Adorkable: As fans who meet him in real life in Los Angeles are quick to note.
Anachronic Order: Wolf takes place either between Bastard and Goblin or before both. Tyler has hinted on his Formspring account that there's one last piece of the puzzle left to confirm the order. Although now, it seems he's abandoned the concept. Cherry Bomb doesn't link with the previous stories, although there's some references to Wolf, like at the ending segment of "OKAGA, CA."
Anachronism Stew: Even though Tyler's albums are all telling one story, there's a lot of references to himself and what's going on in his current life. Wolf contains plenty of references to Bastard and Goblin even though it's supposed to take place beforehand.
Angrish/Digging Yourself Deeper: Tyler's default mode in interviews and the like, when it comes to being called homophobic, racist and/or misogynist. In a few early interviews, he stated that he writes some of his songs in character. Instead of repeating these sentiments and stamping out any feelings of ill will when his lyrics comes under fire, Tyler lashes out further. He famously told Tegan & Sara to call him if they needed "some hard dick" after they complained about his lyrics and, during a June 2013 concert, called out a feminist protestor (who organized a campaign to have Tyler banned from Australia for his lyrics) at an Australian venue by shouting, "Fucking bitch, I wish she could hear me call her a bitch, too, fucking whore. Yeah, I got a sold-out show right now bitch. Hey this fucking song is dedicated to you, you fucking cunt."
Artist Disillusionment/Creator Breakdown: According to his image he's been in one constant breakdown since before he even started, but Wolf begins to heavily suggest that it may not just be an act anymore. Stereogum's review of it even mentioned that they "hope he finds a way out of the honest-to-god depression that seems to have produced the album."
Ascended Fanboy: Tyler's biggest influence is Pharrell Williams of The Neptunes; Tyler has said many times that Pharrell's solo album In My Mind is his favorite record. The two finally met and apparently Pharrell has signed Tyler to his record label. Tyler even called Pharrell to wish him a happy Father's Day in 2011.
Audience Participation Song: "Inglorious" asks for all legitimate bastards to yell "Fuck You" to the fathers that left them. Subverted, since the song has never been performed live, and according to Tyler, never will be.
Attempted again in "Golden", but declared "corny as fuck" a few seconds into it.
"Sandwitches"'s mantra of "WOLF GANG!" is this played straight when performed live; the studio version, however, is a Madness Mantra with only Tyler chanting but imagining that others are shouting along with him.
Blessed With Suck: His deep, smoky voice is one of the things that helped his style become so memorable, but he also has lamented that it means he could never be a very successful singer due to how limited his range is.
Breakout Character: As a result of getting all of the media attention up until MellowHype re-issued BlackenedWhite, Tyler has been trying to avoid this trope like the plague, urging his fans to give attention to the other members of Odd Future as he did not want to leave them behind.
Break-Up Song: IGOR as a whole is a breakup album, delving into Tyler's various intense, contradictory but nonetheless heartfelt emotions experienced after the volatile end of a relationship.
Cats Are Mean: While it's really a voice in his head, Tyler's darkest thoughts manifest themselves as Tron Cat, a creature that tells him to torture, rape, murder, and then cannibalize his victims, although not necessarily in that order.
Cloudcuckoolander: It's unclear how much of it is an act, though. His wikipedia page notes that he has referred to himself as a unicorn, a table, and a purse. Both in raps and out of them.
Tyler's twitter: "I AM STILL THE MOST SWAGGED OUT UNICORN IN THE FUCKING EXISTENCE OF FUCKING UNICORNS NIGGA. FUCK PEGASUS, HE'S A FUCKING FAGGOT. OFUGKTA"
The Cameo: Tyler produced most of Domo Genesis' album Rolling Papers and makes plenty of uncredited cameos across it.
A particularly beautiful one at the beginning of Bastard.
"Yo, fuck 2DopeBoyz and fuck Nah Right and any other fuck-nigga-ass blog that can't put an 18 year old nigga making his own fucking beats, covers, videos and all that shit. Fuck you post-Drake-ass cliche-jerking, LA-slauson rapping fuck-nigga-ass Hypebeast niggas, now back to the album.
Coming-Out Story: Many critics interpreted lines on Flower Boy as this for him, specifically on "Foreword", "Garden Shed", and "I Ain't Got Time!".
Concept Album: Tyler's first album, Bastard, starts with school therapist Dr. TC introducing himself to Tyler and all of the rapping that follows is in response to the therapist's questions. It has an overt theme about how Tyler is a bastard in the literal sense, and how he feels about it.
Goblin supposedly picks back up where Bastard ended, introducing Wolf Haley and Tron Cat, the evil voice in Tyler's head.
Many fans think Wolf takes place between Bastard and Goblin with the latter starting right after Wolf. An alternate theory suggests Wolf occurs before both of them.
Creator Backlash: He's long gotten tired of "Yonkers," though he's thankful for the success it's brought him. He's also mentioned that he can't stand to listen to "Golden," but moreso because it makes him feel awkward and uncomfortable than because he thinks it's bad.
He tweeted that he hates Goblin because he felt the album makes him come off more gimmicky than he actually is.
Cursed With Awesome: As mentioned in "Answer," growing up without a father and his angst over his abandonment is one of the things that fuels his creative output, and is partially responsible for kickstarting his career.
Dark and Troubled Past: Samuel from Wolf was sent to the camp after "Some messed up stuff happened back home," Which is later revealed to have been Sam bringing a gun to school and committing mass murder.
Downer Ending: Goblin takes place at the end of the overarching narrative.
Determinator: Tyler. Break a foot at the beginning of a concert? Finish concert... after going to a doctor of course.
Did Not Get the Girl: Raquel befriended Tyler in high school, confiding her personal secrets and relationship issues in him. When he made his move to solidify a relationship with her by asking her out to the prom, she turned him down and got back with her man. Tyler's thoughts about Raquel show up in his work as much as his issues with his negligent father does. Early on, the character of Sarah was used as a placeholder for Raquel so he could viciously assault her through song. Leads to...
Tyler: Random disclaimer... Hey, don't do anything that I say in this song, okay? It's fuckin' fiction. If anything happens, don't fuckin' blame me, white America. Fuck Bill O'Reilly.note Bill O'Reilly is a critic of violent lyrics, believing that hearing them incites violent behaviour and criminal activity.
Driven to Madness: Upon learning that Her Probably Salem got back with her man. Probably Sam.
Evil Sounds Deep: Inverted with Dr. TC, who is probably the sanest person on Tyler's albums; played straight by Tyler's Wolf Haley persona. For those who have trouble telling them apart, Wolf has a slight growl to it. However...
Eye Pop: Done by Tyler himself in his "Fucking Young" video. However, since it's a live-action instance, it does look slightly off.
Foreshadowing: ...the first clue that Dr. TC isn't all he's cracked up to be comes in the first few seconds of "Goblin", where he says that Tyler "don't even have the balls" to kill himself. Choice words coming from a supposed health professional...
Additional signs: Dr. TC finishes one of Tyler's sentences in "Goblin" and starts one of them in "Nightmare".
"Parking Lot" ends with someone warning Wolf that Sam is out to kill him. The next track, "Rusty", ends with Sam making a dramatic appearance and shooting Earl.
Kill 'Em All: The endings of "Bitch Suck Dick" and "Window".
Except, of course, for Earl Sweatshirt, who doesn't appear on the album. However, considering the throwaway instrumental "AU79" placed right after, as well as the track "Llama" that featured Earl and was cut, it can be assumed that Earl was killed between "Bitch Suck Dick" and "Window", even if we didn't hear it.
The track "Llama" appears to have turned into "Rusty" on Wolf, which takes place before Goblin and confirms that Tyler killed Earl before the others.
Lighter and Softer: Wolf, though the album is more emotionally heavy than anything else he's released before.
List Song: "Fin", the closing track of their first mixtape, is basically a credits and special thanks roll set to music.
Lyrical Dissonance: "She" probably stands out as the biggest winner, considering it's close to a Neptunes-produced slow jam and features resident R&B singer Frank Ocean...only he's singing a chorus full of Paranoia Fuel as well...
Frank Ocean: "Ain't no men allowed in your bedroom, you're sleeping alone in bed... Check your window. He's at your window."
Tyler: "I just wanna drag your lifeless body to the forest and fornicate with it but thatï¿½s because Iï¿½m in love with you... cunt."
Tyler: "Bitch, fuck your feelings, you wasn't feelin' shit when you was down there kneelin' now shut the fuck up, you've got another dick to deal with."
Mood Whiplash: Tyler's really tongue-in-cheek about a lot of things, considering how dark his music is. However, some of his songs have sections in which he has small acting performances that come across as genuinely disturbing. For example, in "Sarah" and "Window".
The transition from "Bitch Suck Dick" to "Window" on Goblin.
Likewise "Domo 23" being placed in the middle of Wolf right after "Awkward" and "Answer" and "Trashwang" coming out of nowhere right after Sam kills Earl at the end of "Rusty."
Near the end of the video for "IFHY" when the Tyler-doll is moved into the street and suddenly is violently run over by Real Life Tyler and Hodgy speeding down the road loudly blasting "Jamba," after a somewhat sad and mostly creepy video about two dolls (complete with Tyler and an a woman in Uncanny Valley Makeup and cartoonish prosthetic features) in an abusive relationship
"Pigs" starts out as a rampage reminiscent of the groups earlier work, but as it goes on it's clear that the protagonist actually brought a gun to school and goes into a very convincing My God, What Have I Done?
The "Rusty"/"Trashwang" example actually may need some embellishment, with Earl being interrupted by Samuel entering the studio and shooting him at the end of "Rusty," a very dark and scathing song about everything wrong with their current status (Which is Mood Whiplash in itself), which comes after the aforementioned "Pigs," (Which deconstructs the usual Odd Future violence celebrating with the actual consequences of those actions and a hell of a My God, What Have I Done?, which is another example of Mood Whiplash) which then leads directly into..... "Trashwang".
Murder Ballad: Several on Bastard. "Sarah" is the most gruesome example, featuring necrophilia and cannibalism. A handful of other tracks released before and after Bastard apply as well.
He seems to have been honing this skill on Wolf, as it happens both on "48" (From the perspective of Sam coming to terms with the lives he's ruined by drug dealing) and "Pigs" (From Samuel after perpetrating a school shooting).
N-Word Privileges: To the point that Tyler calls everyone "nigga", regardless of age, race, gender or species. When he accidentally stepped on a snail, he tweeted,
"Like, he Didnt Do Anything To Me. It Was An Accident. Fuck, I'm Sorry Snail Nigga."
Tyler also told MTV, "If you call me a nigga, I really don't care, but that's just me, personally. Some people might take it the other way; I personally don't give a shit."
Neo Soul: He had flirted with this direction on Cherry Bomb, but Flower Boy wound up being a full jump into it and kicked off the start of the current "Flower Boy" persona, which he has maintained with IGOR.
No Ending: Wolf's narrative ends in a confrontation between Samuel and Odd Future. "Treehome 95" (a song credited to the character Salem) and "Tamale" follow out of nowhere, ending with the solemn "Lone". The final line of dialogue is Wolf telling TC that he hasn't seen Sammy, but "if I seen that nigga I woulda killed 'em".
Odd Friendship: With A$AP Rocky. The two rappers went on a tour in 2015, and have been frequent collaborators ever since, with Rocky appearing in "WHAT THE FUCK RIGHT NOW" and "Who Dat Boy", and Tyler returning the favor in "Telephone Calls".
Once per Episode: A Stylistic Suck track featuring Jasper and Taco (occasionally with others, as well) that parodies rap tropes always comes near the end of the album and usually following and preceding heavy Mood Whiplash on every one of his solo releases. This extended to The O.F. Tape Vol 2.
Out-of-Genre Experience: Some Cherry Bomb songs ("Fucking Young" and "Find Your Wings" come to mind) show Tyler delving into neo-soul, with much lusher and calmer production to act as a yang to the yin of the heavy, abrasive hip hop. This wound up being an early look at the "Flower Boy" era that started with the eponymous album.
Record Producer: Tyler not only creates nearly every single beat he uses, but produces beats for most of the Odd Future roster, including Hodgy Beats, Domo Genesis and Earl Sweatshirt. One of Tyler's signatures is using keyboards and drum samples that have been pitched down severely.
Recycled Lyrics: The line, "Free Earl, that's the fucking shit and if you disagree, lick a couple pimple covered dicks" from "Sandwitches" appears again in "Burger" with the final word changed to "clits".
The final verse of "Cult Shit" was re-used to end "Yonkers".
The opening line of "Pimp Slap" reappeared halfway during "Window".
Tyler has a habit of referencing things from "Yonkers" in his guest verses, including Pusha T's "Trouble On My Mind" and The Game's "Martians vs Goblins".
Tyler: "At the fucking mall, 40 bitches on my nutsack Pulled up on a motherfuckin' unicorn (I'm gettin' ponies, nigga!)"
On Loiter Squad, in a clearly unscripted outtake shown during the credits of an episode featuring Tony Hawk, Lionel is shown high fiving him while Tyler (both of them are completely out-of-character at this point, mind you; they had just finished filming a skit) does so with a completely deadpan and very loud "Yo, you got bitches on yo dick." Tony looks extremely uncomfortable.
The Reveal: Fans have known explicitly that Wolf Haley is an alter ego of Tyler, but the true reveal is at the end of his song "Golden": Dr. TC, in an attempt to calm Tyler after Wolf Haley forced him to kill all of his friends, tells him that TC is Wolf Haley as well as Tron Cat, the voice giving Tyler evil thoughts.
"Whether you nigga or esé The [Odd Future] magazine is great because the article's an essay Half you dumb niggas can't even write an essay 'Cause all of y'all some stupid asses. S.A."
Rock Me, Asmodeus!: Tyler doesn't care about religion and uses Satanic imagery primarily to piss people off.
Sanity Slippage Song: Pretty much all of Goblin after "Her". Tyler hits the Despair Event Horizon, Mode Locking on his Wolf Haley persona (the crowdless rally at the beginning of "Sandwitches" being very telling of the loss of sanity.) Ultimately, Tyler snaps back to sanity after shooting the rest of OFWGKTA in cold blood during an intervention. If you want to count "Analog" (a track about a trip to the beach) as part of that, go right ahead.
From "Trouble On My Mind," his collaboration with Pusha T: "I'm a fucking walking paradox / And a really shitty rapper in his favorite pair of socks."
Self-Made Man: To the point that Tyler won the MTV Video Music Award for Best New Artist in 2011 for a song he wrote, produced and recorded himself, paired with a video that he directed for it. Understandably, he fell off the stage and wept openly after giving his acceptance speech.
"Sesame Street" Cred: Tyler provided raps for a one-off character in the Regular Show episode "Rap it Up." (Tyler named the character in question "Blitz Comet," a play on his alter ego Wolf Haley.)
He later contributed songs to The Grinch (2018), even releasing a whole EP featuring songs from and inspired by the movie.
You could say his "dickless" shot in the "Rella" video was a shout out to Richard Pryor and the opening bit to his variety show.
Shrug of God: Good luck getting a straight answer from Tyler on anything related to the continuity of his albums' overarching conceptual themes, how to differentiate lyrics and video appearances of Wolf Haley from those of "normal" Tyler or anything related to his various pseudonyms and fictional settings taking place in his lyrics.
Much of his cover and poster art, but especially the standard edition artwork for Wolf. Note that the Tyler in the background is actually in the foreground and clips over the "foreground" Tyler's hat.
Tyler's production style relies more on melody, harmony and composition than it sounds (BADBADNOTGOOD's covers of his songs really show this), but he constantly uses deliberately lame stock keyboard synthesizer sounds to produce most of his beats, as he loves the way they sound. Justified, as The Neptunes generally turned this into an artform with their chart-topping hits in the early 2000s, of which Tyler is a giant fan. This seems to go over the head of some of his detractors, though, whom frequently cite them as lack-of-skill.
Tyler also made a lot of stink when Wolf came out that he had to get the album mixed correctly, to remove some of the frequency distortion, phase distortion and audio clipping his earlier works had. Apparently, Tyler really likes raw masters, and proper mixing removes some of the intensity of the performance.
Take That, Critics!: Tyler is exceptionally vocal about hip hop blogs 2DopeBoyz and Nah Right not supporting Odd Future early on, but the opening seconds of his album Bastard really takes the cake:
"Yo, fuck 2DopeBoyz and fuck Nah Right and any other fuck-nigga-ass blog that can't put an 18 year old nigga making his own fucking beats, covers, videos and all that shit; fuck you post-Drake-ass cliche-jerking, LA-slauson rapping fuck-nigga-ass Hypebeast niggas, now back to the album."
from "Sandwitches": "The way your daughter smackin' dicks, surprised she hasn't taken gymnastic dick inside her alley oop."
from OF's "Rella": "Your girlfriend had a really nice meeting with my dick."
Wham Episode: "Rusty" on Wolf, which ends with Samuel shooting and killing Earl, which was foreshadowed at the end of the previous track, "Parking Lot", with Wolf being warned that Sam was out to kill him after he found out that Wolf had been hanging with Sam's girlfriend Salem.
What Happened to the Mouse?: Played with. "Trashwang" ends in Odd Future apparently about to gang up on Samuel. The last three songs don't follow up on the narrative at all, save for the final line of dialogue: "If I seen that nigga [Sam] I woulda killed 'em". The video for, and title of, "Sam (Is Dead)" give us a semblance of what happened, even though the song "Lone" implies that either Tyler doesn't know where he is, or he's lying about it.
Where Da White Women At?: White women? All sorts of sex (and possibly dismemberment.) Black women? Expect a dismissive attitude about their temper or body weight.
Wolverine Publicity: In an interesting twist on this trope, Tyler is being used in this way already for other, more experienced artists. He's already appeared on Pusha T's new single, and is slated to appear on The Game's upcoming album. He's alluded to getting many more offers.
Woobie, Destroyer of Worlds: Tyler plays himself on his albums as a violent psychopath with serious Daddy Issues, girl problems, loneliness, and depression. In one track he's lamenting his feelings and failures in life, and in the next he's lashing out, partying, killing people, and wreaking havoc. Goblin is at his most morbid and takes place chronologically at the end of the narrative.