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.

See also MagicMusic, MindControlMusic and ThePowerOfRock.
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!!Examples:
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[[folder: Anime and Manga ]]

* ''ViolinistOfHameln'': Since it's a series with MagicMusic, music can tame the savage beast and then some.

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[[folder: Classical Mythology ]]

* In GreekMythology, Orpheus was able to get past Cerberus by playing music to soothe it.
* In JapaneseMythology, the Sun Goddess, Amaterasu was... let's just say she was in a mix of a snit, fume and a snotty, bratty-like frump (thanks to her brother being a JerkAss of major proportions). 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.

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[[folder: Fan Fic ]]

* Hobbes stops the Clawracks in ''Fanfic/RetroChill'' by singing "The Best Song Ever" (an actual song by Chris Rice).

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[[folder: Film ]]

* The Monster in ''YoungFrankenstein'' can be attracted to and lulled by music.
* In ''BringingUpBaby'', the tame leopard Baby can be subdued by singing "I Can't Give You Anything But Love, Baby"
* In ''{{Help}}'', Ringo is threatened by a tiger which can be tamed by singing the Ode to Joy from Beethoven's Ninth Symphony.
* 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.

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[[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.
* ''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 GreekMythology.
* ''{{A Song of Ice and Fire}}: A Clash of Kings'': Sandor Clegane aka The Hound hides in 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.

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[[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.
** John Pertwee sings a Venusian lullaby to soothe the monster on Peladon.
** Merry, the Queen of Years, has to sing to keep [[EldritchAbomination the old god]] [[Recap/DoctorWhoS33E07TheRingsOfAkhaten "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...

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[[folder: Religion ]]

* In 1st Samuel of the 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.

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[[folder: Tabletop Games ]]

* The bard's ''fascinate'' ability in ''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."

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[[folder: Theatre ]]

* ''Theatre/TheMagicFlute''

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[[folder: Video Games ]]

* ''{{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.
** Averted with the Poke Flute and Blue Flute, which awaken sleeping Pokemon.
* In ''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 ''ZeldaIITheAdventureOfLink'', the flute you obtain from the Palace on the Sea is required to get past the River Devil in Eastern Hyrule.
* Referenced in ''[[SpyroTheDragon Spyro: Ripto's Rage]]'' 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!"
* 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 ''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.]]

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[[folder: Webcomics ]]

* In an alternative universe in ''{{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 ''{{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.

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[[folder: Web Original ]]

* In the "Big Trouble" webisode TheLeagueOfSTEAM put a troll to sleep with a clockwork singing RobotGirl.

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[[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", BugsBunny got a gorilla to [[ImplacableMan stop chasing him]] by playing the violin. He even calls this trope's name.
** The third ''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 ''SupermanTheAnimatedSeries'' episode "Monkey Fun".
* The plot of the Creator/TexAvery-directed 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 ''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, [[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]].
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