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After the Title Sequence, but before the first act, many shows will put in an intertitle displaying the episode's title. For some shows, the title will be animated and a character from the series will read the title to the audience (mostly prevalent in anime, while western cartoons that use this are usually aimed at preschoolers). On the other hand, some shows might have the title be on-screen text displayed with the opening credits over the beginning of the first act. It is also common for the title to never be shown and the name of the episodes only found from episode guides.

These days, one tends to see episode titles only on non-primetime animated programming, although even then there are many exceptions to this. (For example, 4Kids' Saturday morning block doesn't use episode titles on screen at all, regardless of whether the original versions of the shows had them.) Most other kinds of programming eschew from explicitly titling the episode on screen, with most exceptions being hourlong sci-fi (Heroes, Star Trek, Doctor Who) or (for some reason) the Aaron Sorkin dramas The West Wing and Studio 60 On the Sunset Strip.

Examples of Episode Title Card include:
  • Police Camera Action, a co-production of ITV and Optomen, had no title cards for the first two episodes Danger Drivers Ahead! (mid-1994) and the generically titled Police Camera Action (late 1994/early 1995), then a background of thermal-imaging camera footage with the episode title in BLOCK CAPITALS between 1995 and 1996. No episode title cards were used for the 1996 special The Man Who Shot O.J about the OJ Simpson trial. From 1997, the title cards were a blue background and white text, with text Like This (capitalised beginning of sentence).
    • From 1999 onwards, a stylized background with BLOCK CAPITALS was used. The title cards were not used for the 2000 special episodes Crash Test Racers or Highway of Tomorrow. The background was changed in 2002 to police footage, and then again in 2007 for the new series presented by Alastair Stewart and Adrian Simpson. The 2008 special episode, listed as "Drink Driving Special" had no title card, but the new 2009-2010 season is likely to have them again.
  • A subversion of the character reading it is usually done in Tokusatsu with the narrator reading it usually in a menacing voice. Toru Ohira is especially fond of this, being the voice of Darth Vader in the Japanese dub of Star Wars, he sometimes likes to read titles in a villain-like manner.
  • The Simpsons did this only 5 times in 22 years; the most notable of these instances was "Bart Gets Hit By A Car", and a second after the title dissolved, Bart got....hit by a car. Others were "The Telltale Head", "22 Short Films About Springfield", The Simpsons 138th Episode Spectacular(celebrating 6 years), and The Book Job.
    • The Treehouse of Horror specials as well. Each special's constituent shorts also have its own title card as well.
  • Pokémon has a character reading the episode's title.
    • ...as does Inuyasha.
    • A lot of anime shows in general have that.
  • Bleach has an interesting variant, the episode titles are only numbers. The episodes do have titles, but those titles are only found in outside sources. In the 15th opening, there is a montage of earlier title cards.
  • Fushigi Yuugi begs to differ. White screen, black kanji and hiragana, music. That is all.
  • The first two Magical Girl Lyrical Nanoha series have her reading the episode title while it's shown on a red sphere (ostensibly her Raising Heart pearl), with the same music bed used in both seasons. Strikers has a more dramatic music bed and no title read, presumably to reflect its more serious nature, with the title put over an i-ching pattern.
  • All Nicktoons use this: Danny Phantom, My Life as a Teenage Robot, SpongeBob SquarePants, The Fairly Odd Parents, Rocko's Modern Life, The Angry Beavers, Cat Dog, etc.
  • Parodied in Police Squad!, where the Episode Title Card never agrees with the spoken episode title.
  • Batman the Animated Series had gorgeously painted ones for the first 85 episodes, often paired with the episode's villain's Leitmotif.
  • Batman the Brave And The Bold made hilarious use of this trope in the episode "Aquaman's Outrageous Adventure" Culminating with the image on this page.
  • Arthur has been known for creative title cards featuring not only the titles of the stories but also the writer and storyboard artist, as well as a clever bit of animation. These have included D.W. interrupting Arthur in his bath and Arthur's dog, Pal, finding the title card circle empty and howling. Starting in the 5th season, fans lamented the appearance of the "slot machine" title card, in which the slots landed on a particular character's face. Since Follow the Bouncing Ball , there's now a short clip from the episode instead.
  • Filmation had a number of series with title cards, including He-Man and the Masters of the Universe, She Ra Princess of Power, Bravestarr, Filmations Ghostbusters, and Blackstar. These title cards were invariably accompanied by a particular musical snippet plucked from the in-series soundtrack.
    • Similarly, Ruby-Spears used title cards in practically all of its series.
  • Heroes is well known for working in the titles in creative and sometimes bizarre ways.
    • e.g. Sylar slicing the words 'I AM SYLAR' into his own arm.
  • Its Always Sunny in Philadelphia does this in every episode, as a hilarious transition from the Cold Open. It usually plays out either like this:

 Charlie: We're gonna go America all over their asses!!

Title card: Charlie Goes America All Over Everybody's Ass

    • or this:

 Frank: I'm just pallin' with the guys! How's anyone gonna get hurt?

Title card: Frank Sets Sweet Dee on Fire


 Sweet Dee: We've got big dreams Mac, and we're gonna go follow them!

Mac: You guys have nothing without this bar.

Dennis: Don't worry about us Mac, we'll be just fine.

Title card: Dennis and Dee Go On Welfare

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