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YMMV: Emilie Autumn
  • Anvilicious / Some Anvils Need to Be Dropped: Her wish for her live shows is to be an "anti-repression statement" and empowerment and You Are Not Alone. This involves shining a light on many sexist and demeaning things she's had to deal with in her life, such as not mocking suicidal tendencies/actions, not objectifying woman, mental health issues becoming a discussable topic and not allowing yourself to be put through crap and become defeated, in any way, to "fight like a girl" to get, really, anything you want.
  • Broken Base: Yes. There are two camps. Those who love Emilie and support her no matter what, and those who have grown tired of her behaviour, and feel that she's completely lost what made her special in the first place.
    • FLAG has alienated a lot of her Opheliac era fans as it's not as personal and has more filler then Opheliac.
  • Crowning Music of Awesome: Lots. Basically any of her instrumentals on electric violin.
    • Dominant deserves special mention.
    • "The Art of Suicide" (a sarcastic examination and condemnation of the reasons people use for ending their lives) becomes this in spades with a little context, when you realize that the album "Opheliac" (where the song appears) was made as a substitute for suicide.
    • I Know Where You Sleep, Thank God I'm Pretty, Opheliac.
    • Unlaced, the entire album, it is entirely perfect arguably and tells a story for sure. What this story is, is open to debate...
    • Fight Like A Girl gets special mention for the vocal evolution she goes through and the new sound she experiments with.
    • "By the sword, I swear!". Come on, it's a song about frickin' knights! The lyrics alone are empowering.
  • Does Not Like Men: EA has been accused of this, especially with the dawn of the song "Fight Like A Girl"(Iíll get my revenge on the world or at least 49% of the people in it note ).
    • She has countered this by saying most of the album is open to her male fans and there is some lines about "If you're against this you're with me regardless of gender" lyrics. At least in the demo version before she started performing it.
      • Also in the (recently released) studio version of Fight Like A Girl, there's the line 'Even if you're only a boy, you can fight like a girl.' Not perfect, but doesn't ENTIRELY hate men.
      • One could also consider that the "49%" is not necessarily referring to the percentage of men there are in the world, but rather, to the fact that Emilie has more supporters on her side than those that are not:
    "There are more of us than there are of you/So show me your worst!"
    • Fridge Brilliance comes into play when it comes full circle, she's refer to woman as the stronger sex, while saying Fight Like A Girl (Weakly) which confuses people which is the POINT of the whole exercise...With the 49 percentile (The people who don't get it) and the If You're Only A Boy ("Even if you're just a boy you can join in too").
  • Ear Worm: All of Opheliac, Enchant, Fight Like A Girl and Unlaced.
  • Ending Fatigue: on the album, the end of God Help Me is drawn out and repetitive for most of the second half of the song. Live, it's where the Crumpets get... ah, enthusiastic with their cups of tea and where Captain Maggots stage-dives.
  • Face of the Band: Despite Emilie being a solo artist, her live shows avert this. Most muffins can name at least the current line up of Bloody Crumpets - Veronica and Moth - which is probably helped by them being introduced during the show. The former Crumpets tend not to have their names known as well however, though most fans can name at least Captain Vecona and Lady Joo Hee (who is the only Crumpet on any album).
    • For the record, here's a list of Crumpets past and present: The Naughty Veronica (real name Veronica Varlow), Moth (real name Jill Evyn), Apnea, Little Lucina, Mistress of Sin, Ulorin Vex, The Lady Aprella, Lady Joo Hee, Centre of Happiness (real name Sarah Kim, now a cello teacher in Chicago), Captain Vecona, Captain Maggot (real name Maggie Lally, also lead singer for "Insects vs. Robots", currently on hiatus from the Crumpets to focus on her music career), The Blessed Contessa, Little Miss Sugarless, Miss Violet, Harlot of the Harpsichord (who never actually appeared on stage), Lady Tristan (early Opheliac era), Little Sabine (same as Miss Violet - announced but never debuted) and Jacinda (real name Jacinda Espinosa - who performed "Misery Loves Company" with Emilie and Lady Joo Hee on the WGN's Morning News (Janury 12th, 2006)).
      • That Morning Show performance is also where the fan nickname of "Muffin" originated - Emilie wanted something to replace the Precision F-Strike in the song, so she asked for suggestions, and recieved "Muffin". The rest, as they say, is history!
  • Fan Community Nicknames: "Muffins" and "Plague Rats".
    • Fan Nickname: Emilie "Awesome" has become memetic recently.
  • Fan Dumb: A number of fans attempt to emulate Emilie in a large number of ways, including claiming to have mental disorders.
    • One fun game? Do a people search on Facebook for "Opheliac," "Emilie," "Autumn," "Plague," or "Muffin."
    • Emilie toured with The Birthday Massacre, and... well. Some "Plague Rats" reportedly pushed their way to the front of the audience (claiming that since they had VIP tickets for Emilie's performance, they deserve to be in the front for the entire thing), and then being disrespectful and rude to TBM. Allegedly they stood and glared at Chibi as she tried to engage them, and gave them a very cold reception overall.
  • Germans Love David Hasselhoff: Owing much to her old label being German, Emilie did quite a bit of touring in Europe (5 tours since 2007) with Opheliac before getting to perform in North America at all and it wasn't until late 2009 that she could do a full tour. She knows it and gave a Shout-Out to the Hoff in a recent interview.
  • Heartwarming Moment: has it's own page.
  • Iron Woobie: Gets criticized and misunderstood from all sides, still gets trolled on the internet by haters to this day and though it still upsets her, she's still here and still making magic.
  • Les Yay: The concerts are just dripping in this between everyone, and in the case of Veronica, that also applies to the girls in the audience.
  • Memetic Mutation: LolEAs.
    • "Fucking patronizing fucking." amongst her detractors.
  • Nightmare Fuel: Yup.
  • Periphery Demographic: Despite the strong feminist themes in her work, a significant portion of Autumn's fan base is male; she refers to them as her "Asylum Boys".
  • Sweet Dreams Fuel: Her poem "Ghost", of a woman who has fallen for and is being courted by a ghost. It's surprisingly sweet.
    • "Remember", from Enchant, arguably qualifies.
    • "Across The Sky" heals whoever listens to it.
    • "Crazy He Calls Me" is kind of sweet in it's nuttiness.
    • Her acoustic violin songs Revelry, Leclair-Tabourin and Vitali-Chaconne brings the sweet dreams too.
    • "All My Loving" would also qualify.
    • "I Don't Understand" from Fight Like A Girl could apply.
    • "Swallow" is the most calm track off Opheliac.
    • "What If" is very gentle and beautiful.
  • Squick: "Miss Lucy Had Some Leeches". Parts of "Fight Like A Girl".
  • Suspiciously Similar Song: "What If" has more than a few similiarities to "Silent All These Years" by Tori Amos, right down to the title of the former conspicuously appearing in the chorus of the latter.
  • Tear Jerker: Now has it's own page.
  • They Changed It, Now It Sucks: There were some opinions of this around the release of Opheliac and with Emilie's promises of the next album being more metal and violent, some are already worried about it being bad.
    • The Asylum forum... dear God, the Asylum forum... just about every significant change has led to rage and fury from the muffins (the removal of the 'Filthy Libertines' subforum, the announcement that the 'Speak In Your Own Language' subforums would be made read-only, the chat's transformation, and the removal of every non-EA related subforum to say the least).
      • There was a rather lovely incident where fLee, a former moderator for the forums, made some comment alleging that some people had lied about the reasons they were banned. Cue a very angry reaction from fandom calling her out for being probably one of the biggest reasons why the fandom has become so fractured (she would ban people for ridiculous reasons, and generally was not a nice person to interact with). One of the biggest resulting scandals can be found summarized here - NSFW.
  • Unfortunate Implications: Naturally she has come under fire for "excluding" males in her Fight Like A Girl song.
    • And, you know, wanting to get revenge on all men and saying "Even if you're 'only' a boy"...
    • Some people have taken issue with "Take the Pill", pointing out that while it may be a flawed system, some people actually need medication to manage mental illness and that shouldn't be a bad thing.
  • Wangst:
    • Compared to her other, much deeper songs about sadness/depression, "Willow" can come off as this.
    I'm not unique in this
    Nor am I special, sweet or kind
    I court a thousand smiles
    Yet I keep my own to hide behind
    • When taken at face value, it's easy to see "Thank God I'm Pretty" as Wangst, particularly for fans who aren't that pretty themselves. More generally, though, it can be interpreted as a statement that nobody has the right to judge your problems as trivial just because you have an attribute that someone else lacks, which is something to which most people can relate.

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