Title Requiem

Requiem æternam dona eis, Domine: et lux perpetua luceat eis... Lat. 

"Requiem" is an interesting choice for a title. A requiem is a song to honor the dead or to be played at a funeral, so placing it in a title automatically implies that something is not going to go well - a Bittersweet Ending or Downer Ending is quite likely, and if not the rest of it will probably be a Tear Jerker. However, it's used rather a lot for a number of reasons. The term adds a certain note of class and grandeur to the work, as well as advertising True Art because True Art Is Angsty. It may be part of a Word Salad Title or a very meaningful one, depending. Compare The Last Title.


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  • The Robert A. Heinlein short story "Requiem" is about D.D. Harriman's attempt to fulfill his dream of landing on the Moon. He succeeds, but dies soon after landing.
  • Jorge Luis Borges' Deutsches Requiem.
  • Edmond Hamilton has a story called Requiem about Earth's death being made into a TV show.
  • L.A. Requiem, the first book in Robert Crais's Elvis Cole series.
  • Dragons of Requiem, which draws on the Latin Mass for the Dead as Theme Naming for many of its characters (e.g. Dies Irae, Lacrimosa, Agnus Dei).

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  • The second Bleach DS game, subtitled in English as Dark Souls, is subtitled in Japan as "The Black-Clothed Flickering Requiem". Surprisingly, the English name is significantly more relevant to the plot.
  • One song in The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time is called the Requiem of Spirit. The fact that it represents the area that Ganondorf comes from can be seen as appropriate.
  • Requiem Avenging Angel was an obscure FPS released in 1999.
  • Eternal Darkness is subtitled "Sanity's Requiem."
  • There's a piece of music from When They Cry Kai titled "Requiem for the Disaster".
  • The final level in Hitman: Blood Money is titled "Requiem," and it does indeed take place at a solemn event, 47's funeral... until he gets up and massacres everyone present.
  • In Nightmare in the Dark, the fifth and last stage is titled "Requiem."
  • Robinson's Requiem
  • The thirteenth entry in the Dark Parables series is called Requiem for the Forgotten Shadow.

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  • The Phoenix Requiem by Sarah Ellerton. So far a number of people have been killed by a mysterious illness.

Requiescat in pace. Amen.Lat. 
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