Music Meister

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.

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.

Music Meister
Music Meister
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
  • Vocal Hypnosis through singing
  • Conductor's baton shoots music sheet-like lasers

Fictional character biography

Batman: The Brave and the Bold

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)

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 equipment

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.

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In other media



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

Video games

  • The Music Meister appears as a playable character in Lego Batman 3: Beyond Gotham, voiced by Troy Baker.
  • A store named "Music Meister's" can be found on Gotham City's Chinatown in Batman: Arkham Knight.
  • The Music Meister appears as a playable character in Lego DC Super-Villains, voiced by J.P. Karliak.


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Mayhem of the Music Meister!

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