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Two identical words being used in a title.

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Proposed By:
Monolaf317 on Feb 11th 2018 at 10:11:48 AM
Last Edited By:
TheGreatConversation on Feb 20th 2018 at 2:34:00 PM
Name Space: Main
Page Type: trope

It's one way to title your story. It could sometimes be laziness, or perhaps two words together in a single title makes it sound more mysterious. It could also mean there are two of that specific word in the story, which could be plot-significant. It may also bring a well-known phrase to mind (eg. "Win-win" or "Liar, liar, pants on fire"). In more fantastic works, it could also have some spell-like connotations (eg. "Double double, toil and trouble", "Mirror, mirror, on the wall").

Compare Repetitive Name.


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Feedback: 45 replies

Feb 11th 2018 at 10:12:30 AM

Sorry 'bout this, guys! I don't know why I was somehow locked out my own ykttw, but it's all better now!

Feb 11th 2018 at 10:17:50 AM

Thanks for your examples in the comments of my failed draft.

Feb 11th 2018 at 11:06:55 AM

Do titles that partially repeat the title also count? Like Doki Doki Panic and Mio, My Mio (the book The Land Of Far Away is based on)?

Feb 11th 2018 at 11:47:00 AM

Partially repeat? I'm not really sure about those...

Feb 11th 2018 at 11:51:24 AM

The Lizzie Mcguire Junior Novelization "Mirror, Mirror"

Feb 11th 2018 at 12:16:27 PM

Maybe partial repeats shouldn't count, because then people will push the boundaries of it, and say things like The Lord of the Rings: Fellowship of the Ring repeats the "of the Ring" part.

Feb 11th 2018 at 1:00:01 PM

Alrighty then.

Partial repeats do not count, it's official.

Feb 11th 2018 at 7:54:04 PM

Live-Action TV:

Feb 11th 2018 at 9:16:48 PM

Are the "Tiger, tiger" ones shout-outs to William Blake's "The Tyger"?

Feb 12th 2018 at 1:48:59 AM

^^^ Yes, I think all of them are. "The Tyger" is a poem well-known enough for Shout Out.

Feb 12th 2018 at 1:53:09 AM

Feb 12th 2018 at 6:14:00 AM

Not sure if the names of musical groups is a title or a Name... 'Cause Repetitive Name uses Music.Duran Duran as its page image.

Feb 12th 2018 at 7:06:49 AM

Hmmm... I think ^ can count

Feb 12th 2018 at 7:08:35 AM

^ I think both music groups and professional wrestlers should count as Repetitive Name rather than this trope (so Kelly Kelly should be removed as well), as they are people rather than pieces of work. If Duran Duran had an album named "Duran Duran", that would count as this trope.

Feb 12th 2018 at 9:42:08 AM

For what it's worth, Evelyn Evelyn also had an album and a song called Evelyn Evelyn, so it still counts by that definition.

Feb 12th 2018 at 12:14:08 PM

Can "Triple, Triple, Triple" titles count? Two of ABBA's songs are titled "Money, Money, Money" and "Gimme, Gimme, Gimme (A Man After Midnight)

Feb 12th 2018 at 1:36:35 PM

I think it's fine to include "Triple, Triple, Triple" titles. Maybe rename the trope Repetitive Title to accommodate for that. I'm not sure if we should include titles that are only partially repetitive, like Doki Doki Literature Club. However, I suggest that we allow repetitive titles that aren't necessarily the exact same word twice (or more). We could use similar restrictions as Repetitive Name: "Double Double" is allowed, but so is "Double Doubly", "Double Duplicate" and "Double Dobbel" ("dobbel" is Gratuitous Norwegian). Partial repeats do not count: "The Lord of the Rings: Fellowship of the Ring" is not an example because the Lord of the Rings is completely different from the Fellowship of the Ring. "The Lord of the Rings: The Lords of the Rings" would be an example.

Feb 12th 2018 at 1:34:07 PM

This was already nuked under the name "Saying Things Twice Twice" here -

Feb 12th 2018 at 1:35:56 PM

^ - That was for In Universe speech, not titles.

Feb 12th 2018 at 1:39:22 PM

Saying Things Twice Twice was nuked for being too similar to Department Of Redundancy Department, as both of them are about repetitive speech. A trope for repetitive titles could work. After all, we already have Repetitive Name, whose trope page specifically says "Not to be confused with the Department of Redundancy Department, which concerns repetitive dialogue".

Feb 12th 2018 at 1:43:57 PM

Well, if it turns out to be tropable, I volunteer "Rebel Rebel", the David Bowie song.

Feb 12th 2018 at 2:37:03 PM

There's an episode of the cartoon The Brothers Flub called "Pizza, Pizza".

Feb 12th 2018 at 3:23:08 PM

Yes! I approve of the occasional "triple triple triple" examples too!

Feb 12th 2018 at 5:53:38 PM

Whoops, right, it's gotta be pure dupes. * The children's game, "Duck, Duck, Goose".

Feb 12th 2018 at 5:09:14 PM


Feb 12th 2018 at 6:12:41 PM

No, Doki Doki Literature doesn't count.

Feb 13th 2018 at 1:03:07 AM


Real Life:

  • Pizza Pizza is a pizza restaurant chain that has branches all over the world, more known for appearing in Scott Pilgrim franchise.

Feb 13th 2018 at 5:41:54 AM

Feb 13th 2018 at 7:12:22 AM

Monolaf 317, will you add the examples, or do you expect us to add them?

Feb 13th 2018 at 8:11:57 AM

^^^^ - Pizza Pizza would go in Repetitive Name, as its not the title of a work?

^ - It might be glitching out, and preventing saves again... Or just holding until tomorrow, 'cause it can't be launched atm, so keeping it up-to-date is less urgent?

Feb 13th 2018 at 4:39:26 PM

Yeah, I was wondering why it wouldn't save...

Anyway, I'll launch this baby and THEN add examples from your great comments, no big deal.

Feb 13th 2018 at 6:11:22 PM

How about the movie "Kiss Kiss Bang Bang" or is that more of a "(double double) double"

Feb 14th 2018 at 2:14:46 AM

Will you update the description to point out that "Triple, Triple, Triple" titles and titles like Kiss Kiss Bang Bang count, but titles like Doki Doki Panic don't? You should also point out whether titles like Divine Divinity count (if they don't, tell people to put them on Department Of Redundancy Department).