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  • Applicability: "Morgenstern" could refer to Venus, the Devil, or even the universe itself.
  • Big-Lipped Alligator Moment:
    • "Te quiero puta!", a track off of Rosenrot. It's Rammstein's first (and to date, only) Spanish- language song, and unlike the rest of the album, it's so goofy and over the top that it borders on self-parody.
    • Much like the cartoon sound effect in "Küss mich (Fellfrosch)" or the Blues Rock of "Los", it's probably just a reminder that Rammstein have a sense of humor.
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    • "Amerika" off Reise Reise and "Pussy" off Liebe ist für alle da were comedic singles that deliberately played up the band's German Peculiarities for all their worth.
  • Broken Base: Liebe ist für alle da is either one of their best albums, or it's their worst.
  • Creepy Awesome: When one thinks of Rammstein, their Creepy-Awesomeness is probably the first thing that comes to mind.
  • Crosses the Line Twice:
    • Many of their videos, but especially "Pussy".
    • The cover of Liebe ist für alle da also qualifies: the band stand around a naked girl lying on a table, with Till holding a meat cleaver. The CD inlay card unfolds to reveal that they then cross the line a few more times.
    • This even applies to their official merchandise, such as their "Bück dich" soap and "Mein Teil" place mats.
  • Epic Riff: "Links 2-3-4", "Sehnsucht", "Tier", and the list goes on and on.
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  • Even Better Sequel: In America, anyway. Sehnsucht (namely the song "Du hast") was what put Rammstein on the map in America, and "Du hast" is still the song most Americans remember Rammstein for (thanks in part to Guitar Hero 5).
  • Fandom-Enraging Misconception: Calling the band Nazis simply for being a band from Germany is an easy way to get the wrath of the fandom down on your head. Not helping is that the band is known to use some of that imagery for satirical purposes, but Poe's Law applies. It is also the case that the band has a lot of right-wing fans who don't see (or prefer to ignore) the irony with which the band uses visual elements of totalitarian symbolism, etc. The criticism has been made that the band knowingly exploits this symbolism, while being carefully to verbally disassociate itself from its associations: that they're trying to have their cake and eat it. But that's why this page is called Your Mileage May Vary.
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  • Funny Moments: See the page.
  • Germans Love David Hasselhoff:
    "We have such a bad reputation in Germany it can't get any worse elsewhere."
    • Case in point: Völkerball, which takes place at Les Arenes de Nimes, France... to a packed crowd (Wikipedia calls capacity at 16,300).
    • The Madison Square Garden show was sold out thirty minutes after tickets went on sale, making Rammstein the first German band in history to accomplish that feat.
    • Rammstein are also huge in Russia, to the point where many of their interviews are conducted there and many bootlegs originate out of Russia. Due to the band members originating from the former Soviet satellite state of East Germany, they are at ease with Eastern European culture. "Moskau" was written for their Russian fanbase. On a darker note, pirating of their music (mostly originating out of Russia), has made it unusually difficult to find their CDs secondhand in any Western country because so many have downloaded their music illegally.
  • Heartwarming Moments:
    • The reason why the band has had the same lineup for their whole career is that they care about each other more than they care about industry pressure to make a new album or go on tour. As Richard put it:
    "We never give a shit about the people who think we need to get a record out every two years and that's one of the reasons why we're still together with the same lineup. We take care of each other, and if somebody needs to take the time off or do something else, we listen."
  • Hilarious in Hindsight:
    • On the packaging of Liebe ist für alle da, the band censored "Buckstabu" as "B***" to make fun of the German government's tendency for censorship (even though it was a made up word). It became this trope when the German government forced the band to remove "Ich tu dir weh" from the same album shortly after release due to its lyrics, and refused to let the band promote the album. The band was not happy about this, and simply crossed out the title, replaced the track with four seconds silence, wrote on the packaging (in German) "Removed by order of the German government". The ban was eventually lifted due to the controversy, though Rammstein later sued the government for the losses they made on recalling many copies of the album and being unable to promote it.
    • "Stein um Stein" becomes pretty funny if you have seen Nichtlustig cartoons about Mr. Riebmann.
    • The video for "Mein Land" gets even funnier after people discovered that metal and surf music are the same thing.
  • Ho Yay:
    • The infamous "Bück dich" ("Bend Down/Over") routine. Till has been simulating exactly what the song is about on Flake ever since they first started touring. Barring some change-ups due to being arrested in Massachusetts for it back in '98.
    • Ever since the music video for "Mein Teil", the band sometimes opens "Bück dich" leashed and crawling onstage with a mussed Frau Schneider whipping them the whole way.
    • The original music video for "Du riechst so gut" definitely has a degree of this, what with all those shiny, shirtless bodies...
    • The music video for "Mann gegen Mann" - about the ups and downs of being a gay man - has all the band members performing nearly or completely naked amidst swarms of buff naked men.
    • Outside of performances and music videos, things like these pictures pop up from time to time, much to the delight of the shippers.
    • Paul has fantasies about Till-in-the-Snow-White-dress spanking him in the "Haifisch" video.
    • The band members can be seen briefly kissing each other in the "Deutschland" video.
  • Mexicans Love Speedy Gonzales: Both "Moskau" (Moscow, Russia) and "Amerika" (USA) deal with negative aspects of the places they are about, but fans from those places tend to love them anyway.
  • Mis-blamed:
    • Jonas Akerlund, who directed the videos for "Pussy" and "Ich tu dir weh", has directed some pretty damn good music videos in his career, such as Metallica's videos for their covers of "Turn the Page" and "Whiskey in the Jar," as well as Prodigy's infamous "Smack My Bitch Up" video. However, some fans of the band just didn't feel either of those videos were up to the quality expected of Rammstein music videos and blamed him. Granted, there is the mitigating circumstance that neither "Pussy" or "Ich tu dir weh" were that widely distributed, relegated to being hosted on a porn site ("Pussy" for obvious reasons, "Ich tu dir weh" because of the indexing), but this isn't the point.
    • There were a fair number of people that blamed Rammstein (alongside Marilyn Manson and KMFDM) for the Columbine massacre due to the shooters being fans of the band.
  • Moment of Awesome: The videos for "Ich will" and "Sonne" are considered by many fans to be Rammstein's greatest videos.
  • Mondegreen:
    • "Links 2-3-4"'s title can be misheard as "Links to drive fear" in the song.
    • The less said about the opening line of "Seemann"note , the better. Before they were disabled, the YouTube comments on the video were full of people essentially going Heh Heh, You Said "X".
  • Narm Charm: The first 75% of the "Mein Land" video, which is basically the best video the Beach Boys never made, except it's set to Industrial Metal music.
  • Older Than They Think: Rammstein may be the very first name that comes to mind when you think of German metal music (and likely the only one when you hear of German Industrial Metal), but they actually took inspiration from Oomph!, a trio founded in 1989 and still active. The latter have the credit of establishing the Neue Deutsche Härte (or NDH) genre, but it was Rammstein's success that managed to popularize the genre worldwide, helping several lesser-known German metal bands, including Oomph! themselves.
  • Signature Song: "Du hast".
  • They Changed It, Now It Sucks!: Most of Rammstein's music videos had some sort of plot in the video. "Pussy" and "Ich tu dir weh"... did not. ("Pussy" was just gratuitous porn and "Ich tu dir weh" was a performance video.) They're already among the least liked videos. Hearing that the next video, "Haifisch", would go back to the normal formula had many fans breathing a sigh of relief.
  • The Woobie: One reason why Flake is a fan favorite. He gets put through so much both on stage and in the music videos, he is either The Chew Toy or the Woobie to fans.
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