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->''I imagined many moons in the sky lighting the way to freedom.''
-->--'''[[RobotOrSpacemanAlterEgo Cindi Mayweather]]'''

Janelle Monáe Robinson, also known as Janelle Monáe, was born on December 1, 1985 in UsefulNotes/KansasCity, Kansas. As a child, she had always dreamed of being a performer on the stage. She left Kansas for New York to study theatre at the American Musical and Dramatic Academy. At first, Monáe aimed to become a performer on Broadway, but she changed her mind and went to music instead. She felt that music has the power to change the world. Later on, Monáe moved to Atlanta, GA, where she met Big Boi from Music/{{Outkast}} and founded the Wondaland Arts Society. Big Boi introduced Monáe to Sean "P Diddy" Combs which led her to be signed to Bad Boy Records in 2006.

With a few exceptions, Monáe's songs [[ConceptAlbum tell the story]] of the futuristic dystopia of Metropolis and Cindi Mayweather, a [[RidiculouslyHumanRobots popular musician android]] and [[SuperPrototype prototype]] for the equally popular, mass-produced Alpha Platinum 3000 droid model. Cindi falls in love with a human named Anthony Greendown and finds a bounty placed on her head as a result.

She has also had a successful acting career, including acclaimed roles in ''Film/{{Moonlight}}'' and ''Film/HiddenFigures''.

* ''The Audition'' (2003) [[note]]A self-published release from back before Monáe founded the Wondaland Arts Society. It has not been re-released under her label.[[/note]]
* ''Metropolis: Suite I (The Chase)'' (2008)
* ''The [=ArchAndroid=] (Suites II and III)'' (2010)
* ''The Electric Lady (Suites IV & V)'' (2013)

!! Videography:
* "Many Moons" (2008)
* "Tightrope" (2010)
* "Cold War" (2010)
* "We Are Young" (featured with {{Music/Fun}}) (2012)
* "Q.U.E.E.N." (2013)
* "Dance Apocalyptic" (2013)
* "[=PrimeTime=]" (featuring Miguel) (2013)
* "Electric Lady" (2014)
* "Yoga" (featuring Jidenna) (2015)
* "Venus Fly" (featured with Music/{{Grimes}}) (2017)

!! Filmography:
* ''WesternAnimation/Rio2'' (2014) as Dr. Monae (voice)
* ''Film/{{Moonlight|2016}}'' (2016) as Teresa
* ''Film/HiddenFigures'' (2016) as Mary Jackson

!!The tropes that apply to Janelle Monáe:

* {{Afrofuturism}}: Uses futuristic and android imagery to discuss contemporary issues faced by the African-American community.
* AgonyOfTheFeet: "57821" describes Anthony looking for Cindi until "his feet became bloody and tired".
* AllPartOfTheShow: The only people that suspect something is wrong when Cindi has a seizure in the "Many Moons" video are Lady Maestra and 6ix Savage.
* AllThereInTheManual: The [[http://flash.atlrec.com/janellemonae/dance_apocalyptic_emotion_picture_treatment.pdf full story of Dance Apocalyptic]]
* AlterEgoActing: Janelle Monáe's character, Cindi Mayweather, not to mention her many sisters and various other characters she plays in videos.
* AmbiguouslyHuman: Cindi Mayweather. She is very human-like, despite being an android.
* ArcNumber: 57821, which is Cindi's serial number. It also appears as Monáe patient number at the Palace of the Dogs Asylum in the "Tightrope" video, and is used as the title of a song on ''The [=ArchAndroid=]''.
* AscendedFangirl: ''The Electric Lady'' sees her performing alongside some of her influences, including Erykah Badu and Music/{{Prince}}.
* AxCrazy: Her song "Come Alive" plays this trope straight.
* BadassCape: Appears frequently in her live performances.
* {{Bifauxnen}}: In her Archandroid days, at least. She adopts a more conventionally feminine look for her singles after "Q.U.E.E.N.".
* BiTheWay:
** While Cindi's two primary partners are men, she also has a lesbian encounter in "Givin'Em What They Love" and expresses attraction to a woman named Mary, possibly Blueberry Mary from "Mushrooms and Roses".
** Monae herself has been repeatedly questioned about her sexuality, and has never given a firm answer, instead saying that both women and men are "wonderful", and "I keep my personal life very much to myself. I want everybody to focus on my music. I also donít want to let anybody down. I want women to still be attracted to me. Go get my album! I want men to still be attracted to me so I have to be political in this. So I canít really tell yíall!" She also said "the lesbian community has tried to claim me, but I only date androids, because they donít cheat on you", so make of that what you will.
* BountyHunter: The Metropolis government sends several after Cindi.
* BlackCloak: The Punk Prophets and the guards at the Palace of the Dogs Asylum.
* ButNowIMustGo: Near the end of "[=BaBopByeYa=]".
-->''I see beyond tomorrow\\
This life of strife and sorrow\\
My freedom calls and I must go!''
* TheCameo: The "Many Moons" video features appearances by Big Boi as Sir Luscious Leftfoot and Deep Cotton as the Punk Prophets; both of these artists are featured on songs in ''The [=ArchAndroid=]''.
* ChainsawGood
-->''The droid control marshals are full of fun rules today--no phasers, only chainsaws and electro-daggers!''
* TheChosenOne: Cindi is the [=ArchAndroid=], [[JigsawPuzzlePlot whatever that means]].
* CloudCuckooLander: Janelle claims to be a time traveller, and other such whimsical antics.
* ConceptAlbum: From the very beginning, it seems. ''The Audition'' generally doesn't adhere to the concept, but "Metropolis", for example, has ties to the Cindi Mayweather plot.
* CoolShades: [[http://cdn.concreteloop.com/wp-content/uploads/2009/02/27918pcn_viper09.jpg Here you go.]]
* CostumePorn: "Many Moons" features an auction of several specialized Alpha Platinum 3000s, and as such, Monáe in several different outfits.
* CoverVersion: A cover of Creator/CharlieChaplin's "Smile" appears on ''The Chase''.
* CozyCatastrophe: "Dance Apocalyptic" encourages the listener to "dance until the end", "laugh at the zombie in the front yard", etc.
* DancingIsSeriousBusiness: "Dance Or Die".
* DeaderThanDead: Whichever bounty hunter catches Cindi must turn her cybersoul in to the Star Commission, presumably so that this trope can be carried out.
* DoAndroidsDream: The drama track that opens ''The Chase'', "March of the Wolfmasters", indicates that androids have "cybersouls". The TropeNamer is also referenced in "Make the Bus".
* DoesThisRemindYouOfAnything: In the original script for Dance Apocalyptic, one newspaper reads: "ANDROIDS WANT YOUR JOB !"
* TheEndOfTheWorldAsWeKnowIt: "Dance Apocalyptic" features lyrics about "[[CozyCatastrophe dancing to the end]]" and the video is interrupted by a news broadcast reporting on various major U.S. cities being destroyed by disasters.
* EpiphanicPrison: Shown in the song "Many Moons".
-->''You're free but in your mind, your freedom's in a bind...''
%%* FadingIntoTheNextSong
* FantasticArousal: "Wondaland" has the lines "I'm so inspired, / You touched my wires".
* FantasticRacism: Against perfectly sapient androids. "Metropolis" implies that they are also confined to a "wired side" of town, which other songs imply is underground.
* FauxAffablyEvil: The announcer in "March of the Wolfmasters" is gushingly cheerful about the bounty on Cindi's head and the fact that it's only redeemable if you kill her with "chainsaws and electro-daggers" and rip out her soul to boot.
* FirstLove: [[MeaningfulName Joey Vice]], who met Cindi Mayweather while she was working as a cyber-server.
* FreeLoveFuture: Whether or not this is true for all of Metropolis is unclear, but Cindi is implied to practice a polyamorous lifestyle. Especially within "Mushrooms and Roses".
* GirlinessUpgrade: Janelle is pushing the limits of her black and white aesthetic. She often wears more traditionally feminine clothing, always in black and white, and changed her once nude lipstick color to a bright red. Compare her [[http://stupiddope.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/05/tumblr_m5ms7c4pzm1qbiu5fo1_500.jpg Archandroid era style]] to [[http://cdn.cnwimg.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/07/Janelle-Monae.jpg her Electric Lady style]].
* IncrediblyLongNote: The end of "Come Alive".
* IntercourseWithYou: "Wondaland", which makes reference to [[FantasticArousal touching of wires]] and leaving underpants somewhere.
* InterspeciesRomance: Central to the plot is the romance between Cindi Mayweather, an android, and Anthony Greendown, a human.
* JigsawPuzzlePlot: Very little of the plot has been explicitly shown.
* TheLancer: Kellindo Parker' many guitar solos on The Archandroid and The Electric Lady firmly establish him as her foil.
* LimitedWardrobe: The reason why she dresses up in a tuxedo all of the time? She considers it her uniform, and it represents the working people.
* LoudnessWar: Refreshingly averted. Just about every song is produced with meticulous detail, containing multiple layers of instrumentation and vocal touches that require many listens to catch all the nuances. As such, the dynamics have never gone below a DR of 7, and average between 9 and 10.
* TheMovieBuff: Janelle has an extensive knowledge of cinema, as shown in "Tightrope" which references ''Meshes of the Afternoon'', and "Q.U.E.E.N", which references ''Qui êtes vous, Polly Magoo ?''.
* NeatFreak: Her perfectionism extends beyond the realms of music and performance, as anyone can see from her appearance, and she dislikes mess in general.
* NeoclassicalPunkZydecoRockabilly: The particular emphasis varies from song to song, but for the most part the music is a melting pot of soul, funk, R and B, progressive rock, rap, psychedelia, dance pop, and Broadway-influenced classical music.
* NewSoundAlbum: Inverted in that ''The Chase'' (and later work) is very different from her first album ''The Audition,'' which had a more conventional R&B/pop sound.
* NiceHat: She wears a white hat from time to time. The "Many Moons" video features her in equestrian helmets and top hats. And let's not get started on the one she wears in the [[http://i.imgur.com/1VSFS.jpg ArchAndroid cover]].
** The particular Nice Hat from the Archandroid cover even has lore behind it. Apparently, it's the [[CoolCrown Archandroid's Crown]], a {{magitek}} headdress built by a [[NinjaPirateZombieRobot half-human, half-elf, mystical genius scientist]] by the name of [[AwesomeMcCoolname Zoman Ignatius]], who built it after it had been prophesied to be worn by the Archandroid in the future. Unfortunately, it was stolen many years later, and eventually lost after it was whisked away into the underground. Replicas have been popping up ever since, and one of them just happened to fall into the hands of [[BreakingTheFourthWall Janelle Monae in our time.]]
* NonAppearingTitle: Several examples. Notably, "Many Moons" plays it straight as a standalone song, but the page quote provides a TitleDrop in the music video.
* TheOner: [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lqmORiHNtN4 "Cold War"]] is a single long take of Janelle's face as she lip-syncs to the song.
* OddCouple: With Joey Vice. He's a punk, and she has the look and poise of a classic movie star.
* OpeningNarration: Some of her concert performances open with [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QtX6PfBtd10 one]], [[{{Troperiffic}} highly reminiscent]] of the narration of [[Literature/{{Dune}} Princess Irulan]].
* PerformanceVideo:
** "Many Moons", although it still fits into the ''Metropolis'' concept.
** "Dance Apocalyptic" features Monáe performing as the Electric Lady on an ''Series/AmericanBandstand'' pastiche.
* {{Prequel}}: The Electric Lady is the prequel to the Metropolis saga.
* ProtestSong: "Mr. President", which is mainly about putting education over warfare.
* PublicDomainSoundtrack: "Say You'll Go" has a few bars of Debussy's "''Clair de Lune''" on it.
* RagsToRiches: This is noteworthy as Janelle Monae makes a point to use this part of her story to inspire both her fans and her aesthetic: her mother was a janitor, her father was a garbage truck driver who struggled with drug addiction, and to go to Conservatory she spent time working with her mother. While producing The Audition, she was working at Office Depot, and incidentally, got fired for messaging fans on store computers.
* RepurposedPopSong: "Tightrope".
* RoboFamily: The prerelease for ''The Electric Lady'' reveals that Cindi has five sisters, all of them Alpha Platinum 3000s. Exactly what "sister" means when the [=AP3000=] is a mass production model has yet to be revealed.
* RobotGirl: Cindi Mayweather.
* RuleOfCool: Several aspects of her aesthetic. For example, the "Q.U.E.E.N." video features a turntable whose needle is a golden canine tooth on a white skull.
* ScienceFantasy: The setting is an ultra-futuristic city full of RidiculouslyHumanRobots, but magic is apparently present.
* SesameStreetCred: Appeared on ''Series/SesameStreet'' itself with a motivational song called "[[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XLeUvZvuvAs The Power Of Yet]]."
* SecondLove: Anthony Greendown turned out to be this for Cindi Mayweather.
* ShoutOut:
** Electric sheep are mentioned in "Faster" and "Q.U.E.E.N.", and the story's full title, ''Literature/DoAndroidsDreamOfElectricSheep'', is mentioned in "Make the Bus".
** "Metropolis" mentions searching for [[Literature/ParadiseLost paradise found]].
** The music video for "Tightrope" features two cloaked figures with flat mirrors as masks. These same figures appeared in Maya Deren's classic 1940 avant garde film "Meshes of the Afternoon."
** The opening lines of "Dance Apocalyptic" are a reference to "Bands-A-Make-Her-Dance" by Juicy J.
* SlidingScaleOfIdealismVSCynicism: Very, very much so on the idealistic end, though done [[AWorldHalfFull not without acknowledging the world's many problems.]]
* SpellMyNameWithAnS: Is it Cindi or Cindy? Official sources lean heavily toward the former.
* StarCrossedLovers: Cindi and Anthony; in Metropolis, an android who falls in love with a human faces the death penalty, whether they act on their feelings or not. It's implied that Anthony is being hunted down as well. This trope is lampshaded in "March of the Wolfmasters", where Cindi is introduced as "a new star-crossed winner in our Heartbreak Sweepstakes."
* TheStoic: She certainly comes across as so in interviews, but during performances she is far more upbeat, and has at least twice been moved to tears on camera.
* {{Stripperiffic}}: Averted, which is uncommon for R&B singers.
-->''[[LampshadeHanging T-t-t-talkin' bout, "Why don't she change her clothes?"]] Well, they ain't seem to mind the last THREE times I posed in Vogue!!''
* SuperPrototype: Cindi is the prototype for her line and appears to have powers that later models don't.
* TearJerker: {{Invoked}}; Monáe tears up in the "Cold War" video.
* TimePolice: The conceit for the "Q.U.E.E.N." video is that Monáe has been arrested by the Time Council and placed in a museum full of time-frozen musical revolutionaries, but is freed by some young freedom fighters.
* TrilogyCreep: The covers of ''The Chase'' and ''The [=ArchAndroid=]'' imply that the Metropolis saga was planned to be four suites long. However, ''The Electric Lady'' is comprised of suites IV ''and'' V, and its album cover implies that the story will now reach at least seven suites.
* VoiceOfTheLegion: The voice of the announcer in "March of the Wolfmasters" is occasionally overlaid with a deep, robotic voice, lending her this effect. It's also present in the "I love you, and I won't take no for an answer" line in "Violet Stars Happy Hunting!".
* WhiteMaskOfDoom: The Punk Prophets. Deep Cotton wear plague doctor masks while the rest of the prophets wear lantern-jawed masks.
* AWildRapperAppears: "Q.U.E.E.N." ends with a rap verse from Monáe.
* TheWonka: Certainly an eccentric whimsical character, and yet with a stern authoritative demeanor that gives her an appearance of magic power. While producing The Audition, she ran amok on AUC, performing for students and rallying them around certain messages, for example that college was a waste of money and they should look for what truly made them passionate.
* WretchedHive: Metropolis seems to be one, based on all the crimelords present at the robot auction shown in the "Many Moons" video.
* {{Yandere}}: Cindi, if a line in "Violet Stars Happy Hunting!" that goes "I love you, and I won't take no for an answer" is to be taken seriously.
* YourCheatingHeart: [[MeaningfulName Joey Vice]]. Cindi apparently blames herself for pushing him into the other woman's arms.