YMMV / Tarja Turunen

  • Covered Up: Listen to her cover of Peter Gabriel's "Darkness", then (if you haven't already), listen to the Peter Gabriel original.
    • Depending on your taste, "Still Of The Night" originally by Whitesnake.
  • Crack Pairing: Two thus far in her solo work.
    • Tarja and Phil Labonte (All That Remains) - "Dark Star" on What Lies Beneath.
    • Tarja and Justin Furstenfeld (Blue October) - "Medusa" on Colours In The Dark.
  • Fandom Rivalry: "Tarjaholics" vs. "Anette!Nightwish". And, no, apparently you aren't allowed to like both of them.
    • There is a small yet growing rivalry between Tarja fans and those of American band Evanescence. Evanescence singer Amy Lee Hartzler could very well be a younger sister of Tarja. However, most fans of one singer do not generally know of the other right away.
  • Launcher of a Thousand Ships: The more common version is the Real Person Slash and/or Ho Yay version...
  • Les Yay: Tarja and Sharon Den Adel in the video for "Paradise (What About Us?)" They give each other longing looks, smile coyly, stand really close to each other (to the point where Tarja's hair keeps blowing in Sharon's face)... And it all culminates in the two of them dressed in flowing gowns, holding hands and singing to each other.
    • They have a ship name now - Sharja - and quite the fandom, with fanart, fanfiction... Anything and everything!
  • Painful Rhyme: "Underneath", from What Lies Beneath:
    Even in my darkest times / overcome with worry
    Find the comfort in the storm / no reason to be sorry
  • Paranoia Fuel: "Lost Northern Star", from My Winter Storm.
    • "500 Letters" from Colours in the Dark, especially the whispered part near the end.
  • Slasher Smile: Tarja shows a rather convincing one in the "Victim of Ritual" video.
  • The Rival: Averted with her successor Anette. Both women have spoken positive (albeit infrequent) things about each other at interviews and upon Anette's departure from the band saw her link to YouTube videos of Tarja's solo efforts favourably. She's also friends with Anette's successor Floor Jansen (Nightwish and Floor's previous band After Forever toured together sometimes); the two have even appeared together in concert.
  • Yoko Oh No: Marcelo, her husband, is a male example, and Nightwish cites him as the reason they fired Tarja.
    • There's an interesting story about him - Tarja was apparently attacked onstage by a crazed fan in Guadalajara, Mexico during a concert in 2000, and was sexually assaulted. Allegedly, Marcelo had to save her, despite Tuomas' being right beside her, and then nobody in the band cared to check on her after the incident, so she was left crying alone backstage until Marcelo comforted her. This was apparently the start of Tarja's dissatisfaction with the band.
      • Here's an alleged eyewitness report from a fan who was there (note - this version has been edited to correct grammar/spelling, but the original can be found here):
    "Okay, I was there (at the Roxy) in Guadalajara, Mexico. They had begun to play "Fantasmic", when a crazed fan jumped onto the stage and grabbed Tarja, embracing her passionately. The security guards and Marcelo intervened, with Marcelo pushing Tarja out of the way. Tarja either fell or was injured, and she threw her microphone to the floor and ran offstage for ten minutes. Tuomas then explained that they would be continuing onwards, even though it was obvious that Tarja was afraid (but she finished the concert anyways). For this reason, Nightwish cancelled their other concerts in Mexico, and Tarja was unwilling to appear before her Mexican fans."
    "He attacked me sexually. Marcelo was the one who managed to get up there — he kicked the guy in the head. I didn’t even realize what was going on because the whole thing happened so fast, but Marcelo knocked the guy flat before the security guards even got there. Thank God he happened to be there. [...] I remember the whole thing was so ridiculous; our security guards were just gaping at me there in front of the stage, drooling and taking pictures [...] Some crazy guy had the time to get in from the back of the stage and do a lot of bad things in those twenty seconds he was up there. The security didn’t even notice the whole thing. I mean, it was really horrible — the guy got beaten up and thrown in jail. The organizers were so ashamed that they were just crying all over the place. I cried, they cried, we all cried. My shirt was all torn and my hair extension was lying on the stage. I felt so ashamed! I felt so awful that I just went backstage. I was just shaking. The boys were all shocked speechless as well. [...] I went back on stage — there was something like three more songs to do — and I sang and cried, cried and sang. I couldn’t look anyone in the eye. After the gig I went straight to my hotel room, and Marcelo left me there. I couldn’t even take a shower, I just cried on the floor. How could something like this happen to me? Only after that incident did the people around me — the band, Ewo, and everyone else — start thinking that hey, we actually have a woman on board. After that they’ve kept their eyes open.’”
    • From Marcelo himself:
    "During a concert in Guadalajara, Mexico, in the first South American tour in year 2000, an incident occurred that caused me to have a very weird impression of the band members. A fan came on stage from behind and attacked Tarja while she was performing. As soon as I could, I grabbed the guy, took him out of the stage and put him in the hands of the security. After doing this, I realised that the band was not performing any more. I run to the back stage area and I crossed paths with the band members on their way out, and Sami (who was the last person to pass me) asked me to stay with Tarja. I didn’t know what was going on and I did not understand what he meant by saying that. Only until I got in the backstage and saw Tarja crying and in shock. It was very strange to me that the band members left her alone and asked me to comfort her instead of them. Me, who had known Tarja for not longer than 9 days!”"