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YMMV: "Weird Al" Yankovic
  • Acceptable Hard Luck Targets: In "Word Crimes", Al calls you a "mouth breather" for committing all the horrible word crimes he points out in the song.
  • Acceptable Targets:
    • "Pretty Fly For A Rabbi"
    • "Fat"
    • "Canadian Idiot", although if you pay attention to the lyrics it's actually using over-zealous American nationalists as Acceptable Targets rather than Canadians.
    • "White & Nerdy"
    • "Amish Paradise", arguably. (He doesn't totally ridicule them, just some teasing.)
    • "She Never Told Me She Was A Mime".
    • "Party at the Leper Colony"
    • According to "Albuquerque," Bio-Dome.
      • Pauly Shore movies, and Pauly Shore himself, in general.
  • Alternative Character Interpretation: Dan's smile as he poses with a family at the end of the "Skipper Dan" is either a heartwarming sign that he's accepted his life for what it is or the most depressing exampled of Stepford Smiler ever.
  • Awesome Music:
  • Covered Up: Al does this to other artists; younger fans might not know that, for instance, "I Lost On Jeopardy" is a cover of Greg Kihn's "Our Love's In Jeopardy". (Kihn wasn't offended—he appears in Al's music video for the song.)
  • Crosses the Line Twice:
  • Dork Age: Some fans felt that Al's appearance entered a Dork Age after he lost the glasses, grew out his hair, and shaved his mustache - in other words, when his look became more "mainstream."
  • Ear Worm: Everything he's ever made. But especially Trapped in the Drive Thru.
    "Then we drive to the drive-thru
    Heading off to the drive-thru
    We're approaching the drive-thru
    Getting close to the drive-thru!
    Almost there at the drive-thru
    Now we're here at the drive thru
    Here in line at the drive-thru
    Did I mention the drive-thru?"
  • Epic Riff:
    • "Eat It" has a riff that's so epic the guitar explodes.
    • Apart from parodying songs that are famous for Epic Riffs themselves ("Smells Like Nirvana", "Beverly Hillbillies/Money For Nothing"), a few of Al's originals fit this trope as well. "I'll Sue Ya," "Dare to be Stupid," and the White Stripes flavored "CNR" all come to mind.
  • Face of the Band: Al has recorded with the same band (Jon "Bermuda" Schwartz, Jim West, and Steve Jay) for virtually his entire career, and they appear in all his videos. How many, outside of his dedicated fans, even know they exist (beyond saying "Hey, It's That Guy! from all of Weird Al's videos!")?
    • Lampshaded by the band themselves in "Al's Band," a stand-alone single featuring Al solely on accordion. Sung by the guys themselves, it details their history with him.
  • "Funny Aneurysm" Moment:
    • By a day. Al released "TMZ" on Alpocalypse on June 21, 2011, which contains the lyrics "... it's getting to the point where a famous person can't / Even get a DUI or go on a racist rant" and "Seems that every single time a star decides to / Shave their head or ram their car into a tree / They're on TMZ." The day before, Ryan Dunn of Jackass had killed himself by getting drunk and plowing into a tree at high speed. The story was, naturally, on TMZ.
    • The video for "TMZ" depicts a celebrity being plagued by photos of her own behind getting spread everywhere. Scarlett Johansson would go through this for real.
    • The opening line of "Traffic Jam", "Carbon monoxide making me choke", became far less amusing after Al's parents simultaneously succumbed to CO poisoning.
    • "Canadian Idiot" features the line "Never even bring their guns to the mall". The Toronto mall shooting begs to differ.
    • "Fat", after learning about how fast food restaurants target and exploit low-income neighborhoods with their cheap but unhealthy food.
    • "Ringtone" has a line about "folks with Ebola" hating Al's ringtone. This became much less funny after the 2014 Ebola outbreak.
      • As did "That's Your Horoscope For Today" with the line for Pisces to "try to avoid any Virgos or Leos with the Ebola virus".
    • "Buckingham Blues" is a satire on the lives of Prince Charles and Princess Diana. Al has not performed or rerecorded this song since the latter's death in 1997.
  • Funny Moments: Most of his songs have at least one, but special mention is deserved for the "Smells Like Nirvana" music video. ALL OF IT. Now has its own page.
  • Harsher in Hindsight:
    • The title of "Christmas at Ground Zero''.
    • Al himself felt this way about "Achy Breaky Song", and apologized to Billy Ray Cyrus by donating money to his favorite charity.
  • Heartwarming Moments: Now has its own page.
  • Hilarious in Hindsight:
    • "I'll Be Mellow When I'm Dead", off his first album, contains the lyrics "I'd rather have a Big Mac or a Jumbo Jack than all the bean sprouts in Japan!" and "Don't want no part of that vegetarian scene." Al has since become a vegan.
    • He once wrote a song called "I Lost on Jeopardy". Later, he went on Rock & Roll Jeopardy...and lost.
      • Al also won a game of Wheel of Fortune during a charity week, but lost on the "Friday Finals" tournament at the end of the week.
    • "Theme from Rocky XIII" depicted the Champ taking ownership of the neighborhood deli...this was before Rocky Balboa, wherein he purchased a restaurant.
    • Also, in "It's All About the Pentiums", Al describes his personal computer as having a 40-inch-wide flatscreen monitor, 100 gigabytes of RAM, and a 32-bit operating system which is connected to the internet via a T1 line. While 40 inch monitors did exist and in fact became common a few years later as High Definition became standard, 32-bit x86 processors (Pentiums) cannot address more than 64 gigabytes of RAM, and no commercial 32-bit operating system as of 1999 permitted addressing more than 4. However, some versions of the 64-bit Windows 7 (and now Windows 8) can address 192 gigabytes of RAM thus making the lyrics of his song a possibility. As of now, most commercial motherboards can only support between 32-64 gigabytes of RAM. A dedicated RAM disk, on the other hand...
      • In the same song, Al says, "You could back up your whole hard drive on a floppy diskette." While small floppy diskettes can actually store up to over 200 megabytes of RAM, they were actually superseded through the years up from 1999 by data storage methods such as USB flash drives, which could now contain up to a terabyte; these drives were in their stages of infancy in 1999 at the time that the song was released, and did not go into the first commercial product until over a year later.
      • Also, not withstanding, that with the advance of this technology, it has since become common practice for one to back up their entire hard drive so they don't lose any of their files in the event of their computer becoming unusable.
    • At one time in the music video for "White & Nerdy", one fictional Trivial Pursuit game asks a question on what page in the next (actually last) book Harry Potter would die (Harry gets better, though).
    • The video for "Ringtone", produced by the minds behind Supernews, was released in August 2009. During the list of people who hate the ringtone, once the lyrics get to "all the Pakistanis", Osama bin Laden can be seen hiding behind them. The existence of the Abbottabad compound wouldn't be revealed to the American public until almost two years later.
    • In the song called "Yoda", we have the line "I'll be playing this part 'till I'm old and gray." Mark Hamill may not be gray, but he certainly is old, and he is still going to be playing Luke in the upcoming sequels.
    • "Albuquerque":
    And, by the way, if one day you happen to wake up and find yourself in an existential quandary, full of loathing and self-doubt, and wracked with the pain and isolation of your pitiful meaningless existence; at least you can take a small bit of comfort in knowing that somewhere out there in this crazy old mixed-up universe of ours, there's still a little place... Called Albuquerque!.
    • "White and Nerdy" has a line that mentions social networking site MySpace, which was overtaken by Facebook in terms of popularity just a few short years later.
    • The cover of Alpocalypse (released in 2011) features the Horsemen of the Apocalypse, of which one is Al riding a horse that has his signature hairstyle for a mane. Cue February 2014, when Al voices a horse that has his signature hairstyle for a mane in My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic.
      • One of the songs from that album, "Stop Forwarding That Crap to Me", had Al ranting about unwanted things being sent to his email address. In the same vain, one of those happened to be unicorns, one of the pony races in FiM.
    • From "Polkamon". Oh, if only he knew...
    "Hold on a minute, there's still at least one hundred twenty-seven more!"
  • Memetic Mutation: "'Cause right now, I'd do/Anything to just get my bowels evacuated/Iiiinnn theeee baaathroooom..."
  • Misattributed Song:
  • Moment Of Awesome: Now has its own page.
  • Mondegreen: Somehow inverted; because of Al's very articulate method of singing, some people say they can even understand the lyrics in his medleys better than the actual songs.
  • Nausea Fuel: "Trash Day" full-stop.
  • Never Live It Down: He became so known for singing about food in his early career (even releasing a compilation album of food songs) that many artists approached for parody automatically assume it's about food (most notably Kurt Cobain of Nirvana, who specifically asked Al to not make "Smells Like Nirvana" be a song about food).
  • Nightmare Fuel:
    • "Christmas at Ground Zero". The last lines say it all:
    What a crazy fluke
    We're gonna get nuked
    On this jolly holiday.
  • Retroactive Recognition: Long before Key And Peele got their own online fame, they had a cameo in the music video for "White and Nerdy."
  • Seinfeld Is Unfunny: In these days when anyone can put a parody song on YouTube, some people don't get what's so great about Al.
  • Signature Song: "Eat It".
  • So Bad, It's Good: "Girls Just Wanna Have Lunch", only because of how deliberately bad he made it.
  • Some Anvils Need to Be Dropped:
    • TMZ. Like many of his other songs, it's a brilliant (if somewhat awkward, see above) parody with strong attention paid to the original. But when you really listen in on the lyrics, you'll realize that it's actually a serious commentary of our culture and how accepting we are of how shameful the paparazzi has become. It's really a Take That at what our popular culture has become and how little we've learned from the Princess Diana catastrophe. This is reinforced in the music video where the celebrity in question is running in the streets. Humiliated beyond words. Beyond comprehension. THAT alone says something.
    • Phony Calls (which parodies TLC's Waterfalls). Remember, don't go making them...
  • Tastes Like Diabetes: "If That Isn't Love". Yes, it's supposed to be a spoof of these types of love songs, but one could argue that he spoofed them a little too well, and that the attempts at "twisted" humor fail to offset the cheesiness of the chorus. Not to mention that it's a style parody of Hanson, who are arguably an example of this trope.
    • For what it's worth, the chorus implies that the narrator has absolutely no idea what love actually is.
  • They Wasted a Perfectly Good Plot: Let's be honest, Osama bin Laden's death would have been a better subject for "Party in the CIA", despite the fact that Al no doubt wrote the song before it happened.
  • Unfortunate Implications: Unintentional ones; like many people, Al was not aware that "spastic" is, in fact, a medical term for muscle spasms, especially those caused by cerebral palsy turned unknowing ablest insult (mostly/especially in British English countries, thus how it slipped by to begin with), which is why he used it in Word Crimes. One outcry later, he publicly apologized on Twitter.
  • What Do You Mean, It Wasn't Made on Drugs?: Apparently Al is clean. Yet, somehow we have the mindfuck of "Everything You Know is Wrong" and the sheer garbled insanity of "Albuquerque."
    • Al's friend and collegenote  classmate Joel Miller said in Al's Behind The Music episode that he thinks drugs would make Al turn normal.

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