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16th Jun '18 6:20:31 AM jormis29
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** Out of Marvel there is the fake travel guide to [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/San_Sombrèro San Sombrèro]] ("Saint [[SpellMyNameWithAnS Hàt]]").[[note]]This accent mark is not used in Spanish.[[/note]]

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** Out of Marvel there is the fake travel guide to [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/San_Sombrèro [[Literature/JetlagTravelGuides San Sombrèro]] ("Saint [[SpellMyNameWithAnS Hàt]]").[[note]]This accent mark is not used in Spanish.[[/note]]
5th May '18 8:54:37 AM Naram-Sin
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* [[TheCult Cults]] are these by default, given their rejection or additions of their own doctrines to their base religion. If the leader claims to be Jesus reincarnated or something similar ([[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hong_Xiuquan Hong Xiuquan]], [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Father_Divine Father Divine]], [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Shoko_Asahara Shoko Asahara]], [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jim_Jones Jim Jones]], [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Marshall_Applewhite Marshall Applewhite]] just to name a few), the resulting cosmology is ''guaranteed'' to be bizarre.
5th May '18 8:01:03 AM Naram-Sin
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** The faction flags and leaders in the vanilla version rarely match up, since the leaders of the original game were mostly chosen for being the ones to first establish overseas colonies, while the flags were chosen as the most commonly used design during the colonial period. This results in Henry the Navigator flying the Portuguese [=CoA=] on a white background (introduced 30 years after his death), Isabella flying the Habsburg Cross of Burgundy, Elizabeth flying the hybrid English-Scottish jack, Napoleon flying the Bourbon three Fleures-de-Lis, and Ivan the Terrible flying Peter the Great's imperial standard (why they didn't just use Peter the Great as Russian leader remains a RiddleForTheAges). Suleiman actually gets the modern Republic of Turkey flag. The only leader that can be content is Maurice of Nassau, who gets to fly a Dutch navy flag.

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** The faction flags and leaders in the vanilla version ''III'' rarely match up, since the leaders of the original game were mostly chosen for being the ones to first establish overseas colonies, while the flags were chosen as the most commonly used design during the colonial period. This results in Henry the Navigator flying the Portuguese [=CoA=] on a white background (introduced 30 years after his death), Isabella flying the Habsburg Cross of Burgundy, Elizabeth flying the hybrid English-Scottish jack, Napoleon flying the Bourbon three Fleures-de-Lis, and Ivan the Terrible flying Peter the Great's imperial standard (why they didn't just use Peter the Great as Russian leader remains a RiddleForTheAges). Suleiman actually gets the modern Republic of Turkey flag. The only leader that can be content is Maurice of Nassau, who gets to fly a Dutch navy flag.
19th Mar '18 9:17:45 PM Naram-Sin
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* The first ''WesternAnimation/TeenageMutantNinjaTurtles'' had the Running of the Bulls taking place [[ArtisticLicenseGeography in Lisbon]] (it looked [[TorosYFlamenco nothing like Lisbon]], of course), and also made the error of mixing the Running with the Holy Week processions (not by having processions around the same time as the Running, but by having "processions" of bull and matador figures).

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* The first ''WesternAnimation/TeenageMutantNinjaTurtles'' series had the Running of the Bulls taking place [[ArtisticLicenseGeography in Lisbon]] (it looked [[TorosYFlamenco nothing like Lisbon]], of course), and also made the error of mixing the Running with the Holy Week processions (not by having processions around the same time as the Running, but by having "processions" of bull and matador figures).
19th Mar '18 9:07:37 PM Naram-Sin
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* ''Film/TheDaVinciCode'' opens with Robert Langdon conferencing about [[TropeNamer symbology]] in France. He shows the audience an image similar to [[http://www.casadelcofrade.com/s/cc_images/cache_2450697554.jpg?t=1414353132 this]] and asks them the first idea it conjures in their mind. They say "hatred," "racism," and "UsefulNotes/KuKluxKlan." Langdon replies: "Yes, yes, interesting. But they would [[CrossCulturalKerfluffle disagree]] with you in Spain. There, they are robes worn by priests." This is wrong. They are ''Nazareno'' suits, worn by lay congregationists during Holy Week processions. They are never worn by priests.

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* ''Film/TheDaVinciCode'' opens with Robert Langdon conferencing about [[TropeNamer symbology]] in France. He shows the audience an image similar to [[http://www.casadelcofrade.com/s/cc_images/cache_2450697554.jpg?t=1414353132 this]] and asks them the first idea it conjures in their mind. They say "hatred," "racism," and "UsefulNotes/KuKluxKlan." Langdon replies: "Yes, yes, interesting. But they would [[CrossCulturalKerfluffle disagree]] with you in Spain. There, they are robes worn by priests." This is wrong. They are ''Nazareno'' suits, worn by lay congregationists during Holy Week processions. They are never only worn by priests.priests when the priests don't want others to know that they are priests - the point of the suit, at least in its origin, was to hide the identity of the so-called penitents.
19th Mar '18 9:02:02 PM Naram-Sin
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* The first ''WesternAnimation/TeenageMutantNinjaTurtles'' had the Running of the Bulls taking place [[ArtisticLicenseGeography in Lisbon]] (it looked [[TorosYFlamenco nothing like Lisbon]], of course), and also made the error of mixing the Running with the Holy Week processions (not by having processions around the same time as the Running, but by having "processions" of bull and matador figures).
19th Jan '18 12:05:08 AM Naram-Sin
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** The faction flags and leaders in the vanilla version rarely match up, since the leaders of the original game were mostly chosen for being the ones to first establish overseas colonies, while the flags were chosen as the most commonly used design during the colonial period. This results in Henry the Navigator flying the Portuguese [=CoA=] on a white background (introduced 30 years after his death), Isabella flying the Habsburg Cross of Burgundy, Elizabeth flying the hybrid English-Scottish jack, Napoleon flying the Bourbon three Fleures-de-Lis, Ivan the Terrible flying Peter the Great's imperial standard (why they didn't just use Peter the Great as a Russian leader remains a RiddleForTheAges). Suleiman actually gets the modern Republic of Turkey flag. The only leader that can be content is Maurice of Nassau, who gets to fly a Dutch navy flag.

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** The faction flags and leaders in the vanilla version rarely match up, since the leaders of the original game were mostly chosen for being the ones to first establish overseas colonies, while the flags were chosen as the most commonly used design during the colonial period. This results in Henry the Navigator flying the Portuguese [=CoA=] on a white background (introduced 30 years after his death), Isabella flying the Habsburg Cross of Burgundy, Elizabeth flying the hybrid English-Scottish jack, Napoleon flying the Bourbon three Fleures-de-Lis, and Ivan the Terrible flying Peter the Great's imperial standard (why they didn't just use Peter the Great as a Russian leader remains a RiddleForTheAges). Suleiman actually gets the modern Republic of Turkey flag. The only leader that can be content is Maurice of Nassau, who gets to fly a Dutch navy flag.
12th Jan '18 9:36:26 AM Piterpicher
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* ''Film/TheDaVinciCode'' opens with Robert Langdon conferencing about [[TropeNamer symbology]] in France. He shows the audience an image similar to [[http://www.casadelcofrade.com/s/cc_images/cache_2450697554.jpg?t=1414353132 this]] and asks them the first idea it conjures in their mind. They say "hatred," "racism," and "KuKluxKlan." Langdon replies: "Yes, yes, interesting. But they would [[CrossCulturalKerfluffle disagree]] with you in Spain. There, they are robes worn by priests." This is wrong. They are ''Nazareno'' suits, worn by lay congregationists during Holy Week processions. They are never worn by priests.

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* ''Film/TheDaVinciCode'' opens with Robert Langdon conferencing about [[TropeNamer symbology]] in France. He shows the audience an image similar to [[http://www.casadelcofrade.com/s/cc_images/cache_2450697554.jpg?t=1414353132 this]] and asks them the first idea it conjures in their mind. They say "hatred," "racism," and "KuKluxKlan."UsefulNotes/KuKluxKlan." Langdon replies: "Yes, yes, interesting. But they would [[CrossCulturalKerfluffle disagree]] with you in Spain. There, they are robes worn by priests." This is wrong. They are ''Nazareno'' suits, worn by lay congregationists during Holy Week processions. They are never worn by priests.
8th Jan '18 6:42:12 AM Naram-Sin
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* [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0maaH2gUWa4 This]] {{Advertising/GEICO}} ad parodying the Running of the Bulls as the "Running of the Bulldogs" shows the crowd waving a zillion flags of Spain (which is not nearly [[CrossCulturalKerfluffle as common]] in reality) and ''Catalonia'', which has no excuse because it is nowhere near Pamplona. At least it's not the flag of Barbados like in ''Series/CarolineInTheCity''...

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* [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0maaH2gUWa4 This]] {{Advertising/GEICO}} ad parodying the Running of the Bulls as the "Running of the Bulldogs" shows the crowd waving a zillion flags of Spain (which is not nearly [[CrossCulturalKerfluffle as common]] in reality) and ''Catalonia'', of Catalonia, which has no excuse because it is nowhere near Pamplona. At least it's not the flag of Barbados like in ''Series/CarolineInTheCity''...


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** The faction flags and leaders in the vanilla version rarely match up, since the leaders of the original game were mostly chosen for being the ones to first establish overseas colonies, while the flags were chosen as the most commonly used design during the colonial period. This results in Henry the Navigator flying the Portuguese [=CoA=] on a white background (introduced 30 years after his death), Isabella flying the Habsburg Cross of Burgundy, Elizabeth flying the hybrid English-Scottish jack, Napoleon flying the Bourbon three Fleures-de-Lis, Ivan the Terrible flying Peter the Great's imperial standard (why they didn't just use Peter the Great as a Russian leader remains a RiddleForTheAges). Suleiman actually gets the modern Republic of Turkey flag. The only leader that can be content is Maurice of Nassau, who gets to fly a Dutch navy flag.
** The German flag, however, merits its own entry. It has a bizarre crowned, black, two-headed eagle over a white background, seemingly a combination of the Prussian (crowned, black, one-headed eagle on a white background) and Holy Roman Empire flags (non-crowned, black, two-headed eagle on a yellow background).
** The Asian factions mostly follow their European colleagues. Kangxi flies the Qing dragon flag adopted in the late 19th century (although the colors and dragon had been popular before) and Tokugawa flies the Tokugawa seal on a black background (the actual Tokugawa flag was much less badass). The Chinese still fly the Qing flag in their campaign, set during the (Han) Ming dynasty over two centuries before it was dethroned by the (Manchu) Qing.
** Similarly to the German case, the Indians have a fictional flag (golden sun and lion over yellow field) that appears to be a combination of Mughal (sun and lion over green field, among others; a Muslim dynasty) and Maratha designs (plain pale orange field; a Hindu dynasty). Akbar's AI personality names "the gods" several times, and his Indian civilization is very clearly Hindu, but the real Akbar was Muslim.
7th Jan '18 8:12:32 PM Kadorhal
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** The episode also [[IncrediblyLamePun runs]] with the idea that the bulls in the Running are [[YouFailReligiousStudiesForever worshipped]] (or used to be in the past), and that you shouldn't bother them during the Running because you are ruining a "sacred" moment where people join the herd in its final moment of freedom. In reality, you are not supposed to bother the bulls because [[CaptainObvious you will]] get [[LethallyStupid fucking gored]] - or worse, [[TheyWastedAPerfectlyGoodPlot make some other, completely innocent person get gored instead]]. The weird thing is that the dialogue actually does mention that touching the bull will make it more dangerous and liable to attack in that very same scene, but instead of following its logical conclusion, the writer decides to throw in some pseudo-religious mumbo-jumbo that isn't needed. In another scene, the so-called cultural experts wonder if the killer's intention is to replace Saint Firmin as patron saint of Pamplona,[[note]]Despite [[SadlyMythtaken common belief]], Saint Firmin is not actually the patron saint of Pamplona, by the way, but the whole of Navarre. The patron saint of Pamplona is St. Saturnin of Toulouse.[[/note]] which again shows the author's poor understanding of Catholicism.

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** The episode also [[IncrediblyLamePun runs]] with the idea that the bulls in the Running are [[YouFailReligiousStudiesForever worshipped]] (or used to be in the past), and that you shouldn't bother them during the Running because you are ruining a "sacred" moment where people join the herd in its final moment of freedom. In reality, you are not supposed to bother the bulls because [[CaptainObvious you will]] get [[TooDumbToLive gored by their horns]] - or worse, [[LethallyStupid fucking gored]] - or worse, [[TheyWastedAPerfectlyGoodPlot make some other, completely innocent person get gored instead]]. The weird thing is that the dialogue actually does mention that touching the bull will make it more dangerous and liable to attack in that very same scene, but instead of following its logical conclusion, the writer decides to throw in some pseudo-religious mumbo-jumbo that isn't needed. In another scene, the so-called cultural experts wonder if the killer's intention is to replace Saint Firmin as patron saint of Pamplona,[[note]]Despite [[SadlyMythtaken common belief]], Saint Firmin is not actually the patron saint of Pamplona, by the way, but the whole of Navarre. The patron saint of Pamplona is St. Saturnin of Toulouse.[[/note]] which again shows the author's poor understanding of Catholicism.



* ''Series/CriminalMinds'' had an in-universe one when a cult staged a series of murders to look like they were being carried out by Native American extremists in hopes of starting a race war. To anybody with actual knowledge of the topic it was obvious that they'd mixed together the most brutal practices from several cultures without rhyme or reason.

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* ''Series/CriminalMinds'' had an in-universe one when a cult staged a series of murders to look like they were being carried out by Native American extremists in hopes of starting a race war. To anybody with actual knowledge of the topic - such as a resident of an Apache reservation who was called upon to aid in examining the murders - it was obvious that they'd mixed together the most brutal practices from several cultures without rhyme or reason.



* The Soviet War Factory from ''VideoGame/CommandAndConquerRedAlert2'', with an "onion dome" -- a traditional element of Russian Orthodox church architecture -- lodged on its roof. Several other Soviet structures in this game were given similar "attachments". On the other hand, Red Alert (from that game on, at least) is built entirely on {{Camp}} and RuleOfCool[=/=]RuleOfFunny, so this can be excused by the MST3KMantra.
** May be [[JustifiedTrope justified]] as the Bolsheviks (especially at the beginning) found new uses for the buildings of the "opium of the people". The churches were converted into theaters, town halls, stables, warehouses, museums or shuttered/demolished. Thanks to the Church's [[ChurchMilitant large manpower contributions]] to the anti-revolutionary White Army, and enormous wealth, they were a top opponent of the Bolsheviks. The succeeding Soviet government was openly anti-religious and any Christian symbolism was prohibited until TheEighties, with an exception of a period during [[UsefulNotes/WorldWarII the War]].
** Also partly justified in ''[[VideoGame/CommandAndConquerRedAlert2 Red Alert 2]]'' as the Soviet leader is basically a [[UsefulNotes/TsaristRussia Tsar]], which may restore some of the pre-revolutionary antics as long as it doesn't contradict the Soviet socialism.
** May have ''something'' to do with the fact that if you showed people photo of buildings in Moscow and asked them to point to the Kremlin (a fortified former palace strongly associated with the government of the USSR/Russia in much the same way as "White House" is used metaphorically to refer to the Executive Branch of government in the US) they'd be much more likely to point to St. Basil's Cathedral (the building with all the onion domes in Easter egg colors, which is just across Red Square from the Kremlin) than to the Grand Kremlin Palace itself (which looks more like a rather nice hotel). See the next few examples for more cases of people getting this wrong.

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* The Soviet War Factory from ''VideoGame/CommandAndConquerRedAlert2'', with an "onion dome" -- a traditional element of Russian Orthodox church architecture -- lodged on its roof. Several other Soviet structures in this game were given similar "attachments". On the other hand, ''[[VideoGame/CommandAndConquerRedAlertSeries Red Alert Alert]]'' (from that game on, at least) is built entirely on {{Camp}} and RuleOfCool[=/=]RuleOfFunny, so this can be excused by the MST3KMantra.
** May be [[JustifiedTrope justified]] as the Bolsheviks (especially at the beginning) found new uses for the buildings of the "opium of the people". The churches that weren't shuttered or demolished were converted into theaters, town halls, stables, warehouses, museums or shuttered/demolished.museums. Thanks to the Church's [[ChurchMilitant large manpower contributions]] to the anti-revolutionary White Army, and enormous wealth, they were a top opponent of the Bolsheviks. The succeeding Soviet government was openly anti-religious and any Christian symbolism was prohibited until TheEighties, with an exception of a period during [[UsefulNotes/WorldWarII the War]].
** Also partly justified in ''[[VideoGame/CommandAndConquerRedAlert2 Red ''Red Alert 2]]'' 2'' as the Soviet leader is basically a descendant of [[UsefulNotes/TsaristRussia Tsar]], which the Romanov family]], and he may restore have restored some of the pre-revolutionary antics as long as it doesn't contradict the Soviet socialism.
** May
socialism. it also may have ''something'' to do with the fact that that, if you showed people a photo of buildings in Moscow and asked them to point to the Kremlin (a fortified former palace strongly associated with the government of the USSR/Russia in much the same way as "White House" is used metaphorically to refer to the Executive Branch of government in the US) they'd be much more likely to point to St. Basil's Cathedral (the building with all the onion domes in Easter egg colors, which is just across Red Square from the Kremlin) than to the Grand Kremlin Palace itself (which looks more like a rather nice hotel). See the next few examples for more cases of people getting this wrong.



* The Kremlin wonder in ''VideoGame/WhiteDayALabyrinthNamedSchool'' world time puzzle ...is actually St. Basil's Cathedral.
* The Kremlin wonder in ''VideoGame/RiseOfNations'' ...is actually St. Basil's Cathedral.
* The Kremlin wonder in ''VideoGame/{{Civilization}} IV'' ... is actually St. Basil's Cathedral. Likewise, the [[UsefulNotes/{{Islam}} Masjid al-Haram]] wonder is actually the Dome of the Rock. (For those not in the know, the former is the Kaaba--the Black Cube--in a big mosque in Mecca. The latter is the blue and gold octagon in Jerusalem, which while cool and significant isn't half as cool or significant as the actual Masjid, which is the holiest site in Islam).
* The Kremlin wonder in ''VideoGame/{{Civilization}} V'' really is the Kremlin, but as a nod to their mistakes in the previous game, the little icon for it ...is actually St. Basil's Cathedral.

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* The Kremlin wonder in ''VideoGame/WhiteDayALabyrinthNamedSchool'' world time puzzle ...puzzle... is actually St. Basil's Cathedral.
* The Kremlin wonder in ''VideoGame/RiseOfNations'' ...is actually St. Basil's Cathedral.
Same for ''VideoGame/RiseOfNations''.
* The Kremlin wonder in And ''VideoGame/{{Civilization}} IV'' ... is IV'' as well. Proving that Firaxis has a sense of humor about it, the following ''Civ V'' actually does have the Kremlin show up as itself in that game, but in a nod to prior mistakes the small icon for it is still St. Basil's Cathedral. Likewise, the [[UsefulNotes/{{Islam}} Masjid al-Haram]] wonder in ''IV'' is actually the Dome of the Rock. (For For those not in the know, the former is the Kaaba--the Kaaba -- the Black Cube--in Cube -- in a big mosque in Mecca. The latter is the blue and gold octagon in Jerusalem, which while cool and significant isn't half as cool or significant as the actual Masjid, which is the holiest site in Islam).
* The Kremlin wonder in ''VideoGame/{{Civilization}} V'' really is the Kremlin, but as a nod to their mistakes in the previous game, the little icon for it ...is actually St. Basil's Cathedral.
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* Use of San(to)/Santa ("Saint") followed by any random word to name fictional Spanish-speaking locations. {{Creator/Marvel}} is particularly prone:
** San Elanya, home village of minor Creator/MarvelComics superhero El Aguila.[[note]]What's "elanya" mean? Your guess is at good as ours.[[/note]]

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* Use of San(to)/Santa ("Saint") followed by any random word to name fictional Spanish-speaking locations. {{Creator/Marvel}} {{Creator/Marvel|Comics}} is particularly prone:
** San Elanya, home village of minor Creator/MarvelComics Marvel Comics superhero El Aguila.[[note]]What's "elanya" mean? Your guess is at good as ours.[[/note]]



* The Kremlin in ''a great deal of American source material'' [[RunningGag ... is actually St. Basil's Cathedral]]. This is probably due to Western journalism superimposing an image of the Cathedral while announcing news relating to Russia during much of the 20th century. Perhaps ironically, ''[[VideoGame/CommandAndConquerRedAlert2 Red Alert 2]]'' does feature ''both'', having models for what is a incorrectly-designed Grand Kremlin Palace and the cathedral. It doesn't help that when you do a Google image search for "Kremlin," what shows up most prominently [[OverlyLongGag ... is actually St. Basil's Cathedral]]. It's a shame because there are some rather nice-looking churches on the Kremlin grounds. That said, the Kremlin is a fortress. With red walls and green roofs. Cathedral of Vasily the Blessed stands just outside the Kremlin. It is a colorful temple.
** [[https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/politics/onpolitics/2017/05/18/time-magazine-cover-depicts-kremlin-overtaking-white-house/101827206/ This]] ''TimeMagazine'' anti-[[UsefulNotes/DonaldTrump Trump]] cover depicting the Kremlin overtaking TheWhiteHouse... is actually showing St. Basil's Cathedral.

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* The Kremlin in ''a a [[RunningGag great deal of American source material'' [[RunningGag ... material]] is actually St. Basil's Cathedral]].Cathedral. This is probably due to Western journalism superimposing an image of the Cathedral while announcing news relating to Russia during much of the 20th century. Perhaps ironically, ''[[VideoGame/CommandAndConquerRedAlert2 Red Alert 2]]'' ''VideoGame/CommandAndConquerRedAlert2'' does feature ''both'', having models for what is a an incorrectly-designed Grand Kremlin Palace and the cathedral. It doesn't help that when you do a Google image search for "Kremlin," what shows up most prominently [[OverlyLongGag ... is actually St. Basil's Cathedral]]. It's a shame because there are some rather nice-looking churches on the Kremlin grounds. That said, the Kremlin is a fortress. With red walls and green roofs. Cathedral of Vasily the Blessed stands just outside the Kremlin. It is a colorful temple.
** [[https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/politics/onpolitics/2017/05/18/time-magazine-cover-depicts-kremlin-overtaking-white-house/101827206/ This]] ''TimeMagazine'' ''Magazine/TimeMagazine'' anti-[[UsefulNotes/DonaldTrump Trump]] cover depicting the Kremlin overtaking TheWhiteHouse... is actually well, what do you ''think'' they're showing St. Basil's Cathedral.instead of the Kremlin?



* Ancient Greek hoplites in fiction almost invariably carry the capital L on their shields. It was indeed used as such in Ancient times, but only by the Spartans - the L stood for Lakedaimonia, the homeland of the Spartans. SymbologyResearchFailure ensues when even the Realism mod of ''VideoGame/RomeTotalWar'' has ''Athenians'' carrying this mark. Athenians, or for that matter Thebans, Argives, Megarians and citizens of nearly a thousand other states would not be caught dead carrying their mortal enemy's emblem on their shields... (For their part, most other Greek states did not have consistent shield designs, the design being generally personal to the bearer, although often inherited father-to-son. In most states, hoplites paid for their own arms and armor, including the shield; Sparta's consistent design is because Spartans were armed at the expense of the state.)

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* Ancient Greek hoplites in fiction almost invariably carry the capital L on their shields. It was indeed used as such in Ancient times, but only by the Spartans - the L stood for Lakedaimonia, the homeland of the Spartans. SymbologyResearchFailure This trope ensues when even the Realism mod of ''VideoGame/RomeTotalWar'' has ''Athenians'' carrying this mark. mark, when Athenians, or and for that matter Thebans, Argives, Megarians and citizens of nearly a thousand other ''other'' states would not never be caught dead carrying their mortal enemy's emblem on their shields... (For shields. For their part, most other Greek states did not have consistent shield designs, the design being generally personal to the bearer, although bearer (although often inherited father-to-son. In most states, father-to-son) because hoplites paid for their own arms and armor, including the shield; shield, in most states; Sparta's consistent design is because Spartans they were armed at the expense of the state.)



* ThoseWackyNazis appropriating swastikas. The swastika, previous to encounters with India and Buddhism, was already a very popular symbol in the West. It was commonly associated with, among other things [[Myth/NorseMythology Thor]], the god of thunder. In fact, the swastika is so ubiquitous in world cultures that some, including Carl Sagan, theorized that it was, in fact, based off the image of a comet seen straight on. Others have hypothesized that it represents the sun. The Nazis made the mistake of assuming it to be an Aryan symbol above all else, and proved a connection between the mythic white Aryans (real Aryans, AKA Proto-Indo-Europeans, almost certainly weren't blonde-haired, blue eyed Nordics, and resembled North Indians or Iranians[[note]]the words "Aryan" and "Iran" are cognates, incidentally[[/note]]) and the Scandinavian cultures they admired.

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* ThoseWackyNazis appropriating swastikas. The swastika, previous to encounters with India and Buddhism, was already a very popular symbol in the West. It was commonly associated with, among other things things, [[Myth/NorseMythology Thor]], the god of thunder. In fact, the swastika is so ubiquitous in world cultures that some, including Carl Sagan, theorized that it was, in fact, based off the image of a comet seen straight on. Others have hypothesized that it represents the sun. The Nazis made the mistake of assuming it to be an Aryan symbol above all else, and proved a connection between the mythic white Aryans (real Aryans, AKA Proto-Indo-Europeans, proto-Indo-Europeans, almost certainly weren't blonde-haired, blue eyed Nordics, and resembled North Indians or Iranians[[note]]the words "Aryan" and "Iran" are cognates, incidentally[[/note]]) and the Scandinavian cultures they admired.



* Often seen in tattoos or posters of [[DragonsUpTheYinYang a Yin-Yang symbol]] with [[TigerVersusDragon a tiger and Chinese dragon]] battling it out. Chances are, the dragon will be in the black part of the symbol, while the tiger will be in the white part, likely to match their colors (the tiger will ''always'' be a white tiger, in this case). This would be a mistake in Taoist philosophies, as this is quite backwards; while the tiger and dragon do indeed represent Yin and Yang, they do so ''respectively''. The ''tiger'' represents Yin (the black area), while the ''dragon'' represents Yang (the white area). Likely, the mix-up comes from Western views of dragons as evil creatures, automatically placing it in the "dark" side of the symbol, while the strong and noble ''white'' tiger is placed in the "good" side. Just remember this handy rule of thumb to keep them straight: the tiger waits in the darkness to strike at its prey, while the dragon charges forth brashly into the light of the sky. Additionally, DarkIsNotEvil and LightIsNotGood. Yin-Yang is not about Good vs. Evil, but about achieving balance between two opposing and complimentary forces. Birth (dark) must be balanced by death (light), or else populations would explode or wither away. Masculinity (light) is balanced by femininity (dark).

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* Often seen in tattoos or posters of [[DragonsUpTheYinYang a Yin-Yang symbol]] with [[TigerVersusDragon a tiger and Chinese dragon]] battling it out. Chances are, the dragon will be in the black part of the symbol, while the tiger will be in the white part, likely to match their colors (the tiger will ''always'' be a white tiger, in this case). This would be a mistake in Taoist philosophies, as this is quite backwards; while the tiger and dragon do indeed represent Yin and Yang, they do so ''respectively''. The ''tiger'' represents Yin (the black area), while the ''dragon'' represents Yang (the white area). Likely, the mix-up comes from Western views of dragons as evil creatures, automatically placing it in the "dark" side of the symbol, while the strong and noble ''white'' tiger is placed in the "good" side. Just remember this handy rule of thumb to keep them straight: the tiger waits in the darkness to strike at its prey, while the dragon charges forth brashly into the light of the sky. Additionally, DarkIsNotEvil and LightIsNotGood. Yin-Yang is not about Good vs. Evil, but about achieving balance between two opposing and complimentary forces. Birth (dark) must be balanced by death (light), or else populations would either explode or wither away. Masculinity (light) is balanced by femininity (dark).
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