IfItBleedsItLeads: Legion of Monsters criticizes this tendency in the media.
* InLoveWithYourCarnage: Violence Fetish.
* IntercourseWithYou: Meaning of Life, though probably [[SexIsViolence one of the most twisted examples listed]].
* JekyllAndHyde: Sacrifice is said to be inspired by this trope.
* JoinTheArmyTheySaid
* TheJuggernaut: The refrain of "Indestructible" sums it up well.
* LonersAreFreaks: Divide.
* LoveMartyr: Façade.
* LyricalDissonance: [[MurderBallad Breathe]] is a [[DissonantSerenity tranquil tune]] about stalking a helpless prey and whispering to them while they die.
* MadnessMantra: "I wanna get psycho" in Meaning of Life and "I think I'm losing my mind... lost my mind" in Perfect Insanity.
* MaliciousSlander: Innocence, 3.
* ManlyTears: Rise.
-->"''I cannot stop this pure emotion / falling from my eyes.''"
* MeaningfulName: 'The Lost Children', a collection of Disturbed's works that the public never saw.
* MiscarriageOfJustice: Innocence, 3.
* {{Mondegreen}}: In "Inside the Fire," does he say, "Devon, no longer living" or "Devon, one of eleven"?
** In "Warrior", it sounds like he's saying "[[LeaveBehindAPistol So suicide now]]" instead of "So decide now". He also at one point sounds like he's saying "I am a weapon of immense ability" instead of "Invincibility". Really, both of them work.
* MoneySong: Avarice.
* MookHorrorShow: The refrain of "Indestructible" has the line "From the other side a terror to behold."
* MurderBallad: Breathe, as mentioned in LyricalDissonance.
* NeverMyFault: Never Wrong, where the speaker is sick of such people.
* TheNotableNumeral: The Asylum BSide 3 was written about the West Memphis Three, told from their perspective. Draiman had expressed a desire to donate it somehow on their behalf rather than release it conventionally, [[http://www.disturbed1.com/splash/ which the band did eventually over their website]], asking for dollar donations to get the song. The proceeds go towards the defense fund of Damien Echols.
* OdeToIntoxication: "Fire It Up" is about smoking weed. You can tell because it starts with Draiman taking a bong-hit, and the official lyrics video has a ton of marijuana leaves in the background.
* PersonOfMassDestruction: "Indestructible" and "Warrior".
* PleaseDontLeaveMe: Stricken, in a sense; it's about a person who came into the narrator's life, bringing nothing but problems. The narrator stuck by them despite it, but they ultimately left without explanation. The narrator seemed to be in love with the person, but is conflicted on whether he wants them back, or can let them go.
* ProtestSong: Many, mostly from Ten Thousand Fists. Draiman's later said that he no longer sees the meaning of these since they rarely cause an effect.
* TheReasonYouSuckSpeech: Fear. Apparently the song is meant to be told from the perspective of the victim.
** Also Never Wrong, which calls out people who refuse to admit their own faults.
* ReligionRantSong: Prayer is a type one.
-->Let me enlighten [[{{God}} you]]
-->This is the way I pray
* {{Revenge}}: [[http://twitter.com/#!/DAVIDMDRAIMAN/status/89701390573776896 Hell]].
* RhymingWithItself
* RockstarSong: Monster, though it's actually a [[SubvertedTrope subversion]]. It's more along the lines of a rant about how being a rockstar kind of sucks.
* RousseauWasRight: Who Taught You How To Hate purports that all prejudice is learned and not inherent.
* SanitySlippageSong: ''[[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin They're called Disturbed.]]'' They have tons of these.
* ScrewThisImOuttaHere: Never Wrong.
-->"I'm not willing to deal with someone who insists that they can never be wrong. So just keep on talking to the wall because I'm walking away!"
* SelfEmpowermentAnthem: Immortalized has a few of these, including What Are You Waiting For and The Light.
* ShooTheDog: Guarded, though presented critically.
* SmiteMeOMightySmiter: The concept behind Prayer.
-->"It's not very godly for a God to inflict pain and suffering on his people to elicit a response. I would hope that God wouldn't be that petty. But if that's what is happening and you're inflicting pain and suffering to get me to return to the flock, bring it on. There's nothing that you're going to do to me that's going to change my conviction or change my path".
* SplitPersonalityTakeover: Implied at the end of Sacrifice.
* StepfordSmiler: Façade.
* SubvertedRhymeEveryOccasion: The chorus in Legion of Monsters goes "You made sure the world will remember the name / But didn't the thought even enter your mind" (which goes on to rhyme with "life").
* SurvivorGuilt: If Remnants is to be interpreted as the last moments of the loved one's life as they died, the narrator's line about "No remnants were ever found of it" probably means that he's the only one who knows about her death.[[note]]She's specified as female near the end.[[/note]]
* TalkToTheHand: Draiman instructs whoever he's ranting at in Never Wrong to talk to the wall (because he's walking away).
* TakeThat: Never Again has a piece of its chorus directed at Mahmoud Ahmadinejad.
** [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fWgI8NuEXik Legion of Monsters]] is a giant one to the media's habit of [[IfItBleedsItLeads sensationalizing and making mass-shooters famous]].
* TakeThatCritics: Droppin' Plates. FYI, "Plates" is an old studio term for hit records.
* TautologicalTemplar: In "[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2Us6CEufX6E Overburdened]]" {{Hell}} is [[TitleDrop overburdened]] with {{Knight Templar}}s [[ObliviouslyEvil who don't understand why they are being sent there.]] {{Subverted}} when the narrator seems to make a HeelRealization mid verse:
-->''[[KnightTemplar I was fighting for a reason / Holy blessed]] {{h|eelRealization}}omicide''
* TheEndOfTheWorldAsWeKnowIt: "The Vengeful One".
* ThisIsForEmphasisBitch: "Droppin' Plates"
* TrueCompanions: References to camaraderie are a common theme. Rise and I'm Alive shoot to thought.
* {{Ubermensch}}:
** Divide.
** [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tPE-hu6yOUw Draiman wrote his final paper]] on Nietzsche's GodIsDead concept, so this is common in all Disturbed songs.
* TheUnfettered: Divide, and What Are You Waiting For is about living life without regret.
* ToHellAndBack: A likely unintentional example of this. If you play ''[[YouAreWorthHell "Inside the Fire"]], [[AndIMustScream "Asylum"]], [[{{Determinator}} "I'm Alive"]], "Hell", and ''[[CurbstompBattle "This Moment"]]'', in that order, it essentially tells the story of a man who accepts the devil's offer to go to Hell to be with his recently DrivenToSuicide loved one, only to realise the devil tricked him, and he's now trapped alone in there without her. At which point he decides: "Fuck it! TRY and break me!" and precedes to bust out of Hell and [[CrowningMomentOfAwesome kick The Devil's ass!]]
* VillainSong: Inverted with The Vengeful One. The Guy is the subject of the song, the lyrics make him out to seem like the villain, but the music video reveals he's actually TheHero of the song.
* TheVirus: Haunted.
* WasItReallyWorthIt?: ''Enough'' is about a man who ruins himself trying to buy goodies for his ungrateful girlfriend. She abandons him when the money dries up, leaving him feeling like his soul is frozen and his heart broken.
* WeHaveWaysOfMakingYouTalk: 3.
* WelcomeToMyWorld
* WitchHunt: 3.
* WolfMan: The Animal.
* YouAreBetterThanYouThinkYouAre: The basic message behind What Are You Waiting For.
* YouAreNotAlone: The basic message behind "The Light."
* YouAreWorthHell: Inside the Fire. Arguable since it's BasedOnATrueStory, which indicates that the protagonist ''didn't'' commit suicide.
* YourSoulIsMine: Inside the Fire. And how! TheDevil (who's also the narrator) is ranting and raving, screaming temptation at the grieving Draiman... ouch...
* YouWillNotEvadeMe: Run.
-->"''You really don't know how long I've waited for your destruction, I'm telling you [[YouWillNotEvadeMe you just can't get away]].''"

* AstronomicZoom: ''D.O.D.'' starts out with this sort of intro.
* BreakingTheBonds: Asylum's [[http://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/Disturbed_Asylum-TVTropes_9069.jpg cover art]].
* {{Catchphrase}}: The Disturbed1s have "Spread the sickness, infect the world."
* [[DigitalPiracyIsEvil Digital Piracy Is Not Evil]]: They really don't care if you download their songs.
** Creator/WarnerMusicGroup sure does, though.
* FetusTerrible: The creature being born on ''The Sickness'' album cover. The band calls it "a monster".
* FistOfRage: The ''Ten Thousand Fists'' album cover.
* IconicLogo: No where near the level of Music/TheRollingStones' Tongue & Lip, but the Believe medallion combining the Star of David, the Christian Crucifix, the Pagan Pentagram and Islamic Crescent Moon has become the group's standard image.
** There is also the Guy's face.
* LicensedGame: The band had (for a time) unveiled [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sdoae1EOT_4 an online game]] based on the Asylum album. It's uses has full-motion video [[POVCam based around the patient's vision]]. It appears to have since been taken down.
* LimitedSpecialCollectorsUltimateEdition: ''The Collection'', a BoxedSet of the bands' five albums on vinyl. It will supposedly have a few RevenueEnhancingDevices as well. Additionally it will have pieces of artwork unique to this release and is being limited to 2500 copies.
* {{Mascot}}: The Guy. More info in the [[Characters/{{Disturbed}} Disturbed Character Sheet]].
* MonsterShapedMountain: The cover of Immortalized is a mountain formation looking like The Guy's face (immortalized in stone).
* NintendoHard: Another Way to Die on ''VideoGame/RockBand'' [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=A7XcYf-5e08 is basically double-bass hell]].
** [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Y8SqAPe9bk0 As is Asylum]].
** The [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cdX7FkyBPdc#t=2m40s solo to Stricken]] isn't exactly simple either, [[ThatOneAttack if only for a few seconds]]. [[invoked]]
* OutOfTheInferno: The ''Indestructible'' album cover.
* PreOrderBonus: Those who pre-ordered Indestructible from the band's website got a poster, a VIP for major Disturbed events throughout the year, the song "Run" and the Making-of documentary.
* RealPersonFic: Oddly enough, they do exist. Some of them have the band palling around with The Guy.
* RecordProducer: For the first three albums they worked with the Chicago producer Johnny "K" Karkazis, then went the DIY path from ''Indestructible'' onward. The loss of his influence can be felt.
** Interestingly, K after parting with Disturbed produced a string of successful albums,[[note]]Plain White T's ''Big Bad World'', Staind's ''The Illusion of Progress'', 3 Doors Down's SelfTitledAlbum and Music/BlackTide's debut ''Light From Above''[[/note]] earning him a Grammy nomination for Producer of the year 2008, same class as Disturbed's nomination for ''Inside the Fire''. [[AwardSnub Neither won]].

* AudienceParticipationSong: Land of Confusion, Stupify, Ten Thousand Fists.
* BadToTheBone: Any time the familiar drum opening or staccato howl from Down with the Sickness is heard in a film, something violent is probably going to happen.
* BilingualBonus: Draiman will sometimes slip Hebrew phrases into some of his works, such as "Tefached" in the bridge of Stupify, and "Elochai / Bury me tonight" in Pain Redefined. These translate to "Be afraid" and "My God" respectively.
* ChartDisplacement: Their signature "Down with the Sickness" technically wasn't their biggest hit at all. "Prayer" peaked at #3 on Alternative radio, and they've scored six #1 hits on Mainstream Rock. One of those six #1's, 2015's "The Sound of Silence", is their biggest hit on the Hot 100, peaking at #42.
* CoverDrop: "''You will remember the night you were struck by / the sight of / [[TitleDrop Ten Thousand Fists]] in the Air!''".
* CoverVersion: ''Shout'' by Music/TearsForFears into ''Shout 2000'', ''The Sound of Silence'' by Music/SimonAndGarfunkel (on "Immortalized"), ''Land of Confusion'' by Music/{{Genesis}}, ''Midlife Crisis'' by Music/FaithNoMore,[[note]]The song was recorded for [[WhatCouldHaveBeen a Faith No More tribute album that was going to be released]][[/note]] spearheaded by Chi from the Music/{{Deftones}} which Music/MikePatton put a stop to because he doesn't want there to be [=FNM=] tribute for some reason. There's two versions of the song floating around the internet, one with [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=p4IWZcGjFbI Fuzz on bass that leaked onto and was floating around file-sharing sites for years]] and a [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qBTDV6AYHxE 2008 remix]] that many thought would be a BSide to Indestructible but which ultimately appeared officially on Warner Records' ''Covered: A Revolution In Sound'', ''Living After Midnight'' by Music/JudasPriest and most bizarrely ''[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=T9jXHkHRubk I Still Haven't Found What I'm Looking For]]'' (ISHWILF) by Music/{{U2}}. They also covered/remade Jim Johnstone's theme for Wrestling/StoneColdSteveAustin into "Glass Shatters".
** Live, they've been known to cover ''[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TgGaNJw0coA Walk]]'' by Music/{{Pantera}} whenever the Abbot brothers were nearby. Since the death of Dimebag Darrell, they haven't done it since. Interestingly, the group preformed a cover of ''[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yHly7lzRlcw Cold Gin]]'' by Music/{{KISS}} in Darrell's honour when the band organized a benifit show for the Abbot family. They performed ''[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ee9vUGafX6Q&NR=1 Fade to Black]]'' by Music/{{Metallica}} during MAAW II, and during their underground days [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QueWNHL5yZM they would do]] Music/{{Tool}}, Music/{{Korn}} and Music/{{Sevendust}} covers.
** Some covers aren't necessarily ''Disturbed'' covers, but more localized to Draiman, such as a when he went to a Music/SteelPanther (at the time, called Metal Skool) concert, and they (in typical Steel Panther fashion) invited him up on-stage to sing [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nFpvenHdHeQ#t=2m Whole Lotta Love]] by Music/LedZeppelin. Another event had the cover group [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Camp_Freddy Camp Freddy]] backing him while he sang Man in the Box by Music/AliceInChains (with Jerry Cantrell).
** [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ah0nWB7FezI Down With The Sickness]] has been covered by Richard Cheese, in LoungeLizard style. And it is [[NarmCharm awesome]].
* DarkAgeOfSupernames: Most songs that aren't Adjective Nouns (Violence Fetish, Ten Thousand Fists, Perfect Insanity, Sacred Lie), TheXOfY (Meaning of Life, Sons of Plunder, [[CoverVersion Land of Confusion]]), or The Something (The Game, The Night, The Curse, The Infection, The Animal) are likely single word titled. This fits in with Draiman's cryptic lyrical style, so he's generally being very blunt when a song name is a phrase (I'm Alive, Just Stop, Leave It Alone, Never Again, Another Way to Die, Inside the Fire, Pain Redefined, etc.)
* DarkIsNotEvil: The Light from Immortalized delivers this message, telling the listener that "sometimes darkness can show you the light."
* DramaticThunder: Haunted.
* EpicInstrumentalOpener: ''Asylum'' and ''Remnants'', which begins with several serene electronic sounds, moving into a [[SubduedSection subdued acoustic section]] which leads into a minute of 80's-inspired guitar euphoria and then after a quiet sustain (and heavy bass galloping) becoming the radio-ready ''Asylum'', a 7-minute, 2-part song (the band's longest to date).
** The Eye Of The Storm opens the Immortalized album and its title track. It's quite a bit faster and more electronic than Remnants. One Youtube comment even imagined the video to Eye of the Storm being the four band members heading towards a stone monolith of the Guy, before their mere presence activates it and the band rises once again...
* ForDoomTheBellTolls: Haunted, Serpentine.
* GettingCrapPastTheRadar: "All I wanted was just one '''FUAWK''' / One tiny, little, innocent '''FUAWK'''".
* HeartbeatSoundtrack
* HiddenTrack: The band had hoped that their Music/{{U2}} cover would be this, but since iTunes generally splits up hidden tracks[[note]]because then they'd have to sells several songs for the price of one[[/note]], this [[SpoiledByTheFormat was spoiled weeks in advance]].
* HowlOfSorrow: Draiman's animal noises could be interpreted as this depending on the context. Oddly missing from The Animal.
* InTheStyleOf: All of their covers that aren't by metal or hard rock bands. "Putting our stamp on it" they call it. In Wengren's words:
-->'''Interviewer''': Do you all weigh in when you cover a song?"
-->'''Mike''': Absolutely. It's just something that’s fun to do. It's like a tension release, really. We spend months at a time focusing on creating new material. Once we're comfortable with the bulk of the material and we know that we almost have a record ready, then we will lay back a bit and have some fun, and that’s what those covers are. We get to see what we can do with somebody else's song. It's usually a band that we have a lot of respect for and have been heavily influenced by, like Faith No More or Judas Priest, or it's a band that we feel has had a great hit from the past and we can try and do a 180 on the song and put our own spin on – and not get crucified for it.
** Their cover of [[Music/SimonAndGarfunkel The Sound of Silence]] is pretty much their only conscious effort to not do this. Instead, Draiman uses his cantor training to deliver a chilling, beat-for-beat version of the original.
* LastNoteNightmare
* LaughingMad: Inside the Fire.
* LoudnessWar: Asylum has noticeably squashed playback when entered in a sound editor.
* MelismaticVocals: Becomes far more and more prominent as Draiman's career progresses.
* MetalScream: Enough; probably the closest thing to a [[HarshVocals death growl]] Draiman will ever get, the other being his scream in Crucified.
** Their [[Music/JudasPriest Living After Midnight]] cover has one [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=W66-xlmfpTQ#t=3m55s near the end]].
** Never Wrong contains the first shouty scream heard from Draiman in years, almost as if the band decided to revist their [[CarefulWithThatAxe screamy-er days]].
** The "Sound of Silence" cover subverts this, twice -- the song starts as a straight LonelyPianoPiece cover, but it intensifies on a ''very'' slow burn'', til Draiman's trademark growl has reappeared by the lyrics "And the people bowed and played". The last line, like the original, is soft and subdued again.
* MohsScaleOfRockAndMetalHardness: They are typically around a 7. However, they have also gone significantly lower, with songs like "Darkness" (a 1), and "The Sound of Silence" (a 2).
** Some songs across Immortalized and Asylum reach a solid 8.
* {{Mondegreen}}: The people at ''VideoGame/RockBand'' who charted "Indestructible" mistook the lyric "Their opponent had to be invincible" for "Their opponents tend to be invincible". They did it again with their chart of "The Animal" in having the lyric be "Ticking bomb in the glimmer of this tainted moonlight" instead of "Taking form in the glimmer".
** One time they added too many words: for the drawn-out vocal segment near the end of Inside the Fire, they stuck "[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-kfJ1dM97jg#t=3m35s You will remember it all, let it fill your mind again, Man~!]]", when "Ma-a-a-an!" was just Draiman's usual {{S|catting}}imlish (or maybe this was just a [[BigYes long "yeah"]]).
* MoodWhiplash: This is how the band describes the soft, mournful opening and subsequent blast of guitars in Another Way to Die: "Give them a gentle caress on the cheek before smacking them in the face", in their words.
* MotorMouth: Not as fast as some of the other examples, but just try to understand the lyrics to Liberate's opening verse, Fear's vocal bridge, or Meaning of Life's shout segment without reading them beforehand.
* NonAppearingTitle
* PowerBallad: [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oznNPxhZKYA They've recently turned Remember into one]].
* PrecisionFStrike: The Sickness had prominent cussing nearly the entire track through, then Believe left it out with the exception of one song ([[ClusterFBomb Liberate]]). TTF has only a single swearing song (Sons of Plunder) which is itself a Precision F Strike. Indestructible and Asylum are more balanced, and the swearing that's there isn't as pronounced.
* RatedMForManly: Just try to deny it.
* RefrainFromAssuming: Meaning of Life as "Get Psycho" and Conflict as "Enemy" (the latter contains the word "Enemy" 52 times).
* SelfBackingVocalist: Played live, Moyer has to do his best Draiman impersonation.
* SelfPlagiarism[=/=]SuspiciouslySimilarSong: The '''so-ah!''' noises in Glass Shatters are a rather blatant redux of the noises in Voices. Possibly justified in that Disturbed didn't actually compose the song, simply performing it [[InTheStyleOf in their own style]] without much flexibility.
* {{Scatting}}: The Game's scat section most notably, along with Down With The Sickness and This Moment's more contained screams (yet Draiman swears he was saying "Better Yet!").
* SomethingCompletelyDifferent: The Light is a bit of an oddity among the band's catalogue, in how much it emphasizes the electronic elements that traditionally take a backseat in Dan's compositions.
* SopranoAndGravel: ''By the same person.''
* SpokenWordInMusic: Appears in a few songs.
* SubduedSection: Many.
* SurprisinglyGentleSong: Darkness and The Light, but Overburdened could debatably be considered either a PowerBallad or just a straight forward hard rock stadium song.
* ThreeChordsAndTheTruth: The Sickness is likely one of the most simple but SugarWiki/{{awesome|Music}} records you'll ever hear.
* TruckDriversGearChange: Down with the Sickness' final chorus moves two strings up in pitch.
* TheUnfavourite: The band has been pretty clear about not caring for Glass Shatters
* VoiceClipSong
* VerbedTitle

[[folder:Music Videos]]
* AbandonedHospital: Stricken.
* AnimatedMusicVideo: [[Music/{{Genesis}} Land of Confusion]], thanks to [[ComicBook/{{Spawn}} Todd McFarlane]].
* BedlamHouse: Asylum, of course, which includes gratuitous restraint, regular beatings and occasional torture. [[spoiler: [[ThroughTheEyesOfMadness Parts of it are implied to be a part of the patient's delusion]], but based on the more sane perspectives from the doctor's POV, the Asylum isn't that pretty to begin with]].
* BigNo: Inside The Fire's opening.
* BraggingThemeTune: The Guy gets his own in 'The Vengeful One'.
* ChekhovsGun: A literal example in the video for The Vengeful One.
* CompellingVoice: Voices, Inside the Fire.
* ContentWarnings: The uncensored version of Inside the Fire opens with Draiman cautioning the audience about the sensitive subject matter, and that the lyrics and imagery in the video might be hard for people with suicidal thoughts to take, ending with him giving the number for the national suicide prevention hotline (since he appears to have done this in his own home, it was probably his personal wish). After the video is over the number comes up again with a notice that the hotline isn't affiliated with the video's producers nor do they endorse its contents.
* CoolCar: Since it takes place in a parking garage, The Night has Draiman singing in front of a sweet Lincoln Continental, circa 60's-70's.
* CuckooNest[=/=]OrWasItADream: To depict his insanity, Asylum has the patient throughout the video trying to escape from the asylum, only to be killed every time. After a brief shot of a literal ResetButton, he wakes up in his padded room occasionally finding some reference to his {{Hallucinations}} within. [[spoiler: This ends with him [[MurderByCremation throwing himself into a furnace]] thinking he'll end up back in his cell... except this time it was real.]]
* DarkMessiah: The Guy is implied to be this for the video to ''The Vengeful One'', however, he is actually ''not'' a DarkMessiah, being closer to a GoodIsNotNice[=/=]DarkIsNotEvil {{Anti Hero}}ic character.
* DisposableIntern: The media-controlled zombies can be seen feasting on an intern's entrails at one point in The Vengeful One ([[IronicName who happens to be named Hope]]).
* DressRehearsalVideo: Stupify, Stricken, Indestructible, Inside the Fire, and The Night.
* EmpathyDollShot: Land of Confusion contains one...the doll is stepped on by one of the soldiers.
* EvilChef: Asylum, when the patient meets him, he [[PsychoticSmirk grins]] then tries to [[ImAHumanitarian catch, cook and serve the poor bastard]] using a {{chainsaw|Good}}. While attempting to escape, the patient knocks into a fridge which opens to reveal chilled human bodyparts. One GoryDiscretionShot later, we're treated to shot of human stew [[EyeScream garnished with an eyeball]]. It was thought to be AllJustADream, but afterwards the doctors [[ForceFeeding Force Feed]] him [[OrWasItADream the human soup that was supposed to be him]].
* {{Exploding Fish Tank|s}}: Stupify.
* {{Faceless|Mooks}}, GasMaskMooks: In Land of Confusion.
* GaiasLament: Another Way To Die has multiple points dedicated to humans living as they do, [[BadFuture then switches to a future that could be]].
* AGlassOfChianti: The Animal, using a bloody example.
* HelicopterBlender: Happens to the BigBad of The Vengeful One.
* ImagineSpot: Voices, to portray the violent thoughts in the subject's head.
* TheInvisibleBand: Another Way To Die.
* MegaCorp: Who The Guy ultimately brings down in The Vengeful One.
* MilkingTheGiantCow: Draiman throughout the videos. It's hard to find an instance of his on-camera presence in which he isn't doing this.
* MummiesAtTheDinnerTable
* MusicVideoOvershadowing:
** Asylum doesn't have that much to do with the song's meaning (which doesn't talk about a literal asylum). This could also be taken as simply a case of [[AllThereInTheManual All There in the Linear notes]].
** In recent videos it seems as if the director chases RuleOfScary over the song meanings. One {{JustForFun/egregious}} example would be The Animal, which is heavily built around the Indonesian lore of the Pontianak, a kind a Vampire similar to a StringyHairedGhostGirl. The song was written primarily from a western perspective in defiance of the Vampire fad (since Draiman has already contributed to that with Forsaken and Devour).
* NoCelebritiesWereHarmed: Many fans theorize that one of the background characters in Land of Confusion is modeled after Zakk Wylde.
** Moreover, the five evil world leaders looks suspiciously like their real-world counterparts at the time (UsefulNotes/VladimirPutin, Jacques Chirac, Junichiro Koizumi, UsefulNotes/TonyBlair). Oddly, only the American leader doesn't look particularly like UsefulNotes/GeorgeWBush, despite the band not being shy about using his voice clips in ''Deify'' (this may just be a cop-out by Todd [=McFarlane=]).
* NoEscapeButDown: Asylum, when the patient is being pursued chooses this.
* PerformanceVideo
* PoliceState: Another Way To Die has [[NGOSuperpower Oil Company]] [[PrivateMilitaryContractors Mercenaries]] controlling the remaining water supplies while suppressing any kind of agriculture outside of their control.
* PowerGlows: The Guy in Land of Confusion.
* PsychoticSmirk: Draiman is prone to this in the videos.
** In Asylum the doctors and staff are often doing this from the patient's perspective.
* PuttingOnTheReich: The evil MegaCorp soldiers in "Land of Confusion."
* RedEyesTakeWarning: The Guy in "The Vengeful One" never has his face seen, only showing red eyes through a black hood.
* SavageWolves: The wolves in The Animal. They looked intimidating in the first half of the video (especially interwoven with the line "We begin the hunt tonight") until they attempted to kill the band. By the end of the video the entire pack has been domesticated.
* ShotgunsAreJustBetter: "The Vengeful One" features The Guy taking out hordes of news media robots and demons with shotgun blasts. At the end of the video, he even blows up two satellites in space with a single shotgun blast each.
* TheStinger: The final scene in Asylum [[spoiler: has the charred corpse that was once the patient laying in a morgue... only for his eyes to open and stare at the camera (the schizophrenic camera editing remains)]].
* StrappedToAnOperatingTable: Asylum has both the standard variety and the "wheeled down a hallway" type. The doctors while trying to calm down the patient with cold water to the face, eventually drown him. The beginning also has the "strapped into a chair" variety, but the patient escapes before any of the surgical equipment sprinkled throughout the scene is used.
* SurrealMusicVideo: Asylum edges close to this. Scene depicted from the patient's POV are edited and {{undercrank}}ed to erratically flash with violent imagery. Meanwhile, scenes without the patient are completely clean shots. This could also be considered a way to differentiate between the [[ThroughTheEyesOfMadness patient's insanity]] and reality.
* TalkyBookends: Voices and Inside the Fire.
* TwiceToldTale: Prayer's video is based on [[Literature/TheBible the Book of Job]].
* UnflinchingWalk: Prayer.
* VerticalKidnapping
* WritingAroundTrademarks: Some of the media networks The Guy shuts down in The Vengeful One include [[Creator/{{CNN}} TNN]], [[Creator/FoxNews Kox News]] and [[Creator/{{NBC}} BSNBC]].