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Now do the same title format six more times!note 

"It will be called Harry Potter and... something. Catchy, don't you think? And I think I'll follow the same model for seven."
J. K. Rowling (on the title of the sixth book before it was announced)

This is a standard way to name individual works in a loosely-linked series; it is currently most common in children's books. Frequently the noun phrase in question will be of The X of Y form.

A common variant is to use the possessive instead of "and the", giving Character Name's Noun Phrase or Character Name and his Noun Phrase.

Several crazes on Twitter have involved constructing Puns with patterns like "Make two movies into one" (The Unbearable Lightness Of Being John Malkovich, The Day After Tomorrow Never Dies) and this trope offers ripe potential. Just take the "Character Name" part and add the "And The Noun Phrase" part from another series: Indiana Jones and the Chocolate Factory. Another variation is to add the title of a movie that doesn't follow this pattern to a Character Name from a series that does: Indiana Jones and the Minority Report. Confusingly there is a novel called Indiana Jones and the Philosopher's Stone, written before the Harry Potter book came out.


While not to be confused with The Fantastic Trope of Wonderous Titles, there can be overlap. See also Name and Name, in which the noun phrase refers to one of the characters.


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    Anime & Manga 

    Asian Animation 
  • Certain episodes of Motu Patlu have titles following this naming format. Usually these are named "Motu Patlu aur [x]" (with "aur" meaning "and" in Hindi).

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    Fairy Tales 
  • Catherine and Her Fate: Doubles as Name and Name, since the fate is an Anthropomorphic Personification.
  • Goldilocks and the Three Bears: A young girl named Goldilocks wanders into the house of a family of three bears, eating their food and sleeping on their furniture while the bears are out.
  • King Midas and the Golden Touch: The protagonist, King Midas, wishes that everything he touches would turn to gold, hence giving he himself a magic touch.
  • Aladdin and the Magic Lamp: Protagonist Aladdin finds a magical lamp which contains a genie that will grant him three wishes.
  • Ali Baba and the Forty Thieves
  • Cinderella and the Glass Slipper: Cinderella, a young woman being raised by her cruel stepmother, goes to a royal ball wearing magical clothes and falls in love with the prince. At the end of the night they vanish, with the exception of her glass slippers - one of which was inadvertently left at the palace, and which is the prince's only clue to her identity.
  • Jack and the Beanstalk: Gullible Jack trades his cow for magic beans, which grow into a giant beanstalk. Jack climbs the beanstalk into the clouds and an adventure ensues.
  • The Princess and the Pea

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  • Long John and the Silver Beetles (after Buddy Holly and the Crickets), before shortening their name to The Beatles.
    • Prior to being just The Beatles, they were back-up under the billing Tony Sheridan And The Beatles.
  • Bill Haley and his Comets.
  • David Bowie's The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders from Mars, possibly his best-remembered album.
  • T.Rex, featuring Bowie's pal Marc Bolan, put out an obscure LP called ''Zinc Alloy and the Hidden Riders of Tomorrow,'. The title plays on Bolan's late 60's plan if T. Rex did not work out as a band to adopt the name "Zinc Alloy" for continued music-making; a name which partially inspired the persona of Ziggy Stardust. For reasons that may have to do with label mandate "Marc Bolan and T.Rex" was put on the album cover as well. The inclusion of "...And the Hidden Riders of Tomorrow" is most likely a tongue-in-cheek nod to Bowie's successful album.
  • Marky Mark and the Funky Bunch.
  • The Smashing Pumpkins's Melon Collie and the Infinite Sadness.
  • Hootie & the Blowfish. Subverted in that "Hootie" is not a character name, even if a lot of people think it is.
    • Actually a subversion, as the band was named after two friends of the band members (one friend nicknamed "Hootie", the other nicknamed "the Blowfish"); the ambiguous grammatical number of the latter led people to think it was this trope.
  • Parodied by the groups Jump 'n' The Saddle and Phil 'n' The Blanks.
  • "By-Tor and the Snow Dog", a famous Rush song.
  • Elton John has the song "Benny and the Jets" and the album Capt. Fantastic and the Brown Dirt Cowboy.
  • The Supremes later became "Diana Ross and the Supremes".
  • Red Nickels and his Five Pennies.
  • Peter Green's Fleetwood Mac, before Peter Green left the group
  • Tears for Fears' Raoul and the Kings of Spain and "Johnny Panic and the Bible of Dreams."
  • George Thorogood and the (Delaware) Destroyers (of "Bad to the Bone" fame)
  • Huey Lewis and the News
  • Adam and the Ants
  • During the Big Band era, many acts were billed as "[Name of Bandleader] and His Orchestra."
  • Mexican Group Beto y Sus Canarios (Beto and His Canaries)
  • Siouxsie and the Banshees
  • Lil Jon and the Eastside Boyz
  • DJ Jazzy Jeff and The Fresh Prince (also a Name and Name example, although The Fresh Prince was the actual rapper note )
  • Dion and the Belmonts (although Dion wasn't originally a member)
  • The same goes for (Frankie Lymon and) the Teenagers.
  • Peter and the Wolf
  • Bob Marley and the Wailers. Ziggy Marley and the Melody Makers
  • Prince and the Revolutionnote  Prince and the New Power Generation
  • Bruce Hornsby and the Range (best known for their song "(That's Just) The Way it is"note )
  • Question Mark And The Mysterians , of 1966's "96 Tears" fame
  • Captain Beefheart and his Magic Band
  • Dr Hook and the Medicine Show of "Cover of The Rolling Stone" fame, before they shortened their name to just Dr. Hook.
  • Echo & the Bunnymen of "The Killing Moon" Fame
  • Jonathan Richman and The Modern Lovers is what a good portion of the Modern Lovers albums are labeled as.
  • Punk band Richard Hell and the Voidoids
  • Jaron and the Long Road to Love, a solo project of Jaron Lowenstein.
  • Me First and the Gimme Gimmes, an indie cover band.note 
  • Martha (Reeves) and the Vandellas (of "Dancing in the Street" fame)
  • Edie Brickell and the New Bohemians (of "What I Am" fame)
  • Gladys Knight and the Pips
  • K. C. and the Sunshine Band
  • The Band's "Daniel and the Sacred Harp"
  • Derek and the Dominosnote 
  • Kobra And The Lotus
  • Commander Cody and His Lost Planet Airmen (best known for their [famous] cover version of Hot Rod Lincolnnote )
    • Charlie Ryan and the Livingston Boys; a solo project by Charlie Ryan, who originally wrote and recorded the song.
  • Gloria Estefan and the Miami Sound Machine (although before that, they were known as simply "Miami Sound Machine"note )
  • Guy Lombardo and His Royal Canadians (best remembered for their New Year's Eve broadcastsnote  long before Dick Clark's New Year's Rockin' Evenote )
  • Herb Alpertnote  and the Tijuana Brassnote 
  • Katrina and the Waves
  • Tears for Fears:
    • Raoul and the Kings of Spain
    • "Johnny Panic and the Bible of Dreams"
  • Hobo Johnson and the Lovemakers

    Myths & Religion 
  • From The Bible, we have "Noah and the Ark" (more popularly known as "Noah's Ark"), a story of Earth's last good human being and his family being saved from a flood after God instructs them to build a giant ark and pile all the animals on Earth into it.
  • From Greek Mythology, we have Pandora's Box. Pandora, a human woman, receives a mysterious box as a wedding present with firm instructions to never open it. Curiosity eventually gets the better of her and she opens the box.
  • King Arthur and the (12) Knights of the Round Table.




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    Web Animation 
  • Eddie at The LMV follows this format but with the word "at" instead of "and". "The LMV" is the name of the band that Eddie is a part of.

    Web Comics 

    Web Original 
  • Harry Potter is spoofed in the science-fiction webzine "Axxón" in a fake book review, where the main character is called "Hewlett Packard" and some titles (translated from Spanish) are: Hewlett Packard and the Primordial Matter, Hewlett Packard and the Cold-Storage Chamber, Hewlett Packard and the Loyal Order of Water Buffaloes, Hewlett Packard and the Recalcitrant Bastard. More (in Spanish) here.
  • Another suggestion, courtesy of the author of Get Medieval: random historical events. It works quite well.
  • All the Phase novels in the Whateley Universe have titles like this. "Ayla and the Late Trevor James Goodkind", "Ayla and the Blackmailer", ...

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