Many villains, especially from musicals or Creator/{{Disney}} animation, have impressive [[VillainSong songs]] in which they boast about [[EvilFeelsGood how good it feels being evil]], or that use to expose their EvilPlan.

But there are also villains that don't have a song. While TheHero and his or her companions have their own musical numbers, the villain doesn't sing a single note. This choice can be made for various reasons: to show that the villain is a SeriousBusiness individual, to highlight his or her scary nature, or maybe because the villain has [[RealLifeWritesThePlot a bad voice]]. It could also have happened that the villain was originally meant to have a song, but for various reason it ended up being [[CutSong cut]].

Remember: this trope applies when there's the lack of a VillainSong in a work in which such a song would be expected.

Could overlap with EvilHasABadSenseOfHumor, but not always. EvilIsCool and EvilIsHammy have less chance to apply to a villain who follows this trope.

Contrast VillainSong.

[[AC: Film - Animated]]
* The [[GodSaveUsFromTheQueen Queen]] from ''Disney/SnowWhiteAndTheSevenDwarfs''.
* Despite singing a single line while playing the piano, the Stepmother in ''Disney/{{Cinderella}}'' has no VillainSong, which makes her even more scary.
** One of the stepsisters begins "Sing, Sweet Nightingale" while the other plays the flute, but [[DreadfulMusician mercifully]] our focus shifts to Cinderella's rendition.
* Maleficent from ''Disney/SleepingBeauty'' [[ was actually going to have]] a VillainSong, but it was [[CutSong cut]]. She instead gloats over her evil deeds with a Villain Poem that mocks the traditional version of her FairyTale.
* Tzekel-Kan in ''WesternAnimation/TheRoadToElDorado'' didn't get a song, though he was originally going to have one during the scene where he takes control of the jaguar statue. It was called "[[ Trust Me]]," and appears on the soundtrack.
* Shan Yu from ''Disney/{{Mulan}}'' doesn't get a song. Indeed, he only appears twice before the mountain battle and climax.
* Jafar from ''Disney/{{Aladdin}}'' is a borderline case: he only had a DarkReprise of "Prince Ali" but no VillainSong of his own, although some were written for him. The first, "My Time Has Come", was cut for being too slow and introspective. The second, "Humiliate the Boy", was cut for basically stopping the story during what in the final film is a very short scene ([[spoiler:Jafar becoming a genie and then getting trapped in his lamp]].)
** In ''Disney/AladdinTheReturnOfJafar'', however, he had "You're Only Second Rate".
** In the stage musical, he gets one called 'Diamond in The Rough', in which he convinces Aladdin to go to the Cave of Wonders.
* Hades from ''{{Disney/Hercules}}'', despite being such a LargeHam. He did sing in the TV spinoff, however.
* Shere Khan from ''Disney/TheJungleBook'', who actually did not sing at all except for the final lyrics of "That's What Friends Are For." He was originally going to have his own VillainSong, however he does his very best to make his one singing line count, though, ending it on a bone-rattling bass note (performed by Bill Lee of The Mellomen)
* Inverted in ''Disney/HomeOnTheRange'' where the evil cattle thief and yodeler Alameda Slim is the only character to sing in the film.
* ''Disney/{{Frozen}}'' doesn't have a single straight example of VillainSong, despite numerous opportunities and near-misses. "Let It Go" is a NotEvilJustMisunderstood WoobieDestroyerOfWorlds UnwittingInstigatorOfDoom song for Elsa, and [[spoiler: [[EvilAllAlong Prince Hans]]'s part of "Love is an Open Door" is a cleverly-disguised VillainLoveSong]], but neither the evil Duke of Wesselton nor [[spoiler: post-[[TheReveal Reveal]] Hans]] actually sing anything during their time on-screen. "Let It Go" ''was'' going to be the VillainSong (while Elsa was still the villain of the story), but while it was being written the writers realized that it was too empowering to work as one; and also realized Elsa herself hadn't done anything wrong.
* Neither Warren T. Rat from the first ''WesternAnimation/AnAmericanTail'' movie nor Cat R. Waul from the second have a VillainSong, though the villains in the direct-to-video sequels have them.
* Carface in ''WesternAnimation/AllDogsGoToHeaven.'' He did, however, sing in the sequels and TV series.
* ''Disney/{{Tarzan}}'' doesn't have songs for Sabor (who, granted, is a non-speaking leopard) or Clayton.
* Many consider "Shiny" from ''Disney/{{Moana}}'' to be the film's villain song, although Tamatoa is really nothing more than a OneSceneWonder. The film's actual villain, Te Ka, gets no song, as she's a giant monster of lava and rage. [[spoiler:She does get sung ''at'' by Moana, but that doesn't really count]]. Maui also gets a song where he steals Moana's boat, but that's more of a {{Jerkass}} song, as he's the film's secondary protagonist from shortly after that point on.

[[AC: Film - Live Action]]
* ''Film/SinginInTheRain'': Lina Lamont has no singing number, not counting the few lines of "Would You" she can be heard singing as Kathy overdubs her, since her voice is really awful. This is averted in the ScreenToStageAdaptation, which gives her a comic song, "What's Wrong With Me?"
* In the movie version of ''Theatre/{{Oliver}}'', Bill Sykes never sings, although other people sing about him. In the stage version, instead, [[ he does.]]
* In the classic 1939 film ''Film/TheWizardOfOz'', the Wicked Witch doesn't get to sing. It's worth noting, however, that her counterparts in ''Theatre/TheWiz'' and ''Theatre/{{Wicked}}'' do have songs.
** Andrew Lloyd Webber wrote some new songs for the stage version of "The Wizard of Oz", including a song for the Witch called "Red Shoes Blues". The song is better than the title suggests and it basically opens the second act.
* Inverted in ''Film/{{Labyrinth}}'' -- It was Creator/JimHenson's idea to have a singing villain, and from there the filmmakers hired [[Music/DavidBowie a performer]] who not only filled the role but also wrote all the songs. Jareth gets ''three'' on-screen musical numbers, and the only other characters who sing are a menacing WackyWaysideTribe.
* Prudy, Penny's mother in ''Film/{{Hairspray}}'' doesn't get to sing, although Alison Janney has a musical background.
* The 1955 film version of ''Theatre/{{Kismet}}'' falls into this by deleting the Wazir's VillainSong from the stage musical.
* In the [[Film/TheJungleBook2016 2016 remake]] of Disney's ''Disney/TheJungleBook'', [[BigBad Shere Khan]] is the only one of the three antagonists (the other two being [[TheDon King Louie]] and [[WildCard Kaa]]) who hasn't his own song (the other two have "I Wanna Be Like You" and "Trust in Me" in respective order) as a way to fortify his KnightOfCerebus status.

[[AC: Live Action TV]]
* There are many [[Series/BuffyTheVampireSlayer fans of Buffy]] who see the appeal of both the MusicalEpisode "Once More With Feeling," and the villainous activities of [[IneffectualSympatheticVillain the Trio of Warren, Andrew, and Jonathan]]. Such fans would, no doubt, have loved for the episode to have a VillainSong by the Trio. The writers surely could have come up with something good, and of course the actors were all guest stars who were probably completely available for an episode in that season. No doubt, though, it would have been too difficult, and involved sacrificing too much of the screen time used for other stuff, to rewrite the episode in such a way that it included the Trio. But the magical effect that caused everyone to burst into song was operating throughout Sunnydale, so of course there must have been some such song that happened off-screen, which was not recorded by the TV show--but that's exactly the kind of thing FanFiction is for...
* The Dutch series ''Series/BassieEnAdriaan'' has at least 1 song per episode, but they are always sung by the 2 protagonists (sometimes joined by a chorus of extra's), never any of the villains.

[[AC: Music]]
* In Johann Gottfried Seumes ''Die Gesänge''[[note]]German for ''the songs''[[/note]], there is the phrase "Wo man singt, da lass dich ruhig nieder, böse Menschen haben keine Lieder"[[note]]Settle down where people sing, evil people don't have songs[[/note]].

[[AC: {{Theatre}}]]
* In ''Theatre/TheBookOfMormon'', the General doesn't get a VillainSong, and only gets to sing after he converts.
* ''Theatre/FiniansRainbow'' plays with this in an amusing way: Senator Rawkins doesn't sing and outright refuses to do so until his heart is magically lightened.
* In ''Theatre/TheMusicMan'', VillainyFreeVillain Charlie Cowell doesn't get to sing any musical numbers (not counting his part in the "talk, talk, talk" number "Rock Island"), though neither does the BetaCouple of this show.
* In ''Rose-Marie'', the only singing parts for Emile and Hawley are buried in ensembles, usually quite short ones.
* While ''Theatre/ShowBoat'' doesn't really have a villain (not counting the character from the ShowWithinTheShow, who is [[MeanCharacterNiceActor quite affable offstage]]), the most antagonistic characters in the first act, Parthy, Pete and Sheriff Vallon, don't sing at all. That is, until the 1994 revival reassigned "Why Do I Love You?" to Parthy to make her come across as more sympathetic.
* In ''Strike Up the Band'', Sloane, "the villain of the play," has no song of his own.
* In ''Tenderloin'', though many lively musical numbers are put on by the "evil" RedLightDistrict, the real antagonist, [[DirtyCop Lt. Schmidt]], has a purely speaking part (not counting the trial scene, which is actually a satirical sketch where he's played by another character).

[[AC: WesternAnimation]]
* ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic'' has quite a few musical numbers, and while the majority of the songs are sung by [[{{CloudCuckooLander}} Pinkie Pie]], everyone else has gotten in on the action at least once -- if not a solo number, then during a CrowdSong. However, neither Discord nor Trixie nor Nightmare Moon, three [[EvilIsHammy pretty hammy]] villains, has any song. King Sombra doesn't have one either (makes sense, since he barely says anything at all anyway). [[ConArtist The Flim Flam Brothers]] do have songs in seasons 2 and 4 (although they're more antagonistic than evil), and [[spoiler:Queen Chrysalis]] has her song[[note]]shared with another character, with the same voice actor actually singing both parts[[/note]] during the finale. [[TheVillainSucksSong And]] [[DistantDuet it]] [[DarkReprise is]] [[TriumphantReprise just]] '''[[AwesomeMusic awesome]]'''.
** May not apply to Discord as of [[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS4E11ThreesACrowd S4 E11]] with his song "A Little Glass of Water." He is considered to be "reformed" from his previous villain status at this point and never did sing while he was considered one. But he does remain rather morally ambiguous.
** The second Equestria Girls movie turns it around by having the Dazzling perform no less than three phenomenal full-blown villain songs, [[spoiler: the last of which even being the movie's climax]].
* Squiddy from ''WesternAnimation/TeamUmizoomi'', other than the fake fanfare.
* ''WesternAnimation/StevenUniverse'' has numerous musical numbers, but sticks to Steven's point of view, [[MusicalWorldHypotheses where they represent some sort of communication he's aware of]]. All his encounters with sentient antagonists tend to be too brief and [[KnightOfCerebus traumatic]] to have anyone expressing themselves so openly. One comical exception to this is that Greg's scummy ex-manager Marty still manages to sing--because it's not a VillainSong, it's an in-show advertisement he did for money (and made by plagiarizing Greg's song "Comet"). This trope is eventually subverted in the fourth season, where there is a VillainSong [[spoiler:from Yellow Diamond to Blue Diamond]]. However, this keeps with songs' usual portrayal in the series, as we only hear it thanks to Steven's ExactEavesdropping on a private conversation (the subject of which is more humanizing than [[EvilGloating boastful]]).