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Excited Show Title!
"The exclamation point in the title scares me. Y'know, it's not just
, it's Freud! "
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
Slightly less grating when the title is an actual exclamation, like
Excited Title! Two-Part Episode Name!
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Baccano! This is tongue-in-cheek — in an author's note, the author explains they were added simply to poke fun at the fact that his other works Durarara!! and Baccano! Vamp! both have exclamation points at the end. "Heck, why not add TWO this time?"
and Full Metal Panic! Full Metal Panic! The Second Raid. Subverted with , which is more of a confused show title instead.
Full Metal Panic? Fumoffu
Fight Ippatsu! Juuden-chan!!
I My Me! Strawberry Eggs
Yakitate!! Japan , as well as Mahou Sensei Negima! Negima?! and Negima!!
Demashita! Powerpuff Girls Z
Yotsuba&! Battle B-Daman: Fire Spirits!
Ah! My Goddess
Basquash! The manga adaptation of the eleventh movie is titled Pokémon
Giratina & the Sky Warrior!
Need a Girl!
Katekyo Hitman Reborn! Konjiki no Gash Bell!! a.k.a.
Zatch Bell! , Shugo Chara! Shugo Chara!! Doki, and Shugo Chara!!! Dokki Doki, a segment of Shugo Chara! Party! — Shugo Chara! is a very exciting series.
(a.k.a. Daa! Daa! Daa! UFO Baby). Justified, since it's supposed to be Baby Talk. The anime also tends to have excited two-part titles.
, and its second season K-On! K-On!!
And the second season, Hayate the Combat Butler!
Hayate the Combat Butler!! Combined with Oddly Named Sequel and Lucky Charms Title in
Fate/kaleid liner Prisma☆ Illya 2wei!
Amanchu! Angel Blade: Punish!
WORKING!! Has a less excited spin-off — WORKING!
, though the manga titled Pani Poni Dash! Pani Poni appears less excited.
Angel Beats! Hands Off!
Asu no Yoichi!
You're Under Arrest!
Shinkon Gattai Godannar!! , and its second season Shinryaku! Ika Musume Shinryaku!? Ika Musume.
Ask Dr. Rin!
Asobi ni Iku yo!
Kaichou Wa Maid-sama!
Soul Eater Not! , Yes! Pretty Cure 5 , Fresh Pretty Cure! , HeartCatch Pretty Cure! , Smile Pretty Cure!
Aim for the Ace!
Kyou Kara Ore wa!!
Maken-ki! (and its second series Himawari! Himawari!! [translated as Himawari Too! in the U.S.])
Sakura no Ichiban! This extends to the English title Chuunibyou Demo Koi ga Shitai! Love, Chuunibyo and Other Delusions!
No Matter How I Look at It, It's You Guys' Fault I'm Not Popular!
Koe de Oshigoto!
Yawara! A Fashionable Judo Girl
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 Whose Lou ! Animated Adaptation is known as Lou! in English-speaking countries (why, yes, the spelling isn't identical ).
Teen Titans Go! 1990s British comic Toxic!, published by Apocalypse Ltd.
The Batman Strikes!
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and Hawkmistress! by Stormqueen! Marion Zimmer Bradley.
Roger Zelazny's short story "Horseman!"
Discworld has a lot of excited people(s), but no-one's really all that happy.
Thud! — though justified because the title is a reference to someone calling for the guards.
Guards! Guards! is sometimes written with one and sometimes not.
Jingo The Doctor Who New Adventures novel Sky Pirates!
by Dorsai! Gordon R. Dickson.
by Horton Hears a Who! Dr. Seuss.
Don't Call Me Ishmael! Through Time and Space with Ferdinand
Feghoot! This is actually a series, and the number of exclamation points is variable (there's usually a digit or Roman numeral thrown in as well).
The by RD Reynolds and Blade Braxton. When promoting the book on the WrestleCrap Book of Lists! WrestleCrap Radio podcast, RD always makes sure to state the exclamation point out loud when he says the title.
The 1968 short story "!!!The!!Teddy!Crazy!!Show!!!" by Harlan Ellison.
by Robert Shea and Robert Anton Wilson.
Illuminatus! The 1913 work by Willa Cather, O Pioneers!
Swamplandia! Many of Mo Willems' books, such as "Today I Will Fly!", "Pigs Make Me Sneeze!", and "I Broke My Trunk!"
Elephant & Piggie Isaac Asimov
The short stories "Liar!", "Escape!", and "Blank!"
His series has several excited chapter titles, including "The Enemy!", "Saboteur!", "Robot!", and " Lucky Starr Yeast!".
A few of the books in the series (e.g. "I'm Too Fond of my Fur!" "Watch Your Whiskers, Stilton!")
Geronimo Stilton All the chapters of the book end with an exclaimation point!
The Trolls The NUMA Series has "Raise The Titanic!", "Night Probe!", and "Pacific Vortex!"
Ray Bradbury's short stories "Mars is Heaven!" (appearing as part of ) and "Boys! Raise Giant Mushrooms In Your Cellar!"
The Martian Chronicles
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.
The album, song and movie
Help! As well at the song "Oh! Darling" off Abbey Road.
John Lennon's "Instant Karma!"
The band Panic! at the Disco. They have since dropped the exclamation point, before putting it back.
The German band Neu!.
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!" 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.
ˇForward, 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 Janes 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.
Tones On Tail had their single "Go!", and the compilations Everything! and Something!.
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!
Oh! Calcutta (not a musical)
In The Seventies, it was . In Grease The Nineties, it became Grease!
Terrence McNally's Love! Valour! Compassion! (also not a musical).
Snoopy!!! Yes, that's the way it's supposed to be capitalized and punctuated.
tick, tick... BOOM! Aida!, the musical based on the opera by Verdi.
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!!!
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Big Shot!, the show targeted at bounty hunters in .
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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 gets cast in a musical version of The Tall Guy , entitled The Elephant Man Elephant!
Not just a show-within-a-show but an example within an example: Spectacular! Spectacular! in
In , it's mentioned that Brian and Pepper favour comics "with a lot of exclamation marks in the title, like Good Omens WhiZZ!! or Clang!!"
In there is a horror movie convention called The Dresden Files Splattercon!!!
On , Joey is in a musical, and Phoebe comments on how she's scared that the title isn't just Friends Freud, but Freud!
had a episode where the main characters went to see a musical named The IT Crowd 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 , the day after Don and Betty go to the theater, her friend Francine asks how they liked " Mad Men Fiorello-exclamation-point."
Wormhole X-Treme!, the Show Within a Show in .
Stargate SG-1 had a holodeck program called Star Trek: Voyager The Adventures of Captain Proton! The episode that features it prominently is called "Bride of Chaotica!"