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3rd Feb '16 3:23:34 PM DarkHunter
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{{Anime}} and other Japanese media often has this in the form of a BilingualBonus.
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{{Anime}} and other Japanese media often has this in the form of a BilingualBonus. BilingualBonus, since the Japanese language in general lends itself well to this kind of wordplay thanks to its plentiful homophones, numerous pronunciations for each kanji, and the liberty of writing in alphabet, syllabary, or kanji.

** The Japanese language in general lends itself well to this kind of wordplay thanks to its plentiful homophones, numerous pronunciations for each kanji, and the liberty of writing in alphabet, syllabary, or kanji.
27th Dec '15 4:34:34 PM eroock
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moved examples to Double Meaning Title
* ''[[Anime/MartianSuccessorNadesico Kidou Senkan Nadesico]]'' (literally, "Mobile Battleship Nadesico"): "Kidou Senkan" is similar sounding to "[[Anime/MobileSuitGundam Kidou Senshi]]" referencing the use of HumongousMecha in the show. "Senkan Nadesico" (or "Nadeshiko") is a double pun that references both Anime/UchuuSenkanYamato, and the Japanese concept of YamatoNadeshiko. This multi-layered, multiple reference pun is likely the reason why ADV Films released it as "Martian Successor Nadesico" in North America. * ''Manga/UruseiYatsura'': "Urusei" is a misspelling/mispronounciation of "urusai", which usually means "loud", or "annoying", or "obnoxious" and is also used to tell people to "shut up". "Yatsura" is a pejorative way of referring to a group of people. Also, while most of the name is written in hiragana, the kanji for "star" is used for the "sei" in the title, referring to Lum, an alien being who is one of the main characters. Thus, the title can be translated as "Those Annoying Aliens", or "Those Obnoxious Aliens".

* The title of ''Film/EasyA'' is a pun that uses the common expression to refer to both the protagonist's alleged sluttiness and the [[Literature/TheScarletLetter 'A']] she sews onto her clothing to make a point. * ''Film/NorthByNorthwest''. As well as the ''Theatre/{{Hamlet}}'' reference, it's also about how the protagonist has to go north on Northwest Airlines.

* Most of the {{Double Meaning Title}}s endemic in ''Literature/TheDresdenFiles''. For instance, ''Literature/GravePeril'' features Harry in... well, grave peril, mostly due to [[TheUndead vampires and ghosts]][[note]]DontExplainTheJoke Grave, get it?[[/note]]. ''Summer Knight'' begins with the murder of the Summer Knight, happens on summer nights, and [[AMidsummerNightsDream is about fairies]]. ** The only exceptions are ''Literature/{{Changes}}'', which is ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin, and ''Literature/DeathMasks'', where the title doesn't have much to do with the story (it was originally going to be called ''Holy Sheet'', which does follow the pattern). * The title of every book in the ''Literature/GorkyPark'' series refers to at least two important things in the story: [[BookEnds Something from the beginning of the story, and something from the end.]]

* ''Series/TheSopranos'' usually gave its episodes such names. An example is "Rat Pack", which can refer to the famous Rat Pack from the 60s, a picture of which Tony receives as a present, though the same episode also focused on the FBI's multiple informants within the Mafia, making them a "rat pack" too. * ''Series/ArrestedDevelopment'' had a double entendre for the title of almost every episode, not to mention the title of the series itself. (It obviously refers to the mental immaturity of the main cast, but it's also about a real estate developer who gets arrested.) ** The main character Michael lives in a Russian doll made of the series title. His personal life with his son and his love life have screeched to a stop, he lives in a family of greedy, emotionally needy idiots, working in a company whose stock trading is halted by the federal trade commission and trying to jump start a housing project going nowhere. ''Arrested Development indeed.'' * In ''Series/KamenRiderOOO'', "OOO" is pronounced like "oh's", with "oh" being the Japanese word for "king" (early publicity material made reference to a "Multi-King"); it also sounds like "owes", referencing how he steals coin-like Medals from the villains to power his abilities, and pays part of them to the BigGood; "OOO" visually resembles the set of three Medals that he uses to transform; and it also resembles the infinity symbol with an extra loop, which is claimed within the series to mean [[UpToEleven a step beyond infinity]].

* Music/{{Blink182}}'s song "Wrecked Him" is aptly named as far as the lyrics go. But [[ToiletHumour it's Blink-182]], so the title is a pun on the word "rectum." * Hawkwind's song "Flying Doctor" is about an Australian flying doctor who abuses prescription drugs - in other words, he's "flying" in more ways than one.

* Music/AHawkAndAHacksaw's name is a reference to Smollet's translation of ''Literature/DonQuixote'': "...therefore, let every man lay his hand upon his heart and not pretend to mistake an hawk for a hand-saw..."[[note]]other versions of ''Quixote'' contrast black and white, rather than a hawk and a handsaw[[/note]]; this was itself a reference to ''Theatre/{{Hamlet}}'': "I am but mad north-north-west: when the wind is southerly I know a hawk from a handsaw." They replaced "handsaw" with "hacksaw" as a reference to a meter from Balkan and Turkish music, called Aksak. * The Music/WeirdAlYankovic album ''Even Worse'' is appropriately named, not only because it's spoofing Music/MichaelJackson's ''Bad'' album, but because every other song parodied on the album is [[CoveredUp a then-recent cover of a hit from the 50's or 60's]].

* ''VideoGame/{{Okami}}'' takes advantage of how the long-o prefix denotes something big or great, making the term "great god", as well as the word normally being Japanese for "wolf". As noted in the Anime section, ''kami'' can also mean "paper" or "hair," which suits someone who manifests her powers by painting things with a brush. ** Also, wolf hair is a typical material in calligraphy pens.
27th Nov '15 5:45:00 PM nombretomado
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* The title of ''Film/EasyA'' is a pun that uses the common expression to refer to both the protagonist's alleged sluttiness and the [[TheScarletLetter 'A']] she sews onto her clothing to make a point.
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* The title of ''Film/EasyA'' is a pun that uses the common expression to refer to both the protagonist's alleged sluttiness and the [[TheScarletLetter [[Literature/TheScarletLetter 'A']] she sews onto her clothing to make a point.
7th Sep '15 5:25:28 PM MyFinalEdits
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* ''WesternAnimation/SouthPark'', in "Smug Alert", probably has one. The Smugs all drive Hybrid cars. (As in combined gas/electric engine.) The obvious pun is with "hybris" (or "hubris", the usual spelling). The stealth pun is that in biology, a hybrid is a [[TheyKilledKenny bastard]]... ** There is another pun in the the brand of car they drive, the Pious, which referenced that they are pious in attitude and Toyota's hybrid car, the Prius.
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* ''WesternAnimation/SouthPark'', in "Smug Alert", probably has one. The Smugs all drive Hybrid cars. (As in combined gas/electric engine.) The obvious pun is with "hybris" (or "hubris", the usual spelling). The stealth pun is that in biology, a hybrid is a [[TheyKilledKenny bastard]]... ** bastard]]. There is another pun in the the brand of car they drive, the Pious, which referenced that they are pious in attitude and Toyota's hybrid car, the Prius.
7th Sep '15 4:49:55 PM Kartoonkid95
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** There is another pun in the the brand of car they drive, the Pious, which referenced that they are pious in attitude and Toyota's hybrid car, the Prius.
23rd Aug '15 8:13:18 AM WoodyAlienCubed
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* Most characters in ''Manga/DailyLifeWithMonsterGirl'' are [[ALizardNamedLiz named after what they are]]. One interesting example is Manako, the one-eyed girl: her name is a pun on her species, Monocles, and also sounds like a Japanese word meaning "eye".
1st Aug '15 4:51:09 PM nombretomado
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* ''[[Anime/MartianSuccessorNadesico Kidou Senkan Nadesico]]'' (literally, "Mobile Battleship Nadesico"): "Kidou Senkan" is similar sounding to "[[MobileSuitGundam Kidou Senshi]]" referencing the use of HumongousMecha in the show. "Senkan Nadesico" (or "Nadeshiko") is a double pun that references both Anime/UchuuSenkanYamato, and the Japanese concept of YamatoNadeshiko. This multi-layered, multiple reference pun is likely the reason why ADV Films released it as "Martian Successor Nadesico" in North America.
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* ''[[Anime/MartianSuccessorNadesico Kidou Senkan Nadesico]]'' (literally, "Mobile Battleship Nadesico"): "Kidou Senkan" is similar sounding to "[[MobileSuitGundam "[[Anime/MobileSuitGundam Kidou Senshi]]" referencing the use of HumongousMecha in the show. "Senkan Nadesico" (or "Nadeshiko") is a double pun that references both Anime/UchuuSenkanYamato, and the Japanese concept of YamatoNadeshiko. This multi-layered, multiple reference pun is likely the reason why ADV Films released it as "Martian Successor Nadesico" in North America.
11th Mar '15 2:41:27 AM Taxima
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* In ''Anime/DragonBallZ'', Gohan and Videl's daughter is named Pan; the name may come from the word for "bread" in many languages, continuing Gohan's family's naming tradition, the mythological being Pan, continuing Pan's family's naming tradition, or the pan flute, continuing the naming tradition of Gohan's ParentalSubstitute Piccolo's family.
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* In ''Anime/DragonBallZ'', Gohan and Videl's daughter is named Pan; the name may come from the word for "bread" in many languages, continuing Gohan's family's naming tradition, the mythological being Pan, continuing Pan's Videl's family's naming tradition, or the pan flute, continuing the naming tradition of Gohan's ParentalSubstitute Piccolo's family.
1st Mar '15 12:32:17 PM Bisected8
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When something is given a name which has more than one meaning or could be a reference to multiple sources. This may be deliberate, making an even stronger reference, or accidental, which can lead to AnalogyBackfire if other meanings make less sense or outright contradict the original.
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When something is given a name which has more than one meaning or could be a reference to multiple sources. This may be deliberate, making an even stronger reference, reference (or just a clever StealthPun), or accidental, which can lead to AnalogyBackfire if other meanings make less sense or outright contradict the original.
1st Mar '15 8:43:46 AM shokoshu
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* ''WesternAnimation/SouthPark'', in "Smug Alert", probably has one. The Smugs all drive Hybrid cars. (As in combined gas/electric engine.) The obvious pun is with "hybris" (or "hubris", the usual spelling). The stealth pun is that in biology, a hybrid is a [[TheyKilledKenny bastard]]...
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