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. 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



  • Terry Wogan's book Banjaxed.
  • Flipped
  • Kidnapped
  • Matched, 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.

Live Action TV

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


Tabletop Games

Video Games

Web Comics

Western Animation