->''A special offer for today, I'll tell you what I'll do''\\
''All those who sign without delay will get a free tattoo''\\
''For it's like money in the bank''\\
''Come on, join up and I'll be frank''\\
''Unless you do, you'll walk the plank!''\\
''The choice is up to you!''
-->-- "The Elegant Captain Hook", ''Disney/PeterPan''

The villain has the hero in his clutches. Escape is impossible. Will he shoot the hero? Boil him in oil? Throw him into a pit of fire ants with sugar cubes glued to his head?

No, the hero won't get off that easily. This villain is going to [[AnythingButThat ...sing!]]

That's right--the villain doesn't want to kill the hero. He wants the hero to [[RivalsTeamUp join him]]. Furthermore, he wants the hero to [[WeCanRuleTogether join him voluntarily]], so he bombards the hero with propaganda via musical number.

Generally, this offer will either be rejected outright or result in a temporary FaceHeelTurn unless dealing with a character other than the protagonist or with a tragedy, in which case it might just fully work.

Subtrope of VillainSong. Related to but not to be confused with VillainLoveSong. Villain Love Songs are...[[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin well, love songs]], whereas Villain Recruitment Songs try to persuade the hero to join with the villain simply because it's in their best interests.


[[folder: Fanfiction ]]

* Eddy has one in the ''FanFic/CalvinAtCamp'' episode "Jason Fox TheMusical."


[[folder: Film ]]

* "Professional Pirate" -- ''Film/MuppetTreasureIsland''. Long John Silver tries to convince Jim Hawkins to join his pirate crew and let them use his compass to find the buried treasure by singing about how pirates are just misunderstood and really, "members of a noble brotherhood".
* "That's Motivation" -- ''Film/AbsoluteBeginners''. This movie has several characters who qualify as antagonists, but the only one who gets a song is Vendice Partners, an advertising executive who convinces the idealistic photographer protagonist to join him in the business of selling dreams and selling out via a DisneyAcidSequence. This results in a temporary FaceHeelTurn until the hero learns that Partners and the other antagonists are all in on an evil scheme. Music/DavidBowie played Vendice, wrote the song (lyrics [[http://www.teenagewildlife.com/music/st/AB/TM.html here]]), and got third billing in the credits -- all with good cause.
* "I Cannot Do It Alone" from ''{{Film/Chicago}}'' counts as this, though the situation is inverted: Velma is recruiting Roxie (herself a VillainProtagonist), because Roxie is in the better position, and Velma needs help.


[[folder: Live Action TV ]]

* The ''Theatre/IntoTheWoods'' song "No One Is Alone" became this when Satan (played by frequent Stephen Sondheim musical performer Creator/MandyPatinkin) used it as part of his temptation of Monica in the ''Series/TouchedByAnAngel'' episode "Netherlands".


[[folder: Theater ]]

%%* "Feed Me (Git It)" -- ''Theatre/LittleShopOfHorrors''
%%** "Mushnik and Son" could qualify as well, depending on your interpretation.
%%* "Join Us" -- ''Theatre/EvilDeadTheMusical''
* "Wonderful" in Theatre/{{Wicked}} is [[VillainWithGoodPublicity the Wizard's]] attempt to convince [[WellIntentionedExtremist Elphaba]] to abandon her cause and join him. She ''almost'' falls for it.
* "When You Had Left Our Pirate Fold" (aka "A Paradox") from Theatre/PiratesOfPenzance is an example, though Ruth and the Pirate King are not trying to ''convince'' Frederick to (re)join them, oh no no no, they're merely pointing out the unusual circumstances and the exact wording of Frederick's apprenticeship (he's bound to the pirates until his twenty-first ''birthday'', and he was born on the 29th of February), and leaving the rest to his [[HonorBeforeReason "Sense of Duty to which we have never yet appealed in vain".]]
* "Lovely Ladies" in ''Theatre/LesMiserables'', where the homeless, despairing Fantine is surrounded by a chorus of prostitutes aggressively telling her to give in to the inevitable and take up their trade.
* "Everybody's Got the Right", the opening number from ''Theatre/{{Assassins}}'', features the Proprietor convincing the various assassins to attempt to kill the president of the United States.
** [[spoiler: "Take a Look, Lee/November 22, 1963" has the assassins themselves convince Lee Harvey Oswald into shooting JFK.]]


[[folder: Web Original ]]

* "Bad Horse" from WebVideo/DoctorHorriblesSingAlongBlog.
** Played with in the reprise, when it becomes more threatening: Bad Horse still says "neigh" to Dr. Horrible's joining the ELE, and now he can only get in by killing someone. "There will be blood, it might be ''yours."''


[[folder: Western Animation ]]

%%* "The Elegant Captain Hook" -- ''Disney/PeterPan''
%%** Which actually ''works'', until [[TeamMom Wendy]] persuades the boys otherwise.
* "Welcome to the Forty Thieves" -- ''Disney/AladdinAndTheKingOfThieves,'' although it's really more of a "[[KlingonPromotion you accidentally joined]], try to leave and we'll kill you" song.
** There was also the song "Are You In Or Out?" - sung by TheDragon after he assumes control of what's left of the gang once all but half a dozen of them have been driven out. The song is unique in that it's a ''re''-recruitment song; the thieves have already banded together, it's just that TheDragon wants them to follow him again.
* From ''WesternAnimation/SouthParkBiggerLongerAndUncut'', "[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0SDrqa-eTXU&feature=related Blame Canada]]" could count, though the [[MoralGuardians Mothers Against Canada]] were more {{Well Intentioned Extremist}}s than outright villains, although Sheila almost crossed the line before her HeelFaceTurn at the very end. (They accidentally release the BigBad, [[spoiler:Saddam Hussein]], by bringing enough intolerance into the world to open the portal to Hell.)
%%* "Just Say Yes" from ''WesternAnimation/TheSecretOfNIMH2TimmyToTheRescue''.