- All together now: KINGDOM HEAAAAAAAAAARTS! FILL ME... WITH THE POWER OF DARKNESS!
- "Kingdom Hearts...is light!"
- "You would knowingly shackle your heart with a chain of memories born of lies?"
- "So many are still waiting for their new beginning, their birth by sleep. Even me...and even you."
- Spoofed in Escape from Monkey Island:
Do you have any idea how difficult it is to escape from Monkey Island? Guybrush:
No, how difficult is it to [with overly dramatic emphasis] Escape from Monkey Island™
...Well, it's really difficult!
- In Metroid Prime, you can tell the creature the Space Pirates have been studying will turn out to be pretty nasty once you learn that it's been code-named... well, take a wild guess.
- Metroid Prime Hunters is a spin-off in the series, and has the "Prime Hunter" multiplayer game mode.
- The title Super Metroid, which is quite traditional to Super Nintendo games, is also a name of the result of another research project.
- Fire Emblem tends to name each game's MacGuffin [The] Fire Emblem.
- The subtitle for each version of Fire Emblem Fates, "Birthright" and "Conquest", are among the lyrics of a song Azura performs in their respective games.
- The World Ends with You — welcome in that we get to find out what they were smoking when they came up with that one. Turns out it's suggesting that the parts of the world you ignore might as well not exist, and with Neku (who is told this) that means a lot might as well not exist. Thank you, Title Drop!
Mr Hanekoma: Listen up, Phones! The world ends with you. If you want to enjoy life, expand your world. You gotta push your horizons out as far as they'll go.
Neku: Are you kidding? I'm stuck in the Reapers' Game. I can't even leave Shibuya. How am I supposed to expand my world?
Mr Hanekoma: That's for you to figure out.
Neku: (thinking) Expand my world...
- Dante's demon-hunting business in Devil May Cry shares its name with the game.
- And there's a more direct Title Drop in the third game, which explains that Dante named the shop after a line spoken by Lady at the end of the game during a Sand In My Eyes moment, telling him that even a demon might cry over his brother (seemingly) dying.
- Devil May Cry 4 has another one, in Nero's battle theme. The last lyric before the song repeats is "I make the angel scream, and the Devil CRY!"
- "A MadWorld, huh? I'll fit right in."
- As just almost every single game in The Elder Scrolls series is named after an ingame settingnote , none of the games' subtitles should count. But Daggerfall however, does in a much very blatant and glorified manner in its epic opening FMV.
Uriel Septim: "Rest well this night... for tomorrow, you set sail... for the kingdom of DAGGERFALL!"
- The Bloodmoon expansion for Morrowind mentions the Bloodmoon event. Some of the games mention the actual Elder Scrolls, but never in situations relevant to the main plot.
- Until Skyrim, where you need an Elder Scroll to learn the Dragonrend shout, which is needed to take down Big Bad Alduin, and its expansion Dawnguard, where you needed three Elder Scrolls to resolve the plot of the expansions quest line.
- "And those of you who fight well, you will find yourselves on the path to becoming international secret agents— in other words... Psychonauts!"
- The phrase "Sonic Heroes" was apparently rammed into the game of the same name for no reason. Both Sonic and Eggman use it to describe Team Sonic, but it also appears in Team Chaotix's theme song, meaning that it might describe all the main characters... even though they have completely different reasons for fighting Eggman and actually fight each other every so often.
- In the same game, Sonic's explanation to Metal Sonic as to why he lost to them:
Metal Sonic: It's no use... why can't I defeat you...?
Sonic: Because we're SONIC HEROES! (strikes a pose)
- Metal Sonic then promptly faints/powers down, possibly due to being beaten, but one must wonder if it was because of that title drop...
- It's the very last line of the game, too. "Yeah! We're SONIC HEROES!" Even in the Japanese version, Sonic still says "We are Sonic Heroes!" in Gratuitous English.
- The mission "Standard Protocol" in inFAMOUS:
Cole: And they'll glass the whole city, just like that?
Moya: It's standard protocol when it comes to containing biological threats. Like it or not, Cole, you're in this all the way.
- In Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney: Trials & Tribulations, when Luke Atmey insists on describing himself as an "Ace Detective," Phoenix awkwardly introduces himself as "Phoenix Wright... Ace Attorney." Being Phoenix Wright, the whole scene is not an especially important conversation, especially because Pearl and Maya insist on also being an "Ace"... spirit medium and apprentice, respectively.
- Boktai: The Sun is In Your Hand has a Title Drop that's unusually hard to spot. During the final boss fight, Django and Sabata refer to the power of "Our Sun". (You know it's important because there's a voice clip and because Django, who's usually a Heroic Mime, speaks.) So? As it happens, the game's original Japanese title — Bokura no Taiyou — means "Our Sun". The English title is a sort of orphaned abbreviation for this that means nothing in the game.
- In John Woo's Stranglehold, Damon Zakarov tells Big Bad Wong, in his demands that he hand over Hong Kong to him, "Your stranglehold has lasted far too long."
- While the ARMs in Wild ARMs have always been an important plot element in every game, the series never did a full Title Drop...until the fourth game where ARMs are weapons made from Nanomachines, and the most powerful of them assimilates the inmates of Illsveil Prison, turning them into, you guessed it, Wild ARMs.
- Planescape: Torment doesn't use "planescape" — but then, the game is properly called Torment. (Calling it Planescape: Torment is like calling another game, for example, Forgotten Realms: Baldur's Gate.) Torment starts getting dropped at about the midpoint of the game, increasing in frequency from there.
- On that subject, Baldur's Gate mentions the city fairly early on, and as the latter third of the game takes place mainly there, it's hard to avoid it being mentioned. Throne Of Bhaal has the war between Bhaalspawn be around and for the title location, so it gets mentioned as well. On the other hand, Shadows of Amn doesn't use the title, though the nation of Amn it takes place in is mentioned; nor does Tales of the Sword Coast, with similar mention of the region.
- Icewind Dale and Heart of Winter do this — Icewind Dale, the name of the region it takes place in, much more easily. Heart of Winter, on the other hand, does it much more subtly:
A woman knows a woman's heart, and a strange, beautiful, and cruel thing it is. But the cruelest of all is a heart of winter
, for it beats not with love, but with loss, and nothing
may comfort it.
- Clearing four lines of blocks in Tetris is called a Tetris.
- In Tetris: The Grand Master, the highest rank obtainable is Grand Master.
- Olivia's poems seem nothing but a cute character moment until she recites the final stanza of her last: "But now we dance this Grim Fandango..." It refers to the four year journey to Eternal Rest taken by all but the most virtuous souls.
- Lampshaded in the preview for Strong Bad's Cool Game for Attractive People Episode 2: Strong Badia the Free, as well as in the game itself:
Strong Bad: Onward to Strong Badia! Strong Badia the Free!
Homestar Runner: Hey, that's the name of this—
Strong Bad: Shut up!
- On the Subject of Telltale Games — in the the last episode of Sam & Max: The Devil's Playhouse:
Max's Superego: Sam, Sam. They say that idle hands are the Devil's playthings, but there is something far, far worse. An idle mind is the Devil's Playhouse: a stage for the most vapid, horrible, and destructive stories to be made real.
- Seconds later, he then goes on to lampshade it by saying "Didn't think I'd be able to work the title in, did you?"
- All the Metal Gear games after Metal Gear Solid have subtitles, and engage in subtitle drops:
- Solidus: And we will become The Sons of Liberty!
- In Metal Gear Solid 3: Snake Eater, the subtitle is taken from the operation Snake carries out for the most of the game, named as such because he's taking on the members of the Cobra unit. The title is also dropped in the theme song.
- Ocelot: Behold! Guns of the Patriots!
- Probably the most meta one in the series, though, is a repeated series acronym drop from Drebin in Metal Gear Solid 4: Guns of the Patriots, as he screams (about a tank that is chasing them) 'we've got an MGS on our asses!' and 'We've gotta shake off the MGS!'. The scene ends with the MGS getting flipped into a ravine as the characters carry on. Interpret that as you may.
- For fairly obvious reasons, Portable Ops didn't manage. It tried hard, though, and involved an optional scene where Snake commented about how the operation felt 'portable'.
- Metal Gear: Ghost Babel averted this as well. There is a "Project Babel" in the plot, which forms half of the subtitle, but the subtitle Ghost Babel was mainly chosen because it conveniently shared the same initials as the Game Boy.
- Oh, and don't try to count the number of times Snake says "Metal Gear!?".
- The subtitle to Metal Gear Solid: Peace Walker refers to the game's main Metal Gear unit which Big Boss faces off against before the game's first pre-ending sequence. We also learn why it is named as such prior to that battle.
- The MSX2 version of the original Metal Gear has a subtle one in the form of a cheat code. Typing "intruder" while the game is paused will increase the ammo capacity of each of Snake's weapons to 999. "Intruder" was the working title of the game.
- SNAAAAAKKE EAAAATTEERRRRR (When Climbing the ridiculously long ladder in Metal Gear Solid 3: Snake Eater)
- Grand Theft Auto III has a mission called "Grand Theft Auto", which also happens to be one of the most difficult Watch the Paint Job missions in the series. It later plays with the title in a mission where you must steal a package from the airport, called "Grand Theft Aero".
- When you steal a car, sometimes the police say "Grand Theft Auto" over the scanner.
- Even before then, there was the rap song "Grand Theft Auto" written for the first game's soundtrack - a remixed version of which is also in III.
- Grand Theft Auto 2 also has a mission named "Grand Theft Auto".
- And take a wild guess what Grand Theft Auto IV lists the player character's criminal records as in the LCPD Database.
- Skillfully used in the first Geneforge game—the title initially seems to be just an oblique reference to the series' essential concept—bioengineering in a fantasy environment by use of magic. However, when it turns out to actually be the name of the Lost Technology that serves as the series' ongoing MacGuffin and Artifact of Doom, the player instantly recognizes his goal for the remainder of the game.
- Mega Man Battle Network 4 manages to shoehorn its subtitle (Red Sun or Blue Moon, depending on the version) in twice — once for the tournament and once for the giant laser. Near the end we learn that the tournament was a front for finding a netbattler to stop the asteroid, except this falls through because that was the BACKUP plan.
- Towards the end of Super Robot Wars Original Generation, when the party members are briefed on the The Federation's plan to launch a counterattack on the Balmarians, it's revealed the name of the plan is "Operation SRW". After the briefing, when the other party members are wondering what SRW stands for, Ascended Fanboy Ryusei Date guesses it right, but none of the others believe him.
- To be exact, Ryusei believes it stands for "Super Robot Wars", while Manic Pixie Dream Girl Excellen Browning jokes that it's "Sexy Romance Weapon".
- The feat is duplicated twice for Super Robot Wars OG Saga: Endless Frontier: the party acquires the not-so Humongous Mecha Gespenst Phantom, Alt Eisen Nacht, Weiss Ritter Abend as backup units, and they are dubbed "Support Robot Weapons". "Endless Frontier" is immediately used following a prologue real describing the multiple worlds connected by dimensional gateways.
- Some older SRWs would Title Drop the game during the final scenario, as in the case of Super Robot Wars Compact, where the last scenario is called "Super Robot Wars".
- Several of the games give your Badass Army a name based on the game's initial. R has the Round Knights, Alpha has the Alpha Numbers, W has Wärter, L has LOTUS, the Z games have ZEUTH and ZEXIS, UX has the Unknown Exstrikers and the Ultimate Cross...
- Dark Souls has one that's quite easy to miss. Darkstalker Kaathe is the only character in the entire game who mentions the Dark Soul and actually explains what it is and how it passes on to Furtive Pygmy's descendants.
- Dead Space has the final chapter in the game rather appropriately titled, er, "Dead Space". Which is kind of funny when you realize it's the only chapter that takes place on a planet instead of a ship in space.
- In Dead Space 3 players are able to hear this line on a recording, "It's all just dead space"-Dr. Earl Serrano, referring to something told to him by an old colleague. The original line was meant with the idea that there was just no alien life anywhere in the universe, and nothing to study, but for both the player and Serrano, those words take on a whole new meaning; the cycle of death a rebirth brought about by the Markers has left nothing but emptiness across the stars. In this way, it has both a literal and figurative meaning.
- From Ace Combat Zero: "We'll start over from 'zero' with this V2...". The EU non-numeric titles Distant Thunder, Squadron Leader and The Belkan War all show up in their respective games.
- And Shattered Skies as the name of AC04's eighth mission, and part of your commander's speech as you select your aircraft before the final mission.
- In Ace Combat X: Skies of Deception, guess what the title of the first mission is. Go on, guess.
- The eponymous Dragon's Crown is an artifact sought after by the powers that be in Hydeland for its famed power to control dragons. It actually holds no such power, but becomes a symbol when retrieved after defeating the endboss, a sign that warriors strong enough to slay dragons reside in Hydeland's borders.
- The main heroines of Tsukihime and Fate/stay night has the title of the game, or part of it, as the name of their true ending. Actually makes a lot of sense in the case of Tsukihime (Moon Princess) since the title is a direct reference to her.
- Tsukihime's "sequel", Kagetsu Tohya, has a character in a side-story named Souka Tsukihime. Incidentally, she's the graphic designer's favorite character.
- Despite Sion being technically the main heroine of Melty Blood, being the main heroine of the entire series gets Arc the title drop in that game. Her Blood Heat Arc Drive is named "Melty Blood."
- The Unlimited Blade Works and Heaven's Feel routes in Fate/Stay Night get title drops during their respective routes. Unlimited Blade Works gets a title drop right at the beginning, but the titular route explains what it actually is, Archer's Noble Phantasm, a Realty Marble that summons a hill of swords for Archer to use. Heaven's Feel is the true name of the Holy Grail War ritual, meant to materialize the soul.
- "And so began the story of the wanderer... the vagrant."
- Golden Sun has a title drop, but if you play only the first game you wouldn't know it, since the term only shows up in the lead-up to the final battle of the second game.
- That said, the very first true "dungeon" of the first game featured a puzzle involving a golden sun icon.
- Throughout the entire history of the Final Fantasy series, the only time those words are mentioned together is in Dissidia: Final Fantasy, when Chaos refers to the ten warriors and Cosmos' journey as being the Final Fantasy.
- Dissidia's secret ending is concluded with the Narrator saying:
"We shall journey on the road that continues... to the Final Fantasy."
- Although in Gilgamesh's Final Fantasy XII boss cameo, his ultimate attack is called Ultimate Illusion, a synonym to Final Fantasy.
- Additionally, the 5-person Band Attack used by the the final party of Final Fantasy IV in its sequel The After Years is called "Final Fantasy."
- Also, in Final Fantasy VIII, the Japanese version of Edea's speech in Galbadia plays out a little differently from the English translation, and includes a line referencing the series.
Edea: You and me. Together, we'll bring about this final fantasy.
Lightning: I guess this... is my final fantasy.
- Shenmue is a tree.
- There's an old Real-Time Strategy game by Sierra called Castles: Siege and Conquest. They had a basic version, and one on CD. The CD has an opening cinematic with full voice and FMV in game discussing the history of various castles. And wouldn't you know it, the ending of the cinematic says: "To become king you must conquer... CASTLES SEIGE AND CONQUEST!" The most awkward title drop (that wasn't a lampshade) ever.
- This happens in I Wanna Be the Guy, towards the end:
- Wing Commander IV: The Price of Freedom features two drops of the subtitle, with first the veteran in the bar, and later Admiral Tolwyn, giving the full line, "the price of freedom is eternal vigilance." At the end, Blair asks Tolwyn, after stating that his plan would cause many deaths and force humanity to become barbaric, "Is that the price of freedom?" in a Moment of Awesome.
- Hobbes addresses Blair as, "Wing Commander" in Wing Commander II when, despite being higher-ranked, he orders him to lead the mission they're on.
- In Wing Commander: Prophecy, Maniac toasts, "to the free and easy life of the Wing Commander."
- In the film, Angel describes herself to Blair as, "your Wing Commander."
- The third game's subtitle, Heart of the Tiger, is Blair's title among the Kilrathi, which also serves as the phrase to awaken Hobbes' true personality.
- Mega Man X8: Paradise Lost. Guess what is the name of the Final Boss' Desperation Attack?
- Mega Man: Maverick Hunter X: After Zero sacrifices himself to destroy Vile's mech:
X: Zero! Hang in there, buddy!
Zero: X... I'm always telling you... to be more careful... but now look at me...
X: Don't waste your energy talking, Zero. We've gotta fix you up.
Zero: There's... no time for that... Sigma is close... Very close...
Zero: Go now... Maverick Hunter X...
- In the Touhou games, Spell Cards have names which generally take the form of something like Love Sign "Master Spark", and this is used for a Title Drop a few times for the final Spell Card of the Final Boss. In Perfect Cherry Blossom, Yuyuko's final spell card (before her Desperation Attack) is titled Cherry Blossom Sign "Perfect Cherry Blossom of Sumizome"; in Mountain of Faith, Kanako's final attack has no "sign" part of its name (though it is far from unique in that regard) and is simply called "Mountain of Faith"note .
- Also, Tenshi from the Fighting Game Spin-Off Scarlet Weather Rhapsody gives us Scarlet Weather Rhapsody for all Mankind.
- In Imperishable Night, the "sign" parts of all of Kaguya's Last Spells are called Imperishable Night's End. Furthermore, the "sign" parts for her five normal spellcards are all called Impossible Request, which matches her stage title "Five Impossible Requests".
- Utsuho Reiuji has "Subterranean Sun" on Hard and Lunatic, and Koishi Komeiji has "Subterranean Rose".
- Played a bit differently in Ten Desires. The final boss's power is listening to ten people at once, or rather, to their Ten Desires.
- Also, her last Spellcard is called "Falling Stars on Divine Spirit Mausoleum", "Divine Spirit Mausoleum" being the game's Japanese title.
- Shinkirou, the Japanese title of Hopeless Masquerade, is revealed in Kokoro's ending to be the name of the new Noh Play she made based on the events of the game.
- The fangame Concealed the Conclusion's Stage 5 is titled Concealed the Conclusion (in English, in a Japanese game). Ironically, it is also the stage where the conclusion is revealed.
- The game's Japanese title, Mushuugeki, appears in the title music theme, "Dream End Drama ~ Border between Dream and Reality".
- You know that stuff just got real when humans bring in their Sword of the Stars dreadnought class. No other space conquest game has a suitable name.
Your season in the sun has passed. Now you will tremble before the Lords of Winter
- Sid Meier’s Alpha Centauri doesn't really count, as Planet orbits the star system, so it comes up quite frequently. The expansion, Alien Crossfire, does the drop in the cinematic, explaining that two opposing alien factions have landed on Planet, and the humans will thus be caught in the alien crossfire.
- The second Another Code game pulls it off near the end, though in a variation it only mentions the subtitles (Gateway of Memory in Japan, A Journey Into Lost Memories in Europe):
Ryan Gray: Do you understand why your father brought you here, Ashley? It was to open the doorway to your memory. To open that door and embark on a journey into lost memories.
- In Resident Evil 3: Nemesis, Jill ends her opening monologue stating that her escape from Raccoon City will be her "last escape"; a reference to the Japanese title, Biohazard 3: Last Escape.
- House of the Dead. Guess what the last chapter's name is, as well as where it takes place?
- One coming from the sequel, "Danny, listen; It's a Manhunt. And they won't stop, until we're both dead."
- Star Ocean: "People say the universe is a Star Ocean."
- "DonPachi" means "leader bee." Throughout the series, you collect bee icons, and upon fulfilling certain requirements for one of the games, you get to fight the True Final Boss: a flaming bee, the leader of the enemy forces you've been decimating. And in the first game, the elite air force you're training for is known as DonPachi Squadron.
- The Turn-Based Strategy Shattered Union ends the intro in particularly...Dramatic Fashion.
- The penultimate quest in the last content patch for World of Warcraft, which involves the players and one of their faction's leaders escaping an encounter with Arthas Menethil. This leads directly into the raid on Icecrown Citadel, and is named "Wrath of the Lich King".
- The Armageddon weapon in Worms: Armageddon.
- "I used to find joy in the company of others. Now, I have only The Company of Myself."
- World of Goo Corporation.
- S.T.A.L.K.E.R.: Shadow of Chernobyl does this in the intro.
- Braid does it twice throughout the game, and both times are somewhat confusing.
- The most difficult quest in Monster Hunter Freedom Unite is titled "Monster Hunter". Monster Hunter 4 Ultimate's final online quest is also entitled "Monster Hunter".
- Glory of Heracles was title dropped by one of the playable characters, Heracles, who muses that great muscles means nothing to the 'glory of Heracles'.
- Happens a couple of times in Tatsunoko Vs. Capcom with a couple of the character's Hyper Combos and the games they come from: Batsu's Ultimate Hyper Combo is called United By Fate, while Frank West has his Dead Rising Hyper Combo.
- Castlevania: Rondo of Blood: While the furigana in the game's subtitle reads Chi no Rondo for "Rondo of Blood," the literal reading is Chi no Rinne, meaning "Metempsychosisnote of Blood." The latter is also the title of the game's final stage, as well as its reenactment in the sequel.
- In the English versions of both Symphony of the Night and the PSP port of Rondo, the stage's name is simply rendered "Bloodlines", dropping a different title entirely.
- In City of Heroes, Paragon City and the Rogue Isles are refered to as the City of Heroes and the City of Villains, respectively, numerous times.
- Within the game, the title of the Explorers and Exploiters story arc (better known as the Dr. Q Task Force) is randomly wedged into dialog by a random NPC about a quarter of the way through.
- The meaning behind the title of Suika is only revealed in the true ending, where it becomes Ojou's new name by combining the kanji for water and summer.
- You get to find the Mask of the Betrayer in Neverwinter Nights 2: Mask of the Betrayer, but it isn't actually referred to anywhere in dialogue as such.
- The opening sequence video for Neverwinter Nights Hordes of the Underdark closed with a Title Drop.
- And in dialogue with Deekin, he mentions that he's going to be writing a book about your adventures in the above expansion pack, and asks the PC to give it a name. Naturally, one of the options is Hordes of the Underdark. Or "Anything but Hordes of the Underdark." Prompting some scribbling on Deekin's part.
- Dragon's Dogma never actually mentions the title in the game itself, but rather in the game's main/ending theme Eternal Return, "Yet, now he sees the dragon's dogma, unbound by time; all-binding, grand design." The title of the game, and even the title of the song, should make sense to the player by the time they reach the game's true ending.
- Upon defeating the Dragon it drops a powerful weapon of the type your character is currently wielding, named "Dragon's ____". Dragon's Dogma is the one-handed sword.
- Mass Effect refers to a category of technology that is the main Applied Phlebotinum of the game series, which is critically important for galactic civilization in the game.
- The opening title consists of a short description of the events that led humanity into the interstellar field, culminating with "They called it the greatest discovery in human history. The civilization of the galaxy call it...Mass Effect".
- Dragon Age pulls its Title Drop in the Codex, of all places, as part of the description of the Chantry's practice of naming each century as "____ Age" after a significant event. Since dragons reappeared in the world (after being hunted nearly to extinction by the Nevarran dragon hunters) at the beginning of this century, the game is set in the Dragon Age.
- The name of the setting is a bit of a disguised one. During development they just called it "The Dragon Age Setting", or THEDAS for short; apparently they never bothered to think of something better and so it stuck.
- In Cave Story (the original version and WiiWare remake), the password to the hideout in Plantation is a Title Drop backwards.
- God of War drops it many times, first with Ares and then Kratos being referred to as "God of War".
- No More Heroes is the name of the motel that Travis lives at, and is also written on the wall in any of the bathrooms that act as the game's Save Points. It's also delivered in a Take That by Travis's ex-girlfriend Jeane before the Rank 1 boss fight:
- The sequel title drops both the series and subtitle name. First in the opening...
Narrator: This is Travis Touchdown's desperate struggle.
Travis: Hold it, you violence-loving bastards. Before you start your desperate struggling, you should drop a nice save.
- After Bishop is murdered, the words Desperate Struggle is seen written in blood. Also, near the end of the game, Travis is referred to as the No More Hero.
- "The job... Killer is Dead."
- Klonoa 2: Lunatea's Veil has one, delivered by the King of Sorrow just before the Final Boss battle:
King of Sorrow: So I used the ark to lift Lunatea's Veil. All so that you could save the Kingdom of Sorrow. So that Lunatea can once again remember...
- The V in "Veil" is even capitalised in the subtitles, to make it obvious it's a Title Drop.
- The song When You're Gone does this for the most recent Silent Hill game.
"I know, I know, there's something I've forgotten! A time, a place, a shattered memory!"
- At the end of Rainbow Six 3: Raven Shield it is explained that the Big Bad was like a raven picking the bones of an old war and the other Big Bad his shield protecting him until his children were ready to fly.
- In the King's Quest II Fan Remake, a Title Drop is used when Caldaur and Lavidia hear the reason Graham is seeking to open the Door of Destiny.
- Halo: Combat Evolved:
- "While the Covenant had us locked up in here, I overheard the guards talking about this ring world. They call it... Halo." (Strangely enough, in later games they're referred to as "the Sacred Rings" by the Covenant.)
- Keyes says that the guards call the ringworld "Halo", but an early scene◊ drops the title before anyone even knows what a Halo is.
- Cortana drops the title of one of the soundtrack pieces during a cutscene in the first level. "With all respect, Captain. This war already has Enough Dead Heroes". Later, the first chapter of "Two Betrayals" is named after another song, "The Gun Pointed At the Head of the Universe".
- Halo 5: Guardians: "She calls the Guardians to serve her!"
- In most games The Legend of Zelda series, the subtitle inevitably gets dropped early on, pointing a giant neon arrow at something important. No points for guessing the Ocarina of Time is going to be important in a game called The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time.
- Played With in The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword:
- The game's opening cinematic (one of two if you wait around at the title screen) is an interesting example. It ends with "Now, a new legend bound to this great story stands ready to be revealed. A legend that will be forged by your own hand." In the trailer version of this cinematic, it ends with the game's logo. In the actual game, it boots you back to the title screen to fill it out with "THE LEGEND OF ZELDA".
- Subverted when Groose says "Nice going, you two. You guys were totally amazing in this little adventure I like to call the Legend of Groose". So close, yet so far.
- The game's subtitle is never directly dropped in-game; the sword in question is called the "Goddess Sword" toward the beginning of the game and the "Master Sword" after it gets upgraded... but on the boxart, Link is pointing the sword skyward.
- In The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess, Midna refers to Zelda early on as the "Twilight Princess," mocking the fact that her kingdom has descended into Twilight. Turns out she was just screwing with everyone—Midna is the real Twilight Princess.
- In The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker after you defeat Cyclos he will comment that you're "quite the Wind Waker".
- A case 2 happens Professor Layton and the Unwound Future (called ...and the Last Time Travel in Japan and ...and the Lost Future in Europe), where the second part is the last words said by Claire, Layton's girlfriend, before being sent back to the moment of her death 10 years ago by a faulty time machine. The phrase was slightly changed with each version to match each localized title.
- In Street Fighter Alpha 2, Ken title drops another popular fighting game in his dialogue with sub-boss Dan, referencing the fact that Dan is a parody of that game's main character, Ryo Sakazaki.
Ken: Who are you? Do you know the art of fighting?
- Conker's Bad Fur Day. Right in the intro when Conker starts to explain how he became King Of All The Lands, he says
"It all started yesterday. And what a day that was. It's what I call a Bad Fur Day."
- In The Matrix: Path of Neo, when the Wachowskis' avatars show up to explain they changed the ending for the benefit of the medium, Larry summarizes the original ending from the movie in an increasingly sped-up voice. This is what he says normally:
Larry Wachowski: You see, at this point in the story, Neo stands on the verge of satori; ready to resolve the paradox of choice and choicelessness; free will versus fate, but that can only be achieved through an act of surrender, which it occurs after his abandonment of the perspectile nature of truth, accepting the totallity of present consciousness which ultimately allows an evolutionary transition; transcending the Cartesian dilemma through emergence of de-limited spirit which then provides the world with a third path, the Path of Neo, the path to peace.
- Last line of the second expansion pack for Quake, Dissolution of Eternity:
Your consciousness fades as you realize you have halted Quake's plans for...the dissolution of eternity.
- The Command & Conquer franchise has two title drops. Once in the final Soviet cutscene of Yuri's Revenge where Yuri drops the franchise name and once in Tiberian Sun where Kane yells "THE TIBERIAN SUN HAS RISEN!"
- Tiberium Wars may have one as well: in-game and in cutscenes, the events of the various games in the Tiberium franchise are referred to as the First, Second and Third Tiberium War. Then there's the Firestorm Crisis, the events of the titual expansion pack.
- Yugo of Bloody Roar has a move named "Bloody Roar".
- Also one to the Japanese title, Beastorizer - a zoanthrope who transforms from their human form to beast form is said to "beastorize".
- Dawn of War 2: Retribution does this on the last level. "Whether I am victorious, or slain. My sins will know retribution. Such is the final testimony of Gabriel Angelos"
- Kara no Shoujo is named for a piece of art that appears in the story that has some eerie similarities to the murders going on. It's the masterpiece of a painter named Mamiya Shinzo. The similarities stop being eerie when the explanations start coming and instead turn disturbing.
- This happens quite often in the Mortal Kombat series, particularly Mortal Kombat 9. Among others, Liu Kang to Shang Tsung, prior to their battle from the first tournament. Justified as the story is a retelling of the first three games, which featured a Mortal Kombat tournament and an attempt to merge Outworld and Earthrealm together whilst ignoring the rules of Mortal Kombat.
Liu Kang: Face me in Mortal Kombat.
- The First and Second Reconstructions in The Reconstruction. Subverted in that they're only minor backstory events that are only briefly mentioned once each throughout the entire game (and you won't get any details unless you read Ques' glossary).
- In Master of Orion 2, the movie that plays after the player wins declares him or her the Master of Orion.
- Besides containing the book the Tome of Eternal Darkness, the game of the same name works the term into dialogue fairly frequently.
- At first, Hellsinker just seems like a flashy title. That's until you reach the final boss.
- Fallout: New Vegas: Several of the DLC have this:
- Akin to the films, the various James Bond video games also had name drops such as From Russia With Love and Everything or Nothing.
- In Corpse Party: Book of Shadows, one chapter is called Shangri-Lanote and deals with a Nightmare Fetishist stranded in Tenjin. He enthusiastically describes his horrific surroundings as a 'Corpse Party' and compares it to Shangri-La.
- Legacy of Kain has a few examples. In Soul Reaver it's "Become my soul reaver. My angel of death." In Soul Reaver 2, the Elder God tells Raziel "You are always and will always be my soul reaver." During the final battle in Defiance, the Elder God says, "This defiance is pointless."
- The final map of the Doom Game Mod Hell Revealed is named... wait for it... Hell Revealed.note
- Other mods which do this include: Hellcore, Hadephobia, No End In Sight, Ancient Aliens.
- Played with in TNT: Evilution (one half of Final Doom); many of the crates have TNT written on them despite not being volatile.
- Likewise in Doom 64, where its final level is a title drop to its Working Title, The Absolution.
- Each installment in the Back to Saturn X series includes a number of atmospheric intermission levels, which are always named after the given installment's subtitle (Get Out Of My Stations, Tower in the Fountain of Sparks).
- Might and Magic:
- VI: The Mandate of Heaven ends the intro with the narrator stating that "These signs and omens can mean but one thing: that your destiny is part of the Mandate of Heaven." The Mandate of Heaven is also mentioned in passing a few times by non-player characters (in the context of the ruling dynasty being said to have lost it).
- In VII: Day of the Destroyer is mostly done by you: very few non-player characters refer to the eponymous day in the full (mostly it is 'that day'), but the dialogue option to ask about is Day of the Destroyer.
- I Miss the Sunrise has one in the very last scene: As one character watches the first sunrise they have seen in millennia, they remark, "God, I missed this."
- While there is no Title Drop in Ascendancy, there is a Developer Drop. The game's developer is The Logic Factory. One of the planetary structures in the game you can research and build is called Logic Factory (without "The", although its description features the article). Here is the in-game description:
"The Logic Factory is a research complex that specializes in the entertainment and happiness of sentient beings. It provides both research and prosperity."
- The NES version of Bomberman does this in the ending, while the Japanese version also does the same for Lode Runner.
- The online game Into Space 2 named the achievement for reaching space "Into Space".
- In one of the possible endings in Spec Ops: The Line has Konrad narrate the inevitable fate of every soldier in war, neatly dropping the title in the middle,
- "'Tis the darkest Glyph thou bearest. It sacrifices stray souls to summon unearthly force. Unearthly force shall obey and serve thee. 'Tis named Chaos Legion."
- Used in Sleeping Dogs, but you'd have to know the story behind it: The working title of the game was Black Lotus, and an important mission has you trying to acquire one.
- In the end credits for Tales of Vesperia, Estelle is seen writing a book. The title's in another language, but you can tell really easily that it says "Tales of Vesperia."
- Ragna/ Hazama: Restriction 666 released. Dimensional interference field deployed. BlazBlue activate!
- Starion is the solution to one of the first puzzles in the game (AD 1985: "Be present at your birth"). Or potentially the first.
- Modern Warfare 2:
General Shepherd: We are the most powerful military force in the history of man. Every fight is our fight, because what happens over here matters over there. We don't get to sit one out. Learning to use the tools of modern warfare is the difference between the prospering of your people, and utter destruction. We can't give you freedom. But we can give you the know-how to acquire it. And that, my friends, is worth more than a whole army base of steel.
- The in-game menus give the campaign for this game the title "For the Record". The first words spoken while the final level is loading: "This is for the record."
- Also, the intro of Modern Warfare 3 begins with Makarov saying: "Modern Warfare is based on deception."
- From Section 8: Prejudice:
- From Amnesia: A Machine for Pigs: "This world is a machine. A machine for pigs. Fit only for the slaughtering of pigs."
- The narrator of Sir, You Are Being Hunted ends the introduction cutscene with the words "Oh, and do be careful, Sir, you are being hunted."
- Something series
- Something appears in a block formation in Fuzzy Tower and So Sand or Snow?
- Something Else also appears in block formation in This is Something. This is Something and the Else Castle also forms a Title Drop.
- In Rock Star Ate My Hamster, the title appears in-game as one of the Lurid Tales of Doom headlines obtainable through publicity stunts.
- Disney Princess Enchanted Journey has a partial one.
A very special girl would have to undertake an enchanted journey across magical lands, helping princesses in need.
- Astebreed drops its title when your mecha becomes the titular Astebreed for the last two stages of the game; the second to last stage is also titled Astebreed.
- Thomas Was Alone drops its title, in the first line of narration, no less.
- Rogue Legacy:
Johannes: I entered this castle a swordsman, a savior...but all I have left is a rogue's legacy.
- Edward mentions that he's "alone in the dark" during the intro of Alone In The Dark 3. He'll say it again every time you enter a dark room in the same game.
- SCP - Containment Breach: "The site is experiencing multiple Keter and Euclid level containment breaches. Full site lock-down initiated."
- Terranigma doesn't really drop the international title, not counting some self-referential dialogue in the Developer's Room, though a line in the ending that drops the Japanese title (Tenchi Souzou) is translated: "But you did fulfill your duty of creating heaven and earth," Yomi tells Ark.
- In Pokémon Black and White, N drops the title during your fourth encounter with him, in reference to his warped sense of morality.
"Many different values mix together, and the world becomes gray... That is unforgivable! I will separate Pokémon and people, and black and white will be clearly distinct!"
- As the resident Fourth-Wall Observer, before the second battle with the Piggy Man, the Terror Mask remarks "Show him why we call it... ''Splatterhouse."
- Xenogears is the name given to the main character`s mech near the end of the game after it has been upgraded by God.
- "I Have No Mouth and I Must Scream" ends in a title drop during bad ending, just like the novella. Averted in the good ending as the title never comes up.
- Guilty Gear is title dropped a few times in conversation, but it's only at the end of the first game that we find out exactly what it's referring to. Or rather, who. It's the main character, Sol Badguy. Sol was once a brilliant scientist named Frederick, and he worked on the Gear project, but he was turned into one by the main villain of the story. Forced to watch his creations rampage across the world and kill millions, he decided to adopt a new identity and use his Gear powers to hunt down and kill the others. And now you know.
- "We are the Galaxians / Mission: Destroy Aliens"note
- "Push start button / One player only note / Bonus Pacman (sic) at 10,000 points."
- Push start button / One player only / Additional [Ms. Pac-Man sprite] at 10,000 pointsnote
- "Inspired by his never ending quest for progress, in the year 2084, man perfects the Robotrons, a robot species so advanced, that man is inferior to his own creation..."
- It's storyline sequel Blaster plays with this. While it doesn't drop the exact title, the last line of the Opening Narration states that in order to reach Paradise, "You must blast...or be blasted."
- "Prepare to Joustnote "
- "Namco presents Mappy" note
- "We need your help, Star Fox! Andross has declared war!..."
- "The era and time of this story is unknown. After the mothership "Arkanoid" was destroyed, a spacecraft "Vaus" scrambled away from it. But only to be trapped in space warped by someone........"
- "Emergency order: Defeat the Metroid of the planet Zebeth and destroy the Mother Brain the mechanical life vein."note
- "But all of this is just a Pretentious Game. I am already too late. I've built up too much space in our Tiny World by passing up too many chances to say how I feel."
- Heavy Rain is the name of the book Madison writes at the end. Ethan also comments "Heavy rain... it's been the same for days now." in one of the optional dialogue choices (when picking up Shaun from school).
- Aversion: "You know, Ellie, we really are The Last of Us" is never actually spoken. It came from a meme poking fun at Narm-inducing Title Drops in video games.
- Shantae: Risky's Revenge does this during the first battle with Risky:
Risky: Lock and load men! It's time for Risky's Revenge, so let's attack aggressively!
- "Amazing Paperboy delivers!"
- Each of the different opening narrations (which occur on the difficulty select screen) give one as well.
- Mirror's Edge has the Title Drop in the opening narration. "We call ourselves Runners. We exist on the edge, between the gloss and the reality - The Mirror's Edge. We keep out of trouble, out of sight. And the cops don't bother us. Runners see the City in a different way. We see the flow. Rooftops become pathways and conduits, possibilities, and routes of escape. The flow, is what keeps us running. What keeps us alive."
- "Oh no, I'm not doing this to you. The game is doing this to you. Welcome to the Game!"
- The Talos Principle: "The Talos Principle" in-universe is a philosophical concept usually summarized by the last sentence: "Even the most faithful philosopher cannot live without his blood." To oversimplify, it states that having an existence hinging on the presence of one particular thing is the great equalizer that removes any distinction between humans and machines. Another interpretation of this is that all it takes for any living being to exist is a life source, whether blood or machinery, and without said source, that thing will cease to exist. As evidenced by the secret room in C1, Elohim's greatest fear is that he is also subject to this principle, meaning that he is not as immortal as he constantly tells the player he is.
- "Help me. I don't want to die. I'm scared."
- The English version of Persona3: FES is composed of two segments- the main game is "The Journey," while a part after the events of the game is "The Answer." In both of them, you see references to the title and the overarching themes of the story in parts of the game over messages- "Though life is merely a journey to the grave, it must not be undertaken without hope," and "The answer has been lost, never to be found again...", respectively.
- From a famous ClockUp game: "A constant state of euphoria".
- "Trip to the space war / Moon Cresta / Try it now!! / You can get a lot of fun and thrill"
- In Crusader Kings 2 around the year 1100 the pope sends a letter to all rulers, informing them of the creation of the crusades. The letter is titled "Crusader Kings".
- The Turing Test: Early on, TOM discusses with Ava about the Turing Test and its implications.