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A title of a work that's only one word long. Not much more to say.

If the title is a noun, it is possibly also other tropes. Titles that refer to characters either by name or by job (e.g. "Rose", which refers to the character Rose Tyler; or Bartender, which is about the bartender protagonist), they go under Character Title or Job Title, as well.

If the name is the location the work is set in, that's The Place.

Words composed of two or more words that are not usually written as one also count as examples of Portmantitle.

Subtitles do not disqualify a title from this trope.

When adding examples, please give whatever context you can, even if it's as simple as "It's called Wings because all of the main characters are associated with a flying service." Or "It's called Friends because it's about a group of friends." If Word of God or Word of Saint Paul exists for why the title was chosen, give that. Sometimes, such a short title is picked because it's memorable.


Verbed Title and Mononymous Biopic Title are subtropes. Compare to One-Letter Title and Short Titles. Contrast to The Fantastic Trope of Wonderous Titles and Long Title.

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    Asian Animation 

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  • Analog:
    • Given how large the original title made Astounding compared to the rest of the title (Astounding Stories), you could be forgiven for assuming the title was simply one word. The changes to the title only reinforce the idea that the magazine is simply Astounding.
    • Analog still sometimes shows up with a subtitle (such as Analog Science Fiction and Fact), but the cover usually shows only the one word prominently enough to be associated with a title.


    Myths & Religion 
  • Theogony: Greek for "genealogy of the gods," and is pretty much Exactly What It Says on the Tin.
  • Ramayana: A compound word in Sanskrit roughly meaning "The Journey of Rama," which narrates the story of Prince Rama, the 7th incarnation of the god Vishnu.
  • Mahabharata: Another Sanskrit word, roughly meaning "Epic of the Bhaarats." Notably contains Bhagavad Gita, the famous sequence of Prince Ajurna's dialogue with his charioteer Krishna, the 8th avatar of Vishnu.
  • Dianetics: One of two books by L. Ron Hubbard, one subtitled The Modern Science of Mental Health and the other subtitled The Evolution of a Science. Generally speaking, the short title refers to the former.
  • The Bible: Many of its internal Books, when discussed, usually omit the "Book of", such as the Book of Genesis, Book of Exodus, and the Book of Judges.
  • The Qur'an: Again, depending on if the "The" is omitted. Its original title in Arabic is Al-Qu'ran, which is technically a compound word, so it fits.



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    Web Original 
  • Camdrome, so named after the main focus of the game, the evil AI known as Camdrome.

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