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In a more upscale cousin of the Alliteration & Adventurers, lots of novels and classic films have names that consist solely of lists of two or three nouns. Frequently these nouns are abstract, reflecting overarching themes more than specific plot points.

A standard subtype is an Alliterative Title that parodies the Austen examples below; these will generally have two alliterative nouns, the second of which is considerably longer than the first.

See also, the Sub-Trope, Name and Name, when actual names are used. Alliteration & Adventurers is an Alliterative Title that references Dungeons & Dragons.


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  • Magic: The Gathering often uses this for split cards, i.e. cards that can be played as either one of two different cards, such as Order//Chaos or Spite//Malice. The first time they were used, one was almost named "Pride//Prejudice" but it was deemed not magic-y enough. A few years later though, we got Crime//Punishment.

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  • The Lion and the Cobra, Sinead O'Connor
  • The Wild, the Innocent, and the E Street Shuffle, Bruce Springsteen
  • Captain Fantastic And The Brown Dirt Cowboy, Elton John. And its sequel, The Captain And The Kid.
  • The Broadsword And The Beast, Jethro Tull
  • The Geese And The Ghost, Anthony Phillips
  • "The Holly and the Ivy"
  • Guns N' Roses
  • "The Well and the Lighthouse," Arcade Fire
  • The Bird and the Bee
  • Restless and Wild, Accept
    • Also their songs "Losers and Winners", "Rich & Famous", "Sick, Dirty and Mean" and "Thunder and Lightning".
  • Black Sabbath: The album Heaven and Hell, and the songs "Sick and Tired" and "Devil and Daughter".
  • Insanity and Genius, Gamma Ray
    • Also the songs "Rich and Famous" and "Father and Son"
  • Denim and Leather and Power and the Glory, Saxon
  • Power and Pain, Whiplash
  • Violence & Force, Exciter
  • Roses & Champagne, Silver Mountain
    • Also the song "Axeman and the Virgin"
  • Triumph and Agony, Warlock
  • Abattoir song "The Living and the Dead"
  • Anthrax's Armed and Dangerous EP and song.
  • Chateaux song "Chained and Desperate"
  • Angus song "Leather and Lace"
  • Blind Guardian song "Skalds and Shadows"
  • Annihilator song "Sixes and Sevens"
  • Artillery song "Hunger and Greed"
  • Grave Digger song "Wild and Dangerous"
  • Running Wild songs "Fire and Ice", "Fire and Thunder" and "Chains and Leather".
  • Ludo song "The Lamb and The Dragon".
  • The Gaslight Anthem song "Boomboxes and Dictionaries"
  • "Fashion and Fame", by The Angels/Angel City.
  • "Sabra and Chatila", by the lesser-known NWOBHM band Legend.
  • "Sword and Steel", by the better-known NWOBHM band Iron Maiden.
  • Thin Lizzy, Thunder and Lightning.
  • Selena's remake of Pretenders' "Back on the Chain Gang" was retitled "Fotos y Recuerdas" ("Pictures and Memories").
  • Sturm Und Drang (Storm and Stress), the transition style between Classical and Romantic, circa 1800.
  • Cole Porter, "Night and Day"
  • The Wild, the Willing, and the Innocent, UFO
  • The Birds, the Bees, and The Monkees
  • Nightwish: The Poet and the Pendulum, The Crow, the Owl and the Dove, Devil & the Deep Dark Ocean, Passion and the Opera.
  • Midnight Oil song Power and the Passion.
  • Lynyrd Skynyrd's "The Needle and the Spoon."
  • "Dominance and Submission" by Blue Öyster Cult.
  • "Sympathy and Acknowledgement" by Mark Isham.
  • Two albums by The Doubleclicks are called Chainmail and Cello and Lasers and Feelings.
  • The Megas: Quickman's song, "The Quick and the Blue".

  • Edward Lear's light verse narrative "The Owl and the Pussycat"
  • Robert Browning's late career epic, The Ring and the Book.
  • Lewis Carroll's "The Walrus and the Carpenter."

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