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Does "Dreamland" refer to the nightclub or the Adventures in Comaland? Yes.

"A game name like Just Cause is absolute gold for the reviewer, since it can mean both '(a) just cause', a righteous agenda, or the phrase 'just (be)cause', a dismissive explanation of whimsical or reckless behavior. The opportunity for puns is obvious: why would you steal a passenger jet and fly it directly up the bumhole of a sun-bathing prostitute? Just 'cause! Praise and large quantities of gamer pussy will swiftly follow."
Yahtzee, Zero Punctuation

Some works have titles with multiple meanings that all refer to the content of the work in different and independent ways. The authors are probably very proud of themselves.

They are often hard or impossible to translate literally to another language, so translations will frequently use a Completely Different Title.

Compare: Pun-Based Title, where the titles only sound like other things that refer to the content of the work, Justified Title, where a title that refers to the format of the work also refers to the content in some way, and Multiple Reference Pun, where similar forms of wordplay appear in other facets of the work. Subtrope of Double Meaning.



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    Anime & Manga 
  • Berserk: The Conviction Arc (断罪篇 or Danzai hen) is a Story Arc named after the Tower of Conviction in St. Albion, which is a place where sinners are punished. Throughout this Arc, Guts comes into conflict with Knight Templar antagonists including the Holy Iron Chain Knights and Bishop Mozgus who are on a crusade to stamp out witchcraft and heresy, so that the title refers to how they "convict" and punish anyone who disagrees with their religion. Translating danzai as "conviction" gives it a second meaning in English, since a "conviction" is also a strongly held belief such as one's religion or being sure that one's cause is just, which is a major theme of the arc for Guts as well as his antagonists, and especially for Farnese.
  • In B Gata H Kei, (B type, H style), B stands for the main character's B blood type, and B cup breast size. It also stands for "second base", in the Japanese equivalent of our baseball metaphors. (Coincidentally, by our classification, she is also a B Type Tsundere.)
  • The final episode of Death Note's Animated Adaptation is titled "New World". It's also the climatic end in which the stakes are at their highest: will the New World be Light's perfect utopia, or one where Kira disappears forever?
    • The title of the second movie is "The Last Name." It could refer to Light's struggle to find L's last name, since L's real name is L Lawliet, but it also could refer to whose name will be the last one written in the Death Note.
  • The Elder Sister-like One refers to Chiyo's role as Yuu's Cool Big Sis and the fact that she is a literal Lovecraftian horror (though she's technically an Outer God, not an Elder God).
  • The title of Girl Friends could mean "girls who are friends" or "girls who are lovers". The story revolves around both, being about how Mari and Akko start as best friends but fall in love with each other.
  • The Japanese title of Haré+Guu, Jungle wa Itsumo Hare Nochi Guu, is a rather elaborate pun that can be read several different ways, due to different readings of some of the words:
    • In the Jungle was Always Hare but then came Guu
    • The Jungle was Always Nice, Then Came Guu
    • The Jungle Is Always Sunny or Hungry
    • And the most obscure, a pun on a common phrase in Japanese weather forecasts:
      • The Jungle Is Always Clear, With A Chance of Showers
      • The Jungle is Always Clear, With Scattered Guu
  • Kaguya-sama: Love Is War does this with the two-part arc "I can't hear the fireworks". In part one it refers to the fact that Kaguya is confined to her bedroom. In part two it's because her heart is beating too loudly after seeing everything Shirogane did for her to make sure she could see them.
  • Love Hina. Hina refers to Hinata Sou, named after the original owner, but is also Japanese for "chick".
  • Mai-HiME is a quintuple pun, meaning "Mai the HiMe", "My HiMe", "My princess", "Mai the princess" and "Maihime" (a kind of dance).
  • Martian Successor Nadesico (Kidou Senkan Nadesico, literally "Mobile Battleship Nadesico"): "Kidou Senkan" is similar sounding to "Kidou Senshi" referencing the use of Humongous Mecha in the show. "Senkan Nadesico" (or "Nadeshiko") is a double pun that references both Uchuu Senkan Yamato, and the Japanese concept of Yamato Nadeshiko. This multi-layered, multiple reference pun is likely the reason why ADV Films released it as "Martian Successor Nadesico" in North America.
  • Mobile Suit Gundam AGE refers to both the AGE system that are used to create the eponymous mechas, as well as the Coming-of-Age Story of its three protagonists.
  • Neon Genesis Evangelion:
    • The Japanese title for the first movie, Death and Rebirth, is written as "シト新生" (Shi to Shinsei). The first two characters, written in katakana, can either stand for "死と" (shi to, "death and," as in the English title) or "使徒" (shito, "apostle," the term used in the original Japanese to refer to the Angels).
    • A similar pun was employed for the title of episode 24, "最後のシ者" (Saigo no Shisha), which can be read as "The Final Messenger" or "The Final Casualty" depending on what kanji is used for "shi". On top of that, "シ者" looks like "渚" (Nagisa — as in Kaworu's last name). This sums up the plot of the episode, which is that Kaworu turns out to be the final Angel, and dies. Also, the word " Angel" can mean "Messenger"
    • The final episode of the series is called, "The Beast that Shouted Ai at the Heart of the World." Obviously it's a pun on a Harlan Ellison story ("The Beast that Shouted 'Love'..." — ai means "love"), but it sounds like "The Beast that Shouted 'I'..." As in, "I am an individual!"
  • Parasyte, is titled 寄生獣 (Kiseijū) in the original Japanese, literally meaning "Parasitic Beasts". On the face of it, this refers to the Puppeteer Parasite alien species which appears among humanity and begins to prey on humans. At the same time, however, it refers to the theme of humans being a threat to themselves and the earth through overpopulation and environmental destruction. Toward the end, the leader of the parasite conspiracy Takeshi Hirokawa accuses humanity of being the real parasites destroying the Earth, making a Title Drop by calling humans "parasitic beasts".
  • Puella Magi Madoka Magica:
    • The font of the kanji "魔法" (mahou, magic) in Mahou Shoujo Madoka Magica (Magical Girl Madoka Magica) logo text is heavily stylized, and could be read instead as "廃怯" (hai-kyou, cowardice, hesitation). The title could reasonably be read as "廃怯少女 まどか☆マギカ" (Hai-Kyou Shoujo Madoka Magika), or Wavering Girl Madoka Magica in English. This is, if anything, a more accurate description of the series.
    • Another view is this: as Kyubey mentioned 魔法少女 (Magical Girl) are immature witches (魔女), 廃怯少女 can be construed as immature 廃女 (abolish-girl), or girl that abolishes — so what did Madoka do in the end?
    • In the romanized title, "Puella Magi" is known to be incorrect Gratuitous Latin for Magical Girl—magi is masculine as opposed the correct Latin for magical girl "Puella Maga". However "magi" is actually a noun with many meaning in Latin, among them "wise man" or "deceiver". Meanwhile, while "puella" could be used as a translation of "girl", is usually used in the context of child slaves. In other words the romanized title could be considered Deciever's slave: Madoka Magica highlighting the manipulative nature of Kyubey and the magical girl system.
    • Puella Magi Madoka Magica the Movie: Rebellion, meanwhile, has a title seemingly chosen specifically to make people argue about which "Rebellion" they're referring to. Kyubey rebelling against Madokami? Homura rebelling against her imprisonment? The girls rebelling against Homura's attempt to destroy herself and the labyrinth to save them? Homura rebelling against Madokami? The implied eventual rebellion to Homura's new world order? Urobuchi rebelling against people wanting a happier ending? It's anyone's guess, but it's probably meant to be at least a few of these things.
  • Shokugeki no Soma directly means "cooking spirit", yet it can also be interpreted as "Soma of Shokugeki", where the term "shokugeki" refers to the name of the school's famous high-stakes cooking duels. The word "Soma" is a pun on Soma's name in the Japanese version, and a direct reference to his name in the English localization.
  • Soul Eater: This one works on several levels; it is the Deuteragonist's name, a description of several characters (both good and bad), and used figuratively by Crona in the penultimate chapter to describe fear.
  • Tenchi Muyo! can mean "No Need For Tenchi!", "No Need For Heaven and Earth!", or "This Way Up!", depending on the interpretation.
  • Urusei Yatsura: "Urusei" is a misspelling/mispronounciation of "urusai", which usually means "loud", or "annoying", or "obnoxious" and is also used to tell people to "shut up". "Yatsura" is a pejorative way of referring to a group of people. Also, while most of the name is written in hiragana, the kanji for "star" is used for the "sei" in the title, referring to Lum, an alien being who is one of the main characters. Thus, the title can be translated as "Those Annoying Aliens", or "Those Obnoxious Aliens".
  • Yu-Gi-Oh! ARC-V's title features a few puns. The "arc" not only refers to this show being the fifth Yugioh story arc (as in, it's the fifth anime series.) "Arc" is also a reference to a pendulum arc, and the V looks like a kind of pendulum arc. "ARC-V" as a term is also relevant in the final season of the show, as the Professor's machine that he wants to use to fuse the four dimensions.
  • For Zombie Land Saga, the "Saga" in the anime's title refers to Saga Prefecture in Kyushu, which the main characters are trying to revitalize, as well as how the story is a "saga" of how the girls aim to become successful idols despite being zombies.
  • The Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood episode "The Shape of This Country" reveals that the entire history of the country of Amestris has been engineered to create and fuel a gigantic transmutation circle at its border. Thus, the country has been "shaped" for an evil plot both figuratively and literally. (This is also a reference back to the very first episode, where McDougal ranted to the Elrics, "Don't you guys understand the shape this country is in?")

    Comic Books 
  • The last story arc of The Sandman is The Wake, which has three relevant meanings. The titles of the three chapters make them explicit: "Which Occurs in the Wake of What Has Gone Before", "In Which a Wake Is Held", and "In Which We Wake".
  • Watchmen:
    • The phrase "Who watches the watchmen?" can be translated from the original Latin ("Quis custodiet ipsos custodes?") as "who guards the guards?" implying that the superheroes themselves are under attack. But it can also refer to those who watch, implying that someone else is watching them. It's also suggested to mean "Who watches over them?", since they're virtually all horribly broken individuals. Alternately, it can be interpreted as "who polices the police?", referring to the fact that the "heroes" aren't really as heroic as they should be.
    • It also has an entirely different set of layered meanings — Dr. Manhattan was originally a watchmaker, and his ability to see the future implies that everyone and everything in the universe is simply an unwinding clockwork mechanism — a world of mechanical watch-men.
    • The title of Chapter 10 is "Two Riders Were Approaching", a phrase from the Bob Dylan song "All Along the Watchtower". (The line is quoted in full at the chapter's end.) This phrase turns out to have five meanings within the chapter.
      • The initial panels show the president and vice president arriving at the Cheyenne Mountain bunker, first on separate jet planes and then riding separate electric golf carts.
      • In the parallel story line of the "Black Freighter" pirate comic book, the protagonist encounters (and kills) two people riding horses.
      • Two Jehovah's Witnesses riding bicycles stop at the newsstand to buy a newspaper and try to give a tract to the newsvendor.
      • The last few panels show Nite Owl and Rorshach on hover-bikes, approaching Veidt's Antarctic base.
      • When Nite Owl tries to guess the password on Veidt's office computer, it responds to his almost-correct password with "Password incomplete: Do you wish to add rider?" The correct "rider" is the number two.
  • The Walking Dead: At first you think it's relatively obvious that the Walking Dead refers to the Romero like zombies. The first time it receives a Title Drop is when Rick has reached a Heroic BSoD and shouts that the survivors of the Zombie Apocalypse are the Walking Dead because it's only a matter of time until they all die.
  • Ex Machina has a few examples:
    • The first storyline is titled "The First Hundred Days". It refers both to an old rule about politics (that a politician's first 100 days in office are the most crucial), and to the protagonist Mitchell Hundred's first days as Mayor of New York City.
    • The "Smoke Smoke" story arc is both about Mitchell getting dragged into a debate over legalizing marijuana in New York City, and about the New York Police Department investigating a string of crimes seemingly committed by a rogue firefighter. It also ends with the revelation that Mitchell secretly smokes marijuana to cope with the stressful side effects of his powers.
  • Rivers of London: Detective Stories. The four stories in the miniseries are, of course, detective stories. They also have a Framing Story of PC Grant discussing the cases with his examiner as part of his promotion exam: he's telling the stories to become a detective.
  • Star Trek: Untold Voyages:
    • "Worlds Collide" refers to both the asteroid heading towards an M-Class planet and Saavik's difficulties in learning to become truly Vulcan because of her half-Romulan heritage.
    • "Odyssey's End" refers to both the end of the Enterprise's second five-year mission under Kirk's command and the Abductors ending their mission to undo the work of the Preservers after several million years.

    Comic Strips 
  • Phil Dunlap's Ink Pen takes place around a talent agency for cartoon/comics characters — an "ink pen" of sorts.

    Fan Works 
  • The Steven Universe fanfic Selaginella Lepidophylla deals with Rose Quartz coming back from the dead (or did she?) using a modified Time Thing. The title is the scientific name for a plant that is called "Stone Flower", "Resurrection Plant", and "False Rose of Jericho", among other names.
  • The Invader Zim fanfic "In Short Supply" deals with the Irkens' height-based class system, with both a lack of medium-sized Irkens and Zim's own shortness central to the story.
  • Calvin and Hobbes: The Series has "RIP Calvin". It's a My Future Self and Me plot, and the first part of it heavily hints that Calvin would die in the future. This is revealed not to be the case — he's alive, albeit as a Brain in a Jar. Then the future selves start trying to kill off their younger forms, and Calvin is the first to die.
  • The Cleaner sidestory of The Universiad — as in cleaning up loose ends, or being less messy than the alternatives? Yes.
  • Empath: The Luckiest Smurf, with the subtitle referring to the title character (1) being lucky to have been born with telepathic and telekinetic abilities, and (2) being lucky to be chosen as Smurfette's One True Love. Also (3) he is lucky to be the only begotten son of Papa Smurf, as all his fellow Smurfs are actually Happily Adopted.
  • Aside from the obvious, Vinyl and Octavia Have Multiple Dates can also refer to the fact that the story opens on Vinyl and Octavia eating a lot of dates (the fruit).
  • Lampshaded by the author's notes in chapter eight of Bait and Switch. StarSwordC said that "A Captain's Hardest Job" was supposed to refer to Eleya visiting the morgue and sickbay after a battle to check on the dead and wounded, but given she ended up in bed with somebody at the end he wondered if it didn't end up being a bad sex pun instead.
  • The title of the Girls und Panzer fic, "Off The Path" not only refers to the incident in which a tank fell from a path into a river, causing Miho to save it, but, in the last chapter, the title also refers to Miho's departure from tankery, one step in her changing ideals about tankery.
  • The title of the Facing the Future Series story, Ancient History, could refer to both Amity Park being transformed into an ancient Egyptian kingdom, and Tucker facing the return of the two biggest mistakes in his past.
  • In Romulan the title "Solaere ssiun Hnaifv'daenn" literally means "Aid to the Needy". This obviously refers primarily to the ch'M'R Aen'rhien's humanitarian mission to deliver vaccines and antiviral drugs to the planet Glintara, but it could also refer to Jaleh Khoroushi needing companionship as the Token Human on a Romulan ship (a need filled by Tovan tr'Khev).
  • "Arm Candy", part of the Sorrowful and Immaculate Hearts series, is about Bruce Wayne's relationships with the young women who hang off his arms at parties (which turn out to be, both the relationships and the women, less shallow than many people assume). The title also refers to a scene in which Bruce learns that one of the young women, who grew up with abusive parents, draws decorations on her arms as an alternative to self-harming.
  • My First Decepticon, one of the installments in the Black Crayons series could refer to both Annabelle Lennox's first ever encounter with a Decepticon (not counting Wheelie) and Barricade being the first Decepticon to ever appear in the series. Additionally, since the series is told in Switching P.O.V., this can also refer to the author writing a Decepticon for the first time in the series.
  • For the majority of the Jackie Chan Adventures fic The Ultimate Evil, the title seems to refer to Shendu, the simultaneous Big Bad and Villain Protagonist who's called that by Lo Pei. However, the last chapter has Shendu's obsession, Valerie Payne providing another meaning to that when she voices her self-loathing over what she was in the Demon World.
    Valerie: I was just so caught up in my own love story that I ignored the suffering and misery of my own species... My father once told me something... evil is not the act, but those who stand by and watch. Shendu committed unspeakable horrors, but I did nothing. I committed the ultimate evil by simply allowing it to happen.
  • Twice Upon An Age is a series of Dragon Age fanfics set in an Alternate Universe where there are two Inquisitors - a female human and a male elf. The series title refers to the fact that there are two Inquisitors, of course; but it also refers to the fact that, in the series backstory, there are two Heroes of Ferelden, who were also a female human and a male elf.note 
  • In Skyhold Academy Yearbook, the installment called Disorienuptials falls into this (along with being a One-Word Title and a Portmantitle). The main focus of the plot is a wedding (hence the nuptials), which gets kickstarted by one character having his wisdom teeth removed and making a Wacky Marriage Proposal while recovering from sedation (hence the disorient). However, it's hinted throughout the narrative that there's a secondary plan in the works, and the audience doesn't find out what it is until most of the characters do. It's a surprise wedding for another couple.
  • Dungeon Keeper Ami: The chapter, Staff Difficulties, about problems regarding a magical staff, and the problems that Ami has, controlling her warlocks, which are her staff, as in workers.

    Films — Animation 
  • Frozen co-director Chris Buck mentioned in an interview that the title was chosen because it described the film on two levels. On the literal level, it describes the ice-covered landscape that the story took place in. On a more symbolic level, it describes the relationship of the two sisters, which is "frozen in the film when they were little girls". Additionally, it also refers to the loss of warmth of feeling and being stunned or chilled with fear (or shock), something that the sisters experience during the film.
  • Disney/Pixar's Inside Out focuses on five anthropomorphic versions of the basic emotional states of an 11-year old girl named Riley and how their actions within her head project as her behavior externally. When Joy and Sadness become lost within her mind, this creates internal turmoil for Riley as she's having to deal with making a whole new life from scratch after moving to a new town. In her eyes, her world has been "turned inside-out".
  • The subtitle of The Lion King II: Simba's Pride can refer to either the lions that follow him or the fact that he's initially too proud of his father's legacy as a good king to really understand what it took to build that legacy in the first place. A third meaning is that it also refers to Simba's daughter and the film's protagonist Kiara, his "pride and joy".
  • Mickey's Twice Upon a Christmas features the episode "Mickey's Dog-Gone Christmas". The episode is about Mickey's dog being gone. "Doggone" is also an exclamation of annoyance, disappointment, etc. This refers to the fact that Mickey's Christmas won't be the same without Pluto.
  • Ralph Breaks the Internet both figuratively and literally. He at first "breaks the internet" in the sense that he became a major trending meme, but then a virus uses him to form a malevolent code that nearly destroys the world wide web.
  • Tangled can refer to either or both the main character's very long hair and her being The Pawn of her adoptive mother's gambits.

    Films — Live-Action 
  • Adaptation. is about how orchids are adapted to their environment, how a book is adapted into a screenplay, and how people adapt themselves to a new situation.
  • The Age of Adaline mainly refers to Adaline's true chronological age considering that she hasn't physically aged a day past 29 since her magical accident in 1937, but it may also vaguely allude to the 78-year period of her immortality.
  • Almost Famous is a reference to the rise to stardom of the band that the main character is following/scooping and the name of their tour during the film.
  • Angel Heart: The title refers to the beating heart belonging to the original Harold Angel that Johnny Favourite stole, but the meaning is also more literal in that the movie deals with an actual angel—just not a very good one.
  • Anon: "Anon" refers to both the mysterious, nameless girl being pursued by the main character, as well as the broader concept of anonymity in an interconnected society and hacker groups by that name.
  • In AVP: Alien vs. Predator, the title refers both to the respective franchises of the two creatures engaged in a Monster Mash, and to the new backstories established for both of them. In this version, the Predators are portrayed as an advanced extraterrestrial civilization that guided the development of early humans (i.e. "aliens"), while the Aliens, rather than being extraterrestrials, are genetically engineered beasts programmed to hunt on instinct (i.e. "predators").
  • The Big Heat has more than one meaning:
    • The heat of the police putting pressure on the criminals.
    • The heat of the coffee (and its effects).
    • The heat of what happened to Bannion's car (and its effects)
    • Perhaps even the heat a relatively cool, easygoing guy like Bannion felt when pushed to his limits (the heat of the moment, the heat of passion).
  • Bride of Frankenstein refers both to Henry Frankenstein's wife Elizabeth and the artificial woman created to be the Monster's bride.
  • Camp (2003) is about a summer camp for ("campy") musical theatre performers. Most of the male ones are Camp Gay.
  • Casino Royale (2006) is both a reference to the story's main location (the Casino Royale, or "Royal Casino", in Montenegro), and to the "battle royal" (that is, a violent duel in which the last man standing is declared the winner) that takes place there.
  • Changing Lanes is about a Wall Street attorney who gets in a collision while changing lanes on the way to retrieving a court document and how he metaphorically "changes lanes" for the worse when the guy he collided with enacts vengeance on him for being brushed off so unjustly after the accident.
  • In Code Unknown, the reason for the whole chain of events surrounding the humiliation of Maria only occurs because Jean does not know the code for Anne and Georges' door. Besides that primary meaning, Code Unknown also seems to point to the lack of a key for the proper communication between different characters and ethnicities.
  • Conviction is a legal drama made in 2010 about a woman who spends eighteen years tirelessly working to free her wrongfully convicted brother from prison, refusing to believe that he is guilty. The title refers to both "conviction" in the legal sense (finding someone guilty of a crime) and to "conviction" in the psychological sense (strong, unshakeable belief in something).
  • Cool Runnings is the name of the sled the Jamaican bobsled team rides in, meaning "peace be the journey". It also kind of refers to how the team members were formally sprinters, only now the "runnings" they have are riding a bobsled down a cool, icy chute.
  • Daddy Daycare was translated into Hebrew as "Aba Ba Lagan", which literally means "Daddy came to kindergarten". However, "Balagan" is also a slang word for a mess, making the title "Messy Daddy".
  • The Devil's Advocate: A successful Amoral Attorney provides reasonable doubt towards the charges against obviously guilty clientele, thus he's figuratively playing "Devil's Advocate". This grabs the attention of the world's most prestigious law firm run by Satan who hires him to literally become the devil's advocate.
  • Easy A is a pun on the common school slang term for a course that doesn't require much studying, a Shout-Out to The Scarlet Letter, and a reference to Olive's supposedly loose morals.
  • Enemy Mine refers both to the Enemy Mine situation the main characters find themselves in, as well an actual mine owned by the villains. This is, however, a case of a forced double meaning — the mine did not exist in the original story that became the film, but was added at the insistence of studio executives who felt that audiences would not understand that "enemy mine" means "my enemy".
  • Event Horizon is the name of the recovered starship a team of astronauts investigate that was designed to create black holes to travel through space. An event horizon is the region of a black hole where the gravitational pull becomes so infinitely compact that virtually nothing, not even light, can escape. That might also be a dark metaphor of what the team experiences when they learn the ship returned from "a dimension of pure chaos and evil" and won't be able to escape it's supernatural horror.
  • Face/Off highlights the intense rivalry between a cop and a terrorist who are longtime blood enemies constantly facing off one-another as well as that, in this case, their faces have been surgically removed (literally come off) and switched with each other.
  • Final Destination: While it may refer to the main group of teens initially going on a plane trip with Paris being their "final destination", it's solely a blunt metaphor for Death, the ultimate destination every living thing has.
  • The Fritz Lang film Fury (1936) can refer to either the destructive dangers of mob rule and public outrage, or the main character's desire for revenge after barely escaping a lynch mob.
  • Ghost Ship (2002) refers the term itself, "ghost ship", typically used to describe a derelict, adrift vessel with no crew or passengers aboard which is what the missing ocean liner in the film is. Of course, in this context, it also means the literal sense of the term being that the ship actually is haunted by ghosts.
  • The Gleaners and I: Multiple meanings, the various definitions of gleaning (that is, taking the excess that is unwanted, as in gleaning the land), or at least different interpretations of gleaning as they are embodied by people.
  • Godzilla: King of the Monsters (2019) features an epic showdown between Godzilla and his ancient archenemy King Ghidorah. As Ghidorah defeats Godzilla in their second battle and takes the role as the Alpha, the titular "King of the Monsters" becomes Ghidorah for a while until Godzilla reclaims his crown.
  • A Good Year: The title could be a vague nod to the maturity of wine as the main character inherited a vineyard. It could also be referring to the time he was falling for his Love Interest.
  • Half Baked: Apart from the usual meaning of something that isn't very well thought out, "baked", in this context, means being heavily under the influence of marijuana. The film's main quartet of friends are extreme potheads.
  • The Spanish film Heroína (meaning both "Heroine" and "Heroin") follows the mother of a heroin addict campaigning against drug dealing.
  • Hidden Figures, based on the nonfiction book of the same name, is about three black female mathematicians working for NASA at a time when segregation and prejudice were still common. The title can refer both to figures in the mathematical equations the protagonists are trying to solve, and to the fact that they themselves are historical figures who for a long time were not given the credit they deserved.
  • La Historia Oficial, the title of a film about Argentina's "Dirty War", can mean both "The Official Story" and "The Official History."
  • The Hunt (2012) can stand for either the annual hunt taken by all men of the community, which bookends the film, as well as the Pædo Hunt on Lucas.
  • The Imitation Game: This is the title of Alan Turing's essay on artificial intelligence, but it also refers to his attempt to imitate acceptable behavior (i.e. being sociable and appearing to be heterosexual).
  • Inside Man is a heist thriller and the title refers to both, the staged involvement of the bank's owner to throw off police as well as the plot twist that Russell is hiding behind a false wall the robbers built inside the bank's vault, making him the literal "Inside Man".
  • According to Colin Trevorrow, the title of Jurassic World refers to the park, how bringing back dinosaurs and making them easily accessible to the public has made them a mundane part of the world, and the idea that the technology and resulting creatures once confined to InGen's Isla Nublar and Isla Sorna facilities could proliferate in an "open source" manner, as evidenced by the Sequel Hook of Henry Wu escaping the island with his embryos as well as excised dialogue between Wu and Masrani anticipating that others would soon be able to clone dinosaurs.
  • The King's Speech could refer to the publicly important speech that King George delivers at the end (to which the whole story has been building up) or his speech as in his way of speaking.
  • La La Land has at least three meanings. "La La Land" is a nickname for Los Angeles, or "L.A.", where the story takes place. The film is also a musical, so there's a lot of "la la" or singing going on. Lastly, "living in la la land" is an idiom for a person being out of touch with reality.
  • The Last Sharknado: It's About Time: Time Travel is an actual major plot point, but also it's a self-aware jab noting that this remarkably shitty schlockfest of a franchise is finally going to end (...or so they say).
  • The Leopard Man has both a Secondary Character Title based on Charlie How-Come's showman nickname and an Antagonist Title describing the M.O. of the killer.
  • The title of Little Miss Sunshine is both a reference to the Cheerful Child main character and the beauty pageant she'll participate in.
  • Looker refers to both the commercial actresses being "lookers" (as in physically attractive or "pretty") and the device being used to kill them.
  • The French film Metisse (derived from mixticius, meaning mixed) was called Cafe Au Lait in the US as a reference to the mixed race characters, mix of the characters races and the french style coffees they all drank.
  • Misery is the Character Title of the protagonist from the in-universe romance novel series by writer Paul Sheldon (James Caan). Paul also suffers great misery while recovering from a car accident. That, however, isn't anywhere near the physical and psychological misery he endures being taken care of by Annie Wilkes (Kathy Bates), an Ax-Crazy Bitch in Sheep's Clothing fangirl of the Misery novels who threatens to kill Paul unless he writes a new novel to undo Misery's Character Death.
  • North by Northwest, according to The Other Wiki:
    The title North by Northwest is a subject of debate. Many have seen it as having been taken from a line ("I am but mad north-north-west: when the wind is southerly I know a hawk from a handsaw") in Hamlet, a work also concerned with the shifty nature of reality. Hitchcock noted, in an interview with Peter Bogdanovich in 1963, "It's a fantasy. The whole film is epitomized in the title—there is no such thing as north-by-northwest on the compass." ("Northwest by north", however, is one of 32 points of the compass.) Lehman states that he used a working title for the film of "In a Northwesterly Direction," because the film's action was to begin in New York and climax in Alaska. Then the head of the story department at MGM suggested "North by Northwest," but this was still to be a working title. [...] The Northwest Airlines reference in the film plays on the title.
  • Laurel and Hardy's first feature film Pardon Us reflects the duo's exceedingly polite nature — and it's a prison picture.
  • PCU could stand for "Port Chester University" or "Politically Correct University".
  • The title of Howard Stern's biopic Private Parts (which Stern himself wrote and starred in) refers to Stern's controversial use of crude sexual humor in his radio show, and to the parts of his life that he ordinarily doesn't share with the public.
  • A Perfect Getaway refers to the honeymoon vacation of one couple and the post-double-homicide escape from the law of another couple.
  • Predators: The title not only refers to the iconic monsters but also to their prey who were dangerous killers on planet Earth.
  • Primer has time machines which, because of the way they work, must be "primed" for several hours before they can be used. Later in the movie, it's revealed that the first part of the movie happens after Aaron will have traveled back to the beginning of the movie, bringing a recording of everything he did up to that point. He uses this information as a primer/self-prompter, to make sure he does all the right things to keep the timeline consistent until he reaches the part he wants to change.
  • Remote: Refers to the remote controls used by The Protagonist in every facet of his life and the fact that they're used to control the models that he uses against the bumbling crooks, but in a subtler way, it refers to the Model Home's deserted and isolated status (a "remote" location) which acts as the setting for most of the action.
  • RoboCop 2, technically as it's your standard Numbered Sequel fare and is also an Antagonist Title, since Cain's brain is put into a cyborg that was created to replace RoboCop and is called "RoboCop 2".
  • Serendipity: The films title is both a restaurant that is the site of Jonathan and Sarah's first date and the premise of the film (luck; good fortune; fate.)
  • Severance, a post-Hostel horror film set on a corporate retreat. "Severance" is 'termination of employment' (the threat of which drives the conflict), and 'dismemberment'. The fact that the DVD cover shows a disembodied leg is a subtle indicator of which of these elements gets the most focus.
  • Sex Drive is one's libido (particularly, that of the adolescent male in this case) as well as the protagonist along with his friends driving across state lines to meet his would-be lover.
  • The Social Network refers to the social networking website, Facebook, itself, as well as the circle of friends Mark Zuckerberg tries to make with the website's launch.
  • Son of Frankenstein refers to Dr. Frankenstein's biological son and the constructed one.
  • Species was translated into Hebrew as "Min Mesukan" (literally "Dangerous Species"). The word "Min" also means "Sex", making the title "Dangerous Sex".
  • Spider-Man: Homecoming references both Spider-Man being a teenager in high school with the homecoming dance coming up shortly and the character finally appearing in the Marvel Cinematic Universe after years of separate film continuities.
  • The Straight Story is about a man named Straight, and it's presented as a simple, unvarnished tale, which is particularly relevant for the fact that it's made by David Lynch.
  • Tickled is a documentary by man who is tickled by curiosity about a mysterious tickling competition.
  • Tourist Trap references the film's kitschy tourist attraction setting, and the fact that the tourists are trapped with the killer.
  • Trading Places refers to how Louis Winthorpe and Billy Ray Valentine are switched around in terms of social status, but also to the financial trading they both deal with.
  • In Twin Sitters, the title can be either about the twins that are being babysit, or the twins that are babysitting them.
  • United 93 is about United Airlines Flight 93, one the four hijacked planes in the September 11th Attacks, and how the passengers united against their aggressors to keep them from reaching their target.note 
  • Up in the Air: The main character is a frequent flyer, so he's constantly in the air. When he falls for another person who also travels constantly, he begins to question his life philosophies; leaving them "up in the air".
  • Upgrade means two things:
    • Grey, once he receives the STEM implant, gains practically superhuman capabilities.
    • STEM itself considers fusing with Grey and getting his body as the next step in its "evolution".
  • Vice is a biopic about former U.S. Vice President Dick Cheney. It was also President George W. Bush's nickname for him. A vice can also mean any action that is considered immoral.
  • Whiplash refers to more than one thing:
    • The first complex jazz piece Andrew learned and performed with Fletcher's band.
    • The beating of a drum similar to the cracking or lashing of a whip.
    • The abuse Andrew suffers under Fletcher.
  • Two-Faced Woman is a reference to Karin accusing her husband of being two-faced, but is also a reference to Karin doing a Fake Twin Gambit on her husband's friends because she is being two completely different people.
  • The World's End refers to both the eponymous pub at the end of the Golden Mile and the actual end of civilization as we know it through the complete destruction of modern technology.
  • X-Men: First Class: The subtitle specifically refers to Professor X's first group of students, but it can also mean that the young mutants excel at using their powers (as in "first in their class").


In General:

  • The whole genre of "slick fantasy". Named by analogy with pulp fantasy, since they appeared in magazines with better paper stock, they were also usually slickly written (having a casual, ironic style and fast-moving, neatly tied-up plot) and generally featured slick Guile Heroes talking themselves out of trouble.

By Author:'

  • Richard K. Morgan:
    • All three books of his A Land Fit for Heroes trilogy. The Steel Remains, The Cold Commands and The Dark Defiles can be interpreted as adjective plus noun ("the remains made out of steel") or noun plus verb ("the steel that remains"). And in all three cases both interpretations make sense within the context of the book.
    • From the same author, Thin Air. As in "vanish into thin air" and "low air pressure at great heights".

By Work:

  • All Quiet on the Western Front's German title, Im Westen nichts Neues, means "Nothing New in the West". Like the English translation, this is the report given by the papers and military on the day the protagonist dies, but it also refers to the constant cycle and futile nature of war.
  • Every book in the Arkady Renko series of mystery novels, written by Martin Cruz Smith, beginning with Gorky Park, have titles that first clearly reference one thing, then towards the climax of the book are revealed to refer to something much more important. Titles include Gorky Park, Polar Star, Red Square, Havana Bay, and Wolves Eat Dogs.
  • The A to Z Mysteries book The Orange Outlaw has the meanings "the outlaw that has orange hair" and "the outlaw who stole oranges". The outlaw is a trained monkey who steals a painting and leaves a big mess of orange peels because of its enormous appetite.
  • The Baroque Cycle:
    • The Baroque Cycle as a whole is not only set in the Baroque era but also exceedingly complex.
    • The first book is called Quicksilver. Two of the recurring topics of the series are the element mercury (i.e., quicksilver) in chemistry and alchemy, and the birth of the modern economic system in which money (i.e., silver) can flow quickly from place to place.
    • The Confusion is not only about the confusion of metals (in the alchemical sense) and the confusion of messages (in the cryptography sense), or even a certain amount of confusion in the modern "what's going on?" sense, but the Author's Note explains that the book's structure (alternate chapters of parallel narratives) is an alchemical confusion as well.
  • In Robert A. Heinlein's Between Planets, a portion of the story takes place on an interplanetary space ship traveling from Earth to Venus, that is "Between Planets". However, the protagonist was born in space when his parents were on a previous voyage from Earth to Mars leaving him to consider himself a citizen of the Solar System. With the Earth/Venus conflict, he wanted to remain neutral because he was "Between Planets" and had been on his way back to Mars when the Venusian Rebels seized the space station that was the transfer point to interplanetary craft.
  • The Bridge Of Clay: as the author himself writes in the foreword, "clay" is both a type of soil and the name of one of the characters, Clay (short for Clayton).
  • The Brother Cadfael novel The Rose Rent; a widow donates her property to the Abbey at Shrewsbury, in return for a single white rose to be delivered to her once every year as rent for the property. Later, Niall, a bronze-smith sent to deliver the rose, is found dead, and the white rose bush is rent - that is, hacked at its bole.
  • The Camp Half-Blood Series: In The Lost Hero, Percy has gone missing and since he was The Hero of the last series, it seems like the title might apply to him. By the end of the book, the same can be said for Jason.
  • Orson Scott Card's Children of the Mind. Ender joins the Catholic religious order known as the Filhos da Mente de Cristo in Portuguese — in English, it's the Children of the Mind of Christ. But two of the other main characters in that book, Peter and Val Wiggin, were accidentally created from Ender's memories when he went outside the universe — they're the Children of the Mind of Ender.
  • Ciem: Vigilante Centipede has a planned sequel dubbed Nuclear Crisis, which both refers to Capp Aard stealing a radioactive blue rock called the Ming-Yo from China; and to Candi's struggles with keeping her growing family safe. Especially since she's pregnant and has the flu, her new husband has cancer, her sister is pregnant and engaged to a treasure hunter, and her sister is on the run from spies and a Government Conspiracy. And she plans to adopt a 3-year-old.
  • In the poem "The Collar" by George Herbert, the title can be taken to refer to either a priest's collar or a slave's collar. Since the text poem consists of someone crying out (i.e., they're a caller) in anger (i.e., choler), it's also a Pun-Based Title.
  • Crazy Rich Asians uses some Ambiguous Syntax to create the double meaning of either "Asians who are extremely wealthy" or "wealthy Asians who act bizarrely". Both definitions are applicable to the story.
  • Dave Barry Slept Here has "Chapter Eleven: The Nation Enters Chapter Eleven".
  • Discworld:
    • The title of Soul Music refers to both the actual genre of music and the fact that, in the book, the music literally gets into people's souls.
    • The Fifth Elephant refers to an old legend about a fifth elephant that used to support the Disc, but which slipped off and crashed down on the flat world in the distant past. It's also an Uberwaldian expression (derived from said myth) that can variously mean "that which does not exist," "that which is not what it seems," and "that which while unseen controls events." All of these interpretations come into play over the course of the novel. In addition, it's a pun on quintessence, the "fifth element."
    • Monstrous Regiment refers both to the 'monstrous' nature of the regiment to which the main character belongs (which includes a vampire, a troll, and an Igor) and the main twist, though only to those who've read the rather obscure political work The First Blast of the Trumpet Against the Monstrous Regiment of Women
    • The title of Thud! refers to both the Variant Chess played in the series and the opening line—onomatopoeia for being hit by a club. Both are important plot points and the opposite of each other, representing the violent and peaceful solutions for the Fantastic Racism between dwarves and trolls.
    • Going Postal refers both to going insane and delivering mail.
    • Making Money refers to producing currency and to getting rich.
    • Snuff refers to murder and tobacco.
    • Wyrd Sisters is most obviously a reference to the three witches from Macbeth, which highlights the many Shakesperian allusions in the story and the main characters. While 'wyrd' is an old fashioned spelling of 'weird', it can also be pronounced as 'word': the main theme of the book is the power of words and stories.
  • Doctor Who Expanded Universe:
  • The Drawing of the Dark sounds like a story about dark forces drawing near—and it is—but mainly, the title refers to drawing a tankard of dark beer. Magical dark beer. Beer that will restore the Fisher King and save the West.
  • Most of the titles endemic in The Dresden Files. The only exceptions are Changes, which is Exactly What It Says on the Tin, and Death Masks, where the title doesn't have much to do with the story (it was originally going to be called Holy Sheet, which does follow the pattern). For instance:
    • Grave Peril features Harry in... well, grave peril, mostly due to vampires and ghostsnote .
    • Summer Knight begins with the murder of the Summer Knight, happens on summer nights, and is about fairies.
    • Dead Beat in particular is a triple-loaded title: a deadbeat, as in a poor guy, dead beat, as in very tired, a dead beat, as in a cop's beat that is either slow or deadly, and a dead beat, as in the rhythm that the dead move to.
  • Ian McEwan's Enduring Love could just mean a love that lasts (most people just assume this is the meaning), but it has a second meaning: tolerating love or putting up with love.
  • Michael Chabon came up with a particularly dark one when he wrote a novella about an 80-something Sherlock Holmes helping a young boy. It was effectively a spiritual successor to Doyle's story The Final Problem, with the added detail that the boy was a Jewish Holocaust escapee. The title: The Final Solution.
  • James Joyce deliberately did not put an apostrophe in the title of Finnegans Wake to create a double meaning. It can be read in (at least) two different ways, either it is the wake of Finnegan or multiple Finnegans wake up.
  • The original Norwegian title of Alexander Kielland's Gift can be translated into either "poison" or "married". The former refers to how the students are "poisoned" by rote learning of topics unrelated to real life and societal norms. The latter is less important, but one character is stuck in a marriage and in love with another man.
  • Gone Girl. The character of Amy has disappeared and is presumed to be dead. Also, as far as her mental state is concerned, she's completely gone.
  • Halting State: A "halting state" is the condition of a computer that has reached the end of its programming and will do nothing until it gets further instructions (or that it's stuck on the same spot). Appropriate for a novel about the software-saturated world, but it also refers to bringing a nation state to a standstill.
  • The title High Fidelity refers both to record albums (it's what "hi-fi" is short for, if you didn't know) and to commitment in romantic relationships.
  • Isaac Asimov's "Hostess": The title refers to Dr Rose Smollett, whose third-person perspective forms the basis of this story. The word "host" (or the feminine form, "hostess") refers to someone who is responsible for supplying hospitality to a visitor, or to an organism in which a parasite or commensal organism lives. She is currently hosting Dr Tholan, and all humans are host to a race of parasitic creatures with no physical form.
  • Peter Davison's autobiography Is There Life Outside the Box? The title clearly refers to having a life outside his television career, but is "the box" the TV or the TARDIS?
  • Long for This World refers both to Immortality and the desire for it.
  • The Lord of the Rings refers both to Sauron, that heavy and evil menace always present in the background and the hero's mind throughout all the Book, but also to the hypothetical Master of the One Ring. "The Lord of the Rings" is an idea of what you could become if you can master it, and it is the temptation that the hero must resist if he is to conquer. In that sense it can represent Frodo or Gandalf or Aragorn or Saruman or Boromir or Galadriel or Sam or anyone really.
    • It can also refer to The One Ring itself, forged to be the master of all the other rings.
    • The title of the second part, The Two Towers, can refer to Orthanc and Barad-dûr, Minas Tirith and Barad-dûr, Orthanc and the Tower of Cirith Ungol, or Minas Morgul and Orthanc.
  • The second of Mark Gatiss' Lucifer Box novels is called The Devil in Amber. The most obvious reference is to the rising fascist leader who dresses himself and his army in amber shirts, but once his Evil Plan is revealed, it becomes a reference to a literal devil sealed away (i.e. preserved "in amber", like the mosquito in Jurassic Park) until its summoning rite is performed.
  • The Man Who Fell to Earth refers to both the Alien Among Us hero's physical arrival on Earth and his metaphorical falling to the vices and treacheries of humanity.
  • Misery refers to the main character of Paul Sheldon's flagship cheesy romance novel series, Misery Chastain, and the misery he faces when he is injured in a car crash and taken under the care of Loony Fan Annie Wilkes, who finds out that he plans to kill Misery off in his next book and decides to pull a Saved by the Fans... with painful consequences for Paul if he at any point refuses to go along.
  • In Hal Clement's novel Mission of Gravity, a probe was landed on an a massive planet, to study gravity. When the probe's launch failed, recovering the data becomes a mission of importance.
  • Newshound is one of these, since the word is a slang term for a journalist, as well as a literal pun on the main character, Heather Stone, who is a werewolf journalist.
  • Noob:
    • The title of the first chapter of the third novel can be loosely translated from the original French as "Facing Chaos alone". It gets a Title Drop as the title of an old article about Fantöm's victory against the Source of Chaos, but is also quite appropriate for the reason for which that chapter is a Downer Beginning.
    • A chapter from the fourth novel is titled "Double jeu", which can mean both Double Play and Playing Both Sides. Given it focuses on a player that has two active avatars in different factions, both interpretations are appropriate.
  • Julie Orringer's short story "Pilgrims" takes place on Thanksgiving Day, and it involves an awkward Thanksgiving dinner that's likened to a feast between "Pilgrims and Indians". Said dinner also happens to take place on a New Age commune for cancer patients, where the adults in attendance are literal pilgrims (that is, people on a religious journey of healing and self-discovery).
  • Not Star Trek, but Star Trek-related: A book of poetry and prose written by an Assistant Director while working on Star Trek Voyager and Enterprise is named Poetry and Prose from the Director's Ass. Given a lot of the jobs an Assistant Director does, the title is fitting...
  • The novel (and musical) Ragtime by E. L. Doctorow takes place during the heyday of ragtime music, and one of the lead characters is a ragtime performer; but the title also refers to the persistent poverty among the underprivileged classes of that era—it was "rag time".
  • Ian Rankin has a lot of these. The Rebus novel Fleshmarket Close, for instance, starts out in the Edinburgh street of the same name (so called because it used to be a butcher's market), but goes on to be about two different "fleshmarkets"; prostitution and trade in illegal immigrants.
  • The Secret Barrister, by the anonymous legal blogger of that pseudonym, has the subtitle Stories of the Law and How It's Broken. While the stories to feature people breaking the law, the main point of the book is questioning whether the legal system is fit for purpose; the law itself is broken.
  • The Sorcerer of the Wildeeps: "Sorcerer" is not just Demane's nickname among the brothers, the jukiere haunting the Wildeeps is also a kind of animalistic, necromantic sorcerer in the form of a tiger. Additionally, in the end of the book Demane has to remain in the Wildeeps until he manages to kill the other jukiere within the jungle as well, effectively making him the Sorcerer of the Wildeeps.
  • Star Trek Expanded Universe:
    • The Diane Duane TOS novel Doctor's Orders, in which Dr. McCoy is left in command of the Enterprise, the double meaning being that McCoy is a doctor and in command (thus giving orders), and the phrase "doctor's orders" which describes a doctor's instructions to his patients.
    • Star Trek Novelverse:
      • The Star Trek: Mirror Universe short story "Empathy", featuring the Mirror Universe versions of the Titan crew. The title refers to the gestalt between the lifeforms of Lru-Irr, which the Alliance wants to exploit. It also refers to Ian Troi and Tuvok's determination to save the Irriol from the Alliance, as well as Bajoran scientist Jaza Najem's own increasing empathy for the Irriol, combined with the love he shares with Terran slave Christine Vale. Perhaps more of a stretch, one of Troi's crew, the sociopathic William Riker, notably lacks any sort of empathy, possibly because he never met his captain's daughter.
      • The Star Trek: Titan novel Orion's Hounds. Orion refers both to the constellation of the hunter, and to the galaxy's Orion arm. The Pa'haquel race, who hunt spacefaring lifeforms across the Orion Arm, are the eponymous hounds in two senses.
      • The Star Trek: Typhon Pact novel Zero Sum Game refers not only to the obvious meaning but also to a cold war scenario and to the Breen civilization, who are famed for liking the cold. The novel revolves around a cat-and-mouse game between Starfleet and the Breen while Breen scientists try to reverse-engineer stolen Federation technology.
      • The Star Trek: Department of Temporal Investigations novel Watching the Clock refers both to the DTI's role in protecting and monitoring the timeline, and to the mundane nature of its agents, who are most certainly not Starfleet-style adventurers. The DTI know that if they're having an adventure, they've already screwed up, and it's going to pay hell with the paperwork. No, they're 9-to-5 government employees, and like to keep things as unchaotic and, ideally, dull, as possible.
  • Star Wars Legends:
    • Timothy Zahn likes these.
      • The Thrawn Trilogy: Heir to the Empire could refer to the New Republic which has risen as the Empire fell or to Grand Admiral Thrawn, who has returned from a long absence to take up the Empire's remains. Or to C'baoth. Dark Force Rising may be the Katana fleet, the Dark Side of The Force, or Thrawn's Empire. The Last Command might be Palpatine's final command to his Hand, or another reference to Thrawn.
      • Hand of Thrawn duology: "Hand of Thrawn" itself could be the influence he has even after his death, the dissidents impersonating him, and the various things related to that fortress on Niruan. Specter of the Past is, obviously, referring to Thrawn, but also to the pasts of the other characters that affect them still, and on a meta note, Zahn's unhappiness about what other authors did to his characters. Vision of the Future is more straightforward, but you could make a case for it being Luke's vision, the things the Empire of the Hand are preparing for, and the future of the Star Wars Expanded Universe itself.
      • "Mist Encounter" can be seen as the meeting of the exiled Thrawn and Imperial forces on the misty world of his exile, or the pun "Missed encounter" — the Imperial forces are there to chase Booster Terrick, who took cover and were ignored for the events transpiring around him. "Command Decision" can be the decision made by the ranking officer — Thrawn — or the decision his subordinates, not understanding his rather unorthodox and possibly traitorous orders, come to regarding whether he is fit for command. "Judge's Call" can be about how Luke clearly felt called to arbitrate, or about how he called for that private time with his wife.
    • Just in general, a number of Legends books have titles like this.
      • Rogue Squadron refers to both the name of the New Republic's best starfighter squadron and their unpredictable, not-by-the-book attitude. Wedge's Gamble encompasses the missions that Wedge and the Rogues head off on and the absolute, unwavering trust he has for possible Manchurian Agent Tycho Celchu. The Krytos Trap? That's the two ways that the Krytos plague "traps" the New Republic; killing non-humans and being part of a ploy to turn them against the human members. Solo Command is the taskforce under the command of General Solo and Wraith Squadron coming under the command of Face Loran.
      • In the Coruscant Nights Trilogy, one book is Patterns of Force. In that title, Force means [[The Force what it usually means in Star Wars'' as well as what it means everywhere else.
      • A storm does approach in The Approaching Storm, which also refers to the enemies who attack and, conceivably, the slight wrongness of Anakin Skywalker.
  • Surely You're Joking, Mr. Feynman! Adventures of a Curious CharacterRichard Feynman was a curious character in two senses of the term — a rather strange character, who was curious about everything.
  • A Taste of Honey: Honey, being a sticky liquid, is often associated with eroticism, with 'a taste of honey' implying a short, sweet moment of pleasure, just as the short time Aqib and Lucrio can share their love in the story. A taste of honey in the literal sense is also what the Sybil demands of Aqib in the end as payment for her service. He has to smear his hand in honey and let her gnaw it off. The hand, not just the honey.
  • Warhammer 40,000: Dan Abnett's Gaunt's Ghosts novel His Last Command has multiple Title Drops to both meanings: "the last unit he commanded" and "the last order he gave."
  • Whateley Universe: Catgirl Madness: The events, "madness", about a catgirl? And also the (false) diagnosis of schizophrenia that catgirl gets.
  • Wind And Shadow refers to the main female character, Wind Haworth, and the main antagonist, who is a Shadownote , as well as to the book's thematic elements: the ability of people to heal or to harm (wind, which can be beneficial or devastating) and spiritual darkness and temptation (shadow).

  • Brave Saint Saturn's album Anti-Meridian. The "Anti-" references antimatter, as the discovery of a cheap means of manufacturing the stuff is a major plot point. It also represents "ante meridian", representing the dawn of a new era, caused by the aforementioned antimatter.
  • Genesis:
    • "Snowbound" from And Then There Were Three.... The title refers to being snowbound (as in, trapped inside by snow) and... well, hiding a dismembered body inside a snowman, which is what the song is actually about.
    • Their 1977 live album Seconds Out may have a double or even triple meaning. Second live album out since their formation (Genesis Live came out in early 1973), second of the "classic" five-member Genesis lineup to leave (first Peter Gabriel, then guitarist Steve Hackett), and a boxing term where the boxers' crew members are asked to leave at the end of a round, making way for the next round (possibly a reference to the band feeling the live album marked the end of an era for them).
  • Christian supergroup Lost Dogs released an album in 2001 called Real Men Cry. The title track is ostensibly about a failing romantic relationship, but the album was the first released since the death of founding member Gene "Eugene" Andrusco. Furthermore, as the band went from four members to three, the song "Three-Legged Dog", ostensibly about a hunting dog missing a leg whose owner keeps him out of love and affection, counts for this as well.
  • R.E.M.'s album Green has multiple examples. Does it represent starting over? (This was REM's first album on Warner (Bros.) Records.) Naivetye Money (The new record deal did bring in more money to the group)? Environmental themes?
  • Iron and Wine's extended narrative song "The Trapeze Swinger" is named for a recurring symbol in the song that relates back to the title in varying ways. At various points, it refers to the protagonist's memory of visiting the circus as a child and being entranced by a trapeze artist (symbolizing his lost childhood innocence), to the precarious nature of his relationship with his beloved (with their relationship referred to as a "trapeze act" at one point), and to the precarious nature of life itself (when, in the end, it's revealed that the protagonist has been Dead All Along, and narrating the song from the afterlife).
  • Ingrid Michaelson's song "The Chain", in which the act of taking the chain off of the door is about making up with her ex and letting him back into her home/life. There's also the implication that the chain could refer to their relationship, with the Breakup Makeup Scenario constantly repeating itself, since he keeps breaking his promises and she keeps forgiving him because she always misses him when he leaves.
  • The cover of Rush's Moving Pictures illustrates the title's triple meaning: men carry around paintings; onlookers cry in adoration of the paintings; all outside a movie cinema.
  • Now We Are Six by Steeleye Span is the sixth album they released, and their first album after Nigel Pegrum joined the group, giving them six members. And also a reference to A.A. Milne’s book of children’s poems, ' 'Now We Are Six'' (that is, six years old)
  • blink-182's song "Wrecked Him" is aptly named as far as the lyrics go. But it's Blink-182, so the title is a pun on the word "rectum."
  • Hawkwind's song "Flying Doctor" is about an Australian flying doctor who abuses prescription drugs - in other words, he's "flying" in more ways than one.
  • Public Image Ltd. named one of their albums Second Edition, which fits this trope on several levels. It's the group's second album, it's the second edition of the album (originally released as a set of 12" singles in a metal film canister as Metal Box), and it's the second edition of the band itself (with original drummer Jim Walker replaced by a variety of session players).
  • Black Flag's The Process Of Weeding Out EP - the instrumental, free-jazz-influenced release was intended to "weed out" conventional Hardcore Punk fans from more adventurous listeners, but it's probably not a coincidence that guitarist and main songwriter Greg Ginn reportedly had a penchant for marijuana use at the time.
  • Richard Marx liked the lyric "this old Nebraska town" for a Murder Ballad he'd written, so he wrote to the Nebraska Chamber of Commerce asking for a list of towns with two-syllable names. "Hazard" seemed appropriate.

    Tabletop Games 
  • White Dwarf magazine covers both SF and fantasy games. A "white dwarf" is of course a category of star in astronomy, but from its first issue, the magazine has featured imagery of a (usually white-bearded) fantasy dwarf, who is sometimes acknowledged to be "the white dwarf".

  • All the Way takes the name from President Lyndon Johnson's 1964 campaign slogan, "All the Way with LBJ", but it's also about Johnson's attempt to gain support from members of Congress and civil rights icon, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., to fully enact the Civil Rights Act of 1964.
  • Follies takes place at a reunion of former showgirls from a fictional equivalent of the Ziegfeld Follies, and shows how their lives have been affected by the foolish choices they've made in their lives since then—i.e., their follies.
  • Pacific Overtures is about the opening of Japan to Western trade — hence, "Pacific Overtures", since Japan is in the Pacific Ocean and an overture is a piece of music (ironically, Pacific Overtures lacks an actual overture). But the title also means 'peaceful initiatives', and was supposedly Commodore Perry's actual description of the American's efforts to persuade the Japanese to open up to trade with them.
  • RENT deals with characters who are trying to get out of paying their rent, and whose lives are torn apart — i.e., rent — by poverty and disease.
    • La Bohème, on which Rent is based, has a similar duality; taken literally, it refers to "The Bohemian (woman)" — i.e. Mimi — and figuratively it refers to "The Bohemian Lifestyle" (referenced in Rent with the song "La Vie Bohème")
  • The Musical of Musicals: The Musical! uses this trope for two of its five segments:
    • The Rodgers and Hammerstein parody is entitled "Corn!", because it takes place among the cornfields of Kansas and because of its old-fashioned, hokey, corny sentimentality.
    • The Stephen Sondheim parody is called "A Little Complex", achieving a rare triple meaning: it takes place in a little apartment complex, everyone has a little psychological complex, and the music itself is a little complex (i.e., complicated).
  • Much Ado About Nothing follows the standard Shakespearean comedy convention of having a self-deprecating title. Additionally, in Shakespeare's day, "nothing" was a double-entendre for female genitalia, and a major part of the plot deals with Hero's virginity. (It's also — and separately — a Pun-Based Title, as "nothing" and "noting" were homonyms to Shakespeare.)
  • No Strings has a title song which uses the metaphorical meaning. The orchestration applies a more literal meaning: not counting a guitar, a contrabass and a harp, there is no string section.
  • The title of Der Kuhhandel, an unfinished operetta by Kurt Weill, is a German idiomatic expression for shady business. However, the literal meaning, "cow trading," also happens to be accurate.
  • In The Importance of Being Earnest, the conflict stems from several different characters not being earnest, and also about the surprisingly important matter of who is and is not named "Ernest".
  • The title of the musical Grind had several meanings. As spelled out by Ken Mandelbaum in Not Since Carrie: "there is the grind of show after show at Harry Earle's; the bumps and grinds of Satin and the girls; Doyle's grinding of elements to make the bomb that killed his family; and the grinding down of people's spirit by the Depression."
  • The title of Peter Shaffer's play Amadeus—the basis for the film of the same name—obviously refers to the middle name of its subject, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, but it can also be taken as a reference to the Latin phrase "Ama Deus!" ("Love God!"), referencing Salieri's strong religious convictions, which end up leading to his love of music and his eventual descent into madness.
  • The one-woman show A Day Without Sunshine, which centers around the life of Anita Bryant, references both the slogan for Florida Orange Juice, for which she was a spokeswoman for in her heyday, how her anti-gay activism torpedoed her career.
  • In Icebound, Ben talks about the New England winters he spent with his family, and then says "Icebound, that's what we are all of us, inside and out." He is referring both to the winters and the emotional coldness of the Jordan family.
  • State of the Union: The title alludes to Grant Matthews' running for President, as well as to his strained marriage.
  • Vanities by Jack Heifner lays it out in a prefatory note to the play:
    The dictionary meanings of vanity: 1) The quality of being personally vain, excessive pride in one's own appearance, qualities, gifts and achievements. 2) Emptiness, unreality, sham, folly, want of real value. 3) A dressing table.
    The play Vanities means all of these things.


    Video Games 
  • Bloodborne has not a double, but a Triple-Meaning Title. It, first of all, refers to the bloodborne disease that is plaguing the city of Yharnam. Secondly, it refers to Yharnam being a city borne upon the fame, fortune and success it has enjoyed thanks to the discovery of the Healing Church's holy blood, as well as the blood obsessed culture that has sprung up around it. Thirdly, it refers to the child born of blood that the Great Ones are seeking to sire. There is also this almost-Title Drop in the addage of Byrgenwerth:
    "We are born of the blood. Made men by the blood. Undone by the blood. Our eyes are yet to open. Fear the Old Blood."
  • The name Deus Ex is both a commentary on typically weakly-structured FPS plots that often employed Deus ex Machina, and also refers to the literal meaning of the phrase "god from the machine", since the story deals with Deus Est Machina.
  • In Earthworm Jim, the first section of Buttville is also known as "Use Your Head". In this section, you must skydive through an enormous serpentine tunnel composed entirely of razor-sharp thorns while using your face as a helicopter-thingy.
  • A Just Cause? Just (Be)Cause? YOU MAKE THE CALL! The games also deal with freeing countries from oppressive dictatorships, and the US invasion of Panama in the late 1980s was codenamed "Operation Just Cause".
  • The Legend of Zelda:
  • Mario & Luigi: Bowser's Inside Story refers to how Mario and Luigi can go inside Bowser and how the plot focuses more on Bowser than it does the Bros.
    • Mario & Luigi: Dream Team can refer to Mario and Prince Dreambert, who are a literal Dream Team in that they are a "team" that enters dreams, or it could refer to the fact that Dreamy Luigi can duplicate himself, giving you a "team" of Dreamy Luigis, another literal Dream Team.
  • Mass Effect refers to the eponymous phenomenon, the "Mass Effect," harnessed by humanity and other advanced civilizations to alter mass and the incredible technologies based upon it. It also refers to your decisions and actions, which have a mass effect on the galaxy.
  • A "solid" in geometrical terms refers to a three-dimensional figure. The original Metal Gear Solid happens to be the third Metal Gear game and the first one in 3D.
  • The title of Metroid: Samus Returns is a variant on the subtitle of the game of which it is a remake, Metroid II: Return of Samus, but also refers to how Samus has not been the main character in a Metroid game since Metroid: Other M, 7 years before.
  • Ōkami has a triple meaning. The name (assuming long o) can mean "great god". It can also mean "wolf". Your character, naturally, is both. In addition, Kami by itself means both god and paper, and one of the game's mechanics involves using a Celestial Brush on "Celestial" Paper.
  • The title of Rockman Mega World, the Japanese version of Mega Man: The Wily Wars (a compilation of the first three Mega Man (Classic) games for the Mega Drive), can be considered as an allusion to the Mega Drive itself, as well as the title character's name in the English versions (Mega Man). It can also be seen as a nod to the Rockman World games for the Game Boy, which were pseudo-compilations of the original Famicom games.
  • Touhou:
  • The first episode in Telltale's Back to the Future: The Game series is titled "It's About Time". The game is about time travel, and the phrase was also the fan reaction to the announcement. It's also Marty's reaction to seeing Doc again. The saying it also a tagline in the trailer for Part II (the movie) — itself coming 4 years after the original.
  • Fans of the first game had long been waiting for Pop Cap's Plants vs. Zombies 2 — It's About Time, in addition to the game focusing on time travel.
  • The subtitle of Dragon Quest VIII is "Journey of the Cursed King". This obviously refers to King Trode, who has been transformed into a troll-like creature because of a curse. But it also refers to the main character, as it can eventually be revealed that he has been cursed since he was a child, and is the rightful heir to a kingdom.
  • The level "Manifest Destiny" in L.A. Noire, which has two meanings. The most obvious is that it's a stock phrase about claiming the west, and the game takes place in Los Angeles. The double meaning is that many, many characters are murdered because their names are on the shipping manifest of the Army ship that was robbed prior to the game's events.
  • Borderlands 2 has one mission titled "Rising Action." This refers both to Sanctuary rising out of the ground and part of the traditional Plot Mountain (which this mission is an example of).
  • Lead writer Walt Williams has acknowledged several ways the title of Spec Ops: The Line can be interpreted. It is typically taken as a reference to the line which, once crossed, there is no going back; but Williams also argued that it could equally refer to the line between expectations and reality, when players of a game expect one thing but end up getting something quite different.
  • In the world of the game, a Receiver is a person (like the player character) who can hear the messages of the people who made the tapes, but the word can also mean the functional part of a firearm. Given that the primary hook of the game is the detailed simulation of the mechanics of firearms operation, this double-meaning is quite fitting.
  • Redemption Cemetery has every game so far in the series have different meanings. For example: Grave Testimony has the "Grave" either mean how the situations where each of the characters died be serious, or rather how their witnessing to supernatural events sent them to their graves.
  • The Elder Scrolls series has a few In-Universe books which use this trope:
    • Confessions of a Khajiit Fur Trader. The narrator is a fur trader and a Khajiit, and he has no problem trading the skins of his kinsmen (or any other sentient being) if he can get his hands on them.
    • The Importance of Where is the story of a warrior learning where he must strike his blows. He can kill a monster by aiming for its weak spots, but he also needs to chase the monster to his village before landing the final blow if he wants the glory associated with killing it.
  • Uncharted 3: Drake's Deception refers both to Sir Francis Drake concealing his trip to Yemen, and the revelation that Nathan Drake isn't actually his descendant.
  • Metal Gear Solid 3: Snake Eater refers to the name of the operation the protagonist takes part of, the fact that he may have to eat snakes while on the mission or the Final Boss chewing the protagonist (codenamed: Naked Snake) out of his naivety.
  • The game Hack 'N' Slash is a hack and slash game about hacking NPCs' source code.
  • One of the climax missions of Dragon Age: Inquisition is "What Pride Had Wrought," which is a line from the Chant of Light (just like the title of every other main mission). The difference here is that Solas, one of your companions, goes by a name that means "Pride" in Elvhen... and all the events of the game, especially this mission, were caused by his mistakes.
  • The soundtrack playing during the fight against the True Final Boss of Undertale is called "Hopes and Dreams/SAVE the world". SAVE the worlds refers that you are in fact saving the world from the boss, but also to the fact that, In-Universe, you SAVE the world each and every time you practice Save Scumming.
  • Similar to the Skyward Sword example above, the "Heavensward" expansion for Final Fantasy XIV can refer to both the Heaven's Ward, King Thordan's knights, as well as civilization working towards peace and progress following the main conflict, not to mention the expansion's general theme of flight.
  • The 'Vanguard' section of Medal of Honor: Vanguard's title refers to the fact that at the start of the game, the 82nd Airborne Division is a completely untested unit in warfare, as well as Paratrooping in general being relatively new in World War 2, and that the 82nd Division is being sent into battle first in each operation, before the rest of the US Army.
  • The title of Yo-Kai Watch can refer to either the actual watch that The Protagonist receives, or the fact that you're constantly on the "watch", or hunt, for Yo-kai.
  • Lightning Returns: Final Fantasy XIII has both an in-story meaning of Lightning returning to the world after spending the previous game in Valhalla (and the time between the two in crystal stasis) and a more meta meaning of Lightning returning to being the main character and player character.
  • Word of God is that the title of Kingdom Hearts: 358/2 Days refers to the 358 days experienced by two people, but leaves it ambiguous as to which two people: it could be Roxas and Xion, Roxas and Sora, Roxas and Axel, or really any combination of two of the main characters.
  • Five Nights at Freddy's: Sister Location: The game takes place at an actual sister location of Freddy Fazbear's Pizza called Circus Baby's Entertainment and Rental. The main animatronic, Circus Baby, is female. And the game is about discovering the location (and fate) of Michael Afton's sister.
  • Each episode of Life Is Strange: Before the Storm is named after a line from The Tempest which echoes the scene it's taken from (with Rachel and Chloe playing a character in a school production) and the events of the episode.
  • Sniper Elite V2. V2 is the abbreviation of a second version of something, meaning Sniper Elite V2 is basically Sniper Elite only improved. The plot of V2 revolves around the German V2 rockets.
  • In Horizon Zero Dawn, the first mission as teenage!Aloy is called "The Point of the Spear". On the surface, this has an obvious meaning: The literal point of a spear, which Aloy now uses as a weapon after the Time Skip. However, it also carries a more metaphorical meaning: Rost sent Aloy on the quest so that she would learn that the purpose of being a Brave is to protect the tribe rather than pursuing one's own goals. In other words, he was teaching her the point of carrying a weapon.
  • Black★Rock Shooter: The Game is Black★Rock Shooter's first video game entry, but also refers to White Rock Shooter orchestrating a 'game' to absorb a perfect copy of herself.
  • Deltarune is both an anagram for its predecessor Undertale, and a reference to the "Delta Rune", the Dreemur family royal crest from the previous game.
  • The game No Delivery seems to be refering to the haunted pizza parlor setting. However at the end of the demo the wierd puppet thing mentions that there is no delivery from this place as in no escape.
  • There are two minigames in the Rhythm Heaven series titled "Built to Scale", and while they share the same primary meaning (both games involve building widgets in a factory), their secondary meanings are slightly different: In the DS game, your audio cue is a rising "do-re-mi" scale. In Fever, the backing track is a short melody that goes through a major scale and then repeats one key higher (first in C major, then in D major, then in E major, etc).

    Visual Novels 
  • Kira-Kira generally means shining, or sparkling. In this story, it refers both to Kirari's name, and the band's first performance, the song TwinkleTwinkle, that is also translated with this word.
  • Hatoful Boyfriend:
    • "Hato" is apparently the word for "Dove", and it is a game where most characters are doves. "Hatoful" is one way to say "Heartful" in Japanese, and it's also a play on "Hurtful".
    • Its sequel Hatoful Boyfriend Holiday Star came out around and initially seems to be Christmas-themed. The eponymous Holiday Star doesn't appear until somewhere in February in-game and doesn't have anything to do with any specific holiday — it's 'holiday' in the sense of leaving your life and responsibilities behind.
  • When They Cry:
    • Both of the series contains a few. The first and most obvious one is the double meaning of the word ´´cry/naku´´ (both words carry the same meaning), to call and to weep. In other words the the titles' is either When The Cicadas/Seagulls Call or When The Cicadas/Seagulls Weep.
    • Another double meaning for Higurashi is that "cicada" (蜩) can also be written as "day-to-day life" (日暮し), and besides the above translation Naku can also be written as "none/nothing". This means that besides When The Cicadas Cry, the title can also be written as "When the day-to-day life is no more".
    • While it is a bit of a stretch Umineko literally means Seacat (Umi-Sea, Neko-Cat) and Schrödinger's Cat is often used in the series to explain the endless possible scenarios of Rokkenjima. So the title can be written as either "When the Seagulls Cry" or "When the cat in the middle of the sea is dead". Which fits surprisingly well with the end of the series where Beatrice's "catbox" is buried at the bottom of the sea.
  • The title of The Royal Trap refers both to the dangers for those caught up in royal politics and to the Gilded Cage that the royals themselves are forced to live in, but takes on another meaning when you realize that Princess Cassidy was born male, though she identifies as female.
  • Ace Attorney:
    • The case title "Turnabout Goodbyes" from Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney also has several meaning. It refers to both the fact that Manfred von Karma is saying "goodbye" to the DL-6 Incident (due to the Statute of Limitations) as well as how it refers to how Phoenix has to say goodbye to Maya at the end of the case. It could also refer to how Miles Edgeworth is saying goodbye in way to his past perfectionist self.
    • The title of the episode "Rise from the Ashes" could be referring to the fact that Edgeworth rises up from his past, and the fact that a Phoenix is said in legend to be reborn from ashes, which is a metaphor for how Phoenix Wright comes back from a hopeless trial.
    • Also done with "Bridge to the Turnabout". Not only is it referring to the literal bridge that plays a big part in the case but it also refers to the fact that the case "bridges" all of the games plot lines and how the events are a "bridge" that leads to the end turnabout. It could also be referring to the fact that it "bridges" Mia's trial with Phoenix's giving them an overall resolution.
    • "Farewell, My Turnabout". It refers to both how Phoenix's client is guilty yet he is forced to defend him so it's like he is saying goodbye to him having a turnabout and how Phoenix feels he does not deserve to be a lawyer anymore because he is defending a murderer.
    • The title of Dual Destinies, has many meanings. It can refer to: Apollo & Clay, Athena & Blackquill, Phoenix & Blackquill, Phoenix & Edgeworth, Means & Courte, Tenma & Kybui, Nine Tales Vale & Tenma Town, Blackquill & Aura and Aura & Metis. If you extend the title a little bit, it can also refer to Hugh & Robin & Juniper. It could be used to refer to just Hugh & Robin too, who both initially follow two very different creeds, but ultimately end up in the same place.
    • "The Cosmic Turnabout" both refers to the themes of space through the episode, particularly the fact the victim had just reached his dream of becoming an astronaut, but can also refer to the fact that the victim, who's Apollo's friend, has been killed, and is now in the "cosmos". This double meaning is even more blatant in the Japanese version, where the title literally translates to "The Turnabout That Became a Star".
    • "Turnabout for Tomorrow": Prosecutor Blackquill is to be executed the following day so you're trying to find the truth behind UR-1 by then for a stay of execution. Plus finding out the truth of UR-1 will also dispel the dark age of the law, to bring light for the future.
    • Spirit of Justice has a number of meanings. The most obvious one is the metaphorical spirit of justice that the characters are attempting to uphold. 'Spirit' can be taken literally as well though, as spirits of the departed play a vital role in the game's story. Take that a big further, and the title can also refer to the spirit of Jove Justice, which becomes a vital element in the game's finale. Furthermore, "Spirit of Justice" is also the name of the Lady Justice statue in the Department of Justice Headquarters in Washington D.C.
    • There are three different characters that "Turnabout Time Traveler" could be referring to: Ellen Wyatt, who was made to believe she had traveled back in time; Sorin Sprocket, who has anterograde amnesia, and thus can't form any new memories past the crash that killed his sister; and Pierce Nichody, who blames Sorin for his fiancee's death and is unable to move on from it.
  • The title of Last Window most obviously refers to the literal window which Cris Hyde was looking out of when he was murdered. However, it can also refer to the fact that this is Kyle's last window of opportunity to find out the truth of 25 years ago. It also ties into the fact that Tony has a "last window" to turn his life around, and how Sidney has a "last window" to make things work with his ex-wife, among other things.
  • The title of the Zero Escape franchise, refers to the central antagonistic "Zero" figure, and also means that there's no escape.
  • Virtue's Last Reward refers to the general theme of the game about how showing virtue is neither good or bad. It means both "virtue leads to your dead", as in the phrase "he was led to his last reward", but also can be interpreted as "virtue will give you a last reward", as in if you're virtues you will succeed. This double meaning title was made for the English version to replicate the double meaning of the Japanese title, Zennin Shibō Desu. Although it's literal translation is "Good People Die", it can also be alternatively read to mean something along the lines of "I want to be a good person."
  • New Danganronpa V3. The "V" in V3 is the only time the series has formatted its titles in this way, though most fans will dismiss it as standing for "version", or to differentiate it from the Danganronpa 3 anime series. In the game's final chapter, it is revealed that the entire series was an in-universe TV show, with each game or anime being a different season broadcasted on live television. V3 was the fifty-third season in-universe, with the "v" being a Roman numeral for 5.

    Web Animation 
  • The title of Walrusguy's Youtube Poop "The Only Mama Luigi Poop Anyone Has Ever Made" is both a hyperbolic sarcasm (Mama Luigi was a very popular poop source at the time) and a reference to the fact that while normally Walrusguy uses Mama Luigi to disguise Dr. Rabbit poops, "The Only..." was an actual Mama Luigi poop.
  • Twentieth episode of If the Emperor Had a Text-to-Speech Device is called "You're green with it!", referring both to episode's topic, the Salamanders (who have green as their primary color motif), and Magnus' jealousy of Leman Russ and his Space Wolves, as well as Emperor's disgust at the Centurion, who's been having "cuddling sessions" with him (It Makes Sense in Context), turning out to be his own son.
  • RWBY Volume 1 has the two-parter "Black and White", which focuses on Blake and Weiss (who represent those colors as part of the show's use of Colorful Theme Naming) getting into a gigantic argument because they both view the treatment of the Faunus in stark "us versus them" terms and neither will acknowledge that the other has valid points — in other words, they see the issue in black and white.

  • El Goonish Shive
    • The "New and Old Flames" arc title seems to refer both to past and present love interests, as well as fire-based enemies.
    • The "Sister 3" chapter "An Unkindness" was an unintentional example, although the author admits it worked out quite well. The chapter involves an interaction between Adrian Raven and his mother Pandora. The author claimed that he planned on naming the chapter after whatever you call a group of ravens. He was thrilled to end up with a title that also reflected the less-than-friendly nature of the two Ravens.
  • Homestuck:
    • The central game of the comic has Titles for players that grant them certain powers. The titles have non-literal meanings to them (Prince effectively means Destroyer, Light mainly means Chance), and your main power is linked to Sburb's interpretation of the Title. However, if a Title can have a literal meaning, Sburb has a chance of granting you that too (a Seer of Mind can see imaginary friends) or giving you a fate that literally interprets your Title (the Thief of Light blinded someone).
    • Certain major animation pages have names that can be applied to a number of different things that happen on the same animation. "Enter," the end of Act 3, involves John entering his first Gate, Rose entering Sburb, and Jade entering the time capsule lotus room and finding her own copies of the game.
  • Curse Quest: Walrus is on a quest to remove his curse. A curse quest also appears to be an actual thing in-universe, being a quest so deadly that no sane adventurer dares go on them.
  • Irregular Webcomic! is a bizarre case; the title was supposed to mean that it would update irregularly, but it soon began having extremely regular daily updates. Conveniently, the title fit with the comic's numerous separate irregularly-updated storylines...until the comic ended, and the website switched to hosting weekly blog posts, which the author lampshaded as making it neither irregular nor a webcomic.
  • The cast of Winters In Lavelle will probably end up spending a winter or two in Lavelle; but the title also refers to two of the main characters, Aiden and Kari Winters, who are themselves "Winters" in Lavelle.
  • Chapter 13 of Go Get a Roomie! is titled "Your Song". It begins with Allan's phone, which has the Elton John track as its ringtone. It ends with Lillian talking to Allan about Roomie's suggestion that she write stories based on her dreams, and Allan saying, "It's your song, Lillian. Now you can dance to it."
  • The Order of the Stick has several for its strip titles. For example, "Telling Lies" refers to both Haley's potion-enhanced bluff ability letting her tell any lie and have it be believed, and to the fact that (since the potion doesn't work when she tells the truth) the specific lies she tells reveal her true feelings to the readers (i.e. her lies are telling, in the "revealing" sense). To be exact, the fact that she is shown to be using the potion's effects when she tells her father that he raised her well, and didn't screw her up emotionally, shows us what she really thinks about him.
  • Episode titles of Darths & Droids often have multiple meanings, usually referring to different things in the gameworld and the world of the players. For example, episode 1442 is called "Not to Scale", and is about them preparing a battle map for the next game session (where the figures may not be to scale) and Ben warning Pete about attending a high school concert (where the singers will probably be out of tune).

    Web Original 
  • TV Tropes: There are some Trope Names that have double meanings:
    • Like Is, Like, a Comma: In the days before punctuated titles were allowed, this could be parsed as either "The word 'like' functions as a comma" or as a Self-Demonstrating Article ("'Like' is, like, a comma!") The current punctuation establishes the second interpretation as correct.
    • Un-Entendre: "Un" being both a negating prefix and French for "one".
    • Money for Nothing: It can parsed as "money gotten without effort" and "money that has no use". Most examples have both true at the same time.
    • As noted in the trope description, Last-Second Chance could be parsed as either "a chance (at redemption) offered at the last second" or "the final possible offer of a second chance for the character," both of which neatly sum up the description when taken together. However, this depends on disregarding the hyphen, which allows only the first meaning.
    • Thememobile can be read as either "Theme-mobile" or "The me-mobile," both of which describe the trope.
    • Nothing Is Scarier could be phrased as "Nothing is Scarier... than not knowing" or "...not being shown something". It could also be literal as in Nothing (instead of having something there) is Scarier.
  • Gamingandstuff:
    • Episode 13 of the LP of Pokémon Mystery Dungeon: Explorers was called "SHOCKER", which meant two things:
    • 1: The dungeon he went to in that episode mainly had electric types
    • 2: He used a webcam (even though it ended up being The Un-Reveal)
  • Too Many Cooks: The title refers to the Show Within a Show having a massive amount of characters named "Cook", but it's also implied that the show's constant tonal and genre shifts are due to an overlarge production staff, as in the saying "Too Many Cooks Spoil the Soup".
  • Welcome to Night Vale:
    • The title of "Past Time" has a triple-meaning. It refers to the ghost Lucia recounting her death in the distant past, to baseball ("America's pastime"), and to Lucia's insistence that it's "past time" to stop the strangers.
    • "Big Sister" introduces Hadassah Mc Daniels, who is Hiram's big sister — both in the sense of being older, and literally being extremely large.
    • "All Right" refers both to the the viewer's desire to believe everything is alright, and to the fact that if you listen with headphones, the audio for the episode is directed almost exclusively towards the right ear.

    Western Animation 
  • In 6teen, the show's title refers to the six teenagers that make up the show's True Companions and the fact that they're all 16 years old.
  • Frylock's name in Aqua Teen Hunger Force. He "sounds black" according to Shake and has dreadlock-esque fries for hair, but also has magical powers, making him sort of a warlock.
  • Archer has a season subtitled "Dreamland". This can refer to either the nightclub that the story centers around, or it can refer to the fact that it's Sterling Archer's coma dream.
  • The Avatar: The Last Airbender episode "The Great Divide" refers to both the Canyon in which the episode takes place and the conflict between two tribes about an incident that happened a century ago.
  • The Boondocks episode Wingman refers to Moe, Granddad's actual wingman in World War II. However, in modern slang a "wingman" is someone who draws the attention of undesirable women away from you...and at the end, it turns out Moe did exactly that.
  • The Comic Strip was a US syndicated first run animated series. In broadcasting terms, to show episodes of the same series five days a week is called stripping a show.
  • The title of Extreme Ghostbusters takes on a new significance in the wake of Ghostbusters: The Video Game. In the game, a "necromantic shockwave" made all of New York's ghosts much stronger; the show is not so much Extreme Ghostbusters, but Extreme Ghost Busters.
  • The Family Guy episode title "A Lot Going on Upstairs" can either be taken figuratively (Brian going into Stewie's mind to find the source of his nightmares) or literally (Peter creating a man-cave in the attic).
  • The King of the Hill episode "Lucky's Wedding Suit" refers to both the story arc of Lucky and Luanne getting married, and the main plot of Lucky filing a Frivolous Lawsuit on Dale to pay for the wedding.
  • My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic:
  • The Phineas and Ferb episode "Bee Story" is paired with, and is a P.O.V. Sequel to, "Bee Day", explaining what the Fireside Girls were doing. So in addition to being a story about bees, it's a B-story.
  • The Smurfs episode "Smurf The Other Cheek" can either be (1) a reference to Biblical doctrine about how one should respond to aggression with non-violence, or (2) a Smurfing way to tell somebody to "kick the other's cheek (butt)", which is what the episode actually is all about.
  • In Hong Kong, South Park was retitled as Nanfang Sijianke, or South Park's Four Slackers; it also sounds an awful lot like The Four Musketeers.
    • The title of two-part episode "Cartoon Wars" can refer to the rivalry among South Park, The Simpsons and Family Guy, and to the protests sparked by the Danish newspaper cartoons about Muhammad. Of course, both themes are touched in the episode.
    • The episode "With Apologies to Jesse Jackson" could be referring to the scene where the fictional Jesse Jackson asks Randy Marsh to "apologize" by Literal Ass Kissing, or it could be interpreted as an apology to the real-life Jesse Jackson for that scene and the constant use of the N-word.
  • Spongebob Squarepants: "Chocolate With Nuts" could be referring to a scene where Patrick tells a customer he can buy chocolate "with or without nuts" as well as to Spongebob and Patrick as the nuts.
  • Star Wars Resistance: In "The Triple Dark", the title phrase has several meanings: First, a "triple dark" is a phrase used on the Colossus to describe a low-visibility storm, which pirates like Kragan and his band use to hide in when they attack the station. It also fits how the First Order, who are revealed to be behind Kragan's attack in this episode, are preparing to surprise-attack the New Republic, and (almost) no one suspects a thing.
  • Steven Universe:
    • "Cry for Help": Peridot's distress signal to Homeworld, but also both Pearl and Amethyst's unhealthy feeling that they can't manage without Garnet.
    • "Lars' Head": The continuing emotional growth of Lars, but also the dimensional portal in his hair.
    • "Can't Go Back": Lapis doesn't think she can return to Earth, but also, the following episode reveals that Steven's dream represents Pink Diamond's "no turning back" decision.
    • "The Question" is both a Cross-Referenced Title to "The Answer", in that Ruby questions why she and Sapphire stayed fused as Garnet just because Rose told them to, but also refers to her asking Sapphire to marry her.
    • "Reunited" has three different meanings: Ruby and Sapphire reuniting as Garnet, Lapis returning to Earth and joining the Crystal Gems, and Blue and Yellow Diamond reuniting with Pink (after a fashion).
    • "Escapism" refers to both Steven and Connie's desire to escape Homeworld, as expressed in the titular song and the fact that the episode serves as a breather (though not an entirely peaceful one) from the serious plot at hand.
  • Storm Hawks's first episode, "Age of Heroes", refers both to an era of heroes and to the main characters being too young to be an official squadron.

  • Singer Vehicle Design is a company in Los Angeles that specializes in restoring and rebuilding the Porsche 911. The company was named for Norbert Singer, a noted Porsche engineer, as well as the fact that company founder Rob Dickinson is the former vocalist for the band Catherine Wheel.


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