A subtype of PunBasedTitle which applies to individual episode titles, and not the fact that the pun is based upon some element of popular culture, such as the title of a film, book or song. {{Catch Phrase}}s, song lyrics, adages and colloquialisms can also be riffed on.

Also a subtrope of IdiosyncraticEpisodeNaming. Related to LiteraryAllusionTitle and can sometimes overlap.

Often a sign of a WholePlotReference; indeed, many of the subtropes listed on that page (like CharlieAndTheChocolateParody) are examples themselves.


[[folder: Anime and Manga]]
* Most episodes of the English dub of ''Anime/{{Pokemon}}'' (the first ones had quite expository titles). Including one that includes a pun based on the Japanese name of a character. (Barry's Busting Out All Over)
* Many episodes from the English dub of the various ''Franchise/{{Digimon}}'' series.
* The Creator/FUNimation dub of ''Manga/SgtFrog'' does this a lot.
* As does its dub of ''Manga/CrayonShinChan''.
* ''Manga/StrawberryMarshmallow'' does this kind of rarely: "Violent Night", "The Hat's Meow"...
* ''Anime/PantyAndStockingWithGarterbelt'' does this with every episode, referencing famous movies: "[[Film/FightClub Catfight Club]]", "[[Film/PulpFiction Pulp Addiction]]", etc...
* ''Manga/KangokuGakuen'' does this with several chapter titles, like Taxi Driver (Chapter includes a character talking to himself in the mirror) and other big films.

[[folder:Fan Works]]
* ''FanFic/MyFamilyAndOtherEquestrians'':
** [[Literature/MyFamilyAndOtherAnimals The title of the story]]
** "[[Film/MrSmithGoesToWashington Mr Star Goes to Canterlot]]" (chapter 10)
** "Series/LawAndOrder: Equestria" (interlude 16)
* The FanFic/PoniesAfterPeople universe is most likely named for ''Series/LifeAfterPeople'', which has a similar premise.
* The title of ''FanFic/FreakyEdDay'' is a reference to ''Film/FreakyFriday''.

[[folder: Literature]]
* One book of ''{{Literature/Dinoverse}}'' is titled "[[Film/RebelWithoutACause Raptor Without A Cause]]". It doesn't actually reference that in-story at all, though.

[[folder: Live Action Television]]
* ''Series/{{Workaholics}}'' does this frequently, usually combining a normal phrase with something else. For example "The Business Trip", in which Ders goes on a business trip with Alice, and then they all trip on acid. "Temp-tress", when the guys are tempted by an attractive office temp, "Model Kombat", "True Dromance" and plenty more.
* Many episodes of the Syfy series ''Series/{{Eureka}}'', especially in the third season. ("Bad to the Drone," "Show Me the Mummy," "Best in Faux.")
* ''Series/{{Farscape}}'' did it a lot also, such as "John Quixote," "I Shrink Therefore I Am" and "Bringing Home The Beacon".
* ''Series/GossipGirl''
* Several episodes of ''Series/{{Charmed}}''.
* The Creator/FoodNetwork cooking show ''Series/GoodEats'' does this for most of its episodes: "Porterhouse Rules," "Citizen Cane," "The Egg Files," "Field of Greens," etc.
* An episode of ''Series/{{Lost}}'' is called "Some Like it Hoth," a reference to both ''Film/SomeLikeItHot'' and ''Film/TheEmpireStrikesBack.''
* Too many ''Series/{{Psych}}'' episodes to list. [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_Psych_episodes Observe...]]
* Similar to ''WesternAnimation/{{The Simpsons}}'' example, there's the ''Series/{{Angel}}'' episode "To Shanshu In LA", in which it eventually turns out that [[StealthPun the Shanshu prophecy refers to]] a vampire [[Film/ToLiveAndDieInLA becoming mortal and thus living and dying naturally]].
* ''{{Series/Supernatural}}'' does it a lot. "Sam, Interrupted", "Are You There, God? It's Me, Dean Winchester"...
* Every episode of ''Andy Barker, P.I.'' (except the first, which is just called "Pilot") is named after a mystery or thriller movie, such as "[[Film/TheBigSleep The Big No Sleep]]" and "[[Film/TheLadyVanishes The Lady Varnishes]]".

[[folder: Video Games]]
* The tasks and scrolls in ''VideoGame/MySims Kingdom'' frequently have this kind of name when they're not being boringly prosaic. For example, when you're told where to find a scroll that helps you make gears, the task is called [[VideoGame/GearsOfWar "Gears of Where?"]]; when you get the scroll, it's called [[Franchise/MetalGear "Solid Gears of Metal"]].
* Chapter 4 of ''VideoGame/PaperMarioTheThousandYearDoor'' is called "For Pigs the Bell Tolls".

[[folder: Web Comic]]
* ''Webcomic/TheNonAdventuresOfWonderella''. Every. Single. Strip.
* ''Website/PlatypusComix'' applies this to several comics and articles.

[[folder: Western Animation]]
* A few ''WesternAnimation/LooneyTunes'' shorts made after the "Golden Age" have these, such as "Invasion of the Bunny Snatchers" or "The Whizzard of Ow".
* A few episodes of ''WesternAnimation/SouthPark''.
* ''WesternAnimation/EdEddNEddy'' has a number of episodes like this, such as "The Day the Ed Stood Still".
* ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons'' achieves many of these puns, in fact, almost absolutely no episode have a original title, only few from earlier seasons, up to 16, all episodes have it, even when it have nothing to do with the episode itself, and even is repeated more than once.
** In keeping with the writers having originally called it an "annoyed grunt," it sometimes intimated thus - hence "Simpsoncalifragilisticexpiala(Annoyed Grunt)cious," "E-I-E-I-(Annoyed Grunt)" and "I, (Annoyed Grunt)-bot."
* ''WesternAnimation/FanboyAndChumChum'' had episode titles such as "The Janitor Strikes Back" and "Little Glop of Horrors".
** One episode was not only named "A Bopwork Orange" but also parodied the classic film.
* Every other episode of ''{{WesternAnimation/Futurama}}''.
* Many recent episodes of ''WesternAnimation/TheFairlyOddParents'' have this type of title, such as "Two and a Half Babies", "The Bored Identity", "Cosmonopoly", and "Finding Emo".
* ''WesternAnimation/{{Pelswick}}'' had a few, such as "Invasion of the Buddy Snatchers".
* ''WesternAnimation/PhineasAndFerb'' has several. For example, [[Film/ItsAMadMadMadMadWorld It's a Mud, Mud, Mud, Mud World]], [[Film/NightOfTheLivingDead1968 Night of the Living Pharmacists]], [[Literature/JourneyToTheCenterOfTheEarth Journey to the Center of Candace]], [[Film/SleeplessInSeattle Meapless in Seattle]], etc.
* ''WesternAnimation/RandyCunninghamNinthGradeNinja''
* ''WesternAnimation/UncleGrandpa'' has the episode "Big in Japan", whose title comes from a Alphaville song.
* Several episodes of ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic'', starting with "Boast Busters."
** There's also the episode "Spice Up Your Life", whose title comes directly from a Spice Girls song. Up to season 4 there are no longer original titles.
* Many episodes of the ''WesternAnimation/{{Beetlejuice}}'' cartoon have these, usually as a WholePlotReference. Often they're punny or gross versions of movie titles, such as ''The Unnatural'', ''The Wizard of Ooze,'' and ''It's a Wonderful Afterlife.''