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A subtype of Pun-Based Title which applies to individual episode titles, and not the fact that the pun is based upon some element of popular culture, such as the title of a film, book or song. Catch Phrases, song lyrics, adages and colloquialisms can also be riffed on.

Also a subtrope of Idiosyncratic Episode Naming. Related to Literary Allusion Title and can sometimes overlap.

Examples of Pop Culture Pun Episode Title include:


Anime and Manga


Live Action Television


Video Games


Web Comic


Western Animation

  • A few episodes of South Park.
  • Ed, Edd 'n' Eddy
  • The Simpsons achieves many of these puns by incorporating Homer's Catch Phrase, "D'oh!" ("D'oh-ing In The Wind," "The Greatest Story Ever D'Ohed.")
    • In keeping with the writers having originally called it an "annoyed grunt," it used to be intimated thus - hence "Simpsoncalifragilisticexpiala(annoyed grunt)cious," "E-I-E-I-(Annoyed Grunt)" and "I, (Annoyed Grunt)-bot."
  • Fanboy and Chum Chum had episode titles such as The Janitor Strikes Back and Little Glop of Horrors.
    • One episode was not only named A Bopwork Orange but also parodied the classic film.
  • Every other episode of Futurama.
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