Character Name and the Noun Phrase

Now do the same title format six more times!

"It will be called Harry Potter and... something. Catchy, don't you think? And I think I'll follow the same model for seven."
J. K. Rowling (on the title of the sixth book before it was announced)

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 

  • 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.

    Fairy Tales 
  • 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.

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    Films — Live-Action 


    Live-Action TV 
  • 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.

    Newspaper Comics 
  • 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



    Tabletop Games 
  • 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.)

    Web Originals 
  • All the Phase novels in the Whateley Universe have titles like this. "Ayla and the Late Trevor James Goodkind", "Ayla and the Blackmailer", ...

    Western Animation