Theme Tune Roll Call

"Geez, not only do you ignore the original song, but you rewrite it, and you get it to tell me what I'm about to watch right now! Well, what are you gonna do next? Tell me the names of all the characters that are in the show?!"
MarzGurl in her Top 10 List of Animated Shows That Tell the Whole Story in Their Theme Song

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

Compare Intro Dump.


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  • Blockbuster Video has a rare example of a commercialnote  doing this:
    "Fire is our man, he's as great as he can be
    And Summer, she's a friend to you and me
    And then there's Slo Mo, with his dog Pause
    Rewind, he's the greatest, and all our friends are saying
    WOW! What a difference! Blockbuster Video! WOW! What a difference! Blockbuster Video!"note 
  • One memorable campaign for Fanta (in all its incarnations) features "The Fantanas", whose names are shown onscreen one at a time.
  • Another rare advertising example is Barbie and the Rockers (also used in the two animated specialsnote ):
    We're Barbie, and the Rockers (with Ken)!
    Rocking out, we're totally in the groove!
    Dana, Dee Dee, Derek, and Diva too!...note 

  • Sailor Moon's DiC dub theme song.
    • But it was only accurate for the first season. Pluto isn't mentioned once she shows up in R, nor are Any of the Outer Senshi in S, or Chibi Moon in either S or SuperS. Not a very good roll call if you forget half the heroes.
    • It probably sounds worse on Geneon's American DVDs of the third season. The English versions include the American theme song synced with a Japanese opening, causing a part meant to show off the new Sailor Senshi to have singers exclaiming the Inner Senshi's names for no apparent reason.
  • The 4Kids One Piece dub Theme Tune Rap. They didn't make it any longer, so each addition to the cast made the lines involving the roll call more cluttered.
    • Two of the Japanese themes, "Share the World" and "We Go!", feature title cards for the characters.
  • Similarly the 4Kids dubbed seasons of Pokémon had the Pokerap. While technically never a title theme, it was a number of tunes played following an episode listing down all the Pokemon of the current region. The original Japanese edit eventually started making it's own variations.
  • The theme song to the English dub of Hamtaro. Stan and Sandy are not mentioned, however.
    • Both the original Japanese and English ending themes both have a variation. In the original Japanese version the characters' names had the first syllable placed at the end of their names.note  For the English dub version, we have this:
    "Snoozer, Penelope, Panda, Howdy, Oxnard, Bijou, and Boss, let's go! zerSnoo, pePenelo, ssoB, daPan, dyHow, nardOx, jouBi, and Hamtaro!..."
  • The opening to Ronin Warriors, American version.
  • The second series of Science Ninja Team Gatchaman calls the five heroes in numbered order by their civilian names.
  • The original ending theme to Getter Robo, Gattai Getter Robo had this.
  • Smile Pretty Cure! had a part in its theme song where they say "Happy! Sunny! Peace! March! Beauty!" which are the names of the 5 main girls.
    • Also, the Suite Pretty Cure ♪ theme song cleverly hides the words "Hibiki" and "Kanade" in its lyrics.
  • The French version (but not the English version) does this twice during the chorus in the theme song to The Mysterious Cities of Gold:
    AHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH! Esteban, Zia, Tao, les Cités d'or !
  • The openings to both anime adaptations of Ryohgo Narita's works, Baccano! and Durarara!! respectively list every single major character in text during quick freezeframe closeups. The intro to Baccano! also contains one notable and intentional exclusion, as a train conductor who has a prominent shot in its opening at one point and is apparently cannon fodder early on turns out to also be very much alive and a main character as well.
  • This happens in the intro to Fables of the Green Forest, the English dubbed version of ''Rocky Chuck the Mountain Rat (adapted from the Burgess Bedtime Stories).

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    Live-Action TV 
  • Mystery Science Theater 3000 ("Robot Roll Call!")
    • Though Dr. Forrester, TV's Frank, and Pearl are name-checked during the Mike-era theme, the Mads are never mentioned by name in the Joel-era and Jonah-era themes.
  • Imagination Movers
  • Fraggle Rock: ("We're Gobo, Mokey, Wembley, Boober, Red!") It's noticeable that the fraggles say their names very fast, making it hard to remember.
  • The Fresh Beat Band: "On guitar... Kiki! On keyboards... Shout! On drums... Mirena! And the real MC... Twist in the house!"
  • "We're The Ghost Busters ('I'm Spencer! He's Tracy!' 'I'm Kong!')!..."
  • The Mickey Mouse Club (all three versions). Not to mention Mickey Mouse Clubhouse.
  • Gilligan's Island ("...with Gilligan, the Skipper too, the Millionaire, and his wife...")
    • Note that it originally left off the Professor and Mary Ann, who were referred to as "and the rest", until Bob Denver (Gilligan) forced the studio to change it.
  • Thomas the Tank Engine has examples of this, but technically not as intros:
    • The earliest series, between episodes, had the main theme play over a montage of characters with names on boards beside them.
    • More recent series have the song 'Engine Roll Call' - although not an intro, it plays at the end of every episode.
  • The 1970s kids' show ZOOM had one, preserved in the show's later 1999-2005 incarnation.
  • Animorphs
  • Ozzie and Harriet ("Here's Ozzie! Here's Harriet!")
  • Space Cases — originally aired as the closing theme in the first season but moved to opening theme in the second season and in syndication.
  • Lancelot Link, Secret Chimp
  • 1970s kids' show New Zoo Revue
  • Kaizoku Sentai Gokaiger: The closing theme, "199 Hero Getter", goes through the name of each of the 35 Super Sentai teams.
  • Gosei Sentai Dairanger mentions the names of the five heroes in the song lyrics.
  • Power Rangers Samurai and Power Rangers Megaforce: Each Ranger calls their name out when their credit appears.
  • The Aquabats! Super Show!:
    With the MC Bat Commander (Commander!)
    Crash McLarson (Crash!)
    Ricky Fitness (Ricky!)
    Eaglebones Falconhawk (Eaglebones!)
    And Jimmy the Robot (Jimmy!)
    Together they fight evil
    So unbelievable!
  • Bob The Builder (understandably for a kids' show) has the entire cast:
    Scoop, Muck and Dizzy, and Roly too.
    Lofty and Wendy join the crew
  • The theme to Pee-wee's Playhouse does this at one point:
    "Globey's spinning, Mr. Window's grinning, 'cause Pterri's flying by..."
    • In the Christmas Special, Pee-Wee introduces all the puppet / claymation / etc. characters, followed by the regular human characters, and the special guest stars.
  • Zoobilee Zoo
    "I'm Mayor Ben. I'm here to lend a helping hand." / "I'm Bill Der Beaver. I invent things on command."...

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  • The Banana Splits:
    Flipping like a pancake, popping like a cork, Fleagle, Bingo, Drooper and Snork!

  • "It's A Typical Day," the opening number of Li'l Abner, has all the best-known denizens of Dogpatch introduce themselves.
  • The Corny Collins Council gets one in "The Nicest Kids in Town" from Hairspray.
  • The "Prologue" of Natasha, Pierre, and the Great Comet of 1812 pretty much introduces everyone appearing in the show, in the style of a cumulative list song akin to "The 12 Days of Christmas". It was necessitated since audiences had difficulty following the plot.
  • Hamilton neatly introduces most of the characters and their role in Hamilton's life, although they aren't named until later songs:
    • "We fought with him": Lafayette and Mulligan/Jefferson and Madison - the former fought alongside Hamilton while the latter fought against him.
    • "Me - I died for him": Laurens/Phillip - the former in a battle two weeks after the war ended, the latter defending Hamilton's honor in a duel.
    • "Me - I trusted him": Washington.
    • "Me - I loved him": Angelica, Eliza, and Peggy/Maria Reynolds - Peggy like a sibling and Reynolds as a lover.
    • "And me? I'm the damned fool who shot him": Aaron Burr, of course.
    • And Alexander Hamilton to finish off the song.

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  • Happens in The Non-Adventures of Wonderella here. Not an intro, though.
  • Andy Weir did once write a cast song for his webcomic Casey and Andy, which was then performed by the band Moosebutter. Albeit only two minutes long, it mentions every character who had appeared in the comic so far, and even one who didn't yet at that point: The Conquistador.

    Web Animation 
  • In Teen Girl Squad: "Cheerleader! So and So! What's Her Face! The Ugly One!"
  • Homestar Runner: Though not actually used anywhere else, Strong Bad envisions such a song in the Strong Bad Email "theme song", which mentions Strong Bad, Strong Sad, Strong Mad, The Cheat, and Homestar Runner. In his own words:
    Strong Bad: I'm sure viewership would triple if I had one of those crappy cartoon theme songs that bludgeons you over the head with the blunt end of the show's premise.
  • In season 2 of Monster High the theme song has changed into a mix of Theme Tune Rap and this.
  • DSBT InsaniT: Their names aren't said, but are displayed as each character appears in it.

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  • I Made America opens each episode by listing the Founding Fathers kidnapped from the past and brought to 2012 Chicago: "Franklin, Hamilton, Jefferson, Madison, Washington, and John Adams!"

    Western Animation 
Homer doesn't get his own lyrics because he's too busy being scared by the "special ghost".
  • Part of the Jake and the Neverland Pirates theme song is this, with each character acknowledging their name with "Ahoy!" as it's called out.
  • Wild Animal Baby Explorers has this, with the characters' names being shouted out loud as the characters themselves appear on-screen. It was only introduced in later airings, though. The earlier episodes have the same opening theme and same animation in the title sequence, but the character names aren't shouted out loud.
  • The Archie Show has a roll call that gets sung twice.
  • The animated El Chavo series has a variation in which the title sequence only shows the characters that appear that episode, similarly to the original show (itself an example) which announced which actors (and characters) were in that show's episode.
  • Wacky Races introduces each of the racers in narration only; no singing.
  • Steven Universe 's theme ends with this:
    That's why the people of this world believe in
    Garnet, Amethyst, and Pearl, and Steven!
  • Gravity Falls shows the main characters showing off their personalities as their names hang in the air next to them; Dipper investigating, Mabel wearing eccentric clothing, and Stan being a cheapskate.
  • Les Mondes Engloutis (AKA: Spartakus and the Sun Beneath the Sea) does this in the theme song in the original French version (although Arkana is left out):
    "...Dans toutes les strates et Les Mondes Engloutis, suis Spartakus, Bobnote , Rebecca..."
  • "This is the story of Blinky Bill, and Flap and Nutsy too, and Wombo, Ruff, and Marcia, and Splodge the Kangaroo..."
    • The third season subverts this a little: "Here's Blinky Bill and Nutsy and it's Flap who makes it three. And a mob of circus animals who Blinky helped set free."
  • The U.S. theme song to Sky Dancers does this, but the not the international or Region 1 DVD theme songs.
  • Care Bears Movie II: A New Generation does this with the "Flying My Colors" number near the beginning of the movie.note 
  • The theme song to The 7D has one.
  • The Bots Master has a theme tune roll call rap.
  • Beginning with the first, most incarnations of Hanna-Barbera's ''Super Friends' franchise do this.
  • Bubble Guppies did this during its theme song.
  • Though the theme song of Budgie The Little Helicopter is mainly about Budgie, it briefly goes over the other main characters.
  • The Get Along Gang does thisnote , although some may have trouble figuring out what some of the other words are.
  • The Roman Holidays:
    Gus: You'll love Gus, and Laurie, Precocia too!
    Precocia: And big brother Hap Holiday!
    ?note : And Brutus the Lion, the family cat.
    Gus: He'll eat you out of house and home as quick as that!
  • Where's Huddles? plays with this trope:
    "There lives a family down the street, the Huddles! The McCoys live right next door!"
    Claude Pertwee (narrating): Yes, I know! The girls are alright—Marge and Penny—but the fellas...they play football, you know! Savages, that's what they are!"
  • From the second season of Shirt Tales:
    Digger: "It's a cinch!"
    Kip: "In a pinch..."
    Rick: "You call..."
    "Pammy!" "Rick!" "Digger!" "Tyg!" "Kip!" "And Bogey!"
    All: "The Shirt Tales!"
    • The first seasonnote  opening had a non-spoken (or sung) version where they were each given rapid closeups.
  • Turbo F.A.S.T features a theme tune rap
    Turbo! He's got super speed!
    Whiplash! He jets to the lead!
    Skidmark! Propeller flow!
    Chet's safe, he'll take it slow!
    Smoove Move with them speakers baby!
    Burn burning that fire crazy!
    White Shadow, big with no fear!
    Now you know the team is here!
  • The Marvel Superheroes has a theme song that simply describes them, instead of saying their names outright.
  • The Brady Kids introduces the six kids by name (unlike the counterpart live-action series) along with the animal characters.
  • "Bucky! Captain Bucky O'Hare! Mutants, aliens and toads beware! If you're looking for adventure, well this is it, with Jenny, Deadeye, Blinky, and Willy DuWitt..."
  • The theme song for Kaeloo introduces all of its characters, but it has no lyrics. Instead, their names appear while they are shown doing something they’d usually be doing on the show, like Quack Quack eating yogurt, and Mr. Cat doing an Evil Laugh while standing in a completely destroyed war zone which is partially on fire.
  • The theme song of Bump in the Night has main character Mr. Bumpy introduce himself in the first verse and the second verse introducing the supporting cast.
    Squishington: Bump with Squishy!
    Bumpy: He's my very best pal!
    Molly Coddle: Bump with Molly!
    Bumpy: She's my favorite gal! Bump with Closet Monster and Destructo, too, but those guys don't bother Bumpy! He knows what to do!
  • Both seasons of Pound Puppies (1980s) used this, but in different ways. The first season's opening theme was an instrumental that had a voice-over introduce the characters in the beginning, while the second season gave the opening theme lyrics and actually had the characters introduced in the song.
  • The first season of Captain N: The Game Master has a sort of example:
    (map of Videoland appears with various video game sound effects playing in the background)
    Narrator: Welcome to Videoland!
    Mega Man: Mega hi!
    "Simon Belmont":note  Welcome to Castlevania! Yahoo! YA-HOO!!
    Kevin / Captain N: It's Kongoland!note 
    Mother Brain: Mother Brain will get you, little princess! (Evil Laugh)
    • A fan-created sequel does this with older and newer characters (as much as Giovanni)
    (map of Videoland appears with various brand new video game sound effects playing in the background)
    Narrator: Return to a world known as Videoland!
    Samus Aran: I have wiped out Mother Brain once and for all.
    Princess Lana: My name is Queen Lana, the future wife of Kevin Keene. The evil Giovanni has taken full control of the Palace of Power. My inhabitants fled during a deadly battle against Dr. Wily, including Mega Man. A new Game Master is summoned through the Ultimate Warp Zone. My older sister, Princess Mariah, is the last survivor of this strange land. My father, King Charles, died during a deadly fight with the evil Giovanni. Now his soul rests in peace. Kid Icarus and Simon Belmont are nowhere to be found. In their place are newcomers Pikachu, Mike Haggar and Spyro the Dragon.
    Ash Ketchum: Let's go catch some Pokémon!
    Stacey / Captain N: I am the female protector of Videoland! My name is really Stacey Keene but I was known as Captain N: The Game Master. I am a girl. I was brought to Videoland by Kevin and Princess Lana's older sister, Princess Mariah.
    Giovanni: I will not continue the Final Fight until Captain N and Princess Lana's older sister, Princess Mariah are MINE! (Evil Laugh)
  • This isn't used in the normal theme song played on Daniel Tiger's Neighborhood, but the extended version featured in the program's music album releases has this.
    Prince Wednesday skips royally by / Miss Elena's waving hi / Won't you ride along with me? / Ride along / O the Owl's reading a book / Katerina's twirling, look! / Won't you ride along with me? / Ride along!
  • The extended version of the theme for Care Bears: Adventures in Care-a-Lot released as a music video has this.
    What do Cheer and Share and Oopsy do? / Bring smiles, give gifts and help you, too / Funshine's a fun one, Grumpy's blue, ooo-wee-ooo...
  • "If You Give a Mouse a Cookie, then he'll ask for a glass of milk... And then one thing will lead to another, and you never know what's next! Let's go to unexpected places, they'll leave a smile on our faces. With Moose, Pig, Cat and Dog, so come on, come along."
  • "There's action! There's comedy! There's danger! There's Penny! There's Bad Luck Hula! There's plenty for everybody, on the Plastic Man Comedy Adventure Show!"note 
  • Kuu Kuu Harajuku:
    "...Love, Angel, Music, Baby!note  And G work perfectly!..."
  • The Backyardigans:
    'Hi, I'm Pablo!' 'My name's Tyrone!' 'I'm Uniqua!' 'I'm Tasha!' 'And my name's Austin!' 'And we're your backyard friends, the Backyardigans!'
  • PAW Patrol:
    'Marshall! Rubble! Chase! Rocky! Zuma! Skye! They're on their way!'

  • Parodied here.
  • Parodied with the Saturday Morning Watchmen Opening.
  • On Taxi Jim is on a blind date with Marcia Wallace from The Bob Newhart Show, and sings her the lyrics he's made up for the show's theme: "Here comes Bob and Carol/His wife Emily really likes him/He's got five members in his group..."
  • Spoofed in the opening number of The Drowsy Chaperone, "Fancy Dress," where all the main characters and their motivations are revealed in song, even a character who only shows up for one scene at the very end of the show.