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  • Awesome Music: "Heathens", "Ode to Sleep", "Holding On To You","Tear In My Heart", "Heavydirtysoul", "Lane Boy", "Jumpsuit"... most Twenty One Pilots songs easily fall in this category.
  • Angst Aversion: Their heart-on-sleeve lyrics about depression and suicidal thoughts have made them extremely popular among people who suffer from those conditions but can make them difficult to appreciate for those who don't.
  • Broken Base:
    • The Reading Festival 2016 incident. During "Car Radio", Tyler attempted to crowdsurf out to a high platform in the middle of the audience, a stunt he had performed at countless previous shows. The attendees of the festival pulled Tyler in the crowd, tearing his shirt, stealing his mask and shoes, and delaying the set so long that they had to end it early. Much of the Clique reacted with horror, while other observers claimed that the whole thing was blown out of proportion and that Tyler should have had a better read on the crowd, as Reading is notoriously rowdy and many other performers have experienced similar abuse.note 
    • The band's cover of "Cancer" has sparked a little bit of Fandom Rivalry between TØP and MCR over whose version was better, what with how the cover took such a unique spin on the original's meaning. Some say that there was never a competition, and that each version is good in its own right.
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    • There's also the debate that rages on about whether the group should be considered a rock band. Though their songs have dominated the rock charts, almost none of them use actual guitars and often sound like they belong in entirely different genres.
  • Continuity Lock-Out: They've engaged in this as of late. Blurryface was already a little bit indulged in this trope—as Tyler only gave outright explanations for the namesake character in interviews, and the album's concept was only readily accessible after a bit of digging—but Trench kicks this Up to Eleven. The Alternate Reality Game used to promote the album is directly intertwined with the album's lyrics, song titles, and visuals, not to mention how Blurryface likely ties into the narrative as well. If you never checked out the information on the "dmaorg" site, a lot of stuff will be incomprehensible to you.
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  • Ear Worm: Most of their songs.
  • Ending Fatigue: "Lane Boy" appears to end with another 30 seconds to spare when another drum solo kicks in. The music video notably eschews this outro entirely.
  • Epileptic Trees:
    • Speculation on exactly who/what Blurryface was and how he was manifesting in the album were rampant in the lead-up to its release.
    • The Clique loves to pick apart every detail of stage presentation and social media for hints regarding future projects. Just one example: Before playing a show at the 2016 March Madness Music Festival, Blurryface tweeted about wearing blue, calling it "a sign of defeat." For the performance, Tyler wore a blue jumpsuit, the only time after the release of Blurryface that he used that color on-stage. Fans speculated over what that tweet meant for months, but it was never explained or mentioned again.
  • Everyone Is Jesus in Purgatory:
    • The band has gotten hit with this hard due to their music being interpreted as Christian (although Christian themes are present due to Tyler's faith's influence on him, they're implicit at best), especially with Blurryface and Trench.
    • "Car Radio" is about the positive and negative aspects of distracting oneself from introspection or depression. It also is not just a metaphor — Tyler really did have his car radio stolen, and the quiet of his commute made him have to be alone with his thoughts much more than when he had music to listen to.
  • Fandom-Enraging Misconception: The Clique is very adamant about the correct spelling of the band name: it's "Twenty One Pilots", not "21 Pilots".
  • Friendly Fandoms:
    • With Fall Out Boy and Panic! at the Disco, mostly because a lot of their fans found them when they opened for the two bands on the Save Rock and Roll Tour.
    • Also with Paramore due to them being labelmates and good friends.
    • There was a lot of early crossover between their and Halsey's fandom due in part to her and Josh's friendship.
  • Growing the Beard: After being the object of a lot of critical scorn from certain corners of the music community, Trench was met with almost universal praise for its more ambitious production and storytelling. Many reviewers, including Anthony Fantano, expressed outright shock for how much they enjoyed the album after outright disdaining most of the band's previous work.
  • Hilarious in Hindsight: Tyler claims in "Fairly Local" that "this song will never be on the radio." Though it wasn't a radio single, the track was still played on the radio a number of times after it was used to announce the upcoming release of Blurryface. note 
  • Ho Yay: There's a lot of this between Tyler and Josh, and it's whole-heartedly supported by the Clique.
    Josh: There's a lot of fanfiction that's super weird... it's more like fan-nonfiction. Stuff like Tyler and I buying matching Lamborghinis and driving really fast, working out together, stuff like that.
    Tyler: Yeah, that's the G-rated version.
    • From the same interview:
    Interviewer: Favorite pre-show ritual?
    Josh: Naps.
    Tyler: Together.
  • Hype Backlash: At the height of the song's popularity, a number of long-time fans expressed resentment toward "Stressed Out" for overshadowing the band's earlier work and bringing in new fans who were only familiar with the band's biggest hit. This feeling in turn caused some degree of Creator Backlash from Tyler; he once performed the song with alternate lyrics criticizing its overplayed status when he felt that fans at their concerts showed markedly less enthusiasm toward "Stressed Out" than the rest of the setlist.
  • Magnum Opus Dissonance: "Ode to Sleep" and "The Judge" are non-singles that both Tyler and Josh regularly say are their favorite tracks to play live. Tyler has also often claimed that the lyrics of "Taxi Cab" are some of his personal favorites, even though the band did not play the track live for years prior to its return in 2018.
  • Memetic Mutation:
    • From "Tear in My Heart": "My taste in music is your FACE!"
    • Sarcastically treating "TB Saga" one of the band's most emotional songs or, alternatively, expressing bemusement at how it could have been written by the same person that wrote said emotional songs.
    • The Clique adopted Tyler's "It's possible... but is it plausible?" line from the "Heavydirtysoul" behind-the-scenes video pretty quickly.
    • "What's a Blurryface?"Explanation 
    • Tyler's excessive clinginess over Josh.
    • "Excuse me, could you please leave?"
    • Exploiting lyrics for sounding weird out of context. A few examples:
      • "Slowtown": "I put my socks on my feet."
      • "Holding On To You": "The windowsill looks really nice, right?"
      • "Isle of Flightless Birds": "Giving birth and stuff"
      • "The Pantaloon": "Your grandpa died."
  • Mondegreen:
    • In "Polarize", some people cannot unhear the title as "bowl of rice".
    • The reversed audio in "Nico and the Niners" was interpreted early on by some to sound like "So keep Ned by you" or "So deep, Ned Bayou". "Ned" later became a full-fledged character, and a Columbus pop-up store to promote the band would later be named Ned's Bayou.
  • Most Wonderful Sound:
    • The opening riffs of "Holding On To You", "Guns For Hands", and "Trees".
    • Try not to yell "SWAT!" when listening to "Holding On To You". It's physically difficult.
    • From every show: Tyler yelling "Give it up for Josh Dun on the drums!" and subsequent pounding percussion.
    • Tyler's Signing-Off Catchphrase: "We are Twenty One Pilots, and so are you!"
  • Narm / Narm Charm: With the band members being who they are, it's no surprise that the band can occasionally come off as pretty goofy. Their combined self-awareness and sincerity usually leads to this coming off as more endearing than anything.
    • Some of Tyler's "woahs", in "Fairly Local" and "Ride" in particular, are pretty silly, but they're also fun and work into the Lyrical Dissonance.
    • Tyler and the hazmat suits' dance moves in the "Lane Boy" music video.
    • Tyler and Josh riding tricycles and sipping Capri Sun on the curb in the video for "Stressed Out". It's intentionally and undeniably ridiculous.
    • Some of Tyler's vocals, especially in early songs, can reach pretty high levels of angsty whine. The opening of "A Car, A Torch, A Death" in particular stands out.
    • The bit of Suddenly SHOUTING! in "House of Gold".
    • The video for "Car Radio" features Tyler shaving his head alone in a bathroom, evidently in an expression of profound sadness. This serious tone is broken a bit when he starts singing into the electric razor like a microphone, though Tyler's performance reigns this in somewhat.
  • Portmanteau Couple Name:
    • "Jyler" for Tyler and his wife, Jenna.
    • "Jebby" for Josh and his fiancée Debby.
    • Tyler and Josh are "Joshler."
  • Sequel Displacement: Vessel was the band's first studio album, but is often incorrectly described as the band's debut by some media. Many fans don't know about the first two independent albums, which was not helped by the pulling of Regional At Best from distribution. Further confusing things is Tyler's inconsistent counting of the independent albums himself- he often refers to the self-titled record as "more of a mixtape" and acts as though Regional At Best doesn't exist.
  • Signature Song: "Stressed Out" is their most widely known song, though "Heathens" and "Ride" are close runner-ups.
  • Snark Bait: The duo is this in the eyes of many music critics, particularly those on websites like RateYourMusic, who have a noticeable disdain for everything from their scattershot style and lyrical content to their extensive use of backing tracks in live shows. This treatment contrasts drastically with the overwhelmingly positive reception received from the general populace and their diehard fans. Of course, that's the critical audience's general reaction to most popular music.
  • Some Anvils Need to Be Dropped: "Stay alive" is their slogan for a reason. Pretty much their entire body of work is dedicated to relating to and comforting people with suicidal depression.
  • Suspiciously Similar Song:
    • Several have drawn ties between "Car Radio" and Homestuck's "Sburban Jungle".
    • When sinning the "Heavydirtysoul" video, Jeremy Scott of Music Video Sins noted how similar the song sounded to The Prodigy's "Firestarter".
  • What Do You Mean, It's Not Symbolic?: Invoked with the band's logo of all things. Tyler has said that there is no deeper meaning for the |-/ shape, only that it represents the band. In other words, it was made for the purpose of... having a purpose.

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