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.

Examples

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    Anime and Manga 

    Comedy 
  • Bob Newhart's album The Buttoned-Down Mind of Bob Newhart

    Comics 

    Fan Fiction 

    Film 

    Literature 

    Live Action Television 

    Music 
  • 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.

    Tabletop Games 

    Theater 

    Video Games 

    Web Comic 

    Web Original 

    Western Animation 

Alternative Title(s):

The Fantastic Trope Of Wondrous Titles