The Five-Man Band has been a long standing symbol of group unity, so what better way to do it than to show your cast actually performing in a band? It's sort of a cousin to the Dancing Theme, and shows the characters playing instruments, rocking out and having fun. Even if they never actually play the instruments in the series. If they do, though, all the better.
Compare to Fake Band
- For an all-meido Violin/Bass/Accordion/Drums band, And Yet the Town Moves.
- My Bride is a Mermaid OP, also a Dancing Theme.
- Myself ; Yourself OP.
- In Marmalade Boy, Yuu and Kei, romantic rivals for the love of Miki, the female lead, are enlisted to help in a five-man band, along with Satoshi, the student council president, and two unnamed extras. All goes A-OK until Kei (who, by the way, is a piano prodigy) starts improvising just to show off. Luckily, the other members of the band react surprisingly well.
- Shugo Chara!'s second ED depicts the Guardians as a band.
- The premise behind The Prince of Tennis OAV named "Band of Princes".
- The Knight Sabers form a band in the video for "Touchdown to Tomorrow". They're also credited with a number of other songs associated with the franchise. Of the characters, Priss is the only one with a musical career.
- The YuYu Hakusho team was decked out in white tuxes for one of the concept albums. Both Toguros also make an appearance.
- In the cult classic The Adventures of Buckaroo Banzai Across the 8th Dimension, Buckaroo Banzai and The Hong Kong Cavaliers are a literal Five-Man Band (prior to Buckaroo asking Dr. Sidney "New Jersey" Zweibel to join the group), and are featured in a scene where they give a concert at "Arnie's Artery". New Jersey joining the Cavaliers briefly makes them a Six Man Band, until Rawhide's death later returns them to being a Five-Man Band.
- In one of the Haruhi Suzumiya drama CDs, Haruhi assigns the members of her Five-Man Band the exact instruments listed on the entry. This is despite them not knowing how to play these instruments. The five characters also appear dressed as rock stars on the cover art of one of the Image Song CDs and a poster for the Haruhi Suzumiya concert.
- The Slayers gang were pictures in official art as a band at least once, it also helps that the original cast sang their characters' songs for the soundtracks.
- The Imagin Four-Temperament Ensemble of Kamen Rider Den-O has one of these where they sing the "Do It Yourself" Theme Tune. It is awesome. Supremely so.
- On Superhuman Samurai Syber-Squad, while there were only four members, they were in a band.
- In the Korean drama The First Shop of Coffee Prince, the Coffee Prince shop staff have a publicity concert that ends up being all percussion (but still awesome) because they really can't play instruments.
- The Aquabats! in The Aquabats! Super Show!!
- The brief credits to How I Met Your Mother show the main case performing the theme as a rock band (and, in one case, muffing it spectacularly).
- The album cover art for the TOME soundtrack has Flamegirl on bass, Nylocke on guitar, Gamecrazed on keyboard, Kirbopher on drums, and Alpha as singer. The Season 2 soundtrack re-iterates this theme, but with the Netkings, with Kindarspirit as singer, Execk on bass, Rubirules on guitar, Webmaster as a DJ and Bitshrum on drums. To allude to the second season's more techno-dubstep style (courtesy of The Living Tombstone), the Netking band uses electronic instruments.
- The Scooby-Doo Gang would play concerts occasionally, Usually with Scooby on drums.
- This was part of the premise of shows like Jabberjaw and Josie And The Pussy Cats, although the latter was more like a Power Trio Band Concert.
- Several members of the cast of Code Lyoko form a band in an early Season 1 episode - Odd on guitar, Ulrich on keyboard, Jim on slide trombone, Nicolas on drums, and Yumi singing. Only Odd and Nicolas had any real skill at their instruments, and after that episode the band was never mentioned again.
- The third episode of the Wu's Teas series of shorts from Ninjago features the Ninja perfoming to advertise Wu's Tea Shop. Lloyd is singer, Nya is on drums, and Kai, Jay and Cole play various string instruments. Notably, Zane is absent.
- All of Team Amazon does this for one song in Total Drama World Tour, with Heather as lead vocals, Courtney as the guitarist and Cody as the bassist, but Gwen and Sierra switched, as the drummer and a squealing fangirl respectively. All of them have been shown singing because of the premise of the third season, but only Courtney has been shown playing her instrument outside of this song.
- Adventure Time: Used in 'What Was Missing' - Finn, Jake, Princess Bubblegum and Marceline play in a band together to try to open the Door-Lord's lair.