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. 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
The Verbed Title
is a subtrope of One-Word Title
Anime and Manga
Live Action TV
- Terry Wogan's book Banjaxed.
- Matched by Ally Condie, and 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.
- The now-defunct Cracked Magazine, as well as the current website spawned from its ashes.
- The Bonzo Dog Doo Dah Band's song "Busted". There's also "Busted" by Harlan Howard, made famous by Ray Charles and Johnny Cash, and don't even get us started on the Phineas and Ferb song "B-U-S-T-E-D".
- Son of Svengoolie's last show had the song "Cancelled."
- Extremely common in Disturbed's discography. In fact you can sum up the entire discography of as Verbed Title, Adjective Noun, The X of Y, or The Something.