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
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
of MacGuffin Title
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Anime and Manga
- JoJo's Bizarre Adventure, for an example of the possessive variant.
- Yotsuba&!, though it's the titles of the individual chapters instead of the volumes.
- Similarly, 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, Pokemon 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 (Pokémon Ranger and the Kidnapped Riolu!).
- Spice and Wolf (also known in Japan as Wolf and Spice) has each episode titled "Wolf and" something relating to the episode.
- Ookami-san: Every one of the Light Novels and episodes of the anime series are titled Ookami-san and [something].
- The translated novels of Bungaku Shoujo all use this, with "Book Girl" for the name and "Suicidal Mime," "Famished Spirit," "Captive Fool," etc. for the Noun Phrase.
- 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 a 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.
- 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.
Films — Animated
Films — Live-Action
- 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 sometimes titled 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.
- The story "Doctor Who and the Silurians" was supposed to be just "The Silurians" but a production error led to the aforementioned title. Target renamed it Doctor Who and the Cave Monsters because, as noted in a later story, the titular Cave Monsters couldn't have come from the Silurian Era.
- There are next episode captions at the end of various black and white stories that use the same form as well.
- And his name isn't "Doctor Who", anyway, so none of these titles make sense.
- 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 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
- 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.
- 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.
- Another suggestion, courtesy of the author of Get Medieval: random historical events.◊ It works quite well.
- 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 And The Midnight Hour by Carrie Vaughn
- Also, the fourth Kitty Norville Book, Kitty and the Silver Bullet. 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 novel 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.
- 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
- 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 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 Babysitters 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 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 Cretaceous–Paleogene extinction event, is clearly intended to evoke the trope.
- 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.
- In a similar example to above, and a slight variation to the trope, all episodes of Chuck are titled "Chuck Vs. The [noun phrase]".
- In a similar example to both of the above, but not a slight variation of the trope, 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).
- In musical groups, especially pop/rock, it's quite common for them to be named "<group leader> and the <something catchy>". Probably the most notable is the group that was briefly called 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, anyone? 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.
- Markie Mark and the Funky Bunch.
- The Smashing Pumpkins'sMelon Collie and the Infinite Sadness.
- Hootie and 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 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."
- Hamster Huey and the Gooey Kablooie! As well as the lesser known Commander Coriander Salamander and 'er Singlehander Bellylander.
- The Captain and the Kids
- Terry and the Pirates
- The pulp Roleplaying Game Spirit Of The Century has players collaborate to come up with stories between their characters, using this or a few other 'old-style' penny-dreadful varieties.
- 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
- 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.
- 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.
- Similarly, Jem And The Holograms (the toyline accompanying it was simply named Jem).
- Heathcliff and the Catillac Cats
- This title was never used on screen. The Catillac Cats were 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