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  • Acting for Two: A 1st Place concert featured a special where IA performed the Angel Beats! theme song "My Soul, Your Beats!" with its original singer, Lia. Lia is IA's voice provider, so techically, Lia is duet-ing with herself. Some other voice providers have also sang alongside their Vocaloids, such as GACKT with Gackpo and Chihiro Ishiguro with Yukari.
  • Ascended Fanon:
    • Though technically not fanon due to being created by a company to be the Mac response to Vocaloid, Macne Nana is the very first voicebank that can be used in UTAU to get an official Vocaloid voicebank.
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    • Oliver's bird has no official name, but a number of fans decided to call him James, and the name stuck — to the extent that even the VocaTone staff have begun using it, but they stated that the name is still not canon.
    • A popular subgenre of of Vocaloid videos among fans are "Talkloids", where the samples are manipulated to make the synthesisers sound like they're talking instead of singing. After AH Software released simultaneous Voiceroid and Vocaloid versions of some of their banks, other studios would join in by either including a speech add-on for their characters or making the talking process easier in the software from the start.
  • Author Existence Failure: Powapowa-P had a series of songs he made from 2013 until his passing in 2015. All the songs had a certain theme; conflict, loneliness, change, tomorrow, and life - the final song was supposed to be themed around "now", which was unfortunately never finished. Before his death, he did release some other songs on his albums "Ikiru" and "Poncotsu Odyssey", and he released a song shortly before he passed called "Please Give Me a Red Pen". In addition, he has a posthumously-released song called "Healthy End". However, he never said if Please Give Me a Red Pen and if any of his album-exclusive songs are the "now" song, and it has never been confirmed if Healthy End is also the "now" song.
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  • Cash Cow Franchise: A huge hit in Japan and overseas, to the extent that there are musicals and even concerts of them!
  • Crossdressing Voices: Len, Ryuto, and Iroha have vocal providers of the opposite gender.
    • While not quite "voice actors" in the traditional sense, female vocaloids are commonly used to play male roles in songs featuring male characters. As well, Len has been used to play female roles.
  • The Danza:
    • Both of Gumi's names come from Megumi Nakajima. note 
    • Kamui Gakupo is named after Gackt.
    • Meiko's voice provider is named Meiko Haigo.
    • Miriam's voice provider is Miriam Stockley.
    • SF-A2 miki's voice provider is named Miki Furukawa.
    • Utatane Piko's voice provider is NND singer Piko.
    • YOHIOloid got his name from the singer Yohio.
    • Chika's name comes from her voice provider, Chiaki Ito.
    • Sachiko's voice provider is enka singer Sachiko Kobayashi.
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    • Fukase's voice provider is SEKAI NO OWARI vocalist Satoshi Fukase.
    • Kano Akira is named after OH-SE's "Kano Akira" persona in ARSMAGNA.
    • Hiyama Kiyoteru is voiced by Kiyoshi Hiyama.
    • Yumemi Nemu is named after DEMPAGUMI Inc. vocalist Nemu Yumemi.
    • Played with in a non-product example: the Hatsune Miku that appears in Shinkansen Henkei Robo Shinkalion is definitely based (albeit with some subtle tweaks to the name) on her namesake, but she's not voiced by Miku herself; voice provider Saki Fujita plays the role to give her a more natural sound.
  • Defictionalization:
    • Gakupo was based of voice samples from Gackt. Then Nico Nico held a vocaloid contest hosted by Gackt where they asked him to sing the winning songs "Episode.0" and "Paranoid Doll." The result was Gackt not only created and released a remix of the song Episode.0, but also created a video that was identical to the original PV but with the pictures of Gakupo replaced with pictures of Gackt dressed as Gakupo. Here is the original PV of Episode 0.
    • Vocaloids themselves for Sharon Apple. Synthetic pop-star, human vocal element, live holographic concerts...
  • Fan Nickname:
    • Gumi is nicknamed "Rankaloid", due to the fact that her provider Megumi Nakajima is more well-known for the Macross Frontier character, Ranka Lee.
    • Quite a few fans have used the nickname "Lenny" for Len, due to the number of PVs in which he dies. In the Japanese fandom, he tends to be called Ikelen (Cool Len) whenever he's portrayed as cool or badass, which is based off the Japanese term "ikemen" (roughly, cool guy) and variations of it seem to be common within Vocaloid songs featuring a character being badass; Ikerin shows up less frequently. Additionally, whenever his The Casanova side comes to the fore, he's tagged as Maselen (Mature Len).
    • Among Brazilian fans, Maika is also called Maikão ("Big Maika.")
    • YOHIOloid's are Hio or Yohi. Even though he technically has no official name, VocaTone members have gotten around to calling him Hio in some of their official talks.
    • Some people call Cyber Diva Cyva (a shortening of her official name) or Athena (Her most popular demo song).
    • Cyber Songman gets Cyman (pronounced like "Simon") for similar reasons to Cyber Diva.
    • Ass/Arseloid or Buttloid for Arsloid, thanks to his odd product name.
    • "CV04" for Oliver, since fanartists regularly draw him with Len and Rin (who are part of the Character Vocal series), and the fact that his voice matches the "male child" description for the initial project.
    • flower's fans gave her the nickname Hana-chan, using a translation of her character name as a hypothetical "true name" while treating "flower" as a stage name.
    • Lesser known Vocaloids or Vocaloids with lesser known providers sometimes get the derisive nickname of "Wholoids" or "Literally Wholoids".
    • Crypton's Vocaloids are often referred to as "Cryptonloids" by fans.
  • Flip-Flop of God: Crypton first described Kagamine Rin and Len as mirror images, then took that back and called them twins. Later, they ended up taking both statements back and ended up leaving it up to anyone's interpretation.
  • Follow the Leader: Vocaloid has inspired the creation of quite a few other vocal synths - some more notable examples include UTAU, Synth V and CeVIO.
    • Other vocal synths, and even other Vocaloids, were inspired by the success of Hatsune Miku. Many took cues from her design, some notable examples being Macne Nana, Acme Iku, Kasane Teto, Camui Gackpo, and Dong Fang Zhi Zi, just to name a few. As such, designs for several vocal synths have been criticized for following "Miku Formula" due to using similar tropes in their designs that Miku's design has, like Zettai Ryouiki, pleated skirts, a futuristic aesthetic, and so on, despite many of these not even originating from Miku herself. Vocaloid Wiki has an interesting article on this here.
    • In terms of overall character design, many Vocaloids started getting personified designs on their box art after the success of Crypton's Character Vocals, since its newfound audience would later expect other banks to be "characters" the same way.
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  • No Export for You:
    • Many of the non-English Vocaloids were rather difficult to get if you don't live in Japan, and shipping can get to ridiculous prices. Yamaha attempted to avert this with some Vocaloid3 banks such as VY1V3, Mew, Aoki Lapis, Tone Rion, and the V3 Gumi banks available as downloads; Voctro-Labs ships Bruno and Clara internationally; and SBS put up SeeU on eBay, albeit at a considerably higher price; but some, like Yukari Yuzuki, are still rather difficult to get overseas.
      • Actually, Yamaha updated (where they sell Vocaloids), and they now sell packaged versions of SeeU, Tone Rion, Mew, Aoki Lapis, and other Vocaloids to North America and Europe!
    • Do you want to buy an album by your favorite composer, or a compilation album? Unless it's registered on KarenT, you will probably never be able to get it, because they're usually sold at Comiket or VocaMas — and even if they're sold online too, they're usually on Japanese-only sites.
    • Even if you can read Japanese or use a translator, good luck seeing any of the Theatrical Plays based on the more famous songs. Those few that do have DVD releases never seem to have subtitles, English or otherwise.
    • And then there's the licensed games, notably the Hatsune Miku: Project DIVA series, which were Japan-only until Project Diva F, which at least was made available in the Southeast Asia region, but that's still in Japanese. There are hopes however for the latter to see international release, seeing as how an American promotional video for the PSVita shown in Gamestops shows gameplay footage of that game.
    • Averted with Project Diva F for the PlayStation 3, in which the localized version of the game in the US and Europe, eventually released on August 27, 2013 after an announcement by Sega.
    • Sega then topped the release of Project Diva F, when they released Project Diva F 2nd. Several fan favorite songs? Check. Playstation 3 and Vita at the same time? Check. Full English Subtitles, even in the Diva Room mode?! CHECK. Cross-save, even from the original Japanese release? ...SEGA out-did themselves.
    • Special Subversion Mention goes to Project Mirai for the Nintendo 3DS. It's Nintendo's Project Diva with Nendoroid-ified Vocaloid! Kawaii!. The game's never released outside Japan, both prequel and sequel... And then comes this announcement; it's coming to USA and Europe in 2015!
    • For a time, it was impossible to buy the Vocaloid 4 engine, VY1V4 and/or Cyber Diva from the official vocaloid online store unless you were from Japan, despite the fact that the latter is geared towards the American market.
    • "Senbonzakura" is a mainstay of arcade Rhythm Games and the Project DIVA series...unless you're in South Korea. The song is excluded from Korea-specific builds of those games for cultural reasons involving its lyrics.
  • Official Fan-Submitted Content: YOHIOLOID, Maika, Bruno, Clara, and Fukase all have their character designs chosen from fan designs. VY1 and VY2 also had a design contest, but the designs that won aren't their official appearances.
  • Promoted Fanboy:
    • The role of Lapis' seiyuu went to the singer who submitted the best audition, Nako Eguchi.
    • This occurred similarly in Merli's case, with Misaki Kamata being awarded as the provider.
    • Miwasiba's V4 design for Flower started off as Rule 63 fanart.
  • Recursive Adaptation: Gakupo was based of Gackt who then made a remix of a Gakupo song and PV.
  • Referenced by...: BoxxyQuest: The Gathering Storm has a Vocaloid concert as part of its plot in Chapter 4, and one scene involves the main heroine disguising herself as Miku to get backstage. Rin and the real Miku both make direct appearances at the concert, while several other Vocaloids, (Luka, Gumi, and Lily), are mentioned by name.
  • Talking To Herself: Rin and Len are voiced by the same woman, Asami Shimoda. Rion and Nemu also have the same voice provider, Yumemi Nemu.
  • Trope Codifier: The system has been the face of vocal synthesizers since the late 2000s into the 2010s, to the point where it's become a generic term for them in Japanese lingo.
  • Vaporware:
    • We haven't heard much of CV04 and its existence since its confirmation in 2009, and details get more and more scant as time passes by. Word of God says that he's still in production. However, he might not be in the Character Vocal series anymore since he's now listed as "Male Vocal" rather than "CV04." The last we've heard anything official about him is in 2012.
    • Ring Suzune and Hibiki Lui were announced at the end of May 2011. They were the result of a contest titled "Everyone's Vocaloid project", which called for fans to create an original Vocaloid character for the then-upcoming Vocaloid3 engine. However, Development Hell struck and the project was picked up by VocaNext, whose website became inaccessible in late 2013. The duo are all but said to be abandoned at this point.
    • A Vocaloid simply titled "H" was announced by 1st Place during a livestream in 2016. Outside of the initial announcement, nothing else was confirmed about that Vocaloid (at least, until 2020, when the project was suddenly announced as cancelled in another livestream), and it's been speculated H was put in suspension due to 1st Place's focus on CeVIO. This looks to be on its way to being subverted, however - in 2021, 1st Place introduced a new ARIA character with an "H" on her nametag, leading to fan speculation that this was the same character. While her connection to Vocaloid or any other engine is still unconfirmed, she's been given the official name "HIPPI".
    • Zing, a character from the Zyon rhythm game by Aquatrax, was set to have a trilingual Vocaloid voicebank developed by EXIT TUNES and slated for release in 2018. However, absolutely nothing has come from this thus far; most of Zing's social media suspiciously went silent before the start of 2019, and there hasn't been even so much as a demo song or update on voicebank development since her announcement in 2017.
  • What Could Have Been:
    • In 2013, a bilingual Vocaloid named ALYS would have been the first French speaking Vocaloid in the database. She was crowd funded by a company called VoxWave, and she was set to be a part of the V3 engine. However, due to the technical limitations of the Vocaloid engine (such as not being able to speak as well as she could sing) and hoping to make the system she's packaged in free to use, she was brought over to the CeVIO Creative Studio instead. She was later released on March 10 2016, this time for Alter/Ego.
    • RUBY would have been bilingual with English and Japanese capabilities, but due to the difficulty in recording the Japanese voicebank, it was later scrapped.
    • GUMI's VOCALOID3 voicebanks were going to be called Megpoid Extend in a similar vein to Crypton's "Append" voicebanks. This was scrapped to avoid the misconception that it was necessary to own the original VOCALOID2 GUMI bank for it to install properly (in contrast to Crypton's Appends, GUMI's individual V3 voicebanks could be installed/purchased separately from the original voicebank and each other), and they're simply referred to as V3 Megpoid. However, some fans still mistakenly referred to her V3 voicebanks as Extends even after the name was scrapped.
    • Hatsune Miku's original VOCALOID2 voicebank was originally conceived as being bilingual with Japanese and English. This idea was scrapped and saved for Megurine Luka instead. However, she eventually did get a couple of English voicebanks, but it was long after the VOCALOID2 era had ended.
    • Sweet Ann and Big Al were originally planned to be released on the original V1 engine rather than V2. It's unknown why their V1 releases were cancelled, outside of Big Al's V1 voicebank going unfinished due to low quality and the process of remaking his voicebank being too expensive. Furthermore, Big Al was originally going to have a different voice provider (Michael King instead of Frank Sanderson), thus a much different sounding voicebank. However, the voicebank using Michael King's voice had quality issues, but King was too busy touring to re-record Al's samples.
    • Luo Tianyi was formerly named Yayin Gongyu, but this name was scrapped because it was based on a Japanese naming system rather than a Chinese one. The same applies to Zhiyu Moke (whose former name was MOKO), Mo Qingxian (Chou), Yuezheng Longya (Yayin), and Yuezheng Ling (Ling Caiyin).
    • SeeU was intended to be and was advertised as trilingual with full Japanese, Korean and English voicebanks, which would've made her the first trilingual Vocaloid, about 6 years before Miku would be. While she definitely has full Japanese and Korean banks, her English is only a very limited set of extra phonemes. She had a full English voicebank in the works, but it was put in suspended production in late 2013 because SBS was unsure what the fan reaction would be like, and they believed SeeU needed to be more popular. Her voice provider, Kim Dahee, was jailed almost a year after the cancellation, which probably put her English bank deeper in limbo.
    • MEIKO, KAITO, and Megurine Luka had Append voicebanks that were set to release during the V2 era. However, these voicebanks were not released for V2 - MEIKO and KAITO's new voicebanks would release for V3 instead, and Luka's would release for V4. Furthermore, the Kagamines were due for an update during V3 (as was Luka, for some time), but they also ended up releasing for V4. Curiously, MEIKO and KAITO's unused V2 vocals ended up being featured in Hatsune Miku and Future Stars: Project mirai.
    • Oliver was originally going to be named either "Cody", "Treble", or "Devin". It's unknown why these names were scrapped in favor of "Oliver".
    • Miku went through quite a few different design changes early in her development. One of her earliest designs depicts her with only one ponytail rather than her signature Girlish Pigtails along with a decidedly less 'futuristic' but more schoolgirl-esque outfit than later designs. Other early designs closer to the final product include a design that makes more references to her technological origins (like a QR code on her shoulder) and a more sophisticated design on her necktie, and one with a much different color scheme (a black shirt and blue skirt with black accents).
    • VocaTone also planned a young masculinenote  English vocal by the name of Ausgris and even released a demo featuring a beta version of their voicebank. Despite this, VocaTone maintained that Ausgris was largely unfinished and weren't sure if the voicebank would see a proper development or release, though they did state that there was progress being made on Ausgris, along with another 2 voicebanks, which was followed by a few years of no updates. Similarly to the ALYS example, Ausgris (now renamed Aurum) was announced to see release on a new engine, Maghni AI, along with another vocalist by the name of Audine. VocaTone also stated they originally planned to announce five vocals (two of which were named Era and Nyx) rather than just three, but the other two went unannounced due to VocaTone losing their license with Vocaloid.
  • The Wiki Rule: Vocaloid has at least four wikis! There's Vocaloid Wiki (covers general Vocaloid content, ranging from the Vocaloids themselves, to songs, to producers, to even companies),Vocaloid Lyrics Wiki (dedicated to tracking lyrics to Vocaloid songs, rather than Vocaloid stuff as a whole), Hatsune Miku Wiki (similar to Vocaloid Wiki, but in Japanese), and VocaDB (which is more like a database than a wiki and covers vocal synthesizers in general, but does have a very similar purpose and focuses primarily on Vocaloid).

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  • Technically, Crypton only has one true male vocal bank, which is KAITO. Len counts as part of the Kagamine package, and since he was voiced by a woman, he is considered a female vocal at times. Conversely, AH has two— Kiyoteru and Iroha, since her voice provider was a boy.


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