->''The U.F.O. flew contemptuously through the ack-ack bursts of a destroyer. A beam of energy stabbed down, and the hapless vessel was instantly transmuted into an exploding [=WW2=] battleship.''
-->-- '''Plan 7 of 9 from Outer Space'''

StockFootage is a NecessaryWeasel in most broadcast productions. Your average studio just can't afford to have 42 cars on hand to be blown up on camera (108 [[StuntDouble backups]] for when the take goes bad). So they have 13 scenes using 4 models of cars. These are supposed to represent all of those 42 cars the show will be going through this season, in all of the various settings the show will go to.

The cars and settings are usually similar enough that it takes a while (and perhaps multiple viewings) for the viewer to notice a discrepancy.

This trope is for when the viewer notices it right off. Without having to leave the couch. It's also for when the error is so obvious, it has the viewer screaming "How did they slip ''that'' up?!"

Often, using the wrong car, setting, clothing, person, hairclip, etc., will call the series' [[SeriesContinuityError continuity]] (or at least the writer's grasp thereof) into question.

Compare SpecialEffectsFailure, where the pretty lights and sounds added to a scene filmed for the production are not up to par, and ObviousStuntDouble, when it's obvious that a stunt double is being used instead of the actor.



[[folder:Anime & Manga]]
* While ''Anime/SailorMoon'' was usually very good with the stock footage for the transformations, attacks and pre-battle speeches, there were a couple background errors with the Inner Senshi's "Star Power" sequences in the ''R'' season. The first happened in the very first sequence; although the colorful whooshing background shouldn't fade in until after [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=D0I6Kv0yHW0 Sailor Mercury's]] nails are colored, the sequence didn't start with a black background the first time. There was also a group transformation a few episodes later where Sailor Mars was given the wrong background for part of her transformation. Ordinarily it would look [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pHu5gqaJewY something like this]], but [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=A8TSxfEbDv8 she got Venus's background for the first part]].
* In ''Manga/FistOfTheNorthStar'', the third episode of the rather detailed and well-animated Season 4 re-uses a shot of Kenshiro cracking his knuckles from Season ''1'', back when the animation was stiff, simplistic, and sort of stylized. The contrast between this shot and the rest of the episode is quite jarring, particularly because this is the only time in Season 4 that something like this occurs.
* [[LampshadeHanging Lampshaded]] in ''Anime/PuniPuniPoemi''.
-->It doesn't flow very well visually, but this is the bath time version!
* ''Anime/TheIdolmaster'' - The last episode uses several footages from the first and second openings, but when Azusa and Takane are dancing they appear to be in front of a set of stairs, just for in the next take they be shown to be still descending the same stairs.
* In the third and fourth ''Anime/PrettyCureAllStars'' movies, they constantly show [[Anime/HeartcatchPrettyCure Yuri]]'s transformation sequence with her Pretty Cure Seed being rebuilt... despite the fact that, at the end of her series, the seed was fully repaired after she retrieved the other half of it.
* ''Manga/AkazukinChacha'' has stock footage of the PowerTrio using their artifacts to transform Chacha into "Magical Princess." Normally these are fine, but they use the same stock footage even when Shiine and Riiya are chained to a wall and shouldn't be able to move.
* A few Season 1 episodes of ''Anime/{{Pokemon}}'' show Ash with his hat backwards while throwing a Poké Ball--even when he didn't turn his hat backwards.
* In the last episode of ''Anime/DigimonFrontier'', when [[spoiler:the Chosen Children fuse together into Susanooomon]], the evolution footage shows Takuya and Koji's first Digivices rather than their current ones.

[[folder:Films -- Live Action]]
* ''Film/AllMonstersAttack'' is basically just one big "stock film".
* The octopus in Creator/EdWood's ''Film/BrideOfTheMonster'' is a classic example. The stock footage shows a real life octopus swimming around underwater, but in scenes when actors tangle with it, it's a limp, unmoving and obviously fake one made of rubber sitting in a puddle of water.
* ''Film/GodzillaVsGigan'' was quite '''infamous''' for its over-use of stock footage. Particularly grating is the fact that the fight scenes would randomly shift from day-to-night due to the film using footage from ''Film/DestroyAllMonsters'' and ''Film/GhidorahTheThreeHeadedMonster''.
** Likewise, there's Mothra's accidental cameo within said stock footage of ''GTTHM''... even though she wasn't even supposed to be in the film ''Godzilla Vs. Gigan'' at all.
* ''Gigan,'' in turn, is a source of stock footage for ''TerrorOfMechagodzilla.'' Note how the orange muscle car belonging to the Interpol agent turns into the orange hatchback from ''Gigan'' when it blows up.
* Like ''Film/AllMonstersAttack'', ''Film/GameraSuperMonster'' re-uses fight scenes like mad.
* In one of the ''Franchise/{{Batman}}'' movie serials there's a scene where a black car goes over the edge of a cliff. But the stock footage used for the car actually going over is a black ''van''.
* In the 1966 ''Film/BatmanTheMovie'', stock footage of a Polaris missile is used twice. Unfortunately, the second time it appears, it's been horizontally flipped, meaning that the letters on the missile labelling it a Polaris all appear backwards.
* ''Film/InvasionOfTheNeptuneMen'' uses footage from the 1960 nuclear war film ''World War III Breaks Out'' in what is supposed to be a kid's movie.
** "[[Series/MysteryScienceTheater3000 They blew up the Hitler building!]]"
*** It's been suggested that that particular shot was ''not'' an example of stock footage failure. Apparently, this may have been a reproduction of the giant billboards for 1960 Swedish documentary "Mein Kampf" about Hitler which were scattered through downtown Tokyo.
*** Kevin Murphy has said that not only did they cut every scene of the stock footage they could out of the movie for its [[Series/MysteryScienceTheater3000 MST3K]] riffing on moral grounds, but that the stock footage was so abhorrent to them that they riffed the film a new one with a vehemence that made merely bad films like ''Film/ManosTheHandsOfFate'', ''Film/MonsterAGoGo'' and ''Film/TheCastleOfFuManchu'' pale in comparison.
*** [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Z--Ebqna1GM He even has a song for the occasion...]]
* ''Film/ManosTheHandsOfFate'' itself has a notable one near the end, where the family is trying to escape into the desert at night and the father shoots his gun at a snake--which is shown in close-ups shot in broad daylight.
* ''Film/StarTrekTheMotionPicture'': A lot of the film's many many many LeaveTheCameraRunning sequences were used to depict the ''Enterprise'' from then to the very end of the TOS movies. Even ''Film/StarTrekGenerations'' uses Klingon Bird of Prey footage, and at one point the ''Enterprise-B'' is the ''Excelsior.'' That's the one that really doesn't work, as some tweaks were made to the model, and the scene of the ''Excelsior'' at warp is ''very'' recognizable.
* ''Film/StarTrekIITheWrathOfKhan'' reused several scenes from the previous film. Averted slightly in the sense that the Klingon ships were in a simulation using footage recorded during the V'Ger Incident. What definitely isn't inverted is how in the 12 years since the previous film that guy in the spacesuit is still standing on spacedock doing flips.
* In ''Film/TheHuntForRedOctober'', a damaged aircraft crashing on the deck of the carrier changes from what should be a modern (for the time) jet to an [=F9F=] Panther, an aircraft 30 years older than the one it is supposed to depict. The look of both the footage and the plane is obvious.
** Also, a Soviet torpedo launched from a turboprop splashes down looking precisely the same as the American torpedo later dropped from a helicopter.
* In the ''Film/JamesBond'' movie ''Film/YouOnlyLiveTwice'', for an American rocket launch they used stock footage of a Soviet Soyuz rocket, and for a Soviet rocket launch they used stock footage of an American Gemini rocket.
* As a necessary inclusion to this list: the SoBadItsGood ''Film/Plan9FromOuterSpace'' features stock footage of Creator/BelaLugosi walking. It is, sadly, an appropriate metaphor for both [[TypeCasting the actor]] [[CharacterOutlivesActor himself]] and [[EverythingsDeaderWithZombies the movie he was to appear in]].
* ''Film/{{Birdemic}}'': Shock And Terror uses chunks of stock footage from Getty Images during the in-universe news broadcasts. Fair enough, right? Except they did not actually shell out the money for the footage, and some of it as a result has a great big Getty Images watermark plastered over it.
* In ''Film/MortalKombatAnnihilation'', when [[BladeBelowTheShoulder Baraka]] is thrown into a fire-pit in the shape of the MK logo, it shows an earlier scene of [[YouHaveFailedMe Rain]] falling in before being consumed in flames.
* Proving no film is above this, at least in the pre-CGI era, ''Film/CitizenKane'' has a jungle picnic scene in which the background footage is lifted from ''Film/TheSonOfKong''. You can plainly see pterodactyls flying around. Maybe Charles Foster Kane [[WildMassGuessing founded]] [[Franchise/JurassicPark InGen]]...
* In ''Film/GokaigerGoseigerSuperSentai199HeroGreatBattle'' (an HD movie), during the battle against the Black Cross King's [[spoiler:evil Ranger clones, the clones of the [[Series/DengekiSentaiChangeman Changemen]], [[Series/ChoushinseiFlashman Flashmen]], [[Series/KousokuSentaiTurboranger Turborangers]], [[Series/ChoujuuSentaiLiveman Livemen]] and [[Series/HikariSentaiMaskman Maskmen]]]] attack the Gokaigers and Goseigers with their {{BFG}}s...and by "their [=BFGs=]", we mean ''unremastered stock footage from their original series in TheEighties of them firing their [=BFGs=]''. Considering how amazingly gorgeous the rest of the movie was, the jump to mid-80's quality stock footage was jarring. This happens again later, in the battle against the [[spoiler: Black Cross Colossus, with every mecha joining the fight.]] Nearly all of the finishers used by [[spoiler: the mecha]] are the stock footage of the finishers from their respective series. It can be jarring when it goes from a finisher used in a 2000's series to one used in the early 1990's. Adding insult to injury, the non-mecha vehicles from Goranger and JAKQ, [[spoiler: Variblune]] and [[spoiler: Sky Ace]], respectively, get shiny new CGI models (and [[spoiler: Variblune]] even gets a combo with Gokai-Oh), yet none of the mecha (that didn't already have CGI models) do. On the other hand, at some points it's subverted within the same scene, with certain finishers being seamlessly edited together (such as [[spoiler: Battle Fever Robo and DaiBouken]]).
* ''Film/TheDayAfter'' lifts tons of footage from ''First Strike'' (a documentary speculating about nuclear war). At one point, a character mentions that Beale Air Force Base has been nuked. Later, in ''First Strike'' stock footage, Beale Air Force Base is reporting that Soviet missiles are incoming.
* All over the place in ''Film/{{Midway}}''. Mitigated somewhat in that casual audiences might miss them, but stick out blatantly to anyone with even a ''little'' knowledge of WWII aviation:
** A crashing SBD Dauntless dive bomber at the end of the film uses what may be the same footage of an FH-1 as in ''The Hunt For Red October'', as listed above.
** When Ens. George Gay is forced to ditch his crippled TBD Devastator the clip is of an [=F6F=] Hellcat.
** Speaking of the [=F6F=], stock footage of Hellcats is used for pretty much ''every'' scene intended to depict the [=F4F=] Wildcat. The Hellcat wasn't deployed in combat until September of 1943 (the Battle of Midway was in June of 1942) and though sharing a family resemblance, there's really no mistaking a Hellcat for a Wildcat. This includes takeoff, landing and dogfighting scenes, and the famous scene of Tom Garth crash-landing his damaged fighter and splitting it in half after striking the tower.
** Most combat scenes of the Devastator torpedo bombers instead uses the TBM Avenger. While there ''were'' Avengers involved at Midway, there were only six, all of them from a squadron on the island.
** For that matter, the American dive bomber attack tends to replace the two-seater SBD Dauntlesses with single-seat [=F4U=] Corsairs. [[CaptainObvious The Dauntless looks pretty much nothing like the Corsair.]] Other times [=SB2C=] Helldivers were used. Much like the Hellcats-for-Wildcats example above, the Helldiver appeared much later in the war. Unlike that example, it bore no resemblance to the Dauntless ''whatsoever''.
** A B-17 crash-landing at Midway was stock footage also used in ''Film/ToraToraTora''. Doubly egregious because the aircraft not only is flying an earlier-war paint scheme, but because the runway it was utilizing was at a large and fully-paved airbase. Midway was...not.
** The same B-17 crash-landing stock footage was also used in the 1990 film ''Memphis Belle''. While closer to actual (the runways looked correct), the early-war paint scheme and the poor CGI slide, in the opposite direction to the spin in the stock footage, afterward makes this one stand out also.
** Generally averted, surprisingly enough, with the Japanese aircraft. Most footage of Zeros, [=D3A=] Dive Bombers and [=B5N=] Torpedo Bombers utilizes the modified T-6 Texan [[WeaponsUnderstudies Aircraft Understudies]] rather than stock footage, and what footage ''is'' used tends to depict the correct aircraft.
* ''Film/AHardDaysNight'': When Music/TheBeatles get into the cab to their hotel, they're all wearing suits and ties, but when we cut to them driving off, Music/JohnLennon is inexplicably wearing a turtleneck and jacket, in footage taken from one of their tours.

* ''Literature/TheHungerGames'' has an in-universe example of this. The stock footage of District 13 has the same mockingjay in it [[spoiler: it ends up being one of the factors in the revolution movement]]
** Also that same clip is shown every year for seventy-five years, and somehow the background is always burning.

[[folder:Live Action TV]]
* In the pilot ''Series/TheAdventuresOfSuperpup'', the Jimmy Olsen mouse actually lampshades one [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Aa1apG9oztI at around 7:35]].
* Frequent on ''Franchise/PowerRangers''. Outfits regularly change during the transformation sequences, since they were usually not wearing the same civilian outfit as they were in the stock footage, with shirt colors suddenly changing, skirts becoming pants, accessories vanishing, hairstyles changing, and in at least one case, [[ShirtlessScene a shirt appearing]]. Later seasons handwaved it by having the stock footage of them be of them in a uniform, and make sure that the character was wearing the uniform in the ''new'' footage before morphing.
** Particularly noticeable when the Rangers first use their Power Weapons. The Zyurangers each used their respective weapons while unmorphed, which would then transform when they morphed. Thus the American series has the Rangers inexplicably holding random weapons that are then 'powered up'.
** In the original "Green With Evil" storyline from ''Series/MightyMorphinPowerRangers'', footage of Burai from ''Series/KyoryuSentaiZyuranger'' was used to represent Tommy being transformed into the Green Ranger by Rita. The audience was apparently supposed to ignore that "Tommy" is clearly Asian for a few seconds when he first appears in Rita's fortress.
** Also in ''Series/MightyMorphinPowerRangers'', when they have a closeup of their morphers or weapons during the scenes that used stock footage, you can sometimes see the word "Zyuranger" printed on them.
** One episode of Mighty Morphin has Rita capture a girl and hold her captive. Although she wears the same clothes as her Japanese counterpart, she clearly becomes Asian in brief shots. One wonders why they didn't just hire an Asian child to play the part.
** Particularly bad in ''Series/PowerRangersTimeForce'', where ''Series/MiraiSentaiTimeranger'' stock footage is used in several scenes important to the plot. It doesn't cause plot holes because of their similarities, except several critical scenes have [[TheHero Wes]] suddenly turn Japanese.
*** Or the ''entire'' staff of Bio-Lab the time the building was invaded. In fact, there are several times when there's suddenly a disproportionate amount of black hair in crowd scenes.
*** Eric looks ''very'' much like his ''Timeranger'' counterpart Naoto, so much that one dramatic, non-stock-footage morph was kept, during the multi-parter that introduced the Quantum Ranger. Unfortunately... ''Eric wasn't wearing his hat and Naoto was'' in that scene, so as we switch angles whilst he and Wes are charging at each other for their second battle, he suddenly goes from hatless to hatted. So close to awesome, yet so far...
** Linkara notes in his commentary for [[spoiler: the end of the Mechakara arc]] in ''WebVideo/AtopTheFourthWall'' that it's OK that [[spoiler: his glasses reappear]] during the morphing sequence, [[ThrowItIn as that is what happens in the show]].
** In the early seasons, you could tell when it was stock footage because the camera quality was grainier. Later seasons were perfectly clear, to the point of some people being unable to tell when the show is using stock footage, and when it is not, particularly when a ranger morphs and does not go through the usual TransformationSequence, though there are still a few giveaways, one obvious one is that, whenever the US teams makes their own version of the costumes, for some reason, they almost inevitable use a much brighter shade of pink.
*** As far as newer seasons go, ''PowerRangersOperationOverdrive'' is possibly the one exception. In the Sentai footage, the rangers are much bulkier, plus the shoulder pads and chest insignia on their costumes are way smaller. Compare the suits in the [[http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/vi/0/09/Boukenger.jpg stock footage]] to the suits in the [[http://vignette4.wikia.nocookie.net/powerrangers/images/0/00/OO-rangers.jpg/revision/latest?cb=20110801001937 American footage.]]
** Still, though, sometimes tweaks are visible. Nadira's outfit covers ''less'' than Lira's, Marah's hair is black while Furabijou's is brown, and in ''Series/PowerRangersSamurai,'' it's ''very'' distracting to see Octoroo go from having his tentacles completely covering his face to being parted to reveal his mouth.
** ''Series/PowerRangersOperationOverdrive'' has a pretty obvious case during the roll calls, said case being [[TheBigGuy Ronny]]. They changed her roll call pose from [[BadassAdorable Natsuki]]'s such that the motion is a little more "serious" and stays upright. This is probably due to her [[{{Tomboy}} personality]], which is almost nothing like her ''[[Series/GoGoSentaiBoukenger Super Sentai]]'' [[GenkiGirl counterpart]]. However, Ronny still finds a way to appear already arched 45 degrees to her left near the end of the roll calls.
** Aljin Abella was the shortest member of the ''Series/PowerRangersJungleFury'' cast, yet was cast as the Blue Ranger, who was the tallest in ''Series/JukenSentaiGekiranger.'' Theo grew about a foot every time he morphed.
*** Related: Zack in Mighty Morphin' Power Rangers grew back a missing finger when he morphed.
*** Daggeron from Mystic Force seemed to lose about 40 pounds when he morphed.
** And in similar vein, the characters that weren't adapted to Power Ranger had appeared in it. Eg. [[Series/GekisouSentaiCarranger Zonnette]] was seen piloting ''[[Series/PowerRangersTurbo Divazord]]'', [[Series/DenjiSentaiMegaranger Shibolena]] was clearly seen when [[Series/PowerRangersInSpace Red Ecliptor]] was destroyed and some reported that [[Series/SeijuuSentaiGingaman Shelinda]] was briefly seen on [[Series/PowerRangersLostGalaxy Mutiny's ship]].
** Like in ''Time Force'', there's an instance in the second episode of ''Series/PowerRangersRPM'' where the city of Corinth is under attack, and for some reason the citizens all appear to be Japanese.
** ''Series/PowerRangersMegaforce'' didn't bother translating the Gosei Cards, which say ''Series/TensouSentaiGoseiger'' on them as well as other Sentai terminology. Also, footage from ''Series/KaizokuSentaiGokaiger'''s Legend War sequence is used occasionally, and heroes that were never adapted for ''Power Rangers'' can still be seen in crowd shots.
*** An audio example occurs in one episode's ThemeMusicPowerUp: When the Rangers defeat the MonsterOfTheWeek, the wrong theme song is used, as [[Series/PowerRangersSamurai "Rangers together, Samurai forever"]] can be heard in the lyrics.
** ''Super Megaforce'' managed to turn this into an art form. On top of not explaining why female yellows from the original Saban era have skirts now, since those characters were female, the producers never cared about replacing (at least ''most'' the time) stock footage of unadapted ''Sentai'' teams present in the ''Gokaiger'' stock footage. However, they seem to do it especially selectively, as it appears they wanted to remove pre-mid 80s teams due to the difference in suit materials shifting more to spandex after the first several years. In episode 13, this came as a double whammy, when before a commercial break, we see four of the suits from ''Changeman'', then after the commercial break, Troy's inexplicably the red ranger from ''Maskman'', since they excluded the footage of Marvelous changing to it from the original ''Gokaiger'' episode. Then in episode 19, the production team did the unthinkable and had the costume department make ''new'' suits of Change Griffon, Green Flash, Blue Mask, and Five Yellow (you can tell because they're made of the exact same material PR's been using for the American suits for years). This particularly egregious because those teams were from unadapted, pre-Zyuranger, Sentai teams & seasons, which was going to be an effect of the stock footage anyways, but also because they actually went out of their way to film ''new shots'' of these suits just because they didn't want Vul Eagle in the shots rather than MMPR red, or didn't wanna do the green screen effects required for it. This is a new form of lazy for the entire franchise, as doing this is specifically spending money to film new shots to be lazy and not film more than that, or replace the rest of the scene with ''different'' choices of teams, since they were filming new shots anyways.
** In nearly every episode of ''Series/PowerRangersSPD'', when the Rangers morph, there will be an extreme close-up of a hand holding the morpher, which would be fine except for the fact that the Rangers ''never'' hold the morpher properly (if the finger isn't on the button on top, the morpher shouldn't open!) They're holding it correctly in the morph sequence, so that means the focus Ranger's fingers appear to magically move as we switch to stock footage. This occurs constantly and is probably due to RealLifeWritesThePlot: The morpher props are the [[OffTheShelfFX Japanese morpher toys]], so if the actor held the morpher properly, it would open for real. Naturally, non-stock-footage morphs always have the button-push, opening the morpher before the Ranger does a sparkly in-scene change.
** The fight between the Red Ranger and Wrench in the third episode of ''Series/PowerRangersDinoCharge'' has a poster with large Japanese writing clearly visible in a few shots.
* Even for a Saban show made in the 90's, ''Series/VRTroopers'' has a surprising amount of Stock Footage Failures:
** The footage of Grimlord's palace (and the [[Series/ChoujinkiMetalder Metalder]] footage in general) always looks fuzzier, darker, and more low quality than the rest of the show, making it very obvious when the footage switches from Japanese to American.
** Adapting two different Metal Hero shows meant that JB and Katlin never fight with Ryan when battling a monster (outside of battle grid mode). With 92 total episodes, this becomes more and more obvious through the course of the series, resulting in a very disjointed feel to the action.
** Due to the limited amount of footage of Grimlord's lair, the amount of soldiers visible in any scene usually fluctuates, sometimes Grimlord addressing the four generals and the next shot having the rest of his army suddenly appear.
** In the first season, the goons seen in Grimlord's court were all monsters who'd eventually get to be the monster of an episode. Since stock footage was used for some villains' base scenes, previously defeated monsters were often right there to greet Grimlord as he arrived, just like last week... and some would do battle again, with or without their past demises Handwaved. Many monsters were seen multiple times, with his personal favorites kept into the second season.
*** The most egregious example is Air Striker. This helicopter-based monster was sent nearly every episode, destroyed nearly every episode, and always came back for more. Of course, given the fact that they're computer-generated creations, he can simply recreate any monster he likes.
** The air battles footage is even more limited, with virtually the same sequence of slips being used for every battle; if you've seen one, you've seen them all.
** In "The Great Brain Robbery", when Snowbot is attacking Katlyn and JB with his flamethrower and frost gun, another fighter can be seen next to them (which is the third warrior from Series/JikuuSenshiSpielban, Helen Lady).
*** Katlin would later get the ability to create a mirror clone of herself, probably written to prevent any more inconsistencies.
** In "Three Strikes", the look of the apartment rapidly changes between the Japanese and American footage, with the floor and wall changing colors.
** In "Game Over", Despera suddenly [[ShesAManInJapan becomes a man]] when fighting Ryan.
* In ''Series/MaskedRider,'' the title hero was based on ''Series/KamenRiderBlackRX,'' but some scenes taken from ''Film/KamenRiderZO'' and ''Film/KamenRiderJ'' had the suit noticeably change. How? Well, Black RX's suit was mostly green, but had lots of black too. ZO and J's are both ''entirely green''. Noticeably barely begins to cover this.
** Also, due to some crossed wires when editing out Riderman, when the former Riders (Masked Rider Warriors here) introduced themselves, all but ZX [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=r67jBFQXJ7E gave the wrong names]], leading to the fandom's "I AM AMAZON" meme, where "Amazon" was actually Skyrider.
** Even ''Series/KamenRiderDragonKnight'' isn't completely immune. The differences between ''Series/KamenRiderRyuki's'' Alternative and Alternative Zero are extremely minor, but they're there. The Advent Master has been known to switch back and forth.
* On ''Series/TheBradyBunch'' the parents drove Bobby to an ice cream eating contest. They left in a blue convertible and came back in a brown station wagon. Must've been a slow news week because this managed to get into the ''NationalEnquirer''.
* Stock Starfury launch footage on ''Series/BabylonFive'' continued to show Sinclair's fighter launching well after he had left the show.
** Possibly justified in that the fighter was one assigned to the station, and would have been left behind when Sinclair transferred out, although its next pilot would presumably have had the chance to paint different nose art on it.
** In the same spirit, a stock CGI model once slipped past them. A shot from the fourth season episode "No Surrender, No Retreat" showed an Earth Alliance warship [[ObligatoryWarCrimeScene firing on civilian transports]]. Since the scene was originally not going to include a closeup of the destroyer, it was given the first set of markings available -- those of the "[[LaResistance good guy]]" ''Agamemnon''. Unfortunately, the shot was reframed and the ship's ID was clearly visible in the final version. (This was fixed in later showings; the ship was re-marked as the ''Pollux''.)
* Retroactive example on ''Series/RedDwarf''. When the ship returns in Series VIII, it has a different design which is alluded to by the characters. The brief appearance at the end of Series VII (a few seconds of ship footage from which were repeated in Series VIII) used stock footage of the model ship that was filmed during series 1 and 2.
** In [[Recap/RedDwarfSeasonIVMeltdown Meltdown]], footage from ''Gappa, The Colossal Beast'' is used to represent waxwork dinosaurs, which prompts:
-->'''Kryten''': I can't tell you how feeble and improbable those creatures were, sir. I've seen more convincing dinosaurs given away free with a packet of Wheaty Flakes.
* ''Series/DoctorWho'' has a great deal of this to go with its legendary [[NoBudget low budgets]] and SpecialEffectsFailure:
** In "[[Recap/DoctorWhoS2E2TheDalekInvasionOfEarth The Dalek Invasion of Earth]]", an alligator [[TrappedByMountainLions menacing Susan]] is represented by stock footage of a rather small and ineffectual-looking gavial.
** In "[[Recap/DoctorWhoS2E4TheRomans The Romans]]", Ian is taken to fight in the arena, and peers out of the bars of his cell to see what it is he's going to fight. What follows is a poorly-edited sequence of lots of different lions in clearly very different zoos, none of which look remotely Roman.
** Happens in-universe in "[[Recap/DoctorWhoS2E7TheSpaceMuseum The Space Museum]]", when the Doctor is hooked up to a mind-reading machine so his captor can find out where his companions are using pictures extracted from his memory. The footage extracted this way is useless because it shows where the companions were when he left them a long while ago, not where they are now. By this time, he's figured out a PsychicBlockDefense and so, when pressed harder, the screen starts producing deliberately ridiculous stock footage of sea lions, etcetera.
** Originally, "[[Recap/DoctorWhoS2E9TheTimeMeddler The Time Meddler]]" included a very poor quality looking shot of the viking ship approaching. The restoration team used a new scan of the stock footage for the DVD, but found that (by going from a multi-generational 16mm TV recording to a 35mm newsreel extract) [[GoneHorriblyRight the restored stock footage looked too high quality]]. In the end, artificial grain and softness was added to make the stock footage look like the rest of the episode.
** Subverted in "[[Recap/DoctorWhoS3E6TheArk The Ark]]", which starts with a bunch of shots of live animals framed and filmed in a way to resemble stock footage, having Dodo point out an elephant by cutting between a shot of the elephant alone in the frame and Dodo looking at it from the reverse angle... [[VisualEffectsOfAwesome and then walking forward, into the frame with the elephant and touching it]].
** In "[[Recap/DoctorWhoS3E10TheWarMachines The War Machines]]", WOTAN orders his slaves to make a machine. Splice in stock footage of welders, in completely different lighting, and who (even with the masks on) look absolutely nothing like the slaves.
** Subverted in "[[Recap/DoctorWhoS7E2DoctorWhoAndTheSilurians Doctor Who and the Silurians]]". We're shown footage of a helicopter which cuts back to soldiers travelling about on the hills. Obvious stock footage... until we cut back to the helicopter and we realise it has UNIT written on the side. And then it swerves past the hillside, appearing in the same shot with an actor, as if to say 'ha, look, we CAN afford it'.
** In the 1970s ''Series/DoctorWho'' serial "[[Recap/DoctorWhoS12E5RevengeOfTheCybermen Revenge of the Cybermen]]", the launch of a missile on an alien planet is represented by stock footage of a NASA rocket launch, with the rocket's official markings in English clearly visible.
*** This case became far more amusing a decade later, in that it's the ''same'' stock footage that early MTV used in its hourly station identification clips, which video-loving American viewers of a certain age have seen hundreds if not ''thousands'' of times.
** ""[[Recap/DoctorWhoS33E13TheNameOfTheDoctor The Name of the Doctor]]"" cuts between stock footage of [[spoiler: the Second Doctor]] and scenes of him recorded with a double from behind. The double doesn't even try to match his movement to the stock footage, especially with the distinctive running style of the character in the footage.
** "[[Recap/DoctorWho50thASTheDayOfTheDoctor The Day of the Doctor]]":
*** [[spoiler:The Seventh Doctor]] changes outfits between shots.
*** [[spoiler: The Fifth Doctor]]'s hair changes completely in colour, texture and style from the behind shot and the face shot (which had his face pasted onto the body of a double, covering up the ridiculously unconvincing wig).
** Parodied on ''WebOriginal/TheFiveishDoctorsReboot'' in which Creator/TomBaker is portrayed entirely with stock footage from the unfinished serial "[[Recap/DoctorWhoS17E6Shada Shada]]" (the exact same clips used to FakeShemp him into "[[Recap/DoctorWho20thASTheFiveDoctors The Five Doctors]]"). Since he's in-character as the Doctor in the footage, which shows him at about half his current age, the result is [[MagicRealism hilariously nonsensical]].
* ''Series/StarTrekTheOriginalSeries'' uses the same shuttlecraft footage every time. This is most egregious in "Let This Be Your Last Battlefield", when the shuttlecraft stolen from a Starbase bears the ID number "1701/7". That is, rather than coming from a Starbase, it is a shuttlecraft of NCC 1701, the Enterprise itself! Either that, or 'every' Federation shuttlecraft is the Galileo.
* ''Series/StarTrekDeepSpaceNine'' uses this on occasion during the Dominion War arc, being cheaper to reuse old battle footage than produce new footage for each battle. However, after the USS ''Defiant'' is destroyed and replaced near the end of the series, the new ''Defiant'' sports the previous ship's registry number.
* A common situation on ''Series/IDreamOfJeannie'', where the rocket shown on the pad would be different from the rocket later shown lifting off, which was not the same as the rocket seen in the sky. None of the three would match the capsule shown in orbit.
* ''Series/TheTimeTunnel'' episode "One Way to the Moon" mixed shots of a real Atlas rocket with scenes lifted from ''DestinationMoon''. It didn't even fool a seven-year-old in 1966.
* ''Series/HowIMetYourMother'': A brief EstablishingShot in the Season 6 episode "Baby Talk" ostensibly shows Marshall's old high school in Minnesota, but the flag flying outside is clearly [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Flag_of_Quebec Quebec's]].
* Creator/ConanOBrien parodies and [[LampshadeHanging lampshades]] this frequently, especially in the Conando segments.
* An episode of ''Series/KnightRider'' featured [[CoolCar KITT's]] EvilTwin KARR being forced off a cliff; the footage used for this was lifted from the 1977 {{Horror}} film ''[[http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0075809/ The Car]]'' featuring a vehicle which does not even begin to resemble a Trans Am. At least it was black...
** The show also tended to reuse footage from previous episodes in places that didn't make much sense. In the same episode with KARR, a shot that was supposed to show KARR breaking into some building is obviously KITT with silver star decals from a previous episode stuck on him.
* In the episode of ''Dark Matters: Twisted But True'' about Dr. James Van Allen, the StockFootage shot of a rocket launch used to represent the ''Starfish Prime'' exoatmospheric nuclear test is accompanied by audio (overlapped by the narrator's dialogue, yet still quite coherent) that mentions the International Space Station. ''Starfish Prime'' took place in 1962; the first component of the ISS went into orbit in 1998.
* ''Series/{{Serenity}}'' is classified as a 03-K64-Firefly in the first aired episode ("The Train Job"), but some shots in the original pilot episode ("Serenity") of the ship in the black are of the newer 03-[=KC11=]-Firefly. It is not known how Creator/JossWhedon obtained those shots.
* The ''Series/{{Baywatch}}'' episode "Lover's Cover" reused footage of a car plunging into the ocean from the Season 2 episode "If Looks Could Kill." The original episode was about a murderer who had a dead guy in her backseat, which means the wrapped up corpse is consequently visible in the "Lover's Cove" scene that contains the recycled shots.
* ''Series/BuckRogersInTheTwentyFifthCentury'' has a particularly noticeable example whenever fighter craft are shown coming into the landing bays on Earth. The series only has two stock-footage shots; one of a single fighter landing, and one of two fighters side-by-side escorting Buck's 20th-century space shuttle (from the pilot episode). Whenever more than one fighter craft is supposed to be landing, they ''try'' to cut away from the latter shot before Buck's shuttle is clearly recognizeable on-screen, but don't always succeed.
* ''Series/BattlestarGalactica1978'' was bad about this as well. There are 4 shots of Galactica's guns destroying Cylons, about 6 shots of Vipers destroying Cylons, and about 4 shots of Cylons destroying Vipers. This includes the mirror image shots. No wonder Cylons die so easily. They always attack the exact same way. It is blatantly noticeable in same fight scenes in the same episodes.
* ''{{Series/The Swamp Fox}}'' had a huge problem with this. It was often very obvious they were re-using horseback chase scenes from earlier episodes.
* A RunningGag in ''Series/TheFreshPrinceOfBelAir'' has Jazz getting thrown out of the house. The footage of the act in question is always the same, but they've avoided this trope by having Jazz wear the same shirt in scenes where he's about to get thrown out.
* Fans of ''Series/{{Space 1999}}'' were no doubt left puzzled as to why a future earth city shown in an episode of ''Series/WonderWoman'' looked like Moonbase Alpha, due to the US show borrowing an establishing shot from the then-still-recent UK-made series. Counts as a fail because in 1977-78, when the episode in question aired, ''Space: 1999'' was still in wide syndication and still a current series.
* The HBO film ''Tuskegee Airmen'' used actual WWII footage filmed from dogfights to represent the characters' own. This wouldn't be so bad, except the footage isn't meant to represent a filmed engagement but a live occurring one, and since WWII film quality wasn't exactly the greatest, the outside cuts and windshield shots of dogfights look unbelievably grainy.
* ''Series/SaturdayNightLive'' has a potentially invoked example regarding their "The Rock Obama" sketches. When UsefulNotes/BarackObama [[HulkOut Hulks out]] into [[Wrestling/DwayneJohnson The Rock]], the TransformationSequence shows his shirt and his shoes tearing open. However, later sketches show The Rock Obama wearing a torn shirt, but seemingly un-torn shoes. After Jay Pharaoh replaced Fred Armisen in the role of Barack, the sketches also have him wear a dress jacket that disappears when the transformation begins.
* Frequently parodied in ''Series/AllAussieAdventures''. Most obviously, there's a RunningGag where Russell goes to shake someone's hand, and they cut to a closeup of two obviously different hands shaking. There are also numerous driving shots that were obviously filmed in a different state to the rest of the episode.
* The series ''Creator/ArthurCClarke'''s Mysterious World misused film of a Gemini/Titan space launch in a story on an unmanned Mariner mission to Mars.

[[folder:TV News]]
* [[Series/TheDailyShow Jon Stewart]] once called out The Sean Hannity Show on a story they did about an anti-healthcare-reform rally in Washington. The rally took place in the fall, when the surrounding trees were full of orange and red leaves, but some of the footage showed that the trees were fully green. What had actually happened was that they mixed in footage from a much larger, totally unrelated rally from months before to make the present rally look bigger (it was even reported that there were four times as many attendees than there actually were). This actually prompted an apology from Hannity for falsifying the story.
* Many a space documentary uses the footage shot during an unmanned early Gemini mission when talking about re-entry, however, when they're using it while talking about something like the Apollo missions, it's extremely noticeable.

[[folder:Video Games]]
* The animated cutscenes of the UsefulNotes/PhilipsCDi game ''VideoGame/MutantRampageBodySlam'' frequently reuse the same animations of the host character and the champion he interviews. This results in bad lip-synch and odd moments, such as the host saying "All right!" in a enthusiastic voice while facepalming.
* If you use the Satellite Cannon attack on the scenarios where [[Anime/AfterWarGundamX Tifa]] is kidnapped in ''VideoGame/SuperRobotWarsAlpha Gaiden'', her picture and voice still appears.
* The ending credits of ''VideoGame/UntilDawn'' will show all the death scenes that the player viewed as a montage at the end... except that the player may notice some details are off, such as bruises and the background.
** Chris can die many ways [[spoiler: ...except not really. Almost all of Chris's death scenes are the same footage with different backgrounds. He can get decapitated at the lodge, in the forest, in the mines, but if you removed the background it would basically be impossible to tell the difference between the scenes.]]

[[folder:Western Animation]]
* Just about any {{Creator/Filmation}} production, due to their over dependence on stock footage, but ''especially'' ''WesternAnimation/HeManAndTheMastersOfTheUniverse1983'' and ''WesternAnimation/SheRaPrincessOfPower''.
* The scanner sequence on ''WesternAnimation/CodeLyoko'' always uses the characters' normal outfits, even when they're wearing something else.
** An episode from Season 4 has Ulrich and Odd heading for the scanners in the factory; they enter with the Season 1-3 outfits and shots of them in the scanners are the Season 4 outfits. This is more {{egregious}} as the latter outfits weren't introduced until the next episode. Whoops.
* There is an episode of ''WesternAnimation/DangerMouse'' in which Penfold is kidnapped, but they still used the stock footage of DM pulling his car out of the garage with Penfold in the passenger seat.
* ''WesternAnimation/SuperFriends'' (1973) episode "The Androids". Superman has been kidnapped and replaced by an android. After the rest of the Super Friends figures it out the android Superman takes off, but seconds later the StockFootage shows him still sitting at the table. Watch it [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YhlijqcphKc&feature=player_detailpage#t=239s here, starting at 4:00]], and watch until around 5:00.
* The "hero up!" sequence of ''WesternAnimation/TheSuperHeroSquadShow'' uses Green Hulk even when Hulk is in Grey Hulk mode.
* Taken UpToEleven in ''WesternAnimation/SpiderManTheAnimatedSeries''. At first it was reused webswinging footage, or it was applicable as a flashback. In the later seasons, everytime Spidey faced ComicBook/DoctorOctopus or the Lizard, the same footage from the villains' first appearances would be thrown in.
** Also, there'd be the times the [[ComicBook/NormanOsborn Green Goblin]] would switch between his first glider and his second (much bigger, very different) one from one shot to the next. (Yes, the gliders can separate and link up. No, this is not that.)
* Even worse in the 1990s ''WesternAnimation/IronMan'' cartoon. During its first season, Tony Stark would change into his Iron Man suit once per episode and we were treated to a crudely done CGI sequence of this. Problem, they only made one animation of this sequence, and Tony would suddenly be in a lab (when he had previously been in space, the desert, in a forest, etc.) and in the same clothes he wore in the first ep.
* There is an episode of ''WesternAnimation/TheMagicSchoolBus'' where the kids travel inside of Arnold to learn about the human digestive system. In one of the scenes during the episode, Arnold can seen sitting in the bus with the rest of the kids.
* Parodied in ''TheSimpsons'': In an attempt to save the production of the Radioactive Man movie, an editor provides a clip where Radioactive Man and Fallout Boy are stuck in a cave with ''RoadWarrior'' types. Shots of Fallout Boy in a grassy field and on a couch were inserted into the scene, then they end up fighting aliens.
-->'''Editor:''' Seamless, huh?\\
'''Assistant:''' You're fired.\\
'''Editor:''' And with good cause!
** In the episode where Homer plays Every Man, the movie's producers were forced to reuse some clips from earlier in the movie in the final fight. Problem was, in half of them Homer was fit and muscular, and in the other half he was his normal overweight self. This lead to a scene where he was jumping off a beam to attack a villain where he was fit one moment, fat the next, and at one point, while he was eating a sandwich. Lenny walks out of the theatre saying that the inconsistencies took him out of the moment and ruined the experience.
* Towards the end of ''[[WesternAnimation/FelixTheCatTheMovie Felix the Cat: The Movie]]'', stock footage of Princess Orianna getting captured from the beginning of the film is used near the end of the film; the animators didn't even bother to change the background.
* ''Film/TeamAmericaWorldPolice'' features the song "Freedom isn't Free" accompanied by footage of Gary visiting American memorials. Except there are normal people walking in background - in a puppet film. Considering the film is full of StylisticSuck, this was most likely intentional.
* In the late 1980s and early 1990s a TV cartoon series was made in Flanders, based on the popular comic ''ComicBook/SuskeEnWiske''. While the designs of the character resembled those in the comics the cartoons themselves were so cheaply made that almost every scene was stock footage. For instance, whenever a specific character was walking from one point to another, they always played the same clip. The animators also animated only one expression of a certain emotion for each main cast member. If for instance a specific character became angry, it was always the same scene without any sort of variation. As one can imagine, watching these cartoons can become rather tedious after a while, especially since they follow the stories of the comic book albums almost frame-by-frame in extremely slow pacing.
* To see just how little the Warner Brothers animation studio cared by this time, witness the double use of a clip of Daffy walking to a window in [[WesternAnimation/LooneyTunes See Ya Later, Gladiator]] - he was in a different ''building'' both times - and neither one looked at all alike (one was a science lab, the other was his house).
* ''WesternAnimation/ThunderCats'' had this in chapter 62. One night, Lion-O, Wilykat and Wilykit infiltrate Castle Plun-Darr, then they're ambushed by the Mutants, but the heroes fight back and Lion-O jumps, evading all of Slithe's beam shots and lands just in front of him and then you see it: Lion-O funnily smirking, with a background of a grassy field surrounded by a forest, on daylight. Then, they're back inside the castle. Watch it [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nR4BE8JGt0c here]], at 4:19.