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The Music Meister is a character who causes others to break out into spontaneous song and dance. Often used as a justification for a Musical Episode, in which case Genre Savvy characters will question (possibly in song) why they are suddenly acting like characters in a musical.
To qualify as The Music Meister, a character must have an explicit power to cause others to break out in song, and the musical interludes should be commented on as being out of the ordinary.
Anime and Manga
- The Pokémon mini-movie "Gotta Dance!" revolved around Meowth's newest invention, "The Dancin' Pokébaton", which causes all Pokemon who listen to it to uncontrollably dance.
- The Muse from the Doctor Who comic strip "Planet Bollywood" in Doctor Who Magazine. The Muse was a robot created by the ruler of a planet to induce courtiers to perform musical routines against their will. An insurgent faction realised her powers could be used for evil. Smuggled off-planet, she was damaged in a spaceship crash and started inducing random musical outbursts in the local inhabitants.
- The Maestro, a minor foe of the Justice League of America, could cause his victims to dance uncontrolably.
- In one Nodwick story, Yeagar becomes this accidentally, after he asks Artax to cast a spell on him, to give him more impressive speaking skills. Of course, Artax never really read the full description of what exactly the spell does... so of course, EVERYONE (heroes and villains alike) start randomly singing together in the middle of the fights. The expressions during some of the songs are truly priceless.
- Giselle from Enchanted, who comes from a universe where random musical numbers are common. Only a few characters seem to notice that the singing and dancing is out of the ordinary.
- In Shrek Forever After, the Pied Piper is a bounty hunter who uses his flute to capture his quarry by forcing them to dance.
- On The Mask, the title character is surrounded by police, so he starts singing a mambo number and the policemen start singing and dancing along, to their great surprise.
- Not a person, but otherwise along the same lines, is Rojahama's Song-and-Dance from the Doctor Who New Adventures novel Sky Pirates!. It's a force of nature, or perhaps some kind of meteorological effect, that causes spontaneous outbreaks of Crowd Song. (The planet on which this occurs is in a solar system that, for reasons explained later in the book, is basically one giant Weirdness Magnet.)
- The demon Sweet from the Buffy the Vampire Slayer episode "Once More With Feeling" Upon his arrival in Sunnydale, everyone in town begins breaking into musical numbers. While this seems harmless enough, the songs are always brutally honest ones that reveal people's deepest secrets, which sows discord among the populace. They also cause certain victims to spontaneously combust.
- Xena's son Solan in Xena: Warrior Princess qualifies as this, as he is the driving force behind Xena and Gabrielle's being transported to the musical world of Illusia after they tried to kill eachother.
- Also from Xena, Terpsichore's Lyre, from "Lyre, Lyre Hearts on Fire" is an inanimate version of this, as the musical aspects of the episode only begin when the Lyre is unearthed by Draco, and are abruptly ended when the Battle of the Bands is won. By Xena
- The Imagin Ryutaros from Kamen Rider Den-O has the unique power to make everyone around him spontaneously burst into breakdancing with his theme song in the background just by snapping his fingers. After the first time, he even has a 'posse' that shows up whenever he wants someone to dance with.
- Scrubs had this as a way to get in a musical episode. The source of the power? A patient's brain aneurysm.
- In an issue of Doctor Who Magazine, Rory William's actor Arthur Darvil confessed to discussing the idea for this type of episode, with a monster/alien that makes everyone sing. Will this materialise? Time Lord knows.
- In the third season of Community, Mr. Rad not only acts as a Music Meister, but slowly converts the study group into Mini Music Meisters.
- The Luvvie tribe in The Legend of Dick and Dom episode "The Land of the Luvvies" has this effect on people.
- The Balladeer and, to a lesser extent, the Proprieter in Assassins have elements of this.
- Purge from the Space Channel 5 series. He can make people dance through his moves and hypnotism, but if that wasn't enough, he also has a Ballistic Groove Gun. Said gun can make an ENTIRE GALAXY dance when completely charged.
- The Trope Namer is the Music Meister from the Batman the Brave And The Bold episode "Mayhem of the Music Meister", a zootsuit-wearing hypnotist who can command people to do his bidding via song. He doesn´t have to sing his command, he just has to sing anything.
- In My Gym Partner's a Monkey Presents Animal School Musical, the magical fish David Coppertrout grants Jake's wish to turn the world into a musical. The other characters are not impressed, even to the extent of singing songs about how terrible it is living in a musical.
- In The Penguins of Madagascar episode "The Return of The Revenge of Dr. Blowhole", Dr. Blowhole's new device accidentally fuses with an experimental power cell and an MP 3 player to form a machine capable of doing this. Blowhole himself becomes this when he takes control of it. Like the Trope Namer, he's voiced by Neil Patrick Harris.
- My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic: Pinkie Pie, so far, has started/led most on the songs in the show, and seems also capable of causing others around her to participate, as seen in "A Friend in Deed".