What Do You Mean, It's Not an Index?
Either the work or the audience plays up something in the work as something it's clearly not (mostly). In the show, it's often Played for Laughs (see Does This Remind You of Anything?), Rule of Cool, or the writers just having fun. When it's the viewers, it can be Fan Dumb, or it can be them legitimately assuming something if the show unintentionally makes the thing look like the trope.
- What Do You Mean, It's Not Didactic?: a work that is not intended to be an Allegory is explored for hidden meaning.
- What Do You Mean, It's Not for Kids?: a work that is decidedly non-family friendly (and not intended for children to begin with) is mistaken for such. Frequently overlaps with the Animation Age Ghetto.
- What Do You Mean, It's for Kids?: a work intended for kids finds itself with an unexpected adult fandom, often due to and/or leading to, large amounts of radar evading Parental Bonus/Service. Alternatively a work aimed at kids uses themes you would expect to find in more adult works. Can end up been used by Moral Guardians as a result.
- What Do You Mean, It's Not Political? a work is mistaken for having political tones, frequently due to Unfortunate Implications or Accidental Innuendo.
- What Do You Mean Its Not Symbolic: imagery that doesn't actually symbolize any theme in the story.
- What Do You Mean, It Wasn't Made on Drugs? a work is mistaken as the result of the creators being high. Frequently overlaps with True Art Is Incomprehensible.
- What Do You Mean, It's Not for Little Girls? A work is mistaken for being aimed at little girls. Overlaps with All Anime Is Naughty Tentacles in the worst scenarios.
- All Animation Is Disney: What do you mean this game's not made by Disney/Nintendo? (all quality examples of a medium or genre are Wrongfully Attributed to the most well known creator)
- All Adult Animation Is South Park: What do you mean it's mature and thought provoking?
- All Anime Is Naughty Tentacles: What do you mean it's not hentai/gorn?
- Dude, Not Funny!: What do you mean it's not offensive?
- Faux Horrific or Nightmare Retardant: What do you mean it's not scary?
- Accidental Nightmare Fuel: What do you mean it's scary?
- Felony Misdemeanor: What do you mean it's not heinous?
- Girl Show Ghetto: What do you mean it's not for boys?
- Mundane Made Awesome: What do you mean it's not awesome?
- Narm: What do you mean it's not funny?
- Rock Me, Asmodeus!: What do you mean it's not Death Metal?
- Wangst: What do you mean it's not saddening for him?