Born John Michael Osbourne on December 3, 1948 in Aston, Birmingham. Also known as Ozzy. Or the "Prince of Darkness", if you want. As one of, or possibly the, first Heavy Metal singer, he has been called the "Godfather of Heavy Metal" while he prefers to call himself "The Prince of Darkness." Famous for snacking on winged creatures in the middle of sets.
He's known in many circles as the original voice of Black Sabbath, the band who (arguably) created the Heavy Metal genre as we know it today. You can go to that page to know the rest of the details in his time with them. As the band's popularity declined, Ozzy was ousted from the band and formed one of his own. The group's debut, Blizzard of Ozz, has sold over 6 million copies to date and is generally regarded as one of the greatest metal albums of all time.
- Ozzy Osbourne: Lead vocals
- Rob "Blasko" Nicholson: Bass
- Zakk Wylde: Guitar
- Adam Wakeman: Keyboards
- Tommy Clufetos: Drums
- 1970 - Black Sabbath
- 1970 - Paranoid
- 1971 - Master of Reality
- 1972 - Black Sabbath Vol. 4
- 1973 - Sabbath Bloody Sabbath
- 1975 - Sabotage
- 1976 - Technical Ecstasy
- 1978 - Never Say "Die"!
- 2013 - 13
- 1980 - Blizzard of Ozz
- 1981 - Diary of a Madman
- 1983 - Bark at the Moon
- 1986 - The Ultimate Sin
- 1988 - No Rest for the Wicked
- 1991 - No More Tears
- 1995 - Ozzmosis
- 2001 - Down to Earth
- 2005 - Under Cover
- 2007 - Black Rain
- 2010 - Scream
The Prince of Darkness gives examples of:
- 10-Minute Retirement: In 1993 Ozzy announced that he'd retire from touring and called his would-be final tour "No More Tours". He was back on the road in 1995 with "The Retirement Sucks Tour" and has been on the road more or less ever since.
- The Alcoholic: He went through issues with alcoholism, which is the focus of the songs "Suicide Solution" and "Demon Alcohol."
- Ass Shove: He went for a colonoscopy, and while the doctors kept trying to knock him out and failing, he was watching the display and commented that it was like the "Journey to the Centre of My Arse".
- Badass Beard: Zakk Wylde, former guitar player for Ozzy.
- Badass Boast: "Not Going Away"
- "Vampire? Vampires are pussies! I'm the Prince of fucking Darkness!"
- Badass Longcoat
- Bedlam House: "Diary of a Madman" is told from the point of view of someone in there.
- Berserk Button: He used to have some chickens, back when he was with his first wife. Said chickens never laid any eggs because, she told him, he never felt like feeding them. One night, after having not slept for 24 hours, doped up on cocaine and booze, the button was finally pressed, leading to one of the most hilariously twisted moments in his book.
- He blows a few chickens away with a shotgun, chases after the rest with a katana, sets the chicken coop on fire, and tosses the rest of his shotgun ammunition into the burning coop, causing many small explosions. And then his neighbor comes walking out, sees Ozzy wearing a tattered, chicken-bloodstained bathrobe, and simply says, "Ah, good evening, Mr. Osbourne. I see you're back from America."
- Also, don't◊ bring up the bat-eating incident to him in person.
- Body Horror: The cover of Ozzmosis depicts Ozzy's body covered with extra eyes and mouths.
- Break-Up Song: "Goodbye To Romance", a song about him leaving Sabbath, and not, contrary to popular beliefs, about his first wife.
- British Accents: He has a very thick Brummie accent that is part of the reason he's so hard to understand when he speaks - the other reason being he's completely and utterly brainfried from so many years of hardcore drug abuse... though older videos prove he's almost always been The Unintelligible, even when sober, due to his accent.
- The Cameo: He appeared briefly in Little Nicky and sung in Motörhead's "I Ain't No Nice Guy" and Slash's "Crucify The Dead".
- Canon Discontinuity: The live albums Speak of the Devil, Just Say Ozzy, Live and Loud and the studio album The Ultimate Sin. The root of all these deletions, save for Speak of the Devil, is the song "Shot In The Dark". It was his biggest hit of the 80s, one of his most popular songs of his career and featured regularly in his live set from the time it was released until the mid-90s, when the legal rights to the song came into dispute. Ozzy deleted every album that featured it from his catalog except for a greatest hits package (where it was simply replaced by another tune). Recently, he's started playing it again though and the deleted albums are available for purchase on iTunes.
- Catch-Phrase: Frequently shouts "Rock and roll!", "Go fucking crazy!" and/or "Lemme see your (fucking) hands!" while performing.
- Cluster F-Bomb: Averted in his music. While he's portrayed as a language blasphemer in The Osbournes, you won't hear much of this in his work. In his concerts, on the other hand, you will hear it, as his stage banter is typically filled with it."I can't fucking hear you!""Go fucking crazy for me!"
"Let me see your fucking cigarette lighters!"
- From a live performance of "Mr Crowley":
- Cool Old Guy
- Cool Shades: A key part of his overall look.
- Cool Teacher: Randy Rhoads was one before joining Ozzy's band. Ozzy said this was a great help when it came to songwriting because Randy had the patience and skill to work with Ozzy and work his ideas into music.
- Cool Train: "Crazy Train", duh.
- Corrupt Church: "Miracle Man", about televangelist Jimmy Swaggart, who had been caught in a prostitution scandal that same year (which Ozzy took immense satisfaction in).
- Cover Version: Several.
- Darker and Edgier: No Rest For The Wicked is arguably Ozzy's darkest and heaviest album, which is strange considering that it's also among his least remembered.
- A Date with Rosie Palms: "No Bone Movies".
- Domestic Abuse: Ozzy and Sharon's marriage has turned violent on multiple occasions. He has knocked out her two front teeth; she retaliated by throwing a full bottle of scotch at his head. Nevertheless it is clear that they do love each other very much.
- The worst incident of domestic abuse for the Osbournes happened when, in a cocaine and alcohol-fueled rage, Ozzy attempted to strangle Sharon. This led to Sharon having him arrested and threatening to leave Ozzy unless he entered rehab.
- Dude Looks Like a Lady: Randy Rhoads looked like he could pass off as a flat chested woman with his long blond hair and very slight body build, particularly before◊ joining Ozzy's band. Rudy Sarzo even said that when Randy and he went clothes shopping, they went into women's stores to get Randy's jeans due to how small in size he was. Ozzy even said that Randy looked very effeminate when he first met him.
- Epic Rocking: Over the 6-minute mark:
- "Revelation (Mother Earth)", (6:09) from Blizzard Of Ozz.
- "You Can't Kill Rock and Roll" (6:59) and "Diary of a Madman", (6:14) both from Diary Of A Madman.
- "Fire In The Sky", (6:24) from No Rest For The Wicked.
- "No More Tears" (7:23) and "Zombie Stomp", (6:13) from No More Tears.
- "Thunder Underground", (6:29) "See You on the Other Side", (6:10) "Tomorrow" (6:36) and "My Jekyll Doesn't Hide", (6:34) from Ozzmosis.
- "The Almighty Dollar", from Black Rain, at 6:57.
- "Let It Die", (6:06) and "Diggin' Me Down" (6:03) from Scream.
- Everyone Has Standards: He was kicked out of Black Sabbath for his drug and alcohol use — he had been doped up on cocaine and alcohol for the past thirty hours; when the drugs wore off, he slept through an entire gig. Really, when a heavy metal band in the 1970s (especially them) thinks you're overdoing those, you know you have a problem.
- Evil Laugh: From time to time, and not just in songs. He can sound pretty evil when he is just laughing at something he finds amusing, without even trying - or if not evil, than at the very least a bit crazy.
- Five-Man Band:
- Forbidden Fruit: In "Walk on Water," he sings about sharing this with the daughter of a magic man.
- George Lucas Altered Version: After his original drummer and bassist sued him, he replaced their instrumentation on many of his original albums with new instrumentation by his current drummer and bassist for the 2002 reissues. After much controversy and criticism over the reissues, Ozzy changed his mind, and the original albums were remastered in 2011, without the alterations.
- Greatest Hits Album: Has a few, such as The Ozzman Cometh, The Essential Ozzy Osbourne, Memoirs of a Madman and the box set Prince of Darkness.
- Green Aesop: "Revelation (Mother Earth)" from Blizzard of Ozz and part of "Dreamer" from Down To Earth.
- Heterosexual Life-Partners: First with Randy Rhoads (until he died), then later with Zakk Wylde. Ozzy and Zakk have been close friends ever since Ozzy hired him in 1987, despite Zakk getting fired from the band twice. Ozzy is also very close with the drummer from Black Sabbath, Bill Ward. Additionally, Lemmy Kilmister. They'd known each other since Lemmy's days in Hawkwind and Ozzy entrusted him with writing lyrics to some of his songs, including his Grammy-winning "I Don't Want to Change the World." They also would geek over World War II history.
- Heroic BSoD: Had one when Randy Rhoads died. See also Creator Breakdown in the Trivia tab.
- He had another one when he was fired from Black Sabbath. Ozzy being Ozzy, he assumed that his life as a rockstar would be over and he'd have to move back to his hometown to be a bartender or plumber or something. With this in mind he decided to go on the ultimate bender. He rented a hotel room, got all the drugs and booze he could afford, and went to town. Sharon stopped by three months later and said he was curled up on the ground surrounded by bottles, cocaine wrappers and empty pizza boxes and at a total loss of dignity or self-preservation.
- Hidden Depths: Ozzy's a pretty big history buff. In fact, it's the basis of the show Ozzy & Jack's World Detour, a travelogue show on the History Channel starring Ozzy and his son Jack.
- I Am the Band: Pretty much the reason of his solo career. Slightly averted by the fact he's always had a show-off (in a good way) guitarist going mental alongside him in concert.
- Face of the Band: A natural when he was already one with Sabbath.
- Iconic Item: Randy Rhoads has his aged white Les Paul, his black and white polkadot Flying V and his prototype Jackson Rhoads.
- Jake E Lee almost exclusively used his custom black and white Fender/Charvel hybrid.
- Zakk Wylde and his white "bullseye" Les Paul, and later other models with the same motif.
- Immune to Drugs: To the point where he had his genome mapped to figure out how on earth he's still alive. The Cambridge project that did so found several genes that allow him to metabolize opiates and alcohol far more efficiently than most humans. Basically, if almost anyone else did as many drugs as he did, they would have died a long time ago. His autobiography describes it best in a minor Crowning Moment of Funny, where Ozzy decided to have a colonoscopy done.
Ozzy: Is that the inside of my arsehole?
- Regular Dose of Anesthetic:
Doctor: Why the hell arent you asleep?
Doctor: Dont you feel groggy?
Ozzy: Not really.
Doctor: Not even a little bit?
Doctor: How are you feeling?
- Twice the Dose:
Ozzy: Fine, thanks.
Doctor: Jesus Christ, youre still awake? Im going to give you some more.
Ozzy: Go on then.
Doctor: How about now, Mr. Osbourne? Blink if you can hear me.
- Three Times the Dose:
Ozzy: Blink? Why cant I just tell you?
Doctor: Thats impossible! Youre not human!
Ozzy: How can I fall asleep during this? Any minute now youre going to find some long-lost cufflinks up there, or maybe an old watch, or a pair of Sharons tights.
- Ink-Suit Actor: Ozzy's undead warlock in the World of Warcraft "What's Your Game?" ad. Granted, it was crafted out of the actual in-game models, but you have to admit that the resemblance is spot-on and that only an undead warlock character would fit the man.
- Insistent Terminology: Ozzy has never embraced the term "heavy metal." He always refers to his own music as rock and roll.
- International Pop Song English: When singing.
- Irony: As a teacher Randy Rhoads was frustrated by students asking him to teach them how to play other people's songs, one of the popular ones being "Iron Man." Randy told the students it was pointless to learn them because they would never have a use for them, especially considering that Randy wasn't a Black Sabbath fan when joining Ozzy's band. Randy went on to play "Iron Man" every night with Ozzy, making him one of two people in the world (the other being Tony Iommi) to have the song in their job description.
- Klatchian Coffee: He mentions in his second book, Trust me, I'm Dr. Ozzy that he doesn't metabolize caffeine well, making most coffee this for him. He also mentions a recipe for this stuff to someone who wants to wake up: Brew coffee, make a shot of espresso, tip the grounds for the original coffee over and brew them again, make a cup of the twice brewed coffee, add the shot, and drink up.
- Knuckle Tattoos: He has "OZZY" in his left knuckles.
- Little People Are Surreal: His video for "Time After Time". Little people in black body suits, playing air guitar.
- Large Ham: Not as large as Ronnie James Dio, but he's a pretty close second.
- Long-Haired Pretty Boy: Much more so when he was young.
- Randy Rhoads◊ too.
- Lyrical Cold Open: ALL ABOAAAARD! HAHAHAHAHAHAHA!
- Made of Iron/Made of Indestructium: Probably Ozzy's brain and liver. Time was, nobody really knew how they both lasted for more than 35 years of hardcore drug abuse and alcoholism. But as noted above, geneticists at Cambridge University, looking for the answer to just that question, discovered part of his genetic structure really is Made of Indestructium. He's literally a mutant!
- Which has also led to Older Than They Look, because Ozzy does not look his age at all.
- The Masochism Tango: Ozzy and Sharon's fights are legendary in the music industry. Yet despite their seemingly dysfunctional relationship they really do love each other and have been together for decades.
- Mohs Scale of Rock and Metal Hardness: Despite his reputation as the King Of Heavy Metal, Ozzy's music is usually only a 6 or a 7, with some songs in the 2 or 3 range and a couple (such as Dee) even dropping to a 1.
- Mohs Scale of Lyrical Hardness: On the other hand, the lyrics (aside from ballads such as "Dreamer" and "Mama I'm Coming Home", which are at most a 3) can climb up to 8, by dealing with bleak stuff such as monsters, murderers, suicide and depression.
- Moral Guardians: Not so much a target of them anymore since he's not quite as shocking as he once was, but he was a frequent target of them in The '80s.
- Murder Ballad: "Bloodbath in Paradise", about Charles Manson and his infamous Family.
- Nobody Thinks It Will Work: He and Sharon were practically the poster couple for this trope, and now they're regarded as one of the few bastions of hope for celebrity marriages, having been married since 1982.
- Noodle Incident:
- While on his 1984 tour with the guys from Mötley Crüe (which incidentally is known as "one of the craziest drug and alcohol-fuelled tours in the history of rock and roll"), Ozzy reportedly got so drunk/high, he eventually decided cocaine was for sissies and snorted a line of ants...
- After signing his first solo career record deal in 1981, Ozzy intended to release a pair of doves during a meeting with CBS Records as a sign of peace. Unfortunately (and quite unsurprisingly) he was drunk, and instead of releasing the doves, he grabbed one of them and bit off the bird's head...
- Then, in 1982, while performing at the Veterans Memorial Auditorium, The Prince of Darkness bit off the head of a bat he thought was rubber. It is unclear whether the bat was still alive when Ozzy plunged his teeth into its neck, though he had to be treated for rabies afterwards.
- One-Man Wail: "Black Rain".
- Only Known as Ozzy: This nickname has its origins in his childhood. It was given to him by schoolyard friends/bullies. He later lengthened it to "Ozzy Zig" and then shortened it back to Ozzy prior to Black Sabbath. He has said that his first wife Thelma never called him Ozzy, only John, and that the only people who do it now are his brothers and sisters.
- Do Not Call Me "Paul": His real name is John Michael Osbourne, but he doesn't like it, to the point that he doesn't even respond to it anymore.
- Our Werewolves Are Different: "Bark at the Moon"
- Out-of-Genre Experience: No More Tears, where Zakk Wylde combined his usual heavy riffing with jangly clean arpeggios, acoustic guitar and country-style leads to create a Southern Rock feel on much of the album, a sound markedly different from Ozzy's previous music and absent on all subsequent albums.
- Power Ballad: "Mama I'm Coming Home", "Close My Eyes Forever", "Goodbye To Romance", "So Tired".
- Persona Non Grata: Ozzy was banned from San Antonio, Texas for ten years after he drunkenly urinated on a cenotaph outside the Alamo.
- Rated G for Gangsta: Specially once The Osbournes made him popular with a whole new generation.
- Rated M for Manly: Although he does show his sensitive side in quite a few songs, he plays this trope straight more often than not.
- Rags to Riches: He, along with his Sabbath bandmates grew up in the bombed-out remains of Birmingham, Ozzy specifically has admitted to living without indoor plumbing at one point.
- Refuge in Audacity: "I Don't Wanna Stop"Too many religions for only one godI don't need another saviorDon't try to change my mindYou know I'm one of a kindAin't gonna change my bad behavior
- Retirony: The day before he died Randy Rhoads told Ozzy he wanted to quit the band after the tour and go to school to study classical guitar.
- Rock-Star Song: "Hellraiser".
- Rockumentary: God Bless Ozzy Osbourne.
- Sanity Slippage Song: Several examples. It was even lampshaded in a Saturday Night Live sketch where one character commented that "Ozzy Osbourne songs are all about going crazy and not being able to stop it."
- Scary Musician, Harmless Music: Unless you believe the Moral Guardians from The '80s.
- Sealed Evil in a Can: "Bark At The Moon":Years spent in tormentBuried in a nameless graveNow he has risenMiracles would have to saveThose that the beast is looking forListen in awe and you'll hear him...
- Serial Killer:
- The song "No More Tears" is about a serial killer who kidnaps strippers, has sex with them, then tortures and kills them. Specifically, Ozzy has said that the song is about Jack the Ripper.
- The song "Bloodbath In Paradise" is about the Manson family.
- Series Fauxnale: No More Tears was supposed to be his final solo album and he was gonna retire from the music business afterwards, but came back four years later with Ozzmosis.
- "Sesame Street" Cred: Guest starred on The 7D as "Duke of Drear", the father of central antagonist Hildy Gloom, who is played by Kelly Osbourne.
- Sex, Drugs and Rock & Roll: Ozzy is one of the most notable examples, especially in the drugs department. Indeed, in his later years his doctors concluded that according to all medical logic, he should have dropped dead years ago. As a result, they started running a series of blood tests on him to see how he managed to survive his heavy substance abuse as well as he did. Keep in mind that "well" is a relative term (when compared with death), and Ozzy still has a slew of health problems from his overindulgence in his early years. For his part, there's a poignant part in the TV series when Ozzy says to the camera that while it might be fun to joke about how he was a wild child taking all kinds of drugs, he's not at all proud of any of it. He realizes he nearly killed himself and hurt the people he cared about, and urged the audience that the whole myth of becoming a rock star and living the "high life" with money and drugs really is just a myth.
- Shout-Out: "Mr. Crowley", the Filk Song "Perry Mason".
- Sickeningly Sweethearts: For all the craziness in their marriage, it's pretty clear Ozzy and Sharon really do love each other. And they are not afraid of showing it. As opposed to being diabetes-inducing, it's just sweet enough to be absolutely adorable. The video for his cover of "In My Life" is even dedicated to her.
- Signature Line: You've heard "Crazy Train." You know exactly what it is.ALL ABOOOOOOOOOOOARD! HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA!!!
- Singing Voice Dissonance: Not only does he drop the thick accent, but he is much more intelligible.
- Sinister Minister: The title character of "Miracle Man", which is a Take That! toward Real Life Sinister Minister, televangelist Jimmy Swaggart, with whom Ozzy feuded in The '80s.
- Soprano and Gravel: With Lita Ford in "Close My Eyes Forever", and with his daughter Kelly in "Changes".
- Start My Own: Twice. After getting fired by Sabbath he started his own solo project and after being told he wasn't cool enough for big rock festivals he started Ozzfest.
- Suspiciously Similar Substitute: Before Zakk Wylde got buff and grew a beard he was considered to be one of these for Randy Rhoads, what with the long blond hair and cream Les Paul. He himself admits this (on the grounds of hero worship) and says that when he got hired for Ozzy he had a bullseye painted on his guitar so people wouldn't just assume he was a Randy Rhoads clone. He's since become the longest lasting member in Ozzy's band, having played on five studio albums released between 1988 and 2007.
- Sure, Let's Go with That: As is mentioned above, Zakk Wylde had a white Les Paul that was nearly identical to the one Randy used, so he got it repainted. He wanted it to have a hypnotic black and white swirl, but the luthier messed up and painted a bull's eye instead. Zakk thought it was cool, and now it's his trademark.
- Take That!:
They say I worship the devilThey must be stupid or blind
- "Miracle Man", towards Jimmy Swaggart.
- Ozzy has said that the lyrics of "Crucify the Dead", the song he sings in Slash's solo album, are what he would tell to Axl Rose if he was Slash. The lyrics have also been interpreted as being directed towards his former bandmates in Black Sabbath.
- The songs "I Don't Wanna Stop" and "Not Going Away" from Black Rain are Ozzy's responses to critics who say he should retire.
- "Rock and Roll Rebel" takes a jab at Moral Guardians who accuse Ozzy of being a Satan worshiper.
- "Who the fuck is Justin Bieber?"
- "Goodbye to Romance" was written about his former bandmates in Black Sabbath.
- Theme Naming \ Pun-Based Title: Blizzard of Ozz, The Ozzman Cometh, and Ozzmosis. Diary of a Madman could count as well.
- The Tyson Zone: There have been so many strange stories involving Ozzy over the decades that almost nothing is unbelievable when it comes to him. He's snorted ants like cocaine, bit the head off a bat, pissed on the Alamo, tried to strangle his wife, and much, much more.
- The Unintelligible: Though he's actually way more coherent nowadays than the character he was portraying in The Osbournes or who shows up in some of his endorsements. Mostly its a combination of his thick Brummie accent, and a tendency to speak quietly or just mumble. When he speaks louder, he's much more easy to understand.
- Unlimited Wardrobe: Subverted. Ozzy is rarely seen in colors that aren't black or dark blue. In the '70s and '80s, he played this trope much straighter with tassels, tight pants, and everything else that made the eighties as ridiculous as they were.
- Villain Song: "Mr. Tinkertrain" can be considered this, being about a sexual predator who preys on children.
- Why Did It Have to Be Snakes?: Ironically, not with bats. It's rats that drive him crazy.
- It's shown in the History Channel's Ozzy & Jack's World Detour (a travelogue show starring Ozzy and his son Jack) that Ozzy also has a pretty big fear of riding in helicopters. Jack eventually got him on one to survey Mount Rushmore, but you could practically feel Ozzy clenching his butt while they were up there.