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Looking for a good name for your work of fiction? Look no further, just find a number tangentially related to the premise and use that as the title. Supposedly, this makes it sound "mysterious," especially if the number is also used as an Arc Number.

Compare Running Time in the Title. A Super-Trope to Advanced Tech 2000 (the number indicates this is a more technologically advanced version than v1), Annual Title (the number indicates approximate year of release), and Title 1 (the number indicates it is first in a series).

Note: There are two groups on this page - first are titles with numbers; then below that, titles with years.



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Titles with Numbers

    Anime & Manga 

    Comic Books 
  • 20 Fists, referring to the number of fists involved in each gang fight.
  • The eighteenth and final issue of the first volume of Runaways is unimaginatively titled "Eighteen".
  • DC comics series 52.
  • All of the Marvel 2099 titles were branded as such: Spider-Man 2099, Doom 2099, X-Men 2099, Ravage 2099...

    Fan Works 

    Film — Animation 

    Films — Live-Action 
  • 300, referring to the 300 Spartans defending Thermopylae from the Persians.
  • The Russian film 12, a remake of 12 Angry Men.
  • 1408.
  • π (3.1415...)
  • Se7en, referring to the pervasive theme of the Seven Deadly Sins.
  • Thr3e, based off the book by Ted Dekker.
  • , so called by director Federico Fellini because he had previously directed six features, two shorts, and one film with a co-director—counting the shorts and the collaborative works as half-pictures, that made this one number eight and a half.
  • District 9
  • The Number 23
  • 3, slightly justified as the title of a biopic of Dale Earnhardt, who used the number for most of his career.
  • 61* attached to Roger Maris; nothing to do with his own number (for most of his career, 9), but it's the number most associated with him (for his breaking of Babe Ruth's 60-homers-a-season record, the asterisk being added because seasons were shorter in Ruth's day).
  • An upcoming film called 3993.
  • The movie 21, which is about blackjack.
  • The 1979 movie Seven about a Magnificent Seven group of hitmen hired to kill a group of seven gangsters planning to take over Hawaii.
  • 8mm, and its direct to video sequel is indeed called 8mm 2.
  • The movie 187, which is named after the Los Angeles penal code for homicide.
  • Nine ½ Weeks was followed by direct-to-video sequels Another Nine ½ Weeks and The First Nine ½ Weeks.
  • Thirteen Women, which lately been claimed to be one of the earliest Proto-Slashers.
  • Walter Hill action film 48 Hrs. and its sequel Another 48 Hrs..
  • Horror film 976-EVIL, directed by Robert Englund.
  • 12 Angry Men
  • Two Thousand Maniacs!
  • Ten
  • 13
  • The shot-on-video slasher film 555.
  • 42, named after Jackie Robinson's jersey number with the Brooklyn Dodgers.
  • R100, a riff on Japanese movie ratings. A movie rated "R100" would be unsuitable for viewers under 100 years old.
  • Survivor Style 5+
  • 22, the number being the date of any month when another woman gets killed.
  • 127 Hours, indivating the length of time Aron Ralston was trapped in a canyon with his hand lodged under a boulder.
  • Forty Guns
  • 2:37, the time of the suicide the movie revolves around.
  • 8 Women, in which eight women try to figure out who among them murdered a man. The cast consists entirely of those eight women and the barely seen man.

  • As for times, add the short story 12:01.

    Live-Action TV 
  • 20 Minutes
  • 24; and for that matter, The DCU series 52 and the Doctor Who episode "42", as each of these titles is a Shout-Out to 24 due to using Real Time format. "42" was also a Shout-Out to The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy.
  • The Heroes episode ".07%". This was a reference to the Sherlock Holmes story "The Seven Percent Solution."
  • The 4400 science fiction series.
  • 90210.
  • The Star Trek: Voyager episodes "The 37's" and "11:59".
  • The Star Trek: The Next Generation episode "11001001".
  • An enormous number of episodes on The West Wing include numbers, including such titles as "Six Meetings Before Lunch", "17 People", and "Ninety Miles Away". There are also some named for bills or code names used in the episodes, such as "H. Con-172" and "7A WF 83429". The best example of this trope, however, would probably be the fourth season episode "Twenty Five".
  • The Lost episode "316".
  • The X-Files has episodes called "3" (as it features an "Unholy Trinity") and "731" (after a war crime story).
  • An infamous 1950s game show (along with two revivals) 21. Also Twenty Questions.
  • An ABC game show from the early 60s, Seven Keys.
  • Three games with "three": Three on a Match, 3 For The Money (a short-lived NBC show from 1975), and 3's A Crowd (a Newlywed Game clone with the husband's secretary thrown in).
  • Others with game shows with numerical titles: 1 vs. 100, Two For The Money, 50 Grand Slam, It Takes Two and One In A Million.
  • Person of Interest episodes "2-Pi-R" (which involves Finch undercover as a math teacher) and "6,741" (the number's relevance is only revealed at the end of the episode: it's how many times Shaw has gone through Samaritan's Lotus-Eater Machine).
  • The 100, which initially referred to the 100 young people sent down to Earth.
  • The Dallas episode "90265", which parodied Beverly Hills, 90210.
  • The Stargate SG-1 episode "200".

  • John Cage's "composition" 4:33, which consists of that exact amount (in minutes and seconds) of complete silence.
    • Cage has maintained that the point behind 4:33 is not complete silence, which is unattainable, but rather for the audience to attune itself to the ambient noise of the performance venue itself. This, of course, makes each performance of 4:33 unique.
  • The Yes album 90125, which incidentally enough was named after its catalogue number.
  • Iron Maiden song "2 AM".
  • Emilie Autumn's "306".
  • Ken Laszlo's "1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8" (as in counting from 1 to 8, serving both as an Epic Riff and part of the song's chorus)
  • Van Halen's album 5150, named after the police code for an escaped mental patient (which Eddie then decided to employ baptizing his home studio).
    • A later instrumental is "316", after the March 16 birthday of Eddie's son Wolfgang (now the band's bassist).
  • Toto's albums Toto IV and The Seventh One.
  • Anthrax's short instrumental "9" from State of Euphoria.
  • "3's and 7's" by Queens of the Stone Age
  • "Strawberry Letter 23", song best-known by The Brothers Johnson
  • Almost all of the songs in the CD "Revés" from the album Revés/Yosoy by Café Tacvba
  • Sugar Ray's third album, "14:59," an ironic response to critics who believed the band's 15 Minutes of Fame were almost up. (Given the response to their fourth and fifth albums, this title would later prove surprisingly accurate.) If read as a 24 hour time, it also says "1 to 3".
  • Coldplay's song "42".
  • The Weezer outtake "367": Rivers Cuomo actually organizes every song he writes into a "catalog of riffs" that goes all the way back to when he was 14, and under this system "367" was his 367th composition.
  • The Chicago song "25 or 6 to 4".
  • The Three Dog Night song "One".
  • All of Russian nu-metal band The Slot's albums - numbered in order of their release - with the exceptions of their English-language compilation, "Break The Code" and their recent anniversary compilation, "#SLOT15".
    • One - "Slot1"
    • Two - "2войны" ("Two Wars")
    • Three - "Тринити" ("Trinity")
    • Four - "4ever" ("Forever")
    • Five - "F5"
    • Six - "Шестой" ("Sixth")
    • Seven - Septima
  • Black Sabbath's 13, as well as the instrumental "E5150". The latter is sort of a pun in roman numerals - "5 1 50" would be "V I L", so the title means "EVIL".
  • The Beatles: Eight Days A Week (from Beatles for Sale), Revolution #1, Revolution #9 (The White Album), One After 909. (from Let It Be). The band even released a compilation album named One, collecting all their number one hit singles.
  • Led Zeppelin II and III. The fourth album, which is technically untitled, is commonly referred to as Led Zeppelin IV.
  • The Jethro Tull B-Side "17".
  • Biffy Clyro's "27" and "57", as well as the more recent "9/15ths".
  • 20/20 by The Beach Boys partially gets its name due to being the 20th overall album the band had released for Capitol at that point, as well as being the final album the band would release for them before their departure for Reprise Records.
  • Ambient 1: Music for Airports by Brian Eno: All tracks have a title that describes which part of the record they can be found on: "1/1", for instance, means the first track of the first side.
  • On Oxygène by Jean-Michel Jarre the tracks all have the same title, "oxygène", but are distinguished from one another by number.
  • Excuse17: Excuse 17 were named by vocalist and guitarist Becca Albee's habit of arranging ideas and thoughts into chronological order.
  • Death Cab for Cutie's "405", named after i-405, a stretch of freeway in Seattle, Washington.
  • Butthole Surfers' "1408", after a home address the band once shared.


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    Western Animation 

Titles with Years

    Comic Books 

    Fan Works 

    Films — Live-Action 

  • Nineteen Eighty Four. In-universe, the protagonist thinks this is probably the current year, but due to the totalitarian state he lives and the nature in which it controls all information, he can't be sure. Out-of-universe, George Orwell planned to name it 1948 (the book was released a year after he finished it, in 1949), but he just flipped the last two digits to indicate a 20 Minutes into the Future timeframe.
  • Eric Flint's 1632 books.
  • Roberto Bolaño's 2666 could possibly be a year, although it is not mentioned in the novel itself. It is mentioned in one of his other novels, however.
  • 2001: A Space Odyssey and its unimaginatively named sequels: 2010: Odyssey Two, 2061: Odyssey Three and 3001: The Final Odyssey.

    Live-Action TV 

  • "1985" by Bowling for Soup. Paul McCartney did a song under the "1985" title as well.
  • "1979" by The Smashing Pumpkins.
  • "1999" by Prince.
  • "'39" by Queen.
  • "Year 3000" by Busted.
  • Tchaikovsky's 1812 Overture, about Napoleon's 1812 invasion of Russia (there were a buttload of wars in that year).
  • 2112 by Rush.
  • (sort of) "Twenty Zero One" by Jamiroquai.
  • The song "In the Year 2525."
  • 5:15 by The Who.
  • Van Halen's 1984, which is both the album's title and that of the opening synth instrumental.
  • "1984" by David Bowie.
  • Motörhead album (and its title-track) 1916.
  • "1848" by Galadriel
  • "1642 Inprisonment" by King Diamond.
  • "Overture 1383" by Yngwie Malmsteen.


    Video Games 
  • 1942. Later remade as 1942: Joint Strike.
  • Street Fighter 2010

    Western Animation 
  • Partridge Family: 2200 A.D., its name on CBS. It was renamed The Partridge Family in Outer Space when it was syndicated as part of the Fred Flintstone and Friends package.


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