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There's a tendency in media to create very long titles full of rare (or [[{{Portmanteau}} fake]]) multisyllabic words that paint a picture of whimsy, fun, and adventure, especially when the work is set in the past. This is almost a DeadUnicornTrope as most of the titles are homages to works that never existed at all. It's often associated with pseudo-Victorian throwbacks and SteamPunk.

Not to be confused with (but may overlap with) CharacterNameAndTheNounPhrase. A sub-trope of LongTitle. See also TheAdjectivalSuperhero.
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[[folder:Anime and Manga]]
* ''Manga/JoJosBizarreAdventure''
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[[folder:Comedy]]
* Bob Newhart's album ''The Buttoned-Down Mind of Bob Newhart''
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[[folder:Comics]]
* ''The Grievous Journey of Ichabod Azrael (and the Dead Left in his Wake)''
* ''ComicBook/TheLeagueOfExtraordinaryGentlemen''
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[[folder:FanFiction]]
* Franchise/HarryPotter:
** ''[[http://blacksatinrose.livejournal.com/195184.html How I Spent My Winter Holidays, Starring James Who Is Brill (And Not Fancying Evans)]]''
** ''[[http://www.fictionalley.org/authors/after_the_rain/TAOITIP01a.html The Adventures of Icarus, The Invisible Poltergeist]]''
** ''[[http://phaballa.livejournal.com/102192.html The Late Night Visit, Or, Why Jo Decided To Kill Off Someone Else Instead]]''
* ''WesternAnimation/TeenTitans'': ''[[http://www.fanfiction.net/s/3410969/1/Evil_Beast_Boys_Fanciful_Exploits_in_Perdition Evil Beast Boy's Fanciful Exploits in Perdition]]''. According to the author, if it weren't for [[FanfictionDotNet Fanfiction.net's]] title character limit, it would be called ''The Fanciful and Mildly Grotesque Exploits of Evil Beast Boy in Perdition''. It should be noted that this is a companion piece to [[http://www.fanfiction.net/s/3326179/1/Doppelganger_Non_Grata another story of his]], and contains spoilers for it.
* Pokemon:
** FanFic/TheSurprisingAdventuresOfAGlaceonInUnova
* ''Series/{{Bones}}'' fic ''[[http://www.fanfiction.net/s/8551380/1/The-Role-of-the-Peloponnesian-War-in-Modern-Dating The Role of the Peloponnesian War in Modern Dating Rituals (or how Temperance Brennan kissed a warrior)]]''
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[[folder:{{Film}}]]
* ''Film/TheImaginariumOfDoctorParnassus''
* Another movie from those wacky late '50's - early '60's days was ''Film/ThoseMagnificentMenInTheirFlyingMachines, Or How I Flew from London to Paris in 25 Hours 11 Minutes''. Possibly the origin of the trope.
** Of course the success of ''Those Magnificent Men in their Flying Machines'' (the eventual re-release title) led the director to revisit this trope with ''Those Daring Young Men in Their Jaunty Jalopies''.
*** It also lead to the comedic adaptation ''Jules Verne's Rocket to the Moon'' being retitled ''Those Fantastic Flying Fools'' by the American distributor.
* ''[[Film/{{Amelie}} Le fabuleux destin d'Amélie Poulain]] (The Fabulous Destiny of Amelie Poulain)''
* ''The Wonderful Ears of Johnny [=McGoggin=]''
* ''Film/MrMagoriumsWonderEmporium''
* ''The Magical Time Traveling Thugtastic Jug''
* ''The Completely Remarkable Utterly Fabulous Transformation of a Regular Joe''
* ''The Magnificent Magical Magnet of Santa Mesa''
* ''Wee Sing in The Marvelous Musical Mansion''
* ''[[Film/TheIncrediblyStrangeCreatures The Incredibly Strange Creatures Who Stopped Living And Became Mixed-Up Zombies!!?]]''
* ''Film/SkyCaptainAndTheWorldOfTomorrow''
* ''The Effect of Gamma Rays on Man In The Moon Marigolds''
* [[Film/ThisIsSpinalTap Spinal Tap]]'s 1969 "concept album," ''The Incredible Flight of Icarus P. Anybody''
* ''Film/EternalSunshineOfTheSpotlessMind''
* ''Film/MagicalMysteryTour''
* ''Film/TheEnglishmanWhoWentUpAHillButCameDownAMountain''
* ''Film/ValerieAndHerWeekOfWonders''
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[[folder:{{Literature}}]]
* ''Literature/TheLastOfTheReallyGreatWhangdoodles''
* ''Literature/FromTheMixedUpFilesOfMrsBasilEFrankweiler''
* ''The Incredible Adventures of Professor Branestawm''
* Another classic kids' book: ''Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day''.
* ''Discworld/TheAmazingMauriceAndHisEducatedRodents''
* ''[[Literature/GulliversTravels Gulliver's Travels]]'', officially known as ''Travels into Several Remote Nations of the World, in Four Parts. By Lemuel Gulliver, First a Surgeon, and then a Captain of Several Ships''.
* Creator/AndreNorton's ''Scarface: Being the story of one Justin Blade, late of the pirate isle of Tortuga, and how fate deal justly deal with him to his great profit'' -- which harks back to the same era as Gulliver
* ''The Transformation of Miss Mavis Ming (Return of the Fireclown)''
* ''The Adventures of Una Persson and Catherine Cornelius in the 20th Century''
* ''Literature/TheAstonishingAdventuresOfFanboyAndGothGirl''
* "The Deadly Mission of Phineas Snodgrass"
* Parodied in ''Literature/GoodOmens'' with the [[ShowWithinAShow book within the book]] "The Nice and Accurate Prophecies of Agnes Nutter; Being a Certaine and Precise History from the Present Day Unto the Endinges of this World. Containing therein Many Diuerse Wonders and precepts for the Wife; More complete than ever yet before published; Concerning the Strange Times aheade and Events of a Wonderful Nature"
* ''[[Literature/TheGirlWhoCircumnavigatedFairylandInAShipOfHerOwnMaking The Girl Who Circumnavigated Fairyland in a Ship of Her Own Making]]''
* ''[[IAmAGeniusOfUnspeakableEvilAndIWantToBeYourClassPresident I Am a Genius of Unspeakable Evil and I Want to Be Your Class President]]''
* ''Literature/GalaxyOfFear'' has the {{interquel}}, ''Death in the Slave Pits of Lorrd, or How I Spent My Inter-Term Break''.
* ''Literature/TheBriefWondrousLifeOfOscarWao''
* ''[[Literature/ArcadiaSnipsAndTheSteamworkConsortium Arcadia Snips and the Steamwork Consortium: Being a Wholly Accurate Account of Matters Concerning Steam, Skullduggery, and the Reckless Application of Mathematics in the Late 19th Century]]''
* Jean Robinson's ''The Strange But Wonderful Cosmic Awareness of Duffy Moon''
* Ellen Conford's ''The Revenge of the Incredible Dr. Rancid and His Youthful Assistant, Jeffrey''
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[[folder:LiveActionTelevision]]
* Creator/StephenColbert claimed that Felicity Huffman and William H. Macy starred in ''The Splendiferous Zeppelin Escapades of Filliam H. Muffman''.
* ''[[Series/MrShow Mr. Show and the Incredible, Fantastical News Report]]''
* Subverted in a series of ''SaturdayNightLive'' skits with Creator/MichaelPalin about a supposed Creator/CharlesDickens novel, ''The Wretched Birth, Miserable Childhood, Agonisingly Painful Adolescence, and Appallingly Vile and Degrading Death of Miles Cowperthwaite''.
* The ''Series/{{Angel}}'' episode "The Cautionary Tale of Numero Cinco"
* The ''Series/{{Bones}}'' episode "The Double Death of the Dearly Departed". Bonus for AddedAlliterativeAppeal
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[[folder:Music]]
* ''Music from the unrealized film script '''''Dusk at Cubist Castle''''''', debut [=LP=] of Music/TheOliviaTremorControl. To a lesser extent, the band's name (and the loosely-structured "Elephant 6 Collective" of bands, of which they are a member) are also examples of the trope.
* Almost any CoheedAndCambria album title. (Example: ''Good Apollo, I'm Burning Star IV, Volume One: From Fear Through the Eyes of Madness'')
* TheBeatles' ''Sergeant Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band'', which features the song, "Being for the Benefit of Mr. Kite"
** Also their album ''Magical Mystery Tour''
* DavidBowie's ''The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders From Mars''.
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[[folder:TabletopGames]]
* ''ChuubosMarvelousWishGrantingEngine''
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[[folder:{{Theater}}]]
* ''Theatre/JosephAndTheAmazingTechnicolorDreamcoat''
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[[folder:VideoGames]]
* ''VideoGame/TheWonderfulEndOfTheWorld''
* ''PennyArcadeAdventures: On the Rain-slick Precipice of Darkness''
* [[Creator/BenCroshaw Yahtzee]] created an adventure game called ''VideoGame/AdventuresInTheGalaxyOfFantabulousWonderment''.
* ''VideoGame/ArcanumOfSteamworksAndMagickObscura''
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[[folder:WebComic]]
* The ''DresdenCodak'' one-shot ''Traversing the Luminiferous Aether with Rupert and Hubert''.
* Some week-end specials in ''{{Narbonic}}'': "The Astonishing Excursions of Helen Narbon & Co."
* ''Webcomic/TheInexplicableAdventuresOfBob''
* ''IWasKidnappedByLesbianPiratesFromOuterSpace''
* ''TheThrillingAdventuresOfLovelaceAndBabbage''
* ''TheNonAdventuresOfWonderella''
* ''Webcomic/TheIncredibleAndAweInspiringSerialAdventureOfTheAmazingPlasmaMan''
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[[folder:WebOriginal]]
* ''[[http://thrilling-tales.webomator.com/ Thrilling Tales of the Downright Unusual: The Toaster With Two Brains]]''
* ''WebVideo/TheRemarkableJourneyOfHigginsVonHiggings''
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[[folder:WesternAnimation]]
* On ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons'', [=Troy McClure=] starred in a film called ''The Contrabulous Fabtraption of Professor Horatio Hufnagel'', giving us the picture above.
* ''The Transcredible Exploits of Zapp Brannigan'' from ''WesternAnimation/{{Futurama}}''.
** Also, while it's not a title, the announcer in the "IronChef" episode seems to be referencing this trope when he describes Bender as "some kind of wonderful mechanical man."
* ''WesternAnimation/TheMarvelousMisadventuresOfFlapjack''
* ''WesternAnimation/TheMysteriousGeographicExplorationsOfJasperMorello''
* ''WesternAnimation/TheAmazingWorldOfGumball''
* ''WesternAnimation/CheyenneCinnamonAndTheFabulousUnicornOfSugarTownCandyFudge'' on Creator/AdultSwim.
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