Also known as AMVs or Animated/Anime/Amateur Music Videos.note 

In a nutshell, a basic concept is to take recorded footage from your favorite movies or TV shows, set all these edited scenes to your favorite music (maybe add some Fan-Art or subtitling) put it all together in a digital Movie-Maker on your PC, then upload it to any video streaming site online- and wait for awesome comments to pour in! YouTube is a popular choice.

It's not the most productive activity in the world, but for the most dedicated, it is one of the most time-consuming. Like Fan Fics and Fan-Art, making and watching these videos is another way these fans express their consuming obsession over their favourite show.

Naturally, the companies and network executives behind these TV shows and music are mixed on the whole deal. Some companies welcome the support and publicity and even hold competitions for the best video. Others simply turn a blind eye to these videos, neither encouraging them nor forcing them removed under threat of lawsuit. Other companies do that very thing (removing them).

Shipping vids (for the romantics) and videos centered around your one favorite character (often called "tributes") seem to be the most prevalent, though some Gag Dub parodies have been picking up steam recently.

Subcategory of Fan Work. Just like with Fan Fic, Sturgeon's Law applies oh so very much when it comes to the overall quality of the following videos, especially given the young age of the creators. Also See Fan Film.

A Sister Trope is The Abridged Series.

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  • "Bring Me To Life" by Evanescence with... anything. Arguably the wittiest one of these uses footage from Re-Animator.
  • Anything to "What I've Done," "Numb," or "In The End" by Linkin Park. No, seriously, anything.
    • Especially ones centered on Starscream from Transformers Armada. Interestingly, "What I've Done" appeared in the 2007 movie.
    • There is one with Kingdom Hearts scenes arranged and set to "Numb". It's about Roxas's anger at being just a shadow of Sora, so it gained points for making sense in context (the 'someone disappointed in' Sora being Riku).
  • Four words: I. Will. Not. Bow.
  • Something epic to a DragonForce song. "Through the Fire and Flames" is merely the most popular.
  • Loreena McKennitt songs for... just about every fandom ever.
  • Almost every fandom has a video set to "What Hurts the Most" by Rascal Flatts. Seriously.
  • Quest, epic journey, war, or any ongoing struggle type stories set to Marching On by One Republic. At least 50 for Supernatural
    • Thanks to a popular Attack on Titan amv Les Friction's "Ready Aim Fire" has become popular with very actiony or war centric series too.
  • "Dollhouse" by Melanie Martinez is the song for dysfunctional families and Abusive Parent's.
  • Family related videos, especially parental-child ones, with the song "Little Wonders".
    • "I Bet My Life" by Imagine Dragons is also popular.
    • Plumb's "In My Arms" is very popular with moms and their children, despite being a God Is Love Song.
    • Sibling videos with Avicii's "Hey Brother" pop up a lot
    • Hurts' "Somebody To Die For" is popular with strong familial relationships and platonic friendships.
  • "Pretty Fly For A White Guy" used to be popular for dorky or adorkable characters, even if they weren't White.
  • "Until The Day I Die" by Story Of The Year is used for rocky friendships and romances.
  • "Say Something" by A Great Big World and "See You Again" by Wiz Khalifa are popular for Tear Jerker tributes to characters who were Killed Off for Real or are Posthumous Character's.
  • Every October people start making a lot of videos using Marilyn Manson's cover of "This Is Halloween" and the theme to Saw set to horror and gorn heavy series.
  • Series and animated films with gorgeous visuals often get set to "Somewhere Only We Know" by Keane.

  • Any show dealing in anyway with supernatural beings and romance combined with Real Life's "Send Me An Angel". (Ah! My Goddess is the most common. Often entitled: "Send Me Belldandy"). There is a Chrono Crusade version — the irony that Chrono is a devil, not an angel.
  • "Weird Al" Yankovic and Lemon Demon seem the go-to artists for high energy, wacky comedy vids. (Some AMV contests have actually banned the use of Weird Al music since it renders making a crowd-pleasing, overwhelmingly popular comedy video far too easy.)
    • Case in point Lupin III/"This Is The Life", which even Weird Al has said is better than his own video for the song, which was basically him acting out the lyrics mixed with scenes from the movie it came from Johnny Dangerously.
    • Then there are these two mashups of My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic with two of his polka medleys, one with "Polkarama" and the other with"The Angry White Boy Polka". They impressed Al so much that he posted the links of both of them on his Twitter page... which indirectly led to him being offered a guest role on the show.
  • As a rule, any Hot-Blooded show goes well with JAM Project.
  • If you have a depressing series, one that takes place in a Crapsack World, or one where everyone is messed up expect the Gary Jules cover of "Mad World" at least once.
  • On default shonen series tend to have a lot of Skillet, Within Temptation, Breaking Benjamin, Linkin Park, Three Days Grace, and Red videos.
  • Have a Tear Jerker or Utsuge series with lots of death, mortal stakes at hand or major deaths? The acoustic version of "Life is Beautiful" by Sixx A.M., and for older amvs "Meant To Live" by Switchfoot, is relatively common.
  • Animal related series and movies and symphonic metal are often paired together. Within Temptation probably gets used the most.

  • Salacious scenes from various series set to Avenue Q's "The Internet is For Porn".
    • And don't forget any and all male duos and If You Were Gay!
  • "You Give Love a Bad Name" by Bon Jovi for Evil Is Sexy characters.
  • Right Said Fred's "I'm Too Sexy" for the Walking Shirtless Scene. Ironic uses have been spotted as well, such as a Flash animation that used the song for Snape.
  • Most popular Boys Love series are set to "Flesh" by Simon Curtis, "Joystick" by Simon Curtis, or the Far cover of "Pony", at one time or another.

  • "Bad Romance" by Lady Gaga for any Foe Yay-themed videos.
  • Foe Yay scenes to t.A.T.u.'s "Friend or Foe"
  • "Your Love is my Drug" by Ke$ha is the go-to song for EVERY pairing EVER.
  • Avril Lavigne has two songs popular with Die for Our Ship themed videos: Girlfriend and "Sk8er Boi".
  • Any slideshow of pairing fanart to "Everytime We Touch" by Cascada. Extremely prominent in the Naruto fandom.
  • Belligerent Sexual Tension set to John Mellencamp's Hurts So Good ("Sometimes love don't feel like it should, you make it — oof — hurt so good." Personally I am just surprised I've never seen a Ranma One Half video set to this.
    • "Hot and Cold" by Katy Perry is a popular choice for Slap-Slap-Kiss as well.
    • If the Tsundere is violent, and an harem is involved expect "My Wife Met My Girlfriend" to make an appearance.
    • Another common video from the Tsundere's perspective is "He Drives Me Crazy" — usually combining tsuntsun visuals with the deredere music.
    • A Kiss With A Fist is becoming popular.
    • On the flipside, Click-Five's "Just the Girl" reads as an invaritable anthem for the guys who fall in love with tsunderes. "She's So Mean" by Matchbox 20, "She's a Lady" by Forever the Sickest Kids and "Always Gets Her Way" by Smash Mouth are also good choices.
  • Couples/Characters that have gone through several incarnations (Sherlock Holmes and Dr. Watson, Link and Zelda) will have at LEAST one tribute with "A Thousand Years" by Christina Perri.
  • Shippy Tearjerker videos set to Snow Patrol's "Chasing Cars."
    • Shippy Tearjerker vids set to anything by Snow Patrol.
  • As with the previous type, another popular technique is to combine a saccharine Dating Sim theme song with a completely unrelated show.
  • Slap-Slap-Kiss or Foe Yay to "I Hate Everything About You" by Three Days Grace.
  • "Accidentally in Love" by Counting Crows is often used for two mismatched lovers.
  • "Two Lovers" by Mary Wells for a Love Triangle, usually if it's Two Guys and a Girl (never mind that the song is actually about one man with a split personality).
  • "All About Us" by t.A.T.u. is sometimes used for star-crossed lovers. "All The Things She Said" is the yuri song of choice.
    • Any time you get a yuri (or non-anime lesbian) couple, expect a lot of t.A.t.U. vids. Uranus and Neptune have almost their entire discography.
    • Actually these days you're lucky you get t.A.T.u. instead of "I Kissed a Girl" by Katy Perry. This song is used for EVERY femslash pairing EVER. Despite the fact that it's a song about experimenting with women while having a boyfriend, it's used in videos about people who are in long term relationships.
    • The male version by Cobra Starship ("I Kissed A Boy") is getting quite popular for slash pairings, even if it's even less fitting
    • Have a girl with onesided affections towards her friend? "Jenny" by Studio Killers is common, often even if they're requited. Similarly "I'm Not Gonna Teach Your Boyfriend How To Dance With You" by Black Kids and the Across the Universe cover of "I Wanna Hold Your Hand".
    • Or if it's a boy with one-sided affections towards a guy? "Jesse" by Ivri Lider is common
  • "I Won't Say (I'm In Love)," from Hercules, or The Cheetah Girls cover, for any UST couple. Or a couple where the vid's maker sees the UST, but the showrunners don't.
  • Expect to find vids about friendly enemies or brimming with Foe Yay set to "Wonderboy" by Tenacious D.
  • EVERY pairing EVER needs to go along with "Love Story" by Taylor Swift or "Why Don't You And I"? Because all relationships perfectly fit these two songs.
  • "Love The Way You Lie" with just about any Destructive Romance, Masochism Tango or Slap-Slap-Kiss couple you can think of.
  • "I Like It" by Enrique Iglesias (used prominently in Jersey Shore, of all places) is becoming a popular choice within the Disney/non-Disney crossover video crowd. (See here, here, here and here.)
  • It seems like every Star Trek pairing (and many sci-fi pairings, in general) have at least one video set to The Calling's "Wherever You Will Go".
  • Expect to see at least one video per shipping, alternatively per fandom if its a small one, with "Look at Us Now" by Sarina Paris
  • With lyrics like "Being with you is so dysfunctional/I really shouldn't miss you but I can't let you go", Kelly Clarkson's "My Life Would Suck Without You" is the go-to song if you want to make a video about a couple with a lot of Belligerent Sexual Tension, Will They or Won't They? and Slap-Slap-Kiss. YouTube has at least twenty different videos about Ron and Hermione that use this song!
  • Using "Hellfire" for Foe Yay Shipping and/or Angel/Devil Shipping seems to be rather popular.
  • "Sally's Song" is a common choice for any pairing, one-sided or not.
  • "I Like A Boy In Uniform" for bisexuals or school-centric romances.
  • In the mid to late 2000s Cascada songs were almost sickeningly common. "Truly, Madly, Deeply" and "Everytime we touch" for almost every couple, "Bad Boy" for Foe Yay and the obvious, and "Miracle" for dysfunctional romances.
  • "Parachute" by Ingrid Michaelson is common for couples. Almost no one uses the original version, though technically Ingrid did write the song.
  • "Diary of Jane" by Breaking Benjamin used to be popular for all ships, especially dramatic or angsty ones.
  • "Why Can't I?" by Liz Phair for love triangles or Die for Our Ship videos.

    Fandom Specific 
Anime and Manga
  • "Harder, Better, Faster, Stronger" by Daft Punk with Naruto... or basically almost any shonen fighter anime.
  • Not quite as common anymore, but during Dragon Ball Z's heyday, there were innumerable pairings of that series with tracks by DMX.
    • DBZ is probably the only Shonen anime that gets rap AMVs.
    • Not quite. (But Remember the Name is pretty much shonen in the form of rap anyway.)
  • One Piece and any song to do with pirates or sailing, Professional Pirate is a popular one. Too bad no-one's done a good one yet..
  • Madara versus the Shinobi Alliance is a Naruto fan animation which animates the last 5 pages of Chaper 561 which is gaining popularity on Youtube.
  • There is a notable amount of AMVs for Elfen Lied set to music by Evanescence.
  • Inexplicably, Sailor Moon and "Raver's Fantasy" by Tune Up.
  • Literally half of all Rahxephon AMVs use Mindless Self Indulgence, to the point where you have to admit that there are some strong thematic similarities between the two.
  • Florence + the Machine is popular for dramatic series, like so.
    • Let's add to the equation this.
  • There is an insane amount of Axis Powers Hetalia Fan Vids featuring the song "Europa" by the band Globus. How many? OVER FIFTY different AMV's on YouTube. (And counting.)
  • Wolf's Rain AMVs tend to get set to a lot to Sonata Arctica's music, with probably the most popular songs being "The Cage" and "Ain't Your Fairytale," which fit the themes of Wolf's Rain quite well. Within Temptation is popular as well, especially "The Howling".
  • More than a few people have connected CLANNAD with "Terrible Things" by Mayday Parade. The song is about a man talking to his son about how he fell in love with his wife, married her, and how she eventually died of terminal illness when the child was young.
  • "Oh Know You Didn't" from Mercenaries 2, or "Molly" by Mindless Self Indulgence, with Gunslinger Girl.
  • Code Geass videos with "Viva La Vida" by Coldplay are abundant.
  • Soul Eater and the Marilyn Manson cover of "This Is Halloween" is a common occurrence.
  • As the anime is about classical music and Kaori uses a violin, Lindsey Stirling songs are frequent in Your Lie in April videos.


  • Since Once Upon a Time uses an amazing amount of shout-outs to Disney Animated Canon, fanvids mashing up Disney film music and the series or even mixing the show's characters and their Disney counterparts are common.

Video Games
  • Cutscenes from Final Fantasy to an Evanescence song.
  • Anything overlaid on a Stupid Statement Dance Mix. These usually (but not always) come out of Japan; bonus points accrue if voice clips from the characters are set to the rhythm and/or melody of the song. Some particularly devoted creators will actually cut and paste very short samples of the character's voice so they "sing along" — usually in a very mechanical way — to the song; these are termed "manual Vocaloids" due to the popularity of Hatsune Miku and friends. Like so.
  • Magna-Fi's "Who I Am" is an unused theme for Shadow from Sonic the Hedgehog and it is glaringly obvious by the lyrics. Obviously more than a few GMVs, and Sonic X AMVs, exist for him with it.

Western Animation

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  • Grabbing a specific scene, mostly or totally unaltered and unedited, from a work of media, and adding it music from a foreign work, specifically inserted to better blend in, sometimes improving upon the original music placement. In this regard it differs entirely from your traditional AMVs.

Anime and Manga

Live-Action TV
  • In British Formula One fandom anytime the BBC doesn't have the TV rights the new opening titles will show up with "The Chain" by Fleetwood Mac replacing the music.

Video Games

Web Original

     Funny re-cuts 
  • Re-cutting a show as its own Parody or Affectionate Parody occurs frequently.
  • Cut some good scenes, take them out of context and insert in a new one, mix them with awkward silences, gasping or groaning, stir and cook for some time... and viola, you get yourself a Fan Vid so slashy or dirty that the creators' faces would turn red had they chance to see it.
  • Crossover re-cuts are fairly popular. Creative fans use several sources with the same performer to find some humour or awkwardness. Alternatively, it's used to add a desired flavour. For instance, Brokeback Mountain music is very popular for Slashy videos or Twilight Zone for some mystery.
  • Fine selections of the best snarks, coolest showdowns or most badass moments are well-liked among viewers.
  • Collecting every single utterance of a show's Catch Phrases or all occurrences of Running Gags in one Fan Vid is favourite sub-category.
  • Fandubs, video clips that have had all of the audio removed and replaced by spoken audio, either from another show or by the fan's own voice acting. These are usually humorous in nature, although some fandub projects crop up by fans who hated the original professional dub of a series (or noticed that there wasn't one) and want to give it a better one. As an aside to the copyright infringement issues, humorous fandubs are not considered infringement, at least under US law. Parody and satire are protected free speech under the First Amendment — the decisions in favor of MAD alone could fill a minor law library.
  • Snarky MST-like cut reviews with commentaries, either subtitled or dubbed, are popular and fairly more creative than just mixing the scenes with music.

    Other common techniques 


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    Real Life 
  • Another early progenitor of the modern Fan Vid: Fighter Fling, created by none other than the F-14 Tomcat fighter squadrons of the United States Navy. That's right, even the hotshot Top Gun types were into this sort of thing! From 1989 to 2004 (when the Tomcat's retirement was announced), the squadrons would produce one long yearbook-like video of Tomcats and their crew acting Badass or Bunny-Eared set to whatever music was popular at the time. Every so often, clips or entire Fighter Fling videos appear on YouTube, but as they are no less copyright violations than the average modern-day Fan Vid, they are often taken down due to DMCA.
    • The final Fighter Fling produced in 2004 included a sendup of Van Halen's "Right Now" music video, centered upon the final days of the F-14 Tomcat's service history.
    • This sequence from Fighter Fling 2004 says it all. You will never doubt the quirkiness of the United States military ever again.
  • Footage of Hitler's army being deployed seems to fit well with Krook's March from Donkey Kong Country 2 here, as it does with John Williams' Imperial March here.

Alternative Title(s): Fan Videos, Anime Music Video