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"Weeeeell, Kyle's mom's a bitch, she's a big fat bitch, she's the biggest bitch in the whole wide world..." —Eric Cartman, South Park: Bigger, Longer & Uncut (though first heard in "Mr. Hankey the Christmas Poo")
This is differentiated from the Villain Song in that it is not sung by the villain, but about the villain. The Villain Sucks Song basically just describes how the villain is a horrible person in every way, hopefully with lots of witty jabs. This song is sometimes interrupted because the villain is Right Behind Me.
Sometimes also becomes a Insult Backfire, because some villains actually find it flattering. Normally the villain is a Card-Carrying Villain.
Note the character this song is aimed at doesn't have to be the villain. It can also be sung about a main character who starts off bad, but who is destined to undergo a Heel-Face Turn. Not to be confused with the villain sucking at being a villain, though that might also be the case.
In period pieces, this can overlap with Hail To The Thief. If it's sung to the villain, it could count as "The Reason You Suck" Speech. For the heroic version, see The Hero Sucks Song.
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In the 1974 Jack and the Beanstalk anime there's the song "Tulip!" which is all about Jack insulting the giant named Tulip.
Oddly enough, Disney seems to consider "Pink Elephants on Parade" from Dumbo one, having placed it on the Simply Sinister Songs CD and in Hallowishes.
"He's a Tramp" from Lady and the Tramp counts as one of these, although Tramp isn't really a villain and more of a lovable rogue. Peg, the wayward lap dog who sang the tune, even admitted in the lyrics that "I love him" and "I only hope he'll stay that way."
Peter Pan had "Never Smile at a Crocodile", which was about Tick Tock the Crocodile. Lyrics were written for it, but only the melody made it into the final film (though the song ended up in a Sing-Along Songs video, however). On the other hand, the sequel has "Here We Go, Another Plan", which starts out praising Captain Hook but ends up mocking him at the last line.
"Cruella De Vil" from 101 Dalmatians. She apparently doesn't like it very much, given hearing it on the radio in Patch's London Adventure is enough to make her kick her dashboard until it shuts up. Even the live-action version has the song play over the credits, even though there's no in-universe version since Roger got his career changed (again).
Robin Hood has "The Phony King of England", written by Johnny Mercer, of all famous songwriters one otherwise wouldn't associate with Disney. The aforementioned king catches Sir Hiss and the Sheriff of Nottingham singing this song, and chucks a bottle of wine at the latter, just barely missing him — but covering him with the contents. Upon being told the whole village is singing it, he says they'll be singing a different tune from now on. "Double the taxes! Triple the taxes! SQUEEZE EVERY LAST DROP out of those insolent — musical — peasants." Lucky he never heard the "Bastard King" version, really.
And I fortunately know a little magic It's a talent that I always have possessed; And — dear lady, please don't laugh — I use it on behalf Of the miserable, lonely and depressed... (aside, to her sidekicks) Pathetic!
Beauty and the Beast contains a song about Gaston that's full of backhanded compliments and descriptions that would be insulting if they weren't sung by his fawning followers.
Pocahontas has "Savages", which consists of the English and the Algonquin natives each singing about how evil and uncivilized the other side is.
The Hunchback of Notre Dame opens with "Bells of Notre Dame", most of which is all about just how evil Frollo is and how he's the real monster of the story. It's one long Moral Event Horizon in song form. So much so that the backing vocals borrow "Kyrie eleison" and "Dies irae" from liturgical music. "Lord have mercy" and "Day of wrath" indeed...
The second part of "The Gospel Truth" in Hercules was one for Hades, although it was very short.
A similar very short Villain Sucks Song was written for Aladdin but isn't in the final version. Originally "Arabian Nights", like "The Gospel Truth", had several reprises as different parts of the story were being introduced, and one of them was going to talk about how evil Jafar was.
Pixar's Brave has the Song of Mordu, in which the king and his men sing a song about hunting the demon bear and what to do with his remains.
In FernGully, Batty Koda sings "Batty Rap". While he's not exactly singing about Hexxus, the villain of the movie, he is singing about humans, who cause a lot of trouble in the movie, and he certainly sees them as villainous after all they've done to him.
Fantastic Mr. Fox has two. One is taken from the book as a nursery rhyme, the other is sung by Petey during a montage of Fox and the other animals committing a mass theft of Boggis, Bunce, and Bean's storerooms. Bean even berates Petey on the second occasion... for making it up as he goes along.
Babes in Toyland's 1997 incarnation has this in Barnaby's Villain Song; the Crooked Candelabra that serves as his backup singers says things that should be taken as insults, but Barnaby just loves being A Crooked Man.
"Kyle's Mom Is A Bitch" from South Park: Bigger, Longer & Uncut. Kyle's mom appears directly behind Cartman, who's singing the song, towards the end — causing the other children to all gasp in horror. After his grand finale, he looks up to see the children staring at him, and he says, "What?!" He turns around. "Oh, fuck." He proceeds to get a chip installed in him causing him to get zapped every time he swears.
Later, "Thank You Very Much" is sung in earnest in a Bright Reprise after Scrooge changes his ways and cancels everyone's debt to him. None of the lyrics are changed; the song itself is about how the singer is grateful for an unspecified favor, the only change is the favor that caused the song to be sung. The lyrics of the "Father Christmas" reprise, however, change dramatically.
The James Bond series loves these, though it's less "the villain sucks" than "the villain is pretty awesome, but dangerous and evil".
The title song to Goldfinger. "He loves only gold; he loves only gold; he loves GOOOOOOOOOOOOLD!!!" Why yes. Yes he does.
Likewise, the innuendo-laden Lulu song for The Man with the Golden Gun. "He has a powerful weapon", apparently. "Who will he bang? We shall see..."
And the lyrics for Thunderball are less explicit, but appear to be talking about a man who "looks at the world and wants it all", and "strikes like Thunderball". The whole point of that song was that it could be either about Bond or the villain.
That medley about Goldmember. "He's got the Midas touch / but he touched it too much / Hey Goldmember!"
Somewhat subverted in Dudley Do-Right when "Bread and Butter" by the Newbeats starts up as the main villain, Snidely Whiplash, walks onto a balcony to greet everyone at a party. Hardly threatening stuff.
But what if he really does like bread and butter instead of toast and jelly?
The Return of Captain Invincible, a superhero rock opera, includes "Evil Midnight" sung by Alan Arkin and Christopher Lee. It's a duet between hero and villain that manages to be both a Villain Sucks Song and a Villain Song at the same time.
"Believe me that no mother ever cried for Midnight..."
The Russian film adaptation of Peter Pan has a song named "Not counting James Hook" which is sung by pirates. Each pirate relays how he is the most brutal, greedy, filthy, etc. pirate in the world - "not counting James Hook" who is always worse.
Miami Connection: the film opens with the ninja villains stealing a shipment of cocaine, then introduces the heroes singing "Against the Ninja," a song about the evil ninjas, which is strange considering that the heroes have not met the ninjas yet and know nothing about them.
In Deathly Hallows, Peeves sings a brief one after Voldemort's death.
While they're Hate Sinks rather than outright villains, the four bratty kids are on the receiving end of this trope as each meets their comeuppance in Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, courtesy of the Oompa-Loompas singing a song about their vices. This is carried over to the many adaptations, albeit with different songs depending on the version. (The 2005 film keeps the closest to the book's lyrics, but the resultant songs arguably aren't as catchy as those in other versions, which are written by actual lyricists as opposed to a novelist.)
Some of the different sets of lyrics that have accompanied the Blackadder theme tune over the years could be said to fall into this category. Particularly those from the first series, which claim "he's very bad indeed", and berate him as "you horrid little man".
Later seasons, where the latest Edmund Blackadder is less of an outright Villain Protagonist, aren't quite as strong about it; the second season in particular actually has different lyrics each episode, relevant to the episode (and, on at least one occasion, taking time off from berating Blackadder to poke fun at Lord Melchett instead).
The third and fourth seasons do without the lyrics altogether. Blackadder's Christmas Carol opens with a version about how nice Ebeneezer Blackadder is, and the triumphant ending theme of Blackadder Back and Forth seems quite positive about Blackadder becoming king and possibly going on to rule the world.
"Well, she glides around the globe and she'll flimflam every nation, she's a double-dealing diva with a taste for thievery! Her itinerary's loaded up with moving violations, tell me Where In The World Is Carmen Sandiego" Though this may be more of a The Villain Is Awesome song...
Tori from Victorious uses one of these to give Ryder Daniels a Humiliation Conga. She and her friends write "Begging On Your Knees", which details Rynder's way of using girls' love for him to manipulate them and explain how she (and his ex-girlfriends) will have revenge on him. She then sings it in front of the entire school while her friends force him to remain on stage and take his punishment like a man. While it doesn't mention Ryder by name, in the context it's used, it works as one of these.
The main cast of Glee does one of these in the episode "Original Song", called "Loser Like Me" which is an anthem to the underdogs of the school. It's a Crowning Moment of Awesome because Sue, who has taken every step imaginable to keep New Directions from succeeding in any way, shape, or form, is in the audience and her face slowly goes from just watching the song to looking like "Wait a minute..." It's a gigantic "Screw you!" for all she's put them through over the course of the show.
Season 3 antagonist Sebastian Smythe gets one of these - within minutes of his first appearance! Played with in that the song being sung in this case - "A Boy Like That" from West Side Story - wasn't sung with him in mind for any of the Glee club members in-universe. The school happened to have West Side Story as their musical that year, and the song cuts between Santana singing this song as Anita and Sebastian's conversation with Blaine, providing a a sort of musical exposition for the audience to show just what kindof guywe canexpect himto turnout tobe.
In 'Allo 'Allo!, Colonel Von Strohm's and Captain Geering are captured by The Resistance and forced to pretend to be British POWs during an inspection. Face to face with General Von Klinkerhoffen (who knows them quite well), they attempt to bolster their paper thin disguises; Von Strohm affects faux English mannerisms, while Geering resorts to singing, "Hitler has only got one.."
Jim Croce was fond of these. See "Bad, Bad Leroy Brown", "Ma Baker", and "You Don't Mess Around With Jim."
"Leroy Brown" is actually a Double Subversion: it starts out claiming what a Badass Leroy is, but ends with his humiliation or, possibly, death.
As does "Don't Mess Around with Jim". Fortunately for the song's rhyme scheme, the "protagonist" Willie McCoy is nicknamed Slim.
Boney M was just as fond of them and added a peppy disco beat to describing Rasputin's} lecherous life, manipulation of the royal family, and Rasputinian Death as well as describing Ma Barker's life as a criminal ringleader with her sons as henchmen.
Cliff Richard's "Devil Woman" which is told from the point of a view of a man jinxed from an encounter with a stray cat with evil eyes, and his discovery that the psychic medium (a Gypsy woman) whose help he sought to break the curse was the one responsible for the curse in the first place.
Grateful Dead jump on the bandwagon with "Dupree's Diamond Blues", where the eponymous Dupree murders a jewelry shopkeeper for a ring, so he can get his girl's "jelly". Gets a death sentence/life imprisonment from a judge who also steals Dupree's girlfriend.
This became commonplace and was done by the fans even when Angle turned Face, and Angle himself in-universe actually came to feel that it was not only a compliment that the fans got into the act with the song, he more than once encouraged them to do it, including having the song play as part of a promo and exhorting the crowd to sing it at the top of their lungs!
John Cena definitely treated Madison Square Garden to one of these at WrestleMania XX when he ridiculed Big Show with some hip-hop rhymes before their U.S. Championship match. The rap even explicitly ended with "Big Show sucks!" - which the crowd then echoed back in unison.
Triple H and Shawn Michaels managed to turn the otherwise pretty neutral song "Stand Back" (performed by Vince McMahon at the 1987 Slammy Awards) into a song of this type in their uproarious parody of Vince and his son Shane on an episode of Monday Night Raw in 2006.
From Mr. Chainsaw Productions Wrestling: "We are the champions! WE are the champions. No time for Jacobs, cause we are the champions, of the world."
"Attend the tale of Sweeney Todd! His skin was pale and his eye was odd. He shaved the faces of gentlemen who never thereafter were heard of again... Sweeney was smooth, Sweeney was subtle. Sweeney would blink and rats would scuttle..." "And what if none of their souls were saved? They went to their maker impeccably shaved...' "No one can help - nothing can hide you - isn't that Sweeney there beside you?!"
In Titanic, the song "The Blame" consists of Captain Smith, builder Thomas Andrews, and owner J. Bruce Ismay each singing about how one or both of the others is responsible for the ship's sinking. No matter who you think is responsible, this song explains why he sucks.
"He Did It" from Curtains has three groups of people singing about how the villain(s) suck(s). Each group thinks the villain(s) is/are somebody different.
While not "villains" per se (they don't actually ever appear), the male portion of "Six Months Out of Every Year" from Damn Yankees probably qualifies for its abuse of the title team.
"Pore Jud is Daid" in Oklahoma! amounts to Curly making a bunch of thinly-veiled jabs at Jud. Interesting example because it's a duet sung with the villain who doesn't catch the insults.
And it's a parody of Never Speak Ill of the Dead, because Curly is singing about how much everyone would like Jud if only he would kill himself.
Jud: Pore Jud is daid, pore Jud Fry is daid, he's layin' in a coffin made of wood...
Jud: An' folks is feelin' sad, cuz they useter treat him bad, an' now they know their friend is gone fer good.
"No One Mourns the Wicked", the beginning of "Thank Goodness", and "March of the Witch Hunters" from Wicked are subversions of this trope, as they describe how horrible the protagonist is, but are composed of perversions/exaggerations of the truth and outright lies.
Merrily We Roll Along has "Franklin Shepard Inc", where a lyricist talks about how he works with the composer. He goes on to rail against said composer's money-grubbing and selling out.
The opera Regina has the Rain Quartet in act III, in which Horace compares the nourishing rain to the people who "eat all the earth." In the end, Alexandra sings a Dark Reprise, making it more blatant that it refers to the operas Villain Protagonist.
Team Rocket in Pokémon Live! combine a more literal version of this with Villain Song in The Best At Being The Worst. "The Hindenburgs of crime" indeed.
"Merry Christmas Maggie Thatcher" from Billy Elliot: The Musical. While she does not herself appear, Margaret Thatcher is the nearest thing to a Big Bad in Billy Elliot.
Merry Christmas, Maggie Thatcher, may God's love be with you. We all sing together in one breath: Merry Christmas, Maggie Thatcher, we all celebrate today Cos it's one day closer to your death.
Brett's friends mercilessly tear into Lucy in Theatre/13's "Bad Bad News". Does she deserve it? Eh, subjective...
"Lord Laharl's Hymn" from Disgaea. The general declarations of his awfulness are badges of honor to the Card-Carrying Villain overlord rather than insults, however.
Same with the "Etna Boogie", which plays it a little more straight. A little.
The theme song for Adventure Time: Hey Ice King, Why'd You Steal Our Garbage? consists of insults against the Ice King (he's "a jerk", "crazy" and a "turbo-nerd"), and has Finn and Jake swear to hunt him down for, well, stealing their garbage.
"Who's Afraid of the Big Bad Wolf?" from Disney's The Three Little Pigs.
"Mortimer, Mortimer, Mortimer Mouse" in House of Mouse — was originally a song penned by Mortimer to sing his own praises, but Daisy, Clarabelle and Minnie reworked the lyrics because as they were, the audience was not buying it.
The "Mob Song" ("Kill the Beast!, Kill the Beast!") sounds like one of these but is sung about the film's hero. When you take into account that the song that is actually sung about the villain (predominantly sung by Le Fou) is how great Gaston is ("Gaston"), then these are arguable inversions.
Another parody of the Bond Villain song: "Scorpio" in The Simpsons episode "You Only Move Twice". Also Tito Puente's slanderous mambo "Senor Burns" in the 7th season premiere.
Homer singing a self-praising version of "You're a Mean One, Mr. Grinch" as he steals Springfield's Christmas presents (in an attempt to make them see the real meaning of the holiday beyond commercialism).
He also writes one about Flanders...but only Homer would see Flanders as the villain, since he's the most kind, decent person in town.
An inversion, inasmuch as it is the hero who sucks in this variant, comes from 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.
In Thomas the Tank Engine, one group of villains does this to another villain. When Diesel attempts to pull old, worn trucks, and badly fails, all the trucks in the yard start singing a little ditty called "Pop Goes the Diesel", which infuriates him.
The opening theme to Angela Anaconda becomes one right at the end ("Shoo-bee-doo-bee-doo-wah-wah/My name is Angela, and you are not/Nanette Manoir is a stuck-up jerkface snot!")
A more full-blown example in canon is Season 3 Episode 4 "One Bad Apple"; "Bad Seed" details Apple Bloom's cousin Babs Seed's intent to make the Cutie Mark Crusaders' lives miserable.
Family Guy has numerous examples, but one of the best was "The Fellas at the Freakin' FCC".
So they sent this little warning they're prepared to do the worst And they stuck it in your mailbox hoping you could be coerced I can think of quite another place they should have stuck it first! They may just be neurotic Or possibly psychotic They're the fellas at the freakin FCC!
Madeline and the Bad Hat has an infectiously simple song about the girls' new neighbors' bratty son, Pepito. Once Pepito pulls a Heel-Face Turn, he and the girls sing a version describing how he used to suck.
Rugrats Go Wild! has "Big Bad Cat" which is a cross between this and a Villain Song. It's the former from Spike's point of view, while Siri the Clouded Leopard's part makes it the latter.
In the Slappy Squirrel Animaniacs short "Frontier Slappy", Daniel Boone's backup singers start by singing his praises, but eventually it devolves into one of these kinds of songs, after he crosses the Moral Event Horizon. After taking offense, he fires them.
"Daniel Boone is a great big jerk, yes a stupid jerk!/ He had another stupid plan that likely wouldn't work!"