The X of Y

Epic Voice Guy: Travel to Westeros, a place where everything is the Thing of Nouns.
King Robert: The Hand of the King!
Sam Tarly: Light of the Seven...
Brienne of Tarth: Brienne of Tarth.
Ygritte: Lord of Bones...
Lord Beric: Lord of Light...
Lord Tywin: Master of Coin...
Queen Danaerys: Mother of Dragons...
Shagga: Son of Dolf.
Melisandre: Son of Fire...
Melisandre: Warrior of Light...
Tyrion: Bank of Braavos...
Lord Stark: Lord of Winterfell, and Warden of the North...

An extremely popular title and naming convention in almost every media and most genres, including Real Life. This is one of the oldest known naming formulas; it is already an established formula in One Thousand and One Nights, with internal stories 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

  • Greg Egan's The Arrows of Time, the last book in the Orthogonal trilogy.
  • Most of the Belgariad/Malloreon books.
    • Pawn of Prophecy
    • Queen of Sorcery
    • Castle of Wizardry
    • Guardians of the West
    • King of the Murgos
    • Demon Lord of Karanda
    • Sorceress of Darshiva
    • The Seeress of Kell
    • Also Domes of Fire from the Tamuli. The rest of this series has Mad Lib Thriller Titles
  • "The Black Sheep of Vaerlosi", a 2009 short story by Desmond Warzel.
  • The Books of Ember:
    • The City of Ember
    • The People of Sparks
    • The Prophet of Yonwood
    • The Diamond of Darkhold
  • The Buddha of Suburbia
  • The Call of the Wild
  • Every one of the novels in The Chronicles of Amber series except for the first one follows the pattern "Noun of Noun", sometimes with "the" attached to one or the other of the nouns.
  • The Chronicles of Narnia
  • The Chronicles of Prydain
    • The Book of Three
    • The Castle of Llyr
  • The Eye of Argon
  • Harry Potter has this in books 2 - 5.
    • Chamber of Secrets
    • Prisoner of Azkaban
    • Goblet of Fire
    • Order of the Phoenix
  • The Count of Monte Cristo
  • Five of the six books in the Earths Children series:
    • The Clan of the Cave Bear
    • The Valley of Horses
    • The Plains of Passage
    • The Shelters of Stone
    • The Land of Painted Caves
  • Each of the Gor novels are titled X of Gor
  • The Haunting of Hill House
  • John Carter of Mars
  • The Life & Adventures of Santa Claus
  • Alan Hollinghurst's 2004 Booker Prize-winning novel (later a TV miniseries), The Line of Beauty.
  • The Lord of the Rings
    • The Fellowship of the Ring
    • The Return of the King
  • Canadian author L. M. Montgomery was fond of using this trope in her books:
  • The Phantom of the Opera
  • Louise Rennison has this going on in both of her teen series':
  • Most of the books of The Roman Mysteries
    • The Thieves of Ostia
    • The Secrets of Vesuvius
    • The Pirates of Pompeii
    • The Assassins of Rome
    • The Dolphins of Laurentum
    • The Twelve Tasks of Flavia Gemina
    • The Enemies of Jupiter
    • The Colossus of Rhodes
    • The Sirens of Surrentum
    • The Charioteer of Delphi
    • The Beggar of Volubilis
  • Shannara uses this constantly, although recently it's been just the titles of the trilogy instead of the book titles.
    • The Sword of Shannara
    • The Elfstones of Shannara
    • The Wishsong of Shannara
    • etc.
  • Sherlock Holmes has a lot.
    • The Sign of the Four
    • The Valley of Fear
    • The Hound Of The Baskervilles
    • Most of the short stories are titled The Adventure of (Whatever).
    • Most of the books containing the short stories are titled "The (Whatever) of Sherlock Holmes".
  • A Song of Ice and Fire uses the trope for most of its titles:
    • A Game of Thrones
    • A Clash of Kings
    • A Storm of Swords
    • The upcoming The Winds of Winter and A Dream of Spring
  • Star Wars Expanded Universe
  • The Sword of Truth series of books had titles like these for several installments:
    • Stone of Tears
    • Blood of the Fold
    • Temple of the Winds
    • Soul of the Fire
    • Faith of the Fallen
  • The Tenant of Wildfell Hall
  • The Thousand Autumns of Jacob de Zoet
  • Some of the Warrior Cats series:
    • Secrets of the Clans
    • Cats of the Clans
    • Code of the Clans
    • Battles of the Clans
    • Forest of Secrets
    • Sign of the Moon
    • The Rise of Scourge
    • The Heart of a Warrior
  • Werewolf of Paris
  • The Wheel of Time, and several of its component books:
    • The Eye of the World
    • The Fires of Heaven
    • Lord of Chaos
    • A Crown of Swords
    • The Path of Daggers
    • Crossroads of Twilight
    • Knife of Dreams
    • And A Memory of Light, though that will apparently be split into multiple books
  • The Witches of Worm
  • The Wonderful Wizard of Oz, and most of its sequels.
    • The Marvelous Land of Oz
    • The Emerald City of Oz
    • The Patchwork Girl of Oz
    • The Scarecrow of Oz
    • The Lost Princess of Oz
    • The Tin Woodman of Oz
    • The Magic of Oz
  • Ashley Montagu and Edward Darling's The Prevalence of Nonsense and The Ignorance of Certainty.
  • Bergen Evans' The Natural History of Nonsense and The Spoor of Spooks.

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  • 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 (124 times by the 50th anniversary in November 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:
  • Children of the Stones
  • 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 S.P.D., 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"
    • "Balance of Terror"
    • "The Squire of Gothos"
    • "The Return of the Archons"
    • "A Taste of Armageddon"
    • "This Side of Paradise"
    • "Errand of Mercy"
    • "The Gamesters of Triskelion"
    • "A Piece of the Action"
    • "Patterns of Force"
    • "Spectre of the Gun"
    • "Wink of an Eye"
    • "Elaan of Troyius"
    • "The Mark of Gideon"
    • "The Lights of Zetar"
    • "Day of the Dove"
    • The Wrath of Khan
    • "The Search for Spock" probably counts too.
  • Star Trek: The Animated Series had a few, too:
    • "The Magicks of Megas-tu"
    • "The Eye of the Beholder"
    • "The Pirates of Orion"
  • Star Trek: The Next Generation continues the adventure:
    • "Code of Honor"
    • "Coming of Age"
    • "Heart of Glory"
    • "The Arsenal of Freedom"
    • "Skin of Evil"
      • (note: the last four titles occurred in a 5 episode span)
    • "A Matter of Honor"
    • "The Measure of a Man"
    • "Shades of Gray"
    • "The Ensigns of Command"
    • "A Matter of Perspective"
    • "Sins of the Father"
    • "Ménage ŕ Troi" (Francophone bonus!)
    • "The Best of Both Worlds"
    • "A Matter of Time"
    • "Cost of Living"
    • "Realm of Fear"
    • "Man of the People"
    • "A Fistful of Datas"
    • "The Quality of Life"
    • "Chain of Command"
      • (Once again, the last three titles occurred in a row, and one was a two-parter)
    • "Face of the Enemy"
    • "Frame of Mind"
    • "Force of Nature"
    • "Eye of the Beholder"
  • Star Trek: Deep Space Nine carries on:
    • "Rules of Acquisition"
    • "The House of Quark"
    • "Heart of Stone"
    • "The Way of the Warrior"
    • "The Sword of Kahless"
    • "Sons of Mogh"
    • "Rules of Engagement"
    • "Soldiers of the Empire"
    • "Children of Time"
    • "Blaze of Glory"(previous three all consecutive)
    • "Sacrifice of Angels"
    • "Change of Heart"
    • "The Sound of Her Voice"
    • "Tears of the Prophets"
    • "The Siege of AR-558"
    • "Field of Fire"
    • "The Changing Face of Evil"
    • "The Dogs of War"
  • With Star Trek: Voyager, the trend began to fade:
    • "Eye of the Needle"
    • "State of Flux"
    • "Persistence of Vision"
    • "Day of Honor"
    • "Year of Hell"
    • "Bride of Chaotica!"
    • "Barge of the Dead"
    • "Blink of an Eye"
    • "The Haunting of Deck Twelve"
  • Star Trek: Enterprise had a single example, "Shadows of P'Jem".

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  • 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

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  • 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"

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  • The Summer of Love, and various sequels.
  • The Wars of the Roses
  • The War of 1812
  • Gates of the Arctic and Craters of the Moon National Parks.

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