Excited Show Title!
"The exclamation point in the title scares me. Y'know, it's not just Freud, it's Freud!"
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!
Slightly less grating when the title is an actual exclamation! Like "Help!"
- 1 Played Straight!
- 1.1 Anime! and Manga!
- 1.2 Comic Books!
- 1.3 Films! -- Animation!
- 1.4 Films! -- Live-Action!
- 1.5 Literature!
- 1.6 Live-Action TV!
- 1.7 Manhwa!
- 1.8 Music!
- 1.9 New Media!
- 1.10 Puppet Shows!
- 1.11 Theater!
- 1.12 Video Games!
- 1.13 Visual Novels!
- 1.14 Web Animation!
- 1.15 Web Comics!
- 1.16 Western Animation!
- 1.17 Real Life!
- 2 Parodies! and Shows-Within-a-Show!
Anime! and Manga!
- Ah! My Goddess
- Aim for the Ace!
- Angel Beats!
- Angel Blade: Punish!
- Ask Dr. Rin!
- Asobi ni Iku yo!
- Asu no Yoichi!
- Battle B-Daman: Fire Spirits!
- Burn Up!
- Cardfight!! Vanguard
- Chuuka Ichiban!
- Daa! Daa! Daa! (a.k.a. UFO Baby). Justified Trope, since it's supposed to be Baby Talk. The anime also tends to have Excited Episode Titles.
- Demashita! Powerpuff Girls Z
- Dotto! Koni-chan
- Dragon Crisis!
- Durarara!! This is tongue-in-cheek—in an author's note, the author explains they were added simply to poke fun at the fact that his other works Baccano!! and Vamp! both have exclamation points at the end. "Heck, why not add TWO this time?"
- Combined with Oddly-Named Sequel 2: Electric Boogaloo and Lucky Charms Title in Fate/kaleid liner Prisma?Illya 2wei!
- Fight Ippatsu! Juuden-chan!!
- Full Metal Panic! and Full Metal Panic! The Second Raid. Subverted with Full Metal Panic? Fumoffu, which is more of a confused show title instead.
- Futaba-Kun Change!
- Ginga e Kickoff!! / Victory Kickoff!!
- Hands Off!
- Hayate the Combat Butler! And the second season, Hayate the Combat Butler!!
- I My Me! Strawberry Eggs
- K-On!, and its second season K-On!!
- Kaichou wa Maid-sama!
- Katekyo Hitman Reborn!
- Kemeko Deluxe!
- Konjiki no Gash Bell!! a.k.a. Zatch Bell
- Mamotte Lollipop
- The Mayo Chiki spinoff, Mayo Mayo!
- Negima!, as well as Negima?! and Negima!!
- Neko-de Gomen!
- N.H.K. ni Yokoso!
- Pani Poni Dash!, though the manga titled Pani Poni appears less excited.
- The manga adaptation of the eleventh Pokémon movie is titled Giratina & the Sky Warrior!
- Rail Wars!
- Shinkon Gattai Godannar!!
- Shinryaku! Ika Musume, and its second season Shinryaku!? Ika Musume.
- Shugo Chara!, Shugo Chara!! Doki, and Shugo Chara!!! Dokki Doki, a segment of Shugo Chara! Party! Shugo Chara is a very exciting series.
- Skip Beat!
- Soreike! Anpanman
- Soul Eater Not!!
- Strawberry Panic!
- Super GALS! - also a LOUD Show Title!
- Tenchi Muyo!
- Has a less excited spin-off -- WORKING!
- Yakitate!! Japan
- Yes! Pretty Cure 5
- Yuri!!! on Ice
- 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!
- Teen Titans Go!
- 1990s British comic Toxic!, published by Apocalypse Ltd.
- The Batman Strikes!
Films! -- Live-Action!
- Cannibal! The Musical
- Repo! The Genetic Opera
- Top Secret!
- Hot Shots
- Godzilla, King of the Monsters!
- Whoopee! (notable as Busby Berkeley's first film work). It was originally a Broadway musical of the same name, but without the exclamation mark.
- ¡Three Amigos!
- Steven Soderbergh's The Informant was renamed The Informant! It turns out it was a comedy all along.
- Moulin Rouge It's that excited!
- Tora! Tora! Tora!
- Die, Mommie, Die!, a homage/parody of Mommie Dearest.
- Attack of the Killer Tomatoes
- Return of the Killer Tomatoes!
- Killer Tomatoes Strike Back!
- Killer Tomatoes Eat Paris!
- Love! Valour! Compassion!
- Ghoulies III: Ghoulies Go to College!
- The Naked Gun: From the Files of Police Squad!
- Mars Attacks!
- Hatari! (1962), starring John Wayne
- And the next year, McLintock!
"He likes his whiskey hard... His women soft... And his west all to himself!"
- Hawkmistress! and Stormqueen! by Marion Zimmer Bradley.
- Roger Zelazny's short story "Horseman!"
- The Doctor Who New Adventures novel Sky Pirates!
- Dorsai! by Gordon R. Dickson.
- Horton Hears a Who! by Dr. Seuss.
- Don't Call Me Ishmael
- Through Time and Space with Ferdinand Feghoot!
- The Wrestlecrap Book of Lists! by RD Reynolds and Blade Braxton. When promoting the book on the Wrestlecrap Radio podcast, RD always makes sure to state the exclamation point out loud when he says the title.
- The 1968 short story "!!!The!!Teddy!Crazy!!Show!!!" by Harlan Ellison.
- Illuminatus by Robert Shea and Robert Anton Wilson.
- The 1913 work by Willa Cather, O Pioneers!
- Police Squad! (In Color!)
- Reno 911!
- What's Happening You'd think it should have a question mark instead, but no...
- WWE Smackdown until 2008.
- Penn and Teller Bullshit
- The Persuaders
- 'Allo 'Allo!
- Democracy Now!—which is rather sedate due to the smooth jazz intro and Amy Goodman's soothing voice. The excitement is attributable to the political radicalism of the program's guests.
- Fuun! Takeshi-Jo  when it's not an overseas release.
- Sledge Hammer!
- That's My Bush!
- Help! I'm a Teenage Outlaw
- 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.
- The Beatles:
- The band Panic! at the Disco. They have since dropped the exclamation point, before putting it back.
- 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.
- Rave On!! by The Kentucky Headhunters.
- System of a Down's "Chop Suey!" and Steal This Album!
- 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!
- The Aquabats! have a lot of excited titles. Notably every song on "Fury of the Aquabats!" and "Charge!!"
- Grand Funk Railroad's album All the Girls in the World Beware!!!
- Van Halen's song "Everybody Wants Some!!!"
- Godspeed You! Black Emperor. And correspondingly, the documentary film from which they took the name.
- ¡Forward, Russia! has a faux-Spanish, faux-Cyrillic version of this.
- Cameo's "Word Up!" (later covered by Mel B and Korn)
- Shania Twain loves these. Come On Over has four songs with exclamation marks in their titles, including her hit "Man! I Feel Like a Woman!" Up! has eight.
- Hello! Project
- El-Creepo! -- the name of Todd Edward Smith's solo project and its debut album.
- Porno For Pyros combine this with a bit of Lucky Charms Title with the song "Good God's://Urge!". Oddly enough, the album it's technically the title track to is just called Good God's Urge.
- Somewhat related is Jane's Addiction's "Stop!".
- 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!"
- Jazz pianist Jon Jang has a fondness for this. He's released CDs titled Self Defense!, Tiananmen!, and Never Give Up!
- Speaking of jazz, Ornette Coleman's Something Else!!! and Tomorrow Is the Question!
- Another jazz performer who enjoyed these was the late pianist Andrew Hill. He released albums named Judgement!, Andrew!!! and Compulsion!!!!!
- Calexico has "Attack, el Robot! Attack!"
- Jaga Jazzist has "Music! Dance! Drama!"
- A CosMo song is "Let's Play with Hatsune Miku!!"
- Ligabue's album Arrivederci, Mostro!
- Google! (in 1997).
- 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!
- Oh! Calcutta (not a musical)
- Hello, Dolly!
- Mamma Mia!
- In The Seventies, it was Grease. In The Nineties, it became Grease!
- Terrence McNally's Love! Valour! Compassion! (also not a musical)
- Zanna Don't
- 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.
- Bungie's first game, the ripoff of Pong, GNOP!
- Bug!! Also the name of the movie that Bug stars in.
- Sid Meier's Pirates!
- Destroy All Humans!
- Pokémon Dash!
- Pokémon Trozei!
- Osu! Tatakae! Ouendan
- We Love Golf!
- The Neo Geo Pocket Colour versions of Samurai Shodown are called Samurai Shodown! and Samurai Shodown 2!
- Mighty Flip Champs
- とってもYEAHHHH!! Or translated, a hack called Super Mario World YEAHHHH!!
- Mike Tyson's Punch-Out!!
- Zettai Ryouiki! Not the trope, the H-game.
- Mario Kart: Double Dash!!
- A Reckless Disregard for Gravity
- Donkey Kong Country 3: Dixie Kong's Double Trouble!
- In Japan: Mario & Luigi RPG 3!!!
- Some games and programs for the Commodore PET published in the CURSOR magazine used an exclamation point at the end of their name to show that they're capable of using sound.
- Go Beryllium
- Space War!
- I Was Kidnapped by Lesbian Pirates from Outer Space
- Irregular Webcomic
- David Willis does this with almost all of his comics in the Walkyverse, Dumbing of Age being the only thing he has turned out so far to lack it. This may be because of the Alternate Universe.
- It's Walky!
- Joyce and Walky!
- The Inexplicable Adventures of Bob
- Wondermark, by David Malki!
- This Is the Worst Idea You've Ever Had
- Go Get a Roomie
- Wow! Wow! Wubbzy!
- There are two works featuring the same character entitled Stitch! One is a direct-to-video Pilot Movie for Lilo & Stitch: The Series, one is an anime.
- Super Robot Monkey Team Hyperforce Go!
- The Mighty B!
- Jakers! The Adventures of Piggley Winks
- American Dad!
- Totally Spies!
- Hey Arnold!!
- Fetch! with Ruff Ruffman
- Mary Kate and Ashley In Action
- Attack of the Killer Tomatoes
- Aaahh Real Monsters
- Slimer! shorts from The Real Ghostbusters.
- Eek! The Cat
- Groen! ("Green!"), the Belgian Green Party.
- 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.
- 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.
Anime! and Manga!
- Big Shot!, the show targeted at bounty hunters in Cowboy Bebop.
Films! -- Live-Action!
- Songbird!, an extremely tacky musical adaptation of Tennessee Williams' Sweet Bird of Youth, which we see a number from at the beginning of Death Becomes Her.
- Jeff Goldblum's character in The Tall Guy gets cast in a musical version of The Elephant Man, entitled Elephant!
- Not just a show-within-a-show but an example within an example: Spectacular! Spectacular! in Moulin Rouge
- On Friends, Joey is in a musical, and Phoebe comments on how she's scared that the title isn't just Freud, but Freud!
- The IT Crowd had a episode where the main characters went to see a musical named Gay! (a gay musical about gays).
- Referenced in Grumpy Old Men, where the complainer complains that musicals made after bands are taking over the stage, and that sooner or later we'll all be going to see Autobahn!
- On Mad Men, the day after Don and Betty go to the theater, her friend Francine asks how they liked "Fiorello-exclamation-point."
- Wormhole X-Treme!, the Show Within a Show in Stargate SG-1.
- Speare! from The Curse of Monkey Island.
- Streetcar!, the musical version of A Streetcar Named Desire from The Simpsons.
- Helen Keller! The Musical from South Park.
- The Musical Episode of Daria was just called "Daria!"
- That's because in French, one is to put a non-breaking space before exclamation marks, question marks, and colons
- Turbulence! Takeshi's Castle