YMMV / blink-182

  • Awesome Music: For a pop punk band, they seem to hold a lot of regard for people, becoming less of the generic pop music and making music for everyone. Take Off Your Pants and Jacket, Enema of the State and especially the untitled/self titled album showcases the band's career as a whole.
  • Base Breaker: Tom. Either he's a Jerk with a Heart of Gold with a slew of projects under his belt that didn't help blink's future... or he suffers from Small Name, Big Ego. Most fans Take The Third Option and seem to see him as a Jerk with a Heart of Gold suffering from Small Name, Big Ego. His Creator Breakdown behavior following his removal/departure from blink doesn't help matters either.
  • Broken Base: Enema of the State broke the band's fanbase in half, in large part because it made the band mega-stars.
    • Neighborhoods has those who are enthusiastic about the idea that they're incorporating elements of their various side projects into it, and those that hate it because it's "just AvA with Mark". While Dogs Eating Dogs received the same concerns, the reaction has been more receptive than with Neighborhoods.
    • Tom's "departure". There's a huge divide with the fans, there are those who feel Tom's been holding blink back and not caring about the project, but there's another small side that feel Mark and Travis took things too far. It doesn't help the former is the big majority of what people think about Tom now and are constantly insulting/degrading him and feel him being out will strike a new era for blink. Some just Take The Third Option and just give up on the band itself and listen to the music due to all both parties are acting.
    • Matt Skiba of Alkaline Trio being the replacement for Tom, at least for current shows. Some fans really see him as a good part, but there's a minority who still feel he can't replace Tom. It gets very very messy.
    • California seems to be mixed between those who see it as a return to form and those who see it as a boring, irritating retread.
  • Crosses the Line Twice: "I! Wanna fuck a dog in the ass!"
  • Ear Worm: Most of their songs. NA NA NA NA NA, NA NA NA NA NA~
  • Epileptic Trees:Is Tom Out of Blink/What Will Happen to Blink?. Basically over the recent events with whether or not blink-182 is done for following arguments between the three when Mark and Travis basically announced 'Tom is out of the band' despite the fact Tom stated he is not out of the band and did not quit as they said. This resulted with Poor Communication Kills and eye rolls by nearly everyone. While Matt is now a full member of the band, Tom keeps insisting he's still a part of the band, but it's known if he's speaking the truth.
  • Face of the Band: Subjective; both Tom and Mark sing an equal number of songs, with Mark being known for "Dammit" and "What's My Age Again" and Tom for "All the Small Things". Travis meanwhile is known mainly for his overall drumming talent, reality TV show, his near death experience.
    • Most older fans however, consider Mark to be the "true" face of the band however; in part because Mark is "more punk" than Tom, whose tendency towards the emo-sound (and aesthetics; mind you, he had an emo fringe long before the emo trend went big all over the world, with fringes and all!) alienated some fans.
    • Not to mention that all of their earlier singles (and as a result, videos) were written and sung by Mark ("M&Ms", "Dammit", "Josie" and "What's My Age Again"). It was only with "All the Small Things" that the tables were turned singles-wise (which is also video-wise). Album-wise, they tended to have opening and closing tracks written and sung by Tom most of the time, which hasn't changed so far.
    • Many people consider Travis to be the most famous (and talented) member.
  • Fandom Berserk Button:
    • Important tip: DO NOT EVER CALL THEM EMO AROUND ANY OF THEIR FANS. blink makes this "important" distinction even more complicated by those not in the know by touring with bands commonly pigeonholed as emo (in the Wangst, eyeliner, and tight pants sense), touring with actual emo bands, and actually counting emo bands as influences (emo in the "offshoot of DC hardcore punk" sense).
  • Growing the Beard: Most people would think they began to do this around Enema of the State, as when they went on, the band became less about making dick jokes and toilet humor and more serious topics such as suicide ("Adam's Song" off of Enema of the State) and broken homes ("Stay Together for the Kids" off of Take Off Your Pants and Jacket). The self titled/untitled album on the other hand, showcases the band's maturity in music, being a complete devoid album of comedic songs and more about broken relationships, growth in families, and more darker types of feelings. Tom's work on Box Car Racer and Travis's working on Transplants helped matters as well.
  • I Knew It: After spending months prancing about how awesome he was, Mark and Travis finally confirmed Matt Skiba is a part of blink-182, much to the obvious annoyed fans.
  • Jerkass Woobie: Tom, in spades. Despite everyone being assholes around the 2003-2004 tour and carrying on dissing each other during the hiatus, you can't help but feel bad for him: He missed his wife giving birth to his daughter, was rarely around, and simply wanted to take a break from the band to be with his family. That was something Travis and Mark didn't wanna do at the time to the point where they issued Tom an ultimatum that lead to him leaving the band. Add to the fact he had a severe painkiller addiction (that he quit cold turkey, not the easiest thing to do) due to spine surgery that lead to him doing things he still gets mocked for, getting so much shit from other hardcore blink fans blaming him for the band's break up in 2005-2009, and then being accused of changing the band's sound, you can't help but wanna give him a hug.
    • Even with the collective jerkitude and the clusterfuck that indues, you couldn't help but feel bad about their separation on some level, especially since they were thick as thieves for years. The breakup likely could have been avoided if it wasn't for outside pressure from the label, communication breakdowns, and other aspects fans likely don't know about. The songs on +44's album about the breakup are heartbreaking and "Start the Machine" from Angels and Airwave's We Don't Need To Whisper isn't exactly much better. Travis' plane crash pretty much cinched it, even though he survived, doctors were convinced he'd never play again. If he didn't make it out of the crash, out of suicide watch, or out of extensive surgery, let alone regain his ability to play drums, blink would never come back! Thankfully the band made up, but they've admitted that Neighborhoods wasn't the best it could have been due to the band being scared of fighting again. Travis' severe (and justified) fear of flying means that they're limited to where they can tour based on if Travis can get there by boat. Even if they're doing better, you might as well give them all a hug, just to keep your bases covered.
    • Tom again veered into Jerkass Woobie territory when he was, in a sense, kicked out of the band, due to his workaholic tendencies (with focusing heavily on AVA and such) keeping the band from making an album. In his departure letter (made after he was kicked out), Tom confirmed that Mark and Travis (mainly their lawyers) were going to force him to sign a contract that could have hurt the entire projects Tom had planned beforehand, and confirmed that he wasn't happy doing with blink because of his changing style. Basically, Tom didn't want to leave blink despite feeling like he didn't have it in him anymore but still went through it because he loved being with his two friends. And suffice to say, Travis and Mark don't seem such like saints after this.
    • It sort of becomes a mix of subverted to something the band had to do: Travis and Mark clarified in interviews Tom was holding the band back, which could make sense since Tom was focusing on his own stuff with AVA/His "To the Stars" projects and the range of Poor Communication Kills didn't help matters either. However since the announcement of California, Mark and Travis seem to be on speaking terms with Tom and Tom has wished his bandmates the best of luck.
  • Memetic Badass: Travis. Being considered one of the best drummers in recent memory, having a ridiculous amount of tattoos, surviving a plane crash, and recovering from multiple injuries including serious burns to drum again in full capacity despite DOCTORS saying he never would can do that. Definitely a Determinator.
  • Misaimed Fandom: Back in the day, the "All the Small Things" video wound up exposing the band to waves of squeeing teenage girls who didn't realize or care that they were making fun of boy bands with that video. That being said, plenty of said teenage girls still got the hint and there were still a lot of girls into blink before Enema of the State. Considering the amount of people who find each member of the band highly attractive (and all that stage gay), you can't exactly blame some teenage girls for not knowing or not caring, right? The influx of teenage girl fans for blink was practically a test run for the dominance of Fall Out Boy, Panic! at the Disco, My Chemical Romance and their primarily female fanbases in the mid-00s. Though that time around, the fandoms definitely weren't misaimed.
  • No True Scotsman: They always had this reaction from punk circles ever since their first album, but it really peaked with the release of Enema of the State.
  • Replacement Scrappy: Mixing with Matt Skiba as the new vocalist. On one hand, half of the fanbase accepts him with welcome arms and a new era for the band, but the other half feel he can't replace Tom. It gets sort of messy when people begin to argue about Tom's choices following his departure in 2015 and such, so it goes between Hatedom and Fan Dumb.
  • Ron the Death Eater: Many fans have turned Tom into this, especially on Reddit and tumblr ever since Mark and Travis blasted Tom out on their interview.
  • Signature Song: "All the Small Things".
  • They Changed It, Now It Sucks: The group's self-titled album took them into an emo-sounding direction, which didn't go over well with fans.
    • "Neighborhoods", although less in a emo-sounding direction and more of a "let's take blink-182 and elements from all the other bands we did during the breakup, put 'em and a blender and see what comes out of it" kind of way. Putting the Darker and Edgier feel of the self-titled and the directions of +44 and AVA into consideration, it's hard to see how some people didn't see it coming.
    • Tom himself, according to many fans. YMMV whether these are legitimate concerns, kneejerk reactions to his attempting to grow as an artist, continued resentment towards his partially painkiller addiction induced Jerkass stint right before and halfway through the hiatus, or just plain complaining for the sake of complaining.
      • Then there are some fans that will complain about his singing. Again that could be because of the painkiller addiction.
    • And then there is Enema of the State/Take Off Your Pants And Jacket, the albums that marked their mainstream breakthrough. Enema has its fans (with good reason), but a decent chunk of oldschool blink fans hate both (moreso Take Off Your Pants And Jacket)
    • California seems to be equally as divisive for the fans as Neighborhoods was, with many seeing it as boring with overwrought production and trying too hard to appeal to 90s nostalgia songwise.
  • What Do You Mean, It Wasn't Made on Drugs?: Subverted, although we wouldn't blame you for thinking otherwise.
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