Cowboy Bebop At His Computer: Newspaper Comics

A handful of small panels proves to be plenty of room to get the facts twisted.


  • Parodied in the comic strip Tom the Dancing Bug, in which a news anchor says, "And now that we have reported this story, we plan to research it as thoroughly as possible."
  • Numerous examples of people apparently thinking the main character of the comic strip Peanuts was named Peanuts, rather than Good Ol' Charlie Brown. This even showed up in a pop psychological text!
    • Charles Schulz actually disapproved of calling the strip "Peanuts" for that exact reason, which is why he pushed for the additional title "Good Ol' Charlie Brown" to be included for so many years in the Sunday panels.
    • According to a documentary a few years before Charles Schulz died, the strip was renamed 'Peanuts' without his permission. The guy who was told to come up with the new name hadn't even seen it, and wasn't given time to. note 
    • More than once, a writer will comment on Lucy or Peppermint Patty as though they are Charlie Brown's love interests, or even in competition for his affections. Probably the kindest emotion Lucy has ever had toward Charlie Brown is pity. As for Peppermint Patty, for a while she believed that she and "Chuck" were an item, but then, she also believed Snoopy was a "funny looking kid with a big nose" and that his doghouse was "Chuck's guest cottage."
  • The comic strip Zits did a week of strips parodying Love Is... titled "Love Isn't", starring Jeremy and Sara as everyone's favorite married naked 8-year-olds. At least one newspaper editor not only completely missed the parody aspect but ID'ed the naked couple as Jeremy's parents.
  • In an early Dilbert strip, Dilbert accidentally employed the "Vulcan death grip" on a co-worker. Many readers wrote in to explain that "There is no such thing as a Vulcan death grip" (a direct quote from the relevant episode, "The Enterprise Incident"), though there is a "Vulcan nerve pinch" that only causes unconsciousness. Scott Adams says that's when he really understood who his audience was.
  • Bill Rechin, the cartoonist behind Crock, made a number of these kinds of gaffes in his later years. One particularly painful strip involved an oddly-dressed black character asking people if they ever "did the hip-hop."
  • One part of this review of the Pokémon comic chastises the cartoonist for drawing Starmie shooting water from its jewel. However, the reviewer himself made an egregious error: he mistook Staryu (who, to his credit, can't shoot water from its jewel either) for Starmie.
  • An in-universe example in Calvin and Hobbes: When they are being chased by an evil snowman Calvin brought to life, Hobbes wonders, "Now, how did they finally kill Frosty?" Anyone who has watched that Rankin/Bass special knows that the main characters were trying to save Frosty - and while the villain character did appear to have succeeded in killing him, he came back to life.
    • Calvin's bat/bug report is this trope lampshaded, turned inside out, and buried.
      • And in the 10th Anniversary Collection, Watterson noted that he found out more about bats from fan-letters than he'd ever cared to know.
  • Another in-universe example: A lot of Sally Brown's school reports. Just a few examples.
  • Foxtrot: During a short storyline where Paige dreamed that she was in the land of Christmas Specials, Hermie was indicated as HerBie.
    • Bill Amend pointed this out in the The Best Of Foxtrot commentary, and tried to justify it by saying "Paige doesn't proofread her dreams."
  • Another Peanuts example was the name of Charlie Brown's teacher. When contestants were asked to name her on TV game shows and radio contests, the answer considered "correct" was Ms. Othmar. Charlie Brown's teacher was actually named Ms. Donovan! Ms. Othmar was the teacher for Linus.
  • Pluggers asserted that one is a plugger if they don't recognize the names of talk show guests, depicted through a panel in which a character reacts in confusion to the TV announcing that Jay Leno's guests for the evening would be, among others, Michael Cera, which was misspelled CerRa, and Little Britain, which is the name of a TV show and not a person or a band as cartoonist Gary Brookins apparently thought, inadvertently demonstrating his own cluelessness.