YMMV / Tears for Fears

  • Covered Up: "Mad World" was originally performed by them, but most (read: underage) people only know Gary Jules' version from Donnie Darko.
    • However, both band members have said that they love this version of "Mad World". They originally tried to write the song as a ballad on acoustic guitar, but it didn't work, so wrote it to a drum beat and did a synth pop version instead. They have even covered Gary Jules' version live.
  • Epic Riff: The drum intro to "Shout", the main synthesizer riff of "Everybody Wants to Rule the World", and the main piano riff of "Head Over Heels" all count.
  • Memetic Mutation: Shout, shout, let it all out! These are the things I can do without, come on! It's also not uncommon for other people to insert a different word where "things" is. Just take a look at the band's main trope page. Somebody used it as a heading to describe all of the following tropes by replacing that word with "tropes".
  • Signature Song: "Everybody Wants to Rule the World". Yes, "Shout" was a slightly bigger hit but the former tends to be better-remembered.
  • Suspiciously Similar Song: "Sowing The Seeds of Love" was a very obvious musical homage to "I Am The Walrus", and it also had various other Beatle-esque touches. "Schrödinger's Cat" is, by Orzabal's own admission, another example of this for the same song.
  • Tear Jerker: Many, especially "Famous Last Words", which is about a nuclear holocaust.
    • "Woman in Chains". When Roland sings the lyric "And I feel somebody somewhere is trying to breathe", you'll be reduced to tears.
    • "Advice For The Young At Heart" invokes this trope in a somewhat more heart warming manner - it's a song sung by one newlywed to the other, with a timeless, almost ethereal Latin arrangement. The music video, showing a Latin American wedding, matches the lyrical and musical material nicely.
    • "And when you've taken down your guard, if I could change your mind, I'd really love to break your heaaart. I'd really love to break your heaaart!", from "Shout".