NOTE: I don't know if this happens enough to even be a trope yet, but maybe some other editors know of some other examples.
Almost all shows have a Title Sequence
. And it's almost always in the beginning. However, sometimes the pacing would get too thrown off, the mood would be ruined, or the plot is just a minute too big for a standard sized episode, so... the Title Sequence
is kicked to the middle or even the end of the episode. Sometimes it can be shortened, too, as a result. Perhaps the opening song and credits will play over the action in the show. This is likely only to happen during very significant episodes, but this isn't a requirement.
Very strong correlation with Prolonged Prologue
. Compare Cold Opening
(that's the existence of content before the title sequence) and Close on Title
, which is taking this to such an extreme that there is nothing after the title sequence, and therefore the title of the work (and by extension the "opening" credits) doesn't apppear until the end. This is when the title sequence is notably delayed compared to normal.
Anime & Manga
- In an episode of Haruhi Suzumiya, which also happens to be a major turning points in the plot (Episode 6 where Kyon finally realizes what Haruhi is capable of first-hand and saves the world... the OP appears 5 minutes before the end of the episode, is significantly cut while the music plays over the end-of-episode exposition. There ends up being no end credits.)
- For some bizarre reason, the third season of Minami-ke had the opening one third into the episode. Even weirder, they inverted this by having the ending two thirds in!
- The first episode of Saikano didn't have any title sequence as the makers didn't want to give anything away about the plot and establish the story as just another high school romance.
Eastern European Animation
- The famous "The Night Gwen Stacy Died" story in The Amazing Spider-Man didn't show its title, artist and story credit until its shocking second-to-last page.
- In the comic books Mortadelo y Filemón, if the title of the comic is not pictured in its first page, expect it to be said in large, distinctive font by a major character soon after. (The author will sometimes appear saying that he keeps forgetting to put the title on the first page.)
- Lampshaded in the Darkwing Duck comic story "Turnabout is F.O.W.L. Play", in which, after a significantly long sequence establishing the premise and a How We Got Here scenario, Steelbeak treats the title page as a Page Turn Surprise.
- The "small opening teaser" in Nu, Pogodi! usually takes up about a quarter of the episode (e.g. 2:40 out of 9:30 in episode 3).
- The title sequence for The Departed takes place about twenty minutes into the film.
- The credits for The Good, the Bad and the Ugly aren't shown until about 15 minutes in.
- The title card for The Two Towers only appears about 50 minutes after the film starts, after nearly all returning and new characters make their first appearance.
- Pacific Rim waits until the end of the first kaiju battle before giving the title.
- Happens a few times in Monty Python's Flying Circus - IIRC the "Scott of the Sahara" episode doesn't have its opening titles until halfway through.
- Castle credits seem to happen almost ten minutes into the episode.
- An episode of Supernatural done in the style of a Reality Show didn't roll its credits until the end.
- In the late '70s The Burkiss Way also did this on radio - there was one episode that "started at the wrong end", so it began with the end credits and ended with the opening.
- British radio and TV comedy shows tend to use this trope. As well as examples quoted above, the radio show Son of Cliché was good at this.
- In the Electronic Arts created James Bond video games, the game opened with the tutorial level and upon completion showed the opening credits and then finally the title screen, in an attempt to mirror the opening action scenes of Bond films.
- The opening credits of Metal Gear Solid 3 do not play until the Virtuous mission is complete, this can take 1-2 hours.
- The Ultra Fast Pony episode "Stay Tuned" runs a "Previously On" clip show before the title card and theme music. The episode is five minutes long, and the "Previously On" segment lasts over four minutes.
- Done with the episode "Joshua" from Space Ghost Coast to Coast.
- The Tex Avery MGM Cartoon "Batty Baseball" begins with just the title card, and about 30 seconds in a character notices and complains, so the cartoon begins again with the proper intro.