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It may be a stylistic choice, it may just be laziness, but for whatever reason a series, or just a very large and noticeable number of works by the same author, have titles prefaced by the word 'The'. These names are often things like (to take examples from the popular Animorphs series): The Experiment', The Escape', and so on. If an author uses this trope to excess, expect the names to get a little odd (The Answer, The Happening), confusing (The Unexpected), or downright unhelpful (The Attack, The Threat). The author may also get really carried away with the 'The' count and 'The' the title until it makes little grammatical sense.

As such this trope comes in two main types:

  • Titles with too many 'The's: In this variation The author has gotten a bit 'The'-happy and has added them in to the title seemingly at the random. The.
  • Titles that mainly begin with 'The': The author acts as described above and begins the name of most installments with the word 'The'. Expect it to get a little weird at times. Note: The writer does not need to deliberately preface every episode or book with the word 'The' for them to count as an example, only most of them.

See also: Idiosyncratic Episode Naming. Not to be confused with The "The" Title Confusion, where it's unclear whether or not something begins with a "the".

Has nothing to do with Attack of the The Eye Creatures.

Examples of The "The" Title include:

Examples of titles with too many "The"s



  • There is a rock-band simply called The The.

Examples of titles that all, or mostly, begin with the word "The"

Newspaper Comics

  • The Far Side collections with indexes feature sections for each letter of the alphabet. However, every letter but "T" is blank, as each comic is identified as "The one with the [x]".


  • The Animorphs series is a well-known example. Every single one of the regular Animorphs books (not all of the Megamorphs books do this) was prefaced by the word The. This series provided many of the title examples above.
  • A Series of Unfortunate Events has this for all books in the series, followed by a pair of alliterative words for all but the last one.


  • *On Gileah & the Ghost Train's self-titled album, every song title begins with The. Their order on the album is also alphabetical order. At least one song apparently had its name changed to fit the theme: "The Shadow"'s demo version was originally called "All I Need".


Video Games

Western Animation

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