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YMMV: Within Temptation
  • Big In Japan: To the point where their album "The Unforgiving" has three special bonus tracks recorded exclusively for the Japanese CD.
  • Broken Base: They seem to be bracing themselves for this in the wake of using fewer orchestral sounds and more 80's pop elements in The Unforgiving; their website implies that the first preview song was the more traditional WT song Where Is The Edge (rather than the first single, Faster) as a reassurance to old fans that the old style isn't completely gone. A year after the release seems to suggest that this was averted, with it tied with Enter for their highest rated album on Sputnik Music.
  • Black Sheep Hit: "What Have You Done" is one of the band's more well-known songs, but not hugely popular with longtime fans.
    • "Sinead" - one of the few symphonic metal songs that can be remixed as a Trance song.
  • Complete Monster: The unnamed priest from the "Angels" music video. He lures the main character into his house after she is seemingly abandoned on the side of the road by her companion. Bait the Dog ensues as he is established as a nice guy. The woman goes to his back room and discovers newspaper clippings of a bunch of other women. It is then revealed that he is really not a priest, but rather a Serial Killer who dresses up as trustworthy people (such as a doctor, a clown, and a priest) and lures women into his home to kill them. The killer then chloroforms the woman and takes her out into the desert to kill her by burying her alive next to the at least 16 graves of the other women he killed. Just when it looks like it's the end for her, she, her companion, and several other band members reveal themselves as angels (hence the title) and the souls of the women he killed come back to kill him. He is never given any reason for why he likes to bury women alive, leaving us to assume that he does it For the Evulz. Throughout the video, his eyes are shown to glow an unnatural red.
  • Crowning Moment of Funny: Picture this image on the cover of Mother Earth.
    • "Gothic Christmas":
    Rudolph, he will change his name,
    Cause “Rudolph” just sounds really lame
    Now we’ll call him Ragnagord,
    The evil reindeer overlord.
    • The band has actually retweeted fanart from Sharja (Sharon/Tarja) fans, which lead to a "That's so awesome/Oh, god, what have we done?!" moment for fans.
  • Crowning Moment of Heartwarming: In "Our Farewell": "Because my child, this is not our farewell."
  • Crowning Music of Awesome: The entirety of Black Symphony, hands down, is the embodiment of this trope.
    • "Iron" from "The Unforgiving." Badass riff, epic lyrics, blistering solo and an amazing "Living On A Prayer"-esque key change for the last chorus.
    • The duet with Tarja, and the accompanying music video.
  • Ear Worm: The Unforgiving has it in spades; Shot In The Dark, Murder, Iron, Sinéad, Where Is The Edge, Faster, In The Middle Of The Night...
  • '80s Hair: The most well-known Mother Earth cover. It was released in 2000.
  • Face of the Band: That would be Sharon.
  • Growing the Beard: Within Temptation's sound gets noticeably more mature and more complex around the time of "The Silent Force," with "The Heart of Everything" being even better and "The Unforgiving" earning its place as a Rock Opera. They go for a more subtle approach to fantasy and take on a lot more serious issues, at the same time.
  • Hilarious in Hindsight: The male guest vocalist on "What Have You Done?", Keith Caputo came out as transsexual in 2011 and after undergoing gender reassignment surgery, changed his name to Mina Caputo. Considering the lyrics of the song...
  • Internet Backdraft: Many of their videos on YouTube will consist of comments comparing the vocals of Sharon and Amy Lee.
  • Les Yay: Anneke van Giesbergen & Sharon singing "Somewhere" to each other at the Black Symphony concert.
    • Tarja Turunen and Sharon have boatloads of it 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.
    • "Jillian" could be interpreted this way if one does not know about the books the song references.
  • Magnum Opus: Fan opinion is heavily divided on which of their albums is the best, although Hydra can be considered this critically speaking.
  • Narm Charm: While their music is generally serious and of high quality, their music videos (at least until The Unforgiving) are... decidedly not.
  • Signature Song: All of their concerts typically end with "Ice Queen."
  • So Bad, It's Good: "Ice Queen" is one of their signature songs, the video on the other hand...
  • Suspiciously Similar Song: "Faster" and Chris Isaak's "Wicked Game". Lampshaded by Sharon herself:
    So, we've been going like: "Ooooh we have re-written Wicked Games" and then "No, the chords scheme is different, we don't have to worry. And it's a written song!" (laughs) "Yay!".
  • Tastes Like Diabetes: Their more positive songs can be interpreted as this. "In Perfect Harmony" can create cavities with each repeat of the chorus.
  • What The Hell, Casting Agency?: Xzibit is supposed to be on their next album. Yes, really.

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