Ominous Pipe Organ

The instrument of your Doom!

For some reason, organ music and villainy seem to go hand in hand. Perhaps this is because of the organ's powerful sound, which has led to it being dubbed "the king of instruments." Perhaps it just sounds sinister and scary. In any case, if a character has organ music for his or her Leitmotif, it's a sure sign said character isn't going to be petting any dogs.

Combine this with Ominous Latin Chanting and/or some For Doom the Bell Tolls, and he's got Big Bad written all over him.

Sometimes this analogy goes so far to show the villain sitting at a big spooky pipe organ, playing ominous tunes, as the heroes walk in on him. This iconic scene was probably inspired by The Phantom of the Opera, whose villain is often similarly shown with his sinister organ. The standard music for this scene is the Toccata and Fugue in D Minor by Johann Sebastian Bach. Bonus points, however, if they are playing their own Leitmotif. Even better if it contains lots of diminished seventh chords.

The exception to the organs = villainy rule is if you're in a church, but the existence of the Corrupt Church and God Is Evil help to blur that distinction. If the organ is accompanying a good religion, then the music is generally more subdued and ethereal rather than overtly "ominous", if not loud and joyful.

Places where you might hear this type of music include:

See also Creepy Circus Music, Ominous Latin Chanting, For Doom the Bell Tolls, Orchestral Bombing and Ominous Music Box Tune.


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    Anime and Manga 
  • Wolfgang Krauser plays one in the beginning of the Fatal Fury OVA and it is played at various points throughout the anime when he appears on screen or the plot concerns him.
  • Kagato in Tenchi Muyo! is, well, not quite introduced, but featured, playing a series-original Bach-esque piece on a truly enormous science-fictional organ.
  • Naruto:
    • Orochimaru's theme is the Toccata and Fugue in D Minor on a pipe organ, with some Asian flute and shamisen thrown in for good measure.
    • Ominous Chanting+ Ominous Pipe Organ + Creepy Manical Shrieking= Hidan's Theme.
    • Ominous Chanting times 2 plus Ominous Pipe Organ = Pain's and Madara's theme
  • Mimi's rape at the hands of Big Bad Apos in Mnemosyne combines this with Ominous Latin Chanting, and takes it all the way up to What Do You Mean, It's Not Symbolic? when it's committed at a Buddhist Temple, with her chained and nailed to a stone lamp post, no less.
  • A Certain Magical Index - The theme for Stiyl's Innocentius spell, Witch Hunt King combines organ music in the spirit of Bach's Toccata and Fugue with intense electro beats and sinister choirs to great effect. It plays for instance during Innocentius' summon, during the Roman Knights' Gregorio's Choir and during the scene were Touma went insane and petrified a Reality Warper with fear.
  • Played straight during the first appearance of Isaak Fernand von Kämpfer in Trinity Blood: when Abel finds him, he plays Sagrada Familia's pipe organ which he equipped with the Silent Noise system that destroys half of Barcelona in a matter of minutes, along the way killing a major character for the first time in the series.
  • Lady Debonair from the second season of Magic Knight Rayearth.
  • In Magical Girl Lyrical Nanoha StrikerS, the Numbers attack to the theme of a pipe organ. And the Hard Light Magical Computer of their coordinator Uno has a keyboard that looks like organ keys.
  • The Pokémon movies:
    • In the original Japanese version of the first movie, Mewtwo's theme is played on the organ. Lots of diminished chords and chromaticism; following the cliches to the letter. The opening leitmotif is D-E-F-C# (Dm -> Cdim7). The score was rewritten for English-speaking audiences, removing the trope.
    • In the tenth movie, Darkrai's Leitmotif contains organs and bells, befitting a Dark-type Pokemon that can literally cause nightmares. This could be considered a subversion as Darkrai is actually the hero of this movie.
  • The theme for Nakazato's GT-R in Initial D is Toccata and Fugue.
  • Akechi Mitsuhide from Sengoku Basara gets an Ominous Pipe Organ for his anime leitmotif.
  • In Shugo Chara!, the intro to Hoshina Utau's theme song (by Nana Mizuki no less) "Meikyuu Butterfly" is this. The song itself is actually plot relevant.
  • In Chrono Crusade, Joshua Christopher is a boy with holy powers who's been kidnapped by the Big Bad. Guess what instrument he plays to channel his powers?
  • In Princess Tutu, one of Drosselmeyer's leitmotifs is the Nutcracker March played in minor key on a pipe organ to an unsettling effect.
  • Xanxus from Katekyo Hitman Reborn! tends to have Ominous Pipe Organ music in the background whenever he turns up.
  • Kiddy Grade: the last third of the series contains two closely-linked tunes, both with ominous pipe organs, that represent the main "antagonist" of the last arc.
  • In Sailor Moon, Eudial challenges Haruka and Michiru to a showdown at the Marine Cathedral. When they arrive, she's playing the Bach Toccata and Fugue on the organ to help them find her, which turns out to be a recording on a tape.
  • Slayers Next has a guitar tune used for exposition sequences. When it's not just "everyday" exposition but Lina learning that the Lord of Nightmares, the source of her strongest spell, is not a Mazoku but the primordial chaos itself we get the same tune, but upgraded to this trope.
  • In the Second Season of Space Battleship Yamato (a.k.a. "Star Blazers"), the theme of the antagonist White Comet Empire is a dark and imposing Pipe Organ track - as if the sound the comet produces while moving (the screeching of many souls crying out in terror) wasn't enough to clue you in.
  • The Read or Die OVA features an evil reincarnation of Ludwig van Beethoven playing a massive pipe organ on a rocket that will broadcast his lost Death Symphony worldwide, causing everyone who hears it to commit suicide.
  • The Professor Layton and The Eternal Diva animated film tops the previous example by having a pipe organ that is also a giant clockwork orchestra, a memory storage and download machine, and a control device for a giant mecha. When the true Big Bad is revealed, he gets the Ominous Pipe Organ as background music.
  • Rozen Maiden has this as well. "Broken World" fits this trope to a T, plenty of destruction foretold.
  • Revolutionary Girl Utena uses the organ at certain ominous moments. Or just as elevator music for the Student Council for extra drama.
  • Nasu Veronica plays the organ in Saint Seiya: The Lost Canvas. While manipulating the corpses of children.
  • The TV version of the Demon Sisters' theme from Panty & Stocking with Garterbelt combines this with (of course) stripper music, no doubt to emphasize their Lawful Evil (and infernal) natures. (The version from the show's first OST replaces the organ with synth sounds.)
  • Jellal from Fairy Tail has this as his theme music.
  • Played with Rias's Image Song in High School DXD. It starts off with one, but she's one of the heroines of the series.
  • In the dub of Yu-Gi-Oh!, the Winged Dragon of Ra has this in its theme.

    Comic Books 
  • One of Yoko Tsuno's adventures involves an instrument called the Devil's Organ, whose sound can drive listeners to insanity or death. The Smug Snake uses it to brainwash his uncle and try framing him for his plans. He also kills the organist who built it and discovered his intentions... but his daughter Ingrid escapes from him and reaches for the titular Action Girl and her friends.

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    Films — Live-Action 
  • "The Final Conflict", which plays in the final showdown between Chuck Norris and David Carradine in Lone Wolf McQuade.
  • Professor Petrie in The Phantom of the Opera (1962) plays Bach's "Toccata and Fugue in D minor" with his pipe organ as his assistant kidnaps Christine and brings her to him.
  • Parodied at the beginning of Back to the Future Part III. After Doc faints in shock after seeing Marty at the end of Part II (having just sent the Marty from Part I back to 1985), Marty takes him back to Doc's house. When the latter wakes up, he recalls that event as having just been his imagination - until Marty also wakes up and Doc notices him. His response? Screaming his head off, tripping over Marty's hoverboard and backing into an organ's keyboard, which carries on wailing as Marty tries to explain what happened.
  • Kingsman: The Secret Service has a version employing an existing song: just as tensions start to rise in a church, the organ intro to Lynyrd Skynyrd' "Free Bird" starts playing and getting louder. The Hate Plague-induced massacre that follows cuts straight to the solo-heavy final minutes.
  • Much of the soundtrack of Interstellar makes heavy use of pipe organs, particularly during the more intense moments such as the famous docking scene.

  • Professor Aronnax walks in on Captain Nemo playing the pipe organ in his study, but subverts this trope in that he's actually weeping. He also plays the organ in a somewhat unusual manner, using only the black keys (what today would be the white keys).
  • Discworld:
    • Parodied in Carpe Jugulum. A traditionally-minded vampire has an organ ... but it's one of Bloody Stupid Johnson's Clock Punk synthesizers, with a wide variety of screams, wolf-howls and similar Hammer Horror sound effects.
    • The Unseen University's organ is another parody, especially when it's played by an ape or by a Professor of Post-Mortem Communications who would have wanted Ominous Pipe Organ music but can't get it quite right. That Ridcully won't stop calling it "our mighty organ" and pointing out "it's a Johnson" doesn't help.
  • Lawrence from Cryptonomicon began playing his local church's organ because the previous performer was kicked for being "too dramatic".

    Live Action TV 
  • Doctor Who:
    • In "Pyramids of Mars", Ibrahim Namin, a sinister worshiper of Sutekh (ancient Egyptian devil-like figure) plays the organ. He's not the Big Bad, though; he gets killed at the end of Episode 1. Sutekh summons him by telekinetically playing the organ, and when Sutekh sends his Dragon to take command, Namin apparently activates the time corridor by playing the organ, thus giving the impression that Osiran technology is powered by organ music.
    • In "The Seeds of Doom", Chase plays an atonal electronic instrument instead, but that's mainly for his plants' benefit.
  • Countdown with Keith Olbermann uses a pipe organ playing Toccata and Fugue for its "Worst Person in the World" segment.
  • Toccata and Fugue is played in Boardwalk Empire after Richard Harrow does his first assassination, which is kind of a visual joke in that Harrow looks a lot like the (post-Lon Chaney) Phantom of the Opera. Then, there's sort of a Diegetic Switch and the music is shown to be playing at a silent movie elsewhere.
  • Supernatural. Spoofed in "Monster Movie". Sam enters an old movie theatre (currently showing Phantom of the Opera) and sees the sinister shadow of someone pounding away on a pipe organ. The man then presses a button and starts playing light music instead, as the 'organ' is just a digital keyboard resting on an old dresser.

  • The backing track to the diabolical "Upward Infection" by Futret uses a organ.
  • If the opening of Vangelis Papathanassiou's Nucleogenesis 1 (from the Albedo 0.39 album) hasn't been used for this purpose, it should.
  • Siena by Turmion Katilot has a example of this at a couple of parts in this song.
  • Unquestioned maestro of organ composers J. S. Bach both played this trope straight and averted it. The aforementioned Toccata and Fugue BWV 565 (probably an arrangement of a solo violin piece) certainly has a dark and evil feel to it, but Bach's other organ music (especially his chorale preludes) shows the entire array of characters possible in music.
    • It should also be mentioned that there are variations in the composition itself - most shows and films only play the toccata, the most "evil-sounding" part, when the whole work (toccata + fugue) is actually over eight minutes. While the beginning of the toccata and the end of the fugue do sound quite dark, there are parts in the fugue that actually sound quite whimsicial, and even upbeat at times.
    • Other Bach organ pieces that fit this trope include the "Great" Fantasia and Fugue in G minor and the "Little" Fugue in G minor. The "Little" Fugue was apparently evil-sounding enough to be used as boss music in Mega Man Legends.
  • The organ solo at the climax of the third movement of Ralph Vaughan Williams' "Sinfonia antartica".
  • Nox Arcana prominently features a pipe organ in many of their songs. Melancholia and The Masque Of Red Death have arguably the most ominous tunes.
  • Used in several Type O Negative songs, notably "Haunted".
  • Muse's song Megalomania uses one of these. It's pretty darn ominous.
  • The beginning of Rob Zombie's "Return of the Phantom Stranger".
  • Iron Butterfly's "In-A-Gadda-Da-Vida".
  • In Limp Bizkit's "Counterfeit", an electric keyboard imitating an organ provides an ominous mood and feel.
  • Jan Zwart's "Toccata on Psalm 146". Ominous Dutch Chanting optional.
  • Vernian Process. These guys love them some Ominous Pipe Organ music. Lead singer Joshua Pfeiffer even lampshaded it at the end of a show, introducing the band then declaring "...and we like Goth music, if you can't tell!" during the one minute, eight second organ outro to their song "Vagues de Vapeur."
  • The Clotho section and the start of the Atropos section from Emerson, Lake & Palmer's "The Three Fates".
  • "Jane Seymour" from Rick Wakeman's The Six Wives Of Henry VIII.
  • Inversion: The bridge of Styx's "I'm O.K." uses a pipe organ, but it is more stirring than it is ominous.

  • In The Phantom of the Opera, the Organ is prominently featured on the playfield; players shoot balls up its face to hit a set of musical targets, which makes the Organ open up to reveal a sinkhole underneath.

  • Bleak Expectations: Pip Bin's first visit to Parliament as MP for Poverty St. Mary and Dreadfulness North is less than encouraging, not helped by the fact that he arrived right on time for Scary Organ Night, as demonstrated by organ music playing in the background.

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     Theme Parks 
  • Disney Theme Parks: Aside from the above mentioned The Haunted Mansion, Journey Into Imagination used to feature Dreamfinder playing one in the Tales of Terror sequence. In keeping with this scene's literature theme, it's not actually an organ, but rather an appropriately-themed giant typewriter or computer, which releases different letters and numbers when played.

    Video Games 
  • World of Warcraft The Burning Crusade: The Opera area in Karazhan.
  • The Legend of Zelda:
    And the dead shall rise, and the living will be their slaves. She must be stopped!
  • One of the bosses in Castle Crashers alternates between fighting you and playing a pipe organ in a church. He cant be hurt while at the organ and as he plays the organ launches bombs in increasingly complex patterns.
    • Something to note, he isn't just playing any song. He's playing Wagner's bridal march, if you listen closely, except in a minor key. This is fitting, since this particular level turns Castle Crashers into Wedding Crashers.
  • Associated with Neclord in the Suikoden series.
    • In Suikoden I, he plays the popular Wedding March as a funeral dirge (appropriate considering what happens to his brides)
    • While he's a general-purpose user of this, Neclord's appearance in Suikoden II is probably the crown of this trope. Entering a fog-shrouded, ruined castle on the lake's edge, surrounded by a graveyard containing the restless corpses of the castle-town's slaughtered inhabitants... ominous organ-music playing as you fight your way past undead ghouls and minor vampires, finding your way through the crumbling labyrinth of the castle's hallways, finally making your way to the top of the tallest tower, to find Neclord sitting with his back to you, playing the organ - and as he turns to face you, the music stops in mid-chord. Chilling.
    • In both games his Leitmotif (called "We Love Our Master") uses the Organ.
  • The heroes of Chrono Trigger have to play a few chords on an organ to uncover the hidden passageway in a (monster-run) church. Lavos's theme is a classic example of ominous organ music.
  • In Radical Dreamers, a pipe organ song plays when you descend to Lynx's hiding place.
  • Super Mario Bros.:
  • Ace Attorney:
    • Damon Gant's theme in Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney. He even has an enormous pipe organ in his office...the chief of police's office. It also seems to be modeled after the very one on this page image. Phoenix comments on what a massive waste of taxpayer money this is. According to Gumshoe, Gant goes so far as to use the organ for Cool and Unusual Punishment (he sits misbehaving cops in his office and plays it for several hours; the unfortunate victim is left deaf for a week).
    • Also, Richard Wellington's cellphone has the quintessential organ tune, Toccata et Fugue, as its ringtone. In the same case, it's used for major effect during the Phoenix Wright's nightmare and when Richard is found as the definitive culprit of the murder in the first case.
    • The Rival of Ace Attorney Investigations 2, Hakari Mikagami, has one as the centerpiece of her theme. It's used to reinforce her "holy" appearance.
  • Used heavily in Chapter 9 of Drakengard, especially during the scene in which Furiae transforms into an angelic monster and kills Inuart.
  • Yggdrassil in Tales of Symphonia, including all the music when you fight him. His androgynous and angelic appearance and status as head of a Path of Inspiration only underscores the sinister.
  • Tales of Phantasia has this as background music when you enter the cathedral that leads to Fenrir's cave.
  • Possibly lampshaded in Tales of the Abyss - The first time you fight Van, he's playing a pipe organ as you walk into his room and he gives his little speech.

    Considering how music in general is one of the major themes of TOTA (Prophecies are called 'Scores' or 'the Score', the resident Crystal Dragon Jesus is the personification of sound, various church titles and ranks include Melodist, Maestro, Conductor, Cantor, etc.) and in fact is the key to using much of Auldrant's Applied Phlebotinum, this is perhaps more justified than many of the other examples on this page.
  • The Lord of Jewels 1000 in Legend of Mana has this as its boss theme.
  • In Lunar: Silver Star Story (the remake), the dungeon music is replaced by Ominous Pipe Organ music between the penultimate and final bosses. It's truly great music to monologue over, as the Magic Emperor demonstrates.
  • Final Fantasy:
    • Chaos, the Big Bad of Final Fantasy I, features the Ominous Pipe Organ in his fight music. (Remakes only, the original has no boss music.)
    • The original Final Fantasy organ themist has to be Golbez in Final Fantasy IV. His theme even shamelessly steals riffs from "Toccata & Fugue in D-Minor". The Nintendo DS remake has this lampshaded in the sound test by having Edward, who comments on the tracks, referring to the pipe organ as the hallmark of Golbez's theme.
    • Final Fantasy VI:
      • The first track in the game, a slow, ominous buildup which lets you know that Square means business. Heck, it's even called "Omen"!
      • The semi-operatic pipe organ piece "Dancing Mad", Kefka's Final Boss music in Final Fantasy VI. "Dancing Mad" also shamelessly rips off Toccata and Fugue in D Minor in many parts, especially during the organ solo in the third movement.
      • Of course, considering the fact that the game's intro music and the music that plays on the world map before obtaining the Falcon also use an Ominous Pipe Organ, it's not surprising that the final boss music contains even more Ominous Pipe Organ.
    • Ultimecia from Final Fantasy VIII greets her visitors with "The Castle".
      • If we're talking Final Fantasy VIII, then there definitely needs to be a mention of Heresy, the theme of Garden Master NORG.
    • Kuja in Final Fantasy IX also gets "Immoral Rhythm" and "Dark Messenger". His boss, Garland, has "The Keeper of Time."
    • Also done to full effect in Final Fantasy X-2 since it's how the Big Bad commands the Weapon of Mass Destruction. An organ is also used for the ominous, frantic theme "Vegnagun Starting".
    • Also Galdes final theme.
  • Kingdom Hearts has several.
  • One Piece's Unlimited Adventure and Unlimited Cruise games have a good one that plays whenever Chopper enters his Monster Point form. It can be heard here.
  • Ramirez's theme in Skies of Arcadia begins putting on the Ominous Pipe Organ near the end — as if the ringing doom bell, the chaotic drum track, the sinister violin backdrop and the piano clinks weren't disturbing enough. It's a good clue-in to the fact that he, and not his superior Galcian, is the game's final boss.
  • The later Castlevania games are all about Ominous Pipe Organ music, especially the opening of Super Castlevania IV.
  • One of the late-game bosses in the Nintendo DS Rhythm Game Ontamarama uses pipe organs as part of his theme music.
  • As does Gregorio in the Playstation 2 Rhythm Game Gitaroo Man.
  • Ultima VII uses fairly light and pleasant organ music as the theme for The Fellowship which ends up being a front for The Guardian's attempt to take over the world.
  • Breath of Fire:
  • In Super Smash Bros. Brawl:
    • Big Bad Tabuu doesn't have the pipe all the way through, but one segment of his theme has it. Rather noticeable because it contrasts the rest.
    • The remixes of the Zelda Overworld/Underworld music and Luigis Mansion theme incorporate this as well.
  • Front Mission:
    • The music for the final battle in the first game, Destructive Logic, is nothing but ominous pipe organ music. Considering what the Big Bad has been doing to P.O.W.s (Like Lloyd's fiance and himself, it's appropriate.
    • Not to be outdone, Gun Hazard (from the same franchise) gives us the equally chilling Nature.
    • As well as the track used for the last stretch of the game, Atlas.
  • House of the Dead
  • Mega Man Legends. Organ music = Final Boss, in both games.
  • Brady Culture in Sam & Max: Culture Shock. He's not a very ominous villain, though.
  • Serguei Borodine in Syberia. This is a variation of the trope because Serguei himself cannot play the organ but builds a robot who has the ability to play it.
  • At the end of the Musical Town stage in the SNES Sparkster, the title character encounters Axel Gear playing a pipe organ before they fight.
  • The Grand Cathedral theme from Serious Sam: The Second Encounter has something like this combined with For Doom the Bell Tolls as its central component.
  • Eternal Darkness uses an organ to open a secret compartment. This sequence will be important later.
  • An eerie, if not completely ominous pipe organ can be heard in church interiors in The Matrix Online.
  • Ys I and II: The 12th floor of Darm Tower features an ominous organ tune called "Devil's Wind" that drains Adol's HP and prevents him from progressing until he smashes one of the pillars on the outer gallery.
  • The Perfect Run Final Boss battle in Ray Crisis. Aptly titled "Root of all evil"
  • The Final Boss battle in Silent Hill 3, although it's not on the official soundtrack. It is, however, on the movie soundtrack, titled Samael.
  • The chapel music in The 7th Guest. A different ominous organ tune is played during the "sacrifice" cutscene in the same room. Also, Stauf's leitmotif, known as "Doorbell". You can even see a skeleton playing the organ if you interact with it. Latin lyrics are included in the soundtrack version, "Chapel Pain", and they are what Brian Dutton hears just before he enters the chapel.
  • Devil May Cry likes using organs in its music.
  • In Live A Live, the chapter boss Leit Motif and the battle theme both contain organ music as your as your first clue that all the bosses are the same demonic entity, and the final level music and both Final Boss themes are all about the Ominous Pipe Organ.
  • The Disgaea series is rather fond of pipe organs, what with its demonic bent. Disgaea 3's "Fugue of Hell", Mao's leitmotif, is particularly noticeable in this regard.
  • Video Game/Touhou:
    • Perfect Cherry Blossom, the seventh game in the series, has a very interesting example. Youmu's theme combines an organ with hard rock, and is very fast paced while still being ominous. But the thing is, not only is the character in question The Dragon rather than the Big Bad, but she's not evil in any sense of the word, even by Touhou standards. The third stage in the same game also has Ominous Pipe Organ music, which the creator himself has pointed out sounds like a Disc One Final Dungeon.
    • On the other hand, vampire Remilia Scarlet plays this straight: in the fighting spinoff Scarlet Weather Rhapsody, her already epic, piano-driven theme song Septette for the Dead Princess gets rearranged into a masterpiece that makes liberal use of organs, violins, piano, drums and electric guitar. Most notable is the kickass organ intro at the beginning, which follows the melody throughout the song and serves to drive the point home that you're fighting against a five hundred year old devil.
  • The Shin Megami Tensei series in nearly all of its incarnations has made liberal use of pipe organ music, the most universally consistent being the music played during the Dark Cathedral fusion room. Shin Megami Tensei III: Nocturne takes this trope to an especial extreme.
  • In the Heaven's Feel route of Fate/stay night, the BGM for much of the final battle (against the Angra Mainyu possessed Dark Sakura) is "All the Evils of the World", a very ominous remix of the (itself rather spooky) "Little Church on the Hill" which acts as the theme song for Kotomine Kirei. This further plays with the trope: Kotomine is a priest who works at a church, so having the pipe organs is appropriate and doesn't seem to suggest anything further. Turns out Kotomine's evil, and is The Man Behind the Man in two out of three routes.
  • Umineko no Naku Koro ni absolutely loves this trope, beginning with Beatrice's theme "Organ Opusculum #600 million in C minor", which has a tendency to start up in the middle of other themes as she teleports into the scene out of nowhere. The series has both deliciously evil themes and upbeat, cheerful themes. Of course, said upbeat themes ocasionally play during horrible murders and darkest hours.
  • The Organists from Brütal Legend are little more than a ghostly pipe organ on wheels.
  • The final boss of Pikmin has this in his background music. Not quite as ominous as many of the other examples, but way more ominous than any other music in the game.
  • Descole's theme in Professor Layton and the Last Specter.
  • Mother 3 had an organ play when you were in a shrine. That alone wasn't mysterious, until you take your time and if you listen through the whole song, they do a Dark Reprise of the "There's a Railway in Our Village!?" theme, which the real song plays later in the game after Porky's influence has taken over the town.
  • Duke Hermeyen of The Last Remnant has an organ-heavy Leitmotif. It's scary.
  • Part of the Boss Rush in Stella Deus The Gate Of Eternity takes place on top of a giant ominous organ which also happens to be the control panel for a massive device that's intended to bring about The End of the World as We Know It.
  • False King Allant of Demons Souls has one during his boss fight.
  • Siter Skain is absolutly in love with this trope with their games full of masterful organ tracks. It would be easier to list those that does not contain any organ.
  • Resonance of Fate plays organ music accompanied by an evil choir while you storm the Basilica.
  • Blazblue have some organ tracks obviosly mixed with metal but some can hardly be called ominous such as the upbeat The Road to Hope while on the other hand Howling Moon and White Requiem are slightly straighter.
  • And then there is Deathsmiles with it's regular boss theme and the final boss theme Hell's Emperor.
  • The King's Quest games have several examples.
  • The Data East game The Great Ragtime Show (AKA Boogie Wings) has a visible pipe organ on which a villain is playing Bach's Toccata and Fugue in D minor.
  • In Resident Evil 4, Salazar's battle music uses this alongside Ominous Latin Chanting.
  • The Church of the Machine in Obsidian has a relatively calm track to it while you're exploring. In contrast, once the mechanical spider is turned on to put a programming puzzle into play, a somewhat frantic organ track starts. As the crossover chip gets its three sections filled in, it speeds up and has drums and a bassoon added to it. Of course, it's subverted if you've messed up the process and caused the spider crash.
  • Kirby:
  • Sonic the Hedgehog:
    • A creepy, if not disturbing example exists in Sonic Adventure 2/Battle's Chao Garden. A special organ jingle plays instead of the designated one for your Chao's new alignment if it evolves into a Chaos-type
    • In Sonic the Hedgehog (2006), an organ plays in the scene where Mephiles kills Sonic.
  • A reed organ with fake front pipes appears in Assassin's Creed III during The Mad Doctor's Castle. When climbed on to ascend through the ceiling it produces a brief cluster of notes (which is unlikely, since organs don't produce sound unless they've been turned on and one or more stops are drawn).
  • A occasional recurring element in music from the Soul Series. Hellfire, the Final Boss theme of SCII which is played during the battle against Soul Edge's true form, Inferno, may be the starting point of it. SCIII is not to be left behind in this regard, with Forsaken Sanctuary. Sacred Dawn, the Final Boss theme from SCV played during the battle with Elysium, Soul Calibur's own Inferno-equivalent, has an organ which is more in the background. No matter what though, they're all awesome.
  • The Big Bad of the first Pokemon Ranger game has an unabashedly sinister organ leitmotif. A longer version plays before the Final Boss... whose theme also happens to be an example. Worth noting is that the device he used to control the legendary beasts, including the final boss in question, Entei, actually resembles an electronic organ, and is operated by "playing" it!
  • In Jimmy Neutron vs. Jimmy Negatron, Negatron's first appearance is accompanied by a Standard Snippet of the beginning bars of Toccata and Fugue in D Minor.
  • In Dungeons of Dredmor, some background music tracks use this. "The Forsaken", which starts with a lone organ but later adds a harp and strings, and in "Death Walks Among You", the organ only comes up 2 minutes in, near the end. The songs are unusually creepy considering the humorous tone of the rest of the game.
  • The seventh and final world of HarmoKnight, Baroque Volcano, is a mix of this trope and Lethal Lava Land. The levels look like your standard lava level, but organ pipes are partially submerged in the lava and the Mini-Boss comes out of a giant organ (and is knocked back into it after the rematch). Additionally, the map screen's Variable Mix and the Mini-Boss theme use pipe organ as their main instrument.
  • Shadow Devil's theme from Mega Man X5, which is a remix of Dr. Wily's theme from Mega Man 1.

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    Web Original 
  • The Harry Potter alternate timeline parody has a gag with this, Voldmort is sitting at an organ playing something vaguely sinister until it's revealed he's trying to play Take Me Out to the Ballgame and doing a horrible job.


    Western Animation 
  • In the Kim Possible episodes "Bad Boy" and "Stop Team Go", Ron Stoppable is turned into his Superpowered Evil Side. While he's fighting, the Toccata and Fugue in D Minor plays as his theme music.
  • The Scooby-Doo Show:
    • In the episode "The Harum Scarum Sanitarium", the music accompanies the ghost of a mad doctor.
    • The mysterious puppeteer in "The Backstage Rage" is seen playing a pipe organ as well, and Scooby plays one in "A Night Of Fright Is No Delight."
  • In the Sushi Pack episode "But is it Art?" the control panel for the villain's device that brings paintings to life is a pipe organ (that can rise from the floor, even).
  • Heard (and illustrated) in the intro of Count Duckula.
  • One of these is played by Mr. Ten in Jimmy Two-Shoes.
  • Played for Laughs in Freakazoid!. The episode opens with recuring villain Armando Gutierez playing an organ witht he stereotypical opening... followed by a variation of Pop Goes The Weasel
  • Parodied in Animaniacs during their take on "The Three Billy Goats Gruff". Every time someone mentioned the [gasp] troll, there would be a sudden cut to Wakko playing ominous music on the organ. (Except when Wakko said it; then Dot covered for him.)
    Dot: Well, somebody had to do it.
  • In the SpongeBob SquarePants episode "Something Smells", Patrick encounters Spongebob parodying the infamous Phantom of the Opera scene because he believes the reason everyone is shunning him is because Patrick claims he's ugly (when actually it's just that he has rancid breath and Patrick has no nose to smell this). Made more hilarious by the fact that when confronted Spongebob is wearing gag Groucho Marx glasses.
  • In the Phineasand Ferb episode "Bad Hair Day", Doof plays his evil jingle on the pipe organ.
  • Gargamel's Ghoullliope in The Smurfs cartoon special "Smurfily Ever After".
  • In the My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic episode Castlemaneia the organ in the Princesses' old castle can activate various prank-traps when certain keys are pressed. The Mane Six (sans Pinkie Pie) walk in on the Shadow Pony playing it only to find out it was actually Pinkie Pie.
  • Played for laughs in the American Dad! episode "Phantom of the Telethon." Roger seeks to sabotage Stan's CIA telethon and dresses up as the Phantom of the Opera to do so. He orders a pipe organ in order to play while laughing maniacally down in the catacombs, but a handheld synthetic piano is sent instead. Roger is furious at first, but after tinkering with it, he happily accepts it. It can also make farts sounds.
  • When Danger Mouse and Penfold first encounter Wufgang Bach (who has stolen all the world's music in "Play It Again, Wufgang"), he is at a pipe organ playing ''Toccata And Fugue In D Minor" before it dissolves into a daffy rendition of "O Sole Mio."
  • In the episode "Friend For Life" of The Adventures of Sam & Max: Freelance Police, the Mad Thespian has scary pipe organ music as his Leitmotif.

Alternative Title(s):

Ominous Organ