This Index Is Not an Example

Usually, the Trope Namer for a trope provides the one codifying example to define them all. Sometimes, however, a trope is named after something that isn't itself a good example of the trope — or isn't an instance of the trope at all. Sometimes the quote sounds nice but it in the wrong context. Oftentimes the trope is a variation on another trope and receives a name based on it.

Be particularly careful when linking to such trope pages, because they might not be what they sound like at first glance. (Obviously, any YMMV entry with a specific Trope Namer could be an example in the eyes of some viewers but not others; and some have actually been renamed because of it.)

Not to be confused with Just for Pun or Snowclone titles. Also not to be confused with works that seem like the Trope Namer, but aren't really (Fur and Loathing was not named after the CSI episode, nor was Determinator named from one of Aqua Teen Hunger Force Colon Movie Film For Theaters's Fake.com Endings).

Then there are the tropes named after lines of dialogue that the Trope Namer never actually said.

Contrast Self Demonstrating Articles and This Trope Name References Itself. Compare Defied Trope and Non-Indicative Name.

Oh, and don't bother listing this page itself, as that will create a paradox (specifically, Russell's paradox).

Tropes:

Tropes that were renamed off this list:

Partial Credit (including cases where the trope happens but not the way the name implies):
  • And I Must Scream — The narrator's fate at the end of I Have No Mouth and I Must Scream (when he utters the trope-naming line) fits every aspect of this trope but the immobility. He ends up immortal, blind, voiceless, trapped in a giant computer, and unable to commit suicide, but capable of limited movement.
  • Bigger Than JesusJohn Lennon didn't say this. He actually said they were "more popular than Jesus", and he insisted that it was a lamentation rather than a boast (he found it ridiculous that the public got more enthusiastic about singing groups than about religion).
  • Big Ol' Eyebrows — Named after one of Strong Bad's hypothetical designs for potential new looks Strong Mad could sport. Nobody in the work actually has large eyebrows.
  • Every Car Is a Pinto — The real life Ford Pinto did explode when collided, but it was only one model of Pinto that was affected, and later models fixed the issue.
  • I Am Not Shazam — Captain Marvel, the protagonist of the DC Comics series Shazam, was originally a rather infamous example of this trope note . As of DC's New 52 Continuity Reboot in 2011, though, he actually is named "Shazam".
  • My Future Self and Me — Originally in South Park where Stan meets with his future self. This is not actually the case; it turns out that he was an actor hired by Stan's parents to keep him off of drugs. However, at the end of the episode, Cartman actually does meet his future self.
  • Nice Job Breaking It, HeroPortal does have an example of this trope when Chell incinerates GLaDOS's Morality Core, causing her to release a deadly neurotoxin on Chell. However, the trope-naming line is a lie that GLaDOS tells Chell afterwards in a feeble attempt to make her feel bad about destroying the core by claiming that it was a machine that made shoes for orphans.
  • Some Call Me Tim — Trope is about someone with a very hard to pronounced name going by a shorter nickname. In-universe, we're not told why the enchanter from Monty Python and the Holy Grail goes by the name Tim, or if it's even a nickname in the first place. Out-of-universe, John Cleese ad-libbed the line when he couldn't remember the name he was supposed to use, but we don't know if difficulty in pronouncement is why he did so.
  • Sprint Shoes — The Bunny Hood in Zelda was supposed to be this - but rolling is faster - but rolling too much made you dizzy in one game. In honor of being technically correct, just overshadowed, it remains an alt title.
  • Thou Shalt Not Kill — A more accurate translation would be "Thou shalt not commit premeditated murder". For example, The Bible does not condemn soldiers who are Just Following Orders, whereas the Thou Shalt Not Kill trope does.
  • Timmy in a Well — While Lassie often saves Timmy and the other human characters from danger, those dangers never involve wells.
  • What Could Possibly Go Wrong? — no specific Trope Namer, but whenever the phrase is actually said, Tempting Fate usually applies, and not this trope.

Mix of the last two:

Alternative Title(s):

Trope Namer Is Not An Example