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->''"Side note: TV is a place where the title of a show means nothing. You donít have to be an actual housewife to be on ''Series/{{The Real Housewives}} of Whatever'' and you donít have to be actually married to be on ''Divorce Court''."''
-->-- '''[[http://dlisted.com/2015/04/13/hot-slut-of-the-day-614/ Michael K.]]''' "''Hot Slut of the Day:'' Music/WuTangClan groupie whose boyfriend accused her of doing them all during an episode of ''Divorce Court''."

A series title that made perfect sense when it began, but after a number of changes to the premise, no longer makes sense to people who don't go back to the beginning. Sometimes a new element is put in to justify the title.

This usually happens when a movie named after a specific MacGuffin suddenly gets a sequel, and changing the title to something else might throw people off that this ''is'' a sequel. One of the ways to avert this is through a FranchiseDrivenRetitling, downgrading the original to a subtitle with the main title being something more consistent. They couldn't very well have called the ''Franchise/IndianaJones'' sequel ''[[Film/RaidersOfTheLostArk Raiders of the Lost Ark 2]]'', could they?

See also TheArtifact. Often a direct result of NothingIsTheSameAnymore and EarlyInstallmentWeirdness. Sometimes results in NewSeasonNewName. Happens often in poorly devised AlternateUniverse FanFiction. Eventually this could turn a title into a NonindicativeName. This can also happen on a larger scale with NetworkDecay. Compare TrivialTitle.

Not to be confused with MacGuffinTitle.


* ArtifactTitle/AnimatedFilms
* ArtifactTitle/AnimeAndManga
* ArtifactTitle/ComicBooks
* ArtifactTitle/FanFiction
* ArtifactTitle/{{Literature}}
* ArtifactTitle/LiveActionFilms
* ArtifactTitle/LiveActionTV
* ArtifactTitle/{{Magazines}}
* ArtifactTitle/{{Music}}
* ArtifactTitle/NewspaperComics
* ArtifactTitle/NewMedia
* ArtifactTitle/{{Pinball}}
* ArtifactTitle/ProfessionalWrestling
* ArtifactTitle/{{Radio}}
* ArtifactTitle/{{Roleplay}}
* ArtifactTitle/{{Sports}}
* ArtifactTitle/TabletopGames
* ArtifactTitle/ThemeParks
* ArtifactTitle/{{Toys}}
* ArtifactTitle/VideoGames
* ArtifactTitle/WebComics
* ArtifactTitle/WebOriginal
* ArtifactTitle/WebVideo
* ArtifactTitle/WesternAnimation
* ArtifactTitle/RealLife

* Modernism isn't very modern any more. Postmodernism is also pretty old. The "Modern Breakthrough" is even older.
* Also ArtNouveau, which hasn't been new since [[TheGayNineties the 1890s]].

[[folder:Stand-Up Comedy]]
* Daniel Whitney created the Creator/LarryTheCableGuy persona for a radio show. Early on, he actually was pretending to be a cable guy, but that part of the character was phased out in favor of the Southern-flavored comedic character he is now. This was lampshaded when Whitney and his character starred in the movie ''Larry the Cable Guy: Health Inspector''.

* ''Theatre/TwelfthNight'': This Shakespearean play has no real title, its title comes from the fact that it was commissioned to be performed for Twelfth Night (the night before January 6th). The full title is ''Twelfth Night, or [[ShrugOfGod What You Will]]''