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Villain Song: Disney

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2D Animation
  • Be Prepared from The Lion King is unarguably one of the best, if not the best. 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)" from Aladdin. 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 for being too caustic). 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.
  • "Poor, Unfortunate Souls" from The Little Mermaid.
    • 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's "The World's Greatest Criminal Mind" 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.
  • 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.
      • 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.
    • 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).
      • Basically, Heaven's Light/Hellfire is Mood Whiplash done right.
      • It's particularly chilling because, unlike most Disney villains, Frollo doesn't even begin to think he's bad. He think's 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 an arguably better Villain Song. 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.
    • Then there's the reprise at the end, when Facilier's talisman is broken and he is dragged into an open grave by his "friends on the other side".
    • Freunde im Schattenreich, the German version of this song. It deserves special mention for being completely awesome.
      • Also, the title (Friends in the Shadow Realm) is great.
    • The Image Song album based on the movie, Bayou Boogie, gives him three more: "The Shadow Man," "Do What I Wanna Do," and "Love is a Magical Mystery."
  • "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. It's got a very obvious Xenophobia Is Bad Aesop.
  • "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:
    "Home, Home on the Range, where the critters are tied up in chains, I cut through their sides, and I tear off their hides, and the next day I do it again!"
    • 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.
  • 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.
  • And, of course, 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...
  • "The Elegant Captain Hook" from Peter Pan.
    • Actually, that was not to be the original song in the movie. There was originally intended to be another song in a different style, that got cut, called "The Pirate Song".

3D Animation
  • 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.
  • Frozen:
    • "Let It Go" is the closest to one in that film, not fully qualifying since it's about Woobie, Destroyer of Worlds Elsa gloating over being free to be Above Good and Evil rather than evil. Ironically, Word of God says it was written as a Villain Song, but ended up being what drove them to change her into an Classical Anti-Hero Deuteragonist instead when they paid more attention to the lyrics and decided it worked better as 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, probebly 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.
  • 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.

Live Action
  • 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 Heel-Face Turn; he is against Mary Poppins herself, fun, and compassion because they interfere with order.
    • "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!"
    • "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 three villain songs in Petes Dragon. The Goguns had two "We Got A Bill Of Sale" and "The Happiest Home In These Hills" and Dr. Terminus gleefully dissected the title character in "Every Little Piece/Money, Money, Money by the pound!".
  • "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.

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