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"Did you grow up in the woods? Are you Nell, from the movie Nell?"
Donna Meagle, Parks and Recreation

The Character Title is one of the easiest ways to name a work of fiction. Just take the name of a character and use it for the name of the series. The eponymous character is usually, but not always, the protagonist. A possible downfall of this trope is that if the show is a live-action, should the actor playing the title character decide to quit, it could spell the end of the show.

Compare Job Title, which is where the work is named after a character's occupation; and The Place, in which it is named after a location. It may change over time due to Spotlight-Stealing Title. The trope overlaps with Exactly What It Says on the Tin when a work accurately describes its premise or characters. Contrast I Am Not Shazam, where people assume the series' name is the character's name. See the Protagonist Title Fallacy for the false assumption that only protagonists' names are used in Character Titles. In literary circles, this is called an eponym, a term also used to refer to The Namesake. Also note that you won't see Cowboy BeBop at His Computer.

Occasionally overlaps with Biopic, The Namesake, One-Word Title, and Versus Title. In cartoons and children's books featuring characters with Rhyming Names, this would also inevitably overlap with Rhyming Title.

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Examples (by original medium):

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    Anime & Manga 



    Comic Books 

    Comic Strips 

    Fairy Tales 

    Fan Works 

    Films — Animation 

    Films — Live-Action 


    Live-Action TV 

Songs titled after the person they are about:


    Pro Wrestling 

    Puppet Shows 



    Video Games 

    Web Animation 


    Web Original 

    Web Videos 

    Western Animation 

Alternative Title(s): Title Character