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->'''Michael:''' Your average American male is stuck in a perpetual state of adolescence, you know, arrested development.\\
'''Narrator:''' Hey! That's the name of the show!
-->-- ''Series/ArrestedDevelopment''
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If a line of dialogue is the title of the episode, movie, or book, it obviously must have some great significance. If it sounds completely random, that just means the true meaning of the title has yet to be revealed. So when a character is heard using the title in dialogue, the audience sits up and takes notice, because the scriptwriter has just planted a neon sign that flashes [[foldercontrol]]


Note: If a series is named after a [[CharacterTitle central character]], [[ThePlace setting]], group, etc., it does not count as a Title Drop, unless they are usually called by another name. Hence, ''Franchise/{{Transformers}}'', ''Series/TheWestWing'', ''Series/{{House}}'', and things like that don't qualify, and are better examples of the trope ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin. Often, the Title Drop will finally explain why the episode/book/etc is called that way to begin with. If this explanation comes by ''[[ShowDontTell showing instead of by telling]]'' (i.e. it is not actually spoken aloud by any of the characters), then it's TheNamesake.

A second variety of Title Drop is the FinaleTitleDrop, occurs when the title of a work is used as the last line spoken or near its end. Here, it's not nearly as big and flashy and important as the first variety, but it still explains things to the audience a bit more. You can probably find these mainly in thriller works, where it makes you sit up and think (and adds a bit of drama to the ending). It's also common in plays that were written during the Victorian era. A third variety is TitleDropChapter, in which a chapter of a written work or an episode of a serial work has the same title as the whole work; this often is used for important developments.

Title Drops aren't always deliberate or premeditated (i.e. the writer takes the title and inserts it for effect). Sometimes the creative process runs the other way, and a phrase from the body of the work will be picked out and used as the title (sometimes [[WorkingTitle the title is the last thing to be nailed down]]).

Compare with JustifiedTitle, TitleThemeTune. See also ArcWords, AppropriatedAppellation, TitleScream, SingerNamedrop, and AlbumTitleDrop. Often combined with a LiteraryAllusionTitle. The opposite of this trope is NonAppearingTitle, but see also NonindicativeName and WordSaladTitle for titles that are very obscure, confusing, or abstract, with little obvious connection to the subject matter. When a title of a series was once accurate and descriptive, but has since become obscure or out-of-date, it has an ArtifactTitle.

See a video collection of Title Drops [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0V1sYNvKZt8 here]] and [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ecJGIQDsr-M here]].

* TitleDrop/AnimeAndManga
* TitleDrop/ComicBooks
* TitleDrop/FairyTales
* TitleDrop/FanWorks
* [[TitleDrop/AnimatedFilm Films - Animated]]
* [[TitleDrop/{{Film}} Films - Live-Action]]
* TitleDrop/{{Literature}}
* TitleDrop/LiveActionTV
* TitleDrop/{{Music}}
* TitleDrop/NewspaperComics
* TitleDrop/{{Pinball}}
* TitleDrop/{{Radio}}
* TitleDrop/TVTropes
* TitleDrop/{{Theatre}}
* TitleDrop/VideoGames
* TitleDrop/WebAnimation
* TitleDrop/WebComics
* TitleDrop/WebOriginal
* TitleDrop/WesternAnimation

[[folder:Professional Wrestling]]
* Dave Prazak and Lenny Leonard did this on every Wrestling/RingOfHonor show they did commentary on if it had a title that could be dropped.
* A more literal case happened during the "8 Mile Street Fight" at the [[Wrestling/{{TNA}} 2006 "Bound For Glory"]] when Wrestling/ChristianCage hit Wrestling/{{Rh|yno}}ino with an 8 Mile street sign.[[/folder]]

-> [[SelfDemonstratingArticle Welcome to... TITLE DROP!!!]]