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The Fantastic Trope of Wonderous Titles

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There's a tendency in media to create very long titles full of rare (or fake) multisyllabic words that paint a picture of whimsy, fun, and adventure, especially when the work is set in the past. This is almost a Dead Unicorn Trope as most of the titles are homages to works that never existed at all. It's often associated with pseudo-Victorian throwbacks and Steampunk.

Not to be confused with Character Name and the Noun Phrase, though they may overlap (either by reversing positions in the title or replacing "and the" with an apostrophe-S). A sub-trope of Long Title and The X of Y. See also The Adjectival Superhero.


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    Anime and Manga 

    Comedy 
  • Bob Newhart's album The Buttoned-Down Mind of Bob Newhart

    Comic Books 
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    Fanfiction 

    Film — Live-Action 

    Literature 

    Live-Action TV 

Creators:

  • Stephen Colbert claimed that Felicity Huffman and William H. Macy starred in The Splendiferous Zeppelin Escapades of Filliam H. Muffman.

Series:

    Music 
  • Music from the unrealized film script Dusk at Cubist Castle, debut LP of The Olivia Tremor Control. To a lesser extent, the band's name (and the loosely-structured "Elephant 6 Collective" of bands, of which they are a member) are also examples of the trope.
  • Almost any Coheed and Cambria album title. (Example: Good Apollo, I'm Burning Star IV, Volume One: From Fear Through the Eyes of Madness)
  • The Beatles:
    • Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band, which features the song "Being for the Benefit of Mr. Kite!"
    • Their album Magical Mystery Tour
  • David Bowie's The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders From Mars.
  • Paul Shapera's Lost Hollow trilogy, starting with Miss Helen's Weird West Cabaret, followed by Uncle Raven's Super Happy Funtime Carnival and The Grand Cyberpunk Gala of Gabriella Gadfly.
  • SKAM's The Amazing Memoirs of Geoffrey Goddard.

    Tabletop Games 

    Theatre 

    Video Games 

    Webcomics 

    Web Original 

    Western Animation 

Alternative Title(s): The Fantastic Trope Of Wondrous Titles

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