Gratuitous Disco Sequence
"Disco is not dead! Disco is LIFE!"A disco-inspired sequence in an otherwise unrelated work. May be the doing of a Disco Dan, but such a character isn't even necessary to bring some Disco interlude out of nowhere. Of course, this doesn't count if the show is set in The Seventies, or has Disco renewal as its main subject (like the 2008 French movie titled, guess what, Disco). This trope is for gratuitous Disco moments with little justification (in-story)... besides the Rule of Cool. May be used for a Dance Party Ending. Most extreme cases can be Big Lipped Alligator Moments.
— Tony P, Mystery Men
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Anime & Manga
- The anime features a scene in an early episode where Haré comes home to see Guu and Weda have set up a Disco in the house and are getting down with their bad selves. Guu's even sporting an afro, which Haré realizes is the village elder's lost chest hair. Weda actually greets him with "Welcome to the hippest trip!" ŕ la Soul Train.
- And then, the second ending credits are Disco-themed.
- One Piece:
- Zombie Night! Nuff said.
- There's also a character in a later arc whose name is Disco. He dresses accordingly.
- The second ending of Yakitate Japan.
- The first ending of Keroro Gunsou.
- Space Dandy. All of it, especially the soundtrack and the episode, "We're All Fools, So Let's All Dance, Baby".
Films — Animation
- A Goofy Movie:
- In the first movie, Bigfoot starts grooving to the funky tones of The Bee Gees singing "Stayin' Alive".
- The sequel has Goofy and Sylvia shaking their groove thing to, well, "Shake Your Groove Thing". There is a bit of a lampshade over the outdated aspect of the music, with the DJ blowing dust from the record and the Disco ball coming through a ceiling trap full of spiderwebs.
- Despicable Me:
- Most notably, the Boogie Robots.
- The Bee Gees' "You Should Be Dancing" plays out before the end credits roll.
- Animalympics has a musical number set at the "Noah's Ark Disco".
- In The Lorax, Ted's mom demonstrates why fake trees are better than real trees by showing off her Oak-a-matic's disco setting. Later in the film, she's shown to have a mini mirror ball hanging from the rearview mirror of her car.
- The Return of the King: The infamous forced march song from the orcs, "Where There's a Whip, There's a Way".
- Kronk's New Groove
Films — Live-Action
- In The Naked Gun 33 1/3: The Final Insult, there is a flashback of the characters during the '70s in an appropriately Disco setting. Part of the gag is that the actors aren't made up to look any younger — they are just dressed in Disco-era fashion and with longer hair (including Nordberg [O.J. Simpson] with a Funny Afro so big he can't get through a door). Even more absurd, the Anna Nicole Smith character appears as a grown woman in the disco scene, even though the actress herself had barely reached puberty when the '70s ended.
- In a flashback scene, two girl scouts end up in a bar room brawl. One of them smashes her head against a jukebox causing it to play The Bee Gees' "Stayin' Alive" whereupon everybody in the bar starts dancing. Arguably the earliest example in Western media, as Airplane! was filmed in 1979-1980, just as the anti-Disco backlash was beginning.
- Parodied in a later scene where a DJ announces "This is WZAZ, where Disco lives forever!" shortly before the title airplane destroys the WZAZ radio tower.
- In Mystery Men, Casanova Frankenstein employs the Disco Boys as henchmen, and there is a full Disco Room in his castle.
- Disco is a Running Gag in You Don't Mess with the Zohan. This has more to do with Disco surviving outside the States for some time after it "officially died". Naturally, immigrant characters assume that it's still big in the US.
- In an episode of RoboCop: The Series, Virtual Ghost Diana gets corrupted by a computer virus and turns a bit nuts. As a result, she transforms her Hacker Cave into a full Disco, complete with blaring music, stroboscopic lights and real laser fire! Once he makes the music stop, Murphy finally comments that he always hated Disco.
- Whose Line Is It Anyway? had "Disco Boy" and "The Disco Kid" in the "Superhero" games. Greatest Hits and Song Styles did Disco from time to time.
- The Tripods is about a Vichy Earth kept in Medieval Stasis by alien invaders, so something of an Anachronism Stew moment occurs when a spy infiltrating the alien city walks into a bar for their human collaborators called the Red Parrot, and finds a light ball shining multi-coloured beams over dancing men and women.
- Stephen Colbert once indulged in this to Daft Punk's "Get Lucky". It Makes Sense in Context since he was trying to get Daft Punk on The Colbert Report but didn't succeed, so decided to do this instead.
- Lampshaded on Get a Life: Chris Elliot's character time-travels to the '70s, where his father and his old codger friends are all disco-fied.
- A fairly extreme example, Pain Of Salvation is a fairly dark and brooding progressive metal band, with huge spiralling concept albums about the existence of God and a fair bit of deep introspection. Track five on their album Scarsick is called "Disco Queen". It's a bizarre 7/8 grooving Disco song. With falsetto vocals. Which go "You're my DISCO QUEEN! Let's Disco! Ooh-ooh oo-ee oo-ee, AHHHHH!" Although this is, of course, ming-mong Kryptonite, it's actually pretty good. They used it as an encore for the entire tour. It is extremely entertaining to watch the big, hairy, tattooed metalheads do the John Travolta-dance from Saturday Night Fever during said song.
- Kylie Minogue owes her entire career to this. Her career had been fairly run of the mill until the disco-themed album Light Years was released and her fame skyrocketed, with no signs of ever slowing down for a long time to come.
- Disco Inferno, of course. A disco ball would come down from the ceiling as part of his entrance.
- Brodus Clay debuted as a generic brute. He would resurface with an entirely new personality.
- The "Hey, Roosta, I've Just Had This Really Hoopy Idea Incident" sequence in The Hitchhikers Guide To The Galaxy, in which Zaphod's cunning plan to escape A Fate Worse Than Death is to teleport both himself and his friend Roosta to the world's most horrible discotheque (full of robot dancers who make the club look full, and nozzles on the wall that spray hot artificial sweat at attendees). It's shameless Padding of the "the hero escapes and gets captured again" variety, albeit thinly justified by it turning out that Zaphod's captors set the whole thing up just to fuck with his head, but groovy as well as hilarious.
- In the 2013 stage musical Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, ditzy starlet Violet's undoing via a transformation into a giant blueberry becomes the focus of this in The Villain Sucks Song "Juicy!" (The token justification is that the experimental gum that triggers the transformation recreates a Sunday roast dinner from 1979.) The Inventing Room is turned into a disco as the Oompa-Loompas dance and even roller-skate about, while Violet — who subscribes to the Everything's Better with Sparkles trope with regards to her wardrobe — becomes the unwilling mirror ball at the center of it all.
- At least one of the Destroy All Humans! games takes place in The Seventies. Pox plans to use Disco to brainwash the world's population, much to Crypto's disgust (because he loathes Disco).
- Disco Kid's whole theme in Punch-Out!!
- Rogue Squadron III opens with the Star Wars characters dancing to the Disco remix (yes, there was one) of the opening theme.
- In Earthworm Jim 3-D, there is a whole stage devoted to a Disco. Which mixes this trope with Everything's Deader with Zombies to form the stage "Boogie Nights of the Living Dead". The stage comes complete with a weapon called the "Funky Gun".
- Pokémon XD: Gale of Darkness has Miror B., a man with a Funny Afro colored like a Pokéball. In its predecessor, Colosseum, his music was salsa. Here? Disco.
- Endless Frontier has Suzuka-hime's Limit Break: complete with Disco ball, orange box, Noblewoman's Laugh, and More Dakka than God. In the sequel, gaining an upgrade to the attack adds bright spotlights and changes the single box of oranges to a pile of 3.
- The good ending of The Neverhood.
- Skullmonkeys includes The 1970's as a collectible pickup scattered around levels. Whenever the player picks up enough of them, they're transported to, you guessed it, The 1970's. Accompanied by this music.
- Jimmy T. from the WarioWare series is a Disco fiend, as is the rest of his family. They all wear multi-colored Funny Afroes, shades, and bell-bottom pants.
- Dangun Feveron. Even its freaking soundtrack!
- The dancing zombie of Plants vs. Zombies, due to the original zombie bearing resemblance to Michael Jackson at an unfortunate time, was replaced with a Disco-tastic zombie.
- Dungeon Siege's expansion has a Secret Disco Level hosted by the Disco Krug.
- Dungeon Keeper 2 has casinos, and when a creature wins the jackpot, everyone around it starts dancing to "Disco Inferno" by The Tramps.
- Dance Battler maestre Eddy Gordo in the Tekken series started off with an alternate "outfit" that was treated as a (relatively obscure) alternate character, Tiger Jackson. No word yet on whether Capoeira works with a disco beat in real life..
- The "Dance Battle" in Bookworm Adventures Volume 2, which doubles as the Big Lipped Alligator Moment of the series.
- In Paper Mario: Sticker Star, when Mario uncovers some Boos he must fight, the Boos suddenly start dancing to disco music while Mario joins along before the fight commences.
- Ratchet & Clank has the Groovitron, a disco-ball grenade that causes all enemies and allies in its "blast zone" to dance until the music stops — leaving them vulnerable to attack.
- One of these appears in Fancy Pants Adventures: World 3. You actually have to collect pieces of the disco ball from elsewhere in the level before it starts. You're rewarded with a new pair of pants if you do so.
- There's a few rare instances in the LEGO Adaptation Game series where solving a puzzle will cause a disco sequence to start.
- You get treated to one of these in Rayman Origins whenever you collect enough Lums to earn all of a level's rewards. The Big Bad also starts one up as a distraction in the final level in order to get a head start in running away from you.
- The first level of the First-Person Shooter Cyberdillo, "Shoot That Funky Plunger, Dilloboy!" In this level, the Life Meter is labeled "FUNK."
- In Code Lyoko episode "Straight to the Heart", it is revealed that Jim is a former Disco dancer. Though he considers this an Old Shame at first, in "William Returns" he gains some fans and makes a return as "Paco, King of Disco".
- Family Guy:
- Jesus turns Water into Funk.
- When Stewie wishes on his birthday candles, he entertains the idea of dropping bombs, but then decides to wish for everyone to Disco dance, complete with Disco ball and retro clothing, as seen above.
- Peter, Quagmire, Cleveland and Joe walk into a skating rink as rookies. A few minutes later, Disco Ensues to Beethoven's Fifth.
- From Phineas and Ferb's many musical moments, there is...
- The Powerpuff Girls: The episode "Boogie Frights".
- The Fairly OddParents:
- The Crimson Chin has a Seventies Disco version of him.
- There was also that time Jorgen Von Strangle disco danced with his 1970s counterpart.
- And never forget... MOUNT DISCO!
- Rocket Power: Otto and Reggie's dad competed in "Freestyle Roller Disco".
- Captain Caveman and the Teen Angels: The episode "Disco Cavey".
- The Backyardigans episode "The Quest for the Flying Rock" has Disco as its music genre.
- Mirror Master's holographic discotheque of doom in the "Flash and Substance" episode of Justice League Unlimited.
- In the Tiny Toon Adventures episode "Gang Busters", Hamton keeps messing up the music genre the characters are singing (rap), and one instance has him disco dancing while Fifi, Shirley, and Elmyra sing "Disco Inferno".
- Two of the ChalkZone music videos have had Disco-inspired numbers: "Making Faces" and "Go Pop"