[[caption-width-right:300:The classic line-up of The Police. From left to right: [[Music/TheAnimals Andy Summers]], Stewart Copeland and Music/{{Sting}}.]]

->''"Walked out this morning, don't believe what I saw.\\
A hundred billion bottles washed up on the shore.\\
Seems I'm not alone at being alone.\\
A hundred billion castaways, looking for a home."''
-->--"'''Message in a Bottle'''"

The Police were an English rock/new wave/[[PostSomethingIsm post punk]]/white reggae trio formed in 1977 by bassist and lead vocalist Music/{{Sting}}, drummer Stewart Copeland and guitarist [[ThePeteBest Henry Padovani]]. Padovani was soon replaced by former [[Music/TheAnimals Eric Burdon and the Animals]] guitarist Andy Summers. Reportedly, the band was named after something they knew would appear every single day in all newspapers. And what better than "police" to fit this?

The peak of their popularity came in the late [[TheSeventies 1970s]] and early [[TheEighties 1980s]], during which they released five studio albums and assorted singles. However, the members' [[CreativeDifferences clashing personalities]] led to the band breaking up in March 1984; they re-united briefly in 1986 to re-record their 1980 single "Don't Stand So Close to Me", but broke up again shortly afterward. At the time Sting had no intention of rejoining them. They just kept ending up performing together again -- at Sting's wedding, while being introduced into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2003 -- and opening the 49th annual Grammy Awards, where they announced their return. Their reunion tour, which made them the world's highest earning musicians at the time, ended in August 2008.

With album sales topping 50 million and a string of hit singles including "Roxanne", "Message in a Bottle", "Don't Stand So Close to Me", "Every Little Thing She Does is Magic", and "Every Breath You Take", the Police remain one of the most iconic acts of their era.
!!Principal Members (Founding members in '''bold'''):

* '''Stewart Copeland''' - drums, percussion, (some) guitar, backing and lead vocals, (some) piano, synthesizer, keyboard, xylophone (19771986, 2003, 20072008)
* '''Henry Padovani''' - guitar (1977, 2008)
* '''[[Music/TheAnimals Andy Summers]]''' - (most of the) guitar, piano, bass, keyboard, backing and lead vocals (19771986, 2003, 20072008)
* '''Gordon Sumner (Music/{{Sting}})''' - lead vocals, bass, double bass, harmonica, synthesizer, keyboard, saxophone, oboe, drum machine (19771986, 2003, 20072008)

!!Studio and Live Discography:

* 1978 - ''Music/OutlandosDAmour''
* 1979 - ''Reggatta de Blanc''
* 1980 - ''Zenyattà Mondatta''
* 1981 - ''Ghost In The Machine''
* 1983 - ''Music/{{Synchronicity}}''
* 1995 - ''Live!''
* 2008 - ''Certifiable: Live In Buenos Aires''

!!Tropes applying to the band:

* {{Adorkable}}: Pretty much all their music videos except for "Every Breath You Take" and "Synchronicity II", as they were all shot on location with the band simply being themselves. "De Do Do Do, De Da Da Da" is an amazing example: the guitarists stand on a snowy hill miming the song while Copeland films their performance on a second camera, in the frame of the first camera that we see. They take turns throwing snow at each other, Sting tries to block Copeland out of the frame with the neck of his bass guitar, and everyone plays Summers' guitar for the solo.
* AsLongAsItSoundsForeign: It was an recurring trend when Nigel Gray worked on their albums to name their albums after something foreign-sounding. They stopped doing this when Hugh Padgham took over as their producer.
** ''Outlandos d'Amour'' (the name of their debut album) loosely translates from French into "Outlaws of Love". The title isn't even completely French. "Outlandos" is actually a portmanteau of "outlaws" and "commandos".
** ''Reggatta de Blanc'' (see WordSaladTitle below), which is meant to suggest "white reggae" but in fact means "boat race" (Italian, misspelled) and "of white" (French).
** ''Zenyattà Mondatta'' has "Zen" (as in Buddhism) mixed with "Kenyatta" (as in the president of Kenya) and the French word ''monde'' ("world"). Oh, and an meaningless diacritic. It's evocative of the band's world-music-inspired sound, but that's it.
** The scat singing in "Masoko Tanga".
*** The title of the song itself sounds foreign (though it could be Japanese as typing it into Google Translate in Hiragana reveals that it apparently translates to "Over there").
* AstroTurf: After "Fall Out" was released, letters began appearing in some local London music magazines praising the band's drummer, Stewart Copeland. Later (much later), it was revealed that most of those letters were written by one Stewart Copeland.
* BagsOfLetters: The "Message in a Bottle" gets 100 billion bottles in reply.
* BlackComedy: "Can't Stand Losing You", "Friends", "Murder By Numbers".
* BreakupBreakout: Sting is one of the most famous, but the other two have also gone on to moderately successful solo careers (Stewart Copeland as a film and stage composer, Andy Summers as a jazz soloist).
* BreakupSong: "Every Breath You Take," "Can't Stand Losing You," "The Bed's Too Big Without You," and "Someone To Talk To".
* CannotSpitItOut: "Every Little Thing She Does Is Magic".
* ClusterFBomb: "Dead End Job."
* ContinuityNod:
** "Every Little Thing She Does Is Magic", "O My God" and "Seven Days" (the latter a song from Sting's solo career) all include a verse about hilariously failing to invoke the UmbrellaOfTogetherness trope.
--->"Do I have to tell the story of a thousand rainy days since we first met?\\
It's a big enough umbrella but [[EpicFail it's always me]] [[CannotSpitItOut that ends up getting wet]]"
** In his solo career, Sting includes a brief, joking nod to "Every Breath You Take" in the fade-out of "Love Is The Seventh Wave", where he sings "Every breath you take, every move you make, every cake you bake, every leg you break".
** And at the end of "We'll Be Together", Sting briefly reprises the lyrics of "If You Love Somebody, Set Them Free".
** The video for the 1986 version of [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_GFKdecB9lQ "Don't Stand So Close to Me"]] includes background montages from [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KNIZofPB8ZM the video for the 1980 version of the song]], as well as [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7v2GDbEmjGE the video for "De Do Do Do, De Da Da Da".]] There are also visual allusions to, or sometimes brief glimpses of, the cover art for each of the band's five studio albums and the rows of candles from [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=svWINSRhQU0 the video for "Wrapped Around Your Finger".]]
* CoolOldGuy: All of them on the 2007 reunion tour.
* ADayInTheLife:
** A really {{crapsack|World}}y life if "Synchronicity II" is anything to go by.
** "On Any Other Day" from ''Regatta de Blanc'' is a more humorous example of this, and "Once Upon A Daydream" is a [[DarkerAndEdgier very dark version]].
* DarkerAndEdgier: The lyrical content on each album is progressively darker than the last. Curiously enough, the music gets somewhat LighterAndSofter with each album (not counting the faster or harsher songs that showed up on every album) because of the improved production quality, showing Sting's penchant for LyricalDissonance.
* ADayInTheLimelight: Apart from "Hole in My Life" and "Masoko Tanga" (with some piano work provided by Joe Sinclair in the background) and "Low Life" (with a sax solo by Olaf Kubler), the band recorded all their albums by themselves (Sting provided the horn sections on ''Ghost in the Machine'' and ''Synchronicity'', while Andy sometimes chipped in on synth and Stewart played additional guitar on "It's Alright for You", "A Sermon" and "Fall Out", and piano on "Does Everyone Stare"). The most notable exception is "Every Little Thing She Does Is Magic": while the band was recording it at Le Studio in Quebec, session keyboardist Jean Roussel constantly pestered the band until they relented and let him play on the track.
* DeadpanSnarker: All of them, Andy Summers especially. This even manages to translate into text form in the liner notes for ''Message in a Box'', when all three make comments on their B-sides and obscure releases. On "Dead End Job", Andy jokes that the [[SpokenWordInMusic job announcements he read from his local newspaper at the start]] was "the only time I ever got a compliment from Sting about my vocals." On "Visions of the Night", Stewart mentions that "the title was too cerebral for our early audiences, so Sting would announce it as 'Three O'Clock Shit'" and Andy mocks his early enthusiasm for the track. On the live version of "Driven to Tears", Sting jokes that "there's a very good Andy solo in there, though it's very short because [[CreativeDifferences we only ever let him have eight bars]]." And commenting on the live version of "Tea in the Sahara", Sting mentions that he thought they played it "too fast on the album and live", to which Stewart replies "Sting thought everything was too fast."
* DespairEventHorizon: "Message in a Bottle" is about trying to keep from crossing it, and finding out that everyone feels lonely sometimes; while the protagonist of "King of Pain" seems to have crossed it long ago.
* DownerEnding: ''Ghost in the Machine'' and ''Synchronicity'' both end with very melancholy tracks. The CD version of ''Synchronicity'' ends with the dark and cynical bonus track "Murder by Numbers".
* DualMeaningChorus: "Message in a Bottle"
* GainaxEnding: ''Outlandos d'Amour'' ends with "Masoko Tanga", which is... a combination of an intricate funky bassline, Andy reggae-skanking away on rhythm guitar, Stewart pounding away at a complicated groove and Sting singing Africanesque nonsense lyrics on top, with an ending that spontaneously combusts.
* GratuitousFrench:
** The second album title, ''Reggatta de Blanc''. It means "White reggae", a term they considered their music at the time fit into.
** The lyrics of "Hungry for You (J'aurais toujours faim de toi)" are almost entirely in French, apart from an English chorus towards the end. Unsurprisingly, Sting trips over French grammar in the chorus, awkwardly singing ''Mais non pouvons faire ce que nous voulons'' instead of ''Mais ne pouvons pas faire ce que nous voulons'' ("but we cannot do what we want"). In all fairness, the original line already has to strain to roll of the tongue, and the correct negative would just wreck the whole rhythm. The title itself is also grammatically suspect. He almost certainly means "j'aurai" (I will), not "j'aurais" (I would).
* IAmTheBand: {{Enforced|Trope}} by Sting and got progressively worse over the years, much to the chagrin of the other two. Copeland was even more upset because he was the one who started the band. See CreatorBacklash in the Trivia tab.
* IconicItem: The bleached blonde hair. Among the fandom, Stewart Copeland's short shorts and tube socks qualify.
* ImAHumanitarian: "Friends" and "Hungry for You (j'aurais toujours faim de toi)", though the latter is metaphorical instead of literal.
* {{Instrumentals}}: "Masoko Tanga", "Reggatta de Blanc", "Voices Inside My Head", "Behind My Camel", "The Other Way of Stopping", "A Kind of Loving", "Flexible Strategies", "Shambelle", "How Stupid Mr Bates". Some of them ("Masoko Tanga" and "Reggatta de Blanc") include nonsensical {{Scatting}} from Sting, "A Kind of Loving" features hellish {{Metal Scream}}ing throughout and "Voices Inside My Head" has two lines chanted repetitively in the middle: "[[TitleDrop Voices inside my head]]/Echoes of things that you said".
* ItGetsEasier: "Murder By Numbers"
* ItsAllAboutMe: There are so few songs written by the two non-Sting members of the band, because [[{{Jerkass}} Sting]] would refuse to play on them. He famously buried Andy Summers' tape of "Behind My Camel" in the studio's backyard and Andy himself ultimately plays the bass on that track. Then it won a Grammy for Best Rock Instrumental Performance.
** The reason ''Reggatta de Blanc'' and ''Zenyattà Mondatta'' had so many co-writes and non-Sting songs was because Sting hit a writer's block for ''Blanc'' and the band were so desperate for material they at one point considered re-recording "Fall Out", ''Zenyattà'' was rush-recorded to the point that the sessions ended a day before the band's tour was due to begin. During production of ''Ghost in the Machine'', Andy somehow managed to browbeat Sting into grudgingly playing on "Omegaman", though he retaliated by preventing its release as a single. More co-writes and songs by Stewart and Andy were banished to the B-side pile.
** The members seem oddly more reflective about it in the ''Message in a Box'' liner notes; Sting comments on "Friends" that "Andy's weirdest ideas made his best songs!", Andy and Stewart agree on "I Burn for You" that their main contribution to the band was pushing Sting to write more aggressive material, and Andy mentions in the history section that he and Stewart both accepted the fact that Sting was the band's "best songwriter".
** Their first single "Fall Out" / "Nothing Achieving" was written by Stewart Copeland, with Copeland providing both drums and guitars. Sting only performed bass and vocals. The band's third member Henry Padovani only played some of the solos. These two tracks bear far more resemblance to Copeland's solo work as Klark Kent.
* LastNoteNightmare: "Peanuts," "Be My Girl - Sally," "Masoko Tanga," and "Shadows In The Rain."
* LeadBassist: Sting was a type B and C.
* LighterAndSofter: There's a steady downward slope of edginess from the rough reggae punk of their first album to Sting's adult contemporary solo career. The band's later albums, while not as raw in production as the debut, made up in edginess with the band members' instrumental virtuosity, at least one or two songs fast-paced, high on the MohsScaleOfRockAndMetalHardness [[BreadEggsBreadedEggs or both]], and plenty of NightmareFuel, {{Obsession Song}}s and LyricalDissonance.
* LongTitle: "Every Little Thing She Does Is Magic"; "When the World Is Running Down, You Make the Best of What's Still Around".
* LoveMakesYouCrazy: "Next to You":
--> I sold my house, I sold my motor too
--> All I want is to be next to you
--> I'd rob a bank, maybe steal a plane
--> You took me over, think I'm going insane
* LyricalDissonance:
** "Every Breath You Take" is often mistaken for a love ballad. [[ObsessionSong Oh, how wrong they are.]] Some others think it's about jealousy. Still not right, but may not be too much off the mark either...
** "Roxanne" is actually about a prostitute, strange for such an upbeat song. Interestingly, Sting seems to have realized this, and in later years tends to play a more downbeat version of it, including the one he did with [[http://youtu.be/KaOxYx-fYu0 Gil Evans]].
** "De Do Do Do, De Da Da Da" is a cheery little number about the lies of media and politicians, or about how the girlfriend would always twist the meaning of everything he said, so he was left only with nonsensical words that could not be interpreted.
** "On Any Other Day" is a really cheerful-sounding tune about a guy who's having a really bad day.
** [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wEhaiklmBzc "Once Upon a Daydream"]] begins as a love story about a young couple: "Once upon a daydream/ Doesn't happen anymore/ Once upon a moonbeam/ Is this no place for tenderness?" Once the couple discovers that they are pregnant, the girl's father beats his daughter and kills her unborn baby. It gets worse. Very romantic, dreamy, and ethereal music that suits the first verse beautifully continues to play as the boy sings about shooting his girlfriend's father in the head and spending the rest of his life in prison.
** [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=32n3beXKlr0 "Can't Stand Losing You"]] is an upbeat song about a woman breaking up with her boyfriend, and at the end, her boyfriend threatens to kill himself (no word on whether he actually did it).
** "So Lonely" has a nice tune considering the subject matter.
** "Wrapped Around Your Finger" is about the relationship between a dominatrix and her submissive.
** "Synchronicity II" is a cheerful, energetic song about a dysfunctional family, including a mother who attempts suicide and a grandmother with psychosis.
* MilitaryBrat: Stewart grew up in Lebanon because his dad was a CIA officer stationed there, which influenced his drumming style and his music in general.
* MinimalisticCoverArt: ''Ghost In the Machine'' and its accompanying single, "Invisible Sun".
* {{Mondegreen}}: "Message in a Bottle" has the line "A year has passed since I wrote my note". To many listeners it sounds like "A year has passed since I broke my nose" which some say is an explanation for his weird singing style.
* MoodWhiplash: Done on purpose with "Mother" on Synchronicity, a yelled, dadaist song by Andy that is markedly different to the usual laidback sound of the album. There is a large contingent of fans who wish the song wasn't on the album. The CD of the same album also appends the creepy "Murder By Numbers" after the melancholy "Tea In The Sahara", but it works better because it remains jazzy.
* MovieBonusSong: "How Stupid Mr Bates", "A Kind of Loving" and "I Burn For You" were recorded by the band for the soundtrack of ''Brimstone and Treacle'', a 1982 film adaptation of a DennisPotter play that [[NonActorVehicle starred Sting as Martin Taylor]]. They were later released on the ''Message in a Box'' compilation. Sting also recorded two more songs for the soundtrack alone, "Only You" and a cover of "Spread a Little Happiness" that became a surprise hit in the UK, but these were left off the compilation.
* NeoclassicalPunkZydecoRockabilly: Or more accurately, new wave post-punk reggae rock with strong jazz influences.
* ObligatoryBondageSong: "Wrapped Around Your Finger".
* OffscreenMomentOfAwesome: Andy, Stewart, and label executives all wanted to release Andy Summers' "Omegaman" as a single for ''Ghost in the Machine'', but [[ExecutiveMeddling Sting]] [[InvertedTrope wouldn't let them]] because he didn't write it. It's one of the best songs on the album, and probably sounds even better due to not being overexposed.
* OutOfGenreExperience:
** "Next to You" is a fast catchy PunkRock[=/=][[NewWaveMusic New Wave]] tune with a [[BluesRock slide guitar solo]].
** Except for the slide solo, "Truth Hits Everybody" fits the mold as well.
** Ditto with "Peanuts" and a strange, horn-driven solo.
** "Fall Out", "Nothing Achieving", "Dead End Job", "Visions Of The Night", "No Time This Time", "Landlord", "Omegaman" and "Synchronicity II" all fit this description too. It's safe to say that the band definitely were into punk but it wasn't their main thing.
* {{Overcrank}}: The video for "Wrapped Around My Finger".
* POVCam: Stewart bought a Super 8 camera at the start of the band's career and filmed hundreds of hours of footage, even taking the camera to press conferences, record shop meet'n greets, and on stage. Stewart later compiled the footage as the film ''Everyone Stares: The Police Inside Out''.
* PrecisionFStrike: "Someone To Talk To". Additionally, "Rehumanize Yourself" has one instance of "{{c|ountryMatters}}unts", as does "Dead End Job" (it's hidden under repeating sound effects and other dialogue regarding help wanted ads), and "On Any Other Day" starts with StudioChatter where Stewart says "... the other ones are complete bullshit".
* ProtestSong: "Bombs Away" is about the Soviet invasion of UsefulNotes/{{Afghanistan}} that began as ''Zenyattà Mondatta'' was being recorded, "Driven to Tears" criticises the West's inattention towards global poverty, "One World (Not Three)" works in a similar vein, declaring that "one world is enough for all of us" and "Invisible Sun" is about the horrors of the troubles in Ireland.
* RatedMForManly:
** Quite a few of their songs, but "Demolition Man" probably tops the list, especially when recorded by androgynous reggae singer Grace Jones.
** Manager Miles Copeland's initial plan for their first album was to exploit this by calling it ''Police Brutality'', until he heard "Roxanne" and decided to shift to a different group image.
* RearrangeTheSong:
** The band members had trouble coming up with material for ''Reggatta de Blanc'', so they frequently resorted to raiding old material they had written and cannibalising it to make new songs: "The Bed's Too Big Without You" and the "Bring on the Night" were recycled and reworked from songs Sting had written with the band Last Exit, "Reggatta de Blanc" originated as a jam they played on stage during their first tour as filler (it seems to have evolved from the instrumental break in "Can't Stand Losing You"), and "Does Everyone Stare" was cribbed from a piano piece Stewart had written in college.
** Sting in fact ended up reusing most of the songs he had written with Last Exit: "I Burn for You", "The Bed's Too Big Without You" and "O My God" were rerecorded by The Police, "Carrion Prince" and "Truth Kills" became "Bring on the Night" and "Truth Hits Everybody", the lyrics of "Fool in Love" were used for "So Lonely" and "Savage Beast" was rewritten for ''The Dream of the Blue Turtles'' as "We Work the Black Seam".
** Also in his solo career, Sting performed several rearranged versions of Police songs. "Shadows in the Rain", originally recorded as an eerie, minimalist reggae dirge with noisy, atonal guitar solos by Andy, was rearranged for ''The Dream of the Blue Turtles'' as a jazz shuffle. "I Burn for You" remained a love song for the live album ''Bring on the Night'', but it lost the ominous production and climactic drum solos from the Police's version.
** For the movie ''Everyone Stares: The Police Inside Out'', Stewart got clearance to use the original multitracks for remixing, and scored the movie with the resulting "derangements".
* {{Robinsonade}}: "MessageInABottle".
* RockTrio
* {{Sampling}}:
** The riff and main verse structure from "Every Breath You Take" was sampled by Puff Daddy and made into the song "I'll Be Missing You" in commemoration of [[Music/TheNotoriousBIG Biggie Smalls]]' death.
** "Behind My Camel" has been sampled in "S.H.E. (Seductive Human Erotica)" by Tech N9ne.
* SanitySlippageSong:
** Implied by the final verse of "Synchronicity II".
** And also in "Shadows in the Rain".
** "Can't Stand Losing You" is another example.
** Also shows up in "Mother"; Andy not so much sings the song as he shouts it throughout (the instrumental backing just accentuates it more), and by the end, he's LaughingMad.
* SellOut: The band came under attack from the PunkRock scene they were trying to bandwagon on by appearing in an unaired commercial for Wrigley's Spearmint Gum due to being desperately broke. This commercial did provide them with their distinctive bleached-blond appearance.
* ShoutOut:
** "Don't Stand So Close to Me", again:
--->It's no use\\
He sees her\\
He starts to shake and cough\\
Just like the\\
Old man in\\
[[Literature/{{Lolita}} That book by Nabokov]]
** Reportedly, Sting got the title for "Roxanne" [[LineOfSightName from a poster]] of ''Literature/CyranoDeBergerac'' he saw in a hotel in Paris.
** The first verse of "When the World is Running Down You Make the Best of What's Still Around" refers to "Music/JamesBrown on the T.A.M.I. Show".
** The head of their record label, Jerry Moss, later purchased a champion thoroughbred racehorse and named her Zenyatta, after the album ''Zenyattà Mondatta''.
** After three albums of GratuitousForeignLanguage or just plain nonsensical titles, the band's first English-language album title is a reference to Arthur Koestler's ''The Ghost in the Machine'', which also inspired some of the lyrics.
** A separate Koestler work, ''The Roots of Coincidence'', inspired the title of ''Synchronicity'' through its mention of Jung's eponymous theory. The album's collage on both the front and back includes a photo of Sting reading from said book, with the front cover including a faintly noticeable quotation in the middle-left corner.
** "Tea in the Sahara" was inspired by Paul Bowles' novel ''The Sheltering Sky''.
** "King of Pain" includes the lyrics [[Theatre/OedipusRex "There's a king on the throne with his eyes torn out."]]
** "Friends" references Heinlein's ''Literature/StrangerInAStrangeLand'', "Your death, of course, will sadden me until I grok your essence."
* SiblingTeam: Stewart played the drums, and his older brother Miles Copeland III served as the band's manager.
* SingingSimlish: "Masoko Tanga", "Reggatta de Blanc".
* SingleStanzaSong: "Voices Inside my Head".
* SirSwearsALot: Stewart Copeland.
* SpurnedIntoSuicide: The person singing "Can't Stand Losing You" implies that he's going to do this because he doesn't want to live without the girl who rejected him. Of course he also says that he's going to make her feel guilty for pushing him into the act.
* StalkerWithACrush: Famously in the song "Every Breath You Take". [[MisaimedFandom Not that too many people got that...]]
* StepUpToTheMicrophone: Andy on "Be My Girl - Sally" and "Mother" (as well as the B-sides "Friends" and "Someone to Talk to"), Stewart on "On Any Other Day" and "Miss Gradenko" (on both of which he shared lead vocals with Sting) and the start of "Does Everyone Stare". Notably, the respective members wrote said songs.
* StockNessMonster: "Synchronicity II", besides singing about an emasculated frustrated man living in a suburban family hellhole, makes vague mention of a mysterious creature in a Scottish lake "many miles away" (possibly referring to the Loch Ness Monster).
* SurpassedTheTeacher: "Wrapped Around Your Finger", in the end.
* TitleOnlyChorus: The Police love this trope, particularly in their earlier stuff - "[[HookerWithAHeartOfGold Roxanne]]," "So Lonely," "[[TeacherStudentRomance Don't Stand So Close to Me]]," "[[EverythingsBetterWithDinosaurs Walking in Your Footsteps]]," "[[DrivenToSuicide Can't Stand Losing You]]", "[[LongTitle When the World is Running Down You Make the Best of What's Still Around]]," "[[DemonicPossession Spirits in the Material World]]" (more or less), "[[SleepingSingle The Bed's Too Big Without You]]," "[[ImOkay It's Alright for You]]", "[[BreakupSong Hole in my Life]]," "[[SocietyMarchesOn Born in the '50s]]", "[[AwfulTruth Truth Hits Everybody]]," "[[TearJerker Driven to Tears]]," "[[HumanityIsSuperior Rehumanize Yourself]]", "[[CreatorBreakdown Someone to Talk to]]", and there are probably a few more.
* TeacherStudentRomance:
** "Don't Stand So Close to Me" is about the trouble faced by a male teacher and a female student who have entered into a relationship with each other; she becomes the subject of vicious gossip among her fellow students, he is beset by accusations by the other teachers.
** "Wrapped Around Your Finger" sings of the relationship between a student and his teacher (the knowledge the student seeks from the teacher is left deliberately vague), the student vowing that while he may now have effectively sold his soul for the knowledge the teacher can impart, he will one day turn the tables and wrap the teacher around ''his'' finger.
* TraumaCongaLine:
** "On Any Other Day" is this PlayedForLaughs.
--->My wife has burned the scrambled eggs\\
The dog just bit my leg\\
My teenage daughter ran away\\
My fine young son has [[ComingOutStory turned out gay]]\\
And it would be OK on any other day\\
And it would be OK on any other day
** "Synchronicity II" has it PlayedForDrama.
--->Another suburban family morning\\
Grandmother screaming at the wall\\
We have to shout above the din of our Rice Krispies\\
We can't hear anything at all\\
Mother chants her litany of boredom and frustration\\
But we know all her suicides are fake\\
Daddy only stares into the distance\\
There's only so much more that he can take
* TwoLinesNoWaiting: There's actually two different scenarios going on in "Synchronicity II": A family drama gets to the point where it disturbs the sleep of whatever's at the bottom of a dark Scottish loch. ''And it's none too pleased''. The two events aren't linked by cause-and-effect, but by coincidence that seems symbolic to the observer -- the literal definition of "synchronicity".
* VitriolicBestBuds: Whilst they're all good friends and not averse to reunions, to say The Police fought a bit in their heyday is a massive understatement. The band almost broke up after Copeland and Sting started a fight while recording "Every Breath You Take" and producer Hugh Padgham almost walked out - manager Miles Copeland had to call a band meeting to prevent a breakup.
** There's plenty of footage out there of the band fighting each other during televised interviews.
** Copeland re-arranged his drum kit so that the cymbals would block out Sting on stage. He also wrote "FUCK OFF YOU CUNT" and Sting's name in Japanese across the heads of his drums, hoping to use his drum kit like a voodoo doll.
** During their Behind The Music episode, Copeland had this to say about reuniting and playing three songs at Sting's wedding:
--->'''Stewart Copeland:''' After about five minutes, it became The Thing again.
** The situation is lampshaded affectionately during an appearance on ''Spectacle with Music/ElvisCostello'', with Stewart reminding his bandmates just who founded the band--
---> '''Stewart Copeland''' Sting, Andy, now that the tour is over, there's something I've been waiting to say to you both for a long time -- (''Melodramatically'') '''You're fired!'''
* WhatTheHellIsThatAccent: Sting's singing voice is best described as "indistinctly Mediterranean." Also, Stewart Copeland, being an American who grew up in the Middle East before moving to England - his accent on the first verse of "Does Everyone Stare" is more neutral, while "On Any Other Day" sounds more American (which is admittedly pretty comical to hear for lyrics with British colloquialisms like "I'm the chap who lives in it"). Andy, while normally averting this and singing in his normal Lancashire accent on "Someone To Talk To" and "Sally (Be My Girl)", lapsed into it while performing the ranting, yelled vocals on "Mother", which sound noticeably more American/indistinctly mid-Atlantic, and recites the lyrics of "Friends" in some kind of indistinct exaggerated UK accent (''oi loik to eat moi friends...'').
* WordPureeTitle: Once more, "De Do Do Do, De Da Da Da"
* WordSaladLyrics: "Masoko Tanga".
** Presenting [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4Zq2HPUI41o the accurate lyrics!]]
* WordSaladTitle:
** ''Outlandos d'Amour'' borders on this due to its mish-mash of English portmanteaus (outlaws + commandos) and incorrect French.
** ''Zenyattà Mondatta''. In an interview, Copeland explained that the title came from a series of {{Portmanteau}}s: the first word comes from Zen and the name of Kenyan leader Jomo Kenyatta, while the latter is a combination of the Italian word for "world" and a nod to their earlier ''Regatta de Blanc''. He added that their {{Working Title}}s were in a similar vein, such as ''Trimondo Blondomina'' (three blonds dominating the world) and ''Caprido Von Renislam'' (less portmanteau, more of a misspelling of Catharina van Renneslaan, the name of the street where Wisseloord Studios was located).
* WretchedHiveOfScumAndVillainy: The one in "Low Life" sounds like a pretty fun one.
-->Lived here too long to be afraid anymore\\
You can't reach the bed, so you sleep on the floor
* {{Yandere}}:
** "Can't Stand Losing You" is a suicidal version. Hilariously enough, the BBC sidestepped the lyrics and instead banned the single because of the cover art (Copeland with a noose around his neck standing on a block of ice).
** "Every Breath You Take". The singer will be watching the object of the song, whatever she does and whenever she does it - after all, as he says in the refrain, can't she see she belongs to him?