Bad to the Bone – TV Tropes You’re watching a movie and abruptly you hear a familiar song. From the cue you know that shit is going to go down and it is going to go down hard. This trope is humbly dedicated to any song that has been used in so many movies that playing it in a new movie tells the audience exactly what’s going to happen in the scene (and often draws groans of “Not that one again!”).
Not to be confused with Bad with the Bone.
The Trope Namer is George Thorogood’s “Bad to the Bone”, a traditional badass blues-rock song commonly used to underscore a “cool” outlaw character. The best-known instance of this is as the Terminator emerges Hell-Bent for Leather in Terminator 2: Judgment Day.