- Anvilicious: The band were anything but subtle about the anti-abortion message in "White Robes".
- Broken Base:
- Dangerous And Moving/Lyudi Invalidy lost many fans since the musical style (and message) was very different and the girls were no longer supposedly lesbians. Many fans who could find one or two songs on that/those albums to appreciate were further displeased with Waste Management/Happy Smiles.
- Julia's solo career or Lena's? There's a lot of crossover fans, but also quite a few that will rabidly defend one and slam the other.
- Foe Yay: The song "Friend or Foe" is often used for Foe Yay fanvids.
- Germans Love David Hasselhoff: They have quite a large fanbase in USA, South America, and Japan.
- Harsher in Hindsight:
- Their early antics would now net some a jail sentence in Russia. Thanks, Putin.
- "Malchik Gay" especially is this after Julia said she'd condemn her son if he turned out gay.
- Much of the reality show, t.A.T.u. v Podnesbesnoy becomes this as Julia tells manager Ivan Shapovalov time and time again that being forced to scream was damaging her voice.
- Their last performance was in promotion of their first new song since Waste Management. They broke up days later.
- The 30 Minutes video became this after Julia converted to Islam, which is stereotypically associated with suicide bombings. The "Mama, Papa, forgive me" line is also very awkward after the 2017 Manchester Arena suicide attack, when the bomber phoned his mother to ask forgiveness shortly before the attack.
- Memetic Mutation:
- Every solo song by either of them is about the other girl according to the fan base, no exceptions. They're also still cast as lovers even though they haven't kissed in public in over 10 years, both are married to men with children, and they haven't even been close friends since 2010.
- Also, "Katya"note
- The band is this amongst the Fanvid community. "All The Things She Said" is especially (in)famous because for a long time it was used for virtually every Yuri Genre couple and Romantic Two-Girl Friendship.
- Misattributed Song: In addition to duo ТЕМА invoking this as mentioned on the main page (under The Mockbuster), debut song "Zavedi" by singer Marina Abrosimova, better known as MakSim, gets attributed to t.A.T.u. quite often due to stylistic similarities and being actually credited to t.A.T.u. on a compilation. For MakSim herself (who became a pop star in Russia in her own right), that song is a case of Early Installment Weirdness; since it was released in 2002, that might as well be done intentionally.
- Signature Song: "All the Things She Said" and "30 Minutes".
- Stuck in Their Shadow: Lena in a major way:
- Either a song would be split 50/50 on lead vocals or Julia would have all of them and Lena would be stuck doing backing vocalsnote . Even on Waste Management when Julia is audibly straining with some of her singing due to previous injuries.
- Julia was far more outgoing at early live shows, though after Lena had to perform some of their shows solo she gained more presence.
- Lena did basically take the lead for the entire reunion run though, as both a vocal tumor and botched repair surgery left Julia unable to sing louder than a whisper for a long time.
- Values Dissonance: The idea of underage girls being sexualised from their first albums, and the anti abortion messages from "White Robe" went down a lot worse in Western Europe and America than they did in Russia.
- WTH, Casting Agency?: Sure, they're almost uncontended for the title of biggest international success of a Russian pop act, but in an age of institutionalised homophobia in Russia, people were left wondering why on earth they performed at the Sochi Olympics.
YMMV / t.A.T.u.