!! '''[[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fallacy_of_composition Fallacy of Composition:]]'''
:: Claiming that because a statement is true of the parts, it must be true of the whole.

-->Everything is made of atoms.
-->Atoms are invisible to the naked eye.
-->Therefore everything is invisible to the naked eye.


* This trope can be a result of AuthorAppeal. For example: ''Literature/HarryPotter'' is awesome. {{Goth}}s are awesome. Therefore [[Fanfic/MyImmortal a fanfic which combines them]] should be awesome.[[note]]FromACertainPointOfView, of course, said fic is ''totally awesome.''[[/note]]

* ''Film/WildWildWest''. Creator/WillSmith and Barry Sonnenfield were a great team with ''Film/MenInBlack'', so any movie made by this pair will be a hit.
* This happens in movies as well. Some films with an AllStarCast, such as ''Film/{{Yellowbeard}}'' and ''Film/TownAndCountry'', have been colossal flops.

* Occasionally, musicians from a number of different bands may come together and form a "{{supergroup}}" with the overall hype being that the sum of the supergroup's parts are better than the original bands they came from (i.e. Velvet Revolver, Music/{{Audioslave}}), only for it all to end up being unlistenable rubbish.

[[AC:Myth and Folklore]]
* The story of the [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Blind_men_and_an_elephant Three Blind Men and the Elephant]]. Many versions exist, but here is a short version. Three blind men examine an elephant. The first grabs the trunk and says, "Ah! It's like a great snake!" The second grabs the leg and says, "No, it is like a great tree!" The third pushes the side and says, "No, it is more like a great wall!" Then the elephant tramples them, because elephants don't have any time for the fallacy of composition.

* The Thirty-One Official Flavors in ''TabletopGame/{{Paranoia}}'' currently include Vanilla-Prune, and Strawberry-Lobster is due to be rotated in next year.

* Creator/CirqueDuSoleil and Criss Angel are both popular, so it was believed that a collaboration between the company and the magician on a Las Vegas magic show was money in the bank; instead, ''Theatre/CrissAngelBelieve'' required a massive {{Retool}} to keep running.

[[AC: WebOriginal]]
* ''WebAnimation/ZeroPunctuation'': Yahtzee tries to combine his two favorite foods, Cadbury Chocolate Eggs with Branston Pickles, and finds the result inedible.

%%* ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons'' - Sideshow Bob's plan to kill Bart at Five Corners

[[AC:Real Life]]
* The classic trick question "which is heavier, a ton of feathers or a ton of lead?" works because of this fallacy; the hope is that the person answering will think that because ''individual'' feathers are light, a measured weight of them would be lighter than the same weight of something normally thought of as "heavy."
** Some trick questions go even further and make the feathers the right answer, by using different measures of weight.
*** One memorable variant uses the word "pound", then goes on to discuss the economic trends of the United Kingdom.
*** A pound of gold weighs less than a pound of feathers because gold is measured in troy weight.
* Internet filters rely on this trope. Imagine why Pakistan blocked ''all'' of Website/{{Facebook}} because of just one group.
** The same is true of word filters: written erotica may mention breasts, but blocking all uses of the word blocks out gynaecology, chicken recipes, and other innocent uses. The "ScunthorpeProblem" nets even more collateral blocking (while the devious perverts just use word-substitution tricks).
* Any artistic endeavours which employ [[DreamTeam several superstars within their respective fields]] and hope the lightning strikes again can fall prey to this trope. For one example, the game ''VideoGame/ShadowsOfTheDamned'' features the work of three famous Japanese developers. The result, while positively received, was not considered a gift from the gaming gods. Likewise, David Hayter, Dave Gibbons ([[DisownedAdaptation not Alan Moore, though]]), and Zack Snyder put out the ''Film/{{Watchmen}}'' movie and received similarly lukewarm reviews.
* Alternative health claims are rife with these. The claimants will say that X is in a drug/food/compound, and therefore that the substance is healthful/unhealthful. For example, one fad claims that Splenda is toxic because it contains the element chlorine. It does. So does table salt. That's a classic example of this fallacy. A less unreasonable claim is that chloro-carbons (like Splenda) are unhealthful, while ionic chlorine (such as salt) is fine. This claim does not run afoul of this fallacy, though "Splenda is toxic at any reasonable dose" is not accepted by mainstream evidence-based medical practitioners. Food additives go through extensive toxicity testing before approval.
* A list of sports examples could probably be its own wiki - and you'd probably have to have a different wiki for every sport! Suffice it to say, "we're the best team in the league, therefore by signing the best player we'll get better" has been a prevalent attitude throughout the history of sport. Sometimes, yes, it pays off. A lot of times...it doesn't.
* The [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Paradox_of_thrift Paradox of Thrift]] is an economic concept based on this. The fallacy assumes that typically, it is better for an individual to save, increasing his/her financial capital, allowing that individual to invest and improve his/her lot. But if everyone saves, then because no one is consuming, businesses have to contract and lay off workers, slowing the economy and making everyone worse off. What's good for the individual (saving) isn't good for the economy in the aggregate.
* Global warming deniers make this fallacy when they claim that cold weather during the winter disproves global warming. Of course, it can be very cold, even unusually so, in one area and still have a mean rise in global temperature. To say otherwise is like saying you can't run a fever and have cold feet at the same time.
** They also use this when talking about climate change papers from the 60's and 70's predicting global cooling. Not only is this a case of not realizing that ScienceMarchesOn, but they conveniently ignore the fact that more papers published in that period predicted global warming instead of cooling.[[note]]Around 7 research papers predicted cooling to about 44 for warming in the 60s and 70s.[[/note]]
** Of course, it is equally fallacious to claim that any single instance of unseasonably warm--or unseasonably cool--weather anywhere, at any time, is evidence of global warming or climate change.
* The ubiquitous argument "If the president of this corporation is [[CorruptCorporateExecutive corrupt]], then the whole corp is playing dirty". Believed by the masses when the higher ups are investigated or tried for any crime, even though it may have nothing to do with the other workers of the company.