Follow TV Tropes


YMMV / Britney Spears

Go To

  • Accidental Innuendo: The first line of the chorus of "I Wanna Go," "Shame on me, to need release." She's talking about having a little fun to blow off steam, but "need release" is also a way of saying you need to get laid. Granted this was on Femme Fatale, so it might not have been all that accidental in the first place.
  • Archive Panic: Over 100 tracks leaked since leaking became a thing. All the demos for her Blackout album can easily be found online. Various demos from all her albums are also easily accessible.
    • She also has 8 albums of 12-14 tracks each and b-sides/bonus tracks and other little fun side projects between album releases.
  • Advertisement:
  • Awesome Music: There is a reason why she has a massive fan base, and many many new and old fans! Most of her albums are good and worthwhile investments and even after her breakdown she pulled in those number 1's (3, Till The World Ends, I Wanna Go, Hold It Against Me, Scream & Shout). Even her remixes are special. There is a reason people travel around the world to celebrate her new and old hits. 8 albums and her fanbase gets bigger.
  • Best Known for the Fanservice: To the absurd degree some fans themselves spend a lotta time denying her good music, stage shows and her musical skills, past and present. It's odd.
  • Broken Base: Every single album, era, song, scandal, gains and loses her fans, but basically, 1999-2001, 2000-present, 2005-present, 1999-2004, 2001-2008, 1999-2011, 2004-2012, 2001-2004, 2008-2011, 2011-present. Her "old music" used to be easily defined as her first two albums, but now it's any of her first 7 albums. Some fans come in recently and go backwards and explore her older works, others pick and choose the era's and tracks and versions Britney they support. She's been around a while...
    • Dream Within A Dream, Piece Of Me residency and her videos also apply.
  • Epic Riff/Ear Worm: Toxic, one of the reasons it was a hit.
    • ''...Baby," "Oops!", "Gimme More," "Hold It Against Me," "I Wanna Go," and "Till The World Ends." Her songs definitely can get stuck in your head.
  • Epileptic Trees: There are many theories about celebrities being clones and replaced, and Britney is no different. The theory around her came about when she leaked "Mona Lisa" against the studio's wishes. Said song is about a girl getting sick of the limelight and being replaced. The lyric "she's been gone" often being heard as "she's been cloned" also added to the fire.
    • A conspiracy theory started in April 2019 that her dad (who’s still her legal guardian) had her put in a mental rehab facility against her will. A popular podcast called Britney’s Gram alleged to have gotten an anonymous tip from a paralegal who worked on her conservatorship case. The source alleged that when Jamie Spears (who’s recently been through a horrible medical ordeal himself that is a serious case of Squick) found out that she wasn’t taking her antidepressants during rehearsals for her Las Vegas residency, he made her go back to the doctor and threatened to cancel her show. Her doctor prescribed her another medication which she also refused to take so he yanked the show and put her in the facility in mid January.They alleged that the reason her residency was put on hold wasn’t the stated reason of caring for her dad but was because he put her in the facility. Her fans staged a protest outside West Hollywood city hall with signs saying things like “Free Britney”. This is also despite the fact that she has been spotted out in public and spent Easter weekend at home with her family. Some reports say that Jamie Spears didn’t even want her to go into the facility in the first place but the doctor convinced him it was the right thing to do to figure out the correct combinations of medication.
  • Fetish Retardant: Her decidedly kinky performance at the 2007 Video Music Awards saw her pole dancing among her backup dancers in nothing but a pair of black sequin short shorts and a tank top. Few found her performance or even her outfit alluring, which was not helped by how tired and apathetic she looked with her backup dancers practically guiding her back and forth across the stage.
    • The time where she had her head completely shaved was certainly this for her fans at the height of her meltdown, which was not helped by how unhinged and prone to violent fits she was while donning this look. Thankfully, she has since let her hair regrow to its usual state.
  • Fountain of Memes:
    • Her fans are quite inventive:
    • Godney/the Holy Spearit, a term for worshipping purposes/winning stan wars.
    • Britney says "very cool" and "urban" a lot, so her fans do too.
    • In a Candies promotional video, Britney noted, "These jeans are cool cause they're faded". The phrase is now iconic amongst fans.
    • Fans attempted to create various terms for themselves but Britney seems to prefer just "Britney Army".
    • Due to frequent leaks by the Brit-camp these events are always called Britmas by her fans
    • "She did it again!" whenever her song is a big hit or she does something shocking.
    • The pink wig she wore in 2007, Starbucks coffee, gum chewing, laughing with her mouth wide open.
    • "Y'all!"
    • "I Hate F+cking Waiting" off her For The Record doco has been memetic within other fanbases too.
    • Radar was featured on two of her albums due to an agreement with the producers. Whenever fans are waiting for new material, someone will eventually joke that Radar is the next single or will be featured on the new album
    • Britmas: in reference to Britney usually releasing material/promotional stuff in one big clump out of nowhere.
    • Dream Within a Dream is also a concept she brought up.
    • "Leave Britney alone!!"
    • "It's Britney, bitch!"
  • Friendly Fandoms: With MOST fandoms, Lana Del Rey, Selena Gomez, Miley Cyrus, and others.
  • Growing the Beard: The 'Britney' and 'In The Zone' albums where she first began being sexier and more mature, She also became more open with her artistic wants and needs, and challenging the ideas she invented in her first two eras. In The Zone was infinitely more outright sexier, but Britney started it.
  • Harsher in Hindsight: "Lucky" was a song about a celebrity being trapped and unhappy that was released a full seven years before her infamous breakdown and personal issues.
    • Everytime video is an example of the worst case scenario when a star falls of the wagon and alienate all her associates and then almost dies.
    • Inverted Trope: Arguably her entire breakdown has become more sympathetic as years have gone by, and the specifics of why she did certain insane seeming actions. Particularly her infamous head-shaving which was revealed to be a direct attack against the various stylists and producers trying to control her day tto day look.
    • Given that the song is actually about needing a new man, this may be a stretch, but the lines "This time I need a soldier [...] That knows how to take, take care of me / I'm so damn glad it's over" could, if you really think about it, serve as foreshadowing for the conservatorship that she'd be placed under that same year that would, ultimately, cause even more turmoil and disappointment in her personal life.
  • Hilarious in Hindsight: Her ex-husband Kevin Federline was one of the dancers in this performance of "Girlfriend", a song by *NSYNC. She was dating Justin at the time.
  • HSQ: Dream Within A Dream tour still blows MINDS over ten years since it happened. The Circus tour was also INCREDIBLE. Piece Of Me the residency performances also blows minds. Her VMA performances were also extremely special. Then there is her music and comeback...
  • Never Live It Down: Her opening performance at the 2007 VMAs certainly qualifies as this during her Creator Breakdown, with countless critics and fans noting she looked stoned and disoriented on stage, seemingly lip-synching through the whole thing. And then there was her paparazzi incident with the umbrella months before...
  • Popularity Polynomial: Once the divine object of hatred amongst music fans, Britney's downward spiral and public breakdown has caused some of her most ardent haters to feel pity for her and call for the media to lay off of her. Her father and attorney have been appointed as her conservators by the courts and now oversee her personal life and finances. She has since made a real comeback in regards to many opinions of her by scoring 5 number ones in America alone and headlining two successful worldwide tours. Many people these days tend to have sympathy for her given her obvious personal and mental problems.
  • She Really Can Act: With the exception of Crossroads (2002), Britney is rather respected for her comedic-timing in her bit parts on How I Met Your Mother and Will & Grace. Others have noticed her talent for acting within her music videos, too. Her old Saturday Night Live comedy performces were good too.
  • Signature Song: At this stage it's "...Baby One More Time", "Oops!... I Did It Again", "Slave 4 U", "Gimme More", "Womanizer", "Till The World Ends" and "Toxic".
  • Squick: The "...Baby One More Time" video can cause this once you learn she's only sixteen in it. That schoolgirl shtick was just a little too real.
  • Sweet Dreams Fuel: "Strangest Love", " Trip To Your Heart", "Heaven On Earth", "When I Found You", "Passenger", "Brightest Morning Star", "Everyday" and "State Of Grace".
  • Surprisingly Improved Sequel: Almost all of her era's earn her new fans. On her forums people will say they started becoming a fan of her between Oops and Circus. Only Femme Fatale and Britney Jean may have caused a few walk aways, but even THEN.
  • Some Anvils Need to Be Dropped: The Oops!... I Did It Again album had a lot of tracks about being yourself; Can't Make You Love Me, What U See, Don't Go Knocking On My Door, and Stronger. Alien and Lucky drops the aesop that even if your surrounded by people you can still feel lonely. Passenger teaches her fans to just let go and fall in love. What It's Like To Be Me drops the aesop of taking the time to know future significant others. Toy Soldier discusses the concept of wanting to date a "real man". Those are but a few examples.
  • Vindicated by History: Blackout was shafted due to rules (probably not helped by the fact that it was assumed it would automatically be bad, being made right in the middle of her public meltdown,) but now is very loved. This happens every era! She was also vindicated by history by still being around after over 14 years!
  • What Do You Mean, It Wasn't Made on Drugs?: Pretty much everyone's reaction to her performance at the 2007 VM As.
  • Win Back the Crowd: Circus started her resurrection.
  • What the Hell, Costuming Department?: Britney wore a black sequin bra and panties from the 2007 VM As. It did not help that she seemed stoned out of her mind, which negated any fanservice value this may have been intended to invoke. She was actually supposed to wear a black corset during the performance, but refused at the last minute, so it wasn't completely her stylists' fault.

How well does it match the trope?

Example of:


Media sources: