Created By: ShambalaRime on March 15, 2013

The One Who Did

A person who holds a title of the form "The (personal noun) who (verbs or verbed)"

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I feel like this must exist but I looked under Harry Potter and didn't see anything that fit.

There's a trope for naming entities (good, bad, and weird) with titles of the form "The (personal noun) who ([must] verbs/verbed.)" It can be very evocative and effective when done properly.

Harry Potter is the obvious first example: "The Boy Who Lived."

From the Dresden Files, we get "He Who Walks Behind" and his buddy, "He Who Walks Before." (No word yet on if we're going to get a "He Who Walks Six Paces Back and Slightly To The Left.")

Then there's the ever-popular "She Who Must Be Obeyed", which originated in a booked called "SHE" by H.R. Haggard but has since been copied by many would-be comedians commenting on their wives.

And recently in Justin Cronin's "The Passage", there is Amy, "The One Who Walked In, the First and Last and Only."

This is just off the top of my head here. Does this title trope exist?

(Oh, there's also the fact that every episode of "Friends" was titled "The One Where [Thing]", but that probably doesn't count since the "One" there wasn't a person, but an episode.)
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  • March 15, 2013
    I could've sworn I saw this before. You might check the Lost And Found. If it doesn't turn up:

  • March 15, 2013
    It's better to ask at Lost and Found forum before starting a ykttw. That said, I haven't seen your proposed trope around and it sounds tropeworthy. Check The Joy Of X, which is close and used for titles. The thing with episodes is Idiosyncratic Episode Naming.

    There are tropes named like this:
  • March 15, 2013
    In Breath Of Fire IV, immortal dragons use the expression 'That Which Passes' as a poetic way of describing mortal beings.
  • March 15, 2013
    • In Athyra, Savn peeks at one of Master Wag's books of arcane philosophy, and sees references to the Seven Wizards, five of whom have titles like this (She Who Is Tall, He Whose Eyes Are Green, etc).
  • March 15, 2013
    • The Phantom is often referred to by the natives as "the ghost who walks."
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  • March 15, 2013
    For titles, what about The Name That Verbed (or The Noun That Verbed) ?
  • March 15, 2013
    ^The Noun That Verbed works, though we'll have to add "Not to be confused with Luke Nounverber" to the description.

    I was thinking The One Who Tropes, but we're not supposed to use "trope" as a placeholder anymore. EDIT: Plus, now that I think about it, somebody's using that as their troper handle.
  • March 15, 2013
    • Several Character Titles and Boss Subtitles from Touhou
      • The third game, Phantasmagoria of Dim. Dream has the most, all revolving around dream.
        • Reimu Hakurei: Shrine Maiden who Protects Dream and Tradition
        • Mima : Spirit who Leaves Fate to the Dream of Eternity
        • Ellen : Hardworking Witch who Dream of Love
        • Kotohime : A Princess Dreaming of Beauty in Danmaku
        • Kana Anaberal : Maiden Poltergeist who Has Lost Her Dreams
        • Rikako Asakura : Science that Looks for Dreams
        • Chiyuri Kitashirakawa : Resident of Fantasy that Runs through Time
        • Averted with Marisa:" A Being Made of Magic and Red Dreams" and Yumemi: "Fantasy Legend".
      • Yukari's title in Imperishable Night is "Youkai that lurks in the boundary"
      • Ichirin's title in Undefined Fantastic Objectis "The Big Wheel that Guards and Is Guarded" and in Double Spoiler it's "The Flower and Old Man that Blooms in the Sky"
      • Nue's title in Double Spoiler is "The One Changing Between a Tiger and A Bird"
    • The Girl Who Leapt Through Time. It's about a girl who can time travel to the past.
  • March 16, 2013
    • Played For Laughs in Labyrinths Of Echo: People of the Arvarokh culture get to add everything they have ever accomplished to their personal titles, which can therefore be recited for hours if the Arvarokhian in question decides you are worthy of hearing them. The series' protagonists refer to some Arvarokhians by their most absurd accomplishment rather than their names just for fun--though their sarcasm is lost on the Arvarokhians themselves.
  • March 16, 2013
    Robert Heinlein's novel The Cat Who Walks Through Walls, has, as a minor side character, a cat named Pixel who literally did this once because it was too young to know that this is impossible.
  • March 16, 2013
    Doctor Who: Amy is "The Girl Who Waited"
  • March 17, 2013
    The problem with "The Noun That Verbed" is that it might be too general, as it can cover things like "The Mouse That Roared." For this trope I was specifically thinking of the title that attaches to people, although I'll throw open the discussion -- do people think the more general trope would be a better or a worse thing?

    Maybe something like "The Person Who Verbed" or "The Title That Described" or "The One Who Titled"? ...I'll keep thinking. "That One Title"? "He Who Did What"?

    And I realized I missed "He Who Must Not Be Named." Which reminds me as well -- is "verbed" descriptive enough? Maybe "verb phrased", to cover both present and past tenses and whatever it's called when you slap a "must" in there? (auxiliary verb phrase, I guess?)

    Oh, I just discovered another one: "(I Am) The One Who Knocks", Walter White in "Breaking Bad". This is apparently a bit of a meme for him and a bit of a Badass Boast as well: "I am the danger. A guy opens his door and gets shot, and you think that of me? No! I am the one who knocks!"
  • March 17, 2013
    ^ Now, I don't follow Breaking Bad and if it's quoted often and people refer to him like that and it's memetic, OK, but "I am the one who knocks!" sounds like a perfectly ordinary sentence to me.

    It started kinda nice, but now I am getting Chairs vibes... It has to be more clearly defined and the examples must be explained -- how they are used in the story, that kind of thing... Because, let's face it, the one who did/does is a very common and normal English construction.

    EDIT: I added tag "tropeworthy?" as I really don't like the direction this discussion is taking
  • March 18, 2013
    The setup to the old But You Screw One Goat joke is usually put in this format:
    "Look at all these things I did. Do they call me Bill Builds-solid-houses / Grows-plentiful-crops / Survived-a-war? No, even though I did all of that, repeatedly! ... But You Screw One Goat!
  • March 18, 2013
    Tchernobog in Blood is known as the One that Binds.
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  • March 25, 2013
    Can The One Who Tropes be an example?
  • March 25, 2013
    Is this intended to be a trope or an index of "The Noun that Verbed" tropes?

    If it's the former I have this example.

  • April 1, 2013
    If we agree it's tropable, it would go here: Naming Conventions.