Yesterday, while doing my Due Diligence for an upcoming Ten Things, I bumped into a synopsis of the anime series ‘Tiger And Bunny.’  It’s a show I had heard of, but never considered watching, because the title made me think it was something to do with funny animals.  Now that I know the premise (mismatched superhumans as corporate-sponsored heroes), I’m going to be checking it out immediately.  It’s not the first time I’ve had this issue, though.  The list of things I love that I avoided because of the awkward nomenclature include ‘Steven Universe’, ‘Soylent Green’, and ‘Raiders Of The Lost Ark’, leading to today’s misnomeric query…

The MS-QOTD (pronounced, as always, “misquoted”) reminds Faithful Spoilerites that Morgan Freeman blames The Shawshank Redemption’s disappointing box office on the inexplicable title, asking: Which pop-culture experiences do you avoid/have you avoided because of their title?


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Once upon a time, there was a young nerd from the Midwest, who loved Matter-Eater Lad and the McKenzie Brothers... If pop culture were a maze, Matthew would be the Minotaur at its center. Were it a mall, he'd be the Food Court. Were it a parking lot, he’d be the distant Cart Corral where the weird kids gather to smoke, but that’s not important right now... Matthew enjoys body surfing (so long as the bodies are fresh), writing in the third person, and dark-eyed women. Amongst his weaponry are such diverse elements as: Fear! Surprise! Ruthless efficiency! An almost fanatical devotion to pop culture! And a nice red uniform.


  1. Malone_hasco on

    I really can think of any, I almost always find more information about things I see than title. I think its more rare now when everyone can just type the title in Google and find out whats it really about.

  2. Daniel Langsdale on

    Bubblegum Crisis. I just can’t take that title seriously, but it looks like something that takes itself super-serious.

    Blackish. I like this show quite a bit, but it took me a while to get to watch it because the title sounds, to me, a little too on-the-nose & racially pandering. Thankfully the show itself is better considered and presented than the title and initial ad push.

    Oh, and I try to avoid major spoilers, but I don’t avoid Major Spoilers. I’m confused that way.

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