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Excited Show Title! It's a title ending with one or more exclamation points! Some comedy movies show they're comedies by having an excited title! Lots of musicals have excited titles! Often just the exclaimed first name of the lead character! So many, that it's become a Discredited Trope! Especially when exclamation points are stacked!!!!

Slightly less grating when the title is an actual exclamation, like "Help!"

Compare Excited Title! Two-Part Episode Name!, Title Scream! See also Lucky Charms Title! Questioning Title? for when the title ends with a question mark.


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Examples!

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    Anime! & Manga! 

    Comic Books! 
  • 1970s British comic book Cor!! has two exclamation marks. Sister publications at IPC/Fleetway included Whoopee! and Oink! (humour titles like Cor!!) as well as Smash!, Pow! and Wham! (action titles that eventually all merged together). There was also the very short-lived horror title Scream!
  • Comic book artist Scott Shaw! always has his name spelled like this.
  • So does Tracy Yardley!, as a tribute.
  • And then there's Elliot S! Maggin.
  • French comic series Lou!, whose Animated Adaptation is known as Lou! in English-speaking countries (why, yes, the spelling isn't identicalnote ).
  • Teen Titans Go!
  • 1990s British comic Toxic!, published by Apocalypse Ltd.
  • The Batman Strikes!
  • Zot!
  • Shazam!
  • Buzz!
  • Captain Carrot and His Amazing Zoo Crew!
  • As Incríveis Aventuras de Dog Mendonça e Pizzaboy!

    Eastern Animation! 
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    Fan Works! 

    Films! — Animation! 

    Films! — Live-Action! 

    Gamebooks! 

    Literature! 

    Live-Action TV! 

    Music! 
  • Al B. Sure!
  • A jazz performer who enjoyed these was the late pianist Andrew Hill. He released albums named Judgement!, Andrew!!! and Compulsion!!!!!
  • The Aquabats! have a lot of excited titles. Notably every song on "Fury of the Aquabats!" and "Charge!!"
  • The band Los Campesinos! takes this a step further by renaming the band members' last names Campesinos!, too. So you get Gareth Campesinos!, Aleksandra Campesinos!, and the like.
  • Art Blakey and the Jazz Messengers' album Art Blakey!!!!! Jazz Messengers!!!!! And, yes, it came out on the famed jazz label Impulse! Records.
  • BABYMETAL: Their eponymous debut album has three tracks with these.
    • Including the track ヘドバンギャー!!, which in the official Romanization becomes HeadBangeeeeerrrrr!!!!!
  • The Beach Boys: their albums The Beach Boys Today! and Beach Boys' Party!.
  • The Beatles
  • Bob Marley's Live!
  • In 1981, Bow Wow Wow gave one of its albums the memorable title See Jungle! See Jungle! Go Join Your Gang, Yeah. City All Over! Go Ape Crazy.
  • Calexico has "Attack, el Robot! Attack!"
  • Cameo's "Word Up!" (later covered by Mel B and Korn)
  • Childish Gambino's "Awaken, My Love!"
  • The Clash album Sandinista!.
  • A Cos Mo song is "Let's Play with Hatsune Miku!!"
  • Daniel Amos has the album ¡Alarma!. And the song "New Car!" (from Doppelgänger) which directly references excited prize announcements from a game show.
  • Darren Hayes plays with this trope by putting the exclamation mark in the middle of the song title: "Pop!ular"
  • Depeche Mode's debut album Speak and Spell contains Nodisco!, Tora! Tora! Tora!,and Boys say Go!
  • Erasure's album Wild!, which includes the single "Drama!"
  • Out to Lunch! by Eric Dolphy has an exclamation mark in the title.
  • Australian group Frente!
  • Hey Ocean! (featuring Ashleigh Ball of My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic fame).
  • Devin Townsend uses this trope very often:
    • His album Addicted has an exclamation mark after the title of every song, with two after the title of the last one.
    • The songs "Effervescent!" and "More!" from Epicloud use this trope, as well as "Ziltoidia Attaxx!!!" from Ziltoid the Omniscient.
  • El-Creepo! — the name of Todd Edward Smith's solo project and its debut album.
  • ¡Forward, Russia! has a faux-Spanish, faux-Cyrillic version of this.
  • Front 242 stylize their name "фронта! 242" in Russian.
  • Inverted by the decidedly unexcited fun.
  • The Go! Team — The exclamation point may be there to differentiate themselves from an earlier, unrelated band who went by the punctuation-free name The Go Team.
  • Godspeed You! Black Emperor. And correspondingly, the documentary film from which they took the name.
  • Grand Funk Railroad's album All the Girls in the World Beware!!!
  • Green Day had Greatest Hits Album International Superhits! plus a trilogy combining this with Gratuitous Spanish (aside from the last, which references their drummer): ¡Uno! ¡Dos! and ¡Tré! (plus their making of, ¡Cuatro!)
  • Half Man Half Biscuit opined in "Third Track Main Camera Four Minutes" that "If ever an album title was in dire need of an exclamation mark, it surely had to be Frampton Comes Alive!"
  • Hello! Project
  • The Brazilian band Ira! (they explained the exclamation is to make clear the word is "ire", not something inspired by the IRA)
  • Jaga Jazzist has "Music! Dance! Drama!"
  • Jazz pianist Jon Jang has a fondness for this. He's released CDs titled Self Defense!, Tiananmen!, and Never Give Up!
  • The Kentucky Headhunters' Rave On!!
  • Ligabue's album Arrivederci, Mostro!
  • The band MAGIC! of "Rude" fame.
  • The Argentine band Miranda!
  • The song "Dead!" by My Chemical Romance.
  • The German band Neu!.
  • The song "HYPERPOWER!" from Year Zero by Nine Inch Nails.
  • Hardcore Punk band Off! It may not be a coincidence that Off! (complete with exclamation point) is also a brand of insect repellent - Their vocalist, Keith Morris, was the original singer for Black Flag, who shared their name with an insecticide brand.
  • The experimental rock outfit On!Air!Library! put out one album before its twin-sister singers left to form the less excited (but more synth-pop) School of Seven Bells.
  • Ornette Coleman's Something Else!!! and Tomorrow Is the Question!
  • The band Panic! at the Disco. They have since dropped the exclamation point, before putting it back.
    • The trope extends to "ME!", lead singer Brendon Urie's hit duet with Taylor Swift.
  • Periphery: "Icarus Lives!", "Jetpacks Was Yes!" and "The Gods Must Be Crazy!"
  • Porno For Pyros combine this with a bit of Lucky Charms Title with the song "Good God's://Urge!". Oddly enough, the album that it's technically the Title Track to is just called Good God's Urge.
  • The Pretenders released an album in 1990 titled Packed!.
  • R-note has a lot of excited titles:
    • Albums: Touhou Strash!, Touhou Romanesque! and Touhou Shangri-La!
    • Songs: "Carnival!", "Fly High!", "HAPPY!", "HERO!!", "Journey!", "LEADING!", "Love it!!", "Magic Magic!", "Melody!!", "Missing Power!", "Please Freeze Me!", "Ready! Highly!", "Red Crisis!!", "Ai? No!!", "Yume Fighter!" and "青空Secret!".
  • Shania Twain loved these on the albums she released while still married to Robert John "Mutt" Lange. The Woman in Me launched a hit with "(If You're Not In It for Love) I'm Outta Here!" Come On Over has four songs with exclamation marks in their titles, including her hit "Man! I Feel Like a Woman!" Up! has eight (and, of course, note the album title itself).
  • Sufjan Stevens has five excited song titles from his album Illinois. One that comes to mind is "They Are Night Zombies!! They Are Neighbors!! They Have Come Back from the Dead!! Ahhhh!"
    • When it was released on vinyl, a few tracks were retitled and made more excited. For example, "Chicago" became "Go, Chicago! Go! Yeah!" Of course, the cover of the album itself gives the title as Come On, Feel the Illinoise!
    • When his first album was rereleased, an exclamation mark was added to the title: A Sun Came!
  • System of a Down's "Chop Suey!", "Question!" and Steal This Album!
  • "Can't Stop the Feeling!" by Justin Timberlake.
  • Tones On Tail had their single "Go!", and the compilations Everything! and Something!.
  • "Ultraelectromagneticpop!," the debut studio album of The Eraserheads.
  • Van Halen's song "Everybody Wants Some!!!"
  • Wham!
  • The Yeah Yeah Yeahs third album, It's Blitz!
  • Yellow Zebra's album Touhou Splash!. They also have a few excited song titles: "Believe heart!", "Fly Away!", "Melody!" and "My Dear!".

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    Puppet Shows! 

    Software! 

    Tabletop Games! 
  • Adventure!
  • BASH!
  • Survive: Escape from Atlantis!
  • Zombies!!!

    Theatre! 
  • The popularization of excited titles for musicals might be traced back to the late 1910s, when the influential series of "Princess" musicals by Guy Bolton and P. G. Wodehouse included Oh, Boy!, Oh, Lady! Lady!!, and Oh, My Dear!. Other Broadway musicals of the same decade included Oh! Oh! Delphine (1912), Stop! Look! Listen! (1915) and Oh, Look! (1918).
  • Mozart!
  • Oklahoma!
  • Honk!
  • George M!
  • Oh! Calcutta (not a musical)
  • Hello, Dolly!
  • Mamma Mia!
  • Oliver!
  • Fiorello!
  • Sherry! (The Musical adaptation of The Man Who Came to Dinner)
  • In The '70s, it was Grease. In The '90s, it became Grease!
  • Terrence McNally's Love! Valour! Compassion! (also not a musical).
  • Zanna, Don't!
  • Snoopy!!!
  • tick, tick... BOOM! Yes, that's the way it's supposed to be capitalized and punctuated.
  • Aida!, the musical based on the Aida opera by Verdi.
  • Pokémon Live!
  • Twang!!, Lionel Bart's unsuccessful 1966 Robin Hood musical
  • Drat! The Cat!
  • I Do! I Do!
  • Leave It to Me!
  • Timbuktu!, the Africanized version of Kismet
  • Jubilee!, the last of the "classic" Las Vegas topless revues, though it dropped the exclamation point when it was Retooled in 2014
  • Whoopee!, a 1928 musical starring Eddie Cantor.

    Theme Parks! 

    Video Games! 

    Visual Novels! 

    Web Animation! 

    Web Comics! 

    Web Original! 

    Web Videos! 
  • Most SuperMarioLogan videos starting from late 2014. (e.g. The Koopa Kids!; Bowser's House Fire!; Chef Pee Pee Gets Sick!)
  • Smosh these days capitalizes their entire video titles.
  • World War II: Episode 48 - "No Deal... Herr Hitler!"

    Western Animation! 

    Real Life! 
  • "Autoemancipation!", a seminal early Zionist pamphlet written in German.
  • American retail company Big Lots!
  • Groen! ("Green!"), the Green Party of the Flemish Region/Community of Belgium.
  • There is a wine called "Est! Est!! Est!!!", made in central Italy near the town of Montefiascone. According to legend, a German bishop on his travels sent a servant to scout ahead for suitable places to stay. When that servant came to an inn near Montefiascone, he was so impressed by the local wine that he scrawled "Est! Est!! Est!!!" on the gates of the inn (something like "Yes! This is it!!!"). The bishop must have agreed, for when he came to Montefiascone he stayed there for the rest of his life.
  • The Swedish feminist party, Feministiskt initiativ ("Feminist Initiative") is properly abbreviated Fi. However, since they chose to put the lowercase i upside-down in their logo, most people use F!
  • In the Swiss city of Basel, there is an environmentalist party called BastA!, whose name is an abbreviation for "Basel's Strong (i.e. cool/awesome) Alternative". "Basta" is also an Italian interjection, common in colloquial German, meaning "enough!". The exclamation mark adds emphasis.
  • The radical environmentalist group Earth First!
  • There are at least two villages/towns in the world with an Excited Show Title!: Westward Ho! in Devon, and Saint-Louis-du-Ha! Ha! in Quebec.
  • There are actually several "Ha! Ha!" place names in Quebec, since "haha" is an archaic French term for a dead-end or barrier.
  • The city of Hamilton, Ohio changed its name to Hamilton! to get publicity. Since they were unsuccessful in getting the exclamation point on state maps, though, it isn't used much anymore.
  • Factorial numbers in mathematics, which are written as n!.
  • Intel's Pentium III has curiously placed dots underneath the Roman numerals, making it look like Pentium!!!
  • Jeb!, the longstanding logo of U.S. politician John Ellis Bush, has featured the exclamation point since 1994, although it only got national attention beginning in 2015 (which means it predates the parody sitcom about his brother's presidency, That's My Bush!).
  • Entertainment company Shout! Factory, as well as its various brands (Shout! Factory Kids, Shout! Select, and Scream! Factory, as well as in-house production division Shout! Studios).
  • Yum! Brands, the former restaurant division of Pepsico.
  • The Czech city of Ostrava has "OSTRAVA!!!" as its logo.

Parodies! and Shows-Within-a-Show!

    Anime! & Manga! 

    Fan Works! 

    Films! — Live-Action! 

    Literature! 
  • In Good Omens, it's mentioned that Brian and Pepper favour comics "with a lot of exclamation marks in the title, like WhiZZ!! or Clang!!"
  • In The Dresden Files there is a horror movie convention called Splattercon!!!

    Live-Action TV! 

    Theatre! 

    Video Games! 

    Web Comics! 

    Western Animation! 
  • The Simpsons:
    • Streetcar!, the musical version of A Streetcar Named Desire from "A Streetcar Named Marge".
    • Happy Smile Super Challenge Family Wish Show! from "Thirty Minutes Over Tokyo".
  • Helen Keller! The Musical from South Park.
  • The Musical Episode of Daria is just called "Daria!"
  • Gravity Falls: The Stinger from "Into the Bunker" includes Attack of the Exclamation Points!!!!!!!!!! on a list of fictional b-movies.
  • Steven Universe has Crying Breakfast Friends!, a cartoon about various anthropomorphic breakfast foods who cry almost constantly. Steven's the only person who enjoys this show.
  • Hollywoo Stars and Celebrities: What Do They Know? Do They Know Things? Let's Find Out!, courtesy of BoJack Horseman.

Alternative Title(s): Excited Series Title, Exclamation Mark, Name Exclamation Point

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