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  • Claymation is done using Plasticene® — clay would dry out and harden.

  • In Adventure Time, Doctor Princess is neither a doctor nor a princess. Doctor is her first name, Princess is her surname. She does work as a doctor, but that's more because the hospital she went to get an X-Ray mistook her for one.
  • In one Aesop And Son cartoon, Aesop tells his son a fable called "The Aardvark and the Lion", which was really about a cruel lion dealing with a pesky moth. At the of the fable, when Junior tried to inquire where the aardvark came in, Aesop brushed it off.
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  • The Angry Beavers: Only half of the eponymous beaver duo is actually angry. Norbert is pretty laid-back with a long fuse most of the time, in contrast to his excitable and hot-tempered brother Dagget, though even Norb has his limits.
  • From Animaniacs:
    Wakko: (holding up a vomit bag) Hey, mister. What's this?
    Bloski: A vomit bag.
    Wakko: (looks into the vomit bag) Oh, poo! I got gypped; there's none in here!
  • On Aqua Teen Hunger Force, Meatwad describes his favorite game, "Clam Digger". It's about finding parking at the beach after making a bet with your friend that you can dig more clams than him.
  • Bloodbending from Avatar: The Last Airbender involves all the water in a person's body, not just blood. Then again, humorbending doesn't exactly have the same ring to it. Similarly, Metalbending doesn't control metal directly, but instead the impurities of earth left behind in it (which is why bending doesn't work on more purified metals like platinum in The Legend of Korra).
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  • A character in Danger Mouse was named Prof. Squawkencluck despite being a mole. Averted in the 2015 reboot, where the character is now a chicken. The original Squawkencluck's name only made sense in his first appearance, where he did experiments on chickens.
  • Discussed in Disenchantment, concerning Mermaid Island.
    Merkimer: This island has real mermaids? It's not just named after Gerald K. Mermaid?
    Bean: It was named after him, but it also has mermaids.
  • Doug. Doug Funnie isn't.
  • The Dragon Prince:
  • Futurama:
    • The team reads the grave of Fry's brother, who seemingly stole Fry's identity after he was frozen and became the first man on Mars. The person in question was actually Fry's nephew, Phillip Fry II.
      Leela: "Phillip Fry, the Original Martian."
      Fry: It's all lies, every word of it! He wasn't original, he wasn't a Martian, he wasn't Philip Fry, and since when is he a "The?"
      Bender: You're twice the "The" he ever was!
    • Also:
      Professor: the darkest depths of the Forbidden Zone
      Leela: Professor, are we even allowed in the Forbidden Zone?
      Professor: Why, of course! It's just a name, like the Death Zone or the Zone of No Return. All the zones have names like that in the Galaxy of Terror!
    • "Bender's Game" has the Cave of Hopelessness. Named after Reginald Hopelessness, of course. (Who, in a similar gag to The Simpsons one above, was the first man to be eaten alive by the Tunneling Horror.)
    • The episode "Fun on a Bun" is actually a big Tear Jerker.
    • One-time character Prof. Fisherprice Shpeekenshpell is actually based on another toy, a Mattel See 'n Say (also, the Speak & Spell was actually manufactured by Texas Instruments, not Fisher-Price).
  • On Gargoyles, the race sometimes known as "Oberon's Children" are not actually his offspring (well, except for two who are); he's just their ruler. The race was known as "Mab's Children" back when his mother was in charge.
  • Gravity Falls has Tad Strange, the joke being that everyone else in town is "a tad strange" while he's a Ridiculously Average Guy. Of course, in a relative sense, this is "a tad strange".
  • Hey Arnold! plays with this, when a Drill Sergeant Nasty Sadist Teacher notes that Curly's hair isn't curly and demands to know his real name. The odd thing is, he's right—Curly's real first name is Thaddeus.
  • Inspector Gadget: Doctor Claw doesn't have a claw and probably isn't a doctor. The live-action films rectified this by giving their version of Claw an actual robotic claw in place of his left hand, which was crushed by a bowling ball. The first film also omitted the "Doctor" part from his name, but it was brought back for Inspector Gadget 2.
  • Stumpy from Kaeloo has hands and feet. The original concept had him have stumps instead of hands, but this was changed before the actual show was made. It's even more obvious in the original French version, where his name is Moignon, the French word for "stump" (of a limb).
  • The leader of the council of the Immortals in Rankin and Bass's The Life and Adventures of Santa Claus was known as the Great Ak. He doesn't look much like an extinct bird...
  • The titular character of Little Bill owns a pet hamster named "Elephant".
  • Milo Murphy's Law:
    • This from the first episode:
      Milo: Actually, [Coyote Woods] were named after actor Peter Coyote.
      Zack: Really?
      Milo: Yeah, he donated all this land to the city. As a wolf preserve.
      (Howling in distance)
      Zack: You get how that's not better, right?
      (Smash Cut to them being chased by wolves)
    • In the later episode "Smooth Opera-tor", the opera that they're seeing focuses on two mob families named the Baritones and the Mezzo-Sopranos. However, as Milo points out, the Mezzo-Soprano parts are actually being performed by baritones.
    • In "Wilder West", they go to a dude ranch and Milo rides a horse named Psycho who, naturally, goes wild and tries to throw him off. When Zack asks if they can get him a calmer horse, the owner replies that Psycho is their calmest horse. "That's why we named him Psycho—on account of the irony."
    • "Party of Peril" features a character named One-Armed Willie, who notes that it's just a nickname, since he has both arms. And a peg-leg.
  • My Life as a Teenage Robot: In a similar vein to the Power Rangers Zeo example mentioned in the live-action TV page, one of the main villains is Queen Vexus, leader of the Cluster Empire.
  • My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic:
    • There is a place known as the Crystal Empire. It's actually a city-state within the kingdom of Equestria, whose head of state is a princess (albeit one implicitly lower ranked than the reigning Equestrian diarchy), rather than an empress. Back when it was actually independent, it was ruled by kings and queens rather than an emperor or empress. note 
    • Equestria itself is ruled by a pair of princesses, rather than the queens that being called a "kingdom" (instead of a "principality") would indicate. Fans have come up with many explanations for this situation, though the Doylean reason is Good Princess, Evil Queen.
    • Countess Coloratura, Lena Hall's character from The Mane Attraction, is a mezzo soprano, and definitely not a countess either.
  • In Over the Garden Wall, the Beast is a Horned Humanoid, but other than that doesn't seem very "beastly", being Faux Affably Evil and relying mostly on manipulation. He also has an excellent singing voice, being played by a professional opera singer. note 
  • Phineas and Ferb:
    • This gem from "The Wizard of Odd":
      Phineas: (After Candace and various others start falling from a plane) Wow, dumb luck. And over the Sea of Razor Sharp Rock Spires too!
      Phineas: Good thing it was so inappropriately named!
      (Candace and the others land on ground made of pillows.)
    • Another episode has an over-caffeinated Dr. Doofenshmirtz naming his latest invention the "Luffaplux-Dil-Pickle-Inator". It makes things float.
  • The Quack Pack version of Duckburg, unlike the one seen in DuckTales (1987) and in the comics, is actually not populated by ducks (or any anthropomorphic animal), with the sole exceptions being Donald, Daisy, Professor von Drake, and the nephews.
    • Also, Duckworth (Scrooge McDuck's butler), despite his name, is actually a dog.
  • Regular Show. As the Tag Line puts it, "It's Anything But."
  • Rick and Morty: In "The Whirly Dirly Conspiracy", Summer accidentally turns herself into a giant when using Rick's growth ray to increase her breast size. Against Morty's advice, Beth attempts to fix the problem herself, but makes thing worse because the machine's settings are a case of this; when she sets it to "normal", Summer expands through the garage. When she sets it to "reverse", it turns Summer inside out.
  • On Rocko's Modern Life, Heffer Wolfe is neither a heifer nor a wolf. Played with, however: he is a steer, and his last name comes from his adopted family, who are wolves.
  • She-Ra and the Princesses of Power: The "Rebellion" is actually an alliance made up of the various kingdoms fighting the Horde, meaning they are the legitimate government resisting an invading force. Sure, the Horde insists that the entire world is theirs by right, but the princesses also call themselves the Rebellion when they should really know better.
  • The Simpsons:
    • In "Lisa On Ice", during Lisa's nightmare about failing gym:
      Judge: I sentence you to a lifetime of horror on Monster Island! (aside) Don't worry, it's just a name.
      [Cut to Monster Island; Lisa and others are chased by lookalikes of Mothra, Rodan and Gamera]
      Lisa: He said it was just a name!
      Man Running Beside Her: What he meant is that Monster Island is actually a peninsula!
    • Subverted in "'Scuse Me While I Miss The Sky", with the Deadly Meteor Shower; people are apprehensive about this name, until Lisa explains that it was named after its discoverer, Professor Artemis Deadly — who was killed in the shower of 1853.
    • And in "The Color Yellow", Bart learns that the Underground Railroad was neither underground nor a railroad, and wonders why they didn't call it "the Above-Ground Normal Road".
    • The "Legitimate Businessmen's Social Club" is actually a Mafia front.
    • This exchange from the "Treehouse of Horror III" story "King Homer":
      Carl: Hey, I hear we're going to Ape Island.
      Lenny: Yeah, to capture a giant ape. I wish we were going to Candy Apple Island.
      Charlie: Candy Apple Island? What do they got there?
      Carl: Apes, but they're not so big.
    • "22 Short Films About Springfield" actually has only 19 segments. Well, it would've been 20 if Professor Frink's segment hadn't been cut off by the end credits. Or, 17 segments if you counted Lisa's three-part story as one.
    • The title of "A Milhouse Divided" refers to Milhouse's parents breaking up, but Milhouse himself isn't really focused upon throughout the episode.
  • The Sonic Boom episode "The Sidekick" features Sonic going up against one of Eggman's robots, entitled "Burnbot". Said robot does not have any fire or chemical weapons, but claws instead. Sonic suggests using a name that isn't so misleading. Later in the episode, it is revealed that Eggman did take Sonic's advice by adding flamethrowers to Burnbot. Within the same episode, there's also the "incredibly dangerous, but inaccurately named" Mount Safety.
  • South Park has the song "Kyle's Mom Is A Stupid Bitch In D-Minor", which actually begins on a D-minor chord, but then immediately switches to a major key—nothing sung by Cartman is in a minor key. This might be a reference to "Singin' in the Rain in A-Flat" — which is actually in E-flat.
  • Spongebob Squarepants:
    • Neither the eponymous SpongeBob, nor his pants, are actually square. He and his pants are rectangular prisms composed entirely of rectangular faces.
    • Squidward is an octopus, not a squid.
  • Played with on an episode of Squidbillies, where Early and the Sheriff go to visit a therapist. Turns out it wasn't a therapist, just a misreading on "The Rapist".
  • Similar to Squidward above, a 1960s Hanna-Barbera character Squiddly Diddly is an octopus, in spite of his name.
  • Steven Universe: Major spoiler example. Steven's middle name is "Quartz" after his mom Rose Quartz's Race Name Basis culture... except that Rose was actually Pink Diamond, not a Quartz at all, and making Steven a Diamond too.
  • In Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (2012), Alopex is not an arctic fox (original scientific name: Alopex lagopus). This is because she's a Composite Character of several vulpine females from the franchise; her comics namesake is one.
  • From Teen Titans the H.I.V.E. Five actually had six members in their third appearance, as Kid Flash quickly noticed.
  • The Teen Titans Go! episode "The Return of Slade" was about Beast Boy and Cyborg getting a clown to entertain them. The actual return of Slade to the series was in the unrelated Big Damn Movie Teen Titans Go! To the Movies.
  • Transformers-related examples:
    • In the G1 episode "Enter the Nightbird", the character who needs help jumping up a cliff is the guy named Cliffjumper.
    • Bluestreak is silver, and not blue. Ironically, the Diaclone toy he was redecoed from was blue, and his packaging art showed him as being blue. Due to trademark problems, he was temporarily renamed "Silverstreak" in the 2000's, which fits better. But his thing is that he never shuts up; he talks a blue streak. "Silverstreak" just describes his color and implies that he's fast.
    • Transformers: Shattered Glass is a mirror universe story, where very few characters have changed names but nearly all have flipped personalities. This results in, among others, the dapper, cultured Abominus, the dashing, heroic Colonel Deathsaurus, Astrotrain, who doesn't turn into a train, Space Cowboy Bludgeon, and Whisper's No Indoor Voice. Sometimes, this gets a Hand Wave; Abominus named himself after a poem, and Whisper's name is apparently an Ironic Nickname.
    • Optimus Primal in Beast Wars is actually a reasonably cultured and disciplined character, not "primal" at all — except in one episode, where he's afflicted with a Hate Plague.
    • The Decepticon named Bludgeon tends to have a Samurai theme and is usually a Master Swordsman. He generally does not wield the kind of weapon he is literally named after.


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