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Sometimes, movies and TV series will feature their theme song as part of the background music of the show itself. This differs from the use of insert songs
, which are usually one-use songs and typically do feature vocals.
Some soundtracks do a ton of this. For those, see Theme And Variations Soundtrack
This trope has two main forms:
Form 1: Karaoke Form
Karaoke version of theme song, used in soundtrack. May or may not include backup singers.
Examples of form 1:
Form 2: Instrumental Form
Instrumental arrangement of the theme song, usually by the composer of the soundtrack.
Examples of form 2:
- The two calmer arrangements of the "Cruel Angel's Thesis" that appear in the last episode of Neon Genesis Evangelion.
- Uta Kata features three of these based on the opening theme and one based on the closing theme; one of the opening theme instrumental arrangements is a fanfare used during the Episode Title Card.
- Kiddy Grade features an instrumental arrangement of the ending theme in episode 20. Its soundtrack contains instrumental arrangements of the opening and the ending themes.
- Noir contains a "piano version" (which actually contains a few other instruments) of the ending theme, which is occasionally used.
- Partial example: The "sound of drums" in the Master's head in Doctor Who is the same beat pattern from the show's theme.
- The season eight finale of Scrubs, obviously originally intended to be the series finale, finishes with an instrumental version of the theme song.
- A Treme cold opens ends with a class of students breaking into the theme song. Their teacher groans at their effort. Then, the actual theme song kicks in.
- Sailor Moon's locket from Season 1 had a musicbox version of the theme song.
Similar instances in other media
- Final Fantasy VIII's famous soundtrack topper, "Eyes On Me", is remixed for the track "Julia".
(Keep the examples coming! Thanks for all of them!)
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