YMMV / Skillet

  • Alternative Character Interpretation: Is the speaker in Whispers in the Dark a benevolent God, always watching over you, or a creepy stalker with a serious lack of boundaries?
  • Anvilicious:
  • Awesome Music: Quite a bit.
    • "Monster" is generally considered to be pretty kick-ass.
    • "Awake and Alive" is also seen as quite awesome.
    • "Falling In The Black".
    • "Back from the Dead" is a real head-banger.
  • Broken Base: Some fans only like their self-titled album, some like the recent radio friendly albums, and others like everything in between.
    • Is American Noise a less intense but good all the same song or painfully Switchfoot-esque generic CCM?
  • Dude, Not Funny!: Quite a few fans online are annoyed that they can't find a version of "Rise" without the 911 call in, seeing it as cheap use of something that is legitimately terrifying.
  • Epic Riff: Circus for a Psycho's main riff would fit well in a Mega Man game.
  • Face of the Band: John. May also qualify as I Am the Band because he's the only founding member left. Thanks to The Smurfette Principle, Korey and Jen also stand out. Seth Morrison and Ben Kasica aren't so lucky.
    • Inverted with their violinist and cellist in concerts, who actually wear masks for the first few songs.
  • Growing the Beard: Comatose.
  • "Holy Shit!" Quotient: Large portions of a crowd have been known to audibly gasp at the first instance of pyro. The "fifty-foot columns of flame" thing isn't much of an exaggeration, and it can be pretty frightening the first couple of times if you don't know it's coming. Not to mention that the flames are, well, hot, and can be felt at a distance when they're really cranked up.
  • Narm: John's dancing moves in the video of Sick of it.
    • A lot of fans consider the pre-Comatose albums to be this incarnate. The fact that Skillet has completely dropped everything from that era is telling...
      • Not necessarily all of it; songs from their Collide album (the album directly before Comatose) are still played at concerts. Anything pre-Collide, however, has been dropped for sure.
      • On the other hand, Awake (the album directly following Comatose) could quite possibly be their most narm-y album of them all.
    • After you listen to Monster a few times, the 'growling' cut-in can seem gratuitous and narmy.
  • Nightmare Fuel: "Monster".
    • The way the words FEEL LIKE A MONSTER are practically growled near the end of one version of the song can really catch you off guard. Say you're just sitting there, casually listening to the song for the first time in a month, and suddenly: I must confess that I FEEL LIKE A MONSTER.
    • The lead in to "Sick of It" from the end of "Rise" counts, with a montage starting with a 911 call from a woman calling about a man with a gun in her house, followed by her literally screaming in fear at her kids to get under the table.
  • Painful Rhyme: In "American Noise", John thinks that "radio" rhymes with "boulevard".
    • Rhyming "soul" with "numb" in "Rebirthing".
  • Periphery Demographic: Skillet have amassed a large fanbase throughout their career. What's particularly impressive is that of these fans, many are not Christian, and of the non-Christian fans, many are agnostic or atheist outright.
    • It has been known to happen that Christian concerts will sell out because of this, and there will be a sizable group of concertgoers that ignore everything leading up to Skillet, then leave when they're done.
  • Suspiciously Similar Song: Some people claim the song "Monster" is similar to "Animal I Have Become" by Three Days Grace due to them having having similar subject matters of becoming something you hate.
    • And a very similar tempo and similar-sounding lead vocalist. Also, coincidentally, Atlantic Records and ThreeDaysGraceVEVO uploaded Monster and Animal I Have Become respectively, on the same day (2nd October, 2009).
      • Plus points for both songs being featured in two seperate SmackDown vs. RAW titles (2007 for "Animal" and 2010 for "Monster".)
    • Now, compare "It's Not Me, It's You" to "Home."

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