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It may be a stylistic choice, it may just be laziness, but for whatever reason a series, or just a very large and noticeable number of works by the same author, have titles prefaced by the word 'The'. These names are often things like (to take examples from the popular ''Literature/{{Animorphs}}'' series): [='=]''The'' Experiment', '''The'' Escape', and so on. If an author uses this trope to excess, expect the names to get a little odd (''[[Recap/StevenUniverseS2E25TheAnswer The Answer]]'', ''Film/TheHappening''), confusing (''The Unexpected''), or downright unhelpful (''The Attack'', ''The Threat''). The author may also get ''really'' carried away with the 'The' count and 'The' the title until it makes little grammatical sense.

See also: IdiosyncraticEpisodeNaming. Not to be confused with [[TheTheTitleConfusion The "The" Title Confusion]], where it's unclear whether or not something begins with a "the".

Not named for the the Movie called ''Film/AttackOfTheTheEyeCreatures'', despite that being the the first example listed -- or despite resembling the trope.

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!!Examples:
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[[folder:The Comic Books]]
* ''ComicBook/TheCrusader''
* ''ComicBook/TheMarksman''
* ''ComicBook/TheWaspLevGleason''
* ''ComicBook/TheWraith''
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[[folder:The Comic Strips]]
* ''ComicStrip/TheFarSide'' 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]".
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[[folder:The Fan Works]]
* ''FanFic/TheVow''
* While the title itself isn't this, all chapters titles for ''Fanfic/OpalSapphireRubyAndSteven'' start with a "the".
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[[folder:The Films -- Live-Action]]
* ''Film/AttackOfTheTheEyeCreatures'', sic. The the entire article for the the movie on ThisVeryWiki 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.
* ''Film/TheBabadook''
* ''Film/TheBarbarians''
* ''Film/TheBeastmaster''
* ''Film/TheBeyond''
* ''Film/DasBoot'' or, translated into English: "The Boat".
* ''Film/TheBrain1988''
* ''Film/TheCandyTangerineMan''
* ''Film/LaColonia'' translates to "The Colony."
* ''Film/TheDeparted''
* ''Film/TheEvil''
* ''Film/TheEvilDead1981''
* ''Film/TheFunhouse''
* ''Film/TheGalaxyInvader''
* ''Film/TheGodfather''
* ''Film/TheMissing''
* ''Film/TheMonsterClub''
* ''Film/TheProwler''
* ''Film/TheHitcher''
* ''Film/TheInternational''
* ''Film/TheInterview''
* ''Film/TheInvitation''
* ''Film/ThePit''
* ''Film/TheRoom''. Especially interesting because there's no singular room in the film that stands out as significant in any way.
* ''The Cold Room''.
* ''Film/TheScreamingSkull''
* ''Film/ThePunisher1989''
* ''Film/ThePunisher2004''
* ''Film/TheRocketeer''
* ''Film/TheVampire''
* ''Film/TheVoid''
* ''Film/TheWave2015'', or ''[[OneWordTitle Bølgen]]''.
* ''Film/TheWolverine''
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[[folder:The Literature]]
* The ''Literature/{{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.
* ''Literature/ASeriesOfUnfortunateEvents'' has this for all books in the series, followed by [[IdiosyncraticEpisodeNaming a pair of alliterative words]] for all but the last one.
* Five of the twelve books in ''Literature/GalaxyOfFear''. It's odd in light of how ''Clones'' and ''Spore'' are {{One Word Title}}s, but there is also ''The Hunger'', ''The Brain Spiders'', ''The Swarm'', ''The Doomsday Ship''...
* Creator/HPLovecraft was really found of The The Titles. Maybe two thirds of the titles in his [[http://www.hplovecraft.com/writings/fiction 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).
* ''Literature/TheLordOfTheRings'' 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 ''Literature/TheHobbit'' and ''Literature/TheSilmarillion''.
* Most of Creator/JamesFenimoreCooper'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''.
* ''Literature/TheRing''
* ''Literature/TheGolem'' by Gustav Meyrink. However, each chapter has a OneWordTitle, which are all just one syllable long (in the original German). This includes "Schlaf", "Tag", "I", "Prag" etc.
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[[folder:The Live-Action TV]]
* ''Series/TheSparticleMystery'' has a plethora of ''The'''s.
* In the Second Doctor era of ''Series/DoctorWho'', only ''Fury from the Deep'' did not start with "The", and its working title was ''The Colony of Devils''.
* ''Series/{{Friends}}'', nearly every episode is titled [[IdiosyncraticEpisodeNaming "The One with the..."]] or "The One Where...".
* ''Series/{{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 ''Series/TheClass'' starts with "The Class..."
* ''Series/GamersGuideToPrettyMuchEverything'': All episodes begin with "the" as if to finish the "Gamer's Guide to..." subject. The pilot was the only exception.
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[[folder:The Music]]
* 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 TheEighties that was actually called The The.
* Every song on Music/{{Nits}}' album ''Les Nuits'' (except the title track, and that's just [[BilingualBonus 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 Music/IronMaiden's song titles feature this naming theme, i.e. "The Nomad," "The Alchemist," "The Fugitive," etc.
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[[folder:The Sports]]
* It's been said that UsefulNotes/{{Cleveland}} is the ButtMonkey town of American sports for how many of their inglorious losses can be summed with a "The *":[[http://www.listafterlist.com/tabid/57/listid/19070/Sports++Recreation/Top+10+Worst+Cleveland+Sports+Losses.aspx The Catch, The Drive, The Decision, The Move, The Shot...]] To the point the eventual championship in 2016 with the Cavaliers became [[http://www.nba.com/2016/news/06/19/cleveland-ends-drought.ap/index.html?ls=iref:nbahpts "The End"\"The Comeback"]].
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[[folder:The Theater]]
* ''Theatre/TheCrucible''
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[[folder:The Video Games]]
* ''VideoGame/{{Portal 2}}'' The chapter titles for the single-player campaign have the following titles:
** "[[ProlongedPrologue The Courtesy Call]]"
** "[[MoodWhiplash The Cold Boot]]"
** "[[NotQuiteDead The Return]]"
** "[[ILied The Surprise]]"
** "[[WhamEpisode The Escape]]"
** "[[DarkestHour The Fall]]"
** "[[TheReveal The Reunion]]"
** "[[FaceHeelTurn The Itch]]"
** "[[ThisIsThePartWhere The Part Where]] [[spoiler: [[ThisIsThePartWhere He Kills You]]]]".
** The closing credits are selectable in the Chapter Select menu, and are listed as "The Credits".
* ''VideoGame/DancingLine'': ''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''.
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[[folder:The Web Comics]]
* ''Webcomic/TheAcryden''
* ''Webcomic/TheAdventuresOfJoeTheCircle''
* ''Webcomic/TheAdventuresOfSuperheroGirl''
* ''Webcomic/TheEnd''
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[[folder:The Web Originals]]
* ''Literature/WhateleyUniverse'': There's [[http://whateleyacademy.net/index.php/original-timeline/371-the-three-little-witches The Three Little Witches]], which is also a MultiCharacterTitle.
* ''WebVideo/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.
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[[folder:The Western Animation]]
* ''WesternAnimation/AvatarTheLastAirbender'', similar to the ''Literature/{{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.
* ''WesternAnimation/TheAmazingWorldOfGumball'' episode titles are all "The (single-word noun)" except "Halloween" and "Christmas". WordOfGod said they simply picked this because they figured it would make things easier to remember.
* ''WesternAnimation/AquaTeenHungerForce'' 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".
* ''WesternAnimation/GeorgeAndMartha'' 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 ''WesternAnimation/{{Recess}}'' episode, though there are many exceptions.
* ''WesternAnimation/WanderOverYonder'' 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 MusicalEpisode "My Fair Hatey".
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