Just For Fun / Lousy Alternate Titles

Principal Skinner: Now I finally have time to do what I've always wanted: write the great American novel. Mine is about a futuristic amusement park where dinosaurs are brought to life through advanced cloning techniques! I call it "Billy and the Cloneasaurus!"
Apu: Oh, you have got to be kidding sir! First you think of an idea that has already been done, then you give it a title that nobody could possibly like!

Sometimes titles just don't work. They're too short, too long, too vague, or just plain wrong. So we are glad those aren't the titles for certain tropes.

But what...

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...if they were?

This is where we think of the worst possible titles for existing tropes.

Compare Laconic Wiki, Renamed Tropes, I Thought It Meant (lousy definitions for trope titles).

Examples are alphabetized by trope name:

To begin...
  • This page is called Lousy Alternate Titles because Goofing Around By Spelling Out The Meanings Of The Tropes With Profanity And Bold Inflation is too long.
    • And it's still shorter than What If Encyclopedia Dramatica Wrote Our Trope Titles?.
    • Also, Really, Really Lousy Alternate Titles That Are Way Too Long And Usually Complain About Tropes, Tropers, And Pretty Much Everything is too hypocritical, and Self Demonstrating Trope Titles doesn't actually apply to all of them.


  • We called it Back from the Dead instead of Dead But Not Out because... no-one thought of that.
  • Becoming the Costume is pretty self-explanatory, while calling it Fabric Conditioning is clever but also a lot harder to understand.
  • Best Known for the Fanservice is more subtle than saying Screw The Plot, There's A Hot Topless Chick!
  • Beta Test Baddie wasn't called Incomplete Monster because, let's face it, someone would find a way to start a Flame War over it.
  • Better Than It Sounds is called that because Making Good Fiction Seem Like Crap And Making You Guess Which Fiction It Is is a lot to type.
    • And also because Adventure Ho is too specific to one show.
  • Big Breast Pride (or related tropes) should in no case be named 1 Girl 2 D-Cups. The fact that it's misleading would be only the slightest problem.
  • Big Brother Bully isn't called The Rodrick because not everyone's seen (or watched) Diary of a Wimpy Kid.
  • They call it Big "NO!" because nobody can remember just how many letters are in NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!!!! Ditto with tropes such as:
  • Bizarre Instrument has a better ring than You'd Have To Be High To Think That Could Actually Make Music.
  • It's called Black Sheep Hit because it's shorter than If We'd Known This Was Going To Be The Only Song You Remember Us For, We Never Would Have Done It.
  • Breast Attack is short and not a dumb pun, unlike What's The Breast Spot To Strike On A Woman?.
  • Buxom Is Better isn't exactly the most subtle trope title, but it's significantly less blatant than Busty Makes Me Feel Good.

  • Capcom Sequel Stagnation is better than Super Ultra Ultimate Hyper [Insert Game Title Here] Turbo HD Remix Arcade Edition because it's less confusing to remember.
  • Chart Displacement is short and easy to remember. Did You Know That Band Had Other Songs That Charted Even Higher Than The One You Remember Them For? isn't. And that's without naming specific artists and songs.
  • It's called Chekhov's Gun because Look At Me I'm A Plot Device! is just a tad snarky.
  • It's called the Chewbacca Defense because Total Bullshit Argument would just be rude, and would most likely turn into a Pothole Magnet for complaining.
  • Calling Christmas Miracle Santa Fu being a Pun is not the problem. Rather it's the fact that probably only a citizen of Hamburg will find it funny. note 
  • We went with City Mouse rather than The Dude because not everyone is familiar with that word's meaning as "inexperienced cowboy".
  • Cluster F-Bomb is generally easier to remember than Fucking Fuckheaded Show That Fucking Likes To Fucking Use The Fucking Word "Fuck" All The Fucking Time, and you couldn't use it in polite company. Also, it's punnier.
  • Complaining About Shows You Don't Like is a long title, but Presenting Subjective Opinions Of Things You Don't Like As Objective Fact In A Way That Will Just Start An Argument is even longer.
  • Complete Monster is a concise way of saying Worse Than Satan, Stalin, Hitler, Nero, Pol Pot, Mao Zedong, And Bin Laden Combined.
  • Complete-the-Quote Title isn't anywhere as snarky as Hey, We're So Clever, Why Don't We Name The Work After The Least Relevant Part Of The Quote Relevant To The Subject At Hand?
  • Corrupt Corporate Executive is a better title than The Modern HRV Media Group due to unnecessary Take That! in the latter.
  • We call it Crack Is Cheaper because Hasbro Owns Your Soul hit a bit too close to home for some people.
  • It's Crack Pairing because Shipping Of Two Or More People That Rarely If Ever Interact With Each Other Or People That Hate Each Other And Would Never Think Of Loving Each Other In A Million Years...Or Just Mind Screw Pairings is way too long.
    • And because That Ship Pairing Is No, Just... No. What The Hell Is Wrong With You?! was a little too mean-spirited.
  • Critical Backlash is so called because Flak Lash was way too lame of a pun.
  • Calling The Cuckoolander Was Right Listen to the Voice of Butters is already bad as Butters is not the best example of a cloudcuckoolander, so the fact that no one gets the Human League reference (Ha! They don't even have an entry here!) is rather irrelevant.
  • We call it Cultural Translation since 4Kids Hates Riceballs is too much of a Take That!, and Brock's Jelly-Filled Donuts and Eat Your Hamburgers, Apollo make no sense to most people.
  • Cut a Slice, Take the Rest is a lot shorter than Cutting Out A Small Piece Of Something Implying That You Are Going To Take The Small Piece But Actually Taking The Whole Rest.
    • And it's nicer than Hey, If You Cut A Small Slice, Take The Small Slice, You Dickhead!.
  • Cuteness Overload is more specific than He's So Fluffy, I'm Gonna Die!.

  • Damsel Scrappy is the name, since Useless Chick Who Does Nothing But Get Kidnapped And Scream proved to be a tad long-winded, and it's more polite than Dumbass In Distress.
  • It's called Dan Browned because If You're Going To Make Such A Big Sodding Deal About It Being Accurate Then Make Sure It's Actually Accurate, Stupid is just too long and mean.
  • Dark World is a better title than The Veil since not everyone has played Wolfenstein and it's far from being a good example.
  • It's called Darth Wiki because on the one hand, someone would have objected to This Is Where We Put Our Answer to /b/tards, and on the other hand, B is too short.
  • It's called A Date with Rosie Palms because it turns out This Hand Of Mine Glows With An Awesome Power isn't actually an example.
  • This Idea Is Bogus And You Should Hang Yourself For It does not even remotely begin to describe what Deconstruction is about, even if many think it does.
  • It's called Demonization because Lying About Shows You Don't Like is only part of it.
  • It's called Demonic Spiders because Fuck This Fucking Piece of Fucking Bull Fucking Shit Fucking Asshole is too full of swears, too long, and is prone to being confused with Cluster F-Bomb.
  • Directionally Solid Platforms is definitely a better title than The Contra Effect since Contra is known for other things too.
  • Discredited Trope is nicer than Stop Using This Bullshit Trope, You Dumbfucks!
  • Remember That Scene In That Disney Movie Where The Chick Sings And Animals Come Out To Join Her? Well Look We're Parodying That! Aren't We Clever? is a little too cheeky for its own good. Disney Creatures of the Farce works a lot better.
  • We went with Dissimile because it's shorter, catchier, and more punny than "And By 'Metaphorically', I Mean 'Get Your Coat.'"
  • It's called The Dog Was the Mastermind because The Dog That You Saw On The Way To The Crime Scene And Was The Least Likely Being To Do It Got You Into This Mess can cause breathlessness by itself.

  • Earth Is the Center of the Universe is more or less self-explanatory, Most Writers Are Terrans, however, sounds much more general.
  • Eat the Dog was less punny than Menchi Solution. And Tenchi Solution has since been split, thus ruining the pun anyways.
  • Eat the Rich isn't called Voregeoisie because that would just be too messed up, even for us.
  • Ending Fatigue is called that because The Point Where It Becomes Obvious That Someone Was Paying The Writers By The Word may not always be accurate. It also sounded better than You've Already Killed The Bad Guy, Just End The Fucking Thing Already!.
  • Entry Pimp sounds cheerful while Tropers Trying To Shove What They Like And/Or Make Down Our Throats No Matter What is a bit mean.
  • We settled on Even the Girls Want Her because Women love Jessica Rabbit, while a wonderful thought, made people, shall we say, over excited by the prospect.
  • We call it Evil Laugh instead of BWAHAHAHAHA or something similar because there are so many different types of evil laughs, and people would forget how many "HA"s to use.
  • Exactly What It Says on the Tin is preferable to The Name Says It All, Really.
  • Extreme Omnivore is less obscure than Zoidberg Fuel.

  • Fair for Its Day is much shorter than This Old Piece Of Media Is Racist, But Everything Else At The Time Was Even More Racist, And This Was Controversial For Being Progressive By Those Standards.
    • It's also shorter and not as judgmental than Did You Know This Racist/Misogynist/Homophobic/Ethnocentric Work Was Actually Criticized In Its Day For Not Being Racist/Misogynist/Homophobic/Ethnocentric Enough?
  • Fan Hater is a fairly precise, short and to the point name. It serves the purpose much better than I Can't Believe Anyone Actually Likes This Heap Of Shit. It's The Worst Thing In The World, And If You Like It, You're An Absolute Tool Who Has No Taste And You're Not Worth Any Time, Effort, Love, Pity Or Emotion, So Why Don't You Just Go Away And Die?
  • Finger Gun could've been called Finger Bang, until it became a repetitious chorus in a South Park song.
  • It's called Flying Brick because Harder Better Faster Stronger doesn't mention the flying part.
    • Harder Better Faster Stronger Flyer is a better alternate title, but a bit long.
  • It's called Franchise Zombie because I Hate All Of You For Liking This But I Have To Make More Of It! sounds downright insulting.
    • And Oh God, I'm So Tired Of Working On This Show, I Really Want To Move On To Something Else, But I've Still Got Two Years On My Contract, And I Can't Afford To Break It. is simply too long.
  • Funbag Airbag makes a Sublime Rhyme, unlike Clash On The Big Breasts, which would make anyone familiar with Final Fantasy V groan.

  • Game-Breaker is a lot nicer of a name than Things In Games That You Can Use To Make The Game Much Easier If You're A Little Bitch, doesn't it?
  • Germanic Depressives is nice and punny. Sour Krauts is equally punny, but pretty offensive. And we really don't want to offend those guys. On account of them being so grim.
  • We call it "Get Known" because This Is A Hell Of A Lot Simpler Than Registering just doesn't have that nice ring to it.
  • We choose Giant Space Flea from Nowhere because What The Heck Is That Boss Doing Here!? would be too hard to use as a noun.
  • It's Giver of Lame Names because Leonard Of Quirm Naming is too obscure for some.
    • And while Self Demonstration is always fun, That Guy Who Always Names Things With Stupidly Long And Overly Detailed Descriptions Of Their Function is just a bit unwieldy.
    • And The Asgore is a vague character name from a relatively-recent video game.
  • Going Fur a Swim is concise. Wearing A Fur Coat Over A Swimsuit As A Common Method To Combine Conspicuous Consumption With Fanservice is not.
  • Good Wings, Evil Wings is better than Good Wings Bad Wings since the latter would be confused about wings on mythological creatures being impractical.
  • Gretzky Has the Ball is less confrontational than If You're Going To Write About Sports, Do The Fucking Research Or All The Nitpicky Sports Fans Will Complain About All This Stuff You Got Wrong.

  • Hannibal Lecture gets its name from its Trope Namer. This is fortuitous, because calling it Psycho Analyzes You would have required several apologies to Yakov Smirnoff.
  • Heavy Mithril is a nice pun, and a lot nicer and shorter than Playing Fantasy-Themed Hard Rock And Metal Is The Best Way To Tell People You Like Dungeons & Dragons While Still Getting Laid Afterwards.
    • Also Rocker's Saving Throw would be confusing enough even if it wasn't a snowclone.
  • Heroic Suicide isn't called (Become) an Hero since that just seems like a non-indicative misspelled phrase to people not aware of a certain meme, and said meme isn't an accurate synonym for the trope, and is rather offensive.
  • Hoist by His Own Petard could probably be called Wile E. Coyote Syndrome, if not for Trope Namer Syndrome.
  • Hollywood Tactics isn't named Just [A] Bunch Of Droids because not everyone knows what JBOD is and can get the Double Entendre. And besides while Star Wars is major offender, it's not just about how the droids fight.
  • Hollywood Tourette's was used instead of Tourettes Motherfucking Cunt Bullshit On My Asshole Syndrome, Tourette's Shitcock Syndrome or Tourettes Isn't Just About Swearing, You Idiots.
  • Hot Witch is a pretty intuitive name. Hex Bomb would be hilarious, but it would better be reserved for actual magical explosives.
  • Humans Are Special sounds somewhat more neutral than Fuck Yeah, Humanity!.
  • It's called Hype Aversion because You Should Avoid This Like A Plague Or Else You'll Turn Into A Mindless, Drooling Dipshit Like The Masses Who Watch This Shallow, Piece-Of-Shit Show For A Fad With Its Over-Inflated Hype Clogging Up The Networks Like The Hardened Fat In The Arteries Of The Pathetic, Lifeless Losers Who Watch It, aside from just being plain cruel, would make you run out of breath saying it.

  • It's called I Am Not Shazam because that's a somewhat less confrontational title than That's The Name Of The Work, Not The Name Of The Character, You Stupid Idiot.
  • Idiot Ball has a ring to it. Characters Acting Like Idiots Because The Writers Could Not Think Of A Plausible Reason To Have The Plot Happen Otherwise doesn't.
  • It's called Innocent Fanservice Girl because Vague Excuse To Have a Naked Girl Stay Naked was too long.
  • We call it Internet Backdraft because Flame Barbeque is a bit too ambiguous.
    • And accurate as Things Which Don't Ultimately Matter Or Warrant Anger But Which Nerds Get Way Too Hostile About Anyway is, it is potentially offensive or alienating to TV Tropes' readership, an audience consisting largely of said nerds.
  • It's called Incest Subtext because Bro Yay just sounds wrong.
  • I'll Be in My Bunk is short and subtle. That Was So Hot That I'm Going Somewhere Private To Jerk Off is more clear, but way too long, and a bit Not Safe for Work.
  • Imaginary Friend is how they are commonly called. Cerebral Pals would leave people either very confused or very offended.
  • Index on the Moon could be called Albedo Girl...if anyone understood so much mythology, physics AND the popcultural shout out. A bit much even for TV Tropes. Still would make a nice Joe Hill title.
  • Insufferable Genius is significantly more clear than So Good It's Bad.
  • Intentional Engrish for Funny is shorter than It Funny To On Purpose Make English As Though Translated In Badly Way From Other Language.
  • It's called It Was His Sled because Everyone Knows That Twist, You Don't Need To Mark It As Spoiler Anymore, Dumbass is too mean, too long and too exact. And we still encourage putting It Was His Sled examples in spoiler tags, so there's that.

  • Jumping the Shark is called that because Oh Shit, The Ruined FOREVER Crowd Was Right is too long, not to mention jumping the shark as a term existed longer than crying ruined FOREVER.






  • Quieter Than Silence is shorter than True Silence Is Indistinguishable From The Speakers Not Working.
  • Quicksand Box is shorter than Just Because Players Hate Railroading Doesn't Mean The Opposite Is Any Better. Besides, it's not always a bad thing.
  • Quicksand Sucks is shorter than What If What Was Essentially Muddy Sand Was Like A Man-Eating Monster? That'd Be Pretty Scary, Right?.

  • We ended up going with Rambling Old Man Monologue because its a little bit more concise than the title we wanted to use, which was Stories Old Men Tell To Youngsters Which Don't Really Go Anywhere But For Some Reason Nobody Interrupts. Why I Remember One Of These Stories... Boy It Was A Doozy... It Started When My Uncle Sammy, Or Sambo As We Used To Call Him, But You Can't Call Him That Anymore Because Of Those Damn PC Police... Anyway Sambo Was Riding A Chicken Down To The General Store Because Our Horse Was Laid Up With The Flu...
  • Randomly Generated Levels is much more neutral in tone than Would You Believe Some Level Designers Are So Lazy They Outsource Their Job To Computers?, which is completely untrue (programming a random map generator that outputs a playable and satisfying level is a challenge all by itself).
  • Reality Ensues is a little more polite and way shorter than They May Use This Trope a Million Times in Fiction, But This is What Would Really Happen in Real Life.
  • Refrain from Assuming is much better, shorter, punnier, and more polite than I Know They Repeat That Phrase A Thousand Times In The Chorus, But For The Last Time, It's Not The Name Of The Fucking Song!
  • Renamed Tropes gets the point across better than What The Hell Were The Tropers Smoking When Naming These Tropes!?. Besides, we don't want to wantonly accuse people of smoking.
  • Most Writers Are Herpetophobes is another unnecessary snowclone whose job is better done by Reptiles Are Abhorrent.
  • It's called Rhyming with Itself because honestly, Instead Of Using A Word That Rhymes, They Just Repeated The Original Word takes way too much time to type out.
  • Ridiculously Human Robots is less judgemental than Stupid Scientists Who Make Robots Impractical In The Name Of Humanlikeness.
  • Ring of Power was chosen because One Ring To Rule Them All wasn't really accurate, and quoting that entire passage would have been just too long.
  • Rule 34 is a shorter and more recognised name than Are You Kidding Me? People Actually Draw Dirty Pictures Of My Little Pony And Care Bears? Really?
  • Running the Asylum is less rude than Who The Fuck Hired These Fanboys?.


  • Take It to the Forums isn't rude, unlike This Is Not A Trope, You Dumbass, And We Have A Fucking Message Board.
  • It's only called Take That! because Completely Unwarranted And In Some Cases Extremely Cruel Insult Directed Towards A Specific Piece Of Media (That Is Often Actually Quite Good) That Only Serves To PO Fans And Make The Insulter Look Like Nothing More Than A Petty Jerk Ass wouldn't fit.
    • While shorter, Fuck You Other Show, Let's Make Fun Of You! is still not so nice.
  • Take Over the World isn't character-named, unlike Dr. Wily's Resolution.
  • Teens Are Monsters is called what it is because 6teen gang, Destroyers of worlds didn't make much sense as they're really nice guys, inspite of their flaws and often questionable behavior.
  • The "The" Title is a better title than either The or The Most Common Word In Any Title. Ever.
  • It's called There's No "B" in "Movie" because Return Of The Attack Of The 50 Foot Killer Ghost Of The Bride Of The Son Of Whatever's Curse is too long a title.
  • It's called They Changed It, Now It Sucks because Fuck This Disco Guy, I Want Michael Jackson Back! Probably wouldn't be understood by most tropers.
  • We chose This Loser Is You over The Writers And Producers Of This Show Think That You Are [insert slew of various negative qualities here] due to length.
  • Title Drop is very intuitive and clear. Not so much TITLE.
  • It's called TLP Bump, because Please Don't Forget This, Everybody sounds kind of desperate.
  • Although Too Much Information does get the point across, Oh My Fucking God I Did NOT Need To Know That! kinda sounds good, too. Too bad it's a bit long.
  • Transgender Fetishization is more to the point than Sweet Transvestite, and also avoids the issue that "transvestite" is nowdays considered an offensive and/or inaccurate description of transgender people.
  • Trapped by Mountain Lions has a better ring to it than Why Should We Care About This Sub-Plot Again?.
  • It was felt that referring to it as Trivia was slightly more subtle than This Information Has No Real Importance At All But We Want You To Feel Like You're Contributing To The Article.
  • Troll is called that, partly because it's known by that term, and partly because calling it Complete Asswipe Who Likes To Start Needless Arguments On The Web And Should Die Horribly would ironically be trolling itself (although a great self demonstrating title).
  • TV Tropes Wiki Drinking Game is a Just for Fun page, Complaining About Edits You Don't Like wouldn't say so.

  • Unfortunate Implications is a lot less to type than I Can't Fucking Believe They Didn't Realize This Would Offend People. It's also less rude than Idiots Take Offense To Everything.
    • Or, for that matter, And You Really Thought We Weren't Going To Find The Wrong Way Of Looking At This?
  • Unintentional Period Piece is an alternative to How Do You Find Out When The Work Was Released? Well, First You Take A Good Looong Look At What The Characters Are Wearing. Fashion Is Fleeting After All And Everyone Has Memorised The History Of Fashion, Right? If That Doesn't Work, Take A Look At Technology They Are Using. Everyone Knows Every Computer Has Only 5 Years Before It Starts Looking Ridiculo-Wait, You Can Just Check Out The Copyright Date? How Come Nobody Told Me?! that someone proposed when they complained they couldn't remember how many O's there are in "looong".
  • Unsettling Gender Reveal is way shorter than That's A Guy? Oh, God, It Is A Guy! And I Actually Had A Stiffie! NOOOOOOOOO! My Masculinity Is Ruined Forever!
    • And Sexual Disorientation would be confused for other tropes.
  • Useful Notes is only partly used as Nitpick Fuel. It's also much shorter than Everything You Always Wanted To Know About Real Life (But Were Afraid To Ask).

  • Viewers Are Morons was more concise than Most Writers And Media Executives Think The Collective IQ Of Your Demographic Is Somewhat Lower Than That Of A Retarded Slug, And They Feel That's Being Mean To The Slug.
  • Villain Override isn't called Assuming Direct Control because that's too general and doesn't make sense to people who haven't played Mass Effect 2.
  • Voodoo Shark is called that because Your Plot Point Sucks, Your Explanation For Your Plot Point Sucks, And Your Face Sucks is just mean.
    • It's also shorter than Trying To Fill In A Plot Hole With Another Plot Hole.


  • "X" Makes Anything Cool would've been named Everything's Better With X, but we don't need to add to that snowclone family (even though that is a redirect anyway).

  • We say YMMV because These Are Just Individual Tropers' Opinions And Your Mileage May Vary, So Don't Go Making An Assload Of Justifying Edits Just Because You Disagree With A Given Entry is not only way longer, but needlessly accusatory.

  • The reason Zany Scheme was chosen is that Can't You Think Of Something Easier To Solve Your Problem? is too long, and isn't a noun.

And finally...
  • We call this site TV Tropes instead of A Reader-Maintained Database of Frequently-Seen Elements and Patterns In Many Forms of Communication, Particularly Entertainment Media because, dude, we started out by writing about stuff on TV.

Alternative Title(s): Lousy Alternative Titles