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->'''Kotomi:''' My name is Ichinose Kotomi. A senior in Class A. My hobby is reading books.\\
'''Tomoya:''' And her weapon is the violin. It takes only 0.2 seconds before sound waves come out from the moment she takes position. The number of people she's felled is countless.\\
'''Kotomi:''' ''[after playing some more]'' I've never felled people with the violin.\\
'''Tomoya:''' Do you see us on the floor right now?!
-->-- ''{{VisualNovel/CLANNAD}}''

What a LethalChef is to food, a Dreadful Musician is to music. This is a character who plays music ''badly''. [[GlassShatteringSound Glass shatters]], [[AnimalReactionShot animals scatter]], and [[Franchise/ConanTheBarbarian women lament]]. Even worse, they [[GiftedlyBad may not even realize how bad they are]], while everyone around them scrambles to halt the performance.

More clever characters may use this entirely-unintended effect to their advantage. Taken to the extreme, where this effect is obtained through skill and used as a weapon, the character becomes a MusicalAssassin. If the lethality is the product of the music itself instead of the musician's lack of talent, it's a BrownNote. If the sound is literally capable of physically breaking objects and inflicting damage, it's a GlassShatteringSound (if it's mostly confined to shattering brittle materials) or MakeMeWannaShout (if it's an all-purpose sonic weapon).

IronyAsSheIsCast often comes into play here; it's not unusual to find that the bad musician is being played by a good one in RealLife. In fact, sometimes it takes a talented musician to know how to play one who's truly awful.

If they truly don't know how awful they are, then they're also GiftedlyBad. May overlap with LoudOfWar, LoungeLizard.

Compare SuckinessIsPainful. Also compare ThreeChordsAndTheTruth and StylisticSuck, where musicians do actually know how to play their instruments, but without the complexity and pretentiousness. Related to HollywoodToneDeaf, in which bad music is played more realistically although still exaggerated for comic effect; and TerribleArtist, for when characters are unskilled at non-musical forms of art. See also PissTakeRap.

When adding examples, keep in mind that this trope by definition exaggerates the possible to the impossible. Therefore, this cannot occur in RealLife.



[[folder:Anime & Manga]]
* Yomi from ''Manga/AzumangaDaioh'' is good at many things, but singing definitely isn't one of them. Contrast Sakaki, who doesn't say much, but sings beautifully. (Ironically, Yomi's [[Creator/RieTanaka Japanese voice actress]] is [[IronyAsSheIsCast well-respected for her singing abilities.]])
* Despite being a genius and depicted calmly playing the violin in the opening of ''VisualNovel/{{CLANNAD}}'', the terrible truth is revealed when Kotomi finally gets her hands on one: every time she plays, shockwaves emanate from the violin, glass cracks, lightbulbs burst, and everyone in the school collapses to the ground in agony. ''She'' thinks her music is pretty. She was apparently fine when she was a child, but after [[spoiler:her parents died]] and she NeverGotToSayGoodbye, she became a GiftedlyBad {{Cloudcuckoolander}}.
* ''Manga/DetectiveConan'''s Kudo Shinichi/Edogawa Conan is a horrendous singer who also can't play an instrument to save his life. Everybody jokes about his tone-deafness, but he actually has perfect pitch; he just has no interest in getting better beyond emulating Sherlock Holmes. [[IronyAsSheIsCast Ironically,]] his voice actor is a famous IdolSinger.
* ''Anime/DigimonAdventure'' has four such atrociously bad singers: Tai, Joe, Gomamon, and Agumon. They try to wake up a sleeping Digimon with their singing and are [[CrowningMomentOfFunny absolute and hilarious FAIL]].
* Mana from ''Anime/DokiDokiPrecure'' sings a lullaby horribly and hilariously.
* In ''Anime/{{Doraemon}}'', Giant fancies himself a singer, but his voice is so awful it can be weaponized. Even in a world without sound, just reading his lyrics [[BrownNote induces nausea]]. It's only rivaled by Shizuka's violin. In a memorable scene from a NonSerialMovie, the team is being drawn in by [[EnthrallingSiren sirens]] song which has also attracted a [[KrakenAndLeviathan sea beast]]. The praise of the music annoys Giant, who begins to sing. [[DidYouJustPunchOutCthulhu Cue fleeing mermaids and a knocked-out monster]].
* In ''Anime/DragonBallZBattleOfGods'':
** Piccolo tries his hand at karaoke at Bulma's birthday party. We don't hear him, since the scene in question is mostly a montage of still frames, but the [[http://40.media.tumblr.com/28180f955af606f1ed014fa84835f9b2/tumblr_n3jj0gDCry1r5aol3o1_500.png surrounding characters' reactions]] leave little doubt about his lack of musical gifts.
** Later in the movie, Vegeta invokes this deliberately when he tries to create the biggest and most amusing distraction he could think of to stop Beerus the God of Destruction from destroying the world. He also couples it with [[ICantDance equally dreadful dancing]], and [[SoBadItsGood it works]].
-->'''Beerus''': Simply astounding, Whis, Vegeta's singing is actually ''worse'' than yours!
* Gajeel from ''Manga/FairyTail'' believes himself to be a good guitar player and singer. He's not good at either, although other guild members like his lyrics. His ''[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gVboWMLqkqQ Shoody Doo Bop]]'' became a MemeticMutation.
* Once in ''LightNovel/{{Gosick}}'', Victorique singing was mistaken for her moaning in pain.
* Mikuru Asahina from ''LightNovel/HaruhiSuzumiya'' absolutely ''cannot'' sing. While this seldom transcends mere lack of quality, at one point in the Drama CD she has to sing ''especially'' badly to weaken a sound-based monster, and does so handily.
* While Nishizawa from ''Manga/HayateTheCombatButler'' is [[TheGenericGuy perfectly ordinary in almost every aspect]], her singing abilities leave much to be desired. When she challenges Nagi to a karaoke duel in the manga, Nishizawa's score is so low compared to Nagi's that ''the machine itself'' makes fun of her. Nagi's had vocal training for years, incidentally, and gets basically a perfect score.
* Mizuki's attempts to play the flute in ''Manga/KamisamaKiss'' leave something to be desired. But don't take our word for it, [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8zqkWiB0qT8 see for yourself.]]
* In ''Anime/KeyTheMetalIdol'', Key goes to a concert and is instructed to show what she can do. She then proceeds to sing a ''very'' high note that shatters glass, causes the audience to reel in pain, and short-circuits the robot puppet.
%% Generic example. FanMyopia. * Rie Tanaka seems to get cast that way a LOT, for whatever reason. See also Eriko in ''VideoGame/{{Kimikiss}}'' and Xanthippe in ''Anime/TheGirlWhoLeaptThroughSpace''.
* Tokino in the original ''Anime/KujibikiUnbalance'' OVA. She "wins" a karaoke competition by breaking the karaoke meter, as plants wither, birds fall dead out of the sky, nearby aircraft crash in flames, and the other contestants unsuccessfully attempt to keep from vomiting. Her singing voice is not provided by [[Creator/AkemiKanda her normal voice actress]], but by [[Creator/JojiNakata a tone-deaf fifty-year old man]].
* The main character Weed of ''LightNovel/TheLegendaryMoonlightSculptor'' has several times shown that his singing will make enemies of all his listeners. When posting one of his battles on the internet [[spoiler: while transformed into an orc]], people think it is a parody of how the race has no in-game culture. He is completely unaware of how bad he is.
* Konata from ''Anime/LuckyStar'' is an especially noxious karaoke singer, as the ending credits from many episodes reveal. Still, the sheer spunk of her performance ''almost'' makes up for the fact that she can't hold a tone to save her life. It is quite a feat of Creator/AyaHirano, Konata's voice actress, who is a very proficient singer in reality.
* In ''{{Anime/Macross 7}}'', Gamlin Kizaki tried to sing, despite Basara's protests, and this trope is the result. [[spoiler:Then the Protodeviln eventually start attempting it. Sivil actually isn't too bad, but Gigil and Geppelnitch are absolutely ''horrendous''. Still, they do manage to produce Spiritia through it.]] Like the previous example, Gamlin's voice actor Creator/TakehitoKoyasu is actually quite a talented singer.
* ''Manga/MahouSenseiNegima'' has Shirabe, a MusicalAssassin who apparently doesn't sound all [[http://mangafox.me/manga/mahou_sensei_negima/v25/c224/4.html that great.]] Doesn't stop it from being [[http://mangafox.me/manga/mahou_sensei_negima/v25/c224/5.html/ extremely deadly.]] After the Mundus Magicus arc, we learn that [[http://mangafox.me/manga/mahou_sensei_negima/v37/c339/11.html Kotarou and Negi]] aren't that good at singing either.
* Dorothy from ''Manga/{{MAR}}'' keeps a living rag doll as one of her retinue of Guardians. Named Crazy Quilt, she specializes in this trope. It works quite well the first time she's used in the fourth round against Rapunzel, but in the finals, Chimera merely slaps her away; Chimera had already experienced [[BreakTheCutie much worse than bad singing]].
* In the beginning of ''Manga/MermaidMelodyPichiPichiPitch'', Lucia tries to use a song as thanks in accordance with mermaid customs and [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ea1YXNBpZV8 ends up causing an earthquake]]. She's also (inexplicably) able to sing microphone static too. After getting back the pearl that controls her MagicMusic, she can sing well (not that the enemies think so). And she was always far better than ''[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ho26e7Ojm3E Caren]]'', a completely unintentional example.
* In ''Anime/MonsterRancher'' the anime series, the gang is trapped on board a pirate ship whose crew are ghost monsters who [[IntangibleMan can't be physically hit]], so Suezo goes below deck to the ship's speaker system and starts singing. It's so bad that everyone -- including the ghosts -- starts writhing in pain. Captain Horn has finally had enough and teleports down there:
-->'''Horn:''' What are you doing with that racket?!
--> '''Suezo:''' Oh, hey there Horn, I'm just trying to sing to scare the ghosts off. I was just getting warmed up.
--> '''Horn:''' Your singing has the whole crew looking like they're going through the bends! Here, let me give it a try.
--> '''Ghosts:''' ''OhCrap face''
* Kashima from ''Manga/MonthlyGirlsNozakiKun'' is TheAce at most everything she turns her hand to -- except singing, which can leave unfortunate listeners trembling on the floor with their hands clutched over their ears. She's ashamed of it because she's normally so good at things.
* In one episode of ''Manga/{{Nichijou}}'', eight-year old Professor and her robot Nano are playing on trumpets. They sound awful -- until you realize that the Professor is blowing into her horn but not actually making any noise. It's ''Nano'' who sounds awful.
* Aoi from ''Anime/NightRaid1931'' is horrible at playing the violin, but he doesn't let that bother him.
* ''Anime/{{Pokemon}}''
** Jigglypuff is an inversion. Her lullaby is ''so'' good that any person or Pokémon that hears it falls asleep. She doesn't appreciate that at all, and she [[FaceDoodling draws on the faces]] of her sleeping victims. She [[WalkingTheEarth wanders the world]] following the heroes, trying to find someone who can hear her entire song. When she finally finds a Pokémon who was immune to sound-based techniques, she later finds it knocked out from battle, figures ''he'' fell asleep too, and resigned herself to [[FailureIsTheOnlyOption never finding that being who can stay awake.]]
** In season 10, Pikachu forms a band with himself on cello, Buizel on saxophone, Turtwig on drums, and Sudowoodo on piano. Staravia [[http://www.filb.de/anime/dp/039 wasn't a big fan]].
* In ''Manga/{{QED}}'', while So Touma is a [[TeenGenius genius in many ways]], he's never sung in karaoke before. It turns out, his singing is so bad that it petrifies those who hear it. But he finds that he enjoys it, much to Kana's chagrin.
* Kanata is not a particularly good bugler when ''Anime/SoundOfTheSky'' begins, so she joins the army to learn how to play.
* Megumi in ''Manga/SpecialA'', who normally communicates by TalkingWithSigns, got a chance to sing for Kei's birthday in the first episode. Her singing caused a minor explosion over the school and caused the birthday boy to go pale. Everyone else put in earplugs before she began singing.
* De Niro from ''VisualNovel/TheyAreMyNobleMasters'' sometimes tries to use his sound system for musical purposes, which never works since it's actually ''built'' to emanate destructive waves.
* Princess Kaguya from ''VideoGame/{{Touhou}}'' is described as this in the gag series ''[[Manga/TouhouBougetsushou Inaba of the Moon & Inaba of the Earth]]''. Reisen refers to her playing as "sonic weaponry" and even Kaguya admits "I did take down a bunch of people once". Making matters worse, [[UpToEleven she somehow did this while playing]] ''[[AirGuitar air biwa]]''.
* Akina in ''Manga/UFOPrincessValkyrie'' is terrible at karaoke. It's barely survivable when she's got a backup-team of catgirl gogo-dancers distracting you from the actual singing, but without them, it's so bad that when Hydra is first thrown into the Punishment Dimension, the hell of her imagining is being strapped to a chair while Akina sings her ImageSong.
* In ''Manga/YandereKanojo'', the piano-playing ghost Kuroko can't move on to the next life until someone recognizes the piece of music she's playing. Just one problem -- she's ''agonizingly'' bad at it. Reina and the gang listen for hours, writhing on the floor the whole time, and still can't make heads or tails of the song.

[[folder:Card Games]]
* Harpies in ''{{TabletopGame/Munchkin}}''. "Their music is really, really bad."

%%* Henny Youngman.
* British comedian Les Dawson on the piano. He regularly managed the amazing feat of playing a tune, and not getting a single note right, but ''you could still tell what the tune was''. That's the sort of badness it takes real talent to achieve.

[[folder:Comic Books]]
* [[MeaningfulName Cacofonix]] the bard from ''Comicbook/{{Asterix}}'' is an absolutely horrid musician. The entire village conspires to keep him from singing, to the point of [[BoundAndGagged tying him up and gagging him]] whenever they have a celebration (''i.e.'' the end of every book). The blacksmith, Fulliautomatix, is always trying to shut him up with a [[DropTheHammer sledgehammer]]; if not him, the gods themselves will throw a BoltOfDivineRetribution. In later parts of the series, he can start horrible rainstorms just by playing a few notes, and he's implied to be ancestor of bad musicians everywhere. His exploits include:
** In ''The Mansions of the Gods'', Asterix uses him to clear out the Roman civilians by having him move in with them.
** The "Normans" (''i.e.'' Vikings) come to Gaul to learn fear, a concept they cannot understand. The Gauls throw everything they have at them, including a severe beating from their strongest men, but only one thing teaches them to fear: Cacofonix's singing.
** In ''Asterix the Gladiator'', Cacofonix's singing saves Asterix's life when he [[spoiler:is brought into the circus arena to fight the lions, and his singing scares the lions off]].
** In ''Asterix and the Magic Carpet'', a Fakir from India comes to request his assistance because his country has not had rain in all of its rainy season and only the bard's horrible singing voice can drive the sky to torrential downpour. [[spoiler:Surprise! It works.]]
** The page image comes from ''Asterix and the Secret Weapon'' and was an attempt at heavy metal ("an [[GeniusBonus anacreontic]] ode transcending the verbal dimension"). It caused a near-apocalyptic storm that caused most of the animal population of the forest to run away, including a dragon.
* Bianca Castafiore in the ''Franchise/{{Tintin}}'' books is a professional opera singer, but judging by other characters' reactions, she's dreadful. She's also GiftedlyBad and will sing at full blast at any opportunity. The only characters who don't mind her are Professor Calculus (who is "slightly hard of hearing") and Colonel Sponsz (who wants to get into her knickers). Hergé himself hated opera and found it ridiculous; he based the diva on his Aunt Mimi, a similarly shrill singer.
* ComicBook/GastonLagaffe is an interesting example, as he's not bad at playing music ''per se'' -- rather, his music is painful because he insists on using [[BizarreInstrument eldritch homemade instruments]]. After he "tuned" a violin for a friend, it produced a shrieking sound that could paralyze people. His buddies aren't any better; once, during a rehearsal, they caused the floor to cave in.
* Peewit, in Peyo's ''ComicBook/JohanAndPeewit''. His natural ability for inflicting musical pain only gets worse when he accidentally obtains a magical six-holed flute of smurf origin that can [[BrownNote force people to dance uncontrollably until they drop from exhaustion.]] He's so bad that at the beginning of the same album, when a traveling salesman comes to the castle and begins unloading musical instruments, the horrified king banishes him with threats of hanging.
* ''Franchise/TheSmurfs'': Harmony Smurf can make any instrument sound painfully out of tune, even a triangle. For the sake of experiment, the other Smurfs once allowed him to direct their orchestra: he made every last one of them play wrong. They even once gave him a music box to hold. [[SerialEscalation He made it play wrong.]] Farmer Smurf deliberately uses Harmony's bad music playing to bring on the rain in "The Finance Smurf".
* Preservers in ''ComicBook/ElfQuest'' love to sing. Nobody else loves hearing them. Cutter once asked Petalwing to sing for Rayek, just to torment him.

[[folder: Fan Works]]
* Terb the bard in ''Fanfic/TheKeysStandAlone: The Soft World'' is a Dreadful Musician with a magical lute. Only professional musicians are immune to it and can hear the music for what it really is—and George is so annoyed by the pub crowd's approval of the lousy music that he gets up on stage with his guitar to show everyone what ''real'' playing is.

[[folder:Films -- Animated]]
* ''Animation/TreasureOfSwampCastle'': The Baron's daughter drives the flute player to tears and he bends the flute out of grief.
* Scuttle from ''Disney/TheLittleMermaid'' believes a smoking pipe is a musical instrument and tries to make music with that on a few occasions. When Sebastian tries to lead the sea creatures in a song to serenade Ariel and Eric, Scuttle tries to sing, and Eric remarks that "someone should put that poor animal out of its misery."
* Disney/{{Cinderella}}'s stepsisters, one singing and one on a flute, drive Lucifer the cat to seek refuge in another room, where Cinderella is secretly putting them to shame with her own singing.
* The aforementioned Peewit is ''still'' one of these in ''WesternAnimation/TheSmurfsAndTheMagicFlute''. It's only when he gets his hands on the magic flute that he ever plays a decent tune, and also at the end of the movie when [[spoiler:he has a fake copy of the magic flute]].
* Warren T. Rat in ''WesternAnimation/AnAmericanTail'' plays a very cringe-worthy rendition of "Beautiful Dreamer" on his violin during the sewer scene. He claims it's because "his nose keeps getting in the way". [[spoiler: Granted, this may be justified as he ''is'' wearing a fake rat nose.]]
* Garth from ''WesternAnimation/AlphaAndOmega'' is a horrid howler (howling being like singing to the wolves). Every time he sings, stunned birds drop out of the sky. While at first he seems to [[GiftedlyBad think he's good at it]], he later admits he knows how awful he is. [[spoiler:Lilly manages to teach him how to howl wonderfully, in the process causing them to fall in love.]]
* In ''WesternAnimation/{{Megamind}}'', just because [[spoiler: Metro Man]] wanted to be a musician doesn't mean that he is any good at it. Granted, he was previously [[spoiler: constantly occupied with saving Metro City]], so he might not have had any time to practice and improve yet.
* King Julian in ''[[WesternAnimation/{{Madagascar}} Madagascar 2]]'' tries to whistle, but only manages to [[BlowingARaspberry blow raspberries]].
* Mumble, The main character of ''WesternAnimation/HappyFeet'' is the only penguin among his peers that can't sing to save his life. His voice actor, Elijah Wood, is a [[IronyAsSheIsCast pretty decent singer]] in real life.

[[folder:Films -- Live-Action]]
* Some versions of Franchise/SherlockHolmes make him a painfully bad violinist. In the original stories he's quite skilled, although he tends to play ''endlessly'' when thinking or bored, to Watson's annoyance. The literary canon explains that Holmes is quite talented but usually can't be motivated to attempt an actual tune. Most of the time, he just listlessly scrapes away with the bow while his mind is elsewhere, and he barely seems to realise he's doing it.
* A Japanese interactive film ''Super Voice World'' features the "player" character meeting various voice actors on his way to becoming one himself. Too bad his singing evokes visions of two nerds (played by Yamaguchi Kappei and Matsumoto Yasunori) taking off each other's glasses and falling on the floor in each other's embrace (no, it doesn't really make sense in context, either), shatters glass, kills goldfish, makes flowers wither, sends producers to the hospital and causes bad emotional trauma to the three poor girls who asked him to sing in the first place -- they hide behind furniture and threaten him with fruits afterwards. [[WidgetSeries Yeah.]]
* Subverted in ''Film/HighFidelity'' where Jack Black's character's band, Sonic Death Monkey, has been built up for the entire third act. They finally appear playing smooth R&B Standards, and sound great.
* Mark and the members of his garage band in ''Film/WelcomeToTheDollhouse''. Case in point is the infamous "Happy Anniversary" song.
* Played with during the "camp battle" scene in ''Film/AmericanPiePresentsBandCamp''. The MC is challenged to a musical "duel". He's recently taken up the triangle. His competitor, of course, is much better. Then the MC pulls out an instrument he, unexpectedly, plays well.
* In ''Film/TakeTheMoneyAndRun'', this is the result of attempts to teach Virgil to play the cello. As his instructor puts it, "He had no conception of the instrument. He was blowing into it." It doesn't help that he tries to play cello [[CrowningMomentOfFunny in a marching band]].
* In the comedy ''Film/{{Water 1985}}'', Billy Connolly plays a communist rebel who's sworn never to speak until his island nation is free, [[ExactWords so he communicates by singing]]. Unfortunately he's not very good at it, so when it's time for him to address the United Nations they're unimpressed, until a cameo appearance by George Harrison and Ringo Starr with their band "The Singing Rebels" earns him a [[ThePowerOfRock standing ovation]].
* The singers at the first wedding in ''Film/FourWeddingsAndAFuneral''. The credits even list them as "Frightful Folk Duo".
* ''Film/ThePinkPanther'''s Inspector Clouseau is the archetypal CluelessDetective, and "playing the violin" is one of many things he isn't good at.
* ''Film/BillyMadison'': Billy and Eric compete in the musical round of an "Academic Decathlon." Eric wears a tuxedo and plays the violin beautifully. Then Billy, dressed in his street clothes, blows into his clarinet - and toots out a horribly off-key, screechy note. He smiles sheepishly, points to Eric and says [[{{Understatement}} "He's good."]]
* ''Film/FlorenceFosterJenkins'' staring Creator/MerylStreep explores the true life story of the worst singer ever to play Carnegie Hall. She seemed unaware of her GiftedlyBad status, but many enjoyed it (the Carnegie Hall gig ''sold out''). The brave can search for recordings of her on [=YouTube=].

* Alan Dean Foster's ''Literature/{{Spellsinger}}'' books:
** Jon-Tom, the eponymous Spellsinger, can work magic with his music -- but he has absolutely no vocal talents. He still sings, because his magical abilities require singing to work.
** [[spoiler: The villain from the eighth book makes Jon-Tom sound like a multiple-Grammy winner.]]
* The entire Smythe-Smith family in Julia Quinn's ''Bridgerton'' series. An entire family of girls with no musical talent, and three-quarters of the family are in denial about it enough to insist that all of the eligible maidens play a musicale every year.
* ''{{Literature/Discworld}}'' is fond of this trope:
** In ''Discworld/LordsAndLadies'', it's revealed that Nanny Ogg's baths are accompanied by singing so loud and dreadful they cause everyone in her village to seek shelter. Animals forced to endure it unprotected produce curdled milk afterwards. Whereas opera singers can shatter glass with their voice, Nanny Ogg can ''clean'' it. Making it worse is that the tin bath she uses amplifies it to the point you can hear it from a good distance up the mountains.
** Christine in ''{{Discworld/Maskerade}}'' doesn't so much sing as shriek the words of opera songs ("Kwesta?! Mallydetta!!"); however, she looks the part and has genuine "star quality", so she is chosen over the supernaturally talented Agnes in the end. Christine and Agnes are, of course, an inversion of Christine and Carlotta in ''ThePhantomOfTheOpera'', although in most versions the latter is more overblown and past her prime than dreadful.
** Death is likewise a terrible musician. He has tried to learn the violin and banjo at various points, but is inherently unable to be creative and always fails. Death at one point came close [[spoiler:to ''ending the universe'' in ''Discworld/SoulMusic'' by playing a magical guitar. That was the catastrophic combination of the nature of the player and the divine quality of the instrument in question.]] This was entirely intentional and done for a very good cause.
** ''Discworld/SoulMusic'' features an entire band of these, who flail away at their instruments so poorly that the drummer is actually prone to missing the drums entirely.
** In ''Discworld/TheWeeFreeMen'', the Nac Mac Feegle [[WarriorPoet gonnagles]] use the Mousepipes (''a.k.a.'' bagpipes) as a weapon of war. About the only thing worse is their poetry, which would make [[Literature/TheHitchhikersGuideToTheGalaxy Vogons]] curl up in pain.
** In ''Discworld/SmallGods'', Brutha's singing is so awful that he receives special dispensation to be excused from choir practice. The music master says it puts him in the mind of a disappointed vulture arriving too late at the dead donkey. Om himself (holy horns) compares it to the lamentations of the plague-stricken.
** In ''Discworld/{{Pyramids}}'', Ptraci is on page 5 of her dulcimer instruction book ''Little Pieces for Tiny Fingers'' and can ''almost'' play "The Goblins' Picnic". The late king, however, enjoyed her music, in a way. Life seemed so much better once she stopped.
* ''Literature/{{Redwall}}''
** Dorothea Duckfontein Dillworthy: "To describe the haremaid's voice as being akin to a frog trapped beneath a hot stone [[InsultToRocks would have been a great insult, to both frog and stone]]." She also plays the "harecordion", which apparently sounds like a rusty hinge even before she accidentally soaks it in cider. Her two fanboys, Southpaw and Bobweave, apparently genuinely love her music, while everyone else flees at the mere suggestion that she's about to sing.
** Captain Slipp and Blaggut, a pair of searats, are asked to sing at one point in ''The Bellmaker''. Not only do they both suck at it, their choice of song [[{{Gorn}} is so gory it makes the Dibbuns cry]].
* In ''Literature/ASeriesOfUnfortunateEvents: The Austere Academy'', Vice Principal Nero forces the academy's students to listen to hours of his horrendous violin playing. Naturally it's a HistoricalInJoke: mad Emperor Nero also inflicted his astounding lack of talent on his unfortunate subjects. In his case, complaining about the racket meant death.
* Creator/JaneAusten's ''Literature/PrideAndPrejudice'': Mary Bennet is quite the terrible singer. Her father has to pry her away from the pianoforte at Mr. Bingley's ball, to spare the other guests. Adaptations tend to make her even worse than the book, failing to realize that her flaw was that she was pretentious and GiftedlyBad; Lizzie isn't much better as a musician, but she knows her talent level.
* The ''Literature/HeraldsOfValdemar'' series has a song about a Countess whose singing was so terrible (and whose personality was so abusive) that she wound up [[TheCoronerDothProtestTooMuch stuffing her lute down her throat]].
* Creator/AlastairReynolds' standalone Noir AlternateHistory novel ''Century Rain'' averts this trope. In an early scene, the protagonist is walking into a superior's office while he plays a violin, as her InternalMonologue notes how grating and painful the music is. It is then revealed that she, along with a large portion of the rest of the human race, were infected with a designer-disease called "amusica", which prevented people from enjoying music, to ruin their side's morale.
* ''Literature/TheRestaurantAtTheEndOfTheUniverse'' gives us the band Disaster Area, the loudest sound of any kind in the known universe. Host planets to their gigs are largely left in ruins. The only positive gig was on a planet where the music turned a vast desert into a verdant field by flipping the planet's crust like a pancake, and it was also loud enough to cure the locals of [[AMindIsATerribleThingToRead their telepathy]].
* "Two Kinds", a story from ''Literature/TheJoyLuckClub'', has Jing-Mei learn how to play the piano very badly. In front of a large audience including her parents, no less. She admits that she ''could'' have become a good pianist, but was so irritated at her mother [[StageMom forcing her to be a "prodigy" against her wishes]] that she deliberately set out to be this trope instead.
* Harris from ''Literature/ThreeMenInABoat (To Say Nothing About the Dog)'' drove many accompanying pianists mad with his awful singing, to the amusement of the crowd.
* When the 597th Valhallan arrives on Gravalax in ''[[Literature/CiaphasCain For the Emperor]]'', Cain describes the regimental band as:
--> [T]humping and parping away at ''If I Should Forget Thee, O Terra'', as though they had a grudge against the composer.
* Breq, the protagonist of ''Literature/AncillaryJustice'' and its sequels, loves choral music and often sings to herself. Unfortunately for everyone around her, she has a terrible voice.
* Justin Bieber is portrayed as this in ''Literature/TravisShorts''. He's so bad that his music actually makes people go deaf.
* According to ''Literature/AgathaHAndTheVoiceOfTheCastle'', every citizen of Mechanicsburg is required to learn to play at least one musical instrument by law. This law was passed to punish the citizens for a very brief rebellion. The Heterodyne at the time didn't want to kill people for a revolt so minor, but couldn't allow it to go unpunished, so he arranged for every future generation to be tortured by the sound of children trying to learn to play.
* Karyl of ''Literature/TheDinosaurLords'' is a dreadful, dreadful musician, and [[TheBard Rob]] winces any time he's forced to listen to him. Karyl tries to defend himself by pointing out that it's not easy to learn how to play when you have only one working hand.
* ''Literature/{{Larklight}}'': Myrtle is one to the cactus creatures, as she drives them away from her with her hymn recitations.
* ''Literature/ASongOfIceAndFire'': In ''A Storm of Swords'' the musicians at the wedding of Edmure Tully and Roslin Frey are noted to be ''awful''. One song is played so terribly Catelyn Stark and the Greatjon disagree on what it is. Their utter lack of skill is probably because [[spoiler:they aren't musicians, but soldiers about to kill everyone present]].

[[folder:Live-Action TV]]
* Several NBC teen comedies like ''Series/CaliforniaDreams'' have a character horribly tone-deaf trying to join a band and the rest trying to give them "lessons" rather than admit how bad they are. Subverted on ''Series/CityGuys'', where Cassidy's horrible singing before an open-night audition has her bandmates decide it's better to let her perform alone rather than be embarrassed in public. At which point Cassidy reveals she's a great singer and was pulling this just to perform solo.
* Edith Bunker of ''Series/AllInTheFamily'' tends to sound like a cat being tortured when she sings. She also loves to sing, much to Archie's chagrin.
* In ''Series/AlloAllo'', when Rene's wife Edith prepares to sing in the cafe, all the patrons pass round cotton wool (or cheese) to stuff in their ears.
* In ''Series/AuctionKings'', Cindy is a [[DownplayedTrope downplayed example]]. When a drum set comes in, Cindy reveals she has a drum set at home and knows how to play. It turns out she knows how to play exactly one beat, which she does continually.
* On ''Series/BabylonFive'', G'Kar ends up having to serve some time in the station's jail. He passes the time by singing, which causes the station population to mistakenly believe Station Security is torturing him. He [[ActuallyPrettyFunny finds this hilarious]] when he is told about it.
* Oz of ''Series/BuffyTheVampireSlayer'' [[SelfDeprecation maintains this opinion of himself]] and his band, saying that a review that describes them as playing "as if they have plump Polish sausages taped to their fingers" is fair. In reality they're not bad at all, [[FakeBand their music provided]] by alternative rock group [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Four_Star_Mary Four Star Mary]].
* When Pierce in ''Series/{{Community}}'' joins a band, everyone expects him to be this. However, he proves to be a very good keyboard player, although lead singer Vaughan has less than positive lyrics about Britta -- who herself has an atrocious singing voice, as demonstrated in the Christmas Glee Club episode.
* In the fourth wall-breaking ''Series/DoctorWho'' special "Music of the Spheres", the Doctor tries composing a symphony inspired by planetary rotation synthesized into music through the TARDIS harmonics filters. Let's just say the universe makes better music than Ten. But at least we get the image of him conducting an orchestra with the sonic screwdriver.
* Private Dobbs, the inept fort bugler from ''Series/FTroop''.
* The way ''Series/{{Frasier}}'' solves his insecurity complex in "[[AlwaysSomeoneBetter The Perfect Guy]]" is by revealing his {{Foil}} to be one of these.
** Daphne is such an awful pianist that her previous teacher of eight years was apparently DrivenToSuicide.
* Nick Andolpolis, of ''Series/FreaksAndGeeks''. His audition in the "I'm with the Band" episode is at once one of the funniest and most painful CringeComedy moments on a show that's full of them.
* ''Series/{{Friends}}'':
** Phoebe is known for playing the guitar in Central Perk and is sometimes (but not always) portrayed as such. Her biggest failing is in her lyrics, which are either terrifyingly banal (like "Smelly Cat") or terrifyingly tasteless (like a Christmas carol she wrote about her mom dying).
** Ross's FX-heavy keyboard compositions ("The Sound") in "The One Where Chandler Crosses a Line" strike everyone this way. When he tries to play the bagpipes in "The One With Joey’s New Brain", the results are similar; everyone hates it except Phoebe.
* On ''Series/GameShakers,'' Double-G finally gets to do a song with his long-time idol Diana [=DeVane=], the woman's manager insisting Double-G sign the contract guaranteeing Diana is paid no matter what. The song becomes a nightmare, as Diana's voice has been rendered to a horrific screech thanks to operations, and she's totally unware of it. The manager just shrugs and says that she lives off the past and it's okay by him.
* PJ and Emmett in ''Series/GoodLuckCharlie'' are shown to be incapable of both singing and playing an instrument in an episode where they enter a BattleOfTheBands competition.
* In ''Series/HappyEndings'', Dave can technically play the guitar, but his songwriting is either terrible or obliviously inappropriate. The former represented by "Love to the Power of Love"; the latter, the awkwardly delivered chorus of "why don't you come, come, come, come, come, come, come... home to me."
* Colonel Klink of ''Series/HogansHeroes'' is a horrendous violin player. This is a bit [[IronyAsSheIsCast ironic]], as his actor Werner Klemperer was apparently very talented at it.
* ''Series/KamenRiderDouble'' had a one-off character named Jimmy Nakata, a street musician who invented a rock[=/=]rap fusion he calls called "spilk" -- which consists of him wailing discordantly on a guitar and screaming at the top of his lungs. His singing makes everyone nearby drop to the ground in agony, kills birds in mid-flight, and even seems to cause earthquakes. Yet he's suspiciously still winning the ''Series/AmericanIdol''-style contest he's in, even against opponents who were in real life members of Music/{{AKB48}}. It turns out that his only fan, a girl who's in love with him, hired the MonsterOfTheWeek to rig the contest. But at the end, when Jimmy performs without the monster's influence, the judges admit his music was pretty dire, but they admire his passion and encourage him to keep at it.
* Debra Jo in ''Series/LittleLunch''. Her ear-piercing and tuneless recorder recitals can clear the room. Even Mrs. Goncher has been known to snatch the recorder out of her hands to stop her playing. She falls into the GiftedlyBad category, as she is convinced she is brilliant.
* ''Series/NedsDeclassifiedSchoolSurvivalGuide'': While Ned is by no means a good musician, at least he's quite gifted compared to Cookie, who is unable to play ''a recorder'' and at the end, he's assigned the one instrument he can play properly... '''a triangle'''.
* Uncle Albert from ''Series/OnlyFoolsAndHorses'' certainly isn't the best pianist around, but Mike tolerates his piano playing on the grounds that it prevents people from noticing that the Nag's Head's jukebox has been broken for years.
* In ''Series/OurFriendsInTheNorth'' Terry "Tosker" Cox is convinced he will one day front a successful rock band. He is encouraged by his relatively well-off parents, who buy him musical instruments and let his bands play in the pub they own. He only gives up on his dream when he reaches middle age and his then-wife, Mary, delivers a [[TheReasonYouSuckSpeech Reason You Suck]] speech about how mediocre he really is.
* In ''Series/PeepShow'', Jeremy and Super Hans play together in numerous bands, from Mama's Kumquat to The Hair Blair Bunch to Curse These Metal Hands to Man Feelings. It takes them eight series to accept that none of these bands were ever any good.
* ''Franchise/PowerRangers'':
** Bulk is not much of a musician on any front except possibly rap, and while Skull may be an ace behind the keys of a piano (particularly with classical music), he is ''not'' a good rocker. Bulk and Skull once played so badly they burned out their amp. And Tommy Oliver, many-talented and badass though he may be, cannot sing to save his life.
** Played with in ''Series/PowerRangersWildForce''. The flute org is an absolutely amazing musician -- if you're an org. To humans, his playing sounds like nails on a chalkboard. At the other end of the spectrum, beautiful human music sounds horrible to an org.
* Lister from ''Series/RedDwarf'' is so bad at playing the guitar that he's only allowed to play it outside the ship. The ''Red Dwarf'' is a ''spacecraft''. This fact was once used as a plot point when Lister had an evil doppelganger. The false Lister played the guitar amazingly well, because it played as well as Lister ''thought'' he could, rather than as awfully as he ''actually'' could.
* Arnie Dogen on ''Series/TheRedGreenShow'' is an accident-prone roofer/country singer who can barely carry a tune.
* ''Series/SabrinaTheTeenageWitch'' and her two friends decide to form a band -- except none of them knows how to play an instrument. Zelda checks on them during practice asking if someone was being strangled. Sabrina then has to resort to using Bottled Talent to make them better.
* Lt. Kevin Thomas Riley's off-key (and alien disease-affected) rendition of "I'll Take You Home Again, Kathleen" from the ''Series/StarTrekTheOriginalSeries'' episode "The Naked Time."
-->'''Riley:''' ONE MORE TIME!\\
'''Kirk:''' [[OhNoNotAgain Please, not again.]]
* Jimmy's band in ''Series/TrueJacksonVP''. Appropriately, their name is "Diarrhea".
* One sketch in ''Series/WelcomeFreshman'' parodied the Prohibition era with student gangsters making bathtub bubblegum. When caught by the teachers, they defeat them by producing violin cases, from which they remove violins, which they then play very badly.


[[folder:Pro Wrestling]]
* {{Wrestling/WWE}} seems to have a thing to use this trope on their poor fans.
** Wrestling/JillianHall had this as her [[TheGimmick gimmick]].
** In the early 90s, the theme song of The Mountie and The Quebecers was sung by the wrestlers themselves -- badly.
** Every time the ForeignWrestlingHeel wants to sing his national anthem, he turns out to suck at it.
** Wrestling/StoneColdSteveAustin, who by his own admission "can't sing worth a damn", sang ''America The Beautiful'' in a duet with [[Characters/WWECommentators Lillian Garcia]] (who ''can'' sing quite well).
** Wrestling/RandySavage's ''Be a Man'' Rap CD.
** Everybody hates Wrestling/HeathSlater's singing, except Wrestling/MichaelCole. This led to Slater, Drew [=McIntyre=], and Jinder Mahal coming together as the TagTeam [[Wrestling/{{ThreeMB}} [=3MB=] (3 Man Band)]].
* [[Characters/{{WCWNWA}} WCW wrestler "Heavy Metal" Van Hammer]]'s initial gimmick was of a wrestling heavy metal guitarist. He wasn't very good at either. He would bring his guitar to the ring and do AirGuitar. Despite WCW pushing him as hard as they could, and despite his RealLife friendship with Wrestling/DiamondDallasPage, he never really accomplished anything in WCW or anywhere else, never winning a title in any promotion.

[[folder:Puppet Shows]]
* On an episode of ''Series/WelcomeToPoohCorner'', Tigger is always playing his guitar and insists on serenading all his friends. While he isn't ''terrible'', exactly, his tempo is off, his guitar is always out of tune and the song he performs ("The Man in the Moon Is a Tigger") is pretty monotonous. When the others (politely) tell Tigger that he should practice before playing publicly, he insists that playing the guitar is [[CatchPhrase "what Tiggers do best"]], and therefore [[SmallNameBigEgo he doesn't need to practice]].
* ''Series/UnderTheUmbrellaTree'': Iggy the Iguana, similarly, wants to be a guitarist but can't keep focused on his lessons, [[AttentionDeficitOohShiny always getting distracted into doing other things when he should be playing]]. So when he tries performing the song he's been "practicing", he sounds very rusty and Gloria and Jacob make fun of him.
* ''Series/TheMrPotatoHeadShow'': Johnny Rottenapple even calls his own songs "My latest musical stain/puddle/onslaught"!

* ''Radio/ImSorryIHaventAClue''
** Every time Jeremy Hardy appeared, he demonstrated his lack of singing ability. After one particularly painful round of ''One Song to the Tune Of Another'', an audience member shouted "More!" Three others immediately replied "LESS!" His character in the SpinOff sitcom, ''You'll Have Had Your Tea'', is the only one with a singing role, where his natural singing talents are combined with an excessivley posh accent and 90s pop songs by Atomic Kitten.
** This trait proves to be useful in "Inverurie Jones and the Thimble of Doom".
-->'''Mrs Naughtie:''' There's only one way to tell the real Laird from the imposter. ''Ask him to sing''.\\
'''Dougal:''' Steady on! Steady on, Mrs Naughtie, there's only so much flesh and blood can stand!
** Subverted with Colin Sell. The chairman and panellists make much of his supposedly terrible piano-playing, but in fact (as they know full well) he's a very good pianist being asked to play ridiculous things.
* Jack Benny on ''Radio/TheJackBennyProgram'' was a TropeCodifier.
* Creator/TheBBC Radio 4 sitcom ''The Music Teacher'' invoked this one at least OnceAnEpisode.

[[folder:Tabletop Games]]
* The fan-made Cacophonic Bard PrestigeClass is for TabletopGames fans who want to try out this type of character in a ''[[TabletopGame/DungeonsAndDragons Dungeons & Dragons]]'' game. It may be intentional, but the class has one tremendous drawback -- due to the Charisma limit, the character's magic is unusable (even though the class supposedly continues progression in said magic). The reason this may be intentional is because canon states a bard's spells are cast through song. According to the description of the class, one of the Cacophonic Bard's abilities is to accommodate his/her shortcomings by using the second-highest stat in place of Charisma, as seen fit.
* Done deliberately by the Slaaneshi Noise Marines of ''TabletopGame/Warhammer40000'': due to centuries of self-inflicted sensory abuse, they get a bigger kick from the hideous noises they produce than actually playing music. [[HellIsThatNoise Their victims, on the other hand, are screwed.]]

[[folder:Video Games]]
* Franchise/{{Kirby}}, in both the video games and cartoon series, has a "microphone" power that creates an extremely powerful attack. In the game, it instantly kills all enemies on the screen. In the cartoon series, it lets him defeat a ridiculous number of MonsterOfTheWeek-level foes all at once, because his singing is just that bad. It leaves the castle in ruins, and makes his own allies shiver in dread. And yet [[SoBadItsGood you can't help but love it]]. In the first game's manual, Kirby outright admits that he is bad at singing.
* The fourth boss in ''{{VideoGame/Ristar}}'' is a vulture-like bird whose singing is so bad it fires deformed musical notes at you and [[PaintingTheMedium distorts the game's background music]].
* Don Mole of ''VideoGame/DragonQuestVIII''. His harp playing is so bad, it can stun everyone in battle, except for him. He digs his own funky tune, after all. After you beat him and take away his harp, his minions thank you for ending their aural torture.
* ''Franchise/ShinMegamiTensei''
** In ''VideoGame/ShinMegamiTenseiI'', during demon negotiations, one of your options might be "Sing". Sometimes, the demons like it, and your hero's done a successful serenade. However, he might also be met with a response along the lines of, "ARGH! Shut up, I think I'm going to die!"
** Aleph from ''VideoGame/ShinMegamiTenseiII'' is a very bad singer, and will drive demons into a incoherent rage when he does so. Many believing he's trying to kill them.
** In the original ''{{VideoGame/Persona}}'', "Sing" is a negotiation option the MC and Elly have. As in its predecessors, some demons are less than entertained by your musical ability. In Elly's case, though, they tend to bitch about her choice of genre.
* In ''VideoGame/CommanderKeen'', one of the enemy-types you encounter in the final world of ''Invasion of the Vorticons'' is a little green guy who, according to the manual, "has the worst singing-voice in the galaxy, but believes that he has the best. Thus, he sings constantly." Their soundwave projectiles pass through solid barriers and kill you on contact -- making them among the most dangerous foes you can face. In fact, they're so dangerous that the MadScientist BigBad, Mortimer [=McMire=], has several of them attached to his HumongousMecha as multidirectional weapon hardpoints.
* This is the entire point of Team Chaotix's Team Blast attack in ''VideoGame/SonicHeroes''. They immediately give an impromptu rock concert, but their singing and instrument playing is so bad, it makes all nearby enemies explode into rings. Since collecting rings builds up your Team Blast meter, sometimes unleashing the Team Blast gives you enough rings to be able to immediately unleash it again.
* The piano lady from ''VideoGame/LightCrusader''.
* Edy Nelson from ''VideoGame/ValkyriaChronicles'' is completely tone deaf. In the DLC episode "Enter the Edy detachment", if you get an A rank, she sings for her squad. HilarityEnsues.
* In ''{{VideoGame/Mabinogi}}'', Instrument Playing is a skill. People seem to think they should be paid for playing music. Some should be paid to stop. Bonus points for a midi-to-song-for-lute system.
* Achmed Khan, in ''[[VideoGame/BackyardSports Backyard Skateboarding]]'', sings "Skate Rock" horribly. However, the backing music is incredibly catchy.
* A GameMod for ''{{VideoGame/Unreal}}'' featured the Hanson Grenade, which stuck to the target and blasted [[EarWorm "MMMBop"]] by [[BoyBand Hanson]] continuously. It gave away your position, drained your health, and in the words of Unreal game designer Cliff Bleszinski, "will drive your ass insane."
* In ''{{VideoGame/Vay}}'', the heroes need to get a valuable gem from a legendary monster, who turns out to be willing to give it up in exchange for a song. None of the heroes turn out to be particularly good singers, so they go back to town and hire the traveling bard Lynx. Unfortunately for them, Lynx turns out to be not only a Dreadful Musician, but also CantTakeCriticism. Cue BossBattle.
* Harpy of the ''VideoGame/PuyoPuyo'' series is a notoriously horrid singer. So much so that in one of the short ''Puyo Puyo'' anime clips, in a CrowningMomentOfFunny, she gives lessons to Seriri (who normally sings so beautifully she captivates people) [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=j_4AKl4SiRY and makes her sing as awfully as her]].
* One of the Dark Brotherhood's targets in ''VideoGame/TheElderScrollsVSkyrim'' is an Orc who has the dubious honor of being considered the worst Bard in Tamriel. So many people want him dead that Astrid actually has to draw a lottery to determine whose contract to honor.
* In ''VideoGame/TheSimsMedieval'' a Sim can get the negative mood buff You Call That Music if they hear the court jester play the fiddle badly.
* The main character in ''VideoGame/AugmentedFourth'' is thrown into the Orchestra Pit (''i.e.'' a {{bottomless pit}}s) after the king violently objects to their performance of "Ode to a Duck".
* Soleil from ''VideoGame/FireEmblemFates'' is said to be one in her profile. While the player [[InformedFlaw never actually hears her sing]], Soleil's regular voice clips ''can'' get rather [[CuteButCacophonic high-pitched and loud]], reinforcing the description somewhat.
* ''VideoGame/BatmanArkhamKnight'':
** One of the characters featured is Johnny Charisma, a singer [[spoiler: infected with the Joker's blood]]. While the player doesn't hear a song he sings to Batman [[spoiler: because Batman is tripping on a combination of the Joker's blood himself and the Scarecrow's fear toxin, so he hallucinates the real Joker singing instead]], once he's defeated, Robin expresses disbelief that he's a professional singer and that Alfred could do better--in a tone that suggested Alfred himself is a crappy singer.
** From the same game, we also have [[spoiler:Professor Pyg]], whose attempts to sing along to his favourite opera music reach a truly cringeworthy level of off-key.
* ''VideoGame/TeamFortress2'' has Demoman's "Bad Pipes" taunt where [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin plays the bagpipes badly]] and we mean '''badly'''. The strange thing is the original taunt submitted "True Scotsman's Call" has his playing the bagpipes beautifully with drums, flutes, pipes, and bagpipes playing along. Why did the team change it to something so grating and obnoxious is unknown but it may have to do with licensing music.
* Pearl from ''VideoGame/Splatoon2'' is such a dreadful singer that--as the first Sunken Scroll in Hero Mode reveals--she caused a huge shockwave at the Annual Youth Folk-Singing Contest, doing damage to the venue and destroying the speakers. The only reason she's one half of the pop duo Off the Hook is that [[DownplayedTrope she can still rap with the best of them]].
* ''VideoGame/WarioWare'' D.I.Y. has the Record tutorial, with Penny Crygor having already made a verse for the Record Class song. However, when you press the play button, it is off, meaning that if that is to go by, Penny is awful at composing.

[[folder:Visual Novels]]
* Phoenix Wright in ''VisualNovel/ApolloJusticeAceAttorney'' is a pianist who couldn't play a lick of piano [[spoiler:as a cover for his actual job as professional poker player]]. It's frequently mentioned by the main characters that calling him a pianist is an insult to pianists everywhere, and examining the seat by the piano in the bar he works for will elicit a comment on how it's the most painful seat in the house.

[[folder:Web Animation]]
* ''WebAnimation/HomestarRunner''
** Coach Z is most often portrayed as a Dreadful Musician who [[GiftedlyBad overestimates]] his talent, but his {{Piss Take Rap}}s range from SoBadItsGood to CrowningMusicOfAwesome, [[DependingOnTheWriter depending on the short]].
** Homestar Runner himself is usually not a very good singer, prone to not only being slightly off-key, but also to singing songs with bizarre and nonsensical WordSaladLyrics that are further mangled by [[ElmuhFuddSyndwome his speech impediment]].

[[folder:Web Comics]]
* Elan from ''Webcomic/TheOrderOfTheStick'' isn't so much a bad musician as an annoying one, who insists on providing lyrics to his bardic music ("[[http://www.giantitp.com/comics/oots0041.html Con-cen-trate good times, come on!]]"), often at inappropriate times ("[[http://www.giantitp.com/comics/oots0004.html Bluff, Bluff, Bluff, Bluff the stupid ogre!]]").
* In ''{{Webcomic/Adventurers}}'', Karn, listening to [[SpoonyBard Gildward]] perform one of his songs, [[http://adventurers.keenspot.com/d/0135.html hypothesizes]] that its SuckinessIsPainful enough to damage enemies in combat.
* ''Webcomic/ParadoxSpace'': According to Terezi, Kanaya is good at using a violin as an instrument of torture.
* Kathryn of ''Webcomic/TheAdventuresOfSueAndKathryn'' is quite horrible with the recorder, and can't play a tune to save her un-life. She claims to be self-taught, and it shows.
* The protagonist of ''Webcomic/HarpyGee'' is shown [[http://www.harpygee.com/index.php?id=182 singing as she gets dressed]]. As pointed out in the comments, they call her "Harpy", not "Siren".
* Isabelle of ''Webcomic/MenageA3'' is, admittedly, a total beginner who acknowledges that she has a lot to learn -- but that doesn't stop her from inveigling her way into a jam session with competent musicians Sonya and Yuki. [[http://www.ma3comic.com/strips-ma3/like_a_bouncing_ball The result is torture for them.]]
* Millie of ''Webcomic/OzyAndMillie'' sometimes tries to write songs, which range from completely unstructured, to trying to exhaust every possible rhyme for a word (and inventing new ones).
* Thorn in ''Webcomic/LeifAndThorn'' convinces Leif that he can't sing by providing [[http://leifandthorn.com/comic/summer-sunshine-2384/ a demonstration that cracks glass and makes flowers wilt]].
* Rever, a traveling singer in ''Webcomic/ChampionsOfFaraus'' sings so badly that when he finished a performance at an inn, besides being the target of ProducePelting, one of the insults he got from one of the patrons was "Pope carried the act!". For context, Pope is a penguin in a bow tie that was "singing" beside Rever on stage.

[[folder:Web Original]]
* In ''Roleplay/SurvivalOfTheFittest'' SpinOff ''The Program'', apparently Brigadier General David Adams is one of these, judging by a recent announcement where he randomly bursts into the Star Spangled Banner -- the narration specifically states that he wasn't any good.
* While Lindsay can play the piano very well, WebVideo/TheNostalgiaChick is horrible at it. WebVideo/ToddInTheShadows was hurt enough by her playing that he gives in and does the crossover review she wanted to do with him.
* The premise of LetsPlay/{{Jayuzumi}}'s video [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OV6_-IBoJFQ "Bad Violin Trolling"]] is subjecting a lobby of people in ''VideoGame/CallOfDutyGhosts'' to [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin sound clips of dreadful violin music]]. The reactions range from surprisingly calm to hammy and stupid.
* Both MJTR and Thayne have played themselves up as horrendous singers in ''LetsPlay/AnalogControl''. This is particularly played up when the two reenact an atrocious song being sung by a user in ''Habbo Hotel'', which they refer to as "i lvoe u".
* ''WebVideo/DontHugMeImScared'':
** The Healthy Band from the fifth, in stark contrast to the previous teachers. Bread Guy mutters all his lines, Spinach Can sounds mentally handicapped, Steak Guy consistently mispronounces "organs" and doesn't even try to find a word that rhymes with "grey", and several lines of their song are just "doo doo doo doo doo".
** The Lamp in the sixth sounds drunk, has an even more grating singing voice than the Healthy Band, and one of the only two couples in what we hear of her song that even sort of rhymes is [[RhymingWithItself rhyming "your friends" with "your friends".]]
** Also in the sixth, the music in the bar is provided by a Guy stiffly mashing the keys of a piano, though it's unclear if this is considered good music in their world.
** We only hear snippets of their songs, but each of the one-shot teachers' songs (if you can even call them that) sounds more repetitive and less coherent than the last, and one of them claims that [[CriticalResearchFailure "planets live inside the Moon".]]

[[folder:Western Animation]]
* ''WesternAnimation/TheAdventuresOfJimmyNeutronBoyGenius'': Sheen has a singing so bad that it puts to sleep some creatures that are actually angered when they hear any other music. In another episode, his lack of singing ability is mocked by other characters. ''In song''. He becomes angry.
* ''WesternAnimation/TheAdventuresOfPussInBoots'' features the Goblin Cleevil and her Gob Flute: a loud, cacophonous instrument played with the nose. Given the way she talks about it, goblin music is ''supposed'' to be cacophony. She is forbidden from playing it within the city limits.
* ''WesternAnimation/TheAnimalsOfFarthingWood'': Weasel. "Beautiful Dreamer" is a favourite.
* Eddie Storkowitz in an episode of ''WesternAnimation/{{Birdz}}''. He masks it at first by lip-synching to stage-fright-ridden Gregory's much better voice during rehearsal, then come the day of the show, he fakes a sore throat and ropes Gregory into being his understudy.
* ''WesternAnimation/Arthur'': Francine is talented at playing the drums and singing but she can't do both together. When she does it sounds like her singing and her drum playing is trying to out noise each other.
* In ''WesternAnimation/TheBeatles'' episode "I'll Be Back," three would-be musicians try to upstage the boys' appearance in a Texas town. They and their music (a 45 rpm recording of "Ticket To Ride" as if the adapter was missing and the hole rolling against the spindle) are pelted with rotten vegetables.
* WesternAnimatoin/DangerMouse has cotton in his ears while Penfold practices the saxophone in "Who Stole The Bagpipes?".
* Tucker Foley in ''WesternAnimation/DannyPhantom''. He has a terrible voice for singing, and once used it to get some teens out of another musician's trance.
* ''WesternAnimation/{{Daria}}''
** Everyone in Mystik Spiral. Though if you exclude the silly lyrics, "Freakin' Friends" is actually rather competent.
** Jane has also proven to be as talented as her brother in the singing department. When she firsts meets Tom Sloane, she proceeds to purposefully torture him with a horrible rendition of "Old [=McDonald=] Had a Farm."
* ''WesternAnimation/TheDavincibles'': the Tenors, Aka and Pella, who are both recurring villains.
* An episode of ''WesternAnimation/EarthwormJim'' takes this UpToEleven with a pair so bad that their music could, quite literally, destroy the universe if they were only a little louder.
* ''WesternAnimation/EdEddNEddy'': In the episode "Pain in the Ed", Ed is forced to take violin lessons. Even for a beginner he's dreadful, and whenever he plays he produces a bark-peeling, stone-splitting cacophony enjoyed only by {{Cloudcuckoolander}} Johnny 2x4. It's so bad that even the music notes come flying out and smack Eddy in the face. Ed is painfully aware of how bad he is.
-->'''Edd:''' Why Ed, I didn't know you played an instrument.\\
'''Ed:''' In my mom's dreams, I can!
* ''WesternAnimation/{{Foofur}}'': Fencer the cat's singing is cringeworthy.
* ''WesternAnimation/{{Futurama}}''
** The Robot Devil challenges Fry and Leela to a fiddle contest with a golden fiddle. Fry asks Leela if she can play the fiddle. She says no, but she used to play drums, and it's [[BlatantLies pretty much the same]]. She then proceeds to play appallingly.
** Zapp Brannigan sings so badly that the glass covering the escape pod button shatters before the hand reaches it. He empties an entire restauraunt this way in "Amazon Women in the Mood".
** Fry on the holophoner, a clarinet-like instrument that also displays holograms whose quality and content correlate directly to the music. It's incredibly hard -- like a learning a 3D-modeling software as if it were an instrument. And also, you need robot hands.
* ''WesternAnimation/{{Kaeloo}}'':
** Stumpy. In one episode, he tries to raise money by playing music. He turns out to be really bad, so he decides to threaten to [[BegoneBribe keep playing unless he is paid.]] Kaeloo reluctantly coughs up some money.
** Kaeloo herself is horrible at music. In one episode, she tries singing while playing the harp, and Stumpy tells her to stop because both her music and her singing are awful.
* Ninki in the BBC kids' show ''Kerwhizz'' is an enthusiastic singer with a truly horrible singing voice.
-->'''Kaboodle:''' Oh no! Get a doctor! Ninki's ill!\\
'''Kit:''' ''(laughing)'' She's not ill, Boodle, she's singing!
* [[MinionWithAnFInEvil Señor Senior Jr.]] from ''WesternAnimation/KimPossible'' wants nothing more than to be a pop star singer. Too bad his singing voice is more evil than anything even [[DarkActionGirl Shego]] can dish out.
* Zig-zagged by Spencer on ''WesternAnimation/TheLionhearts''. He's actually a good guitarist, but when it comes to singing, he just blows.
* Hen in the ''Literature/LittleBear'' episode "Diva Hen". Possibly a reference to Florence Foster Jenkins, including an excerpt from one of Jenkins' favorites ("Der Hölle Rache").
* ''WesternAnimation/LooneyTunes'':
** In ''Three Little Bops'', the Big Bad Wolf only wants to join the pigs' jazz combo, but he blows a squawking toneless horn.
** In ''The Mouse That Jack Built'', the mouse {{expy}} of Creator/JackBenny plays a violin that makes the hungry cat wear earmuffs while he's waiting to snatch him.
* Coop of ''WesternAnimation/MegasXLR'' harnessed his horrible singing voice for good by ''literally'' weaponizing it with "The Jammer", a robot-mounted karaoke system that amplifies his songs to the point where they can destroy an entire space station. It's so dangerous and cruel to use there is more safety features around activating it than his ''[[NukeEm nukes]]''.
* ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic'': Pinkie [[ZigZaggingTrope zigzags]] this trope. In some episodes, her singing weirds out everyone else, in other episodes it's so good she can start a CrowdSong and in still other episodes, it enrages them into a starting a war. There is only one thing for certain; keep her away from the flugelhorns.
* ''WesternAnimation/PinkyAndTheBrain'': Music/YokoOno {{expy}} Yoyo Nono in "All You Need Is Narf". She has one (mercifully very short) song, in an unmusical voice and with discordant intervals.
* In ''WesternAnimation/RubyGloom'', both Ruby and Misery audition as vocalist for Frank & Len's band and sound horrible. Averted in that when Misery sings in her sleep, she's a ''fantastic'' singer, the only problem being how to make sure she's asleep when she needs to perform.
* ''WesternAnimation/SamuraiJack'': the Scotsman's bagpipe playing is horrendous, enough to drive the otherwise stoic Jack to his knees in pain. This is weaponized when they face off against some [[EnthrallingSiren Enthralling Sirens]] and the Scotsman's music is loud enough and bad enough to break Jack's brainwashing.
* ''WesternAnimation/TheSmurfs'': Harmony Smurf, as specified in Comic Books. This becomes crucial in one story where he saves the day.
* ''WesternAnimation/SouthPark''
** Cartman's rendition of ''O Holy Night'' is nightmare-inducing. His version of ''Come Sail Away,'' however, is [[SugarWiki/AwesomeMusic a different story.]]
** In the episode "Worldwide Recorder Concert", the kids' recorder playing sounds jumbled and clumsy in act one. And that's ''before'' they all sound the dreaded BrownNote that causes the entire human race to spontaneously void their bowels.
* Squidward from ''{{WesternAnimation/SpongeBob SquarePants}}'' is a terrible clarinet player, but still persists on practicing loudly. He seems somewhat aware of this, and it is a running gag on the series. In "Band Geeks", he got a visit from Animal Control after a practice session, who mistakenly thought he had a dying animal on the premises. And somehow [[GiftedlyBad he still thinks he's a talented musician]]. Funnily enough, later in the episode when he plays a few notes, he's actually not that bad.
* ''WesternAnimation/StarVsTheForcesOfEvil'':
** Star's crush Oskar Greason can [[SuckinessIsPainful drive people to agony]] with his terrible keytar playing, but [[CloudCuckoolander Star]] seems to like his music. Oddly enough, [[CharacterDevelopment he seems to get better as the series progresses]].
** As seen in "Brittney's Party", [[AlphaBitch Brittney Wong]] is shown to be a terrible singer when she tries to entertain the guests at her birthday party with karaoke.
** According to ''Star and Marco's Guide to Mastering Every Dimension'', Pony Head's sisters Shinda and Shonda are musicians, but they're not very good at it. They put on some of their music in "Ponymonium", and it basically consists of them flatly reciting lyrics over a generic pop beat.
* ''WesternAnimation/ToadPatrol'' has Elf Cup, though luckily she was just beginning and manages to improve greatly by season 2.
* ''WesternAnimation/TotalDrama''
** Chris [=McLean=] is a terrible singer, which is probably why his being in a boy band is an off-limits topic of discussion.
** In ''Action'', Lindsay is revealed to be a terrible singer and might be tone deaf.
** Sugar, to the extent that she actually was eliminated due to this.
* ''WesternAnimation/UltimateSpiderMan'' has Spidey express a belief he's a good amateur flute player--a belief constantly undermined by his actual playing, which is so off-key, it caused everyone to cringe.
* In ''WesternAnimation/WorldOfWinx'' Ace, the host of WOW!, had fired Bloom for embarrasing him on TV. He then replaced her with Lorelei. As it turns out, she's not good at singing.
* The ''WesternAnimation/XMen'' episode, "Have Yourself a Morlock Little X-Mas", shows that for all the talents Cyclops has, singing isn't one of them and unlike some of the other examples, Scott even freely admits he can't sing.
* Bert in ''WesternAnimation/TheRaccoons'' is a terrible trumpet player, but everyone is to polite to tell him.
* In the animated short ''Tone Deaf,'' a [[CuteButCacophonic little princess's]] screechy singing is so horribly off-key that it causes a unicorn to throw up rainbows, a horde of small woodland animals to spontaneously collapse and die, the ''video itself'' to nosedive into DerangedAnimation when her voice is amplified by loudspeakers, and a rainbow to smash into a million pieces as though it were made of glass. [[spoiler:At the end of the video, the unicorn resorts to [[BlackComedy stuffing dead birds in his ears]] so the princess can ride on his back without her terrible singing bothering him, allowing her to sing to her heart's content.]]