Created By: RaoulSilva221 on January 4, 2013 Last Edited By: rodneyAnonymous on July 10, 2013

Bad Guys Love Music

The villain listens to music while doing evil stuff.

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Nothing says Crazy Awesome like listening to Kings of Leon while burning down cities. Nor does anything say Wicked Cultured like engaging in Cold Blooded torture while playing Mozart. For whatever reason, villains, particularly of the Faux Affably Evil variety, simply LOVE listening and singing along to music, particularly while going about their evil deeds. Compare and contrast Villain Song which is an original song the villain makes up on the spot although the two can overlap if the villain is singing his or her version of a popular song.


[[folder:Film]] [[/folder]]

  • Alex Burgess in A Clockwork Orange has an unhealthy interest in Ludwig Van Beethoven and itís one of the things he develops an aversion to as a result of being rehabilitated.

Live-Action TV:
  • Doctor Who:
    • THE MASTER! First he plays Voodoo Child by Rogue Traders whilst conquering the planet Earth and later listens to I Canít Decide by the Scizzor Sisters whilst lording it over his subjects.
    • John Lumic, another Doctor Who villain has In the Jungle from The Lion King played over the sound of his prisonerís screaming as they are involuntarily converted into Cybermen.
    • Yet another Doctor Who villain Lady Cassandra OíBrian watches the destruction of Earth to the tune of Toxic by Britney Spears.

[[folder:Western Animation]]
  • The Fairy Godmother in Shrek2 performs a dark rendition of Holding Out For A Hero at the ball while her son, Prince Charming (who is masquerading as Shrek) dances with Fiona, attempting to seduce her and Shrek charges to the rescue. Doubles as a Crowning Music of Awesome.

[[folder:Real life]]

Community Feedback Replies: 13
  • January 5, 2013
    Oh for fuck's sake, will someone please comment on this?
  • January 5, 2013
    One day is a short time, especially on the weekend when activity is lower.

    Also, I edited your draft to fix redlinks, Example Indentation, namespaces and italics.
  • January 5, 2013
    Interesting. A lot of the current film examples double as Wicked Cultured.
  • January 6, 2013
    changed "whilst" to "while" (utilizing the eponymous edit tool)
  • January 6, 2013
    Related to your Real Life examples, if there's a bad guy listening to Richard Wagner, it's more than likely he's also a Nazi or has Nazi sympathies.
  • January 6, 2013
    • The Silence Of The Lambs. Hannibal Lecter is playing music (from a tape recorder) just before his escape attempt begins. Once he starts attacking the guards the music is replaced by dramatic music. As soon as he finishes beating one guard to death the original music resumes, and continues as he prepares to cut the other guard's face off to use as a mask in his escape.
  • January 6, 2013
    In the 1994 film Blown Away, Gaerity was shown listening to U2 music while making homemade explosives.
  • January 6, 2013
    • MASH: When Frank Burns left, his replacement as friendly enemy/antagonist to Hawkeye and BJ was Maj. Charles Emerson Winchester III, who has a love for classical music, espeically Mozart. His relationship to the others softened over the course of the series so that he became almost (but not quite) chummy.
  • January 6, 2013
    In Final Fantasy VII, President Shinra Sr. is listening to some classical music concerto over his TV/video set while watching the destruction of Sector 7 he ordered.
  • July 10, 2013
    The film adaption of Get Smart revolved around KAOS leader Siegfried's fascination with the Ode To Joy, and his plans on detonating a nuclear device at the end of a performance in which the president would be attending. This would've been your standard "villainous plot" if it wasn't for the fact that he enjoyed the anthem at two parts of the film.
  • July 10, 2013
    Name is too broad. It needs to indicate that the music is listened to while doing bad things, not that a bad guy simply likes music.

    Music To Do Evil By?
  • July 10, 2013
    In the movie version of The Sumof All Fears, the South African arms dealer is listening to an opera, both while the computer is getting hacked, and later when Clark pays him a visit.
  • July 10, 2013