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[[caption-width-right:350:Left to right: Brad Delson, Mike Shinoda, Mr. Hahn, Chester Bennington, Rob Bourdon, Phoenix]]
->''"I tried so hard, and got so far,\\
but in the end, it doesn't even matter.\\
I had to fall to lose it all,\\
but in the end, it doesn't even matter."''
-->"In The End"

An AlternativeRock band from Agoura Hills, California. Since their formation in 1996, the band has sold more than fifty million albums and won two Grammy Awards. They achieved mainstream success in 2000 with their debut album ''Music/HybridTheory'', and continued it with the remix album ''Reanimation'', the follow-up ''Music/{{Meteora}}'', and their collaboration with rapper Music/JayZ, ''Collision Course''.

Linkin Park had a steady start by blending the sounds of NuMetal, {{Rap}}, and {{Rock|AndRoll}} all [[RapMetal together]], eventually ditching the nu metal when it became a DeadHorseGenre and bringing in elements of Alternative Rock, ElectronicMusic, and other influences (though with ''The Hunting Party'', they returned to their pre-NuMetal roots). While they remain one of the most popular current rock acts, there are also others that aren't keen on all the screaming and the lyrics, leading to the common stereotype of Linkin Park being the band ''du jour'' of "[[{{Wangst}} whiny, angsty teenagers with no good reason to be]]" the world over. This is most reflected in forum jokes and memes made about the band, almost always referring to songs from ''Hybrid Theory'' and ''Meteora''; said memes usually involve people who 'tried so hard and got so far, but in the end it didn't even matter', or '''''[[MemeticMutation CRAWWWLLLLING IN MY SKINNNNNNNNNNNN]]'''''.

[[BrokenBase Their fanbase has been split]] since the release of ''Music/MinutesToMidnight'' over bringing [[NewSoundAlbum new influences]] into their sound. This hasn't deterred the band any from continuing to [[NeoclassicalPunkZydecoRockabilly do what they want]] with their music, leading to reactions that are more predictable in their hysteria than whatever Linkin Park chooses to put out next.

While their music has been featured in dozens of films, Linkin Park has a particularly strong association with the ''Film/TransformersFilmSeries''. In addition to providing singles for the first three movies and the video game ''[[VideoGame/TransformersRiseOfTheDarkSpark Rise of the Dark Spark]]'', they collaborated with Music/SteveJablonsky and Music/HansZimmer on the score for ''[[Film/TransformersRevengeOfTheFallen Revenge of the Fallen]]''.

They are a [[http://www.animemusicvideos.org/lists/usedmusic.php popular music source]] for [[FanVid anime music videos]], inevitably featuring {{shonen|Demographic}} series like ''Manga/DragonBall Z'' (and occasionally ''not''-so-shonen series, namely ''Anime/NeonGenesisEvangelion''.)

On July 20, 2017, lead singer Chester Bennington committed suicide shortly before the band was to start their North American tour. Following his death, the band have chosen to continue, at least for now: Linkin Park will play their first concert without Bennington at a tribute concert for him on October 27.

[floatboxright:Influences:
+ Music/{{U2}}, Music/NineInchNails, Music/FaithNoMore, Music/{{Metallica}}, Music/{{Korn}}, Music/HedPE, Music/RageAgainstTheMachine, Music/PublicEnemy, Music/BeastieBoys, Music/AphexTwin, Music/{{Deftones}}, Music/{{Helmet}}, Music/SystemOfADown, Music/DepecheMode, Music/LedZeppelin, Music/StoneTemplePilots, Music/TheProdigy, Music/{{Radiohead}}, The Roots, Music/RunDMC, Music/{{Tool}}, Music/ThreeEleven, Music/{{The Beatles}}
]

[floatboxright:Related Acts:
+ Music/FortMinor (Shinoda)
+ Dead by Sunrise (Bennington)
+ Grey Daze (Bennington)
+ Music/StoneTemplePilots (Bennington)
+ Tasty Snax (Phoenix)
]

[[AC:Members:]]
* Chester Bennington: Lead singer and {{metal scream}}er. Could play guitar when needed. Had a side project named Dead by Sunrise (in collaboration with the members of Music/JulienK); also was the lead singer for Music/StoneTemplePilots from 2013 until 2015. Died in 2017.
* Mike Shinoda: Co-founder, emcee, singer, rapper, pianist, second guitarist, graphic designer, [[RecordProducer producer]], painter, and [[http://www.mikeshinoda.com blogger]]. Used to playing several instruments during the same song. Has a side project named Music/FortMinor.
* Brad Delson: Co-founder, lead guitarist and [[FunnyAfro lead afro]]. Occasionally plays the keyboard.
* Rob Bourdon: The drummer, but can also play piano when the band is writing new songs.
* Joe "Mr." Hahn: The DJ, synths and samples guy who also directs their music videos. Owns an art shop in Los Angeles called SURU.
* Dave "Phoenix" Farrell: The bassist and backing singer. Nicknamed in reference to the film ''Film/MysteryMen'', after a fan thought his real name was boring. Also does string arrangements.

[[AC:Discography:]]
* ''[[SelfTitledAlbum Hybrid Theory]]''[[note]]Debut [=EP=], back before they changed their name[[/note]] (1999)
* ''Music/HybridTheory'' (2000)
** "[[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4qlCC1GOwFw One Step Closer]]"
** "[[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Gd9OhYroLN0 Crawling]]"
** "[[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vjVkXlxsO8Q Papercut]]"
** "[[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eVTXPUF4Oz4 In the End]]"
** "[[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ig-fyQqf510 Runaway]]" [[note]]It was a rather minor single in comparison to the other singles on that album[[/note]]
* ''Reanimation'' [[note]]Remix album[[/note]] (2002)
** "[[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GgxcvmkPD-I Pts.OF.Athrty]]"
** "[[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RB1VkwBWlhI FRGT/10]]"
* ''Music/{{Meteora}}'' (2003)
** "[[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zsCD5XCu6CM Somewhere I Belong]]"
** "[[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LYU-8IFcDPw Faint]]"
** "[[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kXYiU_JCYtU Numb]]"
** "[[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FTQef57EujE From the Inside]]"
** "[[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5cNdDuNKrx0 Lying from You]]" [[note]]Was released as a single, but didn't have its own video.[[/note]]
** "[[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7ezSGqbuo0g Breaking the Habit]]"
* ''Collision Course'' [[note]]Collaboration with Jay-Z[[/note]] (2004)
** "[[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DLlF2FMv968 Numb/Encore]]"
* ''Music/MinutesToMidnight'' (2007)
** "[[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8sgycukafqQ What I've Done]]"
** "[[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OnuuYcqhzCE Bleed It Out]]"
** "[[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=n1PCW0C1aiM Shadow of the Day]]"
** "[[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0xyxtzD54rM Given Up]]"
** "[[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LBTXNPZPfbE Leave Out All the Rest]]"
** "[[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Gs0t8LXH6lw The Little Things Give You Away]]"
* ''A Thousand Suns'' (2010)
** "[[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=51iquRYKPbs The Catalyst]]"
** "[[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5qF_qbaWt3Q Waiting for the End]]"
** "[[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kh_YCSW5lPc Burning in the Skies]]"
** "[[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xLYiIBCN9ec Iridescent]]" [[note]]Remix version made for Film/TransformersDarkOfTheMoon[[/note]]
* ''Living Things'' (2012)
** "[[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dxytyRy-O1k Burn It Down]]"
** "[[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=co4YpHTqmfQ Lost in the Echo]]"
** "[[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ScNNfyq3d_w& Castle of Glass]]"
** "[[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9Dq9q6afIP8 Lies Greed Misery]]" [[note]]Released as a single before "Lost in the Echo", but has yet to have a video[[/note]]
* ''Recharged'' [[note]]Remix album.[[/note]] (2013)
** "[[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ToHo29kD9Go A Light That Never Comes]]"
* ''The Hunting Party'' (2014)
** "[[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9OeWLFPx2kM Guilty All The Same]]" [[note]]Featuring Rakim[[/note]]
** "[[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oM-XJD4J36U Until It's Gone]]"
** "[[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=i8q8fFs3kTM Final Masquerade]]"
* ''One More Light'' (May 2017)
** "[[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5dmQ3QWpy1Q Heavy (Feat. Kiiara)]]"
** "[[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=phVQZrb2AdA Good Goodbye]]"
** "[[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lvs68OKOquM Talking To Myself]]"
** "[[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Tm8LGxTLtQk One More Light]]"
* Other Singles: "[[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YYxzRYMrcVc We Made It]]" [[note]]Collaboration with Music/BustaRhymes[[/note]], "[[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ysSxxIqKNN0 New Divide]]," and "[[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lrbL1s9qwBs Not Alone]]."
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! Linkin Park provides examples of:

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[[folder:Tropes A to F]]
* AdultFear: The music video for "Lost in the Echo" heavily implies the reuniting with loved ones who disappeared for many years.
* AlbumFiller: [[WordOfGod Mike Shinoda]] has said that "Runaway" was included on Music/HybridTheory for this reason. They had given up on the song and wrote "One Step Closer" out of frustration. Because they couldn't use the planned song "She Couldn't" for sample reasons, nor did they want to include the re-recorded "High Voltage," they decided to go back to the Xero demo ''Stick N Move'' and re-used some of the melody lines to finish off "Runaway". [[CreatorBacklash The band regard "Runaway" as the worst song they ever wrote]], although fans tend to disagree. At times they've said they don't want to play it live again, but did so anyway.
** {{Lampshaded}} by Black Thought on "X-Ecutioner Style."
* AlbumTitleDrop: "The Requiem" and "The Catalyst" for ''A Thousand Suns''.
** Probably would have counted as {{Bookends}} if not for "The Messenger."
* AllForNothing:
** The second song of ''The Hunting Party''.
** "In the End" makes it explicit:
---> ''I tried so hard, and got so far, but in the end, '''it doesn't even matter'''''.
* AllJustADream: The video for "Somewhere I Belong."
* AlwaysWithYou: The last line in the chorus for "Leave Out All The Rest".
--> Keep me in your memory,
--> leave out all the rest…
* AmbiguouslyJewish: While not presenting any obvious identifiers as being so, drummer Rob Bourdon is in fact UsefulNotes/{{J|udaism}}ewish. Lead guitarist Brad Delson, however, not so [[FunnyAfro ambiguous]]…
* AndIMustScream: The alien commander who gets enveloped by the blue tentacles at the end of the "Pts.OF.Athrty" music video.
* AnimatedMusicVideo: "Breaking the Habit," "Pts.OF.Athrty," "FRGT/10," and "Guilty All the Same." They've become the go-to source for any {{Anime}}/AnimatedMusicVideo collage on Website/YouTube, alongside Music/ThreeDaysGrace.
* {{Animesque}}: The music video for "Breaking the Habit," though the "-esque" is questionable, as it was produced by [[VideoGame/TalesOfLegendia Kazuto]] [[Film/KillBill Nakazawa]].
* AscendedExtra: Mike Shinoda was the founder and original producer of the band, and was its primary vocalist during the underground years; Chester Bennington, despite being the last member to join, is now popularly recognized as having been the frontman. However, the songs are primarily written around Shinoda's programming and continue to be so.
* AsianAndNerdy: Mike and Joe.
* AtomicFBomb: Thanks to Chester's MetalScream, the bridge of "Given Up" gets this treatment.
-->''PUT ME OUT OF MY '''FUCKING MISERYYYYYYYY!'''''
* AudienceParticipationSong: During live performances of "Bleed It Out", there's a chance of Chester and Mike initiating a singing contest between each other with the audience's help, such as on ''Road to Revolution''. The audience is also encouraged to sing with Chester on "In the End."
* AwesomeMcCoolname: Mike Shinoda. Just SOUNDS badass.
* BarBrawl: One depicted backwards in the "Bleed It Out" video.
* BerserkButton:
** Never, ''ever'' tell a single member of the band that you want them to go back to their "old" style or do any new ones. Chester infamously told these critics to "stab [themselves] in the face" in one of his last interviews. "When They Come for Me" makes this perfectly clear.
** Mike doesn't like the rumors that the band was fabricated by the record label. The Music/FortMinor song "Get Me Gone" goes into detail about how he and the band had to fight tooth and nail to keep him in, and that rumor that the label started was the last straw.
* BigNo: The chorus of "Blackout". Emphasis on BIG.
** The bridge of "Faint" starts with one.
** "The Catalyst" has four, but they're somewhat more subdued than the other examples.
* BigShutUp: The bridge of "One Step Closer."
* BilingualBonus: Two of them on ''A Thousand Suns''.
** In "Jornada del Muerto", Mike sings, "''Mochiagete tokihanashite''" — Japanese for 'Lift me up, let me go.' [[{{Foreshadowing}} The English translation]] appears on "The Catalyst" several songs later.
** In the prelude "Empty Spaces" and in the bridge of "When They Come for Me", Brad can be heard yelling into a bullhorn in Spanish: "''¡Escúchenme, toda la gente! ¡Presten atención! ¡Escúchenme ahora mismo!''"
--->All you people, listen to me! Pay attention! Listen to me now!
* BittersweetEnding: ''A Thousand Suns'', which takes place during a nuclear war, has "The Messenger", a would-be SurprisinglyGentleSong if not for the {{Metal Scream}}ing.
-->''When life leaves us blind, love keeps us kind…''
* BlackSheep: The song "Nobody's Listening" from ''Meteora'', with its creepy UsefulNotes/{{Japan}}ese flute, HipHop meets DoomMetal chorus, and seemingly random placing on the album. It's not surprising to know that the song was the last recorded and added to the album at the last minute. It would be re-recorded for Shinoda's solo project Fort Minor under the title Nobody's Listening (Green Lantern Remix), where it fit slightly better.
** By some extension, ''A Thousand Suns''. It is, at best, ''[[SerialEscalation weirder than most Linkin Park records]]'': more electronic based and more experimental than albums before it and albums after it.
* BoastfulRap: "Step Up," "High Voltage," "When They Come for Me," "I Have Not Begun," and if Fort Minor is to be counted, "Remember the Name."
* {{Bookends}}:
** "Krwlng", the last track of the remix album "Reanimation" starts with the same violin in "Intro," the [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin intro]] of the album.
** The music video for "Castle of Glass" begins with a military man in uniform delivering word to a woman and her son that their husband/father has died in the line of duty. It ends with the boy, now a grown man and in the military himself, doing the same for a young girl.
* BSODSong: Their ''entire'' body of work are essentially songs dealing with angst and depression.
* CallBack:
** "When They Come for Me" has a few, being a boastful rap that calls to mind the band's earlier hip-hop tracks "Reading My Eyes," "Step Up," and "High Voltage." He references "Points Of Authority" by saying he's not the same guy that 'forfeit the game'. He also refers to the band's first album "Hybrid Theory" in the line "Once you have a theory of how the thing works, everybody wants the next thing to be just like the first." The vocals towards the end of the song are quite similar to those of the intro to the band's song "Carousel". The theme of the song is that Shinoda takes his own path and doesn't care what people say, and they can either keep up with him or be stuck behind.
** It may be coincidental, but ''Living Things'' fifth track is "I'll Be Gone". The album straight before that, ''A Thousand Suns'', had "When They Come For Me", which was also the fifth track. And what are some of the lyrics from the song "When They Come For Me"?
---> ''Oh, when they come for me, come for me, I'll be gone.''
* TheCameo: Frontman Chester Bennington had small roles in the movies ''Film/{{Crank}}'', ''Film/CrankHighVoltage'', and ''Film/Saw3D''.
* CampingACrapper: The climax of the "Heavy" music video shows Chester being attacked by a physical representation of his inner demons inside a wash room (in front of a mirror even, thus making it a literal and figurative example of a MirrorMatch).
* ChewingTheScenery:
** '''[[SnarkBait CRRRAAAWWWWWWLLLIIIIIIINNNNNNNGGGGG INNNNNNN MYYYYY SKIIIIIIIINNNNN]]'''
** '''[[MadnessMantra YOOOOOOOOOUUUUUUUUUUU! TRY TO TAKE THE BEST OF ME! GO AWAY!]]'''
** And in the same light, "[[BigNo Faint]]" and "[[BigShutUp One Step Closer]]."
-->''' One Step Closer: [[BigShutUp SHUT UP WHEN I'M TALKING TO YOU! SHUT UP! SHUT UP! SHUT! UP!]] I'M ABOUT TO BREAK!'''
** "Blackout" also counts. "'''[[PrecisionFStrike FUCK IT]], ARE YOU LISTENING?!'''"
*** '''BLACKOUT!!! BLOOD IN YOUR EYE!!!'''
** "The Messenger." {{Metal scream}}ing doesn't exactly go well with an acoustic number.
** '''WHERE OCEANS BLEED INTO THE SKYYYYYYYYYYYYYYY'''
** '''[[PunctuatedForEmphasis I'VE! BECOME SO NUMB! I CAN'T FEEL! YOU! THERE!]]'''
** "Keys to the Kingdom," "War," "Mark the Graves," "A Line in the Sand."
** '''I WANNA SEE YOU CHOKE ON YOUR ''LIES!'' SWALLOW UP YOUR ''GREED!'' SUFFER ALL ALONE IN YOUR ''MISERY!'''''
*** '''YOU DID IT TO YOURSELLLLLLLLF!'''
** Victimized is one of the harshest ones, if not THE harshest one: '''VICTIMIZED! VICTIMIZED! NEVER AGAIN! VICTIMIZED!'''
* ClipShow: The music videos for both "Points of Authority", "Talking to Myself", and "One More Light" feature the band in some of their tours/concerts. "[=Kyur4=] Th Ich" is a montage of breakdancing competitions.
* ClusterFBomb: Mike and especially Chester swear like children out of their parents' earshot. Early in their career, the band made a point to avoid swearing on the first two albums, but with ''Minutes to Midnight'' and ''A Thousand Suns'', they resigned themselves to getting parental advisory labels.
** The exact profanity count for each album:
*** ''Minutes to Midnight'' has eight uses of 'fuck': four on "Given Up", two in "Bleed It Out", and two in "Hands Held High".
*** ''A Thousand Suns'' has eight fuck (or fuck-related) words: seven motherfuckers on "When They Come for Me", and one 'fuck' in "Blackout." "Wretches and Kings" features three uses of 'shit'.
*** ''The Hunting Party'' features five uses of 'fuck': four on "Keys to the Kingdom"; one on "All for Nothing", which also drops two 'shit's in the [[StudioChatter outro]].
*** Even ''[[LighterAndSofter One More Light]]'' sneaks in one 'fucking' in "Heavy", courtesy of Kiiara.
* CombatTentacles: In the animated music video for "Pts.OF.Athrty", an alien race invades a highly technified human outpost defended by robotic soldiers. When the aliens breach the perimeter, the humans activate a machine that causes an entire underground installation to rise up out of the ground and destroy the enemy forces with energy tentacles.
* ConceptAlbum: ''A Thousand Suns'', about war, corruption and the atom bomb.
* ConceptVideo: The videos that aren't Dress Rehearsal/Performance Videos.
* ConflictKiller: The KidHero of the "From The Inside" music video unleashes his PsychicPowers to halt both the StateSec and LaResistance who are violently fighting each other.
* CoolHat:
** Not a hat per se, but Delson's headphones count for being both unique and [[IconicOutfit one of his most recognizable features]], aside from his [[FunnyAfro Jewfro]].
** More traditionally, Phoenix likes to rock a sweet fedora during concerts.
** Chester took to wearing either a beanie or a porkpie hat in media appearances in his later years.
* CosmicPlaything: It was an achievement for Chester to go a whole year without a major injury while on tour – he'd got bitten by a recluse spider, broke his wrist in the middle of a show, broke his ankle while playing basketball, injured his back, had surgeries because of mysterious illnesses, became allergic to ''his own sweat'', had a tennis racquet go through his lip after he hit himself in the face with it while playing, ''and'' he ripped off one of his nipples just by getting in the shower. He got injured/ill so frequently he once wished to be put in a bubble.
-->'''Chester:''' Another tour… another trip to the emergency room.
* CoverVersion: In addition to covering "[[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RLnik5fy5Hw Wish]]" by Music/NineInchNails and Music/{{Adele}}'s "[[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dHtwZ07N1ic Rolling in the Deep]]," they've also been known to play "[[Music/GunsNRoses Sweet Child o' Mine]]" and "[[Music/{{Deftones}} My Own Summer]]."
** [[NamesTheSame Averted with]] "[[Music/AvengedSevenfold Burn It Down]]."
* CreditsGag: Usually with Joe in some of the liner notes for their albums:
** For ''A Thousand Suns'': "[[TerseTalker Thank you all! Love, Joe.]]"
** For ''Living Things'': "Joe would like to thank whoever invented hot sauce. Also, to Heidi."
* DarkReprise: "Fallout" from ''A Thousand Suns'' is this to the album's third (technically first when not counting the preludes) track "Burning in the Skies," which features an ominous vocoded version of the chorus lyrics and serving as the prelude to "The Catalyst."
* DemotedToExtra:
** Joe "Mr. Hahn" Hahn was a key part of the band's appeal in the Hybrid Theory days, but since those days has stayed in the background. Part of the reason is his DJ scratching was a big thing in the NuMetal days, but has gone out of fashion, and the band's musical style has generally moved to push it into the background as well. Hahn himself appears to have become more reclusive than he was, so this may be an intentional thing.
** Mike Shinoda during ''Minutes to Midnight''. Compared to ''Hybrid Theory'' and ''Meteora'', where him and Chester were a near-equal VocalTagTeam, his rapping there was largely replaced by guitars. Only three songs on the album ("Bleed It Out," "Hands Held High," and "In Between") featured Shinoda's rapping, and only "Bleed It Out" featured their once-signature VocalTagTeam style. The rest was pure ArenaRock sung by Chester. He has been more prominent in the albums since, however.
** Brad, Rob and Dave on ''One More Light'', which was one of the main criticisms of that album.
* {{Determinator}}: Chester once insisted on finishing a show after mis-timing a jump and [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0vrlf4SVSt8 breaking his wrist]] three songs in. During a tour several years later, he [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7TM_-iOMlaE broke his ankle]] playing basketball; despite his attempts to keep performing, the injury was severe enough that the band was forced to cancel the rest of the tour. On top of all that, he struggled with drug addiction until 2006, bouts of alcoholism, and severe depression, and still kept going – until the latter [[DrivenToSuicide got the better of him]] in 2017.
** Bassist Phoenix played an entire show even after breaking his hand earlier in the tour.
* DeliberatelyMonochrome: The band's behind-the-scenes videos, LPTV, were filmed in black-and-white during the ''A Thousand Suns'' touring cycle to reflect the theme of that album.
* DigitalPiracyIsEvil: Averted. Members of the band have gone on record saying they really don't care if their songs are downloaded. When ''Minutes to Midnight'' was leaked, their only response was to advise people to listen to the tracks in order and ask that they buy the album anyway for all the non-musical stuff they put into it. Especially notable considering that their label is ''Warner'', of all companies. The band themselves downloaded the Xero demo tape from a fansite so that they could relearn "Reading My Eyes" and play it live. In addition Shinoda acknowledged that "She Couldn't" leaked and whilst he said he couldn't legally talk about it, 'didn't' try to take the links down.
** During the band's 2001 Rock am Ring set, Mike told the crowd they can download "High Voltage" from Napster if they don't have it.
** Played straight by the band's label, Warner. Every time a copy of ''A Thousand Suns'' was sent to a music journalist for reviewing purposes, a cop was shipped along with it to make sure nothing leaked. Not that it stopped the album from being leaked anyway.
* DoomsdayClock: ''Minutes to Midnight''
* DressRehearsalVideo: About half of their videos.
* DueToTheDead: The music video for "One More Light" is dedicated to Chester.
--> Chester,
--> You ignited a flame of passion,
--> laughter & courage in our hearts forever.
--> We miss you, brother.
* {{Dystopia}}: Both the "From the Inside" and "[[PoliceState Shadow of the Day]]" videos feature Chester taking an UnflinchingWalk through violent protests. Joining him in "From the Inside" are Mike and Chester's son Jaime.
* EmoTeen: The protagonist of the music video for "Numb". She's an outcast both at home and at school, and her only outlet is her artworks...
* EpicRocking: "A Line in the Sand" and "The Little Things Give You Away" each clock in at about six and a half minutes. "Krwling", "1stp Klosr" and "The Catalyst" come close to that.
* EtTuBrute: "Burn It Down".
--> You told me yes,
--> you held me high,
--> and I believed when you told that lie.
--> I played soldier,
--> you played king.
--> You struck me down when I kissed that ring.
--> You lost that right
--> to hold that crown.
--> I built you up, but you let me down.
--> So when you fall,
--> I'll take my turn.
--> [[KillItWithFire I'll fan the flames as your blazes burn!]]
* FadingIntoTheNextSong: The only album that doesn't use this is ''Hybrid Theory''. However, the version of "High Voltage" cut from the album (included on the "One Step Closer" single) was supposed to segue in from "Cure for the Itch"; remains of the former can be heard in the latter. It was probably cut because it had already appeared in a different version on the ''Hybrid Theory'' EP.
** Various special editions of ''Hybrid Theory'' feature this version of "High Voltage" as a bonus track, but no attempt was made to restore the original segue.
* FakeBand:
** White Pegacorn, a collaboration between Mike and [[ThePeteBest Mark Wakefield]] and a pastiche of HairMetal. The only released song, [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RJvXD-TmHWw "Barack Your World"]], starts as a tongue-in-cheek endorsement of the [[UsefulNotes/BarackObama 44th President]] before turning into [[IntercourseWithYou something else entirely]].
--> Baby, if you were my Iraq / I'd never pull out of you if you know what I mean.
** MMM… Cookies, a fake band by Mike and Chester to showcase their [[StylisticSuck less… er… inspired]] works. Cookies had an EP for the fan club titled ''[[WordSaladTitle Sweet Hamster Like Jewels from America!]]'', and the music within it makes as much sense as the title.
* {{Fanservice}}: Chester was known for being shirtless about 40% of the time, performing or otherwise. The behind-the-scenes video for ''Minutes To Midnight'' features him in nothing but his underwear, covered in sweat, after spending hours in a hot recording booth. He's about as clothed for the first half of the "Shadow of the Day" music video. As for the rest of the band, fans will have to scour the behind-the-scenes videos on the group's website for even a ''hint'' of fanservice from the other five members.
* FieryRedhead: Shinoda, but only in the cover for ''Hybrid Theory''. He reverted to black hair by 2001.
* FiveManBand:
** TheLeader: Mike.
** TheLancer: Brad.
** TheSmartGuy: Joe.
** TheBigGuy: Rob.
** TheHeart: Phoenix. (Alternatively, Chester.)
** SixthRanger: Chester. (Alternatively, Phoenix.) [[note]]See 'Nobody Loves the Bassist' below.[[/note]]
* {{Foreshadowing}}:
** "The Requiem", the opening track from ''A Thousand Suns'', is an ambient, brooding version of "The Catalyst", the album's penultimate track, which also features the AlbumTitleDrop. It also contains the piano track from "Waiting for the End" and the heartbeat-sonar ping combo sound heard in the start of "Jornada del Muerto". [[WordOfGod Shinoda has said]] that the track contains elements from every other song on the album.
** A more subtle version comes in the track "Jornada del Muerto", which features Mike [[BilingualBonus singing "Lift me up, let me go" in Japanese]].
* FourStarBadass: {{Invoked|Trope}} by Mike as a form of BadassBoast in "All for Nothing".
-->''And no, I'm not your soldier; I'm not taking any orders''
-->''I'm a '''Five-Star General''', infantry controller''
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* GenreShift: Originally started as NuMetal outfit, before gradually shifting to the more experimental side of AlternativeRock.
* GenreRoulette: ''Minutes to Midnight''. If you need further proof, look at its track order. Within the span of three songs, you'll hear a political hip-hop song featuring a choir and piano, one of the heaviest songs the band ever wrote with Chester coming close to snarling most of the lyrics, and a light alternative ballad about a funeral.
* GrayRainOfDepression: Happens during the "In the End" music video, specifically during the song's bridge ("'''[[SuddenlyShouting I PUT MY]] [[ChewingTheScenery TRUST IN YOU...]]'''").
* TheGrimReaper: The music video for "Good Goodbye" features one, played by [[UsefulNotes/NationalBasketballAssociation NBA]] legend Kareem Abdul-Jabbar.
* HellbentForLeather: The band members are wearing an all-leather outfit in the "What I've Done" music video.
* HeterosexualLifePartners: Mike Shinoda has called his bandmates as his "five best friends". Bassist Phoenix has referred to them as his "brothers". Special mention goes to Mike and co-lead singer Chester Bennington.
* HiddenTrack: In ''Minutes to Midnight'', "Shadow of the Day" fades into an ambient instrumental that ends with a backwards cymbal leading directly into "What I've Done". It's likely that this was meant to be the full intro to the latter song, and the band (or their label) indexed it there so that "What I've Done" would match the single version.
** ''A Thousand Suns'' has separately indexed segues for almost every song.
** The ''Hybrid Theory'' EP has an untitled instrumental following six minutes of static after "Part of Me" - this track was later reworked into "Session" and included on ''Meteora''.
* HoistByHisOwnPetard: In "Figure.09": "I think of how I shot myself in the back again."
** "Lies Greed Misery" is all about looking forward to watching an adversary screw himself over.
* HumongousMecha:
** The cover of ''Reanimation'' and some of their music videos, most notably 'Pts.Of.Athrty'. Their song "What I've Done" also appeared in ''Film/{{Transformers}}'' (as well as several thousand ''Anime/TransformersArmada'' [[NobleDemon Starscream]] [[FanVid AMVs]]).
*** The videos for "New Divide" and "Iridescent" feature the Transformers prominently.
** The video for "Somewhere I Belong", include Franchise/{{Gundam}} models owned by Mr. Hahn himself. Models include the [[Anime/MobileSuitGundamCharsCounterattack Sazabi]], the [[Anime/MobileSuitGundamWingEndlessWaltz Wing Zero Custom]] and the [[Anime/MobileSuitGundam0083StardustMemory GP-01 Zephyranthes]].
*** Bandai-Namco returned the favor by featuring "The Catalyst" in ''[[VideoGame/GundamVsSeries Gundam Extreme Vs]]''. In connection, a Linkin Park version of the [[=GP-01Fb=]] was included with the purchase of the "A Thousand Suns" Japanese edition.
* HypocriticalHumor: On "Rn@wy", Phoenix Orion claims he "can't get with the hybrids". He raps this over an industrial rock track.
* {{Instrumentals}}: Most of which show up on fan-exclusive [=EP=]s. These are the ones that don't:
** "Session" from ''Meteora'', which was actually nominated for a Grammy.
** "Wake" from ''Minutes To Midnight''.
** "Lockjaw", a piece Mike and Rob were commissioned to make by Digidesign to promote [=ProTools=] 8.
** "Issho ni", a charity track for the 2011 earthquake that devastated Japan.
** "Tinfoil", from ''Living Things''.
** "The Summoning" and "Drawbar" from ''The Hunting Party''.
* IWantSong: Pick a song from the first two albums.
* TheInvisibleBand: The video for ''Lost in the Echo''.
* KaleidoscopeHair: Mike Shinoda was known for dyeing his hair red, blue, or occasionally bright yellow during the ''Hybrid Theory'' period.
* {{Keet}}: Despite being most famous for his unapologetically angsty lyrics, Chester Bennington was widely considered to be the funnyman of the group, prone to jumping on things, shouting at random intervals, and performing strange rituals with the stage crew.
* KidHero: The protagonist of the "From The Inside" music video, who is played by Chester's son.
* LargeHam: Chester all the time, whether onstage or on tape. However, Mike isn't that far behind him.
* LeParkour: The "FRGT/10" music video features the protagonist being chased in rooftops doing this.
* LetsSeeYouDoBetter:
** As a response to the typical criticism from fans over "Issho ni", Mike challenged everyone to remix the song as they saw fit (although he didn't provide the stems).
** The theme of "Step Up" and "When They Come For Me".
* LicensedGame: ''8-Bit Rebellion'' for the iPhone/iPod Touch. There was concern about [[TheProblemWithLicensedGames the game being good]], but fans were still looking forward to the new song and [[{{Retraux}} midi remixes]] of their previous hits included. Critic reviews were mixed.
** [[http://www.lprecharge.com LP RECHARGE]], done in collaboration with Power The World/Music for Relief to help raise awareness and funds for sustainable energy and solutions to energy poverty, with certain purchasable in-game items counting as a donation. Unlike ''8-Bit Rebellion'', LP RECHARGE is a social Facebook game with an upcoming mobile version.
* LighterAndSofter:
** Image-wise, they came off as the least offensive of all the NuMetal bands at the time of their debut. They had made it a point to not swear on ''Hybrid Theory'' and ''Meteora'', maintained a professional work ethic with a reputation as {{Nice Guy}}s, and [[http://www.rollingstone.com/music/features/linkin-parks-compassionate-thrash-20010329 rarely indulged]] in typical rock-star hedonism (especially given Chester's DarkAndTroubledPast). That doesn't mean their music wasn't just as dark and heavy as the others.
** The music on ''One More Light'' is far poppier and lighter than their earlier work, but their lyrical themes remain just as heavy.
* LongRunnerLineUp: Type 2, from 2000 to Chester Bennington's death in 2017.
* LoudnessWar: All their albums, with ''Living Things'' being the most audibly affected.
** Shinoda acknowledged the bad mixing of ''Living Things'' by releasing the Acapellas and Instrumentals for digital download from iTunes and Amazon, so that fans could remix it to how they liked it. He already had a great reputation for caring about fans but this increased it tenfold.
* LyricalColdOpen:
** "Forgotten".
** "[=Kyur4=] Th Ich" has this [[{{Bookends}} at the start and end]].
* LyricalDissonance:
** The song "What I've Done" sounds like a moody downer, but it's about facing the consequences of your actions and finding forgiveness.
** "Bleed It Out" averts this by being actually about writing lyrics, and re-writing them again and again (instead of self-mutilation as many automatically conclude). Bennington and Shinoda vented their lyric writing frustrations by writing more lyrics. This is {{lampshade|Hanging}}d by the opening line "Yeah, here we go [[OhNoNotAgain for the hundredth time]]…"
** "Waiting for the End" sounds awfully upbeat for being a song about resigning yourself to your regrets.
* MadnessMantra: On multiple songs, most notably "Given Up" and "One Step Closer". Also have a tendency to have an ending PunctuatedForEmphasis.
* MetalScream:
** '''"THESE WOOOOOUUUUNNNNDS, THEY WIIIIILLLLLLLLLLLL NOT HEEEAAAALLLL"'''
** "[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cG8zgBTMxDA#t=2m25s Given Up]]" contains a seventeen-second, two pitch scream while "[[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=71CvlYX1Bqc Across the Line]]" has a prolonged scream lasting eleven seconds. "Wth>You" has a 9 second prolonged [[BigWordShout COME ON!!!]] at the [[IncomingHam beginning]].
** The chorus of "Blackout" also finds Chester giving his voice a serious work out.
** '''"YOOOOOOOOOUUUUUUUUU TRY TO TAKE THE BEST OF ME! GO AWAY!"'''
** "VICTIMIZED! VICTIMIZED! NEVER AGAIN VICTIMIZED!!!!!"
** "NO CONTROOOOOOOOOOL! NO SURPRIIIIIIIIIIISE!"
* MirrorMatch: Chester during the "Heavy" music video, illustrating his battle with his own demons. Bonus points for it taking place in front of a literal mirror.
* {{Mondegreen}}: "Try the ketch'''UP''', motherfucker!"
* MohsScaleOfRockAndMetalHardness: Due to their eclectic nature, they go all over the scale. Their nu metal material (from ''Hybrid Theory'', ''Meteora'' and ''The Hunting Party'') is generally 6-8, with the softer songs from those albums dropping to 4-5. ''Minutes to Midnight'' and ''Living Things'' are mostly 3-5 (with the heavier songs being 6-8). ''A Thousand Suns'' averages at 2-4. ''One More Light'' resides at 1-3.
* MyspeldRokband: The band's name refers to a Lincoln Park in which Chester resided in shortly after joining the band while he was briefly homeless. One of the band members reasoned that the name would also help forge a connection with fans, since there were many cities with a Lincoln Park in them. The name is misspelled not because it was "cool" — it was because ''lincolnpark.com'' was already taken.
* NeoclassicalPunkZydecoRockabilly: Their music has pretty much always been a mix of rock, hip-hop, and electronica. Which of these ingredients takes prominence depends on the song.
* NewSoundAlbum: Every album since ''Meteora''. Each album goes:
** ''Music/HybridTheory'': NuMetal, rap, and rock.
** ''Music/{{Meteora}}'': NuMetal, rap, and rock, with some electronics thrown in.
** ''Minutes to Midnight'': Music/{{U2}}-esque AlternativeRock with almost no rap.
** ''A Thousand Suns'': A mix of electronic and experimental rock. More rap than ''Minutes to Midnight'', but not as much as before.
** ''Living Things'': A combination of their electronics from ''A Thousand Suns'' and some elements from their earlier albums.
** ''The Hunting Party'': Back to NuMetal, though with a bigger emphasis on AlternativeMetal and HardRock than their first two albums.
** ''One More Light'': Straightforward {{Pop}}.
* NinjaPirateZombieRobot: The video for "Iridescent" features Mike as a one-eyed serpent king with [[SpikesOfVillainy spikes growing from his shoulders]] in a [[AfterTheEnd post-apocalyptic]] world where the rest of the band imitates ''[[Creator/LeonardoDaVinci The Last Supper]]'' while the Autobots hang around.
* NobodyLovesTheBassist: Phoenix has his share of ButtMonkey moments:
** The first time the band visited Japan, a fan handed him an envelop that was addressed "Dear Mike, Joe, Chester, Brad, Rob, and [[MyFriendsAndZoidberg bass player man]]."
** Mike, meanwhile, often pokes fun at Phoenix and his Twittering on his blog. He even made a banner that says "Blogging Totally Pwns Twittering" for fans of his blog to post on their websites in a response to one of Phoenix's Twitter posts.
** He's not even credited on ''Hybrid Theory'', due to having left the band before they started recording in order to fulfill a prior commitment to one of his older bands. He came back to Linkin Park in time for the start of the ''Hybrid Theory'' tour.
* NotChristianRock: While some of their lyrics vaguely hint at a higher power and others directly reference God, only a few members of Linkin Park are UsefulNotes/{{Christian|ity}}.
* NotSoDifferent: Referenced in ''Numb'':
-->''But I know you were just like me, with someone disappointed in you!''
* OncePerEpisode: Their first two albums each featured turntablist Joe Hahn on a solo track.
** Until ''Age of Extinction'', each of the [[Film/TransformersFilmSeries Bayformer]] films ended with one of their songs.
* OlderAndWiser: ''Minutes to Midnight'' and ''A Thousand Suns'' disposes of much of the angst of their earlier work, in place of it being deeper and with more meaningful messages and themes.
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* PerformanceVideo: "Faint", "Numb/Encore", "Given Up", and "Talking to Myself". An alternate video for "Waiting for the End" was one of their performances filmed by the audience themselves.
* PerishingAltRockVoice: Whenever Mike's singing.
* PissTakeRap: Chester's vocals in the verses of "Blackout" strongly resemble rapping.
** [[PissTakeRap Piss-Take Reggae]]: Mike's toasted vocals in "Waiting for the End"; Chester's half-screamed, half-toasted vocals in "Wretches and Kings".
* PopStarComposer: Mike worked with Joe Trapanese, best known for helping Music/DaftPunk on the score to ''Film/TronLegacy'', for the soundtrack to an UsefulNotes/{{Indonesia}}n martial-arts film called ''Film/TheRaid''.
* PowerBallad: Most of their {{Surprisingly Gentle Song}}s can be considered this. "Powerless", "Waiting for the End", "Iridescent", "Heavy", "In The End", "Leave Out All the Rest", "Shadow of the Day", "My December", and "Numb" have been generally accepted by the critics as power ballads.
* PoweredByAForsakenChild: The music video for "Pts.OF.Athrty" features the band members' heads being used as a power source for {{Humongous Mecha}}s .
* PreppyName: Chester Charles Bennington, though he grew up poor.
* ProtestSong:
** "Hands Held High," "No More Sorrow," and "The Little Things Give You Away."
** ''A Thousand Suns'' as a whole. It's a concept album dealing with war and nuclear power, as well as human fears of what's going to happen to the world.
* PunctuatedForEmphasis:
** "Bleed It Out": "I'LL MAKE YOU FAAAAACE! THIIIIS! NOWWWWW!"
** "Faint": "Don't turn your back on me! I WON'T! BE! IGNORRRRRRED!"
** "A Place for My Head": "STAY! AWAY! FROM ME!!!"
** "Qwerty": "LIES! You hide behind— LIES! You're lost inside that cold disguise. BEHIND! YOUR! LIES!"
** "A Line in the Sand": "GIVE! ME! BACK! WHAT'S! MIIIIIINE!"
* RapeAsDrama: The protagonist of the music video for "Crawling" is heavily implied to be a victim of ParentalIncest.
* RavenHairIvorySkin: Overlaps with AuthorAppeal, as the female protagonists of most of their music videos tend to have these features (specifically "Crawling", "Numb", and "FRGT/10").
* RealSongThemeTune:
** Two of their songs have been used in three video games: "The Catalyst" in ''[[VideoGame/GundamVsSeries Gundam Extreme Vs.]]'' and The 2010 ContinuityReboot of ''VideoGame/MedalOfHonor''; and "Castle of Glass" in ''VideoGame/MedalOfHonorWarfighter''. One of the latter game's multiplayer trailers also used "Lies Greed Misery".
** The instrumental riff from "Somewhere I Belong" is the theme music to ''The Creator/MarkLevin Show'', one of the most popular conservative talk radio programs in the U.S.
* RecordProducer: All their albums are produced by Mike, except for ''Hybrid Theory'', produced by Don Gilmore. Gilmore returned to help him on ''Meteora'', while Rick Rubin assisted him on ''Minutes to Midnight'', ''A Thousand Suns'', and ''Living Things''. Mike and Brad produced ''The Hunting Party'' and ''One More Light'' themselves.
* RedemptionEqualsDeath: Heavily invoked by the chorus of "Leave Out All The Rest".
--> When my time comes,
--> forget the wrong that I've done,
--> help me leave behind some
--> reasons to be missed.
--> Don't resent me,
--> and when you're feeling empty,
--> keep me in your memory,
--> leave out all the rest…
* RedOniBlueOni: Chester and Mike's vocal roles. Chester provided the aggression, passion and sensitivity while Mike provides reflectiveness and observations.
** Occasionally Mike provides the aggression, such as on "When They Come for Me."
** This was also true of Mike and Chester in real life - as can be seen in any of the band's [[DVDCommentary Making Of documentaries]], Mike is hard working and focused on the music, but friendly. On the other hand, Chester is always clowning around, cracking jokes and generally making the sessions entertaining.
* RefrainFromAssuming / NonAppearingTitle: A good third of their songs.
** All the ones on ''Hybrid Theory'' feature the title as part of the chorus except for "Papercut", "Points of Authority", and "Cure for the Itch". This was not coincidental, it is a proven method of making music catchy and appealing to radio listeners.
* RewardedAsATraitorDeserves: Heavily invoked in "Burn It Down".
* RockersSmashGuitars: Brad threw one of his guitars during the ''Live in Texas'' concert DVD after performing "A Place for My Head", but didn't actually break it like usual, so Chester went ahead and finished it.
* RuleOfSymbolism: Really, all of ''A Thousand Suns'', but "Jornada del Muerto" stands out even in the middle of it. The album is about the threat of nuclear weapons. Jornada del Muerto was the site of the Trinity test, the world's first atomic explosion. In addition, Mike is singing "Lift me up/Let me go" in Japanese at the beginning of the song. Japan is the only country in the world where nuclear weapons were deployed offensively.
* SadClown: Chester Bennington. As noted above, he was known to be the jokester of the group, but dealt with depression his whole life, not to mention the trauma of childhood sexual abuse, which led to alcoholism and drug dependency. [[DrivenToSuicide It all eventually got the better of him.]]
* {{Sampling}}: Linkin Park has sampled High and Mighty, Brand Nubian, Lamont Dozier, Music/{{UNKLE}} and the first ''Pokemon'' movie, mostly on ''Reanimation''. Conversely, they've been sampled by [[Music/BoneThugsNHarmony Krayzie Bone]] and [[Music/ThreeSixMafia Juicy J]].
** In the early days they often didn't credit the samples. This led them to being banned from releasing the track "She Couldn't" because it got released on a promo without paying for the samples first.
** Many of their samples weren't from pre-existing songs so much as pre-existing sounds, chopped and screwed into beats and ambient tones.
* SamusIsAGirl: The masked protagonist of the "FRGT/10" music video turns out to be the sleeping woman in the opening scene.
* ScaryMusicianHarmlessMusic: An inversion. They looked like normal guys who occasionally experimented with their hairstyles (and heavily tattooed themselves in some cases), but played heavy music with themes rooted in alienation, depression, and emotional turmoil.
* SelfTitledAlbum: Double-subverted by the ''Hybrid Theory'' EP. It's not the band's current name, but it ''was'' at the time it was released.
* ShoutOut:
** "Wretches and Kings" contains part of the immortal opening line from "[[Music/PublicEnemy Bring the Noise]]," which comes full circle in the [=HavocNdeeD=] remix which features Chuck D himself.
** A few in "When They Come for Me". From name-dropping [[Music/TheFugees Lauryn Hill]], [[Music/TheNotoriousBIG Biggie]], [[Music/PublicEnemy Chuck D]] and Big Daddy Kane to this:
-->'''Cause even a [[Music/JayZ blueprint is a gift and a curse]].''
** The "Pts.OF.Athrty" video is inspired by the dream sequence in ''Anime/FinalFantasyTheSpiritsWithin''.
* ShowerOfAngst: The protagonist of the music video for "Crawling" is seen doing this during the video.
* SoloSideProject: Mike Shinoda's Music/FortMinor.
* SpaceOpera: The music video for "Leave Out All The Rest" takes place in a CoolStarship somewhere in the Milky Way.
* SpikyHair: The band, particularly Chester, Mike and Joe, had their hair literally up during the early-mid 2000s.
* SpokenWordInMusic:
** An interview of the late turntablist Roc Raida discussing RapRock is inserted into "High Voltage."
** Speeches by J. Robert Oppenheimer, Mario Savio, and UsefulNotes/MartinLutherKingJr. appear on a few tracks in ''A Thousand Suns''.
* StepUpToTheMicrophone: Mike has [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-mchhPf81iw "No Roads Left"]] all to himself, as well as most of the vocals in "In Between."
** The later albums have a lot of tracks where Mike is ''singing'' lead instead of rapping, though Chester will usually still join in on the chorus.
** "Invisible" from ''One More Light'' gives Mike lead vocals for the entirety of the song, with Chester only doing backing vocals.
** Played ''completely'' straight in "Until It Breaks," where Brad actually sings after the third verse 'til the end.
* StylisticSuck: The infamous ''Mmm… Cookies'' EP for their fan club. It's just Mike and Chester dicking around in the studio while recording ''Minutes to Midnight''.
* SubduedSection: Quite a few times, most notably "In the End" and "The Catalyst".
* SubliminalSeduction: Playing "Announcement Service Public" backwards yields Chester howling "YOU SHOULD BRUSH YOUR TEETH AND YOU SHOULD WASH YOUR FACE!"
* {{Surprisingly Gentle Song}}s: "My December", "Leave Out All the Rest", "Shadow of the Day", "Iridescent", "Blackbirds", "Castle of Glass", "Roads Untraveled", and "Final Masquerade".
** "She Couldn't" is like a boyband ballad, which stands out particularly as the only song without any crunching guitars in it from the Hybrid Theory period. Unfortunately, this side of the band wasn't known for years because the song was never released until it leaked unofficially.
** ''One More Light'' is a surprisingly gentle ''album''.
** The king of them all must be Chester's rendition of the Series/{{Weeds}} theme "Little Boxes," which is even softer sounding than "Leave Out All the Rest." Probably for this reason it remains soundtrack only.
* TakeThat:
** "When They Come for Me" for the [[BrokenBase contingent of fans]] who still yearn for the ''Hybrid Theory'' days.
*** There's even a line in it where Mike outright says he's not "the same person telling you to forfeit the game," in reference to "Points of Authority".
** "Step Up" addresses other rap-rock bands in a less-than-flattering fashion:
--> '''Mike''': Rapping over rock doesn't make you a pioneer, 'cause rock and hip-hop have collaborated for years. But now they're getting randomly mixed and matched up all after a fast buck and all the tracks suck.
** And since we're counting Music/FortMinor, "Get Me Gone" and "High Road" calls out [[TakeThatCritics those skeptical of Linkin Park's success]]. This should probably tell us [[BewareTheNiceOnes something about Mike]].
** "Nobody's Listening" is basically a long "screw you" to [[TakeThatCritics all the people in the early days of the band]] who said they would amount to nothing.
** "Guilty All the Same" counts as this, considering Rakim's jab at how the music industry handled both Rock and Rap genres. See the Executive Meddling entry on the [[Trivia/LinkinPark Trivia page]].
* TextlessAlbumCover: ''A Thousand Suns,'' ''The Hunting Party'' and ''One More Light''.
* TheyKilledKennyAgain: Chester was [[HarsherInHindsight constantly killed-off]] in the music videos.
* ThisIsForEmphasisBitch: "No Laundry."
* TiredOfRunning: The song "Easier to Run" talks about how it is a lot easier to run from your problems instead of choosing to face them head on.
* TokenWhite: Chester during the band's guesting on ''[[Series/TheLateNightShow Carpool Karaoke]]'', being accompanied only by Mike (Japanese) and Joe (Korean), as well as that segment's[ host Ken Jeong (also Korean).
* ToughActToFollow: [[invoked]] Directly referenced by Mike in the song "When They Come for Me", referring to the mega-success of ''Hybrid Theory'' and ''Meteora'' where the majority of the band's fans were introduced to them.
* TropaholicsAnonymous: Chester and featured artist Music/{{Kiiara}} are attending one in the "Heavy" music video. Judging from Chester's own real-life issues, it's likely a support group for people with depression.
* {{Tykebomb}}: The "From the Inside" video features Chester's young son Jaime as a [[MakeMeWannaShout walking sonic grenade]].
* UnfortunateNames: Chester Bennington, at least while he was in school and had to deal with [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chester_the_Molester "Chester the Molester"]] [[BlackComedyRape jokes]]. Considering that he had actually been molested as a child, [[DudeNotFunny he didn't find this funny at all]]. He tried to roll with it by wearing a shirt bearing the words "Chester the Molester" during LP's early years.
* UngratefulBastard: "Burn It Down".
* UnstoppableRage:
** '''SHUT UP WHEN I'M TALKING TO YOU!''' in "One Step Closer."
** The chorus and bridge in "Lies Greed Misery:"
---> I wanna see you choke on your LIES! swallow up your GREED! suffer all alone in your MISERY!\\
(…)\\
'''You did it to yourself! You did it to yourself! YOU DID IT TO YOURSELF!!!'''
* VideoFullOfFilmClips: The aforementioned video for "New Divide." "What I've Done" may also count.
* VocalTagTeam: Chester and Mike. When Chester didn't do the lead vocals, Mike commonly rapped (or, on the later albums, sometimes sangs) the verses while Chester did the chorus, or contributed a single verse in a song otherwise sung by Chester.
* AWildRapperAppears:
** Done twice in ''The Hunting Party'': Hip-hop legend [[Music/EricBAndRakim Rakim]] in "Guilty All the Same", then a variation with Music/{{Helmet}}'s Page Hamilton in "All for Nothing."
** ''Minutes to Midnight'' has a variation. After having nearly equal time with Chester in the first two albums, Shinoda was severely DemotedToExtra in ''Minutes to Midnight'', which is pure ArenaRock with Chester on most of the vocals. So when, after three songs where only Chester sings, you get to "Bleed It Out" and finally hear Shinoda rapping, it has this feel.
** The song "Burn It Down" has this feel too. The whole time it seemed like yet another Linkin Park song where Chester solos, which made it a bit surprising when Shinoda delivers a rap verse out of nowhere towards the end of the song.
* WordSaladLyrics: "High Voltage" has some pretty bizarre boasts.
* WordSaladTitle: ''Frat Party at the Pankake Festival'', their first DVD. It documents the ''Hybrid Theory'' tour.
* XtremeKoolLetterz:
** The [[LeetLingo track titles]] of ''Reanimation''.
** The band's name on two different occasions. They originally formed as Xero in their {{garage band}} days and their [[MyspeldRokband current name]] came about because they couldn't get ''lincolnpark.com'' as a domain.
* YouAreNotAlone: "Shadow Of The Day", "Heavy" (quite literally in its music video), and "One More Light".
* ZombieApocalypse: The video for "Darker Than Blood" features Mike and Steve Aoki working with surviving scientists trying and failing to find a cure for a zombie virus that decimated the population. They succeed when their last attempt cures an infected little boy, and they send the cure out to the remaining survivors.
** ArtisticLicenseMedicine / [[ArtisticLicensePharmacology Pharmacology]]: They're a couple of scientists handling incredibly dangerous tissue and blood samples, but unlike the surgeons in the OR, they're wearing ''no protective gear whatsoever''.
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%%->When life leaves us blind\\
%%Love keeps us kind
-> ''Who cares if one more light goes out?''\\
''[[YouAreNotAlone Well, I do.]]''