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->''"The first challenge one confronts with ''Film/FaceOff'' is the curious, I might even say ''misplaced'', 'forward slash' in the title. Are 'Face' and 'Off' separate talents on the title's resume?"''
-->-- '''[[Series/MysteryScienceTheater3000 Michael J. Nelson]]''', ''Mike Nelson's Movie Megacheese''

There are many ways to name something, but if you're looking to add a bit of variety, why not throw some symbols into it in place of letters? This comes in two varieties. The first kind, extremely present in {{anime}} and the songs within it, is adding meaningless symbols into the title. These symbols can give the show its own identity, but since you can't exactly ''pronounce'' a symbol, they just end up being there for decoration. Hearts and stars are especially common, much like the marshmallows in a bowl of Lucky Charms. These usually end up being removed when the title is brought over to the West. One is tempted to count in tildes (~), which are ridiculously common in Japanese titles, but these actually serve a function - the same function that a dash or colon would serve in a Western title (and as such tildes are often simply changed to colons for the Western release).

The first variety, unless you're the sort that compulsively downloads character sets, may end up looking very, very strange when it pops up in a Web browser that doesn't fully support Unicode. Extreme examples can render the title impossible to search for online.

The second variety is common in the West. Instead of writing actual letters, [[Letters2Numbers replace them with numbers]]. Of course, this practice is just as common as part of [[LeetLingo "1337-speak"]] on the Internet, so the implications of it may vary, from looking cool to just looking silly. It can sometimes be used to make a political point, especially by using $ in place of S; examples of this are best left as an exer¢i$e for the reader.

May include a HeartSymbol. Apply this to speech, and you get SayItWithHearts. Letters2Numbers and TheBackwardsR are sister tropes. Compare to XtremeKoolLetterz.



[[folder:Anime and Manga]]
* ''Franchise/BlackRockShooter''
* ''[[Manga/LuckyStar Lucky☆Star]]''
** Written らき☆すた (Raki☆Suta) in the original title.
* ''Manga/{{Yotsubato}}''
** Only translations have an ampersand, and you can pronounce it. Specifically, in Japanese, it's pronounced "''Yotsubato!''"
* ''[[Anime/KujibikiUnbalance Kujibiki♥Unbalance]]''. The remake series does this to distinguish itself from the original. It's given as "Kujibiki Heart Unbalance" by the Genshiken characters.
* ''UG☆Ultimate Girls''
* ''Anime/ExcelSaga''
* ''[[Anime/FushigiboshinoFutagohime Fushigiboshi no☆Futagohime]]''
* This is a recurring feature in ''[[Franchise/PrettyCure Precure]]'' titles.
** ''Anime/{{Futari Wa Pretty Cure Splash|Star}}☆[[Anime/FutariWaPrettyCureSplashStar Star]]''
** ''Anime/{{Suite Pretty Cure}}''
** ''Anime/{{Kirakira| PreCure a la Mode}}☆[[Anime/KirakiraPreCurealaMode PreCure a la Mode]]''
* ''Manga/PenguinMusume''♥''Heart''
* ''Manga/XxxHOLiC''. The "×××" is silent, being replaced by whatever addiction the current episode is about. Whether you pronounce it correctly as "Holic" or more clearly as "Triple X-holic" or "Ex-Ex-Ex-Holic" is your choice.
* ''Manga/HunterXHunter''. As in ''Manga/XxxHOLiC'', the "×" is silent; it's just "Hunter Hunter".
* ''Franchise/DotHack'', which is pronounced "dot-hack", invoking "dot-com". Most media has the word dot written inside it to make it clear this is how it's pronounced. Reinforced by the party in the first set of games being called "The Dot Hackers" in the meta-series. The // applied to each title are never pronounced.
* ''Blue Dragon RalΩGrad''
* ''Anime/GunXSword'', as in ''Manga/XxxHOLiC'', has a silent "×".
* ''Manga/{{Lovely|Complex}}''★''[[Manga/LovelyComplex Complex]]'', which is the full name of the official title, ''Love''★''Com''.
* ''Anime/{{Uta|Kata}}∽[[Anime/UtaKata Kata]]''
* ''Anime/{{Candy|Boy}}''☆''[[Anime/CandyBoy Boy]]''
* ''Manga/RosarioToVampire'', where the "+" is actually the word "and".
* ''Anime/TurnAGundam'' also has the title written as "''∀ Gundam''". [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Turned_A The symbol]], which is normally called a turn''ed'' A, is a mathematical symbol meaning "Applies to all".
* ''Anime/{{Scryed}}''. There does not seem to be any reason why the dashes are there. You might think it's supposed to be pronounced "ess-cry-ed", but the title in Japanese is just the transliteration of "scryed" ("''Sukuraido''")
* ''Manga/MariaHolic''
* Parodied by ''[[Anime/MagicalPokaan Renkin 3-kyuu Magical?Pokaan]]'', where the question mark is supposed to be a symbol that failed to render properly.
* ''Manga/PrincessPrincess +'', which is pronounced "Princess Princess Plus".
* ''Manga/OnePiece'', as pictured. An early volume's Q&A segment features a Japanese reader referring to the series as "NEP ECE," which the author said was very common at the time.
* ''Anime/OjamajoDoremi #'' is generally pronounced "Ojamajo Doremi Sharp"
* ''Manga/HidamariSketch'' has reached a new level. Its [[OddlyNamedSequel2ElectricBoogaloo third season]] is titled ''Hidamari Sketch x☆☆☆'', pronounced "Hoshimittsu" or "Three Stars".
* ''Manga/PlusAnima'' is actually pronounced Plus-Anima.
* Black☆Star from ''Manga/SoulEater'' always has his name with a star in it. It doesn't help that his seiyuu is the first of the Excel♥Girls (mentioned below). The title of the show also has Soul's logo between "Soul" and "Eater."
* ''Anime/BloodPlus'' is just Blood Plus. However, when it was first airing, one person wrote in asking how to pronounce it, and Creator/AdultSwim [[NoPronunciationGuide suggested it's actually pronounced "Bleud Pleux"]].
* ''Anime/RomeoXJuliet''. The "X" is silent.
* The titular idol group in ''Anime/MarginalNumber4'' is pronounced "Marginal Number Four", but when they announce their debut to their classmates, people don't know how to pronounce it. They think the # symbol is pronounced "sharp", or that it's the kanji 井, pronounced "i".
* ''Onegai☆Teacher'' and ''Onegai☆Twins''. The English versions lost the stars but picked up exclamation points, becoming ''Anime/PleaseTeacher'' and ''Anime/PleaseTwins'' respectively.
* ''[[Anime/PuellaMagiMadokaMagica Mahou Shoujo Madoka]]☆[[Anime/PuellaMagiMadokaMagica Magica]]''
* ''Manga/{{Tokimeki|MononokeJogakkou}} ☆ [[Manga/TokimekiMononokeJogakkou Mononoke Jogakkou]]''
* In ''Manga/SayonaraZetsubouSensei'', the Public Media Guys consider making a ShowWithinAShow called ''π[[Franchise/PiratesOfTheCaribbean rates of the Caribbean]]''.
* ''VideoGame/TheIdolmaster'' has an "@" instead of an "a" and is written in all caps except for the "i", making it look like ''The [=iDOLM@STER=]''. It's pronounced normally, though.
** ''Manga/TheIdolmaster2TheWorldIsAllOne'' manga adds not one, but two exclamation points to the end just for the heck of it.
* ''φBrain''--[[Anime/PhiBrainPuzzleOfGod Phi Brain]]
* ''Manga/{{Diece}}''
* The second season of the ''Manga/YuruYuri'' anime is ''Manga/YuruYuri ♪♪''.
* The Japanese title for ''Manga/TheDisastrousLifeOfSaikiK'' is romanized as "''Saiki Kusuo no Ψ nan''" (Ψ pronounced as "sai" from "PSI"). The English title loses the sai[=/=]Ψ pun, but uses the "Psychic" pronunciation pun from "[=SaikiK=]", instead.
* Manga/{{Naruto}} writes his family name Uzumaki [[http://www.mangapanda.com/naruto/495/08 as a spiral]], since that's what it means.
** Similarly, in ''Anime/SamuraiChamploo'', when Mugen learns how to read, he signs his name as an infinity sign.
* Manga/{{Chibi|Devi}}☆[[Manga/ChibiDevi Devi!]]
* A lot of (but not all) logos used in the ''Franchise/DragonBall'' franchise use a one star Dragon Ball in the place of the letter O.
* Anime/{{Space|Dandy}}☆[[Anime/SpaceDandy Dandy]].
* In ''Anime/SailorMoonCrystal,'' the font used in the word ''Crystal'' has two ornamental typographic quirks. The "C" is a [[WeirdMoon stylized]], overextended crescent moon, while the "t" is oversized and pointed at both ends of the vertical, with a curving flourish on the bar, suggesting the crossguard of a sword.
* ''Manga/FateKaleidLinerPrismaIllya''
* A subtle one in ''Manga/DrSlump'' where the handakuten in "Slump" is replaced with a heart (and in the 1997 revival, a mechanical nut).

[[folder:Comic Books]]
* The title for ''ComicBook/BoosterGold'' was written as "Boo$ter Gold" early on. Post-52, the comic title became "B∞ster Gold" (using the infinity symbol), but it's always been pronounced "Booster".
* ''[[ComicBook/DisneyDucksComicUniverse $crooge [=McDuck=]]]'' comics.
* And then there's ''[[ComicBook/RichieRich Ri¢hie Ri¢h]]''.
* ''ComicBook/TheFlash'' once fought a computer intelligence called "Killg%re." Although the writer intended it to be pronounced "Killgore," a fan wrote a letter (published in a subsequent issue) that argued the "%" carried no sound and, thus, the name was properly pronounced "Kill-gree."
* All books of the comic ''ComicBook/AchilleTalon'' are actually titled "Ach!lle Talon". The titular character comments once, [[MediumAwareness when asked to check the page]] [[BreakingTheFourthWall he's appearing on]], that "the I is on its dot, as it should be".
* The ''Comicbook/JudgeDredd'' logo replaces the U in "Judge" with Dredd's badge.

* Forward slash in the title:
** The slash in ''Film/FaceOff'' was added to make sure moviegoers didn't think the movie was about hockey.
** ''Film/{{Selfless}}'' is a thriller about body-swapping – hence the slash.
** ''[[Film/CrazyBeautiful Crazy/Beautiful]]''
* Period at the end:
** ''Film/{{Adaptation}}''
** ''Film/BloodSimple''
** ''Film/{{Clerks}}''
** ''Film/GoodNightAndGoodLuck''
** ''Ladies in Lavender.''
** ''Film/{{Snatch}}''
* The "$" sign for an "S":
** ''$'' (1971) is a film starring Warren Beatty and Goldie Hawn. It is popularly pronounced "Dollars," and in the UK is called ''The Heist''.
** ''Film/TheSecretOfMySuccess'' is sometimes stylized as ''The Secret of My Succe$s''.
** ''$la$her$'' is about contestants surviving AxCrazy serial killers for fabulous cash and prizes! Appropriate, since in-universe the game show is Japanese.
** The Marty Feldman vehicle ''In God We Tru$t''
** ''How to Beat the High Co$t of Living''
** Ca$h is a 2010 Sean Bean movie, appropriately revolving about a suitcase full of cash dollars.
* The first theatrical release from Creator/TheAsylum is titled ''#Holdyourbreath''. So is it ''Hold Your Breath'' or ''Hash Hold Your Breath''? But then again, what did you expect from The Asylum?
* Creator/JimHenson's ''[[Ride/MuppetVision3D Muppet★Vision 3D]]''.
** The ''Walt Disney World Explorer'' program from TheNineties used the name ''Jim Henson's Muppet★Vision 3D 4D'' with 3D struckout with a red slant [[note]] Which can't be typed here for several reasons[[/note]] . This is because the film has 4D effects.
* The period abbreviating “Mr.” in ''WesternAnimation/MrPeabodyAndSherman'' is a bowtie.
* Franchise/{{Transformers}} is an odd case. In the G1 and G2 franchises, whenever the name is broken up over two lines, it is spelled Trans * Formers, where the * is either faction's symbol (Autobot by default, Decepticon when used on a G1 Decepticon toy's package). The G1 packaging also added text to the right of the symbol identifying the toy's character as either a "Heroic Autobot" or "Evil Decepticon".
** Then there was the Japanese-only ''[[Anime/TransformersHeadmasters Headmasters]]'', whose full title is ''Transformers: The★Headmasters'' (or, rather, ''トランスフォーマー ザ★ヘッドマスターズ'')
* ''[●REC]''
* The movie ''Film/{{I|HeartHuckabees}} ♥ [[Film/IHeartHuckabees Huckabees]]''. Public consensus quickly settled on pronouncing it "I Heart Huckabees"
* The movie ''Film/WilliamShakespearesRomeoAndJuliet''.
* Posters and other promotional material for ''Film/TheOmegaMan'' rendered the title as ''The Ωmega Man'', which would sort of make it "The Omegamega Man".
* ''Film/{{Pi}}''.
* ''WesternAnimation/WallE'' is almost never spelled with the dot in it (Wall●E). People usually just use a hyphen.
* The movie ''I Am Here.... Now'' by "filmmaker" Creator/NeilBreen. Yes, that's a four period ellipsis right there, people. [[note]]A four period ellipsis is not fundamentally wrong. If you have reason to place an ellipsis at the end of a sentence it should be followed by the appropriate final punctuation, typically a period. Where it has been placed in this title is just bizzare, because it makes "Now" seem like the first word of a new sentence.[[/note]]
* ''Film/MyBigFatGreekWedding'' uses sigmas - that visually resemble western-alphabet "E"s but actually are S'es - instead of "e"s.
* ''Film/WhatTheBleepDoWeKnow'' is stylized as ''What tнē #$*! D̄ө ωΣ (k)πow!?'' on its promotional poster and DVD cover.

[[folder:Interactive Comic]]
* ''☆dventure'', a [[InteractiveComic forum adventure]] at the [[Webcomic/MSPaintAdventures MSPA forums]] ([[http://www.mspaforums.com/showthread.php?35334-%E2%98%86dventure found here]]).

* In ''Literature/SnowCrash'', the hacker named [=Da5id=].
* In ''Literature/TheDemolishedMan'' by Alfred Bester, several characters spell their names with symbols. Examples: Dr. Wyg& (pronounced Wygand), @kins.
** Randall Garrett's 'The Demolished Man: A Review in Verse' replicates this and carries it much further, replacing many words and phonemes with numbers and symbols, in some cases as phrases or partial phrases (“Mr. Hassop has gone in2 th@ mor* his hide!”)
* The seminal CyberPunk novel ''Literature/{{Neuromancer}}'' gave us Lady 3Jane, a clone daughter of the founding fathers of the artificial satellite that the story takes place on.
* Creator/GahanWilson's short story in the ''Literature/AgainDangerousVisions'' anthology has no title - it's identified by a black blob. (It's ''about'' a black blob, illustrated in the story itself, that grows and grows until...)
* The novel ''[[Literature/{{Vampires}} Vampire$]]'' by Creator/JohnSteakley. The film adaptation, ''Film/JohnCarpentersVampires'', eliminates the dollar sign and therefore misses the entire point. [[http://www.amazon.com/dp/B002HRELFE/ Recent editions]] of the book itself have followed suit, dropping the $ to tie in better with the movie, even thought the company the book is named after is still unchanged.
* ''[=My Name Is Sus5an Smith. The 5 Is Silent=]'' is a YoungAdult novel by Louise Plummer about a young artist desperate to be different.
* In ''[[Literature/DanShambleZombiePI Slimy Underbelly]]'', young supervillain-wannabee Jody is ''very'' insistent that people refer to his villainous alter-ego as "Dr. Darkness'''!!!'''", even using the triple-exclamation marks as his ChestInsignia.

[[folder:Live-Action TV]]
* Parodied in the ''Series/{{Austin and Ally}}'' episode "Bloggers & Butterflies", where the blog mocking Austin is called "Miami H8ter Girl" ("H8ter" pronounced as "Hater"; the correct spelling should be "H8r").
* ''Series/{{MASH}}''.
* ''Series/{{Friends}}'' has the logo of ''F·R·I·E·N·D·S''
* ''Series/NumbersNeverLie.''
* In Japan, ''Series/TheBigBangTheory'' is called ビッグバン★セオリー, or "Big Bang★Theory". MarketBasedTitle much? They even add a subtitle that basically means "The romance laws of our geekiness".
* The logo for the first and second seasons of ''Series/TJHooker'' replaced the second 'o' with a cross-hairs target.
* The Japanese version of ''Series/WhoWantsToBeAMillionaire'' is titled "Quiz $ Millionaire" (クイズ$ミリオネア)
* ''Series/{{Greek}}'' is rendered as ''GR''ΣΣ''K'', despite the fact that that really transliterates to "[=GrSSk=]", not "Greek".
* The "A"s in "[[Franchise/StargateVerse Stargate]]" are always rendered in the show's titles as the Ancient symbol "At" (A symbol resembling the Greek letter Λ; crowned by a small circle). Until the first one changes back to a plain ol' A.
* Commercials for the TV show "Dirt" render the title as D!rt
* ''The $treet''
* The 1970s series ''Vega$''
* The 1990s series ''Arli$$''
* ''Series/ShitMyDadSays''
* ''Series/TheGoldenGirls'' episode "Ro$e Love$ Mile$"
* ''[[Series/ThePriceIsRight $The Price Is Right]]'' (the $ is silent) has pricing games named "Lucky $even", "Pocket ¢hange", and "$uper $aver" (the latter one is now retired).
* ''Series/SuperPassword'' had a special round called the [=Ca$hword=].
* The short-lived game shows ''Amne$ia'', ''$how Me the Money'', and ''$et For Life''
* The [[Creator/{{Syfy}} Sci Fi Channel]] GameShow ''[[Series/ChaseGameShow Cha$e]]''.
* ''[[Series/CashCab Ca$h Cab]]''. Though only in the American version.
* The multi-national GameShow ''[[Series/SaleOfTheCentury $ale of the Century]]'' did this everywhere except the United Kingdom after Reg Grundy acquired the format. The original Creator/{{NBC}} daytime series, with Jack Kelly and later Joe Garagiola, rendered its title ''$ale of the ¢entury''.
* Parodied in ''Series/TheMiddleman'' with the super-addictive !!!!. Yes the drink is called !!!!. It is pronounced by stamping your foot and doing jazz hands.
* There's a ''Series/{{Lost}}'' episode called "?" This refers to something specific in the plot, but was also so named in tribute to the episode's intended director, Darren Aronofsky, who directed the movie ''Film/{{Pi}}''. Aronofsky had to bow out of the episode, but the title remained.
* ''Series/TheBachelor'' and ''Series/TheBachelorette'', each with a wedding ring where the o would be.
* The ''Series/DoctorWho'' logo used from 2010 to 2014 featured a TARDIS in the shape of "DW".
* The Creator/ComedyCentral PanelGame ''Series/AtMidnight''
* From the 80s onward, the opening credits of ''Series/AsTheWorldTurns'' had a depiction of the Earth. Guess which letter got the honor.
* ''Series/{{Kamen Rider|Agito}} Agit''Ω The Omega is pronounced like an "O".
* ''[[Series/{{Awkward}} Awkward.]]'' The period is part of the title.
* The Creator/{{ESPN}} "30 for 30" installment on Southern Methodist University's recruiting scandal that led to the NCAA slapping their football program with the "death penalty" was titled "Pony Exce$$" with the dollar signs replacing the two "s"'s.
* ''Series/BronBroen'' uses a pipe symbol to separate the Swedish and Danish titles. The second and third seasons used two and three pipes respectively, to indicate sequel numbers.
* The longtime Creator/{{PBS}} news show ''Wall $treet Week''.
* ''Oblivious'' a hidden-camera game show that ran for two seasons on Creator/SpikeTV, was stylized as ''Obliviou$''.
* ''Series/IronFist2017'': The dragon brand on Danny's chest serves as the "o" in the show's logo.
* ''Series/TheSopranos'': A Beretta gun pointed downwards serves as the "r" in the show's logo.

* Science fiction magazine ''Magazine/{{Analog}}'' was for some time officially known as ''Analog Science Fiction [symbol] Science Fact''. The symbol, resembling a right-pointing arrow superimposed on an inverted U, was invented by editor Creator/JohnWCampbell to represent "Analogous to".
* The most popular magazine about computers and tech of the Netherlands was renamed to Computer!Totaal in the 90s, which made many people write in in protest that it was a terrible choice because "You can't use special characters in a title!". Ironically, in recent years the website has become more important than the paper magazine and the URL for the website excludes the ! - even though that is considered a safe character to use in an URL - so the controversial bang was weeded out in the end.

[[folder: Music]]
* Let's just say that the Japanese music industry is ''extremely'' fond of this trope...
* 80s J-pop band TOM☆CAT
* Hello! Project examples:
** Athena & Robbikerottsu: Honkimekimeki♡Tokimekimeki, Yuugure☆Sherbert.
** Buono!: Renai♥Rider, Muteki no ∞ Power.
** Berryz Koubou: Sakura→Nyuugakushiki.
** ℃-ute: Tsuugaku Vector ☂, ★Akogare My STAR★, Suiiitsu→→→Live.
** Country: Onna no Ko no Torishirabe Time♥.
** GAM: Icha♡Icha Summer.
** Heike Michiyo: L♡M→Baby, Star★Man.
** [[Manga/KirarinRevolution Kirarin]]☆[[Manga/KirarinRevolution Revolution]]: Happy☆Happy Sunday, Happy☆彡, Hatten×Joy, Love da yo☆Darling, Koi☆ka na, group Kira☆Pika, Kirarin☆Land, ☆☆☆.
** Matsuura Aya: ♡Momoiro Kataomoi♡, Zettai Tokeru Mondai X = ♡, ○○ -Joshikousei no Shuchou-, ×3
** Minimoni: Gyutto Dakishimete .
** Morning Musume: The☆Peace!, Yuki / Ai x Anata ≥ Suki, Hare Ame Nochi Suki♡, Tomodachi(♀)ga Ki ni Haitteiru Otoko kara no Dengon, "Suki da yo...", "Suggoi Nakama", "Sugoku Suki na no ni.. ne".
** Odoru♡11, Happy♡7.
** Satoda Mai to Fujioka Fujimaki: Ojisamatte Daisuki!♪
** SI☆NA.
** S/mile♡ge.
** Viyuden: Issai Gassai Anata ni∮A?ge?ru♪, Koisuru♡Angel♡Heart.
** Producer Tsunku's name is written as つんく♂.
* The band ¡Forward, Russia!. Even stranger is the other way of writing their name, ¡FФЯWДЯD, RUSSIД!, which might be transliterated as "¡FFYAWDYAD, RUSSID!"
* Music/GodspeedYouBlackEmperor's debut album is titled ''F♯A♯∞'' (usually pronounced as "F sharp A sharp Infinity")
* Canadian electronic artist Music/{{Grimes}} is very fond of those. Her two latest albums contain song titles like:
** ∆∆∆∆Rasik∆∆∆∆
** World♡Princess
** ≈Ω≈Ω≈Ω≈Ω≈Ω≈Ω≈Ω≈Ω≈
** Infinite ♡ Without Fulfillment
* Music/HedPE, is often rendered with a schwa, a letter used in the International Phonetic Alphabet, as (həd) p.e.
** Which would, according to the IPA, actually be pronounced "hud".
* Also, the artist Ryutaro Nakahara goes by Ryu☆
* The band !!!. Yes, that's the whole band name. It can be pronounced by saying any sound three times, though the usual rendering is "chk chk chk".
* French house group Music/{{Justice}} has an album titled ''†''. (It's pronounced "cross".)
* The group Hear'Say. Another reason to hate these talent competition reality shows...
* American indie-rockers stellastarr*
* British boy band 5ive. (pronounced "Five")
* Music/SunnO -- they named themselves after the logo of their preferred brand of amps. (On the logo the O))) looks more like a circle with soundwaves coming from it.)
** Strictly speaking, they chose their name and amps based off of the favored amps of the band Earth, whose song and album titles, unfortunately, simply tend towards TrueArtIsIncomprehensible.
* ACϟDC (Music/{{ACDC}}.)
* →↑→ or "Tich Tich Tich" were an Australian Underground group of the late 1970s that used this.
* Irish girl group B* Witched.
** Likewise, A* Teens and R* Angels.
* Japanese pop/rock band High and Mighty Color entitled their debut album G∞VER. After some confusion as to how to translate that (Pandora typed it out as "Goover" at one point,) Wiki/TheOtherWiki stepped in and stated that it's supposed to be "Go Over." Songs on the album include the title track (G∞VER) and RUN☆RUN☆RUN.
* Irish band ''Therapy?'' - the ? was added to the name to make it span across the cover of the homemade demo after an alignment error. Although this could be [[UnreliableNarrator inaccurate]] depending on [[http://www.aberdeen-music.com/forums/music-discussion/45990-kurt-cobains-jumper-therapy-s-question-mark-musical-guide-larne.html who you ask]].
** Similarly, the Christian band Delirious?.
* Japanese Electropunk types ''Mad Capsule Markets'' have a song called "Pulse" that is properly spelt with a square waveform in the title also.
* The singer Music/{{Kesha}}, who used a dollar sign in place of an S in her name up until March 2014. [[ItIsPronouncedTropay That's pronounced "Keh-sha", by the way.]]
** Lampshaded by WebVideo/ToddInTheShadows, who pronounces her name "Kuh dollar sign hah."
** Lampshaded in ''Series/{{Glee}}'' as well, as the principal introduces the glee club performing "the hit single Tik and also Tok, by rapper Keh-dollar sign-ha."
** Which is also the way Creator/JamesVanDerBeek pronounces it in the music video of [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CFWX0hWCbng "Blow"]].
** Also, the Fake AP Stylebook suggests "for an international audience," you spell her name as [[http://twitter.com/#!/FakeAPStylebook/status/12663498284 "KeUSDha."]]
** Humorously, searching for "Ke$ha" on Website/YouTube brings "ke ha" as a search suggestion, since "$" is a special character.[[note]]Stripped from pretty much all search engines because of the fact that search engines use program code that may use things such as $, %, *, etc as functions and commands.[[/note]] Additionally, some mp3 parsers don't even replace it with a space, leading to the interesting title "keha".
* Panic! At The Disco eventually lost the ! on their second album, Pretty. Odd., citing "too much punctuation".
** Only to find it again after members Ryan Ross and Jon Walker left to form The Young Veins.
* ? and the Mysterians, a band famous for its one-hit "96 Tears". Their lead singer ''does'' in fact just go by ? (pronounced "question mark").
* Nearly every band in the genre known most commonly as Witch House. Names include: ℑ⊇≥◊≤⊆ℜ, Gr†LLGR†LL, †‡†, dir†ypride, 8:*), ///▲▲▲\\\, PWIN ▲▲ TEAKS, ▲, [=twYlYZoNe=], ✝NO VIRGIN✝, Δressed Up Like Δogs, μnłıłĿΞΔ, and more. This is often done to make it harder to search for the artist on Google, helping to prevent them from going mainstream.
* Rick Ro$$, on his album covers.
** Similarly, Ma$e on ''his'' album covers.
** Pre-dating them both in the rap world: [[Music/TooShort Too $hort.]]
* The Japanese BoyBand D☆DATE.
* British dance-punk band Hadouken!
* All-female VisualKei band Music/ExistTrace. (The cross is silent.)
* It's sort of a trend in VisualKei: another band is called †я i ¢к.
* The British indie rock band ∆, whose name is pronounced "Alt-J", due to the keyboard command that produces the symbol on a Mac.
* The singer Music/{{Pink}}. Her breakout album also had it, along with XtremeKoolLetterz: ''M!ssundaztood''.
* Music/BlueOysterCult
* Music/{{Prince}}, during his "[[TheTropeFormerlyKnownAsX Artist Formerly Known As..]]" period.
* ''Music/BlackRockShooter'', a character seen in a Music/{{Vocaloid}} music video, sung by Hatsune Miku, which spawned a [[Franchise/BlackRockShooter franchise of the same name]].
* ?uestlove of The Roots. It's pronounced "Questlove."
* A certain British synth-pop band of the 80s originally was named with an unpronounceable symbol comprised of a spiral leading into an undulating line and ending in a loop. When their label complained about their unpronounceable name, they offered the name Freur. Other than this, they are most famous for including Karl Hyde and Rick Smith, later to become famous in the 90s as Music/{{Underworld}}.
** Similarly, Part 4 of the "Something at the Bottom of the Sea" suite by the band Quantum Jump is given a squiggly line in lieu of a name for a title.
* {{Music/Delirious}} is stylized as [=Deliriou5?=] on their first few albums.
* Excel♥Girls, the seiyuu duo of Yumiko Kobayashi and Mikako Takahashi.
* British Industrial group Music/ZovietFrance is usually written as :zoviet*france: (with a crescent moon under the asterisk) or during their first years as :$oviet:france:. Occasionally they would actually use made up symbols to spell out their name[[https://scontent-b-sjc.xx.fbcdn.net/hphotos-ash3/1422372_699295610095036_915060440_n.jpg]].
* Music/{{NSYNC}} stylizes their name in all caps with the asterisk (or an apostrophe in their early days), but they're also willing to accept people spelling it without the punctuation. It's the improper location of the asterisk that gets them.
* Swedish music producer Thomas G:son.
* Industrial duo ∆AIMON, which apparently has no official pronunciation but the most accepted is pronounced like "daemon." Sometimes spelled AAIMON where deltas aren't possible.
* The Music/GangStarr song "The ? Remainz". The "?" is pronounced as "question".
* The techno artist/band ΔΔ (Delta Delta).
* The doujin singer Kanipan("crab bread") often emoticonizes her name as (V)・∀・(V), representing a head-on view of a crab.
* The final track of Music/{{Anamanaguchi}}'s album Endless Fantasy is titled "(T-T)b".
* Kawaii Metal group Music/BabyMetal's ド・キ・ド・キ☆モーニング (Doki Doki Morning) and ウ・キ・ウ・キ★ミッドナイト (Uki Uki Midnight).
* There exists a rap group by the name of Dujeous?. With the question mark.
* Music/DavidBowie's final album has this [[ZigZaggedTrope zig-zagged]]: it's officially called just "★" and ''pronounced'' "Blackstar", but various press releases (and music stores) call it just by the latter.
* The Czech post-black metal band ██████. Officially, they have no name. For websites that are limited to ASCII, they're known as Nic (Czech for "nothing/null/none") or sometimes Black Strip.
* The band Music/TwentyOnePilots, formerly stylised as twenty | one | pilots, now stylised as TWENTY ØNE PILØTS.
* When the band mclusky partially reunited for some one-off performances, they were billed as 'mclusky' and later mclusky*. In both cases, the punctuation was meant to acknowledge that it wasn't the full original lineup.
* A similar thing happened with A.R.Kane - a version without co-founder Alex Ayuli toured in 2015 as #A.R.Kane, with the intention of dropping the hash symbol if he decided to join them.
* Music/{{KARD}} is often referred to as K♠RD.
* Japanese {{shoegaze}} idol group (yes, that's a thing) ・・・・・・・・・, pronounced "Dots". On top of that, the members have their eyes hidden, are anonymous and known collectively as "Dots-chan". Originally there were nine members, and thus nine dots in the group's name, now they are just six.

[[folder: Newspapers]]
* The Scottish newspaper ''The National'' has a masthead in which the "i" in its name is replaced by a map of Scotland. Inevitably referred to as "The Nat Onal".

* Technically, the title for ''Pinball/NoGoodGofers'' is "No Good Go'''L'''fers", but the "L" in the logo is smashed to pieces by (one would assume) a stray golf ball.
* Dutch Pinball's ''Pinball/TheBigLebowski'' is spelled "The Big Lebow$ki".

[[folder:Professional Wrestling]]
* The "Infamous" on Bobby Fish's tights uses a star in place of the "a".[[/folder]]

* The computer programming languages C++ ([[http://www2.research.att.com/~bs/bs_faq.html#name pronounced "see plus plus"]]; "++" means "increment by 1" in it[[note]]on numeric primitives; due to operator overloading you can never be sure what it will do on any custom type[[/note]] and its predecessor C, so C++ means "C incremented"[[note]]or, for extra pedantry, return the value of C and then increment it--perhaps a subtle nod at its fairly large degree of backwards compatibility?[[/note]]) and C# ("see sharp", despite actually using a pound sign, which is subtly different from a musical sharp symbol, which has led to its nickname "D flat", or Db)
** Well, "see octothorpe" doesn't roll off the tongue.
*** "See hash" then.
*** Or "See splat".
** Also a host of imitators: F# (F-sharp), #develop (Sharp-Develop[[note]]Which is a development environment, not a programming language. But still.[[/note]]), etc
*** Parodied in ''Webcomic/{{Homestuck}}'', with the languages ~ATH (til death), ^CAKE (caret cake), and DIS* (dis asterisk).
*** Also parodied in the joke about the object-oriented version of COBOL, which, given the established naming convention, was called "ADD ONE TO COBOL GIVING COBOL".
* The Bittorrent client "μTorrent", which we're supposed to pronounce "uTorrent". Geek options: muTorrent for the linguistics geek; microTorrent for the science geek (the program was so named because it is one of the smallest and least processor-intensive Torrent programs available).
* [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/CrunchBang_Linux #!]] Was a version of the Linux operating system ("[=CrunchBang=]", in pronunciation - might be confusing to UK English speakers, who generally pronounce # as "pound" instead of "crunch" or "hash"). The name calls-back a syntax that commonly starts a type of simple programs called shell scripts.
* The 'bang paths' of pre-internet email. Before nameservice, you had to specify the host-by-host route to forward email until it got to a backbone host, then again from the backbone to the destination host. Hostnames were separated by the '!' character, and the chain of hosts was referred to as the 'bang path', where 'host1!host2!...' was spoken as 'host1 bang host2 bang ...'. One actual path was '...!crash!bang!boom' through the hosts 'crash', 'bang', and 'boom', making the bang path to someone's email on 'boom' 'bang crash bang bang bang boom'.

[[folder:Songs and Albums]]


[[folder: Themes ]]

* The OP and ED songs for the ''LightNovel/BalladOfAShinigami'' anime were provided by a singer called K○Y.
* ''Anime/FutariWaPrettyCureSplashStar'' OP -- "Makasete★Splash☆Star★"
** The ending theme for ''[[Anime/YesPrettyCure5 Yes! Pretty Cure 5 Go Go!]]'' has some ☆s in its ''lyrics,'' as Karen and Kurumi are so kindly demonstrating for us up at the top.
** In ''Anime/FreshPrettyCure'', the lyrics for the second ending have some (^^)s thrown in, as does a song from the first Vocal Album.
* ''VisualNovel/HigurashiWhenTheyCry'', Rena's ImageSong, "Egao Happy Peace♪"
** Same with [[Manga/{{Bleach}} Inoue Orihime's]] ImageSong, "La La La♪".
** Higurashi also gives us "Sukisuki ∞ Nii Nii" for Satoko.
** ''Franchise/WhenTheyCry'' in general, some of the letters in the title are red.
* ''Anime/MaiHime'' and ''Anime/MaiOtome'' have this in spades. Both series' first opening theme has a star in it ("Shining☆Days" and "Dream☆Wing", respectively), and these titles are shared by the final episodes. In fact, the working title for ''Mai-Otome'' (''舞-乙[=HiME=]'') was ''舞☆[=MAiD=]''.
** The title ''舞-乙[=HiME=]'' counts too, since 乙[=HiME=] is meant to be pronounced "otome," which would normally be spelled 乙女.
* The opening theme for ''Anime/TokyoMewMew'' has the ☆ as part of its kanji lyrics.
** As does the ending theme of ''Anime/YesPrettyCure5 [=GoGo=].''
* The opening theme for ''Manga/LuckyStar'' has a ♥ in it.
* ''Anime/OnePiece'': Usopp's first ImageSong is titled "Usopp☆Drop".
* The second opening to ''Manga/HayateTheCombatButler'' is called Shichiten Hakki ☆ Shijōshugi!
** And it has a (O_O;) in its kanji lyrics!
* Groove☆Master, Sumomo's ImageSong from ''Manga/{{Chobits}}'' (ft. Shinbo).
* In ''Series/PrettyGuardianSailorMoon'', Minako has song (both in and out of universe) called Kiss[[superscript:2]] Bang [[superscript:2]]. Much like the lyrics state it's meant to be pronounced "Kiss Kiss Bang Bang"
* The opening theme of ''Nanatsuiro★Drops'' is called "Shining Stars Bless☆."
* The OP single for ''Manga/{{Kanamemo}}'' has a second song titled Wake Me Up (^_-)b!
* The OP for ''Anime/BinanKoukouChikyuuBoueibuLove'' is called Zettai Muteki☆Fallin' LOVE☆


[[folder: Game music ]]

* VideoGame/HyperdimensionNeptuniaReBirth1 has the theme song "Miracle! Portable ☆ Mission".
* [[VideoGame/KatamariDamacy We Love Katamari's]] "DISCO★PRINCE".
* The ''VideoGame/DanceDanceRevolution'' series has one song whose instrumental version is called "Candy☆", and whose vocal version is titled "Candy♥".
** Konami has a lot of fun with this elsewhere in the ''Bemani'' series: "Happy☆Angel", "Sweet Sweet ♥ Magic", "Love ♥ Shine", "♥ Love[[superscript:2]] Sugar → ♥", "Stars★★★"... Need I mention "[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cUmXBFI1tdQ Magic Door (Theme of SPACE(Saturn)MACO]]"?
** ''In The Groove'' songs "Utopia," "Destiny," "Delirium," and "Xuxa," among others, are credited to ☺. Pronounced "smiley." There is also a song entitled "!" pronounced "bang."
* Fictional Example: In ''Manga/KOn'', the two names Mio suggests for their band are "Chocolate ☆ Melody" and "Pure ☆ Pure". (Curiously, she suggested them purely vocally, so one might wonder if she just said "hoshi" or "suta" in a way that made it clear that she intended the symbol rather than the word... or just accept that it's manga, so if it can be printed, you just pretend that they can say it somehow.)

[[folder: Music of Asia ]]

* Music/{{BeForU}} songs titled ''Peace (^^)v'' and "BRE∀K DOWN".
* Japanese experimental noise rock band Boredoms is somewhat known for their odd song titles, but on Vision Creation Newsun all of the songs are the following symbols: ◯ ☆ ♡ Ҩ 〜 ◎ ↑ Ω and finally ずっと
* Some songs by I've Sound have this kind of title, for example "Otomegokoro + √[[UnusualEars Nekomimi]] = ∞".
* Japanese speedcore duo DJ Sharpnel's albums ''UG☆Psyclone'' and ''Running★★★All Night!!''
** The latter album also features a ''Anime/LuckyStar'' remix titled ''LITTLE GOD CH@NNEL''.
* Japanese singer Maki Ohguro's latest original album includes a song titled "君は✈☠☢☻☈". On top of that, no website other than her own even parses these characters out, and they won't show up on iPods, so this song has to be written as "君は■■■■■" or "君は○○○○○". The song's name is actualy read as "君はテロリスト", translated as "You Are a Terrorist".
* One song by J-pop group Plus-Tech Squeeze Box is simply titled "☆".
* Gravure idol Yuka Kosaka's debut mini-album is titled Ero♥Puri★Trance ~Yuka-chin Mahou wo Kakechauzo~.
* Music/CiboMatto's second album, Stereo ☆ Type A.


[[folder: Music of the Western World ]]

* Citizen/Soldier by 3 Doors Down (although, being about the U.S. National Guard, it ''is'' appropriate).
* Some Music/{{Autechre}} songs, such as "90101-5|-|" (pipe dash pipe?) and "O=0"
* [[Music/AphexTwin Richard D. James]] has, among his repertoire, a song which is simply referred to as "a mathematical equation," due to the difficulty of actually pronouncing [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Windowlicker#Track_listing the title]].
* And Music/BassHunter has an album titled ''LOL <(^^,)>''
* [[Music/BlackEyedPeas Will.i.am's]] ''#willpower'', possibly the first album to be named with a Website/{{twitter}} hashtag.
** Another example of recent pop music evoking hashtags is the song "#Beautiful" by Music/MariahCarey featuring Miguel.
* The Music/GodspeedYouBlackEmperor album F♯A♯∞. This is actually meaningful, as on the LP version side one begins with an FF♯ chord, side two begins with an A♯ chord, and the last track ends with a locked groove that will continue for infinity if you let it.
* Music/BobDylan's song "Love - 0 / No Limit" from ''Music/BringingItAllBackHome''. The title is meant to be expressed as a mathematical problem, pronounced "Love minus zero divided by no limit". The quotient, according to Dylan, is "absolutely unlimited love".
** This title confused some fans, who thought the track was a medley of two songs called "Love Minus Zero" and "No Limit," although it is clearly only one song. Many cover versions list the title as just "Love Minus Zero."
* Hero/Heroine by Boys Like Girls.
* There exists a rare Devin Townsend EP named ''C:enter:###'' (See colon, enter colon, pound pound pound).
* †††, a side project of Music/{{Deftones}}' Chino Moreno (not to be confused with the already mentioned †‡†). It's pronounced "crosses". Also, they have a tendency to replace all T's in their song titles with cross symbols, as in "†his Is A †rick", and even have a song simply titled "†".
* Music/DepecheMode put out a pair of {{Greatest Hits Album}}s called ''The Singles 86>98'' and ''The Singles 81>85''. Which, if you read too much into their choice of symbol, makes it look like the band themselves are saying that their early singles are "greater than" their later ones.
* Music/FallOutBoy's live concert CD/DVD, * * * * : Live in Phoenix. The band stated that you pronounce * * * * by [[DoubleEntendre replacing it with any other four letter word you'd prefer]].
* The band Five Knuckle has a song entitled '.'
* "* * * * (Jungle Law)" by Love & Rockets. Oddly enough, there sort of ''is'' a title drop in the lyrics - "And it shows four stars where the name oughta be". Additionally, even the album version of the song bleeps out a certain word, and said word is in fact represented by four asterisks in the lyric sheet.
* *Music/{{NSYNC}}, a trend Music/JustinTimberlake would continue upon going solo with his album ''[=FutureSex/LoveSounds=]'' and its title track (which drops the plural).
* One of German industrial band Music/{{KMFDM}}'s albums has a title consisting of a sunburst, a skull-and-crossbones, a bomb, a spiral, and a banging fist. It's universally called ''[[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Symbols_(album) Symbols]]''.
** One FanNickname for it is "Curse", as it resembles a bleeped swear word. Or you could call it "Bitch", as the cover art shows a man bitchslapping a woman.
** ''Blitz'' has a track with a modified Uranus symbol for it title. In the song, it's pronounced "[[UranusIsShowing Up Uranus]]"
* Music/LedZeppelin's fourth album, ''Music/LedZeppelinIV''. The cover has NoTitle, and the label has four symbols where the title would be, one representing each band member. Since no one can actually pronounce or write those symbols (apart from Jimmy Page's which resembles "Zoso"), it's mostly called ''Led Zeppelin IV''--although some people, misled by Page's symbol, call it "Zoso."
* Marco V has a song entitled "C:\del * .mp3".
* METZ has a song entitled "—-))-–"
* Music/{{Melvins}}' ''Mangled Demos From 1983'' has several songs with symbols for titles, such as "☘". Presumably, the band either forgot the titles of these early songs, or they had just never agreed on proper titles for them to begin with.
* Music/{{Ministry}}'s album ''Psalm 69'' actually has a blank front cover and ''ΚΕΦΑΛΗΞΘ'' written on the spine. The ''ΚΕΦΑΛΗΞΘ'' part is actually the Greek word for "head" (κεφαλη, "kefali" spelled in Greek allcaps), combined with the Greek numerals for "69" (''ΞΘ''). "Head" in itself doesn't mean anything in Greek, but in ''English'' Al is making a ShoutOut to Creator/AleisterCrowley's ''The Book of Lies'': chapter 69 of the book has Crowley use "the way to succeed and the way to suck eggs" (geddit?), and Crowley actually called the chapter itself ''ΚΕΦΑΛΗΞΘ'' (''[=HEAD69=]''). Essentially, the album's title is the most pointlessly convoluted and reference-tastic IncrediblyLamePun about 69ing.
* Orbital has a song on ''The Middle of Nowhere'' called "Way Out -->", named after a London Underground station.
* One Porno Graffitti song is entitled World☆Saturday Graffitti. The album version is World☆Saturday Graffitti (★★★).
* Music/{{Prince}}'s album and film ''[[Music/SignOfTheTimes Sign '☮' the Times]]''.
** [[TheTropeFormerlyKnownAsX And his]] [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Prince_logo.svg old name.]]
** Also, starting with ''[=LoveSexy=]'', his song titles replace the word "I" with an icon of an eye.
* Sasha's ''Invol2ver'' mix compilation.
* Shudder To Think's "Gang Of $". It's a NonAppearingTitle, but apparently it's supposed to be pronounced "Gang Of Money'.
* The Icelandic group Msuic/SigurRos has an album entitled ''( )'', usually referred to as the Bracket Album, the Parenthesis Album or the Untitled Album, although it has no official pronunciation. In Icelandic, the band members sometimes call it ''Svigaplatan''.
* [[Music/SonicYouth Thurston Moore's]] 1995 solo album is usually referred to as ''Psychic Hearts'', but the album artwork actually renders the title as ''Psychic ♥♥♥''.
* Italian punk rock-turned-pop singer Jo Squillo has an album entitled "2p L♪ ± xy = (NOI)". The "L♪" is probably supposed to be a "la" (the note); on top of that, the dot on the "I" of "NOI" has been replaced by a heart. The listeners just call it "Noi" ("Us").
* Creator/StanFreberg's "Green Chri$tma$." ("Christmas has two S's in it, and they're both dollar signs!")
* Music/TalkingHeads have "Love → Building on Fire".
* There's a Thelma Aoyama B-side called I☆You - pronounced in the lyrics as "I Star You".
* The [[WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic brony]] musician [[https://www.youtube.com/user/unchargedThunder µThunder]]. The µ symbol may actually be a [[TheBackwardsR mock Greek]] U, as evident by the YouTube channel URL.
* Music/JohnZorn: The tracks on the Hemophiliac album "50th Birthday Celebration Volume 6" are all symbols. [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/50th_Birthday_Celebration_Volume_6]]
* Breakcore artist [[https://exophobiaorgqebrus.bandcamp.com/ Qebrus]] abuses this with a majority of their song and album titles.

[[folder:Tabletop Games]]
* The ''TabletopGame/{{Alternity}}'' and ''TabletopGame/D20Modern'' campaign settings ''[[TabletopGame/DarkMatter Dark•Matter]]'' and ''[[TabletopGame/StarDrive Star*Drive]]''
* ''TabletopGame/MagicTheGathering'' does this a few times. Mostly it's the A-E ligature, such as [=Æ=]ther Storm or [=Æ=]ther Flash. Originally this wasn't possible to print, so [=Æ=]rathi Berserker is rathi Berserker instead. During the Tempest block, they were also fond of gratuitous use of the italics, such as the ''en''-Kor or the ''il''-Vec.
* ''TabletopGame/YuGiOh'' has the card Magi Magi ☆ Magician Gal.

[[folder:Video Games]]
* ''[[VideoGame/DeusExHumanRevolution Deus Ex: Hum]]Δ[[VideoGame/DeusExHumanRevolution n Revolution]]''. (''Deus Ex: HumΔn Revolution'' on some browsers)
* The Champion and Turbo editions of ''VideoGame/StreetFighterII'' are written as ''Street Fighter II''', pronounced "Street Fighter II Dash" in Japanese.
* The UsefulNotes/{{Xbox}} version of ''VideoGame/GuiltyGear X2'' was called ''Guilty Gear X2 #Reload'', [[MusicalThemeNaming pronounced "Sharp Reload."]] It had a sequel called ''Λ Core''.
** The [[CapcomSequelStagnation revisions]] to ''Guilty Gear XX'' generally had strange names: ''Guilty Gear XX ♯Reload'' (pronounced "Sharp Reload"), ''Guilty Gear XX/'' ("Slash"), and ''Guilty Gear XX Λ Core'' ("Accent Core"), with ''Accent Core'' itself receiving a ''Plus'' and ''Plus R'' update (that's ''six'' iterations of ''XX'' including the vanilla version, for those who haven't kept count). Even the "XX" part of the title is actually pronounced "igzex" (continuing off of ''Guilty Gear X'', [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rM3DW3w0RFc which is pronounced "Guilty Gear Zex"]]).
** Made even worse by the newest game in the franchise, Guilty Gear Xrd, which is either pronounced (ex-ard),(ex-ird), or (zird) depending on who in the fan base you ask.
* One of the ''VisualNovel/TokimekiMemorial'' games, ''Tokimeki no Houkago ~Nee★Quiz shiyo♥~''
* ''[[VideoGame/HalfLife Hλlf-Life]]'' The symbol is a "lambda", which is the scientific symbol for a substance's [[strike:half-life]] decay constant. Pronouncing the original Greek letter would yield "Hllf-life." Once again, RuleOfCool trumps the rules of spelling.
** The sequel uses the "squared" symbol instead of a traditional 2, but then again the sheer [[SequelEscalation difference in scale]] between installments makes it [[EvenBetterSequel not completely incorrect.]]
* ''[[VideoGame/KatamariDamacy We ♥ Katamari]]'', in which the heart is pronounced "love".
** Not to mention that the game includes a song titled "DISCO ☆ PRINCE".
* ''VideoGame/MetalGearAcid''. The sequel was ''Metal Gear Ac!d[[superscript:2]]''.
* Quite a few Franchise/{{Pokemon}} have non-alphabetic symbols for names.
** Nidoran♂ and Nidoran♀. the gender symbols are canonically part of their names because they were introduced in the original games, back when Pokémon ''didn't'' have their genders displayed, but they were still intended to be each other's SingleGenderSpecies counterpart.
** Farfetch'd; the apostrophe is part of the name. In case it's not obvious, it's supposed to be a mispronunciation of ''far fetched'', since it carries a stick for attacking.
** [=Porygon2=], Porygon's evolution. Called so because Porygon is supposed to be a living computer program, of which the evolution is just an "upgrade".
** Porygon-Z; the hyphen is part of the name. It is the evolution of the above, and intended to be an [[PlayfulHacker unauthorized upgrade]]. The Z was also used because [[Letters2Numbers it looks like a 2]]. It seems that the hyphen was added specifically to invoke this trope, too.
** Ho-Oh had a hyphen in its name two generations before Porygon-Z and was introduced in the same generation as [=Porygon2=], though it isn't artificial like the Porygon line. (It's also a palindrome, but that's unrelated to this trope.) Possibly because a ''houou'' is a mythical Japanese bird akin to a phoenix, and it's difficult for non-Japanese speakers to pronounce "Hoou", which would be the literal Romanization.
** ''VideoGame/PokemonSunAndMoon'' introduces Type: Null, an artificial chimera-like Pokemon that starts off as a Normal-type and can change its type based on its held item. Oddly, its evolved form Silvally doesn't follow this naming convention.
* The star spirit Geno in ''VideoGame/SuperMarioRPG: Legend of the Seven Stars''. When asked for his name answers "♥♪!?" but tells you to call him Geno after the doll he is possessing, stating that his real name is [[TheUnpronounceable hard to pronounce]].
* ''VideoGame/{{Amorphous}}+''.
* There's a DoujinSoft shmup called ∀kashicverse: Malicious Wake. The HarderThanHard alternate web version released as a standalone game was called ∀kashicverse ∀lternative ∀rguments.
* ''VideoGame/SilentHill2'''s iconic Pyramid Head's name in the original Japanese is rendered ▲-head. Don't ask how it's pronounced.
--> ''Triangle''-head?
* Capcom [[InsistentTerminology insists]] that the title of ''VideoGame/StreetFighterXTekken'' is pronounced "Street Fighter Cross Tekken," making the character between "Fighter" and "Tekken" a symbol for the word "cross" rather than the letter X and, hence, an example of this trope.
* The Sega Master System and Sega Genesis/Mega Drive were marketed by Samsung as part of the "Gam*Boy" line in South Korea. One would think that this was to avoid a lawsuit from Hyundai Electronics, which was selling Nintendo's Game Boy as the Mini Comboy in Korea, or from Nintendo itself, due to its indirect presence in the country through Hyundai, but the release dates of early Japanese game consoles in Korea are completely unknown. The Gam*Boy could have been released before or after the Mini Comboy was, and no one knows for sure. However, the Genesis (Super Gam*Boy) was renamed later in its lifetime presumably because of the Game Boy.
* In ''VideoGame/Persona4ArenaUltimax'', both Yukari and Rise have some attacks which use this. Yukari has "Feather☆Slasher", "Feather☆Arrow", "Feather☆Flip", "Feather☆Shot", "Feather☆Bomb", "Hyper Feather☆Shot" and "Final Feather☆Arrow". Rise has "Rock☆You" and "True♥Story".
* In the Triangulum Arc of ''VideoGame/DevilSurvivor 2 Record Breaker'', Airi and Hinako form an [[IdolSinger idol group]] named "[=AiHina=]☆☆", the latter part of which is pronounced as the word "stars".
* VideoGame/HyperdimensionNeptuniaReBirth1 and its sequel. The semicolon is silent.
* ''VideoGame/CrossBeats''. Averted with its arcade counterpart, ''crossbeats REV.''
* ''VideoGame/TheKingOfFighters'' has a fighter named K' (pronounced K Dash)
* ''[[VideoGame/FirstEncounterAssaultRecon F.E.A.R.]]'' is an acronym for First Encounter Assault Recon. The name is used until the third game, that became F.3.A.R.. All interactions are pronounced as "fear" however.
* The official title of the game that this wiki knows as ''VideoGame/AtelierSophieTheAlchemistOfTheMysteriousBook'' is ''Atelier Sophie ~The Alchemist of the Mysterious Book~''.
* There is [[http://lunaticobscurity.blogspot.it/2017/01/pc.html a doujin shooter game]] whose title is rendered as "_____", because for some reason all the text in it is some made-up alien language, including the numbers.
* ''VideoGame/GalGun'' and its sequels. The * is silent.

[[folder:Visual Novel]]
* ''[[VisualNovel/UtaNoPrinceSama Uta no]]☆[[VisualNovel/UtaNoPrinceSama Prince-sama]]♪''.
* ''VisualNovel/CrossChannel'', the source material for the Flash game ''VideoGame/NanacaCrash''.
* ''VisualNovel/NanatsuiroDrops'' is technically ''Nanatsuiro★Drops''.
* ''VisualNovel/ChaosHead'' -- the first a also sports umlauts in the series logo.
** The ";" also applies for the later visual-novels made by Creator/{{Nitroplus}}, namely ''VisualNovel/SteinsGate'' and ''Robotic;Notes''.
* ''VisualNovel/FateStayNight''
** Even more so its parodic [[AlternateUniverse alternate continuity]] ''Manga/FateKaleidLinerPrismaIllya'', which then stepped it up ''further'' with OddlyNamedSequel ''Fate/kaleid liner Prisma☆Illya [[GratuitousGerman 2wei!]]'' (yes, the exclamation point [[ExcitedShowTitle is also part of the title]].)
* ''φnal Approach'' (''VisualNovel/FinalApproach'' - the Greek letter is a phi)
* ''VisualNovel/KoihimeMusou''
* ''Franchise/AceAttorney:''
** ''VisualNovel/PhoenixWrightAceAttorney: Trials & Tribulations'' features the PhantomThief Mask☆[=DeMasque=]. The fandom has come to a consensus that the star is "pronounced" by pausing and making a "jazz hands" gesture.
** ''VisualNovel/ApolloJusticeAceAttorney'' has the following exchange:
--->'''Trucy''': When I sign my name, I always put in a little diamond! "Trucy ♦ Wright" See? Cute, don'tcha think?
--->'''Apollo''': It's a little confusing. Won't people think your middle name is diamond?
--->'''Trucy''': Hey! You could write your name like "Apollo = Justice"!
--->'''Apollo''': I do like justice, but that's taking it a bit far.
** The Italian version has Trucy suggesting "Apollo @ Justice", and Apollo remarking it would look like his e-mail address.
* ''VisualNovel/{{Higurashi|WhenTheyCry}} No '''Na'''ku Koro Ni'' and ''VisualNovel/{{Umineko|WhenTheyCry}} No '''Na'''ku Koro Ni'' officially are written with a red "Na". The official dub of ''Higurashi'' calls it ''When They '''C'''ry'', with a red "C."
** ''Higurashi Day'''b'''reak'' by Tasogare Frontier: The b is officially off-color, although the color depends on the material - if the rest of the text is white, the b is normally black, but if the rest of the text is black, the b is red. Spelled in Japanese, the "bu" (ブ) is treated the same way.

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* ''WesternAnimation/MyLifeAsATeenageRobot'' is known in Japan as ''ジェニーはティーン☆ロボット''[[labelnote:translation]]Jenny the Teenage☆Robot[[/labelnote]]
* ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons'' episode "$pringfield". Since the episode has Springfield legalizing gambling, probably a ShoutOut to the live action TV show ''Vega$''.
* The "i" in ''WesternAnimation/FamilyGuy'' is dotted with a small television that's easily missed.
* The Creator/PBSKids show, ''[[WesternAnimation/PegPlusCat Peg + Cat]]''. It's appropriate, since it's about math.
* In the ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic'' toyline, ([[TheTropeFormerlyKnownAsX the pony formerly known as]]) Derpy Hooves's "name" is symbolized as a muffin.
* Parodied in ''WesternAnimation/GravityFalls'', where Mabel performs a song in the episode "Scaryoke" by "&ndra" (pronounced "[[PunnyName Ampersandra]]"; the spelling should probably be "&ra").
* There's a ShowWithinAShow on ''WesternAnimation/{{Arthur}}'' titled ''$tock Market Today''.

* Canal+, a French film and television studio and distributor, and TV channel.
* E!, the American cable and satellite television network.
* Cisco ūmi telepresence.
* $cientology, used as a slight against said institution.
** $¢i€nto£og¥
* Likewise, the slur Micro$oft.
** The abbreviated form M$ft may have been suggested instead by the occasional Windows system error messages that begin "$Mft is corrupt..." (these actually refer to a Master File Table).
** More recently, Appl€ has appeared as a slight against the company that makes [=iPods=].
** Also NA$CAR.
** And $tarbuck$.
** Di$ney.
** 4Kid$.
*** Also acceptable is $Kids, since keyboards will have the 4 key become $ when Shift is held.
** [[CaptainObvious Basically any corporation with an S in the name]].
** When ''Advanced TabletopGame/DungeonsAndDragons'' was the monster that all the small role-playing game companies contended with, it was common to refer to the company that owned it as T$R.
*** And then there's the latest [=DnD=] edition, known as "$e". This was originally a typo, but has since reached a full-blown [[MemeticMutation meme]].
*** See also Game$ Work$hop
*** [[CorruptCorporateExecutive £ido$]] gets a double whammy of the dollar sign and the pound symbol.
*** Autistic community members and autism rights activists who oppose the practices of Autism Speaks refer to them as Autism $peaks or A$ for short.
* Sony's ''U R Not [[color:red:e]]'' ads for the Playstation.
* [[VideoGame/{{Tetris}} TET]]Я[[VideoGame/{{Tetris}} IS]], of course.
* And Toys 'Я' Us
** And [[Music/{{Korn}} Ko]]Я[[Music/{{Korn}} N]]
** Made even worse by the fact that Я is a Russian letter AND word (meaning "I" or "myself"). It's like the English "I", which is a letter by its self and a pronoun as well. So basically it's saying "Toys I Us".
* The Famous, (and often parodied) I ♥ NY T-shirts
** Leading to the infamous I ✈ NY shirt
*** And plenty of other X ♥ Y merchandise as well. Sometimes parodied with other playing card suits, as in I ♠ My Cat or I ♣ Baby Seals.
* While presumably pronounced "slant", the science fiction novel / is somewhat disorientingly titled, particularly since it's uncertain that ''is'' the title unless you look at the copyright page (which for clarity's sake describes the situation rather than simply putting a / on the page.)
* The Swedish feminist party (which didn't ''quite'' take off in the 2006 elections, and now hasn't been heard from in a while) chose "F¡" for their symbol. It was, of course, impossible to stop the party's detractors from reading it as "Fi", which is the traditional Swedish military abbreviation for "enemy" ("fiende" in Swedish).
* The [[http://images.google.com/images?hl=en&source=hp&q=coexist%20bumper%20sticker&um=1&ie=UTF-8&sa=N&tab=wi Coexist]] bumper sticker, which comes in many variations.
* The ¥€$ currency in ''Franchise/GhostInTheShell''.
* Actor Laurence Tureaud legally changed his name to Creator/MrT.
-->"First name: Mister, Middle name: Period, Last name: T!"
* The English seaside town Westward Ho!, in which the exclamation mark is an official part of the name. This was because it was originally a planned community named after a novel by Charles Kingsley.
* Sm:)e Records.
* ''[[Series/EarthStarVoyager Earth]]☆[[Series/EarthStarVoyager Star Voyager]]'': A PoorlyDisguisedPilot that originally aired as a 2-part miniseries on ABC's ''Wonderful World of Disney'' in January 1988. It focused on a bunch of young people from a late 21st century [[CrapsackWorld Crapsack Future Earth]] as they [[Franchise/StarTrek trekked through]] [[SerialNumbersFiledOff the stars]] to find a new home for the human race.
* [[Creator/{{Acclaim}} A<* The UsefulNotes/{{Wii}}. A homophone for "we", and the i's represent two people.
* On ''Series/TopGearUK'', the new "reasonably priced car" is a Kia Cee'd (pronounced like "seed"). Jeremy Clarkson, however, insists on calling it the "[[JustForFun/IReadThatAs see apostrophe dee]]."
* g0y, used by gay men who don't want to identify as gay. They get amusingly pissy if you call them "goys".
** [[YouHaveToHaveJews g0yim]]?
** To be perfectly clear, g0ys do identify as bi- or homosexual, but "reject" the term "gay" because of its association with anal sex; gay - a(nal) = g0y. Their website is so hateful to non-g0y gays that even someone who agrees with the basic ideals of the g0y movement could be repulsed.
* ''Anime/RebuildOfEvangelion'''s English titles use the format ''You VERB (Not) X''. Yes, "not" is in parentheses.
* The German version of Twilight is called "Bis(s) zum Morgengrauen"; "Bis" means "until" and "Biss" means "bite". Thus it's "Until Dawn" or ""Bite till dawn". But note the latter of the two translations in German is very bad grammar and actually a very botched translation.
* [[ThoseWackyNazis The SS]] symbol was ᛋᛋ, a pair of runic 'S'es, which look like lightning bolts.
* According to an urban legend, a mother named her child [[http://www.snopes.com/racial/language/le-a.asp Le-a]], which she insisted should be pronounced [[spoiler:Ledasha]].
* Author Jennifer 8. Lee. Yes, her middle name is the numeral 8, with a period after.
* Game designer Mark Rein•Hagen.
* One of Ooyala's previous logos was o•o•y•a•l•a. The •'s were colored.
* The logo of the [[UsefulNotes/{{JAXA}} Japan Aerospace eXploration Agency]] (J☆XA).
* The now-defunct British satellite channel L!ve TV.
* The website "Slashdot" doesn't actually contain any Lucky Charms characters, but ''references'' them (and "/." is sometimes used as an abbreviation for the site); before it became ubiquitous for browsers to automatically add the hypertext transport protocol prefix, attempting to verbally tell someone how to type in the website name contained the (confusing) sequence "colon slash slash slashdot dot".