A variation on a show's usual TitleSequence for a special event. Does not cover the regular evolution of a title sequence from season to season. Likely to occur in conjunction with SomethingCompletelyDifferent. Can also be applied to the [[EndingTheme ending sequence]], if the show has one (e.g. {{Anime}}).

Also done in movies with company logos -- especially Creator/WarnerBros See LogoJoke for that.

Compare to CouchGag and EvolvingCredits, which can often evolve the entire title sequence and thus fulfilling aspects of this trope as well.
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* Done in ''Manga/SoulEater'' for episode where [[spoiler:Maka befriends Crona]]. It shows the two characters walking together hand in hand during the end credits, as opposed to Maka walking alone.
* In ''Anime/FullMetalAlchemist'', a LowerDeckEpisode focused on the military {{recurring character}}s changes the intro animation and narration; the usual changing pictures of Ed and Al are changed to a photo of the unit, and the title is given as ''Flame Alchemist'', referencing the unit's commanding officer.
** Two episodes of the series also have special ending sequences, replacing the normal upbeat ending with somber ones fitting the events of the episodes in question.
* In the episode of ''{{Nana}}'' when Nana "Oh" first sings her hit song "Rose" over the phone to a friend, the ending credits are replaced with a shot of the friend's cell phone and computer, and the second verse of the song.
* ''Anime/GunXSword'' liked to change its closing credits sequence to reflect major events. At the end of Carmen99's [[ADayInTheLimelight focus episode]], "Paradiso" replaces the usual closing theme ("A Rising Tide") and plays over a picture of her instead of the usual montage. "Paradiso" plays over a still shot of fallen roses after another episode. And at the end of Episode 24, [[spoiler:"Calling You" plays over the quiet beach scene that Ray fantasizes as he dies]].
* ''MacrossFrontier'' had an episode based on the filming of a movie telling the plot of MacrossZero. The closing credits were done in the style as the end credits of the ''movie'' - even having a scene afterwards set during the premiere.
** Various other episodes of MacrossFrontier had special end credits, usually continuing whatever song is being sung by Ranka or Sheryl at the time.
* ''{{Inukami}}'''s ED is normally a cute little number about friendship among girls. In an episode where the perverts of the town save the day, the ED suddenly changes itself to be about friendship between [[HardGay manly men]]. Completely new graphics and lyrics, same tune. Ridiculous and yet, it works so well.
* The opening for some episodes of ''YesPrettyCure5 [=GoGo=]'' featured some clips from that season's [[TheMovie movie]]. Similar for ''FreshPrettyCure'', which previewed the BatFamilyCrossover movie (and later, the season's actual [[TheMovie movie]]) on its opening.
** This has carried over into ''HeartcatchPrecure'' and ''SuitePrecure'', where previews for the BatFamilyCrossover ''PrettyCureAllStars'' are shown in the opening titles early on and the previews for their movie is shown around the 30-episode mark.
* The seventh episode of the originoal ''TenchiMuyo'' {{OVA}} completely dropped the opening title sequence for a simple, low key, dark opening, as a reflection of the end of episode six.
* The Title sequence for ''TenchiMuyoGXP'' usually features silhouettes of regular series stars Ryoko, Ayeka, and Tenchi. During the episode "Seina and Tenchi", which featured the original cast, they showed them completely.
* The first ending theme of ''AxisPowersHetalia'' changed from time to time depending on who the episode mainly focused on and whether or not their version of the theme was already made.
* ''Anime/GhostInTheShellStandAloneComplex'': The first SeasonFinale is a ColdOpen which completely omits the opening credits and theme music.
* For the GrandFinale of ''Anime/TengenToppaGurrenLagann'', The shot of the spiral galaxies during the ending sequence speed away until you can't see then anymore.
* A minor example from ''[[Anime/TransformersArmada Transformers: Micron Legend]]'' - In 51 episodes, the title is superimposed on a picture of Optimus Prime. The one exception was the episode "Cramp", where the EpisodeTitleCard was omitted and the episode title was projected directly on top of Starscream's face.
* One episode of ''Manga/{{Naruto}}'' had an ending celebrating the beginning of the Year of the Dog that replaced the regular imagery with Naruto in a dog costume, [[TalkingAnimal Pakkun]] and Akamaru all hopping around.
* There's an episode of ''HidamariSketch'' where Miyako draws a sketch of Yuno in the preparations for the school festival. The finished work is shown at the very end of the closing credits.
* In Episode 303 of ''OnePiece'', the opening theme's singers, Tackey and Tsubasa, are animated in alongside the Straw Hat crew.
* Episode 5 of ''Manga/{{Kotoura-san}}'' uses ''Theme of the ESP Society'' as the ending and Episode 6 uses ''[[ACupAngst Flat as a Board]]'', for the two episodes being a bit of a breather compared to the others. The other episodes use the solemn yet heartwarming ''Flower of Hope''.
* ''Anime/OjamajoDoremi'' had one of these for the opening to its [[TheMovie second Movie]].
* In episode 14 of ''Anime/SpaceDandy'', when Dandy accidentally pulls in several versions of the Aloha Oe crew in from other universes, his attempt to return them to their own universes results in everyone being destroyed except for a Dandy that's been driven to suicidal depression because his Meow is an [[TheUnintelligible unintelligible]] StepfordSmiler and his QT is a surly middle-aged man who insists he's a robot. The narrator jokes that the show will use that version of the crew from now on, then they appear in the opening introduction.
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[[folder:Fan Works]]
* Audio example: ''FobbiesAreBorange'' has had several opening song changes; from a sophisticated theme for the two episodes with a british narrator, to the a cappella theme for the Moonside episode, to the epic song for the final episode.
* ScriptFic ''Fanfic/CalvinAndHobbesTheSeries'' has one for season 3 premiere "Dr. Brain Chill"; the credits are overlaid on various shots of space.
** Same with "Tracer Bullet in Color!", taking after film noir opening credits.
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[[folder:Live-Action TV]]
* ''Series/DoctorWho'':
** The opening credits of ''{{Doctor Who}}'' generally only change whenever there's a new Doctor or new production team - otherwise, they remain fairly consistent (theme tune, a version of the Vortex, Doctor's face (or not), logo, episode title, writer's name, episode number). In the 1960's, however, several stories had specially designed opening credits. Some of these included "The War Machines", which included the story's episode title and number done in the same font as the story's {{Big Bad}}, WOTAN; "The Tenth Planet", which included "computer graphics" that formed the story's name and episode number; "The Ice Warriors", which featured a haunting soprano solo over footage of an windswept tundra; and "The War Games", which featured footage of explosions and sounds of gunfire interspersed with the story's title and episode number. (This is by no means an exhaustive list, either.) The practice continued briefly into the 1970's, as the Third Doctor story "Inferno" featured the name of the story and the episode number over footage of lava flows. In the first half of the 2012 season, each episode's opening credits were done in progressively darker colors, with flashes of...well, ''something'' in the Vortex itself attacking the TARDIS, and the logo for the series itself had some design element relating to the particular episode's story (for "The Angels Take Manhattan", for instance, the logo was redone to look like [[spoiler:The Statue of Liberty]]). This had led many to speculate that the titles are suggesting something big and bad just around the corner for the Doctor... although the switch to a new title sequence for Series 7B thoroughly {{Jossed}} this.
** [[Recap/DoctorWho50thASTheDayOfTheDoctor The 50th Anniversary Special]] goes back to the original 1963 opening. Its closing credits are also unique to this special.
** An unintentional example of this trope was "Carnival of Monsters", which accidentally aired in Australia with a new arrangement of the theme tune. ExecutiveMeddling had rejected the new theme due to disliking it and it was edited out of the UK broadcast, but copies of the tapes had already been sent to Australia.
** "The Ark in Space", Tom Baker's second serial, had the normally blue title sequence coloured orange for some reason.
** Special Edition {{Cliffhanger}}s appear in some 60s and 70s episodes, like a background of licking flames in the end credits after the first cliffhanger of "The Reign of Terror", in which the Doctor was trapped in a burning building.
* Jonathan, a minor recurring character, took over the credit sequence of the "Superstar" episode of ''Series/BuffyTheVampireSlayer'', in which a wish he made turned him into a BlackHoleSue.
** The musical episode "Once More With Feeling" had a mellowed version of the theme song playing over a shot of the night sky, with each actor's face appearing on the moon as he or she was listed in standard credits order.
** Similarly, a few episodes changed the VanityPlate at the end: "Becoming, Part II" features the little monster lamenting, "I need a hug..." in place of his normal "Grr, argh!", there was a Christmas episode in which he wore a Santa hat, "Graduation Day part 2" had him in a mortarboard and in "Hush" he was silent. The above-mentioned OMWF had him ''sing'' his grr-argh. Likewise, in the Season 7 documentary-style episode, he sing-songs ''"We are as GOODDDDSSSS"'', a RunningGag in the preceding episode. In the series finale episode, he looks directly at the viewer.
* ''Series/StarTrekEnterprise'' replaced its usual titles, showing a history of exploration, with a version showing a history of conquest for the MirrorUniverse episode "In A Mirror, Darkly". It even went far enough to change the music from a hopeful pop song to an ominous, militaristic theme.
* ''Series/{{Friends}}'':
** The "what if" episode featured a TitleMontage of the "what if" versions of the characters. These clips were not seen in the ensuing episode.
** The first episode after Courteney Cox married David Arquette appended "Arquette" after each cast member's name.
* ''Series/{{Supernatural}}'' has made special opening credit for several episodes:
** 3.08, 'A Very Supernatural Christmas' Instead of the normal opening (which featured an exploding Devil's Trap), this christmas special had an exploding ornament and a Santa hat over the A.
** 4.05 'Monster Movie' was a parody of classic black and white monster movies, with a black and white opening
** 4.18 'The Monster At The End of This Book' showed cover art from the series of ''Supernatural'' [[ShowWithinAShow books within a show]] written by Chuck Shurley as Carver Edlund.
** 5.08 'Changing Channels' also contained parodies of several stock television shows, and replaced the opening titles with a sitcom-style montage, complete with appropriately-styled theme song and credits (in the "FullHouse" font, no less).
** 6.09 'Clap Your Hands if You Believe' paid homage to ''Series/TheXFiles'' and redid the opening to play the X-Files theme and show footage of the brothers in the same sort of poses as the orginal X-Files opening did.
** 6.18 'Frontierland' copied the burning map credits from ''Series/{{Bonanza}}''
** 7.08 'Season Seven, Time for a Wedding!' had an exploding wedding cake with Creator/RichardWagner's Bridal Chorus for music.
** 9.18 'Meta Fiction' start normally, before abruptly switching the show's name to that of the BigBad which [[VillainEpisode the episode focuses on]].
* During the "occupation" storyline, the 2000s ''Series/{{Battlestar Galactica|Reimagined}}'' replaced images of the fleet with those of New Caprica under Cylon occupation, and used a different title crawl.
* The "X-Cops" episode of ''TheXFiles'' used a modified version of the title sequence from ''Cops''.
* When ''TheDrewCareyShow'' filmed an episode in China, the "Cleveland Rocks" sequence was replaced with a simple TitleOnlyOpening with the show's title in English and Chinese (accompanied with the drawing of Drew from the "Moon Over Parma" sequence).
* ''{{Psych}}'' is fond of doing this in "theme" episodes, usually remixing or completely changing the theme tune as well. The Christmas special featured the same lyrics and melody as the normal song, but with sleighbells and over-the-top "Christmas-y" instrumentation, while in episode 213, "Lights, Camera...Homicidio", the credits are sung in Spanish.
** Also, in Season 4's "Bollywood Homicide", the song picks up a distinctly Eastern sound; most of the theme song was sung in Hindi, and the actors' names appeared in Hindi text which then switched to English letters.
** The sixth season episode "The Amazing Psych-Man & Tap Man, Issue #2" is done with the theme redone in a heroic orchestral style and the opening sequence in comic-book panels, specifically an homage to the opening sequence of ''Series/TheCape''.
* Done in the two SomethingCompletelyDifferent episodes of ''NewsRadio''. The one set [[RecycledINSPACE in space]] had StandardizedSpaceViews instead of the usual {{Establishing Shot}}s of New York City. The ''Titanic'' parody had an Irish folk version of the theme over sepia-tone shots of people salvaging artifacts with the actor's pictures on them.
* The ''JustShootMe'' episode "My Dinner with Woody" had the titles done in the style of the credits of Woody Allen movies (plain white text over black).
* The ''Series/BabylonFive'' episode "The Corps Is Mother, The Corps Is Father" used a credit sequence with Psi Corps insignia in place of the usual Babylon 5 shield.
* ''Series/RedDwarf'' sometimes changed the end credit music, for instance the first appearance of Ace Rimmer had the normal Rimmer play out the theme on a hammond organ, whilst Gunmen of the Apocalypse had a wild-west version of the music, and "Waxworld" ended with an Elvis impersonator singing it.
* The ''Series/StargateSG1'' ParodyEpisode "200" abandons the concept of a minute-long TitleMontage used for most of the series' run. When discussing TheMovie of the ShowWithinAShow ''Wormhole X-Treme!'', Cameron Mitchell insists on a "strong opening title sequence", while Martin Lloyd says, "No one does that anymore. You just throw up the title and get on with it." This is immediately followed by a TitleOnlyOpening for ''Stargate SG-1''.
** Though this is only borderline "special"; during this part of the show's run, the shorter form was always used when the show was first aired, to leave more time for commercials. However, the full opening had been back for a few episodes.
*** If anything, it was more of a TakeThat at the Sci-Fi Channel's much-maligned decision to remove the full-length TitleSequence.
* ''{{Jekyll}}'' did this for the finale -- changing the title of the show itself.
* One episode of ''Series/ClarissaExplainsItAll'' has her Brother, Ferguson take over the role of BreakingTheFourthWall. The credits change the name of the series to Ferguson Explains It All.
* Episode 26 of ''Series/MontyPythonsFlyingCircus'' has a DoubleSubversion of this: an announcer says the Queen might be watching, but the opening titles will proceed as usual; they don't.
** Episode 22 replaced the title with a banner reading, "How to Identify Different Parts of the Body".
** Episode 30 replaced the show's title with Tony M. Nyphot's Flying Risccu, an anagram of the show's title(the opening sketch involved a man who spoke only in anagrams).
** In a WhatCouldHaveBeen example, when ExecutiveMeddling threatened to change the show's title, the Pythons threatened that ''every week'' they would rename the show to a different WordSaladTitle.
* ''TheYoungOnes'' did this two weeks on the trot with Nasty - done in the style of a Hammer-Horror film - and Time - the first five minites including the titles sequence parodies Dallas.
* When the '80s to '90s revival of the ''MickeyMouseClub'' did a reunion special with the original '50s version, they mixed footage of the old theme into the newer theme and added the "DonaldDuck!" and "High, high, high!" bits that weren't in the later version. You can watch it [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0LDqw7NlLOM here]] (it comes after the Mouseline segment).
* In a Volume 3 episode of ''Series/{{Heroes}}'', the usual title is replaced with an evil-looking 'Villains'.
** The episode is called "Villains".
* The ''Franchise/KamenRider'' franchise (starting in ''Series/KamenRiderDecade''), being also a Toei production like ''PrettyCure'', also promotes its movies by replacing part of its opening sequences with movie scenes. The movie footage is never the same in any two episodes, though. Its sister show ''Franchise/SuperSentai'', on the other hand, only movie-ifies end titles.
** ''Series/KamenRiderDouble'' also did special openings in a story arc centering on an ''Series/AmericanIdol''-style TV show, replacing half of the standard opening with footage of the theme song's performers (who play judges in those episodes) performing the theme on the "Idol" stage.
* ''Series/MightyMorphinPowerRangers'' had a miniseries, ''Mighty Morphin Alien Rangers'', where the the entire world (Rangers included) was under a time-reversal of 10 years, leaving the Rangers as powerless kids (as they didn't have their powers yet back then), so aliens stood in for them until they managed to find the ResetButton (and [[Series/PowerRangersZeo new powers]], since the bad guys managed to destroy the Power Coins while the rangers were unable to fight). It featured a SpecialEditionTitle with a special edition theme song, "Go, Go, Alien Rangers!"
* One of the later episodes in Season 5 of ''Series/{{Lost}}'' had, rather than its normal opening sequence with the "LOST" logo flying at the camera, a similar sequence on a starfield, and then the Enterprise flew by to promote the [[Film/StarTrek 2009 Star Trek film]], also released that year.
* The final episode of ''Series/ThePrisoner'' has the same end credits, but the opening credits replace the famous normal opening with a long helicopter shot over the Village, accompanied by a different theme music (actually written as the second half of the theme and only broadcast once before, as part of the incidental music in "Do Not Forsake Me, Oh My Darling"). This was probably because it was the second half of the show's only two-part story. It was also the first time that it was publicly revealed that the show was filmed at Portmeirion, which had previously been kept secret to heighten the in-show mystery of the Village's location - although ironically the Portmeirion location was not used in the last four episodes.
** The episode "Living In Harmony," a {{Western}} {{Elseworld}}, replaces the opening with an equivalent sequence in which the character rides into town and turns in his sheriff's badge.
* ''Series/{{Fringe}}'' uses this whenever there's a timeshift, flashback or major alteration in reality. As well as the style and images displayed, the list of cutting-edge "Fringe concepts" is often used to suggest the nature of the world.
** The episodes "Peter" and "Subject 13" mostly take place in TheEighties, and [[{{Retraux}} looks like as an eighties science program]]; the credits are revamped with a SynthPop version of the opening theme, a more "computery" font ([[http://www.identifont.com/similar?NIT Amelia]], more specifically), and namecheck 80s "cutting-edge-at-the-times" science (indcluding "personal computing" and "stealth technology")
** In episodes set in the parallel universe starting with the season two finale "Over There Part 1 and 2", the usual blue background was now red and several of the sciences shown are different. In the eighth episode of Season 3, which is set in both universes, the title sequence goes back and forth between red and blue.
** The final episode of Season 3, which takes place in a future that probably won't occur ([[ItMakesSenseInContext it makes sense in context...mostly]]), has a gray background and yet again different "cutting-edge" sciences, such as cryptozoology, chaos structure, and (to underscore [[BadFuture how terrible the "prime" universe has become in 15 years]]) hope and water.
** The 4th season episode "Letter of Transit" takes place in a futuristic fascist dystopia. As well as images of barbed wire walls and faceless masses, the "Fringe concepts" include "Imagination", "Due Process" and "Freedom". This becomes the standard title for the 5th season, set entirely in the BadFuture.
* ''TheOffice'' episode ''"The Michael Scott Paper Company"'', has all other characters removed except for Michael, Pam, and Ryan -- the only employees of the Michael Scott Paper Company, filmed in their office only. The post-Super Bowl episode added specific shots of secondary characters in groups of two or three rather than the usual text only credit.
** In the first episode after Michael Scott's departure, the last shot of the opening montage (Michael adjusting the Dundee Award on his desk) is replaced with a similar shot with his replacement, Deangelo, adjusting one of his kachina dolls.
* One episode of ''TheState'' began with David Wain explaining that all of the group's members have different specialties. His is editing, and though he gets less recognition for it, it is surprisingly good at letting you express yourself. Cut to a version of the opening titles in which Wain's credit is repeated over and over and the other cast members are only featured for a fraction of a second.
* To celebrate its 50th anniversary, two 2006 episodes of ''AsTheWorldTurns'' used the original opening, with a remake of the original opening theme.
* At the end of the opening credits for the ''{{NCIS}}'' episode [[BigBlackout "Power Down"]], the lights in DC all go off, and then the video cuts out.
* For its final episode, ''AshesToAshes'' skips Alex's narration and the opening titles, instead just showing the words "Ashes To Ashes".
* The season 4 premiere of ''Series/{{Eureka}}'', which involves TimeTravel back to 1947, has sepia-toned visuals and replaces the whistling in the standard theme tune with a big band. The Christmas episode in the same season has everything covered in snow, with the whistling replaced by a chorus singing "fa la la".
* For the two versions of ''Series/ThirtyRock'''s LiveEpisode, Jenna (east coast) and Danny (west coast) performed a version of the normally-instrumental ThemeTune WithLyrics at the ''[[strike:SaturdayNightLive]][[ShowWithinAShow TGS]]'' studio, with the regular opening shown on an adjacent widescreen monitor.
* ''Series/{{Community}}'' does this fairly regularly:
** HalloweenEpisode "[[Recap/CommunityS2E06Epidemiology Epidemiology]]" featured redrawn, Halloween-themed images for each of the cast and closed with a howling wolf. It's revisited in "[[Recap/CommunityS3E05HorrorFictionInSevenSpookySteps Horror Fiction in Seven Spooky Steps]]", with an additional image for [[PromotionToOpeningTitles Jim Rash]], and again in "[[CommunityS4E02ParanormalParentage Paranormal Parentage]]" with a remixed theme song.
** StopMotion ChristmasEpisode [[Recap/CommunityS2E11AbedsUncontrollableChristmas Abed's Uncontrollable Christmas]] had the title theme integrated into the plot - Abed singing alternate lyrics while dancing from car hood to car hood.
** More thematic redrawn credits were used for "[[Recap/CommunityS2E14AdvancedDungeonsAndDragons Advanced Dungeons & Dragons]]", complete with orchestral score.
** A Western themed version of the credits was used for "[[Recap/CommunityS2E23AFistfulOfPaintballs A Fistful of Paintballs]]."
** "[[Recap/CommunityS3E17BasicLupineUrology Basic Lupine Urology]]" featured a credits sequence done in the style of LawAndOrder, complete with a rearranged theme song.
** Similarly, "[[Recap/CommunityS3E20DigitalEstatePlanning Digital Estate Planning]]" showed the cast being rendered in an 8-/16-bit style as their faces were being digitized for a video game, set to a chiptune version of the theme song.
** "[[Recap/CommunityS4E01History101 History 101]]" once again features Abed singing alternate lyrics, this time as the theme for the sitcom version of his life (complete with LaughTrack) that he imagines when he is in his "happy place".
* Done in a minor way in the India-themed episodes of ''{{Sanctuary}}''. While the normal title sequence remained unchanged, an Eastern-sounding song was added instead of the usual tune.
* The ''SexAndTheCity'' movies have a re-orchestrated version of the theme music. Not the only thing that's overdone about the movies.
* Variation: ''Series/MysteryScienceTheater3000'' sometimes had special commercial bumpers and/or ending credits, when prompted by the movie or one of the host segments. The typical version was to put different music over it, especially "[[Film/ManosTheHandsOfFate the haunting Torgo theme]]", but other examples exist.
* ''NoelsHouseParty'', a production by TheBBC featuring NoelEdmonds, did this '''twice'''. First of all, on the 15 March 1997 for the VerySpecialEpisode ''Noel's New York House Party'' - [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xqS8piirvTE video here]], with the crescendo of the music featuring a view of the [[BigApplesauce Statue of Liberty]], and, [[BizarroEpisode more bizarrely]], the guests' names on-screen - TyneDaly, WilliamShatner, Creator/DavidHasselhoff, Creator/JoanRivers and BarryManilow. The words "New York" were in [[IncrediblyLamePun "Broadway" font]], a font considered naff by some nowadays.\\\
The second time they did an OutsideBroadcast was from Ride/UniversalStudios in 1998, and the episode was called ''Noel's House Party at the Movies'', with similar titles, an episode which is considered FanonDiscontinuity, if not CanonDiscontinuity. However, WordOfGod is that the man himself would have preferred to have stayed in the UK to develop fresh ideas -- mentioned on Website/YouTube.
* ''{{Warehouse 13}}''
** The first ChristmasEpisode makes numerous changes to the title sequence (the longer one from the first two seasons).
*** The titles open with a quick burst of "Joy to the World", before moving into the main theme, which now has a sleigh-bell refrain.
*** The crate in the Sphinx picture is giftwrapped.
*** The scarab sheds red-and-gold sparks
*** The next crate is labelled "Fruitcake".
*** The map is of the North Pole.
*** The EstablishingShot of the warehouse is a snow scene in a pop-up book.
*** Toys, cookies and candy canes are propped up on the Farnsworths the cast appears on.
*** The Tesla is replaced by the snowglobe from the episode "Breakdown".
*** It's snowing over the title.
** The NoirEpisode in Season 4 replaces the usual logo with a flickering neon one.
** They also sometimes have fun with the IdiosyncraticWipes to the commercials, which normally feature the scenes disappearing into slamming crates or flickering Farnsworths, the Warehouse airlock closing, or occasionally characters being [[HumanPopsicle bronzed]]. The episode "Endless Terror", for example, in which Paracleus goes back to the 15th century to MakeWrongWhatOnceWentRight, featured one based on the high-tech doors of the alternate Warehouse 13 in the new timeline, and a slamming crate against the Renaissance Muslim background of Warehouse 9 when Pete and Myka went back to SetRightWhatOnceWentWrong.
** "Savage Seduction", a TrappedInTVLand episode about a {{Telenovela}}, has a Spanish guitar version of the theme, and uses the ShowWithinAShow's IdiosyncraticWipes (a burst of flame).
* The Granada TV version of "The Final Problem" (''Series/TheAdventuresOfSherlockHolmes'') replaced the opening violin tune with a slower, sadder version.
* The closing credits of the last episode of ''Series/BlakesSeven'' were completely silent except for gunshots.
* The opening to the SoapOpera series ''Loving'' had a different, haunting opening during its final major storyline, "The Loving Murders", asking viewers to piece together the clues and figure out who the murderer was.
* While ''{{QI}}'' doesn't change its title graphics, it does occasionally alter its theme music. Their annual ChristmasEpisode incorporates "Jingle Bells" with its regular theme. Episodes 4.5 ("Death") and 7.13 ("Gothic") had moans and other morbid sounds in the background. And episode 6.5 ("France") had an accordion playing the theme tune.
* ''TheMuppetShow'' episode starring Loretta Lynn takes place at a railroad station because the usual theater is being fumigated, so the opening takes place at the station.
* At the end of the ''Series/AgentsOfSHIELD'' episode "Turn, Turn, Turn" [[spoiler: after Ward kills Victoria Hand and the guards to release the Clairvoyant, the HYDRA logo appears instead of the SHIELD logo before TheStinger]].
* Occasionally done with the ''Series/{{Glee}}'' title card, depending on episodes. More complex ones appeared in season four.
** Those set on Valentine's day have the title colored pink, and the HalloweenEpisode colored it orange.
** A BatSignal version in the superhero-themed episode "Dynamic Duets".
** Wrapped in blinking Christmas lights for "[[ChristmasEpisode Glee, Actually]]".
** Projected from an old super 8 camera in "Boys (and Girls) on Film", which was movie music themed.
** Drawn in crayon and with an added "by Brittany" subtitle, referencing Brittany [[spoiler: leaving New Directions for MIT, and consequently leaving the show]].
** The season five episode "The Quarterback" replaces the L in the title with a silhouette of Finn Hudson.
* ''Series/PersonOfInterest'' is fond of these, usually in conjunction with a {{Wham Episode}}. In order:
** Season 2, episode 16, ''Relevance'': [[spoiler:Finch's opening narration crashes with a blue screen of death, and lands at a command line.]]
-->[[spoiler:[!]:./condition.ANOMALY.DETECTED]]
-->[[spoiler:[!]:./action.SWITCH.HEURISTIC]]
-->[[spoiler:deprecate.process.irrelevant]]
-->[[spoiler:source.RELEVANT]]
-->[[spoiler:execute...]]
** Season 2, episode 21, ''Zero Day'': the opening narration [[spoiler:crashes and reboots, then crashes again, complete with {{Ominous Visual Glitch}}es and THREAT TO SYSTEM dialog box spam.]]
** Season 3, episode 16, ''RAM'': a whole flashback episode, it begins with the opening sequence from season 1, which freezes and rewinds to the beginning halfway through.
** Season 3, episode 17, ''/'': [[spoiler:Root co-opts the opening narration from Harold, signifying that she is the character of focus in this episode.]]
-->[[spoiler:[!]:./switching.TERTIARY_OPERATIONS]]
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[[folder:Radio]]
* Talk show host Herman Cain of ''TheHermanCainShow'' normally warns any audience members still driving at the start of his show that "there are some '''[[DrivesLikeCrazy nuts]]''' on the road", on some holidays, he has warned that there are "even more" nuts on the road.
* The episode of ''TheArchers'' in which the long-serving and much-loved Phil Archer died didn't play the show's theme tune at the end, instead fading out to Elgar's "Dream of Gerontius", which Phil had been listening to as he passed away peacefully at home.
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[[folder:Video Games]]
* ''EliteBeatAgents'' does this in a few levels for impact. In "You're the Inspiration" for example, they don't count down or wave their arms, and the title appears over a picture of their client, rather than the agents saying "Hey! Mission!" like always.
** In "Jumping Jack Flash", they only have the countdown, due to it being a continuation of the last level.
** The Japanese predecessor to ''Elite Beat Agents'' (''OsuTatakaeOuendan'') has a few of these as well. In the original, "Over The Distance" had a much quieter call for help and had their target running down the stairs to Heaven instead of the more HotBlooded regaining of spirit and countdown. In the sequel, "Believe" and "Sekai wa Sore wo Ai to Yobun da ze" are similar to "You're The Inspiration" and "Jumping Jack Flash", respectively.
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* ''HappyTreeFriends'' uses Halloween graphics in the opening for {{Halloween Episode}}s, complete with the theme song being done in minor key.
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* The webseries ''WebVideo/AwesomeVideoGames'' once had their opening sequence [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=etgk-kIOe44 taken over]] by R.O.B. Yes, '''[[Creator/{{Nintendo}} that]]''' R.O.B.
* On anniversaries or other milestone occasions, ''WebVideo/AtopTheFourthWall'' does an extended opening or closing sequence with the full theme song and [[ContinuityCavalcade covers of each and every comic]] Linkara has reviewed up to that date.
* ''[[WebVideo/TheIrateGamer I Rate the 80's]]'' becomes ''I Rate the 70's'' and adopts a St. Patrick's Day theme in the [[UsefulNotes/McDonalds Uncle O'Grimacey]] episode.
* When the ''WebVideo/GameGrumps'' interview Grant Kirkhope under the name "Guest Grumps", the intro is changed to match, along with the theme being replaced with an arrangement by Kirkhope and the "HEY I'M GRUMP!" "I'M NOT SO GRUMP!" exchange being altered as such:
--> '''Arin:''' [[MotorMouth Heydoyouwanttodothatthingwherehecomesonourshow?]]\\
'''Jon:''' [[BigNo NO!]]\\
'''Both:''' And this is Guest Grumps!\\

** Both it and its sister show ''WebVideo/SteamTrain'' adopted Halloween-themed intros in the last week of October 2013.
--> '''Arin:''' ''(dressed as Frankenstein's monster)'' Hey I'm ghoul!\\
'''Danny:''' ''(dressed as a vampire)'' ''Bleeeeh!''\\
'''Both:''' And this is Ghoul Grumps!\\
''(Backmasked quote that [[CouchGag changes for every episode]])''\\
-\\
'''Danny:''' ''(as a zombie)'' We bought too many brains!\\
'''Ross:''' ''(unintelligibly, due to his dislocated jaw)'' Now we gotta eat them all...\\
'''Danny:''' SO HOP ABOARD THE ''SCREAM TRAIN!''\\
''(lightning followed by a scream)''
** On the week of Christmas 2013, they both had Christmas-themed intros.
--> '''Arin:''' ''(dressed as a elf)'' I wrap stuff!\\
'''Danny:''' ''(dressed as Santa Claus)'' I deliver that stuff!\\
'''Both:''' Naughty or nice, it's the Jingle Grumps!\\
-\\
''(In the tune of "Jingle Bells")''\\
'''Arin and Ross:''' ''(dressed as Rudolph and a snowman respectively)'' Playing lots of games\\
With Christmas type names\\
Instead of a train...\\
We're on a Steam Sleigh! Choo! Choo! Choo! Choo!\\

** On Valentine's Day 2014, they both had Valentine-themed intros.
--> '''Arin:''' Hey I'm Grumps! ''(Suzy kisses him)'' I'm not so Grump...\\
'''Arin and Suzy:''' And this is Date Grumps!\\
-\\
'''Danny:''' We don't have any dames!\\
'''Barry:''' Now it's another Friday...\\
'''Danny:''' SO ALL ABOARD THE- ''(music and singing stops)'' Ugh, fuck it. We're single on Valentine's Day.\\

** On St. Patrick's Day 2014, only Stream Train episodes were put up featuring Ross and Barry playing games while being drunk.
--> '''Barry:''' ''(slured)'' We bought too many beerz!\\
'''Ross:''' ''(also slured)'' Now I gotta drink them all!\\
'''Both:''' SO ALL ABOARD THE ''STOUT TRAIN!'' ''(Ross burps)''\\
'''Barry:''' I love you, man.

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* The "international" episode of ''WesternAnimation/{{Animaniacs}}'' has the theme song and opening entirely in French. Most of the rest of the episode is in English (albeit with internationally-themed segments), except for the short "Les Boutons et le Ballon" (which is presented in French with English subtitles, which are unfortunately missing from the [=DVD=] release).
** The "Christmas" episode of ''WesternAnimation/{{Animaniacs}}'' has the regular credits but with snow.
* The "[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zZSFvntwgEQ Pinky and the Brain and Larry]]" episode of ''WesternAnimation/PinkyAndTheBrain'' opened with Rob Paulsen squeezing in "And Larry" or similar after every line of the theme song, as in "One is a genius; the other's insane" "(The other one's Larry!)"
** Also the ChristmasSpecial had snow like the Animaniacs example above, but also changed the lyrics so that they were Christmas related.
-->''By the dawn of Christmas day, their plot shall be unfurled''
-->''They'll control the Earth, and bring JOY TO THE WORLD!''
* ''WesternAnimation/{{Histeria}}!'' had a few episodes with unique opening sequences used just for that episode.
** ''Histeria!'' probably had more opening sequences than any other show at the time.
* "The Dabba Don", an episode of ''WesternAnimation/HarveyBirdmanAttorneyAtLaw'' wherein Fred Flintstone is accused of racketeering, has a title sequence that combines the famous ''WesternAnimation/TheFlintstones'' title with a black and white montage and a theme song parody of ''Series/TheSopranos'' opening.
* ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons'' replaces its title sequence for every "WesternAnimation/TreehouseOfHorror" Halloween episode.
** Also, they had Grampa rambling over the credits (until the logo at the end says "shh") and Homer moaning about being poor, complaining about the rich people in the credits as they went on (unfortunately, the latter is [[EditedForSyndication replaced with the standard credits audio in syndication]]).
** ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsonsMovie'' has Ralph Wiggum pop up on the TwentiethCenturyFox logo and go "Da Da Da DAAA!" along with the music.
*** The episode after the movie featured the town still cleaning up after the various disasters from the movie.
** The recent Christmas episodes had the entire opening Christmas-themed. The odd thing is, they removed Bleeding Gums Murphy in this version, but kept the equally-deceased Maude Flanders.
** The episode "24 Minutes" had the opening parody that of ''Series/TwentyFour''.
** The episode "You [[KentBrockmanNews Kent]] Always Say What You Want" just ran a Simpsons short from the Tracy Ullman era in place of the opening.
** The episode "To Surveil with Love" replaced the opening with [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=u7xyusCJvYE a remix]] of part of Ke$ha's [="TiK ToK"=].
* Minor example: In the ColdOpening of a ''WesternAnimation/KimPossible'' episode called "The Ron Factor", the Global Justice network tells Kim that they want to study her sidekick, Ron. Kim expresses extreme disbelief (as she strongly believes herself, as opposed to Ron, to be the main success of their missions), then interrupts the title sequence to express it again. "No seriously, you want ''Ron?''" At the interruption, the ThemeTune is slightly faded down, and the normal montage at this point is replaced by Kim's complaint.
* A few episodes of ''WesternAnimation/HeyArnold'' do not play out their regular title sequence. Namely, "Arnold's Christmas", "Arnold's Thanksgiving", "Parents Day" and "Dino Checks Out".
* ''WesternAnimation/TeenTitans'' uses a Japanese version of its theme songs as cue for its especially bizarre {{filler}} episodes. In Episode 24, "Fractured", the opening sequence is sung in Japanese by Larry, the tiny version of Robin from another dimension, and features Larry in the sequence. Later, in ADayInTheLimelight episode for the Hive 5, Jinx interrupts the song to tag the screen with a honeycomb and say, "We're the Hive 5, and [[HostileShowTakeover this is our show now!]]"
* The {{Christmas Episode}}s of ''WesternAnimation/SpongeBobSquarePants'' had the normal theme, but sung in high, angelic voices with jingle bells, and the usual title logo replaced with a title card showing [=SpongeBob=] decorating a Christmas three.
** The episode "What Ever Happened to [=SpongeBob=]?" replaced "[=SpongeBob=] [=SquarePants=]" in the theme with "[=WhoBob=] [=WhatPants=]".
** "Truth or Square" has a special stop-motion opening, with the theme song performed by Cee-Lo Green.
* Another show with a special title for Christmas was ''CodenameKidsNextDoor'''s "Operation N.A.U.G.T.H.Y.", with the normally-white background turned green, snow falling over the titles, and the title decorated by Christmas lights [[http://i15.photobucket.com/albums/a391/Numbuh4fan/Naughty/OperationNAUGHTY005_0039.jpg (see here)]]. That episode also had a [[TheTeaser teaser]]. Only "Operation E.N.D." and "Operation K.N.O.T." had a ColdOpening before this, and those were much shorter than the one in "Naughty".
* As a MindScrew, the producers of ''WesternAnimation/TheVentureBrothers'' did the opening to the season 2 premiere... without the titular brothers. [[http://www.teevee.net/archive/2006/09/boy-idiots-mad-scientists-and.html Source.]]
** The first episode of the third season was all about the villains, and thus the credits featured their silhouettes in place of the expected titular brothers.
* ''WesternAnimation/TheBackyardigans'' had these for both two-parters. For the first one, ''"International Super Spy"'' (parodying the ''Film/JamesBond'' movies), there was an opening in the style of the episode rather than the regular one. For the second, ''"Tale of the Mighty Knights"'', the theme song is done in the style of '70s hard rock.
* The 1962 ''WesternAnimation/LooneyTunes'' short "Now Hear This" replaced the usual WB shield in concentric circles with abstract spinning lines and a jarring "modern" version of the theme song, a fittingly unnerving opening for a [[DerangedAnimation truly deranged cartoon]]. A couple of years later, when WB shut down their animation studio and started farming Looney Tunes out to other studios, this became the standard opening for what is generally acknowledged as WB's DorkAge.
* The original ''WesternAnimation/{{Rugrats}}'' Christmas episode used a Christmas-based remix of the title theme.
* Not ''that'' noticeable, but the [[MilestoneCelebration 10th anniversary special]] of ''WesternAnimation/ThePowerpuffGirls'' had the entire intro remade in Flash animation (which was used to make the special).
** Also, the MusicalEpisode didn't have any opening but the show's title and "Documentary" began with the title of said in-universe documentary.
* A ''WesternAnimation/{{Recess}}'' two-parter has Lawson form his own group who manage to outsmart T.J.'s good deeds in every way possible, to the extent they end up being forgotten by the playground and are driven into obscurity. The second part opens with a cut-down version for the opening titles, only for Lawson to yell "Hold it!" A modified version of the titles then plays out, with Lawson's group replacing T.J,'s (plus, Miss Finster ends up standing without Randall and the clock numbers are all jumbled up for whatever reason).
* Both ''WesternAnimation/{{Daria}}'' [[TheMovie made-for-TV movies]] featured special titles.
** And in the MusicalEpisode, the theme song was altered to sound more like it belonged in a musical production.
* The Halloween Special of ''WesternAnimation/WhatsNewScoobyDoo'' cut the opening credits altogether and instead showed the words ''A Scooby Doo Halloween'' in large letters over the opening scene as a TitleOnlyOpening.
* The early full-CGI series ''ReBoot'' had special titles for several episodes.
* ''WesternAnimation/PhineasAndFerbChristmasVacation'' had the ExpositoryThemeTune retooled to be about a different vacation, with WesternAnimation/PhineasAndFerb doing Christmassy or wintery things. And it was sung by Victorian carolers.
-->'''Carolers''': As you can see, there's a whole lot of stuff to do before school starts next year,
---->So stick with us 'cause Phineas and Ferb are bringing you Christmas cheer!
-->'''Candace''': Mom! Phineas and Ferb are making a Christmas special!
* The ''WesternAnimation/{{Futurama}}'' episodes "Mars University", "Bender Should Not Be Allowed on Television", and "Spanish Fry" all have different versions of the ThemeTune playing.
** "Viva Mars Vegas" has [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3LyhVCsad9A the intro entirely in live-action.]]
* The ''WesternAnimation/BatmanTheBraveAndTheBold'' episode "Joker: The Vile and The Villainous" has SelfDemonstrating/TheJoker as the main character, and told about his team-up with another supervillain to fight Franchise/{{Batman}}. Hence, the opening animation was changed to depict the Joker doing things that Batman usually does in the opening, with "HA HA HA" graffiti liberally applied to the usual text walls. The short stinger before the opening credits was about Joker helping another supervillain instead of Batman helping a superhero.
* The intro to the ''[[WesternAnimation/AvengersEarthsMightiestHeroes Avengers: Earth's Mightiest Heroes]]'' episode "New Avengers" starts out like that used during the rest of the second season, until the time comes for all the Avengers to pose together. Instead, we see Captain America's shield fly across the screen, cutting to the ''New'' Avengers posing together.
** "The Ballad of Beta Ray Bill" does not include any Avengers, except for Thor. When the time comes in this episode's title sequence for the team to gather, lightning strikes, revealing a scene of Thor by himself.
* The ''WesternAnimation/AdventureTime'' episodes starring [[GenderFlip Fionna and Cake]] have every character who appears in the opening replaced by their gender-swapped counterpart. The singer of the theme song is also changed from a male to a female.
** The CGI episode "A Glitch Is a Glitch" featured a CGI opening.
* ''WesternAnimation/FamilyGuy'' was originally going to have one of these for ''every'' episode, but the plans fell through. However, there were some special openings.
** The "Road to..." episodes have the opening replaced by 1940s style title cards.
** "Fast Times at Buddy Cianci Jr. High" has a parody of the opening to ''Series/LawAndOrder''.
** "PTV" has a parody of the opening credits to ''Film/TheNakedGun'', with Stewie beating up UsefulNotes/OsamaBinLaden and driving his tricycle through different environments, like scenes from ''Film/TheWizardOfOz'' and ''Film/TheEmpireStrikesBack'', before running over [[WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons Homer Simpson]] in the driveway.
-->'''Peter:''' Hey, Stewie. ''(looks down)'' Who the hell is that?
** "Whistle While Your Wife Works" had the theme song interrupted when Peter falls and crushes one of the dancers.
** "Brian Griffin's House of Payne" opens with a ''Franchise/StarWars'' parody.
** The three ''Star Wars'' parodies, "And Then There Were Fewer" and "Brian and Stewie" don't have any opening.
** "Family Goy" opens with a parody of the opening to ''WesternAnimation/SuperFriends''.
** "Livin' on a Prayer" has a parody of the opening to ''Series/LittleHouseOnThePrairie''.
** "Lottery Fever" has one of the dancers coming to Peter announcing she's pregnant, but Peter orders security to throw her out.
** "Space Cadet" has a parody of the opening to ''Series/MontyPythonsFlyingCircus''.
** "Bigfat" parodies the opening to ''WesternAnimation/KingOfTheHill''.
** "Total Recall" parodies the opening to ''Series/ModernFamily''.
** "He's Bla-ack", which commemorated Cleveland's return to the show, had the opening titles interrupted by Cleveland showing up in the middle to take Mort's place in the chorus line.
* ''WesternAnimation/AmericanDad''
** "Office Spaceman" ends the opening sequence early to have Stan see a picture of Roger on the front page of the paper, followed by Stan going inside and scolding him.
** "Bullocks to Stan", "Stan of Arabia", "Haylias", "Tearjerker", "100 A.D.", "Hot Water", "Hurricane!", "For Black Eyes Only" and "Blood Crieth Unto Heaven" don't have the standard opening.
** "Flirting With Disaster" has the opening replaced by a parody of the opening to ''[[Series/TheOfficeUS The Office]]''.
** "A Pinata Named Desire" and "Lost in Space" have the opening shortened.
* The ''WesternAnimation/FishHooks'' episode "Pool Party Panic" features a special opening depicting the characters as humans, with the title changed to ''Friend Hooks''.
* ''WesternAnimation/SouthPark''
** "Goth Kids 3: Dawn of the Posers" has the standard opening replaced by a gloomier version starring the Goth Kids.
** "Spookyfish" opens with an announcer saying the episode will be presented in "Spooky Vision", followed by a special Halloween version of the theme song.
** "Starvin' Marvin in Space" and "Mr. Hankey's Christmas Classics" don't have the theme song.
** "A Song of Ass and Fire" has the theme song replaced by an epic ''Series/GameOfThrones''-esque theme, with the kids dressed in their medieval outfits. The following episode "Titties and Dragons" has the same opening, but with the "wiener" song from the previous episode.
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