Singing Supervillains Perform Their Diabolical Numbers

Dr. Horrible may have won the Internet’s heart, but he’s hardly the only supervillain with a penchant for bursting into song. We list some of the other villainous vocalists conquering the world with music.


Dr. Horrible (Dr. Horrible’s Sing-Along Blog): Aspiring supervillain Dr. Horrible sings of his hatred of Captain Hammer, his unrequited love for Penny, and, of course, his freeze ray.

Dr. Abner Sedgwick (It’s a Bird…It’s a Plane…It’s Superman): In the television adaptation of this Superman musical, David Wayne plays Dr. Sedgwick, a ten-time Nobel also-ran seeking to take revenge on Sweden.

The Joker (Batman): The Joker was supposed to get a musical number in the never-produced Batman musical. But he does get a song in The Killing Joke.

Singing Supervillains Perform Their Diabolical Numbers

And another in the Animated Series episode “Christmas with the Joker.”

Dr. Frank-N-Furter (The Rocky Horror Picture Show): When he isn’t building himself living sex toys or murdering Meat Loaf, Frank offers a little musical exposition.

Mr. Hyde (Jekyll & Hyde): Mr. Hyde (who looks and sounds suspiciously like David Hasselhoff in addition to Dr. Jekyll) belts out showtunes about murder, darkness, and lust.

Rotti Largo (Repo! The Genetic Opera): The ruthless head of GeneCo, Rotti helped create and profits from a system that makes organ repossession legal, hiring an army of legal assassins known as Repo Men.

HAL 9000 (2001: A Space Odyssey): The homicidal computer system starts to go a little nuts as David Bowman initiates his shutdown sequence. As HAL dies, he sings the same song sung by BM 7094 in 1961, “Daisy Bell.”

Oogie Boogie (The Nightmare Before Christmas): The Boogie Man is one of the few denizens of Halloweentown who is not merely frightening but malevolent as well. And he thinks that “Sandy Claws” will be the perfect addition to his Snake and Spider Stew.

Audrey II (Little Shop of Horrors): This alien vegetable takes a break from munching on human flesh to illuminate her plan for world domination in song.

Siren (The Titans): Atlantean ecoterrorist Siren can sing humans into submission, but didn’t get a musical number in the Aquaman pilot.

Singing Supervillains Perform Their Diabolical Numbers

Dr. Drakken (Kim Possible): How does Kim Possible’s mad scientist nemesis unwind? With karaoke, of course.

Sweet (Buffy the Vampire Slayer “Once More, With Feeling”): The villain of Joss Whedon’s other musical, Sweets is a singing, dancing demon. And when he sings, the world sings with him.

Fu Manchu (The Fiendish Plot of Dr. Fu Manchu): In Peter Selles’ comedy, Fu Manchu must round up the ingredients to his age-regressing elixir. And with ultimate victory comes a musical number.

The Robot Devil (Futurama): When the Robot Devil grows bored with tormenting robot souls in Robot Hell, he rounds up his robot band and sings robot songs.

The Goblin King (Labyrinth): Casting David Bowie as your flamboyant villain doesn’t necessitate musical numbers, but they certainly don’t hurt.

GLaDOS (Portal): After spending most of the game trying to kill you and promising you cake, GLaDOS adds insult to injury by assuring you, in song, that you haven’t destroyed her.

Number 21 and Number 24 (The Venture Bros.): Monach henchmen 21 and 24 may not be so good at the evil, but they do a mean rendition of Holst’s “Mars.”

The Master (Doctor Who): Once the Master has taken over the world, has apparently defeated the Doctor, and is on the verge of creating a massive time paradox, he celebrates with a little Scissor Sisters.