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William Shakespeare: I could name [this play] after its main character, Timon, but it feels rather dull.
Widge: You named Hamlet after its main character.
Shakespeare: Well, this is not Hamlet. More's the pity.

Naming a work after its protagonist is one of the most popular title conventions in fiction, to the point that when a title isn't eponymous to the protagonist, everybody will still assume it is.

Often a One-Word Title, although there are examples with more than one word, such as Adjective Noun Fred if Fred is the protagonist.

If the Protagonist Title is also a pun, it's an Epunymous Title. If the title also includes the protagonist's occupation, it's Role Called.
See also Protagonist and Friends, Character Name and the Noun Phrase, The Full Name Adventures, and Mononymous Biopic Title. Compare to Antagonist Title, contrast with Secondary Character Title. Subtrope of Character Title.

Since this is such a common convention, please don't list examples on this page.


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