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  • Madhouse is a 1990 comedy film starring Kirstie Alley and John Laroquette, a 1974 horror film starring Vincent Price and Peter Cushing, and a 2004 horror film starring Joshua Leonard. All three are completely unrelated and only the 2004 film has anything to do with a literal madhouse. Or the pop band who covered Madonna songs, or the song by Anthrax, or the renowned anime studio.
  • Mad Money is a 2008 movie with Diane Keaton, Queen Latifah, and Katie Holmes. It is also a CNBC investment show hosted by Jim Cramer.
  • The soundtrack to Wizards of Waverly Place has Selena Gomez singing THREE songs entitled "Magic" on it, each of which were marked by one or more asterisks matched to the artists who originally performed them. (The songs were originally performed by The Cars, Pilot, and Olivia Newton-John.)
    • There are a LOT of unrelated songs, and also several albums by different artists, titled "Magic". There are also a few other works, including a 1917 Hungarian silent film, and a 1978 American horror film starring Anthony Hopkins.
  • Major Minor is an indie game relating to music with a cast full of Funny Animals. Major Minor's Majestic March is...ALSO an indie game relating to music with a cast full of Funny Animals. The differences are that Major\Minor is a story-heavy Visual Novel from startup company Tall Tail Studios, whereas Major Minor's Majestic March is an Excuse Plot Rhythm Game from veteran company NaNaOnSha (the studio behind PaRappa the Rapper). The musical theme for both is not coincidential though, as a "major minor" is a type of musical chord.
  • Mammoth is a 2009 drama about a man's relationship with an Asian sex worker. Mammoth is also a 2006 Syfy Channel Original Movie starring Summer Glau.
  • Mandy (2018): Nicolas Cage goes on a Roaring Rampage of Revenge. Mandy (1952): A deaf girl's parents argue about how to educate her.
  • Man of the House is a 1995 family comedy in which Jonathan Taylor Thomas doesn't like the idea of his mother Farrah Fawcett marrying Chevy Chase, and a 2005 comedy drama in which Tommy Lee Jones is in charge of a cheerleading squad who've witnessed a murder.
  • There are two unrelated manga series with the title Mars: One is a Mitsuteru Yokoyama series from the 70s about an amnesiac young man found on a volcanic island who is the key to destroying the world or saving it; it was loosely adapted into God Mars. The other is a 90s shoujo series about an unlikely couple with dark pasts.
  • "M.A.S.K., is the mighty power that can save the day!" It's also a docudrama (written as Mask) starring Cher. Not only that, but both made their debut the same year (1985), which can lead to some confusion. There's also The Mask, which was adapted into a movie in 1994.
  • Science fiction franchise The Matrix and the short-lived fantasy TV series Matrix are completely unrelated... except for Carrie-Anne Moss having major roles in both.
  • Mega Force was a 1982 motorcycle action film that had an Atari 2600 Licensed Game, and also the international Market-Based Title of the arcade version of Star Force. Not to be confused with the video games Space Megaforce (the North American Market-Based Title of Super Aleste) and Mega Man Star Force, or the TV series Power Rangers Megaforce.
  • Men in Black is the title of a comic book series and its derivative science fiction movie with Tommy Lee Jones and Will Smith, a 1935 The Three Stooges short and a novel by Scott Spencer.
  • The Star Wars franchise has two installments titled "Mercy Mission": A season 4 episode of Star Wars: The Clone Wars, and a short story starring Hera Syndulla of Star Wars Rebels.
  • Merlin, a 2008 series based on King Arthur, and Merlin, a 1998 miniseries based on King Arthur. There's also the opera by Isaac Albéniz based on... you guessed it.
  • The Messenger is a 2009 war drama, The Messenger: The Story of Joan of Arc is a 1999 film starring Milla Jovovich as Joan of Arc, and there are various other films titled The Messenger or The Messengers. The Messenger is a 2001 adventure game and a 2018 platformer.
  • Metal Gear was the name of a hard rock/heavy metal magazine published in Japan by CBS/Sony from 1989 through 1991, lasting 30 issues. It was a spinoff of CBS/Sony's pop music magazine Pop Gear and had nothing to do with Konami's stealth action game series.
  • Metamorphoses (Ovid) or Metamorphosis (Kafka)? Indeed, there are many more examples Older Than Steam, radio or television... To mark the difference one would have to check the author.
  • ‘’Metropolis’’ can refer to Superman’s city, the film by Fritz Lang or even the anime film adapted from Osamu Tezuka ‘s manga.
  • Millennium can refer to Millennium, a crime/mystery show written by Chris Carter of the The X-Files and starring Lance Henriksen; The Millennium Trilogy, a series of crime novels and films of Swedish origin; a 1988 DC crossover comic; and a 1983 novel written by John Varley and the 1989 film based on it, which deals with an airplane crash caused by Time Travel.
  • We're the Millers is a film about a Ragtag Bunch of Misfits pretending to be a family and slowly become one for real; The Millers is a sitcom about a family that's falling apart (parents are separated) but still live together.
  • The Mirror is both a semi-autobiographical film and a 6-episode webseries.
  • Mirror, Mirror is the 2012 adaptation of Snow White. There is also Mirror, Mirror, an Australian/New Zealand series, Mirror, Mirror, a retelling of Snow White by Gregory Maguire, and Mirror, Mirror, the 90s horror film, along with its sequels. Seeing how well-known the original phrase is, there's bound to be more...
  • There's the legendary Punk Rock band The Misfits, and the fictional New Wave Music band The Misfits from Jem, AND the TV series Misfits. The real life band is intentionally named after the film Misfits, though.
  • MOD artist Mysterium produced a remake of Dr. Awesome (Bjorn Lynne)'s "Bridge to the Universe Part 2" titled "Into The Void". Later, Bjorn Lynne made an original song with the same name. Also, not to be confused with the Nine Inch Nails song.
  • Monkey Business is the title of two different classic comedy films: one stars the Marx Brothers, and the other had Cary Grant and Ginger Rogers. It's also the title of an album by The Black Eyed Peas.
  • Monolith Soft, the Japanese developer of Xenosaga, is not to be confused with Monolith Productions, the American developer of No One Lives Forever and F.E.A.R., nor with Monolith Corp., the company that developed the Super NES ports of various Neo-Geo games (Fatal Fury, Art of Fighting, Samurai Shodown).
  • Princess Mononoke: Comparatively dark Miyazaki anime film with (shock) an environmental theme. Mononoke: supernatural horror Mind Screw anime series.
  • Monster is a manga/anime about a doctor who saves the life of the wrong person. Monster is a biopic known for Charlize Theron's weight gain. The Lady Gaga song is unrelated to either. As is the Skillet song. Or to the urban fantasy novel by A. Lee Martinez.
  • The coin-op Monster Bash is not to be confused with the PC platform game Monster Bash. Neither of them are to be confused with the pinball machine.
  • M.A.S.H. is a popular game in which someone creates a hilariously outrageous fantasy life for another player, and then there's Mash, a 1970's comedy/drama in film, book and television incarnations about a group of doctors in a mobile hospital during the Korean War. Averted way back in 1953 with the Humphrey Bogart/June Allyson film Battle Circus, which was originally supposed to be named M*A*S*H 66, after the unit the movie was set in, the 8666th Mobile Army Surgical Hospital. MGM's executives demanded a change in the title, fearing that the audience would stay away thinking that the film was about potatoes.
  • The Mask is a 1994 action comedy based on the Dark Horse comic The Mask. The Mask is a 1961 film known as Eyes of Hell. Mask is a 1985 drama by Peter Bogdanovich. M.A.S.K. (an acronym for Mobile Armored Strike Kommand) is an action figures line by Kenner with a tie-in animated series.
  • Monster Farm was a short-lived animated series about a young man who inherits a farm from his great uncle. Tecmo released an unrelated video game of the same name around the same period, which is known as Monster Rancher outside Japan. While one might think that the game was retitled due to the existence of this show, the game was actually released a year before the show started airing.
  • Monster House: A Discovery Channel series about thematically remodelling houses, or a 2006 CGI horror film produced by Robert Zemeckis and Steven Spielberg.
  • Moon Crystal, a somewhat obscure 1992 Famicom game, shares its title with an even more obscure Japanese PC game of the same year.
  • Mother is at least three films and a video game, all unrelated to each other. Not to be confused with mother!, or works with similar titles like Mom, or Mama.
  • Mother Night, the 1961 novel by Kurt Vonnegut, should not be confused with 'night, Mother, the 1981 play by Marsha Norman.
  • Moulin Rouge (1952) and Moulin Rouge! (2001) are both about Toulouse-Lautrec and involve the titular nightclub, but otherwise have nothing in common. Several unrelated movies share the title.
  • Mr. and Mrs. Smith is the title of a 1941 screwball comedy by Alfred Hitchcock and a 2005 action comedy starring Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie.
  • Murder by Numbers was a 2002 movie, as well as a song by The Police.
  • "Murder By Proxy" is the title of an episode from at least three different Quinn Martin shows - The Streets of San Francisco, Dan August and Cannon (the latter two also share a guest star in Anne Francis).
  • There is more than one fanfic called My Immortal. The wiki page leads to a Harry Potter fanfic. This one is a Buffy the Vampire Slayer/Torchwood crossover, in which The Immortal (from the Angel episode "The Girl In Question") turns out to be ... Captain Jack Harkness.
    • Outside of Fan Fiction, it's the name of an Evanescence song, and was the inspiration for the Harry Potter fanfic's title, and probably the others as well.
  • The old My Little Pony: The Movie is not related to the new My Little Pony: The Movie.
  • The Commodore 64 game Myth: History in the Making has no relation to Bungie's Myth RTS games.
  • Mario Adventure is the title of two different ROM hacks, one for Super Mario Bros. 3 and the other for Super Mario 64 (the latter of which is based on Sonic Adventure.) Mario's Adventure (note the possessive) was also the working title for the original Super Mario Bros.



  • The Package is the name of both a 1989 conspiracy thriller film staring Gene Hackman, and a 2013 action film starring Dolph Lundgren and "Stone Cold" Steve Austin. It's also a short story by Kurt Vonnegut.
  • There are two old movies titled The Paleface: a 1922 silent starring Buster Keaton, and a 1948 Western spoof starring Bob Hope and Jane Russell.
  • The list of 2010 Hugo Award nominees includes both Palimpsest, a fantasy novel by Catherynne M. Valente, and "Palimpsest", a science fiction novella by Charles Stross.
  • There are two movies named The Patriot that were released pretty close to each other. The first is a 1998 thriller starring Steven Seagal, the second a 2000 war movie starring Mel Gibson.
  • The web game Pandemic involves you creating a disease and attempting to wipe out humanity with it. The tabletop game Pandemic has you co-operate as a team to find the cures for four simultaneous outbreaks of disease. If the two were related, they would be a Perspective Flip of each other.
  • There is a band called Panopticon which has an album by the same name. Panopticon is also an album by Isis. And both of them are named after Jeremy Bentham's concept for a prison, in which a guard would be able to see all the prisoners, but the prisoners would be unable to see the guard.
  • Pastamania can refer to the failed 1995 pasta restaurant endorsed and financed by Hulk Hogan or the successful Singaporean fast casual pasta and pizza restaurant chain that's popular in Singapore, Malaysia, Brunei, India and the Middle East.
  • Paprika is both Satoshi Kon's 2006 anime movie about dreams and an Italian softcore porn flick made by Tinto Brass in 1991.
  • The Dungeons & Dragons re-work Pathfinder is somewhat controversial, but to confuse it with the movie by the same name, or the other movie by the same name, is probably going too far.
  • While Ingmar Bergman's seminal film Persona (1966) and Atlus' franchise Shin Megami Tensei: Persona surprisingly do share one major motif (namely Jungian psychology), they have nothing to do with each other.
  • "Personality" is both a 1945 song by Johnny Mercer and the Pied Pipers and a completely different 1959 song by Lloyd Price.
  • Ghostland Observatory's song "Piano Man" is totally unrelated to Billy Joel's song.
  • Also including Similarly Named Bands; "Piece of Heaven" by A7 and "Little Piece of Heaven" by Avenged Sevenfold (sometimes abbreviated A7X).
  • "Please Don't Go" by KC & The Sunshine Band, later covered by KWS, and "Please Don't Go" by No Mercy, whose chorus sounds similar. Also "Please Don't Go" by Donald Peers. Then, there's a Mike Posner song called Please Don't Go.
  • Point Blank would be a name of a 1967 film, a name of Namco's Lighter and Softer shooting gallery light-gun game Point Blank, or Point Blank, a Korean MMOFPS (which is very popular in Indonesia) also known as Project Blackout in North America. It is not to be confused with Point Blanc, the second book in a series about a teenage spy. Also a Bruce Springsteen song, and a Southern Rock band.
  • Besides being one half of the first Unova games, Pokémon Black is also the title of a alleged hacked cartridge in a creepypasta which gives the player a ghost that can kill Pokémon and trainers. The story was first known to be posted on July 27th, 2010, before the Unova games were released but after the titles were announced on the Japanese website on April 9 of that year. The creepypasta is generally known as "Pokémon Creepy Black" or "Pokémon Ghost Black" to distinguish it from the official game.
  • Telefang Power and Speed Versions for the Game Boy Color were badly translated into English as the bootleg hacks Pokémon Diamond and Jade respectively, well before the official Pokémon games Pokémon Diamond and Pearl came out.
  • Pokémon: I Choose You is both the anime's pilot episode and the movie based on the anime's first episode.
    • "I Choose You" is either the ending song from said movie or a song by Sara Bareilles.
  • Pokémon X is either one half of the 3DS Kalos adventures, a collection of English songs from the anime to commemorate the series' tenth anniversary, a sprite comic based on Pokémon Ruby and Sapphire, or Pokémon Crystal's working title.
  • Portal is a name of a 1986 interactive novel game and a better-known, completely unrelated 2007 video game.
  • Power is both a TV-series and a book.
  • The Power of One is both a booknote  set in South Africa during World War II, and the English title of the second Pokémon movie, otherwise known as Pokémon 2000.
  • Frankie Goes To Hollywood, Jennifer Rush, and Huey Lewis and the News, released three totally different songs named "The Power of Love" onto the same markets within a few months. All three became big hits (the most famous, of course, is the Huey Lewis song). There was also a later early 90s song by Céline Dion (which was a cover of the Jennifer Rush song) and a song from the DIC dub of Sailor Moon with that name.
    • Arguably, the Huey Lewis version isn't the most successful one - in the UK the Frankie & Jennifer Rush ones were much more successful, both hitting Number 1 on the charts (Huey Lewis only reaching number 9), and Jennifer Rush's was the biggest selling single of 1985.
  • Powerless is both a Marvel Comics miniseries and an unrelated DC comedic television series.
  • Before the 90s courtroom drama The Practice, there was an early 70s one season sitcom starring Danny Thomas as a doctor who refuses to give up his practice in a low income neighborhood despite the protests of his Private Practice son.
    • In between the two there was a British TV series called The Practice as well (a soap set in the world of medicine). Luckily the gaps in between all three shows were so wide that no one was confused and no retitling was done (both US shows of that name have aired in Britain).
  • The Price Is Right is produced by one Adam Sandler, who is not the same as the actor.
    • Once again with the in-work examples, they've had two different pricing games called Bullseye and Balance Game.
    • In turn, the The Price Is Right segment "Bullseye" should not be confused with the British darts-themed game show Bullseye, nor with the American quiz show Bullseye.
    • The Price Is Right has a pricing game called "Pass The Buck". Not to be confused with the short-lived 1978 CBS game show Pass The Buck (hosted by Bill Cullen).
    • The Price Is Right also had a pricing game called "Blank Check" which shared its name with the short-lived Barry & Enright game show Blank Check. The pricing game is now known as "Check Game" after Enright threatened to sue Mark Goodson Productions for trademark infringement.
  • Primeval the British TV series about time anomalies and prehistoric beasties, and Primeval the horror/thriller film about political unrest in Africa.
  • To avoid confusion with the British series The Prisoner, the Australian series Prisoner was renamed Prisoner: Cell Block H when it aired in the UK.
  • Does The Producers sound like A Good Name for a Rock Band? Well, it was, and had nothing to do with Mel Brooks.
  • The Protector could refer to a 1979 novel by Malcolm Braly, a 2003 novel by David Morrell, a 1985 action film starring Jackie Chan, a 2005 Thai martial arts film, and a 2011 Lifetime TV series starring Ally Walker
  • Prototype is an Ultraverse comic and a video game series.
  • The Purge (2013) is a US sci-fi thriller about home invasion. Puhdistus (2012) is a Finnish drama about life in Soviet Estonia, released as The Purge in the UK and as Purge in the USA.
  • Proteus is a 1995 horror film about a shapeshifting monster on an oil rig, Proteus is an indie game where players explore a peaceful island at their leisure.
  • Push is a novel about an abused black woman, a film about drugs, and another film about societal outcasts with superpowers living in Hong Kong. The Film of the Book was called Precious to avoid further confusion.
  • "PTV", an episode of Family Guy, has the same name as the predecessor to the PBS Kids block.


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