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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. Title of the Dead and Age of Titles are sub-tropes. Usually overlaps with Revenge of the Sequel.


Examples:

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    Anime & Manga 

    Comic Books 

    Fan Works 

    Films — Animation 

    Films — Live-Action 
  • The Final Girl horror blog pointed out how common "The Something of Someone" titles were in horror films from the 1970s: The Initiation of Sarah, The Reincarnation of Peter Proud, The Haunting of Isabel, etc.
  • James Cameron seems to like this for his IMAX deep-sea documentaries — so far, we have Ghosts of the Abyss and Aliens of the Deep.

    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

    Literature 

    Live-Action TV 

    Manhwa and Manhua 

    Music 

    Theatre 

    Theme Parks 
  • At the Disney Theme Parks:
    • Carousel of Progress
    • Circle of Life
    • Festival of the Lion King
    • House of the Future
    • Impressions de France note 
    • Legend of the Lion King
    • The Making of Me
    • Magic of Disney Animation
    • The Mysteries of the Nautilus
    • Pirates of the Caribbean
    • Rivers of America
    • El Rio del Tiempo note 
    • Tapestry of Nations
    • The Tree of Life
    • The Twilight Zone Tower of Terror
    • Universe of Energy
    • Walt Disney's Parade of Dreams
    • Wonders of China
    • Wonders of Life
    • World of Color
    • World of Motion
  • At Universal Studios:

    Video Games 

    Visual Novels 

    Web Animation 

    Web Comics 

    Web Original 
  • City of Lost Characters
  • 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).
  • Whateley Universe: "Revenge of the Alphas", "The Case of the Unseen Switch"

    Western Animation 

    Real Life 
  • 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


Alternative Title(s): The Noun Of Adjective

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