When the demonym for the UsefulNotes/UnitedStatesOfAmerica is used as a naming convention.

There is a certain hard-to-describe quality in the idea of something being "American". Depending on how you look at it, it could connote [[Franchise/{{Superman}} Truth, Justice]], wholesome family values, apple pies, and [[MaltShop soda shops]]; or it can imply a wild, free-spirited nature unbound by Old World traditions. So it's only natural that some American works will put "American" in their title as a way to signify the feelings they wish to invoke.

But, as some people would notice later, there are some UnfortunateImplications in including the word "American" as some sort of superlative; thus, much like {{Eagleland}}, this trope has a dark underbelly. It is just as likely that you'll see an American Title in an ironic fashion, subverting the original meanings, or revealing the darker undersides of the bright ideology. This is often done in reference to the USA's dark past and/or the more controversial aspects of American culture and politics.

It's also possible that the term "American" refers only to the subject's place of origin and not any larger message. Generally, it's easy to tell by the context of the work which flavor they're going for.

Compare ItCameFromBeverlyHills

Contrast EagleLand - this trope refers to titles that try to induce that American idea...''in America''!

Not to be confused with MarketBasedTitle.

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!!American Examples

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* ''Film/AmericanAnthem''
* ''Film/AmericanCousins''
* ''Film/AmericanDreamer''
* ''Film/AmericanGraffiti''
* ''Film/AmericanHotWax''
* ''Film/AmericanMovie''
* ''Film/TheAmericanPresident''

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* ''[[http://www.eharlequin.com/store.html?cid=244 American Romance]]''

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* ''The American Embassy'' (which was set in London - ironically, the series was never screened on British television)
* ''The American Girls'' (about two correspondents for a newsmagazine called ''The American Report'' - this series aired in the UK as ''Have Girls, Will Travel'')
* ''LoveAmericanStyle''
* Creator/MargaretCho's short-lived sitcom ''All-American Girl'' was mostly Column A, though its comedic elements touched on Column B at times.

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* ''American Beauty'' (album by Music/TheGratefulDead)
* Music/DonMcLean's "American Pie" (Song and LP)
* ''American Spirit''
* American Recordings (Record label)
* "American Secrets", a song off of the Parachute album ''The Way it Was''
* "American Girls", a single off of the CountingCrows album ''Hard Candy''
* "American Honey" by Music/LadyAntebellum
* "American Heart" by Music/FaithHill
* Recording group Jay and the Americans.
* "American" by Music/LanaDelRey.
* "American Bad Ass" by Music/KidRock
* The PostRock band ''The American Dollar''
* Two songs from ''Theater/BookOfMormon'': "All-American Prophet" (the actual story of Mormon origins) and "Joseph Smith: American Moses" (the horribly-off version by the Ugandans based on Elder Cunningham's improvised teachings). Both can be considered straight examples since the Ugandans do believe in the latter's optimism, even if it includes "magical fuck frogs" curing AIDS and clit-faces.
* "American Beautiful" by [[BandofRelatives The Henningsens]], from the compilation album "American Heartland" - both this and describing nationality (the [[FlyoverCountry Heartland]] being American).

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* ''ThisAmericanLife''

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* American Greetings - a greeting card company.
* American Beauty - a hybrid rose species, and usually the first image people conjure when they think of roses.
* American Express - a credit card company.

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* ''American Century''
* ''ComicBook/AmericanFlagg''
* ''ComicBook/AmericanSplendor'' (both the comic books and the film adaptation)
* ''ComicBook/AmericanVirgin'', in the first issues
* ''ComicBook/AmericanVampire''

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* ''Film/AmericanBeauty''
* ''Film/AnAmericanCarol''
* ''Film/AmericanDream''
* ''Film/AmericanDreamz''
* ''Film/AmericanGangster''
* ''Film/AmericanGigolo''
* ''Film/AmericanGun''
* ''Film/AmericanHistoryX''
* ''Film/AmericanHustle''
* ''Film/AmericanMary''
* ''Film/AmericanMe''
* ''Film/AmericanPie'' (Movie)
* ''Film/AmericanPimp''
* ''Film/AmericanPsycho''
* ''Film/AmericanWedding''
* ''Film/TheAmerican''
* ''Film/MythOfTheAmericanSleepover''
* ''Film/WetHotAmericanSummer''

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* ''Literature/AnAmericanTragedy''
* ''Literature/AmericanPsycho''
* ''American Savage'' by Creator/DanSavage
* ''Literature/TheQuietAmerican''


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* ''Series/AmericanDreams''
* ''Series/AmericanHorrorStory''
* ''Series/TheAmericans'' (they're Soviet spies under deep cover)
* ''American Greed'' ({{MSNBC}} true-crime series; not all of the con-artists are American (see Creator/AnneHathaway's [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Raffaello_Follieri Italian ex-boyfriend]]) but they all get rich in America... for a while)

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* ''American Idiot'' - Music/GreenDay (song and album)
* "American Jesus" - Music/BadReligion (song)
* ''American Life'' - Music/{{Madonna}} (song and album)
* "America" - Music/SimonAndGarfunkel (song)
* "American Tune" - Music/PaulSimon (song)
* "American Woman" - The Guess Who (sonng)
* "American Girl" - Music/TomPetty (song)
* ''American Doll Posse'' - Music/ToriAmos (album)
* ''Young Americans'' - Music/DavidBowie (album)
* "American Roulette" - Robbie Robertson (song)
* ''American Gangster'' - JayZ (album)
* "American Dream" - Doria Roberts (song)

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* ''American Television''

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* ''American Dream'', play by George O'Neil

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* ''[[AlanWake Alan Wake's American Nightmare]]''

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* ''WesternAnimation/AmericanDad''
* ''WesternAnimation/AmericanPop''
* ''TheAdventuresOfTheAmericanRabbit''
* ''WesternAnimation/AnAmericanTail''

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* ''American Gothic'', a painting named after the architectural style American Gothic, which is the style of the house featured.

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* ''American Virgin'', in the later issues

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* ''An American Crime''
* ''Film/AmericanNinja''
* ''Film/AmericanSamurai''
* ''Film/AnAmericanWerewolfInLondon''
* ''American Hardcore'', a documentary of the American punk scene

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* A ''Cafe Americano'' is espresso watered down to approximate drip-brewed coffee. This could theoretically be read as a put-down at Americans not being able to "handle" espresso, but anyone except the most sneering European coffee snob can tell that it's just an indication that drip-brew-strength is the usual American method of consuming coffee.
* "American cheese" refers to processed cheese designed to melt easily, rather than the various types of real cheese that originated in the US, such as cream cheese or Monterey Jack.

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* Literature/AmericanGirl
* ''Literature/AmericanGods''
* ''Literature/TheUglyAmerican'', in which the title character is physically unattractive but one of the nicest people (not to mention Americans) in the book

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* ''AmericanGladiators'' (But both British series have managed to get away with just been entitled ''Gladiators'')
* ''Series/AmericanIdol'', to contrast with Britain's...''Pop Idol'' and the {{foreign remake}}s that came later.
** The same goes for ''Series/AmericasGotTalent''.
* ''Series/AmericanPickers''
* [[Series/TheOfficeUS The Office: An American Workplace]]: when aired in the UK anyway, to differentiate from the [[Series/TheOfficeUK original British version]].
* ''Series/AmericanNinjaWarrior'', as a spinoff of the original Japanese show with the dub name ''Series/NinjaWarrior''.

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* ''[[http://jjrowland.com/archive/20070413.html American]]'' ''[[http://www.wigu.com/tvnc/?date=20050124 Platypus]]''
* ''AmericanElf''

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* ''[[Creator/DavidGonterman American Kitsune]]''
* There's a Website/YouTube video called ''American Manga/{{Akira}}'', intended as a parody of [[{{Macekre}} what Warner Bros. will do to Akira]].

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* ''WesternAnimation/AmericanDragonJakeLong''

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