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25th Apr '17 8:27:54 PM Golondrina
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* [[ComicBook/TheVision (The) Vision]]

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* [[ComicBook/TheVision ''[[ComicBook/TheVision (The) Vision]]Vision]]''.
7th Apr '17 12:46:09 PM mariofan1000
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* ''WesternAnimation/TheAmazingWorldOfGumball'' has two episodes that [[IdiosyncraticEpisodeNaming don't begin with "The"]]: "[[Recap/TheAmazingWorldOfGumballS2E9Halloween "Halloween"]] and [[Recap/TheAmazingWorldOfGumballS2E15Christmas "Christmas"]]. Some episode guides will still have them start with "The" despite this.
30th Mar '17 11:24:57 AM X2X
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* When referring to ''VideoGame/TheKingOfFighters'', the ''The'' tends to be dropped by many (i.e. ''King of Fighters''), although the eponymous tournament is usually missing the article as well or just goes by KOF for short. Ditto goes for ''VideoGame/TheLastBlade''.

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* When referring to ''VideoGame/TheKingOfFighters'', the ''The'' "The" tends to be dropped by many (i.e. ''King of Fighters''), although the eponymous tournament is usually missing the article as well or [[OfficiallyShortenedTitle just goes by KOF for short.short]]. Ditto goes for ''VideoGame/TheLastBlade''.



* The NumberedSequels to ''VideoGame/TheLastNinja'' omit the definite article.
* The first ''VideoGame/{{Touhou}}'' game in the Windows series is titled "the Embodiment of Scarlet Devil".[[note]]Or more accurately "''Touhou Land of the Scarlet Devil'' ~ the Embodiment of Scarlet Devil", with the italicised portion originally in Japanese. Fans typically refer to the games by the part in their native language.[[/note]] Seeing anyone include a "the" when discussing the game is rare, and seeing it with the original capitalisation is rarer still.
** The series itself can't seem to decide whether it's called "Touhou", "Touhou Project" or "The Touhou Project".

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* The NumberedSequels to ''VideoGame/TheLastNinja'' ''The Last Ninja'' omit the definite article.
* The first ''VideoGame/{{Touhou}}'' game in the Windows series is titled "the Embodiment of Scarlet Devil".Devil." [[note]]Or more accurately "''Touhou Land of the Scarlet Devil'' ~ the Embodiment of Scarlet Devil", with the italicised portion originally in Japanese. Fans typically refer to the games by the part in their native language.[[/note]] Seeing anyone include a "the" when discussing the game is rare, and seeing it with the original capitalisation is rarer still.
** The series itself can't seem to decide whether it's called "Touhou", "Touhou Project" or "The Touhou Project".Project."



* ''VideoGame/TheWorldEndsWithYou'' is abbreviated in the manual to WEWY. Website/FanFictionDotNet also has the title of the game written without the "the" in its works listings.
* ''VideoGame/ZoneOfTheEnders'' is officially abbreviated "Z.O.E." or "ZOE" by Konami, rather "ZOTE".

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* ''VideoGame/TheWorldEndsWithYou'' is abbreviated in the manual as "WEWY" (whereas fans are more likely to WEWY.use "TWEWY"). Website/FanFictionDotNet also has the title of the game written without the "the" in its works listings.
* ''VideoGame/ZoneOfTheEnders'' is officially abbreviated "Z.O.E." or "ZOE" by Konami, rather "ZOTE".than "ZOTE."



* ''ComicStrip/ThePerryBibleFellowship'' apparently used to run into this confusion, as Nick Gurewitch addressed the question [[http://web.archive.org/web/20071111013344/http://www.pbfcomics.com/author.php?link=faq in an old version of the FAQ page]].

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* ''ComicStrip/ThePerryBibleFellowship'' apparently used to run into this confusion, as Nick Gurewitch addressed the question [[http://web.archive.org/web/20071111013344/http://www.pbfcomics.com/author.php?link=faq in an old version of the FAQ page]].page.]]
7th Feb '17 11:10:28 PM AthenaBlue
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* In-Universe example: In the ''Series/{{Firefly}}'' episode Bushwhacked, an Alliance officer asks Inara how long she's been on "the ''Serenity''", prompting her to correct him that it's "just ''Serenity''". Which is correct for ''all'' ships. See the RealLife section below.
* ''Series/GuidingLight'': Known before 1975 as ''The Guiding Light''.
* ''Series/HappyDays'': Arthur Fonzerelli, aka "Fonzie" or "The Fonz."
* Meta-example: Creator/StephenColbert refers to ''USA Today'' as "the ''The USA Today''".



* ''Weakest Link''. It was ''Series/TheWeakestLink'' in the very early days, but that didn't last long.
* On ''Series/{{Jeopardy}}'', falling victim to this (adding an initial "the" to a title that doesn't have one or dropping it from one that does) generally doesn't make a response wrong unless it changes the title to refer to something else (e.g., ''Literature/InvisibleMan'' vs. ''Literature/TheInvisibleMan'').

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* ''Weakest Link''. It was ''Series/TheWeakestLink'' in the very early days, but Meta-example: Creator/StephenColbert refers to ''USA Today'' as "the ''The USA Today''".
* ''Series/DoctorWho'': There are numerous examples from across ThisVeryWiki of episodes
that didn't last long.
* On ''Series/{{Jeopardy}}'', falling victim
don't start with "The", and episodes that ''do'', being subjected to this (adding an initial trope. Frequent victims include:
** [[Recap/DoctorWhoS15E1HorrorOfFangRock "Horror of Fang Rock"]] is frequently prefixed with "The".
** [[Recap/DoctorWhoS29E13LastOfTheTimeLords "Last of the Time Lords"]] only has one
"the" in its title. The list of sources to a title that doesn't have one or dropping it from one that does) generally doesn't make a response get this wrong unless it changes include ''the back of the title [=DVD=] box set''.
* In-Universe example: In the ''Series/{{Firefly}}'' episode Bushwhacked, an Alliance officer asks Inara how long she's been on "the ''Serenity''", prompting her
to refer to something else (e.g., ''Literature/InvisibleMan'' vs. ''Literature/TheInvisibleMan'').correct him that it's "just ''Serenity''". Which is correct for ''all'' ships. See the RealLife section below.



* ''Series/MatchGame'' is the game show from TheSeventies that had orange shag carpet, host Gene Rayburn, recurring panelists Charles Nelson Reilly and Brett Somers, and funny questions about Dumb Dora and boobs. ''The'' Match Game is its somewhat more staid predecessor from TheSixties, with tamer fill-in-the-blank questions, but still hosted by Gene Rayburn. Similarly, the two-short lived revivals in 1990-91 and 1998-99 did ''not'' use "The" in the title.

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* ''Series/MatchGame'' is the game show from TheSeventies that had orange shag carpet, host Gene Rayburn, recurring panelists Charles Nelson Reilly and Brett Somers, and funny questions about Dumb Dora and boobs. ''The'' Match Game is its somewhat more staid predecessor from TheSixties, with tamer fill-in-the-blank questions, but still hosted by Gene Rayburn. Similarly, the two-short lived revivals in 1990-91 and 1998-99 did ''not'' use "The" in the title.''Series/GuidingLight'': Known before 1975 as ''The Guiding Light''.
* ''Series/HappyDays'': Arthur Fonzerelli, aka "Fonzie" or "The Fonz."


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* On ''Series/{{Jeopardy}}'', falling victim to this (adding an initial "the" to a title that doesn't have one or dropping it from one that does) generally doesn't make a response wrong unless it changes the title to refer to something else(e.g., ''Literature/InvisibleMan'' vs. ''Literature/TheInvisibleMan'').
* ''Series/MatchGame'' is the game show from TheSeventies that had orange shag carpet, host Gene Rayburn, recurring panelists Charles Nelson Reilly and Brett Somers, and funny questions about Dumb Dora and boobs. ''The'' Match Game is its somewhat more staid predecessor from TheSixties, with tamer fill-in-the-blank questions, but still hosted by Gene Rayburn. Similarly, the two-short lived revivals in 1990-91 and 1998-99 did ''not'' use "The" in the title.
* ''Weakest Link''. It was ''Series/TheWeakestLink'' in the very early days, but that didn't last long.
22nd Jan '17 5:24:59 PM Xtifr
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* In general, the rule of thumb seems to be if a band's name is (the) (noun) you always say "the" (i.e Music/TheBeatles, Music/TheCure) whereas if the name is (the) (adjective) (noun) (i.e SpiceGirls), then "the" is either never used or is optional.

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* In general, the rule of thumb seems to be if a band's name is (the) (noun) you always say "the" (i.e Music/TheBeatles, Music/TheCure) whereas if the name is (the) (adjective) (noun) (i.e SpiceGirls), Music/SpiceGirls), then "the" is either never used or is optional.
18th Jan '17 8:12:02 PM MurlocAggroB
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* ''The Game Station Podcast'' (before being re-branded into ''Podcast/TheCoOptionalPodcast'') had an interesting case of this. The show was referred to as [[DepartmentOfRedundancyDepartment The]] TGS Podcast almost universally. This was repeatedly lampshaded by them.
26th Oct '16 12:36:02 PM Pinokio
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* ''Wolverine: The Origin'', or ''Wolverine: Origin''.
20th Sep '16 9:37:08 PM Prfnoff
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* ''Legend of Makai'', an UsefulNotes/ArcadeGame by Creator/{{Jaleco}}, is titled "The Legend of Makai" on the flyer, instruction manual and marquee, but the title screen omits the definite article.
31st Aug '16 3:00:53 PM Pinokio
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* ''[[Film/ANewHope Star Wars: Episode IV: A New Hope]]'' had the working title ''The Star Wars'' for the first drafts, including the May, 1973 story synopsis, May, 1974 Rough Draft, and July 1974 Revised First Draft. The January 28, 1975 second draft was titled ''The Adventures of the Starkiller (episode one) "The Star Wars"'', or, ''Adventures of the Starkiller (episode one) "The Star Wars"'', or, ''The Star Wars - Episode One - "The Star Wars"''. The August 1, 1975 Third Draft is ''The Star Wars – From the Adventures of Luke Starkiller''. The January 1, 1976 Fourth Draft, ''Star Wars: The Adventures of Luke Starkiller as taken from the “Journal of the Whills” (Saga I) Star Wars'', is no longer titled ''The Star Wars'', as well as in the January 15, 1976 Revised Fourth Draft, titled ''Star Wars, Episode IV: A New Hope, from the Journal of the Whills''.
5th Aug '16 11:22:02 AM Pinokio
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* ''The Star Wars'' is a miniseries adapted from an early version of the screenplay for ''[[Film/ANewHope Star Wars]]''. ''The Star Wars'' was a working title for the film, which also appeared in the somewhat wordier form of ''Adventures of the Starkiller, Saga I: The Star Wars.''

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* ''The Star Wars'' is a miniseries adapted from an early version of the screenplay for ''[[Film/ANewHope Star Wars]]''. ''The Star Wars'' was a working title for the film, which also appeared in the somewhat wordier form of ''Adventures of the Starkiller, Saga Episode I: The Star Wars.''Wars'', and ''The Star Wars: From the Adventures of Luke Starkiller''.
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