When a character is supposed to be a bad singer, they will often use a ridiculous fake voice to simulate a supposedly "tone deaf" sound. Sliding the notes up and down randomly and screeching at the top of your lungs, often complemented by [[PainfulRhyme bad lyrics]], is a popular portrayal of bad singing, even though it is blatantly fake to anyone who has ever heard the real thing. If you listen to genuine bad singing (for example, certain ''Series/AmericanIdol'' contestants, or Jeremy Hardy on ''[[Radio/ImSorryIHaventAClue I'm Sorry I Haven't A Clue]]'', or any unskilled person trying to karaoke at a party), it typically sounds nothing like this.

There's a very good reason for trained (or even just "decent") singers to do this: they have to ignore everything they've learned about singing (which is naturally hard for people who've trained for years). But even after just a year or two of singing the proper way, the physical mechanics of singing mean that it's genuinely hard for someone to return to their untrained or "bad" singing since trained singers habitually try to ''correct'' being off-key or off-tempo as soon as they realize it or someone points it out. Hence, the best way for them to consistently sing badly is to make their singing so horrendously godawful that they stop trying to correct themselves. It's like a self-inflicted InformedFlaw. (Also, trained singers are quite sensitive to the stress on their vocal tract that most styles of bad singing cause--they shy away, voluntarily or otherwise, from what feels like it's doing damage.)

Even if not familiar with proper vocal techniques, the majority of people are capable of hitting the approximate notes and even harmonizing within a group. In addition, most anyone when listening to music can recognize when a note is off-key. Because this includes the audience as well, the extreme is usually needed in order to properly convey someone who cannot sing at all. Not to mention, it's OK to laugh at fake bad singing, but most audience members are hesitant to laugh at bad singing that is too real, just in case it is.

Expect "tone deaf" to be misused as a blanket term to describe anyone who sings badly. A truly tone deaf person lacks "relative pitch," the ability to hear the difference between musical notes. A great deal of self-proclaimed "tone deaf" people can't sing because they're untrained, not because they have any sort of impairment.

The "cause" of true tone deafness, if it can be called that, is the fact that people's own voices sound very different in their heads from how they do to other people, due to the fact that people hear their own voices through bone conduction, rather than just air conduction. As a result, there are some people whose voices in their heads are pitched several notes higher or lower than the way they sound to other people (leading to DoIReallySoundLikeThat as soon as the phonograph was invented). If this is the case for someone, it takes a great deal more work and training for that person to learn to match pitch in a way that sounds good to other people.

This Trope is something of a TruthInTelevision, since singing badly on cue is actually quite difficult for someone who hasn't had vocal training or genuinely ''is'' tone deaf. Therefore an actor needs to be a good singer in reality in order to have the vocal discipline required to play a bad singer in character (don't think about that too much). Of course [[CuttingTheKnot another solution]] would be to just cast someone who really is a bad singer, but that would be kind of mean, and anyway most actors do have at least a bit of training in diction and vocal production.

For extra comedy, the bad vocals may become a GlassShatteringSound.

A close cousin of StylisticSuck. Related to VocalRangeExceeded, where the notes are too high or too low for the singer's voice. See BadBadActing for this trope applied to acting. Compare CuteButCacophonic. DugInDeeper is this trope masquerading as a plot. See also IronyAsSheIsCast. Also compare DreadfulMusician, when this is exaggerated beyond the bounds of impossibility.



* Lucia without her pearl in ''Anime/MermaidMelodyPichiPichiPitch''. Accidentally averted in the same series with Caren, [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=c669tIMT2EE a genuine]] [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oAoiylgrMKk terrible singer]].
* In ''Manga/AzumangaDaioh'' Yomi is supposedly a bad singer, but when you consider that her VA is Creator/RieTanaka, another very famous actress known for performing anime theme songs, the "bad" singing ends up sounding completely fake.
** [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vIxRFoJURRc It's still hilarious, though.]]
* Averted in [[Anime/HighSchoolStarMusical StarMyu]] - the issues with Hoshitani's technique in his audition in episode 1 are real. Also, compare most of his diegetic singing - e.g. that audition, or his [[spoiler: attempts at Alexis' Shadow's song in season 2]] - with his non-diegetic "Hoshi no Stride" in the end of episode 1. (His diegetic singing is good when the song matches the mood of Hoshi no Stride).
* In episode 16 of ''Anime/MaiHime'' Natsuki attempts to sing and does a horrible job of sounding like she can't. As a bonus for viewers, the song she's pretending she can't sing was sung by Saeko Chiba, who voiced... Natsuki.
* An obscure show called ''Anime/KoiKoi7'' features [[http://youtube.com/watch?v=-91xDq42C-Y singing]] (go to about 1:50) by a character named Miya that is truly indescribably horrible and you can understand how it [[BrownNote knocked everyone out]].
* The otherwise angelic Aya Hirano's screaming/singing as Konata on ''Anime/LuckyStar''.
* ShowWithinAShow ''Anime/KujibikiUnbalance'' takes this to the n-th degree with [[DreadfulMusician Tokino's]] karaoke. Not only is her singing completely over-the-top tone-deaf, [[Creator/JojiNakata it's not even her own voice actor doing the singing]].
* A recurring gag in ''Anime/{{Doraemon}}'' is that Gian/Big G is a terrible singer. One time he was on TV, his singing voice was so bad that it actually ''hospitalized'' several people.
* Several characters exhibit this trope in a karaoke-themed episode of ''Anime/DigimonAdventure''. It's present in both the [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JckrUMveNbQ Japanese]] and [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kcWB8mg5yCc English]] versions.
* Eimi Date in ''Anime/PrettySammy TV'' (aka Anime/MagicalProjectS). Her classmates have to silence her whenever the class sings.
** In the soundtrack [=CDs=], Eimi's seiyuu sings her signature song straight, proving that she's at least a competent singer--except it sounds completely wrong and disappointing, because Eimi's song ''should'' be sung lethally off-key and with great gusto.
* Coco from ''Anime/{{Pecola}}''. In one episode, she was practicing her singing for Pecola's band, which was assaulting on the ears of everyone in Cube Town. [[spoiler: Towards the end of the episode, Coco's screechy voice became smooth during vocalization, and Pecola compliments her on it.]]
* Whenever Franchise/{{Kirby}} [[PowerCopying copies]] a singing ability in the anime, his own allies shudder in dread of his [[BrownNote apocalyptically bad singing]]. [[AllThereInTheManual The Manual]] stats this is how the enemy-erasing "microphone" ability in the game works. One of the opening sequences in one of the games even has him being attacked by his own music notes.
* Shinichi (and therefore Conan) in ''Manga/DetectiveConan'' is tone deaf and can't sing worth beans. (His [[Creator/MinamiTakayama Japanese voice actress]], however, [[IronyAsSheIsCast makes up half of the J-Pop duo Two-Mix.]]) This isn't consistent; in a NonSerialMovie he has perfect pitch, but still sings terribly.
* Akira Nagisa in ''Chrome Breaker'' - so bad she scares [[spoiler: magical sidekick]] birds.
* In ''Anime/HidamariSketch'', Yuno's bad singing manifests as a completely different (but consistent!) melody line -- which [[DitzyGenius Miyako]] can subsequently sing back perfectly.
* Maya Natsume in ''Anime/TenjouTenge''; she loses her karaoke "battle" with [[FriendlyEnemies Friendly Enemy]] Mitsuomi because she's a terrible singer. Since her voice actress in the anime was Creator/AyaHisakawa, they telegraphed this by making her Hollywood Tone Deaf - in the karaoke scene, she basically just groans into the mic.
* ''Anime/MagicKnightRayearth'': According to WordOfGod, Hikaru Shidou has singing as her worst subject in school. Surprisingly, her seiyuu Hekiru Shiina was actually an accomplished singer. This is played around in one moment when Hikaru seems like having NoIndoorVoice.
* Some characters' renditions of the Zetsubou Sensei Drawing Song in ''Anime/SayonaraZetsubouSensei'' delve into this, most noticeably with Kaere Kimura.
** Who is voiced by Creator/YuuKobayashi, who, like Creator/RieTanaka, is a fine singer.
* One episode of ''Anime/MapleTown'' has the HollywoodToneDeaf Puriprin picked for the lead role in a play. HilarityEnsues as everyone is kept up at night by her ear-shredding attempts at "singing practice". The kicker? The VA for Puriprin is none other than Satoko Yamano, who sings the opening and ending theme songs.
* Averted with TakehitoKoyasu, of all people, in ''{{Anime/Macross 7}}.'' Even though he's an accomplished singer, he manages to be very believably, incredibly off-key when singing the theme song. (His character, Gamlin, is tone deaf.)
* Both English and Japanese versions of female Ranma in ''Manga/RanmaOneHalf'' belt out an off-key verse during the "Tendo Family's Christmas Scramble" OAV, where she's shanghaied into joining Kasumi, Nabiki, Akane, and Shampoo in a song to entertain the guests. Similarly, the [[NoExportForYou Japan-only]] "Hot Song Battle Contest" album and OAV have her ''screeching'' out a cloyingly cute kiddy song about balloons. While Brigitta Dau's singing credentials are unknown, Music/MegumiHayashibara is actually an excellent singer, including her in-character performances as part of the [=DoCo=] supergroup (which is composed of those same five characters) as well as the rest of the ''Manga/RanmaOneHalf'' ImageSong collections.
* Rio in ''Anime/SoundOfTheSky'' -- played by the aforementioned Creator/YuuKobayashi -- sings a god-awful [[ThemeTuneCameo snippet of the opening theme song]] in one of the DVD-only extra episodes. Then again, the character is a trumpeter, not a singer, and is completely drunk at the time.
* ''Manga/KOn''
** Although [[Creator/AkiToyosaki Yui's]] {{seiyuu}} is quite a talented singer, during a childhood memory scene, she sings an ear-grinding song about turtles, not only off-key, but mostly off-beat as well.
** Azusa can't sing at all.
* In the KaraokeBox episode of ''Anime/{{Kannagi}}'', some of the characters sing their songs pretty badly. The singing is made better for the ImageSong release.
* In ''Manga/{{Bakuman}}'', Miho is nervous about Mashiro hearing her singing, because she says she's not very good. The first time she's heard on TV, her best friend Kaya laughs at her and Mashiro feels as embarrassed as he thinks she must have felt. Creator/SaoriHayami, on the other hand, is praised as one of the best singers among modern voice actresses, and sings fairly well. Eventually, however, Azuki gets better at singing, and sends Mashiro some of her songs on a disk.
* Once in ''LightNovel/{{Gosick}}'' Victorique singing was mistaken for her moaning in pain.
* Giroro from ''Anime/KeroroGunso'' has ''no'' singing talent at all. Made painfully clear when he's ordered to [[ItMakesSenseInContext lullaby the temporarily age reverted Kururu]]. His screeching singing is so horrible, it drives Kururu to hit the self destruct button on his human suit to make it stop.
** However, his voice-actor is the ''lead singer'' on the show's first theme song.
* In the last episode of the first season of ''Manga/TheWorldGodOnlyKnows'', a sleep-deprived and delirious Keima sings [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xQj4IswJA_E a beautiful song]] - with backup singers!
* Haruka in ''Manga/KotouraSan'' does this with [[ThemeTuneCameo the anime's OP and ED]].
* In ''LightNovel/SasamiSanAtGanbaranai'', the titular character sings the ending ''very'' half-heartedly. The fifth episode, she duets with Kagami - the former sings normally and the latter sings half-heartedly and doesn't know the words.
* In ''Manga/SaikinImoutoNoYousuGaChottoOkashiindaGa'', Yuuya cannot sing, at all. He even butchers something as simple as the "Happy Birthday" song. Even Hiyori, who practically worships the ground he walks on, cannot stand his singing.
* Tomoko Kuroki's voice actress sings the Ending Theme of ''Manga/NoMatterHowILookAtItItsYouGuysFaultImNotPopular'' with an exaggerated whiny, nasal voice and off-key and, as the song goes on, she starts to have an emotional breakdown, resulting in singing worse.
* In the seventh episode of the original ''Manga/SailorMoon'' anime, Usagi and Naru [[ThemeTuneCameo sing the title theme]], but are badly off-key. Usagi's Japanese voice actress, Creator/KotonoMitsuishi, is an accomplished singer who recorded multiple [=CDs=] both related to the show and not. Also, Naru's voice actress in the Creator/VizMedia redub, Creator/DanielleJudovits, has sung in theatrical musicals.
* The main protagonist Urno from ''Manga/DamekkoDoubutsu'' has a terrible singing voice. So bad that it can be heard throughout the entire forest.
* Mana Aida of ''Anime/DokiDokiPrecure'' has a hideous singing voice that Rikka and Alice covered their ears and ran for cover when she tried singing a lullaby for baby fairy Ai-chan, also sending birds flying in terror. When she tries again in ''Anime/PrettyCureAllStars Spring Carnival'', the entire team covers their ears and catches the much more musically-inclined Anime/SuitePrettyCure team off-guard, with Hibiki screaming "This is ''music''?!"
* Tomoyo Kurosawa has to deliberately sing badly in episode 4 of ''Anime/YukiYunaIsAHero'' during several scenes where Itsuki is struggling to sing in [[PerformanceAnxiety front of other people]] because of her shyness. The rest of Kurosawa’s vocal work for the series, [[spoiler:especially in episode 9]], shows that she’s actually a very good singer.

[[folder:Fan Works]]
* ''Fanfic/ShadowOfTheDragon'': Both Meiling and Toya describe Syaoran's singing in chapter 14 as sounding like a strangled cat.
* In ''FanFic/QueenOfShadows'', Jade's kitsune slave handmaiden Koeri is eventually shown to be both absolutely awful at singing, and completely oblivious to this fact, much to the aggravation of Jade and all the other Shadowkhan.

[[folder:Films -- Animation]]
* ''WesternAnimation/{{Shrek}}'': a sequence in which Fiona's (''also'' voiced by Cameron Diaz) singing kills a bird actually had a ''talented'' singer come in and replicate the sound of an incredibly off-key note. This was noted on the DVD, in which they explained that a true bad note required either a truly tone-deaf person or a professional singer that knew the difference.
* Grace on ''Disney/HomeOnTheRange''. It's actually important because [[spoiler: it was the one thing [[ImmuneToMindControl keeping her from being brainwashed]] by Slim's [[MindControlMusic hypnotic yodeling]], unlike all the other cows.]]
* Garth from ''WesternAnimation/AlphaAndOmega''. He is such a bad howler that birds drop from the sky every time he sings. However, it actually portrays this trope rather realistically, as he just hasn't learned how to properly howl; [[spoiler:once Lilly gave him some lessons, he sings very well.]]
* Peewit in ''WesternAnimation/TheSmurfsAndTheMagicFlute'', particularly in "The Ballad of Friendship". His singing is so bad that it brings on the rain. He also gets constantly kicked off the stage when he tries to join in with the minstrels playing "Life Is A Voyage" in the United States English version and "Gentle Lady" in the United Kingdom English version.
* In ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyTheMovie'', Baby Lickety Split[[note]]Who was voiced by Alice Playten, who had previously appeared in [[IronyAsSheIsCast Broadway]] productions.[[/note]] is commonly perceived to be this during the "I'll Go it Alone" number, especially during the end.
** In ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyEquestriaGirlsRainbowRocks'', [[spoiler:the Dazzlings are given incredible singing abilities by magical pendants, and are revealed to be horrific singers once they're destroyed. This is aided by two of them being played by non-singers, with separate actresses being used for their singing until this scene.]]

[[folder:Films -- Live-Action]]
* Minnie Driver's character in ''Film/GoldenEye''.
--> '''Film/JamesBond:''' Who's strangling the cat?\\
'''Zukovsky:''' [shoots Bond's chair] That is Irina, my mistress!\\
'''Bond:''' [[SarcasmMode Very talented girl.]]
* Cameron Diaz has done this multiple times in her films.
** In ''Film/MyBestFriendsWedding'', Cameron Diaz's karaoke actually sounds realistically off.
** Amanda in ''Film/TheHoliday'', also portrayed by Cameron Diaz. She's singing along with the radio. Badly. And inordinately loudly [though the reason she's doing it is a plot point].
** In ''Film/{{Gambit}}'', Cameron Diaz, as Puznowski, again delivers a slightly off-key and off-tempo performance in karaoke.
* Creator/AnnaFaris' character in ''Film/LostInTranslation''...who is said to be a NoCelebritiesWereHarmed version of Cameron Diaz.
* Faris does it again in the second ''Film/ScaryMovie.'' She butchers Vitamin C's "Graduation" so badly that the track on the radio stops and tells her to [[PrecisionFStrike "shut the fuck up and let me sing.'']]
* Summer, the band manager from ''Film/SchoolOfRock''. The DVD commentaries tell us (and prove to us) that Creator/MirandaCosgrove, her actress, actually sings really well, and she had to be taught how to sing badly.
* Averted in Creator/StevenSpielberg's ''Film/TheWarOfTheWorlds'' when Tom Cruise's character sings to his daughter. It toes the line between off-key and too-good-for-an-average-Joe nicely.
* ''Film/AmericanBeauty'': Kevin Spacey sings along to "American Woman." Terribly.
* Hammer in ''Film/ImGonnaGitYouSucka'', who sings a very poor rendition of "Grazing in the Grass" as it plays on his car radio. It's funny to begin with, but he's played by singer Isaac Hayes, which takes it into CastingGag territory.
* The singing girls in ''Film/DickTracy'' were coached to sing worse than they normally would so that they could have the nasal, squeaking sound that invokes recordings from the 1930s.
* Two words: Literature/BridgetJones. Especially in the first movie.
* Cacofonix in the live-action film ''ComicBook/{{Asterix}} and Obelix vs. Caesar'' (based on the popular French comic series) is portrayed by Pierre Palmade; the character is supposed to be a really awful singer, but Pierre Palmade had to ''practice singing badly''.
* Clarke and Rogers (Dustin Hoffman and Warren Beatty) in ''Film/{{Ishtar}}''.
* The nuns of ''Film/SisterAct'' are all hilariously off-key and screechy. A few pointers from Whoopi Goldberg's character, however, has them singing like a proper choir. All of the actresses playing the nuns are genuinely good singers--except for the novice, the nun who ended up with most of the solos; her voice was dubbed over for those parts.
** She essentially assigned each nun a part within her vocal range, and made sure the sopranos, altos, and so on were standing in clusters rather than scattered around the risers. That alone really can make a good difference.
* Cleverly averted in ''Film/CitizenKane''. In order to put across the idea that Kane's mistress, Susan Alexander, is out of her depth in the opera, they overdubbed the actress with a professional opera singer, but hired an alto and had her try seriously to sing a soprano part. As a result, her singing voice sounds realistically strained.
* OlderThanTelevision: One of Carl "Alfalfa" Switzer's trademark shticks in ''Film/TheLittleRascals'' was his (deliberately, at least later on in life) off-key singing, which Alfalfa was oblivious to. Subverted in that Switzer was allegedly a gifted singer in real life.
* Thomas Jerome Newton in ''Film/TheManWhoFellToEarth'' fumbles his off-key way through a simple church hymn. Subverted in that he was portrayed by ''[[Music/DavidBowie David freakin' Bowie]]''
** Bowie played a bad singer again in ''Film/MerryChristmasMrLawrence'', in which his character Jack Celliers sings noticeably off-key with the other prisoners when the group sing hymns. Celliers even lampshades this later in the film.
* A number of the students auditioning for the Winter Musicale in ''Film/HighSchoolMusical'' displayed this trope (in addition to other bad singing tropes...)
* Averted by Denise Richards's off-key, whispered performance of "You're Just Too Good to Be True" (tastelessly addressed to Jesus; [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=olA0ibvLyz0&feature=related watch here]]) in Film/DropDeadGorgeous. She may be actually tone deaf, at least if the video of her singing at the 7th Inning Stretch of a Cubs game is any indication.
* Randy Watson (Creator/EddieMurphy) in ''Film/ComingToAmerica'', who performs Whitney Houston's "Greatest Love of All" with his band Sexual Chocolate. In real life, Murphy is a very talented singer and even recorded a music album titled "How Could It Be?" which included the Top 10 hit, "Party All The Time."
* Frank Drebin from ''Film/TheNakedGun''. Made worse by the fact that he was impersonating a famous opera singer, Enrico Pallazzo, while the said singer was [[HumiliationConga tied up and forced to watch.]]
* In the film ''Film/TheLosers'', Jensen sings a painfully screechy rendition of "Don't Stop Believing" while infiltrating the computer security company in order to convince bystanders that they don't want to join him in the elevator.
* In ''Film/{{Ted}}'', John tries to [[SerenadeYourLover win back]] Lori by singing "All Time High", the theme song of ''Film/{{Octopussy}}'', their favorite movie. Unfortunately, John's singing is so bad that the crowd boos and an angry man tries to assault him. In real life, Creator/MarkWahlberg is a talented singer.
* Earlier on, Wahlberg also did some bad singing in ''Film/BoogieNights'', mangling "The Touch" in a scene in which Dirk Diggler attempts a singing career.
* Creator/DavidSpade and Creator/ChrisFarley have a scene in ''Film/TommyBoy'' that ends with them singing along to "Superstar" by the Music/{{Carpenters}} at the top of their lungs. They're realistically bad (i.e., not great, but not terrible either).
* In the beginning of Creator/TheThreeStooges' short ''Brideless Groom'', music student Dee Green is rehearsing an ear-wrenching rendition of "The Voice of Spring" in front of her teacher, Shemp. Actually, Green was a classically trained soprano who taught music after retiring from the movies.
* Played straight in the film ''Film/FlorenceFosterJenkins'', a {{biopic}} of the famously GiftedlyBad opera singer mentioned below. Creator/MerylStreep (who is of course a trained and experienced singer, as seen in [[Film/MammaMia some of her other film roles]]) does a spectacularly bad job at screeching and warbling entirely out of key and tempo, reducing several characters to [[{{Corpsing}} helpless giggles]]. However, the trope is {{averted}} a bit as far as the "Hollywood" aspect goes-- although it sounds completely over the top, the real Florence [[RealityIsUnrealistic really did sing that badly]], and Streep is doing a dead-ringer imitation of her recordings.

[[folder:Live-Action TV]]
* ''Series/TheBradyBunch'': In real life, the four younger kids were varying levels of tone deaf, but Chris Knight was the most obvious one; by his admission, he cannot sing a note. This worked perfectly into the Season 3 episode "Dough Re Mi," where Peter's voice is going through puberty and begins to crack just as the kids are rehearsing Greg's newly written song. Still, Chris did record an entire album of duets with Maureen [=McCormick=] (who is a decent singer) and got a solo on ''[[Series/BradyBunchSpinOffs The Brady Bunch Variety Hour]]'' (covering The Carpenters' "Sing"). If you are familiar with the lyrics, "Sing" is the perfect song for the worst singer in the group.
* ''Series/LittleHouseOnThePrairie'': Both the Oleson girls. With Nancy, it's funny because her portrayer, Allison Balson, is a very talented singer. Alison Arngrim, who played Nellie, will be the first to admit she is a very bad singer.
* A prime example of this is Madame Edith from ''Series/AlloAllo'', who fancies herself a cabaret singer, and insists on singing to the customers of her cafe. (Some customers jam cheese in their ears to avoid the horror.)
* Lily in ''Series/HannahMontana'', London on ''Series/TheSuiteLifeOfZackAndCody'', a subplot on ''Series/ThatsSoRaven'', Paolo was exposed by Gordo, Isabella, and sometimes Lizzie to put a stop to his lip-synching in ''The Series/LizzieMcGuire Movie''....is there a Disney show that hasn't featured this?
* Not likely. Echo in another Disney series, ''Series/MrYoung'', is a very off key singer. Naturally she believes otherwise and the episode we find out is, of course the one were her friends try to stop her from embarressing herself at the school talent show. Though unlike others Echo doesn't learn she can't sing by the end, even attacking Brendan for admitting she can't sing seconds after telling him he could tell her honestly.
** This ''is'' subverted on ''Series/LizzieMcGuire'' where Miranda, to make up for her [[BadBadActing bad acting earlier in the episode]], does a decent job at singing.
* That one episode of ''Series/FullHouse'' where Jesse gives Rebecca singing lessons. Becky is shown to be a horrible singer when she joins Jesse, Danny, and Joey in singing Nicky and Alex to sleep. Jesse attempts to surreptitiously give her singing lessons and HilarityEnsues. [[spoiler:However, it's later shown that she's a wonderful singer when she's singing them actual lullabies]].
** Another example from ''Full House'' is Kimmy Gibbler, as exhibited during the 1989-90 season. One episode where D.J. is having trouble with her first babysitting job leads to Kimmy showing up early in the episode where the kid doesn't go to bed and Kimmy volunteers to sing (or more accurately, scream) a lullaby to him. Later that season, after Stephanie somehow backs the car into the kitchen window, she walks in nonchalantly. At that point, we hear Kimmy singing a little bit of the chorus of "Straight Up", sounding much better.
* Hyacinth in ''Series/KeepingUpAppearances''. Fits this trope to a T because Patricia Routledge is an accomplished stage actress with a more-than-adequate singing voice.
* A non-singing example is Klink's violin playing in ''Series/HogansHeroes''. His violin playing is hideous but he's the only one who doesn't seem to notice. Of course, in real life Werner Klemperer was a concert-level violinist.
* In an episode of ''Series/MamasFamily'', Mama has to audition to sing the town's anthem "Raytown, O Raytown" for a Founder's Day event and [[http://youtube.com/watch?v=mYzv5YpLSvs&feature=related mangles it rather badly]] before getting the part anyway [[AnAesop and refusing it]]. The actress, Vicki Lawrence, had a #1 hit in 1973 with "The Night the Lights Went Out in Georgia".
* ''Series/TimAndEricAwesomeShowGreatJob'' gives us Casey, who is (or appears to be) a severely mentally challenged young adult, who suffers emotional breakdowns on stage in addition to having poor singing talent. Note that Tim Heidecker is actually a skilled musician. In fact, ''most'' singing on the show isn't that great, but considering Tim and Eric's [[SoBadItsGood pool of actors]], [[PoesLaw it's a mystery as to which singers are faking it and which ones are genuinely bad.]]
* Any show on the "TNBC" Saturday-morning block had at least one episode dealing with someone who's "tone deaf" (and usually a love interest who's lying to them, saying their singing is wonderful.) Fun Fact: The ''Series/CaliforniaDreams'' episode of this trope (in which the girlfriend of the lead guitarist tried to join the band so she wouldn't be a "groupie") was named... "YokoOhNo!" (No bands were disbanded, however.)
* This was a running gag on ''Series/ILoveLucy''. Creator/LucilleBall was a [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6Y1UEMU1gBk decent, if not quite stellar]], singer in real life.
* Beautifully averted in an episode of ''Series/{{House}}'', with a little girl singing along -- only slightly off-key and off-rhythm -- to a CD as she gets dressed in the morning. As a bonus, the fact that she wasn't singing quite right took the scene from overly-cute to realistic and affecting.
* Averted in ''Series/PeepShow'' when Mark decides to sing "A Nightingale Sang in Berkeley Square" to Sophie, in a romantic moment. He's in tune - he just sounds nervous and as if he isn't putting much breath into it.
* Scully in ''Series/TheXFiles'' episode "Detour". In context Mulder cajoled Scully into singing when she didn't want to, so she wasn't very enthusiastic about it.
* ''Series/BuffyTheVampireSlayer'':
** Averted in the musical episode "Once More With Feeling". Actress Alyson Hannigan was a self-admitted poor singer and requested that she be given minimal singing lines in the episode to the point where her character's song was sung by her girlfriend. Michelle Trachtenberg also requested that Dawn's singing be minimized, and was given a ballet number to perform instead.
* ''Series/{{Angel}}'':
** "There's three things I don't do: tan, date, and sing in public." When forced to do the last at Lorne's karaoke club in the second-season opener "Judgement," Angel's completely monotonic, and badly off-tempo. (Then the outtakes of David Boreanaz that close the episode turn into one huge [[LampshadeHanging lampshade]] of this trope.) This was later lampshaded as being because of shyness and being self-conscious about picking love ballads every time.
*** However, when David Boreanaz sings on ''Series/{{Bones}}'', (which he does in a couple of episodes) he has a perfectly respectable voice.
** Harmony murdering "The Way We Were" onstage at Caritas.
* ''Series/{{Supernatural}}'' justified it in "No Rest For The Wicked". Creator/JensenAckles is known to be a [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LuACuW519Zo very good singer]] yet when Bon Jovi's "Wanted Dead Or Alive" comes on the radio, Dean (and later Sam) sings it obnoxiously loudly and badly. Why? Because it's his last day alive and he wants to cheer Sam up like the awesome big brother he is, that's why.
** Dean seems to alternate between being completely unable to sing a note and not being all that bad. He's not awful doing the REO Speedwagon tune, but when he sings a Christmas carol at some point, he's awful. Jensen Ackles actually said in an interview that he thinks Dean is the kind of character that couldn't carry a note if he tried, so he makes a deliberate attempt to sing badly.
** Jensen also confirmed at a convention that the writers wrote on his copy of the script, "JENSEN--DON'T SING ON KEY."
** Averted by Jared Padalecki, who plays Sam and genuinely can't sing.
*** Not necessarily. Jared may not be the best singer in existence, but he's not [[https://youtu.be/Hgt81jAr_88 tone deaf.]]
* Barney Fife had a whole episode devoted to how bad of a singer he is on ''Series/TheAndyGriffithShow'', even though he had sung with Andy on earlier shows, and Don Knotts had a fine country tenor voice.
* Averted in an episode of ''Series/{{Frasier}}'', featuring someone who is superior to Frasier in many ways but is a somewhat realistically awful singer.
* Played straight in ''Moesha''. Professional R&B singer Brandy has a terrible voice in the show, to make way for the talents of her co-stars.
* Averted in ''Series/{{Dexter}}'': When he's singing his girlfriend's children to sleep, Dexter's voice isn't horrible, just a little off-key. In real life, Michael C. Hall's a trained singer and Broadway performer with a very good voice. Jennifer Carpenter, on the other hand...
* Averted in ''Series/GilligansIsland'': Dawn Wells by her own admission is a terrible singer, so whenever an episode called for her to sing, her voice would generally be dubbed in by a professional singer. However, the episode "The Second Ginger Grant" called for an amnesiac Mary Ann, believing herself to be Ginger, to sing badly. Rather than faking a bad singing voice, Wells, knowing her own restrictions, made an earnest attempt to sing the song properly. The result ended up being just off key enough to sound believable and fit the plot at the same time.
* Creator/AndyKaufman's AlterEgoActing persona Tony Clifton, a LoungeLizard, averted this. Tony's problem wasn't that he couldn't hit notes, but that 1) his voice itself was incredibly nasally and unpleasant by nature, and 2) he was a usually grouchy {{Jerkass}} who picked on his audience. This aversion was probably one of several reasons many people (at least at first) were successfully fooled into thinking Andy and Tony were separate people.
* Subverted by Grace in ''Series/WillAndGrace''. In real life, Debra Messing has a perfectly serviceable, if not gorgeous, singing voice. Her character Grace kept to the tunes relatively well, but always started out way too high, and when the key of a song was supposed to change, she changed too far. A lot of poor singers actually do sing this way. Grace was also incredibly loud.
-->'''Grace:''' ''(singing)'' "My baby don't mess around becaus she loves me so and this I know for sure...''HEEEEY YAAA! HEEEY YAAA! HEEE--'' *phone rings* Hello? ...I'm sorry, I'll stop. Hold on, I have another call...hello? Yes, I'm sorry, I'll stop."
* ''Series/TouchedByAnAngel'' has Monica, who is also a bit self-conscious about this, because as an angel she loves to sing.
* Averted on ''Series/{{Seinfeld}}'', where Broadway star Jason Alexander was able to sound quite convincingly amateurish on George's musical answering machine message in the episode "The Suzie." But played straight when Jerry's girlfriend (Miss Rhode Island) tries to sing in "The Chaperone".
* In an episode of ''Series/StarTrekDeepSpaceNine'', Broadway actors Avery Brooks and Rene Auberjonois sing "You Can't Take That Away From Me" together; Brooks' character has a good voice, but Auberjonois sings in Odo's gravelly monotone, even though he's appeared on Broadway in musicals like ''Dance of the Vampire'', ''Big River'' and ''Coco''.
* ''Series/{{Jeopardy}}'' has a recurring category that avoids this: the clues will be the lyrics to a song, which are read automatically by either Alex Trebek himself, or occasionally by TheAnnouncer, Johnny Gilbert.
* ''[[Series/ThirtyRock 30 Rock]]'' has Cheyenne Jackson's character Danny Baker doing this very intentionally during a duet with diva Jenna Maroney in the 2009 Christmas Special so as not to steal her spotlight. At one point he slips into his natural (and excellent) singing voice and quickly switches back to [[HollywoodToneDeaf tone deaf]] after a DeathGlare from Jenna.
** Bonus points for knowing that Cheyenne Jackson and Jane Krakowski were both in the stage play of Xanadu before ''[[Series/ThirtyRock 30 Rock]]'' started (though not in the same cast; Jane was in an industry-only workshop performance of the musical with a different actor. Cheyenne joined the show later when the original male lead was injured and performed on Broadway with Kerry Butler.)
* In ''Series/{{Degrassi}},'' Hazel affects a terribly fake "bad" singing voice when she is trying to show off her vocal skills to Paige and Ashley. Further proof that the voice was fake came when Andrea Lewis released a music video on the same channel and sang just fine. In season 9, Fiona auditions for the musical and has a similarly fake failure.
** This trope was also averted in that same episode with Hazel's "bad singing". When the girls perform at a talent show, Paige sees her rapist sitting in the audience. After this, she grabs the microphone from lead singer Ashley and sings the song (which happens to be about rape) herself. Her singing was a little bit... rough, but realistically so.
* Katey Sagal is a good singer (she got her career start as one of Music/BetteMidler's Harlettes), but her character of Peg Bundy from ''Series/MarriedWithChildren'' isn't.
** She fakes bad again as [[WesternAnimation/{{Futurama}} Leela]] (see below).
* Parodied in ''Series/HarryEnfieldAndChums''. When Lance makes a painfully bad attempt to sing "Who's That Girl Running Around With You", Lee attempts to put him right by inserting correctly-pitched noises such as "bing", "bong", "ding" and "dong" into the melody. Lance begins to get the hang of this, only to revert to his initial attempt when the noises are removed. He then remarks that he's only tone-deaf in English, and not in Italian, proving this by launching into an impressive rendition of an operatic piece.
* Played straight in ''Series/{{Glee}}'', when Rachel gets sick and loses her voice. Kind of subverted earlier in the series when Kurt blows the high F; his voice doesn't slide so much as break, ''very'' realistically, even though Chris Colfer really can hit the note.
** Mike Chang doesn't think he can sing, so when he has to do a duet with Tina, they play this trope for laughs with a rendition of "Sing!" from Theatre/AChorusLine.
*** He later proves himself wrong in season 3, when he auditions for ''West Side Story''. His singing is actually not that bad.
** Let's not forget Sugar's awful rendition of "Big Spender." Vanessa Lengies is a pretty accomplished singer (''Series/AmericanDreams'').
* On a ''Series/PrivatePractice''/''Series/GreysAnatomy'' crossover episode, Naomi (Audra [=McDonald=]) and Sam (Taye Diggs) were heard singing quite badly. - [=McDonald=] in particular is a ''six-time Tony winner!''
* The opening to ''Series/AllInTheFamily''. Jean Stapleton could apparently sing quite well in real life.
** [[https://youtu.be/nMBgRZMagHw Carroll O'Connor was no slouch, either.]]
* Galina Sergeevna from ''Series/DaddysDaughters'' screeches through a song in Episode 14.3. Her actress, Music/LizaArzamasova, can actually sing decently, so to sing badly, she has to caterwaul.
* There was an episode of the tv series "Film/{{Clueless}}" where Cher tried out for her school's Holiday play. Problem was, she couldn't sing to save her life ([[InformedFlaw or so we were supposed to believe]]). Of course, her "bad singing voice" was so fake that it was laughable to anyone who's heard genuine bad singing. This ended up being [[ReVision revised]] later in the series when the writers decided they wanted Cher to sing in her school's production of ''Grease''. Turned out, she actually had a pretty good voice once she learned the right technique (which was said to be something along the lines of squeezing your buns and breathing).
* In the KoreanDrama ''Series/TwinkleTwinkle'', Jung Won loves to sing popular music and trot tunelessly. I mean, ''really'' tunelessly.
* Averted in ''Series/TheNightShift'', when Olafur sings for a judge on the Icelandic version of ''Series/TheXFactor''. It's realistically weak - generally in tune but a little strained and with a trying-too-hard kind of sound to it.
* Averted in ''Series/{{Victorious}}'' with Tori's sister Trina. Trina is clearly a bad singer, but her tone-deafness isn't over the top and she usually sounds realistically bad.
* The Orgs in ''Series/PowerRangersWildForce'' are this: They consider human music to be repulsive, yet Flute Org's terrible tunes are music to their ears.
* Averted in ''Series/TheBigBangTheory'', in the episode "The Vengeance Formulation", when Howard is singing a song for Bernadette. He actually sounds like he's trying to sing well, and while it definitely doesn't sound ''good'', it's still possible to understand why he doesn't get that.
** Played straight in the first season episode "The Loobenfeld Decay" with Penny's painfully awful performance as Mimi in ''Theatre/{{Rent}}''.
* An initial plot point in ''{{Series/Nashville}}'' is that Juliette Barnes is a bad singer who'd be lost without [=AutoTune=], [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AA9YDpFd_vE as illustrated in this clip]], but it sounds suspiciously like Creator/HaydenPanettiere deliberately singing off-key as called for in the script. Ironically, while the show itself regularly claims Rayna Jaymes (Connie Britton) is more talented than Juliette, more than a few people find Panettiere to be the better singer of the two... and it's telling that the show's stopped pretending Juliette sucks.
* Aethelwynne in ''Series/{{Pixelface}}'' is constantly shown as this, and most of the cast appears to suffer from this in "Rock Star" (the only episode where most of them sing).
* Cleo in ''Series/H2OJustAddWater'' is revealed to be a horrible singer in the episode "The Siren Effect". Even the dolphins dive underwater for cover when she starts to sing. Rikki parodies the trope later on in the episode when she sings karaoke so dreadfully she's clearly doing it on purpose.
** The plot of "The Siren Effect" was that under the power boost of the full moon, Cleo's singing enthralled everyone around her. Someone even called a radio DJ who immediately recorded her. After the moon set, even the playback of the performance sounded like tone-deaf scales.
* This [[http://thedailyshow.cc.com/videos/wy96gz/macroeconomics godawful rendition]] of "One Love" by ''Series/TheDailyShow'''s Creator/StephenColbert, a very able singer who has performed in musical theatre.
* Gloria from ''Series/ModernFamily'' after she got a karaoke machine. Her husband Jay once dropped a metal spoon in the garbage disposal in the hopes of drowning her out with a more ''pleasant'' noise.
* Summer in ''Series/SchoolOfRock''. Her actress is actually a fairly good singer but in "Cover Me", she is awful.

* Darlene Edwards would often sing in a high grating voice, change keys without warning, and make weird sounds for no reason. Her husband Jonathan Edwards would do equivalent on the piano, playing an untuned piano, switching meters as the winds changed. (See ''Film/TheKentuckyFriedMovie'' for their rendition of "The Carioca".) They were actually a comedy duo played by respectable musicians Jo Stafford and Paul Weston, who enthusiastically claimed the two were [[AlterEgoActing a lounge act they had discovered]].
* The fake 80s heavy metal band Bad News consists of 4 comedians (3 of them from ''Series/TheYoungOnes'') gleefully massacring "Bohemian Rhapsody" and "Pretty Woman". Okay, Adrian Edmondson has a good voice, which he tones down for the songs. The other three, however...
* [[http://www.thesneeze.com/mt-archives/000570.php This]] version of "O Holy Night" is the closest to a true, unironic example of this trope you'll ever hear.
** Producer [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LiAuyM3gB5U Steve Mauldin]] offers some pretty good evidence that he was the original singer on the track, which would make it a straight-up example as he (claims he) did it as a spoof.
* [[Music/WolfgangAmadeusMozart Mozart]] has fun with this trope in ''Ein Musikalischer Spaß'' ([[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/A_Musical_Joke A Musical Joke]]).
* The country music version of Jonathan & Darlene Edwards: The Statler Brothers recorded an entire album in the persona of a hilariously untalented group called Lester "Roadhog" Moran and His Cadillac Cowboys.
* Biz Markie deliberately sang "Just a Friend" off-key, thus becoming a one-hit wonder.
* Music/RedHotChiliPeppers singer Anthony Kiedis had not been a talented singer before 1998; he would approximate the keys for certain songs and would need hundreds of takes to record even the simplest of tracks. Starting from the Chilis' seventh album ''Music/{{Californication}}'' onward, he began to hire a singing coach, and his voice has improved quite a bit. However, he usually saves his voice for popular televised performances, and decides to sing slightly off-key during less popular live shows.
* Grand Puba sings off key in 'I Like It' and a few other songs. It adds to the humorous tone of the music and also makes his rapping sound even better.
* The song "A Word on My Ear" is from the POV of a tone-deaf singer and requires a ''very'' good ear for music, since you have to sing at odds with the pianist. [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SENifLwYmT8 Word on My Ear example 1]] and [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rbmaDetZsO4 Word on My Ear example 2]].
* [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Florence_Foster_Jenkins Florence Foster Jenkins]], who ironically used to command large audiences because people would flock to [[BileFascination hear how genuinely awful she was]], ultimately [[SoBadItsGood appearing at Carnegie Hall]] a month before her death. Despite lacking a developed sense of pitch or rhythm Florence herself remained [[GiftedlyBad fixedly assured of her own greatness]]; due to early recording technology [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6h4f77T-LoM we can decide for ourselves]].
** A {{Biopic}} about Florence, starring Creator/MerylStreep (who is not a bad singer, as Theater/MammaMia would indicate) as Florence, was released in 2016 to great reviews.
* Music/LacunaCoil once held a contest to promote their upcoming DVD, where fans could send in footage of themselves hanging out at concerts, rocking out to the band's music, or doing other band-related stuff, with the chance of having the footage appear as bonus material on the DVD. Cristina Scabbia and Andrea Ferro made a Youtube video demonstrating the kind of thing that fans could send in, where Cristina hilariously sang a deliberately off-key "karaoke" version of the song "Closer".
* The [[Series/AmericanIdol William Hung]] might count, depending on whether or not his bad singing is intentional. If it isn't, it's SoBadItsGood instead.
* In "I Just Wanna Love You (Give It 2 Me)," Music/JayZ raps "In the club, high, singing off key/'And I wish I never met her at all...'." His delivery of the second line is, as promised, sung off-key.
** After [[{{Oasis}} Noel Gallagher]] criticised rappers, specifically getting one (Jay-Z himself) to headline Glastonbury, Jay-Z decided to open his performance at the festival by coming on stage strumming random notes on a guitar singing "Wonderwall" off-key, before jumping into a performance of [[SignatureSong 99 Problems]].
* Harry Chapin's "Six String Orchestra" is sung from the POV of a terrible guitarist, and includes several instances where Chapin deliberately stumbles over the notes.
* Another rare non-ironic RealLife example: [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qeP7iF03wRM This poor guy]], made somewhat famous in a [[SoBadItsGood viral video]], has been described as the "Worst Church Singer Ever." He appears to be Southern Gospel's answer to Florence Foster Jenkins: he's completely sincere and even appears a bit [[GiftedlyBad smug about his singing]], but there's ''not one note on key'' in the entire song. That takes... talent?
* In [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=e_3ieuItPC0 his brilliant parody]] of Metallica's ''St. Anger'', Matt Smith, singer of Christian PowerMetal band Theocracy, sings horrendously off-key in order to emulate Hetfield's performance on the album. The lyrics even include the line "and boy it sounds raw to intentionally sing out of key."
* Music/{{NOFX}}'s CoverVersion of "Go Your Own Way" by Music/FleetwoodMac, performed as a duet between Fat Mike and guest vocalist [[Music/BadReligion Greg Graffin]]: Greg Graffin sings in his normal style and plays things relatively straight, while Fat Mike deliberately sings off key and off beat the entire time.
* An instrumental example: ''The George Garabedian Players And The Awful Trumpet Of Harry Arms'' parodied Herb Alpert & the Tijuana Brass by playing standards like [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Eg6pq1nPgFI Spanish Flea]] just a little... off.
* Legendary British music producer Joe Meek would record demos of his compositions by singing the melody, which he had to do since he couldn't write music or play an instrument. Problem was, he couldn't sing to save his life, which gave a really hard time to the poor souls who had to transcribe it into proper musical notation.
** In an interesting misuse of the "tone-deaf" term, those demos lead to the fake rumor that Meek was ''literally tone-deaf'', which doesn't make sense because someone without relative pitch would never had been able to come up with "Telstar" or any other of the more than 200 compositions to his name.
* Music/TheBonzoDogBand were in the direct line of descent from people like Music/SpikeJones twenty years previously - extremely competent musicians who realised they could have more of a comedy impact by playing seemingly badly. [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FbbyPFJvtVw&list=PLEDEB170885169EDD&index=6 Their take on trad jazz]] has to be heard to be believed.

[[folder:Professional Wrestling]]
* This and GagBoobs are pretty much Wrestling/{{WWE}} diva Wrestling/JillianHall's entire character. [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3Vt3o7EGcbY Have a listen. Or better yet, don't.]]
** This gimmick is what reportedly drove Hulk Hogan to TNA, as he told everyone who would listen it was done to insult his daughter Brook, whose career WWE was reluctant to promote. In reality it turns out it was just something Jillian does (she thankfully has a more bearable voice in real life) that she decided to do onscreen to get more boos (it worked), which is also why it kept up long after Jillian had left the WWE (and also likely why Wrestling/HulkHogan was willing to come back).
** Incidentally she's not ''that'' bad of a singer when she ''really'' tries. Her in character album may still be off tone but is nowhere near as grating as her live WWE "performances". She did...[[SoBadItsGood decent enough]]... that crowds at Pro Wrestling Xtreme shows actually chanted "let her sing" though it so far seems to be the ''only'' promotion where the crowds have embraced her "music".
* When Wrestling/BretHart signed with Wrestling/{{WCW}} and was supposedly going to join the [[Wrestling/NewWorldOrder nWo]], the [=nWo=] celebrated his signing with an extraordinarily horrible rendition of the Canadian national anthem.
* La Resistance's Sylvan Grenier. The rendition of the French anthem combined with the fact the team was the ForeignWrestlingHeel type made for some pretty intense heat.
* Used straight with StoneColdSteveAustin, who has admitted more than once that he can't sing worth a damn--yet still attempted a duet with Lillian Garcia in 2003.
** This was played with immensely during the Invasion angle in which he sang a revised Queen song into "I am the Champion" and "Kumbaya" for a despondent Vince and singing an a capella duet of "Margaritaville" with The Rock towards the end of the story.
** And lampshaded on the ''WWE Originals'' CD. In between the real songs (most of which featured actual bad singing) were spoken tracks of Austin getting ready to record his song for the album. Of course, the song doesn't actually exist.
** Austin recalled a story from his upbringing where he was looking to be a rock star until one day his brother slapped the headphones off his head while he was practicing and declared, "You suck!"
* Following Austin's lead, Wrestling/KurtAngle played with this trope as well, singing "Jimmy Crack Corn" to Vince and later a revised "Heartbreak Hotel" at the prompting of the Rock. He also did the famous "Sexy Kurt" bit but that involved more non-singing than bad singing.
* Tan Drake and [[Wrestling/DeanAmbrose Jon Moxley]] at Wrestling/{{CZW}}'s Cage Of Death, singing about the pay per view while Rich Swann played (surprisingly well) on his guitar.
* Wrestling/HeathSlater, who calls himself the "One-Man Southern Rock Band". In June 2012, he interrupts a guest-starring Music/CyndiLauper and declares himself a better singer... and proceeds to sing horribly until Lauper and Wrestling/RoddyPiper beat him up.

* Harry Secombe's ''[[Radio/TheGoonShow Goon Show]]'' alter-ego was an enthusiastic but Hollywood-terrible singer, in deliberate contrast to Secombe's accomplished singing in real life.
* [[Radio/TheJackBennyProgram Jack Benny's]] violin playing. In reality, he was a very talented violinist, and counted virtuoso Isaac Stern among his friends. Jascha Heifitz, another virtuoso violinist and friend of Benny, once remarked of him "It takes a ''lot'' of practice to play as badly as he does." (i.e. that a genuinely bad violinist would play in a way that was unlistenable rather than laugh-out-loud funny)

* The musical ''Souvenir'' is about the notoriously bad singer Florence Foster Jenkins. Actresses playing Jenkins have had to study bad singing in an effort to sound genuinely awful.
* The first girl auditioned to sing "Who Wants To Live In New York?" in the "Opening Doors" sequence of the musical ''Theatre/MerrilyWeRollAlong''. "Sopranos with voices like bees" indeed.
* Played straight in all versions ([[Film/ThePhantomOfTheOpera2004 film]], [[Theatre/ThePhantomOfTheOpera theater]], [[Series/ThePhantomOfTheOpera TV movie]]) of ''Franchise/ThePhantomOfTheOpera'', where we are lead to believe that Carlotta is a terrible singer, when in reality, she sounds almost exactly like any opera singer would.
** In the film, Margaret Preece--who sings for Carlotta--obviously has a lot of training and talent, but one can also tell she's doing all she can to sound really annoying; she turns her high notes squeaky as they end, pushes way too hard in her lower range ("from our saviors, from our saaaaaaAAAAAAEEHHHVIAAAAAHS") and, particularly in her rendition of "Think of Me", uses way too much glottal emphasis at the beginnings of the higher notes.
* Kristine in ''Theatre/AChorusLine'', who has a song about [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4uFwUjAiPN8 how she can't sing.]]
* In the comic {{opera}} [[Theatre/LaFilleDuRegiment La Fille du Régiment]]. Marie (''coloratura soprano'') has been [[TagalongKid raised by soldiers]] to sing rousing [[NationalAnthem patriotic songs]] and camp ballads, but apparently needs to be retrained to sing "refined" music. Meanwhile, her mother clucks and squawks like an old hen. The ''[[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Contralto contralto]]'' has be [[IronyAsSheIsCast genuinely horrible]] throughout, which only makes Marie's already beautiful voice sound even better.
* In the reverse, or flip-side of the trope, Peter Schickele's "Music/PDQBach" operas are performed with legitimate opera singers, and orchestras, who perform them straight.
* In Creator/GilbertAndSullivan's ''Utopia, Limited'', the number "[[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OQOIaiDh0F0 A Tenor, All Singers Above]]" calls for the singer to purposely botch the high notes, on the grounds that he has let himself go from being too madly in love.

[[folder:Video Games]]
* In one of the voiced dramas for ''VideoGame/RivieraThePromisedLand'', Serene's singing ability comes up. She's supposed to be a very bad singer, but when she actually has to sing part of a spell to save her friend Polly, she performs it without any screeching. Her voice isn't particularly strong, but she's not tone-deaf, so it's something of a subversion.
* ''An entire tone-deaf band'' makes an appearance in ''VideoGame/BrutalLegend''. Kabagge Boy, the NuMetal BoyBand that Eddie starts out roadying for, is made up of posers with a tween demographic who blend rock, pop, and rap into something so bad that all three musical styles would disown it, then beat it up and take its lunch money. They suffer a KarmicDeath for their terrible music (and [[NoHeroToHisValet their maltreatment of Eddie]]) when Ormagodden shows up. The God of Metal simply ''screams'' at them, and their heads ''fall off.''
* ''VideoGame/HitmanBloodMoney'', The female assassin posing as a singer in the Dance with the Devil mission sings this way.
* ''Franchise/ValkyriaChronicles''
** ''VideoGame/ValkyriaChronicles'': Edy Nelson actually attempts to sing Rosie's song. The results? She ends up flooring everyone within earshot of her, and not in a good way. Even Homer, who normally can take her usual punishment, can't take her singing. She'd better stick with just acting.
** Her sister from ''VideoGame/ValkyriaChroniclesII'', Anisette, is also tone deaf, which might explain why she's the only person ever to be able to tolerate her sister's singing. Despite that, she's actually good at singing.
** Vario. A celebrity wannabe/ CaptainErsatz of Elvis, this guy has quite the horrifying voice when he attempts to sing. He does improve, however.
* ''VideoGame/SaintsRow''
** In ''VideoGame/SaintsRow2'', the player has has 6 different voices to choose from when customizing [[PlayerCharacter the Boss]], and each gets two songs they sing along to on the radio, each one [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=y9BoIEY4xA4 sharing "Take On Me" by A-ha]] and getting one other unique song per voice. The songs range from [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VKdV7aMMK10 The Final Countdown]], to [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MVgDXg9Wnf8 Sister Christian]], and your character can not sing worth a shit to any of them.
** The male voice that sings to "Sister Christian" actually semi-raps it, occasionally improvising spoken word nonsense like "cuz you're a bitch!" and "aaah! Man! Guitars and shit!" at the end of lines. Not even trying.
** Pierce, similarly, can't sing well. At all. This is played for laughs throughout the series, although he and the Boss generally get better by ''VideoGame/SaintsRowTheThird'' and ''VideoGame/SaintsRowIV'' when they sing "What I Got" and "[[Music/PaulaAbdul Opposites Attract]]", respectively. [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9AJH4rcOlG0 "Generally" being the operative word.]]
* Guybrush Threepwood in ''VideoGame/TheCurseOfMonkeyIsland'' sings incredibly off-key while trying to convince the three Barbary Coast pirates to join his crew. Voice actor Dominic Armato described trying to intentionally sing badly as 'interesting'.
-->'''Edward van Helgen:''' I'm afraid [[SuckinessIsPainful your singing is so bad, it's caused me to have a seizure]].
* Wei Shen in ''VideoGame/SleepingDogs'', if you play the karaoke minigame badly. [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=f1TM9dQLR8I Observe.]]
* In ''VideoGame/LunarTheSilverStar'', the bar in Meryod has a dancing girl who sings just like the other dancing girls except horribly off-key and off the beat.
* In ''VideoGame/SonicAdventure2'''s Chao Garden, if a Chao learns to sing from being given a parrot their singing will upset other Chao nearby, compared to if they learned how to sing from being taken to the Chao Kindergarten.
* As one of the Japanese promos for ''VideoGame/SuperMarioOdyssey'', Nintendo made a version of Jump Up Super Star featuring Toad, [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=o31YJDrnWb0 which sounds exactly like this.]]
* In ''VideoGame/{{Miitopia}}'', one skill the Pop Star has is “Out Of Tune”, which causes them to sing so badly that it damages enemies (and teammates as well).

[[folder:Web Original]]
* Sarah in ''WebVideo/Lonelygirl15'' sings a tuneless, croaky rendition of "The Star Spangled Banner" in "Mission Gamma". Actress Alexandra Dreyfus is a classically trained singer.
* In ''Literature/WhateleyUniverse'', Merry has a rather unique version of this. When drunk on electricity, she sings ''exactly'' off-key, enough that they're pretty sure that's it's part of her abilities. Unfortunately, she's a prankster, so she's probably doing it on purpose.
* A central feature of WebVideo/MirandaSings. It would be better if she ''actually knew the notes'', but she doesn't.
* Megami33 is actually a really good singer, but when she voices Serena in WebVideo/SailorMoonAbridged, she has to make her sound bad.
* WebVideo/TheNostalgiaCritic's review of ''WesternAnimation/TheKingAndI'' features a sketch of Creator/RussellCrowe (played by Creator/DougWalker) and Music/{{Shakira}} (played by Rachel Tietz) both performing off-key renditions of the songs from said musical. In reality, both Walker and Tietz are very accomplished singers (Walker has sung in previous episodes of the Nostalgia Critic, and Tietz's Youtube channel features her performing a mixture of original songs and cover versions).
** Similarly, in Critic's review of ''{{Film/LesMiserables2012}}'', {{Music/Brentalfloss}} performs his singing in a monotone with the AcCENTUponTheWrongSylLABle as a parody of (once again) Creator/RussellCrowe's singing style in the film. They also point out that the original is actually on-key; it's just that he's falling back on his rock/folk background instead of the usual musical theater style, which clashes noticeably with the other performances.
* Disembaudio in ''Podcast/RiffTrax'' often performs painfully off-key renditions of [[AwardBaitSong award bait songs]] (such as "My Heart Will Go On" from ''Film/{{Titanic|1997}}'' and "I See You" from ''Film/{{Avatar}}'' over the end credits, singing over the actual singer.
* In ''Series/WarpZoneProject'', Léa, Téo's LoveInterest, is a dreadful singer to the extent of her singing teacher collapsing at the end of her lesson. Unfortunately, one of the super-villains living in their city is such a music fanatic that he considers that any "offense to music" must be destroyed.
* The Tramp of ''WebAnimation/TheBackwaterGospel'' isn't very good at singing. His voice actor, Zebulon Whately, is however a member of the GothicCountry band Sons of Perdition.
* Rod and Karen of ''Podcast/TheBlackGuyWhoTips'' belt out intentionally off-key [[WithLyrics lyrics]] to the segment themes to "Fucking With Black People" and "Guess The Race". Their real voices tend to come through when they sing along to "Do You Wanna Funk" before "Gay People News".
* ''Machinima/RedVsBlue'' has [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=A_RAXP7geF4 Agent Carolina]], who is still complimented by her bandmates, [[SuspiciouslySpecificDenial "and we're definitely not just saying that because she could kill us."]]

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* Happened with Dee Dee in an episode of ''WesternAnimation/DextersLaboratory'', who was so bad Dexter tried to mute her...and instead gave her an incredible bass, which allowed her to join a barbershop quartet.
* As seen in the ''WesternAnimation/KimPossible'' episode "Hidden Talent", hitting high notes is one of the few things Kim ''can't'' do. (However, her voice actress Christy Carlton Romano is -- like many Disney Channel stars -- a trained professional singer.)
** Though otherwise she's a fantastic singer.
* ''WesternAnimation/JaneAndTheDragon'': Both straight and subverted with Jane Turnkey. One episode shows she can't even perform scales without screeching like a sickly cat. Yet that's her singing the show's theme song.
* In ''WesternAnimation/DannyPhantom'', Jazz's singing is yet another misuse of the term tone deaf. But not as severe as Tucker who ''abuses'' this trope.
* In ''WesternAnimation/AdventuresOfSonicTheHedgehog'', the episode "Sonic's Song" has Robotnik singing horribly off-key. Considering his voice actor is famed Blues musician Long John Baldry, this qualifies as a meta-joke.
* ''WesternAnimation/TheAdventuresOfJimmyNeutronBoyGenius'': Carl and Sheen. Compared to Sheen's singing, Carl's is angelic. No really, Sheen's singing voice is really horrible. However, in ''Attack of the Twonkies'', his singing voice proved useful in stopping the horrible beasts the eponymous creatures turn into from exposure to music. His singing made them change back because it was so bad that the Twonkies couldn't even register it as music. Carl's singing, on the other hand, was just decent enough to make Twonkies transform.
* In ''WesternAnimation/SamuraiJack'', the Scottsman's bagpipe-playing is ''really'' bad. This actually comes in useful in "The Scottsman Saves Jack" when his playing proves an efficent counter for the Sirens' enchanting singing.
* Peewit (from ''ComicBook/JohanAndPeewit'') and Harmony Smurf in ''WesternAnimation/TheSmurfs''.
* In the ''WesternAnimation/RubyGloom'' episode "Unsung Heroes", Ruby and Iris sing in off-key, off-rhythm shouts that, although still not totally realistic, are not as overdone as some examples of this trope. Misery (while awake) does sing in the top-of-her-lungs, randomly-pitched shrieking wail that exemplifies this trope, but it's [[JustifiedTrope justified]], as she appears to actually ''be'' [[OurBansheesAreLouder a banshee.]] They still though produced a ''Ruby Gloom'' image single in Japan, though, with a professional singer portraying Ruby. All three eventually develop into fine singers, so their early stumbles can be dismissed as rookie mistakes. Or the No-Talent Ball. Whichever.
* Clash from ''WesternAnimation/{{Jem}}'' is a groupie who really wants to be a part of The Misfits but can't actually sing or play instruments. "One Jem Too Many" has her masquerading as Jem to ruin her reputation. Her disguise was perfect until she was challenged by Jem to sing. People outright threw tomatoes at her.
* Happened in ''WesternAnimation/{{Arthur}}'' when Francine attempted to play the drums while singing. What ensues resembles nothing so much as a sick eagle wrestling a cat in a tumble dryer. In the end, it turns out she can sing just fine; she just can't do both at once. In another episode, she sings "There's-Nothing-to-Do-Today Day" in an ImagineSpot. Cut back to the real world, she tries to reprise the song and it comes out... a little off, but believably so.
* In an episode of ''Disney's WesternAnimation/{{Doug}}'', Doug and the gang discover that Patti is a terrible singer when she tries to perform her entry in the "Bluffington anthem" contest. They spent the rest of the episode trying to stop her from performing it at the contest without actually letting her know she can't sing. Sadly, this casually disregards a few episodes of the original series in which Patti sings passably. Of course, given the reception of the Disney version, we might [[FanonDisContinuity disregard the retcon]].
* In one episode of ''WesternAnimation/MegasXLR'', Coop uses his mediocre singing [[MakeMeWannaShout as a weapon]], "The Jammer". To specify, it's the one weapon Megas has that Coop considers cruel to use and has more safety measures preventing its activation than Megas' NUKES!!! Although Coop's singing isn't all that terrible, more flat than horribly off key. The extreme sonic amplification is what makes it devasating.
* [[WesternAnimation/TheHuckleberryHoundShow Huckleberry Hound]] ("Oh my darling, oh my darling, oh my darling Clementine...") and WesternAnimation/QuickDrawMcGraw are both examples, since they were voiced by Creator/DawsButler, who could sing rather well.
** WesternAnimation/YakkyDoodle was as well. An episode even revolved around his lack of ability to sing.
* Henry on ''WesternAnimation/KaBlam'', especially if you compare it to June's singing (which is angelic, even if she's kinda devilish).
* Invoked by Creator/SethMacFarlane as the plot demands on ''WesternAnimation/FamilyGuy''. One of the characters he voices can be a stellar singer in one episode and totally amateur the next. Seth has perfect pitch in real life and is freakishly good at staying just out of tune enough to sound believably bad; see episode "The King is Dead" featuring Brian (fantastic) and Peter (awful) back to back. Even better [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qI3IHahHQIg the actual episode version of Peter's ''I Need a Jew'' (off-key and mediocre)]] vs [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=E5ODzIylqKg a live performance (perfect)]].
* ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic'':
** In "The Show Stoppers," Scootaloo's singing voice is so horribly off-key it helps her team unintentionally win an award for best comedic act in a talent show. She does a rather better job in "One Bad Apple".
** Pinkie Pie, whose talent for singing random songs out of nowhere is legendary, throws pitch and meter out the window when she sings about Zecora in "Bridle Gossip".
** Sweetie Belle, normally the best singer of the Cutie Mark Crusaders, screeches her way through a campfire song in "Sleepless in Ponyville". Justified in that she's singing a G-rated version of "99 bottles of beer", which is supposed to be sung as terribly as possible.
** Sweetie Belle tries to conduct Scootaloo and Apple Bloom in "On Your Marks" and grows annoyed that neither of them can carry a tune. In what could be seen as an animated take on GameplayAndStorySegregation, about a minute later Apple Bloom is given a solo song and pulls it off perfectly.
* Leela is such a bad singer on ''WesternAnimation/{{Futurama}}'' that when she tried to sing Whitney Houston, she convinced the Omicronions that Earth was launching a surprise attack. Katey Sagal, as mentioned earlier, is a very good singer.
* Invoked by the producers of ''WesternAnimation/MoralOrel'' with the character Bloberta Puppington who was played by Britta Phillips ([[WesternAnimation/{{Jem}} a Truly Outrageous! woman]]) known for her powerful vocals, she was directed to sing loud and off key when it came to Bloberta's enthusiasm for singing even though she couldn't sing.
* The ''WesternAnimation/ReBoot'' episode "The Crimson Binome" has Bob singing along wordlessly and horrendously off-key to his music player. It's hilariously dreadful.
* Eddie in one episode of ''WesternAnimation/{{Birdz}}'' sings so badly that his entire class begs him to stop. As does his family after he breaks some dishes.
* Girl racer Ninki in Creator/TheBBC's pre-school show ''Kerwhizz'' sometimes breaks horribly into song, causing her canine companion Pip to howl in agony.
* Angelica from ''WesternAnimation/{{Rugrats}}'' is inconsistent about this. It's justified seeing that most kids at age three don't really know how to sing well. However, it's revealed in ''WesternAnimation/AllGrownUp'' when she's not tone deaf for the sake of comedy or the plot, her singing voice is actually decent.
* In one episode of ''WesternAnimation/ThePebblesAndBammBammShow'', Bamm-Bamm had a thoroughly awful singing voice -- unless he was taking a shower, in which case his voice suddenly and inexplicably became gorgeous. Chances are, Jay North voiced ''both'' versions of Bamm-Bamm's singing voice. You can imagine the exaggerated bad notes of the "bad" voice....
** That episode was basically a [[RecycledInSpace recycled]] episode of its [[SpinOff Parent show]], ''WesternAnimation/TheFlintstones''. In the episode [[http://www.avclub.com/article/flintstone-canaries-gave-barney-chance-croon-tune-234764 The Flintstone Canaries]], Fred forms a barbershop quartet with Barney (and two other guys), but soon discovers that Barney can only sing well while taking a bath. Like father, like son?? (Wait a minute, wasn't Bamm-Bamm adopted?)
* Whenever Elmyra in ''WesternAnimation/TinyToonAdventures'' sings, it usually sounds very goofy and childlike. Cree Summer is actually a very good singer and has released an album. Unlike Elmyra's, her singing much more mature and perhaps menacing.
* ''WesternAnimation/JohnnyBravo''. Made even funnier considering his voice is basically an Music/ElvisPresley [[NoCelebritiesWereHarmed impersonation.]]
* A ''WesternAnimation/DudleyDoRight'' short has Nell having such a bad singing voice, that it puts the audience to sleep, giving Snidely the idea of making her a "star" so he can pickpocket the sleeping listeners.
* In the ''WesternAnimation/DuckTales'' episode "[[Recap/DuckTalesS1E17LaunchpadsFirstCrash Launchpad's First Crash]]", Launchpad plays his harmonica, and Scrooge says the sound is "torture". This leads to a {{Flashback}} story of the time they first met, where he's able to use it to confuse some giant bat monsters who use echolocation to fly in the dark.
* Sticks on ''WesternAnimation/SonicBoom'', depicted by her cacophonous nonsensical singing in "Sleeping Giant". Amy's singing is only slightly more tolerable, particularly in "The Sidekick".
* Kahn Souphanousinphone on ''WesternAnimation/KingOfTheHill'' sings '80s pop songs in horribly off-key fashion every chance he gets. There's even an episode where he becomes a karaoke star, much to his father-in-law's dismay.
* In Episode 89 of ''WesternAnimation/{{Kaeloo}}'', almost the entire cast of characters is shown to be wonderful singers... but most other episodes show them singing horribly off-key.
* WesternAnimation/TheRenAndStimpyShow has Stimpy portrayed as this in the Games Animations-era episode "Hermit Ren", where he butchers Kumbaya, despite having previously appeared on the "You Eediot" music CD where he sings quite well.
* In ''WesternAnimation/TheBeatles'' episode "I'll Be Back," three outlaws try to steal the boys' thunder and are immediately pelted off the stage with rotten fruit and vegetables. Their "singing" was actually a Beatles recording of "Ticket To Ride" distorted on purpose.