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.
    • Each of her three studio albums have a distinctly different fanbase. Fight Like a Girl alienated a lot of her Opheliac era fans because it's not as personal and has more filler than Opheliac did. Her first album, Enchant, is wildly softer and more fairy tale oriented than either Opheliac or Fight Like a Girl, which doesn't impress fans of her later and darker works.
  • Crack Is Cheaper: A lifetime membership in her official fanclub was $100. When she stopped accepting lifetime memberships, prices became much, much more reasonable. Unfortunately, the fanclub barely lasted a year and closed in September 2014.
  • 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," and "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: Some lyrics of "Fight Like a Girl" qualify, such as "I'll get my revenge on the world or at least 49% of the people in it." note ).
  • 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 the late Opheliac era line up of Bloody Crumpets (Veronica, Aprella, Captain Maggots, and Contessa,) which was probably helped by them being introduced during the show. The Crumpets preceding them 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.)
  • Fan Community Nicknames
    • Earlier fans were called "Muffins," which came about from the Morning Show performance — Emilie wanted something to replace the Precision F-Strike in the song, so she asked for suggestions, and received "Muffin." Afterward, she used it to refer to her fans.
    • When she moved onto portraying the Asylum of her book, she started calling her fans "Inmates" and "Plague Rats" instead, in reference to the new theme of her live shows. Introducing new fans to Emilie Autumn likewise became known as "spreading the plague."
  • Fandom Rivalry: With Lady Gaga's fans, Little Monsters, especially after Emilie said that she heard "Alejandro" in a store and "it made [her] want to blow [her] brains out" (although she later claimed to have never heard any of Gaga's songs and to not be familiar with her,) and after she accused both Gaga of "stealing" her stage props of a wheelchair and crutches.
  • 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.
  • Hair-Trigger Temper: EA has been known to fly off the handle, and ending up alienating a large number of her fans over the years. A few specific incidents:
    • She shut down her forum and then lashed out at forum users in the Facebook post announcing the forum's closure, saying that everyone who used the forum should grow up and go outside.
    • Before the forum closed, she reacted poorly to criticism as well as assumptions made about her bipolar disorder on the site. This attitude lead to the infamous CosetteAlice incident, which lead to her quitting the forum entirely before she closed it years later.
    • She has destroyed several business relationships (those with RockLove and AromaLeigh are the most well-known.) There are also several fans who never received items they ordered from EA (including one fan who bought her iPod for a thousand dollars,) and have yet to receive a refund.
  • Heartwarming Moment: Has its 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 its nuttiness.
    • Her acoustic violin songs: "Revelry," "Tambourin" (Jean Marie Leclair,) and "Chaconne" (Tomaso Antonio Vitali,) 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 similarities to "Silent All These Years" by Tori Amos, right down to the title of the former conspicuously appearing in the chorus of the latter.
    • Listen to "Castle Down." Then go listen to "Candlelight" by Imogen Heap.
    • "Ever" bears a strinking resemblance to "Love Ridden" by Fiona Apple.
  • Tear Jerker: Now has its own page.
  • They Changed It, Now It Sucks:
    • After the release of Opheliac Emilie promised that the next album would be more metal and violent, and a few muffins worried that it might be bad. When Fight Like a Girl ended up being a musical concept album instead, other fans complained much more loudly about the change in direction.
    • The Asylum forum... dear God, the Asylum forum... just about every significant change made, including its sudden closure, led to rage and fury from the fans.
  • 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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