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Character Title

The Character Title is one of the easiest ways to name a work of fiction. Just take the name of a character and use it for the name of the series. The eponymous character is usually, but not always, the protagonist. A possible downfall of this trope is that if the show is a live-action, should the actor playing the title character decides to quit, it could spell the end of the show.

See also Protagonist Title, Antagonist Title, Secondary Character Title, and Role Called, which takes it further, inserting the character's title too. Another variation is Character Name and the Noun Phrase. If two people are in there, see Name and Name. If the eponymous character doesn't appear until the end, this character is The Namesake. Biopics are especially prone to this for obvious reasons, often in the form of Mononymous Biopic Title.

Compare Job Title, which is where the work is named after a character's occupation; and The Place, in which it is named after a location. It may change over time due to Spotlight-Stealing Title. Contrast I Am Not Shazam, where people assume the series' name is the character's name. See the Protagonist Title Fallacy for the false assumption that only protagonists' names are used in Character Titles. In literary circles this is called an eponym, a term also used to refer to The Namesake. Also note that you won't see Cowboy Bebop at His Computer.


Examples (by original medium):

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    Anime and Manga 

    Ballads 

    Comic Books 
99% of all comic book superheroes fall into this trope. Notable exception, however, is Shazamnote , which of course leads to a different trope...

Nonetheless, Gotta Catch 'Em All, so...

Supervillains:

  • Joker (Not a comic series so much as a Graphic Novel; not to be confused with The Joker, which was a short-lived series from the Seventies. Three guesses who it features...)
  • Venom (Although his miniseries titles often had sub-titles such as "Lethal Protector" or "The Hunger".)
  • Harley Quinn (Not many issues of this series.)

Non-superhero characters:

    Fairy Tales 

    Fan Fiction 

    Films — Animated 

    Films — Live-Action 

    Literature 

    Live Action TV 

    Music 
When bands do this with their albums, it's a Self-Titled Album.

Songs titled after the person they are about:

    Newspaper Comics 

    Pinball 

    Theater 

    Video Games 

    Web Animation 

    Web Comics 

    Western Animation 


Character Name and the Noun PhraseTitle TropesChronological Album Title
Superman: The Animated SeriesImageSource/Western AnimationStraight Man

alternative title(s): Title Character
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