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You are looking at a film poster. There's the [[PoliceLineup lineup]] of the movie's cast, or their [[FloatingHeadSyndrome floating heads]], or their [[MirroredConfrontationShot mirrored profiles]]. You look up at the names of the actors, and much to the annoyance of your inner {{neat freak}}, the names listed don't match up with the actors!

Why does this happen? Well, there could be a number of reasons. Maybe the text was laid out at a different time than the graphic. Maybe the actor's contracts stipulate whose name goes in which order (and the actor whose name comes first also has to be prominently in the middle of the poster). Maybe it was meant as some sort of joke. It could be that as is the convention for Hollywood posters, the highest paid or top-billed actor is displayed on the poster as the central figure in the image, and all lower-billed actors placed outward; whereas the names of the same actors are arranged in order of prominence from left to right.


[[folder:Films -- Animation]]
* Imagine how neat and organized the ''{{WesternAnimation/Shrek}}'' [[https://originalvintagemovieposters.com/shrek-1-sheet-movie-poster/ poster]] would be if the names of the voice actors lined up in accordance to how each character is positioned below.

[[folder:Films -- Live-Action]]
* [[http://inhearitplay.files.wordpress.com/2010/03/when-in-rome-poster.jpg The poster]] for ''Film/WhenInRome'' swaps Creator/KristenBell and Josh Duhamel (who are admittedly unlikely to be confused with each other).
* ''Film/MorningGlory'''s [[http://img.soundtrackcollector.com/movie/large/Morning_glory_(2011).jpg poster]] puts Creator/HarrisonFord's name over Creator/RachelMcAdams' face and vice versa. It gets Diane Keaton right, though.
* ''Film/WildHogs'': The [[http://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/Wild-hogs-poster-750_7146.jpg poster]] swaps Tim Allen and Martin Lawrence (while correctly labeling John Travolta and William H. Macy).
* ''Film/BadBoysII'': [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Bad_boys_two.jpg Will Smith and Martin Lawrence]] get swapped.
* ''Film/SmartPeople'': [[http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/en/9/9d/Smart_people.jpg Four names]], none in the correct position (or even labeling an actor of the right ''gender'').
* ''Film/TheFlightOfThePhoenix1965'': The [[http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/en/0/03/Flight_of_the_Phoenix_%281965%29.jpg DVD cover]] appears to label Hardy Kruger as [[Creator/JimmyStewart James Stewart]] and James Stewart as Creator/RichardAttenborough (who isn't on the cover).
* ''Film/BonCopBadCop'' manages to switch the names of Creator/ColmFeore and Patrick Huard, even though they're the only two people on the poster: [[http://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/bon_cop_bad_cop.jpg]]
* ''Film/TheBlindSide'' (the HBO made-for-tv movie starring Ron Silver, not the Sandra Bullock film) has [[http://images.barnesandnoble.com/images/33300000/33307899.JPG this]] DVD cover, in which Silver and Rebecca de Mornay get swapped.
* ''Film/SherlockHolmes2009'': [[http://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/Sherlock-Holmes-Poster_4327.jpg This poster]] confuses Creator/RobertDowneyJr with Creator/JudeLaw.
* ''Film/SteelMagnolias'': [[http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/en/3/32/Steel_magnolias_poster.jpg]]. Six names, none of which are over the person to which they belong.
* ''Film/PiratesOfTheCaribbeanTheCurseOfTheBlackPearl'', [[http://www.razorfine.com/wp-content/uploads/2006/07/pirates-curse-of-the-black-pearl-poster.jpg starring Johnny Depp as Elizabeth Swann, Geoffrey Rush as Will Turner, Orlando Bloom as Jack Sparrow, and Keira Knightley as Captain Barbossa]].
* ''Film/CowboysAndAliens'': [[http://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/cowboys__aliens_001_5558.png Three people rotated.]]
* ''Film/BigGame'': As you can see on the film's page, Onni Tommila and Creator/SamuelLJackson exchanged names.
* ''Film/{{Saved}}'': Not only misplaced names but only lists four of the five actors shown. [[http://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/saved.jpg]]
* ''Film/MenInBlack3''[='s=] French poster put's Will Smith's name over Josh Brolin, Tommy Lee Jones' name over Will Smith, and Josh Brolin's name over Tommy Lee Jones. While Brolin does play the younger version of Jones's character Agent K, it's still this trope.
* The poster for ''Film/{{Gigli}}'' had Ben Affleck and Jennifer Lopez's names reversed.
* ''Film/ConAir'', [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Conairinternational.jpg starring]] Creator/NicolasCage as Creator/JohnMalkovich, Creator/JohnMalkovich as Creator/JohnCusack and Creator/JohnCusack as Nic Cage.
* ''Film/UndercoverBrother''. Eddie Griffin had a sex change, Chris Kattan woke up as a black man with a huge Afro, and Denise Richards applied some {{Blackface}}.
* The [[http://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/edisonforce.jpg DVD cover]] of ''Film/{{Edison}}'' features Morgan Freeman as Justin Timberlake, LL Cool J as Morgan Freeman, Justin Timberlake as LL Cool J, and Kevin Spacey badly photoshopped in.
* The poster/DVD cover of ''Film/GangsOfNewYork'' features Cameron Diaz as Bill the Butcher.
* A quite serious offender is [[http://cineticias.files.wordpress.com/2009/11/batman_returns_ver8.jpg the main poster]] for ''Film/BatmanReturns'', which switches the places of Creator/MichellePfeiffer and Creator/DannyDeVito. Not like it's hard to distinguish them in spite of this, but, taken at face value, [=DeVito=] got ''quite'' attractive all of a sudden, while Pfeiffer really let herself ''go''.
* [[http://moviesoftheday.com/upload/covers/46311/goodfellas-cover-3.jpg The cover]] for the special edition DVD of ''Film/{{Goodfellas}}'' has this. The posters, thankfully, got it right.
* [[http://i.imgur.com/DDIYg.jpg The poster]] for ''Film/LockedDown''. Apparently, Vinnie Jones has turned into a large, ScaryBlackMan. So has Bai Ling.
* According to ''Film/TheRock''[='=]s poster, Creator/NicolasCage [[SeanConneryIsAboutToShootYou Is About To Shoot You]].
* Played with in the [[http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/en/f/f1/Dr._Jekyll_and_Ms._Hyde_poster.jpg poster]] for ''Film/DrJekyllAndMsHyde''. [[RainbowSpeak The color of the stars' names]] [[PinkGirlBlueBoy should tip you off]].
* [[http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1564367/ Adam Sandler and Jennifer Aniston]] on the poster for ''Film/JustGoWithIt''.
* The page image for ''Film/RatRace'' takes this UpToEleven: eight actors, none of which have the correct name beneath them.
* [[http://www.movie-poster-artwork-finder.com/posters/the-lucky-one-poster-artwork-zac-efron-taylor-schilling-blythe-danner.jpg This poster]] for ''Film/TheLuckyOne'', starring Creator/ZacEfron and Taylor Schilling.
* [[http://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/the-avengers-poster_8748.jpg The poster]] for ''Film/{{The Avengers|2012}}'' as seen on its page. The only correct one is Creator/ScarlettJohansson. But Mark Ruffalo and Creator/TomHiddleston are nowhere to be found, at least in the flesh!
* ''Film/OlympusHasFallen'': I though Freeman was the [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Olympus_Has_Fallen_poster.jpg black one]]. The sequel ''Film/LondonHasFallen'' takes this UpToEleven as not only are the names [[http://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/london_has_fallen_poster3.jpg still displaced]], they're no longer matching from the first poster either!
* The first ''Film/CharliesAngels'' film did this too.
* ''Film/JoyfulNoise'': [[http://tvafterdarkonline.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/01/JoyfulNoise_ad3.jpg Keke Palmer is not Queen Latifah.]].
* PlayedWith in the poster for ''Film/SevenPsychopaths''. The actors playing each psychopath are listed at the top, and are depicted standing in a different order but each name is conveniently numbered. Maybe all posters should do this!
* The UK posters for ''Film/{{Red}} 2'', as analysed by Dave Gorman [[http://gormano.blogspot.co.uk/2013/07/i-travelled-into-town-yesterday-for.html here]].
* [[http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/en/f/fd/Double_Take_%282001%29_film_poster.jpg Double Take]], starring Eddie Griffin and Orlando Jones. There is at least one review of ''Film/UndercoverBrother'' that [[CriticalResearchFailure referred to Eddie Griffin as Orlando Jones]] likely due to this trope.
* The French poster for ''Film/TheWorldsEnd'' has Nick Frost and Simon Pegg listed as Simon Pegg and Nick frost.
* The ''Film/{{Grease}}'' poster shows Creator/JohnTravolta's name above Olivia Newton-John, and Olivia Newton-John's name above John Travolta.
* {{Justified}} with the ''Film/FreakyFriday2003'' poster, which shows Creator/JamieLeeCurtis and Creator/LindsayLohan below each other's names, in reference to their characters spending most of the movie [[FreakyFridayFlip trapped in each other's bodies]].
* The [[http://www.imdb.com/media/rm183601920/tt0177789 movie poster]] for ''Film/GalaxyQuest'' does it.
* [[http://www.imdb.com/media/rm1901633024/tt0093223 The movie poster]] for ''Film/HouseOfGames'' has the names of the two leads swapped around.
* Some dvd and bluray releases of ''Film/DeathRace2000'' have Frankenstein's (Carradine) and Machine gun joe's (stallone) [[FloatingHeadSyndrome heads on the cover]](in that order), while the text above reads "Stallone vs. Carradine".
* The poster for 2014's ''Film/RideAlong'' has Music/IceCube's name above Kevin Hart's body and vice-versa.
* Averted with ''Film/FaceOff'', where the poster [[JuxtaposedHalvesShot juxtaposes John Travolta's and Nicolas Cage's faces]] and the correct name is shown above each actor's respective half. It wouldn't hurt if the names were mismatched, given that while the movie starts with Travolta as Sean Archer and Cage as Castor Troy, the actors switch roles about 50 minutes in and remain that way until the end of the movie.
* Based on the poster for ''Film/AmericanHustle'', the five stars have (except for Christian Bale) had sex changes in addition to extremely drastic plastic surgery.
* A particular ridiculous example is this ''Film/XMenDaysOfFuturePast'' [[http://www.empireonline.com/gallery/image.asp?id=80993&caption=&gallery=5147 poster]] where Creator/HughJackman is the only one credited ''yet isn't even on the poster''.
* ''Film/SomeLikeItHot'' has a few home video covers that give Creator/MarilynMonroe top billing, and place her in the front and center. However, since Tony Curtis and Jack Lemmon are also BilledAboveTheTitle, these covers end up having Marilyn pose underneath Tony Curtis' name, with him underneath hers. (Jack Lemmon ended up in the proper spot, though.)
* A slight variation occurred in one poster promoting ''Film/TropicThunder'': Creator/BenStiller, Creator/JackBlack, and Creator/RobertDowneyJr all had their names prominently listed on the top of the poster, but only Ben Stiller and Robert Downey, Jr were in the actual image. This actually lead to some controversy: The film was already becoming a bit controversial for Downey, Jr. spending most of his screen-time in black face; The placement of the names and the fact that the actors were listed by surname also made it look as though he was being billed as "Black Downey Jr".
* Look at the poster of ''Film/TheMuppets'': apparently Creator/AmyAdams is playing Walter (the little Muppet) and Chris Cooper is playing a chick.
* Not technically a poster, but check out [[https://pbs.twimg.com/media/Bve4Xz-IYAIcMRe.jpg:large this gem]] from an early trailer of TheExpendables3.
* The 2011 American The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo film [[http://ia.media-imdb.com/images/M/MV5BMTczNDk4NTQ0OV5BMl5BanBnXkFtZTcwNDAxMDgxNw@@._V1_SX640_SY720_.jpg does this]].
* The [[http://dodomacineclub.info/wp-content/uploads/2011/02/butch-cassidy-and-the-sundance-kid.jpg ultimate collector's edition slipcover]] of ''Film/ButchCassidyAndTheSundanceKid'' has Creator/PaulNewman and Creator/RobertRedford's names swapped. However, the [[http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/51a0YxK7J%2BL.jpg cover of the case itself]] uses the same text with a different pictures where the actors match their names.
* On the poster for ''Film/GrudgeMatch'' exactly zero out of the six actors' names line up with the proper actor's face.
* The [[http://www.impawards.com/2007/georgia_rule.html poster]] for ''Film/GeorgiaRule'' has a picture of the three stars, their names, and the tagline "Mother. Daughter. Grandaughter."--none of which properly line up.
* [[http://www.heyuguys.com/images/2012/12/Beautiful-Creatures-UK-Poster.jpg This poster]] for ''Film/BeautifulCreatures'' may be the crowning example: ''seven'' cast members are listed, and only one of them matches up with their picture!
* ''Film/FriendsWithMoney'': The only person on the poster that matches up with their name is Frances [=McDormand=]. Joan Cusack, Catherine Keener, and Jennifer Aniston all do a bodyswap.
* The ''Film/InspectorGadget'' [[https://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/en/5/5b/Inspector_gadget_ver2.jpg poster]] has Creator/MatthewBroderick and Rupert Everett's names swapped around not matching the respective actors.
* ''Film/RevolutionaryRoad''. Please note that [[Creator/LeonardoDiCaprio the man with the beard]] is ''not'' Creator/KateWinslet.

[[folder:Live-Action TV]]
* The [[http://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/BOSJ_Poster_7710.png promotional poster]] for the ''Series/DoctorWho'' episode [[Recap/DoctorWhoS33E6TheBellsOfSaintJohn "The Bells of Saint John"]] switches Creator/MattSmith and Creator/JennaLouiseColeman.
* Some of the DVD covers for ''Series/{{Nashville}}'' [[http://i.ebayimg.com/00/s/OTAwWDE2MDA=/z/9lUAAOSwPhdU~j8P/$_35.JPG suggest that]] Creator/ConnieBritton and Creator/HaydenPanettiere are starring in another remake of ''FreakyFriday''.

[[folder: Music]]
* The album cover for "Double Fantasy" switches the names of Creator/JohnLennon and Creator/YokoOno.
* CrosbyStillsAndNash: their first album, the photo used for the cover has from left to right: Nash, Stills, and Crosby. Somewhat [[JustifiedTrope Justified]], apparently: According to Wiki/TheOtherWiki, the photo was taken at an abandoned house, and at the time, the three had not yet decided on a name. By the time they settled on "Crosby, Stills and Nash", the house had been torn down.

[[folder:Video Games]]
* In ''VideoGame/Left4Dead2'', loading screens for joining a server show a movie poster with the four player characters standing side-to-side, with a list of each player below the poster, their names listed in the same order as their characters. However, most creators of custom campaigns forget to set the order correctly for their campaign's poster, leading to, for example, Nick being on the right-hand side of the poster while the person playing him is listed second. The first ''VideoGame/Left4Dead'' averted this by having the names listed right above their characters' heads, but also made it [[GoodBadBugs much more apparent (not to mention funny)]] when a campaign's creator got lazy about it.

[[folder:Western Animation]]
* ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic'': The front of the [[http://whoovesnassistant.tumblr.com/post/26245974913/at-brony-con-2012-the-pre-release-of-mlp-cards Mayor Mare & Time Turner]] [[TheMerch trading card]] does this with the names of the two characters on the card.

* The VCR game ''Clue II: Murder in Disguise'' shows the caption "billiard room" over the introduction of the character Inspector Pride.
-->'''Inspector Pride''': My name is Inspector Pride.
-->'''[[WebVideo/OddityArchive Ben Minnotte]]''': No, it's not! I-it's Billiard Room, I could see it right there on the screen.