So ronery and sadry arone.
There's no-one, just me onry,
Sitting on my rittre throne.
I work rearry hard, and make up great prans.
But nobody ristens, no-one understands
Seems rike no-one takes me seriousry.
And so, I'm ronery *sniffles* A rittre ronery.
Poor rittre me...
It's been said that the villain tends to have the best songs in any given musical, full of flash and gloating. But sometimes, the villain (or perhaps a Villain Protagonist, Anti-Villain, or character who made a HeelFace Turn) has a moment onstage in which they list all of their misdeeds or mistakes... and the audience realizes that the character really, really hates themselves for what they've done, and the song has clearly strayed from fully villainous territory.
- The 128th chapter of Hope for the Heartless provides an example where the resident Villain Protagonist doesn't sing, but lyrics from a song have been added to the narration in order to give depth to introspective musings. During one rainy night, the resurrected Big Bad of The Black Cauldron, the Horned King, reflects on how he has cast aside memories from an existence of a millennium during his single-minded quest to conquer the world and doesn't remember who he used to be before becoming the dreaded warlord lich he's now known as. He also laments on how he is unable to dream or stand in the rain without being hurt by it like his Morality Pet Avalina and how he couldn't possibly regain all that despite having already regained a living heart. The lyrics added to the narration are from "Nemo" of Nightwish with slight alterations.
- Undertale the Musical has "Bergentrückung" Asgore's Villain Song. While being epic and intimidating, it also shows how wracked with guilt he is by his actions and is only doing this to give his people hope. In particular is the verse where he briefly entertains the idea of giving up and going with Frisk to return to Toriel and be a happy family again, but ultimately decides I've Come Too Far.
Asgore: If we could be a family
Walk through the town
See my dear Toriel
And head home right now.
- My Darkness is one for Darth Vader, who is singing about how he wants to return to the light side, but doesn't think he can be redeemed.
- "Up there" from South Park: Bigger, Longer & Uncut. Who would have known Satan could be that woobieish?
- Spinel from Steven Universe: The Movie gets two major songs. "Other Friends" is a straight-up Villain Song, but "Drift Away" is the story of how she was abandoned by Pink Diamond, forced to stand in their garden, alone, for 6000 years, under the guise that they were just playing a game. She spent all those millenia by herself, standing so still she became literally rooted to the ground as plants began to grow around her, wondering if it was her fault Pink wasn't coming back ("Is this how it works? Am I doing it right?") while the garden decayed and everyone moved on without her. When she saw Steven's message, she realized that Pink never intended to come back, and had a complete mental breakdown, which led to the events of the movie.
- "I'm so Ronery", Kim Jong Il's song in Team America: World Police.
- Dr. Frank N Furter's final song in The Rocky Horror Picture Show, "I'm Going Home."
'''Frank: Everywhere it's been the same... feeling... Like I'm outside in the rain... wheeling... Free, to try and find a game... dealing... Cards for sorrow, cards for pain...
- "Marley and Marley" from The Muppet Christmas Carol, wherein Jacob (and Robert) Marley narrate how it took suffering in the afterlife to realize their misdeeds while living.
"There was that time we evicted the entire orphanage!""I remember them standing in the cold with their frostbitten teddy bears!""Doh-ho-ho-ho! *shudder*"
- "It's a Sad, Sad World When your Head Looks Like a Pizza" from Going Overboard.
- The Two Towers: "Gollum's Song" that plays over the credits is a broken wail of anguish over how lost, alone and irredeemable Gollum is after being corrupted by the One Ring. Since Gollum is also Sméagol, it can also count as a Grief Song.
- Galavant: In "What Am I Feeling," the evil Queen Madalena, an established sociopath, feels her first emotion. Unfortunately, the feeling is sadness, as she had just been bullied by an entire room full of Old Money royals for being Nouveau Riche. While she herself is a cruel individual, the hosts of the lunch invited her to a roast meal without telling her that she was what was being roasted.
- Doctor Steel's "Lament for a Toy Factory", although it also doubles as his Motive Rant.
- Twisted Sister's "Burn In Hell": "You can't believe all the things I've done wrong in my life / Without even trying, I've lived on the edge of a knife ."
- mothy's "Regret Message" from the Evillious Chronicles. The tyrannical princess Riliane looks back on what she did and realizes that not only is she a horrible, horrible person for it, but she's lost the one person who truly cared about her. Since she can't apologize, she writes her grief on a note in a bottle and throws it into the ocean.
- The Coolio song "Gangsta's Paradise" is about a hoodlum who obviously knows that his lifestyle is morally wrong and self-destructive, but has given up hope on changing for the better.
- CG5: "Let Me Through" has a melancholy waltz tune, and it features Foxy singing about how he's lonely and sad because the security guard won't let Foxy into his room. Subverted in that Foxy also makes some thinly veiled death threats, and the music video shows him violently attacking the other animatronics, implying that Foxy's sadness is just an act.
- "bellyache" by Billie Eilish, is about the singer is implied to have murdered her compatriots in a heist to keep the money for herself. According to Billie, the song is about "a psychopath who regrets being a psychopath but doesn't really care".
Thought that I'd feel better
But now I got a bellyache
- Edge's theme, "Metalingus", was a really twisted inversion, or maybe just a subversion. It's a song about a Christian triumphing over personal shortcomings through faith in God....but Edge started using it after he became so obsessed with winning the WWE Championship that the desire turned him into a villain. So he basically saw championship gold as his "salvation" - even if he had to betray his tag-team partner and screw and corrupt his rival's girlfriend along the way.
- Both of Tybalt's songs from Gerard Presgurvic's ''Romeo et Juliette: De La Haine a l'Amour ," but especially "C'est pas ma faute".
- "Die Unstillbare Gier" from Tanz Der Vampire, in which both the audience and Alfred realize that Count von Krolock is a person, capable of great longing and regret.
- "No Good Deed" from Wicked.
Sure I meant well
Well, look at what well-meant did!
- "Accursed All Base Pursuit" from Gounod's Faust. Yep, an actual operatic example.
- "If I Can't Love Her" from the Screen-to-Stage Adaptation of Beauty and the Beast.
- "The Madness of King Scar" from the stage version of The Lion King.
- "Javert's Suicide" from Les Misérables, during which Javert realises that he hasn't really been pursuing justice all these years, and he decides he just can't live with that.
- "Rudolf, wo bist du?" from Elisabeth.
- Not a straight example as Elisabeth, who sings the lament, isn't the villain. While not an entirely likeable person, she is in fact the protagonist. A better example is "Bellaria," sung by the Archduchess Sophie, in which we find that the domineering, cruel woman we've seen her as until now has given everything for her son.
- "I Loved Her, Too" from Street Scene.
- "The Bum Won" from Fiorello!, in which a group of Tammany hacks read the headlines and weep.
- "Reviewing the Situation" from Oliver!. Fagin wonders whether he should give up crime and make an honest man of himself.
- "Those Canaan Days" from Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat. Marks the brothers' HeelFace Turn as they realize they miss Joseph.
- "Behind Blue Eyes" by The Who was originally intended as a villain's lament within Townshend's aborted Rock Opera Lifehouse.
- "The Best at Being the Worst" from Team Rocket in the Pokémon Live! musical.
- "Pore Jud Is Dead" from Oklahoma! counts as both a Villain Sucks Song and this — Judd is a really self-loathing person, and even though Curly is insulting him in the song, he likes the idea that if he killed himself, people would feel sorry for shunning him.
- In Li'l Abner, General Bullmoose has "Progress Is The Root Of All Evil," a lament for plutocracy lost.
- "Call From The Grave" and "Epitaph" from Bertolt Brechts The Threepenny Opera. (Titles vary depending on the translation - "Ruf aus dem Gruft" and "Grabschrift" are the original titles.)
- It's kind of hard to pinpoint a "villain" in Evita, but all three main characters do villainous things and have songs where they regret something. Eva has (depending on the production) "Another Suitcase in Another Hall" (about people taking advantage of her) and "You Must Love Me" (showing her love for Peron). Che has "High Flying, Adored" and the Dark Reprise of "Oh What a Circus" (which are both technically laments for Eva, not himself). Peron has "She is a Diamond", which is a lament for Eva. The entire ensemble has the opening song, "Requiem for Evita". "You Must Love Me" was written specifically for the movie, and "Another Suitcase in Another Hall" belongs to another character in the stage version. However, both the movie and stage versions end with the appropriately titled "Lament," in which Eva wonders whether all of her scheming and manipulating were worth the toll it took on her life.
- Le Blues du Businessman from Starmania may count.
- In Ruddigore, Anti-Villain Sir Despard makes his entrance with a song lamenting his life of evil.
- Richard in Thrill Me has "Afraid", which is mostly about how he's scared of going to prison, but also serves as the moment when he finally realizes what he's done. It's entirely possible to play him as having his first real My God, What Have I Done? moment as he sings, "What we did was wrong!"
- Twisted: The Untold Story of a Royal Vizier has one in homage to "No Good Deed" from Wicked. It's a subversion, as it reveals all the villains singing were good people who were demonized by the supposed "heroes". Jafar even gives a subverted Then Let Me Be Evil rant near the end, with the subversion being that he's going to do the right thing even if it means he'll go down in history as the villain.
- In Hamilton, Aaron Burr, Hamilton's friend turned enemy, after killing Alexander in their infamous duel, is horrified by the realization that Hamilton had always planned to throw away his shot, and the rest of "The World Was Wide Enough" is given over to his lament.
Now Im the villain in your history
I was too young and blind to see...
I shouldve known
I shouldve known
The world was wide enough for both Hamilton and me
The world was wide enough for both Hamilton and me
- In Doki Doki Literature Club!, this is one of the functions served by the song "Your Reality", which is from the point of view of a character who recently had a Heel Realization. As befits the style of the game, it hides some really dark stuff behind relatively innocuous words.
If I can't even read my own feelings
What good are words when a smile says it all?
And if this world won't write me an ending
What would it take just for me to have it all?
Does my pen only write bitter words for those who are dear to me?
Is it love if I take you or is it love if I set you free?
- Fire Emblem: Three Houses, in a hugely spoileriffic example, has the main theme, Edge of Dawn. It's about Edelgard wishing they could just live out their life in peace at the Academy, and that the bonds they formed there didn't have to be a ruse, but that they have to go through with their plan for the good of the world, regardless of what their heart wants. Fittingly for this trope, the full lyrical version of the song only plays on the routes in which Edelgard is fought as an antagonist and dies.
Cross my heartMaking vows I know will be betrayedA sad girl's pleasLive only for a breath and then they fade
- The final song in Dr. Horrible's Sing-Along Blog seems to go back and forth between this and a straight Villain Song. To an extent, the whole show is this trope.
- Edgeworth's song in Turnabout Musical, "Decree of the Prosecutor", has him question his own tactics as a prosecutor. "For if I cheat in the court can I say with a straight face/ that I'm a better man than the sort that I prosecute every case?".
- Potter Puppet Pals: "Have you ever had a bad day? Do you know what they'd call you if every day of your life was like that? They'd call you Snape..."
- Sideshow Bob had a plan to kill Krusty the Klown, and he was about to see the plan come to fruition when Krusty sang a song about how he really missed working with Bob. In turn, Bob sang about how he would really miss Krusty when he had killed him, and this made him have second thoughts and prevent his trap from killing Krusty.
- My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic's resident Rich Bitch Diamond Tiara sings "The Pony I Want to Be" in the episode "Crusaders of the Lost Mark", lamenting about how she wishes she could become different but how she has no idea how to change into a nicer pony.