Scenic cantata composed by Carl Orff between 1935 and 1936, based on [[AdaptationDistillation a collection of medieval poems]]. Notably they ''had'' been put to music before but in Orff's time nobody could read medieval music notation. Now we can and suffice it to say, the original melodies are rather different from what Orff came up with. The piece lasts about an hour and has serious moments, goofy moments, and more than its share that are pure {{Narm}}. The lyrics cover all aspects of medieval life from sex, to drinking to the plight of sentient, talking roasted swans. If you've ever heard them and think that [[LyricalDissonance they don't sound a bit like a gambling garden party]], you're right. As an unfortunate footnote, it remains the most famous piece of music to emerge from UsefulNotes/NaziGermany.

It's the money part, [[http://www.youtube.com/results?search_type=&search_query=o+fortuna&aq=f "O Fortuna"]], that people remember, due to it being one of the the most famous examples of OminousLatinChanting as well as [[RecycledTrailerMusic one of the most overused trailer songs in history]], a StandardSnippet for whenever we want to suggest an EpicMovie. It's also a fine example of CanisLatinicus; not only is it in Medieval Latin, which differs greatly from the classical language, but it's also sung with what can best be described as a French accent, stressing the last syllables of each word. In proper Latin, the stress on each word is generally placed on the penultimate syllable, but that doesn't fit well into the music.

''Carmina Burana'' can be used for a little bit of musical snobbery, distinguishing the people who recognize the work for what it is[[note]]"O Fortuna" is basically [[EmoTeen a college student complaining about how life isn't fair, and probably lamenting a loss at the gambling table]][[/note]] from those who only know it as the music from ''Film/TheOmen1976'' (or ''Film/{{Excalibur}}'', or ''Film/DieHard2'') or indeed from the Old Spice TV advert for aftershave.[[note]] - This ran for forever at least on British TV. Less well-known, more pastoral themes from later in the Burana have also been used to sell bread, potatoes and butter on British TV[[/note]]

[[StockParody Often parodied.]]

!!Straight Examples:


[[folder: Advertising ]]

* "O Fortuna" was the backing music for the Old Spice aftershave advert, which ran in various forms form the 1960's to the 1990's and used the visual image of a surfer catching a wave. Some of the lesser known and more reflective themes from later in the piece accompanied unrelated adverts for products like bread, beer, and margarine; the rustic themes were shoo-ins to demonstrate the age-old purity and traditional values of the foodstuffs involved. Even marge.


[[folder: Anime and Manga ]]

* ''Manga/{{Gunnm}}'', despite being a non-audio medium, nonetheless '''quotes''' "O Fortuna" during Den's last charge.


[[folder: Fan Works ]]

* ''Fanfic/ACrownOfStars'': [[http://forums.sufficientvelocity.com/posts/2633349/ In chapter 57]] a character tells the story of several squads of soldiers of his army that got "O Fortuna!" playing in the background as they performed a suicidal strike.
* ''Fanfic/TheLegendOfTotalDramaIsland'' quotes in its entirety a translation of "[[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pZhwhd4yJW8 In Taberna]]"[[note]]"In the Tavern", regarded by scholars as the greatest drinking song of the Middle Ages and one of the greatest of all time[[/note]] singable to Orff's tune, to set the mood for the boot camp party.
-->''Half a million pounds would never\\
Pay for all we drink together:\\
For we drink beyond all measure,\\
Purely for the sake of pleasure''
* ''WebVideo/YuGiOhTheAbridgedSeries'' uses it with a poster for ''Anime/YuGiOh5Ds'' while mocking the concept of "[[MemeticMutation Card Games on Motorbikes]]".


[[folder: Film ]]

* ''Film/{{Glory}}'': [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bz1ozAleaM4 "Charging Fort Wagner"]], which plays at the climactic, well, charge on Fort Wagner, is no small homage the ''Carmina Burana''.
* ''Film/InterviewWithTheVampire''
* ''Film/{{Excalibur}}'' (the John Boorman film)
* ''Film/TheGeneralsDaughter''
* "O Verona" from ''Film/WilliamShakespearesRomeoAndJuliet'' appears to be based on this musical piece.
* ''Veris Ieta Facies'' [[LyricalDissonance (The joyous face of Spring)]], a less known cantata from the original piece, [[OminousLatinChanting plays]] during the [[TorturePorn grand finale]] of the [[{{Gorn}} Circle of Blood]] in ''Film/SaloOrThe120DaysOfSodom''.
* Rare non-"O Fortuna" example: The Alien's theme in ''Film/LiquidSky'' is a synthecized version of "Trionfo Di Afrodite".


[[folder: Live Action TV ]]

* ''Series/MysteryScienceTheater3000'': Tom Servo's ThemeSong is "O Fortuna" WithLyrics. Well, with ''different'' lyrics.
* ''Series/TheXFactor''
* ''Conan O'Brien's'' Evil Puppy is just an adorable golden retriever puppy who appears while ''Carmina Burana'' plays.
* Used to great effect in ''Series/OnlyFoolsAndHorses'' to highlight Rodney's suspicions that Del's son Damien is the Antichrist.
* Performed by an amateur symphony orchestra in Kinshasa, Congo, on a 2012 episode of ''Series/SixtyMinutes''.
* ''Series/{{Glee}}'' uses this whenever Sue goes on a rampage.
* An episode of ''Series/HowIMetYourMother'' Season 9 has this when Marshall is about to slap Barney...''in slow motion''.


[[folder: Music ]]

* American power/thrash metal band Iced Earth managed to adapt the tune in a way that freshened it up without losing any of the epic feeling in their song "Angels Holocaust".
* Music/TransSiberianOrchestra has [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5gohfV1b5MY an arrangement of "O Fortuna"]] on their album "Night Castle".
* Enigma's ''Screen Behind the Mirror'' album references "O Fortuna" in four of the songs, including "Gravity Of Love".
** They also used "Omnia Sol Temperat" on their ''A Posteriori'' album.
* Music/{{Ministry}}'s "No W" samples "O Fortuna" in its intro - or at least the version heard in the music video and the ''Rock Against Bush'' compilation does; the album version edits that section out, possibly for copyright reasons.
* Music/ThirtySecondsToMars used to play "O Fortuna" before they came out on stage (more than likely to evoke the same reaction it gets when it's played right before a sporting event). Used most commonly during touring in support of ''A Beautiful Lie'' and used infrequently since then to create some cheap heat amongst older fans and pump up the rest of the crowd.
* The "definite" version might be the one by Jean-Pierre Ponnelle for the Frankfurt Opera, exuberant in CostumePorn, SceneryPorn. doing the music justice.


[[folder: Professional Wrestling ]]

* At ''Wrestling/{{Wrestlemania}} XIV'', Wrestling/TheUndertaker was preceded by a procession of robed, torch-bearing druids, who entered to "O Fortuna"


[[folder: Video Games ]]

* The original version of "One Winged Angel" from ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyVII'' borrows its lyrics from ''Carmina Burana'' (with the exception of an insertion of the villain's name). The song was given original, more thematically-fitting lyrics later on for its appearance in ''Franchise/KingdomHearts'' and ''[[TheMovie Advent Children]]''.
* The music played during the second half of the final battle against [[BigBad Bowser]] at the end of ''VideoGame/SuperMarioGalaxy2'' sounds a lot like this. Unfortunately, you only get to hear part of it because the battle will already be over just as the music starts to play.
* A remix of "O Fortuna" entitled "[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=buerlyun0U0&feature=related True Hell On Earth]]" can be heard in ''VisualNovel/GSenjouNoMaou'' during the novel's climax, when "Maou" successfully [[spoiler:takes over the city]].
* In the ''VideoGame/MountAndBlade'' mod ''[[http://www.moddb.com/mods/1429-la-guerre-de-cent-ans-steel-edition 1429 : La Guerre de Cent Ans]]'', "O Fortuna" is one of the main menu's themes.


[[folder: Western Animation ]]

* Used in the ''WesternAnimation/AmericanDad'' episode "A Smith in the Hand", when Stan hears Francine coming to their room while he is masturbating and tries not to get caught in the act.


[[folder: Real Life ]]

* Every live sports event ever, usually when the home team takes the field/court/ice/whatever.
* Music/MichaelJackson's ''Dangerous'' tour opened with a video montage set to this.

* ''Series/{{Jackass}}: TheMovie'' plays it during the opening scene.
* Australian beer Carlton Draft parody it in [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eH3GH7Pn_eA ''The Big Ad'']].
* Trailers for ''WesternAnimation/SouthParkBiggerLongerAndUncut'' used "O Fortuna" to mock the song's then-overuse in other film trailers.
* ''WesternAnimation/TheCritic'''s greatest shame is his film school project, "The Wedding of Prometheus". In the middle of this mercifully-short short subject, he edited in a montage of just about every cheesy film cliche imaginable, including the Kool-Aid Man breaking through a wall, and set it to the tune of "O Fortuna".
* [[http://carmina.ytmnd.com/ "Oh Four Tuna"]], the GagDub/ {{Mondegreen}} version of "O Fortuna": "[[WordSaladLyrics Some men like cheese/ Hot temperate cheese/ Vimto can taste of kidneys...]]"
** [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nIwrgAnx6Q8 "GOPHER TUNA! BRING MORE TUNA! STATUE OF BIG DOG WITH FLEAS!"]]
** See also [[http://wookiessong.ytmnd.com/ "Wookiee Song"]]: "Saw some [[Franchise/StarWars wookiees,]] great big wookiees, they came to maul Darth Vader"
* In ''Webcomic/SchlockMercenary'', Ennessby [[http://www.schlockmercenary.com/2009-10-13 orders a bunch of fabber robots to sing it.]]
* Used to play up the LargeHam of WebAnimation/DotDotDot.
* ''Series/MysteryScienceTheater3000'': Tom Servo [[LyricSwap uses new words]] to turn "O Fortuna" into [[SmallNameBigEgo a song about amazing he is.]]
* The ''Franchise/{{Shrek}}'' ChristmasSpecial ''Shrek the Halls'' plays "O Fortuna" with new lyrics ("It's Christsmas time / No time to whine...") as the ogre makes the perilous journey to do some Christmas shopping.