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Music: Gwar
You go see GWAR, people die, it's as natural as rain on Sunday morning.
"It is I, ODERUS URUNGUS, lead singer of the sickest band in metal history, Earth's only openly extra-terrestrial rock band, and the destined destroyers of not only the human race but also reality itself. GWAR! Hulking, heaving, dribbling WAR-GODS who like nothing better than putting hordes of our sniveling fans to the sword while playing the marauding mutant metal that we are famous for! Star's of stage and screen, carvers of stem and spleen! GWAR LIVES!"
Oderus Urungus, GWAR Mythos''

What happens when you take the theatrical stage performances of Alice Cooper, the costumes and makeup of KISS, Audience Participation of The Rocky Horror Picture Show, and throw it in a meat grinder? You get the self-proclaimed overlords of all existence known as GWAR.

Originally hailing from Antarctica, then somewhere past Hellís Eighth Lock, yet somehow having a mailing address in Richmond, Virginia all the while, GWAR is a shock rock/Heavy Metal band whose on-stage antics spray their audiences with blood, drugs, toxic waste, and other fluids.

In 2011, Cory Smoot (Flattus Maximus) was found to have died while on the band's tour bus. Original reports were that he had died from "a coronary artery thrombosis brought about by his pre-existing coronary artery disease", although a later report showed that "investigators found on Smoot a $5 bill with a white powder residue, a prescription bottle holding eight Oxycodone-Acetaminophen pills, a lighter and two empty syringes".

On March 23, 2014, Dave Brockie (Oderus Ungus) was found deceased at his home at the age of 50, with the cause of death revealed as a heroin overdose.

Studio albums:
  • Hell-O! (1988)
  • Scumdogs of the Universe (1990)
  • America Must Be Destroyed (1992)
  • This Toilet Earth (1994)
  • RagNaRok (1995)
  • Carnival of Chaos (1997)
  • We Kill Everything (1999)
  • Violence Has Arrived (2001)
  • War Party (2004)
  • Beyond Hell (2006)
  • Lust in Space (2009)
  • Bloody Pit of Horror (2010)
  • Battle Maximus (2013)

Live albums
  • You're All Worthless and Weak (2000)
  • Germany Must Be Destroyed (2000) note 
  • Live from Mt. Fuji (2005)

Other notable releases
  • The Road Behind (EP) (1992)
  • You Have the Right to Remain Silent... (1995): Sole album from the side-project X-Cops.
    • Junkie (1996): Non-album single from X-Cops, released on Man's Ruin Records. Features "Junkie" and "Beat You Down".
  • Slaves Going Single (compilation) (2000): Contains songs from the Slave Pit Singles.
  • Let There Be GWAR (compilation) (2004): Contains demos originally recorded in 1986, pre Hell-O!.


This band provides examples of

  • Action Girl: Sylmenstra Hymen. During her tenure with the band she dished out as much punishment as any of the men.
  • Alien Invasion: Many tours have at some point featured aliens. Especially the Ragnarok tour.
    • An reversal of the trope takes place in most tours where one of the aliens is anally Impaled with Extreme Prejudice. Sleazy P. Martini refers to this as "Anal Probing, GWAR style."
    • The fact that the band themselves are portrayed as space barbarians seeking to destroy the planet counts towards this as well.
  • Ancient Astronauts: The band are portrayed as space alien warriors who have been trapped on Earth for millions of years
  • Animated Adaptation: Parodied in Skulhedface.
  • Anything That Moves: Oderus was far from picky.
  • Anti-Love Song: "I hate love songs and I hate lovers/I hate everything that I can't have so I hate you"
  • Badass Normal: Sleazy P. Martini.
  • Biker Babe: One of Orderus' former girlfriends. You can guess how the relationship ended.
  • Black Comedy: The live version of "Have You Seen Me" off the Road Behind single epitomizes this:
    Oderus: This kid is eighteen years old! Besides, I happen to know the law here in Cananananada, and I happen to know that it's not rape if it's dead! *baby crying sound effect*
  • Blasphemous Boast:
    "I call out your God till before me he stands
    But don't send me Jesus
    He's only a man."
    • Later in the video he beats Jesus in basketball.
  • Blue and Orange Morality: Averted. If there's any moral system that exists where GWAR comes from, it's pretty clear that they're violating it.
    "Little did we know, we were undermining our entire value system!"
  • Butt Monkey: Jizmak Da Gusha in The Animated Tales of Gwar. He gets hit by a bottle that was supposed to hit Oderus, has his eye impaled by Beefcake's shoulder spike, pickaxed by Balsac and Beefcake, who throws him to the summit of Antartica's mountain, breaking an undead dinosaur free; holds on to the tail of said dinosaur... and stares at the doctors flashlight dazed with a clearly dazed look.
  • Cool Sword: Oderus' trademark broadsword, lovingly named Unt Lick.
  • The Cover Changes The Meaning: X-Cops' cover of Deep Purple's "Highway Star" changed the lyrics to fit the Killer Cop motif. To wit:
    X-Sheriff "Tubb" Tucker:note  Nobody's gonna take my gun, I'm gonna keep it til the end, yeah
    Nobody's gonna touch my gun, or I'll shoot you in the face!
    Yeah it's a killing machine, it's got everything
    Yeah, got that magnum power, license to kill everything!
  • Creation Myth: GWAR created the human race by having sex with apes. The Master was not happy about this, so He froze GWAR in antarctic ice.
    • "Approximately 40 billion years ago, the Master of all Reality took a shit, and thus the universe was born. But that was not enough. He had to wipe. And what better way to wipe than with war? So he created the Scumdogs of the Universe."
  • Crowd Song: "Sick Of You". Also, when it's done live, the audience shouts out the answers to the questions in "Slaughterama".
  • Deadly Game: Slaughterama. Because when your life is shit, you haven't got much to lose.
  • Did You Just Punch Out Cthulhu??: The entire premise of "Beyond Hell". GWAR is sent to Hell, and to escape they must defeat Jewcifer.
    • Before "Beyond Hell" was released, GWAR wrote Anti-Anti-Christ.
    "I choose to be a blasphemer
    To bring your kind to heel
    Bring forth the beast and cleave him with my steel"
    • Before that, from their "Scumdogs of the Universe" album, was the song "The Horror of Yig," about an elder from Cthulhu lore. They dismembered the creature on stage for a few tours.
  • Dirty Cop: X-Cops embodies this trope. That is, when they're not being...
    • Killer Cop: Often goes hand-in-hand with the above.
  • Double Standard: Rape, Divine on Mortal:
    "My quest for sex consumes all my life
    Being a God I do what I like"
  • Evil Versus Evil: On their quest to destroy all existence, GWAR often faces off against and destroys other evil entities.
  • Fictional Political Party: Their album War Party centers around a political party (named "The War Party") that supports policies dedicated especially to the eradication of the human race through global war and hatred. The party's symbol is said to be the "Krosstika," a combination of the Christian cross and the Nazi swastika, representing "two great hates that hate great together." According to GWAR lore, the political party has since disbanded.
  • Gag Penis: Oderus's "Cuttlefish of Cthulhu"
  • Godzilla Threshold: During the Beyond Hell tours, GWAR has been beaten down and sodomized by Jewcifer. There seems to be no hope, except for when Gor-Gor comes and eats Satan. Gor-Gor then tries to eat GWAR, but is killed by Oderus.
  • Heavy Meta: Metal Metal Land.
  • High-Pressure Blood: A staple of their live shows. Lampshaded by Sleazy P. Martini in "The Gwarnage Campaign".
    "Wow, look at all the PSI in his main aorta artery."
  • Humans Are Morons: "Back on the road, it's no lie, stupid fucking humans pay money to die."
  • I Am the Band: Dave Brockie, aka Oderus Urungus, as he was the only remaining founding member and the idea of the band was his in the first place. In fact, several characters in the band have had multiple people play them. With Brockie's death, the future of the band is unknown.
  • Impossibly Cool Clothes
  • Insignificant Little Blue Planet: The Master banished GWAR to the worst place in the universe he could find: Earth
    • As Oderus called it in many instances, "This stinking mudball planet", among others.
  • Initialism Title: Averted. Despite the bands mention of the below in fan club newsletters and interviews, some fans still vehemently proclaim the band name is an acronym.
  • Intentionally Awkward Title: A main staple of the band from their songs, to their albums, to their videos, to their tours, to their et. all...
  • Kayfabe Music: Perhaps the definitive example.
  • Kick the Dog: Almost literally. Oderus throws a dog into a whirling death machine. And then has sex with it.
  • Kill All Humans: A common theme. Explicitly stated as a goal in "Krosstika".
  • Killed Off for Real: After Cory Smoot died on tour, the band decided to retire his character. Officially, Flattus has returned to his home planet and is never to return.
    • The fate of Oderus is uncertain after the 2014 death of Dave Brockie.
  • Moral Guardians: Parodied in "The Morality Squad"
  • Never Speak Ill of the Dead: Averted. GWAR trash talks and re-kills the deceased (Laci Peterson, Michael Jackson and El Duce, to name a few) on stage.
  • Ninja Pirate Zombie Robot: Most times Gor Gor, their pet Tyrannosaurus rex, is resurrected as a cyborg-zombie dinosaur. Who was force-fed crack as a baby. Who might be Oderus' bastard son.
  • Officially Shortened Title: When in its infancy as a mere joke opening for Death Piggy, the original name was "GWAAARRRGGHHLLLGH." It was later shortened after they noticed people would come to see the joke band and leave before the headlining Death Piggy played.
  • Omnicidal Maniac: "I want to murder everything in the entire world, Every man and woman and every boy and girl."
    • Also from the self-titled song on "We Kill Everything"- "We will kill everything, including ourselves."
  • Parts Unknown
  • Pedophile Priest: Father Bohab. Phallus in Wonderland has him caught waving his "lucky charms" at an alter boy. He was then sodomized with a large cross, a fate met in later tours.
  • Puny Humans: Oderus constantly referred to Earthlings as "human filth."
  • Refuge in Audacity: Many of their songs and most of their live show.
  • Rock Opera: Pretty much every one of GWAR's albums, along with accompanying movies/videos and even comic miniseries.
  • Running Gag: Among GWAR fans: "So......how do you hide money from a hippie?" "PUT IT UNDER THE SOAP!"
  • Screwed by the Network: According to them, they never got paid properly for their likeness and songs being used in the Beavis And Butthead video game.
  • Shout-Out: "The Salaminizer". Sung to the rhythm of "Gangsta Gangsta" by rap group NWA. Dave Brockie enjoyed NWA's work and decided to put his own spin on it.
    • Following the same concept, "Think You Outta Know This" is basically "Give It Away" by the Red Hot Chili Peppers with a Badass Boast (or rather, a series of them) by Sleazy P. Martini.
    • Urungus's penis is named after Cthulhu. The band also fought Yig regularly early on.
  • Squick: From showering their audience in fake blood and semen to songs like "Fuckin' An Animal", GWAR runs the gamut of stomach-churning.
    • A nice example from "Bloody Mary", the lovely phrase "Her womb explodes in a meat maggot mesh".
  • Stock Sound Effects: Used in their live shows.
  • The Show Must Go On: During Tour De Scum GWAR had protesters on stage who blocked the show from happening. After asking if they are in show business (no? Well then get the fuck off the stage!) Sleazy P. Martini declares the show must go on.
    • A serious version of this trope occurred when Cory Smoot (AKA Flattus Maximus) died while on GWAR's Fall 2011 US tour. Shortly after his death, Dave Brockie announced that the tour would resume as planned and that the character would be retired permanently in honor of Cory.
  • Take That: They bring celebrities and politicians on stage for ritualistic public execution.
    • Oddly enough, Oderus considered being killed by GWAR to be flattering.
  • Take That Me: When not taking pot shots at Earthlings, celebrities, American culture, etc, they take shots at themselves for being less-that-stellar musicians (at least in the early days), making fun of their cheesy props, etc. Not to mention they portray their characters as rather dim and bufoonish.
    • Meta, Dave Brockie maintained a blog on his website called "Stupid Shit That I've Done." It's Exactly What It Says on the Tin. Even by GWAR standards, it's some impressive stupidity (usually involving drinking way too much).
  • Those Wacky Nazis: They come up pretty often.
    • One of the victims in Slaughterama is a Nazi skinhead.
    • Wharghoul is about an American zombie troop who joined the SS.
    • Sonderkommando's title is taken from death camp units.
    • KZ Necromancer mentions Mengele and a plot to save Hitler's semen.
    • Poor Ole' Tom was killed by Nazi skinheads.
    • Hitler's vomiting face and a Nazi soldier were in the flesh column.
    • Beyond Hell (and the tours following it) featured a half Hitler half Jesus. Jesus was a dick, but Hitler was (in Orderus' own words) pretty cool.
      • Ties into the song "Krosstika" from the War Party album, which states that "The swastika and the bloody old cross" are "Two great hates that hate great together"
    • Dave Brockie has pissed on Hitler's Real Life grave.
  • The Rival / Unknown Rival: In their fall 2013 tour with Whitechapel, Oderus brought up that Rob Zombie got GWAR thrown off the 2013 Mayhem Festival line up. This resulted in Oderus taking shots at Rob Zombie throughout the concert and yelling "FUCK ROB ZOMBIE!" Whether this is true or the band trying to stir up some drama is unknown though.
  • Thrash Metal: The bulk of their sound.
  • TimeAbyss: The main characters are supposed to be millions of years old.
  • Tyrannosaurus rex: the aforementioned Gor Gor.
  • Villain Protagonist
  • Villain Song: "The Insidious Soliloquy of Dr. Prof. Skullheadface", "Morality Squad", "Surf of Syn", "Private Pain of Techno Destructo" and "Techno's Song" are all sung by GWAR's enemies.
  • World of Ham

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