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Sometimes, a chapter in a book, or an episode in a TV series, or a part in another type of work, shares its title with the work itself.

This often happens with the last chapter, episode or part. One of the reasons is that the title works as indication that the road is now complete, for example, if an essay's title refers to the main idea it's trying to prove, the last chapter would have the same title because all the arguments have been presented and now the conclusion represents the whole book, similarly to a fractal, where a part is identical to the whole.

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Quite as often, as well, it's the first episode or part which bears the same title as the whole work. This is because the segment serves as introduction to the main character, setting, or idea of the work. In the case of TV shows, the reason may be that the first episode was originally made as the pilot for the whole series, so it's natural that it bears the same name.

Another reason to use this may be that the title of the work as a whole is part of a phrase, song lyric, poem, etc. that is divided among the chapter titles (i.e., a Compound Title). In this case, the partial titles are also Arc Words.

Subtrope of Title Drop. Sometimes related to Compound Title and Arc Words.


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     Fan Works  

     Film  

  • While the first film in the Star Wars franchise was later retroactively titled A New Hope in order to distinguish it from the name of the franchise itself, it was originally released and marketed as, and is still often colloquially referred to as, simply Star Wars.
  • Silent film The Ace of Hearts is divided into ten chapters. Chapter 3 is called "The Ace of Hearts", and is the one where the terrorists draw cards. Forrest winds up drawing the ace of hearts and thus is tasked with the assassination.
  • The Call of the Cumberlands: In this silent film a hillbilly named Samson leaves Appalachia to go to New York to study art. The scene where he gets a letter telling him that war has broken out between the Feuding Families back home is proceeded by a title card that says "The Call of the Cumberlands".

     Literature  

  • The seventh and final (not counting an interquel that came out later) book in Stephen King's The Dark Tower series is titled The Dark Tower.
  • Moby-Dick. When Moby Dick, the legendary whale, finally appears on chapter 41 of the eponymous book after much anticipation, the chapter pays service to this fact by bearing the title "Moby-Dick".
  • The second and last part of Eric-Emmanuel Schmitt's The Gospel According To Pilate is titled "The Gospel according to Pilate".
  • All Harry Potter books except for the first and the third have one chapter that bears the same title as the book itself.
    • "The Chamber of Secrets" sees Harry and Ron enter the Chamber and end up separated before Harry learns the identity of the Heir of Slytherin and the chapter ends.
    • "The Goblet of Fire" unveils the titular cup and describes the excitement over who it will choose to enter the Triwizard Tournament. Three champions are choosen before an unprecedented fourth emerges from the malfunctioning Goblet: Harry Potter.
    • "The Order of the Phoenix" provides Harry and the audience a hefty amount of exposition on the Order and its role in resisting Voldemort.
    • "The Half-Blood Prince" starts immediately after the first Title Drop and begins Harry's obsession with the Prince.
    • "The Deathly Hallows" occurs two chapters after the Hallows are introduced, and hardly includes any of them. It is instead named as such because the chapter sees the height of Harry's obsession with them. This obsession makes him careless and gets him captured, which snowballs into the death of the innocent, downtrodden Dobby.
  • In Isaac Asimov's novel The Gods Themselves, the second of the three parts is titled "The Gods Themselves". The three titles form a quotation that is the epigraph of the whole book.
  • Italo Calvino's If on a winter’s night a traveler. The first chapter is titled "If on a Winter's Night a Traveler" and the other chapters continue the sequence, forming a coherent text.
  • When Jules Verne wrote Michael Strogoff, he decided to use the name of the protagonist as the title for both the first chapter and the book as a whole.
  • Mystery novels by Michael Connelly:
    • The last part of The Fifth Witness, which includes the climax in which Mickey Haller gets his client off and then figures out who was the murderer, is called "The Fifth Witness".
    • The last part of Echo Park, in which Bosch sets up a sting to nab the real killer of Marie Gesto, is called "Echo Park".
    • The last chapter of The Scarecrow, a brief epilogue that recounts Carver's grim And I Must Scream fate, is titled "The Scarecrow".
    • The last part of The Gods of Guilt, which is basically an epilogue tying up the loose ends after the story has been resolved, is called "The Gods of Guilt".
  • Chapter 4 of The Wee Free Men, where the Feegles make their first full appearance, is called "The Wee Free Men".
  • Nonfiction example: Life Is with People, a work of sociology about the culture of the Jewish shtetls, has a chapter in the middle called "Life Is with People."
  • Ella Minnow Pea is divided into sections headed by the ever-diminishing list of alphabet letters still legal to use. Considering the titular protagonist's Punny Name, it's not hard to foresee the arrival of a chapter headed by ***LMNOP***, those being the very last letters remaining after the rest are banned.

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     Live Action TV  

  • The pilot/first episode for Logan's Run is titled "Logan's Run".
  • Babylon 5: Each season has a title and there is one episode in each season which shares that title. The episode in question would then fundamentally alter the direction the show had been taking up to that point.
  • Inverted in the first two series of Doctor Who. The serials didn't have titles back then, so they were retroactively titled by the first episode of the serial.
  • Played with in How I Met Your Mother: S9E16 is named "How Your Mother Met Me".
  • The first season finale of Daredevil (2015) is named "Daredevil" to mark Matt Murdock's transition from The Devil of Hell's Kitchen, a dangerous vigilante, to Daredevil, a full-on superhero.
    • This is repeated with the finale of The Defenders (2017) to mark the main group of Matt Murdock, Jessica Jones, Luke Cage and Danny Rand working together to fight the Hand.

     Videogames  

     Western Animation  

  • Inverted in the reference books for the Rocky and Bullwinkle show. Since all later episodes of the serial have two names, some books assign the name of the entire arc to the first episode, since they would otherwise have no name. Hence the first segment of the first arc "Jet Fuel Formula" is referred to by some sources as "Jet Fuel Formula", with the second segment called "Bullwinkle's Ride or Goodbye Dollink", the gag from the end of the first segment.

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