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Principal Skinner: Now I finally have time to do what I've always wanted: write the great American novel. Mine is about a futuristic amusement park where dinosaurs are brought to life through advanced cloning techniques! I call it "Billy and the Cloneasaurus!"
Apu: Oh, you have got to be kidding sir! First you think of an idea that has already been done, then you give it a title that nobody could possibly like!
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Sometimes titles just don't work. They're too short, too long, too vague, or just plain wrong. So we are glad those aren't the titles for certain tropes.

But what...

Dun dun dadaldadalduun!

...if they were?

This is where we think of the worst possible titles for existing tropes.

Compare Laconic Wiki, Renamed Tropes, I Thought It Meant (lousy definitions for trope titles).


Examples are alphabetized by trope name:

To begin...

  • This page is called Lousy Alternate Titles because Goofing Around By Spelling Out The Meanings Of The Tropes With Profanity And Bold Inflation is too long.
    • And it's still shorter than What If Encyclopedia Dramatica Wrote Our Trope Titles?.
    • Also, Really, Really Lousy Alternate Titles That Are Way Too Long And Usually Complain About Tropes, Tropers, And Pretty Much Everything is too hypocritical, and Self Demonstrating Trope Titles doesn't actually apply to all of them.

A

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Guy: I want to rename a trope.
We: Which?
Guy: Abduction Is Love.
We: Why?
Guy: Too ambiguous. Does "Is Love" refer to the abductor or the abductee?
We: Hmmm...You have somewhat of a point...well, you could always use Stockholm Syndrome instead...what is your lousy suggestion?

And then he suggested Uncle Fucker.

We: Wat.
Guy: Well, it's kind of the Ur-Example.
We: M...kay...?
Guy: Persephone. Y'know, Hades is her uncle, and so...
We: (fumble for the Big Red Button inscripted "Push in case of Troll")
Guy: AAAAAH!

So, last we heard of the guy is that he's Cerberus' favorite Chew Toy now. We hope you learnt to go the official way to rename a trope. Now if we can only get this dumb South Park tune out of our heads…

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  • Fair for Its Day is much shorter than This Old Piece Of Media Is Racist, But Everything Else At The Time Was Even More Racist, And This Was Controversial For Being Progressive By Those Standards.
    • It's also shorter and not as judgmental than Did You Know This Racist/Misogynist/Homophobic/Ethnocentric Work Was Actually Criticized In Its Day For Not Being Racist/Misogynist/Homophobic/Ethnocentric Enough?
  • Fan Hater is a fairly precise, short and to the point name. It serves the purpose much better than I Can't Believe Anyone Actually Likes This Heap Of Shit. It's The Worst Thing In The World, And If You Like It, You're An Absolute Tool Who Has No Taste And You're Not Worth Any Time, Effort, Love, Pity Or Emotion, So Why Don't You Just Go Away And Die?
  • Fetish Retardant is more understandable than But Nobody Came, which would be a hard-to-understand innuendo that has nothing to do with the quote. We had the trope before Undertale came out, anyway.
  • Fetus Terrible...what can we say, A Fetus Worse Than Death would be YET another snowclone.
  • Finger Gun could've been called Finger Bang, until it became a repetitious chorus in a South Park song.
  • It's called Flying Brick because Harder Better Faster Stronger doesn't mention the flying part.
    • Harder Better Faster Stronger Flyer is a better alternate title, but a bit long.
  • It's called Franchise Zombie because I Hate All Of You For Liking This But I Have To Make More Of It! sounds downright insulting.
    • And Oh God, I'm So Tired Of Working On This Show, I Really Want To Move On To Something Else, But I've Still Got Two Years On My Contract, And I Can't Afford To Break It. is simply too long.
  • Funbag Airbag makes a Sublime Rhyme, unlike Clash On The Big Breasts, which would make anyone familiar with Final Fantasy V groan.

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  • Hannibal Lecture gets its name from its Trope Namer. This is fortuitous, because calling it Psycho Analyzes You would have required several apologies to Yakov Smirnoff.
  • Harmless Freezing is shorter and more self-explanatory than Christ! I Was Frozen Today!, and we already have an index named after that line.
  • Heavy Mithril is a nice pun, and a lot nicer and shorter than Playing Fantasy-Themed Metal Is The Best Way To Tell People You Like Dungeons & Dragons, If You Still Want To Get Laid Afterwards.
    • Also Rocker's Saving Throw would be confusing enough even if it wasn't a snowclone.
  • We went with Hellish Copter rather than Hellish Chopper because "chopper" can also refer to motorcycles (among other things), and we wanted it to be obvious that we meant helicopters.
  • Heroic Suicide isn't called (Become) an Hero since that just seems like a non-indicative misspelled phrase to people not aware of a certain meme, and said meme isn't an accurate synonym for the trope, and is rather offensive.
  • Hoist by His Own Petard could probably be called Wile E. Coyote Syndrome, if not for Trope Namer Syndrome.
  • Hollywood Tactics isn't named Just [A] Bunch Of Droids because not everyone knows what JBOD is and can get the Double Entendre. And besides while Star Wars is major offender, it's not just about how the droids fight.
  • Hollywood Tourette's was used instead of Tourettes Motherfucking Cunt Bullshit On My Asshole Syndrome, Tourette's Shitcock Syndrome or Tourettes Isn't Just About Swearing, You Idiots.
  • Hot Witch is a pretty intuitive name. Hex Bomb would be hilarious, but it would better be reserved for actual magical explosives.
  • Humans Are Special sounds somewhat more neutral than Fuck Yeah, Humanity!.
  • It's called Hype Aversion because You Should Avoid This Like A Plague Or Else You'll Turn Into A Mindless, Drooling Dipshit Like The Masses Who Watch This Shallow, Piece-Of-Shit Show For A Fad With Its Over-Inflated Hype Clogging Up The Networks Like The Hardened Fat In The Arteries Of The Pathetic, Lifeless Losers Who Watch It, aside from just being plain cruel, would make you run out of breath saying it.

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  • It's called I Am Not Shazam because that's a somewhat less confrontational title than That's The Name Of The Work, Not The Name Of The Character, You Stupid Idiot.
  • Identical Stranger may be more concise, but it does mean that we lose out on the snowclone potential of Dude Looks Like A Different Dude.
  • Idiot Ball has a ring to it. Characters Acting Like Idiots Because The Writers Could Not Think Of A Plausible Reason To Have The Plot Happen Otherwise doesn't.
  • It's called Innocent Fanservice Girl because Vague Excuse To Have a Naked Girl Stay Naked was too long.
  • We call it Internet Backdraft because Flame Barbeque is a bit too ambiguous.
    • And accurate as Things Which Don't Ultimately Matter Or Warrant Anger But Which Nerds Get Way Too Hostile About Anyway is, it is potentially offensive or alienating to TV Tropes' readership, an audience consisting largely of said nerds.
  • It's called Incest Subtext because Bro Yay just sounds wrong.
  • Calling it Index of Film Westerns avoids the ambiguity innate to Western Films. A lot of films are made in Hollywood, aren’t they?
  • I'll Be in My Bunk is short and subtle. That Was So Hot That I'm Going Somewhere Private To Jerk Off is more clear, but way too long, and a bit Not Safe for Work.
  • Imaginary Friend is how they are commonly called. Cerebral Pals would leave people either very confused or very offended.
  • Index on the Moon could be called Albedo Girl...if anyone understood so much mythology, physics AND the popcultural shout out. A bit much even for TV Tropes. Still would make a nice Joe Hill title.
  • Insufferable Genius is significantly more clear than So Good It's Bad.
  • Intentional Engrish for Funny is shorter than It Funny To On Purpose Make English As Though Translated In Badly Way From Other Language.
  • I Surrender, Suckers isn't called Geeettttttt Dunked On!! because the trope existed before Undertale and because it's an ambiguous meme that's hard to explain without spoiling one of the game's endings.
  • It's called It Was His Sled because Everyone Knows That Twist, You Don't Need To Mark It As Spoiler Anymore, Dumbass is too mean, too long and too exact. And we still encourage putting It Was His Sled examples in spoiler tags, so there's that.
  • I Have Boobs, You Must Obey! is shorter than Exploiting The Fact That Men Tend To Think With Their Dicks.

J

  • Jossed isn't the most obvious trope title, but neither is I Fought The Lore And The Lore Won.
  • Jumping the Shark is called that because Oh Shit, The Ruined FOREVER Crowd Was Right is too long, not to mention jumping the shark as a term existed longer than crying ruined FOREVER.
  • Just for Fun is simple and short, unlike Yes, The Site Isn't Meant To Be Serious Business, But This Is Just The Section Where We Cut Loose In Describing Trope And Media In Sillier Ways Than Normal.

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  • Magic A Is Magic A could have been called That's Not How The Force Works if it hadn't existed before The Force Awakens came out.
    • It's also shorter than Just Because Fantasy, And Other Speculative Fiction, Is About Impossible Things, Doesn't Mean We Don't Expect Some Fucking Consistency With The Rules The Writer Set Up.
  • Magical Girl is both more appropriate and less punny than Puts The 'Ki' Into Bikini, not to mention most of the works in this genre are much more wholesome.
  • Marry Them All is probably a better name than Threesomes Solve Everything.
  • Marth Debuted in "Smash Bros." isn't called Marth and Roy Debuted in Smash Bros. because Roy actually did debut in Super Smash Bros. Melee.
  • Massive Multiplayer Crossover is a shorter name than Pooh, Thomas, Twilight Sparkle, Brian & the Eeveelution Family's Adventures of…. It's also less prone to misuse than At The Olympic Games.
  • May–December Romance is a good, short title. Its alternate title, Wait, He's How Old? And She's Only A Fucking Teenager? That. Is. Just. WRONG! isn't, and is judgmental as hell, to boot. (Not to mention we'd need redirects for all the various possible gender permutations.)
  • Mayfly–December Romance is a clever pun and is short, unlike A Relationship Where One Person Ages Like A Prune And Dies Long Before The Other.
  • If Memetic Badass was called The Chuck, then that would be way too vague, not to mention that character named tropes are frowned upon.
  • Memetic Loser is clearer than The Hawkeye.
  • Oh, and for the last time, it's Memetic Mutation, not I Can Haz Over Nine Thousand Barrel Rolls In SPARTA With An Awesome Face On My Dakka Gun That My Pretty Cool Heavy Carries Till Hell Freezes Over And Gets Chuck Norris And Harambe To Use The Boost To Get Through The Game Which I Lost So I Have To Burn The Rope Until Stupid Sexy Flanders And Rick Roll Make Steamed Hams To BRIAN BLESSED Look Like The Love Child Of Flonne And Candle Jack Who Secretly Set Up Us The Bo
  • Men Are Uncultured is called that because Two Long, Boobless Hours implies it's about the work, not the attitude of male viewers.
  • Mercy Mode isn't called There is Now a Level Zero since that's a movie quote as the name of a video game-specific trope. It could also be misinterpreted as an unlockable bonus level that happens at the start of a game's story.
  • Mind Screw is probably a less vulgar name than Oh My Fucking God What The Hell Just Fucking Happened!!??
  • It's called Misaimed Marketing because Complaining About Toys You Don't Like really only accounts for a third of the page.
  • Mistaken for Quake ...because the monthly cap on lousy puns prohibited Not Anyone's Fault.
  • Mondegreen was chosen over Do You Need A Fucking Hearing Aid? Those Are The Wrong Lyrics!
    • 'Scuse Me While I Kiss This Guy is also only one potential mishearing of a lyric, the title of a somewhat obscure book about Mondegreens, and probably too easily mistaken for something else.
    • And Oh My God! They Killed Lady Mondegreen! You bastards!! still requires an explanation on the trope page.
  • It's called Money, Dear Boy because it's more to the point than How On Earth Did They Get That Actor To Agree To Be In That Piece Of Shit? (not to mention many examples are considered quality works anyway, and it's not the only reason good actors are in bad works).
  • We choose Monster Clown because not everyone is familiar with The Kefka.
    • Kefklone wouldn't work for the same reason, and because it implies that every example is an Expy of Kefka, which isn't true.
    • And This Is What I Saw Clowns As In My Childhood is simply too presumptuous about the writers' lives.
  • Mooks could have been called Those Nameless Guys That Are There For The Heroes To Beat Easily.
  • It's called More Popular Spinoff because Did You Know That This Show Is Actually A Spinoff? is too long a title.
    • And nobody thought of just using Actually A Spinoff.
  • It's called Most Common Superpower instead of Superheroines Prefer Silicone because saline is a more common material for those now.
    • Also some are villainesses, so Boobs Of Justice isn't quite accurate.
  • Most Fanfic Writers Are Girls is called that because nobody had the foresight to call it Oh, Christ, Why Did We Even Start This Page? And naming it Complaining About Fandoms You Don't Like because Yucky Girl Cooties has Ruined Them Forever would just start the mother of all flame wars. It's also very long.
  • Most Tropers Are Young Nerds looks better than If You Post On TV Tropes, You Are A Complete Loser.
  • Mother Russia Makes You Strong could just as easily have been named Real SOVIET Damage!, but not everyone's familiar with the fighting game community and its memes.
  • It's called Mukokuseki because The Sort Of Art Style That Makes People from Predominantly White Countries Think All Asian Anime Characters Look White Because They're Used To White Being "Default" and Racial Minorities Being Drawn in a Way that Emphasizes How They Aren't White is a paragraph in itself.
    • And Cauc Asian was too punny, even by our standards.

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  • Quieter Than Silence is shorter than True Silence Is Indistinguishable From The Speakers Not Working.
  • Quicksand Box is shorter than Just Because Players Hate Railroading Doesn't Mean The Opposite Is Any Better. Besides, it's not always a bad thing.
  • Quicksand Sucks is shorter than What If What Was Essentially Muddy Sand Was Like A Man-Eating Monster? That'd Be Pretty Scary, Right?.

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  • We ended up going with Rambling Old Man Monologue because its a little bit more concise than the title we wanted to use, which was Stories Old Men Tell To Youngsters Which Don't Really Go Anywhere But For Some Reason Nobody Interrupts. Why I Remember One Of These Stories... Boy It Was A Doozy... It Started When My Uncle Sammy, Or Sambo As We Used To Call Him, But You Can't Call Him That Anymore Because Of Those Damn PC Police... Anyway Sambo Was Riding A Chicken Down To The General Store Because Our Horse Was Laid Up With The Flu...
  • Randomly Generated Levels is much more neutral in tone than Would You Believe Some Level Designers Are So Lazy They Outsource Their Job To Computers?, which is completely untrue (programming a random map generator that outputs a playable and satisfying level is a challenge all by itself).
  • Reality Ensues is a little more polite and way shorter than They May Use This Trope a Million Times in Fiction, But This is What Would Really Happen in Real Life.
  • Refrain from Assuming is much better, shorter, punnier, and more polite than I Know They Repeat That Phrase A Thousand Times In The Chorus, But For The Last Time, It's Not The Name Of The Fucking Song!
  • Renamed Tropes gets the point across better than What The Hell Were The Tropers Smoking When Naming These Tropes!?. Besides, we don't want to wantonly accuse people of smoking.
  • Most Writers Are Herpetophobes is another unnecessary snowclone whose job is better done by Reptiles Are Abhorrent.
  • It's called Rhyming with Itself because honestly, Instead Of Using A Word That Rhymes, They Just Repeated The Original Word takes way too much time to type out.
  • Ridiculously Human Robots is less judgemental than Stupid Scientists Who Make Robots Impractical In The Name Of Humanlikeness.
  • Ring of Power was chosen because One Ring To Rule Them All wasn't really accurate, and quoting that entire passage would have been just too long.
  • OK, OK. Rock Me, Asmodeus! is not optimal - who still knows an Austrian singer named Falco? But Dance With The Devil is kinda the wrong music genre. Send your suggestions to TV Tropes, The Internet, general delivery.
  • Rule 34 is a shorter and more recognised name than Are You Kidding Me? People Actually Draw Dirty Pictures Of My Little Pony And Care Bears? Really?
  • Running the Asylum is less rude than Who The Fuck Hired These Fanboys?.

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  • Take It to the Forums isn't rude, unlike This Is Not A Trope, You Dumbass, And We Have A Fucking Message Board.
  • It's only called Take That! because Completely Unwarranted And In Some Cases Extremely Cruel Insult Directed Towards A Specific Piece Of Media (That Is Often Actually Quite Good) That Only Serves To PO Fans And Make The Insulter Look Like Nothing More Than A Petty Jerk Ass wouldn't fit.
    • While shorter, Fuck You Other Show, Let's Make Fun Of You! is still not so nice.
  • Take Over the World isn't character-named, unlike Dr. Wily's Resolution.
  • Tautological Templar ties into the associated tropes and isn't a snowclone, unlike Myopia Justifies The Means.
  • Teens Are Monsters is called what it is because 6teen gang, Destroyers of worlds didn't make much sense as they're really nice guys, inspite of their flaws and often questionable behavior.
  • The "The" Title is a better title than either The or The Most Common Word In Any Title. Ever.
  • It's called There's No "B" in "Movie" because Return Of The Attack Of The 50 Foot Killer Ghost Of The Bride Of The Son Of Whatever's Curse is too long a title.
  • It's called They Changed It, Now It Sucks! because Fuck This Disco Guy, I Want Michael Jackson Back! Probably wouldn't be understood by most tropers.
  • We chose This Loser Is You over The Writers And Producers Of This Show Think That You Are [insert slew of various negative qualities here] due to length.
  • Title Drop is very intuitive and clear. Not so much TITLE.
  • It's called TLP Bump, because Please Don't Forget This, Everybody sounds kind of desperate.
  • Although Too Much Information does get the point across, Oh My Fucking God I Did NOT Need To Know That! kinda sounds good, too. Too bad it's a bit long.
  • Transgender Fetishization is more to the point than Sweet Transvestite, and also avoids the issue that "transvestite" is nowdays considered an offensive and/or inaccurate description of transgender people.
  • Trapped by Mountain Lions has a better ring to it than Why Should We Care About This Sub-Plot Again?.
  • It was felt that referring to it as Trivia was slightly more subtle than This Information Has No Real Importance At All But We Want You To Feel Like You're Contributing To The Article.
  • Troll is called that, partly because it's known by that term, and partly because calling it Complete Asswipe Who Likes To Start Needless Arguments On The Web And Should Die Horribly would ironically be trolling itself (although a great self demonstrating title).
  • TV Tropes Wiki Drinking Game is a Just for Fun page, Complaining About Edits You Don't Like wouldn't say so.

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  • Unfortunate Implications is a lot less to type than I Can't Fucking Believe They Didn't Realize This Would Offend People. It's also less rude than Idiots Take Offense To Everything.
    • Or, for that matter, And You Really Thought We Weren't Going To Find The Wrong Way Of Looking At This?
  • Unintentional Period Piece is an alternative to How Do You Find Out When The Work Was Released? Well, First You Take A Good Looong Look At What The Characters Are Wearing. Fashion Is Fleeting After All And Everyone Has Memorised The History Of Fashion, Right? If That Doesn't Work, Take A Look At Technology They Are Using. Everyone Knows Every Computer Has Only 5 Years Before It Starts Looking Ridiculo-Wait, You Can Just Check Out The Copyright Date? How Come Nobody Told Me?! that someone proposed when they complained they couldn't remember how many O's there are in "looong".
  • Unsettling Gender Reveal is way shorter than That's A Guy? Oh, God, It Is A Guy! And I Actually Had A Stiffie! NOOOOOOOOO! My Masculinity Is ruined forever!
    • And Sexual Disorientation would be confused for other tropes.
  • Useful Notes is only partly used as Nitpick Fuel. It's also much shorter than Everything You Always Wanted To Know About Real Life (But Were Afraid To Ask).

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  • Viewers Are Morons was more concise than Most Writers And Media Executives Think The Collective IQ Of Your Demographic Is Somewhat Lower Than That Of A Retarded Slug, And They Feel That's Being Mean To The Slug.
  • Villain Override isn't called Assuming Direct Control because that's too general and doesn't make sense to people who haven't played Mass Effect 2.
  • Voodoo Shark is called that because Your Plot Point Sucks, Your Explanation For Your Plot Point Sucks, And Your Face Sucks is just mean.
    • It's also shorter than Trying To Fill In A Plot Hole With Another Plot Hole.

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  • "X" Makes Anything Cool would've been named Everything's Better With X, but we don't need to add to that snowclone family (even though that is a redirect anyway).

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  • We say YMMV because These Are Just Individual Tropers' Opinions And Your Mileage May Vary, So Don't Go Making An Assload Of Justifying Edits Just Because You Disagree With A Given Entry is not only way longer, but needlessly accusatory.

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  • The reason Zany Scheme was chosen is that Can't You Think Of Something Easier To Solve Your Problem? is too long, and isn't a noun.

And finally...

  • We call this site TV Tropes instead of A Reader-Maintained Database of Frequently-Seen Elements and Patterns In Many Forms of Communication, Particularly Entertainment Media because, dude, we started out by writing about stuff on TV.

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