Character Title

aka: Title Character

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.

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.

Occasionally overlaps with Biopic, The Namesake and Versus Title.

Super Trope to:

Examples (by original medium):

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    Anime and Manga 


    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...


  • 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 — Animation 

    Films — Live-Action 


    Live Action TV 

Songs titled after the person they are about:

    Newspaper Comics 

    Professional Wrestling 



    Video Games 

    Web Animation 

    Web Comics 

    Western Animation 

Alternative Title(s):

Title Character