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So, let's say you're watching a movie. As you get introduced to the characters, you might expect the title card to show up soon. However, several minutes pass without it. You wonder briefly what's taking so long, but then decide to just enjoy the film. Once the characters have completed their journey and the movie ends... the title card finally shows up. What took so long? The answer can differ depending on the story. Maybe the title refers to something the protagonist spent the entire plot learning. Maybe it refers to something the character becomes by the time the story ends. Maybe the title contains a spoiler. Then again, maybe it just felt unique. Contrast The Teaser, where the title takes a few minutes to appear, but still does so before the conclusion. See Title-Only Opening when the opening credits consist of only the title. If a work's title appears at both the beginning and the end, it belongs in Book Ends.
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Anime and Manga
- Episode 10 of Puella Magi Madoka Magica. The opening is shown at the end of this particular episode and doubles up as the credits screen. Fitting, since the entire episode focused on what happened to Homura before the current timeline.
- The Ouran High School Host Club episode about Kaoru and Hikaru meeting Tamaki for the first time, "The Door the Twins Opened", saves its title card for the closing scene, after the twins open the door to the Host Club's room.
- Ouran: The Vaguely Abridged Series did the same thing when abridging this episode.
- The first original OVA for Ai no Kusabi shows the title right before the end credits roll.
- Episode titles for Wolfs Rain appear at the end. (This is used to poignant effect in Gunshot of Remorse.)
- Bleach chapter 416 had the title "Deicide 18: [The End]"...at the end of the chapter, when Ichigo finally emerged out of Dangai Precipice World, and after Gin's defeat by Aizen.
- Kubo did it again at the tail end of the Fullbringer arc - the standard "Bleach - Tite Kubo" tag Jump manga have in the panel gutters is there, but the title card "Bleach 459: Death and Strawberry 2" doesn't appear until the second to last page, right before Ichigo gets his shinigami powers back in full.
- Chapter 52 of Kuroko no Basket had this. It can be considered to be a Spoiler Title, but the spoiler is not about the chapter itself, but about what the events of the chapter would lead to, since in that chapter they lose the championship, but the title is "A new challenge", giving some hope for the next competition.
- The Little Busters! anime has the episode titles displayed as the beginning of the closing credits.
- Episode 15 of the Gungrave animation. While the audience knows who is Doomed by Canon, the episode stays low key up until the violent murder of Brandon Heat, and slams the Wham Episode home by cutting to the black title card: Death.
- Done twice in I Can't Understand What My Husband is Saying. The first time was done for emotional impact in episode 11 "One Person Had Survived On Her Own", which is a Flashback Nightmare to before Kaoru met Hajime. The second time was for spoiler purposes in episode 13, "Me, Her, and Another."
- Bodacious Space Pirates: Endings of anime series episodes prevalently begin on a black screen, with music playing and episode number then name appearing offset towards lower-right, followed by part of the credits up to the cast part, all in text with strong neon-pink color accents. From "cast" part onwards, credits run along with pictures or footage, and are a tamer black and white text.
- Every issue of the John Stewart-centric comic Green Lantern: Mosaic had the story title on the last page.
- The comic detailing Captain America's death, "The Death of the Dream", saved its title for the closing.
- Deadpool :
- In the last issue of Gail Simone's Healing Factor storyline, the chapter number and title appeared at the end of the story, as well as some credits and a dedication to the readers.
- In a story where his eardrums get destroyed by an explosion, and then he ends up fighting magical mimes, there are no words at all till the last page, and the punny title, Silent But Deadly, is the very last thing of all.
- Each issue of the mini-series The Secret History of the Authority: Jack Hawksmoor.
- The Atomic Robo comic "Why Atomic Robo hates Dr. Dinosaur".
- "Your Mother Should Know," an issue of the Will Payton-era Starman.
- "It's Your Funeral," an issue of Exiles.
- A six-page Archie story, "A Winner Never Quits...A Quitter Never Wins," ended with its moral as the title, which was saved for the last panel. Or as they put it in their own early-70's faux-hip terms, "We're gonna lay it on you at the end of this yarn.
- The infamous Hellblazer story Warren Ellis wrote about the Columbine shootings that was initially pulled by DC Comics saved its title for the last page because it was the last thing one of the shooter's victims said to him: "Shoot."
- The early issues of the Batgirl 2000 series sort of combined this with No Title. In order to emphasize the minimalistic nature of the stories and their protagonist, writer Kelley Puckett would often stick the credits in the very last panel of each comic, and provide no title. Guest writers, such as Chuck Dixon, often broke the trend.
- Most of Brad Meltzer's comics feature this, and they're usually just taken from lines in the issue.
- One Hundred Bullets did a few, such #75's "Amorality Play".
Films — Animated
- The title of Big Hero 6 is the last thing to appear before the credits, following a shot of the team jumping towards the screen and Hiro narrating, "Who are we?"
- The title card for How to Train Your Dragon is the LAST shot of the movie before the credits roll.
- Ditto for How to Train Your Dragon 2.
- Epic: title card doesn't appear until the very end, making the movie the world's longest cold open.
- Tangled Ever After does not display its title until after Eugene and Rapunzel are declared husband and wife, and Maximus and Pascal lose the wedding cake.
- Teacher's Pet: The Movie
- The LEGO Movie builds its title card a few minutes into the end credits.
Films — Live-Action
- With the move away from films having opening credits sequences, this trope has become more and more common in cinema.
- The Place Beyond The Pines
- Hoffa didn't have any credits, not even the name of the film, until the end.
- The same goes for Yes-Man.
- In Hot Fuzz, the title card does not appear until the very end of the film. This can be backed up by the DVD Commentary.
- Contact likewise has the title card and the rest of the opening credits immediately preceding the closing ones.
- Inception doesn't have a title card until the end credits. Where it is displayed three separate times. Of course, given the events of the film, this is probably on purpose...
- Christopher Nolan seems fond of doing this; Batman Begins, The Dark Knight, and The Dark Knight Rises also don't show their titles until the end.
- May be Fridge Brilliance when you realize that he put the title card at the beginning of Memento, a film where the events are shown in backward chronological order.
- He also did this for Insomnia, but that gets a pass due to being a remake.
- Avatar's title appears at the very end of the film, after Jake's subconscious is permanently transferred into his Na'vi avatar.
- Maleficent's movie title is the last thing to appear before the credits.
- The title of The Last Mimzy appears at the very end after Teacher Lena finishes the story of the attempt.
- The card for Firehouse Dog appeared during the end credits.
- Many films in the Marvel Cinematic Universe:
- In Thor, the words "Paramount Pictures and Marvel Entertainment Present" take five minutes to appear, while the actors' names and title card come during the end credits.
- The words "Paramount Pictures and Marvel Entertainment Present a Marvel Studios Production, A Film By Joe Johnston: Captain America: The First Avenger" do not appear until during the movie's end credits, which come in between Cap meeting Nick Fury and Fury asking Cap to become an Avenger. Captain America: The Winter Soldier also saves its "Marvel Studios Presents" and title cards for the end credits.
- Played with in The Avengers: The title shows up during the opening, but the text that would normally precede it ("Marvel Studios Presents," etc.) only appears during the end credits.
- Iron Man 3 does this as well.
- The Bucket List
- The Mummy Returns
- The Passion of the Christ: Only a Bible verse is at the opening; all other credits are saved for the end of the film.
- A Prophet does this—probably because the lead character emerges as a metaphorical "prophet" fully only by the end of the film.
- Courageous, egregiously.
- Miss Congeniality 2: Armed and Fabulous for some reason.
- Wanted: Though it may be argued that the film title shows up (as part of a newspaper headline) about an hour into the film, making it one heck of a teaser.
- Beverly Hills Cop III
- The Miami Vice remake.
- A Michael Mann example happens in Public Enemies.
- Les Misérables (2012) has no opening credits, causing the title card to show up during the end credits instead.
- Man of Steel
- Parental Guidance: The title card appeared during the end titles.
- Catching Fire, which also includes shots of the gold mockingjay pin transforming into the three book/film logos.
- The Amazing Spider-Man 2 focuses on the symbol on Spider-Man's back directly after the prologue, yet the title appears over the symbol only at the beginning of the end credits.
- Edge of Tomorrow only has its title appear a few times during the end credits.
- Unlike the the first and third movies, RoboCop 2's title isn't shown until the end credits.
- The title for TRON: Legacy does not appear until during the credits. While a title does appear at the beginning, it only says Tron.
- Into the Woods does not have it's title appear until the end before the Video Credits.
- Title card for 2014 film Exists appeared before the end credits.
- Claude Debussy's Preludes pour piano have highly evocative and poetical titles. They are written after each piece, specifically to void influencing the musician with preconceptions and instead let them focus on the actual, very subtle sound effects.
- Journey's "Don't Stop Believing" saves the Title Drop until the very end.
- The World Ends with You does this with its day-by-day chapter titles, showing you the title of the chapter once a day ends. There's a reason for this.
- School Days does this in both the original visual novel and the anime. Justified in the VN; the chapters' contents change drastically depending on player choices, so even the game doesn't know what to call the episode until it's over.
- The ending for the reboot of Tomb Raider displays not only the game's name, but emphasizes its themes by showing the tagline, "A Survivor is Born".
- The Bridge's title is not displayed until after the ending sequence.
- Strip titles for The Non-Adventures of Wonderella are at the bottom of the page (though also in the URL).
- The Pixar Short Day and Night does not have its title displayed until the ending, after Day and Night have become friends.
- The BBC kid's show Kerwhizz ("The quiz with added whizz") has a "K" logo and a theme song which includes the title at the start, and it's referred to several times per show, but the title only appears on-screen during the closing credits.
- The Venture Bros. does this with episode titles.
- In the Wander over Yonder episode "The Liar" the title doesn't appear until the end, after Sylvia tells a Blatant Lie.
- In most Cal Arts animated shorts made by the character animation department, the short ends with a title card, followed by the credits.