Something wicked this way comes (phrase)

Something wicked this way comes (phrase)

The phrase "something wicked this way comes" originates in Act IV scene 1 of William Shakespeare's play "Macbeth". The speaker is the second witch, whose full line is, "By the pricking of my thumbs, something wicked this way comes." The wicked thing is Macbeth himself, by this point in the play a traitor and murderer.

Like many phrases from Shakespeare, it has become a popular choice for titles in pop culture. Its enduring usage may be due in part to Ray Bradbury's novel of the same name.

In literature

* "Something Wicked This Way Comes" (1962) is a novel by Ray Bradbury.
* "Something Chocolate This Way Comes" is the title of the 21st "Baby Blues" book.

In film

* "Something Wicked This Way Comes" is a 1983 film based on the Bradbury novel, starring Jason Robards and Jonathan Pryce.
* "Something wicked this way comes" is a lyric sung in "Harry Potter and The Prisoner of Azkaban" film. It was also used as a tagline to the film on posters and other promotional material.
* "Something wicked this way hops" is the tagline of the 2005 film "".
* "By the pricking of my thumbs, something wicked this way comes." Alister Crowley in Chemical Wedding.

In television

* Two different American animated series, "The Grim Adventures of Billy and Mandy" and "Tiny Toon Adventures", contain episodes called "Something Stupid This Way Comes". Both episodes parody the novel by Bradbury.
* "Something Wicca This Way Comes" is the first episode of the TV show "Charmed". Another episode later on in the series is called "Something Wicca This Way Goes".
* "Something Wall-Mart This Way Comes" is a 2004 episode of "South Park" which deals with a Wal-Mart being built in South Park and the people becoming addicted to it.
* "Something "Wicked" This Way Comes" is the title of a 2007 episode of "Ugly Betty".
* "Something Wicked This Way Comes" is a 2005 episode of "Joan of Arcadia".
* "Something Wicked" is the title of a 2006 episode of "Supernatural". On the DVD release one of the chapters of the episode is titled "...this way comes".
* "With the pricking of my thumbs, something wicked this way comes." Rory (played by Alexis Bledel) quotes Shakespeare in Season One, Episode 13 of "Gilmore Girls" originally aired on February 15, 2001.
* "Great, something wicked this way comes." Caitlyn Geller (Played by Alyson Stoner) quotes Shakespeare in the Disney Channel original movie "Camp Rock"

In music

* "Something Wicked" is a song by British Sea Power.
* "Something Wicked This Way Comes" is a 1998 album by Iced Earth. It is also the name of the trilogy of songs on the same album, "Prophecy", "Birth of the Wicked" and "The Coming Curse".
* "Something Wicked" is a 1993 album by Nuclear Assault. In the title song, the whole phrase, "By the pricking of my thumbs, something wicked this way comes" is used.
* "Something Wicked This Way Comes" is a song by Ex-Bloodhound Gang singer Daddy Long Legs in the band Wolfpac.
* The same title was used for albums by The Enid (1983), Sopor Aeternus (2000), The Herbaliser (2002) and Cheyne (2004).
* "Something Wicked This Way Comes" is a song by Barry Adamson, from the album "Oedipus Schmoedipus", that was included on the soundtrack of the 1997 David Lynch film "Lost Highway".
* "Something Wicked This Way Comes" is a song by the female-fronted heavy-metal band Doro, from their eponymous 1990 album.
* "Something Wicked" is a song by Siouxsie and the Banshees and the B-side of the (Sept. 1988) single "The Killing Jar". The lyrics of the song include the entire phrase "By the pricking of my thumbs, something wicked this way comes."
* "Sumthin' Wicked This Way Comes" is a song on TLC (band)'s 1994 album "CrazySexyCool."
* The phrase is used in the chorus of Sting's "Jeremiah Blues (Part I)" from the Album "Soul Cages".
* The song "Fearless" by New York-based band The Bravery (from their self titled album) opens with the lines "Too many fingers, too many thumbs / Something wicked this way comes".
* The complete phrase, "By the pricking of my thumbs, something wicked this way comes," is used in the song "Book of Thel" by Bruce Dickinson.
* "Something Green And Leafy This Way Comes" is an album by Canadian punk rock band SNFU.
* The phrase is used as the chorus in the 2Pac song "Something Wicked" from his album "2Pacalypse Now".
* In David Usher's "Black Black Heart", the opening line is "Something Ugly this way comes."
* Heard in Oysterhead's "Army's on Ecstasy" as "Something wicked this way roars."
* The Herbaliser, a Ninja Tunes trip-hop band, released album called "Something wicked this way comes" in 2002, with the first song "Something Wicked".
* On the Barclay James Harvest 1990 Album "Welcome to the Show", the phrase is used in its entirety in the song "Lady Macbeth".
* British Folk metal band Skyclad utilise the full phrase as part of the lyrics from the song ' Wickedest Man in th World' on the album Jonahs Ark
* American horrorpunk band Misfits use the phrase in their song "Them."

Miscellaneous

* Something Wicked This Way Comes" is the title of a touring stage show presented by Derren Brown.
* "Something Wicked This Way Comes" was the tagline used to market the Lexus GS (1998-2005).
* In the game Silent Hill 3, "Something Wicked This Way Comes" is written across an unlockable shirt.
* The phrase is spoken in "Max Payne" on the first scene, chapter 4.
* "Something Wicked This Way Burns", a fictional film about Mr. Burns of "The Simpsons", appearing in a 2005 issue of the Simpson comic series.
* In the book "The Art of Discworld" there is a picture of Greebo the cat entitled "Something Wicked This Way Comes".
* In the game Vampire The Masquerade Bloodlines the line is spoken by the Nosferatu Primogen Gary during the player's meeting with him.


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