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There's a tendency in media to create very long titles full of rare (or fake) multisyllabic words that paint a picture of whimsy, fun, and adventure, especially when the work is set in the past. This is almost a Dead Unicorn Trope as most of the titles are homages to works that never existed at all. It's often associated with pseudo-Victorian throwbacks and Steampunk.

Not to be confused with (but may overlap with) Character Name and the Noun Phrase. A sub-trope of Long Title. See also The Adjectival Superhero.

Examples of The Fantastic Trope of Wonderous Titles include:

Anime and Manga


  • The Grievous Journey of Ichabod Azrael (and the Dead Left in his Wake).

Fan Fiction



  • The Last of the Really Great Whangdoodles
  • From the Mixed-Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler
  • The Incredible Adventures of Professor Branestawm
  • Another classic kids' book: Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day.
  • The Amazing Maurice and His Educated Rodents
  • Gulliver's Travels, officially known as Travels into Several Remote Nations of the World, in Four Parts. By Lemuel Gulliver, First a Surgeon, and then a Captain of Several Ships.
  • Andre Norton's Scarface: Being the story of one Justin Blade, late of the pirate isle of Tortuga, and how fate deal justly deal with him to his great profit -- which harks back to the same era as Gulliver
  • The Transformation of Miss Mavis Ming (Return of the Fireclown)
  • The Adventures of Una Persson and Catherine Cornelius in the 20th Century
  • The Astonishing Adventures of Fanboy and Goth Girl
  • "The Deadly Mission of Phineas Snodgrass"
  • Parodied in Good Omens with the book within the book "The Nice and Accurate Prophecies of Agnes Nutter; Being a Certaine and Precise History from the Present Day Unto the Endinges of this World. Containing therein Many Diuerse Wonders and precepts for the Wife; More complete than ever yet before published; Concerning the Strange Times aheade and Events of a Wonderful Nature"
  • The Girl Who Circumnavigated Fairyland in a Ship of Her Own Making

Live Action Television

  • Stephen Colbert claimed that Felicity Huffman and William H. Macy starred in The Splendiferous Zeppelin Escapades of Filliam H. Muffman.
  • Mr. Show and the Incredible, Fantastical News Report
  • Subverted in a series of Saturday Night Live skits with Michael Palin about a supposed Charles Dickens novel, The Wretched Birth, Miserable Childhood, Agonisingly Painful Adolescence, and Appallingly Vile and Degrading Death of Miles Cowperthwaite.


  • Music from the unrealized film script Dusk at Cubist Castle'', debut LP of The Olivia Tremor Control. To a lesser extent, the band's name (and the loosely-structured "Elephant 6 Collective" of bands, of which they are a member) are also examples of the trope.

Western Animation

Web Comic

Web Original

Video Games

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