"The exclamation point in the title scares me. Y'know, it's not just
Freud, 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 Discredited Trope
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!
- Durarara!! 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 Baccano! and Vamp! both have exclamation points at the end. "Heck, why not add TWO this time?"
- Full Metal Panic! and Full Metal Panic! The Second Raid. Subverted with Full Metal Panic? Fumoffu, which is more of a confused show title instead.
- Strawberry Panic!
- Fight Ippatsu Juuden Chan
- Tenchi Muyo!
- Kemeko Deluxe
- I My Me! Strawberry Eggs
- Yakitate Japan
- Mahou Sensei Negima!, as well as Negima?! and Negima!!
- Demashita! Powerpuff Girls Z
- Burn Up!
- Battle B-Daman: Fire Spirits!
- Ah! My Goddess
- The manga adaptation of the eleventh Pokémon movie is titled Giratina & the Sky Warrior!
- Monkey High!
- 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.
- Daa! Daa! Daa! (a.k.a. UFO Baby). Justified, since it's supposed to be Baby Talk. The anime also tends to have excited two-part titles.
- K-On!, and its second season K-On!!
- Hayate the Combat Butler! And the second season, Hayate the Combat Butler!!
- Combined with Oddly Named Sequel and Lucky Charms Title in Fate/kaleid liner Prisma☆Illya 2wei!
- Angel Blade: Punish!
- Has a less excited spin-off — WORKING!
- Pani Poni Dash!, though the manga titled Pani Poni appears less excited.
- Angel Beats!
- Hands Off!
- Asu no Yoichi!
- Mayo Chiki!
- Youre Under Arrest
- Futaba-kun Change!
- Shinkon Gattai Godannar!!
- Shinryaku! Ika Musume, and its second season Shinryaku!? Ika Musume.
- Cardfight!! Vanguard
- Ask Dr. Rin!
- Asobi ni Iku yo!
- Dragon Crisis!
- Neko-de Gomen!
- Skip Beat!
- Soul Eater Not!
- Yes! Pretty Cure 5, Fresh Pretty Cure!, HeartCatch Pretty Cure!, Smile Pretty Cure!, DokiDoki! Precure
- Aim for the Ace!
- Mamotte Lollipop
- Chūka Ichiban!
- Dotto! Koni-chan
- Soreike! Anpanman
- Kyou Kara Ore wa!!
- Himawari! (and its second series Himawari!! [translated as Himawari Too! in the U.S.])
- Sakura no Ichiban!
- Chuunibyou Demo Koi ga Shitai! This extends to the English title Love, Chuunibyo and Other Delusions!
- The Devil Is a Part-Timer!
- No Matter How I Look at It, It's You Guys' Fault I'm Not Popular!
- Please Teacher!
- Koe de Oshigoto!
- Binbogami Ga
- Yawara! A Fashionable Judo Girl
- Fight! Iczer-One
- Adventure! Iczer-3
- Ichigeki Sacchu!! Hoihoi-san
- Himouto! Umaru-chan
- Mamoru-kun ni Megami no Shukufuku wo!
- Natsu no Arashi!
- Akame ga Kiru!
- Love Live!
- 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!
Films! — Animation!
Films! — Live-Action!
- Hawkmistress! and Stormqueen! by Marion Zimmer Bradley.
- Roger Zelazny's short story "Horseman!"
- Thud! has a lot of excited people(s), but no-one's really all that happy.
- Guards! Guards! — though justified because the title is a reference to someone calling for the guards.
- Jingo is sometimes written with one and sometimes not.
- The Doctor Who New Adventures novel Sky Pirates!
- Dorsai! by Gordon R. Dickson.
- Horton Hears a Who! by 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 WrestleCrap Book of Lists! by RD Reynolds and Blade Braxton. When promoting the book on the 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.
- Illuminatus! by Robert Shea and Robert Anton Wilson.
- The 1913 work by Willa Cather, O Pioneers!
- Karen Russell's Swamplandia!
- Many of Mo Willems' Elephant & Piggie books, such as "Today I Will Fly!", "Pigs Make Me Sneeze!", and "I Broke My Trunk!"
- Isaac Asimov
- The short stories "Liar!", "Escape!", and "Blank!"
- His Lucky Starr series has several excited chapter titles, including "The Enemy!", "Saboteur!", "Robot!", and "Yeast!".
- A few of the books in the Geronimo Stilton series (e.g. "I'm Too Fond of my Fur!" "Watch Your Whiskers, Stilton!")
- All the chapters of the book The Trolls end with an exclaimation point!
- The NUMA Series has "Raise The Titanic!", "Night Probe!", and "Pacific Vortex!"
- Ray Bradbury's short stories "Mars is Heaven!" (appearing as part of The Martian Chronicles) and "Boys! Raise Giant Mushrooms In Your Cellar!"
- Real title of an 18th century novel: The Three Monks!!! — making this trope Older than You Think.
- 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 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!.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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).
- Oh! Calcutta (not a musical)
- Hello, Dolly!
- Mamma Mia!
- Sherry! (The Musical adaptation of The Man Who Came to Dinner)
- In The Seventies, it was Grease. In The Nineties, it became Grease!
- Terrence McNally's Love! Valour! Compassion! (also not a musical).
- Zanna, Don't!
- 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
- Bungie's first game, the ripoff of Pong, GNOP!
- BUG! Also the name of the movie that Bug stars in.
- Sid Meiers Pirates
- Destroy All Humans!
- Pokémon Dash!
- Pokémon Trozei!
- Osu! Tatakae! Ouendan
- We Love Golf!
- The Neo Geo Pocket Colour versions of Samurai Shodown are called Samurai Shodown! and Samurai Shodown 2!
- Mighty Flip Champs!
- とってもYEAHHHH!! Or translated, a hack called Super Mario World YEAHHHH!!
- Zettai Ryouiki! Not the trope, the H-Game.
- Mario Kart: Double Dash!!
- AaaaaAAaaaAAAaaAAAAaAAAAA!!! – A Reckless Disregard for Gravity
- Donkey Kong Country 3: Dixie Kong's Double Trouble!
- In Japan: Mario & Luigi RPG 3!!!
- Some Commodore PET games and programs, published in the CURSOR magazine, used an exclamation point at the end of their name to show that they're capable of using sound.
- Go Beryllium!
- Spaceward Ho!
- Pitfall! and Oink!, both from Activision.
- Gotcha! The Sport!
- The majority of the Magnavox Odyssey˛ library has this.
- Hey You, Pikachu!
- Rescue on Fractalus!
- Offspring Fling!
- TurboCharged ARCADE!
- The Rub Rabbits!, prequel to Feel The Magic: XY/XX
- Arcana Heart 3: LOVE MAX!!!!! (five exclamation points!)
- Hamtaro: Ham-Hams Unite!
- Order Up!
- Jardinains! and its sequel Jardinains 2!
- Reflec Beat groovin'!!
- Same! Same! Same!, Japanese title for Fire Shark
- Learning Voyage: Sand Trapped! and Learning Voyage: Swamped!
- Whoa Dave!
- 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!!!
Anime! & Manga!
- Big Shot!, the show targeted at bounty hunters in Cowboy Bebop.
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!!!
- 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!"