->'''Superman:''' If I'm going to solve this, I'm going to have to be Superman IV: The Quest for Peace.\\
'''Peter Griffin:''' Ah, so that's why they called it that.
-->-- ''WesternAnimation/FamilyGuy''

A strange title naming trope where a title that obviously refers to one thing -- the general idea of a work, or something about its format -- is contrived so as to refer to something specific in the story.

This means more than just that the title refers to something in the work -- it means that the title so obviously refers to something ''else'' that the fact that it does mean something in the work comes across as pretty farfetched. It's as if ''[[Film/ANewHope Star Wars Episode IV]]'' had taken place on the fourth moon around a gas giant named "Episode", and the viewers were supposed to believe that that's what "Episode IV" really refers to.

Compare TitleDrop and EpunymousTitle. IAmNotShazam is what happens when the title has one meaning but fans assume a different meaning. If the title refers to more than one concept ''within'' the work, it's a DoubleMeaningTitle.



[[folder:Anime and Manga]]
* The voiceover for the ''VideoGame/VirtuaFighter'' anime doesn't claim it has anything to do with a video game; rather, it says that the main character Akira is ''named'' the Virtua Fighter. Needless to say, this is referenced nowhere else. The Latin American Dub [[CulturalTranslation tried to make up]] by translating "Virtua" as "Virtuous".
* The ''{{Wild ARMs}} TV'' series claims that the TV stands for "Twilight Venom", not "television".
* ''Anime/TengenToppaGurrenLagann'' is something of a fake-out. "Tengen Toppa" means approximately "Heaven Breakthrough", and "Gurren Lagann" is the name of the main HumongousMecha used throughout the series, so you might think it's a typical "descriptive-phrase main-vehicle-name" title such as ''Anime/MartianSuccessorNadesico''... but no. There's actually a machine used near the end called, in full, Tengen Toppa Gurren Lagann. And it's even more impressive than the name implies.
* ''Anime/MobileSuitGundamSEEDDestiny'', rather than being simply an OddlyNamedSequel refers to both the DesignatedHero's MidseasonUpgrade, the Destiny Gundam, but also to the main villain's sinister, Literature/BraveNewWorld-esque "Destiny Plan".
* The Japanese name of ''Manga/ZatchBell'', ''Konjiki no Gash Bell'', means "Golden Gash Bell". You could think that "Golden" refers to his blond hair, [[spoiler: but in the final storylines of the manga and anime, Gash's spellbook actually becomes golden after he unlocks its true powers.]]
* ''ParadiseKiss'' doesn't refer to mindblowing smooching; it's the brand name the heroine's LoveInterest uses on the clothes he designs.
* SD has been known for some time to stand for ''SuperDeformed'' especially in the Gundam franchise; but ''Anime/SDGundamForce'' has it stand for ''Superior Defender'', referring to the heroic Gundam protectors.
* The title of ''Manga/TsubasaReservoirChronicle'' refers to two characters named Tsubasa and the reservoir in Acid Tokyo [[spoiler:/ Clow Country]].
* The title of the Natsume Ono manga ''Manga/NotSimple'' is not only fitting due to the complex method of {{anachronic order}} that the story is told in, but also references the title of an in-universe novel written by a freelance journalist which is used as a {{framing device}} for the story overall.

* The DCComics mini-series ''ComicBook/FiftyTwo'' was 52 issues long, one per week for a year; within the story, the title refers to the characters' discovery of 52 [[spoiler:universes in TheMultiverse]]. Additionally, the number "52" appeared [[ArcNumber whenever it was even remotely possible to do so]] -- everything from numbers on football players to clocks set to "5:02". Plus, the final issue of the series came out on 5/2/2007, though DC comics says this was a coincidence.
* ''ComicBook/FinalCrisis: Superman Beyond 3D'' is a 3D comic that involves {{Superman}} entering the "Bleed" between universes; going "beyond" three-dimensional space.
* ''Marvel Team-Up'' Vol 3 #19 (June 2006) is a FlashBack story teaming-up the [[UsefulNotes/TheDarkAgeOfComicBooks early '90s versions]] of {{Wolverine}} and ComicBook/{{Cable}}. It's called "1991", because that's the identification number of the HYDRA base they're raiding.

* In ''Film/SkyCaptainAndTheWorldOfTomorrow'', the title is obviously a reference to the [[{{Zeerust}} retro-futuristic nature of the movie]], but "Sky Captain" is the nickname of the main character, and the villain calls his little plan [[spoiler: (intending to leaving the earth on a rocketship with two of every animal, destroying the Earth)]] the "World of Tomorrow".
* The ''Anime/MartianSuccessorNadesico'' [[TheMovie movie]] introduced a new group of adversaries actually named the "Martian Successors".
* The title of ''Film/SpyKids'' refers both to the fact that the [[KidHero Kid Heroes]] are spies and to the name given to the evil robotic children created by the villains. [[ArtifactTitle This is ignored in the sequels.]]
* ''Film/RoboCop2'' actually involves an evil cyborg known as, you guessed it, [=RoboCop=] 2.
* The masks in ''Film/HalloweenIIISeasonOfTheWitch'' come in exactly three styles, and are subsequently called the "Halloween three."
* ''Film/InglouriousBasterds'' makes a minor attempt to justify the misspelling of its title by having it [[InheritedIlliteracyTitle appear misspelled]] on the rifle-butt of the group's under-educated leader.
* Enemy Mine started out as a sci-fi flick about cooperation and brotherhood... then [[ExecutiveMeddling executives]] decided that the title was too confusing, so they decided to add an actual mine, run by enemies.
** As opposed to simply...[[TakeAThirdOption changing the title]].
* The movie ''Film/EventHorizon'' may be about its namesake given fantastic elements, or at least the title may be referring to it as an analogy to what is going on in the movie. Whatever the case may be the story revolves around a spaceship named ''Event Horizon''.
* ''Film/TheSilenceOfTheLambs'' has Clarice Starling's {{Dark and Troubled Past}}. It is revealed that [[spoiler: after her father's death, she moved to a ranch owned by some relatives in Montana. She is awoken one night by the sound of screaming. She investigates to find that the rancher was up early, and was slaughtering the spring lambs. She takes one lamb and runs away, but is taken back to the ranch by the police. The rancher is so angry that he sends her to an orphanage and kills the spring lamb. Lecter deduces that Clarice thinks that saving Catherine will compensate for not being able to save the spring lamb. Hence, Silence of the Lambs.]]
--> '''Dr. Lecter''': [[spoiler: You still wake up sometimes, don't you? You wake up in the dark and hear the screaming of the lambs.]]
* The film adaptation of ''Film/{{Watchmen}}'' makes it into one. In the comic it refers to the nature of superheroes in general, and quotes from "[[ArcWords Who watches the Watchmen?]]" (Lat. ''Quis custodiet ipso custodes?''), but in the film the abortive team formed by Ozymandias is called the "Watchmen" instead of the "Crimebusters".
* ''Film/{{Misery}}'' refers to the misery that novelist Paul Sheldon experiences, but also to the "Misery" series of novels that he wrote... which in turn actually refer to their improbably-named protagonist Misery Chastain, making this a recursive example.
* The protagonists of ''Film/TheFall'' fall both literally and metaphorically.
* Though the title of ''Film/SomeLikeItHot'' obviously refers to the sexual tension between Sugar and the two male leads, the film still feels the need to shoehorn the phrase "some like it hot" into a dialogue about musical taste.
* The title of ''Film/TheManchurianCandidate'' makes perfect sense, as a key part of the film (and the novel it's based on) takes place in Manchuria. The remake, however, trades the Korean War for Desert Storm and contrives a corporation called Manchurian Global so they could keep the title.
* In ''Film/TheDarkKnightRises'' the title can be seen as Batman's metaphorical rise to being more than just a man... or maybe it's about him literally rising from the pit he was thrown in.

* The title of the novel ''The Big Clock'' was just a metaphor--until the creators of TheFilmOfTheBook, apparently thinking the metaphor was [[ViewersAreMorons too subtle]], decided to throw an actual giant clock into the story.
* ''The Burglar in the Rye'' by LawrenceBlock is so named because it concerns the theft of the personal correspondence of a [[NoCelebritiesWereHarmed disguised]] J. D. Salinger, author of ''Literature/TheCatcherInTheRye''. Since the story renames the author and the book respectively as Gulliver Fairborn and ''Nobody's Baby'', there's a subplot involving Bernie starting a trend of drinking rye whiskey.
* The novel ''LiveActionTV/TwentyFour: Deadline'', set just after season 8, features a town named Deadline.

[[folder:Live-Action TV]]
* The [[MilestoneCelebration 200th episode]] of ''Series/StargateSG1'' is titled "[[Recap/StargateSG1S10E6200 200]]". In an obvious bit of LeaningOnTheFourthWall, Mitchell makes a big deal about it being his 200th trip through the gate.
* TV shows with the naming version of trope go back at least as far as ''Series/TheWildWildWest'' (subverted in the hilarious derivative ''Brisco County Jr.''). There are numerous famous examples, such as ''Series/KnightRider''.
* On ''Series/{{Bones}}'', the main character works with bones, but her partner nicknames her "Bones," making the title important to both the subject of the story and also the main character.
* The TV show ''Series/OneTreeHill'' is named after a U2 song, which in turn is named after a hill in New Zealand. The fictional town the show is set in is called Tree Hill, and the season one finale has Karen remind Lucas that 'there is only one Tree Hill'.
* ''Series/GreysAnatomy'' refers both to protagonist Meredith Grey and [[Literature/GraysAnatomy a well-known medical text]]. Although that is spelled "Gr'''a'''y`s Anatomy."
* ''Series/QuatermassII'' is obviously named that because it's a sequel to ''Series/TheQuatermassExperiment''. But essential to the plot is a rocketship actually called the "Quatermass II".
* ''Series/DoctorWho'':
** [[Recap/DoctorWho2011CSTheDoctorTheWidowAndTheWardrobe "The Doctor, the Widow, and the Wardrobe"]] is an obvious riff on the first [[note]]I know[[/note]] ''[[Literature/TheChroniclesOfNarnia Narnia]]'' book. However, there's still a scene where the Doctor claims his TARDIS is actually a wardrobe, to give an in-universe justification for the title.
** The episode [[Recap/DoctorWhoS33E13TheNameOfTheDoctor "The Name of the Doctor"]] has this in the final reveal:
--> '''[[spoiler: War Doctor]]:''' What I did, I did without choice.
--> '''11th Doctor :''' I know.
--> '''[[spoiler: War Doctor]]:''' In the name of peace and sanity.
--> '''11th Doctor :''' But not in the Name of the Doctor.

* Many assumed (and still do) that Music/{{the Beatles}} song "Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds" is about LSD, given the initials, the trippy lyrics and the fact that the Beatles openly admitted to experimenting with drugs, which would make it an instance of this trope. That notwithstanding, John Lennon (who wrote it) has made it quite plausible that it's a complete coincidence, and that it's about a character in a drawing his son made, which was really called Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds.
** [[http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0724682/ That really is true]]; her name was Lucy Richardson and she died in 2005 at 47, after having a brilliant career as an Art Director in film.
** The band's openness about drugs makes the alternate explanation '''more''' credible--after all, if it were a drug reference, they wouldn't be shy about saying so, or at least they wouldn't concoct a cover story.
** A lesser known example - Initially the BBC wouldn't allow Paul's "Fixing A Hole" be played on air, convinced that the title refered to injecting heroin, known as a "fix". In reality the song was just inspired by Paul doing weekend maintanance on his roof one day.

[[folder:Video Games]]
* Many Nintendo DS games justify the usage of {{Super Title 64 Advance}} by making the DS mean something other than the name of the system:
** ''VideoGame/AdvanceWars: Dual Strike'' (a double example, given that there's a "Dual Strike" ability in the game)
** ''VideoGame/CastlevaniaDawnOfSorrow''
** ''VideoGame/DigDug: Digging Strike''
** ''Anime/FullmetalAlchemist: Dual Sympathy''
** ''VideoGame/GuiltyGear: Dust Strikers''
** ''Lunar: Dragon Song''
** ''Mr. Driller: Drill Spirits''
** ''VideoGame/NinjaGaiden: Dragon Sword''
** ''VideoGame/ResidentEvil: [[NintendoDS Deadly Silence]]''
** OlderThanTheyThink - The GameBoyColor version of ''Metal Gear Solid'' was titled ''VideoGame/MetalGearGhostBabel'' in Japan. The subtitle, aside for conveniently sharing the same initials as the Game Boy, is also a reference to "Project Babel", [[MacGuffin a black op central to the plot.]]
*** It's also a more accurate description of the game, since it is not an adaptation of ''VideoGame/MetalGearSolid'' for the GameBoyColor.
** ''VideoGame/TheIdolmaster: Dearly Stars''
** ''Contra 4'' is called ''Contra: Dual Spirits'' in Japan.
** With the Nintendo 3DS, we've got ''VideoGame/KingdomHeartsDreamDropDistance'', or ''Kingdom Hearts [[JustForPun 3D]]''.
* ''VideoGame/MetroidPrime'': 'Prime' is meant to denote it as a side series to the main ''VideoGame/{{Metroid}}'' games. The final boss is called the Metroid Prime even though its relationship with Metroids is rather vague.
** There is also an actual "Super Metroid" in ''VideoGame/SuperMetroid''.
* The ''VideoGame/DeadOrAlive'' series is ostensibly named after the Dead or Alive Tournament featured in the game, however this is a misconception. The game is called "Dead or Alive" due to the fact the game was expected to either sink or save the floundering company TECMO, thus the "Dead or Alive Tournament" is an attempt to justify the title. This makes sense when one considers that "Dead or Alive" is a rather strange name for a tournament in which nobody dies.
* The original ''VideoGame/{{Marathon}}'' game was so named early on because the creators pictured the player running a "Marathon" of endless fighting throughout the game. The title is justified fairly well in-game by calling the colony ship The Marathon, which is ostensibly running a "marathon" from Earth to Tau Ceti, however the making-of book confirms that the project was named first, and the colony ship is therefore a justification.
* ''VideoGame/KingdomHearts358DaysOver2'' is named for the fact that it takes place between the [[VideoGame/KingdomHearts numbered]] [[VideoGame/KingdomHeartsII games]], and one week shy of a year (358 days) is the amount of time that elapses between them, and, hence, is the period in which Roxas was part of [[OrganizationIndex The Organization]]. The '2' symbolizes [[TomatoInTheMirror his relationship with]] [[TheHero Sora]] and also symbolizes the fact that the 358 days are shared by both Roxas and Xion [[spoiler: both of whom are part of Sora]]
* In ''VideoGame/{{Xenoblade}}'', the main character wields a single weapon for the majority of the game: a plot-centric blade that's specialized against the mechanical invaders that come from the ''other'' of the two giants that constitute the game world.
* The title in each ''[[Videogame/{{X}} X-Universe]]'' game is justified. ''Videogame/XBeyondTheFrontier'' is about the '''X'''Perimental shuttle going [[BlindJump beyond the frontier of the solar system]]. ''X: Tension'' is an [[PunBasedTitle extension]] [[ExpansionPack pack]] to ''X:BTF''. ''X2: The Threat'' refers to the [[BeePeople Kha'ak invasion]] and their tendency to [[AttackAttackAttack shoot anything in sight]]. ''X3: Reunion'' reunites [[LostColony Earth]] with the X-Universe. ''X3: Terran Conflict'' shows rise of the [[SpaceColdwar Terran Conflict]]. ''X3: Albion Prelude'' starts the train-wreck of catastrophes that leads to the [[EndOfAnAge portal network being shut down]], leading to ''Videogame/XRebirth'' which takes place [[TimeSkip a thousand years later]], hence the "prelude"; The ship in ''X: Rebirth'' is the '''Albion''' Skunk.
* Rockstar's ''Bully'' turns the implied belligerence of the title into a nickname for Bullworth Academy, the school where much of the game is set.
* ''{{VideoGame/Bonk}}'''s original Japanese name was PC Genjin, which sounds like PC Engine, AKA Turbografx 16, the console he originally appeared on. As for the name, "genjin" means "caveman" in Japanese, and PC was his humorous definition ''[[CanisLatinicus Pitecanthropus Computerusus]]''.

[[folder:Visual Novels]]
* ''VisualNovel/EfAFairyTaleOfTheTwo'' originally seems to be a generic {{Engrish}} love story title, until at the end it's revealed that [[spoiler: there were two towns all along, also making it a Shout Out for ''Literature/ATaleOfTwoCities''.]]

* ''Webcomic/BobAndGeorge'' meant the original, handdrawn comic the author intended. When the SpriteComic FillerStrips overtook the main plot, [[http://www.bobandgeorge.com/archives/050314c he introduced two new sprites to justify it]].
* ''Webcomic/RavenWolf'': The main plot revolves around the Raven Wolf tribe of wolves.
* The eponymous group in ''Webcomic/TheOrderOfTheStick'' (which is a StickFigureComic) is named for a stick which lies on the ground when they name it.

[[folder:Western Animation]]
* The main character of Disney's ''[[MiscellanousDisneyShorts Goliath II]]'' is actually an elephant. Goliath I is actually his father.
* Parodied in ''WesternAnimation/FamilyGuy'' with a cutaway montage of Peter hearing [[TitleDrop title drops in movies]] and finishing with an example that could go on this page if only it were true:
-->'''Superman''': If I'm going to solve this, I'm going to have to be Superman IV: The Quest for Peace.
-->'''Peter Griffin''': Ah, so that's why they called it that.