So, let's say you're watching a movie. As you get introduced to the characters, you might expect the title card to show up soon. However, several minutes pass without it. You wonder briefly what's taking so long, but then decide to just enjoy the film. Once the characters have completed their journey and the movie ends... the title card ''finally'' shows up.

What took so long? The answer can differ depending on the story. Maybe the title refers to something the protagonist spent the entire plot learning. Maybe it refers to something the character becomes by the time the story ends. Maybe [[SpoilerTitle the title contains a spoiler]]. Then again, maybe [[RuleOfCool it just felt unique]].

Contrast TheTeaser, where the title takes a few minutes to appear, but still does so before the conclusion. If a work's title appears at ''both'' the beginning and the end, it belongs in BookEnds.

----
!!Examples:

[[foldercontrol]]

[[folder:Anime and Manga]]
* Episode 10 of ''Anime/PuellaMagiMadokaMagica''. The opening is shown at the end of this particular episode and doubles up as the credits screen. Fitting, since the entire episode focused on [[spoiler:[[HowWeGotHere what happened to Homura before the current timeline]]]].
* The ''Manga/OuranHighSchoolHostClub'' episode about Kaoru and Hikaru meeting Tamaki for the first time, "The Door the Twins Opened", saves its title card for the closing scene, after the twins open the door to the Host Club's room.
** ''OuranTheVaguelyAbridgedSeries'' did the same thing when abridging this episode.
* The first original OVA for ''LightNovel/AiNoKusabi'' shows the title right before the end credits roll.
* Episode titles for ''Manga/WolfsRain'' appear at the end. (This is used to poignant effect in [[spoiler:Gunshot of Remorse]].)
* ''Manga/{{Bleach}}'' chapter 416 had the title "Deicide 18: [The End]"...at the end of the chapter, when Ichigo finally emerged out of Dangai Precipice World, and after Gin's defeat by Aizen.
** Kubo did it again at the tail end of the Fullbringer arc - the standard "Bleach - Tite Kubo" tag Jump manga have in the panel gutters is there, but the title card "Bleach 459: Death and Strawberry 2" doesn't appear until the second to last page, right before Ichigo gets his shinigami powers back in full.
* Chapter 52 of ''{{Kuroko no Basket}}'' had this. It can be considered to be a SpoilerTitle, but the spoiler is not about the chapter itself, but about what the events of the chapter would lead to, since [[spoiler: in that chapter they lose the championship, but the title is "A new challenge", giving some hope for the next competition.]]
* The ''VisualNovel/LittleBusters'' anime has the episode titles displayed as the beginning of the closing credits.
* Episode 15 of the ''{{Gungrave}}'' animation. While the audience knows who is DoomedByCanon, the episode stays low key up until the violent murder of [[spoiler:Brandon Heat]], and slams the WhamEpisode home by cutting to the black title card: ''Death''.
[[/folder]]

[[folder:Comic Books]]
* The ''Franchise/SpiderMan'' comic "ComicBook/TheNightGwenStacyDied" saves the title for the last panel, in order to prevent readers from discovering too soon which ''Spider-Man'' character Marvel decided to kill off.
** PeterDavid's "The Death of Jean [=DeWolff=]" did this as well.
* Every issue of the John Stewart-centric comic ''Comicbook/GreenLantern'': Mosaic had the story title on the last page.
* The comic detailing {{Captain America}}'s death, "The Death of the Dream", saved its title for the closing.
* In a ''{{Deadpool}}'' story where his eardrums get destroyed by an explosion, and then he ends up fighting magical mimes, there are no words at all till the last page, and the punny title, [[spoiler:''Silent But Deadly'']], is the very last thing of all.
* Each issue of the mini-series ''The Secret History of {{the Authority}}: Jack Hawksmoor''.
* The ''AtomicRobo'' comic "[[http://www.nuklearpower.com/2009/07/24/free-comic-book-day-2009/ Why Atomic Robo hates Dr. Dinosaur]]".
* "Your Mother Should Know," an issue of the Will Payton-era ''ComicBook/{{Starman}}.''
* "It's Your Funeral," an issue of ''ComicBook/{{Exiles}}.''
* A six-page {{Archie}} story, "A Winner Never Quits...A Quitter Never Wins," ended with its moral as the title, which was saved for the last panel. Or as they put it in their own early-70's faux-hip terms, "We're gonna lay it on you at the end of this yarn.
* The infamous ''{{Hellblazer}}'' story Warren Ellis wrote about the Columbine shootings that was initially pulled by DC Comics saved its title for the last page because [[spoiler: it was the last thing one of the shooter's victims said to him: "Shoot."]]
* The early issues of the ''ComicBook/{{Batgirl 2000}}'' series sort of combined this with NoTitle. In order to emphasize the minimalistic nature of the stories and their protagonist, writer Kelley Puckett would often stick the credits in the very last panel of each comic, and provide no title. Guest writers, such as Creator/ChuckDixon, often broke the trend.
* Most of BradMeltzer's comics feature this, and they're usually [[TitleDrop just taken from lines in the issue]].
* OneHundredBullets did a few, such #75's "Amorality Play".
[[/folder]]

[[folder:Film]]
* With the move away from films having opening credits sequences, this trope has become more and more common in cinema.
* ''Film/{{The Place Beyond The Pines}}
* ''{{Hoffa}}'' didn't have any credits, not even the name of the film, until the end.
* The same goes for ''Film/YesMan''.
* In ''Film/HotFuzz'', the title card does not appear until the very end of the film. This can be backed up by the DVD Commentary.
* ''Film/{{Contact}}'' likewise has the title card and the rest of the opening credits immediately preceding the closing ones.
* ''{{Inception}}'' doesn't have a title card until the end credits. [[DepartmentOfRedundancyDepartment Where it is displayed three separate times.]] Of course, given [[DreamWithinADream the events of the film]], this is probably on purpose...
** Creator/ChristopherNolan seems fond of doing this; ''Film/BatmanBegins'', ''Film/TheDarkKnight'', and ''Film/TheDarkKnightRises'' also don't show their titles until the end.
** May be FridgeBrilliance when you realize that he put the title card at the beginning of ''Film/{{Memento}}'', a film where the events are shown in backward chronological order.
*** He also did this for ''{{Insomnia}}'', but that gets a pass due to being a remake.
* ''Film/{{Avatar}}'''s title appears at the very end of the film, after [[spoiler: Jake's subconscious is permanently transferred into his Na'vi avatar]].
* The title card for ''WesternAnimation/HowtoTrainYourDragon'' is the LAST shot of the movie before the credits roll.
* Many films in the Franchise/MarvelCinematicUniverse:
** In ''Film/{{Thor}}'', the words "Creator/{{Paramount}} Pictures and [[Creator/MarvelComics Marvel Entertainment]] Present" take five minutes to appear, while the actors' names and title card come during the end credits.
** The words "Creator/{{Paramount}} Pictures and [[Creator/MarvelComics Marvel Entertainment]] Present a Marvel Studios Production, A Film By Creator/JoeJohnston: ''Film/CaptainAmericaTheFirstAvenger''" do not appear until during the movie's end credits, which come in between Cap meeting Nick Fury and [[TheStinger Fury asking Cap to become an Avenger.]]
** Played with in ''Film/TheAvengers'': The title shows up during the opening, but the text that would normally precede it ("[[Creator/MarvelComics Marvel Studios]] Presents," etc.) only appears during the end credits.
** ''Film/IronMan3'' does this as well.
** Sequels to ''Thor'' and ''Captain America'' follow this lead.
* ''Film/TheBucketList''
* ''Film/TheMummyReturns''
* ''Film/ThePassionOfTheChrist'': Only a [[Literature/TheBible Bible]] verse is at the opening; all other credits are saved for the end of the film.
* ''AProphet'' does this—probably because [[spoiler:the lead character emerges as a metaphorical "prophet" fully only by the end of the film]].
* ''Film/{{Courageous}}'', egregiously.
* ''[[MissCongeniality Miss Congeniality 2: Armed and Fabulous]]'' for some reason.
* ''Film/{{Wanted}}'': Though it may be argued that the film title shows up (as part of a newspaper headline) about an hour into the film, making it one heck of a [[TheTeaser teaser.]]
* ''BeverlyHillsCop III''
* The ''MiamiVice'' remake.
* A MichaelMann example happens in ''PFilm/ublicEnemies''.
* ''Film/LesMiserables2012'' has no opening credits, causing the title card to show up during the end credits instead.
* ''{{WesternAnimation/Epic}}'': title card doesn't appear until the very end, making the movie the world's longest cold open.
* ''Film/ManOfSteel''
* ''[[Film/TheHungerGamesCatchingFire Catching Fire]]'', which also includes shots of the gold mockingjay pin transforming into the three book/film logos.
* ''WesternAnimation/TeachersPet: TheMovie''
* ''WesternAnimation/TheLEGOMovie'' ''builds'' its title card a few minutes into the end credits.
[[/folder]]

[[folder:Music]]
* ClaudeDebussy's ''Preludes pour piano'' have highly evocative and poetical titles. They are written after each piece, specifically to void influencing the musician with preconceptions and instead let them focus on the actual, very subtle sound effects.
* Music/{{Journey}}'s "Don't Stop Believing" saves the TitleDrop until the very end.
[[/folder]]

[[folder:Video Games]]
* TheWorldEndsWithYou does this with its day-by-day chapter titles, showing you the title of the chapter once a day ends. [[SpoilerTitle There's]] [[WhamEpisode a reason]] [[PlayerPunch for this]].
* ''VisualNovel/SchoolDays'' does this in both the original visual novel and the anime. Justified in the VN; the chapters' contents change drastically depending on player choices, so even the ''game'' doesn't know what to call the episode until it's over.
[[/folder]]

[[folder:Webcomics]]
* Strip titles for ''Webcomic/TheNonAdventuresOfWonderella'' are at the bottom of the page (though also in the URL).
[[/folder]]

[[folder:Western Animation]]
* The PixarShort ''Day and Night'' does not have its title displayed until the ending, after Day and Night have become friends.
* The BBC kid's show ''Kerwhizz'' ("The quiz with added whizz") has a "K" logo and a theme song which includes the title at the start, and it's referred to several times per show, but the title only appears on-screen during the closing credits.
* ''Disney/{{Tangled}} Ever After'' does not display its title until after Eugene and Rapunzel are declared husband and wife, and [[spoiler: [[HereWeGoAgain Maximus and Pascal lose the wedding cake]]]].
* ''WesternAnimation/TheVentureBrothers'' does this with episode titles.
[[/folder]]

----
%% Image seleccted per Image Pickin' thread: http://tvtropes.org/pmwiki/posts.php?discussion=1319643388032600100
%% Please do not change or remove without starting a new thread.
%%
[[quoteright:305:[[AProphet http://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/un-prophete-title-3_1449.jpg]]]]
[[caption-width-right:305:[[SelfDemonstratingArticle Oh,]] ''[[SelfDemonstratingArticle there's]]'' [[SelfDemonstratingArticle the picture!]]]]