The Villain Sucks Song is differentiated from the Villain Song in that it is not sung by the villain, but about the villain. The Villain Sucks Song basically just describes how the villain is a cruel person in every way, hopefully with lots of witty jabs. This song is sometimes interrupted because the villain is Right Behind Me.
Note the character this song is aimed at doesn't have to be a Pure Evil villain. It can also be sung about a main character who starts off bad, but who is destined to undergo a HeelFace Turn. Not to be confused with the villain sucking at being a villain, though that might also be the case.
In period pieces, this can overlap with Hail to the Thief. If it's sung to the villain, it could count as "The Reason You Suck" Speech. For the villainous version, see "The Hero Sucks" Song. Compare Warning Song, a song that warns the listener about dangerous things or people.
- In For Better or for Worse, April writes a song called "Germy Wormy Jeremy Jones", about a kid who's been bullying her. It soon becomes a hit with the class until the school principal is forced to step in and ban them from singing it.
- This song serves as one to Discord, being from the POV of someone caught up in his World of Chaos and cursing him.
- The Pony POV Series has Princess Cadence, being the Anthropomorphic Personification of Music, weaponize this during a fight with General Admiral Makarov, delivering a Magic Music beatdown with it after supercharging herself using the bonds of her team.
- During the second season of Total Drama Everything, in the third aftermath, the eliminated and non-competing contestants sing a song named after Poison Ivy, singing about how much they want to see her take the Drop Of Shame.
- In the Disney Animated Canon:
Who else can think of the perfect crimeAnd bumble and fumble it every time
- Peter Pan had "Never Smile at a Crocodile", which was about Tick Tock the Crocodile. Lyrics were written for it, but only the melody made it into the final film (though the song ended up in a Sing-Along Songs video, however). On the other hand, the sequel Return to Never Land has "Here We Go, Another Plan", which starts out praising Captain Hook but ends up mocking him at the last line.
And I fortunately know a little magic
- The Disney adaptation of The Legend of Sleepy Hollow features Bing Crosby's dangerously catchy "The Headless Horseman".
- "Cruella De Vil" from 101 Dalmatians. She apparently doesn't like it very much, given hearing it on the radio in Patch's London Adventure is enough to make her kick her dashboard until it shuts up. Even the live-action version has the song play over the credits, even though there's no in-universe version since Roger got his career changed (again).
- Robin Hood has "The Phony King of England", written by Johnny Mercer, of all famous songwriters one otherwise wouldn't associate with Disney. The aforementioned king catches Sir Hiss and the Sheriff of Nottingham singing this song, and chucks a bottle of wine at the latter, just barely missing him — but covering him with the contents. Upon being told the whole village is singing it, he says they'll be singing a different tune from now on. "Double the taxes! Triple the taxes! SQUEEZE EVERY LAST DROP out of those insolent — musical — peasants." Lucky he never heard the "Bastard King" version, really.
- Played with in The Little Mermaid with "Poor, Unfortunate Souls", the gist of which is Ursula the Sea Witch, as part of her evil plans, trying to convince the heroine that Ursula's "Repented, seen the light and made a switch". The con is obvious to everyone but a naive, sheltered little princess:
It's a talent that I always have possessed;
And — dear lady, please don't laugh —
I use it on behalf
Of the miserable, lonely and depressed... (aside, to her sidekicks) Pathetic!
- In The Lion King II: Simba's Pride, the song One of Us certainly sounds like this, but the reality is a lot more complicated
- Pocahontas has "Savages", which consists of the English and the Powhatan natives each singing about how evil and uncivilized the other side is.
- The Hunchback of Notre Dame opens with "Bells of Notre Dame", most of which is all about just how evil Frollo is and how he's the real monster of the story. It's one long Moral Event Horizon in song form. So much so that the backing vocals borrow "Kyrie eleison" and "Dies irae" from liturgical music. "Lord have mercy" and "Day of wrath" indeed...
- The second part of "The Gospel Truth" in Hercules was one for Hades, although it was very short.
- A similar very short Villain Sucks Song was written for Aladdin but isn't in the final version. Originally "Arabian Nights", like "The Gospel Truth", had several reprises as different parts of the story were being introduced, and one of them was going to talk about how evil Jafar was.
- A song written for but not used in Pinocchio, "Monstro the Whale," is about the title character and his status as the "undersea public enemy."
- Pixar's Brave has the Song of Mordu, in which the king and his men sing a song about hunting the demon bear and what to do with his remains.
- Bartok the Magnificent opens with this. It's not so much The Villain "Sucks" Song as a The Villain is "Damn Scary" Song. And it is not so much a The Villain is "Damn Scary" Song as a subversion, as Baba Yaga turns out to be a red herring and not evil.
- In FernGully, Batty Koda sings "Batty Rap". While he's not exactly singing about Hexxus, the villain of the movie, he is singing about humans, who cause a lot of trouble in the movie, and he certainly sees them as villainous after all they've done to him.
- Fantastic Mr. Fox has two. One is taken from the book as a nursery rhyme, the other is sung by Petey during a montage of Fox and the other animals committing a mass theft of Boggis, Bunce, and Bean's storerooms. Bean even berates Petey on the second occasion... for making it up as he goes along.
- Babes in Toyland's 1997 incarnation has this in Barnaby's Villain Song; the Crooked Candelabra that serves as his backup singers says things that should be taken as insults, but Barnaby just loves being A Crooked Man.
- "Kyle's Mom Is A Bitch" from South Park: Bigger, Longer & Uncut. Kyle's mom appears directly behind Cartman, who's singing the song, towards the end — causing the other children to all gasp in horror. After his grand finale, he looks up to see the children staring at him, and he says, "What?!" He turns around. "Oh, fuck." He proceeds to get a chip installed in him causing him to get zapped every time he swears.
- "Working So The Count Can Dance" from the 2000 animated film "The Scarecrow" is all about how the villain, Count Grisham, is a slave-driver who runs his orphanage like a sweatshop.
- Shark Tale has one regarding Lola.
"She's dangerous. Superbad. Better watch out or she'll take your cash. She's a Gold Digger."
- Scooby-Doo! and the Witch's Ghost has the Hex Girls sing a song about the titular antagonist during the end credits.
- The Muppet Christmas Carol has a The Villain Protagonist Sucks song about Scrooge here. The lyrics are basically about how how Scrooge is a cold-hearted, miserly Jerk with a Heart of Jerk who absolutely nobody likes.
- Although aimed at the villains as a whole rather than individually, Muppet Treasure Island opens with Shiver My Timbers, which is this trope for the verses but switches to a straight Villain Song for the chorus.
- There is a rare combination of this with a normal Villain Song "Marley and Marley" in death they discovered just how big a Heels they were.
- Speaking of A Christmas Carol, the 1970 musical adaptation, Scrooge, has one of these about the title character, the snarkily ironic "Father Christmas". From the same film, "Thank You Very Much" is about how happy everyone is that he's dead.
- Later, "Thank You Very Much" is sung in earnest in a Bright Reprise after Scrooge changes his ways and cancels everyone's debt to him. None of the lyrics are changed; the song itself is about how the singer is grateful for an unspecified favor, the only change is the favor that caused the song to be sung. The lyrics of the "Father Christmas" reprise, however, change dramatically.
- The James Bond series loves these, though it's less "the villain sucks" than "the villain is pretty awesome, but dangerous and evil".
- The title song to Goldfinger. "He loves only gold; he loves only gold; he loves GOOOOOOOOOOOOLD!!!" Why yes. Yes he does.
- Likewise, the innuendo-laden Lulu song for The Man with the Golden Gun. "He has a powerful weapon", apparently. "Who will he bang? We shall see..."
- And the lyrics for Thunderball are less explicit, but appear to be talking about a man who "looks at the world and wants it all", and "strikes like Thunderball". The whole point of that song was that it could be either about Bond or the villain, Emilio Largo.
- "Dr. Evil", written for Austin Powers by They Might Be Giants, is a parody of this type of song as used in James Bond movies.
- That medley about Goldmember. "He's got the Midas touch / but he touched it too much / Hey Goldmember!"
- Somewhat subverted in Dudley Do-Right when "Bread and Butter" by the Newbeats starts up as the main villain, Snidely Whiplash, walks onto a balcony to greet everyone at a party. Hardly threatening stuff.
- But what if he really does like bread and butter instead of toast and jelly?
- Subverted in The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford. Nick Cave sings the real-life song "The Ballad of Jesse James", which villifies Robert Ford and casts James as a martyr. Ford hears the song and is enraged by the bias as well as his own guilt.
- In Super Mario Bros., Toad is arrested for singing one about Koopa as a street corner protest.
- "Rama's Great" in Sita Sings the Blues is a song about how the hero sucks.
- In A Series of Unfortunate Events, there was a song called "Scream and Runaway" about Count Olaf in which Lemony Snicket holds up title cards. It says to avoid him and his villainous troupe and can be viewedhere.
- Phantom of the Paradise has The Hell of It playing right as it segues into the closing credits, making the song a rare posthumous example.
- The Return of Captain Invincible, a superhero rock opera, includes "Evil Midnight" sung by Alan Arkin as Captain Invincible and Christopher Lee as Mister Midnight. It's a duet between hero and villain that manages to be both a Villain Sucks Song and a Villain Song at the same time.
- "Believe me that no mother ever cried for Midnight..."
- The Russian film adaptation of Peter Pan has a song named "Not counting James Hook" which is sung by pirates. Each pirate relays how he is the most brutal, greedy, filthy, etc. pirate in the world - "not counting James Hook" who is always worse.
- Miami Connection: the film opens with the ninja villains stealing a shipment of cocaine, then introduces the heroes singing "Against the Ninja," a song about the evil ninjas, which is strange considering that the heroes have not met the ninjas yet and know nothing about them.
- In the 1939 film of The Wizard of Oz, the Wicked Witch of the East is so despised in Munchkinland that the Munchkins sing a song celebrating her untimely death, "Ding-Dong! The Witch is Dead".
- "The Rains of Castamere" from A Song of Ice and Fire is about the last lord of house Reyne (whose seat was the castle of Castamere), who rebelled against House Lannister, and what Tywin Lannister did to him and his house in response. Tywin, needless to say, is fond of the song. He even gets a practical use out of it; when other lords loyal to House Lannister have considered acts of rebellion and such, Tywin has responded by sending a musician to sing "The Rains of Castamere" to those lords. Their capitulation was quite swift.
- In the Left Behind book series, Buck Williams twists Nicolae Carpathia's self-indulging national anthem "Hail Carpathia" into "Fail Carpathia" and has his wife Chloe sing it.
- Once per year, the boys in Krabat are allowed to make fun of the miller (their evil master), and do this.
- MuggleNet, a Harry Potter fansite, has several song parodies that fall under this category, including "You're A Mean One, Voldemort", sung to the tune of "You're A Mean One, Mr. Grinch" and "Dolores Umbridge", which is set to the tune of "Cruella De Vil".
- In Deathly Hallows, Peeves sings a brief one after Voldemort's death.
- While they're Hate Sinks rather than outright villains, the four bratty kids are on the receiving end of this trope as each meets their comeuppance in Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, courtesy of the Oompa-Loompas singing a song about their vices. This is carried over to the many adaptations, albeit with different songs depending on the version. (The 2005 film keeps the closest to the book's lyrics, despite adapting each into a different musical style.)
- Arrested Development: In the episode "Altar Egos", the show-within-a-show musical The Trial of Captain Hook:
You're a crook, Captain Hook!
Judge, won't you throw the book
At the pirate?
- Some of the different sets of lyrics that have accompanied the Blackadder theme tune over the years could be said to fall into this category (the first and the second season specifically). Particularly those from the first series, which claim "he's very bad indeed", and berate him as "you horrid little man".
- The second season actually has different lyrics in each episode, relevant to the episode (and, on at least one occasion, taking time off from berating Blackadder to poke fun at Lord Melchett instead). The second one is doubly funny because Blackadder ends up fighting and chasing the Bard who sings it.
- The third and fourth seasons (in the fourth one the latest Edmund Blackadder is less of an outright Villain Protagonist) do without the lyrics altogether and subvert it. Blackadder's Christmas Carol opens with a version about how nice Ebeneezer Blackadder is, and the triumphant ending theme of Blackadder Back and Forth seems quite positive about Blackadder becoming king and possibly going on to rule the world.
- Castle: Hayley Blue wrote two songs ("Here Kitty Kitty" and "You Crossed My Threshold") insulting people who made her feel angry and uncomfortable; a Loony Fan who violated a restraining order and the man who raped her.
- "Well, she glides around the globe and she'll flimflam every nation, she's a double-dealing diva with a taste for thievery! Her itinerary's loaded up with moving violations, tell me Where in the World Is Carmen Sandiego?" Though this may be more of a The Villain Is Awesome song...
- Tori from Victorious uses one of these to give Ryder Daniels a Humiliation Conga. She and her friends write "Begging On Your Knees", which details Rynder's way of using girls' love for him to manipulate them and explain how she (and his ex-girlfriends) will have revenge on him. She then sings it in front of the school while her friends force him to remain on stage and take his punishment like a man. While it doesn't mention Ryder by name, in the context it's used, it works as one of these.
- The main cast of Glee does one of these in the episode "Original Song", called "Loser Like Me" which is an anthem to the underdogs of the school. Sue, who has taken every step imaginable to keep New Directions from succeeding in any way, shape, or form, is in the audience and her face slowly goes from just watching the song to looking like "Wait a minute..." It's a gigantic "Screw you!" for all she's put them through over the course of the show.
- Season 3 antagonist Sebastian Smythe gets one of these - within minutes of his first appearance! Played with in that the song being sung in this case - "A Boy Like That" from West Side Story - wasn't sung with him in mind for any of the Glee club members in-universe. The school happened to have West Side Story as their musical that year, and the song cuts between Santana singing this song as Anita and Sebastian's conversation with Blaine, providing a a sort of musical exposition for the audience to show just what kind of guy we can expect him to turn out to be.
- On season 4, Santana performed Paula Abdul's Cold Hearted Snake at sketchy Brody as a "The Reason You Suck" Speech.
- Between the Lions has a musical animated sketch about a villainous character called Silent E who makes vowels say their names, resulting in some words having a silent E at the end. What's worse, though, is that not long after he is carted off to jail, he escapes turning either a cop's pin or cap into a pine or cape respectively and sets out to make more vowels say their names.
- In 'Allo 'Allo!, Colonel Von Strohm's and Captain Geering are captured by The Resistance and forced to pretend to be British POWs during an inspection. Face to face with General Von Klinkerhoffen (who knows them quite well), they attempt to bolster their paper thin disguises; Von Strohm affects faux English mannerisms, while Geering resorts to singing, "Hitler has only got one.."
- Shining Time Station has "Bad Guy" from the episode "Bully For Mr. Conductor".
- The Mr. Potato Head Show: Queenie begins singing one about Bully-boy McPherson in his episode, and as he realizes that it's not meant to be flattering, his smile fades, and he cuts her off.
- Last Week Tonight with John Oliver ended its segment on SLAPP suits like this. John and an ensemble of performers essentially invoke Refuge in Audacity and claim that Bob Murray (a Corrupt Corporate Executive who previously filed a SLAPP suit against the show) has done multiple horrible things, including assaulting Nancy Kerrigan For the Evulz, being the Zodiac Killer, and not liking Tom Hanks. (The Refuge in Audacity part being that since all the claims are clearly jokes, they aren't grounds for a libel lawsuit.)
- WandaVision: The Ear Worm that is "__ All Along" is this for Agatha Harkness though it's clear that she's absolutely relishing every evil moment during the number.
- Jim Croce was fond of these. See "Bad, Bad Leroy Brown", "Ma Baker", and "You Don't Mess Around With Jim."
- "Leroy Brown" is actually a Double Subversion: it starts out claiming what a badass Leroy is, but ends with his humiliation or, possibly, death.
- As does "Don't Mess Around with Jim". Fortunately for the song's rhyme scheme, the "protagonist" Willie McCoy is nicknamed Slim.
- Boney M was just as fond of them and added a peppy disco beat to describing Rasputin's} lecherous life, manipulation of the royal family, and Rasputinian Death as well as describing Ma Barker's life as a criminal ringleader with her sons as henchmen.
- "Mean Mr. Mustard" by The Beatles. It's about a mean old man... named Mr. Mustard.
- Ludo's "Love Me Dead", about a Femme Fatale:
"Love me cancerously
Like a salt-sore soaked in the sea
You're a gluttonous queen
Narcissistic and mean ..."
- Arlo Guthrie does this to Richard Nixon in the "Presidential Rag." The kindest thing he can find to say about the man is that he was clueless ... maybe:
- You said that you were lied to, well that ain't hard to see,Guess you must have been fooled again by your friends across the sea,Or maybe you were fooled again by your people here at home,'Cause nobody could talk like you and know what's going on.
- Stephen Lynch has "Little Tiny Moustache", which is this towards a neo-Nazi girl the narrator was involved with.
- Sabaton's "In The Name Of God" is this with regards to religious terrorists, calling them out as cowards:
- Suicidal, in a trance, a religious armyFight without a uniform and hide in a crowd!Call it holy, call it just, authorized by HeavenLeave your wounded as they die and call it God's will!
- "Robber Baron" by Voltaire
- "Der Fuehrer's Face" by Oliver Wallace, as popularized by Spike Jones and Donald Duck. The song is one massive Take That! to Adolf Hitler, with lyrics that mock Nazi ideology and music that lampoons German drinking songs, featuring a raspberry making a rude noise after each "heil!"
- Cliff Richard's "Devil Woman" which is told from the point of a view of a man jinxed from an encounter with a stray cat with evil eyes, and his discovery that the psychic medium (a Gypsy woman) whose help he sought to break the curse was the one responsible for the curse in the first place.
- She's just a devil womanWith evil on her mind!Beware the devil woman!She's gonna get you from behind!
- "Mr. Blackwell" from the Kiss album Music from "The Elder".
- Grateful Dead jump on the bandwagon with "Dupree's Diamond Blues", where the eponymous Dupree murders a jewelry shopkeeper for a ring, so he can get his girl's "jelly". Gets a death sentence/life imprisonment from a judge who also steals Dupree's girlfriend.
- Many a man's done a terrible thingJust to get baby a shiny diamond ring
- Dory Previn's "Beware of Young Girls" is a scathing attack on Mia Farrow, who stole Previn's husband.
- Electric Light Orchestra's "Evil Woman".
- "Powdered Milk Man!" by The Aquabats!
Oh no, it's the Powdered Milk Man!
Oh no, from the powdered milk can!
This super-villain comes a-creepin'
When you're sleepin'
And must be stopped any way we can!
- "Wintersmith" on Steeleye Span's Concept Album Wintersmith, based on the Discworld novel Wintersmith. It's about the Wintersmith.
- Daryl Hall & John Oates gave us a "Maneater" ("the beauty is there but a beast is in the heart").
- Tom Waits gave us the song "Way Down In The Hole" on his album Franks Wild Years ("ya gotta keep the devil way down in the hole"). You might also know it as the theme song for The Wire.
- "The Daughter of Evil" from the Evillious Chronicles by mothy. The song is one massive Take That! to the titular tyrant Riliane.
- There is a song named approximately "Hinckley, You're Bad" (title? singer?) which ends up as a subversion - the singer chides Hinckley for his lousy aim.
- Breaking Benjamin gives us Had Enough, which is essentially a long "Reason You Suck" Speech towards a tyrant, and a declaration from the narrator of how they'll bring them down.
You had to have it allBut have you had enoughYou greedy little bastardYou will get what you deserveWhen all is said and doneI will be the oneTo leave you in the misery and hate that you've become
- Zig-Zagged with Kurt Angle's WWE song with the crowd going You Suck!! (Thanks to Edge)
"You wanna know what the difference is between me and you? I earned those 'You Suck's!"
- This became commonplace and was done by the fans even when Angle turned Face, and Angle himself in-universe actually came to feel that it was not only a compliment that the fans got into the act with the song, he more than once encouraged them to do it, including having the song play as part of a promo and exhorting the crowd to sing it at the top of their lungs! He even used it as part of a badass boast:
- In a later face turn Kurt Angle inverted this in a different way, twice. Initially he actually started (usually against heels) starting to point at his opponent saying "You Suck" alongside them and the announcers actually played this as the crowd now respecting Kurt Angle and showing contempt towards his opponent. Interestingly the only face he ever did this against was Rey Mysterio once. Later his theme song was modified to leave out the part where the crowd chanted "You Suck' entirely, though some crowds would still say it at random intervals.
- John Cena definitely treated Madison Square Garden to one of these at WrestleMania XX when he ridiculed Big Show with some hip-hop rhymes before their U.S. Championship match. The rap even explicitly ended with "Big Show sucks!" - which the crowd then echoed back in unison.
- Despite Cena himself being a face for most of his career, his overexposure caused many to get sick of him (putting him basically on the same level as a heel to them), and caused them to sing "John Cena Sucks!" to the tune of his theme whenever he came out. Cena himself embraced the chants, and even taught the audience on Conan O'Brien's show to sing "John Cena Sucks!" when he was a guest there. Recently, the chants have died down considerably, mainly because Roman Reigns is now in the position of overexposure that Cena once was in and the crowds have come to appreciate Cena's talent over Reigns.
- Triple H and Shawn Michaels managed to turn the otherwise pretty neutral song "Stand Back" (performed by Vince McMahon at the 1987 Slammy Awards) into a song of this type in their uproarious parody of Vince and his son Shane on an episode of Monday Night Raw in 2006.
- From Mr. Chainsaw Productions Wrestling: "We are the champions! WE are the champions. No time for Jacobs, cause we are the champions, of the world."
- Former Nexus and Corre member Heath Slater was given a fan-made song of this sort. I HATE YOU HEATH SLATER!
- Booker T sings one about Cody Rhodes based off of Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer on the December 23, 2011 episode of WWE SmackDown!.
- Jive Soul Bro was the music for heel manager Wrestling/Slick and was pretty much this. The constant reassurances of "this is the slickster talking to you" were not exactly a good thing.
- While "Master of the House" from Les Misérables starts off as a typical Villain Song for Thenardier, it fits neatly into this trope as soon as his wife starts singing.
- While well-known as a freestanding pop favorite, the song "Mack the Knife" is actually a Villain Sucks Song (or an Anti-Hero is Actually a Really Nasty Dude Song) from the Bertolt Brecht and Kurt Weill's The Threepenny Opera.
- "Macavity: The Mystery Cat" in the musical Cats.
- "The Stuff" from Reefer Madness.
- There's an anti-Captain Hook song in certain versions of Peter Pan. In the original, Hook sings it, making it a straight Villain Song.
- "The Ballad of Sweeney Todd", from Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street:
"Attend the tale of Sweeney Todd! His skin was pale and his eye was odd. He shaved the faces of gentlemen who never thereafter were heard of again... Sweeney was smooth, Sweeney was subtle. Sweeney would blink and rats would scuttle..."
"And what if none of their souls were saved? They went to their maker impeccably shaved...'
"No one can help - nothing can hide you - isn't that Sweeney there beside you?!"
- In Titanic, the song "The Blame" consists of Captain Smith, builder Thomas Andrews, and owner J. Bruce Ismay each singing about how one or both of the others is responsible for the ship's sinking. No matter who you think is responsible, this song explains why he sucks.
- "He Did It" from Curtains has three groups of people singing about how the villain(s) suck(s). Each group thinks the villain(s) is/are somebody different.
- While not "villains" per se (they don't actually ever appear), the male portion of "Six Months Out of Every Year" from Damn Yankees probably qualifies for its abuse of the title team.
- "Pore Jud is Daid" in Oklahoma! amounts to Curly making a bunch of thinly-veiled jabs at Jud. Interesting example because it's a duet sung with the villain who doesn't catch the insults.
Jud: Pore Jud is daid, pore Jud Fry is daid, he's layin' in a coffin made of wood...Curly: Wood...Jud: An' folks is feelin' sad, cuz they useter treat him bad, an' now they know their friend is gone fer good.Curly: Good.
- And it's a parody of Never Speak Ill of the Dead, because Curly is singing about how much everyone would like Jud if only he would kill himself.
- And it's really really creepy because Curly is trying to drive Jud to suicide.
- Or (less creepily) Curly's trying to get Jud to lighten up and laugh at his own gloominess. Some residual creepiness, in that Curly's a trifle optimistic for a grown man about Jud actually having a sense of humor...but then, Curly IS the guy who sang "Oh, What a Beautiful Morning!"
- "No One Mourns the Wicked", the beginning of "Thank Goodness", and "March of the Witch Hunters" from Wicked are subversions of this trope, as they describe how horrible the protagonist is, but are composed of perversions/exaggerations of the truth and outright lies.
- Elphaba is arguably a Villain Protagonist though
- Merrily We Roll Along has "Franklin Shepard Inc", where a lyricist talks about how he works with the composer. He goes on to rail against said composer's money-grubbing and selling out.
- The opera Regina has the Rain Quartet in act III, in which Horace compares the nourishing rain to the people who "eat all the earth." In the end, Alexandra sings a Dark Reprise, making it more blatant that it refers to the operas Villain Protagonist.
- Team Rocket in Pokémon Live! combine a more literal version of this with Villain Song in The Best At Being The Worst. "The Hindenburgs of crime" indeed.
- "Merry Christmas Maggie Thatcher" from Billy Elliot: The Musical. While she does not herself appear, Margaret Thatcher is the nearest thing to a Big Bad in Billy Elliot.
Merry Christmas, Maggie Thatcher, may God's love be with you.
We all sing together in one breath:
Merry Christmas, Maggie Thatcher, we all celebrate today
Cos it's one day closer to your death.
- Brett's friends mercilessly tear into Lucy in 13's "Bad Bad News". Does she deserve it? Eh, subjective...
- Assassins: None of the ballads the Balladeer sings about the assassins are particularly flattering, but "The Ballad of Booth" and John Wilkes Booth is especially biting.
- Assassin's Creed: Revelations has a mission in which the Assassin Ezio Auditore must infiltrate a party to prevent the assassination of Prince Suleiman. To do so, he disguises himself as an Italian minstrel (the Goddamned Bats of the two previous games, funnily enough). Then he sings songs ridiculing the villains of the two previous games, Assassin's Creed II and Assassin's Creed: Brotherhood. It includes the Borgias, the Pazzis... and even Duccio, a jerk who insulted Ezio's family.
- "Lord Laharl's Hymn" from Disgaea. The general declarations of his awfulness are badges of honor to the Card-Carrying Villain overlord rather than insults, however.
- The frighteningly catchy song for villain Nuclear Winter in Freedom Force
- Nuuucleaaar Wiiinnteeerrr... aaaaAAAAaaa... Turn you land into SNOOOWW!!! He will kill you all for the motherland... aaaAAAAaaa...
- The ClueFinders 3rd Grade Adventures: The Mystery of Mathra had an unnamed song unofficially titled "The Monkey Song or Do You Believe In Monsters," focusing primarily on how evil Mathra is.
- Intercontinental Music Lab made one of these for Dr Robotnik, fittingly titled ''Dr Robotnik''.
- The theme song for Adventure Time: Hey Ice King, Why'd You Steal Our Garbage? consists of insults against the Ice King (he's "a jerk", "crazy" and a "turbo-nerd"), and has Finn and Jake swear to hunt him down for, well, stealing their garbage.
- In Sonic Heroes, the song "What I'm Made Of", which is usually seen as Metal Sonic's Villain Song, can also be interpreted as Sonic's Badass Boast to Metal, daring him to come and copy his power and see how it's gonna end up for him.
- Skullmonkeys: If the player collects every Swirly Q and the three 1970 icons, they are treated to an unlockable scene involving several Skullmonkeys singing a cheerful song about how Klogg is dead, and how glad they are for it.
- Bad Lip Reading's "Beard With Glue" (based off "You're Beautiful" by James Blunt) is what happens when you cross this trope with Word Salad Lyrics. It's unclear who the song is about, but the singer and the bullfrog bolth hate them and they have a habit of sneaking off to punch Brazilian orphans.
- In the Civilization V playthrough on Steam Train, during a speedup, Danny, Ross, and Arin sing one about Augustus Caesar, and repeatably mistake him for Julius Caesar.
- This song is written to condemn griefers on Minecraft.
- Dragon Ball Z Abridged has Popo the Genie, though it's less mockery and more abject fear.
- "This Life is Mine", which is basically Weiss calling out her Abusive Dad for his terrible treatment of her, and how he can't control her anymore.
- "Nevermore" is a duet from the point of view of Blake and Yang as they verbally tear into Adam by taking apart everything he built himself up as in "Lionized" and declare that he'll never be able to hurt them anymore.
- "Kyle's Mom Is A Bitch" from the South Park episode Mr. Hankey the Christmas Poo. Taken Up to Eleven when it was re-used in the movie (mentioned above).
- The episode "Asspen" has the song "Stan Darsh", a rare example of "The Hero Sucks" Song.
- "You're a Mean One, Mr. Grinch" from How the Grinch Stole Christmas! consists entirely of some of the most creative and eloquent insults ever devised possibly in any language.
- Though it should be noted that pretty much every insult in the song is something that the Grinch would take as a compliment.
- Which is reinforced in the Jim Carrey version, where he makes it a full-fledged Villain Song by singing it himself. As a balance, the soundtrack had a whole new version rapped by Busta Rhymes.
- The NBC special Grinch: The Musical naturally has it, and not only is it split into two parts for separate scenes, it happens to be primarily sung by Old Max, no less.
- Copied and parodied in Just Shoot Me!, except it's about Mr. Finch, as he takes measures to ruin the office Christmas party.
- The song is also parodied in Freakazoid! in the form of "You're a Mean One, Nasty Lobe", a Villain Sucks sung by the narrator about the Lobe while he freely commits various crimes and atrocities.
- Also from Freakazoid, "Where, did he go / That Invisibo / He's a power-hungry crook / with a Scepter full of juice".
- Brawl in the Family did this, as well as the actual story. ♪You're a penguin, Dedede...♫
- CollegeHumor did a version about Donald Trump.
- "Icky Vicky" and "Vicky-Free Summer" from The Fairly OddParents.
- "Who's Afraid of the Big Bad Wolf?" from Disney's The Three Little Pigs.
- "Mortimer, Mortimer, Mortimer Mouse" in House of Mouse — was originally a song penned by Mortimer to sing his own praises, but Daisy, Clarabelle and Minnie reworked the lyrics because as they were, the audience was not buying it.
- Technically, the torch song Harley Quinn sings in Batman: The Animated Series is a "The Villain Sucks" Song, but because of the nature of her relationship with the Joker, it's also a twisted love song.
- The "Mob Song" ("Kill the Beast!, Kill the Beast!") sounds like one of these but is sung about the film's hero. When you take into account that the song that is actually sung about the villain (predominantly sung by Le Fou) is how great Gaston is ("Gaston"), then these are arguable inversions.
- The Simpsons both plays this straight and parodies it:
- "You Only Move Twice" parodies it with "Scorpio", which is structured to sound like it's criticizing the titular character but which merely makes him sound like a Benevolent Boss.
- Tito Puente's slanderous mambo "Senor Burns" in the 7th season premiere.
- Homer singing a self-praising version of "You're a Mean One, Mr. Grinch" as he steals Springfield's Christmas presents (in an attempt to make them see the real meaning of the holiday beyond commercialism).
- He also writes one about Flanders...but only Homer would see Flanders as the villain, since he's the most kind, decent person in town.
- Kootie Pie Rap! from Super Mario World
- On the "old west" episode of Spongebob Squarepants, SpongeBuck's idiot friend leads everyone in town into one about how horrible Dead Eye Plankton is. Dead Eye approves.
- Not strictly an animation, but a record called "Mousercise" had a tune about The Beagle Boys about how they could never get Uncle Scrooge's money, but they kept on trying anyway.
- Home Movies has a quite literal example ad-libbed from Walter and Perry. "We hate Fenton, Fenton sucks. We hate Fenton, Fenton so much..."
- "This Cat Is Coming After You" from the Atomic Betty album, though the singer tends to praise Maximus rather than denounce him.
- "Heffalumps and Woozles" from Winnie the Pooh and the Blustery Day.
- The Backson Song from the 2011 movie.
- In Thomas & Friends, one group of villains does this to another villain. When Diesel attempts to pull old, worn trucks, and badly fails, all the trucks in the yard start singing a little ditty called "Pop Goes the Diesel", which infuriates him.
- The opening theme to Angela Anaconda becomes one right at the end ("Shoo-bee-doo-bee-doo-wah-wah/My name is Angela, and you are not/Nanette Manoir is a stuck-up jerkface snot!")
- The theme song for Pinky and the Brain could be considered one for the villain protagonists.
- Total Drama World Tour had several:
- "Her Real Name Isn't Blaineley", about Blaineley ("Here's an open letter to a treasure of a girl, whose behavior on the show always makes me hurl...")
- "Sisters", about Alejandro ("You think you got me good, okay, maybe you did [...] Sisters, come together now and take him down!")
- "Boyfriend Kisser", about Gwen ("Boyfriend kisser, I thought she was my friend, but now it's time to dis her...") A borderline example, as her actions fall more under What the Hell, Hero?? than real villainy.
- "Versus" is an interesting example, as it's primarily two villains (Heather and Alejandro) singing about each other. This makes it both a Villain Song (as it is song by villains) and a "The Villain Sucks" Song at the same time.
- "Bad influence" from Jem is an odd one, seeing as the Holograms (minus Kimber) and the Misfits (minus Stormer) sing it as a duet, the latter band using it as a "The Hero Sucks" Song. (It Makes Sense in Context here, as both bands were trying to convince their defecting bandmate that it wasn't a good idea to hang out with the other. And neither was convinced.
- My Little Pony:
- My Little Pony 'n Friends: "Baby, It's Cold Outside, Part 2" has "How Can You Be So Cold?", sung by Megan and the ponies in response to King Charlatan's cold-hearted ruthlessness.
- My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic
- In "Bridle Gossip", Pinkie Pie comes up with a short but catchy one about Zecora, though without any actual evidence that she's really evil or does any of the things sung about. It's later Deconstructed after the Mane Six meet Zecora for the first time.
- "One Bad Apple" has "Bad Seed", which describes Apple Bloom's cousin Babs Seed's intent to make the Cutie Mark Crusaders' lives miserable. This is also Deconstructed when it's discovered why Babs has been bullying the Crusaders. She was also a bullying victim in her hometown of Manehattan.
- Family Guy has numerous examples, but one of the best was "The Fellas at the Freakin' FCC".
So they sent this little warning, they're prepared to do their worst
And they stuck it in your mailbox, hoping you could be coerced
I can think of quite another place they should have stuck it first!
They may just be neurotic,
Or possibly psychotic,
They're the fellas at the freakin' FCC!
- In the SpongeBob SquarePants episode "Dunces and Dragons", Squidly, the royal fool, sings a song to King Krabs to make up for making a bad joke (SpongeBob and Patrick had joined along the singing), but the song was insulting that King Krabs had ordered Squidly, SpongeBob, and Patrick to be executed.
Oh, hear me king, for I must sing,
how you are the greatest at everything,
like letting a dragon burn down our city,
a horrible sight that wasn't pretty,
'twas all your fault and 'tis a pity.
You were bad, you are to blame,
now hang your kingly head in shame,
la, la, la, la, la, la, la, la, la, la, la, la, la, la, la, la.
The king is bad, the king's to blame,
he hangs his kingly head in shame,
la, la, la, la, la, la, la, la, la, la, la, la, la, la, la, la!
- Madeline and the Bad Hat has an infectiously simple song about the girls' new neighbors' bratty son, Pepito. Once Pepito pulls a HeelFace Turn, he and the girls sing a version describing how he used to suck.
- Rugrats Go Wild! has "Big Bad Cat" which is a cross between this and a Villain Song. It's the former from Spike's point of view, while Siri the Clouded Leopard's part makes it the latter.
- In the Slappy Squirrel Animaniacs short "Frontier Slappy", Daniel Boone's backup singers start by singing his praises, but eventually it devolves into one of these kinds of songs, after he crosses the Moral Event Horizon. After taking offense, he fires them.
"Daniel Boone is a great big jerk, yes a stupid jerk!/ He had another stupid plan that likely wouldn't work!"
- The Over the Garden Wall episode "Songs of the Dark Lantern" has the Tavern-Keeper sing a creepy little song explaining the Beast's modus operandi.
- From Futurama, "Robot Hell" could be seen as the Robot Devil's Villain Song, except it's mostly about listing all of Bender's sins and why he deserves to be punished for them. ("Fencing diamonds, fixing cockfights,/Publishing indecent magazines/You'll pay for every crime, knee-deep in electric slime...")
- In Toad Patrol, Earth Star improvises a particularly scathing one about Orpheus, sung to Orpheus in one of the most memorable moments of the series.
- When Dr. Eggman is found out not to have his doctorate in the Sonic Boom episode "Mister Eggman", the entire village sings about how they no longer fear him and give him the new nickname "Mr. Eggman". Which Eggman just misses.
Eggman: Why do you all look like you just finished a musical number?
- Biker Mice from Mars had an album by Jeff Scott Soto that featured three songs dedicated to describing how nasty one of the villains from the cartoon was.
- "Rockin' in the Pit", which was about the Pit Boss and his tendency to kidnap and enslave people from the surface.
- "Look out Below", which was about the main antagonist Lawrence Limburger.
- "Tunnel Rat", which was about the villain of the same name.
- Happens in-universe in The Critic. Jay's girlfriend Alice is being pursued by her country singer ex-husband Cyrus. She knows he's a cheating swine, but his singing is her major weakness. Just as he starts to win her over with a song, Jay bursts in with an accordion and sings an obnoxious polka tune about how much of a sleazeball Cyrus is, breaking his spell.
- The Avenger Penguins episode "Star Struck" has Dolores Divine sing a song to Caractacus P. Doom's lackey Harry Slime where she hurls insults at him and calls him a creep.
- In almost every episode of A Pup Named Scooby-Doo, the scene where the gang enter a chase sequence with the episode's monster features a song about the monster and how menacing they are.
- In Central Park:
- In Season 1 "Episode One", Birdie sings "Heiress to a Fortune", explaining who Bitsy is and she's the villain of the show.
- In Season 1 finale "A Fish Called Snakehead":
- Ashley sings "New York Doesn't Like Your Face", where she sings to Bitsy how she's the most disliked person in New York and she needs to improve herself to be likable.
- Birdie sings a reprise of "Dick Flake" where he reveals Dick is a fake for lying about catching the snakehead.