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  • Dungeons & Dragons
    • There's a prestige class in one of the settings called Lord of Tides. It has nothing to do with the sea; its main purpose is to locate water in the dry desert setting used, and later summon elementals.
    • There's also Turn Undead, which uses an obscure meaning of the word "turn".
    • When 4th edition delved into the realm of psionics with its third Player's Handbook, it gave us among other playable classes the "battlemind". Which sounds a bit odd and perhaps a little bland, but makes perfect sense for something like, say, a telepathic leader figure who uses their gifts to coordinate their allies and predict their enemies' moves — wait, what? The class is all about front-line fighter types who instead use their psychic abilities to enhance and perhaps even transform primarily their bodies, sometimes even being pointedly too dense to figure out that that is in fact what they're doing? Never mind, then... This owes to them being a rather mixed attempt to give the 3rd Edition "psychic warrior" a less generic name.
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    • Something that started in original Dungeons & Dragons and continued into Pathfinder, Hobgoblins. The word "Hob" in English pertains to a shelf or bench for setting utensils down next to a hearth; "Hobgoblin" therefore, was traditionally a tiny household goblin, while true Goblins were human-sized. Since Pathfinder descends from D&D, which was written by people with a tentative understanding of European folklore at best the misnomer stuck, and "Goblins" became the diminutive guys while "Hobgoblins" became the taller, smarter cousins. This is an error that goes back to Tolkien, who described "hobgoblin" as "the larger kinds."
    • In 3rd Edition, Dragons don't come automatically made and have to be purpose-built by the dungeon masters for the encounter they're devising. As a result, many new dungeon masters, not knowing how to build a balanced encounter with a Dragon, will simply never include them in their games.
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    • The very first supplement to the core rules of OD&D was called Greyhawk. It didn't contain a campaign setting, or any information at all about the Greyhawk world.
    • The Quasi-Elemental Plane of Steam in the 2nd Edition is not a plane of gaseous water caused by boiling. It's a composed of cold, clammy mist and fog, like the type caused by condensation. Although, an in-universe Urban Legend points to boiling water elementals called wavefires that are found there. The legend suggests that eons ago, the Planes of Fire and Water once shared a border and the Para-Elemental Plane of Steam was indeed a boiling sea under hot steam.
  • Chinese Checkers game was created in Germany. This Nonindicative Name was induced deliberately when it was brought into the United States, as the marketers thought it sounded more exotic that way. Probably for the same or a similar reason, when the traditional English dice game Yacht was mass-marketed, it was given a pseudo-Oriental makeover and renamed Yahtzee (no connection with this Yahtzee).
  • Necrons for Warhammer 40,000 have melee soldiers known as "Flayed Ones". Actually, they are the ones doing the flaying. And wearing their victims' skins.
    • Also in the novels, Graham McNeil Ultramarines novel Dead Sky, Black Sun has the Unfleshed, hulking monstrosities with a lot of flesh in the form of muscle. It's the skin they lack (no, it wasn't taken by the guys above).
  • Joe Dever was obviously far more concerned about creating an elaborate world and riveting adventures when writing the Lone Wolf series than accurate titles. As a result, quite a few of them are at best very loose fits:
    • Fire on the Water — This refers to the big naval battle where you wield the legendary Sommerswerd, which occurs at the very end of the adventure and is easily the least dangerous part of it. The great majority of the adventure is your quest to obtain the weapon.
    • The Caverns of Kalte — Your mission begins in open wilderness and ends in a fortress; unless you take one very specific detour (with a 30% chance that you'll miss it entirely), you're going to see little, if any, of the eponymous caverns.
    • The Kingdoms of Terror — The wars between the Stornland kingdoms play next to no real part in your quest, and in any case there's nothing particularly terrifying about any of them.
    • The Cauldron of Fear — Not only is the Cauldron is a completely nondescript landmark which serves solely to get you to Zaaryx, there's a 50% chance you won't even use that route.
    • The Dungeons of Torgar — As with FotW, the point of nearly the entire adventure is getting to Torgar's dungeons, and you hardly do anything in them.
    • The Prisoners of Time — You don't see the prisoners in question until the very end of the adventure, they don't have anything to do with your quest, and until you meet them you don't even know who they are.
    • The Captives of Kaag — Just the one captive! (There are other unfortunates in Kaag, but they're well beyond saving.)
    • Dawn of the Dragons — An epic, sprawling journey where you face a grand total of ONE dragon, near (yep) the very end. And of course, if you're successful, there is no "dawn of the dragons"; they're toast.
    • The Curse of Naar — Despite the fact that you're in Naar's domain, not only doesn't he speak to you or attempt to hinder your quest (especially curious since he does both several times over the course of Grand Master), he doesn't even appear at all!
    • The Buccaneers of Shadaki — You face them once in a very brief encounter near the start of the adventure, after which they have no relevance to anything whatsoever.
    • The Fall of Blood Mountain — The mountain kingdom is still standing at the start of the adventure; its fall is what you're fighting to prevent.
  • In a sense, Magic: The Gathering. Originally the intent was for the game to be but the first of a series of card games (which would have thus been progressively named.) However, the first game proved so immensely popular that they abandoned the idea, and simply expanded the first one with more cards. Thus the name became effectively an Artifact Title, and the "gathering" part doesn't really say anything at all about the game.
    • The first and only time in the franchise's history that there's a nod to the title is in the novel for the Scourge expansion, where the false god Karona gathers representatives of the five colors of magic from across the planes in a magic circle reminiscent of the game's logo. Ironically, this was also a Continuity Snarl moment leading to Canon Discontinuity.
  • In Over the Edge, although the city it's set in is called The Edge, the characters are far more often in the Edge than over it.
  • The eponymous Dark Eyes may be powerful clairvoyance artifacts, yet they rarely are present or play any significant role in the official settings.
    • In-universe example: The Nordmarken (Northern Marches) were the first territorial expansion of the Old Empire towards to the north. Within the current New Empire, the province is located in the southwest.
  • In the Yu-Gi-Oh! game, the Gradius card, the first card in a very long line of monsters based on spaceships and enemies from Konami's ''Gradius' series, is a misnomer; the space fighter on the card is actually the Victory Viper ("Gradius" is the name of the planet the craft defends). Although, they do have another more appropriately named card depicting the Vic Viper.
    • Red-Eyes Black Chick is a baby dragon, not a black baby chicken with red eyes. This is a translation issue, as the card's Japanese name is Kokuryū no Hina, which means Black Dragon's Hatchling.
    • Black Magician and Black Magician Girl are not black, they're white, and they don't even wear black - Black Magician wears purple or red, and Black Magician Girl wears blue and pink. The name refers to black magic, which is one of the reasons why they were renamed to Dark Magician and Dark Magician Girl when the series was translated. Black Magician's attack, Black Magic, was also renamed to Dark Magic Attack to keep in line with the renaming.
    • The character on the artwork of Buster Rancher (a Spell Card) probably doesn't own a ranch. The name is actually Buster Launcher and was mistranslated.
  • Warhammer: The von Carstein vampire family are not from any place called Carstein. In fact, there is no place in the Old World called Carstein, as far as Imperial cartographers know. What happened to Carstein, if it ever existed, and how Vlad von Carstein came by the title (if he didn't invent both it and Carstein itself) is unknown, and quite possibly lost to the mists of time.