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Playing With: Exactly What It Says on the Tin
Basic Trope: Something is accurately described by its name.
  • Straight: A film called Bob Becomes a Zombie is about Bob becoming a zombie.
  • Exaggerated:
    • The film is called A Guy Named Bob Is Bitten By a Zombie And Turns Into One Himself and this is literally all that happens in it.
    • The film is titled Three Hundred Twenty-Five Zombies Escape From Eternal Imprisonment Under The Island Of Java And Two Of Them Bite A Lawyer Named Bob Causing Him To Turn Into A Zombie Himself Where From Then On He Rampages Throughout New York City And Destroys Two Gift Shops, A Supermarket, And Blows Up An SUV Forcing His Friend Alice To Chase After Him For An Hour Until She Defeats All Of The Other Zombies Using A Magical Sword She Found At A Strange Antique Shop And Returns Bob Back To His Original Form.
    • That's nothing! How about this: Every single, little, last, detail down to what happens in the background is stated in the title.
  • Downplayed: Zombie Adventures is pretty Self Explanatory, yet exactly what the adventures are can only be answered by watching the film.
  • Justified: Bob is a very important figure and the film wants to document and inform the masses about this transformation perfectly.
  • Inverted:
    • The film is actually about a zombie becoming a guy named Bob.
    • Nonindicative Name
    • The film is called Bob Becomes a Zombie, but there are no zombies or in it and none of the characters is named Bob.
  • Subverted:
    • Bob goes through several stages of the transformation, but then turns into a tomato.
    • Bob Becomes a Zombie begins with a scene where Bob is bitten by a zombie, but it turns out to be Bob's dream and the rest of the movie is about something else.
  • Double Subverted: ... and then he turns into a zombie. The tomato form was just an odd stage of the metamorphosis.
  • Parodied: A TV show with a Word Salad Title is perfectly described by it.
  • Zig Zagged: Some scenes revolve around Bob's infection while others are about something completely different.
  • Averted: The film is named Bob. The title is related to the film, but you wouldn't be able to tell what it's about without watching it.
  • Enforced: "How are people going to know what the show is about without an accurate name?"
  • Lampshaded: "The title clearly states 'Bob Becomes a Zombie!' What did you think would happen?"
  • Invoked: "We want to make sure that the audience isn't confused when watching this...Let's give it a descriptive name!"
  • Exploited: ???
  • Defied: "Damn it, no! I won't let that stupid title be true!"
  • Discussed: ???
  • Conversed: "Ah, I love it when movies spell out what's in them in the title."
  • Deconstructed:
    • Bob is the Sole Survivor of a Zombie Apocalypse and has just been bitten, the film goes into detail about how tragic living like a zombie is as he struggles through his infection.
    • Bob doesn't turn into a zombie until the very end, making the title a spoiler.

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