[[caption-width-right:350:L-R: Goldy [=McJohn=], Jerry Edmonton, John Kay, Larry Byrom and George Biondo.]]

->"''Like a true nature's child\\
We were born, born to be wild\\
We can climb so high\\
I never wanna die...''"

'''Steppenwolf''' are a Canadian-American rock band from UsefulNotes/{{Toronto}} and UsefulNotes/LosAngeles that formed in 1967. They are best known for their hits "Born to Be Wild" and "Magic Carpet Ride".

As usual, you can find the basics at [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Steppenwolf_(band) The Other Wiki]].

!! "Like a trope nature's child":
* AnimalMotifs: Wolves, of course.
* AwesomeMcCoolName: Dennis Edmonton wrote "Born to Be Wild" under the pseudonym Mars Bonfire.
* BadassBiker: Ever since ''Film/EasyRider'', "Born to Be Wild" has been associated with them, and pretty much with being a badass in general.
* ChronologicalAlbumTitle: ''Steppenwolf The Second''.
* ConceptAlbum: ''Monster'' was a political statement about the times (1970). ''For Ladies Only'' is apparently about feminism, although the lyrics don't really put that across. The cover art didn't help.
* CoolShades[=/=]SunglassesAtNight: John Kay, due to being nearly blind.
* CoverVersion: Music/MuddyWaters' "Hoochie Coochie Man" and Hoyt Axton's "The Pusher" and "Snowblind Friend".
* DanceSensation: "Hippo Stomp".
** ContinuityNod: It's mentioned in the title track of ''For Ladies Only''.
* DemBones: On the cover of ''[=SkullDuggery=]''.
* DrugsAreBad: Played straight with "The Pusher" and "Snowblind Friend". "Don't Step on the Grass, Sam" rips a politician for speaking out against marijuana.
* HardRock: One of the popularizers.
* HeavyMeta: "Rock Me".
* IAmSong: "Rock Steady (I'm Rough and Ready)".
* IAmTheBand: John Kay is the only original member left.
* {{Instrumentals}}: "Black Pit".
* LiteraryAllusionTitle: Named for the Creator/HermannHesse novel of the same name.
* LiveAlbum: Their first was ''Early Steppenwolf''.
* MohsScaleOfRockAndMetalHardness: "Born to Be Wild" registers a 4, bordering on (but not quite reaching) a 5.
** Some of their other songs are higher- "Sookie Sookie", for example, is a solid 5. And other songs, like "Magic Carpet Ride" and "The Pusher" are on the border of 3 and 4. They had a certain amount of variety in this department- hell, portions of the second side of ''Steppenwolf the Second'' get as low as 1 at times.
* OneWomanSong: "Annie Annie Over", "Caroline (Are You Ready for the Outlaw World)".
* ProtestSong: ''Monster'' is a protest ''album''.
* RevolvingDoorBand: Many different members covering two separate versions of the band.
* ShoutOut[=/=]SongOfSongTitles: "Berry Rides Again" is this to Music/ChuckBerry.
** "Magic Carpet Ride" mentions "Literature/{{Aladdin}}'s lamp".
* SingleStanzaSong: "Reflections".
* SomethingBlues: "Gang War Blues", "Smokey Factory Blues".
* UrExample: "Born to Be Wild" is credited with introducing the term "HeavyMetal".
* AWildRapperAppears: They rerecorded "Magic Carpet Ride" in 1988 with [[Music/GrandmasterFlashAndTheFuriousFive Grandmaster Flash]].