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Music, magic or not, can soothe savage beasts.

Original quote this title originates from is, "Music has Charms to soothe a savage Breast." The phrase was coined by the Playwright/Poet William Congreve in ''The Mourning Bride'', 1697. [[note]] The quote is used contemporarily still, just cf. the intro of the album [[Music/TheOffspring "Smash".]] [[/note]]

See also MagicMusic, MindControlMusic and ThePowerOfRock.


[[folder: Anime and Manga ]]

* ''Manga/ViolinistOfHameln'': Since it's a series with MagicMusic, music can tame the savage beast and then some.
* In ''Manga/TodaysCerberus'', Cerberus falls asleep when she hears good music, just like in the original Orpheus myth.
* ''Anime/MacrossDelta'': Central to the series' premise: a HatePlague known as the Var Syndrome causes a subset of people to suddenly turn psychotically violent and try to slaughter anyone around them. The only known cure is the singing of a group of {{Idol Singer}}s, which calms those afflicted. Thus the formation of the Walkure and Delta Squadron, a combination concert group and combat squad to counter the Var outbreaks.


[[folder: Comic Books ]]

* Inverted in an Italian ''[[ComicBook/DisneyDucksComicUniverse Donald Duck Comic]]'' where Donald encounters an EldritchAbomination-type monster which dreams about the world so long as it remains dormant. Because its tastes are so alien, a beautiful singing voice will actually annoy it to the point of waking up and cause TheEndOfTheWorldAsWeKnowIt, but it finds a truly awful singing voice soothing and sleep-inducing.


[[folder: Fan Fic ]]

* Hobbes stops the Clawracks in ''Fanfic/RetroChill'' by singing "The Best Song Ever" (an actual song by Chris Rice).
* In ''Fanfic/HopeForTheHeartless'', when [[Disney/TheBlackCauldron the Horned King]] hears for the first time [[MoralityPet Avalina's]] beautiful piano playing and singing, [[WhatIsThisFeeling he notices that it has a soothing effect on him]]. He makes her to play to him for an hour daily. This months-lasting routine helps [[LivingEmotionalCrutch the girl]] to [[DefrostingIceQueen get inside the lich's scary and cold shell]].
** Four years earlier, when Avalina encountered for the second time her future CoolHorse, she realized that he acted savagely because of the loss of his rider. She managed to get near him by singing "Adiós" by Jesse y Joy.
* In ''Fanfic/TheBridge'', the Sirens normally trigger a HatePlague with their singing. However, when Aria Blaze was being attacked by Kaizer Ghidorah, she subconsciously managed to sing a song that calmed him down. Even she has no idea how she did that. [[spoiler:It is revealed that she sung a song her mother Hymnia used as a lullaby, which draws on ThePowerOfLove.]]
* ''[[Fanfic/TheHeartTrilogy Heart of Ashes]]'': When Smaug's body first tries to turn itself back from [[HumanityEnsues human]] to dragon, he's locked in a [[PainfulTransformation painful]] [[BodyHorror half-state]] and driven animalistic. His LoveInterest Kathryn manages to calm him enough by using her melodic singing voice he has always treasured and then magically help his body to fully complete the transformation through [[PsychicLink their bond]].


[[folder: Films -- Animated ]]

* In ''WesternAnimation/TheBookOfLife'', [[spoiler:Xibalba lets Manolo challenge him to a wager at which he is allowed to pick the task. The dirty cheater chooses bullfighting -- which he knows Manolo hates. As if that weren't bad enough, the task is that Manolo must defeat ''every single bull'' every Sanchez before him has ever faced -- ''all at once''. And when Manolo succeeds at ''that'', Xibalba combines them into one mega-bull]] and still the hero does not flinch, instead playing an apology song.
* In ''Animation/CatCity'', Lazy Dick is caught by vampire bat {{Bandito}}s, who prepare to suck his blood. As a last request, Dick asks them to let him play a final song on his trumpet. He's so good at it, that not only the entire gang joins him (playing on their weapons), but their leader is moved to tears, and decides to spare him.
* In ''WesternAnimation/TheMouseholeCat'' Mowzer's singing tames the Great Storm Cat.
* At the climax of ''Disney/{{Moana}}'', the main character manages to return Te Fiti's stolen heart to her and transform her back from the terrible lava monster she's become. This process involves Moana singing directly to the goddess about who she truly is.


[[folder: Films -- Live-Action ]]

* The Monster in ''Film/YoungFrankenstein'' can be attracted to and lulled by music.
* In ''Film/BringingUpBaby'', the tame leopard Baby can be subdued by singing "I Can't Give You Anything But Love, Baby"
* In ''Film/{{Help}}'', Ringo is threatened by a tiger which can be tamed by singing the Ode to Joy from Beethoven's Ninth Symphony.
* ''Film/TheStoryOfTheWeepingCamel'': A camel mare refuses to nurse her newborn colt, which is a big problem for her Mongolian nomadic shepherd owners, as the colt will starve to death, and camels are an expensive asset. After bottle-feeding the colt fails, the family decides they have to perform a "hoos" ceremony. They bring a musician, who plays music on his ''morin khuur'', a stringed instrument resembling a fiddle. One of the women sings to the mare. It works, as afterwards the mare stands still and lets the colt nurse.
* Inverted in ''Film/TheThreeStooges'' short "Idle Roomers", which features a WolfMan who is relatively tame until he hears music. The stooges, mistakenly believing in this trope, decide to play music when confronted by him, activating the Wolf Man's BerserkButton.
* ''Film/TheIslandOfDoctorMoreau'' (1996): The title character momentarily soothes the rebellious man-animal hybrids with his piano playing. But when Dr. Moreau decides to follow this up by activating their pain implants, he discovers the hard way that they've already been removed.
* ''Film/DanceOfTheDead''(2008): The zombies are entranced once the band starts playing music, making it easier for the group to escape.
* The killer in ''Film/TheHillsRunRed'' is shown to be momentarily calmed when the nursery rhyme "Hush, Little Baby" is sang to him. When another character attempts to repeat the process later, she realizes that she doesn't know the lyrics. [[spoiler:The killer then mocks her for it, indicating that it wouldn't have worked for her in the first place]].
* ''Film/WhiteGod'': Lili calms down the rampaging pound dogs led by her former dog Hagen by playing ''Tannhauser'' on her trumpet. Hagen had previously heard her practice the song while living with her.

[[folder: Literature ]]

* In ''[[Literature/TheLordOfTheRings The Fellowship of the Ring]]'', Tom Bombadil's singing subdues Old Man Willow and causes him to release the hobbits.
* In [[Creator/JRRTolkien J.R.R. Tolkien's]] ''[[Literature/TheHistoryOfMiddleEarth The Lay of Leithian]]'', when Beren and Lúthien [[VoluntaryShapeshifting shapeshift]] into Morgoth's lair, Lúthien sings a song so beautiful that Morgoth and his entire court fall into a deep sleep. Morgoth is so deeply asleep that Beren is able to carve out a coveted Silmaril from Morgoth's massive crown.
* ''Literature/HarryPotter'': Fluffy the giant three-headed guard dog is lulled to sleep when music is played (a harp or a flute in this case), as a nod to Myth/GreekMythology.
* In ''[[Literature/ASongOfIceAndFire A Clash of Kings]]'', [[KnightInSourArmor Sandor Clegane]] a.k.a. The Hound hides in [[PrincessClassic Sansa Stark]]'s room, drunk and badly wounded mentally and physically. When she comes in, he holds a knife to her throat and threatens to kill her unless she sings. She sings such a sweet song of mercy and peace that he cries. Apparently her song lulls the beast inside him to sleep and touches something human in him, possibly preventing him from raping and/or killing her.
* In ''The Last Days'', the band formed by the main characters has the ability to bring out the giant worms lurking under the surface of New York City, allowing them to be killed.
* In ''Literature/TheWheelOfTime'', the [[TheFairFolk Finn]] can be charmed by music.
* ''Flood'' by Creator/AndrewVachss. [[PrivateEye Burke]] and [[ActionGirl Flood]] go to meet a snuff-film producer called Goldor with the intention of getting information from him. Things go wrong and Flood kills Goldor. After Burke has finished destroying the evidence and creating an alibi, he enters the AbandonedWarehouse where he's staying to find Flood doing a martial arts kata, recreating the kicks that killed Goldor again and again. In order to end her HeroicBSOD, Burke plays "Angel Baby" by Rosie and the Originals on his car's cassette player and invites Flood to dance.
* Here and there in ''{{Literature/Dinoverse}}'' characters can get dinosaurs they've met to relax and like them better by psychically projecting music.
* Inuit throat-singing calms the monster in ''Literature/TheTerror'', but as the spirit-governors who communicate with the creature have their tongues removed, the monster has to literally breathe down their throat. NervesOfSteel is a job requirement.


[[folder: Live Action TV ]]

* ''Series/DoctorWho'':
** In "The Lazarus Experiment", the Doctor plays a modified organ to defeat the MonsterOfTheWeek.
** In "A Christmas Carol", [[Music/KatherineJenkins Abgail's]] singing calms both the storm and the flying sharks inside it, letting the spaceship land safely.
** In "The Curse of Peladon," The Doctor sings a Venusian lullaby to soothe the monster terrorizing the kingdom.
** Merry, the Queen of Years, has to sing to keep [[EldritchAbomination the old god]] [[Recap/DoctorWhoS33E7TheRingsOfAkhaten "Grandfather"]] peaceful.
* On ''Series/TopGear'', Creator/MattSmith's practice runs on the guest lap had been full of driving errors but Clarkson was impressed by his intensity. On the video of the actual lap, Clarkson wonders aloud whether he's still channelling all that aggression. Cut to the inside of the car and:
-->'''Creator/MattSmith:''' Right... stay calm, concentrate... I'm siiinging in the raaain...
* ''Series/{{Pixelface}}'': In "Bored to Undeath", the gang are able to tame the zombies that escape from Claireparker's game by using Kiki's dance training program and a personal stereo playing Michael Jackson's "Thriller".
* A few ''Franchise/UltraSeries'' have applied this idea to their MonstersOfTheWeek.
** In ''Series/UltraQ'', the [[FishPeople Ragon]] is normally aggressive towards humans, but when it hears the sound of calming music being played from a radio it calms down and becomes distracted by the music, which the characters use to draw the creature away from civilization. This fact is later brought up in ''Series/{{Ultraman}}'' when a giant mutated Ragon appears, only for the music to have no effect this time due to the creature having gone insane from the mutation.
** ''Series/UltramanEighty'': When the tiny lizard-like space creature Myu is experimented on by a cruel scientist, turning it into a giant rampaging beast, only Emi's singing is able to calm it down due to her bond with the creature when it was being raised by her more ethical father Professor Jouno.
** [[WasOnceAMan Human-turned-Monster]] Tsuchikera from ''Series/UltramanGaia'' was only able to retain what was left of his human mind thanks to his friend Hirano playing a music box that once belonged to his daughter Chei in order to keep him from attacking people that trespassed the swamps he lived in.
** Taken to the extreme in ''Series/UltramanMax'' when DASH accidentally unleashes a monster called IF whose ResurrectiveImmortality and PowerCopying-based AdaptiveAbility makes it completely undefeatable. The thing that ultimately stops it though? [[spoiler:A little girl playing her piccolo, transforming the creature into from an engine of destruction a living orchestra.]] It's one of the most beautiful moments in the franchise's history.


[[folder: Mythology and Religion ]]

* In [[Literature/BooksOfSamuel 1st Samuel]] of the [[Literature/TheBible Old Testament]], King Saul was afflicted by "an evil spirit of the Lord" and asked for a musician who could cause that spirit to depart from him. David was that selected musician, and so often played for King Saul when he was afflicted. However, on a few occasions, the "evil spirit" got the better of King Saul, causing him to throw a javelin at David which he avoided.
* In Myth/GreekMythology, Orpheus was able to get past Cerberus (the guard dog of the underworld) by playing music to soothe it.
* In Myth/JapaneseMythology, the Sun Goddess, Amaterasu was in a mix of a snit, fume and a snotty, bratty-like frump. To get her out of the cave she had hidden herself in (and, therefore get summer back), a whole set of activities were devised - including music. But, only the Sumo ''with'' the music really worked. Not so much calming the beast as trying to apply antidepressants to the fuming, injured ego, but the principle is the same.
* In the [[Myth/NorseMythology Old Norse legend]] of the Niflungs, related in ''Literature/ProseEdda'', ''Literature/PoeticEdda'' and ''Literature/VolsungaSaga'', King Gunnar of the Niflungs is thrown into a SnakePit by his treacherous brother-in-law Atli and his sister Gudrun gives him a harp which he plays with [[HandyFeet his toes]]. His music puts all the snakes to sleep except one, which remains awake and kills him.


[[folder: Tabletop Games ]]

* The bard's ''fascinate'' ability in ''TabletopGame/DungeonsAndDragons'' does this. "If its saving throw fails, the creature sits quietly and listens to the song, taking no other actions, for as long as the bard continues to play and concentrate."


[[folder: Theatre ]]

* ''Theatre/TheMagicFlute''


[[folder: Video Games ]]

* ''Franchise/{{Pokemon}}'': the move Sing makes the target fall asleep if it is accurate. The Pokémon Lullaby from the Poké Gear works by decreasing the chance of RandomEncounters.
** Inverted with the Poke Flute and Blue Flute, which awaken sleeping Pokemon.
* In ''VideoGame/DragonQuest'', the Fairy Flute is the only reliable way to defeat the ridiculously overpowered Golem boss, which puts it to sleep.
* ''VideoGame/SuperPaperMario'': Piccolo can be used to put the Underchomp to sleep, making the boss battle incredibly easy.
** This concept may have originated in ''VideoGame/SuperMarioBros3'', where the music box power-up puts Hammer Bros., piranha plants and other wandering mini bosses on the map to sleep.
* In ''VideoGame/ZeldaIITheAdventureOfLink'', the flute you obtain from the Palace on the Sea is required to get past the River Devil in Eastern Hyrule.
* In ''VideoGame/{{Bloodborne}}'', the music box can be used during the Father Gascoigne boss fight to temporarily subdue him.
* Referenced in ''VideoGame/Spyro2RiptosRage'' in the Fracture Hills by the [[EverythingsLouderWithBagpipes bagpipe-playing]] satyrs. In the final cutscene, the earth-shapers can be seen covering their ears from the music with one of them losing his [[RedEyesTakeWarning red eyes]] and deciding to dance along.
** To quote one of the satyrs:
---> "Music can calm the savage beast. And [[EverythingsLouderWithBagpipes bagpipe music]] can break solid rock!"
* "Music tames the savage beast..." is written on the back of the cover of ''Videogame/GitarooMan''.
* In ''Videogame/JablessAdventure'', the dreaded [[UndergroundMonkey SCUBA]] {{bear|sAreBadNews}} is said to be invincible and chases after Jables. However, after evading the bear and receiving a strawberry from the lady in the house, Jables is suddenly inspired to sing the ''WesternAnimation/StrawberryShortcake'' theme song. This song calms the bear, which makes it safe to swim back past him.
* Romeo's Ballad from ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyV'' inflicts Stop on enemies.
* This plays a key role in breaking the "spiral of death" in ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyX''. This particular incarnation of Sin will briefly become calm when it hears the Hymn of the Fayth [[spoiler:since its own Fayth Jecht always loved that song.]] In the final push to defeat Sin, [[spoiler:people from all across Spira sing the Hymn, distracting Sin long enough for the party and their airship to attack.]]
* In ''VideoGame/ArTonelicoMelodyOfElemia'', EXEC_HARMONIOUS/. is capable of calming those who hear it and making them happy; EXEC_HARMONIOUS_FUSION/. is a variation with similar effects. Both songs are used against bosses for whom such a soothing effect would be beneficial.
* In ''VideoGame/FiveNightsAtFreddys2'', the only way to pacify the Marionette is by winding up a music box that plays the refrain from "Grandfather's Clock".


[[folder: Webcomics ]]

* In an alternative universe in ''Webcomic/{{Nodwick}}'' where Yeager never had a certain ArtifactOfDoom removed from his arm, he tried to distract himself from the urge to start wars it gave him with music. It doesn't seem to help much.
* In ''Webcomic/{{Sinfest}}'', [[http://www.sinfest.net/archive_page.php?comicID=3193 Slick tries it on Cerebus.]]
* [[http://www.irregularwebcomic.net/1183.html Suggested]] in ''Webcomic/IrregularWebcomic'', [[SubvertedTrope but it ends up as]] TalkingTheMonsterToDeath.


[[folder: Web Original ]]

* In ''Roleplay/TheGamersAlliance'', bards can use their songs of power to calm down beasts. The young bard [[{{Adorkable}} Arcturius]] uses his songs several times to to this effect such as when he pacifies the panicking kitsune [[MysteriousWaif Haruko]].
* In the "Big Trouble" webisode, Theatre/TheLeagueOfSTEAM put a troll to sleep with a clockwork singing RobotGirl.
* ''Literature/WhateleyUniverse'': While loud noises are a BerserkButton for the saurians-seeming Razorback (Jack Carlyle), music is one of the few things that can calm him, and he is an expert guitarist himself.
** During the Outcasts' trip to Jack's home in Darwin, Australia, [[UltimateBlacksmith Eldritch]] finds a magical music box [[note]]left behind in the [[{{Precursors}} Court of the Earth's]] Artificer forge, which she found hidden under Ayer's Rock[[/note]], whose music can calm anyone, which she gives to Razorback to help him stay in control. In a CrowningMomentOfAwesome, Razorback then uses this to stop a giant rampaging monster in the midst of a city-wide battle.

[[folder: Western Animation ]]

* ''WesternAnimation/LooneyTunes'':
** Taz can be easily calmed with music, whether by instrument or singing. ([[EverythingsLouderWithBagpipes Just don't try the bagpipes]])
** In "[[OrganGrinder Hurdy-Gurdy]] Hare", WesternAnimation/BugsBunny got a gorilla to [[ImplacableMan stop chasing him]] by playing the violin. He even calls this trope's name.
** The third ''WesternAnimation/BoskoTheTalkInkKid'' cartoon "Congo Jazz" has Bosko do this to the tiger who was chasing him in the beginning. Once he has distracted the tiger long enough, he promptly [[BlackComedy kicks him off of a cliff.]]
* Titano in the ''WesternAnimation/SupermanTheAnimatedSeries'' episode "Monkey Fun".
* The plot of the Creator/TexAvery-directed WesternAnimation/ChillyWilly cartoon "The Legend of Rock-a-bye Point" concerns a polar bear trying to get fish from a fishing boat, getting the AngryGuardDog off his back by putting him to sleep with a lullaby, while Chilly sabotages him at every turn.
* In the ''WesternAnimation/TomAndJerry'' cartoon "Down Beat Bear", the titular bear ends up at Tom's house and Tom tries to call the authorities, but every time the bear hears music he starts to dance with Tom. It's also played with; they make it clear from the beginning that the bear is a trained circus bear and completely harmless.
* ''WesternAnimation/TeenageMutantNinjaTurtles2012'': Leatherhead invokes this trope by listening to a record player.
* Francis X. Bushlad discovers he has this ability in the ''WesternAnimation/TazMania'' episode "The Pied Piper of Taz-Mania".
* On ''WesternAnimation/CelebrityDeathmatch'' with Paul Reubens vs. George Michael, a hungry tiger is unleshed and Paul Reubens talks George Michael into invoking this trope. It works and the tiger falls asleep ... that is until Paul Reubens utters the secret word of the day, [[Series/PeeWeesPlayhouse and you can guess what happens next.]]
* ''WesternAnimation/CowAndChicken'' has an episode where the two deal with a vicious jackal--that turns into a friendly, refined animal when Cow sings. It's only temporary, as Chicken discovers when Cow steps out, but luckily, [[HollywoodToneDeaf his attempt at singing scares the jackal away]].
* Ella, from ''WesternAnimation/TotalDrama'', can calm and attract any animal using her beautiful voice. In fact even her team realises the power her singing holds over animals and even requests her to sing to the bear in order to subdue it in "Mo Monkey Mo Problems".
* In an episode of ''WesternAnimation/TheSmurfs'', the Smurflings meet a monster that calls itself "Beastie" who loves their music and follows them everywhere as they play it. Eventually, however, Grandpa Smurf does some research and finds out that Beastie is the ''literal'' Savage Beast that inspired the phrase, meaning the Smurflings don't know until it's almost too late that ''without'' the music, it will fly into uncontrollable rage.
* In the episode "Song of Celice" of ''WesternAnimation/HeManAndTheMastersOfTheUniverse1983'', the eponymous song is the only thing that keeps a monstrous creature asleep in the caverns deep beneath a city. Since her song unfortunately can soothe/hypnotize anything, it causes her to become the target of Skeletor and Evil-Lyn, who use her to enchant the Sorceress. As a result, the B plot of the episode revolves around He-Man finding a way to deal with the beast when he no longer has any means to soothe it.
* In the 1959 Disney short ''Noah's Ark'', the animals start fighting each other after being cramped inside the Ark for too long. Mrs. Noah calls out this trope by name, inspiring Noah and his sons to form a band to play music. Soon the animals stop their fighting and start dancing.