- Anvilicious: Kilroy Was Here, especially the 'Caught in the Act' video. At least JY and the Pannozzos seem to be enjoying what they may have thought of as Ham and Cheese..
- Also, a lot of the songs on The Grand Illusion and Pieces of Eight.
- Face of the Band: Many, many fans believe that the band just isn't the same without Dennis DeYoung
- Glen Burtnik during Edge Of The Century. Just watch the video for "Love is the Ritual". The camera focuses on him more time than all of the other members combined.
- Germans Love David Hasselhoff: The band is particularly popular in Puerto Rico for some reason.
- Heartwarming Moments: The band's only US #1 single, "Babe", was originally written by Dennis DeYoung as a birthday present for his wife Suzanne. The band liked it and convinced Dennis to include it in the album Cornerstone.
- Hilarious in Hindsight: Just try listening to "Mr. Roboto" now, while disregarding the Bad Future rock opera's storyline, and considering the basic stifled-human-or-mindless-bot uncertainty it centers on. Then consider that, for all the singer's protests that they are human, the name revealed at the end became well-known as a graffiti tag, i.e. a generic alias. It's actually the perfect song for internet trolls!
- Memetic Mutation: DOMO ARIGATO, MR. ROBOTO. MATA AU HI MADE!
- Narm Charm: "Babe" is about as saccharine and soggy as a '70s soft rock song can sound, but damn if it's not still romantic as heck.
- Signature Song: Usually comes down to a four-way split between "Come Sail Away," "Renegade," "Mr. Roboto," and "Blue Collar Man."
- Tastes Like Diabetes: Cornerstone had "First Time", which the band (except for Dennis) considered even more saccharine than "Babe" (from the same album).
- Tear Jerker: "Show Me The Way" on the Return to Paradise tour. At the end, an image of drummer John Panozzo, who had just died, came up on the screen. The caption read: "John Panozzo—Rockin' in Paradise," followed by his birth and death years.
- "Babe" and "She Cares" can both be this, or Tears of Joy.
- "Dear John" is a tearful requiem for John Panozzo. The band put away their mutual animosity to record this song shortly after their drummer's death due to a sudden and unexpected heart attack.
- They Changed It, Now It Sucks!: Kilroy Was Here divided many fans, due to its more New Wave Music sound and to the point that said fans consider it a Creator Killer for them, though the lead single "Mr. Roboto" has a fair share of fans.
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