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  • Three of the Sin City books' ("A Dame to Kill For," "The Big Fat Kill," and "That Yellow Bastard") titles occur in either dialogue or narration. The film adaptation also works in the first story's retroactive title, "The Hard Goodbye,".
  • In DC Comics' weekly series Trinity (2008), every story (there's two per issue) is named for a snippet of dialogue. Since "Trinity", while it refers to the main characters, isn't an official team name, its repeated use qualifies as well.
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  • Marvel Adventures: Iron Man #6 has the phrase "Destructive Reentry" used twice. It's a Meaningful Title, considering the issue.
  • The first big Spider-Man event of the Brand New Day era made sneaky use of this trope. It had what sounded like a pretty typical comic title until Norman Osborn dropped it in-story:
    Osborn: For every life you save...there's a million new ways to die.
  • In the final panel of Spider-Gwen, she introduces herself to some firemen by saying:
    ’’’Gwen: Me? I’m Spider-Gwen.’’’
  • Issue 24 of Robert Kirkman's The Walking Dead. It gets a double-page spread to itself, and then another page when it's repeated.
    Rick: It's obvious now that I'm the only sane one here! We already are savages, Tyreese. You especially! The second we put a bullet in the head of one of these undead monsters — the moment one of us drives a hammer into one of their faces — or cut a head off. We become what we are! And that's just it. That's what this comes down to. You people don't know what we are. We're surrounded by the dead. We're among them — and when we finally give up we become them! We're living on borrowed time here. Every minute of our life is minute we steal from them! You see them out there. You know that when we die — we become them. You think we hide behind walls to protect us from the walking dead! Don't you get it!?
    Rick: We are the walking dead!
    Rick: We are the walking dead.
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  • Birds of Prey doesn't get a Title Drop until issue #86, when Lady Blackhawk suggests that it might be a fitting name for the team. It is immediately rejected by everybody else on the team.
  • In one issue of the Sonic X comic book, Sonic was abducted by the Society for Observing and Neutralizing Interdimensional Creatures and Xenomorphs. Guess what the acronym for that is.
  • The New Universe comic Kickers, Inc. ended its first issue with the team in unison, shouting, "Kickers, Inc!"
  • Watchmen almost does this with the phrase "Who Watches the Watchmen?" but the graffiti is never shown completely.
    • In The Movie, "Watchmen" is the name of the alliance. However, the graffiti still remains.
    • Ozymandias mentions that JFK had part of a speech he intended to give in Dallas that read "We in this country, in this generation, are by destiny rather than choice, the watchmen on the walls of world freedom." Unfortunately, he was assassinated (possibly by the Comedian), by those Ozymandias described as on "the walls of world tyranny," before he could deliver it.
  • Astonishing X-Men had something of an example, with Cyclops saying that the team had to "astonish" the public if they were ever to be trusted again.
    • Whedon's last issue, the Giant Sized special, is entitled "Gone". It's also the last word in the issue.
    • Whedon's last issue also echoes Cyclops' comment from the first issue, as Kitty Pryde accepts what she must do to save the world.
    Kitty: Disapponted, Miss Frost?
    Emma: Astonished, Miss Pryde.
  • Spider Jerusalem describes The Word as a "great Transmetropolitan newspaper". This is the only mention of the series' title.
  • From the 1989 James Bond comic Permission to Die.
    Q: Do be careful, 007. Her Majesty may have granted you a license to kill, but that doesn't give you permission to die.
  • "To be human, truly human, is to accept that sometimes we are heroes.. Sometimes we are victor.. and sometimes we are Powerless."
  • Scootaloo's assertion on how the Mane Six will recover from being split into pairs, in issue #3 of My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic (IDW).
  • Forever Evil: Ultraman concludes his speech to his villainous crowd by saying "Aeternus Malum. Forever Evil.".
  • In Lost at Sea, Raleigh drops the title as the last line of the comic.
  • Disney Ducks Comic Universe:
    • In Don Rosa's Uncle Scrooge story "Last Sled to Dawson", after Uncle Scrooge's Yukon Gold Rush-era dog sled is dislodged from the glacier in which it had been trapped for decades and slides into the town square, one of the nephews quips "The last sled to Dawson has finally arrived!"
    • In Carl Barks's story "Back to the Klondike", Uncle Scrooge says to a confused Donald Duck "You're going with me - Back to the Klondike!"
  • The four-part comic series based on Over the Garden Wall managed a purely visual example by depicting Wirt tripping over a (very low) garden wall.
  • Starslayer: The weapon used to collapse Sol into a black hole was a 'Starslayer Missile'. At the end of the arc, refugees from the Sol system have dubbed Torin himself as 'The Starslayer', though he was never directly addressed as that in the comic.
  • Black Science:
    • Grant refers to the dimension-hopping pillar technology as black science. Other characters like Doxta pick it up from him.
    • One flashback to Mr Block's lab shows that someone has graffitied "Block Science" to "Black Science".
  • Legends of the Dead Earth: In Legion of Super-Heroes Annual #7, Wildfire says that due process is "one of the greatest legends of the dead Earth."
  • Empowered: "Wahh, Wahh, Wahh" is dropped as the start of "Wahh, Wahh, Wahh, I can't breathe!"
  • Blue Is the Warmest Color: At one point Clémentine comments on the different shades of blue.
  • In Billy Majestic's Humpty Dumpty, the nursery rhyme character namesake of the monster is brought up when Pervis Brakk points out to his brother Petus that the creature looks like Humpty Dumpty.
  • Be Prepared: The first song sung at the camp is "Be Prepared".


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