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Name: Metalocalypse
Abbreviation(s): MTL, Metal
Creator: created by Brendon Small, Tommy Blancha
Date(s): 2006-2012 (main series), 2013 (The Doomstar Requiem), TBD (movie)
Medium: television
Country of Origin: USA
External Links: IMDB, wikipedia
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Metalocalypse is an American adult animated television series which ran from August 6, 2006 to July 15, 2012, followed by a musical one-hour special, Metalocalypse: The Doomstar Requiem, on October 27, 2013 on Cartoon Network's Adult Swim. The show centers on the death metal band Dethklok, with its dark humor aspects borrowed and inspired by heavy metal and music culture.

The music was written by guitarist/creator Brendon Small and several episodes featured prominent musicians, comedians, and other celebrities as guest stars. The show was cancelled in 2013. In 2021, Adult Swim announced a direct-to-video film has been greenlit.


The majority of the series was written by Brendon Small and Tommy Blancha. In addition to Small and Blancha, the majority series directors were Jon Schnepp and Chris Prynoski, with Mark Brooks joining in the third and fourth seasons.

The Doomstar Requiem (full title, Metalocalypse: The Doomstar Requiem - A Klok Opera) was a rock-opera written and directed by Small, Brooks, Brian Posehn and Janine DiTullio.



Concerts, Meetups and The Rusty Gear Convention

Through the years, fans of Metalocalypse have had the unique opportunity to see the "band" perform their music live. The real-life Dethklok counterpart is fronted by series creator Brendon Small and an ensemble of musicians performing unlit in front of a big-screen that showcases animation from and reminiscent of the show. These concerts serve as both a musical experience and a visual one: feature a story that plays out like an extended episode of the television show. Small often banters with the crowd, performing what are often city-specific gags in-character as Nathan Explosion, Pickles the Drummer, and Skwisgaar Skwigelf.

In June of 2012, fans of Metalocalypse and The Venture Brothers held a small convention for fans of both IPs in the city of Lynn near Boston, Massachusetts[1]. While event attendance wasn't as large as the organizers had hoped for, the convention was positively recieved and the events well-attended by those who did make it. [2]In the whole of the show's run, there existed no Metalocalypse-specific conventions, as the fandom itself is quite small, though unofficial meetups, cosplaying, and special screenings of the show often happened at anime, comic and science-fiction cons.

Fandom Topics and Discussion

  • Is the band of supernatural origin (commonly, are Dethklok gods/demons)?
  • What is the origin of The Tribunal and its leader, Mister Salacia?
  • Will the show get an ending? (to-be-answered with the announcement of the movie)
  • Is it Pickles or Seth who is the older brother?
  • Who is Skwisgaar's father?
  • What is the significance of Dethklok's animal totems and their images carved in stone as seen in "Dethcarraldo"?
  • Is Mister Salacia related to the band (commonly is he Nathan/Charles/etc. real father)?
  • What is Project Falconback? (may be revealed in the movie)


Due to its majority male cast, Metalocalypse fanfiction and fanworks are largely centered around slash pairings. Nearly all of Dethklok is fair-game to be paired with another member of the band, with Nickles (Nathan/Pickles) and SkwisTok (Skwisgaar/Toki) making up a large percentage of these due to relationships the canon material seems to support in some way.

Example Fanworks

Examples Wanted: Editors are encouraged to add more examples or a wider variety of examples.

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