Excited Show Title!


"The exclamation point in the title scares me. Y'know, it's not just Freud, it's Freud!"
Phoebe, Friends

Excited Show Title! It's a title ending with one or more exclamation points! Some comedy movies show they're comedies by having an excited title! Lots of musicals have excited titles! Often just the exclaimed first name of the lead character! So many, that it's become a Discredited Trope! Especially when exclamation points are stacked!!!!

Slightly less grating when the title is an actual exclamation, like "Help!"

Compare Excited Title! Two-Part Episode Name!, Title Scream! See also Lucky Charms Title!


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    Anime! & Manga!  

    Comic Books!  
  • 1970s British comic book Cor!! has two exclamation marks. Sister publications at IPC/Fleetway included Whoopee! and Oink! (humour titles like Cor!!) as well as Smash!, Pow! and Wham! (action titles that eventually all merged together). There was also the very short-lived horror title Scream!
  • Comic book artist Scott Shaw! always has his name spelled like this.
  • So does Tracy Yardley!, as a tribute.
  • And then there's Elliot S! Maggin.
  • French comic series Lou !, whose Animated Adaptation is known as Lou! in English-speaking countries (why, yes, the spelling isn't identicalnote ).
  • Teen Titans Go!
  • 1990s British comic Toxic!, published by Apocalypse Ltd.
  • The Batman Strikes!
  • Zot!
  • Shazam!
  • Buzz!
  • Captain Carrot and His Amazing Zoo Crew!
  • As Incríveis Aventuras de Dog Mendonça e Pizzaboy!


    East-European Animation!  

    Fan Works!  

    Films! — Animation!  

    Films! — Live-Action!  



    Live-Action TV!  

  • The band Los Campesinos! takes this a step further by renaming the band members' last names Campesinos!, too. So you get Gareth Campesinos!, Aleksandra Campesinos!, and the like.
  • BABYMETAL: Their eponymous debut album has three tracks with these.
    • Including the track ヘドバンギャー!!, which in the official Romanization becomes HeadBangeeeeerrrrr!!!!!
  • The Beach Boys: their albums The Beach Boys Today! and Beach Boys' Party!.
  • The Beatles
  • The band Panic! at the Disco. They have since dropped the exclamation point, before putting it back.
  • The German band Neu!.
  • Wham!
  • In 1981, Bow Wow Wow gave one of its albums the memorable title See Jungle! See Jungle! Go Join Your Gang, Yeah. City All Over! Go Ape Crazy.
  • Rave On!! by The Kentucky Headhunters.
  • System of a Down's "Chop Suey!", "Question!" and Steal This Album!
  • Sufjan Stevens has five excited song titles from his album Illinois. One that comes to mind is "They Are Night Zombies!! They Are Neighbors!! They Have Come Back from the Dead!! Ahhhh!"
    • When it was released on vinyl, a few tracks were retitled and made more excited. For example, "Chicago" became "Go, Chicago! Go! Yeah!" Of course, the cover of the album itself gives the title as Come On, Feel the Illinoise!
    • When his first album was rereleased, an exclamation mark was added to the title: A Sun Came!
  • The Aquabats! have a lot of excited titles. Notably every song on "Fury of the Aquabats!" and "Charge!!"
  • Grand Funk Railroad's album All the Girls in the World Beware!!!
  • Van Halen's song "Everybody Wants Some!!!"
  • Godspeed You! Black Emperor. And correspondingly, the documentary film from which they took the name.
  • ¡Forward, Russia! has a faux-Spanish, faux-Cyrillic version of this.
  • Cameo's "Word Up!" (later covered by Mel B and Korn)
  • Shania Twain loves these. Come On Over has four songs with exclamation marks in their titles, including her hit "Man! I Feel Like a Woman!" Up! has eight (and, of course, note the album title itself).
  • Hello! Project
  • El-Creepo! — the name of Todd Edward Smith's solo project and its debut album.
  • Porno For Pyros combine this with a bit of Lucky Charms Title with the song "Good God's://Urge!". Oddly enough, the album that it's technically the Title Track to is just called Good God's Urge.
  • Somewhat related is Jane's Addiction's "Stop!".
  • Half Man Half Biscuit opined in "Third Track Main Camera Four Minutes" that "If ever an album title was in dire need of an exclamation mark, it surely had to be Frampton Comes Alive!"
  • Jazz pianist Jon Jang has a fondness for this. He's released CDs titled Self Defense!, Tiananmen!, and Never Give Up!
  • Speaking of jazz, Ornette Coleman's Something Else!!! and Tomorrow Is the Question!
  • Another jazz performer who enjoyed these was the late pianist Andrew Hill. He released albums named Judgement!, Andrew!!! and Compulsion!!!!!
  • And then there's Art Blakey and the Jazz Messengers' album Art Blakey!!!!! Jazz Messengers!!!!! And, yes, it came out on the famed jazz label Impulse! Records.
  • Calexico has "Attack, el Robot! Attack!"
  • Jaga Jazzist has "Music! Dance! Drama!"
  • A Cos Mo song is "Let's Play with Hatsune Miku!!"
  • Ligabue's album Arrivederci, Mostro!
  • Hardcore Punk band Off!. It may not be a coincidence that Off! (complete with exclamation point) is also a brand of insect repellent - Their vocalist, Keith Morris, was the original singer for Black Flag, who shared their name with an insecticide brand.
  • Devin Townsend uses this trope very often.
    • His album Addicted has an exclamation mark after the title of every song, with two after the title of the last one.
    • The songs "Effervescent!" and "More!" from Epicloud use this trope, as well as "Ziltoidia Attaxx!!!" from Ziltoid the Omniscient.
  • Periphery: "Icarus Lives!", "Jetpacks Was Yes!" and "The Gods Must Be Crazy!"
  • The Go! Team — The exclamation point may be there to differentiate themselves from an earlier, unrelated band who went by the punctuation-free name The Go Team.
  • "Ultraelectromagneticpop!," the debut studio album of The Eraserheads.
  • Mark Ronson's "Up Town Funk!".
  • Tones On Tail had their single "Go!", and the compilations Everything! and Something!.
  • Inverted by the decidedly unexcited fun.
  • Darren Hayes plays with this trope by putting the exclaimation mark in the middle of the song title: "Pop!ular"
  • Sandinista! by The Clash has an exclamation mark in the title.
  • Out To Lunch! by Eric Dolphy has an exclamation mark in the title.
  • Live! by Bob Marley.
  • The song "HYPERPOWER!" from Year Zero by Nine Inch Nails.
  • Yeah Yeah Yeah's third album, It's Blitz!
  • Front 242 stylize their name "фронта! 242" in Russian.
  • Daniel Amos has the album ˇAlarma!. And the song "New Car!" (from Doppelgänger) which directly references excited prize announcements from a game show.


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  • The popularization of excited titles for musicals might be traced back to the late 1910s, when the influential series of "Princess" musicals by Guy Bolton and P. G. Wodehouse included Oh, Boy!, Oh, Lady! Lady!!, and Oh, My Dear!. Other Broadway musicals of the same decade included Oh! Oh! Delphine (1912), Stop! Look! Listen! (1915) and Oh, Look! (1918).
  • Oklahoma!
  • Honk!
  • George M!
  • Oh! Calcutta (not a musical)
  • Hello, Dolly!
  • Mamma Mia!
  • Oliver!
  • Fiorello!
  • Sherry! (The Musical adaptation of The Man Who Came to Dinner)
  • In The '70s, it was Grease. In The '90s, it became Grease!
  • Terrence McNally's Love! Valour! Compassion! (also not a musical).
  • Zanna, Don't!
  • Snoopy!!!
  • tick, tick... BOOM! Yes, that's the way it's supposed to be capitalized and punctuated.
  • Aida!, the musical based on the Aida opera by Verdi.
  • Pokémon Live!
  • Twang!!, Lionel Bart's unsuccessful 1966 Robin Hood musical
  • Drat! The Cat!
  • I Do! I Do!
  • Leave It to Me!
  • Timbuktu!, the Africanized version of Kismet
  • Jubilee!, the last of the "classic" Las Vegas topless revues, though it dropped the exclamation point when it was Retooled in 2014

    Theme Parks!  
  • To say that the Disney Theme Parks like this trope would be a bit of an understatement:
    • BraviSEAmo!
    • Disney Dreams!
    • Disney Junior: Live on Stage!
    • Doug Live!
    • Fantasmic!
    • Indiana Jones Epic Stunt Spectacular!
    • Imagination!
    • It's Tough to Be a Bug!
    • Jubilation!
    • Lights, Motors, Action! Extreme Stunt Show
    • MicroAdventure!
    • Monsters, Inc. Mike and Sulley to the Rescue!
    • Monsters, Inc. Ride and Go Seek!
    • Move It! Shake It! Dance & Play It! Street Party
    • O Canada!
    • Playhouse Disney: Live on Stage!
    • Sounds Dangerous!
    • Stitch's Great Escape!
    • Stitch Live!
    • Tarzan Rocks!
    • Tiana's Showboat Jubilee!
    • Toy Story Midway Mania!
    • Who Wants to Be a Millionaire - Play It!
  • At Universal Studios:
    • Animal Actors: On Location!
    • Animal Planet Live!
    • Disaster!
    • The High in the Sky Seuss Trolley Train Ride!
    • Lights! Camera! Action! Hosted by Steven Spielberg
    • Spider-Man Rocks!

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    Western Animation!  

    Real Life!  
  • Groen! ("Green!"), the Green Party of the Flemish Region/Community of Belgium.
  • The Swedish feminist party, Feministiskt initiativ ("Feminist Initiative") is properly abbreviated Fi. However, since they chose to put the lowercase i upside-down in their logo, most people use F!
  • In the Swiss city of Basel, there is an environmentalist party called BastA!, whose name is an abbreviation for "Basel's Strong (i.e. cool/awesome) Alternative". "Basta" is also an Italian interjection, common in colloquial German, meaning "enough!". The exclamation mark adds emphasis.
  • The radical environmentalist group Earth First!
  • There are at least two villages/towns in the world with an Excited Show Title!: Westward Ho! in Devon, and Saint-Louis-du-Ha! Ha! in Quebec.
  • There are actually several "Ha! Ha!" place names in Quebec, since "haha" is an archaic French term for a dead-end or barrier.
  • Factorial numbers in mathematics, which are written as n!.
  • Intel's Pentium III has curiously placed dots underneath the Roman numerals, making it look like Pentium!!!
  • Jeb!, the longstanding logo of U.S. politician John Ellis Bush, has featured the exclamation point since 1994, although it only got national attention beginning in 2015 (which means it predates the parody sitcom about his brother's presidency, That's My Bush!).

Parodies! and Shows-Within-a-Show!

    Anime! & Manga!  

    Fan Works!  

    Films! — Live-Action!  
  • Songbird!, an extremely tacky musical adaptation of Tennessee Williams' Sweet Bird of Youth, which we see a number from at the beginning of Death Becomes Her.
  • Jeff Goldblum's character in The Tall Guy gets cast in a musical version of The Elephant Man, entitled Elephant!
  • Not just a show-within-a-show but an example within an example: Spectacular! Spectacular! in Moulin Rouge!

  • In Good Omens, it's mentioned that Brian and Pepper favour comics "with a lot of exclamation marks in the title, like WhiZZ!! or Clang!!"
  • In The Dresden Files there is a horror movie convention called Splattercon!!!

    Live-Action TV!  
  • On Friends, Joey is in a musical, and Phoebe comments on how she's scared that the title isn't just Freud, but Freud!
  • The IT Crowd had a episode where the main characters went to see a musical named Gay! (a gay musical about gays).
  • Referenced in Grumpy Old Men, where the complainer complains that musicals made after bands are taking over the stage, and that sooner or later we'll all be going to see Autobahn!
  • On Mad Men, the day after Don and Betty go to the theater, her friend Francine asks how they liked "Fiorello-exclamation-point."
  • Wormhole X-Treme!, the Show Within a Show in Stargate SG-1.
  • Star Trek: Voyager had a holodeck program called The Adventures of Captain Proton The episode that features it prominently is called "Bride of Chaotica!"

    Video Games!  

    Web Comics!  

    Western Animation!  
  • Streetcar!, the musical version of A Streetcar Named Desire and Happy Smile Super Challenge Family Wish Show from The Simpsons.
  • Helen Keller! The Musical from South Park.
  • The Musical Episode of Daria was just called "Daria!"
  • Gravity Falls had the one-note joke about the movie Attack of the Exclamation Points!!!!!
  • Steven Universe has Crying Breakfast Friends!, a cartoon about various anthropomorphic breakfast foods doing nothing but crying endlessly. Steven's the only person who enjoys this show.

Alternative Title(s): Excited Series Title, Exclamation Mark, Name Exclamation Point