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  • Alternative Character Interpretation: The song "When the Day Met the Night" features two characters, the sun and the moon, one being described as explicitly female and the other as explicitly male. But the lyrics are written ambiguously enough that people have interpreted the moon as male and the sun as female as well as the moon as female and the sun as male.
  • Awesome Music: At least a few songs on every album.
    • On their cover of "Skid Row" from Little Shop of Horrors, Brendon does one hell of a job doing the opening, which is typically belted out torch singer-style.
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    • "This is Gospel" is widely considered to be one of their best for a reason. It's hard not to belt "If you love me, let me GOOOOOO!" right along with Brendon every time.
    • "When the Day Met the Night" is simply incredible in every way.
    • "LA Devotee" is just fun. Once you get to the chorus, it's hard not to scream along, especially if you're hearing it live.
    • "High Hopes" is one of the best tracks on Pray for the Wicked, especially with the blaring horns, and the slower, quieter build-up to the chorus.
    • "Say Amen (Saturday Night)" quickly became one of the band's most beloved songs, and not just because of the kickass music video.
    • Their cover of Bohemian Rhapsody.
    • Their cover of "The Greatest Show." Just try to listen to it without smiling... or scream-singing along.
  • Broken Base: What happened when the Beatles-esque Pretty.Odd. came out, with many fans wanting the pop-punk/dance style of A Fever You Can't Sweat back, and dropped the '!' from the name. And then again, when they bought back the '!' and Ryan and Jon left to form their own band, The Young Veins.
    • Also, when they saw the brand new dynamics between the replacement members, Ian Crawford and Dallon Weekes.
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    • Mention of any of the member's wives/girlfriends can evoke anything from adoration to vitriolic hatred. This is probably caused by fans' Dry Docking and Die for Our Ship. Mentions of Brendon's wife, Sara, are most susceptible to this, as Brendon is the band's most notable example of a Mr. Fanservice. (Fortunately the Sara hate has decreased over time.) The only other 'official' member with a significant other is Dallon Weekes, who is focused upon much less and has been Happily Married to his wife for several years.
    • The band effectively as of 2016 having Brendon as the only official band member has put in another rift in the fanbase.
    • Pray For the Wicked was either a great followup to Death of a Bachelor with the Kinky Boots influence warmly received, or a mainstream letdown full of Album Filler.
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  • Crazy Awesome: Brendon, in the video for "Say Amen". With the use of an Artifact of Doom, he kills a number of people breaking into his house in increasingly ridiculous ways, ranging from dragging one into a fan using a tie, to playing guitar, to blowing up his own microwave for the hell of it.
  • Creepy Awesome: If the videos for "LA Devotee," "Emperor's New Clothes," or "Say Amen (Saturday Night)" have taught us anything, it's that Brendon Urie is always awesome, no matter what creepy, unnatural thing he's doing.
  • Funny Moments:
    • A lot of the things Brendon says on stage can qualify as this, but one example is when Brendon was performing with a bad cold and said something along the lines of "This might be a paradox, guys, but I think God is punishing me for being an atheist."
    • The aforementioned "April Fools, motherfuckers!" incident.
  • Crosses the Line Twice: Some of the things Brendon says onstage indulge in this from time to time.
    • A story about his mother at a few shows started with "It's not just because [my mother is] incredibly smart and incredibly sexy. I can say that because I will never date her." And ended with him saying that he told her: "I am just so fucking glad I came out of YOUR vagina."
    • One of their tour videos featured a the band traveling in car and happening upon a Christian music station playing a song that featured the line "Christ is behind me." Brendon noticed the Accidental Innuendo and started shouting "Christ inside me! Christ, get deep inside me! Put your love inside me! SHOVE IT all up inside me!" It got to the point that even Dallon, the band's Token Religious Teammate couldn't help but crack up.
  • Ensemble Dark Horse: Dallon for a lot of people, the fact he had a discography before he entered the band helped.
  • Everyone Is Satan in Hell: Naturally the music video for The Emperor's New Clothes gotten this from Christian conspiarcy theorists. To their credit, it's all but lifted from Paradise Lost.
    • Some fans have theorized that "This Is Gospel" is about Brendon rejecting religion—specifically, the Mormon religion he grew up with—and "Emperor's New Clothes" is about Brendon being denied access to Heaven and morphing into a demon before happily entering what appears to be Hell.
  • Face of the Band: People usually think of Brendon, the lead singer, before Ryan Ross, the main songwriter during the A Fever You Can't Sweat Out and Pretty. Odd. eras.
    • Justified as he's the only member who has remained with the band since the beginning. As of April 2015, this is now I Am the Band as Spencer has decided to leave.
    • From 2015 until he officially left in 2017, Dallon was just a touring member. He didn't write songs or contribute in the studio anymore. "Death of a Bachelor" is literally a Brendon Urie solo album.
  • Faux Symbolism: In concert, "This is Gospel" has been performed in front of screens displaying stained glass windows, very much like ones you would see in a church. Although this looks pretty cool, it's not very fitting. The song was not written to contain any religious themes and even if you examined the lyrics, they do not reference religion. The fact that Brendon is a devout atheist makes this even more baffling.
  • Fridge Brilliance: One can notice that Brendon is wearing his wedding ring during the music video for 'Nicotine', which was probably an accident, as the character is supposed to be bringing flowers to his lover (which could unintentionally imply adultery). But when his lover is revealed to have been Dead All Along, one could interpret that she was his wife and he still wears his wedding ring
  • Friendly Fandoms: Fall Out Boy and Panic! fans often overlap. This isn't surprising considering their similar music styles, shared origins and penchant for Long Titles. They overlap a lot with the My Chemical Romance fanbase, too. This is probably due to the witty and intelligent rebellion lyrics. It's more like, which one did you become a fan of first.
  • "Funny Aneurysm" Moment: Their New Sound Album (Pretty.Odd.) begins with a track that assures the listener that they are "still the same band." After the release of the album, half of the band left and even later, after Spencer's departure, Brendon was the only remaining original member.
    • A video that was made as a teaser for the album Vices and Virtues has a focus on 'letting go of 'baggage' so you can move on and become a better person.' By the end of the video, Brendon and Spencer are the only ones left and willing to 'move on' and then this exchange happens
    Brendon: ...It's just us...
    Spencer: It always has been
    • At the time, it was simply an odd video full of Mind Screw and Faux Symbolism. After the release of the album, however, Spencer came out about his substance abuse problems and stopped touring with the band. This could make the video a bit of a Tear Jerker if it wasn't already.
  • Growing the Beard: Brendon took leaps and bounds lyrically between "Vices&Virtues" and "Too Weird To Live". It's a noticeable difference if you read the lyrics right after one another. The topics get more mature too.
  • Harsher in Hindsight:
    • Brendon and Spencer produced "New Perspective" with no input from Ryan or Jon, as it was just basically Brendon recording a weird dream an making a demo before he forgot it, and as it was already completed, it was the best option to be used when they were asked to submit a song to Jennifer's Body. By the time it was released as a single months later, the split happened.
    • "Folkin' Around"'s lyrical content became this after Ryan Ross left the band.
  • He Really Can Act: Brendon pulled this off in his role in Razia's Shadow, which is an actual story-driven musical rather than a standard album.
    • He also showcased this when playing Charlie Price in the musical version of Kinky Boots.
  • Hilarious in Hindsight: Many people have noted that the groom in the music video "I Write Sins Not Tragedies" bears a remarkable resemblance to bassist Dallon Weekes, who didn't join until years later
    • In the early years of the band, an interviewer had Brendon and Ryan do a 'Mad Libs' type game, which resulted in a very silly love letter that began with the "My nasty love..." Brendon and Ryan joked that they would make a song out of it. Several years later, the biggest hit of Too Weird to Live, Too Rare to Die was the song "Miss Jackson" which features the line "...are you nasty?" repeatedly in the chorus.
    • The lyric "but I make these high heels work" in "Don't Threaten Me With A Good Time" became this when Brendon starred in the musical version of Kinky Boots.
  • In-Joke: There are a lot of jokes about milk in the fandom. Don't ask. note  It became so popular that even Brendon had heard of it and addressed it in an Instagram video.
  • Memetic Mutation:
    • On the YouTube page for The Ballad Of Mona Lisa, a frequent comment is about the netgun used to capture Mary at the end.
    • Closing the goddamn door.
    • A post circulating around the internet joking that the song "I Constantly Thank God for Esteban" actually referred to the character from The Suite Life of Zack and Cody has been popular as well.
    • A post on tumblr featuring the statement "dont u hate it when its nine in the afternoon but ur eyes are just normal sized" (a reference to the lyrics of the song "Nine in the Afternoon") led to numerous non-fans of the band becoming extremely confused and desperate to find out what the post actually meant. Hundreds of thousands of notes later, some people still don't understand what the post means.
    • The song 'Northern Downpour' is so notorious for its Tear Jerker qualities that one just needs to type "brendon urie c" into the youtube search bar to have " brendon urie crying during northern downpour" be one of the recommended searches. The song has also been jokingly referred to as "Northern Frownpour" by fans.
    • Jokes about Brendon secretly wanting Ryan to come back are also popular.
    • "I'm not as think as you drunk I am!" To the point where a lot of people don't even realize it was a P!atD lyric first.
    • "The Brendon Urie Show"
    • Stranger Things jokes about the "LA Devotee" video abound, due to its protagonist being played by Noah Schnapps, aka Will Byers.
  • More Popular Replacement:
    • No one really gives much thought anymore to original bassist Brent Wilson (Probably because Jon Walker was around longer and much more willing to smile in photo shoots).
    • Additionally Jon Walker himself ended up falling victim of this to an extent once Dallon Weekes joined as a full-time member in 2012. While most fans still love Jon, it's widely agreed that Dallon was the best bassist the band ever had to date.
  • Narm:
    • Among other things, many of their outfits during the A Fever You Can't Sweat Out era.
    • The Girls/Girls/Boys music video.
  • Narm Charm: They are known for their signature campy style.
  • Nightmare Fuel:
    • The videos for "Miss Jackson" and "This is Gospel"
    • The video for "Emperor's New Clothes" counts as well.
    • The video for "LA Devotee" features a group of Satanists torturing a boy, up to and including electrifying him. It doesn't help that Noah Schnapp, the boy in question, is most well-known for playing Will Byers.
  • Replacement Scrappy: It seemed like Dallon Weekes and Ian Crawford were about to become this, after Ross' and Walker's departure. Though many fans adore them, many are still quite bitter over the split. At least for Dallon, it seems largely averted.
  • Portmanteau Couple Name: Rydon/Ryden (Ryan/Brendon), still very popular despite the split. Joncer (Jon/Spencer), usually a case of Pair the Spares. After the split, Brencer (Brendon/Spencer) was formed.
    • Now introducing Brallon (Brendon/Dallon)(amusingly, people have mentioned this ship name could refer to the pair of Dallon and his wife as well, as her name is Breezy)
  • Real-Person Fic: And how!
  • Ship-to-Ship Combat: Ryden or Brallon? Be careful, if you take a side.
    • Even before Brallon, pre-Split, once Live In Chicago came out, Brencer (Brendon/Spencer) and Ryden had some pretty nasty fights on livejournal.
  • Signature Song: "I Write Sins Not Tragedies", to the extent that performances often involve Brendon and/or Dallon pointing the mic at the audience as they sing a majority of the song.
    • "High Hopes" also count as this due to being the most well-known Panic! song nowadays, in fact the song is actually the biggest hit the band ever had to date.
    • "Emperor's New Clothes" is also rather well known.
  • Sophomore Slump: Apart from "Northern Downpour," Pretty. Odd. was much less well-received both critically and commercially than the debut A Fever You Can't Sweat Out, due in large part to the dramatic shift in sound. Vices & Virtues, while not being lauded, was better-received critically and enjoyed better album sales, though a true return to positive reception wouldn't come until Too Weird To Live, Too Rare To Die!, which even attracted people who were ambivalent about the first three albums.
  • Sweet Dreams Fuel: Pretty much all of Pretty. Odd.. Especially "Behind The Sea", "She Had The World", and "When The Day Met The Night".
  • They Changed It, Now It Sucks!:
    • What some fans thought when Pretty. Odd. came out.
    • Also when the band removed the exclamation mark after "Panic" in the name. The exclamation mark has since returned.
  • They Copied It, So It Sucks!: The band got a lot of heat for their blatant similarities to Fall Out Boy. The fact that they were huge fans before they were even a band and got signed by Pete Wentz is a good explanation of this.
  • Uncanny Valley: The entire "Emperor's New Clothes" video.
  • Vindicated by History: Pretty. Odd. was received poorly both commercially and critically, seen as a strange and unfavorable follow-up to A Fever You Can't Sweat Out and a letdown to many who waited years for the follow-up. It's since gained a loyal cult following, and its reputation in general improved when future albums firmly established the band's sound and proved the album to be an interesting experiment in sound rather than a permanent and alienating genre shift.
  • Visual Effects of Awesome: The entire music video for "Emperor's New Clothes" is about Brendon slowly transforming into a demon, and is a beauty of editing and makeup effects.


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