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A variation on a show's usual Title Sequence for a special event. Does not cover the regular evolution of a title sequence from season to season. Likely to occur in conjunction with Formula-Breaking Episode. Can also be applied to the ending sequence, if the show has one (e.g. Anime).

Title-Only Opening, Silent Credits, Finale Credits and Variations on a Theme Song are sub-tropes of this.

When this trope is done with company logos, see Logo Joke. When this trope occurs on a regular basis, see Couch Gag.

NOT to be confused with Special Editions of works; the trope for that is Limited Special Collector's Ultimate Edition.



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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.
  • Fullmetal Alchemist (2003):
    • Episode 37 is a Lower-Deck Episode that focused on the military recurring characters. It thus 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 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 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 Hetalia: Axis Powers 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.
  • One Piece:
    • In Episode 303, the opening theme's singers, Tackey and Tsubasa, are animated in alongside the Straw Hat crew.
    • One of the ways Chapter 766 pays homage to Naruto, which had just entered its final chapter, is by changing its logo a bit; the "O" becomes the Konoha symbol, the "E" shows a shuriken, and the Character in the Logo, which is usually a silhouette of Luffy, becomes a silhouette of Naruto.
    • To celebrate the anime reaching 1000 episodes, the series used the original "We Are!" intro with visuals of the crew in their Wano designs.
  • 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: The first episode of each season has no opening credits, just the main title. Later, usually the final episode, would add in sound effects to the opening. And on top of that, the main villains (and in response the heroes) uses their Stand powers in the opening near the end of the story:
    • Stardust Crusaders:
      • Oingo and Boingo get to sing and dance in the closing credits, which are designed to look like Boingo's drawings; Later when Hol Horse teams up with Boingo, they dance as well.
      • In the last two episodes, Dio Brando activates The World, punches through the glass that Jotaro's Star Platinum supposedly broke, and stops the opening credits for a short time. As time resumes, he and Jotaro yell their Stand cries as they exchange Rapid-Fire Fisticuffs.
      • In the final episode, Dio is prominent in a few crucial scenes where he was previously unseen. And later on Jotaro is seen activating Star Platinum for a split-second, foreshadowing his Stand gaining the ability to stop time too.
    • Diamond is Unbreakable:
      • The third opening "Great Days" has one for the episode after Yoshikage Kira gets Bites the Dust, which has the ability to attach itself to a host and blows up anyone who tries to ask them about Kira before resetting time to the beginning of the day. Kira's Stand causes a time loop that makes the opening credits happen in reverse. It ends up acquiring psychedelic visuals, set to the second verse of "Great Days", and as time resets fully and Kira activates Killer Queen, the main cast turns and looks angrily at Kira.
    • Golden Wind:
      • The second opening gets a new variation after The Boss reveals himself. In the opening credits, Doppio turns into Diavolo, who activates his Stands King Crimson (which erases time) and Epitaph (which predicts the future). When he activates them, the music turns into an eerie opera and he speaks in Italian about strengthening his fate.
      • In the last two episodes, Diavolo interrupts the opening credits as above... but Giorno's evolved Stand, Gold Experience Requiem, nullifies Diavolo's powers.
  • In the anime of No Game No Life, the ending credits of episode 8 are almost normal, except that Sora is missing, due to being erased from reality, and there are some playback errors like sound scratches and discolourations, which makes it a whole lot creepier. It can be seen here. Episode 9 follows it up with a Title-Only Opening.
  • In episode 23 of Kill la Kill the second ending song is interrupted by Nui.
  • Lupin III: Part 5: The Series Finale episode's title appears at the end: "Viva Lupin III!"
  • Goblin Slayer: Episode 7's closing credits feature a sweet lullaby for Goblin Slayer to rest after his massive fight.
  • SoltyRei: The song "Return to Me" plays in the closing credits of the episodes where Roy Revant suffers the loss of his daughters, Rose Revant in episode 12 and Solty in episode 24.
  • Kaguya-sama: Love Is War: Fujiwara sings and dances in Episode 3's closing credits. Several episodes also skip the ending theme altogether due to them running longer than usual.
    • The shoujo anime parody sketch in season 2 episode 7 also had its own unique opening to go with the shoujo aesthetic.
  • Back Street Girls: Episode 7 of the anime has the opening and closing songs sung by the Gokudolls male voice actors.
  • Sarazanmai: The Series Finale episode shows the opening titles at the very end. The closing credits themselves are different, showing Toi spending time in a reformatory.
  • Overlord (2012): The "Pure Pure Pleaiades" specials did this for their first season finale: the episode used the main opening/closing of the main show ("Clattanoia"/"L.L.L.") and had them sung by the Pleaiades, to comic effect.
  • Arakawa Under the Bridge: The fifth episode of the anime has Maria singing a song to Sister.
  • The Fate Series does this for episodes where significant characters have passed on.
    • Fate/stay night does this twice: episode 14's credits plays out over a montage of Archer's memories (some of them drawing from Unlimited Blade Works) as he fades away, while episode 24's credits play out over a shot of a dying Artoria.
    • Episode 15 of Fate/stay night [Unlimited Blade Works] has the ending theme played in a slower, sadder version, to commemorate Illya's death. It can be seen here. The closing credits play out over a snowy forest, where Illya first met Berserker, though the forest is darkened.
    • Fate/Zero does this with episodes 18 and 19, which focused on Kiritsugu's past and the loved ones he lost.
    • Episode 22 of Fate/Apocrypha, which focused on a major battle and ended with two allies passing on holding onto each other, plays out over scenes of the battle's aftermath.
    • Episode 16 of Fate/Grand Order - Absolute Demonic Front: Babylonia, ends with a montage of a passed-on Siduri's memories of Enkidu and Gilgamesh.
    • Episode 11 of Carnival Phantasm, though an Affectionate Parody nature of Fate, takes this seriously too. In the aftermath of Lancer's death, the credits play over a black screen in blood red titles.
  • The Seven Deadly Sins: Chapter 19's manga cover has Elizabeth and Diane wearing each other's clothes, preparing for the Chapter 33 where they both swap sizes after bathing in a magical spring.
  • One-Punch Man:
    • The season 1 finale forgoes the opening credits in favour of continuing the fight between Saitama and Boros from the previous episode.
    • That episode's ending features a memorial song for the City A citizens who lost their lives.
  • In the final episode of Jewelpet Twinkle, the characters all sing the theme song and end credits song together.
  • The fourth episode of The Misfit of Demon King Academy has Anos sing the opening song.

    Comic Books 
  • DC Comics:
    • DC did a crossover event called Forever Evil (2013) in September 2013, which had a "Villains Month" comic for a third of the series ongoing at that time (complete with a villain-specific comic title).
    • When DC released a special Green Lantern issue to commemorate the hero's 80th anniversary in 2020, the DC Comics logo was in the Green Lantern power battery, as seen here.
  • Marvel Comics has used custom corner-box art on its comic covers to reflect special events, special comics, or just for a laugh:
    • "Assistant Editors' Month" (September 1983, issues cover dated January 1984) was chock full of these, given its premise of having the books' assitant editors given free reign while their superiors were busy at San Diego Comic-Con. Among the more notable gags:
      • Ann Nocenti's titles (The New Defenders #127note , The Incredible Hulk #291note , The Thing #7note , and Marvel Fanfare #12note ) had a caricature of Nocenti either take the place of the usual corner box portrait (the former three) or outright shoving the usual editor out of the way (Fanfare).
      • The Avengers #239note , Captain America #289note , Iron Man #178note , and Conan the Barbarian #154 had checkerboard trade dresses resembling the one used by DC Comics during The Silver Age, with the former three titles having the corner box portraits turned away from the reader.
      • Fantastic Four #262, "The Trial of Reed Richards"note , includes a hand-written note from John Byrne in the corner box asking the editors not to do anything too crazy with the cover.
    • The Amazing Spider-Man #250note  had the Hobgoblin shout out to the reader "It's great! Steal it!" At least one person confessed to taking him up on that advice.
    • Captain America #332, which had Steve Rogers decide to resign the mantle, has corner-box art of Abraham Lincoln's portrait shedding a tear.
    • Fantastic Four #348 had corner-box art of Spider-Man, Wolverine, the Hulk and Ghost Rider, who had been recruited as the New Fantatic Four to replace and investigate the kidnapping of the original Four. The next issue, #349, had corner-box art of the Hulk and the Thing, reflecting the two teams uniting to take on the kidnappers.
    • Tom Scioli's Fantastic Four miniseries "Grand Design" had corner-box art of the Fantastic Four using their powers, as seen here.
    • Marvel Fanfare #15 paid tribute to the April Fool's Day theme of the main story with a corner-box image of Archie Goodwin's cigar having exploded as a practical joke, seen here.
    • The Mighty Thor #381, where Thor was trapped in the body of the Destroyer armor, had corner-box art of the Destroyer armor, as seen here.
    • The Transformers #80, the last issue of the original Marvel run, replaced the usual faction leader corner box portrait with a beveled Decepticon insignia, and was billed as "#80 in a 4-issue limited series."note 

    Comic Strips 
  • 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.
  • In The Beano, when the Dennis the Menace (UK) strip was running a story arc about Gnasher being missing, Walter's poodle Foo-Foo took over the strip Gnasher's Tale, renaming it Foo-Foo's Fairy Stories.
  • Elvie:
    • The title changes to Elfie when Elvie plays NetHack.
    • The title changes to Elvis in a comic about Elvie's GitHub username.
    • The title changes to Selfie when Elvie draws an SVG self-portrait.

    Fan Works 
  • 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 sidestories "Agatha & Sam Gaiden" and "Shadows of the Jungle", being Halloween Episodes dealing with horror themes, change the title to red and black.
    • The second Holiday Special has the title in red and green, and also adds some golden letters in the subtitle for good measure.
  • BNA: Brand New Animal: The closing credits for Episode 11 are in black-and-white, to reflect the Cliffhanger ending that implied Michiru was eaten alive by feral Shirou.
  • Rent-A-Girlfriend: Episode 7 has a special closing featuring Ruka's history.
  • Excluding the first four episodes, which didn't have an established intro yet, a few episodes of Yu-Gi-Oh! The Abridged Series had different opening credits:
    • "Both Of You Duel Like You Want To Win" features a montage of various Yu-Gi-Oh clips while "A Cruel Angel's Thesis" plays, complete with a (completely inaccurate) translation of the song's lyrics.
    • "Busted Rhymes" featured the same footage as the regular intro, but with "YMCA" playing instead of "Kawaita Sakebi".
    • "Duel Of Fates" featured a parody of the opening crawl from Star Wars.
    • "Sore" had the Pharaoh singing a parody of the opening theme of The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air.
    • "Dork Side Of The Moon" once again had the same footage as the intro, but the theme tune was instead "sung" by series creator LittleKuriboh, complete with beat boxing in the background.
    • "Bakuhazard" featured an intro for "The Bakura Show", with "Ave Satani" playing and overlayed with ridiculous English lyrics.
    • "They Saved Tristan's Brain" had Marik singing to the tune of "Cha-la Head Cha-La!"

    Films — Animated 

    Films — Live-Action 
  • Some MGM films have the lion in the logo be calm and tranquil, in contrast to its normal roaring manner:
    • The 1959 adaptation of Ben-Hur was the first to do this, a deliberate move from the director, who felt the roaring lion would be at peace in a film about Christ.
    • Other films where the lion is silent include The Next Voice You Hear... (a 1950 film about God speaking on the radio) and the 1951 adventure film Westward the Women.
  • A variation; the films of Yasujiro Ozu often had the film title set against a sackcloth background, to represent a simple middle-class background. His last film, An Autumn Afternoon, had the title set against a background of painted fronds.
  • Marvel Cinematic Universe:
    • Spider-Man: Homecoming: Instead of the regular fanfare, the Marvel logo opens with an orchestrated version of the famous Spider-Man theme from the classic animated series. Spider-Man himself is inserted into the live action clips in the logo. (He usually isn't in the logo, the scene he replaces from the normal logo is one of Hulk tearing through Utron's mooks.)
    • Avengers: Infinity War: Unlike most of the previous films' opening Marvel logos, the typical fanfare is replaced by the sounds of a distress call placed by the Asgardian ship seen at the end of Thor: Ragnarok, along with the "I" and "O" in Marvel Studios being replaced with the number 10 to mark the MCU's anniversary. The turning of "I" and "O" into the number 10 is repeated in Ant-Man and the Wasp which came out the same year.
    • Captain Marvel (2019): As this is the first Marvel Cinematic Universe film released after Stan Lee's death, the Marvel logo features images of Lee's cameos and publicity images, and comes with a message: "Thank you, Stan."
    • For Avengers: Endgame, all of the characters who vanished in Infinity War were conspicuously absent from the opening logos.
    • After Chadwick Boseman's death, the Disney+ screening of Black Panther (2018) changed the Marvel Studios logo character montage to footage and artwork of him as the Black Panther starting on what would have been his 44th birthday, November 29, 2020.
  • James Bond's gunbarrel sequences changes for special occasions:
    • For Dr. No and Casino Royale (2006) the gunbarrrel sequence is part of the animated opening sequence. For Dr No, it was the first film, so there was no prologue, while Casino Royale was a prequel/reboot.
    • On Her Majesty's Secret Service, George Lazenby's only Bond film, had Lazenby drop on one knee in the sequence.
    • Die Another Day has Bond fire a bullet into the gunbarrel itself.
    • Skyfall has a title card commemorating Bond's 50th anniversary.
    • The international release of No Time to Die has the Universal Pictures globe turn all white and shift to the left, starting the gunbarrel sequence.
  • On PBS Kids airings of Odd Squad: World Turned Odd, the second half would open up with the usual opening theme, only narrated by Odd Todd and twisted so that it shows all of the odd things he's done. The title card at the end reads "Todd Squad" instead of "Odd Squad", with the creators' names changed as well: "Todd McKeon" and "Adam Peltztodd".

  • Rivers of London:
    • The German editions have Ben Aaronovitch's name on a piece of scrollwork flanked by two skulls (one in a police helmet and one in a top hat) and with the Big Ben clock tower 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). The first novella doesn't have the skulls and tower, and the second, The October Man, about Peter's German counterpart, has no tower but Weimar eagles in place of the skulls.
    • More subtly, most editions of the city-based novels all use a detail of the relevant area from Stephen Walker's incredible "The Island: London Series" artworks. For Foxglove Summer, Patrick Knowles creates a Herefordshire equivalent. Walker himself does one of Trier for The October Man. False Value has London, but with a striking green-on-black design rather than the usual parchment background. The "computery" effect represents that Peter is now working for an IT firm.

    Live-Action TV 
  • 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 Live TGS studio, with the regular opening shown on an adjacent widescreen monitor.
  • The Granada TV version of 'The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes'' episode "The Final Problem" replaced the opening violin tune with a slower, sadder version.
  • A few episodes of ALF, which have him sing a song, have the normal ending credits replaced with a clip of Alf singing that song (notably "Looking for Lucky" and "Don't It Make Your Brown Eyes Blue?").
  • Arrowverse:
    • Arrow
      • 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. (It then gets used as the regular title between Ollie taking the mantle back and Ollie going solo, at which point it's back to just an arrowhead.)
      • For the Villain Episode "The Dragon", the arrow is replaced by Diaz's dragon tattoo with a roar instead of the arrow sound.
      • The 150th episode replaces the title with that of the in-universe documentary The Emerald Archer: The Hood and the Rise of Vigilantism.
      • "Lost Canary" replaces the arrow with Black Canary's logo.
      • "Green Arrow and the Canaries" ends with what is most likely the official logo for a new spinoff series - a futuristic arrowhead flanked by two canaries.
      • The series finale, "Fadeout", shows all seven arrows from the past seasons, with seasons 1-3 being on the left, seasons 4-6 on the right, and a lighter green version for season 7 in the middle.
    • 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.
      • The first episode of season 5, "Nora", and the episode giving her backstory, "Godspeed", has the background as a mix of red and purple, purple being the colour of Nora's XS costume and lightning effects.
      • The end card of "The Last Temptation of Barry Allen" Part One and the opening sequence of Part Two, both show the logo being covered in Bloodwork's blood.
      • "Armageddon Part 4" has Thawne-as-Flash in Barry's place during the clips of Team Flash.
    • 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.
      • "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. A variant of this becomes the standard logo in season 4, when Constantine becomes a main character.
      • The Rent-a-Zilla episode "Tagumo Attacks!!!" has the title in Japanese.
      • The 100th episode, "<wvrdr_error_100_not_found>", has all the previous title logos.
    • Supergirl: The episodes "House of L" and "Red Dawn", which feature a Soviet version of Supergirl, open with a Kaznian hammer-and-sickle version of the S-shield and the title replaced with Cryllic script reading "Krasnaya Doch" (Russian for "Red Daughter").
    • 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.
      • All three parts of Elseworlds (2018) (which Legends wasn't part of) had the standard logo appear, and then the Elseworlds logo move in to replace it. In addition, the Arrow opening narration was given by Barry-as-Oliver, and the Supergirl narration by Deegan-as-Superman.
  • For its final episode, Ashes to Ashes (2008) 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.
  • Buffy the Vampire Slayer,
    • Jonathan, a minor recurring character, took over the credit sequence of the "Superstar" episode 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.
    • "Seing Red" has the only opening with Amber Benson credited for Tara because she gets killed.
    • 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:
  • Doctor Who:
    • The opening credits 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 1960s and early 1970s, 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.
      • In "The Wheel In Space", the usual time tunnel sequence gradually fades out into a shot of the Wheel, while the theme music is still playing; the story title, episode number and writer are displayed over this shot of the Wheel rather than in the time tunnel sequence.
      • "The Seeds of Death" displayed the title and episode number over a specially filmed model shot of the Earth and the Moon, the two locations featured in the story.
      • In "The Space Pirates", the title, writer and episode number screens appear only after the opening scene (Episode 1) or the cliffhanger reprise (Episodes 2-6), in black text over a white void, with the One-Woman Wail over them.
      • "The War Games" featured footage of explosions and sounds of gunfire interspersed with the story's title and episode number.
      • In "The Ambassadors of Death", the opening titles are cut off early, before the story title appears, instead going straight into the opening scene of the episode (Part 1) or the reprise of the previous episode's cliffhanger (Parts 2-7)... then the remainer of the opening titles is shown. Uniquely, the story title does not all appear at once; first "The Ambassadors" appears at the top of the screen, followed seconds later by of "OF DEATH" in a much larger font.
      • "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 colour 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 led many to speculate that the titles were 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" lists Jenna Coleman's name before Peter Capaldi's and replaces the Doctor's eyes with Clara's, to tie in with her lie to the enemy 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. The practice was abandoned for the rest of his Christmas specials, because "The Return of Doctor Mysterio" isn't very Christmassy and "Twice Upon a Time" is a fairly serious regeneration episode.
    • "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).
    • "Sleep No More", "The Woman Who Fell to Earth" and "Resolution" don't have opening sequences at all. The first has a brief special Title-Only Opening of data at the start of its Found Footage, and the other two employ a Close on Title.
    • The closing titles of "Rosa" play over "Rise Up" by Andra Day.
    • The closing titles of "Demons of the Punjab" have an Indian arrangement of the theme.
    • The closing titles of '[1]" plays without the distinct four beats at the start. Some fans speculate this reflects the Doctor being turned into a Weeping Angel in that episode.
  • 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 Falcon and the Winter Soldier: The end credits of "The Whole World Is Watching" uses a chilling tune instead of "Louisiana Hero" to underscore John Walker murdering one of Kari's followers in public.
    • The ending of the final episode changes the title to Captain America and The Winter Soldier, after Sam formally takes the title.
  • The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air: The series actually uses one for its pilot episode, having a longer introduction and ending with it leading into the opening scene, as seen here.
  • Friends:
    • The "What If?" episode featured a Title Montage of the "what if" versions of the characters, including Monica still being fat, and this also involves a new version of the classic "dancing in a fountain" opening. These clips were not seen in the episode itself.
    • 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.
  • Game of Thrones plays songs over its closing credits for a few specific episodes:
    • "Blackwater", "The Lion and the Rose" and "The Bear and the Maiden Fair" play the main song of House Lannister, "The Rains of Castamere" in commemoration of Lannister-related events.
    • "Walk of Punishment" plays the song "The Bear and the Maiden Fair" in relation to the situation Brienne and Jaime Lannister end up in.
    • "Kissed by Fire" plays Shireen's song "It's Always Sunny Under the Sea". Shireen made her debut in that episode.
    • "Knight of the Seven Kingdoms" plays the ballad "Jenny of Oldstones" over the closing credits. The song is about a royal scion who gave up the throne for the love of his life, which reflects Jon and Dany's relationship.
  • 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.
  • Gotham:
    • In the season 3 episode ' "Smile Like You Mean It", after Jerome blows up the Gotham power plant, plunging the city into darkness, the ending title card feature the usual Gotham skyline, except the buildings are completely dark. The following episode's opening title card, when Jerome's followers are spreading chaos, adds a couple of fires.
    • In the season 4 finale "No Man's Land", after Gotham loses power again and is cut off from the rest of the country, they use the dark version of the ending card, with the addition of a searchlight shining from police headquarters.
  • 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.
    • Kamen Rider Double also did special openings in a story arc centering on an American Idol-style TV show, replacing half of the standard opening with footage of the theme song's performers (who play judges in those episodes) performing the theme on the "Idol" stage.
  • The season 2 episode of Legacies called "Screw Endgame" has two characters trapped in a labyrinth themed like a videogame from The '80s. As such, the show's title is pixelated and features 80's videogame animation.
  • 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.
  • Marvel Cinematic Universe TV series have done this on a few occasions:
    • 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. Once they return to the present, this is replaced by Earth That Is. Several late-Season 5 episodes overlay the show title over the closing moments of the teaser, a change from the usual format.
      • For the 100th episode Milestone Celebration, every custom logo listed above was used in quick succession.
      • Season 7 is full of Time Travel and intentional Genre Throwback, so each episode imitates the style of opening TV credits for its respective year.
    • The Falcon and the Winter Soldier:
      • The closing credits for episode 4, "The Whole World Is Watching", ditch the jaunty "Louisiana Hero" by Henry Jackman, in favor of a haunting, somber theme tune reflecting the ramifications of Walker murdering a Flag Smasher with his shield in cold blood.
      • The closing credits for episode 5, "Truth" modulate "Louisiana Hero" in the closing credits up a half-key as Sam looks at his Wakandan-made Captain America gear for the first time.
      • The final episode changes the title to "Captain America and the Winter Soldier", reflecting Sam Wilson finally embracing and accepting his role as Steve Rogers's successor..
  • When the '80s/'90s revival of The Mickey Mouse Club did a reunion special with the original '50s version, they mixed footage of the old theme/intro into the newer theme/intro and added the "Donald Duck!" and "High, high, high!" bits from the 50s theme that weren't in the 80s/90s version. You can watch it here (it comes after the Mouseline segment).
  • Mighty Morphin' Power Rangers had a miniseries known as Mighty Morphin Alien Rangers that acted as the last 10 episodes of season 3 of MMPR, wherein the the entire world was age-reversed by 10 years, Rangers included, leaving them as kids without their powers, so reinforcements in the form of the titular Alien Rangers stood in for them until the Power-less Rangers managed to find the Reset Button that could turn everyone back to normal (and give them new, stronger powers.) Because of this, the miniseries had a special intro featuring the kid Rangers as well as a modified 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 Recognise Different Parts of the Body". An announcer reads this in a non-Title Scream tone, beginning a Framing Device that recurs intermittently throughout the episode. The banner is, however, squashed by the Giant Foot of Stomping as usual ("Number one: the foot").
    • 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. (A number of these, such as "Owl-Stretching Time" and "Whither Canada?", were retained for use as individual episode titles, though they were only shown on screen during the end credits of the first season.)
  • Mr. Bean had a few episodes include a post-credits scene where Mr. Bean is beamed up, to serve as a Bookend to the opening credits where he was beamed down.
  • A 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 Formula Breaking 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
  • Odd Squad:
    • The opening theme for the Season 2 premiere, "First Day", has Oprah handling the narration in place of Olive, with the Character in the Logo shot featuring both of them, along with Otto and Oscar, absent. The question of "Who do we work for?" is also removed and is instead replaced with Oprah simply saying "We are Odd Squad."
    • For the Season 3 premiere, "Odd Beginnings", Oprah — now the Big O — once again handles narration duties. This time, it's in place of Olympia, who took over her role for the duration of Season 2. Unlike the aforementioned example, however, there's no Couch Gag, and instead, Oprah describes her role in Odd Squad as the Big O.
  • 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.
  • Police, Camera, Action!:
    • The 1996 Two-Part Episode The Man Who Shot OJ skips the usual opening titles for a Montage of footage in Los Angeles shot by Zoey Tur (then Bob Tur) and in Arial font, "THE MAN WHO SHOT OJ PROGRAMME 1", "THE MAN WHO SHOT OJ PROGRAMME 2", and the lower-thirds (names on-screen) are in ITC Franklin Gothic Demi instead of the show's usual Futura Condensed Bold Italic font.
    • The 1998 episode "Coat Hanger Man" has occasionally had its title sequence cut off in Edited for Syndication versions aired 2006-2009, making the runtime 23 minutes instead of the usual 24 minutes. However, these are rarely aired, and the Title Sequence is restored.
    • The 2000 specials "Crash Test Racers" and "Highway of Tomorrow" have the usual 1999-2000 title sequence, but the episode names are not on the Episode Title Card, with the words "SPECIAL" in Charles Wright font. In the 2005 Re-Cut versions, the Episode Title Card is skipped over, and OCR-8 font with the episode title on-screen is used.
  • The Prisoner (1967):
    • The episode "Living In Harmony", a Western Elseworld, replaces the opening with an equivalent sequence in which the character rides into town and turns in his sheriff's badge. The actual title The Prisoner isn't shown on screen (at least in the unaltered version of the episode; some UK broadcasters insisted on adding it to the opening anyway). Patrick McGoohan does not receive his starring credit as a result of this change, though he is credited for playing Number 6 in the slightly revised closing credits sequence (unlike "Fall Out", see below, for which he receives no actor credit).
    • The final episode, "Fall Out", has (mostly) the normal end credits, but the opening credits replace the famous normal opening with a recap of the preceding episode with the series title overlaid, then a long helicopter shot over the Village, accompanied by a different arrangement of the theme music (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 featured in the last four episodes except for minor shots. The closing credits are changed slightly to eliminate the iconic animated sequence of bars closing across Number 6's face, and the closing image of Rover emerging from the water. As a result of the changes to the opening, star Patrick McGoohan does not actually receive screen credit for playing Number 6 in this episode (though he is credited for producing, writing and directing it).
  • Psych:
    • The series 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. The Christmas 2019 episode did change the graphics, adding snow, holly around the handle of the magnifying glass, and replacing some of the images with a snowflake, a reindeer, Ebeneezer Scrooge, Christmas trees, a medieval Father Christmas, Christmas pudding, mince pies and sprouts.
  • 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.
      • If anything, it was more of a Take That! at the Sci-Fi Channel's much-maligned decision to remove the full-length Title Sequence.
  • 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.
  • The season 1 finale of Star Trek: Discovery ends with the titular starship rendezvousing with the USS Enterprise. The musical fanfare of the event and the end credits are an updated version of the Star Trek: The Original Series 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.
    • 13.16 'Scoobynatural' has a unique opening that begins with a version of the opening moments of the Scooby-Doo, Where Are You! credit sequence (bats flying past a spooky-looking house) followed by a unique series logo replacing the show's title with Scoobynatural. (In fact, the title Supernatural is never actually shown on screen in this episode.)
  • Teen Wolf, "Illuminated" primely taking place at a club, replaces the usual theme with a remix.
  • 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).
  • Torchwood: "Adam", in which a memory-altering entity infiltrated the usual team, added shots of the interloper to the usual opening sequence.
  • Two and a Half Men got one for a "crossover" with, of all series, CSI, when the writers from the latter show decided to swap shows with the "Men" writers for a week.
  • 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 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 2012 Dallas series did a special title sequence for the episode "JR's Masterpiece", in honor of both the passing of JR Ewing and his actor Larry Hagman.

    Puppet Shows 
  • 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.
  • 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 were annoyed by the theme song, so the closing titles run over Rowlf playing it solo on his piano.
  • Sesame Street:
    • From season 30 to 32, the intro had a shot of Big Bird walking several girls in tutus across the street. One episode had a chroma-keyed Zoe freeze the theme at that particular point to inform the viewers watching that the following episode had dancing as its focus (Zoe is a ballerina herself).
    • In 1975, all but the first of five episodes revolving around a trip to New Mexico had a special, extended title sequence showing Big Bird and the adults driving in a pick-up truck, with a special version of the iconic theme tune to go with it:
      Sunny day,
      Coming to Santa Fe,
      On my way,
      To where the air is sweet.
      We're a long, long, long, long,
      Long, long way from Sesame Street!
      Here we go, off to New Mexico,
      Tacos, burritos, frijoles! Can't be beat!
      We're a long, long, long, long,
      Long, long way from Sesame Street!
      Gonna see the desert flowers,
      Gonna work for hours and hours,
      With happy people like you,
      Happy people like-
      Good-bye care!
      Hurry, we're almost there!
      Smell that air, come on, just 10 more feet!
      We're a long, long, long, long, long, long, long, long, long, long, long, long, long, long way from Sesame Street!
      Long way from Sesame Street!
      Long way from Sesame Street!

  • 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.
  • The Now Show
    • The opening credits sometimes have some variant on "I'm Steve Punt." "And I'm Hugh Dennis." "With us are [guests], and this is..." "THE NOW SHOOOW!", especially if Hugh is absent from an episode and someone else has to do the last bit. In the fourth episode of Series 56, when the country was in lockdown due to COVID-19 and the cast were all recording remotely, Hugh apparently missed his cue for his introduction, and the shout of the title was preceded by a computer voice announcing "Hugh has joined the group", which became a Running Gag for the first half of the show.
    • The final episode of that series ended with a medley of 1940s song parodies in the style of the Andrews Sisters (referencing the British media's constant use of World War II as an analogy in a crisis). The end credits were then read out like a 1940s American radio show, even including a fake sponsor (Relaxo, the soothing drink for people who can't get their audio software to work properly.)

    Video Games 
  • 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.

    Web Animation 

    Web Comics 

    Web Original 
  • The webseries Awesome Video Games once had their opening sequence taken over by the Robotic Operating Buddy.
  • 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:
  • 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:
      Arin: Heydoyouwanttodothatthingwherehecomesonourshow?
      Jon: NO!
      Both: And this is Guest Grumps!
    • 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...
      (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.
  • JonTron: For Halloween and Christmas specials, Jon's intro and theme song will be modified accordingly. The intro of the infamous "Apples and Breaks" short distorts heavily midway through before abruptly cutting off (to reflect Jon's state in the short proper).
  • 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."
  • The Irate Gamer: 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!
  • The Nostalgia Critic: The review for Deadpool 2 has an opening with the usual visuals for Season 11, except it starts out with "Channel Unicorn" ("Now That's an Horny Horse") replacing the Channel Awesome logo, and the credits themselves are replaced by tongue-in-cheek parodies, right in the style of a Deadpool movie.
  • The Simpsums: For "The Simpsons Guy", the show is presented as "Fummary Guy", since the crossover was technically a Family Guy episode.
  • GameXplain occasionally uses special logo animations when covering major games or events. Special mention goes to the animation made for videos related to the 35th anniversary of Super Mario Bros., first debuting in "Top 10 Hopes for Super Mario 3D All-Stars! (Besides Being Real...)" and occasionally used up until "Mario Is Dead.", which zooms in on the initial scene again to show Mario getting attacked by a Piranha Plant and a Thwomp.
  • Brave Wilderness: The episodes focused on marine life will replace the orange and yellow logo in the intro with one that's in shades of blue instead. Also, the episodes themselves are hosted by Mark Vins (who's normally just the cameraman) rather than Coyote Peterson, since sea life is his personal specialty.

    Western Animation 
  • Adventure Time has quite a few variations on its opening sequence:
    • The Gender Flip AU episodes starring Fionna and Cake have every character who in the opening sequence replaced by their gender-swapped counterparts. This extends to the singer of the theme song, which has creator Pen Ward replaced by character designer Natasha Allegri.
    • The guest animator episodes "A Glitch Is a Glitch", "Food Chain" and "Bad Jubies" also have the opening redone by the guest animator.
    • The miniseries Stakes, Islands, and Elements each have special versions of the opening that feature that story arc's most relevant characters and a variant of the theme tune sung by the central character of the plotline (Marceline, Finn, and Princess Bubblegum, respectively).
    • The Bonus Episode "Diamonds And Lemons" has an 8-bit version of the opening sequence.
    • The Grand Finale "Come Along with Me" has a special opening featuring Shermy and Beth having fun 1,000 years in the future.
  • 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. A similar thing happens in a later episode with the new title sequence; Roger appears in Stan's car without an outfit, causing Stan to turn the car back around and question him about it.
    • "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.
  • Amphibia:
    • Certain episodes such as "Reunion" and "True Colors" have no introduction and only the show's title with a variation of the main theme.
    • The finales for Seasons 1 & 2 replace the normal credits sequence with a series of drawings depicting key moments from the respective seasons, while a wistful, orchestral version of the end theme plays.
    • In "Little Frogtown / Hopping Mall", to reflect the latter's Tear Jerker ending, has the credits taking place over a shot of the night sky above Newtopia, with a sad piano version of the end theme playing.
    • "The Shut-In!" has the opening being shown with an scratched-up film filter tinted purple, among other edits, with a "spooky" remix of the theme song. The credits sequence is based on the Season 1 closing, with Anne and Sprig replaced with skeletons.
    • In "Spider-Sprig / Olivia & Yunan", to reflect Marcy's transformation into Darcy, has the credits taking place on a black background with glowing text, accompanied by hushed atmospheric moans.
    • In "The Root off Evil / The Core & The King", the credits run silently over footage of King Andreas' portrait of his former friends, Leif and Barrel, burning in his fireplace, symbolizing his desire to put his past behind him.
  • 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 the series has the regular credits, with snow laid over the top.
    • The reboot, Animaniacs (2020), features a special intro for its Halloween special; as seen through a haunted TV (a nice nod to Poltergeist), the footage is darkly tinted except for the Warners themselves, and the Couch Gag at the end involves the Warners as zombies.
  • 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.
  • Big Mouth:
    • "Steve the Virgin" has Coach Steve walking through and commenting on the title sequence, since the episode is A Day in the Limelight for him.
    • "Florida" has Marty Glouberman complain throughout the title sequence, including calling the show disgusting.
    • "Duke" has the title sequence in sepia tone, with the song remixed to sound like an old jazz recording.
  • Big City Greens:
    • "Blood Moon" gives the theme song a more spooky vibe, adding a therimin to the score, a Red Filter of Doom, and scary and haunting assets.
    • "Chipwrecked" does not play the jovial ending theme "Do It All Again" along with scenes of the Greens' house and city areas; instead it plays a more ominious theme over a shot of the now-closed Big Coffee at night.
    • "Chipocalypse Now" changes the melody to a depressing minor key and has Chip hog some of the Greens' shots, and altered scenes of the Greens in horror at his Community-Threatening Construction going on without a hitch.
  • Blinky Bill: So as not to immediately spoil the story arc of season 3, the first two episodes of the season use an alternate intro, featuring clips from throughout the season note , and set to a modified version of season 2's theme song.
  • Bluey: 'Bingo' changes the standard opening sequence, so that Bluey takes Bingo's place in ending up out of the dancing game, and as such, Bingo ends up winning, much to Bandit and Chilli's surprise. The theme song is modified to suit this, and when Bluey gets out, the background changes from blue to orange.
  • Bojack Horseman:
    • In "Escape from LA", 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.
    • In "Int. Sub", a therapist who changes her clients' names when she talks about them refers to Bojack as "Bobo the Angry Zebra". The opening plays as normal, but Bojack is now redesigned as a zebra and the show's title is changed accordingly as well.
    • "The Showstopper" replaced the show's theme song with that of Bojack's new Show Within a Show Philbert, complete with "A Netflix Original Series" replaced with "A What Time Is It Right Now Original Series".
    • "A Horse Walks Into Rehab" has the title sequence start as normal, but then "burns out" as the episode begins.
  • The CatDog TV movie The Great Parent Mystery has special lyrics for the theme song as well as lyrics for the credits.
    One fine day with a question on their mind,
    CatDog left old Nearburg behind.
    Tired of wondering, tired of feelin' bad,
    Set off searchin' for their mom and dad.
    CatDog (CatDog), CatDog (CatDog),
    Out on the road went the little CatDog.
  • 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.".
  • Danger Mouse
    • The Musical Episode, "Melted" replaces the ending theme with a reprise of the final song.
    • "The Last Giraffe Warrior", a parody of The Last Starfighter with the gag that Giraffe Warrior Planet really does act like a video game, ends with pixellated images and a Chiptune version of the theme.
  • 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.
  • DuckTales (2017):
    • "Woo-oo!", "Whatever Happened to Della Duck?!", and "Astro B.O.Y.D.!" don't have the standard opening, instead having the show's logo appear over the opening scene. In "Astro B.O.Y.D.!", the logo is even written out in katakana, as the episode is set in Japan.
    • Some episodes, mainly those that are more serious or story-driven, have the opening shortened.
    • "Last Christmas!" also has a shorter opening, along with snow falling throughout, the DuckTales logo strung with Christmas lights, and the theme song rewritten and sung 1950s style to fit the episode's holiday theme.
    • "The Duck Knight Returns!" shortens the opening to a mere five seconds, in addition to the show's logo sporting the purple/yellow color scheme of Darkwing Duck.
    • "GlomTales!" features a special Hostile Show Takeover version of the title theme sung by Flintheart Glomgold.
    • "Quack Pack!", being a Sitcom Homage Episode, had one that was stylized to feel like it came from a 90s Dom Com.
  • 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?
    • "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.
  • To commemorate the 30th anniversary of The Flintstones, a special Hanna-Barbara logo premiered on its shows in 1990 that featured Fred Flintstone dancing in a top hat and tails. It can be seen here.
  • The Futurama episodes "Mars University", "Bender Should Not Be Allowed on Television", and "Spanish Fry" all have different versions of the Theme Tune playing.
  • 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.
  • Harley Quinn (2019): The episode "Devil's Snare" plays a slower sadder version of the theme music over the closing credits, to commemorate Ivy's death. The second season's penultimate episode "Lovers' Quarrel" does this for Kite Man finding out Ivy cuckolded him with Harley.
  • "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", "Dino Checks Out" and "The Journal."
  • 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 Lizzie episode "Beyond the Beat" eschews the usual title sequence in exchange for a mock rock documentary intro.
  • 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:
    • In 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".
    • In the Halloween Episode "Tricked!", Lily is dressed as a Bedsheet Ghost when the title screen appears, and eerily wails instead of saying, "Poo-poo!" The normal end theme is replaced by a spooky version of the opening theme.
    • The "With the Casagrandes" episodes of Season 4 shorten the title sequence to 15 seconds while Ronnie Anne takes the time to introduce her extended family.
  • 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.
  • Ninjago: In Noir Episode "Ninjago Confidential", the intro is given a monochrome style, like films in the 1930s and 1940s, along with an instrumental jazz remix of the theme song.
  • The Owl House: The end credits of "Agony of The Witch" after the whole ordeal just has silence with Belos's beating heart and castle in the background.
  • Phineas and Ferb:
    • Phineas and Ferb Christmas Vacation! had the Expository Theme Tune retooled for winter break, with Phineas and Ferb now accompanied by Christmas carolers.
      Carolers: As you can see, there's a whole lot of stuff to do before school starts next year,
      So stick with us 'cause Phineas and Ferb are gonna spread some Christmas cheer!
      Candace: Mom! Phineas and Ferb are making a Christmas special!
    • Yet another winter-themed title sequence was done for the Season Four episodes "For Your Ice Only" and "Happy New Year".
    • The 2011 Halloween Episodes, "That's the Spirit" and "The Curse of Candace", the title sequence is basically unchanged until the very end, as the boys dance in a spooky forest with a gravestone in the left corner of the screen as screenshots from their earlier Halloween specials race by.
    • More changes were made for the 2012 and 2013 Halloween episodes ("Drusselsteinoween", "Face Your Fear", and "Terrifying Tristate Trilogy of Terror"): Spooky backup vocals and darkened lighting throughout the song, plus a couple of visual replacements, like skeletons popping up throughout and the "something that doesn't exist" -> goblin in a party hat next to the tombstone.
    • In 2011, Disney did a cross-promotion in which Phineas and Ferb "hosted" the Little League World Series on ESPN.
    • The hour-long specials abandon the usual theme song completely in order to better match the tone. Examples include a comic-book style title reveal in Phineas and Ferb: Mission Marvel (with Spider-Man delivering Candace's usual line to Aunt May), the requisite Opening Crawl for Phineas and Ferb: Star Wars, and a North By Northwest-style opening credits to set the mood for "Night of the Living Pharmacists".
  • 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!
  • 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.
  • Rick and Morty: In Season 5's finale, rather than the usual intro, "Rickmurai Jack" features an animesque intro sequence (complete with Japanese vocals) for "Rick and Two Crows", carrying over from the previous episode.
  • The original Rugrats Christmas episode used a Christmas-based remix of the title theme.
  • Samurai Jack: The fifth season uses a new intro, until the final episode, which goes back to the original series title.
  • Sanjay and Craig
    • The 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.
    • The Episode Title Card for "Huggle Day" is different than the others, because it has animated snow and has the caption "Nickelodeon Presents a Sanjay and Craig Production".
  • Scooby-Doo:
    • 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.
  • The Simpsons replaces its title sequence for every "Treehouse of Horror" Halloween episode.
    • Also, they had Grampa rambling over the credits (until the Gracie Films logo at the end says "shh", to which Grampa responds with "Oh, I'm sorry!") 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 sing (rather badly) along with the music.
      • "He Loves to Fly and He D'ohs", the first episode that aired after the release of the 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.
    • "Lisa Gets the Blues" opens with the first two parts of "The Aquarium" short from The Tracey Ullman Show, followed by the actual title sequence having to restart two times due to the wrong title showing up (the first time, it was The Flintstones, and the second time, it was "The Simpstones"). Instead of shaking fists with Maggie, Gerald holds up a "Happy 635th" banner (acknowledging that the series is now tied with Gunsmoke with the most number of episodes). Lisa's usual scene continues with her outside the school playing the saxophone. The Mr. Largo comes out and tells Lisa that she should quit playing her saxophone. Finally, a Lisa-less Couch Gag is shown in the middle of Lisa and Mr. Largo's subsequent conversation.
    • "Forgive and Regret" replaced the entire opening with a Showdown at High Noon between Maggie and Gunsmoke's Matt Dillon in commemoration of The Simpsons breaking the show's record for most episodes.
    • "Bart's Not Dead" celebrates the show's 30 years with a clip montage of one episode per season, from the 29th to the first.
  • South Park
    • "Goth Kids 3: Dawn of the Posers" has the standard opening replaced by a gloomier version starring the Goth Kids, seen here.
    • "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, seen here. The following episode "Titties and Dragons" has the same opening, but with the "wiener" song from the previous episode.
    • Season 23 is noted for having many of these:
      • The debut episode "Mexican Joker" has the intro set in Tegridy Farms, featuring only the Marsh family sung only by Randy, seen here. This continues throughout the first few episodes of season 23.
      • After the Tegridy Farms arc ends with 6 episodes, the following episode "Board Girls" has the "PC Babies" intro from Season 22's "Buddha Box".
      • "Turd Burglars" has the intro sung by the female citizens of the town and features scenes of them throughout various seasons, showing that this is a female-focused episode, or in other words, "One for the Ladies".
      • "Basic Cable" has a custom intro which features Scott Malkinson as the main character of "The Scott Malkinson Show".
  • 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 tree.
    • 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 is usually golden yellow, except in these cases:
    • It was changed to red for "Brothers" and "Revenge" to mark Maul's return.
    • Season 5's D-Squad arc — "Secret Weapons", "A Sunny Day in the Void", "Missing in Action" and "Point of No Return" — has the logo in light blue.
    • During the final 4 episodes of Season 7 (and the series as whole), it starts with a Lucasfilm Limited Production logo from the initial run of the original Star Wars trilogy, and the Clone Wars logo is red, there's no newsreel (except for "Old Friends not Forgotten") and moral.
      • "Old Friends Not Forgotten" has The Skywalker Saga films' opening theme plays instead of the series' own variant on it. The rest of the episodes have a new theme playing during the intro.
  • 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 replaced with the former show's opening theme.
    • "Twin Suns" ends with the "Binary Sunset" Force Theme. Appropriate, as the final scene is Obi-Wan watching over Luke Skywalker on Tatooine.
    • The closing title of "Jedi Night" and opening title of "DUME" are black on a white background with falling ashes (and in the case of the former, complete with Silent Credits), marking Kanan's Heroic Sacrifice at the end of the former episode (he died holding back an explosion so the others could escape).
  • 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 Lapis Lazuli having stolen Earth's oceans. "Full Disclosure" and "Joy Ride" have the beach covered with debris from the spaceship that crashed there in the season one finale. "Legs From Here to Homeworld" likewise has the ground covered with debris of the two other ships that crashed on the beach one episode previous.
    • If one episode ends with a Cliffhanger outside of Beach City, 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" extend 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 in-between. 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. The ending music is also replaced with ambient sounds.
    • "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.
    • "Reunited", another double-length episode, has the title card over a black screen that precedes the opening musical number.
  • Tangled: The Series:
    • The Season 1 special "Queen For a Day" does not feature the Ending Theme "More of Me"; instead it features an ominous orchestral piece, befitting Varian's Start of Darkness in the last scene.
    • The Season 1 finale "Secret of the Sundrop" does the same, by having an instrumental version of Rapunzel's "Gaining Confidence" Song "Set Yourself Free".
    • Ditto for "Destinies Collide", which feature a much more ominous orchestra to reflect Cassandra's betrayal. "Cassandra's Revenge" and "Once a Handmaiden..." do the same with even more ominous themes than the previous, to reflect the release of Zhan Tiri in the former, and Cass's takeover of Corona in the latter.
  • 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 5have 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!".
  • The Venture Bros.:
    • The first season finale ends with the two title characters seemingly killed. The next season premier goes with this by showing a new opening where they've been replaced by Rusty and Jonas Jr. (who could also be called "Venture Bros"), only for Hank and Dean to be revived via cloning.
    • 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.
  • The Musical Episode of Wander over Yonder excluded the theme song altogether and instead begins with the show's logo on a curtain which opens and cuts immediately to the actual show.
    • The show doesn't really have title cards as much as the title appearing a few minutes into the episode with a short musical piece. However, sometimes the title's font and/or music is different.

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The closing credits for this episode, shows Marcy finishing the movie as Anne and Sasha sleep together.

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