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.
- On The Simpsons, Troy McClure starred in a film called The Contrabulous Fabtraption of Professor Horatio Hufnagel, giving us the picture above.
- The Transcredible Exploits of Zapp Brannigan from Futurama.
- The Marvelous Misadventures of Flapjack
- The Mysterious Geographic Explorations of Jasper Morello
- The Amazing World of Gumball
- Cheyenne Cinnamon and the Fabulous Unicorn of Sugar Town Candy Fudge on [adult swim].
- The Completely Mental Misadventures Of Ed Grimley.
- Hanna-Barbera had two syndicated packages that involve this. In the mid 1970s, The Fun World Of Hanna-Barbera was a packaging of five shows previously aired on Saturday mornings (The Perils of Penelope Pitstop, Dastardly and Muttley in Their Flying Machines, The Funky Phantom, The Amazing Chan and the Chan Clan and Wacky Races). In 1985, they released The Funtastic World Of Hanna-Barbera, which started out as a 90-minute umbrella show of three new cartoons (Yogi's Treasure Hunt, Galtar and the Golden Lance and Paw Paws). As the seasons passed, it expanded to two hours and began replaying shows previously seen as well as introducing new elements.