- Seventeen years in, and Pete Abrams still hasn't revealed just what "Sluggy Freelance" actually means. That hasn't, however, stopped him from dropping one of the two words without the other here and there like delicious, fan-baiting sprinkles. Recently (sixteen years in), three different possibilities showed up, but it is still not clear what it means.
"I quit! Sluggy's Freelance now!"
- May 16, 2014: The Title Drop finally appears.
- Curse Quest: Avalon picks up a curse quest at the convention. Evidently a curse quest is a quest so deadly that no sane adventurer dares go on one. Avalon soon asks for twelve. Unlike other quest scrolls, a curse quest seems to be on fire, but that may just be an effect and not actual fire.
- Parodied in this Dinosaur Comics comic.
- This one advocates ending everything ever with a title drop. It actually works pretty well.
- Cameron Walden has quite the terrible case of Zoophobia.
- In The Adventures of Dr. McNinja, chapter titles often get dropped as well in a visual gag, as in "Punch Dracula" (guess what the good doctor finds himself forced to do?) and "Revenge of the Hundred Dead Ninja" (appears on a theater marquee at the beginning of the strip)
- Used in one of the first Schlock Mercenary strips. The name has not been used since.
- The last two words of Better Days were...well, just that.
- Agents of the Realm has one during Paige's Info Dump in chapter 3:
"This event is what began the cycle of the agents of the realm — warriors chosen by the amulets to maintain balance and order."
- It was the worst case of Chopping Block he'd ever endured.
- On page 167 of Alien Hand Syndrome when Nick is trying to persiade Erin that Mina is possessed, Erin suggests the eponymous (real-life) syndrome as an alternative theory, although she doesn't actually know its name and Dan is the one who comes out with it.
- Awkward Zombie has a veeeeeeery subtle one here.
- Books Don't Work Here does this here. in the second chapter.
- El Goonish Shive lampshaded this by featuring a goon in one comic for this exact reason.
- In Least I Could Do, John does this and gets bitchslapped by the creator.
- Something Happens appears in the introductory strip and the final strip of book one. Not that Something couldn't Happen more often.
- Subverted in Shortpacked!, making reference to Roomies! when the main characters share a house.
- The "Trying Human Chip" in the comic Trying Human
- The Code Crimson drops the the title of each issue at least once.
- "I gots me some Mob Ties!"
- Happens on Last Res0rt a couple of times.
- Grrl Power: In a Leaning on the Fourth Wall moment.
- Referenced in Homestuck:
Sometimes you feel like you are trapped in this room. Stuck, if you will, in a sense which possibly borders on the titular.
"Of all the places for Rose to drop the infernal thing. More than ever you feel...what's the word you're looking for?"
- Teased again when examining the Cruxtruder early in Act II
"Of course. Housetrapped."
- The term "homestuck" does ultimately appear in the lyrics of the track Chain of Prospit from the Mobius Trip and Hadron Kaleido album.
- The titles of Homestuck's acts are all dropped with the exceptions of Act 4 and Intermission 2 (which doesn't even have any text, as it consists only of a single flash). Act 6 Act 1's can be found in a walkaround flashnote in Act 5 Act 2 as part of an item description, but is not dropped within the act itself.
- Several of Homestuck's albums have titles based on in comic quotes, such as Heir Transparent, At the Price of Oblivion, and coloUrs and mayhem.
- No Need for Bushido does this at least twice, once very early in the comic and once a hundred or so strips in.
- Hark! A Vagrant does this here.
- Boobs Ahoy! pulls one here. The only surprise is that it took this long.
- Guess what? It happened a lot sooner than you think.
- Super Effective: CHARMANDER used METAL CLAW! IT'S SUPER EFFECTIVE!
- In Harkovast this happens on the very first page and again here.
- In Second Empire, a Doctor Who comic centered on the Daleks, a multi-page exchange between two Dalek characters incorporates practically every episode title of Dalek-centric stories from Doctor Who. For a Title Drop, it's about as subtle as being hit upside the head with a bag of hammers, but Second Empire holds its tongue very much in cheek.
- Moon Over June does it here. Lampshaded.
- Parodied, along with so many other things, in I Was Kidnapped by Lesbian Pirates from Outer Space. Once an Episode the main character informs someone, sometimes herself, that she has been kidnapped and by whom.
- Fans! occasionally dropped their title into the story, notably in this strip toward the end of their first Grand Finale, before the Revival;
Rikk: People might call us crazy, and once in awhile me might almost believe them. But we're used to that. We're Fans!.
- A Complete Waste of Time does this so often, and in response to events which are, well, a complete waste of time, that it's become something of a Running Gag.
- Cyanide & Happiness: "What's it made out of?"
- Hanna Is Not a Boy's Name gets this in the second strip (which runs continually from the first), when the narrator first meets Hanna.
- Done on +EV here.
- At the beginning of The Noob, Ohforf meets a level 75 character who calls him a noob.
- The first chapter of Darths & Droids is called The Phantasmal Malevolence. 828 episodes later, in the middle of A New Generation, we get this:
Clone Trooper 2: Do you think he's dangerous? This... phantasm?Clone Trooper 1: He's malevolent, you mark my words.
- "In the caves behind my house I found A Softer World
- Precocious: Here.
- In Girl Genius, when Gil is outsmarted by Agatha again.
Bang: I mean, if they ever write this down, they ain't gonna be calling it "boy genius".
- In one of Something*Positive's early strips:
"Davan, this has to stop, okay? You're always so negative and angry, and it really worries me. You're not nearly the bad person you think you are, and things WILL get better. You've got to go do something positive with your life. I say this as a friend who cares about you."
- Stand Still, Stay Silent: early into the comic in a significant way, as it's defined as the post-apocalyptic world's first rule on the info page.
- Each chapter of Blood Splattered Socks is named after a line within it.
- While the first strip, and a few afterwards, of Lightning Made of Owls make reference to its Non Sequitur title, referring to the title is discouraged on the comic's submission page.
- Occurs twice in Prague Race, here and much later here. We still don't know exactly what it means, though.
- Happens in Plume after Vesper goes on her Roaring Rampage of Revenge:
My father used to say that revenge is like a plume of smoke.
- Zebra Girl: Viv eventually calls Sandra "Zebra Girl".
- In Moxie, the title is dropped when Choco tells Mari she has Moxie for chugging her drink.