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Rather than a work truly having No Title, the work officially has a title that SAYS the work lacks a title. By definition, all examples of this DO have titles which are thus technically inaccurate.

Often this is done to evoke the "unprofessional" feel of a work with No Title while still having the convenience of being able to refer to the work by name. It is also common for these titles to start out as placeholders that were never changed to something else, either from a lack of time or because someone liked how the placeholder sounded. "Untitled" is the most common form, but any name for the work which says it lacks one counts.

Compare You Know the One, where a person or plot element is always referred to in a cryptic way to keep the information from the reader, and Speak of the Devil, where a character is never named because people fear the name.

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Examples

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     Film  

  • Cameron Crowe initially wanted to name Almost Famous "Untitled", after the style of an obscure record by a forgotten band. The studio forbade it until the Director's Cut, which was officially titled "Untitled: The Almost Famous Director's Cut."
  • A Morey Amsterdam vehicle was called Don't Worry, We'll Think of a Title. Not directly saying the work lacked a title, but still implying it.
  • Silverchair's contribution to the soundtrack of Godzilla (1998) has "Untitled" as the title.
  • "Untitled Self-Portrait", Batman's song from The LEGO Movie.
  • Deadpool 2 spent most of it's marketing campaign calling the film "The Untitled Deadpool Sequel", after announcing the film was called "Deadpool 2".

     Literature  

  • George Jean Nathan's A Book Without a Title.
  • Raymond Smullyan's This Book Needs No Title.
  • Mordkhe Spektor's A roman on a nomen (Yiddish for "A Novel without a Name").
  • Pseudonymous Bosch's The Name of this Book is Secret.

     Live-Action TV  

  • Alan Davies (of Jonathan Creek and QI fame) hosted a chat show on the British station Dave in the summer of 2014, called Alan Davies: as yet Untitled. He talks with four or five guests (mostly comedians), all seated round a table. At the end of the show, Alan and his guests have to come up with a title for that episode.
  • Episode 10 of Monty Python's Flying Circus is named "Untitled," at least on the A&E video release.
  • Episode 10.20 of Law & Order is called "Untitled." It concerns a murder at an art gallery, and "Untitled" is a standard "title" for paintings.

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     Music  

  • Simple Plan's "Untitled", often thought to be named "How Could This Happen to Me?". Because of this confusion, when it was released as a single, it was officially re-titled "Untitled (How Could This Happen to Me?)", making it a supposedly untitled song with two titles.
  • Elton John's album Goodbye Yellow Brick Road has a track entitled "This Song Has No Title", which is a part of the chorus.
  • Ten Years After named a track on their "Stonedhenge" album "No Title."
  • The Smashing Pumpkins are another group who have a song that's officially listed as "Untitled" - it was a previously unreleased song that appeared on their Greatest Hits Album.
  • A well-known Dutch singer was called the Zangeres Zonder Naam (Singer With No Name). That was her official name.
  • The Benjamin Gate's debut album was named [Untitled].
  • LL Cool J's Radio album has a track listed "Untitled", though it's actually just talking, not a song.
  • The track "Untitled" on Mechanical Animals by Marilyn Manson.
  • The Byrds' album (Untitled), which ended up being an example by mistake: The band were still trying to settle on a title when producer Terry Melcher was asked to fill out some documentation for the sessions and listed "(Untitled)" as a placeholder album title. Due to miscommunications, this ended up on the cover of the final release without the band knowing it.
  • The hymn "For All the Saints" is typically sung to a melody called "Sine Nomine", composed by Ralph Vaughan Williams. The tune's name literally means "without a name" in Latin.
  • They Might Be Giants have a track called "Untitled" on the EP of "(She Was A) Hotel Detective". It's a recording of a phone call accidentally left on the band's Dial-A-Song answering machine, in which the caller expresses her confusion over the existence of Dial-A-Song.
  • Matthew Sweet's song "Untitled" works the word into the lyrics:
    Don't let me go on sad and unfinished
    Don't make mine a chord that is diminished
    Don't let me go on untitled
  • Sigur Rós' third album contains eight untitled tracks and has the unpronounceable name ( ), which some have speculated to mean that the album itself is also untitled.
  • Kendrick Lamar's album untitled unmastered. has eight untitled tracks.
  • There is a German band called "Band ohne Namen" This translates to "A Band without a name"
  • The band mewithoutYou has a 2018 album called [Untitled], with the square brackets and everything.
  • Duke Ellington's Second Sacred Concert included a piece named "T.G.T.T.", which stood for "Too Good to Title".
  • The Nas song "Untitled"; from an album that actually is untitled, incidentally.

     Video Games  

  • An Untitled Story.
  • The Nameless Mod.
  • There was an old shooter game in the 1980s which was meant to be named Challenger. Then the Challenger shuttle disaster happened, and the game was hastily renamed to GWNN, i.e. "Game With No Name".
  • The level "Hell Keep" (E3M1) in the game Doom has the music track "Untitled", possibly because "MIDI Version of Mouth for War" was too cumbersome and litigation-prone.
  • In the horror adventure game Ib, there is a painting by this title in Guertena's Art Gallery.
  • The Atari 2600 game Name This Game and Win $10,000, as the publisher went bankrupt before the naming contest could be held.
  • The second expansion pack for Dungeons Of Dredmor, "You Have To Name The Expansion Pack". You can in fact edit the title, and you get an achievement for doing so.
    Look, I'm a game developer!: Name the expansion pack.
  • The Amstrad CPC/ZX Spectrum game Nonamed, set in a castle without a name.
  • "The Untitled Game" mappack for Mari0.
  • The Glider PRO Level Editor will name any newly created room "Untitled Room." The editor gives a count the number of rooms not renamed from this default when saving a house, which gives users an incentive to change every "Untitled Room" to something else, even border rooms that aren't meant to be accessible but may be partly visible in 9-room mode. (The default house "Slumberland" names such border rooms "Darling.") However, some playable rooms in well-known houses use silly variations on the default title, e.g. "Oh, these Untitled Rooms!" One of the many randomly titled sewer rooms in "Slumberland" is titled "This Room Has No Name."
  • There's a Pokémon named "Type: Null", referring to the fact that it's artificially created to synthesise the strengths of various Pokémon.
  • One of the songs from the Doom Game Mod Back to Saturn X is punningly named "Untilted".

     Websites  

  • On Tumblr, the generic placeholder name for your blog is "untitled". Some users will keep the blog title either for aesthetic purposes or because they can't be bothered to change it.
  • A Google search for "Untitled Document" results in 61,400,000 results, indicating some degree of laziness on the part of Web authors in (not) creating content for the Title element of their pages.

     Western Animation  

  • A ReBoot Western pastiche episode is called "The Episode With No Name" in reference to "The Man With No Name" in The Good, the Bad and the Ugly.
  • Parodied in the Aqua Teen Hunger Force episode "Deleted Scenes", where Shake shows outtakes from a film he produced which is officially named "Untitled Master Shake Project".

     Real Life  


Alternative Title(s): Self Denying Title

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