Created By: mrincodi on September 19, 2012 Last Edited By: mrincodi on January 30, 2013

Onomatopoeic Title

A show has an onomatopoeia or a sound effect written in the title

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A show has an onomatopoeia or a sound effect written in the title.

Examples:

Comic Books
  • In Britain in the 1970s there were anthology comics called Wham, Smash and Pow, in which IIRC reprinted Marvel Comics material.
  • Zap!

Literature

Music

Film

Video games
  • The boss theme for the video game Skullmonkeys is simply titled "Eeeeeeeeeeeeee!!!"

Western Animation
  • Aaahh!!! Real Monsters
  • Eek! The Cat, in which the sound effect is also the main character's name.
  • Kablam!, the Nickelodeon show.
  • UPA cartoon Rooty Toot Toot
  • The writers of The Simpsons include the "D'oh!" that is Homer's Catchphrase in several of their episode titles, but since it was originally written as "(Annoyed Grunt)" (Dan Castelanetta ad-libbed the famous noise), as a Running Gag, it is always written that way, leading to titles like "E-I-E-I-(Annoyed Grunt)", "G.I. (Annoyed Grunt)", and even "Simpsoncalifragilisticexpiala(Annoyed Grunt)cious"
Community Feedback Replies: 21
  • September 19, 2012
    Duncan
    • The Comic Book Zap!
    • The movie Kiss Kiss Bang Bang
    • The writers of The Simpsons include the "D'oh!" that is Homer's Catchphrase in several of their episode titles, but since it was originally written as "(Annoyed Grunt)" (Dan Castelanetta ad-libbed the famous noise), as a Running Gag, it is always written that way, leading to titles like "E-I-E-I-(Annoyed Grunt)", "G.I. (Annoyed Grunt)", and even "Simpsoncalifragilisticexpiala(Annoyed Grunt)cious"
  • September 19, 2012
    abk0100
    put asterisks in front of the examples and they'll show up on separate lines.
  • September 19, 2012
    MrRuano
    • The boss theme for Skullmonkeys, simply titled "Eeeeeeeeeeeeee!!!"
  • September 19, 2012
    TonyG
  • September 19, 2012
    Khantalas
    Kablam!, the Nickelodeon show.
  • September 19, 2012
    Khantalas
    I'd like to note that none of the examples under Live Action Television are live action. In fact, all of them are Western Animation.
  • September 19, 2012
    mrincodi
    Thanks, Khantalas!
  • September 19, 2012
    mrincodi
    Thanks, Khantalas!
  • September 19, 2012
    ccoa
    Some of the things in the example list aren't sound effects. Would Onomatopoeia Title be a better name?
  • September 19, 2012
    mrincodi
    Thud! by Terry Pratchett

  • September 19, 2012
    randomsurfer
  • September 20, 2012
    Xtifr
    Literature:
  • September 20, 2012
    bananasloth
    Thud! has its own page.
  • September 24, 2012
    LeeM
    Theatre: Lionel Bart planned a show about Robin Hood called Twang, but I don't believe it was ever produced.
  • September 24, 2012
    LeeM
    In Britain in the 1970s there were anthology comics called Wham, Smash and Pow, which IIRC reprinted Marvel Comics material.
  • September 26, 2012
    CobraPrime
  • January 26, 2013
    TonyG
  • January 26, 2013
    Mhwal
    Wham!, the 1980s British music duo consisting of George Michael and Andrew Ridgeley.
  • January 30, 2013
    randomsurfer
    Captain Billy's Whiz Bang, a cartoon-and-joke magazine from Fawcett Publications; later known for Captain Marvel, which himself debuted in Whiz Comics
  • January 30, 2013
    JoeG
  • January 30, 2013
    TrustBen
    The children's/educational show Zoom.
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