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From left-to-right: Dave, Adrian, Janick, Bruce, Steve, Nicko, and of course, Eddie in the background.


"People talk about Power Metal, Classic Metal, Death Metal, Black Metal... But when someone asks us what kind of music we do, I say: We're the Iron fucking Maiden!!!!!"
Bruce Dickinson

Iron Maiden is a British Heavy Metal band. They are one of the most successful metal bands in the world and were a major part of the New Wave of British Heavy Metal.

The band takes its name from a fabled medieval torture device, allegedly used to dish out Cruel and Unusual Deaths to witches and the like, as an alternative to burning at the stake. If you're really interested in how it worked, all we're going to say is that it involves a human-sized canister with a hinged lid, and Spikes of Doom on the inside of the lid. You know where this is going. (Tropers familiar with Roald Dahl's Matilda may recall a less lethal version in the form of the Chokey, a Punishment Box lined with glass shards and metal nails that weren't quite long enough to cut you as long as you stood perfectly still.)


It was founded in 1975 by bassist Steve Harris. The band went through a lot of line-up changes before the release of their first album, simply called Iron Maiden, in 1980, recorded by Harris, singer Paul Di'Anno, guitarists Dennis Stratton and Dave Murray, and drummer Clive Burr. In the follow-up, Killers from 1981, Stratton, due to Creative Differences, was replaced by Adrian Smith, from the band Urchin. This was also the last album with Di'Anno, who was fired for drinking problems but wanted to leave the band anyway and shows no animosity for it.

The real success came a year later, in 1982, with The Number of the Beast, which marked the debut in the band of Bruce Dickinson, Di'Anno's replacement. The band's classic line-up came full circle in 1983 with the arrival of drummer Nicko McBrain, replacing Clive Burr, for personal problems. With this line-up, the band recorded four studio albums (Piece of Mind, Powerslave, Somewhere in Time, and Seventh Son of a Seventh Son) and a live album, (Live After Death) which marked the climax and end of the so-called "Golden Years".


Unfortunately, from this point onwards, the things weren't going so well for the band. Adrian Smith left the band due to Creative Differences (although it was in good terms, it was just that he wanted to play in a softer mood than that one of Maiden) and he was replaced by Janick Gers, who played in the band White Spirit, and with Fish (former singer of Marillion) and Ian Gillan before Bruce Dickinson brought him as guitarist of his solo career. The follow-up to Seventh.., No Prayer for the Dying, was considered inferior to the former albums, despite having the band's first #1 hit. ("Bring Your Daughter... To the Slaughter") The follow-up, Fear of the Dark, charted in #1, but after it, Bruce Dickinson left the band.

He was replaced by Blaze Bayley, who wasn't well received. Not only that, but the band also changed their Record Producer, and thus, everything was set for the band's Dork Age. The two albums released in the Bayley-era (1995's The X Factor and 1998's Virtual XI) weren't so well received, and it seemed that the band was going to broke...

...But 1999 brought the biggest news: Bruce Dickinson and Adrian Smith returned to the band, but only Blaze left, thus making Maiden a sextet with three guitarists. Not only that, but the follow-up to Virtual, Brave New World, was a big hit, with a lot of people claiming the album as another classic album of the band. This line-up (Dickinson / Smith / Gers / Murray / Harris / McBrain) continues to our days, having recorded other three albums: 2003's Dance of Death, 2006's A Matter of Life and Death and 2010's The Final Frontier, the band's most recent #1 album. After Dickinson's successful recovery from throat cancer, The Book of Souls was released in September 2015. A music video has been released.

Their sound is characterized by twin guitar (later triple guitar) harmonization and galloping bass, as well as the operatic vocals of Bruce Dickinson. Their most notable songs fall into three themes: Ominous ("The Number of the Beast", "Fear of the Dark"), historical (war songs such as "The Trooper" and "Aces High", historical events such as "Run to the Hills" and the biographical "Alexander the Great") or derivative ("The Wicker Man", "Flight of Icarus", "Brave New World"). Also notable is the band's promotional imagery, featuring zombie mascot Eddie the Head.

Current Members:

  • Steve Harris - bass, backing vocals, keyboards (1975–present)
  • Dave Murray - guitars (1976–77, 1978–present)
  • Nicko McBrain - drums (1982–)
  • Janick Gers - guitars (1990–)
  • Adrian Smith - guitars, backing vocals (1980–90, 1999–)
  • Bruce Dickinson - lead vocals, piano (1981–93, 1999–)

Former Members

  • Clive Burr - drums (1979–82, died 2013)
  • Paul Cairns - guitars (1978–79)
  • "Blaze" Bayley Cook - lead vocals (1994–99)
  • Paul Di'Anno - lead vocals (1978–81)
  • Doug Sampson - drums (1977–79)
  • Dennis Stratton - guitars, vocals (1979–80)

Early Members / Fill-Ins:

  • Paul Day - lead vocals (1975–76)
  • Ron Matthews - drums (1975–77)
  • Tony Moore - keyboards (1977)
  • Tony Parsons - guitars (1978–79)
  • Barry Purkis (Thunderstick) - drums (1977)
  • Terry Rance - guitars (1975–76)
  • Bob Sawyer - guitars (1976–77)
  • Dave Sullivan - guitars (1975–76)
  • Paul Todd - guitars (1978–79)
  • Terry Wapram - guitars (1977–78)
  • Dennis Wilcock - lead vocals (1976–78)

Studio Discography:

  • 1979 - The Soundhouse Tapes
  • 1980 - Iron Maiden
  • 1981 - Killers
  • 1982 - The Number of the Beast
  • 1983 - Piece of Mind
  • 1984 - Powerslave
  • 1986 - Somewhere in Time
  • 1988 - Seventh Son of a Seventh Son
  • 1990 - No Prayer for the Dying
  • 1992 - Fear of the Dark
  • 1995 - The X Factor
  • 1998 - Virtual XI
  • 2000 - Brave New World
  • 2003 - Dance of Death
  • 2004 - No More Lies
  • 2006 - A Matter of Life and Death
  • 2010 - The Final Frontier
  • 2015 - The Book of Souls

Live Discography:

  • 1980 - Live!! +one
  • 1981 - Maiden Japan
  • 1985 - Live After Death
  • 1993 - A Real Live One
  • 1993 - A Real Dead One
  • 1993 - Live at Donington
  • 2002 - Rock in Rio
  • 2002 - BBC Archives
  • 2002 - Beast Over Hammersmith
  • 2005 - Death on the Road
  • 2009 - Flight 666
  • 2012 - En Vivo!
  • 2013 - Maiden England '88
  • 2017 - The Book of Souls: Live Chapter

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  • Aborted Arc: The Book of Souls starts with a song Bruce had written for a solo Concept Album, "If Eternity Should Fail". Thus the spoken outro introducing two characters is setup for a plot that doesn't continue — Bruce even asked Steve if he should cut it, but the bandleader felt it fit the album's themes and mood.
  • Age of Titles: "Age of Innocence", from Dance of Death.
  • And I Must Scream: "Futureal", from Virtual XI, is about being locked in virtual reality.
  • Apocalyptic Log: "Satellite 15... The Final Frontier", from The Final Frontier.
  • As the Good Book Says...: "The Number of the Beast" opens with quotes from the Revelation (12:12 and 13:18 specifically).
  • Audience Participation Song: Plenty of them, such as "The Wicker Man", from Brave New World. Sometimes Bruce leaves the lyrics to the audience.
    • Special mention to "Heaven Can Wait", from Somewhere in Time, where they invite some fans to the stage.
    • "Fear of the Dark", from the eponymous Fear of the Dark, is a song that's been particularly adopted by the fans as an audience participation song, but is interesting in the fact that the fans don't sing along much to the lyrics, but vocalize to the guitar. It's become such an audience participation staple that pretty much every Iron Maiden compilation will have a live version of the song.
  • Battle Cry: From "The Clansman", from Virtual XI.
  • Bittersweet Ending: "The Talisman". The crew finally reached their golden promised land, but many ships and men were lost on the way, and the protagonist is dying from sickness.
  • Blood Knight: "The Mercenary" from Brave New World (2000).
  • Bookends:
    • Seventh Son of a Seventh Son, the album, starts (in "Moonchild") and ends (in "Only the Good Die Young") with the same paragraph:
      Seven Deadly Sins
      Seven ways to win
      Seven holy paths to hell
      And your trip begins
      Seven downward slopes
      Seven bloody hopes
      Seven are your burning fires
      Seven your desires
    • There's also "Fear of the Dark", from the eponymous album Fear of the Dark, where the order of the first two lines is reversed at the end of the song, for a truly symmetric feel:
      I am a man who walks alone
      And when I'm walking a dark road
      And when I'm walking a dark road
      I am a man who walks alone
    • "When the Wild Wind Blows", from The Final Frontier, opens and ends with... Wind.
  • Buffy Speak: From Live at Donington, Bruce Dickinson refers to the live video as "the most mega Iron Maiden video-film-whatever".
  • Calling the Old Man Out: "Wrathchild", from Killers.
  • Canon Discontinuity:
    • Averted: while most fans are not at all enamoured of Blaze Bayley's run, the band continue to perform the best and most memorable material of that era, namely "Lord of the Flies", "Man on the Edge", "Sign of the Cross", (All of them from The X Factor) "Futureal" and "The Clansman". (From Virtual XI) All of these live versions appeared in live albums or singles.
    • While No Prayer for the Dying and Fear of the Dark are usually ignored on set-lists aside from the eponymous song from the latter album ("Bring Your Daughter... To the Slaughter" and "Afraid to Shoot Strangers" have also been played since Bruce's return), a Discontinuity is averted in From Fear to Eternity, which contains three songs from each of those albums. note 
  • Children Forced to Kill: "Sun and Steel", from Piece of Mind:
    Well, you killed your first man at 13,
    Killer instinct, animal supreme,
    By 16 you had learned to fight
    The way of the warrior, you took it as your right.
  • Chronological Album Title: Seventh Son of a Seventh Son, The X Factor, and Virtual XI. The Final Frontier, the fifteenth, has as its opening track "Satellite 15... The Final Frontier".
  • Clear My Name: "The Fugitive", from Fear of the Dark.
  • Concept Album:
    • Seventh Son of a Seventh Son.
    • Somewhere in Time deals with different aspects of time (time-travel, history, racing against the clock).
    • A Matter of Life and Death is mostly about war and religion.
  • Corrupt Corporate Executive:
    • "El Dorado", from The Final Frontier, is sung from this point of view.
    • "Be Quick or Be Dead" from Fear of the Dark.
  • Cover Version: They've covered songs by Skyhooks, Montrose, Jethro Tull, Beckett, Nektar, The Entire Population of Hackney note , FM, Marshall Fury, Thin Lizzy, Stray, Golden Earring, Free, Led Zeppelin, Chuck Berry, The Who, UFO, Focus and Deep Purple. All of these, anyway, can only be found in singles, compilations or tribute albums.
    • If Bruce performing guest vocals counts, he's performed Sabbath Bloody Sabbath on the first Nativity in Black tribute album with Godspeed.
  • Crystal Ball: "Can I Play with Madness?", from Seventh Son of a Seventh Son.
  • Darker and Edgier:
    • Some songs work as darker counterparts of earlier songs. Compare "Charlotte the Harlot" (1980) to "22 Acacia Avenue" (1982); and "The Trooper" (1983) to "Paschendale" (2003).
    • Fear of the Dark and No Prayer for the Dying are this compared with any of the previous albums. The vocals, for example — less operatic, more raspy.
    • The X Factor is by far Maiden's darkest album. When listening to it, one should keep in mind that Steve Harris was going through a tough time: 1) Bruce left his band, 2) Martin Birch stopped producing his records, 3) His father had died, and 4) He was going through a divorce. How could one expect him to write up beat songs about literature and poetry when he was clearly going through a depression. It could be argued that Blaze Bayley, a baritone, was the fitting singer for that period of Iron Maiden's history. This becomes very clear once you read some of the lyrics:
      [From "Fortunes of War"] I'm scarred for life / but it's not my flesh that's wounded.
      [From "Judgement of Heaven"] I've been depressed so long / it's hard to remember when I was happy.
    • The entirety of A Matter of Life and Death is quite a bit darker musically than previous albums, though the lyrics are still pretty much what you'd expect from Iron Maiden with possibly a more focused emphasis on humans being bastards. The album's dark feel is largely due to the complex and melancholic melodies, and the quality of Dickinson's voice as he gets older.
  • The Dead Can Dance: "Dance of Death", from, well... Dance of Death.
  • Definite Article Title: Many of their song titles feature this naming theme, i.e. "The Mercenary", "The Nomad", "The Clairvoyant", etc.
  • Department of Redundancy Department: Mother of Mercy, from The Final Frontier: "I'll die a lonely death, of that I'm certain of".
    • "Now we need to know the truth now" from "The Man of Sorrows".
  • Doomsday Clock: "2 Minutes to Midnight", from Powerslave.
  • Downer Beginning: "Satellite 15... The Final Frontier" opens an album with an Apocalyptic Log of a doomed astronaut, which to enhance the discomfort has its first part be percussion-heavy progressive rock.
  • Downer Ending: Maiden just seems to love this trope.
    • "Hallowed Be Thy Name" from The Number of the Beast ends with the last rites imparted upon the subject of the song after he says his last words, leading to his final execution at the gallows.
      Mark my words, believe my soul lives on,
      Don't worry now that I have gone,
      I've gone beyond to seek the truth.
      When you know that your time is close at hand,
      Maybe then, you'll begin to understand
      Life down here is just a strange illusion.
      Hallowed Be Thy Name
    • "To Tame a Land" ends Piece of Mind with a very unhappy sounding final part.
    • Ditto "The Thin Line Between Love and Hate" (Brave New World)... If you ignore the Studio Chatter.
    • The last line of "Alexander the Great" (the final track on Somewhere in Time) is "He died of fever in Babylon".
    • Seventh Son of a Seventh Son's final track, "Only the Good Die Young", is about the devastation of a town from a disaster, and Lucifer planning to cancel the rest of mankind.
      • The second to last track, "The Clairvoyant" ends with the revelation that despite the power to see into the future, the Clairvoyant "for all his power, couldn't foresee his own demise". This effectively closes the story arc on the main character, the titular Seventh Son.
    • Virtual XI ends with "Como Estais Amigos", about the Falklands War. It even sounds depressing.
    • A Matter of Life and Death ends with "The Legacy", about the death of a corrupt leader marking a Karma Houdini for him, plunging the state of his country into futher chaos. It helps that it follows three either really disturbing or really depressing tracks in a row.
    • The Final Frontier ends with "When the Wild Wind Blows", about a couple who commits suicide mistaking an earthquake for the start of a nuclear war.
    • "The Trooper" is about the "Charge of the Light Brigade" and those who know history knew how that ended.
      • On that note, most of their songs sung from the perspective of soldiers end with their narrators' death.
    • Since it is a tribute song to Robin Williams, "Tears of a Clown" has the titular comedian commit suicide.
    • "Empire of the Clouds" tells the story of the maiden voyage of the R101. It also closes The Book of Souls. Marking three straight albums with downer endings in a row.
      • And to take it a step further, before "Empire of the Clouds" is the aforementioned "Tears of a Clown" and "The Man of Sorrows", about how people think religion will solve the world's problems, but only instead make it worse.
      • Since The Book of Souls is a Double Album, disc 1 ends with the title track, based on the film Apocalypto, about the decline of the Mayan civilizations by the Aztecs and the further end of the Aztecs by the Spanish Inquisition.
  • Dystopia: "Brave New World", from, well... Brave New World.
  • Early Installment Weirdness: The two albums with Paul Di'Anno, but the self-titled debut in particular. It has more a punk rock vibe that ultimately lead to Steve Harris' derision.
    • The song "Burning Ambition" (B-Side of "Running Free") was written in 1972. It was the first song Steve Harris wrote, and bears quite obvious influences from glam rock of the period, plus an uncharacteristically phased guitar intro. It was part of Steve Harris's original band Gypsy's Kiss's setlist, in his following band Smiler's setlist, and also in the early Iron Maiden's set back in the Paul Day and Dennis Wilcock days, when their tempos were slower and more hard rock. When the harder-edged Paul Di'Anno joined and their arrangements became faster and heavier, it began to look very out of place. When it came to putting out a single, the band needed a B-Side and used "Burning Ambition", due to it not fitting the style of the first album, which they were working on at the time, but Steve still wanting to see it released. Whilst it is often overlooked by fans due to its style difference, Steve Harris noted that he still has sentimental value for the song.
    • On their eponymous first album, Eddie the Head has a comical "Huh? Wha?" expression on his face, like his mom caught him masturbating or he just woke up from a screaming coke bender and found himself in a group therapy circle. His fuck-you sneer debuted on the second album, Killers, and hasn't gone away since.
  • Epic Rocking: All their albums have an epic, usually as the closer. This began with "The Phantom Of The Opera", but the band has gotten even longer in recent years. The following are their longest songs.
    • "Rime of the Ancient Mariner", (13:36) from Powerslave.
    • "Seventh Son of a Seventh Son", (9:53) from Seventh Son of a Seventh Son.
    • "Sign of the Cross", (11:16) from The X Factor.
    • "The Angel and the Gambler", (9:52) and "The Clansman" (9:02) from Virtual XI.
    • "Dream of Mirrors" (9:21) and "The Nomad" (9:06) from Brave New World.
    • "For the Greater Good of God" (9:24) and "The Legacy", (9:23) from A Matter of Life and Death.
    • "When the Wild Wind Blows", (11:01) "Isle of Avalon" (9:06) and "The Talisman", (9:03) from The Final Frontier.
    • The Book of Souls has "The Red and the Black" (13:33), "The Book of Souls" (10:27), and their longest song to date, "Empire of the Clouds" (18:01). In fact, no songs are below 5 minutes. note 
  • Evil Laugh: Quite a few. Examples include:
    • "El Dorado" from The Final Frontier.
    • "Moonchild" from Seventh Son. Now that's textbook evil laughter.
    • "Caught Somewhere in Time" from Somewhere In Time.
    • "Fear of the Dark" usually gets this in live shows.
  • Face Death with Dignity:
    • "Die with Your Boots On", from Piece of Mind.
    • The second part of "Satellite 15... The Final Frontier", too! It's also works as Facing Death With Optimism.
  • Filk Song: An enormous amount of their discography, on a wide variety of subjects. Examples can be found here. Piece of Mind is an entire album of such songs.
  • Five-Man Band:
  • Football Hooligans: "Weekend Warrior", from Fear of the Dark.
  • Frameup: The narrator of "Innocent Exile" is subjected to this.
    • "The Fugitive" is about this along with (as mentioned above) Clear My Name.
  • Ghost Ship / Afterlife Express: "Rime of the Ancient Mariner" (based on the poem), from Powerslave.
    • "Ghost of the Navigator", from Brave New World.
  • Gratuitous Panning: With 2 or 3 guitarists, they had to use it.
  • Greatest Hits Album: Plenty of them. And they all follow a three year interval!
  • Grief Song: "The Clairvoyant", from Seventh Son of a Seventh Son is about the death of psychic Doris Stokes.
    • "Blood Brothers", from Brave New World, about Steve's father who died while he was touring.
    • "Fear is the Key", from Fear of the Dark, was written after the band learned about the death of Freddie Mercury.
    • "Como Estais Amigos", from Virtual XI, is a tribute to the dead soldiers in The Falklands War in both sides of the conflict.
    • "Face in the Sand", from Dance of Death, is about the victims of 9/11.
    • "Tears of a Clown", from The Book of Souls, is an homage to Robin Williams.
  • A Hell of a Time: "From Here to Eternity", from Fear of the Dark:
    Hell ain't a bad place!
    Hell is from here to eternity!
  • Heavy Mithril: Among other examples, "Flight of Icarus", from Piece of Mind; and "Isle of Avalon", from The Final Frontier.
  • Holier Than Thou: "Holy Smoke", from No Prayer for the Dying.
  • Homage: Seen also here.
  • Homesickness Hymn: "Stranger in a Strange Land" is sung from the perspective of an explorer who is freezing to death in the Arctic, while lamenting how he's alone and far from home and family. In the last verse, he is found frozen to death a century later.
  • Horrible History Metal: They love this trope. Probably the Trope Codifier.
  • Hot-Blooded: Many of their songs, especially "Die with Your Boots On".
  • Human Popsicle: The protagonist of "Stranger in a Strange Land".
  • Incredibly Long Note: Bruce is quite fond of them, usually closing the song. Stand-outs include "Run to the Hills", "Children of the Damned" and "Seventh Son of a Seventh Son".
  • Intercourse with You:
    • "Bring Your Daughter... To the Slaughter". Though Bruce also said it's about menstruation.
    • Most of the "Charlotte" saga, such as the eponymous "Charlotte the Harlot" from Iron Maiden and 22 Acacia Avenue from The Number of the Beast.
  • Instrumentals: "Transylvania" (which Bruce Dickinson once introduced as "a song I've never sung before, and probably never will"), "The Ides of March", "Genghis Khan" and "Losfer Words (Big 'Orra)".
  • Just Before the End: "2 Minutes to Midnight".
  • Last Chorus Slow-Down: "Powerslave" and "Fear of the Dark".
  • Last Note Nightmare: "Phantom of the Opera", in the pre-remaster release, where after 10 seconds of silence, Di'Anno shouts the song's final line again.
    • Due to a production error, the intro to "Powerslave" haphazardly got stuck onto the ending of "Back in the Village" on the 1998 remaster of the album of the same name. So when one listens to Back in the Village, the song ends with the spooky intro to Powerslave. The 2015 remaster moves the intro back to "Powerslave".
  • Light Is Not Good: "Lord of Light." Maybe.
  • Lighter and Softer: "Heaven Can Wait" could, in some respects, be seen as a Lighter and Softer version of "Hallowed Be Thy Name" — they've got a number of similarities musically and lyrically, but "Heaven Can Wait" features a more upbeat tone, and the character in it lives, whereas the one in "Hallowed Be Thy Name" dies. In general, Somewhere in Time can be considered this, thanks to the synths giving it a poppier feel.
  • Literary Allusion Title:
  • Longest Song Goes Last:
    • The Number of the Beast closes with "Hallowed Be Thy Name" (7:13).
    • Piece of Mind closes with "To Tame A Land" (7:25).
    • Powerslave finishes with "Rime of the Ancient Mariner" (13:36).
    • Somewhere In Time closes with "Alexander The Great" (8:35).
    • "Mother Russia" (5:32) closes No Prayer for The Dying.
    • "Fear of the Dark" (7:17) closes Fear of the Dark.
    • The Final Frontier closes with "When The Wild Wind Blows" (10:59).
    • The Book of Souls has "Empire of the Clouds" (18:05) as the closer.
  • Looped Lyrics: "Iron Maiden" has only one verse and a chorus, repeated thrice.
  • Loudness War: The albums from the nineties on, sans A Matter of Life and Death and The Final Frontier.
  • Magical Seventh Son: Referred to in (of course) Seventh Son of a Seventh Son.
  • Mayincatec: The Book of Souls takes inspiration from Mayan myth. The artwork still mixes some Aztec symbols.
  • Metal Band Mascot: Eddie the Head.
  • Metal Scream: Very common, with one of the contentious points in No Prayer for the Dying and Fear of the Dark being Bruce singing with a very raspy tone (Type 1 in that trope page) alongside his common "clean screaming" (Type 4).
  • Million-to-One Chance: Mentioned twice in "Empire of the Clouds". "The millionth chance they laughed, to take down his majesty's craft" during the second verse is echoed far later with "A million to one, that's what he said" as the aircraft is crashing.
  • Mohs Scale of Rock and Metal Hardness: Usually at Level 7, sometimes goes into 6 or 8 — and once with a 3, "Journeyman".
  • Mohs Scale of Lyrical Hardness: Also pretty high, down to having the war-themed songs that usually certify an 8 (and even higher when it gets to something bleak like "For the Greater Good of God"). "Journeyman" again ranks low, at 4-5, given it's an uplifting reflection on a man's life.
  • Murder Ballad: "Sanctuary".
  • My God, What Have I Done?: Rather, "Oh God help me, what have I done?" in Killers.
    • "Brighter Than a Thousand Suns," from A Matter of Life and Death, seeing as it's about the nuclear arms race.
  • Nightmare Sequence: Quite a few songs are inspired by Steve Harris' nightmares, such as "The Number of the Beast," "Infinite Dreams" and "Dream of Mirrors".
  • Nothing Is Scarier: "The Great Unknown" utilizes the second variant to great effect. It just builds and builds and builds and the minute you think it's gonna explode into one more big chorus... It just goes back to the calm, eerie, creepy intro and then just ends. And it is creepy.
  • Non-Appearing Title: 5/8 in Piece of Mind; other albums have it as well, mostly for self-describing titles, such as "The Prophecy", "The Mercenary", "The Reincarnation Of Benjamin Breeg".
  • Obligatory Bondage Song: "Hooks in You" from "No Prayer for the Dying".
  • Old Media Are Evil: When the Wild Wind Blows is a loose deconstruction of a 1982 comic of the same name. An elderly couple is obsessed with the end of the world based on what they see on TV, and commit suicide during what they think is Doomsday, but is actually just an ordinary earthquake.
  • 1 Million B.C.: "Quest For Fire"
  • Our Ghosts Are Different: "The Apparition" from Fear of the Dark. Instead of doing typical ghostly things like scaring the person he's speaking to, the titular ghost waxes philosophical.
    Are we here for a reason?
    I'd like to know just what you think
    It would be nice to know what happens when we die
    ...wouldn't it?
  • Power Ballad: "Wasting Love", from Fear of the Dark.
  • Precision F-Strike: "Holy Smoke", twice.
    • Cluster F-Bomb: Aside from Bruce live, a few B-sides filled with Vulgar Humor... And another that's not a song, but a recording of Steve and Nicko having an argument after a concert.
  • Primal Fear: The title track of Fear of the Dark is about just that—or, specifically, fear of the things that live in it.
  • Progressive Instrumentation: "The Clairvoyant": bass > guitar 2 > guitar 1 > drums > voice.
  • Progressive Metal: Their music borders on this at times, especially on Seventh Son of a Seventh Son, A Matter of Life and Death, and The Book of Souls, as well as epics from other albums like "Powerslave", "Rime of the Ancient Mariner", "To Tame a Land", and "Hallowed Be Thy Name". Depending upon your definition of the style they will probably either qualify as one of the first genuine examples of the genre or as an Ur-Example instead. Their modern material is unabashedly prog, with three songs on The Book of Souls stretching well past the ten-minute mark and the longest being just over eighteen.
  • Protest Song: Sometimes they go into current world problems, such as televangelists ("Holy Smoke"), the high crime rate ("Age of Innocence"), human cloning ("New Frontier"), and the economic crisis ("El Dorado"). And then there's the war-inspired songs...
  • Pun-Based Title: Piece of Mind and "Public Enema Number One", from No Prayer for the Dying. The live albums Maiden Japan (EP, referencing Deep Purple's Made in Japan) and Maiden England (released on DVD with a "'88" attached) too.
    • A self-referential pun is From Fear to Eternity... Even if "From Here to Eternity" is not on the album although it could fit.
  • Rated M for Manly: As with any good heavy metal band! And the manliness is only enhanced by all the war-themed songs.
  • Redemption in the Rain: "Rainmaker" uses rain as a metaphor for self-recovery.
  • Refrain from Assuming: Considering their penchant for Title Only Choruses, sometimes people call the songs by the chorus line (and other times, the bridge):
    • "Sanctuary from the law", for "Sanctuary", from Iron Maiden.
    • "Please, take me away", "Take me away", "So far away" and any combination, for "Purgatory", from Killers.
    • "Gonna Sing My Song", for "Drifter", from Killers.
    • "Livin' on a Razor's Edge" and "Balancing on a Ledge", for "The Evil That Men Do", from Seventh Son of a Seventh Son.
    • "Time to live" / "Time to die" (and the combination), for "The Clairvoyant", from Seventh Son of a Seventh Son.
    • "Falling Down", for "Man on the Edge", from The X Factor.
    • "Freedom", for "The Clansman" from Virtual XI.
    • "Your time will come", for "The Wicker Man", from Brave New World.
    • "I'm on My Way", for "Wildest Dreams", from Dance of Death.
  • Religion Rant Song: A few.
    • "Holy Smoke" from No Prayer for the Dying is a Type 3 and, like many from the same era, was inspired by televangelist scandals.
    • "Only the Good Die Young" from Seventh Son of a Seventh Son is one In-Universe, as the psychic protagonist rants against his people for not trusting in his powers, as they believed his powers came from the devil and rejected him on religious grounds. He responds by rejecting them and their religion on the basis that it's holding them back and refuses to use his powers for the good of his people anymore.
    • "Judas Be My Guide" from Fear of the Dark is a rather ambiguous one, and seems to be about people who simply use religion as spiritual life insurance but do nothing to implement their beliefs & values into their daily lives, merely using it to escape hell when they die.
    • "Starblind" from The Final Frontier deals with the quandary of how small the reality that religion sold to the masses is, and how comparatively huge the universe actually is.
    • "Mother Of Mercy" from that same album is a pretty solid Type 3, asking why so many religious leaders don't seem to practice what they preach.
  • Rock Opera: Seventh Son of a Seventh Son, and the Charlotte saga.
  • Rousseau Was Right: "The Thin Line Between Love and Hate" (Brave New World) is about this and Karma.
  • Sad Clown: "Tears of a Clown" (The Book of Souls) is all about how Robin Williams was one of those.
  • Science Is Bad: At least, according to Nicko, who wrote "New Frontier", from Dance of Death about his preoccupation of human cloning.
  • Screw Destiny:
    • "Die with Your Boots On":
      For the truth of all predictions
      Is always in your hands.
    • The narrator of "Heaven Can Wait" refuses God's orders to follow him to the afterlife and is returned to his body.
  • Second Person Attack: The opening verse of "Killers".
  • Self-Titled Album: With a self-titled song!
  • Shout-Out: Go this way.
  • Shown Their Work: Possibly not all of their great many songs based on history, literature, or whatever it is are entirely faithful and accurate. The number that are, the sheer volume of them, and the actual possibility of discussing whether a metal song is historically accurate mean they more than qualify anyway. Bruce Dickinson having a degree in history from London University doesn't hurt. When the lyrics of "Alexander the Great" talk about the Scythians fleeing across the River Jaxartes, you know they've done their research.
  • Sinister Minister: "Holy Smoke".
  • Something Blues: B-sides "Black Bart Blues" and "Nodding Donkey Blues".
  • Spoken Word in Music: Occurs sometimes.
  • Step Up to the Microphone: Adrian Smith sings lead vocals on "Reach Out", the B-side to "Wasted Years". On a Played for Laughs sense, there's Nicko "singing" "Age of Innocence". And immediately before Maiden's second ever gig, Paul Di'Anno was arrested outside the club they were due to perform in for carrying a concealed switchblade, forcing Steve to sing on the basis that he was the only one who knew all of the lyrics.
  • Subdued Section: "Rime of the Ancient Mariner". Other Epic Rocking songs have it too.
  • Subliminal Seduction: In "Still Life" there's a Take That! from the band towards Moral Guardians.
  • Surprisingly Gentle Song: "Wasting Love," "Journeyman," and "Out of the Shadows".
  • Survivor Guilt: "Murders in the Rue Morgue" is about a guy who hears a scream, when seeking where it came from ends up seeing the victims, and is haunted by the memories.
    • He's not so much haunted by witnessing the dying victims as he becomes paranoid because he is believed to be the one who killed those two girls.
  • Three Chords and the Truth: Despite their progressive leanings and large amounts of Epic Rocking, there is a distinct set of chords that permeates much of the band's catalogue (namely C, D and Em).
  • Through the Eyes of Madness: "Still Life", for one.
  • Title Track: Besides "Iron Maiden", most albums have one (even if borderline such as "Caught Somewhere in Time" and "Satellite 15... The Final Frontier").
  • Title-Only Chorus: A few, such as "Caught Somewhere in Time" and "Seventh Son of a Seventh Son". The subversion became more frequent as band matured, as many choruses included others phrases along the title.
  • Uncommon Time: Used occasionally. The instrumental bridge of "Alexander the Great" is one example, being partially in 7/4.
  • Unreliable Narrator: Although few if any expressly confirmed cases exist, the limited perspective of many of their songs, and some of the subject matter they cover, suggest that at least a few of them are subject to this. Though it's outright lampshaded in "El Dorado".
    "Well, you only get one chance
    And it's too good to miss.
    If I didn't lie to ya,
    Then I wouldn't exist!"
  • Villain Song: See the above. Evil narrators are used in songs such as "El Dorado" (executive bordering on con man), "Moonchild" (Lucifer), "Killers" (an Ax-Crazy guy), and many of the War Is Hell songs.
  • Vulgar Humor: A few of the B-sides, such as "Nodding Donkey Blues" (about a Big Beautiful Woman — "She was fucking huge! Enormous! You could have sailed the Hindenburg through her legs and never even had landing permission!") and "Sheriff of Huddersfield" (a joke on the band's manager).
  • Wanderlust Song: "Running Free".
  • War Is Hell: Many of the war-inspired songs ("The Trooper", "2 Minutes to Midnight", "Afraid to Shoot Strangers", "Paschendale", "The Longest Day", "Mother of Mercy" — for that matter, all but "Different World" in A Matter of Life and Death).
  • World War I ("Paschendale", "Death or Glory") and World War II ("Aces High", "Tailgunner", "The Longest Day").
  • Word Salad Lyrics: Quite a few, such as "Still Life", and "Revelations", quoted below:
    The light of the Blind — you'll see
    The venom that tears my spine
    The Eyes of the Nile are opening — you'll see

    Eddie the Head

Arguably, the true Face of the Band. He started as a creation of Derek Riggs for a punk band, which got rejected. Harris then picked him up, and the rest is history. Eddie has been part of the band since their very beginnings.

    Band tropes (musician and performances) 
Bruce-specific stuff goes in his page.

  • Aerith and Bob: Inverted: Paul, Adrian, Dave, Michael, Steve... and Janick.
  • All Drummers Are Animals: Nicko, who even kicks the bass drum instead of using a double bass pedal!
  • Badass Baritone: Original singer Paul Di'Anno, who in contrast to Bruce Dickinson had a raw, punk-influenced baritone.
  • Badass Beard: Adrian.
  • Badass Biker: Paul Di'Anno is a member of the famous motorcycle club, The Hells Angels.
  • Badass Bookworm: While none of them have superior education, all are well read (the sheer number of Filk Songs is a great indicative) and managed great feats, such as both Bruce and Nicko learning to fly aircraft.
  • Berserk Button: Do not suggest that Iron Maiden was influenced in any way, shape, or form by punk rock when Steve Harris is around. His contempt for the punkish debut album shows perfectly.
    • Depending on which day of the week, Iron Maiden as a whole, and especially Steve Harris and Bruce Dickinson counts for Paul Di'Anno. It notoriously reached a point where Di'Anno singled out an audience member shouting Dickinson's name, mocked the person and Dickinson repeatedly, and ended it by threatening to enter the crowd and assault the guy.
  • Bishōnen \ Chick Magnet: Dave. In the early days of the band he earned quite some mail from female fans (and their jealous boyfriends...).
  • Chuck Cunningham Syndrome: All the guys who joined the band prior to The Soundhouse Tapes have pretty much become footnotes, with even Steve Harris barely acknowledging them. One of those, short-tenured singer Paul Day, even claimed to have helped written songs.
  • Contrasting Sequel Main Character: Compare Bruce Dickinson, short, lean, generally quite stable and with a voice that reaches operatic levels of high-pitched with Paul Di'Anno, a tall, bulky, self-admittedly violent lunatic with a raw, hoarse punk baritone.
  • Cool Old Guy: All the band members are now in their late 50's or early 60's and still going strong.
  • Cool Plane: They go on tours in a customized Boeing (first a 757, then a 747) called "Ed Force One", piloted by Bruce Dickinson himself (who works as a commercial pilot between rocking).
  • Creative Differences: Dennis Stratton was composing things that didn't fit Maiden, and Adrian was tired of Iron Maiden's heavy sound, so he went to do his own project.
  • Digital Piracy Is Okay: The band couldn't give less of a flying rat's arse if you downloaded their music. In fact, they encourage downloading of their music, and have even gone so far as to state "We're not like Metallica".
    • In an interview with Steve Harris, when asked about bootlegs
      "I have some... I collect them."
    • The band also asked fans attending the first leg of Somewhere Back in Time to send over any video footage they took during the concerts, as they were hoping to include it in their documentary Flight 666.
    • In the Give me Ed 'Til I'm Dead Tour, Bruce said this once:
      "... if you wanna record this song and you wanna put it on a world wide web - on the internet, so all your friends could listen to it - as long as you buy the album in September - we don't give a fuck my friends!"
    • Bruce Dickinson, however, in january 2018, spoke against Napster and how illegal downloads are destroying the concept of value and work of new artists. He also said that the founder of Napster is selfish and he "should be locked up".
      "[New artists] have a tough job, actually, because digital downloading… well, not digital downloading now in itself, but the result of Napster and things like that, even though downloading is now kind of mainstream, Napster destroyed the concept of music having any value, which is terrible..."
      "I think the guy [who started Napster] should be locked up, and maybe he has been — he deserves to be. It was an act of pure selfish destruction."
      "For a band like us, actually we still make records, but we pretty much accept that we don’t really make hardly any money out of making a record. We still do it because we have to, because we love it and we have to do new music. But the great thing with us is we can tour and make money [from performing] live. Other bands, bands who are coming up doing great music, they don’t get that luxury. People who are brilliant musicians don’t get paid for doing amazing jobs."
  • Distaff Counterpart: The all-female, California-based tribute band The Iron Maidens. Special mention should go to the lead singer, Bruce Chickinson. Rather than being just a novelty act, all of the members of the Iron Maidens are accomplished musicians who do such a good job covering Maiden's songs that they've received praise from the group itself.
  • Five-Man Band
    • The Leader: Steve, the Lead Bassist.
    • The Lancer: Bruce, both for band importance and songwriting.
    • The Big Guy: Nicko, who certainly brings in the weight with his drums.
    • The Smart Guy: Adrian, to the point his solos are heavily planned compared to the improvisation of Dave and the dirty sound of Janick.
    • The Chick \ The Heart: Dave. The only guy aside from Steve in every album, so no doubt he's the one that connects the band, and his guitar has the signature Maiden sound. It's even truer regarding the other guitarists: Janick said that despite never playing with another guitarist before, with Dave "we just got together and it seemed to gel"; and Adrian added that "If I write a song I’ll usually play the solo in it and then Davey or Jan will do the other solo - usually Davey - and then again if Jan writes a song Davey will play the solo - so Davey gets to play everything"
    • Sixth Ranger: Janick after Dickinson and Smith returned to the band. Specially as Smith asked to Harris that Gers shouldn't leave the band in order for him to return.
  • Fun Personified: Nicko, as the "Listen With Nicko" recallings of the singles up to 1989 show, complete with Funny Answering Machine codas.
  • Garfunkel: Nicko can be seen as this, considering that all the other 5 members are prolific composers but he has only written one album track ("New Frontier"). But he compensates by being one of the best drummers in the business.
  • A Good Name for a Rock Band: The band is named after a torture device, which appeared in the 1938 version of The Man in the Iron Mask and caught Steve's eye.
  • Great Balls of Fire!: In addition to pyrotechnics, their shows include elaborate setpieces, a guy dressed as Eddie, and sometimes Bruce in costume and/or mask.
  • Hair-Trigger Temper: Paul Di'Anno, as evidenced with an infamous show in Ukraine where Paul was going to beat up a fan who suggested that Bruce Dickinson was a better singer than him (even though Paul made a similar statement in the early days).
  • Harsh Vocals: Paul Di'Anno due to his punk background, and was probably one of the earliest heavy metal examples.
  • Hell-Bent for Leather: Paul Di'Anno also wore a jacket, and often spiked bracelets.
  • I Am the Band: Steve is the leader, founder, and only constant member of the band. In some albums, he even wrote or collaborated in all songs.
  • Iconic Item: Steve Harris' beloved Fender Precision bass with the crest of his favorite soccer team on it. It's survived decades of modification and abuse, and is recognizable enough for Fender to make a model specifically based on said instrument.
  • I Was Quite a Looker: The current band, not so much. Blaze too, even if he decided to shave his head. Paul Di'Anno, on the other hand...
  • Keet: Janick is really hyperactive. No wonder Eddie normally chases him on stage.
  • Large and in Charge: Paul, in every band he's been in since he left Maiden. He's also still a very large and imposing man, despite being nearly 60.
  • Littlest Cancer Patient: Clive Burr left music due to multiple sclerosis. Maiden has since founded a research fund on that disease to help him. It stands even after his 2013 death.
  • Long-Runner Line-up: Hasn't changed since 1999.
  • The Napoleon: Steve is not as grumpy as most examples of the trope, still hot-blooded, somewhat shorter than average at 5'8", and in a position of power.
  • Not Christian Rock: Steve said he's not religious, even if many songs deal with spirituality. But the band is far from being Satanist.
  • Only in It for the Money: Dennis Stratton joined the band because he had a wife and daughter to support. Soon found he didn't quite fit.
  • Perpetual Frowner: Adrian scowls constantly, in contrast to...
  • Perpetual Smiler: Dave, who's always seen with a grin. .
  • Pint Sized Power House: Bruce, who's only 5'6" (168 cm), but has a huge voice and a truly large presence. Besides his abilities as a singer and frontman, he's also a licenced pilot and a skilled fencer.
  • Real Men Love Jesus: Nicko is a rather devout Christian.
  • Real Men Wear Pink: As badass and manly as they are, they're not afraid to put out really weepy songs from time to time.
  • Revolving Door Band: The early days of the band were very tumultuous. In fact, it took several albums before they even had the same lineup on two consecutive recordings.
  • Scary Musician, Harmless Music: Inverted. They don't attempt to look intimidating (the horror is left for Eddie), but the music is often ominous.
  • Stage Names: Paul Andrews: Paul Di'Anno; Michael "Nicko" McBrain; and Bayley Cook added "Blaze" before his name.
  • Start My Own: Many of the departed members, be it solo work (Bruce and Blaze), new projects (Paul's Battlezone, Killers and the band Di'Anno; Adrian's "Adrian Smith And Project", aka A.S.A.P.) or joining other bands (Clive joined Nicko's former band Trust, and Paul's band Gogmagog).
  • Team Chef: Nicko is a lover of American barbecue cuisine, and he even owns a restaurant called "Rock N Roll Ribs" in Coral Springs, Florida.
  • Technician vs. Performer: Adrian writes the most technical solos and has the most complicated backline. Janick, by contrast, leaves patch changes to his tech, swings his guitar around by the strap like a loon, and gets into mock fights with Eddie on stage. Dave, for his part, is between the two.
    • Bruce Dickinson vs. Paul Di'Anno: Bruce is a formally trained singer who has made it a point of taking care of his voice. Di'Anno has gone on record saying his "vocal training" consists for extended drug and alcohol abuse and has gone as far as to say that rock singers taking vocal lessons are "pussies".
  • The Ugly Guy's Hot Daughter: Steve Harris looks ok, but not spectacular. These are his daughters.
  • Wild Hair: Everyone, though Bruce has kept his hair short ever since the reunion.

    Misc Tropes (Videos and Other Stuff) 

  • Animated Music Video: "Wildest Dreams", from Dance of Death; "Different World", from A Matter of Life and Death; and "The Final Frontier", from, well... The Final Frontier. note  And now in Book of Souls there's Speed of Light which mixes 8-bit, 16-bit and various forms of 3D animation.
  • Assist Character: A rare non-videogame example: In the Fighting Game part of the video for "Speed of Light" The Beast summons a Reaper as a special move.
  • Biography: The band has a few, such as Run to the Hills, the Authorised Biography, Running Free, The Official Story of Iron Maiden and 30 Years: The Ultimate Unauthorized History of the Beast. Paul Di'Anno also wrote an autobiography, titled The Beast, which fit the title by showing a lot of Sex Drugs And Rock N Roll.
  • Brain Food: Piece of Mind's inner sleeve and CD art (probably referencing the cover with a post-lobotomy Eddie).
  • Catchphrase: The fans themselves have a Catchphrase of their own — the phrase "Up the Irons" is pretty much the Maiden fan salute.
  • Contemptible Cover: Dance of Death and The X Factor get this reaction thanks to art shifts Gone Horribly Wrong. See Polygon Ceiling listing on this page for the details.
  • Continuity Cavalcade:
    • The cover of Somewhere in Time has a lot of Maiden references:
      • Ruskin Arms, The Rainbow Bar, Marquee Club, pubs where the band played on their first years.
      • The opera house is called "Phantom Opera House", as in "Phantom of the Opera".
      • "Maggie's Revenge" is a reference towards both the song and cover art of "Sanctuary", the cover art of "Women in Uniform" and, of course, Margaret Thatcher.
      • Some Japanese elements also reference the live album Maiden Japan.
      • Eddie is in the "22 Acacia Avenue" street. Charlotte (reference to "Charlotte the Harlot") is found sitting in one of the windows of the avenue.
      • Bruce has a brain in his hands, reference to Piece of Mind.
      • In front of Bradbury Hotel, there's a winged guy falling, his wings on fire. This is, of course, a reference to "Flight of Icarus".
      • "The Sand Dune grill (IMHO)" references "To Tame a Land". There's also "Herbert Ails", reference to Frank Herbert, author of Dune, the inspiration for the song.
      • Three pyramids reference the album Powerslave.
      • There's a bar called "Aces High" and there's also a plane flying.
      • The clock marks 23:58 a.k.a. "2 Minutes to Midnight". Another reference is the laser eye Eddie has.
      • There's also the Eye of Horus (reference to "Powerslave") near Eddie.
      • "Ancient Mariner Seafood Restaurant", for "Rime of the Ancient Mariner".
      • The cinema plays "Live After Death". There's also "Long Beach Arena", which was the place where LAD was filmed.
      • "Tehe's Bar" is the place where Maiden gathered people in order to sing in the central piece of "Heaven Can Wait".
    • The cover of Best of the Beast includes various Eddies.
    • The cover of Somewhere Back in Time has the Cyborg Eddie from Somewhere in Time breaking out of the pyramid from Powerslave, while the Maiden font has the colours seen in Seventh Son of a Seventh Son.
    • The poster for the promotional Somewhere Back in Time tour has Mummy!Eddie from Live After Death being resurrected, and the pyramid has three Eddie statues, referencing the albums Somewhere in Time, Powerslave and Seventh Son of a Seventh Son.
    • The cover for From Fear to Eternity has references to all the albums from the period.
  • Continuity Nod:
    • The video for "Wasted Years" contains a lot of fragments from Maiden's older videos.
    • "Speed of Light" references just about every single other Iron Maiden artwork of the band's career. Namely:
      • Eddie is playing on an arcade with an interface that's taken from the cover of "Wasted Years".
      • The first level references the covers for "Killers", "Iron Maiden" and "Bring Your Daughter... To the Slaughter".
      • The second level references the covers for "The Reincarnation of Benjamin Breeg", "Somewhere in Time", "Powerslave", "Stranger in a Strange Land" and two blink it and you'll miss it references to "The Final Frontier" (Eddie passes the skull in the cover near the level's end) and "Seventh Son of a Seventh Son" (he passes one of Eddie's bits of flesh from that cover shortly thereafter).
      • The third level is basically the cover of "Run to the Hills" in animated form, plus Eddie's fatality is directly taken from the single cover of "The Number of the Beast". Eddie comes back to life mid-fight in a manner reminiscent of the cover of "Live After Death". Plus an appearance of the Grim Reaper, which often shows up in album covers.
      • Last level has references to "Powerslave", "A Matter of Life and Death", "2 Minutes to Midnight".
      • When he beats the game, the scoreboard has the names of every member of the band.
      • The arcades in the background are all named after album titles.
  • Dark Is Not Evil: In an inversion of Scary Musician, Harmless Music, their music is undeniably dark, but the band members themselves are pretty decent people for the most part, and they always portray the terrible topics in their songs as genuinely terrible, so there's never any sense that Evil Is Cool.
  • Dem Bones: The cover of A Matter of Life and Death has Eddie over a tank, leading an army of skeletons.
  • Earth-Shattering Poster: For the World Piece Tour of 1983 and the Early Days Tour of 2005.
  • Every Episode Ending: The last song before the encore is always "Iron Maiden", which also marks the entrance of an Eddie on stage.
  • Five-Man Band:
  • Foreshadowing:
    • Before appearing in Killers, "Wrathchild" appeared in the multi-band compilation Metal for Muthas.
    • A live version of "Drifter" was released as part of the Sanctuary single before appearing in Killers.
    • Adrian composed "22 Acacia Avenue" while he was in Urchin. The final version is different from this one.
    • The cover art for the Purgatory single foreshadows The Number of the Beast.
    • Bruce recorded with his solo band a version of "Bring Your Daughter... To the Slaughter" for the soundtrack of A Nightmare on Elm Street 5: The Dream Child before the band reworked it for No Prayer for the Dying.
    • "Wildest Dreams" was presented in the Give me Ed 'Til I'm Dead tour, before the release of Dance of Death.
  • Iconic Logo: That font is hard not to recognize.
  • Idiosyncratic Cover Art: The box set "Eddie's Head."
  • Large Ham: Bruce Dickinson is not nicknamed "The Air Raid Siren" for nothing.
  • Licensed Game: Ed Hunter.
  • Metal Band Mascot: Eddie the Head, the albino zombie originally designed by Derek Riggs. Eddie appears on all album covers, and on most (if not all) of the band's merchandise.
    • Eddie and his creator Derek Riggs are the namesake for Eddie Riggs, the protagonist of the game Brütal Legend.
  • Numerological Motif: In case you started to lose count of how many studio albums the band released, they throw in the occasional hint to the ordering:
    • Seventh Son of a Seventh Son: The seventh album.
    • The X Factor: If you read the X as a Roman numeral, then this album is the tenth...
    • Virtual XI: ...while this title does have a Roman numeral, as the eleventh album.
    • The Final Frontier: Appropriately enough for the fifteenth album, its Title Track also carries the prefix "Satellite 15...".
  • Polygon Ceiling: An unusual non-game example!
    • The band was known for their very distinctive album artwork courtesy of Derek Riggs throughout most of their career, and he provided at least some artwork for most of their album covers until his involvement eventually waned entirely after the release of Brave New World (reportedly due to them being difficult to work with). After having these painted scenes for nine (studio) albums, fans were slightly surprised when the album cover for Dance of Death was revealed to be an episode of ReBoot gone horribly wrong. (Even artist David Patchet hated the cover. The image was only supposed to be a mock-up, not the finished product).
    • Likewise, a previous 2-D to 3-D jump, The X-Factor (though not hand-drawn to CGI, but hand-drawn to statue) was not well received.
    • Inverted with the hand-drawn cover art for the single El Dorado, which many fans saw as a bad depiction of the Garbage Pail Kids. The Final Frontier may be playing this straight as well.
  • Punny Name: "The Iron Maidens" — an all female Iron Maiden tribute band. Just think about it for a minute.
  • Record Producer: Martin Birch from Killers to Fear of the Dark, Kevin Shirley since Brave New World. Steve also co-produces most since The X Factor.
  • Rockumentary: 12 Wasted Years, The Early Days and Flight 666.
    • Live After Death's DVD edition has the second part of The Early Days as an extra. Part three comes in the DVD for Maiden England, along with 12 Wasted Years.
  • Revival: Three tours in the Turn of the Millennium / The New '10s, "The Early Days" (only songs from the first four albums, and a Earth-Shattering Poster taken directly from the Piece of Mind tour), "Somewhere Back in Time" (besides "Fear of the Dark", only '80s songs, plus an Egyptian Powerslave-like stage which also had references to the two albums that followed), and "Maiden England" (stage and set-list inspired by the eponymous live album, recorded during the Seventh Son tour).
  • Shout-Out: Check the page.
  • Studio Chatter: Nicko has one closing Brave New World, and two opening Dance of Death ("1, 2, 1, 2, 3, 4...") and A Matter of Life and Death ("AIEEE!"). He also is heard yelling in the beginning of "Public Enema Number One".
  • Trope Makers: Along with Judas Priest, of blending Hard Rock with Heavy Metal.
  • Up to Eleven: They have three guitarists in the current line-up. That's practically unheard of - the closest was Lynyrd Skynyrd, who aren't as metal as Maiden.


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