The Music Meister is a villain from Batman: the Brave and the Bold.
He was created exclusively for the series, and is voiced by Neil Patrick Harris of Doogie Howser M.D. fame who also voiced Dr. Blowhole.
He is loosely inspired by the Music Master, a one-shot villain used in the Justice League episode "Legends", one of the villains of an alternated universe who turns out to be a creation of the mutant Ray Thompson (incidentally, Ray was also voiced by Neil Patrick Harris). Like the later villain, Music Master has red hair and a gap in his teeth, but the similarities end there.
Music Meister mentions that he discovered his powers as a child and used it on those who bullied him for singing in choir, using his hypnotic voice to force them to dance. As he sang during his first song "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!".
Music Meister makes his presence known to the world when he used his hypnotic voice to control fellow villains Gorilla Grodd, Black Manta, and Clock King, as well as Aquaman, Green Arrow, and Black Canary. Using his six mind puppets, Music Meister hijacked a government satellite he plans to use to project his voice across the world. His actions caught the attention of Batman, and his eyes caught hold of Black Canary. When he failed to win her over, Music Meister decided to do away with her and Batman by tying them up in a death trap. But in his arrogance, Music Meister underestimated his opponents. The two heroes managed to escape the trap and faced off against Music Meister and a mind-controlled world. Even Black Canary appeared to be caught in his spell and began singing. Batman challenged the hypnotized Canary to sing higher than he. Batman used the ruse to grab Music Meister's microphone staff and hold it to Canary's mouth, amplifying her sonic scream enough to shatter the Meister's amplifiers, ending his control over the world and allowing Batman to take him out with one punch.
Lego Batman 3: Beyond Gotham
Music Meister can be a playable character in videogame Lego Batman 3.
Powers and Abilities
Music Meister's singing voice contains a hypnotic frequency that allows him to control minds. It also has the unusual ability of forcing his victims to express themselves only through song and dance, as if they are in a musical.
His weapon of choice is a cane/baton outfitted with a microphone that allows him to amplify his voice, and shoots sonic blasts that resemble sheet music. His mode of transportation is a motorcycle shaped like a beamed note. This can also convert to a scooter shaped like an eighth note, and to a helicopter.
The Music Meister changes outfits and hairstyles frequently over the course of the episode, having an extensive collection of ensembles based on different styles of music. One thing that remains the same is his sheet-music styled glasses. His outfits include -
- A conductor's outfit, seen before the show's title sequence.
- A zoot suit reminiscent of a 1930s big band leader.
- A cloak and mask, a lá The Phantom of the Opera.
- A Liberace-style tux and fur cape.
- A ruffled suit and wig like an 18th century composer.
- A Harold Hill styled bandleader's outfit.
- A '70s style disco suit with bell-bottoms and afro wig.
- A suit like the members of KISS, complete with white face paint.
- A cowboy outfit with a guitar (presumably another weapon).
- A viking outfit, resembling a Wagnerian opera singer.
- An Elvis style white suit.
- An '80s punk rock outfit with a mohawk.
- His special, sonic-powered battle suit, outfitted with amplifiers on the shoulders.