"Do It Yourself" Theme Tune

"Yep, that's me!"
Raven, That's So Raven

Essentially, this is when the theme tune of a particular show is written, sung or both by a member of the cast or someone else involved in the show in an otherwise non-musical context. Distinct from Theme Tune Cameo in that the theme may or may not actually appear in the show in an "in-universe" context, but in the real world it is written/sung by the real person.

See also Image Song.


Examples

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     Anime and Manga 
Because the networks and studios notice that pop music and youth-centered stories are "in", this happens a lot in anime to the point where some companies won't hire voice actors unless they can sing as well.

  • Code Geass deserves a special mention here, though, because for one episodeafter killing his father, the Ending Theme is a Dark Reprise sung by the voice actor of Lelouch, instead of a separate and seemingly disconnected group. Not even the last episode either; one episode later, the normal ending for this half is back as if nothing ever happened.
  • Repeatedly by Aya Hirano, best known as the voices of Haruhi and Konata from The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya and Lucky Star, respectively. She performed both the OP and ED for Haruhi (and as Haruhi), and along with the other members of the main cast, did the OP to Lucky Star too.
    • Also played with within the universe itself with Mikuru being made to sing the theme song for the Stylistic Suck SOS brigade movie, "The Adventures of Mikuru Asahina."
    • For the "Second Coming" of Haruhi although, she sings the new ending "Tomare" as Haruhi, but she sings the new intro "Super Driver" in her own voice.
  • Rica Matsumoto has done several opening themes for Pokémon, where she does the voice of Satoshi (Ash). This includes three songs for the original series, two for Advanced Generation, a duet with Megumi Toyoguchi (Dawn's seiyuu) for Diamond & Pearl, two of three Best Wishes! openings, and last opening for Xyz.
    • This is a trend started almost immediately with the show, as she is the singer for the first opening theme.
    • And several ending themes for Pokémon are sung by members of the cast. Seiyuus for Ash, Misty, Brock, May, Professor Oak, Team Rocket and Bonnie have at least contributed one ending to the long-running series.
    • Not to mention Rica both playing Bikky in the FAKE OAV as well as singing the ending theme "Starlight Heaven."
  • The ending theme of Gatchaman Crowds is sung by Maaya Uchida, who voices the protagonist Hajime.
  • The Sayonara, Zetsubou-Sensei theme song are sung by "Zetsubou Shoujo-tachi" - a group made up of the lead female voice actors of the show, often with each singing one line solo.
  • The ending song of Shinkyoku Soukai Polyphonica Crimson S is sung by Haruka Tomatsu, the voice actress for Corti.
  • Majority of the songs in Full Moon o Sagashite are sung by myco of Changin' My Life, especially the ending themes.
  • Sailor Moon's second (third if you want to get technical as the singers of the first changed in the third season) deserves special mention. Its lyrics were written by the Mangaka. The Second version suberts this, as it is sung by the actresses of the Inner Senshi, but not their voice actresses in the show; their actresses in the stage musicals.
    • In a couple dubs (including the Dutch and the Swedish), Sailor Moon's voice actress even sang the intro theme.
    • The third ending theme is performed by the five voice actresses of the inner senshi.
  • The voice actors for the Keroro Platoon from Sgt. Frog have done a number of the show's opening and closing themes, including a version of the first opening as performed by the Keroro Platoon.
  • Vic Mignogna, VA of the main character Dark, sang an English cover of D.N.Angel's theme song.
    • Subverted with the ending theme of Ouran High School Host Club. While he wrote the English translation, he wasn't allowed to sing it because his character, Tamaki, doesn't sing. There is still a version of him singing it here.
  • Sean Schemmel, the voice of Goku, sung the opening theme in the first Dragon Ball Kai DVD.
    • Every DVD released since has used a different member of the cast.
  • The OP and ED themes of Weiß Kreuz are sang by the four leads' seiyuus.
  • Dancougar has a version of its ending Burning Love sung by the Juusenki Tai. Fairly awesome.
  • The opening themes for the Hidamari Sketch anime are sung by the main four (later six) characters' (Yuno, Miyako, Sae and Hiro, later Nori and Nazuna) voice actresses.
  • In Is This a Zombie?, Iori Nomizu (Haruna) sings the opening theme for both seasons, while Rie Yamaguchi (Taeko Hiramatsu, a girl from Ayumu's class who frequently talks with him) sings the ending themes for both seasons.
  • Macross has plenty of examples, since several of its characters are professional singers:
    • Macross Frontier's 2nd OP, "Lion", sung by Megumi Nakajima (Ranka Lee) and May'n (Sheryl Nome).
      • The first OP, "Trianguler", was sung by Maaya Sakamoto who voiced Ranka's Mother Ranshe.
    • And before that, the opening and ending songs of Macross 7 were not just sung by singing voices of the characters (Yoshiki Fukuyama as Basara Nekki and Chie Kajiura as Mylene Jenius), but are songs by the characters in-universe, as they are included on Fire Bomber albums.
    • The opening and 2nd ending themes of Macross Delta are performed by all the members of in-universe Girl Group Walkure, while the 1st ending is sung by Freyja Wion's actress, Minori Suzuki. In fact, both the 1st opening and 1st closing themes are sung by the cast during the events of the actual show.
  • The voice actors of four main characters of Makai Ouji are the ones who sing both opening and ending of anime, Believe My Dice and A Shadow's Love Song respectively.
  • Ai Maeda performed all but one of the eight ending themes for Digimon Adventure through Digimon Frontier, as well the ending themes to some of the films; she portrayed Mimi Tachikawa in Adventure and Digimon Adventure 02, but didn't have any roles in Digimon Tamers or Frontier.
  • Ro-Kyu-Bu! is sung by the five main characters who so happen to have actually formed a group by the same name.
  • In the anime version of THE iDOLM@STER, Kotori sings one of the ending themes.
    • The song Yakusoku also fits, as the ending of episode 20, since, even though the girls are Idol Singers they are not song writers.
    • Really, the entire show counts for this, because the characters in-universe sing the songs that are used for all the episodes' openings, endings, and insert songs.
  • Maaya Sakamoto did this for her debut in The Vision of Escaflowne.
    • And has been doing so in about half of the anime where she has a character since.
  • Megumi Hayashibara does most if not all the opening and ending themes for Slayers, either solo or with another singer.
    • She also does the opening for Slayers' sister franchise Lost Universe
    • The ending theme to the final episode of the third season, "Somewhere in the World," is sung by Houko Kuwashima, Filia's voice actress.
  • Infinite Stratos has the ending theme sung by the female main characters, with various versions as more characters are introduced. Check the Evolving Credits page for details.
  • In a possible inversion of this trope, T.M.Revolution, who did the first opening themes for Mobile Suit Gundam SEED and Mobile Suit Gundam SEED Destiny, was given a small role in the first series and a slightly larger and more plot significant role in the second. The singer for one of the ending themes was offered a similar opportunity but turned it down which is why Shiho Hahenfluss never has any lines in the anime.
  • Oku-sama wa Mahou Shoujo ending is sung by Kikuko Inoue, who's the voice for the slightly-older-than-standard Magical Girl Ureshiko.
  • Most people do not know that the theme song to Happy Kappy is actually preformed by Suguri and Kappy themeselves!
  • In Puella Magi Madoka Magica, the two ending themes "See You Tomorrow" and "And I'm Home" are sung by Madoka's voice actress and Sayaka's and Kyouko's voice actresses, respectively.
    • Only on the DVD; in the original anime, those episodes either ran the credits over their final scenes or just used the standard credits.
  • Halko Momoi performs both the voice acting for Mii and the opening theme in Popotan.
  • WORKING!! is interesting in the sense that not only the female leadsnote  get to sing a theme song (the opening), but the male leadsnote  too (the ending). This format is repeated in its second season as well.
  • No Matter How I Look at It, It's You Guys' Fault I'm Not Popular!: The ending theme used for most episodes is "No Matter How I Look At It, It's Not My Fault" performed by the actress doing the voice of Tomoko.
  • The anime of Sunday Without God has the opening performed by Dee's voice actress, Eri Kitamura, while the ending theme is done by Mikako Komatsu, Ulla's voice actress.
  • Haruka Tomatsu, Erii Yamazaki, and M.A.O. sing "Dating Time", the ending theme for Samurai Flamenco.
  • Sakura Trick has very nearly the entire cast sing the opening theme, and the two leads sing the ending theme.
  • My Neighbor Seki has an unusual take on this- one of the characters is actually seen ''making'' the opening (drawing, animating, recording), which is entirely in character for him.
  • In A Certain Scientific Railgun, Yoshino Nanjo (who plays Maaya Awatsuki) is the vocalist of fripSide, who sings all of the shows opening themes like "only my railgun", "LEVEL5-judgelight-", "future gazer", "sister's noise", and "eternal reality". Yuka Iguchi (who plays Index) sings the ending themes "Grow Slowly" and "Stand Still".
  • All themes of Minami-ke are sung by the Seiyuus of the Minami sisters: Rina Sato, Marina Inoue and Minori Chihara.
  • Four songs from The World God Only Knows fall under this trope:
  • The endings I Can't Understand What My Husband is Saying are sung by Yukari Tamura and Kenichi Suzumura, who voice the main characters.
  • The opening of Gugure! Kokkuri-san is sung by Daisuke Ono who voices Kokkuri, and he, Takahiro Sakurai (Inugami) and Joji Nakata (Shigaraki) can be heard conversing in it.
  • The World is Still Beautiful's ending theme is sung by the protagonist Nike's voice actress, Rena Maeda.
  • The regular opening and ending themes of THE iDOLM@STER: Cinderella Girls are sung by all fourteen members of the main cast.
  • Rolling Girls' opening theme has the four main girls sing the song (and they're even shown performing it on stage), which is actually a cover of "Hito ni Yasashiku" by Japanese punk rock band The Blue Hearts.
  • From the New World had two themes altogether, both endings. The first was sung by the main character's, Saki's, VA (Rise Taneda) and the second was sung by another member of the main cast, Kana Hanazawa, Marie's VA.
  • Both the opening and ending themes of Sore ga Seiyuu! are sung by the main characters voice actresses. They also exist in-universe as the opening and ending themes of their radio show.
  • In Hanayamata, the actresses for the five main girls perform the opening theme, and they also do their version of the ending theme for the final episode.
  • In Gate, the ending themes are sung by Hisako Kanemoto (Tuka), Nao Touyama (Lelei), and Risa Taneda (Rory).
  • Kishin Douji Zenki's second and third ending themes, "Sleepless Angels" and "Kiseki no Chou Kishin," were both sung by Chisa Yokoyama (Chiaki), with her castmate Megumi Ogata also contributing to the latter.
  • The English ending theme to Yo-kai Watch is done by Katie and Jibanyan's voice actress. While Katie is an important character she's Nate's unrequited love instead of the protagonist (though she is the female protagonist in the games), and Jibanyan is the series' mascot.
  • The opening and ending themes of Prison School are done by the voice actors of the Five-Man Band protagonists.
  • All opening themes for Assassination Classroom are sung by Mai Fuchigami (Nagisa), Nobuhiko Okamoto (Karma), Aya Suzaki (Kayano), Ryota Ohsaka (Isogai), and Shintaro Asanuma (Maehara), under the name "3-nen E-gumi Utatan" (Class 3-E Song Unit).
    • In Season 1 Episodes 7 and 8, Isogai and Maehara's VAs are temporarily replaced by Yoshitaka Yamaya (Sugino), Sayuri Yahagi (Okuda), and Satomi Sato (Kanzaki), to mirror the events of the Kyoto field trip.
  • Kuroko no Basuke: Tatsuya Himuro's seiyuu Kissho Taniyama (with his band GRANRODEO) sings six of the seven openings, even though Himuro is not one of the main characters and he is introduced in season 2. Tetsuya Kuroko's seiyuu Kensho Ono sings the fourth ending and the sixth opening.
  • The voice of Princess Silver sings the theme song to Yume No Crayon Oukoku.
  • The ending theme of KonoSuba is sung by the VAs of Aqua, Megumin, and Darkness (Sora Amamiya, Rie Takahashi and Ai Kayano, respectively).
  • In Persona 4: The Animation, the opening theme of episode 9, which introduces Rise, is the song "True Story" performed by her seiyuu Rie Kugimiya. This song would later appear again in Persona 4 Golden, the Updated Re-release of the original Persona 4, with an English version provided by Laura Bailey.
  • Daily Life with Monster Girl has the main girls singing the opening, while the ending is sung by the members of the MON squad.
  • The majority of the songs in the Lamune & 40 series are sung by the voice actors (including the drama CD's):
  • In the Mexican Spanish dub of Kenichi: The Mightiest Disciple, Miu's Mexican VA Alondra Hidalgo sings the opening theme.

    Film 
  • Tom Hanks and Dan Aykroyd performed a Theme Tune Rap "City of Crime" for the 1987 The Film of the Series of Dragnet. They also did a music video, which must be seen to be believed.
  • John Carradine, who played a brief role in Red Zone Cuba, also sang the theme tune. His singing voice makes it absolutely clear that he should have perhaps cut back on the smoking.
    • Also, his son David Carradine wrote and performed the theme tune to the film Sonny Boy.
  • John Carpenter composes the scores for many of his films (and also, as part of the Coupe de Villes, sang the end title song to Big Trouble in Little China).
  • Anita Mui was not only a famous actress in Hong Kong, but also a pop star in the early 1980s. Because of this, she ended up performing the theme for Heroic Trio.
  • Besides starring in, writing, directing and producing his movies, Charlie Chaplin wrote their music.
  • Director Mike Figgis often composes his own scores for his films.
  • Bryan Singer regular John Ottman not only directed Urban Legends: Final Cut, but also did the composing and editing (by trade, he is in fact a composer but also edits Singer's films).
  • Sylvester Stallone sang the theme song ("Too Close to Paradise") for his quickly forgotten Rocky follow-up Paradise Alley, the only movie ever to feature songs performed by Sly, Frank Stallone and Tom Waits!
  • This doesn't quite count since it wasn't actually included in the movie, but Clint Eastwood recorded and released a version of "Burning Bridges" from Kelly's Heroes.
    • Eastwood subsequently wrote themes for his films as a director (such as Unforgiven) and then graduated to scoring them - apparently the likes of Lalo Schifrin, John Williams, Jerry Fielding and Maurice Jarre were just a warmup. He has written (and at times, sung) songs or full-on scores for his movies.
  • The title theme of Spider Baby is sung (well, hammily recited) by its star, Lon Chaney Jr.
  • In Ice Age 4: Continental Drift, Keke Palmer's song "We Are" is played over the credits, with the main cast singing along (Keke Palmer voices Peaches, by the way).
  • Though it isn't listed in the credits, "Lullaby" from Rosemary's Baby (the music that plays over the opening credits) is sung by Mia Farrow herself.
  • Clint Mansell's score for Abandon features vocals from the film's star Katie Holmes.
  • Similarly, Sara Paxton's voice is worked into David Hirschfelder's score for Aquamarine (Paxton and Emma Roberts also have songs on the soundtrack).
  • Tonari no Seki-kun has an interesting example of this for both the opening and ending, in that Seki is shown literally making the opening (recording, animation, etc) and playing the music for the ending.
  • The Hulk Hogan film Mr. Nanny has a theme tune by musical artist Buster Poindexter, who plays the villain in the film. The song, however is called "Rough Stuff", since that was the Working Title of the movie.
  • Crispin Glover sings Michael Jackson's "Ben" over the end credits in the 2003 version of Willard. He's actually really good.
  • Home approaches a Do It Yourself album with its soundtrack. Rihanna, who voices Tip in the film, also worked with director Tim Johnson to create a concept album for the film. Three of the eight songs there are by her, and one is by co-star Jennifer Lopez. Which in a way means that some of the songs are tied more to Tip, and that one is tied to Lucy (as they're voiced by Rihanna and Jennifer, respectively).
  • The opening and ending themes from Mad Max: Beyond Thunderdome were both sung by Tina Turner, who played the Big Bad Aunty Entity.
  • For the original film version of Mash, director Robert Altman needed a deliberately stupid, overly emotional song to be sung at the funeral of a character. He got the music from Johnny Mandel, and he wanted to write the words himself, but found he couldn't write something "stupid enough." So he passed the job to his 14-year-old son, Mike Altman. The result, "Suicide Is Painless", went on to reach #1 on the UK music charts.
    • It became the theme for the television series a few years laternote . Altman joked that because of music licensing, his son made far more money off the movie than he did!
  • Jackie Chan sang the main theme for the 1998 film Who Am I?.

     Live Action TV 
  • An in-show example for Brooklyn Nine-Nine, Peralta is on a case with Captain Holt and wants them to play characters, he's Bret Barley, a cop who hates violence against animals, and Holt is Gerald Jimes, a man who can solve every crime except one-the murder of his wife. Holt dismisses the idea, of course, but it doesn't stop Peralta from singing a song about the two fake detectives.
    • "Look out bad guys, its Barley and Jimes, Barley and Jimes are on the case!"
  • Two Super Sentai series: Choujuu Sentai Liveman and Kousoku Sentai Turboranger. Both have their theme songs sang by the actors of their respective Red Rangers.
  • Kamen Rider: Going all the way back to the original, several series have featured songs performed by members of the cast, usually The Hero or The Lancer. An incomplete listing: V3, Super-1, BLACK, Ryuki, Blade, Kabuto, Den-O, Kiva, Decade, OOO, Gaim, and Drive. The special mentions...
    • Kamen Rider Den-O, which pulled Rearrange the Song a lot, as detailed on that trope's page (and that isn't counting the version of the theme song performed by the four main Imagin).
    • Kamen Rider Kiva, which featured a "limited band" called TETRA-FANG, formed to perform the show's insert songs; series star Koji Seto was the lead singer and recurring Kamen Rider composer Shuhei Naruse played the keyboard.
    • Kamen Rider Double has an odd case: it doesn't happen normally, but one story arc revolves around a villain rigging an American Idol-style singing contest. Philip (who has a tendency to get wrapped up in new experiences) signs himself and Shotaro up as "The Kamen Singers", and they perform "Finger on the Trigger", one of the show's insert songs.
    • Kamen Rider OOO: The themes for OOO's seven form changes are sung by lead actor Shu Watanabe (Eiji Hino) himself. Two of them are also duets - "Time Judged All" with Ryosuke Miura (Ankh) and "Power to Tearer" with the legendary Akira Kushida (the voice of the OOO Driver).
    • Kamen Rider Gaim features a twist on this, as the theme song for Gaim's Super Mode, "Ranbu Escalation", is actually a duet between lead actor Gaku Sano (Kouta Kazuraba) and Yutaka Kobayashi (who plays The Rival Kaito Kumon). Notably, this is because the song is more about their race for the Golden Fruit and serves contrasts their character arcs leading into the final part of the show. Kobayashi performed another collective song ("Never Surrender") alongside Gaku Matsuda & Saku Momose, who played Kaito's teammates Zack and Peco.
  • A lot of live-action sitcoms on Disney Channel. Such shows include That's So Raven, Cory in the House, Hannah Montana, Sonny with a Chance, Good Luck Charlie, Wizards of Waverly Place, Jonas, A.N.T. Farm, Jessie, Austin & Ally, Liv and Maddie, I Didn't Do It, Girl Meets World... The list goes on.
  • Since 2007, Nickelodeon does this a lot too. Miranda Cosgrove sings the theme song to iCarly (starting with "iWill Date Freddie"), Victoria Justice sings the theme for Victorious, Keke Palmer sings the theme for True Jackson, VP, Big Time Rush sings the theme for... Big Time Rush, Brec Bassinger sings the theme for Bella And The Bulldogs, and Kel Mitchell sings the theme to Game Shakers.
  • H2O: Just Add Water's 3rd Season has the original opening song, "No Ordinary Girl", sang by Indiana Evans, the actress playing Bella. Averted with the first two seasons (which were performed by Ellie Henderson in season one and Kate Alexa in season two).
  • Season two of My Babysitter's a Vampire has Vanessa Morgan singing the theme song, "Girl Next Door" (which was sung by Nerf Herder in season one, and also used for the Nickelodeon show Unfabulous)
  • British actor Dennis Waterman has a history of doing this with the shows that he's in, including Minder and New Tricks. This is spoofed in a recurring skit on Little Britain, which invariably ends with Waterman losing work because of his insistence that he "write the theme tune, sing the theme tune..." to pretty much every job he's offered. (The other joke is the fact that the "Dennis Waterman" of the show, played by David Walliams, is repeatedly shown to be absolutely tiny, whereas the real Dennis Waterman is 5′9″ — dead average.) The irony is that, although he sang the theme to Minder, he didn't actually write it. That was done by his wife of the time Patricia Waterman.
    • This parody was parodied on the Comic Relief special, with the real Dennis Waterman invading the Dennis Waterman sketch to point out the inaccuracies, and then sing the show's theme tune anyway.
  • In Frasier, Kelsey Grammer, who stars as the eponymous Dr. Frasier Crane in the show, sings the closing theme song, "Tossed Salads and Scrambled Eggs".
  • The first theme to The Drew Carey Show, "Moon Over Parma", was sung by Drew Carey.
  • Joss Whedon wrote the theme song for Firefly. There's an alternate version of the opening in the DVD boxset where he sings it himself (albeit not that well).
  • Gene Roddenberry wrote the lyrics to the Star Trek: The Original Series theme (allegedly just to have a claim on its copyright and a share in the royalties).
    • As theme composer Alexander Courage wasn't keen on the lyrics and didn't come back to score any episodes of the series until after Roddenberry had left the show in the third season, it may not be just "allegedly."
  • Psych creator Steve Franks wrote and sang the theme song with his band, The Friendly Indians. He says that of all the times his name comes up in the show's credits, that's the one that makes him the happiest.
  • Every iteration of the Theme Tune of Mystery Science Theater 3000 was written and performed by the show's stars - Joel Hodgson wrote the lyrics that appear during his five seasons on the show, and all the variations that appear during the Mike years were written by Mike Nelson himself. (Considering that Mike wrote about three out of every five songs performed on the show, this is not actually all that surprising.)
  • "Final Frontier", the Theme Tune for Mad About You was written by Paul Reiser, who starred in the show. (Note that the show also featured a Theme Tune Cameo on one occasion.) Reiser also played piano in the recording of the theme song.
  • The theme tune to the 1970s American sitcom Alice, "There's a New Girl in Town", was sung by Linda Lavin, who portrayed the title character.
  • The theme to the 1980s British sitcom A Fine Romance (the song "A Fine Romance", written by Jerome Kern and Dorothy Fields) was sung by the show's star, Dame Judi Dench.
  • Zooey Deschanel sings the theme song of New Girl, since her kooky character often sings impromptu songs to herself in the show.
  • The theme song for How I Met Your Mother is sung by The Solids, a band that is made up of four guys, two of which are the show's creators, Carter Bays and Craig Thomas. In a sixth-season episode, the cast performs the theme song.
  • Folk singer John Tams played a regular supporting role in Sharpe and also wrote/arranged and sang most of its music.
  • Subversion: The theme tune of Two and a Half Men appears (in the show's initial opening credit sequence) to be sung by the titular cast, but producer Chuck Lorre confirmed in 2005 at a convention that actors Charlie Sheen, Jon Cryer and Angus T. Jones are only lipsynching. The actual vocals were done by professional studio musicians — notably, the one for Angus was an uncredited E.G. Daily.
    • However, a TV spot for the show did feature the actors actually singing a set of gag lyrics to that title tune — evidently commemorating its move to daily syndication, as the lyrics began with Charlie Sheen singing, "EV-ry day, we're ON ev-ry DAY now..." Comparing Sheen's and Cryer's actual singing voices to the sound of the theme should have put this trope to rest for the show, but unfortunately Viewers Are Morons.
  • On the subject of Chuck Lorre, The Big Bang Theory's theme song, written and performed by the Barenaked Ladies, was mistaken for this by a few people who believed that Jim Parsons sang it.
    • The same thing happened with Smallville’s theme song. The lead singer of Remy Zero, the band that performed "Save Me", bears an uncanny resemblance to Michael Rosenbaum (Lex Luthor).
    • Similarly, some people thought that Richard Sanders sang the WKRP in Cincinnati theme song. But he played Les Nessman and Word of God holds that the lyrics were written from the perspective of Andy Travis, who was played by an actor (Gary Sandy) who had singing experience in musicals. It was actually performed by session singer Steve Carlisle.
  • The theme tune of 21 Jump Street was performed by Holly Robinson, who played Officer Judy Hoffs on the show (with the "JUMP!" shout provided by Johnny Depp and Peter DeLuise).
  • Walker, Texas Ranger. Chuck Norris. "Eyes of the Ranger".
  • The two theme tunes of Only Fools and Horses are sung by John Sullivan, the series creator.
    • Something that some people have noticed about the way Sullivan sings it is that he sounds like one of the main characters, Rodney. A few people did indeed think that Nicholas Lyndhurst was the one singing it.
  • Parodied in Garth Marenghis Darkplace: The opening is "based on melodies originally whistled by Gath Marenghi".
  • Both The Honeymooners and The Jackie Gleason Show featured theme music written by Jackie Gleason himself (Gleason put out numerous albums, but as a conductor rather than a singer).
  • David Naughton (better known as the "Dr. Pepper" guy and as An American Werewolf in London) both starred in and sang the theme song for the shortlived 1978 sitcom, Makin' It. Ironically, though the show was a flop, the song was a hit.
  • The theme song for Round the Twist was sung by Tamsin West, who played the original Linda.
  • Craig Ferguson sings the theme song for his late-night chat show The Late Late Show With Craig Ferguson, and also co-wrote the lyrics. And yes, he's really playing the drums in the opening segment.
  • Carroll O'Connor wrote the (never heard on the show) lyrics to "Remembering You," the closing instrumental theme song for All in the Family. Also, of course, the opening theme "Those Were The Days" was sung (on camera) by O'Connor and Jean Stapleton.
  • Paul McDermott, host of Good News Week, sings the theme tune (a cover of Hedgehoppers Anonymous' Good News Week).
  • The famous Theme Tune Rap to The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air was performed by... DJ Jazzy Jeff and the titular Fresh Prince.
  • The theme tune for the first season of Campion was sung by lead actor Peter Davison.
  • The theme song to Reba is somewhere between this and Real Song Theme Tune, since it's a partial rewrite of Reba McEntire's 2002 single "I'm a Survivor".
  • James May wrote the theme tune to his own series, James May's Man Lab. Given his musical background, it's not terribly surprising.
  • The opening theme from Bottom was written and performed by The Blue Notes, Adrian Edmondson's band. They also played the cover of "Last Night" that runs under the closing credits.
  • Beginnning in its second season, The Brady Bunch had its theme song performed by the show's six child actors (as well as that of The Brady Kids.)
  • Lee Majors sang the theme song from The Fall Guy, "The Unknown Stuntman" (co-written by the show's creator, Glen A. Larson, who wrote or co-wrote the themes for many of his shows and thus paved the way for J. J. Abrams).
  • Everybody Hates Chris almost had one of these. Cast member Tichina Arnold wrote and performed her own song, but ultimately an instrumental theme tune was chosen instead. A small snippet of the song became the iconic "Everybody Ha-ates Chris!" riff at the act-breaks and end of every episode.
  • Greg Evigan shares ownership of this trope with Dennis Waterman, having done this four times, first with shortlived '70s sitcom A Year At The Top - justified as it was a show about a pair of musicians, played by Evigan and Paul Shaffer (!) - then with BJ and the Bear, My Two Dads (which he also performed on screen in one episode, leading Paul Reiser to wonder where he'd heard that song before) and P.S. I LUV U.
  • The Rentaghost theme tune was written and sung by Michael Staniforth, who played Claypole on the show.
  • Power Rangers Dino Thunder executive producer Douglas Sloan co-wrote its theme song.
  • Ultraman Leo has its first theme song performed by main star Ryu Manatsu. He did a rerecording a few decades later.
  • Nell Carter sang the theme song for Gimme a Break!.
  • Waylon Jennings should be considered part of the cast for The Dukes of Hazzard, right? He sings the theme song (a.k.a. "Good Ol' Boys") and he narrates each episode.
  • Queen Latifah performed the theme for Living Single.
  • Cybill Shepard sings the theme to Cybill herself.
  • Marla Gibbs sings "There's No Place Like Home", the theme tune to 227 of which she is the star.
  • Watching begins and ends with ditties sung by Emma Wray in-character as Brenda.
  • Merv Griffin composed the theme song and "Jeopardy!" Thinking Music for the original 1964-1974 version of Jeopardy! When the show was brought back in 1984, an adaptation of the latter became the show's Bootstrapped Theme, which is still used in rearranged form to this day.
    • Originally averted with Wheel of Fortune, which originally used Alan Thicke's "Big Wheels", but changed to Merv's own "Changing Keys" in 1983. During most of the 80s and 90s, Merv also composed various music beds used throughout the show (one of which was later Recycled many years later, shortly after Merv's death, for Merv Griffin's Crosswords). Versions of "Changing Keys" were used until 2000, when they were replaced by a theme by Steve Kaplan, and then the current one composed by Frankie Blue and John Hoke.
    • Going a little further back, Griffin wrote the theme for the first game show he produced, 1963's Word For Word. Griffin hosted the show as well.
  • Bear in the Big Blue House's theme is sung by the main characters.
  • Cleopatra2525 had Gina Torres play one of the main characters, Hel, and also sang the theme song.
  • The theme to Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt is an in-universe Stupid Statement Dance Mix someone made from an in-universe news broadcast in the first episode explaining the backstory of the main character.
  • The theme to Hogan's Heroes was an instrumental, but Bob Crane played the drums on it.
  • The original Swedish version of the 1969 Pippi Longstocking series had Inger Nilsson (who plays Pippi) sing the theme song.note 
  • The theme tune to Taskmaster is performed by The Horne Section, which is co-host Alex Horne's band.
  • During the 1989-1990 season, Los Angeles-based KTTV's weekday afternoon programming block was known as "King Koopa's Kool Kartoons"note , which was also the name of a local show that aired at the end of each day. This show had a theme song performed by Christopher Collins (AKA: Chris Latta) who was (at least) the voice of this version of "King Koopa" (as he was called in the animated show)note .

     Professional Wrestling 
  • Wrestlers in The '80s often sung their own songs such as The Fabulous Rougeau Brothers, Hillbilly Jim, and the Honky Tonk Man.
  • Manager Jimmy Hart was once the Trope Namer for Suspiciously Similar Song due to all the songs he's written when employed by various promotions.
  • Michael Hayes wrote and sang The Freebirds' "Badstreet U.S.A."
  • Shawn Michaels sang his own theme song after he broke off with the previous singer and his then-manager, Sensational Sherri. He used the same song for over a decade despite having dropped the "sexy boy" gimmick it was originally written for, and kept it right until retirement.
  • Borderline examples but there's a whole host of wrestlers whose catchphrases make it into their themes, usually at the beginning. Notable examples include The Rock, New Age Outlaws, Carlito, Finlay, The Miz, Zack Ryder, and, most recently, Ryback.
  • R-Truth not only raps his own theme but puts on a live performance of the theme as part of his entrance. He's done this pretty much ever since he started wrestling, having done so in TNA as Ron Killings and in his first WWF stint as K-Kwik.
  • JD dojo graduate and Pro Wrestling Wave ace Yumi Ohka has The Gimmick of an idol who not only sings her own entrance themes but will interrupt shows to put on performances.
  • John Cena, due to the rapper gimmick he used to have, made his last two themes, one of which is still being used (over a decade later!) despite, as with Michaels, having long since dropped the gimmick.
  • The WWE produced an album called WWE Originals which were songs all sung by the wrestlers or divas on the roster. Some were used briefly as actual themes for the respective wrestlers; briefly because, despite the valiant efforts of Jim Johnston, the world learned that professional wrestlers do not make for great singers (except Chris Jericho, who already was a singer and Lillian Garcia, whose not a wrestler) Well, despite "Put A Little Ass On It" being laughably terrible, Rikishi did happen to be a REALLY good singer and John Cena's "Basic Thuganomics did have some longevity"(but that's rapping, not singing)
  • Jeff Hardy's theme songs in TNA are written & performed by him. They were performed with his band Peroxwhy?gen.
  • Jimmy Jacobs recorded several songs in Ring of Honor, particularly during his contributions to the Lacey's Angel's angle where he was expressing his love to the not so Lovely Lacey.
  • Shannon Moore's final WWE theme song was an instrumental of a song he'd written & recorded.
  • Jillian Hall sings her theme music "Sliced Bread," which adds to her gimmick of being an absolutely AWFUL singer.
  • Mickie James did her own theme song after leaving WWE, and since she's at worst decent, it heightened her rivalry with the similarly released Jillian Hall.
  • Chris Jericho's band, Fozzy, has had their songs as themes for a few of WWE's pay-per-view events, most recently "Martyr No More" for the 2010 Royal Rumble. Averted as far as Jericho using a Fozzy song as his theme. He only used Fozzy's "Don't You Wish You Were Me?" for about a week.
  • Montel Vontavious Porter went out and recorded his second WWE entrance theme without in put from the company. They, accordingly, played nothing but the chorus of it, though New Japan Pro Wrestling not only played the whole thing but remixed the beat and even added Godzilla's roar to the track. He then used one of his already released themes for his youtube sessions, did another for his New Japan run with Shelton Benjamin and did a another two themes for his TNA run—one for himself, one for his Beat Down Clan Power Stable.
  • Jazz's SHINE Wrestling debut was also the debut of a theme she made for herself.
  • Rocky Romero did the RPG Vice theme in New Japan in tribute to Alex Koslov.(Beretta helped)
  • Caprice Coleman lent his voice for his own individual theme in Ring of Honor, though his C&C Tag Team theme is done by King Kelezy.
  • Maria Kanellis performs her own theme song on the independent circuits, the titular track of her album Sevin Sins which she released through Zombie Entertainment.
  • Mark Andrews of TNA & Progress Wrestling co-wrote his own theme song, as it is a track by his band Junior (he is the bassist and co-lead vocalist). The band themselves recently fully acknowledged Mark's wrestling background by creating a music video which was entirely wrestling themed, including a cameo appearance from Broken Matt Hardy!
  • Cameron not only recorded "Girl Bye", her entrance theme, she recorded a music video of it!

     Video Games 
  • The ending theme to Portal is sung by Ellen McLain in character as GLaDOS, complete with the electronic voice distortion and unsettling inflections of the original. Keep in mind that McLain is a trained opera singer.
    • Which gets shown much more with the singing turrets (whom she also voices) and the ending theme of Portal 2
  • "Freesia", a prominent theme heard throughout Mega Man Zero 4, is sung by Rie Tanaka, who also voices the female lead, Ciel.
  • In BlazBlue, one of the fight themes is a vocal version of Noel's theme song. It was written and performed by, naturally, her voice actress.
  • Super Robot Wars OG Saga: Endless Frontier EXCEED main heroine is voiced by Nana Mizuki. And given her recent popularity, it wasn't a surprise that she sings the opening theme for the game.
  • In the Tokimeki Memorial series, the openings and endings of all Hibikino Saga games (Tokimeki Memorial 2 and its spin-offs) save for Leaping School Festival (and Dancing Summer Vacation for the endings) are sung by Junko Noda, the voice actress of the Hibikino Saga's main heroine Hikari Hinomoto.
    • Similarly, most of the openings and endings of the games of the Classic Kirameki Saga (Tokimeki Memorial1 and its spin-offs) are sung by Mami Kingetsu, the voice actress of this saga's main heroine Shiori Fujisaki. Exceptions are the Drama Series games, with the endings of Nijiiro no Seishun sung by Sachiko Sugawara, who voiced this game's heroine Saki Nijino, and Irodori no Love Song, all three possible ending songs being sung by Masayo Kawaguchi, voice actress of this game's heroine Ayako Katagiri.
  • In the Mitsumete Knight games, all the openings and endings (save for the Anne specific ending song, sung by her voice actress, Mariko Kouda) are sung by Hiroko Konishi, who voiced the series' main heroine Sophia Robelingue.
  • The opening theme of DoDonPachi SaiDaiOuJou, Hoshikuzu Garandou, is sung by Aya Hirano, who also plays the Xbox 360 exclusive character Saya.
  • The opening theme of Otomedius Excellent, titled "Fly", is sung by Aoba Anoa, Arnval, Strarf, Gesshi Hanafuuma, and Kokoro Belmont, while the ending theme, titled "Otometic", is sung by Erul Tron and Madoka.
  • Mina Forte's voice actress from Macross 30: The Voice that Connects the Galaxy, Haruka Chisuga, sings the opening theme "Planet Cradle" and the ending theme "Wandering". The former is also sung as Mina's support skill.
  • The opening themes for Mega Man X6, "Moon Light" and "The Answer", are both sung by Showtaro Morikubo, who also voiced X.
  • Mamoru Miyano, who voices Killia, sings the opening theme of Disgaea 5, Kill Real.
  • Freedom Planet has an example of a "Do it Yourself Level Theme". The Kiaiing heard in the theme to the Dragon Valley level is done by Dawn M. Bennett (the voice of Lilac).

     Web Animation 
  • While Bravoman normally is an aversion, one episode features Bravoman firing the show's sound department in order to defeat a cyborg ninja (long story). Since there's nobody to play the ending theme, Bravoman sings it himself.

     Web Original 
  • Chimney Swift 11 sings the intro for the sixth season of the Minecraft Files.
  • All the music in Reynaldo The Assassin (theme tune and otherwise) is done by director/Talking to Himself actor Oneclipleft.
  • "Do You Wanna Date My Avatar," the single for the hit Web Original The Guild, was both written and performed by Felicia Day, the creator (and star) of the show. Well, co-written. She wrote the lyrics, and Jed Whedon wrote the music. The music video is peopled with the main cast of the show.
  • Lindsay Ellis sings "Goodbye Internet's Rose" when Nella meets her fate at the hands of a ladder.
  • Noob has a few original songs, two of which are the opening and ending theme starting Season 2, all sung by a band called Mokotz. The lead singer of Mokotz is also the actor playing Master Zen.
  • Star Wars Uncut: Several of the action scene clips feature people humming the portion of the soundtrack that occurs in that particular scene, even though the producer told them that the original soundtrack background music would be added.

     Western Animation 
  • 6teen has the theme song sung by characters Wyatt and Jude.
  • The theme song for Atomic Betty was sung by the title character's voice actress, as well as many other songs featured in the show.
  • Brendon Small was responsible for nearly all the music on Home Movies, including the theme song. He also writes the music for Metalocalypse and voices three of Dethklok's five members, including lead singer Nathan Explosion.
  • One of the DVD commentaries for Futurama has Billy West (in character as Fry) state that the theme song needed lyrics and sing the word "Futurama" in time to the music over the end credits.
  • The Disney series Pepper Ann has Kathleen Willhoite, voice actor for the main character, do the theme song.
  • Queen Alina in the last bit of Sonic Underground: "I long for my children but I have to wait. To act too soon could seal their fate."
  • As Told by Ginger's original theme was done by the title character's voice actress, Melissa Disney. After that, it was sung by singer Macy Gray.
  • Littlest Pet Shop (2012) has Ashleigh Ball singing the theme song as her character, Blythe Baxter.
  • My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic is an interesting case, as most of the main characters have different vocal talent during singing roles. The trope is subverted by Twilight, Pinkie Pie and Rarity, but played straight with Rainbow Dash, Applejack and Fluttershy.
    • A slightly weird example of this trope, as Pinkie Pie and Fluttershy share a voice actress.
    • Except where the individual main characters chime in with their solo lines, the majority of the theme song (and all of the two-minute version) is sung by Rebecca Shoichet (Twilight) and Shannon Chan-Kent (backup vocals).
    • The Japanese dub also falls into this, as the first and third openings, "Mirai Start" and "Yumemiru! Shinjiru! Mirai Kanaete!" are sung by Pinkie Pie's dub VA, Suzuko Mimori.
  • The theme for Family Guy is sung by the voice actors of the Griffin family.
  • The theme song from South Park features lines by Stan and Kyle, Cartman, and an unintelligible one by Kenny. (the latter replaced by Timmy singing his own name in season 6)
  • Jane and the Dragon has Jane singing part of the theme song.
  • The Hong Kong Phooey theme song was sung by his voice actor, Benjamin "Scatman" Crothers.
  • Dastardly and Muttley in Their Flying Machines: Paul Winchell performed the theme song in character as Dick Dastardly.
  • Animaniacs. The theme song is mostly sung by the Warners, with the last set of lines sung by the entire cast.
  • The Tiny Toon Adventures theme song is mostly sung by Buster and Babs Bunny (no relation), with Plucky joining in for a few lines.
  • The theme tune for Watch My Chops uniquely combines this with Expository Theme Tune: Corneil (a talking dog) starts out singing the theme tune on his own, until dogsitter Bernie comes in, realizes Corneil can talk, and most of the rest of the song is a duet that sums up the premise of the show (Bernie must hide the fact that Corneil can talk from everybody else).
  • The theme song for Hammerman is sung by MC Hammer himself.
  • The Japanese dub for Adventure Time has the opening performed by Finn and Jake's dub VAs. In the original, it was performed by series creator Pendleton Ward — technically also making it an example because he also voices some characters, mostly notably Lumpy Space Princess.
  • Sofia the First is another one to mash-up this and Expository Theme Tune, as the title song is done by Sofia's VA, Ariel Winter.
  • The theme for Steven Universe is sung by the main cast, in-character. Due to the diegetic nature of the series, it is even part of the show's canon, as a song that the titular character wrote as a child.
  • The Hair Bear Bunch theme is performed by the voice actors of the bears—Daws Butler (Hair Bear), Paul Winchell (Bubi), and Bill Calloway (Square).
  • The theme for The Scooby Doo-Dynomutt Hour (1976) originally had the voice actors (Frank Welker, Casey Kasem, Pat Stevens, Heather North) performing the theme. When the Scooby episodes were prepped for syndication in 1980, the opening was revamped without Dynomutt and the voice actors replaced doing the theme (with new lyrics) by unidentified performers.
    • When Dynomutt got his own half-hour, the theme for it was expanded from the segment intro on Scooby-Doo/Dynomutt and was performed (spoken) by the two main voice actors, Gary Owens and Frank Welker.
  • Grojband frontman Corey Riffin gives us a catchy little expository tune at the beginning of each episode to explain what his band does.
  • Caillou's theme song is sung by the titular character.
  • Little Einsteins' theme song was sung by the main four characters.
  • Chowder's theme is sung by its main cast in-character. Since this includes Shnitzel, one of the lines ends up being "Radda radda radda, ra-ra radda radda!"note 
  • Star vs. the Forces of Evil's ending theme is performed by Star's voice actress, Eden Sher. Bonus points because it feels like an anime ending (both visuals and song-wise).
  • The credits song from Rugrats Go Wild! is performed by E.G. Daily and All Grown Up!'s opening theme is performed by Cree Summer, both out of character.
  • The opening theme of the 1997 Pippi Longstocking animated series, "What Shall I Do Today?", is performed by Pippi.
  • Peg and Cat almost entirely sing the Title Theme Tune of Peg + Cat, save that off-screen kids sing the parts with the numbers and also join for the final shouting of the title.
  • In Ella the Elephant, the theme song is sung in-character by Ella, though some of the other characters join at ties.
  • Sheriff Callie's Wild West has its theme mostly performed by its title character, Sheriff Callie. "Hey, I'm Callie, and I'm the sheriff, got my badge here on my vest!"
  • The CatDog theme was written and sung by Peter Hannan, who also served as the show's executive producer and main character designer.
  • The theme song to Milo Murphy's Law is performed by "Weird Al" Yankovic, Milo's voice actor.

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