* CreatorBreakdown: One of the most notable in the indie rock world, Jeff Mangum suffered a pretty serious nervous breakdown which he credited to the unfulfilled hope that his music could help the people he cared about who were suffering (namely the individuals whose stories inspired ''In the Aeroplane over the Sea'', and in the same vein Anne Frank). He stopped playing live for nearly a decade and has only recorded a small handful of songs since.
* CrowningMusicOfAwesome: WITH HORNS!
** The climax of "Ghost."
* FaceOfTheBand: Jeff Mangum for sure.
** The potato/drum girl on the cover of ITAOTS
* FreudWasRight: Jeff sometimes uses sexual imagery to describe non-sexual things, such as in [[MemeticMutation "Communist Daughter,"]] [[PlayingWithATrope so....uh,]] ''[[InvertedTrope inverted?]]''
** Who says "Communist Daughter" can't be sexual?
* MemeticMutation: The cover of ''[[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:In_the_aeroplane_over_the_sea_album_cover_copy.jpg In The Aeroplane Over The Sea]]''. [[WhatDoYouMeanItWasntMadeOnDrugs Just look at it]].
** IIIII LOOOOOVE YOOOOUU JESUUUUUS CHA-RIIIIIIIIIIIST
*** JEEEEESUS CHRIIIIST III LOOOOOVE YOOOUUUU YEEEEEES III DOOOOOOOOOO
** SEMEN STAINS THE MOUNTAINTOPS
* {{Narm}}: Some of the WordSaladLyrics ''really'' push the RuleOfSymbolism as far as it will go, and Jeff's voice doesn't help when he reaches his higher register. See MemeticMutation.
** Despite its heavy dose of NightmareFuel, Jeff's breakdown at the end of Sailing Through is this for some.
* ReclusiveArtist: Mangum remained out of the limelight for ten years. In 2009, he began making live appearances again, usually sitting in with his friends' bands or playing solo gigs for charity.
* SignatureSong:
** "Holland, 1945"
** "Song Against Sex"
** "In the Aeroplane Over the Sea"
* TrueArtIsAngsty
* TrueArtIsIncomprehensible
* TheWoobie: Jeff Mangum really deserves a hug.
* UnacceptableTargets: Due to being an indie band that hasn't sold out beyond its [[CultClassic massive cult]], any criticism towards them is met with massive backlash.