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[[quoteright:300:[[Film/SnakesOnAPlane http://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/SOAP_poster.jpg]]]]
[[caption-width-right:300:[[WhatAnIdiot Maybe it's a light romantic comedy?]]]]

->''"Moviegoers who knowingly buy a ticket for '[[Film/TheMummyTrilogy The Mummy: Tomb of the Dragon Emperor]]' are going to get exactly what they expect: There is a mummy, a tomb, a dragon and an emperor. And the movie about them is all that it could be."''
--> -- '''Creator/RogerEbert's''' [[http://rogerebert.suntimes.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20080730/REVIEWS/198380357 review]]


A title should tell you what a movie, show, episode of a show or product is about or does. Sometimes, though, the premise or plot of the story is '''all''' right there in the title. That's when you can say that the story is '''Exactly What It Says On The Tin'''. Thus, this trope.

The names of action shows designed for children tend to have this as a distinguishing feature, [[BreadEggsMilkSquick as do many pornographic films]], but it certainly doesn't stop there.

Also shows up in naming; an object or organization that does exactly what its name says falls into this trope through sheer power of doing Exactly What It Says In Its Name.

The title comes from the long-running "Does Exactly What It Says On The Tin" TV advertising campaign for Ronseal Quick Drying Woodstain, a British product for staining wood, [[DepartmentOfRedundancyDepartment which is known to dry quickly]] (and other Ronseal products, but the woodstain was first). [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Does_exactly_what_it_says_on_the_tin More on which may be found]] at ThatOtherWiki.

Direct opposite of WordSaladTitle, but not necessarily mutually exclusive with it. Direct opposite of ''and'' mutually exclusive with NonIndicativeName.

See also InWhichATropeIsDescribed, a Victorian version of this trope. A SpoilerTitle or ExcitedTitleTwoPartEpisodeName may feature some degree of this. The characters might point out the thing with a TitleDrop. If a title is going for this kind of transparency in description, it may also be ShapedLikeItself; but ShapedLikeItself tends to fail at actually being descriptive in the way that ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin always is.

Contrast InNameOnly, ArtifactTitle. Compare MeaningfulName, ADogNamedDog.

This trope is only for titles or names given deliberately by authors or marketers. All Real Life Examples go in Titles or Advertising section. This is not a trope for the names of things in general.

'''When adding examples to this page, there are some notes to keep in mind:'''

* Just because it may be obvious to ''you'' doesn't mean it's obvious to everyone. That next door neighbor you never talk to? Tell her the title and see if she can give a one sentence description of the plot. If not, then the title is NOT Exactly What It Says On The Tin. '''This also means that if you feel the need to explain it, it probably isn't this trope.'''
* '''It isn't enough for the title to just be relevant or accurate''' -- ''everything'' meaningful has to be conveyed in the title. However, only the ''meaningful'' parts need to be in the title; the title doesn't have to be the entire script of the movie.
* Note: Many examples on this page actually do not qualify and we are in the process of slowly cleaning it up. Please help us by removing examples that don't fit when you see them.
* '''[[CaptainObvious Make sure you add title examples to "title examples", and in-universe examples to "in-universe examples".]]'''

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[[folder:Advertising]]
* [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1PiUoLyOa40 Ronseal]] Quick Drying Woodstain: TropeNamer, as its advertisement claimed it did what its name was - it dried quickly and was a woodstain.
* Kellogg's Sugar Frosted Flakes - as the box indicates, the full name is even more Exactly What It Says On The Tin: [[http://godsofadvertising.files.wordpress.com/2010/12/frostedflakes.jpg they're Kellogg's Sugar Frosted Flakes Of Corn]] used to be this at least in the USA and Canada, but the word "sugar" was dropped in the 1980s making it less of an example. There's also the frosting-free version, Corn Flakes. A lot of store-brand versions of popular cereals follow this trope.
* The product description of Nestlé's "Buncha Crunch" candy is "Bunches of crunchy milk chocolate."
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[[folder:Anime and Manga]]
* More than a few anime (''Anime/{{Naruto}}'' is a good example) have episode titles that are [[SpoilerTitle a little too indicative of what will happen]], and these titles are often mentioned in the already rather obvious [[OnTheNext previews of the next episode]].
** The Japanese version of ''Anime/DragonBallZ'' is particularly bad, with episodes such as "Here comes Satan's Army! Mr. Satan Gets Beat in one hit..." in which Mr. Satan tries to fight Cell, only to get beat in one hit, or "Pitiful Frieza Cannot Stop Shaking." in which [[CaptainObvious pitiful Frieza cannot stop shaking]]. This is probably because, due to fillers, very little happens in some episodes, and in addition, the Japanese episode titles are all [[http://www.myfavoritegames.com/dbz/DBZJap.htm really long]], so it's fairly common for the episode title to describe exactly what happens in the episode. It could also be because it is assumed that all the viewers has already read the manga so they just explicitly state when something will happen for example "Transformed At Last!! Son Goku, the Legendary Super Saiyan".
* Several GoNagai works had {{Crossover}} movies and mangas with titles pretty much informed those works' fans all they needed to know:
** ''Anime/MazingerZ vs Anime/{{Devilman}}''
** ''Anime/GreatMazinger vs UFORoboGrendizer''
** ''Anime/GreatMazinger vs Manga/GetterRobo''
** ''Anime/GreatMazinger vs Getter Robo G''
** ''Getter Robo vs Devilman''
* ''Manga/TriGun'': The subtitle on the manga says Deep Space Planet Future Gun Action! Try to guess what the series is about.
* ''Anime/DevilHunterYohko'' is about exactly what the title says. Yohko Mano is the 108th Devil Hunter in [[BadassFamily the Mano Family]] line. As such, it's her sacred duty to protect humanity from demonkind.
* ''Anime/GirlsUndPanzer'' is about... girls and panzer.
* ''Ping Pong the Animation''
* As surprising as it may seem, ''Main/JoJosBizarreAdventure'' is about a dude named [=JoJo=][[note]]Well, seven dudes and a chick named [=JoJo=][[/note]] who goes on a bizarre adventure.
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[[folder:Art]]
* Many abstract expressionism paintings do this, like Mark Rothko's [[http://www.markrothkopaintings.org/sienna-orange-and-black-on-dark-brown-by-mark-rothko/ Sienna, Orange, and Black on Dark Brown.]]
* ''[[http://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/creed-lightsonoff.gif The Lights Going On And Off]]'' by Martin Creed.
* [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dogs_Playing_Poker Dogs Playing Poker]]. It's a series of paintings of dogs that are playing poker.
* The [[http://snipurl.com/witem painting]] (originally, a [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:OriginalNipper.jpg photograph]]) ''Dog Looking at and Listening to a Phonograph''. Better known as ''His Master's Voice'', which is not indicative.
* EmanuelLeutze's paintings tend to be self-explanatory in titles:
** ''[[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Washington_Crossing_the_Delaware_by_Emanuel_Leutze,_MMA-NYC,_1851.jpg Washington Crossing the Delaware]]''
** ''[[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:BattleofMonmouth.jpg Washington Rallying the Troops at Monmouth]]''
* Most of the famous paintings tend to be known this way. ''Daffodils'' is a picture of some daffodils.
* [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Artist%27s_shit Artist's shit]] by Piero Manzoni, an Italian conceptual artist. The artwork consists of 90 tin cans aptly labeled: Artist's Shit, Contents 30 gr net, Freshly preserved, Produced and tinned in May 1961. Now that's an ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin.
* The "Rape Tunnel", a sequel to the artist's previous work, the "Punch You In The Face Tunnel", in which the artist constructed a tunnel, and would attempt to perform the specified action on anyone who walked through it. (Happily or sadly, the whole thing was actually a hoax; he never actually built either of them, just pretended he had.)
* "Girl with a Pearl Earring", by artist Johannes Vermeer is a painting of, well, a girl with a pearl earring.
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[[folder:Comic Books]]
* ''The Bad Art Collection''.
* The MarvelComics solicitation for the ''[[RecycledInSpace Space]] [[ThePunisher Punisher]]'' miniseries reads: "THIS BOOK IS EXACTLY WHAT IT SOUNDS LIKE!" There's also ''Comicbook/ThePunisherKillsTheMarvelUniverse''.
* ''[[MagnusRobotFighter Magnus Robot Fighter: 4000 A.D.]]'' is about a guy named Magnus who fights robots in the year 4000 A.D.\
* ''JohnnyTheHomicidalManiac'' is a horror comic about... a [[AxCrazy homicidal]] [[PsychopathicManchild maniac]] named [[FluffyTheTerrible Johnny]].
* In ''Comicbook/SexCriminals'', Suzie refers to the [[spoiler: totally silent, frozen-time post-orgasm world]] as "The Quiet".
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[[folder:Fan Fic]]
* ''[[FanficRecs/NeonGenesisEvangelion Shinji Just Snaps and Totally Wales on Everything.]]''
* ''[[http://www.fimfiction.net/story/37680/Fluttershy-Has-Tea-With-Jesus Fluttershy Has Tea With Jesus]]''
** There are a lot of fanfics with titles along the lines of "Character Does A Specific Thing."
* The premise of ''[[Fanfic/TotalDramaIslandByGilbertAndSullivan Total Drama Island, by Gilbert and Sullivan]]'' is, "What if Creator/GilbertAndSullivan had written ''WesternAnimation/TotalDramaIsland''?
* ''[[http://www.fimfiction.net/story/98095/vinyl-and-octavia-get-incredibly-drunk Vinyl and Octavia Get Incredibly Drunk]]''
** There's also a prequel, ''Vinyl and Octavia Machete Their Way Through The Jungle'', and three sequels, ''Vinyl and Octavia Are Forcibly Shipped'', ''Vinyl and Octavia Fight Ten Thousand Ninjas'', and ''Vinyl and Octavia Have Multiple Dates''.
* InUniverse example from ''Fanfic/RetroChill'': Dr. Brainstorm's "Defeat Current Dictator and Give User Control all at the Same Time" device.
* Basically any fanfic with a title such as "(number) Times (character) (action)".
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[[folder:Film]]
* {{Enforced|Trope}} in ''Film/SnakesOnAPlane''. It was originally only a working title. They eventually decided on 'Pacific Air Flight 121.' Contrary to popular belief, Creator/SamuelLJackson did not threaten to pull out if they didn't change it back, but he did strongly suggest they do so.
* ''Franchise/{{Godzilla}}'' films are generally titled with Godzilla's name and who he is fighting. [[JustHereForGodzilla Considering who the movies are aimed at]], that's all the relevant information there is.
* ''Film/HoboWithAShotgun''. A fake trailer in the ''Film/{{Grindhouse}}'' double feature (although seemingly limited to Canadian theatrical releases, for some illogical reason), you get exactly that. And about two minutes of sheer awesome ensues.
** There's also RobZombie's contribution, ''[[OurWerewolvesAreDifferent Werewolf]] [[FanService Women]] of the [[StupidJetpackHitler S.S.]]''.
** Both the Hobo with a Shotgun and Machete trailers eventually inspired [[{{Defictionalization}} actual films]].
* [[LeFilmArtistique Pop-culture auteur Andy Warhol]] was notorious for making films which nothing more than [[LeaveTheCameraRunning pointing a camera at the title subject for several minutes or even hours]], including one of the most famous TakeThat moments in film, a 70 minute ''magnum opus'' named ''Taylor Mead's Ass''. Others including ''Blow Job'' (35 minutes watching the facial expressions of a man receiving oral sex), and ''Sleep'' (five hours of watching John Giorno sleeping).
* Originally, the film ''The Longest Most Meaningless Movie in the World'' was an example of this: it's 48 hours of random stock footage. However, since then, even longer movies were made.
* [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/K_Foundation_Burn_a_Million_Quid Watch The K Foundation Burn a Million Quid]]: A documentary of the guys from [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_KLF The KLF]], also known as the K Foundation, which documents them burning a million pounds in banknotes.
* The titles of the "Ernest" series was never particularly ambiguous. ''Ernest Goes to Camp,'' ''Ernest Goes to Jail,'' ''Ernest Goes to Africa.'' Once memorably parodied on The Simpsons, with ''Ernest Goes Somewhere Cheap.''
* The long-running Finnish movie franchise ''UunoTurhapuro'' almost always had titles like these. For example, the movie where the titular character Uuno Turhapuro joins the Army is called ''Uuno Turhapuro in the Ranks of the Army'', the one where he moves to the countryside is called ''Uuno Turhapuro Moves to the Countryside'', and so on. The prize, however, goes to ''Uuno Turhapuro Loses His Memory'', and its sequel, ''Uuno Turhapuro's Memory Returns Bit by Bit''.
* ''Film/CowboysAndAliens'' - no further explanation necessary.
* ''Film/AlienVsNinja'' is about aliens fighting {{ninja}}s.
* ''Film/PennAndTellerGetKilled'', which Penn bemoans sort of hamstrung the duo into a ForegoneConclusion. Teller provides the FridgeLogic: "Why didn't we use different names?"
-->'''Penn:''' ... Damn!
* Kyle Kallgren of ''WebVideo/BrowsHeldHigh'' had this to say when describing ''Film/TrashHumpers''.
-->'''Kyle''': You're probably wondering what ''Trash Humpers'' is about. Well, you know how ''{{Theatre/Cats}}'' was about cats? ''(Cut to clip of "old men" humping trash bags.)''
* ''Film/SeekingAFriendForTheEndOfTheWorld'': it's the [[JustBeforeTheEnd end of the world]] and [[TheEveryman Dodge]] is seeking a friend.
* ''Film/BigAssSpider!'': It certainly is.
* ''Film/ProWrestlersVsZombies'': Yup, Pro Wrestlers battle Zombies.
* The 2008 version of The Women features a cast entirely of, well, women.
* There's a 1976 film about a massacre at Central High: ''Film/MassacreAtCentralHigh''.

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[[folder:Literature]]
* ''The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford''. (Later adapted into [[Film/TheAssassinationOfJesseJamesByTheCowardRobertFord a film by the same name]].)
* The title of ''An Almanac of Complete World Knowledge Compiled with Instructive Annotation and Arranged in Useful Order by Me, John Hodgman, a Professional Writer, in TheAreasOfMyExpertise, 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; Illustrated with a Reasonable Number of Tables and Figures, and Featuring the Best of "Were You Aware of It?", John Hodgman's Long-Running Newspaper Novelty Column of Strange Facts and Oddities of the Bizarre'' gives you a pretty good idea of what you're in for.
** There's also ''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'' '''MoreInformationThanYouRequire''' ''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 "[[TheyMightBeGiants The Deranged Millionaire]]"''. That's right, this book has a [[FootnoteFever footnote]] in the title.
* ''Literature/TheCityOfDreamingBooks'' by Creator/WalterMoers includes ''"A very short chapter in which not much is going to happen"''.
* In a similar vein, there's ''Conjuring: Being a Definitive Account of the Venerable Arts of Sorcery, Prestidigitation, Wizardry, Deception, & Chicanery and of the Mountebanks & Scoundrels Who Have Perpetrated These Subterfuges on a Bewildered Public, by James Randi Esq., a Contrite Rascal Once Dedicated to these Wicked Practices but Now Almost Totally Reformed''.
* On a different kind of arcane subject, ''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''.
* ''On the Origin of Species by Means of Natural Selection, or the Preservation of Favoured Races in the Struggle for Life'' by Charles Darwin
** Scientific works in general are likely to be this, although in older works there may be some elements of language marches on for modern readers. For example ''Philosophiæ Naturalis Principia Mathematica'' - Mathematical Principles of Natural Philosophy. 'Natural philosophy' is now referred to as science.
** ''Zur Elektrodynamik bewegter Körper'' - On the Electrodynamics of Moving Bodies. We now call the theory Einstein described in it special relativity.
* ''50 Simple Things You Can Do to Save the Earth''
* ''Travels through Italy containing new and curious observations on that country; particularly the Grand Duchy of Tuscany; the Ecclesiastical State or the Dominions of the Pope; the Kingdom of Naples; the Republics of Venice and Genoa; and other Italian states. Wherein the present state of those countries is accurately described, as to their different kinds of government, situation, extent, revenue, power, trade, manners, and customs; but more especially their ANTIQUITIES as temples, triumphal arches, pillars, baths, amphitheatres, aqueducts, catacombs, ruins, and public ways; as also their MODERN CURIOSITIES, churches, convents, palaces, villas, castles, forts, bridges and public roads. With the most authentic account yet published of capital pieces in PAINTING, SCULPTURE, & ARCHITECTURE that are to be seen in Italy: Including remarks on the ANCIENT and PRESENT STATE of ITALY, of the ARTS AND SCIENCES which have flourished the re, and of TASTE in PAINTING; with the characters of the principal painters, and other artists. By John Northall, Esq. Captain in his Britannic Majesty's Royal Regiment of Artillery. Illustrated with A Map of Italy, a route of this Tour, and several copperplates, engraved from drawings taken on the spot.'' (London: S. Hooper and S. Bladon, 1766)
* Children's authors seem to be quite fond of this trope: an eight-year-old student submitted the following review of ''The Boy Whose Mother Was A Pirate'' - 'It's about a boy and his mum and the boy's a boy and the mum's a pirate.'
* DavidDrake's short story collection ''Men Hunting Things'' and its sequel ''Things Hunting Men''.
* Loren Estleman's [[FanFic pastiche]] ''Franchise/SherlockHolmes Versus Dracula''.
* ''Literature/CharlieAndTheChocolateFactory'' takes it to a whole new level, to the point that MANY of the chapters [[InWhichATropeIsDescribed have a title]] that spoils the ensuing events. "Augustus Gloop Goes Up the Pipe" and "Mike Teavee Is Sent By Television" are just examples, and not the worst ones.
* ''The Book of Useless Information''. It's a book.. which contains useless information.
* The illustrated Japanese translation of ''Literature/{{Twilight}}'' was called ''The Boy Whom I Love Is A Vampire''.
* ''One Day in the Life of Ivan Denisovich'' by Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn. It describes one day in the life of a man. His name is Ivan Denisovich. 51,000 words.
* ''The Catcher Was a Spy: The Mysterious Life of [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Moe_Berg Moe Berg]]''. Yes, he was both a major league catcher and a spy--sometimes at the same time.
* Neil Gaiman wrote a poem called ''A hundred words to talk of death''.
* ''LatawnyaTheNaughtyHorseLearnsToSayNoToDrugs'' is indeed about a wayward equine who gets the DrugsAreBad [[{{Anvilicious}} anvil]] dropped on her.
* ''How to Make Love to Adrian Colesberry'' by Adrian Colesberry.
* One of the [[AllThereInTheManual supplementary books]] for the ''Literature/DeltoraQuest'' series is ''The Deltora Book of Monsters'', an illustrated book about Deltora's (and the [[{{Mordor}} Shadowlands]]) many monsters.
* In the ''Literature/{{Dragonlance}}'' Saga, many times there is this weapon mentioned called a 'Dragonlance.' A character by the name of Fizban tries to explain all he knows about this great mystical weapon by relaying, "It was a weapon similar to - no, it wasn't. Actually it was - no, it wasn't that either. It was closer to... almost a... rather it was, sort of a - lance, that's it! A lance!" He nodded earnestly. "And it was quite good against dragons."
** The leader of the original Companions was [[HalfHumanHybrid Tanis Half-Elven]], named so because the elves that raised him didn't know the name of his human father, and they would be ''[[FantasticRacism damned]]'' if they were going to give him the family name of his mother. Lampshaded when one of his new companions asked him why he wasn't named "Half-Human"?
* Australian children's author Paul Jennings has a book named "''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''" which, unsurprisingly, is about 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
* ''How to Avoid Huge Ships''.
* ''Literature/RomanceOfTheThreeKingdoms'' has this in its chapters. Take the one called "Xiahou Dun Plucks Out and Swallows His Wounded Eye". Guess what happens in this chapter.
* The titles of some books in ''Literature/TheBible'' leave no doubt as to their contents--in particular, Proverbs, Psalms, and Lamentations.
* ''Literature/HowNotToWriteANovel'' is about the many types of mistakes that one can make when writing a novel. Or to put it more simply, how not to write one (well).
* A collection of short stories by Creator/DavidFosterWallace called ''Brief Interviews with Hideous Men''.
* All chapter titles in AAMilne's ''Literature/WinnieThePooh''. The first one of the first book was called "In Which We Are Introduced to Winnie-the-Pooh and Some Bees and the Stories Begin", for crying out loud.
* Creator/CordwainerSmith's short story "Mark Elf" is a semi-aversion which doubles as a kind of StealthPun. The phrase "Mark Elf" does indeed appear in the story, but not in connection with anybody named Mark, elfin or otherwise. [[spoiler:It refers to a "Mark Elf" (German for "Model Eleven") man-hunter robot.]]
* The Big Dead Tree from ''Literature/TheTwits''.
* ''Super-Frog Saves Tokyo'' By HarukiMurakami is about how a super-powerful frog saves Tokyo. And no, it's not a trash story.
* Creator/RudyardKipling's "Lament of the Border Cattle Thief" is a poem about someone who crossed a border, stole cattle, got caught, and is upset about it.
* In Literature/{{Portlandtown}} the legendary Hanged Man is called that because he was hanged, and survived.
* The ''Literature/ProtectorOfTheSmall'' quartet has rather basic titles: ''First Test, Page, Squire'', and ''Lady Knight''. The plots: Keladry of Mindelan enters page training on probation, becomes a full page, then a squire, and finally a knight. (Given Kel's matter-of-fact personality, this rather fits her.) The series title counts too--Kel spends most of her time defending animals and people who are either physically small or overlooked by society, or both.
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[[folder:Live Action TV]]
* ''{{Frasier}}'' does this with a bunch of episode titles in which a former ''{{Cheers}}'' character shows up, with the episode title being "The Show Where [Sam / Diane / Woody] Shows Up".
* Some non-fiction programs with genuine titles such as ''The Man Whose Arms Exploded''.
** Often and very easily parodied, e.g. [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nGvH86wfrzk The Boy With An Arse For A Face]]
* Used to hilarious effect in ''Series/ItsAlwaysSunnyInPhiladelphia'' with the episode titles. For example, the [[TheTeaser cold open]] will be Frank hatching a dangerous scheme, but claiming that no one will get hurt. Cue the episode title, "Frank Sets Sweet Dee on Fire."
* The first-ever produced episode of ''ILoveLucy'' was entitled "Lucy Thinks Ricky is Trying to Murder Her." Bet you can't guess the plot.
** Most of the ''ILoveLucy'' titles are like that. Most likely back then, the writers figured no one but themselves would care about titles in a medium that a great many people still considered a passing fad. Why bother with clever titles?
* All episodes of ''Series/{{Friends}}'' have the form of "TheOneWith..." or "The One Where.." such as "The One Where Ross Meets Elizabeth's Dad"
* Most of Creator/CartoonNetwork's "[[NetworkDecay CN Real]]" block, most notably ''Destroy Build Destroy''.
* The overly long titles of the ''Series/ICarly'' skits. For titles like "''Pathetic Plays: (insert long title)''", "''The prisoner who wanted some soup and the man who refused to give him some''" and "''The cowboy with a mustache and the idiot farm girl who thought the mustache was a squirrel''", guess what the looping plot line of each skit is.
* ''Series/NameThatTune''. It's a game show where the contestants have to give the name of the tune that plays when given only a few notes. Most of the content is thus right there in the title.
* [[http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0079598/ The Mysterious Island of Beautiful Women]]. It's exactly the barely adequate movie-of-the-week material it sounds like.
* Guess what ''Series/OneThousandWaysToDie'' is about.
* Some episodes of ''{{Psych}}'' (known for having bizarre and quirky episode titles) fall under this category, eg: "Gus's Dad May Have Killed An Old Guy."
* ''Series/TheIncreasinglyPoorDecisionsOfToddMargaret'' is about .. the increasingly poor decisions of Todd Margaret. With absurdly long episode titles like "In Which Brent Wilts Arrives and Things Take a Turn for the Worse", it really couldn't be spelled out more.
* Several if not many episodes of ''Series/DoctorWho'', as well as a few of the gadgets. Helpfully {{Lampshaded}} in one instance by Jack, using the exact name of the trope to describe the defabricator.
* ''Series/ArrestedDevelopment'' has one of these when Michael opens a bag labeled "Dead Dove: Do Not Eat!".
-->'''Michael:''' I don't know what I expected.
* ''Series/{{Conan}}'s'' "[[http://p.twimg.com/Aq2n2mUCQAM2p_z.jpg Nick Offerman from]] ''ParksAndRecreation'' Reads Tweets from Young Female Celebrities."
* DogWithABlog. Even though the blog isn't that important on the show.
* ''Series/DancingOnIce'': the literalness of the title has been commented on by many, ''many'' people.
* A season 4 episode of ''Series/TheBobNewhartShow'' is titled "Bob Has to Have His Tonsils Out, So He Spends Christmas Eve in the Hospital".
* ''Series/OnlyFoolsAndHorses'': Del's idea for a film; "There is a Rhino Loose in the City". His explanation of the plot, unsurprisingly, makes no sense whatsoever.
* A lot of episode from the next-gen era ''Franchise/StarTrek'' episodes. (The original series usually went in for the poetic, literary, and/or symbolic.) "The Defector" from [[Series/StarTrekTheNextGeneration TNG]] was about a Romulan defector. [[Series/StarTrekDeepSpaceNine DS9]] had "The Jem'hadar" to introduce the Jem'hadar species (although it started going more towards [=TOS=] type titles in the later seasons). ''[[Series/StarTrekVoyager Voyager]]'' had "Day of Honor," the name of a Klingon ritual. ''[[Series/StarTrekEnterprise Enterprise]]'' had "The Forge," a desert on Vulcan that much of the episodes take place in.
** ''Voyager'' in particular had "Twisted" (in which the ship is twisted), "The Cloud" (in which the ship encounters a space cloud), "Jetrel" (which is about a guy named Jetrel), "Elogium" (in which Kes undergoes [[BizarreAlienReproduction her elogium]]), and "Tattoo" (in which Chakotay's tattoo is a major plot point).
--->'''[[Website/SFDebris Chuck Sonnenberg]]''': "I'm looking forward to more future episodes like this, like uh, '[[DarthWiki/WallBanger More Shit]]', '[[TheyJustDidntCare We've Long Stopped Caring]]', and '[[TakeThat Of COURSE We Don't Respect You]]'!"
* ''Series/SexSentMeToTheER'': It's series of stories about people who were injured during sex and had to go to the Emergency Room.
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[[folder:Medicine]]
* Many disorders are this, since it's helpful and descriptive. Long Latin names for illnesses are particularly notorious.
** "Lateral epicondylitis" aka "lateral epicondylalgia" is this trope, since it's an inflammation (-itis), and a very painful one (-algia) at that, with the lateral epicondyle tendon; but its common name of "tennis elbow" is partially a NonIndicativeName, since it isn't exclusive to tennis players, and isn't necessarily even a RSI.
** Similarly, many internal body parts are like this, too, making life much easier for anatomy and physiology students.
* [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chronic_fatigue_syndrome Chronic fatigue syndrome]] (ME), in which one is generally permanently tired with all or many of the effects that come with that.
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[[folder:Music]]
* Parodied by Music/WeirdAlYankovic's song, "This Song's Just Six Words Long"... do the math. The song itself is ''not'' an example; even the oft-repeated chorus is actually "This song ''is'' just six words long", which is already Exactly ''Not'' What It Says On The Tin. Why? Well, "seven" doesn't fit the meter.
** For Weird Al himself, the "Dare To Be Stupid" LP is inscribed with the phrase "More Songs About Television And Food". (This may be a ShoutOut to Music/TalkingHeads' album ''More Songs About Buildings and Food'', which was [[NonindicativeName not]] [[WordSaladTitle this trope]].
* The opening theme song for the ''It's Garry Shandling's Show'' by Joey Carbone, Garry Shandling and Alan Zweibel, starts
-->This is the theme to Garry's Show,\\
The opening theme to Garry's show.\\
Garry called me up and asked if I would write his theme song.\\
I'm almost halfway finished, \\
How do you like it so far? \\
How do you like the theme to Garry's Show?
And goes on in the same vein.
* Music/NoFX: "45 or 46 Songs That Weren't Good Enough to Go on Our Other Records". Fortunately the song ''Fuck The Kids'' wasn't meant literally.
** The weird thing is there's actually 47 songs.
* The compilation album ''Short Music for Short People''. The album features 101 songs by 101 artists, with an average song length of around 30 seconds.
** Said compilation includes the tune "Mike Booted Our First Song, So We Recorded This One Instead" by Mad Caddies.
* Much of the soundtrack to ''TheProposition'' consists of songs with titles like "Sad Violin Thing".
* A few of Music/TomLehrer's songs fit this trope.
** Obviously "TheMasochismTango".
** "Poisoning Pigeons in the Park"
** "I Hold Your Hand in Mine" [[spoiler:Just the hand, you understand, not the rest of her...]]
** "The Elements" - every chemical element known at the time, set to the tune of "[[MajorGeneralSong I Am the Very Model of a Modern Major-General]]".
* Music/PinkFloyd's "Several Species of Small Furry Animals Gathered Together in a Cave and Grooving With a Pict" is several species of small furry animals (a sped-up Roger Waters making animal noises) gathered together in a cave and grooving with a Pict (Waters again).
** Music/PinkFloyd once planned to release an album called 'Household Objects' consisting of music played entirely on household objects.
* ClassicalMusic in general loved this trope. Pachelbel's Canon is, in full, ''Canon and Gigue in D major for three Violins and Basso Continuo''. [[LudwigVanBeethoven Beethoven's]] works most commonly called the Eroica Variations (for their use in the Eroica Symphony) were in full ''Variations and Fugue for Piano in E flat major, Op. 35'', while his Opus 20 was ''Septet for clarinet, horn, bassoon, violin, viola, cello, and contrabass in E-flat major''. It's no wonder many classical works are simply referred to by composer, opus, and number.
** Music/GeorgeFredericHandel's "Music for the Royal Fireworks" was composed to be played at a royal gala. With fireworks.
* Country singer Kenny Price recorded "The Shortest Song in the World," which was 11 seconds long and consisted of a two-measure intro, followed by Price singing "This is the shortest song in the world." Believe it or not, it was the B side of a single.
** Ironically enough, it ''isn't'' the shortest song in the world: [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ybGOT4d2Hs8 this]] is.
* Likewise, one of Creator/PeterSellers's albums has a track called "Peter Sellers Sings George Gershwin", which consists of... Peter Sellers singing the words "George Gershwin".
* The state song of Maine is titled "State Song of Maine."
* PublicImageLtd (often abbreviated as [=PiL=]) once recorded an album that is simply named ''Album''. Depending on the format, the same album is also called ''Cassette'' or ''Compact Disc''.
** The band liked using this trope a fair amount. For example, the band's first album was aptly named ''First Issue''.
** The band's second album, originally packaged in metal film canisters, was named ''Metal Box''. After this initial run, the album was reconfigured and renamed ''Second Edition''.
** Also, their latest album, released in 2012, is called ''This is [=PiL=]''.
* Possibly inspired by the aforementioned PublicImageLtd album, the British record label Metalheadz released a compilation called ''Metalheadz Limited Edition CD Metal Box Set'', which is a limited edition CD that comes in, you guessed it, a metal box.
* Almost any album named ''{{Greatest Hits|Album}}'', especially if it's "[name of artist]'s Greatest Hits". Played with a bit in cases such as ''Greatest Hits Plus'' and ''Greatest Hits...and Then Some'' (''two'' albums with this name), which include previously unreleased songs.
* Similar to ''Greatest Hits'' compilations, almost any live album falls under this trope. (e.g. Johnny Cash's ''At Folsom Prison'', The Who's ''Live at Leeds'', Cheap Trick's ''At Budokan'', etc.)
* The Kentucky Headhunters released an album of soul music. What did they call it? ''Soul''.
* "[[LongTitle Three Minute Positive Not-Too-Country Up-Tempo Love Song]]" by Music/AlanJackson.
* Music/{{Apocalyptica}}'s debut album, ''Plays Metallica By Four Cellos,'' which has the band, at the time a quartet of cellos, playing Metallica covers.
* Music/{{KISS}}' "Rock and Roll all Nite" is a song about rocking and rolling all night.
* "Eleven Four" by the Dave Brubeck Quartet (actually by its saxophonist Paul Desmond) is in 11/4 time.
* As is "Take Five" by the same ensemble in 5/4 time. The recording of this song on the LP is the fifth take of the day.
* [[http://thereallyterribleorchestra.com/index.html "The Really Terrible Orchestra"]] in Edinburgh is a no-audition orchestra of really terrible musicians. When one of the player bios says the person is "too able" for the orchestra...
* Music/TheBirthdayMassacre have an example of this. When they were called Imagica, they had a song called... The Birthday Massacre. Which was, in fact, about a massacre on someone's birthday. (The song's now called Happy Birthday, for the record).
* Rihanna's "Russian Roulette" is not a metaphor about relationships, [[WordOfGod according to the songwriters]].
* The sound production company known as ''Epic Score.'' They are the guys that make trailers sound, well, [[http://www.epicscore.com/ epic.]] (I strongly recommend a low volume setting before following that link.)
* "4 Minutes" by Music/{{Madonna}} is [[RunningTimeInTheTitle 4 minutes long,]] and starts out with Timbaland rapping about how he's ''out of time'' and he's only got [[TitleDrop four minutes]]. [[CompletelyMissingThePoint He keeps on repeating the phrase for about 30 seconds.]]
* ''Crosby, Stills, Nash (and Young)'' consists of the members (surprise) David Crosby, Stephen Stills, Graham Nash, and Neil Young.
* Very similar is the briefly-existing band made up of certain former Yes members, Anderson Bruford Wakeman Howe. No prizes for guessing who the former Yes members were [[note]]Jon Anderson, Bill Bruford, Rick Wakeman and Steve Howe, of course![[/note]]
* "The Song With the Slow Part" by Portraits of Past is a bit of a subversion. It has a slow part, but so do so many other of their songs, so it's not exactly THE song with the slow part.
* "The Song That Never Ends" doesn't, [[LoopedLyrics since the lyrics are recursive.]]
* Several of the songs released by King Missile, including "the Little Sandwich that Got a Guilt Complex Because He was the Sole Survivor of a Horrible Bus Crash," and "the Boy Who Ate Lasagna and Could Jump Over a Church" are prime examples of this trope
* "Yeah" by Kyuss. The "song" is simply a brief recording of their singer saying "yeah."
* Teenage Fanclub have a best of called ''Four Thousand Seven Hundred And Sixty-Six Seconds'', which is 4766 seconds long.
* Squarepusher's NewSoundAlbum, "Solo Electric Bass 1." All the songs were played on an electric bass guitar without any other instruments, unlike the his trademark mishmash style of jungle, drum and bass, acid jazz, IDM, and experimental electronic music.
* Several songs from Fridge's Happiness album. Can you guess what instruments were used to make the songs Cut Up Piano & Xylophone, Tone Guitar & Drum Noise, or Melodica & Trombone?
* Fantomas Melvins Big Band were the members of Fantomas and the Music/{{Melvins}} joining together to play songs from their respective catalogs live. About the only way that this wasn't ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin is that they weren't ''that'' kind of [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Big_band Big Band]], just a rock band with a larger number of people on stage at the same time than is usual.
* Music/{{IOSYS}} has a song called "Tewi Inaba's Really Irritating About Four and A Half Minutes". It's 4:23.
* The ''State Anthem of the Soviet Union'' was... well, guess. The provinces of the USSR had similar anthems (such as the ''Anthem of the Lithuanian Soviet Socialist Republic'').
* Certain compilation albums on classical budget label Naxos. It's no surprise to see, for example, "Music for Solo Harp" containing... well, music performed on solo harp, or "2 Violins and 1 Guitar" containing music played on two violins and one guitar.
* The Nails' "Eighty-Eight Lines about Forty-Four Women" is eighty-eight lines long, and mentions forty-four different women.
* The early synth album ''Moog Plays the Beatles'' by Marty Gold. It's a synth album which is a [[Music/TheBeatles Beatles]] tribute.
* The Band From TV is a band made of TV actors.
* The t+pazolite song "256 Secondz World Tour" is a 256-second long song incorporating styles of music from different parts of the world.
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[[folder:Pinball]]
* A literal example appears in Creator/DataEast's ''Pinball/GunsNRoses'' pinball, where the "G" and "R" ramps are plastic ramps shaped like the letters G and R.
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[[folder:Professional Wrestling]]
* Steel Cage match, a match inside a steel cage.
* WWE's "Table, Ladders, and Chairs" matches. No points for guessing what 3 items are implemented in these.
* ''I Quit'' Match, get your opponent to say the words, and there are no count-outs, submissions, disqualifications, or pin-falls. [[CaptainObvious You Think]].
* Flag Match
** Jan. 20 2012 ''WWE Friday Night Smackdown'' during the Flag Match between Ted DiBiase, Jr., representing America, and Hunico, representing Mexico due to the Roulette wheel since it was in Las Vegas where Cole explains this.
-->'''Michael Cole''': ''The Rules are simple. You gotta climb the pole, grab the flag, and you win, right?''
-->'''Brooker T''': ''You just told them the rules''.
* Boiler Room Brawl, any guess where it takes place.
* Ring of Fire - a variation of the Inferno match, where the fighters are in the ring that is surrounded by fire. Luckily, the ring match allows pin-falls and submission, instead of setting someone on fire.
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[[folder:Radio]]
* I'm Sorry, I Haven't a Clue features a regular round called One Song to the Tune of Another. A big joke is made of the chairman's convoluted, and completely unnecessary, attempts to explain the rules.
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[[folder:Roleplay]]
* ''Roleplay/DestroyTheGodmodder'' is just that. There are little details, but the title sums up the essentials of the entire game. Destroy the godmodder.
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[[folder:Stand Up Comedy]]
* Invoked by Janeane Garofalo ("just as it says on the tin") in If You Will, regarding CakeFarts.com.
* Paula Poundstone's award-winning HBO show was called "Cops, Cats and Stuff". Guess what Paula talks about?
* Norm Macdonald has a DVD entitled "Norm Macdonald: Me Doing Stand-Up" is a good example.
* Jimmy Carr's live DVD titles are, in order of release: "Live", "Standup", "Comedian", "In Concert", "Telling Jokes", "Making People Laugh", "Being Funny", "Laughing and Joking". Which could be strung together as a single sentence describing all or any one of them.
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[[folder:Tabletop Games]]
* ''TabletopGame/{{GURPS}}'' stands for "Generic Universal Role-Playing System." This is a system to govern roleplaying games, in any genre, in any setting, and dealing with any subject matter. According to the creator, Steve Jackson, he intended to replace the term (originally a placeholder) with a more imaginative title and just couldn't think of anything.
* There is a French amateur tabletop RPG called Lycéenne JDR (HighSchoolGirlsRPG). It's a game in which you play girls in high school.
** And there is an extension called MagicalGirl, allowing you to play a MagicalGirlWarrior.
* In ''TabletopGame/YuGiOh'', there's a monster called a [[http://yugioh.wikia.com/wiki/Trap_Eater Trap Eater]] that eats, uhm, Traps. (That's how you summon it, you send an opponent's Trap Card to the Graveyard. In the anime, this is expressed by the monster literally eating the Trap.)
** There's also Negate Attack. I wonder what it could possibly do.
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[[folder:Theatre]]
* ''Theatre/WaitingForGodot''. That's it.
** Samuel Beckett, in general: among his other works are 'Act Without Words I' (an act without any spoken words), 'Act without Words II' (another act without any spoken words), Breath (a play just featuring the sound of someone breathing), 'Play' (a play), and 'Film' (you get the idea).
* ''"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"'' Yes, all that is the play's title, though among theater geeks (about the only people who have heard of it) it's usually just called Marat-Sade.
* There's a very off-off-off-broadway show called ''Naked Boys Singing''. Yep. That's it.
* A show advertised on this very wiki, ''Old Jews Telling Jokes''.
* ''A Coupla White Chicks Sitting Around Talking'': A description that could fit more than a few TV shows, as well.
* ''Cat out of the bag'' was a man releasing a cat from a bag.
* Dutch artist Wim T Schippers often uses this trope:
** He made a play called "1. don't smoke; 2. don't eat; 3. smoke; 4 eat". In this play, five men enter the stage four times. The first two times they don't do anything, the third time they smoke a cigarette and the fourth time they eat a sandwich.
** He is also the creator of the "Peanut Butter Floor" which is a floor entirely made out of peanut butter.
* Music/WolfgangAmadeusMozart's early {{opera}} ''The Abduction from the Seralgio.'' Plot: The main character is trapped in a seraglio and has to be abducted from it.
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[[folder:Video Games]]
* Early {{NES}} games, particularly sports or arcade titles such as ''Pinball'', ''Golf'' and ''Ice Hockey'' tended to be this.
** Even now, sports games almost invariably have titles in the format of ''[franchise] [sport] [year]''.
* ''VideoGame/YouHaveToBurnTheRope'' is a very short game whose goal, and essentially only gameplay (besides jumping) is stated in the title.
* The "Neverending Boss Battle" game on ''{{Neopets}}''.
* The parody game ''VideoGame/SmashingPumpkinsIntoSmallPilesOfPutridDebris''. Guess what the point of the game is.
* The [[InteractiveFiction IF]] game ''VideoGame/PickUpThePhoneBoothAndDie''.
* ''Crosswords DS'' is a game for the NintendoDS where you solve crossword puzzles. It's that simple.
* ''AwesomePossum Kicks Dr. Machino's Butt'' - And the ending is spoiled.
* ''VideoGame/ShovelKnight'' stars Shovel Knight, who is a knight that wields a shovel.
* ''VideoGame/SimCity'' simulates a city.
** ''Sim Tower'', ''Sim Earth'', ''Sim Ant''... actually in that one there's more than one ant.
* The PlayStation Network game "Supersonic Acrobatic Rocket-Powered Battle Cars"... Two guesses what it's about.
* ''VideoGame/RobotDinosaursThatShootBeamsWhenTheyRoar'' - other than the fact that they fly (which is not stated in the title), it's about what it says it is, and indeed they do shoot beams when they roar, that being their method of attack.
* ''Burn! Zombie! Burn'': You have to burn the zombie.
* ''VideoGame/RazingStorm'': "[[WreakingHavok Complete]] [[StuffBlowingUp Destruction]] [[GatlingGood Machine]] [[MoreDakka Gun]] Game". Couldn't have said it any better.
* ''Color a Dinosaur'' for the NES. Guess what you have to do in it? In fact, guess what's the ONLY thing you can do in it?
* The PSP minis game ''A Space Shooter for 2 Bucks!'' It's a ShootEmUp, and it only costs $1.99 U.S.
* ''VideoGame/TheKillingGameShow''.
* VideoGame/DuckHunt. You hunt down ducks. And that's it. That's all you do. Well, unless you play the "clay pigeon" round, which is separate.
** ''Turkey Shoot'' for the Wii. It's so simple it got terrible reviews for its severely limited gameplay. ALL you do, is shoot turkeys.
* A Bat Triggered The Sensor That Activates The Defense Systems And Has To Use The Arrow Keys To Escape.
* ''VideoGame/ShootManyRobots''. You'd be ''sorely'' mistaken if you thought you would only be shooting just a couple of robots in this game.
* ''Cow Clicker''
* ''VideoGame/DiveKick''. All you need to know is that there are two buttons, a button for diving and a button for kicking.
* ''VideoGame/CutTheRope''. Guess what [[BigEater Om Nom]] does?
* The names of a few arcs from Franchise/WhenTheyCry does this mixed with SpoilerTitle:
** From VisualNovel/HigurashiNoNakuKoroNi we have the Atonement Arc (Tsumihoroboshi-hen) [[spoiler: where Keiichi remembers his actions from Abducted by demons arc (Onikakushi-hen) and ask for forgiveness]] and the Massacre arc (Minagoroshi-hen) [[spoiler: where everyone in the village is massacred by the BigBad, Takano, and her troops]]. The Eyeopening arc (Meakashi-hen) can also be this on a meta level since it reveals the truth about the cottondrifting arc (Watanagashi-hen) and is the first of the answer arcs.
** From VisualNovel/UminekoNoNakuKoroNi we have the [[spoiler: End of the Golden Witch where Beatrice dies]] and the [[spoiler: Requiem of the Golden Witch where Beatrice (or at least the concept of her) is buried]].
* ''VideoGame/{{Borderlands 2}}'':
** There's a sidequest called "Shoot This Guy In The Face". The quest consists of... shooting the quest-giver in the face. [[note]]Yeah, it's literally required to shoot in him... in the face. Hitting him otherwise [[PlotArmor does not kill him]].[[/note]]
** There's another sidequest called "Kill Yourself", in which the BigBad pays you to jump off of a cliff.
* The early Creator/ElectronicArts game ''VideoGame/PinballConstructionSet'', which was a construction set for creating DigitalPinballTables.
* ''VideoGame/BillNyeTheScienceGuyStopTheRock'' has several:
** MAAX, the Meteoroid And Asteroid eXploder, [[RedundancyDepartmentofRedundancy explodes meteoroids and asteroids]].
** Impending Dumé, the killer asteroid currently headed on an unchallenged trajectory towards Earth. Also crosses over with PunnyName and MeaningfulName.
* In Chamber of Emptiness in ''VideoGame/PokemonXAndY''. It does have two items in it at first, but once they are gone, it's just an empty chamber.
* ''VideoGame/TheFloorIsJelly'' has its entire game world wobble and jiggle about as the protagonist moves around on it like... well, jelly.
* ''VideoGame/TenMinuteSpaceStrategy'' is a simplistic space strategy game in which normal paced games usually don't last more than 10 minutes.
* ''VideoGame/PlantsVsZombies'': in which plants fight zombies.
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[[folder:WebComics]]
* ''{{Drowtales}}'' is all about drow and the tales of their kingdom and race.
* ''Webcomic/BrawlInTheFamily'' has a strip titled: [[http://brawlinthefamily.keenspot.com/2012/04/11/400-the-history-of-nintendo/ The History of]] ''Creator/{{Nintendo}}''.
* ''FloatingHenryRollinsHeadHaiku'' is a webcomic featuring HenryRollins's floating head, written entirely in {{haiku}}. [[http://www.phancy.com/fhrhh/archive.php?comic=20000822 Find it here.]]
* Pages of ''Webcomic/GirlGenius'' are named in groups. Examples of these titles include "Gil deals with it", "Monster Horse Beastie" and "Barfight, also Higgs" (the latter reintroducing [[ImplacableMan Airman Higgs]] in the middle of a bar fight).
* Back when ''Webcomic/ElGoonishShive'' had titles, some of them were this. Examples include: "[[http://www.egscomics.com/?date=2002-01-21 First Comic]]", "[[http://www.egscomics.com/sketchbook/?date=2002-07-02 Tedd and Grace Embrace]]", "[[http://www.egscomics.com/?date=2002-12-08 Ellen Transformed by Her Own Beam Blows Up the Goo With the Tamashii Gekido]]" and "[[http://www.egscomics.com/?date=2003-11-10 Nioi Arrives Via Portal to the Main Universe]]".
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[[folder:Web Original]]
* ''Roleplay/SurvivalOfTheFittest'': See [[http://z10.invisionfree.com/SOTF_V2/index.php?showtopic=2997&view=getnewpost The One Where Gabe Dies]], which is the one where Gabe dies. [[spoiler: Gabe [=McCallum=],]] to be specific.
* The [[VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaTwilightPrincess Midna]] fan forum/site [[http://wantmidnaback.com/forum/index.php Want Midna Back]] is a forum created and visited by Midna fans who... well, weren't pleased by her final scene.
* The [[http://www.catsinsinks.com/ Cats In Sinks]] website.
** And the [[http://upsidedowndogs.com/ Upside Down Dogs]] website.
* An Instagram called [[http://instagram.com/catzwithbowties/ Catz With Bowties]] is about pictures of cats with bowties on.
* The [[http://uk.youtube.com/user/blendtec?ob=4 "Will it Blend?"]] series of Youtube videos involve a man putting objects in a blender to see if they will blend.
** Subverted slightly in that they're actually a series of commercials to show that a particular brand of blender ''will'' blend pretty much anything. "Blendtec Blenders Can Blend [X]" would be more nearly ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin.
** [[http://www.youtube.com/user/JPizzle1122 Is It A Good Idea to Microwave This?]] involved putting things into a microwave to see if it's a good idea.
* [[http://brokershandsontheirfacesblog.tumblr.com/ The Brokers With Hands On Their Faces Blog]].
** See also [[http://sadguysontradingfloors.tumblr.com/ Sad Guys on Trading Floors]].
* BadassOfTheWeek features articles about [[BadAss badasses.]] Updated weekly.
* [[http://www.catsthatlooklikehitler.com Cats That Look Like Hitler]]
* [[http://menwholooklikeoldlesbians.blogspot.com/ Men Who Look Like Old Lesbians]]
* [[http://www.japanesebirdcookingspaghetti.com Japanese Bird Cooking Spaghetti]]
* [[http://womenlaughingalonewithsalad.tumblr.com/ Women Laughing Alone With Salad]]. Stock photos of... you get the idea.
* The programming blog at [[http://www.delphi.org delphi.org]] features a regular podcast about Delphi programming. Its name? "The podcast @ delphi.org"
* [[http://www.howstuffworks.com How Stuff Works]] is a website dedicated to showing you... well... how stuff works.
** And websites such as [[http://www.howtobakeapotato.com HowToBakeAPotato.com]] show you how to.... well, you know.
* [[http://oldjewstellingjokes.com Old Jews Telling Jokes]]
* The "Free Boobs" test on OKCupid refers to this trope by name in its description,
* [[http://www.yousuckatcraigslist.com You Suck at Craigslist]] actually uses the trope as its subtitle.
* [[http://www.wariofartsonpokemon.com/ Wario Farts On Pokemon]]. Showing screenshots of [[VideoGame/WarioLand Wario]] farting on every Franchise/{{Pokemon}} in [[SuperSmashBrothers Brawl]], for the humour value.
* [[http://www.leekspin.com Leekspin.com]]. It's about spinning a leek.
* [[http://www.arcadebomb.com/play/robot_dinosaurs_that_shoot_beams_when_they_roar.html Robot Dinosaurs That Shoot Beams When They Roar]].
* [[http://uncyclopedia.wikia.com/wiki/AAAAAAAAAA AAAAAAAAA!]]
* FiveSecondFilms. They're films that are five seconds long.
* ''TheAnnoyingOrange'' counts too!
* There's a story on a NSFW site whose title is simply the name of its main character. It's the ''blurb'' which takes the cake: "[character name] has a lot of sex."
* [[http://mymhm.tv/ Movies You May Have Missed]] is about MoviesYouMayHaveMissed.
* Many of Jon Lajoie's videos, such as both parts to [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Eiv0MOLSd_Q Pointless]] [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PFoEKcf01qs Profanity]] and the [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8MMc3f588yc Breathing Commercial]].
* [[http://metroid2remake.blogspot.com/ AM2R]] or, Another {{Metroid}} 2 Remake. I wonder what it's similar to...
* [[http://www.kongregate.com/games/raitendo/you-only-live-once You Only Live Once]]: In this flash game, you only have one life. [[spoiler: PERIOD. When you press 'continue', you just see the consequences of your death. Reloading the game to try again only shows grass growing on your grave.]]
* [[http://pauladeenridingthings.com/ Paula Deen Riding Things]] It even lampshades this in the subtitle of the website.
* [[http://www.sometimesredsometimesblue.com/ Sometimes Red, Sometimes Blue]]. Each color has a 50% chance of being chosen.
* There's a Brazilian Website/{{Tumblr}} named "[[http://ateismoepeitos.tumblr.com/ Atheism and Breasts]]" (NSFW), which shows atheist quotes and pictures of boobs.
* There's a Youtube channel called "[[http://www.youtube.com/user/cookingwithdog Cooking with (a) Dog]]". The banner says "It's not what you think..."[[note]]That is, not ''cooking dogs''[[/note]], except it's ''exactly'' what you think - cooking. With a dog, who is also the narrator.
* A great many Wiki/{{SCP|Foundation}} objects are EXACTLY what they say on the tin. The [[http://scp-wiki.wikidot.com/scp-682 Hard-To-Destroy Reptile]], [[http://scp-wiki.wikidot.com/scp-882 a Machine]], [[http://scp-wiki.wikidot.com/scp-115 a Miniature Dump Truck]], [[http://scp-wiki.wikidot.com/scp-513 a Cowbell]], [[http://scp-wiki.wikidot.com/scp-028 Knowledge]], [[http://scp-wiki.wikidot.com/scp-387 living LEGO]], [[http://scp-wiki.wikidot.com/scp-668 the 13 Inch Chef's Knife]], [[http://scp-wiki.wikidot.com/scp-447 a Ball of Green Slime]]...
* There's a Tumblr called [[http://animalstalkinginallcaps.tumblr.com Animals Talking In All Caps]], and it's exactly what you'd expect. It's even lampshaded.
* The infamous [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=23Te7QAsH6w "Yelling At Cats"]] [[WebVideo video]]. Do not watch if you are a cat-lover.
* In July of 2012, [[{{Seinfeld}} Jerry Seinfeld]] started a web series where he picks up a fellow comedian in a classic car and they go to get coffee. What's it called? "''WebVideo/ComediansInCarsGettingCoffee''."
* [[WebOriginal/MediaInUno Media In Uno]] is EXACTLY what you think it is. Media. With uno card enacting.
* The podcast ''[[http://matescast.tumblr.com Mike and Tom Eat Snacks]]'' is about Michael Ian Black and Tom Cavanagh eating and rating snacks.
* Similarly, the podcast "[[http://www.kuec.libsyn.com Kevin and Ursula Eat Cheap]]" is about a guy named Kevin and his girlfriend Creator/UrsulaVernon eating (and then rating) cheap (often pre-packaged) foods.
* What do you call a collection of photos of Kim Jong-Il looking at various things? [[http://kimjongillookingatthings.tumblr.com/ Kim Jong-Il Looking at Things]]. Helpful captions identifying what he is looking at are also provided.
* ''WebVideo/MicrosoftSamReadsFunnyWindowsErrors'' is about a Speakonia voice who reads funny Windows errors.
* ''Blog/RainbowDashReadsHomestuck''. Granted, there's a bit more to it then that, but that's the core of the tumblr.
* Todd and Rap Critic talk about "Accidental Racist" is a video with ToddInTheShadows and TheRapCritic talking about the BradPaisley song "Accidental Racist"
* ''WebVideo/WhyMyLittlePonySucks'' is a show about a guy who thinks ''MyLittlePony'' sucks and explains why.
* In episode 35 of ''WebVideo/TheAutobiographyOfJaneEyre'', Liz Reed introduces and later sings a song she wrote. It's called "I hate you, leave me alone".
* Website/IndieGameMagazine is an online magazine devoted to {{Indie Game}}s.
* [[http://amirunningxp.com AmIRunningXP.com]] is a site that tells you whether or not you are running Windows XP.
* Website/WeirdSSBFanfics reads Weird SuperSmashBrothers fanfiction.

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[[folder:Western Animation]]
* The ''WesternAnimation/SouthPark'' episode "Kenny Dies".
* In the ''SpiderMan'' CompilationMovie ''Doctor Doom Conquers the World'', Doctor Doom... conquers... the world.
* One episode of ''WesternAnimation/BatmanBeyond'' is called "Terry's Friend Dates A Robot". Guess what it's about?
* [[WesternAnimation/VeggieTales And now it's time for Silly Songs With Larry, the part of the show where Larry comes out and sings a silly song.]]
** One particular episode of ''WesternAnimation/VeggieTales'' had a short segment entitled [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eiH6_JxJc0E "The Englishman Who Went Up a Hill and Came Down Again With All the Bananas."]] I wonder what it's about?
* ''ClerksTheAnimatedSeries'' '''''loved''''' doing this. Every episode title describes what happens and [[LongTitle gets progressively longer]] with each title.
* ''HulkVs'', which is [[ComicBook/TheIncredibleHulk Hulk]] versus the other guy in the title ([[ComicBook/TheMightyThor Thor]] or {{Wolverine}}).
* ''WesternAnimation/BeastWars: Franchise/{{Transformers}}'' revolves around two factions of robots who turn into animals, and the combat between them.
* Likewise, ''WesternAnimation/TransformersRescueBots'' is about a team of transforming emergency-response robots.
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!! InUniverse Examples:

[[folder:Anime and Manga]]
* ''Manga/MahouSenseiNegima'' has Jack Rakan, who has [[IHaveManyNames many names]]. Two of which are "The Thousand Blades" and "[[OverlyLongGag That Damn Guy You Can Stab With Swords All You Like And It Won't Do A Thing, Dammit.]]" These two names really tell you all you need to know about his fighting style.
* In the ''{{Mazinger}}'' series:
** ''Anime/MazingerZ'' has such weapons like RocketPunch, Drill Missiles, Iron Cutter or [[FreezeRay Freezing Beam]]. [[FemBot Aphrodite A's]] signature weapon is [[TorpedoTits Breast Missiles]].
** ''Anime/GreatMazinger'' is armed with the Great Typhoon, Great Boomerang and Navel Missile.
* One of the [[MorphWeapon swords]] in ''Anime/RaveMaster'' is named "Explosion". Guess what it does?
* ''[[Manga/MagicalRecordLyricalNanohaForce Mahou Senki Lyrical Nanoha Force]]'' manga give Subaru a new defensive melee weapon called [[TrickedOutGloves Sword Breaker]] that proves its effectiveness by breaking a sword.
* ''Anime/PanzerWorldGalient'': The titular HumongousMecha is a TransformingMecha with two modes: robot and Falcon Flight Form. The name describes exactly what it is and what it looks like.
* An episode of ''Anime/{{Pokemon}}'' had the heroes facing a gang that says, "We are a band of Diglett thieves known as The Band of Diglett Thieves!" When the heroes mock their name, the gang replies, "We used to have a cooler name, but those old fools could never remember it!"
* ''Manga/TwelveBeast'' has Eita Touga's weapon of choice (aside from his PSP and tablet): the Gigas Slayer, a magical gauntlet capable of slaying the nigh-indestructible Gigas.
* ''Manga/{{Bleach}}'' has the Final Getsuga Tensho. Which [[TheHero Ichigo]] [[ExplainingYourPowerToTheEnemy explains how it works]] to [[BigBad Aizen]]: he places every last bit of his power into a single attack, and in exchange [[DePower loses all of his power]]. Permanently. [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin That's why it's called "final".]]
** Earlier on, there was a character who bragged about a power that he called the "Infinite Slick", which lets him expel a limitless quantity of slippery fluid from his mouth. [[TemptingFate Subverted in that he runs out immediately after explaining this.]]
* ''Anime/PuellaMagiMadokaMagica'': [[ManipulativeBastard While it's a complete ass for not saying something]], you can see Kyubey's point when it fails to understand the girls' confusion when it turns out their '''Soul''' Gem is literally their [[SoulJar soul, removed from their body, given physical form as a crystal]]. [[OurLichesAreDifferent The implications then start to sink in...]]
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[[folder:Comic Books]]
* Parodied in Evan Dorkin's ''ComicBook/BillAndTedsExcellentComicBook'': When Bill and Ted take [[TheGrimReaper Death]] to see ''PlanetOfTheApes'', he asks "What's this movie about?" "Dude," answers Bill; "it's about a planet of apes!"
* The best example from DC comics would probably be Dogwelder. He welds puppies to people.
** A fair number of DC's villains, as well. Captain Boomerang uses boomerangs, the Fiddler plays a violin, the Toymaker makes ([[HappyFunBall high-explosive]]) toys.
* Lampshaded with Speed from Marvel's ''YoungAvengers:''
--> '''Patriot''': I'm sorry: "Speed"?
--> '''Speed''': Nice fit, don't you think?
--> '''Hawkeye''': What's wrong with "Speed"? It tells you everything you need to know in one syllable.
* Marvel loves this trope,
** [[Characters/TheMightyThor The Asgardian Enchantress]]: Yes, she's an Asgardian, and ''[[HelloNurse very]]'' [[ScrewTheRulesImBeautiful much]] [[WorldsMostBeautifulWoman yes]], [[HotWitch she]] ''[[FavorsForTheSexy is'']] an [[FemmeFatale Enchantress]].
** [[{{X-Force}} Dead-Girl]]: She's a dead girl.
** Flat-Man: He's a flat man.
** Giant-Man: He's a giant man.
** Gorilla-Man: He's a man who is now a gorilla.
** [[Comicbook/FantasticFour Invisible Woman]]: She's an invisible woman, though the name doesn't mention her forcefield powers. However, it was the full extent of her powers when first created and named, the forcefields came later.
** Sand-Man: He's a man made of sand.
** Speed: He has speed powers.
** [[Comicbook/{{X-Factor}} Strong Guy]] is a strong guy.
** Two-Gun Kid: He was a kid with two guns. Now, he's a young adult...with two guns.
** [[ManOnFire Human]] [[Comicbook/FantasticFour Torch]]: [[IncendiaryExponent is on fire]].
** ComicBook/SilverSurfer: He's silver, and he rides on a surf board.
** Subverted with Skrull-spy-who-has-gone-native-and-is-now-a-hero, The Crusader, who emphatically tells his protegé ''not'' to use a name which suggests your power set (and weaknesses). Freedom Ring... whose powers were derived from his ring... really should have listened.
* And from DC:
** Man-Bat
** The MetalMen
** [[TheFlash Captain Cold, the Mirror Master, and Weather Wizard.]] It's like they did it on purpose.
** Abra Kadabra. Apparently it's not even an alias, but his ''actual name''.
*** Also, pretty much his entire power-set.
** MartianManhunter: is a Martian that hunts down bad guys.
** GreenArrow: dresses in green and shoots arrows.
** ''Comicbook/BlackLightning'': a black guy who can control lightning.
** ''Comicbook/{{Deadman}}'': His super-power is that he's dead [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Deadman]]
* The ''ComicBook/{{Legion of Super-Heroes}}'' members Lightning Lad, Bouncing Boy, and Matter-Eating Lad.
* One of the supporting characters in the {{Grimjack}} comic went by the name Goddess. It was eventually shown that she was indeed one, specifically from one of the African myths.
* No prizes for guessing what animal Alexander Lemming from ''TheBeano'' is. Also from TheBeano Roger the Dodger who as the name suggests tries to dodge things mainly work.
* ''Comicbook/DoomPatrol'' has had a few of these: The Chief is the leader of the team, Robotman is a man who became a robot, Danny the Street is a sentient street called Danny, and Beard Hunter is a guy who hunts for... Well, take a guess.
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[[folder:Fan Works]]
* "Fanfic/BrendansPokemonAdventure" is about the main character Brendan going on a Pokémon Adventure.
* "Operation Spy on the Slimy Girl" from ''Fanfic/CalvinAndHobbesTheSeries''.
** "Calvin's Never Before Eaten Foods" from "Help Wanted" as well.
* ''WebAnimation/TurnaboutStorm'' has [[WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic Twilight's]] ''How to Be a Lawyer in 24 Hours''. Of course, being conveniently titled [[YeOldeButcheredeEnglishe is one of its lesser "features"]].
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[[folder:Film]]
* [[InvokedTrope Invoked]] in HBO's [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Conspiracy_%282001_film%29 Conspiracy]] by Otto Hofmann, Chief of the SS Race and Settlement Main Office, who after introducing his title self-consciously adds "we deal with matters of race and settlement."
* The following conversation from ''{{Snatch}}'' shows that sometimes a nickname can be exactly what they say on the tin.
-->'''Tony:''' Boris?!! As in Boris the Blade? As in Boris the Bullet Dodger?\\
'''Avi:''' Why do they call him the Bullet Dodger?\\
'''Tony:''' ''(pauses, gives Avi a look)'' Because he dodges bullets, Avi.
** Used similarly (and humorously)in ''LuckyNumberSlevin'': "Why do they call him the boss?" "Why do they call you the Rabbi?" "Why do they call him The Fairy?"
** Used similarly in ''LockStockAndTwoSmokingBarrels'', with "Nick the Greek" who is...Greek.
* Boris Blavasky, a.k.a Boris TheButcher from ''TheManWhoKnewTooLittle'', in both senses. He is a hitman famous for brutal and messy hits by night. By day, he is the owner and proprietor of a butcher's shop.
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[[folder:Literature]]
* ''CaptainUnderpants and the Invasion of the Incredibly Naughty Cafeteria Ladies from Outer Space (and the Subsequent Assault of the Equally Evil Lunchroom Zombie Nerds)'' Most of the other Captain Underpants books also qualify or come close; for example, ''Captain Underpants and the Perilous Plot of Professor Poopypants.''
* Parodied by Creator/TerryPratchett, who in his ''Literature/{{Discworld}}'' novels mentions a book ''How To Kille Insects''. This is [[DoorStopper a big and heavy book,]] used for hitting insects with...
** ''Discworld/UnseenAcademicals'' parodies the trope with the following conversation:
-->'''Hix:''' A lot of really interesting stuff happened under the Evil Emperor.\\
'''Glenda:''' Evil stuff.\\
'''Hix:''' Yes, that was rather the point. Evil Emperor. Evil Empire. It did what it said on the iron maiden.
** In ''Discworld/{{Snuff}}'', it's invoked again when describing the troll Detritus' converted siege weapon crossbow, the piecemaker, "which could, as it were, do what it said on the box."
** All of Leonard of Quirm's inventions, such as "the going under the water safely device".
* The Ashenden spy stories by Sommerset Maughan featured a character called 'The Hairless Mexican'
--> "Why?"
--> "Because he's hairless and because he's a Mexican"
* In ''{{Literature/Doom}}: Knee-Deep in the Dead'', Fly and Arlene are coming up with ReportingNames for the monsters they fight. Fly asks for a suggestion for the flying skulls he's fought and Arlene's response is "flying skulls". Fly misunderstands it as a question, confirms that he's seen flying skull monsters, and asks again for a suggestion. Arlene's response:
-->"''Flying skulls'', you lamebrain! Call 'em as you see 'em."
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[[folder:Live Action TV]]
* Said word-for-word in a first season episode of the new ''Series/DoctorWho'' by Captain Harkness
--> '''Captain Harkness''': Okay, "Defabricator." Does exactly what it says on the tin.
** Done again by Rory Williams.
-->'''Amy''': (after being shrunk) What was that?
-->'''Rory''': Some kind of miniaturization ray.
-->'''Amy''': How do you know that?
-->'''Rory''': Well, there was a ray and we were miniaturized.
* Lampshaded on ''Series/WhoseLineIsItAnyway'' before a particular performance of the game Foreign Film Dub:
--> '''Drew''': If you were a Ukrainian action film director, what would the name of your action film be?
--> '''Someone in audience''': ''Action in the Ukraine''!
* ''Series/BabylonFive'' has the "pain givers".
* Lampshaded in ''Series/TheKidsInTheHall'' sketch about an Ex-Girlfriends Relocation Program. "It's complicated, so allow me to explain. The Ex-Girlfriends Relocation Program is a program that relocates ex-girlfriends. ...Gee, I guess it wasn't that complicated."
* In the second episode of ''Series/ArrestedDevelopment'', Michael discovers a bag in the fridge labeled "Dead Dove: Do Not Eat". After looking in the bag he delivers his classic response: [[MemeticMutation "I don't know what I was expecting."]]
** Also, Tobias is a "nevernude", and when Michael finds this out, he asks, "Is that exactly what it sounds like?"
* Also this happened on ''Series/WizardsOfWaverlyPlace'', where they even outright stated, "In the Wizarding worlds people name their children what they want them to grow up to be." This episode included a tutor named Tutor. This didn't always work, though.
* In ''Series/{{Blackadder}}'' one hopes for Prince George's sake that Blackadder's play "Thick Jack Clot Sits In The Stocks And Gets Pelted With Rancid Tomatoes" ''isn't'' an example of this trope, since Blackadder wants him to play the title role.
* In an episode of ''Series/{{Seinfeld}}'', Elaine is at a video store trying to find something to rent and picks one up called "The Pain and the Yearning". She turns it over to read the synopsis on the back: "An old woman experiences pain and yearning."
* The ''BillNyeTheScienceGuy'' episode about heat had [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=d9ERLHfDK5I a few clips]] featuring a big sweaty guy called Big Sweaty Guy. The show itself could be seen as an example of the trope, since it was presented by Bill Nye and about science.
* In ''Series/ToddAndTheBookOfPureEvil'' there is a book that is called "The Book of Pure Evil". Guess what it does. This is lampshaded many times after everything goes wrong and someone has to ask something along the lines of, "What did you think would happen when reading from something called "The Book of Pure Evil?""
* Spoofed in the Gerry Anderson pilot SpacePolice (which was later reworked as SpacePrecinct): the villain, Mr. Big, is based out of a nightclub called "Mr. Big's Secret Hideout" which is covered with neon signs and arrows indicating same.
* Del's idea for a film in ''Series/OnlyFoolsAndHorses'': "There is a Rhino Loose in the City". Unsurprisingly, his explanation of the plot makes no sense whatsoever.
* StarTrekTOS's mirror universe had an handheld device called an agonizer and a booth called the agony booth which were used to punish crew members.
* In the famous ''Series/MontyPythonsFlyingCircus'' sketch, "Crunchy Frog", a police officer recommends taking the trope UpToEleven.
-->'''Mr. Milton:''' It says "Crunchy Frog" quite clearly [on the box].
-->'''Officer:''' The superintendent thought it was an almond whirl...I must warn you that in future, you should delete the words "Crunchy Frog" and replace them with the legend, '''"Crunchy Raw Unboned Real Dead Frog"''' if you want to avoid prosecution.
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[[folder:Music]]
* Parodied: An early ''SaturdayNightLive'' [[LampshadeHanging hung a lampshade]] on this trope by having Frank Sinatra (played by Joe Piscopo) trying to update his image by recording an album with tunes that the young people would enjoy. The title of the album? ''Frank Sings Tunes The Young People Will Enjoy''.
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[[folder:Newspaper Comics]]
* Parodied in ''ComicStrip/MyCage''. When buying [[ISOStandardUrbanGroceries more generic groceries]], Norm asks what's in the box labeled "Food".
* [[NoIndoorVoice LOUD HOWARD]] from ''ComicStrip/{{Dilbert}}''
* ''ComicStrip/CalvinAndHobbes'': When Calvin assigned to give a report on a newspaper article, he chooses: "Space alien weds two-headed Elvis clone."
-->'''Calvin''': Actually, there's not much left to explain.
* In one comic of ''Tina's Groove'', Chef Carlos begs the waitresses to help him by telling the plot of a movie, because last night he told his girlfriend he was out watching a movie when he really wasn't.
-->'''Tina''': What was the movie?
-->'''Carlos''': ''Snakes On A Plane''.
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[[folder:Stand Up Comedy]]
* Invoked by comedian Ed Byrne as an introduction to a series of jokes about religion and homosexuality: 'Let me explain what God Hates Fags are about, for those of you who didn't know what to expect from ''Film/SnakesOnAPlane''. "Hmm, I haven't been this mystified by the title of a film since ''[[Film/TheMummyTrilogy The Mummy Returns]]''!"'
* Australian comedian Steve Hughes tells a joke claiming that this trope is the attitude Australians have towards naming most of the things in their country, citing examples such as the Sydney Harbour Bridge ("It's a bridge, it's in Sydney, and it spans the harbour!"), the Snowy Mountains and the Great Sandy Desert ("Took us ages to think of a name for that!"), the states South Australia and Western Australia, and the Northern Territories.
* Eddie Izzard's take on horror films: "It's like those people who go camping in millions of films."
--> '''Person 1''': Lets go camping in The Forest of Death and Blood
--> '''Person 2''': Whoa, Whoa, Whoa. Whoa. The Forest of Death and Blood, isn't there a story behind that name?
--> '''Person 1''': Why yes, if one goes there they die of death and blood.
--> '''Person 2''': I'll pass on this...
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[[folder:Tabletop Games]]
* For every ''TabletopGame/DungeonsAndDragons'' monster with an obscure or entirely nonsensical name, there's another one or two monsters that's exactly what it says on the tin--take a wild guess what Blooddrinker Oozes, Invisible Stalkers, or Flame Snakes do.
** [[MixAndMatchCritters Owlbears]]. They're...bears...with owl heads. You can't get more tinny than that.
** Many demons and devils - especially ones like the chain devil and arrow demon.
** The infamous "Brain-In-A-Jar"?
** Same goes for prestige classes: for every Initiate Of The Sevenfold Veil and Green Star Adept, there's a Frost Mage or Exotic Weapon Master.
** This can get particularly amusing when players, upon encountering a strange monster for the first time, start referring to it by a name that turns out to be what it's actually called in the Monster Manual.
** In 4.0, many of the Magic Items are this. Cloak of Invisibility, Vicious Weapon, Supremely Vicious Weapon, Horned Helm, just to mention a few, are exactly what they sound like.
** The standard Ring of Invisibility allowed its wearer to become invisible. The joke Invisible Ring, on the other hand, was itself invisible.
** Likewise, in 3.0, there was an item called "Ring of Death Immunity". It's a magic ring that makes the wearer immune to Death. Not Death Effects. Death. Also qualifies as a Game-Breaking Powerup.
* Plenty of ''TabletopGame/MagicTheGathering'' cards follow this trope, some of the more notable examples include ''Counterspell'' and various creature names (i.e. ''Elf Warrior'').
* The Troubleshooters in ''TabletopGame/{{Paranoia}}''. They find trouble, and shoot it.
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[[folder:Video Games]]
* ''VideoGame/BrutalLegend'' features a special attack called Face Melter. It causes enemy's faces to melt.
* Jagex is apparently fond of this trope, given some of the quest and area names in ''VideoGame/RuneScape''. The Goblin Village is a village... with goblins. Dragon Slayer is a slaying quest that involves, yep, a dragon. Black Knight Fortress... eh, you get the idea.
** In the new skill Dungeoneering, when you mouse over the list of end of dungeon awards, you get information about that award. If you were unfortunate enough to get "Most deaths" and them mouse over it, the trope name appears.
** The trope name appears on another item, fungicide. Examining the item gives this: "Does exactly what it says on the tin (kills fungi)".
* In ''VideoGame/{{Diablo}} 2'' if you click on a shrine labeled "exploding shrine", it... explodes. Same with poison shrines are poisonous.
* The goal of ''VideoGame/DontShitYourPants'' is to, well, get to the restroom without shitting your pants.
* The powers from ''VideoGame/{{Prototype}}''. Claw gives Alex WolverineClaws. Hammerfist turns his fists into "hammers" to pummel things with. Whipfist gives him a whip-ish long reach. Blade is a [[{{BFS}} Big Fucking]] BladeBelowTheShoulder. Musclemass boosts the size of his muscles. Shield gives him a [[LuckilyMyShieldWillProtectMe Shield]]. Armour gives him InstantArmor. Disguise allows him to disguise as [[ImAHumanitarian consumed victims]].
* ''VideoGame/GuildWars'' has quite a few skills that fall under this trope. Just guess what "Heal Party", "Heal Other", and "''Can't Touch This''" do.
* A character in ''VisualNovel/AceAttorneyInvestigationsMilesEdgeworth'' is called [[PunnyName Deid Mann]]. [[CaptainObvious Guess what?]]
** In ''PhoenixWrightAceAttorney: [[ColonCancer Justice For All]]'', after finding out that a murder has just occurred, the titular character talks to someone over a two way who calls them self, "De Killer"...[[spoiler:he's the murderer.]] MakesSenseInContext as [[spoiler:he's an assassin.]]
* ''MarioAndLuigiPartnersInTime'' -
-->'''Toadsworth''': "I've dubbed this the Bros. Ball. Why, you ask? Because you are bros. And you form a ball."
* Many spell names in the older English ''VideoGame/DragonQuest'' ( pre-''VIII'') localizations. Heal heals some HP. You can probably guess what Healmore and Healall do. Sleep puts an enemy group to sleep. The first game is especially {{egregious}}, calling your offensive spells Hurt and Hurtmore (later games changed these to Blaze and Blazemore).
* ''VideoGame/{{Quake}}'': The Ogre Citadel is full of Ogres. The Underearth is mostly [[UndergroundLevel underground]]. The Sewers is a DownTheDrain level. Azure Agony uses mostly [[DeliberatelyMonochrome blue textures]].
* In ''VideoGame/TheElderScrollsIVOblivion'', the Imperial City has a shop called Rindir's Staffs. It's owned by a Bosmer named Rindir. He sells staffs. Imagine that.
* ''VideoGame/NeverwinterNights2'' has a [[AxCrazy completely batshit insane]], [[LargeHam gloriously hammy]] monk named Ribsmasher. His moniker pretty much sums up his character: he is completely and utterly obsessed with smashing ribs.
* ''VideoGame/{{Hellsinker}}'' is so loaded with [[CallAHitPointASmeerp proprietary terminlogy]] (even the ''options menu and exit command'' have unique names!) that this trope is the exception rather than the rule. "Kill" is how many enemies you've destroyed. "Timer" is how much time has passed within the stage. "Life" is your [[VideoGameLives lives]]. "Subweapon" is your alternate weapon.
* Some ''VideoGame/{{Doom}}'' levels are this. Particularly Doom II: "Entryway" is the entrance both of the spaceport and of the game. In "The Gantlet" one has to fight through swarms of monsters.[[note]]"Gantlet" is an archaic term from the Swedish "gantlopp" or "gantlope" (lane); over time it got merged with the French-derived "gauntlet" (long glove) and is now usually spelled that way.[[/note]] "The Crusher" prominently features a crushing celing. "Dead Simple" is a very simple level -- and if you're not careful [[PunnyName you will end up dead]]. "Tricks and Traps" is full of nasty surprises. "The Pit" is built around a huge pit. "The Living End" is the last non-boss level.
* ''VideoGame/WildStar'' has the Path system, divided into four distinct professions: the Soldier, who kills hostiles and handles security; the Explorer, who maps out the world, finds underground systems and hidden paths, and goes on surveillance/recon missions; the Scientist, who studies, re-purposes, and hacks the flora, fauna, and forgotten technology on Nexus; and the Settler, who builds their respective faction's infrastructure like buff stations, transportation, and supply caches.
[[/folder]]

[[folder:Web Animation]]
* ''WebAnimation/BananaNanaNinja''
* ''TheDementedCartoonMovie'' has a lot of these: the Auto Romeo Maker, the Kamikaze Watermelon, the Make-The-World-Blow-Up Button, Mr. Large Generic Blunt Object, the Crash-Yourself-Into-A-Brick-Wall Race, etc.
* The Pointless Button in the ''{{asdfmovie}}'' series [[spoiler: is completely pointless]].
* The hosts of ''WebAnimation/DeathBattle'' give a LampshadeHanging on the equipments in ''VideoGame/{{Strider}}'' being a little too descriptive with their names when going through Strider Hiryu's profile in his match against [[VideoGame/NinjaGaiden Ryu Hayabusa]].
--> '''Wiz''': He uses his Medical Tech to [[HealThyself heal wounds]]. The Climb Sickle to, [[WallCrawl well, climb]]. The Jump Tech to... [[InASingleBound jump... higher]].\\
'''Boomstick''': I guess they don't have a Thesaurus at the ninja school.
* Mister Brave from ''WebAnimation/DusksDawn'' has bravery as his element, as he gallops through a storm to save Star Whistle.
[[/folder]]

[[folder:Web Comics]]
* ''Webcomic/GirlGenius'':
** In the not-quite-canon story ''The Heterodyne Boys and the Dragon from Mars'',
--->'''Bill:''' I never thought I'd have to use this.\\
'''Dr. Mongfish (reformed):''' "Ocean in a bottle"? What's that?\\
'''Bill:''' Truth in packaging.
** A book titled ''Using Found Objects as Weapons'' gets [[ThrowTheBookAtThem used as a weapon]], to beat a [[{{Determinator}} particularly persistent enemy]] upside the head. The tome strikes with the sound effect [[UnsoundEffect TOME!]]
** In ''Revenge of the Weasel Queen'', Agatha uses a [[http://www.girlgeniusonline.com/comic.php?date=20070910 De-arming Device]]. It does exactly that, [[AnArmAndALeg cutting the arms off Agatha's opponent]].
** DoubleSubverted with in the story "[[http://www.girlgeniusonline.com/comic.php?date=20100519 Maxim Buys a Hat]]". Because a Jäger's hat is a badge of honor, [[http://www.girlgeniusonline.com/comic.php?date=20100521 one does not simply buy a hat]], one has to earn it by taking it from a worthy enemy; the story ends with Maxim tricking [[{{Badass}} Ol' Man Death]] [[http://www.girlgeniusonline.com/comic.php?date=20100611 into selling him his hat]].
* ''Webcomic/PennyArcade'', regarding [[http://www.penny-arcade.com/comic/2007/2/5/ The Time Machine]].
* There is a moment in ''DaisyOwl'' when her teacher meets her father, Mr. Owl.
--> '''Teacher''': I didn't expect you to be an actual owl...
* ''Webcomic/QuestionableContent'', while not an example in itself, has a few:
** The FillerStrips character Yelling Bird, whose only purpose is to yell obscenities at the author.
** Hannelore's father (who lives in space) owns a spaceship named Spaceship, and a space station named Station. Station explains that Hannelore went through an "overly descriptive phase," and the names stuck.
-->'''Hannelore:''' I called my dad "[[MadScientist Science]] Daddy" until I was seventeen.
* In ''Webcomic/TheWayOfTheMetagamer'', there's a town called "Townwithanequipmentstoreaplacewithmapsandatavernofcourse". Guess which three things are located in said town.
* In ''Webcomic/{{Homestuck}}'', troll movies are apparently named this way, due to the troll civilization being so old that all the good movie titles are taken.
-->CG: WHEREIN NUMEROUS VIGILANTES CONFRONT PERIL; ONE OF THEM BETRAYS THE OTHERS; (BUT IT TURNS OUT TO BE PART OF THE PLAN ALL ALONG);
-->CG: SEVERAL ATTRACTIVE FEMALE LEADS PROVOKE ROMANTIC TENSION; FOUR MAJOR CHARACTERS WEAR UNUSUAL HATS; ONE HOLDS PLOT-CRITICAL SECRET;
-->CG: 47 ON-SCREEN EXPLOSIONS, ONE RESULTING IN DEMISE OF KEY-ADVERSARY; 6 to 20 LINES THAT COULD BE CONSTRUED AS HUMOROUS;
-->EB: wait...
-->EB: this is the title?
-->CG: IT GOES ON.
* Over at Webcomic/SluggyFreelance we have the [[http://www.sluggy.com/comics/archives/daily/120329 self-destruct button]]. HilarityEnsues
* ''Webcomic/{{Xkcd}}'' suggested [[http://xkcd.com/311/ an all-action action movie]] called "[[{{Series/Firefly}} River Tam]] Beats Up Everyone."
* In Chapter 3 of ''{{Paranatural}}'', Isaac wears a T-shirt with "CLOTHING" written across it. Clothing-brand clothing.
* ''Webcomic/BasicInstructions'' features a superhero named Rocket Hat. Guess what his superpower is.
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* ''The Things Dr Bright Is Not Allowed To Do At The Foundation'' lists all the things Dr. Bright is not allowed do with or to other SCP Objects or SCP Foundation personel. There's 251 items on the list. A few of the items on the list reference out-of-universe stuff like D&D, My Little Pony, the Game, etc. so readers don't need to be ''completely'' SCP savvy to enjoy reading the list.
** ''Things Mr. Welch Can No Longer Do in an RPG'' ([[http://theglen.livejournal.com/16735.html starting here]]) is a collection -- initially around 250, but now over 2000 -- of similar examples ranging from outrageous powergaming to even more outrageous silliness that the titular Mr. Welch is prohibited from doing with an RPG charcter.
* ''WebVideo/DoctorHorriblesSingAlongBlog'' has the Evil League of Evil, led by Bad Horse. He's bad. And a horse.
* The Dutch Gamesite named Gamekings once had an item named: A look into the kitchen of Rockstar (which besides the literal meaning means something like: A look behind the scenes of Rockstar) Little did viewers know that they indeed showed the kitchen of the Rockstar studios.
* In ''AVeryPotterMusical'', the incantations for most spells are like this. For example, the spell to produce an indian burn is "Indian Burn Hex!"
* The [[ShowWithinAShow Dangeresque trilogy]] from WebAnimation/HomestarRunner features a henchman called Killingyouguy, whose task is to kill you. Incidentally, he's a guy.
* Parodied by WebVideo/TheCinemaSnob, when he comments on a film titled ''Death Bed: The Bed That Eats'', that he and everybody else in the world should know what to expect. [[spoiler: Turns out it's an artsploitation flick with pretensions of seriousness and relatively minimal gore. It ''does'' have a bed that eats, at least.]]
* One episode of ''AgentsOfCracked'' has Swaim being asked to make a Facebook for the site, and he assumes this trope is in effect. The result screams, faintly, in its bloody box. They end up having an intern make "the other kind" of Facebook instead.
* Subverting this is something of a meme on 4chan, where users will deliberately misname images as a joke (e.g. a .gif of Jackie Chan punching a guy will be labeled as "Bruce Lee Practices a [[Franchise/KamenRider rider kick]]," and the like).
* A sketch by LoadingReadyRun mentions the film ''ThreeHundred [[ParallelPornTitles People Having Sex]]''. Pretty straightforward, even for porn.
* ''Website/{{Cracked}}'' readers retitle movies in this manner in [[http://www.cracked.com/photoplasty_130_if-movie-titles-were-honest/ If Movie Titles Were Honest]].
* Kneecapper from SuperAcademy, who wields a sledgehammer. Now consider that he's an [[GoodIsNotNice aspiring superhero...]]
* Some of [[Wiki/TVTropes this wiki's]] trope titles.
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* ''WesternAnimation/FamilyGuy'': There's quite a few
** "Asian reporter Tricia Takanawa", she's Japanese to be exact but seriously do they care about that.
* ''WesternAnimation/KimPossible'': "Dr. D's Brainwashing Shampoo and Cranium Rinse".
* ''WesternAnimation/SouthPark'':
** Some of the news reporters are people like "a Hispanic Man with Some Gravy Stains on his Lapel", or "Midget Wearing Bikini".
** There was also a reporter who was introduced by the anchor as "a normal-looking guy with a funny name" (his name is shown as "Creamy Goodness").
* Some examples from ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons'':
** [[GroinAttack "Hans Moleman Productions Presents:]] [[Film/ManGettingHitByFootball Man Getting Hit By Football"]].
** "Bin Laden in a Blender." It delivers what it promises.
** At a drive-in, Bart and Homer watch ''The Monster that Ate Everybody''.
** Krusty once introduced a ShowWithinAShow titled ''Trans-Clown-o-Morphs'' that was about, as the theme song described, "transforming clowns that morph".
** Naturally parodied.
-->'''Karl''': Hey, I heard we're goin' to Ape Island.
-->'''Lenny''': Yeah, to capture a giant ape.
--> '''Carl''': I wish we were going to Candy Apple Island.
-->'''Charlie''': Candy Apple Island? What do they got there?
-->'''Carl''': Apes. But they're not so big.
** Averted with Monster Island. It's really a peninsula.
** Almost every "[[OperationBlank operation]]" is named this way:
*** Operation Strike Make Go Longer
*** Operation X-Mas Remind of How Good Is
*** Operation Judge Get Back At
*** [[AvertedTrope Exception]]: [[WordSaladTitle Operation Hoyven-Mayven]]
** Played with when Sideshow Bob explains to a parole board that the prison book club to which he belongs actually consists of prisoners who club him with books.
* In the ''WesternAnimation/LooneyTunes'' short "[[WesternAnimation/DuckDodgersInTheTwentyFourthAndAHalfCentury Duck Dodgers in the 24½th Century]]", Dodgers smugly says that Marvin the Martian can't shoot him with a disintegrator since he's wearing a disintegration-proof vest. The vest does not disintegrate. Duck Dodgers does. He gets better, though.
** Immediately afterwards, Dodgers retaliates with his own disintegrating pistol. He pulls the trigger, and ''[[LiteralGenie the gun]]'' [[LiteralGenie crumbles into powder]]. "Well, what do you know... it disintegrated."
* In one episode of ''WesternAnimation/TinyToonAdventures'', a troll challenges Buster to face three trials. In the second trial, the troll says he must fight the "Three Guys who Charge at You With Spears and Fall Off a Cliff". Guess what happens next.
* The entire cast of ''TheMrMenShow'' can be defined by their names: Mr. Happy, Mr. Strong, Miss Helpful, etc.
* ''TheSmurfs'' are a good example of this. Each smurf's name reflects their personality. Grouchy Smurf is grouchy, Handy Smurf is handy, Papa Smurf is their, well, papa.
* ''{{Minoriteam}}'' had a villain named "Racist Frankenstein." He dressed like a WASP but is in all other ways exactly what you'd expect. Also featured Dirty Cop, a living pile of grime on the police force, Loophole, a scurrulous rope tied into a loop, the Corporate Ladder, a business-minded ladder, and White Rapper, a white rapper.
* Some examples from ''WesternAnimation/PhineasAndFerb'':
** ALL of Dr. Doofenshmirtz's '-inators' minus his first, which was simply called the 'Inator'. {{Lampshaded}} in one episode when he mentions that he hasn't quite figured out the name for his new machine and goes through various obvious names (The 'Who's-laughing-now-inator!) and mentions it'll be something with the 'inator' suffix.
** "The Wrapped-Up-In-a-Nice-Little-Bow-inator! I bet you're wondering what it does?"
** Lampshaded heavily in [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vdJtnVVAN8o this song.]]
** The song "Platypus Fight". Three guesses as to what it's about.
* ''TheTick'' has the Evil Midnight Bomber What Bombs At Midnight. Guess what he does and when?
* The Museum of Dangerous Books and Papers from ''ComicBook/{{The Amazing Screw-On Head}}''
* An episode of ''WesternAnimation/YinYangYo'' features toy glasses with toothed metallic "jaws" called "Eyebiters." They [[spoiler: bite the wearer's eyes.]]
* ''Disney/TheGreatMouseDetective'' was going to have the title "Basil of Baker Street". When the title changed, Peter Schneider sent [[http://photos1.blogger.com/blogger/4081/2333/1600/WDPNewTitles_large.1.jpg a gag memo]] to the animation department suggesting to rename the entire Franchise/DisneyAnimatedCanon at the time as thus[[labelnote:*]]Note that ''Disney/SaludosAmigos'', ''Disney/TheThreeCaballeros'', ''Disney/MakeMineMusic'', ''Disney/FunAndFancyFree'', ''Disney/MelodyTime'', ''Disney/TheAdventuresOfIchabodAndMrToad'', and ''Disney/TheManyAdventuresOfWinnieThePooh'' aren't referenced.[[/labelnote]]:
** ''[[Disney/SnowWhiteAndTheSevenDwarfs Seven Little Men Help a Girl]]''
** ''[[Disney/{{Pinocchio}} The Wooden Boy Who Became Real]]''
** ''[[Disney/{{Fantasia}} Color and Music]]''
** ''[[Disney/{{Dumbo}} The Wonderful Elephant Who Could Really Fly]]''
** ''[[Disney/{{Bambi}} The Little Deer Who Grew Up]]''
** ''[[Disney/{{Cinderella}} The Girl With the See-Through Shoes]]''
** ''[[Disney/AliceInWonderland The Girl In the Imaginary World]]''
** ''[[Disney/PeterPan The Amazing Flying Children]]''
** ''[[Disney/LadyAndTheTramp Two Dogs Fall In Love]]''
** ''[[Disney/SleepingBeauty The Girl Who Seemed To Die]]''
** ''[[Disney/OneHundredAndOneDalmatians Puppies Taken Away]]''
** ''[[Disney/TheSwordInTheStone The Boy Who Would Be King]]''
** ''[[Disney/TheJungleBook A Boy, A Bear and a Big Black Cat]]''
** ''[[OddNameOut Aristocats]]''
** ''Disney/RobinHood [[RecycledInSpace With Animals]]''
** ''[[Disney/TheRescuers Two Mice Save a Girl]]''
** ''[[Disney/TheFoxAndTheHound A Fox and a Hound are Friends]]''
** ''[[Disney/TheBlackCauldron The Evil Bonehead]]''
* Recess' Lawson always names things this way, such as renaming Fort Tender to Fort Fort, naming a submarine "Sub", and naming his soccer team "The Winning Guys" (who did, in fact, win the tournament at the end of the episode).
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