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"When I look back on my life, it’s not that I don’t want to see things exactly as they happened, it’s just that I prefer to remember them in an artistic way. And, truthfully, the lie of it all is much more honest because I invented it."Lady Gaga
— "Marry the Night: The Prelude Pathétique"
(née Stefani Joanne Angelina Germanotta
, born March 28, 1986), is an American dance-pop singer, songwriter, and pianist who burst onto the music scene in 2008 and since then has become known for her catchy songs, suggestive lyrics and outrageous outfits.
Her music is influenced by the likes of Britney Spears
, Amy Winehouse, Prince
and Cyndi Lauper, as well as glam-rock artists like David Bowie
, and the Europop genre of the 1990s. Gaga spent years trying to make it big, writing for other artists such as Fergie, The Pussycat Dolls
and New Kids on the Block
and Britney Spears
while working toward her own big break. She also took part in her university talent contest, attracting rave reviews from the judges, and released a little-known album with a band she was singing with (as Stefani Germanotta).
Okay, that doesn't cover half of it.
Lady Gaga is, quite simply, the poster girl for over-the-top eccentricity
. Between her outrageous outfits
, her role-play crossdressing
, her incredibly trippy music videos and performances
, and her camp
sensibilities, Lady Gaga is easily one of the most... interesting
pop stars working today, as this page will show you very clearly.
Her critics like to point out that the entire point
of Lady Gaga is her odd behavior and strange mode of dress, noting that without these elements of her stage persona, she never would have become as popular as she is today.
The music video for "Bad Romance
" is among the most viewed videos on YouTube
. It has surpassed 500 million views, with a huge chunk coming from fans embedding the video everywhere they can and refreshing the page often. If your computer (or proxy
) is within one of the allowed regions, you can watch it here
. Known for songs "Telephone", "Just Dance", "Poker Face", and "Applause".
In 2011, Gaga's song "Born This Way" became the 1000th song to be identified as the #1 single in America by Billboard
magazine since the establishment of the Hot 100 chart.
Lady Gaga appeared as herself on the season 23 finale of The Simpsons
("Lisa Goes Gaga") in which she helps Lisa Simpson (and the rest of Springfield) with their low self-esteem.
She appears in the Machete
sequel Machete Kills
as La Chameleón. She appears in Sin City: A Dame to Kill For
- As the Stefani Germanotta Band:
- Red and Blue (2005): A five-track EP.
- As Lady Gaga:
- The Fame (2008)
- Hitmixes (2008): A set of remixes and alternate mixes of songs from The Fame.
- "Christmas Tree" (2008): A stand-alone single, and the most suggestive rendering of "Deck the Halls" ever.
- The Cherrytree Sessions (2009): A three-track EP with an unplugged, piano-accompanied "Poker Face" and stripped-down versions of "Just Dance" and "Eh, Eh (Nothing Else I Can Say)".
- The Fame Monster (2009): Released as both a stand-alone EP and as part of an Updated Re-release of The Fame.
- Lady Gaga: The Remix (2010): Just like Hitmixes, this is a set of remixed versions of songs from The Fame Monster.
- Born This Way (2011)
- Born This Way: The Remix (November 2011) As the title may vaguely imply, it has remixes of songs from Born This Way.
- Born This Way: The Collection (November 2011) Born This Way, its remix CD and the Monster Ball Tour DVD, all in one convenient package.
- ARTPOP (2013)
- Cheek To Cheek (TBC)
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Tropes Applying to Lady Gaga
- Affectionate Parody: Hilly Hindi of The Hillywood Show is one of the better-known Gaga impersonators, even earning a nod from the genuine article.
- Affectionate Nickname: Gaga calls her fans, "my little monsters," and she herself is colloquially known as the "Momma Monster".
- All Girls Want Bad Boys: Luc Carl is..uh..implied to be this by her obsession with bad boys on the Born This Way album and bikers.
- All of the Other Reindeer: Her distinctively large nose made her the target of bullies as a child.
- Analogy Backfire: The song that she took her name from, Queen's "Radio Gaga", is a Take That at MTV and their music videos eclipsing the importance of radio as a medium for experiencing music. This is highly ironic given her reliance on visual imagery to push her... um... image.
- Artistic License – Geography: Lady Gaga, at T in the Park (Scotland's biggest music festival) greeted the crowd with "Hello, London"... Twice. Considering how many Scots, um, dislike being mistaken for the English, this was met poorly.
- Ascended Fangirl: Gaga admits to "falling to the floor crying and laughing" when she heard Brian May would be playing Guitar on "Yoü and I".
- Her Collaboration with Britney Spears for her Circus album is also this. She has called Britney the queen of pop and mentioned how she used to show up at her TRL performances in New York when she was a teenager, basically saying she stalked her when she was kid. (The songs are "Telephone" and "Quicksand").
- She has had the good fortune to become the God-Mother of Elton John's child and perform with Bruce Springsteen
- Attention Whore: And damn proud of it too! As she puts it; "fame hooker prostitute wench."
"I live for the applause, applause, applause!"
- Attractive Bent-Gender: Behold, Jo Calderone!
- Auto-Tune: Used in "Paper Gangsta", "Starstruck" and portions of "Monster" and "So Happy I Could Die".
- Used a lot in Born This Way especially "Heavy Metal Lover". However, unlike most examples pegged here, the autotune she uses is mostly for the outrageous unsubtle effects (Starstruck/Heavy Metal Lover) or to sound hollow (like in So Happy I Could Die/Monster) rather than to cover up bad vocals.
- Author Vocabulary Calendar: Five songs with Fashion in their title; Amen Fashion, Fashion of his Love, Fashion(2008), Fashion! (2013)
- Be Yourself: The overarching theme of the Born This Way album.
- Break Up Song: Again Again, Brown Eyes, Paper Gangsta, Swine, to name a few.
- Betty and Veronica: Described in Judas: Judas being Veronica and Jesus being Betty.
- Becoming the Mask / Do Not Call Me Paul: Gaga consistently maintains that no, it isn't an act, and Stefani is GONE. She actually refused to say her last name in her interview with Jay Leno. The truth of this is up for debate.
- She has said in one interview that it's more like a nickname and that even her mom calls her Gaga, but in another, said she would prefer bed partners call her Stefani; having somebody yell out "Gaga!" would freak her out. The line "Don't call me Gaga" from "Monster" references this.
- Then on Howard Stern she said she doesn't like it when fans call her Stefani saying she prefers only people who know her personally call her by her real name.
- Beneath the Mask: Discussed in Scheiße. The protagonist (possibly Gaga herself) wishes she could stand on her own.
- Big Fancy House: the setting of the "Paparazzi" video, which is a veritable showcase of Luxury Tropes.
- Though averted by the woman herself. She has statred in multiple interviews that despite her fame and money, she still lives at home with her parents.
- Boastful Rap: "Cake Like Lady Gaga"
- Bowdlerise: Some editions of The Fame Monster have the word "bitch" shortened to "bit".
- Bunny-Ears Lawyer: She may very well be the new poster child. Despite her eccentric outfits and behavior, underneath it all, that girl can SING.
- The Cameo: A pretty memorable one in The Lonely Island's 3-Way: The Golden Rule.
- Catchphrase: Paws up.
- "free bitch, baby"
- "Born This Way"
- Child Prodigy: She taught herself how to play piano by ear at age four. She went on to become classically trained and master some incredibly difficult pieces.
- Cloudcuckoolander: Oh, God.
- Classical Mythology: Used as a motif throughout ARTPOP, particularly references to Aphrodite/Venus. Aside from the music video for "G.U.Y.", the album art features a sculpture of her in front of a fractured picture of Boticelli's "The Birth of Venus", "Applause" and performances thereof have her in a get-up invoking the same, and a few songs on the album (including a song actually titled "Venus") allude to the goddess.
- Clueless Aesop/Lost Aesop: Whatever your feelings on both Lady Gaga and Don't Ask Don't Tell, it's hard to take the "Alejandro" video and already-infamous VMA meat dress seriously as critiques of the policy, as Gaga insists they function.
- Cluster F-Bomb: At her shows, both she and Justin Trantor, the lead singer for her opening act Semi Precious Weapons are prone to doing this frequently.
- Lampshaded by Justin at least at one concert by giving a disclaimer to all the parents who brought their tweenage children that there may be material they find offensive long after the point where many of them would have already left in disgust.
- Commissar Cap: She is a fan of these.
- Composite Character: Some detractors argue she is playing one that is half Madonna, half Marilyn Manson.
- Concept Album: Oddly enough, considering she's a dance-pop star, all of her major releases thus far qualify: The Fame is about, well, fame; The Fame Monster is about the darker side of fame and Gaga's personal fears; Born This Way is about outcasts and rebels.
- Contemptible Cover/Sexy Packaging: The Remix◊.
- Born This Way's cover
- Artpop and "Do What U Want" take this one step further. The former boasts a multi-colored photo of a statue depicting a naked Gaga covering her breasts against the background of the painting The Birth of Venus, and the latter is simply just a photo of her butt.
- Costume Porn: To the extent where she has her own fashion label, Haus of Gaga.
- This gallery offers a good overview of some of her more memorable fashion choices.
- Creepy Cool Crosses: "Bad Romance" and especially "Alejandro". See also Lucky Charms Title.
- Darker and Edgier: The Fame Monster and Born This Way.
- Dark-Skinned Blond: In "Eh Eh" - ganguro style, not Paris Hilton style.
- A Date with Rosie Palms: "So Happy I Could Die," to fantasies of herself, and a strange cutaway "Bad Romance" video in which it makes her spine glow.
- Digital Head Swap: Happens in Applause, where her head is on a goose.
- Digital Piracy Is Okay
- Do Not Call Me Paul wishes to be addressed as "Lady Gaga" and not "Stefani" or any permutation of that name.
- When she went on her web campaign to drum up support of the Don't Ask Don't Tell repealment, she called her own senators from New York on video and introduced herself as Stefani Germonatta since it is still her legal name, and while she didn't stutter or anything, there was an obvious hint that she was uncomfortable saying it.
- Double Entendre: 'I want to take a ride on your disco stick.' "Blonde South", The constant reference to "Leather" and so much more.
- Dream Team: Lady Gaga and Beyoncé. Gaga joined Beyonce for the sultry Video Phone video, and Beyonce appears on The Fame Monster in "Telephone".
- Driven to Suicide: in the song called "Princess Die"
- Drugs Are Bad: The backstory and main message of "Dope".
- Eat the Evidence: Gaga did this to David Letterman's interview questions, after snatching and ripping them up in frustration.
- Electra Complex: Count how many times she uses words that sound like "papa" or "daddy". ie: 'Dirty Rich' sounds almost like 'Daddy rich'. ie: 'papa-paparazzi'.
- To say nothing of the line "Daddy, I'm so sorry, I'm so s-s-sorry, yeah" in "Beautiful Dirty Rich"
- Or "Her boyfriend's like her dad, just like her dad." from "Alejandro"
- "Speechless" was allegedly dedicated to her father - presumably (hopefully) not directly addressed to him, since she refers to the subject as "baby" and "boy" throughout, talks about his "James Dean glossy eyes" and "tight jeans," mentions "all the boys and the girls that we've been through" in the chorus, and...well, really, practically every line!
- Don't forget, from her collaboration with New Kids on the Block: "Beat me, spank me, daddy/c'mon, touch my body."
- At one point during "Government Hooker", she moans "ay, mi papito", which means something along the lines of "oh, daddy" and is widespread as a term of endearment in Latin American Spanish.
- Ethical Slut: Lady Gaga is arguably the cover girl for this trope. She has a plethora of songs about having sex with multiple lovers, but at the same time she expresses how important consent, trust, and protection is when out of the studio.
- Everybody Wants the Hermaphrodite: Lady Gaga has video clips that supposedly show she has male genitalia. It hasn't done anything to detract from her popularity.
- Everything's Better with Sparkles
- Expy: Jo Calderone is an expy of Ed Nell, former GWR Mix Network/GCap Media/Orion Media radio presenter, now working for Hallam FM in Sheffield.
- Excited Episode Title!: Fashion!
- Freaky Is Cool: The image she propagates in her work.
- Gender Bender: In her "Lovegame" video, there is a scene she continuously switches the sex of the police officer she is making out with. And Jo Calderone. She also'made a song called G.U.Y. for Girl Under You...
- Genre Throwback: Born This Way has many songs inspired by pop from The Eighties, most infamous being the title track that even Madonna felt was too similar to her work.
- Arguably, her entire style is an exaggerated throwback to the 80s.
- Getting Crap Past the Radar:
- 60 Minutes somehow missed a "WHAT THE FUCK DID YOU DO?" sign at her Monster Ball concert.
- "Scheiße" is this by way of Bilingual Bonus.note
- In "Heavy Metal Lover", the autotuned male singer 3/4 of the way through the song gets "fuck" past the censors.
- The official lyrics have it listed as "funk," but it's pretty clearly "fuck."
- It lists one of the beginning lines as "red wine, cheap perfume, and a filthy pout," although most fans undeniably agree it's the word "pout" layered over the word "cunt."
- Lady Gaga admitted herself that "Poker Face" has instances where she says "Fuck her face."
- Godiva Hair: In her appearance on the cover of Vanity Fair. (And a lot of other magazines)
- Good Eyes, Evil Eyes: In the video for "Bad Romance", towards the beginning she has big, digitally enhanced eyes, that side somewhere between "cute and innocent" and unnerving. The video for "Alejandro" does the opposite variation, as her eyes are mostly narrowed at the beginning.
- Gratuitous Foreign Language: A trademark of hers.
- The Gimmick: people who don't like her accuse of getting by on this.
- Heävy Mëtal Ümlaut: Born This Way has a track named "Yoü and I".
- Justified Trope: The ü is a reference to her ex-boyfriend Lüc Carl who the song is about.
- Homage: Her 2011 Grammy performance of "Born This Way" seemed to be one to Beneath The Planet Of The Apes (minus the nuke worship/plus a giant egg and Yolandi Visser's fringe/bangs). The song itself seems to be an homage to Madonna's "Express Yourself", to Madonna's brother's annoyance.
- Huge Guy, Tiny Girl: She is 5"1". Her lover in the "Paparazzi" video (played by Alexander Skarsgard) is 6"4".
- I Ain't Got Time to Bleed: Flaming pianos, stilettos, and stage acrobatics don't mix. Her sabbatical after the Born This Way Ball was caused by breaking her hip, whereupon the Doctors discovered sizable holes in her bones, possibly caused by lupus. They also told her that she was one accident away from a total hip replacement (at 27). She danced through all of it. The hellish piano, likely responsible for more of her injuries than anything, has been benched (no pun intended).
- I Meant to Do That: She didn't title it "Poker Face" for nothing. YouTube is awash with clips of Gaga wiping out, then gracefully rolling onto her back and sticking her legs in the air, as if expecting a Perfect 10 from off-camera judges. (At least on one occasion, she did the maneuver while still hurtling across the stage.)
- "I Want" Song: "Bad Romance"
- The Illuminati: Like it or not, she does use a lot of Masonic and Illuminati symbolism in her videos.
- Impossibly Cool Clothes: Some of her outfits are just jaw-droppingly bizarre. This includes the meat-dress and machinegun bra.
- Impractically Fancy Outfit: Most of what she wears for public appearances.
- Parodied when she had trouble sitting down to play the piano on SNL because of the human gyroscope she was wearing around her.
- Her meat dress. A dress made of meat. Light on "Fancy" but heavy on the "Impractical".
- In Da Club: "Just Dance" and "Telephone". Plus, most of her music is played here, often in remixed form.
- Insult Backfire: When the Westboro Baptist Church made what was meant to be an insulting parody song called No Poker Face, wherein they called her such "creative" names as Lady GayGay and more, Gaga and her fans ironically embraced it. She now sells t-shirts at her shows embroidered with, "I Love Lady GayGay!"
- Intercourse with You: "Let's have some fun/This beat is sick/I wanna take a ride/On your disco stick." And that's probably not even the worst one.
- Intergenerational Friendship: She is very good friends with fellow flamboyant musician Elton John, to the point that she is the godmother to his adoptive kids. Also close with jazz legend Tony Bennett, with whom she is releasing a standards album entitled Cheek to Cheek.
- I Take Offense to That Last One: She has had some friction with her record company over promotional material, claiming they just want her "Half-naked on the beach touching [her]self." It seems the only thing she doesn't like about that scenario is the beach.
- Jesus Was Way Cool: Or to put it another way, Jesus is the new Black.
- Kayfabe Music: She went to her little sister's graduation in full Gaga regalia at her sister's request.
- The Lad-ette: She qualifies, interestingly enough. During her concerts she's loud and crass, swearing and grinding on her dancers and generally pissing off the Moral Guardians with her decidely unlady-like behavior all while having a blast. Has also stated she would carry around a razor in her mouth when she was growing in N, Y.
- Lampshade Hanging: She spends alot of her time lampshading her own brand of art and pop. In both Fame/Monster/Artpop era's.
- Large Ham: While not as apparent in public appearances (save some performances) at her concerts she goes crazy. By her own admission she is the "largest ham in the oven." In the 2010 Grammy's, she finally made it apparent.
- "Take my picture, Hollywood ... I WANNA BE A STAR!"
- Latin Lover: "Alejandro" features three: Alejandro, Fernando, and Roberto.
- Lighter and Softer: This piano rendition of "Poker Face".
- "Eh, Eh (Nothing Else I Can Say)".
- Her "Viva la Vida" cover.
- Alex Goot's cover of "Bad Romance", which is this trope summed up. It sounds more like a genuine love song, and less like a freaky love-hate song. Imagine taking out the synths and replacing it with acoustic guitar and much more piano. That is this cover.
- Artpop is a silly happy album about sex and happiness compared to Born This Ways serious Be Yourself religious theme!
- Bonus points to "Dope", for being a simple piano song compared to the party-like aspect of the rest of the album.
- Line-of-Sight Name: According to her former producer Rob Fusari, the name "Lady Gaga" is this. As a private joke, Fusari would frequently sing Queen's song "Radio Ga Ga" to her as she arrived in the studio for recording sessions, calling it her "intro song". One day, he tried to text the words "Radio Ga Ga" to her, but he accidentally misspelled "Radio", and his phone autocorrected it to "Lady". As she was struggling to come up with a decent stage name at the time, she supposedly looked at the text message and immediately exclaimed "That's it!"
- Like You Were Dying: "The Edge of Glory" borders on this trope, in which someone wants to feel happiness and love for one more time before they die.
- List Song: "Born This Way" lists almost every sexuality, gender identity, sexual identity, religious belief and physical race in the human world with few exceptions.
- Loudness War: As most other popular artists, she does this most notably on Born This Way.
- Lyrical Dissonance: "Eh, Eh (Nothing Else I Can Say)", whose lyrics can be summarized as "I met another guy... we had a good run, right? I wish I had never met you, it'd be less painful than breaking up," uses an instrumental that is cute, pleasant, and guaranteed to make you smile (and make that double for the minimalist Cherrytree Sessions version).
- The song "Just Dance" sounds like a generic perky dance song, but the lyrics behind it seem to paint a picture of a girl who is way too drunk to be comfortable about her surroundings, concerned about the people around her pawing at her, and trying to "just dance" to calm herself down, by the end of the song the alcohol has left her out of her wits and willing to go home with anyone there.
- "The Edge of Glory" is an upbeat dance song in the style of '80s pop ballads... about someone who's about to die and wants to feel love and happiness one more time on the last night of her life. The fact that the saxophone solo is the last thing the late Clarence Clemons recorded before his passing makes it all the more bittersweet.
- 'Hair' has a pretty generic,upbeat dance-pop backing track,but is about Gaga's parents crushing her ability to dress the way she likes.
- Lucky Charms Title: Whenever you see the word "Monster", be sure to mentally replace the "t" with a cross.
- Making a Spectacle of Yourself: Used frequently up to a point of it becoming a trademark.
- Only Lady Gaga would wear shades made from cigarettes, as seen in her "Telephone" video.
- Don't forget the ones from the "Poker Face" video with the animated light-up lenses.
- Her lace-covered Steam Punk glasses in "Alejandro".
- And then there were the glasses made out of razor blades in the "Bad Romance" video.
- "Mickey Mouse" sunglasses.
- Metal Head: If it weren't blatantly obvious with her citing Marilyn Manson, KISS, Led Zeppelin, and Iron Maiden as influences she also said she used to dance to Black Sabbath's "Black Sabbath", admitted to being a fan of Faith No More on Twitter and AC/DC in interviews, and her Born This Way album contains two references, one to Judas Priest's Painkiller album and her facial expression is reminiscent of Iron Maiden's first album cover.
- Metal Scream: A rare and unexpected one in "Bloody Mary".
- Also in her stage shows, shown in her Monster Ball Live At Madison Square Garden. Mostly at her own fans and such...
- Mind Screw: To put it short, this is the foundation of Gaga's entire career.
- Misunderstood Loner with a Heart of Gold: She may seem bizarre but she is also known to as incredibly sweet and kind and genuinely appreciative and nice to fans.
- Money Song: "Money Honey", which is a subversion. Then there are "Beautiful, Dirty, Rich" and "The Fame".
- Mood Whiplash: From The Fame to The Fame Monster. Seriously, pick any song from the first album (other than, say, "Brown Eyes" or "Again Again"), pick any song from the second album ("Telephone" being a possible exception), play them back to back, and see if this trope doesn't apply. The Fame Monster is supposed to be, in a way, the darker side of The Fame.
- Artpop has songs like Gypsy, Swine, and Dope which are sad and contemplative in the Art, Pop, Sex album..
- Music Video Overshadowing: Pretty much all of Gaga's videos are elaborate concept pieces only tenuously connected to the subject matter of the song.
- Nice Hat: Pretty much every hat she wears. There's been the concentric steel rings, the giant button, the spikey-lacey face covering crown and latex version in "Bad Romance" and for "Telephone" in the 'Let's make a Sandwich!' scene, she's wearing a folded out telephone for a hat.
- Nice Girl: Despite her extremely odd personality, she always comes across as very sweet and warm in interviews, being very nice to and genuinely appeciative of her fans.
- Not Christian Rock: "Born This Way" has a pretty strong pro-Christian message, though definitely not in the sense that most religious figures would interpret it, and "Judas" earned her a rebuke from the Catholic League. All this despite the fact that she has openly claimed she is a devout Catholic.
- Nude-Colored Clothes: Has been sighted on multiple occasions wearing costumes which incorporate a flesh-tone one-piece suit.
- When she was interviewed for 60 Minutes she showed up in a flesh-colored leotard because "[she] didn't feel like wearing clothes today".
- Obligatory Bondage Song: 3 of these
- "Heavy Metal Lover": You got to earn your leather/in this part of town is this (on "Born This Way".)
- "Teeth": I'm gonna love you with my hands tied indeed (on "The Fame Monster".)
- "I Like It Rough": Is it 'cause you don't mean it/Or because I don't feel it/Unless it's rough (on "The Fame".)
- Ode To Music: "Applause", "Retro Dance Freak", "Beautiful Dirty Rich", "Electric Chapel", "So Happy I Could Die", "Dances In The Dark"...
- One Man Song: Alejandro and Judas.
- One Woman Song: "Alejandro" doubles as both an inversion and a subversion. First it is about a man. Second there are three men in the song. And finally Gaga is fending off their advances.
- Parts Unknown: From the December 12, 2012, episode of Late Show with David Letterman, in re the supporting acts for The Rolling Stones' PPV special that weekend:
- The Patriarch: The subject of her song, "Speechless" is her much-adored father. "Edge of Glory" is about her grandfather.
- Post Modernism: Not as apparent initially, but really taking off with the video for "Paparazzi."
- Pretty much the point when her sensibilities started to become a lot more obvious to the general public.
- Precision F-Strike: During her performance at met gala:
I'll never forget when Anna Wintour called me to play at this event, she called me and said, ‘I would like you to play at the Met gala, but I just want to make sure, because I’ve seen you perform before, that you won’t be swearing during the performance. So Anna, I will do my fucking best!
- From her Radio One performance, right after saying she had been asked to limit the profanity:
Raise a glass to mend all the broken hearts of all my fucked up friends!
- Many times during her concerts, most notably Beautiful, Dirty, Rich:
You dirty BITCH!"
- Product Placement: The video for "Bad Romance" features a man using a Wii remote to sell Lady Gaga as a prostitute.
- Also her "Heartbeats" headphones which are part of Dr Dre's "Beats" collection, as well as the Beats Edition HP Envy 15 laptops, both featured prominently in the same video.
- In "Telephone", the screen of her cell phone always has the Virgin Mobile logo, and at one point she's using Diet Coke cans as hair curlers. The free online dating site Plenty of Fish also gets a nod, as do Honey Buns snack cakes, Polaroid cameras, Wonder bread, and Miracle Whip.
- In "Paparazzi", the drink that Gaga poisons her boyfriend with is the supplement drink Neuro Sonic.
- Record Producer: RedOne.
- Refuge in Audacity: Seriously. Some suspect she wouldn't be nearly as popular if she didn't go completely over-the-top with everything she did (see also What Could Have Been in the Trivia tab).
- The Rival:
- Britney Spears, however unintentionally, is vying for Gaga's title of Gay Icon™.
- Madonna and Lady Gaga have not been getting along ever since the "Born This Way"/"Express Yourself" controversy happened.
- Katy Perry, and it only got worse since Prism and ARTPOP were released at around the same time and the former was more successful.
- Rule of Symbolism: During her appearance on Oprah, she explained that the majority of her outfits have some message to them. She points out that the message is most often not apparent to her audience, but she uses it personally as motivation in her performance.
- To say absolutely nothing of the INCREDIBLY dense symbolism imagery in all of her videos. A quick run down highlights...
- The infamous VMA 2009 outfit was in reference to the death of Princess Diana as a result of being chased by the... ahem... Paparazzi
- Sampling: The "muh-muh-muh-MAH" soundbite in "Poker Face" is taken from "Ma Baker" by Boney M.
- Serial Escalation: First came the daft media persona. Then the crazy outfits. Then the sold-out concerts landing in the red on theatrics. Then the creepy "Paparazzi" video. Then the "three-handed"note piano versions of her dance numbers. Then the tour with Kanye West when no one else wanted to touch him. Then The Fame Monster. Then the Surreal Music Video for "Bad Romance." Then the even greater Mind Screw Quentin Tarantino parody short subject prominently featuring "Telephone". At this rate, she'll have to trigger the Third Impact to top herself before longnote .
- The "Alejandro" video.. Oh God, the "Alejandro" video.
- Wore a meat dress and topped herself again.
- And then she topped that at the 2011 Grammys by arriving in a vestibule that looked like an egg.
- And now she's gone and done it again with the "Born This Way" music video.
- The ''Born This Way'' album cover◊. Apparently, she was born a half-motorcycle, half-human hybrid!
- Showed up at the 2011 MTV Music Awards as male alter-ego Jo Calderone and stayed in character all night!
- Self-Backing Vocalist: Does most of her own during The Fame and The Fame Monstee era.
- Singer Namedrop: The word "gaga" is often in her songs, like "Just Dance", "Eh, Eh (Nothing Else I Can Say)", "Bad Romance", "Monster", "Judas", among others.
- Shout-Out: To Alfred Hitchcock, in "Bad Romance". But...in a somewhat unusual way.
- Also in "Telephone", Thelma & Louise, Women In Prison films, Kill Bill, Silent Hill, One Piece, the Star Wars Expanded Universe, Command & Conquer, and Dune
- According to Word of God, the Fernando mentioned in "Alejandro" is a Shout-Out to the ABBA song of the same name.
- "Dance in the Dark", with shout-outs to Marilyn Monroe, Judy Garland, Liberace, Sylvia Plath, Stanley Kubrick, JonBenet Ramsey, and Princess Diana.
- The Mickey Mouse motif in "Paparazzi" might be a reference to Annie Lennox's music video for Waiting in Vain. Gaga's music video style (in general) is similar to Lennox's.
- In "The Edge Of Glory", she looks a little like Vivian. Not to mention the apartment complex looks familiar.
- The aforementioned machine-gun bra.
- Princess Die is about Princess Diana, pretty explicitly, mixed with some Marilyn Monroe legend.
- The cover art for "Applause" looks more than a little like the album sleeve for Scary Monsters (and Super Creeps) by David Bowie.
- The massacre scene in Telephone is very similar to the opening of Children of the Corn.
- Smarks: Her fans tend to be divided into two groups. Those who only listen to her albums and watch her videos and like her because she's so much fun, and those who see her perform unplugged and like her because she's a well-trained pianist and a fantastic singer.
- Smarter Than You Look: For someone who regularly goes about in her undergarments she's much more intelligent than the average person would expect, given her behavior...
- Spell My Name with an "S": A lot of people insist that her name is spelled "Lady GaGa", most likely because of the Queen song that she takes her name from. Supposedly, Lady Gaga actually did spell her name like that initially, then had a Sure, Why Not? moment.
- Spiritual Successor: To Britney Spears as far as fun happy pop music, work ethic, and career choices (Be Yourself based second album).
- Christina Aguilera as far as eccentric preaching against sexist and anti gay social reforms as well as unusual clothing choices and career decisions.
- Madonna as well, especially for her vocal LGBT support.
- Spotlight-Stealing Squad: Her guest appearance in The Simpsons Season 23 finale. Not only did she appear on screen before any Springfieldian, she actually got more screentime than the Simpson family. Naturally, this didn't endear her to Simpson fans who aren't Gaga fans.
- Stage Name: Well, yes. Born Stefani Joanne Angelina Germanotta, based her name on "Radio Gaga".
- Stalker with a Crush: "Paparazzi".
- Stepford Smiler: "Dance in the Dark" is surprisingly dark. "Baby loves to dance in the dark / cuz when he's looking she falls apart".
- Don't forget "So Happy I Could Die." "I do my hair / I gloss my eyes / I touch myself all through the night."
- Scheiße: "I wish I could be strong without somebody there/ I wish I could dance on a single prayer/ I wish I could be strong without the scheiße."
- The Stoic: Early in her career, she came off very somber and robotic in interviews. Addressed by the woman herself in her Cosmopolitan 2010 interview, where she said she began to realize it, and finally let it all go.
- Strip Poker: In the video for "Poker Face," of course.
- Sweet Polly Oliver: She pulled this trick under the pseudonym "Jo Calderone".
- Take That: A somewhat awesome one in response to Madonna, after Miss Ciccone's digs at her on her 2012 tour, especially with her regard to the "Born This Way"/"Express Yourself" business. People who live in glass houses...
- Take That, Audience!: At all the rumors of her being intersex/transsexual/whatever. She decided the best way to counter the rumors would be to do a photoshoot while wearing a huge strap-on dildo. In one of the top-selling music magazines in the UK.
- At the start of the "Telephone" video, she is taken to prison for bitches and stripped naked by the jailers, who then walk away.
Burly Jailer 1:
Told you she didn't have a dick. Burly Jailer 2: Too bad
- Take That, Critics!: "Applause".
- That Woman Is Dead: I killed my former in Aura!
- Talky Bookends: "Paparazzi"
- Teen Genius: After having been a piano prodigy, she went on to write her first ballad at thirteen and has been writing music for other artists since fifteen.
- Title Drop: "Heavy Metal Lover" has two:
- Title Only Chorus: "Again Again".
- Title Track: The Fame, Monster, and Born This Way all have one.
- The Tyson Zone: Her persona means that hearing practically anything about her would be believable. Would you believe that she went on Late Show with David Letterman, ate the host's notes and declared she was Batman? Yes.
- Too Much Information: The line "I want your whiskey mouth all over my blonde south" from "Heavy Metal Lover" becomes this when you remember she's a bleach blonde.
- Uncanny Valley Makeup: Regularly. A notable example is her 2011 American Idol mentoring appearance, where she shows up with bleached eyebrows, exaggerated cat-eye black liner, and a large fake mole on the right side of her face.
- Underwear of Power: Frequently. One article described her trademark outfit as being "bullet bangs, shoulder pads, and panties". Or better yet, when was the last time she was seen with pants?
- Unexplained Accent: In a few songs she employs a German-like drawl.
- Unlimited Wardrobe: Goes without saying with most celebrities, but this woman merits special mention.
- Unusual Euphemism: A point of pride with her.
- "Bluffin' with My Muffin"
- The most famous, of course, is "I wanna take a ride on your disco stick." Which barely even qualifies as a euphemism, but is certainly unusual.
- "Want you in my Rear Window"... an unconventional ode to Alfred Hitchcock.
- Her "blonde south".
- Up to Eleven: Every trope on this page in the video for "Telephone".
- Virgin Power: She supports people who choose to remain celibate.
- What the Hell Is That Accent?: Her weird pseudo-British accent when she first became popular.
- Workoholic; Barely took 6 months off to recover from her knee injury and is rarely not touring, promoting or making her music.
- Word Salad Lyrics: Read her lyrics. Read her explanation to said lyrics. At the very least, you’ll be amused.
- Yandere: "Paparazzi.", "You And I", "Monster".
- Yaoi Fangirl: At her Monster Ball concert she dedicated the song "Boys Boys Boys" to the gay males in the audience, referred to her male backup dancers as "my gay boys", and had two of her gay boys make out.
- After 12 year old Greyson Chance became an instant star on YouTube for his piano cover of "Paparazzi" he appeared on the Ellen DeGeneres show where he got to talk to Gaga herself over the phone. Among the bits of advice she gave him for his fledgling career: "stay away from girls." Just the way she said it you knew it was more than the "don't let a relationship distract you" context.
Tropes used in Alejandro include:
- Camp Gay: Many of the poses the male dancers make suggest this, and given that the video is at least in part about Don't Ask, Don't Tell, I think we can safely say this was intentional.
- Creepy Cool Crosses: Oh, what a field day the WBC will have with this one.
- Darker and Edgier: Arguably more disturbing than Bad Romance and Paparazzi. While they were still about sex slavery and murder, the endings were funny in context, and there was still a lot of decent Fanservice. This one is an especially nightmarish, densely symbolic take on Don't Ask, Don't Tell, the ending is the worst part, and the Fetish Fuel is even more subjective. It's especially bad coming after the silly, over-the-top "Telephone".
- Deconstruction: Possibly. At the very least it uses a lot of music video tropes and twists them.
- Diesel Punk
- Gun Porn: Literally. She wears a bra with the barrels of M-16 Machine Guns attached. Make jokes about her "guns" at your own risk.
- The soldier on her bed also holds a golden pistol over his crotch.
- Since the barrels are less than 16 inches, someone put together a mock NFA form 4.
- Homage: Numerous elements of the video are tributes to Madonna
- There are also many references to Cabaret (particularly the soldiers and the "bed" scenes), with Gaga playing the part of the Sally Bowles character.
- The black and white dance scene is an homage to the choreographer of Cabaret, Bob Fosse, and the dance is very similar to his style.
- Interplay of Sex and Violence
- Making a Spectacle of Yourself: Wouldn't be a Gaga video without them.
- Mind Screw: Forget that the music video is about Moe clones going to town with each other/Lady Gaga. Forget that they're also Nazis wearing Camp Gay uniforms marching around what looks to be a hospital. Forget the ending and her cross eating. Lady Gaga is wearing normal clothing!
- Mood Whiplash: This video is almost a polar opposite of its predecessor, "Telephone." While "Telephone" was bright, colorful, and over the top, "Alejandro" is dark, in black and white, and about as close to "normal" and "subdued" as we're likely going to get from her. Watch the two back to back, and you almost couldn't believe they're from the same person.
- Nude-Colored Clothes: Gaga's wearing underwear that's almost the same color as her skin in some shots, which might make you think she's totally nude in some shots even if she isn't.
- Putting on the Reich
- Scenery Porn: Seriously. The costumes, atmosphere and cinematography are GORGEOUS.
- Steam Punk: Her glasses at the beginning of the video qualify.
- ThoseWacky Camp Gay Nazis
- Zettai Ryouiki: Old style stockings, but same idea.
Born This Way
- Assimilation Plot: The Cuddly-Orgy shows the various skin colors melding into one another.
- Creation Myth: A very strange one, indeed.
- Eyes Do Not Belong There: She's got an extra one on her chin of all places.
- Fun with Acronyms: The prologue takes place in the Government Owned Alien Territory in Space. Or GOATS.
- Getting Crap Past the Radar: While the weird birth imagery fits perfectly with a Gaga video, having them be a kaleidoscope mashup means that it can be QUITE explicit and not get censored.
- Good Needs Evil: Sadly, right when the birth of a new race without prejudice or hate was happening, evil was born.
- And the Mother Monster realizes she cannot protect the perfection without the evil on top of it.
- Human Subspecies: The video for Born This Way starts with her giving birth to a new species of humans, one without hate.
- Mind Screw: It wouldn't be a Gaga video without it.
- N-Word Privileges: She got into a little hot water for using the terms "chola" and "orient" in the song (Although "Oriental" is commonly used to describe East Asians in Britain, it's still considered offensive in America.) Most agree that she simply used the words as short and easy-to-rhyme catch-all terms for Mexicans and Asians, respectively (since she does mention "Black, white, beige" right before), but the words themselves still stung. Ironic considering the song is about equality and respect.
- Retraux: The song in and of itself is two parts direct homage to Madonna's "Express Yourself", one part New Wave, and one part disco, but the lyrics appear to be directly inspired by Dan Savage's "It Gets Better" campaign from 2010.
- Shout-Out: The video's opening music comes from the score to Vertigo, written by Bernard Herrmann.
- Surreal Music Video: The most surreal one yet.
- Uncanny Valley Makeup: The protruding horns/cheekbones, flesh colored eyebrows and this little ensemble◊ (worn while standing next to Rico Genest, who has the same kind of thing tattooed onto him.)
- All Girls Want Bad Boys: The core meaning behind Judas, although taken up to eleven and filled with maximum symbolism.
- Badass Biker: The Jesus stand-in leads a group of them.
- "Bang!" Flag Gun: With a lipstick instead of the flag.
- Betty and Veronica: Gaga is torn between Jesus (Betty) and Judas (Veronica) stand-ins.
- Bling-Bling-BANG!: In one scene Gaga can be seen holding a golden, jewel-encrusted mace.
- Divine Race Lift: The Jesus allegory is Hispanic.
- This actually makes sense as Hispanic countries are among the few where Jesus is a common name.
- Glasgow Grin: Gaga draws one on the Judas stand-in's face with a lipstick gun.
- Jesus Was Way Cool: And an outlaw, too.
- Mind Screw: Subverted. Aside from a small portion near the end, the video is fairly tame, though also extremely symbolic throughout.
- Rule of Symbolism: Up to Eleven.
- Theme Naming: The biker gang is named after the apostles, with the leader wearing a thorned crown.
You And I
- Based on a True Story: Based on her getting back together with her ex Luc Carl.
- Attractive Bent-Gender: Jo Calderone shows up.
- Barbie Doll Anatomy: Gaga's mermaid form has her breasts exposed, but the only feature on them are barely seeable gills.
- Cheap Heat: Her 'cool Nebraska guy' tends to move around a lot depending on the radio station.
- Could possibly be a *Take That to her ex who's originally from Nebraska, basically saying "I'm over you now".
- Evil Laugh: The Ice Cream man.
- Handy Feet: She plays the piano with her foot at one point.
- Mermaid Problem: Averted, as the whole problem is glossed over in the two brief sex shots.
- Screw Yourself: If Calderone is Gaga's male alter ego, the result would be this.
Marry The Night
- Based on a True Story: Marry the Night is intended to depict Gaga being dropped from Def Jam Records, flipping out, reinventing herself, and then, at the end, leaving for her appointment with Interscope.
- Call Back: Gaga fans will remember This moment◊ in which the Lady accidentally smacks one of her dancers in the face with her microphone. Fast forward a couple years later...◊
- Censor Box: There is a black bar covering Gaga's breasts during most of the freakout scene. Considering most of it is improv, very little of it utilizes creative angles to serve the purpose.
- Despair Event Horizon: When Gaga gets dropped from her label, she has a breakdown.
- Dramatization: While the music video is based on a true story, it is done in Lady Gaga's usual style, Camp and all.
- Fan Disservice: Gaga purposely chooses the "outfit" she wears for the freakout scene for the purpose of being unattractive.
- Gainax Ending that could possibly be interpreted as The Phoenix.
- Gratuitous French: Gaga speaks French briefly on the phone when she gets dropped from Def Jam.
- Naked Freak-Out: Very much so. Gaga screams, throws things, cries.
- Naked People Are Funny: Subverted. Gaga is at her absolute rock bottom, naked and screaming.
- Shout-Out: To The Bell Jar, Flashdance, and to her own style during The Fame time period.
- Sophisticated as Hell: The early part of the video features Beethoven, against images of Gaga in a ratty apartment, then throwing a fit naked.
- Stuff Blowing Up: At the first chorus entrance, several cars explode in glorious flames. Later in the vid we see that she had drizzled gasoline all over them first.
G.U.Y. - An ARTPOP Film
- The Cameo: The Real Housewives cast members are shown playing instruments and singing along to "Venus" at one point. Sky Does Minecraft also makes an appearance.
- Clone Jesus: Well, that was one ingredient; Michael Jackson, Mahatma Gandhi, and (according to Word of God) John Lennon are also in the mixture.
- Death by Materialism: Gaga uses the greed of the people who betrayed her to take them out.
- Fallen/Broken Angel: The video opens with imagery of this, with a winged Gaga having been shot down with an arrow by the corrupt businessmen. She spends some time mortally wounded until she recovers enough to take her revenge.
- Rapunzel Hair: Her primary look for this video gives her extremely long white hair.
- Roaring Rampage of Revenge: See Death by Materialism
- Rule of Symbolism: The video is densely symbolic of how people who she thought she could trust betrayed and abandoned her following a serious injury she suffered during a concert and her return to grace following her recovery.
- The resurrection of Jesus, Gandhi, Michael and John Lennon and the replacement clones represent the replacing of people who is only interest is making money with people who who have the traits of those she admires, namely vision and artistry.
- Throughout the video she takes on an Aphrodite/Venus role, the symbolism of which has been used for ARTPOP before. There's also a bit of Broken Angel imagery thrown in at the start for good measure.
"Can't read my, can't read my
No he can't read my troper face
She's got me like nobody~"