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  • 850 Meters: The knight's quest for the invincible sword results in a dragon throwing him away and figuring out he landed 850 meters away. The dragon notes it's a new record.
  • "What TIIIIME is it?" "ADVENTURE TIME!"
    • Some individual episodes can have this too, such as "The Real You", which actually plays with it—at one point a temporarily-insane Finn screams that everyone was "BORN TO DIE!", which was the Working Title of the episode.
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    • Played with in "You Forgot Your Floaties"; after accidentally absorbing Magic Man's powers, Betty gets a vision of a crab with the head of Simon, partially-transformed into the Ice King, silently mouthing the words "You forgot your floaties".
  • "No Billy, hearing you talk was Annabelle's Wish."
  • "Truly, they were an Aqua Teen Hunger Force."
    Carl: (*Beat*) Your emergency brake is on!
    Shake: Don't tell me how to drive, jackass!
  • Avatar: The Last Airbender
    • In the first episode of the series, Zuko tells his uncle that "the Sages tell us that the Avatar is the last airbender."
    • In the third episode of the first season, Aang remarks, "I really am the last airbender."
    • The second season finale is called "The Crossroads of Destiny", with Iroh using the title almost exactly when he tells Zuko that he is at a point where he has to choose which path in life to take.
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    • In the third season episode, "The Avatar and the Firelord", Firelord Sozin's final testimony ends with him expressing regret that he never found and defeated the greatest threat to the Fire Nation, "the Avatar, the last airbender".
  • The Avengers: Earth's Mightiest Heroes! has the first half of its title dropped for the first time in "Breakout":
    Iron Man: Together, we can avenge the wrongs caused by all these villains.
    Wasp: We can be Avengers.
    Hulk: Huh. Good name.
    • The second half gets dropped in the series finale, "Avengers Assemble!", during Captain America's Rousing Speech:
      Captain America: You are Earth's mightiest heroes, and I've called you together for one reason: the end of the world is here, and it's our job to stop it...
    • The tie-in comics include two usages of the phrase, "Earth's Mightiest Heroes".
    • Individual episodes that drop their own titles include "Gamma World," "459," "Hail, HYDRA!", "The Deadliest Man Alive", and "Avengers Assemble!"
  • Batman: The Brave and the Bold: "You've started something. A brave, bold new era in crimefighting."
    • The scene is turned a little funny when you realize that the episode writer was Joseph Kuhr and Batman is talking to The Red Hood a.k.a. Earth 3's Joker. note 
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    • Batman also makes a title drop as the final line of the first season finale.
  • "Let the fight take place here, on this strange, primitive world. And let it be called...the Beast Wars!" The conflict is then referred to as such occasionally throughout the series, Megatron claiming that he's won the Beast Wars as he reaches the climax of an Evil Plan, for example. Doesn't apply for viewers watching it on Canada's YTV where, due to discomfort with the word "War" in its title, it was called "Beasties".
    • Several episodes feature title drops. For instance, in "A Better Mousetrap", after Rattrap sets off the Sentinel defense system, leaving him stuck inside, Dinobot remarks "It seems as though you [Rhinox] have built a better mousetrap."
  • The Beatles cartoon episode titles were the titles of Beatles songs which were performed within the cartoon itself.
  • In an episode of Beavis And Butthead, the title duo are arguing over what to name their newly-formed garage band. Beavis suggests "Beavis And Butthead", but Butthead insists it sounds better the other way.
  • While trying to get MomZZ to respect him, Ziv Zulander tells her he's The Bots Master.
  • Where the original movie only had a Close on Title, Big Hero 6: The Series' debut episode replicates the movie's ending with the exception that on the freeze-frame of the heroes and after Hiro says "Who are we?", as if in response the camera slowly pans to show Obake ominously whispering "Big Hero 6".
  • Code Lyoko has this Once an Episode (with a few exception), shown on the Holographic Terminal when Aelita deactivates a tower.
  • Lampshade Hanging in the Danger Mouse episode "Pink Dawn", when DM sees the pinkified London.
    DM: Well, I suppose it's cheerful enough. Like some sort dawn.
    Penfold: I love it when we get the episode title in like that.
  • Towards the beginning of "Margaret's First Thank You Day" from Daniel Tiger's Neighborhood, Daniel tells the viewers that "Today is extra-special because it's Margaret's first Thank You Day."
  • The Danny Phantom episode "Flirting With Disaster" had Tucker and Sam finish a sentence that involves the title; "Long night...of flirting with disaster?" Obviously it refers to Danny's dangerous Dating Catwoman relationship with Valerie.
  • The first Daria movie's title, "Is It Fall Yet?", is set during the summer. The title drop is an Establishing Character Moment for Link, showing how little he wants to be at the day camp where Daria works.
  • Dexter's Laboratory :
    • In "Maternal Combat", Dexter shouts the title during the showdown between the two Mom-bots (one controlled by him, and one controlled by Dee Dee).
    • In "The Continuum of Cartoon Fools", Dexter accidentally locks himself out of his lab in his efforts to keep Dee Dee out, and in the ensuing melodramatic rant laments that he's "locked in a continuum of cartoon fools".
  • Drawn Together
    • Lampshaded in "Lost in Parking Space, Part Two:"
      Xandir: There is hope! As long as we're together. Drawn to—
      Spanky: You say "drawn together," and I swear to Christ, I'm gonna cave your skull in with a tire iron, and eat what drips out.
      Xandir: Alright, fair enough.
    • The episode ends with Xandir saying it and horrible sounds playing over the sudden fade to black.
    • Before that, the first season finale ended with a standard title drop narrative voiceover.
    • Also in the Movie, after Xandir does this again, the lasers that were targeting the housemates all focus onto him.
    • In another episode Ling-Ling says that everyone in the house is so different, yet somehow "drawn together". Then he says he realizes where the title came from.
  • Parodied in a Family Guy episode, where Peter is at the movies and hears the drops in Clear and Present Danger and As Good as It Gets (and also a parodic one, Superman IV: The Quest for Peace). Later in the episode, a cop says "I don't appreciate drug addicts in my town. I'm a family guy!", much to Peter's delight.
    Superman: The only way for me to solve this crisis is to be Superman IV: The Quest for Peace.
    Peter: So that's why they called it that...
    • There was that early episode where the Griffins watch Eight is Enough where the father hits the daughter multiple times then another character says "Dad! Eight is enough!" and then they all laugh. Even the Griffins were shockednote .
    • And in a Cutaway Gag where Peter is in a stage musical adaptation of Red Dawn, his last line is the following:
      Peter: It has been...a Red Dawn.
    • Played With in The Simpsons crossover. Peter says "I'm a family guy." and Homer responds with "And I'm a the Simpsons."
  • Futurama : In "Roswell That Ends Well", the title is painted on a missile fired at the military base.
  • Spoofed in the Garfield and Friends episode "Video Airlines", where Jon and Garfield are trying to find something to watch other than a certain incredibly schlocky B-movie:
    Man in movie: You! You're not Sylvia! (pulls off "Sylvia's" mask) You're one of the Kung Fu Creatures On the Rampage...TWO!
    • And at the end of the cartoon, Jon finally finds a theater that isn't showing that's showing the sequel, Kung Fu Creatures On the Rampage III, which has the exact same title drop.
  • An episode of G.I. Joe had an awesome title drop. In the episode "Money To Burn", Cobra...burns United States money, but as usual, GI Joe beats them.
    Ripcord: Like Cobra, you have money to burn.
  • Gravity Falls is the name of the titular town, but as we get closer to the big finale we also get this during "A Tale of Two Stans":
  • The Grim Adventures of Billy & Mandy: Lampshaded in one of the movies, where Grim immediately follows up his title drop with an aside, "like how I worked the title in?"
  • Here Comes the Grump, in addition to its Title Theme Tune, tends to have a title drop in the dialogue Once an Episode, along the lines of "Look out, Terry! Here comes the Grump!"
  • Some episodes of House of Mouse such as "Thanks to Minnie" and "Pluto Saved the Day".
  • Battle tanks are for hardened soldiers, and you're trained only as an invader, Zim!
  • Played With in Invincible (2021) in a interesting way; Each episode begins with a a person saying the word, but each time it cuts to the Title Screen.
  • In the Iron Man: Armored Adventures episode All the Best People Are Mad we get one as part of a variation of the You're Insane! trope:
    Tony: You're completely mad Rhona!
    Rhona: Mad? All the best people are mad. Lewis Carroll.
  • Jimmy Two-Shoes: "Too Many Jimmys" has Samy mention the eponymous problem.
  • Kim Possible: The first movie, A Sitch in Time, drops the title of the opening lyrics of the theme-song into casual dialogue.
  • Miraculous Ladybug: In the second part of the 'Origins' episodes, Ladybug marvels at her own powers as they repair the city, calling them "miraculous". The international name of the show is Miraculous: Tales of Ladybug and Cat Noir. In a slightly more common version, this applies to the Miraculous Ladybug Ladybug performs at the end of a fight, as the American title is Miraculous Ladybug.
  • Motorcity: "A Better Tomorrow" has Kane end his commercial with "Promising a better tomorrow by building your future today!" Somewhat of a bitter/ironic line considering the state of Motorcity at that point.
  • My Little Pony:
    • My Little Pony 'n Friends: In "Quest of the Princess Ponies – Part 3", as he's blasting the Princess Ponies with his rainbow beams, Lavan dramatically announces that "this is the end of your quest, my little ponies!"
    • My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic:
      • It's fairly common for characters, typically but not exclusively when talking to younger people, to refer to their audience as "my little ponies". Princess Celestia and the schoolteacher Cheerilee do this the most often, but several other character use it more occasionally. It becomes rarer for it to occur in later seasons, however.
      • In "Elements of Harmony", The Reveal of the sixth element shows that friendship is indeed Magic.
      • In "Stare Master", the Cutie Mark Crusaders drop the episode title when they call Fluttershy the Stare master.
      • "The Best Night Ever": Title drops occur frequently, as multiple characters announce their intention for the Gala to be, in fact, the best night ever.
      • "May The Best Pet Win!" has it as the last line of Fluttershy and Rainbow Dash's duet.
      • "The Mysterious Mare Do Well": The Mayor drops the episode's title when naming the town's new hero.
  • Over the Garden Wall:
    • Then softly it falls by a house near a stream/And over the garden thee.
    • "Into the Unknown" is the first spoken line of the episode of the same name, delivered by Wirt as he ventures out to confess his feelings to his crush.
  • Phineas and Ferb:
    • "Summer Belongs to You!": In addition to the song of the same name near the end, there's a title drop near the middle when Phineas is trying to give Candace a pep talk:
      Phineas: The gist of it was that you have to believe in yourself.
      Candace: That's easy for you to say. Look at all the things you've done! Summer belongs to you!
      Phineas: Summer doesn't belong to me. It belongs to everyone, and that includes you!
    • The episode "Dude, We're Getting the Band Back Together" is name-dropped by Phineas during the "Fabulous" musical number.
  • Olive Oyl does this in at least two Famous Studios-era Popeye shorts; both involve Bluto coming after her:
    "You keep away from me you, you, you... Royal Four Flusher!"
    "You keep away from me you, you, you... Floor Flusher!"
    • "Private Eye Popeye, at your service!"
  • In an amusing aversion, in the finale of the third season of ReBoot, the cast makes a gamble to have the User "reboot" the computer and thus restore Mainframe. When the screen goes blank, however, the User types in "ReStart". In a convention panel the creators lamented that they didn't think to title drop at that oh-so opportune moment.
    • On a more general note, the title is regularly dropped as the command word for characters changing format to interact inside of a Game.
  • Happens quite often in Ready Jet Go!. The kids often say "Ready! Jet! Go!" while blasting off.
  • Recess has episode title drops within a number of episodes:
    • "Jinxed"
    • "Speedy, We Hardly Knew Ye"
    • "I Will Kick No More Forever"
    • "Operation Field Trip"
    • "The Girl was Trouble"
    • "Recess is Cancelled"
    • "Me No Know"
    • "Good Ol' T.J."
  • Almost all episodes of Regular Show have their title dropped. Some of these are easy, as the title is just a noun, but others are actual phrases ("This is My Jam"; "Camping Can Be Cool" etc.)
  • The Ren & Stimpy Show lampshades this shamelessly in the episode "Marooned!" After their spaceship crashes on a distant planet, Ren confirms that they have no way to get home.
    Ren: We're marooned!
    Stimpy: Just like the title of this cartoon!
  • The titular Rick of Rick and Morty drops the show's title approximately ten times in a rambling speech he gives to Morty, who is writhing on the floor, having lost all brain functions for the next 72 hours.
  • Scooby-Doo
    • Scooby-Doo, Where Are You!. In the episode "Foul Play in Funland" Shaggy says "Scooby Doo, where are you!"
    • This actually is the series' standard, with the title drop appearing in many episodes.
    • At the beginning and end of every episode of A Pup Named Scooby-Doo Shaggy provides the narration and always includes "My pal, a pup named Scooby Doo!" Scooby is rarely, if ever, referred to that way outside of Shaggy's narration.
    • Dropped at the end of Scooby-Doo! Abracadabra-Doo.
    • In Scooby-Doo! Mystery Incorporated, the gang eventually finds out that the kids who vanished from Crystal Cove long ago were a mystery-solving crew much like them, who called themselves "Mystery Incorporated." Fred likes the name and the group adopts it. When the Scooby show was first developed in 1969, this was their unofficial - and unused - team name.The gang eventually finds out that the kids who vanished from Crystal Cove long ago were a mystery-solving crew much like them, who called themselves "Mystery Incorporated." Fred likes the name and the group adopts it. When the Scooby show was first developed in 1969, this was their unofficial - and unused - team name.
  • War Planets (a.k.a. Shadow Raiders) gets a title drop during a Rousing Speech in the first season, before the attack on planet Remora: "We've stopped being planets at war and become planets of war!"
  • The Simpsons
    • "Worst Episode EVER" actually drops it with Comic Book Guy's response to finding out he had a cardiac episode.
    • And the episode where Homer meets a man who thinks he's Michael Jackson:
      Man: I'm Michael Jackson from The Jacksons.
      Homer: I'm Homer Simpson from The Simpsons.
    • Also parodied in the Left Behind spoof.
      Strawman Atheist: It's the Rapture, Shawna, the Rapture. The virtuous have gone to Heaven and the rest of us have been ... left below!
      Homer: "Left below"...where have I heard that before?
      Lisa: Dad, it's the title of the movie.
      Homer: Gasp! It's everywhere!
    • And in Fear of Flying, Marge watches a certain movie:
      Man: No thanks to the plane, many of us are still...
      Everyone: Alive!
    • Parodied again in "Homer Loves Flanders", when Moe's reading to sick children: the books apparently end "And truly she friend Flicka" and "They were no longer little girls, they were now...little women". (Actually Little Women has several title drops, but that's not one of them.)
  • Soupe Opéra: An opera singer sings the show's name at the beginning of each episode.
  • South Park:
    • When the boys abandon Butters while playing "Border Patrol/Texans vs. Mexicans", Butters laments that he is "The Last of the Meheecans". The camera than pans up into the night sky where those exact words are superimposed in Tim Burton-style font.
    • A website dedicated to spreading rumors and insider information about the population of South Park Elementary goes online, causing embarrassment for many unfortunate students. When a mysterious ghost fish shows up to help the students stop it, he explains that he himself was a victim of the website, his affair with another fish giving her "Bass to Mouth" being made public.
  • In the first episode of the Secret Wars arc from Spider-Man: The Animated Series, the episode ends with Spider-Man declaring his intentions to keep a record of the events he witnesses, so that the battle will not become "a secret war."
    • Also, part one of the Grand Finale two parter is called "I Really, Really Hate Clones". Spidey doesn't wind up saying it: it's the evil alternate Spidey who is bonded with the Carnage symbiote who gets to say it, thinking our Spidey is a clone.
  • A rarity for the SpongeBob SquarePants series, "Spy Buddies" has a lot of these.
    SpongeBob: SPY BUDDIES!
    • "Squid's Day Off", "Big Pink Loser", "All That Glitters" and "Hooky" each had one, as well.
  • Star Wars: The Clone Wars: Although plenty of episodes have the title dropped in the opening narration, "Secret Weapons" has it elsewhere:
    Mace Windu: You've worked with the Jedi before. You are our secret weapons.
  • Star Wars Rebels:
    • "Spark of Rebellion":
      Agent Kallus: When the Empire's operations are targeted on an ongoing basis, it could signify more than the theft of a few crates, it could signify the spark of rebellion. Next time they make a move, we'll be waiting for them — to snuff out that spark before it catches fire.
    • "Idiot's Array": Lando Calrissian drops the title when he reveals he has the titular winning sabacc hand.
  • Star Wars Resistance:
    • "The Triple Dark": The titular phrase turns out to mean a storm at night with low visibility, which pirates like to use to attack the Colossus.
    • "The High Tower": Aunt Z explains why she thinks Captain Doza is working with the First Order:
      "Because he's one of them, sittin' up there in his high tower. He has power. We don't."
  • Steven Universe:
    • "Cheeseburger Backpack": Steven packs his new novelty backpack with supplies for his first mission, and Amethyst chants "cheeseburger backpack" when Steven pulls stuff out of it.
    • "Giant Woman": Steven, upon finding out about fusion, dubs the results this. He also sings a whole song called "Giant Woman" about how he wants to see Pearl and Amethyst fuse.
    • "Chille Tid": At one point, Steven has a dream where he's the star of a black-and-white sitcom. The dream's version of Garnet introduces herself with the titular phrase (Norwegian for "chilling time") when Steven answers the door to let her in.
    • "The Answer": Rose assures the newly-formed Garnet that she is this when telling her not to question why she exists.
      "Don't question this. Don't ever question this. You already are the answer."
    • "It Could've Been Great": Peridot drops the title when Storyboarding the Apocalypse for what Earth would've looked like as a completed Gem colony. No one else agrees with her.
    • "That Will Be All": Pearl gleefully echoes the phrase to Smug Snake Holly Blue Agate when informing her just how screwed she'll be if she tells the Diamonds about the Crystal Gems' infiltration of her facility.
    • "Are You My Dad?": Steven runs into a small blue Gem who asks him this question. When he tells her no, she leaves. It turns out to be a Who's on First? situation: Aquamarine is looking for someone named "My Dad".
    • "I Am My Mom": At the climax, Steven drops the title while surrendering himself to Aquamarine and Topaz so they'll let everyone else go.
  • "Don't be hasty. Not until I see those Street Fighters pummelled to dust, which should be any moment now" YES!! YES!!!
  • TaleSpin: In the finale of the four-part pilot "Plunder & Lightning", Baloo's Sea Duck plane is on the verge of crashing and a frantic Baloo says they're in a "tailspin".
  • Taz-Mania: Digeri Dingo does it in "Nursemaid Taz". After referring to Taz as 'nursemaid Taz', Digeri (a notorious Fourth-Wall Observer) hangs a lampshade on it by turning to the camera and declaring "There! I worked the title in!".
  • Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles:
    Utrom Shredder: So long as Ninja Turtles exist somewhere in the multiverse, they will interfere in the plans of the Shredder! Our epic battle is never going to end...unless I put an end to Turtles...FOREVER!
    • Also, in the 1987 series, after recounting their origin to April, Splinter finishes with, "...and that is how they became The Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles!"
  • Transformers: Prime tends to apply this in it's episode titles, such as in "Rock Bottom".
    Megatron: The fact is, Starscream, despite your treachery, I allowed you to carry on this long because I took a certain delight in following your string of failures...But you've finally become tiresome, predictable! You've hit Rock Bottom.
  • A somewhat chilling example occurs at the end of the TRON: Uprising episode "Welcome Home". Keller has returned to the Occupation...only for Tessler to kill her using his glowing hand o' doom. Tessler then mutters "Welcome home".
  • In the first episode of Ultimate Spider-Man, Nick Fury says he can train Peter to become "the ultimate Spider-Man".
  • In The Venture Bros. episode "The Buddy System", Dr. Venture tells his son "They're here to see Rusty Venture, if there was a cartoon called 'The Venture Brothers', maybe it would be different."
    • In the episode "The Invisible Hand of Fate", said episode's title is said twice by two different characters to Billy Quizboy.
    • "Powerless in the Face of Death" opens with Jonas Venture Jr. announcing "But we're The Venture Bros.!"
  • Played with in Wander over Yonder. Several episodes have a title drop, but the actual drop is interrupted by the title of the episode appearing in text on a freeze-frame, as seen in "The Time Bomb" and "The Big Day".
  • Occasionally done in Where on Earth Is Carmen Sandiego? The ACME agents might say, "Where on Earth is she now?" or villains trying to outdo Carmen would say, "Where on Earth is..." and insert their names instead. In the episode "Shaman Spirits," a news reporter said the title outright.
  • Every episode of Wishfart does this, because they're all titled after a random line said by one of the characters in said episode.
  • Xiaolin Showdown: Shouted whenever a Woo-Fu item is contested. "Xiaolin Showdown!"
  • Young Justice: Lex Luthor to the original Roy Harper: "What is it you really want? Revenge...or satisfaction?"
    • "There's no fail safe. This was an Endgame."


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