Sometimes when a work wants to sound comedic and edgy, or maybe just easy to remember, it will adopt a title consisting of one word; a verb in the past perfect tense. Occasionally they'll even take a word that isn't a verb and make it into one. This trend seems to go in and out of style, though currently it seems to be in vogue once again.
This trope doesn't always transfer well across languages, and works will often be given more self-explanatory titles overseas. In Russian, for example, it doesn't sound any kind of comedic or edgy. That's why Tangled was released in Russia as Rapunzel: A Tangled Story.
The Verbed Title is a subtrope of One Word Title.
Anime and Manga
- The other Frozen (2010)
- Scrooged: An example of the made-up-word variant.
- Tangled: Originally titled Rapunzel, it was specifically renamed to invoke this trope, hoping to appeal to a wider audience.
- The other Tangled (2001)
- Unleashed: Originally titled Danny the Dog, probably also changed to invoke this trope.
- Zapped (wiki)
Live Action TV
- Outsourced (TV series)
- Punk'd: Creator of the 'd variant that has begun to show up more often.
- When Jeff Bridges hosted Saturday Night Live there was a commercial for his new show Jeff'd, which was a really lame version of Punk'd.
This isn't my dry cleaning, it's a dress.
Ahh! You've been Jeff'd!