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 a car hitting his Heterosexual Life Partner.
  • 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 two-hour-long movie do appear and occur... but only for exactly three minutes in that film and are absent for the remaining hour and fifty-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. (For example, 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 some slow-paced drama omitted from the trailer.
  • 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 revelations and plot twists, as well as the ending.
  • Subverted: Troperman's house doesn't catch fire until the end of the movie.
  • Double Subverted: He still doesn't do the Big "NO!", though.
  • 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 good friend's house, not his. He still gives a Big "NO!"...because his friend is stuck inside and dies.
  • Averted: The trailer gives people an accurate impression of the movie's plot without spoiling anything.
  • Enforced: See "Justified".
  • Lampshaded: "According to the trailer, your house should catch fire right about 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: The crew uses the film's extra-secretive nature to generate more hype than it would have gotten otherwise.
  • 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.

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