Created By: exkitty on July 19, 2013 Last Edited By: StarSword on July 19, 2013

Intentional Inaccuracy

A factual mistake is the result of sloppy research on the part of the character, not the creator.

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A character gives an explanation or quotes 'facts' that are entirely incorrect. However, elsewhere the same facts are stated correctly, and other characters call the inaccurate character out. The authors intentionally gave the character a lack of research skills as a character trait.

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  • July 19, 2013
    StarSword
    It feels familiar but I can't remember if I actually saw it or not.

    TV:
    • In the Stargate SG 1 episode "Chimera" Sam tells her boyfriend Pete Shanahan that there's no zoo in Colorado Springs. DVD commentary confirms this was intentional: the writers do know about the Cheyenne Mountain Zoo and were indicating that Sam spends so much time working at Stargate Command that she doesn't know basic details about the city she lives in.
  • July 19, 2013
    StarSword
    Aha! I remembered the trope, but this proposal is still usable. What we have is Global Ignorance, which is this but just about geography, so you've got a Missing Supertrope here.
  • July 19, 2013
    aurora369
    The poet Lyapis from The Twelve Chairs, an in-universe example of Critical Research Failure, thinks that jackals are shaped like snakes, and a lifting jack is something that tends to fall mind-blowingly quickly. Other characters correct him.
  • July 19, 2013
    thewriter
    This is almost always present in A Last Minute Project
  • July 19, 2013
    paycheckgurl
    • Sue Slevester from Glee is fond of this. She'll often rattle off "historical facts" and "quotes" that sound more like some sort of Insane Troll Logic mixed with randomly stringing names and places together.

    • Animal House has this famous exchange:
      Bluto: What? Over? Did you say "over"? Nothing is over until we decide it is! Was it over when the Germans bombed Pearl Harbor? Hell no!
      Otter: Germans?
      Boon: Forget it, he's rolling.

  • July 19, 2013
    StarSword
  • July 19, 2013
    Hodor
    • In Once Upon A Time, in his earlier appearances, the character August, apparently a cool/worldly character gave several factoids that were inaccurate. This was done deliberately to foreshadow the later reveal that August is Pinochio, and really more of a lying poseur.
  • July 19, 2013
    Generality
    • Any homework project presented by Calvin, assuming he even got that far. Especially if it involves math. His essay on bats consisted of the erroneous idea that bats are bugs padded out with Purple Prose.
  • July 19, 2013
    StarSword
    Fixed a spelling mistake in the title.
  • July 19, 2013
    DAN004

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