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As we all know, [[NeverTrustATitle a work's title doesn't always give a reliable indication of its contents]]. In some [[AuthorTract works which try to make a point]], the title deliberately and sarcastically contradicts the work's message. Often, the title will be (part of) a [[TitleDrop statement by a character]] who is clearly shown to be ''wrong'' (from the creator's perspective, that is - [[StrawmanHasAPoint not necessarily from the audience's]]).

Done well, this serves to ram the point home in a brutal yet funny way (thus making it a lot more likely that the audience will pay attention to, and remember, the message); done poorly, it will only confuse the audience.

For some reason, this crops up particularly often in {{Protest Song}}s, in which it may well overlap with HailToTheThief. Compare IronicEpisodeTitle, when the contrast between title and content is one of mood rather than message. Expectedly, there's a lot of overlap with IsntItIronic.


[[folder: Comic Books ]]

* ''ComicBook/FunHome'', talks about the often unhappy childhood and family relationships of the author. A bit of a subversion, as it is actually the family nickname for the family business: a funeral home.


[[folder: Film ]]

* ''Film/FairGame'' is about the decidedly ''un''fair things (from the creators' point of view, anyway) which have been done to Cassandra Delaney's character. The title is a play on words, because the phrase "fair game" also refers to animals that are able to be hunted.
* ''Film/TheAssassinationOfJesseJamesByTheCowardRobertFord'': The film actually shows the injustice of Robert Ford's reputation as a cowardly assassin as well as James' reputation as a murdered folk hero.
* Bobcat Goldthwait's ''Film/GodBlessAmerica'' is a scathing killing spree BlackComedy.
* ''Film/TheGoodShepherd'': Edward Wilson, an emotionless robot who built up the CIA, can hardly be called a good shepherd. Even in his private life he ultimately does more harm than good.
* Mark Evans in ''Film/TheGoodSon'' is [[EnfanteTerrible anything but]].

[[folder: Literature ]]

* ''Literature/BraveNewWorld'': The title is a [[Creator/WilliamShakespeare Shakespeare]] quote, in which 'brave' means 'good' or 'beautiful'. The point of the book is that the new world it describes is [[{{Dystopia}} anything]] ''[[{{Dystopia}} but]]'' [[{{Dystopia}} brave]].
* ''Literature/JohnnyGotHisGun'': A book which is fiercely and {{Anvilicious}}ly anti-war. The title comes from the American UsefulNotes/WorldWarI rallying slogan 'Johnny get your gun'.
* In ''Literature/AModestProposal'', Jonathan Swift's proposal is that the British solve their "[[UsefulNotes/TheIrishQuestion Irish problem]]" by literally [[ImAHumanitarian eating the Irish]]--specifically, [[KillThePoor poor]] Irish [[EatsBabies babies]]--since they had been figuratively doing this for years.
* Creator/GeorgeOrwell's essay ''Such, Such Were The Joys'' is about his miserable childhood at a BoardingSchoolOfHorrors.


[[folder: Live Action TV ]]
* ''Series/{{Workaholics}}''. The guys are total stoner slackers who try to do as little work as possible. You can almost hear the title snarking, "Yeah, these guys, reeaal workaholics they are."
* ''Series/TheGoodPlace'' is about people that have died and gone to Heaven, except that they're there by accident and their character flaws are screwing the place up and turning "the Good Place" not-so-good. And then the first season finale reveals that [[spoiler:they were never in the Good Place to begin with]].

[[folder: Music ]]
* "Another Day In Paradise" by Music/PhilCollins is about a homeless woman who is either ignored or rejected by whomever she begs for help. The title applies to the much more fortunate people who ignore her. Collins was inspired to write the song after witnessing homelessness and poverty in UsefulNotes/WashingtonDC in TheEighties.
* "With God On Our Side" by Music/BobDylan, from ''Music/TheFreewheelinBobDylan''.
* "Für meine Fans" by Music/{{Knorkator}}. The title means 'for my fans' in German, implying that the work is meant as a tribute to the band's fans; however, the chorus starts with '''Ich schäme mich für meine Fans''' - 'I am ashamed of my fans'. The song is one big long TakeThatAudience
* "Jezus Redt" (Dutch for 'Jesus Saves'), by Robert Long. It's a [[ReligionRantSong long rant against religion in general and the Roman Catholic Church in particular]]. Interestingly, it shares its title with a Music/{{Slayer}} song which is ''also'' an example of this trope; see below.
* "Land Of Hope And Glory" from ''Music/OneStepBeyond'' by Music/{{Madness}}. The title was borrowed from a well-known British [[PatrioticFervor patriotic hymn]]; the lyrics cynically tell the story of a young man imprisoned in a Borstal institution.
* "God Save The Queen" by the Music/TheSexPistols pulls the same trick with the British ''[[RefugeInAudacity national anthem]]''.
* "Jesus Saves" by Music/{{Slayer}}.
* "Born in the U.S.A." by Music/BruceSpringsteen. It's a cynical song about a poor and disillusioned Vietnam veteran, but the title makes it sound like a patriotic song - UsefulNotes/RonaldReagan was among the many who didn't pick up on the sarcasm.
* Swamp Dogg's song "God Bless America For What" would have been an example if he had titled it simply "God Bless America", as he intended to. He had to change the title to avoid looking like he was plagiarising the well-known patriotic song by Irving Berlin.
* "Mr. You're A Better Man Than I" by Music/TheYardbirds. All the verses follow the same pattern: '''if'' [insert opinion The Yardbirds didn't agree with] is true, then mister, you're a better man than I.'
* The AntiLoveSong "Love Song" by Music/SaraBareilles.
* "North American Scum" by Music/LCDSoundsystem is a song about how Americans are looked down upon because of their flaws while ignoring all of the good things about North America.
* Music/FaithNoMore named their last album before their break up "Album of the Year", because... they weren't particularly happy with the finished product.
* {{Music/XTC}}'s "Don't Lose Your Temper", with some wordplay involved. The narrator of the song has a love interest who has a hot temper, but he finds this endearing, to the point of becoming concerned because she seems a bit calmer lately. Thus when he tells her "don't lose your temper", he means he doesn't want her to "lose" that aspect of her personality.

[[folder: This Very Wiki ]]
* The JustFriends trope is all about characters who, in [[DoggedNiceGuy one way]] or [[UnresolvedSexualTension another]], are anything but.

[[folder:Western Animation]]
* ''WesternAnimation/RegularShow'' is actually anything ''but'' regular. The tagline is ''literally'' "It's anything but".