I'm gonna enslave your minds with a predictable melody
And uncomplicated rhymes
And if I asked you to, you'd even change your name to 'Amy'
Because you're gonna yodel-odel-odel-obey me."
There is this one pop singer, who recently became the biggest thing since television. She's beautiful and came out of nowhere all of the sudden. Oh, and her voice is so wonderful and clear and great and, and, and...Ah, let's just listen to her new single! ...Oh wait, how come I'm so tired suddenly? Why are the words "OBEY ME" stuck in my head? I don't remem...Oh, Crap!.
Congratulations, you encountered the Evil Diva! With her magical voice, microphone, instrument, etc, the Evil Diva becomes a rising star and draws all of the world's attention to herself and her "talent". Her songs may seem better to you than they actually are, hypnotizing you, turning you into The Heartless, stealing your soul, or the like. She's also always female and usually a poster-child example of Evil Is Sexy. She's a subtrope of the Idol Singer and may or may not overlap with the Dark Magical Girl. As such, she has a tendency to pull a Heel–Face Turn.
The Hero may or may not be immune to the effects of her music. His/Her Sidekicks or True Companions are usually not. Her fighting style usually incorporates The Power of Rock, and her appearance usually signals a Musical Episode.
- Sharon Apple from Macross Plus turns into this after being illegally implanted with a military chip by one of her two creators, and uses her newfound abilities (hypnotic voice included) to take over Macross City in an attempt to show her love to Isamu by killing him. Ironically, the one who destroyed her was her other creator..
- Utau Hoshina from Shugo Chara! rips out the Egg of Dreams from the hearts of her fans. Until she has her Heel–Face Turn, that is.
- While not evil per se, Onpu Segawa from Ojamajo Doremi was an Idol Singer who used her magic for her own selfish desires, such as using Mind Control to make herself look even better than she already was. Not only that, she could use forbidden magic without the negative side-effects thanks to a magical charm from her mentor. She eventually does a Heel–Face Turn and joins up with the main group when they save her from the punishment when said charm rots away from overuse.
- Alala from Mermaid Melody Pichi Pichi Pitch, but only in the anime. All of the Winged Ones use Magic Music for evil, but anime!Alala goes through the Evil Diva plot and targets civilians to brainwash into fanboyism.
- Mimi Hanju (or, better said, the Monster of the Week that kidnapped and impersonated her) from Sailor Moon
- In the manga and Sailor Moon Crystal, Mimete of the Witches 5 is an idol and uses her music as a method of brainwashing. It's pretty apt that her counterpart Senshi is wannabe idol Sailor Venus. In the first anime, Mimete's a wannabe idol instead of an actual one, and eventually ends up on television. Forever.
- They were a common opponent in Codename: Sailor V.
- Miku Izayoi from Date A Live made her debut as this, being a mysterious, nation-wide popular idol who broke into stardom with her captivating voice without appearing in person. She turns out to be a Spirit that Does Not Like Men with a sociopathic personality who uses Mind-Control Music to enslave the girls that she takes fancy on, and she spent the latter half of the second season as Evil Diva before she mellows out from her newfound trust on Shidou.
- Late in her arc Miku revealed that she was a rising idol who had her career ruined by a false scandal which turned her former (male-majority) fans against her and lost her voice when she need it the most. Though she managed to regain her voice (courtesy of Phantom), her opinion on men were rock bottom until she encountered Shidou who genuinely cares about Tohka and is willing to risk his live to fulfill his Declaration of Protection.
- Diva from Blood+. Her voice could activate "Chiropterans"; a chiropteran is created by a human ingesting a chemical substance made by the series' Nebulous Evil Organisation. This is almost a subversion, as Diva's voice is "merely" used to activate the evil component in people who ingested it (ice cream bars handed out at an air force base during a tour segment of Diva, as a test case, followed by a world-wide distribution of the chemical, it being included in dozens of popular and generic food items).
- Aya Asia from Majin Tantei Nougami Neuro. She's not exactly evil, but she can blow your brain with her song.
- Misa Amane from Death Note is an Evil Diva by the second arc. She's a model and actress by day, and by night, she's the Second Kira. Not to mention her room is full of Gothic ornaments and she hangs out with occultist friends.
- She does get to sing in the anime, but that may have something to do with her being voiced by Aya Hirano...
- Megazone 23's Eve was a not-so-evil version of this; she was the Virtual Celebrity public face of the master computer that maintained the Masquerade for the titular City in a Bottle. A military junta eventually manages to take control of enough of Eve's systems to make her circulate propaganda for the new world order.
- Lunar of My Bride is a Mermaid. She's not straight up evil, per se, but she certainly acts like a bitch most of the time.
- EL: the masked terrorist "Gimmick", who is revealed early on to be Reiko, the purple-haired idol singer/assassin seen in the opening of the anime.
- Glitter from Hamtaro is not powerful or magical, though she is incredibly bitchy and possessive (also doubles as Nice Character, Mean Actor) - going as far as to drive Laura away from Travis, who she has fallen in love with.
- Corona from Kannazuki no Miko, who joins the Orochi after she loses her fame. It doesn't help that she already had very severe issues before that. In the "Where Are They Now?" Epilogue, however, Corona's life is retconned and she's able to be a successful Idol Singer without either being raped or having to resort to prostitutuon, presumably because either she managed to do things in another way, or the fans are more appreciative to her.
- Ellen "Siren" Kurokawa in Suite Pretty Cure ♪ is the "Diva of Minor Land", able to summon Monsters of the Week with her voice. She later pulls a Heel–Face Turn.
- Subverted in Descendants of Darkness. Maria Wong seems to fit this at first... but it turns out she was a mentally-destroyed Idol Singer, who was turned into a sort-of vampire by Muraki after she was Driven to Suicide to escape from her abusive mother/manager. In reality, Maria is FAR closer to Woobie, Destroyer of Worlds than this trope.
- Subverted in Seven Mortal Sins. The Demon Lord of Melancholy, Astaroth, is living on earth and using the internet to become an Idol Singer. Lucifer immediately guesses she's doing it to claim more human souls, but this turns out to be a false assumption. Astaroth is a Token Good Teammate who just loves singing, and doesn't care about gaining Followers. She's more than happy to give up her throne in Hell, to focus on her music.
- One of Adam Warren's Gen¹³ stories had a twist on this: although the song "Happy to Be Happy" caused most of the effects of this trope, it turns out that the singer wasn't responsible. The song itself was a hyper-advanced Ear Worm that was trying to spread itself to gain extra brainpower.
- In The Amazing Adventures of the Escapist, the eponymous jazz saxophonist in "The Siren Song of Circe O'Shaughnessy" makes her listeners commit burglaries for her.
- Spider-Man has the D-List villain, The Hypno-Hustler.
- Scott Pilgrim has Envy Adams, one of Scott's exes who found massive success in the music world and has transitioned from cute geek girl into full on Alpha Bitch. That said she isn't so much evil as a Jerk Ass with hints of Jerk Ass Woobie.
- After Black Canary becomes a singer, and is assigned to a band by the record company, the band's former lead singer Bo Maeve becomes a supervillain in retaliation.
- The Dazzlings from My Little Pony: Equestria Girls – Rainbow Rocks. They dress like Idol Singers just like every other character who appears on stage, yet they have the additional ability to compel the students of Canterlot High into turning the school's rock concert into a competition to sustain their craving for disharmony.
- The title characters in the Josie and the Pussycats movie become like this, albeit unwittingly. Josie herself winds up getting brainwashed with subliminal messages in order to turn her into a bitchy diva who will break up the band and pursue a solo career (the record company was getting annoyed with Melody and Valerie, and felt that Josie could sell more records on her own). A more conventionally evil example would be Fiona, the diva-ish CEO of MegaRecords, who, while not a singer herself, was the one responsible for putting subliminal messages into her label's music in order to sell consumer products to teenagers. Her real goal, however, was to use the messages to get people to like her and look up to her as a fashion idol, having never gotten over the brutal humiliation she suffered in high school for her bad teeth and her lisp.
- Hot Witch Alisa in the movie adaptation of Night Watch. She's played by Russian pop star Zhanna Friske, by the way.
- The would-be assassin in the first episode of Merlin. The singer was a disguise, a glamor, but she still put everyone into a coma-type thing so she could kill Uther and Arthur and only failed due to Merlin's intervention.
- Mio Kuroki from Pretty Guardian Sailor Moon, an Idol Singer whose popularity rivals Minako Aino's. She is also a perfect example of Uncanny Valley Girl since she has a facade of a sweet caring wholesome girl -Fitting in the classical image of an Idol Singer- but is nothing but pure evil and jealousy
- Very common in opera. Almost every major soprano — and quite a few mezzos — have been accused of being this. Whether they actually are or not, eh, it's something else.
- Lord Raptor from Darkstalkers, at least in the backstory, was a male instance of this. The OVA series even includes a scene where he delivers another performance merely to suck up everyone's souls.
- Courtney Gears of Ratchet & Clank: Up Your Arsenal could mind control fellow robots with her songs, though the Crush. Kill. Destroy! theming was fairly obvious. Unlike most of the other examples, she's a sadist sociopath who tortures people for fun, and has no qualms about using Loony Fans (such as Skidd) as test subjects. When Ratchet discovers her true agenda and a video recording of her Moral Event Horizon, she pulls him into her dance lair and fights him with a Boss Remix of her only known song.
- Emogame 2 has, as its main villains, The Friends Theory, a band formed by the cast of Friends that uses the power of MTV and Subliminal Seduction to turn America into a nation of soulless, corporate, yuppie zombies.
- Linda from Okage ends up doing this, albeit accidentally. She hypnotized the entire city of Madril into loving her singing, not aware that she had somehow absorbed some of Evil King Stan's magic power. Upon finding out what she was doing, she runs off to her dungeon and fights the party because she thinks it is training from her "Coach", Stan. Upon her defeat, the power goes back to Stan, and she cheerfully joins the party.
- One hit wonder '80s pop star Bibi Love in Dead Rising 2, although she's not so much the "take over the world" variety as she is the "go crazy and kidnap people during a Zombie Apocalypse" variety. Unlike the game's other psychopaths, she snaps out of it and can be rescued.
- As seen in the picture above, we have Ember McLain from Danny Phantom. She's a ghost in a rock band whose powers get stronger when people say her name. While most of her fans are brainwashed, she does have genuine fans (with good reason as "Remember" is a huge Ear Worm and one of the most remembered parts of the series). Ember has one of the most extensive backstories out of the ghosts, as her Villain Song is all about it and Word of God later confirmed it. Her Freudian Excuse is that she was an unpopular girl who was asked out as a prank. She waited all night but the boy didn't come. When she went home she was too exhausted to wake up when a fire broke out and died in her sleep. Her backstory makes her need to be remembered more understandable and only helped her Ensemble Darkhorse status.
- The Fairly Oddparents: After a stint at being a supervillain because Timmy stole attention away from his magic show, Mr. Bickles finds himself on the receiving end when Britney Britney crashes his act with her own supervillain persona, the Platinum Princess, because she got kicked out of Vegas to make way for his new show. Played for Laughs, of course.
- Experiment 624: Angel from Lilo & Stitch: The Series. She appears irresistibly attractive to all the other experiments and her voice has the power to reverse the morality of every experiment made before her, and thus, only Stitch (626) and Reuben (625) are immune. Probably wouldn't work on 627 either.
- Tiffany Javelins, a.k.a. the Sinister Songstress, was this in her first appearance (before her Heel–Face Turn) in Teamo Supremo.
- Ricky Mathis from Totally Spies! is an unwitting male example, being manipulated by someone who has world conquest as his goal.
- Dr. Doofensmirtz from Phineas and Ferb tries to be the Spear Counterpart to this trope in "Bubble Boys". He wears a cowboy hat that makes his voice hypnotic, making whoever is listening to his song want to obey him.
- One episode of Animaniacs has the Brain taking on the persona of "Bubba Bo Bob Brain", who has "calculated every ingredient necessary to become a country music superstar".
- Pizzazz from Jem qualifies. Vain and egotistical, she wants the whole world to know who she is and half the songs the Misfits sing are either about how great she is or what a bitch she is. Arguably, though, Pizzazz is something of a deconstruction, as her desire for fame stems from a largely loveless childhood and a father who spoiled her rotten.
- The Dazzlings, antagonists of My Little Pony Equestria Girls Rainbow Rocks. A trio of Enthralling Sirens who were banished to the human world. They cause and feed on negative emotion and manipulated events in Canterlot High to absorb the lingering Equestrian Magic. An epic Final Battle of the Bands ensues.
- Sour Grapes from Strawberry Shortcake is a parody of this with her trademark ear-splitting vocalize she uses when she's excited or when she wants to annoy people.
- Vaingloria in Phantom 2040 is a singer employed by Rebecca Madison to brainwash the masses. While she loves the fame, she's something of a Punch-Clock Villain when it comes to the brainwashing. Voiced by Debbie Harry.