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Music / Genghis Khan (2016)

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"Genghis Khan" is a 2016 song and video written, produced and performed by Swedish indie pop trio Miike Snow and distributed by Atlantic Records. The song is a catchy pop number about jealousy and ambivalence in a romantic relationship. The video, however, is a four-minute homoerotic tribute to Tuxedo and Martini spy movies.

Not to be confused with Dschinghis Khan or the titular Genghis Khan himself.



  • Affectionate Parody: Of campy Spy Fiction.
  • Anti-Villain: The supervillain protagonist, possibly. The audience never sees him actually accomplish anything evil on-screen, at least.
  • Bald of Evil: The Villain Protagonist is bald.
  • Camp: The video is loaded with it.
  • Concept Video: The video is a tribute to martini-flavored Spy Fiction.
  • Dance of Romance: What the secret agent and the villain do, halfway through the music video.
  • Dating Catwoman: From the villain's point of view.
  • Foe Romantic Subtext: Not that obvious at first but takes a flying leap towards the end.
  • Has Two Daddies: The supervillain's two children are seen happily living with him and the secret agent at the end.
  • Large Ham: The supervillain has a flair for the dramatic.
  • Lyrics/Video Mismatch: The video and lyrics are both about complicated feelings around a romantic relationship, but the narrator of the song is concerned with feeling jealousy toward his female partner while not necessarily wanting a stronger commitment, while the video is about the protagonist accepting his homosexuality and beginning a relationship with his former enemy.
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  • Mohs Scale of Rock and Metal Hardness: A light 2.
  • No Name Given: All the characters.
  • Non-Indicative Name: Neither the song lyrics nor the video have anything to do with Mongolian warlords. Genghis Khan is used as an odd metaphor for obsessive jealousy.
  • Obviously Evil: How do we know that the protagonist is a supervillain and not a perfectly respectable government operative dealing with a troublesome saboteur? Because he's completely bald, has a metal prosthetic nose, struts around in a military-style jacket with a High Collar of Doom, has a lair staffed by identically dressed minions, and attempts to execute people in high-tech but inefficient ways involving lasers.
  • Punch-Clock Villain: Literally. The supervillain has the secret agent Strapped to an Operating Table with a giant laser pointed at him ready to fire at the push of a button. Then the clock strikes 5:00 and he immediately drops everything and goes home for the day, leaving the secret agent there until the next morning.
  • Red Right Hand: The supervillain's prosthetic metal nose, in classic Bond villain tradition.
  • Retired Monster: The supervillain appears to retire from villainy after getting together with the secret agent, since his wife appears to have taken over his lair in The Stinger.
  • The Stinger: The supervillain's (ex-)wife is shown in the supervillain's lair, dressed in supervillain attire of her own, jealously spying on the two lovers through a monitor.
  • Straight Gay: The supervillain protagonist. He can be a bit flamboyant in a Large Ham sort of way but he's not at all feminine. The secret agent as well, if he isn't bi.
  • Tuxedo and Martini: The secret agent.
  • Villain Love Song
  • Villain Protagonist: The supervillain is the POV character of the video.
  • Woman Scorned: The supervillain's wife did not take the breakup well, and becomes a supervillain herself bent on revenge against her now ex-husband.

Alternative Title(s): Genghis Khan


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