Title Drop: Western Animation
- In Japan, the word "Hunchback" is highly offensive, so Disney released The Hunchback of Notre Dame as "The Bells of Notre Dame", making the entire opening song one of these.
Clopin: Ladies and gentlemen, don't panic! We asked for the ugliest face in Paris and here it is! Quasimodo, the (you know the rest)
- Also, during the "Topsy Turvy" musical number.
- Drawn Together
Xandir: There is hope! As long as we're together. Drawn to—
- Lampshaded in "Lost in Parking Space, Part Two:"
Spanky: You say "drawn together," and I swear to Christ, I'm gonna cave your skull in with a tire iron, and eat what drips out.
Xandir: Alright, fair enough.
- The episode ends with Xandir saying it and horrible sounds playing over the sudden fade to black.
- Before that, the first season finale ended with a standard Title Drop narrative voiceover.
- Also in the Movie, after Xandir does this again, the lasers that were targeting the housemates all focus onto him.
- In another episode Ling-Ling says that everyone in the house is so different, yet somehow "drawn together." Then he says he realizes where the title came from.
- Avatar The Last Airbender
- In the first episode of the series, Zuko tells his uncle that "the Sages tell us that the Avatar is the last airbender."
- In the third episode of the first season, Aang remarks, "I really am the last airbender."
- The second season finale is called "The Crossroads of Destiny", with Iroh using the title almost exactly when he tells Zuko that he is at a point where he has to choose which path in life to take.
- In the third season episode, "The Avatar and the Firelord", Firelord Sozin's final testimony ends with him expressing regret that he never found and defeated the greatest threat to the Fire Nation, "the Avatar, the last airbender".
- "Let the fight take place here, on this strange, primitive world. And let it be called...the Beast Wars!" The conflict is then referred to as such occasionally throughout the series, Megatron claiming that he's won the Beast Wars as he reaches the climax of an Evil Plan, for example. Doesn't apply for viewers watching it on Canada's YTV where, due to discomfort with the word "War" in its title, it was called "Beasties".
- Several episodes feature title drops. For instance, in "A Better Mousetrap", after Rattrap sets off the Sentinel defense system, leaving him stuck inside, Dinobot remarks "It seems as though you [Rhinox] have built a better mousetrap."
- War Planets (a.k.a. Shadow Raiders) gets a Title Drop during a Rousing Speech in the first season, before the attack on planet Remora: "We've stopped being planets at war and become planets of war!"
- An episode of G.I. Joe had an awesome Title Drop. In the episode "Money To Burn", Cobra... burns United States money, but as usual, GI Joe beats them.
Ripcord: Like Cobra, you have money to burn.
- The Simpsons
Man: I'm Michael Jackson from The Jacksons.
- "Worst Episode EVER" actually drops it with Comic Book Guy's response to finding out he had a cardiac episode.
- And the episode where Homer meets a man who thinks he's Michael Jackson:
Homer: I'm Homer Simpson from The Simpsons.
Strawman Atheist: It's the Rapture, Shawna, the Rapture. The virtuous have gone to Heaven and the rest of us have been ... left below!
- Also parodied in the Left Behind spoof.
Homer: "Left below" ... where have I heard that before?
Lisa: Dad, it's the title of the movie.
Homer: Gasp! It's everywhere!
Man: No thanks to the plane, many of us are still...
- And in Fear of Flying, Marge watches a certain movie:
- Parodied again in "Homer Loves Flanders", when Moe's reading to sick children: the books apparently end "And truly she was ... my friend Flicka" and "They were no longer little girls, they were now ... little women". (Actually Little Women has several title drops, but that's not one of them.)
- With the name of the show also being the name of the title-character, title drops are common in Kim Possible, but in the first movie, A Sitch in Time, they also manage to drop the title of the opening lyrics of the theme-song into casual dialogue.
- Parodied in a Family Guy episode, where Peter is at the movies and hears the drops in Clear and Present Danger and As Good As It Gets (and also a parodic one, Superman IV: The Quest for Peace). Later in the episode, a cop says "I don't appreciate drug addicts in my town. I'm a family guy!", much to Peter's delight.
Superman: The only way for me to solve this crisis is to be Superman IV: The Quest for Peace.
Peter: So that's why it's called that...
- There was that early episode where the Griffins watch Eight Is Enough where the father hits the daughter multiple times then another character says "Dad! Eight is enough!" and then they all laugh. Even the Griffins were shockednote .
- Played With in The Simpsons crossover. Peter says "I'm a family guy." and Homer responds with "And I'm a the Simpsons."
- In The Venture Bros. episode "The Buddy System", Dr. Venture tells his son "They're here to see Rusty Venture, if there was a cartoon called 'The Venture Brothers', maybe it would be different."
- In the episode "The Invisible Hand of Fate", said episode's title is said twice by two different characters to Billy Quizboy.
- "Powerless in the Face of Death" opens with Jonas Venture Jr. announcing "But we're the Venture brothers!"
- The Danny Phantom episode "Flirting With Disaster" had Tucker and Sam finish a sentence that involves the title; "Long night... of flirting with disaster?" Obviously it refers to Danny's dangerous Dating Catwoman relationship with Valerie.
- "You've started something. A brave, bold new era in crimefighting."
- The scene is turned a little funny when you realize that the episode writer was Joseph Kuhr and Batman is talking to The Red Hood a.k.a. Earth 3's Joker. note
- Batman also makes a Title Drop as the final line of the first season finale.
- The Ren & Stimpy Show lampshades this shamelessly in the episode "Marooned!" After their spaceship crashes on a distant planet, Ren confirms that they have no way to get home.
Ren: We're marooned!
Stimpy: Just like the title of this cartoon!
- In an amusing aversion, in the finale of the third season of ReBoot, the cast makes a gamble to have the User "reboot" the computer and thus restore Mainframe. When the screen goes blank, however, the User types in "ReStart". In a convention panel the creators lamented that they didn't think to title drop at that oh-so opportune moment.
- On a more general note, the title is regularly dropped as the command word for characters changing format to interact inside of a Game.
- "Don't be hasty. Not until I see those Street Fighters pummelled to dust, which should be any moment now" YES!! YES!!!
- Scooby-Doo, Where Are You!. In the episode "Foul Play in Funland" Shaggy says "Scooby Doo, where are you!"
- This actually is the series' standard, with the title drop appearing in many episodes.
- At the beginning and end of every episode of A Pup Named Scooby-Doo Shaggy provides the narration and always includes "My pal, a pup named Scooby Doo!" Scooby is rarely, if ever, referred to that way outside of Shaggy's narration.
- Dropped at the end of Scooby-Doo! Abracadabra-Doo.
- Battle tanks are for hardened soldiers, and you're trained only as an invader, Zim!
- "Truly, they were an Aqua Teen Hunger Force."
Carl: (beat) Your emergency brake is on!
Shake: Don't tell me how to drive, jackass!
- Occasionally done in Where on Earth Is Carmen Sandiego? The ACME agents might say, "Where on Earth is she now?" or villains trying to outdo Carmen would say, "Where on Earth is..." and insert their names instead. In the episode "Shaman Spirits," a news reporter said the title outright.
- Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles:
Utrom Shredder: So long as Ninja Turtles exist somewhere in the multiverse, they will interfere in the plans of the Shredder! Our epic battle is never going to end...unless I put an end to Turtles...FOREVER!
- also, in the 1987 series, after recounting their origin to April, Splinter finishes with, "...and that is how they became The Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles!"
- Lampshaded in one of the Billy & Mandy movies where Grim immediately follows up his Title Drop with an aside, "like how I worked the title in?"
- A rarity for the Spongebob Squarepants series, the episode Spy Buddies has a lot of these.
- Spongebob: SPY BUDDIES!
- "What TIIIIME is it?" "ADVENTURE TIME!"
- In an episode of Beavis And Butthead, the title duo are arguing over what to name their newly-formed garage band. Beavis suggests "Beavis And Butthead", but Butthead insists it sounds better the other way.
- Futurama : In "Roswell That Ends Well," the title is painted on a missile fired at the military base.
- The first Daria movie's title, "Is It Fall Yet?," is Link's first line, given when Daria asks him if he has anything to say when they arrive at the Okay to Cry Corral.
- In the first episode of the Secret Wars arc from Spider-Man: The Animated Series, the episode ends with Spider-Man declaring his intentions to keep a record of the events he witnesses, so that the battle will not become "a secret war."
- Also, part one of the Grand Finale two parter is called "I Really, Really Hate Clones." Spidey doesn't wind up saying it: it's the evil alternate Spidey who is bonded with the Carnage symbiote who gets to say it, thinking our Spidey is a clone.
- Heavily parodied in one of the sketches from Sheep in the Big City. One. Life. To Live.
- Code Lyoko has this Once an Episode (with a few exception), shown on the Holographic Terminal when Aelita deactivates a tower.
- The Jimmy Two-Shoes episode "Too Many Jimmys" has Samy mention the eponymous problem.
- "No Billy, hearing you talk was Annabelle's Wish."
- My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic:
- In "Elements of Harmony", The Reveal of the sixth element shows that friendship is indeed Magic.
- In "Call of the Cutie", Cheerilee refers to her students as "my little ponies."
- In "Fall Weather Friends" during the Running of the Leaves.
Pinkie: You know, Spike, despite the name, the leaves don't do any of the actual running. That's left to my little ponies.
- In "Stare Master", the Cutie Mark Crusaders drop the episode title.
Scootaloo: You're like the queen of Stares!
Scootaloo, Apple Bloom, and Sweetie Belle: You're the "Stare Master"!
- In "The Show Stoppers", Twilight addresses the Cutie Mark Crusaders twice as "my little ponies."
- In "A Bird in the Hoof", Princess Celestia refers to Fluttershy as "my little pony."
- Title drops occur frequently during "The Best Night Ever".
- Cheerilee, Celestia, and Discord all refer to her class (in the case of the former) and the Mane Six (the latter two) as "my little ponies" in "The Return of Harmony".
- "May The Best Pet Win!" has it as the last line of Fluttershy and Rainbow Dash's duet.
- The Mayor drops the title when naming the town's new hero in "The Mysterious Mare Do Well".
- The nurse pony also uses it in "Read it and Weep"
- After being reformed by Fluttershy, Discord actually says "Friendship is Magic" when prompted by Fluttershy.
- A rather harsh one in Rarity Takes Manehatten.
- The spell Spike finds for Rarity is called "Inspiration Manifestation".
- By Discord once again in "Twilight's Kingdom Part 2": He notes that Fluttershy actually taught him that friendship is magic.
- There's another very subtle and clever one in the characters' names - specifically, in the names of Pinkie Pie and her sisters. Their names are Marble, Limestone and Pinkamena, the initials of which spell out MLP.
- Here Comes the Grump, in addition to its Title Theme Tune, tends to have a Title Drop in the dialogue Once an Episode, along the lines of "Look out, Terry! Here comes the Grump!"
- Not only does The Spectacular Spider Man mention the show's title, but in some episodes it references past episode titles.
- Transformers Prime tends to apply this in it's episode titles, such as in "Rock Bottom".
Megatron: The fact is, Starscream, despite your treachery, I allowed you to carry on this long because I took a certain delight in following your string of failures...But you've finally become tiresome, predictable! You've hit Rock Bottom.
- Recess has episode title drops within a number of episodes:
- "Speedy, We Hardly Knew Ye"
- "I Will Kick No More Forever"
- "Operation Field Trip"
- "The Girl was Trouble"
- "Recess is Cancelled"
- "Me No Know"
- "Good Ol' T.J."
- Some of the episode of House of Mouse such as "Thanks to Minnie" and "Pluto Saved the Day."
- The ending of the Season 1 finale of Xiaolin Showdown, "In the Flesh."
- Also shouted whenever a Woo-Fu item is contested. "Xiaolin Showdown!"
- Phineas and Ferb, "Summer Belongs to You!" In addition to the song of the same name near the end, we get a title drop near the middle, when Phineas is trying to give Candace a pep talk:
Phineas: The gist of it was that you have to believe in yourself.
Candace: That's easy for you to say. Look at all the things you've done! Summer belongs to you!
Phineas: Summer doesn't belong to me. It belongs to everyone, and that includes you!
- "Dude, We're Getting the Band Back Together"
- Done in the narration at the end of The Great Mouse Detective.
- In the first episode of Ultimate Spider-Man, Nick Fury says he can train Peter to become "the ultimate Spider-Man".
- South Park:
- When the boys abandon Butters while playing "Border Patrol/Texans vs. Mexicans", Butters laments that he is "The Last of the Meheecans". The camera than pans up into the night sky where those exact words are superimposed in Tim Burton-style font.
- A website dedicated to spreading rumors and insider information about the population of South Park Elementary goes online, causing embarrassment for many unfortunate students. When a mysterious ghost fish shows up to help the students stop it, he explains that he himself was a victim of the website, his affair with another fish giving her "Bass to Mouth" being made public.
- In the Iron Man: Armored Adventures episode All the Best People Are Mad we get one as part of a variation of the You're Insane! trope:
Tony: "You're completely mad Rhona!"Rhona: "Mad? All the best people are mad. Lewis Carroll."
- The Avengers: Earth's Mightiest Heroes! has the first half of its title dropped for the first time in "Breakout":
Iron Man: Together, we can avenge the wrongs caused by all these villains.Wasp: We can be Avengers.Hulk: Huh. Good name.
Captain America: You are Earth's mightiest heroes, and I've called you together for one reason: the end of the world is here, and it's our job to stop it...
- The second half gets dropped in the series finale, "Avengers Assemble!", during Captain America's Rousing Speech:
- The tie-in comics include two usages of the phrase, "Earth's Mightiest Heroes".
- Individual episodes that drop their own titles include "Gamma World," "459," "Hail, HYDRA!", "The Deadliest Man Alive," and "Avengers Assemble!"
- Young Justice: Lex Luthor to the original Roy Harper: "What is it you really want? Revenge...or satisfaction?"
- "There's no fail safe. This was an Endgame."
- A somewhat chilling example occurs at the end of the TRON: Uprising episode "Welcome Home". Keller has returned to the Occupation... only for Tessler to kill her using his glowing hand o' doom. Tessler then mutters "Welcome home".
- The Motorcity episode "A Better Tomorrow" had Kane end his commercial with "Promising a better tomorrow by building your future today!" Somewhat of a bitter/ironic line considering the state of Motorcity at that point.
- Almost all episodes of Regular Show have their title dropped. Some of these are easy, as the title is just a noun, but others are actual phrases ("This is My Jam"; "Camping Can Be Cool" etc.)
- Taz-Mania: Digeri Dingo does it in "Nursemaid Taz". After referring to Taz as 'nursemaid Taz', Digeri (a notorious Fourth Wall Observer) hangs a lampshade on it by turning to the camera and declaring "There! I worked the title in!".
- TaleSpin: In the finale of the four-part pilot "Plunder & Lightning", Baloo's Sea Duck plane is on the verge of crashing and a frantic Baloo says they're in a "tailspin".
- While trying to get MomZZ to respect him, Ziv Zulander tells her he's The Bots Master.
- The titular Rick of Rick and Morty drops the shows title approximately ten times in a rambling speech he gives to Morty, who is writhing on the floor, having lost all brain functions for the next 72 hours.
- Played with in Wander over Yonder. Several episodes have a title drop, but the actual drop is interrupted by the title of the episode appearing in text on a freeze-frame, as seen in "The Time Bomb" and "The Big Day".
- Lampshade Hanging in the Danger Mouse episode "Pink Dawn", when DM sees the pinkified London.
DM: Well, I suppose it's cheerful enough. Like some sort of ... pink dawn.Penfold: I love it when we get the episode title in like that.