Title by Number
Looking for a good name for your work of fiction? Look no further, just find a number tangentially related to the premise and use that as the title. Supposedly, this makes it sound "mysterious," especially if the number is also used as an Arc Number
Compare Running Time in the Title
. Often a supertrope of Title 1
and Trope 2000
Note: There are two groups on this page - first are titles with numbers; then below that, titles with years.
Examples with Numbers:
Anime and Manga
- The eighteenth and final issue of the first volume of Runaways is unimaginatively titled "Eighteen".
- DC comics series 52.
- All of the Marvel 2099 titles were branded as such: Spider-Man 2099, Doom 2099, X-Men 2099, Ravage 2099...
- The Russian film 12.
- π (3.1415...)
- Thr3e, based off the book by Ted Dekker.
- 8½, so called by director Federico Fellini because he had previously directed six features, two shorts, and one film with a co-director—counting the shorts and the collaborative works as half-pictures, that made this one number eight and a half.
- District 9
- The Number 23
- 3, slightly justified as the title of a biopic of Dale Earnhardt, who used the number for most of his career.
- 61* attached to Roger Maris; nothing to do with his own number (for most of his career, 9), but it's the number most associated with him (for his breaking of Babe Ruth's 60-homers-a-season record, the asterisk being added because seasons were shorter in Ruth's day).
- An upcoming film called 3993.
- The movie 21, which is about blackjack.
- The 1979 movie Seven about a Magnificent Seven group of hitmen hired to kill a group of seven gangsters planning to take over Hawaii.
- 8 MM, and its direct to video sequel is indeed called 8mm 2.
- The movie 187, which is named after the Los Angeles penal code for homicide.
- Nine ½ Weeks was followed by direct-to-video sequels Another Nine ½ Weeks and The First Nine ½ Weeks.
- Thirteen Women, which lately been claimed to be one of the earliest Proto-Slashers.
- Walter Hill action film 48 Hrs. and its sequel Another 48 Hrs..
- Horror film 976-EVIL, directed by Robert Englund.
- 12 Angry Men
- Two Thousand Maniacs!
- The shot-on-video slasher film 555.
- 42, named after Jackie Robinson's jersey number with the Brooklyn Dodgers.
- R100, a riff on Japanese movie ratings. A movie rated "R100" would be unsuitable for viewers under 100 years old.
- Survivor Style 5+
- As for times, add the short story 12:01.
- 24; and for that matter, The DCU series 52 and the Doctor Who episode "42", as each of these titles is a Shout-Out to 24 due to using Real Time format. "42" was also a Shout-Out to The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy.
- The Heroes episode ".07%".
- This was a reference to the Sherlock Holmes story "The Seven Percent Solution."
- The 4400 science fiction series.
- The Star Trek: Voyager episode "11:59" and "The '37s."
- Star Trek: The Next Generation episode "11001001".
- An enormous number of episodes on The West Wing include numbers, including such titles as Six Meetings Before Lunch, 17 People, and Ninety Miles Away. There are also some named for bills or code names used in the episodes, such as H. Con-172 and 7A WF 83429. The best example of this trope, however, would probably be the fourth season episode Twenty Five.
- The Lost episode "316".
- The X-Files has episodes called "3" (as it features an "Unholy Trinity") and "731" (after a war crime story).
- An infamous 1950s game show (along with two revivals) 21. Also Twenty Questions.
- An ABC game show from the early 60s, Seven Keys.
- Three games with "three": Three On A Match, 3 For The Money (a short-lived NBC show from 1975), and 3's A Crowd (a Newlywed Game clone with the husband's secretary thrown in).
- Others with game shows with numerical titles: 1 Vs. 100, Two For The Money, 50 Grand Slam, It Takes Two, and One In A Million.
- Person of Interest episodes "2-Pi-R" (which involves Finch undercover as a math teacher) and "6,741" (the number's relevance is only revealed at the end of the episode: it's how many times Shaw has gone through Samaritan's Lotus-Eater Machine).
- John Cage's "composition" 4:33, which consists of that exact amount (in minutes and seconds) of complete silence.
- Cage has maintained that the point behind 4:33 is not complete silence, which is unattainable, but rather for the audience to attune itself to the ambient noise of the performance venue itself. This, of course, makes each performance of 4:33 unique.
- The Queen song "'39".
- The Yes album 90125, which incidentally enough was named after its catalogue number.
- Iron Maiden song "2 AM".
- Emilie Autumn's "306".
- Ken Laszlo's "1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8" (as in counting from 1 to 8, serving both as an Epic Riff and part of the song's chorus)
- Van Halen's album 5150, named after the police code for an escaped mental patient (which Eddie then decided to employ baptizing his home studio).
- A later instrumental is "316", after the March 16 birthday of Eddie's son Wolfgang (now the band's bassist).
- Toto's albums Toto IV and The Seventh One.
- Anthrax's short instrumental "9" from State of Euphoria.
- "3's and 7's" by Queens of the Stone Age
- "Strawberry Letter 23", song best-known by The Brothers Johnson
- Almost all of the songs in the CD "Revés" from the album Revés/Yosoy by Café Tacvba
- Sugar Ray's third album, "14:59," an ironic response to critics who believed the band's 15 Minutes of Fame were almost up. (Given the response to their fourth and fifth albums, this title would later prove surprisingly accurate.) If read as a 24 hour time, it also says "1 to 3".
- Coldplay's song "42".
- The Weezer outtake "367": Rivers Cuomo actually organizes every song he writes into a "catalog of riffs" that goes all the way back to when he was 14, and under this system "367" was his 367th composition.
- The Chicago song "25 or 6 to 4".
- The Three Dog Night song "One".
- All of Russian nu-metal band The Slot's albums - numbered in order of their release - with the exception of their English-language compilation, "Break The Code":
- One - "Slot 1"
- Two - "2войны" ("Two Wars")
- Three - "Тринити" ("Trinity")
- Four - "4ever" ("Forever")
- Five - "F5"
- Six - "Шестой" ("Sixth")
- Black Sabbath's 13, as well as the instrumental "E5150". The latter is sort of a pun in roman numerals - "5 1 50" would be "V I L", so the title means "EVIL".
- The Beatles: Eight Days A Week (from Beatles for Sale), Revolution #1, Revolution #9 (The White Album), One After 909. (from Let It Be). The band even released a compilation album named One, collecting all their number one hit singles.
- Led Zeppelin II and III. The fourth album, which is technically untitled, is commonly referred to as Led Zeppelin IV.
- The Jethro Tull B-Side "17".
- Biffy Clyro's "27" and "57", as well as the more recent "9/15ths".
- 20/20 by The Beach Boys partially gets its name due to being the 20th overall album the band had released for Capitol at that point, as well as being the final album the band would release for them before their departure for Reprise Records.
- Ambient 1: Music for Airports by Brian Eno: All tracks have a title that describes which part of the record they can be found on: "1/1", for instance, means the first track of the first side.
- On Oxygène by Jean-Michel Jarre the tracks all have the same title, "oxygène", but are distinguished from one another by number.
- Excuse17: Excuse 17 were named by vocalist and guitarist Becca Albee's habit of arranging ideas and thoughts into chronological order.
- The puzzle game 3 in Three.
- Ninety-Nine Nights
- Forty Winks
- The huge number of games for the Nintendo 64 (which itself is an example) that end in the number 64. Famous examples are Super Mario 64, Mario Kart 64, Donkey Kong 64, Dr. Mario 64, Bomberman 64, OgreBattle 64: Person of Lordly Caliber, and Clayfighter 63 1/3.
- Nine Hours, Nine Persons, Nine Doors for the DS, which is also known as 999.
- 19 (Neunzehn), a Turn-Based Strategy game for the Famicom.
- When The Robonic Stooges broke off from The Skatebirds for their own half-hour slot on CBS, it was retitled The Three Robonic Stooges.
Even better, use a year:
- 2001: A Space Odyssey and its sequel 2010: The Year We Make Contact.
- See Literature for the novels, which also follow this convention.
- The Russian film 1612.
- 1492: Conquest of Paradise.
- The 1985 film 1914, about a town ravaged by influenza, and the WWI soldiers who return there.
- Steven Spielberg's 1941, scripted by Robert Zemeckis and Bob Gale.
- One Million B.C..
- To a lesser extent, its remake 1,000,000 Years BC.
- The movie 1900.
- 1991: The Year Punk Broke
- The movie 2046, which refers to both a year and a hotel room.
- The So Bad, It's Good film 10,000 BC
- The Godzilla films Godzilla 1985 (a.k.a. The Return Of Godzilla) and Godzilla 2000.
- Dracula 2000, renamed Dracula 2001 when it was released outside the US in... 2001.
- Dracula 3000, a scifi vampire film (no relation to the former entry).
- Nineteen Eighty-Four.
- Eric Flint's 1632 books.
- Roberto Bolaño's 2666 could possibly be a year, although it is not mentioned in the novel itself. It is mentioned in one of his other novels, however.
- 2001: A Space Odyssey and its unimaginatively named sequels: 2010: Odyssey Two, 2061: Odyssey Three and 3001: The Final Odyssey.
- The Stargate SG-1 episodes "1969", "2010" and "2001". The latter two are named as a Shout Out to Clarke's novels mentioned above.
- The Heroes episode "1961."
- Space: Above and Beyond was retitled to "Space 2063" (after the year it kicks off) in several European countries.
- Match Game '73, renamed annually until its 4/20/79 cancellation on CBS.
- Subverted with Password Plus, which went under the working name Password '79.
- The HBO Latin America original series Magnífica 70.
- "1985" by Bowling for Soup. Paul McCartney did a song under the "1985" title as well.
- "1979" by The Smashing Pumpkins.
- "1999" by Prince.
- "'39" by Queen.
- "Year 3000" by The Jonas Brothers
- Tchaikovsky's 1812 Overture, about Napoleon's 1812 invasion of Russia (there were a buttload of wars in that year).
- 2112 by Rush.
- (sort of) "Twenty Zero One" by Jamiroquai.
- The song "In the Year 2525."
- 5:15 by The Who.
- Van Halen's 1984, which is both the album's title and that of the opening synth instrumental.
- "1984" by David Bowie.
- Motörhead album (and its title-track) 1916.
- "1848" by Galadriel
- "1642 Inprisonment" by King Diamond.
- "Overture 1383" by Yngwie Malmsteen.
- 1942. Recently remade as 1942: Joint Strike.
- Street Fighter 2010