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  • Accidental Aesop: "Suicide Solution", which was a song talking about the risks of alcoholism, was mistaken for a song with pro-suicide messages.
  • Adorkable: Watch any interview. Ozzy has such a lovable charisma and sense of humor.
  • Awesome Music:
    • "I Don't Wanna Stop", "Mr. Crowley", "Shot In The Dark", "Crazy Train", "Perry Mason", "Gets Me Through", "I Don't Know"... let's just make the page a whole lot shorter and say almost everything this man has ever made, ever. Quite a few, like "I Don't Wanna Stop", "Let Me Hear You Scream", "Shot In The Dark", and "Crazy Train" are also ear worms.
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    • Scream, is solid proof Ozzy has not and never will lose his edge.
    • The title track to "Diary of a Madman" is possibly Ozzy's greatest.
    • "You Can't Kill Rock & Roll", for anyone who's ever had to deal with Fan Haters.
    • Ozzy’s latest single, Under the Graveyard, further proves that Ozzy’s edge is still there.
  • Badass Decay: Back in the 1980s Ozzy was calling himself "The Prince of Darkness" and was the worst nightmare of Moral Guardians everywhere (which, of course, made him irresistible to rebellious youngsters who wanted to scare their parents). These days a lot of young people know him mainly as a reality TV show dad who mumbles a lot. It doesn't help that he is, moreso in solo efforts than anything he's doing with Black Sabbath, still trying to come off as evil when he's remembered more for that. In all fairness, though, "Seinfeld" Is Unfunny and Ozzy was one of the first to do the whole "evil" act.
  • Broken Base: In the forms of:
    • Black Sabbath vs. Ozzy
    • Jake E. Lee vs. Zakk Wylde
    • Randy Rhoads vs. Everybody else
  • Crosses the Line Twice: A lot of his drug/alcohol excursions in his autobiography enter this realm. For example, after blacking out and sleeping with a groupie on the road, a furious Sharon made Ozzy get an HIV test. The results initially came back positive, but the doctors felt something was off and ran another test. Turned out Ozzy didn't have HIV, but he'd ingested so much drugs and alcohol his white blood cell count was low enough for a false positive. The doctor proceeded to encourage Ozzy to get sober and improve his health, but Ozzy himself said he wasn't even listening because he wanted to hit the pub and celebrate being HIV-free.
    • The scene in his autobiography in which Ozzy gets high, goes into the back yard, and starts picking off chickens with a shotgun. Obviously there's nothing funny about cruelty to animals, but the sheer absurdity of the scene makes it nearly impossible not to laugh at.
  • Dork Age: Ozzy's fourth album, The Ultimate Sin, in spite of having "Shot in the Dark", stinks of the glam metal that was taking over at that time. When it was deleted from his catalog for legal reasons there weren't many complaints heard, except from the people who say its his last great album and think Zakk Wylde sucks.
  • Epileptic Trees: "The Prince Of Darkness" may be a Fan Nickname or an Appropriated Appellation.
  • Fanon Discontinuity: Quite a few, actually:
    • There were no albums in between Diary of a Madman and No More Tears.
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    • The Jake E. Lee era never happened. Denial of the existence of Bark at the Moon and The Ultimate Sin.
      • Subsequently, there were no albums after The Ultimate Sin. Denial of Zakk Wylde’s input.
    • No More Tears and Live & Loud were Ozzy’s final albums and he retired in 1993 before returning to Black Sabbath.
    • Only the "Randy Rhoads Trilogy" exists. note 
      • Only the trilogy of Blizzard, Diary and Tears exist as they’re often the more well regarded albums from both fans and critics within Ozzy’s career.
    • Even within his solo career altogether there are many who don’t acknowledge Ozzy’s material on its own, often claiming that "There is no Ozzy without Black Sabbath".
      • In a similar vein, there were no Black Sabbath albums before Blizzard of Ozz.
    • The only thing fans have all agreed on, however, is that Under Cover should have never been labeled as an official Ozzy studio album and doesn’t exist.
  • Friendly Fandoms: With rapper Post Malone, as the two have collaborated together during the end of The New '10s and the beginning of the 2020’s note . It’s not uncommon to hear metal heads get into Post Malone because of Ozzy. Same with rap fans getting into Osbourne thanks to Malone.
  • Harsher in Hindsight: Originally written as a farewell to Black Sabbath, "Goodbye to Romance" takes on a new meaning when you think about Randy Rhoads' death. Try to listen to the inspired version featured on the Tribute album without getting emotional.
  • Ho Yay: Ozzy and Randy Rhoads were dripping with Ho Yay. There was a little with Zakk Wylde, too, but it was mostly Rhoads. This has actually led to Rhoads/Osbourne Slash Fic.
  • Memetic Mutation:
  • Narm Charm: Arguably a major part of what makes Ozzy great.
  • Never Live It Down:
    • The bat incident. Media portrayals would have you believe that he does it on a regular basis, but in reality, it only happened once, and Ozzy thought it was a toy rubber bat. He certainly didn't enjoy the experience, as in addition to the sudden nasty feeling of blood in his mouth, he had to get a series of very painful rabies vaccinations, and he clearly wishes he hadn't done it. In his autobiography, I Am Ozzy, he wrote:
    "You know, I already know what they're gonna put on my tombstone. 'Here lies Ozzy Osbourne. Born 1948, Died whenever. He bit the head off of a bat.'"
    • To a lesser degree, urinating on the Alamo.
  • Replacement Scrappy:
    • Gus G is being treated like this by some fans after replacing long-time band member Zakk Wylde.
    • Brad Gillis, Bernie Torme and Jake E. Lee had to deal with this as each of them were in Ozzy's band immediately after Randy Rhoads died.
  • Rescued from the Scrappy Heap:
    • No More Tears is usually credited as Ozzy's return to form since Diary of a Madman.
  • Retroactive Recognition:
    • Blizzard of Ozz and Bark at the Moon features Don Airey on keyboards before he played for Deep Purple.
    • After his tenure in Ozzy's solo band, Tommy Aldridge went on to take part of Whitesnake alongside his fellow bandmate Rudy Sarzo.
    • Randy Castillo went on to play with Mötley Crüe until his death.
  • Sampled Up: Millennials not up on their classic heavy metal are more likely to recognize the riff from "Crazy Train" as the hook from Trick Daddy's 2004 rap hit "Let's Go."
  • Signature Song: "Crazy Train".
  • Some Anvils Need to Be Dropped: The video for "Under the Graveyard" is an blunt Deconstruction of the Sex, Drugs and Rock & Roll lifestyle, showing Ozzy abusing so many drugs and alcoholic drinks that it nearly ended his life.
  • Song Association: To American Football fans, "Crazy Train" is the song the New England Patriots run out to the field to. Even casual sports fans know this from their several Super Bowl appearances.
  • They Changed It, Now It Sucks!:
    • The 2002 remasters of Blizzard of Ozz and Diary of a Madman had the bass and drums completely redone by Ozzy's then-current bassist and drummer, apparently over a long-standing royalty dispute with Bob Daisley and Lee Kerslake (the original musicians on the aforementioned albums). While some didn't mind the changes, most feel that the changes made these two albums near-unlistenable. The 2011 thirtieth anniversary rerelease of both albums, however, reverted the tracks to their original forms, so most fans are happy again.
    • A similar incident happened with Bark at the Moon; the album was remixed and several lead guitar parts and synths were toned down or removed entirely. Unlike the first two albums, this has yet to be fully rectified; while the physical CD release is still the 2002 remix/remaster, and the compilation albumsnote  also contain said versions, the digital releases of Bark at the Moon have the original mix intact.
  • Vindicated by History:
    • Jake E. Lee was viewed with indifference at the very best just because he wasn't Randy during his initial run, but as the years have gone on, popular opinion of him has shifted greatly and he's now viewed as a very talented, creative, and unique player in his own right who never got his due.
    • On that note, his second (and final) album with Ozzy The Ultimate Sin is this to some extent. The album was, upon release, lambasted by both critics and fans for its Hair Metal influence. Over the years, the album has gotten a bit of a second wind, with fans arguing that it's one of Ozzy's best post-Randy Rhoads efforts.
  • The Woobie:
    • A lot of metalheads want to meet Randy Rhoads in the afterlife just to hug him and say that they're sorry he had to go out like he did.
    • Ozzy himself is one, too, with some Tragic Hero thrown in for good measure. Between how he reacted to Randy's death and his incredibly depressing life story, told in his autobiography "I Am Ozzy" and the rock doc on him that his son Jack directed, God Bless Ozzy Osbourne, one might find themselves wanting to reach into the book or through the screen to give the poor sap a big hug, even if he does screw up a lot.


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