Playing With: Never Trust a Trailer

Basic Trope: A trailer features a scene that doesn't appear in the movie, or is altered significantly.
  • Straight: In the trailer for the action film Troperman: The Movie, a scene shows Troperman's house on fire, with him giving a Big "NO!" in response. In the movie, his house never catches fire, and the Big "NO!" is in response to his friend getting hit by a car.
  • Exaggerated:
    • Every single scene, character, and place in the trailer is absent from the movie. Also, the name in the trailer changes, the apparent plot is completely different, and all the people credited are replaced.
    • The characters and events shown in the three minute trailer for the hour and a half long movie do appear and happen... but only for exactly three minutes in that film and are absent for the rest of the hour and twenty-seven minutes of it.
  • Downplayed:
    • Every single scene, character, and place in the trailer is in the movie, but the trailer is cut together deceptively. (e.g. Troperman's house does catch on fire in the movie, but the Big "NO!" happens during the car crash scene.)
    • The trailer makes the movies look like a fast paced action movie. While there is a good amount of action, there is slow paced drama that the trailer ignores.
  • Justified:
    • The company needs to excite people, so they add in a house fire for no reason.
    • The house fire scene WAS going to be in the movie, but was cut out due to time.
  • Inverted: The trailer is so accurate it spoils all the reveals and plot twists, as well as the ending.
  • Subverted: Troperman's house doesn't catch fire until the end of the movie.
  • Double Subverted: However, he still doesn't do the Big "NO!".
  • Parodied: The trailer makes the movie look like an action film, but it's actually a nature documentary.
  • Zig Zagged: The trailer shows what is obviously Troperman's house on fire and him barely getting out the door, then giving a Big "NO!". In the actual movie, the house doesn't catch fire until the end, but he escapes. Then it turns out it's actually his friend's house, not his. He still gives a Big "NO!"...because his friend is stuck inside and dies.
  • Averted: The trailer accurately provides the movie's plot without spoiling anything.
  • Enforced: See "Justified".
  • Lampshaded: "According to the trailer, your house should catch fire now." "Nah, screw that."
  • Invoked: In a film about making Troperman: The Movie, a studio executive tells marketing to "put more pizazz in the trailer, even if you have to fudge it a bit."
  • Exploited: ???
  • Defied: The trailer portrays the film as an action film, but the first two minutes make it look more like a nature documentary. However, Troperman suddenly charges in and starts the movie for real.
  • Discussed: "The only honest way to describe what I saw in the trailer and instead got in the movie is as this: 'Awesome Trailer, Shitty Movie'."
  • Conversed: ???
  • Deconstructed: Since the company is notorious for doing this, nobody watches their high-budget film, causing them to go out of business.
  • Reconstructed: See "Downplayed".

Go back to Never Trust a Trailer...I think. Do we do that in the actual movie?