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[[caption-width-right:305:That's not Tim Allen, that's Martin Lawrence! That's not Martin Lawrence, that's Tim Allen!]]

You are looking at a film poster. There's the [[PoliceLineup lineup]] of the movie's cast, or their [[FloatingHeadSyndrome floating heads]], or their [[MirroredConfrontationShot mirrored profiles]]. You look up at the names of the actors, and much to the annoyance of your inner [[NeatFreak neat freak]], the names listed don't match up with the actors!

Why does this happen? Well, there could be a number of reasons. Maybe the text was laid out at a different time than the graphic. Maybe the actor's contracts stipulate whose name goes in which order (and the actor whose name comes first also has to be prominently in the middle of the poster). Maybe it was meant as some sort of joke. Or maybe TheyJustDidntCare.



[[folder:Films -- Live-Action]]
* [[http://inhearitplay.files.wordpress.com/2010/03/when-in-rome-poster.jpg The poster]] for ''Film/WhenInRome'' swaps Creator/KristenBell and Josh Duhamel (who are admittedly unlikely to be confused with each other).
* ''Film/MorningGlory'''s [[http://www.shockya.com/news/wp-content/uploads/morning_glory_movie_poster.jpg poster]] puts Creator/HarrisonFord's name over Creator/RachelMcAdams' face and vice versa. It gets Diane Keaton right, though.
* ''Film/WildHogs'': The [[http://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/Wild-hogs-poster-750_7146.jpg poster]] swaps Tim Allen and Martin Lawrence (while correctly labeling John Travolta and William Macy).
* ''Film/BadBoys II'': [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Bad_boys_two.jpg Will Smith and Martin Lawrence]] get swapped.
* ''Film/SmartPeople'': [[http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/en/9/9d/Smart_people.jpg Four names]], none in the correct position (or even labeling an actor of the right ''gender'').
* ''Film/TheFlightOfThePhoenix1965'': The [[http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/en/0/03/Flight_of_the_Phoenix_%281965%29.jpg DVD cover]] appears to label Hardy Kruger as [[Creator/JimmyStewart James Stewart]] and James Stewart as Richard Attenborough (who isn't on the cover).
* ''Film/BonCopBadCop'' manages to switch the names of Creator/ColmFeore and Patrick Huard, even though they're the only two people on the poster: [[http://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/bon_cop_bad_cop.jpg]]
* ''Film/TheBlindSide'' (the HBO made-for-tv movie starring Ron Silver, not the Sandra Bullock film) has [[http://images.barnesandnoble.com/images/33300000/33307899.JPG this]] DVD cover, in which Silver and Rebecca de Mornay get swapped.
* ''Film/SherlockHolmes'': [[http://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/Sherlock-Holmes-Poster_4327.jpg This poster]] confuses Creator/RobertDowneyJr with Jude Law.
* ''Film/SteelMagnolias'': [[http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/en/3/32/Steel_magnolias_poster.jpg]]. Six names, none of which are over the person to which they belong.
* ''Franchise/PiratesOfTheCaribbean'': ''[[http://www.razorfine.com/wp-content/uploads/2006/07/pirates-curse-of-the-black-pearl-poster.jpg Curse of the Black Pearl]]''. Starring Johnny Depp as Elizabeth Swann, Geoffrey Rush as Will Turner, Orlando Bloom as Jack Sparrow, and Keira Knightley as Captain Barbossa.
* ''Film/CowboysAndAliens'': [[http://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/cowboys__aliens_001_5558.png Three people rotated.]]
* ''Film/{{Saved}}'': Not only misplaced names but only lists four of the five actors shown. [[http://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/saved.jpg]]
* ''[[Film/MenInBlack Men In Black III]]''[='s=] [[http://preview.tinyurl.com/mib3fr-jpg French poster]] put's Will Smith's name over Josh Brolin, Tommy Lee Jones' name over Will Smith, and Josh Brolin's name over Tommy Lee Jones.
* The poster for ''Film/{{Gigli}}'' had Ben Affleck and Jennifer Lopez's names reversed.
* ''Film/ConAir'', [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Conairinternational.jpg starring]] NicolasCage as Creator/JohnMalkovich, Creator/JohnMalkovich as JohnCusack and JohnCusack as Nic Cage.
* ''Film/UndercoverBrother''. Eddie Griffin had a sex change, Chris Kattan woke up as a black man with a huge Afro, and Denise Richards applied some {{Blackface}}.
* The [[http://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/edisonforce.jpg DVD cover]] of ''Film/{{Edison}}'' features Morgan Freeman as Justin Timberlake, LL Cool J as Morgan Freeman, Justin Timberlake as LL Cool J, and Kevin Spacey badly photoshopped in.
* The poster/DVD cover of ''Film/GangsOfNewYork'' features Cameron Diaz as Bill the Butcher.
* A quite serious offender is [[http://cineticias.files.wordpress.com/2009/11/batman_returns_ver8.jpg the main poster]] for ''Film/BatmanReturns'', which switches the places of Creator/MichellePfeiffer and Creator/DannyDeVito. Not like it's hard to distinguish them in spite of this, but if taken at face value, [=DeVito=] got ''quite'' attractive all of a sudden, while Pfeiffer really let herself ''go''.
* [[http://moviesoftheday.com/upload/covers/46311/goodfellas-cover-3.jpg The cover]] for the special edition DVD of ''Film/{{Goodfellas}}'' has this. The posters, thankfully, got it right.
* [[http://i.imgur.com/DDIYg.jpg The poster]] for ''Film/LockedDown''. Apparently, Vinnie Jones has turned into a large, ScaryBlackMan. So has Bai Ling.
* According to ''Film/TheRock''[='=]s poster, NicolasCage [[SeanConneryIsAboutToShootYou Is About To Shoot You]].
* Played with in the [[http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/en/f/f1/Dr._Jekyll_and_Ms._Hyde_poster.jpg poster]] for ''Film/DrJekyllAndMsHyde''. [[RainbowSpeak The color of the stars' names]] [[PinkGirlBlueBoy should tip you off]].
* [[http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1564367/ Adam Sandler and Jennifer Aniston]] on the poster for ''Film/JustGoWithIt''.
* The page image for ''Film/RatRace'' takes this UpToEleven: eight actors, none of which have the correct name beneath them.
* [[http://www.movie-poster-artwork-finder.com/posters/the-lucky-one-poster-artwork-zac-efron-taylor-schilling-blythe-danner.jpg This poster]] for ''Film/TheLuckyOne'', starring ZacEfron and Taylor Schilling.
* [[http://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/the-avengers-poster_8748.jpg The poster]] for ''Film/TheAvengers'' as seen on it's page. The only correct one is Creator/ScarlettJohansson. But Mark Ruffalo and Creator/TomHiddleston are nowhere to be found, at least in the flesh!
* ''Film/OlympusHasFallen'': [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Olympus_Has_Fallen_poster.jpg I though Freeman was the black one]].
* The first ''Film/CharliesAngels'' film did this too.
* ''Film/JoyfulNoise'': [[http://tvafterdarkonline.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/01/JoyfulNoise_ad3.jpg Keke Palmer is not Queen Latifah.]].
* PlayedWith in the poster for ''Film/SevenPsychopaths''. The actors playing each psychopath are listed at the top, and are depicted standing in a different order but each name is conveniently numbered. Maybe all posters should do this!
* The UK posters for ''Film/{{Red}} 2'', as analysed by Dave Gorman [[http://gormano.blogspot.co.uk/2013/07/i-travelled-into-town-yesterday-for.html here]].
* [[http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/en/f/fd/Double_Take_%282001%29_film_poster.jpg Double Take]], starring Eddie Griffin and Orlando Jones. There is at least one review of ''Film/UndercoverBrother'' that [[CriticalResearchFailure referred to Eddie Griffin as Orlando Jones]] likely due to this trope.
* The French poster for ''Film/TheWorldsEnd'' has Nick Frost and Simon Pegg listed as Simon Pegg and Nick frost.
* The ''Film/{{Grease}}'' poster shows Creator/JohnTravolta's name above Olivia Newton-John, and Olivia Newton-John's name above John Travolta.
* ''Film/FreakyFriday2003'' has a poster that shows Creator/JamieLeeCurtis and Creator/LindsayLohan below each other's names, in reference to their characters spending most of the movie [[FreakyFridayFlip trapped in each other's bodies]].
* The [[http://www.imdb.com/media/rm183601920/tt0177789 movie poster]] for ''Film/GalaxyQuest'' does it.
* [[http://www.imdb.com/media/rm1901633024/tt0093223 The movie poster]] for ''Film/HouseOfGames'' has the names of the two leads swapped around.
* Some dvd and bluray releases of ''Film/DeathRace2000'' have Frankenstein's (Carradine) and Machine gun joe's (stallone) [[FloatingHeadSyndrome heads on the cover]](in that order), while the text above reads "Stallone vs. Carradine".
* The poster for 2014's ''Film/RideAlong'' has Music/IceCube's name above Kevin Hart's body and vice-versa.
* Averted with ''Film/FaceOff'', where the poster [[JuxtaposedHalvesShot juxtaposes John Travolta's and Nicolas Cage's faces]] and the correct name is shown above each actor's respective half. It wouldn't hurt if the names were mismatched, given that while the movie starts with Travolta as Sean Archer and Cage as Castor Troy, the actors switch roles about 50 minutes in and remain that way until the end of the movie.
* Based on the poster for ''Film/AmericanHustle'', the five stars have (except for Christian Bale) had sex changes in addition to extremely drastic plastic surgery.
* A particular ridiculous example is this ''Film/XMenDaysOfFuturePast'' [[http://www.empireonline.com/gallery/image.asp?id=80993&caption=&gallery=5147 poster]] where Creator/HughJackman is the only one credited ''yet isn't even on the poster''.
* ''Film/SomeLikeItHot'' has a few home video covers that give Creator/MarilynMonroe top billing, and place her in the front and center. However, since Tony Curtis and Jack Lemmon are also BilledAboveTheTitle, these covers end up having Marilyn pose underneath Tony Curtis' name, with him underneath hers. (Jack Lemmon ended up in the proper spot, though.)
* A slight variation occurred in one poster promoting ''Film/TropicThunder'': BenStiller, Creator/JackBlack, and RobertDowneyJr all had their names prominently listed on the top of the poster, but only Ben Stiller and Robert Downey, Jr were in the actual image. This actually lead to some controversy: The film was already becoming a bit controversial for Downey, Jr. spending most of his screen-time in black face; The placement of the names and the fact that the actors were listed by surname also made it look as though he was being billed as "Black Downey Jr".
* Look at the poster of ''Film/TheMuppets'': apparently Creator/AmyAdams is playing Walter (the little Muppet) and Chris Cooper is playing a chick.
* Not technically a poster, but check out [[https://pbs.twimg.com/media/Bve4Xz-IYAIcMRe.jpg:large this gem]] from an early trailer of TheExpendables3.
* The 2011 American The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo film [[http://ia.media-imdb.com/images/M/MV5BMTczNDk4NTQ0OV5BMl5BanBnXkFtZTcwNDAxMDgxNw@@._V1_SX640_SY720_.jpg does this]].

[[folder:Live-Action TV]]
* The [[http://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/BOSJ_Poster_7710.png promotional poster]] for the ''Series/DoctorWho'' episode [[Recap/DoctorWhoS33E6TheBellsOfSaintJohn "The Bells of Saint John"]] switches Creator/MattSmith and Creator/JennaLouiseColeman.

[[folder:Video Games]]
* In ''VideoGame/Left4Dead2'', loading screens for joining a server show a movie poster with the four player characters standing side-to-side, with a list of each player below the poster, their names listed in the same order as their characters. However, most creators of custom campaigns forget to set the order correctly for their campaign's poster, leading to, for example, Nick being on the right-hand side of the poster while the person playing him is listed second. The first ''VideoGame/Left4Dead'' averted this by having the names listed right above their characters' heads, but also made it [[GoodBadBugs much more apparent (not to mention funny)]] when a campaign's creator got lazy about it.

[[folder:Western Animation]]
* ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic'': The front of the [[http://whoovesnassistant.tumblr.com/post/26245974913/at-brony-con-2012-the-pre-release-of-mlp-cards Mayor Mare & Time Turner]] [[TheMerch trading card]] does this with the names of the two characters on the card.

* The VCR game ''Clue II: Murder in Disguise'' shows the caption "billiard room" over the introduction of the character Inspector Pride.
-->'''Inspector Pride''': My name is Inspector Pride.
-->'''[[WebVideo/OddityArchive Ben Minnotte]]''': No, it's not! I-it's Billiard Room, I could see it right there on the screen.