Close on Title

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 Bookends.

Note: This trope is often listed as a Zero-Context Example, as it seems self-explanatory. You can just put in "The title is shown only after the film is over." and leave it at that. This way tropers won't have to take a Wiki Walk to find out what it means.


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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.
  • The first original OVA for Ai no Kusabi shows the title right before the end credits roll.
  • Episode titles for Wolf's 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]" 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 Basuke 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.
  • Episode titles for Macross Delta appear at the end, right before the credits.
  • Chapter 39 of My Hero Academia is the climax of the battle between Midoriya and Todoroki, during all of which Midoriya has been trying to get Todoroki to overcome his trauma and use his full power. The chapter ends with Todoroki finally accepting his fire powers as his own, along with the title of the chapter Todoroki Shouto: The Origin.
  • Chapter 132 of Jitsu wa Watashi wa. After the horrible revelation that in the future Shiho will be married to Shimada, she ends the chapter by shouting "Let's change the future!", which is also the title for the chapter.
  • Most of the Side:Despair episodes of Dangan Ronpa 3 do this, treating them like Spoiler Titles. Some of them appear right before the credits; others immediately afterward. One exception is episode 4, Komaeda's spotlight episode; in this case, the title's revealed after the first scene, when he resolves to find a way to stop the practical exams.

    Comic Books 
  • Spider-Man:
    • The Night Gwen Stacy Died saves the title for the last panel, in order to prevent readers from discovering too soon which Spider-Man character Marvel decided to kill off.
    • Peter David's The Death of Jean DeWolff did this as well.
  • 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 has some stories, including the ones below, that don't show their titles until the end:
    • 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.
  • 100 Bullets did a few, such #75's "Amorality Play".
  • Christopher Priest's Black Panther storyline "Seduction of the Innocent" does this at the end of every part.

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    Films — Live-Action 

  • 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.

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    Western Animation 
  • 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 appears again at the end, after Sylvia claims she knew all along things were going to work out.
  • In most Cal Arts animated shorts made by the character animation department, the short ends with a title card, followed by the credits.