Verbed Title

Sometimes when a work wants to sound comedic and edgy, or maybe just easy to remember, it will adopt a title consisting of One Word; a verb in the past perfect tense. That is, presenting something as both in the past and completed. "Finished" rather than "was finishing".

Occasionally they'll even take a word that isn't a verb and make it into one. This trend seems to go in and out of style, though currently it seems to be in vogue once again.

This trope doesn't always transfer well across languages, and works will often be given more self-explanatory titles overseas. In Russian, for example, it doesn't sound any kind of comedic or edgy. That's why Tangled was released in Russia as Rapunzel: A Tangled Story.

When adding examples, please give whatever context you can, even if it's as simple as "It's called Empowered because its a Protagonist Title and that's the main character's codename." or "It's called Frozen because it's a girl who is An Ice Person." If Word of God or Word of Saint Paul exists for why the title was chosen, give that.

The Verbed Title is a subtrope of One-Word Title.

Examples:

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     Anime and Manga  

     Comics  

     Fanfiction  

     Film  

     Literature  

  • Terry Wogan's book Banjaxed.
  • Flipped
  • Enchanted
  • Kidnapped
  • Matched: About a girl who has been Matched to some boy. And its sequels Crossed and Reached
  • Fully half of the titles from Kelley Armstrong's The Otherworld series: Bitten, Stolen, Haunted, Broken, Frostbitten, and Spellbound.
  • The short story "Called" by Desmond Warzel.

     Live Action TV  

     Magazines  

  • The now-defunct Cracked Magazine, as well as the current website spawned from its ashes.

     Music  

     Tabletop Games  

     Video Games  

     Web Comics  

     Western Animation  

     Tropes  


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