After the TitleSequence, but before the first act, many shows will put in an intertitle displaying the episode's title. For some shows, the title will be animated and a character from the series will read the title to the audience (mostly prevalent in anime, while western cartoons that use this are usually aimed at preschoolers). On the other hand, some shows might have the title be on-screen text displayed with the opening credits over the beginning of the first act. It is also common for the title to [[TitlePlease never be shown]] and the name of the episodes only found from episode guides.

These days, one tends to see episode titles only on non-primetime animated programming, although even then there are many exceptions to this. (For example, [[FourKidsEntertainment 4Kids]]' Saturday morning block didn't use episode titles on screen at all, regardless of whether the original versions of the shows had them.) Most other kinds of programming eschew from explicitly titling the episode on screen, with most exceptions being [[DramaticHourLong hourlong]] sci-fi (''Series/{{Heroes}}'', ''Franchise/StarTrek'', ''Series/DoctorWho'') or (for some reason) the Creator/AaronSorkin dramas ''Series/TheWestWing'', ''Studio60OnTheSunsetStrip'', and ''Series/TheNewsroom''.
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!!Examples:
* ''Anime/SailorMoonCrystal'''s card has a reverse painted silhouette of TheHero Usagi accented by pastel roses, (two of which are [[FlowersInHerHair in her hair]]) and pink ben-day dot ribbons. Her [[RapunzelHair long pigtails]] frame the episode number and title at right.
* ''{{Police Camera Action}}'', a co-production of {{ITV}} and {{Optomen}}, had no title cards for the first two episodes ''Danger Drivers Ahead!'' (mid-1994) and the generically titled ''Police Camera Action'' (late 1994/early 1995), then a background of thermal-imaging camera footage with the episode title in BLOCK CAPITALS between 1995 and 1996. No episode title cards were used for the 1996 special ''The Man Who Shot O.J'' about the OJ Simpson trial. From 1997, the title cards were a blue background and white text, with text Like This (capitalised beginning of sentence).
** From 1999 onwards, a stylized background with BLOCK CAPITALS was used. The title cards were not used for the 2000 special episodes ''Crash Test Racers'' or ''Highway of Tomorrow''. The background was changed in 2002 to police footage, and then again in 2007 for the new series presented by Alastair Stewart and Adrian Simpson. The 2008 special episode, listed as "Drink Driving Special" had no title card, but the new 2009-2010 season is likely to have them again.
* A subversion of the character reading it is usually done in ''{{Tokusatsu}}'' with the narrator reading it usually in a menacing voice. Toru Ohira is especially fond of this, being the voice of Darth Vader in the Japanese dub of ''StarWars'', he sometimes likes to read titles in a villain-like manner.
* ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons'' did this only eight times in [[LongRunner 25 years]]; the most notable of these instances was "Bart Gets Hit By A Car", and a second after the title dissolved, Bart got....[[CaptainObvious hit by a car]]. Others are ''The Telltale Head'', ''The Simpsons 138th Episode Spectacular''(celebrating six years), "22 Short Films About Springfield", ''The Simpsons Spin-Off Showcase'', "Behind the Laughter, ''The Book Job'' and "Homerland".
** The ''Treehouse of Horror'' specials as well. Each special's constituent shorts also have its own title card as well.
*** TheMovie also does this.
* ''Anime/{{Pokemon}}'' has a character reading the episode's title.
* ''Manga/{{Inuyasha}}'' also has a character reading the episode's title.
* ''Manga/{{Bleach}}'' has an interesting variant, the episode titles are only numbers. The episodes do have titles, but those titles are only found in [[AllThereInTheManual outside sources]]. In the [[AnimeThemeSong 15th opening]], there is a montage of earlier title cards.
* ''Manga/FushigiYuugi'' begs to differ. White screen, black kanji and hiragana, music. That is all.
* The first two ''MagicalGirlLyricalNanoha'' series have her reading the episode title while it's shown on a red sphere (ostensibly her Raising Heart pearl), with the same music bed used in both seasons. ''Strikers'' has a more dramatic music bed and no title read, presumably to reflect its more serious nature, with the title put over an i-ching pattern.
* All {{Nicktoons}} use this: ''WesternAnimation/DannyPhantom'', ''WesternAnimation/MyLifeAsATeenageRobot'', ''WesternAnimation/SpongebobSquarepants'', ''WesternAnimation/TheFairlyOddparents'', ''WesternAnimation/RockosModernLife'', ''WesternAnimation/TheAngryBeavers'', ''CatDog'', etc.
** In fact, ''WesternAnimation/KaBlam!'' has its title cards shown at the END of an episode (minus episode 8 and 29)
*** Likewise for ''WesternAnimation/FairlyOddParents'', ''WesternAnimation/DannyPhantom'', and ''WesternAnimation/TUFFPuppy''.
* Parodied in ''PoliceSquad'', where the Episode Title Card never agrees with the spoken episode title.
* ''WesternAnimation/BatmanTheAnimatedSeries'' had [[http://www.toonzone.net/anbat/galleries/index0.html gorgeously painted]] ones for the first 85 episodes, often paired with the episode's villain's LeitMotif.
* ''WesternAnimation/BatmanTheBraveAndTheBold'' made [[http://img15.imageshack.us/img15/821/1263059941168.png hilarious]] [[http://img6.imageshack.us/img6/8025/1263060671605.png use]] of this trope in the episode "Aquaman's Outrageous Adventure" Culminating with the image on [[http://sharetv.org/shows/batman_the_brave_and_the_bold/episodes/509021 this page]].
* ''WesternAnimation/{{Arthur}}'' has been known for creative title cards featuring not only the titles of the stories but also the writer and storyboard artist, as well as a clever bit of animation. These have included D.W. interrupting Arthur in his bath and Arthur's dog, Pal, finding the title card circle empty and howling. Starting in the 5th season, fans lamented the appearance of the "slot machine" title card, in which the slots landed on a particular character's face. Since ''Follow the Bouncing Ball'' , there's now a short clip from the episode instead.
* Some other franchises give separate intertitles for each of various characters:
** ClassicDisneyShorts and MickeyMouseWorks (the latter has a separate one for episodes where Mickey, Donald, and Goofy are featured together)
** Classic WesternAnimation/LooneyTunes cartoons
** WesternAnimation/TinyToonAdventures (principal cast)
** The end of [[WesternAnimation/{{Animaniacs}} Slappy Squirrel's]] theme song
* Creator/{{Filmation}} had a number of series with title cards, including ''WesternAnimation/HeManAndTheMastersOfTheUniverse1983'', ''WesternAnimation/SheRaPrincessOfPower'', ''WesternAnimation/{{Bravestarr}}'', ''WesternAnimation/FilmationsGhostbusters'', and ''WesternAnimation/{{Blackstar}}''. These title cards were invariably accompanied by a particular musical snippet plucked from the in-series soundtrack.
** Similarly, Creator/RubySpears used title cards in practically all of its series.
* Creator/{{Hanna-Barbera}} didn't use title cards for ''WesternAnimation/TheFlintstones'' and ''WesternAnimation/TheJetsons'' when they aired in primetime, but when new episodes of ''The Jetsons'' were made for syndication in TheEighties, cards were added to the original episodes as part of the syndication package. ''The Flintstones'' remains card-free, even after decades of syndicated repeats, although the subsequent Saturday morning and syndicated spin-offs have had title cards.
** Most, if not all, HB series since the late 1960s; ''WesternAnimation/ScoobyDooWhereAreYou'', of note, featured the gang running in place beneath the episode title (except for the first two episodes, which had custom title cards).
* ''Series/{{Heroes}}'' is well known for working in the titles in creative and sometimes bizarre ways.
** e.g. Sylar slicing the words 'I AM SYLAR' into his own arm.
* ''Series/ItsAlwaysSunnyInPhiladelphia'' does this in every episode, as a [[HilarityEnsues hilarious]] transition from the ColdOpen. It usually plays out either like this:
-->'''Charlie:''' We're gonna go America all over their asses!!
-->'''Title card:''' ''[[CaptainObvious Charlie Goes America All Over Everybody's Ass]]''
** or this:
-->'''Frank:''' I'm just pallin' with the guys! How's anyone gonna get hurt?
-->'''Title card:''' ''Frank Sets Sweet Dee on Fire''
** [[RuleOfThree And this one]] [[RuleOfFunny just because it's hilarious:]]
-->'''Sweet Dee:''' We've got big dreams Mac, and we're gonna go follow them!
-->'''Mac:''' You guys have nothing without this bar.
-->'''Dennis:''' Don't worry about us Mac, we'll be just fine.
-->'''Title card:''' ''[[ForegoneConclusion Dennis and Dee Go On Welfare]]''
** And a more recent but notable example:
-->'''Charlie:''' Who knows? I might even rule the world one day.
-->'''Dennis:''' Rule the world, huh? [[TemptingFate If that happens, I'll blow myself]].
-->'''Title card:''' ''Charlie Rules the World''
** And somehow, [[ForegoneConclusion Dennis manages to blow himself later on]].
* ''KamichamaKarin'' has the episode title cards read by [[TalkingAnimal Shii-chan]], complete with her {{Verbal Tic}}s added to the title.
* In ''Series/TheWestWing'', instead of coming after the title sequence, the title card comes right after PreviouslyOn. It is followed the TheTeaser, ''then'' the TitleSequence.
* ''WesternAnimation/AvatarTheLastAirbender'' uses a white background with text reading "Book One:Water/Two:Earth/Three:Fire Chapter (Episode #):Title"
* The Australian drama ''love is a four letter word'' played with this as part of its style: we would begin with a cold open, which ended with a WhipPan and fast zoom over to the word, [[IdiosyncraticEpisodeNaming which was (usually) four letters long]]. Other such pans in the series would have captions telling us that the word either was or was not a four-letter word.
* ''Anime/GhostInTheShellStandAloneComplex'' Has a short screen with the episode title in English, a secondary title in vertical Japanese, and a novel like description of whatever action happened right after that episodes opening scrolling up the left in (usually) decent English.
** In the first season, these title cards also mention whether the episode is "Stand Alone" or "Complex" (aka, part of the MythArc)
* ''WesternAnimation/TheVentureBrothers'' has a title card show up at the end of the episode, right before the closing credits.
* Unusually for a [[TalkShow talk show]], [[Creator/ConanOBrien Conan O'Brien's]] new show ''Conan'' has episode title cards, though they're fake titles ("Baa Baa Blackmail," "Murder, She Tweeted").
* In ''TheBeiderbeckeTrilogy'' the episode title is always the first line of dialogue, and appears on screen when the line is spoken.
* All ''{{Skins}}'' episodes are named after [[RotatingProtagonist their featured character(s)]]; the character featured in any given episode is always the very last person highlighted in the title sequence.
* Each episode of ''Anime/NeonGenesisEvangelion'' has two episode title cards: one with a Japanese title, usually shown near the beginning of the episode, and one with an English title, shown after the commercial break. This tradition has even carried over to the movies.
* ''WesternAnimation/AlmostNakedAnimals'' pairs this with ArtShift, using a highly-detailed art style to depict a random moment from the episode.
* ''WesternAnimation/KryptoTheSuperdog'' has an unusual one where Krypto announces not only the title of each episode, but also the writing and directing credits that follow with their own title card!
* ''WesternAnimation/DanVs'' has this (paired with EpisodeFinishesTheTitle) after TheTeaser, ''instead'' of a TitleSequence.
* Every episode of ''Series/{{NCIS}}'' goes ColdOpen, TitleSequence, then the action continues while the name of the episode is briefly displayed at the bottom of the screen.
** The very same format was used in just about every episode of ''Series/{{JAG}}'' too, save for the {{Pilot}} and a few continuations of {{MultiPartEpisode}}s.
* ''VideoGame/AsurasWrath'' has these, though they can be played around with in some instances. Thre First episode title appears at the the very end of the episode, and a lot of the other times, the episode title pops up during each episodes opening credits. The same is done for the name of Each set of episodes.
* Some web series like Linkara's WebVideo/AtopTheFourthWall and WebVideo/TheNostalgiaChick use these.
* ''WesternAnimation/TinyToonAdventures'' uses title cards every episode. In the case of the ThreeShorts episodes, they only apply to the shorts themselves -- the episode as a whole has its own title that doesn't appear (such as "Henny Youngman Day", "You Asked For It, [[SequelEpisode Part 2]]", and "Life in the 90's"), the one exception being "Best O' Plucky Duck Day".
* ''[[Disney/OneHundredAndOneDalmatians 101 Dalmatians: The Series]]'' used ones with the title on a spotted background. Most episodes alternated between blue and red spotted backgrounds, as well as lighter varients that included white spots as well. The ChristmasEpisode had an animated title card which was white with black spots.
* ''WesternAnimation/WanderOverYonder'' uniquely has the episode title appear about a minute in during an appropriate scene, thus forming the title card.
* ''WesternAnimation/AdventureTime'' has [[http://imgur.com/a/pjowL#0 gorgeous title cards]].
* The orignal version of ''Series/TheOuterLimits'' has very distinctive title cards; the episode title, and the names of the episode's stars, come right at the viewer, accompanied by the sine wave and (after the first few episodes) the piercing electronic whine from the TitleSequence.
* ''ScoobyDooWhereAreYou'' only used the title card for two episodes, this was later dropped in favor of Scooby and the gang getting chased.
* ''Series/DoctorWho'', as mentioned above. Notable incidents:
** Before and during "The Gunfighters", each episode would have an individual title, which led to some confusion later when the process was abandoned in favour of naming the current serial instead, usually after one of the episodes in the serial but occasionally arbitrarily. For instance, one serial was called "The Mutants" by the writer, and consisted of episodes called "The Dead Planet", "The Survivors", "The Escape", "The Ambush", "The Expedition", "The Ordeal" and "The Rescue", but the title used by the BBC today is... "The Daleks".
** A CharacterNameAndTheNounPhrase title card got used accidentally, twice - "Dr. Who and the Savages" and "Dr. Who and the Silurians". This would not be odious if the [[IAmNotShazam character's name was "Dr. Who" (it's not.)]].
** Some late William Hartnell stories dealing with technology went through a phrase of using idiosyncratic title cards - notably "The War Machines" (which made the text flash line by line as if a computer was printing it out) and "The Tenth Planet" (which made the titles appear over bundles of MatrixRainingCode supposed to evoke listening stations).
** The DVD releases of some early Hartnell stories with individual episode titles have story title cards added at the beginning, due to [[CensorshipBureau BBFC]] rules demanding that the overall title of a work be prominently stated at the start. This was dropped after the introduction of audio-described menus for the blind to the DVD range, which included a loud audio announcement of the story title before the menu screen appeared.
* ''Anime/{{CODEGEASS}}'' has one at the start of each episode (called stages in R1 and turns in R2).
* ''Series/DarkAngel'' didn't use title cards in season one but it did in season two.
* ''Series/ICarly'' and ''Series/{{Victorious}}'' rarely have title cards except for extended episodes (like the former's "iShock America" - or "[[MarketBasedTitle iShock The World]]" depending where you are) or on rare occasions a regular-length episode (like the latter's "The Breakfast Bunch"). On the other hand, their joint spinoff ''Series/SamAndCat'' uses title cards on all its episodes except "[=#Pilot=]."
* While the popular Hub series ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic'' and ''WesternAnimation/LittlestPetShop2012'' don't have title cards in their main shows, the Littlest Pet Shop shorts and ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyEquestriaGirlsRainbowRocks'' theatrical shorts on one of [[http://www.youtube.com/channel/UC-r13SLLdZtZNmuC2bMnlmw Hasbro Studios' Youtube channels]] do use them.
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