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—Les Luthiers in La Bella y Graciosa Moza Routine
Aka: That Trope Where Shows Books Films Or Songs Have Ridiculously Long And Generally Unwieldy Titles Which In Modern Times Is Usually Used For Comic Effect Although Occasionally This Trope Is Instead Employed To Instead Mock Media Which Is Already Perceived To Have An Overly Long Title Though In The Case Of This Trope Is Being Used In An Ironic Self Describing Way.
Or TTWSBFOSHRLAGUTWIMTIUUFCEAOTTIIETIMMWIAPTHAOLTTITCOTTIBUIAISDW for short.
Exactly what it sounds like: Something with a very long name.
Differs from In Which a Trope Is Described by being only about names; differs from Exactly What It Says on the Tin by not being required to be accurate. Sometimes uses colons extensively (but see also Short Title: Long Elaborate Subtitle). See Overly Long Name for when this applies to characters.
It is worth noting that in the 18th and 19th centuries, titles were used to interest people in a particular book, in the same way back-side blurbs are today.
- Music: Or, Sonorous melodies crafted by the manipulation of specially produced instruments, often accompanied by lyrics, which in the past were delivered exclusively by means of on-site performance, but which were later recorded and delivered to the mainstream public as a groove in a wax-coated cylinder, a technology which was gradually replaced over time by a groove in a disc made of finest resin of Shellac, then of vinyl acetate, then by magnetic fields imprinted on a metallic oxide-coated polymer tape winded and contained in a cassette, then by digitally-encoded signals engraved on plastic-metallic laser discs, and most recently, by a filtered, quantized, compressed digital signal encoded as a stream of binary data per specifications of the ISO/IEC JTC 1/SC 29/WG 11 Layer-3 standard, and transmitted through the worldwide packet-switched interconnected networks known collectively as the Internet
Anime/Manga: Or, Televisual performances produced akin to the preceding method, produced in the Empire of Japan, with considerably differing scope, visual style and manner of subject despite sharing a common means of conveyance
- On a general level, this trope is partially why certain formats of anime releases typically don't include episode titles in file names. After all, long show title + long episode title + a few subfolders = file paths exceeding 255-character length limits on some operating systems.
- Genshiken has a Running Gag of naming its chapters with a very verbose and academic-sounding title. The chapter where the group goes shopping on Akihabara, for example, is called "Comparative Classification of the Modern Youth Through Consumption and Entertainment".
- And "Genshiken" itself is an abbreviation for Gendai Shikaku Bunka Kenkyūkai, or "The Society for the Study of Modern Visual Culture".
- A good number of chapters from the Hayate the Combat Butler manga have really long titles.
- The title of episode six of He Is My Master is absurdly long. The full title is "The Sawatari Izumi Contest Series!! A Daring Test of Courage!! An Express Train to a Secret Hotsprings in the Northeast, a Mother-in-law Murdered in the Mist, a Madonna Teacher from an Elite Family Burning with Desire as They Watch a Housewife Battle For Control of Her Troubled Mansion!!". Episode five's title (which essentially describes the premise of the series) isn't much shorter.
- Kyoto Animation's recent (Jan 2009) anime. Behold Sora o Miageru Shoujo no Hitomi ni Utsuru Sekai (loosely The World Reflected in the Eyes of a Girl who Looks Up at the Sky). Fortunately, said anime is a remake/continuation of the studio's earlier OVA titled Munto and its sequel, which allows the fans to call the series Munto the TV instead.
- All of the Baccano! episode titles are long and overly descriptive.
- Taku Iwasaki had a lot of fun thinking up song titles for the Tengen Toppa Gurren Lagann soundtrack.
- The series title Sumeba Miyako no Cosmos-sou Suttoko Taisen Dokkoider (translation: Living in the Cosmos House, Foolish Dokkoida's Great Battle) was shortened to simply Dokkoida?! when brought to the US.
- Episode 26 of School Rumble is called "Totsuzen no 'sayonara'... Mayoikonda rabirinsu... Anata wa dare? ...Oshiete. 'Surechigai' 'Kataomoi' todoke, boku no kimochi. Todoke, watashi no omoi. Tabun ichido shikanai kisetsu, seishun no 1 pēji. Kore ga saigo no chansu, tashikametai... Kimi no kimochi. Tsutawaru kotoba, tsutawaranai omoi. Ano hi no kokuhaku, eien no ichinichi, dakedo... Itsumademo tsuzuiteiku, watashi tachi no 'ima'. Soshite ashita e... 'sukūru ranburu fōebā'". The official translation is just "School Rumble Forever!" which is probably not accurate.
- It's a well-deserved truncation, cutting it down to the final three words (which are just Gratuitous English).
- For those curious, the translation is "A Sudden Goodbye...Lost in a Labyrinth...Who are You?...Tell Me. Chance Encounters and Unrequited Love, Reach My Feelings. Reach My Thoughts. A Season That Probably Won't Come Again; One Page of Youth. This is My Last Chance; I Want to Confirm...Your Feelings. Words I Will Tell You, Thoughts I Won't Tell You. A Confession on That Day, That Eternal Day...but...Our 'Now' Will Go On Forever. And So, Tomorrow...School Rumble Forever."
- It's a well-deserved truncation, cutting it down to the final three words (which are just Gratuitous English).
- Kochira Katsushika-ku Kameari Kōen Mae Hashutsujo, which translates to This Is the Police Station in Front of Kameari Park in Katsushika Ward, is the longest-running series in Shounen Jump, and the series with the longest title. Everybody just calls it Kochikame.
- The English title for episode 15 of Neon Genesis Evangelion is "Those women longed for the touch of others' lips, and thus invited their kisses."
- The English title for episode 12 is "She said, 'Don't make others suffer for your personal hatred.'"
- The Japanese title for episode 26 is "Sekai no chūshin de 'ai' wo sakenda kemono", which means "The beast who shouted (either 'love' or 'I') at the heart of the world".
- This (specifically the "love" version) is also the title of a Hugo-winning short story by Harlan Ellison, and the collection in which that story is to be found.
- The English title of episode 24 is "The Beginning of the End, or Knockin' on Heaven's Door".
- Although the episode titles in Revolutionary Girl Utena tend to be average length (the longest being episode 11: Graceful and Ruthless- The One who Picks the Flower), the songs used within the show and movie are needlessly long and have a habit of lacking any sort of relevancy to the lyrics. Just to name a few: Inhuman Illusory Soul Fusion Magic, The Absolute Destiny Apocalypse with Universal Gravitation, A Confessional Elevator- The Daydreamer's Troublesome Insect (Imaginary Bad Bug), Magical Lantern Butterfly Moth 16th Century, An Immortal Emperor in a Mundane Universe, The Natural Compatriot's Palace Perspective Book, We Who Have Cast Ourselves Aside Become Fallen Angels, Cradled in the Grave of the World in the Hands of the World, Rose Naked Body ~ Shura Physical Constellation 45 Nebula, and The First Duelist may be Reborn! The Never-Ending History of the Middle Ages.
- Gintama does this sometimes with its chapter/episode titles like "ストレスはハゲる原因になるがストレスをためないように気を配るとそこでまたストレスがたまるので結局僕らにできることなんて何もない," or "Stress can lead to baldness, but if you try not to be stressed then that will make you stressed, so there's nothing we can do" (chapter 22 of the manga, episode 53 of the anime).
- In Psyren, the government branch responsible for the Grigori experiment is the Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology's Psychic Powers Development Research Facility's Mental Sensitivity Department.
- The third Sailor Moon movie has the full title of "Pretty Soldier Sailor Moon SuperS: The Movie: The 9 Sailor Soldiers Get Together! Miracle in the Black Dream Hole" due to haveing parts that refer to the 4th series/season, the fact that it's a movie, and giving the movie a standard episode title card. Most adds omit the last part while many listings of the full name omit "The Movie" (despite appearing on posters) The english dub chops it down to Sailor Moon SuperS the Movie: Black Dream Hole.
- The anime/manga series Oniichan no Koto Nanka Zenzen Suki Janain Dakara ne!!!! ("I Don't Like You At All, Big Brother!!"), which has one of the longest titles as far as recent shows go.
- Note that "recent shows" also includes Ore no Imouto ga Konna ni Kawaii Wake ga Nai! ("There's No Way My Little Sister Can Be This Cute"), which is just as much of a mouthful.
- Ano Hi Mita Hana no Namae o Bokutachi wa Mada Shiranai, which translates to "We Still Don't Know the Name of the Flower We Saw That Day." Viewers came up with the Portmanteau Series Nickname "Ano Hana" posthaste.
- To demonstrate how long and unwieldy this name is: on This Wiki the AnoHana is more commonly used as a Wick than Ano Hi Mita Hana no Namae o Bokutachi wa Mada Shiranai.
- The series' American licensee NIS America shortens it to Anohana: The Flower We Saw That Day - which, because of ATT's policy of using the official English titles of works, is the name of the wiki page here.
- Moshi Kōkō Yakyū no Joshi Manager ga Dorakkā no "Management" o Yondara ("What if the Female Manager of a High School Baseball Team Read Drucker's Management?") aka Moshidora - the title card for the anime and the cover of the novel both write the title so that it splits into two lines with "Moshi" and "Dora" at the beginning of each, thus the abbreviation. The anime title card highlights this.
- Most episode titles in Best Student Council are of perfectly normal length, but episode 18 blindsides the viewer with "Hitoshi Satou, 28 years old, Occupation: Lawyer, Parents are Rich, and Even More Good Qualities to Make Him a Favorable Partner."
- Watashi ga Motenai no wa Dou Kangaete Mo Omaera ga Warui which could be seen as a little bit like a Gender Flipped The World God Only Knows, sans supernatural Myth Arc. Kuroki has gotten most of her socialization practice from Otome games and can't interact well with real people outside of her family. The difference between her and Keima Katsuragi is that she's trying to be more social, while Keima just wants everyone to leave him alone and let him play his games. Each character seems to be achieving the goal of the other.
- Danjon ni Deai o Motomeru no wa Machigatteiru Darō ka, which has the equally-long English title Is It Wrong to Try to Pick Up Girls in a Dungeon?
Comic Books: Or, Short stories printed on paper told through a mixture of sequential images and bubbles containing text, indicating what the characters are saying, thinking, and occasionally doing.
- The Grievous Journey of Ichabod Azrael (And The Dead Left In His Wake)
- The second volume of James Stokoe's comedy Sci-fi series called Wonton Soup 2: Hyper Wonton Soup 2 Twoton soup: The Quickening 2 ... Soup.
- Action Comics issue 775 has the Superman story "What's So Funny About Truth, Justice & the American Way?".
Film: Or, A most intriguing series of celluloid photographs, documenting a theatrical work for all posterity, projected upon a silvered screen in a grand auditorium by means of a powerful beam of light; in addition, an analogous method that does away with the celluloid stock and achieves same by means of a rather complex series of ciphers unscrambled and transcribed by miniature calculating engines
- Night of the Day of the Dawn of the Son of the Bride of the Return of the Revenge of the Terror of the Attack of the Evil, Mutant, Alien, Flesh Eating, Hellbound, Zombified Living Dead Part 2: In Shocking 2-D.
- Night of the Day of the Dawn of the Son of the Bride of the Return of the Revenge of the Terror of the Attack of the Evil, Mutant, Hellbound, Flesh-Eating Subhumanoid Zombified Living Dead, Part 3
- The Incredibly Strange Creatures Who Stopped Living and Became Mixed-Up Zombies!!?.
- Don't Be a Menace to South Central While Drinking Your Juice in the Hood.
- Monty Python's And Now for Something Completely Different
- Dr. Strangelove: Or, How I Learned To Stop Worrying And Love The Bomb
- Many titles of the movies by Italian director Lina Wertmuller
- Many LifeTime movies, especially when they overlap with Colon Cancer
- Can Hieronymus Merkin Ever Forget Mercy Humppe and Find True Happiness?
- The Assassination of Jesse James By the Coward Robert Ford.
- Godzilla, Mothra and King Ghidorah: Giant Monsters All Out Attack.
- Godzilla, Mothra, Mecha Godzilla: Tokyo SOS
- The Englishman Who Went Up a Hill but Came Down a Mountain.
- The Mysterious Yearning Secretive Sad Lonely Troubled Confused Loving Musical Gifted Intelligent Beautiful Tender Sensitive Haunted Passionate Talented Mr. Ripley
- The Aqua Teen Hunger Force Colon Movie Film For Theatres, which spawned the soundtrack album The Aqua Teen Hunger Force Colon Movie Film For Theatres Colon The Soundtrack, and the home video release The Aqua Teen Hunger Force Colon Movie Film For Theatres Colon For DVD.
- Borat: Cultural Learnings of America for Make Benefit Glorious Nation of Kazakhstan. Jagshemash!
- The Adventures of Buckaroo Banzai Across the Eighth Dimension
- The Saga of the Viking Women and Their Voyage to the Waters of the Great Sea Serpent
- Shriek If You Know What I Did Last Friday the Thirteenth.
- The working title for Scary Movie was Last Summer I Screamed Because Halloween Fell on Friday the 13th
- Precious: Based on the Novel 'Push' by Sapphire. Part of the problem is that a movie called Push had been released earlier in the year, so they had to come up with a new name for The Film of the Book to avoid confusion.
- The Horribly Slow Murderer With the Extremely Inefficient Weapon
- Belgian short How To Enrich Yourself By Driving Women Into Emotional And Financial Bankruptcy
- Who Is Harry Kellerman and Why Is He Saying Those Terrible Things About Me?
- I Killed My Lesbian Wife, Hung Her on a Meat Hook, and Now I Have a Three-Picture Deal at Disney.
- After the War, You Have to Tell Everyone About the Dutch Gay Resistance Fighters Yes, you do. You certainly do.
- THE E.T. OF VAGINA: ONE SETTLES OF THE OTHER WORLD Or Specially Terrestrian: The extraterrestrial one
The Cinema Snob: That's even too fucking long for a TAGLINE!
- Frequently seen in the titles of Japanese porno movies (adult videos, or AVs): one example is I Who Throughout My School Years Have Had So Little Experience Romantically – To My Home, Now Have At Least a Few Young Ladies Coming to Enjoy A Vs With Me – Upon Watching Erotic Scenes, Start to Get Restless and Cheeks Turning Red, Obviously Getting So Wet Throughout the Panties and With Many Embarrassing Stains!
- To Wong Foo, Thanks for Everything! Julie Newmar
- Greystoke: The Legend of Tarzan, Lord of the Apes
- The Fearless Vampire Killers or: Pardon Me, But Your Teeth Are in My Neck, also released under several shorter titles
- After the War, You Have to Tell Everyone About the Gay Dutch Resistance Fighters
- Those Magnificent Men In Their Flying Machines--or, How I Flew From London To Paris in 25 Hours And 11 Minutes
- Everything You Always Wanted to Know About Sex* (*But Were Afraid to Ask)
- Alphaville: Une étrange aventure de Lemmy Caution
- Buffalo Bill and the Indians, or Sitting Bull's History Lesson
- Come Back to the Five and Dime, Jimmy Dean, Jimmy Dean
Literature: Or, Written manuscripts, often from a bygone time when the usage of In Which A Trope Is Described was more common or dealing with technical subjects that must be stated precisely
- Jonathan Swift liked this trope:
- Travels into Several Remote Nations of the World, in Four Parts. By Lemuel Gulliver, First a Surgeon, and then a Captain of several Ships. Nowadays called Gulliver's Travels.
- A Modest Proposal: For Preventing the Children of Poor People in Ireland from Being a Burden to Their Parents or Country, and for Making Them Beneficial to the Publick.
- An argument to prove that the abolishing of Christianity in England may, as things now stand, be attended with some inconveniences, and perhaps not produce those many good effects proposed thereby.
- Daniel Defoe:
- The Life and Strange Surprizing Adventures of Robinson Crusoe, of York, Mariner: Who Lived Eight and Twenty Years, all alone in an un-inhabited Island on the Coast of America, near the Mouth of the Great River of Oroonoque; Having been Cast on Shore by Shipwreck, wherein all the Men perished but himself with An Account how he was at last as strangely deliver'd by Pyrates., by Daniel Defoe.
- The Fortunes and Misfortunes of the Famous Moll Flanders, Etc. Who Was Born In Newgate, and During a Life of Continu'd Variety For Threescore Years, Besides Her Childhood, Was Twelve Year a Whore, Five Times a Wife [Whereof Once To Her Own Brother], Twelve Year a Thief, Eight Year a Transported Felon In Virginia, At Last Grew Rich, Liv'd Honest, and Died a Penitent. Written from her own Memorandums.
- How Hedley Hopkins Did a Dare, robbed a grave, made a new friend who might not have really been there at all, and while he was at it committed a terrible sin which everyone was doing even though he didn't know it.
- John Hodgman
- An Almanac of Complete World Knowledge Compiled with Instructive Annotation and Arranged in Useful Order by myself, John Hodgman, a Professional Writer, in The Areas of My Expertise, which Include: Matters Historical, Matters Literary, Matters Cryptozoological, Hobo Matters, Food, Drink & Cheese (a Kind of Food), Squirrels & Lobsters & Eels, Haircuts, Utopia, What Will Happen in the Future, and Most Other Subjects
- For your Consideration, The Firms of Dutton & Riverhead Books of New York City, Publishers of Ken Follett, Darin Strauss, David Rees, and the RZA, Present in the English Language: A Further Compendium of Complete World Knowledge in "The Areas of My Expertise" Assembled and Illumined by Me, John Hodgman, A Famous Minor Television Personality* , Offering More Information Than You Require On subjects as Diverse As: The Past (As There Is Always More of it), The Future (As There is Still Some Left), All of the Presidents of the United States, The Secrets of Hollywood, Gambling, The Sport of the Asthmatic Man (Including Hermit-Crab Racing), Strange Encounters with Aliens, How to Buy a Computer, How to Cook an Owl, And Most Other Subjects, Plus: Answers To Your Questions Posed via Electronic Mail, And: 700 Mole-Man Names, Including Their Occupations. * "Formerly a Former Professional Literary Agent and Professional Writer, AKA "The Deranged Millionaire"
- Gabriel Garcia Marquez, the same writer of One Hundred Years of Solitude, also wrote The Story of a Shipwrecked Sailor: Who Drifted on a Liferaft for Ten Days Without Food or Water, Was Proclaimed a National Hero, Kissed by Beauty Queens, Made Rich Through Publicity, and Then Spurned by the Government and Forgotten for All Time.
- On the Origin of Species by Means of Natural Selection, or the Preservation of Favoured Races in the Struggle for Life, also known as The Origin of Species by Charles Darwin.
- Neil Gaiman
- The short story "Forbidden Brides of the Faceless Slaves in the Nameless House in the Night of Dread Desire." This is the short title.
- Good Omens is more fully called (according to a title page) Good Omens, A Narrative of Certain Events occurring in the Last Eleven Days of Human History, in Strict Accordance as shall be shewn with: The Nice and Accurate Prophecies of Agnes Nutter, Compiled and Edited, with Footnotes of an Educational Nature and Precepts for the Wise, by Neil Gaiman and Terry Pratchett.
- Sometimes used in poetry to make a title that's longer than the work it's describing.
- The Kenneth Patchen poem "The Murder of Two Men by a Young Kid Wearing Lemon Colored Gloves" consists entirely of two unique words: wait and now.
- An Ode to the Antiquity of Fleas by Ogden Nash:
- E. V. Rieu wrote a series of poems with titles like "Meditations of a Tortoise Dozing under a Rosetree at Noon while a Dog scampers about and a Cuckoo calls from a distant Wood" and "Soliloquy of a Tortoise on Revisiting the Lettuce Beds after an interval of one Hour while supposed to be sleeping in a clump of blue Hollyhocks"; in each case, the title is longer than the actual poem.
- Captain Underpants and the Invasion of the Incredibly Naughty Cafeteria Ladies from Outer Space (and the Subsequent Assault of the Equally Evil Lunchroom Zombie Nerds)
- Two books later, when Harold recalls the events of that book, George asks "You meant the one with the annoyingly long title?"
- "An Essay on the Principle of Population, as it affects the Future Improvement of Society with remarks on the Speculations of Mr. Godwin, M. Condorcet, and Other Writers." by Thomas Malthus.
- "The History of the Adventures of Joseph Andrews and of his Friend Mr. Abraham Adams", one of the first English novels.
- "A table alphabeticall conteyning and teaching the true writing, and vnderstanding of hard vsuall English wordes, borrowed from the Hebrew, Greeke, Latine, or French, &c. With the interpretation thereof by plaine English words, gathered for the benefit & helpe of ladies, gentlewomen, or any other vnskilfull persons. Whereby they may the more easilie and better vnderstand many hard English wordes, vvhich they shall heare or read in scriptures, sermons, or elswhere, and also be made able to vse the same aptly themselues", the first English dictionary.
- Doe not calle up Any wordes whyche ye cannot putte downe in readable prose, lest Yogge-Sothoth drye yr inke in the pen, & eate yr face.
- As the full title is some 6,931 words (42521 characters) long, Marienbad My Love shall simply be referred to by its "condensed title".
- The full title of Michael Ende's novel Momo, in the original German, is MOMO oder Die seltsame Geschichte von den Zeit-Dieben und von dem Kind, das den Menschen die gestohlene Zeit zurückbrachte (Momo, or the Strange Story of the Time-Thieves and of the Child Who Brought Back the Stolen Time to Humanity).
- Not quite as long, but with something of a record for the longest word in a book title: Der satanarchäolügenialkohöllische Wunschpunsch, translated into English as The Night of Wishes: or, The Satanarchaeolidealcohellish Notion Potion.
- Immanuel Kant's guidebook to his own Critique of Pure Reason is called Prolegomena to Any Future Metaphysics that Will Be Able to Present Itself as Science (Prolegomena zu einer jeden künftigen Metaphysik die als Wissenschaft wird auftreten können).
- Slaughterhouse-Five, or, The children's crusade : a duty-dance with death by Kurt Vonnegut, a fourth-generation German-American now living in easy circumstances on Cape Cod (and smoking too much), who, as an American infantry scout hors de combat, as a prisoner of war, witnessed the fire-bombing of Dresden, Germany, "The Florence of the Elbe," a long time ago, and survived to tell the tale. This is a novel somewhat in the telegraphic schizophrenic manner of tales of the planet Tralfamadore, where the flying saucers come from. Peace.
- Henry Darger (1892-1973) was a reclusive artist who'd been brought up in an institution for the "feeble-minded." Upon his death in 1973, his apartment was being cleared out. Among all the clutter, there was found Darger's lifework; diaries, scrapbooks, and a manuscript, fifty years in the making, 15,145 pages long, with hundreds of illustrations. The title was The Story of the Vivian Girls, in What Is Known as the Realms of the Unreal, of the Glandeco-Angelinian War Storm Caused by the Child Slave Rebellion.
- David Moser's "This Is the Title of This Story, Which Is Also Found Several Times in the Story Itself," a story made of self-referential sentences. And sentence fragments.
- Thomas Percival's A Father's Instructions; Consisting of Moral Tales, Fables, and Reflections; Designed to Promote The Love of Virtue, a Taste for Knowledge, And an Early Acquaintance with the Works of Nature.
- D. G. Compton wrote a science fiction novel succinctly titled Chronocules (sic). However, his British publisher didn't think the title was memorable enough and renamed it Hot Wireless Sets, Aspirin Tablets, the Sandpaper Sides of Used Matchboxes, and Something that Might have Been Castor Oil.
- Though not nearly as extreme as most of these examples, John O'Farrell's An Utterly Impartial History of Britain: or 2000 years of Upper-Class Idiots In Charge has to qualify.
- Adam Smith's "An Inquiry into the Nature and Causes of the Wealth of Nations"
- Dealing, or the Berkeley-to-Boston Forty-Brick Lost-Bag Blues by Michael Crichton and Douglas Crichton.
- Everyone should be at least familiar with Percy Bysshe Shelley's poem Ozymandias best known for the lines, "My name is Ozymandias, king of kings: Look on my works, ye Mighty, and despair!" Less familiar is the fact that Shelley wrote it as something of a competition with a frend of his, Horace Smith. Smith's poem, on the same subject, was printed in the next month's issue of the magazine in which Shelley's was, and initially also titled Ozymandias. However after that initial publication, Smith decided to rename it to On A Stupendous Leg of Granite, Discovered Standing by Itself in the Deserts of Egypt, with the Inscription Inserted Below. Note that at 20 words, the title is just over 1/5 the length of the 99-word poem itself. (Title aside, it's a pretty good poem.)
- The full title for Robert Lewis Stevenson's novel Kidnapped is Kidnapped: Being Memoirs of the Adventures of David Balfour in the Year 1751: How he was Kidnapped and Cast away, his Sufferings in a Desert Isle; his Journey in the Wild Highlands; his acquaintance with Alan Breck Stewart and other notorious Highland Jacobites; with all that he Suffered at the hands of his Uncle, Ebenezer Balfour of Shaws, falsely so-called: Written by Himself and now set forth by Robert Louis Stevenson.
- Hungarian writer István Örkény's "One minute stories" parodies this in one of its stories, consisting of a hilariously long title and a two-word sentence.
- Joel on Software: And on Diverse and Occasionally Related Matters That Will Prove of Interest to Software Developers, Designers, and Managers, and to Those Who, Whether by Good Fortune or Ill Luck, Work with Them in Some Capacity by IT entrepreneur and blogger Joel Spolsky.
- The Coyote Kings Of The Space Age Bachelor Pad by Minister Faust.
- Samuel Delany's Hugo- and Nebula-winning novella Time Considered as a Helix of Semi-Precious Stones. (For the curious, those semi-precious stones are used by the underworld as a sort of universal codeword. The stone is changed periodically - hence the name.)
- The Mage plays this one for laughs; a part of the book has nothing but titles (some several pages long) for chapters.
- James Hogg's "The Private Memoirs and Confessions of A Justified Sinner: Written by Himself. With a detail of curious traditionary facts and other evidence by the editor."
- The best-known French Book of Shadows, the Encyclopedia, sported the title "Encyclopédie, ou dictionnaire raisonné des science, des arts et des métiers, par une société de gens de lettres.".
- The first truly American cookbook (i.e., containing original American recipes, in contrast to earlier cookbooks which, though published in the United States, were either reprints or adapted versions of European cookbooks), published in 1796, was titled American Cookery, or the Art of Dressing Viands, Fish, Poultry, and Vegetables, and the Best Modes of Making Pastes, Puffs, Pies, Tarts, Puddings, Custards, and Preserves, and All Kinds of Cakes, from the Imperial Plumb to Plain Cake. Adapted to This Country, and All Grades of Life. By Amelia Simmons, An American Orphan.
- A poem called The Word "Fuck" Written Seventeen Times and then an Ampersand fits this nicely.
- Actes and Monuments of these latter and perilous dayes, touching matters of the Church, wherein are comprehended and described the great persecution and horrible troubles that have bene wrought and practised by the Romishe Prelates, speciallye in this Realme of England and Scotlande, from the yeare of our Lorde a thousande, unto the time nowe present by John Foxe. Generally referred to as "Foxe's Book of Martyrs" for short.
- A 2010 Swedish novel by Eli Levén has the title Du är rötterna som sover vid mina fötter och håller jorden på plats (Eng. 'You are the roots that sleep by my feet and keep the soil in place').
- The Book of Lies, which is also falsely called Breaks is a pretty okay example, but it takes the biscuit with chapter 77, the title of which is nineteen (or twenty, depending upon how you count it) times longer than the chapter itself. This is, of course, extremely significant.
- We Wish To Inform You That Tomorrow We Will Be Killed With Our Families. The title is taken from a letter written by Rwandan Tutsis rightly fearing for their lives and pleading for help.
- Jean-Pierre Dufreigne's novel Le dernier amour d'Aramis, ou les vrais Mémoires du chevalier René d'Herblay, qui devint évêque de Vannes, duc d'Alameda, Grand d'Espagne, ambassadeur de Sa Majesté Très Catholique, Préposé général des Jésuites, et fut mousquetaire du Roi de France dans la compagnie de M. de Tréville sous le nom d'Aramis. It's an unofficial sequel to Vicomte de Bragelonne.
- "The Practical Distiller: or an introduction to making Whiskey, Gin, Brandy, Spirits, &c. &c. of better quality, and in larger quantities, than produced by the present mode of distilling, from the produce of the United States: such as Rye, Corn, Buckwheat, Apples, Peaches, Potatoes, Pumpions and Turnips. With directions how to conduct and improve the practical part of distilling in all its branches. Together with directions for purifying, clearing and colouring Whiskey, making Spirits similar to French Brandy, &c. from the Spirits of Rye, Corn, Apples, Potatoes &c. &c. and sundry extracts of approved receipts for making Cider, domestic Wines, and Beer." By Samuel Mc Harry, of Lancaster county, Pennsylvania (1809) is notable for not only being immensely long, but also including '&c.' (etc.) in its title. Meaning it is in some ways an abbreviation.
- While House Of Leaves itself is not an example, some of the fictitious references cites in its footnotes qualify, e.g. Women Who Can't Love: When a Woman's Fear Makes Her Run from Commitment and What a Smart Man Can Do About It.
- Harlan Ellison's Hugo Award winning story, "Adrift Just Off the Islets of Langerhans: Latitude 38° 54' N, Longitude 77° 00' 13" W".
- In the introduction to one edition of The Discworld Companion, Terry Pratchett refers to his research involving reading Victorian books with titles so long that there is a refreshment stand at the half-way point.
- In case you want to follow every rule in the Bible, there's "A Handbook of Bible Law: An Indexed Guide to over 1500 Biblical Laws, Commandments, Statutes, Principles, Admonishments, Exhortations, and Guidelines Under 22 Different Subject Headings".
- J. G. Ballard's short story "The Assassination of John Fitzgerald Kennedy Considered As a Downhill Motor Race".
- A lesser, modern example: I Am A Genius of Unspeakable Evil and I Want To Be Your Class President, by Josh Leib. Guess who the main character is and what happens.
- Soren Kierkegaard's doctoral thesis, "On the Concept of Irony with Continual Reference to Socrates."
- A kindle published title; Coffee Beans: How to buy coffee beans and then use the best coffee beans from green coffee beans to gourmet coffee beans including chocolate covered coffee beans. It's a mouthful in more ways than one.
- Political book example: Winner-Take-All Politics: How Washington Made the Rich Richer- And Turned Its Back on the Middle Class.
- Joyce Carol Oates' novel After the wreck, I picked myself up, spread my wings, and flew away.
- The Lord of the Rings is not a long title, but it represents an abbreviation of its In-Universe counterpart, the Red Book, whose title is The Downfall of the Lord of the Rings and the Return of the King (as seen by the Little People; being the memoirs of Bilbo and Frodo of the Shire, supplemented by the accounts of their friends and the learning of the Wise.) Together with extracts from Books of Lore translated by Bilbo in Rivendell.
- From 2010 onward, the lengths of the titles of Light Novels (and adjacent genres like Chinese and Korean webnovels) has increased substantially, with titles released after 2014 averaging 9 words, versus 4-5 words in previous years. This is specially noticeable in novels from the Isekai/Transmigration genres, which can get into In Which a Trope Is Described levels. Some egregious (and legitimate) examples:
- I'm a High School Boy and a Bestselling Light Novel author, strangled by my female classmate who is my junior and a voice actress – Time to Play.
- (I’ve Already Saved This World and Taken Its Wealth and Power and I Live Happily in a Castle with a Female Knight and Demon Queen, So to All Other Heroes) Stay Out of This Fantasy World.
- Different World Reincarnation as a Sage ~With my Gaming Knowledge, I’ll become the World’s Strongest~
- I’ve Became Able to Do Anything with My Growth Cheat, but I Can’t Seem to Get out of Being Jobless
- I Was Kicked out of the Hero’s Party Because I Wasn’t a True Companion so I Decided to Have a Slow Life at the Frontier
- Marked for Failure, the World's Strongest Sage Reincarnates for a Do-Over!
Live-Action Television: Or, Televisual productions created through the orchestrated performance of living actors rather than by means of flashing pictures or other such deceptions
- Britain's Got The Pop Factor... And Possibly A New Celebrity Jesus Christ Soapstar Superstar Strictly On Ice, a comedy mash-up of various Reality TV shows (Britain's Got Talent, Pop Idol, X Factor, Jesus Christ Superstar, Strictly Come Dancing etc.) Gains bonus points for the fact that the presenter announced its full name before and after every commercial break.
- An episode of The Dick Van Dyke Show was titled "The Sound of the Trumpets of Conscience Falls Deafly on a Brain That Holds Its Ears...or Something Like That!".
- North Korea has a propaganda show on correct and proper hairstyles titled Let's Trim Our Hair in Accordance with the Socialist Lifestyle.
- An episode of Star Trek is titled "For the World Is Hollow and I Have Touched the Sky."
- While the show itself does not qualify, an episode of Star Trek: Voyager features Naomi Wildman working on an essay titled, The Weird Planet Where Time Moved Very Fast and so did the People who Lived There. Seven of Nine helps her condense it.
- Mad TV had a skit about a sitcom: My Gay Dad Always Steals My Boyfriends Even Though They Say They're Straight; They Promise Me They Won't Fall For Him But They Always Do Everytime Because He's So Irresistible They Can't Help Themselves And I Hate It. The skit also embodied Show Within a Show, Title Drop and Expository Theme Tune (in this case, the name of the sitcom recited to music).
- The Ronnie Johns Half Hour (full name The Ronnie Johns Good Times Campfire Jamboree Half Hour Show (Now on Television))
- There was a 70s British kids' show called Why Don't You Just Switch Off Your Television Set and Go and Do Something Less Boring Instead?, often abbreviated as WDYJSOYTSAGADSLBI or just Why Don't You...?
- The One With... episode naming style used by Friends occassionally resulted in rather long titles like "The One Where Chandler Can't Remember Which Sister" or "The One Where Monica and Richard are Just Friends".
- iCarly: The "Pathetic Plays" have these: "The Cowboy With A Mustache And The Idiot Farmgirl Who Thought The Mustache Was A Squirrel" and "The Englishman Who Was A Terrible Father To His Two Children Named Fuffley And Peeta," plus the pre-'pathetic' "The Prisoner Who Just Wanted Some Soup And The Man Who Refused To Give Him Some."
- Multiple programs on HGTV like House Hunters decide instead of a snappy and short title for each episode, to describe every situation of every episode, resulting in tongue twisters such as "Albert and Marie, Graduates of Harvard University, Decide to Look for a Reasonably Priced Townhouse in the Back Bay Neighborhood of Boston, Massachusetts So That They May Start Their Careers and Later Raise a Family." Most likely this is because there's only so many episodes you can name Townhouse Search.
- The Increasingly Poor Decisions of Todd Margaret has a long title, and "A Plan Is Hatched and a Date Is Not a Date" is the shortest episode title of the show.
Radio: Or, The spoken word of the human voice transmitted miraculously upon the aether by the appropriate application of wireless emissions of suitable wavelength, to be received across great distances by a carefully calibrated apparatus
- Although the actual title is given as Punt and Dennis: It's Been A Bad Week, that comedy current-affairs show is often referred to by the title of its prize - The Worst Week of the Week Award, Awarded Weekly on a Week-by-Week Basis. Which is mentioned at the end of every round.
- The comedy troupe Firesign Theater released an album entitled How Can You Be in Two Places at Once When You're Not Anywhere at All
- One episode of BBC radio comedy The Burkiss Way is usually referred to as "Lesson 45: Write Extremely Long Titles The Burkiss Way". The full title, given in the Radio Times, was "Lesson 45: Write Extremely Long Titles With Lots And Lots Of Words In, Like This, So That The Radio Times Will Have To Allot More Space Than The Measly Half A Centimetre Of Billing Space We Usually Get And At Least It'll Look A Bit More Prominent On The Page, Although Still Nowhere Near The 50 Column Inches They Give To The Hitch-hiker's Guide To The Galaxy The Burkiss Way".
Theatre: Or, Works written with the intention of live performance in front of an audience upon the theatrical stage
- The Persecution and Assassination of Jean-Paul Marat as Performed by the Inmates of the Asylum of Charenton Under the Direction of the Marquis de Sade. In the original German, Die Verfolgung und Ermordung Jean Paul Marats dargestellt durch die Schauspielgruppe des Hospizes zu Charenton unter Anleitung des Herrn de Sade, is a bit shorter. It's a play and a film, and it's pretty much Exactly What It Says on the Tin.
- Publicists and playbill designers shortened this to Marat/Sade.
- Perhaps not so long as most of these but still worthy of mention: The tragical history of the damned life and deserved death of Doctor Johanus Faustus.
- And the one man show telling the same story, "An Apology for the Course and Outcome of Certain Events Delivered by Doctor John Faustus on This His Final Evening".
- Arthur Kopit's Oh Dad, Poor Dad, Mamma's Hung You in the Closet and I'm Feelin' So Sad.
- Most of Shakespeare's works had really long titles in folio, octavo and quarto editions, which summarised most of the plot (and often ruined the ending).
- The Second Part of Henry the Fourth, Containing his Death: and the Coronation of King Henry the Fift. [sic] (Henry IV Part Two)
- The First part of the Contention betwixt the two famous houses of Yorke and Lancaster, with the death of the good Duke Humphrey, And the banishment and death of the Duke of Suffolke, and the Tragicall end of the proud Cardinal of V Vinchester, vvith the notable rebellion of Iacke Cade, And the Duke of Yorkes first claim vnto the Crowne. (Henry VI Part Two)
- The Effect of Gamma Rays on Man-in-the-Moon Marigolds by Paul Zindel, which was also made into a movie. The play's title comes from the title of the protagonist's Science Fair project.
- The History of Two Valiant Knights, Sir Clyomon Knight of the Golden Shield, Son to the King of Denmark, and Clamydes the White Knight, Son to the King of Suavia, a romantic comedy produced in London by the King's Men in 1577.
- For colored girls who have considered suicide when the rainbow is enuf who have considered suicide when the rainbow is enuf by Ntozake Shange (1974).
- Not as long as others on here, but A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum is still a mouthful.
- Just about any of the Farndale Ladies plays; a stand-out is They Came From Mars and Landed Outside the Farndale Avenue Church Hall in Time for the Townswomen’s Guild’s Coffee Morning.
- In-game example: Gordon Freeman's doctoral thesis was titled Observation of Einstein-Podolsky-Rosen Entanglement on Supraquantum Structures by Induction Through Nonlinear Transuranic Crystal of Extremely Long Wavelength (ELW) Pulse from Mode-Locked Source Array, which doubles as Techno Babble.
- Attack Of The Mutant Zombie Flesh-Eating Chickens From Mars, starring Zappo The Dog (Vaporware in it's original form, but later rewritten badly by some other people and released under the rather shorter title of Star Paws).
- Penny Arcade Adventures: On the Rain-slick Precipice of Darkness.
- NIS America has Holy Invasion of Privacy, Badman! What Did I Do to Deserve This? (later changed to What Did I Do To Deserve This, My Lord?), a real-time strategy game in which players control an evil overlord protecting his stronghold from invading heroes.
- An obscure Centipede rip-off is known as War of the Bugs or Monsterous Manouvers in a Mushroom Maze.
- Invasion of the Mutant Space Bats of Doom, a classic Shoot'Em Up for DOS.
- Many of the later Street Fighter games are guilty of this, as they were essentially updated rereleases of updated rereleases, the title got more modifiers to distinguish the newer games from the previous installments. The already overly long Super Street Fighter II Turbo is known in Japan as Super Street Fighter II X: Grand Master Challenge (that's a roman numeral two and the letter "ex") in Japan. The HD remake follows the tradition by being titled Super Street Fighter II Turbo HD Remix.
- Which, if spelled out completely, gives the even longer Super Street Fighter II Turbo High Definition Remix.
- Street Fighter EX plus α was a PlayStation version of Street Fighter EX plus that was in turn, an updated rerelease of the original Street Fighter EX
- Street Fighter III: New Generation was followed by Street Fighter III 2nd Impact: Giant Attack and Street Fighter III 3rd Strike: Fight for the Future.
- Everyone in Tobal 2 has a projectile attack: the official name for Fei Pusu's projectile is Ougi: Shippuu Dotou Shomou Kyuugoku Fuuun Raijin Kokugeki Kyuuryaku Shite Kurodama, which means something close to Secret Technique: Raging Violent Gale Wave Sphere Of Thunder God's Myriad Ultimate Wind Clouds: Dark Capturing Sphere.
- Golf Magazine: 36 Great Holes Starring Fred Couples.
- Shin Megami Tensei: Devil Summoner: Raidou Kuzunoha Vs The Soulless Army and its sequel Shin Megami Tensei: Devil Summoner 2: Raidou Kuzunoha Vs KingAbaddon. Atlus ARAM noted that people who complain about it "are only jealous theirs isn't as long". (Shin Megami Tensei was not part of the Japanese titles of these games, however.)
- GameSpot did for two years in a row an award for "Most Long-Winded Game Title". In 2005, it was on by Peter Jackson's King Kong: The Official Game of the Movie. In 2006 the first Shin Megami Tensei title mentioned above won (over entries such as The Lord of the Rings: The Battle for Middle-Earth II: The Rise of the Witch-King). Both years had Xenosaga games (which follow the system Xenosaga: Episode # - Untranslated Nietzsche quote).
- The UK/Australian titles of the Brain Age Express DSiWare titles are A Little Bit of... Dr. Kawashima's Brain Training: [something edition]
- AaaaaAAaaaAAAaaAAAAaAAAAA!!! - A Reckless Disregard for Gravity:
- The same company also made a game called "1... 2... 3... KICK IT! (Drop That Beat Like an Ugly Baby)".
- The achievement names are also overly long, being:
- I am One in a Million, and There Are Six Thousand People in the World Exactly Like Me
- Air. Wind. Sun. Pain. I Am All of This, and Your Mom Makes a Fine Pasta Dinner.
- I Have Jumped Beyond the Powers of Two, and Have Lived to Tell the Tale
- I Have Broken More Glass Than a Finely Corpulent Opera Singer, and Love Myself For It
- I am at Risk of Contracting Mononucleosis, Which is Known Colloquially as the Kissing Disease
- The Rhylos and Skaery Memorial Achievement, for Which We Will Honor Them
- I Avoid Sleep Wherever Possible, So I Played AaaaaAAaaaAAAaaAAAAaAAAAA!!! a Whole Lot
- Final Fantasy X has the "Sublimely Magnificent Jecht Shot Mark III". There is no Mark I or Mark II.
- Strong Bad's Cool Game for Attractive People, which even Strong Bad suggested be just referred to as "SBCG4AP". Even better, it's an episodic game, so you have to tack on the episode title as well if you want to be more specific.
- Couple this with Colon Cancer and you get Strong Bad's Cool Game For Attractive People: Episode 4: Dangeresque 3: The Criminal Projective.
- Gabriel Knight 3: Blood of the Sacred, Blood of the Damned.
- Robot Dinosaurs That Shoot Beams When They Roar
- Leisure Suit Larry in the Land of the Lounge Lizards and some of its sequels:
- Leisure Suit Larry Goes Looking for Love (In Several Wrong Places)
- Leisure Suit Larry 3: Passionate Patti in Pursuit of the Pulsating Pectorals
- In Japan, a Gaiden Game for Beast Wars was released on the Game Boy Color entitled Duel Fight Transformers Beast Wars: Beast Warriors' Strongest Decisive Battle
- Just try saying Rockman: Digouter's Adventure Story in Halcyon Days: Adventurous Spirit of Steel with a straight face, I dare you!
- Then what about Rockman: Digouter's Adventure Story in Halcyon Days 2: Episode 2: The Mother Load and its prequel-demo Rockman: Digouter's Adventure Story in Halcyon Days 2: Episode 1: Close call, Roll-chan?
- Thank God for its short form Rockman DASH.
- The Baten Kaitos series has two titles, Baten Kaitos: Eternal Wings and the Lost Ocean, and its prequel, Baten Kaitos II: Beginning of the Wings and the Heir of the Gods, although the latter's title was changed to Baten Kaitos Origins for its English release.
- The soundtrack for Wild ARMs games consistently have titles with unusually long names. Some examples: "Even If I Can See the Reflection of Peace In Your Eyes", "This Downpour is a Blessing from the Heavens", "Walking into the Heart of the Sunset's Light", or "The Weight of a Heavy Life, the Meaning of the Meaning of Life".
- The upcoming indie game Dudebro — My Shit Is Fucked Up So I Got to Shoot/Slice You II: It’s Straight-Up Dawg Time. For even more fun, check out the timeline.
- Most Touhou games are about halfway here thanks to basically having two regular sized titles, one in Japanese and one in English; Touhou Chireiden ~ Subterranean Animism is a typical example. Then there's Touhou Hisoutensoku ~ Choudokyuu Ginyoru no Nazo wo Oe (Tranlates roughly to Lacking Perception of the Natural Laws of the East ~ Chase the Enigma of the Superdreadnought Guignol).
- The sequel to Osu! Tatakae! Ouendan, simply titled Moero! Nekketsu Rhythm Damashii: Osu! Tatakae! Ouendan 2 or in English: Burn! Hot-Blooded Rhythm Soul: Hey! Fight! Cheer Squad 2.
- Gungnir: Inferno of the Demon Lance and the War of Heroes. It's a little less unwieldy in Japanese. Just a little.
- The Pajama Sam series had long titles in all the main games:
- Pajama Sam in No Need to Hide When It's Dark Outside
- Pajama Sam 2: Thunder and Lightning Aren't So Frightening
- Pajama Sam 3: You Are What You Eat From Your Head to Your Feet
- Pajama Sam (4): Life is Rough When You Lose Your Stuff!
- Similarly above, the main Freddi Fish games all had long titles, and they were made by the same company:
- Freddi Fish and the Case of the Missing Kelp Seeds
- Freddi Fish 2: The Case of the Haunted Schoolhouse
- Freddi Fish 3: The Case of the Stolen Conch Shell
- Freddi Fish 4: The Case of the Hogfish Rustlers of Briny Gulch
- Freddi Fish 5: The Case of the Creature of Coral Cove
- Episode 4 of the King's Quest fan game The Silver Lining is titled "'Tis in My Memory Locked, and You Yourself Shall Keep the Key of It".
- Eojjeonji Joheun Il-i Saenggil Geot Gateun Jeonyeok (A Night Where Good Things Are Bound to Happen), a obscure korean PC beat'em up game.
- Tales of Game's Presents Chef Boyardee's Barkley, Shut Up and Jam: Gaiden, Chapter 1 of the Hoopz Barkley SaGa
- Max Payne 2: The Fall of Max Payne - A Film Noir Love Story
- Spectrum Spelunker: Shoot Blocks to Win the Game, Also Jump and Run: Starring Hue
- Escape From The Planet Of The Robot Monsters, an arcade game released by Atari Games in 1989.
Tabletop Games: Or, Games involving the manipulation of tangible objects such as paper cards, miniatures and dice, usually played atop a table by several persons (though the floor may be used if there is no table offering enough area)
- The grand-daddy of miniature wargaming, H. G. Wells's Little Wars: a game for boys from twelve years of age to one hundred and fifty and for that more intelligent sort of girl who likes boys' games and books..
- Magic: The Gathering has a card called the Our Market Research Shows That Players Like Really Long Card Names So We Made this Card to Have the Absolute Longest Card Name Ever Elemental, or OMRSTPLRLCNSWMTCTHTALCNEE for short.
- A couple of cards have flavour text attributed to Asmoranomardicadaistinaculdacar, the Underworld Cookbook.
- Though the Magic card mentioned above is part of a Humor expansion, the Mythos CCG had a card called "The Thirty-Five Abominable Adulations of the Bloated One". Since Mythos referred to the Cthulhu Mythos, long names seem appropriate.
- The nonsensical fangame Super Hyper Paper Deluxe Mario Bros. Galaxy World Land 4: Partners in Sunshine Super Star Island & Saga of Time Advance 64 DS and its sequels have this.
Webcomics: Or, Stories available on the internet told through a mixture of sequential images and bubbles containing text, indicating what the characters are saying, thinking, and occasionally doing, much like a comic book but without commission.
- A Troll in Homestuck explains that in his planet, billions of years in the future, every short title has been used up, and so the titles are more descriptive.
CG: WHEREIN NUMEROUS VIGILANTES CONFRONT PERIL; ONE OF THEM BETRAYS THE OTHERS; (BUT IT TURNS OUT TO BE PART OF THE PLAN ALL ALONG);
- When you finally get a look on carcinoGeneticist's room, you can see the associated movie posters.
- The Incredible and Awe Inspiring Serial Adventure of The Amazing Plasma-Man
- A Beginners Guide to The End of The Universe
- Even in The Deepest Heart of Chaos A Glimmer of Order Can Be Found
- The Pokémon webcomic POKETTO MONSUTAA SPECIAL SUPER EX ADVENTURE XXXVX THE CHRONICLES OF RED BLUE GREEN AND A BUNCH OF OTHER KIDS WITH COLORS FOR NAMES; doubly so for negecting punctuation and being written in all-caps.
- And what number, exactly, is "XXXVX"?
- Comic strip #240 of Heroes Incorporated, AKA "Hey man? You ever think that the universe is just like, one atom of some even bigger universe we can't even imagine? Woah... My hands can touch anything but themselves..."
- Prequel -or- Making A Cat Cry: The Adventure, The Adventures Of Katia Managan.
- In El Goonish Shive, some of the early filler comics had these. Also a few story comics as well. These are usually played for laughs but at least one was played for drama.
- I Was Kidnapped By Lesbian Pirates From Outer Space
Web Originals: Or, Various pieces of fiction falling under a variety of descriptions distinguished by their initial appearance on a network previously establish to better facilitate the sharing of information between computers.
Western Animation: Or, Televisual performances produced throughout the Occident, mostly in the United States of America, made possible through the rapid display of slightly differing artistic renderings to create the illusion of movement
- Garfield and Friends had an episode called "The Creature that Lived in the Refrigerator, behind the Mayonnaise, next to the Ketchup, and to the Left of the Cole Slaw!", and the eponymous creature is referred to by the full title every time it's mentioned.
- Clerks the Animated Series used this, with each episode title being longer than the last, until episode 5: "Dante and Randal and Jay and Silent Bob and a Bunch of New Characters and Lando, Take Part in a Whole Bunch of Movie Parodies Including But Not Exclusive To, The Bad News Bears, The Last Starfighter, Indiana Jones and the Temple Of Doom, Plus a High School Reunion."
- Drawn Together did an episode called "Wooldoor Sockbat's Giggle-Wiggle Funny Tickle Non-Traditional Progressive Multicultural Roundtable!"
- There's also an organization in Drawn Together called "Special Tactical Operations Unit To Catch People Who Set Up Suicide Hotlines Because Of A Reality Show Challenge And Then Didn't Follow Through On Them So They Cause The People Who Needed Them To Take Their Own Lives And Then They Change Their Minds When They Realize Not All People Should Be Forced to Live So They Try To Assist Someone In Euthanasia". Or STOUTCPWSUSHBOARSCATDFTOTSTCTPWNTTTTOLATTCTMWTRNAPSBFTLSTTTASIE for short.
- Chowder had one episode called "Field Tournament Style Up and Down On the Ground Manja Flanja Blanja Banja Ishka Bibble Babble Flabble Doma Roma Floma Boma Jingle Jangle Every Angle Bricka Bracka Flacka Stacka Two Ton Rerun Free for All Big Ball". In TV listings, it's often shortened to Big Ball".
- King of the Hill has "What Happens at the National Propane Gas Convention in Memphis Stays at the National Propane Gas Convention in Memphis" as well as the (as of now unaired) "When Joseph Met Lori, and Made Out with Her in the Janitor's Closet".
- Also a season 5 episode when Joseph hits puberty which is called "I Don't Want to Wait for Our Lives to Be Over, I Want to Know Right Now, Will It Be... Sorry. Do Do Doo Do Do, Do Do Doo Do Do, Do Do Doo Do Do, Doo..."
- The Simpsons had Show Within a Show The Simpsons Family Smiletime Variety Hour.
- Mars and Mattel Quick Energy Chocobot Hour!
- Out-of-universe, Season Seven's 'Raging Abe Simpson and His Grumbling Grandson in "The Curse of the Flying Hellfish."'
- In a plot to be first in the phone book, one episode had Duckman naming his plumbing business AAAAAAAAAAAAA (ad nauseum) AAA-1 Plumbing, which was recited, in full, every single time it was said.
- One Count Duckula episode is titled, "Return of the Curse of the Secret of the Mummy's Tomb Meets FrankenDuckula's Monster And The Wolfman and the Intergalactic Cabbage." Another title: "The Count And The Pauper--I Ain't Gonna Work On Maggot's Farm No More!"
- At least three Hanna-Barbera shows had long titles: Dastardly and Muttley in Their Flying Machines, Josie And The Pussycats In Outer Space, and The Completely Mental Misadventures Of Ed Grimley.
- Squidbillies had an episode entitled "Mephistopheles Traveled Below to a Southern State Whose Motto Is 'Wisdom, Justice, and Moderation".
- The soundtrack to Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs was released in 1938 under the full title Songs from Walt Disney's Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs (with the Same Characters and Sound Effects as in the Film of That Title).
Other: Or, Honourable mentions arising from miscellaneous aesthetic productions that somehow elude veracious insertion underneath any of the aforementioned categorical headings
- Some of Salvador Dali's paintings have ridiculously specific (but precisely accurate; they belong to that kind of art) titles: Apparition of a Face and Fruit Dish on a Beach, Face of Mae West Which May Be Used as an Apartment, Slave Market with the Disappearing Bust of Voltaire, Gala Contemplating the Mediterranean Sea Which at Twenty Meters Becomes the Portrait of Abraham Lincoln, One Second Before Awakening from a Dream Caused by the Flight of a Bee Around a Pomegranate...
- Also Joseph Wright of Derby's painting A Philosopher giving a Lecture on the Orrery in which a lamp is put in place of the Sun.
- The Little Girl Who Was Forgotten By Absolutely Everyone (Even The Postman). Also known as The Little Girl Whose Story Has An Incredibly Long Title Because the Author Thought It Would Be Funny Until She Had To Type It Everywhere.
- Car names tend to be short and punchy, but for a few years in The Eighties, Mazda put the full model designation ("Mazda 323 DX 1.6i", four separate badges each in a different font) all in one row on the trunk lid above the left taillight on some models. Depending on the size and positioning of the dealer's emblem, that could mean a row of plastic badges stretching all the way from the left edge of the trunk lid to the keyhole halfway across.
- YouTube Poop tends to feature these kinds of titles, combined with either an Intentionally Awkward Title or Word Salad Title (for instance Krobo's Voluptuous Cooking Program or The Grinch Excites Himself Onto A Christmas Tree).
- Although it's only mentioned on the "about" page, David Chess's blog is titled The Curvature of the Earth Is Overwhelmed by Local Noise.
- A blog post at  has a new version of the bible called "New and Revised Standard Edition Version 13.75 for angsty and rebellious emo faggots who have nothing better to do than blindly take shots at things that they're too stupid to understand and too anal-retentive to actually notice the point of the message." or the NRSEv13.75fAaREFwhNBtdtBTSaTtttStUatA-RtANtPotM for short
- Apple products don't have model numbers, so they get names like "Power Macintosh G4 (Mirrored Drive Doors)" and "Mac Book (13-inch, Aluminum, Late 2008)."
- In sports, particularly notable games get immortalized with a short descriptive title. This is not one of them.
- The instruction manual for the Kymera Remote Control Wand, which admittedly looks and performs like a real magic wand, and thus has this thematically-inspired reference.
- Mark Reads Twilight gives us this: “I Am Going To Do Something Spectacular And Clearly Attention-Grabbing In Front Of Plenty Of People, Yet No One Is Going To Notice Except (Conveniently) The Main Character” Phenomenon. He shorted it to the IAGTDSSACAGIFOPOP,YNOIGTOE(C)TMC Phenomenon when referring to it later. This is referring to the scene where Edward stops the van with his bare hands, yet nobody in the "sea of faces, all frozen in the same mask of shock" noticed this from Chapter 3 of the first book.
- J.M.W. Turner painted in 1840: "Slave Ship (Slavers Throwing Overboard the Dead and Dying, Typhon Coming On)" and it's better known now as simply "The Slave Ship." At the time, Punch Magazine lampooned the title with one of their own: "A Typhoon, Bursting A Simmoon, Over A Whirlpool Maelstrom, Norway, A Ship on Fire, An Eclipse, With the Effect of a Lunar Rainbow."
- Chaos Theory in Vortex Orbits in Relative Dimensions in Time and Space a Doctor Who Kid Fic by earlgreytea68.
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