Misplaced-Names Poster
aka: Name Face Mismatch Poster

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 lineup of the movie's cast, or their floating heads, or their mirrored profiles. You look up at the names of the actors, and much to the annoyance of your inner 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. It could be that as is the convention for Hollywood posters, the highest paid or top-billed actor is displayed on the poster as the central figure in the image, and all lower-billed actors placed outward; whereas the names of the same actors are arranged in order of prominence from left to right.


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    Films — Animation 
  • Imagine how neat and organized the Shrek poster would be if the names of the voice actors lined up in accordance to how each character is positioned below.

    Films — Live-Action 

    Live-Action TV 


    Video Games 
  • In Left 4 Dead 2, 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 Left 4 Dead averted this by having the names listed right above their characters' heads, but also made it much more apparent (not to mention funny) when a campaign's creator got lazy about it.

    Western Animation 

  • 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.
    Ben Minnotte: No, it's not! I-it's Billiard Room, I could see it right there on the screen.
  • Crosby, Stills & Nash: their first album, the photo used for the cover has from left to right: Nash, Stills, and Crosby!

Alternative Title(s): Name Face Mismatch Poster