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The Music Meister

I'm the heart of swing, I'm the twist and shout.
When you gotta sing, when you gotta let it out.

The Music Meister is a character who causes others to break out into spontaneous song and/or dance. Often used as a justification for a Musical Episode, in which case Genre Savvy characters will question (possibly in song) why they are suddenly acting like characters in a musical.

To qualify as The Music Meister, a character must have an explicit power to cause others to break out in song, and the musical interludes should be commented on as being out of the ordinary.

Related to Crowd Song, Spontaneous Choreography and Involuntary Dance, since that's what this person causes.


Examples

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    Anime and Manga 
  • Remarkably for a Japanese work (where Musical Episodes are uncommon in the first place), Duel Masters Victory V3 has an episode about a wannabe singer whose magical companion causes others to break out into spontaneous shouts, and eventually, singing and dancing. The main characters even sing the jingles during the eyecatches.

    Comic Books 
  • The Muse from the Doctor Who comic strip "Planet Bollywood" in Doctor Who Magazine. The Muse was a robot created by the ruler of a planet to induce courtiers to perform musical routines against their will. An insurgent faction realised her powers could be used for evil. Smuggled off-planet, she was damaged in a spaceship crash and started inducing random musical outbursts in the local inhabitants.
  • In one Nodwick story, Yeagar becomes this accidentally, after he asks Artax to cast a spell on him, to give him more impressive speaking skills. Of course, Artax never really read the full description of what exactly the spell does... so of course, EVERYONE (heroes and villains alike) start randomly singing together in the middle of the fights. The expressions during some of the songs are truly priceless.

    Fanfics 

    Film 
  • Giselle from Enchanted, who comes from a universe where random musical numbers are common. Only a few characters seem to notice that the singing and dancing is out of the ordinary.
  • On The Mask, the title character is surrounded by police, so he starts singing a rumba number and the policemen start singing and dancing along, to their great surprise.
  • In Leprechaun In Da Hood, the Leprechaun uses his powers to make the people in a night club sing and dance for him.

    Literature 
  • Not a person, but otherwise along the same lines, is Rojahama's Song-and-Dance from the Doctor Who New Adventures novel Sky Pirates!. It's a force of nature, or perhaps some kind of meteorological effect, that causes spontaneous outbreaks of Crowd Song. (The planet on which this occurs is in a solar system that, for reasons explained later in the book, is basically one giant Weirdness Magnet.)

    Live-Action TV 
  • The demon Sweet from the Buffy the Vampire Slayer episode "Once More With Feeling" Upon his arrival in Sunnydale, everyone in town begins breaking into musical numbers. While this seems harmless enough, the songs are always brutally honest ones that reveal people's deepest secrets, which sows discord among the populace. They also cause certain victims to spontaneously combust.
  • Xena's son Solan in Xena: Warrior Princess qualifies as this, as he is the driving force behind Xena and Gabrielle's being transported to the musical world of Illusia after they tried to kill each other.
    • Also from Xena, Terpsichore's Lyre, from "Lyre, Lyre Hearts on Fire" is an inanimate version of this, as the musical aspects of the episode only begin when the Lyre is unearthed by Draco, and are abruptly ended when the Battle of the Bands is won. By Xena
  • The Imagin Ryutaros from Kamen Rider Den-O has the unique power to make everyone around him spontaneously burst into breakdancing with his theme song in the background just by snapping his fingers. After the first time, he even has a 'posse' that shows up whenever he wants someone to dance with.
  • In an issue of Doctor Who Magazine, Rory William's actor Arthur Darvill confessed to discussing the idea for this type of episode, with a monster/alien that makes everyone sing. Will this materialise? Time Lord knows.
  • In the third season of Community, Mr. Rad not only acts as a Music Meister, but slowly converts the study group into Mini Music Meisters.
  • The Luvvie tribe in The Legend Of Dick And Dom episode "The Land of the Luvvies" has this effect on people.

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    Theatre 
  • The Balladeer and, to a lesser extent, the Proprieter in Assassins have elements of this.

    Western Animation 
  • The Trope Namer is the Music Meister from the Batman: The Brave and the Bold episode "Mayhem of the Music Meister", a hypnotist who can command people to do his bidding via song. He doesn't have to sing his command, he just has to sing anything.
  • In My Gym Partner's a Monkey Presents Animal School Musical, the magical fish David Coppertrout grants Jake's wish to turn the world into a musical. The other characters are not impressed, even to the extent of singing songs about how terrible it is living in a musical.
  • In The Penguins of Madagascar episode "The Return of The Revenge of Dr. Blowhole", Dr. Blowhole's new device accidentally fuses with an experimental power cell and an MP3 player to form a machine capable of doing this. Blowhole himself becomes this when he takes control of it. Like the Trope Namer, he's voiced by Neil Patrick Harris.


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