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  • Heavy Metal magazine has nothing to do with the music genre of Heavy Metal music. It's an anthology of adult themed comics, many of them fantasy and science fiction. It's original French name is Metal Hurlant and was co-founded by the artist Moebius. The movie adaptation attempted to incorporate some examples of the music genre into the background music but the film score was still clearly dominated by Elmer Bernstein. And even when rock was incorporated, the majority chosen for whatever reason, definitely non-metal acts like Journey, Grand Funk Railroad, Stevie Nicks, Cheap Trick, and Devo. (Grand Funk was considered metal in The '70s, however.)
  • You would think that a magazine named Garden & Gun would be perfect for that firearms enthusiasts with a nurturing side, but it's really about Southern fine dining and high culture.

  • Orange Marmalade is about a vampire, Ma-ri, dealing with humans at her school (mostly a boy with very tasty blood who has a huge crush on her) on the backdrop of vampires being allowed to live within society and lots of Fantastic Racism. No marmalade at all.
    • In an FAQ, when asked what orange marmalade was (in regards to the story), the author simply explained how one made orange marmalade.

    Meta \ Hypocritical Humour 
  • This very wiki is neither about television nor tropes. At least, not what your literature professor would think of first when he heard the word. The German version is called 'Media Tropes'. The French version is still TV.
  • The Mexican Standoff trope wasn't coined in Mexico, but in Australia. Read the article for more information.
  • Quite a few examples in Nonindicative Name are indeed indicative, just not literal.
  • Most of the tropes in Always Female and Always Male aren't always that way. See Gender-Inverted Trope.
  • Where No Parody Has Gone Before, as befitting a Stock Parody, features parodies that resemble each other. (The page is named after the ending of the Star Trek opening monologue.)
  • Zettai Ryouiki is an interesting case. In Japanese, it literally means "absolute territory", and most Japanese people won't recognize any figurative meaning. For some reason, though, otaku around the Turn of the Millennium started using it to refer to the area between where an anime girl's skirt ends and socks begin, which is uncovered. Then, the wiki further adapted the term to refer to characters who wear socks that extend past their knees, with any resemblance to the Trope Namer being forgotten.

  • The very word "pinball" is one caused by it being an Artifact Title: There hasn't been any actual pins in a pinball machine since the 1950's, and it's particularly non-indicative as fans call pinball machines as simply "pins." That being said, the "ball" part still holds true, and will almost certainly hold true as long as pinball exists in some shape or form.
  • An example for pinball in general: Did you score exceptionally well that you have Score #1? Congratulations, you have the second-best score on the machine! The top score is actually the Grand Champion, and scores after that are numbered starting with 1. The reason for this oddity is that they are actually two leaderboards: The Grand Champion is a single-score leaderboard by itself, and the numbered scores are a different, separate one. Typically, the numbered scores are temporary and replaced with the default scores on a regular basis, whereas the Grand Champion score remains until the save data is destroyed, either deliberately by the operator or by accident. This is why so many machines have a Grand Champion score that's miles above all of the other scores: It may have been set months or even years ago, whereas the other scores are relatively new.
  • Nearly all machines can offer a "Special" as an award. What the Special is depends on the settings, and it falls into this trope if it's set to award absolutely nothing or something that the machine already gives out in droves (such as small amounts of points).
  • The "Vid-Grid Pac-Maze" in Bally/Midway's Mr. & Mrs. Pac-Man Pinball does not feature and video and is not a maze. It is, instead, a five-by-five matrix of lights.
  • In Data East's The Who's Tommy, the "One Way Combo" isn't a Combo at all — the player simply shoots the ball into the Tommy saucer.
  • Super Pinball: Behind The Mask has nothing to do with masks.
  • Psycho Pinball sounds like a perfect title for a pinball game either based on gothic horror or heavy metal music, instead of a collection featuring cartoonish clowns, pink whales, and a Mascot with Attitude.

    Professional Wrestling 
  • The second oldest title the National Wrestling Alliance ever gained ownership of, the British Empire/Commonwealth Championship belt, was defended from 1922 to 1929 in Canada and then exclusively defended in New Zealand until it was retired in 1990. Even if the NWA had wanted to use the belt in Britain they couldn't come to an understanding with Europe's promoters until the UK based Hammerlock entered the very year the Empire/Commonwealth belt was deactivated.
  • The female half of the family most commonly associated with the name Moreno in Mexican promotions such as CMLL, LLI and AAA are largely made up of blondes. The best case one can make is Rossy being slightly dark skinned if you want to stretch the word to is primordial origins.(Alfonso did have dark hair as do his sons, who are also all semi dark skinned too). Similarly, Carib wrestler La Morena usually has blonde highlights at the very least(though she can also pass under the semi dark skinned clause).
  • From 1979-1999, the World Wrestling Federation was operated by a company named Titan Sports. During this period, the promotion publicly stated on several occasions that Professional Wrestling was pre-determined, thus stating they were not technically operating a sports company. (Being owned by Titan Sports, the WWF did not have any sort of federated structure.) The name was changed in 1999 to World Wrestling Federation Entertainment (now World Wrestling Entertainment/WWE Inc.) as the beginning of the company's attempts to be treated as an entertainment company. (Ironically, WWFE then would attempt to run a legitimate sports league, the XFL, two years later.) The Titan name remains as part of one aspect of the WWE experience; as the name of the TitanTron screen where wrestlers come out from backstage.
  • Frontier Martial-Arts Wrestling was founded by Atsushi Onita to showcase pro wrestlers fighting martial artists of other styles, mainly as a Take That! to Universal Wrestling Federation after they rejected him. This very quickly became an artifact title though, martial arts quickly giving way to brass knuckles, folding chairs, collapsible tables, scaffolds and the like.
  • For that matter, does "Advisory and Management Assistance" sound like a lucha libre company to you? (To be fair, it wasn't supposed to be, lucha libre is simply the only branch of the company that survived)
  • The American Wrestling Association Women's Title belt was almost exclusively defended away from America, though this concerned a replacement belt created by Super Stars Of Wrestling, a company ran by former AWA employees who wished to stay in the business after AWA closed down. After Superstars Of Wrestling was sued by WWE and went under itself, the belt was finally renamed as the American Wrestling Association Japan Women's Title, which implies there was an AWA Japan, which there was not. Pro Wrestling Zero 1 eventually sent it back to the States, only to retire it after Sherri Martel's passing.
  • On March 8, 1999, World Championship Wrestling did not have a single wrestling match for its entire first hour. So fans tuned into the World Wrestling Federation instead, causing Nitro's ratings to plummet.
  • WCW and later WSU valet Gorgeous George is anything but a Gorgeous George.
  • To be recognized as a woman of honor, one needed not prove their worthiness through respectable deeds or even adhere to the code. Simply working for Ring of Honor, in any capacity, was enough, even if it was in a barely visible role such as the ring crew. After the partnership with SHIMMER simmered down the designation was restricted to members of its budding women's division by 2015, but that some of them are less than honorable still stands.
  • AAA's Degeneration Mex only had one Mexican in it. The name actually came because of X Pac's membership.
  • Terriblemente Guapo el Rey, sounds like a self given narcissistic title or something swooning fan girls would call a man. TGR is actually three wrestlers (El Terrible, Shocker and Rey Bucanero) operating in CMLL.
  • Actress Girl'Z is a joshi pureso fed, and thus the girls are only actresses in a loose sense. Furthermore, it is questionable how accurate it is to call them "girls", which crosses into Lampshade Hanging with Kagawa Teruko, who is billed as "Middle Aged Star".