"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 or Character Name and his 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.)


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    Comic Books 
  • 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).
  • The Atomic Robo series. The first collection is Atomic Robo and the Fightin' Scientists of Tesladyne.
  • Batman and the Outsiders
  • Bucky O'Hare and the Toad Warsnote 
  • Captain Carrot and His Amazing Zoo Crew!
  • Italian Disney comic stories (and Italian translations of Disney comics from other languages) use such titles all the time.
  • Mr. T and the T-Force
  • Red Hood and the Outlaws
  • 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).
  • Sergeant Fury and the Howling Commandos
  • Tintin avoided this trope until the series' final two albums, Tintin and the Picaros and the unfinished Tintin and Alpha-Art.
  • Uncle Sam and the Freedom Fighters
  • 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.
  • Wolverine and the X-Men
  • Josie and the Pussycats started out as a Slice of Life comic named "Josie!" before it became about a band.
  • The comic for Jem is officially called "Jem And The Holograms". Unlike in the cartoon, Rio has complained about how he thinks Jem is putting herself above of the others.
  • Steelgrip Starkey and the All-Purpose Power Tool
  • The Hilda series of graphic novels initially subverted this by having the first book titled Hildafolk, but starting from the second book (Hilda and the Midnight Troll) onwards, it's played straight. (It got to a point that the first book was eventually reprinted as Hilda and the Troll to go with the flow.)

    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: 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 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.
  • The Princess and the Pea

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    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 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 Primordial Matter, 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:
  • 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".
  • 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 Cretaceous–Paleogene 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.
  • Mrs. Frisby and the Rats of NIMH. The first sequel, R-T, Margaret, and the Rats of NIMH, slightly altered the title formula, though Racso and the Rats of NIMH reverted to it.
  • Jim Springman and the Realm of Glory
  • Penryn and the End of Days
  • A couple of titles in the Clémentine series follow this naming format. Others have the title character's name somewhere in the title.
  • Jerome Beatty Jr's Matthew Looney and the Space Pirates, Maria Looney and the Remarkable Robot and Maria Looney and the Cosmic Circus.
  • Spoofed in Toll the Hounds. Tovald Nom breaks into a nobleman's house and roots through his library because he thinks it's just for show. He's right and finds literary pearls such as Tales of Pamby Doughty and the World Inside the Trunk (with illustrations by some dead man).

    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).
  • The CBBC comedy adventure series Uncle Jack and Operation Green and its sequels Uncle Jack and the Loch Ness Monster, Uncle Jack and Cleopatra's Mummy and Uncle Jack and the Dark Side of the Moon.
  • NCIS: New Orleans, season 2 has "Billy and the Kid".

  • 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.
  • T.Rex, featuring Bowie's pal Marc Bolan, put out an obscure LP called ''Zinc Alloy and the Hidden Riders of Tomorrow,'. The title plays on Bolan's late 60's plan that if T. Rex did not work out as a band to adopt the name "Zinc Alloy" for continued music-making; a name which partially inspired the persona of Ziggy Stardust. For reasons that may have to do with label mandate "Marc Bolan and T.Rex" was put on the album cover as well. The inclusion of "...And the Hidden Riders of Tomorrow" is most likely a tongue-in-cheek nod to Bowie's successful album.
  • 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 )
  • Question Mark And The Mysterians , of 1966's "96 Tears" fame
  • Captain Beefheart and his Magic Band
  • Dr Hook and the Medicine Show of "Cover of The Rolling Stone" fame, before they shortened their name to just Dr. Hook.
  • Echo & the Bunnymen of "The Killing Moon" Fame
  • Jonathan Richman and The Modern Lovers is what a good portion of the Modern Lovers albums are labeled as.
  • Punk band Richard Hell and the Voidoids,
  • Jaron and the Long Road to Love, a solo project of Jaron Lowenstein.
  • Me First and the Gimme Gimmes, an indie cover band.note 
  • Martha (Reeves) and the Vandellas (of "Dancing in the Street" fame)
  • Edie Brickell and the New Bohemians (of "What I Am" fame)
  • Gladys Knight & The Pips
  • K. C. and the Sunshine Band

     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 (12) Knights of the Round Table.

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    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.



    Video Games 

  • 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