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  • Doctor Who: "Remembrance of the Daleks" had a futuristic-tech-looking device called the Hand of Omega, which didn't look anything like a hand. As the Doctor says: "Time Lords are capable of infinite pretension."
    • The episode "The Name of the Doctor" does not reveal the Doctor's name
    • And before that, "The Doctor's Wife". The Doctor's relationship with the TARDIS is merely Like an Old Married Couple. Similarly, "The Doctor's Daughter" and "The Next Doctor". Most of these have some sort of justification in-story, but the last is pure Trolling Creator.
    • And in between, "Let's Kill Hitler". He just gets stuffed in a cupboard to make way for the actual plot.
  • Buffy the Vampire Slayer: The "scythe" Buffy finds in the last episodes is actually an axe.
  • Data's pet cat Spot in Star Trek: The Next Generation is not a spotted cat, despite her name. (She's a tabby with light orange fur, which are very uncommon in real life.)
  • Star Trek: Deep Space Nine has these things called orbs. For some reason they look like crystal hourglasses. Aren't orbs supposed to be spherical?
    • They're also called the Tears of the Prophets, but don't look much like teardrops, either.
      • For that matter, Sisko is called Emissary, which isn't really accurate. An "emissary" is a person who is sent somewhere to represent the interests of someone else. Emissaries are trusted to use their own judgement to achieve said mission. Sisko is told several times that he is meant to act as a mouthpiece and nothing else. His attempts at initiative in Bajoran religious matters backfire. Every time.
    • And the station isn't in deep space at all; it's quite close to an inhabited planet.
      • It's pointed out in one episode how "human-centric" the name is, as it refers to how far from "Earth" the station is.
  • Mike Myers' character Linda Richman would occasionally throw out one of these for audience discussion when overcome with emotion. Examples include peanuts, Rhode Island, and the Holy Roman Empire.
    • Also Duran Duran, which is apparently neither a Duran nor a Duran.
    • This also slightly annoyed her in regards to actress Kristin Scott Thomas, since she was a female whose name was two-thirds male.
  • Two-thirds of Saturday Night Live airs on Sunday morning in the Eastern and Pacific Time Zones - in fact, in the Pacific, what's shown is a feed of the episode that finished filming 90 minutes before, making the entire title a misnomer (in the Mountain time zone, the program begins after the first hour has finished filming. Alaska and Hawaii get the episodes well later.). Also, NBC's Late Night airs completely during the early morning, except in the Central, Mountain, Alaska and Hawaii time zones where it begins at 11:30.
    • Reruns and compilation specials aren't live either.
    • Also, the Brazilian version of SNL will air on Sundays.
  • The eponymous hotel in Fawlty Towers was not in any way even a single tower.
    • The towers were, one might say... Faulty?
  • A number of movies featured on Mystery Science Theater 3000 fit this trope.
    • The B-movie The Brain That Wouldn't Die. A more fitting title would be The Brain That Desperately Wanted To Die, But Wasn't Allowed To.
      • Furthermore, the eponymous character is technically an entire head, not just a brain.
      • The ending credits list the title as The Head that Wouldn't Die, contradicting the opening credits.
    • The Undead did not feature any ghosts, mummies, zombies, vampires, or undead creatures of any sort.
    • There was nothing Satanic about Devil Doll.
    • None of the children in The Space Children were from space, or ever went into space, for that matter.
    • Boggy Creek 2 was actually the third Boggy Creek movie. Of course, the second film was made by different people, so this could be Canon Discontinuity on the part of the crew who made the third movie.
    • Future War: as Crow puts it, "It's not the future, and there isn't a war, but you know me; I don't like to complain."
    • For a superhero called Pumaman, the guy seemed to have a large number of powers that didn't seem all that relevant to pumas.
      Mike: I hate to be picky, but I don't think pumas are really known for flying...
    • The Thing That Couldn't Die, a movie about a thing that... well... dies...
    • The eponymous aliens of Pod People don't look like people and don't spend any time in pods. To quote Dr. Forrester:
    It has nothing to do with pods. It has nothing to do with people. It has everything to do with hurting.
  • Monty Python's Flying Circus itself, but that's really more of a Word Salad Title. They did, however, do a serious investigative news show called Ethel the Frog in one sketch, perhaps as a nod to The BBC's habit of using nonindicative titles.
    • Another sketch has Blood, Devastation, Death, War, and Horror, a completely tame chat show.
    • Six human, ground-bound men (no pythons, or even snakes of any sort), none of whom are named "Monty," and they perform a sketch comedy show without trapeses, lion tamers, a ringleader, or any references at all to the greatest show on earth. That's pretty non-indicative for four words.
      • You might even call it a meta-indicative title, as the fact that it is a non-indicative title is itself indicative of the content of the show.
  • Several real-life examples are parodied in Mitchell and Webb's "explorer" sketches. Mitchell plays whatever famous explorer discovered and named the area, and Webb plays his second-in-command who points out the obvious disconnect between the name and the place, but ends up having to give in because he's not "the captain."
    Webb: Captain, the Lord has delivered us to a truly wondrous land! Lush subtropical plains stretch out as far as the eye can see. It's ninety degrees in the shade even though it's November, there are herds of seven-foot-tall two-legged creatures bouncing across the landscape at tremendous speeds.
    Mitchell: Yes. Do you know where it reminds me of? Wales.
    • They also have a sketch involving a "giant death ray", which turns out to be harmless. They explain the name as follows:
    Bachman: One question that does spring to mind, Professor, er...
    Webb: Professor Death.
    Bachman: ...Professor Death, is why on Earth you elected to name this contraption the "giant death..." oh I see.
  • Brazilian TV Globo broadcasts three soap operas every day except Sunday: 6 o'clock, 7 o'clock, and 8 o'clock. The last one, however, rarely begins at an hour starting with 8 nowadays (due to the news program that precedes it - the delay gets even worse during election period). A common joke is to describe it as "the 8 o'clock soap opera that starts at 9".
  • In 19 years, when have any of the Power Rangers actually performed the duties of a "ranger"? That is, when have any of them ever helped oversee a national park or conducted guerilla warfare in a forest environment? Then again, a show about park rangers in brightly-colored spandex probably wouldn't be very successful...
    • The term ranger comes from the japanese series Super Sentai in which Power Rangers uses stock footage and costumes from. Many of these series' have the word "Ranger" in the title or some combination of the word "Ranger".
      • Also The term "Ranger" is idicative as the term has been used for law enforcement and military like The Texas Rangers (not the baseball team) and Army Rangers also Lord of The Rings' Aragorn was referred to as a ranger so the term could loosely mean warrior and not necessarily refers to a park or forest ranger.
    • Power Rangers Zeo's main villain was KING Mondo, ruler of the Machine EMPIRE.
    • The grand prize goes to Treacheron from Power Rangers Lost Galaxy. He's one of the most loyal evil lieutenants in the franchise's history.
      • Though name is probably meant to be ironic like calling a really big guy Tiny.
      • Lost Galaxy itself has little to do with the Lost Galaxy as it's only brought up in a small arc.
  • Super Sentai have had a few.
    • Seijuu Sentai Gingaman: Ginga could be translated as Galaxy, but the show has nothing to do with galaxies and is just a meaningless proper name.
      • Averted somewhat with it's Power Rangers counterpart, Lost Galaxy it is set in space, though as stated above the show has very little to do with "The Lost Galaxy"
    • Tensou Sentai Goseiger. Gosei translates as "five star" as seen with Gosei Sentai Dairanger. Goseiger does have the usual five warriors but has nothing to do with stars o any nature unless you count Gosei World as with Gingaman the term Gosei is just a Proper name.
  • Power Rangers Megaforce takes place in the city of Harwood County.
  • Strangers with Candy is not (typically) about strangers or candy. The show is meant to parody "After School Specials" that are known to drop Anvilicious Stock Aesops on school-age kids, one of the most obvious being "never accept candy from strangers." The title also may refer to the Comedic Sociopath leads; accepting candy from Jerri Blank is probably never a good idea.
  • Psychoville is set all across England, and not in any specific town. The name is, in fact, derived from the title given to foreign releases of The League of Gentlemen, which is set in a specific town, and is not about a league, nor are many of the characters particularly gentlemanly. The title actually refers to the writers.
  • Parodied in an early episode of 3rd Rock from the Sun; during one of their rooftop chats, Harry muses "Why do they call it a fur coat? It's not really fur, and it's not really a coat". Tommy then explains to him that it actually is both those things.
  • Blake's 7, for the last two of its four seasons, was noticeably missing Blake. With the exception of the stunning final espisode.
    • And there usually weren't seven of them: The number was usually fudged to mean either six humans and a computer, or five humans and two computers. For part of the series, though, there were six humans and two computers, so... you figure it out.
  • Many fans of Terriers attributed its low ratings and cancellation to the title, which gave the (incorrect) impression that it involved dogs, while failing to convey that it was a noir-ish detective series. Had it been renewed, it might have been re-titled Beach Dicks.
  • Similarly, Cougar Town stopped being about middle-aged women chasing younger men (with the exception of one minor recurring character) after the first few episodes. The makers seriously considered retitling it, but in the end stayed with the Artifact Title. They do, however, mock the title in the title card every week.
    • Neither is it about a town populated by the large, North American feline.
      • Lampshaded in an episode where the characters steal a sculpture of a cougar from the college one of them attends: "Why does this school even have a cougar? Nothing here has anything to do with cougars." The title card joke that week also says, "Pay attention. The title: Cougar Town almost makes sense this week!"
    • One advertisement had a woman next to the feline with both thinking the show was about them.
  • Many of the artists who appeared on MTV Unplugged played electric instruments that were, indeed, plugged in, although the musical arrangements were usually softer and more laid-back than expected from the artists. MTV Turned Down would have been a more accurate name.
    • Although this is the result of some drift. It started out with all the artists playing acoustic.
  • Played for laughs during a performance of Scenes From a Hat on Whose Line Is It Anyway?.
    Suggestion: What's really going through president Bush's mind during Cabinet meetings.
    Colin Mochrie: There isn't even a cabinet in here...
  • Many of the scenes in It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia take place at night.
  • When Jamie Lynn Sigler (aka Meadow Soprano) was attempting to kick start a pop music career ((no, seriously,)) she said that one of the reasons she auditioned for the part of Meadow was because when she saw the title The Sopranos, she honestly thought it would involve music somehow.
  • The title characters in Crash And Bernstein are a puppet named Crash and Wyatt Bernstein, who is almost never referred by his last name.
  • The Real Housewives series features several divorced people and one could argue that since the show is a source of revenue, they are no longer housewives
  • The Naked Brothers Band spends the entirely of every episode at least partially clothed.
  • Supernatural. Played for Laughs in "Free To Be You And Me" when Dean sets up Castiel with a prostitute called Chastity. The Celibate Hero's response to hearing this entirely inappropriate name is to down half a glass of beer.
  • Everybody does not die in the House series finale "Everybody Dies"
  • Community: Greendale Community College has the North Cafeteria, which is in the western portion of East hall, which is northwest of North Hall, which is near the center of campus. Also, the English Memorial Spanish Center, named after Portuguese explorer English Memorial.
  • The Wire: The Greek turns out to not even be Greek.
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