Created By: Evalana on December 14, 2010 Last Edited By: Catbert on February 24, 2012

Stop Breaking Into Song

Character in a Musical style work complains about other characters suddenly breaking into song

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A kind of meta joke where a character starts to sing a song, and another character expresses their displeasure that life has suddenly turned into a musical.

Examples:
  • In Monty Python and the Holy Grail, Herbert tries to sing an "I Want" Song, but his father puts a stop to it. This is Turned Up to Eleven in The Musical.
  • Happens a couple of times in My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic.
    • The first instance of a song in the series came in episode two.
    Pinkie Pie: *starts singing*
    Twilight Sparkle: Tell me she's not...
    Pinkie Pie: *keeps singing*
    Rarity: She is.
    • The episode "Bridle Gossip" has Pinkie burst into a "The Villain Sucks" Song, and Rainbow Dash rolls her eyes and comments, "Here we go," as it starts.
  • Happens in Enchanted, where the cynical divorce lawyer is surprised (and annoyed) to see downtown New York spotaneously erupt into song and dance.
  • In the Futurama episode "Hell is Other Robots," when the music to the Robot Devil's song begins, Bender groans, "Oh crap, singing. Mind if I smoke?"
  • Referenced a few times in Questionable Content, where sudden musical-ness apparently is a possible side-effect of "A guy having a positive, female-related development". In one comic, Steve drags Marten inside when he spots the early signs, stating that "This is how Musicals get started!" Later, when Marten and Dora finally 'do the deed', Faye spots the syndrome in full flower as he leaves the coffee-shop. "He is SKIPPING! A bluebird just landed on his shoulder! Random pedestrians are joining him in a complicated dance-routine!"
  • In Yu-Gi-Oh The Abridged Series parody of Poker Face, when the music starts up, Kaiba tells Joey, "Please tell me you're not going to sing." When it becomes apparent that a song is happening, he adds, "Look, I'll pay you any amount of money right now if you don't sing."

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  • December 15, 2010
    maninahat
    • Happens in Enchanted, where the cynical divorce lawyer is surprised (and annoyed) to see down town New York spotaneously erupt into song and dance.

  • December 15, 2010
    Hello999
  • December 16, 2010
    BlackDragon
    Referenced a few times in Questionable Content, where sudden musical-ness apparently is a possible side-effect of "A guy having a positive, female-related development". In one comic, Steve drags Marten inside when he spots the early signs, stating that "This is how Musicals get started!" Later, when Marten and Dora finally 'do the deed', Faye spots the syndrome in full flower as he leaves the coffee-shop. "He is SKIPPING! A bluebird just landed on his shoulder! Random pedestrians are joining him in a complicated dance-routine!"

    Nobody directly mentions singing, but it's basically the same idea, right?
  • December 16, 2010
    Darthcaliber
    In Scrooge the Musical during the "Thank You Very Much" song a woman suddenly yells at the singing crowd to be quiet so her baby can sleep. The following verse is then sung in hushed voices.
  • December 26, 2010
    ParadiscaCorbasi
    • In "Wizard of Odd" in Phineas And Ferb Candace grumbles through Isabella's song, tells Baljeet to keep his short, but lets Jeremy sing his all the way through.
  • December 26, 2010
    randomsurfer
    See also Musicalis Interruptus.

    Norm MacDonald played the Only Sane Man in a muscal a couple of times on SNL, once in Evita and once in a West Side Story expy.
    Eva Peron: Don't cry for me, Argentina,
    The truth is I never left you
    All through my wild days
    My mad existence
    I kept my promise
    Don't keep your distance.
    Juan Peron: What the hell was that?
    Eva Peron: What was what?
    Juan Peron: You were singing.
    Eva Peron: Oh.. I, I, I did, didn't I?
    Juan Peron: Yeah, yeah, don't do that!
  • December 26, 2010
    SmashingMelons42
    I'm not sure if it fits, but in the Twilight Zone episode "It's a Good Life," Anthony (Aka the monster) does not like singing and wishes away anyone who sings in his presence.
  • December 26, 2010
    Shota
    In Tangled, Flynn claims he doesn't sing during the number I've Got A Dream, and the bar thugs all point weapons around him. One beat later, we cut to him doing a breathless dance while singing his stanza!
  • December 26, 2010
    JonnyB
    In the Monty Python Spam sketch, the vikings start singing "Spam spam spam spam" and the waitress starts shouting "Shut up! Shut up!"
  • January 12, 2011
    TonyG
    Throughout his film series, Shrek keeps telling Donkey to stop singing.
  • March 18, 2011
    TooBah
    Often includes a Record Scratch when the antagonist gets his way, and the music suddenly stops (as in the Monty Python example).
  • February 18, 2012
    Catbert
    Bump.
  • February 18, 2012
    chicagomel
    • Willow on Buffy The Vampire Slayer-it's addressed specifically during the episode Nightmares, indicating she has a nightmare of being onstage and trying to sing.
  • February 18, 2012
    SmashingMelons42
  • February 19, 2012
    Dcoetzee
    Current title is misleading. You're going to get lots of examples of characters who merely dislike singing, rather than complaining about another character bursting into song.
  • February 19, 2012
    Catbert
    Dcoetzee, this is Up For Grabs and we haven't heard from the sponsor in almost a year. If you think there is a problem with it, then take it over and fix it.
  • February 19, 2012
    StevenT
    • In the film version of Little Shop Of Horrors, a businessman looking to buy clippings from the plant interrupts Seymour and Audrey's reprise of "Suddenly Seymour".
      Beg your pardon, but if you two kids could just stop singing for a moment...
  • February 19, 2012
    chicagomel
    The Buffy example would still count, but not for Willow. Dawn complains about everyone at school breaking into song.
  • February 20, 2012
    Dcoetzee
    Oops, didn't look closely enough at the dates. New title is much better.
  • February 21, 2012
    sliz225
    Phineas and Ferb-frequently.
  • February 21, 2012
    Azkar
    This seems to be Lampshade Hanging, for the most part.
  • February 24, 2012
    benjamminsam
    • An Easter Egg in a Homestar Runner cartoon features the beginnings of a rehash of the "One-Two" song, in which Strong Bad's contribution is "Stop, we're not doing this again," which he repeats in rhythm a few times until he actually stops the song.
    • Inverted in the Strong Bad email "sibbie", where Strong Bad's complaints about the titular emailer are repeatedly turned into songs against his will.
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