Told you I'll be here forever
Said I'll always be a friend
Took an oath I'ma stick it out till the end
Now that it's raining more than ever
Know that we'll still have each other
You can stand under my umbrella"
Robyn Rihanna Fenty (born on February 20, 1988) is a popular singer who hails from Saint Michael, Barbados, although her mother was from Guyana. Discovered by Jay-Z, she gained fame in the music industry via her first single, "Pon de Replay".
Her third album, Good Girl Gone Bad, is considered her breakout album, containing what many would call her Signature Song, "Umbrella." However, what catapulted her into mainstream worldwide focus was when she was physically assaulted by her then boyfriend, R&B singer Chris Brown, in February of 2009. The incident seemed to have changed her once upbeat and pop-laden image, as her more recent works, as well as her appearance, have become almost blatantly Darker and Edgier. Even her happy, upbeat songs have an edge to them that didn't happen by coincidence...
She has released an astounding seven albums in twelve years leaving her in the public eye at all times in some form thanks to annual releases since 2005. Also thanks to that, she quickly skyrocketed to become one of the most successful singers ever. Less than 10 years since her first album was released, she had already sold over 150 million records.
- Music of the Sun (2005)
- A Girl Like Me (2006)
- Good Girl Gone Bad (2007)
- Good Girl Gone Bad: Reloaded (2008)
- Rated R (2009)
- Loud (2010)
- Talk That Talk (2011)
- Unapologetic (2012)
- Home (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack) (2015) note
- ANTI (2016)
- Bring It On: All Or Nothing (2006) as herself
- Battleship (2012) as Petty Officer (GM2) Cora Raikes
- This Is the End (2013) as herself
- Annie (2014) as Moon Goddess in Moonquake Lake
- Home (2015) as Gratuity "Tip" Tucci (voice)
- Bates Motel (2017) as Marion Crane
- Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets (2017) as Bubble
- Ocean's 8 (2018) as Nine Ball
- "We Found Love" (2011)
"Good Tropes Gone Bad":
- Added Alliterative Appeal: Talk That Talk and Rated R.
- All Girls Want Bad Boys: A variation in "Rude Boy," where she challenges the "bad boy" to put his money where his mouth is.
- Arson, Murder, and Jaywalking: On her episode of the Fuse TV series Loaded, the host is talking about the different personae she portrayed in her videos, including a soldiernote , a rock starnote , a murderernote "and a car mechanic, just to name a few."note Justified, since it was setting up the video for "Stay," where she is herself.
- Author Appeal: Starting from "Disturbia", she seems to have a thing for BDSM and being dominating.
- That's just her image, though. She's actually either a switch or a sub.
- Ax-Crazy: The video for "Bitch Better Have My Money". Let's just say that if you don't, the consequences are worse.
- Bathtub Scene: The video for "Stay."
- Boastful Rap: "Hard" and "Bitch Better Have My Money"
- In "Unfaithful", the line "I might as well take a gun and put it to his head, get it over with" has the word gun bleeped out.
- Amazon.com's downloadable version of Good Girl Gone Bad censors the word "ass" in "Breakin' Dishes."
- Broken Bird: Rated R and Talk That Talk show hidden issues and some of her workaholic choices show some kind of brokenness in her.
- Broken Record:
- "Numb", in terms of brokenness: "'Cause I'm going numb / I'm going numb / I'm going numb / I'm going numb..."
- "We found love in a hopeless place / We found love in a hopeless place / We found love in a hopeless place "
- "This is What You Came For" also qualifies: "But she's looking at / You-ooh-ooh / You-ooh-ooh / You-ooh-ooh / You-ooh-ooh..."
- "You can stand under my umbrella-ella-ella / eh, eh, eh / under my umbrella-ella-ella / eh, eh, eh / under my umbrella-ella-ella / eh, eh, eh / under my umbrella-ella-ella / eh, eh, eh, eh, eh, eh..."
- But Not Too Black: Some pictures of her show her like this. Not the one at the top of this page, though.
- Car Song: Ignoring all the implications in the lyrics, "Shut up and Drive" is this on the surface. It was even used during a driving scene in Wreck-It Ralph.
- Censored Title: As a pathetic attempt at them trying to Think of the Children!, "S&M" was retitled "Come On" by BBC Radio, in response to their ruling that the song could not be played on the air before 7 PM. The same edit of the song removed instances of the words "sex", "chains", and "whips", each with a Sound-Effect Bleep in the form of a vinyl scratch. As well, the eponymous "S S S & M M M" hook was removed altogether.
- Cluster F-Bomb: "Phresh Out the Runway".
- She's been liberally cursing since Rated R, especially in her rap songs.
- Dark Action Girl: In "Bitch Better Have My Money". At one point she even throws her cellphone out the window and shoots it perfectly.
- Darker and Edgier: Her entire career after Chris Brown assaulted her, starting with Rated R. "Russian Roulette" is especially worth noting, as it is possibly her darkest song to date.
- Rated R and Talk That Talk are much darker then the albums which came before them. Good Girl Gone Bad is very dark compared to the albums before it.
- "Bitch Better Have My Money" is her darkest music video yet, with kidnapping a man's wife and humiliating her, torturing and murdering him, and Rihanna herself covered in blood. The video opens with a warning for language, nudity, and violence.
- Dark-Skinned Redhead: Her look for the Loud album.
- Deliberately Monochrome: The video for "You da One", for the most part. Parts of "Diamonds" also.
- Disproportionate Retribution: In the "Bitch Better Have My Money" video, her credit was ruined by a Jerkass accountant and when he won't fix it, she kidnaps and humiliates his wife and when that tactic didn't work, she tortures and murders him Dexter-style.
- Dragon Lady: In the video for "Princess of China".
- Dream Team: She's collaborated with Nicki Minaj, Britney Spears, Maroon 5, Kanye West, Coldplay, Avril Lavigne and Eminem.
- Exhort the Disc Jockey Song: Her first big hit, "Pon de Replay."
- Fan Disservice: The "Bitch Better Have My Money" video gets a warning for, among other things, nudity. Said nudity takes place during and after Cold-Blooded Torture.
- The Fashionista: She's become very well known in fashion circles for her cutting edge sense of style and appreciation for couture. She has her own fashion and jewelry lines with Puma and Chopard and was once crowned "Fashion Icon of the Year" by the Council of Fashion Designers of America.
- Getting Crap Past the Radar:
- "Shut Up And Drive" contains many, many, many double entendres, included the classic Lampshaded Double Entendre "If you know what I mean".
- "Only Girl (In The World)" seems steamy too.
- "Rude Boy" and "Skin".
- Averted with "S&M", as it's pretty explicit with what she wants.
- "Birthday Cake" is... not about a birthday cake. (The original interlude version is about female sexual empowerment, the Chris Brown version is about aggressive sex)
- In "Cockiness (Love It)", she wants you to suck her cock...iness. And lick her persuasion...
- "Te Amo", which un-subtly hints it's about a lesbian love affair.
- "You can stand under my umbrella" is this, to those with dirty minds.
- Funny Background Event: Put her in the audience at a music function and watch her expressions.
- During the 2013 VMAs, each time the camera cut to her in the audience, she just stared off into space with an unimpressed look on her face, despite all the excitement around her.
- At the 2017 Grammys, she spent the show taking swigs out of a sparkly flask and making faces. During A Tribe Called Quest's performance, one of the camera feeds caught her gleefully pulling out her phone and FaceTiming one of her friends with the phone aimed at the stage.
- Good Bad Girl: Part of her image, if her music is any indication. She has an album called Good Girl Gone Bad. See also her song "S&M": "I may be bad, but I'm perfectly good at it!"
- Hell-Bent for Leather: Talk That Talk and Rated R's artwork theme. "S&M" discusses it. It has generally been played with since 2007.
- Hotter and Sexier: Starting with Good Girl Gone Bad and, apparently, especially the case for Talk That Talk, which VH1 called "the dirtiest pop record since Madonna's Erotica.
Suck my cockiness
- Cockiness (Love It) definitely proves this:
Lick my persuasion
Eat my words and then
Swallow your pride down, down
- Incompatible Orientation: Her song "Te Amo" tells the story of a straight girl being romantically pursued by a lesbian, who in love with her but the straight girl doesn't return her affection and tries to let her down gently.
- The Illuminati: Much like Lady Gaga, she now uses a lot of Masonic and Illuminati symbolism in her videos.
- Intercourse with You: Many songs from Good Girl Gone Bad and beyond. Special mentions go to "Rude Boy", "Only Girl (In The World)", "Skin", "S&M", "Birthday Cake", and "Cockiness".
- It Is Pronounced Tro Pay: Contrary to popular belief, she pronounces her name as "Ree-AN-na" not "Ree-AH-na".
- The Lad-ette: "G4L" (which stands for Gangsta For Life) shows off her gangsta side.
- Last Note Nightmare: A gunshot is heard at the end of "Russian Roulette".
- Lighter and Softer: Loud has more upbeat songs than Rated R and her role in Home.
- Love Is a Drug: Presented in "Drunk On Love".
- Love Makes You Crazy: A theme in Good Girl Gone Bad, Rated R, and Talk That Talk, but especially on "Fire Bomb", "Rehab", "There's A Thug In My Life", "Stupid In Love", and "Good Girl Gone Bad."
- Love Nostalgia Song: "A Million Miles Away", "California King Bed" and "P.S. (I'm Still Not Over You)".
- Lyrical Dissonance: "Where Have You Been" is rather dark musically for a song about finding someone extremely special out of nowhere.
- Meaningful Name: "Unapologetic", in light of the backlash of her personal life, namely her reconciliation with Chris Brown.
- Money Song: "Pour It Up" and "Bitch Better Have My Money".
- Mood Whiplash: On the album Loud, the tracklisting seems to be randomized. Point being that the slow, sad "Fading" is inbetween the upbeat "Cheers (Drink to That)" and "Only Girl (In the World)".
- In ''Unapologetic", the sharp contrast between "Right Now" and "What Now", despite having similar titles.
- Ms. Fanservice: She tends to wear outfits that show off her voluptuous yet toned body, buxom breasts, toned stomach, and long toned yet shapely legs.
- Some people have speculated online that she may be "allergic to clothes."
- The Muse: Is one to Drake, who wrote several songs ("Firework", "Take Care" and possibly "Made Man") based on their relationship and frequently collaborate with her.
- My God, What Have I Done?: "Man Down" is about shooting someone to death in the heat of the moment and being horrified afterwards.
- Nipple and Dimed: In "Love The Way You Lie Part II".
- Non-Appearing Title: G4L. However, the phrase 'Gangsta For Life' does appear.
- Obligatory Bondage Song:
- "S&M" and its remix featuring Britney Spears.
- In "Cockiness (Love It)", she calls herself a "dominatrix".
- Obsession Song: "Rehab", "Roc Me Out", "Fire Bomb", and "Drunk On Love".
- Once per Episode: Even when she moved on from reggae pop, Rihanna's album had at least one song in the same vein. "Man Down", "You da One", and "No Love Allowed".
- Ooh, Me Accent's Slipping: Suffers from this a bit as Raikes Battleship. It's odd, as there's no particular reason for her character to need a standard American accent in the first place.
- Pimped-Out Dress: The 2015 Met Ball gown◊. The designer's previous big commission? The motherfucking Olympics.
- The Power of Friendship: "Umbrella".
- Power Trio: In "Run This Town" she is The Spock to Jay-Z's Kirk and Kanye West's McCoy.
- Rearrange the Song: As mentioned above, the interlude version of "Birthday Cake" is about female sexual empowerment and wanting to be pleased. The version with Chris Brown on it is about rough aggressive thankless make up sex after apparently a long time not being together.
- Refrain from Assuming: "S&M" is not "Come On" or "I Like It".
- Roaring Rampage of Revenge: The whole idea behind "Bitch Better Have My Money"'s music video is Rihanna getting revenge on an accountant who left her bankrupt. So she enlists two minions to kidnap his wife and torments her until he pays up. When that failed, she tortures him Dexter-style. The video ends with Rihanna naked on a chest of money...and covered in blood.
- Rock Star Song: "Rockstar 101".
- Sanity Slippage Song:
- The lyrics to "Disturbia".
- A theme of Rated R, for example "G4L" and "Russian Roulette".
- "Question Existing", "Roc Me Out", "Drunk On Love", "Man Down", and "Where Have You Been".
- Sarcasm Mode: Her chorus in Eminem's "Love The Way Lie"; in the music video, it's very clear that it is very sarcastic.
- Sequel Song: "Love the Way You Lie Pt. Two" to the original Eminem track. "Numb" also alludes to the previous themes in Rihanna and Eminem's collaborations.
- Sexy Surfacing Shot: The "Where Have You Been?" music video has her emerging from a lake in a barely-there scale bikini.
- She Is All Grown Up: Her image over the years.
- She's Got Legs: She tends to wear outfits that show off her long toned yet shapely legs.
- Shout-Out: "Roc Me Out" is named in reference to Roc Nation, the company that manages her.
- Silly Love Songs: "Fire Bomb," "Umbrella," "Diamonds," "Where Have You Been"...
- Singer Namedrop: Future in "Loveeeeeee Song".
- Snakes Are Sexy: She did a Medusa-themed photoshoot for the December 2013 British GQ in which she was nude and dressed only in snakes.
- Something Completely Different: Moody ballads "Russian Roulette" and "Diamonds" are atypical from the usual fare Rihanna releases as lead singles off her albums, in that they're not banging dance tracks ("Pon De Replay", "SOS", "Umbrella" "Only Girl (In The World)", "We Found Love").
- Nobody thought her next single, "FourFiveSeconds" would be a soulful, stripped-down country-tinged track.
- Spiritual Successor: It has been implied that Talk That Talk is the second half of Rated R. Even though the albums are technically and creatively unrelated, they both are edgy, deep and extremely personal.
- The music video to "Where Have You Been" can be seen as a successor to the music video to "Disturbia".
- Stepford Smiler: The man described in "Unfaithful". Poor guy.
- The Stoner: She's very open about her marijuana habit, even seen lighting up joints in "Bitch Better Have My Money".
- Stripperific: Frequently dressed like this, specially in album\single art. Hell, she even plays an alien stripper in Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets.
- The video for "Pour It Up" is set in a strip club.
- Subdued Section: "Roc Me Out".
- Surprisingly Gentle Song: "We All Want Love" on Talk That Talk.
- Surreal Music Video: "Diamonds", which is has plenty of unexplained imagery and symbolism throughout.
- Take That!: Several ones to Chris Brown during "Man Down" (from Loud) and the music video for "We Found Love" (from Talk That Talk), which were released after the infamous domestic violence case he committed against her.
- Title Track: Good Girl Gone Bad, A Girl Like Me, Music Of The Sun and Talk That Talk.
- Three Minutes of Writhing: Most of her music videos.
- "Breakin' Dishes". If a guy did a song like that, he'd be scorned.
- The Unintelligible: Subverted in "Work". Upon first listening, she appears to be slurring the lyrics, but upon closer inspection, she's actually singing in her home dialect of Bajan Creole.
- A Wild Rapper Appears!: Drake in "What's My Name?".
- We Used to Be Friends: With Katy Perry. They teased being more than that. By 2018, they were done, with Perry's feud with Taylor Swift being a sideplot to her split with Rihanna.
- Welcome to the Caribbean, Mon!: Hails from the island nation of Barbados, resulting in a distinctive accent. She's likely the most significant performer to come out of that part of the world since Bob Marley.note
- Woman Scorned: "Good Girl Gone Bad", "Breakin' Dishes", "Cold Case Love", and "Coulda Been The One".
- Wrench Wench: The first part of the music video for "Shut Up and Drive" is basically girls walking around in skimpy clothes or red jumpsuits fixing cars.
- Your Cheating Heart: "Take a Bow" mainly centers around a woman singing about breaking up with her cheating lover after hed been caught and moving on to better things.
- Xtreme Kool Letterz: "Phresh Out the Runway".