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The Fantastic Trope of Wonderous Titles
aka: The Fantastic Trope Of Wondrous 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 Steam Punk.

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. See also The Adjectival Superhero.



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    Anime and Manga 

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

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  • Stephen Colbert claimed that Felicity Huffman and William H. Macy starred in The Splendiferous Zeppelin Escapades of Filliam H. Muffman.
  • Mr. Show and the Incredible, Fantastical News Report
  • Subverted in a series of Saturday Night Live skits with Michael Palin about a supposed Charles Dickens novel, The Wretched Birth, Miserable Childhood, Agonisingly Painful Adolescence, and Appallingly Vile and Degrading Death of Miles Cowperthwaite.
  • The Angel episode "The Cautionary Tale of Numero Cinco"
  • The Bones episode "The Double Death of the Dearly Departed". Bonus for Alliterative Title.
  • In The BBC Four Mockumentary Cricklewood Greats, the fictional British film studio of the title was finally destroyed (not just bankrupted, but literally destroyed) during the making of the Terry Gilliam epic Professor Hypochondria's Magical Odyssey.
  • NBC had the anthology series Disney's Wonderful World of Color which was a retitled version of Disneyland which aired on ABC.

  • 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.

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


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