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Villain Love Song
"Laundry day, see you there
Under things, tumbling
Want to say, 'Love your hair'
Here I go... mumbling
With my freeze ray, I will stop the world"
Dr. Horrible, "My Freeze Ray", from Dr. Horrible's Sing-Along Blog

The song sung by a villain who is attempting to seduce another character.

Generally not a full-blown Villain Song — hey, the villain's trying to impress someone, and blatantly reveling in puppy-punting has a knack for driving away potential love interests. Villains in love with other villains go under Unholy Matrimony.

Contrast Final Love Duet.


Examples:

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    Anime and Manga 

    Films — Animated 

    Films — Live-Action 
  • "As the World Falls Down" and "Within You" from Labyrinth, though the latter is more "If I can't have you, why should I bother existing!"
  • While it could be said that anytime Dr. Frank-N-Furter is singing in The Rocky Horror Picture Show he's seducing someone, the show has an interesting subversion in "Touch-a Touch-a Touch-a Touch Me" where Janet sings a song about how the bad doctor seduced her, and how it changed her — to the point that she's now seducing Rocky.
  • Disney's 1961 film version of Victor Herbert's Babes in Toyland features the Crooked Little Man Mr. Barnaby (Ray Bolger) attempting to seduce Mary Contrary (Annette Funicello) with the song Castle in Spain.
  • Chitty Chitty Bang Bang: The Baron's Bomburst's song to his Baroness wife, "You're My Little Chuchi Face". He spends the whole song trying to kill her.
  • The title song from Golden Eye qualifies (despite having nothing to do with the actual motives of the film's villain) as does the one from The World Is Not Enough.
  • Though hopefully not a sexual kind of love being promised, "Trust in Me" from The Jungle Book, sung by Kaa the snake as he tries to lull Mowgli into a false sense of security and eat him.

    Live-Action TV 

    Music 
  • Goethe's poem Der Erlkönig has been set to music by many composers, but Schubert's version features a particularly beautiful and chilling melody from the Erlking to the young boy, meant to entice him. His final lines, translated:
    "I love you, your beautiful form entices me,
    And if you're not willing, I shall use force."
  • The Black Sabbath song N.I.B. probobly qualifies, since the narrator is apparently Satan.
  • Wednesday 13 and his associated acts have quite a few. To name a few:
    • "Love at First Fright" is a love song to the girl from The Exorcist, from the perspective of the demon possessing her.
    • "Ghoul of My Dreams" is a somewhat campy vampire confessing his love.
    • "Happily Ever Cadaver" takes this for a bizarre twist, in that it is about a transvestite grave robber swooning over the latest corpse he's dug up. And, yes, the POV character is explicitly stated to be a transvestite.
  • Inverted by The Megas with "Don't Mess With Magnet Man", which takes place after the villain's won and then lost the girl, and wants her back, but the more immediate problem is her heavily-armed brother.
  • "Skullcrusher Mountain" by Jonathan Coulton, about a cartoonish Diabolical Mastermind confessing his (implicitly genuine) love for a female captive.
  • Tom Lehrer's "Poisoning Pigeons in the Park" has the singer taking his love to the park to poison pigeons (except those they take home to experiment on).
  • "Crown & Ice" in Steeleye Span's Concept Album version of the Discworld novel Wintersmith is sung by the Wintersmith after he's taken Tiffany to the Ice Palace:
    This is my world, but it could be ours,
    I asked you once and I asked you twice,
    To be my bride in the crystal kingdom,
    You look so pretty in a crown of ice.

    Theatre 
  • "September Song" from Knickerbocker Holiday is an early example.
  • "Whatever Lola Wants" from Damn Yankees.
  • "My Love" from Candide.
  • A Long List from The Phantom of the Opera:
    • "The Mirror"
    • "The Music of the Night"
    • "Wandering Child"
    • "Point of No Return"
    • "Down Once More"
  • "A Dangerous Game" from Jekyll & Hyde.
  • "Special" from Avenue Q.
  • "Me" from the stage version of Beauty and the Beast.
  • "Hello, Little Girl" and "Any Moment" from Into the Woods.
  • "Where's the Girl?" from The Scarlet Pimpernel musical adaptation.
  • The latter part of "The Madness of King Scar" from Broadway's The Lion King.
  • Evil Dead The Musical sets this trope to happy circus music in "Join Us" and again in "Housewares Employee (Reprise)"
  • Inverted in The Mikado: the meek Ko-Ko courts the terrifying antagonist Katisha in a duet they sing about how there is beauty in scary things like storms and fierce animals.
  • In a weird twist of Plant/Human Relations, "Feed Me" From Little Shop of Horrors qualifies as Audrey II seduces Seymour with images of money, power, and love.
    • And later, the plant does the same thing to Audrey. Right before it tries to eat her.
  • Young Frankenstein The Musical has a truly odd take on this in "Please Don't Touch Me" including a dance number with everyone dancing together and not touching.
  • The Snake from Children Of Eden has a song tempting Eve to eat the apple called "In Pursuit of Excellence". Different in that the snake is played by a harmonizing quartet and the entire song consists of inspirational catchphrases ripped from motivational posters.
  • Herbert's part in "Wenn Liebe in dir ist" from Tanz Der Vampire can be seen as one of these, in his own special way. (This largely depends on the ratio of woobieness to pervertedness he's played with.) More straightforwardly, there's practically all of Graf von Krolock's musical interaction with Sarah.
    • And considering what happens to Sarah, her Final Love Duet with Alfred may qualify as this on her side too. (The fact that Sarah likes all of her interaction with Krolock, and is not particularly nice to begin with in her own right, makes all of her singing a bit morally ambiguous as well...)
      • Magda (victim who decides she likes a debatable villain) and Chagal's (said debatable villain) song in their shared coffin may also count.
      • Can we safely decide that Tanz likes its villainous love songs? And its villains.
      • It says a lot about the show that the audience typically thinks of The Hunter as a douchebag by the end of it, and not only as a result of Misaimed Fandom. You're supposed to like the vampires.
  • In Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street, "A Little Priest" may fall under this, as it is a villain seducing the hero. The thing is, it's Sweeney who is being, er, "seduced" by Mrs. Lovett to go with her idea. "By the Sea" and her part of "My Friends" sit in this trope a bit more firmly (although see the Dr. Horrible example above.)
    • A probably better example would be Turpin's "Johanna", in which he's not directly singing to her (much like the Dr. Horrible examples), but is expressing his extreme lust for her. Unlike the latter example, however, there's nothing funny about it. Unless you find the idea of a man in his fifties whipping himself and climaxing over a sixteen year old he has brought up like a daughter humorous, that is.
  • Pepe Cibrián's Dracula musical has both Dracula's Love Theme and My Sweet Mina.
  • Frank Wildhorn's version of Dracula is full of these:
    • "Forever Young" (the three Brides to Jonathan Harker)
    • "Life After Life" (Dracula and Lucy; it only sort of fits because by this point Dracula sees Lucy as purely the "spearhead" of his plans for vampire conquest and addresses her more like a father/creator than a lover)
    • "You Already Love Me/Please Don't Make Me Love You" Dracula and Mina.
  • 'Bolero Di Amor' from Copacabana.
  • "Lost and Found" from City of Angels.
  • Evita has two. "I'd Be Surprisingly Good for You", in which Eva Duarte meets future husband and budding politician Juan Peron, and convinces him that they'd be perfect for each other. She's shamelessly manipulating him, as she does for their entire marriage - if he knows yet depends on the production. And then there's "Waltz for Eva and Che", which isn't quite a love song as much as Eva and Che manipulating and sniping at each other's perceived faults.
  • "Evil is Hot" from The Toxic Avenger: The Musical.
  • "Etre pretre et aimer une femme" (Frollo about Esmeralda) from Notre Dame De Paris.
    • He also has "Tu Vas Me Détruire", which is the play equivalent of "Hellfire".
  • Assassins has "Unworthy Of Your Love," sung by John Hinckley to Jodie Foster and Lynette "Squeaky" Fromme to Charles Manson.
  • Thrill Me has "There's Nothing Like a Fire", which is Richard singing about how sexually exciting Richard finds arson. Nathan doesn't need much convincing. There are also several other songs that fall under this trope—"A Written Contract" is Richard convincing Nathan to continue being his accomplice by offering a contract that would require Richard to have sex with him; "Supeior" is Richard bragging about their crimes to get Nathan into bed; and "Keep Your Deal with Me" culminates in Richard making out with Nathan to stop Nathan turning them in. Additionally, "Roadster" isn't this, since Richard has no interest in the boy he's singing to, but Richard is using his charms to convince the boy it's safe to take a ride with him, so it's written—and occasionally performed—in approximately this style.
  • Inverted in The Golden Apple, where Helen sings "Lazy Afternoon" to Silent Antagonist Paris.
  • "Our Love is God" and "Meant To Be Yours", from Heathers. The first one starts very softly, like a very sweet love song, but then it changes as JD actually kills Kurt and Ram. In the latter you have JD begging Veronica for not fighting anymore and telling her that he was meant to be hers, after threatening her for leaving him and telling her his plan of making their high school blow.

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    Web Original 
  • While the heroine seemed to be unable to hear either song "My Freeze Ray" and parts of "Brand New Day" from Doctor Horribles Sing Along Blog fit this.
    • It's not just that the heroine isn't moved... it's that she doesn't even know.
    • Crosses into Stalker with a Crush territory in "My Eyes"
    • Considering Dr. Horrible's Perspective Flipped outlook, Captain Hammer's part of "A Man's Gotta Do" might also fit this.
  • Uberexample: "Skullcrusher Mountain" by Jonathan Coulton.
    • Also "Live", Paul and Storm's Masters of Song Fu Round 2 entry/response to "Skullcrusher Mountain".

    Western Animation 
  • "If Only" in the Musical Episode of Batman The Brave And The Bold is actually a Love Triangle duet. The villainous portion is sung by Music Meister about his adoration of Black Canary, while the heroic portion is by Black Canary about her crush on Batman. Canary reacts in horror when she realizes they've been singing 'in tune' together and rejects Meister at the end of the song.
  • Avenger Penguins has 'Slime Girl', a song sung by the main villain's sidekick Harry Slime about his dream girl. It has some...pleasant images.
  • "Evil Love" from Phineas and Ferb. An Ear Worm which will stay in your head for WEEKS
  • Dr. Blowhole from The Penguins of Madagascar manages to win the heart of a... mutated evil music player with a song by the name of '"Porpoise Power Ballad"'. Blowhole is voiced by Neil Patrick Harris so it's no surprise that one of his villainous voice roles would break out in song.
  • Conversely Ice Queen manages to do that disguised as Prince Gumball in Adventure Time episode "Adventure Time with Fionna and Cake".
    • Ice King practices singing to Princess Bubblegum in "I Remember You". The song starts out kind of sweet about how he likes her the best of all the princesses, quickly starts sounding a little creepy, but becomes heart-wrenching near the end, when Ice King admits that he has become desperate for somebody, anybody, to keep him from feeling lonely or at least help him understand why nobody likes him.


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