Created By: ArtisticPlatypusMarch 26, 2011 Last Edited By: ArtisticPlatypusFebruary 20, 2012
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Titulation

The title of a work ends with -ation, -ator or something similar.

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This ykttw now has five hats, but not yet a generally accepted name. Here's a list of alternatives. Please weigh in or come up with new ones:

  • Titulation
  • The Tropinator
  • Title: Tropation
  • Titleation
  • Titulification
  • Menacing Title Indicator
  • Title: The Menacing
  • Noun Name: The Verbination.
  • Menacing Name: The Evocation
  • Title: The Intimidation
  • Menacing Name: Convention

Read all italicized words below out loud, in your deepest, most menacing voice.
An easy way to come up with a title for a work of fiction which causes Intimidation in the reader is to use a word that ends with -ation (for example Categorization), -ator (Vigilante Taxonomator), -ing (Troper: The Classification) or something similar, and that stresses the second-to-last syllable. The two former variants tend to draw readers' Association towards evil Corporations, cold-blooded Termination or robotic Invasions. In short, it's purpose is the Invocation of feelings of Dehumanization. It's useful for naming Thrillers, Dystopian works, Speculative Fiction and any combination of the three. The latter variant is has a stronger tendency to cause Associating to medieval Conquering, the Summoning of demonic beings and just generally epic events Happening. It's therefore useful for Naming works of High Fantasy, Cosmic Horror and similar genres.
Preferably used as a One Word Title, though usage in Combination with Numeration and a certain type of Punctuation.
Compare Mad Lib Thriller Title, The Crime Job and Terminology Title. Do not confuse with Titillation or... Uh, actual Titulation.

Note:

A lot of people have said that this trope seems like People Sit On Chairs. I don't think so. This trope isn't about a random grammatical form, it's about the conscious use of said form with the purpose of evoking certain feelings and expectations. There's a reason there's no romantic comedy film named 'Adoration', despite the inherently positive meaning of the word itself. Don't just drop a comment saying that it seems like PSOC and leave. Explain why you think so, and I'll answer best I can.

Examples:

[[folder:Comic Books]]
  • From the Mass Effect Expanded Universe:
    • Mass Effect: Redemption
    • Mass Effect: Inquisition
    • Mass Effect: Incursion
    • Mass Effect: Evolution
    • Mass Effect: Conviction
    • Mass Effect: Invasion
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[[folder:Live Action TV]]
  • The Doctor Who serials "The Invasion", "The Dominators", and "The Visitation".
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[[folder:Video Games]]
  • Devastation
  • Total Annihilation
  • Abomination: The Nemesis Project
  • Incubation: Time is Running Out
  • Domination
  • Damnation
  • Infestation
  • Gravitation
  • Fascination
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[[folder:Western Animation]] [[/folder]]

Community Feedback Replies: 64
  • March 27, 2011
    Lavalyte
  • March 27, 2011
    ArtisticPlatypus
    That sounds a lot less self-demonstrating to me. What's wrong with the current title?
  • March 27, 2011
    whereismytea
    It sounds like a mispelling of titillation?
  • March 27, 2011
    Kaoy
    ^That's what I thought at first as well. How about 'The Tropinator' as a title?
  • March 27, 2011
    DaibhidC
    • Evolution

    • The Doctor Who serials "The Invasion", "The Dominators", and "The Visitation" are classic one word versions. There's also "The Edge of Destruction", "The Android Invasion" and "The Christmas Invasion".
      • Partial examples, since they bury the "..tion" word, are "The Dalek Invasion of Earth", "The Invasion of the Dinosaurs", "The Invasion of Time", "Resurrection of the Daleks", "Revelation of the Daleks" and "Evolution of the Daleks".
  • March 27, 2011
    ArtisticPlatypus
    Title has to be crammed into there somewhere too, don't you think? 'Title: Tropinator'...?
  • March 27, 2011
    Kaoy
    Well, if you want to go that route, go with 'The Titlenator'. Same concept, still gets the idea across, and makes me think less about boobs. Win, Win, Necessary Sacrifice.
  • March 27, 2011
    AlexRandom
  • March 27, 2011
    ArtisticPlatypus
    The Titlenator is fine with me. How about dropping the 'The' though? I think most such titles are nothing by the word. Also, would 'Titleration' sound too much like it has something to do with rationing? I sort of prefer -ation to -ator, since it seems to be more common.
  • March 27, 2011
    Kaoy
    I think part of the problem is how you spelled it. Titleation may work, but it can still be misread as a misspelling though. As for adding an 'r', I assume it's meant to be pronounced Tie-tul-er-aye-shun, right? That just feels awkward to say, to me, so I don't think it's the best option. YMMV though.
  • March 27, 2011
    whereismytea
    Titleation is actually pretty clear. Or maybe you could custom title it to Title-ation if it makes it more obvious.
  • March 28, 2011
    ArtisticPlatypus
    Hm, I though of Titleation and for some reason scrapped the idea. Can't remember why. Well, if you guys like it I'm all for it!
  • May 4, 2011
    Cidolfas
    What is this about, really? Just a list of titles that follow a particular naming scheme and arbitrarily grouping them together? I thought we were trying to move away from these "lists for the sake of lists".
  • May 5, 2011
    ArtisticPlatypus
    Not quite... Such titles are generally (as stated in the description) meant to invoke a certain feeling. If you look at the list, 7 of the 11 entries are works in the sci-fi genre. That's not a coincidence.
  • May 11, 2011
    whereismytea
    "Invokation" should be spelt with a "c" instead of a "k".
  • May 11, 2011
    ArtisticPlatypus
    ^Thanks. Camel Case words induce spellcheck blindness.
  • May 14, 2011
    ginsengaddict
    Title Tropation, absolutely a better title.
  • May 14, 2011
    ArtisticPlatypus
    I agree that it beats Titulation, but is it really better than Titleation?
  • May 14, 2011
    Specialist290
    ^ No, because "titleation" is not an actual word. Granted, neither are titulation or tropation, but titleation just looks wrong to me as a native English speaker. (And personally, if we're going to invent words, I'd prefer to go with the term "tropefaction" rather than "tropation" for much the same reasons, but no one ever asks me.)

    It bears noting that this trope is at the very least Older Than Feudalism, as adding the ending -io to the root of the perfect passive participial form of a verb is a common way to transform a Latin verb into a noun.
    • For example: Let's consider the word "animation." This word is derived from the verb animare, "to live"; to make this into a noun, you take the perfect passive participial form (animatus), chop off the -us ending, and add the -io to make animatio, "a living thing."

    The -or ending (for "one who does x") follows the same principle as -io does. Latin words are wonderfully adaptable.

    EDIT: Hottips don't work here. Drat.
  • May 15, 2011
    ArtisticPlatypus
    I'd still like the word title to be in there, as this trope is about a naming convention. 'Title: Tropation' would preserve the thriller/scifi-vibe, but I think I've read somewhere (correct me if I'm wrong) that punctuation in trope titles should be avoided when possible.

    Also, thanks for the above chunk of information, thought I'm not quite sure (as in 'not quite sure', not as in 'negative but trying to be polite about it') whether or not it is relevant. The feelings invoked by -ation titles are an important part of the trope, and those feelings get altered in translation.
  • May 15, 2011
    IronLion
    I vote for 'Titulation'. It seems wrong at first, but it makes sense when you think about it.
  • May 15, 2011
    Korodzik
    Video game: Devastation.
  • May 15, 2011
    whereismytea
    The only problem with Tropation is that (as far as I am aware) "Trope" and variants there of aren't allowed as filler in articles, only in index titles. That's why so many trope titles use "X" as the fill-in-the blank word and not "Trope".
  • May 15, 2011
    Specialist290
    ^^^^ Could go with something like "The Titulification" (literally "the making of something into a title"). That way we could have something that still conveys the meaning without having something that looks like a typo at first glance.

    The note is relevant in that pretty much all of the titles in the list thus far derive from Latin words, and as the phrase goes, "Anything said in Latin seems profound." This is a particularly specific permutation of that trope (Latin being used to impress, awe, or make something seem important). The fact that Latin is used in a lot of scientific and legal jargon is probably relevant, too.

    That said, it's definitely trope-worthy in its own right.

    While I'm at it, another video game example: Total Annihilation
  • May 15, 2011
    Korodzik
    More video games:
    • Abomination: The Nemesis Project
    • Incubation: Time is Running Out
    • Domination
    • Damnation
    • Infestation
    • Gravitation
    • Fascination
  • May 16, 2011
    ArtisticPlatypus
    ^^Titulification could work, though it would need a couple of easier-to-remember redirects. ^ Wow, thanks!
  • May 23, 2011
    Aielyn
    How about Menacing Title Indicator? Carries the "ator" ending, is somewhat self-descriptive.

    Also, I don't think Zero Punctuation should be listed, as the name is not designed to be menacing or dark at all, it just happens to end in "ation". If it becomes a list of "all creations that happen to end in the letters 'ation' or 'ator'", then it really becomes meaningless.
  • May 23, 2011
    ArtisticPlatypus
    I agree that such a list would be meaningless, but are you sure about Zero Punctuation? It may not be designed to be dark or menacing, but I think it has an intentional (and self-ironical) vibe of something resembling Totally Radical to it. In addition to the '-ation', it has the cyberpunk-ish word Zero attached to it.
  • May 23, 2011
    Specialist290
    ^^ Menacing Title Indicator. That's brilliant.
  • May 23, 2011
    Aielyn
    Artistic Platypus - "Zero Punctuation" is a direct reference to the fact that the voice in it basically just keeps speaking, without any real pauses. As in, the script has no (zero) punctuation.
  • May 23, 2011
    McKathlin
    If titles of things other than literary works count, I have two:
  • June 1, 2011
    ArtisticPlatypus
    ^^ Of course I get that. Still, he could just as well have named the show... I don't know, 'Rapid Fire Reviews?' 'That Fast-talking British Gentleman'. 'Nonstop Critic'... Yeah, those sound terrible. Anyway, my point is that I think he chose that title partly for the associations it invokes.

    ^ Yeah, those are definitely in-universe examples.
  • June 13, 2011
    totlmstr
    I would rather go with Titulation Tropinator. Shows off both sides of the trope.
  • June 13, 2011
    Tambov333
  • June 19, 2011
    ArtisticPlatypus
    ^In what way? As explained in earlier comments, this isn't just about a random grammatical construction, but the genres and moods associated with it.
  • June 23, 2011
    genewitch
    Terminators Sit On Chairs
  • June 23, 2011
    X2X
  • June 23, 2011
    ArtisticPlatypus
    ^^What? ^Thanks, added.
  • August 2, 2011
    lukebn
    Cripes, could we not have a trope for every incidental combination of letters in the English language?
  • August 2, 2011
    lukebn
    There are just as many words with positive connotations and the same ending-- adjulation, adoration, infatuation-- it's just that titles in general tend to be menacing, because menacing things happen in fiction.
  • August 3, 2011
    ArtisticPlatypus
    ^Ah, yes, but that strengthens my point; There are happy, nonthreatening movies as well, but they don't use this kind of titles. There's a reason why Love Actually wasn't called Infatuation.
  • September 19, 2011
    ArtisticPlatypus
    This thing is getting old. Should I launch or discard, and is there anything left to do with it first?
  • September 19, 2011
    margibso
    Is this really a trope? It seems kind of People Sit On Chairs to me.
  • September 19, 2011
    KingZeal
  • September 20, 2011
    Tambov333
    ^^ Me too.

    ^What? Only Revelation and Invasion fit. The rest is shoehorning.
  • September 20, 2011
    KingZeal
    Huh? How?
  • September 20, 2011
    hevendor717
    All of Funimation's Dragon Ball GT DVD's have "tion" titles.
  • September 23, 2011
    ArtisticPlatypus
    ^^^ and ^^^^^ This is an ongoing debate. Read through some of the comments if you want to see the arguments for and against.

    EDIT: Nevermind, I'll just update the main thing with some of them.

    ^^^ Yep, those are valid examples.
  • September 23, 2011
    KingZeal
    What would end this debate real quick is evidence of it being an Enforced Trope in Hollywood.
  • September 23, 2011
    Trotzky
    TV Alien Nation is a pune on "alienation" IIRC there was a film too.
  • September 24, 2011
    ArtisticPlatypus
    ^Not an example. The word alienation is used as a pun, not to evoke the feelings this is about.
  • September 25, 2011
    orimarc
    I vote for Titleation. Since when was "Awkward to pronounce" a con on a WEBSITE, with TEXT?
  • September 25, 2011
    TechUnadept
    compare/contrast Crunchtastic
  • September 25, 2011
    KingZeal
    Thirding Titleation.
  • September 27, 2011
    Riddle78
    Madness Combat has ten episodes,and half of them have the "-ation" suffix.
  • September 27, 2011
    Chariset
    Title Ation? It would still come up on a line to Titleation
  • September 27, 2011
    LaplacesKyton
    A thought- should we maybe include names ending with "ing" in this trope, since a lot of the evocations are the same? A lot of White Wolf games, for example- Vampire: The Gathering, Hunter: The Reckoning, etc. If we do, then a possible title for this trope might be "Title: The Menacing".

    If not, here are some suggestions.

    "Noun Name: The Verbination." "Menacing Name: The Evocation" "Title: The Intimidation"

  • September 28, 2011
    ArtisticPlatypus
    Hm. That's an interesting thought. It's quite different - more fantasy-ish than thriller and sci-fi - but fills a similar purpose. Your name suggestions aren't half bad either.

    I added your suggestions and the 'ing' ending. I also one more name idea by me (Menacing Name: Convention), and removed the giant and confusing list of cons and pros.
  • September 30, 2011
    TairaMai
    I like "Titleation". several of the suggestions could be alt. titles. Something to note: ColonCancer seems to follow this trope.
  • October 1, 2011
    ArtisticPlatypus
    Consensus seems to be for Titleation. I'll polish the description and launch it under that name. Any objections?
  • December 5, 2011
    KingZeal
  • December 5, 2011
    SeanMurrayI
    I'm calling this People Sitting On Chairs. This isn't about "moods" associated with certain word structures; if it was, then you'd be making an effort to explain how the works in the examples reflect those "moods" integral to what you claim are inherent in the titles. On that note, that would also make every single example you have here X Just X.

    Also, most of the examples ending in -tion are just that, not -ation only -tion. That also makes this concept seem even less significant, in my eyes.
  • February 19, 2012
    KingZeal
    Can we revive this one?
  • February 20, 2012
    TomWalpertac2

Three days must pass before this YKTTW is Launchworthy or Discardable