Follow TV Tropes

Following

History VillainSong / Theater

Go To



* TheMusical version of ''Literature/PeterPan'' gives one of these to Captain Hook. Given the tone of the play, Hook's CardCarryingVillain status, and his word choice, however, it's halfway between one of these and a TheVillainSucksSong.

to:

* TheMusical version of ''Literature/PeterPan'' ''Theatre/{{Peter Pan|1954}}'' gives one of these to Captain Hook. Given the tone of the play, Hook's CardCarryingVillain status, and his word choice, however, it's halfway between one of these and a TheVillainSucksSong.


** Played straight with [[AdaptationalVillainy Aladdin's]] "I Steal Everything", [[AscendedExtra Prince Achmed's]] "No One Remember's Achmed", and the DarkReprise for "The Golden Rule", sung by the Royal Vizier and his [[{{Mook}} Mooks]].

to:

** Played straight with [[AdaptationalVillainy Aladdin's]] "I Steal Everything", [[AscendedExtra Prince Achmed's]] "No One Remember's Remembers Achmed", and the DarkReprise for "The Golden Rule", sung by the Royal Vizier and his [[{{Mook}} Mooks]].



* ''Turnabout Musical'', the up-and-coming musical adaptation of ''PhoenixWright'', has some good ones in the making: Winston Payne's comical "Rookie Killer", Redd White's [[EarWorm diabolically catchy]] "Redd White and You" (a plain-clothes rehearsal can be seen [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ASgJvscdjpc here]]), and Manfred von Karma's appropriately haunting, though strangely baritone, "Anything to Win" -- OminousLatinChanting included. Fortunately, the "hero songs" are very much a match for them.

to:

* ''Turnabout Musical'', the up-and-coming musical adaptation of ''PhoenixWright'', ''VisualNovel/PhoenixWrightAceAttorney'', has some good ones in the making: Winston Payne's comical "Rookie Killer", Redd White's [[EarWorm diabolically catchy]] "Redd White and You" (a plain-clothes rehearsal can be seen [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ASgJvscdjpc here]]), and Manfred von Karma's appropriately haunting, though strangely baritone, "Anything to Win" -- OminousLatinChanting included. Fortunately, the "hero songs" are very much a match for them.


* The motivations of Buffalo Bill were revealed by "Are You About A Size Fourteen?" in ''[[TheSilenceOfTheLambs Silence! The Musical.]]''

to:

* The motivations of Buffalo Bill were revealed by "Are You About A Size Fourteen?" in ''[[TheSilenceOfTheLambs ''[[Film/TheSilenceOfTheLambs Silence! The Musical.]]''


* Hyde has "Alive" from the ''Jekyll and Hyde'' musical.
** His half of "Confrontation" definitely counts as well:
-->"You can't control me! I'll live deep inside you! Each day you'll feel me devour your soul!"

to:

* ''Theatre/JekyllAndHyde'' gives Edward Hyde has "Alive" from [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VzVbFBRnk_s "Alive"]], where he sings about how being so free and evil makes him feel passionate about living. At one point, the ''Jekyll and Hyde'' musical.
** His half of "Confrontation" definitely counts
music swells triumphantly as well:
-->"You can't control me! I'll
he boasts that he'll live deep inside you! Each day you'll feel me devour your soul!"on forever with Satan himself by his side.


* Notably averted in ''Theatre/{{Wicked}}''. Fiyero's song "Dancing Through Life" is a textbook cackling song about his nihilistic philosophy, but he turns out to be a much better person than he seems. The Wizard's song, "Wonderful", is the very opposite of a standard VillainSong: he's trying to justify his crimes by playing humble and innocent, and (unlike ''The Sound of Music'') is still the BigBad. Elphaba (the heroine and titular Wicked Witch) even gets one in "No Good Deed", but it's undercut by the fact that she's rocketing through the stages of grief and has some full blown SanitySlippage[=/=]HeroicBSOD going on by the end. Despite her big talk, she never can bring herself to be the villain. Finally, "Wicked Witch of the East" can almost be read as one, except that Nessarose is mourning the fact that she somehow became the villain without noticing.

to:

* Notably averted in ''Theatre/{{Wicked}}''. Fiyero's song "Dancing Through Life" is a textbook cackling song about his nihilistic philosophy, but he turns out to be a much better person than he seems. The Wizard's song, "Wonderful", is the very opposite of a standard VillainSong: he's trying to justify his crimes by playing humble and innocent, and (unlike ''The Sound of Music'') is still the BigBad. Elphaba (the heroine and titular Wicked Witch) even gets one in "No Good Deed", but it's undercut by the fact that she's rocketing through the stages of grief and has some full blown SanitySlippage[=/=]HeroicBSOD going on by the end. Despite her big talk, she never can bring herself to be the villain. "March of the Witch Hunters" comes close, especially the Tin Man's parts, but they truly believe that they're doing the right thing and are unaware that they're being manipulated by Madame Morrible. Finally, "Wicked Witch of the East" can almost be read as one, except that Nessarose is mourning the fact that she somehow became the villain without noticing.


** Probably the most unusual villain song in the musical is "The Ballad of Guiteau", where the villainous Charles Guiteau sings a demented hymn as he tap-dances up to the gallows. What makes it unusual is that the lyrics are taken from a poem that the real Charles Guiteau wrote on the way to his execution; StephenSondheim simply set it to music.

to:

** Probably the most unusual villain song in the musical is "The Ballad of Guiteau", where the villainous Charles Guiteau sings a demented hymn as he tap-dances up to the gallows. What makes it unusual is that the lyrics are taken from a poem that the real Charles Guiteau wrote on the way to his execution; StephenSondheim Music/StephenSondheim simply set it to music.


* TheMusical of ''Music/AmericanIdiot'' turns the Music/GreenDay song "Know Your Enemy" into somewhat of a VillainSong for St. Jimmy, as he attempts to lure Johnny back to his pointlessly rebellious and self-destructive lifestyle, as well as manipulating Johnny into attempting to [[DoesThisRemindYouOfAnything stab]] [[SexPistols his]] [[ShoutOut girlfriend]].

to:

* TheMusical of ''Music/AmericanIdiot'' turns the Music/GreenDay song "Know Your Enemy" into somewhat of a VillainSong for St. Jimmy, as he attempts to lure Johnny back to his pointlessly rebellious and self-destructive lifestyle, as well as manipulating Johnny into attempting to [[DoesThisRemindYouOfAnything stab]] [[SexPistols [[Music/SexPistols his]] [[ShoutOut girlfriend]].


* The pagan sorceress Ortrud in Creator/RichardWagner's ''Lohengrin'' has a short aria, [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XHtRUyJiH3E "Entweihte Götter"]], in which she calls upon the gods to help her deceive and avenge herself upon her Christian enemies.

to:

* The pagan sorceress Ortrud in Creator/RichardWagner's Music/RichardWagner's ''Lohengrin'' has a short aria, [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XHtRUyJiH3E "Entweihte Götter"]], in which she calls upon the gods to help her deceive and avenge herself upon her Christian enemies.


* "It Ain't Necessarily So" and "There's a Boat That's Leaving Soon For New York," Sportin' Life's songs mocking a sermon and tempting one of the protagonists to a life of vice respectively, from ''PorgyAndBess''.

to:

* "It Ain't Necessarily So" and "There's a Boat That's Leaving Soon For New York," Sportin' Life's songs mocking a sermon and tempting one of the protagonists to a life of vice respectively, from ''PorgyAndBess''.''Theatre/PorgyAndBess''.


** The original version of the show (which held its tryout run in Tampa back in 2010) included a song for the Jabberwocky entitled "[[ https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Vm3ks1fct8M Misunderstood]]", although it's more of a subverted VillainSong, as he claims himself to be NecessaryEvil in a world where "you can't know pleasure if you don't know pain", even justifying his actions by claiming that he was ''born'' to be a man-eating monster, and that it's really all he can do. Sadly, both the song and the character were cut from the show once it hit Broadway.

to:

** The original version of the show (which held its tryout run in Tampa back in 2010) included a song for the Jabberwocky entitled "[[ https://www."[[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Vm3ks1fct8M Misunderstood]]", although it's more of a subverted VillainSong, as he claims himself to be NecessaryEvil in a world where "you can't know pleasure if you don't know pain", even justifying his actions by claiming that he was ''born'' to be a man-eating monster, and that it's really all he can do. Sadly, both the song and the character were cut from the show once it hit Broadway.


** The original version of the show (which held its tryout run in Tampa back in 2010) included a song for the Jabberwocky entitled "[[https://youtu.be/MwPGOuGxWoE Misunderstood]]", although it's more of a subverted VillainSong, as he claims himself to be NecessaryEvil in a world where "you can't know pleasure if you don't know pain", even justifying his actions by claiming that he was ''born'' to be a man-eating monster, and that it's really all he can do. Sadly, both the song and the character were cut from the show once it hit Broadway.

to:

** The original version of the show (which held its tryout run in Tampa back in 2010) included a song for the Jabberwocky entitled "[[https://youtu.be/MwPGOuGxWoE "[[ https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Vm3ks1fct8M Misunderstood]]", although it's more of a subverted VillainSong, as he claims himself to be NecessaryEvil in a world where "you can't know pleasure if you don't know pain", even justifying his actions by claiming that he was ''born'' to be a man-eating monster, and that it's really all he can do. Sadly, both the song and the character were cut from the show once it hit Broadway.


* ''Mozart!'' (from the same creative team as ''Theatre/{{Elisabeth}}'') features a mute villain- Mozart's own genius, portrayed a a demon/CreepyChild in the shape of Mozart himself at age six or so that follows the adult Mozart around, constantly composing and using Mozart's blood as ink. Thusly, the big showstopping EarWorm villain-song-stand-in goes to Archbishop Colloredo, who's more of a petty annoyance than anything, in the form of "Wo Bleibt Mozart?" It's still pretty grandiose and nasty to the title character.
** Notable in that it's the ''very first song'', so as to leave no doubt as to whom the Bad Guy is supposed to be. "We'll forge a check, or cut your neck, if we can make a dime!"

to:

* ''Mozart!'' (from the same creative team as ''Theatre/{{Elisabeth}}'') ''Theatre/{{Mozart}}'' features a mute villain- Mozart's own genius, portrayed a a demon/CreepyChild in the shape of Mozart himself at age six or so that follows the adult Mozart around, constantly composing and using Mozart's blood as ink. Thusly, the big showstopping EarWorm villain-song-stand-in goes to Archbishop Colloredo, who's more of a petty annoyance than anything, in the form of "Wo Bleibt Mozart?" It's still pretty grandiose and nasty to the title character.
character.
** Notable in that it's If we count Colloredo as a villain, "Der einfache Weg" fits the ''very first song'', so bill: it demonstrates Colloredo's attitude towards music, method, and goal of trying to coax Mozart back to his side. With a hefty side of [[ManipulativeBastard attempted manipulation]] of Mozart's status as to leave no doubt as to whom the Bad Guy is supposed to be. "We'll forge a check, or cut your neck, if we can make a dime!"WellDoneSonGuy.


* The theatrical version of ''{{Newsies}}'' gives [[HistoricalVillainUpgrade Joseph Pulitzer]] the song "The Bottom Line", wherein he explains why he's boosting the price of his papers, and how he doesn't care how it'll affect the newsies. He gets a reprise in Act 2, when he threatens to have all the newsies arrested if Jack doesn't tell them to end the strike.

to:

* The theatrical version of ''{{Newsies}}'' ''Film/{{Newsies}}'' gives [[HistoricalVillainUpgrade Joseph Pulitzer]] the song "The Bottom Line", wherein he explains why he's boosting the price of his papers, and how he doesn't care how it'll affect the newsies. He gets a reprise in Act 2, when he threatens to have all the newsies arrested if Jack doesn't tell them to end the strike.


* "Bon Voyage" from ''Theatre/{{Candide}}'', except for the (increasingly sarcastic) chorus part, is all EvilGloating.

to:

* "Bon Voyage" from ''Theatre/{{Candide}}'', except for the (increasingly sarcastic) chorus part, is all EvilGloating.EvilGloating from the Governor (or Vanderdendur, depending on the performing edition) about the profits he made from putting Candide on a totally unseaworthy boat.
-->Oh but I'm bad, oh but I'm bad,\\
Playing such a very dirty trick on such a fine lad.\\
I'm a low cad, I'm a low cad,\\
Every time I do this sort of thing it makes me so sad.


* "Bon Voyage" from ''Theatre/{{Candide}}'', except for the chorus, is all EvilGloating.

to:

* "Bon Voyage" from ''Theatre/{{Candide}}'', except for the chorus, (increasingly sarcastic) chorus part, is all EvilGloating.

Showing 15 edit(s) of 47

Top