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 said 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
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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.
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...
Pocahontas has "Savages", which consists of the British and the Natives each singing about how evil and uncivilized the other side is.
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.
"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.
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.
"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."
The second part of "The Gospel Truth" in Hercules was one for Hades, although it was very short.
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!
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.
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.
In Fern Gully, 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.
"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 song 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.
Arguably subverted in-universe, because just hearing the song reminds people of what a force House Lannister is. Both Tywin and Jaime use it as a threat by sending musicians to play it for unruly Lords. Both times, it works.
In the Left Behind book series, Buck Williams twists Nicolae Carpathia's self-indulging national anthem "Hail Carpathia" into "Fail Carpathia" and has his wife Chloe sing it.
Once per year, the boys in Krabat are allowed to make fun of the miller (their evil master), and do this.
In Deathly Hallows, Peeves sings a brief one after Voldemort's death.
In Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, the Oompa-Loompas sing a song about the vices of each of the bratty kids... right after those kids suffered their punishments. This was also carried over in both of the film adaptations, albeit with different songs.
The Johnny Depp version uses at least some of what I believe were the original lyrics, but they aren't as catchy as those in the Gene Wilder version (that were written by actual, y'know, 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).
"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.
Sabaton's "In The Name Of God" is this with regards to religious terrorists, calling them out as cowards:
Suicidal, in a trance, a religious army
Fight without a uniform and hide in a crowd!
Call it holy, call it just, authorized by Heaven
Leave your wounded as they die and call it God's will!
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.
"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.
Disgaea 3 gives us "Onwards Mao" which describes the main character as a Mad Scientist.
The frighteningly catchy song for villain Nuclear Winter in Freedom Force
Nuuucleaaar Wiiinnteeerrr... aaaaAAAAaaa... Turn you land into SNOOOWW!!! He will kill you all for the motherland... aaaAAAAaaa...
The South Park episode "Asspen" has the song "Stan Darsh", a rare example of The Hero Sucks Song.
"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.
Boggis and Bunce and Bean One fat, one short, one lean These horrible crooks So different in looks Were none the less equally mean.
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
's "Bad Seed", which 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.
"Hitler Has Only Got One Ball", "Whistle While You Work (Hitler is a Jerk)" and "Der Fuehrer's Face" by Spike Jones. Hitler seemed to attract these. And Not for the reasons you might think today! At the time those songs were written, the Final Solution and other Nazi atrocities were generally unknown. Spike Jones wrote those songs because we were at war with Germany, and an enemy leader is an Acceptable Target.
There's some evidence that "Hitler Has Only Got One Ball" is actually derived from an earlier song about Napoleon. Mocking villains with song goes back a long way.
There's apparently some evidence that Hitler really did only have one ball. This doesn't necessarily mean that the earlier idea of the song to that effect being based on one about Napoleon is wrong.
It is set to the "Colonel Bogey March", written in 1914 by Lt. Frederick Joseph Ricketts, Royal Marine bandmaster and Director of Music. The lyric was composed by Winston Churchill's press secretary, who came up with it in the bath, and sang it to Churchill to amuse him. Churchill was highly amused, and insisted that he sing it to the next meeting of the Chiefs of Staff. It worked its way down the ranks from there.
Most modern audiences would recognize it as the song whistled by the POWs in The Bridge On The River Kwai, where it was certainly meant as a covert insult to Japan's ally, giving a subtle moral boost.
John Valby does a modern version with "Oh, Bin Laden" and "The Tabliban Blues"
"Who Do You Think You Are Kidding, Mr. Hitler". It seems to have been adopted by ASDA in ad campaigns now... Before that it was the theme tune of Dad's Army.
The incomparable "The FCC Song" (or, "Fuck you very much") by Eric Idle, recorded 2004. The FCC are actually only minor villains, doing the bidding of the real supervillains who suck. Idle describes in lovely detail and whimsical rhyming verse exactly how much senior Bush Administration figures (i.e. Ashcroft, Rice, Cheney and Bush) suck.
The English Beat's song, Stand Down Margaret about Margaret Thatcher, the PM of the UK at the time. History has marched on, however... Perhaps it's a bit unwise to record these kinds of songs anymore? No longer will they be spared later embarrassment by the medium wearing out, like those people who, for example, recorded paens to Hitler.
It's not really a case of History Marches On, since Thatcher is reviled in the UK by large numbers of people who her economic policies made unemployed and whose own party was unelectable for years. Any politician who widens the gap between rich and poor by 80% is going to be controversial.
Elvis Costello also got his in against Maggie Thatcher, in the form of "Tramp the Dirt Down."
As did Pink Floyd in the second verse of "Pigs (three different ones)". The song was recorded long before Thatcher even became Prime Minister.
There's also Eric Schwartz's "Clinton Got A Blowjob", which is not about Bill Clinton, but rather about Bush, and the irony that Clinton got impeached for getting a blowjob, but Bush remained unscathed despite a laundry list of crimes, dick-moves and blunders that the song describes in detail.
Rock Against Bush was a compilation of The Villain Sucks Songs about George W. Bush by various artists. They got about 20 of them on the first album... and then had to do a second: Rock Against Bush, Vol. 2, another 20 tracks about how much Bush sucks.
And then there was Pearl Jam's "Bu$hleaguer"... let's face it, The Villain Sucks Songs about George W. Bush were a cottage industry in the 2000's.
Another one for Dubya - Disturbed's Deify, which even opens with a soundbite from the war in Iraq.
Many football chants have a strong basis in themes of the opposition and their support, crudely done, badly sung, but not bad considering their folky, improvised origins.
The folk song "General Taylor", covered by Newfoundland band Great Big Sea, is a sort of sly Take That sung by British sailors. General (later President) Zachary Taylor was responsible for a decisive victory against the British, so the song describes his funeral (a very lavish funeral - but still a funeral) in great detail.
Something of a Funny Aneurysm in retrospect as he did end up having a rather lavish funeral, being the second president to die in office. (Of what is generally accepted to be food poisoning.)
Averted by "Yankee Doodle." It's believed that British soldiers coined the song to mock colonials, whom they saw as yokels with delusions of sophistication. However, by the time of the Revolutionary War, colonials had already adopted the song as an amusing anthem.
Michael Jackson's song D.S. which was about Tom Sneddon, the District Attorney who had prosecuted him. Well, officially it's about a fictional character called "Dom Sheldon", but the way the name is sung sounds extraordinarily like "Tom Sneddon"...
Queen's Death on Two Legs (from the same record that gives us Bohemian Rhapsody) was dedicated to Norman Sheffield, their former manager. Let's just say they didn't part on the nicest of terms.
You suck my blood like a leech / You break the law and you preach / Screw my brain till it hurts / You've taken all my money - and you want more. Feel good, are you satisfied? / Do you feel like suicide (I think you should) / Is your conscience all right / Does it plague you at night / Do you feel good - feel good.
Jill Sobule's "Soldiers of Christ" is this for the American Christian right.
Former UK Moral Guardian Mary Whitehouse picked up a number of these: "Mary Long" (Deep Purple), "Mrs Blackhouse" (Sensational Alex Harvey Band), "Mary Whitehouse" (The Adicts) and the last verse of "Pigs (Three Different Ones)" (Pink Floyd).
Washington-Bagdad by french humorist Laurent Gerra is about how much both Saddam Hussein and George W Bush suck and depicts them as equally insane. It is a parodie of the much more neutral song Manhathan Kaboul by Renaud. lyrics here.
The Ozzy Osbourne song "Mr. Crowley" about Aleister Crowley. Although, the real Crowley wasn't so much a horrible Satanist like in the song so much as a jerk who happened to be really into the occult.
Debatably a villain sucks song. A lot of the lyrics sound more admiring/envious than derogatory.
Eddie Goomba wrote and performed a Web Original song about a Real Life individual, the ironically-named Tribute to Kent Hovind, about how much of a fraud and liar Kent Hovind is. His family was not amused, but they couldn't really do anything about it.
"Diss tracks" (prevalent in hip-hop and dancehall) will often paint the target of the track as this.
Fighting Trousers hangs a lampshade on it. After a comically scathing diatribe against Mr. B the Gentleman Rhymer, we get this little gem:
Professor Elemental: No, Jeffrey, no jazz solos, this is supposed to be a dis song. Get off the drums!
Aforementioned "Dis Tracks" go hand-in-hand with rap battles.