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An extremely popular title convention in almost every media and most genres. This is one of the oldest known naming formulas; it is already an established formula in One Thousand and One Nights
, with internal stories are named things like "The Tale of the Bull and the Ass" and "The City of Brass".
Some of the most common variant formulas are:
- The (Common Noun) of (Proper Noun) (e.g. The Sword of Shannara, The Riddlemaster of Hed, The Tale of Genji, The Chronicles of Amber);
- The (Common Noun) of (Common Noun) (e.g. The Valley of Fear, The Ambassadors of Fear, Attack of the Clones);
- The (Proper Noun) of (Placename) (e.g. Elric of Melnibone, The Phantom of the Opera).
The presence or absence of articles ("the", "a", and "an") and their placement create even more variants, as do the optional use of adjectives before either the "X" or the "Y".
A sub-convention is Character Name and the Noun Phrase
. Please put examples that fall into that convention on that page, not here. For the related form "The Adjective Noun" see Mad Lib Thriller Title
. See also Genre Title Grab Bag
. Title of the Dead
and Age of Titles
are sub-tropes. Usually overlaps with Revenge of the Sequel
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- Fighting Fantasy uses it extensively:
- The Warlock of Firetop Mountain
- The Citadel of Chaos
- The Forest of Doom
- City of Thieves
- Island of the Lizard King
- Caverns of the Snow Witch
- House of Hell
- Talisman of Death
- Temple of Terror
- The Rings of Kether
- Seas of Bood
- Demons of the Deep
- Sword of the Samurai
- Trial of Champions
- Masks of Mayhem
- Creature of Havoc
- Crypt of the Sorceror
- Phantoms of Fear
- Chasms of Malice
- Slaves of the Abyss
- Stealer of Souls
- Daggers of Darkness
- Armies of Death
- Portal of Evil
- Vault of the Vampire
- Fangs of Fury
- Dead of Night
- Master of Chaos
- The Keep of the Lich-Lord
- Legend of the Shadow Warriors
- Tower of Desruction
- Siege of Sardath
- Island of the Undead
- Legend of Zagor
- Knights of Doom
- Revenge of the Vampire
- Curse of the Mummy
- Howl of the Werewolf
- Kharé — Cityport of Traps
- The Crown of Kings
- Every book in the GrailQuest series:
- The Castle of Darkness
- The Den of Dragons
- The Gateway of Doom
- Voyage of Terror
- Kingdom of Horror
- Realm of Chaos
- Tomb of Nightmares
- Legion of the Dead
- The Lone Wolf series is rife with this:
- The Caverns of Kalte
- The Chasm of Doom
- The Kingdom of Terror
- The Jungle of Horrors
- The Cauldron of Fear
- The Dungeons of Torgar
- The Prisoners of Time
- The Masters of Darkness
- The Plague Lords of Ruel
- The Captives of Kaag
- The Legacy of Vashna
- The Deathlord of Ixia
- Dawn of the Dragons
- The Curse of Naar
- The Buccaneers of Shadaki
- The Fall of Blood Mountain
- The Hunger of Sejanoz
- The Storms of Chai
- The Time Machine series:
- Secret of the Knights
- Sword of the Samurai
- The Rings of Saturn
- The Mystery of Atlantis
- Secret of the Royal Treasure
- Blade of the Guillotine
- Flame of the Inquisition
- Sword of Caesar
- Death Mask of Pancho Villa
- Andy of Mayberry, an alternate title for The Andy Griffith Show used for repeats aired during the first run of the program.
- Battlestar Galactica
- "The Eye of Jupiter"
- "The Tomb of Athena"
- "The Arrow of Apollo" (Which has lead many, many fans to make terrible puns referring to a character whose callsign is, in fact, Apollo.)
- The repeated use of the phrase "the shape of things to come" (which is also an H. G. Wells novel) may be another example.
- Doctor Who did this so often (121 times by mid-2013) that the companion book "A History of the Universe" used "The Noun of Adjective" as the title in its sample entry (the revised edition Ahistory used "The Repetition of the Cliché"). Just to name a sample:
- "The Keys of Marinus"
- "The Reign of Terror"
- "(The Power, The Evil, Day, Planet, Genesis, Destiny, Resurrection, Revelation, Remembrance, Evolution, Victory, Asylum) of the Daleks"
- "(The Tomb, Revenge, Attack, Rise) of the Cybermen"
- "The Web of Fear"
- "The Ambassadors of Death"
- "The Mind of Evil"
- "The Seeds of (Death, Doom)"
- "The (Curse, Monster) of Peladon"
- "The (Invasion, End) of Time"
- "(Forest, Planet) of the Dead"
- Plus 35 more times in the classic series — most notably, all but one story in Season 13 (and again in Season 14).
- And 23 more times in the new series (up to the end of Series 7). Whew!
- Directly referenced in the Big Finish audio ...Ish, where the Doctor lists "The Adjective of Noun" as one of the sentient words he has encountered in his travels.
- Statistically the most likely title? Planet of the Daleks. Also surprisingly high on the list: The Death of Death and The Day of Time.
- One Comic Relief Doctor Who special was entitled "The Curse of Fatal Death", spoofing both this practice and the title "The Deadly Assassin", which was about as silly.
- The Sarah Jane Adventures follows in its parent show's footsteps, racking up 14 examples over five series.
- Torchwood, on the other hand, manages only 6 examples over four series (with the third series itself being called Children of Earth). The second series managed to feature no examples at all.
- Flights of Fantasy
- Flight of the Conchords
- The Mystic Knights of Tir Na Nóg
- Power Rangers uses this format for about 10% of all episodes (except in Power Rangers SPD, which uses one-word titles), including:
- "Day of the Dumpster"
- "Wheel of Misfortune"
- "Return of the Green Ranger"
- "Rangers of Two Worlds"
- "The Gardener of Evil"
- "Day of the Dino"
- "Legacy of Power"
- The Secret World of Alex Mack
- Star Trek was not immune:
- "Dagger of the Mind"
- "The Conscience of the King"
- "The Squire of Gothos"
- "The Return of the Archons"
- "A Taste of Armageddon"
- "Patterns of Force"
- "Spectre of the Gun"
- "The Mark of Gideon"
- "Day of the Dove"
- The Wrath of Khan
- "The Search for Spock" probably counts too.
Manhwa and Manhua
- Advance Wars: Days of Ruin
- "Age of X" is a popular title convention in general:
- A variation in the Atelier series: Atelier (protagonist name) ~Alchemist of (land name)~ (subtitle), where the sub-series is defined by the (land name) part, such as: Atelier Marie ~The Alchemist of Salburg~, Atelier Elie ~The Alchemist of Salburg 2~, Atelier Viorate ~The Alchemist of Gramnad 2~ ...
- Blizzard is a big fan of this:
- Diablo 2: Lord of Destruction
- Star Craft II: Wings of Liberty (and the expansion packs, Heart of the Swarm and Legacy of the Void).
- Warcraft II had Tides of Darkness as subtitle.
- And Warcraft 3 had Reign of Chaos.
- World Of Warcraft flat out abuses it in patch names:
- Patch 1.2.0: Mysteries of Maraudon
- Patch 1.3.0: Ruins of the Dire Maul
- Patch 1.7.0: Rise of the Blood God
- Patch 1.8.0: Dragons of Nightmare
- Patch 1.9.0: The Gates of Ahn'Qiraj
- Patch 1.10.0: Storms of Azeroth
- Patch 1.11.0: Shadow of the Necropolis
- Patch 1.12.0: Drums of War
- Patch 2.3.0: The Gods of Zul'Aman
- Patch 2.4.0: Fury of the Sunwell
- Patch 3.0.2: Echoes of Doom
- Patch 3.1.0: Secrets of Ulduar
- Patch 3.2.0: Call of the Crusade
- Patch 3.3.0: Fall of the Lich King
- Patch 4.1.0: Rise of the Zandalari
- Patch 4.2.0: Rage of the Firelands
- Patch 4.3.0: Hour of Twilight
- As well as a couple of expansions
- Wrath of the Lich King
- Mists of Pandaria
- Breath Of Fire
- Call of Duty
- Call Of Juarez (different franchise)
- The Castlevania series, starting with Rondo of Blood. The X is usually some type of music (Symphony, Harmony, Aria), and the Y is usually something dark (Darkness, Sorrow, the Night), but this isn't always the case.
- City of Heroes and its semi-expansion, City of Villains.
- Company Of Heroes and it Expansion Pack, Tales of Valor.
- Crash Of The Titans
- Two of the three Dark Parables PC games: Curse of the Briar Rose and Rise of the Snow Queen.
- Dragon Quest:
- Dwarf Fortress has this as part of the fortress naming formula.
- EverQuest has a lot of expansions following this convention:
- Depths of Darkhollow
- Dragons of Norrath
- Lost Dungeons of Norrath
- Prophecy of Ro
- Secrets of Faydwer
- Final Fantasy Crystal Chronicles Ring Of Fates
- Final Fantasy Crystal Chronicles: Echoes of Time
- Final Fantasy XI expansions:
- Rise of Zilart
- Treasures of Aht'Urgan
- Chains of Promathia
- Wings of The Goddess
- Gears Of War
- Heart Of Darkness
- Hearts of Iron
- A lot of the Heroes of Might and Magic games follow this:
- Heroes of Might and Magic II: The Prince of Loyalty
- Heroes of Might and Magic III: The Restoration of Erathia
- Heroes of Might and Magic III: The Shadow of Death
- Heroes of Might and Magic IV: Winds of War
- Heroes of Might and Magic V: Hammers of Fate
- Heroes of Might and Magic V: Tribes of the East
- Not forgetting of course that the series itself is this, up until Ubisoft changed the name to Might and Magic: Heroes.
- The King Of Dragons
- The King Of Fighters
- Knights Of The Round
- Legacy Of Kain
- The Legend Of Kage
- The Legend Of Zelda
- Limbo Of The Lost wasn't even original in this.
- Makai Kingdom: Chronicles of the Sacred Tome
- Subtitles in the Marvel vs. Capcom series:
- Master Of Orion
- Medal Of Honor
- Subtitles in two of the Metal Gear series:
- Neverwinter Nights expansion packs:
- Shadows of Undrentide
- Hordes of the Underdark
- Neverwinter Nights 2 expansion packs:
- Mask of the Betrayer
- Mysteries of Westgate
- Storm of Zehir
- Subtitles in the NES Ninja Gaiden games:
- The Dark Sword of Chaos
- The Ancient Ship of Doom.
- Pokemon Mystery Dungeon: Explorers of Time and Darkness
- Pokémon Mystery Dungeon: Explorers of Sky
- Prince Of Persia
- Record of Agarest War
- Rise Of Nations
- Shadow Of The Colossus
- Sins Of A Solar Empire
- Skies Of Arcadia
- Soldier Of Fortune
- In Soulcalibur III, the two Story Modes: Tales of Souls and Chronicles of the Sword.
- Spider-Man: Web Of Shadows
- The Story of Thor, released as Beyond Oasis in the US. It has absolutely nothing to do with any Norse thunder god.
- The Stalker series: Shadow of Chernobyl and Call of Pripyat.
- A must for the Tales Series: Tales Of The Abyss, Tales Of Vesperia, Tales Of Graces...
- Subtitles in the Tenchu series:
- Birth of the Stealth Assassins
- Wrath of Heaven
- Time of the Assassins
- Terraria's ingame item: The Blade of Grass.
- Embodiment of Scarlet Devil
- Phantasmagoria of Flower View
- The Grimoire of Marisa
- Warhammer 40000
- RTS Dawn Of War
- The old game Space Hulk: Vengeance of the Blood Angels
- And Rites of War.
- Way Of The Samurai
- Subtitles in the Wizardry series:
- Wizardry I: Proving Grounds of the Mad Overlord
- Wizardry II: The Knight of Diamonds
- Wizardry III: Legacy of Llylgamyn
- Wizardry IV: The Return of Werdna
- Wizardry V: Heart of the Maelstrom
- Wizardry VI: Bane of the Cosmic Forge
- Wizardry VII: Crusaders of Dark Savant
- the spinoff titles Tale of the Forsaken Land and Labyrinth of Lost Souls
- World Of Goo
- Gunnerkrigg Court:
- Chapter 6: A Handful of Dirt
- Chapter 14: The Fangs of Summertime
- Chapter 23: Terror Castle of the Jupiter Moon Martians
- Homestuck acts "Raise of the Conductor's Baton" and "Flight of the Paradox Clones".
- All of the Hero Names in Sburb are monosyllabic versions of this trope: The Heir of Breath, the Knight of Blood...
- The Order of the Stick
- Its prequels On the Origins of PCs and Start of Darkness count too.
- Order Of Tales
- Schlock Mercenary: Ob'Enn ship names. All of them. And they're all incredibly pretentious.
- The Way of the Metagamer
- Le Donjon de Naheulbeuk (The Dungeon of Naheulbeuk), and three of its seasons/novelization: La Couette de l'oubli ("The Quilt of Oblivion"), L'Orbe de Xaraz ("The Orb of Xaraz") and Le Conseil de Suak ("The Meeting of Suak")...
- From Kickassia, "The Fall of the Risen"
- The Questport Chronicles is full of this trope. Examples include character names (the Lord of the Supreme Council, the Master of Darkness, the Queen of Rogues and Robbers), artifacts (the Tree of Light, the Harp of Remorse) and places (the Courts of Tenus).
- Whateley Universe: "Revenge of the Alphas", "The Case of the Unseen Switch"
- The Summer of Love, and various sequels.
- The Wars of the Roses
- The War of 1812