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"The first time that I heard her, I was shocked. I bear her great admiration. I love her voice, her pain, her way of moving. She's so French!"-Elton John

Mylène Farmer (born Mylène Jeanne Gautier, 12 September 1961) is a Canadian-born French singer, who is best known for her singles "Désenchantée", "XXL", "California" and more in addition to her art film-style music videos (with several being controversial) and being the artist with the most number-ones in France.


Des tropes de Mylène Farmer:

  • Animated Music Video: "C'est une belle journée" and "Peut-être toi".
  • Animesque: The video for "Peut-être toi".
  • Anime Hair: During her tours in 1996 she at one point wore her hair up in a very spiked bun which would later be illustrated in the video "Peut-être toi".
  • Axe-Crazy: Her rival, played by dancer Sofie Teller, often featured in her various videos in the 80's is usually this.
    • Mylène herself in "Fuck them all".
  • Bifauxnen: As seen in the cover picture for her single "Sans contrefaçon". She herself was one prior to her career (see Gender Confusion below).
  • Bittersweet Ending: In many of her songs and videos, if it isn't a Downer Ending.
  • Body Horror: She has some... graphic videos, to put it bluntly. "Beyond my Control" is a perfect example.
    • The stage for her 2009 tour was flanked by two seven-metres tall reproductions of the Cadaver Tomb of René de Chalon, which appeared in the video for "Redonne-moi" as well.
  • Boyish Short Hair: In the early Nineties, she sported this.
  • Break-Up Song: "Puisque".
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  • Cat Fight: Notoriously averted in the music video "Libertine": the fight features hitting a head with a bottle, swinging a firepoker and blood flying around. Bonus points for the video actually being highly erotically charged (unsurprisingly, if you know who libertines are). Same goes for "Pourvu Quelles Soient Douces", sequel to "Libertine" (despite even featuring some mud).
  • Cerebus Rollercoaster: Not only does her music over the years constantly switch between Darker and Edgier and Lighter and Softer, but songs in a single album can be this. Nothing like singing about your deep admiration of Greta Garbo and and the next track being about a child getting raped.
  • Charity Motivation Song: "Dernier Sourire", which is about the death of a loved one due to AIDS.
    • "Que mon coeur lâche" was originally supposed to be the single, but the ambiguous lyrics that seemed too insensitive and made light of sexuality changed plans.
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  • The Cover Changes the Meaning: Kate Ryan covered Mylene's signature song, "Desenchantée", but the cover seems to be more about being dissatisfied with a relationship rather than with society and the government.
  • Cluster F-Bomb: "Fuck Them All" and "Peut-être toi".
  • Concept Album: Most are generally about sex and death.
    • L'Autre has a recurring theme regarding the human mind, psychology and sociology.
    • Anamorphosée seems to be about her life in America during the 1990's, as well as common references to one's reflection, mirrors, the distortion of an image and transformation.
    • The main message in Innamoramento is love and the heart, but also incorporates themes and beliefs of various cultures and religions around the world.
    • Religion, specifically Christianity, is a major theme in Avant Que L'Ombre.
    • Medical terms, stitches, scars, dolls and the human body for Point de Suture.
  • Driven to Suicide: "Au bout de la nuit". A women is contemplating suicide while sleeping with a man she finished having intercourse with due to her feeling used and wanted only for sex.
  • Epic Rocking: The entire album concept of Anamorphosée.
  • Ethical Slut: The primary message in "Libertine", "Pourvu Quelles Soient Douces", "Porno-Graphique" and "Sextonik".
  • Fiery Redhead: She's specifically stated it helped her stick out compared to other pop stars.
  • Genre Shift: From the synth pop in the her earlier albums to alternative rock starting with Anamorphosée.
    • And again in Innamoramento towards an Asian and electronic sound.
  • Girl-on-Girl Is Hot: She has participated in photoshoots involving kissing other women.
  • Gratuitous English: Appears here and there in many of her works, but most common in Anamorphosée, as it was inspired by her stay in America.
  • Lighter and Softer: The video for "Que mon coeur lâche". After an era of dark and morbid pop songs, this video has a much more comedic tone to it, with it being much Denser and Wackier than the previous ones. The fact it was directed by Luc Besson, who went on to direct the Arthur and the Invisibles film trilogy over her normal director, Laurent Boutonnat, is probably one of the main reasons why.
  • Lonely Piano Piece: Most of the live versions of her ballads. They are generally all performed in one act as one long medley.
  • Lyrical Dissonance: Has made a career out of danceable songs with dark lyrics.
  • Mood Whiplash: Albums can go from a light, cherry tune to something very dark by one track. Very common in her concerts too.
  • Moral Guardians: Several of her videos were banned from airing on MTV because of the recurring themes of sex, nudity, violence and alleged religious blasphemy.
  • Mrs. Robinson: Let's just say her dancers look quite...young.
  • Ms. Fanservice: The video for "L'Amour n'est Rien" is a perfect example. Surprisingly, it was not banned from airplay.
  • Religion Rant Song: Many, though not always direct. "Plus Grandir" has the singer praying to a statue of the Virgin,only to be raped the next scene. "Vieux Bouc" is about a Satanic baptism.
    • Her song "Sans Logique" described the life of a person with an unamed mental illness (stating at one minute they are angelic and others satanic) but of course the song as goes to blame God for the protagonist's behavior/condition.
  • The Rival:
    • In-universe to her videos, Sofie Teller, who plays as a rich woman in red in "Libertine", a leader of a gang of prostitutes in the sequel "Pourvu Qu'elles Soient Douces", and The Evil Queen in "Tristana", a retelling of the fairy tale Snow White. In real life Sofie and Mylene are good friends and she was once one of her backup dancers.
    • In real life, fellow French singer Jeanne Mas. Céline Dion, too.
  • Self-Deprecation: "Je t'aime melancholie".
    • Also "Alice" in which she describes herself as the "depressive artist".
  • Sexophone: In the English version of "Que mon coeur lâche".
  • Singer Namedrop: "Mylène s'en fout". "Mylene is Calling" and "Mylenium" have the singer's name in the title, but her name isn't said in the song itself.
  • Take That!: "Je t'aime melancholie" to her critics, who felt her musical style was too depressing.
  • There Are No Therapists: Averted in "Maman a tort" and "L'âme stram-gram".
  • Urban Legends: Due to her private lifestyle and her childhood often unspoken about, these tended to pop up often in the '80s and early '90s.
  • Viewer Gender Confusion: She dressed like a boy and had her hair short growing up. Specifically what "Sans contrefacon" is about.
    • The character she plays, Libertine in the titular video and it sequel, "Pourvu quelles soient douces". Two characters even have an argument over that in the latter video.
  • Vocal Evolution: Has gotten deeper over the years. Doesn't sing high notes as often anymore.