Suppose you go see a film called ''The Boat''. Movie starts and it takes place as far away from a body of water as is possible. No boats. An hour can pass and you won't see a single boat. But just when you were thinking "maybe it's a NonIndicativeName", It [[TheReveal is revealed]] that the characters suffered a horrific shipwreck that they are now afraid to even [[ChangeTheUncomfortableSubject speak of anything]] related to boats and the ocean. Expect to hear someone in the theater go, "Oh, that's what it was!" This trope is similar to a TitleDrop except that a character need not say it aloud.

A namesake is the thing within a story after which the story itself is named. It could be [[TheEponymousShow a character]], [[ThePlace a place]], an object, or indeed a metaphor. Often, the namesake is [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin rather obvious]] (''RomeoAndJuliet'' is obviously named that way because there's a character called "Romeo" and another called "Juliet"; ''Literature/TheTimeMachine'' obviously includes a machine to [[TimeTravel travel through time]]) but sometimes, authors (or film studios) want to use titles that draw attention, and that's when the namesake may not appear until the end of the story, or might indeed only be a metaphor for a certain situation in the story which doesn't become clear until the end. In short, this becomes a trope when the reason why the book/movie/chapter/episode/etc. is called the way it is, isn't revealed to the audience until [[NowYouTellMe near the end]]; regardless of whether the characters [[EverybodyKnewAlready knew about it all along]] or not. If book/movie/chapter/episode is named after a pivotal plot point rather than an actual person/place/thing, then it's a SpoilerTitle.

Examples below should be stories where either what the title "promised" wasn't delivered until rather late in the story, or the title seemed [[NonindicativeName non-indicative]], and later was revealed to be physically in the story. Please do not put stories whose name was [[JustForFun/IThoughtThatWas intentionally misleading]] all along, with the title thing never actually appearing.

Sometimes this is turned on its head when titles that the audience expects to refer to a metaphorical namesake [[JustifiedTitle become literal]]. As an example, if you haven't read Asimov's short story "Nightfall", you'll probably think the title is a metaphor for the situation the characters find themselves in, similar to Stephenie Meyer's use of the title ''Twilight''. Asimov's story, in fact, revolves literally around an imminent sunset, which is an event the characters have never experienced.

May be {{lampshade|Hanging}}d if, once the namesake finally appears, a character asks, "[[Headscratchers/HomePage why do they call it that?]]" usually immediately after the TitleDrop.

Compare JustifiedTitle, when an apparently thematic title is revealed to really be a reference to some concrete element within the story, and EpunymousTitle when's it's a {{pun}} on the main character's name.

Not to be confused with NamesakeGag, the book and film entitled Film/TheNamesake, or the [[Webcomic/{{Namesake}} webcomic]]. In literary circles this is called an {{eponym}}, a term also used to refer to a CharacterTitle.

[[folder: Anime and Manga ]]

* ''Manga/{{Bleach}}'' is a doozy one. At first, it doesn't seem to refer to ''anything'' in particular and is probably thanks to [[Creator/TiteKubo the author]]'s fondness for GratuitousEnglish. Kubo eventually admitted that the title is a substitute; he originally wanted to title it "White", but thought that "Bleach" (which means the same thing) is [[RuleOfCool more awesome]] and decided to use it instead, which begs the question: what does "White" mean? [[spoiler: It refers to an artificial Hollow created by Aizen for use to attack the Human World. The Hollow was repelled by Masaki, Ichigo's Quincy mother, but it managed to bite her during the battle, causing her to develop a Hollow mutation that was passed down to her son. In fact, White looks exactly like how Ichigo looks like when he sports his Hollow form, except more feral.]] This information is only revealed in the final arc, more than a decade after the manga was first published.
* ''Anime/{{Charlotte}}'' is never mentioned by any of the characters until episode 11, when it becomes the title of the episode. [[spoiler:It's revealed in the episode that "Charlotte" is the name of a long-orbit comet which approaches Earth in 75-year cycles. When it does, it showers the planet in [[AppliedPhlebotinum strange particles]], and these particles are the source of the mysterious abilities prevalent throughout the series.]]
* ''Manga/ComicGirls'' does this as [[FictionalDocument the title of]] [[spoiler:Kaos' first approved manuscript]] in Episode 11.
* ''Franchise/{{Gundam}}'' series tend to be named for the protagonist's HumongousMecha, but there are a few noteworthy exceptions. The most prominent is ''[[Anime/MobileSuitGundamSEED Gundam SEED]]'', which is named for an in-universe theory about an innate factor that [[HollywoodEvolution lets them advance to the next stage of evolution]]. Naturally, it's possessed by the four central characters (and the protagonist of [[Anime/MobileSuitGundamSEEDDestiny the sequel]]).
** Frequently, the title refers to the protagonist's MidSeasonUpgrade rather than their original mobile suit; the [[Anime/MobileSuitZetaGundam Zeta Gundam]], [[Anime/MobileSuitGundam00 00 Gundam]], and [[Anime/MobileFighterGGundam God Gundam]] [[note]]The dub calls it the Burning Gundam; theoretically, the show should have been called B Gundam...[[/note]] come to mind.
* ''Anime/TengenToppaGurrenLagann'': The title refers to the final form of [[HumongousMecha Gurren Lagann]], which doesn't appear until the last episode.
* The meaning behind ''Manga/YourLieInApril'' is revealed in the final episode of the anime/final chapter of the manga. [[spoiler:Kaori lied about liking Watari and used their relationship to get closer to his best friend: Kousei, the guy she truly loved all along.]] When was that lie being told? Spring, in April.
* In episode 4 of ''Anime/YuriOnIce'', Yuuri Katsuki decides that "Yuri on Ice" will be the name of the piece of music he'll be skating to for the upcoming Grand Prix, which is revealed after he writes the name of the piece on the CD. The piece itself is meant to embody Yuuri's career as a skater, which is especially important since this will be [[TheLastDance his last season]].

[[folder: Comic Books ]]
* Creator/DCComics' ''ComicBook/FiftyTwo'' at first seems like a reference to its RealTime format a la ''Series/TwentyFour'' (each issue covering the span of a week and published weekly for one year), though a number of gratuitous 52s were thrown around. Near the end it's revealed that it refers to [[spoiler:fifty-two parallel universes - after being destroyed in the ''ComicBook/CrisisOnInfiniteEarths'' twenty years ago, TheMultiverse has returned.]]
* The English title for the ''{{Tintin}}'' adventure ''Recap/TintinTheRedSeaSharks'' references an element which only shows up at the end of the story. In most other languages, this album is known as "Coke on Board", with "coke" or some variant being a code word for [[spoiler: human cargo being shipped to slavery]].

[[folder: Fan Fiction]]
* The subtitle for ''[[ I.D. - That Indestructible Something]]'' (visible on the cover image and shown in the individual chapters) is ''Injector Doe''. This looks like a pair of random words, until it's revealed that it refers to [[spoiler:a random person (a "John Doe") accidentally modifying the virtual simulation that is our reality (i.e. "injecting code") with sheer force of will]].
* ''FanFic/StarsAbove'': The title initially refers to TheProphecy given before the events of the story, relating to TheEndOfTheWorldAsWeKnowIt: "All will come to ruin, and the stars above will fall." [[spoiler:By the final chapter, the five main characters know of the prophecy, and [[Manga/LuckyStar Kagami]] decides to ScrewDestiny and uses Stars Above as the name of their MagicalGirl team. Her rewording of the latter half kicks off the final battle: "The Stars Above will ''rise!''"]]

[[folder:Films -- Animated]]
* ''Disney/OneHundredAndOneDalmatians'' repeatedly counts the dalmatians in the film, reinforcing throughout it that there ''aren't'' 101 of them. It isn't until the end that Roger proclaims "that's 84, and 15 plus two is a hundred and one!"
* One might wonder why a film without a single character named Amy is called ''Film/ChasingAmy'' until almost the very end, when Silent Bob finally refers to her.
* Disney's ''Disney/ThePrincessAndTheFrog'': Tiana, the film's heroine, only eventually becomes a princess by ''marriage'', and the frog is actually a prince.
* ''WesternAnimation/{{Ratatouille}}'' is this, especially to those who are unfamiliar with French cuisine. Most audiences can be forgiven for thinking that the title alludes to the film's main protagonist, who is a rat, not helped with the film's pronunciation guide that lists it as "rat-a-too-ee". It actually refers to a real French dish, albeit a low-class one, and it's suggested and prepared only at the climax of the film to satisfy the CausticCritic that the protagonists are facing.

[[folder:Films -- Live-Action]]
* ''Film/GrandCanyon'': About 99% of the movie takes place in and around Los Angeles, which is several hours of driving and nearly 400 miles away from the Grand Canyon. While the Grand Canyon is [[TitleDrop title dropped]] a few times in different contexts ("Ever been to the Grand Canyon?", "A hole as big as the Grand Canyon"), it isn't until the very final moments of the film that the main characters actually visit it.
* The Peter Sellers/Ringo Starr vehicle ''Film/TheMagicChristian'' is about the title's cruise ship which (a) doesn't appear till the third act, and (b) turns out to be a sham.
* ''Film/ThePhantomMenace'' has an interesting title, especially compared to the self-evident titles of the other ''StarWars'' movies. Namely, it raises the question, who is the "phantom menace"? Darth Maul, as the [[NeverTrustATrailer advertising campaign would suggest]]? Senator Palpatine, the [[TheChessmaster mastermind behind it all]] who [[DevilInPlainSight hides behind a respectable front]]? The Sith in general, who are supposed to be extinct? Or perhaps [[StartOfDarkness Anakin]], who at this point is only a "phantom" of the "menace" he will one day become? (according to WordOfGod, it's the second; helps Darth Sidious only appears once not in hologram form, making him mostly sort of a VirtualGhost)
* The title of ''Film/{{Skyfall}}'' initially just seems to have been chosen because it sounds cool, with the only obvious meaning coming from [[NoOneCouldSurviveThat James Bond surviving a seemingly fatal fall from a bridge]] in the first scene. Then, in the last third of the movie, we find out that [[spoiler: it's the name of Bond's family estate in Scotland]].
* ''A Time for Drunken Horses'' is not a metaphor; you ''will'' see intoxicated equines.
* In the original version of ''Film/TheWickerMan1973'', the man of wicker in the title isn't shown or otherwise mentioned until the very end of the movie.
* ''Film/{{Zardoz}}'': The film's eponymous God turns out to be [[spoiler:''The Wonderful Wi'''Zard''' of '''Oz'''''.]]

[[folder: Literature ]]
* ''Literature/TheBabySittersClub'': The title club is sometimes the only thing its members have in common.
* ''Literature/BridgeToTerabithia'': The title "bridge" finally appears when Jesse builds it to replace the rope that he and Leslie used, [[spoiler: the breaking of which resulted in Leslie's DeathByNewberyMedal]].
* ''Literature/ABrothersPrice'': The title seems metaphorical, after all, the "price" paid for something often is. However, it turns out that it is meant quite literal, it's the price to be paid to a man's sisters when he marries. It ''also'' appears physically, in all its glory of glittering gold coins.
* Although Creator/LloydAlexander's ''Literature/TheChroniclesOfPrydain'' largely averts this, the final book, ''The High King'', plays it fairly straight. [[spoiler:It's not until the last three pages that it becomes revealed that the title refers to Taran, the series protagonist, being proclaimed High King of Prydain.]]
* ''Literature/HarryPotterAndThePrisonerOfAzkaban'': Chapter eight is entitled [[spoiler: Flight of the Fat Lady]]. This doesn't actually happen until the second-last page of the chapter. There's also a chapter titled "The Servant of Lord Voldemort". When you start the chapter, you think the title simply refers to [[spoiler:Sirius Black]]. By the time you've finished the chapter, it's become apparent that [[spoiler:the eponymous servant is Peter Pettigrew.]]
* ''Literature/TheHitchhikersGuideToTheGalaxy'''s ''So Long, and Thanks for All the Fish'' doesn't reveal its namesake until chapter 23.
** Although those who read the first book know that [[spoiler: it's the dolphins' last message to humankind, making the title itself a {{foreshadowing}} of their hand in Earth's restoration]].
* The book of ''Literature/TheHundredAndOneDalmatians'' has this even more than the movie, because there AREN'T 101 dalmatians for most of the book: there are Pongo and Missus, the original 15 puppies, the puppies' foster-mother Perdita, plus the additional 82 puppies Cruella had, giving a total of 100 dalmatians. The narrator actually [[BreakingTheFourthWall mentions this problem in the second to last chapter]], promising that the 101st dalmatian will be along soon.
* The Nick Hornby novel ''A Long Way Down'' is about four people planning to [[InterruptedSuicide jump off a building]], so it seems clear what the title means. Except that a line near the end twists what you think TheNamesake is; they ask whether they should jump, which would be the ''short way'', or take [[TitleDrop "the long way down"]], that is, ''taking the stairs back down'' and moving on with life, which is literally "the long way".
* ''Literature/TheLordOfTheRings: The Two Towers'': The second tower is revealed quite late in the book. Of course, ''which'' two towers is open to interpretation. While Tolkien stated in a letter to his publisher they were Orthanc and Barad-dûr, almost any combination of Orthanc with Barad-dûr, Minas Tirith, and Minas Morgul makes sense. (Orthanc is inevitable, as half the book consists of fighting Saruman.) On the other hand, there's the [[TrailersAlwaysSpoil inside blurb of the hardcover...]]
* In ''Literature/TheNameOfTheRose'', it's not made clear what the title refers to until the last page.
* The Creator/BrandonSanderson novel ''Literature/{{Warbreaker}}'''s namesake is revealed on the last page.
* The books in the second ''Literature/WarriorCats'' arc, ''[[Literature/WarriorCatsTheNewProphecy The New Prophecy]]'' are all named after times. In the first book, the chosen cats are told to go to the place where "the sun drowns" to "listen to what midnight tells them". At the end of the book, [[spoiler: they go into a cave to take shelter and get attacked by a badger. But the badger is actually named Midnight and she can talk cat. She then tells them that their forest will be destroyed and that they must find a new home.]]


[[folder: Live Action TV ]]

* ''Crossed, Double-Crossed'' is a [[StoryWithinAStory book shown in an episode]] of the TV series Series/{{Charmed}}. Though the characters in the book [[ParanoiaFuel generally mistrust each other]], there isn't an actual betrayal until the end; when the main characters find themselves [[ThisIsGonnaSuck surrounded by bad guys]] and the book's narrator reveals TheNamesake by saying, "The couple knew they'd been double-crossed and there was no way out."
* Although ''Series/DoctorWho'' is [[TitleDrop asked by many characters]] throughout the series, it has now become [[spoiler:the Final Question, and must never be asked during a specified CannotTellALie scenario, or else "Silence Will Fall" and the Doctor will be killed to prevent an ambiguously apocalyptic outcome]].
* The eponymous event in ''Series/TheEvent'' is not revealed until the final episode. Because the series is CutShort, it only really gets mentioned in passing and we never see it transpire.
** The title of the episode ''The Name of the Doctor'' was assumed to be taken literally; its real meaning is revealed at the end.
* Several ''Series/{{Lost}}'' episodes do this, such as "The Substitute," "Some Like it Hoth," and "Jughead." The flashbacks in "Not in Portland" depict Juliet being recruited for a job in Portland. At the very end, we learn this is actually how she was recruited by the Others. Richard tells her, "Well, actually we're not quite in Portland."


[[folder: Video Games ]]

* ''Franchise/KingdomHearts'' is named for a mysterious location that's most accurately described as "The Heart (Core) of all worlds (Kingdoms)." though in the first installment it isn't even discussed until about 85% of the way in. Its sequel reveals it halfway in and the prequel talks about it just before the last area.
* ''VideoGame/KingdomHeartsBirthBySleep'' might refer to two different things, [[spoiler: the literal birth of Vanitas or the figurative birth of Sora as a Keyblade Wielder, both of which happen when Ventus, one of the three protagonists, is asleep.]] Either way, both are revealed/happen when the game is nearing completion.
* ''Franchise/TheLegendOfZelda'':
** ''VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaLinksAwakening'' eventually reveals that the eponymous "awakening" is [[spoiler:Link having to wake up the Wind Fish in order to escape Koholint Island, which only exists in the Wind Fish's dream.]]
** ''VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaTwilightPrincess'' plays with the trope. An early TitleDrop by Midna makes it appear that the second part of the title refers to Zelda herself, as the princess of a kingdom flooded with twilight. Only when the game is at least half finished is it revealed that [[spoiler:it's actually ''Midna'' who is the Twilight Princess, as the rightful heir to the invading twilight realm's ruling family]].
** ''VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaBreathOfTheWild'' initially seems to have that subtitle only as a poetic reference to the immensity of the WideOpenSandbox version of the game's AfterTheEnd Hyrule, as mentioned by Eiji Aonuma and Bill Trinen in interviews. Near the end, however, [[spoiler:the Divine Beasts, the AnimalMecha freed by Link throughout the game, all do a combined BreathWeapon attack on Calamity Ganon]], providing a more literal portrayal of the subtitle.
* In ''VideoGame/WorldOfWarcraft: Mists of Pandaria'', the Mists are in fact [[spoiler:the [[ElementalEmbodiment Sha]] of {{Pride}}.]]
* The original ''VideoGame/GoldenSun'' duology for the Game Boy Advance at first appears to have little to do with the actual title. That is, until the ''very'' end of ''[[Videogame/GoldenSunTheLostAge The Lost Age]]'', where it's revealed that the Golden Sun is [[spoiler: a mass of energy that rises above Mount Aleph when the four elemental lighthouses are lit and can bestow godlike power on anyone who bathes in its light.]]
* The ''Franchise/DragonAge'' games play with this a little. They never actually ''talk'' about the eponymous Dragon Age, but codex entries in the game and supplemental material elsewhere clarify that it's how the game world marks time. Every hundred years is an age, and each new age is given a name inspired by significant events near the end of the previous one. Toward the end of the previous age, dragons began appearing in the world after they had long been thought extinct... so the games are all taking place during what has been named the Dragon Age.
* For ''Franchise/TheElderScrolls'' series, the eponymous [[TomeOfEldritchLore Elder Scrolls]] don't actually appear in-game until the fourth game in the series, ''[[VideoGame/TheElderScrollsIVOblivion Oblivion]]'', and aren't directly involved with the main quest of a game until the fifth, ''[[VideoGame/TheElderScrollsVSkyrim Skyrim]]''. They are ''mentioned'' earlier, often as part of the impetus for the main quest, but are not actually seen. Fun fact, according to former series developer Ted Peterson, the name ''The Elder Scrolls'' was chosen as the surtitle to ''[[VideoGame/TheElderScrollsArena Arena]]'' simply because "it sounded cool", and it wasn't determined until later in development what an "Elder Scroll" actually was in-universe.
* In the ''Franchise/AceAttorney'' series, most case titles include a term relevant to that case, with the "Turnabout" added in. Most of the Turnabouts actually make sense instantly, but one case in particular, "Farewell, My Turnabout", would only be relevant at the end, in both the good and bad endings. In the good ending, [[spoiler:Phoenix ''has'' to find his client guilty, and thus [[BrokenWinLossStreak end his winning streak]] in the process.]] In the bad ending, [[spoiler:Phoenix shames himself for letting the guilty party get away (even if it means his sidekick [[IHaveYourWife would be spared]]) and disappears without a trace, feeling that he has disappointed his friends.]]

[[folder: Web Comics ]]

* ''[[ Panthera]]'': The reason for the title isn't revealed until the 19th strip, which, [[WebcomicTime due to the comic being weekly]] and having [[ScheduleSlip missed an update]], meant that it was revealed after 6 months! Once it was, the author was quite verbal in pointing it out.
* ''Webcomic/SomethingPositive'': The title never actually appears in the strip anywhere. One of creator Randy Milholland's friends urged him to do "something positive" with his life, and the comic was the end result.

[[folder: WesternAnimation ]]
* The ''WesternAnimation/{{Archer}}'' episode "Vision Quest" initially seems to have a NonIndicativeName, since it's a BottleEpisode where the main characters are [[LockedInARoom trapped in an elevator.]] Until the very end, anyway, where Malory reveals that she was planning on having them all watch the film ''Vision Quest''.