Involuntary Dance
People are made to dance via magic, phlebotinum, etc.
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When people cannot stop dancing because they are either People Puppets or under Mind Control. The villain may make the victims dance for the following purposes:

  1. Incapacitation. The dance hinders their action or renders them helpless.
  2. Playing with Puppets / Hypno Fool. Most dances are impractical, therefore their movements look foolish.
  3. Torture. Dances are exhausting.
  4. For the art. Dances are visually appealing.

Mind Control Music often, and The Music Meister always causes this trope.

Note that a series of reflex jumps doesn't count as dancing.


Examples:

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[[folder:Anime and Manga]]
  • Code Geass: One of the bizarre tasks Lelouch compels some drug dealers to do for his Playing with Puppets moment.
  • tsuritama: Humans under the influence of the aliens' Mind-Control Device. This can result in Adult Fear, such as losing control of their boats and accidentally launching missiles from a battleship.
  • The Para Para Brothers from Dragon Ball GT use a stereo to cause their opponents to uncontrollably mimic their dancing, leaving them open to attack.
  • Fushigiboshi no Futago Hime: Fine or Rein presses one of the three buttons on the Feather Myuugram to make it play music. Anyone standing in front of the Myuugram will be forced to dance depending on the music the Myuugram plays.
  • Ranma ½: The anime-only twins Ling-Ling & Lung-Lung's most powerful move. The twins play the Theme Tune which causes the opponent to dance uncontrollably, and while they dance Ling-Ling & Lung-Lung use the flamethrower to burn the opponent.
  • Seto no Hanayome: To stop the fight between the two Yakuza groups, the mermaids Sun & Lunar sing a song that causes everyone to dance uncontrollably. For 50 solid hours.
  • Shugo Chara!: Dancing Dream uses Hypno Ray to organize a group of sleeping Dance Battlers.
  • Rave Master: The villain's girlfriend asks for a certain music to be played that makes all the males dance so that she can fight with Elie uninterrupted.
  • Jewelpet Twinkle☆: "Tinkle Tinkle Sanbala" is a magic spell that lets everyone dance samba.
  • Demashita! Powerpuff Girls Z: A Saturday Night Fever-esque monster uses Hypno Ray to cause people in the dance hall to dance in sync with him.
  • Stitch!: Experiment 258 has gained this ability. Also, after the failure of the week, Delia punishes Hämsterviel by hanging him with thread and forcing him to dance.
  • Zatch Bell!: Yopopo can cause the opponent to mimic his dancing by using his spell, Shin Yopopoi Topopoi Supopopoi.
  • Flint The Time Detective: Hanihani is a clay doll creature with this ability.
  • Zettai Muteki Raijin-Oh: There is a Monster of the Week which affects people and the Humongous Mecha alike.
  • Mermaid Melody Pichi Pichi Pitch: Lanhua's song.
  • One Piece: Brook seems to have gained this ability. He caused the Bobardment Squad of the New Fishman Pirates to dance around as if they were at a festival.
  • Princess Tutu: Drosselmeyer's Author Powers are most apparent when Tutu ascends to the author's universe and ends up becoming a marionette which dances ballet at his will.
  • Ah! My Goddess: Mara's Weaksauce Weakness is rock music, which causes the demoness to dance uncontrollably.
  • Pokémon: Teeter Dance, which in the games just confuses the target, consistently has this effect except in "Pikachu's Big Sparking Search".
  • Mahoujin Guru Guru has items and spells which have this power.
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[[folder:Comic Books]]
  • In the first issue of Brit, the villain Master Mind takes control of hundreds of people on a stretch of highway and forces them to dance.
  • Zita The Spacegirl: Piper's eponymous flute can make listeners dance themselves unconscious.
  • Super-Hip (DC Comics) magically acquires an electric guitar which causes whoever hears it to dance uncontrollably whenever he plays rock and roll.
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[[folder:Film]]
  • In Beetlejuice, the Maitlands try to scare off the Deetzes and their dinner guests by possessing them and forcing them to dance and lip-sync to "Day-O".
  • The Mask. The title character sings the "Cuban Pete" song and everyone (except for Lieutenant Kellaway) starts dancing.
  • In Jimmy Neutron Boy Genius, the aliens make the kids' parents dance (badly) via mind control devices.
  • The main characters in A Simple Wish are forced to dance by the villain.
  • Legend. While Lily is trapped in Darkness' lair, he sends a dancing mannequin in a black dress to seduce her. The mannequin Mind Controls her into dancing with it, eventually transforming her with an Evil Costume Switch/Evil Makeover.
  • The Lair of the White Worm. Lady Sylvia Marsh is the vampire priestess of the title monster. When she hears a particular kind of music she starts dancing (a reference to how snakes are supposed to be charmed by music).
  • Robots: Robin William's character Fender uses a dance as his special "attack sequence", which causes the evil robots to join in.
  • Toy Story 3: Jessie has the Spanish version of the Theme Tune played, so that Buzz's Spanish personality movement shows up and starts dancing paso doble with her.
    Buzz: I don't know what came over me.
  • Ella Enchanted: Ella is "blessed" with the gift of obedience. Because of this, in the film version of the story, she is compelled to sing and dance for the entertainment of some giants after some of them yell out for her to do so.
  • It happens to Pinocchio in the movie Pinocchio and the Emperor of the Night, an unofficial sequal to the Disney movie. The circus puppet-master, Puppetino, plays an organ grinder that make Pinocchio dance and turn back into a puppet.
  • In Disney's Aladdin, Jasmine is forced to dance by Jafar after he has acquired all his power from stealing the Genie.
  • Shrek Forever After: Pied Piper's flute has a dial that can be set to any known creature and makes them dance uncontrollably when he plays.
  • Hocus Pocus: The party-goers are cursed to dance until they die.
  • In A Simple Wish, Claudia uses her magic to force Anabel and Murray to dance.
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[[folder:Literature]]
  • Hans Christian Andersen's fairy tale "The Red Shoes", where a girl is punished for her vain pride over her beautiful shoes by having the shoes force her to dance uncontrollably.
  • The Brothers Grimm's tale "The Jew Among Thorns" includes a fiddle which compels people to dance when they hear it played.
  • Harry Potter: The Dancing Feet Spell (Tarantallegra).
  • In a Homer Price short story everyone in town gets infected with a patter song-and-dance and has to start singing & dancing it. Homer realies the only cure is another song - one by Mark Twain ("Punch Brothers, Punch!"), which one forgets as soon as one tells it to someone else.
  • Happens to someone in Roger Zelazny's Manna from Heaven.
  • Happens in the Jiggy McCue series.
  • The end of Nikolai Gogol's "The Lost Letter": the only thing that remains following his ordeal is the fact that once a year, on the date he met the group of demons, his wife has an uncontrollable urge to dance and does, with no way of stopping her.
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[[folder:Music]]
  • Do It Again by The Chemical Brothers: Two brothers use the hypnotic music to help them acquire money from a bank.
  • You're Gonna Go Far, Kid by The Offspring: A plant goddess gives the peasant a magical guitar, with which he causes a scarecrow and townsfolk to start dancing uncontrollably. When he becomes selfish, the plant goddess punishes him by first forcing him to dance alone to the music, then dragging him into the ground through a whirlpool.
  • Where Them Girls At by David Guetta: The video shows giant bubbles which contain the song's beats, drifting across the streets of Los Angeles. When people burst the bubbles, they start dancing uncontrollably.
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[[folder:Mythology/Folklore]]
  • Norwegian elves can teach to a fiddler the Elf-king's tune, which can make old and young, and even inanimate objects, dance. It cannot be stopped unless the player plays the tune backwards, or that someone comes behind him and cuts the strings of his fiddle.
  • The Strömkarl has eleven different measures, to ten of which alone people may dance; the eleventh belongs to the night spirit his host. If any one plays it, tables and benches, cans and cups, old men and women, blind and lame, even the children in the cradle, begin to dance.
  • In Ireland, it was believed that fairy changelings often produced a set of small bagpipes from under the clothes and played dance music upon them, till the inmates of the cottage dropped with exhaustion from the effects of the step dancing they were compelled to engage in.
  • In "Kate Crackernuts", Kate discovers that the sick prince is being forced by The Fair Folk to ride to their hill and dance to exhaustion every night; she rescues him.
  • The Fair Folk's dances are very, very, very dangerous. Mortals who see them are often caught up in the dancing and are unable to stop. The lucky ones don't crumble into dust when it finally ends. One folk explanation of tuberculous was that its victims were forced to dance every night at the fairy hills, and wasted away for the lack of sleep.
  • In the Swedish legend of the Hårgadance a mysterious fiddler turned up one day in the village of Hårga during a celebration and started playing a song on his violin that made everyone dance enthusiastically. Too late, the people realized that the man, who they now saw had a goat's leg, was the Devil himself. They were unable to stop dancing and kept doing so while the fiddler led them up the nearby Hårgamountain. There, he kept playing until everyone had been killed and their bodies torn to bits by the intense dancing. The top of Hårgamountain is still flat to this day because of the wild dance.
  • Sir Thomas Wallace of Craigie and Walter Whiteford come across a house in which the wife is brewing ale. The wife serves Sir Thomas a drink, however she is terrified of the Laird who looks like the Devil and refuses him entry. The Laird responds by taking a "pin" and reciting a charm he placed it above the doorway, resulting in a spell that forced the wife to dance and sing uncontrollably. The workers return from the fields and they too are in turn bewitched as they pass under the "pin", until the Laird removes it and is invited to drink by the relieved householders.
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[[folder:Tabletop Games]]
  • Dungeons & Dragons
    • "Otto's Irresistible Dance" spell.
    • Grigs can play a tune on their fiddles that causes other creatures to dance uncontrollably.
    • Each week the korred have a holiday where they dance and play music. Anyone who interrupts the dance must start dancing themselves, losing 1-4 Hit Points per minute until they die, are restrained or the korred leave the area.
  • The Masque of Slaanesh in Warhammer/40k is a daemonette of Slaanesh who angered her master and was cursed to dance for all eternity. Anybody who sees her dancing is forced to dance along, even to the point of dying from exhaustion.
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[[folder:Theater]]
  • In The Magic Flute, Papageno's magic bells cause Monostatos and his servants to stop attempting to capture Papageno and Pamina and start dancing.
  • Giselle: A girl who is jilted and dies before her wedding night is turned into a wili and seeks revenge upon men by dancing them to death.
  • Some musical adaptations of The Wizard of Oz contain the song "The Jitterbug", during which The Jitterbug puts a magical influence on the characters, forcing them to dance the Jitterbug frenetically.
  • Hunter × Hunter: In both musicals, Hisoka uses his Bungee Gum strings to make the characters dance.
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[[folder:Video Games]]
  • Space Channel 5: The whole plot is about the villains getting people into and Ulala rescuing them from this trope.
  • Klonoa Beach Volleyball: Joka's Special Attack, Chaotic Dance; after he hits the ball, Joka's opponents will suddenly start dancing, and eventually trip.
  • Puyo Puyo: Panotti's flute.
  • Dragon Quest series has an ability called Entice Dance / Lure Dance / Sultry Dance that causes the target to uncontrollably break out into a jig. Play VIII and Monsters: Joker (or newer) to see how it works.
  • Darkstalkers: Lilith's Super Move, Gloomy Puppet Show; Lilith tosses a top hat at her foe, if it contacts them, they find themselves on a platform, dancing helplessly as Lilith's player taps buttons.
  • Lost Saga: Capoeira's "Atabeque" makes your opponent dance towards you.
  • League of Legends: Sona's ultimate is a wave of sound that causes targets to dance uncontrollably.
  • Ratchet & Clank: A floating disco ball that causes every enemy on-screen to dance uncontrollably is a standard weapon.
  • Final Fantasy X-2: Yuna takes back her Garment Grid. However, as the Grid has recorded the emotions of the previous user, she finds herself dancing uncontrollably, and overcome by someone else's excitement.
  • Evil Genius: Eli Barracuda plays a boombox with hypnotic suggestion that causes people around him to uncontrollably break out into dance.
  • The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim: "The Dancer's flute" is said to have this power.
  • Mega Man Star Force: Cygnus Wing attacks the Amaken Science Centre causing people to dance uncontrollably in the Space Simulation, with the limited oxygen supply in the space suits threatening the lives of his victims.
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[[folder:Western Animation]]
  • The Penguins of Madagascar: When King Julien's "groove" is magically transferred to Skipper, he starts dancing uncontrollably. Later he becomes a Dance Battler.
  • The Simpsons
    • Duffless: In a Dream Sequence Bart wins first prize at a Science Fair with a Go-Go Ray which makes people dance.
    • The Debarted: Bart puts pieces of metal in Principal Skinner's shoes, then uses magnets under the school stage to make him move & dance around.
    • Last Tap Dance in Springfield: Professor Frink puts a clap-activated device in Lisa's dancing shoes to give her dancing skills. But when the audience at her dance recital applauds her dancing she dances more, and they applaud more, and she dances more-more, and they applaud more-more, etc.
  • On the Classic Disney Short "Trick or Treat", a witch casts a spell on Donald Duck after he swallows the key to the pantry where he hid all the Halloween candy. The spell made his feet dance and kick in an attempt to remove the key, while the witch accompanied on the banjo.
  • Kim Possible has an episode where she and Ron end up hypnotised and end up being ordered to dance by Señor Senior Junior.
  • In the Porky Pig Looney Tunes short The Wearing of the Grin, Porky is forced to put on some green shoes which make him dance through a nightmare landscape.
  • My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic: The Cutie Pox is an illness which causes random cutie marks to appear all over the ponies' bodies, forcing them to continually perform the talents that came with them. One of the marks which afflicted Apple Bloom is a red shoe (representing tap dancing), a Shout-Out to "The Red Shoes."
  • Pinky and the Brain: When a triggering noise was heard by one of the titular characters, they would go into an uncontrollable dance ("I'm a little teapot" for Brain when he heard a tinkly bell, and a stereotypical Russian Squat-dance for Pinky when he heard a gong).
  • The Adventures of Super Mario Bros. 3: The Doom Dancer Music Box made anyone who could hear it dance uncontrollably. This became a plot point as Koopa, who had a cold, couldn't hear it and thus wasn't affected when Bully tried it on him.
  • The Smurfs has a magic flute and Smurfette's dancing shoes.
  • Darkwing Duck: Comet Guy has a Weaksauce Weakness: the sound of a bell makes him dance, and he cannot stop dancing until he hears a whistle.
  • Phineas and Ferb: In "Out of Toon", Doofenshmirtz attempted to create a ray that would dry his clothes after his dryer broke, but instead made one that made anything hit with it dance.
  • Motorcity: This is one of the first things Tooley does with the people wearing Kane Safety Suits. Later, this happens to him when he's in a suit that was hacked by the Burners.
  • George of the Jungle (the 2008 series): Every time Ape hears the sound of Mitch's bongos, he dances uncontrollably which results in mass insanity and the destruction of their Tree House.
  • An episode of Make Way For Noddy has Sly and Gobbo sell the inhabitants of Toyland a dust which everyone puts on their feet that makes them dance whenever Sly and Gobbo play music from a box. This allows them to commit crimes in Toyland while everyone is dancing.
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[[folder:Real Life]]
  • This is actually a real phenomenon.
  • This suggestion is common in stage hypnosis.
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