->''"And there's the cane from ''Film/CitizenKane''. Wait, there was no cane in ''Film/CitizenKane''."''
-->-- '''Lisa''', ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons'', "Guess Who's Coming to Criticize Dinner?"

Sometimes, a title [[WordSaladTitle makes no sense]]. Sometimes, however, a title will make a sort of sense, but on later [[FridgeLogic ponderings]], will be seen as misleading. Sometimes this is due to the title being an ArtifactTitle or perhaps the writer simply thought it was a [[RuleOfCool cooler name]]. Also sometimes leads to instances of IAmNotShazam.

Compare CompletelyDifferentTitle. Contrast ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin.
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[[folder:Anime and Manga]]
* ''Manga/FistOfTheNorthStar'' isn't exactly the most accurate translation of the Japanese title, ''Hokuto no Ken'', its just that it sounds a helluva cooler than "Fist of the Big Dipper" (which is what "Hokuto" actually is, the Japanese name for the Big Dipper). The Big Dipper is a constellation often used to ''locate'' Polaris, the North Star, but the star is not a part of the constellation itself (it's in the Little Dipper).
** "Ken the Great Bear Fist", the localized title suggested by Toei's International Sales & Promotion Department ([[http://tvarc.toei.co.jp/tv/library/series-title.html source]]), is a bit closer - Ursa Major or the "Great Bear" is another name for the Big Dipper - but also doesn't sound all that great.
* This can happen when an author [[GratuitousEnglish does not know as much English as they think they do]] and decides to append an official English version of their work's original English title. For example, one would think that something called ''Stella Women's Academy, High School Division Class C3'' would be about the members of a particular class, right? Nope! It turns out to be about a '''club''' of girls who are of disparate ages and none of whom (as far as we know) are in the same class as one another. The original Japanese title, ''Manga/TokureiSochiDantaiStellaJogakuinKoutoukaC3Bu'' more accurately translates as ''Preferential Measure Organization Stella Women's Academy, High School Division, C3 Club''.
* There is a ''Manga/RanmaOneHalf'' episode titled "Ranma and Kuno's... First Kiss." Be thankful that you really can never trust a title.
* Though the titles do make some sense in context, ''Manga/VirginLove'' and its sequel ''Manga/JunaiNoSeinen (The Young Person's Pure Love)'' do not do a very good job indicating how [[{{Hentai}} smutty]] the works are.
* ''Anime/NeonGenesisEvangelion'''s episode 24 is titled "''Saigo no Shisha''". Usually translated as "The Final Messenger", [[DoubleMeaningTitle it also means]] "The Final ''Casualty''". While [[spoiler:Kaworu]]'s is chronologically the last character death in the original series, ''End of Evangelion'' is thought to be occurring at the same time as episodes 25 and 26 and includes multiple on-screen deaths.
* ''Manga/HowIBecameAPokemonCard'' does not relate to becoming cards in any way. It's a bunch of SliceOfLife one-shots, and the name comes from the manga being drawn by people who draw the Pokémon cards and the fact each chapter comes with a Pokémon card.
* ''Anime/MagicalGirlLyricalNanoha Movie 1st The Comics'' is not a prequel to the Movie, but an AlternateContinuity.
* There's a manga entitled ''YandereKanojo'', which you would expect to be about dating a [[{{Yandere}} lovesick girl]], especially due to its female lead's first appearance carrying a bloody baseball bat. Not so, as the "yan" in the title is for "yankee" - his girlfriend is a deredere juvenile delinquent.
** The female lead's ''mother'', on the other hand...
* The fourth ''Manga/BlackJack'' OVA is called ''Anorexia: The Two Dark Doctors''. The patient does not have anorexia. She has a parasite that makes her involuntarily vomit whenever she eats.
* The Japanese title of the fourth ''Manga/DragonBall'' movie is "Super Saiyajin da Son Gokū" (Super Saiyajin/Saiyan Goku), during which Goku takes a form that was ''supposed'' to be a Super Saiyan, but since it was made before the manga reached the point where Goku became one, it's not what most people would recognize as such (there's no change in eye or hair color, and it's a completely UnstoppableRage instead of TranquilFury). The form was later {{ret con}}ned by a sidebook to be a "false" Super Saiyan form.
* ''LightNovel/HaruhiSuzumiya'': The "Endless Eight" story arc does, in fact, end. Also, the "eight" refers to the loop taking place in August, not the number of repetitions, which is more like ''fifteen thousand''. (The anime confuses this further by showing eight repetitions, one episode each. We only see the final one in the light novel.)
* "The Midnight Parasites" is an animated re-imagining of the works of Hieronymus Bosch. Only two of the creatures seen are portrayed as parasites (specifically, reproductive parasitoids), and there's no indication it takes place at midnight.
* ''Manga/SchoolRumble'' is described by FUNimation as "The absolute funniest show you'll ever see that's not about anything that rumbles... ever!", although admittedly there ''is'' at least a school...
* Total number of "Crazy Shrine Maidens" in '''Manga/{{Kannagi}}: Crazy Shrine Maidens'': 0. The closest thing is Nagi claiming to be a shrine maiden as her cover story. (We eventually meet a real one in the manga, but she's a minor character and not crazy.)
* ''Manga/DriftingClassroom'' is about a whole school, and it doesn't drift -- it makes one big jump and then stays put.
* ''Anime/PuellaMagiMadokaMagica''. The name makes it pretty clear that it's about a magical girl named Madoka. [[spoiler:Madoka does not become a magical girl until the ''last episode'', and even then it's hard to call her a magical girl because she turns into an abstract godlike concept. However, before this happens we do find out that Homura originated from a timeline in which Madoka ''did'' become a magical girl earlier on, meaning that Madoka becoming a magical girl did start the plot in a way.]]
* Surprisingly few characters are actually killed in ''Anime/KillLaKill'' ([[WhatMeasureIsAMook unless you count all the cannon fodder that goes flying at every explosion]]). Most battles are resolved non-lethally with [[TheNudifier Seni-Soshitsu]]. This is actually a pun, because in Japanese the "kill" in the title is written and pronounced like "kiru," a verb meaning "to wear [clothes]."
* There is a horror manga called ''Anorexia: Shikabane Hanako wa Kyoshokushou''. It has nothing to do with anorexia. It's about cannibalism.
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[[folder:Comic Books]]
* Creator/AlanMoore's ''[[TheBalledOfHaloJones The Complete Ballad of Halo Jones]]'' is actually incomplete. Moore left ''2000AD'' before finishing it.
* The title of ''ComicBook/{{Watchmen}}'' refers to the [[ArcWords graffiti]], and philosophical question "Who watches the watchmen", [[IAmNotShazam not a group of superheroes]].
** This does not, however, prevent the fans from [[FanNickname calling them the Watchmen]]. The movie even changes the name of the Crimebusters to reflect it.
* ''Franchise/{{Bionicle}}'' comic 25: ''Birth of the Rahaga'' is an apt description of the comic's story. The alternative title on its cover, ''The Final Battle'', not really. Unless one means that it's the final battle between these specific characters over this specific artifact. It's also a flashback, which makes the title more bogus.
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[[folder:Fan Fiction]]
* ''[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Mx1EMt_16bo DIGIMON 3: PREDATOR VS DIGIMON]]'': The Franchise/{{Predator}} [[spoiler:isn't the villain; in fact, Digimon has to help him with his dilemma. The actual villains are the FBI.]] Of course, what did you expect with legendary TrollFic author Creator/PeterChimaera?
* ''Fanfic/{{Cupcakes}}''. This ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic'' fanfic is ''not'' about making cupcakes! Well... not ''[[ImAHumanitarian just]]'' about making cupcakes.
* In ''Fanfic/ThePrayerWarriors'', Chapter 10 of ''The Evil Gods Part 2'' is called "Piper and Jerry goes to Washington DC to Find out Who the Tractor is and Defeat them Once and for All so they would not terrorized by them ever again for as long as God allows Time to go on For." The only thing that actually happens is the Prayer Warriors going to Washing Dick - I mean, Washington D.C.
* The first chapter of ''Fanfic/SwimmingInTerror'' is called "Island and Kuma." Monokuma first shows up in the next chapter.
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[[folder:Film]]
* At least half of ''Franchise/ThePinkPanther'' movies don't involve the Pink Panther jewel. It's an ArtifactTitle.
* ''Film/TheThinMan'' movies have an ArtifactTitle. The thin man of the original movie referred to the murder victim, not the main character.
* ''Film/KangarooJack'' is very much a supporting character in the roo's own movie. [[NeverTrustATrailer And it doesn't talk aside from a brief hallucination.]]
* The movie ''[[Creator/StephenKing Hearts in Atlantis]]''. This is due, however, to it being an ArtifactTitle from the novella: the original novella was called "Low Men in Yellow Coats" and "Hearts in Atlantis" was an entirely different story (called so because the main character -- avoiding going to Vietnam by being in college and thus it feeling like Atlantis -- played the card game Hearts a lot (ItMakesSenseInContext)). The movie makes no attempt at explaining the title. Other for it being, you know, a movie adaption of (a part of) the book ''Hearts in Atlantis''... Brautigan refers to the sunken continent at some point in the dialogue, but that still doesn't make explicit the "hearts" part.
* ''Film/TheLastKingOfScotland'' is actually about the Last Dictator of Uganda. Idi Amin did ''claim'' to be the King of Scotland among his many other self-applied titles.
* ''Film/{{Tron}}'' isn't really about Tron, but more about Flynn. ''Film/TronLegacy'' even moreso.
* ''Film/MonsterAGoGo'' has a monster ([[ItMakesSenseInContext sorta]]), but he doesn't dance - nor does Go-go dancing figure into the threadbare plot it has.
* ''Film/TheRef''. The title implies something sports-related, and the holiday setting suggests something happy, but the movie is about as black a comedy as one will find from mainstream Hollywood. The eponymous character is a cat burglar who kidnaps a horribly dysfunctional couple in an attempt to evade a manhunt, and winds up having to "referee" their bickering while he plots his escape. In retrospect, the title fits, but a first-time viewer would have no idea what to expect.
* ''The Grapes of Death''. Awesome title, but the grapes themselves don't kill anybody. Farm chemicals applied to the grapes cause people to go berserk.
* ''Film/MyLifeAsADog'' isn't a human-canine body swap comedy, but rather a Swedish coming of age dramedy. The closest it gets to literalising the title is when the main character has a breakdown and pretends to be a dog.
* ''A Time for Drunken Horses'' is a notable aversion. You'd swear it was a metaphor, but it really does have drunken horses.
* ''[[Film/TheIncrediblyStrangeCreatures The Incredibly Strange Creatures Who Stopped Living and Became Mixed-Up Zombies]]'' is not a campy, counter-culture romp that the title implies. It's a straightforward horror-ish film. The zombies are actually of the traditional "hypnotized" variety and not the undead variety, so they don't "stop living" when they become zombies.
* In ''Film/AcrossThePacific'', the Pacific is never seen, let alone crossed. The original plot was supposed to involve a Japanese plot to bomb Pearl Harbor. When the real-life Pearl Harbor bombing occurred, the plot was hurriedly rewritten to be about an attack on Panama, but the title was not changed.
* ''Film/AllMonstersAttack'''s [[MarketBasedTitle American name]] is ''Godzilla's Revenge''. Godzilla doesn't really get revenge on anyone in the film.
** ''Film/BlueMonkey'' is about a black bug.
** ''Film/MaxHeadroom: 20 Minutes into the Future'' is not about time travel. The phrase "TwentyMinutesIntoTheFuture" isn't used anywhere in the telefilm, and is isn't really clear why it's the subtitle. It was released on video with the more straightforward title ''The Max Headroom Story'' (though the title screen wasn't changed).
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[[folder:Literature]]
* Some of the later ''Literature/{{Animorphs}}'' books got really bad about this. Titles like ''The Suspicion'' (where nothing is suspicious), ''The Prophecy'' (which features no prophecy), and ''The Hidden'' (which features a bizarre morphing buffalo that is definitely not hidden) come to mind.
** Strangely, these are all books from Cassie's point of view. Make of that what you will.
* ''Literature/TheThreeMusketeers'' is actually about the ''fourth'' musketeer who meets and joins the original three. Who appear to do most of their fighting with swords rather than muskets.
* ''Literature/TheNeverendingStory'' ends. Well, the book has a bunch of subplots left with no ending, apparently to inspire children to become writers by actually encouraging them to write their own fanfiction. It's very meta.
* ''Literature/MaxHavelaar, [[EitherOrTitle of de koffiveilingen der Nederlandsche Handelsmaatschappy]]''. The subtitle means 'or the coffee auctions of the Dutch Trading Company', but neither the company nor its auctions are mentioned anywhere in the book. [[PenName Multatuli]] did this deliberately to get as many people as possible - particularly those interested in the coffee trade - to read his AuthorTract.
* ''Series/{{Blackadder}}: The Whole Damn Dynasty'': a book containing scripts of the series, does not cover the whole dynasty. It doesn't contain ''The Cavalier Years'' and ''Blackadder's Christmas Carol''.
* ''Literature/PerdidoStreetStation'' has almost nothing to do with the eponymous novel, beyond a scene in the climax. On the other hand it's hard to find a title that would fit with a book like that.
* Creator/NeilGaiman's short story "Other People" [[spoiler: has only one character.]]
* In a similar vein, in Creator/AgathaChristie's short story [[spoiler: "The Four Suspects"]], the killer turns out to be [[spoiler: a fifth character not counted among the so-called suspects]].
** The same applies to "The Six Suspects", the original title of one of Isaac Asimov's Black Widowers stories. (In its book publication, the story was renamed "Out of Sight".)
* The Goblet of Fire has a relatively brief appearance in ''Literature/HarryPotterAndTheGobletOfFire'', and merely serves to ''trigger'' the events of the book, after which it's pretty much never seen or mentioned again. "....and the Triwizard Tournament" would've been significantly more descriptive.
* ''Literature/AClockworkOrange'' is a WordSaladTitle that only makes sense in a variety of metaphorical senses, depending on which of the conflicting stories that Burgess has given to explain it that you believe. Suffice it to say that there are no literal clockwork oranges in the story.
* ''Literature/BurntOfferings'' has no offerings, burnt or otherwise.
* ''Literature/TheDeclineOfTheWest'' is a non-fiction book by [[DichterUndDenker German philosopher]] Oswald Spengler which inspired many people to grief about the coming end of civilization. Spengler wasn't completely happy with the title (which seemed to imply that the western world had to fall, like the Roman empire) and commented that he could've changed the title to "The fulfillment of the West", which would be closer to his intention - i.e. the west transforming to a stable but stagnant empire in the end. The fact that many fans only knew the title and didn't care to actually read the book didn't help.
* ''Franchise/{{BIONICLE}} Chronicles #3: Makuta's Revenge''. [[BigBad Makuta]]'s sole presence are two short monologues at the beginning and around the middle, and the rest of the story doesn't concern him, nor is he responsible for releasing the enemies, the six Bohrok-Kal. Their awakening was actually an automatic response to the heroes' victory over the regular Bohrok swarms and the Bahrag queens, from the previous book. Now, Makuta ''did'' release those, so technically he's indirectly responsible for unleashing the Kal as well, but the title's still a stretch. Later story material then RetConned out the "revenge" part, too.
** ''Chronicles #4: Tales of the Masks'', bearing the subtitle ''A New Quest...'', makes it seem like it's about the Toa Nuva (featured on the cover) reenacting the tedious [[GottaCatchThemAll mask-collecting]] from the first book, but with [[MacGuffin new masks]]. The real focus is on exploring the relationships between the Toa and Turaga priests, through the FramingStory of the six Turaga reciting the tales of the mask-hunt, which is of lesser importance overall.
* The third and final installment of ''Literature/TheMysteriousBenedictSociety'' has the title ''The Mysterious Benedict Society and the Prisoner's Dilemma''. The Prisoner's Dilemma is only featured at the beginning of the book and has nothing to do with the overall plot of the story.
* The CompletelyDifferentTitle of the German translation of ''X-Wing: Rogue Squadron'' is ''X-Wing: Angriff auf Coruscant'', i.e. "assault on Coruscant". However, the novel is merely about the beginnings of the New Republic campaign to eventually take over Coruscant – the actual assault on Coruscant itself doesn't happen until later.
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[[folder:Live-Action TV]]
* ''24 Hours in A&E'': This show technically stays within the premise that all the events of an episode occur within 24 hours... but few, if any, episodes actually cover that ''long'' a period - most just follow a single day or night shift.
* ''Series/DoctorWho'':
** The episode "The Next Doctor" centres around a man who seems to be a future incarnation of the Doctor. It turns out his brain was scrambled my a Cyberman cartridge carrying information ''about'' the Doctor.
** The episode "Let's Kill Hitler," in which the Nazis and the genocidal dictator himself have little to no influence on the real plot. They either [[TheyWastedAPerfectlyGoodPlot wasted a perfectly good plot]] or [[TheyPlottedAPerfectlyGoodWaste plotted a perfectly good waste]], depending on your perspective.
** "The Doctor Dances" could be seen as this. While the Doctor ''does'' dance in it, it has nothing to do with the central plot of gas-mask zombies in Blitz-era London.
* ''Series/TheBigBangTheory'' is mainly about the social misadventures of three socially-awkward scientists [[RunningGag and one not-scientist]]. The titular theory may be mentioned occasionally in passing, but it's hardly the focus of the show.
* ''Series/ICarly'': The episode "iCarly Saves TV". They don't save television, the gang gets the opportunity to turn ''iCarly'' into a TV show, it gets massive ExecutiveMeddling and they give up and go back to the Internet.
* ''Series/KyoryuSentaiZyuranger'': [[MarketBasedTitle In some markets]], this show was [[CompletelyDifferentTitle localized as]] ''Galaxy Rangers'', even though the only characters who are outside the Earth are the main villains.
* ''Series/PowerRangersSamurai'': The first episode aired is titled "The Team Unites". Yet there is no [[AvengersAssemble uniting]], at least not in a RecruitTeenagersWithAttitude sense. The Rangers ''already'' have their powers, and the episode is primarily focused on the Green Samurai Ranger, Mike, who technically could be said to "rejoin" the team in the latter part of the episode. It's all but confirmed that it was supposed to be Episode 3, and the ''true'' "first episodes" of ''Samurai'' came in the form of {{Origins Episode}}s mid-season.
* ''Series/{{Revolution}}'': "[[Recap/RevolutionS1E14TheNightTheLightsWentOutInGeorgia The Night the Lights Went Out in Georgia]]". The title implies we'll see events during the Blackout, but the episode proves to be anything but.
* ''Series/StargateSG1'' and ''Series/StargateAtlantis'': Beyond the first few seasons, these shows would often go entire episodes without mentioning or showing a Stargate.
* Series/{{Taggart}}: Since the death of actor Mark [=McManus=], this show hasn't had Taggart.
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[[folder:Meta]]
* Wiki/TVTropes itself. If it's listed in ThisIndexIsNotAnExample, you shouldn't take a page title at face value. If it gets so far out of hand that it ''only'' confuses tropers and readers however, this often leads to a [[Administrivia/RenamedTropes rename]]. Also, it features a lot of tropes [[ArtifactTitle found in other media than television...]]
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[[folder:Music]]
* The first song on Twelfth Night's self-titled album is entitled "Last Song."
** Similarly, the sixth song on Music/FooFighters' ''In Your Honor'' is called "The Last Song", though ItMakesSenseInContext of the song itself.
* Music/AFlockOfSeagulls' "The End" is the next-to-the-last track on ''The Story Of A Young Heart''.
* [[Music/TheRollingStones "Sympathy For The Devil"]] really doesn't portray him very sympathetically at all.
* Intestinal Disgorge's "I'm Going To Fuck Your Kid." They even acknowledge this partway through:
-->This song has nothing to do with fucking kids, by the way...
* The song called ''Long Happy Life'' by Soviet-Russian PunkRock singer Yegor Letov describes(in a '''very''' bizzare way) his AndIMustScream state of anhedonia, depression and anguish during abstinent syndrome after numerous alcohol and drug overdoses.
* Throbbing Gristle's ''20 Jazz Funk Greats''. The genre is way off and the number of songs falls short by 9. If you include the bonus tracks on the latest reissue, it overshoots by 2.
* Ween's ''12 Golden Country Greats''. Unlike the Throbbing Gristle example, the songs really do belong to the indicated genre; however, there are only ten of them.
* The inaccuracy of the title of Music/WeirdAlYankovic's "This Song Is Just Six Words Long" is self-evident.
** The title seems slightly more accurate when read as "This Song's Just Six Words Long", but the lyrics still have a lot more than six words in them.
* Invoked by original [[Music/TheBeatles Beatles]] drummer, Pete Best, who infamously named his first album ''Best of the Beatles'', confusing fans of Music/TheBeatles expecting a GreatestHits album.
* "Jack the Ripper" by Music/NickCave is (unlike a huge amount of his songs) not a MurderBallad. It actually has nothing to do with the historical serial killer.
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[[folder:Pinball]]
* ''Pinball/TheMachineBrideOfPinbot'': Except for the title, no one ever refers to the titular Machine as "Bride".
* ''[[Pinball/NoFearDangerousSports No Fear: Dangerous Sports]]'' has the "No Limits" Major Challenge, where the value of each shot starts at 20 million points, and each one collected adds another million... only to cap out at 70 million.
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[[folder:Tabletop Games]]
* ''TabletopGame/AllFleshMustBeEaten'' -- you spend the game working to avoid that.
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[[folder:Theatre]]
* The 1946 Broadway musical ''Park Avenue'' was set entirely on Long Island.
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[[folder:Videogames]]
* ''Franchise/TheLegendOfZelda'' isn't always about Zelda. [[VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaLinksAwakening One game]] only mentions her once at the very beginning (she never appears), [[VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaMajorasMask one]] only included her in a flashback, and [[VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaOracleGames two others]] only contain her if both are played in tandem. What's more, aside from portions of ''[[TVideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaSpiritTracks Spirit Tracks]]'' and two of the [[CanonDiscontinuity non-canon]] CD-i games, you never play as her. All this leads to a massive case of IAmNotShazam for poor non-eponymous hero Link.
* You do not get to ''VideoGame/DestroyAllHumans'', though you get to Destroy All Martians in the second one.
* ''Franchise/FinalFantasy'' has many sequels.
** Similarly, ''Franchise/{{Ultima}}''.
* [[VideoGame/RaidouKuzunohaVsTheSoullessArmy The "Soulless Army"]] is merely the first indicator that something is amiss, and really does not have a whole lot of impact on the plot, itself.
* X is not the main character of ''VideoGame/MegaManX7''.
** The ''VideoGame/MegaManStarForce'' series focuses more on electromagnetic waves than stars or space. ''Star Force 2'' doesn't have anything to do with stars! As for the "Star Force," it's just a power that [=MegaMan=] gets in the first game but has nothing to do with the other two games; there's only a vague mention of it in ''Star Force 3''.
* There are models and diagrams of Metal Gear in ''VideoGame/MetalGearSolid3SnakeEater'', but they don't have any real bearing on the story other than as easter eggs. Nor is the character Solid Snake present, but Hideo Kojima stated the "solid" in the title refers to the series's transition to [[{{Engrish}} "solid"]] polygonal graphics, so it isn't this trope.
* The eponymous wars of ''VideoGame/GuildWars'' ended before the earliest events in the game.
* ''VideoGame/ChronoTrigger''. The actual Chrono Trigger impacts the plot only briefly - and even then, ''optionally,'' as it's possible to go ahead and fight the final boss without completing the part of the story that involves it. (Adding insult to injury, it's even referred to more often as the "Time Egg".)
** This is less the case in ''VideoGame/ChronoCross''; while the eponymous item arguably spends less time relevant to the story than the Chrono Trigger, it is of much greater overall significance [[spoiler: what with being the piece of Phlebotinum that's supposed to reintegrate the timelines and kill the Time Devourer off once and for all]].
** Although the Chrono Trigger item is relatively insignificant, the description that's given to it ("It is pure potential. By unleashing a specific course of events, it can have a powerful effect on time... It represents a possibility, it may or may not hatch.") applies equally well to the party, meaning that the time travelers themselves are a kind of Chrono Trigger. It gets a little meta.
** Speaking of misleading titles in ''VideoGame/ChronoCross'', one would not expect a song called [[{{Wangst}} Scars of Time]] to be so damn [[CrowningMusicOfAwesome funky]]!
* ''VisualNovel/PlumbersDontWearTies''. In one scene early on in the "game", John is seen playing air guitar with a plunger while wearing a tie.
* ''MetroidPrime Hunters'' does not involve Metroids or any incarnation of Metroid Prime at all. It includes creatures that attack in a similar manner to Metroids, but not Metroids themselves. (Though the demo version, ''First Hunt'', that was included with DS systems at launch, did include Metroids.)
* ''VideoGame/TheElderScrollsIIIMorrowind'' - The eponymous scrolls get one mention in the game itself, and it's also the fifth game in the series...
** Arguably the name ''Morrowind'' implies that you will be journeying across the entire province, when in reality you are limited to the island of Vvardenfell. Obviously this is located in Morrowind, but it still could be considered misleading.
** ''Franchise/TheElderScrolls'' is awful about this, to date the eponymous scrolls have only been relevant in ''[[VideoGame/TheElderScrollsIVOblivion Oblivion]]'' (as a relatively unimportant MacGuffin) and ''[[VideoGame/TheElderScrollsVSkyrim Skyrim]]'' where it's really only important once. The subtitles are accurate though, although ''Oblivion'' would be more properly called ''Cyrodiil'' to be in line with the other titles being placenames.
** Well, Oblivion IS a place in the ''TES'' universe.
** The first ''Elder Scrolls'' game ''[[VideoGame/TheElderScrollsArena Arena]]'' doesn't have any arenas in it.
*** Fortunately, that's been handily dealt with: "Arena" is believed to be the translation of Nirn, from the language the earliest of the spiritual beings who took part in the creation of the world, the [[http://www.uesp.net/wiki/Lore:Ehlnofey Ehlnofey]].
*** Or "Arena" is a figurative way of describing the constant state of strife that Tamriel is in. Any number of {{Hand Wave}}s exist.
* The ''VideoGame/{{Minecraft}}'' Pocket Edition contains neither mining nor crafting.
** And since it is also available for many tablets, the "Pocket Edition" part is not entirely true either...
** The latter part somewhat averts this, mainly due to the updates.
* The {{Mega Drive}} version of ''VideoGame/{{Action 52}}'' falls into this, as it really only has 51 games. Several games across both versions also fall into this problem:
** ''Dam Busters'', which doesn't feature a dam at any point in the game.
** ''Haunted Hill'' in both versions, although the NES version sometimes goes under the more apt ''Haunted Halls''.
** ''Slashers'' sounds like the name of a horror movie, but it's really a [[ShoddyKnockoffProduct poor man's]] ''VideoGame/DoubleDragon''.
** ''Bits n Pieces'', which sounds like a puzzle game ([[ManualMisprint even the manual suggests this]]) but it's actually a horror-themed game where you jump over monsters.
** ''Mind's Eye'', which is a ''VideoGame/{{Minesweeper}}'' clone.
** ''Slalom'', which is a regular skiing game as opposed to having an actual slalom event.
*** Incidentally, Rare did a NES game of the same name which also has no slaloming involved.
** ''Paratrooper'', which consists of collecting giant computer chips or something.
* ''Girly Block'' is a MechaGame by Creator/{{Compile}} for the {{MSX}}2. No, there are no anime girls to be seen.
* The ''VideoGame/{{Doom}}'' [[GameMod mod]] [[http://zandronum.com/forum/showthread.php?tid=4559 "Rootpain 2: Buttpain: The Wrekctum Analhilation"]]. The title sounds like an incredibly immature comedy, and the trailer and the blurb promise over-the-top nonstop action and gore. It's a deliberate choice to increase the surprise when you run the mod and find that it's a creepy SurvivalHorror.
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[[folder:Webcomics]]
* ''Webcomic/MSPaintAdventures'' is really only 3 stories and 1 OrphanedSeries and the current one hasn't actually been an adventure [[note]]IE, written by user suggestions[[/note]] in over a year. And nothing aside from the first panel of the first adventure has been made in MSPaint.
** Also, ''Webcomic/{{Homestuck}}'' is only about a kid stuck in his house for about a few dozen pages out of several thousand. Apparently AndrewHussie was going to name it ''Sburb'', the name of the [[TheGamePlaysYou game]] on which the story is based, but thought it was too boring.
* "Faraway Morning and Three Short Tales" is the title of the 34th chapter of ''Webcomic/GunnerkriggCourt'' which actually does have characters telling [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin three short tales]]. Sounds like a short chapter, right? It's actually one of the longest chapters to date thanks to all of the CharacterDevelopment and plot revelations going on between each of the tales.
* The protagonist of ''Webcomic/DamselsDontWearGlasses'' ''does'' wear glasses.
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* IGN's [[http://ca.ign.com/articles/2012/08/13/6-video-game-titles-that-lied-straight-to-your-face 6 Video Game Titles That Lied Straight to Your Face]]
* Each episode of ''[[Webcomic/CyanideAndHappiness The Cyanide And Happiness Show]]'' has a title that's completely unrelated to any of the sketches within it. For example, Episode 2 is called "Why I Hate Summer Camp"; the sketches are a Moby Dick parody, a guy in the bath, and a guy trying to propose to his girlfriend. Summer camp isn't mentioned once.
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* ''WesternAnimation/TheSmurfs'' episode "Hefty And The Wheelsmurfer" is called "Fortachon y Pitufina" ("Hefty And Smurfette") in the Spanish dub, despite the fact that the episode isn't ''exclusively'' about Hefty and Smurfette in any sort of relationship.
* In ''WesternAnimation/TransformersPrime [[Recap/TransformersPrimeTVMBeastHuntersPredaconsRising Beast Hunters: Predacons Rising]]'', the Predacons are very minor side characters who have little to no impact on the overall plot. Technically, some Predacons ''are'' [[spoiler:risen, however they are zombies who fight ''against'' the real Predacons.]] The title probably came to be because Hasbro wanted to advertise their beast-themed ''Transformers'' figures, even if the movie's story barely focused on them.
* Played with by the title of the ''WesternAnimation/FostersHomeForImaginaryFriends'' episode "Foster's Goes to Europe". Given the way this type of title is typically used, you'd think it's about things the cast do while they're in Europe. It's actually about the trip ''to'' Europe, specifically everyone trying to get ready to leave the house, which in a sense makes it ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin. [[spoiler:And even though most of the cast miss their flight, ''Madame'' Foster, who stole their tickets, [[KarmaHoudini actually manages to get to Europe]].]]
* For WesternAnimation/AquaTeenHungerForce, the title of the show itself. The show it is about a group of AnthropomorphicFood. It has no focus on water, none of the main characters are adolescents (or have any confirmed age). The hunger is only slightly relevant, due to them being food, but the fact that they are edible is rarely brought up. The force part was relevant for the first three episodes as a plot to simply get the show airing, as the actual premise of the show would sound ridiculous otherwise.
* ''ComicBook/{{Asterix}} Conquers America'': Asterix doesn't conquer America. A case of CompletelyDifferentTitle, since the original French title was ''Asterix et les Indiens'' (Asterix and the Indians)
* ''Disney/ThePrincessAndTheFrog'': Considering the movie takes place in America, the eponymous "Princess" isn't actually a princess, she's just a waitress who gets mistaken for one. The "Frog" is the one who's of royal descent, and the protagonist becomes a princess after marrying him at the end.
* The two-parter ''WesternAnimation/FamilyGuy'' "Stewie Kills Lois/Lois Kills Stewie"; neither title is accurate. In part 1, Stewie appears to kill Lois, but she turns out to be NotQuiteDead. In part 2, Stewie does get killed, but it's Peter who kills him. And to top it all off, ''both'' episodes [[AllJustADream turn out to be a computer simulation.]]
* ''WesternAnimation/HowTheGrinchStoleChristmas'' is actually about how he could steal the decorations and gifts associated with Christmas; he couldn't actually steal the holiday, and even then, he ''gives back'' what he stole in the first place.
* ''WesternAnimation/FredAndBarneyMeetTheThing''. [[WesternAnimation/TheFlintstones Fred and Barney]] do not meet [[ComicBook/FantasticFour the Thing]], [[InNameOnly if you can call him that]]; they're in segments that never cross over.
* ''WesternAnimation/RegularShow'' is actually anything ''but'' regular.
* The Acme Hour on Creator/CartoonNetwork was actually 2 hours long.
* The ''WesternAnimation/{{Rugrats}}'' spinoff ''WesternAnimation/AllGrownUp'' features the characters as tweens.
* The ''WesternAnimation/AvengersEarthsMightiestHeroes'' episode "Iron Man is Born" does not retell the origin of ComicBook/IronMan, nor does "The Man in the Ant Hill" show [[ComicBook/AntMan Hank Pym]] explore an ant hill. Some other episodes have the same names as comics they do not actually adapt, but most of them still sound relevant to the plot.
* The ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyG3'' series ''Newborn Cuties'' is an unintended example of this trope, as the characters aren't exactly newborn, and [[UncannyValley the cuteness is debatable]].
* In the Disney film ''Disney/{{Tangled}}'', Rapunzel's magic hair never gets tangled, in spite of the many things it is brushed over, tied to, etc.
* ''WesternAnimation/EightCrazyNights'' hardly has anything to do with Hanukkah (outside of a few brief references) and may have very well just been a film set during the Winter season.
* The ''[[WesternAnimation/TheFantasticFour1967 Fantastic Four 1967]]'' episode "The Menace of the Mole Man" adapts a comic titled, "The Return of the Mole Man!", while "The Return of the Mole Man" adapts a comic titled, "The Mad Menace of the Macabre Mole Man". The former episode's title doesn't match its comic because Creator/HannaBarbera had yet to adapt the first ''Fantastic Four'' issue. (When they finally did so, they left out Mole Man's scenes to boot.)
* ''WesternAnimation/TheAngryBeavers'': Only one of the beaver main characters, Daggett, was actually angry; Norb was in fact fairly easy-going at the beginning, and even when he TookALevelInJerkass, he was more of a smug, self-centered kind of jerk than actually angry.
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