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4th Dec '17 11:47:53 AM Pichu-kun
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* ''Literature/WarriorCats'': The series is terrible with colouring the cats. Different artwork depicts them with different colours. Often times this goes against the text, such as Firestar being depicted with tabby stripes and gold eyes (he's green eyed).

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* ''Literature/WarriorCats'': The series is terrible with colouring the cats. Different artwork depicts them with different colours. Often times this goes against the text, such as Firestar being depicted with tabby stripes and gold eyes (he's instead of solid colouring and green eyed).eyes.


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* The first UK edition cover for ''Literature/TheCatcherInTheRye'' (as seen on the book's page) depicts Phoebe as a dirty blonde. She's described in the text as a redhead.
26th Nov '17 1:30:57 PM Pichu-kun
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* The music video for the song "Pokerap" from the ''[[Anime/{{Pokemon}} Pokémon anime]]'' showed Poliwag when the song mentioned Poliwrath, and Geodude when it mentioned Graveler.

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* ''Anime/{{Pokemon}}'':
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The music video for the song "Pokerap" from the ''[[Anime/{{Pokemon}} Pokémon anime]]'' showed Poliwag when the song mentioned Poliwrath, and Geodude when it mentioned Graveler.



** Quite a lot of series do this, actually.



* The illustrator of the ''Literature/HarryPotter'' books draws Snape with a goatee. While he's never explicitly stated not to have facial hair, you'd think it would warrant a mention if it was present.
** They also tend to depict him as ''bald'', despite constant references to his black greasy hair.

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* The illustrator of the ''Literature/HarryPotter'' books draws Snape with a goatee. While he's never explicitly stated not to have facial hair, you'd think it would warrant a mention if it was present.
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present. They also tend to depict him as ''bald'', despite constant references to his black greasy hair.



* [[Literature/HonorHarrington Honor Harrington]] did not appear on the cover of one of her novels with correct rank insignia until ''In Enemy Hands'', the seventh book of the series. Various covers also have problems with the depictions of the ships, Nimitz, and Honor's appearance.

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* [[Literature/HonorHarrington ''Literature/HonorHarrington'': Honor Harrington]] Harrington did not appear on the cover of one of her novels with correct rank insignia until ''In Enemy Hands'', the seventh book of the series. Various covers also have problems with the depictions of the ships, Nimitz, and Honor's appearance.appearance.
* ''Literature/WarriorCats'': The series is terrible with colouring the cats. Different artwork depicts them with different colours. Often times this goes against the text, such as Firestar being depicted with tabby stripes and gold eyes (he's green eyed).
* Mufasa and Scar's father in ''Literature/TheLionKingSixNewAdventures'' has a different design in the illustrations than he does in the text. The text describes Ahadi as having a black mane and green eyes, while the illustrations depict him with a red mane and brown eyes.



* The instructions manual for ''VideoGame/SuperMarioBros2'', as well as the game's end credits showed [[ShesaManinJapan Birdo's]] description with Ostro's picture (and vice versa).
** Every single time you open a door in VideoGame/SuperMario64 the game will insist that "The door slowly opens" when in fact Mario will push it open himself. Quite quickly.

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* ''Franchise/SuperMarioBros'':
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The instructions manual for ''VideoGame/SuperMarioBros2'', as well as the game's end credits showed [[ShesaManinJapan Birdo's]] description with Ostro's picture (and vice versa).
** Every single time you open a door in VideoGame/SuperMario64 ''VideoGame/SuperMario64'' the game will insist that "The door slowly opens" when in fact Mario will push it open himself. Quite quickly.



* The 1987 ''WesternAnimation/{{Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles|1987}}'' had an unreliable colourer. Since the turtles looked pretty much identical, save their identifying colours, it wasn't uncommon to see one turtle or another being swapped out for his brother with a mask colour change. This would get particularly jarring when said turtle had to speak and inevitably did so with the wrong voice.
** Or like in one episode, Michelangelo had been captured but it didn't stop two of the turtles from wearing orange in two different shots.

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* The 1987 ''WesternAnimation/{{Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles|1987}}'' had an unreliable colourer. Since the turtles looked pretty much identical, save their identifying colours, it wasn't uncommon to see one turtle or another being swapped out for his brother with a mask colour change. This would get particularly jarring when said turtle had to speak and inevitably did so with the wrong voice.
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voice. Or like in one episode, Michelangelo had been captured but it didn't stop two of the turtles from wearing orange in two different shots.
22nd Nov '17 7:09:18 PM PaulA
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** Justified with the ''Literature/DoctorWhoNewAdventures'' novel, ''Original Sin'', which introduces the companions Chris and Roz, and has internal illustrations so readers get an idea of what they look like. For much of the book, Chris - from a future where eccentric body modification is the norm - looks like a giant teddy bear, but actually drawing him like that would run counter to the point, so he's shown in his unbeppled human form.

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** * Justified with the ''Literature/DoctorWhoNewAdventures'' novel, ''Original Sin'', ''[[Recap/DoctorWhoNewAdventuresOriginalSin Original Sin]]'', which introduces the companions Chris and Roz, and has internal illustrations so readers get an idea of what they look like. For much of the book, Chris - -- from a future where eccentric body modification is the norm - -- looks like a giant teddy bear, but actually drawing him like that would run counter to the point, so he's shown in his unbeppled human form.
29th Oct '17 10:26:50 PM BattleMaster
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** Brain rats are typically described as being completely identical to normal rats, only with powerful psionic abilities. Nearly every illustration of them depicts them with exposed brains.

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** Brain Cranium rats are typically described as being completely identical to normal rats, only with powerful psionic abilities. Nearly every illustration of them depicts them with exposed brains.


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* ''TabletopGame/BattleTech'' has suffered from this multiple times through the years. One of the most major examples was the BNC-5S Banshee in the original Technical Readout 3050: the mech is listed as mounting two Extended Range Particle Projection Cannons in its right torso, a Gauss Rifle in its left torso, and a Short-Range Missile pod in its right arm. The picture instead showed a single cannon barrel in each torso, with the SRM pod mounted next to the head and the right arm ending in another cannon instead of a hand. This matched the weapon arrangement of the BNC-3S Banshee, a variant that had appeared in an earlier book.
17th Oct '17 11:01:03 AM BrendanRizzo
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** Quite a lot of series do this, actually.
11th Jun '17 5:11:14 PM nombretomado
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** The undead Mohrg. In the text, it's a skinny corpse with a barbed tongue as the only unusual part. [[http://www.wizards.com/dnd/images/MM35_gallery/MM35_PG189b.jpg The illustration]] depicts instead a clean skeleton filled with a fleshy worm-like thing vaguely resembling an autopsy picture from ''{{X-Com}}''. Also fixed for 3.5.

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** The undead Mohrg. In the text, it's a skinny corpse with a barbed tongue as the only unusual part. [[http://www.wizards.com/dnd/images/MM35_gallery/MM35_PG189b.jpg The illustration]] depicts instead a clean skeleton filled with a fleshy worm-like thing vaguely resembling an autopsy picture from ''{{X-Com}}''.''VideoGame/XCom''. Also fixed for 3.5.
25th May '17 5:14:35 AM Morgenthaler
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* Occasionally, it seems that the illustrator didn't even bother turning the page! One well known case is ''The Lion, The Witch, and The Wardrobe'' where the page ended with a line similar to "On the window was a blue bottle" with an illustration showing that and the next page beginning with "fly." Another case from childhood literature involved a character opening a closet and out falls "a skeleton" with accurate illustration followed by the next page clarifying it with "key" although in the latter case, the story jumped around the book with "Go to page X" so the misleading illustration may have been intentional.

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* Occasionally, it seems that the illustrator didn't even bother turning the page! One well known case is ''The Lion, The Witch, and The Wardrobe'' ''Literature/TheLionTheWitchAndTheWardrobe'' where the page ended with a line similar to "On the window was a blue bottle" with an illustration showing that and the next page beginning with "fly." Another case from childhood literature involved a character opening a closet and out falls "a skeleton" with accurate illustration followed by the next page clarifying it with "key" although in the latter case, the story jumped around the book with "Go to page X" so the misleading illustration may have been intentional.
25th May '17 5:13:58 AM Morgenthaler
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* ''Literature/TheDresdenFiles'': Harry Dresden is always shown on the covers of his books with his three trademark items: his leather duster, his rune carved staff, and his fedora. Problem is, Harry doesn't wear a hat.
** This may be to obscure the model's face so readers won't associate a specific person with the character.
*** WordOfGod says that this has become something of an in-joke between the author and illustrator, with the hat on the cover becoming more prominent and detailed with each book, while inside the pages of said book Harry finds new and interesting ways to stress that he hates hats and would never wear one.

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* ''Literature/TheDresdenFiles'': Harry Dresden is always shown on the covers of his books with his three trademark items: his leather duster, his rune carved staff, and his fedora. Problem is, Harry doesn't wear a hat.
** This may be to obscure the model's face so readers won't associate a specific person with the character.
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hat. WordOfGod says that this has become something of an in-joke between the author and illustrator, with the hat on the cover becoming more prominent and detailed with each book, while inside the pages of said book Harry finds new and interesting ways to stress that he hates hats and would never wear one.
25th May '17 5:13:12 AM Morgenthaler
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* [[Literature/TheDresdenFiles Harry Dresden]] is always shown on the covers of his books with his three trademark items: his leather duster, his rune carved staff, and his fedora. Problem is, Harry doesn't wear a hat.

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* [[Literature/TheDresdenFiles ''Literature/TheDresdenFiles'': Harry Dresden]] Dresden is always shown on the covers of his books with his three trademark items: his leather duster, his rune carved staff, and his fedora. Problem is, Harry doesn't wear a hat.
25th May '17 5:12:56 AM Morgenthaler
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* The newer cover illustration of ''[[TheGreatBrain Me And My Little Brain]]'' is of Frankie smashing J.D.'s toys with a hammer. Not only does this not happen in the book, one of the toys is an airplane. The story takes place in 1897.

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* The newer cover illustration of ''[[TheGreatBrain ''[[Literature/TheGreatBrain Me And My Little Brain]]'' is of Frankie smashing J.D.'s toys with a hammer. Not only does this not happen in the book, one of the toys is an airplane. The story takes place in 1897.
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