History Main / UrbanLegendofZelda

15th May '18 1:50:01 PM DistantDreamer
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** At one time it was a pretty common rumour that completing extreme mode 10 would unlock Alessa's dress as an alternate costume. This was proven false, as completing the mode gets you nothing.

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** At one time it was a pretty common rumour that completing extreme mode 10 would unlock Alessa's dress as an alternate costume. This was proven false, as completing What you actually unlock is the mode gets you nothing.God Of Thunder outfit.
15th May '18 11:00:25 AM ScrewySqrl
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* Back in the 1980s, there were rumors surrounding the old ''VideoGame/MissileCommand'' game that [[IKnowMortalKombat the Pentagon kept track of high scorers]], in case of a real WorldWarThree.
1st May '18 9:42:11 PM nombretomado
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''[[IThoughtItMeant Please do not confuse this]] for an UrbanFantasy edition of Franchise/TheLegendOfZelda. [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IXonIgnSWIo Even if it's]] [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wCvpM6e9XIQ&t=16s an urban legend itself]].''

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''[[IThoughtItMeant ''[[JustForFun/IThoughtItMeant Please do not confuse this]] for an UrbanFantasy edition of Franchise/TheLegendOfZelda. [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IXonIgnSWIo Even if it's]] [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wCvpM6e9XIQ&t=16s an urban legend itself]].''
29th Apr '18 10:22:54 AM PeabodySam
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* WesternAnimation/WreckItRalph has an in-universe example. At the end of the movie, there's the fourth-wall breaking character in ''Hero's Duty'', [[spoiler:King Candy in ''Sugar Rush'']], the secret bonus level in ''Fix-It Felix'', the Turbo glitch in ''Road Blasters'', and possibly more, [[spoiler:if Turbo messed with any other games before he came to ''Sugar Rush''.]]

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* WesternAnimation/WreckItRalph has an in-universe example. At the end of the movie, there's the fourth-wall breaking Possibly implied by ''Disney/WreckItRalph''. Kids who go to Mr. Litwick's arcade may tell their friends about their experiences with hidden secrets and easter eggs, such as a randomly-appearing fourth wall-breaking character in ''Hero's Duty'', Duty''; a Turbo cameo in ''Road Blasters''; [[spoiler:King Candy Candy]] being a playable character in ''Sugar Rush'']], the Rush''; and a secret bonus level in ''Fix-It Felix'', the Turbo glitch in ''Road Blasters'', Felix''. While all of these are [[SubvertedTrope actually true]], they only happened within this one specific arcade. Therefore, these "hidden secrets" will surely seem like Urban Legends of Zelda to anyone who hears about them, goes to a different arcade, is unable to replicate them, and possibly more, [[spoiler:if Turbo messed with any other games before he came to ''Sugar Rush''.]]
determines that they're not actually real.
24th Apr '18 7:33:49 AM Zuxtron
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!! InUniverse examples:

* WesternAnimation/WreckItRalph has an in-universe example. At the end of the movie, there's the fourth-wall breaking character in ''Hero's Duty'', [[spoiler:King Candy in ''Sugar Rush'']], the secret bonus level in ''Fix-It Felix'', the Turbo glitch in ''Road Blasters'', and possibly more, [[spoiler:if Turbo messed with any other games before he came to ''Sugar Rush''.]]
24th Apr '18 6:52:21 AM TheMountainKing
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!!Non-Game Examples




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[[folder: Professional Wrestling]]
* For years fans believed that Wrestling/{{Goldust}} was behind the Attitude Era's caught on camera segments "GTV" to facilitate an upcoming return to the ring. In 2015, wwe.com released "[[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fuy5ZYr9V-A 5 WWE Myths Busted]]" debunking this theory and other long-believed behind-the-scenes WWE rumors. In the case of "GTV", Wrestling/VinceRusso revealed that the mastermind was actually meant to be Creator/{{MTV}}'s Tom Green, whom Russo had a friendly working relationship with behind camera.
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[[folder:Toys]]
* ''Franchise/{{Transformers}}'' has a [[http://tfwiki.net/wiki/Misconceptions_and_urban_legends_about_Transformers number]] of rumors, such as the one that there was that there was a "giant-sized" Optimus Prime figure released during the original G1 run (which was actually a Korean bootleg) and that a G1 figure or prototype was made for Unicron (which is sort of an odd combination of a misinterpretation of an Creator/OrsonWelles quote and jealous children pretending to have a toy bigger than a rival's Metroplex). A G1 toy prototype Unicron does exist, and was first publicly unveiled at the [=BotCon '96=] fan convention. [[http://tfwiki.net/wiki/File:G1toy-UnicronprotoHasbro.jpg It resembles nothing more than a blue basketball on legs,]] and is decidedly unimpressive. (A Unicron toy wasn't officially released until ''Anime/TransformersArmada'' in 2003.)
* ''Toys/{{Bionicle}}'':
** Cheap Photoshop-jobs of fake sets, often made to look like grainy pictures taken from a retailer's catalog, regularly caught on within the fandom, as have rumors of alternate builds of certain models being sold as separate sets. So when similarly fake-looking images of two supposedly Korean-exclusive Piraka combo model sets surfaced, there were many discussions on their legitimacy, especially since they were totally unknown in the Western world and their packaging also contained bad Photoshop work. These are now seen as real, since Korea tends to release their own multi-packs. Legit leaks of the line's unexpected 2015 reboot were also initially dismissed for this reason.
** The same thing surfaced with the 2015 reboot, with claims of new Toa (including a new version of fan-favorite Takanuva), the return of the bohrok, and more showing up in the same grainy, out-of-focus manner as the originals. One that got dismissed as fake, ironically, was an ultimately cancelled Makuta set, which appears to have been planned for the series' third and final arc before being CutShort.
** Voriki, the "Seventh Toa", was a fan-made character created for a 2001 contest using recolored official artwork with a mask and a weapon obviously edited in Photoshop. Despite this, many fans believed him to be official, though the release of a canonical Seventh Toa in 2003 dispelled all rumors. Voriki has since become a celebrity of sorts among the fandom's original characters, and some have even made custom models of him with painted and 3D-printed parts.
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* ''Webcomic/{{xkcd}}'' has an InUniverse example in #978: "Citogenesis", which shows a character posting a made-up fact on Wikipedia, a reporter in a rush using Wikipedia as his source for a news article, and then Wikipedia editors using the news article as a citation for the fake fact.
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[[folder:Western Animation]]
* A rumor was started for ''WesternAnimation/SouthParkBiggerLongerAndUncut'' about a deleted character named "Flower" who allegedly sends herself to Hell to let Kenny be freed in the end. While some fan wikis still circulate it and believe it to be true, it was actually based off of a fake "deleted scene" theory made by a fan [[http://web.archive.org/web/20050207225855/http://fruitbowl.spcomplete.com/Spy.html to "fill in the gap" of how Kenny could wind up in Heaven at the end of the film.]] The same fan site had come up with [[http://web.archive.org/web/20050204225318/http://fruitbowl.spcomplete.com/solved.html other]] [[http://web.archive.org/web/20050204222612/http://fruitbowl.spcomplete.com/Consp.html similarly wild fanon theories]] to explain the presence of commonly reused background characters in both the series and film. In the end, it could be best summarized as someone's Wild Mass Guess that was taken a little too seriously by portions of the fanbase.
* The 1980s ''WesternAnimation/DungeonsAndDragons'' TV cartoon series is subject to a famous urban legend to the effect that the final episode (often reportedly never broadcast, although some people have claimed to have seen it on TV) reveals that the characters were actually [[DeadAllAlong killed in a roller-coaster accident]] and that the setting is Hell. The writer of the actual unmade GrandFinale, Michael Reeves, has denied this and placed his script for the episode online to prove it. (His script ends with the kids considering after being offered a [[AmbiguousEnding choice]] whether to go back to Earth or [[IChooseToStay continue]] fighting evil in the D&D world.)
* ''WesternAnimation/EdEddNEddy'' has one involving a MissingEpisode known as "Special Ed," formed by an apparent hack on the creator's own website and editing an interview to add it. To this date there is still no more information known about this episode other than its title and it being removed for being "too real," and it still isn't fully confirmed nor denied if that was a hack or Danny Antonucci's actual words. Fans also believe that the episode was about Ed being in special education however that is simply speculation. The characters didn't finish summer vacation until a few seasons after the interview.
* Some ''WesternAnimation/SanjayAndCraig'' fans were convinced by a long-gone Wikipedia edit that a character named Satine would be featured as Craig's love interest in an episode called "Snake In Love"; the rumor somewhat died down after the final 7 episodes were revealed, but Satine is still treated as an actual character in some circles.
* For a while, there were a couple of people spreading news of a ''WesternAnimation/TransformersPrime'' movie called "''Powerful Alliances''" that was to come out in '15, creating a Wikipedia article and [=IMDb=] entry for it, and spreading bogus rumors on other sites. It was basically a bunch of fans trying to pass off their "dream ''TF'' movie" as real. Although everything about it screams fake, especially the amazingly FanWank-y cast list, not to mention that the supposed voice actors themselves said they haven't heard of such a project, the rumor became very persistent. After the Wiki and [=IMDb=] pages were deleted, another rumor started, claiming that it's been canceled, instead of not being real in the first place.
* Similarly, sometime in 2006, someone made a Wikipedia entry for a ''WesternAnimation/FostersHomeForImaginaryFriends'' BigDamnMovie called "Journey to The Imaginary World" or something to that effect. It involved Mac and Bloo discovering a door to a parallel universe and going inside to find oddities like a green version of Wilt. Unlike the ''Transformers'' example, this one didn't stick, but it became HilariousInHindsight when a similar plot was used for the MadeForTVMovie ''Destination Imagination''.
* There's a rumor amongst ''WesternAnimation/AsToldByGinger'' fans that Courtney was meant to confess to Ginger that she loves her near the end. Ginger [[IncompatibleOrientation doesn't feel the same]] and softly turns her down, letting Courtney move on with her life accepting she's gay. It's said Nick [[HideYourLesbians refused]] the plot, and they replaced it with the final ending. Alas, no one seems to have any concrete proof to where this rumor originates. It was apparently said at a convention in the 2000s however it's unknown if that's accurate or not.
* ''Go Go Gadgetinis'' was allegedly the DarkerAndEdgier [[NoExportForYou UK-only]] sequel series to ''WesternAnimation/GadgetAndTheGadgetinis'', despite fan claims that it was real, there is no evidence to prove it. It is rumored that whoever holds control over this long running hoax maintains several dozen accounts throughout the web, including information sites and art galleries, all under different or similar names. All information draws back to the member "Axel Alloy", a member fairly well known on Website/DeviantArt, and the acclaimed voice actor herself. She holds several accounts online, specifically art galleries where her style is easily decipherable.
* There is not a ''WesternAnimation/{{Gargoyles}}'' movie in production, but the constant faked screencaps and articles seem to refuse to let it go. You'd think they would have caught on by now when the first news of it came out [[SchmuckBait April 1, 2014.]]
* There is a screenshot of a ''WesternAnimation/GravityFalls'' episode circulating around the internet that shows Dipper and Mabel with [[Franchise/TheSlenderManMythos the Slender Man]] watching from behind. The screenshot is actually fake; viewing the episode itself yields no Slender Man.
* ''WesternAnimation/TheLegendOfKorra''
** During the initial airing of the first season, there was a nasty rumor that Amon would reveal himself as a somehow-alive [[WesternAnimation/AvatarTheLastAirbender Aang]], fueled by a [[http://i.imgur.com/WLDKl.jpg very convincing photo]] of a supposed upcoming episode airing early in a foreign country. This was easier to believe because the last episodes of ''WesternAnimation/AvatarTheLastAirbender'' actually did air early in foreign countries and had their plot points leaked to the west [[HilariousInHindsight (the same thing would later really happen to]] ''[[HilariousInHindsight Korra]]'' [[HilariousInHindsight during its third season)]]. In "Skeletons in the Closet," much to many a fan's relief, Amon's identity was revealed as [[StrangerBehindTheMask someone completely different]].
** Similar to the young Albus Severus rumor in ''Franchise/HarryPotter,'' a lot of people seem to believe that the young Amon seen in "Skeletons in the Closet" is voiced by Zach Tyler Eisen, the voice of Aang in ''WesternAnimation/AvatarTheLastAirbender'' who went under the radar after the show ended. It's actually Jack Bertrand.
** Prior to the airing of [[RuleOfThree "Skeletons in the Closet"]], the episode was widely believed to focus on Zuko's life after the Hundred Year War through flashbacks. This misconception was birthed from the early info that Zuko's voice actor, Creator/DanteBasco, would return for the episode. He did, but only to voice General Iroh II, Zuko's grandson.
* ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons'':
** There have been rumors that ''The Simpsons'' is going through a permanent TimeSkip where the characters have permanently aged and the children remain all grown up, and that the entire series is definitely planned to end, with a final episode coming soon.
** There's a false rumor that a gag on the show about Butterfinger being terrible got Nestlé to pull their sponsorship. Actually, they waited until their contract with Nestlé had expired before using the gag.
* ''WesternAnimation/ThomasTheTankEngine'':
** There are debates about whether or not a [[http://ttte.wikia.com/wiki/The_Marklin_Engine stock Marklin engine]] can be seen in certain Series 1 episodes.
** Whether or not any footage from the pilot made it into the broadcast version of “Down the Mine”.
** Based on some publicity photos, there was some speculation that there is a lost Series 2 episode called "The Missing Coach", adapted from the first half of ''[[Literature/TheRailwaySeries The Twin Engines]]''. An interview with David Mitton later [[WordOfGod confirmed]] that while certain scenes were filmed based on those stories, the episode was never finished because they worried the plot point of twins Donald and Douglas switching tenders would be too confusing. Now the speculation has shifted to [[http://thesifblog.blogspot.co.uk/2012/04/what-replaced-missing-coach.html which Series 2 episode replaced it]].
** For a while there were rumors that a full model of Flying Scotsman was built for Series 3's "Tender Engines", but the model was damaged and only the tenders make an appearance. In reality, budget restraints prevented the crew from building a full model.
** There are numerous rumors about ''WesternAnimation/ThomasAndTheMagicRailroad'', largely due to its TroubledProduction:
*** The nature of cut villain P.T. Boomer. Originally he was only known from a MissingTrailerScene and brief mentions in a tie-in product. One rumor was that he would try to tear down Shining Time Station to build a highway, and some sources corrupted his name as "Pete Boom". A lot of these misconceptions were cleared up once the screenplay was found.
*** Whether or not scenes from the script including George the steamroller and Cranky the crane were ever filmed.
*** The existence of a finished "director's cut" from before the film was re-edited.
** Nearly every new series is preceded with rumors of a [[ChuckCunninghamSyndrome long lost character or location]] reappearing. On rare occasions, these are correct. However, after Andrew Brenner became the head writer and started consciously including older characters, the rumors became even more plausible.
** [[https://www.reddit.com/r/answers/comments/51170m/does_anybody_remember_that_thomas_the_tank_engine/ According to a Reddit user]], he said that he remembered seeing an earlier ''Thomas the Tank Engine'' film when he was a kid. He mentioned that the film was similar to ''Thomas and the Magic Railroad'' and had the 80's version of the song "The Locomotion" at the end of the film. It is unknown if this film is true or not, but it did sound like he was telling the truth. If this film is true, than it might've fallen into obscurity and might've been easily forgotten.
* The episode "Pigeon Man" of ''WesternAnimation/HeyArnold'' is rumoured to have been intended to have the eponymous Pigeon jump to his death after finding his home destroyed by kids, but Nickelodeon forced the writers to change it because they feared it was too depressing. Show creator Craig Bartlett repeatedly debunked this, as they never intended Pigeon Man to commit suicide. Another rumour is the Pigeon Man flying away with his pigeons actually being suicide, which is likewise false for both the previous reason and his appearance in the sequel movie ''The Jungle Movie''.
* There was a long-standing rumour (included for a while on this very site's page on the show) that ''WesternAnimation/TheFonzAndTheHappyDaysGang'' was originally developed as an AnimatedAdaptation of ''Series/DoctorWho'', and that when negotiations with the BBC fell through, Creator/HannaBarbera threw in the ''Happy Days'' characters and created Cupcake and Mr. Cool as [[CaptainErsatz Captains Ersatzes]] for the Doctor and K-9. Eventually, the show's main writer [[http://www.cbr.com/tv-legends-revealed-was-doctor-who-replaced-in-a-cartoon-by-fonzie/ denied it when asked]], saying that the time travel concept was invented simply to make the show distinct from the original live-action series, and that he didn't think that Hanna and Barbera had even heard of ''Doctor Who''.
* There's a rumor that for one of Creator/WaltDisney's birthdays, two Disney animators drew a short of WesternAnimation/MickeyMouse and WesternAnimation/MinnieMouse (or alternatively, Snow White and other Disney characters, usually the dwarfs) having sex. According to the story, Walt laughed, asked who made it, immediately fired both of them, and then ordered all copies burned. Whether the story is true or not is hard to figure out. Its source has been dismissed by many Disney historians and it's highly unlikely the short will ever resurface, if it ever existed at all.
* ''WesternAnimation/PhineasAndFerb'':
** There was a very popular theory that the show was really based off the ramblings [[TheSchizophreniaConspiracy of a schizophrenic little girl]] and what she wrote in her diary, which was found after she killed herself. It got to the point where both creators had to debunk it themselves, and even made a joke or two about it on Twitter.
** An older one, in the same vein of the previous one, said there was an interview where the creators confessed that Candace was based off of Candace Newmaker, a young girl accidentally murdered in a 'rebirth session.' Considering the lack of proof of the interview existing anywhere, and that the show was still being pitched before the accident, this one was sort of obvious.
** Another infamous theory claimed that Doofenshmirtz was Phineas and Candace's biological father, and there was a lost/cancelled episode that confirmed it. This theory was, too, stated to be false by the creators.
* Some time around 2013-2014, someone edited the Italian Wikipedia page for ''WesternAnimation/BabyLooneyTunes'' to mention the existence of two unaired episodes that are ''way'' DarkerAndEdgier than the remainder of the show featuring Zeno, Sylvester's EvilTwin who wants to kill his brother in his desire to TakeOverTheWorld. The page for the character was a blatant copypaste of the description for [[Manga/ZatchBell a completely different character]] [[NamesTheSame sharing that name]] and the fact that it clearly mentions that MoralGuardians banned the episode only in Italy when there is no proof of such an episode existing in any language made the hoax obvious.
* Another Wikipedia edit around the same time (though, on the American English Wikipedia) had someone claim there were more episodes of ''WesternAnimation/GarfieldAndFriends'' with Jon's [[CanonForeigner (created for the series)]] niece Sharon in them, and that she was removed from the series in the later seasons and had her episodes edited [[TheScrappy because nobody liked her.]] Asides from this being a potential slam at ''WesternAnimation/PinkyElmyraAndTheBrain'', it would be borderline impossible to cut her out of certain episodes ''where she was the main protagonist alongside Garfield'', and many of these episodes she was in [[TransplantedCharacterFic simply had her taking the place of Jon or Odie themselves in the 'edits'.]] Again, kinda obvious.
* Around the first airing of the ''WesternAnimation/StevenUniverse'' episode "Message Received", a screenshot from a Cartoon Network airing allegedly showed credits from a future episode featuring Jade, Garnet and Peridot's fusion. Such screenshot was soon revealed as fake.
* A number of episode guides and wikis for ''WesternAnimation/PBAndJOtter'' assert that there was going to be a TV-movie length installment titled ''PB&J Otter and the Legend of Snaildarter'' to wrap up the series. However, given that there are no other sources, and no known concept artwork or script material available from this, it may very well be made up.
* The ''[[WesternAnimation/TheMightyB Mighty B]]'' Wiki lists a non-existent DVD and Blu-ray titled ''Stuffed Happens'', supposedly released by Shout! Factory. Shout! Factory has never released the series, nor have they ever released a Blu-ray for any Nickelodeon show.
* There was a rumor that the original airing of the ''WesternAnimation/SpongeBobSquarePants'' episode [[Recap/SpongeBobSquarePantsS1E13ScaredyPantsIWasaTeenageGary "I Was A Teenage Gary"]] contained a scene that depicted Squidward turning into a snail that was cut from later airings. An awkwardly placed transition that happens after Squidward gets injected with the snail plasma which then immediately cuts to Gary, [=SpongeBob=], and Squidward on the fence as snails was often used as evidence that a scene was cut. However, [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cSH1jHvgX6Y a recording of the original airing]] debunked this rumor. It was also rumored that the Polish dub still contained this scene, [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aiu4ODTEnlk which was also debunked]].
* It was once claimed that ''WesternAnimation/HappyMonsterBand'' would premiere a third season in 2014. However, given that the show aired from 2007 to 2008, and that there are no screencaps of any Season 3 episodes, it's likely fake; didn't stop someone from making [=IMDb=] descriptions for the fake season's episodes, though.
* There is a notorious urban legend to the effect that the classic British children's pirate cartoon series ''Captain Pugwash'' had characters whose names were offensive sexual puns of the HelloSailor variety. In the early 1990s, the show's creator won libel damages from two British newspapers for repeating the legend. Comedian Creator/VictorLewisSmith has claimed that he started the legend in a comedy routine, although other people claim to have heard it much earlier.
* There is a long-running rumor that there were plans in the early 90's to make an ''Franchise/{{Alien}}'' animated series titled ''Operation: Aliens'' which supposedly had a pilot produced before being scrapped, based on a set of animation frames uploaded on a long-defunct Korean website. In 2018, the director and producer of the animation put up a storyboard on eBay and [[https://web.archive.org/web/20180404032524/https://www.ebay.com/itm/-/362286068516?roken=cUgayN&soutkn=QN2XXX explained]] in the description that such a series never existed and that the animation was actually for three toy commercials, which ended up being unused afer the producer of the live-action portion of said commercials found a better technique to film the toys and opted to use that instead.
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* The UsefulNotes/MacysThanksgivingDayParade has been rife with rumors about balloons/floats/etc. that are set to be "featured" in forthcoming editions.
** Case in point: in the earliest days of January 2015, [[TheWikiRule the parade's Wiki]] made a page announcing that a new ComicStrip/{{Garfield}} balloon would debut in the 2015 parade... just barely over a month after the ''last'' parade had happened, at a time when only the marching bands that would perform were known.[[note]]They're always selected a year in advance.[[/note]] Information about new franchises to be represented in the parade generally starts to bubble during the summer, and gradually increases over the year until Thanksgiving month, when all of the elements come together. It's unlikely that Garfield will return to the parade.[[note]]However, this didn't stop Macy's from resurrecting their Sinclair Dinosaur balloon for the 2015 parade after a 39-year absence.[[/note]]
** Another article, surprisingly from an [[http://nestfullofnew.com/guide-2015-macys-thanksgiving-day-parade/ established site,]] reported that, among other things, there would be balloons based on VideoGame/AngryBirds, [[Franchise/SuperMarioBros Mario]], [[Franchise/{{Transformers}} Optimus Prime]], and [[Franchise/StarWars R2-D2]], plus floats themed around [[Ride/DisneyThemeParks Disneyland]]'s [[MilestoneCelebration 60th Anniversary]] and ''WesternAnimation/{{Minions}}'', in the 2015 parade. Of all of these, only the Angry Birds balloon was confirmed, as the other balloons were debunked via a [[https://d13yacurqjgara.cloudfront.net/users/215543/screenshots/2239465/ed-31_final_little_1x.jpg leaked promo picture.]]
* One time, a Wikipedia user edited Creator/HalleBerry's page with a quote saying something like "this new album will show people I can do more than act". This caused many news sites to erroneously report that Berry was to record a pop album, which forced Berry herself (who has no plans to become a singer) to {{joss|ed}} these rumors.
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[[folder: Professional Wrestling]]
* For years fans believed that Wrestling/{{Goldust}} was behind the Attitude Era's caught on camera segments "GTV" to facilitate an upcoming return to the ring. In 2015, wwe.com released "[[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fuy5ZYr9V-A 5 WWE Myths Busted]]" debunking this theory and other long-believed behind-the-scenes WWE rumors. In the case of "GTV", Wrestling/VinceRusso revealed that the mastermind was actually meant to be Creator/{{MTV}}'s Tom Green, whom Russo had a friendly working relationship with behind camera.
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[[folder:Toys]]
* ''Franchise/{{Transformers}}'' has a [[http://tfwiki.net/wiki/Misconceptions_and_urban_legends_about_Transformers number]] of rumors, such as the one that there was that there was a "giant-sized" Optimus Prime figure released during the original G1 run (which was actually a Korean bootleg) and that a G1 figure or prototype was made for Unicron (which is sort of an odd combination of a misinterpretation of an Creator/OrsonWelles quote and jealous children pretending to have a toy bigger than a rival's Metroplex). A G1 toy prototype Unicron does exist, and was first publicly unveiled at the [=BotCon '96=] fan convention. [[http://tfwiki.net/wiki/File:G1toy-UnicronprotoHasbro.jpg It resembles nothing more than a blue basketball on legs,]] and is decidedly unimpressive. (A Unicron toy wasn't officially released until ''Anime/TransformersArmada'' in 2003.)
* ''Toys/{{Bionicle}}'':
** Cheap Photoshop-jobs of fake sets, often made to look like grainy pictures taken from a retailer's catalog, regularly caught on within the fandom, as have rumors of alternate builds of certain models being sold as separate sets. So when similarly fake-looking images of two supposedly Korean-exclusive Piraka combo model sets surfaced, there were many discussions on their legitimacy, especially since they were totally unknown in the Western world and their packaging also contained bad Photoshop work. These are now seen as real, since Korea tends to release their own multi-packs. Legit leaks of the line's unexpected 2015 reboot were also initially dismissed for this reason.
** The same thing surfaced with the 2015 reboot, with claims of new Toa (including a new version of fan-favorite Takanuva), the return of the bohrok, and more showing up in the same grainy, out-of-focus manner as the originals. One that got dismissed as fake, ironically, was an ultimately cancelled Makuta set, which appears to have been planned for the series' third and final arc before being CutShort.
** Voriki, the "Seventh Toa", was a fan-made character created for a 2001 contest using recolored official artwork with a mask and a weapon obviously edited in Photoshop. Despite this, many fans believed him to be official, though the release of a canonical Seventh Toa in 2003 dispelled all rumors. Voriki has since become a celebrity of sorts among the fandom's original characters, and some have even made custom models of him with painted and 3D-printed parts.
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[[folder:Webcomics]]
* ''Webcomic/{{xkcd}}'' has an InUniverse example in #978: "Citogenesis", which shows a character posting a made-up fact on Wikipedia, a reporter in a rush using Wikipedia as his source for a news article, and then Wikipedia editors using the news article as a citation for the fake fact.
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[[folder:Western Animation]]
* A rumor was started for ''WesternAnimation/SouthParkBiggerLongerAndUncut'' about a deleted character named "Flower" who allegedly sends herself to Hell to let Kenny be freed in the end. While some fan wikis still circulate it and believe it to be true, it was actually based off of a fake "deleted scene" theory made by a fan [[http://web.archive.org/web/20050207225855/http://fruitbowl.spcomplete.com/Spy.html to "fill in the gap" of how Kenny could wind up in Heaven at the end of the film.]] The same fan site had come up with [[http://web.archive.org/web/20050204225318/http://fruitbowl.spcomplete.com/solved.html other]] [[http://web.archive.org/web/20050204222612/http://fruitbowl.spcomplete.com/Consp.html similarly wild fanon theories]] to explain the presence of commonly reused background characters in both the series and film. In the end, it could be best summarized as someone's Wild Mass Guess that was taken a little too seriously by portions of the fanbase.
* The 1980s ''WesternAnimation/DungeonsAndDragons'' TV cartoon series is subject to a famous urban legend to the effect that the final episode (often reportedly never broadcast, although some people have claimed to have seen it on TV) reveals that the characters were actually [[DeadAllAlong killed in a roller-coaster accident]] and that the setting is Hell. The writer of the actual unmade GrandFinale, Michael Reeves, has denied this and placed his script for the episode online to prove it. (His script ends with the kids considering after being offered a [[AmbiguousEnding choice]] whether to go back to Earth or [[IChooseToStay continue]] fighting evil in the D&D world.)
* ''WesternAnimation/EdEddNEddy'' has one involving a MissingEpisode known as "Special Ed," formed by an apparent hack on the creator's own website and editing an interview to add it. To this date there is still no more information known about this episode other than its title and it being removed for being "too real," and it still isn't fully confirmed nor denied if that was a hack or Danny Antonucci's actual words. Fans also believe that the episode was about Ed being in special education however that is simply speculation. The characters didn't finish summer vacation until a few seasons after the interview.
* Some ''WesternAnimation/SanjayAndCraig'' fans were convinced by a long-gone Wikipedia edit that a character named Satine would be featured as Craig's love interest in an episode called "Snake In Love"; the rumor somewhat died down after the final 7 episodes were revealed, but Satine is still treated as an actual character in some circles.
* For a while, there were a couple of people spreading news of a ''WesternAnimation/TransformersPrime'' movie called "''Powerful Alliances''" that was to come out in '15, creating a Wikipedia article and [=IMDb=] entry for it, and spreading bogus rumors on other sites. It was basically a bunch of fans trying to pass off their "dream ''TF'' movie" as real. Although everything about it screams fake, especially the amazingly FanWank-y cast list, not to mention that the supposed voice actors themselves said they haven't heard of such a project, the rumor became very persistent. After the Wiki and [=IMDb=] pages were deleted, another rumor started, claiming that it's been canceled, instead of not being real in the first place.
* Similarly, sometime in 2006, someone made a Wikipedia entry for a ''WesternAnimation/FostersHomeForImaginaryFriends'' BigDamnMovie called "Journey to The Imaginary World" or something to that effect. It involved Mac and Bloo discovering a door to a parallel universe and going inside to find oddities like a green version of Wilt. Unlike the ''Transformers'' example, this one didn't stick, but it became HilariousInHindsight when a similar plot was used for the MadeForTVMovie ''Destination Imagination''.
* There's a rumor amongst ''WesternAnimation/AsToldByGinger'' fans that Courtney was meant to confess to Ginger that she loves her near the end. Ginger [[IncompatibleOrientation doesn't feel the same]] and softly turns her down, letting Courtney move on with her life accepting she's gay. It's said Nick [[HideYourLesbians refused]] the plot, and they replaced it with the final ending. Alas, no one seems to have any concrete proof to where this rumor originates. It was apparently said at a convention in the 2000s however it's unknown if that's accurate or not.
* ''Go Go Gadgetinis'' was allegedly the DarkerAndEdgier [[NoExportForYou UK-only]] sequel series to ''WesternAnimation/GadgetAndTheGadgetinis'', despite fan claims that it was real, there is no evidence to prove it. It is rumored that whoever holds control over this long running hoax maintains several dozen accounts throughout the web, including information sites and art galleries, all under different or similar names. All information draws back to the member "Axel Alloy", a member fairly well known on Website/DeviantArt, and the acclaimed voice actor herself. She holds several accounts online, specifically art galleries where her style is easily decipherable.
* There is not a ''WesternAnimation/{{Gargoyles}}'' movie in production, but the constant faked screencaps and articles seem to refuse to let it go. You'd think they would have caught on by now when the first news of it came out [[SchmuckBait April 1, 2014.]]
* There is a screenshot of a ''WesternAnimation/GravityFalls'' episode circulating around the internet that shows Dipper and Mabel with [[Franchise/TheSlenderManMythos the Slender Man]] watching from behind. The screenshot is actually fake; viewing the episode itself yields no Slender Man.
* ''WesternAnimation/TheLegendOfKorra''
** During the initial airing of the first season, there was a nasty rumor that Amon would reveal himself as a somehow-alive [[WesternAnimation/AvatarTheLastAirbender Aang]], fueled by a [[http://i.imgur.com/WLDKl.jpg very convincing photo]] of a supposed upcoming episode airing early in a foreign country. This was easier to believe because the last episodes of ''WesternAnimation/AvatarTheLastAirbender'' actually did air early in foreign countries and had their plot points leaked to the west [[HilariousInHindsight (the same thing would later really happen to]] ''[[HilariousInHindsight Korra]]'' [[HilariousInHindsight during its third season)]]. In "Skeletons in the Closet," much to many a fan's relief, Amon's identity was revealed as [[StrangerBehindTheMask someone completely different]].
** Similar to the young Albus Severus rumor in ''Franchise/HarryPotter,'' a lot of people seem to believe that the young Amon seen in "Skeletons in the Closet" is voiced by Zach Tyler Eisen, the voice of Aang in ''WesternAnimation/AvatarTheLastAirbender'' who went under the radar after the show ended. It's actually Jack Bertrand.
** Prior to the airing of [[RuleOfThree "Skeletons in the Closet"]], the episode was widely believed to focus on Zuko's life after the Hundred Year War through flashbacks. This misconception was birthed from the early info that Zuko's voice actor, Creator/DanteBasco, would return for the episode. He did, but only to voice General Iroh II, Zuko's grandson.
* ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons'':
** There have been rumors that ''The Simpsons'' is going through a permanent TimeSkip where the characters have permanently aged and the children remain all grown up, and that the entire series is definitely planned to end, with a final episode coming soon.
** There's a false rumor that a gag on the show about Butterfinger being terrible got Nestlé to pull their sponsorship. Actually, they waited until their contract with Nestlé had expired before using the gag.
* ''WesternAnimation/ThomasTheTankEngine'':
** There are debates about whether or not a [[http://ttte.wikia.com/wiki/The_Marklin_Engine stock Marklin engine]] can be seen in certain Series 1 episodes.
** Whether or not any footage from the pilot made it into the broadcast version of “Down the Mine”.
** Based on some publicity photos, there was some speculation that there is a lost Series 2 episode called "The Missing Coach", adapted from the first half of ''[[Literature/TheRailwaySeries The Twin Engines]]''. An interview with David Mitton later [[WordOfGod confirmed]] that while certain scenes were filmed based on those stories, the episode was never finished because they worried the plot point of twins Donald and Douglas switching tenders would be too confusing. Now the speculation has shifted to [[http://thesifblog.blogspot.co.uk/2012/04/what-replaced-missing-coach.html which Series 2 episode replaced it]].
** For a while there were rumors that a full model of Flying Scotsman was built for Series 3's "Tender Engines", but the model was damaged and only the tenders make an appearance. In reality, budget restraints prevented the crew from building a full model.
** There are numerous rumors about ''WesternAnimation/ThomasAndTheMagicRailroad'', largely due to its TroubledProduction:
*** The nature of cut villain P.T. Boomer. Originally he was only known from a MissingTrailerScene and brief mentions in a tie-in product. One rumor was that he would try to tear down Shining Time Station to build a highway, and some sources corrupted his name as "Pete Boom". A lot of these misconceptions were cleared up once the screenplay was found.
*** Whether or not scenes from the script including George the steamroller and Cranky the crane were ever filmed.
*** The existence of a finished "director's cut" from before the film was re-edited.
** Nearly every new series is preceded with rumors of a [[ChuckCunninghamSyndrome long lost character or location]] reappearing. On rare occasions, these are correct. However, after Andrew Brenner became the head writer and started consciously including older characters, the rumors became even more plausible.
** [[https://www.reddit.com/r/answers/comments/51170m/does_anybody_remember_that_thomas_the_tank_engine/ According to a Reddit user]], he said that he remembered seeing an earlier ''Thomas the Tank Engine'' film when he was a kid. He mentioned that the film was similar to ''Thomas and the Magic Railroad'' and had the 80's version of the song "The Locomotion" at the end of the film. It is unknown if this film is true or not, but it did sound like he was telling the truth. If this film is true, than it might've fallen into obscurity and might've been easily forgotten.
* The episode "Pigeon Man" of ''WesternAnimation/HeyArnold'' is rumoured to have been intended to have the eponymous Pigeon jump to his death after finding his home destroyed by kids, but Nickelodeon forced the writers to change it because they feared it was too depressing. Show creator Craig Bartlett repeatedly debunked this, as they never intended Pigeon Man to commit suicide. Another rumour is the Pigeon Man flying away with his pigeons actually being suicide, which is likewise false for both the previous reason and his appearance in the sequel movie ''The Jungle Movie''.
* There was a long-standing rumour (included for a while on this very site's page on the show) that ''WesternAnimation/TheFonzAndTheHappyDaysGang'' was originally developed as an AnimatedAdaptation of ''Series/DoctorWho'', and that when negotiations with the BBC fell through, Creator/HannaBarbera threw in the ''Happy Days'' characters and created Cupcake and Mr. Cool as [[CaptainErsatz Captains Ersatzes]] for the Doctor and K-9. Eventually, the show's main writer [[http://www.cbr.com/tv-legends-revealed-was-doctor-who-replaced-in-a-cartoon-by-fonzie/ denied it when asked]], saying that the time travel concept was invented simply to make the show distinct from the original live-action series, and that he didn't think that Hanna and Barbera had even heard of ''Doctor Who''.
* There's a rumor that for one of Creator/WaltDisney's birthdays, two Disney animators drew a short of WesternAnimation/MickeyMouse and WesternAnimation/MinnieMouse (or alternatively, Snow White and other Disney characters, usually the dwarfs) having sex. According to the story, Walt laughed, asked who made it, immediately fired both of them, and then ordered all copies burned. Whether the story is true or not is hard to figure out. Its source has been dismissed by many Disney historians and it's highly unlikely the short will ever resurface, if it ever existed at all.
* ''WesternAnimation/PhineasAndFerb'':
** There was a very popular theory that the show was really based off the ramblings [[TheSchizophreniaConspiracy of a schizophrenic little girl]] and what she wrote in her diary, which was found after she killed herself. It got to the point where both creators had to debunk it themselves, and even made a joke or two about it on Twitter.
** An older one, in the same vein of the previous one, said there was an interview where the creators confessed that Candace was based off of Candace Newmaker, a young girl accidentally murdered in a 'rebirth session.' Considering the lack of proof of the interview existing anywhere, and that the show was still being pitched before the accident, this one was sort of obvious.
** Another infamous theory claimed that Doofenshmirtz was Phineas and Candace's biological father, and there was a lost/cancelled episode that confirmed it. This theory was, too, stated to be false by the creators.
* Some time around 2013-2014, someone edited the Italian Wikipedia page for ''WesternAnimation/BabyLooneyTunes'' to mention the existence of two unaired episodes that are ''way'' DarkerAndEdgier than the remainder of the show featuring Zeno, Sylvester's EvilTwin who wants to kill his brother in his desire to TakeOverTheWorld. The page for the character was a blatant copypaste of the description for [[Manga/ZatchBell a completely different character]] [[NamesTheSame sharing that name]] and the fact that it clearly mentions that MoralGuardians banned the episode only in Italy when there is no proof of such an episode existing in any language made the hoax obvious.
* Another Wikipedia edit around the same time (though, on the American English Wikipedia) had someone claim there were more episodes of ''WesternAnimation/GarfieldAndFriends'' with Jon's [[CanonForeigner (created for the series)]] niece Sharon in them, and that she was removed from the series in the later seasons and had her episodes edited [[TheScrappy because nobody liked her.]] Asides from this being a potential slam at ''WesternAnimation/PinkyElmyraAndTheBrain'', it would be borderline impossible to cut her out of certain episodes ''where she was the main protagonist alongside Garfield'', and many of these episodes she was in [[TransplantedCharacterFic simply had her taking the place of Jon or Odie themselves in the 'edits'.]] Again, kinda obvious.
* Around the first airing of the ''WesternAnimation/StevenUniverse'' episode "Message Received", a screenshot from a Cartoon Network airing allegedly showed credits from a future episode featuring Jade, Garnet and Peridot's fusion. Such screenshot was soon revealed as fake.
* A number of episode guides and wikis for ''WesternAnimation/PBAndJOtter'' assert that there was going to be a TV-movie length installment titled ''PB&J Otter and the Legend of Snaildarter'' to wrap up the series. However, given that there are no other sources, and no known concept artwork or script material available from this, it may very well be made up.
* The ''[[WesternAnimation/TheMightyB Mighty B]]'' Wiki lists a non-existent DVD and Blu-ray titled ''Stuffed Happens'', supposedly released by Shout! Factory. Shout! Factory has never released the series, nor have they ever released a Blu-ray for any Nickelodeon show.
* There was a rumor that the original airing of the ''WesternAnimation/SpongeBobSquarePants'' episode [[Recap/SpongeBobSquarePantsS1E13ScaredyPantsIWasaTeenageGary "I Was A Teenage Gary"]] contained a scene that depicted Squidward turning into a snail that was cut from later airings. An awkwardly placed transition that happens after Squidward gets injected with the snail plasma which then immediately cuts to Gary, [=SpongeBob=], and Squidward on the fence as snails was often used as evidence that a scene was cut. However, [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cSH1jHvgX6Y a recording of the original airing]] debunked this rumor. It was also rumored that the Polish dub still contained this scene, [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aiu4ODTEnlk which was also debunked]].
* It was once claimed that ''WesternAnimation/HappyMonsterBand'' would premiere a third season in 2014. However, given that the show aired from 2007 to 2008, and that there are no screencaps of any Season 3 episodes, it's likely fake; didn't stop someone from making [=IMDb=] descriptions for the fake season's episodes, though.
* There is a notorious urban legend to the effect that the classic British children's pirate cartoon series ''Captain Pugwash'' had characters whose names were offensive sexual puns of the HelloSailor variety. In the early 1990s, the show's creator won libel damages from two British newspapers for repeating the legend. Comedian Creator/VictorLewisSmith has claimed that he started the legend in a comedy routine, although other people claim to have heard it much earlier.
* There is a long-running rumor that there were plans in the early 90's to make an ''Franchise/{{Alien}}'' animated series titled ''Operation: Aliens'' which supposedly had a pilot produced before being scrapped, based on a set of animation frames uploaded on a long-defunct Korean website. In 2018, the director and producer of the animation put up a storyboard on eBay and [[https://web.archive.org/web/20180404032524/https://www.ebay.com/itm/-/362286068516?roken=cUgayN&soutkn=QN2XXX explained]] in the description that such a series never existed and that the animation was actually for three toy commercials, which ended up being unused afer the producer of the live-action portion of said commercials found a better technique to film the toys and opted to use that instead.
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* The UsefulNotes/MacysThanksgivingDayParade has been rife with rumors about balloons/floats/etc. that are set to be "featured" in forthcoming editions.
** Case in point: in the earliest days of January 2015, [[TheWikiRule the parade's Wiki]] made a page announcing that a new ComicStrip/{{Garfield}} balloon would debut in the 2015 parade... just barely over a month after the ''last'' parade had happened, at a time when only the marching bands that would perform were known.[[note]]They're always selected a year in advance.[[/note]] Information about new franchises to be represented in the parade generally starts to bubble during the summer, and gradually increases over the year until Thanksgiving month, when all of the elements come together. It's unlikely that Garfield will return to the parade.[[note]]However, this didn't stop Macy's from resurrecting their Sinclair Dinosaur balloon for the 2015 parade after a 39-year absence.[[/note]]
** Another article, surprisingly from an [[http://nestfullofnew.com/guide-2015-macys-thanksgiving-day-parade/ established site,]] reported that, among other things, there would be balloons based on VideoGame/AngryBirds, [[Franchise/SuperMarioBros Mario]], [[Franchise/{{Transformers}} Optimus Prime]], and [[Franchise/StarWars R2-D2]], plus floats themed around [[Ride/DisneyThemeParks Disneyland]]'s [[MilestoneCelebration 60th Anniversary]] and ''WesternAnimation/{{Minions}}'', in the 2015 parade. Of all of these, only the Angry Birds balloon was confirmed, as the other balloons were debunked via a [[https://d13yacurqjgara.cloudfront.net/users/215543/screenshots/2239465/ed-31_final_little_1x.jpg leaked promo picture.]]
* One time, a Wikipedia user edited Creator/HalleBerry's page with a quote saying something like "this new album will show people I can do more than act". This caused many news sites to erroneously report that Berry was to record a pop album, which forced Berry herself (who has no plans to become a singer) to {{joss|ed}} these rumors.
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[[folder:Literature]]
* It's widely believed that the reason Creator/JRRTolkien utilizes giant spiders as villains in ''Literature/TheHobbit'', ''Literature/TheLordOfTheRings'', and ''Literature/TheSilmarillion'' is that he was intensely arachnophobic after being bitten by a tarantula while playing outside as a toddler. While the incident with the tarantula did really take place, Tolkien later said that he had no memory of the event and did not dislike spiders at all, even going out of his way to avoid drowning ones that accidentally fell in his bathtub. The real reason he incorporated the villainous spiders is because his ''son'' was terrified of them.
* There is a bit of copypasta floating around the Internet claiming, among other things, that in Creator/ETAHoffmann's ''Literature/TheNutcracker'' Marie lived in a loveless household, that she was depicted lying in a pool of her own blood after injuring herself, and that her parents punished her for it by locking her in her room until she admitted she'd been naughty. Only the second claim is true: Marie breaks the glass in the front of her doll cabinet and slices her arm open, and her mother finds her lying there surrounded by her dolls and passed out from loss of blood. Yet not only are her parents concerned for her health, but her worried parents confined her to her room solely because she needed to recover from such an injury, not to punish her.[[note]](It also could be confusing another scene, the battle between the Nutcracker and Mouse King is off-screen but when the Nutcracker returns depending on translation, it usually says that "the Mouse King has been bathed in his own blood.")[[/note]]

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* It's widely believed that the reason Creator/JRRTolkien utilizes giant spiders as villains in ''Literature/TheHobbit'', ''Literature/TheLordOfTheRings'', and ''Literature/TheSilmarillion'' is that he was intensely arachnophobic after being bitten by a tarantula while playing outside as a toddler. While the incident with the tarantula did really take place, Tolkien later said that he had no memory of the event and did not dislike spiders at all, even going out of his way to avoid drowning ones that accidentally fell in his bathtub. The real reason he incorporated the villainous spiders is because his ''son'' was terrified of them.
* There is a bit of copypasta floating around the Internet claiming, among other things, that in Creator/ETAHoffmann's ''Literature/TheNutcracker'' Marie lived in a loveless household, that she was depicted lying in a pool of her own blood after injuring herself, and that her parents punished her for it by locking her in her room until she admitted she'd been naughty. Only the second claim is true: Marie breaks the glass in the front of her doll cabinet and slices her arm open, and her mother finds her lying there surrounded by her dolls and passed out from loss of blood. Yet not only are her parents concerned for her health, but her worried parents confined her to her room solely because she needed to recover from such an injury, not to punish her.[[note]](It also could be confusing another scene, the battle between the Nutcracker and Mouse King is off-screen but when the Nutcracker returns depending on translation, it usually says that "the Mouse King has been bathed in his own blood.")[[/note]]

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* ''Series/DoctorWho'' has a few:
** There's a long-standing legend that the original TARDIS police box prop was previously used in an episode or episodes of ''Series/DixonOfDockGreen''. In fact, it was built new for the show.
** The "missing sixth episode" of "[[Recap/DoctorWhoS8E5TheDaemons The Daemons]]", set off by an April Fool's prank in a fanzine. The somewhat abrupt and ill-explained ending of the story, combined with its unusual length of five episodes, led to a fan rumour that it was made as a six-part story and then had the last two episodes crudely edited into one. This had happened a couple of times earlier in the show, with "[[Recap/DoctorWhoS2E1PlanetOfGiants Planet of Giants]]", and "[[Recap/DoctorWhoS6E1TheDominators The Dominators]]", but "The Daemons" was written as broadcast.
** 1960s ''Doctor Who'' in colour. Various rumours have circulated about parts of or entire episodes of Hartnell and Troughton stories being made in colour as unbroadcast technical experiments. This never happened. The probable source of the rumour lies with unofficial colour films of location shooting for a couple of sixties stories, which were made by crew members or fans.
** There were several wild rumours involving the true authorship of the stories "[[Recap/DoctorWhoS19E3Kinda Kinda]]" and "[[Recap/DoctorWhoS20E2Snakedance Snakedance]]", due to the unusually cerebral nature of the scripts and the fact that the writer, Christopher Bailey, didn't write very much else and quickly gave up scriptwriting for academia. It was commonly alleged in fandom that "Bailey" was a pseudonym for a very well-known person who didn't want to be known as a ''Who'' writer, with the most common targets being Music/KateBush and Creator/TomStoppard.
** But the most notorious urban legends in ''Doctor Who'' fandom surround {{Missing Episode}}s, with wild tales of evil collectors or secret circles of {{Big Name Fan}}s who own copies of missing episodes and refuse to release them to the wider public.
*** In November 2013, tabloids the Daily Mail and the Mirror reported as news that a copy of the seven episodes of "[[Recap/DoctorWhoS1E4MarcoPolo Marco Polo]]", the earliest missing serial (and one of only three to have no existing footage whatsoever) had been found, recorded off-air by a handheld camera pointed at the TV screen. This was presumably a Chinese whisper based on the fact that many brief clips of footage have survived via this method -- filmed by an anonymous Australian fan using an 8mm cine camera -- but certainly not any full episodes.
*** Ever since the rediscovery of "[[Recap/DoctorWhoS5E4TheEnemyOfTheWorld The Enemy of the World]]" and "[[Recap/DoctorWhoS5E5TheWebOfFear The Web of Fear]]", the fandom has been plagued by the "omnirumour", which, promoted by some well-known American geek news sites, alleges that most or all of the 1960s Missing Episodes have actually been found, but that it's been kept secret because the people in possession of them want more money and/or because the BBC wants to keep a guaranteed home video income stream by "finding" them gradually over the next few decades.
*** The "evil collector" legend actually achieved ostension in 2015, when the missing episode hunters who recovered the Nigerian copies of "The Web of Fear" revealed that Episode 3 of the story (one of the most sought-after of all Missing Episodes, since it features the first on-screen appearance of the iconic franchise character Alistair Lethbridge-Stewart) had been stolen between their discovery of the episodes and their official removal from their original location.
* When season 2 of ''Series/MightyMorphinPowerRangers'' came out, the remaining "[[FanNickname Zyu 2]]" Zord battles ''Franchise/SuperSentai'' creator Toei Entertainment had created specifically for MMPR were either edited to have the villains battle the mechs from ''Series/GoseiSentaiDairanger'' instead, or unused altogether. For years, rumors persisted that one of the latter cases, Bloom of Doom, had Lokar, the Power Rangers counterpart of the ''Series/KyoryuSentaiZyuranger'' BigBad Dai Satan, appear during her Zord battle. In February 2014, MMPR director/stunt coordinator Jeff Pruitt released some of the unused Zyu 2 footage, including the Bloom of Doom Zord battle, in which Lokar does not appear.
** Due to some [[WhatHappenedToTheMouse loose ends]] from the finale of ''Series/PowerRangersZeo'', there's been some speculation about what happened in the events leading up to ''Series/PowerRangersTurbo''. One of the most prominent rumors is about a series of shorts called "Scorpion Rain", made using StockFootage and [[OffTheShelfFX various Power Rangers toys]] to promote ''Film/TurboAPowerRangersMovie'' in Australia. It later turned out to be a hoax, although [[Series/PowerRangersWildForce "Forever Red"]] (written by [[PromotedFanboy one of the writers]] behind "Scorpion Rain") alludes to those events.
* There's one about ''Series/ElChavoDelOcho'', very popular on [=YouTube=], about how the original show ends with the eponymous Chavo dead after he gets hit by a car. This is totally false; the original run ended with the trip to Acapulco three-parter. "Street child killed by car" does happen in the companion book ''El Diario del Chavo del Ocho'', although to a friend of el Chavo, and before the events of the show.
* It's commonly assumed by ''Star Trek'' fans that the instrumental "Archer's Theme" was originally written to be the opening credits theme for ''Series/StarTrekEnterprise'' but was replaced by the Russell Watson cover "Where My Heart Will Take Me". Fairly plausible – it syncs up with the opening credits perfectly, and a variation plays over the closing credits – but not actually true: according to composer Dennis [=McCarthy=] he created "Archer's Theme" at a fairly late stage, and actually wrote it to match the opening credits rather than the other way around.

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[[folder:Live-Action TV]]
* ''Series/DoctorWho'' has a few:
** There's a long-standing legend that the original TARDIS police box prop was previously used in an episode or episodes of ''Series/DixonOfDockGreen''. In fact, it was built new for the show.
** The "missing sixth episode" of "[[Recap/DoctorWhoS8E5TheDaemons The Daemons]]", set off by an April Fool's prank in a fanzine. The somewhat abrupt and ill-explained ending of the story, combined with its unusual length of five episodes, led to a fan rumour that it was made as a six-part story and then had the last two episodes crudely edited into one. This had happened a couple of times earlier in the show, with "[[Recap/DoctorWhoS2E1PlanetOfGiants Planet of Giants]]", and "[[Recap/DoctorWhoS6E1TheDominators The Dominators]]", but "The Daemons" was written as broadcast.
** 1960s ''Doctor Who'' in colour. Various rumours have circulated about parts of or entire episodes of Hartnell and Troughton stories being made in colour as unbroadcast technical experiments. This never happened. The probable source of the rumour lies with unofficial colour films of location shooting for a couple of sixties stories, which were made by crew members or fans.
** There were several wild rumours involving the true authorship of the stories "[[Recap/DoctorWhoS19E3Kinda Kinda]]" and "[[Recap/DoctorWhoS20E2Snakedance Snakedance]]", due to the unusually cerebral nature of the scripts and the fact that the writer, Christopher Bailey, didn't write very much else and quickly gave up scriptwriting for academia. It was commonly alleged in fandom that "Bailey" was a pseudonym for a very well-known person who didn't want to be known as a ''Who'' writer, with the most common targets being Music/KateBush and Creator/TomStoppard.
** But the most notorious urban legends in ''Doctor Who'' fandom surround {{Missing Episode}}s, with wild tales of evil collectors or secret circles of {{Big Name Fan}}s who own copies of missing episodes and refuse to release them to the wider public.
*** In November 2013, tabloids the Daily Mail and the Mirror reported as news that a copy of the seven episodes of "[[Recap/DoctorWhoS1E4MarcoPolo Marco Polo]]", the earliest missing serial (and one of only three to have no existing footage whatsoever) had been found, recorded off-air by a handheld camera pointed at the TV screen. This was presumably a Chinese whisper based on the fact that many brief clips of footage have survived via this method -- filmed by an anonymous Australian fan using an 8mm cine camera -- but certainly not any full episodes.
*** Ever since the rediscovery of "[[Recap/DoctorWhoS5E4TheEnemyOfTheWorld The Enemy of the World]]" and "[[Recap/DoctorWhoS5E5TheWebOfFear The Web of Fear]]", the fandom has been plagued by the "omnirumour", which, promoted by some well-known American geek news sites, alleges that most or all of the 1960s Missing Episodes have actually been found, but that it's been kept secret because the people in possession of them want more money and/or because the BBC wants to keep a guaranteed home video income stream by "finding" them gradually over the next few decades.
*** The "evil collector" legend actually achieved ostension in 2015, when the missing episode hunters who recovered the Nigerian copies of "The Web of Fear" revealed that Episode 3 of the story (one of the most sought-after of all Missing Episodes, since it features the first on-screen appearance of the iconic franchise character Alistair Lethbridge-Stewart) had been stolen between their discovery of the episodes and their official removal from their original location.
* When season 2 of ''Series/MightyMorphinPowerRangers'' came out, the remaining "[[FanNickname Zyu 2]]" Zord battles ''Franchise/SuperSentai'' creator Toei Entertainment had created specifically for MMPR were either edited to have the villains battle the mechs from ''Series/GoseiSentaiDairanger'' instead, or unused altogether. For years, rumors persisted that one of the latter cases, Bloom of Doom, had Lokar, the Power Rangers counterpart of the ''Series/KyoryuSentaiZyuranger'' BigBad Dai Satan, appear during her Zord battle. In February 2014, MMPR director/stunt coordinator Jeff Pruitt released some of the unused Zyu 2 footage, including the Bloom of Doom Zord battle, in which Lokar does not appear.
** Due to some [[WhatHappenedToTheMouse loose ends]] from the finale of ''Series/PowerRangersZeo'', there's been some speculation about what happened in the events leading up to ''Series/PowerRangersTurbo''. One of the most prominent rumors is about a series of shorts called "Scorpion Rain", made using StockFootage and [[OffTheShelfFX various Power Rangers toys]] to promote ''Film/TurboAPowerRangersMovie'' in Australia. It later turned out to be a hoax, although [[Series/PowerRangersWildForce "Forever Red"]] (written by [[PromotedFanboy one of the writers]] behind "Scorpion Rain") alludes to those events.
* There's one about ''Series/ElChavoDelOcho'', very popular on [=YouTube=], about how the original show ends with the eponymous Chavo dead after he gets hit by a car. This is totally false; the original run ended with the trip to Acapulco three-parter. "Street child killed by car" does happen in the companion book ''El Diario del Chavo del Ocho'', although to a friend of el Chavo, and before the events of the show.
* It's commonly assumed by ''Star Trek'' fans that the instrumental "Archer's Theme" was originally written to be the opening credits theme for ''Series/StarTrekEnterprise'' but was replaced by the Russell Watson cover "Where My Heart Will Take Me". Fairly plausible – it syncs up with the opening credits perfectly, and a variation plays over the closing credits – but not actually true: according to composer Dennis [=McCarthy=] he created "Archer's Theme" at a fairly late stage, and actually wrote it to match the opening credits rather than the other way around.
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[[folder: Music]]
* Overlapping with Live-Action TV, two different generations have a variation on an urban legend that a FormerChildStar grew up to be a ShockRocker:
** In TheSeventies, a rumor spread that Music/AliceCooper was the eponymous character on ''Series/LeaveItToBeaver'' while in reality he was played by Jerry Mathers (and Alice's birth name was Vincent Furnier).
** Meanwhile, in TheNineties, a more popular legend spread that the incredibly nerdy Paul from ''Series/TheWonderYears'' was [[FromNobodyToNightmare now]] Music/MarilynManson[[note]]Not that everything added up anyway, since the real actor was younger than Manson by almost a decade[[/note]]. In reality, Paul's actor, Josh Savino, quit acting after the show ended to become a lawyer, but is amused by the rumor since kids think he's cool as a result. Mr. Manson... not so much.
* It's been widely rumored that Charles Manson auditioned to be in ''Series/TheMonkees". While this isn't as implausible as it might initially sound, as he definitely did have hopes of a music career, he was serving a prison sentence at the time that the show was being cast.
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[[folder:Architecture]]
* There's a legend among London architecture enthusiasts that George Gilbert Scott's St Pancras station was simply a [[RecycledScript carbon copy]] of his original design for the Foreign Office building in Whitehall, rejected for being too Gothic. Examination of the actual Foreign Office proposal shows that this is a complete urban legend (possibly originating as a joke).

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[[folder:Literature]]
* There's a legend among London architecture enthusiasts It's widely believed that George Gilbert Scott's St Pancras station the reason Creator/JRRTolkien utilizes giant spiders as villains in ''Literature/TheHobbit'', ''Literature/TheLordOfTheRings'', and ''Literature/TheSilmarillion'' is that he was simply intensely arachnophobic after being bitten by a [[RecycledScript carbon copy]] tarantula while playing outside as a toddler. While the incident with the tarantula did really take place, Tolkien later said that he had no memory of the event and did not dislike spiders at all, even going out of his original design for the Foreign Office building in Whitehall, rejected for being too Gothic. Examination of the actual Foreign Office proposal shows way to avoid drowning ones that this accidentally fell in his bathtub. The real reason he incorporated the villainous spiders is because his ''son'' was terrified of them.
* There
is a complete urban legend (possibly originating as bit of copypasta floating around the Internet claiming, among other things, that in Creator/ETAHoffmann's ''Literature/TheNutcracker'' Marie lived in a joke). loveless household, that she was depicted lying in a pool of her own blood after injuring herself, and that her parents punished her for it by locking her in her room until she admitted she'd been naughty. Only the second claim is true: Marie breaks the glass in the front of her doll cabinet and slices her arm open, and her mother finds her lying there surrounded by her dolls and passed out from loss of blood. Yet not only are her parents concerned for her health, but her worried parents confined her to her room solely because she needed to recover from such an injury, not to punish her.[[note]](It also could be confusing another scene, the battle between the Nutcracker and Mouse King is off-screen but when the Nutcracker returns depending on translation, it usually says that "the Mouse King has been bathed in his own blood.")[[/note]]



[[folder:Comic Strips]]
* There is a persistent rumor that the final strip of ''ComicStrip/CalvinAndHobbes'' [[http://www.amikelife.com/wp-content/uploads/2009/03/calvin_add.jpg is this one]], which has Calvin being on medication and no longer wanting to play with Hobbes, who turns back into a plush toy. The strip widely circulated online is a parody created by someone to make an anti-medication point, though the actual artist is unknown. The actual final strip adopts an AndTheAdventureContinues perspective.

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[[folder:Live-Action TV]]
* There is ''Series/DoctorWho'' has a persistent rumor few:
** There's a long-standing legend
that the final strip original TARDIS police box prop was previously used in an episode or episodes of ''ComicStrip/CalvinAndHobbes'' [[http://www.amikelife.com/wp-content/uploads/2009/03/calvin_add.jpg is this one]], which has Calvin being on medication ''Series/DixonOfDockGreen''. In fact, it was built new for the show.
** The "missing sixth episode" of "[[Recap/DoctorWhoS8E5TheDaemons The Daemons]]", set off by an April Fool's prank in a fanzine. The somewhat abrupt
and no longer wanting to play ill-explained ending of the story, combined with Hobbes, who turns back its unusual length of five episodes, led to a fan rumour that it was made as a six-part story and then had the last two episodes crudely edited into one. This had happened a plush toy. couple of times earlier in the show, with "[[Recap/DoctorWhoS2E1PlanetOfGiants Planet of Giants]]", and "[[Recap/DoctorWhoS6E1TheDominators The strip widely Dominators]]", but "The Daemons" was written as broadcast.
** 1960s ''Doctor Who'' in colour. Various rumours have
circulated online is about parts of or entire episodes of Hartnell and Troughton stories being made in colour as unbroadcast technical experiments. This never happened. The probable source of the rumour lies with unofficial colour films of location shooting for a parody couple of sixties stories, which were made by crew members or fans.
** There were several wild rumours involving the true authorship of the stories "[[Recap/DoctorWhoS19E3Kinda Kinda]]" and "[[Recap/DoctorWhoS20E2Snakedance Snakedance]]", due to the unusually cerebral nature of the scripts and the fact that the writer, Christopher Bailey, didn't write very much else and quickly gave up scriptwriting for academia. It was commonly alleged in fandom that "Bailey" was a pseudonym for a very well-known person who didn't want to be known as a ''Who'' writer, with the most common targets being Music/KateBush and Creator/TomStoppard.
** But the most notorious urban legends in ''Doctor Who'' fandom surround {{Missing Episode}}s, with wild tales of evil collectors or secret circles of {{Big Name Fan}}s who own copies of missing episodes and refuse to release them to the wider public.
*** In November 2013, tabloids the Daily Mail and the Mirror reported as news that a copy of the seven episodes of "[[Recap/DoctorWhoS1E4MarcoPolo Marco Polo]]", the earliest missing serial (and one of only three to have no existing footage whatsoever) had been found, recorded off-air by a handheld camera pointed at the TV screen. This was presumably a Chinese whisper based on the fact that many brief clips of footage have survived via this method -- filmed by an anonymous Australian fan using an 8mm cine camera -- but certainly not any full episodes.
*** Ever since the rediscovery of "[[Recap/DoctorWhoS5E4TheEnemyOfTheWorld The Enemy of the World]]" and "[[Recap/DoctorWhoS5E5TheWebOfFear The Web of Fear]]", the fandom has been plagued by the "omnirumour", which, promoted by some well-known American geek news sites, alleges that most or all of the 1960s Missing Episodes have actually been found, but that it's been kept secret because the people in possession of them want more money and/or because the BBC wants to keep a guaranteed home video income stream by "finding" them gradually over the next few decades.
*** The "evil collector" legend actually achieved ostension in 2015, when the missing episode hunters who recovered the Nigerian copies of "The Web of Fear" revealed that Episode 3 of the story (one of the most sought-after of all Missing Episodes, since it features the first on-screen appearance of the iconic franchise character Alistair Lethbridge-Stewart) had been stolen between their discovery of the episodes and their official removal from their original location.
* When season 2 of ''Series/MightyMorphinPowerRangers'' came out, the remaining "[[FanNickname Zyu 2]]" Zord battles ''Franchise/SuperSentai'' creator Toei Entertainment had
created by someone specifically for MMPR were either edited to make an anti-medication point, though have the actual artist villains battle the mechs from ''Series/GoseiSentaiDairanger'' instead, or unused altogether. For years, rumors persisted that one of the latter cases, Bloom of Doom, had Lokar, the Power Rangers counterpart of the ''Series/KyoryuSentaiZyuranger'' BigBad Dai Satan, appear during her Zord battle. In February 2014, MMPR director/stunt coordinator Jeff Pruitt released some of the unused Zyu 2 footage, including the Bloom of Doom Zord battle, in which Lokar does not appear.
** Due to some [[WhatHappenedToTheMouse loose ends]] from the finale of ''Series/PowerRangersZeo'', there's been some speculation about what happened in the events leading up to ''Series/PowerRangersTurbo''. One of the most prominent rumors
is unknown. The actual final strip adopts an AndTheAdventureContinues perspective. about a series of shorts called "Scorpion Rain", made using StockFootage and [[OffTheShelfFX various Power Rangers toys]] to promote ''Film/TurboAPowerRangersMovie'' in Australia. It later turned out to be a hoax, although [[Series/PowerRangersWildForce "Forever Red"]] (written by [[PromotedFanboy one of the writers]] behind "Scorpion Rain") alludes to those events.
* There's one about ''Series/ElChavoDelOcho'', very popular on [=YouTube=], about how the original show ends with the eponymous Chavo dead after he gets hit by a car. This is totally false; the original run ended with the trip to Acapulco three-parter. "Street child killed by car" does happen in the companion book ''El Diario del Chavo del Ocho'', although to a friend of el Chavo, and before the events of the show.
* It's commonly assumed by ''Star Trek'' fans that the instrumental "Archer's Theme" was originally written to be the opening credits theme for ''Series/StarTrekEnterprise'' but was replaced by the Russell Watson cover "Where My Heart Will Take Me". Fairly plausible – it syncs up with the opening credits perfectly, and a variation plays over the closing credits – but not actually true: according to composer Dennis [=McCarthy=] he created "Archer's Theme" at a fairly late stage, and actually wrote it to match the opening credits rather than the other way around.



[[folder: Film -- Animation]]
* ''Disney/WreckItRalph'':
** [[Franchise/SuperMarioBros Mario]] not being in the movie has nothing to do with Nintendo asking too much money for a cameo. He's not in it because the writers didn't know how to properly incorporate him, though he is mentioned. It's been confirmed he'll appear in the sequel.
** There's an in-universe example. At the end of the movie, there's the fourth-wall breaking character in ''Hero's Duty'', [[spoiler:King Candy in ''Sugar Rush'']], the secret bonus level in ''Fix-It Felix'', the Turbo glitch in ''Road Blasters'', and possibly more, [[spoiler:if Turbo messed with any other games before he came to ''Sugar Rush''.]]
* Despite Creator/DonBluth debunking the rumors, many fans still believe there is an unused storyboard for ''WesternAnimation/TheSecretOfNIMH'' where Justin and Mrs. Brisby [[InterspeciesRomance kiss]].
* There's a rumor that in the original script for ''WesternAnimation/TheRoadToElDorado'', there were strong hints that Miguel and Tulio were a gay couple and ExecutiveMeddling resulted in hints of homosexuality being removed and Chel being added, but the fact that Chel is included in rough model sheets and early test footage casts some doubt on this.
* There's been a hoax going around associated with ''WesternAnimation/MonstersInc''. It involves a screenshot of a scene showing that Boo drew a drawing of her mother and "Uncle Roger" having sex. The picture is photoshopped. Despite this, people still claim it's a real case of GettingCrapPastTheRadar or that [[{{Bowdlerise}} it was on the first edition before later being censored]].

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[[folder: Film -- Animation]]
Music]]
* ''Disney/WreckItRalph'':
** [[Franchise/SuperMarioBros Mario]] not being in the movie has nothing to do
Overlapping with Nintendo asking too much money for Live-Action TV, two different generations have a cameo. He's variation on an urban legend that a FormerChildStar grew up to be a ShockRocker:
** In TheSeventies, a rumor spread that Music/AliceCooper was the eponymous character on ''Series/LeaveItToBeaver'' while in reality he was played by Jerry Mathers (and Alice's birth name was Vincent Furnier).
** Meanwhile, in TheNineties, a more popular legend spread that the incredibly nerdy Paul from ''Series/TheWonderYears'' was [[FromNobodyToNightmare now]] Music/MarilynManson[[note]]Not that everything added up anyway, since the real actor was younger than Manson by almost a decade[[/note]]. In reality, Paul's actor, Josh Savino, quit acting after the show ended to become a lawyer, but is amused by the rumor since kids think he's cool as a result. Mr. Manson...
not in it because the writers didn't know how to properly incorporate him, though he is mentioned. so much.
*
It's been confirmed he'll appear in the sequel.
** There's an in-universe example. At the end of the movie, there's the fourth-wall breaking character in ''Hero's Duty'', [[spoiler:King Candy in ''Sugar Rush'']], the secret bonus level in ''Fix-It Felix'', the Turbo glitch in ''Road Blasters'', and possibly more, [[spoiler:if Turbo messed with any other games before he came to ''Sugar Rush''.]]
* Despite Creator/DonBluth debunking the rumors, many fans still believe there is an unused storyboard for ''WesternAnimation/TheSecretOfNIMH'' where Justin and Mrs. Brisby [[InterspeciesRomance kiss]].
* There's a rumor
widely rumored that Charles Manson auditioned to be in ''Series/TheMonkees". While this isn't as implausible as it might initially sound, as he definitely did have hopes of a music career, he was serving a prison sentence at the original script for ''WesternAnimation/TheRoadToElDorado'', there were strong hints time that Miguel and Tulio were a gay couple and ExecutiveMeddling resulted in hints of homosexuality the show was being removed and Chel being added, but the fact that Chel is included in rough model sheets and early test footage casts some doubt on this.
* There's been a hoax going around associated with ''WesternAnimation/MonstersInc''. It involves a screenshot of a scene showing that Boo drew a drawing of her mother and "Uncle Roger" having sex. The picture is photoshopped. Despite this, people still claim it's a real case of GettingCrapPastTheRadar or that [[{{Bowdlerise}} it was on the first edition before later being censored]].
cast.



[[folder:Film -- Live-Action]]
* ''The Grifter'', according to Website/FourChan, is one of the most messed up films ever made that very few have ever seen. It has no relation to ''Film/TheGrifters'', or the ''ComicBook/WildCATS'' character Grifter.
* ''Franchise/HarryPotter''
** A Website/{{Tumblr}} prank started a rumor that the snake freed in the zoo is Nagini, Voldemort's pet snake. From the looks of things, ''thousands'' of gullible fans have reblogged the quote.
** Also on Tumblr, there's a ''very'' highly reblogged post that appeared around the time the last movie premiered about the child actor playing [[DeadGuyJunior Albus Severus]] being the same one who played baby Harry in the first movie, despite the fact that a quick IMDB check shows that the first baby Harry was actually played by a set of triplets. Also, bonus points for using a picture of baby Harry from ''Deathly Hallows'' instead of the baby Harry from ''Philosopher's Stone''.
* There are a few stories going around about bits and pieces of the ''Film/RockyHorrorPictureShow''. When online fans in the pre-DVD days bragged that their theater's print of the film had the UK-exclusive song "Super Heroes" intact, one fan attempted to top them by claiming that his theater had an otherwise lost scene in which Riff and Brad engage in anal sex. This became a long (LONG) running in-joke among the Rocky community, with two fans actually writing and filming an intentionally blurry version of the scene for the 2001 'Frankie Goes To Hollywood' convention. Currently, the scene circulates in a fan-created 'extended edition' in the film, strictly for the sake of keeping the legend alive, though it should never be considered canon.
* ''Franchise/{{Godzilla}}''
** There are a lot of people who claim that ''Film/KingKongVsGodzilla'' has two different endings for the American and Japanese releases, one where King Kong wins and one where Godzilla wins respectively. While there are differences between the two versions, the endings are the same and WordOfGod says that King Kong was always the intended victor. The rumor may have started because the Japanese version has King Kong's and Godzilla's roars played at the end, while the American version only had Kong's.
** There is also a common rumor about the German release of ''Film/GodzillaVsMegalon'', namely that the dub claims that Jet Jaguar is Film/KingKong wearing a robot suit -- likely started by Creator/JamesRolfe's ''Godzillathon'' movie reviews. While it is true that some European releases of these movies have very wacky names, and in Germany, Jet Jaguar ''is'' really called King Kong, it's just a case of DubNameChange, and the character is never stated to be anything other than a human-built robot. For the record, Mechagodzilla is also renamed to King Kong in Germany, and this is, again, a simple name-change.
** An old and widely believed legend is that a movie titled ''Godzilla vs. the Devil'' was in development during the late 1970s. The story is oddly specific, detailing that the film was to be a American/Japanese co-production between Toho Company and UPA Productions in which Godzilla battles a giant spider, a giant fish, and a giant bird before dueling with Satan himself. Not only did the film never come out, it doesn't even exist. The whole thing is just a very strange, very detailed rumor that originated in America.
* The "still in development" live-action ''[[WesternAnimation/ThunderCats1985 ThunderCats]]'' movie has been rumored since 2005, and has even been confused with the canceled 2010 CGI movie. But there is an Website/IMDb page with no information. Let us wish it then into existence!
* Ever since the last known copy of ''London After Midnight'' was destroyed in 1967, there has been a plethora of urban legends regarding film collectors who possess copies of it and refuse to share. Several different names have been thrown around, meaning that potentially ''several'' copies might be hidden away in private film vaults somewhere, but so far there's every indication that it's all just bored horror fans pulling the legs of other horror fans. This sort of thing isn't unheard of for [[MissingEpisode lost films]], but ''London After Midnight'' attracts it to an unrivaled extent due to it being the most famous lost film there is.
* There are a few myths regarding the legendary "Spider Pit Sequence," a deleted scene from the original ''Film/KingKong1933'' in which several of the sailors survive their fall into a deep chasm only to be eaten alive by giant bugs and reptiles. While the scene definitely was shot, there's a longstanding myth that it was removed from the film because test audiences found it too disturbing. In reality, the director cut it because he felt it ruined the film's pacing. The second myth is that the footage still exists somewhere in the world, possibly in Asia due to the possibility that the film was shipped there before the scene was cut, but so far, no luck. A very convincing reconstruction of the scene was created by Peter Jackson for the bonus features of the DVD, but when taken out of context, it is sometimes mistaken for the real thing, causing more confusion.[[note]]Jackson then actually did include a version of the "spider pit" scene in his 2005 [[Film/KingKong2005 remake]]... and it was widely criticised for being too horrific and for contributing to the film's slow pace and excessive length, confirming that the 1930s creators made the right choice.[[/note]]
* There's a persistent rumor that ''Film/{{Big}}'' has an alternate ending where Susan shows up in Josh's class as a transfer student after using the Zoltar machine to de-age herself, despite director Penny Marshall denying its existence.
* The ''Franchise/MadMax'' film series is one of several examples of action-heavy films which are subject to urban legends of incidents that led to the actual death of stunt artists being included in the finished film. The two incidents most commonly mentioned are the "bridge scene" near the end of the original ''Mad Max'', in which Max drives the Interceptor through a group of the outlaw bikers, and one biker who hits the road can be clearly seen to be struck in the head by the wheel of a sliding bike; and a sequence in ''Mad Max 2: The Road Warrior'' where a biker hits an overturned dune buggy at speed and flies over the handlebars, over a buggy, and into a pit. Both of these were genuine accidents during filming that were [[ThrowItIn kept in for being spectacular]], but neither led to any permanent harm.
* The 1959 version of ''Film/BenHur'' is the single film most commonly accused of including real death, in its climactic chariot race scene. Three different sequences in which characters are run over by chariots have been pointed to as the real death, but all are visibly done with dummies. The earlier 1926 silent film version is subject to more serious claims of fatalities, with people who were present at the time alleging that at least one stunt performer was killed in an abortive attempt to film the chariot race scene in Rome, and that stunt performers may have drowned during the chaotic filming of a sea battle sequence. However, no sequences within the film have been identified as actually depicting death.
* Likewise, ''Film/TheWizardOfOz'' has one scene, just after meeting the Tin Man, where you can see an odd bit of movement in the far background; rumors say this is either a stagehand or one of the Munchkin actors [[DrivenToSuicide hanging himself]] because he was rejected by the woman he loved. [[https://www.snopes.com/fact-check/hanging-munchkin/ Apparently it's actually a large bird]].
* Rumors of an upcoming live-action movie of ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons'' have persisted. There were ideas for a live-action [=Troy McClure=] movie, but not a movie focusing on the entire Simpsons family.
* There is a VERY odd and persistent rumor about a movie called ''Shazaam'' starring Sinbad as a genie (not to be confused with ''Film/{{Kazaam}}''). Despite there being no evidence of it existing and Sinbad himself [[WordOfGod officially denying it]], hundreds of people claim to have seen it. [[http://www.newstatesman.com/science-tech/internet/2016/12/movie-doesn-t-exist-and-redditors-who-think-it-does This article goes into more detail]]. Note that the actor hosted an afternoon of Sinbad the Sailor movies on TNT while dressed up in a genie outfit during segments, a likely source of the confusion.
* [[http://michaelrodgersstudio.com/about/ According to this section on this site]], it has been mentioned that Creator/MichaelERodgers has worked with Creator/MatthewBroderick and Creator/JackLemmon before in a film that was somewhat released in the mid-to-late 90's. It is unknown if this is true or not, as the project was not included in their filmographies and there is no further evidence of this, meaning that it's an interesting mystery.

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[[folder: Professional Wrestling]]
* ''The Grifter'', according to Website/FourChan, is one of the most messed up films ever made For years fans believed that very few have ever seen. It has no relation to ''Film/TheGrifters'', or Wrestling/{{Goldust}} was behind the ''ComicBook/WildCATS'' character Grifter.
* ''Franchise/HarryPotter''
** A Website/{{Tumblr}} prank started a rumor
Attitude Era's caught on camera segments "GTV" to facilitate an upcoming return to the ring. In 2015, wwe.com released "[[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fuy5ZYr9V-A 5 WWE Myths Busted]]" debunking this theory and other long-believed behind-the-scenes WWE rumors. In the case of "GTV", Wrestling/VinceRusso revealed that the snake freed in the zoo is Nagini, Voldemort's pet snake. From the looks of things, ''thousands'' of gullible fans have reblogged the quote.
** Also on Tumblr, there's a ''very'' highly reblogged post that appeared around the time the last movie premiered about the child actor playing [[DeadGuyJunior Albus Severus]] being the same one who played baby Harry in the first movie, despite the fact that a quick IMDB check shows that the first baby Harry
mastermind was actually played by a set of triplets. Also, bonus points for using a picture of baby Harry from ''Deathly Hallows'' instead of the baby Harry from ''Philosopher's Stone''.
* There are a few stories going around about bits and pieces of the ''Film/RockyHorrorPictureShow''. When online fans in the pre-DVD days bragged that their theater's print of the film had the UK-exclusive song "Super Heroes" intact, one fan attempted to top them by claiming that his theater had an otherwise lost scene in which Riff and Brad engage in anal sex. This became a long (LONG) running in-joke among the Rocky community, with two fans actually writing and filming an intentionally blurry version of the scene for the 2001 'Frankie Goes To Hollywood' convention. Currently, the scene circulates in a fan-created 'extended edition' in the film, strictly for the sake of keeping the legend alive, though it should never be considered canon.
* ''Franchise/{{Godzilla}}''
** There are a lot of people who claim that ''Film/KingKongVsGodzilla'' has two different endings for the American and Japanese releases, one where King Kong wins and one where Godzilla wins respectively. While there are differences between the two versions, the endings are the same and WordOfGod says that King Kong was always the intended victor. The rumor may have started because the Japanese version has King Kong's and Godzilla's roars played at the end, while the American version only had Kong's.
** There is also a common rumor about the German release of ''Film/GodzillaVsMegalon'', namely that the dub claims that Jet Jaguar is Film/KingKong wearing a robot suit -- likely started by Creator/JamesRolfe's ''Godzillathon'' movie reviews. While it is true that some European releases of these movies have very wacky names, and in Germany, Jet Jaguar ''is'' really called King Kong, it's just a case of DubNameChange, and the character is never stated
meant to be anything other than Creator/{{MTV}}'s Tom Green, whom Russo had a human-built robot. For the record, Mechagodzilla is also renamed to King Kong in Germany, and this is, again, a simple name-change.
** An old and widely believed legend is that a movie titled ''Godzilla vs. the Devil'' was in development during the late 1970s. The story is oddly specific, detailing that the film was to be a American/Japanese co-production between Toho Company and UPA Productions in which Godzilla battles a giant spider, a giant fish, and a giant bird before dueling
friendly working relationship with Satan himself. Not only did the film never come out, it doesn't even exist. The whole thing is just a very strange, very detailed rumor that originated in America.
* The "still in development" live-action ''[[WesternAnimation/ThunderCats1985 ThunderCats]]'' movie has been rumored since 2005, and has even been confused with the canceled 2010 CGI movie. But there is an Website/IMDb page with no information. Let us wish it then into existence!
* Ever since the last known copy of ''London After Midnight'' was destroyed in 1967, there has been a plethora of urban legends regarding film collectors who possess copies of it and refuse to share. Several different names have been thrown around, meaning that potentially ''several'' copies might be hidden away in private film vaults somewhere, but so far there's every indication that it's all just bored horror fans pulling the legs of other horror fans. This sort of thing isn't unheard of for [[MissingEpisode lost films]], but ''London After Midnight'' attracts it to an unrivaled extent due to it being the most famous lost film there is.
* There are a few myths regarding the legendary "Spider Pit Sequence," a deleted scene from the original ''Film/KingKong1933'' in which several of the sailors survive their fall into a deep chasm only to be eaten alive by giant bugs and reptiles. While the scene definitely was shot, there's a longstanding myth that it was removed from the film because test audiences found it too disturbing. In reality, the director cut it because he felt it ruined the film's pacing. The second myth is that the footage still exists somewhere in the world, possibly in Asia due to the possibility that the film was shipped there before the scene was cut, but so far, no luck. A very convincing reconstruction of the scene was created by Peter Jackson for the bonus features of the DVD, but when taken out of context, it is sometimes mistaken for the real thing, causing more confusion.[[note]]Jackson then actually did include a version of the "spider pit" scene in his 2005 [[Film/KingKong2005 remake]]... and it was widely criticised for being too horrific and for contributing to the film's slow pace and excessive length, confirming that the 1930s creators made the right choice.[[/note]]
* There's a persistent rumor that ''Film/{{Big}}'' has an alternate ending where Susan shows up in Josh's class as a transfer student after using the Zoltar machine to de-age herself, despite director Penny Marshall denying its existence.
* The ''Franchise/MadMax'' film series is one of several examples of action-heavy films which are subject to urban legends of incidents that led to the actual death of stunt artists being included in the finished film. The two incidents most commonly mentioned are the "bridge scene" near the end of the original ''Mad Max'', in which Max drives the Interceptor through a group of the outlaw bikers, and one biker who hits the road can be clearly seen to be struck in the head by the wheel of a sliding bike; and a sequence in ''Mad Max 2: The Road Warrior'' where a biker hits an overturned dune buggy at speed and flies over the handlebars, over a buggy, and into a pit. Both of these were genuine accidents during filming that were [[ThrowItIn kept in for being spectacular]], but neither led to any permanent harm.
* The 1959 version of ''Film/BenHur'' is the single film most commonly accused of including real death, in its climactic chariot race scene. Three different sequences in which characters are run over by chariots have been pointed to as the real death, but all are visibly done with dummies. The earlier 1926 silent film version is subject to more serious claims of fatalities, with people who were present at the time alleging that at least one stunt performer was killed in an abortive attempt to film the chariot race scene in Rome, and that stunt performers may have drowned during the chaotic filming of a sea battle sequence. However, no sequences within the film have been identified as actually depicting death.
* Likewise, ''Film/TheWizardOfOz'' has one scene, just after meeting the Tin Man, where you can see an odd bit of movement in the far background; rumors say this is either a stagehand or one of the Munchkin actors [[DrivenToSuicide hanging himself]] because he was rejected by the woman he loved. [[https://www.snopes.com/fact-check/hanging-munchkin/ Apparently it's actually a large bird]].
* Rumors of an upcoming live-action movie of ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons'' have persisted. There were ideas for a live-action [=Troy McClure=] movie, but not a movie focusing on the entire Simpsons family.
* There is a VERY odd and persistent rumor about a movie called ''Shazaam'' starring Sinbad as a genie (not to be confused with ''Film/{{Kazaam}}''). Despite there being no evidence of it existing and Sinbad himself [[WordOfGod officially denying it]], hundreds of people claim to have seen it. [[http://www.newstatesman.com/science-tech/internet/2016/12/movie-doesn-t-exist-and-redditors-who-think-it-does This article goes into more detail]]. Note that the actor hosted an afternoon of Sinbad the Sailor movies on TNT while dressed up in a genie outfit during segments, a likely source of the confusion.
* [[http://michaelrodgersstudio.com/about/ According to this section on this site]], it has been mentioned that Creator/MichaelERodgers has worked with Creator/MatthewBroderick and Creator/JackLemmon before in a film that was somewhat released in the mid-to-late 90's. It is unknown if this is true or not, as the project was not included in their filmographies and there is no further evidence of this, meaning that it's an interesting mystery.
behind camera.



[[folder:Literature]]
* It's widely believed that the reason Creator/JRRTolkien utilizes giant spiders as villains in ''Literature/TheHobbit'', ''Literature/TheLordOfTheRings'', and ''Literature/TheSilmarillion'' is that he was intensely arachnophobic after being bitten by a tarantula while playing outside as a toddler. While the incident with the tarantula did really take place, Tolkien later said that he had no memory of the event and did not dislike spiders at all, even going out of his way to avoid drowning ones that accidentally fell in his bathtub. The real reason he incorporated the villainous spiders is because his ''son'' was terrified of them.
* There is a bit of copypasta floating around the Internet claiming, among other things, that in Creator/ETAHoffmann's ''Literature/TheNutcracker'' Marie lived in a loveless household, that she was depicted lying in a pool of her own blood after injuring herself, and that her parents punished her for it by locking her in her room until she admitted she'd been naughty. Only the second claim is true: Marie breaks the glass in the front of her doll cabinet and slices her arm open, and her mother finds her lying there surrounded by her dolls and passed out from loss of blood. Yet not only are her parents concerned for her health, but her worried parents confined her to her room solely because she needed to recover from such an injury, not to punish her.[[note]](It also could be confusing another scene, the battle between the Nutcracker and Mouse King is off-screen but when the Nutcracker returns depending on translation, it usually says that "the Mouse King has been bathed in his own blood.")[[/note]]

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[[folder:Literature]]
[[folder:Toys]]
* It's widely ''Franchise/{{Transformers}}'' has a [[http://tfwiki.net/wiki/Misconceptions_and_urban_legends_about_Transformers number]] of rumors, such as the one that there was that there was a "giant-sized" Optimus Prime figure released during the original G1 run (which was actually a Korean bootleg) and that a G1 figure or prototype was made for Unicron (which is sort of an odd combination of a misinterpretation of an Creator/OrsonWelles quote and jealous children pretending to have a toy bigger than a rival's Metroplex). A G1 toy prototype Unicron does exist, and was first publicly unveiled at the [=BotCon '96=] fan convention. [[http://tfwiki.net/wiki/File:G1toy-UnicronprotoHasbro.jpg It resembles nothing more than a blue basketball on legs,]] and is decidedly unimpressive. (A Unicron toy wasn't officially released until ''Anime/TransformersArmada'' in 2003.)
* ''Toys/{{Bionicle}}'':
** Cheap Photoshop-jobs of fake sets, often made to look like grainy pictures taken from a retailer's catalog, regularly caught on within the fandom, as have rumors of alternate builds of certain models being sold as separate sets. So when similarly fake-looking images of two supposedly Korean-exclusive Piraka combo model sets surfaced, there were many discussions on their legitimacy, especially since they were totally unknown in the Western world and their packaging also contained bad Photoshop work. These are now seen as real, since Korea tends to release their own multi-packs. Legit leaks of the line's unexpected 2015 reboot were also initially dismissed for this reason.
** The same thing surfaced with the 2015 reboot, with claims of new Toa (including a new version of fan-favorite Takanuva), the return of the bohrok, and more showing up in the same grainy, out-of-focus manner as the originals. One that got dismissed as fake, ironically, was an ultimately cancelled Makuta set, which appears to have been planned for the series' third and final arc before being CutShort.
** Voriki, the "Seventh Toa", was a fan-made character created for a 2001 contest using recolored official artwork with a mask and a weapon obviously edited in Photoshop. Despite this, many fans
believed that him to be official, though the reason Creator/JRRTolkien utilizes giant spiders as villains release of a canonical Seventh Toa in ''Literature/TheHobbit'', ''Literature/TheLordOfTheRings'', and ''Literature/TheSilmarillion'' is that he was intensely arachnophobic after being bitten by 2003 dispelled all rumors. Voriki has since become a tarantula while playing outside as a toddler. While the incident with the tarantula did really take place, Tolkien later said that he had no memory celebrity of the event and did not dislike spiders at all, even going out of his way to avoid drowning ones that accidentally fell in his bathtub. The real reason he incorporated the villainous spiders is because his ''son'' was terrified of them.
* There is a bit of copypasta floating around the Internet claiming,
sorts among other things, that in Creator/ETAHoffmann's ''Literature/TheNutcracker'' Marie lived in a loveless household, that she was depicted lying in a pool of her own blood after injuring herself, the fandom's original characters, and that her parents punished her for it by locking her in her room until she admitted she'd been naughty. Only the second claim is true: Marie breaks the glass in the front some have even made custom models of her doll cabinet him with painted and slices her arm open, and her mother finds her lying there surrounded by her dolls and passed out from loss of blood. Yet not only are her parents concerned for her health, but her worried parents confined her to her room solely because she needed to recover from such an injury, not to punish her.[[note]](It also could be confusing another scene, the battle between the Nutcracker and Mouse King is off-screen but when the Nutcracker returns depending on translation, it usually says that "the Mouse King has been bathed in his own blood.")[[/note]]3D-printed parts.



[[folder:Live-Action TV]]
* ''Series/DoctorWho'' has a few:
** There's a long-standing legend that the original TARDIS police box prop was previously used in an episode or episodes of ''Series/DixonOfDockGreen''. In fact, it was built new for the show.
** The "missing sixth episode" of "[[Recap/DoctorWhoS8E5TheDaemons The Daemons]]", set off by an April Fool's prank in a fanzine. The somewhat abrupt and ill-explained ending of the story, combined with its unusual length of five episodes, led to a fan rumour that it was made as a six-part story and then had the last two episodes crudely edited into one. This had happened a couple of times earlier in the show, with "[[Recap/DoctorWhoS2E1PlanetOfGiants Planet of Giants]]", and "[[Recap/DoctorWhoS6E1TheDominators The Dominators]]", but "The Daemons" was written as broadcast.
** 1960s ''Doctor Who'' in colour. Various rumours have circulated about parts of or entire episodes of Hartnell and Troughton stories being made in colour as unbroadcast technical experiments. This never happened. The probable source of the rumour lies with unofficial colour films of location shooting for a couple of sixties stories, which were made by crew members or fans.
** There were several wild rumours involving the true authorship of the stories "[[Recap/DoctorWhoS19E3Kinda Kinda]]" and "[[Recap/DoctorWhoS20E2Snakedance Snakedance]]", due to the unusually cerebral nature of the scripts and the fact that the writer, Christopher Bailey, didn't write very much else and quickly gave up scriptwriting for academia. It was commonly alleged in fandom that "Bailey" was a pseudonym for a very well-known person who didn't want to be known as a ''Who'' writer, with the most common targets being Music/KateBush and Creator/TomStoppard.
** But the most notorious urban legends in ''Doctor Who'' fandom surround {{Missing Episode}}s, with wild tales of evil collectors or secret circles of {{Big Name Fan}}s who own copies of missing episodes and refuse to release them to the wider public.
*** In November 2013, tabloids the Daily Mail and the Mirror reported as news that a copy of the seven episodes of "[[Recap/DoctorWhoS1E4MarcoPolo Marco Polo]]", the earliest missing serial (and one of only three to have no existing footage whatsoever) had been found, recorded off-air by a handheld camera pointed at the TV screen. This was presumably a Chinese whisper based on the fact that many brief clips of footage have survived via this method -- filmed by an anonymous Australian fan using an 8mm cine camera -- but certainly not any full episodes.
*** Ever since the rediscovery of "[[Recap/DoctorWhoS5E4TheEnemyOfTheWorld The Enemy of the World]]" and "[[Recap/DoctorWhoS5E5TheWebOfFear The Web of Fear]]", the fandom has been plagued by the "omnirumour", which, promoted by some well-known American geek news sites, alleges that most or all of the 1960s Missing Episodes have actually been found, but that it's been kept secret because the people in possession of them want more money and/or because the BBC wants to keep a guaranteed home video income stream by "finding" them gradually over the next few decades.
*** The "evil collector" legend actually achieved ostension in 2015, when the missing episode hunters who recovered the Nigerian copies of "The Web of Fear" revealed that Episode 3 of the story (one of the most sought-after of all Missing Episodes, since it features the first on-screen appearance of the iconic franchise character Alistair Lethbridge-Stewart) had been stolen between their discovery of the episodes and their official removal from their original location.
* When season 2 of ''Series/MightyMorphinPowerRangers'' came out, the remaining "[[FanNickname Zyu 2]]" Zord battles ''Franchise/SuperSentai'' creator Toei Entertainment had created specifically for MMPR were either edited to have the villains battle the mechs from ''Series/GoseiSentaiDairanger'' instead, or unused altogether. For years, rumors persisted that one of the latter cases, Bloom of Doom, had Lokar, the Power Rangers counterpart of the ''Series/KyoryuSentaiZyuranger'' BigBad Dai Satan, appear during her Zord battle. In February 2014, MMPR director/stunt coordinator Jeff Pruitt released some of the unused Zyu 2 footage, including the Bloom of Doom Zord battle, in which Lokar does not appear.
** Due to some [[WhatHappenedToTheMouse loose ends]] from the finale of ''Series/PowerRangersZeo'', there's been some speculation about what happened in the events leading up to ''Series/PowerRangersTurbo''. One of the most prominent rumors is about a series of shorts called "Scorpion Rain", made using StockFootage and [[OffTheShelfFX various Power Rangers toys]] to promote ''Film/TurboAPowerRangersMovie'' in Australia. It later turned out to be a hoax, although [[Series/PowerRangersWildForce "Forever Red"]] (written by [[PromotedFanboy one of the writers]] behind "Scorpion Rain") alludes to those events.
* There's one about ''Series/ElChavoDelOcho'', very popular on [=YouTube=], about how the original show ends with the eponymous Chavo dead after he gets hit by a car. This is totally false; the original run ended with the trip to Acapulco three-parter. "Street child killed by car" does happen in the companion book ''El Diario del Chavo del Ocho'', although to a friend of el Chavo, and before the events of the show.
* It's commonly assumed by ''Star Trek'' fans that the instrumental "Archer's Theme" was originally written to be the opening credits theme for ''Series/StarTrekEnterprise'' but was replaced by the Russell Watson cover "Where My Heart Will Take Me". Fairly plausible – it syncs up with the opening credits perfectly, and a variation plays over the closing credits – but not actually true: according to composer Dennis [=McCarthy=] he created "Archer's Theme" at a fairly late stage, and actually wrote it to match the opening credits rather than the other way around.

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[[folder:Live-Action TV]]
[[folder:Webcomics]]
* ''Series/DoctorWho'' ''Webcomic/{{xkcd}}'' has a few:
** There's a long-standing legend that the original TARDIS police box prop was previously used
an InUniverse example in an episode or episodes of ''Series/DixonOfDockGreen''. In fact, it was built new for the show.
** The "missing sixth episode" of "[[Recap/DoctorWhoS8E5TheDaemons The Daemons]]", set off by an April Fool's prank in a fanzine. The somewhat abrupt and ill-explained ending of the story, combined with its unusual length of five episodes, led to a fan rumour that it was made as a six-part story and then had the last two episodes crudely edited into one. This had happened a couple of times earlier in the show, with "[[Recap/DoctorWhoS2E1PlanetOfGiants Planet of Giants]]", and "[[Recap/DoctorWhoS6E1TheDominators The Dominators]]", but "The Daemons" was written as broadcast.
** 1960s ''Doctor Who'' in colour. Various rumours have circulated about parts of or entire episodes of Hartnell and Troughton stories being made in colour as unbroadcast technical experiments. This never happened. The probable source of the rumour lies with unofficial colour films of location shooting for a couple of sixties stories,
#978: "Citogenesis", which were made by crew members or fans.
** There were several wild rumours involving the true authorship of the stories "[[Recap/DoctorWhoS19E3Kinda Kinda]]" and "[[Recap/DoctorWhoS20E2Snakedance Snakedance]]", due to the unusually cerebral nature of the scripts and the fact that the writer, Christopher Bailey, didn't write very much else and quickly gave up scriptwriting for academia. It was commonly alleged in fandom that "Bailey" was
shows a pseudonym for a very well-known person who didn't want to be known as a ''Who'' writer, with the most common targets being Music/KateBush and Creator/TomStoppard.
** But the most notorious urban legends in ''Doctor Who'' fandom surround {{Missing Episode}}s, with wild tales of evil collectors or secret circles of {{Big Name Fan}}s who own copies of missing episodes and refuse to release them to the wider public.
*** In November 2013, tabloids the Daily Mail and the Mirror reported as news that a copy of the seven episodes of "[[Recap/DoctorWhoS1E4MarcoPolo Marco Polo]]", the earliest missing serial (and one of only three to have no existing footage whatsoever) had been found, recorded off-air by a handheld camera pointed at the TV screen. This was presumably a Chinese whisper based on the fact that many brief clips of footage have survived via this method -- filmed by an anonymous Australian fan using an 8mm cine camera -- but certainly not any full episodes.
*** Ever since the rediscovery of "[[Recap/DoctorWhoS5E4TheEnemyOfTheWorld The Enemy of the World]]" and "[[Recap/DoctorWhoS5E5TheWebOfFear The Web of Fear]]", the fandom has been plagued by the "omnirumour", which, promoted by some well-known American geek news sites, alleges that most or all of the 1960s Missing Episodes have actually been found, but that it's been kept secret because the people in possession of them want more money and/or because the BBC wants to keep a guaranteed home video income stream by "finding" them gradually over the next few decades.
*** The "evil collector" legend actually achieved ostension in 2015, when the missing episode hunters who recovered the Nigerian copies of "The Web of Fear" revealed that Episode 3 of the story (one of the most sought-after of all Missing Episodes, since it features the first on-screen appearance of the iconic franchise
character Alistair Lethbridge-Stewart) had been stolen between their discovery of the episodes and their official removal from their original location.
* When season 2 of ''Series/MightyMorphinPowerRangers'' came out, the remaining "[[FanNickname Zyu 2]]" Zord battles ''Franchise/SuperSentai'' creator Toei Entertainment had created specifically for MMPR were either edited to have the villains battle the mechs from ''Series/GoseiSentaiDairanger'' instead, or unused altogether. For years, rumors persisted that one of the latter cases, Bloom of Doom, had Lokar, the Power Rangers counterpart of the ''Series/KyoryuSentaiZyuranger'' BigBad Dai Satan, appear during her Zord battle. In February 2014, MMPR director/stunt coordinator Jeff Pruitt released some of the unused Zyu 2 footage, including the Bloom of Doom Zord battle,
posting a made-up fact on Wikipedia, a reporter in which Lokar does not appear.
** Due to some [[WhatHappenedToTheMouse loose ends]] from the finale of ''Series/PowerRangersZeo'', there's been some speculation about what happened in the events leading up to ''Series/PowerRangersTurbo''. One of the most prominent rumors is about
a series of shorts called "Scorpion Rain", made rush using StockFootage Wikipedia as his source for a news article, and [[OffTheShelfFX various Power Rangers toys]] to promote ''Film/TurboAPowerRangersMovie'' in Australia. It later turned out to be a hoax, although [[Series/PowerRangersWildForce "Forever Red"]] (written by [[PromotedFanboy one of then Wikipedia editors using the writers]] behind "Scorpion Rain") alludes to those events.
* There's one about ''Series/ElChavoDelOcho'', very popular on [=YouTube=], about how
news article as a citation for the original show ends with the eponymous Chavo dead after he gets hit by a car. This is totally false; the original run ended with the trip to Acapulco three-parter. "Street child killed by car" does happen in the companion book ''El Diario del Chavo del Ocho'', although to a friend of el Chavo, and before the events of the show.
* It's commonly assumed by ''Star Trek'' fans that the instrumental "Archer's Theme" was originally written to be the opening credits theme for ''Series/StarTrekEnterprise'' but was replaced by the Russell Watson cover "Where My Heart Will Take Me". Fairly plausible – it syncs up with the opening credits perfectly, and a variation plays over the closing credits – but not actually true: according to composer Dennis [=McCarthy=] he created "Archer's Theme" at a fairly late stage, and actually wrote it to match the opening credits rather than the other way around.
fake fact.



[[folder: Music]]
* Overlapping with Live-Action TV, two different generations have a variation on an urban legend that a FormerChildStar grew up to be a ShockRocker:
** In TheSeventies, a rumor spread that Music/AliceCooper was the eponymous character on ''Series/LeaveItToBeaver'' while in reality he was played by Jerry Mathers (and Alice's birth name was Vincent Furnier).
** Meanwhile, in TheNineties, a more popular legend spread that the incredibly nerdy Paul from ''Series/TheWonderYears'' was [[FromNobodyToNightmare now]] Music/MarilynManson[[note]]Not that everything added up anyway, since the real actor was younger than Manson by almost a decade[[/note]]. In reality, Paul's actor, Josh Savino, quit acting after the show ended to become a lawyer, but is amused by the rumor since kids think he's cool as a result. Mr. Manson... not so much.
* It's been widely rumored that Charles Manson auditioned to be in ''Series/TheMonkees". While this isn't as implausible as it might initially sound, as he definitely did have hopes of a music career, he was serving a prison sentence at the time that the show was being cast.
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[[folder: Professional Wrestling]]
* For years fans believed that Wrestling/{{Goldust}} was behind the Attitude Era's caught on camera segments "GTV" to facilitate an upcoming return to the ring. In 2015, wwe.com released "[[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fuy5ZYr9V-A 5 WWE Myths Busted]]" debunking this theory and other long-believed behind-the-scenes WWE rumors. In the case of "GTV", Wrestling/VinceRusso revealed that the mastermind was actually meant to be Creator/{{MTV}}'s Tom Green, whom Russo had a friendly working relationship with behind camera.
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[[folder:Toys]]
* ''Franchise/{{Transformers}}'' has a [[http://tfwiki.net/wiki/Misconceptions_and_urban_legends_about_Transformers number]] of rumors, such as the one that there was that there was a "giant-sized" Optimus Prime figure released during the original G1 run (which was actually a Korean bootleg) and that a G1 figure or prototype was made for Unicron (which is sort of an odd combination of a misinterpretation of an Creator/OrsonWelles quote and jealous children pretending to have a toy bigger than a rival's Metroplex). A G1 toy prototype Unicron does exist, and was first publicly unveiled at the [=BotCon '96=] fan convention. [[http://tfwiki.net/wiki/File:G1toy-UnicronprotoHasbro.jpg It resembles nothing more than a blue basketball on legs,]] and is decidedly unimpressive. (A Unicron toy wasn't officially released until ''Anime/TransformersArmada'' in 2003.)
* ''Toys/{{Bionicle}}'':
** Cheap Photoshop-jobs of fake sets, often made to look like grainy pictures taken from a retailer's catalog, regularly caught on within the fandom, as have rumors of alternate builds of certain models being sold as separate sets. So when similarly fake-looking images of two supposedly Korean-exclusive Piraka combo model sets surfaced, there were many discussions on their legitimacy, especially since they were totally unknown in the Western world and their packaging also contained bad Photoshop work. These are now seen as real, since Korea tends to release their own multi-packs. Legit leaks of the line's unexpected 2015 reboot were also initially dismissed for this reason.
** The same thing surfaced with the 2015 reboot, with claims of new Toa (including a new version of fan-favorite Takanuva), the return of the bohrok, and more showing up in the same grainy, out-of-focus manner as the originals. One that got dismissed as fake, ironically, was an ultimately cancelled Makuta set, which appears to have been planned for the series' third and final arc before being CutShort.
** Voriki, the "Seventh Toa", was a fan-made character created for a 2001 contest using recolored official artwork with a mask and a weapon obviously edited in Photoshop. Despite this, many fans believed him to be official, though the release of a canonical Seventh Toa in 2003 dispelled all rumors. Voriki has since become a celebrity of sorts among the fandom's original characters, and some have even made custom models of him with painted and 3D-printed parts.
[[/folder]]

[[folder:Webcomics]]
* ''Webcomic/{{xkcd}}'' has an InUniverse example in #978: "Citogenesis", which shows a character posting a made-up fact on Wikipedia, a reporter in a rush using Wikipedia as his source for a news article, and then Wikipedia editors using the news article as a citation for the fake fact.
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[[folder:Anime and Manga]]
* ''Manga/MyHeroAcademia'': A mistranslation of a chapter implied that All Might was in a relationship with his former sidekick Sir Nighteye (he literally states that he can't help Midoriya get an internship with him because they broke up, so it'd be awkward to ask, and Present Mic teases him about letting his feeling get in the way), which led many fans to believe and spread that All Might was interested in men. This was exacerbated when someone edited All Might's page on the wikia to add a false statement from Horikoshi in which he admits that All Might is interested in both men and women, but leaves his relationship´with Nighteye ambiguous. While this was quickly cleared, some fans still believe in it.
* There's a rumor in the ''Manga/LuckyStar'' fandom that in a manga omake, WordOfGod confirmed that Kagami has a one-sided crush on Konata (which of course is prime fuel for the shippers). Except...that this omake doesn't exist, but of course the shippers love to propagate the rumor without ever checking for a source. (The lack of scans online beyond the beginning of Volume 2 contributes to this.) An alternate version is that it was stated in an ''interview'' and the quote was more along the lines of "One of the girls has an unrequited crush on the other." but not it specifically being Kagami. Suffice to say, nobody ever managed to confirm this.
* ''Manga/SailorMoon'': Prince Uranus refers to a [[http://wikimoon.org/index.php?title=Prince_Uranus fan-created rumor]] (from the long-defunct fan site "Save our Sailors") that was stated to have come from an unnamed Japanese magazine's article interviewing Creator/NaokoTakeuchi, who supposedly explained that Sailor Neptune's and Sailor Uranus's lesbian relationship was in fact that of Sailor Neptune and Prince Uranus, who had died and was reborn as a girl (as his sister's powers had passed on to him, causing him to be reborn as her). Needless to say, ''Sailor Moon'' fans were ''not'' amused, and the site that the rumor came from later quietly removed it.
* There is a popular and persistent rumor about the finale of ''Manga/CaptainTsubasa'' that stated that the whole series is AllJustADream, ending with Tsubasa waking up in a hospital, where we find out he was run over by a truck during the first episode and that his legs were amputated since the accident. While many people have stated that they "saw" the episode, this is in fact, false since there is nothing to prove it as real (besides a poorly photoshopped picture of Tsubasa in a hospital bed): there are three anime adaptations of the manga (the last one being Road to 2002), the scene with the truck [[AdaptationExpansion is exclusive to the first series]], and the creator has been working in several sequels and spin-offs since the last anime was released in earlier 2000s. Even more: it was revealed in December 2017 that [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kh8czMsFjX0 a new anime series will be aired in 2018.]]
* ''Franchise/{{Digimon}}''
** The fandom has the still-persistent belief that Renamon was [[ShesAManInJapan male in the original Japanese]]. It doesn't help that at least one foreign version (the German one for example) has Renamon as a male character, which naturally caused confusion when one of its Digivolutions, Sakuyamon, was presented and it looked very feminine (including breasts, which Renamon didn't have).
** Additionally, a persistent rumor held that, in the Japanese version of [[Anime/DigimonAdventure Piedmon's Last Jest]], Takeru and Hikari kiss, a scene that was supposedly censored out for the English version. An even more persistent rumor held that the series was only supposed to run for a dozen or so episodes, consisting only of the Devimon arc, but its popularity caused it to be extended into a full 50-episode-long series.[[note]]No official statement has ever been found to support this, and the way anime series are made and planned would make this course of events highly unlikely.[[/note]] Yet another rumor claimed that the franchise's first movie, included as part one of the localized ''Digimon: The Movie'' was originally a stand-alone project whose good reception led to a full animated series being produced; the movie was actually shown at a film festival the day before ''Adventure'''s first episode aired, making this impossible.
** ''Anime/DigimonAdventure02'' has had at least a couple of long-standing rumors about its DistantFinale; one involves an interview where someone who worked on the show said that TK/Kari and Izzy/Mimi were going to be two of the couples, along with the canon Ken/Yolei and Matt/Sora. Another one, commonly perpetuated by [[FanPreferredCouple Tai/Sora]] fans, is that Sora and Matt are divorced. So far, there is no evidence that either rumor is true.
* ''Anime/{{Doraemon}}'' has two rumors regarding the series finale:
** Similar to the supposed ending of Captain Tsubasa, Doraemon was also believed to end like this. The whole show is (depending on who tells it) either the delusion of a mentally ill kid, or more often, the dream of a boy in a coma. In both instances, Nobita is found bedridden with a Doraemon plushie, and usually the story claims that he has no legs. The story, however, does not end like that. The original TV show doesn't have a proper ending, in fact, it continued airing new episodes long after those rumors appeared, generally spread by older fans who grew out of Doraemon's main demographic and had no idea that the show was still making new material. The rumor is stronger in Latin America, fueled by the fact the dub had a hiatus that led people to believe the show ended. The manga never got a proper ending, while the anime has a special with a more AndTheAdventureContinues style ending.
** Another rumor is way more optimistic. It deals with Doraemon malfunctioning as his batteries run out. The batteries are linked to his memory, and therefore replacing them will cause him to reboot. Nobita, not wanting to erase his memories, decides to study hard and do his best to find a way to repair his friend without rebooting his system. It leads to him becoming a successful engineer, and when he finally is able to fix the cosmic cat, Doraemon decides he no longer needs him and he decides to stay with Nobita's son instead. This rumor was created by a very convincing Doujinshi, which has confused many people into believing it's the real deal, even when the original fan comic doesn't even pretend to be taken as canon.
* ''Franchise/DragonBall''
** ''Franchise/DragonBall'' '''AF''' was a rumor started after ''GT'' ended, and still hasn't died. It's supposed to be a continuation of the story after ''Anime/DragonBallGT'', where Goku supposedly goes [[UpToEleven Super Saiyan 5]]. It went downhill after that. [[PoisonOakEpilepticTrees Fan Theories are confirmed]], and every character reaches [[SerialEscalation another level of Super Saiyan: 6, 7...50]]. However, ''AF'' simply does not exist. Even the name is a mystery. The ones who want to believe it exists say it's "'''A'''fter '''F'''uture", the ones who don't [[FunWithAcronyms say]] it's "'''A'''pril '''F'''ools". A doujinshi was created out of this theory by Toyble, which just made things worse as the art is really good, and resembles Toriyama's. Fans believed it to be official. The Website/DaizenshuuEX website also played with this theory, which again, just made things worse.
** Then there came ''Franchise/DragonBall'' '''Hoshi''', which just like ''AF'' doesn't exist. Yet trailers exist around the net, mostly scenes from ''Dragon Ball'' videogame openings and movies unreleased outside Japan.
** And there's the age-old "Toriyama wanted ''Dragon Ball'' to end at <insert arc here>[[labelnote:*]]The Frieza and Android/Cell arcs are particularly common versions[[/labelnote]]" rumor, perpetuated by many fans yet rarely supported by factual evidence. In fact, the only original ending point per WordOfGod was after the original Dragon Ball search -- the very first arc!
* ''Manga/FullmetalAlchemist''
** In the fanbase you'll sometimes hear the rumor that Winry's name was meant to be "Wendy", but it wasn't spelled correctly. Similarly, that "Riza" was intended as "Liza" or "Lisa".
** Despite many fans swearing that it's canon, there is no mention anywhere in the [[Anime/FullmetalAlchemist 2003 anime]] that Envy's real name is "[[spoiler:William Elric]]".
* ''Anime/{{Pokemon}}'':
** In the early days of the ''Anime/{{Pokemon}}'' fandom, there were rumors that Ash's Butterfree dies in the original Japanese version of "Bye Bye Butterfree" and that the English dub [[{{Bowdlerise}} rewrote the script]] so that Butterfree [[NeverSayDie lives]]. It was supposedly claimed that Butterfree [[OutWithABang die after mating]] like real butterflies do, and Ash is sad because he knows this is the last time he'll see his Butterfree alive. Once the Japanese episodes became more readily available, it became clear that this is not the case and Butterfree do indeed survive after mating. He even appears in a future intro with his mate.
** Rumors for ''Anime/PokemonTheFirstMovie'' are that Mew in the Japanese version has a [[FantasticRacism very horrible opinion on clones]] and says that they are "inferior and should die". In reality, according to Meowth (Nyarth in this version), its dialogue is:
-->''The real ones are real. If the clones fight only using their bodies and not with skill, the real ones will never lose.''
** For a while after the Western release of ''Anime/PokemonIChooseYou'' some voices (that were even here on this very site) said that in the Japanese version there was a [[TheStinger post-credits scene]] removed from the Western dubs featuring Giovanni and Mewtwo, hinting at a remake of the first movie being released in 2018. Reviews of the Japanese version such as [[http://dogasu.bulbagarden.net/old_news_archive/july_2017.html Dogasu's]] make clear that the only thing said at the end in the Japanese version was "the next movie will be released next year" in text form, with no extra scene whatsoever. It's unknown from where the rumor came from.
** Back before the episode was dubbed, there was a rumor that in Misty's final Original Series episode Ash gave her his hat as a keepsake. This even appeared in fan-magazines and guides.
** In the 2000s there was a rumor of a Japanese-only episode where Pikachu turned into a human girl. No such episode exists.
* There is a rumor that ''Manga/BlackButler'' was originally supposed to be a Yaoi, but was changed to attract a wider audience, which some say is just an urban legend. There is evidence for both arguments, with the strongest evidence for the rumor being that the author has been known to draw Yaoi before.
* A weirdass edit on the Italian Wikipedia page for ''Anime/KirbyRightBackAtYa'' mentioned an enormous quantity of side characters that were apparently edited out from the 4Kids dub, including multiple appearances of [[VideoGame/KirbysDreamLand2 Gooey]] and [[VideoGame/KirbysDreamLand3 Bukiset]] respectively as Kirby's sidekick and Knuckle Joe's rival, an entire MissingEpisode about a penguin army declaring war on Dream Land and a pair of sword-wielding fairies, with detailed descriptions of where they supposedly appear in every single episode of the show. The fact that none of the descriptions actually match with any scene saw in the series can easily prove that was a giant lie.
* ''Manga/{{Naruto}}'': There's a persistent rumor that Naruto/[[spoiler:Sakura]] was the original [[OfficialCouple endgame couple]] and that Kishimoto only paired with him with [[spoiler:Hinata]] due to it being a FanPreferredCouple. No, Kishimoto always planned [[spoiler:Hinata]] as Naruto's love interest and admits the ShipTease for [[spoiler:Narusaku]] was all just {{Red Herring}}s.
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* ''Manga/MyHeroAcademia'': A mistranslation of a chapter implied that All Might was in a relationship with his former sidekick Sir Nighteye (he literally states that he can't help Midoriya get an internship with him because they broke up, so it'd be awkward to ask, and Present Mic teases him about letting his feeling get in the way), which led many fans to believe and spread that All Might was interested in men. This was exacerbated when someone edited All Might's page on the wikia to add a false statement from Horikoshi in which he admits that All Might is interested in both men and women, but leaves his relationship´with Nighteye ambiguous. While this was quickly cleared, some fans still believe in it.
* There's a rumor in the ''Manga/LuckyStar'' fandom that in a manga omake, WordOfGod confirmed that Kagami has a one-sided crush on Konata (which of course is prime fuel for the shippers). Except...that this omake doesn't exist, but of course the shippers love to propagate the rumor without ever checking for a source. (The lack of scans online beyond the beginning of Volume 2 contributes to this.) An alternate version is that it was stated in an ''interview'' and the quote was more along the lines of "One of the girls has an unrequited crush on the other." but not it specifically being Kagami. Suffice to say, nobody ever managed to confirm this.
* ''Manga/SailorMoon'': Prince Uranus refers to a [[http://wikimoon.org/index.php?title=Prince_Uranus fan-created rumor]] (from the long-defunct fan site "Save our Sailors") that was stated to have come from an unnamed Japanese magazine's article interviewing Creator/NaokoTakeuchi, who supposedly explained that Sailor Neptune's and Sailor Uranus's lesbian relationship was in fact that of Sailor Neptune and Prince Uranus, who had died and was reborn as a girl (as his sister's powers had passed on to him, causing him to be reborn as her). Needless to say, ''Sailor Moon'' fans were ''not'' amused, and the site that the rumor came from later quietly removed it.
* There is a popular and persistent rumor about the finale of ''Manga/CaptainTsubasa'' that stated that the whole series is AllJustADream, ending with Tsubasa waking up in a hospital, where we find out he was run over by a truck during the first episode and that his legs were amputated since the accident. While many people have stated that they "saw" the episode, this is in fact, false since there is nothing to prove it as real (besides a poorly photoshopped picture of Tsubasa in a hospital bed): there are three anime adaptations of the manga (the last one being Road to 2002), the scene with the truck [[AdaptationExpansion is exclusive to the first series]], and the creator has been working in several sequels and spin-offs since the last anime was released in earlier 2000s. Even more: it was revealed in December 2017 that [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kh8czMsFjX0 a new anime series will be aired in 2018.]]
* ''Franchise/{{Digimon}}''
** The fandom has the still-persistent belief that Renamon was [[ShesAManInJapan male in the original Japanese]]. It doesn't help that at least one foreign version (the German one for example) has Renamon as a male character, which naturally caused confusion when one of its Digivolutions, Sakuyamon, was presented and it looked very feminine (including breasts, which Renamon didn't have).
** Additionally, a persistent rumor held that, in the Japanese version of [[Anime/DigimonAdventure Piedmon's Last Jest]], Takeru and Hikari kiss, a scene that was supposedly censored out for the English version. An even more persistent rumor held that the series was only supposed to run for a dozen or so episodes, consisting only of the Devimon arc, but its popularity caused it to be extended into a full 50-episode-long series.[[note]]No official statement has ever been found to support this, and the way anime series are made and planned would make this course of events highly unlikely.[[/note]] Yet another rumor claimed that the franchise's first movie, included as part one of the localized ''Digimon: The Movie'' was originally a stand-alone project whose good reception led to a full animated series being produced; the movie was actually shown at a film festival the day before ''Adventure'''s first episode aired, making this impossible.
** ''Anime/DigimonAdventure02'' has had at least a couple of long-standing rumors about its DistantFinale; one involves an interview where someone who worked on the show said that TK/Kari and Izzy/Mimi were going to be two of the couples, along with the canon Ken/Yolei and Matt/Sora. Another one, commonly perpetuated by [[FanPreferredCouple Tai/Sora]] fans, is that Sora and Matt are divorced. So far, there is no evidence that either rumor is true.
* ''Anime/{{Doraemon}}'' has two rumors regarding the series finale:
** Similar to the supposed ending of Captain Tsubasa, Doraemon was also believed to end like this. The whole show is (depending on who tells it) either the delusion of a mentally ill kid, or more often, the dream of a boy in a coma. In both instances, Nobita is found bedridden with a Doraemon plushie, and usually the story claims that he has no legs. The story, however, does not end like that. The original TV show doesn't have a proper ending, in fact, it continued airing new episodes long after those rumors appeared, generally spread by older fans who grew out of Doraemon's main demographic and had no idea that the show was still making new material. The rumor is stronger in Latin America, fueled by the fact the dub had a hiatus that led people to believe the show ended. The manga never got a proper ending, while the anime has a special with a more AndTheAdventureContinues style ending.
** Another rumor is way more optimistic. It deals with Doraemon malfunctioning as his batteries run out. The batteries are linked to his memory, and therefore replacing them will cause him to reboot. Nobita, not wanting to erase his memories, decides to study hard and do his best to find a way to repair his friend without rebooting his system. It leads to him becoming a successful engineer, and when he finally is able to fix the cosmic cat, Doraemon decides he no longer needs him and he decides to stay with Nobita's son instead. This rumor was created by a very convincing Doujinshi, which has confused many people into believing it's the real deal, even when the original fan comic doesn't even pretend to be taken as canon.
* ''Franchise/DragonBall''
** ''Franchise/DragonBall'' '''AF''' was a rumor started after ''GT'' ended, and still hasn't died. It's supposed to be a continuation of the story after ''Anime/DragonBallGT'', where Goku supposedly goes [[UpToEleven Super Saiyan 5]]. It went downhill after that. [[PoisonOakEpilepticTrees Fan Theories are confirmed]], and every character reaches [[SerialEscalation another level of Super Saiyan: 6, 7...50]]. However, ''AF'' simply does not exist. Even the name is a mystery. The ones who want to believe it exists say it's "'''A'''fter '''F'''uture", the ones who don't [[FunWithAcronyms say]] it's "'''A'''pril '''F'''ools". A doujinshi was created out of this theory by Toyble, which just made things worse as the art is really good, and resembles Toriyama's. Fans believed it to be official. The Website/DaizenshuuEX website also played with this theory, which again, just made things worse.
** Then there came ''Franchise/DragonBall'' '''Hoshi''', which just like ''AF'' doesn't exist. Yet trailers exist around the net, mostly scenes from ''Dragon Ball'' videogame openings and movies unreleased outside Japan.
** And there's the age-old "Toriyama wanted ''Dragon Ball'' to end at <insert arc here>[[labelnote:*]]The Frieza and Android/Cell arcs are particularly common versions[[/labelnote]]" rumor, perpetuated by many fans yet rarely supported by factual evidence. In fact, the only original ending point per WordOfGod was after the original Dragon Ball search -- the very first arc!
* ''Manga/FullmetalAlchemist''
** In the fanbase you'll sometimes hear the rumor that Winry's name was meant to be "Wendy", but it wasn't spelled correctly. Similarly, that "Riza" was intended as "Liza" or "Lisa".
** Despite many fans swearing that it's canon, there is no mention anywhere in the [[Anime/FullmetalAlchemist 2003 anime]] that Envy's real name is "[[spoiler:William Elric]]".
* ''Anime/{{Pokemon}}'':
** In the early days of the ''Anime/{{Pokemon}}'' fandom, there were rumors that Ash's Butterfree dies in the original Japanese version of "Bye Bye Butterfree" and that the English dub [[{{Bowdlerise}} rewrote the script]] so that Butterfree [[NeverSayDie lives]]. It was supposedly claimed that Butterfree [[OutWithABang die after mating]] like real butterflies do, and Ash is sad because he knows this is the last time he'll see his Butterfree alive. Once the Japanese episodes became more readily available, it became clear that this is not the case and Butterfree do indeed survive after mating. He even appears in a future intro with his mate.
** Rumors for ''Anime/PokemonTheFirstMovie'' are that Mew in the Japanese version has a [[FantasticRacism very horrible opinion on clones]] and says that they are "inferior and should die". In reality, according to Meowth (Nyarth in this version), its dialogue is:
-->''The real ones are real. If the clones fight only using their bodies and not with skill, the real ones will never lose.''
** For a while after the Western release of ''Anime/PokemonIChooseYou'' some voices (that were even here on this very site) said that in the Japanese version there was a [[TheStinger post-credits scene]] removed from the Western dubs featuring Giovanni and Mewtwo, hinting at a remake of the first movie being released in 2018. Reviews of the Japanese version such as [[http://dogasu.bulbagarden.net/old_news_archive/july_2017.html Dogasu's]] make clear that the only thing said at the end in the Japanese version was "the next movie will be released next year" in text form, with no extra scene whatsoever. It's unknown from where the rumor came from.
** Back before the episode was dubbed, there was a rumor that in Misty's final Original Series episode Ash gave her his hat as a keepsake. This even appeared in fan-magazines and guides.
** In the 2000s there was a rumor of a Japanese-only episode where Pikachu turned into a human girl. No such episode exists.
* There is a rumor that ''Manga/BlackButler'' was originally supposed to be a Yaoi, but was changed to attract a wider audience, which some say is just an urban legend. There is evidence for both arguments, with the strongest evidence for the rumor being that the author has been known to draw Yaoi before.
* A weirdass edit on the Italian Wikipedia page for ''Anime/KirbyRightBackAtYa'' mentioned an enormous quantity of side characters that were apparently edited out from the 4Kids dub, including multiple appearances of [[VideoGame/KirbysDreamLand2 Gooey]] and [[VideoGame/KirbysDreamLand3 Bukiset]] respectively as Kirby's sidekick and Knuckle Joe's rival, an entire MissingEpisode about a penguin army declaring war on Dream Land and a pair of sword-wielding fairies, with detailed descriptions of where they supposedly appear in every single episode of the show. The fact that none of the descriptions actually match with any scene saw in the series can easily prove that was a giant lie.
* ''Manga/{{Naruto}}'': There's a persistent rumor that Naruto/[[spoiler:Sakura]] was the original [[OfficialCouple endgame couple]] and that Kishimoto only paired with him with [[spoiler:Hinata]] due to it being a FanPreferredCouple. No, Kishimoto always planned [[spoiler:Hinata]] as Naruto's love interest and admits the ShipTease for [[spoiler:Narusaku]] was all just {{Red Herring}}s.
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* Due to entries on this wiki, there's the rumor that Tekno and Amy from ''ComicBook/SonicTheComic'' have been [[WordOfGay confirmed as a couple]]. No such confirmation exists. They're just close friends.
* Due to the highly divisive nature of the events leading to ''ComicBook/SecretEmpire'', there were two 4chan posts that claim as to what the true ending to the story and how it would shape ''ComicBook/MarvelGenerations'' and ''ComicBook/MarvelLegacy'':
** One post posits that while the comic ended mostly the same, but that ''Secret Empire'' was meant to mirror ''ComicBook/SecretInvasion'' with the World Security Council (a group introduced over in the Franchise/MarvelCinematicUniverse and brought over in ''ComicBook/CaptainAmericaSteveRogers'') would have taken over, proceeding to clamp down on super heroics, mimicking the ''ComicBook/DarkReign'' era. Many of the fallen elder heroes would have returned via ''Generations'' and would go on a trip to reconnect with the people while the younger heroes would lead the fight against the WSC. These titles would also be converted into a brand new Ultimate line -- Miles Morales' ''Spider-Man'' title would go back to ''Ultimate Spider-Man'', ''All-New X-Men''/''X-Men: Blue'' would become ''Ultimate X-Men'', ''Champions'' into ''The Ultimates'', etc.
** Another post posits a quite different ending and follow up. This post would claim that ''Secret Empire'' was originally planned to end with Sam Wilson becoming Captain America once and for all, defeating an unrepentant Steve Rogers. With many of the previous heroes either dead or disgraced in some way, the legacy characters would have fallen into the spotlight. It's claimed that the immense backlash against HYDRA!Steve lead to a hastily re-written ending to how it is now, which holds credence in that the story has a plotline involving another Steve Rogers trapped in Kobik's mind that doesn't connect with the main story until the very end and the hastily thrown in hook to ''Generations''
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