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"Bad Romance" is a 2009 song by Lady Gaga. It was part of her album The Fame Monster and was released as a single in 2009.The video is around five minutes long, and you can see it here. It's also got a (heavily spammed) view count of over 500 million and is jam-packed with elements of Mind Screw taken Up to Eleven. Which is hardly unexpected, considering who sang it.

The music video has won 7 Video Music Awards (Video of the Year, Best Pop Video, Best Female Video, Best Dance Music Video, Best Choreography, Best Direction and Best Editing).


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Tropes used in "Bad Romance" include:

  • Book-Ends: The music video starts end ends with Fugue in B minor by Bach.
  • Celebrity Endorsement:
    • The video for "Bad Romance" features a man using a Wii remote to sell Lady Gaga as a prostitute.
    • Also, her "Heartbeats" headphones which are part of Dr. Dre's "Beats" collection, as well as the Beats Edition HP Envy 15 laptops, both featured prominently in the same video.
      • The laptops were the scoreboard for the whore auction.
  • Creepy Cool Crosses: One outfit in the video features a glass cross over her crotch; in the shot after the one that outfit appears in, she also stops dancing to do the sign of the cross.
  • Double Entendre: "Want you in my rear window", anyone?
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  • Fanservice: Watch the video and count the fetishes as they come up. Latex, non-con, white slavery...and the robot-fetishist crowd were very happy with a lot of her movements.
  • Force Feeding: Gaga gets force-fed a glass of some beverage.
  • Gratuitous French: "J'veux ton amour et je veux ta revanche."
  • Interplay of Sex and Violence: Rape is implied early on as she has her clothes torn off against her will and is forced to pose, and in the very last scene it's unclear if she set fire and killed her partner through of her heated and passionate emotions, because the sex was just that intense, or as an act of female revenge, and if it's to be understood metaphorical or literal.
  • Leotard of Power: Several of the background dancers wear one.
  • Light Is Not Good: White walls and furnishings, bright lighting, lots of white and/or sparkly costumes, and the plot involves slavery and murder.
  • Making a Spectacle of Yourself: This was the video that established Gaga as an artistic figure and an auteur of music, of sorts.
  • Male Gaze: The video takes a lot of common uses of Male Gaze in music videos and puts them in a nightmarish context.
  • Man on Fire/Kill It with Fire: The very last scene.
  • Mad Love: The theme of the song.
  • Out with a Bang: Implied by the ending, though it could be a case of Out With A Striptease.
  • Shout-Out:
  • Singer Namedrop:
    "Gaga, ooh la la"
  • Single Tear: Cut aways during the music video show a surpisingly low-key (in terms of make-up, anyway) Gaga becoming increasingly more upset. The camera is close to her face, and a single tear slides down her cheek near the end of the video.
  • Smoking Hot Sex: Well, Smoking Hot sex-turned-fiery death.
  • Torpedo Tits: The notorious flamethrower bra towards the end of the video.
  • Unkempt Beauty: Gaga appears in some scenes without any elaborate outfits or makeup, and is still pleasing to the eye.
  • Visual Pun: At the word "bitch" in the first "I'm a free bitch, baby", the camera cuts to the Right-Hand Cat.

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