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  • The burgers of the day in Bob's Burgers often uses punny names for the Burger Of The Day, usually referencing pop culture: for example, one burger was called "I've Created A Munster", a reference to a famous line in Frankenstein and another was called the "She's A Super Leek" burger, a pun on Rick James' hit song "Super Freak".
  • The series Chowder is a Protagonist Title that works as this: The show is food-themed, and while "Chowder" is also a food name, it sounds pretty similar to "chow down", an expression that refers to eating food.
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  • Disney's Animated Series DuckTales (1987)examples  , Darkwing Duckexamples  and TaleSpin, have plenty of punny episode titles (and, in the first and last cases, punny series names as well).
  • The title of practically every episode of Ed, Edd n Eddy has a pun with "Ed".
  • All over the place in Futurama, but for sheer Feghooterifficity the prize has to go to the Fountain of Youth episode where Leela, having met her birth parents in a previous episode, takes the opportunity of being a teenager to try and have a normal childhood: "Teenage Mutant Leela's Hurdles".
  • Filmation's Ghostbusters and The Real Ghostbusters were well known for their punny titles. For example, FGB had "Mummy Dearest" (Mommie Dearest); RGB had "A Fright at the Opera" (punning on a Marx Brothers movie and a Queen album). However, they shared a pun by having one episode each called "Rollerghoster!".
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  • From Sunbow's G.I. Joe cartoon, we have "The Viper Is Coming". Which is 20 minutes of dreadful setup for the horrible pun: the "Viper" in question is a foreignese-accented "Vindow Viper".
  • Aside from the obvious Punny Name of Gravity Falls, there's also the episodes "Tourist Trapped", "Headhunters", "The Hand That Rocks the Mabel", "Double Dipper", "Irrational Treasure", "Little Dipper", "Carpet Diem", and "The Land Before Swine". And that's just the first season...
  • Inspector Gadget had quite a bit of this. Notable examples include "Plant-Form of the Opera" (The Phantom of the Opera) and "Basic Training" (the episode took place on a train).
  • "Around the world / Together we're Justin Time!"
  • Pun-based show title: King Leonardo and His Short Subjects.
  • Hanna-Barbera's version of The Little Rascals has "Yachtsa' Luck" ("lots of luck"), "Porky-O and Julie-Et" (Romeo and Juliet), "All the Loot That's Fit to Print" ("All the news that's fit to print", slogan of The New York Times), "Alfalfa's Athlete's Feat" ("athlete's foot") and "Wash and Werewolf" ("wash and wear").
  • Looney Tunes:
  • Most of the episodes of Mr. Bogus had episode titles that were puns on phrases or movie titles. These included "Et Tu, Brattus?" ("Et tu, Brute?"), "Shop Around the Clock" ("Rock Around the Clock") and "No Snooze Is Good News" ("No news is good news").
  • My Friends Tigger & Pooh has "Lumpy's Pet Project" - a "pet project" is one pursues as a personal favorite, however, this episode is about Lumpy needing help to take care of pet fish named Max.
  • My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic has many of these: "The Stare Master" (a pun on the StairMaster exercise device), "Griffon The Brush-Off" (given the brush-off), "Owl's Well That Ends Well" (all's well that ends well), "Lesson Zero" (less than zero), "Magical Mystery Cure" (Magical Mystery Tour), "The Ticket Master" (Ticketmaster), "Boast Busters" (Ghostbusters), "Look Before You Sleep" (look before you leap), "Feeling Pinkie Keen" (feeling peachy keen), "A Friend in Deed" (a friend indeed), "Castle Mane-ia" (Castlevania), "Filli Vanilli" (Milli Vanilli), "Secret of My Excess" (The Secret of My Success), "Bloom & Gloom" (gloom and doom), and "Tanks for the Memories" (thanks for the memories).
  • PAW Patrol uses one right in the title that is a Bilingual Bonus: the English word "patrol" comes from the French word "patrouiller", meaning "watch or guard something in a certain place". In Classic French, this word was "patouiller", which came from the word "pate", meaning "paw".
  • Pound Puppies (2010) tends to use these fairly often. Examples include "Prince and the Pupper", "Mutternal Instincts", and, perhaps slightly less groan-worthy, the Halloween Episode "Nightmare on Pound Street".
  • The Powerpuff Girls had its share of punny episode titles. Examples include "Geshundfight," "Boogie Frights," "Cat Man Do," "Abracadaver," "Cootie Gras," "Ice Sore," "Mommy Fearest," and "Octi Gone."
    • For raw Getting Crap Past the Radar value, there’s “Members Only”, which deals with the girls trying to get recognized by an all-male superhero squadron.
  • The king of Western animation pun-titles is likely the Jay Ward shows, particularly Rocky and Bullwinkle. Each R&B story ended in a cliffhanger ending, with the narrator giving two possible episode titles, both of them usually puns. Example (when Rocky's strapped to a runaway missile): "'The Squirrel Next Door', or 'High, Neighbor'!"
  • Ready Jet Go! is a pun on the phrase "ready, set, go". The main character is named Jet.
  • Sid the Science Kid:
    • "Sid's Pet Project" - "pet project" is a term for a project pursued as a personal favorite, but the episode itself is about a literal pet - Sid learns about pets to better take care of his grandma's dog over the weekend.
    • In "Seed the Science Kid," Sid learns about the importance of seeds after being bothered by the seeds in his apple at breakfast.
  • Especially in later seasons, most of The Simpsons episode titles are puns such as "Mobile Homer", "Moaning Lisa", or "The Bart of War". The Mona Lisa, in fact, is one of the most frequent target of parodied episode titles; there have been at least three episodes whose titles use that pun, while the others are a more diverse - the only other recurring theme is "<member of the Simpson family> vs. <plot point>".
  • The title of Splash and Bubbles sounds like the phrase "Splashing bubbles".
  • Spongebob Squarepants is also fond of punny titles. One of which, "Dying for Pie", averts Never Say "Die" in a major way.
  • Star Wars Rebels: "Fighter Flight", in which Ezra and Zeb accidentally steal a TIE fighter, sounds almost exactly like "fight or flight".
  • Star Wars Resistance: Short "Dart and Cover" riffs on the phrase "duck and cover".
  • Steven Universe:
  • The 1973/74 Super Friends episode "The Shamon U". The title device was a U-shaped giant gold-attracting magnet owned by the villain. Its title was a pun based on the phrase "Shame on you".
  • Taz-Mania = Tasmania.
  • The use of this trope in cartoons was popularized by Tex Avery, with most of his work having punny titles, especially at MGM.


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