My Chemical Romance

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Name(s): My Chemical Romance (MCR, My Chem)
Scope/Focus: Core band in Bandom
Date(s): 2001-
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My Chemical Romance is a punk-rock band from New Jersey that is one of the most popular bands in Bandom, despite never being signed to Fueled by Ramen or Decaydance. The band broke up on March 22, 2013.

Band members Gerard Way (vocals), Mikey Way (bass), Frank Iero (rhythm guitar), and Ray Toro (lead guitar) are all featured prominently in fanfiction and other fanworks, as is ex-drummer Bob Bryar, who left the band in 2010, and Brian Schechter, the band's old tour manager.

Additionally, Matt Cortez, the band's guitar tech; Matt Pelissier, the band's original drummer from 2001-2004; and Alicia Simmons, Lyn-Z Ballato, and Jamia Nestor, wives of Mikey, Gerard, and Frank respectively, are also often featured, as are a variety of members of other Bandom bands. Matt Cortez also has filled in for Mikey Way, during part of their touring schedule after the release of The Black Parade, and Frank Iero. Other touring band members included Mike Pedicone (drums, 2010-2011), Jarrod Alexander (drums, 2011-present) and James Dewees (keyboards). Ray's wife is mentioned less often, probably because she has less of a public profile.


Related Bands

  • FBR/Decaydance bands
  • The Used
  • Mindless Self Indulgence

MCR and Fandom

Interview on fanfiction [1]



Frank/Gerard is the most popular pairing of MCR fandom. There was on-stage making out and mutual groping, causing people to tinhat them despite their wives. Ray/Bob, Frank/Bob, and Gerard/Mikey (a.k.a. Waycest) are also popular. Wives are also featured in canon het pairings or threesomes (or moresomes). There's also some GSF.

As well as these ships, Mikey is often shipped with Fall Out Boy bassist, Pete Wentz after a friendship made when touring in the 2005 Vans Warped Tour, now dubbed The Summer of Like.


Random AUs, Genderswap, "Ghost of You" WWII 'verse, "Danger Days" AUs. AUs involving coffee shops (where one half of a pairing is a barista or a pairing meets in a coffee shop) are also popular. High School AUs based on "I'm Not Okay" video and the band's descriptions of their own experiences of high school. After Gerard Way mentioned dressing in drag for a day at college cross-dressing fics have become very popular, as both a one-off and also as a lifestyle choice, usually for Gerard. There are a couple of werewolf/vampire/ghost/supernatural AUs, too.

Wank and Controversy

  • "Stage gay," people sending fanfic to them, writing about non-famous Wives, etc. Alicia, Lyn-Z and Jamia are all somewhat famous in their own right, but Christa isn't.
  • The fanfic interview, where Ray praises the fans' creativity and Mikey objects to the incest fic.

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