During his time producing content for the Friendship is Magic fandom, he was arguably considered the face of the fan-music scene, but he later branched out and started making songs about other subjects, starting with a song about Five Nights at Freddy's that went viral and effectively turned him into a YouTube celebrity. While he was popular before releasing this song, it was a major tipping point for his channel in terms of popularity.
He is also notable for providing music for the fifth installment of Tom Ska's ASDF Movie series. His remix of EurobeatBrony's Discord was available as a downloadable track on the Rock Band Network, but has since been delisted.
Songs by The Living Tombstone contain the following tropes:
- Adaptation Distillation: "Sister Hate" (more or less) sums up the entirety of "Sistershooves Social" in just over 3 minutes.
- Adorkable: Louise the Lab Rat. It even says it in the lyrics:Louise the lab rat, Louise the lab rat, There's nothing as adorkable as Louise the lab rat.
- Adult Fear:
- After the End: "September" is set in a post-apocalyptic version of the My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic world.
- A.I. Is a Crapshoot: The robots in "Five Nights at Freddy's" simply want you to come play with them...
- Alternative Character Interpretation: Gives one for Pikachu in "Pikachu's Lament" (Blue and Red): loving companion to Ash, or Pokémon serial killer with daddy issues?
- Amnesiac Dissonance: The protagonist of "September" (see Wham Line below).
- Ax-Crazy/Shell-Shocked Veteran: Run, Shoot, Kill... and Cry features one. Due to the fact that it's based off the incredibly dark Fallout Equestria: Project Horizons fanfic, this comes off as unsurprising.
- Bait-and-Switch: "My Ordinary Life" starts as the singer equivalent of a Boastful Rap, but later verses seem to suggest that the song is being narrated by a drug-addicted washed-out celebrity who uses this boastful attitude to compensate for personal problems.
- Bait-and-Switch Comment: "Sister Hate" has one. Sweetie Belle says that Rarity's comment that "being sisters is like apple pie" doesn't make sense. Sweetie then says that this is because she thought Rarity hated her.Sweetie Belle: Why were you racing with me tell me, why?
Rarity: Because someone told me that being sisters is like apple pie.
Sweetie Belle: That doesn't make any sense, because I thought that you hated me!
- Bland-Name Product: The music video for "Jumping Devil" features a "MERF" gun.
- Book-Ends: "I Got No Time" ends with the Toreador march, the very same tune that the original Five Nights At Freddy's song began with.
- Cycle of Revenge: What "Cut The Cord" displays between the protagonist and another designer who they were a huge fan of at first.
- Deconstructed Trope: "My Ordinary Life" seems to be one of boastful songs by celebrities and Sex Drugs And Rock N Roll (See Bait-and-Switch above).
- Darker and Edgier: Out of all of his music, Guncakes definitely takes the cake. It's explicit and it's about Pinkie secretly owning and selling guns. And she is apparently a master assassin who's really good at handling them as well.
- Deranged Animation: The music video for "Jumping Devil" is full of this.
- Despair Event Horizon: The mother in "It's Been So Long" seems to have crossed this a long time ago. Hard to blame her, considering her son had died due to her not watching him.
- Electronic Rock: Many of his later songs feature this as an influence, such as "It's Been So Long."
- Filk Song: Most of his music falls under this category.
- Teacher/Student Romance: Love Me Cheerilee.
- Tomato in the Mirror: The narrator of "September" describes walking through an abandoned, ruined town, where everyone has died for an unspecified reason, and he can't remember what happened, as if there's a hole in his memory. At the end of the song, he regains his memories and discovers the truth: the reason everyone is dead is because he killed them.
- Humans Are the Real Monsters: The music video for "Jumping Devil" shows horrifying demons attacking a town, and then getting brutally killed by the humans living there.
- Ironic Nursery Tune: His Halloween 2017 song is a creepy take on the Hebrew children's song Yumbo Bear.
- Last Note Nightmare: "Five Nights At Freddy's", as should be expected for a song about the game of the same name, uses the robots' scream at the end as a sample.
- Mind Screw: The video for "Cut the Cord" is about...something.
- Record Needle Scratch: Used to usher in Jayneycakes's part in "No Mercy".
- Sampling: "My Ordinary Life" features samples from Nichijou, which the title is a reference to.
- Take That!: Living Tombstone takes a shot at IGN at the beginning of his Stop the Bats remix: "10/10 it was ok" - IGN
- Three Chords and the Truth: He has become known for this (for better or for worse) to his listeners. Many of his songs feature a chord pattern of I-vi-ii-V, with an emphasis on "bass, snare, bass-bass, snare" for the drums.
- Title Drop: A few of his songs have been known to use this trope, with "Five Nights At Freddy's", "I Got No Time" and "I Can't Fix You" having some of the more frequent usages.
- Too Dumb to Live: The night guard, according to the robots in "Five Nights at Freddy's".Robot: "We're really quite surprised we get to see you another night. You should have looked for another job, you should have said to this place goodbye."
- Unusual Euphemism: In "Guncakes", cupcakes are used as an euphemism for guns.
- Villain Song: Die in a Fire, the Five Nights at Freddy's 3 Filk Song, written from the perspective of the Purple Man violently dismantling the animatronics.
- "The Villain Sucks" Song: In Magic, he criticizes Trixie's magic show.
- Wham Shot: In My Ordinary Life, the titular characters drive off to the horizon in their car, only for the screen to zoom out to show it was all actually on a TV. It then cuts to the three characters on the couch, showing it was just a video game and they were just stoned outta their minds.
- Wham Line:
- "I just remembered what happened in September; I'M THE ONE WHO KILLED THEM ALL! I SURVIVED AFTER THE FALL!"
- Why Don't You Marry It?: Jayneycakes deploys this as her opening gambit in "No Mercy".
- You Gotta Have Blue Hair: His pony persona has a teal mane and tail with red highlights, and the protagonist from "Cut The Cord" in the video goes through Pink, Green, Yellow, White, Red, and Black hair.