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[[caption-width-right:250:Pictured to the right: Christian ''Grey''.]]

->'''Sally Sparrow:''' We should set up an agency.\\
'''Kathy Nightingale:''' Sparrow and Nightingale! That '''so''' works!\\
'''Sally Sparrow:''' I dunno. It's a bit Creator/{{ITV}}.
-->-- ''Series/DoctorWho'', "[[Recap/DoctorWhoS29E10Blink Blink]]"

This is the unsettling habit of giving something a title which is a pun on the lead character's name -- particularly if the character's name reflects the work's premise and/or theme. For example, in a TV series named ''Swift Justice'' you can pretty much bet that our hero will be named something like "Jane Justice" or "John Swift" (or, Heaven help us, Federal District Court Judge "Justice Alice Swift").

The most common name to appear in this context is probably "Grace."

On television, this is most common in the United Kingdom, but still happens elsewhere. In the United States, puns are more popular for [[IdiosyncraticEpisodeNaming titles of individual episodes]], as in ''Series/KnightRider'', ''Series/{{Airwolf}}'' and ''Series/RemingtonSteele''.

See PunnyName for characters; also compare JustifiedTitle. A subtrope of CharacterTitle and PunBasedTitle. If a work's name is a pun on anything ''other'' than a character's name, it should go to PunBasedTitle.

!!Straight examples:


[[folder:Anime & Manga]]
* ''Manga/BakusouKyoudaiLetsAndGo'' obviously plays off the GratuitousEnglish phrase, "Let's go!", but it's about two brothers named Retsu and Go.
* ''Anime/DarkerThanBlack'', given that the name of the AntiHero, Hei, is Chinese for "black".
* The Japanese for ''Manga/HayateTheCombatButler'', ''Hayate No Gotoku,'' literally means ''Just Like the Hurricane!''--but, well, the hero's name is Hayate Ayasaki, and the first name [[MeaningfulName just means that]].
* ''Anime/HeroicAge'': the main character is named Age, and he is heroic. Simultaneously a reference to the "heroic age" of Myth/GreekMythology, which the series references heavily.
* ''Hokuto no Ken'', the Japanese title of ''Manga/FistOfTheNorthStar'', can be interpreted as a reference to either: the protagonist Kenshiro, whose name is commonly shortened to Ken (making the title "Ken of Hokuto"), or the martial arts style he practices, ''Hokuto Shin Ken'' (or the Divine Fist of Hokuto). The keyword here is "Ken", which translates to "Fist".
* ''Kagome Kagome'', a manga by Toshiki Yui, has two characters named Kagome; its title is also the name of a [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kagome_Kagome Japanese children's game]].
* ''Mach [=GoGoGo=]!'', the Japanese version of ''Anime/SpeedRacer'', is named after the vehicle the main character drives, the Mach-Go. The "Go" is a Japanese suffix to indicate a vehicle's name, but it also happens to be the Japanese pronunciation of the number [[OneTwoThreeFourGo 5]], which is why the car has a number 5 painted on both doors and how the car ultimately ended up being named the Mach 5 in the English dub. Go also happens to be Speed Racer's original name, which was Go Mifune (Go Hibiki in the 1997 remake).
* ''Manga/MariaHolic''. In this case, "Maria" refers to the Virgin Mary and therefore its Catholic girls' school setting, but sounds ''very'' similar to Mariya, the name of one of the show's central characters and the CreepyCrossdresser, on whom the heroine has a crush.
* ''Manga/SaintSeiya'', by the fact that "Seiya" means "brass", the title translating to "Brass Saints", referencing the five protagonists. But among them, Seiya is THE main character, being the most important of the five.
* The main character of ''Manga/ShinryakuIkaMusume'' is called Ika Musume, or Ika-chan[[note]]mainly by Sanae[[/note]], or Ika-nee-chan[[note]]mainly by Takeru[[/note]]. Every mini-episode (of which there are three per full episode) has a title written in the negative interrogative[[note]]for example: "Aren't I...", "Won't you...", "Doesn't she..."[[/note]], which, in Japanese, causes the title to end in "''nai ka''", just for the [[{{Pun}} porpoise]] of having "i-ka" in it.
* ''AudioPlay/StrikerSSoundStageX''. The X that initially appeared to just be a way to differentiate this from the standard ''Franchise/LyricalNanoha'' Sound Stages (which are numbered 1-4 and are simply side-stories to the current season, unlike X which is a completely new StoryArc) turned out to also refer to the MysteriousWaif named Ikusu, whose name is transcribed to romaji in the CD booklet as X.
* ''Manga/DetectiveSchoolQ'' is about the "Qualified" (Q) class of a school for detectives. The main character just happens to be named Kyu.
* The title of ''Anime/TenchiMuyo'' comes from a Japanese idiom equivalent to the saying "This Way Up". When interpreted literally, it means "No Need for Tenchi" or "No Need for Heaven and Earth".
* ''Anime/HajimeNoIppo'' means "The first step", but the main character is also called Ippo, and the title can equally mean "Ippo's beginning".

* In TheEighties, there were two very prominent {{Double Act}}s with "Sparrow & Nightingale" type names; Creator/TheBBC had Little & Large, and Creator/{{ITV}} had Cannon & Ball.

[[folder:Comic Books]]
* Semi-examples of this are somewhat common for early comics. Because they were almost all anthology titles, or had one primary story and one back-up story that would change intermittently, the titles are generally just supposed to be dynamic and interesting sounding, and sometimes reflecting their given genre; as such, some writers would just borrow their name from the title they were going to write for when coming up with the character.
** ''ComicBook/StrangeTales'' was a pre-existing book, but after Comicbook/DoctorStrange debuted there, he eventually took over the series.
** When Gardner Fox got an assignment for ''ComicBook/FlashComics'', he created the first incarnation of super-speedster The Flash.
* ''Pryde & Wisdom'', a series about Kitty Pryde and Pete Wisdom.
* ''ComicBook/RogueTrooper'' is about a trooper who goes rogue. Who happens to be named Rogue.
* The original ''ComicBook/{{Runaways}}''' mini-series was titled "Pride and Joy". Doubles as a AntagonistTitle since it revolves around the children of The Pride, a supervillain group.

[[folder:Comic Strips]]
* ''Clare In The Community'', about a social worker called Clare. [[note]]For the benefit of non-British tropers who won't get the joke, "Care In The Community" was the buzzword de jour when we decided to close down most of our psychiatric hospitals and support -or at least try to support- the mentally ill in their own homes.[[/note]] Also a {{radio}} sitcom based on the comic.
* ''ComicStrip/FoxTrot'' is about the lives of the Fox family.
* ''ComicStrip/HeartOfTheCity'' is about a girl named Heart who lives in [[TheCity Center City]], UsefulNotes/{{Philadelphia}}.
* Both of the ''Sally Forth'' comics. [[ComicStrip/SallyForthWood The Wally Wood comics]] are a better example, since they involve the characters setting out on adventures (sallying forth), while the pun in [[ComicStrip/SallyForthHoward the Greg Howard comics]] is probably meant to be ironic.

[[folder:Fan Works]]
* ''FanFic/TheEndIsNear'', a ''Manga/DeathNote'' fanfic in which Near plays a major role.
* The chapter of ''FanFic/YouGotHaruhiRolled'' where the SOS Brigade goes to a Music/{{GWAR}} concert is called, naturally, "The Melancholy of [=GWARuhi=] Suzumiya".
* ''[[http://archiveofourown.org/works/2549801/chapters/5668883 The Stark Truth]]'', a ''Literature/HarryPotter''/''[[Film/TheAvengers2012 Avengers]]'' crossover.
* ''[[http://archiveofourown.org/works/5409173/chapters/12496868 Harry Potter and the Gaining of Faith]]'', a Harry/[[Series/BuffyTheVampireSlayer Faith]] fic.

[[folder:Films -- Live-Action]]
* ''Film/FiftyShadesOfGrey'' is a reference to Christian Grey, the male lead character's name.
* In ''Film/FiveHundredDaysOfSummer'', Summer is the first name of the female lead.
* ''Condo Painting'', a documentary about the painter named George Condo.
* ''Good Deeds'', Creator/TylerPerry film about Wesley Deeds, who learns to be good.
* ''Film/GoodWillHunting'', in which the main character is named Will Hunting. Though the aforementioned main character himself is [[{{Jerkass}} anything but good]].
* ''Film/GrossePointeBlank'', a comedy about Martin Blank, a hitman who returns to his home town of Grosse Pointe for his high school reunion.
* ''Film/IronWill'' hangs a lampshade on this with its young protagonist, who [[{{Determinator}} refuses to quit]] while trying to win a sled dog race. The race's announcer declares that the boy has an [[TitleDrop iron will]], only to be promptly told (to his surprise) that the boy's name ''is'' Will.
* Strangely averted in ''Film/KnightAndDay''. The title combined with the plotline suggest that at some point in development the ActionHero male protagonist and ActionSurvivor female protagonist were named Knight and Day, but they don't have those surnames in the actual film. (though the male's true surname ''is'' Knight)
* ''Film/MajorPayne''
* ''Murphy's Law'', about a L.A. cop named Jack Murphy.
* There was a movie in the '90s called ''Film/PoeticJustice,'' about a girl named Justice who writes poetry.
* ''Film/SavingGrace'': About a widow gardener who becomes a drug dealer to solve her financial problems.
* ''Film/StoneCold'', in regards of the main character John Huff's alias, John Stone.
* All of the sequels to ''Trancers'', the adventures of time-travelling cop Jack Deth, barring ''Trancers III'', which has no subtitle: ''Trancers 2: Deth Lives'', ''Trancers 4: Jack of Swords'', ''Trancers 5: Sudden Deth'', ''Trancers 6: Life After Deth''.
* ''Film/AmericanJustice'' stars a cop named Jack Justice.
* The Disney bio-film about [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Vince_Papale Vince Papale]], who persevered in his dream of becoming a Philadelphia Eagle, is called ''Invincible''.

* ''Literature/TheCybilWar'' by Betsy Byars is about a LoveTriangle involving two boys and a girl named Cybil.
* The German book ''Literature/{{Glennkill}}'' is about a shepherd named Glenn, who is killed.
* The even-numbered books in the ''Literature/HonorHarrington'' series: ''The Honor of the Queen, Field of Dishonor, Honor Among Enemies, Echoes of Honor, War of Honor,'' and ''Mission of Honor.''
* All of the intended books in the ''Literature/MediochreQSethSeries'' have had their titles released. They are: ''Literature/TheGoodTheBadAndTheMediochre''; ''Black, White and Shades of Mediochre''; ''Caught Mediochre-Handed''; ''Sent Into Mediochre-drive''; and ''Mediochrity''. The title character is named after the shade of red (medi-ochre), and his name is pronounced the same as 'mediocre'.
* ''Literature/FiftyShadesOfGrey'' is named after the male lead Christian Grey, but it's also a reference to his mysterious life and personality (as in, "different shades") that Ana Steele is quick to uncover.
* Creator/LoisMcMasterBujold claims that several of her [[Literature/VorkosiganSaga Miles Vorkosigan]] books have had ''Miles to Go'' as a working title, but she's always come up with something better before publication.
* Every book in Robert Asprin's ''Literature/PhulesCompany'' series is a pun on the main character's surname, which is... [[CaptainObvious Phule]]. Hence ''Phule's Paradise'', ''A Phule And His Money'', ''Phule's Errand''...
* The German Selb trilogy by the author of ''Literature/TheReader'': Selbs Justiz (=self justice), Selbs Betrug (=self-deception), Selbs Mord (=suicide).
* In ''Literature/TheSuddenAppearanceOfHope'' by Claire North, the protagonist is naturally named Hope. Since nobody can ever remember her when they're not looking at her, she frequently seems to appear suddenly from everyone else's perspective.
* The novels on which ''Series/ATouchOfFrost'' were based are also titled this way: as well as ''A Touch of Frost'', there was ''Winter Frost'', ''Night Frost'', ''Hard Frost'', ''Frost at Christmas'' and ''A Killing Frost'' and the three newly published prequel novels chronicling Frost's early days as a Detective Sergeant follow this pattern, the third and second novels were entitled respectively : ''Fatal Frost'' and ''Morning Frost'' and naturally the first prequel novel was entitled ''First Frost''.
* This was a pattern in the titles for the second arc of ''Literature/WingsOfFire'' books, each referencing the name of their respective protagonists - ''Moon Rising'' for Moonwatcher/[[InSeriesNickname Moon]], ''Winter Turning'' for Winter, and ''Escaping Peril'' for Peril. The pattern is broken as of ''Talons of Power'', presumably because the name Turtle doesn't work with this title theme.
* The second book in Helen Cresswell's Bagthorpe Saga, ''Absolute Zero'', is a pun on Jack's dog Zero.

[[folder:Live-Action TV]]
* ''Series/BachelorsWalk'' is a variant in that the pun is on a specifically named place rather than a specifically named person: It's a dramedy about three unmarried men living on an oddly named Dublin street, Bachelor's Walk.
* ''B.A.D. Boyes'' was about a HighSchoolHustler called Brian Arthur Derek Boyes.
* ''Series/BetterOffTed'', a sitcom about a man named Ted who works in research and development at an unscrupulous corporation.
* ''Series/BlackBooks'', about misanthropic bookshop owner Bernard Black ([[InUniverse whose shop itself]] is also called "Black Books").
* ''Series/BreezeBlock'': About the Breeze family, who live in a tower block in Newcastle. [[note]]A breeze block is the British English name for a cinderblock.[[/note]]
* ''Series/TheBrittasEmpire'': About a pompous but well-meaning oaf called Gordon Brittas who runs a leisure centre.
* ''Series/ChanceInAMillion'' was a SitCom about a man named Tom Chance who was frequently the victim of incredibly unlikely circumstances. he was the man to whom the proverbial 'chance in a million" would always happen.
%% * ''Series/CrossingJordan''
* ''Series/DistantShores'': About a family named the Shores, who move out to a remote fishing village.
* ''Series/DocMartin'', about [[DrJerk Dr. Martin Ellingham]]. Acknowledged in-show, as the locals nickname him "Doc Martin" [[TheComicallySerious to his considerable displeasure]].
* ''Series/FawltyTowers'': About incompetent hotelier Basil Fawlty.
* ''Series/GetSmart'', featuring the inept secret agent Maxwell Smart.
* A man whose last name is Chance dies and turns into a ghost. Yes, it's a short-lived sitcom named "Ghost of a Chance".
* ''Series/GoodeBehavior'', a Sherman Helmsley vehicle from the first seasons of the Creator/{{UPN}} network. The title character was a con man named Willie B. Goode, who moves in with his estranged son -- a college professor and successful, honest man -- after making parole.
* ''Series/TheGoodLife'' is a British series bout a couple named Tom and Barbara Good, who quit the rat race and start a farm in their garden to simplify their lives. This was [[MarketBasedTitle shown as]] ''Good Neighbors'' in the United States, preserving the pun.
* ''Series/GraceAndFavour'', a revival of ''Series/AreYouBeingServed'', is about the owners/employees of "Grace Manor." Incidentally, the original ''Series/AreYouBeingServed'' probably stands as the only show to ever feature a major character called Grace and ''not'' make a punny title out of it).
* ''Series/GraceUnderFire'', sitcom about a woman named Grace Kelly, surviving "under fire" from the hassles of being a single mother, a recovering alcoholic and blue collar in modern America.
* ''Series/GreysAnatomy'', a medical drama named after the main character Doctor Meredith Grey and after a classic mid-19th-century medical book, ''Gray's Anatomy''.
* ''Series/HartOfDixie'' - She's Zoe Hart, and she's a heart surgeon!
* ''Series/HartToHart'', about Jonathan and Jennifer Hart, a CEO and freelance photographer, respectively. [[TheyFightCrime They solve crimes!]]
* ''Series/HopeAndFaith'', about two sisters by those names.
* ''Series/IDreamOfJeannie'', which doubles as a LiteraryAllusionTitle. It's about [[PunnyName Jeannie]], [[MeaningfulName who's a genie]].
* ''Series/JoanOfArcadia'', about a girl named UsefulNotes/{{Joan|OfArc}} who lives in the town of Arcadia and talks to God.
* ''Series/JudgingAmy'' - She's called Amy, and she's a judge...
* ''King of Kensington'', [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/King_of_Kensington 70s Canadian sitcom]] about a man from Toronto's Kensington Market neighborhood named Larry King (no, not [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Larry_King him]]).
* ''Series/LieToMe'' sounds similar to the lead character's name (Lightman), who, ironically enough, ''uncovers'' lies for a living.
* ''Series/LoisAndClark'', about Lois Lane and [[Franchise/{{Superman}} Clark Kent]], two investigative reporters for a major metropolitan newspaper; the title puns on 19th-century explorers [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lewis_and_Clark_Expedition Lewis and Clark]].
* ''The Life Of Riley'', about a DysfunctionalFamily called Riley.
* The short-lived, early-'90s show ''Mann & Machine" featured a futuristic detective named Mann [[AndroidsAndDetectives and his robot partner]] (played by Yancy Butler).
* ''Series/MarshallLaw'', an Australian series about lawyers, two of whom have the surname Marshall.
* ''Series/MartialLaw'', a cop drama about a Chinese police officer and martial arts expert named Sammo Law.
* ''Series/MastersOfSex'', which not only sounds cheesy but actually seems to marginalize the importance of Virginia Johnson of Masters & Johnson.
* ''Met Meus en Vork'' is a Belgian cooking show presented by Jeroen Meus. The title is a play on words on Met mes en vork which is Dutch for "With knife and fork."
* ''[[http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0201387/ Moon and Son]]'', about a professional "psychic" called Gladys Moon and her genuinely psychic son Trevor.
* ''Murphy's Law'' - He's an insurance-fraud investigator named Daedelus Patrick Murphy.
* ''Series/MurphysLaw'' (yes, another one): About undercover policeman Tommy Murphy.
* ''Series/MyGirlfriendIsANineTailedFox'' (Korean). Nine-tailed fox = ''gumiho''. In Korean, there would be no indefinite article, so the title is literally ''My Girlfiend is Gumiho''. The main character is called Gu Mi Ho for most of the drama.
* ''Nelson's Column'', a 1990s show about a newspaper columnist called Gavin Nelson.
* ''Series/NewAmsterdam'': The hero, detective John Amsterdam, named himself after the city, is secretly immortal and has been living in New York since it was the Dutch colony of New Amsterdam.
* The short-lived series ''Series/{{Payne}}'', itself a remake of ''Series/FawltyTowers'', renamed the hotelier "Royal Payne" to make the pun work again.
* ''Prince Amongst Men'', about an arrogant ex-footballer called Gary Prince.
* ''Series/RaisingHope'' is about raising a baby named Hope.
* ''Series/RobinsNest'': In the sequel series to ''Man About the House'' (the original British inspiration for ''Series/ThreesCompany''), newly-qualified chef Robin Tripp moves into his own place with his girlfriend, and starts a business with her father.
* ''Series/RomansEmpire'': About a businessman called Roman.
* ''Series/RosemaryAndThyme'': About a pair of gardeners and amateur sleuths named Rosemary Boxer and Laura Thyme. This one was a bit much even for the British, and was widely mocked; the ''Series/DoctorWho'' page quote is probably a specific reference to this.
* ''Series/TheRoyalFamily'', a DomCom starring comedian Redd Foxx as Alfonso Royal, the patriarch of the titular family. Short lived owing to Foxx's death after filming seven episodes of the show.
* ''Series/TheRoyleFamily'': about a Mancunian family called the Royles.
* ''Series/RunningWilde'' is about a guy named Wilde who runs an eponymous oil business.
* ''Series/SavingGrace'' is about a woman named Grace who gets a "last chance angel" (named Earl) who's trying to save her from going to hell because she drinks and boinks a lot.
* ''Series/ScottAndBailey'' is an example of this trope purely for its own sake - the show has precisely nothing to do with [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Motte-and-bailey Motte and Bailey castles]], but is in fact a dramatic BuddyCopShow about DC Janet Scott and DC Rachel Bailey. Unless it's a [[FridgeBrilliance really obscure homage]] to ''Series/{{Castle}}''?
* ''Series/SonnyWithAChance'' tried way too hard with this. It was once known as ''Welcome to Mollywood'' and starred a girl named Molly. Then it became ''Welcome to Holliwood'', about a girl named... Holli. Eventually her named was changed to Sonny and the show got its final title. It's still a pun, although it seems a bit more forced in the end.
* ''Series/StarkRavingMad'', a sitcom about a book editor working for author Ian Stark.
* ''Series/StateOfGrace'', a Fox Family show about the friendship of 12-year-olds Hannah (who is Jewish) and Grace (who is Christian).
* The German TV series ''Stocker und Stein'' (related to [[LuckyTranslation "sticks and stones"]]).
* ''Series/{{Strange}}'': About a supernatural investigator named John Strange.
* A blissfully short-lived series called ''Sunday in Paris''. Sunday was the main character, and Paris was the one in Texas.
* ''Series/ThirdRockFromTheSun'' did the episode-title variation. Since the main character's name was Dick, major GettingCrapPastTheRadar ensues. For instance, an episode in which Dick attempts to be a comedian is called "Dick Jokes". This is one of the tamer examples.
* ''Series/ToastOfLondon'', about an actor named Stephen Toast who [[SmallNameBigEgo isn't quite the celebrity]] the title implies.
* ''Series/ATouchOfCloth'', a spoof cop show show whose title is a riff on ''Series/ATouchOfFrost'' combined with some ToiletHumour. The protagonist is Detective Inspector Jack Cloth.
* ''Series/ATouchOfFrost'': About Detective Inspector William [[InSeriesNickname 'Jack']] Frost.
* ''Series/TruCalling'', a drama about Tru Davies, who receives the "calling", an injunction to SetRightWhatOnceWentWrong.
%% * There's also ''Series/TylerPerrysHouseOfPayne''.
* ''Series/{{Whites}}'': The title refers to chefs' uniforms, but also the main character's surname. As his restaurant also bears his name, this could be seen as an InUniverse case.
* ''Series/YouAreBeautiful'' - The title in Korean is "Mi-nam-i shi-ne-yo", which can be translated to ''He's/She's/You're Beautiful'' or ''He's/She's/You're Mi Nam'' because there is no pronoun. The main character is also pretending to be "Mi Nam", or rather, she ''is'' Mi Nam.

* The [[ThePeteBest Pete Best]] album ''Best of Music/TheBeatles''.
* When Music/TheBeatles recorded their first album, George Martin at first thought of calling it "Off the Beatle Track" before going for ''Please Please Me''.
* Singer-songwriter Judi Pulver released an album in 1973 called ''Pulver Rising''.

* ''Theatre/TheImportanceOfBeingEarnest'' is thematically concerned with the boundaries of honesty (i.e., earnestness) and literally concerned with whether or not either of the main characters is ''named'' Ernest. (Which is, indeed, [[SeriousBusiness important]].)
* ''Oh, Kay!'', a 1926 Broadway musical whose title song had the punny refrain: "Oh, Kay! We're O.K. with Kay!"
* ''Purlie Victorious'', where the hero's full name is Purlie Victorious Judson.
* ''Too Many Cooks'', a farce by Frank Craven featuring an extended family of ObnoxiousInLaws named Cook.
* ''Tomfoolery'', a revue based on the comic songs of Music/TomLehrer.
* Creator/WilliamShakespeare's ''Theatre/TwelfthNight'' is also known as ''What You Will'', which is a play not on the character names but on the playwright's.
* ''Perfectly Frank'', a retrospective revue of songwriter Frank Loesser. It only played Broadway for a few weeks, but its punny title was convenient for the ''Theatre/ForbiddenBroadway'' version of [[Theatre/TheMusicMan "Ya Got Trouble,"]] which parodied the line, "I'd like to be perfectly frank," as, "You all hated ''Perfectly Frank''."

[[folder:Video Games]]
* ''VideoGame/{{Bloodrayne}}'' stars a half-vampire woman named Rayne, who kills Nazis bloodily.
* ''Bubble & Squeak'', which is a pun on British food.
* ''Custer's Revenge'', the notorious "adult video game" for the UsefulNotes/{{Atari 2600}}, had as the player's goal General George Armstrong Custer raping an Indian maiden named Revenge.
* ''VideoGame/GeneralChaos'' has two warring generals named Chaos and Havoc.
* ''VideoGame/HeadOverHeels'', about a pair of symbiotic creatures named Head and Heels.
* Since the ''[[Franchise/TheLegendOfZelda Legend of Zelda]]'' games all have protagonists named Link, this is an obvious well to draw from.
** In ''VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaALinkToThePast'', Link has to deal with the consequences of the past of Hyrule.
** ''VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaALinkBetweenWorlds'' puns on Link's name in the same way, referring both to Link once again teleporting to and from the DarkWorld, and to his ability to turn into a 2D painting.
* ''VideoGame/MaxPayne'', which crosses over with PunnyName.
* ''Quiz Meitantei Neo & Geo'', a Japan-only quiz game for the UsefulNotes/NeoGeo featuring two detectives named Neo and Geo.
* The ''PC Genjin'' (''VideoGame/{{Bonk}}'') and ''PC Denjin'' (''VideoGame/AirZonk'') games for the PC-Engine (UsefulNotes/TurboGrafx16) console.
* ''VideoGame/{{Rochard}}'' is about the adventures of John Rochard, an asteroid miner. {{Lampshade|Hanging}}d by the tagline "Rock is hard. John Rochard is harder."
* ''Slightly Magic'', starring an apprentice magician named Slightly.
* ''Sutte Hakkun'' is a Japan-exclusive Creator/{{Nintendo}} game featuring a bird named Hakkun who sucks up colors and injects them into blocks. "Sutte haku" is a Japanese expression meaning "breathe in, breathe out."
* ''Three Weeks in Paradise'', with Wally Week's family of three.
* ''VideoGame/TimeAndEternity'' is a Japanese pun on the names of demure princess Toki ("time") and her SplitPersonality ActionGirl side, Towa ("eternity").
* ''VideoGame/WillRock'': Main character? Willford Rockwell.
* ''Wolf of the Battlefield: VideoGame/{{Commando}} 3'' named one of its three player characters Wolf.
* ''VideoGame/XMenMutantApocalypse'': the game centers around a mutant apocalypse which involves one of the X-Men's adversary, an evil mutant named Apocalypse.
* ''VideoGame/TheQueenOfHeart'': The title of this series of doujin {{fighting game}}s is a portmanteau of ''VideoGame/TheKingOfFighters'' and ''VisualNovel/ToHeart'', an [[{{Eroge}} adult game]] by [[Creator/{{Aquaplus}} Leaf]] which fittingly enough, has the most representation.

[[folder:Web Comics]]
* ''Webcomic/CharCole'', which is about a guy named Cole who gets turned into a [[Franchise/{{Pokemon}} Charmander]].
* ''Webcomic/WrightAsRayne'' is about Alex Rayne, a vigilante who gets forced into the body of a teenager named Dorothy Wright.
* ''Webcomic/SequentialArt'' is a work of, er, SequentialArt featuring a guy called Art.
* ''Webcomic/WildeLife'' is about the life of a man named Oscar Wilde (not the famous author) whose life takes a turn for the bizzare.
* ''Webcomic/KevinAndKell'' is an anthropomorphic animal comedy about the Dewclaw family, the main characters being husband and wife Kevin (a rabbit) and Kell (a wolf). The title puns on "heaven and hell".

[[folder:Web Original]]
* ''WebVideo/KateModern'', about an artist named Kate (a pun on the Tate Modern art gallery).
* ''Literature/WhateleyUniverse'': There's a few:
** ''Silent Nacht'', a pun with the song ''Silent Night'', and featuring a character named ''Nacht'', which means ''Night'' in English.
** The Merry stories, with titles such as: ''The More the Merrier'', ''Merry Descent into Madness'', ''Eat, Drink and be Merry'', ''To Be Merry and Escape From It All'', and ''Merry Meet, Merry Part, and Merry Meet Again''.

[[folder:Western Animation]]
* ''WesternAnimation/Ben10'', about [[StevenUlyssesPerhero Ben Tennyson]], who is 10 years old and acquiring a ClingyMacGuffin that allows him to turn any of into 10 different aliens (though he eventually gets more). The Hebrew dub of the show keeps the title, which literally means: ''Ben is 10 years old''. Later installments of the franchise have him as a teenager that can use dozens of different aliens, leaving the only pun remaining being the one with his last name.
%% * ''WesternAnimation/ConstantPayne''.
* ''WesternAnimation/FostersHomeForImaginaryFriends'': The founder and caretaker of the foster home, are (respectively) the elderly Madame Foster and her granddaughter Frankie Foster.
* ''WesternAnimation/TheGrimAdventuresOfBillyAndMandy'': The cartoon is a [[BlackComedy "grim" comedy]] filled with wacky adventures that has TheGrimReaper as one of the main characters, forced to be the playmate of Billy and Mandy [[ChessWithDeath after losing a limbo contest]] in the pilot episode.
* Yet another Creator/CartoonNetwork show: ''WesternAnimation/TheSecretSaturdays''. The main characters are a family with the surname "Saturday", and they work as part of a secret agency. As part of this agency, [[OurCryptidsAreMoreMysterious their particular specialty was in dealing with cryptids]].
* ''WesternAnimation/KingOfTheHill'' is about Hank Hill and his family. To keep the pun intact, the Latin American dub is called ''Los Reyes de la colina'', and Hank Hill was renamed Héctor Reyes.
%% * ''WesternAnimation/TheProudFamily.''
* ''WesternAnimation/EekTheCat'', about a purple cat named Eek!
* ''WesternAnimation/PrydeOfTheXMen'', a 1989 animated pilot (unrelated to the later animated series from the early '90s) featuring, naturally, ComicBook/KittyPryde.
* ''WesternAnimation/TheRomanHolidays'', a 1972 Saturday morning cartoon set in ancient Rome, about a family with the surname(!?) Holiday.
* ''WesternAnimation/TazMania'' - The main character is Taz and the show is set on Tasmania.
* ''WesternAnimation/TheseAreTheDays'', a 1974 Saturday morning cartoon about a Waltons-like family with the surname Day.
* ''WesternAnimation/MiloMurphysLaw''. The show stars Milo Murphy, a descendant of Edward A. Murphy Jr., the namesake of MurphysLaw. In the show, Murphy's Law is an actual genetic disorder that Milo suffers from.
* A few episode titles of ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons'' are epunymous, for instance "Burns, Baby Burns", "A Milhouse Divided", "[[MonaLisaSmile Moaning Lisa]]", "[[Music/TheBeatles Monty Can't Buy Me Love]]", "[[Theatre/MuchAdoAboutNothing Much Apu about Nothing]]", "Theatre/{{Pygm|alion}}oelian", "[[Film/BobRoberts Sideshow Bob Roberts]]", "[[Literature/SamsonAndDelilah Simpson and Delilah]]", "Film/{{A Star Is B|orn}}urns", "Stark Raving Dad" (the dad in question being Homer Simpson), "This Little Wiggy", "When Flanders Failed" (a play on "In Flanders Fields"), and "Wild Barts Can't Be Broken".

!!Parodies and InUniverse examples:

* Parodied in a series of [[RealTrailerFakeMovie fake previews]] by satellite channel UK Gold to publicise its new American imports: one involved a pair of British coppers named Alan Tea and George Biscuits going over to work in the States with the obvious FishOutOfWater gags - the series, naturally, was called "Tea and Biscuits".

[[folder: Comic Books]]
* In the ''Comicbook/HannaBarberaBeyond'' version of ''WesternAnimation/TheRuffAndReddyShow'', Ruff and Reddy are "[[{{Toon}} Celanimate]]" stand-up comedians who are initally partnered with a mouse named Tumbl (Ruff and Tumbl) and a parrot named Willing (Reddy and Willing). After Willing fires Reddy he gets a new partner called Abel, and Ruff briefly teams up with a Jessica Rabbit lookalike to form (sigh) Ruff/Sexx. Another cat-and-dog double act who steals their act is called Down and Dirty.
* [[Magazine/{{Mad}} Mad]] once had a whole page with BuddyCopShow fakes, ranging from Dead&Buried over Surf&Turf to Black&Decker ("they can't carry weapons as it would blow their cover, so they are armed with household tools").

* ''Radio/TheNowShow Book of Records'' has a list of the Worst TV Sitcom Premises. ''Sticks and Stones Will Break My Bones'' is about Eddie Sticks and Brian Stones, who work the bone-crusher in an abattoir. ''There's No Smoke Without Fire'' is about Eddie Smoke, who goes on holiday without his friend Brian Fire, only for Brian to track him down. ''Rhythm is a Dancer'' is about Maggie Rhythm, [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin who is a dancer]].

[[folder:Live-Action TV]]
* Parodied on ''Series/ThirtyRock'':
** Kenneth describes his ideas for TV shows:
---> "I have an idea for a show about a teacher named 'Art'. I call that one ''Art School''. And one about a Jewish guy who opens an ice cream parlor. That one's called ''Ice Cream Cohen''. And a drama about two cops: one named 'Cash' and one named 'Carry'. I don't have a title for that one."
** There's also Jenna's old role in a PoliceProcedural: "It was called ''Good Looking'', and I played Alexis Goodlooking, who was also [[FairCop good-looking]], and my special ability was being ''good at looking'' for clues."
* On ''Series/ArrestedDevelopment'', the actor Judge Reinhold is the host of a courtroom-based reality TV show, and it's called... ''Mock Trial with J. Reinhold''. (Featuring house band [[Series/AmericanIdol William Hung]] and his Hung Jury.)
* On ''Series/{{Castle}}'', several of Rick Castle's books in the Derek Storm series were in this pattern -- ''Gathering Storm'', ''Storm Season'', ''Storm Rising'', ''Storm Warning'', ''Storm's Break'', ''Storm Fall'' -- and he continues to do the same for his new character, Nikki Heat -- ''Heat Wave'', ''Summer Heat'', ''In Heat'', etc.
* On ''Series/{{Friends}}'', Joey Tribbiani stars in the abortive [[AndroidsAndDetectives buddy cop/robot show]] ''Mac & [[FunWithAcronyms C.H.E.E.S.E.]]''. There's some LampshadeHanging about the ContrivedCoincidence of the robot's full title abbreviating so well...
* Appears on ''Series/ImAlanPartridge'' as a desperate program idea to save Alan's career: ''A Partridge Amongst The Pigeons''. "At this stage it's just a title".
* One episode of ''Series/MarriedWithChildren'' saw a network making a TV show based on the Bundy family; the show was titled "Pease in a Pod". No points for guessing the family's name.
* ''Series/MontyPythonsFlyingCircus'':
** One episode includes a fake talk show called ''It's A. Tree'', hosted by Arthur Tree. [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin Who's a talking tree.]]
** A sketch where one person keeps saying "no time to lose" turns into a Creator/HenriDeToulouseLautrec sketch titled "No-Time Toulouse."
* ''Series/MysteryScienceTheater3000'' parodies this when the title of the short film "Body Care & Grooming" appears on screen:
-->'''Tom Servo:''' Body Care! And Grooming! ''[[BuddyCopShow They're cops!]]''
* ''Series/SaturdayNightLive'' had a sketch featuring a game show parody called "What is ''Series/BurnNotice''?" The contestants had no idea, and one of the wrong answers was a guess that it was "about the detective team of Michael Burn and Chet Notice."
* ''Series/ThatMitchellAndWebbLook'' had a sketch featuring rival comedy duos called "Fish and Chipp" and "Pin and Cushion". Chipp and Pin leave to form their own duo (Chip & PIN [[WereStillRelevantDammit being a then-new form of credit card payment]]); to their chagrin, Fish & Cushion are far more successful. ("That doesn't even ''mean'' anything!") To add insult to injury, Fish & Cushion went on to star in the ads for the Chip & PIN system...
* Parodied heavily in ''Series/ThisMorningWithRichardNotJudy'' which described shows such as ''Chalk and Cheese'' (Ian Chalk and Ian Cheese are two men. [[OddCouple They are very different.]] However, they eventually become friends and realise they are {{not so different}} after all. [[HilarityEnsues With hilarious consequences]]), ''Fruit and Nuts'' (Ian Fruit and Ian Nuts are roommates. Ian Fruit is allergic to nuts and Ian Nuts is allergic to fruit. Ian Nuts is a homicidal maniac. Consequently, he's always trying to sneak fruit and nuts into everything they eat. With fatal consequences.) and ''Bent Coppers'' (Ian and Iain Bent are brothers who are policemen. One is corrupt and the other is homosexual. They both suffer from curvature of the spine, and they're made of copper - [[AndroidsAndDetectives they're robots in the future]]. With hilarious consequences.)\\
Similarly, a list of potential sitcom titles consists of just strained puns such as ''A. Bird in the Hand'' (Anthony Bird is manager of the Hand pub), ''Anne R. in The Month'' (Anne R. is manager of The Month Pub) and by the end of the list coming up with ''There Are More Things In Heaven and Earth Than Are Dreamt of in Your Philosophy'' (About how Ian Thing is joined by his relatives at the Heaven and Earth Than Are Dreamt of in Your Philosophy pub).

[[folder:Web Original]]
* The ''[[http://hypotheticalpoliceprocedurals.tumblr.com/ Encyclopedia of Hypothetical Police Procedurals]]'' tumblr lists several examples of this, including ''Wheels on the Bus'' ("Detective Lester Wheels is DCPD’s one-man Bus Crime department, ensuring that the city’s millions of commuters board and exit safely.") and ''Trial By Jury'' (featuring cop Steve Jury, lawyer Martin Trial, and judge Monica By). ''Trial By Jury'' eventually gets a spinoff, ''Judge, Jury, And, Executioner'' (in which Steve Jury returns, joined by judge Mortimer Judge, executioner Alexandra Executioner, and Apple Store employee Andrea And) as well as a [[ParallelPornTitles porn parody]] called ''Hung Jury''.

[[folder:Western Animation]]
* In one episode of ''WesternAnimation/CloneHigh'' when George Washington Carver (as Leon Black) and Gandhi (as Tandoori Jones) make the SaltAndPepper cops "Black and Tan".
* On''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons'', Troy [=McClure=] has a sitcom. "My new show is called ‘Handle with Care.’ I play Jack Handle, a retired cop who shares an apartment with a retired criminal. We’re the original Odd Couple!"