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-> ''"Ignore when people say that the length of a game's title is not important, that a title should just convey what the game is about. They're just jealous theirs isn't as long."''
-->-- '''Creator/{{Atlus}}''', in the newsletter email announcing the localization of ''Franchise/ShinMegamiTensei: Devil Summoner 2: Raidou Kuzunoha vs. King Abbadon''

Many works of fiction are named using a [[ElectricBoogaloo "Title Colon Subtitle"]] template. For example, ''[[VisualNovel/AceAttorney Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney]]'' has this kind of title. Sometimes, however, the subtitle becomes an important part of the original work's identity, and when a sequel is made, a ''second'' subtitle is tacked on after the first (like the sequels ''Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney: Justice for All'' and ''Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney: Trials and Tribulations''[[note]]In the original game ''Phoenix Wright'' was originally meant to be the main title of the series, but they were forced to demote the ''Phoenix Wright'' portion as a sort of supertitle to ''Ace Attorney'' when they realized that the fourth would feature a new protagonist[[/note]]). When written out, this looks ridiculous, as you have to use a colon to indicate each separate subtitle. That's ColonCancer; ElectricBoogaloo carried ''way'' too far.

Some publishers try to avoid this by using a dash instead of one of the colons, while at times when a work (especially a movie) is exported, they feel the need to add this to give a more clear idea about the plot; this is called TheForeignSubtitle.

If it's a sequel, then it's OddlyNamedSequel2ElectricBoogaloo.

''Franchise/StarWars'' video games are notorious for this, as are titles derived from ''TabletopGame/TheWorldOfDarkness'' TabletopGames. Generally, most games from a non-game franchise will suffer from this.

[[JustForPun A pun on]] [[BlackComedy the medical disease of the same name.]]

%% '''Please refrain from listing WhatCouldHaveBeen titles that weren't actually done with multiple colons. Also, a single colon isn't cancer yet.'''
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!!TV Tropes: Colon Cancer: The Examples: The List:

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[[folder:Colon Cancer: The Examples: Anime & Manga]]
* ''GhostInTheShellStandAloneComplex'' has a second season titled ''Ghost in the Shell: Stand Alone Complex: Second Gig'', as well as a sequel movie titled ''Ghost in the Shell: Stand Alone Complex: Solid State Society''.
* ''Every'' Japanese name for the ''Film/{{Pokemon}}'' movies, once the seasons started getting subtitles. Example: ''[[Anime/PokemonRangerAndTheTempleOfTheSea Pocket Monsters Advanced Generation the Movie: The Pokémon Ranger and the Prince of the Sea: Manaphy]]''. That's ''three'' subtitles. Only two colons though, luckily.
** Which, if you think about it, should really be ''Pocket Monsters: Advanced Generation: TheMovie: The Pokémon Ranger and the Prince of the Sea: Manaphy''.
** There's ''[[PokemonKyuremVsTheSwordOfJustice Pocket Monsters Best Wishes!: Kyurem Vs the Sacred Swordsman: Keldeo]]''
** ''[[http://www.crunchyroll.com/anime-news/2013/03/06/video-two-new-pokmon-best-wishes-the-movie-extremespeed-genesect-mewtwo-awakens-promos Pocket Monsters Best Wishes! The Movie: ExtremeSpeed Genesect: Mewtwo Awakens.]]'' Two colons, four subtitles with the usual superfluous "The Movie" plus some CamelCase, and the article title adds a third colon for good measure.
* ''[[VideoGame/SuperRobotWarsOriginalGeneration Super Robot Wars: OriginalGeneration: Divine Wars]]'', though no one seems sure whether both colons are necessary. The OVA ''Super Robot Wars: Original Generation: The Animation'' also qualifies.
** As does ''Super Robot Wars: Original Generation: The Inspector''
* ''FistOfTheNorthStar'' has a series consisting of three movies and two [=OVA=]s released between 2006 and 2008 titled ''Shin Kyūseishu Densetsu: Hokuto no Ken'', translated by the film's licensing distributor as ''Fist of the North Star: The Legends of the True Savior''. Each installment uses that title along with its own subtitle, resulting in the following:
** ''Shin Kyūseishu Densetsu: Hokuto no Ken: Raō Den: Jun'ai no Shō'' (''Fist of the North Star: The Legends of the True Savior: Legend of Raoh: Chapter of Death in Love'')
** ''Shin Kyūseishu Densetsu: Hokuto no Ken: Yuria Den'' (''Fist of the North Star: The Legends of the True Savior: Legend of Yuria'')
** ''Shin Kyūseishu Densetsu: Hokuto no Ken: Raō Den: Gekitō no Shō'' (''Fist of the North Star: The Legends of the True Savior: Legend of Raoh: Chapter of Fierce Fight'')
** ''Shin Kyūseishu Densetsu: Hokuto no Ken: Toki Den'' (''Fist of the North Star: The Legends of the True Savior: Legend of Toki'')
** ''Shin Kyūseishu Densetsu: Hokuto no Ken: Zero: Kenshirō Den'' (''Fist of the North Star: The Legends of the True Savior: Zero: Legend of Kenshiro'')
* ''GiantRobo: The Animation: The Day the Earth Stood Still''
* From the late 30s of the dub of ''Anime/YuGiOh5Ds'', the logo gets a subtitle that makes it read ''Yu-Gi-Oh! 5D's: Earthbound Immortals: Unite to Duel'' (It's animated - "Earthbound Immortals" is under the logo at first, and a second later, it fades to read "Unite to Duel")
* ''{{Manga/Gintama}}: The Movie: The Final Chapter: Be Forever Yorozuya'' parodies this.
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[[folder:Colon Cancer: The Examples: Comic Books]]
* A number of MarvelComics MiniSeries featuring solo adventures for members of the ''Comicbook/{{X-Men}}'' have titles like ''X-Men: Phoenix: Warsong'' or ''X-Men: Kitty Pryde: Shadow and Flame''.
** Also from Marvel: ''Dark Reign: The List: Punisher'' or any of the other "List" one-shots.
* The ''AnitaBlake'' ComicBookAdaptation combines a big pile of this trope with some InCaseYouForgotWhoWroteIt on top: ''Laurell K. Hamilton's Anita Blake: Vampire Hunter: The Laughing Corpse: Book Two: Necromancer #1''. [[http://www.the-isb.com/?p=1389]]
* Marvel's initial adaptations of Stephen King's ''Dark Tower'' series managed to keep to just one colon each, until they caught up to the first novel. ''The Dark Tower: The Gunslinger: The Journey Begins'' is, undoubtedly, only the beginning...
* ''ComicBook/{{Maus}}: A Survivor's Tale I: My Father Bleeds History'', and ''Maus: A Survivor's Tale II: And Here My Troubles Began'', by Creator/ArtSpiegelman.
* The ''Franchise/StarWars'' Omnibus titles are running into this issue. Consider the first one released, which is ''Star Wars: Omnibus: X-Wing: Rogue Squadron: Volume 1''.
** ''Franchise/StarWars: [[XWingSeries X-wing]]: Rogue Squadron: Battleground: Tatooine''. Yes, [[http://starwars.wikia.com/wiki/X-wing_Rogue_Squadron:_Battleground:_Tatooine_(TPB) really]].
** ''Star Wars: Darth Bane: Dynasty of Evil: A Novel of the Old Republic''
* ''Series/StarTrekTheNextGeneration: Operation: Assimilation''
* ''SpiderMan: Fearful Symmetry: Kraven's Last Hunt''
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[[folder:Colon Cancer: The Examples: Film]]
* The soundtrack for TheMovie of ''WesternAnimation/AquaTeenHungerForce'' was titled ''Aqua Teen Hunger Force Colon Movie Film For Theaters Colon The Soundtrack''. (Yes, they used the word instead of the punctuation mark.)
* ''Gigantic: A Tale of [[OneSteveLimit Two Johns]]: A Movie About TheyMightBeGiants''
* ''[[Film/LaraCroftTombRaider Lara Croft: Tomb Raider: The Cradle of Life]]''. IMDB seems to think they may have removed the first colon, but since the first movie was ''Lara Croft: Tomb Raider''...
* There's a Christian documentary about ''Literature/HarryPotter'' titled ''Harry Potter: Witchcraft Repackaged: Making Evil Look Innocent''.
* Another documentary: ''Peace Is Every Step: Meditation in Action: The Life and Work of Thich Nhat Hanh''.
* ''Series/KamenRiderDouble'''s [[TheMovie second movie]], ''Kamen Rider Double Forever: A to Z: The Gaia Memories of Fate''.
* ''Film/BadLieutenantPortOfCallNewOrleans''
** This was due to ExecutiveMeddling. Creator/WernerHerzog wanted to call the film ''Port of Call: New Orleans'', but the producers wanted to call the film ''The Bad Lieutenant'' (they had purchased remake rights to the 1992 film ''Film/BadLieutenant'' and wanted to make a franchise). Eventually they came to a compromise and combined both titles into one.
* There is an obscure Italian softcore porn film with the convoluted title ''Intrigue: Dirty Love 2: The Love Games''.
* There was going to be a sequel to ''WesternAnimation/JimmyNeutronBoyGenius'', titled "Jimmy Neutron: Boy Genius 2: The Search for Carl" but it was scrapped.
* Same with ''WesternAnimation/HeyArnold: The Movie 2: Jungle Movie'' but that (unfortunately) was scrapped.
* Walmart's online listing for ''WesternAnimation/RecessSchoolsOut'' lists it as ''Recess: The Movie: School's Out''.
* ''Franchise/StarWars Episode III: Film/RevengeOfTheSith'' has a viral bootleg version called ''Star War: The Third Gathers: The Backstroke of the West''.
* ''WesternAnimation/DuckTalesTheMovieTreasureOfTheLostLamp''. The poster implies the title is actually spelled as ''Duck Tales: The Movie: Treasure Of The Lost Lamp'', but most people prefer the alternate for obvious reasons.
* ''[[MyLittlePonyEquestriaGirlsRainbowRocks My Little Pony: Equestria Girls: Rainbow Rocks]]'' and the novel to the film: ''My Little Pony: Equestria Girls: Rainbow Rocks: The Mane Event''
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[[folder:Colon Cancer: The Examples: Literature]]
* TheParody of Sarah Palin's autobiography is called ''Going Rouge: Sarah Palin: An American Nightmare.''
* While books are usually immune to this trope, ''Franchise/StarWars'' novels seem to have it in spades The worst offenders are some of the ''Literature/NewJediOrder'' series, such as ''Star Wars: The New Jedi Order: Enemy Lines I: Rebel Dream''. ''Star Wars: Darth Bane: Path of Destruction: A Novel of the Old Republic'' also deserves a mention. Its sequel dropped the final colon.
** This is par for the course in media tie-in fiction, as also evidenced in ''Franchise/StarTrek'' novels, e.g. ''Star Trek: The Next Generation: The Q Continuum: Q-Strike'', ''Star Trek: The Next Generation: Cold Equations: The Persistence of Memory'' (and there are many more.)
** ''Series/DoctorWho'' novels have mostly been free of this since BBC Books pared them down to just the series and book title but back in the early days of Virgin's original fiction we were treated to titles like ''Doctor Who: The New Adventures: Cat's Cradle: Time's Crucible''.
** Another TieInNovel example would be ''Series/{{Heroes}}: Literature/SavingCharlie: A Novel''. Because [[ViewersAreMorons readers wouldn't know]] [[SarcasmMode a novel from toilet paper without having it spelled out for them]].
* Book based on the ''VideoGame/WorldOfWarcraft'' MMO lore, ''VideoGame/WorldOfWarcraft: Arthas: Rise of the Lich King''.
** Also ''World of Warcraft: Thrall: Twilight of the Aspects'', ''World Of Warcraft: Jaina Proudmoore: Tides of War'', and ''World of Warcraft: Vol'jin: Shadows of the Horde.''
* Music/JustinBieber's official biography, ''Justin Bieber: First Step [[Letters2Numbers 2]] Forever: My Story''.
* For some reason, almost every book plugged on ''Series/TheDailyShow'' (or ''Series/TheColbertReport'') has a subtitle, but only one to date has had two. ''America: Our Next Chapter: Tough Questions, Straight Answers''.
** And then there's ''Creator/StephenColbert's [[FictionalDocument Alpha Squad 7: Lady Nocturne:]] [[HerCodeNameWasMarySue A Tek Jansen Adventure]]''...
* OlderThanRadio: Creator/SamuelTaylorColeridge's poem "Kubla Khan" has the seldom-used full title "Kubla Khan; or, A Vision in a Dream: A Fragment".
* While every book in the ''LeftBehind'' series has at least one colon, ''Assassins: Assignment: Jerusalem: Target: Antichrist'' takes the biscuit.
* Every single book from the second series onward in ''Literature/WarriorCats''. Each book has the initial title ''Warriors'', and two subtitles to indicate which specific series it belongs to, and the title of the book itself (for example: ''Warriors: The New Propehcy #3: Dawn'', ''Warriors: Power of Three #2: Dark River'', and ''Warriors: Omen of the Stars #1: The Fourth Apprentice'').
* Lincoln Alexander, a former [[CanadianPolitics Lieutenant-Governor of Ontario]], managed to cram two colons and a comma into the title of ''Go to School, You're a Little Black Boy: The Honourable Lincoln M. Alexander: A Memoir''.
* In a nonfiction example, Kent M. Keith wrote ''Anyway: The Paradoxical Commandments: Finding Personal Meaning in a Crazy World''.
* The 2010 biography ''Creator/RobertAHeinlein: In Dialogue with His Century: Volume 1, 1907-1948: Learning Curve''
* As if his blindness weren't enough, adventurer Erik Weihenmayer contracted ColonCancer in his autobiography, ''Touch the Top of the World: A Blind Man's Journey to Climb Farther than the Eye Can See: My Story.''
* ''Literature/IAmNumberFour'' has a series of (important) supplemental e-novellas called "The Lost Files." The first title in this series, [[SarcasmMode which sets the insanely high bar for story title-age everywhere,]] is ''I Am Number Four: The Lost Files: Six's Legacy.'' The rest of them (''Nine's Legacy,'' ''The Fallen Legacies'') follow this trend.
* ''Literature/StrengthAndJustice'' has two books with colons already in their individual titles, so it's written out as ''Strength & Justice: Side: Strength'' and ''Strength & Justice: Side: Justice'' in full.
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[[folder:Colon Cancer: The Examples: Live Action TV]]
* ''[[Series/BabylonFive Babylon 5]]'''s second SpinOff only consisted of one movie, but since it was supposed to be a pilot episode as well, it had both an episode and a series title. As a result, it ended up being called ''Babylon 5: The Legend of the Rangers: To Live and Die in Starlight'' (though the third part is often left off).
* When Freddy Krueger got his own show, simply calling it ''Series/FreddysNightmares'' didn't do. No, this ''Franchise/ANightmareOnElmStreet'' show, and people had to knew it! Thus its full name became ''Freddy's Nightmares: A Nightmare on Elm Street: The Series''.
* A fake PoliceProcedural series on Creator/CartoonNetwork's Creator/AdultSwim is entitled "NTSF:SD:SUV::" which stands for "National Terrorism Strike Force: San Diego: Sport Utility Vehicle". (The last two colons are purely decorative.)
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[[folder:Colon Cancer: The Examples: Music]]
* [[CoheedAndCambria Coheed & Cambria's]] third and fourth albums are named ''Good Apollo, I'm Burning Star IV: Volume One: From Fear Through the Eyes of Madness'' and ''Good Apollo, I'm Burning Star IV: Volume Two: No World for Tomorrow''.
** They have a song titled The Willing Well III: Apollo II: The Telling Truth.
* ''Videogame: The Movie: The Game: [[http://www.xocmusic.com/vgtmtg/ The Cover Album]]''.
* ''[[http://www.pandora.com/music/album/various+artists+dessous+classics+remixes+volume+2/compost+ambient+selection+sleeping+beauty+compost+relax+works+compiled+by+minus+8 Compost Ambient Selection: Sleeping Beauty: Compost Relax Works: Compiled By Minus 8]]''
* Italian power metal band Domine's third album is called ''Stormbringer Ruler: The Legend of the Power Supreme'', and closes with a track called ''Dawn of a New Day - A Celtic Requiem: The Chronicles of the Black Sword - The End of an Era [[SerialEscalation part 4]]''.
* NickiMinaj's ''Pink Friday: Roman Reloaded: The Re-Up''.
* The seventh entry in Bob Dylan's Bootleg Series: ''The Bootleg Series Vol. 7: No Direction Home: The Soundtrack''.
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[[folder:Colon Cancer: The Examples: Video Games]]
* ''Franchise/StarWars'':
** ''Star Wars: VideoGame/KnightsOfTheOldRepublicIITheSithLords''
** ''Star Wars: Empire at War: Forces of Corruption''
** [[VideoGame/DarkForcesSaga Kyle Katarn's series]] deserves special mention. In order, they're:
*** ''Star Wars: Dark Forces'' (which featured a mission entitled thusly: "Mission I: The Death Star Plans: Operation Skyhook, Phase 2". It was merely a foretaste of what was to come.)
*** ''Star Wars: Jedi Knight: Dark Forces II''
**** ''Star Wars: Jedi Knight: Dark Forces II: Mysteries of the Sith''
*** ''Star Wars: Jedi Knight II: Jedi Outcast''
**** ''Star Wars: Jedi Knight: Jedi Academy'' (a few joked that its full title would be ''Star Wars: Dark Forces IV: Jedi Knight III: Jedi Outcast II: Jedi Academy'')
** The ''Star Wars: RogueSquadron'' series.
*** ''Star Wars: Rogue Squadron II: Rogue Leader''
*** ''Star Wars: Rogue Squadron III: Rebel Strike''
** ''Star Wars: The Clone Wars: Lightsaber Duels''
*** ''Star Wars: The Clone Wars: Republic Heroes''
** ''Franchise/StarWars: TheForceUnleashed: Ultimate Sith Edition''
** ''[[StarWarsRebelAssault Rebel Assault]]'''s sequel, ''Star Wars: Rebel Assault II: The Hidden Empire''
* ''TabletopGame/{{Warhammer 40000}}'':
** ''Warhammer 40,000: DawnOfWar: Winter Assault''
** ''Warhammer 40,000: Dawn of War: [[AdaptationDistillation Dark Crusade]]''
** ''Warhammer 40,000: Dawn of War: Soulstorm''
** ''Warhammer 40,000: Dawn of War II: Chaos Rising''
** ''Warhammer 40,000: Dawn of War II: Retribution''
* ''TabletopGame/HunterTheReckoning'' had the [[VideoGame/HunterTheReckoning video game adaptations]] ''Hunter: The Reckoning: Wayward'' and ''Hunter: The Reckoning: Redeemer''.
* The sequels to the first ''VisualNovel/AceAttorney'', ''VisualNovel/PhoenixWrightAceAttorney'', also suffer from this: ''Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney: Justice for All'' and ''Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney: Trials and Tribulations''. This is due to the new main character, Apollo Justice, appearing in the fourth game in the series. They couldn't call the series ''Phoenix Wright'' anymore, as it had seemed to be for the first game, so they had to change the series name to ''Ace Attorney'' and relegate Phoenix's name to a "supertitle" above that. The fourth game, therefore, is just ''VisualNovel/ApolloJusticeAceAttorney''. The spin-off series ''VisualNovel/AceAttorneyInvestigationsMilesEdgeworth'' don't help at cleaning this mess.
** The Japanese versions, however, avert this. They're simply called ''Gyakuten Saiban'' ("Turnabout Court"), ''Gyakuten Saiban 2'' (JFA), ''Gyakuten Saiban 3'' (T&T), ''Gyakuten Saiban 4'' (AJ) and ''Gyakuten Kenji'' ("Turnabout Prosecutor"/''Ace Attorney Investigations'').
*** And now we have ''VisualNovel/PhoenixWrightAceAttorneyDualDestinies'' (which is simply ''Gyakuten Saiban 5'' in the Japanese version).
* The various ''Creator/TomClancy'' games, including but not limited to:
** ''Tom Clancy's VideoGame/RainbowSix: Rogue Spear'', which spawned
*** ''Tom Clancy's Rainbow Six: Rogue Spear: Urban Operations''
*** ''Tom Clancy's Rainbow Six 2: Rogue Spear: Black Thorn''
* ''Franchise/ShinMegamiTensei: Devil Summoner: Raidou Kuzunoha vs. the Soulless Army''
** But only in the translated version, where the ''Franchise/ShinMegamiTensei'' supertitle is tacked on so fans will know about the connection. Similarly, ''VideoGame/DigitalDevilSaga: Avatar Tuner'' was turned into "Franchise/ShinMegamiTensei: DigitalDevilSaga" upon translation.
** Also, ''Franchise/ShinMegamiTensei: Devil Summoner 2: Raidou Kuzunoha vs. King Abaddon''. Lampshaded by Atlus in the page quote.
** And now, ''Franchise/ShinMegamiTensei: Devil Summoner: SoulHackers''.
* The ''VideoGame/CommandAndConquer'' series also has its share of Colon Cancer for its franchise sequels and {{Expansion Pack}}s:
** ''Command & Conquer: Red Alert: Counterstrike''
** ''Command & Conquer: Red Alert: The Aftermath''
** ''Command & Conquer: Red Alert: The Arsenal'' (compilation)
** ''Command & Conquer: Red Alert: Retaliation'' (Play Station compilation)
** ''Command & Conquer: Tiberian Sun: Firestorm''
** ''Command & Conquer: Generals: Zero Hour''
** ''Command & Conquer: Red Alert 3: Uprising''
*** Westwood wisely removed ''Red Alert 2'' from the ''Yuri's Revenge'' title, averting this trope. EA would later replace ''Tiberium Wars'' with ''Kane's Wrath'' for the ''Command & Conquer 3'' expansion pack, averting this trope once again.
* This video game tie in to the Madagascar franchise: [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Penguins_of_Madagascar:_Dr._Blowhole_Returns_-_Again! (Dreamworks) The Penguins of MADAGASCAR: (Nickolodeon) Dr. Blowhole returns (AGAIN!)]]
* This happens to some ''Franchise/StarTrek'' games as well; ''Series/StarTrekDeepSpaceNine: The Fallen'' and ''Series/StarTrekVoyager: Elite Force'' are good examples.
* The newest expansion to ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyXI'' is called "''Final Fantasy XI: A Shantotto Ascension: The Legend Torn, Her Empire Born''". And if you throw an "online" into that title, you might even get another colon. Ladies and Gentlemen, we might have winner!
* ''Literature/TheLordOfTheRings: The Battle for Middle-earth II: The Rise of the Witch-king''.
* ''VideoGame/SamAndMaxFreelancePolice'': Season One: Episode Two: Situation: Comedy
** From the same developer -- they've truly topped themselves with this one. ''VideoGame/StrongBadsCoolGameForAttractivePeople: Episode 4: Dangeresque 3: The Criminal Projective''
** The people at Telltale, according to commentary on the Season 1 DVD, even acknowledge how many colons Situation: Comedy had. It had, in fact, caused problems for their website. Colon Cancer, indeed.
* ''VideoGame/IWannaBeTheGuy: TheMovie: The Game'' parodies the phenomenon.
* ''Webcomic/PennyArcade'' intentionally used this trope to make fun of its frequency among video games. The title they chose? "PennyArcadeAdventures: On The Rain-Slick Precipice of Darkness: Episode One."
* Averted (sort of) in the ''Franchise/ResidentEvil'' series, which sidestepped the problem for ''Code: Veronica''. Officially, the game's title is written just as ''Resident Evil Code: Veronica''.
** The original ''VideoGame/ResidentEvil'' had an UpdatedRerelease for the PlayStation titled ''Resident Evil: Director's Cut'', which got its own updated rerelease as ''Resident Evil: Director's Cut: Dual Shock Ver.''
* This trope is applied a NamesTheSame kind of way in ''CityOfHeroes'' with the Rikti. Their ''dialogue'' is riddled with ColonCancer. The entries in StarfishLanguage and EloquentInMyNativeTongue give reasonable examples of this.
** Ditto with the [[{{Precursors}} Progenitors]] in SidMeiersAlphaCentauri, although there's usually only one colon per sentence.
*** Justified with the Progenitors: their colons seem to replace either the verb (e.g. "That amount: not enough.") or allow for a qualifier (e.g. "Courage: to Question", a base name). The Progenitors do EloquentInMyNativeTongue too, as seen in the text-based stuff that comes up when you meet certain criteria...
* ''Manga/{{Naruto}}: Ultimate Ninja: Storm''. It's even written with two colons on the spine of the jewel case. The [[VideoGame/NarutoShippudenUltimateNinjaStorm2 direct sequel]] suffers similar problems, as it adds "Shippuden" and "2" to the title.
** The "disease" seems to be spreading yet again, as evident with some other games in the ''Ultimate Ninja: Storm'' series, which add ''another'' word in lieu of a number: ''VideoGame/NarutoShippudenUltimateNinjaStormGenerations'' and ''VideoGame/NarutoShippudenUltimateNinjaStormRevolution''. It becomes even worse if you decide to insert a colon between "Naruto" and "Shippuden" (with ''Naruto Shippuden'' being a TimeSkip SequelSeries to the original ''Naruto'').
** Similarly, the PlaystationPortable game ''Naruto: Ultimate Ninja: Heroes 2: The Phantom Fortress'' also qualifies.
* We're not sure how many colons are supposed to be in ''Mugen no Frontier: VideoGame/SuperRobotWars: OG Saga''. Atlus has unhelpfully settled on ''Super Robot Taisen OG Saga: EndlessFrontier'' for a US title.
* Here's one that managed to hide the colon cancer quite well, since most people only refer to it by it's second subtitle, out of THREE. OgreBattle Saga: Episode VII: Tactics Ogre: Let us Cling Together
* ''TetrisTheGrandMaster 2: The Absolute'' (sometimes called ''Tetris: The Absolute: The Grand Master 2'')
** ''Tetris: The Grand Master 3: Terror-Instinct''
* The first installment of the ''VideoGame/StreetFighterIII'' series started out with the sensible title of ''Street Fighter III: New Generation'', but then came its sequels, ''Street Fighter III: 2nd Impact: Giant Attack'' and ''Street Fighter III: 3rd Strike: Fight for the Future''. Most of the times though, the "2nd Impact" and "3rd Strike" portions of each title are actually spelled out as part of the main title following the main "Street Fighter III" portion, and other times they're treated as subtitles and spelled out as "Second Impact" and "Third Strike", leaving out the second subtitles.
* ''VideoGame/CallOfDuty: [[NaziZombies World at War: Zombies]]''
* ''[[TabletopGame/VampireTheMasquerade Vampire: The Masquerade: Redemption]]''
** ''[[VampireTheMasqueradeBloodlines Vampire: The Masquerade - Bloodlines]]''
* [[VideoGame/DwarfFortress Slaves to Armok: God of Blood: Chapter II: Dwarf Fortress: Histories of X and Y]], the insanely deep and insanely popular ASCII dungeon crawler/city builder (the X and Y are selected randomly from a list of terms each time you go to a screen displaying the full title).
* While most of them aren't separated by punctuation, ''[[BarkleyShutUpAndJamGaiden Tales of Game's [sic] Presents Chef Boyardee's Barkley, Shut Up and Jam: Gaiden: Chapter 1 of the Hoopz Barkley SaGa]]'' has quite a few subtitles.
** ''The Magical Realms of Tír na nÓg: Escape from Necron 7 - Revenge of Cuchulainn: The Official Game of the Movie - Chapter 2 of the Hoopz Barkley [=SaGa=]'', the upcoming sequel.
* ''Puzzle Quest: Challenge of the Warlords: Revenge of the Plague Lord''
** And, as the PC fan rerelease goes - ''Release of the PC version: topic on the Steam forums: The movie: The game''
* ''{{Spider-Man}} 2: Enter: Electro''
* ''Rockman DASH 2: Episode 2: The Mother Load'' would be the Japanese title for ''MegaManLegends 2''.
** Curiously, ''Rockman DASH 2: Episode 1: Close call, Roll-chan'' was simply a pre-release demo.
* ''VideoGame/SuperRobotWars: [[VideoGame/SuperRobotWarsOriginalGeneration Original Generations]]: EndlessFrontier: [[RevengeOfTheSequel EXCEED]]''.
* Upon its 2009 remake, the game ''[[VideoGame/SaGa2 SaGa 2: Hihou Densetsu]]'' (better known as ''Final Fantasy Legend II'' here in the States) gained a new subtitle to make its official name ''[=SaGa 2=]: Hihou Densetsu: Goddess of Destiny''.
* VideoGame/DeusExInvisibleWar
-->Goal received: Missing children: Find
* ''MagicTheGathering - Duels of the Planeswalkers''
** ''Magic: The Gathering - Duels of the Planeswalkers - 2012 Edition''
** Scaled back somewhat with ''Magic 2014: Duels of the Planeswalkers''.
* ''Film/MightyMorphinPowerRangersTheMovie: [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nF6ByT4s5hg Featuring Ivan Ooze]]''.
* ''VideoGame/{{Halo}}: Combat Evolved: Anniversary Edition''
* The first game of the FreeSpace series was given the awkward title ''{{Descent}}: [=FreeSpace=]: The Great War'' to avoid confusion with the hard drive compression utility Freespace. The sequel averts this, being named simply ''[=FreeSpace 2=]''.
* While the Franchise/ShiningSeries tends to avert this we did get ''VideoGame/ShiningForceIII: Scenario 2: Target: Child of God''.
* ''{{Rainbow Islands}}: The Story of Bubble Bobble 2: Extra Version''
* ''[[http://bootleggames.wikia.com/wiki/MK5_-_Mortal_Combat_-_Sub_Zero MK5: Mortal Combat: Sub Zero]]'' [sic]
* ''[[VideoGame/HeroesOfMightAndMagic Might & Magic: Heroes VI]]: Shades of Darkness... sometimes; the various official and semi-official sources are a bit inconsistent about where exactly there should be colons.
* Parodied by ''[[http://stabyourself.net/trosh/ Trosh: The Movie: The Game.]]
* ''Franchise/DevilMayCry 3: Dante's Awakening: Special Edition''
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[[folder:Colon Cancer: The Examples: Webcomics]]
* [[http://bobandgeorge.com/comics/metroid/186/1 This strip]] of ''[[Webcomic/MetroidThirdDerivative Metroid: Third Derivative]]'' parodies the practice in a filler.
* So does this [[http://www.moviepunks.com/?id=186 this Movie Punks strip]].
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[[folder:Colon Cancer: The Examples: Web Original]]
* ''AMVHell'' is a series of short pieces of popular Anime with accompanying music for comic effect. The third one was feature length, and called ''AMVHell III: The Motion Picture''. When the fourth one was also feature length, they decided to call it ''AMVHell III: The Motion Picture II: AMV Hell IV: The Last One''.
** Amusingly enough, it technically was not "the last one", as they released the contest-based "AMV Hell: Championship Edition", the pornographic "AMV Hell: Divided by 0", a sequel to the equally pornographic "AMV Hell 0," and several relatively short collections of "AMV Minis."
** Toned down with ''AMV Hell V: Dedicated to Dio'' and ''AMV Hell 6.66: This Is (Not) The End''.
* The e-novel ''EHUDPreludeToApocalypse'' was recently revealed to be short for [[http://neldak.blogspot.com/2009/09/happy-pagan-tree-day.html American Inheritance: Trilogy I: Tales of the E.H.U.D.s: Book I: E.H.U.D.: Prelude to Apocalypse]].
* [[DragonballAbridged Team Fourstar]]'s dub of ''Dragonball Z: Return of Cooler'' received the title ''[=TFS=] Movie: Cooler 2: The Return of Cooler's Revenge - The Reckoning''.
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[[folder:Colon Cancer: The Examples: Western Animation]]
* Every episode of ''CloneHigh'' contains at least one colon in its title (and the final episode contains three).
* WesternAnimation/{{Futurama}} ''verbal'' ColonCancer in the episode ''The Problem With Popplers'':
-->"Popplers: Eating Them: Is it Alright To?"
* The ''WesternAnimation/AmericanDad'' episode title, "National Treasure 4: Baby Franny: She's Doing Well: The Hole Story''.
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[[folder:Colon Cancer: The Examples: Other]]
* Most students who have quoted other works in an academic paper have undoubtedly come across this phenomenon, since many methods for citation require putting the author's name in front of the quoted work's title, with a colon in between. If the work title itself has a colon, then you have instant colon cancer.
** Smithee, Alan J.: ''Tropes, Idioms, and Cliches: Essays on a Certain Addictive Website'' (Troperville, 2008).
* ''Cyclopaedia, or, An Universal Dictionary of Arts and Sciences: Containing the Definitions of the Terms, and Accounts of the Things Signify'd Thereby, in the Several Arts, both Liberal and Mechanical, and the Several Sciences, Human and Divine: the Figures, Kinds, Properties, Productions, Preparations, and Uses, of Things Natural and Artificial; the Rise, Progress, and State of Things Ecclesiastical, Civil, Military, and Commercial: with the Several Systems, Sects, Opinions, etc; among Philosophers, Divines, Mathematicians, Physicians, Antiquaries, Criticks, etc.: The Whole Intended as a Course of Ancient and Modern Learning.''
* Pretty much any ''TabletopGame/{{Exalted}}'' Second Edition supplement. Example: ''The Books of Sorcery, Vol. IV: The Roll of Glorious Divinity I: Gods & Elementals''
* The C++ programming language uses a double-colon to denote levels of scope. It's entirely possible to have lines of code that look like "[=MyNamespace::MyClass::SomeFunction(MyOtherNamespace::MyOtherClass::SomeConstant);=]".
** This is especially common with code that uses the standard template library. The cancer can grow so deep that some compilers just give up.
* Parodied to great effect in the fanfic [[http://www.fimfiction.net/story/1139/1/michael-bay-presents-my-little-pony-friendship-is-magic-revenge-of-the-unicorn-god-slayer/part-1-the-horn-of-destiny "Michael Bay Presents: My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic: Revenge of the Unicorn God Slayer, Part 1: The Horn of Destiny".]]
* There's a new one from the Valiant Universe role-playing game. "Valiant Universe RPG: Harbinger Wars: Generation Zero"
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[[folder:Colon Cancer: The Examples: Fictional Examples]]
* Spoofed as a ridiculously long example in the RealTrailerFakeMovie, [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=w8JPEq0Qp4Q The Mother of All Trailers:]] [[Film/CharliesAngels Full Throttle]]: [[Film/XMenTheLastStand The Last Stand]]: [[CitySlickers The Legend of Curly's Gold]]: [[OverlyLongGag Part 1]]
* Also spoofed on ''FostersHomeForImaginaryFriends'' where Bloo writes a movie for a film project, calling it ''[[WordSaladTitle T-Rexatron Alienwolf 3: A Prequel In Time: The Unrelenting]]''.
* Since the ''Anime/DigimonTamers'' fandom has always had a running gag of making up fictional ''Franchise/{{Digimon}}'' games (for those who don't know, ''Tamers'' treats an unspecified version of the franchise as a ShowWithinAShow), several authors have come up with and made reference to ''Digimon Explorers: Heroes Of The Space Time Continuum, Part Sixteen: The Brave New Digital World: The Attack of The Seventy Foot Kunemon From Beyond The Stars''.
** Aaaand make that a flock of ''Digimon Explorer / DigimonWorld/''miscellaneous other Digimon spin offs, some fake and some made long by adding on random words. For instance, ''DigimonWorld2'' was referenced as ''Digimon World Two: An Old New World: Heroes Divided'' in one fanfic and ''DigimonWorld'' got referenced in another as ''The Start Of Digimon: The Tale Of The First Digidestined'', which was hinted to have an ''even longer'' title in the Japanese release. We're a very messed up fandom.
* Parodied in [[WebVideo/AvatarTheAbridgedSeries Avatar TV Episode 2]] with "Blue Spirit 2: Return of the Revenge: With a Vengeance".
* Also parodied on ''SaturdayNightLive'' with the [[RealTrailerFakeMovie Real Trailer Fake]] LifetimeMovieOfTheWeek ''Hello, Stepson, Now Let's Go to Bed: [[DepartmentOfRedundancyDepartment I Went to Bed with My Stepson]]: The Lara Bengal Covington Story''.
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