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Bohemian Parody

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I see a little silhouetto of a clam!
"Easy come easy go, will you let me go?
Mah na mah na! / eep eep eep eep eep eep
Let me throooow! (throw fish)
Mah na mah na! / They would not let you throw
Let me bloooow!!" (blows up stage)

"Bohemian Rhapsody" by Queen is a really catchy song, isn't it? Pretty much everyone can recognize the distinctive and complex melody, most people know the lyrics (at least approximately), it's a melding of numerous musical genres from rock to opera (thus lending itself nicely to being played with using other genres as well), and it also has a rather famous and recognisable music video. Thanks to its distinctive nature and Small Reference Pools, it's become quite a common subject for Parody.

There are several common approaches. The first is to keep the melody more or less intact but change the lyrics to suit a new, comic purpose. The second is to keep the song more or less the same, but have it sung by unlikely or inappropriate stand-ins for Queen (such as the crew of the U.S.S Enterprise) or in much sillier or inappropriate voices, and a third is to keep the lyrics the same but change the melody from a dramatic fusion of rock and opera to something a bit less... bombastic. Then, once you're done, all you need to do is replace the 'Bohemian' part of the title with something more appropriate to your current purposes so that the title becomes "[X] Rhapsody", and bingo!

Since any of these options allow for endless fun to be had with the song, it's a popular target for fandom parodies. Of the different sections of the song to parody, popular ones include the 'ballad' section ("Mama, just killed a man...") and especially the 'opera' section ("I see a little silhouetto of a man" to "Beelzebub has a devil put aside for me for me, for me!").

While the song is subject to numerous parodies, the music video for the song is itself quite well-recognised and thus also subject to frequent parodies and visual homage. The stock visual parody in this case is the instantly recognisable image of four people arranged in a 'diamond' formation against a dark background, with the lighting arranged to suggest that their heads are disembodied (an image frequently used through the video, taken from the cover of the band's second album).


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    Anime and Manga 

    Films — Animated 
  • Briefly in Frozen II. At one point during "Lost in the Woods", there's a shot of Kristoff's head being flanked by three reindeer heads, lighted to resemble the opening shot of the video.

    Films — Live Action 

    Live-Action TV 
  • Done with the British Royal Family in the Spitting Image sketch song "We Are The Royal Family", which is musically a parody of "We Are the Champions", but shows the Royals' heads with the same positions and lighting as Queen's at the start of their music video.
  • An episode of Father Ted features the hyperactively annoying Father Noel Furlong subjecting everyone he's stuck in a cave with to an impromptu solo rendition of the song in which he does all the parts himself.

  • An old issue of Dragon magazine had "Companions' Rhapsody", sung by the cast of the Dragonlance Chronicles.
    Caramon: Brother Raistlin, brother Raistlin, brother Raistlin, where'd you go?
    Raistlin: To Takhisis, she's a black robe set aside for me, for me, for me!


    Stand Up Comedy 
  • At a show in Canberra, Australia, Ross Noble was delighted to discover that an audience member in the front row worked for the Australian Bureau of Statistics: the government agency that, amongst other duties, conducts the 5 yearly national census. Ross then ad libbed a lengthy bit where he was a census taker asking an imaginary person a series of questions, and then repeating their answers back; the answers gradually building up into the lyrics of "Bohemian Rhapsody".

    Video Games 
  • Double Dragon Neon parodies the ballad section during the bridge of Skullmageddon's defeat song, "Dared To Dream".
  • In Heroine's Quest, the rogue heroine uses this to keep Thrivaldi the troll distracted until the sun comes up.
    "Spare we her life from us monstrosity?"
  • Rain does this in Mortal Kombat 11 in the form of his second Fatality, with brief cameos of Reptile, Ermac and Smoke, all positioned like the album cover of Queen II.
  • In "Art's Dream", the developer-created Story mode within Dreams, the nightclub bouncer's song asking you for the password has him hit the pose from the music video and album cover during the chorus.
  • Neversoft spared no time doing the Bohemian Rhapsody performance in Guitar Hero: Warriors of Rock, complete with over-the-top gestures in the operatic section. When the motion capture data from that song got backported to World Tour by the World Tour Definitive Edition team, it did not take long for people to come up with some rather interesting band lineups.

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    Western Animation 
  • The My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic episode "The Show Stoppers", which revolves around the Cutie Mark Crusaders entering a Talent Contest, features a brief recreation of the video's opening shot at the start of the episode's main song (which otherwise bears little resemblance to "Bohemian Rhapsody" itself) with the CMC taking the band's place.

    Real Life 


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"I Don't Know What We're Talki

In "I Don't Know What We're Talking About", Dan is so distracted in his daydreaming that the song briefly derails into a "Bohemian Rhapsody" parody of his own daydream.

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