- Covered Up: Sinead O'Connor's cover of "Nothing Compares 2 U" is usually considered an original by her because The Family was such an obscure band.
- Crowning Moment Of (Unintentional) Funny: Apollonia 6's "Sex Shooter". It's so ridiculously literal you'd think it was a Stealth Parody.
- Morris Day and Jerome Benton of The Time are pretty funny guys, ya know. Remember the "password is what?" scene from Purple Rain?
- Ear Worm: We're dealing with songs written by Prince here.
- Ending Fatigue: Many of The Time's songs eschew ending in favour of repeating the backing track and adding not really that funny Spoken Word In Music. Their first album also seems like it was recorded without an edit button.
- Erection Rejection: Most of Prince's early female associates embodied this trope with their Narm-filled lyrics and posturing. Wendy and Lisa are the most notable exception to the rule.
- Face of the Band:
- The Time: Morris Day. Was introduced as "Morris Day and the Time" for a period starting at the end of The Nineties.
- Played with in the New Power Generation. Tony M. was the lead for the first album, followed by Sonny, but the trope didn't really take off until Prince took over stuck his face on the cover of Newpower Soul.
- "Funny Aneurysm" Moment: Prince's character in Purple Rain is a Jerk Ass who bullies Wendy and Lisa and restricts their creativity. In Real Life, Prince was a huge Jerk Ass to Wendy and Lisa. Happy viewing!
- Germans Love David Hasselhoff: Wendy and Lisa found plenty of success in Britain while going ignored in the US.
- Just Here For The Drum Solo: One of Sheila E.'s main draws.
- Memetic Mutation: Morris Day's catchphrases.
- Narm: Vanity 6 and Apollonia 6's second calling card. The Time definitely falls into Narm Charm due to their charisma and all other associates have varying levels of the stuff. More successfully avoided by Wendy & Lisa.
- Older Than They Think: The Time's "Chocolate" and "My Summertime Thang" were originally written in 1983 before being released in 1990. "Chocolate" was released as-is, including uncredited performances by Wendy and Lisa.
- Painful Rhyme: Vanity 6 and Apollonia 6 had a fair share of them.
- Sophomore Slump: Wendy and Lisa's album Fruit at the Bottom.
- Tastes Like Diabetes: Mayte's "The Most Beautiful
Girl Boy in the World".