* From ''WesternAnimation/{{Animaniacs}}'':
--> '''Wakko:''' ''(holding up a vomit bag)'' Hey, mister. What's this?\\
'''Bloski:''' A vomit bag.\\
'''Wakko:''' ''(looks into the vomit bag)'' Oh, poo! I got gypped; there's none in here!
* Played with on an episode of ''WesternAnimation/{{Squidbillies}}'', where Early and the Sheriff go to visit a therapist. Turns out it wasn't a therapist, just a misreading on "The Rapist".
* ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons'':
** In "Lisa On Ice", during Lisa's nightmare about failing gym:
-->'''Judge:''' I sentence you to a lifetime of horror on Monster Island! (''aside'') Don't worry, it's just a name. \\
[''Cut to Monster Island; Lisa and others are chased by [[LawyerFriendlyCameo lookalikes of]] [[{{Kaiju}} Mothra, Rodan and Gamera]]'']\\
'''Lisa:''' He said it was just a name!\\
'''Man:''' What he meant is that Monster Island is actually a peninsula.
** {{Subverted|Trope}} in "'Scuse Me While I Miss The Sky", with the Deadly Meteor Shower; people are apprehensive about this name, until Lisa explains that it was named after its discoverer, Professor Artemis Deadly - who was killed in the shower of 1853.
** And in "The Color Yellow," Bart learns that the Underground Railroad was neither underground nor a railroad, and wonders why they didn't call it "the Above-Ground Normal Road."
** [[SuspiciouslySpecificDenial The "Legitimate Businessmen's Social Club" is actually a Mafia front.]]
** This exchange from the "Treehouse of Horror III" story "King Homer":
-->'''Carl''': Hey, I hear we're going to Ape Island.\\
'''Lenny''': Yeah, to capture a giant ape. I wish we were going to Candy Apple Island.\\
'''Charlie''': Candy Apple Island? What do they got there?\\
'''Carl''': Apes, but they're not so big.
** "22 Short Films About Springfield" actually has only 19 segments. Well, it would've been 20 if Professor Frink's segment hadn't been cut off by the end credits. Or, 17 segments if you counted Lisa's 3 segments as 1.
** Lampshaded and PlayedForLaughs in "The PTA Disbands". When Springfield Elementary's teachers threaten to strike, a man horrifyingly yells "The PTA has disbanded!", and jumps out the nearby window, before Flanders explains that the PTA has ''not'' disbanded, prompting that man to jump back through the window, dusting himself off.
** "A Milhouse Divided" is about Milhouse's parents breaking up, but Milhouse himself isn't really featured throughout the episode.
** InUniverse: in "Any Given Sundance," Marge goes to see a film called ''Regularsville'' and sees that it's about cross-dressing, then one called "Candyland" that's about heroin addicts.
-->'''Marge:''' I get it. Every title means the opposite of what it means. Then I bet I'll love ''Chernobyl Graveyard!''
-->''(Enters movie theater, only to emerge a moment later.)''
-->'''Marge:''' [[SubvertedTrope I didn't]].
* Reading the inscription on a statue in ''WesternAnimation/{{Futurama}}'':
-->'''Leela:''' Phillip Fry, the Original Martian.\\
'''Fry:''' It's all lies, every word of it! He wasn't original, he wasn't a Martian, he wasn't Philip Fry, and since when is he a "The?" \\
'''Bender:''' You're twice the "The" he ever was!
** Even less correct when you consider that [[DoesThisRemindYouOfAnything the Native Martians were there first]].
** Also
-->'''Professor:''' ...in the darkest depths of the Forbidden Zone\\
'''Leela:''' Professor, are we even ''allowed'' in the Forbidden Zone?\\
'''Professor:''' Why, of course! It's just a name, like the Death Zone or the Zone of No Return. [[IDontLikeTheSoundOfThatPlace All the zones have names like that in the Galaxy of Terror]]!
** The Cave of Hopelessness. Named after Reginald Hopelessness, of course.
*** Who, in a similar gag to ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons'' one above, was the first man to be eaten alive by the Tunneling Horror.
** The episode "Fun on a Bun" is actually a big TearJerker.
** One-time character [[http://theinfosphere.org/Professor_Fisherprice_Shpeekenshpell Prof. Fisherprice Shpeekenshpell]] is actually based on another toy, a Mattel See 'n Say (also, the Speak & Spell was actually manufactured by Texas Instruments, not Fisher-Price).
* ''WesternAnimation/SouthPark'' has the song "Kyle's Mom Is A Stupid Bitch In D Minor," which actually begins on a D-minor chord, but then immediately switches to a major key--''nothing'' sung by Cartman is in a minor key. This might be a reference to [[Film/SinginInTheRain "Singin' in the Rain in A-Flat"]] -- which is actually in E-flat.
* ''Franchise/{{Transformers}}''-related examples:
** In the [[WesternAnimation/TheTransformers G1]] episode "Enter the Nightbird", the character who needs help jumping up a cliff is the guy named Cliffjumper.
** Bluestreak is silver, and not blue. Ironically, the Diaclone toy he was redecoed from ''was'' blue, and his packaging art showed him as being blue. Due to trademark problems, he was temporarily renamed "Silverstreak" in the 2000's, which fits better. [[SubvertedTrope But]] his thing is that he never shuts up; he talks a blue streak. "Silverstreak" just describes his color and implies that he's fast.
** ''ComicBook/TransformersShatteredGlass'' is a mirror universe story, where very few characters have changed names but nearly all have flipped personalities. This results in, among others, the dapper, cultured Abominus, the dashing, heroic Colonel [[NamesToRunAwayFromReallyFast Deathsaurus]], Astrotrain, who doesn't turn into a train, SpaceCowboy Bludgeon, and Whisper's NoIndoorVoice. Sometimes, this gets a HandWave; Abominus named himself after a poem, and Whisper's name is apparently an IronicNickname.
* ''WesternAnimation/SpongebobSquarepants'': Neither the eponymous SpongeBob, nor his pants, are actually square. He and his pants are rectangular prisms composed entirely of rectangular faces. Also, Squidward is an octopus, not a squid (Taken a bit further that he has 6 tentacles, not 8).
* Similar to Squidward above, a 1960s Hanna-Barbera character ''Squiddly Diddly'' is an octopus, in spite of his name.
* ''Disney/ThePrincessAndTheFrog'': Doc Facilier's "Friends on the Other Side", who are [[DealWithTheDevil not]] [[YouHaveFailedMe exactly friendly]]...
* {{Claymation}} is done using Plasticene® -- clay would dry out and harden.
* WesternAnimation/PhineasAndFerb gives us this gem from "The Wizard of Odd":
--> '''Phineas''': (After Candace and various others start falling from a plane) Wow, dumb luck. And over the Sea of Razor Sharp Rock Spires too!\\
'''The Others''': AAAAAAAAAAAAAAHHHHHHHH!\\
'''Phineas''': Good thing it was so inappropriately named!\\
(Candace and the others land on ground made of pillows.)
* ''WesternAnimation/MiloMurphysLaw'' gives us this from the first episode:
-->'''[[BornUnlucky Milo]]:''' Actually, [Coyote Woods] were named after actor Creator/PeterCoyote.
-->'''[[OnlySaneMan Zack]]:''' ''Really?''
-->'''Milo:''' Yeah, he donated all this land to the city. [[BaitAndSwitch As a wolf preserve]].
-->''(Howling in distance)''
-->'''Zack:''' [[DeadpanSnarker You get how that's not better, right?]]
-->''(SmashCut to them being chased by wolves)''
** In the later episode "Smooth Opera-tor," the [[ShowWithinAShow opera that they're seeing]] focuses on two mob families named the Baritones and the Mezzo-Sopranos. However, as Milo points out, the Mezzo-Soprano parts are actually being performed by baritones.
** In "Wilder West," they go to a dude ranch and Milo rides a horse named Psycho who, naturally, goes wild and tries to throw him off. When Zack asks if they can get him a calmer horse, the owner replies that Psycho ''is'' their calmest horse. "That's why we named him Psycho--on account of the irony."
** "Party of Peril" features a character named One-Armed Willie, who notes that it's just a nickname, since he has both arms. [[BaitAndSwitch And a peg-leg]].
* [[NonHumanSidekick Flounder]] from ''Disney/TheLittleMermaid'' is not a flounder (a flat gray fish that disguises itself as the bottom of the sea floor), but some sort of yellow tropical fish with blue stripes.
* Similarly, Marlin from ''WesternAnimation/FindingNemo'' is actually a clownfish like his son, Nemo. This was lampshaded about halfway through the film when Nigel the pelican tells Gill that Nemo's father shares his name with that of "a popular sport fish." Also, Dory is not a dory, she's a blue tang.
* On ''WesternAnimation/RockosModernLife,'' Heffer Wolfe is neither a heifer nor a wolf. Played with, however: he ''is'' a steer, and his last name comes from [[ObliviousAdoption his adopted family]], who ''are'' [[SpeciesSurname wolves]].
** "Zanzibar" is a memorable MusicalEpisode with a GreenAesop. Why is this episode named after a semi-autonomous region of the African nation of Tanzania? ''Nobody knows.'' The title seems to be completely random.
* ''WesternAnimation/RegularShow''. As the TagLine puts it, [[WhatDoYouMeanItWasntMadeOnDrugs "It's Anything But."]]
** Muscle Man is actually just a FatIdiot. However, he is quite strong and in "Power Tower" it's revealed that he used to be extremely muscular.
** Played with in the case of Skips, whose real name is revealed to be Walks in "Skips Strikes" -- [[MeaningfulRename he changed it because people kept asking him why he skipped instead of walked]].
* The ''WesternAnimation/QuackPack'' version of Duckburg, unlike the one seen in ''WesternAnimation/DuckTales'' and in the comics, is actually not populated by ducks (or any anthropomorphic animal), with the sole exceptions being Donald, Daisy, Professor von Drake, and the nephews.
** Also, Duckworth (Scrooge [=McDuck=]'s butler), despite his name, is actually ''a dog.''
* The {{DC Universe Animated Original Movies}} eventually settled on only making movies with "Superman," "Batman" or "Justice League" in the titles[[note]][[WesternAnimation/TeenTitansTheJudasContract and eventually ''Teen Titans'']][[/note]], because those were the ones which sold best. As a result, their names sometimes wind up where they don't really belong.
** ''WesternAnimation/BatmanAssaultOnArkham''. The name would suggest that ComicBook/{{Batman}} is the lead character, but in reality he has barely twenty minutes of screen time and spends most of that screen time as the HeroAntagonist to the ComicBook/SuicideSquad, the ''real'' stars of the movie, with ComicBook/{{Deadshot}} in particular being the unofficial protagonist.
** Likewise, ''WesternAnimation/JusticeLeagueTheFlashpointParadox'' only features the Justice League as a group for five minutes near the beginning, though you could justify it saying that we see the various members' states in the dystopian timeline. The Flash/Barry Allen is the main character.
* ''WesternAnimation/HeyArnold'' plays with this, when a DrillSergeantNasty SadistTeacher notes that [[TroublingUnchildlikeBehavior Curly]]'s hair isn't curly and [[LogicalFallacies demands to know his real name]]. The odd thing is, [[TheCuckoolanderWasRight he's right]]--Curly's real first name is [[EmbarrassingFirstName Thaddeus]].
* ''WesternAnimation/{{Doug}}''. Doug Funnie [[TheStraightMan isn't.]]
* In a similar vein to the ''Series/PowerRangersZeo'' example mentioned in the live-action TV folder, one of the main villains in ''WesternAnimation/MyLifeAsATeenageRobot'' is '''Queen''' Vexus, leader of the Cluster '''Empire'''.
* From ''WesternAnimation/TeenTitans'' the H.I.V.E. Five actually had ''six'' members in their third appearance, as Kid Flash quickly noticed.
* In ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic'', there is a place known as the Crystal Empire. It's actually a city-state within the kingdom of Equestria, whose head of state is a princess (albeit one implicitly lower ranked than the reigning Equestrian diarchy), rather than an empress. Back when it was actually independent, it was ruled by kings and queens rather than an emperor or empress.
** Equestria itself is ruled by a pair of princesses, rather than the queens that being called a kingdom would indicate. [[FanWank Fans have come up with many explanations for this situation]], though the Doylean reason is the existence of two tropes; EverythingIsBetterWithPrincesses and GodSaveUsFromTheQueen.
** Countess Coloratura, Creator/LenaHall's character from ''[[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS5E24TheManeAttraction The Mane Attraction]]'', is a mezzo soprano, and definitely not a countess either.
** The Season 5 finale is titled "The Cutie Re-Mark", but does not involve the removal or replacement of cutie marks, in fact, the Mane Five somehow retain their normal marks in the {{Bad Future}}s.
* On ''WesternAnimation/{{Gargoyles}},'' the race sometimes known as "[[TheFairFolk Oberon's Children]]" are not actually his offspring (well, [[WordOfGod except for two who are]]); he's just their ruler. The race was known as "Mab's Children" back when [[GodSaveUsFromTheQueen his mother]] was in charge.
* The [[CharacterTitle titular]] character of ''WesternAnimation/LittleBill'' owns a pet hamster named "Elephant".
* The leader of the council of the Immortals in Rankin and Bass's ''The Life and Adventures of Santa Claus'' was known as the Great Ak. [[http://christmas-specials.wikia.com/wiki/The_Great_Ak He doesn't look much]] [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Great_Auk like an extinct bird...]]
* The ''WesternAnimation/SonicBoom'' episode, "[[Recap/SonicBoomS1E1TheSidekick The Sidekick]]" features Sonic going up against one of Eggman's robots, entitled "Burnbot". Said robot does not have any fire or chemical weapons, but claws instead. [[LampshadeHanging Sonic suggests using a name that isn't so misleading.]] Later in the episode, it is revealed that Eggman did take Sonic's advice by adding flamethrowers to Burnbot. Within the same episode, there's also the "incredibly dangerous, but inaccurately named" Mount Safety.
* The ShowWithinAShow ''Ball Fondlers'' from ''WesternAnimation/RickAndMorty'' is actually an alternate dimensional version of ''Series/TheATeam'' with a lizard man, a lady superhero, and a Mr. T lookalike with a girly haircut and has nothing to do with balls or the fondling thereof, with the only purpose of the title being a sexual innuendo.
** In "The Whirly Dirly Conspiracy", Summer accidentally [[AttackOfThe50FootWhatever turns herself into a giant]] when using Rick's growth ray to increase her breast size. Against Morty's advice, Beth attempts to fix the problem herself, but makes thing worse because the machine's settings are a case of this; when she sets it to "normal", Summer expands through the garage. When she sets it to "reverse", it turns Summer inside out.
* A character in ''WesternAnimation/DangerMouse'' was named Prof. Squawkencluck despite being a mole. Averted in the 2015 reboot, where the character is now a chicken.
** The original Squawkencluck's name only made sense in his first appearance, where he did experiments on chickens.
* EVE's job in ''WesternAnimation/WallE'' is to look for living plants on Earth, which is the one place she ''shouldn't'' be looking according to her name ('''Extra'''terrestrial Vegetation Evaluator).
** {{Justified|Trope}} if you interpret it as "Vegetation Evaluator who is herself Extraterrestrial," though.
* Animated short ''WesternAnimation/TheStreet'' has nothing whatsoever to do with a street. It's about an old grandma dying, and how her family deals with it.
* In ''WesternAnimation/OverTheGardenWall,'' [[BigBad the Beast]] is a HornedHumanoid, but other than that doesn't seem very "beastly," being FauxAffablyEvil and relying mostly on [[ManipulativeBastard manipulation]]. He also has an [[EvilSoundsDeep excellent]] [[VillainSong singing voice]], being played by a professional opera singer. [[note]]However, it becomes much more accurate if you subscribe to [[EveryoneIsJesusInPurgatory the theory]] that he's not ''a'' beast, he's ''[[SatanicArchetype the]]'' [[SatanicArchetype Beast.]][[/note]]
* In ''WesternAnimation/TeenageMutantNinjaTurtles2012'', Alopex is not an arctic fox (original scientific name: ''Alopex lagopus''). This is because she's a CompositeCharacter of several vulpine females from the franchise; her comics namesake ''is'' one.
* Stumpy from ''WesternAnimation/{{Kaeloo}}'' has hands and feet. The original concept had him have stumps instead of hands, but this was changed before the actual show was made.
** It's even more obvious in the French dub[[note]]The original dub, since the show is from France[[/note]], where his name is Moignon, the French word for "stump" (of a limb).
* On ''WesternAnimation/AquaTeenHungerForce'', Meatwad says his favorite computer game is called Clamdigger. The game is about the player's friend calling them to bet who can dig up more clams at the beach, and the objective is to find parking.
* ''WesternAnimation/SamuraiJack'' is technically a Ronin, since any of the masters that he would answer to have been long dead.