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A namesake is the thing within a story after which the story itself is named. It could be [[TheEponymousShow a character]], [[ThePlace a place]], an object, or indeed a metaphor. Often, the namesake is [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin rather obvious]] (''RomeoAndJuliet'' is obviously named that way because there's a character called "Romeo" and another called "Juliet"; ''Literature/TheTimeMachine'' obviously includes a machine to [[TimeTravel travel through time]]) but sometimes, authors (or film studios) want to use titles that draw attention, and that's when the namesake may not appear until the end of the story, or might indeed only be a metaphor for a certain situation in the story which doesn't become clear until the end. In short, this becomes a trope when the reason why the book/movie/chapter/episode/etc. is called the way it is, isn't revealed to the audience until [[NowYouTellMe near the end]]; regardless of whether the characters [[EverybodyKnewAlready knew about it all along]] or not. If book/movie/chapter/episode is named after a pivotal plot point rather than an actual person/place/thing, then it's a SpoilerTitle.

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A namesake is the thing within a story after which the story itself is named. It could be [[TheEponymousShow a character]], [[ThePlace a place]], an object, or indeed a metaphor. Often, the namesake is [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin rather obvious]] (''RomeoAndJuliet'' (''Theatre/RomeoAndJuliet'' is obviously named that way because there's a character called "Romeo" and another called "Juliet"; ''Literature/TheTimeMachine'' obviously includes a machine to [[TimeTravel travel through time]]) but sometimes, authors (or film studios) want to use titles that draw attention, and that's when the namesake may not appear until the end of the story, or might indeed only be a metaphor for a certain situation in the story which doesn't become clear until the end. In short, this becomes a trope when the reason why the book/movie/chapter/episode/etc. is called the way it is, isn't revealed to the audience until [[NowYouTellMe near the end]]; regardless of whether the characters [[EverybodyKnewAlready knew about it all along]] or not. If book/movie/chapter/episode is named after a pivotal plot point rather than an actual person/place/thing, then it's a SpoilerTitle.


Not to be confused with NamesakeGag, the book and film entitled Film/TheNamesake, or the [[Webcomic/{{Namesake}} webcomic]]. In literary circles this is called an {{eponym}}, a term also used to refer to a CharacterTitle.

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Not to be confused with NamesakeGag, the book and film entitled Film/TheNamesake, ''Film/TheNamesake'', or the [[Webcomic/{{Namesake}} webcomic]]. In literary circles this is called an {{eponym}}, a term also used to refer to a CharacterTitle.



* ''Disney/OneHundredAndOneDalmatians'' repeatedly counts the dalmatians in the film, reinforcing throughout it that there ''aren't'' 101 of them. It isn't until the end that Roger proclaims "that's 84, and 15 plus two is a hundred and one!"

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* ''Disney/OneHundredAndOneDalmatians'' repeatedly counts the dalmatians dalmatian puppies in the film, reinforcing throughout it that there ''aren't'' 101 of them. It isn't until the end that Roger proclaims "that's proclaims, "That's 84, and 15 plus two is a hundred and one!"



* The book of ''Literature/TheHundredAndOneDalmatians'' has this even more than the movie, because there AREN'T 101 dalmatians for most of the book: there are Pongo and Missus, the original 15 puppies, the puppies' foster-mother Perdita, plus the additional 82 puppies Cruella had, giving a total of 100 dalmatians. The narrator actually [[BreakingTheFourthWall mentions this problem in the second to last chapter]], promising that the 101st dalmatian will be along soon.

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* The book of ''Literature/TheHundredAndOneDalmatians'' has this even more than the movie, because there AREN'T ''aren't'' 101 dalmatians for most of the book: there are Pongo and Missus, the original 15 puppies, the puppies' foster-mother Perdita, plus the additional 82 puppies Cruella had, giving a total of 100 dalmatians. The narrator actually [[BreakingTheFourthWall mentions this problem in the second to last chapter]], promising that the 101st dalmatian will be along soon.






* Several ''Series/{{Lost}}'' episodes do this, such as "The Substitute," "Some Like it Hoth," and "Jughead." The flashbacks in "Not in Portland" depict Juliet being recruited for a job in Portland. At the very end, we learn this is actually how she was recruited by the Others. Richard tells her, "Well, actually we're not quite in Portland."

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* Several ''Series/{{Lost}}'' episodes do this, such as "The Substitute," "Some Like it Hoth," and "Jughead." The flashbacks in "Not in Portland" depict Juliet being recruited for a job in Portland. At the very end, we learn this is actually how she was recruited by the Others. Richard tells her, "Well, actually actually, we're not quite in Portland."



* With the exception of ''[[Podcast/TheAdventureZoneDust Dust]]'' (named, according to Travis in the settup episode, for the phrase "ashes to ashes, dust to dust" to refer to the [[DarkerAndEdgier bleak and dark nature of the system he's using]]), the titles of ''Podcast/TheAdventureZone'' arcs don't become apparent until at least the end of the first arc. ''[[Podcast/TheAdventureZoneBalance Balance]]'' refers to the Bureau of Balance, which isn't named or even introduced until the first (and a halfth) arc, ''Moonlighting''. ''[[Podcast/TheAdventureZoneAmnesty Amnesty]]'' refers to the Amnesty lodge, the lodge out of which the Pine Guard is run, which doesn't become clear until an episode or two in. And ''[[Podcast/TheAdventureZoneCommitment Commitment]]'' refers to the commitment to [[spoiler:helping King Richard lead a peaceful coup against the [=US=] government]], which isn't introduced until the final episode of the arc.

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* With the exception of ''[[Podcast/TheAdventureZoneDust Dust]]'' (named, according to Travis in the settup setup episode, for the phrase "ashes to ashes, dust to dust" to refer to the [[DarkerAndEdgier bleak and dark nature of the system he's using]]), the titles of ''Podcast/TheAdventureZone'' arcs don't become apparent until at least the end of the first arc. ''[[Podcast/TheAdventureZoneBalance Balance]]'' refers to the Bureau of Balance, which isn't named or even introduced until the first (and a halfth) arc, ''Moonlighting''. ''[[Podcast/TheAdventureZoneAmnesty Amnesty]]'' refers to the Amnesty lodge, the lodge out of which the Pine Guard is run, which doesn't become clear until an episode or two in. And ''[[Podcast/TheAdventureZoneCommitment Commitment]]'' refers to the commitment to [[spoiler:helping King Richard lead a peaceful coup against the [=US=] government]], which isn't introduced until the final episode of the arc.



* For ''Franchise/TheElderScrolls'' series, the eponymous [[TomeOfEldritchLore Elder Scrolls]] don't actually appear in-game until the fourth game in the series, ''[[VideoGame/TheElderScrollsIVOblivion Oblivion]]'', and aren't directly involved with the main quest of a game until the fifth, ''[[VideoGame/TheElderScrollsVSkyrim Skyrim]]''. They are ''mentioned'' earlier, often as part of the impetus for the main quest, but are not actually seen. Fun fact, according to former series developer Ted Peterson, the name ''The Elder Scrolls'' was chosen as the surtitle to ''[[VideoGame/TheElderScrollsArena Arena]]'' simply because "it sounded cool", and it wasn't determined until later in development what an "Elder Scroll" actually was in-universe.

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* For ''Franchise/TheElderScrolls'' series, the eponymous [[TomeOfEldritchLore Elder Scrolls]] don't actually appear in-game until the fourth game in the series, ''[[VideoGame/TheElderScrollsIVOblivion Oblivion]]'', and aren't directly involved with the main quest of a game until the fifth, ''[[VideoGame/TheElderScrollsVSkyrim Skyrim]]''. They are ''mentioned'' earlier, often as part of the impetus for the main quest, but are not actually seen. Fun fact, fact: according to former series developer Ted Peterson, the name ''The Elder Scrolls'' was chosen as the surtitle to ''[[VideoGame/TheElderScrollsArena Arena]]'' simply because "it sounded cool", and it wasn't determined until later in development what an "Elder Scroll" actually was in-universe.


* ''Crossed, Double-Crossed'' is a [[StoryWithinAStory book shown in an episode]] of the TV series Series/{{Charmed}}. Though the characters in the book [[ParanoiaFuel generally mistrust each other]], there isn't an actual betrayal until the end; when the main characters find themselves [[ThisIsGonnaSuck surrounded by bad guys]] and the book's narrator reveals TheNamesake by saying, "The couple knew they'd been double-crossed and there was no way out."

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* ''Crossed, Double-Crossed'' is a [[StoryWithinAStory book shown in an episode]] of the TV series Series/{{Charmed}}.''Series/{{Charmed|1998}}''. Though the characters in the book [[ParanoiaFuel generally mistrust each other]], there isn't an actual betrayal until the end; when the main characters find themselves [[ThisIsGonnaSuck surrounded by bad guys]] and the book's narrator reveals TheNamesake by saying, "The couple knew they'd been double-crossed and there was no way out."

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* With the exception of ''[[Podcast/TheAdventureZoneDust Dust]]'' (named, according to Travis in the settup episode, for the phrase "ashes to ashes, dust to dust" to refer to the [[DarkerAndEdgier bleak and dark nature of the system he's using]]), the titles of ''Podcast/TheAdventureZone'' arcs don't become apparent until at least the end of the first arc. ''[[Podcast/TheAdventureZoneBalance Balance]]'' refers to the Bureau of Balance, which isn't named or even introduced until the first (and a halfth) arc, ''Moonlighting''. ''[[Podcast/TheAdventureZoneAmnesty Amnesty]]'' refers to the Amnesty lodge, the lodge out of which the Pine Guard is run, which doesn't become clear until an episode or two in. And ''[[Podcast/TheAdventureZoneCommitment Commitment]]'' refers to the commitment to [[spoiler:helping King Richard lead a peaceful coup against the [=US=] government]], which isn't introduced until the final episode of the arc.
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* ''WesternAnimation/TheHollow'': [[spoiler:"The Hollow" is the title of both the video game the kids are playing and the game show the characters are playing said game on]].


* "Literature/TheDayIsDone", by Creator/LesterDelRey, is about the last Neanderthal Man. Hwoogh is the LastOfHisKind, and only two of the Cro-Magnon people even care as the day of Neanderthal Man is done.



* "Literature/IntoTheDarkness" plays with the concept of namesake, because Darkness is the main character, but the meaning of the title isn't revealed until the very end of the story, when [[spoiler:Darkness describes dying as a journey into darkness]].



* The Nick Hornby novel ''A Long Way Down'' is about four people planning to [[InterruptedSuicide jump off a building]], so it seems clear what the title means. Except that a line near the end twists what you think TheNamesake is; they ask whether they should jump, which would be the ''short way'', or take [[TitleDrop "the long way down"]], that is, ''taking the stairs back down'' and moving on with life, which is literally "the long way".

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* The Nick Hornby novel ''A Long Way Down'' is ''Literature/ALongWayDown'': A Creator/NickHornby {{Novel}} about four people planning to [[InterruptedSuicide jump off a building]], so it seems clear what the title means. Except that a line near the end twists what you think TheNamesake is; they ask whether they should jump, which would be the ''short way'', or take [[TitleDrop "the long way down"]], that is, ''taking the stairs back down'' and moving on with life, which is literally "the long way".



* "[[Literature/TheManFromPIG The Man From P.I.G.]]", by Creator/HarryHarrison, is [[CovertGroupWithMundaneFront a pig farmer]] from [[GovernmentAgencyOfFiction Porcine Interstellar Guard]].



* "[[Literature/TheManFromPIG The Man From P.I.G.]]", by Creator/HarryHarrison, is [[CovertGroupWithMundaneFront a pig farmer]] from [[GovernmentAgencyOfFiction Porcine Interstellar Guard]].

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** "Literature/TheHazing": Because this is the first group of humans from Earth to join the college, some of the college sophomores take it upon themselves to [[WackyFratboyHijinx create a new hazing ritual to welcome them]].
** "Literature/HomoSol": In this story, all known sentient life is {{Humanoid|Aliens}}. The various species are called Homo (for human) and then designated by the star system they evolved from. The title refers to mankind from our solar system; Humans of Sol.


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** "Literature/TheImaginary": The title refers to imaginary numbers in the mathematical notations for [[FictionalFieldOfScience the alien's use of psychology]].


** The title of the episode ''The Name of the Doctor'' was assumed to be taken literally; its real meaning is revealed at the end: [[spoiler: The Doctor's participation in The Time War was considered to be so awful that he did not refer to himself as The Doctor during it; therefore, it was not in the name of the doctor.

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** The title of the episode ''The Name of the Doctor'' was assumed to be taken literally; its real meaning is revealed at the end: [[spoiler: The Doctor's participation in The Time War was considered to be so awful that he did not refer to himself as The Doctor during it; therefore, it was not in the name of the doctor.
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** The title of the episode ''The Name of the Doctor'' was assumed to be taken literally; its real meaning is revealed at the end: [[spoiler: The Doctor's participation in The Time War was considered to be so awful that he did not refer to himself as The Doctor during it; therefore, it was not in the name of the doctor.



** The title of the episode ''The Name of the Doctor'' was assumed to be taken literally; its real meaning is revealed at the end.


* The book of ''Literature/TheHundredAndOneDalmatians'' has this even more than the movie, because there AREN'T 101 dalmatians for most of the book: there are Pongo and Missus, the original 15 puppies, the puppies' foster-mother Perdita, plus the additional 82 puppies Cruella had, giving a total of 100 dalmatians. The narrator actually [[BreakingTheFourthWall mentions this problem in the second to last chapter]], promising that the 101st dalmatian will be along soon.
* "Literature/TheAnglersOfArz", by Creator/RogerDee, features octopuses that use humanlike land creatures as bait to capture flying lizards for sport.



** ''{{Literature/Franchise}}'': The title refers to the right to vote, so the story revolves around how voting changes based on [[PrescienceByAnalysis predictive algorithms]].



* "Literature/TheBeesFromBorneo", by Creator/WillHGray, refers to the breed of bees created by Silas Donaghy with red tufts on their tails.
* "Literature/TheBotticelliHorror", by Creator/LloydBiggleJr, refers to the snail capable of mimicking anything shown to it, and often uses the shape of a woman in a shell, much like Creator/SandroBotticelli's ''Art/TheBirthOfVenus''.



* "[[Literature/FlightOverXP637 Flight Over XP-637]]", by Creator/CraigSayre, refers to an accident that occurs to several reptilian aliens that are on Earth in disguise as ducks.
* The title of "Literature/TheGameOfRatAndDragon", by Creator/CordwainerSmith, refers to a battle that humanity is fighting against an unknown enemy. Humans see this enemy as dragons, fierce and dangerous, capable of tearing apart a telepathic mind. Partners (telepathic descendants of cats) see this enemy as rats, nasty monsters that they can beat and kill.



* ''Literature/TheHitchhikersGuideToTheGalaxy'''s ''So Long, and Thanks for All the Fish'' doesn't reveal its namesake until chapter 23.
** Although those who read the first book know that [[spoiler: it's the dolphins' last message to humankind, making the title itself a {{foreshadowing}} of their hand in Earth's restoration]].
* The book of ''Literature/TheHundredAndOneDalmatians'' has this even more than the movie, because there AREN'T 101 dalmatians for most of the book: there are Pongo and Missus, the original 15 puppies, the puppies' foster-mother Perdita, plus the additional 82 puppies Cruella had, giving a total of 100 dalmatians. The narrator actually [[BreakingTheFourthWall mentions this problem in the second to last chapter]], promising that the 101st dalmatian will be along soon.

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* ''Literature/TheHitchhikersGuideToTheGalaxy'''s ''So Long, and Thanks for All the Fish'' doesn't reveal its namesake until chapter 23.
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23. Although those who read the first book know that [[spoiler: it's the dolphins' last message to humankind, making the title itself a {{foreshadowing}} of their hand in Earth's restoration]].
* The book of ''Literature/TheHundredAndOneDalmatians'' has this even more than In "Literature/KidCardula", by Creator/JackRitchie, the movie, because there AREN'T 101 dalmatians for most of the book: there are Pongo and Missus, the original 15 puppies, the puppies' foster-mother Perdita, plus the additional 82 puppies Cruella had, giving titular Kid is a total of 100 dalmatians. The narrator actually [[BreakingTheFourthWall mentions this problem in the second vampire trying to last chapter]], promising that the 101st dalmatian will be along soon.make some quick money as a boxer.


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* Creator/AnneMcCaffrey's "Literature/TheSmallestDragonboy": The titular character is Keevan, and also the youngest of the Impression Candidates.
* "[[Literature/TheManFromPIG The Man From P.I.G.]]", by Creator/HarryHarrison, is [[CovertGroupWithMundaneFront a pig farmer]] from [[GovernmentAgencyOfFiction Porcine Interstellar Guard]].


** During the resolution, Department Head Araman explains to Potterley, the historian, that the past begins in the present, making them the same thing, from the perspective of the {{Chronoscope}}.
---> "The dead past is just another name for the living present. What if you focus the chronoscope in the past of one-hundredth of a second ago? Aren't you watching the present?"
** The German title is "Das Chronoskop" and the Italian title is "Il cronoscopio". Both translations promote the [[{{Chronoscope}} time-viewing device]] to titular importance due to its impact on the story.

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** *** During the resolution, Department Head Araman explains to Potterley, the historian, that the past begins in the present, making them the same thing, from the perspective of the {{Chronoscope}}.
---> ----> "The dead past is just another name for the living present. What if you focus the chronoscope in the past of one-hundredth of a second ago? Aren't you watching the present?"
** *** The German title is "Das Chronoskop" and the Italian title is "Il cronoscopio". Both translations promote the [[{{Chronoscope}} time-viewing device]] to titular importance due to its impact on the story.

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* Creator/IsaacAsimov:
** "Literature/TheDeadPast":
** During the resolution, Department Head Araman explains to Potterley, the historian, that the past begins in the present, making them the same thing, from the perspective of the {{Chronoscope}}.
---> "The dead past is just another name for the living present. What if you focus the chronoscope in the past of one-hundredth of a second ago? Aren't you watching the present?"
** The German title is "Das Chronoskop" and the Italian title is "Il cronoscopio". Both translations promote the [[{{Chronoscope}} time-viewing device]] to titular importance due to its impact on the story.
** "Literature/GreenPatches":
*** The titular "Green Patches" refer to the [[BizarreAlienSenses alien organs]] that allows the Saybrook lifeforms to communicate via {{Telepathy}}.
*** The titular "Misbegotten Missionary" ([[OrwellianRetcon the original title]]) is the VillainProtagonist who wants to share their type of "[[HiveMind unified life]]" with all of Earth.
*** An InUniverse example is [[NamingYourColonyWorld Saybrook's Planet]], which was named after the Captain of the ship who discovered it and blew up his ship to prevent the AssimilationPlot from reaching Earth.
** "Literature/HellFire": The title refers to [[MadeOfEvil flames from the bowels of hell]], powered by {{Satan}} himself; atomic bombs.
** "{{Literature/Jokester}}": Meyerhof's methods of socializing is to share jokes with other people, [[InSeriesNickname earning the nickname]] of "Jokester".
** "Literature/TheLastTrump": The word 'trump' is short for trumpet, and the title refers to ArchangelGabriel's horn being used to announce Judgement Day and the resurrection of everyone who has ever died.
** "Literature/TheMessage": The title refers to KilroyWasHere, a MemeticMutation left by the time-traveller.
** "Literature/TheWateryPlace": The title refers to [[DoubleMeaningTitle two different places]] because Creator/IsaacAsimov was writing a {{Feghoot}} based on Venus/Venice. The 'foreigners' used "the [[VenusIsWet watery place]]" to refer to {{UsefulNotes/Venus}}. The sheriff thought "the [[CityOfCanals watery place]]" referred to {{UsefulNotes/Venice}}.

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* ''Film/{{Serendipity}}'': The title refers to the restaurant that is the site of Jonathan and Sarah's first date as well as the themes of the movie (Fate and Destiny).

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* ''Manga/ComicGirls'' does this as [[FictionalDocument the title of]] [[spoiler:Kaos' first approved manuscript]] in Episode 11.


* ''VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaTwilightPrincess'' plays with the trope. An early TitleDrop by Midna makes it appear that the second part of the title refers to Zelda herself, as the princess of a kingdom flooded with twilight. Only when the game is at least half finished is it revealed that [[spoiler:it's actually ''Midna'' who is the Twilight Princess, as the rightful heir to the invading twilight realm's ruling family]].

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* ''Franchise/TheLegendOfZelda'':
** ''VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaLinksAwakening'' eventually reveals that the eponymous "awakening" is [[spoiler:Link having to wake up the Wind Fish in order to escape Koholint Island, which only exists in the Wind Fish's dream.]]
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''VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaTwilightPrincess'' plays with the trope. An early TitleDrop by Midna makes it appear that the second part of the title refers to Zelda herself, as the princess of a kingdom flooded with twilight. Only when the game is at least half finished is it revealed that [[spoiler:it's actually ''Midna'' who is the Twilight Princess, as the rightful heir to the invading twilight realm's ruling family]].family]].
** ''VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaBreathOfTheWild'' initially seems to have that subtitle only as a poetic reference to the immensity of the WideOpenSandbox version of the game's AfterTheEnd Hyrule, as mentioned by Eiji Aonuma and Bill Trinen in interviews. Near the end, however, [[spoiler:the Divine Beasts, the AnimalMecha freed by Link throughout the game, all do a combined BreathWeapon attack on Calamity Ganon]], providing a more literal portrayal of the subtitle.

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