Prepositional Phrase Equals Coolness
When naming anything - a place, a weapon, a title, a society, anything - just add a prepositional phrase to get instant AWESOME! This is most commonly seen when being used to beef up the titles of movies and books. The most frequently used preposition for this is "of (put noun of choice here)", but "with" and "for" are also usable. Often times, when this is used, the thing being upgraded wouldn't be half as cool or interesting without their handy-dandy prepositional phrases.
A Super Trope
Tropes involving these phrases include:
Compare Prepositions Are Not to End Sentences With
. Can often be A Good Name for a Rock Band
, even if that trope name's not an example of one.
Anime and Manga
Most of these are likely to be introduced by translations, rather than being original to the Japanese versions, simply because there is almost always another possible word order the translation could
use, but didn't.
- The Familiar Of Zero
- There's a reason fans of Naruto tend to prefer the subtitles' name for the last battle between Naruto and Sasuke in Part One over the dub's name. Compare the Valley of the End to the Final Valley and make your own decision.
- Legend of Galactic Heroes
- Another double phrase example: Edvard Grieg's In the Hall of the Mountain King
- Italian symphonic metal band Rhapsody of Fire, though they changed their name from "Rhapsody" because of a trademark dispute. Still ... "The power of the Dragonflame will burn brighter than ever before!"
- Same goes for Nanowar, who became "Nanowar Of Steel" due to trademark shenanigans.
- A few of the songs from the Trans-Siberian Orchestra fit this trope, like "The Ghosts of Christmas Eve," "Queen of the Winter Night," and "The Dreams of Candlelight."
- "The Wreck of the Edmund Fitzgerald" by Gordon Lightfoot.
- "The Battle of Evermore" by Led Zeppelin.
- "The Siege And Investiture Of Baron Von Frankenstein's Castle At Weisseria" by Blue Öyster Cult.
- The albums The Piper at the Gates of Dawn, A Saucerful of Secrets, and Dark Side of the Moon by Pink Floyd.
- The albums The Lamb Lies Down on Broadway, A Trick of the Tail, and Selling England By the Pound by Genesis.
- "Once Upon a Time in the West" and "Sultans of Swing"—Dire Straits
- "Day of the Baphomets" and "Drunkship of Lanterns" by The Mars Volta.
- Phineas and Ferb: "He's a semiaquatic, egg-laying mammal OF ACTION!" Yup, platypi just became awesome.
- The Brak Show: "That's a light switch... OF TOTAL DEVASTATION!"