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A popular Stock Parody in the field of soundtracks. A scene depicting cowboys or just a character posing as a badass or facing a potential threat is accompanied by music similar to Ennio Morricone's score for the spaghetti Westerns by Sergio Leone. Usually the theme from The Good, the Bad and the Ugly is quoted ("ayiayiaaaay") or the harmonica theme from Once Upon a Time in the West.
Typical features include, but are not limited to:
- A strong focus on string instruments, especially the electric guitar.
- Similarly, brass, especially the trumpet.
- Whistling is practically a signature feature in any Morricone pastiche.
- Sound effects baked into the soundtrack, primarily ones that hail from westerns (ex. gunshots, a whipcrack, a rattlesnake's cry, etc.)
- If characters are having a Showdown at High Noon, expect to hear church bells somewhere in the music.
- The beat typically has a galloping rhythm, akin to a horse's gallop.
Also popular whenever a parody of Clint Eastwood is shown.
Compare Showdown at High Noon.
- The Cowboy Bebop episode "Cowboy Funk" uses a pretty blatant homage to A Fistful of Dollars as Andy's Leitmotif, since he's obsessed with westerns.
- Lupin III: "Tornado", a recurring theme of Daisuke Jigen, has a very Morricone feel to it. The character's concept was inspired by gangster and western flicks.
- The whole soundtrack of Rango, given it's an Affectionate Parody of the Spaghetti Western. At a certain point, one of the owl mariachi chorus is seen playing the guitar from the soundtrack.
- Madagascar Escape 2 Africa has the The Good, The Bad and the Ugly theme in a "standoff" between Alex and the violent old woman - albeit instead of the gun showdown the song usually scores, it's a straight up physical fight.
- Done with a cowboy scene in the film Innerspace.
- In Pirates of the Caribbean: At World's End. Morricone-style music (titled "Parley") is heard when Will, Jack and Norrington face their opponents on a deserted island.
- Done in the film Hababam Sinifi (1975) where the iconic music from The Good, the Bad and the Ugly is used in the scene where the class members confront the bright guys chosen for the quiz.
- Robin Hood: Men in Tights: The Clint Eastwood caricature type villain is accompanied by Morriconesque music.
- The Quick and the Dead: Mimicks Morricone music.
- Stay Tuned: Also imitated.
- In Inspector Gadget, the GBU theme is used as Gadget and RoboGadget enter a "duel stance" on a bridge.
- In Kelly's Heroes Morricone-style music accompanies Clint Eastwood, Telly Savalas and Donald Sutherland (wearing WWII American army uniforms with side arms in holsters) as they walk side-by-side slowly along a dusty street in a deserted village towards a German Tiger tank that is rotating its turret.
- Used in an episode of Bassie & Adriaan: "Het Geheim van de Sleutel", when they are visiting Spain.
- The A-Team: Murdock once dressed up as a cowboy, while Morricone style music was playing.
- Mystery Science Theater 3000: Whistled by the show's hosts while watching "Gamera Vs. Barugon", "The Crawling Hand", "The Crawling Eye", "The Atomic Brain", "Village Of The Giants", "12ToMoon", "Last Of The Wild Horses", "It Conquered The World", "Overdrawn At The Memory Bank" and "The Sidehackers".
- The Doctor Who Series 9 episode "Hell Bent" has the Twelfth Doctor returning to Gallifrey, in order to settle some old scores. Not only do several scenes invoke Spaghetti Western tropes, but Murray Gold's score for the ep includes a new arrangement of "The Doctor's Theme" (used originally for the Ninth Doctor). Said new arrangement has "Morricone" written all over it.
- Dead Kennedys use horn and guitar on their album Frankenchrist to create a Morriconesque feel.
- Gorillaz: Tuco's leitmotif is quoted at the start of the song "Clint Eastwood", from Gorillaz.
- Jonny & The Baptists' Edinburgh Fringe song about Clint Eastwood's speech at the 2012 National Republican Convention starts out like this, before suddenly seguing into the theme from Rawhide.
- Broken Bells' "Mongrel Heart" contains a very Morricone-like midsection.
- "The Big Gundown" (1985) by John Zorn reinvents several movie soundtracks for which Ennio Morricone wrote the scores.
- Norwegian group Vazelina Bilopphøggers use Blondie's theme in their song "Duellen i La"
- Played for Drama in Poets of the Fall's "The Ballad of Jeremiah Peacekeeper" a Western inspired tale about an implicitly Messianic, Reluctant Warrior lawman that borrows Morricone's tone.
- Sabatons song To Hell And Back (the one about Audie Murphy) features Morricone-style whistles.
- German Progressive Black Metal band Nagelfar's song "Meuterei" ("Mutiny") is essentially an attempt to answer the question, "What if Morricone wrote a black metal song?" It's got all the requisite elements: the dramatic Old West-style acoustic guitar, the horns, the dramatic chanted vocals. And it is awesome.
- Havalina Rail Co. have the Morricone-inspired song "Dark Skies" on their Genre Roulette album America. The liner notes have brief explanations for each song, and the one for "Dark Skies" just reads:
The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly is one of the finest westerns ever made. I think westerns have had a huge influence on him.
- Secret Chiefs 3 took their already western-sounding song "The Exile" and rearranged it with heavy guitars to sound more Morricone-ish, retitling the result "The Western Exile". They also had an unintentional example with "Book T: Exodus"—Trey Spruance took Ernest Gold's main theme from Exodus and rearranged it for "surf band and orchestra". Many, many reviewers thought the result sounded a lot like Morricone.
- The soundtrack of the Wild ARMs franchise (more specifically the works scored by Michiko Naruke) seems to have been heavily inspired by Morricone's work.
- In Red Dead Revolver, the soundtrack has a Morricone style feeling to it.
- Blood Bros, being set in the Wild West, naturally uses the "ayiayiaaaa" riff... but only as a part of the game over jingle.
- "Sunny's Theme" from Metal Gear Solid 4.
- This remix of Sanae Kochiya's theme.
- Jake Marshall's theme in Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney.
- Team Fortress Two, naturally:
- Befitting the game's own Southern-Fried Genius is the song "More Gun", the theme of the Engineer. It starts off as a cozy campfire ditty before transitioning to a tense Showdown at High Noon-esque progression, the latter half carrying the genre's signature electric guitar and brass instruments.
- There's "The Calm", the theme to the Mann vs. Machine trailer. Towards the end, though, it opts for a more theremin-heavy retro sci-fi feel, which makes sense given the nature of the gamemode being announced.
- The music of the official-fanmade update End of the Line has an Ennio Morricone segment near the end. Lots of whistling and brass is used for it.
- Timesplitters 2 has this for its wild west level, and it practically embodies every element ever used in a spaghetti western song. Whistling, church bells, trumpets, whipcracks, the electric guitar, all of it is there.
- "Windy Day" from Metal Slug 5.
- RWBY Chibi Episode 5 has Ruby and Weiss face off, complete with the music and Zwei going by like a tumbleweed. Then they dramatically leap forward for... A Slap Fight.
- Homestar Runner: In "Marshmallow's Last Stand", the riff from The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly gets quoted during an Eyedscreen shot.
- The Cinema Snob: Near the end of his review of "Ricky-Oh: The Story of Ricky" Brad decides to fight against Kung Tai Ted. After defeating him he walks off triumphantly while carrying his gun, as the music quotes the theme from A Fistful of Dollars.
- The Nostalgia Critic: Done in his anniversary video "Battle of Epic Proportions".
- Red vs. Blues soundtrack is practically a love letter to Ennio Moricone, but special mention goes to Temples (unrealeased) theme in Season 15. Its textbook Moricone, but with a twist in that the instruments are all bass registers. Switch the bass for a guitar and the tuba for a trumpet and youve got yourself a perfect match
- The Simpsons:
- In the episode "Brush With Greatness" Homer walks towards the weight scale while the soundtrack quotes The Good, the Bad and the Ugly.
- Mr. Bergstrom in "Lisa's Substitute" walks in the classroom dressed as a cowboy, accompanied by similar music.
- "The Front": When Granpa dreams about the Old West similar music is heard.
- "Homer Loves Flanders": Flanders whistles the music during a dream sequence.
- In the episode "El Viaje Misterioso de Nuestro Jomer (The Mysterious Voyage of Homer)" similar music is heard when Homer returns for revenge after being ridiculed by Chief Wiggum for trying to eat extremely hot chili.
- "The Lastest Gun In The West"
- "The Seemingly Never-Ending Story": Spoofs the Mexican standoff scene from "The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly" with spoofing ominous music.
- Futurama: Done in "The Silence Of The Clamps".
- Thomas the Tank Engine: In some episodes between Seasons 3 and 7, there is a music cue for when something is about to go wrong or there is a standoff between two characters. It sounds like something out of the Dollars Trilogy.
- My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic: When he's not partying, Cheese Sandwich is a parody of Clint Eastwood's character from the Dollars Trilogy, so it's only natural he's always accompanied by Morricone-esque folk instrumentals.