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The Hero Sucks Song
"Shelton, Shelton's a little bitch!"
The opposite of The Villain Sucks Song
where a song describes how horrible the villain is. This trope is about a song that insults a hero. One way to show how cruel and vile a villain can be is singing a song to demoralize a hero, even so demoralizing that the hero will either suffer a Heroic BSOD
or it may be a way for the hero to unleash his righteous indignation against the villain.
This can also include Jerkasses
characters singing nasty and hurtful songs to good-natured characters, especially if it happens in high school (expect cheerleaders
to engage in songs like this.) The song can involve the villain ranting about the hero always stopping them from taking over the world
or complaining about their justice and moral character.
Can overlap with Villain Song
if it's the villain who boasts about being better than the hero. Compare "The Reason You Suck" Speech
. May also be sung by neutral characters about a Hero with Bad Publicity
Films - Animation
Films - Live Action
- Jafar from Aladdin loves singing these. Towards the end of the original Aladdin movie, he sang a short song to the tune of "Prince Ali" while revealing to Princess Jasmine that Prince Ali is really Aladdin in disguise. In Aladdin: The Return of Jafar, he sang, "You're Only Second Rate" to show how inferior Genie's magic is compared to his.
- "Kill The Beast", The Mob Song from Beauty and the Beast, is sung by the village mob and Gaston about how scary and mean the Beast is.
- The Lion King II: Simba's Pride has Kovu "booed" off of Pride Rock as all of the animals sing "One of Us"; the song denotes that he has been banished. The entire song is practically a lyrification of "The Reason You Suck" Speech, as it would relate to Kovu, even though its entire premise is based on an erroneous assumption. This is because Simba believes that Kovu attempted to ambush him while the two had a friendly chat on a trek through the jungle.
- Played with in Cinderella. The two stepsisters have a whole song where they criticize Cinderella...but they don't realize it's her they're singing about; they think they're just singing about a random princess.
- "Scotty Doesn't Know" from Euro Trip. It was the film's main theme song which cruelly deals with the affair Fiona was having with the singer, Donny, while she was with Scotty.
- Monty Python and the Holy Grail, where Sir Robin's wandering minstrels - who are supposed to be on his team - aren't exactly rushing to sing the praises of their courtly knight, especially after he runs away from the Three-Headed Knight:
Brave Sir Robin ran away.
Bravely ran away, away.
When danger reared its ugly head,
He bravely turned his tail and fled,
Yes, Brave Sir Robin turned about,
And gallantly he chickened out!
Bravely taking to his feet,
He beat a very brave retreat,
Bravest of the brave; Sir Robin!
- Miracle Of Sound: "Duke, You Used To Be Cool" is about how Duke Nukem has lost his magic after twelve years in Development Hell, turning into "a fucking pussy hiding behind walls" who gets drunk off one beer.
- !HERO: The Rock Opera has "Kill The Hero", where Chief Rabbi Kai denounces Hero as being a seditious rebel before Governor Pilate and Pilate just dismisses Hero as a pathetic sad preacher.
- "The Mocking of Hel Helson" from the Benjamin Britten opera Paul Bunyan.
- "Biggest Blame Fool (In The Jungle Of Nool)" from Seussical mocks Horton for "talking to a speck of dust."
- In the musical Two by Two, when Noah tells his family about God's plans for him to build an Ark and fill it with animals, they sing "Put Him Away."
- "Turnabout Reclaimed", the DLC case of Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney - Dual Destinies , features a witness who is fond of rapping. Phoenix eventually has him so backed into a corner that said witness decides to deliver a testimony by way of rap. The name of the testimony? "The Dissin' of Phoenix Wright".
- Animaniacs: The "Frontier Slappy" episode has this happen to Daniel Boone, as he repeatedly tries (and fails) to chop down Slappy's tree to make a door. The song, which is a parody of the Daniel Boone TV series' theme, gradually changes from praising Daniel, to insulting him, 'til he's finally had enough and fires the chorus!
"Yeeesss, a stupid JEEERRRK!
- In the Musical Episode of Batman: The Brave and the Bold, the villains (and some of the heroes) sing a song called "Drives Us Bats", venting their frustration about how Batman is always showing them up.
- The South Park episode "Asspen" has Dash's "Stan Darsh" song.
- In the Sponge Bob Square Pants episode "Dunces and Dragons", Squidly, the royal fool, sings a song to King Krabs to make up for making a bad joke (SpongeBob and Patrick had joined along the singing), but the song was insulting that King Krabs had ordered Squidly, SpongeBob, and Patrick to be executed.
Oh, hear me king, for I must sing,
how you are the greatest at everything,
like letting a dragon burn down our city,
a horrible sight that wasn't pretty,
'twas all your fault and 'tis a pity.
You were bad, you are to blame,
now hang your kingly head in shame,
la, la, la, la, la, la, la, la, la, la, la, la, la, la, la, la.
The king is bad, the king's to blame,
he hangs his kingly head in shame,
la, la, la, la, la, la, la, la, la, la, la, la, la, la, la, la!
- In a variation of a hero giving it to another hero, there's "Eveybody Hates Ned Flanders" from The Simpsons episode Dude, Where's My Ranch:
"His name is Ned
That's a stupid name
He's worst then Frankenstein or Dr.No
You can't upset him even slighty, he just smiles and nods poliety
Then goes home and worships nightly, his leftorioum is an emporium of Woe!
Don't yell at Ned
His Wife is dead
Everybody hates that stupid jerk
Springfield rocks with Homer's joyous loathing
Filling clubs (Sip) with angry valentinos
You don't have to move your feet
Just hate Flanders to the disco beat
He's your perky, peppy, nightmare neighborino!
If you dislike polite left handers then I
Doubt you'll like Ned Flanders
Or his creepy little off-spring
Rod and Todd
His name is Ned
He is so white bread
The smiling moustache geek who walks with god"
- Thomas the Tank Engine:
- In "Special Funnel", Peter Sam is the butt of the other engines' jokes due to his funnel being wobbly, and after said funnel was knocked off by an icicle while he was passing by a tunnel, Sir Handel sings about Peter Sam's funnel, much to the amusement to the other engines.
"Peter Sam's said again and again
his new funnel will put ours to shame
He went into the tunnel
lost his old funnel.
Now his famous new funnel's a drain!"
- In the episode "Toad Stands By", the troublesome trucks sing "Pop Goes Ol' Ollie" to Oliver as ridicule for him falling into the turntable well in "Oliver Owns Up".
"Oliver's no use at all;
Thinks he's very clever.
Says that he could manage us;
That's the best joke ever!
When he orders us about,
With the greatest folly,
We've just pushed him down the well!
Pop Goes Ol' Ollie!"
- When Moralton does a play about Jesus in Moral Orel, Orel gets cast as Judas and does a whole song-and-dance number that opens with the line "I hate you Jesus, you rotten little fink." It became the only part of the play anyone remembered.
- Similar to the Animaniacs example, in the Cowboy Episode of Duck Dodgers, the Riders in the Sky get fed up of singing about "Dodgers, brave Duck Dodgers", when the villain is just a theme park animatronic. ( Except it isn't.)
Dodgers, Duck Dodgers,
Danger he never did avoid.
Dodgers, cowardly Duck Dodgers,
He knows he's only fighting an android!