Villain Song / Disney
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is no stranger to musicals, but oftentimes the songs sung by the villains of these movies
are seen as some of the most memorable. Here are some examples:
- The Lion King:
- "Be Prepared". Just to drive the point home, the chorus of hyenas backing Scar through this song up march in formation at one point, in a manner based on footage of a real-world Nazi rally. Furthermore, most Villain Songs involve the villain's evil laughter at the end. This one trumps them all, with not just Scar and his Terrible Trio laughing, but about 200 OTHER hyenas joining in with them. Just take a look at the original English version.
- "Be Prepared" originally had a reprise that was cut from the final film, that was to be sung as Scar took the throne. See it here.
- Also worth noting, is this one was primarily for the Hyenas, as it was their introduction to the pride and they have far more lines than Scar.
- That clip is actually taken from a much longer cut scene where Scar decides to take Nala as his queen and informs her through a slightly salsa-like variation of "Be Prepared". After she slaps him mid-song, he decides to banish her from the kingdom. (cue the above reprise)
- In the sequel The Lion King II: Simba's Pride, "My Lullaby" takes up this role.
- The Broadway production of The Lion King adds "The Madness of King Scar", from his catastrophic reign over Pride Rock. He's lost it.
- "Prince Ali (Reprise)" in the first movie. In fact, there were 5 separate songs made for Jafar, and all but one were cut. Humiliate the Boy, where Jafar does what the title suggests (cut when it was decided that the Genie could only grant three wishes). My Time Has Come, where Jafar recounts how hideous his life has been and how he is going to make everyone else miserable (cut for being too slow and introspective). Why Me was basically the same as My Time Has Come (cut because the directors felt it didn't advance the story enough, they also wanted something with a big chorus; kept in the musical adaptation). And My Finest Hour, where Jafar pulls the earth into a ball and bats it around with the Genie (cut because the directors decided it was too late in the movie for an extended showstopper for the villain). Instead, the "Prince Ali (Reprise)" is a trim ditty that makes dramatic sense with Jafar turning Aladdin's entrance song into a sweet revenge where the sorcerer revels in having the upper hand.
- "You're Only Second-Rate" from the sequel Aladdin: The Return of Jafar. Sung by the same villain.
- Iago gets "I'm Lookin' Out For Me" from the same sequel. Subverted in that he's not particularly villainous here, but he ain't exactly a good guy yet either.
- And the second sequel, Aladdin and the King of Thieves has two. "Welcome To The Forty Thieves", which has the Forty Thieves initiating Aladdin into their group (and threatening him with death if he doesn't follow their rules), and "Are You In Or Out?", in which the villain Saluk convinces the few remaining thieves to betray their former leader.
- Bonus points awarded to "Are You In Or Out?" due to it being, in part, a Dark Reprise of "Welcome To The Forty Thieves."
- The Little Mermaid:
- Ursula's "Poor, Unfortunate Souls".
- She also gets a less bombastic song as she's gloating about her imminent victory.
- Ursula gets another song, Mess With Me, in the animated series of The Little Mermaid.
- Ursula wasn't the only villain to get a song in the animated series. When you cast Tim Curry as a recurring villain, you've gotta let him sing!
- In the stage version, Ursula also gets "I Want the Good Times Back". There's also "Sweet Child" for her pet eels. "Poor Unfortunate Souls" gets a new reprise as well.
- The workshop tapes for the stage version have TWO more songs for Ursula: "Wasting Away" (bemoaning her current dreary, thin and emaciated [she thinks] state), which was replaced by "I Want the Good Times Back", and "All Good Things Must End" (where she gloats over the frailty of happy endings).
- "Les Poissons" is also from The Little Mermaid. Although Louis isn't a flat-out villain, he does try to kill Sebastian, and the song is certainly sadistic enough to qualify.
- "Gonna Get My Wish", a deleted scene from the sequel. This song is so awful it's no wonder it was deleted from the film, and it's all the more tragic when you remember Morgana's voice actress is the same as Ursula's and that her talents are being completely wasted.
- Headless Man from The Legend of Sleepy Hollow is sung by Brom Bones about the Headless Horseman, but because some suspect him of being the Horseman...
- Professor Ratigan got two: "The World's Greatest Criminal Mind" and "Goodbye So Soon" in The Great Mouse Detective.
- Bonus point that we got Vincent Price voicing the "very large mouse" himself and that he personally said that he really enjoyed the role because he was flattered that Ratigan's songs were specifically written for him.
- In the French version, in which he is dubbed by another, though not worldwidely known celebrity ó namely French singer Gérard Rinaldi ó he got a third song ó well, an alternate version of the second. "Bye Bye Déjà" does have the same tune as "Goodbye So Soon", but the lyrics are not a translation of the lyrics of "Goodbye So Soon" and the instrumental's totally new.
- Bonus points for Ratigan shooting one of his associates during the first song without a second thought.
- Let's not forget what he did to the one drunk mouse who messed up and called him a rat instead of a mouse.....
- Even more bonus points come his way when you consider the movie is not a musical and these are the only two moments in the film where characters break out into songnote . Normally that would make them seem incredibly out of place, but they just fit Ratigan's personality so well the whole thing works spectacularly. Especially because it's quite clear he forces them to sing "The World's Greatest Criminal Mind".
- The Jungle Book:
- Kaa's "Trust In Me".
- Shere Khan also had a cut song.
- In the movie, he had one sung line, at the end of the vultures' song "That's What Friends Are For". And it has to count as a Villain Song, so awesome is that line and delivery. The fact that it ends on a note two full octaves below middle C doesn't hurt.
- He sings "Your Unexpected Friend" in the Screen-to-Stage Adaptation.
- "Hellfire" from The Hunchback of Notre Dame, where Knight Templar Frollo declares in relatively unsubtle terms that he lusts for Esmeralda, and that if she will not have sex with him, he will burn her alive. Because this is a kid's movie. As has become memetic on the Internet, this is probably the most dramatic reaction to a boner ever.
- Comes complete with Ominous Latin Chanting! Order now and get free Getting Crap Past the Radar!
- It was subtle enough that most kids didn't get it until they were older, though the image of Esmeralda in the fireplace and the monks in red cowls were amply terrifying nonetheless.
- "Hellfire/Dark fire/Now, gypsy, it's your turn/Choose me or/Your pyre/Be mine or you will burn". It's a Dark Reprise of the opening song, "Bells of Notre Dame", and it comes right after Quasimodo sings his own song about how he's fallen in love with Esmeralda (Heaven's Light).
- It's particularly chilling because, unlike most Disney villains, Frollo doesn't even begin to think he's bad. He thinks he's probably the holiest person in all of Paris. He fully believes that his lust is her fault because she's literally the devil. He's not only evil — he's deluded and scared and angry, as opposite to the usual gloating most villain songs exhibit.
- Consider that Heaven's Light and Hellfire are actually one continuous piece, and that both are about how the singer have fallen for Esmerelda. Also consider that the two songs are bridged by priests singing the first few lines of the Confiteor, a Catholic prayer for confession of sins, and that excerpts of the Confiteor are used as Ominous Latin Chanting during Hellfire, whose main lyrics are Frollo's way of saying that he's above everyone else and that his lust isn't his own fault. There are a lot of things that make Hellfire work.
- Court of Miracles from the same film has lyrics and sinister visuals worthy of a Villain Song, so it deserves a honorary mention, even if it is actually sung by Clopin, who thinks Quasimodo and Phoebus are working for Frollo.
- "Gaston", "Gaston (Reprise)", and "The Mob Song" in Beauty and the Beast.
- In the stage version, "Me" and "Maison des Lunes" (the latter comes when he plots to institutionalize Maurice) also qualify as these. "Me" is an example of the unconscious villain, as it's Gaston stating the facts of his little universe — which are that he's the best and he deserves his dreams to come true, because he's every woman's dream. "Maison des Lunes" is more straightforward, in that it involves wrongfully imprisoning a weak old man so Gaston can marry his willful daughter — and relishing every minute of it.
- The musical version of "Gaston (Reprise)" includes a few new lines at the end, which involve Lefou and Gaston singing about how devious and evil he is, flat-out stating that he knows how terrible his actions are, but that he doesn't care so long as he gets his way.
Gaston: Yes I'm endlessly, wildly resourceful...
Lefou: As down to the depths you descend!
Gaston: I won't even be mildly remorseful...
Both: Just as long as I (you) get what I (you) want in the end!
- It's also a bonus in the Australian version because he's played by Hugh Jackman (who played Wolverine in the X-Men movies).
- The original version of the Gaston song has the additional part at the end where Lefou tries to spell Gaston's name but gives up.
- Beauty and the Beast: The Enchanted Christmas has one for the Royal Court Composer, Maestro Forte, who was changed into an Ominous Pipe Organ from the enchantment and wanted to stay that way, sings "Don't Fall in Love" in order to dissuade Beast from having any feelings for Belle. Oh, and this is another one like Hellfire in some of its lyrics; just be glad that kids can't listen or understand it as well as they can when they're older.
You'll go to pot,
You'll turn to drink,
You'll never rest,
You'll end up mad
And looking like some poor demented dove!
Don't Fall in Love!
- "Friends On The Other Side" by voodoo villain Dr. Facilier in The Princess and the Frog, which is a delicious slice of evil hammy charlatan showmanship courtesy of Keith David. The first part of the song is a straight-up Villain Song, where Facilier sings about who he is and what he does. The second part is more expositionary, dealing with the lives of the ones he's singing to. The last third is atmospheric, backing the transformation.
- "Mine, Mine, Mine" in Pocahontas, at least the parts that aren't sung by John Smith. "Savages" is a half-example, as part of the song is sung by the villain for his own selfish motives, although everyone else is singing the same tune out of simple hatred. It's got a very obvious Xenophobia Is Bad Aesop.
- "Things Are Not What They Appear" was given to Ratcliffe in Pocahontas II: Journey to a New World as he manages to show that Pocahontas would be a fraud.
- "Mad Madame Mim" from The Sword in the Stone.
- The Siamese Cats' "We are Siamese" from Lady and the Tramp is a bit of a special case, as the song itself is the characters' only appearance in the film. It still ends up being one of the most memorable scenes.
- The Rescuers Down Under has Evil Poacher McLeach singing his own version of Home on the Range while driving home. His lyrics are a little... different than the original's:
- This Villain Song is unique in that there is no sound save McLeach's echoing voice and that the only image on screen is of him driving his gigantic truck into the desert. The scene ends within seconds.
- He gets another brief song near the climax, when he is about to feed Cody to the crocodiles, singing about fishing for crocs.
- Home on the Range gives us "Yodel Adle Eedle Idle Oo!", perhaps not as dark or sinister as some others on this list, but it's hard to dislike a song that features a yodeled version of "Ode to Joy".
- "Yodel Adle Eedle Idle Oo!" might have been meant as a parody of the archetypical Villain Song, because it starts out in a typically "dark and sinister" manner, then evolves into a cheerful yodeling tune.
- "Petey's King of France" from the direct to DVD Mickey, Donald, Goofy: The Three Musketeers.
- Lampshaded just moments before by the Troubador Turtle.
"When ze bad guy iz zhat happy, it always, always means..." *pulls out tuba* "BAD GUY SONG!!!"
- The Proud Family Movie has "Hail to the Peanut King" by Evil Dr. Carver.
- One of the first ones! Hi-Diddle-Dee-Dee! An Actor's Life For Me! Also a major Ear Worm.
- "Fee Fi Fo Fum" from Fun and Fancy Free.
- Instead of a musical number, Maleficent of Sleeping Beauty gets a Villain Poem, where she mockingly tells the "Sleeping Beauty" fairy tale to the imprisoned Prince Philip, gloating over her victory via Sarcasm Mode and Evil Laughter. It serves the same purpose as a villain song while being creepily low-key.
- She did have a song, but it was cut.
- Near the beginning of The Aristocats, Edgar the butler can actually be heard singing "Rock A Bye, Baby" while pouring his mistress' sleeping pills into the cats' milk so that they will all fall asleep, therefore allowing him to kidnap them all and leave them all for dead in the French countryside. But then a pair of dogs attack him...
- Peter Pan:
- "The Elegant Captain Hook".
- There was originally intended to be another song in a different style, that got cut, called "The Pirate Song".
- Mother Gothel in Tangled has Mother Knows Best, which takes on the tone of a demented version of Mary Poppins. This song doesn't gloat about an evil plan, it serves as musical exposition about how Gothel secures her acquired benefits (by subtly terrorizing Rapunzel into obedience). Then there's the reprise.
- A song for King Candy, explaining how things worked in Sugar Rush, was deleted from Wreck-It Ralph as it didn't feel right for the story.
- "Let It Go" actually started out as the villain song, but when the Lopezes were thinking about how to do it, they came up with a sympathetic angle, turning it more into a Woobie, Destroyer of Worlds song, with Elsa happy about being free of the restrictions on her life. This literally got the whole movie rewritten (with some colorful language from the filmmakers) to turn Elsa into a Classical Anti-Hero Deuteragonist. In short, "Let It Go" is an Anti-Villain song. Idina Menzel's showstopping performance didn't hurt, either.
- On repeat viewings, it can be fairly easy to view "Love is an Open Door" as a one-sided villain song. Anna is singing about how love conquers all. Hans is singing about how her naive belief in True Love will hand him the kingdom.
- Cut from the movie, probably replaced by "Love is an Open Door" is "You're you", also sung by Hans. In the same way as Open Door, it sounds sweet until his true intentions are revealed.
- "Cool With Me" is a scrapped villain song from when Elsa was the antagonist. In it, Elsa has kidnapped Anna from her wedding and taken her to her ice castle. In it, Elsa sings about how she wants to mend her relationship with Anna and make her "literally cool with her" while Anna is distraught over Elsa's cocky and villainous nature. Elsa abandons her name and instead wants to be addressed as "the Snow Queen". She wants the rest of her kingdom to fear her. It's also shown Anna has taken her crown in Elsa's absence. The song ends with Elsa intentionally freezing Anna's heart so that she will understand how Elsa feels.
Poor pathetic perfect little queen.
Didn't think your sis could be this mean.
Now you're on your own and you're gonna feel as alone as can be.
Cool with me, cool with me.
- Tinkerbell and The Pirate Fairy has The Frigate That Flies, where the pirates imagine what they'll do once their ship has been given flight by pixie dust.
- Moana has "Shiny", sung by the vain, treasure-loving giant coconut crab Tamatoa.
Shiny! Watch me dazzle like a diamond in the rough
Strut my stuff, my stuff is so
Shiny! Send your armies, but they'll never be enough
My shell's too tough!
- As Disney's Mary Poppins didn't have a clear villain, it would seem to be exempt from this rule, but "Fidelity Fiduciary Bank" gives it a try anyhow. Mr. Banks and his bosses at the bank are the closest thing Mary Poppins has to a villain until his HeelĖFace Turn.
- "Temper Temper", in the new stage adaptation, features the children's toys coming to life, growing larger than the children themselves, and holding the children trial for having lost their tempers — for, "children who lose their tempers lose everything else in the end!"
- Unfortunately, this was changed to "Playing The Game" on account of "Temper Temper" being too scary for the kids who watched it.
- "Brimstone and Treacle", again from the new Mary Poppins, where the Banks' second nanny, Miss Andrews, explains her philosophy that brimstone and treacle with a good dose of tyranny is the best way to govern children. (Note that there is also a Dark Reprise in which Mary comes back, sets Miss Andrews' pet lark free from its cage, and there is a showdown between two singing nannies which results in Miss Andrews having a taste of her very own brimstone and treacle as well as being forced into a giant birdcage and sent down below.)
- Two villains equals four villain songs in Pete's Dragon (1977). The Goguns had two "We Got A Bill Of Sale" and "The Happiest Home In These Hills" and Dr. Terminus gleefully planned to dissect the title character in "Every Little Piece/Money, Money, Money by the pound!", while he earlier had Passamaquaddy.
- "I'm Number One [You're Number Two]" in Muppets Most Wanted is a Villain Song Duet between Constantine (criminal mastermind and number one crook) and his associate, Dominic Badguy. It's not only celebrating their intention to pull off a series of heists and frame the Muppets, but Constantine reminding his flunky who's in charge.
- In the Disney Channel original movie Girl vs. Monster, when the villainess, Deimata, possesses a supporting character and takes the stage from Skyler, she turns "Nothing's Gonna Stop Me" into a surprisingly rockin' villain song, ending with her seemingly forgetting that she's not in a musical and reaching into the camera. Unfortunately, we only get to hear a few parts of it.
- Oddly, the lyrics of the main theme, "Fearless", don't seem to be able to decide if they're from the perspective of the hero or the villain. ("Iím stuck in your head / Iím back, back from the dead / Got you running and scared / I'm fearless...")
- Hocus Pocus has two! First is Bette Midler's Big Bad Winifred singing the show stopping "I Put A Spell On You", with bonus for actually hypnotizing everyone within earshot. Second is Sarah Jessica Parker singing the haunting "Come Little Children", bewitching all the children of Salem to their deaths Pied Piper style.
- Being a production that stars the children of villainy, Descendants naturally has a few. The opening number, "Rotten to the Core", introduces the young villains in their natural state, making mischief. And there's "Evil Like Me" wherein Maleficent convinces her doubtful daughter that Evil is the path to take.
- The Jungle Book (2016) has "I Wanna Be Like You", which, thanks Louie's Adaptational Villainy, is now this due to its sinister undertones.
- The Beagle Boys from DuckTales performed two different songs in the episodes "Time Teasers" and "Beaglemania"; their song from the latter episode (which ironically became a Missing Episode on Toon Disney) was included on the Disney Afternoon soundtrack.
- Chip 'n Dale Rescue Rangers:
- Fat Cat's "The Best Of Everything" from the Five-Episode Pilot "To The Rescue". Not to be outdone by "The Fat Cat Stomp", initially performed by Chip and Dale in drag in "Adventures In Squirrelsitting", but later reprised by Fat Cat himself in the next scene.
- Irweena Allen ("Risky Beesness") has her own song, too ("You're The Best Bee For Me"), and Sewernose de Bergerac ("A Case of Stage Blight") joins the Pirates of Peejama performance. In fact, not even the Coo-Koo Cola jingle ("The Case of the Cola Cult") remains untouched by villains.
- In the four-part TaleSpin pilot, Don Karnage reminds his Air Pirate underlings of what they do with "Sky Pirates".
- The TV series for Disney's Hercules has Hades taking you for a tour of his taken-over city-state in "My Town".
- "One Good Man" from "Song of Circe" also qualifies, as it's sung by Circe herself and shows her manipulative, deceitful personality very nicely. Also, it's sung by the wickedly talented Adele Dazeem...I mean, Idina Menzel.
- Harmless Villain Dr. Drakken tells you his life story and advertises his new product at the same time, in his very own rap! Lather, rinse and OBEY! (Caution: Dr. D's Brainwashing Shampoo and Cranium Rinse May Contain Evil...)
- Since Phineas and Ferb has songs Once an Episode, Dr. Doofenshmirtz sometimes gets one of these, like My Goody Two-Shoes Brother from "Tree to Get Ready".
- "MY NAME IS DOOF AND YOU'LL DO WHAT I SAY WHOOP WHOOP!".
- He's also quite possibly the first person to get a Villain Song about being completely apathetic towards something.
- Special mention goes to "It's A Charmed Life", set in a Bad Future where he's finally taken over the Tri-State Area.
- And from Rollercoaster: The Musical, Back In Gimmershutmp.
- And in The Movie has "A Brand New Best Friend (And It's Me) by both Doof and Doof-2.
- And from Part 1 of the two part special "Where's Perry?", we have Evil for Extra Credit, sung by, surprisingly, not Doofenshmirtz (okay, he provides backing vocals) but Carl, turned evil by one of Doof's inators.
- Of all people, Norm got a cheery song about gruesomely destroying things called Weaponry.
- Really, with how expansive the soundtrack is, you won't even find half of this show's villain songs here, and they can fit all sorts of tones, but mostly Broadway. If you're in the mood for a more James Bond-style villain song, there's Doof's Hideout Vacation Swap
- Or if you're in the mood for West Side Story, here's O.W.C.A.'s Goin' Down sung by all of L.O.V.E.M.U.F.F.I.N.
- The last villain song of the show also doubles as an Anti-Hero Song with Tomorrow Is This Morning Again, with Doofenshmirtz and Candace singing their only duet in the show's soundtrack of hundreds when they realize the awesome power of the Do-Over Inator.
- Gideon from Gravity Falls gets "Widdle Ol' Me", a catchy gospel-inspired song, on his first appearance in "The Hand that Rocks the Mabel". It comes with just enough unsettling undertones to demonstrate he's a Villain with Good Publicity.
- The Darkwing Duck episode "Paraducks" features an Elvis impersonator who does a number bragging about what a great thief he is. At the end of the episode Darkwing does his own heoric reprise about how no criminal is safe from him.
- "Cedric the Great" from the Sofia the First episode "Cedric's Apprentice".
- Wander over Yonder:
- Two episodes of Quack Pack have one.
- In "Island of the Not-so-Nice", the Mad Scientist has a short ditty about how he plans to de-evolve the world so that he can rule and enslave everyone easily.
- Nestor Nocturno from "None Like it Hot" briefly sings about how everyone on Earth will burn to death once his rocket sends a giant lens to the sun.
- The Lion Guard
- In the Pilot Movie Return of the Roar, the Outlanders get "Tonight, We Strike", their song about invading the Pride Lands at night.
- In the episode "Eye of the Beholder" they get "Out of the Way", about them invading the Pride Lands while the Lion Guard is preoccupied.
- Zira from the sequel gets one in "Lions of the Outlands", and the title says it all. "Lions Over All"
- The Glooms have had a couple of villain songs in The 7D, most of them sung by Hildy, voiced by Kelly Osbourne. A good example of this aired between the two episodes of the Grand Finale "I'm not very nice."
- "It's Our House Now" in Mickey's House of Villains.
- "Feel Like a Million", from The Emperor's New Groove 2: Kronk's New Groove, may not be that impressive, but given the movie is almost not a musical at all, it must mean something...
- "Kidnap the Sandy Claws" and "Oogie Boogie's Song" from The Nightmare Before Christmas. The former is a different take on the trope because it applies to the Quirky Miniboss Squad rather than the villain himself.
- And then we get an awesome remix/duet between Jack and Oogie Boogie from the game, seen here
- The Hallowishes show during Halloween at Disney Theme Parks is made up of several Villain Songs, a few The Villain Sucks Songs, and a few songs that aren't either, but are close enough.
- There's also "A Pirates Life For Me" on the "Pirates of the Carribean" ride, basically just the pirates singing about what they do.
- "Pump Me Up" from Doug Live!
- "The Mad Doctor's Song" from The Mad Doctor.
- "You're Nothing But a Nothing" from The Flying Mouse.
- "Get Pluto!" from Pluto's Judgement Day.
- "I, Ivan Krank" from the film of Teacher's Pet. Parts of "I'm Moving On" also count.
- Jim Henson's "The Dinosaurs" (owned by Disney) has the song "Cold-Blooded Guy" featured on a novelty album released in 1992 called."Big Songs". The Song is sung by the shows main antagonist B.P. Richfield (Sherman Hemsley)
- Der Fuehrer's Face has the eponymous song, sung by Those Wacky Nazis plus Emperor Hirohito and Benito Mussolini, and later reprised as a "The Villain Sucks" Song. The song was Covered Up by Spike Jones and became a Breakaway Pop Hit.
- Versions of My Lullaby in other languages arguably outdo the original as well, especially in the cruelty department. Just listen to the beautiful voice of pure hatred: