Left to right: Pete Wentz, Patrick Stump, Joe Trohman, and Andy Hurley
One night and one more time Thanks for the memories, even though they weren't so great
Fall Out Boy are a pop-punk band from Illinois, home of Screeching Weasel, Naked Raygun, Alkaline Trio, the Smoking Popes, and CheapTrick. Whether or not they belong to the "emo" genre depends on your definition of "emo" and that's quite a controversial label to go around slapping upon things these days, so we'll leave it up to you.note They might not define themselves as such by any definition of the word and the small sliver of influence they took from early emo acts like Braid are all but gone from From Under The Cork Tree onward, but since when has that ever stopped anybody from trying?The band consists of Patrick Stump (vocals, rhythm guitar), Joe Trohman (lead guitar), Pete Wentz (bassist, lyricist), and Andy Hurley (drums).The band is well known for such songs as "Dance, Dance," "Sugar, We're Going Down," "This Ain't a Scene, it's an Arms Race," "I Don't Care,", "Thnks fr th Mmrs", "America's Suitehearts", and "My Songs Know What You Did in the Dark (Light 'Em Up)". They have currently released six albums and have had better than a dozen singles total.They have numerous music videos, including one where they pretended to be vampire hunters that went on for about seven minutes (A Little Less Sixteen Candles, A Little More "Touch Me"), one with Turk from Scrubs and one ridiculous amount of Michael Jackson references (for their cover of "Beat It"). Other notable deeds the band has committed include one of them impregnating Ashlee Simpson, wearing remarkably tight trousers, almost getting a Guinness World Record for playing a live concert on all seven continents in a certain amount of time, getting a Guinness World Record for doing the most press interviews within a 24 hour time span, being loved by MarkHoppus, getting on Top of the Pops with a song about wanting to kill themselves and having some really strange lyrics. They also have a comic called Fall Out Toy Works, a Cyberpunk love story with one big mind screw of an ending. As is to be expected from them.They have nothing to do with the mascot of the Fallout game series, Vault Boy, and are named after Radioactive Man's faithful sidekick. They're often grouped together with Panic! at the Disco, The Academy Is, Gym Class Heroes, and Cobra Starship, mainly due to being True Companions, collaborating with each other on stuff (music or otherwise) often, and being signed to Fueled By Ramen (and to Pete's own vanity label, Decaydance Records).The band was on hiatus, (not a breakup, no matter what your friend tells you they've read on the internet that isn't directly from the band.) During the hiatus, Patrick started a solo musical effort, Pete started a dancehall band turned EDM act called the Black Cards, and Joe and Andy have wrapped up work with rock supergroup The Damned Things (also featuring members of Anthrax and Every Time I Die). Andy did guest drumming with Enabler and Joe started a new band called With Knives (where he does lead vocals).As of February 4, 2013, Fall Out Boy stated the end of their hiatus as they finished their recording of their newest album, "Save Rock And Roll", which came out April 16th, bumped up from its initial May release. They then allowed fans to hear the whole album a week early on their Youtube and Soundcloud. They've released a series of often bizarre and disturbing music videos for each song on the record called "The Youngblood Chronicles" and released an oldschool punk/hardcore/emocore produced by Ryan Adams. In the summer of 2014, they hit the road as co-headliners with Paramore for Monumentour, considered one of the most highly anticipated rock tours of that year. In late 2014, they released "Centuries", the single off their latest album expected in early 2015, which heavily samples Suzanne Vegas' "Tom's Diner". As is to be expected of them.
Fall Out Boy's Evening Out with Your Girlfriend (2001, reissued 2003)
Take This to Your Grave (2003)
From Under the Cork Tree (2005)
Infinity on High (2007)
Folie ŗ Deux (2008)
Believers Never Die-Greatest Hits (2009)
Save Rock and Roll (2013)
PAX AM Days (2013)
Do tropes apply to them? Why yes.
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Song and Standalone Music Video Tropes
Note: Due to the trope and spoiler filled nature of The Youngblood Chronicles music video series, it has its own folder.
Album Title Drop: Take This To Your Grave gets one in "The Patron Saint Of Liars And Fakes". Save Rock and Roll gets one in, you guessed it, "Save Rock and Roll".
All Just a Dream: The video for "The Take Over, The Break's Over", "This Ain't A Scene, It's An Arms Race" and "Beat It".
Anti-Love Song: Many, many of their songs, but "Bang the Doldrums" is a good example:
This is a love song in my own way/Happily ever after, below the waist.
"The Music or the Misery"
It's true, romance is dead, I shot it in the chest and in the head.
"Thnks fr th Mmrs," which tells the story of two people having sex just to get over people they broke up with.
A teenage vow in a parking lot, till tonight do us part
"A Little Less 16 Candles..." is another example.
Arc Words: There are a few on the Save Rock and Roll album. Specifically, "Do you want to feel beautiful?" and "Poison".
Arms Race: A metaphorical example in the song "This Ain't A Scene, It's An Arms Race." While they're actually talking about the scene they came out of (which around 2006 was gaining major traction in the mainstream, with bands that were good and bands that were... mostly forgettable and mainly there to ride the trend to the top), the metaphorical verses fit this trope perfectly: "I am an arms dealer/Fitting you with weapons in the form of words/Yeah, don't really care which side wins/Long as the room keeps singing, that's just the business I'm in, yeah."
Badass Boast: "My Songs Know What You Did In The Dark" could read as this, depending on interpretation.
I'm in the de-details with the devil/So now the world can never get me on my level/I just got to get you out of the cage/I'm a young lover's rage/Gonna need a spark to ignite
Another one is in "Centuries".
Some legends are told/some turn to dust or to gold/but you'll remember me/remember me for centuries
Break Up Song: It's more which ones aren't technically entirely break up songs. Or which ones aren't break up songs at all, but are written in a way that reads as one.
Broken Record: In "Headfirst Slide Into Cooperstown on a Bad Bet".
Wish I didn't- I didn't- I didn't- I didn't- I didn't- I didn't- I didn't-
Dogged Nice Guy: The narrators of "Grand Theft Autumn" and "A Little Less Sixteen Candles".
Downer Ending: For the video for "A Little Less Sixteen Candles". Pete's arrested, the cops turn out to be vampires, it's implied Patrick, Andy, and Joe all got turned (or only Patrick got turned but all three of them still got arrested), William Beckett gets away, the Dandies have turned more people (or just outright killed them), and god only knows exactly what happened to the vampire faction that was there when the Dandies showed up.
Extraverted Nerd: Patrick Stump (and to a lesser extent the rest of the band) in "Dance Dance".
Fun with Acronyms: Averted by "w.a.m.s." Not only is "wams" not a word, but the band has also never said what it stands for, making it an entirely pointless acronym (although some have speculated that it stands for "Writer/Actor/Model/Singer").
"G.I.N.A.S.F.S." actually stands for "Gay Is Not A Synonym For Shitty", but for some reason got abbreviated before its release as a bonus track for Infinity on High.
I'm sitting out dances on the wall Trying to forget anything that isn't you I'm not going home alone 'Cause I don't do too well on my own
Hidden Depths: "You're Crashing, But You're No Wave" was written about Fred Hampton, Jr., a black nationalist activist arrested for having allegedly committed arson and whose father, the leader of the Black Panthers, was gunned down by police in his home without a proper trial. Mind you, this is only really hidden depths for those who weren't aware of Fall Out Boy's background inhardcore punk, where subjects like this tend to be addressed more often... only a lot more directly than Pete's usual approach to lyric writing. If you ever hear a Fall Out Boy song where Pete just starts growling out a verse, that's the hardcore showing. Heck, even Patrickcan do unclean vocals when he wants to. And then there's the PAX AM Days EP...
Another example of the trope that makes more sense if you're aware of the band's background: the song "20 Dollar Nose Bleed" is about a veteran of the Iraq War who became addicted to drugs. The second verse is about George W. Bush, and it isn't... praising, to say the least.
It feels like fourteen carats but no clarity When I looked at the man who would be king, the man who would be king Goes to the desert, the same warhis dad rehearsed Came back with flags and coffins and said, "We won, oh, we won."
Incredibly Long Note: Patrick has "range like no motherfucker knows" and it shines through every other song. The Mighty Fall may be one of the most amazing range showing songs.
"The Take Over, The Break's Over" has a very impressive long note/a very impressive long "fair".
Shown in spades after the release of "Centuries," with one of the most impressive range displays thus far.
Incompatible Orientation: "Sugar, We're Goin Down" is said by some to have originally been about this, as the lyrics in the liner notes say "Wishing to be the friction in his jeans" instead of "in your jeans"; the song also includes references to "watching [a couple making love] from the closet" and "sleeping for the wrong team."
Lonely Together: "Alone Together". Pete mentioned the main theme being how "Music never leaves you alone, and punk rock will always be there when nothing else will", which considering the many friendships made due to their fans connecting with each other through their music and for those who say the band's music helped them through hard times, is especially fitting.
Long Title: Many of their songs, some of which are parodies.
Lyrical Cold Open: "Grand Theft Autumn/Where Is Your Boy" has one. "I'm Like a Lawyer...", too.
Lyrical Dissonance: 7 Minutes in Heaven (Atavan Halen), which is about Wentz's suicide attempt, is written to happy, fun music. It's quite misleading. Most of the lyrics on Infinity On High gets this treatment too.
"Hum Hallelujah" is also about Wentz's suicide attempt, and similairly upbeat.
Peter stated that I Don't Care was "Like the chorus says, 'I don't care what you think as long as it's about me.' It's that pop culture thing again, where people don't care about anything but the superficial, and I think there's something so tragic about that. I also thought there was something so ironically anthemic about the chorus, where it's not something you want to sing along to, because it's vacuous and empty. So I wanted something really anthemic underneath it, like something you'd hear at sports games or whatever, because I wanted people to hear it and be confronted with how empty that is. I didn't want anything to be superficial on this record unless the point was to point out superficiality".
Lyrics/Video Mismatch: Constantly appearing in their music videos, ever since the Take This To Your Grave days. And it's only gotten more ridiculous from there.
If anyone is willing to explain what "A Little Less Sixteen Candles, A Little More Touch Me" has to do with vampire hunting, please enlighten us.
And if anyone can see the connection between the lyrics of "Sugar We're Going Down" and human-deer hybrids, that would seriously en-deer him/her to us. (The band originally kept getting video concepts that made just as much sense but were woefully generic, including one involving a pool party, so when the video treatment with good ol' Deer Boy came along, they leapt at it.)
Let's not even get started with their Young Blood Chronicles series of music videos. Someone should give them a hand for keeping up with this trope for so long.
Mondegreen: Because of Patrick's singing style, you sometimes won't know what the hell he's saying. This has started some common fandom in-jokes such Patrick being a little man, who's also evil and also into cats (by way of "This Ain't A Scene, It's An Arms Race") and the unofficial fandom holiday, Heavy Irish Pepper Day (by way of "Nobody Puts Baby In The Corner", which falls on February 4th each year.) The band and other acts associated with have acknowledged the mondegreen based in-jokes, most notably with having their official comeback in 2013 fall on Heavy Irish Pepper Day.
Actually invoked with "Sugar, We're Goin' Down". Patrick's admitted to slurring the lyrics to the chorus, because he thought they sounded better.
Mythology Gag: Fall Out Boy's "What a Catch, Donnie" has lines from several of their songs ("Grand Theft Autumn", "Sugar We're Going Down", "Dance, Dance", plus others) sung in the background during the third stanza.
Non-Appearing Title: It would be easier to list their songs that don't do this. As a general rule, the longer the title, the less likely it is to appear in the song; a notable exception is "My Songs Know What You Did In The Dark (Light Em Up)", in which both the title and subtitle appear.
Some other exceptions: "This Ain't A Scene It's an Arms Race", "Dance, Dance", "Sugar We're Going Down", "Thnks Fr Th Mmrs", "Dead On Arrival", "I Don't Care", "America' Suitehearts", "Hum Hallelujah", "Calm Before the Storm", "Saturday", "The Music or the Misery", "Honorable Mention", and "Parker Lewis Can't Lose". The last half of "Grand Theft Autumn/Where Is Your Boy" appears, but not the first half. There are a few others, but that's most of the exceptions. It's probably no coincidence that this looks like a list of their most popular songs.
The entirety of Save Rock and Roll averts this. Every song title appears in its song.
Nervous Wreck: "I'm a nervous wreck" STATED in West Coast Smoker, but thoroughly implied in Under The Cork Tree.
Of Corpse He's Alive: The entire premise of the video for "Headfirst Slide Into Cooperstown On A Bad Bet". Brendon and Spencer of Panic! at the Disco discover Pete's body and decide to take him out for a day of fun and then dump him back on the beach where they found him... minus Pete's effects.
Our Lawyers Advised This Trope: The title of the first track on From Under The Cork Tree is a parody of this. (Though it is rumored that their lawyers actually did make them change the name of the song, from "My Name is David Ruffin...and These are The Temptations.")
The Phoenix: "The Phoenix", which was the second song they released after returning from their hiatus.
Pop Punk: Fall Out Boy are the Trope Codifiers for modern day Pop Punk (although a case could feasibly be made for Paramore) and a number of Fall Out Boy's contemporaries). Unlike bands that came before them like Sum 41 and blink-182, they avoided puerile lyrics. They didn't shy away from goofball antics in their music videos, but the most immature of these were kept out, instead showing up in tour update videos and an infamous Jackass-style DVD called Release the Bats. This helped Fall Out Boy from getting pigeonholed, compared to blink-182 who had to deal with backlash and general confusion when they tried transitioning to more serious material, and also influenced acts like All Time Low to take a similar approach. They also adopted more of a sense of urgency, emo, and slight hardcore punk influence to their music. They also brought in a myriad of outside genre influences and weren't afraid to acknowledge pop punk has pop in it. They also introduced a Deadpan Snarker attitude to the lyrics and song titles, which a few bands afterward (like Panic! at the Disco and Cute Is What We Aim For) eagerly turned Up to Eleven. Their debut album Take This To Your Grave is considered one of the greatest and influential genre albums.
Pun-Based Title: Quite a few early songs, though "Champagne for My Real Friends, Real Pain for My Sham Friends" stands out.
Recycled Lyrics: "I'll check in tomorrow/if I don't wake up dead" appears in both "Alone Together" and "Rat A Tat" from Save Rock and Roll. Justified in that the latter is referencing the former.
Other instances of this trope being used as a Call Back are "What a Catch, Donnie" on Folie a Deuxnote Which references "Grand Theft Autumn", "Sugar, We're Going Down", "Dance Dance", "This Ain't A Scene, It's An Arms Race", "Thnks fr the Mmrs", and "Growing Up" (from Evening Out With Your Girlfriend and "Save Rock and Roll" from the album of the same namenote which references "Chicago Is So Two Years Ago" (from Take This To Your Grave) and "Sugar We're Going Down" (from From Under The Cork Tree).
The best way to make it through / With hearts and wrists intact / Is to realize two out of three ain't bad / Ain't bad!
Unexpected Character: Fall Out Boy has featured a surprising amount of rappers, for a punk band, including Jay-Z, Big Sean, Lil Wayne, and even 2Chainz.
A remix for "This Ain't A Scene, It's An Arms Race" that was originally intended to be on Infinity on High featured Kanye West, but a remix of THAT remix also featured Paul Wall (who was their tourmate alongside +44 on the Honda Civic Tour), Skinhead Rob (of punk-rap group The Transplants, affiliated with blink-182 and +44), Travis McCoy (of Gym Class Heroes), Lil' Wayne (who'd later guest on Folie a Deux), Lupe Fiasco (who'd later have Patrick produce and do backing vocals for Little Weapon off his album The Cool and did guest vocals for the radio version of This City off of Patrick's solo album, Soul Punk) and Tyga (Travis McCoy's cousin, originally signed to Decaydance's little known rap imprint "Batsquad" alongside Gym Class Heroes for his first album No Introduction).
Babyface produced "Thnks fr th Mmrs" and "I'm Like a Lawyer" off of Infinity on High and Pharrell produced "w.a.m.s." off of Folie a Deux.
Word Salad Lyrics: A lot of Folie a Deux. Most of it has meaning assigned to it, but a lot of it sounds like complete nonsense without explanation. An example from "Headfirst Slide into Cooperstown on a Bad Bet":
Tempest in a teacup Get unique Peroxide princes shine like shark teeth It's a sign (It's a sign) It's a sign (It's a sign) It's a sign - what if you peaked early?
Adorkable: Each member has their moments, but Patrick takes the cake.
Bishōnen: Patrick after his weight loss now looks slim and fairly feminine. Even before then, he still had feminine traits kept evoking the Stupid Sexy Flanders from the fandom. Pete can back us up on that.
Pete Wentz, from 2005-2009. There's a reason he got pegged as the "teen heartthrob of the band", it wasn't even intentional on his part.
Cassandra Truth: During the filming of the video for "My Songs Know What You Did In The Dark", 2Chainz posted a picture of him with Pete mentioning working on something with Fall Out Boy. Thing is, while Fall Out Boy was active as a band then, they had been working in secret and hadn't made an official comeback announcement yet. Despite Fall Out Boy being a band that has a long history of being surprisingly chummy with rappers note Fall Out Boy had Jay-Z and Lil Wayne on their albums and remixes featuring Kanye West, & Lupe Fiasco among other rappers. They even had 50 Cent of all people on their last headlining tour before hiatus., the band has claimed that somehow no FOB fan believed that 2Chainz was telling the truth about the collaboration. This might have been less due to fans being collectively ignorant about Fall Out Boy's rap crossover background and more due to fans being fed up with the countless comeback rumors floating around during the band's hiatus. With various gossip websites and jokers like Beau Bokan setting off the fandom BS detector, the fans were bound to get it wrong at some point when someone actually told the truth. Patrick actually addressed this in a tweet: "One of these days there may actually be news and you won't be able to hear it over all the rumors."
Cloudcuckoolander: All of them can be pretty out there sometimes, Andy in particular.
Faux Yay: Pete Wentz and his labelmates, such as simulating oral sex on Brendon Urie, kissing Patrick on the neck during live shows, and being just affectionate towards guys. Possibly not so faux after all, as he claims to be bisexual but "isn't a fan of penises".
Formerly Fat: Patrick. While not terribly overweight, Patrick was heavier from around the end of the From Under The Cork Tree album cycle to around Folie A Deux. Starting around the last tour they did before hiatus, due to health concerns, he dropped upwards of seventy pounds. His solo effort, "Soul Punk", had him looking alarmingly slender, but after the hiatus he looks to have evened out quite nicely.
Guyliner: One of the many reasons Pete got attention (both positive and negative) back in the day. He's long since stopped, but you'll still have people who either hate Fall Out Boy or haven't been paying attention to Fall Out Boy bringing it up as if it were still 2006. Heck, there are even some fans who REALLY want it back.
Patrick wore eyeliner once or twice and Pete also had some fairly detailed face makeup going on during Folie a Deux touring.
Pete: me and patrick can finish eachothers sentences. this is what makes it so funny when people ask us if we care that you think the the other one is hotter or cooler, or how much everyone makes a big deal about who writes what or is where in photos. we donít care. that kid is my best friend and the rest of the world could blow up and fall out boy can break up and he still will be.
Lead Bassist: Pete exemplified being a Type C pre-hiatus (to the point where interviewers sometimes thought he was the singer), but post-hiatus, Patrick, Andy, and Joe get a fairer share of attention (very much on purpose).
Manly Tears: Drummer Andrew Hurley admitted in Rolling Stone to shedding some before what he wondered could be their final concert - the October 4, 2009 show at Madison Square Garden.
Patrick would often shed these during and after singing "What a Catch, Donnie" on the Save Rock & Roll Arena Tour.
Most Writers Are Male: Some of Wentz's lyrics are uncomfortably unsporting and spiteful regarding ex-girlfriends, but aren't necessarily aimed at women in general. This is toned down on later albums, though. Fan consensus assumes that was due to his getting married to Ashlee Simpson, his chilling out as a result, and it generally not being acceptable for a newlywed to publicly bitch about exes anymore. His being divorced hasn't changed this: only one of the songs on "Save Rock and Roll" is about the divorce and he's stated as writing it from a more adult perspective rather than simply lashing out.
Odd Friendship: Fall Out Boy gets on well with rappers, rappers get on well with Fall Out Boy, and regardless of the numerous times it has happened almost always gets a confused reaction from people.
Pete is very good friends with Pat Monahan of Train, meeting due to Fall Out Boy and Train sharing the same management team. Pete, during FOB's hiatus, actually directed the music video for If It's Love.
Pop-Cultural Osmosis Failure: Fall Out Boy is known for making various references to pop culture in their song titles and interviews, but due to the constant influx of younger fans coming into the fandom over the course of a decade, some of them are bound to either not get the reference or assume that when people are making reference to the original media that it's actually a reference to the band, mixed in with a little Older Than They Think.
Back when Sugar, We're Goin' Down was getting major radio traction, more pedantic people were quick to note that any references made to being "#1 with a bullet" were more likely a reference to the Billboard charts than the song.
Their Spinal Tap themed live performance on Conan got some fans spooked when Pete got "stuck" in one of the pods... Not even Harry Shearer showing up seemed to tip people off that it was staged. Thankfully, Team Coco provided a link to the exact scene in Spinal Tap that FOB was referencing in their performance for the benefit of those who didn't get the reference and also didn't get the show where they're at.
Thankfully averted whenever the band makes references to John Hughes movies.
Real Person Fic: Scores of slash on Livejournal. Patrick/Pete is the OTP of many, and much of it shockingly well written.
Patrick doesn't mind people making fanfic or shipping. What he does mind is constantly getting questions about it on Twitter. This is done usually done by people who don't know about his prior tweets stating his opinion, people trolling for validation by way of a reply instead of asking a proper question, and, well, trolls. Pete probably gives the less cares about shipping than the actual band, what with him deliberately being a Ship Tease but... just ask the band questions about things that don't involve shipping and fanfic in general. The band (and fanfic writers) will be grateful.
Shout-Out: Their name came from a literal shout-out when they asked a crowd what their name should be, which in of itself was a shoutout to The Simpsons character, Fallout Boy.
Some song titles are shoutouts as well. For example, "Nobody Puts Baby In The Corner" and "Tell That Mick He Just Made My List Of Things To Do Today" double as lines from Dirty Dancing and Rushmore, and "Pretty In Punk" is a pun-based shoutout to Pretty in Pink. "Grand Theft Autumn" is actually a reference to the Braid song of the same name, but is often confused by many fans as a reference to Grand Theft Auto.
"Thnks fr th Mmrs" has a line in the chorus, "he tastes like you, only sweeter," which is from the film Closer.
Supporting Leader: Pete. Although Patrick is the lead singer, Pete gets the most credit for being the songwriter and face of the band and is even sometimes miscredited as the singer. They're getting on a more equal level after the hiatus, however.
Those Two Guys: Joe and Andy. Slightly less so after the hiatus, though Pete and Patrick still gain most of the attention.
True Companions: The whole band is this to some extent, but it wasn't until after the hiatus that this became much more evident. The hiatus was partially due to not wanting their friendship to burn out to years of constant touring and making sure that Pete got to spend actual quality time with his son while he was still an infant. They still kept in touch during the hiatus and Andy and Joe even worked together in The Damned Things.
Abandoned Hospital: Double Subverted in "Where Did the Party Go", which takes place in an abandoned hospital that doesn't actually seem to be creepy at all. Except the boys are running from Patrick, who is stalking the halls. Also, Patrick himself sees the hospital as a straight version of this trope.
All There in the Manual: That... thing that was in the briefcase at the end of "Save Rock and Roll"? According to Pete's instagram, that thing's name is Xibalba.
If you've seen the videos and you want anything resembling answers, you're probably gonna want to see Patrick and Pete's VH-1 commentary and this blog post by Pete
Anti-Climax: All of "The Mighty Fall" video qualifies - Big Sean gets killed before really doing anything, everyone spent most of the video running from crazy children, and Patrick's golden-eyed-devil thing is only briefly toyed with (though that was explored more in later installments.
An Arm and a Leg: In "The Phoenix" video, Patrick loses his hand. If only they could have left it at limb loss...
Anyone Can Die: Patrick, Pete, Joe, Andy, Big Sean, the little kid that delivered Patrick's hand to Pete, and even some of Fall Out Boy's kidnapped fans have been killed. However, just because anyone can die doesn't mean they stay dead.
Cold-Blooded Torture: In "The Phoenix" music video, poor Patrick gets this treatment. This is followed by the "Young Volcanoes" and "Alone Together" videos, in which everyone else joins in.
"Miss Missing You" had a non-band example of this happening In the background of Pete and Patrick's chase, some poor guy on a dog leash and chain gets pulled at and yelled by a much angrier and bigger man.
Darker and Edgier: Compared to their previous videos. The second video, for "The Phoenix", features each member of the band being kidnapped by strange masked women and Patrick getting tortured with his hand cut off and sent to Pete's door in a plastic bag. Owwwwwwwwwwwwwww! Not for the squeamish. "Young Volcanoes" takes this Up to Eleven. There is a warning on the video. Probably because of the topless woman wearing a pig mask. And the forced drug use. And the forced cannibalism. And then, Up To TWELVE with "Alone Together." Where all four guys are captured and tortured, Pete kills one of the girls, and Patrick gets turned evil. And the dial might as well broke off when "Where Did the Party Go" came out what with Patrick killing Joe. By the end, the whole band dies and just when you think it's gonna get lighter and softer for a chance at Earn Your Happy Ending, that THING in the briefcase comes to try and slaughter FOB's old and new fans, until FOB lays the smackdown on him, staining Elton John's nice white suit in the process.
Deliberately Monochrome: The video for "Miss Missing You". According to Pete and Patrick's VH-1 commentary, it was deliberately that way to make the trailer park occupants seem less narmy and also due to a lack of natural light in later scenes.
Diabolus Ex Nihilo: Let's face it, most people weren't expecting the briefcase to contain a being that's either a Humanoid Abomination or just pure evil to appear, kill a bunch of people and then get killed (or not?) by Fall Out Boy. There was no foreshadowing for this because, according to the VH-1 commentary, they only just decided to set up the idea of there being a darker group besides Courtney Love's and a sinister being inside the briefcase with the final video. The situation is also glaring in that whatever the boys are seeing in the briefcase during "The Phoenix" video is definitely not what was in the briefcase in "Save Rock and Roll".
The video for "The Mighty Fall" had a huge Hope Spot and settled for a Bittersweet Ending with the band being set free from a fiery van by Big Sean and Andy, Joe and Pete narrowly escaping being bludgeoned to death while Patrick reverts to normal after momentarily going evil. The bitter part is that the person who helped set them free got axed to death in the process of saving them, leaving the band all separated and alone in the dark woods.
Whether or not you think "Save Rock and Roll" has one depends on whether or not you think the band survived the confrontation with Xibalba or not.
Evil Is Not a Toy: The cloaked, masked figures wanted that thing in the briefcase to spread chaos and discord, only to immediately change their minds after the first thing it did after being summoned was to decapitate one of them.
Eye Colour Change: In the "Alone Together" video, Patrick's eyes are turned to a golden yellow through mysterious methods.
Forced to Watch: Very subtly in "Young Volcanoes". Patrick is the only one not wearing a blindfold while the women feed them all Patrick's organs.
For the Evulz: The main motivation for the cloaked and masked group in "Save Rock and Roll" to use the briefcase to summon a creature that just so happens to ALSO do something for the evulz. That thing is indiscriminate slaughter.
Hellevator: In "Death Valley", the elevator can go to both Heaven and Hell... but this is the Youngblood Chronicles, do you honestly think Heaven is an option? It is.
Hell Is That Noise / Brown Note: In-Universe in "The Mighty Fall" video. Patrick has a case of this when the little kid who helped kidnap him starts chasing him with an old-school boombox, implying that Patrick knows what it's for. The kid turns it on, which plays something the audience doesn't hear but Patrick does and he turns evil as a result before Big Sean comes in, snaps the kid's neck and turns the boombox off, turning Patrick back to normal and leaving him confused. The noise shows up again and has the same effect in the "Just One Yesterday" video. In the commentary for the "Miss Missing You" video, the evil Patrick hears a girl playing with radio signals and tries to attack until Pete stops him. In the VH-1 commentary, Patrick notes the "evil" version of his had been conditioned to hate music and therefore treats ANY music as a Brown Note.
Hook Hand: Patrick, after his left hand is chopped off for being handcuffed to the MacGuffin.
Hope Spot: In the "Death Valley" video. It might end with Patrick getting taken away by the female goons and Joe is still dead, but more importantly, Pete and Andy now know just who the hell they're up against, and they have weapons.
In "Just One Yesterday." The band finally gets back together (and the reunion is pretty adorable too) and are heading to the hospital. At least, until Foxes turns once they get to the hospital...
In "Save Rock and Roll", the band is saving the day and everyone else with The Power of Rock until that thing in the briefcase is summoned...
I'm a Humanitarian: In the "Young Volcanoes" video, the band (under the influence of drugs), eats human organs. PATRICK'S organs.
Instrument of Murder: Granted to Pete and Andy by a rebel member of Courtney Love's gang (a bass neck shiv and a snare drum crossbow, respectively) in the "Death Valley" video and to the whole band by God!Elton John in Save Rock and Roll, merely regular instruments with the ability to channel heavenly laser powers.
Ki Manipulation: In the "Save Rock and Roll" video, the band channels it in their guitars to defeat Courtney Love's gang and grant them all a Face-Heel Turn. When they confront Xibalba, one of the last things seen before the cut to Elton John getting drenched in blood is Pete throwing a strong energy wave right at it.
Made of Evil: Hinted at in the VH-1 commentary for Xibalba, the thing in the briefcase.
Mythology Gag: In the video for "My Songs", 2Chainz burns a few months before they actually came back some drums, drumsticks, one of Pete's basses, a mic stand, the From Under the Cork Tree album, a Black Clouds and Underdogs tour t-shirt, the Take This To Your Grave vinyl, some old TTTYG era FOB merch, the ***: Live In Phoenix CD/DVD, the Evening Out With Your Girlfriend EP, and issues of Fall Out Toy Works. This wasn't intended as a Take That to any of those things (except for EOWTG, Patrick acknowledged that he "wanted it burned" in the VH-1 commentary), they just burned stuff there was plenty of copies of and/or could be easily replaced.
The opening narration to "Miss Missing You" is actually reversed text on the back cover of Save Rock and Roll.
Surreal Music Video: An 11 part series, featuring such as Pete Wentz vomiting up a snake, forced drug usage and consumption of organs while people in pig mask dance around the band, little girls lobbing produce at Joe in a straitjacket for no apparant reason, the contrast between Big Sean's verse in The Mighty Fall and the way he gets KILLED when he's singing it and MORE.