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Helloween is a German power/speed metal band. Alongside Switzerland's Music/CelticFrost and Sweden's Music/{{Bathory}}, Germany's Helloween were possibly the most influential heavy metal band to come out of Europe during the 1980s. By taking the hard riffing and minor key melodies handed down from metal masters like Music/JudasPriest and Music/IronMaiden, then infusing them with the speed and energy introduced by the burgeoning thrash metal movement, Helloween crystallized the sonic ingredients of what is now known as PowerMetal.

The band has its roots in 1978, under the name Gentry, by Kai Hansen and Piet Sielck. Sometime later, they were joined by bassist Markus Grosskopf and drummer Ingo Schiwchtenberg, and changed the name again, this time to Second Hell. There was another change in the name (Iron Fist) before the definitive took of the name Helloween. From this point, Sielck left the band. Michael Weikath, who was playing in the band Powerfool, joined them after the disbandment of his band. And so, the first line-up (and official birth) of Helloween was formed, in 1984.

This lineup (Hansen-Weikath-Grosskopf-Schwichtenberg) collaborated in a compilation, (''Death Metal'', alongside Hellhammer, Music/RunningWild and Dark Avenger) and released two EPs (''[[SelfTitledAlbum Helloween]]'' and ''Judas'') and a studio album (''Walls of Jericho'') before another lineup change.

Kai Hansen, foresawing the difficulties to take the lead guitar and singing roles, decided to focus just on the guitar part, and so the search for a new vocalist begun, which ended in the former Ill Prophecy singer Michael Kiske being hired. This lineup change was key in the band's success, with the albums ''Keeper of the Seven Keys Pt. 1'' and ''Keeper of the Seven Keys Pt. 2''.

Sadly, just as they were on the verge of breaking to a wider audience -- even flirting with American success -- the band's meteoric rise was rudely interrupted by internal strife and a string of bad business decisions. Hiring Kiske ultimately proved a double-edged sword -- his iconic work with the aforementioned ''Keeper'' albums was what set up said meteoric rise in the first place, but he then decided he wanted to move away from PowerMetal towards a [[LighterAndSofter lighter]] HardRock, a decision which cost them the departure of Kai Hansen, who would later start Music/GammaRay, with Roland Grapow, from Rampage, replacing him. And to top it all, the band was also in a legal dispute with Noise Records about a bunch of nasty legal stuff, which resulted in them not being able to release anything for some time. Everything resulted in two disastrously mellow albums (''Pink Bubbles Go Ape'' and ''Chameleon'') which are best not discussed, [[CanonDiscontinuity even by the band themselves]], and very nearly finished off the band. As a result of this, both Kiske and Ingo were sacked for the band, although for different reasons. Kiske was fired because Michael Weikath refused to work with him any further, while Ingo was released due to mental and drug-related issues.

However, this was not the end of the band. Michael Weikath took the control of the band and hired the singer Andreas "Andi" Deris, from the band ''Music/PinkCream69'', as well as ex-Music/GammaRay drummer Uli Kusch. This change made the band to return to their roots, and continued to prosper in the international metal arena on their own terms, with the release of the album ''Master of the Rings''. More importantly, they remained the benchmark by which most every power metal band is still measured.

In 1995, however, there was sad news: Ingo Schwichtenberg was profoundly depressed and [[DrivenToSuicide committed suicide]] by throwing himself to the subway rails. This hit hard in the band, who dedicated the album ''The Time Of The Oath'' (a ConceptAlbum about a Nostradamus prophecy) to his memory.

1998 saw the release of the succesor of ''Time...'', ''Better Than Raw''. It's considered the highest point of the band in TheNineties.

1999 saw the band celebrating fifteen years of music, thus it was a perfect occasion to release something. This something was a CoverAlbum called ''Metal Jukebox'', containing metalized covers from numbers such as Music/{{ABBA}}, Music/JethroTull, Music/DavidBowie.

2000 saw the latest release with this lineup: the DarkerAndEdgier ''The Dark Ride''. It was the last album with both Roland Grapow and Uli Kusch, since they both were sacked from the band. They went later to form the acclaimed ''Music/{{Masterplan}}''.

Sascha Gerstner from FreedomCall replaced Grapow, but the band struggled with the position of drummer. The first drummer hired was Mark Cross from Metalium, who abandoned the band after some medical issues. Finally, Stefan Schwarzmann (formerly from Music/{{Accept}}, and Music/RunningWild, among plenty of other bands) took the role, although he wasn't hired in time for the recording sessions of ''Rabbit Don't Come Easy'', the follow-up to ''Dark'', where the drums were played by [[Music/{{Motorhead}} Mikkey Dee]].

The final lineup change came in the form of Dani Löble, from Rawhead REXX, replacing Stefan, who left the band for CreativeDifferences. This lineup survives to our days, and recorded five albums (''Keeper of the Seven Keys Pt. 3: The Legacy'', ''Gambling With The Devil'', ''7 Sinners'', ''Straight Out of Hell'' and ''My God-Given Right'') and a LighterAndSofter compilation album called ''Unarmed''.

Today, they're known for never having grown up or received the memo that it's no longer [[TheEighties the 80s]]. Their over-the-top bombastic performances, LargeHam antics, and absolutely hilarious music videos are essentially what would happen if [[WebAnimation/HomestarRunner Limozeen]] were a real band.

[[AC: Band Members:]]
* Kai Hansen -- Guitar (1984-1989, 2016-present), Vocals (1984-1986, 2016-present)
* Michael Kiske -- Vocals (1986-1993, 2016-present)
* Andreas "Andi" Deris -- Vocals (1994-present)
* Michael Weikath -- Guitar (1984-present)
* Sascha Gerstner -- Guitar, Keyboards (2002-present)
* Markus Grosskopf -- Bass (1984-present)
* Daniel Löble -- Drums (2005-present)

[[AC:Former Members:]]
* Ingo Schwictenberg -- Drums (1984-1993; d. 1995)
* Roland Grapow -- Guitars (1993-2001)
* Uli Kusch -- Drums (1993-2001)

[[AC: Studio Albums:]]
* 1985 - ''Helloween'' [EP]
* 1985 - ''Walls of Jericho''
* 1987 - ''Keeper of the Seven Keys Part I''
* 1988 - ''Keeper of the Seven Keys Part II''
* 1991 - ''Pink Bubbles Go Ape''
* 1993 - ''Chameleon''
* 1994 - ''Master of the Rings''
* 1996 - ''Time of the Oath''
* 1998 - ''Better than Raw''
* 2000 - ''The Dark Ride''
* 2003 - ''Rabbit Don't Come Easy''
* 2005 - ''Keeper of the Seven Keys: The Legacy''
* 2007 - ''Gambling with the Devil''
* 2010 - ''7 Sinners''
* 2013 - ''Straight Out of Hell''
* 2015 - ''My God-Given Right''

Other albums include:
* 1989 - ''Keepers Live'' (Japan) / ''I Want Out Live'' (USA) / ''Live In The UK'' (Rest of the world) [Live album]
* 1997 - ''High Live!'' [Live album]
* 1999 - ''Metal Jukebox'' [CoverAlbum]
* 2006[=/=]2007 - ''[[LongTitle Keeper Of The Seven Keys: The Legacy World Tour - Live In Sao Paulo / Live On 3 Continents]]'' [Live CD / DVD]
* 2009[=/=]2010 - ''Unarmed (Best Of 25th Anniversary)'' [A compilation with acoustic reimaginings of some of their older songs]

[[AC: Helloween songs include:]]
* [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=onFoZS5gdx0&hd=1 Ride the Sky]]
* [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yOAl0enE7kI&hd=1 Halloween]]. [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DQGwRsMorLI&hd=1 (Full version here)]]
* [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FjV8SHjHvHk&hd=1 I Want Out]]
* [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XEzLn4l-q80&hd=1 Kids of the Century]]
* [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3k62mutHpHY&hd=1 When The Sinner]]
* [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=k8U8gjFx9Vk&hd=1 Perfect Gentleman]]
* [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WmP4iTGY97Y&hd=1 Power]]
* [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-Dl6CLWLMzk&hd=1 Forever And One (Neverland)]]
* [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=c1KfDkPmB-8&hd=1 I Can]]
* [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JDzIez1uYmw&hd=1 Hey Lord!]]
* [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nAegHGGwru8&hd=1 Just A Little Sign]]
* [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-qIHXR8jQr0&hd=1 Light the Universe]]
* [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cHWK0gzIgM0&hd=1 As Long As I Fall]]
* [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kDXfR-0MwJM&hd=1 Paint A New World]]
* [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=24JnVQ3i7fw&hd=1 Are You Metal]]

[[http://www.helloween.org/ The official site]].
Before adding a trope, check that it isn't subjective. Subjective tropes about the band go [[YMMV/{{Helloween}} here]].
!!The band shows examples of:


[[folder:Band tropes]]
* EightiesHair
* LeadBassist: Markus Grosskopf is a firm Type A.
* OneSteveLimit: Averted. ''Michael'' Kiske, singer from ''Keeper 1'' all the way to ''Chameleon'', and ''Michael'' Weikath, guitarist on all of them. Also, Kai Hansen's second name is ''Michael''.
** Another example is the aforementioned Weiki (whose full name is Michael ''Ingo'' Joachim Weikath) and the late drummer ''Ingo'' Schwichtenberg, who played in the first 5 albums.
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* TrrrillingRrrs: When speaking in Spanish, Andi can't avoid these.
* StartMyOwn: After ''Keeper of the Seven Keys Pt. 2'', Kai Hansen left Helloween. Several years later, he formed Music/GammaRay. Also, as noted above, Roland Grapow and Uli Kusch, who were fired from the band and created Masterplan.
* VocalTagTeam: Hansen, Kiske and Deris all share lead vocals on "Pumpkins United", a song written and recorded for reunion tour of the same name.
* WelcomeBackTraitor: Kai Hansen quit the band over CreativeDifferences and went on to form Music/GammaRay. Apparently, giving him room to have his own band and removing Michael Kiske from the equation was enough to calm both sides down, as the personnel from Helloween and Gamma Ray now get along quite amicably and even tour together, concluding their concerts by [[FusionDance taking the stage simultaneously to form one big supergroup]], and as ''[[{{Portmanteau}} Gammaween]]'', they perform [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1cVRnTcEuS8 "I Want Out"]]. In that video, they certainly ''look'' [[HoYay friendly]]. And this is older than the 2008 joint tour, as his appearance in the Wacken Open Air 2004 can testify. And to make things better, he said in an [[http://metalassault.com/Interviews/060410_Gamma_Ray.php audio interview]], that he liked the Gammaween tour, and that he won't dismiss the chance of doing another tour like that.
** Also, Michael Kiske did guest a guest appearance on Gamma Ray's ''Land Of The Free'' album in the mid-90s, did guest vocals for Roland Grapow's and Uli Kusch's spinoff band Masterplan ([[WhatCouldHaveBeen and would have agreed to be their studio vocalist altogether, just not to performing live]]) and is working on a side project with Kai Hansen and Roland Grapow as well, trying to write, according to Hansen, some softer songs for him because of his "Metalphobia".
*** In 2011, Kai Hansen joined Michael Kiske in the band Unisonic, whom Kiske had been a part of since 2009.
*** As of 2017, they have "reunited" for 30th aniversary tour with both Hansen & Kiske. The [[http://pumpkins-united.helloween.org/en/pumpkins-united.html "Pumpkins United Tour"]] Epic, much?

[[folder:Song tropes]]
* AccidentalMurder: "Murderer", from the ''Helloween'' EP, talks about a guy who's persecuted for a murder he committed.
* AndNowForSomethingCompletelyDifferent: ''Chameleon'' and ''Unarmed''. To some extent, ''Pink Bubbles Go Ape''.
* AntiLoveSong: "In The Middle Of A Heartbeat", from ''Master of the Rings''.
* AudienceParticipationSong: "Future World" and "Power", among other examples.
* BannedInChina: In-universe, the lyrics of "Mr. Torture" claims that the eponymous character is banned in ''20 countries''.
* BigRockEnding: "Where The Rain Grows", from ''Master of the Rings'', among other examples.
* BilingualBonus: "Lavdate Dominvm", from ''Better Than Raw'', is sung entirely in latin.
* BreakupSong: "Forever And One (Neverland)", from ''The Time Of The Oath''.
* CannotSpitItOut: "Just A Little Sign", from ''Rabbit Don't Come Easy''.
* ConceptAlbum: ''The Time Of The Oath'', which is about a Nostradamus's prophecy.
** To some extent, ''Gambling With The Devil'', which has the underlying theme of how difficult it often is to do the right thing.
* ContinuityNod:
** A riff during the solo on "Back Against The Wall", from ''Rabbit Don't Come Easy'', is one towards "Giants", from ''Chameleon''.
** ''7 Sinners'' contains many of these. As some examples:
*** The chorus of "Are You Metal?" has the chords of "Halloween", from ''Keeper of the Seven Keys Pt. 1'', at full speed. Just check the version from the ''Legacy World Tour'' live album, if you have some doubts.
*** "Who is Mr. Madman?" acts as a sequel song to "Perfect Gentleman", from ''Master of the Rings'', even including the riff from the original song in several instances, and beginning with an intro describing how the character from Perfect Gentleman's narcissism drove him to insanity. The song itself depicts his time in an insane asylum and subsequent plot to escape it.
* CoolAndUnusualPunishment: "Mr. Torture", from ''The Dark Ride'', is a parody over ColdBloodedTorture made by a man who ''sells pain''.
* CoolCat: "Crazy Cat", from ''Chameleon''.
* CoverVersion: "[[Music/TheBeatles Something]]", "[[Music/JudasPriest The Hellion/Electric Eye]]", "[[Music/{{Kiss}} I Stole Your Love]]", "[[Music/GrandFunkRailroad I'm Your Captain (Closer To Home)]]", "[[Music/CarlPerkins Blue Suede Shoes]]", "[[Music/JeanMichelJarre Magnetic Fields]]", "[[Music/StatusQuo Rain]]", "[[Music/{{Queen}} Sheer Heart Attack]]" and "[[Music/{{Accept}} Fast As A Shark]]". Also, during the "Master of the Rings" tour, they did a version of Pink Cream 69's "Where The Eagle Learns To Fly".[[note]]Said band was Andi Deris's previous band before joining to Helloween.[[/note]]
* CoverAlbum: ''Metal Jukebox''. The japanese version also has "[[Music/DeepPurple Rat Bat Blue]]".
* TheCoverChangesTheGender: "[[Music/{{ABBA}} Lay All Your Love On Me]]", from ''Metal Jukebox''.
* DarkerAndEdgier: ''The Dark Ride'', sort of. It's certainly dark for Helloween, and was sufficiently different to cause CreativeDifferences with Roland Grapow and Uli Kusch, but it is still goofy by objective standards. Considered proof that Helloween is physically incapable of taking themselves seriously, even when they try.
** ''Master of the Rings'' would also count, coming off the LighterAndSofter ''Pink Bubbles Go Ape'' and ''Chameleon''. (Also slightly compared to the ''Keeper of the Seven Keys'' albums, due to Andi Deris' rougher singing style)
** ''Gambling With the Devil'' is mostly more mature, and one could almost conclude that Helloween finally grew up if they were to compare [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cHWK0gzIgM0 "As Long as I Fall"]] to their [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=k8U8gjFx9Vk older]] [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nAegHGGwru8 work]]... except for the fact that ''Gambling With the Devil'' also gave us [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0fFNTdJXAAo "Can Do It"]]. Still, if nothing else, it was definitely the album where Helloween (at least momentarily) TookALevelInCynic.
** ''7 Sinners'' somehow managed to be even more DarkerAndEdgier than ''Gambling With The Devil''. Lesee: the two comic songs of the album ("[[HeavyMeta Are You Metal?]]" and "[[GoMadFromTheRevelation Who's Mr. Madman?]]") are very heavy; there're lots of PunctuatedForEmphasis in the songs; even in the normal verses; Dani Loble destroys his drumset in any of the songs, even reaching DeathMetal and BlackMetal speeds, sometimes; "Not Yet Today", the intro to "Far In The Future" is chillingly dark... hell, even the ballad, "The Smile of the Sun" sounds pretty heavy. When the band said that this is the most heaviest and fastest album they made, they weren't joking.
* TheDiseaseThatShallNotBeNamed: "Reptile", from ''Walls Of Jericho'' is about the [[spoiler:AIDS]].
* DrugsAreBad: "Starlight", from the ''Helloween'' EP.
* EpicRocking: These songs are all over the 10 minutes mark, and this is just for starters:
** "Halloween", from ''Keeper of the Seven Keys Pt. 1''.
** "Keeper of the Seven Keys", from ''Keeper of the Seven Keys Pt. 2''.
** "The King for a 1000 Years" and "Occasion Avenue", from ''Keeper of the Seven Keys Pt. 3: The Legacy''.
** The mashup song "The Keeper Trilogy", from ''Unarmed'', which is a 17-minute orchestral rocking mashup between the first three songs.
* EvilLaugh: "Who is Mr. Madman?", from ''7 Sinners'', ends with this.
* FadingIntoTheNextSong:
** In ''Keeper Of The Seven Keys Pt. 2'': "Invitation" => "Eagle Fly Free"
** In ''Better Than Raw'': "Deliberately Limited Preliminary Prelude in Z" => "Push"
** In ''Gambling With The Devil'': "Crack The Riddle" (Intro) => "Kill It", and "Fallen To Pieces" => "I. M. E."
* FilkSong: "Gorgar", from ''Walls Of Jericho'', is [[Pinball/{{Gorgar}} based on a]] ''[[Pinball/{{Gorgar}} pinball]]'' [[Pinball/{{Gorgar}} game with same name.]]
* GiveMeLibertyOrGiveMeDeath: "Cry For Freedom", from the ''Helloween'' EP, is about a slave rebellion.
* GodIsLoveSongs: Several, "Lavdate Dominvm", from ''Better Than Raw'', for example.
* GoingNative[=/=]InsultBackfire: "Savage", from the UpdatedRerelease of ''Keeper Of The Seven Keys Pt. 1'' and the ''Future World'' songle.
* GoMadFromTheRevelation: The protagonist of "Perfect Gentleman", from ''Master of the Rings'', is bound to a mental institution in "Who's Mr. Madman?", from ''7 Sinners''.
--> ''"Sixteen years have passed since he, one perfect of his kind, the Casanova of his time, crowned himself to conquer the land in craving for lust. Lust, one of the seven deadly sins. Punishment he has suffered. Look at him what did he become, who is he now?"''
* GratuitousFrench: "Perfect Gentleman", from ''Master of the Rings'', has the following bit:
--> ''I am "le d'Artagnan de coeur"''
* GreenAesop: "Paint A New World", from ''Gambling With The Devil''. "If A Mountain Could Talk" from ''7 Sinners''.
* GriefSong: An [[AlternateCharacterInterpretation Alternate Song Interpretation]] towards "Forever And One (Neverland)", from ''The Time Of The Oath'', considering that the band dedicated the whole ''TTOTO'' album to their former bandmante, the late drummer Ingo Schiwchtenberg.
** "Fallen To Pieces" is a straightforward example.
* HeavyMeta:
** The unfortunately-titled "Get It Up", from ''Keeper Of The Seven Keys Pt. 3: The Legacy''.
** "Heavy Metal (Is the Law)", from ''Walls Of Jericho''.
** "Long Live The King", from ''7 Sinners'', an {{homage}} to Music/RonnieJamesDio and Music/JudasPriest.
** "Falling Higher" from ''Better Than Raw''
** "Are You Metal", from ''7 Sinners'', parodies the trope.
* HeavyMithril
* {{Homage}}: "Steel Tormentor", from ''The Time Of The Oath'', is dedicated to Music/JudasPriest.
* HotBlooded: "Power" from ''The Time of The Oath''.
* JustOneMoreLevel: [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6xo2DhNvrbA "The Game is On"]], from ''Master of the Rings'', is about someone who got so absorbed into a video game that he didn't even notice his house was on fire and presumably perished. The game is heavily implied to be the GameBoy version of ''VideoGame/{{Tetris}}'', due to some lyrical clues ("with a grey box in his hands") and the fact that the entire main riff of the song is very obviously based on the Game Boy ''Tetris''' GameOver jingle, and it even directly samples most of its sound effects.
* LargeHam: Andi Deris.
* Letters2Numbers: "Sun 4 The World", from ''Rabbit Don't Come Easy''.
* LighterAndSofter: Michael Kiske preferred this style in general and had been pushing for it for years, finally getting his wish granted with ''Chameleon'', which got him kicked out as part of the album's backlash. He even recently released a solo album entitled ''Past in Different Ways'', which was essentially a fluffy dreamy acoustic version of every old Helloween song he had written while still with them.
** Also, the compilation album ''Unarmed''.
** ''Straight Out of Hell'' and especially ''My God-Given Right'' are this compared to ''Gambling With The Devil'' and ''7 Sinners''.
** ''Rabbit Don't Come Easy'' was this to ''The Dark Ride''.
* LoudnessWar: Arguably, their latest releases, from ''Keeper Of The Seven Keys Pt. 3: The Legacy'' onwards. ''7 Sinners'' was particularly egregious in this regard.
* LyricalDissonance: "Star Invasion". It sounds between [[Music/DavidBowie Space Oddity]] and the most solemn metal epic. Until the bitter end and beyond.
* LyricalDissonance: Despite the presumably grim fate of its subject, the song [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6xo2DhNvrbA "The Game is On"]] is enough of a typically catchy, bouncy, upbeat Helloween song that it comes across as [[CompletelyMissingThePoint "video games are fun! :D"]] That Website/YouTube video is an absolute celebration of RetroGaming.
* MadScientist: "Dr. Stein", from ''Keeper Of The Seven Keys Pt. 2''.
* MetalScream: Michael Kiske was a master at these. Check him out in "I Want Out", just before (and going into) the final chorus, as he belts out "Leave me alone" for nearly ''twenty friggin' seconds''.
* MohsScaleOfRockAndMetalHardness - Most of their albums are in the 6 to 7 range. The Dark Ride, Gambling With The Devil and 7 Sinners can go up to an 8. Their ballads, meanwhile, are generally in the 4 to 6 range.
* MundaneMadeAwesome: There's a flute solo in "Raise The Noise", from ''7 Sinners''.
* NewSoundAlbum
* NonAppearingTitle: "Giants" and "Longing", (from ''Chameleon'') "Mr. Ego", (from ''Master of the Rings'') and "Dreambound". (from ''Gambling With The Devil'')
* NotableMusicVideos: The video for "I Want Out", from ''Keeper of the Seven Keys Pt. 2'', got heavy air play on Creator/{{MTV}}.
* NotChristianRock: "Save Us", (from the {{Updated Rerelease}}s of ''Keeper Of The Seven Keys Pt. 2'' and the ''I Want Out'' single) "I Believe", (from ''Chameleon'') "Salvation" and "We Damn the Night", (from ''The Dark Ride'') and "My Sacrifice" (from ''7 Sinners'') among other examples.
* NumberOfTheBeast: "Escalation 666", from ''The Dark Ride''.
* OminousMusicBoxTune: At the beginning of "Still We Go", from ''Master Of The Rings''.
* ProtestSong: "Cry For Freedom", from the ''Helloween'' EP.
* PunctuatedForEmphasis: '''PUSH!!! EN-FORCE!!! YOUR!!! IN-DE-PEN-DENCE!!!'''[[note]]"Push", from ''Better Than Raw''.[[/note]]
** '''I-WANT-OUT!!! TO-[[LargeHam LIIIIIIIIIVE-MYYYYYY]]-LIFE-A-LONE!!!'''[[note]]"I Want Out", from ''Keeper Of The Seven Keys Pt. 2''.[[/note]]
** Pretty much many verses of "Far In The Future", from ''7 Sinners'', have this.
* RebelLeader: Kiske sings as one in "Revolution Now", from ''Chameleon''.
* RefrainFromAssuming: "The Departed", from ''The Dark Ride'', is also called "Sun Is Going Down". Subverted in that the full title of the song is "The Departed (Sun Is Going Down)".
* {{Retraux}}: Helloween will never grow up. For example, the video for [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=c_uEdaIbWww "Just A Little Sign"]], from ''Rabbit Don't Come Easy'', is both ''BeyondTheMindsEye'' and [[WebAnimation/HomestarRunner Limozeen: "but they're in space!"]] in equal parts, and was made in ''2003''.
* RockMeAmadeus: "Gorgar", from ''Walls Of Jericho'', features a part of "[[EdvardGrieg In the Hall of the Mountain King]]" in the solo part.
* RockstarSong: "Heavy Metal Hamsters", from ''Pink Bubbles Go Ape'', and "Rise and Fall", from ''Keeper Of The Seven Keys Pt. 2'', mocks the trope.
** "Never Be A Star" from ''Rabbit Don't Come Easy'' is a sort of [[SubvertedTrope Anti-Rockstar Song]].
* {{Sampling}}:
** The "Happy Happy Halloween" intro heard in "Starlight", from the ''Helloween'' EP, is taken from the movie "Halloween III - Seasons Of The Witch".
** The battle sounds at the beginning of "Before The War" were taken live in Yugoslavia.
* SevenDeadlySins: Some songs from the aptly named ''7 Sinners'' play with this concept, even if it's not a ConceptAlbum.
* ShoutOut: "Halloween", from ''Keeper Of The Seven Keys Pt. 1'', has one in a few lines to [[{{Peanuts}} Charlie Brown]]:
--> Bad luck if you get a stone,
--> like the good old Charlie Brown,
--> you think Linus could be right
--> The kids will say it's just a stupid lie!!!
** In "The Dark Ride", from the eponymous album, this line:
--> [[Music/{{Metallica}} I'm your pain when you can't feel]]
** "Heavy Metal (Is The Law)", aside of being a HeavyMeta hymn, has this following paragraph:
--> [[Music/JudasPriest White heat]]
--> [[Music/JudasPriest Red hot]]
** The BSide "Les Hamburgueois Walkways" is inspired by GaryMoore's "Parisiennes Walkways".
** The rhythm section during Weikath's solo in "Cry For Freedom", from the ''Helloween'' EP, was taken from Mania's "Shadows Under Your Eyes".
** "Crazy Cat", from ''Chameleon'', is inspired by ''ComicBook/FritzTheCat''.
* SlidingScaleOfIdealismVersusCynicism: Unusually for a heavy metal band, Helloween is mostly on the idealistic side, even on the DarkerAndEdgier ''The Dark Ride'' and ''Gambling With The Devil'' (although the latter album was probably as close to the cynical side as the band had ever gotten).
* SurvivorsGuilt: "Sole Survivor", from ''Master of the Rings''.
* TakeThat:
** "Judas", from the ''Walls of Jericho'' remaster and the ''Judas'' EP, is one towards "all politicians who talk human but act like monsters".
** When Kai Hansen couldn't handle being in the band anymore, he penned his resignation in the form of the song "I Want Out", from ''Keeper Of The Seven Keys Pt. 2''.
** After Michael Kiske was fired, the next album (''Master Of The Rings'') had a song dedicated to him, "Mr. Ego".
* ThisIsReality: "Open Your Life", from ''Rabbit Don't Come Easy''.
* TookALevelInCynic: ''Gambling With The Devil'' is decidedly more cynical than any other Helloween album (before or after) but is still quite idealistic compared to other heavy metal albums.
* WarIsHell: "Warrior", from the ''Helloween'' EP.
* WordSaladTitle: "Deliberately Limited Preliminary Prelude in Z", from ''Better Than Raw''. All their other album-introduction tracks are single words beginning with an I - it's possible that this was the result of running out of ideas. Also the B-Side "Grapowski's Malmsuite 1001 In D-Doll".
* YouCanRunButYouCantHide: "Ride The Sky", from ''Walls of Jericho'', deals in first person with an outlaw who has escaped.
* UpToEleven: If you thought Andi Deris was a LargeHam in their music videos ([[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=k8U8gjFx9Vk which he is]]), try seeing them live!
* YouCantFightFate: "Victim Of Fate", from the ''Helloween'' EP.
* ZerothLawRebellion: "Twilight Of The Gods", from ''Keeper of the Seven Keys, Pt. 1'', combines this and TheEndOfTheWorldAsWeKnowIt.

[[folder:Misc tropes]]
* ArsonMurderAndJaywalking: In the fourth page of the booklet of the remastered ''Walls of Jericho'', the band takes shots at many people into the section "Into pumpkins". Then, the last part goes this way:
--> ''"(...) all troublemakers on concerts, PUMA Sportswear, (because of no cooperation) Neil Perry (Sounds): if we sound like Discharge, [[JustForPun discharge]] yourself! You don't have any glimpse, '''and everyone who is still spelling [[SpellMyNameWithAnS HELLOWEEN with an "A"]].'''"''
* {{Mascot}}: Jack-o-Lantern and Fangface; the latter went to Music/GammaRay along with Kai Hansen.
* {{Portmantitle}}
* PowerMetal: Credited as the TropeMaker of the European style. Some give them credit for creating power metal as a whole, but this isn't entirely accurate as the American style of power metal had been around for a couple years before Helloween released their debut.
* SpeedMetal: On ''Helloween'' and ''Walls of Jericho'', with ''The Dark Ride'', ''Gambling With the Devil'', and ''7 Sinners'' also incorporating elements of this.
* SpellMyNameWithAnS: This comes from the fourth page of the booklet of the ''Walls of Jericho'' remaster:
--> ''"WARNING! Everybody Who Will Be Writing HELLOWEEN With An "A" Or Tries To Distribute Pamphlets With An "A" Will Be Turned Into A Pumpkin!!!"''
* TakeThat: The fourth page of the ''Walls of Jericho'' remaster contains one towards many people. In the third and most of the fourth pages, many people receive "fangs" (in a ShoutOut to [[{{Mascot}} Fangface]]) but the "Into Pumpkins" section has the band taking shots at many people for many reasons.