Created By: NateSpidgewood on August 10, 2011 Last Edited By: NateSpidgewood on August 9, 2013

Alliterative Title

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An Alliterative Title is a title whose words begin with the same letter. See also Added Alliterative Appeal and Alliterative Name.


Western Animation
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  • August 10, 2011
  • August 10, 2011
    ... This is so very much a case of People Sit On Chairs, it's not funny. There is nothing whatsoever that is significant about a work happening to use the same letter twice to start the words in its title. The only way to make this a valid trope would be to find some sort of significance, and focus on it. In the case of Alliterative Name, if you pay close attention, it's primarily about comic books and cartoons, as well the Alliterative Family subtrope. Consider Bugs Bunny and Daffy Duck, Mickey Mouse and Donald Duck, Peter Parker and J Jonah Jameson, Lois Lane and Lex Luthor (not to mention Lana Lang), Reed Richards and Susan Storm, just to name a few key examples.

    On the other hand, such patterns are much rarer in names of works. In most cases, it tends to be incidental (like the example of Hee Haw, which is named for the sound a donkey makes, and just happens to be alliterative as a result). See also The West Wing, which is named for a real place, and Tiny Toons, which is literally the "tiny" equivalent of Looney Tunes.

    Basically, to avoid being a case of PSOC, a trope needs to either have frequency far different from that of Real Life (either far more common or far less common), or it needs to have a specific purpose. As I can't see it being particularly common beyond what you'd expect based on random chance, I conclude that it needs a purpose to escape being PSOC.
  • August 9, 2013
    It already exists -- Alliterative Title. I'll discard it.