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Here on the Villain Song Wiki, we are about entertainment and education. However, as with everything else, we have some rules and regulations that all users must follow. These rules are STRICTLY enforced, so please abide by them. So let us take a look, shall we?

General Guidelines

Command

On this wiki, the administrators and bureaucrats are the leadership. They will be treated with respect and dignity. The leadership has the final say in situations, but they can be contacted if you disagree or want advice on the content.

For administrators, the power you hold on this site is a privilege, not a right. Users should be able to come to you with questions and even arguments without harassment or bullying. Even if a user is not being kind and/or respectful, it is your responsibility as a leader to show maturity and keep your cool. Degradation and insulting will never be tolerated, and banning is a LAST RESORT.

Language & Offensive Content

As most of you know, song lyrics can contain some mature content, such as subject matter and language. If a song and/or the video associated with it deals with explicit or taboo content such as extreme violence, sex and nudity, and mature themes, then it is mandatory to be marked as mature. In the case of language, certain words are allowed in pages. However, if more than ten (10) profanities appear in a song and/or its video, it will warrant a mature categorization. Likewise, if a song contains one (1) or more of the following words: f*ck, sh*t, n*gger, c*nt, f*ggot, pr*ck, or ANY of their derivatives, it must be marked as mature and the words must be censored by replacing their vowels with asterisks (*), as shown above. Usage of these words is also banned in chats, threads, and comments. Also, any pictures or videos depicting explicit nudity will be IMMEDIATELY removed, and the one who uploaded them will be banned.

Plagiarism

Plagiarism is one of the most frowned upon things on this wiki. If a page is recognized to have been copied from another place on the internet (even other wikis), it will be evaluated by an admin and deleted. The author of the page will receive a warning the first time, a temporary ban the second time, and a permanent ban on the third. This rule obviously does not apply to lyrics sections.

Spelling & Grammar

PLEASE use correct spelling and grammar on this wiki. This includes punctuation, capitalization, and spacing. Do NOT make a page with poor spelling and/or grammar and leave it to someone else to fix. If a page is noted to have an excess of spelling and/or grammar mistakes, it will be marked for cleanup. If it is not cleaned up within one month, the page will be deleted.

Behavior

Trolls, Vandals, and Bullies

We have a zero-tolerance when it comes to troublemakers, whether it be for humor or for harassment. Suspected trolls, vandals, and bullies will be evaluated, then banned if found guilty. The ban period will depend on the seriousness of the damage, but most likely be permanent.

Poor Quality Creators

For the purposes of this rule, "poor quality" will be defined as one-line/blank articles, articles in need of rewriting due to an excess of problems, or plagiarism.

Quality is important on this wiki, so it is important that, when making a page, as much effort into its presentation and quality is put in as possible. However, if a user continues to make poor quality pages while ignoring rewrite/expansion templates, that user will be issued a warning. After repeated offenses, the user will be banned and labeled as a vandal.

Ban Evasion

If you are banned, DO NOT create puppet accounts to evade it. Doing so will result in permanent banning for the puppet accounts as well as the original. If you feel you were unjustly banned, please bring it up to the admin responsible either on your own Wall if that option is left to you, or ON their COMUNITY CENTRAL Wall. DO NOT follow them to another wikia unless specifically instructed to by that admin.

Building a Page

For a visual representation of the content in this section, go here.

Lyrics

As this is a song and music-centered wiki, if a song has lyrics, they MUST be included on the page. Pages for songs with lyrics where none are featured will be marked for deletion with a "Lyrics Missing" template. Also, lyrics are to be written correctly and be spelled plainly (for example, if a singer holds a note, do NOT write "Whhhhhoooooooooaaaaaaa!", please write "Whoa", regardless if it is a held/emphasized note or not. If there are any speech breaks in the lyrics, please designate them with brackets ([ ]) and not with blurbs such as "Spoken:". Background singing should also be designated with parenthesis ( ). Additionally, there is no need to designate singers on this wiki; lyrics should be written out in a clean manner (similar to how they would be on a lyrics website or booklet), so please do not designate singers with names. Lyrics should be written with <poem> tags.

Image Galleries

If a song is from a piece of visual media (i.e. a movie, television show, video game, etc.) it is mandatory to add at least two images into a gallery. This is to give a further visual representation of the song. Maximum 20 pictures will be allowed in a gallery. Galleries are to have widths of 250 and be centered.

Videos

One of the criteria for a song or track to be added is that it MUST have a video for it. The scenes in the movies, video games, etc. that the song is featured in are preferred, but if those cannot be found due to copyright or another reason, a soundtrack or lyric video is acceptable. For standalone songs, music videos are preferred, but lyric or still-image videos are acceptable too. If a video is taken down from its original site for whatever reason, it is up to the user (preferably the author) to replace it.

  • NOTE—DO NOT use Category:Videos as that is the Wikia/Fandom default automatically added to uploaded video media.

Spoilers

This wiki does not allow pages on any form of media that has not been officially released yet. While fan songs can come out before the media is released, songs and music from the media itself will not be featured until it officially comes out. Also, all media, regardless of what it is, must have a spoiler template on it if it is less than six (6) months old. After that, the spoiler template must be removed. Even if the page reveals something crucial to the plot, after six months, it is no longer considered a spoiler.

Mature Content

See rule 1.2 for more information. Mature templates must also always go on songs from films with R or NC-17 ratings, video games with M or AO ratings, television with an MA rating, and anything else that would designate "mature content". Programs with non-18+ ratings (PG-13, T, TV-14, etc.) may have dark or disturbing content, but are restricted by their ratings from going 18+, and there fore do not qualify UNLESS the song itself meets the criteria for excessive language or sexual themes (i.e. the song Venom comes from a PG-13 film, but itself contains mature language.) Mature shows and programs that are edited for television to have a lower rating (i.e. Family Guy) still qualify under their unedited ratings.

No Fan-Creations

Fan songs MUST come from a professional, published source. If the songs are based on an existing piece of media, they must be coming from a professional or well-known musical artist. Additionally, songs from fanfictions, mods, or other pieces of fan media are not permitted. Most of the songs featured here will have to be available for purchase on a music site such as iTunes, Spotify, or Loudr. However, there are exceptions if they come from a credible source. Basically, if a quick Google search can reveal some significant results, it will be considered for inclusion. Any character must have come from a pre-existing source, and all internet characters must be found on knowyourmeme.com or be found in credible sources. If you would like to suggest a song, remix, or cover to be considered for inclusion, bring it up here.

No New or Recreated Categories

We have enough in the ways of categories here, so we do not need more. However, if you would like to propose a category for creation or recreation (such as a franchise), please bring it up with one of the admins before creating one or adding pages to it. In order for a category to be created, there must be at least ten (10) pages that apply first.

No Separate Pages for Remixes or Covers

Songs and musical tracks will inevitably be altered, covered, or remixed. Should this happen, DO NOT create a new page for it, even if the cover or remix is from the same source/company. If the lyrics differ significantly, they will be put under a different tab and the cover/remix's video will be included as part of the gallery. A significant change in the lyrics includes the addition of new verses or stanzas, a different order of lyrics, or censored/clean edits. Insignificant changes include simply swapping the gender of the nouns and pronouns and the addition of a simple word like "whoa" or "ah".

As with normal songs, covers/remixes must be published on iTunes, Spotify, or Loudr or approved here.

No Real-Life Examples

If the song was made by a real-life criminal, terrorist, or hostile organization WITHOUT the intent of it being villainous, it CANNOT count. For example, the State Anthem of the Soviet Union, Horst-Wessel-Lied, FEFE, etc. are NOT allowed.

Translations

Not all villain songs are in English. Parts of songs or even whole songs may be in another language. If the majority of a song is in a language other than English, please create a new tab under lyrics with the translation. Official translations are preferred, but rough ones (from credible sources) are acceptable as well. If only a few lines are in another language, please put the translation on the SAME LINE as the lyric in curly braces ({ }). Also make these lines italicized.

What Counts as a Villain?

Possibly one of the most controversial and disagreed upon factors of fiction is what characters qualify as villainous. Here on the Villain Song Wiki, we firmly believe that both villainy and heroism are subjective to a certain extent, even in fiction. While other wikis like the Villains Wiki and The Evil Wiki are devoted to cataloging evil characters and objects, this wiki has its own criteria.

Jerk ≠ Villain

Just because a character is a jerk and treats others poorly does not make them a villain. While villains can certainly be jerky, a character must display truly malicious or evil actions or desires to qualify as a villain.

Antagonist ≠ Villain

An antagonist is just the opposition to the protagonist, and all antagonists are not inherently evil, especially in a case of a villain protagonist.

Anti-Hero ≠ Villain

Just because a hero does things illegal or even immoral does not make them a villain. In order to qualify, the character must be particularly selfish or brutal in nature, to the point where they are considered more of a grey zone. While anti-heroes can qualify, this is usually not the case.

Protagonist ≠ Hero

With some protagonists, they are made to be villains. Likewise, some are created to be heroic, but are not considered as such by the audience. These characters can be tricky, as one must balance intention with reception. Generally, if the character has more villainous merit than heroic, they can be considered here, even if they were intended to be portrayed as heroic. If a song or track is put up for a character not considered villainous to you, please do not put deletion templates on it. Notify an admin, and the admins will decide which pages stay and which pages go based or information they receive from users and research.

Complete Monsters/Pure Evil

There is a popular trope referred to as Complete Monster or Pure Evil. This trope refers to villains that are completely without sympathy or any redeeming qualities, are despised and hated by those around them, and commit horrendous atrocities within the story. However, this has proven to be a controversial and highly opinionated. As such, no content covering the Complete Monster trope will be allowed. Though songs by Complete Monster characters (i.e. Be Prepared, Hellfire, Sacrifice) are welcomed here, we do not wish to see any points or passages related to the trope (no categories like "Complete Monsters' Songs", and refrain from adding points about the trope in trivia or comparisons).

What Counts as a Villain Song?

Songs sung by villains

If a song is sung by a character that meets the above criteria, then it is a villain song.

Songs sung in the perspective of a villain

Some villain songs are not sung by the villains themselves, but reflect their points of view in a third person or even first person perspective. This usually includes songs in the soundtracks that are performed by a different artist ("The WORLD" from Death Note and "Sacrifice" from RWBY are good examples of this).

Hero/neutral/villain duets or group numbers

Sometimes, a hero, a neutral, and/or a villain can sing together. As long as the villain has a significant role in the song, it can be a villain song; "This Day Aria" from My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic and "The Phantom of the Opera" from The Phantom of the Opera are considered villain songs, but "This is Halloween" from The Nightmare Before Christmas is not because the villain only had one line in the entire song sung by neutrals.

Songs about villains

Songs sung by a hero or neutral about a villain. The song must be almost completely about the villain to qualify. "Cruella De Vil" from One Hundred and One Dalmatians and "You're A Mean One, Mr. Grinch" from How the Grinch Stole Christmas qualify, but "Time to Say Goodbye" from RWBY does not because it is mainly about the heroes with only a brief mention of the enemies.

Villainized songs

Songs that were originally heroic or neutral, but have been twisted by the villain. This could be a villain's own singing or reprisal of a song (i.e. Prince Ali (Reprise)) or an independent song used or sung by a villain (i.e. Tiptoe Through the Tulips used as the theme for the Lipstick-Face Demon from Insidious).

Villainous independent songs

A song does not have to appear in a movie, video game, television show, etc. to be a villain song. Some artists have released songs about or by villainous characters that they simply release as singles or part of their albums. "Smoke and Mirrors" by Jayn and "When You're Evil" by Voltaire are good examples of this.

Villain themes and tracks

The Villain Song Wiki also allows instrumental, musical tracks associated with villains. However, the track must be mainly associated with a villain. Tracks for, say, the final battle between a hero and villain do not count because it is equally about the hero and villain. However, personal themes or tracks with the villains' names do count.

Not simply dark songs

While many dark and disturbing songs exist, not all are villain songs. Songs dealing with dark subjects are not immediately villain songs unless they are explicitly about a villainous character OR an evil object.

Not sound effects

While certain sound effects (such as Darth Vader's iconic breathing) are often associated with villains, they will not be featured here, even if they are musical in nature. It must be a song or a track.

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