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Villainous Advice Song

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"He lied to us through song! I hate it when people do that."
Homer Simpson, The Simpsons

A Character or most likely a Bad Samaritan tricks other characters into helping them out through song. A subtrope of a Villain Song giving "advice" to The Hero only meant to benefit the villain or to tell how unstoppable The Villain has become.

Compare and Contrast Pep-Talk Song, where characters are sung to and given encouragement; the means of a Pep-Talk Song is to benefit the listener, while the Villainous Advice Song is meant to benefit the singer.



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    Live Action Film 
  • "Which Side Are You On?" from Anna And Then Apocalypse, a duet sung by the main villain Mr. Savage and Anna's father, Tony. Here, Mr. Savage attempts to convince the survivors locked inside the school that they must protect themselves instead of helping any survivors outside.

    Animated Film 
  • In Cats Don't Dance, Darla gives advice to Danny in "Big and Loud" on how he should go about performing his song for the studio exec. In reality, she's setting Danny up to ruin a press conference, which will get him and the other animals fired.
  • Disney's Peter Pan. Captain Hook and his pirate crew try to convince the Lost Boys, Wendy, John and Michael to join up with them in the song "The Elegant Captain Hook". The "helpful" and kinda forceful advice that they offer is that if they join they will both get a free tattoo andddd... won't walk the plank. So no pressure at all. Unsurprisingly the boys all consider their predicament and make their choice quite quickly, apart from Wendy who is chosen to demonstrate the folly of declining.
  • Tangled has Mother Gothel advising Rapunzel against leaving the tower because of all the dangers in the outside world in "Mother Knows Best".
  • The Emperors New Groove 2: "Like a Million", sung by Yzma.
  • In Disney's The Hunchback of Notre Dame, Frollo sings "In Here" to Quasimodo. After Frollo leaves, Quasimodo's "I Want" Song, "Out There", closely follows.
  • The Nightmare Before Christmas has Oogie Boogie "advising" Santa Claus to be afraid in "Oogie Boogie's Song" which isn't really much good given that he is at his mercy already and fear won't help him in any way apart from apparently making him tastier.
  • In The Little Mermaid, "Poor Unfortunate Souls" is Ursula's song to convince Ariel to sign a binding contract. In it, she paints herself as regretting her past misdeeds and wanting to help people, but her Stage Whispers to Flotsam and Jetsam betray this facade to the audience if they weren't already drowning in her sarcasm.
    • Likewise on the TV series, Ursula's song "You wouldn't want to Mess with me".
  • In The Princess and the Frog, Naveen is tricked by Dr. Facilier during "Friends On The Other Side".

    Musical Theatre 
  • In The Barber of Seville by Gioachino Rossini, there is Don Basilio's bravura aria "La calunnia è un venticello", in which he advises Doctor Bartolo to frustrate Count Almaviva's designs on Rosina by spreading slanderous rumours about him.
  • In Seven Brides For Seven Brothers, Adam is treated as a misguided hero, rather than a villain. However, "The Sobbin' Women" holds a special place in the annals of bad musical advice.
  • Fagin's "You've Got to Pick a Pocket or Two" from Oliver!.
  • Andrea Chenier by Umberto Giordano has the Incredible's Donnina innamorata – basically a Beginner's Guide to Scarpia Ultimatum.

    Music Video 
  • "Guilty Conscience" by Eminem ft. Dr. Dre uses this with the angel and demon on the shoulder.

     Web Original 
  • "Advice Dog Song." [1]

     Western Animation 
  • The Grim Adventures of Billy & Mandy: The Musical Episode has a meteor teaching Billy how he should go about retrieving brains in parts of the song.
  • In the VeggieTales episode "Rack, Shack and Benny," the villain sings "The Bunny Song" to the protagonists, about the joys of eating too much candy. The producers got in trouble with parents for making the song too catchy, because kids in the audience wouldn't stop singing it.

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