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 [[SpoilerTitle the title contains a spoiler]]. Then again, maybe [[RuleOfCool it just felt unique]].

Contrast TheTeaser, where the title takes a few minutes to appear, but still does so before the conclusion. See TitleOnlyOpening when the opening credits [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin 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 ZeroContextExample, as it seems self-explanatory. You can just put in "[[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin The title is shown only after the film is over]]." and leave it at that. This way tropers won't have to take a WikiWalk to find out what it means.


[[folder:Anime and Manga]]
* Episode 10 of ''Anime/PuellaMagiMadokaMagica''. 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 [[spoiler:[[HowWeGotHere what happened to Homura before the current timeline]]]].
* The ''Manga/OuranHighSchoolHostClub'' 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.
** ''WebVideo/OuranTheVaguelyAbridgedSeries'' did the same thing when abridging this episode.
* The first original OVA for ''LightNovel/AiNoKusabi'' shows the title right before the end credits roll.
* Episode titles for ''Manga/WolfsRain'' appear at the end. (This is used to poignant effect in [[spoiler:Gunshot of Remorse]].)
* ''Manga/{{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 ''Manga/KurokoNoBasuke'' had this. It can be considered to be a SpoilerTitle, but the spoiler is not about the chapter itself, but about what the events of the chapter would lead to, since [[spoiler: in that chapter they lose the championship, but the title is "A new challenge", giving some hope for the next competition.]]
* The ''VisualNovel/LittleBusters'' 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 DoomedByCanon, the episode stays low key up until the violent murder of [[spoiler:Brandon Heat]], and slams the WhamEpisode home by cutting to the black title card: ''Death''.
* Done twice in ''Manga/ICantUnderstandWhatMyHusbandIsSaying''. The first time was done for emotional impact in episode 11 "One Person Had Survived On Her Own", which is a FlashbackNightmare to before Kaoru met Hajime. The second time was for spoiler purposes in episode 13, "[[spoiler:[[BabiesEverAfter Me, Her, and Another]].]]"
* ''LightNovel/BodaciousSpacePirates'': 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 ''Anime/MacrossDelta'' appear at the end, right before the credits.
* Chapter 39 of ''Manga/MyHeroAcademia'' 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 [[spoiler: Todoroki finally accepting his fire powers as his own]], along with the title of the chapter [[spoiler: Todoroki Shouto: The Origin]].
* Chapter 132 of ''Manga/JitsuWaWatashiWa''. After the horrible revelation that in the future Shiho will [[spoiler:be married to Shimada]], she ends the chapter by shouting "Let's change the future!", which is also [[TitleDrop the title for the chapter]].
* Most of the Side:Despair episodes of ''Anime/DanganRonpa3'' do this, treating them like [[SpoilerTitle Spoiler Titles]]. Some of them appear right before the credits; others immediately afterward. One exception is episode 4, Komaeda's [[ADayInTheLimelight spotlight episode]]; in this case, the title's revealed after the first scene, when he resolves to [[spoiler:find a way to stop the practical exams]].

[[folder:Comic Books]]
* ''ComicBook/SpiderMan'':
** ''ComicBook/TheNightGwenStacyDied'' 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.
** Creator/PeterDavid's ''The Death of Jean [=DeWolff=]'' did this as well.
* Every issue of the John Stewart-centric comic ''Comicbook/GreenLantern'': Mosaic had the story title on the last page.
* The comic detailing ComicBook/{{Captain America}}'s death, "The Death of the Dream", saved its title for the closing.
* ''SelfDemonstrating/{{Deadpool}}'' has some stories, including the ones below, that don't show their titles until the end:
** In the last issue of Creator/GailSimone'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, [[spoiler:''Silent But Deadly'']], is the very last thing of all.
* Each issue of the mini-series ''The Secret History of ComicBook/{{the Authority}}: Jack Hawksmoor''.
* The ''ComicBook/AtomicRobo'' comic "[[ Why Atomic Robo hates Dr. Dinosaur]]".
* "Your Mother Should Know," an issue of the Will Payton-era ''ComicBook/{{Starman}}.''
* "It's Your Funeral," an issue of ''ComicBook/{{Exiles}}.''
* A six-page ''Franchise/{{Archie|Comics}}'' 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 ''ComicBook/{{Hellblazer}}'' story Creator/WarrenEllis wrote about the Columbine shootings that was initially pulled by Creator/DCComics saved its title for the last page because [[spoiler:it was the last thing one of the shooter's victims said to him: "Shoot."]]
* The early issues of the ''ComicBook/{{Batgirl 2000}}'' series sort of combined this with NoTitle. 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 Creator/ChuckDixon, often broke the trend.
* Most of BradMeltzer's comics feature this, and they're usually [[TitleDrop just taken from lines in the issue]].
* ''ComicBook/OneHundredBullets'' did a few, such #75's "Amorality Play".
* Creator/{{Christopher Priest| Comics}}'s ''ComicBook/BlackPanther'' storyline "Seduction of the Innocent" does this at the end of every part.

[[folder:Films -- Animated]]
* The title of ''Disney/BigHero6'' 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 ''WesternAnimation/HowToTrainYourDragon'' is the LAST shot of the movie before the credits roll.
* Ditto for ''WesternAnimation/HowToTrainYourDragon2''.
* ''{{WesternAnimation/Epic}}'': title card doesn't appear until the very end, making the movie the world's longest cold open.
* ''Disney/{{Tangled}} Ever After'' does not display its title until after Eugene and Rapunzel are declared husband and wife, and [[spoiler: [[HereWeGoAgain Maximus and Pascal lose the wedding cake]]]].
* ''WesternAnimation/TeachersPet: TheMovie''
* ''WesternAnimation/TheLEGOMovie'' ''builds'' its title card a few minutes into the end credits.
* ''WesternAnimation/{{Storks}}'' doesn't display its title till before the end credits.
* ''WesternAnimation/{{Moana}}'' also does this.

[[folder:Films -- Live-Action]]
* With the move away from films having opening credits sequences, this trope has become more and more common in cinema.
* ''Film/ThePlaceBeyondThePines''
* ''Film/{{Hoffa}}'' didn't have any credits, not even the name of the film, until the end.
* The same goes for ''Film/YesMan''.
* In ''Film/HotFuzz'', the title card does not appear until the very end of the film. This can be backed up by the DVD Commentary.
* ''Film/{{Contact}}'' likewise has the title card and the rest of the opening credits immediately preceding the closing ones.
* ''Film/{{Inception}}'' doesn't have a title card until the end credits. [[DepartmentOfRedundancyDepartment Where it is displayed three separate times.]] Of course, given [[DreamWithinADream the events of the film]], this is probably on purpose...
** Creator/ChristopherNolan seems fond of doing this; ''Film/BatmanBegins'', ''Film/TheDarkKnight'', and ''Film/TheDarkKnightRises'' also don't show their titles until the end.
** May be FridgeBrilliance when you realize that he put the title card at the beginning of ''Film/{{Memento}}'', a film where the events are shown in backward chronological order.
*** He also did this for ''Film/{{Insomnia}}'', but that gets a pass due to being a remake.
* ''Film/{{Avatar}}'''s title appears at the very end of the film, after [[spoiler: Jake's subconscious is permanently transferred into his Na'vi avatar]].
* ''Film/{{Maleficent}}'''s movie title is the last thing to appear before the credits.
* The title of ''Film/TheLastMimzy'' 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 Franchise/MarvelCinematicUniverse:
** In ''Film/{{Thor}}'', the words "Creator/{{Paramount}} Pictures and [[Creator/MarvelComics Marvel Entertainment]] Present" take five minutes to appear, while the actors' names and title card come during the end credits.
** The words "Creator/{{Paramount}} Pictures and [[Creator/MarvelComics Marvel Entertainment]] Present a Marvel Studios Production, A Film By Creator/JoeJohnston: ''Film/CaptainAmericaTheFirstAvenger''" do not appear until during the movie's end credits, which come in between Cap meeting Nick Fury and [[TheStinger Fury asking Cap to become an Avenger.]] ''Film/CaptainAmericaTheWinterSoldier'' and ''Film/CaptainAmericaCivilWar'' also save their "Marvel Studios Presents" and title cards for the end credits.
** Played with in ''Film/{{The Avengers|2012}}'': The title shows up during the opening, but the text that would normally precede it ("[[Creator/MarvelComics Marvel Studios]] Presents," etc.) only appears during the end credits.
** ''Film/IronMan3'' does this as well.
* ''Film/TheBucketList''
* ''Film/TheMummyReturns''
* ''Film/ThePassionOfTheChrist'': Only a [[Literature/TheBible Bible]] verse is at the opening; all other credits are saved for the end of the film.
* ''Film/AProphet'' does this—probably because [[spoiler:the lead character emerges as a metaphorical "prophet" fully only by the end of the film]].
* ''Film/{{Courageous}}'', egregiously.
* ''[[Film/MissCongeniality Miss Congeniality 2: Armed and Fabulous]]'' for some reason.
* ''Film/{{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 [[TheTeaser teaser.]]
* ''Film/BeverlyHillsCopIII''
* The ''Film/MiamiVice'' remake.
* A Creator/MichaelMann example happens in ''Film/PublicEnemies''.
* ''Film/LesMiserables2012'' has no opening credits, causing the title card to show up during the end credits instead.
* ''Film/ManOfSteel''
* ''Parental Guidance'': The title card appeared during the end titles.
* ''[[Film/TheHungerGamesCatchingFire Catching Fire]]'', which also includes shots of the gold mockingjay pin transforming into the three book/film logos.
* ''Film/TheAmazingSpiderMan2'' 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.
* ''Film/EdgeOfTomorrow'' only has its title appear a few times during the end credits.
* Unlike the [[Film/RoboCop1987 the first]] and [[Film/RoboCop3 third movies]], ''Film/RoboCop2''[='=]s title isn't shown until the end credits.
* The title for ''Film/TronLegacy'' does not appear until ''during'' the credits. While a title does appear at the beginning, it only says ''TRON''.
* ''Film/IntoTheWoods'' does not have it's title appear until the end before the VideoCredits.
* ''Film/{{Unbroken}}''
* Title card for 2014 film ''Exists'' appeared before the end credits.
* ''Film/OnceUponATimeInTheWest'' has a [[LeaveTheCameraRunning very long, drawn-out]] opening scene in which essentially every possible credit is shown except for the title, which shows up when the end credits begin. Hailing from 1968, this is one of the oldest examples of this trope.
* ''Film/{{Cinderella 2015}}'''s title didn't appear until the very end of the film, before the credits scroll up.
* ''Film/StarTrekBeyond''

* Music/ClaudeDebussy'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.
* Music/{{Journey}}'s "Don't Stop Believing" saves the TitleDrop until the very end.

[[folder:Video Games]]
* ''VideoGame/Doom2016'' ends with this, as well as begins with a ColdOpening.
* ''VideoGame/TheWorldEndsWithYou'' does this with its day-by-day chapter titles, showing you the title of the chapter once a day ends. [[SpoilerTitle There's]] [[WhamEpisode a reason]] [[PlayerPunch for this]].
* ''VisualNovel/SchoolDays'' 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 ''[[VideoGame/TombRaider2013 Tomb Raider]]'' displays not only the game's name, but emphasizes its themes by showing the tagline, "A Survivor is Born".
* ''VideoGame/TheBridge'''s title is not displayed until after the ending sequence.
* The title card for The World That Never Was in ''VideoGame/KingdomHearts3DDreamDropDistance'' does not appear for Riku until ''after'' he defeats [[spoiler:[[HPToOne the Anti-Black Cloak]] and [[EnemyWithin Ansem, Seeker of Darkness]]]], and just before the final boss marathon.

* Strip titles for ''Webcomic/TheNonAdventuresOfWonderella'' are at the bottom of the page (though also in the URL).

[[folder:Western Animation]]
* The PixarShort ''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.
* ''WesternAnimation/TheVentureBrothers'' does this with episode titles.
* In the ''WesternAnimation/WanderOverYonder'' episode "The Liar" the title appears [[BookEnds again at the end]], after Sylvia claims [[BlatantLies she knew all along things were going to work out]].
* In most CalArts animated shorts made by the character animation department, the short ends with a title card, followed by the credits.
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