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Austin: Well, that's it for today. Let's wrap it up.

Adam and Reed: Rap! He said rap! Let's hit it!
The Reduced Shakespeare Radio Show

Yo, peeps!

So you got a new show,
And it's totally hip,
Then you need a Theme Tune,
That's a total mind trip
Down Iambic Boulevard,
And Expository Lane,
It's the Theme Tune Rap,
TV Tropin' is the game!

Examples of Theme Tune Rap include:


  • Bakuretsu Tenshi.
  • Bleach's 1st OP
  • FUNimation gave Dragon Ball GT a rap theme song in its initial release, to cater to the Periphery Demographic of young black teens. When they went back and redid the series with a more straight transition, this was replaced with an English version of "Dan Dan Kokoro Hikareteru" sung by Vic Mignogna.
  • Machine Robo Battle Hackers' intro is one of these.
  • One Piece in the 4Kids dub is a famous example.
    • Yo ho ho, he took a bite of gum gum!
  • Pokémon had a couple of these. The "GS Pokerap" was co-opted for the Pokemon Chronicles opening. More recently, TAJ made their own rap Ending Theme for the last couple of seasons and the Season 10 Opening Theme.
  • The intro of Samurai Champloo is one of the few well-received examples, which comes as no surprise seeing as the integration of hip hop was the entire premise of the series.
  • Tenjou Tenge has the unfortunate luck of having an opening theme that sounds a bit too much like a 4Kids opening.
  • A rather odd example: Naruto's German opening is a rap in English, which is also a Title Theme Tune.
  • Naruto Shippuden's 1st OP.
  • Goku Sayonara, Zetsubou-sensei had a remixed version of Kuusou Rumba that overlayed some of the original song with hip-hop. Some fans of the series consider this to be better than the original version of the song or any of the other remixes.


Live Action TV


  • The Reduced Shakespeare Company Radio Show has several humorously Totally Radical raps performed by "three white boys ripping off black culture" (as the company calls themselves), including their notorious rap version of Othello.

Video Games

Western Animation


 We're the Mario brothers and plumbin's our game!

We're not like the others who get all the fame!

When your sink is in trouble you can call us on the double!

When hangin' with the plumbers you'll get hooked on the brothers!



 From the "Z" to the "O" to the double "R" "O"

He's the dude in the mask from the barrio.

With his horse and his mask and his big old sword

He'll cut your butt from a '52 Ford.


 Alright, it's time for me to bust a rhyme!

Sit back and chill for a while,

I'm comin' at ya, like toon-style,

So get ready for a funny-bone overload at the Little Shop!



 We out, PEACE!

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