-> ''"I really didn't say everything I said."''
-->-- '''Yogi Berra'''

When there are important gaps in a work's {{Canon}}, there are a few ways that they can be filled in (short of within the work proper, which would just be additional Canon):

* Sometimes, creators say stuff about important gaps in canon. This is WordOfGod.
** If they wind up changing their mind afterwards, Word of God turns into FlipFlopOfGod.
* Sometimes, people close to the creator say stuff about important gaps in the canon. That's WordOfSaintPaul.
* If Word of neither God nor Saint Paul is available, fans will often make stuff up themselves to fill in important gaps in canon. This is {{Fanon}}.
** Sometimes, Fanon ends up being taken as the next best thing to canon, at which point it becomes WordOfDante.
** Sometimes, Fanon gets imported right back into the original canon. [[CaptainObvious Unsurprisingly]], that's AscendedFanon.
* [[OverlyLongGag And sometimes]], people just make stuff up, and falsely attribute it to the creators or the original canon (sometimes unintentionally). Many who hear this type of information don't usually realize that God Never Said That.

This is about that last one ([[DontExplainTheJoke in case you couldn't tell from the]] TitleDrop).

God Never Said That differs from BeamMeUpScotty in that that trope is about things not said or done by the ''characters''. This is about things not said or done by the ''creators''. Compare UrbanLegendOfZelda, which propagates itself by similar means.

This is occasionally what happens when the line between {{Fanon}} and {{Canon}} is blurred.

Note that while [[WordOfGod God's]] words can fall victim to this trope, it also applies to human authors who are gods of the worlds they create.



[[folder:Anime and Manga]]
* A mistranslation of a line in the ''Anime/{{Pokemon}}'' episode "Bye Bye Butterfree" led to the mistaken belief that it was canon that Butterfree die after they mate.
* For years, fans of ''Anime/MobileSuitVictoryGundam'' used Tomino saying that "for people like Katejina, death is the easy way out" to illustrate just how evil she was. In fact, Tomino never said this. The actual quote was that he "wanted to give Katejina a punishment heavier than death", and even ''this'' was a misquote from [[https://wavemotioncannon.com/2016/11/08/interview-hideaki-anno-vs-yoshiyuki-tomino-animage-071994/ this interview]], where the actual quote is that he wanted to give her a punishment heavier than the ''blindness'' that was ultimately decided upon. Tomino pitied Katejina, and insisted that though he was obligated to punish her at the end, he wanted to leave her alive so that she has the chance to work hard to [[TheAtoner atone for her evil deeds]] and [[EarnYourHappyEnding earn her happy ending eventually.]] Basically, Tomino's stance on Katejina's fate shows that he believes she ''is'' redeemable, rather than the opposite.
* This was pretty common during the airing of ''Anime/MobileSuitGundamSEEDDestiny'':
** An interview from director Mitsuo Fukuda was altered, leaving many a fan to think that he actually believed that [[spoiler:[[DarkMessiah Chairman]] [[UtopiaJustifiesTheMeans Durandal]]]] was right for his actions in the last episodes.
** Another was ''SEED Destiny'''s infamous interview with screenwriter Chiaki Morosawa, which was also a fake. Thankfully, this was caught by a forum administrator when they looked for the original article.
* Happens quite a bit in ''Manga/RanmaOneHalf'', partially thanks to its age and its copious amount of {{Fanon}}. Three of the most common "falsely canonical" statements are:
** "The Jusenkyo Guide took Ranma and Genma to Joketsuzoku to investigate a cure": He didn't. No reason why he took them there is ever given, though the fact that the two are in China to train and the fact that the village is full of martial artists, plus the fact he ''is'' doing the tour-guide routine when they reach the place, may indicate he took them there per request after Jusenkyo turned out to be such a flop for training.
** "Happosai/Nabiki is a total villain": Creator/RumikoTakahashi has never said anything about their villain status; the most that happened was that she once reported in an interview that being a KarmaHoudini is what makes Nabiki funny and has called her nothing more than "a greedy girl with an impure heart". She also thrice drew non-canonical pieces of artwork showing Nabiki in a stereotypical "devil suit".
** "There is no cure for [[BalefulPolymorph Jusenkyo]]": Takahashi has, in fact, stated that the [[GenderBender water of Nanniichuan]] will undo a Jusenkyo curse for Ranma or any of the other cursed men, and showed a temporary version of Nanniichuan curing him and Genma for its duration. This likely came from the fact that nobody ever managed to get their hands on Nanniichuan water and use it (which can actually be explained quite easily as StatusQuoIsGod), and the fact a minor villain managed to use Jusenkyo to create a MixAndMatchCritters curse (though he was one to begin with).
* ''Anime/DigimonAdventure02'':
** There's a rumor in the fandom that not only did the couples of Ken/Miyako and Yamato/Sora end up married, but they originally slated Mimi/Koushiro and Takeru/Hikari for marriage as well. Since the ending was ambiguous many fans like to make that as an excuse to ship them stating that "technically, they got married". In fact the rumor was started by a fansite, and since every single AllThereInTheManual extra material has been leaked in every possible place and nobody can get a copy of the "interview" saying so, it's most likely false. (Especially since Mimi/Koushiro is particularly illogical given that the most screen time they had within four feet of each other was in only one minor episode [[spoiler: until ''Digimon Tri'' came out and gave them more ShipTease.]])
** Another bit of {{fanon}} is that Yamato and Sora were divorced. Many a fan were certain they'd heard it mentioned on the original episode, but the facts turned out to be false. While there is no evidence that Yamato and Sora were ever married, the DistantFinale of ''Adventure 02'' claims that Ken and Miyako ''did'' wind up being married. Thus the idea that Ken/Miyako was never stated to happen ended up being false, instead of the idea of their eventual marriage being false.
** It's sometimes said that the ShowWithinAShow in ''Anime/DigimonTamers'' was explicitly said to ''not'' be ''Anime/DigimonAdventure'' or [[Anime/DigimonAdventure02 its sequel]]... except the only thing Konaka actually said on the subject was that he wasn't going to tie the two continuities together or have characters from ''Adventure'' interact with the ''Tamers'' characters for the sake of fanservice. Further materials released after ''Tamers'' actually go as far to imply that it ''was'', after all, ''Adventure'' and ''Adventure 02''.
** Another ''Tamers'' tidbit is the fact that certain fans tend to take the interpretation of Digimon "biology" and generalize it to other seasons, specifically things like "Digimon have NoBiologicalSex". ''Tamers'' has no such sway over any other Digimon universe.
** Certain events in 02 have led the fans to believe that it is impossible for Digimon who die in the real world to be reborn in the standard way, but this has never actually been declared or established. While it's perfectly legitimate to infer such a thing, it's not the hard-and-fast rule {{fanon}} thinks it is, properly speaking.
* ''Manga/OnePiece'' creator Creator/EiichiroOda is frequently claimed by fans to have said a great many things that he never actually said. He really does give regular WordOfGod answers to fan questions, but not in a language that most English-speaking fans can read, but even if he they could, some of his answers are crazy even by ''One Piece'' standards. Some of them are clearly jokes (for example, claiming that Chopper eating four [[DeadlyUpgrade Rumble Balls]] within six hours results in ''Oda'' turning into an uncontrollable monster), but sometimes it's impossible to tell.
* Once, a {{Troll}} posted an interview on Website/FourChan, supposedly by the director of ''Anime/MobileSuitGundamWing'', in which he claimed that the series was made on a dare in order to prove that any poorly-written piece of trash would succeed as long as the cast was packed full of {{Bishonen}}. Obviously, this was fake, but it didn't stop the {{Hatedom}} from giving out triumphant cries of "IKnewIt!".
** In an interview with Animerica, director Masashi Ikeda said that he didn't write the relationship between Heero and Relena as romantic because he "can't write boy-girl relationships" and considered their symbolic relationship more important. [[YaoiFangirl Some yaoi fans]] gleefully seize on this as proof that Heero[=/=]Relena is non-{{Canon}} and never would be, which ignores what Ikeda said after that, which was (paraphrased) "I wouldn't rule out the possibility, though." They also ignore the fact that he said [[NoHuggingNoKissing he didn't intend ANY romance at all]].
** Similarly, one of the biggest points of contention in the infamous [[InternetBackdraft "Great Trowa Rape Debate"]] was in reference to supposed interviews where the producers had "confirmed" that Trowa Barton [[RapeAsBackstory was sexually abused during his days as a mercenary]]. [[http://web.archive.org/web/20080411084158/http://www.txq.nu/tq/soapbox/essay04.html Obviously, these claims were fake.]]
* There's currently a faked ''Manga/{{Bokurano}}'' novel translation circulating the 'net, which was actually based off a wildly canon-divergent fanfic which includes, among other things, [[DecoyProtagonist Waku]] as the DeadManWriting who narrates the story. It took in a fair few tropers on this very site, so watch out for that.
* In the ''Anime/MacrossFrontier'' fandom, former {{BNF}} Shaloom made up multiple fake interviews by a supposed writer of the series, Hiroshi Ohnogi (who ''did'' work on the ''Anime/{{Macross}}'' metaseries but ''not on Frontier itself'', though that show did have some {{Shout Out}}s to stuff he did for ''Anime/MacrossZero''). They also referred frequently to series creator Creator/ShojiKawamori in a pretty... bad light. Everyone believed him until someone actually went searching for the interviews in question. [[http://www.macrossworld.com/mwf/index.php?showtopic=30224 Here is the Macross World FAQ on the whole deal.]]
* The ''Webcomic/AxisPowersHetalia'' fandom has numerous instances of this, often as a result of fans mistranslating or misinterpreting the source material and WordOfGod. The most infamous examples are Sweden's "grunting speech" (in canon he speaks with a TohokuRegionalAccent which was mistranslated and consequently {{Bowdlerized}} by fandom into grunting and mumbling), and America's IdiotHero behavior being a case of ObfuscatingStupidity (what WordOfGod ''actually'' said was that America ''could'' read the atmosphere if he cared, but he doesn't).
** There was also [[http://hetalia.livejournal.com/12369487.html the claim]] that the to-be-created fifth season of ''Hetalia'' would make certain pairings, like US/UK, canon. Nothing was said by WordOfGod on this, and it was apparently just started up by fans.
* Many fans of ''Manga/DragonBall Z'' believe that the creator, Akira Toriyama, had once stated he planned to end the series at the Freeza arc, yet he has never once stated this. He has also never said anything about Broli, since as a movie character, Toriyama's only involvement was creating his base-form design. That hasn't stopped Broli fans from claiming Toriyama has said he was "the strongest" in one place or another, even fabricating "interviews" out of whole cloth to "prove" their point. Likewise, Toriyama has never gone on record stating a dislike of ''Anime/DragonBallGT'', and was actually rather positive about it while it was on the air in Japan. The only ''Dragon Ball'' property he has gone record stating his ''dislike'' for is ''Film/DragonballEvolution'', and he is hardly alone in that.
* ''Anime/PuellaMagiMadokaMagica'': WordOfGod stated that [[http://wiki.puella-magi.net/Megami_Magazine_2011-07#Mami.27s_Wish Mami Tomoe's wish]] was "to connect to life" - as in remain connected to her own life [[spoiler: because she was going to die]]. Editors on ''this very wiki'' seemed to think it actually meant "connecting ''other'' lives" and stated that Mami had lied about her wish in the anime.
** Some people are quick to say that Gen Urobuchi changed the ending to [[Anime/PuellaMagiMadokaMagicaTheMovieRebellion Rebellion]] to be more open-ended for the executives and that he hated it. Not true. He ''did'' say someone's gonna hate it, but that the people hating it would be the fanbase, ironically enough considering that the "some people" are usually members of said fanbase. As for the ending, it actually came up before Gen even wrote the script (He ''did'' considered an ending with more closure, but the problem was less meddling and more [[WritersBlock 'where do I go from there?']] and that the idea to change the ending actually came from a co-worker.
* An early online translation of ''Manga/SoulEater'' manga referred to [[DudeLooksLikeALady Crona]] with female pronouns, because the translator couldn't quite determine what the hell this character's gender was. This led some fans to believe that Crona was a boy in the anime but a girl in the manga. Canonically, Crona is male in both.
* In ''Manga/{{Naruto}}'':
** Creator/MasashiKishimoto is often mentioned as having said that Sasuke is his favorite character, particularly by people who think he's a CreatorsPet with [[SpotlightStealingSquad too much screentime]]. He actually said Sasuke is his favorite character... ''to draw''.
** During mid-2014, persistent rumors circulated about how Kishimoto had stated that the manga would end in 2014; in truth, he did say that the manga was nearing completion and was in its final arc, but didn't put forward a concrete deadline. This is a very peculiar example in that the manga ''did'' end in 2014 after all, so anyone who believed the rumor was RightForTheWrongReasons.
** During the fandom meltdown surrounding the resolution of the series' {{Romance Arc}}s, several "translations" of WordOfGod were strategically circulated that were so out of touch with the original source that they ''had'' to have been deliberately engineered to cause grief, facilitate denial and mislead impressionable minds. Those consisted of a myriad in-universe and out-of-universe disheartening "true" reasons that the OfficialCouple got together - it was only because one of them felt sorry for the other and settled for her as a consolation prize; it only happened because of ExecutiveMeddling and the author [[PanderingToTheBase caving in to fan demands]]; the [[ShipToShipCombat TRUE love standing in its way]] was there and mutual, but it never got to materialize merely due to some tragic misunderstanding, or [[SenselessSacrifice ill-conceived and needless martyrdom]] on the part of the characters - the author failed to follow through on it on a vindictive whim, or because his hand was forced.\\
Compared to all of this, the truth is ridiculously banal; the OfficialCouple got together in the usual way that fictional couples do -- because the author decided, from the early stages of the manga, that it would be great if they were to fall in love, so they did. No reservations, no cynical "yeah, but"s about it. Some of the "true" alternate explanations were just fabricated whole-cloth; others were "inspired" by actual WordOfGod that had little resemblence to them, and instead described considerations that are much less scandalous and are par-for-the-course for the occasion. e.g. "if this character doesn't get with this other character her entire arc becomes kind of pointless", or "the decision to go this way was made long ago anyway, I toyed with other possibilities for a while [[RedHerring just to]] [[TrollingCreator throw fans off]]".
** Kishimoto's involvement with the production of the movie ''Anime/NarutoTheMovieRoadToNinja'' which is heavily loaded with Naruto/Sakura ShipTeasing, made a lot of their shippers to claim that "The movie is Kishi's baby written by him, that means he supports the ship!"; in reality, Kishimoto was only involved with the characters' designs and story draft, while the actual script of the movie was done by Yuka Miyata, who was infamous for her Naruto/Sakura-teasing [[WriterOnBoard scene additions]] to the anime {{filler}} that didn't exist in the manga (although she stopped doing this after the manga ended and the anime continued to drag on, for [[ShipSinking obvious reasons]]).
** When the series was reaching its end, quite a few fans claimed that Kishimoto had confirmed that in the ending Naruto would have a son named Shinachiku, based on an interview made during the promotion of the aforementioned ''Road To Ninja'' movie; in reality during the interview Kishimoto when asked if Naruto would have a child how would he call him, he ''jokingly'' answered that ''probably'' Shinachiku. The real names for Naruto's children turned out to be [[spoiler:Boruto and Himawari]].
** A few of their shippers claimed that Kishimoto had confirmed in an interview that Naruto and Sakura's relationship was based upon his and his wife's; in reality during the [[http://www.animenewsnetwork.com/interview/2015-10-14/masashi-kishimoto-at-new-york-comic-con/.94186 interview]] when asked if his relationship was more similar to Naruto/Hinata than Sasuke/Sakura, he answers "it might not actually be like either", then when comparing Hinata to his wife he describes the latter as "strong", then it's ''the interviewer'' who suggests that Sakura could be more similar to Kishi's wife personality-wise (Naruto's relationship and dynamics with Sakura were not even mentioned).
** Some fans claimed that Kishimoto expressed that he would like to [[ContinuityReboot reboot]] the series after he had finished it; however the one who said that was his former assistant, Mikio Ikemoto, who is currently drawing the ''Manga/{{Boruto}}'' manga, Kishimoto in fact has consistently said that he's very happy with the ''Naruto'' series and the way he finished it.
* Fans flew into a panic when a magazine article stated that ''Anime/DokiDokiPrettyCure'' would end in December, a whole month earlier than usual.[[note]]Most ''Franchise/PrettyCure'' series ends at the end of January/beginning of February, usually just ahead of that year's ''Franchise/SuperSentai'' series[[/note]] The director of the series went onto his Twitter that very day and reassured fans that it was still committed to a full 49 episode series.
* Happens quite a bit in the mess that is the ''Franchise/SailorMoon'' fandom.
** "But Naoko said this!" and "Naoko said that!", it's rarely true. Series creator, Creator/NaokoTakeuchi rarely gives interviews or even makes public appearances, and fans ''very'' rarely interact with her. There are many fan misconceptions that range from her hating the 90s [[Anime/SailorMoon anime]] adaptation to regretting creating the series at all. There's also the long standing rumor that she prevented the final season of the anime from making it over to the states out of fear of how they would [[{{Bowdlerize}} treat it]]. None of these are true, although supposedly she did have some issues with the original anime, there's no evidence that she outright hated it.
** There's some debate if Naoko really did approve of the English voice cast for the Viz redub. Viz themselves only say the "creator" approved them. Some believe they were actually referring to Toei. In addition, there's the longstanding rumor that Naoko hated the 90s anime dub, and that influenced the the prevention of the final season making it over. There's really no evidence one way or the other, although she did once directly complain at [=DiC=]'s slow pace of bringing the show to the US, and supposedly thought Jill Frappier's performance of Luna was interesting, while finding Usagi/Serena's voice too deep.
** One Wiki once posted a "quotation" from Naoko, ostensibly from an interview, saying that the lesbian relationship between Sailors Uranus and Neptune was actually between Sailor Neptune and ''Prince'' Uranus, the latter of whom had died and been reborn as a girl (as his sister's powers had been passed on to him, causing him to be reborn as her). When no one could find a source for said quote, or the interview in question, the site quietly removed it.
* ''Manga/FairyTail'':
** The fandom (or at least the sizable number of [[{{Fan Preferred Couple}} Natsu/Lucy]] shippers) claim that Hiro Mashima stated that the two would end up together and have a child named Nashi, which isn't quite true. Rather, he was responding to a hypothetical question, not to mention that the word ''nashi'' is the Japanese equivalent of "n/a"(No answer, No comment, Not available).
** Another claim from shippers is that Mashima said that the mind control magic Lucy fell victim to in the first chapter can only be broken by true love, or Natsu in her case. The only way to break that particular magic was actually stated in that chapter: the victim merely has to be aware that this magic is being used, which happened when Natsu distracted her. [[WordOfGod Mashima]] has never gone back on this explanation.
* ''Manga/YuYuHakusho'' fandom frequently circulates a quote from the author wherein he states he had to nix a potential romantic relationship between [[AloofBigBrother Hiei]] and [[BrokenBird his liege lady Mukuro]] because he was legitimately afraid that the [[YaoiFangirl Hiei/Kurama fangirls]] ''would make an attempt on his life''. The source has never been traced.
* ''Anime/{{Stitch}}'', the [[WesternAnimation/LiloAndStitchTheSeries second]] TV series in the ''Franchise/LiloAndStitch'' franchise, is [[AmericansHateTingle so disliked by much of the Western fanbase]] that many Western fans say that either Creator/{{Disney}} or ''Disney/LiloAndStitch'' creator Creator/ChrisSanders[[note]]who does not voice his famous creation Stitch in this show like he normally does[[/note]] have declared the anime to be CanonDiscontinuity to the previous works in the franchise. No legitimate evidence have ever turned up confirming this. Even then, neither party is likely to make any declaration on the ''Stitch!'' anime's status in the canon because [[GermansLoveDavidHasselhoff the franchise is very popular in Japan]]; Disney doesn't want to lose sales on such a lucrative property, and Sanders, who has been to Japan several times, most likely doesn't want to upset his fans over there. Same thing applies to the Chinese series ''Animation/StitchAndAi'', although that show is much more recent.
* A persistent rumor about the ''Manga/YuGiOh'' manga said that Yugi has diabetes, allegedly from WordOfGod at an American convention. Not only did Kazuki Takahashi not go to any American conventions, a line implying Yugi ''did'' have diabetes was [[http://scrawlers.tumblr.com/post/158383392079 added by a Viz translator]] for no apparent reason and didn't exist at all in the original version.

* ''ComicBook/UltimateSpiderMan'' editor Axel Alonso fell victim to this when, addressing the controversy over the new lead Miles Morales, stated that maybe one day a gay character could even be introduced without it causing an uproar. This caused mass speculation that Miles Morales was going to be both mixed ''and'' gay, and that his best friend Ganke was going to be his love interest. This had to be debunked multiple times just because one quote got taken out of context.
* [[http://sonicwrecks.tumblr.com/image/101178208442 This image]] made the rounds on Tumblr, purporting to be a TakeThat from Franchise/ArchieComics's [[ComicBook/ArchieComicsSonicTheHedgehog Sonic comic]] at the new character designs in the ''Sonic Boom'' [[WesternAnimation/SonicBoom cartoon]] and [[VideoGame/SonicBoom games]]. Actually, it was part of a fan-produced comic distributed at a British FanConvention dedicated to ''ComicBook/SonicTheComic'' - the animal showing Sonic his ''Boom'' design is a fan character created by one of the convention's Kickstarter backers, and Sonic's indifference to the ''Boom'' design is consistent with his characterization in that comic.
* Former Marvel Comics editor-in-chief Joe Quesada is said to have defended the critically panned ''Comicbook/OneMoreDay'' storyline and his own role in it by saying something to the effect of "Fans can't relate to Comicbook/{{SpiderMan}} having a hot wife; they can relate to Aunt May walking in on Spider-Man downloading porn," among other statements indicating that [[ThisLoserIsYou he does not have a high opinion of his public]]. These statements have never been sourced.

[[folder:Films -- Animation]]
* As the ''[[Film/WhoFramedRogerRabbit Roger Rabbit]]'' of video games, ''Disney/WreckItRalph'' has a ton of cameos from real video game characters. A number of Creator/{{Nintendo}}-owned characters and references show up, but [[Franchise/SuperMarioBros Mario]] himself didn't get a direct cameo. A rumor spread like wildfire that Mario didn't get in because Nintendo demanded too much money, and that the director said so. As it turns out, this is ''patently'' false. In a [[http://www.firstshowing.net/2012/video-interview-wreck-it-ralph-director-rich-moore-on-mario-more/ video interview]] (around 15:30) with [=FirstShowing.net=], director Rich Moore debunks the rumor, positing that it grew out of a joke John C. Reilly made at [=Comic-Con=] when he said "[[LesserStar Luigi]] wants more money than Mario."[[note]]The real reason Mario was not seen in the movie is that the creators did not know what to do with him; they felt he was too important for a short gag, but couldn't find a way to give him a more meaningful place in the story, so they decided to leave him out entirely. Read [[http://www.gamesradar.com/wreck-it-ralph-9-amazing-things-you-couldnt-possibly-know-about-movie/ here]].[[/note]]At the very least, a Mario reference is made when Ralph tries to get into the Nicelanders' ''Fix-it-Felix'' 30th anniversary party and Felix initially says, "I bet that's Mario! Fashionably late, per the norm!"
* WordOfGod has said that the "Wolverine" short of ''WesternAnimation/HulkVs'' takes place in the same universe ''WesternAnimation/WolverineAndTheXMen'' and ''WesternAnimation/TheAvengersEarthsMightiestHeroes''. However, the same was never said for the "Thor" short in ''Hulk Vs.'', despite Creator/GrahamMcTavish and Creator/KariWahlgren reprising the respective role of Loki and the Enchantress in ''EMH'' in addition to Creator/FredTatasciore as the Hulk.

[[folder:Films -- Live-Action]]
* Creator/GeneRoddenberry has been cited as declaring one ''Franchise/StarTrek'' movie or another as CanonDisContinuity. The closest he got was disapproval with most any movie that wasn't ''Film/StarTrekTheMotionPicture'' and calling ''Film/StarTrekVTheFinalFrontier'''s canonicity "uncertain". And even then, it tended to be just minor elements. For example, he reportedly disapproved of a "No smoking" sign being visible on the Enterprise bridge in one of the films.
* Creator/GeorgeLucas has occasionally, and admittedly, changed his mind about some things about the ''Franchise/StarWars'' saga (which, let's be fair, is a saga that has gone on for several ''decades''), but he has gained a largely unfair reputation of [[FlipFlopOfGod shifting his ground willy nilly]] about every topic under the sun which is based on a combination of misquotes, false rumors, and misunderstandings of things he actually did say.
** There have been claims that George Lucas [[FlipFlopOfGod is all over the place]] with regard to the canonicity of the StarWarsExpandedUniverse, alternating between calling it canon and not. Actually, he's been pretty consistent in calling it an alternate universe. This was later rendered irrelevant after Creator/{{Disney}}'s purchase of the franchise, as they relegated the entire Expanded Universe as non-canon unless otherwise stated (and the entirety of said universe designated with the "Legends" tag).
** Lucas supposedly changes his position on how many movies there were originally supposed to be every other week. The official position is that, at his most ambitious, he wanted twelve, but, realizing it was unfeasible, decided on nine. At some point very early into the original trilogy he realized that he did not want to make nine movies, and incorporated the sequel trilogy into ''Return of the Jedi''. In interviews he refers to his planning process in all its stages, leading to the confusion.
* The Franchise/MarvelCinematicUniverse, being an extremely large franchise known for making not-well-known-characters into the stars of multi-million-dollar, blockbuster films, is constantly plagued by this -- especially because it makes good clickbait. Creator/NathanFillion will cameo as Ant-Man in ''Film/{{The Avengers|2012}}''! [[note]]He didn't, but did cameo as... a blue guy in the first ''Film/GuardiansOfTheGalaxy''[[/note]] Adam Warlock will be in ''Film/GuardiansOfTheGalaxyVol2''! [[spoiler:He was mentioned, but not shown, in the stinger; something the rumor mills would not have predicted.]] Phil Coulson will return in ''Film/IronMan3''/''Film/CaptainAmericaTheWinterSoldier''/''Film/AgeOfUltron''/''Film/AntMan''/''Film/CaptainAmericaCivilWar''! [[note]]He hasn't.[[/note]] The Series/AgentsOfShield and Series/TheDefenders2017 will be in Infinity War / Kevin Feige has said the TV and Netflix characters aren't ever coming back to the movies! [[note]]The former has yet to be confirmed or denied, and Feige has stated that he's doing as much as he can to get the TV and Netflix characters back into the movies.[[/note]] And so on.
* The Film/DCExtendedUniverse is referred to by that name by many people... except by Creator/WarnerBros and DC Comics themselves. It turns out the name was a joke that came from an article written by Keith Staskiewicz for ''Entertainment Weekly'' in July 2015. It's only two years later that Abraham Riesman of ''Vulture'' learned from DC Films executives that it's not the official name for that shared universe. It didn't prevent some of the people involved like Creator/EzraMiller from referring to it by that name or "DCEU", still.

* Reportedly Josef Stalin was once asked, at one of his conferences (Tehran or Yalta) with Franklin Delano Roosevelt and Winston Churchill, how he knew that he would become ruler of the Soviet Union. Stalin says that God came to him in a vision and told him so (let's forget he was a staunch atheist for the purpose of the joke). FDR turns to Stalin, and says, "Now wait a minute Joe, [[AnswersToTheNameOfGod I never said any such thing]]!"

* Plenty in the ''Literature/HarryPotter'' fandom:
** There used to be a rumor about a gratuitous sex scene in [[Literature/HarryPotterAndTheDeathlyHallows the last book]]. Everyone heard that rumor (''from'' everyone else), and all the sources claimed to have heard it straight from [[Creator/JKRowling the author]]. A video on Website/TheOnion about Rowling including a date rape in an upcoming ''Potter'' book may have had something to do with the rumor.
** It was rumored that Rowling had confirmed ''Harry Potter and the Green Flame Torch / Pillar of Storge / Fortress of Shadows'' as the title of books six/seven. She responded by suggesting ''Harry Potter and The Toenail of Icklibogg.''
-->'''J.K''': I am trying very hard not to feel offended that anyone thought this was possible. 'Storgé', for crying out loud. Come on, people, get a grip.
** There was an article Harry/Hermione [[{{Shipping}} shippers]] would sometimes cite which claimed Rowling had said Harry would develop "more of an interest in pal Hermione" in book 5. Nobody was able to trace this to an actual interview, and it ended up being {{Jossed}}. [[http://www.jkrowling.com/textonly/en/rumours_view.cfm?id=21 More information here.]]
** Rowling never said that she may have subconsciously let the name "Harry Potter" from the ''Troll'' series seep into [[Literature/HarryPotter her story]], regardless of what WebVideo/{{Phelous}} or any number of other people may tell you. What she actually said is that she took the name "Potter" from a family she was friends with as a child, and "Harry" simply because she has always loved that name.
** There's a quote floating around on the Internet which confirms the {{fanon}} belief that Nagini is the snake Harry set free from the zoo, specifically "Yes, itís rather funny, really, that next to no one realized the snake that Harry set free in ''Philosopher's Stone'' turned out to be Voldemort's final Horcrux, Nagini." It never happened. [[SomewhereAHerpetologistIsCrying There's also a scientific hole in the theory, incidentally.]] Harry set a boa constrictor loose, which in [[Film/HarryPotter the movies]], was a python. Neither one is venomous or has fangs. Nagini is and does.
** There are persistent rumors that Rowling said "In a fight between a wizard and a muggle with a shotgun, [[MugglesDoItBetter the muggle will win every time]]." This quote has never been traced, and whether muggles or wizards would win is a continuing debate.
** Rose/Scorpius [[{{Shipping}} Shippers]] will often claim that Rowling has confirmed that Rose and Scorpius eventually ended up together. She hasn't.
** A really old one that people love to misquote, but Rowling never actually said that people were delusional if they ship Harry/Hermione, that was the owner of Mugglenet.com, Emerson Spartz.
** In February 2014, Rowling did an interview where she commented that Ron and Hermione would have a rocky relationship, but probably be happy after marriage counseling. A preview of the interview took that section out of context, and the press quickly twisted it into "Rowling says she should have put Hermione with Harry instead of Ron" (Harry was barely even mentioned in the interview). Naturally, ''fans'' then twisted this into "WordOfGod has declared that Harry and Hermione are actually canon, DistantEpilogue be damned." An often overlooked segment of the interview is Rowling stating that the Ron/Hermione pairing was WishFulfillment on her part, Hermione being an admitted AuthorAvatar - the obvious implication being that ''Rowling herself'' would choose Ron!
** Rowling is often quoted on saying that Lord Voldemort was born physically incapable of loving because he was conceived under the effects of a love potion. What she actually said was that him being conceived under artificial love is supposed to symbolise his lack of understanding for love, not that it actively caused it. In the same interview, she goes on to note that he would have turned out differently if Merope had lived and raised him herself, which instantly contradicts the often Rowling-cited notion that Voldemort was born inherently evil.
** FanDumb is fond of accusing Rowling said that autism could be "cured" with magic. What she actually said was that magic can easily cure non-magical illnesses, but magical injuries and diseases were more difficult (which is to say, this is why a wizard can overcome the flu with a simple potion, but potentially die of dragon pox).
** On the old version of her website, Rowling had an entire section called the "Rubbish Bin" devoted to debunking rumors about both herself and the ''Harry Potter'' series. [[https://web.archive.org/web/20111220200909/http://www.jkrowling.com:80/textonly/en/rubbishbin.cfm It can still be viewed in archived form.]]
* Many ''Literature/{{Twilight}}'' fans have claimed that Creator/StephenieMeyer ruled out vampires being able to have children. Meyer herself claims she only said that ''female'' vampires couldn't have children but got misinterpreted. She ''did'', however, say that all fluids in a vampire's body turn to "venom," later redacting this to all fluids ''except semen''.
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* Due to the complicated mess that resulted in the wake of Creator/LSpragueDeCamp's additions to the ''Franchise/ConanTheBarbarian'' mythos, many things which were introduced with De Camp or others are mistakenly attributed to Robert E. Howard, the creator of Conan. Some of these include:
** The idea that Howard said Conan and the Hiberno-Norman warrior Cormac Fitzgeoffrey, who is stated to be 6'2" and 210lbs, were "physical doubles." This myth is even referenced on [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Conan_the_Barbarian#Appearance The Other Wiki]]. Not only is this very interesting factoid ''[[http://www.thecimmerian.com/?p=4445 completely absent]]'' from Howard's letters, notes and stories, but the very numbers are incorrect--Cormac is a fraction of an inch over 6 feet, and 200lbs.
** Howard's Hyborian Age is often placed in 10,000 BC, give or take a millennium or two, as established by L. Sprague De Camp in the later Conan novels and stories. In fact, Howard never dated the Hyborian Age at all, but he did date the Thurian Age (the time period of his other barbarian king Kull of Atlantis) as 100,000 BC. Calculating the centuries that pass in the "Hyborian Age" essay, one can place the age of Conan in any period from 90,000 BC to 10,000 BC.
* The ''Literature/DragonridersOfPern'' fandom mostly believes in the veracity of Literature/AnneMcCaffrey's infamous "Tent Peg" interview, in which she states that anal penetration will instantly turn a man gay, by way of explaining how riders of green and blue dragons can all be gay). However there's no actual evidence that it's more than an internet legend. She did, however, espouse similar, if much ''much'' milder ideas in her [[http://www.dragonridersclub.com/drmain/ammsg.html "Renewable Air Force" essay]]--in which she says green dragons tend to pick males with more feminine personalities and blues tend to pick [[StraightGay Straight]] and {{Manly Gay}}s.
* Happens all too frequently in the ''Literature/WarriorCats'' fandom:
** Often people in the fandom claimed that author Victoria Holmes said that Brambleclaw would not succeed Firestar as [=ThunderClan=] leader. In reality, she said that the leader after Firestar "might be unexpected", and noted later that her editor made her change who the leader would be.
** She is also cited as saying that Ivypool and Bumblestripe would hook up, when she actually told a fan that they could support whatever shipping they wanted to.
* A common myth is that, as a toddler, Creator/JRRTolkien, known for writing ''Literature/TheLordOfTheRings'' and ''Literature/TheHobbit'', was bitten by a poisonous spider in South Africa, causing him to develop a phobia about them. Therefore many of his works feature giant, malevolent arachnids, including the spiders of Mirkwood, Shelob, and Ungoliant. However, [[http://tolkiengateway.net/wiki/Spiders#Inspiration this]] article proves the incident was no inspiration whatsoever to the spiders. In fact, Tolkien admitted to having no dislike for spiders at all and even rescued them if they fell into the bath.

[[folder:Live-Action TV]]
* Prior to the airing of the pilot episode for ''Series/FearTheWalkingDead'', the actress who played the undead Gloria gave an interview to Comicbook.com in which she believed that "everything started with Gloria". The site and many other news outlets, including Metro Newspapers, Hitfix and fansites, took this to mean that Gloria was the first walker ever created (Patient Zero), and ran stories to this effect. However, Gloria is not the first walker in the series - in the pilot, Tobias tells Madison Clark the morning after Nick's encounter with Gloria that he has heard reports of the dead coming back to life in five states, showing that the dead were reanimating before Gloria was infected. Yet, this hasn't stopped some fans from still believing this to be the case.
* ''Series/{{Lost}}'':
** The producers never said that the show would never have time travel. They once said that the then-ongoing Season Two had no time travel -- and it ''didn't'' -- but never that there would ''never'' be time travel. Additionally, they never stated that there was one huge clue left in the pilot -- in fact, they explicitly said there ''wasn't'', and the last one to be made significant was the single white tennis shoe Jack found. Yet this is repeated to this day.
** In an example of "Word of Mistaken God," an excellent way to see if someone is making something up about a producer comment is to see if they attribute it to J.J. Abrams, who has had little involvement in the series since season 1, helping to set it up, write and direct the pilot, and contributing to only a very few episodes since (the last being in S3).
* ''Series/NinjaTurtlesTheNextMutation'' was notorious because of the unpopularity of the fifth female turtle Venus de Milo, who was despised by ''Franchise/TeenageMutantNinjaTurtles'' co-creator Peter Laird so much that she was barred from making appearances in any other continuities for the rest of the duration that the franchise was in his hands. After Nickelodeon obtained the rights to the franchise, many of Venus' detractors who wished for Venus to remain ExiledFromContinuity cited both co-creators hating the character as a reason for why she shouldn't return, though the other co-creator Kevin Eastman has actually stated openly in [[http://www.monkeysfightingrobots.com/kevin-eastman-talks-tmnt-2-comic-death-and-venus-de-milo-awesome-con an interview]] after Nickelodeon's acquisition of the franchise that he actually likes the character and hopes for her to someday make a comeback.
* There was a hoax in the ''Franchise/PowerRangers'' fandom that there was a [[MissingEpisode series of shorts that only aired in Australia]], supposedly titled "Scorpion Rain", that better connected the events of ''Series/PowerRangersZeo'' to ''Series/PowerRangersTurbo''. One of the people who worked on the "Scorpion Rain" hoax later went on to [[RunningTheAsylum become a writer for the show itself]]. He wrote the 10th anniversary episode "Forever Red", loosely hinting at events that took place in the "Scorpion Rain" hoax. In essence he made events analogous to Scorpion Rain canon within the show.
* ''Franchise/StarTrek'' is notorious for this sort of thing, though it can get complex because often "fan-created canon" or "fanon" often overlaps with the mistaken belief that "God" originally said something-or-other.
** Just one example occurred with ''Series/StarTrekEnterprise'' which raised the ire of some fans for establishing a Vulcan serving with Starfleet, when the belief was Spock was the first. Many claims were made that the series violated established on-screen canon in this regard... until members of one of the Star Trek fan forums actually went back through all the televised episodes and movies and could find no such reference to Spock being the first Vulcan in Starfleet. He was said to be the first Vulcan to attend Starfleet ''Academy'', however, which is something ''Enterprise's'' T'Pol was never claimed to have done.
** One could write a book on all the various non-canon ideas that ''StarTrek'' fans routinely believe are canon, but one of the least talked about is a belief among fans that humans of the 24th Century have learned how to "always get along" and never fight with each other. Because of this, they tend to bash ''Deep Space Nine'' and ''Voyager'', or even declare them not canon, because of the very concept of the Maquis, and other instances of humans fighting with humans. They cling to this even though ''The Next Generation'' never shied away from human-vs-human conflict. What Creator/GeneRoddenberry actually said was that humans have learned to rise above "petty bickering", but even he understood that there would always be legitimate issues that would cause conflict between humans.
** This example has been referenced in mainstream press, especially around the release of ''Series/StarTrekDiscovery'' as factual, and showrunner Aaron Harberts has discussed [https://www.themarysue.com/star-trek-discovery-changing-roddenberrys-no-conflict-mandate/ tossing out the so-called rule] as a way of marketing the new show.
* A common misconception about Joe Odagiri is that he hated his role as Yusuke Godai, TheHero of ''Series/KamenRiderKuuga''. This stems from a mistranslated interview, [[http://tokusatsunetwork.com/2016/03/15074/ as noted here]] - while he ''does'' dislike Tokusatsu as a whole[[note]]most notably, his agency forced him to audition for a part in ''Series/KyuKyuSentaiGoGoV''; the staff asked him to do a pose, which he refused to, so he was rejected[[/note]], and he disliked doing ''Kuuga'' at the time[[note]]this was because he had passed the audition, and at the time, his only other option aside from playing Godai was to quit acting and leave his agency[[/note]], looking back, he does not regret his time playing the part. The only reason that the part isn't listed in his profile on his agency's website (the removal of said part is what started the rumor) is because it wasn't his debut - Odagiri himself says that there are other roles he did at the time that aren't listed either, and since ''Kuuga'' wasn't his debut, they can't give the part special treatment.

* A common rumor is that Trent Reznor of Music/NineInchNails reportedly claimed that Music/JohnnyCash's cover of "Hurt" is either "the perfect cover" or "better than the original". Neither is true, as he said that listening to Cash's cover was like he had lost his girlfriend, because it wasn't his anymore. While this may suggest that he thinks Cash's version is superior, he goes on to clarify that the two versions are "different - but every bit as pure".

* ''L'Osservatore Romano''-- a perpetual source. Just because the newspaper of Vatican City pans ''{{Film/Avatar}}'' does not mean that ''the Pope'' condemns it. It's just a newspaper.

* This actually happens quite frequently in Literature/TheBible, as numerous (mis)translations over centuries and additional WordOfDante have turned accidents into traditions.
** For example, Moses is referred to as having rays of light, not horns, emanating from his face; the forbidden fruit is never identified as an apple; Joseph's coat may have been "richly ornamented" or "of many colors" depending on the translation[[note]]Though if you're trying to be ornamental, [[CaptainObvious many colors is the go-to]][[/note]]; the sea creature which swallowed Jonah was never specified to be a whale or fish (such distinctions not having been established yet). Likewise, poems like Dante's ''Divine Comedy'' and Milton's ''Paradise Lost'' [[WordOfDante have influenced a great many Christians]] into believing things about Heaven, Hell, Purgatory, and the battle between good and evil on which the Bible never actually elaborates.
** The sea creature that swallowed Jonah is expressly called a דג גדול - a big fish. However, as noted above, at the time whales were generally considered to be just a large kind of fish; the distinction between whales (which are mammals) and fish wouldn't be made for several centuries yet.
** The Ten Commandments themselves. Aside from slight differences in dividing up the commandments between the original Hebrew and subsequent Christian versions, there are a few cases where people have deliberately tried to mistranslate or misread earlier versions, such as with the Commandment "Thou Shalt Not Kill." The original word used in the Hebrew version, רצח (r-ṣ-ḥ), clearly means just ''murder'' of the premeditated kind, as in "lie in wait for innocent blood" and the like (elsewhere, the command is that murderers and other criminals are to be executed, and accidental killings are not to be punished). Capital punishment and war are clearly not breaches of this Commandment, as they're specifically authorized on many occasions.
** And "taking God's name in vain" is a rather sparse translation. It more literally means something like "You are not to take God's name up for nothingness" i.e. don't go using it casually to back up worthless and dubious claims, or claiming God as an ally in some scheme you're trying to pull (this means ''you'' especially, [[AcceptableTargets politicians]]!).
** Go look for the sentence "God helps those who help themselves" in the Bible. Nope, it's not there. Aesop originally coined the idea in a fable about Hercules, and the present wording comes from Ben Franklin.
** There's a [[http://www.blueletterbible.org/faq/sayings.cfm list of such sayings wrongly attributed to the Bible]].
** The identification of Satan as "Lucifer" or "the Morning Star." This comes from Isaiah 14:12, which does not refer to Satan, but King Nebuchadnezzar of Babylon. His fall from power is being compared with the fall of the morning star, Venus (Lucifer in Latin). This was later lumped in with Satan's fall (itself subject to a great deal of legend).
** The New Testament provides an example recounted within the Gospels; God gave a number of general rules, but by Jesus' time these had been analyzed and quantified into strict rules by the Pharisees. When the Pharisees tried to call Jesus on his "rule breaking", he often explained that they had over-analyzed the letter of the law and missed the spirit completely. For example, at one point Jesus is accused of violating the ban on working on the Sabbath by healing someone; Jesus explains that while the Sabbath is a day of rest, it is never against God's law to help another person or to show mercy to them.
** Despite the common interpretation, not once in the Bible does it mention that the angels sent down to Earth (e.g. [[ArchangelGabriel Gabriel]]) have wings. Indeed the descriptions of them are often vague at best, describing them only by what they wore or being surrounded by bright light. The ones that are described as having wings have multiple pairs and some have eyes on their wings too... others are far closer to {{Eldritch Abomination}}s. There's a set of angels in Ezekiel, for example, who take the form of "topaz wheels made of eyes", who may or may not act as {{Soul Jar}}s for even stronger angels! The {{Winged Humanoid}}s we know and love are a creation of Medieval European art (RuleOfCool was around even then).
*** Also, there is ambiguity about the term 'angel' itself. Occasionally it is used almost interchangeably with God himself (perhaps similar to 'avatar').[[note]]The Hebrew word "mal'ach" and the Greek word "angelos" both mean "messenger".[[/note]] And the more... colorful descriptions tend to use other words, such as 'seraph'. Also these descriptions take place solely in heavenly visions and revelations, and whether they are to be taken literally is highly debatable.
*** 'Angel' has such a feminine connotation in modern English, despite the fact that the only times angels have a specified gender in the Bible, it is male. This has led to the oddity of angels in general being thought of as being female, but most angel characters in works are male or sexless.
*** Speaking of angels, Gabriel is not actually an archangel. Per definition there can only be one (the word essentially meaning "the highest one of the angels"), and the Bible only mentions one by that title - Michael.
** Much of the conception of the Apocalypse is based on the commentaries contained in the ''Scofield Reference Bible''. So you get ideas such as the Jews returning to Israel and expelling all non-Jews as required for Jesus to come back. Much of it was reinterpreted by televangelists, and it all went well, until [[TheEighties America sided with Iraq (Babylon) against Iran (Persia)]] because AmericaSavesTheDay. TheGreatPoliticsMessUp should've discredited it altogether, but like all memes, it won't die. Also found in the ''Scofield'' was James Ussher's chronology of the Universe, which dates Creation to the 22 of October 4004 BC. Which is still what Young Earth Creationists believe. Ignoring [[ScienceMarchesOn the obvious]], not only was Ussher's chronology not the first, nor did the others arrive at the same date[[note]]most calculations clustered around 4000 or 5500 BC, depending on manuscript tradition[[/note]], but [[{{Irony}} not even Ussher was completely literal with his derivation]], having shoehorned certain passages so that Jesus was born 4000 years after Creation when the Bible does not state this.
** A common mistranslation of Deuteronomy 23:17 forbids women from becoming prostitutes and men from becoming "sodomites." The verse actually forbids both Israelite men and women from becoming cult prostitutes; the same word is applied to both sexes (in feminine and masculine forms).
* One important blessing of the Jewish ''Shaharit'' (morning) Service thanks God for giving "(something) the ability to distinguish day from night." In one Reform prayerbook, the "something" is translated as the mind. In one Orthodox prayerbook, the "something" is translated as the heart. In reality, it is an ancient Hebrew word for ''rooster'', the alarm clock of the pre-Industrial era.
* Due to the meaning of the word evolving over time, it is likely that the prohibition against cooking a kid (young goat) in its mother's ''milk'' originally banned cooking the kid in its mother's ''fat''. That's right, to the ancient Israelites, there may not have been anything wrong with a cheeseburger. Unless it was fried. Poultry was declared meat in the rabbinical era, some time after the above line was interpreted to mean "don't mix dairy products and meat." Initially it was pareve (food that can be eaten with either milk or meat) like fish still is because birds don't nurse their young. The issue comes up frequently because kids, when learning the above line, start asking Kids Say the Darnedest Things-esque questions about how one milks a chicken.
* The continuous argument of the creation of earth and life by God being completed in 6 Days (popularized as 7 Days). For many, religious or not, this has been interpreted as meaning: 24 hours for each day in a human's grasp of time.
** The original Hebrew word ("yom") is almost an exact equivalent of English "day". That is, it ''can'' be used in a sense where it doesn't mean 24 hours (English example: "In Abraham Lincoln's day")-- [[TranslationWithAnAgenda despite what Young Earth Creationists want you to believe]]. Even assuming a more literal interpretation of the word "day" as "solar cycle," [[FridgeLogic the fact that the sun wasn't created until the fourth day raises some questions]].
** Similarly, it's possible that [[MethuselahSyndrome the ridiculously high ages of some Old Testament characters]] were supposed to be in months rather than years but were mistranslated.
* The wise men in the New Testament are never given names, and there isn't even a mention of how many there are. All that's mentioned is what gifts they brought, but it could just as easily been five men carrying three gold things, two things of frankincense, and one thing of myrrh, as it could have been three wise men each carrying one gift. Also, despite the popular Christmas carol, the Bible never refers to them as kings.
* The Bible does not say that money is the root of all evil. It says that "the ''love'' of money is the root of all evil" (KJV), or in some translations, "the love of money is ''a'' root of ''all kinds'' of evils" (NIV, ESV).
* The Bible never uses the expression "straight and narrow". What it ''does'' say, in the KJV, is that "strait is the gate, and narrow is the way", with "strait" meaning narrow or constricted [[note]](as in Straits of Gibraltar, straitjacket, etc.)[[/note]].

[[folder:Role-Playing Games]]
* During the Adventurers' Island StoryArc in ''Roleplay/DinoAttackRPG'', [=PeabodySam=] was careful to never confirm OOC which temple was actually the Maelstrom Temple, deliberately invoking this trope to keep his fellow players from guessing his true intentions until TheReveal.
* Within ''RolePlay/WeAreAllPokemonTrainers'' there have been many instances of claims being made regarding statements about the [=WAAPTverse=] that have turned out to have never been said.


[[folder:Video Games]]
* ''VideoGame/FiveNightsAtFreddys'':
** The fanbase is infamous for believing fan videos or theories to be factual. The whole "Purple Guy is named Vincent because a Tumblr user used that name in their artwork" incident is the most well known example. Other examples include WebShow/{{Game Theory}}'s videos being canon lore (even though MatPat admits that they're just theories ''as his {{Catchphrase}}''), Foxy being a good guy who tries to ''warn'' the player about the other animatronics and ''accidentally'' causes them to die of fright (despite that theory not making sense when you really think about it), or that the Puppet is the ghost of a grieving mother because of the lyrics in ''The Living Tombstone's'' music video.
** In a case of "God ''did'' say that, but not at that time", there were many who considered "William Afton" to be the Murderer's canon name ''long'' before Scott confirmed it to be the case, in ''VideoGame/FiveNightsAtFreddysSisterLocation'', he's simply Mr. Afton.
* For a while, fans liked to report that the creator of ''VideoGame/KingdomHeartsI'' wanted to put [[VideoGame/FinalFantasyVII Vincent Valentine]] in the game, but ExecutiveMeddling made him put Cloud in instead, so he gave Cloud Vincent's design to compensate. It turns out this was a misunderstanding - all he said was that he would have ''liked'' to put Vincent in the game, not that he originally planned to do so. His plan was always to include Cloud, and the reason for Cloud using Vincent's design was that Cloud was on the side of darkness in this game, so they wanted to make him look a bit demonic - and since Vincent already kind of looked like that, they just went ahead and used his design.
* ''VideoGame/{{Touhou}}'' relies almost entirely on the LiteraryAgentHypothesis and {{Unreliable Narrator}}s for storytelling (the various mutually-contradictory routes in the games are ''all canon'' simultaneously and the {{Universe Compendium}}s are in-verse documents) and the ShrugOfGod is rampant, so when [[ReclusiveArtist ZUN]] does deem it necessary to deliver something definitive it is given enormous weight, and inevitably this trope tends to occur:
** Probably the most wide-spread and believed example is ZUN outright forbidding any AnimeOfTheGame from being made; what he actually said was if any anime was made (say, ''Anime/MusouKakyouASummerDaysDream'') that the creators make it obvious that it is a fan-made endeavor and is not at all official.
** Similarly, it is generally accepted that the reason ZUN won't give permission for an official ''Touhou'' anime is because he doesn't want AdaptationDisplacement to occur, which would almost certainly happen given that the actual games, despite the popularity of ''Touhou'' as a phenomenon, is still an obscure shmup series. ZUN hasn't yet explained this refusal.
** Many fans (including this wiki) think that ZUN confirmed the names of [[MemeticBystander Daiyousei and Koakuma]], two background characters for whom fans invented names and personalities. What he said was that "Daiyousei" and "Koakuma" are the names of specific types of youkai, of which those two are members, and said nothing about the names of the individuals.
* Misquoted and falsified information prior to a game's launch can easily persuade people. For example, a rumor was started in the months leading up to the launch of ''VideoGame/DeusExHumanRevolution'' that it would only be five hours long. The game is actually said to be over ''[[http://www.destructoid.com/deus-ex-human-revolution-to-be-over-25-hours-long-191856.phtml twenty five]]'' hours long.
* Before ''VideoGame/HaloWars'', ''Franchise/{{Halo}}'' fanon had claimed that the armor worn by Arbiters was the same exact suit that it had been through history, the successor receiving it after his predecessor had died. However, the Arbiter of ''Halo Wars'' ([[BloodKnight Ripa 'Moramee]]) was killed and pushed down a chasm before his body was destroyed in an EarthShatteringKaboom. Henceforth, that meant the armor had been destroyed with it. Fans were annoyed, but it was later pointed out that since the Arbiter is intended to be sent on suicide missions, there would have been many cases where the armor was destroyed and/or impossible to recover. Also, Ripa 'Moramee was also considerably larger than the average Sangheili (aka Elite). He would have had to have armor that fit his larger body better than smaller Arbiters like Thel 'Vadam of the original trilogy. Part of the original confusion also came from the fact that the Arbiter armor is less advanced than standard Sangheili armor. However, given that the Arbiter rank by the time of the Human-Covenant War is given only to disgraced but badass Elites for the expressed purpose of making them die on important suicide missions, the inferiority of Arbiter armor is likely there to remind the wearer of his disgrace.
* Fans have wondered why the Evokers of ''VideoGame/{{Persona 3}}'' - devices used to summon one's Persona in this game, and purely for symbolic effect in ''VideoGame/Persona4Arena'' - are shaped like guns, which one "shoots" into one's head. Based on a scene in the game's PlayableEpilogue "The Answer," an explanation began making the rounds among fans that they were designed that way by Mitsuru in order to convince Akihiko to become her first official recruit into the fight against the Shadows, either by appealing to his self-destructive tendencies or just purely on the basis of RuleOfCool. This is false: as stated in an interview with Producer & Director Katsura Hashino in ''Persona 3 Official Design Works'', the Evokers were shaped like guns because [[WordOfGod the act of putting a gun to one's head and pulling the trigger creates a visceral response similar to playing Russian Roulette, testing the Persona user's resolve every single time they use the Evoker.]] The cutscene in The Answer states only that Mitsuru chose her approach to catch Akihiko's attention; this statement is not in any way related to the subject of the design of the Evokers, which had already been determined long beforehand.
* ''VideoGame/{{Persona 4}}'':
** Creator/TroyBaker, the voice actor of [[AmbiguouslyGay Kanji Tatsumi]], revealed during a con that he was instructed by his voice acting director to act as if Kanji was actually gay. When he shared this info, he also offered his own interpretation that he felt Kanji was gay as well. This is often used as proof of Kanji's orientation despite the actual WordOfGod stating that Kanji's orientation is up to the interpretation of the player.
** There's the persistent rumor that [[SweetPollyOliver Naoto Shirogane]] was canonically transsexual in the Japanese Version, which couldn't be further from the truth; in fact, many Japanese exclusive materials regarding Persona 4 (Drama [=CDs=], Art Books and ''VideoGame/PersonaQShadowOfTheLabyrinth'', to name a few) make it increasingly explicit that Naoto's gender was ''never'' the actual issue of her character arc and she has no actual issues with her sex itself whatsoever, only with its implications in her society.
** Despite it being commonly quoted, WordOfGod has ''not'' said that [[spoiler: Dojima]] was originally planned to be the killer. The only WordOfGod on [[WhatCouldHaveBeen the original planned killer]] was that it ''wasn't'' [[spoiler: Adachi]]. Story elements make [[spoiler: Dojima]] a very likely candidate, but it's never been confirmed.
* ''Franchise/StreetFighter'' canon has several examples:
** The [[Film/StreetFighter live-action film]] and [[WesternAnimation/StreetFighter cartoon]], aside of [[CompositeCharacter combining Blanka and Charlie into Carlos "Charlie" Blanka]], assigned first and last names and titles to characters who didn't have them normally (i.e. Ryu '''Hoshi''', Chun-Li '''[[SpellMyNameWithAnS Zang/Xiang]]''', '''William F.''' Guile, '''Dr.''' Dhalsim, '''Victor''' Sagat, etc.), which are sometimes misattributed to the characters in other canon. The same could be said of Chun-Li's father, whose name has never been revealed, but is given as [[SpellMyNameWithAnS Dorai/Dourai]] in ''Anime/StreetFighterIIV'' (the same anime also gave Vega/Balrog/Claw a surname, '''Fabio la Cerda'''; Claw was not given a surname in the film and the US cartoon).
** Cammy is often claimed to have been Bison's lover before her LaserGuidedAmnesia. However, this was due to a false translation. In the original canon, she was his OppositeSexClone. Nowadays, fans like to run with [[ScrewYourself BOTH versions]].
** Akuma's ultimate attack, the Raging Demon (Shun Goku Satsu or "Instant Hell Murder" in original Japanese) is often touted as an attack in which Akuma grabs his opponent and sends them to {{Hell}} where demons do all sorts of unspeakable things to them while the screen briefly cuts to black and the sounds of dozens of heavy blows are heard. This is often claimed to have been stated in [[AllThereInTheManual a "Japanese sourcebook"]] or stated by "[[WordOfSaintPaul Capcom executives]]", but no copies of said book have been found and no one can pinpoint exactly where this information came from. It's just as likely that the attack involves Akuma attacking the enemy many, many times at SuperSpeed and the black-out is simply to let your imagination fill in the blanks.
* Thanks to the rather vehement BrokenBase surrounding ''VideoGame/MetroidOtherM'', it has been persistently reported that Yoshio Sakamoto declared the ''VideoGame/MetroidPrime'' games to be CanonDiscontinuity, a talking point that frequently factors into arguments that he is taking ''Franchise/{{Metroid}}'' down the wrong path. In reality, he has said that he considers them to be fully canonical side-stories; the closest any statement has come to declaring the ''Prime'' games non-canon is him admitting he didn't specifically factor them into the plot of ''Other M''. He later [[AuthorsSavingThrow rectified this oversight]] in ''VideoGame/MetroidSamusReturns'', which features more references to ''Metroid Prime'', particularly with [[spoiler:[[TrueFinalBoss Ridley]] transitioning from his cyborg-form Meta Ridley to his organic body from ''Super Metroid'']].
* Creator/SatoruIwata was a case of this multiple times:
** When he said in early 2013 that reaching a certain operating income target for Creator/{{Nintendo}}'s profits in that fiscal year was a commitment of his, it somehow got broadly reported that he was promising to resign if the goal was not reached (which it wasn't). He had to directly refute the resignation rumor during a shareholder's meeting later that June.
** In early 2014 there was a lot of rumors that Nintendo would go under, cancel support for the Wii U home console and then go mobile[[note]]Largely stemming from the whole "Ninten-doomed" idea.[[/note]]. Iwata addressed all these points in a shareholder meeting at the end of February: specifically stating that they would NOT happen. When they ''did'' decide to start licensing mobile games the following year, they even specifically announced a new dedicated hardware product at the same time in order to make it clear that they weren't quitting hardware.
** When the UsefulNotes/NintendoSwitch was announced under the codename "NX" but before any meaningful detail was revealed about the system, some message board posters convinced themselves Satoru Iwata had ruled out the possibility of the NX being an portable/home console hybrid and used the supposed claim to "debunk" any speculation it would be one. When the Switch was properly unveilled and did end up being an hybrid, fans went back to the investor meeting transcript where this was supposedly said and found out Iwata's statement was actually far more vague and less definitive than claimed, more among the lines of "We will talk more about this when we have more to share about the system".
* Considering the headaches trying to figure out the timeline of ''Franchise/TheLegendOfZelda'', it was almost inevitable that one timeline or another would emerge in popular consensus as "official" and "verified". It was rarely stated who did the supposed verification, and flew in the face of several creators. A general chronology was believed to exist, which was flexible enough and with no dating system to allow them to put any new game they want anywhere in the timeline without screwing it up. In 2011, an ''actual'' official timeline came out that ([[BrokenBase mostly]]) settled all debates regarding the games released up to that point. As for some of the games released after the fact...
* The creator of ''VideoGame/SuperSmashBros'', Creator/MasahiroSakurai, tends to receive this a lot:
** Some people insisted that ''Super Smash Bros. for Wii U/3DS'' would have less characters than ''Brawl'' because Sakurai said so. What he actually said was that if adding characters was the only thing he did, the game wouldn't be any better. Even when the pre-launch revealed roster for ''Smash 4'' exceeded 30, with many veterans still unannounced, and months to go before the 3DS version's release, such people still insisted the cast was going to be smaller than ''Brawl'''s 39.
** He did not (exactly) say third-party characters have to originate in a video game when he listed the ''Brawl'' third-party criteria. He specifically said "no manga/anime characters" and that was it when it came to their "origins." A later claim was that he wouldn't consider characters unless they debuted on a Nintendo system, which was debunked when [[VideoGame/FinalFantasyVII Cloud Strife]] became playable.
** When Sakurai lamented about The Subspace Emissary cutscenes being uploaded onto the internet and said he wasn't going to have cutscenes like that in ''Smash 4'' because of it, many people took it to mean that Sakurai abhorred spoilers and would thus not try to keep any content secret in ''Smash 4''. What Sakurai actually lamented, though, was since the cutscenes were something that could only really be enjoyed on a first viewing, that a player would ''not need to actually buy and play the game to enjoy them'' if they could just watch them on [=YouTube=], i.e. the massive amount of development and space that was put into the cutscenes went to waste as people who didn't own and play the game could just watch them on [=YouTube=]. Thus it was simply more feasible for Sakurai to put all that development and space into the actual game.
** Many are insisting that Mii Fighters were not worth the development effort because they're not allowed online. They're actually not allowed online on "With Anyone" mode; they're still fair game in "With Friends." They are also the new Multi-Man mooks.
** Before Mewtwo was announced as the first DLC character, many were insisting that ''U/3DS'' would not have any DLC because Sakurai said that he didn't want any DLC. What he really said was that he wants to make the game as complete as possible, and that [[http://nintendoeverything.com/sakurai-on-how-smash-bros-wii-u3ds-came-to-be-not-opposed-to-dlc-patching-why-villagertrainer-are-in-more/ he wasn't opposed to the idea]] and would consider it once he felt satisfied with the released product.
* A more derogatory MemeticMutation within ''VideoGame/StarTrekOnline'' is "''Delta Rising'' is the best expansion EVER and the players LOVE it!", claiming that someone within Cryptic proclaimed the game's second expansion was an out-and-out success. In actuality, they were saying that the expansion was a ''financial'' success. The players just took the quote, applied a heaping dose of SarcasmMode and we're off to the races.
* There's plenty of this in the ''VideoGame/{{Tekken}}'' series, mainly thanks to two fan story guides written during the ''Tekken 3/4'' era. Unfortunately, both writers heavily dipped into the non-canon ''Tekken'' OVA, as well as some "[[WordOfDante creative writing]]", in order to fill in some of the gaps in the story (most of the official profiles [[AllThereInTheManual weren't available online]] at the time). Perhaps the most perduring "fact" that still today is believed canon is Kazuya's DealWithTheDevil after he got thrown the ravine by Heihachi, something taken from the OVA and contradicted in ''Tekken 2'' (Devil's bio states Kazuya was not aware of his presence).
* The most infuriating aspect of Selena Recital from ''[[VideoGame/SuperRobotWarsAlpha Super Robot Wars Alpha 3]]'' was how little of a back-story she had compared to the other ''Alpha 3'' protagonists. This has led to such WildMassGuessing regarding her origins that the popular "[[VideoGame/SuperRobotWarsAdvance Shadow-Mirror]] theory" of her being one of their agents being sent across TheMultiverse is also one of the most implausible.
* A rather common one in the ''VideoGame/StarFox'' series is that the members of Team Star Fox are amputees. Supposedly the metal boots they all wear are actually prosthetic legs that help them withstand G forces normal pilots couldn't survive. This actually started as a fan theory sent in to Nintendo Power, but later got mistaken for canon by Did You Know Gaming? and the rumor propagated from there. In the actual canon the Star Fox pilots have normal feet and use their ships' [[ArtificialGravity G-Diffusers]] to [[InertialDampening neglect G-Forces]]. During an interview with Miyamoto, Matthew Patrick of ''WebVideo/GameTheory'' asked about it, to which Miyamoto responded he had been hearing that a lot lately, [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1z6a8Oswk1s but hadn't thought of that]] while developing the game.
* Within the BrokenBase of ''VideoGame/FireEmblemFates'', there have been several instances of either mistaken or straight-up invented sources:
** It was [[http://shadowofchaos725.tumblr.com/post/123278984825/what-the-hell-fe-fandom-not-again "reported"]] that head writer Shin Kibayashi hated working on the game's story and disowned it on Twitter, but in reality he had just said that he didn't like taking all the credit for the plot [[FaceOfTheBand when there was actually a whole writing team behind it]] and he didn't want them to be overshadowed.
** Rena Strober (Azura's English VA) never claimed she was completely blind during the recording process. She didn't know much about Azura when she auditioned, but she was given proper information as it became relevant and she interjected when stories began falsely accusing Creator/{{Nintendo}} of withholding information from her.
** Thanks to a line by Leo in the beginning of the game, players believe that Elise was aged up for the Western release. His exact words were "... act like the adult you ''technically'' are..." which only means that Elise meets the age requirement for an adult by the standards of the game's universe. These standards are [[TheUnreveal never actually revealed in the game itself,]] and if anything, only serve to highlight that she is indeed quite young compared to the rest of the cast, even if she is of marriageable age.[[note]](In Roman and later Medieval/Renaissance times, a noblewoman was usually considered "marriageable" when she hit puberty and therefore was able to have children, so Elise is ''at her youngest'' 12-13 years old.)[[/note]]
** Also no, the character designer Yusuke Kozaki ''never'' compared [[BuxomIsBetter Camilla]] to a cow. [[http://jokerthebutler.tumblr.com/post/134877774683/kusakihara-art-director-camillas-crown-is That was Toshiyuki Kusakihara, the art director and Kozaki's boss]], and it was during a ''group interview'' for the newest FE artbook. Cue the fans ''still'' claming it was Kozaki [[http://agoddamn.tumblr.com/post/149637369440/kozaki-still-made-some-pretty-gross-comments-on and showing a lot of ignorance]] about [[ValuesDissonance work ethics in Japan]] [[note]](a boss' authority is almost ''absolute'' and the people working under him/her would be far more liable to lose their job if they don't go along with what they say)[[/note]] and game design in general[[note]](a character designer MUST work with what he or she is given by the art director and can't really stray a lot from it, lest he or she will have their sketches rejected)[[/note]]
* Some detractors of ''VideoGame/KnightsOfTheOldRepublicIITheSithLords'' claim that Chris Avellone "admitted" he hates ''Franchise/StarWars'' and wrote the game as a massive TakeThat against the whole franchise. What Avellone ''really'' said was that after consuming the entire ExpandedUniverse, he used [[BigBad Kreia's]] character to question things he hated about ''the Force'' (mainly that it's used as an OmniscientMoralityLicense and the fact it has "[[YouCantFightFate a will]]" being used as an explanation for the EU's perpetual HappyEndingOverride). He's on record as [[http://www.eurogamer.net/articles/2013-07-31-fear-is-the-path-to-the-dark-side praising the first game]] and credits it for "making me love ''Star Wars'' again."
* ''VideoGame/CommandAndConquer'':
** ''VideoGame/CommandAndConquerRedAlert'' was originally envisioned as a prequel to the original ''VideoGame/CommandAndConquerTiberianDawn'', but then ''[[VideoGame/CommandAndConquerRedAlert2 Red Alert 2]]'' came along and made it much more difficult to envision a concrete link between ''Red Alert'' and the ''Tiberium'' games. Then someone got the idea that both of ''Red Alert''[='=]s endings were canon in {{alternate continuit|y}}ies, where an Allied victory lead to ''Red Alert 2'', and a Soviet one led to ''Tiberian Dawn''. This doesn't really make any sort of sense (just to start, the first game's Global Defense Initiative is explicitly a United Nations-backed organization; the United Nations probably wouldn't continue existing if the Soviets under Stalin conquered the world), but thanks at least in part to the Soviet ending of ''Red Alert'' where the Brotherhood of Nod gets explicit namedrops and Stalin's oddly-familiar advisor reveals himself to be Nod's leader Kane (not to mention his apparent lack of aging in the fifty years between the first two games, which actually did become something of a plot point later), this theory became popular enough that a lot of people started believing it was canon, even after the developers actually made a statement saying that the two series were now completely separate.
** A more minor example is that some fans of ''VideoGame/CommandAndConquerRenegade'' believe that it takes place in 2020. That was actually a typo in the manual; it's supposed to be 2002, as implied by the technology overall being the same as in the original game. Part of the issue, besides that typo, is probably that a concrete date for when the original game takes place [[AllThereInTheManual was never explicitly stated within the game]], so a lot of fans just assume it takes place in 1995, the same year it was released.
* To those who wanted [[Franchise/DevilMayCry Dante]] and Videogame/{{Bayonetta}} to fight, no, Creator/HidekiKamiya did not say Bayonetta would win. It was a joke about how women usually have the final say over men in a relationship. Nor does he hate ''Franchise/SuperSmashBros''; there were [[BerserkButton multiple requests from people over and over]] to put Bayonetta in the game, causing him to tell them to "fuck off". She did, in fact, become a playable character in ''Smash 4''.
* Because of how insanely quick rumors and news spread on the internet, game developers and publishers try to avoid the trope by either being [[ShrugOfGod intentionally vague]], say nothing, or [[LyingCreator outright]] [[TrollingCreator lie]] when they are asked about future games or future content. All it takes is someone to say something that can be taken in a different way to cause a mess and forcing the creators to clarify the issue by saying that they never said what they said.
* ''Franchise/{{Castlevania}}'': A commonly-cited quote from Koji Igarashi (IGA) is something to the effect of "No woman could ever be a Belmont", in regards to the decision to remove ''Videogame/CastlevaniaLegends'' from continuity. This is used as evidence that IGA is a misogynist. Funnily enough, though, nobody can ever provide the ''source'' of that quote, just saying it's from "an interview". Considering that IGA has had numerous playable female characters - including in [[VideoGame/BloodstainedRitualOfTheNight the first game he did after leaving Konami]] - it's ridiculous to think he'd say something like that.
* ''VideoGame/MightyNo9'', after many delays, was met with a disastrous launch. During a livestream event to help hype the release of the game Keiji Inafune and his translator were answering questions from fans and hyping the game. When confronted about the problems the game had, Keiji's translator said "It's better than nothing." That statement caused many people to believe that Keiji said that to spite fans, though it was discovered later on that it was the translator who said it.
* ''VideoGame/{{Undertale}}'':
** Some fans dislike the term "Genocide Route" being used to refer to the KillEmAll ending, even going as far as to say that the creator himself has asked fans not to use that term. However, Toby Fox has never said such a thing on the matter, and has even used the term "Genocide ending" himself.
** A Wiki once reported that Toby Fox said that he based Papyrus's personality on a [=YouTuber=] known as Octopimp. Toby's response to this on Twitter was "uhhhhhhhh........ no LOL? deconfirmed?"
** A case of "God Said That, but He Wasn't Serious" - Toby once made a joke[=/=]troll post on a friend's forum stating that Undertale began as an ''VideoGame/EarthBound'' [=ROM=] hack. Despite the post being backed up by screenshots with above-SNES-level resolution and music that was beyond the capabilities of the SNES, fans took it seriously, causing Toby to once again have to deny it on Twitter.[[note]]This is not to be confused with the ''VideoGame/EarthBound Halloween Hack'', which Toby Fox did make and some elements of which were used in Undertale.[[/note]]
** There are also a lot of times you may hear from various people that Toby Fox said to name the Fallen Child your name, because they're supposed to represent you. This is a case of "God Said That But That's Not The Full Sentence", however, as Toby's words when asked what the name of the Fallen Child was actually "Name them your own name... If you can't think of anything else lol"
* ''VideoGame/DarkSouls'': Series creator Hidetaka Miyazaki has been misquoted in more than one way:
** Fans of both ''Manga/{{Berserk}}'' and the ''Souls'' games often talk about ''Manga/{{Berserk}}'' being a primary, or even ''the'' inspiration of ''Souls'' based on an interview where Miyazaki acknowledged that he is a ''Berserk'' reader, but that's probably a big exaggeration. For example, after mentioning ''Berserk'' in that interview he attributes most of his inspiration for the ''Souls'' games to his collection of Western {{Tabletop RPG}}s and FantasyLiterature, as well as the earlier Creator/FromSoftware game series ''VideoGame/KingsField'' and the ''Literature/FightingFantasy'' game books. He [[http://skullknight.net/images/darksouls_berserk1.jpg does say]] in the same interview that when Art Designer Masanori Waragai showed him his Catarina armor design, he felt reminded of Bazuso from ''Berserk'' and thought that old design was appropriate for Siegmeyer's character concept, but this is one of the few parallels or {{Shout Out}}s he has actually acknowleded. It wouldn't be inaccurate to say that ''Berserk'' has had ''some'' influence on the games, such as when he acknowledged that the greatsword artes and playstyle in Dark Souls 3 were inspired by Guts, but {{fanon}} tends to blow it out of proportion and treat ''Dark Souls'' as if it were practically ''Berserk'' with the serial numbers filed off.
** After ''VideoGame/DarkSouls1'' came out, ThatOneBoss The Bed of Chaos was so poorly-received that it was said that Miyazaki had publicly apologised for it being so bad. He actually made no such apology. The closest thing to such a statement is FROM Software saying that they felt that the Lost Izalith area (which contains the Bed of Chaos) was not what it should have been and that they wanted to do more with it, but they'd run out of time.
* Creator of ''VisualNovel/ZeroEscape'' Trilogy, Kotaro Uchikoshi is often stated to have said after the [[VisualNovel/NineHoursNinePersonsNineDoors first game]] that "[[spoiler:Junpei would spend the rest of his life searching for Akane, but would never find her]]", which is different from what happened in later games. This is based on "answers" section on the first game's homepage [[http://www.aksysgames.com/999/answers specifically, question 25]]. However said answer only mentions the first part, the second was merely fan's interpretation. Uchikoshi never said whether [[spoiler: Junpei will actually find Akane]] or not after the game's events so what happened in later games was possibility from the start.
* ''Franchise/SonicTheHedgehog''
** There are a lot of fans who adamantly believe that Sonic is "the fastest thing alive" and that nothing else can possibly outrun him. That line came from the opening theme of the ''WesternAnimation/SonicSatAM'' cartoon, which is a separate canon from any of the video games (except possibly ''VideoGame/SonicSpinball''). While Sonic DID ultimately prove unmatched in speed in that TV show, plenty of things can match or exceed his speed in the video games[[note]]To name a few, this includes Dr. Eggman himself, Metal Sonic, the G.U.N. truck, most of the bosses in ''Sonic Advance 2'', Shadow the Hedgehog, Silver the Hedgehog as of ''VideoGame/SonicGenerations'', all of the daytime bosses in ''VideoGame/SonicUnleashed'', the Cyan Wisps, the Extreme Gears, the orca by Emerald Coast, the Kaos wheels in Seaside Hill and Ocean Palace, and the malicious Ferris wheel in Tropical Resort[[/note]], which invariably causes these fans to get upset whenever they play a Sonic game and see something or someone achieve a speed Sonic cannot reach.
** One thing that has spread since the release of ''VideoGame/SonicMania'' is that the Super Emeralds from ''VideoGame/Sonic3AndKnuckles'' are no longer around because somehow they were completely drained of their power during the events of ''& Knuckles''. All that was shown in the former game was that seven gray cracked emeralds were around the Master Emerald. The belief was spread so fast that WordOfGod had to clarified that the emeralds shown were just stone replicas but you still see this belief in certain areas.
* ''Franchise/SuperMarioBros.''
** Nintendo never {{retcon}}ned anything about Mario being a plumber in 2017, in fact, they never made any meaningful statement about his current job at all. The Japanese Twitter linked to a profile that happened to refer to him being a plumber in the past tense, but this was specifically referencing the original ''VideoGame/MarioBros'' game, which was one of the few times he's actually done a plumbing job.
** The 2017 interview about ''VideoGame/SuperMarioWorld'' with Takashi Tezuka and Shigefumi Hino never confirmed that Mario is punching Yoshi in the head. It confirmed that this was the [[WhatCouldHaveBeen original intention]], but also specifically confirmed that it was changed during development so that Mario is pointing instead. Unfortunately, misleading headlines reporting this interview resulted in CommonKnowledge that [[IKnewIt Mario punching Yoshi was indeed always the case]].
** ''VideoGame/SuperMarioBrosTheLostLevels'' was originally the the sequel to ''VideoGame/SuperMarioBros'', but it was never released outside of Japan until ''Super Mario All-Stars''. Many people believed that Nintendo of America refused to have the game released in the West fearing that the game would be too difficult for most players. [[labelnote:note]] Which wouldn't make any sense since there were a ''lot'' of NintendoHard games on the NES back in the day.[[/labelnote]] It was never confirmed that Nintendo actually said that, but Nintendo did say that they didn't bring the game over due to it being more of the same as the first game with very few new things added.

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* ''WebComic/StandStillStaySilent'' had a huge fandom uproar when it turned out that an [[WordOfGod authorial statement]] in TheRant had been widely misinterpreted by the fans, leading the fandom to believe that there would be no named character deaths. This turned out to be false. The author released a statement saying that she was sorry for stringing her fans along for so long, but that the only way to debunk the rumor was to spoil the majority of the main StoryArc.

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* ''WesternAnimation/InvaderZim'':
** The fandom seems quite prone to this, possibly especially because the show has been canceled for quite some time now (2001) and many of its fans were in primary school then and only teenagers now. Some things are attributed to Creator/JhonenVasquez that [[WordOfSaintPaul were actually said by Steve Ressel or Eric Truehart]], and then there's a lot of things that weren't said anywhere except perhaps in some particularly influential fanfic. Dib being an {{artificial|Human}} creation of Professor Membrane's is an example of the former, Zim being "16 in Irken years" is an example of the latter.
** Many fans also claim that Jhonen [[CreatorBacklash hated the show]] and that he "would never work in animation ever again." However, he makes appearances at conventions, and has even admitted on his blog that he enjoyed working on the show, and actually got a lot of leeway of content - the only real ExecutiveMeddling was not allowing [[NeverSayDie deaths]] and planned future episodes of Zim travelling all over space.
* Two meta-examples in ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic'':
** Creator/LaurenFaust never planned to have any major over-arcing plots for the show: the intention was always an episodic comedy/adventure.
** Apparently inverted/subverted (as in, "God Never Said She Didn't Say That") in regards to the notion that Faust hated the earlier ''Franchise/MyLittlePony'' shows: [[http://msmagazine.com/blog/blog/2010/12/24/my-little-non-homophobic-non-racist-non-smart-shaming-pony-a-rebuttal/ What she has certainly said]] is that she never liked cartoons based on girls' toys, but that she loved the original toys. Possibly people have got confused over the statement that "She hated/didn't hate G1," which could refer to either.
** Lauren Faust was particularly susceptible to this trope during her time with the show, it seems. Late during her tenure as the show's executive producer, when asked about the popular background character [[FanNickname Derpy Hooves]], she said there was an unseen character in an upcoming episode by the name of Ditzy Doo, and the name might at some point be applied to the character. What fans failed to notice was that she was [[ShrugOfGod just speculating]] at this, and didn't actually have any plans to use that name for the character. Furthermore, the fans seemed to blind themselves to the fact that, while she speculated on that, in the very same post she said that if the fans liked Derpy, then the name would remain Derpy. This has caused a bit of a {{Broken Base}} about which name was "canon" or "better", that persists to this day. This wasn't helped when Amy Keating Rogers made a statement about the Season 2 episode ''The Last Roundup'', in which she claimed they originally were going to use the name Ditzy Doo for the character's comic bit near the beginning of the episode, before being asked to change it to Derpy. Of course, the reasoning for this is likely because the episode was being written right around the time Lauren had originally speculated on using that name for that character, before the production team really adopted the name of Derpy Hooves.
** When Jim Miller said that the show and [[ComicBook/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicIDW the comics]] [[https://derpibooru.org/830332 would "remain separate",]] he meant that nothing major from the comics would be integrated into the show in order to avoid ''Main/ContinuityLockOut'' between the show and comics. Unfortunately, a ''Main/VocalMinority'' happened to take those words to mean [[Main/CanonDiscontinuity "the comics aren't canon."]] And when he was accused by a fan of declaring the comics as "non-canon", [[https://camo.derpicdn.net/406d816d10b719a7a86d4d6d7b43efd6657e1378?url=http%3A%2F%2Fi.imgur.com%2Fw9GWtF6.png he made it clear that "separate" and "non-canon" mean two different things.]]
* [[SubvertedTrope Subverted]] with the romantic involvement of Princess Bubblegum and Marceline in ''WesternAnimation/AdventureTime''. Initially, the only source for the claims aside from LesYay subtext was a behind-the-scenes video (that was quickly taken down) that implied that the women could be paired together, and the video in question only [[ShipTease raised it as a question]] rather than stating it as a fact. [[http://www.buzzfeed.com/skarlan/adventure-time-actor-confirms-princess-bubblegum-and-marceli Then Olivia Olsen, the voice actress for Marceline]], [[HilariousInHindsight confirmed the subtext]], with the official confirmations of Pendleton Ward and others following; they really did date in the past, but the cartoon proper cannot currently show it due to anti-homosexuality policies in some territories where it airs. It has since become one of the most famous examples of WordOfGay in WesternAnimation.
* ''WesternAnimation/YoungJustice'' creator Creator/GregWeisman [[http://www.s8.org/gargoyles/askgreg/archives.php?lid=617 interacts quite a bit]] with fans, and naturally gets misunderstood from time to time. One of the most persistent examples: he stated that there would be deaths in season one, and that not even the main characters were safe. This is often misquoted as him saying that a main character ''definitely would'' die in season one, with fans speculating who it would be.
** The show ''WesternAnimation/{{Bonkers}}'' (which Greg had a hand in) was thought to be a Roger Rabbit TV series, with Bonkers being an expy of Roger due to copyright issues. Greg has repeatedly pointed out that while Roger Rabbit was an inspiration, it was just that.
* WordOfGod said Kovu wouldn't appear in ''WesternAnimation/TheLionGuard.'' This got [[GossipEvolution twisted]] to "Kovu's dead," until it was made clear ''The Lion Guard'' takes place before Kiara meets Kovu and he is alive. WordOfGod later [[FlipFlopOfGod said he's going to appear,]] confusing this issue further.
* A persistent rumor states that the ''WesternAnimation/HeyArnold'' episode "The Pigeon Man" would've ended with Vincent committing suicide by hurling himself off the building, but was nixed by the higher ups. Show creator Craig Bartlett denies this and says that the ending shown was the intended one from the beginning.
* Since Creator/AlexHirsch of ''WesternAnimation/GravityFalls'' is active on Twitter, the fandom has an unsurprising tendency to photoshop screenshots to create fake tweets. After Hirsch hinted in the behind-the-scenes special ''Between the Pines'' that [[OnlyKnownByTheirNickname Dipper's]] real name [[ThemeTwinNaming had something in common with Mabel's]], one of these screenshots gave rise to a popular rumor that his real name was Michael. [[spoiler: Its Mason.]] And when he stated that a character would die in the show's second season, he never said that a ''main'' character would die: the death that he was referring to was of the town's elderly mayor, which served as the catalyst for a BreatherEpisode.
* ''WesternAnimation/StevenUniverse'':
** Another fake tweet example comes from the shipping community: a fake screenshot of show creator Rebecca Sugar tweeting that "Pearl is a lesbian" is often used to "disprove" heterosexual pairings involving the character. (While the showrunners have confirmed that she had romantic feelings towards another woman, this does not negate the possibility of Pearl being bi- or pansexual.)
** Rebecca Sugar never explicitly said that all Gems are non-binary, though she did say that "Technically, there are no female Gems, there are only Gems".
* Creator/AlanMoore is often cited as having enjoyed ''[[Creator/HarryPartridge Saturday Morning Watchmen]]'', and the ''WesternAnimation/JusticeLeague Unlimited'' version of ''ComicBook/ForTheManWhoHasEverything'', when in reality he's never made his views on either of them known (co-creator Dave Gibbons has, however). Creator/BruceTimm has even clarified in the case of the latter that while Moore approved them adapting the story, he never provided them with any kind of feedback (positive or negative) once it was completed and aired.
* It was once said that Creator/CraigMcCracken himself [[ApprovalOfGod gave his blessing]] on the WesternAnimation/ThePowerpuffGirls2016 reboot. It turns out [[https://twitter.com/CrackMcCraigen/status/736286528259788802 he's]] [[https://twitter.com/CrackMcCraigen/status/736294454739369985 officially stated]] that he wished they ''hadn't'' rebooted the show, but [[MoneyDearBoy understands why it was made.]]

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* Greg Farshtey ''actively invokes'' this in the ''Toys/{{Bionicle}}'' fanbase, as he's been known to "confirm" or "reject" plausible theories in order to throw fans off the trail of his actual plans; and when called on it would point out the ExactWords in his original statements.
* Unfortunately true for the Franchise/{{Nasuverse}}, due to the large amount of untranslated extra materials leading to certain fans making up plausible theories and passing them off as truths.

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* UsefulNotes/CharlesDarwin gets this a lot. Oftentimes, things that Häckel or Huxley said are attributed to Darwin. Huxley being especially notable, having earned the name "Darwin's Bulldog" vociferously defending evolution, because Darwin was too shy and too afraid to defend his theory himself. The big one is that Darwin didn't use the word "evolution" (a misnomer that has caused problems) to refer to the process he explained, though "evolved" is the last word of his book. He called it "descent with modification". Social Darwinism even has his name tacked on it, even though he was dismayed by his theories being misused in social context, in extremely unscientific ways. Even today people from both sides talk about eugenics like Darwin had anything to do with the practice, which he in fact opposed. When the idea of intentional "improvement" of humanity through selective breeding was first brought up (the term eugenics had yet to be coined), Darwin referred to it as "utopian" (as in impractical or unrealistic). It's also a concept that far predates his time, as it was advocated by Plato in ''Literature/TheRepublic'' based on ancient Sparta's practice for instance. Selective breeding of plants and animals is as old as agriculture.
* This caused a stir when Creator/HalleBerry's Wikipedia page was edited with a quote from her that said "this new album will show people that [she] can do more than act". A number of news websites then reported that Berry was branching out into music, which caused Berry herself to report that she had no plans to do so.
* With the relaunch of Creator/{{VH1}} Classic as Creator/{{MTV}} Classic, it has been touted as being a return to MTV's musical roots. Neither Viacom, nor the MTV division itself ever made any such claims.