->''Attune your ears... to the grinding gears.''

[[caption-width-right:350:From left: The Spine, Zero, Rabbit]]

Steam Powered Giraffe (SPG) is a musical project formed in San Diego in 2008. The act combines the visual of robot pantomime with sketches, pop culture references, comic strips, improvised comedic dialogue, and original music.

According to the band's fictional backstory, the "musical automatons" were invented by a rich San Diego inventor named Colonel P. A. Walter in 1896 and kept in the Walter family over the years. Called the 8th 1/2 Wonder of the World, the robots were a technological marvel that ran off steam powered engines and artificial intelligence. The band's name is said to come from Walter's first robot, a giant mechanical giraffe. A fictional timeline on the band's website chronicles the band's supposed "appearances" throughout the years at such notable places as the 1933 Chicago World's Fair and ''The Ed Sullivan Show''.

Besides their musical endeavors, the band publishes a WebComic and has produced a [[TheGameOfTheBook card game]] based on characters in their backstory.

The robots are:
* '''The Spine''' (David Michael Bennett) is a futuristic dieselpunk robot with a titanium alloy spinal column and convincing human mannerisms. His skin is smooth silver, and he wears a black fedora and red tie. He plays guitar primarily, but also plays bass, mandolin, and keys.
* '''Rabbit''' (Isabella Bunny Bennett) is a copper clockwork robot, known for being the glitchiest of the robots. You'll likely see her in old videos as a male robot wearing a black coachman's hat with steampunk-style goggles on it and a black vest with red accents, but was {{gender swap}}ped in 2014 following her performer coming out as transgender, making her the band's lone female. She plays accordion, melodica, keytar, and kazookaphone.
* '''Zero''' (Bryan Barbarin) is a swing-styled robot built out of prototype systems. He has a golden face, gloved hands, and a chain around his neck. Was {{retconned}} as a former member rejoining the band after Hatchworth's departure. He plays bass and piano.

Former robots:
* '''Upgrade''' (Erin Burke) was the only female robot in the group before January 2014. She left the band in 2011 to further pursue an acting career. Though her parts were [[OrwellianRetcon removed from "Album One"]] and her character was considered to no longer be canon after she left the band, she returned along with the other former robots for the January 2018 reunion show.
* '''The Jon''' (Jon Sprague) was an art deco-style brass robot powered by soda (primarily Crystal Pepsi), who wore a tall black top hat and red suspenders. He played the mandolin, bass, guitar, drums, occasional keys, and the electric watermelon. The Jon left the group in September 2012.
* '''Hatchworth''' (former human member Sam Luke) is a brass automaton, who sports a black army jacket with red accents, knee-high boots, a bowler hat, and his signature ginger mustache. He had been kept in storage for many years due to a leaking and dangerous power core, but was recently repaired and put to use as the Walter Manor's butler. He possesses the ability to produce a "hatch's worth" of sandwiches from nowhere. He plays the bass and drums.

The human band members are:
* '''Steve Negrete''' is the sound engineer and voices Beebop and QWERTY for the band. He wears a bandanna and sports a sleeveless version of the humans' jumpsuits. He is overly attached to a small stuffed version of himself given to him by a fan, and rarely goes to shows without it.

Former humans:
* '''Mr. Reed''', the "One Man Band", was at first the only human member of the band. In the group, he did back-up vocals and played banjo, bass, guitar, keys, and drums. As a character, he was also the robot's mechanic and turned them all on before shows. He wore red goggles and a full body jumpsuit embroidered with the SPG logo and typically sported a purple tank top underneath. Due to his friendly nature he became a fan favorite.
* '''Matt Smith''' (no, not ''that'' [[Series/DoctorWho Matt Smith]], or that [[Music/{{Theocracy}} Matt Smith]] for that matter) was the new drummer following Sam Luke. His first performance with the band was the Yulemas concert.
* '''Sam Luke''' was the band's original drummer before taking on the role of Hatchworth. Famous for his distinctive bowler hat and moustache, his character went on to become a Walter Worker in the show's lore.

The Walter Girls - Delightful ladies in labcoat dresses that run the merchandise table at concerts, they also participate in on-stage skits. Their characters are "Blue Matter Engineers", but are still fairly mysterious, with more and more hints being dropped about them.
* '''Walter Girl Chelsea''' (Chelsea Penyak) Shortly after Paige's departure from the band, a new Walter Girl by the name of Chelsea was announced. Her debut show was in April 2014 at Calico Ghost Town.
* '''Walter Girl Camille''' (Camille Penyak) Chelsea Penyak's almost identical sister (distinguished by a different hairstyle in costume), brought in to replace Carolina.

Former Walter Girls:
* '''Walter Girl Brianna''' (Brianna Clawson) It was announced via a post on [[http://davidmichaelbennett.tumblr.com/post/53285055333/something-personal David's tumblr]] that Brianna would no longer be working for the band.
* '''Walter Girl Paige''' (Paige Law) Similar to above, it was announced via a post on Bunny's tumblr that she and Paige are no longer a couple and therefore, Paige would no longer be working for the band.
* '''Walter Girl Gabi''' (Gabi Gonzales) After working at the merch table in a partial Walter Girl costume for several shows, Gabi filled in as a temporary Walter Girl at the ''MK III'' album release show in March 2014. Bunny has stated on her blog that Gabi may be called upon again if an understudy Walter Girl is needed.
* '''Walter Girl Carolina''' (Carolina Gumbayan) Carolina filled in for Brianna for the SPWF and Clockwork Alchemy shows, and was later brought on as a replacement. She later announced that Orlando Nerdfest would be her last show, as she is too busy as a psychology major to continue touring.
* '''Walter Tech Carissa''' {Carissa Anne Keil} Originally a fan character created by Bunny's girlfriend, but Bunny invited her to work the merch stand during their San Diego shows. Though she never appeared on stage she was also [[https://youtu.be/sJQAzdVEQfI?t=32s Rabbit's technician]]. Unlike Paige or Brianna, she did keep working with the group after her breakup with Bunny, but quietly left in February 2016 for personal reasons.

Human Back-ups - Sometimes things don't go as planned and someone can't make it to the gig. Back when the band consisted of more than just the robots, these were the people SPG routinely called on to help them out:
* '''Jesus Gonzales''' was the man they called when Mr. Reed was unavailable. Jesus can play guitar real good and sing harmonies.
* '''Mike Buxbaum''' the Drummer Man filled in for mysterious new drummer Matt at Youmacon and blew away the crowd.

[[AC: Discography]]
* ''Album One'' (2009)
* ''Live at the Globe of Yesterday's Tomorrow'' (Live album, 2011)
* ''The 2¢ Show'' (2012)
* ''MK III'' (2013)
* ''The Vice Quadrant: A Space Opera'' (2015)
* ''Music From VideoGame/{{Steamworld Heist}}'' (2015)
* ''Quintessential'' (2016)


!!SPG provides examples of:
* {{Adorkable}}: Every time Hatchworth tries to act cool, he falls into this.
* AcCENTUponTheWrongSylLABle: Hatchworth.
* AgeProgressionSong: Captain Albert Alexander, going from when he was a boy to his death at "a ripe old age."
* AllThereInTheManual: If you're willing to do a bit of digging. While the band's official backstory and timeline are posted up on the band's official website, additional information can be found on the various character blogs, the band members' Tumblrs, during live concerts, and in pre-recorded videos which debuted at Walter Robotics Expo (a special event held in July of 2013). There are even bits of continuity mentioned during Bunny Bennett's art livestreams that you can't find anywhere else!
** A subdued version, but you won't discover that the titular Love World in "Love World of Love" is in fact a world infested with mutant, carnivorous heart-shaped monsters without reading the lyric booklet.
* AlternateUniverse: Critical to understanding ''The Vice Quadrant''. In 1950, Ignatius and Norman Becile tamper with Rabbit's blue matter core. The resulting explosion splits the timeline into Universe Prime and Universe Omega. Most of the differences result from the incident in 1962 when the dimensional portal emits a blue matter energy beam; in Universe Prime, [[spoiler: the beam hits Cmdr. P.A. Walter IV aboard his ship the Cosmo, turning him into Commander Cosmo]], while in Omega, [[spoiler: the beam narrowly misses the Cosmo, eventually hitting a secret Russian space probe which had human DNA on board, resulting in the creation of Cosmica, the daughter of space. Meanwhile, the beam prompts Cmdr. Walter to study the portal further, spurring great leaps in technology.]] (For more, see [[http://steampoweredgiraffe.com/index.php/vqtimeline/ the Vice Quadrant timeline.]])
* AmbiguouslyHuman: The Blue Matter engineers.
* UsefulNotes/AmericanAccents: Rabbit sports a bit of a Joisey accent.
* ArtEvolution: ...well, make-up evolution. All the bots started off with much more simplistic designs. Rabbit's has changed the most, and she is even [[http://lixxieb.tumblr.com/post/30419984721/harlequinqueen-all-images-used-with beginning to oxidize!]] Her new design also adds a spiral to her forehead, and her makeup changes constantly (going so far as to include pincers where her jawline should be!)
* TheArtifact: The lyrics to "Clockwork Vaudeville" refer to "four metal people", even though Upgrade's parts were [[OrwellianRetcon removed]] from the album.
* AudienceParticipationSong: Michael Reed always encouraged the audience to sing along during "Make Believe".
** "Brass Goggles" as well, as evidenced by the pre-song dialogue: "This is a sing along, this next song!"
* AwesomeAnachronisticApparel: They're a steampunk band, what do you expect? (Well, The Spine's more dieselpunk...) They were voted "Best Costume - Group" in the 2013 Steampunk Gazette Reader's Choice Awards.
* BadassBaritone: The Spine.
** Rabbit, too. Especially prominent in her bass harmonies in Rex Marksley, [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Y6dW5aH6GTc and the beginning of Suspender Man]].
* BadassMustache: Hatchworth.
* BackstoryHorror: Quite a bit, involving the wars the bots were sent to fight in, Hatchworth's [[AndIMustScream confinement]] due to his unstable core, what effects the Walter Girls' exposure to Blue Matter could have on them over time (and whether it's dangerous), and the theft of Rabbit's core resulting in an explosion that killed several people ... including Peter Walter II. Then there's the fact that Rabbit apparently still feels guilt over this, judging by how her bio states that she spends her free time feeding the ducks at the pond by the Walter Cemetery.
* BecomeARealBoy: The Jon claims to want this, though he may just be influenced by watching Pinocchio a few too many times.
** After a lot of fan speculation, Word Of God finally confirmed that The Spine's mannerisms were influenced by his desire to become human.
* BaldWomen: Bunny is completely bald (though she wears wigs quite often when out of character), and so was the original design for her character Rabbit. This was averted with Rabbit's temporary second design in early 2014, which gave her two types of hair: [[http://www.flickr.com/photos/trekkiebeth/12335288724/in/set-72157640436102636 human hair, and "robotic" hair that resemble dreadlocks]]. Rabbit's new design introduced in March 2014 instead gives her an [[http://instagram.com/p/lPy1wYpboV/ elaborate headpiece with a mix of large metal bolts, rabbit ears, and feather-like protrusions]].
** Averted since late 2014. She started wearing wigs on stage (the story explanation being that the ears fold into the head and hair comes out) and since the music videos for Vice Quadrant, has had Isabella's real bright pink hair.
* BigBad: Originally, ''The Vice Quadrant'''s closest thing to a BigBad is Cosmica, but once she's relegated to DiscOneFinalBoss status, the real BigBad, [[spoiler: the Necrostar, later the Necronaut]], appears.
* BlondeBrunetteRedhead: The automatons currently.
* BreakUpSong: "Honeybee"
* ButtMonkey: In their stage performances, Hatchworth or The Spine are often this, as seen [[http://waltergirl.tumblr.com/post/55204676317/whimmy-bam-entering-the-saloon-x-1-18-20 here.]]
** "Go Spine Go" from the album ''MK III'' consists almost entirely of Rabbit and Hatchworth treating The Spine as this.
* TheBusCameBack: Hatchworth, the Jon, Upgrade, Michael Reed, and Matt Smith all returned for the band's January 2017 anniversary concert along with the current band members.
* UsefulNotes/{{California}}: They're currently active in San Diego.
* CharacterBlog: Several. [[http://officialrabbit.tumblr.com/ One]] [[http://officialthespine.tumblr.com/ for]] [[http://officialhatchworth.tumblr.com/ each]] bot, [[http://pawaltervi.tumblr.com/ one]] for Peter Walter VI, and [[http://becileindustries.tumblr.com/ one]] for Becile Industries (a rival company to Walter Robotics). Even GG, the robot giraffe who appeared in the band's video for "Diamonds", has her [[http://theamazingggthegiraffe.tumblr.com/ own.]]
** Walter Girl Paige also has an (in character) [[https://twitter.com/waltergirlpaige Twitter account]].
* ChestBlaster: Hatchworth can unleash a vast array of artillery from his portal-armed cannon.
* ChronologicalAlbumTitle: ''Album'' '''''One''''', ''The '''2'''¢'' ''Show'', ''MK'' '''''III''''', ''The Vice '''Quad'''rant'', and '''''Quint'''essential.''
* ClockworkCreature: Rabbit is supposedly a clockwork robot.
* {{Cloudcuckoolander}}: The Jon fits this trope to a T, especially if his songs are taken into consideration.
** ''Go Spine Go!" almost entirely consists of Rabbit and Hatchworth making up [[BlatantLies obviously untrue things]] about The Spine. The Spine spends most of the song objecting to these claims (Before giving up and swearing to quit the band someday).
* TheComicallySerious: The Spine.
* ComputerVoice: Beebop.
* CoverVersion: They've been known to cover the Music/TheBeatles "Mystery Tour" live.
** As well as Music/RickAstley's "Never Gonna Give You Up", [[RickRoll just for fun]].
** The Spine covered Rihanna's "Diamonds". It was magical.
-->'''The Spine''': I ''am'' a diamond.
** Icona Pop's [[http://youtu.be/cjiIQ9Z02bU/ "I Love It"]].
** [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vt6s630kHmw Tragedy]], originally by Music/TheBeeGees.
** [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=05-jeYSPQZ0 "Harder, Better, Faster, Stronger"]] by Music/DaftPunk.
** [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LsPL4Y0Fe0M "Cellophane"]] by Music/{{Sia}}.
** [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hltEVBnakxs "Bing Crosby's 'A Marshmallow World"]].
* TheCoverChangesTheMeaning: Rihanna's original song "Diamonds" is a tragic story about surviving after grief. The Steam Powered Giraffe cover? A robot practices his Casanova in a recording studio, unaware that the whole thing's gonna wind up on YouTube.
* CrapsackWorld: ''Scary World'', but later defied in ''Bleak Horizon''.
--> ''Hey now, no need to be frightened''
--> ''Cause as long as we're together there is nothing to fear''
--> ''I don't believe in a bleak horizon''
--> ''I won't concede to any of that''
--> ''What we need now is something different''
--> ''What we need now is a... Steam Powered Giraffe!''
** If "The Ballad of Delilah Morreo" is anything to go by, people can't even ''[[CameBackWrong die right]]''
* CreateYourOwnVillain: By sealing himself away in a dying star, Commander Cosmo accidentally created the Necrostar.
* DadaComics: [[http://steampoweredgiraffe.com/comic/ Steam Powered Giraffe: The Web Comic]].
* DarkReprise: "Soliton", originally a love song sung by the Astronaut about the Daughter of Space, is briefly reprised near the end of "Oh No", [[spoiler: as the Astronaut, forcefully separated from his love, is dying]].
** The beginning of "Burning in the Stratosphere" receives one in "Hold Me" (and before that, a brief reprise at the beginning of "Commander Cosmo"), which [[PerspectiveFlip flips perspective]] from Peter Walter IV to Holly, his girlfriend who he left behind.
** Quintessential has [[spoiler: a darker version of the intro from "The Vice Does Tight" as well as a far darker CallBack to the end of "The Speed Of Light" as the Necronaut sets his sights on Earth]] at the very end.
** "The Vice Does Tight" is briefly reprised at the very end of "Necrostar", giving the song a sadder, more hopeless tone.
* DashinglyDapperDerby: Hatchworth sports a bowler.
* DeadpanSnarker: QWERTY is deadpan by default due to being an AI, but he really turns the snark on towards [=GiGi=] the Giraffe during "Where Is Everyone?" near the end of disc 1 of ''Vice Quadrant''.
* DemonicPossession: "Necrostar" heavily implies that this happened to [[spoiler: the dying Astronaut]] courtesy of the titular character. The Vice Quadrant timeline directly confirms it.
* {{Dieselpunk}}: The Spine (and The Jon, to a lesser extent).
* DiscOneFinalBoss: Cosmica could be considered an early BigBad on ''The Vice Quadrant'' for the sheer amount of damage that she and her [[TheDragon Dragon]] the Astronaut cause, but she turns out to be this once [[spoiler: Commander Cosmo convinces her to stop and the Astronaut's released from her thrall]].
* EasilyDetachableRobotParts: Both The Spine and Hatchworth can detach their heads from their bodies.
* EatingMachine: The Jon.
* EpicRocking: "Captain Albert Alexander," "Rex Marksley," and "Airheart"
** Don't forget "Clockwork Vaudeville," "Electricity Is In My Soul," "Steamboat Shenanigans," "Honeybee," "Scary World," "The Suspender Man," and, of course, "Automatonic Electronic Harmonics." Guess these guys just have a lot to sing about.
* EvilTwin: By way of AlternateUniverse, [[spoiler: Omega!Walter IV (the Astronaut) to Prime!Walter IV (Commander Cosmo)]]. The former isn't exactly that evil by himself, but circumstances and the well-documented heroism of the latter force the contrast.
* FantasticNuke: Blue Matter and Green Matter are both spooky materials that can give you gobs of clean energy, or explode and mutilate you.
* {{Funny Robot}}s.
* FollowTheBouncingBall: This happens in the music video for "Brass Goggles."
* TheGameOfTheBook:
** Steam Powered Giraffe, the card game.
** ''VideoGame/SteamworldHeist'', the video game.
* GenericName: The Space Giant. Though according to Sam, this was intentional.
* GenreBusting: They're a SteamPunk GenerationalSaga {{Horror}} {{Comedy}} with {{puppets|hows}}.
* GenreRoulette: They've toyed around with and blended folk, funk, rock, soul, pop and hip-hop.
* GogglesDoNothing: Rabbit's goggles.
** Quite literally - when Rabbit wears the goggles, Bunny Bennett cannot see a thing through them.
* GratuitousEnglish: ''MKIII'' has a track that's mostly in Japanese. The chorus goes like this:
--> Shteam-power giraffe-o!\\
Shteam-power giraffe-o!
* HunterOfHisOwnKind: "The Ballad of Delilah Morreo".
* IAmSong: "Clockwork Vaudeville", "Steam Man Band", "Necrostar".
* IncompatibleOrientation: Bunny Bennett has implied that this may have been the reason Delilah Moreau never [[LoveTriangle chose between Thadeus Becile and Peter Walter I.]]
** Confirmed in "The Ballad of Delilah Morreo", which outright states that she was only intellectually attracted to them.
* InTheStyleOf [[WordOfGod David]] stated that Roller Skate King was meant to sound like something that could have been on WesternAnimation/SchoolHouseRock.
* KayfabeMusic: Much of their appeal is attributed to their unusually well-developed stage personas and backstory.
* {{Keet}}: The Jon and Rabbit.
* LoveTriangle: According to their backstory, the whole reason the singing musical automatons were built was because Peter Walter I wanted to get ahead of his romantic rival Thadeus Becile in winning the heart of HotScientist Delilah Moreau, and she was "rumored to have a soft spot for music."
** ''The Ballad of Delilah Morreo'' seems to imply neither of them succeeded, and that she [[IncompatibleOrientation was a lesbian]] who was only intellectually attracted to them. [[CursedWithAwesome Who died and got resurrected by one of them as an immortal Vampire Queen.]]
-->But there ain't no man\\
For this Vampire Queen
* LyricalDissonance: ''Fire Fire'' combines the band's catchy upbeat family friendly musical style with a tragic tale of people ''burning to death in a spaceship''. In contrast, David Michael Bennett's [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=21OGE8wC_O0 solo performance]] of the same song plays the heart-breaking tragedy of the lyric straight.
* ManBehindTheMan: As the timeline linked above mentions, the Necrostar is behind quite a few threats to Earth. And possibly the Space Giant threatening the Green Apple Planet, as he outright admits to influencing him.
* ManOfAThousandVoices: Spine is capable of reaching a BadassBaritone to a high pitched falsetto. Rabbit too, who's even capable of imitating her brother almost flawlessly to comedic effect during live shows.
* MartyStu: Invoked and parodied in their song Captain Albert Alexander.
* MemeticBadass: Attemted and denied InUniverse. The Spine is not a superspy who uses his gadgets to topple governments, and he will not fight rampaging bears on your behalf. [[hottip:*:Granted, he never says he ''can't'' do these things, just that he doesn't and won't.]]
* MinorInjuryOverreaction: Beebop has a habit of ordering shutdowns and tuneups of the bots in the middle of concerts whenever he detects something that will increase the possibility of a malfunction. The trouble with this is that the increased chances of failure are usually a laughably small fraction of a percent, and the robots always lampshade this.
* MohsScaleOfRockAndMetalHardness: They're usually at a 1 or 2, occasionally shifting into 3 with "Ju Ju Magic" and "Automatonic Electronic Harmonic". "Fancy Shoes" used to be their hardest song, creeping up to a 4 at times. However, ''Vice Quadrant'' includes more of their faster and harder songs than before. In particular, "Necrostar" and "Sky Sharks" dip into 5 at times and "Progress & Technology" sit around a high 4.
* MoodWhiplash: "Dream Machine" is a soft, soothing song that closes out Quintessential. [[spoiler: Unfortunately, it leads right into the DarkReprise of "The Vice Does Tight", which is decidedly NOT soft or soothing and is what actually closes out the album.]]
** "Photographic Memories" is a rather bouncy love song [[spoiler: until the reprise of the opening lyrics near the end reveals the subject of the song as having already passed away, which deviates it straight into heartbreak]].
** "Oh No" goes from space epic into a sad ending [[spoiler: as the Astronaut, separated from Cosmica, is allowed to pass away]]. And then it leads straight into the creepy VillainSong "Necrostar" [[spoiler: as the titular villain escapes the interdimensional prison, merging with the body of the Astronaut and giving rise to the Necronaut]].
* MotorMouth: Rabbit.
* MrFanservice: The Spine.
** While an out of character example, Mr. Reed's blog is filled with enough pictures of a fit man in revealing clothes to ascend him to unexpected fan favorite status.
*** Jon has a habit of popping up in pictures on Tumblr in his boxer. Most notably in [[http://25.media.tumblr.com/tumblr_m7c9tcT28I1rxv0i2o1_500.jpg this picture]] from Michael's blog.
** MsFanservice: Bunny has her moments, too. Such as vlogging with her shirt half-open/in a robe. Not to forget that one... [[http://bunnybennett.tumblr.com/post/25531282668/steam-powered-giraffe-t-shirts-are-back-in marketing strategy]]. Live shows after she redesigned the character to be a female robot now have her shaking her hips quite a bit during some songs (plus there's the below mentioned addition of OfCorsetsSexy to her design).
* MulticoloredHair: Upgrade had bright red streaks in hers, and the Walter Girls all have blue streaks in their hair due to [[http://officialsteampoweredgiraffe.tumblr.com/post/55186921947/reason-7-to-attend-walter-robotics-expo-the their exposure]] to Blue Matter when working on the bots. Rabbit's temporary early 2014 upgrade gave her black and red cyberdreads (since been replaced by the above mentioned elaborate headpiece and more recently by pink hair), and sound engineer Steve Negrete is well known for his multicoloured dreadlocks.
* MyGodWhatHaveIDone: The second half of "Oh No". [[spoiler: "I've killed so many, what've I done?"]]
* MyHeroZero: Zero is a unique robot, given that he's literally built out of incomplete systems and significantly phisically stronger than the others.
* MythologyGag: Zero's backstory describes him as a robot that was formerly a member of the band, but who had left and had all traces of him removed, even his contributions to songs. While this is a {{Retcon}}, something very similar occurred when [[ThePeteBest Upgrade]] left the band in RealLife.
* NarrativePoem: "Captain Albert Alexander"
** Also "Airheart", "Rex Marksley", and "The Suspender Man".
* NeoclassicalPunkZydecoRockabilly: They've toyed around with and blended folk, funk, rock, soul, pop and hip-hop.
* NiceHat: Rabbit's coachman hat, The Spine's fedora, Hatchworth's derby, and The Jon's top hat.
** Also Upgrade's hat ( [[http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3622/3561688419_4ff9d1824e_o.jpg]] ).
* NiceJobBreakingItHero: A certain degree of "hero", anyway. Ravaxis Starburner freed Commander Cosmo to go take on Cosmica and the Astronaut. All well and good, right? [[spoiler: He did so by blowing up the Necrostar, which led to a surviving piece of it breaking free from the interdimensional prison sealing it and Cosmo away, which in turn led to it discovering the Astronaut's body and taking it over, creating the Necronaut.]]
* NiceShoes: [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin "Fancy Shoes"]]
* NightmareFuelStationAttendant: Hatchworth is sometimes prone to this.
* NobodyLovesTheBassist: [[ZigZaggedTrope Zig-zagged]], in the cases where Mr. Reed is the bassist then it's played straight, but when The Spine or Hatchworth are the bassist it's averted.
** Also averted when Carolina was given Hatchworth's bass to play at the end of Brass Goggles. The crowds went wild.
* NoisyRobots: The robots frequently make the sounds of hydraulics, especially when they are starting up or shutting down.
* NotSoAboveItAll: As much as The Spine like to think of himself as the normal one of the band, he can be just as eccentric, if less outward about it. Case in point: his [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=tU-VJOzb-10#! cover]] of "Diamonds" by Rihanna.
* OfCorsetsSexy: Rabbit has been known to wear a corset on occasion.
* OnlySaneMan: Out of all the robots, The Spine is the most level-headed.
** It is arguable that Steve is the closest thing the band has. Though this may change.
*** [[http://stevethesoundguy.tumblr.com/post/31288112517/thought-the-zoo-shenanigans-were-over-think It changed.]]
*** [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dqky476uHRk Everybody's weird except The Spine and Steve.]]
* PissTakeRap: "Overdrive" has one.
* PoorCommunicationKills: If only Jumbo the Space Whale had told Starburner that [[spoiler: Commander Cosmo was not alone in that interdimensional prison]]...
* PungeonMaster: Rabbit, much to The Spine's annoyance.
** The Spine has his moments as well.
-->'''The Spine''': Hi. I'm The Spine, and I was built with a titanium alloy spine.\\
'''The Jon''': A-heh! Ah... and?\\
'''The Spine''': And what?\\
'''The Jon''': Is that it?\\
'''The Spine''': Yeah.\\
'''The Jon''': Well, there's gotta be more.\\
'''The Spine''': No. That's my, uh, ''back''story.
* RedAndBlackAndEvilAllOver: Inverted; despite the color scheme, the robots are good.
* RetGone: All references to Upgrade have been removed from the band's promotional material since her departure.
** This policy also applies to the group's YouTube channel. Mentioning Upgrade is a good way to get yourself blocked.
** Word Of God has it that The Jon and Hatchworth will not receive the same fate. Although by the time Hatchworth left, all direct references to The Jon in the lore along with most references on the website were removed.
** Subverted six years later with [[https://twitter.com/Bunny_Bennett/status/841080076993101824 the confirmation that Upgrade's contributions to Album One would be restored]].
* RevolvingDoorBand: While the two siblings and their characters (Rabbit and the Spine), as well as sound engineer Steve Negrete, are constant, the rest of the band has changed constantly, most noticeably with them now being on their third replacement robot (Upgrade contributed to Album One, The Jon to Album One and The 2 Cent Show, Hatchworth to Mk III, The Vice Quadrant and Quintessential, and [[RememberTheNewGuy new-old]] friend Zero going forward).
* RidiculouslyHumanRobots
* {{Robosexual}}: The Spine has had to put up with advances from humans on [[http://officialthespine.tumblr.com/post/34400150939/spine-i-love-you-will-you-marry-me multiple]] [[http://officialthespine.tumblr.com/post/46715158633/spine-im-definitely-in-love-with-you-will-you-marry occasions]], and there may have been a relationship with a human [[http://officialthespine.tumblr.com/post/34398574476/do-you-ever-try-to-court-human-girls in his past]].
** The song ''Photographic Memories'' confirms The Spine has been in at least one relationship with a human woman. [[spoiler: [[MayflyDecemberRomance It didn't end well.]]]]
* RobotNames: Hatchworth (A name describing his function), The Spine (it describes his skeletal structure), Rabbit (reference to robotic glitches), The Jon (References to pop culture/actual human names), Upgrade (Slightly mutated terms related to math/machinery/electronics), Zero (built out of prototype pieces, arguably the "first").
* RuleOfFunny: Many of the minor details of the robots features and abilities seem to be governed what would be most interesting or funny at the time. For example, the robots cannot and do not eat, except for Rabbit's love of ice cream.
* RunningGag: Too many to count.
* SecondLawMyAss: Hatchworth and Rabbit have [[http://youtu.be/6Nt-Cj7II9Y?t=2m no problem disobeying the Walters]]. The bots generally have a good relationship with humans, though.
** "Only Human" shows their service is more affectionate than obedient.
* SharpDressedMan: Er, robots.
* ShoutOut: The title of "Airheart" is an obvious one to Amelia Earhart.
** "Please Explain" has a reference to Isaac Asimov:
--> Answers stem more questions and grow my algorithms anew\\
If there's no more concepts to grasp what would IRobot, do?
** "Malfunction" has a reference to ''Film/TheRockyHorrorPictureShow'':
--> When I say that I love you\\
Damnit Janet take it as true!
* SmartPeopleBuildRobots: The robots were supposedly created by a rich inventor named Col. P.A. Walter.
* TheSmurfettePrinciple: Until Upgrade left. Reinstated as of Rabbit's [[GenderBender gender swap]], unless you count the Walter Girls.
* SomethingCompletelyDifferent: The Steam Powered Giraffe Hour is normally an opportunity to see the members discuss upcoming events and projects, movies and video games, and maybe goof around a little. The [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Z_Kj1T--rq4 April 26th episode]] was done entirely in-character and acted out by the band members using a set of crocheted plushies of the robots sent to them by a fan. Unsurprisingly, it is widely considered the best one by the fans.
* SpellMyNameWithAThe: '''The''' Spine. Also, former member '''The''' Jon.
* SpoofAesop: The lesson of The Suspender Man is "don't wear pants, or you'll make a DealWithTheDevil for suspenders." May also be a FantasticAesop.
* StarKilling: [[spoiler: Starburner is not a nickname.]]
* {{Steampunk}}: Obviously.
* StrangeMindsThinkAlike: Rabbit and The Spine in the DVD, as pointed out by [[http://completelybackasswards.tumblr.com/post/64275729048 this]] photoset.
* TallTale: Their song "Rex Marksley" is one in the vein of Pecos Bill.
--> He shot lightning from his hands with a miraculous invention,\\
and zapped that evil demon train back to its own dimension\\
That giant copper ore golem, oh it was a fright,\\
till Rex projectiled pick axes with dynamite\\
He fought the corrupt Rattlesnake King and it hissed in agony,\\
then Rex taught all the jackalopes to yodel in harmony.
* TeamPet: G.G.
* ThreeChordsAndTheTruth: The Spine appears to be a believer in this style of playing.
* ToiletHumour: "Go Spine Go" has this in spades.
* TokenHuman: Michael Reed (until they added drummer Sam Luke and sound technician Steve Negrete).
** With the departure of most of the human band members, Steve Negrete now fills this role. (The jury's still out on the [[AmbiguouslyHuman Walter Girls]].)
* TooManyBelts: Rabbit wears three over her corset. In the music video for "Automatonic Electronic Harmonics" she briefly wears six belts. Rabbit also wears six belts for certain live performances.
* {{Unperson}}: Upgrade has been completely wiped from the band's history. Reportedly, the band had an especially bad falling out with her actress following her departure, although the relationship seems to have healed with time. Erin says that following Upgrade's departure, she was decommissioned after trying to take Kate Middleton's place to become a "pretty pretty princess".
* UnusualEars: Rabbit's new design replaces the hat with a pair of rabbit ears.
* VerbalTic: Rabbit has a stuttering vocal glitch oftentimes when speaking. It doesn't come up when she sings, though.
* VillainSong: "Necrostar". [[spoiler: The DarkReprise of "The Vice Does Tight" at the end of Quintessential.]]
* VirtualCelebrity
* VocalDissonance: Rabbit's appearance is decidedly feminine, with huge fake eyelashes and a poofy skirt. However, she can sing in a baritone range almost as easily as The Spine can. [[JustifiedTrope Justified]] in that Bunny and David Michael Bennett are identical twins (Bunny being [[UsefulNotes/{{Transgender}} transgender]]), so their vocal chords are similar.
* WhamEpisode: The entirety of ''The Vice Quadrant''... [[spoiler: especially "Oh No."]]
* WhamLine:
** [[spoiler: [[TheStinger "See you next time... in space!"]]]]
** "The Speed of Light". [[spoiler: "I'm not alone against the world anymore. Look out Earth."]]
** Following MK III's example of [[TheStinger end of the album Whams]], we have this conversation at the very end of Vice Quadrant...
-->[[spoiler: "Commander Cosmo, come in. Commander Cosmo, come in. This is Space Militia Ten.\\
"Earth Space Militia Ten, this is Commander Cosmo."\\
"It's good to hear from you Commander. The Astronaut has been eliminated. Your plan did seem to work, Sir."\\
"Once they were separated I got her to see reason. She let him die."\\
"What about her? Is she eliminated as well?"\\
"Don't worry about her, she's with me. General, there's something out here. I'm going to need to recruit a few heroes."\\
"Heroes? You mean like yourself? Who did you have in mind, Commander?"\\
"All of them."]]
** It appears to be becoming tradition, as Quintessential ends with [[spoiler: a [[DarkReprise Dark Reprise]] of "The Vice Does Tight" as well as the Wham of "The Speed of Light", despite containing no previous Vice Quadrant references, as the Necronaut sets his sights upon Earth.]]
-->[[spoiler: "Look out... Earth." Cue [[EvilLaugh Evil Laugh]]]]
* WhoWantsToLiveForever: ''Turn Back the Clock'' is a sad song about the band's relationship with a little girl, watching her grow up and have a child of her own with the bots not seeming to completely understand why time effects her differently than them.
** ''Photographic Memories'' is another sad song in the same vein, except now about The Spine falling in love with a human woman whom he outlives, and finds himself unable to cope with the loss as a human would.
* [[WhoWouldWantToWatchUs Who Would Want To Listen To Us?]]: From the start of MK III:
-->'''Steve:''' You mean someone is ''actually'' trying to ''play the album''?
--> '''Beebop:''' Affirmative.
--> '''Steve:''' Wow, I did '''not''' expect thatů
* WordSaladLyrics: "Ju Ju Magic", "Please Explain" and the rap in "Overdrive".
* WorkingWithTheEx: Bunny's ex Carissa is an additional Walter Tech during shows in San Diego, but she doesn't appear on stage.