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- The Soul Eater episode where Maka befriends Crona has credits that shows the two characters walking together hand in hand during the end credits, as opposed to Maka walking alone.
- In a special episode of Dragon Ball Super where Arale Norimaki and Dr Norimaki make a guest appearance, the episode's intro has the 80s Dr Slump cartoon theme track play in the beginning, seen here.
- Fullmetal Alchemist:
- A Lower-Deck Episode focused on the military recurring characters 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.
- GUN×SWORD liked to change its closing credits sequence to reflect major events. At the end of Carmen 99's 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, "Calling You" plays over the quiet beach scene that Ray fantasizes as he dies.
- Macross Frontier:
- An episode based on the filming of a movie telling the plot of Macross Zero. 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 Macross Frontier 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 manly men. Completely new graphics and lyrics, same tune. Ridiculous and yet, it works so well.
- Pretty Cure:
- The opening for some episodes of Yes! Pretty Cure 5 GoGo! featured some clips from that season's movie. Similar for Fresh Pretty Cure!, which previewed the Bat Family Crossover movie (and later, the season's actual movie) on its opening.
- This has carried over into Heart Catch Pretty Cure and Suite Pretty Cure ♪, where previews for the Bat Family Crossover Pretty Cure All Stars 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 original Tenchi Muyo! 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 Tenchi Muyo! GXP 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 Axis Powers Hetalia 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.
- Gintama: In the last episode of every season, the opening and ending themes switch places, with the new ending credits listing all cast members who have appeared in the season.
- Ghost in the Shell: Stand Alone Complex: The first Season Finale is a Cold Open which completely omits the opening credits and theme music.
- For the Grand Finale of Tengen Toppa Gurren Lagann, The shot of the spiral galaxies during the ending sequence speed away until you can't see then anymore.
- A minor example from 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 Episode Title Card was omitted and the episode title was projected directly on top of Starscream's face.
- One episode of Naruto had an ending celebrating the beginning of the Year of the Dog that replaced the regular imagery with Naruto in a dog costume, Pakkun and Akamaru all hopping around.
- There's an episode of Hidamari Sketch 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 One Piece, the opening theme's singers, Tackey and Tsubasa, are animated in alongside the Straw Hat crew.
- Episode 5 of Kotoura-san uses Theme of the ESP Society as the ending and Episode 6 uses 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.
- Ojamajo Doremi had one of these for the opening to its second Movie.
- In episode 14 of Space Dandy, 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 unintelligible Stepford Smiler 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.
- JoJo's Bizarre Adventure: A few villains use their Stand powers in the episodes where they appear:
- Oingo and Boingo get to sing and dance in the closing credits, which are designed to look like Boingo’s drawings(seen here); Later when Hol Horse teams up with Boingo, they dance as well (seen here).
- tIn the final episodes of the Stardust Crusaders arc, the opening “Sono Chi no Kioku” gets this. Dio is prominent in a few crucial scenes where he was previously unseen, and later on he activates his Stand and stops the opening credits for a short time. At the end he and Jotaro yell their Stand cries at each other as they fight. It can be seen here at this link.
- The opening “Great Days” for the Diamond is Unbreakable story arc, has one for the episode where Yoshikage Kira gets Bites the Dust, the ability to rewind time. Kira's Stand causes a time loop that makes the opening credits happen in reverse. It ends up acquiring psychedelic visuals, and the main cast turns and looks angrily at Kira. It can be seen here at this link.
- In the anime of No Game No Life, the ending credits of episode 8 are almost normal, except that Sora is missing and there are some playback errors like sound scratches and discolourations, which makes it a whole lot creepier.
- The Wacky Adventures of Pedro:
- The comic becomes The Wacky Adventures of Pedrobot during Pedro's term as a robot slave on the Ruby Moon of Doom, with the title box having Pedrobot's name written on a bar apparently bolted over Pedro's.
- The comic becomes The Wacky Adventures of Pedramoeba after Ordep shrinks Pedro to microscopic size.
- Audio example: Fobbies Are Borange 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.
- Calvin and Hobbes: The Series:
- This Script Fic 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.
- Pokémon Reset Bloodlines uses in the covers for its main and side stories the traditional yellow and blue of the Pokémon franchise logo, save for two particular instances:
- The German editions of the Rivers of London books have Ben Aaronovitch's name on a piece of scrollwork with Big Ben (yes, okay, the clock tower that contains Big Ben) rising from the centre. For the translation of Foxglove Summer, where Peter finds himself in the countryside, the clock is replaced by a medieval church tower (not unlike the Somerset towers.)
- For the two versions of 30 Rock's Live Episode, Jenna (east coast) and Danny (west coast) performed a version of the normally-instrumental Theme Tune With Lyrics at the
Saturday Night LiveTGS studio, with the regular opening shown on an adjacent widescreen monitor.
- The Granada TV version of "The Final Problem" (The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes) replaced the opening violin tune with a slower, sadder version.
- Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.:
- At the end of the episode "Turn, Turn, Turn" after Ward kills Victoria Hand and the guards to release the Clairvoyant, the HYDRA logo appears instead of the SHIELD logo before The Stinger.
- "4,722 Hours", a Whole Episode Flashback to Jemma Simmons' marooning on an alien planet, forgoes the usual logo to show a wide shot of the planet instead, with the title in a different (and more space-y) font.
- Season 4 was split into three distinct story "pods", each featuring distinct opening sequences representing the Ghost Rider, the LMDs and the Framework respectively.
- Season 5 continued with special opening for story arcs, opening on a shot of Earth That Was.
- For 100th episode Milestone Celebration, every custom logo listed above was used in quick succession.
- In the episodes "Draw Back Your Bow" and "Broken Hearts", the arrow behind the title is one of Cupid's heart-shaped ones.
- In the episodes "The Brave and the Bold" and "Legends of Yesterday" (the crossovers with The Flash (2014)), the arrow is replaced by the lightning bolt from the Flash titles.
- The episode "The Return" (in season 3) uses the distinctly less high-tech looking arrowhead from the season 1 titles.
- The episodes "Al Sah-Him" and "This is Your Sword", when Oliver joins the League of Assassins have a different "My name is Oliver Queen..." monologue from the other season 3 episodes, beginning "My name was Oliver Queen..."
- The 100th episode cycles between every version of the logo.
- One that's only visible in retrospect: Season 6 has a new title sequence with all of Team Arrow's logos appearing, similar to Legends. After Diggle becomes the new Green Arrow, it turns out the version with Spartan's helmet was a Special Edition Title.
- The Flash (2014)
- In the episodes "Flash vs. Arrow" and "Legends of Today" (the crossovers with Arrow), the lightning bolt running through the title is replaced by an arrow, and the one behind it is green instead of yellow.
- In the first Season Finale, "Fast Enough", the lightning bolt is red and backwards, the symbol of Reverse Flash.
- The season 2 and 3 Christmas episodes, "Running to Stand Still" and "The Present", include snowflakes behind the lightning bolt.
- Crisis Crossovers
- All three parts of the "Invasion!" crossover arc (excluding Supergirl) had special title cards. The Flash and Legends of Tomorrow combined all four series' logos, while Arrow celebrated its 100th episode by having each season's title card blend into the next.
- All four parts of Crisis on Earth-X (including Supergirl) have the same title sequence, which features all the heroes, but not their own logos, treating Crisis on Earth X as the series title. The credits are even in a uniform font not used by any of the individual series. It goes to show that they're treating it as one big miniseries special instead of each episode focusing on the cast of one series like "Invasion!" Only who's under "Starring" and who's under "Guest Starring" provides a clue as to which show is which.
- Legends of Tomorrow:
- The Villain Episode "Legion of Doom" gives the title a reddish light, has cinders floating in front of it, and replaces the heroes' logos with those of Damien, Merlyn and Reverse Flash. The same title sequence is used for "Doomworld". Both episodes also have a member of the Legion give the opening monologue.
- The episode "Helen Hunt", set in the Golden Age of Hollywood, replaces the sequence with a Retraux title card.
- The Crossover episode with Constantine "Daddy Darhkest", has the normal Legends intro mixed with the Constantine logo.
- For its final episode, Ashes to Ashes skips Alex's narration and the opening titles, instead just showing the words "Ashes To Ashes".
- To celebrate its 50th anniversary, two 2006 episodes of As the World Turns used the original opening, with a remake of the original opening theme.
- The Babylon 5 Villain Episode "The Corps Is Mother, The Corps Is Father", centering on Bester, used a credit sequence with Psi Corps insignia in place of the usual Babylon 5 shield.
- During the "occupation" storyline, Battlestar Galactica replaced images of the fleet with those of New Caprica under Cylon occupation, and used a different title crawl.
- The closing credits of the last episode of Blake's 7 were completely silent except for gunshots.
- Jonathan, a minor recurring character, took over the credit sequence of the "Superstar" episode of Buffy the Vampire Slayer, in which a wish he made turned him into a Black Hole Sue.
- 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 Vanity Plate at the end: "Becoming, Part II" featured the little monster lamenting, "I need a hug..." in place of his normal "Grr, argh!", in "Amends" he wore a Santa hat, "Graduation Day part 2" had him in a mortarboard, and in "Hush" he was silent (not on DVD; perhaps as originally aired?). 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 Running Gag in the preceding episode. In the series finale episode, he looks directly at the viewer.
- One episode of Clarissa Explains It All has her Brother, Ferguson take over the role of Breaking the Fourth Wall. The credits change the name of the series to Ferguson Explains It All.
- Community does this fairly regularly:
- Halloween Episode "Epidemiology" featured redrawn, Halloween-themed images for each of the cast and closed with a howling wolf. It's revisited in "Horror Fiction in Seven Spooky Steps", with an additional image for Jim Rash, and again in "Paranormal Parentage" with a remixed theme song.
- Stop Motion Christmas Episode 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 "Advanced Dungeons & Dragons", complete with orchestral score.
- A Western themed version of the credits was used for "A Fistful of Paintballs."
- "Basic Lupine Urology" featured a credits sequence done in the style of Law & Order, complete with a rearranged theme song.
- Similarly, "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.
- "History 101" once again features Abed singing alternate lyrics, this time as the theme for the sitcom version of his life (complete with Laugh Track) that he imagines when he is in his "happy place".
- Doctor Who:
- 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" included the story's episode title and number done in the same font as the story's Big Bad, WOTAN.
- "The Tenth Planet" included "computer graphics" that formed the story's name and episode number.
- "The Ice Warriors" featured a haunting soprano solo over footage of an windswept tundra.
- "The War Games" 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 1970s, as the Third Doctor story "Inferno" featured the name of the story and the episode number over footage of lava flows.
- Special Edition Cliffhangers appear in some 60s and 70s episodes:
- The first cliffhanger of "The Reign of Terror" has licking flames in the end credits, after the Doctor was trapped in a burning building.
- "The Web of Fear" had footage of the web effect playing over the end credits.
- The last part of "Meglos" had the ending theme pitched down by about a tone. Possibly this is because the episode was underrunning and so the end titles were stretched out manually.
- The last part of "Earthshock" had no ending theme tune at all: the credits scrolled past in silence over a still of the broken remains of Adric's star badge on the floor, given that he had just died.
- An unintentional example of this trope was "Carnival of Monsters", which accidentally aired in Australia with a new arrangement of the theme tune. Executive Meddling 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 green-brown (having been run through a pink filter). There were plans for every story in Season 12 to feature special edition titles, but the staff hated the resulting color palette for "The Ark in Space" and immediately dropped the idea from part 2 onwards.
- In the first half of Series 7, 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 (in "The Angels Take Manhattan", for instance, the logo was redone to look like 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.
- 50th anniversary special "The Day of the Doctor" goes back to the original 1963 opening. Its closing credits are also unique to this special.
- The opening for "Death in Heaven" listed Jenna Coleman's name before Peter Capaldi's and replaced the Doctor's eyes with Clara's, to tie in with her lie to a Cyberman immediately beforehand of being the Doctor herself.
- The Twelfth Doctor's first two Christmas specials, "Last Christmas" and "The Husbands of River Song", both have special Christmassy versions of the title sequence. (Twelve's third Christmas special, "The Return of Doctor Mysterio", doesn't, because it's not very Christmassy.)
- "Before the Flood" features a unique version of the theme music featuring none other than Peter Capaldi accompanying the melody on electric guitar (to tie in with the fourth wall-breaking pre-titles sequence).
- The Torchwood episode "Adam", in which a memory-altering entity infiltrated the usual team, added shots of the interloper to the usual opening sequence.
- 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:
- ER dropped the usage of its iconic opening credits and theme after the 12th season (replacing it with a title card). However, for the show's final episode, they brought back the opening theme and credited all of the regulars appearing in the episode, including cast members who never had the chance to be credited before (Angela Bassett, John Stamos, David Lyons) and former regulars who had come back for guest appearances in the finale (Noah Wyle, Laura Innes, Sherry Stringfield, Alex Kingston, and Eriq La Salle).
- When The Drew Carey Show filmed an episode in China, the "Cleveland Rocks" sequence was replaced with a simple Title-Only Opening with the show's title in English and Chinese (accompanied with the drawing of Drew from the "Moon Over Parma" sequence).
- The season 4 premiere of Eureka, which involves Time Travel 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".
- The "what if" episode featured a Title Montage 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.
- 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 The '80s, and looks like as an eighties science program; the credits are revamped with a Synth-Pop version of the opening theme, a more "computery" font (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 (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 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 Bad Future.
- Occasionally done with the 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 Halloween Episode colored it orange.
- A Bat Signal version in the superhero-themed episode "Dynamic Duets".
- Wrapped in blinking Christmas lights for "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 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.
- In a season 3 episode of Gotham, after Jerome blows up the Gotham power plant, plunging the city into darkness, the ending title card, and the subsequent episode's opening title card, feature the usual Gotham skyline, except the buildings are completely dark.
- In a Volume 3 episode of Heroes, the usual title is replaced with an evil-looking 'Villains' (also the title of the episode).
- Jekyll did this for the finale — changing the title of the show itself.
- The Just Shoot Me! 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 Kamen Rider franchise (starting in Kamen Rider Decade), being also a Toei production like Pretty Cure, 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 Super Sentai, on the other hand, only movie-ifies end titles.
- One of the later episodes in Season 5 of 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 2009 Star Trek film, also released that year.
- The opening to the Soap Opera 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.
- When the '80s to '90s revival of The Mickey Mouse Club did a reunion special with the original '50s version, they mixed footage of the old theme into the newer theme and added the "Donald Duck!" and "High, high, high!" bits that weren't in the later version. You can watch it here (it comes after the Mouseline segment).
- Mighty Morphin' Power Rangers 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 Reset Button (and new powers, since the bad guys managed to destroy the Power Coins while the rangers were unable to fight). It featured a Special Edition Title with a special edition theme song, "Go, Go, Alien Rangers!"
- Episode 26 of Monty Python's Flying Circus has a Double Subversion 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 What Could Have Been example, when Executive Meddling threatened to change the show's title, the Pythons threatened that every week they would rename the show to a different Word Salad Title.
- Variation: Mystery Science Theater 3000 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 "the haunting Torgo theme", but other examples exist.
- At the end of the opening credits for the NCIS episode "Power Down", the lights in DC all go off, and then the video cuts out.
- Done in the two Something Completely Different episodes of NewsRadio. The one set in space had Standardized Space Views instead of the usual Establishing Shots 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.
- Noels House Party
- Their first instance of this trope was the 15 March 1997 special Noel's New York House Party - with the crescendo of the music featuring a view of the Statue of Liberty, and, more bizarrely, the guests' names on-screen - Tyne Daly, William Shatner, David Hasselhoff, Joan Rivers and Barry Manilow. Also the words "New York" were in "Broadway" font, a font considered naff by some nowadays.
- The second time was when they did a special from Universal Studios in 1998, Noel's House Party at the Movies, and featured similar titles.note
- The Office (US) 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.
- The second season premiere of Pee-wee’s Playhouse starts out normally, but when we actually get to the playhouse, it looks all messy. After the theme song suddenly stops (by Letting the Air Out of the Band), Pee-Wee then remembers something important:
Pee-Wee: Oh, I totally forgot! We're redecorating the Playhouse!note (gives wink; the show then goes to commercial)
- Person of Interest is fond of these, usually in conjunction with a Wham Episode. In order:
- Season 2, episode 16, Relevance: Finch's opening narration crashes with a blue screen of death, and lands at a command line.
- Season 2, episode 21, Zero Day: the opening narration crashes and reboots, then crashes again, complete with Ominous Visual Glitches 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, /: Root co-opts the opening narration from Harold, signifying that she is the character of focus in this episode.
- Season 4, episode 12, "Control-Alt-Delete": It begins with Finch's usual introduction, but then the screen glitches and Control's voice takes over the narration, and the episode proceeds to follow her viewpoint.
- The final episode of The Prisoner 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.
- 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 The Cape.
- While QI doesn't change its title graphics, it does occasionally alter its theme music. Their annual Christmas Episode 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.
- Red Dwarf 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.
- 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 Sex and the City movies have a re-orchestrated version of the theme music.
- The Stargate SG-1 Parody Episode "200" abandons the concept of a minute-long Title Montage used for most of the series' run. When discussing The Movie of the Show Within a Show 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 Title-Only Opening 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.
- Star Trek: Enterprise replaced its usual titles, showing a history of exploration, with a version showing a history of conquest for the Mirror Universe episode "In A Mirror, Darkly". It even went far enough to change the music from a hopeful pop song to an ominous, militaristic theme.
- One episode of The State 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.
- 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 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 Full House font, no less).
- 6.09 'Clap Your Hands if You Believe' paid homage to The X-Files and redid the opening to play the X-Files theme and show footage of the brothers in the same sort of poses as the original X-Files opening did.
- 6.18 'Frontierland' copied the burning map credits from Bonanza
- 7.08 'Season Seven, Time for a Wedding!' had an exploding wedding cake with Richard Wagner's Bridal Chorus for music.
- 7.14 'Plucky Pennywhistle's Magical Menagerie' added an explosion of rainbow sparkles.
- 9.18 'Meta Fiction' start normally, before abruptly switching the show's name to that of the Big Bad which the episode focuses on.
- In the run-up to a general election, the BBC current affairs / politics series This Week replaces its usual credits with the cast performing a spoof of a well-known song ("Is this the way to Amarillo?" for the 2005 election, and "We're off to see the Wizard" for 2010).
- Warehouse 13
- The first Christmas Episode 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 Establishing Shot 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 Noir Episode in Season 4 replaces the usual logo with a flickering neon one.
- They also sometimes have fun with the Idiosyncratic Wipes to the commercials, which normally feature the scenes disappearing into slamming crates or flickering Farnsworths, the Warehouse airlock closing, or occasionally characters being bronzed. The episode "Endless Terror", for example, in which Paracleus goes back to the 15th century to Make Wrong What Once Went Right, 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 Set Right What Once Went Wrong.
- "Savage Seduction", a Trapped in TV Land episode about a Telenovela, has a Spanish guitar version of the theme, and uses the Show Within a Show's Idiosyncratic Wipes (a burst of flame).
- The first Christmas Episode makes numerous changes to the title sequence (the longer one from the first two seasons).
- The X-Files:
- The "X-Cops" episode used a modified version of the title sequence from Cops.
- Used during the end credits of "The Post-Modern Prometheus" when the traditional fade to black is passed over in favor of the final shot of Mulder and Scully captured like a comic book frame, followed by a deformed hand closing the "comic book" to reveal Chris Carter's producer credit on the back cover.
- The Young Ones did this two weeks on the trot with Nasty - done in the style of a Hammer-Horror film - and Time - the first five minutes, including the titles sequence, parodies Dallas.
- The Muppet Show:
- The episode starring Loretta Lynn takes place at a railroad station because the usual theater is being fumigated, so the opening and closing titles take place at the station.
- The episode starring Kaye Ballard had the Electric Mayhem going on strike because they hate the theme song, so the closing titles run over Rowlf playing it solo.
- Around 1999-2000, when Sesame Street had a shot of Big Bird walking several girls in tutus across the street in its opening sequence, one episode had a chroma-keyed Zoe freeze the theme at that particular point to inform the kids watching that the following episode had ballerinas as its focus (Zoe is a ballerina herself). A bit of a weird example, but it still counts.
- The Christmas Episodes of The Furchester Hotel has snow in the bird's-eye view of the city, and the shots of the hotel exterior.
- Talk show host Herman Cain of The Herman Cain Show normally warns any audience members still driving at the start of his show that "there are some nuts on the road", on some holidays, he has warned that there are "even more" nuts on the road.
- The episode of The Archers 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.
- Elite Beat Agents 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 (Osu! Tatakae! Ouendan) 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 Hot-Blooded 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.
- Everybody Edits often has the logo change during Holiday Mode or when there's an upcoming contest.
- Gunnerkrigg Court title pages usually have a black background with a picture of something relevant to the chapter in the middle. The title pages for chapters 10 ("Doctor Disaster Versus the Creepy Space Aliens From Outer Space") and 23 ("Terror Castle of the Jupiter Moon Martians"), on the other hand, are in the style of a poster for a '50s sci-fi movie, as both chapters involve Dr. Disaster's retro sci-fi themed simulations.
- The webseries Awesome Video Games once had their opening sequence taken over by R.O.B. Yes, that R.O.B.
- On anniversaries or other milestone occasions, Atop the Fourth Wall does an extended opening or closing sequence with the full theme song and covers of each and every comic Linkara has reviewed up to that date. The Star Trek #2 (Gold Key) episode, parodying Star Trek's Mirror Universe, had a new title sequence featuring Mirror!Linkara intercut with some of the more violent scenes of AT4W, and "In a Mirror, Darkly"'s opening theme.
- Bishop Barron:
- The episode "On Bob Dylan" opens without the normal theme music and instead begins with "Blowin' In The Wind," a song Bishop Barron dissects in the rest of the video.
- To highlight the seriousness of its subject, the episode "On the Charleston Tragedy and Forgiveness" is the only one to open without any theme music.
- Flander's Company: Season 3 episodes 7, 10 and 11 have the usual music and style of opening, except the title isn't "Flander's Company" but "C.C Corporation" instead, and the cast is from the latter society, since the episodes focus on them.
- Game Grumps:
- When they 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:
- Both it and its sister show Steam Train 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 we're the Ghoul Grumps!
(Backmasked quote that 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 ALL ABOARD THE SCREAM TRAIN!
(lightning followed by a scream)
- On the week of Christmas 2013, they both had Christmas-themed intros.
Arin: (dressed as an 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!
- 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.
- The Game Show Reviewer: In the Family Feud episode it's revealed that Cmd. Sara Stormer is a game show reviewer and is out to destroy the Game Show Reviewer to be the only Game Show Reviewer. This is complete with her own title sequence were she calls the Game Show Reviewer "a renegade."
- I Rate the 80's becomes I Rate the 70's and adopts a St. Patrick's Day theme in the Uncle O'Grimacey episode.
- In Episode 19B of Welcome to Night Vale the regular theme song is replaced by a pleasant guitar tune which is the theme song for the Desert Bluffs community radio channel. It returns in Episodes 47 and 48 when StrexCorp takes over Night Vale and assimilates it into the 'Greater Desert Bluffs Metropolitan Area'. All three shows are hosted by Kevin.
- Similarly to the Star Trek: Enterprise example, Star Trek Continues, a Fan Sequel to the Original Series, had the episode "Fairest of Them All" set entirely in the Mirror Universe. The intro to said episode features a mix of the original theme with snare drums added, mirrored versions of the visuals of the intro, the Terran Empire's "sword through globe" logo added to the Star Trek logo, and a twist on Kirk's "Space... the final frontier..." speech.
Space... the final conquest. These are the voyages of the Starship Enterprise. Its continuing mission: To discover and subjugate strange new worlds. To advance our dominion and vanquish all who stand against us. To conquer the galaxy for the glory of the Empire!
- Adventure Time:
- The Gender Flip AU episodes starring 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 guest-animator episodes "A Glitch Is a Glitch", "Food Chain" and "Bad Jubies" have the opening redone by the guest animator.
- The miniseries Stakes, Islands, and Elements each have a special version of the openings featuring relevant characters and a sung by the central character of the plotline (Marceline, Finn, and Princess Bubblegum, respectively).
- American Dad!
- "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 The Office.
- "A Pinata Named Desire" and "Lost in Space" have the opening shortened.
- The "international" episode of 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 Animaniacs has the regular credits but with snow.
- The Avengers: Earth's Mightiest Heroes!:
- The intro to the 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 Backyardigans had these for both two-parters. For the first one, "International Super Spy" (parodying the James Bond 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.
- Batman: The Animated Series has title cards for all of its episodes except for four—"The Laughing Fish", "Heart of ice" and "The Demon's Quest" two-parter open with still-shots (or a pan) of the episode title and writer/director credits in the episode itself.
- The Batman: The Brave and the Bold episode "Joker: The Vile and The Villainous" has The Joker as the main character, and told about his team-up with another supervillain to fight 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, seen here.
- Bojack Horseman: When Bojack's old flame Charlotte tells him casually that she's married with a family, an 80's sitcom theme about it plays instead of the show's normal opening.
- The Clarence episode "Goldfish Follies" has the theme song appear sepia-toned with an old-timey film effect, and has the theme song sung to a ragtime beat.
- For the six-part "Clarence's Stormy Sleepover" special, the opening sequence is cut short by the title card, a shot of Jeff's kite caught in power lines during a rainstorm.
- Another show with a special title for Christmas was Codename: Kids Next Door's "Operation N.A.U.G.H.T.Y.", with the normally-white background turned green, snow falling over the titles, and the title decorated by Christmas lights (see here)◊. That episode also had a teaser. Only "Operation E.N.D." and "Operation K.N.O.T." had a Cold Opening before this, and those were much shorter than the one in "N.A.U.G.H.T.Y.".
- Both Daria made-for-TV movies featured special titles.
- And in the Musical Episode, the theme song was altered to sound more like it belonged in a musical production.
- Family Guy was originally going to have one of these for every episode, but the plans fell through. However, there were some special openings.
Peter: Hey, Stewie. (looks down) Who the hell is that?
- 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 Law & Order.
- "PTV" has a parody of the opening credits to The Naked Gun, with Stewie beating up Osama bin Laden and driving his tricycle through different environments, including scenes from The Wizard of Oz and The Empire Strikes Back, before running over Homer Simpson in the driveway.
- "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 Star Wars 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 Super Friends.
- "Livin' on a Prayer" has a parody of the opening to Little House on the Prairie.
- "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 Monty Python's Flying Circus.
- "Bigfat" parodies the opening to King of the Hill.
- "Total Recall" parodies the opening to Modern Family.
- "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.
- "A Lot Going On Upstairs" had Stewie, traumatized by a monster in his nightmare, having his dancing and singing thrown off, culminating with him singing, "Pumpkin pie!" instead of "Laugh and cry!" He ends up being benched with the show's Chuck Cunningham Syndrome characters, with Peter's Arab co-worker Fouad taunting Stewie that he won't be back in the show.
- "Inside Family Guy", an episode portraying the characters as Animated Actors, displayed production photos of the show while an instrumental version of the theme song plays.
- The Fish Hooks episode "Pool Party Panic" features a special opening depicting the characters as humans, with the title changed to Friend Hooks.
- The Futurama episodes "Mars University", "Bender Should Not Be Allowed on Television", and "Spanish Fry" all have different versions of the Theme Tune playing.
- "Viva Mars Vegas" has the intro entirely in live-action.
- The first part of the Grand Finale of Gravity Falls, "Weirdmageddon", starts with Bill Cipher entering physical space and unleashing a "weirdmageddon" upon the town. This is complete with a warped, demented version of the theme song where Bill is inserted into many of the familiar scenes, and the roll call scenes of Dipper, Mabel, and Stan are replaced with parodies of them with his minions 8 Ball, Teeth, Keyhole and Hectorgon take the place of Dipper, Mabel and Stan. To make matters worse, the show is credited as being "Created by Bill Cipher". The Dipper, Mabel, and Stan scenes only return in the final part, when they've been reunited.
- "The Dabba Don", an episode of Harvey Birdman, Attorney at Law wherein Fred Flintstone is accused of racketeering, has a title sequence that combines the famous The Flintstones title with a black and white montage and a theme song parody of The Sopranos opening.
- A few episodes of Hey Arnold! do not play out their regular title sequence. Namely, "Arnold's Christmas", "Arnold's Thanksgiving", "Parents Day" and "Dino Checks Out".
- 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 Jem episode "The Day the Music Died" starts out normally at first, but then Kimber interrupts accompanied by "film breaking" scenes before appearing and telling the viewers that "there won't be a story today", going on to explain that Jerrica/Jem has disappeared, after which the episode begins.
- Minor example: In the Cold Opening of a Kim Possible 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 Theme Tune is slightly faded down, and Kim actually pushes the normal montage out of the way to lodge her complaint.
- The 1962 Looney Tunes 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 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 Dork Age.
- These titles got their own Special Edition on 1968's "Norman Normal". Instead of using the then-standard theme music and Looney Tunes or Merrie Melodies branding, it was dubbed a "Cartoon Special" and had its own theme song playing over the opening and closing animation.
- The Loud House:
- For the Christmas Episode "11 Louds a Leapin'", the title sequence ends with a cut to the show's logo in the middle of a snowy field instead of a black background, with Lily wearing her winter parka. The end credits also take place on a snowy background, with the normal end theme replaced by an instrumental of "That's' What Christmas is All About".
- For the Halloween Episode "Tricked!", Lily is suddenly dressed as a Bedsheet Ghost when the title screen appears. The normal end theme is replaced by a spooky version of the opening theme.
- A few of the Paul Rudish Mickey Mouse shorts have the title read "Minnie Mouse" instead of "Mickey Mouse", as "Eau de Minnie", "Clogged", and "Doggone Biscuits", among others. They have Minnie as the main character, with Mickey Demoted to Extra in some of them, and even nowhere to be seen in others. In a different example, "Down the Hatch" has the normal end credits theme replaced by singing "Miracles from Molecules" from the old Disneyland attraction Adventure Thru Inner Space.
- Phineas And Ferb Christmas Vacation had the Expository Theme Tune retooled to be about a different vacation, with Phineas and Ferb 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,
Candace: Mom! Phineas and Ferb are making a Christmas special!
- So stick with us 'cause Phineas and Ferb are bringing you Christmas cheer!
- "Terrifying Tri-State Trilogy of Terror", as a Halloween special, made a couple of replacements: "something that doesn't exist" -> goblin next to a tombstone, and the monkey that was receiving a shower was a skeleton.
- The "Pinky and the Brain and Larry" episode of Pinky and the Brain 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 Christmas Special 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!
- Also the Christmas Special had snow like the Animaniacs example above, but also changed the lyrics so that they were Christmas related.
- Not that noticeable, but the 10th anniversary special of The Powerpuff Girls had the entire intro remade in Flash animation (which was used to make the special).
- Also, the Musical Episode didn't have any opening but the show's title and "Documentary" began with the title of said in-universe documentary.
- The early full-CGI series ReBoot had special titles for several episodes.
- A 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).
- Regular Show changes their opening in every half-hour special. Examples are:
- Exit 9B: a Dark Reprise of the regular opening, featuring dramatic music and the words over a reddish-violet background.
- The Christmas Special: an ominous choir/bells theme plays over the intro on a red/green background.
- The Thanksgiving Special: The title cards play regularly (no pun intended), but over a quite relaxing version of the show's theme.
- Skips' Story: same as The Thanksgiving Special, but with a dramatic orchestral version of the theme playing instead.
- The Real Thomas: The show title and "Created by JG Quintel" credit play normally, but the rest contains an ominous spy movie-esque theme over a purple/red background. Not to mention the credits switch from English to Russian.
- Brilliant Century Duck Crisis Special: a fully decked out Animesque opening.
- Oddly, in The Dome Experiment, there is no special title sequence. It plays normally.
- The original Rugrats Christmas episode used a Christmas-based remix of the title theme.
- The Grand Finale of Samurai Jack (the Uncancelled run) uses an different song than every other episode to fit the mood of the last scene.
- The Sanjay and Craig episode "A Tail of Two Slithers" features Craig and his long-lost brother Ronny lying in the pen in the pet store rather than just Craig alone.
- Scooby-Doo! Mystery Incorporated
- "Beware the Beasts from Below", "The Night the Clown Cried" and "The House of the Nightmare Witch" don't have the standard opening title.
- The Series Finale "Come Undone" has the normal end credits background replaced by one based on the Mystery Machine's paint job.
- The Halloween Special of What's New, Scooby-Doo? cut the opening credits altogether and instead showed the words A Scooby Doo Halloween in large letters over the opening scene as a Title-Only Opening.
- Scooby-Doo! Mystery Incorporated
- The Simpsons replaces its title sequence for every "Treehouse of Horror" 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 replaced with the standard credits audio in syndication).
- The Simpsons Movie has Ralph Wiggum pop up on the 20th Century Fox logo and go "Da Da Da DAAA!" along with the music.
- "He Loves to Fly and He D'ohs", the first episode that aired after the release of 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 24.
- The episode "You Kent Always Say What You Want" just ran a Simpsons short from The Tracey Ullman Show era in place of the opening.
- The episode "To Surveil with Love" replaced the opening with a remix of part of Ke$ha's "TiK ToK".
- "Dad Behavior" (which marked the beginning of Season 28's WABFXX production episodes, which were produced by Fox Television Animation rather than Film Roman) had Barney destroy Bart's skateboard (which leaves Bart to walk home), followed by Homer choking to death on the carbon rod that usually falls into the back of his shirt, Lisa tripping and getting killed by her saxaphone, and Maggie driving Marge's car off the road, through a farmyard, and into a lake where they drown. The entire sequence, including its Couch Gag, can be viewed here.
- "Moho House" and "Dogtown" both put their Couch Gags before their actual Title Sequences. In the case of "Moho House", it uses a Title-Only Opening in which the episode begins with a tracking shot across Springfield as Moe narrates, with the title showing up as the camera approaches the Simpsons' house. "Dogtown", meanwhile, uses the usual opening, but after Bart leaves the school, it segues into the episode proper, with Homer getting stuck in traffic while driving home from work.
- South Park
- "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 Game of Thrones-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.
- The Christmas Episodes of SpongeBob SquarePants 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.
- Star vs. the Forces of Evil: To emphasize what a Wham Episode it is, the season 2 finale "Starcrushed" replaces the bouncy end credits sequence with a quiet shot of the exterior of Marco's house, but with a hole where Star's addition to the guest room used to be.
- Star Wars: The Clone Wars: The opening title was usually golden yellow, except in these cases:
- Star Wars Rebels: "The Last Battle" is to a large degree a Fully Absorbed Finale for The Clone Wars, which was Cut Short. Thus, the closing title is done in the style of the former show's logo, and the music playing over the credits is based on the former show's opening theme.
- Most Steven Universe episodes use a standard title card differentiated only by text, showing the beach near the Gem Temple with one of the temple's hands in the foreground, holding a washing machine and a clothesline with some of Steven's clothing on it. The end credits usually use an alternate portrayal of the same view. There are a variety of exceptions:
- The standard card has minor variations for weather, time of day, and other conditions around the temple. "Ocean Gem" has all the water missing because the episode is about a gem having stolen Earth's oceans. "Full Disclosure" has the beach covered with debris from the spaceship that crashed there in the season one finale.
- If one episode ends with a Cliffhanger, the next one will have a title card that reflects the location where the next episode begins. "Beta/Earthlings" and "Back to the Moon/Bubbled" extends this to the ending credits of each first part using the same image as the title card for the second.
- The season one finale is two episodes that premiered simultaneously ("The Return" and "Jail Break") with no credits inbetween. Instead, the credits at the end of the second part are double-length, which allowed for a longer version of the ending theme With Lyrics.
- During a series of episodes where the Crystal Gems are working out of and staying in a barn, the title card and credits both change to match the barn. The opening card also has variants for day and night.
- "Bismuth", the 100th episode, goes straight from the opening sequence into the episode itself; the title screen doesn't appear until Bismuth herself does, with the episode title and storyboard/writing credits fading in onscreen instead of being on a separate card.
- "Last One Out of Beach City" replaces the usual variable ending themes with "Fifteen Minutes", a licensed song by the episode's Special Guest, Mike Krol.
- Teen Titans 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 A Day in the Limelight episode for the Hive 5, Jinx interrupts the song to tag the screen with a honeycomb and say, "We're the Hive 5, and this is our show now!"
- The Christmas episode of Tiny Toon Adventures had bells in the background and some of the opening lyrics changed to fit the Christmas theme. They also had lyrics fitting the themes for the openings of their Halloween and Spring Break Episodes, and the same was for Tiny Toon Adventures: How I Spent My Vacation, including one at the end about summer vacation being over and school back in session.
- The Transformers Season 3 Episodes "Five Faces of Darkness" parts 3 and 5 have completely different opening animations than all the rest of Season 3, including the other parts of Five Faces of Darkness, though all versions use the same theme music. Instead of starting off with a green laser grid forming Unicron's disembodied head, it starts with a visual on the Skuxxoid's rockaroid ship that Springer and Arcee commandeer in Part 1, includes the con and bot symbols chasing each other around remeniscent of the Season 2 opener, has Decepticons dogpiling on a single energon cube, the Autobots firing on them and Rodimus Prime standing up in time for the Transformers graphic, Galvatron crawling out of the Lava Pit on Thrull and then transforming and blasting a small planetoid, Daniel Witwicky running away from Trypticon as Metroplex transforms to engage, Ultra Magnus, Kup and Spike being dropped into the Sharkticon pit on Quintessa, some more flying insignia and then a shot of the planet Goo, Springer transforming and dragging the other Autobots away from the garbage scow on Goo while Rodimus gets sucked in, then Rodimus escaping from it with the sound of Optimus Prime's laser rifle, then the end Transformers title graphic.
- The Transformers: Rescue Bots Musical Episode "I Have Heard the Robots Singing" has Follow the Bouncing Ball lyrics below with Blades' head in place of the ball.
- The VeggieTales episode "The Wonderful World of Auto-Tainment!" had different opening dialogue with Larry telling Bob he's not doing the theme song. He then tells Bob because "It's time to wake up! And smell the future!".
- As a Mind Screw, the producers of The Venture Bros. did the opening to the season 2 premiere... without the titular brothers. 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.