A subtype of PunBasedTitle 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 Phrase}}s, song lyrics, adages and colloquialisms can also be riffed on.

Also a subtrope of IdiosyncraticEpisodeNaming. Related to LiteraryAllusionTitle and can sometimes overlap.

Often a sign of a WholePlotReference; indeed, many of the subtropes listed on that page (like CharlieAndTheChocolateParody) are examples themselves.


[[folder: Anime and Manga]]
* Most episodes of the English dub of ''Anime/{{Pokemon}}'' (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 ''Franchise/{{Digimon}}'' series.
* The Creator/FUNimation dub of ''Manga/SgtFrog'' does this a lot.
* As does its dub of ''Manga/CrayonShinChan''.
* ''Manga/StrawberryMarshmallow'' does this kind of rarely: "Violent Night", "The Hat's Meow"...
* ''Anime/PantyAndStockingWithGarterbelt'' does this with every episode, referencing famous movies: "[[Film/FightClub Catfight Club]]", "[[Film/PulpFiction Pulp Addiction]]", etc...
* ''Manga/KangokuGakuen'' does this with several chapter titles, like Taxi Driver (Chapter includes a character talking to himself in the mirror) and other big films.

[[folder:Fan Works]]
* ''FanFic/MyFamilyAndOtherEquestrians'':
** [[Literature/MyFamilyAndOtherAnimals The title of the story]]
** "[[Film/MrSmithGoesToWashington Mr Star Goes to Canterlot]]" (chapter 10)
** "Series/LawAndOrder: Equestria" (interlude 16)
* The FanFic/PoniesAfterPeople universe is most likely named for ''Series/LifeAfterPeople'', which has a similar premise.
* The title of ''FanFic/FreakyEdDay'' is a reference to ''Film/FreakyFriday''.

[[folder: Literature]]
* One book of ''{{Literature/Dinoverse}}'' is titled "[[Film/RebelWithoutACause Raptor Without A Cause]]". It doesn't actually reference that in-story at all, though.

[[folder: Live Action Television]]
* ''Series/{{Workaholics}}'' does this frequently, usually combining a normal phrase with something else. For example "The Business Trip", in which Ders goes on a business trip with Alice, and then they all trip on acid. "Temp-tress", when the guys are tempted by an attractive office temp, "Model Kombat", "True Dromance" and plenty more.
* Many episodes of the Syfy series ''Series/{{Eureka}}'', especially in the third season. ("Bad to the Drone," "Show Me the Mummy," "Best in Faux.")
* ''Series/{{Farscape}}'' did it a lot also, such as "John Quixote," "I Shrink Therefore I Am" and "Bringing Home The Beacon".
* ''Series/GossipGirl''
* Several episodes of ''Series/{{Charmed}}''.
* The Creator/FoodNetwork cooking show ''Series/GoodEats'' does this for most of its episodes: "Porterhouse Rules," "Citizen Cane," "The Egg Files," "Field of Greens," etc.
* An episode of ''Series/{{Lost}}'' is called "Some Like it Hoth," a reference to both ''SomeLikeItHot'' and ''TheEmpireStrikesBack.''
* Too many ''Series/{{Psych}}'' episodes to list. [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_Psych_episodes Observe...]]
* Similar to ''WesternAnimation/{{The Simpsons}}'' example, there's the ''Series/{{Angel}}'' episode "To Shanshu In LA", in which it eventually turns out that [[StealthPun the Shanshu prophecy refers to]] a vampire [[Film/ToLiveAndDieInLA becoming mortal and thus living and dying naturally]].
* ''{{Series/Supernatural}}'' does it a lot. "Sam, Interrupted", "Are You There, God? It's Me, Dean Winchester"...
* Every episode of ''Andy Barker, P.I.'' (except the first, which is just called "Pilot") is named after a mystery or thriller movie, such as "[[Film/TheBigSleep The Big No Sleep]]" and "[[Film/TheLadyVanishes The Lady Varnishes]]".

[[folder: Video Games]]
* The tasks and scrolls in ''VideoGame/MySims Kingdom'' frequently have this kind of name when they're not being boringly prosaic. For example, when you're told where to find a scroll that helps you make gears, the task is called [[GearsOfWar "Gears of Where?"]]; when you get the scroll, it's called [[Franchise/MetalGear "Solid Gears of Metal"]].
* Chapter 4 of ''VideoGame/PaperMarioTheThousandYearDoor'' is called "For Pigs the Bell Tolls".

[[folder: Web Comic]]
* ''Webcomic/TheNonAdventuresOfWonderella''. Every. Single. Strip.
* ''Website/PlatypusComix'' applies this to several comics and articles.

[[folder: Western Animation]]
* A few ''WesternAnimation/LooneyTunes'' shorts made after the "Golden Age" have these, such as "Invasion of the Bunny Snatchers" or "The Whizzard of Ow".
* A few episodes of ''WesternAnimation/SouthPark''.
* ''WesternAnimation/EdEddNEddy'' has a number of episodes like this, such as "The Day the Ed Stood Still".
* ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons'' achieves many of these puns by incorporating Homer's CatchPhrase, "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."
* ''WesternAnimation/FanboyAndChumChum'' 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 ''{{WesternAnimation/Futurama}}''.
* Many recent episodes of ''WesternAnimation/TheFairlyOddParents'' have this type of title, such as "Two and a Half Babies", "The Bored Identity", "Cosmonopoly", and "Finding Emo".
* ''WesternAnimation/{{Pelswick}}'' had a few, such as "Invasion of the Buddy Snatchers".
* ''WesternAnimation/PhineasAndFerb'' has several. For example, [[Film/ItsAMadMadMadMadWorld It's a Mud, Mud, Mud, Mud World]], [[Film/NightOfTheLivingDead1968 Night of the Living Pharmacists]], [[Literature/JourneyToTheCenterOfTheEarth Journey to the Center of Candace]], [[Film/SleeplessInSeattle Meapless in Seattle]], etc.
* ''WesternAnimation/RandyCunninghamNinthGradeNinja''
* ''WesternAnimation/UncleGrandpa'' has the episode "Big in Japan", whose title comes from a Alphaville song.
* Several episodes of ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic'', starting with "Boast Busters."
** There's also the episode "Spice Up Your Life", whose title comes directly from a Spice Girls song.
* Many episodes of the ''WesternAnimation/{{Beetlejuice}}'' cartoon have these, usually as a WholePlotReference. Often they're punny or gross versions of movie titles, such as ''The Unnatural'', ''The Wizard of Ooze,'' and ''It's a Wonderful Afterlife.''