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Epic Voice Guy: Travel to Westeros, a place where everything is the Thing of Nouns.
King Robert: The Hand of the King!
Sam Tarly: Light of the Seven...
Brienne of Tarth: Brienne of Tarth.
Ygritte: Lord of Bones...
Lord Beric: Lord of Light...
Lord Tywin: Master of Coin...
Queen Daenerys: Mother of Dragons...
Shagga: Son of Dolf.
Melisandre: Son of Fire...
Melisandre: Warrior of Light...
Tyrion: Bank of Braavos...
Lord Stark: Lord of Winterfell, and Warden of the North...

An extremely popular title and naming convention in almost every media and most genres, including Real Life. This is one of the oldest known naming formulas; it is already an established formula in One Thousand and One Nights, with internal stories named things like "The Tale of the Bull and the Ass" and "The City of Brass".

Some of the most common variant formulas are:

  • The (Common Noun) of (Proper Noun) (e.g. The Sword of Shannara, The Riddlemaster of Hed, The Tale of Genji, The Chronicles of Amber);
  • The (Common Noun) of (Common Noun) (e.g. The Valley of Fear, The Ambassadors of Fear, Attack of the Clones);
  • The (Proper Noun) of (Placename) (e.g. Elric of Melnibone, The Phantom of the Opera).

The presence or absence of articles ("the", "a", and "an") and their placement create even more variants, as do the optional use of adjectives before either the "X" or the "Y".


A sub-convention is Character Name and the Noun Phrase. Please put examples that fall into that convention on that page, not here. For the related form "The Adjective Noun" see Mad Lib Thriller Title. See also Genre Title Grab Bag.

Revenge of the Sequel looks like a Sub-Trope, and its examples usually overlap, but it's actually the broader "Sequel title announces something's reappearance."

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    Anime & Manga 

    Asian Animation 
  • Happy Heroes: Quite a few of the official English episode titles follow this naming convention.
    • Season 1 episode 46, "A Tale of Food Revenge".
    • Season 2 episodes 1 and 2 (Multi-Part Episode), "The Trail of Careful S."
    • Season 2 episode 8, "The Crisis of Being Late".
    • Season 2 episode 12, "Loss of Gravity".
    • Season 2 episode 23, "Hearts of Gold".
    • Season 2 episode 30, "The Escape of Boss Lightbulb".
    • Season 2 episode 38, "The World of Careless S."
    • Season 2 episode 49, "The Secret of the TV Station Boss".
    • Season 2 episode 52, "Race of Champions".
    • Season 7 episode 9, "The Arrival of the Royal Cat Guard".
    • Season 7 episode 26, "A Change of Heart".
    • Season 8 episode 2, "Magical Fellow, Part 2: Token of the Old Grand Master".
    • Season 8 episode 30, "The Secret of Gnomes".
    • Season 8 episodes 39 and 40 (another multi-part episode), "The Ancestor of Magic".
  • Motu Patlu: The title of the theatrical film is Motu Patlu: King of Kings.
  • Pleasant Goat and Big Big Wolf has the seasons Joys of Seasons and War of Invention.

    Comic Books 

    Fan Works 

    Films — Animation 

    Films — Live-Action 

    Game Books 
  • Fighting Fantasy uses it extensively:
    • The Warlock of Firetop Mountain
    • The Citadel of Chaos
    • The Forest of Doom
    • City of Thieves
    • Island of the Lizard King
    • Caverns of the Snow Witch
    • House of Hell
    • Talisman of Death
    • Temple of Terror
    • The Rings of Kether
    • Seas of Bood
    • Demons of the Deep
    • Sword of the Samurai
    • Trial of Champions
    • Masks of Mayhem
    • Creature of Havoc
    • Crypt of the Sorceror
    • Phantoms of Fear
    • Chasms of Malice
    • Slaves of the Abyss
    • Stealer of Souls
    • Daggers of Darkness
    • Armies of Death
    • Portal of Evil
    • Vault of the Vampire
    • Fangs of Fury
    • Dead of Night
    • Master of Chaos
    • The Keep of the Lich-Lord
    • Legend of the Shadow Warriors
    • Tower of Desruction
    • Siege of Sardath
    • Island of the Undead
    • Legend of Zagor
    • Knights of Doom
    • Revenge of the Vampire
    • Curse of the Mummy
    • Howl of the Werewolf
    • Kharé — Cityport of Traps
    • The Crown of Kings
  • Every book in the GrailQuest series:
    • The Castle of Darkness
    • The Den of Dragons
    • The Gateway of Doom
    • Voyage of Terror
    • Kingdom of Horror
    • Realm of Chaos
    • Tomb of Nightmares
    • Legion of the Dead
  • The Lone Wolf series is rife with this:
    • The Caverns of Kalte
    • The Chasm of Doom
    • The Kingdom of Terror
    • The Jungle of Horrors
    • The Cauldron of Fear
    • The Dungeons of Torgar
    • The Prisoners of Time
    • The Masters of Darkness
    • The Plague Lords of Ruel
    • The Captives of Kaag
    • The Legacy of Vashna
    • The Deathlord of Ixia
    • Dawn of the Dragons
    • The Curse of Naar
    • The Buccaneers of Shadaki
    • The Fall of Blood Mountain
    • The Hunger of Sejanoz
    • The Storms of Chai
  • The Time Machine series:
    • Secret of the Knights
    • Sword of the Samurai
    • The Rings of Saturn
    • The Mystery of Atlantis
    • Secret of the Royal Treasure
    • Blade of the Guillotine
    • Flame of the Inquisition
    • Sword of Caesar
    • Death Mask of Pancho Villa


    Live-Action TV 

    Manhwa and Manhua 



    Theme Parks 

    Video Games 
  • "Age of X" is a popular title convention in general:
  • Blizzard is a big fan of this:
    • Diablo 2: Lord of Destruction
    • StarCraft II: Wings of Liberty (and the expansion packs, Heart of the Swarm and Legacy of the Void).
    • Warcraft II had Tides of Darkness as subtitle.
    • And Warcraft III had Reign of Chaos.
    • Heroes of the Storm
    • World of Warcraft flat out abuses it in patch names:
      • Patch 1.2.0: Mysteries of Maraudon
      • Patch 1.3.0: Ruins of the Dire Maul
      • Patch 1.7.0: Rise of the Blood God
      • Patch 1.8.0: Dragons of Nightmare
      • Patch 1.9.0: The Gates of Ahn'Qiraj
      • Patch 1.10.0: Storms of Azeroth
      • Patch 1.11.0: Shadow of the Necropolis
      • Patch 1.12.0: Drums of War
      • Patch 2.3.0: The Gods of Zul'Aman
      • Patch 2.4.0: Fury of the Sunwell
      • Patch 3.0.2: Echoes of Doom
      • Patch 3.1.0: Secrets of Ulduar
      • Patch 3.2.0: Call of the Crusade
      • Patch 3.3.0: Fall of the Lich King
      • Patch 4.1.0: Rise of the Zandalari
      • Patch 4.2.0: Rage of the Firelands
      • Patch 4.3.0: Hour of Twilight
    • As well as a couple of expansions:
      • Wrath of the Lich King
      • Mists of Pandaria
    • Self-parodied in an April Fools' patch note regarding the popularity of the H.o.t.S. acronym, where they announced Hearthstone was being changed to "Hearth of the Stone".

    Visual Novels 

    Web Animation 


    Web Original 
  • City of Lost Characters
  • The Great War: Various seemingly mundane inanimate objects are given impressive sounding names such as the Chair of Wisdom in which host Indy Neidell sits and answers viewer questions in the "Out of the Trenches" series, said chair's temporary replacement, the Chair of Madness, and the History of the Desk, an elaborate on the spot invented history of how the simple desk used in their set supposedly came from Byzantine Emperor Justinian.
  • Le Donjon de Naheulbeuk (The Dungeon of Naheulbeuk), and three of its seasons/novelization: La Couette de l'oubli ("The Quilt of Oblivion"), L'Orbe de Xaraz ("The Orb of Xaraz") and Le Conseil de Suak ("The Meeting of Suak")...
  • From Kickassia, "The Fall of the Risen"
  • The Questport Chronicles is full of this trope. Examples include character names (the Lord of the Supreme Council, the Master of Darkness, the Queen of Rogues and Robbers), artifacts (the Tree of Light, the Harp of Remorse) and places (the Courts of Tenus).
  • SCP Foundation: It has a metric ton of them.
  • Whateley Universe: "Revenge of the Alphas", "The Case of the Unseen Switch"
  • World War II: Indy's Chair of Infinite Knowledge in which he sits and answers viewer questions in the "Out of the Foxholes" series, as an Alternate Company Equivalent to the Chair of Wisdom from The Great War.

    Western Animation 

    Real Life 
  • Circuit of the Americas
  • The Summer of Love, and various sequels.
  • The Wars of the Roses
  • The War of 1812
  • Gates of the Arctic and Craters of the Moon National Parks.
  • Throughout history, many important battles in various wars are referred to as "The Battle of [important historical place]". Among the many examples are the Battle of New Orleans (which was famously used as the subject of a popular country song), the Battle of the Alamo, the Battle of San Jacinto, note  the Battle of San Juan Hill, and many others. One exception is the Battle of the Bulge during World War II, which was used by the press to refer to the "bulge" of the Allied front line inward (according to The Other Wiki).
  • The Tower of London

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