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Basic Trope: A code-name applied to a work-in-progress.
Straight: Alfred Guile, a film director, gives his upcoming movie the working title “Vengeance Shall Be Mine,” so that nobody will know that he’s actually directing a comedy.
Exaggerated: Mr. Guile is a director critically acclaimed for his science-fiction action films, and is using the above cover title to redirect notions that he’s actually in the process of filming a full-length musical.
Downplayed: Mr. Guile gives seventh movie the neutral working title Film Number 7.
Justified: In most cases by default, to add suspense about what the movie will be about, or because the original title had to be changed due to content or because the story went through a change during production.
Inverted: Mr. Guile’s movie had the title Downtown Roughs long before it actually had a script.
Subverted: Mr. Guile assigns his upcoming action film the title Action Star 105, which sounds like a cheesy working title. It is in fact the film’s actual title; the movie turns out to be an Affectionate Parody, and its deliberately cheesy title was a part of the parody.
Double Subverted: …but Executive Meddling forces him to change the title of the movie at the last possible second.