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A particular title structure like Mobile Suit Gundam, where the title takes the form of "Adjective Noun Propername", or a slight variation of that basic form. Often (but not always) the noun/adjective phrase describes what kind of thing the proper name belongs to.

Sub-Trope to Character Title.

This can overlap with Role Called; however, unlike Role Called, this kind of title doesn't necessarily refer to the main character. Compare Character Name and the Noun Phrase and The Noun Who Verbed. For someone whose actual name is Adjectivenoun, see Luke Nounverber. If the title is just The Adjective Propername (more likely in Silver Age comics than anime), that's The Adjectival Superhero.

It's worth noting that this is a standard grammar form in Japanese and Korean (with examples ranging far beyond just television shows, and into examples like stores, restaurants and even buildings and cities), and many translations keep the Japanese or Korean word order, however odd it may sound in English. A more English-sounding equivalent would be "Fred the Adjective Noun" or "Fred: Adjective Noun".

Not to be confused with the song "Right Said Fred" by Bernard Cribbins or the 90s pop act who did "I'm Too Sexy", who were named after the song. That, for the record, is "Interjection Verb Fred."

Title examples:

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  • The Norwegian tale "White Bear King Valemon."


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  • The old country folk song "Cotton-Eyed Joe, best known perhaps via the Rednex cover.


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In-story examples:

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  • A panel of Ayakashi Triangle where Suzu taste-tests a donut has her refer to herself as Dessert Detective Suzu, which is accompanied by a fake logo that spells her name out with pastries.
    Shirogane: You already have plenty of titles. No need to add any nonsensical ones.
  • The Kurosagi Corpse Delivery Service has the in-story show Magical Maid Girl Mumume-tan, whose lead character Makino sometimes cosplays-for-pay.
  • Many of One Piece Characters, capitalized on by the World Government in their bounty posters:
    • Straw Hat Luffy
    • Cat Burglar Nami
    • Black Leg Sanji
    • Demon Child Nico Robin
    • Pirate King Gold Roger
    • Hawk Eyes Mihawk
    • Fire Fist Ace
    • Dark King Silvers Raleigh
      • Also in the Chopperman filler, you get characters like "Pervert Monster Sanjilops".
  • Oreimo has the Show Within a Show Stardust Witch Meruru
  • Overlord (2012): Ainz' underlings try to think up an appropriate title for their boss, all of them in "Adjective King Ainz" format. After Beautiful, Wise and Handsome don't make the list, they end up accepting Sorcerer King Ainz.

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  • Parodied by Warren Ellis in Transmetropolitan, the in-universe anime series based on Spider Jerusalem is Magical Truthsaying Bastard Spidey. An extra adjective, but probably what Ellis was going for.


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  • Parodied in MADtv (1995) with the character and vaguely Asian-stereotype Miss Swan, who ran the "Gorgeous Pretty Beauty Nail Salon."

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  • In Banjo-Tooie, each boss has a silly descriptor, like "Grubby Boiler Monarch Old King Coal" or "Self-Important Anglerfish Lord Woo Fak Fak". Klungo actually gets a new one each time you fight him.
  • The boss captions in the TurboGrafx-16 version of Valis II are given in this format (the one exception, "Haizen the Ruthless," may be due to the general inconsistency of the translation).
  • Yoshi signs his message to Mario in Super Mario World as "Super Dragon Yoshi" in the Japanese version.note 
  • Dark Souls and its sequel seem to love this trope almost as much as the *Name* of *Location* variant. Many of the named NPCs and bosses seem to follow this convention. While some seem to be legitimate titles (Chaos Witch Quelaag, Royal Sorcerer Navlaan), others are clearly not (Big Hat Logan, Ancient Soldier Varg).
  • Hollow Knight has Zote the Mighty's dream boss form, Grey Prince Zote. He actually starts as the Terrifying, Beautiful, Powerful, Grey Prince Zote, but you can fight him multiple times, and each time you win and begin a rematch, an extra adjective gets added to the front of his name, until eventually he becomes the Invincible, Fearless, Sensual, Mysterious, Enchanting, Vigorous, Diligent, Overwhelming, Gorgeous, Passionate, Terrifying, Beautiful, Powerful, Grey Prince Zote!
  • In Disgaea: Hour of Darkness, the stories Etna makes up for the next chapter previews all have titles in this form.
  • In the Wild ARMs series, most boss names follow this pattern.
  • Fortune Summoners: The "Magical Girl Merrin" stories.
  • Several of the Deviant Monster names in Monster Hunter Generations and its Updated Re-release Monster Hunter Generations Ultimate follow this format, though with the adjective and noun parts smooshed into one word: Redhelm Arzuros, Silverwind Nargacuga, Deadeye Yian Garuga, Grimclaw Tigrex, Elderfrost Gammoth, and Stonefist Hermitaur.
  • Lonely Wolf Treat: The Idiosyncratic Episode Naming pattern for the first four games:
    • Lonely Wolf Treat
    • Friendly Bunny Mochi
    • Clever Fox Moxie
    • Wandering Wolf Trick
  • World of Mana.
    • Trials of Mana's fantranlation followed this convection when it came to places, such as "Grassland Country Forcenanote ", "Wind Kingdom Rolantenote " and "Sand Fortress Navarrenote ".
    • Legend of Mana followed a similar approach with "Hometown Domina", "Cliff Town Gato" and "Moonlit City Roa" to name a few.

  • Questionable Content: In comic 3425, Dale and Marigold are watching an anime titled "Ass Swordsman Tetsuo", being the story of a demon-fighting swordsman who can pull swords out of his ass. When May says that sounds interesting, they tell her that it's actually so full of boring Filler and Exposition that as of episode 22, the main character has yet to pull a single sword out of his ass. Marigold can't decide whether it's a brilliant deconstruction of Shonen anime tropes or just garbage.

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