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Titles are hard.

Right, you have a good concept for a show with interesting characters, cool powers, and a deep twisty plot. The only problem is that you can't think what to call it.

Well, what about naming it after the main character? And just in case another show comes along in which the main character has the same name, you stick your hero's occupation or role in the story in there too.

Translators of anime noticed this trend a long time ago, and often localise a title to make it fit the pattern even if it didn't before.

Western series usually write this as "Bob the Manual Laborer" or "Bob: Manual Laborer", while anime series prefer something like "Manual Laborer Bob".

If a title appears to be using this trope but the title is not the name of a character (e.g. Doctor Who), see I Am Not Shazam.

Examples of Role Called include:

Anime & Manga

 Titles that have a particular format are also listed under Adjective Noun Fred.

Comic Books



Live Action TV

Newspaper Comics

  • Brewster Rockit, Space Guy


  • Pericles, Prince of Tyre
  • Hamlet, Prince of Denmark
  • Macbeth
  • In fact any of William Shakespeare's histories count as well:
    • Julius Caesar
    • Henry V
    • Richard III

Video Games

Web Comics

Western Animation

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