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Proposed By:
SingingRain on Nov 1st 2018 at 5:34:43 PM
Last Edited By:
SingingRain on Nov 8th 2018 at 12:50:17 AM
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Link: ... But other than that, you didn't do anything! I'm the legend!
Zelda: Right, and the next thing you tell me is that the Legend of Guinevere is about that guy who pulled a sword out of some stupid rock.
Link: I think you have a fundamental misunderstanding of how legends work.

A common naming convention for works is "The Legend of X". Generally speaking, legends are epic stories repeated from generation to generation. Putting "legend" in a work's title gives the audience a clue for what to expect from the story.

Works that follow the title convention "The Legend of (Character Name)" often follow a character who becomes a legend through the events portrayed. Alternatively, the work could be about how the titular legend impacts the main characters. The X can also be a group of characters, a significant place, or even a MacGuffin. Whatever X is, you can usually expect it (or its legacy) to play an important role in the story.

Sub-trope of The X of Y and Stock Subtitle. Often overlaps with Mad Lib Fantasy Title, and compare to The Title Saga. Not to be confused with Legendary in the Sequel.


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  • "The Legend of Xanadu", a single by the British music group Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick & Tich

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Indexes: Prepositional Phrase Equals Coolness, This Trope Is X, Title Tropes, Work Info Title

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Nov 1st 2018 at 5:52:44 PM


  • The Legend of Hawkman
  • The Legend of Wonder Woman

Nov 1st 2018 at 6:12:26 PM

Nov 1st 2018 at 7:49:08 PM


Is this a Sub Trope of The X Of Y or just related?

'Cause The X Of Y seems broad enough to have multiple subtropes.

Nov 1st 2018 at 7:53:11 PM

I think it could be a subtrope..

by the way, you'll want the title to read as "The Legend Of X" (with spaces)

Nov 1st 2018 at 8:24:15 PM

Hmm... Any relation to the "Saga of X" type of The Title Saga?

I guess Legend does have a different connotation from Saga, Epic, etc.

Trope Name seems good, if this is a The X Of Y subtrope.

Nov 2nd 2018 at 5:41:00 AM

Is this just going to be an index of these titles? Otherwise is this format allowed, as it seems like a lot of ZeroContextExamples. This is not me being picky I just don't know.

Nov 2nd 2018 at 7:06:43 AM

Well, I guess the needed context would be the character getting In Universe legendariness.

Nov 2nd 2018 at 7:30:22 AM

Part of the reason I ask is because The X Of Y and The Title Saga follow the same format. I don't know if it is just that no one has brought it up before or if this is one of the cases where it is allowed.

Nov 2nd 2018 at 8:41:47 AM

^^ I don't think this is a requirement, so the description says "often".

^^^ Most Title Tropes are self-explanatory. The most we can add is a short description of said work, like, "a [year] [type of work]" (see I Comma Noun).

Nov 2nd 2018 at 11:51:19 PM

EDIT: sorry I realized Super Mario RPG: Legend of the Seven Stars does not count, I didn't read the trope properly, ignore this.

Nov 3rd 2018 at 12:21:50 AM

^ Why is that? Keep in mind, I tried to write a very broad description of this trope. Currently it says "The X can be a group of characters, a significant place, or even a Mac Guffin." It seems to me Super Mario RPG: Legend of the Seven Stars would fit this trope.

Nov 3rd 2018 at 2:24:16 AM

Okay, we can do without the "[year] [media]". Most other title tropes don't use it.

Nov 3rd 2018 at 8:09:17 AM

Would this be a subtrope of Mad Lib Fantasy Title?

What is that, anyway? Just "Common trends in Fantasy Titles"?

Nov 3rd 2018 at 8:32:20 AM

Korean and Chinese drama has a few of these. There is Legend of Fuyao, Legend of the Blue Sea, Legend of Lu Zhen, The Legend of Chusen, Legend of Condor Hero, Legend of the Ancient Sword, Legend of Qin, Legend of Zu, Legend of Chinese Zodiac, Legend of Fragrance, Legend of White Snake.

Nov 3rd 2018 at 9:48:46 AM

^^ Yep

Titles are self-explanatory and provide the context all by themselves — see things like The Place.

Nov 3rd 2018 at 3:29:00 PM

Film - Animated

  • Bob the Builder: The Legend of the Golden Hammer

Nov 5th 2018 at 3:46:51 AM

There's a bunch of these listed under Stock Subtitle.