->''"Geez, not only do [[Creator/{{DIC}} you]] ignore the original song, but you rewrite it, and you get it to [[ExpositoryThemeTune tell me what I'm about to watch right now]]! Well, what are you gonna do next? Tell me the names of all the characters that are in [[Anime/SailorMoon the show]]?!"''
-->-- '''WebVideo/MarzGurl''' in her [[http://channelawesome.com/marzgurl-top-10-list-of-animated-shows-that-tell-the-whole-story-in-their-theme-song/ Top 10 List of Animated Shows That Tell the Whole Story in Their Theme Song]]

An ExpositoryThemeTune for a series that includes a rundown of the main characters, usually with a line or two about each one's role in the show. Especially common in kids' shows. Note that not all examples contain the characters' names in the lyrics. Some examples have songs that only describe them. May also occur in [[OpeningNarration Opening Narrations]], and even in shows that have instrumentals (e.g., 1990s ''WesternAnimation/{{X-Men}}'').

Compare IntroDump.


* ''Anime/SailorMoon'''s Creator/DiC dub theme song.
** But it was only accurate for the first season. Pluto isn't mentioned once she shows up in R, nor are Any of the Outer Senshi in S, or Chibi Moon in either S or [=SuperS=]. Not a very good roll call if you forget half the heroes.
** It probably sounds worse on Creator/{{Geneon}}'s American [=DVDs=] of the third season. The English versions include the American theme song synced with a Japanese opening, causing a part meant to show off the new Sailor Senshi to have singers exclaiming the Inner Senshi's names for no apparent reason.
* The 4Kids ''OnePiece'' dub ThemeTuneRap. They didn't make it any longer, so each addition to the cast made the lines involving the roll call more cluttered.
** Two of the Japanese themes, "Share the World" and "We Go!", feature title cards for the characters.
* The theme song to the English dub of ''Anime/{{Hamtaro}}''.
** Both the original Japanese and English ending themes both have a variation. In the original Japanese version the characters' names had the first syllable placed at the end of their names.[[note]]"teruNe, idoMa, maruChibi, daPan, ushiKo, hamuTora, bon-chanRi", etc.[[/note]] For the English dub version, we have this:
--> "Snoozer, Penelope, Panda, Howdy, Oxnard, Bijou, and Boss, let's go! zerSnoo, pePenelo, ssoB, daPan, dyHow, nardOx, jouBi, and Hamtaro!..."
* The opening to ''RoninWarriors'', American version.
* The second series of ''Anime/ScienceNinjaTeamGatchaman'' calls the five heroes in numbered order by their civilian names.
** A variation of the OpeningNarration to BattleOfThePlanets has the announcer calling their (adapted) names.
*** This also happens in the OpeningNarration to the second English dub, [[GForceGuardiansOfSpace G-Force]][[note]]Which is the name that was also used for the team in the Battle of the Planets version.[[/note]]
* The original ending theme to ''GetterRobo'', ''[[CombiningMecha Gattai]] Getter Robo'' had this.
* SmilePrettyCure had a part in it's theme song where they say "Happy! Sunny! Peace! March! Beauty!" which are the names of the 5 main girls.
** Also, the SuitePrettyCure theme song cleverly hides the words "Hibiki" and "Kanade" in its lyrics.
* The French version (but not the English version) does this twice during the chorus in the theme song to ''Anime/TheMysteriousCitiesOfGold'':
-->''AHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH! Esteban, Zia, Tao, les CitÚs d'or !''
* The openings to both anime adaptations of Ryohgo Narita's works, ''LightNovel/{{Baccano}}'' and ''LightNovel/{{Durarara}}'' respectively list every single major character in text during quick freezeframe closeups. [[spoiler: The intro to ''Baccano!'' also contains one notable and intentional exclusion, as a train conductor who has a prominent shot in its opening at one point and is apparently [[SacrificialLamb cannon fodder]] early on turns out to also be very much alive and a main character as well.]]

[[folder:Comic Books]]
* The ''{{Nextwave}}'' comic book actually had a [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Xuosmf1_mKs theme song]] that gave a short blurb about each team member ''and'' the BigBad. "Give us the Nextwave roll call!"
-->Monica! Is gonna microwave your [[SoundEffectBleep *slide whistle*]]\\
Tabby! Is gonna steal all your stuff!\\
Aaron! [[RoboSpeak Is going to organize your sock drawer.]]\\
Elsa! Is gonna speak with an accent!\\
The Captain! [[{{Shaped Like Itself}} His name is The Captain!]]
* Crossing over with OpeningNarration. Most comic books about superhero teams will have a team lineup at the beginning displaying each character with their name and a brief description of their powers.

* ''Film/AnimalHouse'' has about 18 characters named in its theme song.
* "Nicest Kids in Town", theme song of [[ShowWithinAShow the Corny Collins Show]] from ''Film/{{Hairspray}}'', has one of these introducing the Council Members.
* ''TeenBeachMovie'' has one during "Surf Crazy", meant to be the introduction song of the [[ShowWithinAShow Movie Within a Movie]] ''Wet Side Story''.
* WinnieThePooh: Strangely, Tigger isn't named.
** Probably because he wasn't introduced until the second installment. Oddly enough though, neither was Piglet, but he ''does'' appear in the theme from the beginning.

[[folder:Live-Action TV]]
* ''Series/MysteryScienceTheater3000'' ("RobotRollCall!")
* ''Series/ImaginationMovers''
* ''Series/FraggleRock'': ("We're Gobo, Mokey, Wembley, Boober, Red!")
* ''Series/TheFreshBeatBand'': "On guitar... Kiki! On keyboards... Shout! On drums... Mirena! And the real MC... Twist in the house!"
* ''The MickeyMouseClub'' (all three versions)
** Not to mention ''MickeyMouseClubhouse''.
* ''Series/GilligansIsland'' ("...with Gilligan, the Skipper too, the Millionaire, and his wife...")
** Note that it originally left off the Professor and Mary Ann, who were referred to as "and the rest", until Bob Denver (Gilligan) forced the studio to change it.
* ''Series/ThomasTheTankEngine'' has examples of this, but technically not as intros:
** The earliest series, between episodes, had the main theme play over a montage of characters with names on boards beside them.
** More recent series have the song 'Engine Roll Call' - although not an intro, it plays at the end of every episode.
* The 1970s kids' show ''Series/{{ZOOM}}'' had one, preserved in the show's later 1999-2005 incarnation.
* ''Series/{{Animorphs}}''
* ''Ozzie and Harriet'' ("Here's Ozzie! Here's Harriet!")
* ''SpaceCases'' -- originally aired as the closing theme in the first season but moved to opening theme in the second season and in syndication.
* ''Series/LancelotLinkSecretChimp''
* 1970s kids' show ''Series/NewZooRevue''
* ''Series/KaizokuSentaiGokaiger'': The closing theme, "199 Hero Getter", goes through the name of each of the 35 SuperSentai teams.
* ''Series/GoseiSentaiDairanger'' mentions the names of the five heroes in the song lyrics.
* ''Series/PowerRangersSamurai'' and ''Series/PowerRangersMegaforce'': Each Ranger calls their name out when their credit appears.
* ''Series/TheAquabatsSuperShow'':
-->With the MC Bat Commander (Commander!)\\
Crash [=McLarson=] (Crash!)\\
Ricky Fitness (Ricky!)\\
Eaglebones Falconhawk (Eaglebones!)\\
And Jimmy the Robot (Jimmy!)\\
Together they fight evil\\
So unbelievable!
* ''Series/TheBananaSplits'':
-->Flipping like a pancake, popping like a cork,
-->Fleagle, Bingo, Drooper and Snork!
* ''Bob The Builder'' (understandably for a kids' show) has the entire cast:
-->Scoop, Muck and Dizzy, and Roly too.
-->Lofty and Wendy join the crew
* The theme to Series/PeeWeesPlayhouse does this at one point:
--> "Globey's spinning, Mr. Window's grinning, 'cause Pterri's flying by..."
** In the ChristmasSpecial, Pee-Wee introduces all the puppet / claymation / etc. characters, followed by the regular human characters, and the special guest stars.

[[folder:Professional Wrestling]]
* The 1995-1996 themes for ''[=WWF=] Superstars'' would name the top wrestlers at the time in the intros, with changes based on who had joined and who had left.
** For a time, the opening lines were,
--> "[[Wrestling/KevinNash Diesel]]'s cool, [[Wrestling/TheUndertaker Undertaker]]\\
Wrestling/ShawnMichaels heartbreaker\\
Wrestling/BretHart show 'em how\\
Uh oh here comes Wrestling/{{Vader}} now"\

** After [[Wrestling/KevinNash Kevin "Diesel" Nash]], [[Wrestling/ScottHall Scott "Razor Ramon" Hall]] and Sean "The 1-2-3 Kid" Waltman left for Wrestling/{{WCW}} in May 1996, the lyrics were changed.
--> "Wrestling/BretHart, [[Wrestling/TheUndertaker Undertaker]]\\
Wrestling/ShawnMichaels heartbreaker\\
Wrestling/OwenHart show 'em how\\
Uh oh here comes Wrestling/{{Vader}} now"

What made this odd was that, at the time, Wrestling/BretHart was off of TV after having dropped the [[http://www.wrestling-titles.com/wwe/wwe-h.html WWE World Heavyweight Title]] to Wrestling/ShawnMichaels at ''[[Wrestling/WrestleMania WrestleMania]] XII'' in March and was sitting home contemplating his future.

* "It's A Typical Day," the opening number of ''Theatre/LilAbner'', has all the best-known denizens of Dogpatch introduce themselves.
* The Corny Collins Council gets one in "The Nicest Kids in Town" from ''{{Hairspray}}''.

[[folder:Video Games]]
* The infamous [[VideoGame/DonkeyKong64 DK Rap]], as shown [[http://www.mariowiki.com/DK_Rap here]]:
* [[MortalKombat Kano. Liu Kang. Raiden. Johnny Cage. Scorpion. Sub-Zero. Sonya. MORTAL KOMBAT!]]
** [[Film/MortalKombatAnnihilation Liu Kang. Sonya. Jax. Kitana. Jade. Sub-Zero. Scorpion. Cyrax. Smoke. Sheeva. Motaro. MORTAL KOMBAT!]][[note]]For the record, this version leaves out a ''lot'' of the roster at the time.[[/note]]
* Beyond all belief this is what plays when you fight Good King Moogle Mog XII in ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyXIV''. Half way through the fight the BGM shifts and the [[QuirkyMiniBossSquad troupe of moogles]] you fought before the boss will [[http://finalfantasy.wikia.com/wiki/Moogle_Theme pull this trope]] with a little bit of ExpositoryThemeTune to top it all off by telling you in the song the kinds of things they will do to you.


[[folder: Web Comics ]]

* Happens in ''Webcomic/TheNonAdventuresOfWonderella'' [[http://nonadventures.com/2007/02/03/victorian-secret/ here]]. Not an intro, though.
* Andy Weir did once write a [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=flz-qkKEaOA cast song]] for his webcomic ''Webcomic/CaseyAndAndy'', which was then performed by the band ''Moosebutter''. Albeit only two minutes long, it mentions every character who had appeared in the comic so far, and even one who didn't yet at that point: [[spoiler:The Conquistador.]]

[[folder:Web Original]]
* In ''WebAnimation/TeenGirlSquad'': "Cheerleader! So and So! What's Her Face! The Ugly One!"
** Though not actually used anywhere else, [[WebAnimation/HomestarRunner Strong Bad]] envisions such a song in the Strong Bad Email "theme song", which mentions Strong Bad, Strong Sad, Strong Mad, The Cheat, and Homestar Runner. In his own words:
--> '''Strong Bad:''' [[SarcasmMode I'm sure viewership would triple]] if I had one of those crappy cartoon theme songs that bludgeons you over the head with the blunt end of the show's premise.
* In ''MonsterHigh'' Season 2 the theme song has changed into a mix of ThemeTuneRap and this
* ''WebVideo/IMadeAmerica'' opens each episode by listing the Founding Fathers kidnapped from the past and brought to 2012 Chicago: "Franklin, Hamilton, Jefferson, Madison, Washington, and John Adams!"


[[folder:Western Animation]]
* ''WesternAnimation/MuppetBabies'' has one in which (except for Animal) the characters describe themselves, without saying their names.
* Memorably, the 1987 ''WesternAnimation/{{Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles|1987}}''; the [[WesternAnimation/TeenageMutantNinjaTurtles2003 2003 series]] added one in the third season.
** The [[WesternAnimation/TeenageMutantNinjaTurtles2012 2012 series]] does this, as well.
* ''WesternAnimation/CaptainPlanetAndThePlaneteers'' is an example of an OpeningNarration doing this.
* ''WesternAnimation/TheJetsons''
* ''WesternAnimation/HeManAndTheMastersOfTheUniverse1983'', another OpeningNarration example ("Only three others share this secret - our friends the Sorceress, Man-At-Arms, and Orko.").
** Naturally, its successor ''WesternAnimation/SheRaPrincessOfPower'' also did this.
* WarnerBros Animation's comedy shows must have loved this trope; they did it with ''WesternAnimation/TinyToonAdventures'', ''TazMania'', ''WesternAnimation/{{Animaniacs}}'', ''WesternAnimation/RoadRovers'', and both of the regular themes for ''WesternAnimation/{{Histeria}}''
** Their previous primetime (later Saturday morning) anthology series (which had various different names over its 40-year run) had an intro during the 1984-1985 season that introduced a few of the characters this way along their trademark {{catchphrase}}s:
-->"There's Porky Pig! (Th-th-th-the name's Porky Pig)
-->And Daffy Duck! (You're dethpicable!)
-->There's Tweety Bird! (I tawt I taw a puddy tat!)
-->Bugs Bunny's luck! (Eh, what's up doc?)
-->And Elmer Fudd! ([[ElmerFuddSyndrome Be vewy vewy quiet]])
-->Sylvester the cat! (Thufferin' Thuccotash)
-->Speedy Gonzales! (Arriba, epah, yeeha!)
-->And Sam in the hat![[note]]referring to Yosemite Sam[[/note]] (You snaggletooth varmint!)"
** Although ''WesternAnimation/{{Freakazoid}}'' didn't do this in its normal opening, the first episode did feature a segment entitled "Freakazoid and Friends!", which was sung to the tune of the ''Animaniacs'' theme (by that show's main voice actors no less) and listed off ''every'' character to appear in it ([[AdvertisedExtra and even a few that didn't]]).
* The ''[[Disney/TheManyAdventuresOfWinnieThePooh Winnie the Pooh]]'' featurettes
* The ''WesternAnimation/{{X-Men}}'' AnimatedAdaptation had one of these with no lyrics.
** The Latin American dub, however, had a narrator telling each character's adapted-to-spanish name as they came on screen.
* "Starlight, Sweetheart, Melody, Bright Eyes, Patch and Clover. Bon Bon's making cookies, girls. Hurry up on over. Franchise/MyLittlePony, [[TitleThemeTune My Little Pony]], WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyTales!..."
** The theme song for the [[WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyG3 G3 and G3.5 cartoons]] was also one of these. It became [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xwyIR598a_s the subject of much ridicule]] (well, [[TheyChangedItNowItSucks moreso than usual]]) when several characters in the G4 cartoon ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic'' shared names with the G3/G3.5 ponies, but had wildly different personalities (the linked video contrasts [[TheFashionista Rainbow Dash]] and [[{{Tomboy}} Rainbow Dash]], for example).
** ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic'' has one too, though not by name (except in the ThemeTuneExtended and in [[http://vimeo.com/28529797 one toy commercial]]).
*** The ''[[WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyEquestriaGirls Equestria Girls]]'' [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rf-G3Uf3FWo brand anthem]] uses one.
* There's one for Dethklok in the opening of ''WesternAnimation/{{Metalocalypse}}''.
* Both the ending and the opening themes to ''WesternAnimation/ThePowerpuffGirls''. The opening lists the three girls as they appear on screen, while the ending has an expanded one that describes their personalities as well.
* This applied to ''WesternAnimation/AvatarTheLastAirbender'''s ThreeAmigos in the OpeningNarration in the first season only but not afterwards, as the opening never changed as more characters were added.
* ''WesternAnimation/TheWildThornberrys''
* ''WesternAnimation/TheSuperHeroSquadShow''. "{{Wolverine}} and [[TheHulk Hulk]] are fierce, [[BigBad Doctor Doom]] ends up in tears/when IronMan joins the fight! [[Comicbook/TheFalcon Falcon]] darts in from the sky, ComicBook/SilverSurfer by his side, ComicBook/TheMightyThor's hammer has thunder's mi-iiiiight..."
* ''WesternAnimation/DefendersOfTheEarth''
* ''WesternAnimation/TheAlvinShow'' from the early '60s.
** Also, in the [[WesternAnimation/AlvinAndTheChipmunks 80's adaption]]: "We're the Chipmunks / Alvin, Simon, Theodore!"
* ''WesternAnimation/{{COPS}}'' (the cartoon about future cops fighting future criminals) had a roll call ''[[InvertedTrope end credits sequence]]''.
* ''WesternAnimation/APupNamedScoobyDoo''
** ''WesternAnimation/ScoobyDooMysteryIncorporated'' has a roll call in which the characters' names appear onscreen.
* ''WesternAnimation/AvengersEarthsMightiestHeroes'' has a theme song containing subtle references to the four presumably most popular Avengers. Deleted lyrics reference four more superheroes, who also became Avengers during the first season. The show's second season replaces this theme with an OpeningNarration that instead lists off the "Big Four" Avengers by name[[note]]Film/IronMan, {{Film/Thor}}, [[Film/TheIncredibleHulk Hulk]], and [[Film/CaptainAmericaTheFirstAvenger Captain America]][[/note]], but not any of the other Avengers, despite there being more members shown at the end of the opening sequence.
* ''WesternAnimation/SuperRobotMonkeyTeamHyperforceGo'' lists off the names of the 5 titular monkeys and Chiro.
* ''WesternAnimation/ZulaPatrol''
* ''WesternAnimation/TransformersCybertron''
* ''TeamUmizoomi''
* Half the ''WesternAnimation/ThreeTwoOnePenguins'' theme song is the names of the penguins!
* ''WesternAnimation/AdventureTime''
* "The Simpson Family Smile-Time Variety Hour" theme song from ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons'' (specifically, "[[Recap/TheSimpsonsS8E24TheSimpsonsSpinOffShowcase The Simpsons Spin-Off Showcase]]").
--->''Remember me? My name is Marge,''\\
''The TV mom [[BeehiveHairdo whose hair is large]]!''
-->''(Maggie sucks her pacifier.)''\\
--->''Step back mom, it's Bart's turn now!''\\
''[[CatchPhrase Eat my shorts! Don't have a cow!]]''
-->'''[[TheOtherDarrin "Lisa"]]:'''
--->''I'm Lisa -- peppy, blonde, and stunning!''\\
''Sophomore prom queen five years running!''\\
[[AllCheeringAllTheTime Goooo Lisa!]]
:: Homer doesn't get his own lyrics because he's too busy being scared by the [[SpecialGuest "special ghost"]].
* Part of the ''[[WesternAnimation/JakeAndTheNeverlandPirates Jake and the Neverland Pirates]]'' theme song is this, with each character acknowledging their name with "Ahoy!" as it's called out.
* ''WesternAnimation/WildAnimalBabyExplorers'' has this, with the characters' names being shouted out loud as the characters themselves appear on-screen. It was only introduced in later airings, though. The earlier episodes have the same opening theme and same animation in the title sequence, but the character names aren't shouted out loud.
* ''WesternAnimation/TheArchieShow'' has a roll call that gets sung twice.
* The animated [[WesternAnimation/ElChavoDelOcho El Chavo]] series has a variation in which the title sequence only shows the characters that appear that episode, similarly to the original show (itself an example) which announced which actors (and characters) were in that show's episode.
* ''WesternAnimation/WackyRaces'' introduces each of the racers in narration only; no singing.
* ''WesternAnimation/StevenUniverse'' 's theme ends with this:
---> That's why the people of this world believe in
---> Garnet, Amethyst, and Pearl, and Steven!
* ''Les Mondes Engloutis'' (AKA: ''WesternAnimation/SpartakusAndTheSunBeneathTheSea'') does this in the theme song in the original French version (although Arkana is left out):
-->"...Dans toutes les strates et Les Mondes Engloutis, suis Spartakus, Bob[[note]]Renamed "Matt" in the English version[[/note]], Rebecca..."
* "This is the story of ''WesternAnimation/BlinkyBill'', and Flap and Nutsy too, and Wombo, Ruff, and Marcia, and Splodge the Kangaroo..."
* The U.S. theme song to ''WesternAnimation/SkyDancers'' does this, but the not the international or Region 1 DVD theme songs.
* ''Franchise/CareBears Movie II: A New Generation'' does this with the "Flying My Colors" number near the beginning of the move.[[note]]It appears later near the end, but as an instrumental.[[/note]]
* The theme song to ''WesternAnimation/The7D'' has one.
* ''WesternAnimation/TheBotsMaster'' has a theme tune roll call [[ThemeTuneRap rap]].
* Beginning with the first, most incarnations of Creator/HannaBarbera's ''WesternAnimation/SuperFriends' franchise do this.
* ''WesternAnimation/BubbleGuppies'' did this during its theme song.
* Though the theme song of ''WesternAnimation/BudgieTheLittleHelicopter'' is mainly about Budgie, it briefly goes over the other main characters.
* WesternAnimation/TheGetAlongGang does this[[note]]Though, not in the pilot by Nelvana.[[/note]], although some may have trouble [[IndecipherableLyrics figuring out what some of the other words are]].

* Parodied [[http://thweatted.deviantart.com/art/3HPD-Opening-60186038 here]].
* Parodied with the ''[[SugarWiki/{{Watchmen}} Saturday Morning Watchmen]]'' [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YDDHHrt6l4w Opening]].
* On ''Series/{{Taxi}}'' Jim is on a blind date with Marcia Wallace from ''Series/TheBobNewhartShow'', and sings her [[WithLyrics the lyrics he's made up]] for the show's theme: "Here comes Bob and Carol/His wife Emily really likes him/He's got five members in his group..."
* Spoofed in the opening number of ''TheDrowsyChaperone'', "Fancy Dress," where all the main characters and their motivations are revealed in song, even a character who only shows up for one scene at the very end of the show.