Or, A Work By Any Other Name; Or, The Work So Nice, They Named It Twice (Or in this article's case, [[RuleOfThree thrice]]).

Sometimes a work gives itself multiple alternative titles ''in the title'', usually giving the shortest title first, with the result being a ShortTitleLongElaborateSubtitle. Using this trope these days can give a similar {{retraux}} feel as InWhichATropeIsDescribed. Songs with unintuitive titles often include the most prominent word or phrase from the lyrics in parentheses as an alternate title for [[RefrainFromAssuming practical reasons]].

Compare ColonCancer.
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!!Examples

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[[folder:Anime and Manga, or: Stuff to Which Nerds Look]]
* TsutomuNihei's ''Manga/KnightsOfSidonia'' had a oneshot prototype version known as ''Winged Armor Suzumega, or The Armored Insects Sphingidae''.
* ''Anime/{{Trigun}}'', or: The Ballad of Vash the Stampede, or: The Legend of the Galaxy's Greatest Gunslinger
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[[folder:Comic Books, or: Juxtaposed Pictorial and Other Images in Deliberate Sequence]]
* An InUniverse example from {{Doonesbury}}: "Our Friend the Amphetamine, or Why Johnny Can't Blink" by [[HunterSThompson Uncle Duke]].
* DonRosa's "The Old Castle's Other Secret" or "A Letter From Home"
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[[folder:Fairy Tales, or: The Oldest Ones in the Books]]
* "Literature/{{Cinderella}}, or the Glass Slipper"
* "Literature/TheFrogPrince" was titled "Der Froschkönig oder Der eiserne Heinrich" ("The Frog King or Iron Henry") by the Creator/BrothersGrimm.
* Briar Rose or the "Literature/SleepingBeauty" in the Woods
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[[folder: Fan Works, or: The Literary Equivalent of D.I.Y.]]
* This occurs in the ''WesternAnimation/JackieChanAdventures'' and ''WesternAnimation/TeenTitans'' crossover fanfiction ''Fanfic/AShadowOfTheTitans'' (by the same author as ''FanFic/QueenOfAllOni'' below).
* "[[http://www.fanfiction.net/s/6636786/1/Sam-Evans-Four-Steps-to-Getting-Your-Man Sam Evans' Four Steps to Getting Your Man]], or: Snippets in the Epic Bromance of [[{{Glee}} Kurt Hummel and Sam Evans]]".
* [[Fanfic/WithStringsAttached With Strings Attached, or The Big Pink Job]].
* In ''MoreThanHuman'', every chapter is titled like this.
* ''FanFic/QueenOfAllOni'' does this every chapter; the first title is always serious, with the second usually being more comedic.
* ''Fanfic/HigherFlierORMyLittleBlackbird''
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[[folder:Films, or: Motion Pictures]]
* ''DrStrangelove or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb''. The various permutations of "or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love X" are listed under SnowcloneTitle.
* On the promotional posters, Creator/MelBrooks' ''Film/BlazingSaddles'' was advertised as ''[[InCaseYouForgotWhoWroteIt Mel Brooks']] Blazing Saddles or Never Give a Saga an Even Break''.
* ''[[Film/TheIronyOfFate The Irony of Fate, or Enjoy Your Banya!]]'', a Russian film about a guy who gets drunk at a communal bathhouse and winds up stumbling into the wrong apartment, causing comic hijinks and romance when the woman who lives there comes home.
* ''ThoseMagnificentMenInTheirFlyingMachines, or How I Flew from London to Paris in 25 Hours 11 Minutes''.
* ''The Making of 'Franchise/EvilDead II', or The Gore the Merrier''.
* [[Film/OttoOrUpWithDeadPeople ''Otto: or, Up With Dead People'']]
* ''Gas! -Or- It Became Necessary to Destroy the World in Order to Save It.''
* ''Film/TheFearlessVampireKillers or: Pardon Me, But Your Teeth Are in My Neck''
* ''Film/SpiderBabyOrTheMaddestStoryEverTold''
* Delta Farce or A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to Iraq
* In the [[DisneyAnimatedCanon Disney]] version of ''Disney/AliceInWonderland'', Tweedledee and Tweedledum tell Alice about "The Walrus and the Carpenter, or The Story of the Curious Oysters".
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[[folder:Literature, or: The Art of Words]]
* ''Literature/{{Frankenstein}}; or, The Modern Prometheus''.
* ''Literature/MobyDick; or, The Whale''. Confusingly, [[IAmNotShazam the whale is always called Moby Dick, without the hyphen]].
* ''Literature/TheHobbit, or There and Back Again''. The subtitle was later used as the title of Bilbo's book in ''Literature/TheLordOfTheRings'', and is the name of the film adaption of the third part of the book.
* ''Clarissa, or The History of a Young Lady'' by Creator/SamuelRichardson.
* ''Pamela, or Virtue Rewarded'', also by Creator/SamuelRichardson.
* Poet [[Literature/SonnetsFromThePortuguese Elizabeth Barrett Browning]] penned and titled a poem "[[http://www.nypl.org/research/chss/victoria/ref/ps_berg_cd13_200.html Sebastian, or Virtue Rewarded]]" when she was about 9 years old. The contents still apparently haven't been published.
* [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Virtue_Rewarded Subtitling your book "or: Virtue Rewarded"]] was apparently Victorian (Stuart- and Hanoverian) era slang for [[foldercontrol]]

[[folder: Morals Inside® ]]
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* The Creator/MarquisDeSade's novels ''Justine, or The Misfortunes of Virtue'' and ''Juliette, or Vice Amply Rewarded''.
* The [[BannedInChina famously banned]] erotic novel ''Literature/FannyHill, or Memoirs of a Woman of Pleasure'' by JohnCleland.
* ''{{Cecilia}}, or Memoirs of an Heiress'' by FrancesBurney.
* ''[[http://www.neilgaiman.com/p/Cool_Stuff/Short_Stories/I_Cthulhu I, Cthulhu]]; or, What's a Tentacle-Faced Thing Like Me Doing in a Sunken City Like This (Latitude 47° 9' S, Longitude 126° 43' W)?'', by Creator/NeilGaiman -- doubles as a [[TheJoyOfX snowclone title]] of the form "I, Noun".
* The Thomas Hobbes book ''Leviathan or The Matter, Forme and Power of a Common Wealth Ecclesiasticall and Civil''.
* Creator/KurtVonnegut was very fond of this scheme:
** ''[[SlaughterhouseFive Slaughterhouse-Five]], or The Children's Crusade: A Duty-Dance With Death''. "The Children's Crusade" part was due to a promise to the wife of a fellow former soldier. She was upset that the book he was writing would [[DoNotDoThisCoolThing glorify war]]. She said, "You guys were just children back then". So he promised the book would be titled, "The Children's Crusade". Although no one bothers with the full title, she need not worry, it doesn't glorify war.
** ''God Bless You, Mr. Rosewater, or Pearls Before Swine''.
** And the last of the "Trout Trilogy": ''Literature/BreakfastOfChampions, or Goodbye Blue Monday!''.
* This is incredibly common in early 20th century children's series books as well. Examples: ''The Bobbsey Twins, or Merry Days Indoors and Out'' and ''The Moving Picture Girls, or First Appearance in Photo Dramas''. This seems to have died off by the time NancyDrew came about.
* Creator/PhilipKDick's ''Dr. Bloodmoney, or How We Got Along After the Bomb.'' The title was a ShoutOut to ''DrStrangelove''.
* ''[[Literature/InheritanceCycle Brisingr]], or The Seven Promises of Eragon Shadeslayer and Saphira Bjartskular''. The second one just isn't as catchy.
* John O'Farrell's ''An Utterly Impartial History of Britain, or 2000 Years of Upper-Class Idiots In Charge'' and ''An Utterly Exasperated History of Modern Britain, or 60 Years of Making The Same Stupid Mistakes As Always''.
* Referenced in ''Discworld/WyrdSisters'', where the Literature/{{Discworld}} version of Creator/WilliamShakespeare, Hwel the Playwright, has written a comedy called ''A Wizard of Sorts, or: Please Yourself'' - the subtitle parodies the subtitle of ''Twelfth Night'' and the actual title of ''As You Like It''.
* Creator/WilWheaton's short story ''The Saga of Spongebob Vega$pant$ (or, How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love Franchise/StarTrek)''.
* Creator/FriedrichNietzsche was famously fond of subtitles, but the only EitherOrTitle was ''Twilight of the Idols, or, How to Philosophize with a Hammer''.
* ''The Sea Cook, or Literature/TreasureIsland''.
* ''[[Literature/VarneyTheVampire Varney the Vampire, or, the Feast of Blood]]''
* Sorcery and Cecelia, or The Enchanted Chocolate Pot: Being the Correspondence of Two Young Ladies of Quality Regarding Various Magical Scandals in London and the Country
* Cormac [=McCarthy's=] western novel ''Blood Meridian, or the Evening Redness in the West''.
* [[IdiosyncraticEpisodeNaming All]] of [[CatherineWebb Kate Griffin's]] MatthewSwift books take the form "Title, or [[TheXOfY The X of Matthew Swift]]".
* ''[[CharlesDarwin On the Origin of Species by Means of Natural Selection, or the Preservation of Favoured Races in the Struggle for Life]]''
* ''FlukeOrIKnowWhyTheWingedWhaleSings''
* ''DaveBarry in Cyberspace'' is not itself an example, but several of its chapter subtitles are. The most convoluted example is:
-->'''9: The Internet'''\\
Transforming Society and Shaping the Future, Through Chat\\
Or: Watch What You Write, Mr. Chuckletrousers\\
Or: Why Suck Is OK, Blow Is Not\\
Plus: Danger! Sushi Tapeworms!
* Creator/{{Voltaire}}'s ''[[Literature/{{Candide}} Candide, ou L'Optimisme]]'', translated into English as "Candide, or All For the Best", "Candide, or The Optimist" and "Candide, or Optimism".
* Creator/MichaelMoorcock's ''Series/DoctorWho'' novel ''The Coming of the Terraphiles, or Pirates of the Second Aether!''
* ''Literature/TheDiamondAge, Or, A Young Lady's Illustrated Primer'' by Creator/NealStephenson
* ''[[Literature/PrincipiaDiscordia Principia Discordia or How the West Was Lost]]'' was the original title. The 4th edition is more well known, and bears the [[ShortTitleLongElaborateSubtitle slightly more cumbersome title]], ''Principia Discordia or How I Found Goddess And What I Did To Her When I Found Her: The Magnum Opiate Of Malaclypse The Younger, Wherein is Explained Absolutely Everything Worth Knowing About Absolutely Anything.''
* ''Teleny'' or ''The Reverse of the Medal''.
* ''[[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Futility,_or_the_Wreck_of_the_Titan Futility, or the Wreck of the Titan]]'' A novella written in 1898 by Morgan Robertson. It tells the story of an ocean cruiser named Titan, which, while traveling on the North Atlantic, accidentally hits an iceberg and sinks, causing the death of over half her 2500 passengers. Yes, it bears a striking similarity to the real life story of the [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/RMS_Titanic famous ship with a similar name]] (and also to the equally famous [[Film/{{Titanic}} movie]]). The twist? It's not a documentary. This novel was written 14 years before the Titanic was launched; it was written even before the Olympic Class liners (of which the Titanic was the insignia ship) where even designed! Eerie!
* In 1886, Mary Young Ridenbaugh published a book called Enola, or Her Fatal Mistake. It was not a big seller. But it inspired a family to name their daughter after the title character. When she grew up, she had a son, who became a bomber pilot during World War Two. He named one of his airplanes after his mom, Enola Gay. You may have heard of it.
* Creator/PaulCornell's Shakespearian pastiche ''Franchise/DoctorWho'' story has an Either Or Title ''and'' a ShortTitleLongElaborateSubtitle: "The Trials of Tara, Or Would That It Were; The Comedie of Count Grendell the Mafter of Grach With the Life and Death of his New Executioner".
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[[folder:Live Action TV, or: WE Guess No One Does This Here]]
* ''Series/PoliceSquad'' had two titles for each episode, used at the end of the title sequence: one was spoken, and a completely different one was written on screen.
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[[folder:Music, or: The Rhythm's Gonna Get Ya]]
* ''Every'' song on {{Radiohead}}'s album ''Hail to the Thief'' (including the album itself, which is actually titled "Hail to the Thief, or, The Gloaming"). For example, singles "There There" and "2+2=5" are really called "There There (The Boney King of Nowhere)" and "2+2=5 (The Lukewarm)". While the secondary titles are rarely ever used, the tracklist on the back cover includes both, and the lyrics in the liner notes ''only'' use the secondary titles.
* The Incredible String Band's 1967 album ''The 5000 Spirits or The Layers of the Onion''.
* Sufjan Stevens sometimes combines this with his infamous love for the LongTitle. Consider this whopper from the ''Illinois'' album: "The Black Hawk War, Or, How To Demolish An Entire Civilization And Still Feel Good About Yourself In The Morning, Or, We Apologize For The Inconvenience But You're Going To Have To Leave Now, Or "I Have Fought The Big Knives And Will Continue To Fight Them Until They Are Off My Land"
* The {{Coldplay}} album ''Viva la Vida or Death and All his Friends''. As you might guess, it has two title tracks.
* On ThemCrookedVultures' self-titled album, there's the song "Warsaw or the First Breath You Take After You Give Up."
* "[[Music/{{Metallica}} Welcome Home (Sanitarium)]]" and "Anesthesia (Pulling Teeth)".
* GreenDay's "Good Riddance (Time of Your Life)".
* There is a {{Queen}} song titled "Machines (or Back to Humans)".
* Bright Eyes' 2002 album ''Lifted, or The Story is in the Soil, Keep Your Ear to the Ground''.
* "Richard II, Or Extraordinary Popular Dimensions And The Madness Of Crowds (Responsible Hate Anthem)" by Music/TitusAndronicus
* CradleOfFilth's first EP, "V Empire Or Dark Faerytales in Phallustein"
* Glassjaw's ''Kiss Kiss Bang Bang'' EP has "Star Above My Bed (Call of the Tiger Woman)" and "Vermont Connection (The Chapter 7 Test or The Ephesians Were Right After All)".
* Music/TheBeatles:
** "Norwegian Wood (This Bird Has Flown)"
** "This Boy (Ringo's Theme)"
** Some early pressings of "I Am The Walrus" had the secondary title "''No You're Not,'' Said Little Nichola." (Nichola was the little girl John Lennon entertained on the bus in the Beatles' special ''Magical Mystery Tour''.)
* The last track of Music/PaulSimon's ''Graceland'' is a song entitled "All Around the World, or The Myth of Fingerprints".
* SimonAndGarfunkel did a song called "A Simple Desultory Philippic (or How I Was [[PersonAsVerb Robert McNamara'd]] Into Submission)".
* Chiodos has ''The Undertaker's Thirst for Revenge is Unquenchable (The Final Battle)''. Interestingly, it's almost exclusively referred to by its LongTitle.
* The Dandy Warhols' ''Odditorium or Warlords of Mars''.
* CaptainBeefheart's ''Shiny Beast (Bat Chain Puller)'': In this case, the two titles are somewhat justified because much of the album consisted of reworked songs from a [[LostEpisode never released]] FrankZappa-produced album that would have been called just ''Bat Chain Puller''.
* The soundtrack to ''ThoseMagnificentMenInTheirFlyingMachines'' has a cut titled "The Dance of the Intrepid Airmen, or: 55 Years Before the Beatles."
* Love's ''Forever Changes'' album includes a song called "Maybe the People Would Be the Times or Between Clark and Hilldale".
* Except for the short introductory track, every track on Lemon Jelly's ConceptAlbum ''69-95'' is titled with the last two digits of the year in which the track's principal sample was released, followed by a more easily-remembered title, e.g. "''79 aka The Shouty Track", "'95 aka Make Things Right", etc. The year element is usually dropped when the tracks are referred to in any other context.
* The Left Banke's ''Walk Away Renee/Pretty Ballerina''. Apparently either they or their label couldn't decide which single should be the TitleTrack.
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[[folder:Radio, or: The Hills Are Alive with the Sound]]
* As with anything they were let near, [[TheGoonShow The Goons]] mocked this mercilessly.
** For example: ''How To Rule The World In 80 Days Or: Your Money Back.'' Shortly after announcing that title, you could hear "There's money for you, there's money for you..."
** Another one went "The Greatest Mountain in the World, or, I Knew Fred Crute, or, The Greatest Mountain in the World!" [[note]]We're not entirely sure who Fred Crute was.[[/note]]
* ''AudioPlay/BigFinishDoctorWho'''s Creator/GilbertAndSullivan pastiche ''[[Recap/BigFinishDoctorWho043DoctorWhoAndThePirates Doctor Who and the Pirates or The Lass Who Lost a Sailor]]''.
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[[folder:Theater, or: Life Is But a Stage]]
* Creator/WilliamShakespeare's ''Theatre/TwelfthNight, or What You Will''. This was the only example that Shakespeare made himself (rather than publishers), and it's a bit of a pun. The title could be taken to mean, "''Twelfth Night'', or whatever title you prefer."
* WinifredPhelps' ''Temptation Sordid, or: Virtue Rewarded, A Melodrama''
* CharlesShadwell's ''Irish Hospitality, or Virtue Rewarded''
* Creator/ColleyCibber's ''Love's Last Shift, or Virtue Rewarded''
* Edward Albee's ''The Goat, or Who is Sylvia?''
* Every Creator/GilbertAndSullivan work except ''Theatre/TrialByJury'' and ''Theatre/TheSorcerer''. In the case of ''Theatre/PrincessIda, or Castle Adamant'', the secondary title breaks with the usual pattern by being just as cryptic as the primary.
* In ''TheCompleteWorksOfWilliamShakespeareAbridged'', the cast make fun of how StrictlyFormula Shakespeare's comedies tend to be, and thus abridge them all into one play. The title is ''The Comedy of Two Well-Measured Gentlemen Lost in the Merry Wives of Venice on a Midsummer's Twelfth Night in Winter, or Cymbeline Taming Pericles the Merchant in the Tempest of Love as Much as You Like it for Nothing, or The Loveboat Goes to Verona, or Four Weddings and a Transvestite''!
* Eric Overmyer's ''OnTheVerge, or the Geography of Yearning.''
* EugeneIonesco's ''Amédée, or How to Get Rid of It''
* ''PeterPan; or, the Boy Who Wouldn't Grow Up''
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[[folder:Video Games, or: Bring The Mountain Dew]]
* The 1993 adventure game, ''VideoGame/PeppersAdventuresInTime'' introduces each chapter of the game with such a title. One title hints at what you'll generally be focusing on, while the other gives a clue about the defining event of the chapter.
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[[folder:Western Animation, or: Moving Drawings]]
* Every cliffhanger episode of ''WesternAnimation/RockyAndBullwinkle'' ends with an example of this.
* One episode of ''WesternAnimation/TeenTitans'' did this repeatedly, the episode title itself ("Bunny Raven, or How to Make a Titananimal Disappear") being one example.
* The casino episode of ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons'' had a ShoutOut to ''DrStrangelove'' with the title "$pringfield, or How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love Legalized Gambling".
* Both ''MissionHill'' and ''StrokerAndHoop'' did this. Both of them, however, only lasted 13 episodes.
* The Hanna-Barbera version of ''Bill & Ted's Excellent Adventures'' featured an episode where our heroes fetch Mozart and Little Richard, titled "The Birth Of Rock And Roll, or: Too Hip For The Womb."
* The finale of ''WesternAnimation/TheRobonicStooges'' was titled "Stooges, You're Fired." Reference sources have the Either Or title as "The Day The Mirth Stood Still."
* Hanna-Barbera's 1967 revisionist version of ''Literature/AliceInWonderland'' had the alternate title ''What's a Nice Kid Like You Doing in a Place Like This?''
* ThePowerpuffGirls homage to Rocky And Bullwinkle, ''I See A Funny Cartoon In Your Future'' uses this. The antagonist is Madame Argentina, a crooked fortune teller who leaves the girls in a literal cliffhanger using three Powerpuff voodoo dolls. The next episode is "Hoo Doo Voodoo, or: Don't Scrye For Me, Argentina."
* Several ''WesternAnimation/ScoobyDoo'' episodes had alternate titles that were not used. Among them:
** "Scooby Doo Meets The Addams Family" (or "Wednesday Is Missing")
** "A Dynamic Scooby Doo Affair" (or "The Counterfeit Caper")
** "Scooby Doo Meets Laurel & Hardy" (or "The Ghost of Bigfoot")
** "The Caped Crusader Caper" (or "The Sying Fluit...er, Flying Suit")
** ""Who Was That Cat Creature I Saw You With Last Night?'' (or, "Make A Beeline Away From That Feline")
** "Terror, Thy Name Is Zombo" (or "Roller Ghoaster Ride")
** "A Scooby Doo Christmas" (or "Ho Ho Horrors")
* ''[[TheDoverBoys The Dover Boys at Pimento University or The Rivals of Roquefort Hall]]'' follows the same convention that plagued the book series it's parodying, "The Rover Boys".
* A ''WesternAnimation/TomAndJerry'' cartoon from 1967 is titled ''Guided Mouse-ille (or Science on a Wet Afternoon)''.
* Every episode of ''WesternAnimation/BlackDynamite'' has at least two alternative titles, shown and shouted at the start.
* The ''{{WesternAnimation/Looney Tunes}}'' short ''Eatin' on the Cuff or The Moth Who Came to Dinner''.
* ''TheGrimAdventuresOfBillyAndMandy'' had two episodes in season 7 with alternate titles. "Everything Breaks" was also known as "Breaking Things To Billy," while "The Show That Dare Not Speak Its Name" had the alternate title "Cubix Rube."
* The ''WesternAnimation/RobotChicken'' short "Of Moose and Squirrel," a crossover between ''Rocky and Bullwinkle'' and ''Literature/OfMiceAndMen'', ends with a ''Rocky and Bullinkle'' cliffhanger spoof, complete with one of these.
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[[folder:Webcomics, or: All the Fun, No Paper]]
* ''StickmanAndCube'' does this in storylines, e.g., "Robo-Cube. Or, Cube Disappears #2", to make it clear that the comic in question is part of said storyline, and which part in particular.
* ''DarthsAndDroids'' [[http://www.darthsanddroids.net/episodes/0131.html Episode 131]]: Sour Relations, or "Tell Me More, Tell Me More", followed by [[http://www.darthsanddroids.net/episodes/0132.html Episode 132]]: Dour Narrations, or "Like, Did He Have a Pod?" The alternate titles constitute a ShoutOut, and a [[{{Grease}} most unexpected one]] at that.
* ''Webcomic/ElGoonishShive'' does it 4 times in one strip with [[http://www.egscomics.com/?date=2003-03-11 "Nanase: Scantly Clad For Hire" OR "Justin's Frustration" OR PERHAPS "Justin's Cat's Out Of The Bag" OR MAYBE "Dan Couldn't Decide On A Title"]]
* ''Webcomic/SquareRootOfMinusGarfield'' pulls a double ShoutOut to ''Film/DrStrangelove'' and ''Film/{{Inception}}'' with [[http://www.mezzacotta.net/garfield/?comic=1442 "Donutception, Or How I Learned To Stop Worrying And Love The Donut (Wars)"]].
* Every strip in Shaenon Garrity's AffectionateParody of ''Series/TheXFiles'', ''Monster of the Week'' opens with the actual title of the episode she's parodying, and then an alternative funny title.
* ''Webcomic/{{Prequel}} -or- [[SadistShow Making a Cat Cry]]: The Adventure''. The name says it all, really.
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