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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 an 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 Character Name and the Noun Phrase, The Full Name Adventures, Mononymous Biopic Title, Multi-Character Title, Name and Name, Protagonist and Friends, Secondary Character Title. Compare to Antagonist Title, contrast with Secondary Character Title. Subtrope of Character Title. Adjective Noun Fred usually overlaps with this, having the "Fred" be the protagonist.


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  • The title Vízipók-Csodapók means "Water Spider, Wonder Spider" in Hungarian, referring to its protagonist, a water spider.

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Unique title

Will Trent's second season has been using unique ways to present the title of the show.

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