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[[caption-width-right:350:Bet you'll never guess what this one's called. From a series by C. M. Coolidge.]]

->''"Moviegoers who knowingly buy a ticket for 'Film/TheMummyTombOfTheDragonEmperor' 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 [[Wiki/{{Wikipedia}} That Other Wiki]].

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 Exactly What It Says On The Tin always is. AdjectiveNounFred titles easily lend themselves to this.

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.'''
* As a rule of thumb, for this trope to apply to a work you generally need a [[PizzaBoySpecialDelivery paperthin]]/[[NoPlotNoProblem non-existent]] plot, an overly descriptive title, or both.
* '''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".]]'''


!!Title Examples:


* [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1PiUoLyOa40 Ronseal]] Quick Drying Woodstain: {{Trope Namer|s}}, as its advertisement claims it does what its name is -- it dries quickly and is a woodstain.
** The german company Lugato does this quite a lot. They offer products like "BAD-SILICON WIE GUMMI"[[note]]The person inventing the names has possibly never found out how to disengage the caps lock key.[[/note]] ("bathroom-silicone like rubber"), "TROCK'NE MAUER SILICON-IMPRÄGNIERUNG" ("dry wall silicone finish", a finish to keep walls (masonry) dry) or "WEISSES HAUS KUNSTHARZ ROLLPUTZ 0,5 MM" ("white house synthetic resin roll-on plaster 0.5mm" obviously makes your house white and has a thickness of half a millimeter[[note]]No, that is not the german paint which is used for the White House - this comes from Keimfarben (based in Diedorf near Augsburg in Germany). Also, the White House is not really white.[[/note]]).
* 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. Averted in other markets where they are simply known as "Frosties".
* The product description of Nestlé's "Buncha Crunch" candy is "Bunches of crunchy milk chocolate."
* UsefulNotes/McDonalds Ranch Chicken BLT, is a chicken sandwich with bacon, lettuce, tomato and ranch sauce.
* There's a popular restaurant in UsefulNotes/{{Philadelphia}}'s Reading Terminal Market called "Dutch Eating Place". As long as you're aware that "Dutch" means "Pennsylvania Dutch" (i.e. [[NonindicativeName German]]) and what that entails (and if you're in Philly, you should, and if you don't you should learn), there's nothing else you need to know about it.
* Commonly used by budget brands, where the packaging would just state something like "Peanut butter" or "Toilet paper". Also demonstrated by [[https://xkcd.com/993/ xkcd]].
* Standardized products also fall under this. "Whole Milk, Vitamin D Enriched, Grade A" tells you exactly what it is. Any visible branding is simply there to tell you where it came from.

[[folder:Anime & Manga]]
* All of the episode titles for ''LightNovel/{{Baccano}}'' are ''very'' straightforward. For example:
** "The Vice President Doesn't Say Anything about the Possibility of Him Being the Main Character" (Episode 1)
** "Ladd Russo Enjoys Talking a Lot and Slaughtering a Lot" (Episode 4)
** "The Rail Tracer Covertly, Repeatedly Slaughters Inside the Coaches" (Episode 6)
* 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 excessive 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 whenever something will happen for example "Transformed at Last!! Son Goku, the Legendary Super Saiyan".
* Mamoru Hosoda's films tend to be self-explanatory with their titles, what with them being called ''Anime/TheGirlWhoLeaptThroughTime'', ''Anime/WolfChildrenAmeAndYuki'', and ''Anime/TheBoyAndTheBeast''.
* Several Creator/GoNagai works had {{Crossover}} movies and mangas with titles pretty much informed those works' fans all they needed to know:
** ''Anime/MazingerZ'' vs ''Manga/{{Devilman}}''
** ''Anime/GreatMazinger'' vs ''Anime/UFORoboGrendizer''
** ''Anime/GreatMazinger'' vs ''Manga/GetterRobo''
** ''Anime/GreatMazinger'' vs ''Getter Robo G''
** ''Devilman'' vs ''Getter Robo''
%%* ''Manga/KoreWaKoiNoHanashi'' is a manga about a love story.
* ''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 panzers.
* ''[[Manga/PingPong Ping Pong the Animation]]''
* ''Anime/WitchHunterRobin'' is about a girl named Robin who hunts witches.
* Ditto with ''LightNovel/VampireHunterD''.
* ''Anime/CombatMechaXabungle''. The main HumongousMecha is named Xabungle. It frequently engages in combat.
* ''Manga/FutsuuNoJoshikouseiGaLocodolYattemita'', "Ordinary High School Girls Tried Being Local Idols."
* ''Manga/MissKobayashisDragonMaid'' is about a dragon who works as a maid for a woman named Kobayashi.
* ''Manga/SgtFrog'': The Swedish title, ''Keroro, Grodan Från Rymden'' (Keroro, the frog from space).
* ''Manga/MsKoizumiLovesRamenNoodles'' stars a girl with the surname Koizumi, and features her obsession with ramen.
* ''LightNovel/InAnotherWorldWithMySmartphone''. The protagonist [[DiabolusExMachina is killed by God]] and [[TrappedInAnotherWorld sent to another world]]. Guess what he gets to bring with him.
* ''Anime/BikiniWarriors''. Not much room for interpretation. It's mostly an ad for a figurine series of the same name.

* 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.]]
* Most of Franz Marc's paintings are this, especially his animal paintings, for example the ''[[http://www.lenbachhaus.de/blog/wp-content/uploads/2015/01/Blaues-Pferdchen-Kinderbild_720.jpg Small blue horse]]''. A notable exception is also his most famous (and lost) painting, ''[[https://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/7/7f/Franz_Marc_029a.jpg The Tower of Blue Horses]], where the title is an analogy to the composition of the painting, as the (blue) horses are arranged in a tier to the right of centre, towering over each other.
* ''[[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.
* Creator/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 example.
* 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.
* JMW Turner, whose paintings included "Slave Ship (Slavers Throwing Overboard the Dead and Dying, Typhoon Coming On)", "The Fighting Temeraire Tugged to Her Last Berth to Be Broken up", and "The Battle of Trafalgar, as Seen from the Mizen Starboard Shrouds of ''the Victory''". It does not take a genius to figure out what's being depicted.

* Invoked by Creator/JaneaneGarofalo ("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?
* Creator/{{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.
* Joshua Ladgrove:
** His 2015 Melbourne International Comedy Festival Show, "Joshua Ladgrove Talks at You for 52 Minutes in Exchange for Some of Your Money".
** His 2014 show, "Come Heckle Christ", invited the audience to do exactly that.

[[folder:Comic Books]]
* ''The Bad Art Collection''.
* The Creator/MarvelComics solicitation for the ''[[RecycledInSpace Space]] [[ComicBook/ThePunisher Punisher]]'' miniseries reads: "THIS BOOK IS EXACTLY WHAT IT SOUNDS LIKE!" There's also ''Comicbook/ThePunisherKillsTheMarvelUniverse''.
* ''[[Comicbook/MagnusRobotFighter Magnus Robot Fighter: 4000 A.D.]]'' is about a guy named Magnus who fights robots in the year 4000 A.D.
* ''Comicbook/JohnnyTheHomicidalManiac'' is a horror comic about... a [[AxCrazy homicidal]] [[PsychopathicManchild maniac]] named [[FluffyTheTerrible Johnny]].
* ''Comicbook/{{Foolkiller}}'': He kills... Well, take a guess.
* ''Stalin’s Spy in Tokyo'', the original German title adds “The Case About Sorge”[[note]]“Die Sache mit Sorge”[[/note]]: Richard Sorge is in Tokyo, and he works as a spy for Stalin.
* Many members of ''Comicbook/TheLegionOfSuperheroes'' exhibit this trope (in the original version, while the "Reboot" and "Threeboot" retcons deliberately avert it). Lightning Lad throws bolts of lightning, Triplicate Girl splits into three separate bodies, Invisible Kid turns invisible, Bouncing Boy bounces, Matter-Eater Lad eats all forms of matter, et cetera.
** It's somewhat of an invoked trope in-universe, as the Legion's usual naming convention is a deliberate imitation of their 20th-21st century inspirations: Superman, Wonder Woman, Batman, Hawkgirl, Elongated Man, etc.
** When it's averted, there's usually a very specific reason:
*** Lar Gand's alias of Mon-El was given to him by Superboy when he mistakenly thought Gand might be a long-lost relative (Mon=found him on a Monday + El=Kal-El's family surname).
*** Braniac 5 is trying to rehabilitate the name of his infamous ancestor(s)(always Braniac, depending on the version may include Braniacs 2 and 4).
* As Creator/GailSimone often reminds people, King Shark is a shark.
* ''ComicBook/GodzillaGangstersAndGoliaths''. It's a gangster story set in the Franchise/{{Godzilla}} universe, exactly like you'd hope.
** ''ComicBook/GodzillaInHell'' is exactly what it sounds like: Godzilla blasting things in hell.

[[folder:Fan Works]]
* "Fanfic/BrendansPokemonAdventure" is about the main character Brendan going on a Pokémon Adventure.
* ''[[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'' is, "What if Creator/GilbertAndSullivan had written ''WesternAnimation/TotalDrama Island''?
* ''[[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''.
* The crossover fic ''Fanfic/GuyverNaruto''.
%%* Basically any fanfic with a title such as "(number) Times (character) (action)".
* ''Fanfic/PacificWorldWarIIUsNavyShipgirls'' is... exactly that. [[SarcasmMode What, were you expecting the Japanese, German, and Italian ships were already familiar with?]]
* Chapter 48 of ''FanFic/{{Vapors}}'' is titled "In Which Danzo Is Blamed for Something He Did Not Do (for Once)." It deals with exhuming Sasuke's parents to find that their eyes were stolen. Tobi did it, but no one else knows that.
* A crossover between Creator/CSLewis and ''Series/{{Angel}}'', ''[[https://www.fanfiction.net/s/224361/1/A-Letter-from-Screwtape-to-Mr-Holland-Manners A Letter From Screwtape to Mr. Holland Manners]]''.
* ''Webcomic/DatingATeamMagmaGrunt'' features [[VideoGame/PokemonRubyAndSapphire Brendan]] dating a Team Magma Grunt.
* In ''Fanfic/TheStoryToEndAllStories'', all stories just might come to an end if the Nothing is not stopped dead in its tracks. Also the title of a short story by Creator/PhilipKDick, as referenced by Crow.
* The ''VideoGame/{{Touhou}} fanfic ''Foundling'', is about, well, a foundling, a human one abandoned in a forest of youkai to be exact.
* 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.
* ''Blog/RainbowDashReadsHomestuck''. Granted, there's a bit more to it then that, but that's the core of the tumblr.
* [[http://metroid2remake.blogspot.com/ AM2R]] or, "Another ''Franchise/{{Metroid}} 2'' Remake". Guess what it's similar to...
* ''[[FanFic/BreakMyHeartBreakYourHeart Break My Heart, Break Your Heart]]'', an [[VideoGame/{{Overwatch}} Overwatch]] [[PortmanteauCoupleName WidowTracer]] story, has Chapter 62, which is entitled "Sex". [[CoitusEnsues Guess what happens.]]
* ''Fanfic/YandereSumia'' involves [[VideoGame/FireEmblemAwakening Sumia]] playing the {{Yandere}} trope to the hilt by [[MurderTheHypotenuse killing all of Chrom's other potential brides]] and then [[IfICantHaveYou killing him when he continues to reject her]].

[[folder:Films -- Animation]]
* ''WesternAnimation/HulkVs'', which is [[ComicBook/IncredibleHulk Hulk]] versus the other guy in the title ([[ComicBook/TheMightyThor Thor]] or Comicbook/{{Wolverine}}).
* ''WesternAnimation/TheLEGOMovie''. One might expect a movie made with LEGO. But it is, as stated in the title, a movie ''about'' LEGO.
* ''WesternAnimation/JonahAVeggieTalesMovie'' has "The Song Under the Credits," which is indeed a song that plays during the credits.
* ''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]]''
* [[Creator/DreamWorksAnimation DreamWorks Animation's]] ''WesternAnimation/MonstersVsAliens'' is a movie about a team of [[VersusTitle monsters versus alien]] invaders.

[[folder:Films -- Live-Action]]
* {{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.
* ''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. Both the ''Hobo with a Shotgun'' and ''Machete'' trailers eventually inspired [[{{Defictionalization}} actual films]].
** There's also Music/RobZombie's contribution, ''[[OurWerewolvesAreDifferent Werewolf]] [[FanService Women]] of the [[StupidJetpackHitler S.S.]]''.
* [[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).
* Music/JohnLennon and Music/YokoOno made a short art movie called ''Erection'' which was, of course, a time-lapse of a building being constructed.
* 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 ''Film/ErnestPWorrell'' films ware never particularly ambiguous. ''Ernest Goes to Camp'', ''Ernest Goes to Jail'', ''Ernest Goes to Africa''. Once memorably parodied on ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons'', with ''Ernest Goes Somewhere Cheap''. ''WesternAnimation/FamilyGuy'' had Peter forced to choose between ''Ernest Goes to the Beach'' and ''Ernest Doesn't go to the Beach''.
* The long-running Finnish movie franchise ''Film/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''.
* The short film ''Film/ManGettingHitByFootball'' is about a man who gets hit by a football.
* 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/ProWrestlersVsZombies'': Yup, Pro Wrestlers battle Zombies.
* There's a 1976 film about a massacre at Central High: ''Film/MassacreAtCentralHigh''.
* ''[[Film/TheIncrediblyStrangeCreatures The Incredibly Strange Creatures Who Stopped Living and Became Mixed-Up Zombies]]''
* ''Film/MyDinnerWithAndre'' is about a man going to have dinner with an old friend. Whose name is Andre.
* ''Film/TheKiss'': This 1896 silent film is only 18 seconds long, but it does feature a kiss. The first one in movie history.
* The horror-comedy ''Film/KillerKlownsFromOuterSpace'' features, you guessed it, murderous circus folk from beyond the stars.
* The monsters in ''Film/AttackOfTheKillerTomatoes'' are... Well, take a guess.
* The plot of ''Film/AttackOfThe50FootWoman'' was summed up in TV listings as “Woman meets giant alien. Woman turns into giantess. Woman catches husband with another woman.”
* ''Film/KingKongVsGodzilla'': In this movie, King Kong gets in a fight with Godzilla.
* ''Franchise/{{Sharknado}}'': Its tagline is "ENOUGH SAID!!!"
* ''Film/BigAssSpider'' depicts Los Angeles being attacked by a really big alien-hybrid spider.
* ''Film/StarTrekIIITheSearchForSpock'': Creator/WilliamShatner himself admitted that with a title like this, there was no way it would end with Admiral Kirk turning to the audience and saying "Sorry, folks, we didn't find him." If it had, people would've thrown rocks at the screen.
* The short film ''Film/IncestTheMusical'' features {{Twincest}} and SpontaneousChoreography.
* ''Film/CowboysAndAliens'' is about cow-boys fighting aliens.
* ''Film/HaroldAndKumarGoToWhiteCastle'': So what are the main characters' names, and where are they going?
* ''Film/{{Alien vs Ninja}}'' is 90 minutes of {{ninja}}s fighting aliens.
* ''Film/Utoya22Juli'' by Erik Poppe is a depiction of what happened on the island Utøya on 22. July [2011], namely a mass-murder.

* In 1950 Mathematician Claude Shannon published his seminal work ''How to Teach Computers How to Play Chess''. It was about how you could teach Computers how to play Chess.
* ''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 Literature/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'' ''Literature/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 "[[Music/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''.
* 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.
** ''On the Origin of Species by Means of Natural Selection, or the Preservation of Favoured Races in the Struggle for Life'' by UsefulNotes/CharlesDarwin.
** In the case of scientific papers, ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin is standard practice for titles: so many get published that the title has to say enough about the content that potential readers searching for relevant material can find it and then read the abstract.
* It's not just scientific publications. Academic books, instruction manuals, almost everything tended to have this sort of title in the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries. This was [[AffectionateParody Affectionately parodied]] by the musicologist Robert O. Gjerdingen in his 2007 book ''Music in the Galant Style, Being an Essay on Various Schemata Characteristic of Eighteenth-Century Music for Courtly Chambers, Chapels, and Theaters, Including Tasteful Passages of Music Drawn from Most Excellent Chapel Masters in the Employ of Noble and Noteworthy Personages, Said Music All Collected for the Reader's Delectation on the World Wide Web''. See also a parodic use of [[AntiquatedLinguistics Antiquated Linguistics]] on that one. Come to think of it, it was actually pretty much a TV Tropes of eighteenth-century music...
%%* ''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.'
* Creator/DavidDrake's short story collection ''Men Hunting Things'' and its sequel ''Things Hunting Men''.
* Loren Estleman's [[FanFic pastiche]] ''Franchise/SherlockHolmes [[FightDracula 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.
* Creator/NeilGaiman wrote a poem called ''A hundred words to talk of death''.
* ''Literature/LatawnyaTheNaughtyHorseLearnsToSayNoToDrugs'' is indeed about a wayward equine who gets the DrugsAreBad {{anvil|icious}} 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.
* 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. Also, [[BilingualBonus the word "Bible" means "book"]][[note]]Koine Greek: τὰ βιβλία, tà biblía, "the books"[[/note]]. It's a [[CaptainObvious book of books]].
* ''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 Creator/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.]]
* ''Super-Frog Saves Tokyo'' By Creator/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.
* 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.
* ''Literature/JohnDiesAtTheEnd'' is ''not'' Exactly What It Says On The Tin.
* There's a short story by Creator/DonaldBarthelme called "Porcupines at the University", which is about some people at a university who observe some porcupines being herded past. Likewise, the main character in "I Bought A Little City" buys a little city. His novel ''The Dead Father'' prominently features a dead father. And so on.
* ''Literature/AwakeInTheNightLand'' has a story called "The Last of All Suns", which takes place at the final moments of the Universe.
* Creator/AgathaChristie liked this trope from time to time:
** ''Literature/TheMysteriousAffairAtStyles'' is about a mysterious affair that happens at a country house called Styles.
** ''Literature/TheMurderOfRogerAckroyd'' is about a man called Roger Ackroyd. Who, unfortunately for him, gets murdered.
** ''Literature/PerilAtEndHouse'' is about the peril that exists at a place called End House.
** ''Literature/LordEdgwareDies''. There's a man called Lord Edgware. And he does, indeed, die.
** ''Literature/MurderOnTheOrientExpress'' is about a murder that takes place on the Orient Express.
** ''Murder in Mesopotamia''. A murder happens. In Mesopotamia.
** ''Literature/DeathOnTheNile:'' Someone is traveling down the Nile. They die.
* ''[[Literature/DustAndShadow Dust and Shadow: An Account of the Ripper Killings by Dr. John H. Watson]]'', by Lyndsay Faye. Dr. Watson chronicles Sherlock Holmes catching Jack the Ripper.
* ''[[Literature/TheRadiantDawn The Radiant Dawn]]'', by J. Eifie Nichols. The main protagonist is a woman named Dawn who uses light powers.
* Creator/HGWells's ''Literature/TheWarOfTheWorlds'' is about a war between two planets. And ''Literature/TheInvisibleMan'' is about a man who is invisible. You can probably guess what ''Literature/TheTimeMachine'' is about (though it wasn't nearly so obvious [[UrExample when it was written]].)
* Creator/JulesVerne was an even bigger fan of this trope. Guess what ''Literature/AroundTheWorldInEightyDays'', ''Literature/FromTheEarthToTheMoon'', ''Literature/JourneyToTheCenterOfTheEarth'', and ''Literature/ParisInTheTwentiethCentury'' are about?
* ''Literature/AlienInASmallTown'' by [[Webcomic/TheInexplicableAdventuresOfBob Jim Cleaveland]] is about an [[StarfishAliens alien]] who winds up spending years living in a small [[UsefulNotes/{{Amish}} Pennsylvania Dutch]] town.
* Literature/TheBookWithNoPictures has no pictures, but that doesn't stop it from being funny.
* In ''Literature/AlexAndTheIronicGentleman'', there is a character called The Extremely [[PerfectlyCromulentWord Ginormous]] Octopus. Guess what he is.
* "No Bugles No Drums" by G. Gilmore was reportedly named this way by a witty publishing agent who came to aid of the author when he was struggling with a proper title for his work. She asked him if there was anything in the book about either bugles or drums. When the confused Gilmore said that there wasn't a single word about either of those things in it, since it was the life story of the marathon runner Peter Snell, she smiled and said that it was the perfect title then.
* ''Literature/GoTheFuckToSleep'': Irritated parent tries to get his child to, well, "go the [[ClusterFBomb fuck]] to sleep."
* In ''Literature/AllTheWayToTheGallows'', the short story "A Most Offensive Weapon", about a sentient weapon that makes offensive comments to everyone in hearing range.
* ''Literature/IWantMyHatBack'': The protagonist has lost posseession of his hat and wants it back.
* ''Literature/TheWanderingInn'': The most terrible Necromancer in centuries, who devastated Liscor, is only known as The Necromancer.
* The title of ''Literature/AMillionRandomDigitsWithOneHundredThousandNormalDeviates'' is as instructional as can be: the book's contents include a million random digits and 100,000 normal deviates.
* ''Literature/KingOfTheDinosaursTyrannosaurusRex'': Go on guess what this book's about.
* ''Literature/TheUnexplained'': It's about unexplained phenomena.

[[folder:Live-Action TV]]
* ''Series/{{Frasier}}'' does this with a bunch of episode titles in which a former ''Series/{{Cheers}}'' character shows up, with the episode title being "The Show Where [Sam / Diane / Woody] Shows Up".
* ''Series/StarTrek'' does this in every series where the title is the franchise name (a story about a voyage, or trek, among the stars) and the subtitle is the name of the main setting of the series (Deep Space Nine/Voyager/Enterprise/Discovery). Only subverted once, with ''Series/StarTrekTheNextGeneration'', which actually happened ''three'' generations after ''Series/StarTrekTheOriginalSeries''.
** Also with three pilot episode titles in a row: "Encounter at Farpoint" being an episode about an encounter at Farpoint Station; "The Emissary" being about Ben Sisko, aka "[[LateArrivalSpoiler The Emissary of the Prophets]]," and "Caretaker," about an alien caretaker for a degenerating civilization.
** The ''Series/StarTrekEnterprise'' episode "Desert Crossing" is about [[TheCaptain Captain Archer]] and [[TheEngineer Trip Tucker]] crossing a desert.
* Some non-fiction programs with genuine titles such as ''The Man Whose Arms Exploded''. Often and very easily parodied, e.g. [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=m9al-mpqXjc 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 ''Series/ILoveLucy'' was entitled "Lucy Thinks Ricky is Trying to Murder Her". Bet you can't guess the plot. Most of the episode 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?
* Almost all episodes of ''Series/{{Friends}}'' have the form of "The One With..." or "The One Where.." such as "The One Where Ross Meets Elizabeth's Dad", and even the exceptions still fit the trope ("The Pilot", "The Last One").
** The Pilot's alternate title: The One Where Monica Gets A New Roommate. (Guess the plot).
* Most of Creator/CartoonNetwork's "[[NetworkDecay CN Real]]" block, most notably ''Destroy Build Destroy''.
* ''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 ''Series/{{Psych}}'' (known for having bizarre and quirky episode titles) fall under this category, eg: "Gus's Dad May Have Killed An Old Guy".
* ''Series/AirCrashInvestigation''. Enough said.
* ''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.
* ''Series/{{Conan}}'s'' "[[http://p.twimg.com/Aq2n2mUCQAM2p_z.jpg Nick Offerman from]] ''Series/ParksAndRecreation'' Reads Tweets from Young Female Celebrities."
* ''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/SexSentMeToTheER'': It's series of stories about people who were injured during sex and had to go to the Emergency Room.
* ''8 out of 10 Cats Does Countdown'': The regular cast of PanelShow ''Series/EightOutOfTenCats'' plays teatime game show ''Series/{{Countdown}}''.
* The main protagonist in ''Series/BuffyTheVampireSlayer'' is a girl named Buffy. Her primary opponents are vampires. She slays them.
** Then there's the comics. One famous storyline title was, "Them fucking." [[BlatantLies It's about macrame.]]
* The show ''I Survived'' is about people who. . .survived horrendous ordeals.
* ''Series/AdamRuinsEverything'' is about the host, Creator/AdamConover, going around and ruining preconceived notions about subjects that are common knowledge in episodes titled "Adam Ruins: (insert noun)".
* The ''Series/{{Father Ted}}'' episode "Kicking Bishop Brennan Up The Arse" is about Ted attempting to kick Bishop Brennan up the arse.
* ''Series/EverybodyLovesRaymond'' - generally correct; except when they don't, and especially when his overbearing dominating mother loves him ''too'' much.

* Music/WeirdAlYankovic:
** Parodied by the 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 ''Music/MoreSongsAboutBuildingsAndFood'', which was [[NonindicativeName not]] [[WordSaladTitle this trope]].
** In the album credits for his polka medleys, the last "song" listed always represents the musical portions of the medley that Al himself composed. This was [[LampshadeHanging lampshaded]] in the credits for "Polka Face", where the last entry was titled "Whatever's Left Over Polka".
* 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 ''Film/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:
** "Several Species of Small Furry Animals Gathered Together in a Cave and Grooving With a Pict" from ''Music/{{Ummagumma}}'' 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).
** Pink Floyd once planned to release an album called ''Household Objects'' consisting of music played entirely on household objects.
** When it first came out, a lot of people assumed Pink Floyd's song "Learning to Fly" was a metaphor about personal freedom and liberation. Nope. Turns out its about becoming a pilot and the joy of flying your own aircraft.
* ClassicalMusic in general loved this trope.
** Pachelbel's Canon is, in full, "Canon and Gigue in D major for three Violins and Basso Continuo".
** [[Music/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 18 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."
* Music/PublicImageLtd (often abbreviated as [=PiL=]):
** They 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 Music/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.)
* Music/TheKentuckyHeadhunters 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 "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]] to sing. [[CompletelyMissingThePoint He keeps on repeating the same phrase for about 30 seconds.]]
* ''Music/CrosbyStillsNashAndYoung'' 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.
* Music/{{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 an example 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.
* "Heresy" by Music/NineInchNails isn't just about heresy, the song itself is quite heretical.
* Likewise, "Prayer" by Disturbed is literally a prayer, it's a conversation with God.
* [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hWTFG3J1CP8 Complete History Of The Soviet Union, Arranged To The Melody Of Tetris]]
* LMFAO's hit "Party Rock Anthem."
* Music/BrianEno's ''Music/Ambient1MusicForAirports'' is indeed ... music fit to be played at airports.
* A British pop band of the 1960s called "Dave Dee, Beaky, Mick and Titch" consisted of performers with precisely those names.
* Subverted in Music/FryderykChopin's "Minute Waltz" which apparently is very difficult to get through playing in 60 seconds.
* A ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic'' tribute album called ''[[https://pinkamenaparty.bandcamp.com/album/just-rocks-for-maud-pie Just Rocks]]'' exists, inspired by the character [[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS4E18MaudPie Maud Pie]], [[GenkiGirl Pinkie Pie]]'s [[SiblingYinYang incredibly boring]] and rock-obsessed sister. The "music" consists of various musicians moving rocks around, banging rocks together, rubbing rocks together, and recording the sounds made by these movements. Track names include "A lot of tracks of sounds of rocks being played at the same time", "Graphed Acceleration of a Rock dropped from a height in air [no units specified] (rendered as an audio file)" and "Almost Seven Minutes of Live Recording of Two Rocks of Different Types Being Banged, Scraped and Rubbed Against Eachother, With Background Noise From a Computer Fan and Rustling.".
* ''Music/SongsOfTheHumpbackWhale'' is indeed an album with nothing but the sounds of whales singing.
* "Short Pop Song" by Music/{{Custard}} is both a pop song and short (1:14).
* "It Snowed" by Meaghan Smith, a song about how much it snowed last night.
* The Rankin Family are an Irish-Canadian folk band; all of the members are from a family named Rankin.
* Music/{{Katatonia}} has a track called "Instrumental" that is... an {{Instrumental}}.
* Two cello players from Croatia formed an act called...2Cellos.
* Music/BillieHoliday's final studio album is titled ''Last Recording''. It was initially a SelfTitledAlbum, but was re-titled after she died.
* The Magnetic Fields 3-disc set ''69 Love Songs''.
* Music/{{Kent}}'s "Den sista sången" ("The last song") was the last song on their last album, as well as the last song on their last concert.
* Music/SufjanStevens has a quite a few of these as song titles on his 2005 album ''Illinois'', most of them describing short instrumental transitions:
** "Concerning the UFO Sighting Near Highland, Illinois," which is about a RealLife UFO sighting near Highland, Illinois.
** "A Short Reprise for Mary Todd, Who Went Insane, but for Very Good Reasons," which is a short reprise of the chords from the previous track.
** "One Last 'Whoo-Hoo!' for the Pullman," the lyrics of which consist of a single "whoo-hoo!"
** "A Conjunction of Drones Simulating the Way in Which Sufjan Stevens Has an Existential Crisis in the Great Godfrey Maze," which is 20 seconds of a droning synth.
** "Let's Hear That String Part Again, Because I Don't Think They Heard It All the Way Out in Bushnell," which is a few more measures of the string part from the previous track.
** "Riffs and Variations on a Single Note for Jelly Roll, Earl Hines, Louis Armstrong, Baby Dodds, and the King of Swing, to Name a Few," which is almost a minute of variations on a single trumpet note.

* ''Pinball/LaserWar'' is a war between three teams armed with {{Ray Gun}}s shooting FrickinLaserBeams.
* ''Creator/SternElectronics'' released a pinball game called just that, ''Pinball'' in 1977.

[[folder:Print Media]]
* ''True Story'' and related confessions-type magazines, including ''True Confessions'': Purportedly. Many of these confessional-style stories were actual submissions by readers, but re-written, while others were complete fiction (thus inverting the trope); however, they typically followed a "sin-suffer-repent" formula, wherein the main character (these stories were always first person) explains her background, makes a poor life decision (such as marrying someone rumored to be a domestic abuser), suffers the consequences, things come to a head and the main protagonist takes steps to change her situation. After the situation is resolved, the main character explains the lessons learned, that she is (usually, but not always) unembittered by the negativity, and then [[WhereAreTheyNowEpilogue explains what happened later]] (often, but not always, a positive, sunny outcome, with the bad guys in jail or having finally had their comeuppance/suffered negative consequences, such as jail or death). Many of the stories were from young women or teen-aged girls who had become stuck in bad relationships, although one memorable story was about a teen-aged girl who was trapped in an abusive family[[note]] (escaping only after she overdoses on aspirin, is sent to foster care and is emancipated when her parents make the mistake of becoming violent with each other inside her foster home)[[/note]].

[[folder:Pro 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 Wrestling/TedDiBiaseJr., representing America, and Wrestling/{{Hunico}}, representing Mexico 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.

[[folder:Puppet Shows]]
* Muppet movie titles are usually pretty straightforward:
** ''Film/TheMuppetMovie'' is in fact a movie about the Muppets.
** ''Film/TheMuppetChristmasCarol'' and ''Film/MuppetTreasureIsland'' are indeed Muppet adaptations of those two very famous pieces of literature.
** ''Film/MuppetsFromSpace'' does indeed feature Muppets arriving from beyond our planet.
** Their 2011 film is as direct as it gets, titled simply ''Film/TheMuppets''.

* ''Radio/ImSorryIHaventAClue'' 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.

* The basketball team Motor City Muslims is a team from Detroit (a.k.a. Motor City) where ever member is Muslim.

[[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'' (''TabletopGame/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.
* ''TabletopGame/TheAwfulGreenThingsFromOuterSpace'': They are indeed awful, green, and from outer space.
* ''TabletopGame/Warhammer40000'': By way of ArtifactTitle, the game used to be a SettingUpdate for ''TabletopGame/{{Warhammer}}'' (specifically, set 40,000 years into the future). Further editions made each more distinctive, until the Warp and the powers of Chaos are all that's left in common.

* ''Theatre/WaitingForGodot''. That's it. Creator/SamuelBeckett, 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).
* Actually zig-zagged by the play whose full title is ''"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. However, the zig-zag comes because among theater geeks (about the only people who have heard of it) it's usually just called ''Theatre/MaratSade''.
* 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.
* ''Theatre/ThePlayThatGoesWrong'' presents us with a play ([[PlayWithinAPlay within a play]]), in which everything that can go wrong does go wrong.
* The tragedy, ''Theatre/DeathOfASalesman'', follows the series of events that would eventually lead to the death of a salesman.

[[folder:Theme Parks]]
* At the Ride/DisneyThemeParks:
** ''Ride/TheGreatMovieRide'' is a ride about great movies.
** ''Soarin' Over California'' is solely about guests flying over the various sights of California. Likewise, it's successor, ''Soarin' Around the World'' is about soaring over various parts of the world and nothing else.

[[folder:Video Games]]
* Early UsefulNotes/{{N|intendoEntertainmentSystem}}ES games, particularly sports or arcade titles such as ''VideoGame/{{Pinball 1984}}'', ''Golf'', and ''Ice Hockey'' tended to be this. Even now, sports games almost invariably have titles in the format of ''[franchise] [sport] [year]''.
* This was also somewhat common for games released on the UsefulNotes/{{Atari 2600}}.
* ''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 ''Website/{{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 UsefulNotes/NintendoDS where you solve crossword puzzles. It's that simple.
* ''VideoGame/AwesomePossum Kicks Dr. Machino's Butt'' - And the ending is spoiled.
* ''VideoGame/SimCity'' simulates a city. ''VideoGame/SimTower'', ''VideoGame/SimEarth'', ''VideoGame/SimAnt''... actually in that one there's more than one ant. This trope applies even less subtly to most games with "Simulator" in the title--''VideoGame/MicrosoftFlightSimulator'', ''VideoGame/MicrosoftTrainSimulator'', ''VideoGame/FarmingSimulator'', and so on--except for parodies, such as ''VideoGame/GoatSimulator''.
* The UsefulNotes/PlayStationNetwork game "Supersonic Acrobatic Rocket-Powered Battle Cars"... Two guesses what it's about. The sequel averts this, however, simply going as ''Rocket League''.
* ''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.
*** HilariousInHindsight when you realize that the idiom "turkey shoot" refers to doing something that is not challenging at all, even with a time limit.
* 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/Borderlands2'' has a couple of sidequests that fit.
** 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]] And there's a trophy for completing this mission called "Well That Was Easy."[[/note]]
** There's another sidequest called "Kill Yourself", in which the BigBad pays you to jump off of a cliff. Although you can also opt out for the other possible mission objective.
* 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.
** The move Wake-Up Slap has the user slap the opposing Pokémon and if it's asleep, it gets woken up.
* ''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.
* ''VideoGame/MonsterHunter'', in which (human) hunters take on monsters.
* ''VideoGame/{{Portal}}'' is (mostly) about portals (to begin with). In the sequel, there is also ''Chapter 9: The Part Where He Kills You'' (which is more aptly named "the part where he tries (again) to kill you and fails (again)".
** Even funnier considering that two separate characters literally say "This is the part where he/I kill(s) you."
** You even get an achievement titled "The Part Where He Kills You". The description reads "This is that part".
* ''VideoGame/SuperSmashBros for 3DS'' and ''Super Smash Bros. for Wii U''. It's a ''VideoGame/SuperSmashBros'' game...for the 3DS (or Wii U).
* ''VideoGame/DoomTheRoguelike'' is, well ''VideoGame/{{Doom}}'', but as a RogueLike. [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IDoeKOSxLJw&index=11&list=UU3Q13RAmFVfDkYOWnnqFM2A One look at the game would tell you as much]]
* ''Videogame/SpaceEngineers'' is about space engineers building stuff in space. The spinoff 'Medieval Engineers'' is about [[RecycledInSpace engineers building stuff in the medieval period]].
* ''VideoGame/AnimalCrossing Happy Home Designer''. Guess what you do in it. In fact, that's the ONLY thing you do in it, other than invite other villagers.
* The ''VideoGame/BrutalDoom'' mod is ''VideoGame/{{Doom}}'', but [[RatedMForManly brutal]].
* ''VideoGame/WibbleWobble'' is set in a world where the entire landscape is... well... wibbly wobbling.
* New indie game ''VideoGame/DungeonsAreRandom'' is a game with, you guessed it, randomly generated dungeons.
* ''Videogame/EighteenSixtySixAMountAndBladeWestern'' is a [[GameMod mod]] for ''VideoGame/MountAndBlade'' which is in 1866 in the Wild West, and is basically a homage to the Western genre.
* Referenced in ''VideoGame/LittleBigPlanet'': "The Material Changer is Exactly What It Says On The Tin. Or on the cardboard. Or the polystyrene. Or whatever else it is that you want it to say it on."
** Some of the logic fits this too. The Game Ender ends the game, the Smoke Emitter emits smoke, and all of the sensors sense exactly what they say they do. Player Sensors, Water Sensors, Tag Sensors, Impact Sensors, etc.
* ''VideoGame/{{Terraria}}'': Many of the herbs:
** Daybloom blooms into a small flower during the day.
** Moonglow glows with a blue aura during the night.
** Blinkroot flashes rapidly when ready to be harvested.
** In the non-PC versions, Fireblossom blooms while partially submerged in lava.
* ''VideoGame/ShmupsSkillTest'' is designed to test your [[ShootEmUp shmup]] skills.
* Guess what the player character's goal is in ''VideoGame/FindTheCure!''

[[folder:Visual Novels]]
* The names of a few arcs from ''Franchise/WhenTheyCry'' does this mixed with SpoilerTitle:
** From ''VisualNovel/HigurashiWhenTheyCry'' 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/UminekoWhenTheyCry'' 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]].
* ''VisualNovel/BurlyMenAtSea'' is about three stout brothers exploring the seas around the island where they live in a boat.
* ''VideoGame/SpookysJumpscareMansion'' is about exploring Spooky's mansion full of jumpscares.

[[folder:Web Animation]]
* ''WebAnimation/BananaNanaNinja''
* ''WebAnimation/MagicalBorderPatrol'': It's got a magic border, being patrolled.

[[folder:Web Comics]]
* ''Webcomic/{{Drowtales}}'' is all about drow and the tales of their kingdom and race.
* The InteractiveComic ''Webcomic/AwfulHospital'' takes places in a medical facility no human would want to be treated in.
* ''Webcomic/BrawlInTheFamily'' has a strip titled: [[http://brawlinthefamily.keenspot.com/2012/04/11/400-the-history-of-nintendo/ The History of]] ''Creator/{{Nintendo}}''.
* ''Webcomic/FloatingHenryRollinsHeadHaiku'' is a webcomic featuring Music/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).
* You probably won't be surprised by what happens in the ''Webcomic/DarthsAndDroids'' episode called "[[http://darthsanddroids.net/episodes/1374.html Han Solo Killed the Radio]]". (For bonus Meta points, the commentary there links to [[Wiki/TVTropes this very page]].)
* 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]]".
* ''Webcomic/DumCat'' is about a cat that does dumb things.
* ''Webcomic/BobTheAngryFlower'' in: [[http://www.angryflower.com/slappi.gif Slapping the Shit out of George W. Bush.]] Also true for the comic as a whole, in a sense; the furious flower is [[WhatDoYouMeanItWasntMadeOnDrugs the only consistent thing about it.]]
* You'd be sorely mistaken if you thought ''Webcomic/{{Pilot}}'''s main character was anything other than a pilot.
* ''Webcomic/DatingATeamMagmaGrunt'' is about [[VideoGame/PokemonRubyAndSapphire Brendan]] in a relationship with a member of Team Magma.
* ''[[http://inklingstudioshub.deviantart.com/gallery/59844196/Swageon-and-Glacigeon?set=59844196&offset=48 Swageon and Glacigeon]] has a strip called [[http://inklingstudioshub.deviantart.com/art/Someone-dies-649186224 someone dies]]. [[spoiler: It's Glaceon who dies.]]
* ''[[http://tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pmwiki.php/Webcomic/XWhy (x, why?)]] has a strip called [[https://mrburkemath.blogspot.com/2017/07/cosmic-microwaves.html Cosmic Microwaves]].

[[folder:Web Original]]
* ''WebVideo/DoorMonster'''s [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Uam0KMyZh2E&index=3&list=PL0u5ZHidq4X4QhFAX9FzSiYJLRen74sLF The Guards Themselves]]. The name is taken from the Latin quote [[WhoWatchesTheWatchmen "quis custodiet ipsos custodes," which is best translated as "who will guard the guards themselves."]] It's about a group trying to take down [[CorruptCorporateExecutive the oligarchs]] who secretly control the city.
** The characters' code names also fit this trope. Ritchie's codename is [[PyroManiac The Arsonist]]. [[KillItWithFire Guess what he does]]?
* ''Roleplay/DestroyTheGodmodder'' is just that. There are little details, but the title sums up the essentials of the entire game. Destroy the godmodder.
* ''Roleplay/RockPaperAnything'' is, well, RockPaperScissors, except you can use anything.
* ''WebVideo/AitorMolinaVs'' is about [[CharacterTitle Aitor Molina]] versus media.
* ''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 [[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 ''Advertising/WillItBlend'' series of Website/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 closer to the trope.
* ''WebVideo/IsItAGoodIdeaToMicrowaveThis'' involves 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.]]
* Website/BadassOfTheWeek features articles about 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 ''[[VideoGame/SuperSmashBros 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!]]
* WebVideo/FiveSecondFilms. They're films that are five seconds long.
* ''WebVideo/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."
* ''Website/MoviesYouMayHaveMissed'' is about [[http://mymhm.tv/ movies you may have missed]].
* 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://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 Website/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.
* 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, [[Series/{{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'' is EXACTLY what you think it is. Media. With uno card enacting.
* The podcast ''Podcast/MikeAndTomEatSnacks'' is about Michael Ian Black and Tom Cavanagh eating and rating snacks.
* Similarly, the podcast Podcast/{{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.
* Todd and Rap Critic talk about "Accidental Racist" is a video with WebVideo/ToddInTheShadows and WebVideo/TheRapCritic talking about the Music/BradPaisley song "Accidental Racist"
* ''WebVideo/WhyMyLittlePonySucks'' is a show about a guy who thinks ''Franchise/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 ''VideoGame/SuperSmashBros'' fanfiction.
* The ''Roleplay/GlobalGuardiansPBEMUniverse'' includes a storyline entitled "[[LongTitle Diamond and Vindicator Decide to Adopt a Baby and Find Out How Difficult This Is for a Lesbian Couple to Do in George W. Bush's America]]". And that's exactly what happens.
* "[[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sDj72zqZakE Waffle Falling Over]]"
* ''WebVideo/TheMostStupidDeathsInSuperMario64'', though later episodes have less deaths.
* The podcast ''[[http://ognetworks.tv/c/kyleandluke Kyle and Luke Talk about Toons]]'' has two people discussing animation. They are named "Luke" and "Kyle".
* ''Blog/ScaramouchesAttic'', a Creator/VCAndrews fan and review blog, has a side feature called "Cover Talk" in which Scaramouche... talks about book covers.
* ''Literature/DreamHighSchool'' is literal -- you're dreaming the high school.
* ''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 character.
* Many videos made by WebVideo/MatthewSantoro are this. For example, "10 DEAD PEOPLE Who CAME BACK TO LIFE!" is about 10 dead people who [[BackFromTheDead came back to life]].
* ''WebVideo/TheHappyVideoGameNerd'': Usually played straight but sometimes subverted. He mentions in his review of ''Eternal Darkness'' that viewers comment on his name as if that's his only modus operandi and that he should be praising games all the time. Instead, he reminds them that he's just honest about games he doesn't like but provides constructive criticism (backed by personal experience shown in the reviews) as to why that is.

[[folder:Western Animation]]
* ''WesternAnimation/SpongeBobSquarePants" have a scene on "Gary Takes a Bath" that have [=SpongeBob=] giving Gary a "Boomerang Pet Toy" that really works, and [=SpongeBob=] threw the box, which came to back to hit him.
* ''WesternAnimation/SouthPark'' has a lot of episode titles that qualify, including, but not limited to, "Cartman Gets an Anal Probe", "Cartman joins NAMBLA", "Kenny Dies", "The Return of the Fellowship of the Ring to the Two Towers", "All About Mormons", "Miss Teacher Bangs a Boy" and "Fantastic Easter Special".
* In the ''Franchise/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 has a short segment entitled [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eiH6_JxJc0E "The Englishman Who Went Up a Hill and Came Down With All the Bananas."]]
* ''WesternAnimation/ClerksTheAnimatedSeries'' '''''loves''''' doing this. Every episode title describes what happens and [[LongTitle gets progressively longer]] with each title.
* ''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.
** And is SequelSeries, ''WesternAnimation/TransformersRescueBotsAcademy'', focuses on a new team of Rescue Bots being trained.
* ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic'' has little ponies learning lessons about ThePowerOfFriendship and using it as [[HeartIsAnAwesomePower a powerful weapon against evil]].
* In ''WesternAnimation/NikoAndTheSwordOfLight'', Niko, the hero, is in possession of the Sword of Light.
* ''WesternAnimation/DanVs'' is about a guy named Dan taking on whatever's in the episode title.
* ''WesternAnimation/TeenTitansGo'' has a two-part episode whose two parts are respectively titled "Two Parter: Part One" and "Two Parter: Part Two."
* The ''WesternAnimation/DextersLaboratory'' episode "Gooey Aliens that Control Your Mind" has Dexter's family possessed by, well, gooey aliens that control your mind.
* ''WesternAnimation/BikerMiceFromMars'': The protagonists are Mice that came from the planet Mars who ride motorcycles.
* Every episode of ''WesternAnimation/TheTick'' is titled "The Tick vs. [whatever he fights in that particular episode]".
* Creator/CartoonNetwork is, in fact, a network that shows cartoons. [[NetworkDecay/UniqueSituations Usually, anyway.]]
* ''WesternAnimation/TheFrogShow''. It doesn't take very long to figure out that it's a show about a frog.

[[folder:Real Life]]
* The European bird called the [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Common_chiffchaff Chiff-Chaff]]. It utters only one sound and does so endlessly, and that sound is, well, "Chiff-Chaff". The bird is called after its sound not only in English, but in other languages as well (e.g. in Dutch, the bird is also called after its sound, it's just rendered in Dutch as "Tjif-Tjaf").
* Medicine:
** Many disorders are this, since it's helpful and descriptive. Sadly, they only qualify if you know what the medical Latin means. 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.
** Many enzymes have names that just describe their functions, with an added "-ase" suffix to indicate that they're enzymes. Examples include RNA polymerase (which produces RNA via polymerisation) and reverse transcriptase (which produces a DNA strand through [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Reverse_transcriptase#Process_of_reverse_transcription reverse transcription]]). Some make it even clearer what they are and what they do, such as citrate cleavage enzyme.
** An herbal supplement called "horny goat weed" is used to [[Main/TheLoinsSleepTonight treat]] and [[Main/SomethingElseAlsoRises promote]] exactly what you'd expect.
* The Rocky Mountains of the United States are mountains made out of rock.
* And the Rio Grande (Spanish for "big river") is a big river that flows between the USA and Mexico.
* The Grand Canyon is a really big canyon. The Red River, between Texas and Oklahoma, where the ground is red shale that colors the water a distinct red. Red Rock Canyon in Oklahoma where the sides are made of... well, the examples go on and on.
* The planet Earth is named after a synonym for the word "ground", because anyone on the surface is standing on exactly that.
* The Moon is the only moon of the planet Earth. This is something of a reversal in etymology, though, as the term "moon" comes from the Moon of the Earth. Some people insist on calling it "Luna" - which ''still'' means moon.
** Contrary to popular misconception, the scientific name for the Moon in English actually is "the Moon", not Luna. (It ''is'' officially called "Luna" in Spanish, Italian, Romanian, and Latin--though hardly anyone talks astronomy in Latin, and in Spanish and Italian it takes the definite article "la" so it's more fully "la Luna" in both languages).
* The Sun is the only star in the planet Earth's solar system. As with the Moon, the term "sun" to refer to whatever star is at the center of a given solar system is derived from the Earth's Sun.
* In 2000 Harry Markopolis wrote a report to the SEC entitled "The World's Largest Hedge Fund Is a Fraud ". It was about Bernie Madoff's fund. It contained overwhelming evidence that... well you know. The SEC still didn't get him for another 7 years.
* From the "Only in Liberia" files presenting General Butt Naked. He led a guerrilla faction that was, yes, butt naked, and led them, butt naked. How they knew he was a general without anywhere to hang his insignia we don't know.
* Astronomers aren't very original when it comes to naming their telescopes, leading them to name them exactly what they are. There's the Large Binocular Telescope in Arizona which is a binocular telescope that is indeed quite large, the Very Large Telescope in Chile which uses four telescopes to generate one very large virtual telescope, the descriptively named Thirty Meter Telescope in Hawaii, and the (canceled) Overwhelmingly Large Telescope. [[https://xkcd.com/1294/ Parodied]] by ''Webcomic/{{xkcd}}''. Radio astronomers follow the same pattern; arrays of telescope dishes have such creative names as Very Large Array, Very Small Array, and Square Kilometer Array. Many of them are just named after the mountain they're built on, or the nearest town.
* Biologists aren't very imaginative either, so there are lots of species that do this. Like the brown long-eared bat, which is a brown bat with long ears.
* When defining new classes and methods in object-oriented programming it is advisable to follow this principle, so that a reader of your code can easily get an idea of what it does. This is why you'll often see classes named Something Builder, Item Factory or Drawable Thing.
* The Welsh Corgi dog, consisting of two breeds, is this in the Welsh language they were named from. "Cor" is Welsh for "dwarf", "gi" is Welsh for "dog", and corgis are pretty notoriously short dogs with stubby legs.
* If you know the Greek and Latin roots of words, you will see that a lot of words mean exactly what they're supposed to mean. For example, "phlebotomy", which comes from the Greek phlebo-, meaning "vein", and -tomy, meaning "cutting, incision" of an organ and "excision" of an object. Yep, that's pretty much what phlebotomists do.
* In German, the word for 'drums' is 'schlagzeug'. Translated literally, this means 'hit-things', which is exactly what drums are.
* London Weekend Television was a company that broadcast television. In London. At the Weekend.
* Polynesia means "many islands" in Greek. It is exactly that- many islands spread out across a large portion of the Pacific Ocean.
* In 1973, a Norwegian guy named Anders Lange founded a political party whose platform was based on a strong reduction of taxes, duties and public intervention. Its name? Anders Lange's Party for a Strong Reduction in Taxes, Duties and Public Intervention.
* The Wehrmacht had a penchant for this. Quite possibly the best example of it is the late-war design Focke-Wulf Ta 152H Höhenjäger, which was a high-altitude interceptor. Höhenjäger literally means 'altitude hunter'.
* [[https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Anti-Masonic_Party The Anti-Masonic Party]] was an American political party founded to oppose Freemasonry.

!! InUniverse Examples:

[[folder:Anime & Manga]]
* ''Manga/{{Gintama}}'' has an evil organization named Evil Organization.
* ''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?
* ''Franchise/LyricalNanoha'':
** ''[[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/MagicalGirlLyricalNanohaStrikers'' has Dieci, whose weapon is called Enormous Cannon which is... [[{{BFG}} a giant artillery weapon.]]
* ''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}}'' has 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.
* ''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...]]
* "Anime/SpaceDandy, he's a dandy guy... ''in space''" as the narrator says OncePerEpisode. (The title isn't particularly self-explanatory, though; it does involve a [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dandy dandy guy]] in space, but mainly it's a surreal parody of ''Anime/CowboyBebop''-style space adventure stories.)
* ''Sands of Destruction'' (both the [[Anime/SandsOfDestruction anime]] and [[Manga/SandsOfDestruction manga]]) features the World Destruction Committee. Guess what they want to do? They are opposed by the World Salvation Committee; no points for guessing what they want to prevent.

* 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/TheMummyReturns''!'"
* 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.
* Creator/EddieIzzard'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...

[[folder:Comic Books]]
* Parodied in Evan Dorkin's ''ComicBook/BillAndTedsExcellentComicBook'': When Bill and Ted take [[TheGrimReaper Death]] to see ''Film/{{Planet of the Apes|1968}}'', he asks "What's this movie about?" "Dude," answers Bill; "it's about a planet of apes!"
* Marvel loves this trope:
** Lampshaded with Speed from ''ComicBook/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.
** A similar lampshade came when [[Comicbook/{{Runaways}} Molly Hayes]] (a kid with super strength) gut punches Comicbook/ThePunisher (a guy with no powers but guns). Molly is sorry as "how was [she] supposed to know he didn't have powers?" Victor's response "you think he's got some punishy force?"
** [[Characters/TheMightyThor The Asgardian Enchantress]]: Yes, she's an Asgardian, and ''[[HelloNurse very]]'' [[ScrewTheRulesImBeautiful much]] [[WorldsMostBeautifulWoman yes]], [[HotWitch she]] ''[[FavorsForTheSexy is'']] an [[FemmeFatale Enchantress]].
** [[Comicbook/XStatix Dead-Girl]]: She's a dead girl.
** [[Comicbook/GreatLakesAvengers Flat-Man]]: He's a flat man.
** [[Comicbook/AntMan 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.
** [[Characters/SpiderManRoguesGallery Sand-Man]]: He's a man made of sand.
** Speed: He has speed powers.
** [[Comicbook/XFactor 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.
** Some of the mobsters ComicBook/{{Daredevil}} had to fight during his carreer. Aside from his sworn enemy, The Kingpin, he has also crashed with the holders of such creative nicknames as The Organizer, The Boss and The Masked Marauder.
** Speaking of mobs, the famous trio of mob enforcers is called The Enforcers.
** 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 Creator/DCComics:
* The best example would probably be Dogwelder. He welds puppies to people.
** A fair number of DC's villains. Captain Boomerang uses boomerangs, the Fiddler plays a violin, the Toymaker makes ([[HappyFunBall high-explosive]]) toys...
** Man-Bat
** The Comicbook/MetalMen
** [[Franchise/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.
** Comicbook/MartianManhunter: is a Martian that hunts down bad guys.
** Comicbook/GreenArrow: dresses in green and shoots arrows.
** ''Comicbook/BlackLightning'': a black guy who can control lightning.
** ''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 ''ComicBook/GrimJack'' 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 ''ComicBook/TheBeano'' is. Also from ComicBook/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.
* In ''Comicbook/SexCriminals'', Suzie refers to the [[spoiler:totally silent, frozen-time post-orgasm world]] as "The Quiet".
* ''ComicBook/PaperinikNewAdventures'' has a few examples:
** The Evrongun is the standard emotion-draining sidearm of the Evronians, and has a genetic scan that allow them to be used only by Evronians (generals also have Evronguns that can be used only by their owner).
** The Evroncannon is a larger Evrongun.
** Paperinik's Extransformer Shield is [[MorphWeapon a shield that can transform and has lots of extra functions]].

[[folder:Comic Strips]]
* Parodied in ''ComicStrip/MyCage''. When buying [[ISOStandardUrbanGroceries more generic groceries]], Norm asks what's in the box labeled "Food".
* ''ComicStrip/CalvinAndHobbes'': When Calvin is 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:''' ''Film/SnakesOnAPlane''.

[[folder:Fan Works]]
* ''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"]].
* In ''FanFic/EquestriaAHistoryRevealed'', the LemonyNarrator cites references from a book called, "''How the Sea-Pony Wished Upon a Star and Unknowingly Started Racial Prosecution Under an Emergent Fascist Regime: A Collection of Filly’s Tales and Legends that Start Off Whimsical but End in Destruction and Death''".
* ''Fanfic/CalvinAndHobbesTheSeries'':
** "Operation Spy on the Slimy Girl".
** "Calvin's Never Before Eaten Foods" from "Help Wanted" as well.
* ''Fanfic/RetroChill'': Dr. Brainstorm's "Defeat Current Dictator and Give User Control all at the Same Time" device.
* In ''Theatre/AVeryPotterMusical'', the incantations for most spells are like this. For example, the spell to produce an Indian burn is "Indian Burn Hex!"

[[folder:Films -- Live-Action]]
* [[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 ''Film/{{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 ''Film/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 ''Film/LockStockAndTwoSmokingBarrels'', with "Nick the Greek" who is... Greek.
* Boris Blavasky, a.k.a Boris TheButcher from ''Film/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.
* ''Franchise/StarWars'':
** The All Terrain-series of [[SpiderTank walkers]], on multiple levels. They are called walkers because they move on legs instead than wheels, threads or repulsors. The third and fourth letter in the popular name of any walker describe their purpose (AT-ST, for example, is a Scout Transport, while the famed AT-AT is an Armored Transport, armored enough that normal ground artillery can't damage it). Finally, the first and second letter stand for "All Terrain"... And ''WesternAnimation/StarWarsTheCloneWars'' shows the AT-TE, usually fielded on flat terrain, used in multiple odd terrains, such as mountain but ''vertically'' and ''outer space''.
** Similarly, the SPHA-series of walkers. SPHA stands for '''S'''elf-'''P'''ropelled '''H'''eavy '''A'''rtillery and they're just that, vehicles that carry artillery heavy enough to take on ''starships'', with an additional letter specifying what kind of artillery (the SPHA-T has a turbolaser, the SPHA-I has an ion cannon, the SPHA-V has an anti-vehicle laser, the SPHA-C carries concussion missiles, and the SPHA-M has a mass driver).

* Invoked by ''Literature/{{Unsong}}'''s version of TheDevil when explaining the setting's PhysicalHell
--> ''I want you to know that all of those people who say that Hell is the absence of God, or Hell is a name people give to their suffering on earth, or [[Theatre/NoExit Hell is other people]], or [[CessationOfExistence Hell is oblivion]], or [[AHellOfATime Hell is some nice place where atheists get to live free from divine tyranny]] – all of that is wishful thinking. [[FireAndBrimstoneHell Hell is a place full of fire and demons]] [[PhysicalHell under the earth]] [[FateWorseThanDeath where you will be tortured forever]]. It’s {{exactly what it says on the tin}}.''
* ''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''.
* ''Literature/{{Discworld}}'':
** Parodied by Creator/TerryPratchett, who mentions a book ''How to Kille Insects''. This is [[DoorStopper a big and heavy book,]] used for hitting insects with...
** ''Discworld/{{Jingo}}'' has the Curious Squid. The reader is informed right away that they are so called because, as well as being squid, they're curious.
** ''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's 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". He's a brilliant inventor, but his genius tends to give out [[GiverOfLameNames when it comes to naming things.]]
* The Ashenden spy stories by Creator/WSomersetMaugham featured a character called "The Hairless Mexican".
"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:
-->'''Arlene:''' ''Flying skulls'', you lamebrain! Call 'em as you see 'em.
* In the ''Literature/{{Hurog}}'' duology, with the eponymous castle as well as the main character. The castle, as well as the family, is called Hurog, which means "dragon" in their ancient language.[[spoiler: Turns out the castle is built over the bones of a dragon]] The main character takes on the title of "Hurogmeten" which means "Guardian of Dragons". He does Exactly What It Says On The Tin. [[spoiler: Turns out, dragons can turn into humans and the family has dragon blood. Which, incidentally, is the title of the second book of the series.]]
* In ''Literature/{{Portlandtown}}'', the legendary Hanged Man is called that because he was hanged, and survived.
* 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"?
%%* The Big Dead Tree from ''Literature/TheTwits''.
* ''Ararat Rat Rap'', a book mentioned in ''Literature/TheMarkAndTheVoid'' sounds like an exotic, foreign literary title, but it's actually very literal: it's about a rat from Ararat, who raps.

[[folder:Live-Action TV]]
* ''Series/DoctorWho'':
** Said word-for-word in a first season episode of the new series 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.
* ''Series/GameOfThrones'':
** The Riverlands is full of rivers; take a wild guess what you get a lot of in the Stormlands and around its coastline...
** Many locations in the Reach fall under this, particularly Oldtown, which is the oldest city in Westeros.
* 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."
* ''Series/ArrestedDevelopment'':
** In the second episode, 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?"
* 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''".
* 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.
* ''Series/{{Blackadder}}'': From one episode of ''Blackadder The Third'':
** 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.
** Earlier in the same episode, another play is mentioned and then rehearsed:
--->'''Mossop:''' It is a piece we penned ourselves, called ''The Bloody Murder of the Foul Prince Romero and His Enormously Bosomed Wife''.\\
'''Blackadder:''' A philosophical work, then?\\
'''Keanrick:''' Indeed yes. The violence of the murder and the vastness of the bosom are entirely justified artistically.
* 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 ''Series/BillNyeTheScienceGuy'' episode about heat has [[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 Creator/GerryAnderson pilot ''Space Police'' (which was later reworked as ''Series/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.
* Knowing the audience would understand this trope, ''Series/{{Galavant}}'' used this as a plot device: When 3 major plot developments needed to happen in under 5 minutes, the characters stumbled upon "The Forest of Coincidence". Guess what happens?
* ''Series/StarTrekTheOriginalSeries''' 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.
* In the ''Series/{{Supernatural}}'' episode "Bloodlines", the following conversation occurs:
-->'''David:''' My name is David Lassiter. I'm a shapeshifter.\\
'''Ennis:''' You're a what?\\
'''David:''' We shift... our shape. It's kind of all there in the name.
* On ''Series/HowIMetYourMother'', Barney is very confident that a live wrestling match called "Wrestlers vs. Robots" will be just as [[RuleOfCool incredibly cool]] as it sounds from the title: He can predict that the gang will have a tradition of going there every year, even before he's seen the show for the first time, because with a name like "Wrestlers vs. Robots," how could it not be awesome? And while Barney is disappointed that Ted pursues other plans, it seems that he has no disappointments with the event itself, and that the event is exactly what it sounds like from the title: a wrestling match that pitted human wrestlers against robots that were built for competing in such wrestling matches.
* ''Series/TheXFiles'' features recurring antagonist The Cigarette-Smoking Man. He is a man who near-constantly smokes cigarettes.
* In season 4, episode 20 of the British ''Series/TopGear'', they make a vehicle capable of working as a conventional van or hovercraft. What do they name it? The "Hovervan".
* In the ''Series/HenryDanger'' episode "Super Volcano", Jasper asks Henry what the TV show "Kids in the Woods" is about and Henry dryly replies "It's about kids in the woods."
* The Story People from ''Series/{{Boohbah}}'' are named Mr. Man, Mrs. Lady, Brother and Sister, Grandmamma, Grandpappa, Auntie, and Little Dog Fido. [[SarcasmMode Good luck figuring out what parts of the family they represent]].

* Parodied: An early ''Series/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''.

[[folder:Tabletop Games]]
* ''TabletopGame/DungeonsAndDragons'':
** For every 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. 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.
** [[MixAndMatchCritters Owlbears]]. They're... bears... with owl heads. You can't get more tinny than that.
** 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.
** The standard Ring of Invisibility allowed its wearer to become invisible. The joke Invisible Ring, on the other hand, is itself invisible.
** Likewise, in 3.0, there is 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.
* The Troubleshooters in ''TabletopGame/{{Paranoia}}''. They find trouble, and shoot it.
* ''Tabletopgame/BattleTech'''s resident ButtMonkey, the ''[=UrbanMech=]'' is a [[HumongousMecha mech]] designed to fight in urban environments. The ''Hatchetman'' and ''Axman'' are mechs that unsurprisingly, wield a hatchet and ax, respectively.

[[folder:Video Games]]
* ''VideoGame/BrutalLegend'' features a special attack called Face Melter. It causes enemy's faces to melt.
* ''VideoGame/RuneScape'':
** Jagex is apparently fond of this trope, given some of the quest and area names. 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/DiabloII'' if you click on a shrine labeled "exploding shrine", it... explodes. Similarly, poison shrines are poisonous.
* 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/FinalFantasyIX'' has an eastern Mist Continent, a continent full of Mist. Outer Continent, a continent just outside of the Mist Continent to the north. Lost Continent, a frozen continent that only handful of people know existed located at the northwest. And don't forget Forgotten Continent, a western continent that pretty much forgotten.
* ''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.
* ''VideoGame/{{Catherine}}'' has a boss called ''Child with a Chainsaw''. It is a huge baby, with a chainsaw as its arm.
* In ''VideoGame/FarCryPrimal'', there are bitefish in the lakes. Fish that bite.
* ''VideoGame/MarioAndLuigiPartnersInTime'':
-->'''Toadsworth:''' I've dubbed this the Bros. Ball. Why, you ask? Because you are bros. And you form a ball.
* Most of the Robot Masters in the ''VideoGame/MegaManClassic'' series has a name based around its abilities, followed by the word "Man". For Example, Ice Man has [[AnIcePerson ice powers,]] Tornado Man has [[BlowYouAway wind powers,]] etc.
* 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 JustForFun/{{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]].
* ''Franchise/TheElderScrolls'':
** ''[[VideoGame/TheElderScrollsIIIMorrowind Morrowind]]'' has an item called the Boots of Blinding Speed. It's a pair of enchanted boots which, when worn, grant you 200 speed but make you 100% blind.
** In ''[[VideoGame/TheElderScrollsIVOblivion Oblivion]]'', the Imperial City has a shop called Rindir's Staffs. It's owned by a Bosmer named Rindir. He sells staffs. [[LampshadeHanging 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 terminology]] (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/DoomIIHellOnEarth'' levels are this : "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 ceiling. "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/DoomTheRoguelike'':
** It offers "[[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IDoeKOSxLJw&list=UU3Q13RAmFVfDkYOWnnqFM2A#t=8m15s Hell Arena]]", if you go in there expecting anything other then a fight with demons, then you will deserve what you get.
** Similarly, some of the challenge game names are pretty self-explanatory. If you see a challenge called Angel of Shotgunnery, then guess which kind of weapons will be the only one you can use.
* ''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.
* The goal of ''VideoGame/EscapeFromLavenderTown'' is to escape from lavender town. [[spoiler: And to do so, you must press the escape key.]]
* ''Videogame/PlanetSide 2'''s Halloween 2014 renamed several bases. The infamous "Subterranean Nanite Analysis" was renamed to the much more fitting "Pit of Despair". The base is built into an underground pit, [[ThatOneLevel and is a horrible, horrible meatgrinder]] for attackers such that players often just straight up [[RageQuit log off]] in despair when their allies attack the base. Sadly, the name was reverted at the end of the event.
* ''VideoGame/SandsOfDestruction'' features the World Annihilation Front. Guess what they want to do? They are opposed by the World Salvation Committee; no points for guessing what they want to prevent.
* ''VideoGame/TownOfSalem'': When somebody claims to be a town role, is lynched, and the town [[MyGodWhatHaveIDone finds he]] [[OhCrap wasn't lying]].
* In ''VideoGame/AceFishing'', you go fishing in various locations to become TheAce in, well, fishing.

[[folder:Visual Novels]]
* ''Franchise/AceAttorney'':
** A character in ''VisualNovel/AceAttorneyInvestigationsMilesEdgeworth'' is called [[PunnyName Deid Mann]]. [[CaptainObvious Guess what?]]
** In ''VisualNovel/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.]] ItMakesSenseInContext as [[spoiler:he's an assassin.]]

[[folder:Web Animation]]
* ''WebAnimation/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 ''WebAnimation/{{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.
* The [[ShowWithinAShow Dangeresque trilogy]] from ''WebAnimation/HomestarRunner'' features a henchman called Killingyouguy, whose task is to kill you. Incidentally, he's a guy.
** There's also The Cheat, something that gets lampshaded regularly, as in the early cartoon "Where's The Cheat?"
-->'''Strong Bad:''' Lessee what we got in here. Nope, he's not here. Though I see he ''has'' been cheating on his New Year's Resolution. ''(pulls out a pack of cigarettes)'' Though I can't really blame him. You know, because he's The Cheat.

[[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]].
** DoubleSubversion 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 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 ''Webcomic/DaisyOwl'' when her teacher meets her father, Mr. Owl.
-->'''Teacher:''' I didn't expect you to be an actual owl...
* In ''Webcomic/ScandinaviaAndTheWorld'', King Europe builds an Extremely Large Telescope. He then writes on it in white paint "European Extremely Large Telescope". Even better? ''That is its [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/European_Extremely_Large_Telescope actual name.]]''
* ''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.
EB: wait...\\
EB: this is the title?\\
CG: [[OverlyLongGag IT GOES ON.]]
* ''Webcomic/SluggyFreelance'':
** We have the [[http://www.sluggy.com/comics/archives/daily/120329 self-destruct button]]. HilarityEnsues
** And as a [[http://www.sluggy.com/comics/archives/daily/140730 discussed trope]] "I cannot describe Zombie Head on a Stick any clearer than her name does."
* ''Webcomic/{{Xkcd}}'' suggested [[http://xkcd.com/311/ an all-action action movie]] called "[[{{Series/Firefly}} River Tam]] Beats Up Everyone."
* In Chapter 3 of ''Webcomic/{{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.
* In ''Webcomic/{{Goblins}}'', a pair of adventurers have collected a wide array of {{curse}}s from a dungeon crawl called the Cursewalk. Bowst (the fighter) adds that he wasn't expecting that, to what Forgath retorts that the name "Cursewalk" should have tipped him off.
* ''Webcomic/TheOrderOfTheStick'':
** The setting is pretty lazy about its location names. There's the Northern Continent (it's to the north), the Southern Continent (it's to the south), the Western Continent (''guess''), Greysky City (it rains a lot), Cliffport (a port on a cliff), Redmountain Hills (lots of hills and mountains, all red), the Oracle of Sunken Valley (he lives in Sunken Valley, which is itself pretty self-explanatory), so on and so on. This is pretty much the same as real life; most locations have blandly descriptive names, even if they're in a foreign language and seem more interesting.
** Played for laughs in the Kickstarter-backer story ''How the Paladin Got His Scar''. All of the Southern Continent was once under the control of the Ancient Empire, before it splintered into the modern countries (including Azure City, where much of the plot takes place). No one knows why they called themselves the Ancient Empire.


[[folder:Web Original]]
* The final round in ''Podcast/PappysFlatshareSlamdown'' is the Quick-Fire Round. The standard opening lines for that round's [[OverlyLongGag very slow jingle]] sums it up: "This is the quick-fire round. It's a round that goes really quickly".
* The Antagonists in ''Roleplay/BattleActionHaremHighschoolSideCharacterQuest'' are an alien force invading Earth.
* ''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.
* 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 ''WebVideo/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 WebVideo/LoadingReadyRun mentions the film ''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 ''WebVideo/SuperAcademy'', who wields a sledgehammer. Now consider that he's an [[GoodIsNotNice aspiring superhero...]]
%%* Some of [[Wiki/TVTropes this wiki's]] trope titles.
* LetsPlay/ManyATrueNerd has his ''Videogame/FalloutNewVegas'' Kill Everything run, where he plays ''Fallout: New Vegas''... and kills everything.
* A great many Wiki/SCPFoundation 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]]...
* ''WebVideo/TheHappyVideoGameNerd'': Usually played straight but sometimes subverted. He mentions in his review of ''Eternal Darkness'' that viewers comment on his name as if that's his only modus operandi and that he should be praising games all the time. Instead, he reminds them that he's just honest about games he doesn't like but provides constructive criticism (backed by personal experience shown in the reviews) as to why that is.

[[folder:Western Animation]]
* ''WesternAnimation/TheAngryBeavers'': In "Gift Hoarse" and "Muscular Beaver 4", we see [=ToeBot=]. You'll only need two guesses.
* ''WesternAnimation/FamilyGuy'':
** "Asian Reporter Tricia Takanawa". She's Japanese to be exact, but seriously, do they care about that?
--->'''Tom Tucker:''' Diane, is she Chinese or Japanese?\\
'''Diane Simmons:''' She's Japanese, Tom.\\
'''Tom:''' Wow! I know a Japanese woman!
** Greased-Up Deaf Guy.
* ''WesternAnimation/KimPossible'': "Dr. D's [[MindControlDevice Brainwashing Shampoo]] and Cranium Rinse", and [[OurSloganIsTerrible its slogan]], "Lather, Rinse, and OBEY!"
* ''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.
* ''WesternAnimation/LooneyTunes'':
** "WesternAnimation/DuckDodgersInTheTwentyFourthAndAHalfCentury":
*** 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."
** The WesternAnimation/WileECoyoteAndTheRoadrunner short "Stop! Look! And Hasten!" has Wile follow the instructions from a book titled "How to Build a Burmese Tiger Trap". One guess what he catches in the resulting pit instead of the Road Runner. Likewise, a Giant Mouse Trap will catch [[RodentsOfUnusualSize a giant mouse]]. Who is none too pleased with the coyote.
* 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 ''WesternAnimation/TheMrMenShow'' can be defined by their names: Mr. Happy, Mr. Strong, Miss Helpful, etc.
* ''WesternAnimation/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.
* In the animated version of ''WesternAnimation/{{Beetlejuice}}'', the monster who lives across the street from the protagonist is named... the Monster Across the Street.
* ''WesternAnimation/{{Minoriteam}}'':
** A villain is named "Racist Frankenstein". He dresses like a WASP but is in all other ways exactly what you'd expect.
** Also features Dirty Cop, a living pile of grime on the police force.
** And 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". {{Lampshade|Hanging}}d 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?"
** The song "Platypus Fight". Three guesses as to what it's about.
** Or the [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8Axey5Il6WY Helicopter Fight]] song.
** Agent P is a member of O.W.C.A. ("Organization Without a Cool Acronym").
* ''WesternAnimation/TheTick'': The Evil Midnight Bomber That Bombs at Midnight. Guess what he does and when?
* The Museum of Dangerous Books and Papers from ''ComicBook/TheAmazingScrewOnHead''.
* An episode of ''WesternAnimation/YinYangYo'' features toy glasses with toothed metallic "jaws" called "Eyebiters." They [[spoiler: bite the wearer's eyes.]]
* ''WesternAnimation/{{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).
* ''WesternAnimation/GravityFalls'':
** "Fight Fighters" features a machine at the arcade that on the outside merely reads "Insert Token!" where you'd expect the name of the game. Turns out, "Insert Token!" is an accurate description of the entire game.
** In "Dungeons, Dungeons, and More Dungeons", Probabilitor summons an "Ogrenado". He gleefully informs the cast that "It is what it sounds like!"
* In the ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic'' episode "[[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS4E22TestingTesting123 Testing Testing 1, 2, 3]]", we learn from Twilight's lecture that Celestia's royal guard, which includes Earth ponies, unicorns, and pegasi, is officially known as "the Earth-Unicorn-Pegasus Guard".
* ''WesternAnimation/DragonTales'':
** There's the "lost forever hole." If something falls into this hole, it really is lost forever. Gone, finito, no hope of recovery, as Ord learns to great sadness when he accidentally drops his favorite blanket into it.
** The Forest of Darkness is a deep forest and it is, well, very dark. Somehow, the latter part comes as a shock to Ord, even though he's told that he's going into the Forest of ''Darkness''.
* In ''WesternAnimation/{{Gargoyles}}'', a powerful magical artifact is known as the Eye of Odin. Later in the series Odin shows up, reclaims the eye, and promptly puts it back in its socket.
* The second season of ''WesternAnimation/BojackHorseman'' introduces a game show entitled ''Hollywoo Stars and Celebrities: What Do They Know? Do They Know Things?? Let's Find Out!''. True to the name, the viewers/audience finds out how much trivia Hollywoo's stars and celebrities know.
* ''WesternAnimation/ThePowerpuffGirls'' (original series) irregularly featured a talking dog named Talking Dog.