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The Music Meister is a fictional character created by Mike Jelenic and James Tucker, appearing in "Mayhem of the Music Meister!", an episode of Batman: The Brave and the Bold, voiced by Neil Patrick Harris. The character later appeared in the comic book sequel to the series of the same name, published by DC Comics.

Music Meister
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The Music Meister, as he appears in Batman: The Brave and the Bold.
Publication information
PublisherDC Comics
First appearanceBatman: The Brave and the Bold
"Mayhem of the Music Meister!"
First comic appearanceBatman: The Brave and the Bold #16 (April 2012)
Created byMichael Jelenic & James Tucker
Voiced byNeil Patrick Harris
In-story information
Alter egoDennis Neville Prowell
SpeciesMetahuman
Abilities
  • Vocal Hypnosis through singing
  • Conductor's baton shoots music sheet-like lasers

The first live-action version of the character appeared in an episode of the third season of The Flash and an episode of the second season of Supergirl played by Darren Criss on The CW.

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Fictional character biographyEdit

Batman: The Brave and the BoldEdit

The Music Meister, a villain capable of controlling others through song, first appeared in the Batman: The Brave and the Bold's episode "Mayhem of the Music Meister!" voiced by Neil Patrick Harris. In order to hijack a United Nations communications satellite, he induces Black Manta, Gorilla Grodd, Clock King (who are there to steal the satellite themselves), Black Canary, Green Arrow and Aquaman (there to stop the other villains) to commit the crime for him, launching it into space after they install a device inside it. ("I'm The Music Meister") During the song, Music Meister relates his origin:

Bullies used to pick on me because I sang in Choir.

But something very strange occurred when I kept singing higher.

The ruffians around me quickly fell into a trance. And it was then with wicked glee I made those puppets dance.

When Batman intervenes, he orders them to attack the hero, which they do in a dance style reminiscent of West Side Story. His plan successful, the Meister escapes by forcing his captives to dance towards the rocket blast, leaving Batman to rescue them rather than apprehend the villain. Meister flees to an empty opera house where, in a reference to Phantom of the Opera, he plays the organ to a cardboard audience. Batman tries to capture him on a cross-town chase, as Meister releases the inmates and villains from Blackgate Prison and Arkham Asylum. ("Drives Us Bats") Having heard Black Canary sing about her unrequited love for Batman ("If Only"), the Meister falls for her, but not enough to give up villainy. Canary, in turn, firmly rejects him.

Meister manages to capture Black Canary and Batman and puts them in a death trap. ("Death Trap") They escape just as Music Meister uses the satellite to hypnotize the world with his music. ("The World Is Mine") When Black Canary becomes his slave, Batman tricks her into singing as high as he. He then seizes the Meister's microphone and uses the satellite to transmit Canary's sonic scream and break the mind control. Batman finally defeats the Music Meister and kindly rejects Black Canary's advances for a final time. Though Black Canary gives up on Batman, she finds love with Green Arrow, who had also held unrequited feelings for her for the duration of the episode ("If Only (Reprise)").

Batman: The Brave and the Bold (comics)Edit

The Music Meister later appeared in Batman: The Brave and the Bold #16 (April 2012). After Bat-Mite became instantly infatuated with Batgirl and tried to impress her with his magic, conjuring up scenarios from the comic books he's read. During the wedding, he teleported the Music Meister, Pied Piper, and another musician for entertainment. The Music Meister tried to take control of Bat-Mite, but he was knocked out before his powers could take effect.

Powers, abilities, and equipmentEdit

The Music Meister is a metahuman with the ability to cause every living being who hears his voice to burst into singing and dancing as though they were in a musical. In this hypnotic state, they are compelled to obey the Meister's commands, including those that endanger themselves. His influence is effective even when he is several feet away or in another room. The effects of his vocal hypnosis can be blocked out using ear plugs. The deaf and the hearing impaired are also immune to his powers. Victims recover their normal faculties within moments after the Meister departs or is rendered unconscious. In addition, he appears to have the uncanny ability to change his outfits extremely quickly that represent different eras in music history, such as Elvis Presley's leisure suit and Cab Calloway's zoot suit.

Music Meister carries a rod-shaped weapon resembling a conductor's baton that fires energy blasts shaped like musical scores. For transportation, he rides a fast, highly maneuverable scooter in the shape of two beamed quarter notes.

Other versionsEdit

Chris KingEdit

Chris King is quite literally the hero of a thousand faces. He is a user of the legendary H Dial who was part of a team with Vick Grant. Each time he goes into action, he has a new and completely different identity and powers, conjured up entirely at random in a pattern that never repeats itself, in one of the missions he used the name "Music Master". He first appears in Legion of Super-Heroes Vol 2 # 272 (February, 1981) and was created by Marv Wolfman and Carmine Infantino. He has also used the names Moth, Doomster, Wrangler, Volcano, Mister Thin, Dragonfly, Zeep, Steadfast, Avatar, Power Punch, Glassman, Trouble Clef, Puffball, X-Rayder, Kinetic Kid, Jimmy Gymnastic, Trailblazer, Any- Body, Earth-Man, Spheror, Red Devil, Rock, Mister Opposite, Topsy-Turvy, Centaurus, Spectro, Hasty Pudding, Prism, Electrostatic, White, Brimstone, Stuntmaster, Radar Man, Shadow Master, Deflecto, Worm Man, Air Master, Sting, Attacker, Galaxy, Enlarger-Man and Ragnarok. This Music Master powers are: a superhero with a radio that turned sound into energy he could manipulate.

In other mediaEdit

TelevisionEdit

FilmEdit

The Music Meister appears as a background character in Scooby-Doo! & Batman: The Brave and the Bold.

Video gamesEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Ge, Linda (January 23, 2017). "'The Flash'-'Supergirl' Musical Crossover Adds Darren Criss as Villain". TheWrap. Retrieved May 7, 2017.
  2. ^ Mitovich, Matt Webb (January 8, 2017). "Supergirl and The Flash to Battle The Music Meister in Musical Crossover". TV Line. Retrieved May 7, 2017.
  3. ^ Fitzpatrick, Kevin (January 23, 2017). "'Supergirl,' 'Flash' Set Fellow 'Glee' Alum Darren Criss as Music Meister". ScreenCrush. Retrieved May 7, 2017.