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The Comic Books
The Comic Strips
- The Far Side collections with indexes feature sections for each letter of the alphabet. However, every letter but "T" is blank, as each comic is identified as "The one with the [x]".
The Fan Works
The Films — Live-Action
- Attack of the The Eye Creatures, sic. The the entire article for the the movie on This Very Wiki was even written in the the style at some point. Surprisingly satisfied the trope originally as The Eye Creatures, but averted when someone attached on "Attack of the" to make it resemble the trope.
- The Avengers (2012)
- The Babadook
- The Babysitter
- The Bagman
- The Barbarians
- The Beastmaster
- The Beyond
- Das Boot or, translated into English: "The Boat".
- The Brain (1988)
- The Candy Tangerine Man
- La Colonia translates to "The Colony."
- The Cottage
- The Departed
- The Evil
- The Evil Dead (1981)
- The Funhouse
- The Galaxy Invader
- The Godfather
- The Missing
- The Monster Club
- The Prowler
- The Hitcher
- The International
- The Interview
- The Invitation
- The Pit
- The Room. Especially interesting because there's no singular room in the film that stands out as significant in any way.
- The Cold Room.
- The Screaming Skull
- The Punisher (1989)
- The Punisher (2004)
- The Rocketeer
- The Suckling
- The Vampire
- The Void
- The Wave (2015), or Bølgen.
- The Web
- The Wolverine
- The Animorphs series is a well-known example. Every single one of the regular Animorphs books (not all of the Megamorphs books do this) was prefaced by the word The. This series provided many of the title examples above.
K.A. Applegate: I wanted all the book titles to start with the word "Cheese," but Scholastic has no respect for my opinions.
- A Series of Unfortunate Events has this for all books in the series, followed by a pair of alliterative words for all but the last one.
- Five of the twelve books in Galaxy of Fear. It's odd in light of how Clones and Spore are One Word Titles, but there is also The Hunger, The Brain Spiders, The Swarm, The Doomsday Ship...
- H.P. Lovecraft was really found of The The Titles. Maybe two thirds of the titles in his fiction bibliography belongs to this category.
- This is not exclusive to English texts: Portuguese epic Os Lusíadas (literally the Lusiad) is always written with its article in the title, with a beginning capital. So what do we do when we need to use another article before it? We contract it. (n'Os Lusíadas).
- Oksa Pollock did this with the French original titles, whose articles are 'La', 'Le' and 'Les', contracted to 'L'', and the English translations of them. The only exception is the English name of the fourth book, Tainted Bonds:
- L'Inespérée (2007)
- La forêt des égarés (2010)
- Le coeur des deux mondes (2011)
- Les liens maudits (2012)
- Le règne des félons (2012)
- La dernière étoile (2013)
- The Last Hope (2013)
- The Forest of Lost Souls (2014)
- The Heart of Two Worlds (2015)
- The Lord of the Rings and all the books in the series have "The" prefacing the title: The Fellowship of the Ring, The Two Towers, The Return of the King. Then of course, there's also The Hobbit and The Silmarillion.
- Most of James Fenimore Cooper's novels have titles conforming to this pattern, starting with The Spy (1821) and ending with The Ways of the Hour (1850). Of those that don't, many have a secondary title that does, such as Lionel Lincoln: or The Leaguer of Boston, Homeward Bound: or The Chase: A Tale of the Sea, and Wyandotte: or The Hutted Knoll.
- The Ring
- The Golem by Gustav Meyrink. However, each chapter has a One-Word Title, which are all just one syllable long (in the original German). This includes "Schlaf", "Tag", "I", "Prag" etc.
The Live-Action TV
- The Sparticle Mystery has a plethora of The's.
- In the Second Doctor era of Doctor Who, only Fury from the Deep did not start with "The", and its working title was The Colony of Devils.
- Friends, nearly every episode is titled "The One with the..." or "The One Where...".
- Seinfeld, nearly every episode has a title that begins with "The." This was actually done as a way to avoid wasting time thinking of a good title for each episode, since they thought no one would ever see the titles anyway (what with them not showing it and the internet not existing yet).
- Every episode title of The Class starts with "The Class..."
- Gamer's Guide to Pretty Much Everything: All episodes begin with "the" as if to finish the "Gamer's Guide to..." subject. The pilot was the only exception.
- On Gileah & the Ghost Train's self-titled album, every song title begins with The. Their order on the album is also alphabetical order. At least one song apparently had its name changed to fit the theme: "The Shadow"'s demo version was originally called "All I Need".
- There was a band in The '80s that was actually called The The.
- Every song on Nits' album Les Nuits (except the title track, and that's just the same thing in French).
- Many operas: The Marriage of Figaro, The Thieving Magpie, The Cloak, etc. An aversion: Tosca is the opera; The Tosca is the play on which it is based.
- Many of Iron Maiden's song titles feature this naming theme, i.e. "The Nomad," "The Alchemist," "The Fugitive," etc.
- The title of every song on The Agonist's album Five (except the bonus track, a cover of "Take Me To Church").
- It's been said that Cleveland is the Butt-Monkey town of American sports for how many of their inglorious losses can be summed with a "The *":The Catch, The Drive, The Decision, The Move, The Shot... To the point the eventual championship in 2016 with the Cavaliers became "The End"\"The Comeback".
The Video Games
- Portal 2 The chapters for the single-player campaign have the following titles:
- Dancing Line: All of the levels are named like this; "The Piano", "The Winter", "The Plains" are a few of the examples. Averted only with the level "All About Us", which is by far different from all other levels in just about everything.
The Web Comics
The Web Originals
- Whateley Universe: There's The Three Little Witches, which is also a Multi-Character Title.
- LoadingReadyRun has named every single one of their Crap Shots (literally hundreds by now and still counting) starting with "the". Some of their normal sketches fell under this, too, but it's a deliberate tradition for the Crap Shots.
The Western Animation
- Avatar: The Last Airbender, similar to the Animorphs example but to a lesser extreme. About 80-90% of episode titles are pretty much "The 'Noun'". The noun generally refers to either the primary setting, a character of the week, or a MacGuffin.
- The Amazing World of Gumball episode titles are all "The (single-word noun)" except "Halloween" and "Christmas". Word of God said they simply picked this because they figured it would make things easier to remember.
- Aqua Teen Hunger Force had a string of episodes in season 2 that started with "The" (including an episode just called "The", or sometimes "The The"), and the season finale was "The Last Fucking One of 2003" (also known as "The Last (Expletive Deleted) One of 2003" or simply "The Last One").
- George and Martha had each episode title begin with the word "the". However, there are quite a few exceptions, which include...
- A Day at the Beach
- Split Pea Soup
- Baby Doll
- Happy Palms' Finest
- Martha's Cousin
- My Stars!
- Life and Breath
- Funny Business
- Temper Temper
- Almost every Recess episode, though there are many exceptions.
- Wander over Yonder has episodes that all begin with "The". Most are simply a "The (noun)", but others may include adjectives ("The Epic Quest of Unfathomable Difficulty", "The Nice Guy") or subtitles ("The Gift II: The Giftening"). The sole exception is the Season 2 half-hour Musical Episode "My Fair Hatey".