The word "the" is among the most common of all the words in all of the English language, the result of which is often the placement of "the" in the title of a work or in the name of a group regardless of the wishes of the people or the person who made it. (This also happens with definite articles in other languages: "le" in French or "der" in German, for instance.)

The "The" Title Confusion is when nobody seems to be quite sure whether or not a "the" is required in a title. As a result, merchandise or advertising can sometimes make it seem as if the title is constantly changing, or if there might even be multiple works/groups with the same title. Often WordOfGod is required to make a final decision on the matter.

Further confusion surrounds the question of whether something which doesn't include a 'the' in the title officially should be supplied with one when grammatically appropriate. The 'United States of America' doesn't have a 'the' in the title, but you'd never use it in a sentence without one; by contrast, several bands which don't include articles [[BerserkButton get very upset]] when one is used. There are times when a 'the' would clash with another article, in which case it's generally accepted that you drop the one in the name; it's "a Strokes song", not "a Music/TheStrokes song".

In many cases an author will go ahead and drop the "the" from a title ahead of time, aware that many people would do so anyway just for the sake of brevity.

Compare SpellMyNameWithAThe and TheTheTitle, when the use of a "the" is ''insisted''.

Oh yeah, if you're looking for ''Film/AttackOfTheTheEyeCreatures'', it's thataway.



[[folder:Anime & Manga]]
* ''Anime/TheBigO'', or ''Big O''.
* (''The'') ''LightNovel/{{Slayers}}''.
* From ''Anime/CowboyBebop'', (Yoko Kanno and) (The) Seat Belts. (Also some ambiguity as to whether "Seat Belts" should be one word or two.)
* ''Manga/SquidGirl'', or ''The Squid Girl''.

[[folder:Comic Books]]
* ''[[ComicBook/SpiderMan The Amazing Spider-Man]]'', or ''Amazing Spider-Man''.
* ''Comicbook/TheAvengers'', or ''Avengers''.
* ''Franchise/{{Batman}}'':
** Whether anyone refers to Batman as "The Batman" depends on the era of comic books, with the "the" especially ignored during the LighterAndSofter era of the 1960s.
** It's more stringently enforced for the villains. ''The'' Joker and ''The'' Penguin are never referred to as anything else in the comics, unless they're being directly addressed. For some reason, though, this convention rarely seems to apply to (The) Catwoman.
* ''ComicBook/XMen'' member Beast, or The Beast.
* ''Comicbook/IncredibleHulk'', or ''The Incredible Hulk''.
* ''ComicBook/NewMutants'', or ''The New Mutants''.
* ''ComicBook/SilverSurfer'', or ''The Silver Surfer''.
* ''The Star Wars'' is a miniseries adapted from an early version of the screenplay for ''[[Film/ANewHope Star Wars]]''. ''The Star Wars'' was a working title for the film, which also appeared in the somewhat wordier form of ''Adventures of the Starkiller, Episode I: The Star Wars'', and ''The Star Wars: From the Adventures of Luke Starkiller''.
* ''ComicBook/UncannyXMen'': The title changed from ''The X-Men'' to ''X-Men'' to ''The Uncanny X-men'' to ''Uncanny X-men''.
* ''[[ComicBook/TheVision (The) Vision]]''.
* ''Wolverine: The Origin'', or ''Wolverine: Origin''.

[[folder:Films -- Live-Action]]
* Tim Robbins' film ''Film/CradleWillRock'' is about the production of and controversy around a Depression-era play called '''''The''' Cradle Will Rock''.
* Due to a printing oversight, we get one in the middle of ''Film/AttackOfTheTheEyeCreatures''.
* ''(The) Film/BadLieutenantPortOfCallNewOrleans''
* In the film ''Body Slam'' about a combiation of Rock and Wrestling there's a band called "Kicks." A reviewer talking to their manager casually refers to them as "The Kicks," but the manager is quite insistent that it's just "Kicks," saying that using "The" in a band name is passe.
* Averted with the ''Film/TheFastAndTheFurious'' franchise, where ''The Fast and the Furious'' is the name of the first movie, while ''Fast and Furious'' is the name of the fourth movie.
* Not averted a lot of movie localizations in France. It seems like a tacit "rule" that movie titles that are not translated lose their "the", especially if it can shorten it to a single word.
** Such as ''[[Film/TheAvengers2012 Avengers]]''.
** The first movie (and with it, the whole franchise) is known as ''Fast and Furious'' in France.
** The same happened to ''Film/TheAbyss''.
** Or ''Film/TheMatrix''.
** Or ''Film/TheShining''.
** ''Film/TheHangover'' somehow managed to get both this trope and CompletelyDifferentTitle: French posters advertised it as ''Very Bad Trip [-(Hangover)-]''.
* Averted with ''Franchise/FinalDestination'', where any confusion over whether or not it needed a "the" was cleared away (or possibly enhanced) by the title of the fourth installment, ''The Final Destination''.
%%* (''The'') ''Film/GangsOfNewYork''
* ''Film/LastActionHero'' was usually called ''The Last Action Hero'' until its release ''sans'' "The."
* In the credits for ''Film/TheManWithTheIronFists'' RZA is credited as "The RZA" for the screenplay for some reason, even though he is simply credited as "RZA" when listed as the film's star, director, and composer.
* The film ''Film/MinorityReport'' is based on a story titled ''The Minority Report'' by Philip K. Dick. A short story collection by Dick was released around the same time as the movie bearing the name ''Minority Report'' like the movie, not the original story.
* The credits to the American version of ''Film/WarOfTheGargantuas'' has a ''The'' before the title which is not included when the title is displayed on advertising or home video packaging.
* Ever wonder why the on-screen title for ''Film/SchoolOfRock'' is '''''The''''' ''School Of Rock''? It's because the filmmakers decided to change the name long after the title sequence is shot and couldn't go back and re-shoot it. Adding to the minor confusion, the InUniverse band is called ''The'' School of Rock.
* [[Film/WarOfTheWorlds The 2005 Spielberg adaptation]] of ''Literature/TheWarOfTheWorlds'' dropped the "The" from the title.
* In-universe, there's [[ConversationalTroping a conversation]] in ''Film/MickeyBlueEyes'' about whether a restaurant is called ''"La Trattoria"'' or "The ''La Trattoria"''. Apparently it's the latter, despite being owned by Italians.
* All sequels of ''Film/TheOmen1976'' drop the article (''Film/DamienOmenII'' and ''[[Film/OmenIIITheFinalConflict Omen III: The Final Conflict]]'' -- which at times drops the "Omen" part as well).
* This can happen with foreign films when their titles are translated into English, especially when the language in question doesn't use "the". The Japanese film "砂の器" is called ''Film/CastleOfSand'' on Wiki/TheOtherWiki but ''The Castle of Sand'' at The Internet Movie Database.
* ''Film/TheLittleShopOfHorrors'' and ''Film/LittleShopOfHorrors''. The latter is a musical adaptation of the former.
* ''Film/{{The Avengers|2012}}'' was followed by ''Film/AvengersAgeOfUltron'', which dropped the "The." The upcoming ''Avengers: Infinity War'' films are doing the same.
* ''[[Film/ANewHope Star Wars: Episode IV: A New Hope]]'' had the working title ''The Star Wars'' for the first drafts, including the May, 1973 story synopsis, May, 1974 Rough Draft, and July 1974 Revised First Draft. The January 28, 1975 second draft was titled ''The Adventures of the Starkiller (episode one) "The Star Wars"'', or, ''Adventures of the Starkiller (episode one) "The Star Wars"'', or, ''The Star Wars - Episode One - "The Star Wars"''. The August 1, 1975 Third Draft is ''The Star Wars – From the Adventures of Luke Starkiller''. The January 1, 1976 Fourth Draft, ''Star Wars: The Adventures of Luke Starkiller as taken from the “Journal of the Whills” (Saga I) Star Wars'', is no longer titled ''The Star Wars'', as well as in the January 15, 1976 Revised Fourth Draft, titled ''Star Wars, Episode IV: A New Hope, from the Journal of the Whills''.
* ''The Wicked City'' is a 1992 live-action film adaptation of ''Anime/WickedCity''.
* ''Film/WildWildWest''. The TV series on which it was based was ''THE Wild Wild West'' - but then, Creator/WillSmith is the lead here, and it's easier to rap three syllables than four.

* Despite commonly being abbreviated "[=LotR=]", Creator/JRRTolkien's fantasy epic is called ''Literature/TheLordOfTheRings''. (Proper initialism conventions call for the leaving out of articles and prepositions [hence why the Federal Bureau '''of''' Investigation is the FBI and not the FB'''o'''I], so it ''should'' be abbreviated "LR.")
** Also happens in-story: when Radagast talks about a land he's heard of called Shire, Gandalf tells him it's ''The'' Shire.
* The third series of ''Literature/WarriorCats'' is called ''Power of Three''. Officially, there is no "the"; however, fans usually add the "the", giving this story arc the FanNickname "Teapot" (The Power of Three = [=TPoT=] = Teapot.)
* One entry in Lois [=McMaster=] Bujold's ''Miles Vorkosigan'' series is a short story called ''The Borders of Infinity''. It and several other short stories in the same series were later collected in an anthology called just ''Borders of Infinity''.
* Literature/SherlockHolmes novel ''Literature/TheSignOfTheFour'' was originally serialized under that title. When it was later published in book form, it was titled ''The Sign of Four'', omitting the second "the". To this day, different publishers will use different titles. (The [[TitleDrop Title Drops]] in the text use the five-word title, "the sign of the four", it being a reference to four criminal conspirators.)
* [[Literature/TheStrangeCaseOfDrJekyllAndMrHyde (The) Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde]] - originally with no "the" but often printed with one.

[[folder:Live-Action TV]]
* A bit of an odd one: Creator/BenElton insists on referring to a popular show as [[{{Series/Blackadder}} "The Black Adder."]] Actually, that's only the title of the first season -- i.e., the only season that Ben Elton ''didn't'' write for; none of his seasons or one-off episodes have a definite article at the beginning.
* ''Series/BuffyTheVampireSlayer'' has this with [[MonsterOfTheWeek The Gnarl]], who corrects the main characters by saying his name is actually just Gnarl.
%% Commented out - is this Colbert the person or Colbert the character? * Meta-example: Creator/StephenColbert refers to ''USA Today'' as "the ''The USA Today''".
* ''Series/DoctorWho'': There are numerous examples from across Wiki/ThisVeryWiki of episodes that don't start with "The", and episodes that ''do'', being subjected to this trope. Frequent victims include:
** [[Recap/DoctorWhoS15E1HorrorOfFangRock "Horror of Fang Rock"]] is frequently prefixed with "The".
** [[Recap/DoctorWhoS29E13LastOfTheTimeLords "Last of the Time Lords"]] only has one "the" in its title. The list of sources to get this wrong include ''the back of the [=DVD=] box set''.
* In-Universe example: In the ''Series/{{Firefly}}'' episode Bushwhacked, an Alliance officer asks Inara how long she's been on "the ''Serenity''", prompting her to correct him that it's "just ''Serenity''". Which is correct for ''all'' ships. See the RealLife section below.
* It uses a different article, but the TV series ''Series/GameOfThrones'' draws its title from the book ''Literature/AGameOfThrones''.
* ''Series/GuidingLight'': Known before 1975 as ''The Guiding Light''.
* ''Series/HappyDays'': Arthur Fonzerelli, aka "Fonzie" or "The Fonz."
* ''Series/TheHollywoodSquares'' used "The" in its title for the original 1966-1980 run. Subsequent revivals (1986-89 and 1998-2004) did not.
* On ''Series/{{Jeopardy}}'', falling victim to this (adding an initial "the" to a title that doesn't have one or dropping it from one that does) generally doesn't make a response wrong unless it changes the title to refer to something else(e.g., ''Literature/InvisibleMan'' vs. ''Literature/TheInvisibleMan'').
* ''Series/MatchGame'' is the game show from TheSeventies that had orange shag carpet, host Gene Rayburn, recurring panelists Charles Nelson Reilly and Brett Somers, and funny questions about Dumb Dora and boobs. ''The'' Match Game is its somewhat more staid predecessor from TheSixties, with tamer fill-in-the-blank questions, but still hosted by Gene Rayburn. Similarly, the two-short lived revivals in 1990-91 and 1998-99 did ''not'' use "The" in the title.
* ''Weakest Link''. It was ''Series/TheWeakestLink'' in the very early days, but that didn't last long.
* ''Series/TheXFiles'', or ''X-Files''.

* In general, the rule of thumb seems to be if a band's name is (the) (noun) you always say "the" (i.e Music/TheBeatles, Music/TheCure) whereas if the name is (the) (adjective) (noun) (i.e Music/SpiceGirls), then "the" is either never used or is optional.
* Pete Wentz's new band BlackCards are often called "The Black Cards".
* Music/{{Eagles}} and Music/{{Carpenters}} both commonly get a "the" slapped in front of their names. Ditto Music/{{Faces}}.
* (The) [[Music/TheMagneticFields Magnetic Fields]]
* Music/TheOffspring released their second album under the name ''"Offspring"''.
* (The) Music/PetShopBoys typically do not use "the", but where it makes more grammatical sense, it can pop up, even in their own words (from a recording of the Nightlife Tour webcast: "good evening, Atlanta! We're the Pet Shop Boys! This song is called Being boring."). Always "the" with a [[ lowercase "t"]], though.
* (The) [[Music/ThePixies Pixies]]
* Conversely, it was definitely ''The'' Music/PinkFloyd, at least until Syd Barrett got kicked out. Also, their breakthrough album is named ''Music/TheDarkSideOfTheMoon'', despite often being referred to without the article.
* (The) Strawbs
* (The) [[Music/TheSmashingPumpkins Smashing Pumpkins]], originally (they added the "The" later on). There also may be confusion over whether their name is meant to be a verb or an adjective and a noun (with the adjective being the British slang word for "excellent").
* The band Music/TalkingHeads were often erroneously referred to as "The Talking Heads"; they responded by naming one of their live albums ''The Name of This Band Is Talking Heads''. (Not helped by the fact that, in the film ''Film/StopMakingSense'', one of the band members refers to them as "The Talking Heads".)
* Deliberately [[InvokedTrope invoked]] by the band "Music/TheThe".
** Leading to the following joke. A guy in a record store is asked to file all the albums in alphabetical order. He starts by filing them all under 'T': 'The Beatles', 'The Rolling Stones', etc. "No," says his boss. "Ignore the 'the'." Then he gets to 'The The'.
** Similarly, online music services tend to need to special-case The The. 'The' is usually marked as a 'stop word', a word to be ignored in search queries. If the service is lucky, somebody on the team is aware of The The and they special-case them before roll-out.
* (The) Music/JonasBrothers
* Averted with Music/BarenakedLadies. Their name is supposed to be an IntentionallyAwkwardTitle.
* (The) Music/{{Newsboys}}
* (The) Music/DavidCrowderBand. Crowder once joked that the "The" wasn't necessary, but that he reserved the right to add it should another band also named "David Crowder Band" ever form, to assert that they were the ''definitive'' David Crowder Band.
* (The) Music/DiabloSwingOrchestra. Their third album, ''Pandora's Piñata'', even has "The" on the front cover--while their prior two albums didn't.
* (The) BuffaloSpringfield
* (The) Music/ElectricLightOrchestra
* (The) Music/{{Melvins}}. They played with this on the artwork for ''A Senile Animal'', which actually does put a parenthetical "the" in front of the band name, and similarly renders the album title as "(A) Senile Animal". Their collaborative works with [[Music/DeadKennedys Jello Biafra]] are officially billed as Jello Biafra And ''The'' Melvins, probably just because that flows better as a name.
* (The) Music/{{Eels}}. Although the only time a "the" has appeared before the band name in anything official was the GreatestHitsAlbum ''Meet The Eels'' - presumably ''Meet Eels'' would sound strange and mess with the clearly intended ShoutOut to ''Meet Music/TheBeatles''.
* (The) Music/{{Eurythmics}}
* (The) Music/{{Pretenders}} - originally no "The", then gained one with the forced change of line-up for their third album, but dropped it again a couple of albums later.
* (The) Music/{{Buzzcocks}}
* (The) [[Music/TheVerve Verve]] - Up until the release of their first album, they were officially Verve, but they had to add a "The" to their name due to legal difficulties with jazz label Verve Records.
* (The) [[Music/TheProdigy Prodigy]]. The cover art to ''The Fat Of The Land'' used a logo that dropped the definitive article from their name, as did artwork for singles taken from that album, but otherwise they've always officially been The Prodigy. Some further confusion is possible because of [[NamesTheSame a rapper known as Prodigy]], who is best known for being half of the duo Mobb Deep.
* (The) Music/ZacBrownBand
* Generally, any band whose name is, or seems to be, a plural noun, will get this. However, there are aversions: Darts, Wings and Steps are three bands who seem largely immune to it.
** Music/NineInchNails generally avoids getting an unnecessary "the," but that might also be thanks to [[IAmTheBand that name being largely associated with just Trent Reznor.]]
* (The) Music/CapitolSteps
* Julie Ruin was the [[OneBookAuthor one album solo project]] of Music/BikiniKill's Kathleen Hanna. ''The'' Julie Ruin are a full band that she would form over ten years later.
* See the entry for this trope under Music/ScreamingFemales. Call them "''the'' Screaming Females" in their presence, and they ''will'' jerk you around to their hearts' content.
* Italian horror-movie soundtrack composers Goblin were inexplicably credited as "The Goblins" on at least ''three'' films: ''Film/{{Suspiria}},'' ''Film/DawnOfTheDead1978,'' and ''Film/BeyondTheDarkness.''
* If you want to piss off the fans, insist on calling it "The Music/{{Gorillaz}}".
* British folk-rock group Pentangle called themselves "The Pentangle" for their (self-titled) debut album before dropping the article.
* (The) Music/{{Art of Noise}}, although they use both.
* (The) [[Music/DanielAmos Swirling Eddies]]. They're just "Swirling Eddies" on their second album, ''Outdoor Elvis''; on all other releases, they're "The Swirling Eddies".
* HardcorePunk group The Faith: "The" is officially part of their name, but their discography consists of one release where the cover says "The Faith" (a split single with Void), and another where it's simply "Faith" (''Subject To Change'').
* While Music/TheBeachBoys are always referred to with a "the" these days, their first two singles, "Surfin'"/"Luau" and "Surfin' Safari"/"409", identified the band as simply "Beach Boys". Strangely enough, while the third single, "Ten Little Indians"/"Country Fair", used "The Beach Boys", the fourth single, "Surfin' U.S.A."/"Little Deuce Coupe", went back to "Beach Boys". Subsequent singles and all albums used "The Beach Boys".
* (The) Alkaline Trio are a strange example. Retail websites list them as ''The'' Alkaline Trio, but none of their album covers include a "The."
* Glam rockers The Sweet dropped the "The" after their first couple of hits. Most people kept on calling them The Sweet regardless.
* Music/{{Slade}} were briefly The Slade, having [[OfficiallyShortenedTitle shortened it]] from the [[ExecutiveMeddling record company-imposed]] name Ambrose Slade. They had firmly settled on Slade by the time they made their commercial breakthrough, however.
* This is actually why [[Music/NewFoundGlory (A) New Found Glory]] dropped the "A" from their name: customers at record stores didn't know where to look for their [=CDs=] under "A" or "N."
* Parodied in the video for Music/Sum41's "Still Waiting" in which the band meet with a ''very'' out-of-touch record executive who tells them, among other incorrect things, that "number bands are out" and that they should change their name to The Sums.
* "The macarena" is a dance. The song it's usually done to is just titled "Macarena".

[[folder:Pro Wrestling]]
* Many wrestlers from the Wrestling/NationalWrestlingAlliance and the [[Wrestling/{{WWE}} World Wrestling Federation]] had a hard time breaking the habit of using "the" when they were in Wrestling/{{WCW}}. Wrestling/BretHart in particular was notorious for this.
** Likewise when the World Wrestling Federation changed their name to World Wrestling Entertainment, many wrestlers continued to refer to it as "the Wrestling/{{WWE}}," as do many instances on this site. It's still slightly absurd, though: "The...Entertainment" seems redundant, because, it being a collective, abstract noun, there can technically be only one entertainment.
** [[Wrestling/TooColdScorpio 2 Cold Scorpio]], having been temporarily PutOnABus down to Wrestling/{{ECW}} in 1998 after a year-and-a-half of primarily {{Jobb|er}}ing in WWE as Flash Funk, once referred to the promotion, where had been a regular from 1994-1996, as "the ECW."
** Wrestling/UltraMantisBlack used to do this in his home promotion, referring to it as "The Wrestling/{{CHIKARA}}."

[[folder:Tabletop Games]]
* In ''TabletopGame/{{Pathfinder}}'', the herald of the god [[ Gozreh]] is called [[ Personification of Fury]]. Fury doesn't like being accidentally called "''The'' Personification of Fury" by accident (or being refered to with gendered pronouns, [[HairTriggerTemper or as "it"]]).
* After the original 1E version, a large number of uses of ''TabletopGame/TheTempleOfElementalEvil'' don't include the "the". The sequel, ''Return To The Temple Of Elemental Evil'', is one of the few exceptions, and it uses the "the" but only because the title doesn't work without it.
* ''[[TabletopGame/OldWorldOfDarkness World of Darkness]]'', or ''The World of Darkness''.
* ''TableTopGame/YuGiOh'': The Winged Dragon of Ra, whose name is written like that on the card.

* Non-English example: Leoncavallo's popular short opera ''Pagliacci'' is NOT ''I Pagliacci''.
* The musical ''The New Moon'' was twice filmed by Creator/MetroGoldwynMayer, which dropped the definite article from the title.

[[folder:Video Games]]
* ''VideoGame/{{Doom}}'': [=E1M9=] is titled Military Base, or in the [=PlayStation=] version, The Military Base.
* On ''VideoGame/TheElderScrollsArena'' title screen, the game is titled ''The Elder Scrolls Chapter One: The Arena''.
* ''Legend of Makai'', an UsefulNotes/ArcadeGame by Creator/{{Jaleco}}, is titled "The Legend of Makai" on the flyer, instruction manual and marquee, but the title screen omits the definite article.
* ''[[Franchise/TheLegendOfZelda (The) Legend of Zelda]]''. This sometimes pops up in abbreviations: is it just [=LoZ=] or is it [=TLoZ=]?
** The confusion starts here with the Japanese version of the original game, which wrote out the title in English as "LEGEND OF ZELDA."
** The same goes for a few of the games' subtitles, namely ''[[VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaALinkToThePast (A) Link to the Past]]'', ''[[VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaTheWindWaker (The) Wind Waker]]'', ''[[VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaTheMinishCap (The) Minish Cap]]'', and ''[[VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaALinkBetweenWorlds (A) Link Between Worlds]]''. [[note]]Possibly ''[[VideoGame/ZeldaIITheAdventureOfLink (The) Adventure of Link]]'' as well, but it's usually known as simply ''Zelda II''.[[/note]]
* When referring to ''VideoGame/TheKingOfFighters'', the "The" tends to be dropped by many (i.e. ''King of Fighters''), although the eponymous tournament is usually missing the article as well or [[OfficiallyShortenedTitle just goes by KOF for short]]. Ditto goes for ''VideoGame/TheLastBlade''.
* ''VideoGame/{{Langrisser}}'' and ''Der Langrisser'' are two different games; the latter is a remake of ''Langrisser II''.
* The NumberedSequels to ''The Last Ninja'' omit the definite article.
* The first ''VideoGame/{{Touhou}}'' game in the Windows series is titled "the Embodiment of Scarlet Devil." [[note]]Or more accurately "''Touhou Land of the Scarlet Devil'' ~ the Embodiment of Scarlet Devil", with the italicised portion originally in Japanese. Fans typically refer to the games by the part in their native language.[[/note]] Seeing anyone include a "the" when discussing the game is rare, and seeing it with the original capitalisation is rarer still.
** The series itself can't seem to decide whether it's called "Touhou", "Touhou Project" or "The Touhou Project."
* ''The Legendary Axe II'' features the definite article on the title screen, but "Legendary Axe II" is used everywhere else.
* ''Wizard and the Princess'', the predecessor to ''VideoGame/KingsQuest'', is known as ''The Wizard and the Princess''.
* ''VideoGame/TheWorldEndsWithYou'' is abbreviated in the manual as "WEWY" (whereas fans are more likely to use "TWEWY"). Website/FanFictionDotNet also has the title of the game written without the "the" in its works listings.
* ''VideoGame/ZoneOfTheEnders'' is officially abbreviated "Z.O.E." or "ZOE" by Konami, rather than "ZOTE."
* In the ''VideoGame/DarkParables'' series, the seventh game is ''Ballad of Rapunzel'' and the ninth game is ''The Queen of Sands''. However, people often mix them up, putting a ''The'' on ''Rapunzel'' and/or removing it from ''Sands''.
** Also, the first game in the series is ''Curse of Briar Rose''. For some reason, when it first debuted, it was shown in a few places as ''Curse of the Briar Rose.''
* The Future Foundation is referred to with a definite article in ''VisualNovel/SuperDanganRonpa2'', but it is omitted in ''VideoGame/AbsoluteDespairGirls''.

[[folder:Web Comics]]
* ''ComicStrip/ThePerryBibleFellowship'' apparently used to run into this confusion, as Nick Gurewitch addressed the question [[ in an old version of the FAQ page.]]
-->'''Q:''' "The Perry Bible Fellowship", or "Perry Bible Fellowship"?\\
'''A:''' ''The'' PBF. Treat it like a rock band though. For instance: "I own a White Stripes album", not "I own a The White Stripes album".

[[folder:Web Original]]
* (The) [[WebVideo/TheAngryVideoGameNerd Angry Video Game Nerd]]
* On Wiki/TheOtherWiki, battles have sometimes raged over whether to use the "the" in an article title. ''Series/TheAvengers'' (the TV series) has it but ''ComicBook/TheAvengers'' (the comic book) doesn't. The official ManualOfStyle says:
-->Do not use A, An, or The as the first word (Economy of the Second Empire, not The Economy of the Second Empire), unless by convention it is an inseparable part of a name (The Hague) or it is part of the title of a work (''A Clockwork Orange'', ''The Tonight Show with Conan O'Brien'').
* As anyone who's seen ''Film/TheSocialNetwork'' knows, Website/{{Facebook}} started out with a "the" in front of its name.
* Wiki/ThisVeryWiki has run into this a few times; "The" is usually omitted from a name unless it is a character type (TheDragon, ThePollyanna) or part of a set phrase (TheBlindLeadingTheBlind). Back when character names were accepted as trope titles, "The" was used to distinguish, say, The Ralph Wiggum ([[TheDitz a humorously stupid person]]) from Ralph Wiggum (the ''Simpsons'' character). Pages' search-engine descriptions take such forms as "The '''TheStarscream''' trope as used in popular culture, with a list of examples from all media." Or better yet, for this page, "The '''[[OverusedRunningGag The The Title Confusion]]''' trope as used in popular culture, with a list of examples from all media."
* (The) WebVideo/JoueurDuGrenier isn't too sure whether the sub-title for ''Prince of Persia 2' is "The Shadow & Flame The" or "The The Shadow & Flame" because of its weird title positioning (it's actually "The Shadow & the Flame").
* ''The Game Station Podcast'' (before being re-branded into ''Podcast/TheCoOptionalPodcast'') had an interesting case of this. The show was referred to as [[DepartmentOfRedundancyDepartment The]] TGS Podcast almost universally. This was repeatedly lampshaded by them.

[[folder:Western Animation]]
* ''WesternAnimation/TheAmazingWorldOfGumball'' has two episodes that [[IdiosyncraticEpisodeNaming don't begin with "The"]]: "[[Recap/TheAmazingWorldOfGumballS2E9Halloween "Halloween"]] and [[Recap/TheAmazingWorldOfGumballS2E15Christmas "Christmas"]]. Some episode guides will still have them start with "The" despite this.
* ''WesternAnimation/TheBatman'' makes a point of keeping the "the" when talking about him.
* ([[WesternAnimation/TheFamilyGuy The]]) ''WesternAnimation/FamilyGuy''. This confusion was referenced in "Bobba-Dee Babba-Dee".
** This mistake appeared (seemingly by accident) in a ''WesternAnimation/{{Scrubs}}'' episode featuring a cameo appearance from Stewie.
* ''WesternAnimation/TheJetsons'' has a full-length feature titled ''WesternAnimation/JetsonsTheMovie'', to which fans sometimes refer to as ''The Jetsons Movie''.
* ''WesternAnimation/ThePenguinsOfMadagascar'' is a ''WesternAnimation/{{Madagascar}}'' spinoff cartoon that aired on Nickelodeon. ''WesternAnimation/PenguinsOfMadagascar'' is a Madagascar spinoff movie not sharing continuity with the similarly named show.
* In-show example on ''WesternAnimation/TheVentureBrothers'' - Dr. Girlfriend insists to The Monarch that the guy from Music/DepecheMode is straight--"I saw a whole thing about it on the VH-1!"
* ''[[Franchise/{{Transformers}} The Transformers]]'' or just ''Transformers''? Post [[Film/{{Transformers}} movies]] it seems to have stuck without the "the".

[[folder:Real Life]]
* ''The'' Gambia
* Ukraine (no "The")
* Sudan (no "The"... though the error is less common now that both Sudan and South Sudan exist).
* ''Both'' of the Congos (the Democratic Republic of the Congo, née Belgian Congo, and the Republic of the Congo, née French Congo) suffer from this; neither includes a "the" in the name, but they're usually preceded by one in a sentence.
* UsefulNotes/UnitedNations (no "The")
* Skydome, in Toronto, before the name change to Rogers Centre (which still, for the most part, doesn't use "The").
* Ships are variously referred to both with and without "the" prior to their names. For the most obvious example see the ''Titanic'', but it is not incorrect to omit "the", leading ships such as the USS ''Juneau'' to be referred to as both "''Juneau''" and "the ''Juneau''". To add to the confusion, some ships, such as USS ''The Sullivans'', have "the" as part of their actual name.
* There is considerable disagreement over whether UsefulNotes/{{Arizona}}'s most famous geological feature should be called "Grand Canyon" or "the Grand Canyon".
* Back after it was built, part of the scandal surrounding the ''Los Angeles Times''' handling of the opening of Staples Center, was that people from Staples and the Lakers were calling the shots on coverage surrounding it up to mandating that it never be called ''the'' Staples Center.
* The moon always has "the" (at least when referring to Earth's moon), because, contrary to what ''Series/{{QI}}'' will have you believe, there is definitely only one. The convention is a bit more shaky for (the) earth.
* UsefulNotes/NewZealand has two main islands: the South Island (the larger one) and the North Island (the more populous one). Although they are often named on maps without the "the", used in a sentence the "the" is mandatory: "I'm going to South Island" will get you strange looks from the locals.
* ''The'' Bronx.
* The famous London thoroughfare officially called Strand, but popularly known as "The Strand" since at least the 13th century.
* Many works from languages that lack an equivalent to the English "the", such as Russian or Japanese, have this problem when they're marketed in Anglophone markets.