Role Called

Titles are hard.

Right, you have a good concept for a show with interesting characters, cool powers, and a deep twisty plot. The only problem is that you can't think what to call it.

Well, what about naming it after the main character? And just in case another show comes along in which the main character has the same name, you stick your hero's occupation or role in the story in there too.

How this is actually written varies depending on the language of the media; for example, English-language series usually write this as "Bob the Manual Laborer" or "Bob: Manual Laborer", while Japanese series prefer something like "Manual Laborer Bob".

If a title appears to be using this trope but the title is not the name of a character (e.g. Doctor Who), see I Am Not Shazam.


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    Anime & Manga 
Titles that have a particular format are also listed under Adjective Noun Fred.

    Comic Books 



    Live Action TV 

    Newspaper Comics 
  • Brewster Rockit, Space Guy


  • Pericles, Prince of Tyre
  • Hamlet, Prince of Denmark

    Video Games 

    Visual Novels 
  • Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney, but only in English. The Japanese name for the series is Gyakuten Saiban, or "Turnabout Trials". This applies to the other main playable characters such as Apollo Justice: Ace Attorney and Ace Attorney Investigations: Miles Edgeworth.
  • Tsukihime is named after Arcueid Brunestud, whose personal title among vampires is Tsukihime, the Princess of the Moon.

    Web Comics 

    Western Animation