- Anvilicious: To the Faithful Departed was largely disowned by fans for this very reason due to the songwriting being generally considered weaker than the last two albums and because of its lyrics being very preachy in comparison. Not helped by the fact that Dolores O'Riordan had a Creator Breakdown during recording.
- Awesome Music:
- Contested Sequel: Any material after their first two albums falls into this trope.
- Chorus-Only Song: "Linger."
- Dork Age: To the Faithful Departed is this for a lot of fans due to its anvilicious nature. That said, that said album does have its fans, especially the well-regarded songs such as the punk-influenced "Salvation" and the doo-woppy ballad "When You're Gone".
- The Face Of The Band: Until her passing, Dolores was most certainly this.
- "Funny Aneurysm" Moment:
- Dolores comments that "It seems good people are always first to drop." in "I'm Still Remembering", mentioning John F. Kennedy a couple of lines later. Dolores herself passed away at the relatively young age of 46, the same age Kennedy was when he was assassinated.
- Her cameo in Click, performing "Linger" in the 2020s/2030s, considering her untimely death in 2018.
- Also, Dolores' relatively young age at death makes the very title of "Never Grow Old" an example.
- Germans Love David Hasselhoff: While they have had success in their native Ireland, the UK, continental Europe and North America, they are very popular in Asian countries. A 2018 BBC News article published after O'Riordan's death explained how the band's popularity had an impact on the continent, most notably Cantopop singer Faye Wong's cover of "Dreams" in Chungking Express and "Zombie" even being used as a teaching aid in some Singapore secondary schools, to educate students about the troubles in Northern Ireland.
- Genius Bonus: The only lyrical hint about "Zombie"'s meaning comes from the line "the same old theme since 1916," a profoundly important year in Irish history. Many critics have noted "Zombie" is unusual because pop songs rarely reference events from before the artists' lifetimes.
- Signature Song: Their three biggest hits; "Dreams", "Linger", and "Zombie".
- To the Faithful Departed: "Salvation" and "When You're Gone".
- Bury the Hatchet: "Promises" and "Just My Imagination", the latter due to the band's appearance in Charmed.
- Wake Up and Smell the Coffee: "Analyse"
- Some Anvils Need to Be Dropped: "Zombie", written about The Troubles, tells us "Stop your fighting to think about the children being hurt!"
- Song Association:
YMMV / The Cranberries