Created By: 313Bluestreak on November 28, 2013 Last Edited By: 313Bluestreak on January 25, 2014
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The Hero Sucks Song

A song that insults the hero.

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"Shelton, Shelton's a little bitch!"
Chris Jericho, Monday Night Raw

The opposite of "The Villain Sucks" Song where a song describes how horrible the villain is. This trope is about a song that insults a hero. One way to show how cruel and vile a villain can be is singing a song to demoralize a hero, even so demoralizing that the hero will either suffer a Heroic B.S.O.D. or it may be a way for the hero to unleash his righteous indignation against the villain.

This can also include Jerkasses and bullying characters singing nasty and hurtful songs to good-natured characters, especially if it happens in high school (expect cheerleaders to engage in songs like this.) The song can involve the villain ranting about the hero always stopping them from taking over the world or complaining about their justice and moral character.

Can overlap with Villain Song if it's the villain who boasts about being better than the hero. Compare "The Reason You Suck" Speech. May also be sung by neutral characters about a Hero with Bad Publicity.

Examples:

Films - Animation
  • Jafar from Aladdin loves singing these. Towards the end of the original Aladdin movie, he sang a short song to the tune of "Prince Ali" while revealing to Princess Jasmine that Prince Ali is really Aladdin in disguise. In The Return of Jafar, he sang, "You're Only Second Rate" to show how inferior Genie's magic is compared to his.
  • "Kill The Beast", The Mob Song from Beauty and the Beast, is sung by the village mob and Gaston about how scary and mean the Beast is.
  • The Lion King II has Kovu "booed" off of Pride Rock as all of the animals sing "One of Us"; the song denotes that he has been banished. The entire song is practically a lyrification of "The Reason You Suck" Speech, as it would relate to Kovu, even though its entire premise is based on an erroneous assumption. This is because Simba believes that Kovu attempted to ambush him while the two had a friendly chat on a trek through the jungle.

Films - Live Action
  • Played with in Cinderella. The two stepsisters have a whole song where they criticize Cinderella...but they don't realize it's her they're singing about; they think they're just singing about a random princess.
  • "Scotty Doesn't Know" from Euro Trip. It was the film's main theme song which cruelly deals with the affair Fiona was having with the singer, Donny, while she was with Scott. Scott eventually thinks song was pretty catchy and starts to enjoy it.
  • Monty Python and the Holy Grail, where Sir Robin's wandering minstrels - who are supposed to be on his team - aren't exactly rushing to sing the praises of their courtly knight...
    Bravely bold Sir Robin, rode forth from Camelot,
    He was not afraid to die, Oh Brave Sir Robin;
    He was not at all afraid to be killed in nasty ways;
    Brave, brave, brave, brave Sir Robin!

    He was not in the least bit scared to be mashed into a pulp,
    Or to have his eyes gouged out, and his elbows broken;
    To have his kneecaps split, and his body burned away,
    And his limbs all hacked and mangled, brave Sir Robin!

    His head smashed in, and his heart cut out,
    And his liver removed, and his bowels unplugged,
    And his nostrils raped, and his bottom burned off,
    And his penis split ... and his ...

    Brave Sir Robin ran away.
    Bravely ran away, away.
    When danger reared its ugly head,
    He bravely turned his tail and fled,
    Yes, Brave Sir Robin turned about,
    And gallantly he chickened out!
    Bravely taking to his feet,
    He beat a very brave retreat,
    Bravest of the brave; Sir Robin!

Literature
  • In Charlie and the Great Glass Elevator the Vice-President of the US, who was the President's nanny when he was growing up, sings insulting songs about him. He likes them.
  • In Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix, the Slytherins make up a song taunting new Qudditch player Ron, mocking his frequent goofs:
    Weasley cannot save a thing,
    He cannot block a single ring,
    That's why Slytherins all sing:
    Weasley is our King.
    • Later given an Ironic Echo when Ron leads Gryffendor to beating Slytherin.
  • The entire point of Lokasenna, where Loki taunts and insults all the other Aesir.

Music

Professional Wrestling
  • The page quote refers to a song called Shelton Benjamin Sucks, which Chris Jericho came up with after tracing the root to his perceived asoflate slump to Shelton beating him for the intercontinental title. But, as you call tell, a lot of thought was not put into the lyrics.
  • In a backstage segment, The Prime Time Players made a song mocking Ezekiel Jackson before their tag team match against him and Yoshi Tatsu:
    Big Zeke ain't got no cuts
    Big Zeke ain't got no cuts
    He big, he strong,
    but he ain't got no cuts!

Video Games
  • In No More Heroes 2: Desperate Struggle, rank #4 assassin, Margaret Moonlight, spends her entire boss fight singing an incredibly catchy song whit parts insulting our "hero", Travis Touchdown:
    Thigh-high socks are my absolute territory
    Go on and drool; the otaku cannot resist
    You think the fire in your eyes makes you a tiger in disguise?
    Dream on, you goddamn pussy.

Visual Novels
  • "Turnabout Reclaimed", the DLC-case of Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney Dual Destinies, features a witness who is fond of rapping. Phoenix eventually has him so backed into a corner that said witness decides to deliver a testimony by way of rap. The name of the testimony? "The Dissin' of Phoenix Wright".

Western Animation
  • Animaniacs: The "Frontier Slappy" episode has this happen to Daniel Boone, as he repeatedly tries (and fails) to chop down Slappy's tree to make a door. The song gradually changes from praising Daniel, to insulting him, 'til he's finally had enough and fires the chorus!
    Chorus: "Daniel Boone was a great big jerk...
    "Yeeesss, a stupid JEEERRRK!
  • In the Musical Episode of Batman: The Brave and the Bold, the villains (and some of the heroes) sing a song called "Drives Us Bats", venting their frustration about how Batman is always showing them up.
  • The South Park episode "Asspen" has Dash's "Stan Darsh" song.
  • In the SpongeBob SquarePants episode "Dunces and Dragons", Squidly, the royal fool, sings a song to King Krabs to make up for making a bad joke (SpongeBob and Patrick had joined along the singing), but the song was insulting that King Krabs had ordered Squidly, SpongeBob, and Patrick to be executed.
    Oh, hear me king, for I must sing,
    how you are the greatest at everything,
    like letting a dragon burn down our city,
    a horrible sight that wasn't pretty,
    'twas all your fault and 'tis a pity.
    You were bad, you are to blame,
    now hang your kingly head in shame,
    la, la, la, la, la, la, la, la, la, la, la, la, la, la, la, la.
    The king is bad, the king's to blame,
    he hangs his kingly head in shame,
    la, la, la, la, la, la, la, la, la, la, la, la, la, la, la, la!
  • Thomas the Tank Engine:
    • In "Special Funnel", Peter Sam is the butt of the other engines' jokes due to his funnel being wobbly, and after said funnel was knocked off by an icicle while he was passing by a tunnel, Sir Handel sings about Peter Sam's funnel, much to the amusement to the other engines.
      "Peter Sam's said again and again
      his new funnel will put ours to shame
      He went into the tunnel
      lost his old funnel.
      Now his famous new funnel's a drain!"
    • In the episode "Toad Stands By", the troublesome trucks sing "Pop Goes Ol' Ollie" to Oliver as ridicule for him falling into the turntable well in "Oliver Owns Up".
      "Oliver's no use at all;
      Thinks he's very clever.
      Says that he could manage us;
      That's the best joke ever!
      When he orders us about,
      With the greatest folly,
      We've just pushed him down the well!
      Pop Goes Ol' Ollie!"

Community Feedback Replies: 22
  • November 28, 2013
    FlyingDuckManGenesis
    • Jafar from Aladdin loves singing these. Towards the end of the original Aladdin movie, he sang a short song to the tune of "Prince Ali" while revealing to Princess Jasmine that Prince Ali is really Aladdin in disguise. In The Return of Jafar, he sang, "You're Only Second Rate" to show how inferior Genie's magic is compared to his.
  • November 28, 2013
    AgProv
    Film:
    • Monty Python and the Holy Grail, where Sir Robin's wandering minstrels - who are supposed to be on his team - aren't exactly rushing to sing the praises of their courtly knight...

      Bravely bold Sir Robin, rode forth from Camelot,
      He was not afraid to die, Oh Brave Sir Robin;
      He was not at all afraid to be killed in nasty ways;
      Brave, brave, brave, brave Sir Robin!

      He was not in the least bit scared to be mashed into a pulp,
      Or to have his eyes gouged out, and his elbows broken;
      To have his kneecaps split, and his body burned away,
      And his limbs all hacked and mangled, brave Sir Robin!

      His head smashed in, and his heart cut out,
      And his liver removed, and his bowels unplugged,
      And his nostrils raped, and his bottom burned off,
      And his penis split ... and his ...

      Brave Sir Robin ran away.
      Bravely ran away, away.
      When danger reared its ugly head,
      He bravely turned his tail and fled,
      Yes, Brave Sir Robin turned about,
      And gallantly he chickened out!
      Bravely taking to his feet,
      He beat a very brave retreat,
      Bravest of the brave; Sir Robin!
  • November 28, 2013
    Snicka
    "Kill The Beast" / The Mob Song from Beauty And The Beast is sung by the villains about how scary and mean the Beast is.
  • November 28, 2013
    Cider
    Page quote!

    "Shelton, Shelton's a little bitch!"
    —Christ Jericho, Monday Night Raw
  • November 28, 2013
    DAN004
  • November 29, 2013
    Snicka
    May also be sung by neutral characters about a Hero With Bad Publicity. (For example, in the Beauty And The Beast example, the village mob joins Gaston because they genuinely believe the Beast is dangerous.)
  • November 29, 2013
    kjnoren
    The entire point of Lokasenna, where Loki taunts and insults all the other Aesir.
  • November 29, 2013
    ButNotLeast
    Would The Mariachi in Rango count?
  • November 29, 2013
    IndirectActiveTransport
    "Ahem!"

    • The page quote refers to a song called Shelton Benjamin Sucks, which Chris Jericho came up with after tracing the root to his perceived asoflate slump to Shelton beating him for the intercontinental title. But, as you call tell, a lot of thought was not put into the lyrics.
  • November 29, 2013
    randomsurfer
    ^"Asoflate"???

    • Harry Potter And The Order Of The Phoenix the Slytherins make up a song taunting new Qudditch player Ron, mocking his frequent goofs:
      Weasley cannot save a thing,
      He cannot block a single ring,
      That's why Slytherins all sing:
      Weasley is our King.
    Later given an Ironic Echo when Ron leads Gryffendor to beating Slytherin.
  • December 7, 2013
    abateman
    "Scotty Doesn't Know" from Euro Trip
  • December 8, 2013
    Brainhook
    A video game example: In No More Heroes 2 rank #4 assassin, Margaret Moonlight, spends her entire boss fight singing an incredibly catchy song whit parts insulting our "hero", Travis Touchdown.

    Thigh-high socks are my absolute territory

    Go on and drool; the otaku cannot resist

    You think the fire in your eyes makes you a tiger in disguise?

    Dream on, you goddamn pussy
  • December 19, 2013
    Sibuna
    • Played with in Cinderella. The two stepsisters have a whole song where they criticize Cinderella...but they don't realize it's her they're singing about; they think they're just singing about a random princess.
  • December 24, 2013
    randomsurfer
    In Charlie And The Great Glass Elevator the Vice-President of the US, who was the President's nanny when he was growing up, sings insulting songs about him. He likes them.
  • December 25, 2013
    Sibuna
    BTW, the Cinderella one I posted was from the Rodgers and Hammersteins version; It's both a Broadway musical and a live-action musical film. I didn't mean the Disney one.
  • December 28, 2013
    Uriel1988
    Visual Novels
    • "Turnabout Reclaimed", the DLC-case of Phoenix Wright Ace Attorney Dual Destinies, features a witness who is fond of rapping. Phoenix eventually has him so backed into a corner that said witness decides to deliver a testimony by way of rap. The name of the testimony? "The Dissin' of Phoenix Wright"
  • January 6, 2014
    kjnoren
    Minor nit, but Lokasenna is a narrative poem, so it should be listed under Literature.
  • January 6, 2014
    arbiter099
    • Miracle Of Sound: "Duke, You Used To Be Cool" is about how Duke Nukem has lost his magic after twelve years in Development Hell, turning into "a fucking pussy hiding behind walls" who gets drunk off one beer.
  • January 11, 2014
    Snicka
    Move the Cinderella example to Live Action Film, as said by ^^^^.
  • January 14, 2014
    HellKillUsAll
    The South Park episode "Asspen" has Dash's "Stan Darsh" song.
  • January 14, 2014
    Az_Tech341

    Western Animation

  • January 21, 2014
    Az_Tech341

    Films - Animation

    • The Lion King II has Kovu "booed" off of Pride Rock as all of the animals sing "One of Us"; the song denotes that he has been banished. The entire song is practically a lyrification of the Reason You Suck Speech, as it would relate to Kovu, even though its entire premise is based on an erroneous assumption. This is because Simba believes that Kovu attempted to ambush him while the two had a friendly chat on a trek through the jungle.
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