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☯utlaw St★rr (not to be confused with the anime Outlaw Star) is a story about an all black note  female band, that's actually more so a coalition of female musicians then just a band. It also tells the story of the politics of the entertainment industry. And the effects of fame and fortune on the band for better or for worse. There's also sub-plots about the band being a Weirdness Magnet. The band is in a alternate version of our world. Which for the most part not that different. For example John Lennon never dies, instead he became dependent on a wheel chair. And black rock music seems to be another separate version of Rock music. This page will be in a In-universe style, as if it was a real band.


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☯utlaw St★rr is a band/coalition of musicians made up of black females, whom come from vary diverse geographical backgrounds. Although generally speaking the band for the most part is still a SoCal band. Known for their explosive guitar solos, epic live shows, vocal harmony, genre bending and The Scorpion's powerful dramatic vocals. The seven core members was first formed in 88 with 3 Starr siblings from LA (Tishauna aka Tish born 1977, and her younger twin siblings Tierra and Tiarra born 1979, whom is 2 years her junior). Tish is a self taught guitarist eventually becoming a virtuoso by her early 20's, and Tierra and Tiarra are self taught drummers becoming virtuosos by their late teens. The girls formed a band after their parents bought them their first instruments from a pawn shop. The core sound was a mixture of very flashy guitar driven progressive-like Hard Rock/Heavy Metal, Alternative Metal, meets Soul R&B vocals with heavy overtones of Hip-Hop, Industrial, and Synth. Tish planted seeds of the extended members in her early years as a child model, She formed a clique of other kids she met in the young model industry and persuaded them to play instruments too so they could join her and sisters in the band. While in high school she met 3 of the other core members during the summer of 92 (Brea, Kianna, and Linda). Linda was already a exceptional keyboardist going to a nearby high school of performing arts (she's originally from San Fransisco though). She met Tish at a local talent show. Kianna and Breanna was going to the same gym/dojo as Tish where they discovered they both shared a interest in Martial Arts. They both became closer when they discovered that all three play guitar. Kianna is actually from the U.K. while Brea is from Jamaica but lived all around before settling in LA. Kianna and Brea know each other through their parents. They had a long distance friendship of sorts up until Kianna decided to live in the states and go to school there while her parents worked in London. Tish would eventually ask them to join the band. They needed a bass player and Kianna recommended her friend from Australia whom they met a few months before. She was in LA going to school but planned on moving back to Australia with her father after her freshman year in high school. Once the core 7 was formed they practiced on the weekend and heavily during the summer of their school years. They was at first completely out of sync and completely sloppy. The Starr sisters particularly had a hard time considering they can't read music.

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Once they started to gel they started to play small venues and talent shows where they quickly earned a cult following, and a reputation for great live shows that was very sharp. During the spring of their senior year (of 95) in high school they were so good they caught the eye of a young manager who offered her assistance in managing them (at first the the Starr sisters Tish particularly was resistant. wanting everything to be in house). Soon afterwards the Starr sister's aunt (whom had a fledgeling band of her own) got them signed to the label she worked with. At the time the band got a fairly progressive contract that allowed them to have rights to their masters, and their own label (which eventually grew into a major label itself over the next 10 years). The band members still remained in college during the late 90's while maintaining their musical careers.

Surprisingly enough, during Tish's college years she eventually would regroup with her clique from her child hood. And discovered that some actually stuck to becoming musicians. The problem however was that most of them primarily became guitarists. Tish then decided that was gonna be a part of the band's design, and image. She in essence wanted the guitarists to be the Wu-Tang Clan of guitarists, and wanted them to harness their rapping skills in addition to their singing and guitar playing. Over the latter decade of The '90s they would add more, and more extended band members to the coalition eventually choosing to simply consolidate them all into one definitive mega line up. Of course Tish also did this so they wouldn't go form another competing band.

Initially being a guitar driven Hard Rock & Soul band, the sound changed when more members were added to the line up whom had experiences with different styles. Eventually the band's style pretty much became unclassifiable, Genre-Busting and Genre Roulette. The band debated on what genre was going to be the bands sound. After a small debate Tish just shrugged and asked why can't we just do them all?, and the band made that Ascended Fanon. Of course if you must categorize them they're a progressive rock/metal/industrial/synth band with a rapper/soul singer as lead vocalist. With heavy emphasis on song writing, rhythm, melody, turntable breaks, vocal harmony and solos....LOTS of solos. They also double as a production team, helping produce albums for other artists. Themes and topics of the band range from sociopolitical issues regarding gender, race & racism, spirituality, classism, sexual liberation, empowerment, speculative fiction (horror, fantasy, science fiction), Black Female & black/African-American pathos, and just simple violence. The band is also very media savvy, embracing online media and social networks before other artists understood the potential. As of right now (despite the occasional performances here, and there) the band is on hiatusnote , and the fans are freaking out.

Current core seven members:

  • Tishauna "The Scorpion" Starr (Vocals, lead guitar, rhythm guitar, drum machine)
  • Tierra "Razor" Starr (drums, drum machine, backing vocals)
  • Tiarra "Blade" Starr (drums, drum machine, backing vocals)
  • Kianna Linda "The Tarantula, aka Spyder" Kennedy (Lead guitar, violin, cello, backing vocals, sometimes lead, and co-lead vocals)
  • Breanna "Mantis" Dubois (Lead guitarist, backing vocalist, and lead vocalist on Caribbean/reggae themed tracks)
  • Linda "Key Master" Scott (Keyboardist/Synthesizer, percussion, Drums, Programming and backing vocals)
  • Dionne "Whisper" Moore (Bass, backing vocals}

Extended Members:

  • Sonja "Sonja Redd aka Kobra Redd aka The 13th Warrior" Delacroix (Lead guitar, rhythm guitar, backing vocals, and occasional lead vocals)
  • Layla "The Slaya" Krauss (Lead guitarist, backing vocals)
  • Angelina "Angie Sexxx" aka "Professor Master Mind" Valentine (lead guitar, backing vocals, saxophone, and trumpet)
  • Jodie McIntyre (lead guitar, and harmonica)
  • Angel "Dr. X" Grant (Rhythm guitar, backing vocals, occasional lead guitarist)
  • Melyssa "Starr Foxxx" Starr
  • Eryn "Cerberus" Knight (lead guitarist, keyboardist/synthesizer, backing vocals, bass, turntablist, and back up drummer)
  • Noemi "Madame Lenoir" Lenoir (Lead guitarist, backing vocals)
  • Sophia Denise Vera (Piano, backing vocals)
  • Angela "Fallen Angel aka Arch Angel" Vera (rhythm guitar, occasional lead guitar, saxophone, backing vocals)
  • Jordis Tai (keyboardist/synthesizer, rhythm guitarist, occasionally lead guitarist, backing vocals, drum machine, programming, drums)
  • Michelle "Venom" Lawless (Lead guitarist, keyboardist, classically trained pianist, backing vocals, drummer, Programming, Percussion, composer)
  • Cynthia "Viper" Nox (Lead guitarist, backing vocals)
  • Darlene "Lady Assassin" Duplaix (lead guitarist, backing vocalist)
  • Carolyn "Malice" Ward (lead guitarist, backing vocalist)
  • Nkoyo "Shadow" Adesina (lead guitarist, backing vocalist)
  • Malika "Sinnz" Jones (lead guitarist, backing vocalist)
  • Joelle "Reaper" Kayembe (lead guitarist, backing vocalist)
  • Sabara "Skyyfire" Courtenay Moore (lead guitarist, backing vocalist)
  • Maia "Nightshade" Batiste (lead guitarist, backing vocalist)
  • Sophia Alessandra Cardoso (lead guitarist, backing vocalist)
  • Clarissa "Stacy-X" Michelle (Keyboard, Synth, backing vocals, Programming, Drum Machine)
  • Selita Ebanks (lead guitarist, backing vocalist)
  • Gabrielle "Ghost" Kennith (lead guitarist, backing vocals)
  • Ebony "Goldie" Stevens
  • Lalonie "Valkyrie" Jones (lead guitarist, backing vocalist)
  • Tiffany "Ice" Cantrell (lead guitarist, backing vocalist)
  • Alena "Below-Zero" Korven (lead guitarist, backing vocals)
  • Ariel "Viruz" Meredith (lead guitarist, backing vocals)
  • Jada "Ronin" Sato (lead guitarist, backing vocals)
  • Angie "Queen Krimson" McIntyre (lead guitarist, backing vocalist)
  • Erika "Onyx" McKnight (lead guitarist, and backing vocals)
  • Rochelle Aytes (Backing vocals, lead guitar, back up drummer)
  • Morgan "Nailz" Norris (Back up vocals, and back up bass, usually fills in for Dionne and Vice versa)
  • Renay "Diamond Back" Diaz (Back up/Reserve Drummer. Inducted circa 2015)
  • Andrea "DJ Toxic" Costa (Turntabalist, back up guitar, and back up vocalist)

Session-Touring DJ's

  • Brittany "DJ millimeter" Day (Turntabalist, backing vocalist)
  • Draya "DJ Dray" Michelle (Turntabalist, backing vocalist)
  • Nicole "DJ Nikki" Alexander(Turntabalist, backing vocalist)

Discography

  • Outlaw Starr (1995) Re-released for it's 20th anniversary in 2015.
  • Constellation (1997)
  • Intergalactic (1999)
  • Shooting Starr(2000) Made up of primarily straight forward guitar driven hard rock.
    • Jazz Starr (2001) A side project that was a album full of original contemporary jazz, Chill Out, and smooth jazz. Won best jazz album at the Grammy awards, and was surprisingly critically received.
  • Nova (2002)
    • Jazz Starr Vol.2 (2003) Another entry in the critically acclaimed series. At first they was unsure about a follow up album. But the surprise success of the previous record quickly changed their mind.
  • Interstellarr (2004) A double disc album that's probably their biggest album as far as sales and popularity goes.
    • Soul Starr (2005) A side project made up of R&B cover songs, Bonus disc contain original soul songs.
  • Nebula (2006)
    • Starr Metal: (2007) A side album that was a collection of Heavy Metal, and melodic-metalcore songs. Surprisingly well received.
    • Summer Starr (2008) A side album that was made in order to fill the gap between their following album. The album was released in the early spring to be a sort of summer themed album. The album it self contained chill-out styled quiet storm soul songs with a little bit of Caribbean rhythm and reggae thrown in. Came with a large thick companion coffee table book with the band members posing in exotic tropical beaches from all over the world. Shot by scorpion her self and a famed award winning photographer. The book sold pretty well by itself due to it's vibrant colors and white letterbox look.
  • Rock Starr (2010) A Retraux pseudo concept album made up of very guitar driven hard rock songs that sounded authentically 70's or 80's. Probably the only album they made that didn't suffer from critical dissonance. The album was delayed alot before it finally saw the light of day.
    • Rap Starr (2011) A double disc Hip-Hop side project that was critically acclaimed for its Golden Age throwback nineties sound.
    • Gears Of The Starr (2011) A very high concept 3 disk album with Punk Punk themes. Consisting entirely of Neo-classical Progressive Industrial Power Metal/Rock. Technically a side album but is generally treated like a major release. Is considered the great trinity of Prog rock albums of 2011 along with Symphony-X's Iconoclast ,and Dream Theater's A Dramatic Turn of Events.
    • Eclipse (2015) A album made up of polished up vault material to tide fans over during the hiatus. Fans were split over it, note  but nobody flat out hate it. It also doubled as a Greatest hits collection celebrating the band's 20th anniversary.


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  • The Ace: A lot of the band members are child prodigies, multi-instrumentalists, and downplayed Renaissance Women.
  • Ace Custom: Their heavily customized guitars and other instruments kinda count
    • Also some have unique paint jobs like fictional characters, mythical/supernatural creatures, real life people (like Brianna's Malcolm-X guitar), and other countless crazy geek related designs.
      • They run the gamut of Freddy Krueger, KITT, master chief, Incredible Hulk, Mortal Kombat dragon symbol, iron-man, captain America, x-men, beautiful floral designs (particularly scorpion), demons, angels, she-devils, RoboCop, dragons, menacing skulls reminiscent of their avatar, Jem and the holograms, Sonja Redd has two red guitars with 2 different beautiful Jim Lee styled red Sonja pictures, terminator (the t-800), Scott pilgrim etc etc..you get the idea. The band's own guitar manufacturer (Guitar Starr Designs) has been highly praised for their work)
    • Spyder was the first person seen with a Louie Vuitton ,and Gucci paint job guitar. Scorpion had the first hello kitty guitar.
  • Achievement In Ignorance: The Scorpion is a self taught musician. She learned the guitar just by simply watching other guitar players and listening to guitar instrumentals.
  • Aerith and Bob: The Stage Names compared to the ones who doesn't have them.
  • Amazon Brigade:
  • Ambiguously Bi/Everyone Is Bi: The whole band (outside of the Starr siblings who admitted to being Bi). This is also a case of If It's You, It's Okay regarding groupies. Some likely just taking advantage of the opportunity.
  • Aroused by Their Voice: Quite a few of the band members' voices are considered incredibly arousing by their fans.
  • Attention Deficit Creator Disorder: Holly hell there's a ton of side projects, bands, groups etc. The band is rather large so there is enough member as to not spread themselves thin though. On the other hand; scorpion is still the main singer in about no less than five of those bands.
  • Aunt Pennybags/Wealthy Philanthropist: Gave tens (if not hundreds) of millions of dollars to their various charities. Especially ones in America that feed starving impoverished Americans. Also have been known to be huge tippers. They're also the biggest celebrity donators to charity in America if not the world.
    • They have been known to hit car dealerships pretty hard, like a grocery shopper would hit Wal-Mart. Buying high end luxury cars, and exotic sports cars like a kid buying cheap diecast toy cars from a toy store. In fact they own at least over 700 cars!! between themselves. Now that scorpion own several dealerships they get first pick of alot of limited edition cars (like the bugatti for instance).
    • Each member also owns several houses
    • Has bought schools Tablets/Ipads for the ENTIRE student body.
  • Aww, Look! They Really Do Love Each Other: A platonic example (maybe), They're always their for each other, they tend to dote on one another, is often seen affectionately cuddling up to one another, comforting one another, sleeping on one another, laying on one another, and even groping one another.
  • Award Snub: The VMA's in 01, 02, and 03. They would always get their revenge with the AMA's and the Grammies. Plus lots of international awards, so the band is very highly decorated either way. Some speculated this is one of the real reasons they stopped appearing on MTV.
  • Barely-There Swimwear: In photo shoots (especially during the Summer Starr promotion), candid pics, and in music videos.
  • Band of Relatives: The founders (The Starr sisters) are three sisters, 2 of which are identical twins, a second cousin (Melyssa Fox Starr), and a first cousin (Sonja Delacroix). Outside of the Starr family there's also Denise Vera, and Jolina, whom are also cousins.
  • Berserk Button: Claim that the band's fusion songs are "experimental" and watch members blow a fuse. Particularly Scorpion who likes to point out that they experimented with sounds in high school, and that what they do now is from experience NOT experimentation as they already know what they're doing musically.
  • Best Known for the Fanservice: Surprisingly Averted (for the most part) with hardcore fans. Make no mistake the fanservice gets remembered, but their music, and music videos are so high quality that it overshadows their overly sexualized image. Casual fans are a different story. The band say that it's ok to admire their sexuality in addition to the music.
    • Kinda played straight with solo material though.
  • Biker Babes: Has a motorcycle club.
  • Blog: Almost all the ladies have personal NSFW tumblrs, and youtube vlogs. The band it self has several NSFW tumblr blogs: a food blog, a glossy (but NSFW) fashion/luxury/style blog, a car blog (again not really SFW thanks to several nude car models), a horror/creepypasta blog called The Starr Of Terror where the band members contribute note , and accept fan submissions (technically SFW), a candid, everyday (slice of life) NSFW blog, a Starrcade blog dedicated to gaming, one dedicated to cult cinema and genre films (NSFW), a blog about guitars and other instruments, a gun blog (again NSFW because of models), a political blog that covers politics and current events, and the main blog about the band itself that contains tour updates, band news, performance pictures, etc.
  • Boobs of Steel: All the band members, most are fake (save for Doctor-X, the Starr sisters, and Sonja). They also all seem to have long, thick erect nipples.
  • Boobs-and-Butt Pose: In a lot of promotional material, like magazine covers, ads, and some solo album material.
  • The Cameo: Showed up in a extended cut of Sisqo's Thong Song video with the obligatory Three Minutes of Writhing on the beach in skimpy swimsuits. They strangely had quite a few of these in the early 00's appearing as background eye candy.
  • Can't Catch Up: This is believed to be the reason bands followed after Korn more so than Outlaw Starr. Basically they couldn't from a technical standpoint.
  • Cash Cow Franchise: Everything they touch becomes huge money makers.
  • Caustic Critic: Author Ariel Levy, who blames them as the primary cause of raunchy culture among young females. Needless to say the band had some choice words with her. A bitter debate that still goes on to this very day.
    • She actually said they were ONE of the reasons...but still.
  • Celebrity Resemblance: Some are noted to look like other famous people, similar to Will Ferrell and Chad Smith. For example.
    • Melyssa Starr is thought to look like a taller version of Megan Fox with a light tan.
    • Sophia Vera looks like Denise Vasi, eye color and all to some fans.
    • Eryn Knight looks like a light brown skin Miranda Lawson to some. Eryn found this amusing, She even named her one-woman progressive/Industrial band after the terrorist group Cerberus.
    • Sonja has been described as either Michael Michelle, a young Amber Valetta (or both put into a blender), dipped in honey.
    • Nkoyo, on reddit was described as Amber Valetta, and Cec Verell put into a blender, dipped in VERY dark chocolate and given Meg Foster's terrifying blue eyes.
    • Tishauna Starr in the same reddit post was described as looking vaguely like a young Angelina Jolie (circa early 00's) mixed with Adriana Lima, with bright pale green eyes. Most fans agree that Tishauna has her own look, but those two aforementioned women is the closest thing to describing her.
  • Concept Band: Essentially what some of the side projects are, more ore less.
    • Trinity Starr is basically about the decadent in excess life styles of 3 promiscuous party hard women in the style of Dirty Rap (or "Porncore Rap"), and hardcore Hip-Hop.
    • Starr Interstellar Sonata Galactica is basically Space Opera, and Military Science-Fiction, in the style of neo-classical progressive space rock/metal. Think AYREON and Star-One
    • Starr Gothic is Gothic Punk meets Gothic horror in the style of melodic goth rock, dark moody trip hop, and Horrorcore Rap.
    • Neo-Starr is Cyber Punk in the style of Electronica and hard rock meets prog rock/metal.
    • Shadow Starr basically horror tropes meets melodic metalcore, and goth metal. And alot of horror film samples.
    • Century Starr is Steam Punk, Diesel Punk, Clock Punk, and Raygun Gothic in the style of Prog Rock, and doo wop, showtunes-esque soul...sounds better than it actually should.
      • Also alot of Cattle Punk with alot of weird west tropes too.
    • Starr Fall Fantasy is High fantasy in the style of neo-classical prog rock.
    • Southern Gothica note  is Southern Gothic, Creepy Southern Black Folklore in the style of Southern Rock, Blues Rock, Gothic Rock, New Orleans Jazz, and Soul.
  • Contractual Purity: Not really enforced on them by their label since they had unparalleled creative control. But more so by media outlets in the band's early years. Mostly because of the way they look (they're all attractive), and lets face it while black most look ambiguously brown, or fall into the But Not Too Black category. The band did take advantage of this at first to get promotion from these media outlets. The problem was that in essence they weren't quite MTV material, or mainstream entertainment news media friendly. Sure they had a marketable look, but their music style, tone, and subject matter were always dark, serious, gritty, and thought provoking. Completely different from the other early Nu Metal bands they were lumped in with. But as one music critic puts it...they were "fool's gold". Eventually those media outlets start shunning them when they would never conform to what they wanted., Leading the band to help form the UNN mentioned below.
  • Contralto of Danger: Most of the band actually. But especially Sonja, Layla, Kianna, Eryn, Noemi, Linda and Nkoyo. Having very sexy deep voices. Thelatter six being a sexy case of What the Hell Is That Accent?.
  • Contrived Coincidence: How the extended band members formed thanks to Scorpion. The band is not oblivious to this and tend to Lamp Shade it.
  • Controversy-Proof Image: Taken some serious hits circa mid 00's for being politically outspoken. But survived thanks to their explosion in popularity overseas.
    • Not only that but several run in's with the law (though that might have actually helped), several leaked homemade porn vids (that was high quality) the band say that they don't care. On the other hand a few think that them saying they don't care was the band trying to save face, others think they intentionally released those videos (fans and critics are split over this issue), their constant Take Thats towards other celebrities, rumors about them having a don't ask don't tell policy towards groupies age, flashing school children, being accused of drug trafficking, and gun running in the late 90's (likely because of scorpion's background). the list goes on and on. But it also doesn't hurt that the media don't cover them as intensely as other celebs due to them being aloof towards mainstream media. So alot of their transgressions fly under the radar out side of internet gossip columns.
      • The thing about the porn vids is that the videos consisted mostly of extended band members. Most casual fans and people in general hardly know them by hard. The only ones that are known on a name basis is Scorpion, Spyder, and maybe Sonja. Sinnz, and angie was in one of the vids though, And scorpion appeared topless with a male fan while she teased the camera by winking her eye and seductively licking her lips. So Pop-Culture Isolation probably lessened the impact of the tapes since only a handful of band members are well known and most of them weren't even in the tapes.
    • A lot of their more politically charged songs fall under this. But sometimes averted with the songs dealing with Arab–Israeli Conflict, mitigated somewhat by the fact that Layla is herself Jewish.
    • The song called "Horny Little Girls & Boys" (along with other songs), which is about underage groupies. Shockingly NOBODY complained about these songs.
    • One could argue for better or worse the band has the privilege and benefits of mainstream exposure, without the mainstream scrutiny. Some of this is due to their media savviness and use of alternative media.
  • Cool Airship: The semi-rigid airship Starr Lunar created by Starr Industries, it's basically used as a floating billboard for advertising, and has been known to show music video's (particularly of Outlaw Starr) and film trailers. It's mounted with a giant light weight Ultra HD flat screen on each side. It's mostly automated but can seat a crew as well. Usually hovers around the downtown L.A. area. Public opinion about it is mostly positive, likely because it helped with a crucial Amber Alert. But reaction from city officials over the controversial Air-Ship is mixed. Was a massive crowning moment of awesome for Outlaw Starr who used it to be dropped in the middle of the stadium for the Super Bowl 50.
  • Corrupt the Cutie: The band admitted they did this to Clarissa aka Stacy-X. But Stacy-X might also be a case of Beneath the Mask being shown. Probably the same could be said about Denise.
  • Costume Porn: Depending on the style of video there can be a lot of this.
  • Cult: They might be running a sex cult/group/sorority/fraternity Eyes Wide Shut type thing....seriously
  • Cultural Rebel: On the surface yes, but for the most part they're still very much a product of their urban environment. Lady Assassin joked that "People seem genuine surprised at how urban we are. just because we're in a rock band we don't stop being black". Scorpion said something similar
    Scorpion: "When people meet us they seem almost disappointed, or confused, by how culturally black we are. But hey it is what it is."
    • Malika Sinnz is probably a straight example though.
  • Dangerously Short Skirt: everyone (especially Scorpion, and Coryn) except Dr X, although recently she has started to wear sexy short coctail dresses at a few Outlaw Starr parties. It's still rather rare of her though.
  • Dark-Skinned Blond: Sonja Redd who is honey complected with naturally honey blonde hair, Same with Goldie. Downplayed with Jodie, Gabrielle, and Below-Zero whom are fair skin with light blonde hair.
  • Dark-Skinned Redhead: Krimson, is naturally a red head, but has light brown skin with some freckles.
  • Doing It for the Art: all of their music videos (save for a few performance videos), especially the elaborate videos for Gears Of The Starr. Which are reminiscent of films like Sky Captain and the World of Tomorrow, Dark City, The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen, Metropolis, and Blade Runner. They also did it to show what you can do with practical effects, and a budget that wasn't through the roof.
  • Encyclopaedic Knowledge: Downplayed, but when it comes to most mainstream music genres they're fairly knowledgeable. Most of the girls in the band are basically huge music nerds and depending on the band member (and the genre being discussed) could probably know more than most music experts. Especially when concerning Jazz, Hip-Hop, Classic Rock, R&B, Soul, Gospel, Punk, Blues, Reggae, Classic Metal, and Funk. So if you're going to debate them (friendly or otherwise), you better have your shit together.
    • Same can be said for certain members whom are knowledgeable about geek culture like films (especially cult cinema), comics, and video games. Especially the Starr sisters and Stacy-X.
  • Everyone Is Armed: All the band members excepts Dr. X despite having extensive weapons training.
  • Exploited Trope: Sex Sells, and But Not Too Black to a lesser extent. Some members were uncomfortable with the latter. Both of the tropes that that they exploited have their own hang ups, But the latter has A LOT of baggage which made some band members uncomfortable.
  • Face of the Band: Scorpion and Spyder aka Tarantula. The rest are debatable and are hard for casual fans, and the media to keep up with. Even with their successful solo careers. Even then Scorpion mostly just give magazine/internet interviews, and only does TV interviews every other blue moon but remain accessible to the fans though.
  • Fan Community Nicknames: Outlawz
  • Fandom Rivalry: With Lady Gaga, which is basically a war of popularity more so than music. Became more hostile when Outlaw Starr released G.O.T.S. on the same date as Born This Way. Gaga sold 1.108 million copies, But Outlaw Starr tripled those sales selling 3.770 million, holding her first potential number one album for it's entire charting run at number 2. Ironically though gaga still got all of the fanfare for the most part. So technically everybody wins right? Don't let the opposing fan basses hear that.
    • There's a growing rivalry with Beyonce fans and The Scorpion fans.
    • And another one between Alicia Keys fans and Denise Vera fans.
    • There's also a weird minor inter-fandom rivalry among the fan base of Outlaw Starr. The band has several Tumblr blogs. The Main one is The Outlaw Starr, but the other is The Outlaw Lifestyle a gritty NSFW candid look at the band, the other is The Outlaw Glamour, another NSFW blog that's alot more glamorous & glitzy and focuses on the bands excesses like fashion, jewelry, partying, cars, cosmetics, luxury etc. When it comes to the latter 2 blogs Fans tend to argue over which blog is better. The blogs tend to cater to 2 different interests. The Glam blog also tends to have more female followers.
  • Follow the Leader: They're usually credited (or blamed) along with Korn for creating Nu-Metal (they don't mind).
    • They also started the modern shaved long Femmehawk/sidecut hairstyle (Sinnz, Scorpion, and Fenix especially, particularly among African-American women). The Girls with guns trope might have gotten more popular due to them constantly posing with either guns/bladed weapons or their guitars. They themselves were inspired by the Hong Kong film industry.
    • They also helped open the door a little wider than living colour did for modern black rock bands, and female bands too.
    • They're also ground zero for female piercings becoming more and more popular then what they were. Especially black females
    • Created the whole internet video game playthrough.
    • Lowrise jeans, whore chic, and the modern alt-model look.
    • The whole Titty Tuesday, and other similarly themed days on twitter. Yep blame them for that. Interestingly enough Scorpion REFUSES to get a twitter account. Hell she didn't get a Facebook account till spring of 2011! (She had/has a Tumblr blog, and MySpace page for awhile though).
    • Probably helped kick start the mainstream popularity of Steam Punk fashion style thanks to a couple of their late 90's early 2000's music vids.
    • The M1D1 guitar
    • Their personal glam/luxury Tumblr blog spawned a gazillion other imitators. There are now countless blogs with clean looking displays that feature lipsticks of varying shades, nail polish and nail designsnote , jewelry, cars, houses, heels LOTS of high heels, exotic locations, guns, gourmet food, blunts and or zip-lock bags filled with marijuana, and large bundles of hundred dollar bills for some reason.
  • Friendly Fandoms: With Bone Thugs-n-Harmony thanks to scorpion being in the same super group (The Eternal Ones) with them, Linkin Park (they're on Outlaw Starr's record label), Faith No More, Dream Theater, X Japan, Blackdragon (another genre busting band), Black Diamond (another all black female hard rock / soul quintet), Indigo Tribe (a Alterna-prog rock, soul, psychedelic rock, alternative hip hop band), Black Butterfly (another all black alternative metal / soul band), in fact all of the black rock bands as Outlaw Starr is part of the "Black Rock Coalition", Limp Bizkit at first, sorta-kinda with The Roots, all of their side bands and groups for obvious reasons, Korn, Sevendust, Living Colour, Sade, and Michael Jackson.
    • Things became dicey when some members of the band had some choice words with Flesh n Bone (of bone thugs n harmony) over the Trayvon Martin case.
  • Friends with Benefits: Possibly, depending on who you ask. Their very strong Les Yay vibes don't hurt either.
  • Germans Love David Hasselhoff: Controversy has slightly sapped their popularity in America (although they still go diamond in the U.S.). However overseas they're still fairly huge and making up for the slight decline in sales in America in countries like the U.K. France, and Russia where they constantly sell out massive arenas. But in Asia they're GINORMOUS!!. Specifically in Japan where their popularity is only matched by X Japan. So popular in fact they allegedly get special political/legal treatment.
    • Likely because back in the mid 90's the seed was sown because they appeared on several Japanese Anime OST working with Yoko Kanno. Building a cult following in the process. Then three collaborations with X Japan in the late 90's and early 00's blew them up in Asia.
  • Get Rich Quick Scheme: The band's record company only make money from their own signed artists, but it's more than enough. Reason why is that once they became independent due to the fact they have their own label AND distribution company they decided to keep their Outlaw Starr album, and solo project profits (barring taxes mind you) to themselves instead of putting half back into the company...And it worked. Mostly cause there was no middle man to pay, at least not anymore, and everything else was done by the band itself (the band is very competently DIY). The record label strives off of it's own signed talent giving the band a chance to hoard their profits. Imagine selling millions of records and having nearly all of it's profit flying into your bank account. And considering the amount of record sales they have they made money REAL fast and it was alot. In fact Sinnz said her first solo album sold 2 mil in less than 2 months and she made millions almost literally overnight, hell she made millions just from signing with the band.
  • Girl Next Door: Denise has always been attractive (she's a model after all) but was always seen as the wholesome one because of how modest (yet chic) her clothes were. She actually secretly resented this. Dr. X may qualify as well considering she doesn't wear her sexuality on her sleeve so to speak.
  • Girls with Guns: Part of their image half the time.
  • Growing the Beard: They were already exceptionally good when they came out the gate, but around the turn of the century they honed their skills and became elite musicians. They started out as kinda having rough skills comparable to Genesis, King Crimson, Yes, Dream Theater, and Symphony X. But the rough edges got refined, and smoothed out over the next few years.
  • Hell-Bent for Leather: From time to time there's tight leather pants, tight short leather skirts etc...
  • Hellish Pupils: Usually the contact lenses worn by Sinnz, and Nightshade is this. Though shade usually just wear one white out contact lens in her right eye.
  • Hidden Badass: Most of the band is accomplished martial artists, and fire arms users.
  • Hidden in Plain Sight/Right Under Their Noses: Scorpion doesn't have a Twitter account as mentioned above. But a few fans started suspecting that the band's Official Twitter account is actually lowkey Scorpion's personal account. Or at the very least it's co-opted by her and not just the social media administrator, or a bot. The Twitter account does relay personal messages from the band from time to time, but it's mostly stuff from Scorpion. The person(s) running the account insist they just retweet stuff from band members, or post stuff on behalf of the members and that none of them are actually opertating the account personally. But some fans still think she uses it as her personal account on the low. So far it's still just speculation.
  • Hookers and Blow: Well mostly groupies instead of whores. Plus alcohol, marijuana, xtacy and blow. However only 4 member were ever into blow (Redd, Sinnz, Stacy X, and Spyder) the rest was generally into just weed, sex, and alcohol.
  • Hotter and Sexier: The entire band, but that's not saying much since they were always hot and sexy. Specifically it might apply to Dr. X whom usually is more modest in her clothes. But probably more so Denise who was tired of the clean cut wholesome image she got tagged with. Which made her resentful of her wholesome image. Now she tries to avert it
  • Hype Backlash/Wolverine Publicity: A few cynics think this was also one of the reasons (if not the true reason) behind their hiatus. Saying that their over saturation was starting to boil over. The exhaustion of the twins just gave them a convenient excuse.
  • I Am the Band: Eryn's band Cerberus, is more or less just her. Considering she's a virtuoso of at least 5 different instruments and all.
  • Icy Blue Eyes: Shadow's eyes are a startling pale blue. Shadow is also very dark complected which contrast her eye color. Making them stand out even more.
  • Island Base: Not so much a base as it is a private hideaway. The band jointly owns a exclusive small Archipelago resort in french Polynesia, there's also a villa they own in Jamaica, there's also scorpion's own private island in the Bahamas similar to the Maldives . They primarily go to these places to relax, discuss secret business ideas, and record music. But mostly to bond as a group in order to keep the relationships strong.
    • They have other places like this in Japan, Brazil, The U.K., Barbados, France, South Africa, Virgin Isles, and a secret one somewhere in eastern Europe.
  • It's Not Porn, It's Art: Regarding the bands image, music videos and some of their music. Although Layla sheepishly admitted that some of it was at least soft core porn. Albeit still arguably artistic.
    • Interestingly enough Scorpion and other band members believe porn can be art though.
  • It Will Never Catch On: Plenty of friends, family, and industry people have thrown this at them. Sometimes in very hurtful, sexist, racist ways. Almost demoralizing some of the band members, which in tern made them more insular and supportive of each other.
  • Jiggle Show: Within and outside of music videos.
  • Land Downunder: Eryn Knight whose father is a black Ex-Pat (from New Orleans) to Australia, and her mother a Caucasian/Aboriginal has to deal with these stereotypes. She grew up in Australia, and didn't come to America till her mid 20's after her military service was finished in Australia. When she came to America this trope was in full effect not to mention people was ignorant to the fact that there's black folks in Australia.
    • Whisper deals with this trope too.
  • Lensman Arms Race: A sorta proliferation of musicians
  • Les Yay: The band gives off strong vibes of Les Yay. To the point that fans create Slash Fics about them. Strangely enough the band don't particularly mind, some members even encourage it.
    • More cynical people say they're just pandering to their LGBT fans.
  • Light Feminine and Dark Feminine: various members are dark while others are light. The Scorpion seems to be the only one that's a combination of both, so in essence neutral.
  • Living Emotional Crutch: The band is this to each other. For better or for worse.
  • Loads And Loads Of Band Members: A very large collective of musicians. However, outside of G.O.T.S. they're never all on the same musical project/album. Unless it's a music compilation of sorts.
  • Long Runner Lineup: The founding core seven is still in the band.
    • Also after the last 2 members of the extended members was added, the extended line up pretty much stayed the same as well. Surprising considering how big the extended line up is.
  • Lovable Alpha Bitch: Exaggerated and justified with Starr Foxxx.
  • Manly Tears: Male fans have been known to burst into tears when meeting the band members, or at their concerts. Sometimes to the complete bewilderment, or empathy of female fans.
  • Mega-Corp: Outlaw Inc, a Billion dollar company the band owns that sells band related products, and produce things like TV shows, Documentaries, Film, and restaurant franchising. But not quite a huge mega corporation in the traditional sense.
    • Played Shockingly straight with "Starr Industries" however. A multinational umbrella corporation owned by Scorpion and run by herself, family and close business partners. However, First and foremost Scorpion considers herself a artist before a entrepreneurial business woman. So her reservations about the business is understandable. On the other hand she says it became a sort of antithesis to a White Elephant or more accurately a antithesis to a Sunk Cost Fallacy. But it was still jarring having a Mega Corp just unexpectedly dropped into your lap because you made some VERY good (and lucky) business decisions and acquisitions.
  • The Merch: One of the reasons why the band members was able to become so wealthy outside of music. Clothing lines, Fanservice Calenders of each member which inspired the Summer Starr Coffee table book, Jewelry, perfume, musical instruments, and a line of make up products that's made for women of color, specifically black women of all shades. They have also made beverages including Starr Cream dairy products (which is connected to Starr Cream a chain of Baskin Robbins, Coldstone like ice cream shops owned by the band) like flavored milk and iced coffee drinks. Also exotics juice drinks that competes with SoBe. They also have their own individual merchandise and other entrepreneurial ventures outside the band. For instance Angie has a line of designer eye glass frames.
  • Moving the Goalposts: Detractors does this to the band when it concerns their musicianship.
  • Ms. Fanservice: Each and every one. Albeit to varying degrees.
  • Multiple Demographic Appeal: Likely due to genre roulette, and sex appeal.
  • Mushroom Samba: The band had a real bad trip in Paris according to Sabara. Stacy-X had one trip that was so bad scorpion had to knock her unconscious. It was around this time Denise threatened to leave the band. Apparently there were other such incidents where members threatened to leave.
  • Newbie Boom: Started as early as around the time of their first album actually. When they started out, their sound could only be best described as Proggish Industrial Nu Metal, Hard Rock, Alt Rock, Alt Metal. But in between their first album they recorded songs for compilations and soundtracks. Not all of them were Rock based. Some were straightforward Rap, or contemporary R&B/Soul. Because of this, some listens was surprised cause they only thought of them as solely being a rock band. Suddenly their was a gradual explosion of urban fans over the next decade. After that, just wash, rinse, and repeat every time they released a song in a different genre. Some wasn't even aware they was a actual all female band either until they saw them perform. More cynical late comers ignored them thinking they were a R&B group ironically. Then jumped on board when hearing their more guitar driven Rock/Metal stuff. However, some of this has caused some tension among fans who prefere specific genres.
  • Noodle Incident: Apparently alot of wild parties and Mushroom sambas that probably got waaaay out of hand, and alot dirtier than some band members might have wanted note . Leading some to contemplate leaving the band. Though on twitter Ice claims that they probably wouldn't have actually left. She would later take the tweet down. Leading some to think she might have ran afoul of said members. Though Denise admitted that she probably wouldn't have left.
    • Also something really crazy happened in Brazil.
  • No Such Thing as Bad Publicity: This has blown up in their face a few times though.
  • Old Shame: Averted with Sabara whom was in the porn industry for 5 years before joining the band. She completely embraces it and still directs films for the industry under her own production company. She was totally upfront with the band about it though. She has been in over 47 movies, she even re-released alot of her movies. Probably helped by the fact the band started a Porn studio under the bands banner starting in 05. Scorpion has one as well entitled Venom pictures which is the parent company of all the above.
    • For the band as a whole it might be their demo record circa 94. Some praised it as a really well made low-fi garage rock. The band don't share their praise. it's a sought after collectors item now.
    • The band is a democracy for the most part (Though scorpion has Executive Veto). However they have been known to get into fist fights over Creative Differences in their early years.
  • One Steve Limit: Averted.
  • Painted-On Pants: Dear lord yes, especially Sinnz. They look good though.
  • Panty Shot: Their private photographers (which also include band members taking candid photos) tend to unintentionally or intentionally take up skirt shots where sometimes the girls are going gung ho at parties, or private get togethers. Usually due to the very Dangerously Short Skirts they wear while sitting.
  • A Party, Also Known as an Orgy: According to Noemi
  • Production Posse: Outlaw Starr has this as far as directors go, Some starting their film career with the band or just before. The alumni of directors are...
    • Hype Williams, Mark Romanek, Alex Proyas, Zach Snyder, David Fincher, Lana Wachowski, Lilly Wachowski, Tarsem Singh, Seb Janiak, Kerry Conran, Fyodor Bondarchuknote , Timur Bekmambetov, Francis Lawrence, Ellen Von Unwerth,
  • Rated M for Manly: Probably the only female group/band to be considered this, because of their subject matter and videos. The swagger they have when playing their instruments, their confidence, their bold look etc. You could also make the argument that they are Rated W For Womanly too.
    • The band actually had mixed feelings over the former, as it was never their intention to be overly manly. They seem to have eventually embraced it though.
    • One music critic said that they have somehow transcended gender.
  • Rags to Riches: Most of the band.
  • Reclusive Artist: Actually they're just not very mainstream media friendly. At first they were, but when they decided they didn't need the entertainment media anymore they avoided them. However they are VERY media savvy, using social media and alternative media outlets to have direct contact with fans. Spyder is very media friendly though and highly accessible to media. Particularly after she became a steady working actress.
    • Dr. X might be a straight example though.
  • Revolving Door Band: Only when it comes to none main albums. For instance Denise and her cousin Fallen-angel tend to head/oversee Jazz based projects, The Metal projects are headed/overseen by Spyder, Whisper, Sinnz, Angie or Venom, the proggish rock stuff is overseen/headed by Lenoir, and Slaya, The soul projects are overseen/headed by Scorpion, Sonja, Denise, Spyder, The synth rock stuff is usually headed/overseen by Keymaster, Jordis, Stacy-X, Hard Rock stuff is usually headed by Scorpion, Sonja, Slayah, The neoclassical melodic proggish metal stuff is headed overseen by Venom, Viper etc etc etc...
  • Romantic Two-Girl Friendship: The whole band is this. Similar to the "LUG," or "Lesbian Until Graduation" phenomenon common to American universities. Except with a band.
  • Rule of Cool: A lot of their music videos, and stage performances.
  • Savage Piercings: The band has lots of non ear piercings. Septum, eyebrows, lips, nipples, clitoris, tongue, etc etc. They catch hell going through metal detectors.
  • Scandal Gate: A lot of times manufactured by people they have pissed off, but it rarely sticks or derails the group. See Controversy-Proof Image above.
  • Sesquipedalian Loquaciousness: A lot of the emcees in the band are capable of this.
  • Sex, Drugs and Rock & Roll: They actually tried to Avert this (mostly the drug part though) only to have it undermined by band members (Primarily Stacy X who is prone to Freudian Slip disease, ALOT) gaffe statements reveling that they're Not So Different from their SpearCounterParts. Apparently some one forgot to tell them only men were suppose to do those things. This really annoyed Scorpion since she always said that her band might not be straight edge but they don't have the same serious drug issues as other high profile bands. The band members in question hid it from her, and when word got out she was....not happy.
    • They kept it a secret cause they were ashamed for that very reason.
  • Sex Sells: Oh yes...They never hid from it. Critic's of the band say it's blatant "self-sexploitation".
  • Shameless Fanservice Girls: Some more so than others. Almost to the point of shameless self-sexploitation.
  • She's Got Legs: With heights ranging from 5'8 to taller this trope is definitely part of their sex appeal.
  • Shout-Out Theme Naming: Have several recording studios named like this, Studio Greyskull in New York, Rebel Base Studio in London, Outpost 31 in Alaska, The Snake Pit in New Orleans, Pride Rock in South Africa.. to name just a few.
  • Sixth Ranger: The entire roster that's outside the core seven.
  • Skinship Grope: They have been seen playfully groping each other in and out of their music videos, caressing each other, slapping each other on the ass, groping each other's boobs etc. While they ALL do it, the starr sisters do it the most, especially Scorpion. Even to their own cousins, Sonja, and Melyssa.
  • Slut-Shaming: From both men AND women critics. Ironically though, it made them double down on their overly sexualized image. Some fans, aren't complaining.
  • So Beautiful, It's a Curse: A lot of negative criticism towards the Outlaws seems to have roots in this trope. Basically detractors downplaying their musicianship and intelligence because of their looks (and probably race, and gender). Others say they're partly to blame with their self indulgent over the top Fan service overload image. Also Being made up of more than half of But Not Too Black women probably ties into this too. But that's a different can of worms.
  • Spotlight-Stealing Squad: When they use to open up for other bands.
  • Statuesque Stunner: The shortest member is Dr X at 5'8 and some change, the tallest is the gorgeous Sonja Redd standing at a height of 6'6 even. Sonja is also the tallest high fashion/runway model ever.
  • Straw Affiliation: As mentioned above likely because of Scorpion's dicey criminal past, and being loosely connected to the "Bloods" street gang.
  • Stripper Iffic: In video's...and outside of video's the girls dress rather provocatively. Even Dr X from time to time. They have described their fashion style as a hybrid of Punk Rock/Hip-Hop/Ghetto Fab/Whore Chic (at least in the beginning). Recently however, most of the times they wear just elegant high fashion haute couture, and normal street clothes that still fall under this trope.
  • Take a Third Option: Helped fund (along with their former parent label, who is now just a distributor for Outlaw Starr's label) the premium music channel UNN (Urban Nation Network), that was suppose to be a alternative to the other music channels that would allow videos to air uncensored. This pretty much allowed the band to forgo MTV and BET (FUSE still played their music). Essentially cutting out the middle man. This practically saved their careers in America, as the other stations were rumored to have been blacklisting them due to the content of their songs and music videos. Some speculate the only reason the band even used MTV and the other networks was to buy them time while the rival network was established. This network also helped expose other bands and artists other music networks ignored.
  • Tall Poppy Syndrome: Ran into this Around their second album, when they doubled down on their Progressive overtones. All the way into the mid 2000's.
  • Testosterone Brigade:
  • They Changed It, Now It Sucks!: Humorously fans say it's the way they dressed. They had a very stylish, edgy, stripperific, colorful punk/rock, hard/rock, whore chic, hip-hop, alt/model, sexy street clothes hybrid look in the beginning. But as they got older they started to wear "normal" (but still hotter and sexier) everyday clothes, and Haute couture. Some fans are actually put off by this, claiming "they're trying too hard to be models". Should be noted that MOST of the band do have a modeling background. So this might have been a natural transition.
    • Sonja, Nyoko, Madam Lenoir, always dressed like chic models (their style still fit the groups overall Rock aesthetics at the time though). By the mid 00's the rest of the band eventually followed suit.
    • In fact all that's left is their piercings and tattoos, which are more or less fashion artifacts left over from their old fashion sense.
    • In the beginning scorpion had a sexy pseudo Goth/Hip-Hop appearance. Looking like Fairuza Balk from The Craft (make up and all) but with shades of the color red (and glossy red lipstick) to highlight all the black, or vice versa, and Hip-Hop undertones. By the Early 2000's It was a Semi-Punk Rock colorful Alt/Model style, concurrently with the style of tight tops, and tight lowrise jeans. And eventually to a more toned down demure, regal, chic type thing, wearing mostly white in the 2010's. Only thing that stayed the same across her different fashion styles was how sexy and risque her style was, and the glossy red lipstick & nail polish. Same with the other band members, Only the risque sex appeal stayed for better or for worse.
  • Toxic Friend Influence: The band admitted that they are this to each other. Saying that their bond became very strong yet kinda unhealthy at the same time in a co-dependency type of way.
    • On the other hand the influences can also be good, like learning from each other as artists. And sharing business ventures.
  • Too Much Information: On the band's satellite radio station Ice said that the band members all have large nipples of various sizes and length, and that nobody had small nipples. She also noted that they all have "outties". Apparently referring to clitorises. How does she know this?, well apparently they all shower together after shows if they were in a private area that had communal showers like their own spas at their various recording studios, or at one of their homes.
    • Hilariously Ice also said the band members also got "explosive" diarrhea while on a European tour.
  • Training from Hell: The band decided to stay healthy by working out together to stay in shape and promote good health to their young fans. However scorpion thought it would be more interesting if they hired drill Sergeants, special forces trainers, martial arts teachers, and gun trainers for the training/teaching. The band picked up alot of skills over the past 10+ years.
  • Troperiffic: The entire band and their music (especially Angie and Scorpion).
  • The Tyson Zone: Mostly for the things they say and do outside of music. But not as extreme as other examples.
    • Their record sales have actually reached the zone. Their record sales has always been consistently high. However after awhile the media stopped noticing it. It would be more noticeable if they had a album that just didn't chart at all. All though this could also be a case of the mainstream media ignoring them in general.
  • Underboobs: A lot of band members wore a lot of tight tank tops, and short T-shirts that did more than Bare Your Midriff.
  • Unusually Uninteresting Sight: According to a videographer, at a get together at Sinnz house Alessandra, and Denise was noted having sex with a lucky guy halfway in the pool while Darlene and Sonja carry a casual conversation sitting at a patio table with Sinnz Bar-B-Quing on the side. Although Scorpion was said to be watching sipping a cocktail while laying poolside....yeah.
    • Apparently this is normal for them, as they have no problem exposing themselves, and or casually having sex in front of each other....for some reason.
    • Also Jodi is a nudest.
  • Urban Legend Love Life: Ooh boy, especially the Starr sisters.
  • Visual Kei: Some of their videos show heavy signs of this (which might also explain their popularity in japan).
  • Well Done Daughter Girl: Sadly a good majority of the band apparently (except the Starr sisters, and Sonja). Some of their parents had different ideas for their future that didn't include being in a band. Some tried buying their parents approval when they became multimillionaires. Others gave up seeking their approval.
  • Vitriolic Best Buds:
  • Walking Shirtless Scene: Performed on stage, and in a few music videos oiled up and shirtless with only Starr symbol pasties covering the chest. Did we mention they're really small pasties? Clearly inspired by Wendy O. Williams.
  • What Could Have Been: Esperanza Spalding, Alicia Keys, BiBi McGill, Imani Coppola and Divinity Roxx was at one point gonna be in the band but things fell through. However they became members of a few of the spin off bands.
  • Who Wears Short Shorts?: Either tight leather mini shorts or, tight mini jean shorts.
  • Your Days As A Musician Are Numbered: The ladies has a huge fear of this. Most are suffering from tendinitis, and arthritis. Layla has it the worst though, especially as she's getting older. Which is why she records alot....in case she can't anymore. :
  • Zettai Ryouiki: A good portion of the band, but more consistently it's Angie's style of wear and to a lesser extent Scorpion.

    Music tropes 

  • Ai Is A Crapshoot/Robot War: The songs Digital Insanity, Blood And Chrome, Steel Uprising, Liquid Metal to name a few. Some of the tracks has continuity.
  • Anvilicious
    • Some Anvils Need to Be Dropped
    • Scorpion basically said that when she formed the group she wanted to have something to say and not talk about "Pure Bullshit".
  • Animated Music Video: Quite a few, most are directed either by Scorpion and her own animation studio Starr Lab, or Yoshiaki Kawajiri, while others were inspired by Leiji Matsumoto, Bruce Timm, or even made by Production I.G., Genndy Tartakovsky (her frequent collaborator when it comes to tv animation projects) and Man of Action.
    • They have also had shorts and music video's done by Seth MacFarlane, and Matt Groening.
  • Archive Panic: Layala, and Jordis both have said that the band have hundreds of top quality songs in their vault. They just haven't figured out what to do with them yet.
    • Doubly so with unreleased songs (and albums) from side projects and solo albums.
  • Author Appeal: You can tell who writes the songs just by the subject matter. Kianna tends to be introspective, worldly and melancholy. Scorpion tends to be very sociopolitical, spiritual (if not overtly religious), geek oriented and has lots of Speculative Fiction influence.
  • Author Tract: Not necessarily preaching, but just topical songs discussing substance abuse, sexual abuse, racism (particularly institutionalized-racism), sexism, revenge, intra-racism/colorism, rape, love, eroticism, romance, poverty, Double Standards, faith, class warfare, racial identity, prison industrial complex, police brutality. And some songs are just shallow songs about explicit sex and blood thirsty violence.
  • Boomerang Bigot: Discussed in songs like, Shattered Mirror, Self Hatred, Shed The Skin, Skin I'm In, House Nigga.
  • B Word Privileges:
  • The Cameo: Sometimes this include guest vocals, as in singing the whole song. Guests/cameos includes; Gil Scott-Heron, Saul Williams (on the same track mind you), Bobby Womack, 2pac & The Outlawz, Lil John note , Notorious B.I.G., Ice-T, Paris (the rapper not the socialite), TLC, Bone Thugs n Harmony, Janet Jackson, Madonna, Corey Glover, Lajon Witherspoon, Psycho Sonya (from Switchblade Romance), Prince, Seal, Michael Jackson, Daft Punk, Russell Allen, James Labrie, Jay Kay (from Jamiroquai), UGK, 8Ball & MJG, Ice Cube, Geto Boys, Scarface, Adele, Amy Winehouse, Mushroomhead, Mike Patton, Jennifer Hudson, Amel Larrieux, Outkast, Goodie Mob, Cee-Lo, Stevie Wonder, Prodigy, Ronald Isley, George Clinton, Howard Jones, Celloist Tina Guo, George Michael, Alyssia Delacroixnote  (from the band Southern Gothic note ).
  • Comics Rule Everything Around Me:
  • Concept Album: Gears Of The Starr, A Multimedia 3 disc Punk Punk Neo Classical Prog Rock/Metal project. Primarily inspired by works of William Gibson, Tim Powers among others. Each album disk represents Steam Punk, Diesel Punk, and Cyber Punk respectively. And a DVD with all six extended cut music video's which won a Oscar for best short film in 2012.
  • Concept Video: Almost all of them really, ESPECIALLY videos for Gears Of The Starr. Which are reminiscent of the aesthetics of films like Sky Captain and the World of Tomorrow (With a little bit of The Crimebusters era of Watchmen thrown in), Dark City, The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen, and Blade Runner. Also they were heavily influenced by Michael Jackson's short films.
  • Confirmation Bias: Part of their appeal for better or for worse.
  • Continuity Nod: Some of the stories take place within the same universe. The many verses is about a Zombie Apocalypse, A Robot War, a bleak post-apocalyptic world, Alien invasion, and a interstellar war with aliens. etc.
  • Cosmic Horror: "From Beyond The Starrs", "Sky of Fire", Out Of This World, Sinister Starrs, Deep Space, The Void, just to name a few.
  • Cover Version: A lot of Sade songs like No Ordinary Love, Never Thought I'd See The Day, Cherish The Day, Feel No Pain, Paradise, Never As Good As The First time, etc, (Basically all of their singles and B-sides), Pride by Living Colour, Kill the King by Rainbow, Freewheel Burnin' by Judas Priest, Choosey Lover (done by Scorpion first on her first solo CD), Foot Steps In The Dark, Atlantis by The Isley Brothers, Love Song by LTD, If You Want Me to Stay by Sly and the Family Stone, Falling To Pieces, Midlife Crisis by Faith No More, Love Changes by Mother's Finest, Been So Long by Anita Baker (Done solo first by Scorpion, the band would later go on and actually cover the whole Rapture album), Black Cat by Janet Jackson (but with a longer intense guitar solo from Scorpion, one of her most popular solos), Stairway To Heaven but a longer soaring guitar solo from Kianna (one of her most popular solos), a beautiful rendition of Anytime You Need a Friend by Mariah Carey (with added guitar solo by Jody)... Just to name a few.
  • Crosses the Line Twice:
  • Darker and Edgier: Their subject matter was never light to begin with, But over the years Scorpion (and to a lesser existent a few other writers in the band) started writing stories based on gritty, grisly true crime stories, and stories inspired by the horror genre, and dark science fiction.
    • Fans also noted that it isn't just the lyrics that got darker, but their musical tone as well. Doing more songs that's in the genre of dreary/moody Symphonic metal, symphonic goth metal, neo-clasical Prog-rock/metal etc. Fans acknowledge that there was early traces of this as far back as their debut album, but it seems to have become more and more prevalent the last few years. Some fans say they miss the lighter & fun, but still serious Outlaw Starr.
    • It's even been noted that their clothes have even gotten darker and more elegant Gothic visual kei-ish in their music videos.
  • Determinator: Band doesn't have time for wangst, and would rather write empowering bad ass songs.
  • Disposable Sex Worker: The River of Death (a creepy bone chilling song about Gary Ridgeway), Night walkers (another creepy disturbing song about a serial killer who targets prostitutes Whom might actually be another prostitute, who also may be a werewolf!!).
  • Double Entendre: Usually they're pretty straight forward, but other times they're not. Some flew over fans heads when in hindsight they should have been fairly obvious. Most of them were very cleverly hidden despite being fairly explicit...but still some was fairly obvious.
    • Cream (which is about her Cream, not his), Juicy (take a guess), Oral Love, Pretty Mess (about ejaculation, which was inspired by Vanity 6), Manhood (actually a sociopolitical song about guns and how young men equate it to manhood), Waterfall (female ejaculation), and many many more.
    • Lampshaded Double Entendre:
  • Double Meaning: One example is the song White Noise
  • Development Hell: The Rock Starr album.
  • Epic Rocking: Songs can go from 5 minutes to 20+. Then there's the guitar solos which can go from 60 seconds to 3 minutes!!. The Stringed Assassins song has all the guitarists doing quick solos back to back lasting well over 4 minutes.
  • Fanservice Cover: Averted mostly, their album covers are mostly high concept fantasy art, or astrology related.
    • Individual members have shown up on magazines though. Usually mags that are own by The Scorpion.
    • Solo albums are a different story where it's played totally straight.
  • Filk Song: Too many to list..
  • Fille Fatale: Dark Angel, a very dark and disturbing song about a manipulative slutty, sociopathic 13 year old girl. Think Catherine Trammel in Tyke form....but worse.
  • First Installment Wins: Their debut album Outlaw Starr.
  • Genre Roulette: Whoo boy, the band is 50% this and 50% Neoclassical Punk Zydeco Rockabilly. The genres they cover are.
  • Genre Throwback: Very guitar driven 70's hard rock, 80's guitar hard rock, psychedelic rock, 70's funk rock, 70's soul, 80's synth pop, early 80's synth funk/electro funk (think bands like zapp, starpoint, etc).
  • Getting Crap Past the Radar: See Double Entendre above. After awhile they just became very straight forward and blatant.
  • Gratuitous Panning:
  • Heavy Mithril:
  • Homage: Wow where to begin?...
  • Incredibly Long Note: Scorpion easily. But others in the group are capable as well like the other Starr sisters, Sonja, Ice, Denise, and Spyder.
  • Inherent in the System: Discussed in songs like, Meat Grinder, The System, Systemic Evil, Corruption,
  • Interplay of Sex and Violence: The shockingly over the top song and video "Coitus & Carnage".
  • Image Song: Lawless (their debut single), and Cursed from The Craft soundtrack, which was a melodic Gothic rock type song that was inspired by Cry Little Sister from The Lost Boys.
  • Instrumentals:
  • Intercourse with You: Sex Bomb, Night of Passion, Lust, Wet, Lovers, Soaked Sheets, Intimate, Secret Rendezvous, You Me & Her, Immoral (probably their most provocative and explicit song about sex), Lets Fuck, Fuck Me, Sexuality, Cream, Juicy Pussy, Cum For Me, Amoral (a sort of continuation of Immoral) and many many more!
  • Irony The Rock Starr album was delayed, destroyed and rebooted three times before seeing the light of day. While the more instrumentally complicated Gears Of The Starr took only A FEW MONTHS!!. Supposedly they were over analyzing how authentically retreaux it sounds.
  • Jail Bait: Lolita (a song about a promiscuous 13 year old, told from her perspective), Innocence (about a 10 year old girl imitating her mother by making video's of her self doing Three Minutes of Writhing in a bikini, video was made with Scorpion's niece and it was highly controversial), Bad Judgement (about a 21 year old guy who can't stop having sex with his next door neighbor whom is 11, he pays serious consequences for it), No I.D. (a song about their underage groupies), Young Casanova (a rare male example that debates the Double Standard of this trope regarding a 16 year old, and 13 year old boy), Peach Fuzz (which might be a story loosely based on Scorpion as a kid, also doubles as a Coming-of-Age Story, and Sex as Rite-of-Passage).
  • Metal Scream: Largely thanks to Sinnz, and "Whisper". The latter rivaled only by Otep as far a female screamers go. Probably one of the best metal screamer out there, male or female. Whisper's screams are also not over bearing and is usually done in subtle ways in the background of the song.
  • Mohs Scale of Rock and Metal Hardness: 1 TO 7, though some songs have stepped all the way up to 9.
  • Mood Whiplash:
  • Morality Ballad:
  • Music Is Politics: discussed in quite a few songs.
  • Neoclassical Punk Zydeco Rockabilly: Half the time their songs are comprised of 2 to 3 different genres. This is why format radio rarely played their music (outside of top 40 stations where they dominate) unless it was a straight forward genre song. Other times for example they would have a modern soul song with a guitar solo that's not unlike comfortably numb, or stairway to heaven. But what station it goes too? it's not quite rock, and it's not quite soul.
    • One song they had called Passion was a adult contemporary R&B song but the chorus was hard rockish, while the guitar solo was contemporary jazz like, and blues-ish. The band often cycle through several musical genres within the course of a single song.
    • Since every member are strong singers they usually provide backing vocals giving a somewhat dramatic gospel tinged choir like sound in some songs. Often shows up in their more dramatic soul songs, or prog songs. Scorpion, and Sonja Redd says they discovered this hidden talent kinda by accident during a recording session of their first album. And when they heard it played back A Capella they all got chills at how good they sound.
  • One-Woman Wail: Several songs has this.
  • Perishing Alt-Rock Voice: Scorpion, Stacy-X, and Kianna. It's not very common though.
  • Poe's Law: A few of their songs, and video's much to the chagrin of the band.
  • Precision F-Strike: Oh yes...Particularly the song I Couldn't Give A Fuck
    Saturday night and i'm ready to FUUUUUUUUUUUCKKK!!!!
  • Protest Song: There's quite a few, alot regarding police corruption and brutality. Dark, gritty anti-police songs like Breaking the Shield, Coffee Doughnuts and Death (inspired by rapper Paris' Death And Doughnuts) feat Paris, Lights & Sirens, Without Due Process.
  • Punk Punk: Shows up in their songs, and especially a few of their videos.
    • Spawned at least three spin off bands made up of band members who are fans of the sub-genre. One is called Century Starr, and covers mostly Steam, clock, raygun and diesel punk concepts and stories, Neo-Starr is primarily Cyber-Punk, and a little bit of bio-punk as well, Starr Gothic, is southern Gothic mixed with Gothic-Punk.
    • There's also Stacy X's side project Electro Starr which have heavy doses of anime influenced cyber-punk.
  • Retraux: Some of their songs are throw backs to classic rock, 80's hard rock/metal, oldskool soul.
    • You can also get some music on vinyl and cassette tapes!!
    • One of many such songs is "Champagne Lover", a synth funk mid-tempo song about a glitzy jet set love affair. Which sounds like it came right out of the mid 80's, and right off one of the S.O.S Band's albums. Particularly their second album. The song is reminiscent of the S.O.S Band's song "The Finest"note . It became a surprise top 10 pop hit of 2002. And number 1 on the R&B charts.
  • Ripped from the Headlines: Songs based on true crime stories, history, and grisly murders, and infamous killers.
  • Sampled Up: Other songs that influenced them like riffs, lyrics etc. There's also several video game samples, ranging from Resident Evil to Mortal Kombat. Also alot of Genre Movie samples like Blaxploitation, Kung Fu, Sci-Fi, Samurai films etc etc.
  • Sex Is Evil: Discussed and criticized in songs like Sin & Punishment.
  • Sex Is Violence: The song "Lust of Destruction".
  • Sexy Packaging: The Summer Starr album came with a sexy, long, thick hardcover Limited Special Collector's Ultimate Edition Coffee table book that features the girls in exotic beach locales in skimpy swimsuits, in erotic poses. Or as the fans affectionately call it Outlaw Starr: Swimsuit Edition.
    • The girls themselves could count in a Meta way.
  • Signature Song: Initially it was "Outlaw", "Lawless", "Falling Starrs", "Killer Starr". After awhile it became a good majority of their catalog.
  • Signature Style: Cycling through several musical genres within the course of a single song, although its usually more so fusion than cycling. Harmonic gospel like backing vocals, and GUITAR SLAYING!!.
  • Sleeper Hit: A lot of their side albums tend to fly under the radar but still sell pretty big numbers thanks to their loyal core fans.
  • Song Style Shift: Pretty much their modus operandi 70% of the time.
  • Song Style Shift: Quite a few examples. The band loves style and genre shifting. Or fusing in some cases.
  • Sour Prudes: Gleefully (and almost in a taunting way) trashes them in several songs. Specific examples are, No Play, Frigidity, Envy, and the controversial songs, Want None (Cause You Can't Get None), and Bitter Bitches.
  • Speculative Fiction: Has a strong influence on their song writing, particularly Scorpion.
  • Spoken Word in Music: Some songs have spoken word sections, some are entirely spoken word
  • Stealth Parody: Likely the reason for Poe's Law.
  • Step Up to the Microphone: Mostly Spyder. But also Sonja, Mantis, Denise Vera, and Whisper, Including guest vocals outside the collective.
  • Strawman News Media: The band is very critical of the news media. The most potent song about this was probably "White Noise".
  • Take That!: Towards things that irks them, including politicians, news & political pundits, even other artists & celebrities. One of their songs call Black Middle America was a very sarcastic punk/metal song that was partly a take that to Bill Cosby's "Pound Cake Speech". The video showed a very idealistic literal But Not Too Black family being impossibly perfect. While their white neighbors did the same....except their perfect family is a facade. There's also alot of creepy subtext in the video as well.
    • There's a more direct take that song and video called "Pound Cake". Supposedly Cosby put forth a theoretical scenario about a black kid whom was shot for stealing a pound cake. And he asks why was he stealing the pound cake in the FIRST PLACE? Outlaw Starr's video condescendingly explains why.
    • There are some fans whom also believe there are some very cerebral subliminal disses in their songs and videos too if you watch/listen carefully.
    • The twitter accounts of the individual members is a gold mine for this kinda stuff. So much so people have accused them of borderline trolling.
  • Three Minutes of Writhing: The whole band, particularly Scorpion and Stacy-X.
  • A Threesome Is Hot: According to quite a few of their songs like You Me & Her, and You Me & Him.
  • Trope Codifier: Probably one of the first bands to actually incorporate, and popularize things like Synthwave, Dark Wave, and other Retraux, Genre Throwback musical aesthetics into Rock/Metal long before it became popular. Usually to the detriment of the band in terms of critics, and some fans seeing it as a Big-Lipped Alligator Moment, or even Narm at worst, or Narm Charm at best. Stacy-X, and Jordis find it amusing that those styles have since become popular. However Stacy-X is rather bitter over it, considering she had a huge hand in bringing that style into the band's music in the early 00's.
    • A lot of the modern melodic metalcore style started with them as well, just with a progressive bent to it.
    • Corey Glover was the first to bring soulful, R&B styled melismatic vocals to Hard Rock and Heavy Metal, but it was definitely Outlaw Starr who doubled down on it. You can hear their influence in bands like Sevendust, and Issues
  • Uncommon Time:
  • Values Resonance: A lot of the sociopolitical issues being discussed in The New '10s regarding police misconduct, America's foreign policy, and the prison industrial complex was already being discussed all across the band's first three or four albums. A lot of their older music is creepily on the nose relevant.
  • Visual Innuendo: Alot of their Internet only videos.
  • Vocal Tag Team: Mostly between Scorpion, and Spyder
  • Vulgar Humor: Not beneath them to do this.
  • Walking Swimsuit Scene: Several, nearly all of the vids for the Summer Starr album. Which was a side project album that was made for the spring and summertime. Consisting of smooth mellow Caribbean type quiet stormish R&B tracks. All 4 vids had the whole oiled up band frolicking on exotic beaches in VERY skimpy bikinis. Justified given the locales though.
  • Weird West: Deadlands (partially inspired by the board game Deadlands), The Knight Rider.
  • Woman of a Thousand Voices: Scorpion specifically is this musically, sounding like several different singers on several songs. And to a lesser extent a few others in the band as well (like her sisters).
  • Woman Scorned: Surprisingly very few of these songs exist in their massive library. However 2 songs stand out: Inflicted Revenge (a sad heartbreaking and VERY Chillingly dark story of how an HIV infected young woman takes her revenge against every man that she can, She commits suicide when she finds out cops are looking for her), Black Widow (A gripping/gritty crime noir story of how a "wife" of a major drug dealer continues the family business and settles the score with those who betrayed her man.)
  • Zombie Apocalypse: Walking Death, a three part song that had videos that was sold separately because they were too dark and graphic to show on television. They sold millions of copies of the direct to DVD concept video because zombies were incredibly rare circa 2000. And many horror fans considered it to be of very high quality...Oh and they thought the music was ok too.

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