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Pop Culture Pun Episode Title
A subtype of Pun-Based Title which applies to individual episode titles, and not the fact that the pun is based upon some element of popular culture, such as the title of a film, book or song. Catch Phrases, song lyrics, adages and colloquialisms can also be riffed on.

Also a subtrope of Idiosyncratic Episode Naming. Related to Literary Allusion Title and can sometimes overlap.

Often a sign of a Whole Plot Reference; indeed, many of the subtropes listed on that page (like Charlie and the Chocolate Parody) are examples themselves.


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     Anime and Manga 
  • Most episodes of the English dub of Pokémon (the first ones had quite expository titles). Including one that includes a pun based on the Japanese name of a character. (Barry's Busting Out All Over)
  • Many episodes from the English dub of the various Digimon series.
  • The FUNimation dub of Keroro Gunsou does this a lot.
  • As does its dub of Crayon Shin Chan.
  • Ichigo Mashimaro does this kind of rarely: "Violent Night", "The Hat's Meow"...
  • Panty & Stocking with Garterbelt does this with every episode, referencing famous movies: "Catfight Club", "Pulp Addiction", etc...
  • Kangoku Gakuen does this with several chapter titles, like Taxi Driver (Chapter includes a character talking to himself in the mirror) and other big films.


     Live Action Television 

     Video Games 

     Web Comic 

     Western Animation 
  • A few Looney Tunes shorts made after the "Golden Age" have these, such as "Invasion of the Bunny Snatchers" or "The Whizzard of Ow".
  • A few episodes of South Park.
  • Ed, Edd n Eddy
  • The Simpsons achieves many of these puns by incorporating Homer's Catch Phrase, "D'oh!" ("D'oh in the Wind," "The Greatest Story Ever D'ohed.")
    • In keeping with the writers having originally called it an "annoyed grunt," it sometimes intimated thus - hence "Simpsoncalifragilisticexpiala(Annoyed Grunt)cious," "E-I-E-I-(Annoyed Grunt)" and "I, (Annoyed Grunt)-bot."
  • Fanboy and Chum Chum had episode titles such as "The Janitor Strikes Back" and "Little Glop of Horrors".
    • One episode was not only named "A Bopwork Orange" but also parodied the classic film.
  • Every other episode of Futurama.
  • Many recent episodes of The Fairly OddParents have this type of title, such as "Two and a Half Babies", "The Bored Identity", "Cosmonopoly", and "Finding Emo".
  • Pelswick had a few, such as "Invasion of the Buddy Snatchers".

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