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The Opening Theme or Ending Theme is in a language other than the main language of the country of origin or of the Target Audience.

Note that this does not include the use of a few foreign words for flavour. Nor does it include cases where a show is dubbed into the local language but has its theme song left intact. This trope is strictly about theme tunes which are mainly or entirely in a language that the target viewers do not speak in everyday life and the original actors do not speak on the soundstage (or, for voice actors, in the recording sessions). An Ominous Latin Chanting is, of course, in a language that nobody speaks anymore.

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May overlap with Real Song Theme Tune.


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    Film 

    Live Action TV 
  • The solo at the opening of each episode of Battlestar Galactica is a Hindu prayer in Sanskrit. The expository text on screen is in English, however (and has nothing to do with the music).
  • Norwegian sitcom Hos Martin uses the fully English title theme "Lord of the Fools"
  • While it was usually in English, Weeds had at least one instance where the theme was sung in French, and has probably done another language by this point.
  • An episode of Psych, "Lights, Camera... Homicidio", has the theme song translated into Spanish. A later episode has it in Hindi. Oddly, a Chinese-themed episode shows the actors' name in Chinese but keeps the standard theme song.
  • While viewers of Monkey may not realize it, the opening theme "Monkey Magic" and the rest of the soundtrack was always Surprisingly Good English in Japan.
  • Mr. Bean has a short but memorable Theme Tune in Latin.
  • The theme song for Xena: Warrior Princess is written and sung in Bulgarian.
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    Theatre 
  • The Consul begins its first two acts with the distant, prerecorded sound of a sentimental chanson sung in French ("Tu reviendras").

    Video Games 

    Visual Novels 
  • The ending theme of Steam Prison, "Laventelin Sininen," is in Finnish.

    Western Animation 


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