Episode Finishes the Title
A title convention. The show's name is the first half of a sentence, and is completed by whatever is featured in the episode. For example, "The Troper's Guide to... Random Trope".
These titles frequently use ellipsis (but not dramatic ones
) or colons
A subtrope of/related to Idiosyncratic Episode Naming
. Compare This Trope Is X
and The One with...
..., examples on This Very Wiki
. Contrast Character Name and the Noun Phrase
, where there might be some overlap.
Anime and Manga
- There was a UK campaign for the soft drink Tizer which was a variation on this trope. Each commercial would always end with an enigmatic word, e.g. "Hypno", "Bap", or "Trauma". The key to these ads was that all the words could be suffixed with the word "Tizer" to make a longer word. note
- The full title of every one of Alan Moore's D.R. & Quinch stories for 2000 AD follows this trend with such tales as "D.R. & Quinch Have Fun on Earth", "D.R. & Quinch Get Drafted", "D.R. & Quinch Go to Hollywood", etc.
- Marvel's What If? series, although late in the run of volume 2 this changed.
- Most English Astérix titles are Asterix and X or Asterix in [country] (or on three occasions Asterix the..; ...Gaul, Gladiator and Legionary). The exceptions are Mansions of the Gods and Obelix and Co. The French titles often do this as well, but have a lot more exceptions.
- Shows up in many Do-It-Yourself book series, like:
- The Complete Idiot's Guide To...
- ... For Dummies (which actually goes the other way)
- Which later joined forces as The Complete Idoit's Guide for Dumies (sic.)
- Also fairly common in children's book series. For example, The Berenstain Bears, which have title like The Barenstein Bears Count their Blessings or ...and Too Much TV.
- The quintessential series in France that fits the trope is Martine.
- The Hitchhiker's Guide To... was a series of travel books for those relying on the transport of strangers. While seeing Europe this way, Douglas Adams imagined extending the book a very long way out.
- Similarly, So You Want To Be A Wizard (and the in-universe book of the same name) takes its title from the So You Want To Be A... series of career guides.
- Other such travel guide titles include ... on x Dollars A Day (also mentioned in HGTTG) and The Rough Guide To...
- Inverted in Through the Looking-Glass. Chapter 3 ends with an incomplete sentence, "She came upon two little fat men ... feeling sure that they must be" and the sentence is completed by the title of Chapter 4, "Tweedledum and Tweedledee".
- The Food Network show "The Secret Life of..."
- Two episodes of Lost are called "...In Translation" and "...And Found".
- In Search Of...
- Inverted by the first episode of Angel, named "City of..."
- The new Australian talk show, A Quiet Word — sample episode "A Quiet Word with Bill Bailey".
- A series of sketches on A Bit of Fry and Laurie parodied talk shows with titles like this. Instances include "Trying to Borrow a Fiver Off ...", "Introducing My Grandfather To ...", "Realising I've Given the Wrong Directions To ...", "Photocopying My Genitals With ...", and "Flying a Light Aeroplane Without Having Had Any Formal Instruction With ..."
- Every episode of Bottom has a title that can be prefixed with "Bottom": "Smells", "Gas", "Apocalypse", "'s Up", "Accident", "Digger", "Burglary", "Culture", "Holy", "'s Out", "Hole", "Terror", "Break", "Dough", "Finger" and "Carnival".
- Each episode of Chuck is titled "...vs. [something]".
- 2 Broke Girls starts each of its episode titles with "And...".
- The title of each episode of Everybody Hates Chris starts off with the phrase "Everybody Hates".
- The Funny Side Of..., a BBC show in which Clive Anderson looks at bloopers and funny moments in a different TV genre.
- The Monk episodes were always titled Mr. Monk and the ... or Mr. Monk goes to ... and so on. The books follow this trend.
- Eric Sykes' BBC sitcom, Sykes and...
- The miniseries spinoff to Lock, Stock & Two Smoking Barrels was called Lock, Stock..., and the episodes were titled "...And [number] [MacGuffins]".
- The Animal Planet show "Growing Up...", which showed animals growing from babies to adolescence/adulthood, had different species of animals featured in each episode, and so the narrator would refer to the episode as "Growing Up Rhino/Penguin/Polar Bear/whatever the animal of the episode was".
- Every episode of The Librarians 2014 begins "And the...", turning the whole thing into Character Name and the Noun Phrase.
- Zombie & Mummy has all its titles in the format of "ZOMBIE & MUMMY [do stuff]".
- Most of the episodes of The Magic School Bus form a complete sentence with the show title. Mostly of the "[verb]s [object]" form, like "Plays Ball" or "Spins a Web," but many others still form a descriptive phrase: "Inside Ralphie," "Wet All Over." In the case of "Cold Feet" an apostrophe would have to be added to make it fit, as a possessive. Only one episode fully deviated from this pattern: "The Busasaurus."
- Dan Vs., obviously, names each episode after whatever it is that's ticked off Dan in that episode, like "Canada" or "The Dentist".
- Wonder Pets. Usually "The Wonder Pets Save the [Animal in Trouble]".
- All the Nickelodeon episodes of Doug have titles beginning with Master Funnie's first name, as do most of the Disney-produced ones (exceptions: "Judy, Judy, Judy," "Judy's Big Admission," "Patti's Dad Dilemma" and the Quailman episodes, whose title cards, which normally feature the show's logo, are altered accordingly).
- Episodes of The Tick almost always follow the naming formula "vs. (insert villain, inconvenience or random plot point here)". The DVD releases have followed this pattern by naming the sets "vs. Season (number)"
- Teen Titans has the Origins Episode "Go!". "Teen Titans Go!" is their Battle Cry.
- The drinking game "Never Have I Ever"
- The non-drinking game "Would You Rather"