Follow TV Tropes

Following

History Main / MagicMusic

Go To



** Some magic is sound based in this game, namely the Seventh Fonon, the Fonon of Sound. Unlike the six other Fonons which are based on your typical ElementalMagic, the Seventh Fonon was created as a mutation of the other six in the Planet Storm combined with memory particles. The Seventh Fonon can be used for reading the Score, HealingHands, Daathic Artes, and, you guessed it, Fonic Hymns.

to:

** Some magic is sound based in this game, namely the Seventh Fonon, the Fonon of Sound. Unlike the six other Fonons which are based on your typical ElementalMagic, ElementalPowers, the Seventh Fonon was created as a mutation of the other six in the Planet Storm combined with memory particles. The Seventh Fonon can be used for reading the Score, HealingHands, Daathic Artes, and, you guessed it, Fonic Hymns.


* Creator/NeilGaiman's ''How to Talk to Girls at Parties'' has a poem that is either magical or [[ClarkesThirdLaw eldritch science so advanced it might as well be]], which walks up to the narrator in [[HumanoidAbomination the form of a beautiful redhead named Triolet]]. The narrator hears part of it, giving him visions of the doomed world where it was crafted, although his friend drags him out of the party before he can hear it all -- and, given that it is indicated to be infectious and capable of rendering a species extinct in only a few generations, this is probably for the best.


Added DiffLines:

* Creator/NeilGaiman's ''Literature/HowToTalkToGirlsAtParties'' has a poem that is either magical or [[ClarkesThirdLaw eldritch science so advanced it might as well be]], which walks up to the narrator in [[HumanoidAbomination the form of a beautiful redhead named Triolet]]. The narrator hears part of it, giving him visions of the doomed world where it was crafted, although his friend drags him out of the party before he can hear it all -- and, given that it is indicated to be infectious and capable of rendering a species extinct in only a few generations, this is probably for the best.

Added DiffLines:

* ''Fanfic/FracturedSunlight'': The Rainbooms can activate their magic (and in particular their pony forms) through music. That makes it pretty simple to prove everything to Twilight.


* ''Anime/OjamajoDoremi'' probably has the most musical references and motifs of any anime series. Even the magical sparks are shaped like musical notes.
** When the witches reach a certain level, their "Poron", or wand, is fused with a musical instrument of their choice. When casting magic, a tune played with said instrument can be heard. In fact, most magical artifacts play short musical tunes in-universe when used, including the transformation taps.
* ''Franchise/DragonBall'':
** There was a magical ocarina in the thirteenth ''Anime/DragonBallZ'' [[TheMovie movie]]. [[spoiler: It can potentially be used to either seal or unseal the BigBad.]]
** In ''Anime/DragonBallGT'', the [[TerribleTrio Para Para Brothers]] used speakers that were built into their body armor that would cause their opponents to dance non-stop, thus leaving them vulnerable to attack.
* ''Manga/ViolinistOfHameln'', a {{Shonen}} parody manga based on the Pied Piper about a guy with a {{BFS}} version of a violin who fights demons with magical music. Classical music has never been so badass.



* In ''Anime/RahXephon'', both the title mecha and its enemies the Dolems utilize singing as an attack method.
* From ''Manga/OnePiece'':
** [[DemBones Brook's]] attacks after the TimeSkip count as an example. While the power doesn't come from the music but from the power of his [[PowerUpFood Devil Fruit]], he can use his music to "move people's souls" effectively influencing them (e.g., made them believe they are in a party instead of a battle). Even before then he demonstrated the skill to lull people to sleep with a gentle lullaby even while they were in pitched combat (unless that was an early demonstration of the same "soul moving" power).
** Seems to be behind Scratchmen Apoo's powers as well. He can turn his own limbs into musical instruments and play notes that cause explosions or RazorWind.
* ''Anime/{{Macross}}'' introduced in later series the concept of Fold Waves and Fold Receptor Factors. The former are superdimension waves that form the basis of the series' FasterThanLightTravel and [[SubspaceAnsible communications]]. The latter is the discovery that certain people have the ability to sense and produce these, usually while singing. Specific examples follow:
** ''Anime/SuperDimensionFortressMacross'': It's debatable whether Minmay's effect on the Zentraedi is a product of Fold Waves or just cultural exposure, but Expanded Universe materials have given Minmay a powerful Fold Receptor Factor.
** In ''Anime/MacrossII'', the Marduk have developed their own morale-boost-giving singers, the Emulators. The plot gets definitely kickstarted when one of them, a girl named Ishtar, is retrieved by IntrepidReporter Hibiki and starts learning about humanity...
** ''Anime/Macross7'' has this (called "Song Energy" in series) as a fundamental part of the premise. The alien [[OurVampiresAreDifferent life energy draining]] antagonists ("Protodeviln") experience literal pain when exposed to music, due to the protagonist's "Anima Spiritia". Sure, it's not genuinely magical, but you wouldn't know that from the laser speaker pods and light show Fire Bomber puts on. And the ultimate resolution of this is that, right at the last moment before the leader of said aliens [[PowerIncontinence uncontrolably]] sucks out the life of the entire galaxy, the protagonist sings at them so hard that the species learns that they can generate their own life energy by singing, then decide to move on to another dimension.
** Sharon Apple, the [[AIIsACrapshoot artificial idol]] from ''Anime/MacrossPlus'', took control of the Macross' computer network and sang ''mankind'' into a blissful stupor. Granted, she was given the tools to do exactly that by one of her creators... while the other, female lead Myung, is stuck trying to fight her.
** ''Anime/MacrossZero'' has the quasi-magical effects of the female lead's singing explained through Fold Receptor Factor: the rocks she levitates contain Fold Quartz, and the Protoculture superweapon known as "the bird-man" runs on it. She herself is genetically inclined to have a high fold Receptor Factor specifically attuned to the "bird-man".
** ''Anime/MacrossFrontier'' explored Fold Waves more fully: it introduced Fold Quartz (a mineral that reacts to Fold Waves), and Ranka [[spoiler: as well as Sheryl]] is able to communicate with the Vajra, at least on a basic level, through her songs thanks to this phenomenon.
** ''Anime/MacrossDelta'' has as a central premise the main cast combating a HatePlague through song. All the singers of the [[IdolSinger idol]] [[GirlGroup group]] Walkure have a high Fold Receptor Factor. Additionally, it turns out that [[spoiler:said Hate Plague itself is activated by the singing of Windermere's Wind Singer]].



* ''Anime/{{Pokemon}}'':
** In ''[[Anime/Pokemon2000 Pokémon: The Movie 2000]]'', playing a specific song on a specific ocarina can heal Lugia, no matter how far away he is, as well as calm the feud between the three legendary birds.
** In ''Anime/PokemonTheRiseOfDarkrai'', there was that song that made everyone who could hear it calm, even [[spoiler: Dialga and Palkia]].
** In ''Anime/PokemonRangerAndTheTempleOfTheSea'', Manaphy's singing can calm water pokemon and gain access to The sea temple.
* In ''Anime/CorrectorYui'', Yui and her friends Haruna, [[ThoseTwoGuys Reiko and Akiko]] were rehearsing a song for their SchoolFestival. it becomes a plot point later, when [[spoiler: Yui's IKnowYouAreInThereSomewhereFight speech to a BrainwashedAndCrazy Haruna includes her singing the same song instead of fighting her, breaking through Haruna's brainwashing an reverting her back to who she usually is.]] Later, [[spoiler: Professor Inukai uses Yui's singing as a part of his battle strategy against the BigBad, who is weak against certain sounds, and Haruna returns the favor to Yui by singing the song to her when she's about to lose the battle against Grosser, giving Yui her strength back so she can keep on fighting.]]
* The Dantists in the world of ''VisualNovel/ShinkyokuSoukaiPolyphonica'' specialize in magic music to calm spirits.
* In ''Anime/ALittleSnowFairySugar'', the Season Fairies control the weather with magical instruments.
* ''Manga/{{Naruto}}'':
** Menma, in a filler, obtained various effects, including repelling fire and smoke and boosting Naruto's strength, by playing an ocarina.
** Tayuya, who can control three summoned demons and cast illusions by playing tunes on her flute.
* ''Manga/MermaidMelodyPichiPichiPitch''. Most MagicalGirl anime have some fighting scenes where weapons, beams of energy, balls of light, or what-have-you are the norm. This one has [[MagicIdolSinger idol singers]]... singing their songs against their opponents.
* All over the place in ''Manga/MyBrideIsAMermaid'', as magic music is apparently a [[OurMermaidsAreDifferent mermaid's]] greatest ability.
** There's a song that causes all listeners to engage in bloody combat, a song that acts as the main character's ThemeMusicPowerUp, a song that puts everyone to sleep, and a song that causes everyone within earshot to dance uncontrolably.
** There was also that incident when both Sun and Lunar were singing at the same time, which caused all humans present (except Nagasumi) to... well, we don't know, because every single person was covered under a wall of Censor buttons.
* The manga version of ''Manga/{{Pretear}}'' gives Sasame, the Knight of Sound, the ability to play any musical instrument--and he also seems to be able to soothe people by improvising songs to sing their feelings back to them.



* Aria of ''Manga/TegamiBachi'' has the ability to heal people's hearts with music played on her violin.
** It works on [[TheHeartless Gaichuu]] as well.
* The first two seasons of ''Anime/OnegaiMyMelody'': the magic powers of My Melody and her rival Kuromi are recharged through music, and each season centers around one musical instrument that brings about the end of the world.

to:

* Aria of ''Manga/TegamiBachi'' has the ability to heal people's hearts with music played on her violin.
** It works on [[TheHeartless Gaichuu]] as well.
* The first two seasons of ''Anime/OnegaiMyMelody'': the magic powers of My Melody
In ''Anime/CorrectorYui'', Yui and her rival Kuromi are recharged friends Haruna, [[ThoseTwoGuys Reiko and Akiko]] were rehearsing a song for their SchoolFestival. it becomes a plot point later, when [[spoiler:Yui's IKnowYouAreInThereSomewhereFight speech to a BrainwashedAndCrazy Haruna includes her singing the same song instead of fighting her, breaking through music, Haruna's brainwashing an reverting her back to who she usually is.]] Later, [[spoiler: Professor Inukai uses Yui's singing as a part of his battle strategy against the BigBad, who is weak against certain sounds, and each season centers around one musical instrument that brings Haruna returns the favor to Yui by singing the song to her when she's about to lose the end of battle against Grosser, giving Yui her strength back so she can keep on fighting.]]
* In ''Anime/CrossAnge'', a [[SuperPrototype Ragna-Mail's]] GoldenSuperMode is activated by singing certain songs. It's also
the world.way for a pilot to access the powerful [[WaveMotionGun Spacetime Convergence Cannon.]]
* ''Franchise/DragonBall'':
** There was a magical ocarina in the thirteenth ''Anime/DragonBallZ'' [[TheMovie movie]]. [[spoiler: It can potentially be used to either seal or unseal the BigBad.]]
** In ''Anime/DragonBallGT'', the [[TerribleTrio Para Para Brothers]] used speakers that were built into their body armor that would cause their opponents to dance non-stop, thus leaving them vulnerable to attack.
* Vidaldus from ''Manga/FairyTail'' possesses a spell named "Rock of Succubus" - by playing a certain song on his guitar, he can take control of someone and transform them, giving the chosen target rock-oriented clothing and a rough personality.



* ''Anime/MonColleKnights'' has Utahime/Kahimi (whose song causes gigantic moving plants to grow) and the Merboy Choir (whose songs cause tidal waves and transformation).

to:

* ''Anime/MonColleKnights'' has Utahime/Kahimi (whose song causes In ''Anime/GaoGaiGar'', 3G's American branch/NASA created a G-Stone Powered robot known as Mic Sounders the 13th, which runs on this trope. It's armed with various disks that, once installed and he's equipped with the Dazzling Double V Keytar and/or the Thundering Break microphone, can unleash amazing effects. The Disk M, which plays the instrumental to the series' theme, cancels out certain enemies' electronic functions; the Disk P, which plays "Power of Desire", recharges other G-Stone Powered Machines; the deadly Disk X, which is tuned directly to Zondar Metal and, theoretically, anything else it knows its atomic structure of; and Disk F, which summons a gigantic moving plants to grow) and the Merboy Choir (whose songs cause tidal waves and transformation).[=GaoFighGar=]!
* Reiko's power in ''VideoGame/GateKeepers'' is half using this, half being a MasterOfIllusion.



* [[{{Bishounen}} Fai D Fluorite]] of ''Manga/TsubasaReservoirChronicle'' can [[spoiler:summon up a magic shield]] by whistling.
* In ''Anime/YuGiOhZEXAL'', Yuma uses three Xyz Monsters called Djinns, cute-looking Fiend-Type monsters that use music to fight opposing monsters. (There are actually ''four'' of these monsters in the card game, but Yuma has yet to use one of them.)
* ''Franchise/PrettyCure'':
** ''Anime/SuitePrettyCure'' revolves around this, with much of the magic items and attacks being music-themed.
** ''Anime/HappinessChargePrettyCure'' has Cure Honey sing a song about eating rice to purify villains. Later on in the series, [[spoiler: all four girls girls get to sing a song called "Innocent Harmony" that purifies villians]].
** ''Anime/PrettyCureAllStars: Everyone Sing - Miraculous Magic'' has a very interesting case. [[Anime/MahoGirlsPrecure Cure Miracle and Cure Magical]] are constantly lured around by a mysterious song, which they end up finding being hummed by the younger version of the movie's BigBad. She never understood the meaning of it except that her teacher used to sing it to her all the time. [[spoiler: At the end of the movie, she realizes it's the ultimate magic she sought for so long - her teacher had given it to her and she was so blinded by her desire for power that she never realized she already had it. She ends up using it to empower the 11 teams of Cures]].
** ''Anime/StarTwinklePrettyCure'' has the girls sing to transform into Cures.
* Reiko's power in ''VideoGame/GateKeepers'' is half using this, half being a MasterOfIllusion.

to:

* [[{{Bishounen}} Fai D Fluorite]] of ''Manga/TsubasaReservoirChronicle'' can [[spoiler:summon up a Witches from ''Franchise/LapisReLights'' perform "Operas", live performances where they harness magic shield]] by whistling.
* In ''Anime/YuGiOhZEXAL'', Yuma uses three Xyz Monsters called Djinns, cute-looking Fiend-Type monsters that use
from non-magical humans through music to fight opposing monsters. (There are actually ''four'' of these monsters in and dance.
* In ''Anime/ALittleSnowFairySugar'',
the card game, but Yuma has yet to use one of them.)
* ''Franchise/PrettyCure'':
** ''Anime/SuitePrettyCure'' revolves around this,
Season Fairies control the weather with much of the magic items and attacks being music-themed.
** ''Anime/HappinessChargePrettyCure'' has Cure Honey sing a song about eating rice to purify villains. Later on in the series, [[spoiler: all four girls girls get to sing a song called "Innocent Harmony" that purifies villians]].
** ''Anime/PrettyCureAllStars: Everyone Sing - Miraculous Magic'' has a very interesting case. [[Anime/MahoGirlsPrecure Cure Miracle and Cure Magical]] are constantly lured around by a mysterious song, which they end up finding being hummed by the younger version of the movie's BigBad. She never understood the meaning of it except that her teacher used to sing it to her all the time. [[spoiler: At the end of the movie, she realizes it's the ultimate magic she sought for so long - her teacher had given it to her and she was so blinded by her desire for power that she never realized she already had it. She ends up using it to empower the 11 teams of Cures]].
** ''Anime/StarTwinklePrettyCure'' has the girls sing to transform into Cures.
* Reiko's power in ''VideoGame/GateKeepers'' is half using this, half being a MasterOfIllusion.
magical instruments.



* In ''Anime/CrossAnge'', a [[SuperPrototype Ragna-Mail's]] GoldenSuperMode is activated by singing certain songs. It's also the way for a pilot to access the powerful [[WaveMotionGun Spacetime Convergence Cannon.]]
%%* Vidaldus from ''Manga/FairyTail''.
* In ''Anime/GaoGaiGar'', 3G's American branch/NASA created a G-Stone Powered robot known as Mic Sounders the 13th, which runs on this trope. It's armed with various disks that, once installed and he's equipped with the Dazzling Double V Keytar and/or the Thundering Break microphone, can unleash amazing effects. The Disk M, which plays the instrumental to the series' theme, cancels out certain enemies' electronic functions; the Disk P, which plays "Power of Desire", recharges other G-Stone Powered Machines; the deadly Disk X, which is tuned directly to Zondar Metal and, theoretically, anything else it knows its atomic structure of; and Disk F, which summons a gigantic [=GaoFighGar=]!

to:

* In ''Anime/CrossAnge'', a [[SuperPrototype Ragna-Mail's]] GoldenSuperMode is activated by singing certain songs. It's also ''Anime/{{Macross}}'' introduced in later series the way for a pilot to access concept of Fold Waves and Fold Receptor Factors. The former are superdimension waves that form the powerful [[WaveMotionGun Spacetime Convergence Cannon.]]
%%* Vidaldus from ''Manga/FairyTail''.
* In ''Anime/GaoGaiGar'', 3G's American branch/NASA created a G-Stone Powered robot known as Mic Sounders the 13th, which runs on this trope. It's armed with various disks that, once installed and he's equipped with the Dazzling Double V Keytar and/or the Thundering Break microphone, can unleash amazing effects. The Disk M, which plays the instrumental to
basis of the series' theme, cancels out FasterThanLightTravel and [[SubspaceAnsible communications]]. The latter is the discovery that certain enemies' electronic functions; people have the Disk P, ability to sense and produce these, usually while singing. Specific examples follow:
** ''Anime/SuperDimensionFortressMacross'': It's debatable whether Minmay's effect on the Zentraedi is a product of Fold Waves or just cultural exposure, but Expanded Universe materials have given Minmay a powerful Fold Receptor Factor.
** In ''Anime/MacrossII'', the Marduk have developed their own morale-boost-giving singers, the Emulators. The plot gets definitely kickstarted when one of them, a girl named Ishtar, is retrieved by IntrepidReporter Hibiki and starts learning about humanity...
** ''Anime/Macross7'' has this (called "Song Energy" in series) as a fundamental part of the premise. The alien [[OurVampiresAreDifferent life energy draining]] antagonists ("Protodeviln") experience literal pain when exposed to music, due to the protagonist's "Anima Spiritia". Sure, it's not genuinely magical, but you wouldn't know that from the laser speaker pods and light show Fire Bomber puts on. And the ultimate resolution of this is that, right at the last moment before the leader of said aliens [[PowerIncontinence uncontrolably]] sucks out the life of the entire galaxy, the protagonist sings at them so hard that the species learns that they can generate their own life energy by singing, then decide to move on to another dimension.
** Sharon Apple, the [[AIIsACrapshoot artificial idol]] from ''Anime/MacrossPlus'', took control of the Macross' computer network and sang ''mankind'' into a blissful stupor. Granted, she was given the tools to do exactly that by one of her creators... while the other, female lead Myung, is stuck trying to fight her.
** ''Anime/MacrossZero'' has the quasi-magical effects of the female lead's singing explained through Fold Receptor Factor: the rocks she levitates contain Fold Quartz, and the Protoculture superweapon known as "the bird-man" runs on it. She herself is genetically inclined to have a high fold Receptor Factor specifically attuned to the "bird-man".
** ''Anime/MacrossFrontier'' explored Fold Waves more fully: it introduced Fold Quartz (a mineral that reacts to Fold Waves), and Ranka [[spoiler: as well as Sheryl]] is able to communicate with the Vajra, at least on a basic level, through her songs thanks to this phenomenon.
** ''Anime/MacrossDelta'' has as a central premise the main cast combating a HatePlague through song. All the singers of the [[IdolSinger idol]] [[GirlGroup group]] Walkure have a high Fold Receptor Factor. Additionally, it turns out that [[spoiler:said Hate Plague itself is activated by the singing of Windermere's Wind Singer]].
* ''Manga/MermaidMelodyPichiPichiPitch''. Most MagicalGirl anime have some fighting scenes where weapons, beams of energy, balls of light, or what-have-you are the norm. This one has [[MagicIdolSinger idol singers]]... singing their songs against their opponents.
* All over the place in ''Manga/MyBrideIsAMermaid'', as magic music is apparently a [[OurMermaidsAreDifferent mermaid's]] greatest ability.
** There's a song that causes all listeners to engage in bloody combat, a song that acts as the main character's ThemeMusicPowerUp, a song that puts everyone to sleep, and a song that causes everyone within earshot to dance uncontrolably.
** There was also that incident when both Sun and Lunar were singing at the same time,
which plays "Power caused all humans present (except Nagasumi) to... well, we don't know, because every single person was covered under a wall of Desire", recharges other G-Stone Powered Machines; the deadly Disk X, which is tuned directly to Zondar Metal and, theoretically, anything else it knows its atomic structure of; and Disk F, which summons a Censor buttons.
* ''Anime/MonColleKnights'' has Utahime/Kahimi (whose song causes
gigantic [=GaoFighGar=]!moving plants to grow) and the Merboy Choir (whose songs cause tidal waves and transformation).
* ''Manga/{{Naruto}}'':
** Menma, in a filler, obtained various effects, including repelling fire and smoke and boosting Naruto's strength, by playing an ocarina.
** Tayuya, who can control three summoned demons and cast illusions by playing tunes on her flute.
* ''Anime/OjamajoDoremi'' probably has the most musical references and motifs of any anime series. Even the magical sparks are shaped like musical notes.
** When the witches reach a certain level, their "Poron", or wand, is fused with a musical instrument of their choice. When casting magic, a tune played with said instrument can be heard. In fact, most magical artifacts play short musical tunes in-universe when used, including the transformation taps.
* The first two seasons of ''Anime/OnegaiMyMelody'': the magic powers of My Melody and her rival Kuromi are recharged through music, and each season centers around one musical instrument that brings about the end of the world.
* ''Manga/OnePiece'':
** [[DemBones Brook's]] attacks after the TimeSkip count as an example. While the power doesn't come from the music but from the power of his [[PowerUpFood Devil Fruit]], he can use his music to "move people's souls" effectively influencing them (e.g., made them believe they are in a party instead of a battle). Even before then he demonstrated the skill to lull people to sleep with a gentle lullaby even while they were in pitched combat (unless that was an early demonstration of the same "soul moving" power).
** Seems to be behind Scratchmen Apoo's powers as well. He can turn his own limbs into musical instruments and play notes that cause explosions or RazorWind.
* ''Anime/{{Pokemon}}'':
** In ''[[Anime/Pokemon2000 Pokémon: The Movie 2000]]'', playing a specific song on a specific ocarina can heal Lugia, no matter how far away he is, as well as calm the feud between the three legendary birds.
** In ''Anime/PokemonTheRiseOfDarkrai'', there was that song that made everyone who could hear it calm, even [[spoiler: Dialga and Palkia]].
** In ''Anime/PokemonRangerAndTheTempleOfTheSea'', Manaphy's singing can calm water pokemon and gain access to The sea temple.
* The manga version of ''Manga/{{Pretear}}'' gives Sasame, the Knight of Sound, the ability to play any musical instrument--and he also seems to be able to soothe people by improvising songs to sing their feelings back to them.
* ''Franchise/PrettyCure'':
** ''Anime/SuitePrettyCure'' revolves around this, with much of the magic items and attacks being music-themed.
** ''Anime/HappinessChargePrettyCure'' has Cure Honey sing a song about eating rice to purify villains. Later on in the series, [[spoiler: all four girls girls get to sing a song called "Innocent Harmony" that purifies villians]].
** ''Anime/PrettyCureAllStars: Everyone Sing - Miraculous Magic'' has a very interesting case. [[Anime/MahoGirlsPrecure Cure Miracle and Cure Magical]] are constantly lured around by a mysterious song, which they end up finding being hummed by the younger version of the movie's BigBad. She never understood the meaning of it except that her teacher used to sing it to her all the time. [[spoiler: At the end of the movie, she realizes it's the ultimate magic she sought for so long - her teacher had given it to her and she was so blinded by her desire for power that she never realized she already had it. She ends up using it to empower the 11 teams of Cures]].
** ''Anime/StarTwinklePrettyCure'' has the girls sing to transform into Cures.
* In ''Anime/RahXephon'', both the title mecha and its enemies the Dolems utilize singing as an attack method.



* Witches from ''Franchise/LapisReLights'' perform "Operas", live performances where they harness magic from non-magical humans through music and dance.

to:

* Witches from ''Franchise/LapisReLights'' perform "Operas", live performances where they harness The Dantists in the world of ''VisualNovel/ShinkyokuSoukaiPolyphonica'' specialize in magic from non-magical humans through music and dance.to calm spirits.
* Aria of ''Manga/TegamiBachi'' has the ability to heal people's hearts with music played on her violin. It works on [[TheHeartless Gaichuu]] as well.
* [[{{Bishounen}} Fai D Fluorite]] of ''Manga/TsubasaReservoirChronicle'' can [[spoiler:summon up a magic shield]] by whistling.
* ''Manga/ViolinistOfHameln'', a {{Shonen}} parody manga based on the Pied Piper about a guy with a {{BFS}} version of a violin who fights demons with magical music. Classical music has never been so badass.
* In ''Anime/YuGiOhZEXAL'', Yuma uses three Xyz Monsters called Djinns, cute-looking Fiend-Type monsters that use music to fight opposing monsters. (There are actually ''four'' of these monsters in the card game, but Yuma has yet to use one of them.)



* In ''Animation/PleasantGoatAndBigBigWolf'' episode 61, Wolffy sings a song to magically [[PaperPeople flatten himself like paper]], allowing him to squeeze through the gate to Goat Village.

to:

* In ''Animation/PleasantGoatAndBigBigWolf'' episode 61, Wolffy Wolfy sings a song to magically [[PaperPeople flatten himself like paper]], allowing him to squeeze through the gate to Goat Village.



* In ''Fanfic/BackgroundPony'', [[color:purple: Luna's]] elegies have powerful magic effects such as instilling paranoia or joy, or causing blindness and freezing cold, and they seem to be the only key to unlocking [[color:green: Lyra's]] curse. Also, the Cosmic Matriarch's song is what created the world in the first place.



* ''Fanfic/TheWizardInTheShadows'' takes a cue from Lúthien, and by extension, the Silmarillion. How? [[spoiler: Eirian]] is of half-maia heritage and uses her magic mostly via singing.
* The music played by Hurdy of ''Fanfic/TheTaintedGrimoire'' can cause a variety of effects. Examples include giving a boost to his allies, curing others of status ailments, and do damage to an opponent.
* In the ''Franchise/HarryPotter'' fic ''Hephaestus'' Harry invented a craft called metaldancing, in which a skilled practitioner could shape metal and give it certain properties by singing while manipulating it with their magic.

to:


* ''Fanfic/TheWizardInTheShadows'' takes a cue from Lúthien, ''Fanfic/TheCadanceverse'' is an AlternateUniverse where the Element Bearers are various musicians (Octavia, Vinyl Scratch, Lyra, Bluenote, Medley and by extension, Fluttershy) and [[spoiler:the Elements themselves take the Silmarillion. How? [[spoiler: Eirian]] is form of half-maia heritage their preferred instruments, allowing them to defeat the corrupted Princesses with a magical concerto]].
* ''Fanfic/CodexEquus'' has a number of mortals
and uses her magic mostly via singing.
* The
deities who are capable of wielding magical music:
** As the Alicorn god of Music, [[Music/ElvisPresley Blue Suede Heartstrings]] holds an extremely impressive mastery over
music played by Hurdy of ''Fanfic/TheTaintedGrimoire'' in general, which isn't surprising considering his origins as a musician. While he can cause a variety of effects. Examples use his music to calm and soothe listeners like Mier does, Blue's entry notes that he can also inspire joy and hope in his listeners depending on what song he plays. Other techniques include giving [[SuperEmpowering empowering people physically and magically]], dispelling the effects of fear and hatred-based spells, generating solid magic constructs of musical bars and notes to slam and crush enemies, [[CombatTentacles growing soundwave "tentacles"]] to restrain and strangle his opponents, [[BeamSpam firing beams of musical energy]], and [[HealingHands healing]]. While he does run into the problem of people suffering from deafness and/or hearing problems, Blue is creative enough to try get around this disability by stomping the ground (or any surface, really) so they could "feel" his music and allow the magic to take effect. For wide-scale effects, he can generate an energy-based stage and extra magic instruments for fellow musicians to play with, allowing his magic to reach farther than ever. The Dazzling Divas' entries reveal that he can [[SuperEmpowering turn people into his Clerics and grant them the ability to use music-related magic through his Music domain]], allowing the Dazzling Divas to perform greater feats when calling upon his power.
** Like his mentor, [[Music/JeffHealey Prince Healing Song]] embodies Music as
a boost concept, and holds an extremely impressive mastery over music in general due to originating as a mortal music prodigy. His entry notes that Healing Song has the same capabilities as Blue, but true to his allies, curing others of status ailments, and do damage to an opponent.
* In
name, his MartialPacifist beliefs made him focus on the ''Franchise/HarryPotter'' fic ''Hephaestus'' Harry invented a craft called metaldancing, healing/supportive aspects of his Music domain. He specializes in which a (and is skilled practitioner could shape metal in) both [[HealingHands healing allies]] and give it certain properties by singing while manipulating it [[SuperEmpowering empowering them with music]], and he can protect people from spells fueled by fear and/or hatred with music.
** Many Trimortidae members are Music deities due to being former musicians in
their magic.mortal lives, allowing them to wield music and [[MakeSomeNoise sound]]-related magic.
*** Much like his younger twin brother, Bossa Nova Heartstrings is capable of wielding this since he embodies Music. Due to the nature of his job, he is very good at calming and soothing listeners with music, and is capable of playing lullabies to achieve that effect. However, he can also [[SuperEmpowering empower]] and [[HealingHands heal]] his listeners, and dispel effects created by fear and hatred-based spells. His musical healing in particular was how he saved Blue from a monster that severely injured him during their first encounter pre-Ascension.
*** As an Alicorn god of Music, Blue Goldstone has similar powers as Blue Suede Heartstrings and other fellow Music deities. He can create a magical drum set with his own magic and do various percussion-based spells, such as [[SuperEmpowering empowering/invigorating listeners]], compelling his enemies to [[InvoluntaryDance dance to his rhythms]], and [[HealingHands healing his allies]]. He can also wield [[MakeSomeNoise sonokinetic magic]], allowing him to [[MakeMeWannaShout unleash powerful, disorienting screams]], nullify sound indefinitely, and send destructive shockwaves through the air or [[EarthquakeMachine through the ground to make earthquakes]]. The fact that most of his spells are percussion-based really comes in handy with deaf people, as he can help them by stomping his hooves on the ground and send music-based vibrations to them.
*** Moon Ray Vaughoof possesses some degree of this, which is ironic because he didn't gain a Music domain post-Ascension, despite being [[Music/StevieRayVaughan a legendary blues musician in life]]. His entry notes that through music, specifically playing his [[MixAndMatchWeapon guitar-scythe hybrid]], Pride and Joy, he can [[SoulPower bend souls to his will]] (including [[PeoplePuppets living people]]) and [[MakingASplash manipulate water in more complicated and intricate ways]].



* In the ''Franchise/HarryPotter'' fic ''Hephaestus'' Harry invented a craft called metaldancing, in which a skilled practitioner could shape metal and give it certain properties by singing while manipulating it with their magic.
* In ''Fanfic/TheKeysStandAlone: The Soft World'', [[Music/TheBeatles John Lennon and George Harrison]] encounter a really bad bard with a magic lute that fools everyone except them into thinking he's wonderful. George is so offended that he performs the musical equivalent of a CurbStompBattle by pulling his own (non-magical) guitar from his "[[BagOfHolding closet]]" and proceeding to get much the same reaction from the audience.
* In ''Fanfic/MyLittleBalladeer'' there are two examples:
** This is how the Mane Six summon John to Equestria in the first place, through what is heavily-implied to be the original MyLittlePony theme.
** As a [[WanderingMinstrel Bard]], this is how most of John's magic works.



* ''[[Fanfic/TheCadanceverse The Musicians of Ponyville]]'' is an AlternateUniverse story where the Element Bearers are various musicians (Octavia, Vinyl Scratch, Lyra, Bluenote, Medley and Fluttershy) and [[spoiler:the Elements themselves take the form of their preferred instruments, allowing them to defeat the corrupted princesses with a magical concerto]].
* In ''Fanfic/BackgroundPony'', [[color:purple: Luna's]] elegies have powerful magic effects such as instilling paranoia or joy, or causing blindness and freezing cold, and they seem to be the only key to unlocking [[color:green: Lyra's]] curse. Also, the Cosmic Matriarch's song is what created the world in the first place.
* In ''Fanfic/MyLittleBalladeer'' there are two examples:
** This is how the Mane Six summon John to Equestria in the first place, through what is heavily-implied to be the original MyLittlePony theme.
** As a [[WanderingMinstrel Bard]], this is how most of John's magic works.
* In ''Fanfic/MementoVivere'', a ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyX'' fanfiction, Rikku's Songstress Dressphere is the definition of this.
* Ironically ''not'' a part of Music/TheBeatles fantasy ''Fanfic/WithStringsAttached''. However, in the sequel, ''Fanfic/TheKeysStandAlone: The Soft World'', John and George encounter a really bad bard with a magic lute that fools everyone except them into thinking he's wonderful. George is so offended that he performs the musical equivalent of a CurbStompBattle by pulling his own (non-magical) guitar from his [[BagOfHolding “closet”]] and proceeding to get much the same reaction from the audience.


Added DiffLines:

* The music played by Hurdy of ''Fanfic/TheTaintedGrimoire'' can cause a variety of effects. Examples include giving a boost to his allies, curing others of status ailments, and do damage to an opponent.
* ''Fanfic/TheWizardInTheShadows'' takes a cue from Lúthien, and by extension, the Silmarillion. How? [[spoiler: Eirian]] is of half-maia heritage and uses her magic mostly via singing.
* In ''Fanfic/MementoVivere'', a ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyX'' fanfiction, Rikku's Songstress Dressphere is the definition of this.
* ''Fanfic/WithStringsAttached'' ironically averts this - despite featuring the Music/TheBeatles as the main protagonists, much of the story consists of the British quartet trying to adjust to being in a different world after being teleported there by a mysterious force.

Added DiffLines:

* Witches from ''Franchise/LapisReLights'' perform "Operas", live performances where they harness magic from non-magical humans through music and dance.


** In ''[[VideoGame/FireEmblemElibe the Elibe games]], while Ninian and Lalum invoke {{Magic Dance}}s, the bards Nils and Elphin prefer to use this to restore movement to ally units.
** The herons' ''galdrar'' in ''[[VideoGame/FireEmblemPathOfRadiance Path of Radiance]]'' and ''[[VideoGame/FireEmblemRadiantDawn Radiant Dawn]]'' have similar effects, but depending on the song, they might do more... [[spoiler: like [[http://fireemblem.wikia.com/wiki/Galdr_of_Rebirth restoring damaged souls back to normal and reviving the Serents Forest]].]]

to:

** In ''[[VideoGame/FireEmblemElibe the Elibe games]], ''[[VideoGame/FireEmblemTheBindingBlade Binding Blade]]'' and ''[[VideoGame/FireEmblemTheBlazingBlade Blazing Blade]]'', while Ninian and Lalum invoke {{Magic Dance}}s, the bards Nils and Elphin prefer to use this to restore movement to ally units.
** The herons' ''galdrar'' in ''[[VideoGame/FireEmblemPathOfRadiance Path of Radiance]]'' and ''[[VideoGame/FireEmblemRadiantDawn Radiant Dawn]]'' have similar effects, but depending on the song, they might do more... [[spoiler: like [[http://fireemblem.wikia.com/wiki/Galdr_of_Rebirth restoring damaged souls back to normal and reviving the Serents Serenes Forest]].]]



** The recurring summon Siren inflicts non-elemental damage and the Silence status effect by playing music off her harp.

to:

** The recurring summon Siren inflicts non-elemental damage and the Silence status effect by playing music off on her harp.


* ''Series/BuffyTheVampireSlayer'', with the episode "Once More with Feeling". A musical demon causes life in the entire town to be a musical. Doesn't seem too bad, until it's revealed you uncontrollably spill your deepest secrets in songs sooner or later. And sooner or later, you will dance and sing yourself into a fiery death (the demon is stopped before more than a handful of Sunnydalians burn). Relatedly, the demon claims to have given a certain Roman emperor "his very first fiddle", thus also dovetailing with the trope.

to:

* ''Series/BuffyTheVampireSlayer'', with the episode "Once "[[Recap/BuffyTheVampireSlayerS6E7OnceMoreWithFeeling Once More with Feeling".Feeling]]". A musical demon causes life in the entire town to be a musical. Doesn't seem too bad, until it's revealed you uncontrollably spill your deepest secrets in songs sooner or later. And sooner or later, you will dance and sing yourself into a fiery death (the demon is stopped before more than a handful of Sunnydalians burn). Relatedly, the demon claims to have given a certain Roman emperor "his very first fiddle", thus also dovetailing with the trope.

Added DiffLines:

* In ''ComicBook/HeroesAgainstHunger'', the Master wears a keyboard on his chest that lets him play music that allows him to do anything he wants... in particular, to stop Superman and Batman from helping the Ethiopians in their effort to alleviate their hunger problem.


* ''Anime/SenkiZesshouSymphogear'' has the power of song literally be the Key to using Ancient relics from TheTimeOfMyths, acting like {{Ki}} for their users, called Phonic Gain.

to:

* ''Anime/SenkiZesshouSymphogear'' has the power of song literally be the Key to using Ancient relics from TheTimeOfMyths, acting like {{Ki}} Ki for their users, called Phonic Gain.


* In Film/TheThreeStooges short ''Punch Drunks'', Curly is sent into a violent frenzy by "Pop Goes the Weasel".

to:

* In Film/TheThreeStooges short ''Punch Drunks'', Curly is sent into a violent frenzy by "Pop Goes the Weasel". Moe takes advantage of this by making Curly a boxing superstar and having Larry play the song on a violin during fights.


[[folder:Fanfiction]]

to:

[[folder:Fanfiction]][[folder:Fan Works]]



* Most spells in ''Franchise/TheLegendOfZelda'' series require Link to use an instrument and a certain tune to cast them. This tradition was started in the [[VideoGame/TheLegendOfZelda original game]]. It had a flute with certain magical effects.
** Very prominently used in ''Ocarina of Time'' (of course), ''[[VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaMajorasMask Majora's Mask]]'', and ''[[VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaTheWindWaker The Wind Waker]]'', with several varieties of magical effects available through music, but nearly every game has at least one example of Magic Music, most often as the WarpWhistle.

to:

* ''Franchise/TheLegendOfZelda'':
**
Most spells in ''Franchise/TheLegendOfZelda'' series require Link to use an instrument and a certain tune to cast them. This tradition was started in the [[VideoGame/TheLegendOfZelda original game]]. It ''VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaI'', which had a flute with certain magical effects.
** In ''VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaALinkToThePast'', the Magic Flute can magically summon a bird anywhere in the Light World.
**
Very prominently used in ''Ocarina ''[[VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaOcarinaOfTime Ocarina of Time'' Time]]'' (of course), ''[[VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaMajorasMask Majora's Mask]]'', and ''[[VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaTheWindWaker The Wind Waker]]'', with several varieties of magical effects available through music, but nearly every game has at least one example of Magic Music, most often as the WarpWhistle.

Added DiffLines:

* ''VideoGame/HeartsLikeClockwork'': Melodies are the game's magic, which consumes MP to inflict buffs and debuffs on an entire party. The effects of the Melodies are stronger when used on fewer targets.

Added DiffLines:

* In ''Literature/TheLaundryFiles'' by Creator/CharlesStross, Dominique O'Brien plays an Erich Zann violin to fight eldritch horrors. Unfortunately for her (not to mention the world), the violin [[EvilWeapon isn't exactly on her side or under her control.]]


* In the premiere of the BBC series ''Series/Merlin2008'' a witch, magically disguised as a famous singer sings a song that causes the entire court of Camelot to fall into an enchanted slumber so she can assassinate Arthur. Luckily Merlin instinctively recognises the magic and covers his ears in time.

to:

* In the premiere of the BBC series ''Series/Merlin2008'' a witch, magically disguised as a famous singer singer, sings a song that causes the entire court of Camelot to fall into an enchanted slumber so she can assassinate Arthur. Luckily Merlin instinctively recognises recognizes the magic and covers his ears in time.time.
* ''Series/MotherlandFortSalem'': Spells to call up storms involve the witches singing.


* There is also the story of the ''Marine Electric'', where one sailor clinged on for bare life off the coast of Canada. When he was about to give in, the refrain of ''The Mary Ellen Carter'' by Stan Rogers began to chime in his head: "Rise again, rise again". [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Mary_Ellen_Carter#Connection_to_the_sinking_of_the_Marine_Electric This gave him the strength to carry on until rescue arrived]].

to:

* There is also the story of the ''Marine Electric'', where one sailor clinged clung on for bare dear life off the coast of Canada. When he was about to give in, the refrain of ''The Mary Ellen Carter'' by Stan Rogers began to chime in his head: "Rise again, rise again". [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Mary_Ellen_Carter#Connection_to_the_sinking_of_the_Marine_Electric This gave him the strength to carry on until rescue arrived]].

Showing 15 edit(s) of 274

Top

How well does it match the trope?

Example of:

/

Media sources:

/

Report