Character Name and the Noun Phrase
"It will be called Harry Potter and... something. Catchy, don't you think? And I think I'll follow the same model for seven."This is a standard way to name individual works in a loosely-linked series; it is currently most common in childrens' books. Frequently the noun phrase in question will be of The X of Y form. A common variant is to use the possessive instead of "and the", giving Character Name's Noun Phrase. If ever bored, amuse yourself by taking the "And The Noun Phrase" part and adding it to a different "Character Name". For instance: Indiana Jones and the Chocolate Factory. Another variation is to add the title of a movie that doesn't follow this pattern to a Character Name from a series that does: Indiana Jones and the Minority Report. (Inspired by the retitled video releases of Raiders of the Lost Ark.) A Sub-Trope of MacGuffin Title.
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Anime and Manga
- JoJo's Bizarre Adventure, for an example of the possessive variant. The protagonist changes from storyline to storyline, but they are all nicknamed Jo Jo.
- Yotsuba&!, though it's the titles of the individual chapters instead of the volumes.
- Most of the episodes of the Cardcaptor Sakura anime have Japanese titles that begin with "Sakura and..."
- This was also the case for several of the Pokémon movies (Pokémon: Lucario and the Mystery of Mew, Pokémon Ranger and the Temple of the Sea, Pokémon: Giratina and the Sky Warrior, Pokémon: Arceus and the Jewel of Life) and a two-part special (Pokemon Ranger and the Kidnapped Riolu!). The character named in the title is usually a secondary character exclusive to the film (the main characters are always Ash and his friends), often a rare or legendary Pokemon that would be out of place in a regular episode.
- Spice and Wolf (also known in Japan as Wolf and Spice) has each episode titled "Wolf and" something relating to the episode.
- Okami-San: Every one of the Light Novels and episodes of the anime series are titled Ookami-san and [something].
- The translated novels of Book Girl all use this, with "Book Girl" for the name and "Suicidal Mime," "Famished Spirit," "Captive Fool," etc. for the Noun Phrase.
- Many of the Doraemon movies have titles beginning with "Nobita and..." The possessive variation is also common (with Nobita), Nobita being the boy who the titular Doraemon has been sent from the future to aid.
- Yamada-kun and the Seven Witches, though it has become an Artifact Title since it was revealed that there are in fact 14 witches at a time, and they are regularly replaced, making the number of witches the titular Yamada has met/will meet no less than 21.
- Jack And The Witch, an anime movie made by Toei in the 1960s.
- The first volume of The Unwritten is titled "Tommy Taylor and the Bogus Identity". The in-universe Tommy Taylor novels also follow this naming pattern, more likely than not to specifically evoke the Harry Potter series.
- Bryan Lee O'Malley's Scott Pilgrim series uses the character's name in all six volume titles - the strictest example of this trope is the third volume, Scott Pilgrim & the Infinite Sadness. Which, in turn is a reference to The Smashing Pumpkins album titled in the same format (Mellon Collie and the Infinite Sadness).
- Uncle Sam and the Freedom Fighters
- Sergeant Fury and the Howling Commandos
- Batman and the Outsiders
- Wolverine and the X-Men
- The Atomic Robo series. The first collection is Atomic Robo and the Fightin' Scientists of Tesladyne.
- A lot of the Astérix books have this format: Asterix and the Golden Sickle, Asterix and the Chieftain's Shield, etc. (It was considerably rarer in the original French, though).
- Tintin avoided this trope until the series' final two albums, Tintin and the Picaros and the unfinished Tintin and Alpha-Art.
- Italian Disney comic stories (and Italian translations of Disney comics from other languages) use such titles all the time.
- Catherine and Her Fate Doubles as Name and Name, since the fate is an Anthropomorphic Personification.
- Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs: Snow White is a hunted princess who finds refuge with the dwarfs.
- Goldilocks And The Three Bears In which a young girl named Goldilocks wanders into the house of a family of three bears, eating their food and sleeping on their furniture while the bears are out.
- King Midas and the Golden Touch: The protagonist, King Midas, wishes that everything he touches would turn to gold, hence giving he himself a magic touch.
- Aladdin and the Magic Lamp: Protagonist Aladdin finds a magical lamp which contains a genie that will grant him three wishes.
- Ali Baba and the Forty Thieves
- Cinderella and the Glass Slipper: Cinderella, a young woman being raised by her cruel stepmother, goes to a royal ball wearing magical clothes and falls in love with the prince. At the end of the night they vanish, with the exception of her shoes, two glass slippers, one of which was inadvertently left at the palace, and which is the prince's only clue to her identity.
- Jack and the Beanstalk: Gullible Jack trades his cow for magic beans, which grow into a giant beanstalk. Jack climbs the beanstalk into the clouds and an adventure ensues.
- Scott Pilgrim Vs Snow Flower And The Secret Hall Pass. Played straight, since the title is a parody of Snow Flower and the Secret Fan.
- Harry Potter and the Methods of Rationality, of course.
- Courtney and the Violin of Despair, with the noun phrase naming the story's Artifact of Death. In addition, this Total Drama story ends with a sequel hook for a story that (if it ever gets written) would obviously be called, "Courtney and the Violin of Doom".
- The Empath: The Luckiest Smurf story "Empath And The Red-Nosed Reindeer".
Films — Animated
- The third movie in Disney's Aladdin trilogy was called Aladdin and the King of Thieves.
- The Disney version of Winnie the Pooh ('and the Honey Tree', 'Blustery Day', etc.).
- A few of the Barbie Direct to DVD movies follow this pattern: Barbie & The Diamond Castle, Barbie and the Magic of Pegasus, Barbie and the Three Musketeers. Barbie is the main character though it is rarely the same version of Barbie from film to film; usually the minor details vary to be more suited to the plot and storyline.
Films — Live-Action
- Done in countries which put an "007" in the title of all James Bond films (007 and the Goldfinger etc.).
- Chu Chu and the Philly Flash
- Indiana Jones. Even Raiders of the Lost Ark has been retconned into Indiana Jones and the Raiders of the Lost Ark.
- Sarah Landon And The Paranormal Hour.
- Sky Captain and the World of Tomorrow
- Dr. Who and the Daleks.
- Allan Quatermain and the Lost City of Gold
- Hedwig and the Angry Inch
- Monty Python and the Holy Grail
- Canadian children's film Tommy Tricker and the Stamp Traveller.
- Every book and short story in Feliks, Net & Nika series has title starting with Feliks, Net & Nika and...
- Many of Edgar Rice Burroughs' Tarzan novels, starting with the fifth, Tarzan and the Jewels of Opar.
- Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No-Good, Very Bad Day
- The Amazing Maurice and His Educated Rodents by Terry Pratchett.
- After the first, the Artemis Fowl books follow this form. They were originally subtitles, but have switched to the "and the" format since the new covers came out.
- Roald Dahl titled some of his books like this (Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, James and the Giant Peach).
- The Danny Dunn books
- Almost all Target novelisations of Doctor Who published between 1973 and 1982 insisted on the 'Doctor Who and the' format. This occasionally required retitling the story to make it fit, as when "Spearhead from Space" became Doctor Who and the Auton Invasion, or "The Moonbase" became Doctor Who and the Cybermen. The practice probably stems from the fact that the scripts were usually titled "Doctor Who and The Whatever" with the first part dropped from the onscreen titles. His name isn't "Doctor Who", anyway, so none of these titles make sense, but that doesn't stop them.
- Some of the Encyclopedia Brown books follow this format strictly (e.g., Encyclopedia Brown and the Case of the Dead Eagles), while others deviate slightly (Encyclopedia Brown Strikes Again). The ones that name a specific element always use one of the cases in the book as the noun phrase.
- The Underland Chronicles starts off with Gregor the Overlander, then continues to Gregor and the Prophecy of Bane, then Curse of the Warmbloods, and so on.
- Harry Potter uses this for all 7 books, following the pattern of the titular Harry and a location, item, or character around which the central conflict of that particular book forms.
- Harry Potter is spoofed in the Barry Trotter parody trilogy: Barry Trotter and the Shameless/Unauthorized Parody, Barry Trotter and the Unnecessary Sequel, and Barry Trotter and the Dead Horse.
- Harry Potter is again similarly spoofed in the science-fiction webzine "Axxón" in a fake book review, where the main character is called "Hewlett Packard" and some titles (translated from Spanish) are: Hewlett Packard and the Cold-Storage Chamber, Hewlett Packard and the Loyal Order of Water Buffaloes, Hewlett Packard and the Recalcitrant Bastard. More (in Spanish) here.
- Argentinian author Sebastián Lalaurette's first two books were titled Rodrigo y el libro sin final (Rodrigo and the unfinished book) and Naím y el mago fugitivo (Naím and the runaway wizard). The third one, Bellacrín y la Sombra (Bellacrín and the Shadow), is a slight variation in that is uses just a noun instead of a noun phrase.
- Subtly subverted (or inverted?) in C. S. Lewis's The Horse and His Boy. It seems he was spoofing the 'pony-book public'. (The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe is a shout-out to E Nesbit novels with similar titles.)
- Jacob Two-Two and the Hooded Fang and its sequel Jacob Two-Two and the Dinosaur, by Mordecai Richler.
- Kitty Norville: The first, fourth, and fifth books in Carrie Vaughn's series (Kitty and the Midnight Hour, Kitty and the Silver Bullet, and Kitty and the Dead Man's Hand, respectively.) Books two and three are variants of this (Kitty Goes to Washington and Kitty Takes a Holiday).
- The Snarkout Boys and the Avocado of Death and The Snarkout Boys and the Baconburg Horror by Daniel Pinkwater.
- The Star Wars Expanded Universe:
- Luke Skywalker and the Shadows of Mindor. The book mentions a number of in-universe pulp adventures that also use this trope in their title. It's lampshaded, as at the end it's suggested that the novel itself was one of those adventures. It's apparently the published version, following the revisions Luke demanded, as none of his grievances were actually in the novel.
- The Lando Calrissian Adventures trilogy follows the more specific formula "Lando Calrissian and the Compound Noun of Place": Mindharp of Sharu, Flamewind of Oseon, and Starcave of Thonboka.
- Han Solo had one: Han Solo and the Lost Legacy.
- The German translation of Shatterpoint was titled "Mace Windu und die Armee der Klone" ("Mace Windu and the army of clones"). The clones are actually just side characters who don't appear until relatively late in the story.
- Quite popular in Thomas the Tank Engine, with episodes such as "James and the Red Balloon" or "Toby and the Stout Gentleman". In recent years, a lot of them are of the form "Thomas and the...".
- The first two sets of Tom Swift books are all named according to the pattern Tom Swift and His [noun phrase], and are probably the Ur Example.
- The Trixie Belden series
- Children of the Red King - in the U.S., all but the first book follow this pattern. In the U.K., only the later ones do.
- Percy Jackson and the Olympians: Subtitle Here x5 . Rick Riordan announced in October 2014 that he was returning to this name format with his fourth series, Magnus Chase And The Gods Of Asgard.
- Nancy Drew books often have titles like this where the case is the noun phrase. The video games often follow the pattern as well. The titles use elements of Nancy, a detective's, cases that are central to each case.
- The vast majority of Biggles books fall into this category.
- Older Than Print: Sir Gawain and the Green Knight, a King Arthur tale written in the 14th century.
- The Baby-Sitters Club series loved this trope.
- Stephen King's "Rita Hayworth and Shawshank Redemption".
- SkyClan and the Stranger
- Lisa See's Snow Flower and the Secret Fan.
- Harold and the Purple Crayon
- Children's novels Alex and the Ironic Gentleman and Timothy and the Dragon's Gate by Adrienne Kress.
- Most (but not all) of The Berenstain Bears' original series is in the format "The Berenstain Bears and the X Y."
- Erich Kästner's Emil and the Detectives was followed by a sequel, Emil and the Three Twins. His later book The Little Man was followed by The Little Man and the Little Miss.
- Ssalia and the Dragons of Avienot.
- Every book in the Lucky Starr series except the first is called Lucky Starr and the [Noun] of [Solar System locale].
- The four books of the Hushland biographies of Alcatraz Smedry Alcatraz Versus The Evil Librarians, Alcatraz Versus The Scrivener's Bones, Alcatraz Versus The Knights of Crystallia, and Alcatraz Versus The Shattered Lens..
- Mark Delewen And The Space Pirates.
- Stretching the definition of "character" a bit, but the non-fiction book T. Rex and the Crater of Doom, about the CretaceousPaleogene extinction event, is clearly intended to evoke the trope.
- P.G. Wodehouse's Jeeves short stories frequently have such titles ("Jeeves and the Impending Doom," "Jeeves and the Old School Chum," etc.)
- Dave Barry Slept Here has a list of fifties rock bands which includes "Buster and the Harpoons" and "Bill Hawley and the Smoots."
- ''Indiana Jones and the Philosopher's Stone'' which predates the similarly named Harry Potter novel by two years.
- Warrior Cats has a lot of these, of the "Character's Noun" variant. The Super Editions (extra-long standalone books) and the novellas all have this kind of title. Listing them all would be problematic, due to the spoilers, but examples include Bluestar's Prophecy, Moth Flight's Vision, Cloudstar's Journey, and Yellowfang's Secret.
- Every single one of G.M. Berrow's My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic books.
- All episodes of Monk have titles like "Mr. Monk and the [noun phrase]". This was Lampshaded in an episode when an obsessed fan mentions she wrote a Fan Fic with a title along these lines.
- All episodes of Joey were titled "Joey and the [noun phrase]".
- Roger And The Rottentrolls.
- Captain Power and the Soldiers of the Future
- Johnny and the Sprites
- 2 Broke Girls combines this with Episode Finishes the Title (where the episode name constitutes the "and the Noun Phrase" part).
- Just about every episode of the British courtroom mystery series Rumpole of the Bailey had its title in the form of "Rumpole and the...".
- The Ghost and Mrs. Muir put the trope into reverse.
- During the Classic era of Doctor Who, scripts were often titled internally with a "Dr. Who and the..." format to prevent them getting mixed up with the scripts for other shows - so you'd have scripts called things like "Dr. Who and the Slave Traders" (part of "The Romans") or "Dr. Who and the Temple of Evil" (part of "The Aztecs"), and, as the character's name is not "Dr. Who", broadcast as "The Slave Traders" and "The Temple of Evil". This practice did leak into the show twice by accident - the first time was when the series abandoned the practice of titling each episode in favour of titling each serial, causing some internal confusion, so the Next Episode title at the end of "The Gunfighters" was shown as "Dr. Who and The Savages", though it was fixed in the serial itself. The second time was just a slip-up, and led to a Jon Pertwee story being called "Dr. Who and the Silurians" for the whole way through. The "Dr. Who and the..." titles have been used occasionally in the Expanded Universe as an Intentionally Awkward Title designed to evoke feelings of Fan Dumb (such as the audio drama "Dr. Who and the Pirates") as well as the occasional Canon Discontinuity (as in Dr. Who and the Daleks, which starred a human time traveller named Dr. Who).
- Long John and the Silver Beetles (after Buddy Holly and the Crickets), before shortening their name to The Beatles.
- Prior to being just The Beatles, they were back-up under the billing Tony Sheridan And The Beatles.
- Bill Haley and his Comets.
- David Bowie's The Rise And Fall Of Ziggy Stardust And The Spiders From Mars, possibly his best-remembered album. And T.Rex, featuring Bowie's pal Marc Bolan, put out an obscure LP called Zinc Alloy and the Hidden Riders of Tomorrow, likely attempting to capitalize on Bowie's success with an "alter ego" musical act.
- Marky Mark and the Funky Bunch.
- The Smashing Pumpkins's Melon Collie and the Infinite Sadness.
- Hootie & the Blowfish. Subverted in that "Hootie" is not a character name, even if a lot of people think it is.
- Parodied by the groups Jump 'n' The Saddle and Phil 'n' The Blanks.
- "By-Tor and the Snow Dog", a famous Rush song.
- Elton John has the song "Benny and the Jets" and the album Capt. Fantastic and the Brown Dirt Cowboy.
- The Supremes later became "Diana Ross and the Supremes".
- Red Nickels and his Five Pennies.
- Peter Green's Fleetwood Mac, before Peter Green left the group
- Tears For Fears' Raoul and the Kings of Spain and "Johnny Panic and the Bible of Dreams."
- George Thorogood and the (Delaware) Destroyers (of "Bad to the Bone" fame)
- Huey Lewis and the News
- Adam and the Ants
- During the Big Band era, many acts were billed as "[Name of Bandleader] and His Orchestra."
- Mexican Group Beto y Sus Canarios (Beto and His Canaries)
- Siouxsie and the Banshees
- Lil Jon and the Eastside Boyz
- DJ Jazzy Jeff and The Fresh Prince (also a Name and Name example, although The Fresh Prince was the actual rapper note )
- Dion and the Belmonts (although Dion wasn't originally a member)
- The same goes for (Frankie Lymon and) the Teenagers.
- Peter and the Wolf
- Bob Marley and the Wailers. Ziggy Marley and the Melody Makers
- Prince and the Revolutionnote Prince and the New Power Generation
- Bruce Hornsby and the Range (best known for their song "(That's Just) The Way it is"note )
Mythology and Religion
- From The Bible, we have "Noah and the Ark" (more popularly known as "Noah's Ark"), a story of Earth's last good human being and his family being saved from a flood after God instructs them to build a giant ark and pile all the animals on Earth into it.
- From Greek Mythology, we have "Pandora's Box". Pandora, a human woman, receives a mysterious box as a wedding present with firm instructions to never open it. Curiosity eventually gets the better of her and she opens the box.
- King Arthur and the Knights of the Round Table.
- Hamster Huey and the Gooey Kablooie! As well as the lesser known Commander Coriander Salamander and 'er Singlehander Bellylander.
- The Captain and the Kids (original title: The Katzenjammer Kids)
- Terry and the Pirates
- Benjamin Sniddlegrass and the Cauldron of Penguins, the title invented by Mark Kermode when reviewing the Percy Jackson and the Olympians film and pointing out its similarities with Harry Potter.
- Some of Big Finish's Bernice Summerfield audios and novels have titles of the format "Professor Bernice Summerfield and...". Given that she's a former Doctor Who companion and an Adventurer Archaeologist, this is likely intended to reflect both the Target novelisations and Indiana Jones.
- Hamish And Dougal's Indy parody has the title "Inverurie Jones and the Thimble of Doom".
- Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, which is based upon a biblical story about a well liked and pious man named Joseph who receives a fantastic multicolored coat.
- Henry Hatsworth In The Puzzling Adventure for the DS mixes it up a bit.
- Professor Layton and the (thing that is going to cause Layton and Luke a world of trouble)
- With the Sonic Storybook Series, we have games like Sonic and the Secret Rings and Sonic and the Black Knight.
- Lufia & The Fortress of Doom.
- Billy Hatcher and the Giant Egg. Billy Hatcher, who coincidentally has a Punny Name that makes him perfect for the task at hand, and his friends are called upon to save a bunch of birds in their home world from darkness. The powers he receives to do so involve the ability to create and push around giant eggs.
- A Boy and His Blob, original and remake.
- Max and the Magic Marker
- Kirby games have used this a few times, using the MacGuffin in the noun phrase, including Kirby and The Amazing Mirror and Kirby and the Rainbow Curse, also known as Kirby and the Rainbow Paintbrush in Europe
- Woodruff and the Schnibble of Azimuth
- Borderlands and Borderlands 2 use this with their DLC. Examples include "Mad Moxxi's Underdome Riot" and "Claptrap's Robot Revolution" from the first game as well as "Captain Scarlett and her Pirate's Booty", "Mr. Torgue's Campaign of Carnage", and "Sir Hammerlock's Big Game Hunt" from the sequel.
- Captain America and the Avengers
- Kid Kool and the Quest for the Seven Wonder Herbs
- Tak and the Power of Juju
- P.P. Hammer and his Pneumatic Weapon
- Marlow Briggs And The Mask Of Death
- The Girl Genius bound collections (Kaja Foglio has said that this is a Shout-Out to Tom Swift); in the series itself, the Heterodyne Boys books are apparently all titled like this.
- In Narbonic, storylines featuring Lupin "Wolf" Madblood were often titled like this. ("Professor Madblood and the Doppelganger Gambit", "Professor Madblood and the Lovelace Affair", etc.)
- All the Phase novels in the Whateley Universe have titles like this. "Ayla and the Late Trevor James Goodkind", "Ayla and the Blackmailer", ...
- Captain Planet and the Planeteers. The protagonists in the case are the noun phrase, the Planeteers, five kids who traveled the world educating people (and the audience at home) about the importance of taking care of the environment. The superhero Captain Planet himself could, and would, be summoned by the Planeteers at least once per episode to deal with a particularly dire threat, but he is only the focus of the action for a minute or two.
- He-Man and the Masters of the Universe. The Nostalgia Critic's review of the live-action movie (called Masters of the Universe, weirdly enough) featured many parody renamings throughout, including He-Man and the Mystic Time Travellers of the Oingo Boingo.
- Dexter's Laboratory as a possessive. The show was about boy genius Dexter who had an extensive secret laboratory hidden under his parents house, and his attempts to keep his parents from discovering it and his mischievous sister from causing trouble in it.
- One of the 1980's Strawberry Shortcake specials was called ''Strawberry Shortcake and the Baby Without a Name."
- Fat Albert and the Cosby Kids
- Every episode of the Hercules animated series was "Hercules and the (insert noun phrase here)"
- Josie and the Pussycats.
- Jem and the Holograms (although both the show, and the toyline accompanying it are simply named Jem). One episode involved an elderly singer named Bobby Bailey who was once the lead singer of "Bobby Bailey and the Tornadoes".
- Heathcliff and the Catillac Cats, though this title was never used on screen. The show itself is simply called "Heathcliff", with The Catillac Cats identified on screen as "Cats And Company."
- Many Franklin stories are titled this way. Additionally, the CGI follow-up is titled Franklin and Friends.
- Every episode of Nickelodeon's Doug is titled this way, and almost every episode of the Disney version.
- The My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic episode "Read it and Weep" has Rainbow Dash getting into a series of books about an Adventurer Archaeologist pegasus named Daring Do, all of which apparently follow this pattern: the first two books are "Daring Do and the Quest for the Sapphire Statue" and "Daring Do and the Griffon's Goblet".
- A number of the Scooby-Doo made-for-video animated movies follow this (Scooby-Doo! and the Witch's Ghost, Scooby-Doo! and the Loch Ness Monster, Scooby-Doo! and the Samurai Sword, etc.)
- Holly Hobbie And Friends
- Nearly every episode of The Legend of Tarzan, even when the episode isn't based on a novel that did it.
- About half the episodes of Samurai Jack are named this way.
- Alvin and the Chipmunks (sometimes billed as simply "The Chipmunks")
- The Simpsons gives us "Good-Time Slim, Uncle Doobie, and the Great Frisco Freak-Out", a film starring Troy McClure.
- Captain Simian and the Space Monkeys
- King Arthur & the Knights of Justice
- Princess Gwenevere and the Jewel Riders (known outside the U.S. as "Starla and the Jewel Riders"), a toy tie-in which features a group of women, the "Jewel Riders" who bonded to magical animals and fought evil with their help.
- Tenko and the Guardians of the Magic (starring real life magician Princess Tenko)
- The MGM short Tom Turkey and his Harmonica Humdingers
- Captain Caveman and the Teen Angels
- Goober and the Ghost Chasers
- Wheelie and the Chopper Bunch