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Playing With: I Thought That Was
Basic Trope: A work is not Exactly What It Says on the Tin.
  • Straight: The work's title confuses some of the less Genre Savvy people.
  • Exaggerated: Nobody can figure out anything correct about the work from the title alone, even by random guessing.
  • Downplayed: One of the words in the title has two possible similar meanings, and some people guess wrong.
  • Justified:
  • Inverted: The work is Exactly What It Says on the Tin, but people still confuse it for something else.
  • Subverted: At first glance the work title may seem to be mistaken for something else, but from another perspective, it's actually not.
  • Double Subverted: Then you confuse it with something else.
  • Parodied: An entire page is created for a work title just for other work titles that it could be confused with.
  • Zig Zagged: ???
  • Averted: The work title isn't misleading at all.
  • Enforced: Executive Meddling means that the creator of the work is forced to use the misleading title.
  • Lampshaded: "...It's anything but."
  • Invoked: The creator of the work deliberately chooses a title for it that can mean as many things as possible.
  • Exploited: The creator of the work uses the misleading title to market it.
  • Defied: The creator of the work has done everything to prevent said work's title from becoming misleading.
  • Discussed: ???
  • Conversed: "Isn't that work the one with the misleading title? I still haven't figured out why it's named as such."
  • Deconstructed: The work becomes unpopular because the title is misleading, causing people not to get what they expected, making them waste their time and money. As a result, the creator of the work goes bankrupt.
  • Reconstructed: Someone finds the work. Things happen, the work creates a Memetic Mutation because of the misleading title, and the work becomes popular.

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