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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.
23rd Jun '16 8:33:09 PM nombretomado
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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"; ''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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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"; ''TheTimeMachine'' ''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.
25th Apr '16 10:38:27 PM sorako
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* The Peter Sellers/Ringo Starr vehicle ''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.

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* The Peter Sellers/Ringo Starr vehicle ''TheMagicChristian'' ''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.



* In the original version of ''TheWickerMan'', the man of wicker in the title isn't shown or otherwise mentioned until the very end of the movie.



* 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.



* ''Literature/BridgeToTerabithia'': The title "bridge" finally appears when Jesse builds it to replace the rope that he and Leslie used, [[spoiler: the breaking of which resulted in Leslie's DeathByNewberyMedal]].



* ''Literature/BridgeToTerabithia'': The title "bridge" finally appears when Jesse builds it to replace the rope that he and Leslie used, [[spoiler: the breaking of which resulted in Leslie's DeathByNewberyMedal]].

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* ''Literature/BridgeToTerabithia'': The 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 "bridge" finally appears when Jesse builds it refers to replace Taran, the rope that he and Leslie used, [[spoiler: the breaking series protagonist, being proclaimed High King of which resulted in Leslie's DeathByNewberyMedal]].Prydain.]]



* 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.]]



* ''Literature/LordOfTheRings: The Two Towers'': The second tower is revealed quite late in the book.

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* ''Literature/LordOfTheRings: ''Literature/TheLordOfTheRings: The Two Towers'': The second tower is revealed quite late in the book.



* The BrandonSanderson novel ''Literature/{{Warbreaker}}'''s namesake is revealed on the last page.


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* The BrandonSanderson novel ''Literature/{{Warbreaker}}'''s namesake is revealed on the last page.
25th Apr '16 10:35:43 PM sorako
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* Franchise/{{Gundam}} series tend to be named for the protagonist's HumongousMecha, but there are a few noteworthy exceptions. The most prominent is ''[[Anime/MobileSuitGundamSEED Gundam SEED]]'', which is named for an in-universe theory about an innate factor that [[HollywoodEvolution lets them advance to the next stage of evolution]]. Naturally, it's possessed by the four central characters (and the protagonist of [[Anime/MobileSuitGundamSEEDDestiny the sequel]]).

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* Franchise/{{Gundam}} ''Franchise/{{Gundam}}'' series tend to be named for the protagonist's HumongousMecha, but there are a few noteworthy exceptions. The most prominent is ''[[Anime/MobileSuitGundamSEED Gundam SEED]]'', which is named for an in-universe theory about an innate factor that [[HollywoodEvolution lets them advance to the next stage of evolution]]. Naturally, it's possessed by the four central characters (and the protagonist of [[Anime/MobileSuitGundamSEEDDestiny the sequel]]).



* ''Disney/OneHundredAndOneDalmatians'' repeatedly counts the dalmatians in the film, reinforcing throughout it that there ''aren't'' 101 of them. It isn't until the end that Roger proclaims "that's 84, and 15 plus two is a hundred and one!"
* One might wonder why a film without a single character named Amy is called ''Film/ChasingAmy'' until almost the very end, when Silent Bob finally refers to her.



* ''Disney/OneHundredAndOneDalmatians'' repeatedly counts the dalmatians in the film, reinforcing throughout it that there ''aren't'' 101 of them. It isn't until the end that Roger proclaims "that's 84, and 15 plus two is a hundred and one!"

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* ''Disney/OneHundredAndOneDalmatians'' repeatedly counts The title of ''Film/{{Skyfall}}'' initially just seems to have been chosen because it sounds cool, with the dalmatians only obvious meaning coming from [[NoOneCouldSurviveThat James Bond surviving a seemingly fatal fall from a bridge]] in the film, reinforcing throughout it first scene. Then, in the last third of the movie, we find out that there ''aren't'' 101 of them. It isn't until [[spoiler: it's the end that Roger proclaims "that's 84, and 15 plus two is a hundred and one!"name of Bond's family estate in Scotland]].



* One might wonder why a film without a single character named Amy is called ''Film/ChasingAmy'' until almost the very end, when Silent Bob finally refers to her.
* 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]].



* ''VideoGame/KingdomHearts'' is named for a mysterious location that's most accurately described as "The Heart (Core) of all worlds (Kingdoms)." though in the first installment it isn't even discussed until about 85% of the way in. Its sequel reveals it halfway in and the prequel talks about it just before the last area.

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* ''VideoGame/KingdomHearts'' ''Franchise/KingdomHearts'' is named for a mysterious location that's most accurately described as "The Heart (Core) of all worlds (Kingdoms)." though in the first installment it isn't even discussed until about 85% of the way in. Its sequel reveals it halfway in and the prequel talks about it just before the last area.
25th Apr '16 10:31:47 PM sorako
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* ''TengenToppaGurrenLagann'': The title refers to the final form of [[HumongousMecha Gurren Lagann]], which doesn't appear until the last episode. Averted in the English dub, the title is simply ''GurrenLagann''.

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* ''TengenToppaGurrenLagann'': The title refers to ''Anime/{{Charlotte}}'' is never mentioned by any of the final form of [[HumongousMecha Gurren Lagann]], which doesn't appear characters until the last episode. Averted in the English dub, episode 11, when it becomes the title of the episode. [[spoiler:It's revealed in the episode that "Charlotte" is simply ''GurrenLagann''.the name of a long-orbit comet which approaches Earth in 75-year cycles. When it does, it showers the planet in [[AppliedPhlebotinum strange particles]], and these particles are the source of the mysterious abilities prevalent throughout the series.]]



* ''Anime/TengenToppaGurrenLagann'': The title refers to the final form of [[HumongousMecha Gurren Lagann]], which doesn't appear until the last episode.



* "Anime/{{Charlotte}}" is never mentioned by any of the characters until episode 11, when it becomes the title of the episode. [[spoiler:It's revealed in the episode that "Charlotte" is the name of a long-orbit comet which approaches Earth in 75-year cycles. When it does, it showers the planet in [[AppliedPhlebotinum strange particles]], and these particles are the source of the mysterious abilities prevalent throughout the series.]]

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* "Anime/{{Charlotte}}" is never mentioned by any of the characters until episode 11, when it becomes the title of the episode. [[spoiler:It's revealed in the episode that "Charlotte" is the name of a long-orbit comet which approaches Earth in 75-year cycles. When it does, it showers the planet in [[AppliedPhlebotinum strange particles]], and these particles are the source of the mysterious abilities prevalent throughout the series.]]



* ''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)

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* ''ThePhantomMenace'' ''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 ''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 Peter Sellers/Ringo Starr vehicle ''The Magic Christian'' 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/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.



* ''Literature/TheBabySittersClub'': The title club is sometimes the only thing its members have in common.



* ''Literature/TheBabySittersClub'': The title club is sometimes the only thing its members have in common.



* ''LordOfTheRings: The Two Towers'': The second tower is revealed quite late in the book.
** Of course, ''which'' two towers is open to interpretation. While Tolkein stated in a letter to his publisher they were Orthanc and Barad-dûr, almost any combination of Orthanc with Barad-dûr, Minas Tirith, and Minas Morgul makes sense. (Orthanc is inevitable, as half the book consists of fighting Saruman.)

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* ''LordOfTheRings: The Two Towers'': The second tower is 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 quite late that the title refers to Taran, the series protagonist, being proclaimed High King of Prydain.]]
* The book of ''Literature/TheHundredAndOneDalmatians'' has this even more than the movie, because there AREN'T 101 dalmatians for most of the book: there are Pongo and Missus, the original 15 puppies, the puppies' foster-mother Perdita, plus the additional 82 puppies Cruella had, giving a total of 100 dalmatians. The narrator actually [[BreakingTheFourthWall mentions this problem
in the book.
** Of course, ''which'' two towers is open
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* The BrandonSanderson novel ''{{Warbreaker}}'''s namesake is revealed on the last page.

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* ''Literature/LordOfTheRings: The Two Towers'': The second tower is revealed quite late in the book.
** Of course, ''which'' two towers is open to interpretation. While Tolkein stated in a letter to his publisher they were Orthanc and Barad-dûr, almost any combination of Orthanc with Barad-dûr, Minas Tirith, and Minas Morgul makes sense. (Orthanc is inevitable, as half the book consists of fighting Saruman.)
* The BrandonSanderson novel ''{{Warbreaker}}'''s ''Literature/{{Warbreaker}}'''s namesake is revealed on the last page.



* Although LloydAlexander's 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.]]



* The book of ''Literature/TheHundredAndOneDalmatians'' has this even more than the movie, because there AREN'T 101 dalmatians for most of the book: there are Pongo and Missus, the original 15 puppies, the puppies' foster-mother Perdita, plus the additional 82 puppies Cruella had, giving a total of 100 dalmatians. The narrator actually [[BreakingTheFourthWall mentions this problem in the second to last chapter]], promising that the 101st dalmatian will be along soon.

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* The book of ''Literature/TheHundredAndOneDalmatians'' has this even more than the movie, because there AREN'T 101 dalmatians for most of the book: there are Pongo and Missus, the original 15 puppies, the puppies' foster-mother Perdita, plus the additional 82 puppies Cruella had, giving a total of 100 dalmatians. The narrator actually [[BreakingTheFourthWall mentions this problem in the second to last chapter]], promising that the 101st dalmatian will be along soon.



* Although ''Series/DoctorWho'' is [[TitleDrop asked by many characters]] throughout the series, it has now become [[spoiler:the Final Question, and must never be asked during a specified CannotTellALie scenario, or else "Silence Will Fall" and the Doctor will be killed to prevent an ambiguously apocalyptic outcome]].
* The eponymous event in ''Series/TheEvent'' is not revealed until the final episode. Because the series is CutShort, it only really gets mentioned in passing and we never see it transpire.
** The title of the episode ''The Name of the Doctor'' was assumed to be taken literally; its real meaning is revealed at the end.



* The eponymous event in ''TheEvent'' is not revealed until the final episode. Because the series is CutShort, it only really gets mentioned in passing and we never see it transpire.
* Although "Series/DoctorWho?" is [[TitleDrop asked by many characters]] throughout the series, it has now become [[spoiler:the Final Question, and must never be asked during a specified CannotTellALie scenario, or else "Silence Will Fall" and the Doctor will be killed to prevent an ambiguously apocalyptic outcome]].
** The title of the episode ''The Name of the Doctor'' was assumed to be taken literally; its real meaning is revealed at the end.

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* The eponymous event in ''TheEvent'' is not revealed until the final episode. Because the series is CutShort, it only really gets mentioned in passing and we never see it transpire.
* Although "Series/DoctorWho?" is [[TitleDrop asked by many characters]] throughout the series, it has now become [[spoiler:the Final Question, and must never be asked during a specified CannotTellALie scenario, or else "Silence Will Fall" and the Doctor will be killed to prevent an ambiguously apocalyptic outcome]].
** The title of the episode ''The Name of the Doctor'' was assumed to be taken literally; its real meaning is revealed at the end.



* ''KingdomHearts'' is named for a mysterious location that's most accurately described as "The Heart (Core) of all worlds (Kingdoms)." though in the first installment it isn't even discussed until about 85% of the way in. Its sequel reveals it halfway in and the prequel talks about it just before the last area.

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* ''KingdomHearts'' ''VideoGame/KingdomHearts'' is named for a mysterious location that's most accurately described as "The Heart (Core) of all worlds (Kingdoms)." though in the first installment it isn't even discussed until about 85% of the way in. Its sequel reveals it halfway in and the prequel talks about it just before the last area.



* In ''WorldOfWarcraft: Mists of Pandaria'', the Mists are in fact [[spoiler:the [[ElementalEmbodiment Sha]] of {{Pride}}.]]

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* In ''WorldOfWarcraft: ''VideoGame/WorldOfWarcraft: Mists of Pandaria'', the Mists are in fact [[spoiler:the [[ElementalEmbodiment Sha]] of {{Pride}}.]]
6th Apr '16 9:24:27 AM igordebraga
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* ''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?

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* ''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?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)
7th Jan '16 10:41:22 AM Premonition45
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* ''Film/{{Zardoz}}'': The film's eponymous God turns out to be [[spoiler:''The Wonderful Wi'''Zard''' of '''Oz'''''.]]
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