Some works of fiction are named after professional terms. The terms used may have only tangential relation to the actual content of the work and be there courtesy of Rule of Cool
, or be major plot points. This type of title tells the audience that the makers of the film know what they're talking about (whether or not this is actually the case
Compare Mad Lib Thriller Title
, which often invokes the same effect, and Literary Allusion Title
, which takes another approach to sounding intelligent.
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- Absence Of Malice: From U.S. libel law, post-Sullivan v. New York Times: A public figure suing must show that whoever said the bad and false thing about them did so with "actual malice", i.e., they either knew it wasn't true or were recklessly negligent in determining whether it was.
- Advise And Consent: The U.S. Senate's constitutional role toward executive-branch nominees.
- The Black Hole: A region of space from which nothing, not even light, can escape.
- Boiler Room: Financial-services industry term for a brokerage firm that specializes in defrauding unwitting customers.
- Chill Factor: The felt air temperature on exposed skin due to wind.
- Drop Zone: The area above and around a location where a parachutist jumps and expects to land.
- Event Horizon: A boundary in spacetime beyond which events cannot affect an outside observer.
- π: A mathematical constant whose value is the ratio of any circle's circumference to its diameter in the Euclidean plane.
- Extreme Prejudice: Supposedly CIA code completing "to be terminated with ..." indicating that said person is to be killed.
- Full Metal Jacket: A shell of a harder material around the lead in a bullet.
- Irreconcilable Differences: A reason cited to dissolve a legally formalized relationship (usually a marriage, but in the film a parent-child relationship).
- Rollover: Reinvesting profits from an investment into another one instead of taking them.
- Pitch Perfect: Sensitive to or having exactly the right tone or style.
- Terminal Velocity: The maximum speed a falling object can attain.
- The Theory Of Everything: A putative theory of theoretical physics that fully explains and links together all known physical phenomena, and predicts the outcome of any experiment that could be carried out in principle.
- SubZero: Means "beneath zero." As such, it is usually used for negative numbers, especially with regards to temperature.
- Supernova: A stellar explosion that is more energetic than a nova.
- Source Code: Text written in computer programming language.
- Arrested Development: An inability to mature, physically or mentally/emotionally.note
- The Big Bang Theory: The theory of the start of the universe.
- Game of Thrones: In-universe term for a power struggle between certain groups or/and individuals for a very powerful position.
- Quantum Leap: Atomic electron transition or similar transitions between quantum states, which are scientific phenomena.
- Star Trek: Voyager episode "Persistence of Vision": The phenomenon by which an image is retained on the human retina for approximately 1/24th of a second after we see it (which makes movies possible).
- Star Trek: Deep Space Nine episodes:
- "Probable Cause": What law enforcement in the U.S. must demonstrate to legally search something under most circumstances, per the Fourth Amendment to the Constitution.
- "Rules of Engagement": The conditions under which military forces may use force towards the enemy, and what degree of force they may use.
- The Dark Side of the Moon by Pink Floyd: Refers literally to the hemisphere of the Moon that is not currently lit by the sun, or figuratively to the "far side": the hemisphere that is permanently turned away from Earth.
- Albedo 0.39: Percentage of light the Earth reflects into space.
- Synchronicity by The Police: In Jungian psychoanalysis, the possibility that two apparently coincident contemporaneous occurrences can hold some deeper meaning.
- Dead Space: Air that is inhaled by the body in breathing, but does not take part in gas exchange.
- Fallout: The residual radiation hazard from a nuclear explosion.
- Half-Life: The amount of time it takes for half of a given substance with a limited lifespan to decay (typically used for radioactive decay).
The original Half-Life also uses this for its expansions specifically with physics related terms, although it does manage to make a Multiple Reference Pun out of them sometimes;
- Blue Shift: Both a reference to the effect the Doppler shift has on light being emmited from objects approching you and the name of the work shift that falls under Barney's duties.
- Opposing Force - A two-fer: a reference to Newton's laws and to an "opposing force" used in military simulations.
- Mass Effect. Though the scientific term is fictional, the tone is unmistakable, especially since said term is named after a real though largely unrelated one ("mass defect", the incredibly small loss of mass lost when a process converts some of a mass to energy).
- Singularity: A point at which a given mathematical object is not defined or not well-behaved, for example infinite or not differentiable.
- Grand Theft Auto: The legal term for the theft of a motor vehicle in some jurisdictions (also used as a film title).
- Eclipse Phase: The period between when a virus enters a cell, and when the cell is completely taken over by the virus.
- Shadowrun adventure Total Eclipse: An astronomical event that occurs when a celestial object is temporarily obscured, either by passing into the shadow of another body or by having another body pass between it and the viewer.
- Several brands of cars are named after scientific terms: the Laser, the Proton, Nissan Pulsar etc.