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A song specific in content and tone to a character from an anime, sung by the character's voice performer—usually on a soundtrack CD.

The animation houses which produce anime are nothing if not masters of cross-marketing and cross-promotion. One means by which a series is promoted and supported in the Japanese media marketplace is (as is sometimes the case in the United States) the original soundtrack CD. In the early days of this practice, such [=CDs=] usually contained nothing more than the program's opening and closing themes, as well as most or all of the incidental music heard in the show. Eventually, though, the producers of such discs began to take advantage of the fact that most Japanese voice performers are also professional singers, often of the "idol" variety which drives the Japanese pop music market. They began to write songs that typified—and sometimes explored more deeply—the characters.

Thus was born the "Image Song", a uniquely Japanese variety of AllThereInTheManual. While a viewer can enjoy and understand a series without ever hearing the soundtrack, those that do listen to the music often receive a "bonus" in the form of a deeper understanding of the nature of the characters. Occasionally the Image Song makes its way back to the series, where it may appear as a character's theme music, or to punctuate a sequence which features them. As time goes on, this has become more frequent, to the point where in some shows the Image Songs almost (but not quite) supplant the traditional soundtrack entirely. And in some cases, the show's [[AnimeThemeSong theme song]] is treated as an Image Song -- usually sung by the most important female member of the cast, but also remade any number of times by other voice performers from the show.

The Image Song differs from the {{leitmotif}} in that it primarily exists outside of the show, whereas a leitmotif is created specifically for use in the show to represent a character or idea. In Western musicals, the CutSong has a similar function. IWantSong is similar but occurs in the show.


[[folder:Anime and Manga]]
* ''Manga/AkumaNoRiddle'': Each of the girls get their own image song in the end credits. Except Shiena, poor thing.
* ''Franchise/{{Digimon}}'':
** ''Anime/DigimonAdventure02'' alone had one song for each of the Digi Destined, one song for each of their Digimon partners, and one song where they sang together, for a total of 36 -- in ''addition'' to ensemble songs and a Christmas album. ''Anime/DigimonAdventure'' and ''Anime/DigimonTamers'' also had songs for secondary characters and antagonists. ''Anime/DigimonFrontier'' and ''Anime/DigimonSavers'' eventually leveled off on the practice, and ''Anime/DigimonXrosWars'' and ''Anime/DigimonXrosWarsTheYoungHuntersLeapingThroughTime'' has none at all. Tai's Image Song was used as an insert piece late in ''Anime/DigimonAdventure'' proper, Matt performed his in a concert in ''Anime/DigimonAdventure02'', and several other characters' instrumental themes seem to be derived from theirs (or vice-versa).
** In a German example, the first album of Digimon put out by RTL II has [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cmjJDwThivA Mimi's Song,]] while the second one has [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SxZ339oMuRU Matt's Song.]]
** ''Anime/DigimonSavers'' did eventually get an Image Song CD, but [[DemotedToExtra Yoshi and Lalamon were missing altogether]]. Frustratingly ironic, as their BackStory is that they met after Yoshi failed in a piano recital and Lalamon ''has an attack called Sing A Song'' which does ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin. Later in the year, another CD was released that included all new songs from the five "[[TheHero goggle boys]]" for ''Digimon'''s tenth anniversary (bonus points for one of the songs being called "GOGGLE BOY").
* ''LightNovel/{{Slayers}}'' has between one to three image songs between each of the major characters (including one of the villains, [[WoobieDestroyerOfWorlds Valgaav]]), and there is both the infamous "Maiden's Prayer" duet by Lina and Amelia's voice actresses from the second season of the anime, and a song where the four leads all sing together. The [[AnimeThemeSong opening and ending themes]] (sung by either Masami Okui or Music/MegumiHayashibara, or both) are all Image Songs for heroine Lina Inverse, as they tend to describe her personality directly.
* ''LightNovel/SisterPrincess'' had an extensive soundtrack with solo and group songs for all 12 of the sisters.
* Similarly for ''Manga/MahouSenseiNegima'', featuring all ''thirty'' of the girls from Negi's class, alone and [[CastHerd in combinations]]. The Opening Theme for the second anime features several re-recordings by different combinations of the girls, which were then used for the actual opening of different episodes. Many of the important characters (i.e. Ala Alba) are given their own songs as well.
* One episode of ''Manga/AzumangaDaioh'' features some of the characters singing their image songs as karaoke. Interestingly, some characters turn out to be horrible singers in the "reality" of the show, whereas their voice actors are always at their best on the [=CDs=] (even when in character). In a later episode, when Yomi's listening to the radio, the DJ starts to play a request: "Kokoro wa Shoujo de Parachute" by Asakawa Yuu. This is Sakaki's image song and voice actor. They also use Tomo's image song, "Poi Poi Peace", as her ring tone.
* Some of the earliest examples of image songs may well be found on the various soundtrack albums released for ''Anime/BubblegumCrisis'' in the late 1980s and early 1990s.
* ''Anime/WeissKreuz'' is the poster anime for this trope. For lack of a better term, Creator/TakehitoKoyasu, Creator/HiroYuki, Creator/ShinichiroMiki and Creator/TomokazuSeki basically formed their own boy band.
* The ''Anime/DiGiCharat'' franchise is extremely guilty of this trope, with lots and lots of discs and singles released. Somewhat [[JustifiedTrope justified]] since the main characters want to be idols and the franchise itself born as an marketing strategy. There was even a crossover CD with ''Anime/GalaxyAngel'' featuring [[ActorAllusion characters with the same VA]].
* ''LightNovel/HaruhiSuzumiya'', thanks to its immense popularity put out 9 character albums, 4 soundtracks, 3 drama [=CDs=], 8 combination soundtrack and drama [=CDs=] that shipped with one of the DVD versions, a live concert, an orchestral concert, followed by 7 more character albums for the 2009 re-airing from the FiveManBand, plus [[GenkiGirl Tsuruya]] and [[ThoseTwoGuys Taniguchi]]. All this for just 28 episodes! Emiri Kimidori, who only appears in a single scene for less than three minutes, gets a [=CD=] (although she later received an increased role in the later books that hadn't yet been adapted), and [[Manga/HaruhiChan Churuya]] has 6 image songs. Naturally, the GenderFlip faction has redone even these image songs. And they're GOOD.
* ''Manga/MermaidMelodyPichiPichiPitch'', being a musical, uses every image song in the episodes, as well as every other song in the vocal box.
* The ''Anime/TenchiMuyo'' series -- or group of series variants -- has released a whole lot of [=CDs=], including a Christmas album. Characters have several songs that could be Image Songs, and some made their way into the first television series (which followed, and re-structured, the {{OVA}}), during karaoke on-board ship. A few of these were released in America by Pioneer, including one CD called "Meet The Tenchi Muyo" that mimicked the appearance of several Beatles albums.
* ''Manga/LuckyStar'' has a large collection of image songs thanks to its overwhelming popularity. And it's not just the four main girls, either. Kagami's classmates and even Konata's deceased mother get songs. Misao, formerly one of ThoseTwoGuys, became enough of an EnsembleDarkHorse to get an album all to herself. Shiraishi got more songs than anyone else thanks to him taking the lead for the second half of ending songs. One of the songs that got a full version was none other than ''Ore no Wasuremono''.
* ''Manga/HayateTheCombatButler'':
** The "Butler Network" segment advertises the show's image songs in a very direct, NoFourthWall kind of way, including having Nagi wonder how well her song is selling.
** Although not technically her character song, Hinagiku sings the ending of season two, it could fit for it though. Also for the second ending of season two, Hayate and Nagi sing, what could be considered, an image song.
** Aside from the Season One mini-albums for the major characters (containing 2 songs, karaoke tracks, and interviews), there are a few albums for Season 2, TheMovie, Can't Take My Eyes Off You, and Cuties with a few characters tracks for pretty much everyone - notably most characters got an Image Song for the ending of their personal episode in Cuties.
** Due to astronomical PopularityPower, Hinagiku has ''three full character albums'' ([=HiNA=], [=HiNA=] 2 Spring Has Come, and [=HiNA=] 3 Message). The IdolSinger character has only just gotten ''one''. Both also get a {{Crossover}} album with ''Manga/TheWorldGodOnlyKnows'' featuring that series' {{Tsundere}} Haqua and IdolSinger Kanon.
* Urara from ''Anime/YesPrettyCure5'' has two Image Songs which, in the show's reality, she wrote herself. She regularly sings them in concerts, accompanied in at least one case by the rest of the main cast.
* ''Anime/{{Pokemon}}'':
** In a rare English language example, there is a soundtrack CD released titled ''Pokemon: 2B A Master'' that features Image Songs associated with characters from the show, but not performed directly by their English voice actors. Later, there was even a live theater show -- ''Theatre/PokemonLive'' -- that featured the characters singing some of the songs from that soundtrack. The exception would be "Double Trouble", sung by [[TerribleTrio Team Rocket's]] [=VAs=]. The Totally Pokémon CD released during Johto had a particularly memorable one sung by Brock's VA, Creator/EricStuart ("Two Perfect Girls").
** On the Japanese side, there's Satoshi's themes ''Spurt!'' and ''XY&Z'' which are openings, May's theme is ''Watashi Makenai'' (one of the ending themes), Hikari has ''Kimi no Soba de'', Serena has DoriDori (Also an ending) and Eureka has ''Puni-chan no Uta'' (Yet again an ending). Instrumentals of these are usually heard during their contest appears. Team Rocket have "Rocket-Dan Yo Eien Ni" which they have occasionally sung in place of their motto. Brock has "Takeshi no Paradise", originally an EndingTheme which he later started singing in episodes whenever there's a need for some kind or distraction. And Kojiro has "Lucky Lucky", a flirtatious [[HurricaneOfPuns Hurricane of (Pokémon) Puns]]. Vocal versions of both these songs have made it into the dub.
* Another rare English language example, (also courtesy of 4kids no less) is the [[YuGiOh Yu-Gi-Oh: Music to duel by]] album which features "Face up Face Down" a theme song for Maximillion Pegasus sung by his voice actor Darren Dunstan.
* ''Manga/FushigiYuugi'' had quite a few of these, most of the main characters had two image songs. A few of these were used in the series to punctuate serious moments [[spoiler:i.e. character deaths]]. Notably, several of the image songs were actually background music from the show with lyrics.
* ''Manga/RurouniKenshin'' had quite a few image songs, though they were not actually used in the show. These included songs for characters from mini-arcs.
* ''Manga/MyBrideIsAMermaid'' has a massive collection of image songs to its name, most prominently by San and Luna. MagicMusic is such a major part of the show it was to be expected.
* ''Anime/OjamajoDoremi'' had four songs for each girl by ''Dokkan'', though Pop still only had two (and one wasn't even sung by her seiyuu). There is also a separate 2 CD set with songs sung by their classmates and teachers.
* [[http://www.wikimoon.org/index.php?title=Image_song Here's the full list]] of ''Franchise/SailorMoon'' albums. A lot of money was made off TheMerch.
** The anime has image songs and singles for central characters in almost every season; only some of them actually appear in the show. There was also a CD of image songs sold in North America called "Lunarock!", which featured songs that appeared in a few episodes. Sailor Moon had more than one for herself on there, unlike common anime practice in Japan [[NonSingingVoice different voice actresses]] were used to sing for the girls, due to the album being recorded in L.A and the voice talent for the show being based in Canada.
** Its live-action adaptation ''Series/PrettyGuardianSailorMoon'' has these as well, as did, predictably, The Musicals ''Theatre/SeraMyu''.
** Creator/StephanieBeard wrote the song [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2kSRUKG1BuU "The Real SugaBayBee."]] Supposedly it was for her radio character persona, but she had to have at least drawn some inspiration from her [[AmericansHateTingle hated character]] in the series. Most people consider it her image song for Rini.
* ''Manga/TokyoMewMew'' follows the suit, with two character songs for each Mew Mew -- except Mew Ichigo, who got ''five''.
* Even thirteen-episode ''Manga/{{Pretear}}'' has image songs for the four older Leafe Knights on the second soundtrack CD.
* ''Manga/RanmaOneHalf'':
** Song Calendars and the "Hot Song Battle Contest" album display the voice actors singing wholly in character, sometimes purely for humor (such as Genma trying to sing while in Panda form), but for surprisingly dramatic effect at other times (girl-Ranma singing an unusually angsty song while crying in the rain).
** Shampoo's ''[[http://au.youtube.com/watch?v=Yx9TaTUa7eU Wo De Airen (My Beloved)]]'' is also surprisingly touching.
** The juxtaposition of Akane's two song really shows her Tsundere nature. Her infamous [[http://au.youtube.com/watch?v=XYofkxAVg7s Baka Song]] shows the tsuntsun, while [[http://au.youtube.com/watch?v=CBFXUospjjk Akane's Lullaby]] is very deredere.
** A little in-joke for the fans was the duet by Ryouga and the Jusenkyo Guide - the two characters share the same voice actor.
* ''Manga/MagicKnightRayearth'' often mixed image songs along with traditional soundtrack themes. Although they were usually performed by [[PowerTrio Hikaru, Umi, and Fuu]], sometimes Emeraude and Eagle would get a chance to perform. Even [[NonHumanSidekick Mokona]] got in on the fun with at least two songs.
* A more extreme case is ''Manga/ThePrinceOfTennis'', which keeps delivering image songs, duets, group releases and/or image CD's for ''almost each player in the show'' in a more-or-less regular basis. It's gotten to the point where the number of image songs is probably somewhere near ''four hundred.''
* The second ''Anime/{{Simoun}}'' OST has an Image Song for [[TheOjou Rodoreamon.]]
* Several of the ''Manga/{{Bleach}}'' characters have Image Songs released on CD, though they have never appeared in the anime itself.
* ''Manga/RosarioToVampire'' has a usual share of image songs in both its seasons, as well as covers of 80's J-Pop songs. In both seasons, all of these have been gratuitously inserted into the anime, with the poolside karaoke in season one and the singing in class in ''Capu2'' being the most obvious.
* Several characters from ''Manga/{{Kinnikuman}}'' have one of these. Justified thanks to the cast being wrestlers, thus having ribg entrance themes.
* ''[[Anime/MobileFighterGGundam G Gundam]]'' has five [=OST CDs=], titled ''Gundam Fight'' Rounds 1-5 (though 1-2 are a two-disc set). Round 5 features image songs from most of the main cast, although while Domon Kasshu gets two songs of his own ''and'' a duet with Rain, Sai Saici and Argo Gulskii have to share "China Shuffle". And Argo's singing voice [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rLjj4TVbjo8 has to be heard to be believed.]]
* ''Anime/MobileSuitGundamWing'' has four [=OSTs=], five if you include ''[[TheMovie Endless Waltz]]''; out of those, two are peppered with Image Songs, while a third is given over to them entirely (the only non-Image Song track being the show's second opening theme). Most of the primary cast gets songs, with the central characters (the Gundam Pilots and Relena) getting at least two while lesser-but-still important characters like Zechs, Treize, Lady Une, and Dorothy each get one. The 2-CD AudioPlay ''Blind Target'' features an additional song for each of the five pilots.
* ''Anime/MobileSuitGundamSEEDDestiny'''s second OST features "Shinkai no Kodoku", Stella Louisser's image song, which is also an insert song for her important scenes in the series, particularly her chance meetings with Shinn, her [[spoiler:[[AnguishedDeclarationOfLove death scene]] and Shinn interring her body]].
* ''Manga/ZettaiKarenChildren'', being done by the same creative staff as ''Hayate'', has a pretty large collection to its name. There are songs for the expected characters ([[PowerTrio The Children]]) and some less expected ([[HardGay Muscle Okama?]]).
* Both seasons of ''Manga/HidamariSketch'' have these, though much more extensively in the second season. Even the Principal gets to sing.
* ''Manga/OnePiece'' has quite a few image songs for the Straw Hats and for other noteworthy characters like Shanks and Mr. 2. Some of the Straw Hats' image songs have only one character singing, but there are often ones with multiple characters (for example, Hurricane Girls features Nami and Robin), or the entire crew. At one point during the Skypeia arc, Luffy and Usopp sing one of ''Sanji's'' songs. Badly.
* ''Anime/MaiHime'' gratuitously inserted three image songs - one for each of the main players - into the show in episode 15. The show also got two full albums full of image songs for just about all of the main characters.
* ''Manga/OuranHighSchoolHostClub'' has some very fun image songs, as well as a song sung by all of the characters together. Noticeably missing is Haruhi's image song, and she only speaks in the group song. This makes sense as canonically, she's a horrible singer.
* ''Manga/FullmetalAlchemist'':
** There are five ''Anime/FullmetalAlchemist'' image song [=CDs=], with three image songs each, one for Ed, Al, Roy, Winry and Hughes. And of course, there's the compilation CD with all of those on it, plus a few group songs. Sheska joins Winry for a duet (likewise Riza Hawkeye does one with Roy, and Hughes' daughter Elycia joins her daddy for a song that really TastesLikeDiabetes). The Homunculi manage to get in a really strange talk session set to trance music, when an Elric brothers duet probably would be a much better choice for Al's CD.
** Meanwhile in America, Creator/VicMignogna (Ed's voice actor) wrote a tribute song in this style.
** ''Brotherhood'' has an image song by "Creator/RomiPark and the Alchemists", which is AGoodNameForARockBand.
* ''Manga/{{Saiyuki}}'' has numerous image albums from the three separate anime series and almost every major character has at least one song. And try not to count how many the four main characters have, you'll give up half way through. The only exception is Hakkai, since Creator/AkiraIshida doesn't like to sing--when Hakkai absolutely needed an Image Song as part of the "Four Seasons" promotional CD for the movie, he simply delivered a monologue to music. This has led original author Minekura to playfully refer to the group of Goku, Gojyo and Sanzo's seiyuu as "-8," or "Minus Eight," as the "ha" in "Hakkai" is written with the kanji for 8.
* Pretty much the entire vocal soundtrack of ''Anime/PaniPoniDash'' is sung by the characters involved.
* Standard practice in ''Franchise/LyricalNanoha'' is to include three tracks worth of Image Songs in each [[AllThereInTheManual Sound Stage]] as extra incentive to buy them. [[Creator/YukariTamura Nanoha]] and [[Creator/NanaMizuki Fate]] naturally gets a good chunk of these, with [[Creator/KanaUeda Hayate]] a close third.
* ''Webcomic/AxisPowersHetalia'':
** Music [=CDs=] exist for the eight main characters (or nine, since [[TalkingToHimself Italy's seiyuu does a song for North and South Italy]]). They also sing their own versions of the EndingTheme of the anime, which are included as extras on the [=DVDs=]. The endings for the first four seasons were all compiled into two [=CDs=], and feature versions for other countries such as Poland and Lithuania.
** The movie has "Wa! Wa!! World {{Ondo}}", in which the eight main characters all sing together, and the "Character CD Perfect Guide" gave [[EnsembleDarkhorse Prussia]] his own image song "Mein Gott!" as well as a joint image song for Chibitalia and Rome called "Ren Ren Renaissance".
** Then there are songs for Ukraine and Belarus, Prussia's ''other'' song "Song of the Awesome Me", "With Love From Iceland" with [[TheStoic Iceland]] and [[HollywoodToneDeaf Puffin]], the digital-release songs for Hong Kong, Taiwan, Canada, and Rome (which were all put together along with two new songs; one featuring the Baltics, and another featuring France, Spain and Prussia in a commercially-released CD), as well as the songs from the Interval [=CDs=] featuring Prussia, Spain and the Nordics respectively.
** In 2015, eight more [=CDs=] were released to tie-in to season six, featuring the main eight, Prussia, the Nordics, Estonia and Hong Kong.
* The ''Manga/RozenMaiden'' drama [=CDs=] all feature image songs to their respective dolls, sans Kirakishou, who doesn't have any drama CD.
* The Hit Square Character Songs of ''Manga/{{Saki}}'', a music CD containing the Image Songs of the two most popular characters from each of the four teams.
* The anime ''Manga/SoulEater'' has several albums of songs from the anime out along with at least three image albums out. The image albums each include one song (along with two other versions of the same song and a song from the anime not sung by the voice actors) sung by the Japanese voice actors. Soul Eater Evans along with Maka Albarn have a song sung together, Black Star and Tsubaki have a song sung together, and Death the Kid along with Liz and Patty Thompson have a song sung collectively. All of the tracks are quite awesome.
* ''Manga/TsubasaReservoirChronicle'' has these for all of the major characters: Syaoran's being 'Kizuna,' Sakura's being 'Towa no Omoi,' Fai's being 'Smile,' Kurogane's being 'Zankou,' and Mokona's being 'Tabi no Tochuu de Kibou no Uta wo Utaou'. Though really, Yuui Makino (Sakura's Seiyuu) actually sings quite a couple of songs for the anime.
* ''Manga/KatekyoHitmanReborn'' gives an image song to Gola Mosca, a machine who [[TheSpeechless can't talk]], much less sing. Instead he makes depressurizing noises from his exhaust ports which sound like creepy breathing. One of the Anime's endings was Sakura Addiction, a duet ''Image Song'' for Hibari Kyouya and Rokudo Mukuro.
* ''Anime/ZettaiMutekiRaijinOh'' is quite generous with its image songs; the three pilots and TheChick get two or three each, and the remaining 14 main characters each get a song. Even the villains get a shot in a "karaoke showdown" themed song.
* ''Anime/RoninWarriors'' has many soundtrack [=CDs=], often containing image songs. Touma's singing voice is [[MemeticMutation infamously bad]] and most of the others aren't much better - but a lot of the songs, especially groups, are fun anyway.
* ''Anime/{{Claymore}}'' has several, from Clare's [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GsgOdjmdOb4 "Memory"]] to Irene's [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ojo6e_yA1eg&feature=related "Shippu."]] They're surprisingly good.
* ''Manga/ShugoChara'' has three "Character Song Collections".
* Many for ''Manga/DragonBall'', including [[CrowningMomentOfFunny "Vegeta-sama no O-Ryouri Jigoku"]] or [[YouAreTheTranslatedForeignWord "Lord Vegeta's Cooking Hell,"]] a song about [[{{Jerkass}} Vegeta]]... [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin making okonomiyaki]]. [[spoiler:[[SomethingWeForgot He forgets to add the mayonnaise.]]]] The [[QuirkyMinibossSquad Ginyu Force]] get [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vcgDgwNR1ZE "Sanjou!! Ginyu Tokusentai!!"]] a VillainSong that is exactly as hammy as one would expect.
* ''Anime/StrikeWitches'' has image songs for the entire cast as well as many duets. With five [=CDs=], covers by each girl for a song from their respective country from around that era, and a solo for each character (Yoshika got two solos) The ending theme for both seasons are sung by different cast members each episode as well. So far one of [[TheQuietOne Sanya]] and [[FortuneTeller Eila's]] duets, "Sweet Duet" has inserted into the end of season two's sixth episode.
* ''LightNovel/{{Durarara}}'' came out with character singles for Mikado, Kida, Shizuo, Kadota, Anri, Shinra, Izaya, and Celty. All the songs are covers of old songs from anime or otherwise. For example, Celty's song is a cover of "Message in Rouge," the Japanese theme from ''Anime/KikisDeliveryService''.
* The Image Songs for ''Manga/{{Kannagi}}'' are the same ones from the KaraokeBox episode, although with improved vocals.
* ''LightNovel/{{Toradora}}'': Creator/YuiHorie sings Midori's.
* ''Manga/KOn'' has ''two'' for each of the five main characters, as well as for some of the side characters.
* ''Manga/MinamiKe'' has a few image song albums; in addition, the soundtracks include versions of the opening and ending themes by each of the three sisters.
* ''Anime/TheVisionOfEscaflowne'' while there was not much in the way of ''image songs'', [[{{Catgirl}} Merle]] [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=krEE_CJGjCM got one]] [[CrowningMomentofHeartwarming and it was great.]]
* ''Anime/{{Dancougar}}'' has some sung by the voice actors themselves. Some of the notable ones are Ai Wa Zankoku No Fairytail and Ai Wa Shitta Yajuu No You Ni. The former was sung by the entire Juusenki Tai, the latter's just [[Creator/KazukiYao Shinobu]].
* ''Anime/MarginalPrince'' features a song by any of the characters in [[OncePerEpisode focus of the particular episode]] - episode Nine even features ''three'' of them. This was probably mainly done to promote the [[DatingSim game]] the anime is based on, as it main feature is the songs as a "reward" for completing a character route. Luckily, [[Creator/RyotaroOkiayu most]] [[Creator/MasakazuMorita of]] [[Creator/KenjiNojima the]] [[Creator/KoukiMiyata seiyuu]] are good singers. Unfortunately, not all songs from the game made it into the anime series (but therefore, some new ones were created).
* ''Manga/{{Working}}'': Takanashi, Popura, Inami, Yachiyo, Sooma, Satou and Yamada have their own image songs, plus their own versions of the song "Wagnaria Sanka." Additionally, the opening and ending theme songs for both the first and second seasons are [[DoItYourselfThemeTune sung by the voice actors themselves, while in character.]]
* ''Manga/BambooBlade'': Each of the five main character got their image song. Sayako's song "Only Track" , sung by Sachiko Kojima was featured in the first soundtrack album. Kirino's song "For You Shine" and Tamaki's one "Sunflower", respectively by ''Creator/MegumiToyoguchi'' and ''Creator/RyoHirohashi'', in the second soundtrack. Miyako's song "All in all", by ''Creator/HoukoKuwashima'', and Satori's song "No looser", by ''Creator/RinaSato'', where included in the drama cds.
* ''LightNovel/AriaTheScarletAmmo'' has a few, notably "First Contact" and "Ring a ding on, Riko-rin" for Aria and Riko
* ''Anime/TengenToppaGurrenLagann'':
** [[HotBlooded Kamina]] and Simon do a duet by the name of "Break Through the Dream." It is filled with about as much [[RatedMforManly manliness]] as you can cram into a song.
** Yoko has two "Trust" and "S.t.a.r.S.", the latter of which also has it's own [[http://youtu.be/GFLRsgKqku0 full-length music video]] depicting Yoko's inner IdolSinger... and then Yoko ''with'' her inner IdolSinger. As can be expected from the series, it's actually quite awesome.
* Seeing as ''AudioPlay/SaintBeast'' has an AllStarCast of VoiceActors and began as an audio drama, there are multiple image songs and [=CDs=] for the series.
* ''Anime/PuellaMagiMadokaMagica'' has Madoka's ''See You Tomorrow'' and Kyouko's and Sayaka's duet ''And I'm Home''.
* ''Anime/SpiritedAway'' has an image album, unusually for a standalone film. Probably the highlight is No Face's [[LyricalDissonance oddly bouncy]] song about his loneliness.
* Multiple major characters in ''{{Franchise/Anpanman}}'' have an image song, most of them sung by their voice actors, with a couple sung by the musical duo Dreaming. A shortened version of Anpanman's song is the theme song for the whole series. For multiple characters, an instrumental version of the image song will be used as a {{leitmotif}} for their scenes. An interesting case is the Donburiman Trio: they each have their own song that they sing in-show, but their image songs are different (Tendonman's has slightly modified lyrics, Katsudonman's is tacked on to the very end of his image song, and Kamameshidon's is completely different). It's also common for very major characters to have more than one image song (Baikinman has one that glorifies him and another one that basically spells out his defeat).
* ''LightNovel/SwordArtOnline'' has them for Kirito and almost every female main character (Asuna, Leafa, Sinon, Lisbeth, Silica, Yui, and Yuuki), featured on the bonus discs included with the Blu-Ray sets of the series. Several of them have multiple cast members singing at once.
* ''Anime/TigerAndBunny'' has a few: "GO NEXT!!" and "My Song" for Karina/Blue Rose, "POWER OF JUSTICE" for Barnaby, and "Hamidashimono Sanka" for Kotetsu/Wild Tiger. "Seigi no Koe ga Kikoerukai" is a [[DuetBonding a duet with with Kotetsu and Barnaby]] while "Natsu no Koi wa, Otsukare Summer" features all three of these characters.
%% The ones in all caps were done that way because they were like that in the ''T&B'' wiki; I'm not sure if they're correct.
* This is actually the theme of ''Anime/SenkiZesshouSymphogear''. Every Symphogear has at least two image songs per season and at least one of them is used in the anime. This is justified because their powers can only be displayed when they sing. There are also some other songs and duets they do.
* ''Anime/MekakucityActors'', being the anime extension of ''Franchise/KagerouProject'' (a Vocaloid project) has a ton of these. Every character gets at least one (Takane and Mary get two, Momo and Hibiya get a joint-second), plus several other 'plot-based' songs. There are 23 songs in total, with one actually topping the [[http://www.nicovideo.jp/mylist/39943124 2013 Yearly Vocaloid Rankings]].
* ''Manga/DailyLifeWithMonsterGirl'' has a soundtrack CD for each of the girls, each one consisting of two original songs, the featured girl's version of the anime's opening theme, and instrumental versions of the original songs.
* Oddly, ''Manga/BlackButler'' has these. Characters who got songs are Sebastian, Finny, Grell, William, Lau, Undertaker, Agni, Soma, Viscount Druitt, and Ronald.
* ''LightNovel/SundayWithoutGod'': Protagonist Ai has a beautiful song called [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ppXkHtdRFm0 "Hohoemi no Ame,"]] released as a bonus for the first press edition of the original soundtrack.
* Rem from ''LightNovel/ReZero'' has a song titled [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TJ4Ons2_26o "Wishing"]], which played during the latter part of Episode 18. Additionally, the second ending theme, "Stay Alive", is one for Emilia.
* All twenty-three ''{{LightNovel/Bakemonogatari}}'' openings.

[[folder:Comic Books]]
* All the main characters from Brazilian comic ''ComicBook/MonicasGang''.

[[folder:Fan Works]]
* Music/MegaRan's album "Black Materia" is a collection of raps about ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyVII'', of which most are done from Cloud's perspective. "[[http://megaranmusic.com/track/cloud-strife Cloud Strife]]" in particular is Mega Ran, in character as Cloud, rapping about Cloud's life story.
-->framerate's mad spotty like a [=PS1=]
-->the story's still cloudy, sorta like my namesake
-->so wait-- it turns out that what was in my mind
-->was a memory, a dream, that wasn't even mine
* Music/MiracleOfSound creates songs based on video games. When he did one for ''VideoGame/{{Portal 2}}'', he decided to create ''[[http://miracleofsound.bandcamp.com/track/wheatleys-song Wheatley's Song]]'', and it fits [[CloudCuckoolander Whea]][[BewareTheNiceOnes tley]] just perfectly. ([[BerserkButton "So don't call me a moron]] / I'm super astute / [[EarWorm There is no conundrum that / My core cannot compute."]])
** Another very good example of this is the metal-tastic ''[[https://miracleofsound.bandcamp.com/track/hell-to-pay-2 Hell to Pay]]'' for ''VideoGame/Doom2016'', which is all about Doomguy and his rage against the demons.
--->''Wake up, I’m a bullet loosed / Into the heart of a wretched age / I breathe just to beat and bruise / An evolution of the burnin’ rage / Gonna get mine / Get outta my way / There's gonna be (Gonna be) / Gonna be Hell to pay!''
* The [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=X6oUz1v17Uo Picard Song]] for Captain Picard from ''Series/StarTrekTheNextGeneration'' closely fits this trope, including being "sung" by Patrick Stewart through some very well-edited voice clips.
* ''VideoGame/{{Touhou}}'' fandom is filled with these, using a character's respective {{leitmotif}} to create appropriate songs for them.
** Japanese fandom make an enormous amount of original music based on the games' music. A lot don't have much to do with the character, but some fit them almost perfectly, including [[MessianicArchetype Byakuren's]] ''[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2WtDBojw868 White Lotus... ~ Piano,]]'' [[{{Ojou}} Remilia's]] ''[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oYc-eJOhWYQ Serenade to Red Rose,]]'' [[NinjaMaid Sakuya's]] ''[[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Qn3p5xZOM2E XXI]]'' ([[WordOfGod Quoth ZUN]]: "You can't have a maid without hard rock."), [[CreepyChild Flandre's]] ''[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zMI5YaInHdU Who Killed U.N. Owen?]]'' and ''[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CejLvYyGYkw Sweets Time Midnight,]]'' [[PersonOfMassDestruction Utsuho's]] ''[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=p0lgUvE8ICE Flames Within These Black Feathers,]]'' [[BadassNormal Marisa's]] ''[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tEJ_VRfI26g Magus Knight,]]'' and many, '''many''' more.
** Meanwhile, in the western fandom, [[http://asa-turney.tumblr.com asa]] uses the leitmotif itself and dubs it with an original song for the character. For example, [[http://asa-turney.tumblr.com/post/84959364067 Yuuka's]] is about [[TimeAbyss the transience of lesser beings]] using [[GreenThumb flower metaphors]], [[http://asa-turney.tumblr.com/post/120649953692 Mamizou's]] is about how much fun it is to be a [[VoluntaryShapeshifting shapeshifting]] [[TheTrickster trickster]], [[http://asa-turney.tumblr.com/post/89210929032 Seija's]] is about her impending revolution, often [[PaintingTheMedium inverting and reversing itself]], and [[http://asa-turney.tumblr.com/post/92454072692 Yukari's]] is about the thin barriers that define existence and [[RealityWarper how easy it is to twist them]].
* Similarly, the ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic'' fandom create many songs sung from the perspective of one character or another. Merely some of the more popular ones include ''[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=H4tyvJJzSDk Lullaby for a Princess]]'' (a TearJerker about [[MyGreatestFailure Celestia's greatest failure]]), ''[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sDdL4z5qfr4 Picture Perfect Pony]]'' (complete with show-quality animation), ''[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MvWxZ0Apclg Knights of Time and Space]]'' (a duet between [[EnsembleDarkhorse Derpy and Doctor Hooves]]), and ''[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=S4dWMxTWTXE Anthropology]]'' ([[MemeticBystander Lyra]] singing about humans). And the parody series ''WebVideo/FriendshipIsWitchcraft'' gave its version of Pinkie Pie ([[FanNickname known as "Gypsy Pie"]]) the [[LyricalDissonance tragically cheerful]] ''[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4LohgzBKXLY Gypsy Bard.]]''
* The album [[http://jimmywallace.bandcamp.com/album/working-for-peanuts Working for Peanuts]] by Jimmy Wallace contains image songs for eight ''ComicStrip/{{Peanuts}}'' characters. Some of them are really catchy.
* As a tribute to the show ''WesternAnimation/GravityFalls'', Ken Ashcorp created the song [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rm7bTvTtXJg Supernatural]][[http://kenashcorp.bandcamp.com/track/supernatural ,]] a "slower and more melodic song" where Dipper expressing his feelings about the paranormal activity.
* The show ''WesternAnimation/TheLegendOfKorra'' has [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LbanZP9gqOA Queen of Future Industries]] by [[https://twitter.com/finerband Finer]] which is a song describing the character Asami.

[[folder:Films -- Animated]]
* ''WesternAnimation/InsideOut'' has "The Bing Bong Song", which is a song by Bing Bong about himself.
* Creator/{{Pixar}} put out cassette tapes with corresponding songbooks including songs "sung" by the characters in ''WesternAnimation/ABugsLife'' and the first ''WesternAnimation/ToyStory''.
* Around when ''WesternAnimation/AnAmericanTailFievelGoesWest'' was being released in theaters, an entire album of original songs titled "Fievel and Friends" was produced. Only Fievel was voiced by his original actor, however, with more professional singers hired to play other characters. He did a solo version of "Somewhere Out There" among the more original tracks.
* ''Disney/TheLittleMermaid'''s Ariel has [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=suoqDGNMX2g "One Dance"]] (contrary to popular belief, not a CutSong composed for the film), written by Chris Martin (not the Music/{{Coldplay}} singer) and released on the compilation ''The Little Mermaid and Friends''.

[[folder:Films -- Live-Action]]
* ''Franchise/JamesBond'':
** For the film that eventually became ''Film/{{Thunderball}}'', a theme tune was written for its previous title, ''Mr. Kiss Kiss Bang Bang''. While the title was changed, necessitating a new theme, "Mr Kiss Kiss Bang Bang" typifies Bond's character so well that it served as Bond's Image Song. Though the replacement theme, Tom Jones' "Thunderball", still fits the trope.
** For ''Film/CasinoRoyale2006'', Chris Cornell wrote "You Know My Name" to serve as an Image Song for the inexperienced Bond (as the {{Leitmotif}} is only used at the final scene).
* Six years after ''Film/MyCousinVinny'', Creator/JoePesci revived his character for the album ''Vincent [=LaGuardia=] Gambini Sings Just for You''. Many who heard it wished that he hadn't.
* "Gollum's Song" (Gollum) and "Into the West" (Galadriel) from ''Film/TheLordOfTheRings'' films seem to fit.
* ''Film/BatmanForever'' has "The Riddler" by [[Music/WuTangClan Method Man]].

* Creator/MercedesLackey's talents as lyricist as well as a fantasy writer allowed her to create image songs for several of the characters from her novels, most notably Tarma, Kethry, Idra and Vanyel in the ''Literature/HeraldsOfValdemar'' novels.
* Creator/SeananMcGuire has used her songwriting talents to create two image songs for her UrbanFantasy character Rose Marshall: "Pretty Little Dead Girl" tells the urban legend (or as [=McGuire=] puts it, the "filthy libel") version of Rose's story as a hitchhiking ghost, while "Graveyard Rose" tells the flipside of Rose's legend as the "Lady in the Diner" truck driver's psychopomp.

[[folder:Live-Action TV]]
* ''Franchise/SuperSentai'' releases yearly Image Album songs by the heroes ever since ''Abaranger'', with variable degrees of singing. ''Gekiranger'' had villains Rio and Mele be such major characters that they too got to sing.
** Even before that, there were Sentai image songs-not usually sung by the characters, usually done by anime singers such as [=MoJo=] or Isao Sasaki. The villain songs were usually done up until the 90s by vocal trio Koorogi '73.
** Some Sentai characters did perform their own image songs, including [[Series/DaiSentaiGoggleFive Goggle Pink]], [[Series/ChoujuuSentaiLiveman Blue Dolphin]] and [[Series/ChoujinSentaiJetman Black Condor]]. There was also an album named ''Sentai Heroine'' that included most of the female rangers' and villainesses' (including [[Creator/MachikoSoga Bandora]]) songs sung by their actors from 90 to Gaoranger.
** In ''Abaranger'', the song "Evolien's Hymn" sung by Lije (Kasumi Suzuki) made it into episode 29 of the show.
** On ''Go-onger'', along with the three female leads (Saki, Miu and Kegalesia), Hiroto also got not one, but two Image Song(s). Not so surprising since his actor is also a singer as well.
* ''Franchise/KamenRider'' occasionally does this as well, but how many of the actors sing on the album depends entirely on whether their characters would be the ''type'' to sing.
** ''Series/KamenRiderRyuki'' has one for each of its four main riders (for any measure of 'main' given in the setting). Lonely Soldier for Ren, Kienai Niji for Kitaoka and Spinnin Around for Asakura.
** ''Series/KamenRiderDenO'': Ryoutarou has a duet with each of his Imagin and he has his own song. The Imagin also do their own version of the opening song!
** ''Series/KamenRiderKiva'' gives it a twist in that the primary Riders (and Kiva's [[MultiformBalance alternate forms]]) all have Image Songs, but these are all sung by TETRA-FANG, a "limited band" formed for this express purpose, with Kiva star Koji Seto providing the vocals.
** ''Series/KamenRiderDecade'' has ''Ride the wind'' for Tsukasa Kadoya and ''Treasure Sniper'' for Daiki Kaito.
** ''Series/KamenRiderOOO'' pretty much runs on the stuff. There's one for each of the main character's "Combo" forms [[labelnote: *]]Ride On Right Time for [[https://youtu.be/dUTHU3Fuu1I LaToraH]], Sun Goes Up for [[https://youtu.be/rRihTS9ArFQ SaGoZo]], Got to Keep It Real for [[https://youtu.be/gmoArPO727k GataKiriBa]], Shout Out for [[https://youtu.be/u2K1v3c_kEU ShaUTa]] and Regret Nothing ~ Tighten Up for [[https://youtu.be/h_V-0m4H6kM TaToBa]] and its modified version for every random combination. [[/labelnote]](his base form plus every SetBonus), all of them sung by the main character's actor. The two full-on SuperMode combos are duets with a different character [[labelnote: *]]Time Judged All for [[https://youtu.be/WeBzcqYisSQ TaJaDor]], with Ankh and Power To Tearer for [[https://youtu.be/4a24m9Z6LeY PuToTyra]], with Akira Kushida[[/labelnote]]. There is also [[https://youtu.be/xZDJyBikt-A Reverse/Re:Birth]], the duet of the series' two secondary riders.
** ''Series/KamenRiderGaim'' decribes its insanely twisted character dynamics with two songs - ''Ranbu Escalation'', the duet of Kouta and Kaito and Mitsuzane's ''Point of No Return''.
** ''Series/KamenRiderDrive'' has ''Spinning Wheel'', sung by of the series' rider trio - Shinnosuke, Gou and Chase.
* ''Series/LizzieMcGuire'' has "[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jL6sZIJXHrc I Can't Wait]]", a Brooke [=McClymont=] that Hilary Duff covered, singing "as" her character. The song is on both of the Lizzie [=McGuire=] albums and caught a lot of airplay on Radio Disney back in the day, and was actually released as a single in Happy Meals in 2004 (along with another CD that had "Lizzie" narrating a few episodes, although the voice actress was not really Hilary).
* ''Series/DoctorWho'':
** Creator/JonPertwee released a spoken-word single titled "Who is the Doctor?" after his character in ''Series/DoctorWho''. (Sometimes called "I am the Doctor" after its "chorus.")
** John Barrowman did a song called "The Doctor and I" which can be read as in-character as Jack Harkness, although it can also be read as a fantasy about John Barrowman being the Doctor's companion. [[PerverseSexualLust In a rather physical sense]].
* A ''Series/{{Thunderbirds}}'' spinoff single had Lady Penelope singing "Parker, Well Done!" as part of a short dramatization featuring the original voice actors for Parker, Lady Penelope and Jeff Tracy.
* ''{{Series/Dinosaurs}}'' has the famous ''I'm the Baby (Gotta Love Me)'' song and music video, as well as the 1992 album ''Dinosaurs: Big Songs'', which included songs made for the regular characters, all sung by their respective voice actors. A version in Spanish was also released, but it didn't feature the voice actors from the dub (at least not the Mexican dub).
* Edd Byrnes recorded the hit song "Kookie, Kookie, Lend Me Your Comb" (with Connie Stevens), which was based on his character in the ABC DetectiveDrama ''77 Sunset Strip''.
* ''Series/StarTrekTheNextGeneration'':
** "The Inner Light" is based on the episode of the same name, synonymous with Picard and the character development he goes through in that episode. There's the [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=i5EluFlra2A original flavor]], the [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6su9jVj_pXY flute and piano duet]], or the [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=606Vk2iSFNk complete orchestral version]].
** Creator/LeonardNimoy recorded a song entitled [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6C70QRbawN8 Highly Illogical]] which, while it never mentions [[TheSpock Spock]] by name, is pretty obviously sung in-character as him.
* ''Series/{{Glee}}'' has "Get It Right" for Rachel.
* Bill Mumy sings [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=H8a6TtuN9WE The Ballad of William Robinson]], from the perspective of his character at age 42, having been ''Series/LostInSpace'' with his family for 30 years. He also did [[http://www.billmumy.com/mumy/lyrics/in_current/10.mp3 Stronger Than Gravity]], an image song for his character Lennier from ''Series/BabylonFive''.
* Walter White from ''Series/BreakingBad'' has "Negro Y Azul : The Ballad Of Heisenberg"
* ''Series/{{Batman}}'' had a SoBadItsGood one for [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EAlfr7wsqcM The Riddler]], released as a 45 and with a song by Frank Gorshin as himself as the BSide.
* For the {{Creator/Studio100}} series Series/KabouterPlop. Some of the characters have a song dedicated to one characters.
** Kwebbel (Jij Praat Teveel)
** Klaus (Klus Wil Vligen and Klus Heeft Her Gedaan)
** Luis (Ich Word Daar Zo Moe Van)
** Small (Ik Been Small and Snuffeltje)
** Smul (Hoipiepeloi)

* Music/DosGringos, a band comprising [[UsefulNotes/YanksWithTanks United States Air Force]] fighter pilots, has a song called "Last of the Breed" that (aside from being written in a future where they're all {{Retired Badass}}es) describes what modern USAF fighter pilots are like. "I'm A Pilot" is more satirical and SelfDeprecation (it's written from the perspective of crew chiefs and their perceptions of fighter pilots).
* Music/{{Sting}}'s "Englishman In New York" is one of these for FlamboyantGay British expat Quentin Crisp.

* ''Radio/TheHitchhikersGuideToTheGalaxy'': Marvin, the Paranoid Android had four such songs sung by Stephen Moore, his actor from the original incarnations. The soundtrack of [[Film/TheHitchhikersGuideToTheGalaxy the movie]] included as bonus tracks one of the aforementioned Marvin songs and the hilarious campaign song "Vote Beeblebrox."

[[folder:Professional Wrestling]]
* Wrestling/{{WWE}}:
** Several albums of songs sung by their wrestlers were put out that are supposed to provide more insight on the characters, including ''The Wrestling Album'', ''Piledriver: The Wrestling Album II'', ''Wrestlemania: The Album'', and ''WWE Originals''. With few exceptions, they all pretty much suck.
** Both of Wrestling/JohnCena's best-known and longest-lasting entrance themes ("Basic Thugonomics" and "The Time is Now") were written and performed by him. Basic Thugonomics was good. The Time is Now? YMMV.
** The second and most familiar version of Wrestling/ShawnMichaels' entrance theme, "Sexy Boy", was performed by him.

[[folder:Video Games]]
* ''VideoGame/BlazBlue'' includes one for almost every female member of the cast...[[AndZoidberg and Bang]]. Kanako Kondō, Noel's VA sings the vocal version of her theme, Love so Blue, during one of ''Calamity Trigger''[='=]s final battles, as well as singing in duo with Asami Imai for the vocal version of the Noel vs Tsubaki theme and ''Continuum Shift''[='=]s credits. Other entries include the VA for Rachel, Tsubaki, Litchi, Makoto and Bang singing each character's theme. ''Chronophantasma'' adds up the new characters' vocals... but Amane has none, in conjunction with how his VA (Creator/AkiraIshida) has an aversion of singing Image Songs.
* ''VideoGame/SakuraWars'' might be one of the most extreme cases. There are literally dozens of versions of the original theme song, recorded by every possible cast member or combination of cast members. In addition, there are straight Image Songs for each of the main cast, which sometimes find their way into the actual games as individual themes.
* ''[[Anime/GalaxyAngel Galaxy]] [[VideoGame/GalaxyAngel Angel]]'' has a massive amount of image songs across its various seasons and games, and throws in a few duets for good measure.
* "Ai No Uta" (Love Song), the image song for the eponymous creatures of ''VideoGame/{{Pikmin}}'' first appeared in a Japanese commercial for the original Gamecube game. It later became a phenomenon over there, actually outselling the game it was about. The most popular demographic was [[{{Salaryman}} middle-aged working men]], who strongly identified with the themes of loyalty despite abuse which the Pikmin expressed:
-->''Uprooted, we'll follow you alone.''
-->''Today once again we'll carry, fight, multiply, and then be eaten.''
-->''Dug up, we'll meet again and be thrown around.''
-->''But we'll follow you forever.''
** There's also Ai no Uta's B side ''Namida ga Afureta'' (The Tears are Overflowing) which is sung from the perspective of Captain Olimar. Who is crying because after everything [[{{Tearjerker}} he forgot to tell the Pikmin he loved them before leaving.]] It makes a great contrast. The Pikmin loved Olimar without any need for reciprication, and Olimar loved the Pikmin but never got to tell them.
* ''VideoGame/TheKingOfFighters'' has a few image songs on every arranged sound track from '94 to '98. Most of them are usually sung by Athena's VA, but '95 has a song where the entire cast gets in on the action, and '97 has a Kyo/Iori duet. Hell, even Choi gets to sing! The tail end of it is the short song that's played in his intro during ''KOF '98'' if he's the first character out on the team or if it's a 1v1 match, "Choi Bounge Ondo."
* ''VideoGame/SonicAdventure'', ''VideoGame/SonicAdventure2'' and ''VideoGame/SonicTheHedgehog2006'' have character songs for all the playable characters plus the game's theme tune. ''VideoGame/SonicHeroes'' replaced individual character themes with team themes (fitting the game's gimmick). The trend varyingly continues with the most recent games (different songs for different endings in ''VideoGame/ShadowTheHedgehog'', only one theme song for ''VideoGame/SonicUnleashed'', etc).
* The Masou Kishin/Elemental Lords in ''VideoGame/SuperRobotWars'' mostly had their {{Leitmotif}}s turned into Image Song. Other than Masaki's, they're usually sung by their own seiyuus (Masaki's Image Song is sung by [[Music/JAMProject Ichiro Mizuki and Hironobu Kageyama]].) There's also image songs by Music/JAMProject about the SRX Team's {{Leitmotif}}.
* Creator/{{SNK}}:
** Mai Shiranui from the ''VideoGame/FatalFury'' games has gotten 2 image songs, based on her background music themes: "Kachou Fuugetsu Otome Mai" (not by her voice actress, but Reiko Chiba) and "Dear MAI Boy" (by her actual voice actress, Akoya Sogi). Blue Mary also has an image song, "Blue Mary's Blues" which has a [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=khbd5Pcj9g4 sprite-based video.]]
** Some image songs for ''VideoGame/SamuraiShodown'' exist, at least for Nakoruru and Rimururu (like ''Egao de Iru'' for the latter). A couple of albums made of them were once released by SNK: ''SNK Gals Vocals Collection'' and ''SNK Guys Vocals Collection''; the former included one for [[VideoGame/ArtOfFighting Yuri Sakazaki]].
** A couple of albums made of them were once released by SNK: ''SNK Gals Vocals Collection'' and ''SNK Guys Vocals Collection''; the former included one for [[VideoGame/ArtOfFighting Yuri Sakazaki]].
* ''Franchise/{{Disgaea}}'':
** [[EvilOverlord Laharl]], [[TheLancer Etna]], [[UnknownRival Mid-Boss]] and [[Creator/NobuyukiHiyama Axel]] each have one ("Lord Laharl's Hymn", "Etna Boogie", "Ah, My Magnificent Life" and "White Tiger", respectively), featured in the characters' respective endings.
** ''VideoGame/Disgaea3AbsenceOfJustice'' has ones for Mao ("Go Mao!"), Almaz ("Unlucky Hero"), and Raspberyl ("Love Combination").
** In ''VideoGame/Disgaea4APromiseUnforgotten'', Valvatorez's Image Song, "Arcadian Vampire", is even brought up within the story - Some of the [[PlayerMooks Prinnies]] write it in the first half of the game to use as a HubLevel theme. Meanwhile, Fuka gets a humorous remix of Flonne's {{Leitmotif}} WithLyrics (or ''one'' lyric, rather), and the song "Naked Requiem" appears to serve as one for Fenrich and Val in Tyrant Valvatorez Mode (which ups their occasionally lampshaded HomoeroticSubtext even further).
* ''VideoGame/XenoSaga Episode II'' contains a track called "The Image Song of VideoGame/XenoSaga Episode II" (a portion of it is played while fighting Margulis). However, it doesn't appear to be from the point of view of any particular character.
* The three leads of ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyX2'' all got their own [=CDs=].
* ''VideoGame/FZero GX'' featured image songs for all of the characters, some with lyrics. Yes, including [[MemeticBadass Captain Falcon]].
* ''VideoGame/SuperMarioBros'' combined this with ForgottenThemeTuneLyrics to create ''Super Mario Compact Disco''. Oddly enough, Peach is only mentioned ''once'' throughout the soundtrack (specifically during the "Super Mario USA" song), as the rest of it is spent playing up Daisy as Mario's LoveInterest.
* The ''VideoGame/HarukanaruTokiNoNakaDe'' franchise got quite a bit of these; in fact, the ''Hachiyou Shou'' anime TV series makes a point of using the ten associated character songs -- eight for [[CastFullOfPrettyBoys the main team]] plus two for the villains -- for the [[ADayInTheLimelight character-centered episodes]]: either within the episode itself, often as a ThemeMusicPowerUp, or replacing the regular EndingTheme. Even [[ArtificialHuman Yasuaki]], who is voiced by Creator/AkiraIshida, wasn't spared (one episode has a remake version of his Image Song as the ending).
* ''Franchise/{{Angelique}}'' has mulptiple image songs for all of the datable guys, including plenty of duet and group songs. The third set of {{OVA}}s even includes ''music videos'' for the Cherry Blossom/Sunflower set of image songs.
* ''Franchise/MetalGear'':
** ''VideoGame/MetalGearSolidPeaceWalker'' has plot-important image songs for Paz and Peace Walker that play in game, and an image song for Big Boss and Kaz each that came on a supplemental drama CD.
** In ''VideoGame/MetalGearRisingRevengeance'' every distinct boss has their own song, which plays in instrumental during their fight, [[SongsInTheKeyOfPanic then turns to play in full glory with spoken lyrics when their health drops past a certain point]]. The FinalBoss song "It Has To Be This Way" mixes it up a bit, as it isn't clear whether the song refers to Raiden or [[spoiler:Armstrong]], working equally well for both of them.
--->''I've [[ReluctantPsycho carved my own path]] / you've [[BloodKnight followed your wrath]] / but maybe [[NotSoDifferent we're both the same.]]''
*** One could argue that both "Rules of Nature" is a shared song for both the [=UGs=] RAY and Grad and Raiden. One interpretation is the song has the idea that the "strong" (i.e. the two [=UGs=]) can be overpowered by "the agile prey" (Raiden) through quick thinking. Another is that all 3 are "a predator on the verge of death"; due to how quickly cybernetics advanced between ''VideoGame/MetalGearSolid4GunsOfThePatriots'' and ''Rising: Revengence'' Unmanned Gears, with the slight exception of Gekkos and other [=UGs=], have become obsolete as [[{{Cyborg}} cyborgs]] can quickly handle them as well as Raiden's own cybernetics have become outdated, letting Sam beat him with little effort [[spoiler: despite only having a artificial arm.]]
* Young Maylay, the voice of Carl 'C.J.' Johnson in ''VideoGame/GrandTheftAutoSanAndreas'' and accomplished rap musician, used the game's theme song as a backing track for the first song on his LP, ''San Andreas: The Original Mixtape'', where he raps about the game in character.
* [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UA0Ul-y-gD8 Star Salzman]] from ''Music/OverClockedRemix'' turns "Robo's Theme" into this with the addition of lyrics, recounting several incidents from ''VideoGame/ChronoTrigger'' that focused on Robo, using first person language.
* ''VideoGame/SaintsRowTheThird'''s Creator/AdultSwim-themed radio station includes a song by Music/UnknownHinson sung in-character as [[WesternAnimation/{{Squidbillies}} Early Cuyler]] titled "Save Me From Myself".
* ''VideoGame/TheIdolmaster'' has it ''in spades'', even down to ''character cover songs''. Doesn't help that this game is all about {{Idol Singer}}s...
* Two were released along with ''VideoGame/UmJammerLammy'' - one a fairly straightforward extended version album with Katy Kat singing to the game's songs along with the tutors (with occasional [[AWildRapperAppears rap guest verses]] from Parappa), and a more interesting hip-hop remix album by Parappa, whose voice actor was presumably given carte blanche to rap about whatever he wanted and so did a kid-friendly 70s ConsciousHipHop throwback that [[DarkerAndEdgier darkens up the character]]. The implication of the album is that while Parappa is a [[NiceGuy good, diligent kid]] who stayed well away from [[GangstaRap gangs, drugs, underage drinking, institutional police violence and so on]], he grew up in an environment where he had to ''work'' to avoid it, instead of being in a situation where he never had to face that at all. (These topics are not even mentioned in [[SugarBowl the games]].)
* ''VideoGame/ChildOfEden'' has Lumi's "Heavenly Star", originally from Q Entertainment's previous game ''VideoGame/{{Lumines}} II'', during the final stage.
* ''VideoGame/FinalZone II'' has the title theme, [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2qCP4hMlcZI "Bowie's Chance"]]; and Momoko Ring's theme, [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Jm79-nK7wig "Don't Stop"]]; both sung by the respective characters' voice actors.
* ''VideoGame/PokemonSunAndMoon'': [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pi7g9LbBv8A "Mimikyu's Song"]].
* The ''VideoGame/KillerInstinct'' reboot has TJ Combo's theme [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6JapDyUwAu8 "I'm Back (To Rise)"]] - a hard-hitting rap number with lyrics detailing his attempts to recapture his pride and glory after his fall from grace, and prove that he can still fight at the top of his game.
* ''VideoGame/{{Yakuza}}'' has "Majima no [=MajiROCK=]", a bonus song given to those who preordered ''Kurohyō 2: Ryū ga Gotoku Ashura hen''. As the name implies, it's sung by the series' AxCrazy EnsembleDarkhorse Goro Majima, who sings about how much he loves having fun, getting into fights, and generally living life to the fullest.

[[folder:Visual Novels]]
* ''VisualNovel/HigurashiWhenTheyCry'':
** One that stands out the most has to be Keiichi and Ooishi's duet from the first season set of songs featuring GratuitousEnglish rapping. Following true ''Higurashi'' fashion, it's a funny song to listen to. [[spoiler:Until Keiichi claws out his throat at the end.]]
-->''"Do you know Oyashiro-sama?"''
-->''"Yes, Hinamizawa."''
-->''"I kill you, you kill me."''
-->''"No, Hinamizawa."''
** The song for Shion and Mion called "Birthday of Two". The difference is, however, that it sounds happy and upbeat...if you don't speak Japanese. Insert Mion begging, [[spoiler:probably for her life]], and Shion's creepy laugh right before the final chorus and you have something that will does a thorough job of creeping the hell out of random passerby. Shion then got her own image song, called "Sora No Mukou".
** Everyone's various renditions of "Dear You".
* ''VisualNovel/UminekoWhenTheyCry'':
** During the airing of the anime, we had Jessica's EarWorm-inducing "Dokkyun Heart" and Maria'a absolutely ''adorable'' "Happy Halloween MARIA", as well as Beatrice's "Chain" and George's "Love Declaration".
** The album Rokkenjima in Love (released alongside [=EP6=]) contains Image Songs for Battler, Maria, Bernkastel, Kumasawa[[spoiler:/Virgilia]], Kyrie, Beatrice, The Seven Sisters of Purgatory, Ange, and one for the [=EP3=] myth battle between Beatrice and Virgilia. Beatrice's second Image Song deserves mention, though, for being instrumentalized and used as epic BGM in [=EP7=].
** Rokkenjima Yakai, which gives Battler and Beatrice a new song each, and also one for Kanon, Clair, Dlanor, Erika, Ronove, and Chiester 556. Will and Lion share a song, as well as Kinzo and Genji.
** 'La Tragedia Divina' is considered one for Kinzo despite the fact that it's not sung by his actor.
* ''VisualNovel/FateStayNight'' has one of these for [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Rf1KL1b4VCY Saber,]] [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kKnOFRLs9hU Shirou,]] [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XHrpj8ihSuM Rin]], [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6cSKxSBKxpE Archer,]] [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fvwK3rHd9p0 Illya,]] [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2kEdIvEVZYM Sakura,]] [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vcN-kFvlSyg Rider,]] and [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Pujmjt_Pi6w Caster,]] respectively. They come with a remix and an instrumental version. There's also the image song for both Taiga ''and'' Illya, [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qSV8WMc_Yq0 We Are Tora Buru,]] which is FunPersonified and hilarious insanity condensed into a single song.
* ''VisualNovel/HatePlus'' has "It's Not Ero!" for *Hyun-ae. It assumes the listener completed both games with *Hyun-ae as a lover and is about her desire to be with the investigator who [[spoiler:salvaged her from the ''Mugunghwa'']], while--as the title suggests--making a TakeThatAudience at the parts of the {{eroge}} fanbase who views characters purely from a sexual standpoint and nothing else.
--> ''This is no ero story \\
Won't show you smutty [=CGs=] \\
Those things aren't romantic to me''
* The ''VisualNovel/TokimekiMemorial'' series has had loads of [=CDs=] released. The first game in particular had MANY image songs and that was just for the lead character, Shiori.

[[folder:Web Animation]]
* In 2003, the creators of ''WebAnimation/HomestarRunner'' released an album called ''Music/StrongBadSingsAndOtherTypeHits'', mostly featuring new versions of songs from the site.
* ''Machinima/RedVsBlue'' is fond of doing this as extras on the season soundtracks. So far Sarge, Donut, Caboose, Church, Tucker, and York have all had one.
* ''WebAnimation/{{RWBY}}'', fitting its anime inspirations, has Image Songs for almost every primary character, and for some, more than one. Some of these songs also appear in the show itself as battle songs, though the lyrics can be out of context to the action onscreen. Others are used as {{leitmotif}}s, most prominently seen with the songs from the original trailers.
* The ''{{WebAnimation/TOME}}'' 5-year anniversary soundtrack has a lyrical version of Survive the Drama, which features [[spoiler: Zetto]] singing about how he wants to destroy the Forbidden Power. Also, the theme songs ''Battle On'' and ''Heroes Don't Ask Questions'' are sung by the voice actors for Alpha and Kirbopher (with the latter being exclusively sung by Alpha's actor), while the song ''100,000,001'' is sung by the voice actress for [=BaileySmith13=] (although it doesn't seem to be from her perspective).
** Of special note here is the song "Starlight Road" by Rocket Ship Resort, which only appears in the credits for Episode 7. Although Starlight Road was a pre-existing song prior to its use in TOME, the version heard in the show is a [[CoveredUp cover]] by Blake Swift (Alpha's voice actor) and [[NonSingingVoice another singer (who is meant to represent Flamegirl) ]], turning it into an ImageSong for the two of them.

[[folder:Web Comics]]
* ''Webcomic/{{Fans}}'' actually had an entire chapter about a musical vampire that included Image Songs for most of the main characters.
* ''Webcomic/{{Erfworld}}'' has "Quest for the Arkentools", sung by the comic writer, from Warlord Stanely's POV.
* The songs in '''Webcomic/{{Homestuck}}'' don't normally have lyrics, though a handful of album exclusive ones do, a few of them acting as Image Songs for the characters. The first is the original (Scrapped) version of [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GqKvmyPhUf8 The Ballad of Jack Noir,]] which serves as an image song for, well, Jack Noir. The second is Eridan's Walkabout which, while not having a vocal track, was released with [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RBB7nP6m5OA a set of lyrics]] that serve as this for Eridan... or at least, for his pirate persona. Interestingly, the lyrics seem to indicate that Eridan is not, in fact, the one singing. The third is [[http://homestuck.bandcamp.com/track/temporal-shenanigans Temporal Shenanigans,]] which acts as a theme for Aradia, illustrating her character development through the comic. "G4m3 Grl" serves as one of these for Latula, although perhaps not with Latula singing.

[[folder:Western Animation]]
* The ''WesternAnimation/SpongebobSquarepants'' "Best Day Ever Album" contains several original songs performed by the main characters: Employee of the Month for [=SpongeBob=], Under My Rock for Patrick, Superior for Squidward, You Will Obey for Plankton, Who Wants to Race Me? for Sandy, and Fishin' For Money for Mr. Krabs.
* The two-part episode of ''WesternAnimation/KappaMikey'' had a karaoke theme and each character had his or her own song included. Being a parody of anime, this is appropriate, although the voice actors' singing abilities are far from ''Series/AmericanIdol'' quality.
* "I Don't Need No Instructions (To Know How to Rock)" from ''WesternAnimation/AquaTeenHungerForce [[TheMovie Colon Movie Film For Theaters]]'' would fit this trope for Carl down to a T if it weren't for the fact that Carl's voice actor never actually sings this in any known media.
* ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons'' had "Do the Bartman" and "Deep Deep Trouble" (among others; the cast recorded an album called ''The Simpsons Sing the Blues'' which was about half these and half blues songs sung in character, which was followed up by ''The Yellow Album'', but those two are the best known). The former gets referenced in later episodes occasionally in order to poke fun at the show's initial reception; in one episode, Bart sings a bit of it only to be dismissed by Ralph Wiggum --
--> '''Ralph:''' That is ''so'' 1991!
* The ''[[WesternAnimation/TeenageMutantNinjaTurtles1987 Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles]]'' did this in the early 1990s with the ''Coming Out Of Their Shells'', an album featuring the eponymous characters as a rock band, singing character building and motiviational songs about their lives. It's obscure because it's terrible, and not sung by the actual voice actors. (On the bright side, one song from the album - "Pizza Power" - was good enough to be featured in the arcade/SNES title ''Turtles in Time''.) This album also gave birth to a live stage tour, which Shredder temporarily takes over to sing an image song of his own, in which he sings about... how much he hates music. Figure that one out.
* The ''WesternAnimation/AroundTheWorldWithWillyFog'' soundtrack CD features image songs for Romy, Rigodón (joined by Tico), and Dix and Transfer (as antagonists with different goals, they share a DistantDuet).
* June had her own image song in ''WesternAnimation/KaBlam'', titled "I'm Flying", which she (most likely) wrote herself. However, she got a neck injury and never finished. [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mQq2snhu4Vg#t=1m3s As well as]] "I Love to [=KaBlam=][[TradeSnark ™]]"
* Christy Carlson Romano, WesternAnimation/KimPossible's voice actress, sings "Say The Word" ''as'' Kim, which is a braggy song about her released on the soundtrack CD. She later sang a remixed version in the "Hidden Talent" episode.
* Toad in ''WesternAnimation/XMenEvolution'' has one.
* Each of the ''WesternAnimation/WinxClub'' girls has one of these released as part of the ''Winx Club In Concert'' CD. (However, this excludes Roxy, as the album was released before season 4.)
* While not sung by any voice actors from the cartoon adaption, there were a few songs back in ''MyLittlePony'' G1 that described some ponies. The CD was based off the toy line and was European, so it makes sense they wouldn't use anyone from the American cartoons.
* ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic'':
** [[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS2E18AFriendInDeed "A Friend In Deed"]] gives us Pinkie Pie's [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mNrXMOSkBas "Smile Song,"]] which perfectly describes her personality. It bears noting that back when it was leaked onto the Internet (as an audio track with no sound effects), many fans speculated that it was meant to be a soundtrack CD exclusive.
** ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyEquestriaGirlsRainbowRocks'' has Rainbow Dash's [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7V46wBBd5CM "Awesome As I Wanna Be,"]] whose chorus calls back to her part of "At The Gala", which inspired many fan music pieces. The OST-exclusive second verse even includes her [[MemeticMutation memetic]] {{catchphrase}} [[TwentyPercentMoreAwesome "20 percent cooler."]] There's also [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aOEKu8L5UqQ "Tricks Up My Sleeve"]] for Trixie, and Hasbro later released [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4eTef5Iqe0Y "My Past is Not Today"]] and [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tl88FPaxwEQ "Life is A Runway,"]] for Sunset Shimmer and Rarity respectively.

[[folder:Real Life]]
* The Dutch national anthem ''Het Wilhelmus'' is a song written from the point of view of William of Orange, and why he's fighting for the Dutch.