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14th Jun '18 4:25:41 PM aNinjaWithAIDS
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* ''Manga/ComicGirls'' does this as [[FictionalDocument the title of]] [[spoiler:Kaos' first approved manuscript]] in Episode 11.
7th May '18 11:35:15 PM Abodos
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* ''VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaTwilightPrincess'' plays with the trope. An early TitleDrop by Midna makes it appear that the second part of the title refers to Zelda herself, as the princess of a kingdom flooded with twilight. Only when the game is at least half finished is it revealed that [[spoiler:it's actually ''Midna'' who is the Twilight Princess, as the rightful heir to the invading twilight realm's ruling family]].

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* ''Franchise/TheLegendOfZelda'':
** ''VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaLinksAwakening'' eventually reveals that the eponymous "awakening" is [[spoiler:Link having to wake up the Wind Fish in order to escape Koholint Island, which only exists in the Wind Fish's dream.]]
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''VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaTwilightPrincess'' plays with the trope. An early TitleDrop by Midna makes it appear that the second part of the title refers to Zelda herself, as the princess of a kingdom flooded with twilight. Only when the game is at least half finished is it revealed that [[spoiler:it's actually ''Midna'' who is the Twilight Princess, as the rightful heir to the invading twilight realm's ruling family]].family]].
** ''VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaBreathOfTheWild'' initially seems to have that subtitle only as a poetic reference to the immensity of the WideOpenSandbox version of the game's AfterTheEnd Hyrule, as mentioned by Eiji Aonuma and Bill Trinen in interviews. Near the end, however, [[spoiler:the Divine Beasts, the AnimalMecha freed by Link throughout the game, all do a combined BreathWeapon attack on Calamity Ganon]], providing a more literal portrayal of the subtitle.
5th Mar '18 7:34:14 AM BeerBaron
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* ''Franchise/TheElderScrolls'' don't actually appear until the fifth game in the series.

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* For ''Franchise/TheElderScrolls'' series, the eponymous [[TomeOfEldritchLore Elder Scrolls]] don't actually appear in-game until the fifth fourth game in the series.series, ''[[VideoGame/TheElderScrollsIVOblivion Oblivion]]'', and aren't directly involved with the main quest of a game until the fifth, ''[[VideoGame/TheElderScrollsVSkyrim Skyrim]]''. They are ''mentioned'' earlier, often as part of the impetus for the main quest, but are not actually seen. Fun fact, according to former series developer Ted Peterson, the name ''The Elder Scrolls'' was chosen as the surtitle to ''[[VideoGame/TheElderScrollsArena Arena]]'' simply because "it sounded cool", and it wasn't determined until later in development what an "Elder Scroll" actually was in-universe.
3rd Feb '18 4:20:15 PM nombretomado
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* The books in the second ''Literature/WarriorCats'' arc, ''TheNewProphecy'' are all named after times. In the first book, the chosen cats are told to go to the place where "the sun drowns" to "listen to what midnight tells them". At the end of the book, [[spoiler: they go into a cave to take shelter and get attacked by a badger. But the badger is actually named Midnight and she can talk cat. She then tells them that their forest will be destroyed and that they must find a new home.]]

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* The books in the second ''Literature/WarriorCats'' arc, ''TheNewProphecy'' ''[[Literature/WarriorCatsTheNewProphecy The New Prophecy]]'' are all named after times. In the first book, the chosen cats are told to go to the place where "the sun drowns" to "listen to what midnight tells them". At the end of the book, [[spoiler: they go into a cave to take shelter and get attacked by a badger. But the badger is actually named Midnight and she can talk cat. She then tells them that their forest will be destroyed and that they must find a new home.]]
6th Jan '18 5:01:01 PM nombretomado
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Examples below should be stories where either what the title "promised" wasn't delivered until rather late in the story, or the title seemed [[NonindicativeName non-indicative]], and later was revealed to be physically in the story. Please do not put stories whose name was [[IThoughtThatWas intentionally misleading]] all along, with the title thing never actually appearing.

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Examples below should be stories where either what the title "promised" wasn't delivered until rather late in the story, or the title seemed [[NonindicativeName non-indicative]], and later was revealed to be physically in the story. Please do not put stories whose name was [[IThoughtThatWas [[JustForFun/IThoughtThatWas intentionally misleading]] all along, with the title thing never actually appearing.
30th Dec '17 8:37:21 AM Gosicrystal
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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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** Within the series, ''[[VideoGame/KingdomHeartsBirthBySleep Birth by Sleep]]'' (the aforementioned prequel) is also an example. It * ''VideoGame/KingdomHeartsBirthBySleep'' 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.
9th Nov '17 4:57:50 PM FarSider
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* In the ''Franchise/AceAttorney'' series, most case titles include a term relevant to that case, with the "Turnabout" added in. Most of the Turnabouts actually make sense instantly, but one case in particular, "Farewell, My Turnabout", would only be relevant at the end, in both the good and bad endings. In the good ending, [[spoiler:Phoenix ''has'' to find his client guilty, and thus [[BrokenWinLossStreak end his winning streak]] in the process.]] In the bad ending, [[spoiler:Phoenix shames himself for letting the guilty party get away (even if it means his sidekick [[IHaveYourWife would be spared]]) and disappears without a trace, feeling that he has disappointed his friends.]]
8th Oct '17 6:34:03 PM LadyNorbert
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Suppose you go see a film called "The Boat". Movie starts and it takes place as far away from a body of water as is possible. No boats. An hour can pass and you won't see a single boat. But just when you were thinking "maybe it's a NonIndicativeName", It [[TheReveal is revealed]] that the characters suffered a horrific shipwreck that they are now afraid to even [[ChangeTheUncomfortableSubject speak of anything]] related to boats and ocean. Expect to hear someone in the theater go, "Oh, that's what it was!" This trope is similar to a TitleDrop except that a character need not say it aloud.

A namesake is the thing within a story that the story itself is named after. It could be [[TheEponymousShow a character]], [[ThePlace a place]], an object, or indeed a metaphor. Often, the namesake is [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin rather obvious]] (''RomeoAndJuliet'' is obviously named that way because there's a character called "Romeo" and another called "Juliet"; ''Literature/TheTimeMachine'' obviously includes a machine to [[TimeTravel travel through time]]) but sometimes, authors (or film studios) want to use titles that draw attention, and that's when the namesake may not appear until the end of the story, or might indeed only be a metaphor for a certain situation in the story which doesn't become clear until the end. In short, this becomes a trope when the reason why the book/movie/chapter/episode/etc. is called the way it is, isn't revealed to the audience until [[NowYouTellMe near the end]]; regardless of whether the characters [[EverybodyKnewAlready knew about it all along]] or not. If book/movie/chapter/episode is named after a pivotal plot point rather than an actual person/place/thing, then it's a SpoilerTitle.

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Suppose you go see a film called "The Boat".''The Boat''. Movie starts and it takes place as far away from a body of water as is possible. No boats. An hour can pass and you won't see a single boat. But just when you were thinking "maybe it's a NonIndicativeName", It [[TheReveal is revealed]] that the characters suffered a horrific shipwreck that they are now afraid to even [[ChangeTheUncomfortableSubject speak of anything]] related to boats and the ocean. Expect to hear someone in the theater go, "Oh, that's what it was!" This trope is similar to a TitleDrop except that a character need not say it aloud.

A namesake is the thing within a story that after which the story itself is named after.named. It could be [[TheEponymousShow a character]], [[ThePlace a place]], an object, or indeed a metaphor. Often, the namesake is [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin rather obvious]] (''RomeoAndJuliet'' is obviously named that way because there's a character called "Romeo" and another called "Juliet"; ''Literature/TheTimeMachine'' obviously includes a machine to [[TimeTravel travel through time]]) but sometimes, authors (or film studios) want to use titles that draw attention, and that's when the namesake may not appear until the end of the story, or might indeed only be a metaphor for a certain situation in the story which doesn't become clear until the end. In short, this becomes a trope when the reason why the book/movie/chapter/episode/etc. is called the way it is, isn't revealed to the audience until [[NowYouTellMe near the end]]; regardless of whether the characters [[EverybodyKnewAlready knew about it all along]] or not. If book/movie/chapter/episode is named after a pivotal plot point rather than an actual person/place/thing, then it's a SpoilerTitle.



* 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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* The subtitle for [[https://www.''[[https://www.fimfiction.net/story/85294/id---that-indestructible-something I.D. - That Indestructible Something]] 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]].
8th Oct '17 5:50:28 PM nombretomado
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* The BrandonSanderson novel ''Literature/{{Warbreaker}}'''s namesake is revealed on the last page.

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* The BrandonSanderson Creator/BrandonSanderson novel ''Literature/{{Warbreaker}}'''s namesake is revealed on the last page.
5th Sep '17 8:02:45 PM FringeBenefits
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* ''FanFic/StarsAbove'': The title initially refers to TheProphecy given before the events of the story, relating to TheEndOfTheWorldAsWeKnowIt: "All will come to ruin, and the stars above will fall." [[spoiler:By the final chapter, the five main characters know of the prophecy, and [[Manga/LuckyStar Kagami]] decides to ScrewDestiny and uses Stars Above as the name of their MagicalGirl team. Her rewording of the latter half kicks off the final battle: "The Stars Above will ''rise!''"]]
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