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The Fantastic Trope of Wonderous Titles
There's a tendency in media to create very long titles full of rare (or fake
) multisyllabic words that paint a picture of whimsy, fun, and adventure, especially when the work is set in the past. This is almost a Dead Unicorn Trope
as most of the titles are homages to works that never existed at all. It's often associated with pseudo-Victorian throwbacks and Steam Punk
Not to be confused with (but may overlap with) Character Name and the Noun Phrase
. A sub-trope of Long Title
. See also The Adjectival Superhero
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Anime and Manga
- Bob Newhart's album The Buttoned-Down Mind of Bob Newhart
- The Last of the Really Great Whangdoodles
- From the Mixed-Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler
- The Incredible Adventures of Professor Branestawm
- Another classic kids' book: Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day.
- The Amazing Maurice and His Educated Rodents
- Gulliver's Travels, officially known as Travels into Several Remote Nations of the World, in Four Parts. By Lemuel Gulliver, First a Surgeon, and then a Captain of Several Ships.
- Andre Norton's Scarface: Being the story of one Justin Blade, late of the pirate isle of Tortuga, and how fate deal justly deal with him to his great profit — which harks back to the same era as Gulliver
- The Transformation of Miss Mavis Ming (Return of the Fireclown)
- The Adventures of Una Persson and Catherine Cornelius in the 20th Century
- The Astonishing Adventures of Fanboy and Goth Girl
- "The Deadly Mission of Phineas Snodgrass"
- Parodied in Good Omens with the book within the book "The Nice and Accurate Prophecies of Agnes Nutter; Being a Certaine and Precise History from the Present Day Unto the Endinges of this World. Containing therein Many Diuerse Wonders and precepts for the Wife; More complete than ever yet before published; Concerning the Strange Times aheade and Events of a Wonderful Nature"
- The Girl Who Circumnavigated Fairyland in a Ship of Her Own Making
- I Am a Genius of Unspeakable Evil and I Want to Be Your Class President
- Galaxy of Fear has the interquel, Death in the Slave Pits of Lorrd, or How I Spent My Inter-Term Break.
- The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao
- Arcadia Snips and the Steamwork Consortium: Being a Wholly Accurate Account of Matters Concerning Steam, Skullduggery, and the Reckless Application of Mathematics in the Late 19th Century
- Jean Robinson's The Strange But Wonderful Cosmic Awareness of Duffy Moon
- Ellen Conford's The Revenge of the Incredible Dr. Rancid and His Youthful Assistant, Jeffrey
Live Action Television
- Music from the unrealized film script Dusk at Cubist Castle, debut LP of The Olivia Tremor Control. To a lesser extent, the band's name (and the loosely-structured "Elephant 6 Collective" of bands, of which they are a member) are also examples of the trope.
- Almost any Coheed and Cambria album title. (Example: Good Apollo, I'm Burning Star IV, Volume One: From Fear Through the Eyes of Madness)
- The Beatles' Sergeant Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band, which features the song, "Being for the Benefit of Mr. Kite"
- Also their album Magical Mystery Tour
- David Bowie's The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders From Mars.