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All this time you were pretending, so much for my happy ending...
Why do you have to go and make things so complicated?
I see the way you're
Acting like you're somebody else, gets me frustrated
And life's like this you
You fall and you crawl and you break and you take what you get and you turn it into
Honesty, you promised me I'm never gonna find you fake it
No, no, no

Avril Ramona Lavigne (born 27 September 1984) is a Canadian pop/rock/pop-punk singer-songwriter, clothes designer, and actress.

She released her debut album, Let Go, in June of 2002 when she was seventeen. It went quadruple platinum. Her second album, Under My Skin came out in 2004 and The Best Damn Thing in 2007. All three were number one albums in the UK. All singles were well received. Goodbye Lullaby came out early 2011, but it did not match the success of its predecessors. Her self-titled album came out in 2013 to better reception. She returned to her Best Damn sound.

She's made cameo appearances in Sabrina the Teenage Witch and the film Going The Distance. She also played Beatrice Bell in The Flock and Alice in Fast-Food Nation. In Over the Hedge she voiced Heather.

She also designs the fashion line Abbey Dawn for Kohl's and has one fragrance, Black Star, out and another Forbidden Rose on the way.


Started dating Chad Kroeger from Nickelback at some point during the 2012 recording of her fifth album. The two were engaged on August 21, 2012, were married on July 1, 2013 and announced their separation in 2015.



Visual releases

  • My World (2003)
  • The Best Damn Tour (2008)


"Hey, hey, you, you! I don't like your trope page! No way! No way! I think you need a new one!"

  • Alice Allusion: "Alice".
  • All Girls Want Bad Boys: "I Fell In Love With The Devil" seems to be a rather self-conscious take on this trope: "And now I'm in trouble".
  • All Women Are Lustful: Subverted in "Hot". She at first sings about how the thought of the guy gets her so hot and all the sexual things she wants to do to him. Then she quietly reveals how she just wants him to kiss her and hold her as well.
  • Alpha Bitch: In the "Girlfriend" video, she plays one, as well as the frumpy victim of her bitchiness.
  • Alone in a Crowd: The cover of her album Let Go.
  • Bad Girl Song: "Bad Girl" featuring Marilyn Manson.
  • Be Yourself: "Complicated", "Freak Out", "Who Knows", "My World", "Anything But Ordinary", "Mobile".
  • Badass Boast:
    • "The Best Damn Thing" has it right in the title.
      I'm a lot to handle
      You don't know trouble, I'm a hell of a scandal
      Me, I'm a scene, I'm a drama queen
      I'm the best damn thing that your eyes have ever seen
    • "Girlfriend":
      I think you know I'm damn precious
      I'm the motherfucking princess
      In a second you'll be wrapped around my finger
    • "I Don't Have To Try":
      I'm the one, I'm the one who knows the dance
      I'm the one, I'm the one who's got the prance
      I'm the one, I'm the one who wears the pants
    • "Dumb Blonde" almost entirely consists of this, a fair amount of it being indisputably accurate (she most definitely was making a lot of money).
  • Blonde, Brunette, Redhead: The three girls she plays in the "Girlfriend" video. The bitchy girl is brunette, the nerdy girl is redhead and Avril is blonde as herself.
  • Bowdlerize: The Radio Disney edit of "Here's To Never Growing Up" is very heavily edited for content, often just removing certain lines outright.
  • Break Up Song: Under My Skin as an album, particularly My Happy Ending and He Wasn't. Many songs on "Goodbye Lullaby" are about her divorce.
  • Caged Bird Metaphor: "Birdie":
    Like a bird locked up in a cage called love
    He clipped her wings when she was born to fly
    He said, "pretty bird, you can't sing
    But I'll buy you diamonds and ruby rings"
    Like a bird locked up in a cage
  • Call-Back:
    • "Rock N Roll" calls back to "Sk8er Boi" and "Girlfriend"
    • Avril has a habit of doing this. Among others, "Everybody Hurts" calls back to "When You're Gone" and "Take Me Away", "I Love You" to "Complicated", and "Smile" to "One Of Those Girls". ("Girlfriend" and "Hot" both use the lyrical snippet "again and again", but they were on the same album.)
  • Canada, Eh?: She's from Napanee, Ontario. On the MTV series Becoming she was the first Canadian artist to have a video remade, and the fan who became her was also the first Canadian contestant on the show. She's been self-conscious in interviews aboot her pronunciation of certain words.
  • Cannot Spit It Out: "Things I'll Never Say".
  • Captain Obvious: "Sk8er Boi". "He was a boy, she was a girl,/can I make it any more obvious?"
  • The Casanova: "One Of Those Girls" is about a female variation on this trope, aimed at a crush.
  • Childhood Friend Romance: The first girl has the Unlucky type in "Sk8er Boi."
  • Cloudcuckoolander: "My World".
  • Conspiracy Theory: She is the subject of one that claims she committed suicide years ago and was replaced by a body double.
  • Cute Little Fangs: Her famous "vampire teeth", which reportedly made her so self-conscious, she allegedly had them shaved at some point circa-2008.
  • Curse Cut Short: A few exist in "Here's To Never Growing Up".
  • Cover Version: "Knocking On Heaven's Door", "Mickey", "Bad Reputation" and "How You Remind Me". Her version of the Spongebob Squarepants theme for The Movie's soundtrack counts, technically.
  • Child Prodigy: She's been singing since the age of 2.
  • Daddy's Girl: Her father got special mention in her liner notes for Under My Skin because he brought her some gear when she was young, encouraging her music lessons and allowing her to get as noisy as she wanted growing up.
  • Dumb Blonde: Referenced in a song of the same name.
    I ain't no dumb blonde
    I ain't no stupid Barbie doll
    I got my game on
  • Darker and Edgier: Downplayed but present in "Under My Skin". Mostly full of more angsty break-up songs. She went Lighter and Softer for "The Best Damn Thing".
  • Drama Queen: Mentioned in "The Best Damn Thing".
    Me, I'm a scene, I'm a drama queen
  • Emo Teen: Under My Skin, anyone?
  • Expository Hairstyle Change: Her hair turning blonde marked her music becoming more upbeat too.
  • Fanservice Pack: Started in "Under My Skin" with the "He Wasn't" video but really escalated with her third album.
  • Flash Mob: The "Sk8er Boi" video is about Avril taking over an intersection in Los Angeles and holding a flash concert. A street team of skaters and BMXers spread the word the morning of the concert through graffiti, posters, text messages, coffee cups, and anything else they can get their hands on. The resulting concert gets so massive that the LAPD shows up and starts arresting people.
  • Follow Your Heart: "Freak Out", "Who Knows", "My World", "Anything But Ordinary", "Mobile", "Keep Holdin' On".
  • Genki Girl: Her behind the scenes of the "Under My Skin" album making of and promo tour indicate this.
  • Getting Crap Past the Radar: Gets some pretty explicit drug references in the song "Too Much To Ask", unless you really really really pay attention to it and are over the age 17. It sounds like any pissed off at you ignoring me song.
    • Also "Things I'll Never Say", with strategic use of pauses.
  • Girliness Upgrade: Starting with The Best Damn Thing, although she claims she was faking the look of her previous albums.
  • Girl-on-Girl Is Hot: The music video for "Rock n Roll" features Lavigne kissing a female cohort played by Danica McKellar. Unlike most instances of lesbian action in pop videos, however, this kiss is Played for Laughs.
  • Gratuitous Japanese: In the beginning of "Hello Kitty".
    "Min'na saikō arigatō! K-K-K-KAWAII!!!!"
  • Green-Eyed Monster
    Hey hey, you you, I don't like your girlfriend! No way, no way, I think you need a new one...
  • Green-Eyed Epiphany: "Sk8er Boi" is a song about a girl who is in denial about her love for a boy she knows until he's already been claimed by another.
  • Hong Kong Dub: Among the other issues people have had with the "Hello Kitty" video, when she says "Someone chuck a cupcake at me", her lips don't seem to be saying that at all.
  • I Just Want to Be Special: "Anything But Ordinary"
  • Intercourse with You: "Give You What You Like".
    Please wrap your drunken arms around me
    And I'll let you call me yours tonight
    'Cause slightly broken's just what I need
    And if you give me what I want
    Then I'll give you what you like
  • Important Haircut: Went blonde at the end of "Under My Skin" and just in time for her new positive outlook.
  • It Meant Something to Me: "Losing Grip" is this trope in song.
  • It's All About Me: Stated word for word in "I Don't Have To Try".
    Don't you disagree
    Cause you know it's all about me
  • The Lad-ette: As any good Anti-Britney Spears would be. "My World" is all the proof you need.
  • Lighter and Softer: Her Lullaby and Best Damn albums have almost bordered on romantic and loving and just based upon fun, instead of heart break as it's bitter center and sadness. She actually spoke about this when she was recording "The Best Damn Thing" saying she just wanted to have fun in music again.
  • Love Nostalgia Song: "I Love You" sounds like a wholesome ode to a significant other, until it's revealed in the bridge that their relationship didn't make it through, so it turns into this.
  • Lyrical Dissonance: Listen to "He Wasn't" or "Anything But Ordinary".
  • Lyrics/Video Mismatch: "Complicated" is a rather sad song about the relationship being, well, complicated. The video is about Avril and her band having fun in a mall.
  • The Mall: The video for "Complicated" features Avril and her band wreaking havoc in one.
  • Meganekko:
    • Briefly adorned Nerd Glasses in the "What the Hell" music video.
    • And wore them much more in the "Hello Kitty" video.
  • Never My Fault: "I Don't Have To Try" features the following lines:
    I'm a know-it-all
    And it's all your fault
  • New Sound Album: Let Go is very upbeat compared to its follow-up, Under My Skin.
  • Obsession Song: "Hot", "Girlfriend", "Things I'll Never Say", "Contagious", "Fall To Pieces".
  • Older Than They Look: She looks the same...or younger...than she did when her first album came out. The general conclusion is that she acts, looks, and behaves like a teenager, but she's over 30 years old now.
    • Lampshaded in "Here's to Never Growing Up".
    • Not so true following her battle with Lyme disease.
  • One of the Boys: Mentions this in "My World"; her earlier performances had her dressed in very tomboyish attire too. Reportedly, the first time she met Sum 41's Deryck Whibley (her then-future husband) and Steve Jocz, she was trying to pants him, before being stopped by Steve giving her a wedgie. That should tell you all you need to know.
  • Perky Goth: During her "Under My Skin" Era she tread this line very closely. Most of them she's a perky punk.
  • Portmanteau Couple Name: invoked Chavril with her new fiance.
  • Please Wake Up: "Slipped Away"
  • Precision F-Strike: Though the effect was somewhat diminished in the album The Best Damn Thing.
  • Product Placement:
    • The "What the Hell" video was released by Sony, filmed in 3D and also made available as online 3D content for Sony TVs and Blu-ray players. Prominently displayed in the video are a Sony Bravia TV with 3D glasses, a Sony Vaio computer, a Sony Ericsson cellphone, and Avril's own perfume and clothing lines.
    • And again in the video for "Rock N Roll", when Avril explicitly mentions her "new Sony phone" in the most forced way possible.
    • Yet again in the "Let Me Go" music video, which prominently features a Sony tablet.
    • All the way back in the "Complicated" video, Avril crashes into a pile of Reebok shoeboxes.
  • Progressively Prettier: She had a very tomboyish image in her first album, and the image of Avril wearing a t-shirt, baggy jeans, a Tomboyish Baseball Cap and a tie was iconic. Starting with the second album, she would occasionally be in skirts. For the third album, she got a full Girliness Upgrade to blonde hair and more attractive clothes.
  • Piss-Take Rap: "Nobody's Fool"
  • Rage Against the Reflection: In the video for "Don't Tell Me".
  • Rockumentary: Avril Lavigne has three video albums.
  • Rock Star Song: "How Does It Feel".
  • Rockers Smash Guitars: At the end of the "Sk8er Boi" video, Avril uses her guitar to smash in a car's front window, but only gets partway through before a helicopter starts hovering over her.
  • Sanity Slippage Song: Under My Skin is a sanity slippage album (minus "Who Knows"), "Runaway", "Goodbye", "Anything But Ordinary", "My World", "Mobile" and "I'm With You".
  • Self-Titled Album: Fifth album this time.'
  • Sex for Solace: "Give You What You Like".
    I've got a brand new cure for lonely
  • Silly Love Songs: "Things I'll Never Say", "Fall To Pieces", "Naked", "Contagious".
  • Spiritual Successor: To Alanis Morissette as both are Canadian singer-songwriters who play rock music but market themselves more to pop audiences.
  • Tomboyish Baseball Cap: Wears a sideways one in the first part of the "Sk8er Boi" video.
  • Tsundere: In some songs, she is independent and playful ("The Best Damn Thing", "What The Hell", "Smile") or even jerkish ("Girlfriend"), in other songs, she is tender and vulnerable ("Naked", "Wish You Were Here", "Things I'll Never Say", "Fall To Pieces"), so she comes off as this.
  • Turn of the Millennium: She's heavily identified with this era, debuting in 2002 and having her heyday until roughly 2008.
  • Wham Line:
    • "Sk8r Boi" seems to be telling the story of two people in 3rd person until it reaches the bridge
      "Sorry, girl, but you missed out,
      Well, tough luck, that boy's mine now,
      We are more than just good friends,
      And this is how the story ends."
    • "I Love You" sounds like a wholesome ode to a significant other, until it's revealed in the bridge that their relationship didn't make it through.
      "Even though we didn't make it through,
      I am always here for you
      Yeah, yeah, oh"
  • With or Without You: In "Nobody's Fool":
    If it's with or without you, I don't need you doubtin' me.
  • Working with the Ex: Deryck Whibley, and her divorced in 2009, didn't stop his major influence on her fourth album.
  • What Did I Do Last Night?: Mentioned In "Smile".
  • You Are Not Alone: I'm With You, Keep Holding On and Listen, the song she did with One Ok Rock.


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