It may be a stylistic choice, it may just be [[TheyJustDidntCare laziness]], but for whatever reason a series, or just a very large and noticeable number of works by the same author, have titles prefaced by the word 'The'. These names are often things like (to take examples from the popular ''Literature/{{Animorphs}}'' series): [='=]''The'' Experiment', '''The'' Escape', and so on. If an author uses this trope to excess, expect the names to get a little odd (''The Answer'', ''Film/TheHappening''), confusing (''The Unexpected''), or downright unhelpful (''The Attack'', ''The Threat''). The author may also get ''really'' carried away with the 'The' count and 'The' the title until it makes little grammatical sense.

See also: IdiosyncraticEpisodeNaming. Not to be confused with [[TheTheTitleConfusion The "The" Title Confusion]], where it's unclear whether or not something begins with a "the".

Not named for the the Movie called ''Film/AttackOfTheTheEyeCreatures'', despite that being the the first example listed -- or despite resembling the trope.



[[folder:The Fan Works]]
* ''FanFic/TheVow''

[[folder:The Film]]
* ''AttackOfTheTheEyeCreatures'', sic. The the entire article for the the movie on ThisVeryWiki was even written in the the style at some point. Surprisingly satisfied the trope originally as ''The Eye Creatures'', but averted when someone attached on "Attack of the" to make it resemble the trope.
* ''Film/TheWolverine''
* ''Film/DasBoot'' or, translated into English: "The Boat".
* ''Film/TheRoom''. Especially interesting because there's no singular room in the film that stands out as significant in any way.
* ''The Cold Room''.
* ''Film/{{The Punisher 2004}}''
* ''Film/TheBeyond''
* ''Film/TheFunhouse''
* ''Film/TheGalaxyInvader''
* ''Film/TheMonsterClub''
* ''Film/TheScreamingSkull''
* ''Film/TheDeparted''
* ''Film/TheEvil''
* ''Film/TheCandyTangerineMan''
* ''Film/{{The Evil Dead 1981}}''
* ''Film/TheProwler''
* ''Film/TheBabadook''
* ''Film/TheVampire''
* ''Film/TheHitcher''
* ''Film/TheInterview''

[[folder:The Literature]]
* The ''Literature/{{Animorphs}}'' series is a well-known example. Every single one of the regular ''Animorphs'' books (not all of the ''Megamorphs'' books do this) was prefaced by the word ''The''. This series provided many of the title examples above.
* ''Literature/ASeriesOfUnfortunateEvents'' has this for all books in the series, followed by [[IdiosyncraticEpisodeNaming a pair of alliterative words]] for all but the last one.
* Five of the twelve books in ''Literature/GalaxyOfFear''. It's odd in light of how ''Clones'' and ''Spore'' are one-word titles, but there is also ''The Hunger'', ''The Brain Spiders'', ''TheSwarm'', ''The Doomsday Ship''...
* HPLovecraft was really found of The The Titles. Maybe two thirds of the titles in his [[ fiction bibliography]] belongs to this category.
* This is not exclusive to English texts: Portuguese epic ''Os Lusíadas'' (literally ''the Lusiad'') is always written with its article in the title, with a beginning capital. So what do we do when we need to use another article before it? We contract it. (n'Os Lusíadas).
* ''Literature/TheLordOfTheRings'' and all the books in the series have "The" prefacing the title: ''The Fellowship of the Ring'', ''The Two Towers'', ''The Return of the King''. Then of course, there's also ''Literature/TheHobbit'' and ''Literature/TheSilmarillion''.
* Most of Creator/JamesFenimoreCooper's novels have titles conforming to this pattern, starting with ''The Spy'' (1821) and ending with ''The Ways of the Hour'' (1850). Of those that don't, many have a secondary title that does, such as ''Lionel Lincoln: or The Leaguer of Boston'', ''Homeward Bound: or The Chase: A Tale of the Sea'', and ''Wyandotte: or The Hutted Knoll''.

[[folder:The Music]]
* On Gileah & the Ghost Train's self-titled album, every song title begins with The. Their order on the album is also alphabetical order. At least one song apparently had its name changed to fit the theme: "The Shadow"'s demo version was originally called "All I Need".
* There was a band in TheEighties that was actually called The The.
* Every song on Music/{{Nits}}' album ''Les Nuits'' (except the title track, and that's just [[BilingualBonus the same thing in French]]).
* Many operas: ''The Marriage of Figaro'', ''The Thieving Magpie'', ''The Cloak'', etc. An aversion: ''Tosca'' is the opera; ''The Tosca'' is the play on which it is based.

[[folder:The Newspaper Comics]]
* ''ComicStrip/TheFarSide'' collections with indexes feature sections for each letter of the alphabet. However, every letter but "T" is blank, as each comic is identified as "The one with the [x]".

[[folder:The Sports]]
* It's been said that UsefulNotes/{{Cleveland}} is the ButtMonkey town of American sports for how many of their inglorious losses can be summed with a "The *":[[ The Catch, The Drive, The Decision, The Move, The Shot...]]

[[folder:The Television]]
* ''Series/TheSparticleMystery'' has a plethora of ''The'''s.
* In the Second Doctor era of ''Series/DoctorWho'', only ''Fury from the Deep'' did not start with "The", and its working title was ''The Colony of Devils''.
* ''Series/{{Friends}}'', nearly every episode is titled [[IdiosyncraticEpisodeNaming "The One with the..."]] or or "The One Where...".
* ''Series/{{Seinfeld}}'', nearly every episode has a title that begins with "The."
* Every episode title of ''Series/TheClass'' starts with "The Class..."

[[folder:The Theatre]]
* ''Theatre/TheCrucible''

[[folder:The Video Games]]
* One of the best known series ever: ''Franchise/TheLegendOfZelda''.
** Double subverted in ''[[VideoGame/ZeldaIITheAdventureOfLink Zelda II]]: '''The''' Adventure of Link''.
** And ''VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaCDiGames'', ''Link: '''The''' Faces Of Evil'', ''Zelda: '''The''' Wand of Gamelon''. Averted altogether in ''Zelda's Adventure''.

[[folder:The WesternAnimation]]
* ''WesternAnimation/AvatarTheLastAirbender'', similar to the ''Literature/{{Animorphs}}'' example but to a lesser extreme. About 80-90% of episode titles are pretty much "The 'Noun'". The noun generally refers to either the primary setting, a character of the week, or a MacGuffin.
* ''WesternAnimation/TheAmazingWorldOfGumball'' episode titles are all "The (single-word noun)" except "Halloween" and "Christmas". WordOfGod said they simply picked this because they figured it would make things easier to remember.
* ''WesternAnimation/AquaTeenHungerForce'' had a string of episodes in season 2 that started with "The" (including an episode just called "The"), and the season finale was "The Last Fucking One of 2003".
* Almost every ''WesternAnimation/{{Recess}}'' episode, though there are many exceptions.
* ''WesternAnimation/WanderOverYonder'' has episodes that all begin with "The". Most are simply a "The (noun)", but others may include adjectives ("The Epic Quest of Unfathomable Difficulty", "The Nice Guy") or subtitles ("The Gift II: The Giftening"). The sole exception so far is the Season 2 MusicalEpisode "My Fair Hatey".