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  • 10 Items or Less is both a 2006 film and a TV sitcom which started in the same year. They both involve supermarkets.
  • 15/Love is a Canadian television series. 15-Love is a short-lived Marvel Comics title. They are both about tennis.
  • 2016 is either the title of a political documentary by Dinesh D'Souza which full title is 2016: Obama's America or the title of a Ghanaian sci-fi movie.
  • Software example: Popular 3D modelling program 3ds Max uses a title with all lowercase letters in the beginning to distinguish it from the Nintendo 3DS, despite the fact that this program has been around far longer than the console.note 



  • Caillou should not confused with Kaeloo.
  • "California Girls" is a song by The Beach Boys, which was later covered by David Lee Roth. "California Gurls" (the typo is intentional) is by Katy Perry with Snoop Dogg. "California Girls" is also a song by Gretchen Wilson, although the first line of the refrain is "Ain't you glad we ain't all California girls?"
  • The Cape is the title of both a 1996-1997 TV series about astronauts at Cape Canaveral, and a 2010-2011 TV series about a cape-wearing superhero.
  • Captain Canada was the title of (1) A radio comedy series featuring Bruno Gerussi on CBC Radio in the 1960s; (2) A counterculture comic strip created by Stanley Labreche for the magazine Fuddle Duddle in the 1970s and (3) A new-agey superhero series published in the Newfoundland Herald newspaper in the 1980s and subsequently promoted by CJON/NTV, the station co-owned with the newspaper. It was this over-proliferation of Captain Canadas which led Richard Comely to name his classic 1970s Canadian superhero Captain Canuck instead.
  • Captain Fathom, a 1965 TV cartoon that utilized Synchro-Vox, has no relation with the 1955 TV movie of the same name.
  • Captain Marvel isn't quite the example of this it seems at first glance. See I Am Not Shazam and Fawcett Comics along with the Franchise pages above and at Shazam! for the full story
  • There are at least three different films called Cargo. The 2009 one is a Swiss sci-fi thriller/horror set on a cargo spaceship, the 2006 one is about a backpacker in Africa who stows away on a cargo ship heading for Europe, and the 2011 one is about a Russian woman smuggled to the US who forms a bond with her transporter.
  • Carrie is both a 1952 film based on Theodore Dreiser's Sister Carrie and a 1974 novel by Stephen King. And a song by Europe.
  • Carry On: Which one? The British film franchise Carry On, the Furry Webcomic Carry On, or the slash-fic fashioned YA novel Carry On?
  • "Cars" by Gary Numan, the band The Cars, or Cars the Pixar film?
  • "Case Closed" is English title of of the manga and anime series Meitantei Conan (AKA Detective Conan). "Caso Cerrado" is a Spanish-language court show that was previously called "Sala de Parejas" (loosely: "Couples' Court").
  • Castle seems to turn up quite frequently in the titles of various kinds of works.
  • The manga and anime Cat's Eye is not to be confused with Cat's Eye (an '80s film based on the stories of Stephen King) the '80s ITV detective drama C.A.T.S. Eyes or the '90s BBC edutainment programme Cats' Eyes.
  • Cat's in the Cradle is a 1974 song by Harry Chapin. "Cats in the Cradle" is an episode of CSI.
  • Catty Cornered is either a 1953 Looney Tunes short starring Sylvester the Cat and Tweety Bird or a 1966 Tom and Jerry short. There's also Kitty Kornered, a 1946 Looney Tunes short starring Sylvester and Porky Pig.
  • The Cell is a 2000 movie. Cell is a Stephen King novel and 2016 movie. Their plots are completely dissimilar as well beyond both being horror stories, with the former being about a Journey to the Center of the Mind of a serial killer, and the latter about an Evil Phone causing a zombie outbreak.
  • Challenge of the Dragon by Sachen is a pirated engine hack of Double Dragon. Challenge of the Dragon by Color Dreams is a generic hack-n-slash.
  • Chaos War is a Marvel Comics storyline, and a Dragonlance storyline. Chaos Wars is a Massive Multiplayer Crossover video game.
  • DC's Chase was a series centering around Cameron Chase, a blonde DEO operative that hunted down rogue metahumans while NBC's Chase (NBC) was a series centering around Annie Frost, a blonde US Marshall that hunted down escaped fugitives. Both were cancelled. Neither should be confused with Cha$e, a short-lived reality game show on Sci-Fi Channel, or The Chase, a UK quiz show on ITV (when the NBC show was bought for British television it was officially retitled Jerry Bruckheimer's Chase). Then there's The Chase, a BBC TV drama, and a 1994 film also titled The Chase.
    • Or the other NBC show called Chase (from Jack Webb and Stephen J. Cannell), which was also short-lived.
    • Or, for that matter, the early 70s jazz-rock group led by trumpeter Bill Chase.
    • Oh, and there's financial institution JP Morgan Chase often just called Chase.
    • And there the song "Chase" by Giorgio Moroder.
    • And the 1992 album The Chase by Garth Brooks.
  • Cheating Death is the name of a popular Harry Potter fanfic where Harry is a law enforcement official, a Hunger Games fanfic about the seventy-three Victors before Katniss and Peeta, and a short film about a crack dealer in Toronto.
  • Chef! the 1990s British sitcom starring Lenny Henry is completely unrelated to the 2014 movie from and with Jon Favreau.
  • Child's Play:
    • Before there was the more famous horror franchise, there were two unrelated films also called Child's Play: one a 1954 science fiction film, the other a 1972 mystery based on a stage play of the same title. By coincidence, the same film editor, Edward Warschilka, worked on the first two movies of the Child's Play franchise and the unrelated 1972 film.
    • Outside of film, "Child's Play" is, among other things, a charity founded by the authors of Penny Arcade, a crime thriller novel by Kia Abdullah, a science fiction short story by William Tenn, a Marvel Comics crossover, a 1982 CBS game show, and the title of various television show episodes, including CSI: NY.
  • Children of Eden is a musical based on the Book of Genesis. Child of Eden is a trippy cyberspace Rail Shooter video game that is also the Spiritual Successor to Rez.
  • Children of Blood and Bone is one word off Nora Roberts' fantasy novel Of Blood and Bone, which was also published in 2018. There was actually a bit of controversy over this, as Tomi Adeyemi publicly accused Roberts of copying her book's title. Roberts responded that this was purely a coincidence, as she'd come up with the title and submitted her manuscript to her publisher a year before Adeyemi's book was published; Adeyemi later apologized to Roberts after clearing things up with her, although Roberts later stated some fans continued to harass her for 'plagiarism'.
  • Children of the Night is the title of two novels, four movies, and around twenty songs.
  • Chiller was the title of a 1985 video game originally coded by David and Richard Darling for the Commodore 64 and released by Mastertronic. Chiller was coincidentally also the title of a notoriously gory arcade Light Gun Game that Exidy put out in 1986, and a 1985 Made-for-TV Movie directed by Wes Craven.
  • The China Syndrome is a 1978 film about a nuclear meltdown. China Syndrome is an Atari 2600 game also involving stopping a meltdown.
  • Chip 'n Dale: Rescue Rangers has no affiliation with Lassie's Rescue Rangers.
  • Chobits is a manga by CLAMP while Chobit is a manga by Akira Toriyama.
  • There's at least two movies named Chocolat. The first one is a drama about a chocolate workshop in the France of the fifties, the second one is a biopic about a black clown who worked in the France of the 1890s and 1900s.
    • Neither of these is to be confused with the Thai martial-arts action movie Chocolate.
  • Christine is a 1983 Stephen King novel and film about an evil car. It's also a 1917 book by Elizabeth von Arnim; a 1958 film based on the play Liebelei; a 1960 musical based on the book My Indian Summer; a 1987 TV drama about a heroin addict in the BBC Two Screenplay slot; and a 2016 film about the real life suicide of Christine Chubbuck.
  • A Christmas Story is either a 1972 TV special or a 1983 film.
  • Brazil already has a problem of Completely Different Title. Then when two films get the same title... Círculo de Fogo (Circle of Fire) was used for both Enemy at the Gates (2001) and Pacific Rim (2013), A Experiência (The Experiment) is the title for both Species (1995) and Das Experiment (2001). The Crow and The Raven are both "O Corvo" as both animals go by the same word in Portuguese. And then there's the ones that the difference is the article: In Dreams (1998) is "A Premonição" (The Premonition) while Final Destination (2000) is just "Premonição".
  • City Lights, the Charlie Chaplin film; City Lights, the 1973 Canadian documentary show; City Lights the 80s BBC Scotland sitcom; City Lights the 2008 ITV comedy-drama. It was also the name of America's very first paperback bookstore (opened in San Francisco, California, in 1956).
  • City of Angels, a musical about a Film Noir; City of Angels, a supernatural romance film that's an American remake of Wings of Desire; City of Angels, subtitle of the film The Crow: City of Angels; City Of Angels, the name of two completely different TV series (by Stephen J. Cannell in the 1970s and Steven Bochco in 2000); "City of Angel" from "Under The Bridge" by Red Hot Chili Peppers.
  • City of Bones is the name of a 1995 novel by Martha Wells, a 2002 novel by Michael Connelly, and a 2007 novel by Cassandra Clare.
  • City of Glass is the third novel in Cassandra Clare's The Mortal Instruments series; the name of Paul Auster's classically surreal postmodern detective novel; and a multi-movement jazz composition by Stan Kenton.
  • Cloak & Dagger is a video game, a movie about the video game, a comic book, and a series based on the comic.
  • Cloud Atlas was a 2004 novel by David Mitchell and The Cloud Atlas was a 2004 novel by Liam Callanan.
  • The Closer is a TNT series about a very efficient police interrogator and a baseball-themed episode of CSI:NY.
  • Cobra, the Sylvester Stallone action film, is unrelated to the manga Cobra. Each had a Licensed Game on the Amstrad CPC with the same title. It's not related to the 1970s DC Comics series Kobra either, nor for that matter, to the bad guys in the G.I. Joe universe.
  • Cobra Mission is a PC H-Game. Mission Cobra is an NES Shoot 'Em Up by unlicensed/pirate game mecca Sachen. There's also an NES knockoff of Lethal Enforcers titled Cobra Mission.
  • The 1989 album Cocked & Loaded by Hard Rock group L.A. Guns is not to be confused with the very similarly named 2006 album Cocked And Loaded by Ministry side project Revolting Cocks. Oddly enough, both albums included guest appearances by Rick Nielsen and Robin Zander
  • Cold Turkey is either a 1971 Dick Van Dyke movie about a small town that quits smoking for a big cash reward, or a 1940 Harry Langdon short about an office worker who wins a turkey in a Christmas raffle.
    • Neither of which is related to the 1969 John Lennon song.
  • The feature length film Colorful has the same name as an ecchi manga and anime, though simply looking at the covers should tell the viewer which is which.
  • "Colour of Love" is the title of a Eurodance song by either Snap!, or Amber.
  • Coming of Age is the title of an American sitcom from the Eighties and a British sitcom from the Noughties.
    • And a 1990 hit by supergroup Damn Yankees.
  • Commando: 1985 action game by Capcom, a 1983 Sega game, a 1985 action movie starring Arnold Schwarzenegger, or a song by The Ramones?
  • No, Takarazuka Revue didn't adapt Company by Stephen Sondheim. Their Company is based on a novel of the same name by Ibuki Yuki, which involves a pharmaceutical company and some of their employees. The full title for Zuka's show is actually Company -Lessons, Passion, and Companionship-.
  • Conception is a novel, a band, a video game and sequel.
  • Confession or The Confession may refer to novels by John Grisham or Olen Steinhauser, a semi-autobiographical work by Leo Tolstoy, a whole bunch of unrelated films from different countries such as the United States, France, and South Korea, a web series featuring Kiefer Sutherland, a 1950s crime show on ABC, two different heavy metal bands, and about ten songs.
  • Conspiracy is a 2001 drama film about the Wannsee Conference of 1942, in which a group of Nazi bureaucrats held a meeting to discuss the implementation of the Holocaust. Conspiracy is also a 2008 action/thriller film starring Val Kilmer. Conspiracy is a board game by Milton Bradley. The adventure game KGB was released on CD as Conspiяacy.
  • Contact is a pinball game, a novel adapted into a movie, and a video game.
  • "Control" is the name of at least three industrial / EBM songs, by Juno Reactor ft. Traci Lords, VNV Nation, and
  • Cosmos Cop is an unlicensed Space Harrier clone on the NES multicart Caltron 6-in-1. Cosmic Cop is the American localization of Armed Police Unit Gallop, a spinoff of R-Type.
  • Countdown to Extinction was once the name of a Disney ride and is still the name of a Megadeth album.
  • The Covenant is a 2006 action supernatural horror movie, The Covenant 2023 is a 2023 action thriller movie directed by Guy Ritchie staring Jake Gyllenhaal. To easily differentiate it from 2006 movie, the latter movie is marketed as Guy Ritchie's The Covenant.
  • Crack Down is a 1989 arcade game by Sega which has nothing to do with Crackdown, the 2007 Third-Person Shooter for the Xbox 360, or The Crackdown, the 1983 album by Cabaret Voltaire.
  • Cracked is known to most as the name of a humor website and magazine. However, it also refers to a 2008 British comedy-drama from STV, as well as two Canadian productions: a 2013 crime drama from CBC and a 2016 series of cartoon shorts from Teletoon (the latter was known as Cracké in its original Quebec production). And to make things even more confusing, it's also the name of a 2015 song by Pentatonix, while Crack'ed is a 1987 Atari video game (subtitled as "An Egg-Citing Adventure").
  • Crash, the 1973 novel or 1996 film about an underground society that stages car crashes as a weird sexual fetish, or Crash, the 2006 Best Picture winner and a feel good story about racial stereotypes. This is very confusing to those of us who had seen only the Cronenberg film during the 2006 Oscar season...
  • The game CrazyBus has no relation with the song "Crazy Bus" from Arthur. Though, hilariously enough, in that show's universe, said song drives Arthur crazy with annoyance, where this game is only known for its ridiculously annoying title screen music.
  • Creature Comforts, the Aardman Animations TV series, or an unrelated 2022 board game about anthropomorphic woodland animals gathering different goods and spending them to collect luxuries for winter.
  • Do not confuse "Creature of the Night" (a number from The Rocky Horror Picture Show) with Creatures of the Night (a 1982 KISS album) and an episode of CSI: NY. Or with the fans of TNA wrestler Jeff Hardy, who are called (you guessed it) "Creatures of the Night." It may help that the actual title for the Rocky Horror song is "Touch-A Touch-A Touch Me", though the lyric "creature of the night" does occur repeatedly and is in fact the last eight lines of the song.
  • David Cronenberg wrote and directed two films called Crimes of the Future, one in 1970 and the other in 2022 - despite having the same writer and director, the 2022 film isn't a remake or sequel, he simply reused the title.
  • Crossed Swords is a 1954 movie, a 1977 movie, and a game by ADK for the Neo Geo arcade and console.
  • The Famicom game Crossfire is completely unrelated to the Sega Genesis game Crossfire, despite both being published by Kyugo (in different countries). Among other games, Crossfire is the name of a MMORPG, a board game, and an online first-person shooter game (with a capitalized F). In other media, Crossfire is a manga by the author of Hellsing, "Crossfire" is the first solo hit of The Killers' Brandon Flowers, and Crossfire is a debate show on CNN.
  • The Crossing is an Avengers story and a TV movie about George Washington.
  • The 1986 film Crossroads, about blues legend Robert Johnson, has nothing to do with the 2002 film starring Britney Spears or the episode of CSI:NY involving the murder of a corrupt judge.
    • And probably even less to do with a 1960s-80s British soap opera set in a Midlands motel (or indeed the 2001-03 revival), or the 1950s American religious anthology... or the 1992 Robert Urich series that didn't last as long as any of 'em.
    • And possibly has even less relation to the Bone Thugs n Harmony song.
  • “Cruel Summer” is the name of a Bananarama song, a Taylor Swift song, an Ace of Base album, a GOOD Music album, a 2012 film, a 2016 film, a Freeform drama series that premiered in 2021, and a British Reality Television Game Show that aired between 2001 and 2003.
  • The song "Cry Me A River", written by Arthur Hamilton in 1953 (and covered many times since, including by Barbra Streisand and Michael Bublé) should not be confused with the song of the same name by Justin Timberlake. In this case, though, it's complicated by the fact that the Hamilton song is believed to have coined the phrase "cry (someone) a river", meaning that in a roundabout way, the Timberlake song was effectively named after it.
  • The Cube, a 1969 American teleplay involving people inside a cube; and The Cube, a 2009 British game show involving people inside a cube. There's also Cube, a series of films involving people being trapped inside cubical mazes.
  • British Goth band The Cult are frequently confused with American rock-with-a-hint-of-Gothic-darkness band the Blue Öyster Cult. The two fandoms do not tend to overlap. Fans of BOC often abbreviate their band's name to "the Cult", which leads to confusion when, for instance, a web search leads them to pictures of a singer called Ian Astbury who is unknown to them as is the song "She Sells Sanctuary". Similarly, those searching for Ian Astbury's Cult might wonder who the Hell Buck Dharma and Eric Bloom are.
  • Cupcakes is an infamously gory fanfiction of My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic, an Israeli comedy about six friends representing Israel in an international singing contest, and a short-lived Power Pop band from Chicago.
  • Cyber Monster: Unlicensed NES light gun game, or freeware MMORPG?