->''"Freude, schöner Götterfunken,\\
Tochter aus Elysium,\\
Wir betreten feuertrunken,\\
Himmlische, dein Heiligtum.\\
Deine Zauber binden wieder,\\
Was die Mode streng geteilt,\\
Alle Menschen werden Brüder,\\
Wo dein sanfter Flügel weilt"''.
-->--''What the choir is really singing during that one part. You know, '''that''' part.'' [[note]][[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Symphony_No._9_(Beethoven)#Text_of_the_fourth_movement A line-by-line translation over at The Other Wiki]][[/note]]

OdeToJoy (German: An die Freude) is a poem written by FriedrichSchiller. It describes the ideal of humanity united in joy and friendship, in a rather overstated way.

The most well-known musical adaptation was written by LudwigVanBeethoven, who used the text for the choral parts of his ninth symphony. The title OdeToJoy is used to designate Beethoven's melody as often as ([[AdaptationDisplacement or more often than]]) Schiller's poem.

OdeToJoy functions as the official anthem for UsefulNotes/TheEuropeanUnion[[note]]technically Beethoven's Ninth Symphony (just the melody, officially) is the Anthem of ''Europe'' and not just the EU, but the Council of Europe -- the originators of the idea -- is the only other organization to get any use out of that fact[[/note]].

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* This is Kaworu Nagisa's {{leitmotif}} in ''Anime/NeonGenesisEvangelion''. He is also heard humming it in his and Shinji's first encounter.
** He also plays it on a piano during his introduction in the Manga.
*** On the whole, Ode to Joy describes the plot and themes of Evangelion [[spoiler:(especially the [[AssimilationPlot Instrumentality]])]] in a rather scarily accurate, if ironic, way.
* In the ''Anime/ReadOrDie'' OVA, Yomiko is heard humming it, and is played when [[spoiler:The [[BrownNote Suicide Symphony]] is going to be broadcasted onto the entire world.]]
* The heroines sing it in the end of the first ''GunslingerGirl'' anime.
* The ''InuYasha'' episode "Battle Against the Dried-Up Demons at the Cultural Festival!" has a group of students singing about the Shikon jewel to the tune of "Ode To Joy".
* The OAV "DragonHalf" uses this in the closing credits... along with a slew of other Beethoven pieces.
* Beethoven's "Ode to Joy" plays out, with original Japanese lyrics, over the closing credits of Creator/SatoshiKon's ''TokyoGodfathers''.
* It appears twice in the {{LightNovel/Kampfer}} OVA, used hilariously to make an {{Ass Shove}} poke [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QfqvgO01Sdo epic.]]
* Used a few times in Anime/PsychoPass for SoundtrackDissonance.

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[[folder: Comics ]]

* ''JohnnyTheHomicidalManiac'' is listening to Ode to Joy while massacring a coffee house - and pauses when the records skips.

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[[folder: Film ]]

* Featured in ''Film/AClockworkOrange''; once with a woman singing the piece through a vocoder while Alex and his gang are relaxing at the Korova Milkbar, again during Alex's romp in a music store and once more during the Ludovico treatment. Incidentally, the piece, along with the ''Ninth Symphony'' as a whole, is one of Alex's personal favorites and freaks when the government scientists (inadvertently) use it against him during the Ludovico Treatment, robbing him of the pleasure he once had of the piece when he used it for his ultra-violent fantasies.
* In the Beatles ''Film/{{Help}}'', the boys sing "Ode To Joy" to tame a tiger.
* Used in ''Film/DieHard'' when Hans and his men open and loot the vault to the Nakatomi Corporation. Referencing this scene, trailers for later ''Film/DieHard'' films would play the song over StuffBlowingUp.
* Used in ''ImmortalBeloved'''s [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7qWbcosJdtU amazing scene]] of the debut of the Ninth Symphony. Young Beethoven blending into the stars that were reflected off the lake really captures, in [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nZJ1Tgf4JL8 Leonard Bernstein's words]], the "the child (Beethoven) that never grew up".
* Very common piece in movie trailers, particularly if a film is critically and/or financially successful.
* The Christian hymn "Joyful, Joyful, We Adore Thee" is sung to the tune of Ode to Joy and plays a key role in sequel to ''SisterAct''.
* ''Film/GetSmart'' uses an edited version in the climax, where a bomb wired to the piano will go off at the end of the piece, killing the President and many others.
* Used at the end of ''Film/{{Stalker}}''.

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[[folder: Literature ]]

* RobertFulghum loves this song. His ''All I Really Need to Know I Learned In Kindergarten'' series contains [[AuthorAppeal many mentions]] of this. He suggests combining it with a modified version of the [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Itsy_bitsy_spider "Itsy Bitsy Spider"]] song to form the fight song of the human race.

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[[folder: Live Action TV ]]

* The favourite song of Veronica's parents in ''Series/SirArthurConanDoylesTheLostWorld''. It helps her to identify the former guide of her parents. And it's quite a MomentKiller where Roxton and Marguerite are concerned.
* Used in the [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9mSD8R-_uhA second season intro]] of ''Series/EverybodyLovesRaymond''.
* At one point in ''Series/DueSouth'', Ray is fireman-carrying a blinded and partially crippled Frasier through the wilderness; Frasier is singing Ode To Joy, [[TheCastShowoff rather well]]. Ray, hearing something that ''isn't'' Frasier singing, tells Frasier to stop it; Frasier's indignant response is "It's BEETHOVEN! [[AndZoidberg And Shiller!]]" Another time, we see the same situation... only now Ray is singing California Dreaming, and not entirely sure about the words.
* It's the opening theme for ''[[RetroGameMaster Game Center CX]]''.
* Creator/RowanAtkinson is singing the song [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oWGZdYNpaSo here]]. After the first verse though, he notices that the rest of the lyrics are missing. So what does he do? He fakes his way through the end, [[GratuitousGerman using every random German word he happens to know]].

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[[folder: Professional Wrestling ]]

* Before he became a [[Wrestling/DGenerationX degenerate]], [[Wrestling/TripleH Hunter Hearst Helmsley]] had Ode to Joy as an entrance theme between late 1996 and the fall of 1997.

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[[folder: Video Games ]]

* ''OdeToJoy'' plays when the last orange peg in any of the stages in {{Peggle}} or Peggle Nights.

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* What some English speakers hear when they [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sRYUkjMONTk listen to Ode to Joy....]]
* Beaker of ''TheMuppetShow'' would like to [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xpcUxwpOQ_A perform Ode to Joy.]]
* A flash-mob in Sabadell, Catalonia (Spain) produced [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kbJcQYVtZMo this awesome version of Ode to Joy.]]
* The song briefly plays in WebVideo/JonTron's review of Japanese shoot 'em up games when [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PQxvsunYrSs his reaction to the game Samurai Zombie Nation is showcased.]]

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[[folder: Western Animation ]]

* In one episode of ''CourageTheCowardlyDog'', the computer downloads itself into Muriel's body and engages in death-defying stunts. Computer!Muriel's leitmotif is this tune.
* Briefly played at the end of an episode of ''KingOfTheHill'' where Hank is able to relieve himself after a bout with constipation.

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