A frequent stylistic Title Trope which essentially delivers the premise of the story before it even starts rolling, and therefore often is synonymous with a show's High Concept. The character in question must be a person, in one sense or another. Whether he, she or it is featured in the story, or is just related to it in one way or another - be it only metaphorically (like, say, the Devil) - isn't important. Objects only count if they are anthropomorphised properly in-story. The action taken, on the other hand, can be anything under the sun. What counts is that it is an action thats being described ("Bob Eats Bread" or "Bob Eats"), rather than, say, merely (and explicitly - see below) describing a state or condition ("Bob Is A Breadophile" or "Bob Has A Bread-Fancy") or describing the character in a relative clause ("The Bob Who Ate Bread"). Tense, aspect, mood and voice all make no difference for the purposes of this trope, so it can just as easily be "Bob Ate Bread" "Bob Will Eat Bread", "Bob Is Eating Bread", "Bob Would Eat Bread" or even "Bob Was Eaten". The idea is that the title is a complete sentence (subject + verb) is more or less a given. The 'action' can even be an idiom or metaphor for something completely different, even a state or condition ("Bob Eats The Bread That Is Jesus" or "Bob Has Eaten His Last Slice of Bread"). This includes explicit actions such as "to do," "to meet someone," or "to go somewhere," and it also includes intransitive verbs such as "to return," "to begin," or "to die." This otherwise very simplistic naming convention tends to follow some particular trends:
- It's used in children's programmes (to spark the young audience's interest in the upcoming subject matter without making things too complicated).
- It's used in titles meant to reproduce the brevity of news messages and headlines, often (ironically) about otherwise important and momentous events.
- For Crossovers, the title formula "Character from Franchise A does something to Character from Franchise B" can be used, "Meets" being the most common variant.
- Particularly variations like "Returns", "Rides Again" and "Strikes Back" are popular with sequel movies, as they bring across the message and deliver a little emotional velocity and creativity into the title at the same time. The "Strikes Back" title in particular also heavily overlaps with Revenge of the Sequel.
- It's used in humorous works, where any of the above is Played for Laughs. Examples of the "Goes To X" variation, for one, often riff on Mr. Smith Goes to Washington.
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The Character Goes Somewhere
Film - Animated
- All Dogs Go to Heaven
- An American Tail: Fievel Goes West
- The Brave Little Toaster Goes to Mars
- Mr. Bug Goes to Town
- Teen Titans Go! to the Movies
- Buster and Bubs Go Hawaiian
- The Ernest P. Worrell films almost exclusively follow this structure:
- Harold and Kumar Go to White Castle
- Herbie Goes To Monte Carlo
- Jason Goes to Hell: The Final Friday
- Leningrad Cowboys Go America, a Finnish movie that started the career of the band Leningrad Cowboys.
- Madea Goes to Jail
- Mr. Deeds Goes to Town
- Mr. Smith Goes to Washington
- Sabrina Goes to Rome
- Blackadder Goes Forth
- In Monk, a good portion of episodes follow this convention, such Mr Monk Goes To The Asylum.
- Charlie the Unicorn Goes to Candy Mountain
- Elliot Goes To School
- Even TV Tropes itself has its own share of examples:
- Youtube Poop videos often use this format (Captain Hook Wins the Lottery, Simba and Nala go to White Castle, etc.) which usually has little to do with the YTP's plot (if there even is one).
The Character Returns
Anime & Manga Comic Books Film - Live Action Video Games Web Original
The Character Meets Someone or Something
Comic Books Film - Animated
- Alvin And The Chipmunks:
- Scooby-Doo Meets the Boo Brothers
- Abbott and Costello loved to follow this trope:
- Abbott and Costello Meet Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde
- Abbott and Costello Meet the Mummy
- Abbott And Costello Meet The Invisible Man
- Abbott and Costello Meet Frankenstein
- Bela Lugosi Meets a Brooklyn Gorilla
- Billy the Kid Meets Dracula
- East Meets Watts
- Frankenstein Meets the Wolf Man
- Jesse James Meets Frankenstein's Daughter
- KISS Meets the Phantom of the Park
- Duke Ellington had a collaboration with Coleman Hawkins titled Duke Ellington Meets Coleman Hawkins, and a collaboration with Count Basie titled First Time! The Count Meets The Duke.
- Bags Meets Wes—referring to the nicknames of the two primary musicians, Milt Jackson and Wes Montgomery.
The Character Rides Again
- Destry Rides Again
- Ernest Rides Again
- Godzilla Raids Again, in a rare pun on this variation.
- Herbie Rides Again
The Character Saves Something or Someone
Film Live-Action TV Video Games
- Cthulhu Saves the World, a parody of Eastern RPGs starring Cthulhu as he... travels around the world to become a hero.
The Character 'Does' Something or Someone
- Beavis And Butthead Do America
- The infamous porn film Debbie Does Dallas in which the girl next door earns a spot in the Dallas Cowboys cheerleading squad, but doesn't have money to travel from her home town to Cowboy stadium. She improvises.
The Character Takes Something
Film Live-Action TV
- Keeping Up with the Kardashians: The Kourtney and Kim Take New York spinoff.
- My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic has Rarity Takes Manehattan
The Character Strikes Back
Film - Live Action
- The Empire Strikes Back
- Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back
- Killer Tomatoes Strike Back
- Munchie Strikes Back
The Character Kills Someone or Something
Comic Books Film - Live Action Live-Action TV
- Mary Kills People
The Character Performs Other or Multiple Actions
- Fred Hembeck Destroys the Marvel Universe
- Sergio Aragonés Destroys DC
- Sergio Aragonés Massacres Marvel
- Squirrel Girl Beats Up The Marvel Universe
- Chrysalis Visits The Hague, though the "visit" part is rather sardonic.
- The Grinch Grinches The Cat In The Hat
- Muzzy Comes Back
- Sita Sings the Blues
- Tom and Jerry Blast off to Mars
- Batman Begins
- The Creature Walks Among Us
- Dances with Wolves counts, as it's a unique amalgamation of name and predicative.
- The Dark Knight Rises
- Dunston Checks In
- The Eagle Has Landed
- Freddy Got Fingered
- Harold and Kumar Escape from Guantanamo Bay
- John Dies at the End
- Killer Tomatoes Eat France
- Monsters Crash the Pajama Party
- Santa Claus Conquers the Martians
- Sometimes They Come Back
- They Live
- Zack and Miri Make a Porno
- ''American Girls Collection" used to have "____ Learns a Lesson" and "____ Saves the Day" as part of their Strictly Formula structure for each of the girls.
- The Devil Wears Prada
- The Horton series of books by Dr. Seuss:
- Inspector Imanishi Investigates
- The German crime series Graf Yoster gibt sich die Ehre (Loosely translated as Count Yoster has the Honour, but more literally as, Count Yoster Gives Himself The Honour)
- Back to Back: Duke Ellington and Johnny Hodges Play the Blues.
- The Danish soft rock band Michael Learns to Rock
- She Loves Me Not (either the Papa Roach song or the t.A.T.u. song)
- Though the official title is just Illinois, the front cover stylizes it as Sufjan Stevens Invites You to: Come On Feel the Illinoise!
- Even TV Tropes itself has its own share of examples:
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