Close on Title
Works that place the title card at the end, as opposed to the beginning.


(permanent link) added: 2011-08-15 09:48:56 sponsor: dsneybuf (last reply: 2011-10-06 09:07:40)

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Examples:

Anime and Manga
  • The Ouran High School Host Club episode about Kaoru and Hikaru meeting Tamaki for the first time, "The Door the Twins Opened", saves its title card for the closing scene, after the twins open the door to the Host Club's room.

Comic Books
  • The Spider-Man comic "The Night Gwen Stacy Died" saves the title for the last panel, in order to prevent readers from discovering too soon which Spider-Man character Marvel decided to kill off.
    • Peter David's "The Death of Jean DeWolff" did this as well.
  • Every issue of the John Stewart-centric comic Green Lantern: Mosaic had the story title on the last page.
  • The comic detailing Captain America's death, "The Death of the Dream", saved its title for the closing.
  • In a Deadpool story where his eardrums get destroyed by an explosion, and then he ends up fighting magical mimes, there are no words at all till the last page, and the punny title, Silent But Deadly, is the very last thing of all.

Film

Western Animation
  • The Pixar Short Day and Night does not have its title displayed until the ending, after Day and Night have become friends.
  • The BBC kid's show Kerwhizz ("The quiz with added whizz") has a "K" logo and a theme song which includes the title at the start, and it's referred to several times per show, but the title only appears on-screen during the closing credits.

So, let's say you're watching a movie. As you get introduced to the characters, you might expect the title card to show up soon. However, several minutes pass without it. You wonder briefly what's taking so long, but then decide to just enjoy the film. Once the characters have completed their journey and the movie ends...the title card finally shows up.

What took so long? The answer can differ depending on the story. Maybe the title refers to something the protagonist spent the entire plot learning. Maybe it refers to something the character becomes by the time the story ends. Maybe the title contains a spoiler. Then again, maybe it just felt unique.

For the record, that last explanation is the reason this intro comes all the way at the article's end.

Contrast The Teaser, where the title takes a few minutes to appear, but still does so before the conclusion.
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