* {{Anvilicious}}: Much of Strapping Young Lad's SelfTitledAlbum is given over to ranting about war ("Relentless"), rape ("Rape Song") and other atrocities, which was actually Devin's primary impetus for getting the band back together. But SomeAnvilsNeedToBeDropped.
* ArchivePanic: Has ''definitely'' reached this status with the gigantic discography seen on the main page, especially when one keeps in mind that many of these albums (e.g. ''Epicloud'', ''Transcendence'', ''Casualties of Cool'', probably others) have been given special editions with bonus discs that are around as long as the albums they accompany.
* CrowningMomentOfAwesome: Performing a sellout show at the legendary [[http://m.youtube.com/watch?v=MBS-KoaDDhA Royal Albert Hall]] in London. He performed the ''Dark Matters'' half of ''Z2'' in its entirety and, in the second set, finally performed "The Death of Music" for the first time since he wrote it 18 years prior. And it was ''glorious''.
* CrowningMomentOfFunny: So much, he has [[Funny/DevinTownsend his own page]].
* CrowningMusicOfAwesome: A shitload of it. But "The Death of Music" from ''Ocean Machine'' tops them all.
** Album-wise, ''City'', ''Alien'', ''Ocean Machine: Biomech'', ''Infinity'', ''Terria'', ''Ziltoid the Omniscient'', and ''Deconstruction'' are often regarded as some of his finest works.
** The intro to "Juular" in ''The Retinal Circus'' starts with Devin snarking at his "evil self," ending with "I say to the Devil, I say...''BRING IT!''" followed by a sudden crash into the song's opening
** Even if he won't acknowledge it as one of his best albums, "Namaste" in ''Physicist'' can make you headbang for the entire song.
* EarWorm: An awful lot of them.
* EpicRiff: A lot of them, especially in Strapping Young Lad songs. "The New Black" and "Force Fed" are great examples. Amongst his solo work, "Kingdom" is a standout example.
* FaceOfTheBand: It goes without saying that he's this to the Devin Townsend Project. He was also the most well known member of Strapping Young Lad, though Gene Hoglan gets a lot of attention, too, due to him being considered a god among drummers. Jed Simon seems to be liked by fans since he's the only member of the band who Devin is still in touch with. No one ever really took much notice of Byron Stroud.
* GermansLoveDavidHasselhoff: While he does have a decent sized fanbase in America, he's '''far''' more popular in Europe. (Particularly in the UK).
* HilariousInHindsight or FunnyAneurysmMoment: Perhaps depending upon one's political views, the lines "You're a puppet / I am a puppet / We are all puppets" from "Color Your World" can be examples of one or the other after the infamous "No puppet! No puppet! You're the puppet!" exchange from Donald Trump's debates with Hillary Clinton.
* MemeticMutation: [[https://pbs.twimg.com/profile_images/465986804470927361/se83O-vf.jpeg This picture]] became pretty popular and has been reposted a lot.
* MisaimedFandom: According to Devin:
-->''Strapping Young Lad started as the giant middle finger, and then suddenly there were people saying "Yeah! Tell us we're assholes!"''
** Perhaps more horrifyingly, WordOfGod indicates that Devin is dissatisfied with "Rape Song" because apparently some people misinterpreted it as a pro-rape song (with lyrics like "Rape is just cause for murdering/Waste life/Die bastard die bastard burn" one assumes that some people didn't actually bother reading them). Of course, this is far from the only time this has happened in rock history; Music/{{Nirvana}} and Music/HuskerDu had the same problems with "Polly" and "Diane" respectively.
* NarmCharm: The chorus of "Stagnant" is incredibly cheesy ("And I feel it in my [=heeeEEEEEeeeeEEAAAAADD=]! Wooooo...") but the song still manages to be great despite (or because) of it.
* NightmareFuel:
** "Deathscope" off of ''Casualties of Cool''. Sounds like the same ghostly rockabilly as the other songs on [=CoC=] until you notice Devy growling under the main vocals followed by him [[MetalScream screaming at the top of his lungs]] right before a barrage of white noise. This leads into the same simple riff being played as if outside of a vehicle, creating the effect of being left behind. The piece ends with a lonely ambience along with a voice over from Che.
** '''''"God, quiet! Just a little bit of quiet, please! Just stop the noise for once...PLEASE!!"'''''
** "S.Y.L" from Strapping Young Lad's debut album ''Heavy as a Really Heavy Thing''. It starts with a rather cute sounding child telling a story about a bear eating children and suddenly gets overtaken by an eerie droning followed by loud metallic banging until we hear electric sounds accompanied by Devin screaming as loud as he can. The first verse is particularly chilling, not helped by Devin's aggressive, raspy vocals.
--> ''I am the coming of a new age\\
Past your shit by far\\
I was a puzzle in your sick life\\
But will never be a piece anymore\\
Because I worked through your fucking bullshit\\
And I worked through your fucking lies\\
Now I'm working on the edge\\
With a thousand times the stress\\
So I can damn you down to size''
** The screaming woman that's heard at the start of "Bad Devil". She sounds like she's either writhing in agony, absolutely terrified or both.
** His [[https://youtu.be/mtrHjuzmfww?t=2h56s conversation]] with his "evil self" in The Retinal Circus. It's just a head floating in a black space.
** The cover for ''[[http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-G7oQ-qubkYw/U4PRe391aTI/AAAAAAAAAfs/LyO3q0K0r5I/s1600/infinity-4fe9ba6b3a0fd.jpg Infinity]]'' features a naked Devin looking at you with what's essentially a SlasherSmile.
** "Info Dump", the last song from Strapping Young Lad's ''Alien'', has to be one of the most unnerving uses of white noise to date. Couple that to the ever-growing loudness curve and the scream in the end, and you get a really disturbing aural experience.
** Speaking of screams in the end, the ear-piercing shriek at the end of "Things Beyond Things" from ''Ocean Machine'' will leave you in shambles. The effect is compounded due to the album being in the softer side of Devin's work.
* SoOkayItsAverage: ''Physicist'', upon release, was pegged as okay but undoubtedly Dev's weakest album to that point (arguably, it still is). He immediately wrote and recorded ''[[AuthorsSavingThrow Terria]]'', usually considered one of his best and most personal works.
** Regarding instead Strapping Young Lad, the SelfTitledAlbum had a reception similar to: "it's actually good, but ultimately forgettable". After that, there comes ''Alien'', widely regarded as Devin's greatest work since ''City'' and excluding ''Ziltoid''.
* SpiritualSuccessor: Zimmer's Hole, not the least of which due to the overlap in musicians with Strapping, but also E.Val seems to be channeling Devin's vocals, to the point some fans thought it really ''was'' Devin.
* ToughLove: Devin's manager Andy Farrow had to do a lot of this to him to get him out of his latest CreatorBreakdown. He describes it in detail in his interview with ChrisJericho.
* UglyCute: [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=x7YOTViuNS0 Poozers]], the loyal race of creatures from the planet Titan that invade Earth in ''Z2''.
* WhatDoYouMeanItWasntMadeOnDrugs: Ziltoid loves this trope.
-->'''In "Omnidimensional Creator":'''\\
Modular forms and elliptic curves!\\
Infinite phi revolving around infinite parallels,\\
fractals of infinite reality,\\
each cascading, gliding in an infinite wheel!\\
Tell me the true nature of my reality!

-->'''In "Messages from Ziltoid":'''\\
Acknowledging the past of me that was lost.\\
I have repressed too many years!\\
My utopia was within my grasp!\\
Doomed in absentia!\\
Left to be sentenced!\\
Still rising to cherish all the things I have left.

-->'''In "A Ziltoidian Rapture":'''\\
Tell me, are you going to finish all that yourself?\\
The knot backwards, he put his jaws upon his beard\\
They make laments upon the wonderous truths\\
Ow! Ow! Ow! Grab me your hand and pluck\\
The branch lit off the great thorn.\\
And the true crime\\
Why dost thou mock me?\\
What's to be?
** Devin and his friends ''had'' to have smoked ''something'' before making [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tMTM8ARWf2c this.]]