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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).


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?
  • 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.
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  • Force Feeding: Gaga gets force-fed a glass of some beverage.
  • Gratuitous French: "Je veux ton amour et je veux ta revanche."
  • Leotard of Power: Several of the background dancers have this.
  • Light Is Not Good: White walls and furnishings, bright lighting, lots of white and/or sparkly costumes, and the plot involves slavery and murder.
  • Male Gaze: The video takes a lot of common uses of Male Gaze in music videos and puts them in a nightmarish context.
  • 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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