* From ''WesternAnimation/{{Animaniacs}}'':
--> '''Wakko:''' ''(holding up a vomit bag)'' Hey, mister. What's this?\\
'''Bloski:''' A vomit bag.\\
'''Wakko:''' ''(looks into the vomit bag)'' Oh, poo! I got gypped; there's none in here!
* Played with on an episode of {{Squidbillies}}, where Early and the Sheriff go to visit a therapist. Turns out it wasn't a therapist, just a misreading on "The Rapist".
* ''TheSimpsons''
** Lisa's anxious fantasy about failing gym:
--> '''Judge:''' In that case I sentence you to a lifetime of horror on Monster Island. (''to Lisa'') Don't worry, it's just a name. \\
[''Cut to Monster Island; Lisa and others are chased by [[LawyerFriendlyCameo lookalikes of]] [[{{Kaiju}} Mothra, Rodan and Gamera]]'']\\
'''Lisa:''' He said it was just a name!\\
'''Man:''' What he meant is that Monster Island is actually a peninsula.
** In "The PTA Disbands", the PTA most emphatically does not disband (though at one point, a guy mistakenly believes it did, panics and jumps out a window. And jumps back in when informed of his mistake). The episode got its title because writer Jennifer Crittenden thought that that was the worst thing that could possibly happen to a school.
** {{Lampshaded}} in "'Scuse Me While I Miss The Sky", with the Deadly Meteor Shower; people are apprehensive about this name, until Lisa explains that it was named after its discoverer, Professor Artemis Deadly - who was killed in the shower of 1853.
** And in "The Color Yellow," Bart learns that the Underground Railroad was neither underground nor a railroad, and wonders why they didn't call it "the Above-Ground Normal Road."
** After Nelson and Bart finish seeing a film named "Film/NakedLunch".
--> '''Nelson:''' I can think of at least two things wrong with that title..."
** "Homer vs. the 18th Amendment": Homer's actual dispute is with a city statute and the 21st Amendment, ending national Prohibition but allowing local jurisdictions to continue to ban alcohol, by proxy.
** "22 Short Films About Springfield" only has 19 segments (17 if you count Lisa's three segments as one short).
** [[SuspiciouslySpecificDenial The "Legitimate Businessmen's Social Club" is actually a Mafia front.]]
** This exchange from ''King Homer'':
-->'''Carl''': Hey, I hear we're going to Ape Island.\\
'''Lenny''': Yeah, to capture a giant ape. 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.
* Reading the inscription on a statue in ''WesternAnimation/{{Futurama}}'':
-->'''Fry:''' "Philip J. Fry, the Original Martian." Lies! Every word of it! He wasn't original, he wasn't a Martian, he wasn't Philip J. Fry, and since when is he a "The?" \\
'''Bender:''' You're twice the "The" he ever was!
*** Even less correct when you consider that [[DoesThisRemindYouOfAnything the Native Martians were there first]].
** Also
-->'''Professor:''' ...in the darkest depths of the Forbidden Zone\\
'''Leela:''' Professor, are we even ''allowed'' in the Forbidden Zone?\\
'''Professor:''' Why, of course! It's just a name, like the Death Zone or the Zone of No Return. [[IDontLikeTheSoundOfThatPlace All the zones have names like that in the Galaxy of Terror]]!
** The Cave of Hopelessness. Named after Reginald Hopelessness, of course.
*** Who, in a similar gag to ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons'' one above, was the first man to be eaten alive by the Tunneling Horror.
** The episode "Fun on a Bun" is actually a big TearJerker.
** In the Portuguese dub, apart from very poor acting and especially poor translation, all of the episodes are named in the most generic, unfunny and misleading ways possible. For example, "Jurassic Bark", "The Lesser of Two Evils", "The Cryonic Woman", "Teenage Mutant Leela's Hurdles" and "Roswell That Ends Well" (that's ''five'' different episodes!) are all renamed "Back To The Past", and only the latter has any time-travelling.
* ''WesternAnimation/SouthPark'' has the song "Kyle's Mom Is A Stupid Bitch In D Minor," which actually isn't in D-minor.
** ''Nothing'' sung by Cartman is in a minor key.
** This might be a reference to [[Film/SinginInTheRain "Singin' in the Rain in A-Flat"]] -- which is actually in E-flat.
* 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.
* ''Franchise/{{Transformers}}''-related examples:
** In the [[WesternAnimation/TheTransformers G1]] episode "Enter the Nightbird", the character who needs help jumping up a cliff is the guy named Cliffjumper.
** Bluestreak is silver, and not blue. Ironically, the Diaclone toy he was redecoed from ''was'' blue, and his packaging art showed him as being blue. Due to trademark problems, he was renamed "Silverstreak" in the 2000's, which fits better. But his thing is that he never shuts up; he talks a blue streak. "Silverstreak" just describes his color and implies that he's fast.
** ''TransformersShatteredGlass'' is a mirror universe story, where very few characters have changed names but nearly all have flipped personalities. This results in, among others, the dapper, cultured Abominus, the dashing, heroic Colonel [[NamesToRunAwayFromReallyFast Deathsaurus]], Astrotrain, who doesn't turn into a train, SpaceCowboy Bludgeon, and Whisper's NoIndoorVoice. Sometimes, this gets a HandWave; Abominus named himself after a poem, and Whisper's name is apparently an IronicNickname.
* ''WesternAnimation/SpongebobSquarepants'': Neither the eponymous SpongeBob, nor his pants, are actually square. He and his pants are rectangular prisms composed entirely of rectangular faces.
** Also, Squidward is an octopus, not a squid (Taken a bit further that he has 6 tentacles, not 8).
* In the Disney film ''Disney/TheGreatMouseDetective'', Padraic Ratigan actually ISN'T a rat; he's just a mouse drawn to look like a rat.
* ''ComicBook/{{Asterix}} Conquers America'': Asterix doesn't conquer America.
** Though this is probably due to the translation having a 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.
** There's also Doc Facilier's "Friends on the Other Side", who are [[DealWithTheDevil not]] [[YouHaveFailedMe exactly friendly]]...
* 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.]]
* {{Claymation}} is done using PlasticeneŽ -- clay would dry out and harden.
* ''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/PhineasAndFerb gives us this gem from "The Wizard of Odd":
--> '''Phineas''': (After Candace and various others start falling from a plane) Wow, dumb luck. And over the Sea of Razor Sharp Rock Spires too!\\
'''Phineas''': Good thing it was so inappropriately named!\\
(Candace and the others land on ground made of pillows.)
* [[NonHumanSidekick Flounder]] from ''Disney/TheLittleMermaid'' is not a flounder (a flat gray fish that disguises itself as the bottom of the sea floor), but some sort of yellow tropical fish with blue stripes.
* Similarly, Marlin from ''WesternAnimation/FindingNemo'' is actually a clownfish like his son, Nemo. This was lampshaded about halfway through the film when Nigel the pelican tells Gill that Nemo's father shares his name with that of "a popular sport fish." Also, Dory is not a dory, she's a blue tang.
* ''WesternAnimation/BenTen'' started out as a MeaningfulName, as it seemed originally that Ben could turn himself into ten different aliens using the Omnitrix; in fact, to drive the point home, his ArchEnemy Kevin Eleven chose that name to spite him by trumping him one number. However, as the show - and the franchise - progressed, Ben discovered several more aliens, and by the time ''Ben 10: Omniverse'' ended, the number had increased to a total of 61. (More if you count the Ultimate forms of some of them. His future self in one episode had discovered far more, although only one was shown in the episode.)
* On ''WesternAnimation/RockosModernLife,'' Heffer Wolfe is neither a heifer nor a wolf. Played with, however: he ''is'' a steer, and his last name comes from [[ObliviousAdoption his adopted family]], who ''are'' [[SpeciesSurname wolves.]]
* ''WesternAnimation/RegularShow'' is actually anything ''but'' regular.
** Muscle Man is actually just a FatIdiot. However, in "Power Tower" it's revealed that he used to be extremely muscular.
** Played with in the case of Skips, whose real name is revealed to be Walks in "Skips Strikes" -- [[MeaningfulRename he changed it because people kept asking him why he skipped instead of walked]].
** Within the Creator/CartoonNetwork milieu, the show can be seen as fairly regular.
* The ''WesternAnimation/QuackPack'' version of Duckburg, unlike the one seen in ''WesternAnimation/DuckTales'' and in the comics, is actually not populated by ducks (or any anthropomorphic animal), with the sole exceptions being Donald, Daisy, Professor von Drake, and the nephews, at all!
** Also, Duckworth (Scrooge [=McDuck=]'s butler), despite his name, is actually ''a dog.''
* ''WesternAnimation/HeyArnold'' plays with this, when a DrillSergeantNasty SadistTeacher notes that Curly's hair isn't curly and [[YouFailLogicForever demands to know his real name]]. The odd thing is, [[TheCuckoolanderWasRight he's right]]--Curly's real first name is [[EmbarrassingFirstName Thaddeus]].
* ''WesternAnimation/{{Doug}}''. Doug Funnie [[TheStraightMan isn't.]]
* In a similar vein to the ''Series/PowerRangersZeo'' example mentioned above, one of the main villains in ''WesternAnimation/MyLifeAsATeenageRobot'' is '''Queen''' Vexus, leader of the Cluster '''Empire'''.
* 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]].
* From ''WesternAnimation/TeenTitans'' the H.I.V.E. Five actually had ''six'' members in their third appearance, as Kid Flash quickly noticed.
* In ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic'', there is a place known as the Crystal Empire. It's actually a city-state within the kingdom of Equestria, whose head of state is a princess (abeit one implicitly lower ranked than the reigning Equestrian diarchy), rather than an empress. Back when it was actually independent, it was ruled by kings and queens rather than an emperor or empress.
** Equestria itself is ruled by a pair of princesses, rather than the queens that being called a kingdom would indicate. [[FanWank Fans have come up with many explanations for this situation.]]
* On ''WesternAnimation/{{Gargoyles}},'' the race sometimes known as "[[TheFairFolk Oberon's Children]]" are not actually his offspring (well, [[WordOfGod except for two who are]]); he's just their ruler. The race was known as "Mab's Children" back when [[GodSaveUsFromTheQueen his mother]] was in charge.
* The [[CharacterTitle titular]] character of ''WesternAnimation/LittleBill'' owns a pet hamster named "Elephant".
* The leader of the council of the Immortals in Rankin and Bass's ''The Life and Adventures of Santa Claus'' was known as the Great Ak. [[http://christmas-specials.wikia.com/wiki/The_Great_Ak He doesn't look much]] [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Great_Auk like an extinct bird...]]
* 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.)
* The ''WesternAnimation/SonicBoom'' episode, "The Sidekick" features Sonic going up against one of Eggman's robots, entitled "Burnbot". Said robot does not have any fire or chemical weapons, but claws instead. [[LampshadeHanging Sonic suggests using a name that isn't so misleading.]] Later in the episode, it is revealed that Eggman did take Sonic's advice by adding flamethrowers to Burnbot.
* ''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.
* Jackie on JackieChanAdventures was not actually voiced by Jackie Chan.