"We even get a showcase of our actors' respective talents—or, at least, supposed talents.
Some screen actors have talents other than acting—singing, dancing, what have you—and the show they're in will want to make use of it at some point. In most cases, this doesn't derail the story (much), often leading to viewers exclaiming, "I didn't know [actor/actress] could [sing/dance/whatever]!" However, it's not unheard of for the plot will stop dead just to allow such an actor (usually the lead) to show off.
The line between this and Cast the Expert
can be quite thin indeed. Contrast Irony as She Is Cast
(in which an actor who is good at something [singing, dancing, etc] in real life has to play a character who is not good at whatever the talent is).
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- Very common in any anime that requires a character to sing, as the greater majority of voice actors in the anime industry posess some form of talent in singing, regardless of whether they were in a music group beforehand or not (and many were and still are).
- In Digimon Adventure, Mimi is required to sing to wake up a sleeping ShogunGekomon in one episode. Her seiyuu, Ai Maeda, sang the ending songs for most of the series.
- A Filler episode of the Slayers anime had Lina and Amelia sing a duet together; Megumi Hayashibara (Lina) is an accomplished singer (it helps that she sings all of the show's opening and closing songs), as is the lesser-known Masami Suzuki (Amelia), who would eventually sing the opening and ending to the Tales of Phantasia OVA. Zelgadis (Hikaru Midorikawa) helps them with the "test run" of the song; his actor is also a well-known singer.
- It's in the story, but Haruhi Suzumiya deserves a mention. We all knew by that point how well Aya Hirano sings, however the dub did a translation so Wendee Lee could do her part.
- Magical Girl Lyrical Nanoha A's, Sound Stage 3. Fate Testarossa, as voiced by Nana Mizuki, who by that time had established her singing career by debuting #2 on the Weekly Singles Oricon charts with "Eternal Blaze". Flower-Viewing Festival with karaoke. Naturally, Fate gets bullied by Signum and the rest of the cast to take center stage and sing for them.
- Seikon no Qwaser has an ending theme called "Passionate squall". It contains seiyuu for characters that are extremely, extremely minor...just so they could put on a song with Ayumi Fujimura (Misaki), Aki Toyosaki (Yui), Minori Chihara (Kagura, Yuki), Yōko Hikasa (Mio), and Aya Hirano (Haruhi)...
- An uncommon use in an English dub: Eric Stuart did some singing in a couple of episodes, and he also provided some extra vocal tracks for the western fans of Pokémon; the man has his own band.
- Tiffany Grant, the English voice of Asuka in Neon Genesis Evangelion, knows German; as a result, her dialogue in the original series got a lot of extra Gratuitous German added to it.
- Ditto with Asuka's Mexican voice actress in the Mexican Spanish dub, she even added German profanity not included in the Japanese or even English versions.
- During Episode 8 of Girls und Panzer, Pravda Team's XO Nonna leads the team in singing the Russian song Katyusha and does a good job of it; her seiyuu, Sumire Uesaka, is a Russian language major. Taking it one step further, an official tweet tells how Nonna singing the Cossack Lullaby in episode 9 was an ad lib by Sumire; the original script only called for her to sing any lullaby.
- Infinite Stratos has the members of Ichika's harem sing the ending song Super Stream:
- In Axis Powers Hetalia, both China and Taiwan are voiced by Yuki Kaida, who is fluent in Chinese and shows (especially when compared to the awkwardness of some of the other characters' gratuitous foreign language lyrics). In fact, she is also fluent in English as shown by some of her speaking roles such as Angela Burton of Genshiken, and French.
- In every one of his movies, Norman Wisdom insisted that his bumbling character break into romantic or sentimental songs in spite of how inappropriate they were to his character. On the radio show Desert Island Discs, he immodestly chose to take his own songs to the island in nearly every case.
- In Twilight, Robert Pattinson plays the (very plot related) song he wrote. It's not that bad.
- Robert Pattinson composed and played most of the music for How To Be (though it is intended to be a bit inept, as the character isn't supposed to be very talented).
- Used in Bad Company, where Chris Rock launches, unprovoked, into a monologue lifted word for word straight out of his stand up act.
- Steve McQueen was big on this.
- The entire motorcycle sequence in The Great Escape was included due to the insistence of McQueen, an avid motorcyclist. Note that the scene also involved McQueen playing one of the German pursuers, as the only person on the set capable of riding a motorcycle on the level of Steve McQueen was Steve McQueen.
- The chase scene in Bullitt, where McQueen, also a car enthusiast does quite a bit of his own stunt driving. He made a point of sitting far to the left in the driver's seat, without a seatbelt, so that his face would be clearly identifiable during the stunts.
- McQueen was also behind the wheel for the racing film, Le Mans.
- The Marx Brothers movies have musical interludes of Chico on the piano and Harpo on the harp once in every feature (except for Duck Soup, which cuts their performance off quickly). In Horse Feathers, Groucho plays the guitar as a Take That to his brothers.
- The only possible reason for putting Kirk and Picard on horseback in Star Trek: Generations is that William Shatner is not just a variety of pig: he's also a damned good equestrian.
- The dune buggy sequence in Star Trek: Nemesis was apparently included due to Patrick Stewart's enthusiasm for off-road driving.
- At the peak of Robin Williams' career, just about all of his films went a bit out of their way to feature a scene of him doing a bunch of voices in rapid succession. They didn't have to work that hard to shoehorn them in; his scripts would often have a placeholder that just said "Robin can go off here." By Williams' own admission he throws away the script.
- Zygmunt Malanowicz gets a few opportunities to display his skill at five-finger fillet in Knife in the Water. The film also stands as a statement of director Roman Polanski's enthusiasm for sailing; at times it resembles an instructional video on the sport.
- In the book The Lord of the Rings most of the characters sing more or less all the time, but this was scrapped for the film versions. After hearing Billy Boyd sing "Delilah" at a karaoke bar, however, Fran Walsh and Philippa Boyens decided to let Pippin sing. Boyd picked a song from the books, wrote a tune for it, and the result was the scene where Pippin sings to Denethor. Funnily enough, when Denethor in the books ask Pippin to sing him a song, Pippin does not comply. The vocals are included on the three-disc expanded sets for each film, so if you want to hear Liv Tyler singing you know where to go.
- Harrison Ford worked as a carpenter before becoming an actor. He gets to display those skills in Witness, where he fixes a birdhouse and participates in a Barn Raising.
- Ford also shows these respective skills in Mosquito Coast, in which he plays a radical, maverick inventor establishing his brand of civilization in a remote coastal town.
- Hilariously subverted in Coming to America, where Eddie Murphy intentionally sings poorly.
- When Bob Newhart appeared in the gritty World War II drama Hell Is For Heroes, a scene was written to show off his patented one-sided-telephone-conversation comedy routines.
- According to his autobiography, Christopher Lee accepted the Big Bad's role in The Return of Captain Invincible because he felt he should at least once demonstrate his singing ability on screen.
- Christopher Lee had his lightsaber made with a fencing grip in the Star Wars films so he could show off his authentic fencing skills, though obviously most of his fights were performed by stuntmen.
- In the 1986 comedy 'Jocks', Christopher Lee performs fencing moves as the foil, a college president who wants to cancel his school's tennis program because he prefers fencing.
- Ed Helms shows off his piano playing in The Hangover.
- Michelle Pfeiffer's baton-twirling in Hairspray. In fact, the creators of the 2007 movie have said that a lot of the parts were cast to show off the cast members' musical skills, especially from people whose talent wasn't exceptionally well-known (James Marsden, Amanda Bynes, Christopher Walken), or who hadn't had much of a chance to show off in recent years (Pfeiffer, John Travolta, and even Queen Latifah is nowadays seen by most as an actress more than a musician).
- Sean Connery is a superb golfer, and his superlative swing largely won him the lead role in A Good Man In Africa.
- Valentine's Day shows off several of its actors' talents. Taylor Lautner's martial art skills, Taylor Swift's dancing, and George Lopez's Spanglish.
- In the first The Princess Diaries, Lupe the Cheerleader (played by rhythmic gymnast and Olympian Tamara Levinson) pretty much does all the impressive stunts while the other cheerleaders never do anything beyond basic choreography. In the same movie, Lana (Mandy Moore) sings a musical number.
- Mandy Moore also gets a musical number as Hilary Faye in Saved!, when her girl-band, The Christian Jewels, performs at school assembly.
- Casino Royale (1967) does this particularly blatantly in a scene with Peter Sellers and Orson Welles. Peter Sellers puts on a range of accents, while Orson Welles fills his side with magic tricks (Welles was a keen amateur magician). None of it is remotely relevant to what little plot there is.
- In Batman Begins, Liam Neeson's younger days as a boxer can be seen in Ducard's fighting style, especially the climactic battle towards the end. He goes into boxing stance when fighting Batman in the train.
- 2010's The A-Team has Murdock fake a South African accent, which is Sharlto Copley's actual accent. Copley and Bradley Cooper also get to display their actual fluency in Swahili and French, respectively. Ex-boxer Liam Neeson also got to show off his moves in the film's climax.
- Bradley Cooper also breaks out the French in Limitless, along with Italian and Mandarin Chinese (he doesn't fare so well on that last one).
- The first Bring It On movie allowed co-stars Kirsten Dunst and Eliza Dushku to demonstrate their gymnastics skills.
- In Demolition Man, Denis Leary enters into a rant in the style he uses in his comedy routines.
- Zooey Deschanel puts her singing talents to good use in Bridge to Terabithia (where she even plays a music teacher!), Yes-Man, Elf, Your Highness and The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford
- It's possible that Anna was made a musician rather than an athlete in Freaky Friday (2003) so that Lindsay Lohan could sing and play guitar. Incidentally, when Jamie Lee Curtis (who's swapped bodies with Lindsay in the plot) plays the guitar solo in the climax, she really is playing it.
- Ever since the media learned that Madeline Kahn could sing, it isn't uncommon for her work onscreen to feature her singing even one note. Though the best example is probably Young Frankenstein, and a subversion occurs in Blazing Saddles when she is deliberately singing badly.
- In Lara Croft Tomb Raider: The Cradle Of Life, there's a scene where Lara plays with a switchblade. Angelina Jolie collects knives and is evidently good at handling them.
- Deleted scenes in Tomorrow Never Dies would have showcased renowned magician Ricky Jay's playing card throwing skills, for which he once held a Guiness World Record.
- Wai Lin is a secret agent, so it makes sense for her to know some martial arts, but the fact that she uses kung fu so extensively (as opposed to a more practical martial art like junshi sanda or just shooting enemies) is because Michelle Yeoh has decades of experience doing kung fu movies.
- Lewis Ozawa Changchien, who played Hanzo in Predators has practiced kendo since he was five years old, and insisted on using that style in Hanzo's fight with the Predator.
- In High Fidelity Jack Black shows off his singing skills, nailing Marvin Gaye's "Let's Get It On." Black's had been singing in Tenacious D for a few years by that point, but was far from a household name, so the quality of his performance played as a nice surprise for most audience memebers.
- Scarlett Johansson loves to sing at every chance; she even bursts into song during The Other Boleyn Girl.
- Daryl Hannah was a skilled gymnast since she was a girl, and puts her skills to use in Blade Runner.
- The makers of The Exorcism of Emily Rose saved a lot of money on special effects when star Jennifer Carpenter pointed out she could do all those weird poses herself.
- In Psycho Beach Party Lauren Ambrose did her own singing.
- Jack Nicholson was a volunteer firefighter before he got into acting. Thus, when he must hack his way through a door with a fireaxe to get to Shelley Duvall in The Shining, that's a real door he's chopping through because he annihilated the prop door they had used in a previous take.
- Edward Norton lived with Salma Hayek for years, and speaks fluent Spanish. If there is any excuse to get a few lines in Spanish shoehorned into any of his movies, he will take it. There is a particularly egregious example in his directorial effort Keeping The Faith, where his priest character chats to a boy in his congregation in Spanish for no plot-related reason whatsoever.
- A Film with Me in It has an in-universe example: Mark asks Pierce to make his character in the script they're supposedly writing a clarinet player, solely due to the fact that Mark can play the clarinet—so no one else can play the role.
- In the cult film Class of 1984, the plot pauses to allow main villain/high school student Peter Stegman to play a piano solo, a solo written and performed by Peter Stegman's actor, Timothy Van Patten.
- In Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade Marcus nearly falls off his horse. However, Denholm Elliott was an accomplished equestrian and so knew how to nearly-fall without much of a risk involved.
- The Great Race has an example that is perhaps too brief as we only hear the character of Maggie - who is established as being fluent in Russian as Natalie Wood was in real life - speaking one mere sentence in Russian while addressing and winning over the sinister Russian villagers.
- Steve Martin has many talents that he often works into his movies or standup routines, such as playing banjo, singing, dancing, juggling, and some acrobatic feats. This was lampshaded when Martin was a judge on an episode of The Gong Show that filmed at the end of a production week and ran out of regular contestants. Martin helped pad the show by twice pretending to be a contestant playing an extremely competent banjo, before getting cutoff by Chuck Barris for competing as a celebrity.
- Tom Cruise is an odd variation of this: he's one of the very few actors who's confident about his ability to sprint on-camera. Hence why so many of his movies (especially the Mission: Impossible series) have scenes dedicated to showing off his sprinting ability.
- In two different scenes in The Goonies, Robert Davi, who plays Jake Fratelli, is shown singing opera. Davi had trained as an opera singer.
- House of Flying Daggers: The dance scene in the pleasure house is mostly an opportunity for Zhang Ziyi to show off what a great dancer she is. She trained extensively as one before embracing an acting career.
- MissCongeniality has an In-Universe example: Gracie uses her FBI fighting skills in a talent show.
- In Rio Bravo the action interrupts for a few minutes to allow Dean Martin and Ricky Nelson to sing a couple of musical numbers.
- In The Running Man, Dynamo is introduced by having him sing the aria from Act III of The Marriage of Figaro. Actor Erland van Lidth had a background as an opera singer.
- In Journey 2 The Mysterious Island, Dwayne Johnson plays ukulele and sings "What a Wonderful World".
- He also sings and plays guitar in The Game Plan.
- George Lazenby trained with Bruce Lee himself, and it's very evident in the fight scenes of On Her Majesty's Secret Service. They had to slow him down so his actions could be picked up on film.
- As with Rathbone above, many actors during the early days of Hollywood were accomplished and master fencers, so pretty much every swashbuckler of the time featured the actors doing all their own fighting.
- The Court Jester is a showcase for Danny Kaye's skill at mimicry. He was very much not a trained fencer, but he was so good at reading and mimicking other people's movements that he held his own against master swordsman Basil Rathbone!
- Estella Warren is a former synchronised swimmer and member of the Canadian national team. She displays this skill in a very plot-unrelated scene in Driven.
- Robert Downey, Jr. is a practitioner of Wing Chun martial arts, so Tony Stark has a Wing Chun dummy in his garage which he is seen dealing out a few strikes to in Iron Man 3.
- In Epic Steven Tyler of Aerosmith gets to sing as Nim.
- In Airplane!, Robert Hays not only shows that he can match John Travolta's dancing during the Saturday Night Fever parody, he goes even further by juggling while dancing.
- Esther Williams who worked for MGM was also a competitive swimmer and showed off her swimming skills in a few films like Take Me Out At The Ball Game and Dangerous When Wet.
- Subverted in The Sound of Music. During one musical number, Julie Andrews presents a few eggs as if she's about to juggle them for the children's amusement. Instead, she fakes it and then drops one.
- Antonio Banderas. A man of unfair talents. Singing and dancing in Evita, as well as Shrek 2, dancing and fencing in The Mask of Zorro and oing all his own guitarwork in Desperado and Once upon a Time in Mexico.
- Jim Carrey actually does sing "Cuban Pete" in the extravagant dance number from The Mask, and also does his own dancing in the film, as well as Cameron Diaz.
- Inverted in Stardom, in which Canadian actress Jessica Pare, who speaks fluent French, plays Canadian model Tina Menzhal, who does not speak French.
- For The Hustler, Jackie Gleason was an accomplished pool player in Real Life; all of the shots he made in the film are his own.
- During filming, Paul Newman challenged Gleason to a real pool game. After Newman broke, Gleason took his turn and sank all fifteen balls without allowing Newman another shot.
- Dennis Morgan was an excellent singer who got his start in musicals, so naturally Christmas in Connecticut had to feature him playing piano and singing a Christmas carol.
- White Nights is one long cast showoff. The whole plot was written around giving the lead actors (Gregory Hines, who is an accomplished dancer, and Mikhail Baryshnikov, who is Mikhail Freaking Baryshnikov ... okay, okay, maybe you don't know; he's only considered one of the greatest ballet dancers ever, that's all) excuses to break into dance routines.
Live Action TV
- Christopher Lee provided narration on the fantasy-metal opus The Dark Secret by Italian power-metal band Rhapsody of Fire. Initially disappointed he wasn't asked to sing, the band re-recorded the epic ballad "The Wizard's Dream" not only as a duet between Lee and lead singer Fabio Lione, but in four different language versions that Lee is fluent in.
- He also recorded a Symphonic Metal album titled Charlemagne: By the Sword and the Cross, a concept album about First Holy Emperor of Rome, King Charlemagne (whom he is a descendant from) which he sang the lead vocals on.
- Neil Hannon of The Divine Comedy is a baritone, yet holds a ridiculously high note for "a stupidly long time" in "Can You Stand Upon One Leg?".
- P!nk's live shows spend more and more time showing off her acrobatic/aerial abilities.
- Little Nell was given a chance to audition for The Rocky Horror Show after the director saw her tap dancing on the street. Her tap dancing was displayed during the Time Warp number and was kept in The Rocky Horror Picture Show.
- In the original production of Show Boat, The Eleven O'Clock Number included a bit where Kim did imitations of Ethel Barrymore or Ted Lewis or whatever contemporary stars the audience requested, for no good reason other than allowing featured actress Norma Terris to show off. When Terris was replaced with Irene Dunne, the imitations were cut; the otherwise ultra-complete 1987 recording decided against putting them back in.
- Little Voice, and the movie made of it, were both written specifically for Jane Horrocks after her incredible talent for mimicking singers and actresses was discovered.
- Several of Noël Coward's plays have moments where the character originally acted by the author sits down at a grand piano and plays angrily.
- In Pokémon: The Mew-sical, Gary's actor wrote the entire score.
- Odette Myrtil made her career in musicals written to show off her abilities as singer and as a violinist. This made more sense in The Cat and the Fiddle (where her character was named Odette) than in White Lilacs, where she played George Sand.
- Once is a notable example because there is no orchestra. All the music comes from the entire cast playing backing instruments when they are not part of the action. Sometimes they even do it in-character.
- Before she got into acting, Cathy Rigby was a professional gymnast. She did get to display some of her talents when she was cast as the lead in the stage production of Peter Pan
- In Mass Effect 2, it's possible to prompt Mordin Solus into revealing a love of musicals and have him burst into a variation of the Major General Song. His voice actor, Michael Beattie, was on the chorus in a version of The Pirates of Penzance.
- In the Portal games, the voice of GLaDOS, Ellen McLain, is an operatic singer, and sings the credits song for both games. In Portal 2, she also performs an actual opera.
- In Saints Row 2, the leaders of the Ronin, a yakuza-esque gang, speak Japanese. Yuri Lowenthal, the voice of Shogo Akuji, is fluent in Japanese, German, and French.
- In Bioshock Infinite Troy Baker shows off his skill with a guitar and Courtnee Draper gives some beautiful vocals.
- Subverted by The Last of Us with Troy Baker's character Joel; he mentions he can play guitar, but we never get to see it onscreen.
- On The Guild, Bladezz is occasionally seen toying with a deck of playing cards. Vincent Caso is known for carrying these everywhere he goes, and is noted on his character page to be "an accomplished sleight of hand artist and playing card handler."
- Amy Okuda, who plays Tink, has been a dancer since she was 13. She gets to show it off in Do You Wanna Date My Avatar and Game On. Nobody objected. The music videos also highlight Felicia Day's talents as a singer.
- Day has said she likes to write in actor's talents into the script so that's why Codex is a former violin prodigy (Day was a violinist) Tink playing basketball (Okuda played basketball).
- Andrew, who plays all but three roles in The Time... Guys, is the only cast member who speaks Spanish, and this has influenced several gags.
- Homestar Runner pretty much lives and breathes this trope, with the same two guys writing, animating, and voicing all but a couple of the characters themselves, but special mention goes to Matt's talent as a Man of a Thousand Voices (no other series with only one voice actor could handle the Loads and Loads of Characters they've added over the years), and the brothers' songwriting skills, which they started showcasing every few episodes or so by 2008-ish.
- Everybody in Dr. Horrible's Sing-Along Blog — after all, it's a musical. Who knew Nathan Fillion and Neil Patrick Harris could sing so well?
- Several That Guy with the Glasses contributors
- Stuff You Like's 10th episode is basically this for presenter Sursum Ursa. A sung review of Les Misérables? In several parts? To the tune of "One Day More"? Why not?
- Shiny Objects Videos: Though usually played for Stylistic Suck, Daniel proves he really can sing in "Psychic Powers". As a writer, Curly likes to show off his extensive knowledge of trivia, as well.
- Rarely does an episode of The Brian And Jill Show go by without some opportunity for co-host Jill Whelan to display her talent as a singer. She even snagged a role on Phineas and Ferb after their friend Jeff "Swampy" Marsh heard a sketch that had her singing the blues.
- One of the things most frequently said about the Global Guardians PBEM Universe is that the history of the Guardians Verse is as thick and interconnected as real life history, and thus the setting "feels real" to those writing for it. Jack Butler, the setting's creator, is not only a professional author, he also has a PHD in History.
- The Kim Possible episode "Hidden Talent" was part of an attempt to establish Christy Carlson Romano as a crossover singer/actress. Disney does this a lot with its female leads; Lindsay Lohan, Raven-Symoné, Hilary Duff, Miley Cyrus, High School Musical, etc. Christy would later provide the romantic theme under the ending credits of The Movie (not quite the Grand Finale) "So The Drama", except there she's not performing as Kim.
- The song is pretty much spot on for what has happened in the show though, so it could easily be thought of as performed by the character.
- Since its return, Family Guy has increasingly become a platform for Seth MacFarlane to show off his fondness for musical theatre and old MGM movies and, since he's half the cast, also his tremendous singing ability. In one season, not an episode went by without the show breaking into spontaneous chorus. Eventually this is parodied in "Road to Germany", where having gone back to WWII Europe via a time machine, Stewie, Brian, and Mort Goldman are trapped by Hitler, who threatens them with execution unless they perform a song and dance routine (each of the Road to... episodes up to that point had included one). Brian and Stewie begin to sing, but Mort cuts the song short, yelling at them to shut up and get in the time machine.
- The episode Spies Reminiscent of Us may well have been written as an opportunity for Mila Kunis to speak in her native Russian.
- Unsurprisingly, American Dad! appears to be going down the same route, if not to quite the same extent. Stan Smith has gotten a few great musical numbers courtesy of Seth. Also, Scott Grimes is a professional singer, and many episodes reference Steve Smith's singing talent.
- South Park:
- Over the years the show has been used heavily as a vehicle for showcasing Trey Parker's talents and interests. Usually manifests in the form music numbers or hilarious use of horribly improper, but grammatically correct Japanese. Parker has a long relationship with music and studied Japanese in university before making it big.
- Let's Fighting Love is the combination of both of these talents.
- Isaac Hayes before he left. In almost every appearance, he's singing.
- Paul Dini seems to enjoy writing musical parts for the cast to perform when he writes. He claims that he wrote the Batman: The Animated Series episode "Harlequinade" after hearing Arleen Sorkin sing for an upcoming audition. He has written episodes of Justice League Unlimited and The Batman that also showcase the cast's singing talent.
- And of course, there's the famous scene in which Arleen Sorkin herself performs "Amazing Grace" on a kazoo.
- Apparently getting Batman to sing was something that they were trying to do from the beginning because the voice actor Kevin Conroy had an excellent voice. He was one of the singers for the tongue-in-cheek Batman Musical bit in Batman Beyond but it wasn't until Justice League Unlimited that they got Batman to sing in-character.
- Batman: The Brave and the Bold has "Mayhem of the Music Meister" which is essentially all about showing off the musical chops of its cast and guest star. The villain is played by none other than Neil Patrick Harris.
- Subverted in that this Batman is normally voiced by Diedrich Bader, while his singing voice was provided by Jeff Bennett. Probably done because, as Batman himself put it, he's "more of a baritone" and justified In-Universe by him artificially modifying it with a Bat-gadget.
- Susie Carmichael had a few songs in All Grown Up! (and even a few in the Rugrats timeline). Her voice actress Cree Summer Francks had made a few records.
- Showing off Cree's singing voice isn't just limited to the Rugrats franchise. She appears to get at least one chance to sing in most of her roles as of late, such as Codename: Kids Next Door, and most prominently, Drawn Together (although to be fair, her character in that show, Foxxy Love, was supposed to be a musician).
- The Total Drama Action episode "The Princess Pride" features a song performed by Courtney, whose voice actress Emelie-Claire Barlow is an accomplished jazz singer.
- Olivia Olson has had two characters geared to this: Vanessa Doofenshmirtz in Phineas and Ferb (which fits in quite well since there's a song every episode anyway), and Marceline the Vampire Queen in Adventure Time.
- It's been suggested but never proven that Kelsey Grammer has an understanding that he gets to sing at least once during each of his Sideshow Bob appearances on The Simpsons.
- Yeardley Smith gets to show off her beautiful singing voice in several episodes, as well as several albums. Dan Castanella has as well, with Homer having been a barbershop singer, a grunge singer and an opera singer
- The two female leads on Scooby-Doo get to show off singing talents: Velma at the end of Scooby-Doo! and the Legend of the Vampire, Daphne in the Scooby-Doo! Mystery Incorporated episode "In Fear of the Phantom".
- In the DVD commentaries, the writers for The Critic shamelessly admitted that they tried to get Jon Lovitz to sing any chance they got, noting that he has a very powerful singing voice.
- The cast of Garfield and Friends includes singer Desirée Goyette as Nermal (who can also be heard in the Title Theme Tune). She gets to show off sometimes in the Nermal voice, but Thom Huge (Jon) is a pretty good singer too.
- Jeff Bennett gets to show off a rather impressive singing voice on an episode of The Penguins of Madagascar, when Kowalski sings to the other penguins about a bus called Graveyard Eight.
- Many of the later episodes of Duckman had song and dance numbers, once again, to show off Jason Alexander's singing voice.
- An aversion in Adventures of the Galaxy Rangers: In the DVD Commentary, Mandell admits that he really wished he wrote an excuse for Zach (played by Jerry Orbach) to sing. He did manage it with Laura Dean (Niko) in "The Ax," though.
- Most of the My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic cast have voice doubles for songs, but Ashleigh Ball does the singing voice for both of her characters. It's not a coincidence that she happens to be the lead singer for band Hey Ocean. Similarly Apple Bloom has never been written as having any singing talent, but when it was discovered that her actress Michelle Creber had a great voice she was assigned as the singing double for her best friend Sweetie Belle. Andrea Libman voices Pinkie Pie and Fluttershy and is Fluttershy's singing voice. She is also fluent in French; a fact noted by fans upon hearing Fluttershy pronounce "haute couture".
- Thanks to having a song at the end of almost every episode (and a few songs within episodes) in ChalkZone, E.G. Daily was able to show off her singing voice as Rudy. She's released a few records herself.