YMMV: deadmau5

  • Awesome Music: Tons. Many of his songs could be pointed to as "awesome", but the ambient 10-minute-long epic "Strobe" is often cited as his best song by many fans. Other popular choices for "awesome music" include "Ghosts 'n Stuff" (both the original and the vocal mix), "I Remember", "Raise Your Weapon", "Professional Griefers", and "Cthulhu Sleeps", but it's safe to say that nearly any song of his, especially those released in the last few years, could be a viable contender for being awesome.
  • Broken Base: A minor example. While Flame Wars hardly ever break out, there is nevertheless a distinct rift between the old guard (usually Random Album Title and earlier) and the new fans (usually For Lack of a Better Name and later). This was brought about by his sudden swell in popularity following the release of "Ghosts 'n' Stuff" in 2008, new fans brought in by his newer albums such as 4x4=12 (which generally isn't well-liked among the old guard), and his changing style over time, as seen in "Early Album Weirdness" on the main page.
  • Fandom Rivalry: Dubstep fans who don't like Skrillex tend to embrace deadmau5 instead. Ironic in that deadmau5 isn't really a dubstep artist (what with only two dubstep songs actually released as opposed to the many house tracks) and that he was the one who signed on Skrillex's Scary Monsters and Nice Sprites EP onto mau5trap and kickstarted his career.
    • Doubly ironic in that Skrillex is credited (under his real name Sonny Moore) as one of the writers for "Raise Your Weapon".
  • Epic Riff:
    • "Seeya" is based around an already sick, funky bass riff, and then the piano comes in...
    • Speaking of piano riffs, there's the one in "See Ya Next Tuesday", of which "Seeya" is a remake.
    • The synth riffs in "Ghosts N Stuff", "Some Chords", "I Remember", "The Veldt", and many many more.
    • The chiptune riff in "8bit".
  • Eye Scream: His eye after Meowingtons scratched it can count as this.
  • Friendly Fandoms: His fandom tends to overlap with that of Skrillex's. This is especially evident in how you can spot mau5head-wearing fans at Skrillex concerts.
    • A lesser example occurs with anyone who's released stuff on mau5trap - Feed Me, SOFI, Foreign Beggars, Noisia and Excision, for instance, have differing degrees of overlap with deadmau5's fandom. SOFI in particular shares many of her fans with deadmau5 because her vocals on "Sofi Needs a Ladder" and "One Trick Pony" started her professional career.
    • Thanks to the vocal version of "Ghosts 'n Stuff", deadmau5's fandom has quite overlapped with the one of Pendulum.
    • And in a rare example of crossing genres, his fandom is getting some overlap between his own and that of the Foo Fighters, due to recent collaborations and associations with each other.
  • Harsher in Hindsight: Any jokes about him loving his cat more than his girlfriend were quickly made this when they broke up.
  • Heartwarming Moments:
    • On his Facebook, he made a post stating that although while (1<2) didn't win its Grammy Award nomination, he would gladly see the award go to Aphex Twin (for Syro), one of his biggest influences into starting his career. The post even ends with Joel saying "well deserved Richard :D".
    • After Joel put up "The Veldt" on Soundcloud, a house producer named Chris James tweeted Joel with him singing his own lyrics over the song. Joel decided to listen to it on stream, as he had streamed himself creating the song, and his reaction is absolutely amazing. Not only does he crack many giant smiles, but he has his girlfriend Lindsey come in to listen to it and starts trying to contact James immediately, with plans to do a vocal edit right then and there. And it happened.
  • Ho Yay: Often has it with Skrillex and especially Tommy Lee, the latter of which was taken Up to Eleven when the two of them were blatantly flirting with each other on Twitter.
    • The above mention with Tommy Lee is summed up pretty well by this image.
    • The Ho Yay between him and Tommy Lee was also lampshaded by Tommy Lee's girlfriend, SOFI, after deadmau5 and Tommy Lee were discussing going to Fiji on Twitter:
    "@deadmau5 @mrtommyland now UR planning a romantic getaway? Don't flatter urself Joel - he asked me the same thing earlier today pffft"
    Tommy Lee: "@SOFIofficial @deadmau5 Busted!"
    • Aaaaand his friend Steve Duda. Deadmau5 loves this trope.
  • Jerkass Woobie: On one hand, you have the "cranky", constantly cussing, immature Troll who has a reputation of being a huge jerk, and on the other hand, you have the rough and socially awkward, but nice guy who loves kids and teaching music, babies his cat to the point of obesity (and writes songs about him!), has serious self-loathing, suffers from "severe depression and anxiety", laments his lack of a quiet social life, is terrified of failure, and has a reputation for bending over backwards to please his fans and being a blast to hang out with.
  • Memetic Mutation: "Go to bed Joel" is an injoke in the fandom after it was spammed incessantly on a Q&A session he was having on /mu/ and is usually used as a response against one of his trolling attempts.
    • "[X]mau5 - [Y] 'n' Stuff", such as "Breadmau5 - Toast 'n' Stuff", which is a parody of "Deadmau5 - Ghosts N Stuff". Variations are often posted all over the place in the comments for mau5-related YouTube videos.
    • The mau5head itself. Even if you don't know who deadmau5 is, chances are you've seen some form of mau5head somewhere.
  • Newbie Boom: After Ghosts N Stuff.
  • Most Wonderful Sound: The deliriously happy sounding synths midway through "Some Chords".
  • Portmanteau Couple Name: Skrillmau5 for Slash Fic involving him and Skrillex.
  • Signature Song: Either "Ghosts 'n' Stuff" or "Moar Ghosts 'n' Stuff". The former is used in the vast, vast majority of his cameos and promotions, to the point that fans tend to complain in video comments now about how overused it is, while the latter is a sequel/prequel song that he often mixes with the former at his live shows.
    • "Professional Griefers" is also starting to get this treatment. deadmau5 refers to himself as a "professional griefer", and the song is easily one of his most anticipated upcoming releases and set performances.
  • Sweet Dreams Fuel: "The Veldt", at least less so if you don't know the story it's based on.
  • Ugly Cute: The mau5heads, when not Nightmare Fuel.
  • Visual Effects of Awesome: His live shows have to be seen to be believed. Daft Punk may have practically invented the "epic lights and effects electronic show" idea, but deadmau5 popularized it, leading to similar show setups such as Skrillex's "cell" and Excision's "Executioner".
  • When He Smiles: Nowadays, he's very depressed and has been quite despondent, so if he genuinely smiles (which is rare), you can't help but feel at least a little bit touched.