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    • This very wiki is neither about television nor tropes. At least, not what your literature professor would think of first when he heard the word. The German version is called "Media Tropes". The French version is still TV.
    • The Mexican Standoff trope wasn't coined in Mexico, but in Australia. Read the article for more information.
    • Quite a few examples in Non-Indicative Name are indeed indicative, just not literal.
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    • Most of the tropes in Always Female and Always Male aren't always that way. See Gender-Inverted Trope.
    • Where No Parody Has Gone Before, as befitting a Stock Parody, features parodies that resemble each other. (The page is named after the ending of the Star Trek opening monologue.)
    • Zettai Ryouiki is an interesting case. In Japanese, it literally means "absolute territory", and most Japanese people won't recognize any figurative meaning. For some reason, though, otaku around the Turn of the Millennium started using it to refer to the area between where an anime girl's skirt ends and socks begin, which is uncovered. Then, the wiki further adapted the term to refer to characters who wear socks that extend past their knees, with any resemblance to the Trope Namer being forgotten.
    • With some rare exceptions, examples of Blinding Bangs are not obstructing vision at all; most characters having them can see perfectly fine.
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    • Have you ever tried to make your first page draft over at the Trope Launch Pad, saw the text box labelled "Trope Laconic Title", then took it to mean you were supposed to type in some alternate title apart from the actual working title? If you ended up doing this instead of typing in a laconic, one-sentence summary as intended, you're not alone. We all made this mistake in our greenhorn days as Tropers.
  • DeviantArt isn't really deviating from anything these days since it became an art community. And of those who question True Art, it doesn't have that all that either.
  • Facebook isn't really a book full of faces. It was originally inspired by books full of pictures of college students' faces, which were called "facebooks".
  • "Fear Wallpaper", by ardcor. A bright, cheery wallpaper depicting a happy fish.
  • 4chan:
    • The usage of "autism" and "faggot" as insults. They aren't used to mock people who are actually autistic or homosexual, the words have simply be used so much as generic insults within the community that they've largely lost their original meaning, which can be greatly confusing for newcomers.
    • /v/-Video Games. A perfect example of Artifact Title, barely any of the posts on there are specifically about video games.
  • The Cracked article "The Best Order To Watch The Star Wars Movies" may suggest it's about a specific viewing order of the Star Wars movies released at the time. While it does start off on that subject (specifically about the Machete order), the main bulk of the article is an "I can do better" piece by Luis Prada creating his own four viewing orders of the movies. A more accurate title for the article would have been "4 Attempts To One-Up On The Star Wars Machete Order."
  • The Internet Movie Database (IMDb) also contains information about TV shows, individual episodes and video games.
  • One of the most baffling non-indicative titles is a story about Ricochet, a would-be service dog that instead became a surfing dog that helps disabled children (a website dedicated to her can be found here). Logically, a clickbait title would play up the dog's change in career, but instead the story could be found with a title that's completely unrelated: "Mom Delivers 10 Babies, But There's Something About Her NINTH That Stuns Everyone". Ricochet's story has nothing to do with mothers or unusual ninth of ten babies.
  • Reddit has several subreddits whose name does not reflect the content.
    • The most well-known is /r/trees, which is a subreddit dedicated to marijuana. If you actually want to talk about trees, go to /r/marijuanaenthusiasts.
    • A similar situation is /r/johncena and /r/potatosalad, whose respective focuses are swapped.
    • There are also the so-called "SFW Porn" subreddits, which do not contain any pornography at all: /r/EarthPorn features Scenery Porn, /r/FoodPorn has beautiful pictures of food, etc. There's even an /r/HumanPorn subreddit, which is focused on beautiful pictures of people. It does occasionally have artistic nude shots, but the focus is on beauty over titillation.
    • There's a bit of a running gag on Tumblr that r/shittycarmods should change their name, because some of the mods showcased are actually very well-made, just bizarre, esoteric, or at worst Awesome, but Impractical.
    • Played with in several cases:
      • /r/stormfront has absolutely nothing to do with the white supremacy forum. It is for discussing severe weather, ie, literal stormfronts.
      • /r/superbowl is not about American football. It is about owls. "/r/superb owl".
    • In response to /r/worldpolitics being overrun with hentai in May 2020 (a form of protest by the sub's users who had issues with certain moderation policies), the sub /r/anime_titties was created to actually discuss world politics.
  • Discussed in the Scooby-Doo episode of Reviewed In 10 Words Or Less. As a rule, the quality of a Scooby Doo movie is inversely related to how bad its name is. Scooby-Doo and the Cyber Chase? Cool name, bad movie. Scooby-Doo! Legend of the Phantosaur? Terrible name, great movie.
  • In SCP Foundation the "Safe" designation is extremely misleading to anyone with a normal definition of safe. It refers to how difficult the object is to contain and how well its effects are understood, rather than if the object or being is dangerous or not. For example, in the video game SCP – Containment Breach, a skull that instantly kills anyone who touches it is designated as Safe despite being obviously very dangerous. However, its effects are well understood (you touch, you die), how to prevent the effect from occurring is known and understood (don't touch it), and it can easily and safely be contained (it doesn't move and makes no attempts to escape being contained). As a result it is "Safe" by the Foundation's standards.
  • SiIvaGunner:
    • King For a Day tournaments are intended to let the winner take over the channel for a day, or at least as close to a full 24-hour day as they can approximate. Unregistered HyperCam 2, winner of the first tournament, stayed King for two days, while his successor DJ Professor K stayed on for a week.
      • DJ Professor K's reign exaggerates this: For starters, he hosted a "24-hour broadcast" that was really a 33-hour broadcast made up of 11-hour loops. Then it took days to upload all 243 songs made for the event, expecting to be done by the fourth of July; it took him until July 7th. Lampshaded by the man himself, who very late into the game jokingly called himself "your king for slightly longer than a day".
    • Cartoon Network Day lasted a typical broadcast schedule for the channel. Its themed counterpart [adult swim] Night, on the other hand, went long past the usual schedule, into the next day, and ended in the early morning the day after that.
  • Chinese Troper Teslashark wrote a webfic that's called Time to Shoot Down the Moon. The rock-satellite of Earth suffers nothing in the story. In fact the author did it on purpose, to mock sci-fi series and war fictions with outrageous names.
  • Conversed in Whateley Universe: it has Roxbury Prison, which is also an Artifact Title:
    "Roxbury Prison hasn't been in Roxbury since 1987, when they built the new prisons."
  • Dumb Lawyer Quotes IRL but in Ace Attorney is, as the name implies, Ace Attorney characters re-enacting lawyers asking stupid questions in court. However, in some of the later videos, the witnesses are sometimes the ones who are saying the stupid things, while the lawyers are reasonably intelligent.


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