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30th Dec '16 8:33:58 PM LadyNorbert
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* The ''Franchise/DragonAge'' games play with this a little. They never actually ''talk'' about the eponymous Dragon Age, but codex entries in the game and supplemental material elsewhere clarify that it's how the game world marks. Every hundred years is an age, and each new age is given a name inspired by significant events near the end of the previous one. Toward the end of the previous age, dragons began appearing in the world after they had long been thought extinct... so the games are all taking place during what has been named the Dragon Age.

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* The ''Franchise/DragonAge'' games play with this a little. They never actually ''talk'' about the eponymous Dragon Age, but codex entries in the game and supplemental material elsewhere clarify that it's how the game world marks.marks time. Every hundred years is an age, and each new age is given a name inspired by significant events near the end of the previous one. Toward the end of the previous age, dragons began appearing in the world after they had long been thought extinct... so the games are all taking place during what has been named the Dragon Age.
30th Dec '16 8:33:18 PM LadyNorbert
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* The English title for the ''{{Tintin}}'' adventure ''Recap/TintinTheRedSeaSharks'' references an element which only shows up at the end of the story. In most other languages, this album is known as "Coke on Board", with "coke" or some variant being a code-word for [[spoiler: human cargo being shipped to slavery]].

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* The English title for the ''{{Tintin}}'' adventure ''Recap/TintinTheRedSeaSharks'' references an element which only shows up at the end of the story. In most other languages, this album is known as "Coke on Board", with "coke" or some variant being a code-word code word for [[spoiler: human cargo being shipped to slavery]].




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* The ''Franchise/DragonAge'' games play with this a little. They never actually ''talk'' about the eponymous Dragon Age, but codex entries in the game and supplemental material elsewhere clarify that it's how the game world marks. Every hundred years is an age, and each new age is given a name inspired by significant events near the end of the previous one. Toward the end of the previous age, dragons began appearing in the world after they had long been thought extinct... so the games are all taking place during what has been named the Dragon Age.
* ''Franchise/TheElderScrolls'' don't actually appear until the fifth game in the series.
21st Dec '16 12:17:22 AM Xtifr
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* Although Creator/LloydAlexander's ''Literature/ChroniclesOfPrydain'' largely averts this, the final book, ''The High King'', plays it fairly straight. [[spoiler:It's not until the last three pages that it becomes revealed that the title refers to Taran, the series protagonist, being proclaimed High King of Prydain.]]

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* Although Creator/LloydAlexander's ''Literature/ChroniclesOfPrydain'' ''Literature/TheChroniclesOfPrydain'' largely averts this, the final book, ''The High King'', plays it fairly straight. [[spoiler:It's not until the last three pages that it becomes revealed that the title refers to Taran, the series protagonist, being proclaimed High King of Prydain.]]
12th Nov '16 9:03:21 AM Morgenthaler
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* ''Film/GrandCanyon'': About 99% of the movie takes place in and around Los Angeles, which is several hours of driving and nearly 400 miles away from the Grand Canyon. While the Grand Canyon is [[TitleDrop title dropped]] a few times in different contexts ("Ever been to the Grand Canyon?", "A hole as big as the Grand Canyon"), it isn't until the very final moments of the film that the main characters actually visit it.
* The Peter Sellers/Ringo Starr vehicle ''Film/TheMagicChristian'' is about the title's cruise ship which (a) doesn't appear till the third act, and (b) turns out to be a sham.
* ''Film/ThePhantomMenace'' has an interesting title, especially compared to the self-evident titles of the other ''StarWars'' movies. Namely, it raises the question, who is the "phantom menace"? Darth Maul, as the [[NeverTrustATrailer advertising campaign would suggest]]? Senator Palpatine, the [[TheChessmaster mastermind behind it all]] who [[DevilInPlainSight hides behind a respectable front]]? The Sith in general, who are supposed to be extinct? Or perhaps [[StartOfDarkness Anakin]], who at this point is only a "phantom" of the "menace" he will one day become? (according to WordOfGod, it's the second; helps Darth Sidious only appears once not in hologram form, making him mostly sort of a VirtualGhost)



* The title of ''Film/{{Skyfall}}'' initially just seems to have been chosen because it sounds cool, with the only obvious meaning coming from [[NoOneCouldSurviveThat James Bond surviving a seemingly fatal fall from a bridge]] in the first scene. Then, in the last third of the movie, we find out that [[spoiler: it's the name of Bond's family estate in Scotland]].
* ''A Time for Drunken Horses'' is not a metaphor; you ''will'' see intoxicated equines.
* In the original version of ''Film/TheWickerMan'', the man of wicker in the title isn't shown or otherwise mentioned until the very end of the movie.
* ''Film/{{Zardoz}}'': The film's eponymous God turns out to be [[spoiler:''The Wonderful Wi'''Zard''' of '''Oz'''''.]]


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* ''Film/GrandCanyon'': About 99% of the movie takes place in and around Los Angeles, which is several hours of driving and nearly 400 miles away from the Grand Canyon. While the Grand Canyon is [[TitleDrop title dropped]] a few times in different contexts ("Ever been to the Grand Canyon?", "A hole as big as the Grand Canyon"), it isn't until the very final moments of the film that the main characters actually visit it.
* The Peter Sellers/Ringo Starr vehicle ''Film/TheMagicChristian'' is about the title's cruise ship which (a) doesn't appear till the third act, and (b) turns out to be a sham.
* ''Film/ThePhantomMenace'' has an interesting title, especially compared to the self-evident titles of the other ''StarWars'' movies. Namely, it raises the question, who is the "phantom menace"? Darth Maul, as the [[NeverTrustATrailer advertising campaign would suggest]]? Senator Palpatine, the [[TheChessmaster mastermind behind it all]] who [[DevilInPlainSight hides behind a respectable front]]? The Sith in general, who are supposed to be extinct? Or perhaps [[StartOfDarkness Anakin]], who at this point is only a "phantom" of the "menace" he will one day become? (according to WordOfGod, it's the second; helps Darth Sidious only appears once not in hologram form, making him mostly sort of a VirtualGhost)
* The title of ''Film/{{Skyfall}}'' initially just seems to have been chosen because it sounds cool, with the only obvious meaning coming from [[NoOneCouldSurviveThat James Bond surviving a seemingly fatal fall from a bridge]] in the first scene. Then, in the last third of the movie, we find out that [[spoiler: it's the name of Bond's family estate in Scotland]].
* ''A Time for Drunken Horses'' is not a metaphor; you ''will'' see intoxicated equines.
* In the original version of ''Film/TheWickerMan'', the man of wicker in the title isn't shown or otherwise mentioned until the very end of the movie.
* ''Film/{{Zardoz}}'': The film's eponymous God turns out to be [[spoiler:''The Wonderful Wi'''Zard''' of '''Oz'''''.]]
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28th Oct '16 8:48:33 AM Oecchi
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* In episode 4 of ''Anime/YuriOnIce'', Yuuri Katsuki decides that "Yuri on Ice" will be the name of the piece of music he'll be skating to for the upcoming Grand Prix, which is revealed after he writes the name of the piece on the CD. The piece itself is meant to embody Yuuri's career as a skater, which is especially important since this will be [[TheLastDance his last season]].
12th Oct '16 2:27:44 PM Korodzik
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* The subtitle for [[https://www.fimfiction.net/story/85294/id---that-indestructible-something I.D. - That Indestructible Something]] (visible on the cover image and shown in the individual chapters) is ''Injector Doe''. This looks like a pair of random words, until it's revealed that it refers to [[spoiler:a random person (a "John Doe") accidentally modifying the virtual simulation that is our reality (i.e. "injecting code") with sheer force of will]].
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16th Aug '16 9:54:21 AM Zennistrad
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* The original ''VideoGame/GoldenSun'' duology for the Game Boy Advance at first appears to have little to do with the actual title. That is, until the ''very'' end of ''[[Videogame/GoldenSunTheLostAge The Lost Age]]'', where it's revealed that the Golden Sun is [[spoiler: a mass of energy that rises above Mount Aleph when the four elemental lighthouses are lit and can bestow godlike power on anyone who bathes in its light.]]
31st Jul '16 2:37:42 PM nombretomado
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* DCComics' ''ComicBook/FiftyTwo'' at first seems like a reference to its RealTime format a la ''Series/TwentyFour'' (each issue covering the span of a week and published weekly for one year), though a number of gratuitous 52s were thrown around. Near the end it's revealed that it refers to [[spoiler:fifty-two parallel universes - after being destroyed in the ''ComicBook/CrisisOnInfiniteEarths'' twenty years ago, TheMultiverse has returned.]]

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\n* DCComics' Creator/DCComics' ''ComicBook/FiftyTwo'' at first seems like a reference to its RealTime format a la ''Series/TwentyFour'' (each issue covering the span of a week and published weekly for one year), though a number of gratuitous 52s were thrown around. Near the end it's revealed that it refers to [[spoiler:fifty-two parallel universes - after being destroyed in the ''ComicBook/CrisisOnInfiniteEarths'' twenty years ago, TheMultiverse has returned.]]






28th Jun '16 1:23:08 AM PaulA
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* Although LloydAlexander's ''Literature/ChroniclesOfPrydain'' largely averts this, the final book, ''The High King,'' plays it fairly straight. [[spoiler:It's not until the last three pages that it becomes revealed that the title refers to Taran, the series protagonist, being proclaimed High King of Prydain.]]

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* Although LloydAlexander's Creator/LloydAlexander's ''Literature/ChroniclesOfPrydain'' largely averts this, the final book, ''The High King,'' King'', plays it fairly straight. [[spoiler:It's not until the last three pages that it becomes revealed that the title refers to Taran, the series protagonist, being proclaimed High King of Prydain.]]
27th Jun '16 4:11:09 PM Dimas28
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* ''Manga/{{Bleach}}'' is a doozy one. At first, it doesn't seem to refer to ''anything'' in particular and is probably thanks to [[Creator/TiteKubo the author]]'s fondness for GratuitousEnglish. Kubo eventually admitted that the title is a substitute; he originally wanted to title it "White", but thought that "Bleach" (which means the same thing) is [[RuleOfCool more awesome]] and decided to use it instead, which begs the question: what does "White" mean? [[spoiler: It refers to an artificial Hollow created by Aizen for use to attack the Human World. The Hollow was repelled by Masaki, Ichigo's Quincy mother, but it managed to bite her during the battle, causing her to develop a Hollow mutation that was passed down to her son. In fact, White looks exactly like how Ichigo looks like when he sports his Hollow form, except more feral.]] This information is only revealed in the final arc, more than a decade after the manga was first published.


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* ''WesternAnimation/{{Ratatouille}}'' is this, especially to those who are unfamiliar with French cuisine. Most audiences can be forgiven for thinking that the title alludes to the film's main protagonist, who is a rat, not helped with the film's pronunciation guide that lists it as "rat-a-too-ee". It actually refers to a real French dish, albeit a low-class one, and it's suggested and prepared only at the climax of the film to satisfy the CausticCritic that the protagonists are facing.


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** Within the series, ''[[VideoGame/KingdomHeartsBirthBySleep Birth by Sleep]]'' (the aforementioned prequel) is also an example. It might refer to two different things, [[spoiler: the literal birth of Vanitas or the figurative birth of Sora as a Keyblade Wielder, both of which happen when Ventus, one of the three protagonists, is asleep.]] Either way, both are revealed/happen when the game is nearing completion.
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