- The Writing on the Wall has Adventurer Archaeologist Daring Do do a title drop when she speculates about the contents of the then untranslated writing on the wall of an Ancient Tomb she is exploring:
"Well," Daring said, "looking scary is the first line of defense for a lot of old tombs. Obviously, anyone with wings gets over the thorns easily. So, either there were no intelligent species with wings back then or that's why those thorns are there." On a sudden impulse, she screwed up her courage and decided to try something she'd never done before: needling the professor. "Y'know, with that in mind, if this place is anything like others I've seen, I can pretty much tell you what the writing on the wall says."
"Oh? Do tell."
Daring leaned back on her hind legs and haunches, and waved her forelegs like a mad prophet. "'This is the tomb of the great and terrible So-and-So! Look upon my works, ye mighty, and despair! Whosoever steals the treasure will face the gods' curse, and the sky will fall on their heads, et cetera'." She stood back up and waved a hoof dismissively. "See enough of these, and you can pretty much guess what they say."
- As is usual with this trope, the writing on the wall is actually very significant, even though Daring Do is absolutely right about it being intended to scare away tomb robbers. Too bad the reason it was trying to scare away tomb robbers is because it isn't a tomb, but a building meant to contain something very dangerous. The writing was not a curse, but a warning as to what would happen to those who went inside.
- Ruin Value features Celestia scavenging through the ruins of a city After the End. When Discord shows up, he remarks on the ruin value of the city while praising its desolate beauty.
“It is beautiful, in a horrible sort of way. The city has some real ruin value, don’t you think? Not unlike the Colosseum, or those ancient cities in the desert. Why, future generations will come to see the ancient cities and marvel over their architecture, never dreaming of what they looked like when they were still, you know, painted.” He leaned over to nudge Celestia with his elbow. “Burned concrete and melted steel will be all the rage in a few centuries.”
- In the Back to the Future fanfic Ich Liebe Dich, Doc and Marty use the words "Ich Liebe Dich" on the other while they're asleep. It means, "I love you" in German.
- Advice and Trust: Asuka does a title drop in chapter 8 when she decides to trust Misato with an important secret the three main characters have been keeping:
"But on the advice and trust of my beloved baka, I'm willing to trust you not to take this to NERV."
- Doing It Right This Time: After waking up in the past Asuka laughs and exclaims:
Asuka:"It's a do-over, [...] It's a motherfucking do-over! [...] I'm gonna do it right this time,"
- Last Child of Krypton: In the last scene of the rewrite Asuka informs Shinji that “[He] will not be the Last Child of Krypton for much longer”.
- Neon Genesis Evangelion: Genocide:
- In chapter 11: "Otherwise, well, genocide destroys more than people. It destroys dreams and hopes and witnesses."
- And again in chapter 15, courtesy of the Emerald Tablet's Motive Rant: "All of your so-called bounds, your contacts with one another, even you are kind and loving — they only lead to death. Physical death. Mental death. Spiritual death. Your very existence is a continuous genocide!"
- John Freeman got on his motorcycl and said "its time for me to live up to my family name and face full life consequences"
- The Invader Zim story "In Short Supply" features one in Chapter 29, when Red muses that "even for the Control Brains, information about Purple was in short supply." The title is actually supposed to be a pun on the Irkens' height-based society, though, and how Irkens of certain heights are much rarer than they should be.
- The Firefly fic Forward drops its title at the end of the "Mosaic" story arc, with Mal telling River what direction they have to keep going in.
- There is a subtle one in Kira Is Justice: When Justin decides to experiment with the Death Note, one of the victims yell out the words, "Kira is justice!" in a prison cafeteria before dropping dead. It is very amusing.
- In the Sonic the Hedgehog fanfiction Created Equal, the speech Metal Sonic gave after Eggman's death:
"Flesh and blood have no purpose in this place. God made all men equal and men destroyed their gods. A man created me to be equal and I have destroyed that man. I laid waste to his empire of dust. Now I rule the empire of dust. And I will lay hands on that dust and create my own posterity. And I shall hold them to my single inglorious propositon; all robots are not Created Equal..."
- In Fantendo: Playing War, before Sandslash transforms into Sandsmash and is consequently knocked out, Sunnyscythe utters "Let's play war...". There's actually a couple more of these, another by Sunnyscythe and yet another by Fantasma.
- In chapter 17 of Superman story Superman of 2499: The Great Confrontation, three characters argue their family's state:
“We think there’s a breakup coming in the Family,” said Fin. “Klar on one side, George, Irinia, Sy, and, yes, Adam on the other. I don’t know when it’s coming, but I’m afraid we’re headed for a confrontation. A very, very great confrontation.”
- The Digimon fanfiction The Teacher of All Things does it in chapter 20, titled "Experience Is", by opening the chapter with the Julius Caesar quote "Experience is the teacher of all things".
- Ensign Sue Must Die does it here.
- In the Star Trek fanseries Hidden Frontier, Commodore Cole drops the title of the show in the middle of a speech she gives in the sixth season premiere, as the blockade of starships is about to go into battle with the Tholians and the Breen who just started a war with the Federation.
- Dragon Ball Z Abridged's 2010 Christmas Special: The Christmas Tree of Might
"Time to plant The Tree...of Might...the Christmas Tree of Might..."
- Done twice for the title and more than a few times for the subtitle of With Strings Attached, or The Big Pink Job, as one of the nicknames the four give the Vasyn is exactly that.
- Several of the chapter names are title drops.
- Stars Above follows Madoka's naming pattern, with each chapter title culled from a line of dialogue. The title itself is dropped twice in Chapter 5.
- In this Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time fanfic, both the title of the movie and the title of the fic are dropped.
- Turnabout Storm title drops not the crossover itself, but both series involved in it, in different opportunities.
Sorry, but I don't believe you, my little pony
. Not for a single solitary second. Sonata:
I don't know what kind of trials and tribulations
you've been through, but you're not changing my opinion.
- Similar to the previous example, Paper Mario X 2 title drops not the crossover itself, but one of the series involved in itnote :
: That must mean you're the hero of legend! Link
: If you mean Legend of Zelda
, then sure!
- Chapter 2 of Ed, Edd, 'n Pony title drops both the crossover itself and one of the series involved, which is immediately lampshaded afterwards:
: So, it looks like another Mis-edventure for Ed, Edd n Eddy
, right? Ed
: More like Ed, Edd, 'n Pony! Eddy
: Hey, Ed, you dropped something!
- Each chapter of Whispers drops its title somewhere.
- Examples from the Calvinverse:
Calvin: I wish Dad would put me on my OWN boat.
There seemed to be [a] black turning funnel swirling across the landscape.
- Hobbes does this in Part 2 as well. It's even capitalized.
"I was just thinking. Remember that dream I had this morning? It was about a funnel, remember? We actually saw and fought against a funnel! A Black Turning Funnel!"
- From the end of "Two Loons and a Kid":
It was truly a magnificent day for the two loons and the kid.
- From "The Case of the Rogue Water Balloon":
Calvin: Huh. I could have sworn we were on a very important mission...
Hobbes: I'm drawing a blank.
NOW I remember! We were on The Case of the Rogue Water Balloon.
- A rather poorly-done example - the oddly named "Nighty Shut Up!" only makes sense when you read this exchange:
"Okay," said Hobbes, and he left. "Nighty night."
"Nighty shut up." Calvin spat.
- From "Mission: Socrates":
Calvin: Come on guys! Mission: Socrates is now in effect!
- "With this power, I can do anything! I could easily do a Sonic Rainboom! Even a... Double Rainboom!"
- "The longer you ignore your Inner Demons, the stronger they become."
- The Kung Fu Panda Fan Fic A Different Lesson technically drops its title right with the opening blurb ("Can a father undo his past mistakes? Perhaps, if the snow leopard can be taught...A Different Lesson"), but it is properly referenced at least three times in the fic itself—the first time during the training on Wu Dan where it emphasizes what Tai Lung has to do differently and how he should view the world and his place in it if he wants to be a hero, the last time at the very end when he is reflecting back on everything he's gone through. The second time, in a sinister variation, is spoken by the Big Bad, implying what he will offer if Tai Lung joins him.
- Since The Immortal Game was renamed halfway through, it has two examples of title dropping:
- For the original title: "Ponies Make War" is the name of a book on war magic written by a famous ancestor of Twilight's.
- For the new title: "The Immortal Game" is how Celestia and Titan both refer to their Cosmic Chess Game.
- The Stars Will Aid Their Escape has Twilight drop the title while fighting off the insanity inflicted on her and piecing together Herald's plan to release the Outer Gods.
- In contrast to its inspiration, You Got HaruhiRolled! waits until its ninth chapter to include a sketch about rickrolling. But once it does, this trope is inevitable:
Student Council President: "It's worse than that, Kimidori! WE'VE BEEN HARUHIROLLED!"
- Three times in the third episode of Children of Time's finale, though the second and third times are Sherlock Holmes and the Doctor using Moriarty's phrase:
Moriarty: And now you wish me to pay the price... because I touched your companions. Your... Children of Time.
Holmes: We Children of Time, we are weapons... weapons you fashion against yourself. You want us to be strong enough to stop you.
Doctor: No! No, not weapons! Never weapons... If you want to say you're Children of Time, you are that...
- In the Lyrical Nanoha fic, ''Judgment Day's Not Coming, the title is a reference to Signum coming back time and time again, most recently after her defeat at Cypha's hands, and is the last words in the fic.
Cypha: "I killed you. You're dead. I rarely get the chance to kill someone twice."
Signum: "If you bothered to have any conception of my history, you would know what it means to be a Wolkenritter. My judgment day's not coming."
- Toward the end of the Mai-HiME fic, Perfection Is Overrated.
Shizuru: Being perfect or having something that is perfect are things people often strive for, but they are things that are impossible to reach. Not only is it difficult to define, but frankly, perfection is overrated. You never have to improve yourself, struggle against your weaknesses, or learn how to understand yourself or the ones you love.
- Getting Back on Your Hooves: Checker Monarch drops the title several times when plotting against Trixie.
- Earth and Sky does this with literally the last sentence of the story, at Applejack and Soarin's wedding.
"Earth and Sky were joined together in love, joy, and harmony."
- Tangled Up In Blues: The protagonist is told, and later states several times that his entire life is going to be, you guessed it, tangled up in blues.
- Kira, Sweetheart: in Misa's Stalker Shrine to Kira:
Girlie, heart-shaped stickers stuck to the glass of the picture proclaiming Light to be a "darling" and a "sweetheart."
- Address Unknown has Derpy give this monologue after Twilight agrees to search for a spell that will fix her eyes, despite admitting there may not be one. "You know, occasionally when I’m delivering mail I get a letter addressed to a place that doesn’t exist; maybe somepony moved, or maybe somepony miswrote the address. When we get those letters, we just send them back to where they came from and move on to the next destination. There is nothing we can do in the Post Office to make that address appear. Maybe that same thing will happen with fixing my eyes. Maybe there is no answer; maybe there is no fix. It doesn’t mean we can’t look, but if it’s not there, then it’s just an 'address unknown'. If no answer exists, then I can move on without any regrets."
- The God Empress of Ponykind has Celestia refer to herself as such as part of a Badass Boast during her and Luna's fight with the Windigos in the Warp, and several other times when in battle.
- Likewise, the sequel The Warmistress of Equestria does this as well, with the title being Luna's official rank in the Equestrian military.
- Horseshoes and Hand Grenades has Gentaro state the title as part of its original idiom against Yamada.
"You know what they say, 'Close only counts in horseshoes and hand grenades."
- In The Legend of Total Drama Island, the chapter-opening boilerplate drops the title of the canonical Total Drama season (Season 1, Total Drama Island) that the story is reimagining.
That evening, after they had dined and Brett had attended to his homework, Brett asked his mother to tell him more about her experience on Total Drama Island.
- Jewel of Darkness has the title used by Canon!Raven to address Midnight during their fight.
- Queen of All Oni has Jade refer to herself by the title a couple of times.
- Queen of Shadows: The title is the most commonly used title of the Queen of the Shadowkhan.
- In the Slender Man fic By the Fire's Light, the title of the story ends up being the title of a book Connor Russell writes about the Slender Man.
- The title of Necessary To Win is repeated fairly often, and in various contexts, but other chapter titles are also referenced in the work.
- In Chapter 4, Nodoka, while thinking about how difficult winning the tournament in order to convince her father to let her stay at Oarai will be, thinks of the upcoming practice match as "a small step upward" for the sake of accomplishing the greater task before her.
- In Chapter 7, Maho thinks, "Despite the odds" against Miho, she's glad Miho is doing tankery again.
- In Chapter 18, both Kinue and Maho express a desire to win the semifinals "For my sister's sake".
- "The Universe Doesn't Cheat" has one when Eleya and T'Var are arguing with the proctors at the end of the Kobayashi Maru test.
It wasn’t a fair test, sir. Cdr. Suvik:
The universe is not fair, Commander Kanril. T'Var:
Your logic is fallacious, sir. Cdr. Hackett:
Excuse me? Eleya: False analogy fallacy.
The universe doesn't cheat
- In Death Note II The Hidden Note, when Near realizes he's been Out-Gambitted:
Near: It was the hidden note.
KJ: The hidden what?
Near: It was the hidden note.
- "To Absent Friends" has Eleya offer the fic title (and trope name) in a toast to the 45 names on the USS Bajor's memorial wall.
Eleya: (raises glass of Romulan ale) To absent friends. Rest with the Prophets.
- Better Off Not Knowing, regarding preteen viewpoint character Hakini:
- The title of the Jackie Chan Adventures fanfic The Ultimate Evil comes from the name Lo Pei uses to refer to Shendu like in canon. However, the last chapter has Valerie Payne using the title to describe her action of blissfully ignoring the cruelties of the rewritten reality due to her love towards Shendu.
Valerie: I was just so caught up in my own love story that I ignored the suffering and misery of my own species... My father once told me something... evil is not the act, but those who stand by and watch. Shendu committed unspeakable horrors, but I did nothing. I committed the ultimate evil by simply allowing it to happen.
- The Fire Emblem Awakening fanfic "Cycle" has this in Chapter 11, where Lucina refers to the time loops caused by original Robin as 'cycles'. Most likely because original Robin also referred to them as such.
- In chapter 20 of Rites of Ascension, Princess Luna drops this when warning Twilight Sparkle to face any coming troubles in order to minimize their damage to others:
Twilight Sparkle, the Rites of Ascension are yours and yours alone to endure. Anypony else that tries will be ground to dust by the gears of fate.
- At the end of the third Scootaloo chapter of Why Am I Crying, Scootaloo comforts Silver Spoon after she tried to kill herself out of Survivor's Guilt for when Diamond Tiara died saved her from getting hit by a carriage; she feels a tear fall down her face and thinks the following...
Why am I crying? Is if for Diamond Tiara? Silver Spoon? Myself? Or...does it really matter?
- At the end of the final trial in Despair's Last Resort, when the mastermind Saemi is about to commence her execution:
"You really should've let him kill me, because now I'm gonna die my way! Or am I? Even if despair's last resort has failed, that doesn't mean you've won just yet! After all, Junko still has a successor!"
- The last lines of both parts of Until the End of Time:
Anne never forgot him, though... not until the end of time.
And they would always be together, until the end of time.
- In Marionettes, it turns out the title is what the robot ponies, Trixie included, are called.
- In the Outlaw Star fanfic A Fistful of Dragonite in the final chapter, Jim produces an actual fistful of Dragonite gold which he recovered from the mine before it collapsed.
- In chapter 13 of the Pokémon fanfic The Dark Side Of Innocence, after being broken down Mondo wonders if he was ever really as sweet as he seemed and if he ever truly was innocent. To that Meowth replies with "Maybe. Or maybe everything has a dark side... even innocence."
- In It All Started With a Visit to Gringotts Harry asks his cousin Dudley to be his champion when Harry and his team go up against the Big Bad.
Dudley: So what does the all powerful wizard need my help with?
Harry: I would need to start at the beginning and it's a pretty long story.
Dudley: Well as I said mom and dad are not here for another four days.
Harry: Well, it all started with a visit to Gringotts...
- In Back To Us, following Chat Noir's very long-awaited Heel–Face Turn, he asks Ladybug how she could ever forgive him after the way he hurt her. Her response: "Because we’re partners, chaton. No matter what, we’re always meant to be partners. So, though you strayed for a while… I think you were always meant to come back to me. Back to us."
- In The Mystery of Conan Edogawa, Ran engages in an extensive investigation attempt to prove to herself and to Conan/Shinichi the truth of his identity, despite the latter's attempts to throw her off. Towards the end, when she shares with him her findings and the truth comes out, the chapter ends with her telling him "how she solved the mystery of Conan Edogawa."