->''"See, Dad doesn't think the decompression would tear open a hole that big in such a small plane, but obviously Dr. [=McNinja=] lives in a world that operates like a Franchise/MortalKombat stage."''
-->-- '''Chris Hastings''', ''Webcomic/TheAdventuresOfDrMcNinja'' [[http://drmcninja.com/archives/comic/14p17 Ch 14, p 17]] AltText

''Creators are allowed to be inaccurate if the inaccuracy serves the story better than accuracy would.''

In a nutshell, the writer is aware that some parts of the show are inaccurate. The history is wrong, or the science is off, or something else. It's easy to assume that the writer didn't bother with research. But they may well have. Often they know that what they are writing is off, and wrote it anyway. Sometimes, it's because [[TheCoconutEffect it's the way it's always been done in show business]], and the audience [[RealityIsUnrealistic wouldn't believe it otherwise]]. In some cases, the research couldn't be done because information was lacking, so the artist made an educated guess.

It's about [[AnthropicPrinciple putting the story first]], TropesAreTools and all that.

Telling a good story is what is most important in fiction[[note]] (unless you're [[{{Postmodernism}} PoMo]] in which case storytelling also can also take a back seat to playing sufficiently interesting semiotic language games)[[/note]]. If some things have to be fudged for the sake of a good story, then they will be fudged. If things have to be sped up to stay interesting, they will be. These are changes to ensure EmotionalTorque.

However, this is a double-edged sword. For the license to work, the story has to be good. A bad story will often look worse for its inaccuracies. There isn't a complete consensus, of course, about which stories are on the right or wrong side of SturgeonsLaw.

The license also doesn't allow ''every'' kind of inaccuracy. People still expect characters to be consistent. This cannot be used to excuse CharacterDerailment or ContrivedStupidityTropes. It also doesn't excuse [[DanBrowned false claims of accuracy]]. It will allow violations of ExternalConsistency, and sometimes GenreConsistency, but usually not InternalConsistency.

When reading about artistic license on a page, keep in mind that TropesAreNotBad. Someone listing an event of artistic license does not mean the work or use of this trope was bad. Pointing out artistic license is not bad-mouthing a work. If an entry seems especially snarky about it, YouCouldAlwaysEditItYourself, making it a little less snarky.

Many of these tropes were formerly titled, "You Fail [Subject] Forever," giving the tropes a harsh, derogatory connotation. Superman's abilities in general probably fall under "ArtisticLicensePhysics," but a statement like "Superman can go twice as far in half the time as someone going twice as fast as him," falls squarely under "[[YouFailPhysicsForever You Fail Physics Forever.]]"

See also GarnishingTheStory (in that adding to the story is the primary reason for inclusion).
+ ThePowerOfIndex An element is much stronger than it would realistically be
+ RuleOfIndex Where the license is from how cool/funny/scary/etc. something is
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