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The Villain Song

Villain Song

♪All good villains pride themselves♪
♪On rightly doing wrong♪
♪But one thing every bad guy needs♪
♪Is an awesome Villain SOOONG♪♪
~ The opening lyrics of the parody video "Bad Guy's Gonna Win".

A "Villain Song" is a musical number in a film or play that is sung by and/or about a major wrongdoer, typically the main antagonist. Usually, the song is quite about the evildoer's plans, personality, abilities and overall character, and often serves as an introduction to the villain; Villain Songs usually appear fairly early in the story, as opposed to, say, the climax.

It is rare for a film to contain more than one Villain Song, but it is indeed very possible, especially if there is more than one antagonist.

Villain Songs are most common in animated films, where they are often quite dark and frightening compared to the rest of the movie; many of the most famous Villain Songs are found in the films of the Disney Animated Canon, especially from the 1980's and onward. They are much less common in live-action movies, which rarely have musical numbers, but also appear frequently in stage musicals.

A variant is known as "The Villain Sucks Song", which is sung by another character (usually a hero, naturally) insulting the villain in question. Example: "Father Christmas" to Ebenezer Scrooge.

Another rarer variant is "The Villain's Lament", which is sung by the villain, usually regretting his or her actions. An example of this is "Reviewing the Situation".

List of Notable Villain Songs

Disney


Non-Disney Animation

  • Toxic Love - Hexxus, FernGully
  • Don't Make Me Laugh - Drake, The Pebble and the Penguin
  • In The Dark of the Night - Rasputin, Anastasia
  • The Money Cat - Meowrice, Gay Purr-ee
  • Top of the Woods - Boingo, Hoodwinked
  • My Name is Mok - Mok, Rock N' Rule
  • You're a Mean One, Mr. Grinch - Thurl Ravenscroft (for The Grinch), How the Grinch Stole Christmas!
  • Ruber - Baron Ruber, Quest for Camelot
  • Intelligence - Joe, Help, I'm a Fish!/A Fish Tale
  • Pretty Bird - Nigel, Rio
  • Let's Have a Battle (of the Bands) - The Dazzlings, My Little Pony Equestria Girls: Rainbow Rocks
  • This Day Aria - Queen Chrysalis, My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic
  • It Feels So Good to be Bad - Red and Carface, All Dogs Go to Heaven 2
  • No More Mr. Nice Guy - Rothbart, The Swan Princess
  • Money is Such a Beautiful Word - Pristine Figg and Lickboot, Tom and Jerry: The Movie
  • Blame Canada - Sheila Broflovski, The parents and the town of South Park, South Park: Bigger, Longer & Uncut
  • I Can Change - Saddam Hussein, South Park: Bigger, Longer & Uncut
  • Master of the Seas - Captain Gutt and his crew, Ice Age: Continental Drift
  • It's Good to Be Me - Farley, Charlotte's Web 2: Wilbur's Great Adventure
  • The Wickersham Brothers - The Wickersham Brothers, Horton Hears a Who!
  • Brains - Brain Eating Meteor, The Grim Adventures of Billy & Mandy
  • The Grand Design - Niju, Nava, and the wolves, Balto II: Wolf Quest
  • When You're Big - Hyp, Mutt, and Nod, The Land Before Time III: The Time of the Great Giving
  • I Go Looney - The Joker, Batman: The Killing Joke
  • The Real Ludmilla - Ludmilla, Bartok the Magnificent
  • We Hate the Sun - The Grand Duke of Owls and the owls, Rock-A-Doodle
  • Queen of Mean - Queen Gnorga and the trolls, A Troll in Central Park
  • Unleash the Magic - Principal Cinch, Crystal Prep Students, Twilight Sparkle, My Little Pony: Equestria Girls: Friendship Games
  • The King of Everything - Marvin McNasty, Pound Puppies & the Legend of Big Paw
  • Bad - Scowl the Owl, Happily Ever After
  • We're The Titans - Porphyrion, Crius, Tethys, Mnemosyne, Hera, Hercules & Xena - The Animated Movie: The Battle for Mount Olympus
  • Who Needs You? - Ichy and Dil, The Land Before Time IV: Journey through the Mists
  • Open Up Your Eyes - Tempest Shadow, My Little Pony: The Movie (2017)
  • Eggs - Ozzy and Strut, The Land Before Time II: The Great Valley Adventure
  • Up There - Satan, South Park: Bigger, Longer, and Uncut

Anime

Live-Action

Videogames

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