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A subtrope of Title Drop, where the title of a work is used as the last line spoken or near its end. Often, the title drop will finally explain why the episode/book/etc is called that way to begin with. You can probably find these mainly in thriller works, where it makes you sit up and think (and adds a bit of drama to the ending). It's also common in plays that were written during the Victorian era.

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The Namesake could be this, when revealed in the final moments.

Compare to Theme Music Withholding. Not to be confused with Close on Title.


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     Anime and Manga  

  • Baka and Test: Summon the Beasts. The final episodes for both seasons are titled: "Baka to Test to Shoukanjuu," though an exclamation mark was added for the second season.
  • Tengen Toppa Gurren Lagann. The final version of the Gurren Lagann mecha that they used in the finale against the Anti Spirals is called exactly as the title (meaning "Heaven Piercing Gurren Lagann").
  • The name of the final episode of Hoshi no Kirby (dubbed as Kirby: Right Back at Ya!) was "Tobe!" ("Fly!" in English) followed by the title of the show.
  • The final episode's title for Darker Than Black is "Does the Reaper Dream of Darkness Darker than Black?".
  • The very last words of Shangri-La.
  • The final episode's title and last spoken word for Welcome to the N.H.K., aside from the first episode.
  • Goshuushou-sama Ninomiya-kun ends with the show's title as the final spoken line by Hosaka as he overlooks another normal, chaotic morning with the many women surrounding Shungo Ninomiya.
  • Re:CREATORS turns out to be the name of the novel Meteora writes in the last episode about all the things the Creations experienced.
  • Yamada-kun and the Seven Witches is revealed to be the name of the book Yamada reads to his children in the Distant Finale.

    Fan Works 
  • Never Been Bothered's final line is "And not once, ever, did I care. It's never bothered me." This refers to the protagonist not caring that Anna and Elsa are sisters.
  • The sixth and final Chapter of Where Talent Goes To Die shares the title of the fanfic.
  • My Name Is Molly ends with Molly giving her ID and confirming her identity with "My name is Molly".

     Film - Animated  

  • The Great Mouse Detective. Dawson's closing lines.
    Dawson: From that time on, Basil and I were a close team, and over the years we had many cases together. But I shall always look back on that first with the most fondness: My introduction to Basil of Baker Street: The great mouse detective.
  • The last line of Big Hero 6 is Hiro asking "Who are we?", then the scene cuts to a title card showing "Big Hero 6".

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     Film - Live Action 

  • The Dark Knight. Commissioner Gordon's final monologue.
    Gordon: Because he's the hero Gotham deserves, but not the one it needs right now. So, we'll hunt him, because he can take it. Because he's not our hero. He's a silent guardian. A watchful protector. A Dark Knight.
  • In the final scene of Mystery Men the team is being interviewed by a group of reporters, wanting to know their team name.
    Becky Beaner: Well, whatever you call them, Champion City will forever owe a debt of gratitude to these mystery men.
    The Sphinx: Wait! Wait, that's it! We are... the Super Squad! [awkward silence]
    The Bowler: No, no, alliteration in these situations is corny.
  • In the final moments of Countess Dracula Elizabeth Bathroy, bricked up in the room she'll spend the rest of her life in, hears the whisperings outside as they call her Countess Dracula - an allusion to Dracula which hadn't occurred at any point earlier in the film.
  • In the last scene of Back to the Future Part III, Marty asks Doc if he's going "back to the future."
    Doc: Already been there.
  • In Holy Motors, the second-to-last scene reveals the movie title to be the name of a car park.
  • The final line of Chinatown:
    Walsh: Forget it, Jake... it's Chinatown.
  • The ending of Fantastic Four (2015) mixes this trope with Close on Title when the main characters are discussing what name they should give to their team:
    Reed Richards: We've come a long way since the garage.
    The Thing: Gotta say, it's fantastic.
    Reed Richards: Say that again...
    The Thing: It's fantastic.
    Reed Richards: Yes, it is. Guys, I got it. Ready?
    Johnny Storm: Yeah...
    FANT4STIC
  • The titular address of 10 Cloverfield Lane is the street on which Howard lives. We learn this when Michelle knocks over the house's mailbox as she flees Howard's bunker after destroying the alien craft.
  • In Lawrence of Arabia, the title is never spoken in the film but it appears as a headline in the newspaper in the second to last scene.
  • In While You Were Sleeping, the title is quoted by the main character:
    Lucy: Peter once asked me when I fell in love with Jack. And I told him, "It was while you were sleeping."
  • The final line from the film adaptation of The Land That Time Forgot:
    Tyler: However, we are determined to move ever northward, ever forward, toward the greater mysteries that lie ahead, of this land that time forgot.

     Literature  

  • The Heroes of Olympus. Hera/Juno does it while speaking with Jason about his destiny in the last chapter of The Lost Hero, the first book of the series.
  • The last five words of the novel The Silence of the Lambs are "the silence of the lambs," in reference to an intense conversation Clarice had earlier on with Lecter about witnessing lambs being slaughtered as a child.
  • Done in I Am Legend.
  • The Avi book Sometimes I Think I Hear My Name uses itself as the last line spoken.
  • The title of All Quiet on the Western Front appears on the last page. It's the official report of combat status on the day the narrator dies.
  • Happens in the short novel/novella They Shoot Horses, Don't They?, where the title is used in the last chapter as an explanation for why the main character shot his depressed girlfriend who couldn't kill herself�he had to put her out of her misery. (Don't worry, not a spoiler, it's the first thing in the book.)
  • The Crying of Lot 49 plays with this. The title is the final line of text, and deliberately makes absolutely no sense until then. It turns out that the 49th lot (property) at an auction is maybe relevant to the mystery, and Oedipa is waiting for that lot to be cried (sold). The book ends just before the crying starts, because Thomas Pynchon likes doing that sort of thing, so we never find out what happens.
  • The Boy Who Was As Hard As Stone
  • The Ones Who Walk Away from Omelas
  • Till We Have Faces. The explanation for the title only comes near the end of the final chapter:
    I saw well why the gods do not speak to us openly, nor let us answer. Till that word can be dug out of us, why should they hear the babble that we think we mean? How can they meet us face to face till we have faces?
  • Rush Limbaugh Is a Big Fat Idiot by Al Franken has this as the last paragraph of the original final chapter (not counting the four extra chapters added to the paperback edition):
    And as the plane turned and banked its wings, a stream of light pierced the window, bathing my face in the orange glow of the sun setting over the American continent. And I thought to myself, "You know, Rush Limbaugh is a big fat idiot."
  • The phrase "bicentennial man" shows up near the end of Isaac Asimov's short story of that name and provides the crowning moment of heartwarming for the story.
  • Georges Secret Key To The Universe. The title of the talk George gives at the end is My Secret Key To The Universe.
    • In George and the Ship of Time, the sixth and final book in the series, "ship of time" is dropped by Annie in the last paragraph. Downplayed as it was dropped earlier in the book as well and it is not the full title.

     Live Action TV  

  • The last spoken words in the the TV series Happy Days 11-season run.
    Howard Cunningham: Here's to happy days.
  • Heartbreakingly delivered by Marisa in the final episode of Aquí no hay quien viva:
    Marisa: Vámonos, que aquí ya no hay quien viva.Translation 
  • Private Practice has this in the final episode in the form of Violet's book title.
  • Star Trek: The Next Generation: Close to the end of the last episode...
    Q: It's time to put an end to your trek through the stars.
  • Orphan Black is revealed to be the title of Helena's memoir in the series finale.

     Theatre  

  • In The Importance of Being Earnest, the title drop is the final line of the play. Lady Bracknell reproaches Jack, who has just become engaged to the woman he loves, for displaying signs of levity, and he assures her that he now understands as never before "the vital importance of being earnest".
    Jack Worthing: On the contrary, Aunt Augusta, I�ve now realised for the first time in my life the vital Importance of Being Earnest.
  • "You're a good man, Charlie Brown." Not only the first song, but the last line of the play (spoken by Lucy, of all people).

     Video Games  

  • Slender: The Arrival. The final chapter is named The Arrival.
  • Dead Space. The final chapter is named Dead Space (which ironically takes place in a planet).
  • Touhou: The final spellcards of Mountain of Faith and Scarlet Weather Rhapsody share their names with the English half of game's title. Similarly, Ten Desires' final card includes the Japanese portion of the title in it's name. Double Spoiler just has a regular Title Drop in the last bit of dialogue.
  • Doom: A number of megawads have their last level named after the megawad's title itself. Examples include Hell Revealed, Hellcore, Hadephobia and No End in Sight.
  • OFF has this as the last text before the credits in the normal ending:
    The switch is now on OFF
  • Eternal Senia: Hydrangea After The Rain: Dropped both exactly, and by implication:
    • The subtitle, "Hydragea After The Rain", is the title of the last chapter, before the epilogue, seen in the "The Story So Far menu".
    • In the final chapter before the epilogue, when Magaleta compares Senia to such hydrageas:
    You are just like the star in the night sky, the hydrangea that blooms in the rainy spring...

    Dainty, fragile

    I want to shield you from every terrible thing in this world

    But you're so strong.

    You blossom splendidly, even after storms and tempests,

    just like the hydrangea.
  • The phrase "dark soul" comes up multiple times in The Ringed City, the last DLC for Dark Souls III, which is intended as the Grand Finale of the series. Lapp, a.k.a Patches even says "A fine dark soul to you" during your last encounter with him, as though he's telling the player goodbye, and the item you get for beating the final boss is called "The Dark Soul of Man".
  • Prince Of Persia The Warrior Within includes a title for each part of the game in save files, as a way of indicating where you are. The last of these is "The Warrior Within."
  • The Legend of Heroes: Trails in the Sky SC: The last of the game's Onscreen Chapter Titles drops the chapter and numbering scheme altogether, simply titled "Finale: Trails in the Sky".
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     Visual Novels  

  • Fate/stay night. The routes in the game, including the one the game itself is named after, all end on chapters with titles matching the paths.
  • The final chapter of Rose Guns Days has the series' title with the Final Season's cover splashing on the screen (the "chapter change" animation also has several page flips instead of one normally). Just before it appears, Rose also declares "the final chapter of these days of roses and guns", which is the closest thing to a Title Drop the dialogues can have.

     Webcomic  

  • Dinosaur Comics: Discussed in #2009, where T-rex and his friends invent new last lines for famous novels that would be examples of this trope.
    T-rex: In the end, I guess we really had crossed... The Bridges of Madison County.
  • Better Days: In the end, the last spoken words are a title drop:
    Fisk: With all I've been through, the future can only hold better days.
  • Leftover Soup ends with Jamie offering to teach cooking to his new friend.
    Jamie: I think I've got some leftovers at home [...]. Let's go see what we can turn them into.

     Western Animation  

  • Aqua Teen Hunger Force titled one episode "Last Last One Forever and Ever", and one of the last lines of that episode is Carl commenting that Master Shake, Frylock, and Meatwad truly were an Aqua Teen Hunger Force. The creators believed this would be the show's final episode, but then the series was renewed. The hilarious part is that even so late into the show's run, the title still makes just as little sense as it always has.


 
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Gordon explains to his son why Batman is running from the cops, also dropping the film's title in the process.

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