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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.

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    Comic Books 
both the notion of the protectors needing protection, and the protectors abusing their protectorate.

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    Films — Animation 

  • 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.
  • 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.



    Tabletop Game 
  • Hearts: Named because Hearts (and the Queen of Spades) are penalty cards.
  • Spades: Named because Spades trump any other cards in the deck.
  • Abyss: Named to evoke the game's setting in an underwater city. It doubles as a reference to moral depravity, as their political system is marked by corruption and power struggles.
  • Azul ("blue" in Portuguese): Named as a nod to the Portuguese tiles called azulejos, which the game is inspired by.
  • Bang!: Named for the sound a gun makes, which is also the name of the cards played to shoot other players.
  • Codenames: Named because thematically, the game is all about spies using codenames to find each other.
  • Fluxx: Named for the fact that its rules constantly fluctuate.
  • Jaipur: Named for its setting. Your goal is to become the Maharaja's personal trader by showing that you are the best candidate for the job.
  • Monopoly: Named because the game is about obtaining monopolies and leveraging them to drive your opponents into bankruptcy.
  • Pandemic: Named for what your team is fighting against.
  • Saboteur: Named for the player faction trying to thwart the other players' goal.
  • Seasons: Named for its signature season mechanic, which determines which resources will be available to the players at which times.
  • Splendor: Named to evoke the beauty of the gems your merchant guild deals with, as well as the grandeur of the nobles you can attract.
  • Uno: Named for the rule that you have to shout "Uno!" when you're on the edge of winning.
  • Villainous: Named because iconic villains have been promoted to Villain Protagonists.
  • Wingspan: Named as a nod to the birds the game revolves around. They even have a "wingspan" property that some game pieces care about.

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    Web Original 
  • Camdrome, so named after the main focus of the game, the evil AI known as Camdrome.
  • All of the individual stories on Nobody Here are given a single-word title on the home page.

    Web Videos 

Alternative Title(s): Pinball