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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 as well as Jammer Splash. 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.
  • Arc Number: Magical Nexus seems to be associated with the number 18, with that being the level you need to unlock it, and also the level the monsters needed to be to travel to it, among other things.
  • 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.
  • 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, there are the quint-element monsters (Candelavra, Drummidary, Tuskski, Bowhead, and Mimic). While Candelavra only teleports to Party and Space Islands and Bowhead teleports only to Space Island, thus only needing to be level 5note  or 10note  respectively, Drummidary and Tuskski both teleport to Cloud Island which requires level 15, which takes a lot of patience. And then there's Mimic, who teleports to Cave Island and thus needs to be Level 20 in order to be teleported.
    • 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 
  • Bribing Your Way to Victory:
    • 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 for 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 that 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.
  • 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. And as of 2023, you can breed Yool as well.
  • Disc-One Final Dungeon: Earth Island. It used to be a final dungeon of sorts, being the very last natural island. However, there are many more islands after that, whose monsters are generally more difficult to breed than those on the natural islands.
  • Dem Bones: Many skeleton-themed monsters: Punkleton note , Clavavera note , Cybop note , Boodoo note , Bona-Petite note , Loodvigg note , and all the Bone-element monsters note .
  • Earn Your Fun: When it comes to ascending a Celestial Monster on Celestial Island into its adult form, at least one egg of a specific Seasonal Monster must be zapped into its inventory. The catch is that you cannot zap Seasonal eggs from Seasonal Shanty, the only island in the game where you can breed for any Seasonal at any timenote , thus requiring the player to wait until the specific Seasonal Monster's associated seasonal event on its associated island and then breed for and zap the egg from there.
  • Easter Bunny: Blabbit. It's a bunny-like monster with an Easter egg as its shell, and it becomes available around Easter.
  • Easter Special: The Eggs-travaganza event on Water Island, where players can breed Blabbit.
  • 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.
  • Exactly What It Says on the Tin: There are monsters. They sing. They are yours.
  • 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 its 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: The following monsters have visible belly buttons: 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-levelled players. Its egg requires 48 hours of incubation time normally, then its unique raising mechanics requires 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 more so are the Rare and Epic Wubboxes, which require one of every Rare and Epic version of each natural monster. It gets even worse by the fact that these types of monsters only become breedable or purchasable 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 to share 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.
  • Gentle Giant: This trope is named-dropped in the Entbrat's description.
  • Green Hill Zone: Plant Island is the island you start the game on, and is themed after a lush, verdant plain.
  • 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.
  • Insistent Terminology: Implied in the description of the 'Cold Globe' decoration, "It's not like the element is called Snow, it's called Cold. We're very insistent about it at this point."
  • Instant Awesome: Just Add Mecha!: Joining the cast of run-of-the-mill monsters, we have the Wubbox alongside its Rare and Epic counterparts; giant dancing robots that contribute dubstep to the islands they are on.
  • Interspecies Romance: Any breeding pair, since you can't breed two of the same monster together.
  • Lethal Lava Land: Earth Island, the final island, is an area of cracked magma.
  • Level Editor: The Composer Island allows you to make your own songs using the Natural monsters. The My Singing Monsters Composer app, which is a separate app, is essentially in improved version where you can use the Ethereal and Seasonal monsters.
  • Never Say "Die": ZigZagged. The only mention of death is in Clavavera's bio, which mentions 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 the 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, are 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 revival time limit expiring, etc...
  • "Pachelbel's Canon" Progression: Gold Island's song uses a chord progression that is similar to the canon.
  • 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, and having its own plush toy as well as other merchandise.
  • Shout-Out:
    • Some of Rare Punkleton's generated names are Freddy, Jason and Mike.
    • The Bowgart monster gets its name from Humphrey Bogart.
    • The Mammott is this to Bigfoot, Sasquatch, and Yeti.
    • One of the Pummel's Spooktacle costumes sees it dress up as Beetlejuice.
    • The G'joob resembles Wilford Brimley, and it dresses up as John Lennon during Halloween.
    • The Roarick is this to William Shakespeare, with its default names coming from his characters, especially those from Hamlet, and holds a skull.
    • The Sweetstreamz Tree's description refers to Sweet Dreams (Are Made of This).
    • The Ockulo Tree's description refers to the Oculus Rift
    • Light Island's Eksboks Path refers to the Xbox.
    • The Luff-Balloons' description refers to 99 Luftballons.
    • The Rare T-Rox's description calls it a "clever monster".
    • The Bellowfish has a lot of references to Breaking Bad: its description calls it "the one who knocks", its teaser poster is a parody of the logo, its default names are misspellings of names of characters from the show, and a bit more subtly, its elements are Crystal and Mech - a reference to crystal meth, which is prominently featured in the show.
    • According to its description, Epic Stogg keeps trying to make “fetch” happen.
    • Mushaboom’s name is derived from the Feist song of the same name.
  • Sorting Algorithm of Threatening Geography: Sort of. The first island can be classified as Green Hill Zone. The next 3 islands are in a freezing environment, high up in the sky, and underwater. Then, the final main island is a Lethal Lava Land, though no danger is posed as the monsters just sing and dance without anything bad happening to them. The islands that come afterwards generally get more abstract and surreal.
  • Speaking Simlish: A majority of the monsters that vocalize do so in gibberish. The PomPom, the Congle (on Tribal Island), the Shugabush, the Rare Wubbox and the Werdos avert this, using actual words when they vocalize.
    • In the prequel game, Kayna and Furcorn sing English words on Party Island, as do PomPom and Cybop.
  • The Very Definitely Final Dungeon: Not in the traditional sense, but Gold Island serves as the "final" place for your monsters to stay if you choose to. Celestial Island could also apply in that the monsters there are some of the most difficult to obtain.
  • 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 were the only monsters that were 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, but it costs diamonds to buy them, making them even harder to obtain.
    • 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, Earth/Arbour Day, Pride Month, Halloween, Dia de los Muertos, Thanksgiving, and Christmas, the Monster World has Crescendo Moon, the Season of Love, Cloverspell, Eggs-travaganza, Echoes of Eco, Sky-Painting, Spooktacle, the Beat Hereafter, Feast-Ember, and the Festival of Yay. There's also the SummerSong event, although it's tied to the seasons of Summer as a whole rather than any one holiday, and the Perplexplore, Mindboggle, and Life-Formula events, which have no Real Life equivalent whatsoever.

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