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18th Apr '16 2:43:08 PM MarkLungo
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* This happened early on with {{Superman}}. ''Action Comics'' was at first supposed to feature a variety of characters but Superman quickly [[IncrediblyLamePun took off]] and interviewing newstand owners revealed that kids were asking, not for Action Comics, but for "that comic book with Superman in it." Eventually, the title shifted to some variation of "Action Comics starring Superman" or "Superman in Action Comics." (Has shifted back and forth over the decades.) Of course, he has additional titles in his own name.

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* This happened early on with {{Superman}}.Franchise/{{Superman}}. ''Action Comics'' was at first supposed to feature a variety of characters but Superman quickly [[IncrediblyLamePun took off]] and interviewing newstand owners revealed that kids were asking, not for Action Comics, but for "that comic book with Superman in it." Eventually, the title shifted to some variation of "Action Comics starring Superman" or "Superman in Action Comics." (Has shifted back and forth over the decades.) Of course, he has additional titles in his own name.



* The [[MilestoneCelebration 100th issue]] of ''Tales Of Suspense'' saw the series renamed ''ComicStrip/CaptainAmerica'', after the superhero who co-starred (alongside IronMan) since issue #59.

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* The [[MilestoneCelebration 100th issue]] of ''Tales Of Suspense'' saw the series renamed ''ComicStrip/CaptainAmerica'', after the superhero who co-starred (alongside IronMan) ComicBook/IronMan) since issue #59.



** Not to mention that none of the Film/JamesBond films is actually ''called'' "James Bond" or "007", yet everyone calls the series that. (though the codename, at least in some countries, is used in every title)

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** Not to mention that none of the Film/JamesBond films is actually ''called'' "James Bond" or "007", yet everyone calls the series that. (though that (although the codename, at least in some countries, is used in every title)title).



* Willy Wonka from ''Literature/CharlieAndTheChocolateFactory''. This is probably thanks to the 1971 movie and a candy brand being named after him. Also sometimes mistaken as The Candy Man, from the song of the same name featured in the film. Not to be confused with the other ''Film/{{Candyman}}''.
* Hannibal Lecter from ''Literature/RedDragon'' and ''TheSilenceOfTheLambs''. The two books that followed were named after him.

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* Willy Wonka from ''Literature/CharlieAndTheChocolateFactory''. This is probably thanks to [[Film/WIllyWOnkaAndTheChocolateFactory the 1971 movie movie]] and a candy brand being named after him. Also sometimes mistaken as The Candy Man, from the song of the same name featured in the film. Not to be confused with the other ''Film/{{Candyman}}''.
* Hannibal Lecter from ''Literature/RedDragon'' and ''TheSilenceOfTheLambs''.''Literature/TheSilenceOfTheLambs''. The two books that followed were named after him.



* ''TheRailwaySeries'' is frequently referred to as ThomasTheTankEngine, albeit as much due to the breakout television series of the same name (one instalment of the series was in fact called Thomas The Tank Engine however, as does some of the novels' merchandise use the show's moniker).

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* ''TheRailwaySeries'' ''Literature/TheRailwaySeries'' is frequently referred to as ThomasTheTankEngine, ''WesternAnimation/ThomasTheTankEngine'', albeit as much due to the breakout television series of the same name (one instalment of the series was in fact called Thomas The Tank Engine however, as does some of the novels' merchandise use the show's moniker).



* Many people referred to ''Series/AllInTheFamily'' as "Archie Bunker" back in the day. Later on, the series was re-tooled, slightly re-set, and became "Archie Bunker's Place".
* UK crime series ''MidsomerMurders'' features Detective Chief Inspector Tom Barnaby, Causton CID as the chief protagonist of every episode and apparent point of the whole show, causing some people to just call the show "Barnaby."
* This trope is almost certainly why Game Show Network named its revival of ''PressYourLuck'' (AKA "Whammy" or "The Whammy Show"), "Whammy: The All-New Press Your Luck".
* {{Cold Open}}ing into the ShowWithinAShow led many people to refer to ''HomeImprovement'' as ''Tool Time''.

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* Many people referred to ''Series/AllInTheFamily'' as "Archie Bunker" ''Archie Bunker'' back in the day. Later on, the series was re-tooled, slightly re-set, and became "Archie Bunker's Place".
''Series/ArchieBunkersPlace''.
* UK crime series ''MidsomerMurders'' ''Series/MidsomerMurders'' features Detective Chief Inspector Tom Barnaby, Causton CID as the chief protagonist of every episode and apparent point of the whole show, causing some people to just call the show "Barnaby."
* This trope is almost certainly why Game Show Network named its revival of ''PressYourLuck'' ''Series/PressYourLuck'' (AKA "Whammy" ''Whammy'' or "The ''The Whammy Show"), "Whammy: Show''), ''Whammy: The All-New Press Your Luck".
Luck''.
* {{Cold Open}}ing into the ShowWithinAShow led many people to refer to ''HomeImprovement'' ''Series/HomeImprovement'' as ''Tool Time''.



* ''KeepingUpAppearances'' is universally referred to as "Mrs. Hyacinth" in Denmark (even though it does have an offical translated name, and that, when you think about it, "Mrs. Hyacinth" is a case of ''IAmNotShazam'')
* A lot of people seem to think that ''SecretDiaryOfACallGirl'' is titled "Belle du Jour", which in actual fact is the pseudonym of its main character, played by Billie Piper. The confusion might also be because the blog the show was based on was called "Belle du Jour".[[note]]"Belle du Jour" is French for "girl of the day", and was the title of a famous French art movie about an upper-class hooker.[[/note]]

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* ''KeepingUpAppearances'' ''Series/KeepingUpAppearances'' is universally referred to as "Mrs. Hyacinth" in Denmark (even though it does have an offical translated name, and that, when you think about it, "Mrs. Hyacinth" is a case of ''IAmNotShazam'')
IAmNotShazam)
* A lot of people seem to think that ''SecretDiaryOfACallGirl'' ''Series/SecretDiaryOfACallGirl'' is titled "Belle ''Belle du Jour", Jour'', which in actual fact is the pseudonym of its main character, played by Billie Piper.Creator/BilliePiper. The confusion might also be because the blog the show was based on was called "Belle du Jour".[[note]]"Belle du Jour" is French for "girl of the day", and was the title of a famous French art movie about an upper-class hooker.[[/note]]



* This tends to happen a lot with HorrorHost[=s=], because the titles of the shows themselves tend to be fairly generic--there are dozens of ''Shock Theater''s and ''Creature Features''s, so it's far easier to specify what the name of the host is. Even the more creative ones can't seem to avoid this, though--plenty of people remember {{Svengoolie}} from the seventies, but only a small handful of fans would be able to tell you his show was called ''Screaming Yellow Theater''.
* ''Franchise/KamenRider'' has two big examples: Series/KamenRiderSkyrider originated in a show simply called ''Kamen Rider'' because it was intended to be a ContinuityReboot (a plan which ultimately fell through), while Film/KamenRiderZX originated in a TV movie called ''Birth of the 10th! All Kamen Riders Assembled!''. Fans (and this very Wiki) tend to refer to the shows by their stars' names for simplicity's sake.

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* This tends to happen a lot with HorrorHost[=s=], because the titles of the shows themselves tend to be fairly generic--there are dozens of ''Shock Theater''s and ''Creature Features''s, so it's far easier to specify what the name of the host is. Even the more creative ones can't seem to avoid this, though--plenty of people remember {{Svengoolie}} Series/{{Svengoolie}} from the seventies, but only a small handful of fans would be able to tell you his show was called ''Screaming Yellow Theater''.
* ''Franchise/KamenRider'' has two big examples: Series/KamenRiderSkyrider ''Series/KamenRiderSkyrider'' originated in a show simply called ''Kamen Rider'' because it was intended to be a ContinuityReboot (a plan which ultimately fell through), while Film/KamenRiderZX ''Film/KamenRiderZX'' originated in a TV movie called ''Birth of the 10th! All Kamen Riders Assembled!''. Fans (and this very Wiki) ThisVeryWiki) tend to refer to the shows by their stars' names for simplicity's sake.



* Some people refer to MastersOfTheUniverse as "He-Man" as in the name of the main character, though his name is added to the title in two tie-in cartoons. However, the toyline actually named "He-Man" is the one that is known as TheNewAdventuresOfHeMan after its tie-in cartoon.

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* Some people refer to MastersOfTheUniverse ''Franchise/MastersOfTheUniverse'' as "He-Man" ''He-Man'' as in the name of the main character, though his name is added to the title in two tie-in cartoons. However, the toyline actually named "He-Man" ''He-Man'' is the one that is known as TheNewAdventuresOfHeMan ''Series/TheNewAdventuresOfHeMan'' after its tie-in cartoon.



* Nameko ([[DubNameChange AKA Funghi]]) has become such a popular mascot character in Japan that some can't recall the game it originated from: TouchDetective.

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* Nameko ([[DubNameChange AKA Funghi]]) has become such a popular mascot character in Japan that some can't recall the game it originated from: TouchDetective.''VideoGame/TouchDetective''.



* The actor Creator/SylvesterMcCoy (born Percy Kent-Smith) got his stage name this way. Some of his earlier work was as a sidekick/warm-up man to the stand-up comedian-cum-performance artist KenCampbell, as a fictional character called "Sylveste [=McCoy=]". To further the joke, his character was credited in the playbill as "Sylveste [=McCoy=] as Sylveste [=McCoy=]". One reviewer didn't get the joke and used it in the review as if it was his real name, so he went with it and used it as his stage name from then on (though adding an "r" to the end - no, those weren't typos earlier).
* The Nehi Corporation used to make a line of popular fruit-flavored sodas (the one most commonly known today is the Grape Nehi, Radar's favorite soda in ''Series/{{Mash}}''). In 1955, as the soda market changed to favor colas over everything else, they changed their name to their new star brand, Royal Crown (although they kept the name for their fruit-flavored products; you can still find and purchase Nehi soda to this day). Currently, however, both Nehi and Royal Crown Cola (typically shortened to just RC nowadays, as seen on packaging) are owned by the Dr Pepper Snapple Group in the United States, with the company also distributing 7-Up there, though RC is still quite popular in the South and Midwest.

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* The actor Creator/SylvesterMcCoy (born Percy Kent-Smith) got his stage name this way. Some of his earlier work was as a sidekick/warm-up man to the stand-up comedian-cum-performance artist KenCampbell, Ken Campbell, as a fictional character called "Sylveste [=McCoy=]". To further the joke, his character was credited in the playbill as "Sylveste [=McCoy=] as Sylveste [=McCoy=]". One reviewer didn't get the joke and used it in the review as if it was his real name, so he went with it and used it as his stage name from then on (though adding an "r" to the end - no, those weren't typos earlier).
* The Nehi Corporation used to make a line of popular fruit-flavored sodas (the one most commonly known today is the Grape Nehi, Radar's favorite soda in ''Series/{{Mash}}'').''Series/{{MASH}}''). In 1955, as the soda market changed to favor colas over everything else, they changed their name to their new star brand, Royal Crown (although they kept the name for their fruit-flavored products; you can still find and purchase Nehi soda to this day). Currently, however, both Nehi and Royal Crown Cola (typically shortened to just RC nowadays, as seen on packaging) are owned by the Dr Pepper Snapple Group in the United States, with the company also distributing 7-Up there, though RC is still quite popular in the South and Midwest.
15th Apr '16 5:48:41 AM igordebraga
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* ''Comicbook/{{Alias}}'', whose collected editions are downright called ''Comicbook/JessicaJones: Alias''. [[Series/{{Alias}} The unrelated TV series with Jennifer Garner]] and [[Series/JessicaJones the live-action adaptation that goes for the character name]] don't help matters.



* Marie the kitten from the 1970 film ''Disney/TheAristocats''. While the film has gained mixed reviews by Disney fans and animation fans and the film isn't' forgotten . Marie appears to be one of the more memorable characters in the film and the representation of the film itself. This started sometime late 90's when Disney decided to create Aristocats merchandise featuring Marie. This even resulted in Marie replacing Thomas o'Malley as the icon of the film. Today you can find tons of Aristocats merchandise at any Disney Store and at the DisneyThemeParks. Let's not get started with her popularity in Japan.

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* Marie the kitten from the 1970 film ''Disney/TheAristocats''. While the film has gained mixed reviews by Disney fans and animation fans and the film isn't' forgotten .forgotten. Marie appears to be one of the more memorable characters in the film and the representation of the film itself. This started sometime late 90's when Disney decided to create Aristocats merchandise featuring Marie. This even resulted in Marie replacing Thomas o'Malley as the icon of the film. Today you can find tons of Aristocats merchandise at any Disney Store and at the DisneyThemeParks. Let's not get started with her popularity in Japan.



** Not to mention that none of the James Bond films is actually ''called'' "James Bond", yet everyone calls the series that.
* ''Film/TheDarkKnight'' was in fact the first Batman film not to feature the word "Batman" in the title, but (rather understandably) it was often assumed that the title of the film was ''Batman: The Dark Knight'' (which was actually used in some countries) or something to that effect. Just as frustratingly, ''Film/TheDarkKnightRises'' has been called ''The Dark Knight'' by people who can't remember the full title.

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** Not to mention that none of the James Bond Film/JamesBond films is actually ''called'' "James Bond", Bond" or "007", yet everyone calls the series that.
that. (though the codename, at least in some countries, is used in every title)
* ''Film/TheDarkKnight'' was in fact the first Batman Franchise/{{Batman}} film not to feature the word "Batman" in the title, but (rather understandably) it was often assumed that the title of the film was ''Batman: The Dark Knight'' (which was actually used in some countries) or something to that effect. Just as frustratingly, ''Film/TheDarkKnightRises'' has been called ''The Dark Knight'' by people who can't remember the full title.



* The actor Sylvester [=McCoy=] (born Percy Kent-Smith) got his stage name this way. Some of his earlier work was as a sidekick/warm-up man to the stand-up comedian-cum-performance artist KenCampbell, as a fictional character called "Sylveste [=McCoy=]". To further the joke, his character was credited in the playbill as "Sylveste [=McCoy=] as Sylveste [=McCoy=]". One reviewer didn't get the joke and used it in the review as if it was his real name, so he went with it and used it as his stage name from then on (though adding an "r" to the end - no, those weren't typos earlier).

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* The actor Sylvester [=McCoy=] Creator/SylvesterMcCoy (born Percy Kent-Smith) got his stage name this way. Some of his earlier work was as a sidekick/warm-up man to the stand-up comedian-cum-performance artist KenCampbell, as a fictional character called "Sylveste [=McCoy=]". To further the joke, his character was credited in the playbill as "Sylveste [=McCoy=] as Sylveste [=McCoy=]". One reviewer didn't get the joke and used it in the review as if it was his real name, so he went with it and used it as his stage name from then on (though adding an "r" to the end - no, those weren't typos earlier).
24th Mar '16 7:37:11 AM Sharlee
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** Not to mention that none of the James Bond films is actually ''called'' "James Bond", yet everyone calls the series that.
3rd Mar '16 6:25:11 PM Pichu-kun
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* Neko Musume has eclipsed ''Anime/GegegeNoKintaro'' outside of Japan. The series is one of the most famous anime in Japan and has numerous adaptations however its's [[AmericansHateTingle never made much of a splash elsewhere]], likely due to {{yokai}} being a very Japanese concept. Many people know Neko Musume's design but assume she's an original character unattached to any manga.

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* Neko Musume has eclipsed ''Anime/GegegeNoKintaro'' ''Manga/GeGeGeNoKitaro'' outside of Japan. The series is one of the most famous anime in Japan and has numerous adaptations however its's [[AmericansHateTingle never made much of a splash elsewhere]], likely due to {{yokai}} being a very Japanese concept. Many people know Neko Musume's design but assume she's an original character unattached to any manga.
3rd Mar '16 6:23:57 PM Pichu-kun
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* Neko Musume has eclipsed ''Anime/GegegeNoKintaro'' outside of Japan. The series is one of the most famous anime in Japan and has numerous adaptations however its's [[AmericansHateTingle never made much of a splash elsewhere]], likely due to {{yokai}} being a very Japanese concept. Many people know Neko Musume's design but assume she's an original character unattached to any manga.
29th Feb '16 1:06:11 AM annette12
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* Marie the kitten from the 1970 film Disney/TheAristocats. While the film has gained mixed reviews by Disney fans and animation fans and the film isn't' forgotten . Marie appears to be one of the more memorable characters in the film and the representation of the film itself. This started sometime late 90's when Disney decided to create Aristocats merchandise featuring Marie. This even resulted in Marie replacing Thomas o'Malley as the icon of the film. Today you can find tons of Aristocats merchandise at any Disney Store and at the DisneyThemeParks. Let's not get started with her popularity in Japan.

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* Marie the kitten from the 1970 film Disney/TheAristocats.''Disney/TheAristocats''. While the film has gained mixed reviews by Disney fans and animation fans and the film isn't' forgotten . Marie appears to be one of the more memorable characters in the film and the representation of the film itself. This started sometime late 90's when Disney decided to create Aristocats merchandise featuring Marie. This even resulted in Marie replacing Thomas o'Malley as the icon of the film. Today you can find tons of Aristocats merchandise at any Disney Store and at the DisneyThemeParks. Let's not get started with her popularity in Japan.Japan.
* ''Disney/{{Tangled}}'': A few foreign adaptations have changed the title into "Rapunzel".
27th Feb '16 7:59:57 PM brb1006
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* Marie the kitten from the 1970 film Disney/TheAristocats. While the film has gained mixed reviews by Disney fans and animation fans and the film isn't' forgotten . Marie appears to be one of the more memorable characters in the film and the representation of the film itself. This started sometime late 90's when Disney decided to create Aristocats merchandise featuring Marie. This even resulted in Marie replacing Thomas o'Malley as the icon of the film. Today you can find tons of Aristocats merchandise at any Disney Store and at the DisneyThemeParks. Let's not get started with her popularity in Japan.
19th Feb '16 9:54:10 AM PaulA
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* Long John Silver from ''TreasureIsland''.

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* Long John Silver from ''TreasureIsland''.''Literature/TreasureIsland''.
2nd Feb '16 3:52:06 PM monkeyjb1988
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** Possibly a JustifiedTrope: all the films, possibly save for the [[EarlyInstallmentWeirdness first short]] all had a title card featuring the name "The Three Stooges". It's likely the card was meant as a title screen for the series just as much as a credit for the three stars.
31st Jan '16 12:18:04 AM annette12
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* ''Manga/UruseiYatsura'': The series is often called [[BreakoutCharacter "Lum"]] because the English manga used the title "Lum" with "Urusei Yatsura" written in small print under it. In some European countries, the series is actually ''re-titled'' and known as "Lamu" (Lum's name in the dub, taken from the Japanese pronunciation / spelling of "Lum", which is ラム). There was also a British dub of the early episodes (cropped into widescreen) called ''Lum the Invader Girl''.
* ''Manga/DoctorSlump'': The series is commonly referred to as "Arale" (or "the Arale manga"/ "the Arale cartoon") by most people. It makes sense since the name of the main protagonist (Arale) is obviously more iconic than ''the nickname'' of [[SecondaryCharacterTitle a secondary character.]] The original anime adaptation was officially titled ''Dr. Slump Arale-chan''.
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