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->"Never let it be said that a [[{{Valkyries}} Chooser of the Slain]] can't make an entrance."
-->-- '''[[TheDresdenFiles Harry Dresden]], Small Favor, Chapter 43'''

Daa-da-da-da-DAA-da, da-da-da-DAA-da, da-da-da-''DAAA''-da, da-da-da-daaaaaaa!

The '''''[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4KZK9wNVl5M Ride of the Valkyries]]''''' (German: ''Ritt der Walküren'', or ''Walkürenritt'', as the composer referred to it) is a fanfare-like orchestral music theme originating from Creator/RichardWagner's opera ''Die Walküre'' (''The {{Valkyrie|s}}''), which is a part of the cycle ''Theatre/DerRingDesNibelungen'' (''The Ring of the Nibelung'').

When Wagner wrote it, he already intended it to evoke images of epic battles, but what really made that music the StandardSnippet for military {{badass}}ery in Western pop culture was the iconic helicopter raid in ''Film/ApocalypseNow'' ([[PopCulturalOsmosis even those who haven't seen the movie know that scene]], [[PopCulturalOsmosisFailure or at least used to]]). As a result, when the characters are charging on big machines, raining DeathFromAbove on their enemies or just riding a helicopter, either the soundtrack will play "Ride of the Valkyries", or a reference to it will be made.

Ironically, Creator/RichardWagner initially opposed the use and performance of the piece outside of the original opera, even going as far as to write letter of complaint to publishers who sold the sheet music as a separate work. Also ironically, the scene in ''Film/ApocalypseNow'' that served as the TropeCodifier was meant to allude to NaziGermany ([[HitlerAteSugar Hitler was a huge fan of Wagner]] and [[MusicToInvadePolandTo often used his music to rally his troops]]), reflecting how the soldiers in that scene are intended to be viewed as war criminals - [[MisaimedFandom not that it worked.]]

Compare Music/AlsoSprachZarathustra. Examples of this song in the media also qualify as PublicDomainSoundtrack.
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!!Appearances in media
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[[folder: Advertising ]]

* A {{NSFW}} commercial by Fleggaard features naked female skydivers to the ''Ride of the Valkyries'' to advertise a washing machine.
* A commercial for some Australian breath mint, in which two guys are at a football match. One guy is loud and crude, and keeps shouting at an apparently mediocre player named "Wilson". In the context of, "you're a joke Wilsoooon! come on Wilson!" The other guy gives him a really strong breath mint, the loud guy's face locks into "awed" position and "Ride of the Valkyries" starts playing to close out the commercial.
* Used in the trailer for ''The Informant!''
* Used in [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-DP89iMe0BY this]] 1980s Maxell commercial, and in parodies of it by ''WesternAnimation/FamilyGuy'' and the film ''StayTuned''.
* Used in a Nissan Juke commercial.

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[[folder: Anime and Manga ]]

* In ''PonyoOnACliffByTheSea'', a film which already owes much to Wagner's ''Ring Cycle'', the eponymous hero bounds across a tsunami to a tune which borrows from the Ride of the Valkyries.
* ''UFOPrincessValkyrie'', unsurprisingly, employs a rather... [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NnEIXJGvjEc unique take]] on ''Ride of the Valkyries''.
* In episode 14 of Season Two of ''SuzumiyaHaruhi'', Haruhi can be heard humming the song as she's leaving the rest of the characters for the day.
* ''MetalArmorDragonar'' also makes use of this song in an indirect sort of way. [[AcePilot Meiou Plato]] can be heard listening to it while [[AGlassOfChianti sipping from his wine glass]] shortly after pounding an entire squad of Earth troops flat, cementing him in the audience's mind as a complete badass.
* In the Japanese version of ''Anime/YuGiOh'', Zigfried plays his magic card, "Ride of the Valkyries" which happens to play this song itself in the background while the card's effect is being made.
* As a movie producer's ringtone in ''Anime/HanasakuIroha''.
* [[JerkAss Yozora]] hums this as she [[BlatantLies accidentally]] kills [[SitcomArchnemesis Sena]] with a bomb while playing a video game in BokuWaTomodachiGaSukunai.

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[[folder: Comic Books ]]

* {{Lampshaded}} in the ''Midnighter'' comic book ''killing machine'' in which The Midnighter is unwillingly sent back in time to ''kill Hitler''. The ''TimeCops'' come to arrest him and he fights back (with his usual brutal efficiency). The chief Time Cop chases him down in her ''flying tank'' and plays Ride of the Valkyries over the speakers as she does so. The Midnighter hears the song and hums along "pom te te pom pom, pom te te pom pom"... and realizes that he is about to get blown to kingdom come.
** Aside from the undeniable style, this is notable for being the second time somebody takes the Midnighter down EVER. Even Batman takes more opening act beatings on his way to victory.
* In Marvel's ''[[ComicBook/GIJoeARealAmericanHeroMarvel G.I. Joe]]'' series, Cobra Commander is disappointed after returning from a successful raid against the Joes' headquarters that, as the helicopters come in to land, Ride of the Valkyries is not being played for him ''as he has made standing policy''.

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[[folder: Educational Institutions ]]

* At Caltech, it's traditional to play "The Ride" very loud during finals week at 7 AM with the largest, loudest speakers available [[LameExcuse in order to make sure no one oversleeps]]. WARNING: Playing it at any other time (even on the same day) will get you stuffed into a shower if you're lucky.

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[[folder: Film ]]

* ''Film/ApocalypseNow'' is, as mentioned above, one of the most famous uses in popular culture.
* One of the earliest uses of "Valkyries" was in ''TheBirthOfANation'' when the heroic Ku Klux Klansmen ([[ValuesDissonance no, really]]) ride to the rescue of the Cameron family.
* ''Film/TheBluesBrothers'', when the Illinois Nazis go off the bridge and fall gracefully through the air during the climax to the epic ChaseScene.
* In ''Film/MyNameIsNobody'', the soundtrack song "The Wild Horde" features a short recall to Ride Of The Valkyries. It's mainly used in the scenes with the Wild Bunch (a group of 150 outlaws and a tribute to [[TheWildBunch the omonimous film]]).
* ''Film/GhostRider'', when the helicopters land in the stadium before the big jump. Appears as a StandardSnippet.
* ''Film/{{Jarhead}}'', when the marines watch ''Film/ApocalypseNow''. The narration remarks that, to marines, [[DoNotDoThisCoolThing no film is an anti war film]].
* In ''Film/{{Watchmen}}'', it's played straight in the Vietnam flashback, with Dr. Manhattan playing the role of the Angel of Death.
** A non-standard usage also appears in the original print version of ''ComicBook/{{Watchmen}}''. In one of the documents written by the first Nite Owl, he tells the story in how the music factored into the suicide of his boss while he was learning to be a mechanic. As a result he considers it a rather sad piece of music.
* ''Film/SuperTroopers'', during the final FightScene, when the Troopers leap out of the bushes and go on the offensive.
* In the underrated CGI WorldWarII movie ''{{Valiant}}'', the main villain, is singing this as he is having a shower:
-->'''[[NamesToRunAwayFromReallyFast Von Talon]]:''' Pin on my medals...pin on my medals...pin on my MEDALS...on my ''cheeeeeeeeeeeeest''!
* This song is played by the Mole Clan in ''{{Rango}}'', with banjos and other such instruments. ''Flying on bats''.
* ''Film/{{Valkyrie}}''. Where it's seen in the original pop culture association of the piece, NaziGermany.
* The music plays when Yuri Orlov visits the Berlin arms convention in ''Film/LordOfWar''.
* In the TV movie ''The Great American Traffic Jam'' (AKA ''Gridlock''), a squadron of helicopters is deployed during the titular city-wide traffic snarl. As ''Valkyries'' triumphantly plays, they drop off their payloads: portable toilets for all the stranded motorists to use.
* The Flying Monkeys sing the tune while flying on their motorcycles in ''TheMuppets [[Film/TheWizardOfOz Wizard of Oz]]'', much to the Witch's annoyance.
* A soldier in the opening scene of ''Film/{{Monsters|2010}}'' hums the tune while riding a Humvee and calls it his personal theme song.
* In ''Film/RepoMan'', by Otto's former friends while fleeing the scene of one of their crimes.
* In ''Film/SmallSoldiers'' when Chip Hazzard rides a helicopter into the house.
* It's used as the protagonists arrive at a concentration camp in the Italian film ''Seven Beauties''. Note that this predates ''Apocalypse Now'' by a few years.
* Averted in the Creator/LouisDeFunes film ''L'Aile ou la cuisse''. As the chef protagonist prepares a dish on a radio show, a studio guy puts on "Ride of the Valkyries". He instantly objects, as that's music for large game, like boar or rhinoceros.
* In ''Film/{{Predators}}'', Noland hums this.

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[[folder: Literature ]]

* TheDresdenFiles novel ''Death Masks'' has Miss Gard, a tall blonde Nordic woman, piloting a helicopter carrying Marcone, Harry, and a Knight of the Cross into battle. Harry [[InvokedTrope remarks that all they're missing is some Wagner]], and Gard obliges by playing this song on the radio.
** The short story "Heorot" (set after ''Death Masks'') confirmed that Gard is in fact an ''actual'' valkyrie.
** The page quote comes from a later book (''Small Favor''), when Gard arrives to the battle [[GunshipRescue piloting a helicopter]] [[BigDamnHeroes with Hendricks wielding]] [[GatlingGood the mounted minigun]], while [[BigEntrance loudspeakers mounted on the bottom of the chopper blast the song]] (again).
* In EricFlint's ''Literature/SixteenThirtyTwo'' "Ride of the Valkyries" is used to scare off an Imperial army.
* Later in the ''Literature/HonorHarrington'' series, one of the Havenite captain/admirals fancies this before heading into battle.
** A battle in which over ''two million'' people died in a [[UpToEleven Massive]] [[SpaceBattle Exchange]] of [[MoreDakka firepower]] between fleets of hundreds of [[CoolStarship superdreadnoughts]]. Odin probably got enough heroes to feast in his hall that day, but he may not have had enough {{Valkyries}} to process them for a long time. Still the Battle of Manticore was a great battle to play that tune for.
* At the climax of ''[[TheLaundrySeries The Fuller Memorandum]]'', [[ActionGirl Dominique "Mo" O'Brien]] plays ''die Walkurenritt'' on [[InstrumentOfMurder her violin]], from atop a truck full of SAS soldiers, [[spoiler:to clear a path through a localized zombie apocalypse.]] The violin is an ArtifactOfDoom, so it's no surprise that her interpretation of the piece involves magical resonances that human ears were emphatically ''not'' meant to hear and that serves as a very effectively deterrent [[spoiler:against the zombies in the cemetery.]]

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[[folder: Live Action TV ]]

* Reversed in an episode of ''HogansHeroes'', where the prisoners are playing it in the camp orchestra [[spoiler:(actually, it's a record player)]] to cover up their efforts to have a shot-down flier and a defecting baroness escape in a repaired fighter plane. Of course, they play it while the plane flies away.
-->'''Colonel Klink''': ''(listening from his office)'' Amazing! Would you believe this is their first rehearsal?
-->'''Fraulein Hilda''': They must be trained musicians.
-->'''Klink''': These prisoners play Wagner like Germans!
* ''TheWire''. Rawls plays this on his car's stereo as he gives the order to commence the major raid on [[spoiler:Hamsterdam, in the season 3 finale]].
* ''HouseOfCards''. Francis Urquhart hums this to himself when his political machinations are all working out exactly as he wanted.
* The ''Series/MythBusters'' played this during the episode in which they tested whether firing a gun would set off an avalanche, while riding in a helicopter. Definitely a ShoutOut there.
** They did a second time when seeing how much water would be needed to put out a grease fire. [[spoiler: They brought in a firefighting helicopter with a 500-gallon bucket of water. It was more than enough.]]
** And a third time, when they tested the impact from falling on pavement compared to water. [[spoiler: They dropped pig corpses sealed in body bags from, what else, a helicopter.]]
* An episode of ''Series/{{Charmed}}'' that featured Valkyries had them steal motorcycles and ride off on them as a rock remix played in the background.
* In an episode of ''Series/{{Eureka}}'', a botanist blasts this out of a set of massive speakers while strafing his fields with a pesticide-spraying helicopter. Cue scenes with Fargo getting chased by the helicopter, having an idealistic conversation with Jack, and running around in military fatigues, all while the music plays.
--> ''[[ShoutOut I love the smell of pesticide in the morning. Smells like...grant renewal.]]''
** Maybe that's how Odin chooses which insects get to go to Valhalla?
* ''WinBenSteinsMoney'' uses this song at the end of each episode.
* Episode three of ''James May's Man Lab'' features a remote-controlled helicopter [[ThereIsNoKillLikeOverkill equipped with bottle rockets to blow up wasps]]. There is only one piece of music for such [[CrazyAwesome glorious combat]].
* In an episode of ''Big Bang Theory'' Sheldon puts it on in the car when they're on a "quest" to retrieve something (I forget what, I'll have to look it up)
* A fragment of this music appeared in ''Series/TheXFiles'' episode "Vienen" as MockingMusic. Agents Mulder and Doggett are in the communications room of an oil rig, pursued by crew members who have been infected by [[TheVirus the alien black oil]]. They are banging on the door, while Mulder tries to block the door by any furniture he can find and Doggett tries to get the radio working. The static changes to ''The Music/RideOfTheValkyries''
-->'''Mulder''': Wagner?
-->'''Doggett''': What do you want?
-->'''Mulder''': I take it back. It's perfect.
* In the ''Series/BreakingBad'' Pilot, Hank hums this very briefly.

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[[folder: Professional Wrestling ]]

* [[Wrestling/BryanDanielson Daniel Bryan]] started using this as his entrance music after winning the US title from Wrestling/TheMiz. Now he uses an [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HM4URPXK2WY even more kickass rock remix]].
** Bryan's protege, Wrestling/SaraDelRey, used the music at well - reportedly because Bryan suggested it. Apparently, he always thought it would be a great theme for a wrestler.

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[[folder: Video Games ]]

* ''Return Fire,'' a video game on the 3D0 and PlayStation, played this when the player was flying a helicopter.
* In ''StarCraft'' the Siege Tank driver will hum a few bars of it if you click on the unit enough.
* This serves as the main theme for MicroProse's AH-64 Apache simulator game ''Gunship.''
* In Battlefield Vietnam you can listen to music while in a vehicle and one of the songs is ride of the Valkyries and one of the vehicles is a Huey helicopter.
* Also used in the {{SNES}} game ''AirCavalry'' as the main and mission briefing themes.
* [[ShoutOut Unsurprisingly]], this is one of the songs that can be heard on the Classical station in ''Sim Copter''.
* And, of course, two of the ''VideoGame/{{Parodius}}'' games.
* In ''{{Nintendogs}}'', this plays when you use the toy helicopter.
* The old GameMod "Firearms" for the original ''VideoGame/HalfLife1'' featured a MEDEVAC helicopter, which a player with [[CombatMedic advanced first-aid skills]] could call in to rescue [[OnlyMostlyDead incapacitated]] soldiers who were outdoors. About 5% of the time, the chopper would play this song, fading out as it left the map.
* ''SoldierOfFortune 2'' has this song play for a brief time during the helicopter scene in Columbia, until a shot aimed at the chopper manages to destroy the pilot's boombox.
* ''HeartsOfIron'' uses the piece as a theme tune for both I and III. (II uses a different score altogether)
** Parts of it remain in other parts of II's soundtrack though.
* In ''FullThrottle'' a version of this plays whenever a box of bunnies is unleashed, a hilarious mashup of orchestral and cheap synth.
* While not quite a video game, version 3 of ''AfterDark'' featured its iconic Flying Toasters screen saver (as usual). It also featured two songs that could be played with said toasters. One was a theme Berkeley Systems came up with, the other was "Ride of the Valkyries". Both songs could be subtitled if need be. The subtitles for "Ride of the Valkyries" read roughly the same as the page quote for this trope.
* In the [[SillinessSwitch What If? mode]] of the PS1 ''{{Spider-Man}}'' game, a helicopter pilot will start singing this in one of the stages while he's trying to shoot down Spidey.
* In ''[[VideoGame/JustCause Just Cause 2]]'', cause enough damage in a helicopter, and the character will start humming this.
* In ''[[FarCry3 Far Cry 3]]'', the song first gets played on a record by [[spoiler: the villain Hoyt, who comments on his personal taste in European music shortly after casually blowing up a boat full of hostages from his office.]] The second time it plays in the background when Jason and [[spoiler: Riley]] escape an airfield via helicopter.
* An arcade game from the early 1980s by Midway called ''Satan's Hollow'' used this as the game start jingle.
* In ''Where in the World is CarmenSandiego?'' this is one of the songs that plays during flying scenes.
* In the VisualNovel ''VisualNovel/GSenjouNoMaou'', the main character's sister, who is a figure skater, uses this music as background to her freestyle performance. The theme is also used as background music while the main character is planning his undying vengeance over a classmate who [[BerserkButton accidentally damaged one of his classical music CDs]] (appropriately, it was a performance of Wagner).
* In VideoGame/FalloutNewVegas this plays at the end of Come Fly with Me, as the rockets launch to take the ghouls to the Great Beyond. [[spoiler:It doesn't end well.]]
** [[spoiler:Not if you don't tamper with the rocket navigation controls.]]
* Although it doesn't appear in the game itself, the [[AllThereInTheManual official strategy guide]] for the original VideoGame/CommandAndConquer [[SuspiciouslySpecificDenial denies that GDI A-10 pilots listen to heavy metal and Ride of the Valkyries during combat.]]
* One of the songs you can play on the "radio" in ''[[VideoGame/{{Battlefield}} Battlefield: Vietnam]]''. Best used in a Huey for maximum effect.
* Part of the song is used as Von Kaiser's intro music in ''VideoGame/PunchOut Wii''.
* In "GTA IV", if you steal an ice cream truck and use the horn, this is one of the songs you hear.
* ''VideoGame/{{Borderlands 2}}'': The bandit pilot of one of the aircraft manages to sing this tune. Somehow.
* ''[[VideoGame/{{Metal Gear Solid V The Phantom Pain}} Metal Gear Solid V: Ground Zeroes]]'' features this song as one of the Walkman songs Snake can listen to while sneaking around and in the helicopter.
* VideoGame/SaintsRowIV: The Dubstep Gun (DLC Remix) plays this when set to the Classical custom skin, and every clash of percussion is accompanied with an explosion. It doesn't just score the war, it ''performs'' the war!

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[[folder: Web Comics ]]

* ''AllMannerOfBad'': When the heroes come to the rescue of their co-workers in a pimped-out SUV, that's the music they play.
* Referenced in ''QuestionableContent'', as part of a general Film/ApocalypseNow parody, involving Hannelore's super-advanced robotic cleaner.
* ''Webcomic/MetroidThirdDerivative'' has a flash comic depicting a horde of Zoomers storming the Space Pirate base to this music.
* ''Webcomic/SchlockMercenary'' got burana-bots [[http://www.schlockmercenary.com/2010-11-11 singing it]] upon their arrival as a part (if non-combatant one) of TheCavalry. Ennesby argues that it's inappropriate.

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[[folder: Web Games ]]

* Can be heard in a cutscene of the ''[[{{Bionicle}} Mata Nui On-Line Game]]'', as the Le-Matoran prepare their Kewa bird for flight. As they take off, the tune goes all funky, and stays that way for the subsequent MiniGame.

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[[folder: Western Animation ]]

* In ''TheSimpsons'' when Mr. Burns comes to have Homer's mother (who's been on the run for years after destroying Burns' germ warfare lab) arrested he attempts to play a tape of "Ride of the Valkyries", however it turns out that Smithers had taped over it with "Waterloo" by ABBA.
** Another ''Simpsons'' reference, in the episode where Apu and Manjula have their children. When the babies are put on show, this tune is used for the one dressed as "The Baron".
** And in yet another Simpsons example, one HalloweenEpisode has an army of Homer clones being created from an evil hammock.[[note]] If the previous sentence makes perfect sense to you, you may want to get yourself checked[[/note]] To get rid of them, several helicopters carrying giant doughnuts lure the clones into a giant canyon. The scene is a parody of ''Film/ApocalypseNow'' so, needless to say, "Ride of the Valkyries" is playing.
* Honorable mention to ''WesternAnimation/WhatsOperaDoc'', although it doesn't quite fit in the above context.
** "[[ElmuhFuddSyndwome KILL DA WABBIT! KILL THE WABBIT! KILL DA WABBIT...]]"
** On ''Series/ThirtyRock'' Liz Lemon had this as her ring tone. [[PopCulturalOsmosis When asked if she liked Wagner, she replied that she was a fan of Elmer Fudd.]]
** On an episode of ''HeyArnold!'' called "What's opera, Arnold?" they played an homage to the 1957 WesternAnimation/LooneyTunes cartoon and this song, complete with made up lyrics to describe [[StalkerWithACrush Helga's]] despite for Arnold's crush [[RomanticFalseLead Ruth]]
* In an episode of ''{{Duckman}}'', Duckman has installed a security system that goes berserk, attempting to kill the family with a laser defense system. The song begins playing as they all make a mad dash to the safety of the basement. Before they make it all the way to their goal, however, [[SorryILeftTheBGMOn the lasers obliterate a record player, ending the music]].
* In ''MakingFiends'', after an episode of trying to avoid the destructive affections of her [[ActionBomb exploding baby pigeon fiends]], Vendetta decides to toss all of them off a cliff to explode on their own... [[OhCrap only to watch in horror as they return, having learned to fly by that time]]. Cue the music as they fly after her in a V-Formation.
* In ''TheSuperHeroSquadShow'', [[TheMightyThor Thor]] sings this for karaoke. About the {{Marvel|Comics}} character, The Valkryie.
* In the ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic'' episode "[[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS2E7MayTheBestPetWin May The Best Pet Win!]]", the song plays during a race through Ghastly Gorge.
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