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They are yours, and they sing! Need we say more?

My Singing Monsters is a 2012 free-to-play world-building game for iOS and Android developed and published by Big Blue Bubble, Inc. The player collects and breeds monsters, each of which has a unique musical property (some sing, some make drum-like sounds, etc.). There are multiple islands, each with different monsters, and monsters that show up on multiple islands have different sounds on each island.

The game's success allowed for its 2014 PlayStation Vita port, as well as the creation of a 2015 prequel called My Singing Monsters Dawn Of Fire, alongside the spinoff games My Mammott and My Pom-Pom, both virtual pet games featuring said monsters. A PC port via Steam released on March 24th, 2021. Also announced is a multiplayer party game My Singing Monsters Playground and My Singing Monsters: The Board Game with the former releasing in November 2021 and while the latter is a KickStarter project


An interactive live limited series, My Singing Monsters Fandemonium, premiered on March 12th, 2021.

This game provides examples of:

  • Ad Reward: If you can speed it up with diamonds, you can also speed it up with an ad, 15 minutes for each watched.
  • Allegedly Free Game: Actually averted. You can buy diamonds, which is the currency most monsters require and can also be used to speed up actions such as breeding and baking. However, diamonds just make your game more convenient; it's completely possible to breed every monster in the game free, although it will take a lot of patience to get Ethereal monsters this way.
    • Not to mention that earning diamonds is actually fairly easy. You have mini-mines which generate 1 a day and every 3rd and 10th day you get diamonds as a daily reward. Finally some of the tasks can earn you diamonds, such as breeding certain monsters for the first time.
    • Currencies such as keys and relics can also be purchased with real money, but they are easily obtainable from the daily login bonus, and relics can be purchased with diamonds.
  • Battle of the Bands: What the turn-based "combat" of the Collisingum essentially boils down to, with teams of up to three monsters each, duking it out against other teams of monsters - using their musical talent.
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  • Benevolent Monsters: These monsters are as friendly as they come.
  • Born as an Adult: In the original game, all monsters emerge from their eggs fully formed.
    • Averted in My Singing Monsters: Dawn of Fire, where all monsters are born in their baby forms. However, in this game, only baby monsters can breed.note 
  • Boss Battle: Not in the traditional video game sense, but attempting to breed the quad-element monsters requires pure luck and certain conditions to be met, much more difficult than breeding monsters with fewer elements. This is lampshaded in the description of the Boss Monument structure, which consists of all five quad-element monsters depicted together on the structure.
    • There are the even harder-to-breed Ethereal monsters, with breeding success rates reportedly down to the 1% range.
    • Also from Dawn of Fire, the Candelavra and Drummidary, the only quint-element monsters. While Candelavra only teleports to Party and Space Islands and thus only needs to be level 5 or 10 respectively, Drummidary teleports to Cloud Island which requires level 15, which takes a lot of patience.
    • The Fire Quads and Magical Quads count, too as they have a low chance of being bred, and have a rather longer breeding time than the Natural Quads. note 
  • Calacas: Clavavera is designed after one, if not one outright.
  • Christmas Episode: The Festival of Yay event on Cold Island, where players can breed Yool.
    • Dawn of Fire's Continent also receives Yay decorations at this time and some monsters dress up, despite Yool not being in the game.
  • Disc-One Final Dungeon: Earth Island.
  • Dem Bones: Punkleton, Clavavera, Cybop, Boodoo, Bona-Petite, Loodvigg, and all the Bone-element monsters note .
  • Easter Bunny: Blabbit.
  • Easter Special: The Eggs-travaganza event on Water Island, where players can breed Blabbit.
  • Exactly What It Says on the Tin: There are monsters. They sing. They are yours.
  • Elemental Rock–Paper–Scissors: The battles in the Collisingum have the monsters use moves that have elements attached to them, which are strong or weak against opposing monsters based on what elements they have.
    • Air is strong against Plant, but weak against Earth.
    • Plant is strong against Water, but weak against Air.
    • Water is strong against Cold, but weak against Plant.
    • Cold is strong against Earth, but weak against Water.
    • Earth is strong against Air, but weak against Cold.
    • Musical is a neutral "element", that is only found in moves.
    • If a monster has multiple elements that together contradict what they should be weak/resist against, overall the weaknesses will take priority.
  • Expy: Several of the monsters.
    • The Nebulob monster, existing only on the Ethereal Island, has what can be described as the singing voice of Elton John during his Tenor Boy years, complete with a detectable British accent.
    • Another Ethereal monster, the Reebro, is essentially a brain on a mechanical platform with mechanical legs, very similar to the Spider Mastermind and the Arachnotron.
    • The Dipsters bear a striking resemblance to Diglett.
    • On a rather meta example, the Sooza from Dawn of Fire looks almost identical to the original game's Pom-Pom, but, you know, with a Sousaphone.
      • Made even funnier by the fact that the game lampshades this.
      • The same has happened with Xyster and Ghazt.
    • Yool can classify as an Expy of Santa Claus.
      • Some of Yool's names even reference this, Kris, Kringle, and Santler.
    • Shugabush and it's brethren are all Expys of Kristian Bush of Sugarland, being the result of a collaboration between the artist and the game.
  • Exposed Animal Belly Button: Drumpler, Potbelly, Entbrat, Blabbit, Gheegur, Floogull, Thrumble, and Plixie.
    • Deedge has one in the prequel as a baby.
  • The Fair Folk: Faerie Island is themed after them.
  • Fan Boy: The Cybop is a huge fan of the Ethereal Jellbilly monster, so much so that Jellbillies receive fan mail from their Cybop admirers. They do reply to all the fan mail they receive, though.
  • Final Boss: Quarrister. It's the last quad element monster in the natural islands.
    • Enchantling can qualify, as the last Magical monster to be released, and the only monster with all four Magical elements. And it takes 50 hours to breed and incubate.
    • In this case, the Wubbox is the True Final Boss. Its egg can only be bought in the Market for 75 million coins, an extraordinary amount for low-leveled players. Its egg requires 48 hours of incubation time normally, then its unique raising mechanics require players to breed one of every regular monster (excluding Ethereals and Legendaries, thankfully) and place each of them in a dormant box that is hatched from the egg. Only after these requirements are met will the Wubbox activate.
      • The Wubbox on Wublin Island qualifies even more, as it requires one of each Wublin. Active. Even moreso are the Rare and Epic Wubboxes, which require on of every Rare and Epic versions of each natural monster. It gets even worse by the fact that these types of monsters only become breedable or purchaseable occasionally throughout the year, and even then have high diamond costs and very low breeding chances. This is especially true for the Epic Wubbox.
    • Amber Island has the Fire Quints, officially known as the Top Bosses. And they take 80 HOURS TO INCUBATE. And they require eggs sharing the element they represent, too! note 
  • Freemium: Buying any resource pack (food, coins, diamonds) with real money will make premium structures available. It will also remove the in-game advertisements.
  • Green Hill Zone: Plant Island
  • Halloween Episode: The Spooktacle event on Plant Island, where players can breed Punkleton.
  • Home Base: "Seasonal Shanty" is a wooden structure stuffed with seasonal decorations floating along the living ocean, that only seasonal monsters know how to find. Seasonal monsters go to Seasonal Shanty to rest and relax when their respective events aren’t running, or in the case of the migratory Schmoochle and Yool, just want a familiar place to kick back and relax in. It’s also noted that all seasonals drop by during anniversary month to join in the celebrations.
  • Hot Skitty-on-Wailord Action: You can breed almost any combination of monsters (except for two of the same monster). Leads to some interesting matchups.
  • Instant Awesome: Just Add Mecha!: Joining the cast of run-of-the mill monsters, we have the Wubbox and Rare Wubbox monsters, which are giant dancing robots that contribute dubstep to the islands they are on. Their sound can be considered jarring depending on a particular island's song. (cough, Ethereal Island, cough).
  • Interspecies Romance: Any breeding pair, since you can't breed two of the same monster together.
  • Level Editor: The My Singing Monsters Composer, which is a separate app, allows you to make your own songs using the monsters.
  • Never Say "Die": ZigZagged. The only mention of death is in Clavavera's bio, which mention's monsters passing on to the Beat Hereafter. Additionally, the Vessels on Amber Island are pretty much urns or canopic jars, although the amber eggs they bear can be rejuvenated and hatched into living monsters.
  • No Celebrities Were Harmed: The Legendary Shugabush monster is based in appearance on vocalist Kristian Bush of the American country music duo Sugarland, including his beard and mandolin. The Shugabush name is a portmanteau of Sugarland and Bush's last name. As noted in Real Life Writes the Plot, this is a unique use of this trope in that Kristian Bush himself collaborated with Big Blue Bubble in order to create the Shugabush. Shugabush even has other related monsters on their own island, which plays a variation of Kristian Bush's song "Love or Money".
  • Non-Malicious Monster: The monsters can't really be classified as mons as they're not summoned and certainly not for fighting purposes, they're friendly or non-malicious monsters. While the spectral class of monsters and the Punkleton, Grumpyre or any other Shadow-Elemental can look a bit 'dark' and the T-Rox might appear dangerous, none of these monsters are harmful or violent even if a few of them might be a bit neurotic. They just want to sing and dance for money, look at interesting decorations, eat what you bake them and pal around with the monsters they're chummy with.
  • Our Dragons Are Different: The Dragong, Furnoss and Carillong monsters, all designed after eastern dragons.
    • The adult Glubber may count as well, resembling a Panlong.
  • Our Monsters Are Different: These ones can sing and dance.
  • Our Monsters Are Weird: Their appearance range from being animalistic, to more abstract and surreal.
  • Overhead Interaction Indicator: Appears whenever a monster makes a significant amount of currency, breeding/hatching is done, dormant Wublins and Celestials passing their time limit, etc...
  • Pattern-Coded Eggs: Exaggerated in that the eggs not only have the colors, but textures of their respective monsters!
  • Series Mascot: The Mammott is prominently used to promote the main games. They even have their own spin-off virtual pet app, My Mammott as well as plush toys of them among other merchandise.
    • The Furcorn also serves as the series mascot being on the app of the first My Singing Monsters game, having its own plush toy as well as other merchandise.
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  • Speaking Simlish: A majority of the monsters that vocalize do so in gibberish. The PomPom, the Congle the Shugabush, the Rare Wubbox and the Werdos avert this, using actual words when they vocalize.
    • In the prequel game, Kayna and Furcorn also sing English words on Party Island.
  • Sorting Algorithm of Threatening Geography
  • The Very Definitely Final Dungeon: Gold Island. Celestial Island could also apply.
  • Unexpected Gameplay Change: A small difference when attempting to raise a Wubbox. They are not bred, but purchased from the market as an egg. After hatching its egg, you are given a dormant box-like structure that you place on your island. In this state, you place one of every type of monster on a given island into it, or spend diamonds. Once this condition is met, the Wubbox will activate. The Wubbox and its rare variant are the only monsters that are raised in this way...
    • ...At least, until the Wublin update, which features a new island inhabited by monsters based solely on this mechanic. However, there are a few differences: instead of the monsters themselves, the Wublins require monster eggs that are bred and "zapped" from the breeding structure. There is also a time limit as to waking up each Wublin, and if you don't zap all the monster eggs in time, you'll have to either pay diamonds to fill in the remaining eggs or start all over.
    • Dipsters can also count, as they must be purchased with a unique type of currency.
    • The Werdos, being Parlsona, Tawkerr, Maggpi, and Stoowarb, must be purchased with 100 Relics each.
    • In Dawn of Fire, there are Celestials which represent each element in the monster world (Plant, Cold, Air, Water, Earth, Fire, Plasma, Shadow, Mech, Crystal, Poison and Supernatural). These celestials must be obtained via a daily login game.
    • The Celestials were brought to the original MSM game in an update that also adds in Celestial Island. In that game, they start out as statues and require monster eggs to revive them just like the Wublins.
    • The Colossingum takes the game from something you sit back and relax to, and turns it into a turn-based combat mini-game, where you train monsters to sing against other monsters to unlock music tracks for the island, as well as costumes for the monsters to wear.
  • Valentine's Day Episodes: The Season of Love event on Air island, where players can breed Schmoochle and one Rare and Epic a day.
  • Whale Egg: Every monster hatches from eggs, whether they are based on birds, reptiles, non-monotreme mammals, or even robots.
  • You Mean "Xmas": Instead of New Year/Lunar New Year, Valentine's Day, St. Patrick's Day, Easter, Halloween, Dia de los Muertos, Thanksgiving, and Christmas, the Monster World has Crescendo Moon, the Season of Love, Cloverspell, Eggs-travaganza, Spooktacle, the Beat Hereafter, Feast-Ember, and the Festival of Yay. There's also the SummerSong and Echoes of Eco events, although they are tied to the seasons of Summer and Spring as a whole rather than any one holiday, and the Perplexplore and Life-Formula events, which have no Real Life equivalent whatsoever.