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Many shows utilize quirky episode naming conventions. Though the episode title is usually not even broadcast with the show (usually only AnimatedSeries do this), this information is gleaned from press releases, closed captioning, and guide information. Of course, in literature it [[InWhichATropeIsDescribed can be more obvious]].

American LiveActionTV {{Pilot}}s are often exempt from this, as pilots do not usually have titles, and are usually made before anyone on the production staff comes up with the idea to name episodes idiosyncratically.

Now, if the names get too in-jokey, quirky or obscure they can have an adverse effect in being difficult to correlate the plot of the episode when its name means absolutely nothing.

When a show gets dubbed in a foreign language, expect this trope to not survive (particularly if it's an English show getting dubbed in German or French or if it's a Japanese show getting dubbed in the west).

Single-episode exceptions to the rule are the OddNameOut.

Sub-tropes include EpisodeFinishesTheTitle and ExcitedTitleTwoPartEpisodeName (typically taking the "____! _____!!" title format). Compare CharacterNameAndTheNounPhrase if they're used in a series, UnusualChapterNumbers, ThemeNaming, TranslationMatchmaking and TitleDrop.


* IdiosyncraticEpisodeNaming/AnimeAndManga
* IdiosyncraticEpisodeNaming/{{Literature}}
* IdiosyncraticEpisodeNaming/LiveActionTV
* IdiosyncraticEpisodeNaming/{{Music}}
* IdiosyncraticEpisodeNaming/{{Raocow}} (No, this isn't a genre. He uses this so much that [[UpToEleven he warrants his own section]])
* IdiosyncraticEpisodeNaming/VideoGames
* IdiosyncraticEpisodeNaming/WesternAnimation


!! Other Examples


* Astronomy is big on this, owing to the precedent set by the Roman god planetary names, the need to come up with names that will be more recognizable than an alphanumeric code, and the large number of small bodies (and features thereon) found by telescopes and flying robots. [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Planetary_nomenclature The Other Wiki]] describes the approval process for names, and lists the themes assigned for features on each solid body (for example, craters on Mercury are to be named for dead artists, and features on Iapetus for persons and places in the ''Song of Roland''); sadly it doesn't say how the IAU chooses the themes.
* Moons.
** Jupiter's moons are named after the lovers and descendants of [[Myth/GreekMythology Zeus]]
** Saturn's moons are named after other elder gods (originally the Titans, but expanded to include Norse, Gallic, and Inuit gods)
** Uranus' moons are named after characters from [[Creator/WilliamShakespeare Shakespearian plays]] or ''Literature/TheRapeOfTheLock''
** Neptune's moons are named after water spirits.
** Mars's two moons are named after the sons of Mars.
* Everything on Venus is named after famous women or female mythological figures. Except the Maxwell Montes, Alpha Regio, and Beta Regio, because those were named before the convention was established.
* The planets themselves are named after the Roman gods. Even, in some cases, our own (Terra is sometimes used; it means Earth in Latin and is the shorthand name of the Roman Earth goddess.)
** Most of them are. Uranus was a Greek god (the Roman counterpart being "Caelus"). And "Earth" derives from the Anglo-Saxon word ''erda'' which means dirt or soil.
*** Of course, "Earth" is only the English language term for the planet; each language tends to prefer its own inevitably ancient term. If any international term exists, it is, as the first troper suggested, "Terra". It being, well, ''Earth'', it has never been discovered, and so has never been formally labelled.
* The dark zones of basaltic rock on the Moon are called Sea (Latin ''Mare''), usually Sea of or Sea of . Apollo 11 landed in the Sea of Tranquility (Mare Tranquillitatis). Others include Sea of Serenity, Sea of Crisis, Sea of Vapor, [[ShapedLikeItself Sea of Moisture]], Sea of Clouds. The major craters on the Moon are named after famous astronomers: Copernicus, Tycho...
** This caused an issue when the USSR was mapping the dark side of the Moon, and wanted to call one of the Seas there the Sea of Moscow. The IAU objected unti the Soviets insisted that people in Russia speak of a "Moscow state of mind", so the IAU allowed it.
* More modern discoveries tend to be more whimsical, due in part to a lot of classical mythology being used already and also being much less well-known today. Saturn's moon Titan has mountains named after hills or mountains in the works of Tolkien and plains named after locations in a Frank Herbert's Dune novels. Yes, there's a Mount Doom.... also an Erebor and an Arrakis. This leads to some interesting juxtaposition, as Titan was the first celestial body for which the astronomers got to name honest-to-god lakes and seas (admittedly lakes and seas made of liquid natural gas, but hey)...and then got so carried away by the fact they were ''naming seas'' that they decided to just name them after Earth lakes (the first one discovered was imaginatively called "Ontario Lacus").
* Asteroids tend to have whatever name you want ([[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/26858_Misterrogers 26858 Misterrogers]]) but if found in certain areas there are traditions:
** Asteroids found in Jupiter's [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lagrangian_point Lagrangian points]] are named after heroes of UsefulNotes/TheTrojanWar. Those near L4 are Greeks and those near L5 are Trojans -- with one exception in each 'camp', named before the convention settled.
** Asteroids further out then Jupiter's orbit but not in a stable [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Orbital_resonance resonance]] are called [[OurCentaursAreDifferent centaurs]], and are named for such from Greek Mythology.
* [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Plutino Plutinos]] (an object in an orbit similar to Pluto's) are given mythological names associated with the underworld.
* [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Classical_Kuiper_belt_object Cubewanos]] (objects orbiting past Neptune, but with a much more circular orbit, unlike Pluto) are given names of creation deities.

* Creator/StanFreberg's "Wun'erful, Wun'erful" was originally a 7-inch comedy record with Sides Uh-One and Uh-Two.
* Creator/DavidCross' standup comedy albums ''Shut Up You Fucking Baby!'' and ''It's Not Funny'' use track titles that have nothing to do with the routines heard on the album, but are instead meant to mock cliched stand-up comedy material - Sample titles include "Monica Lewinsky and the Three Bears" and "My Child is Enthralling, Especially When It Says Something Unexpectedly Precocious Even Though It Doesn't Understand What It Just Said!". His other albums used more straightforward track titles, but the tour documentary ''Let America Laugh'' used the titles of ComicBook/ChickTracts for DVD chapter titles.

[[folder:Comic Books]]
* Marvel series by Creator/JephLoeb & Tim Sale all have the protagonist's name followed by a color represented in the story. Examples are ''ComicBook/SpiderManBlue'' (after the character's emotions), ''ComicBook/DaredevilYellow'' and ''ComicBook/HulkGray'' (after the protagonists' early colours). The Yellow also refers to cowardice, as Daredevil is The Man Without Fear; Gray refers to the Hulk's status as a wildcard straddling the line between good and evil.
* Also by Jeph Loeb & Tim Sale: In ''Franchise/{{Batman}}: ComicBook/TheLongHalloween'', each issue is named for a holiday (with the exception of the first and last issues, named "Crime" and "Punishment").
* All of ''Franchise/TheWalkingDead'' trade paperbacks have a three-word title.
* Several arcs in Brian Azzarello's ''ComicBook/{{Hellblazer}}'' run were named after phrases involving the word "Hell", including "Highwater" and "...Freezes Over".
* With one exception, the title of each of the ''ComicBook/OneHundredBullets'' collections is based around its number. Book two is "Split Second Chance", while book ten is "Decayed" (sounds like decade). Some titles don't actually contain the numerical pun, but instead are cleverly part of a phrase that would usually include that number, such as "Samurai," the seventh book, "The Hard Way," the eighth, and the twelfth book, "Dirty." The only book to break this tradition is "Hang Up on the Hang Low", which was named after a StoryArc contained in the book as the story in question had won an Eisner Award.
** The final volume, "Wilt," is especially clever since it's not only referring to the end of the series, but also to [[spoiler:Wilt Chamberlain's jersey number with the LA Lakers, which was 13.]]
* Each chapter of ''ComicBook/VForVendetta'' features a word beginning with 'V'; "The Villain", "Virtue Victorious", "The Verdict", "Verwirrung" (German for confusion), etc.
* Each story in ''ComicBook/DRAndQuinch'' is titled "D.R. & Quinch _____". For example, "D.R. & Quinch Go Girl Crazy".
* The title of every chapter of ''Comicbook/{{Watchmen}}'', and in fact the title ''Watchmen'' itself, is a LiteraryAllusionTitle, with the full quote given at the end of each chapter.
* Every chapter in the ''ComicBook/TwoThousandAD'' story ''Zenith'' is named after a rock song. ''2000 AD'' itself refers to issues as 'progs'.
** The ''2000 AD'' spin off publication The Judge Dredd Megazine also refers to it's issues as 'Megs'. The short lived 'Extreme Editions' which consisted of vintage ''2000AD'' reprints were also refered to as X(issue number). The Mighty Tharg seemed to like this trope.
* The ''ComicBook/{{Invincible}}'' trades are all named after classic {{sitcom}}s. For instance, one was ''Series/FamilyMatters'', then ''Series/TheFactsOfLife'', and so on.
** The tradition was unfortunately broken with the "Viltrumite War" trade.
* The ''ComicBook/FunWithMilkAndCheese'' comics were entitled "First Number One," "Second Number One," etc. until the 5th issue was finally "First Number Two." Based on the notion that the Number One issue of a comic book tends to be grabbed up by collectors and speculators to sell more issues.
* The first 20 issues of ''ComicBook/SpiderManLovesMaryJane'', as well as the two ''Mary Jane'' miniseries preceding them, were all entitled "The ___ Thing", with the second word having to do with the comic's plot. For example, issue 4, when [[spoiler:Gwen Stacy is introduced]], is called "The Unexpected Thing."
* The four chapters of ''ComicBook/GiveMeLiberty'' are named "Homes & Gardens", "Travel & Entertainment", "Health & Welfare", and "Death & Taxes", respectively. The contents are not quite that cheery.
** With the exception of the fourth chapter, which is more cheerful than either death or taxes. Just.
* Four of the ''ComicBook/CerebusTheAardvark'' graphic novel collections have titles that could be seen as forming a sentence: ''Women'', ''Reads'', ''Minds'', ''Guys''. (Cerebus's belief in female telepathy is discussed at some point during the story.)
* Each chapter in the first storyline of the Creator/VertigoComics ''Comicbook/MadameXanadu'' book is titled by a form of divination, which Madame X uses in that chapter: "[[GeometricMagic By the Runes]]", "[[{{Astrologer}} Among the Stars]]", "[[TarotTroubles In the Cards]]", "[[CrystalBall Thru the Crystal]]", and finally the more general "Of the Future".
* The ''ComicBook/SexCriminals'' collections are titled with consecutive numbers at the beginning: ''One Weird Trick'', ''Two Worlds One Cop'', ''Three the Hard Way''...
* The collections of ''ComicBook/TheUnbeatableSquirrelGirl'' are all titled with pop music quotations, with the word "girl" replaced with the word "squirrel".
* The first three main storylines in ''Comicbook/BatmanRebirth'' are all titled "I Am..." (Gotham, Suicide and Bane). The pattern is then completely broken by "The War of Jokes and Riddles" and "Rules of Engagement".

[[folder:Fan Works]]
* When a work ''uses'' Idiosyncratic naming, it can be expected that a large amount of fanworks will use the same format.
* The subtitles of chapters of ''Fanfic/ThroughTheEyesOfAnotherPony'' all work in "chapter" (Revenge of the Chapter, Son of a Chapter, The Bride of Chapter...).
* In ''[[http://www.fanfiction.net/s/7344852/1/Marik_and_Bakura_333_Ways Marik and Bakura 333 Ways]],'' each chapter is titled "In Which [blank]", where [blank] is a very brief overview of the chapter.
* Every installment of the ''Fanfic/NewLookSeries'' is titled like [Victim]'s New Look: [Title]
* Every title in [[http://www.fanfiction.net/s/5999251/1/The_Reprint_and_Repackaging_of_Evangelion The Reprint and Repackaging of Evangelion]] is a song lyric.
* Instead of numbered chapters, Fanfic/FuckTheJesusBeam uses named chapters with titles. For example, "Chapter Rape: Holocaust."
* ''Fanfic/HuntingTheUnicorn'' names its chapters after characters in ''Literature/TheLastUnicorn''. The three exceptions so far are "The Midnight Carnival," "The Quest," and "The Clock." The last two are ''very'' important, plot-wise.
* Every chapter of ''Fanfic/OfLoveAndBunnies'' is named for an episode in which a member of the MightyMorphinPowerRangers or Series/PowerRangersDinoThunder appeared. It was initially confined to just those two shows, but [[LongRunners then the writers starting running out of names]].
* In ''Fanfic/WinterWar'', the chapter titles are of the format "[POV character]: [Title]", or "Ensemble: [Title]" if there are several POV characters- e.g., "Nanao: Winter", "Ensemble: "The Day Before". The few exceptions are things like "Karakura: Waiting" (actually the first ensemble chapter) and a very few chapters that list multiple narrators in the heading, like "Momo, Isane: We Have Met The Enemy".
* The name of every episode of ''WebVideo/NarutoTheAbridgedComedyFandubSpoofSeriesShow'' ends with "-no Jutsu!" For Example: "Pilot no Jutsu!", "Spoof Movie no Jutsu!", "Bowie no Jutsu!", "Fanservice no Jutsu!", and "Milkshake No Jutsu!"
* The long ''Series/ICarly'' fanfic [[http://www.fanfiction.net/s/5461414/1/Beneath_The_Pale_Moonlight ''Beneath The Pale Moonlight'']] uses song titles for chapter names. The title of the story itself isn't the name of a song, but ''is'' taken from a line in the song ''Save The Last Dance For Me'' by the Drifters (not ''Somewhere Out There'' from the ''WesternAnimation/AnAmericanTail'' soundtrack).
* ''Fanfic/APosseAdEsse'', a ''VideoGame/DieAnstalt'' fanfic, uses Latin phrases for chapter titles. So far, ''Compos Mentis'' for Chapter 9 [[PretentiousLatinMotto is the least obscure of them]].
* ''Fanfic/NerimaMagistraNellyMagi'' names each chapter after a song.
* ''Fanfic/ASalarymanInNobunasCourt'' has each chapter referred to as a 'Slice' which is appropriate for the story being set in the Warring States era.
* ''Fanfic/ADelicateBalance'' names each chapter after a Creator/JohnDonne poem, a quote from which appears as an {{Epigraph}} at the start of each chapter.
* ''WebAnimation/ZanyToTheMax'': Every Kat the Cat segment is entitled "Kat the Cat: The ___," the blank being a noun that has to do with the episode.
* @/LadyNorbert tends to use this trope in a lot of her larger fanworks:
** Each installment of the Fanfic/ElementalChessTrilogy has a theme around which each chapter is titled. ''Flowers of Antimony'' uses alchemical terms; ''Brilliancy'' uses chess terms; ''The Game of Three Generals'' uses terms from shogi (Japanese chess); the prequel ''Triumvirate'' uses military terms; and the DistantFinale ''Chronology'' uses time travel terms.
** The ''[[Franchise/TheLegendOfZelda Zelda]]'' story ''[[Fanfic/TilTheSunGrowsCold Til the Sun Grows Cold and the Stars Grow Old]]'' uses a phrase from Shakespeare for the title of each chapter.
** The ''VideoGame/DragonAgeOrigins'' fic ''FanFic/ShadowAndRose'' uses the name of an object (weapon, artifact, etc.) from the game for each chapter title.
** ''[[Fanfic/TwiceUponAnAge All This Sh*t is Twice as Weird]]'' takes all of its chapter titles from the Chant of Light.
** The [[FanFic/{{Cinderjuice}} Contractually Obligated Chaos]] stories are all partial spoofs of parts of the Franchise/DisneyAnimatedCanon, so the chapter titles of each story are a quote (or a twisted version thereof, in the first story) from the animated film which helps to form the plot. The lone exception is the {{interquel}}, which takes its title and subheadings from an Music/OwlCity song.
* ''Fanfic/TangledUpInBlues'': The chapters are all titled "The [something] Blues", usually referring to the prominent location or character from the chapter, until the last one (which is simply "The Friendship Blues").
* Most fan works based off on the ''VisualNovel/AceAttorney'' series include the word turnabout in the title, like in the canon cases. Examples include ''Fanfic/ACompleteTurnabout'', ''WebAnimation/TurnaboutStorm'' and ''[[VisualNovel/ApolloJusticeAceAttorneyCase5TurnaboutSubstitution Turnabout Substitution]]''.
* ''FanFic/{{Whispers}}'': Each chapter is named after a key phrase within.
* Each episode in the ''WebAnimation/PonyDotMov'' series follows the naming scheme "''[single word related to the contents of the video]''.MOV".
* The ''WesternAnimation/{{Daria}}''/''WesternAnimation/LegionOfSuperHeroes'' {{Crossover}} ''Fanfic/LegionOfLawndaleHeroes'' has (starting with Volume Two) each chapter named after a song title. The author has said that this is an homage to the same naming style as ''Series/DegrassiTheNextGeneration''.
* Every chapter of ''FanFic/PokemonMysteryDungeonReflectingBalance'' is named after a line of dialogue spoken in that chapter.
* Half of all the thread titles at ''Roleplay/AbsitOmen'' (a Harry Potter forum roleplay) contain many shout-outs to other fantasy, film, television and music, along with author and character specific titles ('The Adventure of the _____' when following the mysteries an auror character investigates).
* ''FanFic/TheMixedUpLifeOfBrad'' has chapter names made up of puns that incorporate the name "Brad".
* In ''Fanfic/TheLegendOfTotalDramaIsland'', episode titles take the form "The Tale of X"; chapter titles take the form "[[Literature/ArabianNights Nth Night]]".
* Every chapter in ''Fanfic/RetroChill'' is [[TitledAfterTheSong titled after a song]].
* Every episode of The Future is Stupid, part of ''Wiki/NickelodeonFanon', named "The (something) is Stupid".
* Every title of every story in ''Fanfic/TheVinylAndOctaviaSeries'' is "Vinyl and Octavia..." followed by a general synopsis of the plot. To a lesser extent, as there's only two chapters, the fifth story, ''Vinyl and Octavia Have Multiple Dates'', has the chapters named ''Octavia's Date with Vinyl'' and ''Vinyl's Date with Octavia'' respectively.
* All the titles in book two of ''Fanfic/{{Luminosity}}'' are words about a person (Liar, Runner, Guesser, etc.), describing the perspective character.
* The chapters of ''FanFic/ANewWorldANewWay'' sidestory ''Swarm'' are named after Pokèmon moves. The chapter title also follows suit in a different way, as it's named after a Pokèmon ability.
* In ''Fanfic/NarutoTheSecretSongsOfTheNinja'' every chapter is called a "Song", starting with "The Song of Lost Souls" and moving through "The Song of the New Path", "The Song of the Wanderer", "The Song of Bloody Tears" and so on, so forth.
* Every chapter of ''Fanfic/TheBiterBit'' has an [[AddedAlliterativeAppeal alliterative title]].
* Each episode of ''WebVideo/SuperTherapy'' is called a "Session", and its title ([[EarlyInstallmentWeirdness bar the second]]) begins with the name of the super analyzed and ends with "Therapy!" (with the exception of "[[{{Pun}} Thor-apy!]]").
* Each chapter in ''FanFic/CibusEsculentusMadokaMagica'' is named after meal courses.
* In ''Fanfic/TheBridge'' spinoff ''The Bridge: Sound of Thunder'', the chapter titles form a short poem when combined.
* In ''Fanfic/VariousVytalVentures'', chapter titles are two four letter words, usually a short common phrase like 'Body and Soul', 'Rock and Roll', or 'Wine and Dine', that indicates the chapter's content. WordOfGod is that the final chapters are intended to be 'Rise and Fall' and then ‘Dusk and Dawn’, set long after the end of the RWBY main series.
* The chapters of ''Fanfic/WeissReacts'' are often titled ''Weiss Reacts to X'', with X being the subject of the chapter. Climactic or plot-heavy arcs are titled with ''The (Event Name)'', and some fanfics are called by ''Special Chapter: (Fanfic Name)''.
* All odd-numbered chapters in ''Fanfic/TheSecondTry'' are numbered from 12th to 17th to represent the [[EldritchAbomination Angel]] fought, while even-numbered chapters are named with a single verb based on its major theme.
* In ''[[http://www.fimfiction.net/story/194929/a-world-reflected A World, Reflected]]'', each chapter is a short phrase separated by a comma. Examples include "A Traitor, Exiled", "A Damsel, Distressed", "A House, Divided", and "A Truth, Revealed".
* ''Fanfic/TriptychContinuum'': In ''Triptych'', all the chapter titles can be linked to art.
** ''Recap/TriptychContinuumTheBounceTest'' has its chapters' names relate to mirrors:
--> Without Mirrors
--> Upon Reflection
--> Reversed Images
--> True Polarization
* In ''Fanfic/HoliDaze'', each chapter of ''12 Days'' is titled after the 12 days of Christmas and each chapter of ''13 Nights'' is titled after a horror movie.
* Starting with ''Away'', every chapter title in ''Fanfic/{{Stroll}}'' is related to the previous.
* The chapters of ''Anime/MobileSuitGundamWing''/''WesternAnimation/AvatarTheLastAirbender'' FusionFic ''[[https://www.fanfiction.net/s/9990992/1/Tears-of-Revelry Tears of Revelry]]'' are derived from lines of four songs that formed the core soundtrack of the fanfic, "Seven Devils" by Music/FlorenceAndTheMachine, "Remember the Name" by Music/FortMinor, "We Are One" by 12 Stones, and "Lexington" by Alpha Rev.
* Each chapter of ''Fanfic/BlizzardOfTheRedCastle'' works in the English translation(s) of the character(s) principally involved in it.
* In the ''Fanfic/MotionPractice'' series, which recasts various Marvel superheroes as lawyers, all the full-length stories are named after legal terms.

[[folder: Films -- Animated]]
* Up until ''Disney/{{Moana}}'', all Creator/{{Disney}}'s CGI non-"traditional" [[Franchise/DisneyPrincess princess]] movies had a title that was simply ''Adjective'': ''Disney/{{Tangled}}'', ''Disney/{{Brave}}'', ''Disney/{{Frozen}}'' and the cancelled ''Gigantic''.

[[folder:Films -- Live-Action]]
* ''Franchise/StarWars'' has had each film, on top of a title for each, also designated by Episode, with the 1977-1983 trilogy Episodes IV to VI, their prequels from 1999-2005 I to III, and their sequels from 2015+ with VII onwards, presumably ending at IX.
* ''Film/ResidentEvil'' follow a standard naming convention, with the film's title followed by a one-word subtitle (beginning with the second movie). Each subtitle actually seems to follow from the previous one in some way: ''[[Film/ResidentEvilApocalypse Apocalypse]]'', ''[[Film/ResidentEvilExtinction Extinction]]'', ''[[Film/ResidentEvilAfterlife Afterlife]]'' and most recently ''[[Film/ResidentEvilRetribution Retribution]]''.
** Also present in the Capcom movies, ''Resident Evil: Degeneration'' and ''Resident Evil: Damnation''.

[[folder: Podcasts]]
* All of ''Podcast/Wolf359'''s episodes are named after a single line or [[OneWordTitle word]] from that episode, relevancy be damned. This can lead to some pretty cool titles ("Am I Alone Now?", "Deep Breaths", three-parter "Pan-Pan", "[[BottleEpisode Mayday]]" and "Sécurité", "Limbo", "Memoria", and "Into the Depths"), but most of them are incredibly silly, especially in season one. This is also the case with the WhamEpisode[=s=], by the way. The weirdest titles include: "Extreme Danger Bug", "Gas Me Twice", "The Kumbaya Approach", "What's Up Doc?", "Bach To The Future", "Lame-O Superhero Origin Story", two-parter [[KnockKnockJoke "Knock Knock" and "Who's There?"]], "Don't Poke The Bear", two-parter "Desperate Times" and "Desperate Measures", "The Hiccups Method" and "Shut Up And Listen".

* BBC radio comedy ''Radio/TheBurkissWay'', being originally conceived with the conceit of being the radio version of correspondence course "The Burkiss Way to Dynamic Living", used the form "Lesson X: ______ The Burkiss Way": "Lesson 1: Peel Bananas The Burkiss Way", "Lesson 4: Solve Murders The Burkiss Way", "Lesson 12: Make Short Comedy Programmes The Burkiss Way", etc. As the show drifted away from the original format to a more surreal form, they began playing with the format: "Lesson 19: Replace The Burkiss Way", "Lesson 21: Get Cut Off The Bur-", "Lesson 23: Son Of The Burkiss Way", etc. This was lampshaded with "Lesson 28: Ignore These Programme Titles The Burkiss Way". The penultimate episode of series 4 is called "Lesson 33: The Last Burkiss Way"; the actual final episode is then called "Lesson 34: The Next To Last Burkiss Way". There are two Lesson 39s, both called "Repeat Yourself The Burkiss Way"; the second starts the same as the first, before stopping with an apology for putting the wrong tape on. Lesson 45 is usually referred to as "Write Extremely Long Titles The Burkiss Way"; The full title as given in the Radio Times is "Lesson 45: Write Extremely Long Titles With Lots And Lots Of Words In, Like This, So That The Radio Times Will Have To Allot More Space Than The Measly Half A Centimetre Of Billing Space We Usually Get And At Least It'll Look A Bit More Prominent On The Page, Although Still Nowhere Near The 50 Column Inches They Give To [[Radio/TheHitchhikersGuideToTheGalaxy The Hitch-hiker's Guide To The Galaxy]] The Burkiss Way".
* ''Radio/AdventuresInOdyssey'' has used a few. The 1993 season used verses from the Lord's Prayer as titles for individual episodes: "Our Father","Hallowed Be Thy Name", "Thy Kingdom Come","Thy Will Be Done", "Our Daily Bread", "Forgive Us as We Forgive", "Into Temptation", "Deliver Us from Evil", "For Thine Is the Kingdom", "The Power", "And the Glory", "Forever...Amen". These episodes were later released in a compilation titled "On Earth as it is in Heaven."
** During Bernard and Eugene's Road Trip arc, the episode had titles based on numerical succession: "First Hand Experience", "Second Thoughts", "Third Degree", "It Happened in Four Corners" and "The Fifth House on the Left."
* ''Radio/BleakExpectations'': the first season titles described the continual ruination of Pip's life with "A " (starting with "A Childhood Cruelly Kippered"); later seasons continued the theme with "A Life " (starting with "A Lovely Life Cruelly Re-Kippered").
* The first season of ''Radio/RevoltingPeople'' had the episode titles "[[AStormIsComing Storm Clouds]]"; "More Storm Clouds"; "Even More Storm Clouds"; "Tons of Storm Clouds"; "A Helluva Lot of Storm Clouds"; and "An Incredible Amount of Storm Clouds". Season 2 had "Trying Times"; "Even More Trying Times"; "Some More Trying Times"; "And Yet Even More Trying Times"; "A Bunch More Trying Times"; and "Still in Trying Times". They dropped the idea in seasons 3 and 4.
* As in the TV show that succeeded it, the ''Dragnet'' radio show episodes were all of the format "The Big ____"
* ''Radio/TheHitchhikersGuideToTheGalaxy'' in its entirety was split up into phases (Primary, Secondary, Tertiary, Quandary, Quintessential and Hexagonal) and each phase was split into six "fits" (reference to Lewis Carroll).
* ''Franchise/DoctorWhoExpandedUniverse''
** The BBC Audio Books dramas starring Creator/TomBaker and written by Paul Magrs are split into the {{Arc}}s ''Hornets' Nest'', ''Demon Quest'' and ''Serpent Crest''.
** The ''AudioPlay/BigFinishDoctorWho'' arc ''The New Adventures of Franchise/BerniceSummerfield Volume 2: The Triumph of Sutekh'' comprises four stories with the title "The of " (''The Pyramid of Sutekh'', ''The Vaults of Osiris'', ''The Eye of Horus'', and ''The Tears of Isis'').
* ''Radio/{{Undone}}'' had single word titles beginning "Un": series 1's were "Unalike", "Untoward", "Ungainly", "Underground", "United" and "Unending".
* All episodes of ''Jeremy Hardy Speaks to the Nation'' have titles starting "How to...", describing the topic from which Jeremy will be digressing this week. The shortest so far is "How to Die", the longest is "How to be Better Theologically, Socially, Nationally and in Terms of One's Own Personal Development, Responsibility and Interaction with the Fellow Humans with Whom We Share this Fragile Planet, and Ting" (usually referred to as "How to be Better").

* Each Ubuntu release is named (in increasing alphabetical order) after an animal accompanied by an alliterative adjective - for instance, ''Hardy Heron'' or ''Gutsy Gibbon''; and alpha releases are named with terms suitable for the respective animal, like Flight, Knot, Herd, and Tribe.
** Also, the release numbers, rather than being the typical boring major.minor increments, are year.month. E.g., 8.10 was released Oct 2008. Long-term support releases (the ones that are supported for 3 years on desktops and 5 years on servers, as opposed to 18 months for both in other releases; releases tend to come out every six months) have "LTS" included.
* Recent versions of the Linux kernel itself have an irregularly updated name, some of which sound a bit like Ubuntu versions ("Affluent Albatross", "Sliding Snow Leopard"), and some of which don't ("Avast! A bilge rat!"). They're pretty much based on whatever Linus feels like calling them, with International Talk Like A Pirate Day being one of the few recurring themes.
* Fedora (and Red Hat Linux, before it split into Fedora and Red Hat Enterprise Linux) uses a naming convention where each release's codename is related to the previous release's codename, but in a way different from the previous previous relation. For example, Bordeaux is a region in France, and also a comic book character; Zod is a [[{{Superman}} comic book character]], and also a record label; Moonshine is a record label, and also a movie title.
* The [=TeX=] typesetting software lets its version number converge towards pi with each release since version ''3.0''. It has currently reached version ''3.1415926''. The author, Donald Knuth, has stated that upon his death the version number should become precisely pi, and no further changes should occur, with "all remaining bugs being classified as features".
* Likewise, Knuth's font rendering engine METAFONT is currently at version ''2.718281'' and converging towards ''e''.
* The OGRE 3D game engine names each release after deities from the works of Creator/HPLovecraft, starting with ''Hastur'' and continuing to the present with ''Shoggoth''.
* Debian names each release after a ''WesternAnimation/ToyStory'' character: ''Buzz'', ''Rex'', ..., ''Sarge'', ''Etch'', ''Lenny'', ''Squeeze'', ''Wheezy'', and the latest in-development version, ''Jessie''. The unstable release is permanently named ''Sid'', after the boy who broke toys.
* The various releases of Mac OS X are all named after big cats.
** Starting with 10.9 "Mavericks" they are switching to place names in California. Not enough big cats...
* For a while, all the programs and applications released for desktop environment KDE snuck the letter "K" in their names. The trend has been waning in recent years, though.
** {{Inverted|Trope}} with the codenames of the release candidates of KDE 4.0, whose codenames all began with a "C". Most likely done to parody KDE apps that replace "C"s with "K"s such as Konversation, Kommander, [=KolourPaint=], etc.
* Many [=GPLed=] programs have names beginning with a G, for example Gnus, a newsreader. Java programs often have J prefixed to their names (this seems to be especially common with applications based on the swing GUI toolkit, where all class names are prefixed with J).
* Likewise, much software written in Python names itself "py". It is noteworthy that Java and Python pretty much occupy opposite ends on the spectrum of perceived "elite"-ness, yet for some reason these two specifically seem to compel programmers to declare what language they are using. No one knows why.
* Many Mozilla/Gecko-based programs follow the format [Nature noun][Animal] -- Firefox, Thunderbird, Seamonkey, Sunbird, Songbird. Not all of them do, though (e.g. Camino). Firefox also followed this trend when it was called Firebird, but neither Firefox nor Thunderbird did when they were called Phoenix and Minotaur, respectively, instead going for a mythological theme.
** Camino is ''old'', older than Firefox, and not much newer than the public release of Seamonkey. Instead of following ''this'' convention, it follows the convention that browsers are named after travel and exploration: Netscape ''Navigator'', Microsoft Internet ''Explorer'', ''Konqueror'', ''Safari'', ''Galeon'', and ''Camino'' (meaning "road", as in ''El Camino Real"). (Camino was originally called Chimera, going with the theme used by Phoenix and Minotaur, but it was changed due to trademark reasons, as with Phoenix.)
* Windows versions have largely followed this pattern--Windows 95 was originally called "Chicago", Win95 OSR (OEM Service Release) 2 was called "Detroit", Windows 98 was called "Memphis".
** Windows XP, 7 and Vista were respectively named "Whistler", "Blackcomb" and "Longhorn", after a pair of ski resorts(since merged) and a bar located between them(reflecting the original plan for Vista to merely be a waypoint between the two big releases); 7's codename was dropped when the Office manager took over the project(he killed Office's use of codenames as well), which fits in with Windows 2000, which only had a codename for the [[WhatCouldHaveBeen scrapped home version]](Neptune).
* Intel tends to use codenames based on locations in the Western United States or Israel.
* AMD uses places with UsefulNotes/FormulaOne racetracks (Barcelona, Istanbul, Shanghai, [[PunnyName Magny-Cours]], Interlagos) as codenames for server chips, and various stars (Deneb, Thuban, Zosma) for its desktop chips. For the Athlon XP [=CPUs=], AMD would use horse-related names (Palomino, Thoroughbred, and Barton).
* Major releases of Google's mobile operating system Android are [[AlphabeticThemeNaming alphabetically]] [[EdibleThemeNaming named after desserts]]: "Cupcake", "Donut", "Eclair", "Frozen Yogurt" ("Froyo"), "Gingerbread", "Ice Cream Sandwich", "Jelly Bean" and "Kit Kat" (they first considered "Key Lime Pie", but then decided to partner with Nestlé to use their chocolate's name).
* The open-source router firmware, [=OpenWRT=], names its releases after various cocktails and alcoholic beverages, like White Russian, Kamikaze, Attitude Adjustment, Barrier Breaker, and Chaos Calmer. The development build is called "Designated Driver".

* Each hole on the Augusta National Golf Club is named after a tree or a shrub, in recognition of the fact that the place used to be a plant nursery.

[[folder:Tabletop Games]]
* The code names of ''TabletopGame/MagicTheGathering'' expansions always have some kind of theme to them, ranging from Mexican words to food; examples have included "Rock/Paper/Scissors" (for ''Shards of Alara''/''Conflux''/''Alara Reborn'') and "Live/Long/Prosper" (for ''Zendikar''/''Worldwake''/''Rise of the Eldrazi'').
* Many genre supplements for the original ''TabletopGame/BigEyesSmallMouth'' RPG used the "(adjective) (noun), (adjective) (noun)": ''Big Robots, Cool Starships'' (mecha and science fiction), ''Cold Hands, Dark Hearts'' (gothic and horror), ''Big Ears, Small Mouse'' (talking animal cartoons), "Hot Rods & Gun Bunnies'' (modern action; bends the convention a bit).

* ''Theatre/AngelsInAmerica'' is a total of eight acts long, and each act has a name. Some of them are more... ''interesting'' than others.
** ''Millenium Approaches'' Act Three: "Not-Yet-Conscious, Forward Dawning"
** ''Perestroika'' Act Three: "Borborygmi (The Squirming Facts Exceed the Squamous Mind)"
** And then there's ''Perestroika'' Act One: "[[ItMakesSenseInContext Spooj]]"
* Each scene in the musical ''Music in the Air'' is titled after a form of classical music. The first scene, which shows the evolution of a songbird's twittering into a melody later to be known as "I've Told Ev'ry Little Star," is fittingly labeled 'LeitMotif'.

[[folder:Web Animation]]
* ''WebAnimation/BonusStage'' defines its seasons through the use of this.
** The first season's titles are all one word, with one exception, "The NYE".
** Season 2's titles have "2" in them, except for the first episode, "Return". In addition, the titles of the second through fifth episodes of this season are the names of the first four episodes of the series, with "2" added.
** Season 3's titles start with "Virtual".
** Season 4 has rather contrived titles with "Curs" in them.
** Season 5's episodes have "Fi" as the first two letters.
** Season 6's titles are riffs on episode titles of ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons''.
** Season 7's titles are more general puns.
* WebAnimation/AwesomeSeries has all the titles named after the work being parodied, but with one word replaced with "Awesome".
** Or mashed into the title when it's only one word, such as VideoGame/{{Tetr|is}}Awesome and [[Film/{{Cloverfield}} Awesomefield]].

[[folder:Web Comics]]
* Almost all ''Webcomic/{{Wondermark}}'' strips are titled "In Which [insert description of plot here]".
* ''Webcomic/DinosaurComics'' titles originally started out as a reasonable description of the events in the story. However, they have since evolved into an alternative to AltText, usually with bizarre capitalisation rules and sometimes with nothing to do with the story. For example, one comic was "[[http://qwantz.com/index.php?comic=1157 when i was a kid i solemnly vowed that, when i was an adult, i would make a batch of chocolate chip cookies and eat all the dough, because my mom wouldn't let me eat raw cookie dough. it is a vow i have yet to satisfy and which haunts me still]]" and another is "[[http://www.qwantz.com/index.php?comic=001143 last night i was at a friend's house and mimed a helicopter, which caused me to break a glass and spill beer everywhere. i was like, man, why did have to mime a helicopter? i felt terrible and it wasn't even a very good helicopter impression]]". The titles are only visible from the [[http://www.qwantz.com/archive.php archives]] and RSS feed anyway, making them little more than a 4th punchline to the comic (after the alt tag and email comment {{Easter Egg}}s).
* Each page of ''Webcomic/TheNonAdventuresOfWonderella'' is named with a relevant catch-phrase or pop-culture reference, or (more frequently) pun based on such. One word of every title is written in all-caps to make them [[MundaneMadeAwesome more dramatic]]. For example: [[http://www.webcomicsnation.com/justinpie/wonderella/series.php?view=archive&chapter=14478 "SIN Derella"]], [[http://www.webcomicsnation.com/justinpie/wonderella/series.php?view=archive&chapter=25918 "A Christmas PERIL"]], and [[http://www.webcomicsnation.com/justinpie/wonderella/series.php?view=archive&chapter=24892 "MELANIN COLLEAGUE and the Infinite Sadness"]].
* The name of each page of ''Webcomic/MegaTokyo'' is a quote from the page.
** And the chapter titles are all metaphors from computing or gaming.
* Each ''Three Panel Soul'' strip is named "On ________", with the ________ usually refering to the strip's subject. For example: [[http://threepanelsoul.com/2008/11/26/on-surnames/ On Surnames]]
* The title of each chapter of ''Webcomic/SeventySeas'' is a complete sentence that obliquely refers to that chapter's main conflict.
* Each chapter of ''WebComic/{{Heartcore}}'' is named after a song from video games the author played. They are, in order: [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hjS5c3TRfco Sinful Rose]], [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tsV9ItRSb-4 Cashmere Cannonball]], [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AXhoD9MUDts Wounded Warsong]], [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=I7646BB9B1A Nostalgia in Solitude]], [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=H0JvineSb9c Alien Power]], [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TlM2J6x0nrQ Neocity]], [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jPb8ZTfQb14 Dangerous Zone]], [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=f4vQnuAz-rc Outride a Crisis]], and [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CZMWszd5SRk Force Your Way]].
* The ''Prime Directive'' storyline of ''Adventures In Aaron's Room'' is the only one to stick with single-word titles.
* Though [[http://mountaincomics.com/ Mountain Time]] titles are usually random inanities or pure gibberish, they sometimes form lists of arbitrary things, such as South American capital cities or actors from the movie ''Cocktail''. Other times, they follow the convention "Mountain Time ___", where the ___ is the episode number.
** There is also a string of non-contiguous comics whose titles all include the word "amoeba" (e.g., [[http://mountaincomics.com/2013/01/24/mountain-time-426/ "Then I Saw Her Face / Now I'm an Amoeba]]), all of which focus on a particular character (who is not an amoeba).
* The chapters of ''Webcomic/SoulSymphony'' are called Movements (First Movement, Second Movement, etc.) based on the separation of a piece of classical music into movements.
* [[http://mspaintadventures.com/?viewmap=4 Chapters]] and [[http://mspaintadventures.com/?viewmap=6 acts]] in ''Webcomic/MSPaintAdventures'' are titled after a random phrase from within, such as "Persecuted by Uncrupulous Whores" or "The Note Desolation Plays", with the exception of the fourth act of ''Webcomic/{{Homestuck}}'', "Flight of the Paradox Clones".
* ''Webcomic/{{Reliquary}}'' started out titling chapters with phrases involving "life," up to Chapter Four: End of Life. Chapter Five is "Angel of Death," indicating a new theme.
* The titles of ''Webcomic/ScrambledEggs'' comics are written in the first panels as, "Scrambled Eggs in X", even though [[IAmNotShazam the series' title doesn't refer to any character or team in the comic]].
* ''Webcomic/Persona3FTW'' has this for most of its comic titles, except for ''[=Persona 3 FeMC=]'' which has clearer titles.
* ''Webcomic/Persona4TW'' compromises between its two predecessors, with clear titles on social links and punny titles on everything else.
* ''WebComic/RustyAndCo'' has chapters named "Level N" ([[MonsterAdventurers of course]]).
* In ''Triquetra Cats'' each Chapter is refered to a Period
* In ''Webcomic/SkinHorse'', the chapter titles are references to classic children's literature, as is the main title.
* Averted with Scott Kurtz's ''Webcomic/{{PVP}}''. When the first collected edition came out he titled it ''PVP at Large'', a reference to the first ''ComicStrip/{{Garfield}}'' book. Kurtz's publisher suggested he continue copying the Garfield titles with subsequent volumes, but Kurtz decided against it because he didn't want to eventually title a book "''PVP Kicks Odie Off a Table'' or something."
* ''Webcomic/TheDailyDerp'': Early strips almost always had the title "The Daily Derp", with some letters replaced randomly, forming a WordPureeTitle. Currently, most strip titles are a play on the phrase, or at least include the words "daily" or "derp" somewhere.
* ''Webcomic/AllenTheAlien'' has chapters which are allusions to lyrics in songs.
* The chapters in ''Webcomic/KiwiBlitz'' are called "tracks", and each track is named after an electronica song. Flashbacks in between tracks are called "sound-bites".
* Webcomic/ElGoonishShive doesn't normally do this, but the first [[WhamEpisode Sister arc]] was broken into 8 parts, coming together to tell the story of a board game - Open the Box, Read the Rules, Set up the Pieces, Play the Game, Knock the Board Over, Scattered Pieces, Fist Fight, Clean Up.

[[folder:Web Original]]
* In WebVideo/TheWithVoicesProject, all the [[https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLSRV2j8i5ybbLiM4ZmFbtEvmJWHeZ7ifj Ib With Voices episodes]] are named for the colors of the walls of the rooms Ib is exploring at that time.
* In TabletopGame/NewVindicators, every chapter in the main narrative is named after a song. In the European game, this isn't the case, although the first major arc has chapters named after chess terms, relating to MeaningfulName.
* ''Literature/{{Tasakeru}}'': Instead of titles, each chapter opens with a haiku that describes the events within.
* The title of every episode of ''WebVideo/TheTimeGuys'' is based on a saying with the word "time" in it.
* Some FAQ/walkthrough writers on Website/GameFAQs do this. For instance, Split Infinity, a major ''Franchise/FinalFantasy'' FAQ writer, uses names of characters for version "numbers."
* [[Creator/PhilthonJones Caught Chatting]] follows the pattern of Series/TwoAndAHalfMen, naming each episode after a quote from it.
* ''Literature/IlivaisX'' has each chapter as a "day", which makes sense given each one takes place within a rough 24-hour period (though it tends to be more divided on when the main characters sleep). Also, most of the chapter titles not only relate to the specific MonsterOfTheWeek, but also somewhat to the character interactions. For example, "Shifting Hearts" not only refers to how they fight a TransformingMecha that becomes the "heart" of a CombiningMecha, but also to how this is the point where Mille and Iriana start definitively heading towards being an OfficialCouple.
* The name of every chapter of ''Literature/TheSagaOfTuck'' is a pun on "Tuck", with [[OddNameOut the exceptions of 28-29, 43, and 104-117]] (yeah, it's long), which break from its usual first-person narration.
* Each installment of Literature/UnlikelyEden is named for either the last word or words in the passage.
* ''Literature/WhateleyUniverse'', all the Phase stories have titles "Ayla and the...". Probably because Phase was/is a pompous rich kid with years of prep schooling, the novels have meaningful chapter titles as well. The first novel has five chapters named for the books of the Old Testament.
** "Ayla and the Birthday Brawl" had chapter titles taken from Spenser's "The Faerie Queene".
** Ayla and the Great Shoulder Angel Conspiracy has its chapters all named after angels: [[http://whateleyacademy.net/index.php/content-menu/stories/183-ayla-and-the-great-shoulder-angel-conspiracy-chapter-1-ishim Ishim]], [[http://whateleyacademy.net/index.php/content-menu/stories/184-ayla-and-the-great-shoulder-angel-conspiracy-chapter-2-cherubim Cherubim]], [[http://whateleyacademy.net/index.php/content-menu/stories/185-ayla-and-the-great-shoulder-angel-conspiracy-chapter-3-elohim Elohim]], etc.
** Ayla and the Tests has its chapters named after Herculean Labors: [[http://whateleyacademy.net/index.php/content-menu/stories/168-ayla-4-ayla-and-the-tests-chapter-1-the-lernean-hydra Chapter 1 - The Lernean Hydra]], [[http://whateleyacademy.net/index.php/content-menu/stories/169-ayla-4-ayla-and-the-tests-chapter-2-the-augean-stables Chapter 2 - The Augean Stables]], [[http://whateleyacademy.net/index.php/content-menu/stories/170-ayla-4-ayla-and-the-tests-chapter-3-the-ceryneian-hind Chapter 3 - The Ceryneian Hind]], etc.
** Then there's Ayla and the Mad Scientist, with its French titles...
** The Gateway stories all start with Summoning, [[http://whateleyacademy.net/index.php/original-timeline/345-summoning-courage Summoning Courage]], [[http://whateleyacademy.net/index.php/content-menu/stories/330-summoning-tactics Summoning Tactics]], and [[http://whateleyacademy.net/index.php/original-timeline/424-summoning-sweeties Summoning Sweeties]].
* ''Literature/ChaosFighters'' has a few examples of replacing something for chapter: path for every novel in ''main series'' and file for ''Chaos Fighters: Cyber Assault-The Secret Programs''.
* ''Podcast/{{Psycomedia}}'' uses this for the Frankenpodcasts, which are named after the [[Film/{{Frankenstein 1931}} Universal film series.]]
* ''WebVideo/ThePlatoonOfPowerSquadron'' calls each episode a hypothesis.
* For its first season, ''Series/{{Noob}}'' named its episodes "level [number]".
* In hybrid webcomic/browser game ''WebComic/DemonThesis'', you control four college students who are unexpected gifted with ElementalPowers among other magic abilities and thrust into fighting all sorts of creatures, up to and including {{Eldritch Abomination}}s. Each major arc is labelled after part of the school or college experience, so we have arcs labelled as Intramurals, Field Trip, Midterms, Spring Break, etc.
* For the first four years of the [[http://www.youtube.com/ApprenticeEh ApprenticeEh]] vlog, they used movie, TV, and book titles but replaced all or part of a word with "vlog". This ended at the start of 2015 when they changed up their whole vlog format.
* ''WebVideo/ComediansInCarsGettingCoffee'' titles each episode after a word or phrase from that episode's conversation.
* ''WebVideo/CatMuto'''s ''Persona 3'' Let's Play videos all had [[AltumVidetur Latin titles]] that began with ''Memento''.